first_imgGhulam Nabi Azad, Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha (file photo) All set for debate on triple talaq Bill in Lok Sabha COMMENT Triple talaq bill needed greater scrutiny, says Opposition triple talaq Lok Sabha passes triple talaq Bill SHARE SHARE EMAIL RELATED SHAREcenter_img Published on Triple talaq Bill fails Rajya Sabha test, again A united Opposition forced the adjournment of Rajya Sabha on Monday demanding that the Triple Talaq Bill be scrutinised by Parliament. As the Centre rejected the Opposition’s demand to send the Bill to a select committee, the chances of building a consensus to pass the Bill are bleak.The Opposition has been maintaining that the provisions in the Bill — a three-year-jail term — for the husband who uses triple talaq to divorce his wife, is giving a criminal viewpoint to a civil case. The Opposition has more numbers in the Upper House with the AIADMK and Biju Janata Dal also joining the chorus.The Opposition parties met at the house of their leader Ghulam Nabi Azad here. Trinamool Congress has moved a motion in the House to create a panel to consider the Bill. Azad said the Bill requires further scrutiny and urged the Centre to consider the issues raised by majority of the elders. He said, by not sending key Bills to House committees, the Centre is breaking a tradition.Centre ready for discussionGovernment, however, refused such a suggestion and said the Congress had helped the Bill’s passage earlier in the Lok Sabha. Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Vijay Goel said the Centre is ready for any discussion on the Bill. “The Congress and other parties are only playing politics on the issue which is very important for ensuring the rights of married Muslim women,” Goel added. The Lower House had passed the Bill last week. As the stand-off continued, the Bill could not be taken up for discussion in Rajya Sabha on Monday. It is likely to come up again on Wednesday. Deputy leader of the Congress Anand Sharma said: “Nobody is opposing the Bill. Let there be Legislative scrutiny. The government is misleading the people. If the Bill has been passed without the scrutiny of Legislative in the Lok Sabha, then it should not be passed here without being referred to a select committee. Rajya Sabha is not a rubber stamp,” he said.Law Minister Rai Shankar Prasad countered, saying the Bill addresses the question of gender equality.“This Bill is very important. We want to discuss it here and are ready to listen to any suggestion. Even after bringing the Ordinance, there have been incidents of triple talaq till yesterday,” he added.  December 31, 2018 Rajya Sabha 3-year jail for husbands who pronounce triple talaq criminalises a civil case: Cong COMMENTSlast_img read more

first_imgRELATED religion and belief COMMENT ‘Early resolution of Ayodhya dispute will benefit Hindus and Muslims’ courts and legal Published on Ram Janmabhoomi: SC bench to fix hearing date on January 10 COMMENTS Ayodhya January 10, 2019 SHARE SHARE EMAIL Ayodhya case: Five-judge bench headed by CJI to begin hearing from January 10 SHARE New bench to be set up before Jan 29 Justice U U Lalit, who was part of a Constitution bench to hear the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land title dispute, recused himself on Thursday, prompting the Supreme Court to reschedule the hearing for January 29 before a new bench.Justice Lalit appeared for former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh in 1994, senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, appearing for a Muslim party, told the bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi soon after the court assembled. Though Dhavan said he was not seeking Justice Lalit’s recusal, the judge opted out of the hearing in the matter.The bench, also comprising Justices S A Bobde, N V Ramana and D Y Chandrachud, noted the submissions made by Dhavan.  Dhavan also drew the attention of the bench to the fact that the matter was earlier fixed for hearing before a three-judge bench but the CJI took a decision to list it before a five-judge Constitution Bench.  He further submitted that there was need for a judicial order to set up a five-judge Constitution bench.The CJI, however, quoted Supreme Court rules mandating that any bench should comprise two judges and there was nothing wrong in constituting a five-judge Constitution bench.  The CJI said in view of the the facts and circumstances of the matter and the voluminous records pertaining to it, this was a fit case for constituting a five-judge bench.In its order, the bench said the apex court registry will physically examine the records stored in 50 sealed trunks in the room, which has also been kept sealed.  The top court said the records pertaining to the matter are voluminous and some of the documents are in Sanskrit, Arabic, Urdu, Hindi, Persian and Gurmukhi that need to be translated.  If required, the apex court registry can take the service of official translators, the bench said.On September 27 last year, a three-judge bench of the top court by 2:1 majority refused to refer to a five-judge Constitution bench reconsideration of the observations in its 1994 judgement that a mosque was not integral to Islam. The matter arose during the hearing of the Ayodhya land dispute.  When the matter was last taken up on January 4, there was no indication that the case would be referred to a Constitution bench as the apex court had simply said further orders in the matter would be passed on January 10 by “the appropriate bench, as may be constituted“.As many as 14 appeals have been filed in the apex court against the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgement, delivered in four civil suits, that the 2.77-acre land be partitioned equally among the three parties — the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla. Ready for the act Pillars and columns of the Ram Mandir at a Vishva Hindu Parishad workshop in Ayodhyalast_img read more

first_imgSEOUL (Reuters) – South Korean trade ministry officials “clearly” called on Japan to drop its export restrictions on the neighbouring country at a bilateral meeting on Friday, a Seoul official told Reuters on Saturday, rebutting Tokyo’s claims that Seoul did not make such a demand. The trade ministry official also said Seoul has not heard any complaints from Japan over Friday’s talks. He declined to be named, because of the sensitivity of the matter. (Reporting by Hyunjoo Jin; Editing by Toby Chopra) Tech News 08 Jul 2019 Boycott Japan: South Korean Instagrammers react to export curbs Related News Related Newscenter_img Japan 10 Jul 2019 Japan, S. Korea step up trade dispute World 11 Jul 2019 U.S. diplomat Stilwell keen to discuss Iran, North Korea with Japan officials {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more

first_imgThe 33-year-old Emma was happy to be back in the national team after her surgery in January.“I missed training for the last five months and I am glad that I won the national singles title to earn back my place in the national team.“My life is all about lawn bowls and I want to continue to train and play for the country for many many more years,” said Emma, who has represented Malaysia for the last 15 years.“Now that I am back in the national team, I want to help Malaysia win medals in competitions. I am also looking forward to training with the Philippines athletes in Manila and also to test out the venue for SEA Games,” said Emma.Last year was a remarkable year for Emma as she won gold in the pairs event with Siti Zalina Ahmad in the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. She also won gold in the Asian Championships in Henan, China in the pairs and bronze in the singles.Emma, who won the singles title in the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games in 2017, was sad that there is no singles event in the Philippines Games,“There are pairs, triples and fours events in the Philippines Games and I am not sure I will feature in which event. But it does not matter as my goal is to help Malaysia win gold,” said Emma, who also won a gold medal by partnering Azlina Arshad in the 2007 Korat SEA Games.Emma, who is pursuing a degree in management organisation at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), said that her aim next year is to feature in the World Championships in the Gold Coast from May 23 to June 7 and win a medal. Lawn Bowls Related News Tags / Keywords: Related News Other Sport 29 Jun 2019 Other Sports: Women’s lawn bowls team settle for silver in Gold Coastcenter_img Other Sport 08 Jul 2019 Other Sports: Aznil and Erry carry the weight of winning medals in Samoa Cycling 09 Jul 2019 MNCF issue ultimatum to four elite track cyclists to buck up {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} KUALA LUMPUR: After a five-month hiatus, Emma Firy­ana Saroji (pic) re­­turned to lawn bowling with a bang.The national athlete spent five long months recovering from an ankle surgery but came good at Bukit Kiara on Wednesday by winning the National Lawn Bowls women’s singles title.She defeated Kedah’s Nurul Alia Fitrah Mohd Ali 19-13 in the final. Earlier, in the semi-finals, she edged Nur Izati Ibrahim of Perak 17-16.Yesterday, Emma and nine other women bowlers left for Manila for a one-week training session to prepare for the SEA Games which will be held in the Philippines from Nov 30 to Dec 11.last_img read more

first_img Press Trust of India BengaluruJuly 16, 2019UPDATED: July 16, 2019 07:12 IST According to sources, the Speaker is yet to fix another date for the two MLAs to appear before him. (File photo)Two rebel legislators, one each from the Congress and Janata Dal-Secular (JDS), failed to appear before the Karnataka Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar on Monday for a personal hearing over their resignations from the House, official sources said.The speaker had last week asked Ramalinga Reddy (Congress) and Gopalaiah (JDS) to appear before KR Ramesh at his office.Both Ramalinga Reddy and Gopalaiah had called up the assembly secretary’s office and informed that they will not be able to appear on Monday and sought another date, assembly secretariat sources said.”Speaker is yet to fix another date for them to appear before him,” the sources said.While Gopalaiah remained in Mumbai along with other disgruntled MLAs, Ramalinga Reddy is said to have cited personal reasons.Earlier in the day, Ramalinga Reddy, a seven-time Congress legislator, had tweeted clarifying that he was in Bengaluru, amid reports that he was on his way to Mumbai where other rebel MLAs are camped.”Some people are unnecessarily spreading the news that I am flying to Mumbai. I have made it very clear that I am in #Bengaluru. Request media friends to abstain from the rumors,” Ramalinga Reddy said in a tweet.The Congress has considered, Ramalinga Reddy an “exception” and Has not made any disqualification plea against him, as he has stated that he was not quitting the party.Coalition leaders including Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, Congress legislative party (CLP) leader Siddaramaiah and All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary KC Venugopal had made attempts to pacify Ramalinga Reddy and convince him to withdraw the resignation.Congress leaders feel that if Ramalinga Reddy withdraws, at least three Congress MLAs from Bengaluru city, ST Somashekar, Munirathna, and Byrathi Basavaraj may also follow suit.Earlier, three rebel MLAs Narayana Gowda of Janata Dal-Secular (JDS) and Anand Singh and Prathap Gouda Patil of Congress had failed to appear before the Speaker on July 12.Ramalinga Reddy and Gopalaiah were part of the first batch of 13 legislators of the ruling Congress- JD(S) combine who resigned from the assembly on July 6, dealing a blow to the coalition government. Later, three other MLAs also quit.Ramesh Kumar had held that the resignation letters Of only five of the 13 MLAs were in a proper format.In addition to that of Gopaliah and Ramalinga Reddy, resignations of Narayana Gowda, Prathap Gouda Patil, and Anand Singh were found in order.The speaker had then fixed July 12 and 15 for hearing MLAs whose resignations were in order while asking others to submit their resignations properly.Ten MLAs who moved the Supreme Court alleging that the Speaker was not accepting their resignations had appeared before him on Thursday as directed by the court and submitted resignations afresh.After the MLAs met KR Ramesh, the speaker ruled out any immediate decision on the resignation.When the matter came up on Friday, the Supreme Court restrained the Speaker from taking any decision on the resignations as well as the disqualification of MLAs till July 16.Meanwhile, the Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a plea of five more rebel Congress MLAs along with the pending petition of 10 legislators seeking a direction to the speaker to accept their resignations.Five more rebel Congress MLAs from Karnataka had moved the top court on July 13 against the Speaker for not accepting their resignations.ALSO READ | Karnataka crisis: Yeddyurappa says BSP MLA will support BJPALSO READ | Karnataka crisis: Speaker dismisses 8 out of 13 resignationsALSO WATCH | Karnataka crisis: Speaker refuses to accept the resignation of 8 out of 13 rebel MLAsFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShahrukh Tags :Follow JDSFollow KarnatakaFollow congress 2 Karnataka rebel MLAs fail to appear before Speaker for hearing over resignationsKarnataka assembly Speaker KR Ramesh had last week asked Ramalinga Reddy (Congress) and Gopalaiah (JDS) to appear before him, however, the two MLAs failed to turn up at his office.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

first_img Next MPs not frequenting their constituencies have rough time: Shashi TharoorCongress MP Shashi Tharoor has said MPs who do not visit their constituencies often have a tough time.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 16:25 IST Shashi Tharoor with Rahul Gandhi.Parliamentarians who have a slightly different relationship with their constituencies and are less frequently seen there have a rough time, according to Congress MP Shashi Tharoor.Speaking at a conclave in Delhi on Thursday, Tharoor, who has been elected to the Lok Sabha from Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala thrice in a row since 2009, said he believes he has done his job properly and that is the reason why people have reposed faith in him.After the recent Lok Sabha elections results, critics attributed the loss of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi from his family’s pocket borough Amethi to his disconnect with the voters of that constituency.Tharoor, though, pointed towards only MPs from the BJP and those from northern India in support of his contention.”MPs, particularly those from the north, who have a slightly different relationship with their constituencies and are less frequently seen there have a rough time,” he said.”They are the ones who can perhaps win only in Narendra Modi’s name and they do, like this time. But for most of us what differentiates us is precisely the work we do in our constituencies,” he said.He said people re-elected him as they believe that he has done his job properly.”People have seen me, seen me attending to their needs and that’s why they have trusted and voted for me.”Tharoor was speaking on the topic “Clients and Constituents: Political Responsiveness in Patronage Democracies” which is also the title of a book by academician Jennifer Bussell.The third edition of the South Asia Conclave organised by Oxford University Press witnessed researchers, policymakers, bureaucrats, academicians, and journalists from debating contemporary ideas that define modern South Asia.The conclave closely examined the key issues impacting the region, such as political challenges related to ethnic and religious diversity, identity politics, ethnic violence, terrorism, separatism, governance, economic growth, gender consciousness, national security, changes in culture and social structure as well as the significance of diaspora.Also Read | Shashi Tharoor uses cricket analogy to criticise Union BudgetAlso Watch | Congress altered ground reality while in power, Shashi Tharoor hits back at PM ModiFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanchari Chatterjeelast_img read more