The Union Cabinet on Tuesday gave its approval to reissue the
triple talaq ordinance that makes the practice of talaq-e-biddat or instant
triple talaq by Muslim men a criminal offence with a jail term.
The government adopted the ordinance route after the Bill lapsed,
failing to get passed in the Rajya Sabha in the recently concluded session
For the third time in less than a year, the ordinance will become
law once President Ram Nath Kovind signs it.
The proposed Ordinance will protect the rights of married Muslim
women and prevent divorce by the practice of instantaneous and irrevocable
‘talaq-e-biddat’ by their husbands. It will discourage the practice of
triple talaq i.e. talaq-e-biddat.
Promulgation of the proposed Ordinance will provide the rights of
subsistence allowance, custody of minor children to victims of triple talaq
Home ministry invites private sector participation in seaplane project
Four islands in the Andamans and three in Lakshadweep have been
identified for seaplane operations, while private sector participation has
been invited for tourism-based projects, the Home Ministry said on Tuesday.
The 5th meeting of the Island Development Agency, chaired by Home
Minister Rajnath Singh, also reviewed the progress made towards the
programme ‘Holistic development of islands’.
Swaraj Dweep, Shaheed Dweep, Hutbay and Long Island in Andaman and
Nicobar Islands and Kavaratti, Agatti and Minicoy in Lakshadweep have been
identified for seaplane operations.
Key infrastructure projects such as operationalisation of the
Diglipur airport for civilian aircraft and the construction of a new airport
on Minicoy Island have been accorded high priority by the government, while
Coastal Regulation Zone clearance (CRZ) has been accorded for ‘Middle Strait
Bridge’ on Andaman Trunk Road.
Bids for private sector participation in three tourism-based
projects have already been invited by the Andaman & Nicobar Administration.
They include eco-tourism projects on Smith Island and Long Island and a tent
city project on Aves Island. Bids will be invited shortly for one more
project on Neil Island.
In order to sustainably utilise the potential of Tuna fish, 10
deep-sea modern fishing vessels are being procured by the Lakshadweep
administration from Cochin Shipyard Limited.
The Home Minister expressed satisfaction at the progress made
since the last meeting held on June 30, 2018, when directions were given to
focus on creation of recreational facilities along with tourism
infrastructure, implementation of renewable energy projects, incentives for
Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises and the development of a film city.
Cabinet approves promulgation of companies ordinance 2019
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has
approved the Promulgation of the Companies (Second Amendment) Ordinance 2019
and for replacement of the said Ordinance in Parliament by a replacement
It is based on the recommendations of the Committee to review
offences under the Companies Act, 2013, so as to fill critical gaps in the
corporate governance & compliance framework as enshrined in the Companies
Act 2013, while simultaneously extending greater Ease of Doing Business to
law abiding corporates.
This will incentivize compliance of law while simultaneously
meting out exemplary punishment for serious violations.
The amendments have been brought in to address the need to impose
civil liability for technical & procedural defaults of a minor nature & to
plug gaps in the corporate governance & enforcement framework covering a
wide range of issues.
The changes are expected to lead to greater compliance by
corporates, de-clogging of the special courts, de-clogging of the NCLT and
At present around 60 percent of the 40,000 odd cases pending in
courts pertain to sections dealing with procedural lapses that are proposed
to be shifted to in-house adjudication mechanism thereby incentivizing
compliance by corporates.
National programme for mid-day meals revised
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by the Prime
Minister has approved the revision of norms under Mid Day Meal Scheme with
an outlay of Rs.12,054 Crore for 2019-20 in addition to the subsidy of about
Rs. 8,000 crore borne by Department of Food & Public Distribution
Annual increase in Cooking cost linked to Inflation Index. This
year Cooking cost is enhanced to Rs. 4.35 and Rs. 6.51 per child per school
day, thus Cooking cost is enhanced by Rs 361 crore. This will offset the
impact of inflation on the food items under Mid Day Meal Scheme.
The States and UTs have been given flexibility to utilize, with
the prior approval of MHRD, 5% of their Annual Work Plan & Budget for new
interventions. This will help the States and UTs in undertaking innovative
Concept of community participation in the form of Tithi Bhojan
will be encouraged under which people from the community celebrate important
days such as child birth, marriage, birthdays etc. by contributing to the
Mid Day Meal Scheme. Tithi Bhojan is not a substitute to Mid Day Meal but it
supplements or compliments Mid DayMeal.
Mid-Day Meal Scheme (MDMS), is a Centrally-Sponsored Scheme which
covers all school children studying in Classes I-VIII of Government,
Government-Aided Schools. The scheme covers more than 12 crore children
studying in 11.4 lakh schools across the country.
Government of India incurs more than Rs 17,600 crore in the scheme
including the subsidy of about Rs.7,600 crore on food grains.
Fiji to continue to enhance cooperation with India
Both India and China are important partners of Fiji and the island
nation will continue to strengthen ties with the two Asian giants, its High
Commissioner to India, Yogesh Punja, has said.
“It’s a balancing act, We are engaging with both. We have good
relationship with both countries. We have defence cooperation not only with
China but Russia at the same time. We have all the players on the table,
depending on who has more love,” Mr. Punja told.
Asked about Fiji’s participation in the China-led transborder
infrastructure project, Belt and Road Initiative, Mr. Punja said his country
had signed up with the Chinese for several infrastructure projects but “we
do not want to be dependent on loans.”
Both India and Fiji signed a defence agreement in 2017 with a goal
to deepen cooperation in maritime security and provide training for Fiji
troops. Asked about the pact, the High Commissioner said he can’t discuss
the details of defence cooperation.
He added that there are a number of areas other than defence that
both sides have identified to strengthen bilateral ties. “We have close to
28 MoUs on the table,” said the envoy.
These include MoUs on sugar industry, agriculture and tourism.
Fiji is a major producer of sugar. The state-owned Fiji Sugar Corporation (FSC)
is the largest public enterprise in the country, employing some 3,000
Pakistan wants ICJ to dismiss khulbushan plea
India’s application to have the International Court of Justice
order Kulbhushan Jadhav’s release should be dismissed as inadmissible
Pakistan’s counsel Khawar Qureshi argued on Tuesday at the International
Court of Justice in The Hague, in a heated, and often personal presentation
that repeatedly referenced Prime Minister Narendra Modi and accused India of
engaging in “political theatre,” “grandstanding,” and presenting its case in
In presentations that contrasted with the more muted tone of
India’s opening oral arguments the day before, Mr. Qureshi and Pakistani’s
Attorney General Anwar Mansoor Khan accused India of failing to answer
fundamental questions and of “causing terrorism and training terrorists to
act in Pakistan” and wanting to “destroy” the country.
Pakistan had suffered more than 74,000 terrorism-related
casualties and fatalities that had been caused “mainly by the interference”
of India, said Mr. Khan in opening remarks.
Mr. Khan then accused India of having “detained and tortured” him
as a prisoner of war 20 years before.
“I have been a victim of Indian brutalities,” he told the court,
in his opening submission, after he had been told to proceed with setting
out Pakistan’s case, despite their putting forward a request for an
adjournment after former Chief Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani was taken
ill on Monday, and has not been able to return to the court.
The three-hour-long hearing during which Mr. Qureshi was asked to
slow down the pace of his presentation several times by the President
followed opening arguments by Harish Salve, India’s counsel, and joint
secretary Deepak Mittal , who accused Pakistan of “knowingly, wilfully and
brazenly” flouting the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.
::SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY::
Scientists discover anti -ageing compound in plants
In Japan, the slightly bitter leaves of the Ashitaba plant have
long been considered healthy, and a new study has found the traditional
belief may have good scientific grounds.
A natural substance in the plant appears to induce a key process
that helps remove the “cellular garbage” that can build up as cells age and
cause a range of diseases and disorders.
Researchers from the University of Graz's Institute of Molecular
Biosciences, Austria, said the substance known as 4,4’-dimethoxychalcone or
DMC, which occurs in Ashitaba plants, induces a process called autophagy.
“This is a cleansing process,” said Frank Madeo, a professor at the
It removes “superfluous material, especially cellular garbage like
aggregated proteins.” That “cleaning” process is key to sustained good
health as the body ages.
Nikhat and Meena triumph in Strandja memorial boxing
Nikhat Zareen and Meena Kumari Devi became the first Indian women
boxers to win gold medals at the Strandja Memorial Tournament in Sofia,
Bulgaria on Tuesday.
Zareen, a multiple-time national medallist, claimed a 5-0 win in
the 51kg category finals against Filipino Irish Magno. Devi defeated another
Filipino Aira Villegas 3-2, in the bantamweight (54kg) summit clash.