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  • As Gurmeet Ram Rahim Faces Court Decision, 2 States On Alert: 10 Points
    Thousands of policemen and paramilitary troops are in Punjab and Haryana ahead of a court verdict on Friday in a rape case against self-styled godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who leads the influential Dera Sacha Sauda sect. The Chief Ministers of both states have appealed for peace, with a large number of Dera followers travelling to Panchkula town, where the case is being heard. The Dera describes itself as a 'social welfare and spiritual organization'. Its flamboyant and controversial chief claims to have 50 million followers and runs a spiritual empire apart from dabbling in films.
  • 'Not Part Of Islam': 5 Quotes From Verdict Banning Triple <i>Talaq</i>
    The Supreme Court has banned the controversial Islamic practice that allows men to divorce their wives instantly by saying "talaq" three times, saying it is unconstitutional. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government had backed the petitioners in this landmark case. Victims of the practice known as "triple talaq" had approached the Supreme Court to ask for a ban. The majority opinion held that triple talaq is not in keeping with the tenets of Islam.
  • Triple <i>Talaq</i> Illegal, Says Supreme Court In Landmark Judgment: 10 Points
    The Supreme Court today banned the controversial Islamic practice that allows men to leave their wives immediately by stating "talaq" (divorce) three times, calling the practice "unconstitutional". The verdict vindicates the stand of the government, which had said triple talaq violates fundamental rights of women. Several Muslim women who have been divorced because of it, including on Skype and on WhatsApp, had appealed to the top court to end the practice.
  • After Merger, AIADMK's Fresh Challenge From Sasikala Supporters: 10 Facts
    After months of hard negotiations and several false starts, as two rival factions of Tamil Nadu's ruling AIADMK announced a merger, dissent rose from 18 party lawmakers who are opposed to the decision to expel VK Sasikala. The lawmakers say they will meet the Governor tomorrow to decide on their next course of action - a comment that is seen as a potential threat to the government of Chief Minister E Palaniswami, which has 134 members in the 234-member assembly. The expulsion of Ms Sasikala was a pre-condition of the faction led by O Panneerselvam for joining the larger group led by Mr Palaniswami.
  • Triple Talaq Case - Supreme Court's Landmark Verdict Today: 10-Point Guide
    Whether the controversial Islamic practice that allows men to leave their wives immediately by stating "talaq" (divorce) three times should be banned will be decided by five judges of the Supreme Court today at 10:30 am. Triple talaq has so far been legal for Muslims according to the Constitution, but several Muslim women who have been divorced because of it, including on Skype and on WhatsApp, have appealed to the top court to end the practice. The triple talaq verdict is awaited from the Supreme Court
  • PM Modi Tweets Approval Of AIADMK Merger, Talk Builds Of New Ties: 5 Points
    Tamil Nadu's ruling party today abandoned its differences - or at least said it has - in an attempt to present a throwback to an older era, when it was a solid force grounded in its abject devotion to chief J Jayalalithaa, who died in December. Acknowledging "there are differences but we will work together," Chief Minister E Palaniswami shook hands with rival O Panneerselvam, who will now serve as his Deputy and No 2 in the government.
  • 10 Facts About Lt Col Purohit, Main Accused In 2008 Malegaon Blast Case
    On September 29, 2008, two bombs fitted on a motorcycle exploded, killing seven people and injuring over 100 in Maharashtra's Malegaon, around 270 km from Mumbai. Initial investigations brought a hardline pro-Hindu group, Abhinav Bharat, under the scanner and led to several arrests. Among them were Sadhvi Pragya Thakur and Army officer Lt Col Prasad Srikant Purohit who were arrested that year, and charged with plotting the blasts. The Bombay High Court had granted bail to Sadhvi Pragya in April this year, but rejected Lt Col Purohit's plea, saying the charges against him were of "grave nature". Three days later, he moved the Supreme Court which today granted him bail.
  • Merger Done, OPS Is Deputy Chief Minister, Wins Sasikala Point: 10 Facts
    After months of hard negotiations and several false starts, Tamil Nadu's ruling AIADMK party today finally announced a merger with Chief Minister E Palaniswami or EPS, and his rival O Panneerselvam or OPS shaking on it and also visiting together the beachside memorial of J Jayalalithaa, where OPS started his rebellion. The AIADMK has agreed to expel VK Sasikala, the jailed party chief. "The burden in my heart is gone. No one can separate us, we are children of Amma (Jayalalithaa), and we are brothers," Mr Panneerselvam said.
  • 253 Dead, 1 Crore Affected As Bihar's Flood Crisis Worsens: 10 Points
    The number of dead in the devastating floods in Bihar has gone up to 253 as the situation worsened with more areas getting affected. Around 1.26 crore people are facing the deluge in 18 districts of the state. Earlier on Sunday, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for sending the army and teams of the National Disaster Response Force to flood-hit parts of the state for relief operations - barely hours after the chief minister sought help from the centre.
  • 4 Railways Officials Suspended After UP Train Accident: 10 Points
    Four railway officials have been suspended over the train accident on Saturday that left over 22 dead and injured over 200 in Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar district. Three others have been transferred and one has been sent on leave. Thirteen coaches of the Puri-Haridwar Utkal Express ran off the tracks around 5:45 pm in Khatauli, about 100 km from New Delhi. The move came on a day that Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu assured prompt action over the accident that appeared to have been caused due to negligence.
  • Human Error Behind Uttar Pradesh Train Accident That Killed 23, Say Locals: 10 Points
    At around 5:46 pm on Saturday evening, residents of Khatauli in western Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar district heard a loud crash when at least a dozen carriages of the Puri-Haridwar Utkal Express ran off the tracks. Two of the coaches crashed into a residential area, hitting a house and a school building. At least 21 people have been killed and more than 70 injured in the accident. Local residents say human error may have caused the accident. The government has ordered an inquiry which is also probing any possible foul play.
  • 350 Dead, Crores Affected In Floods In Bihar, Assam, Bengal: 10 Points
    A spate of floods in states across the country have claimed hundreds of lives and displaced crores. Bihar, Assam, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal have faced a huge challenge in dealing with floods that have ravaged the countryside. In Bihar, floods have claimed 153 lives and a staggering one crore people have been affected by the floods. In Assam, 144 people have died because of multiple waves of floods consistently striking the state. In Uttar Pradesh, the state administration has asked the army to help in rescue and relief operations. While north Bengal is slowly recovering, floods there have claimed 52 lives until now.
  • AIADMK Merger Talks On Track, Good News In 2 Days, Says OPS: 10 Facts
    A day after an expected merger between rival factions of Tamil Nadu's ruling AIADMK party ran into last-minute turbulence, former chief minister O Panneerselvam, popularly known as OPS, kept hopes alive. "Talks are going on smoothly and in another two days, you can expect good news," he said, referring to the other camp led by his successor E Palaniswami or EPS. Last night, despite elaborate flower arrangements and expectant party members waiting at the shoreside memorial of J Jayalalithaa in Chennai, the merger of the two sides that split after her death fell through reportedly because some members of the OPS camp wanted EPS to step down.
  • Coastal Regions Worst Affected By Swine Flu As Cases Spike: 10 Points
    There has been a spurt in swine flu cases reported from Gujarat due to the H1N1 virus that has killed 242 people across the western state this year, next only to Maharashtra where official statistics compiled by the Union Health Ministry indicate 400 people have died. The spike in deaths has prompted the Vijay Rupani government to ask doctors to prescribe Tamiflu to all patients with general fever. The Chief Minister had also carried out surprise checks at public hospitals in major cities that have witnessed a large number of infections.
  • AIADMK Merger On The Fritz Again, OPS Unwavering On 2 Demands: 10 Facts
    Despite elaborate flower arrangements and expectant party members waiting at the shoreside memorial of J Jayalalithaa in Chennai, the merger of the two rival factions that were formed in her party after her death ran into last-minute glitches: Chief Minister E Palaniswami and his predecessor, O Panneerselvam, or "EPS" and "OPS" in popular parlance, remain trapped in negotiations eight months after the death of Ms Jayalalithaa, referred to as "amma" or mother by a smitten public and party workers.

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