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India bans instant divorce by
THE Indian government has approved
an ordinance to implement a law
banning the Muslim practice that allows
men to instantly divorce their wives.
Clerics and devout Muslims,
however, have condemned the
decision. Ms Maulana Moin Ashraf
Qadri, who led a protest, told the Times
of India: “We are opposed to it and
condemn the move because it not only
makes talaq difficult, it also seeks to jail
the husband who pronounces it.”
The government will have another
six months to get Parliament’s approval
for the ordinance to become law. In the
meantime, those who violate it can be
prosecuted under the ordinance.
Gujarat politicians to get
GUJARAT legislators on Wednesday
unanimously passed a bill in the state
assembly proposing to hike their
salaries by at least Rs45,000 ($850) a
month from February this year.
Accordingly, the monthly salary of
the Members of the Legislative
Assembly will be increased to Rs1.16
lakhs from the existing Rs70,727, a rise
of about 64 per cent, while those of the
ministers, Speaker, Deputy Speaker
and Leader of Opposition will go up to
Rs1.32 lakhs from Rs86,000, an
increase of 54 per cent.
Jet Airways plane returns to
Mumbai with bleeding passengers
AT LEAST 30 passengers on a Jet Air-
ways Mumbai-Jaipur flight suffered ear
and nose bleeding due to low cabin pres-
sure during the ascent yesterday.
The flight, with 166 passengers and
five crew, was forced to return to Mum-
bai shortly after take-off. The passengers
were given first-aid by a team of doctors
at the airport.
Airline sources said the incident may
have happened after the crew report-
edly missed activating what is called a
“bleed switch” before take-off, leading
to a fall in cabin pressure with oxygen
masks getting deployed. An investiga-
tion is underway and the cockpit crew
have been suspended.
Haryana to be stray-cattle free
HARYANA will be made stray
cattle-free by Jan 26 next year, a senior
state officer has announced.
Strict action will be taken against
people whose cattle are found roaming
on the roads and a fine will also be
imposed on them, said Additional
Principal Secretary to Chief Minister
He added that a further action plan
will be prepared keeping in view the
performance of the districts which do
well in making their districts
Joyalukkas joins in on rebuilding
homes of Kerala flood victims
POPULAR jewellery group Joyalukkas
has embarked on a project to construct
250 houses for those who lost their
homes in the recent floods in Kerala.
The group said that Rs15 crores have
been set aside for the project, which has
the support of its employees as well as a
large number of well-wishers.
The project plan has been submitted
to the Kerala chief minister and will be
carried out with the help of the local
bodies in each district.
Kerala Police questions bishop
accused of raping nun
THE Kerala Police on Thursday began
questioning Bishop Franco Mulakkal,
who is accused of raping a nun, for the
second consecutive day.
On Wednesday, the bishop of the
Roman Catholic Diocese in Jalandhar,
Punjab, was questioned for seven hours
at the Crime Branch office in
Tripunithura. A Kerala nun has accused
Mr Mulakkal of repeatedly sexually
abusing her between 2014 and 2016.
An investigation was launched against
the bishop and a 114-page detailed
statement was taken from the nun and
other inmates of the convent.
Nuns have been protesting against
him in Kochi for the past 13 days.
UP farmers offer land for Jewar
REPRESENTATIVES of farmers from
Jewar in Noida met Uttar Pradesh
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on
Wednesday and handed him letters
agreeing to offer their land for the
proposed Jewar international airport.
They told the Chief Minister that all of
them had agreed to the development of
the region, an official said.
The farmers said they were confident
the state government would act to
ensure their rehabilitation and help
them in earning a living.
Celebrations to mark India’s
A RALLY to draw focus on the
benefits of tourism in India,
showcasing its cultural diversity,
is being held in New Delhi until
The 12-day event called
Paryatan Parv was inaugurated by
Union Home Minister Mr Rajnath
Singh at Rajpath Lawns in Delhi
on Sept 16. Yoga demonstrations,
photography competitions and
cultural performances are being
held in conjunction with the
During the inauguration,
Union Minister for Tourism K.J.
Alphons said that Indians have
made 1.8 billion domestic trips in
the last year and added that the
ministry is aiming to double these
visits over the next three years.
September 21, 2018
AKISTAN Prime Minister Im-
ran Khan has written to his In-
dian counterpart Narendra
Modi seeking a resumption of dialogue
between the two nations, according to
Indian media reports on Thursday.
More specifically he has sought a
meeting between his Foreign Minister
Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Indian Ex-
ternal Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj
on the sidelines of the United Nations
General Assembly in New York later
Mr Khan’s letter was in response to
Modi’s own communication to him seek-
ing a “meaningful and constructive” dia-
logue between the two countries, noted
the Times of India.
This was after Mr Khan said in his vic-
tory speech that Pakistan would re-
spond with two steps to any step taken
by India for normalisation of ties.
In his letter, diplomatic sources said,
Mr Khan has called for resumption of
the comprehensive bilateral dialogue
process which was launched in Decem-
ber 2015 but did not take off because of
the terrorist attack on the Pathankot air-
base in India.
In that context, Mr Khan said Indian
and Pakistan should look at resolving all
major outstanding issues, including ter-
rorism and Kashmir, through dialogue.
Ms Swaraj had visited Islamabad for
the Heart of Asia conference in Decem-
ber 2015 which was the last significant
engagement between India and Pak-
istan. Mr Khan has been talking of
peace between India and Pakistan since
he won the general elections last month.
“To move forward Pakistan and In-
dia must talk and resolve their conflicts
including Kashmir,” he said soon after
being sworn in as PM.
Mr Qureshi had also made clear in
his first press conference after assuming
office, that he would pursue dialogue
with India as a way forward.
“Us coming to the table and talking
peace is our only option. We need to
stop the adventurism and come to-
gether. We know the issues are tough
and will not be solved overnight, but we
have to engage,” Pakistan’s new foreign
minister had said.
“We may have a different approach
and line of thinking, but I want to see a
change in how we behave. India and Pak-
istan have to move forward keeping real-
ities before them.”
The ties between the two countries
have deteriorated since April following
the sentencing of Indian national Kulb-
hushan Jadhav to death by a Pakistani
military court on espionage charges.
Continuous cross-border firing ex-
changes in Jammu and Kashmir has
added to the tension between the two
The Modi government has made it
clear that talks can be held only if Pak-
istan acts against terror groups looking
to target India from its soil.
In his letter to Mr Khan, the Indian
Prime Minister had recalled his earlier
phone conversation with him in which
they had spoken of “their shared vision
to bring peace, security and prosperity
in the Indian subcontinent, in order to
make it free of terror and violence, and
focus on development.
Mr Khan’s letter comes at a time
when there is unhappiness in India over
the policies of the new government in
Several ministers have said publicly
that they do not expect things to change
under Mr Khan, especially given his
“links” with the Pakistan army.
Many opinion makers in India have
also pointed to the controversy over the
announcement by Pakistan that it will al-
low Indian Sikh pilgrims to visit the Kar-
tarpur Sahib Gurudwara in Pakistan.
The decision was not officially com-
municated to Indian authorities, lead-
ing to the perception in India that the
Pakistan government’s outreach to In-
dia is limited to speeches and media
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