Muslim women have right to invoke extra-judical divorce, rules Kerala HC.

Overruling a nearly five-decade judgment, the Kerala High Court has restored the rights of Muslim women for divorce without resorting to judicial proceedings.A division bench of the high court pronounced the judgment in a bunch of cases that arose out of different proceedings before the family courts seeking varied relief.The bench overruled a 1972 ruling of the single bench of the court barring Muslim women from resorting to extra-judicial modes of dissolving marriage.Noting that the Holy Quran...

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India recognised as the mother of democracy across the globe: PM Modi.

To commemorate Ambedkar Jayanti, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the Association of Indian Universities’ 95th Annual Meet and National Seminar of Vice-Chancellors on Wednesday via video conferencing. The event was hosted by Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University, Ahmedabad.He also launched four books on Ambedkar—Dr Ambedkar Jivan Darshan, Dr Ambedkar Vyakti Darshan, Dr Ambedkar Rashtra Darshan, and Dr Ambedkar Aayam Darshan—written by Kishore Makwana.The Prime Minister highlighted that...

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Over 1,000 test positive for Covid-19 at Kumbh Mela in 48 hours.

Hundreds of people have tested positive for coronavirus in India at the site of the world's biggest religious festival, officials said Wednesday, as huge crowds of mostly maskless Hindu devotees descended on the River Ganges.The virus was detected in more than 1,000 people in just 48 hours in the city of Haridwar, which lies along the holy river where the Kumbh Mela is being observed, officials said.A new wave of coronavirus infections is sweeping across India, with experts blaming massive religious...

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‘Great relief,’ says Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal as Centre pauses CBSE board exams.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday welcomed the central government’s decision to cancel the CBSE board exams for class 10 and postpone the same for class 12 in view of the worsening coronavirus disease (Covid-19) situation in the country. Taking it to Twitter, Kejriwal said it is a great relief for lakhs of students and their parents.Echoing his remarks, Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia also expressed happiness over the central government’s decision. However, Sisodia,...

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Making FASTag mandatory won’t breach right to freedom of movement: Centre.

The Union government has informed the Bombay High Court that making FASTag mandatory for all vehicles plying on national highways does not breach a citizen's fundamental right to freedom of movement in any way.The Centre made the submission in an affidavit filed in the High Court last week in response to a public interest litigation challenging its decision to make FASTag, the electronic toll collection chip, mandatory for all vehicles at toll plazas on national highways.The plea filed by one Arjun...

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‘First they ignore you… Then you win’: Rahul Gandhi on nod to foreign vaccines.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi took a jibe at the Narendra Modi government on Wednesday for its decision to fast-track the approval of vaccines already authorized for use in the US, UK, EU, and Japan.Gandhi had earlier faced severe criticism from many Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders over the same issue, when he urged the Centre to fast-track the approval of vaccines made outside India.Reacting to the government’s move, Gandhi posted on Twitter, “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you,...

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CBSE Class 10 exams cancelled, 12th exams postponed

Amid mounting pressure over the Centre to postpone the CBSE Board exams scheduled for next month, the Education Ministry, after consultation with PM Modi, decided to postpone class 12 exams. The ministry will review situation on June 1 to decide fresh dates.However, the ministry has cancelled class 10 exams.Earlier, sources in the Education Ministry had told The Indian Express that holding the examinations on time seems “difficult”, given the increase in fresh infections. CBSE’s offline examinations...

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14 injured in explosion during football match in Pakistan’s Balochistan: Report.

As many as 14 people were injured in an explosion during a football match on Tuesday in a town located in Pakistan's Balochistan. "As many as 14 people watching the football match got injured in the blast that rocked the industrial (Hub) town," Tariq Elahi Mastoi, a district police officer said, The Express Tribune reported."Fortunately, no football player was injured in the blast," the officer said.The local police informed that unidentified miscreants planted an improvised explosive device (IED)...

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PM Modi’s meetings with dignitaries to be scaled down amid Covid spike.

The government plans to scale down Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meetings with visiting dignitaries in the wake of a surge in Covid-19 cases within the country and abroad, people familiar with developments said on Tuesday. This was cited as the reason for the cancellation of a meeting between the PM and visiting French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and his delegation on Tuesday, the people said on condition of anonymity.The development came close on the heels of foreign secretary Harsh...

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India, France discuss boosting cooperation, greater collaboration in diverse sectors.

India and France on Tuesday discussed the possibility of boosting cooperation in diverse sectors such as trade and investment, defence and security, health, education, energy and climate change, and working jointly in the Indo-Pacific. These matters figured in talks between external affairs minister S Jaishankar and his visiting French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian, who is on an official visit to India during April 13-15. Le Drian will also participate in the Raisina Dialogue, the external affairs...

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