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Uttar Pradesh : Maneka Gandhi admitted to Hospital in Pilibhit

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New Delhi, June 2, 2017: Union Minister Maneka Gandhi admitted to the emergency ward of a hospital on Friday in Pilibhit after she complained of pain in the stomach.

Soon after this report, Officials denied that she has a breathing problem by saying that Maneka Gandhi is not facing breathing problem but has a stone in the gall bladder and might be airlifted to Delhi.

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Activists seek political support on triple talaq bill, AIMPLB opposes

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New Delhi, Dec 15 : Women activists on Friday sought support of all political parties in converting the triple talaq Bill into law in Parliament, even as the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) termed the Bill a “direct interference in religious matters”.

The women activists said the Bill to ban triple talaq — oral divorce by Muslim men — should be converted into law in Parliament’s Winter Session so that its victims can get justice.

The Union Cabinet on Friday cleared the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017, to make the practice of triple talaq an offence.

The AIMPLB said it is against ‘Shariat’ and asked the Centre to consult the Muslim organisation before making any such law, after the Bill was approved by the Cabinet.

Activist Zakir Soman claimed the board and the Muslim community are not taking proper care of triple talaq victims, and such women should get justice from the law.

“If the community and the board were doing enough, why would triple talaq victims be approaching women’s organisations?” asked Soman.

“We will not give up our constitutional and legal entitlements. We are all citizens of a democracy and living in the 21st century. We are entitled, educated, and empowered, and want justice as per the law of the land…,” the activist said.

According to Soman, they have written to Congress President-elect Rahul Gandhi and other opposition leaders, including West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Communist Party of India-Marxist General Secretary Sitaram Yechury for support in ensuring the passage of Bill in Parliament.

“It is not a matter of the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Congress or any other political party. It is the responsibility of all political parties and their representatives and all women in this country,” she said.

Opposing the proposed law, AIMPLB member Maulana Khalid Rashid said: “As far as the divorced women’s rehabilitation is concerned, the Muslim community is already doing it. So, we consider the Bill as a direct interference in the religious matters of our community. It is an attack on our religious freedom…”

“Women are not being tortured in the name of triple talaq. Muslim women have said they do not want changes in the community’s personal laws, including on triple talaq. If certain people are misusing such laws it doesn’t mean you will completely end it. It is part of our ‘Shariat’. The government should at least have consulted Muslim organisations before making any such law.”

Woman activist Hina Zaheer said: “According to the Quran, there is no provision for instant talaq… So, it should not be a matter of prestige for the board. Since the board failed to resolve the issue, a lot of politics has been done on it.”

According to the draft Bill sent out to the states earlier this month, it was proposed that triple talaq be made a cognisable and non-bailable offence, attracting three years in jail.

The draft law was prepared in the backdrop of the August verdict of the Supreme Court that struck down the practice of “instant” divorce as illegal.

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Mehbooba’s brother quits as CM grievance cell head, likely to get cabinet berth

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Jammu, Dec 15 : Sayeed Tasaduq Mufti, brother of Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, on Friday resigned as coordinator of CM’s grievance cell.

Tasaduq Mufti had given up his career as a Bollywood cinematographer and came back to the state after his father, Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed died on January 7, 2016, and was appointed as coordinator of CM’s grievance cell to address day-to-day problems of the people brought to his notice.

He is also the ruling Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate for the Anantnag Lok Sabha bypoll, which has not been held yet due to the challenging security situation in districts of Anantnag, Shopian, Kulgam and Pulwama.

Informed sources said that decks have been cleared for Tasaduq Mufti’s nomination to the upper house of the state’s bicameral legislature.

The seat fell vacant after sitting legislative counsellor Vikramaditya Singh resigned from both the house and the PDP following differences with the party leadership over issues concerning the Jammu region.

Sources also said once he becomes a legislator, he would be inducted into the state cabinet and allotted the important Tourism portfolio that is presently held by the Chief Minister.

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Amit Shah debuts in Parliament, seated in front row

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New Delhi, Dec 15 : BJP President Amit Shah on Friday made his debut in the Rajya Sabha and was seated in the front row, right next to the seats reserved for the Leader of the House and the Prime Minister.

As soon as Shah entered the House a few minutes before the proceedings were to start, he was cheered by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members and ministers who clapped and thumped the desks.

Elected to the Rajya Sabha from his home state Gujarat in August, Shah was given the front seat in the second block of seats, earlier occupied by M. Venkaiah Naidu. Shah would keep company with ministers Ram Vilas Paswan, Ravi Shankar Prasad and Thawar Chand Gehlot.

The members are given seats according to seniority with the most senior members getting the front aisle seats.

Several other Cabinet ministers are seated in the second and third row behind Shah.

Earlier, as Shah reached the Parliament House, he was greeted by many Union ministers and BJP MPs who presented him bouquets of flowers. Shah then made way to the Prime Minister’s office to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

BJP party sources said that Shah’s presence would ensure presence of most of the BJP members in the House.

In the monsoon session, the Modi government faced embarrassment in the Rajya Sabha as many BJP MPs were missing when a crucial bill seeking to grant constitutional status to the National Commission for Backward Classes came up for amendment. The government is keen to get the bill passed.

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