Triple talaq, polygamy not sanctioned by Islam, Centre tells SC
India > Triple talaq, polygamy > Apr 10
Triple talaq and polygamy practised by many Muslims are not sanctioned by Islam, the Centre told the Supreme Court. Urging the top court to declare these practises unconstitutional, the Centre asserted that they affected the fundamental right of Muslim women to live in dignity and without any security unlike women of other religions in the country.
Flipkart raises $1.4 billion from Tencent, eBay, Microsoft
Corporate > Flipkart > Apr 10
On Monday, Flipkart, the country’s largest e-commerce conglomerate announced $1.4 billion funding from WeChat-investor Tencent, Microsoft and eBay, at $11.6 billion post-transaction valuation. “We are delighted that Tencent, eBay and Microsoft — all innovation powerhouses — have chosen to partner with us on their India journey,” said Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal, Founders of Flipkart, in a company statement.
PepisCo, Coca Cola restrained from drawing water from Tamil Nadu river
India > PepisCo, Coca Cola > Apr 11
Softdrinks majors PepsiCo and Coca Cola were on Monday restrained by officials from drawing water from Tamirabharani River in the district till April 30 for their bottling plants in view of the acute water shortage. The water level in the Papanasam and Manimutharu dams across the river was enough only to meet drinking water requirements, District Collector M Karunakaran said in a release.
Pakistan says will hang ‘spy’ Kulbhushan Jadhav, India calls sentencing pre-meditated murder
India > Kulbhushan Jadhav > Apr 11
Pakistan said on Monday a military court has sentenced to death Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav for allegedly spying and stoking violence in Balochistan, drawing an angry response from New Delhi which said it will be a “premeditated murder” if carried out. India summoned the Pakistani high commissioner Abdul Basit and handed over a demarche describing the court proceedings as “farcical” and also put on hold the release of several Pakistani prisoners, scheduled for Wednesday.
Malala Yousafzai made youngest UN Messenger of Peace
World > Malala Yousafzai > Apr 11
Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has been made the youngest ever UN Messenger of Peace. The 19-year-old, who is doing her A-levels and has an offer from a top UK university, will take the role with a special focus on girls' education. In 2012 Ms Yousafzai was nearly killed by the Taliban for campaigning for girls' rights to education.
India and Bangladesh Sign 22 Agreements, Discuss Water Sharing
India > India - Bangladesh > Apr 09
Narendra Modi offered $5 billion in two separate lines of credit to Sheikh Hasina, including $500 million for defence procurement meant to wean Dhaka off Chinese military purchases.
Egypt declares state of emergency after deadly church attacks
World > Egypt > Apr 10
Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has announced a three-month state of emergency after attacks on two Coptic churches that left at least 44 dead.
UN Security Council will vote Wednesday on Syria gas attack probe: US
World > Syria gas attack > Apr 12
The UN Security Council will vote today on a draft resolution demanding that the Syrian government cooperate with an investigation of the suspected chemical attack last week in Idlib province, US diplomats said.
US experts question Pakistan's decision to execute Kulbhushan Jadhav
India > Kulbhushan Jadhav > Apr 12
Top US experts have expressed concern over Pakistan's decision to give death penalty to Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav as they warned that Islamabad wants to send a "strong message" to India against isolating it on the world stage.
Link bank accounts to Aadhaar by April 30: I-T department
India > Aadhaar > Apr 12
Accounts opened from July 2014 to August, 2015 will have to submit know your customer (KYC) details and their Aadhaar number to banks and financial institutions+ by April 30 and self-certify them to comply with FATCA regulations (Foreign Tax Compliance Act), the tax department said on Tuesday.
China gas attack remains world's biggest executioner: Amnesty
World > China > Apr 12
China executed more people in 2016 than all other nations combined, Amnesty International said Tuesday, even as death penalties in the world decreased overall. The human rights organisation estimates the Asian giant alone killed "thousands" of people, a figure based on examinations of court records and news reports.
Stockholm: Suspect admits ramming truck into crowd
World > Stockholm > Apr 11
The man suspected of ramming a stolen truck into a crowd in Stockholm, killing four people and wounding 15, has admitted guilt, his lawyer said Tuesday.