SC declares triple talaq unconstitutional, un-Islamic

New Delhi: The Supreme Court, by majority judgement, today declared the practice of triple talaq as unconstitutional. The judgement was delivered by a five-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India JS Khehar and comprising Justices R F Nariman, U U Lalit and Kurian Joseph and Abdul Nazir. The three judges said that the triple talaq was unconstitutional and un-Islamic. However, the two judges (Justice Nazeer and Justice  Kehar) gave a dissenting judgement. The apex court decision came on a bunch of petitions challenging the practice of triple talaq.

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Utkal Express mishap: Negligence, ground-level lapses caused 6 train derailments in 9 months

Thirteen coaches of Puri-Haridwar Kalinga Utkal Express train went off-track as carriages slammed into each other at Khatauli near Muzzafarnagar in western Uttar Pradesh on Saturday evening, killing 23 and injuring 156 people. The railway officials announced a compensation of Rs 3.5 lakh to the family of those killed and Rs 50,000 for those seriously injured. A desperate search for survivors is underway. Though stern action has been taken against eight officials with immediate effect, the cause of the accident is yet to be ascertained.

NIA raids a dozen places in Kashmir after terror funding tip-off

New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has conducted raids at about a dozen places in the Kashmir valley in connection with alleged terror funding from Pakistan and Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK), official sources said here on Wednesday. NIA personnel, assisted by local Crime Branch (CB) and state police raided about a dozen places in Srinagar and Tangmarg in Baramulla district and Handwara in the frontier district of Kupwara since early Wednesday morning.