Plan and Policy

Plan & Policy

LS passes by voice vote bill making triple Talaq illegal

The Lok Sabha on Thursday passed the hugely contentious bill that criminalises instant triple talaq and makes it punishable by up to three years imprisonment for the husband, a development hailed by the government as “historic” but disapproved of by a section of the opposition.

The Lok Sabha passed the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill by voice vote after rejecting a string of amendments moved by opposition members.

Pak army to get over 1,000 acres for new GHQ

Pakistan’s ar­my, which is planning to shift its general headqua­rters (GHQ) from Rawal­pindi to Islamabad, will soon get over 1,000 acres of land in the capital city, according to a media report on Wednesday.

The plan to shift the GHQ was shelved in 2008-09, at the instructions of then army chief Gen Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, due to financial constraints.

The army now wants possession of the land at the earliest so construction work can be started and the army headquarters can be moved to the federal capital, Dawn reported.

Pak sends shoes of Jadhav’s wife for forensic examination

Pakistani authorities have sent the shoes worn by Kulbhushan Jadhav’s wife for forensic examination to determine the nature of the suspected presence of a foreign object, a media report on Wednesday said.

The authorities were ascertaining whether the “metallic object” in the sh­o­es was a camera or a rec­or­ding chip, Pakistan Today quoted foreign office spok­esperson Mohammad Fai­sal as saying.

Jairam Thakur takes oath as Himachal CM

JaiRAM Thakur was on Wednesday sworn in as the 14th chief minister of Himachal Pradesh along with 11 other ministers at a ceremony at the historic Ridge Ground here.

Governor Acharya Dev­vrat administered the oath of office and secrecy to the 52-year-old Thakur, a five-time MLA from Seraj, and other ministers which included six new faces.

Now, Hegde remark stalls Parliament

An aggressive opposition on We­d­nesday forced two adjournme­nts in the Rajya Sabha protesting the controversial remarks made by Union minister Anantkumar Hegde on secularism and changing the Constitution, even as the government distanced itself from the issue.

“Members have express­ed concerns to which we would like to emphasise that the government is committed to the Constitution. The minister has given a statem­ent but we do not subscribe to those views,” minister of state for parliamentary affairs Vijay Goel said during the question hour in a bid to assuage the Opposition.

IT firms fleecing freshers: Pai

Big Indian information tec­h­nology (IT) companies ha­ve formed a cartel to keep salary of entry-level engine­ers low, alleged industry veteran TV Mohandas Pai, raising a strong pitch for a better deal for freshers.

He agreed with Infosys co­-fo­under NR Narayana Mu­rthy, who said in the last 7 years, salaries of freshers in the software industry have stayed stagnant, while the sa­me for senior-level empl­oyees have grown multi-fold.

Suzlon opens first offshore Met unit in Arabian Sea

Wind turbine maker Suzlon Energy, the fifth largest player globally, along with its associates, has commissioned its first operational offshore Met station in the Arabian Sea.

Suzlon along with its associates, under the guidance from National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT), Chennai, and approvals through National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE), Chennai, has installed first operational offshore LiDAR-based (light detection and ranging) wind measurement station in the Arabian Sea.

India is the largest LPG importer

India is set to surpass China as the biggest importer of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) this month as a drive to replace wood and animal dung fires for cooking boosts consumption.

Shipping data in Thomson Reuters Eikon shows LPG shipments to India will reach 2.4 million tonnes in December, pushing it ahead of top importer China, on 2.3 million tonnes, for the first time.

India’s LPG purchases have surged from just one million tonnes a month in early 2015 on the back of a government programme to bring energy to millions of poor households relying on open fires.

Sebi slaps Rs 5.6L fine on 2 entities for disclosure lapses

Markets regulator Sebi today imposed a total penalty of Rs 5.60 lakh on Eduexel Infotainment and one Vinod Dugar for disclosure lapses.

According to two separate orders, Sebi has levied a fine of Rs 3 lakh on the firm for violating PIT (Prohibition of Insider Trading) Regulations and Rs 2.60 lakh on Dugar for breaching SAST (Substantial Acquisition of Shares and Takeovers) Regulations.

The Sebi orders have come following investigations in the shares of Eduexel Infotainment Ltd (EIL) during the period from January to December, 2014.

JeM commander Noor Tantray killed in Pulwama

Terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed suffered a major blow on Tuesday when security forces killed its top commander Noor Mohammad Tantray, considered the brain behind the terror outfit’s revival in Kashmir Valley, police said.