QWrap: Triple Talaq Ordinance Passed; Babul Supriyo’s New Shocker

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1. Cabinet Approves Triple Talaq Ordinance, Even as Bill Stuck in RS

Even as the triple talaq bill is stuck in the Rajya Sabha, the PM Narendra Modi-led central government on Wednesday, 19 September, passed an ordinance which criminalises the practice of instant triple talaq, or instant verbal divorce, by Muslim men.

Addressing a press conference on 19 September, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said there were 201 cases of triple talaq that took place even after Supreme Court, in a landmark verdict, banned instant triple talaq last year.

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2. AgustaWestland Scam: Christian Michel Denies Extradition Reports

Christian Michel, one of the middlemen named by the Enforcement Directorate in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper case, denied reports of his extradition on Wednesday, 19 September. Speaking to News18, he said, “There is no extradition order. I am working with my lawyers.”

There were reports of a Dubai court ordering his extradition. However, MEA sources had told ANI that although the accused has a right to appeal, the final call will be taken by the UAE, which has not made any formal confirmation to India.

As per rules, final call is always taken by the foreign office of a particular country. In case of UAE, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) decides the fate of an accused against whom the court has given an extradition order.
MEA Sources to ANI

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3. Whistleblower Narrates How UP Officials Staged Aadhaar-Ration Scam

A ration distribution scam involving the pilferage of over 2 lakh tonnes of food grains has rocked Uttar Pradesh. Spread across 43 districts of the state, an internal government probe revealed in late August that 1.86 lakh fraudulent transactions made through large-scale misuse of Aadhaar numbers diverted ration meant for the poor into the open market.

FIRs have been lodged against ration shop owners and a handful of computer operators in Department of Food and Civil Supplies in Noida, Ghaziabad, Lucknow, Allahabad, Muzzafarnagar, Agra and Meerut among other places.

A whistleblower who was fired from a rationing department office in Uttar Pradesh told The Quint that he was made to change Aadhaar numbers by the order of his seniors at the department. The basic modus operandi involved changing the Aadhaar number of genuine beneficiaries in the online database with other Aadhaar numbers to divert the grains into the open market.

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4. ‘Will Break Your Leg’: BJP MP Babul Supriyo Threatens Man at Event

Union Minister Babul Supriyo courted controversy on Tuesday, 18 September, for threatening to “break the leg” of a man and “hand him a crutch” during an event for differently-abled people at Nazrul Manch in Asansol, reported CNN-News18.

Supriyo was invited to the event to donate wheelchairs and other equipments to the differently abled.

The Union Minister reportedly lost his cool when the man was moving during the programme, causing distraction.

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5. I Don’t Miss Acting: Imran Khan on His New Stint as Director

Imran Khan is back to the movies after a hiatus of three years, albeit as a director.

His new short film for Johnnie Walker’s Celebrating India campaign, called Mission Mars, is a tribute to the 2014 Mangalyaan Mission to Mars.

The actor, who made his debut in 2008 with the charming Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na, says he was completely convinced that he was the right person for the project. “I told Punit that no one is as passionate about space and science fiction like I am, it had to be me,” he says.

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