QWrap: LS Passes Triple Talaq Bill; Meghalaya Miners Still Stuck
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1. Triple Talaq Bill Passed in the Lok Sabha
The Triple Talaq Bill was passed in Lok Sabha amid ruckus from opposition on Thursday, 27 December after the Congress and the AIADMK staged a walk out when the Speaker refused to refer the bill to a Joint Select Committee.
The Lok Sabha had resumed at 2 pm to discuss the politically-sensitive bill with the Opposition.
The government has rejected opposition's claim that the bill to penalise the practice of instant triple talaq by Muslim men was aimed at targeting any commuinity.
Supporting the bill, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said it is for “women's welfare.”
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2. Engineer, DU Student, Bizman – Who Are the 10 Men Detained by NIA?
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) conducted searches across 17 locations in Uttar Pradesh and New Delhi in connection with its probe into a new ISIS-inspired module on Wednesday, 26 December.
The officials at the NIA confirmed that the module was in the advanced stage of carrying out a series of blasts.
The 10 men arrested by NIA from Uttar Pradesh and Delhi, as members of a new ISIS-inspired module 'Harkat ul Harb e Islam', include a student from Delhi University, civil engineering student, businessman and auto-rickshaw driver.
3. Will 17 Miners Die in Meghalaya Because the NDRF Didn’t Do Enough?
Seventeen men will likely die in a dark, wet mine in Meghalaya if those in power continue to sit quietly twiddling their thumbs.
A mine flooded and collapsed in Meghalaya’s Jaintia Hills on 13 December. Eighteen people were working in the mine at the time, according to the lone survivor of the accident. The miners apparently hit an aquifer, leading to a rush of water into the narrow mine that resembles a rat-hole.
The mine filled with water fast, trapping the people who were working. Twenty-two-year-old Sahib Ali, the only one who went down into the mine and escaped, narrated what happened to news website EastMojo.
(Read the full story here.)
4. The 2018 Testimony That Wasn’t: If the Biggies Answered ‘Honestly’
The year 2018 was marred by a plethora of controversies where representatives from big tech companies like Google, Facebook and even the social media platform Twitter were summoned to testify in front of the US Senate and even the Congress.
Amongst all of this hullaballoo, even India’s minister for information and technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad, had issued a statement about summoning the Facebook CEO to India if need be.
Now, just imagine if these top CEOs had agreed to testify in India and be absolutely honest with their responses. The Quint has a contrarian view to this where the CEOs of ‘coincidentally similar’ companies Tracebook, Boggle and Bitter agreed to testify in an Indian court. And testify ‘honestly’.
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5. In Stats, MCG Test Day 2: Pujara’s Patient Grind, Kohli’s Away Joy
If the opening day of the Melbourne Test was a battle of attrition, the second act of the Boxing Day Test was all about patience and perseverance.
These are two qualities well known to Cheteshwar Pujara, who has had to persevere and be patient in cementing himself as India’s number three.
It was an attribute on full display at the MCG, as a 319-ball vigil, coupled with half-centuries from captain Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, led India to a daunting first innings total of 443/7d – their first score of over 400 in 11 Tests away from home in 2018.
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