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Triple talaq hearing begins in SC, Tech Mahindra to sack employees: Top stories of the day

Supreme Court will commence hearing petitions challenging regressive practices such as triple talaq and polygamy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will embark on a visit to Sri Lanka to attend the biggest Buddhist festival Vesak Day, and Kapil Mishra to go to ACB with ‘more proof’. Here are the top stories of the day.

india Updated: May 11, 2017 11:40 IST
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Activists protest against triple talaq in New Delhi. The Supreme Court is hearing petitions challenging triple talaq.
Activists protest against triple talaq in New Delhi. The Supreme Court is hearing petitions challenging triple talaq.(PTI)

Triple talaq hearing begins, Supreme Court says won’t examine polygamy among Muslims

The Supreme Court said on Thursday it would not examine the Islamic custom of polygamy while hearing petitions challenging triple talaq, described as biased by several Muslim women who want the divorce practice scrapped. A constitution bench of five judges, who have decided to work through the summer break, began hearing seven separate petitions challenging the divorce practice that allows a man to end his marriage by uttering the world talaq (I divorce you) thrice in a succession.

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PM Modi’s Sri Lanka visit begins today, says it reflects strong ties

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will embark on a two-day visit to Sri Lanka to attend the biggest Buddhist festival ‘Vesak Day’ as its chief guest. The celebrations will include an international Buddhist Conference in which over 400 delegates from more than 100 countries will participate. The MEA has said that no formal talks have been scheduled, but Modi will be interacting with the Sri Lankan leaders. During the two-day trip, his second to Sri Lanka since becoming the Prime Minister, Modi will also visit Kandy in the Central Province, which is famous for production of Ceylon Tea. This will be PM Modi’s second visit.

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AAP crisis: Kapil Mishra to go to ACB with ‘more proof’; Saurabh Bhardwaj too promises another exposé

Delhi is set to witness another politically charged day with more action on the two issues that have shaken the Capital over the week: corruption allegations against AAP brass by rebel leader Kapil Mishra and AAP’s claims of EVM ‘tampering’. Sacked AAP minister Kapil Mishra says he will approach the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) around noon to “divulge more details in the Water Tanker scam”. The AAP is set to push its line on the EVMs by holding a protest at the Election Commission office and promising another ‘revelation’ on the Assembly elections in five states.

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UP chief secretary appears before high court with documents about 2007 Gorakhpur riots

The Allahabad High Court has summoned the chief secretary of Uttar Pradesh, directing him to bring along all documents relating to the 2007 Gorakhpur riots in which the then local MP and current chief minister Yogi Adityanath was named as an accused. A division bench of justices Ramesh Sinha and Umesh Chandra Srivastava directed the chief secretary to appear in person and file a personal affidavit besides producing all documents relating to the 2007 riots, including the sanction given by the state government to prosecute the accused.

After Infosys and Wipro, Tech Mahindra may sack hundreds of employees

After Infosys and Wipro, it’s now IT firm Tech Mahindra that could hand out pink slips to hundreds of employees as it looks to “weed out bottom performers” following its annual appraisal process. “We have a process of weeding out bottom performers every year and this year is no different,” Tech Mahindra said in an emailed response. The Mumbai-based company, however, did not specify the number of employees that could be asked to leave. industry sources suggest that the number would run into hundreds.

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Gujarat after Modi:  Industry on auto-pilot but strains on job-creation front

Three years after Narendra Modi shifted to Delhi as PM, the state continues to put big companies at the centre of its industrial roadmap, even as their ability to create and retain jobs is under strain. “Capital-intensive industries in Gujarat are growing. Labour-intensive industries like textile, readymade garments and leather are not,” says an economist.

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Amit Shah’s remarks on Tripura having highest crime rate against women are false

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah claimed that Tripura has the highest rate of crimes against women in the country and that 25% of the literate population of the state is unemployed. Tripura is in fact at the eighth position among 29 states and seven union territories in figures for crimes against women, according to 2015 data of the National Crime Records Bureau. Tripura ranks as the fourth worst state in terms of unemployment among graduates in the country.

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Won’t dwell on sacking, will be fine: FBI’s Comey in farewell letter

Former FBI director James Comey says in a farewell letter to colleagues that he will “be fine,” and won’t dwell on how he was fired by President Donald Trump, CNN has reported. “I have long believed that a President can fire an FBI Director for any reason, or for no reason at all. I’m not going to spend time on the decision or the way it was executed. I hope you won’t either. It is done, and I will be fine, although I will miss you and the mission deeply,” Comey said in a letter to agents and colleagues.

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