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The Morning Wrap: Kaifiyat Express Derails In UP; Triple Talaq Judgement Not A 'Giant Leap'

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23/08/2017 9:13 AM IST | Updated 23/08/2017 9:21 AM IST
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Women from Muslim community celebrate after verdict given by Supreme Court for Ban of Triple Talaq.

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The Supreme Court judgement on triple talaq has made it seem like India is finally coming to terms with gender discrimination. However, Anghushuman Choudhury, a researcher at the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, points out that this is just a 'good old reformist card' used by the politicians. "For the Indian polity, gender has been the quintessential low-hanging fruit that comes to rescue when hunger for seats strikes," he writes. Read more about it here.

In Tamil Nadu, all is still not well despite the happy AIADMK merger. It has triggered another round of uncertainty because it struck Sasikala and her nephew TTV Dinakaran out of the equation. G Pramod, in this piece, points out that there are three possible scenarios, all of which don't favour the reunited AIADMK, but suits a crafty BJP in the short term.

It was quite a heartbreak to know that the Big Ben in London will be silent for four years. But, in Kolkata, the other epicenter of nostalgia, the forlorn second city of the empire, a little Ben can spring to the rescue. Perhaps, Mamata Didi is having the last laugh.

Main News

In another tragic incident, the engine and five coaches of Kaifiyat Express derailed near Auraiyya district of Uttar Pradesh, injuring more than 70 passengers. The incident comes after Saturday's mishap in which at least 22 people died and over 156 injured when Haridwar-bound Kalinga Utkal Express train coming from Puri in Odisha derailed.

Days after over 60 children died at Gorakhpur-based BRD Medical College and Hospital over alleged shortage of liquid oxygen supply, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has removed additional chief secretary (Medical Education) Anita Bhatnagar Jain and ordered that FIR be lodged against over half a dozen persons, including former hospital principal Rajeev Mishra, who has been suspended.

Former Manipur chief minister and a member of the first Lok Sabha Rishang Keishing passed away today following a brief illness. The veteran Congress leader was 96.

Off The Front Page

The much awaited Forbes' list of highest paid actors is out. Three Bollywood actors have found a place in the top 10-- Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar.

The world record for the largest samosa was smashed in London by a whopping version of the popular snack weighing in at 153.1 (337.5 pounds) kilogrammes. A dozen volunteers from the Muslim Aid UK charity built the giant samosa and then deep-fried it in a custom-built vat at an East London Mosque. The samosa took 15 hours to be made and was dished up into hundreds of portions distributed to the local homeless via the Salvation Army.

A 28-year-old MBA graduate hanged herself from a ceiling fan at her east Delhi home after allegedly being harassed by her husband and in-laws for dowry. The suicide comes just days after a businessman's daughter was burnt alive in west Delhi's Vikaspuri for allegedly refusing to arrange Rs 10 lakh that her husband had been demanding.

Opinion

Annie Gowen, The Washington Post's India bureau chief, explains what it means when US President Donald Trump says 'India must help us more' with the Afghanistan issue. "Trump's surprise move linking Afghanistan cooperation to the trade imbalance between the United States and India - about $24 billion last year - would likely introduce an "uneasy dynamic" to the India-U.S. relationship going forward," she writes.

In an editorial for Indian Express, Pratap Bhanu Mehta writes that the Supreme Court's decision on triple talaq is a 'small step' and not a 'giant leap'. "The fact that it is a 3:2 decision should be a reminder of just how far we are from creating a consensus that principles of equality and freedom should be the touchstone of our Constitution, and all religious and customary practices must measure up to it," he writes.

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