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The Morning Wrap: Triple Talaq's Troubled Legacy; Nandan Nilekani To Return To Infosys

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24/08/2017 9:05 AM IST | Updated 24/08/2017 9:12 AM IST
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24-year-old Sofia Ahmed, who was questioned by many for joining the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), feels vindicated by her decision now that the Supreme Court (SC) has decided to strike down the practice as being unconstitutional.

The last time Nandyal, in Andhra Pradesh, was of any political consequence was in 1991. But now, a by-election there may help reconfigure politics in the state drastically. Here's what you need to know about one of the fiercest face-offs in recent time in the assembly there.

If you're not familiar with Bollywood of the 1980s, you've probably not heard of Nikaah. The movie, starring Salma Agha, has come up once again in the context of the SC's triple talaq ruling — especially a quirky fact about it that highlights the injustices related to the practice.

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In a decision that will affect the lives of 1.3 billion Indians, a 9-member bench of the Supreme Court will pronounce the judgment about right to privacy and whether it is an inviolable fundamental right of every citizen of the country.

With the recent upheavals in Infosys, Nandan Nilekani is set to return the company he co-founded 36 years ago, at the age of 26, to assume the role of a non-executive chairman. However, sources say his decision is yet to be confirmed.

After back-to-back tragedies hit the Indian Railways, Union Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu has offered to quit his position, while Air India chairman and managing director Ashwani Lohani was appointed chairman of the Railway Board after incumbent AK Mittal resigned, citing personal reasons.

Off The Front Page

In spite of over 800 companies that are recognised by the government, the start-up sector in India is still in a nascent state, with investors being cautious and a large number of them not maturing beyond an idea. A report by the Hindustan Times lays out the scenario in detail.

With the National Green Tribunal completely banning plastic "less than 50 microns", the Delhi government and the three municipal corporations have collected nearly 9,000 kg of plastic. But there's a huge problem: how to dispose of this mountain of trash?

The Supreme Court has clarified that its nationwide ban on sale of liquor within a distance of 500 metres along National and State Highways, which was issued on 15 December 2006, does not extend to municipal areas.

Opinion

An editorial in the Hindustan Times points out that even though the SC has invalidated triple talaq, there's a long way to go for gender justice to have a real effect on Indian society, where practices like dowry are still prevalent.

With information at a premium, there are few clear pointers to what caused the Gorakhpur tragedy, writes Vidya Krishnan in The Hindu, taking a long view of the making and the aftermath of the deaths of over 60 children, allegedly due to interrupted supply of oxygen to a government hospital there.

In The Telegraph, Swapan Dasgupta writes about the brewing crisis between Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress government in Bengal and the BJP at the Centre, predicting that it's only going to get uglier with time.

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