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Jahan Ara and Afroz Begum, Rajasthan's first women qazis, are trying to change the patriarchal mindset. Through solving marital disputes, triple talaq cases and property issues, they are gradually occupying the space that has been an exclusive male preserve till recently in India. But it doesn't come without challenges. While men question their authority, they have just one response: 'Have you really read the Quran?' This is their story.
Pahlaj Nihalani, the former chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), has claimed that he was sacked for not following the orders of newly-elected Union Information and Broadcasting Minister, Smriti Irani. "I wasn't massaging her ego and it was only a matter of time before I was thrown out," he said.
Sangita Mhatre, who used to be a homemaker helping her husband in the farm and taking care of their two children became an enterprising woman farmer of Mande village in Palghar district of Maharashtra. The story of Mhatre is an inspiring tale of how women in rural India can take charge of their destiny given the slightest of opportunities.
The Railways Ministry has sent three top officials, including a Railway Board Member and a zonal General Manager, "on leave" and suspended four others after a preliminary probe report indicated that the Kalinga Utkal Express derailed due to negligence on the part of those carrying out track maintenance work. Over 20 people died and 156 were injured after 14 coaches of the Utkal Express derailed near Muzaffarnagar in western Uttar Pradesh on Saturday evening.
Three engineering students from Jammu and Kashmir have been booked for allegedly disrespecting the National Anthem as they did not stand up when it played in a cinema hall in Hyderabad.
The promoters of Infosys have been deeply divided over outgoing CEO Vishal Sikka for more than a year. In June, only 57.49 per cent of the 292.8 million shares held by the promoters were voted in favour of accepting the financial statement for the year ended March 31. The silence of the rest showed the resentment against Sikka. With Sikka gone, the big question is now-- if the promoters, who hold 12.75 percent of the equity in the company, will rejoin the ranks.
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In the United Kingdom, 200 people have been arrested between January and June as part of a drive against employers hiring individuals without the right to work there. Many of them are Indians.
Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi is in trouble, on Twitter. After she posted a photo of her riding pillion on a two-wheeler, when she was on a "midnight incognito Suraksha Round", Twitter was quite upset with her for not practicing what she's preaching. Bedi wasn't wearing a helmet. She later tried to defend her not wearing the protective gear, but Twitter ain't buying it.
This week, India has seen a lot of tragedies. This was also the week of 70th Independence. Shashi Shekhar, writes for Hindustan Times, explaining why we shouldn't turn India into a 'republic of noise'. "This is a time where the merchants of sorrow and outrage are out to make a killing. But one must not lose hope in an evolving democracy."
In The Telegraph, Manini Chatterjee argues why the 'love jihad' case in Kerala is deeply problematic. She argues that the 25-year-old woman is a qualified doctor, and a mind and agency of her own. They can be prosecuted on the grounds of links with terrorism, that is if there's any evidence of it. But to annul the marriage between two consenting adults is gravely regressive, she argues.
Infosys has a major problem, and it's not Vishal Sikka (never was). It's the long internal turbulence. A Times Of India edit notes that after such acrimony, Infosys may not attract a top-notch technology leader from outside. It points out that Sikka had changed a lot of things, and that wasn't quite liked by NR Narayana Murthy. A ToI edit suggests that Murthy take a page out of Bill Gates's playbook. "He must allow Infosys to reinvent itself in a changing business and technology environment."
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