Quran misinterpreted: Shayara Bano, the woman who petitioned against triple talaq

India, Aug. 22 -- The Supreme Court struck down on Tuesday the controversial Islamic divorce practice of instant triple talaq (Talaq-e-Biddat), saying it was arbitrary and against the tenets of Islam.

It was Shayara Bano (36) who challenged the controversial practice before India's top court and triggered a watershed case that will affect the lives of millions of women.

Shayara, who holds a degree in MA Sociology, was divorced by her husband Ri... Read More

Deals Buzz: 3 Amrapali companies may face insolvency move

New Delhi, Aug. 22 -- Mumbai: Mint brings to you your daily dose of top deals reported by newsrooms across the country.

With Rosneft deal, Essar reduces debt by Rs70,000 crore

The Essar group's debt will reduce by close to Rs70,000 crore with the completion of the sale of Essar Oil and related port assets, said group director Prashant Ruia on Monday. Ruia was speaking after OAO Rosneft and a consortium of Russian private equity fund United Capi... Read More

Ganapati visarjan plans: Shri Ganesh Sewa Mandal will ditch the Yamuna for water tubs

New Delhi, Aug. 22 -- Year after year, innumerous Ganesha idols are submerged in rivers on Ganesh Chaturthi as a religious practice. This year could be different.

Ahead of the festival on August 25, many aren't just switching to eco-friendly idols that don't cause water pollution, but a Delhi-based association will ditch the waterways altogether. Shri Ganesh Sewa Mandal will symbolically submerge Ganesha in a huge tub of water instead of the muc... Read More

Pune's Balewadi breathes in cement as illegal concrete plant thrives

India, Aug. 22 -- Residents of Balewadi and surrounding areas have been protesting against the pollution caused by a Ready Mix Concrete (RMC) plant erected in their locality by a construction firm.

The residents have also lodged their complaints against the plant at the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board alleging that the plant has been set up illegally without any permission, but no action has been taken yet.

According to the locals, without ... Read More

Neha Dhupia: If I have to come back to Delhi, I may consider staying in Gurgaon

New Delhi, Aug. 22 -- Delhi girl Neha Dhupia, feels that if now given a chance, she wouldn't mind staying in Gurgaon. Smitten by the charm of Gurgaon on a recent trip to the Millennium City, she said, "I remember that it was [earlier] like a big jungle and if anybody [from Delhi] needed air, they used to come here," says Neha, who now lives in Mumbai. "Now, it has all changed. I used to have a friend and my aunt lived in DLF Phase III, and it was... Read More

LIVE updates: Supreme Court bench scraps 'triple talaq' practice by 3-2 majority

New Delhi, Aug. 22 -- The Supreme Court today pronounced its final judgement on the constitutional validity of the practice of 'triple talaq' among Muslim community at 10.30am today. A five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice JS Khehar had reserved its verdict on May 18 after a six-day marathon hearing on this matter during the summer vacation. The Muslim women, who had filed the petitions, have challenged the practice of 'triple tal... Read More

Man arrested for raping six-year-old in Pune's Hadapsar labour camp

India, Aug. 22 -- A 26-year-old man was arrested for raping a six-year-old girl on Monday. The man was produced at a local court on Monday and was sent to police custody for seven days.

The accused was identified as Cashmu alias Sadarealam Mohammad Umar Khan, a resident of Kale Padal area under Wanowrie police jurisdiction.

Police sub-inspector (PSI) Rekha Kale, the investigation officer of Wanowrie police station, registered the case late on S... Read More

Punjab mulls Plan B to raise Rs 10,000 crore

Chandigarh, Aug. 22 -- The Congress government in Punjab has completed six months, but the promise to write off farm loans remains on paper despite much talk. Farmer unions have, meanwhile, upped the ante and last week laid siege to local bodies minister Navjot Singh Sidhu's house in Amritsar.

Amid this simmering unrest, the government led by Capt Amarinder Singh is hoping that the central government bails it out. The chief minister has already ... Read More

Quran misinterpreted: Shayara Bano's family wants justice in triple talaq ruling

India, Aug. 22 -- With hours to go for the Supreme Court's verdict on the Islamic divorce practice of triple talaq, the family of the petitioner hoped for justice.

Shayara Bano, 36, challenged the controversial practice before India's top court, triggering a watershed case that will affect the lives of millions of women.

Shayara, who holds a degree in MA Sociology, was divorced by her husband Rizwan Ahmed by pronouncing the word "talaq" thrice ... Read More

How weekend rain flooded Mumbai society

Mumbai, Aug. 22 -- Seema Khubchandani, 53, a resident of Jai Bharat Society in Khar, had to pick up her mother from Bandra's Pali Hill on Sunday. But, rain water had flooded the area. She could not get out of her house till late in the evening after the water receded.

Around 400 people live in the housing colony which has of 65 buildings.

"My husband kept calling the ward office and disaster management team. He wanted to ask them if they could ... Read More