BSE to 'compulsorily' delist 200 firms on August 23

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Leading stock exchange BSE will 'compulsorily' delist 200 firms this week and bar their promoters from the markets for 10 years as trading in these shares have remained suspended for over a decade.

All these companies will be delisted from August 23.

The move also comes at a time when authorities are clamping down on shell companies - ... Read More

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

Glaring lapses by rail officials caused Utkal Express tragedy: Inspection team

India, Aug. 22 -- A joint inspection team probing the derailment of the Kalinga Utkal Express, which left 23 dead and 156 injured on Saturday evening, has observed several glaring lapses that could have led to the tragedy.

The accident occurred a few hundred metres away from the Khatauli railway station.

A sketch drawn out by experts with the team showed that while the engine and five coaches managed to cross the damaged portion of the track, t... Read More

Jasprit Bumrah turns reporter, throws 'verbal yorkers' at Axar Patel - Video

India, Aug. 22 -- Jasprit Bumrah is not just well-prepared to strike with his fiery yorkers on the field, but is also efficient in doing it off the field as well.

Bumrah did not spare his teammate Axar Patel despite the Indian spinner registering his career best figures of 3/34 in the first ODI against Sri Lanka at Dambulla on Sunday. Virat Kohli's team beat the hosts comprehensively by nine wickets as they chased down the 217-run target in just... Read More

Android Oreo: Ingredients to improve useability are all in place

New Delhi, Aug. 22 -- Google has revealed the official name of the next version of Android, ending months of speculation over what Android O would be. True to the Google tradition of naming the OS after some sort of confectionary, the upcoming version of Android has been named Android Oreo. The OS will roll out as OTA updates on Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 5x, Nexus 6p smartphones and Pixel C tablet in the next few months and will be available ... Read More

No water cuts in Mumbai this year, lakes are 94.93% full

Mumbai, Aug. 22 -- Even with a month to go for the monsoon to get over, lakes supplying water to the city are 94.93% full.

As of Monday, the lakes have 13.73 lakh million litres, 73,000 litres lesser than the city's needs of 14.47 lakh million litres.

By the end of September, the city requires 14.47 lakh million litres to go without water cuts, according to civic officials' estimates for the city.

The weekend showers of more than 60mm increase... Read More

Supreme Court strikes down triple talaq

New Delhi, Aug. 22 -- New Delhi: Striking a blow for women and the rule of law, the Supreme court on Tuesday declared the Islamic practice of triple talaq unconstitutional. In a majority judgement 3-2, the court struck down the age old practice under which a Muslim man can divorce his wife by uttering the word ‘talaq' thrice.

"Triple talaq is manifestly arbitrary and whimsical in nature-must be struck down as void." said Justice Rohinton F... Read More

Gurgaon: Rescued Indian rock python in good health, set free in Aravallis

Gurgaon, Aug. 22 -- A three-year-old eight-foot-long Indian rock python that was rescued by a wildlife team on Saturday night was released in the Aravalli forest on Monday evening after observing it for two nights.

Tension had gripped the Sohna village after the python was sighted. The python was released after it was found in healthy condition and had even passed tests on Sunday and Monday, which is a healthy sign, said Krishna Kumar, a wildlif... Read More

Surjit Patar replaces Satinder Satti as Punjab arts council chief

Chandigarh, Aug. 22 -- Celebrated poet Surjit Patar (72) is likely to be the new chairperson of the Punjab arts council. He will replace television anchor Satinder Satti whose appointment by the erstwhile Akali government had been controversial. Several Punjabi writers and intellectuals had raised voices against it saying that it required a person of greater stature of head the state's premier cultural organised.

It is learned that Patar has bee... Read More

Two arrested for killing a crocodile for meat

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Puttalam Police nabbed two persons for killing a rare crocodile for meat.

The suspects were identified as residents of Kottukachchiya area.

The raid was conducted according to a tip-off received by the Police.

Puttalam Police is conducting further investigations.

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