Sunday evening news brief, December 24

Sunday evening brief Dec 24 2017
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
Dhinakaran won RK Nagar seat, represented by late TN CM Jayalalithaa, by a margin of over 40,000 votes. Dhinakaran who is the first independent candidate to win a bypoll in Tamil Nadu got 89,013 votes while Madhusudhanan polled 48,306 votes. DMK candidate N Maruthu Ganesh got only 24,651 votes and lost his deposit. Dhinakaran secured 50.32% of the 1,76,890 votes polled. Read.
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BJP has announced that five-time MLA Jai Ram Thakur will take over as Himachal Pradesh chief minister. BJP MLAs, led by Thakur, are expected to meet the governor to stake claim to form the government in the state soon. Addressing a press conference after accepting his new position, Thakur thanked his party’s leaders and promised to leave “no stone unturned” to meet the expectations of the state’s people.
All India Muslim Personal Law Board said that triple talaq bill is against women and will destroy many families. “No procedure was followed in drafting this bill, neither any stakeholder was consulted. President of AIMPLB will convey this stand to PM and request him to withhold and withdraw the bill”, Sajjad Nomani of the AIMPLB said. The central government is expected to table the Muslim Women Bill, 2017, to criminalise the practice of instant triple talaq in the Lok Sabha next week.
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A roadside bomb killed seven civilians and wounded three others in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province. No one immediately claimed responsibility. Elsewhere in Afghanistan, a mortar struck a market in the eastern Logar province, killing three civilians during a battle between Afghan security forces and the Taliban, said Salim Saleh, spokesman for the provincial governor.
India finished runners-up after going down 1-0 to Bangladesh in the final of the SAFF U-15 Women’s Championship in Dhaka. In a closely contested game, Shamsun Nahar’s strike in the 41st minute sealed the issue in Bangladesh’s favour. After blanking out Bhutan and Nepal, India lost to Bangladesh in the group stages, as the hosts bagged the title.
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