Thursday Morning News Brief, Dec 28

Thursday morning brief Dec 28 2017
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The government will present the bill to criminalise triple talaq in the Lok Sabha today. The BJP government is determined to pass the bill as they have a strong majority in the Lok Sabha. Many opposition parties and several Muslim organisations have expressed reservations over the proposed jail term for violators. Some opposition parties have also demanded a scrutiny of the proposed law by a parliamentary committee. Read
The government has cut the interest rates on small savings schemes. It reduced the rates by 20 basis points on such schemes, but left unchanged rates on senior citizens’ schemes. The rate cut will affect saving schemes like the National Savings Certificate and Public Provident Fund. The rate cut on small savings comes in addition to lower fixed deposit rates by banks. Small savings rates are being revised on a quarterly basis since last year.
10 people were injured in a bomb blast in Russia’s Saint Petersburg yesterday. The bomb appeared homemade and went off in a supermarket. The incident occurred several months after the city was rocked by a metro bombing in April which killed 16 people. There have been concerns that hundreds of Russians who travelled to fight alongside jihadists groups abroad could pose a mounting security challenge back home.
Soon, there will be a law against human trafficking, with 10 years’ punishment for those caught. Initiated by the Women & Child Development Ministry, The Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill 2017 has been proposed, which will help identify various forms of trafficking, including for the purposes of bonded labour, sexual exploitation, pornography, removal of organs and begging. The bill also proposes the establishment of a national anti-trafficking bureau.
Rahul Gandhi delivered a stinging rebuke in a reply to Union minister Arun Jaitley via Twitter. Punning on the minister’s surname to imply that he is a liar, Rahul tweeted: “Dear Mr Jaitlie – thank you for reminding India that our PM never means what he says or says what he means.” Rahul was referring to Jaitley’s statement in the Lok Sabha yesterday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi never questioned his predecessor Manmohan Singh’s integrity and commitment to the nation.
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