Thursday Morning News Brief, May 11

Thursday morning brief May 11 2017
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A five-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court will start hearing on the constitutional validity of triple talaq today. The bench headed by Chief Justice J Khehar will commence hearing on seven petitions, including five separate writ petitions filed by Muslim women challenging the practice of triple talaq prevalent in the community and terming it unconstitutional. The members of the bench are from different religious communities including Sikh, Christian, Parsee, Hindu and Muslim.
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25 people were killed and 28 injured when a wall of a marriage hall collapsed in Bharatpur district of Rajasthan. A marriage function was going on in the hall when the storm hit the area on Wednesday night. “Many people are still trapped in the debris and due to heavy dust-storm there is acute power cut as well. The rescue operation is on,” said police. Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje condoled the deaths and gave necessary instructions to officers concerned for proper treatment of the injured.
The International Court of Justice will on Monday hold public hearings in the case of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav. The announcement was made by ICJ on Wednesday night, a day after it stayed Jadhav’s execution following India’s initiation of proceedings against Pakistan, accusing it of “egregious violations of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations“. “The hearings will be devoted to the request for the indication of provisional measures submitted by India,” the ICJ said in a release.
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Former convener of the AAP’s Punjab unit Gurpreet Singh Waraich ‘Ghuggi’ resigned from the party’s primary membership. Ghuggi termed the process under which Bhagwant Mann was appointed chief of the Punjab unit a “farce”. He said suspended party leader and MP Dharmavira Gandhi, MLAs Sukhpal Khaira and H S Phoolka could have been a better choice to head the as state unit. Ghuggi also slammed AAP’s national convener and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal saying he did not have even five minutes to spare for the people of Punjab where he spent a lot of time before the assembly polls.
Former FBI director James Comey in a farewell letter to his colleagues in the agency said ‘I will be fine’. He said he does not plan to dwell on the decision to fire him or the “way it was executed.” “It is done, and I will be fine, although I will miss you and the mission deeply,” Comey said in his farewell email. The White House yesterday said Comey had lost the confidence of Trump, who was looking to fire him from day one.
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