Tuesday Morning News Brief, August 22

Tuesday morning brief Aug 22 2017
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Here’s everything you need to know to start your day…
Supreme Court will pronounce its verdict on the constitutional validity of triple talaq 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 during the summer vacation. Centre had told the bench that it will come out with a law to regulate marriage and divorce among Muslims if ‘triple talaq‘ is held invalid and unconstitutional by the apex court.
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Government is planning to replace physical verification for passport with online verification. Verification will be done using a link to the newly-created national database on crimes of criminals. The national database was rolled out on Monday as part of the home ministry’s Crime and Criminal Tracking Networks and Systems (CCTNS) initiative. The Digital Police portal e-integrates the country’s 15,398 police stations and allows citizens to report crime and request antecedents verification online.
PM Modi will roll out more than 9,500 road projects in Rajasthan on August 29. The PM is scheduled to visit Udaipur next week to lay foundation stones for projects as well as inaugurate some. The projects, over 3,000 kilometres, will include national highways, state roads and rural roads under PMGSY and Rajasthan’s flagship programmes. These will altogether cost over Rs 27,000 crore and are being funded by the road transport ministry and the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).
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Donald Trump has warned that the US will not tolerate Pakistan’s offering ‘safe havens’ to extremists. Trump suggested that military and other aid to Washington’s nuclear-armed ally is at stake if it does not clamp down on extremism. “Pakistan has much to gain from partnering with our effort in Afghanistan. It has much to lose by continuing to harbor criminals and terrorists,” he said, outlining a new US security strategy in South Asia.
The US burger chain McDonald’s has decided to shut down 169 outlets in India. McDonald’s, which has a presence in around 119 countries, said on Monday that it was terminating its agreement with Connaught Plaza Restaurant (CPRL) due to alleged breach of franchise agreements. CPRL is a 23-year-old 50:50 joint venture (JV) between Vikram Bakshi and McDonald’s India. McDonald’s operates a total of around 430 outlets in India through CPRL and Hardcastle Restaurants. The shutting down of stores may lead to more than 10,000 people losing their jobs.
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