Wednesday evening news brief, Dec 27 2017

Wednesday evening brief Dec 27 2017
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
MCOCA charges against Lt Col Purohit and Sadhvi Pragya in the 2008 Malegaon blast case have been dropped. A special NIA court ruled that new charges will be framed against them under the IPC and Unlawful Activities Prevention Act. The court, however, rejected the plea to discharge Lt Col Purohit, Sadhvi Pragya, Sameer Kulkarni, Ramesh Upadhyay and Sudhakar Dwivedi from the case. Read
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Facebook India confirmed, it is asking for Aadhaar details if someone wanted to create a new account. The firm said it is seeking the details from some users as part of a small test. The prompt asks for users to feed their names based on the Aadhaar card, although it is not mandatory for them to do so. Facebook is not asking for any other Aadhaar details, eliminating privacy concerns.
Some Muslim women’s organisations said they will oppose the triple talaq bill if it is against Quran or the Constitution. All India Muslim Women Personal Law board chairperson Shaista Amber said the AIMPLB was responsible for the present state of affairs, and it never bothered to take triple talaq seriously. Muslim Women League’s president Naish Hasan said the proposed bill does not give a chance to save a family, unlike the Family Court Act.
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The shoes worn by Kulbhushan Jadhav’s wife while visiting her husband have been confiscated by Pakistani authorities. A media report said, the shoes have been sent for forensic examination to determine the nature of the suspected presence of a foreign object. It is being ascertainined if a “metallic object” in the shoes was a camera or a recording chip, the report quoted a Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson as saying.
The Indian Railways does not have any proposal to increase fares, the government informed Parliament. Minister of state for Railways Rajen Gohain, in a written reply in Rajya Sabha, mentioned that operational cost of running passenger train services is increasing every year, and the passenger fare is highly subsidised. However there is no immediate plan for a revision in fares.
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