Wednesday Evening News Brief, May 17

Wednesday evening brief May 17 2017
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
The Centre told the Supreme Court triple talaq is not an integral part of Islam. “The triple talaq is all about men versus women within Muslim community where men are powerful, educated than women,” the Centre said adding that the apex court should not shy away from examining the validity of triple talaq in the context of the country’s secular constitution.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin said he can prove that US President Donald Trump had not passed any secrets to Russia. Speaking at a news conference alongside Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, Putin said Russia was ready to hand a transcript of Trump’s meeting with Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov over to US lawmakers if that would help reassure them.

China installed rocket launchers on disputed South China Sea island. It said military construction on the islands it controls in the South China Sea will be limited to necessary defensive requirements, and that it can do what it likes on its own territory. The United States has criticized what it has called China’s militarization of its maritime outposts.
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The Union cabinet cleared a proposal to build ten indigenous Pressurised Heavy Water Reactors. “A total of 7000 MW capacity will be added. It will help produce clean energy,” Union power minister Piyush Goyal said. The cabinet also gave its nod to the maternity benefit programme providing Rs 6,000 each to lactating mothers, but restricted the scheme to firstborns only.
The International Court of Justice will pronounce its verdict in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case tomorrow. The ICJ, which is the UN’s principal judicial organ, held a public hearing on Monday where both India and Pakistan presented their case. Last month, a Pakistani military court awarded death sentence to former Indian Navy official Kulbhushan Jadhav for alleged espionage and subversive activities.
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