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Conversion to Islam just for marriage invalid
Report dated 20/12/2014 @ 12:45 PM
In the course of dismissing a batch of petitions filed by five couples who sought protection as a married couple, the Allahabad high court ruled that the religious conversion of girls 'without their faith and belief in Islam and solely for the purpose of marriage to Muslim men can not be held valid'.
In each case the men were Muslim while the women were Hindus who converted to Islam in order to solemnise the "nikah".
The judge quoted a Supreme Court order dated 2000 where it was ruled that "conversion of religion of a non-Muslim without any real change of belief in Islam and only for the purpose of marriage is void".
Politicians fly high on private chartered planes !
Report dated 20/12/2014 @ 12:40 PM
Brazenly flouting Election Commission (EC) rules prominent politicians and their families frequently use private and chartered aircraft owned by corporate houses to fly around the country.
The fact was revealed in a Cobrapost investigation that was culled from RTIs from airports under the Airports Authority of India.
The report listed these most prominent frequent flyers including Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Congress VP Rahul Gandhi, BJP president Rajnath Singh, BJP veteran LK Advani, NCP boss Sharad Pawar and foreign minister Sushma Swaraj, among scores of others that include state party politicians CMs, MPs, and MLAs.
It was also found that over 100 politicians used private planes and the list was endless with netas from every state in every party using the disallowed facility, despite air charter companies declaring running losses as learned from the Registrar of Companies data that showed that Charter companies who filed balance sheets claimed they were running huge losses.
India’s most advanced rocket successfully test fired
Report dated 19/12/2014 @ 4:17 PM
The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) has successfully conducted an experimental test-flight of GSLV MK III carrying an unmanned crew module to be used in future manned space missions.
The rocket soared from the launch pad after a 24-hour countdown and the crew module separated from the rocket then re-entered earth's atmosphere at 80 km. It then followed an uncontrolled trajectory into the Bay of Bengal some 180 km off the Andaman Nicobar Islands. The flight also tested the parachute deployment system of the crew module that has to work in a cluster formation to slow down the module and reduce atmospheric friction and thermal corrosion during its free fall back to the surface.
Chairman K Radhakrishnan said the performance of solid and liquid propulsion stages happened as expected and the crew module was plunged into the sea. The next developmental flight will be done in the next two years.
GSLV Mark III is Isro's most advanced launch vehicle capable of injecting heavier satellites like the GSAT 19e.
India mourns terrorist school massacre in Peshawar
Report dated 18/12/2014 @ 1:21 PM
As the world voiced sorrow and disgust at the Pakistan Taliban's attack on a school in Peshawar, Indian Prime Minister Modi condemned the 'dastardly attack' and appealed to India to mourn the deaths as a 'mark of solidarity.
Following the PM's appeal schools across India participated in prayer sessions and observed a two-minute silence to show their support to Pakistani children.
The attack has touched many in India and one group of students said they felt like terror had hit their own neighbourhood. Peshawar is just 497 miles from Delhi, where students expressed words of support for Pakistani schoolchildren. At one school in Baroda, schoolchildren stood with black ribbons tied over their mouths and held placards reading 'Stop Terrorism'.
Teachers are worried about the impact of this horrific attack on children in India saying they had to reassure the children that schools are safe.
The ghastly attack was carried out by seven Taliban attackers all wearing bomb vests. The Peshawar Army Public School where the eight hour siege took place, has both male and female students from military and civilian backgrounds. A total of 125 people were wounded before all seven attackers were killed.
PM Modi telephoned his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif to express his deep grief and sorrow over the attack.
IIT Guwahati Dean arrested for raping employee
Report dated 18/12/2014 @ 1:07 PM
The Dean of Academic Affairs at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati, Aloke Kumar Ghosal, has been arrested for allegedly raping a woman employee of his department.
According to the woman's complaint Ghosal who is also a professor at the department of chemical engineering, has been exploiting her for a month and raped her on December 6.
After questioning he was arrested by police and accused of taking advantage of his official position as a public servant and raping a woman. He is in 14 days judicial custody while the investigation continues.
Professor Ghosal has already been suspended by IIT. Although no formal complaint was made to the internal security department of the Institute, the director held a meeting with women faculty members to address the issue. The alleged victim who is an assistant in Ghosal's office has already moved out of the staff quarters, fearing social stigma.