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Cache of arms, ammunition recovered in Kashmir district

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A cache of arms and ammunition was recovered in a joint operation carried out by the BSF and Jammu and Kashmir Police at Dardssun in North Kashmir’s Kupwara district, officials said on Thursday.

The Border Security Force (BSF) said the operation was carried out on the basis of a specific intelligence input in a forested area.

A large quantity of arms and ammunition, including one AK-47 rifle and three grenades were recovered.

“On the specific info of @BSF_Kashmir Troops of 172 Bn @BSF_India &A @JmuKmrPolice launched a joint search Ops in general area Dardssun forest, Kupwara & recovered 01 AK 47 Rifle with 790 Rds, 01 Silencer, 08 Detonator, 03 Chinese grenade, 03 Wireless set with antenna & 01 Compass,” BSF tweeted.

The security forces have been making relentless efforts towards maintaining peace in the region.

It is clear that the recovery of the weapon cache will defeat the designs of terrorists to derail the peace and stability in the valley.

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‘Prima facie not so improper’, SC on plea against practice of Talaq-e-Hasan

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday orally observed that the practice of Talaq-e-Hasan among Muslims for divorce is prima facie not improper, and added that it does not want this to become an agenda for any other reason.

A bench headed by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul said prima facie the court is of the opinion that Talaq-e-Hasan is not very improper. “Prima facie this (Talaq-e-Hasan) is not so improper. Women also have an option… Khula is there,” observed Justice Kaul.

The bench, also comprising Justice M.M. Sundresh, said prima facie it does not agree with the petitioner. Talaq-e-Hasan is the practice by which a Muslim man can divorce his wife by saying the word talaq once a month, for three months. “Don’t want this to become an agenda for any other reason,” said the bench.

Senior advocate Pinky Anand, appearing for the petitioner, contended that though the top court declared triple talaq unconstitutional, it left the issue of Talaq-e-Hasan undecided.

During the hearing, the bench observed that women also have a similar option by way of ‘Khula’ and courts also grant divorce by mutual consent in case of irretrievable breakdown of marriage. “This is not triple talaq…If two people cannot live together, we are also granting divorce by irretrievable breakdown of marriage,” said the bench.

The bench further queried that the petitioner’s counsel, was the petitioner open to divorce by mutual consent, if mehar is taken care of? The top court has scheduled the hearing on the matter on August 29 and asked the counsel to take instructions in the matter.

The top court was hearing a plea seeking a direction to declare “Talaq-E-Hasan and all other forms of unilateral extra-judicial talaq,” unconstitutional for being arbitrary, irrational, and violative of Articles 14, 15, 21, 25 of the Constitution.

The plea also sought a direction to the Centre to frame guidelines for neutral uniform grounds of divorce and uniform procedure of divorce for all citizens. The petition was filed by journalist Benazeer Heena through advocate Ashwani Kumar Dubey.

The plea argued that the practice of Talaq-E-Hasan and other forms of unilateral extra- judicial talaq is neither harmonious with the modern principles of human rights and gender equality, nor an integral part of Islamic faith. “Many Islamic nations have restricted such practice, while it continues to vex the Indian society in general and Muslim women like the petitioner in particular. It is submitted that the practice also wreaks havoc to lives of many women and their children, especially those belonging to the weaker economic sections of the society,” it added.

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Taliban disperses women’s rally in Kabul with warning shots, violence

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A peaceful protest by dozens of women who were marching in the streets of Kabul on Saturday chanting “food, work, and freedom” was attacked and stopped by Taliban forces.

Social media images showed Taliban forces firing warning shots and physically assaulting the women to disperse their gathering in the heart of the city, reports dpa news agency.

Another video clip showed a small group of women cornered by the Taliban in a closed place.

“We are inside a drug store, they have imprisoned us here,” an activist said in one of the videos.

The protesters also chanted that they are tired of discrimination against women.

As the one-year anniversary of the Taliban regime gets closer, women are once again on the streets to denounce the restrictions imposed by the regime on their rights to education, work and freedom of movement.

Since returning to power in August 2021, the Taliban have curtailed basic women’s rights and those who have protested have been suppressed.

No country has recognised the Taliban’s de facto government.

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Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut gets judicial custody till Aug 22

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 A Special PMLA Court here on Monday sent Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut to a 14-days judicial custody till August 22, eight days after he was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in an alleged money-laundering case.

PMLA Court Special Judge M.G. Deshpande granted Raut judicial custody after the ED said it did not require his additional custody.

The ED had raided Raut’s residence in Bhandup on July 31 and arrested him in the wee hours of August 1 in connection with a money-laundering case detected from the redevelopment project of the Patra Chawl, Goregaon, by Guru Ashish Construction Pvt. Ltd., a subsidiary of the HDIL.

On Saturday, the ED interrogated the MP’s wife, Varsha Raut for around 10 hours in the same case in which it had earlier arrested his close associate, Pravin Raut.

Sanjay Raut, 61, was earlier sent to a four-day ED remand which was extended by three more days till August 8, followed by the two-week long judicial custody granted on Monday.

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