Oppn disunity, deft floor management help BJP get numbers
After an intense debate of nearly five hours, the BJP-led NDA government won a major victory in Rajya Sabha with the passage of the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019 that criminalises triple talaq. The bill, which got 99 votes in favour and 84 against, has already been cleared by the Lok Sabha and now becomes an Act.
“India rejoices today!” said Prime Minister Narendra Modi heralding the passage of the bill. He had been pushing for the legislation for the past two years but, despite having been passed by Lok Sabha once before, it was stalled in Rajya Sabha due to BJP’s weak strength.
“An archaic and medieval practice has finally been confined to the dustbin of history! Parliament abolishes Triple Talaq and corrects a historical wrong done to Muslim women. This is a victory of gender justice and will further equality in society. India rejoices today!” he tweeted.
Nadi, Fiji – A ‘climate crisis’ has been declared in a special session during the 5th Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) Leaders’ Summit and first Conference, echoing the global movement declaring ‘climate emergency.’
The PIDF Leaders’ Summit had representation from 10 of the 14 member states, which are most at risk to climate breakdown such Fiji, the Solomon Islands, and Timor Leste – in addition to regional institutions such as the Pacific Islands Association of NGOs, the Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO) and the University of the South Pacific (USP).
“This declaration makes clear that the current scale of the climate crisis calls for urgent action to phase out coal and other fossil fuels.,” said Fenton Lutunatabua, Regional Managing Director of 350.org in the Pacific.
Scores of women have been arrested for removing hijabs as part of ‘White Wednesdays’ campaign
Iranian women who post photos of themselves online without their headscarves on could face up to 10 years in prison.
They face the punishment for posting images or video online, and for sending them to Masih Alinejad, a US-based activist who founded the “White Wednesdays” campaign in Iran to oppose the compulsory hijab.
The campaign encourages women to post photos of themselves without headscarves.
The semi-official Fars news agency quoted the head of the Tehran Revolutionary Court, Mousa Ghazanfarabadi, saying “those who film themselves or others while removing the hijab and send photos to this woman … will be sentenced to between one and 10 years in prison.”
Wearing the Islamic headscarf is mandatory in public for all women in Iran. Those who violate the rule face up to two months in prison and a fine of £20.
Researchers have never found so many carcasses in Svalbard in 40 years of monitoring animal’s population
The wild deer carcasses were found on the Arctic islands this summer by researchers from the Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI), which said it had never logged so many deaths at once in 40 years of monitoring the animals’ population level.
“It’s scary to find so many dead animals,” project leader Ashild Onvik Pedersen told state broadcaster NRK. “This is an example of how climate change affects nature. It is just sad.”
Svalbard’s capital Longyearbyen, the northernmost town on earth, is thought to be warming quicker than any other settlement on the planet, climate scientists warned earlier this year.
The milder temperatures in the region led to unusually heavy rainfall in December, leaving a thick layer of ice when the precipitation froze. This meant the reindeer could not dig through the hardened tundra to reach the vegetation they graze on in their usual pastures, the NPI said.