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1. No shortage of beef in Goa: BJP Minister

Panaji (Goa), December 15, 2017 There is no shortage of beef in Goa, Minister for Animal Husbandry Mauvin Godinho said on Friday. However, he admitted that the state’s only legal abattoir was not running to its full capacity.

Godinho was replying to a question from Congress MLA Francisco Silveira in the state legislative assembly.

The minister though said that Goa’s only legal slaughterhouse, the Goa Meat Complex, was not able to slaughter adequate number of cattle, due to livestock transport permit issues in neighbouring states.

2. Bill That Proposes To Make “Triple Talaq” Criminal Offence Gets Cabinet Clearance

New Delhi, December 15, 2017 A bill on Triple Talaq was cleared by the Union Cabinet on Friday, ahead of it being taken up in the Winter Session of Parliament. The government hopes to get parliament clearance for it also during the short winter session that began today.

Judges agreed with Muslim women that “triple talaq“, often delivered by their husbands over mobile and other communication tools violates their right to equality and leaves them helpless. In August, the Supreme Court said in ruling that the practice of Muslim men uttering “talaq” three times for an instant divorce is unconstitutional.

3. Christians attacked in MP over alleged conversion, 30 detained

Satna (Madhya Pradesh), December 15,2017 Right-wing Hindu activists attacked Catholic carol singers in Madhya Pradesh’s Satna district and also set a priest’s car ablaze, accusing them of religious conversion. The police detained over 30 members of the Catholic choir group, including priests.

The incident occurred on Thursday evening. Instead of taking action against the attackers, the police detained the carol singers, a Catholic priest said.

Father Rene Verghese told IANS on Friday: “A group of students training to become priests was moving around Satna town, visiting Christian institutions and singing carols.

4. Arms cache seized near Nashik, terror angle unlikely: Maharashtra Police

Nashik (Maharashtra), December 15, 2017 In what is considered the biggest haul since 2006 in the state, police in Maharashtra’s Nashik arrested three men and seized a large cache of arms from a vehicle near a toll plaza on the Agra-Mumbai highway early on Friday, an officer said.

The seizure, effected near the Chandwad Toll Plaza, included at least two dozen rifles, 19 guns, including two foreign-made revolvers, and more than 4,100 live cartridges, said an officer from Nashik Rural Police Control.

Superintendent of Police, Nashik Rural, Sanjay Darade said as per initial investigations, the arms appear to be stolen from a weapons dealer in Uttar Pradesh’s Banda district this week.

5. Delhi government to provide ‘chai and rusk’, medical care at night shelters

New Delhi, December 15, 2017  Providing some succour from the biting cold to the homeless, the Delhi government on Friday announced that it will serve breakfast of ‘tea and rusk’ to residents of its night shelters from Saturday, till the end of January.

Announcing its ‘winter action plan’, the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) said a four-member medical team will visit the night shelters twice a week to take account of the infirm, and the shelters will also serve breakfast to all the residents — free of cost.

“Morning tea and rusk in all shelters shall be provided during winter from December 16 to January 31, 2018. We have roped in other departments as well. A team of four doctors will be deployed twice a week to visit the night shelters, which will start from Monday,” Shurbir Singh, CEO, DUSIB, told reporters here.

6. HC refuses to interfere in Sharad Yadav’s disqualification

New Delhi, December 15, 2017  The Delhi High Court on Friday, in an interim order, refused to stay former JD-U President Sharad Yadav’s disqualification from the Rajya Sabha or allow him to attend the Winter Session of Parliament.

Justice Vibhu Bakhru however allowed him to draw allowances and perquisites including government bungalow for now.

Sharad Yadav, who has challenged his disqualification from the Rajya Sabha and also sought interim relief to attend the session, said that he was not given any chance to defend his case by the authorities before passing the order against him.

7. Adivasis, Lambdas clash in Telangana’s Adilabad district

Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh), December 15, 2017 The ongoing tussle between Gond Adivasis and the Banjara Lambadas in Telangana took a violent turn as the two communities clashed at several places in Adilabad district on Friday.

Scores of people were injured, some of them critically, as the two groups attacked each other in tribal areas in Utnoor, about 250 km from here.

Police used teargas shells at several places to disperse the clashing mobs, which set several shops and vehicles afire.

8. SC extends deadline for Aadhaar linking till March 31, 2018

New Delhi, December 15, 2017  The Supreme Court on Friday extended the deadline for linking of Aadhaar to various government schemes, as well as mobile phones and bank accounts, from December 31 to March 31, 2018.

However, the Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said those who do not have an Aadhaar number but were opening bank accounts would have to furnish their enrolment number for the unique ID.

The interim order would be subject to the final outcome of the batch of petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the Aadhaar Act on the grounds of it violating the fundamental right to privacy.

9. Rahul to formally take over as Congress President on Saturday

New Delhi, December 15, 2017 Rahul Gandhi will formally take over as chief of the Congress party on Saturday, from his mother Sonia Gandhi who had helmed the country’s oldest party for 19 years.

The entire process will be completed after the Central Election Authority president Mullapally Ramachandran hands over the Certificate of Election to the newly-elected president of the Congress.

His mother Sonia Gandhi on Friday announced that it was time for her to retire, triggering immediate speculation about her future plans.

10. US reiterates ‘all options on table’ against N Korean nuclear threat

United Nations, December 15, 2017  US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reiterated on Friday Washington’s warning that “all options are on the table” to meet North Korea’s nuclear threat while offering to keep the lines of communication with Pyongyang open.

“The United States will use all measures necessary to defend itself,” Tillerson told a high-level Security Council session on North Korea presided by Japan’s Foreign Minister Taro Kono.

“We will, meanwhile, keep our channels of communication open,” he added.

While the US did not want war, “all options are on the table” to meet any eventuality, he said.

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