Top news of the day: Rajya Sabha passes triple talaq bill, efforts on to trace CCD founder Siddhartha, and more

Rajya Sabha has passed the triple talaq Bill, 84 against and 99 for. The Bill was passed after a walkout by JD(U) and AIADMK members giving the government advantage in numbers. This was the third time the Bill was considered in the Upper House. It was passed in the Lok Sabha on July 25.

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Founder of the Cafe Coffee Day chain of coffee shops and son-in-law of senior BJP politician and former Karnataka CM S.M. Krishna, V.G. Siddhartha, went missing in Mangaluru on Monday evening.

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday orally remarked that excessive quota may impact the right to equal opportunity guaranteed under the Constitution.

The Uttar Pradesh BJP said on Tuesday that rape-accused MLA Kuldeep Sengar was suspended from the party long ago, amid growing demands to sack the lawmaker after the Unnao rape survivor was critically injured in a car-truck collision.

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday expressed strong reservations about appropriating the power conferred exclusively on the Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker under the anti-defection law to conduct disqualification proceedings against Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam and 10 other AIADMK MLAs for voting against the confidence motion moved by Chief Minister Edapadi Palaniswami in February 2017.

The Indian Medical Assocition (IMA) has called for a 24-hour strike on Wednesday to protest the Lok Sabha approving and passing the National Medical Commission Bill (NMC) 2019. The strike includes only the withdrawal of non-essential services.

Four Sri Lankan Muslim Ministers, who resigned following the Easter Sunday bombings that killed 258 people, have rejoined the government after investigators found no link in their alleged involvement with a local islamist extremist group.

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday declined a CBI application seeking an early hearing of its appeal against former Telecom Minister A. Raja and others’ acquittal in the 2G spectrum allocation case.

Soon after assuming charge, the B.S. Yediyurappa-led BJP government on Tuesday cancelled the birth anniversary celebrations of Tipu Sultan, which had become an annual event under the previous Congress regime.

Putting all speculations to rest, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Tuesday said all orders related to security enhancement were invalid. “The J&K government hasn’t issued any orders. Don’t pay attention to rumours. Everything is normal. Simple incidents are projected as something big here,” he said.


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