Mugabe resigns, ending 37-year reign over Zimbabwe

Robert Mugabe resigned as Zimbabwe's president on Tuesday, swept from power as his 37-year reign of autocratic control and brutality crumbled within days of a military takeover.The move looks set to end Zimbabwe's worst political crisis since it won independence from Britain in 1980.The bombshell announcement was made by the Speaker at a special joint session of parliament which had convened to impeach the 93-year-old who has dominated every aspect of Zimbabwean public life for decades.On the streets, the news sparked an explosion of wild celebration.

Aadhaar likely to be linked to properties

The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs and Department of Land Resources are discussing the proposal and working on modalities to implement this through state governments. "Though the issue is being discussed at the highest level of the government, it is at the preliminary level," said the official in the Urban Development Ministry. Earlier in the day, speaking to a news channel, Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Puri said, "It's a great idea to link Aadhaar to property purchases but I am not going to make an announcement on that. It is being linked to banks accounts etc.

Govt may bring in law against Triple Talaq

The Union government proposes to bring during the winter session of Parliament a suitable legislation for amending the existing penal provisions to criminalise instantaneous Triple Talaq.   The matter has assumed urgency following reports of several divorces taking place by way of Talaq-e-Bid'at even after the apex court's judgement last August. The government's view is that this could be because of the lack of knowledge about the Supreme Court ruling. It could also be because of lack of deterrent punishment for the Talaq-e-Bid'at, officials said.

Let CBFC do its job, says I&B ministry

Amid a raging controversy over Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on Tuesday said the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) should be allowed to do its job. "The CBFC has been tasked with certain works. Let it do its job," Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore told reporters here. Many Rajput groups have been protesting against the movie, alleging that it distorts history. There are rumours of a romantic dream sequence between Rajput queen Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji's characters in the film.

Bihar teachers unhappy with task to check open defecation

 A controversy has arisen over directions to school teachers in certain Bihar districts to dissuade people from defecating in the open and click pictures of those who refused to pay heed.Orders issued by block education officers asked teachers to do rounds in various wards and panchayat areas in the mornings and evenings and ask people to use toilets. They were also directed to click photographs to shame those who insisted on relieving themselves in the open. However, teachers were not happy with the extra load of work. "Teachers are already overworked.