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Top news of the day: Upendra Kushwaha joins UPA, Lok Sabha to discuss triple talaq Bill on December 27, and more

RLSP leader Upendra Kushwaha addresses a press conference at the Congress headquarters in New Delhi on December 20, 2018. Photo: Twitter/@INCIndia

RLSP leader Upendra Kushwaha addresses a press conference at the Congress headquarters in New Delhi on December 20, 2018. Photo: Twitter/@INCIndia  

Here are the important news stories of the day

Lok Sabha to discuss triple talaq Bill on Dec. 27

The Lok Sabha on Thursday agreed to take up for discussion the triple talaq bill on December 27 after the Congress agreed to participate in the debate. As the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018, was taken up for consideration, Leader of the Congress in the House, Mallikarjun Kharge, suggested it be taken up for discussion next week.

Upendra Kushwaha-led Rashtriya Lok Samta Party joins UPA

Days after quitting the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), the Rashtriya Lok Samta Party, led by former Union Minister Upendra Kushwaha, on December 20 joined the United Progressive Alliance (UPA).

EVMs are tamper-proof; EC working to minimise incidents of machine malfunction: CEC

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora on Thursday lamented that electronic voting machines (EVMs) were being “tossed like a football” in political discourse. The Election Commission of India (ECI), he said, was striving to ensure that incidents of EVM malfunctions were reduced to a minimum.

Calcutta High Court allows BJP’s ‘rath yatras’ in West Bengal

The Calcutta High Court on Thursday set aside the notification issued by the Trinamool Congress government in West Bengal on December 15 and gave permission for the 'rath yatras' proposed by the State BJP.

U.S. Federal Reserve raises interest rates, sees ‘some further’ hikes ahead

The U.S. Federal Reserve System raised interest rates on Wednesday, December 20, 2018, as expected, but forecast fewer rate hikes next year and signaled its tightening cycle is nearing an end in the face of financial market volatility and slowing global growth.

High Court of Bombay at Goa dismisses petition seeking Manohar Parrikar’s medical examination

The High Court of Bombay at Goa on Thursday dismissed a petition seeking medical examination of ailing Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and, simultaneously, upheld his right to privacy. It also ruled that ill health does not make one incapable of occupying a constitutional position.

Actor and Tamil Film Producers' Council president Vishal held

Actor and Tamil Film Producers' Council president Vishal and his supporters were arrested by city police and detained in a wedding hall on Thursday morning. On Wednesday, a section of film producers had locked the offices of the Tamil Nadu Film Producers’ Council on Yogambal street in T Nagar and Anna Salai in Chennai demanding his resignation.

Perth Test: did India miss a trick in not selecting Jadeja?

The Indian attack did get its lengths right gradually but by then Australia had gone past the 300-mark. The visitor was resigned to playing catch-up for the rest of the contest and it didn’t help that twice its opening partnerships failed.

‘Seethakathi’ review: Intriguing experiment with middling results

The first forty minutes or so of Seethakathi are unlike anything we’ve seen in Tamil cinema in recent times. It brings back the glorious Tamil theatre scene of the past. What happens to a stage actor who’s sweated it out before crowds when he starts seeing lesser people occupying the chairs in front of him?

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