Centre reopens civil code file, triggers fiery debate Indigenous fighter gets IAF berth
ROW Congress questions govt’s motives as move comes ahead of 2017 UP polls TEJAS INDUCTED Fighter jet set to eventually replace the ageing fleet of MiG-21
The government’s move to seek a report from the law panel on implementing a uniform civil code has triggered a political debate with the principal opposition Congress linking it to assembly elections early next year. The debate is also likely to resonate in the Parliament session beginning July 18.
The law ministry has asked the Law Commission of India to examine and prepare a report on the contentious issue of enacting a uniform civil code, opposed by sections of minority communities.
India has separate sets of personal laws for each religion governing marriage, divorce, succession, adoption and maintenance. While Hindu law overhaul began in the 1950s and continues, activists have long argued that Muslim personal law, which has remained mostly unchanged, is tilted against women.
To end the confusion over personal laws, the court has been advocating a uniform civil code.
Sources said commission chairman justice (retd) Balbir Singh Chauhan has called a meeting of the full panel next week to deliberate on the matter.
The panel is also likely to seek the views of the National Commission for Minorities on suggesting changes to the different personal laws relating to minority communities.
Sources said the commission could appoint separate teams to examine changes in law pertaining to marital law, property and succession and divorce laws.
However, deliberations with various stakeholders could take several months and even a few years, they said.
The move, coming barely months before the Uttar Pradesh elections and at a time when the triple talaq debate is on, led to the Congress questioning the government’s motive.
India’s first homegrown fighter jet was finally inducted into the IAF on Friday after a tortuous saga spread over 33 long years with the launch of the first squadron of two Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas here, in a major milestone in the country’s military aviation.
A Tejas aircraft, the fourth plus generation lightweight, multi-role supersonic single engine jet sporting the IAF colours soared to the skies, marking the raising of the first squadron of Tejas in the force at a ceremony preceded by interfaith prayers, more than three decades after it went into development.
The LCA, smallest and lightest of its class, was flown by Commanding Officer Group Captain Madhav Rangachari for a sortie for about seven minutes at the induction ceremony and was given a water cannon salute on landing.
PM Narendra Modi hailed the induction of Tejas as a matter of “unparalleled pride and happiness” andastepwhichillustratestheskills and strengths of Indian scientists. “I laud HAL & ADA on the induction of Tejas fighter jet. This illustrates our skills & strengths to enhance indigenous defence manufacturing,” Modi said in another tweet. A priest performs a puja near the light combat aircraft Tejas during a ceremony for its induction into the IAF, at Banglaore.