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Woman awaiting ‘Shubh Muhurat’ refuses to go to husband for 10 yrs; HC grants divorce

A decree of divorce was granted to a man whose wife did not join him in matrimony for nearly 10 years because the shubh-mahurat or auspicious time had not come. The Chhattisgarh High Court held that this amounted to desertion.

“The auspicious time is meant for happy family life. Instead, in this instant matter, it appears that auspicious time was used as a tool barrier by the wife to start their matrimonial home,” the HC said.

Santosh Singh had moved the HC challenging a family court order, which had dismissed his petition for divorce on the grounds of desertion. According to his petition, he got married in 2010 and he and his wife lived together for about 11 days. Following this her family took her away stating they had some work. When he asked the family, they told him it was not an auspicious time. Singh filed restitution of conjugal rights which was decreed ex-parte. The wife said that she was ready to join Singh, but he did not return to take her back when the auspicious tie started, which was a necessity as per their custom. She also said she had not deserted him and that he had failed to take her back as per the prevailing custom.

Singh’s counsel submitted that the wife knew that the decree for restitution of conjugal rights had been passed, but she still did not join him in matrimonial life.

The counsel for the wife argued that the husband was supposed to personally come and take her back.

He also submitted that when the husband came to take her it was not the auspicious time.

The custom prevailing between the two parties was that during the ceremony of ‘Duviragaman’, the husband was required to come personally and take his wife back, the counsel also said. The court observed that the defence of custom was not raised by the wife has not been proved in the trial court.

 

 

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Covid-19: India reports over 2.51 lakh new cases with positivity rate at 15.88%; 627 deaths

India recorded 2,51,209 new cases of the novel coronavirus, along with 627 deaths due to the infection in the past 24 hours. According to the data shared by the Union Health Ministry on Friday (January 28), the country saw 3,47,443 discharges in the last 24 hours, taking the total recovery rate at around 93.60 per cent, and total recoveries data reached 3,80,24,771.

The total active cases of COVID-19 in India have declined to 21,05,611 (5.18 per cent), the ministry data showed today.

The total death toll in the country is now at 4,92,327. The first death due to the COVID pandemic in India was reported in March 2020.

The daily positivity rate is at 15.88 per cent today. According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 72,37,48,555 samples have been tested up to January 27 for COVID-19. Of these, 15,82,307 samples were tested on Thursday.

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Meanwhile, according to data released by the health department, Delhi reported 4,291 fresh Covid-19 cases on Thursday and 34 deaths. As a result, the Test Positivity Rate (TPR) in the national capital dropped to 9.56 per cent.

On Wednesday, the national capital reported 7,498 fresh COVID-19 cases and 29 deaths in a day as the positivity rate rose marginally to 10.59 per cent.

In view of the decline in fresh Covid cases, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority decided to lift weekend curfew and the odd-even system of opening non-essential shops in the city besides allowing restaurants, bars, cinema halls and theatres to reopen with 50 per cent capacity.

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Centre extends COVID-19 restrictions till February 28

On Thursday, the Central Government extended the existing COVID-related restrictions until February 28 because of the rising COVID-19 and Omicron variants.

Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued the order directing all the states and the Union Territories (UTs) to instruct their local and district administrations to promptly take containment measures against the threat of the Omicron variant based on their assessment of the situation.

Taking evidence-based COVID-19 containment measures at the district and local level, as conveyed by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), the MHA order mentioned that COVID restrictions “will remain in force till February 28, 2022.”

“In exercise of the powers, conferred under Section 10(2)(1) of the Disaster Management Act 2005, the undersigned hereby directs that the Order of the Ministry of Home Affairs’ of even number dated December 27, 2021, to ensure compliance to the normative framework for taking evidence-based COVID-19 containment measures at district and local level, as conveyed vide Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) dated December 21, 2021, will remain in force up to February 28, 2022,” the order mentioned.

According to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday, the order was issued when India logged 2,86,384 new coronavirus infections, taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 40,371,500.
As per the order, containment measures have been extended to February 28.

“Due to the current COVID wave, led by the new variant, Omicron, there has been a steady increase in the number of COVID cases in the country and the active cases have increased to over 22 lakhs. Though a majority of active cases are recovering fast and a low percentage of cases are in hospitals, it is still a matter of concern that 407 districts in 34 States and UTs are reporting a positivity rate of more than 10 per cent,” the order said.

Therefore, looking at the current trends of the COVID virus, the order said there is a need to exercise caution and vigilance.

Against this background, the order issued by Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla said, “I would like to reiterate that all the states/UTs must observe all precautions and not let the guard down”.

“Based on the normative framework, mentioned in the MoHFW dated December 21, 2021, and assessment of the situation, local/district administration should continue to take prompt and appropriate containment measures.”

The order directs “imposition and lifting of local curbs or restrictions dynamic and based on the case positivity and hospitalisation status at the local level”.

It also emphasised that there should be a continued focus on the five-fold strategy– Test-Track-Treat-Vaccination and adherence to COVID Appropriate Behaviour.

“The state enforcement machinery should strictly enforce the norms of COVID Appropriate Behaviour– wearing of face masks and maintaining safe social distancing in all public areas/gatherings,” the order further reads.

Further, states and UTs are advised to continue holding regular media briefings to disseminate the right information and discourage any misinformation on new variants of concern.

It is also urged to issue necessary directions to the districts and all other local authorities concerned to take the measures required for prompt and effective management of COVID-19, strict compliance with various advisories issued by the MoHFW on the new VOC and strict enforcement of COVID Appropriate Behaviour.

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Air India to be officially handed over to Tata Group today

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After a long journey of 69 years, Air India is set to be officially handed over to Tata Group on Thursday. Sources said that Tata Group Chairman N Chandrasekhar is in Delhi to witness the formal transfer.

“Officially, Air India hands over to Tata Group today in the afternoon. Tata Group Chairman N Chandrasekaran will be in the ministries for the official handover process,” a senior government official said.

A formal announcement from the Tata Group regarding the official handover process will be made today.

Maharaja is Air India’s official mascot, operating globally apart from domestic operations. According to the available data in 2020, “Air India operates around 101 destinations including 57 domestic operations including 33 countries on four continents worldwide.”

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Aviation experts say that Air India is carrying a substantial number of the latest aircraft in its fleet from Airbus and Boeing, which is Air India’s strength.

Air India code share with Star Alliance and operates 172 wide and narrow-body aircraft with Air India Express globally, including domestic operations.

Recently, Vinod Hejmadi, Director Finance, Air India, emailed employees and said, “Air India disinvestment has been decided to take place on January 27, 2022. The closing balance sheet on January 20 is to be provided today, January 24, so that Tata can review it and any changes can be made on Wednesday.”

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28 Jan 2022, 6:01 AM (GMT)

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