Adultery is no longer a crime, India’s Supreme Court ruled Thursday, declaring a colonial-era law that punished the offence with jail time unconstitutional and discriminatory against women.

The more than century-old law prescribed that any man who slept with a married woman without her husband’s permission had committed adultery, a crime carrying a five- year prison term in the conservative country.

The court said it deprived women of dignity and individual choice and “gives license to the husband to use women as a chattel”.

In the ruling, the court said extramarital affairs — while still a valid ground for divorce — were a private matter between adults.

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*. INEC has declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Gboyega Oyetola, the winner of the Osun governorship election. Oyetola had trailed the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ademola Adeleke, by 353 votes going into the supplementary election. The final votes announced by the electoral body shows that Oyetola got 255,505 votes, while Adeleke secured 255,023 votes.

*. APC has blocked two ministers from being governorship candidates in their states. The Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Alhassan, and that of Communication, Adebayo Shittu, were disqualified by the screening committee of the APC.
Ms Alhassan seeks to govern Taraba on the APC platform while Mr Shittu seeks to govern Oyo State.
Although no reason was given for the failure to clear Mrs Alhassan, Mr Shittu was disqualified because he failed to participate NYSC scheme.

NEWS FLASH

1. FOREIGN SCENE:
Argentina has received the biggest loan package ever from the International Monetary Fund, aimed at shoring up the country’s ailing finances: a whopping $57.1bn that will be disbursed over the next three years. “This is the biggest loan in the history of the IMF,” said the fund’s director, Christine Lagarde, on Wednesday as the final loan agreement was announced in New York. The loan – $15bn of which has already been received by Argentina – comes with stringent conditions, including a commitment to a zero deficit for 2019.

2. FOREIGN SCENE:
Former President Obama says he “wouldn’t do much” if he were granted just one more day as commander in chief. “The truth is, if I were president for a day, I wouldn’t do much. The nature of the U.S. presidency — although it is obviously an extraordinarily powerful position — you stand atop a big ocean liner,” Obama said Wednesday in response to a question at the Oslo Business Forum in Norway. “And steering that ship takes a lot of people and a long time, even to just move it a few degrees.”

3. PRESIDENCY:
The Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, on Thursday met some labour leaders at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The meeting was called to resolve the issues that led to the ongoing warning strike by workers. Kyari said he summoned the meeting with a view to ascertaining what stalled the ongoing negotiation on minimum wage. He said his interaction with the labour leaders showed that “It is the process of arriving at figure (for minimum wage) that got stalled.”

4. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT:
FG has declared Monday Oct.1 as public holiday to commemorate 58th Independence Anniversary. The Minister of Interior, Retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau, made the declaration on Thursday in Abuja on behalf of the Federal Government in a statement issued by Dr Mohammed Umar the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry. Dambazau congratulated Nigerians on the anniversary and urged them to sustain President Buhari administration’s efforts towards maintaining and strengthening the unity and peace of Nigeria.

5. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT:
FG has warned that Abuja, Bayelsa, Ogun, Kaduna and Oyo state may experience an earthquake. The director-general of the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), Seidu Mohammed, disclosed this in Abuja. He said Mpape in Abuja, Kwoi in Kaduna,Ijebu-Ode in Ogun, Shaki in Oyo and Igbogene in Bayelsa may likely be the epicentres of earthquake if precautions were not taken. Mohammed said the erstwhile inactive faults system in the country are gradually becoming active, and will make earthquake likely in the country.

6. STATE GOVERNMENT:
Ambode. has approved the training of 1,960 persons who will serve as his agents across 245 wards and 20 Local Governments Areas where the direct gubernatorial primary of APC, Lagos State chapter, would be taking place. In a statement by the Directorate, Media and Strategy, Ambode Campaign Organisation (ACO), the group stated that Ambode has inaugurated coordinators and offices in the three senatorial districts in the state, with functional outposts across the 20 local governments.

7. POLITICS:
A younger brother to the First Lady, Aisha Buhari, Mahmud Halilu, who is contesting for the governorship seat in Adamawa State on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has disclosed that he will reach a consensus with a former Econmic and Financial Crimes Commission’s (EFCC) Chairman, Nuhu Ribadu, to defeat Governor Jibrilla Bindow at the party’s primary election tomorrow. Speaking to journalists in Yola yesterday, Mahmud harped on the need for Ribadu and himself to form a formidable alliance so as to change the tide in the state

8. POLITICS:
The National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress has rescheduled the governorship primary to 30 September, just as it asked state governors to serve as returning officers in the presidential primary scheduled for Friday. The notice of the shift in the governorship primary was given by the party’s acting National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, in Abuja, on Thursday. He, however, said the dates for subsequent elections remain unchanged

9. ACT OF KINDNESS:
Gala” Seller who went viral after act of Kindness receives $3,000 from Humans of New York
Humans of New York is a page popular for sharing stories of people from various walks of life across different countries. Recently it chronicled stories by Nigerians, one of whom was the sausage rolls seller who went viral for giving away all his gala to prisoners who had just been sentenced to imprisonment and were being carted away in the Black Maria. Ugochukwu by name, he ran after the truck and shoved all his goods through the tiny holes so as to feed the prisoners.

10. FAMILY:
A married woman in Colombia and her lover were caught off guard when they called an Uber to head to a motel and the driver turned out to be the woman’s husband. Identified only as Yeimy, the woman and her lover, Jesús Barrios, had kept their affair secret for more than a year, the Colombian newspaper El Espectadorreported Thursday. But this week they were caught when they called an Uber and Yeimy’s husband was unexpectedly in the driver’s seat. Lawyers have previously cautioned cheating spouses, pointing out that Uber keeps records of all their movements with the app.

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