New Delhi: BJP ally Janata Dal (United) on Friday opposed the triple talaq bill, which is likely to be tabled by the Narendra Modi government in the upcoming Parliament session, and said any view should not be imposed on Muslims without wide consultations.”Janata Dal(U) reiterates its previous stand on Uniform Civil Code. Ours is a nation based on a delicate balance in respect of laws and governing principles for different religions and ethnic groups. We must not impose any view without obtaining substantive consultations,” its spokesperson K C Tyagi said in a statement. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in HaryanaThough the statement did not address the triple talaq bill directly, JD(U) sources said the proposed legislation is at the centre of their stand on Uniform Civil Code as the BJP has often projected its strong push for criminalising instant divorce among Muslims as a step toward uniform civil laws among people of different faiths. The Bihar party, led by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, had opposed the bill even during the first term of Prime Minister Modi, and the reiteration of its stand makes it clear that the JD(U) remains firm on its stand. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: Shah”We are of the view that it (UCC) still needs in-depth consultations with various religious groups. In absence of such a process, any attempt at premature or hasty tampering with long standing religious practices that deal with complex issues of marriage, divorce, adoption, inheritance and the right to property and succession, would be clearly inadvisable,” Tyagi said. The JD(U) demands that all the stakeholders must be taken into confidence to make the law more broad, comprehensive and acceptable, he added. The party also attached Kumar’s letter to the Law Commission in 2017 in which he had called for a debate and broad consultation on the issue before any attempt is made to push for it. The Modi government’s attempt to push the triple talaq bill for passage in Parliament was blocked in its first term due to its lack of numbers in Rajya Sabha. While it enjoys a strong majority in Lok Sabha, it will need support from non-NDA parties for the passage of the bill in Upper House. Opposition by allies like JD(U), a member of the NDA, is likely to make its job harder in Rajya Sabha.
Lucara Diamond Corp will be installing more of the highly successful XRT technology to process finer size fractions at its Karowe mine in Botswana. The project, through the installation of four new XRT diamond recovery units and the associated conveying and screening infrastructure, will target the recovery of diamonds in the size range between 4 mm and 8 mm. The XRT technology, which is already in use at Karowe mine will address processing of the very dense high quality south lobe ore at depth and will result in the most efficient and cost effective processing methodology for processing this ore. The project is forecast to cost up to $30 million and is expected to be completed in Q4 2017.William Lamb, President and Chief Executive Officer commented, “Lucara continues to lead the way in the adoption of new technology to streamline the diamond recovery process with the XRT technology being a proven success for diamond recovery at Karowe mine. The extension of XRT technology to recover the majority of our diamonds at Karowe maximizes our overall processing efficiency and will contribute to continued strong operating margins across the entire value range for our high quality south lobe diamonds. In addition, the implementation of the new sorters will allow for improved control of the size fractions treated by the XRT machines allowing for improved flexibility and an expected improvement in production rates.”Lucara is a well positioned diamond producer with its main producing asset the 100% owned Karowe mine in Botswana. It also conducts exploration activities and holds two precious stone prospecting licenses close to its Karowe mine