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Islam allows 4 wives without ‘talaq’, observes SC; it issues notice to Centre plea seeking ban on triple talaq
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday observed that if Islam allowed a man 4 wives, then the husband can marry a 2nd time even without ‘talaq’.Making this oral observation, Chief Justice TS Thakur -- heading a 3-judge Bench -- indicated that prima facie there was nothing wrong in a Muslim man having 4 wives without divorcing the first wife.The Bench, which also included Justice AM Kanwilkar and DY Chandrachud said unless and until the constitutionality of the ‘triple talaq’, permitted under the Muslim personal law, is struck down by court, a man can divorce his wife by pronouncing the phrase thrice.The CJI told V K Biju, counsel for petitioner Ishrat Jahan of Howrah, “We have seen that you have challenged the constitutionality of the ‘triple talaq’. But until it is determined, he (husband) is entitled to have four wives. Even without ‘talaq’, he can marry again.”When counsel complained that her husband had taken away her 4 children and that they should be secured as the police had failed to register an FIR, the CJI asked the petitioner to file a habeas corpus petition in the Calcutta High Court. The Bench, however, issued notice on her petition challenging ‘triple talaq’ and directed this petition be tagged with similar petitions in which the response of the Centre and the All India Muslim Personal Law Board had already been sought. Deccan Chronicle
SC admits Muslim woman's plea to declare triple talaq illegal
SC issues notice to Centre on Muslim woman’s plea seeking ban on triple talaq
SC declines to order custody of children to Muslim woman divorced over phone call
Centre to denounce IRF ‘unlawful’; to slap terror charges on Zakir Naik: financialexpress
As per sources in the govt, Home Ministry along with some legal advice has decided to book Naik under the UAPA for his speeches. The popular Islamic missionary is accused for motivating the terrorists behind the Dhaka restaurant attack in July this year.“The primary ground for invoking terror charges against Naik are statements by those involved in past terror acts, conceding that they were motivated by his speeches,” said an intelligence officer.Authorities have also decided to impose the UAPA on IRF on the grounds that it is spreading hatred between religious communities. Under the UAPA, an ‘unlawful’ organization is different from a ‘terrorist’ association. The law, while defining an “unlawful association”, covers any organisation “which has for its object any activity that is punishable under Section 153A or 153B of IPC” – provisions dealing with threat to social and communal harmony.Once IRF is declared ‘unlawful’, it might face closure of its offices across the country. Currently, IRF has its head office in Mumbai, runs the Islamic International School in Mumbai and Chennai and own many properties in Mumbai itself. IF a ban is imposed, Maharashtra govt might also take charge of the Islamic International School or entrust its management to another organization. Financialexpress
Govt set to slap terror case on Zakir Naik,ban IRF:TOI
Govt mulls invoking terror charges against Zakir, ban IRF
Nawaz Sharif to send 22 special envoys to world capitals to highlight Kashmir
Islamabad:Stepping up Pakistan’s diplomatic offensive, the PM  said he has decided to send the parliamentarians for highlighting the Kashmir issue in different parts of the World. Further needling India on the Kashmir issue, Pakistan PM  Nawaz Sharif on Saturday nominated 22 parliamentarians as special envoys to be despatched to world capitals to highlight the issue.“We will also remind the UN its long-held promise of self-determination to the Kashmiri people,” Sharif said.“PM urged the special envoys to ensure their efforts for highlighting the Kashmir cause across the world so that he can shake the collective conscience of the international community during his address at the UN this Sept.,” Radio Pakistan reported. “We will also make it clear to India that it was India that approached the UN several decades back on Kashmir dispute but now it is not fulfilling its promise,” he said.The Kashmir problem is the most persistent failure of the UN and that the world body must establish its relevance, he said.“I have decided to send these parliamentarians for fighting the Kashmir cause in different parts of the world.“Generation after generation of Kashmiris have seen only broken pledges and ruthless oppression,” Sharif claimed.He emphasised that this anniversary of the UN ought to be a catalyst, spurring the world body into action.PTI
Pakistan names 22 MPs to rake up Kashmir issue at UN
Pakistan shouldn’t internationalise Kashmir, it’s a bilateral issue: MJ Akbar
New Delhi:Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif’s decision to appoint 22 special envoys to rake up the Kashmir issue at the UN was slammed by the Indian govt on Saturday, with Minister of State for External Afairs MJ Akbar saying Pakistan shouldn’t internationlise the issue. Akbar said, “As far as Kashmir issue is concerned, Pakistan mustn’t internationalize it, it is a bilateral issue.” Taking a dig at Pakistan, Akbar added,“It is Pakistan’s individual right if it wants its MPs to go for free tourism.”ANI
India, Pakistan should go through dialogue to resolve Kashmir issue, advises US
Washington:India and Pakistan should continue a dialogue process to address their differences and issues, including Kashmir, the US has said as it asked the two nations to refrain from indulging in rhetoric. “What I would say that the extent to which both countries are seeking to continue a dialogue process that will do more to address concerns and tensions than perhaps other approaches. So I would just say that it is our hope and our counsel to (2) continue to push forward on a process of talks between the 2 govt s to try to address concerns,” a senior State Dept.official said.US, official noted, has also said that with respect to the issues emanating from Kashmir, that it believes that this is something that the two countries need to determine through the dialogue. “Nothing has changed in terms of the US position and perspective on that and we do encourage the two countries to continue the dialogue process that allows them to process areas of concerns in both countries,” the official said in response to a question.PTI
To bring peace in Valley, govt corners separatists
Srinagar: Authorities detained 2 top separatists, Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, under various sections of the Unlawful Activities Act, as the situation continued to remain grim in the valley following the death of another youth in Pulwama on Friday, taking the toll in the recent unrest in the state to 69.JKLF chief Yasin Malik, who was arrested on July 9, will be flown to New Delhi on Saturday, ostensibly for a check-up at AIIMS.The 3 Hurriyat men had constituted a group, 'joint resistance force', in June to spearhead the agitation against the "proposed establishment of Sainik colony, a separate cluster for Kashmiri Pandits, and industrial policies that allow non-locals to get lease of land for 90 years in the state". Police sources said Hurriyat hardliner Geelani was detained at his Hyderpora residence and barred from meeting anybody. Mirwaiz, the head of the moderate Hurriyat faction, was lodged in a J&K tourism development hut at the Chesmashahi tourist resort. Shakeel Ahmad Ganai, the youth killed in Pulwama on Friday , was hit when the security forces acted to foil the 'eidgah chalo' call by imposing strict curfew in Rajpora area. Scores of people were injured as clashes erupted after the Friday prayers across the valley .As the Centre looks for ways to restore normalcy in J&K, possible replacement of governor NN Vohra is one of the several steps under consideration. Sources in the govt told TOI on Friday that some probable candidates have already been identified, though the final decision is yet to be taken. Vohra, a veteran who served as Union home secretary, principal secretary to ex-PM IK Gujral and also as Centre's interlocutor on J&K, brought rich experience to the office of governor. However, after the prolonged unrest in the valley, there is a growing feeling that Vohra does not have the reflexes any longer to deal with a situation that poses an altogether different challenge with the jihadi elements having taken over. timesofindia
Centre, Mehbooba Discuss New Track 2 Team For Kashmir Dialogue: Sources
New Delhi: The centre is forming a new team to start a dialogue in Kashmir through informal channels and help resolve the crisis that has crippled the state for 50 days now, sources have told NDTV.The central govt  has started reaching out to eminent citizens to be part of the Track 2 team, which could be tasked with talking to all stakeholders including separatists, sources said.The new team may be announced when an all-party delegation visits the Valley next weekend. This morning, J&K  CM  Mehbooba Mufti met PM  Narendra Modi and expressed support for talks with protesters in the state."There will be talks with all stakeholders in J&K . There needs to be an institution for it which should include people whom the residents of the state trust," she said. "Problems we are facing today are because the steps that PM  (Atal Bihari) Vajpayee took - which included a dialogue with Hurriyat - were stopped," she said.Around 70 people have been killed and 11,000 injured in clashes after the July 8 killing of Burhan Wani. PM  Modi has indicated that the govt  is willing to start a dialogue in Kashmir to curb the violence.NDTV
Hold talks with all stakeholders, Mehbooba tells Modi
Kashmir unrest: Hurriyat ready for dialogue with Centre, but without pre-conditions
Talks with Hurriyat only way to restore peace in Kashmir Valley: Sharad Yadav
PDP appeals to Geelani: Give Mehbooba Mufti a chance
Srinagar: Senior PDP leader Dr. Mehboob Beg on Saturday appealed to Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani to think of CM  Mehbooba Mufti as "his own daughter" and "give her a chance".“Geelani Sahab must think of Mehbooba Mufti as his daughter, who also happens to be the first Kashmiri Muslim woman to lead our state. She is not the conventional politician that we deal with most of the times, in-case she does not bring about a change, she will be the first to own up and make way. I appeal to Geelani Sahab to give her a chance, she understands the pain and pulse of the people as she has risen from the grass roots," said Dr.Beg.
Govt  to crack down on 400 J&K 'troublemakers'
7th Friday: No prayers at Jamia Masjid
Kashmir: Curfew, shutdown continue to cripple life on 50th consecutive day
Meeting Rajnath cost me credibility built over 3 decades: Zafar-ul-Islam Khan
Srinagar: Zafar-ul-Islam, a prominent Muslim journalist and intellectual, said on Thursday that he lost his credibility by attending the meeting with Indian home minister Rajnath Singh that was called in the wake of the raging uprising in Kashmir. Zafar-ul-Islam“It was clear during our interaction with the HM that he is not ready for any confidence-building measures as of now… No talk of lifting AFPSA from unaffected areas like north Kashmir and moving the army away from inhabited areas… Instead more troops are being airlifted to the Valley. No readiness to talk to Hurriyat or Pakistan for a final solution of this festering wound. Hence, personally I do not see any usefulness of visiting Kashmir. In any case, it should be an independent initiative, not one sponsored and paid for by the home ministry. By accepting such help, we lose credibility. Personally, I have over night lost my credibility in the Valley which was built over three decades,” Khan wrote in Milli Gazette. kashmir reader
Govt charts road map for Modi’s Baloch policy
New Delhi:As the diplomatic exchange with Pakistan gets sharper by the day, India is discussing concrete steps to put its new policy on raising human rights violations by Pakistan forces in Balochistan into place, and the External Affairs Minister has been consulting former diplomats on its foreign policy implications.“India has a strong human rights record, and we are naturally concerned about human rights violations in [Balochistan]. How this is expressed in our diplomacy, you will have to wait and see,” said MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup on Friday.But while MEA says it “won’t divulge” its gameplan at the moment, govt  sources confirmed to The Hindu that the measures under discussion range from enlisting Indian embassies and missions worldwide to raise the issue of rights violations by Pakistan, easing visa restrictions on Balochis visiting India on the lines of the Cabinet’s recent notification on facilities extended to persecuted minorities from neighbouring countries, as well as allowing them more “political” space in India.In the next few days, officials of the Home Ministry, External Affairs Ministry and PMO are expected to finalise details of announcements to be made on Balochistan. It will also decide whether the Baloch issue will be raised at the UN General Assembly this Sept., even as Pakistan says it intends to raise the violence in Kashmir at the UN. Thehindu
Centre planning to call diaspora from Gilgit-Baltistan for Pravasi Divas 2017
Pakistan Finance Minister Ishaq Dar says Arun Jaitley’s absence in SAARC conference won’t matter
Islamabad:Playing down India’s move to isolate Pakistan in the region amidst escalating tensions between the two over the ongoing unrest in the Kashmir Valley, Islamabad said New Delhi’s decision not to send its finance minister, Arun Jaitley, for SAARC finance ministers’ conference hardly matters. “India’s (finance minister’s) absence hardly matters,” said Pakistan Finance Minister Ishaq Dar after the conclusion of eighth SAARC finance ministers’ conference. However, Dar hastily added that the individuals do not matter, but countries do, reports Express Tribune.Out of the 8-member countries – Afghanistan,Bangladesh,Bhutan,India,Maldives,Nepal,Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, 4 did not send their finance ministers. ANI
Will help Haji Ali fight case in Supreme Court, says kin of Sabarimala priests’ family
Delhi:After women were allowed entry into the inner sanctum of the Haji Ali dargah in Mumbai, a kin of the family of priests at Sabarimala temple in Kerala has promised support for the plea of the Haji Ali Trust in Supreme Court. Bombay High Court, in a landmark ruling on Friday, allowed entry of women into the inner sanctum of the centuries-old shrine in Mumbai. Haji Ali Trust, which manages the dargah, said it will appeal to the Supreme Court against the High Court order.“Sabarimala Devotees will help #HajiAli to fight the case in Supreme Court,” tweeted Rahul Easwar, an activist who belongs to the family of priests at Sabarimala temple. The shrine dedicated to Lord Ayyappa atop a hill in Kerala does not allow the entry of women of menstrual age.Temple management has tied the rule to essential religious practices and traditions, along with the belief that the presiding deity, Lord Ayyappa, is a ‘perennial celibate’ (Naishtika Brahmachari). Easwar argued on Twitter saying freedom of faith should not be interfered ‘beyond a Lakshman Rekha.’ The activist, who appears on television panels supporting the Sabarimala management’s decision to disallow entry of women of menstrual age, claimed the movement is a ‘clever script’ and a ‘game plan.’ indian express
Sharia Law, peoples’ emotions will also have to be considered: HC verdict on Haji Ali
Mumbai: High Court order lifting ban preventing women from entering Mumbai’s iconic Haji Ali mausoleum has sparked a debate within the Muslim community, as many feel that the court should not have intervened in the religious matter. Others have welcomed the verdict that has been stayed for six weeks after the trust management sought time to approach the SC. Haji Ali management will now consult the Islamic scholars before challenging the High Court verdict in Supreme Court, said Suhail Khandwani, a trustee. “We will have to discuss with our religious scholars. Once we get their opinion on the matter, we will decide what to do,” Khandwani said. “Board members will sit together to decide what is the exact reasoning given the order.On what reason this order was given. We, as responsible members of the Haji Ali Trust, will have to consider the law of the land, we will have to take into account Sharia Law and also have to consider the emotions of the people. Then we will decide further line of action,” Khandwani said. freepressjournal
Haji Ali verdict: Written in holy books, ‘divine message’ must not be played with, say most women at dargah
Ban illegal, let women enter Haji Ali sanctum:Bombay HC
Muslim Clerics Question Court Order on Permitting Women Inside Haji Ali Dargah
Mangaluru: Activists protest against college not allowing hijab
Mangaluru: Campus Front of India activists on Saturday carried out protests before the Srinivas College of Pharmacy demanding students be allowed to wear headscarf and enter classes.CFI activist Ashraf alleged students were being harassed for wearing mask in the classroom. They were being forced to remove headscarf while entering classrooms. Students were being threatened of being sent out of college if they do not abide by rules.A student from the first year B.Pharm said while seniors were being allowed to wear headscarf, they were being barred from wearing it. The administration, meanwhile, has shown declaration form that students have signed which states the dress code, which disallows headscarf, jeans and T-shirt in classroom, examination hall, office and library.Another First year B.Pharm student said they have so far not been sent out of the class for wearing headscarf. “But we are taunted when we are found with the headscarf in the classroom. This is a type of harassment,” she said.Principal R. Shabaraya said before admission, the first year B.Pharm students were given declaration. The students and their parents have gone through that and have submitted the form.Shabaraya said students from 2nd to 4th year had not been told this at the time of admission and hence they have been allowed to have headscarf. Students are free to wear headscarf in the campus. Following an hour long discussion with the CFI activists, the management representatives sought 15 days to discuss this issue in board meeting and take a decision on making change in declaration form. thehindu
Over 13k Muzzaffarnagar riots victims not on electoral rolls, claim activists
Meerut: With the process of voter registration for 2017 UP polls set to begin soon, an uphill task is awaiting the Shamli district administration which has to ensure that all the riot-displaced people of neighbouring Muzaffarnagar district make it to the electoral rolls.Activists put the number of displaced people in Shamli at 13,000, a figure which the district administration termed as "exaggerated"."We have been working with Muzaffarnagar riots victims since 2013.Getting their documents in order is an uphill task. After the riots, around 6,000 families were forced to shift their base. Of these, close to 2,800 families came and settled in Shamli district," said Akram Akhtar, project manager of an NGO, Afkar India Foundation."It has been three years to the Muzaffarnagar riots. But around 13,000 people still don't have voter ID cards.These people are not on the electoral rolls, and the elections are almost upon us," Akhtar added.He alleged that the district administration has done several surveys, but skipped the areas where riot-displaced people live. "I think, this was only done out of convenience. I hope that this time, these people will be able to get their names on the list," Akhtar said.When contacted, Shamli DM Sujeet Kumar said several people have been included in the voter list and the 13,000 figure is exaggerated."It is true that some people may not have voter IDs, but the figure of 13,000 people is exaggerated. Perhaps the activists are quoting old figure. In the last couple of years, several displaced people have been registered as voters," the DM said.TOI
Aligarh communal tense: Samjhauta Patra and Maafi-Nama nip communal discord in the bud
Aligarh: A "Samjhauta Patra" and "Maafi Nama" nipped the repeat of Babri Mandi in the bud at "Mamu Bhanja" locality of Aligarh, where Hindus and Muslims live an economically inter-dependent life. In a small incident that took communal colour was brought under control by the local leaders and cops to avoid repetition of "Babri Mandi"- where some families had alleged "exodus" due to the fear from "another community."After intervention by community leaders there was a signing of "maafi nama" and "samjhauta patra". The incident involved two people working in the same locality, at the time of opening his shop, a shopkeeper, Kapil Varshney had an argument with a local boy Chandu, son of Jamil. The argument resulted in stone pelting and police stepped in to control the situation. Soon, the local political and community leaders intervened to solve the matter. Rekha Varshney, wife of Kapil sent a samjhauta patra, in which she stated that "she is satisfied with maafi nama and has forgiven the boys.""There is no complaint or case against anyone," said SO Gandhi Park Sanjeev Dubey.TOI
RSS distributed sweets on the day Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated: Congress
Bengaluru: With the RSS continuing to attack Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi over his comments about the organisation’s involvement in the murder of Mahatma Gandhi, the grand old party asserted that it was a known fact that the RSS was against the Mahatma’s ideology of peace and harmony. Congress leader Rizwan Arshad told ANI that the party is going to fight the RSS and its ideologies tooth and nail, as it is an organisation that works for its own convenience.ANI
Allahabad HC stays Akhlaq kin arrest, not brother’s
Allahabad: The Allahabad high court on Friday stayed the arrest of five members of the family of Akhlaq, who was lynched in Dadri's Bisada village last September for allegedly consuming beef, in a cow slaughter case that has been filed against them. Among the 7 booked in the case filed at Jarcha police station are Akhlaq and his immediate family. The high court has given relief to everyone except Akhlaq's brother Jaan Mohammad. Order was given by a division bench of justices Ramesh Sinha and PC Tripathi while hearing a petition filed by Jaan Mohammad and others.The contention of the petitioners was that they had been framed in a false case as on the date of the alleged incident, they had neither consumed beef nor had they stored it in their house. On Sept.28, 2015, a mob had beaten up Akhlaq and injured his son Danish (22) at Bisada on the suspicion that they had consumed beef and kept it in their house. Akhlaq succumbed to his injuries. Danish survived after two brain surgeries.TOI
Sedition case: Police say no objection, court grants regular bail to Kanhaiya, Umar, Anirban
New Delhi: A Delhi sessions court Friday granted regular bail to JNU Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar and two other students, who have been accused of sedition for raising anti-national slogans during an event at the JNU campus in February this year.Observing that Kumar, Anirban Bhattacharya and Umar Khalid were on interim bail and had “joined the investigation as and when called”, Additional Sessions Judge Reetesh Singh said, “I admit all these accused persons i.e. Kanhaiya Kumar, Anirban Bhattacharya and Umar Khalid to regular bail on the same terms and conditions on which they were granted interim bail.”The court added that existing bail bonds and sureties furnished by the trio at the time of interim bail will remain in force till further orders.
Manohar Parrikar’s ‘hell’ reference to Pak reflects BJP-RSS’ intolerance: Digvijaya
Panaji:Stating that Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s ‘hell’ reference to Pakistan reflects intolerance of BJP-RSS, Congress leader Digvijaya Singh questioned why the BJP leader did not object to it when senior party leaders visited the country on earlier occasions.“PM  Narendra Modi visited his counterpart Nawaz Sharif’s family function in Pakistan, LK Advani kept a floral wreath at mazar of Mohammed Ali Jinnah and called him a secular leader, had no objection when former PM  Atal Bihari Vajapayee went to Lahore via bus. Why didn’t he agitate then?” he said.Singh questioned the basis on which a BJP leader in Karnataka had filed a sedition case against Congress leader Ramya. “Is saying ‘Pakistan is not hell, when people are living there’ – a seditious statement, How?” Digvijay Singh asked. indianexpress
Tussle between Jamiat-e-Ahle Hadees's rival groups continues: TOI report
Hyderabad: The tussle between rival groups of the Jamiat-e-Ahle Hadees continued on Friday with the splinter group, Jamiat-e-Ahle Hadees Hyderabad Secunderabad (JAH), accusing the parent body of large scale corruption and siphoning of funds to the tune of several crores.Addressing media persons at the Press Club in Somajiguda, state president of the splinter group, Mohammed Minhajuddin claimed that his panel has raised its voice against "large scale" corruption of the main body and questioned its transparency with regards to collection of funds and their expenditure. "Why do they (main body) need over Rs 5 crore for the construction of a mosque? They have said that they used Rs 60 lakh for excavation of land in Chilkalguda. This land measures about 450 square yards and is intended to be used for the construction of a mosque affiliated to it. We do not believe that so much money is required," Minhajuddin said.President of the splinter group, Habeeb Abdul Qadir said that parent body has been collecting funds for construction of mosques by means of issuing recommendation letters. This, he claimed, is not ethical even as he maintained that his organisation does not issue such requests for funds. timesofindia
4 held for thrashing Muslim on suspicion of carrying cow meat in Surat
Surat: Days after the driver of a tempo carrier was thrashed by a mob allegedly led by “gau rakshaks” on suspicion of carrying cow meat, Surat police on Friday made four arrests in connection with the case. According to police, some youths who claimed to be “gau rakshaks” intercepted the tempo carrier laden with cattle skin and bones at Pandesara in Surat on August 21. They alleged that the driver, Ilyas Shaikh (62), a resident of Chhota Udepur, was also carrying beef and managed to gather a large crowd at the spot.The “gau rakshaks” damaged the tempo carrier and thrashed Shaikh, but police soon reached the spot to disperse the crowd. Acting on a complaint lodged by Shaikh in connection with the attack on him, Pandesara police on Friday arrested Ramdhani Yadav (42), Vinod Tiwari (38), Omprakash Dubey (40), and Brijesh Dixit (39), all natives UP . indian express
I was denied US visa due to turban: BJP MP
New Delhi: BJP MP from Bhadohi, Virendra Singh, has alleged that officials at the US embassy objected to his turban while denying him a visa.Singh told The Hindu that he had applied for a visa after a group of US experts and officials visited him to learn about agriculture and invited him to visit the American countryside.“I am a wrestler and an agriculturalist and I wear a turban as a sign of my dignity and pride. I cannot compromise on my turban for going to the US I had been invited by US officials to visit their country and give lectures on agricultural issues, but when I visited the embassy on Wednesday, the officials asked me to come with photographs without the turban and ordered me to take it off,” Singh said. thehindu
Bijnor Jama Masjid imam booked for rape
Lucknow: 6 days after he was allegedly caught raping a woman, the police on Thursday booked the head Imam of Jama Masjid in Bijnor city. On Aug.19, the woman’s husband and neighbours had thrashed him, and also clicked his video and photographs while he was caught in the act. Imam, Maulana Anwarul Haq (40), had allegedly been raping the 30-year-old woman on the pretext of “rescuing her from evil spirits”.Bijnor SP Umesh Kumar Srivastava said the victim’s husband had approached Haq to cure the woman, who had been ill for over a month. Haq reportedly told him that his wife was under the influence of evil spirits and some rituals needed to be performed at Kaliyar Sharif dargah in Haridwar.indianexpress
Tension in Saharanpur village as 3 held while counselling Dalit family to ‘convert’
Agra:Tension prevailed in Piki village under Kotwali Dehat police station area in Saharanpur after a mob gathered outside the house of a self-proclaimed tantrik, accusing him of trying to forcibly convert a Dalit family to Islam.Police arrested Mohammad Mustaqueem and two others, including a youth whose family was allegedly being asked to convert.A case has been registered into the matter on charges of disturbing the peace as well as communal harmony. Heavy police force has been deployed in the village. indianexpress
Jamia Millia Islamia to start MD and PhD in Unani Medicine
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Tunisia's new govt  wins parliamentary approval
Tunisia's new govt  has won a confidence vote, almost a month after the last govt  was dismissed.PM -designate Youssef Chahed's unity govt  was backed by parliament late on Friday with 167 votes in favour, 22 against and five abstentions, according to the AFP news agency.The vote of confidence will now see Chahed and his cabinet take office in the coming days and comes amid warnings by Chahed that an austerity programme will be inevitable if the country does not overcome its economic difficulties."If the situation continues like this, then in 2017 we will need a policy of austerity, and dismiss thousands of public sector employees and impose new taxes," Chahed told parliament before the vote for his broad coalition, which includes secular, Islamist and leftist parties, independents and trade union allies. aljazeera
Tunisia parliament backs unity govt
Erdogan, Putin agree to speed up aid delivery to Aleppo
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin have agreed to speed up efforts to deliver humanitarian aid to Syria, Anadolu reported Turkish presidential sources as saying on Friday.The two presidents also agreed to hold bilateral talks at an upcoming G20 summit to be held early in September in Hangzhou, China.The Turkish and Russian leaders held a phone conversation on Friday in which they discussed bilateral relations and cooperation on regional issues and humanitarian crises.During conversation, Erdogan and Putin also emphasised importance of normalising relations between the 2 countries. Erdogan shared information about the ongoing Euphrates Shield military operation against ISIS in northern Syria. middleeastmonitor
Syrian civilians and rebels continue to evacuate Daraya
As evacuations from the besieged Daraya area continued for a second day, the first buses carrying Syrian civilians and rebel fighters fromDamascus suburb have reached opposition-held territory in the country's northwest, monitoring group said.Aljazeera
German Mayor fires Muslim intern for refusing to remove headscarf
Berlin:A 48-year-old Palestinian refugee, hired as an intern at a German mayor’s office, was fired on the first day of work because she refused to remove her headscarf. Mayor Elisabeth Herzog-von der Heide of the town Luckenwalde, near here, fired the intern after one day because she would not take off her headscarf, The Local reported. “The Islamic headscarf is a means of expressing a religious worldview,” Herzog-von der Heide was quoted as saying. Mayor said that therefore, wearing a headscarf would violate the neutrality of the town hall, where crucifixes are also not allowed.Palestinian woman had been hired for a project called ‘Perspectives for Refugees’ and was set to work for six weeks. Woman said that she did not want to remove the headscarf in the presence of men, and therefore Herzog-von der Heide said they would not be able to offer her a suitable working environment. She said it would have been better to clarify this policy before hiring her.PTI
Anti-Islam lawmaker Wilders calls for ban on Muslim migrants
The Hague:Anti-Islam Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders, whose Freedom Party has led opinion polls in the Netherlands for months, has published a one-page election manifesto calling for a ban on all asylum seekers and migrants from Islamic nations, and for the country to leave the European Union. Wilders’ manifesto was the first published by a major political party ahead of elections for the lower house of Dutch parliament which are due by March 15 next year.AP
Turkey allows Muslim policewomen to wear headscarf
Istanbul: Turkey has for the first time allowed policewomen to wear the Islamic headscarf as part of their uniform, according to a ruling published in the official gazette Saturday.Women serving in the police force “will be able to cover their heads” under their caps or berets so long as the headscarf is “the same color as the uniform and without pattern”, said the ruling published in the official gazette.Rulings published in the official gazette come into force immediately. The ruling Islamic-rooted AKP has long pressed for the removal of restrictions on women wearing the headscarf in the officially secular state.Turkey lifted a ban on the wearing of the Muslim headscarf, known as the hijab, on university campuses in 2010.AFP
Burkini ban: The war on terror shouldn't begin inside a woman's wardrobe: Uttara Choudhury's write up
Saudi's harsh vision of Islam blamed for rising extremism: NYT report
Washington: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump don't agree on much, but Saudi Arabia may be an exception. She has deplored Saudi Arabia's support for "radical schools and mosques around the world that have set too many young people on a path towards extremism." He has called the Saudis "the world's biggest funders of terrorism."The first American diplomat to serve as envoy to Muslim communities around the world visited 80 countries and concluded that the Saudi influence was destroying tolerant Islamic traditions. "If the Saudis do not cease what they are doing," the official, Farah Pandith, wrote last year, "there must be diplomatic, cultural and economic consequences."And hardly a week passes without a television pundit or a newspaper columnist blaming Saudi Arabia for jihadi violence. On HBO, Bill Maher calls Saudi teachings "medieval," adding an epithet. In The Washington Post, Fareed Zakaria writes that the Saudis have "created a monster in the world of Islam."NYT /TOI
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Taliban overrun key district in Afghanistan
Kabul: Taliban in Afghanistan continue to press US-backed govt as they overran a key district in Paktia province bordering Pakistan on Saturday, killing 30 members of the security forces. This comes at a time when the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) and the US are busy in intense fighting with the Taliban on various fronts.Hundreds of Taliban militants stormed the district HQRS of Janikhel in Paktia late on Friday. Officials claim local militants were joined by others who crossed over from Pakistan but say the Kabul govt failed to send additional troops to resist them. Anadolu agency
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