Monday, 6 February 2017

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06 Feb.2017: 08 Jamadiul Awwal 1438: Vol:8, No:109
Muslim organisations too oppose triple talaq as is practised now: Law panel chairpman
New Delhi:A majority of those who had responded to its questionnaire on a uniform civil code, including many Muslims organisations, have opposed spontaneous triple talaq, Law Commission chairperson Justice BS Chauhan has said.The panel is currently examining the more than 40,000 responses it has received to the questionnaire issued in Oct.2016. Justice Chauhan said the larger consensus was that spontaneous triple talaq, as is currently practised, was not in keeping with what was stated in the Shariat, which mandates a three-month iddat period meant for reconciliation and arbitration.“While we are yet to tabulate the huge number of responses, one thing we have observed is that most people, even among the Muslims, have opposed the practice of spontaneous triple talaq. They have held that iddat period should be observed,” said Chauhan.He said, “In Dec.,Justice Mohammad Mustaq of Kerala High Court delivered a judgment examining the validity of triple talaq and sent it to the Law Commission, referring the matter to us. Those who have been alleging that this exercise carries forward the govt’s agenda should understand that with the court order, we are bound to examine the matter now.”At the same time, Chauhan clarified that the commission is not only looking at triple talaq but at the issue of gender justice in personal laws of all religions, in terms of marriage, divorce, child custody and property rights. “Why are we only talking of triple talaq? Except for certain matriarchal societies, such as those in parts of the Northeast, most women still have no right to agricultural land. We will be looking at gender justice in all aspects of personal law. Never before in India has any law commission sought responses from people. This was a first-of-its-kind experiment. In any developed country, law is made after consultation with stakeholders. After all, enforcement of law depends upon acceptability of law,” he said. indian express
Politicians raising triple talaq issue for vote bank: Women activists
Moradabad/ahmedabad: Terming the Central Govt’s stand to ban triple talaq as a ‘vote bank politics’, Hina Zaheer on Monday said the leaders are politicising the issue to woo the voters ahead of the assembly elections. “The matter of triple talaq is sub-judice and thus no one can take law into his/her hand. Why leaders are politicising the issue. We as Muslim women are persistently demanding to follow the talaq procedure as per the Quran. The matter is being raised by the politicians at a time when elections are around the corner and this clearly shows that this is mere a vote bank politics. They are just trying to woo voters in the name of triple talaq,” Zaheer told ANI.Meanwhile, women activist Zakia Soman called for an action against triple talaq saying that it is not an issue of politics and must be restricted.ANI
CPI attacks Ravi Shankar Prasad over triple talaq, questions timing of his comment
New Delhi:CPI on Monday hit out at Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad accusing him of raising the issue of triple talaq “in view” of crucial UP  polls and sought to know as to what action the Election Commission will take in the matter. “It is a very serious matter because he is the Law Minister of the country. He has been raising this issue at this point of time…timing of this is important, this is being done in view of the forthcoming UP elections,” CPI Rajya Sabha member D Raja said.PTI
Stop politicising triple talaq, the matter is in court: Naidu
Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday asked parties to stop politicising triple talaq, saying the matter was was sub-judice. Triple talaq is not an “electorate issue” and it should not be linked “with elections and one particular religion,” Naidu said, according to ANI.“There should not be any discrimination, harassment and injustice to any section of people, and more particularly women,” the minister said. “Be it Muslim, Hindu or Christian women, we don’t want anyone to get exploited.” Naidu said the BJP-led govt  at the Centre would present its view on triple talaq “when matter the comes up before the Supreme Court”.
Stop politicising sub-judice issue ‘triple talaq’: Naidu
Delhi HC sets up Judicial Tribunal over banning Zakir Naik's NGO- IRF
New Delhi: Delhi High Court on Monday set up a Judicial Tribunal to look into banning Zakir Naik's NGO IRF under UAPA. A notice has also been issued to IRF to respond to a plea by Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to hold in camera proceedings. NIA has also filed 3 affidavits in sealed cover before the Court giving reasons for the ban on IRF.Today was the first hearing of the tribunal and the next hearing will be on Feb.20th.Tribunal headed by Delhi HC judge Sangita Dhingra Sehgal is set to give an order on the schedule of hearings and whether proceedings to be held in closed courtroom on the next date.IRF, earlier moved a petition seeking directions against the ban imposed on it by the central govt.ANI
IRF: Centre wants in-camera proceedings in tribunal
Minority status in J&K: Supreme Court imposes Rs 30,000 cost on Centre for not filing reply
New Delhi: The Supreme Court has imposed a cost of Rs 30,000 on the Centre for not filing its reply to a PIL alleging that minority benefits are being enjoyed by majority Muslims in J&K .A bench comprising Chief Justice JS Khehar and Justice NV Ramana allowed the counsel for the Centre to file the response after depositing the cost within two weeks and noted that a fine of Rs 15,000 was also imposed last time for the same reason.The bench said it was according last opportunity to the Centre to file the reply.Earlier, the court had issued notice to Centre, state govt and National Commission for Minorities on the plea filed by Jammu-based advocate Ankur Sharma, alleging that benefits accruing to minorities were being taken away by Muslims, who were in a majority in J&K. PTI
Rohingya crisis: Hoardings around Jammu ask Muslim ethnic group to 'leave or face consequences'
Jammu: They gathered, around a shack, to discuss an unusual situation that is threatening to rob them of their livelihood and their settlements, once again. On Friday, dozens of hoardings popped up in the entire Jammu city asking Rohingyas, a Muslim ethnic group that has faced persecution at the hands of majority-Buddhists in Myanmar for decades, to immediately leave the city or they will be thrown out."Where will we go," Mohammad Johar, 35, who was among the first batch of refugees to arrive in this city, said, as he caressed his four-year-old daughter near his Juggie. “It is not easy to find a place to live and make a living,” he adds.J&K govt  recently said that more than 1,200 Rohingya families, comprising of 6,000 people, have been living in different parts of Jammu for the last six years. They are registered with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and also with the Union Home Ministry. But now, they are at the crossroads of a fierce political debate raging in this winter capital, whether they should be allowed, at all, to live in the state.“Does the state law permit them (Rohingyas) to settle here in any part of the state? Article 370 does not allow anyone to settle here in J&K ,” Harshdev Singh, JKNPP Chairman, said. “If the state govt  does not throw them out, we will do that.”The hoardings put by the J&K  National Panthers Party threatens that Rohingya and Bangladeshis should leave Jammu immediately or face the consequences. However, these persecuted people have found little support from both mainstream as well as separatist politicians.Inside a Rohingya camp, in Narwal area of Jammu, residents gather to discuss the explicit threat and explore the possibility of meeting political leaders and appraise them about their condition back home and their reason for migration. Firstpost
ASSEBLY POLLS & POLITICS
With less than a week to go for UP elections, communal and casteist propaganda has reached a crescendo: ET
Political parties can tom-tom development till the cows come home, but in UP it is caste and religion that inevitably rear their head in election season. With less than a week to go for the state elections, communal and casteist propaganda has reached a crescendo. BJP has Ram temple and a new version of love jihad in anti-Romeo squads on its agenda, the BSP is aggressively wooing Muslims — in addition to its traditional vote bank of Dalits — by giving 100 tickets to candidates from that community, and the SP has the Congress in tow in the hope of snaring Muslim and upper-caste votes. ET travelled to three pockets in UP — of Muslims, Dalits and upper-caste Hindus — to gauge the fervour on the ground. And we find that vote bank politics may have never been so predictable.ET
UP Polls: Shah invokes cow slaughter narrative in Noida
Noida;BJP president Amit Shah on Sunday invoked cow politics at a rally in Noida. He also made a reference to slaughterhouses, in a joke, juxtaposing it with a specific caste. “An aggrieved elderly citizen belonging to the Jat community once visited our office to register his complaint. He told me that one morning, while he was carrying his sugarcanes in a bullock cart to the nearby market for sale, he stopped mid-way to buy guavas. When he came back with the guavas, his bull was missing. I told him to register a complaint with the police because the UP police was already tracking Azam Khan’s lost buffaloes. But then he revealed that his bull was stolen by the slaughterhouse people,” Shah said.As the crowd cheered to his dog-whistle narrative, Shah announced that the BJP, when it is voted to power, will come down on slaughterhouses from Day 1. “When BJP comes to power in UP, we will ban all unregulated slaughterhouses on Day 1,” Shah said.HT
Amit Shah promises small farmers’ loan waiver, closure of slaughterhouses
If not in India, will Ram Temple be constructed in Pak: Giriraj Singh
New Delhi:With the political scenario heating up in UP  ahead of Assembly elections, Union minister Giriraj Singh on Monday posed a rhetoric that if the Ram temple will not be constructed in India then will it be constructed in Pakistan. “We do not know the exact time when the Ram Temple will be built in India. But if not in Ayodhya, if not in India, will it be built in Pakistan?” Singh told media.ANI
Country can’t prosper if Muslims are targeted: Azam Khan
Rampur: Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan has said the country will not prosper if Muslims, who form a sizeable chunk of India's population, are targeted unnecessarily.He said Muslims are the second largest community in the country and after abusing them, India can never be a prosperous country (Hum Hindustan ki dusri badi abaadi hain, humay gali dekar Hindustan khushal nahi rah sakta)." timesofindia
Will join BSP if Mayawati gives ticket to Muslims: Azam
Rahul Gandhi attacks Modi, Akhilesh holds rallies, Giriraj raises Ram Temple issue: All that happened in UP today
Muzaffarnagar’s riot-hit look towards benevolent Akhilesh, but it’s not that simple
Assam MLA Islam suspended for live streaming speech in House
Guwahati: Assam AIUDF legislator Aminul Islam was suspended from the House by speaker Hitendra Nath Goswami for three days on Monday, for live streaming his speech in the Assembly on a social medium on Friday.Islam, who live streamed his speech on Facebook, admitted breaking the rules 'to take his speech to a wider audience,' but insisted that rules for telecast of proceedings be amended in the interest of the people. His speech was about the contentious illegal migrants issue. timesofindia
OTHERS
Point by point, E. Ahamed’s doctor daughter, son-In-law challenge RML hospital’s procedures: outlookindia
Even as the Opposition parties led by Congress have demanded a probe in to the ‘deliberate attempt’ on part of the authorities to hold up announcement of E Ahamed’s death, the medically qualified members of the former minister’s family have issued a blow-by blow account questioning RML hospital doctors’ claims on Tuesday night.Ahamed’s daughter Dr Fousiya and her husband Dr Babu Shehzad had found something amiss in every step that the hospital doctors were adopting on Tuesday night. A new statement issued by the family challenges each step taken by RML doctors on medical terms.“Finally at 2AM, cardiothoracic surgeon and neurologist called us inside after a lot of protest. The neurologist told us that brain stem function was not present which means he had no brain function. As he was on AutoPulse until that time, he had no cardiac function. He was on a ventilator receiving full oxygen and still had no blood oxygen saturation, meaning he had no lung function. This means that he was already clinically dead, and there was no further need for another medical procedure,” family said in the statement.“We are traumatised by what he had been subjected to. There has been an absolute disregard to human dignity by RML hospital,” the family said.
Congress seeks parliamentary probe into E Ahamed's death
New Delhi:Led by their leader Rahul Gandhi, Congress MPs on Monday demanded a parliamentary probe into the death of IUML leader and Kerala MP E. Ahamed.MPs demonstrated in the Parliament complex, accusing the Modi govt of hushing up the veteran MP's death in a hospital ahead of the annual Union Budget's presentation on Feb.1.Holding a placard that read “We are Ahamed Sahib,” Gandhi along with Congress colleagues staged the protest near the Mahatma Gandhi statue that faces Parliament. thehindu
As pressure mounts to quit, Nagaland CM seeks solution from tribal bodies
Kohima:With pressure mounting on him to resign following the recent developments centering around the urban local bodies’ elections in the state, Nagaland CM  TR Zeliang has called a consultative meeting of all tribal bodies here on Wednesday to find out ways to resolve the current impasse.Zeliang’s earlier efforts – like declaring the urban local bodies’ election as “null and void” and asking PM to immediately pass an Ordinance and later amend Part IX-A of the Constitution to exempt Nagaland while holding municipal elections – have failed to convince the agitating groups and traditional tribal bodies.Tribal bodies feel holding election to urban local bodies with 33% reservation for women would infringe upon Naga tradition and custom. CM has invited respective Hohos of all tribes including the apex Naga Hoho, Eastern Naga People’s Organisation (ENPO), Angami People’s Organisation(APO), Ao Senden, Chakhesang Public Organisation (CPO) and Nagaland Gaonburra Association to the consultative meet to be held here on Wednesday. indianexpress
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Big admission by Modi govt, minister says unemployment rate rising in India
New Delhi:The opposition’s allegations aside, the rate of unemployment is actually rising in the country, especially among the backward classes, the govt  admitted in the Rajya Sabha on Monday. In reply to a question during Question Hour, Minister of State for Planning Rao Inderjit Singh said that overall unemployment was rising, but the rate was highest among the OBCs.While the overall unemployment rate is 5 % , it is 5.2%  for OBCs, the minister said.The unemployment rate was 4.9%  in 2013, 4.7%  in 2012 and 3.8 %  in 2011.IANS
Unemployment rate is rising in India, admits govt
Share of spend in govt  expenditure, GDP on education falling for 3 years: economictimes
Spending on education as a share of the central govt 's total budgeted expenditure has been falling for the past three years. Compared to 2013-14, the last year of UPA, when education got 4.57% of the total expenditure, there has been a steady decline — 3.65% in 2016-17, according to this Budget's revised estimate, with the estimated outlay for the coming year showing a minor uptick at 3.71%. Looking at education spend as a share of the GDP, which is what international trackers do, the trend is clear — having dipped from 0.63% of the GDP in 2013-14 to 0.47% projected by the govt  for 2017-18.
Crackdown after demonetisation: Taxmen wield new benami law to go after ‘black money’ deposits
Mumbai:Income Tax department has taken recourse to the new law on benami property to seek the attachment of properties of about 20 individuals and entities in Mumbai whose bank accounts were allegedly used by owners of small and medium firms to deposit unaccounted money following the demonetisation announcement on Nov.8. The tax department issued show-cause notices on Jan.27 to these individuals and entities for attachment of properties underBenami Transactions (Prohibition) Amendment Act, which came into force on Nov.1, 2016, sources said. Indian Express.
Demonetisation is for losers: economist Steve H Hanke
New Delhi: Criticising India's decision to scrap high-value currency notes, noted American economist Steve H Hanke has said demonetisation is for 'losers' and even PM Narendra Modi does not know where the country is heading now. "#Demonetisation is for losers and has been bungled from the start. No one, not even Modi, knows where India is heading," Hanke, an American applied economist at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, said in a tweet. PTI
RBI may carry out a small rate cut, but is it advisable? TK Jayaraman
Gujarat NGO activists force govt official to eat currency notes with pickle! india today 
Police today registered a case against 30 activists of a local NGO for forcing an official of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation to eat currency notes laced with pickle in front of TV cameras because he was allegedly corrupt.As media was invited for the coverage, the incident was telecast by some local channels. On the complaint by the victim Dharmin Vyas, assistant manager with professional tax department of AMC’s New West Zone, Vastrapur police registered FIR against 30-odd activists of `Lok Rakshak Seva Samiti’.President of the NGO Pruthvi Bhatt was arrested on the charges of rioting and assaulting a govt officer on duty, said inspector BJ Sarvaiya.
Minority percentage in Central Govt jobs doubled to 9.9%: Govt
New Delhi: The percentage of minorities in Central Govt  jobs almost doubled from 5.3 %  in 2014 to 9.9 %  at present, Govt  said today. "In Central Govt  jobs the proportion of minorities was 5.3 %  in 2014. Today the percentage of minorities in Central Govt  jobs is 9.9 % . This is not because of us."We do not agree that they (minorities) did not have the capability. They should have got this right earlier, there must have been differential treatment. We created an environment to end the differential treatment. The percentage has increased due to the minorities' progress and self belief," Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said in the Rajya Sabha. PTI
5 world class institutes to be established for minorities: 40%  seats to be reserved for girls
TMC demands CBI probe into Najeeb’s disappearance
New Delhi:Alleging political vendetta behind the disappearance of JNU student Najeeb Ahmed, Rajya Sabha member TMC member Vivek Gupta today asked the Centre to order a probe by CBI or any other appropriate agency in the matter. Najeeb had gone missing on Oct.15 following an on-campus scuffle allegedly with ABVP members the night before.Raising the issue during the Zero Hour in the House, Gupta asked the govt  whether any special measures have been initiated to trace the missing student.Alleging that the JNU officials were insensitive in the matter, he wondered whether Najeeb will end up just as a statistics about missing persons.Gupta said the ABVP students allegedly involved in the incident have not yet been questioned. He also claimed that VC of the University had even refused to meet the mother of the missing student. “This a clear case of political vendetta. We are witnessing that political vendetta is spreading like a cancer in the country,” he said and asked the Centre to order a CBI probe or any other appropriate enquiry to trace Najeeb.PTI
AMUs VC selection process in muddle: TOI report
New Delhi: A controversy has erupted again over the appointment of a new VC for AMU. Within a day of 3 names being shortlisted, allegations are being made that AMU had violated the Union HRD ministry's directive issued last year that UGC Regulations, 2010, should not be violated while shortlisting names for the post of VC.AMU's court had finalised the three names out of 5 sent by its executive council on Saturday. 3 shortlisted for the post of VC are Tariq Mansoor, principal, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, AMU; Abu Saleh Sharif, executive director and chief scholar, US-India Policy Institute, Washington, and Shahid Jameel, CEO, Welcome Trust and DBT India Alliance.Mansoor was also in the earlier panel of names shortlisted for VC's post. However, the entire panel had got scrapped. Sharif had played a crucial role in the writing of the landmark Sachar Committee report on the state of Muslims. He was also head of National Council for Applied Economic Research.However, even before the shortlisted names were sent to the President for the final selection, a section within AMU has started raising questions. They pointed to HRD ministry's directive of May last year in which it was clearly mentioned that UGC Regulations, 2010, had to be followed while finalising the panel for a VC's post so that no complication and delay may happen while submitting the panel to the visitor (President) for appointment of a new VC.TOI
Frank Islam to dedicate $2-million management school at alma mater AMU
Washington: Indian-American investor and philanthropist Frank Islam will dedicate a $2 million management school that he financed at his alma mater, the AMU, on Feb.12.Islam sees his support for the Frank and Debbie School of Management at the AMU more as an investment than charity. “I would not be the person I am if it were not for Aligarh education. Aligarh students have always been our best hope. My investment is my way of saying thank you and keeping the hope alive,” Islam, who made a fortune in the US as a technology entrepreneur, says.  Islam has also been a major donor to the Democratic Party and numerous other philanthropic activities in the US and India. thehindu
Bhopal encounter: Chairman of commission probing jailbreak withdraws resignation
Bhopal: The single member judicial commission probing the SIMI encounter and Bhopal jailbreak retired High Court Justice S.K. Pandey has decided to remain in office after CM  Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s interference. Earlier on Saturday he resigned from his post and left out, vacating the circuit house.While talking to The Free Press Journal over phone, Pandey said, “It is nothing like that, from where the information is coming? Thanks”.On Saturday, the chairman kept his papers, vacated the room no 10 of circuit house situated in Professors Colony, left the govt vehicle and went away by hiring an auto-rickshaw.He was annoyed due to some objectionable rules and regulation meant for his services.Around hundreds of officials from district administration and others tried to pacify him, but he was not ready to reply on their requests to not leave the post. On Sunday, again, several officers contacted the chairman, but their efforts proved fruitless. Finally, CM discussed with chairman and convinced him to rectify the rules and others according to him after which he decided to hold the post again. He might start his work again in a day or two.
Bhopal: Chief of probe into SIMI jailbreak resigns, MP govt rejects it
Man held in UAE over terror fund: TOI
Kochi: A Keralite who had allegedly sent funds to the IS-inspired south India module, which was busted in Kanakamala in Kannur last year, was nabbed by UAE police following an alert by the NIA.Moideen, a native of Kasaragod, was the 13th accused in the case. "The involvement of Moideen came to the fore when we examined the financial sources of the group. He was frequently sending money to the group. His whereabouts were passed on to police agencies in UAE. We have been intimated about him being detained by the UAE police," said an NIA official. NIA has also arraigned Shajeer Mangalasseri from Kozhikode and Kamal from Chennai as accused in the case.
Petition to stay Sasikala's swearing-in as CM filed in SC
New Delhi:A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking a hold the swearing in of VK Sasikala as Tamil Nadu CM. The oath taking ceremony is currently scheduled at 11 am on Tuesday. The petition demands that Sasikala not be allowed to take charge as the CM until the graft cases she is involved in are resolved. The petition has been filed in the name of one Senthil Kumar, aged around 40 years old, on behalf of an NGO that fights against corruption and against consumption of liquor and drugs. The filing cites an ongoing court case against Sasikala to say that she should not be allowed to take the office of the Tamil Nadu CM .IndiaToday
English Fortnightly Milli Gazette Says Goodbye to Readers
New Delhi: At the end of Dec.2016 came the news that the 17-year-old publication The Milli Gazette has said goodbye to its readers. 16-31 Dec.issue was the last. This is indeed a painful news.Founder Editor Zafarul-Islam Khan brought it out in Jan.2000 with high hopes expecting that through this publication he would be able to make the voice of 200 million Indian Muslim community heard. Otherwise, it was not being given coverage in the national media. He thought through an English publication he will be able to convey the Indian Muslim voice to millions outside India as well. But for how long could this journey continue in the wilderness of media world without the badly needed resources? After issuing several mayday calls during these past 17 years and when no meaningful rescue could be found, at last he announced that this journey could not be continued any further.Asia Times thought it necessary to talk in detail to the editor of The Milli Gazette and learn about the difficulties he had to face and what efforts he made to overcome these difficulties.Urdu Media Monitor
English newspaper Milli Gazette Says Goodbye to Readers
WORLD
Israel's settlement bill 'big step towards annexation'
Occupied West Bank: Israeli Knesset has advanced controversial legislation that, if approved, would lead to a host of illegal settlements built on privately owned Palestinian land being legalised retroactively.The so-called "Regulation Bill", scheduled for a vote on Monday, would apply to around 4,000 settlement homes in the West Bank for which settlers could prove ignorance that they had built on privately owned land and had received encouragement from the Israeli state to do so.The bill has been criticised by human rights groups and legal experts who have warned that it would violate property rights. The govt 's attorney general has said that the bill was unconstitutional and would contradict Israel's legal obligations under international law, while Israeli MK Tzipi Livni warned that it would lead Israeli soldiers to the ICC. aljazeera
Israel freezes 4 demolition orders against Arab homes
A magistrate court in northern Israel yesterday froze four demolition orders targeting the homes of Arab-Israelis following an appeal by the homeowners.The homeowners, represented by lawyer Mahmoud Al-Najib Mahajna, expressed relief and appreciation for the decision taken by Hadera Magistrate Court Judge Jacob Goldberg to freeze the demolition orders in the towns of Ara and Musheirifa in the Wadi Ara region of northern Israel.Yousif Jabarin, a member of the Joint List coalition representing political parties led by Arab-Israelis, said he was closely following the cases in Wadi Ara, and stressed the need to keep up popular support for families whose homes are threatened by demolition. Middleeastmonitor
Israel hits Hamas after 'projectile' fire
Israel struck a Hamas position in Gaza after a "projectile" fired from the Palestinian enclave on Monday crashed in a border area, the Israeli army said.In response, the army added, "an (Israeli) tank targeted a Hamas post in the northern Gaza Strip. "A security source from Hamas, Gaza Strip's Islamist rulers, said two posts were targeted, causing no injuries.World Bulletin
Islamic authority rejects Egypt’s move to annul Muslim man’s verbal divorce right
Cairo:Egypt’s top Islamic authority Monday rejected President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi’s suggestion that legislation be adopted to invalidate the practice of Muslim men verbally divorcing their wives. It marked a rare instance of a public institution contradicting the president, who has presided over a wide-scale crackdown on dissent in recent years while seeking to rally the country’s entrenched interests behind him. Council of Senior Clerics in Al-Azhar, the highest authority in Sunni Islam, unanimously ruled that verbal divorce, when meeting all requirements, has been an undisputed practice since the days of the 7th century Prophet Muhammad. The requirements, it explained, included that the man has a sound mind, full consciousness and uses appropriate phrasing.Muslim women in Egypt cannot verbally divorce their husbands but can apply for divorce in a court of law. In a carefully-worded statement, the council made no mention of el-Sissi, or his suggestion last month for legislation requiring such divorces to be carried out in the presence of a state-authorised cleric. It was addressed to “the people”.However, its rejection of the president’s proposal was uncompromising, and it made a thinly-veiled reference to the constitution, which refers to Al-Azhar as the main authority on religious and Islamic affairs.AP
Verbal divorce undisputed practice: Egypts top body
Turkey says over 800 detained in anti-ISIL operations
Turkish police have detained hundreds of suspected ISIL members in nationwide raids, according to state media, in the largest operations in the country to target the armed group. About 820 suspects, most of them foreign nationals, were arrested in at least 29 provinces, including capital Ankara and southeastern provinces, state-run Anadolu news agency reported. Operations took place on Sunday and Monday."This is the largest coordinated and simultaneous raids that Turkey has taken out on what it says are 'suspected members of ISIL' across the country," Al Jazeera's Stefanie Dekker, reporting from Gaziantep, said. aljazeera
Trump says judge who defied him has put US 'in peril'
Donald Trump has escalated his criticism of a federal judge who blocked a ban on travel from seven mainly Muslim countries, and said courts were making US border security more difficult, intensifying the first major legal battle of his presidency.“Just cannot believe a judge would put our country in such peril,” Trump tweeted on Sunday, two days after James Robart suspended his restrictions on refugees and travel and a day after a panel of judges denied the White House’s emergency appeal to reinstate the ban. theguardian
Donald Trump Attacks Judge On Stopping Muslim Travel Ban; Trump To Place The Blame On The Judicial System
Apple,Google, Uber, Facebook join fight against travel ban
Seattle: Dozens of tech companies, including behemoths like Apple, Google, and Facebook, are siding with Washington state and Minnesota as they fight President Donald Trump's ban on refugees and travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the US.The companies filed briefs late Sunday with a federal appellate court saying the Trump executive order hurts their businesses.AP
#VisitMyMosque: UK Muslims open doors to fight bigotry
Birmingham: Hundreds of mosques around the UK threw open their doors to Britons as part of an initiative to counter misconceptions about the Muslim community.More than 150 mosques took part in "Visit My Mosque" project on Sunday afternoon, drawing crowds of curious visitors.The event, organised by the Muslim Council of Great Britain (MCB), promised to answer attendees' questions. Visitors of all faiths and none were welcomed and no subject was considered off limits. At Paigham-e-Islam mosque in Birmingham, Britain's 2nd-biggest city, conversations focused on Islamic law, Muslims' views of Jesus and what mosques were doing to counter the ISIL group. Aljazeera aljazeera
Report details rape of Rohingya women by Myanmar troops
Yangon:Security forces carried out a systematic campaign of rape and sexual violence against Rohingya Muslims during a recent crackdown, an international human rights group said Monday. Witnesses said soldiers and police officers targeted Rohingya women and girls as young as 13 in a security operation launched in the northern part of Rakhine state in October last year.“The sexual violence did not appear to be random or opportunistic but part of a coordinated and systematic attack against Rohingya, in part because of their ethnicity and religion,” US-based HRW said. Anadolu Agency
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Hundreds remain stranded in snowstorm-hit Afghanistan
Kabul:A total of 119 people have lost their lives across the country due to heavy snow and avalanches in the last three days, the health minister said Monday.Public Health Minister Ferozuddin Feroz told a meeting in Kabul that up to 89 people had also been injured, according to remarks reported by a local Pashto radio.According to officials, hundreds of people remain stranded and many more are missing in Afghanistan as rescue services face difficulties in their efforts to save lives in mountainous areas following heavy snow over the weekend.
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I feel calmness when reading Qur’an, says Hollywood actress Lindsay: ARAB NEWS
Jeddah: Hollywood actress Lindsay Lohan has revealed in detail her relationship with Islam on the Arabic TV show “Siwar Shoaib” hosted by Shoaib Rashid.Rashid minced no words in asking her about the now famous photo in which she is holding a copy of the Holy Qur’an.Lohan said that she was going through a lot when that photo was taken, and the Qur’an was “a solace and a safe thing for me to have.”“My intention wasn’t to hold a religious book,” she said,“I was just holding a religious book, but people in America didn’t like it, they judged me for it and were saying nasty things.”She told Rashid that she has prayed the Islamic way and has fasted in Ramadan.“I did Ramadan for 3 days with my friend from Kuwait, it was hard but it was good. It felt good,” she said. She said she has read 15 pages from the Holy Qur’an (in English) and that she practices writing some of the verses in Arabic as well.
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