RSS-affiliate Rashtriya Muslim Manch sponsored Namaz on river bank called off after protest in Ayodhya

There were also rumours about Rashtriya Muslim Manch cancelling the event under pressure from the district administration. The Rashtriya Muslim Manch cancelled the grand namaz and Quran recitation session on the banks of Saryu river in Ayodhya scheduled for Thursday after some saints objected to it. “This programme was planned to bolster the unity between the two communities but since few people had reservations against it, the place has been changed,” said Muslim Rashtriya Manch leader Shabana Azmi. According to reports, some saints and a priest from Hanumangadhi Raju Das…

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If BJP wins 2019 polls, India will become Hindu Pakistan: Shashi Tharoor

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Tuesday said that if Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wins 2019 Lok Sabha elections, it will create a condition leading to the formation of a ‘Hindu Pakistan’. Addressing an event in Thiruvananthapuram, Tharoor further stated that the BJP will write a new Constitution which will pave the way for a nation, much like Pakistan, where rights of minorities are not respected. “If they (BJP) win a repeat in the Lok Sabha, our democratic constitution as we understand it will not survive as they will have all…

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After triple talaq, Centre targets nikah halala and polygamy

After moving to criminalise instant triple talaq + , the Centre is all set to throw its weight behind a clutch of petitions filed in the Supreme Court to declare “nikah halala” and polygamy “unconstitutional”. Sources said the Centre would extend its support to petitioners when the matter comes up next in the SC, which earlier this year agreed to hear the petitions. Nikah halala is a controversial practice which forbids adivorced couple from remarrying until the woman marries someone else, consummates her new marriage and gets divorced or widowed.…

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Sacrifice of soldiers cannot become political tool: Oppn accuse BJP of using surgical strike ahead of 2019 Polls

The Congress on Thursday accused the BJP of using the September 2016 surgical strike for political gains, inviting strong reaction from the ruling party which charged its principal rival with lowering the morale of armed forces. The political fight between the two parties erupted a day after some private TV news channels aired the video of the strike that the Indian Army carried out on militant launch-pads across the line of control in a retaliatory action shortly after the attack on an army base in Uri in September 2016. It…

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Ahead of Eid-Uz-Zuha (Bakra Eid), Govt backs campaign against animal sacrifice

The Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) is launching a campaign to crack down on the slaughter of animals for sacrifice, ahead of the Muslim festival of Bakrid, or Eid al-Adha (festival of sacrifice), which will be celebrated on August 21-22. Volunteers of the agency will watch out for and report any instances of cruelty to animals. “If anyone does animal sacrifice, that is punishable, no animal is exempted.” said SP Gupta, chairman of the board, a statutory advisory body under the union environment ministry. “People are not aware, they…

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Soz’s claims on Independent Kashmir ‘Cheap Gimmick’ to sell book: Congress

The Congress today dismissed the claims of party leader and former union minister Saifuddin Soz on the choice of Kashmiris as stray remarks and “cheap gimmick” to sell his forthcoming book and said the party’s Jammu and Kashmir unit will take appropriate action. In his book, Soz has said that “independence” is the first choice of Kashmiris as he supported former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf’s assessment in this regard. “Musharraf had explained that if Kashmiris were given a chance to exercise their free will, they would prefer to be independent.…

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History will never forgive BJP for its greed in Kashmir: Shiv Sena

Shiv Sena in an editorial in its mouthpiece Saamana said the situation had never deteriorated to this extent in Kashmir, rivers of blood had never flown so extensively and never had so many jawans lost their lives before. The Shiv Sena on Thursday charged that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) opted out of power in Jammu and Kashmir after spreading anarchy, and said history will never forgive the party for its “greed”. When the BJP failed to check terrorism and violence in the northern state it pinned blame on the People’s…

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Kejriwal attacks Modi govt, sit-in protest at LG Baijal’s office enters 3rd day

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government of using senior civil servants to scuttle his work, commenting as his sit-in protestat lieutenant governor Anil Baijal’s office entered its third day. “Aren’t IAS officers merely tools being used by Modi govt to scuttle good work being done by Del govt (sic)? Is it possible for IAS officers to return to work without green signal from PMO?” said Kejriwal on Twitter about his allegation that civil servants of the Indian Administrative Service are not cooperating with…

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Work for Hindus who voted for me, not Muslims: Karnataka BJP MLA Basanagouda Patil to Corporators

A purported video of former Union minister and BJP MLA Basanagouda Patil Yatnal instructing corporators to work only for Hindus, who have voted for him, and not for Muslims, has gone viral on social media. “I had called all corporators and have told them that they should work for Hindus and not Muslims…who have voted for me in Bijapur,” Yatnal is purportedly heard saying in the video, to which the crowd responded by saying “Hindus”. “I had said no to Muslims initially…I had instructed my people that those with topi…

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Like Shimla, threat of water crisis looms over many hill stations, metro cities

Shimla, a summer-getaway for many, has been facing a water crisis for 14 days now, with residents urging tourists to stay away and protests erupting over inequitable distribution of water in different parts of the city. According to experts, several hill stations and metro cities could face a similar crisis within a decade and the warning signs may start showing in the next three or four years. “Cities like Bangalore and Delhi depend on groundwater. But, with increasing population and the natural sources of water — Yamuna in the case…

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