Lucknow girl’s madrasa - Not a case of sexual harassment but battle of control between two rivals Current Affairs 

Lucknow girl’s madrasa – Not a case of sexual harassment but battle of control between two rivals

Lucknow: A section of media is going wild and circulating unsubstantiated claims over 52 girl students rescued from a madrasa in Lucknow for alleged sexual harassment. New details which emerged today, shows that the madrasa row is actually a battle of control between two rival groups. The madrasa manager, Taiyab Zia Ashraf (38), is booked under Sections 376 (rape), 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) of the IPC and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act. On the…

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Lok Sabha passes Triple Talaq Bill with thumping majority Current Affairs 

Lok Sabha passes Triple Talaq Bill with thumping majority

New Delhi: The Lok Sabha today passed the contentious bill that criminalises the instant triple talaq practice with up to three years in jail for the husband. The bill was passed after the intense debate as the House rejected a string of amendments proposed by Asaduddin Owaisi, Congress and BJD. Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad who had tabled the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017 called it a “historic day.” Prasad said the bill was “not about religion but about justice and respect for women.” He…

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UP govt orders withdrawal of 22-year-old case against Yogi and 12 other BJP leaders Current Affairs 

UP govt orders withdrawal of 22-year-old case against Yogi and 12 other BJP leaders

Lucknow: The UP government has ordered the withdrawal of a 1995 case in which the chief minister Yogi Adityanth, union minister of state for finance Shiv Pratap Shukla, Sheetal Pandey (BJP MLA from Sahajanwa) and 10 other Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders were booked for violating prohibitory orders. A day before the Uttar Pradesh Criminal Law (Composition of Offences and Abatement of Trials) (Amendment) Bill, 2017 was tabled in the state assembly on December 21, the state government sent a letter on December 20 to the District Magistrate, Gorakhpur, directing…

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Protest after right wing group targets Ajmer Dargah Current Affairs 

Protest after right wing group targets Ajmer Dargah

Ajmer: The khadims (custodians) of Dargah Ajmer Sharif organised a protest march on December 22 over inciting remarks and targeting Ajmer shrine and Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti. A complaint is filed against Shiv Sena Hindustan, a right wing religious-turned-political outfit and an immediate ban on the group has been sought. The tension erupted when Shiv Sena Hindustan general secretary Lakhan Singh claimed that a Hindu temple used to exist at the site of the dargah and appealed his volunteers to initiate a campaign seeking Hindu support for demolishing the…

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Islam has contributed to India's civilization: Dr Kamat Society 

Islam has contributed to India’s civilization: Dr Kamat

Panaji (Press release): Islam and Muslims have contributed to the Indian civilization and there are evidences of Islam’s contribution to Goa and the whole of western India, emphasized Goa University professor, Dr Nandakumar Kamat. He was addressing at the inaugural function of the 4 days children’s book fair, ‘Taare Zameen Par’ (TZP), organized by the Board of Innovative Education, Goa at Santa Cruz in Goa’s capital, Panaji. Speaking about the times of the early Islamic civilization, he said “All of them were passionate about knowledge and they pursued knowledge. They…

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Lok Sabha passes Triple Talaq Bill with thumping majority Society 

Indian Muslim, ill-conceived Triple Talaq bill and Muslim Personal Law Board

“In spite of the Supreme Court setting aside talaq-e-biddat, and the assurance of AIMPLB, there have been reports of divorce by way of talaq-e-biddat from different parts of the country….. It is, therefore, felt that there is a need for State action to give effect to the order of the Supreme Court and to redress the grievances of victims of illegal divorce”, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad asserts in a “Statement of Objects and Reasons” of The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2017. Union Law Minister…

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21st National Urdu Book Fair inaugurated in Solapur - a treasure-house of Urdu books Culture 

21st National Urdu Book Fair inaugurated in Solapur – a treasure-house of Urdu books

I remember Choudhari Charan Singh once said that, Urdu is language of Turks and Mughals although their language was either Persian, Turkic or even Arabic. Can we deny the fact that the major slogans during the freedom struggle to kick out the British were penned in Urdu? Can we also deny the fact that the immortal narration of our country emanates from Allama Iqbal’s “Sare Jahan Se Achha Hindustan Hamara”? To name a few, two distinguished icons of Urdu literature, devote Hindus, Firaq Gorakhpuri and Krishna Bihari Noor. Can we…

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Ahmedabad court lifts gag order on The Wire story on BJP president Amit Shah’s son Current Affairs 

Ahmedabad court lifts gag order on The Wire story on BJP president Amit Shah’s son

Ahmedabad: An Ahmedabad civil court on Saturday lifted the interim injunction imposed on news website The Wire in the wake of its recent story on the meteoric rise in the business activities of BJP president Amit Shah’s son, Jay Shah the year after Bharatiya Janata Party came to power in 2014. The court had imposed a gag order on The Wire, barring it from publishing any content “directly or indirectly” related to Jay Shah or his Temple Enterprises. The Wire had challenged the injunction on the grounds that it represented…

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Three Muslims writers among 24 winners of Sahitya Akademi Award 2017 Culture 

Three Muslims writers among 24 winners of Sahitya Akademi Award 2017

New Delhi: The Sahitya Akademi – India’s National Academy of Letters has announced its annual awards recognising the literary works of 24 writers including three Muslims in 24 Indian languages on Thursday. Baig Ehsas for his Urdu short story ‘Dakhma’, Afsar Ahmed for his Bengali novel ‘Sei Nikhonj Manusta’ and noted Tamil poet Late Inqulab for his Tamil poetry ‘Kandhaal Naatkal’ are among those honored with Sahitya Akademi award 2017. The award, given for books published between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2015, includes a casket containing an engraved…

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‘Mistaken identity’ or Muslim witch-hunt Islamic preacher labeled as ‘Terrorist’ gets acquittal after 19 years Society 

‘Mistaken identity’ or Muslim witch-hunt? Islamic preacher labeled as ‘Terrorist’ gets acquittal after 19 years

19 years labeled as terrorist for a crime which he did not commit, Abdullah Salafi (now 58) an Islamic preacher was arrested in December 1998 on false allegation of his links with ISI – intelligence agency of Pakistan. Finally after a long ordeal, he is freed from all charges by the Kolkata city sessions court on Tuesday. Salafi, then 38-year-old was picked up in a joint operation led by the Sagardidhi police and the Special Branch of Kolkata Police on his way to attend a community program in Murshidabad. He…

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