Asaduddin Owaisi's party AIMIM not to contest Karnataka Assembly polls Current Affairs 

Asaduddin Owaisi’s party AIMIM not to contest Karnataka Assembly polls

Hyderabad: Taking a U-turn, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) led by Asaduddin Owaisi has decided not to contest the Karnataka state assembly elections scheduled to be held on May 12. Reports citing unnamed AIMIM source said that the party has taken the decision after a series of consultation wherein it was realized that contesting election might harm ‘secular parties’ in Karnataka. “Though we have ground in some segments and good chances, the party president felt that our presence there could end up spoiling the prospects of secular parties,” he said.…

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Taj Mahal gate minaret collapses due to heavy rain Current Affairs 

Taj Mahal gate minaret collapses due to heavy rain

Agra: The stone minarets on the south and royal gates of the Taj Mahal collapsed after heavy rain and thunderstorm in Agra on Wednesday. A north-west 12 feet metal pillar at the entry gate which is known as Darwaza-e-Rauza and a flower vase in stone and a brass filial was brought down as winds with velocity of over 130 km per hour swept the city. Similar loss happened at the southern gate too, said Ankit Namdev, conservation assistant of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) at Taj Mahal, reported HT. Taj…

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Asghar Ali Engineer 2004 response to Ram Guha ‘Emergence of Hindu revivalism does not lie in the absence of Muslim liberalism’ Society 

Asghar Ali Engineer 2004 response to Ram Guha: ‘Emergence of Hindu revivalism does not lie in the absence of Muslim liberalism’

Responding to Harsh Mander’s article ‘Sonia, sadly’ lamenting that Muslims have been “rendered politically irrelevant”, even “untouchable”, in India today, the historian Ramachandra Guha, under the title ‘Liberals, sadly’ writing in The Indian Express on Tuesday, rooted the community’s marginalisation in the absence of a liberal elite that could lead it “out of a medievalist ghetto into a full engagement with the modern world”. To make his point, Guha quoted the late activist and writer Hamid Dalwai, whom he also held up as one of the three “secularising modernists”, alongside…

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Indian Muslims way forward in electoral politics! Society 

Indian Muslims way forward in electoral politics!

Four months before the UP elections of 2017 I had propagated the idea of Muslims boycotting electoral politics in India. It could not gain much momentum because, sadly, we lack the kind of selfless leadership in our community that will keep the larger picture in mind and step back. The way “minorities” have become a taboo for the big parties and the way they are trying their level best to dissociate with any step that can be used as “minority appeasement” shows us what is in store in the future.…

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“War against terror is not against any religion but between moderates and extremist”, King Abdullah of Jordan Society 

“War against terror is not against any religion but between moderates and extremist”, King Abdullah of Jordan

New Delhi: Global war in the world today against terror is not a fight against different religion or its people but between the moderates of all faith and extremist whose faith is hate and violence, said Abdullah II bin Al Hussein, King of Jordan, at an event organised by the India Islamic Cultural Centre in New Delhi on Thursday. King of Jordan, who is known for his global initiative to fight deradicalisation and terrorism, delivered a lecture on Islamic heritage and promoting understanding and moderation. This speech was the highlight…

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After scrapping Haj subsidy, Govt announces reduction in airfare for pilgrims Current Affairs 

After scrapping Haj subsidy, Govt announces reduction in airfare for pilgrims

New Delhi: The Centre today announced a noteworthy reduction in airfare for people going on Haj, a month after it scrapped subsidies for the pilgrimage. Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi described the move as a “major step”. “The PMO took a keen interest in this. The decision is in line with our empowerment without appeasement policy,” Naqvi told reporters. The fare reduction will be applicable to passages on Air India, Saudi Airlines and Flynas, an air carrier based in Saudi Arabia, to Jeddah and Medina from 21 airports…

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Popular Front of India banned in Jharkhand for alleged IS links Current Affairs 

Popular Front of India banned in Jharkhand for alleged IS links

Ranchi: BJP led Jharkhand government has banned the Popular Front of India (PFI) for its alleged links to the Islamic State (IS) in an official release on Tuesday. The release states, “The state has banned the Popular Front of India, which is active in Jharkhand, under the Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1908. The action has been taken following a proposal from the Home Department”. The release further said, “PFI has been most active in Pakur district. The organization was started in Kerala and its members are internally influenced by the…

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Fact check of Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi’s ‘consecutive second year increase’ in Haj quota claim Current Affairs 

Fact check: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi’s ‘consecutive second year increase’ in Haj quota claim

Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Tuesday claimed that Haj quota for India has “increased for the consecutive second year” because of the “growing popularity” of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and India’s strengthened relations with Saudi Arabia. The Minister also claimed that the increase over the past two years – of nearly 40,000 – is a “record expansion” since Independence, reported TOI. In a statement, he added: “Three years ago, during the Congress regime, India’s Haj quota was about 1,36,020, which has been increased to record…

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Aadhaar details up for sale for Rs 500, UIDAI denies The Tribune report Current Affairs 

Aadhaar details up for sale for Rs 500, UIDAI denies The Tribune report

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) denied a media report published in The Tribune which revealed a racket in Jalandhar who provides access to Aadhaar database of more than a billion Indians for just Rs 500. The UIDAI assured that there has not been any Aadhaar data breach. The Aadhaar data including biometric information is fully safe and secure. The report titled “Rs 500, 10 minutes, and you have access to billion Aadhaar details” by The Tribune journalist Rachna Khaira says that after paying Rs 500 via Paytm to…

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Muslim family accused of ‘land jihad’ in Meerut, forced to give up house after Right wing groups protest Society 

Muslim family accused of ‘land jihad’ in Meerut, forced to give up house after Right wing groups protest

A Muslim family in Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut district was denied entry into a house that they had bought from a Hindu man and were accused of committing ‘land jihad’. The incident happened around 8 pm on Sunday when the family reached the new home to take possession of the house. Usman Ahmad, whose elder brother Nauman purchased the property said, “When we reached the house, some people came and said that the house cannot be sold because Rastogi owed them money. While he was explaining that he was in the…

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