Education neglected by all segments and confined to small section of Muslim community, says Hamid Ansari Current Affairs 

Education neglected by all segments and confined to small section of Muslim community, says Hamid Ansari

New Delhi: Former vice president Hamid Ansari on Friday said that “Education has been neglected by all segments of the Muslim community and it has only confined to a small section of the community”. Former Vice-President while delivering 12th Dr Asghar Ali Engineer Memorial Lecture On ‘Muslims of India: Past and Present’ said that among the identified issues faced by the Muslim community, education has been the most important one and is neglected by all the segments of the community, Reports The Indian Express. “Delhi has a large number of…

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Adultery no longer a crime, SC scraps 158-year old law Current Affairs 

Adultery no longer a crime, SC scraps 158-year old law

New Delhi: Extra marital sex no longer a crime in India. A five-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court on Thursday struck down penal provision on adultery. The bench unanimously ruled to scrap Section 497 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The Constitution bench, led by Chief Justice Dipak Misra and comprising Justices R F Nariman, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra, had reserved it verdict in the case in August. The 158-year old adultery law punished a man with five years in jail or fine or…

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Indian Muslims biggest losers, SCs, STs fared better; says intergenerational mobility study Society 

Indian Muslims biggest losers, SCs, STs fared better; says intergenerational mobility study

Looking at education and income, inter-generational mobility (upward mobility from parent to child) in India shows little change. Muslims are the biggest losers while Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes have done better on the index and upper castes and OBCs have remained where they were. The study, which looks at social groups and intergenerational mobility concludes that, overall, there is little inter-generational mobility and it has not changed even after economic liberalisation. It, however, concludes that some mobility made possible for Dalits and Scheduled Tribes has been offset by severely…

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Instant triple talaq to be a criminal offence now, Centre approves Ordinance Current Affairs 

Instant triple talaq to be a criminal offence now, Centre approves Ordinance

New Delhi: The Union Cabinet, on Wednesday approved an ordinance to make instant triple talaq a criminal offence. The executive order comes nearly 10 months after the NDA government moved a bill in the Lok Sabha but has been stalled in the Rajya Sabha. After the president’s sign-off on the ordinance, “triple talaq” — the practice that allows men to divorce their wives immediately by uttering the word “talaq” thrice — will be punishable with a jail term of up to three years and a fine. The woman will be…

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Christian businessman from India gifts Rs 2.4 Cr mosque in UAE to workers before Ramadan Society 

Christian businessman from India gifts Rs 2.4 Cr mosque in UAE to workers before Ramadan

Dubai: In a heartwarming gesture, Saji Cheriyan – a Christian expat, who landed in the UAE with just a few hundreds of dirhams in 2003, is gifting a mosque to hundreds of workers this Ramadan. An Indian Christian from Kerala, 49, has built worth Rs 2.4 crores mosque for Muslim workers living in a worker accommodation that he rented out to 53 companies in Fujairah. Speaking to Gulf News, the businessman, who has gone through ups and downs in the past 15 years, said he decided to build the mosque…

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Except for some, Ramadan commences in India from Thursday Current Affairs 

Except for some, Ramadan commences in India from Thursday

Mumbai: The new moon has been sighted in various parts of India which commences the first day of Ramadan on Thursday. Whereas Jama Masjid Mumbai and Idara-e-Sharia Patna has announced Friday as the first day of Ramadan. “A special meeting of moon sighting was held today evening at New Delhi office of Imarat Shariah. The new moon was not sighted in Delhi. However, based on the reports of moon sighting received from various parts of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, it is declared that Thursday May 17, 2018 will be…

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Waseem Rizvi launches India’s first Shia Muslim political party Current Affairs 

Waseem Rizvi launches India’s first Shia Muslim political party

New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh (UP) Shia Central Waqf Board chairperson, Waseem Rizvi, launched country’s first Shia Muslim political party called Indian Shia Awami League (ISAL) on Monday. The idea is to assert Shia identity and differentiate it from the Sunnis, said Rizvi adding “We are open to whichever party looks after the interest of the Shia community” ahead of the 2019 general elections. “This is a political party and it is but natural we will fight elections wherever we can. Presidents have been appointed in 16 states so far and…

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Muslim aspirants to get free UPSC coaching at state Haj houses Current Affairs 

Muslim aspirants to get free UPSC coaching at state Haj houses

New Delhi: After 51 Muslim candidates clear the civil services examination this year, the Haj Committee of India has decided to provide free UPSC coaching for Muslim aspirants across all states and union territories from the next year. UPSC civil services aspirants are being provided free coaching at the committee’s Mumbai-based headquarters for the last seven years. Two of the students who studied there were selected for the prestigious service this year. The Haj Committee of India had recently sent a proposal to the Minority Affairs Ministry about providing coaching…

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Former Indian Air Force chief Idris Hasan Latif dies who turned down Pakistan’s offer to join Air Force Current Affairs 

Former IAF Chief Idris Hasan Latif who turned down Pakistan’s offer to join Air Force dies at 94

Hyderabad: Former Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Idris Hasan Latif, who turned down the offer to join Pakistan Air Force after partition and rose to be the service chief, passed away on Monday in Hyderabad after a brief illness. He was 94. Air Chief Marshal Latif was appointed as the Chief of Air Staff on 31 August 1978 and he remained in saddle till 1981 when he retired. He subsequently served as the Indian Ambassador to France and the Governor of Maharashtra. Latif was born into a distinguished…

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An open letter to Indian Muslims about prevailing climate in the country Society 

An open letter to Indian Muslims about prevailing climate in the country

Dear Muslims, I am writing this with full responsibility and knowledge of the situation on the ground. I live thousands of miles away from Indian shores but visit thrice in a year and closely follow events and remain in touch with friends and acquaintances. Please do not get me wrong, this shouldn’t be interpreted as a patronizing lecture. I understand the sentiments you express on social media and share the anger and frustration over events taking place in several parts of the country. However, please understand that nothing is permanent…

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