Muslims forced to eat pork, drink alcohol in Chinese ‘Re-Education’ camps Current Affairs 

Muslims forced to eat pork, drink alcohol in Chinese ‘Re-Education’ camps

Beijing: Former prisoners of Chinese “re-education” camps for Muslims have revealed chilling details of methods employed by government agencies. Muslim inmates are reportedly forced to eat pork and drink alcohol as part of Beijing’s efforts to stifle dissent and ensure compliance with the central government. Nearly 1 million Chinese Muslims, mainly from the Xinjiang region are believed to have been detained in the camps. China’s Xianjing territory is home to around 21 million people, of which at least 11 million are Muslims. Speaking to the Washington Post, two former detainees…

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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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SC seeks Center’s response on plea challenging Polygamy, Nikah Halala among Muslims Current Affairs 

SC seeks Center’s response on plea challenging Polygamy, Nikah Halala among Muslims

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to examine the constitutional validity of polygamy and nikah halala amongst the Muslim community. The apex court also sought response from Union government and the Law Commission on the plea challenging the practices. A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra considered the submission that an earlier five-judge constitution bench, in its 2017 verdict, had kept open the issue of polygamy and ‘nikah halala’ while quashing instant triple talaq. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y.…

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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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Sri Lanka declares Emergency after anti-Muslim riots Current Affairs 

Sri Lanka declares Emergency after anti-Muslim riots

Colombo: Sri Lanka has declared a nationwide state of emergency for 10 days to rein in the spread of communal riots on Tuesday, a day after mob attacks against the minority Muslim population in an Indian Ocean island’s central district of Kandy. “At a special cabinet meeting, it was decided to declare a state of emergency for ten days to prevent the spread of communal riots to other parts of the country,” the spokesman, Dayasiri Jayasekara, told Reuters. The announcement came after angry mobs made up of the majority Sinhalese…

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Owaisi urges 3 years jail for those who call Indian Muslims 'Pakistani' Current Affairs 

Owaisi urges 3 years jail term for those who call Indian Muslims ‘Pakistani’

New Delhi: All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) president Asaduddin Owaisi, has urged the government to bring a law to punish any person who calls an Indian Muslim “a Pakistani” with a three-year jail term. Speaking in Parliament, Owaisi said, “Bring a law that if any Muslim is called Pakistani, the person making such remarks will face a three-year jail term.” But added that his demand will not be heard and the BJP-led government will not bring such a bill. The AIMIM leader, who was taking part in the debate in the…

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Anti-Muslim German far-right AFD politician converts to Islam Life 

Anti-Muslim German far-right AFD politician converts to Islam

Arthur Wagner, a prominent member of a German far-right political party ‘Alternative für Deutschland’ (AfD), known for its anti-Muslim rhetoric has converted to Islam and resigned from his leadership role in the party. Wagner was a leading member of AFD eastern Brandenburg state chapter, whose slogan “Islam doesn’t belong in Germany” encapsulates its extreme nativist and anti-Muslim views. The AfD, which is now the third-largest political party in Germany after its stunning success in last September’s elections, claims Islam is incompatible with the German constitution. The right wing party has…

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Narendra Modi government ends Haj subsidy for Muslims Current Affairs 

Narendra Modi government ends Haj subsidy for Muslims

New Delhi: The Centre on Tuesday has withdrawn Haj Subsidy which traces its origin in British colonial era. Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the decision was in line with the Centre’s agenda to empower minority communities “with dignity and without appeasement”, The Times of India reported. “The funds spent on the Haj subsidy will be used for educational empowerment of girls and women of the minority community,” Naqvi said. The move comes a little over two months after Naqvi said the government could phase out the…

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Gujarat Elections 2017: Three Muslim MLAs elected in Gujarat Assembly compared to two in 2012

Ahmedabad: The Gujarat Assembly has seen a sharp dip in Muslim representation in the state legislative Assembly in the past three decades, reflective of the sharp religious polarisation in the state. But this time, Three Muslim MLAs have been elected to Gujarat Assembly as compared to two in 2012. According to 2011 census, Muslims are the biggest minority in Gujarat accounting for 9.65 per cent of the population. Considering that Gujarat has 182 assembly seats, and a high percentage of the population is Muslim, they should have 17 MLAs from…

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