Delhi sisters claim ownership of mosque land in Ayodhya

LUCKNOW—Two Delhi-based sisters have moved the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court, claiming the ownership of the five-acre land allotted to the Uttar Pradesh Sunni Central Waqf Board for the construction of a mosque in Ayodhya, in accordance with the Supreme Court verdict in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case. The petition was filed before the Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court on Wednesday and is likely to come up for hearing on February 8. Rani Kapoor a.k.a Rani Baluja and Rama Rani Punjabi have said in the writ petition…

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Assam enforces Act to abolish govt-run Madrassas

All government-run madrassas in Assam will be abolished Over 620 such institutions will be converted into general schools GUWAHATI — All government-run madrassas in Assam will be abolished and over 620 such institutions will be converted into general schools from April 1 onwards after a law passed to this effect by the state Assembly on December 30 got the Governors assent, Assam Education and Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Wednesday. An official of the Education Department said that Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi has given his assent to ‘The Assam…

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Student activist Sharjeel Usmani now booked for sedition in Lucknow

Lucknow: A case has now been registered against Sharjeel Usmani, a vocal Muslim activist at the Hazratganj police station in Lucknow in connection with his 30 January speech at Elgar Parishad, in Pune, Maharashtra. The FIR has been lodged by one Anurag Singh over the video of Usmani’s speech which was posted on YouTube. On the basis of this complaint, a case under 124A, 153A, 153A (2), 153B (1) (C), 295A, 298, 504, 505 (1) (B) and 505 (2) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and IT Act has been registered,…

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Kuwait to stop entry of non-citizens for 2 weeks from Feb 7

KUWAIT CITY — Kuwait will stop the entry of non-citizens to the country for a period of two weeks in a latest effort to curb the spread of Covid-19, a government spokesman announced here Tareq Al-Mezrem made the announcement after an extraordinary meeting of the Kuwaiti government which was held on Wednesday evening to discuss the public health situation and the latest developments related to the pandemic, Xinhua news agency reported. The two-week ban will start on February 7, he said. In addition, the government decided to suspend all commercial activities…

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Torture continues in Afghan prisons, UN report says

Allegations of torture made by detainees in Afghan detention facilities continue at a high rate, the UN mission in the country said in its report on Wednesday. “It remains a matter of serious concern that more than 30 per cent of all interviewees provided credible and reliable reports of torture and ill-treatment,” said the report jointly released by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Geneva-headquartered UN Human Rights Office. The UN bodies documented 335 instances of detention of persons deprived of liberty for security or terrorism-related offences…

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