Israel returns body of Palestine inmate

Daoud al-Khatib died from deliberate medical negligence after suffering heart attack in Israeli prison BETHLEHEM, Palestine: The body of Daoud Al-Khatib was received late Friday at the Mazmoreia military checkpoint in Bethlehem after being detained for nearly six months at a mortuary. Al-Khatib,45, died in Israel’s Ofer prison Sept. 2, 2020, months before he was set to complete an 18-year sentence. He suffered a heart attack in 2017 and underwent open-heart surgery. His situation worsened as a result of deliberate medical negligence by prison authorities until his death. Al-Khatib lost his…

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Urdu Development Organization shocked over induction of semi-literate persons in Delhi Urdu Academy

By Special Correspondent New Delhi. The Urdu Development Organization, an NGO working for the cause of Urdu, demanded the Delhi government-led by Chief Minister Kejriwal to give Urdu its due right which is the second official language of NCT Delhi. It also expressed shock over the re-constitution of Delhi Urdu Academy’s governing Council. It also demanded to fill the vacant posts of Urdu in the Delhi administration and elsewhere The NGO held a meeting at its office to discuss the state of affairs of Urdu language here. The meeting was…

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Release passports of 35 foreigners acquitted in Tablighi Jamaat case: Delhi court to police

New Delhi: A Delhi court Saturday directed the police to release passports of 35 foreigners, who have already been discharged in a case, in which they were accused of violating government guidelines issued to contain the spread of Convid-19. Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Arun Kumar Garg said all the foreigners have already been acquitted by the court and the police has not filed any appeal/revision till date to the acquittal order. The court’s directions came after the investigating officer submitted he had no objection in releasing the passports to the foreigners. While…

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BBC Hindi apologises for showing portrait of Prophet Muhammad

By Hasan Akram New Delhi: The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Hindi has issued an apology to Raza Academy for showing a portrait of Prophet Muhammad in a video. The apology was extended after Tahaffuz Namoos-e-Risalat Board, a group associated with the Raza Academy, filed a complaint with Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh seeking action against BBC Hindi. Raza Academy members had also met Maharashtra minister Aslam Sheikh and urged him to ensure action against the media organisation. According to news reports published in Urdu dailies, both Sheikh and Singh had…

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Urdu newspapers afflicted with headless chicken syndrome

By Quamar Ashraf To begin with, I must offer a disclaimer here that I am not pure Urduwallah in conventional sense but certainly I do take immense degree of pride in identifying myself with the language as my mother tongue, albeit not as well-versed as a native speaker ought to be. I have been closely scanning Urdu newspapers for over a decade now. Of course, not for the sake of reading newspapers but for collecting and collating issues concerning the Muslim community as part of my monitoring services. But the exercise rarely…

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