US ‘disappointed by’ ICC probe into Israel’s war crimes in Palestine

WASHINGTON: The US said Wednesday that it “firmly” opposes and is “disappointed” by the International Criminal Court (ICC)’s announcement of an investigation into crimes committed in the occupied Palestinian territories. “We will continue to uphold our strong commitment to Israel and its security, including by opposing actions that seek to target Israel unfairly,” State Department spokesperson Ned Price said at a news conference. Price said the ICC “has no jurisdiction over this matter” and “Israel is not a party to the ICC, and it has not consented to the court’s jurisdiction.”…

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Jamaat-e-Islami Hind launches women’s monthly e-Magazines in English, Urdu

ew Delhi : Jamaat-e-Islami Hind’s monthly online magazines exclusively devoted to womenfolk have been launched in English and Urdu languages here at a ceremony. The monthly English Magazine ‘Aura’ was officially launched by a noted public health doctor and activist Dr. Sylvia Karpagam while the Urdu digital monthly ‘Haadiya was launched by JIH President Syed Sadatullah Husaini. Both magazines are the ventures of the JIH women’s department. Delivering the presidential speech, the JIH chief said that their first issues showed that they would play an important role in creating awareness…

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India no more a free country on the list of global freedom watchdog

New Delhi: Freedom House, a Washington-based watchdog has downgraded India from a ‘free’ country to partly free citing violence and crackdown on civil and human rights. The Freedom House report observed that the free world had shrunk as a result and that the country was being driven towards ”authoritarianism”. Freedom House is a Washington-based non-profit, non-government organisation that has been conducting research and advocacy on democracy, political freedom and human rights since 1941. ”Political rights and civil liberties in the country have deteriorated since Narendra Modi became prime minister in 2014,…

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‘Dubious’ Maulanas convene closed door Jirga on ‘political scenario’

By Special Correspondent New Delhi: A “closed door meeting” involving Muslim community leaders, including some dubious  Maulanas, held here on Wednesday to “chart out a strategy” to deal with the increasingly hostile socio-political situation vis-à-vis minorities, Muslims in particular, in the country. While nothing in concrete came out in the open from the closed-door meeting, sources confided to the Muslim Mirror that most of the participants “have record of dubiously using political brinkmanship for their own interests.” The meeting, dubbed ‘Jirga for Strong India’ – a term borrowed from Afghanistan meaning consultation…

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IAS Faiz opens 100 public libraries in 150 days in Jharkhand’s Jamtara district

New Delhi: Faiz Aquil Ahmed Mumtaz, District Magistrate of Jamtara in Jharkhand, has renovated 118 dilapidated government buildings and converted them into public libraries in the past five months. He has inaugurated around 100 of them and the remaining ones are likely to be opened soon. He is an alumnus of Jamia Millia Islamia’s Residential Coaching Academy. He had cleared civil service examinations with 17th rank in 2014.  IAS Faiz said that competitive exam books have provided in the libraries. Moreover, government officials also visit the premises to guide aspirants…

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