Israeli premier to visit UAE after elections

Israeli media reports Emirati displeasure over Netanyahu’s use of name of Abu Dhabi’s crown prince in election campaign Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday denied plans to visit the United Arab Emirates this week, saying he will travel to the Gulf country after Israeli elections scheduled for March 23 are over. “I will not travel to Abu Dhabi before the elections. I will go there later,” Netanyahu, who is head of the Likud party, said in an interview with Israeli Army Radio. Earlier in the day, the Israeli newspaper…

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Parliamentary committee pulls up minority ministry for non-utilization of budget

The Committee says the minority affairs ministry should set up Parliamentary Constituency Level Committees for monitoring various minority welfare schemes. Former minister Rahman Khan alleges rampant corruption in various minority schemes By Abdul Bari Masoud New Delhi:  In its 8th report,   the Parliament Standing Committee on Social Justice and Empowerment has pulled up the Union Minister for Minority Affairs (MoMA) for non- utilization of a large chunk of minority welfare funds. Calling for introspection, the committee said the minority affairs ministry should set up Parliamentary Constituency Level Committees for monitoring various minority welfare schemes.…

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Hundreds protest in Bangladesh against Waseem Rizvi’s Quran petition

Hundreds of Jamaat-e-Islami supporters demanded from India’s Supreme Court to immediately reject the petition and bring Rizvi to trial DHAKA – Bangladesh’s largest religious political party, Jamaat-e-Islami, organized a rally in the capital Dhaka on Monday to condemn a petition filed in the Indian Supreme Court seeking the removal of 26 verses from the Muslim holy Quran. Waseem Rizvi, former chairperson of the Shia Central Board of Waqf (Trust) in Uttar Pradesh, India, and a Bollywood film producer, filed a petition two days ago claiming that parts of the Quran are…

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ORS model of growth for Indian Muslims

By Md. Aariz Imam  Upliftment of socio-economic condition of Muslims while seen as contingent on affirmative political intervention, actually needs to follow a basic revival therapy of ORS, the identification of ‘Opportunity’, pooling of ‘Resources’ and acquisition of ‘Skills’, where ironically it is not the establishment but the community that has to initiate action. Here is my 8 step model involved in upliftment of socio-economic condition of Muslims. 1. Socio -Economic condition of Muslims can be uplifted by ‘political intervention’. The Muslim question in India is political in nature and…

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SC to hear plea against detention of Rohingyas on March 25

The plea also urged the top court to direct the UNHCR to intervene and determine the protection needs of the Rohingya refugees not just in the Jammu but also in camps across the country and complete the process of granting them refugee cards. NEW DELHI — The Supreme Court on Thursday said it would hear on March 25 a plea seeking immediate release of detained Rohingya refugees in Jammu. Advocate Prashant Bhushan contended before a bench headed by Chief Justice S.A. Bobde that detained Rohingyas may be deported to Myanmar, which…

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