Plea in SC terms PIL against 1991 law on places of worship as ‘mischievous’

By Abdul Bari Masoud New Delhi : An intervention application has been moved in the Supreme Court challenging a PIL against a law fixing August 15, 1947 as the cut-off date to maintain the character of a place of worship. The application moved by co-Mutawalli of the Teeley Wali Masjid, a 350 year old mosque in Lucknow   said the PIL filed by advocate Ashwini Upadhyay is “mischievous”, which aims at isolating the Muslim community as a separate category from the other major religious communities in India. On March 12, the…

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Uncertainty looms at Palestinian polls in Jerusalem

Israel ignores pleas to follow past precedents to allow electoral process in East Jerusalem By Abdel-Raouf Arnavut JERUSALEM  The Israeli government may throw a spanner in the Palestinian election process, as it has so far refrained from responding to requests to allow citizens of East Jerusalem to cast ballots. Palestinians are set to vote for an elected legislature on May 22 and presidential polls on July 31 after a gap of 15 years. Besides the Palestinian Authority (PA), the international community has repeatedly requested Tel Aviv not to obstruct the…

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Qatar’s minimum wage for migrant workers takes effect

Doha: A legislation setting a minimum wage for migrant workers came into effect in Qatar on Saturday, as part of major changes to the Gulf nation’s labour market. The Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs announced the implementation of the new minimum wage and said it applies to all workers and domestic workers from all nationalities, dpa news agency quoted the state media as saying. Monthly minimum wage Qatar set a monthly minimum wage of 1,000 Qatari riyals ($275), becoming the first country in the region to adopt a…

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Assam Cong manifesto promises to restart NRC, repeal CAA, 5L jobs

The Congress, which was in power in Assam for 15 years (2001-2016) until the BJP-led alliance came to power in the last Assembly polls (2016), also promised to provide ‘land patta’ (land rights) to those landless people and and to rename southern Assam’s Silchar Railway Station as ‘Bhasha Swahid Station’ GUWAHATI – The Congress in its manifesto for Assam Assembly polls promised to restart the process of National Register of Citizens (NRC), repeal the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), Rs 365 daily wage to tea garden workers, 5 lakh jobs in five…

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DMK focuses on Muslim vote bank to romp home

CHENNAI – With opinion polls and poll pundits predicting a huge victory for the DMK, the party leadership is leaving no stone unturned to impress the Muslim voters. DMK supremo and party’s CM candidate M.K. Stalin has, according to party insiders, categorically told party office bearers and candidates to woo the Muslim vote bank. The DMK is in alliance with the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) and MMK which are contesting 3 and 2 seats respectively from the DMK-led front. However, with a 5.86 per cent Muslim population in the state,…

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