Court allows withdrawal of cases against BJP and VHP leaders in Muzaffarnagar riots case

New Delhi: A local court in Uttar Pradesh has accepted the Yogi Adityanath-led government’s request to withdraw cases against 51 people including Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders Suresh Rana, Sangeet Som and Umesh Malik and VHP leader Sadhvi Prachi, in connection with the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots. Judge of the special court, Ram Sudh Singh on Friday allowed the government counsel to withdraw the case. The state counsel had moved an application in the court stating that the Uttar Pradesh government has decided in public interest not to proceed further with the…

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Jama Masjid Imam appeals to pray indoors on ‘Shab-e-Barat’

NEW DELHI – As Covid-19 cases are sharply rising all over the country, the Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid in New Delhi has appealed people to stay at their homes and offer prayers on the occasion of Holi and ‘Shab-e-Barat’. ‘Shab-e-Barat’ would be celebrated between March 28-29. ‘Shab-e-Barat’ is called the festival of worship during which many Muslims observe a fast for two days. The Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid, Ahmed Bukhari, in a video, said: “‘Shab-e-Barat’ is on March 28 and Holi festival is also falling on that day. The…

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Bittu Halder kills his wife Rizwana who had converted to Hinduism before marriage

New Delhi: Rizwana, who had changed her name to Seema Halder after converting to Hinduism one year ago, was killed by her husband Sidharth aka Bittu Halder in Damua town of Madhya Pradesh’s Chhindwara district, reported Dainik Bhaskar on 27 March. Local police said that Bittu Halder took Seema to a hospital on 25 March and told the doctors that she was ill. After preliminary check-ups, the doctors declared her dead. The post-mortem report said that she was strangulated, the police were quoted as saying by Dainik Bhaskar. Bittu Halder told…

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Deoband clerics will not solemnise marriage with dowry, loud music

SAHARANPUR – Clerics in Islamic seminary, Darul Uloom Deoband, have launched a countrywide campaign against the use of loud music and crackers during the wedding ceremonies. They have said that they will not solemnise ‘nikaah’ in such functions. This comes days after a cleric in Shamli district refused to solemnise a ‘nikaah’ after seeing the groom dancing ‘violently’ on the roof of a car to DJ music. This left the groom and bride sides in a lurch and another cleric was called in to solemnise the marriage and ceremonies were wrapped…

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Allahabad High Court advocate seeks information on Modi’s claim of going jail during Bangladesh war

By Abdul Bari Masoud New Delhi: An RTI application has been filed on Saturday seeking information regarding the claim made by the  Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Bangladeshi capital Dhaka that he was sent to jail during the Bangladesh’s secession movement. The applicant sought the details of Modi’s arrest and charges slapped against him and a certified copy of FIR as well. On an official visit to Dhaka, Modi said during his address at Bangladesh’s National Day programme that one of his first protests was for the freedom of Bangladesh,…

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