A little known organization launches online census of ‘so-called indigenous Muslims’ in Assam

Assamese Muslims see the exercise another conspiracy to attack  their identity By Abdul Bari Masoud Guwahati/ New Delhi: A little known and pro-BJP organization, the Janagosthiya Samannay Parishad, Assam (JSPA) on Thursday launched a portal for conducting the first-ever census of what it called Assamese Muslims or the indigenous Muslims. The move is fraught with dangers for the unity of over 1.4 crore strong Muslim community in Assam who have already been under constant onslaught from the communal forces due to their formidable population in the state.   The move…

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No Haj Travel Without Two Vaccine Doses: Haj Committee of India

MUMBAI — In a major development, the Haj Committee of India (HCI) has said that no Indian Muslims shall be allowed to go for the annual Haj pilgrimage unless they have taken the two vaccine doses. The HCI CEO Maqsood Ahmed Khan made the announcement late on Thursday following the latest directives from the Saudi Arabian Health Ministry and the Indian Consulate-General in Jeddah. Accordingly, he advised those who have applied for the Haj 2021 to take the first dose of the vaccine on their own now so they can…

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Israel launches airstrikes on Gaza Strip

GAZA, Palestine Israeli warplanes and helicopters conducted airstrikes in the blockaded Gaza Strip, the Israeli army said Thursday. No casualties were reported following the attack, according to an Anadolu Agency reporter in the field. The Israeli army claimed on Twitter that it hit targets belonging to the Palestinian resistance group Hamas, an ammunition factory and a tunnel used for weapons shipments in Gaza. The strikes came after a rocket launched from Gaza. Gazan authorities have yet to issue a statement on the airstrikes. The densely populated Gaza Strip has been…

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Turkey criticizes ban on Quran courses in TRNC

ANKARA Turkey’s communications director reacted Thursday to a court ruling on the closure of Quran courses in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), saying the decision “is the product of an ideological and dogmatic mind.” “To interpret secularism in such a shallow and wrong way is a step towards abolishing fundamental rights and freedoms,” Fahrettin Altun said on Twitter, referring to the Constitutional Court of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus’s objection regarding the authority of the Presidency of Religious Affairs concerning education of the Quran. He went on…

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Woman SPO arrested for ‘glorifying’ terrorism in Kashmir

Srinagar, The Jammu and Kashmir Police have arrested and terminated the services of a female SPO (Special Police Officer) for ‘glorifying’ terrorism, officials said on Friday. Police said the SPO was arrested by the police in South Kashmir’s Kulgam district. She has been terminated from the service for glorifying terrorism and obstructing government officials in the discharge of their duty, said police. “On 14th of April 2021, on a specific input regarding the presence of terrorists in Karewa Mohallah of village Frisal, a search operation was launched by the security…

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