Azerbaijan lost 2,900 soldiers in Karabakh war: Defense Ministry

BAKU, Azerbaijan The number of Azerbaijani soldiers who lost their lives in last year’s Karabakh conflict with Armenia has risen to 2,900, Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry said on Wednesday. The ministry shared on its website a list of the soldiers who died during the 44-day war, including details on officer ranks, their date of birth, names and surnames. Efforts are underway to find and identify the servicemen considered missing, the statement added. Relations between the former Soviet republics have been tense since 1991, when the Armenian military occupied Nagorno-Karabakh, also known…

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SP MP’s bizarre statement on ‘aasmani aafat’

Moradabad, In a bizarre statement, Samajwadi Party MP from Moradabad, S.T. Hasan has stated that the devastation caused by recent cyclones and the Covid-19 pandemic was a result of ‘aasmani aafat’ (divine intervention) against the injustice being meted out to Muslims. The Moradabad MP kicked up a row when he said on Wednesday that “such injustice to Muslims has resulted in devastation that has descended from the skies in the form of cyclones and poor people have died in pandemic.” Hasan further attacked the state’s BJP government for what is…

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Justice Arun Mishra rewarded for praising Modi, appointed as NHRC chief

New Delhi: Former Supreme Court judge Arun Kumar Mishra took charges as the chief of the National Human Rights Commission of India on Wednesday. Mishra had courted a controversy in February 2020, when as a sitting judge of the top court, he had described Modi as ”internationally acclaimed visionary who could think globally and act locally”. Justice Mishra is learnt to have been appointed on the recommendation of a high-powered committee comprising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, Harivansh, Lok Sabha Speaker…

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UP mosque demolition: Allahabad HC stays arrest of Muslim leaders

New Delhi: The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court on Tuesday said that no coercive action should be taken against the committee members of the mosque that was demolished by authorities in Ram Sanehi area of Uttar Pradesh’s Barabanki district. The local police had filed a FIR against President of the Committee, Mushtaq Ali; Vice-President Waqeel Ahmad; Secretary Mohamad Aneesh; and Dastageer, Afzaal Mohammad Naseem, along with Uttar Pradesh Sunni Central Waqf Board Inspector Mohammad Taha. They were accused of forging documents related to the mosque. According to law related…

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India’s abstention from UNHRC on vote against Israel marks a clear shift in its West Asia policy

By Abdul Bari Masoud New Delhi: India’s abstention on a resolution at the United Nations Human Rights Council on May 20 that called for the establishment of an international independent commission to investigate Israel’s aggression in Gaza marked a ‘decisive shift’ in its long-held West Asia policy — away from Palestine and towards Israel. The main opposition Congress party on Tuesday said it is deeply concerned about India’s stand on the recent tragic conflict between Israel and the Palestinians in Gaza and urged the government that it “must not be…

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