Iran to pay $150,000 to families of Ukrainian plane crash victims

By Anadolu Agency The cabinet gave its nod to the compensation of $150,000 or its equivalent in euros to the families of victims “as soon as possible,” ahead of the first anniversary of the plane crash. The Ukrainian International Airlines flight PS752 crashed moments after take-off from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport on Jan. 8. The incident came days after the killing of Iran’s top military commander Qassem Soleimani in a US military strike in Baghdad when Iran’s air defense systems were on high alert. Iranian authorities initially denied that…

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Ayodhya mosque to be name after freedom fighter

New Delhi The proposed mosque and hospital complex that is to be built in Dhannipur village in Ayodhya, will be named after the noted freedom fighter and revolutionary Maulvi Ahmadullah Shah Faizabadi, who died 164 years ago. The Indo-Islamic Cultural Foundation (IICF) has decided to dedicate the entire project comprising the mosque, hospital, museum, research center, and community kitchen, after Faizabadi, also called ‘Lighthouse of Independence’ for keeping Awadh free of British dominance for over two years after the 1857 revolt. IICF secretary Athar Hussain said: “On his martyrdom day,…

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Muslims in India – The politics of stereotyping

By Laiba Qamar India had won the World Cup against Pakistan and one could sense the celebration around withthousands of ecstatic fans coming out dancing and shouting “INDIA INDIA” on the screens and streets celebrating the country’s victory. Cricket has always got our patriotism best at play, especially when India is playing against the neighbouring country, Pakistan. Although being in third-grade, I vividly remember the 2011 World Cup owing to the event that followed the next day. It was a random day at school and my classmates happened to talk…

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Imran pratapgarhi’s appointment as minority dept head raises eyebrows

NEW DELHI – The appointment of popular poet Imran Pratapgarhi as new minority department head has raised eyebrows not only from the Congress workers but Muslim organisations too. The reason behind is that Pratapgarhi has never worked in the Congress organization and has been only a campaigner, though he unsuccessfully contested Lok Sabha elections from Moradabad in 2019. Imran Pratapgarhi, after his appointment tweeted, “I will try to work hard to come up to the mark and the faith reposed by the leadership and minority department. I will be on…

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Over 8,000 sign petition seeking old Osmania University logo with Urdu inscriptions

New Delhi: More than 8,000 men and women have signed an online petition seeking restoration of the old logo of Hyderabad-based Osmania University 9 (OU). The petition said several changes have been made in the logo in the past. When OU was set up, its emblem had the Nizam turra (crown) of Nawab Mir Osman Ali Khan, the seventh Nizam and the founder of Osmania University. The crown was surrounded by wandering beams of lights and the words Noorun Ala Noor were printed in Arabic. It means knowledge is light. After Hyderabad was…

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