Contrary to Himanta’s claim, there is sharp decline in fertility of Muslims in Assam since 2005-6

New Delhi: Assam’s Islamophobic Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, who has six children, has asked ”immigrant Muslims” to adopt ”decent family planning” policy. However, government data suggests that fertility rate of Muslims in has seen a sharp decline in the past 14 years. The fifth National Family Health Survey (NFHS-5), which was released in December 2020, said that fertility rate of Muslims in the state has come down to 2.4 while it stood at 3.64 in 2005-6 according to the NFHS-4. They have recorded a drop of 1.3 compared to 0.4…

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Physically removing Shaheen Bagh protesters doesn’t end the movement: Ita Mehrotra

NEW DELHI – She remembers the initial days of the Shaheen Bagh protests — a few hundred women and their children braving the cold and raising their voice against CAA-NRC. At that point she just put out her sketches as posters at the protest site and social media. However, soon Ita Mehrotra felt that the voices from Shaheen Bagh needed to be heard by a much larger audience. The result is the graphic non-fiction ‘Shaheen Bagh: A Graphic Recollection’ published by Yoda Press. A visual artist, arts researcher and educator,…

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Bangladesh seeks Saudi Arabia’s help in repatriation of Rohingya

DHAKA, Bangladesh Bangladesh has sought cooperation of Saudi Arabia for a sustainable repatriation of Rohingya Muslims to their home country, Myanmar. Bangladeshi Foreign Minister A. K. Abdul Momen made the appeal while speaking to his Saudi counterpart Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud over phone, said a statement by the Bangladeshi Foreign Ministry on Saturday. Bangladesh is currently hosting more than 1.2 million Rohingya refugees, most of whom fled a brutal military crackdown in Rakhine in August 2017. Since Aug. 25, 2017, nearly 24,000 Rohingya Muslims have been killed by Myanmar’s…

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Thousands turn out in Canada for funeral of Muslim family killed in hate-motivated attack

TRENTON, Canada — They came by the thousands on Saturday to pay respects to four members of a Muslim family brutally killed when a half-ton truck deliberately smashed into them while they were out for a Sunday evening walk in Ontario, Canada. Among the mourners were other family members who arrived in the city of 400,000 southwest of Toronto from Pakistan, the country the Afzaal family emigrated from 14 years ago, and other family members from Australia. They were not alone, as thousands lined the streets as the funeral procession…

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Saudi Arabia to limit Hajj, bars pilgrims from abroad

RIYADH Saudi Arabia will only accept 60,000 citizens and residents to perform Hajj pilgrimage this year, shutting the doors to pilgrims from abroad. Only 60,000 people from all nationalities living in Saudi Arabia will be allowed to perform the ritual due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah said in a written statement. It added that those who do not have chronic diseases, between the age of 18 and 65 and have been vaccinated will be allowed to perform Hajj. On May 9, the ministry had announced…

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