Iraqi militia leader threatens to kill US soldiers after attacks

BAGHDAD: A leader of al-Hashd al-Shaabi militia (Popular Mobilization Forces) has threatened to kill US soldiers in retaliation for airstrikes that targeted Iraqi militiamen near border with Syria. US drones carried out airstrikes in the Iraqi-Syria border region on Sunday against sites Washington says were used to carry out at least five drone attacks on US facilities since April. Kataib Sayyid al-Shuhada, a faction of al-Hashd al-Shaabi, said four members of the force were killed as a result of the US airstrikes. The faction threatened to go to “an open…

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Prakash Ambedkar’s party bats for Muslim reservation, law to stop hate speech against Prophet Muhammad

New Delhi: The Vanchit Bahujan Aaghadi party and Islamic organisation Raza Academy on 30 June demanded five per cent reservation for Muslims and implementation of a law to take action against people making ”insulting” remarks against Prophet Muhammad. Addressing a press conference in Mumbai, the party’s chief Prakash Ambedkar and the organisation’s president Saeed Noori said that the five per cent reservation should be granted to put an end to the backwardness of Muslims and the Prophet Muhammad Bill should be passed to ensure ”strict” action against people ”insulting” the…

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SDPI welcomes Supreme Court verdict on compensation for kin of Covid victims

New Delhi: The National President of Social Democratic Party of India M .K. Faizy welcomed the judgment of Supreme Court ordering the National Disaster Management Authority (NOMA) to ascertain ex-gratia for Covid deaths within 6 weeks. ”This judgment of the Supreme Court is an eye-opener and reprimand to the Union Government and NOMA that it cannot neglect the disaster management and relief to the victims,” he added. The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the Union government to frame within six weeks uniform guidelines on ex-gratia payments to the families of those…

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“Forced marriage and conversion” of Sikh girls : Some facts

By Muzamil Jaleel The controversy surrounding the marriage of a Sikh girl and the politics around it needs to put in proper context. First, inter religious marriages/ elopements have been happening and will happen always in every society. Kashmir is no exception. In majority of the cases, the families of these inter religious couples and even the society at large disapprove such relationships/ wedlocks particularly across South Asia and Kashmir is no exception in that.Most of the times when such things happen, it isn’t even reported and people in general…

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