UNGA president says Kashmir status should not be changed; acknowledges Simla pact

“The position of the United Nations on Jammu and Kashmir is governed by the UN Charter and applicable Security Council resolutions. And I also recall India and Pakistan’s Simla Agreement of 1972, which states that the final status of Jammu and Kashmir is to be settled by peaceful means in accordance with the UN Charter…” Arul Louis UNITED NATIONS — General Assembly President Volkan Bozkir has said that the status of Jammu and Kashmir should not be changed while acknowledging the 1972 Simla Agreement between India and Pakistan making it a…

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Jamat e Islami chips in to soothe Nagpur’s corona scars

The catastrophic unfolding of the pandemic appears to be the worst-case scenario that many feared: the second wave coronavirus has rapidly slid into a devastating crisis as the disease continues to rampage. The infections have spread so fast that overwhelmed hospitals are unbearably full; medicine is running out; supplies of lifesaving oxygen are running low and morgueshave run out of space. The sick have been left stranded in interminable lines at hospital gates or at home, literally gasping for air. But hope still shines in this dark tragedy as civil…

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Muslims urged to offer prayers of last Friday of ramzan at home

LUCKNOW — The Islamic Centre of India in Lucknow has issued an appeal asking Muslims to offer namaaz for “Alvida Juma” (last Friday of Ramzan) in their homes. Islamic Centre chairman and prominent Sunni cleric of Lucknow Idgah, Maulana Khalid Rasheed Farangi Mahali, said it was important to follow Covid-19 safety protocols for the Alvida Juma. In a video message, he said those with four or more people at their home should offer the last Ramzan Friday prayers as a group at home. “One should wear a mask even while…

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Hurriyat leader Sehrai passes away in Jammu hospital

Jammu: Senior separatist leader and chairman of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat group, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai passed away on Wednesday in a government hospital in J&K’s Jammu city. Hospital sources said Sehrai had been admitted to government medical college (GMC) hospital Jammu on Tuesday. “He was suffering from multiple ailments, he passed away today,” sources at the GMC hospital said in Jammu. Sehrai’s oxygen saturation level had dropped to 65, but his rapid antigen test (RAT) had come negative. The result of the RT-PCR test is still awaited, same sources said. Sehrai was brought…

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NCHRO challenges Madhya Pradesh’s ‘love jihad’ law in high court

New Delhi: The National Confederation of Human Rights Organisations (NCHRO), Madhya Pradesh unit, has challenged the law passed to curb the so-called love jihad by the BJP-led state government. In its petition, the NCHRO urged Jabalpur High Court to declare the Religious Freedom Act 2020 as unconstitutional. The said law aims to curb love jihad, which is a conspiracy theory furthered by Hindutva forces alleging that Muslim youths are engaged in a deliberate mission to convert Hindu women to Islam. The NCHRO’s state secretary Adv. Shilpi Rangari in a press statement…

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