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Yogi Adityanath corners Congress over Tipu Sultan

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday launched a scathing attack at the Congress saying that it do not worship Lord Hanuman but show their devotion to Tipu Sultan.Speaking in Hubli of Karnataka, Adityanath said, “They (Congress) do not worship Hanuman ji, but worship Tipu Sultan. This is the difference of mentality. The Congress wants to implement the ‘mafia raj’, which Rahul Gandhi has got in legacy, all over the country.”He further said that people of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh have rejected the Congress adding, “If Karnataka rejects Congress, nobody will worship Tipu Sultan.”Adityanath’s statement comes on the heels of Karnataka assembly elections, scheduled to be held in 2018.This is not the first time when such statements have been made against the Mysore ruler. Earlier, BJP leaders including Rajnath Singh and Amit Shah had slammed Congress-led Karnataka government for celebrating the birth anniversary of Tipu Sultan.”The Congress government wants to divide Karnataka community to rule..The government here created such an issue over Tipu Sultan. I do not want to dive deep into history, but I have to ask: Why is there no celebration for Kempegowda, Kittur Rani Chennamma or Sir M Visvesvaraya? Why only Tipu Sultan,” Rajnath questioned during a rally in Bengaluru.While addressing a rally, the BJP chief said, “Karnataka Mahotsav was supposed to be grand but the state government was not enthusiastic about it, instead they are about Tipu Jayanti.”

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Trinamool Congress’ core meet today: Panchayat polls, BJP on Mamata Banerjee’s agenda

After touring three districts, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee would return to Kolkata on Friday and would chair a core committee meeting at Trinamool Congress headquarters off EM Bypass.Besides the administrative stock taking in the three districts she visited, Banerjee is likely to draw a roadmap ahead of the panchayat elections next year.Party sources said that the Cheif Minister had also got the feelers from the grassroot-level after the former party second-in-command Mukul Roy defected to BJP and would now plan her gambit.The last core committee meeting took place on October 27, which makes this the first one after former TMC MP Mukul Roy joined BJP on November 3.It would be attended by the cabinet ministers, MPs, MLAs and zila parishad sabhadipatis among others.The Winter Session of Parliament would begin on Friday as well and a condolence resolution would be adopted for the death of party MP Sultan Ahmed. Which is why at least one MP of both the Houses would skip the meeting and attend Parliament.Sources also said that after Mukul Roy’s defection, many Trinamool leaders are also mulling of switching over to BJP. How this probable attrition could be stopped, would also be discussed in the meeting.Banerjee would also stress on countering BJP on social media. Along with personal interaction, she would tell leaders right down to the grassroot-level to get in touch with the mass through Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp telling people how BJP was trying to polarise people here on the basis of religion.Leaders who are unable to cope with smartphone usage would be asked to upgrade their technical knowhow and get used to smartphones. She would cite her example of how, in spite of her busy schedule, she manages to upload her activities on social media.Banrejee would also stress on making benefits of social welfare schemes to as many people as possible so that the party is able to reap political benefits ahead of the panchayat polls.She is also expected to give out a stern warning against in-fighting within the party.

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Madhya Pradesh Police arrest 11 in Tipu Sultan poster row

Around 11 people have been arrested and booked for allegedly putting an objectionable poster resembling former Mysore ruler Tipu Sultan in communally sensitive Madhya Pradesh’s Khandwa town.The Moghat police in Khandwa district subsequently lodged an FIR in the matter.Among the 11 arrested, five are said to be teenagers who were arrested on December 3 and December 4.Also readMadhya Pradesh: In fit of rage, man flings son to death over quarrel with wifeMeanwhile, Superintendent of police (SP), Shesh Narayan Tiwari said, “All have been booked under Sections 124A (sedition), Section 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on ground of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc) and Section 505 (statements inducing public mischief) of IPC.”We are consulting legal experts about dropping Section pertaining to sedition in the case,” Tiwari said.Yesterday, the five who are minors were released by police with a warning while the remaining were taken on a day long police remand and were produced before the chief judicial magistrate (CJM) court in Khandwa town.Also readMadhya Pradesh Assembly passes bill awarding death for rape of girls below 12 yearsAlso, one of the six accused, Pankaj Soni, owner of a graphics shop where the poster was made and printed, was granted bail by the court yesterday, while the remaining five accused, have been sent into judicial custody by the same court.On December 2, a poster bearing a portrait resembling late Mysore ruler Tipu Sultan along with objectionable content to endanger communal amity was put at Jalebi Chowk in the heart of Khandwa town during the Eid Milad Un Nabi procession. Also readMadhya Pradesh: Man kills woman, says her ‘witchcraft’ responsible for daugther’s illness​
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Padmavati row: MNS says no protest for the sake of it

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While political parties and caste groups are united in their opposition to the soon to be released movie ‘Padmavati,’ the Raj Thackeray led MNS has surprisingly refused to join the bandwagon. “Our stand is that we will not oppose the movie or condemn it before watching it or before the release,” said Ameya Khopkar, who heads the MNS cine wing. He added that they would watch the movie and “in case of objections,” discuss them with film maker Sanjay Leela Bhansali for a remedy. The movie is based on the legend Rani Padmavati, the wife of Maharawal Ratan Singh of Mewar, whose kingdom was invaded by Sultan Allauddin Khilji for capturing Padmini, who eventually committed jauhar.The MNS has in the past threatened Pakistani actors in the country and warned them if retribution. Last year, the MNS cine workers wing had also protested against film maker Karan Johar’s ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ as it started Pakistani actor Fawad Khan and opposed singing reality shows featured artistes from the neighbouring country. It has also protested the “wrong depiction” of Maharashtrians in Hindi sitcoms and serials.

J&K chief minister faces azadi protests at burnt shrine site

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pro-azadi slogans greeted Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday when she visited the 14 century revered Shrine of Hazrat Mir Syed Ali Hamdani to take stock of the situation after the iconic structure was partially damaged in a fire incident.Pyramidal spire and roof of the shrine, considered a masterpiece of wooden architecture were damaged when fire broke out during the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday. Fire tenders were rushed to the spot and the was brought under control.Originally built in the year 1395 by then Kashmir ruler Sultan Sikander in memory of Hazrat Mir Syed Ali Hamdani, lovingly called Ameer-e-Kabir and Shah Hamdan, the shrine was ravaged by fire on different occasions and was last reconstructed in 1732. The two storied structure is rich in woodwork and has a sloping pyramidal roof.Soon after hearing the news of blaze news, Mehbooba air dashed to Srinagar early morning and straight away drove to the shrine to take stock of the situation. However hundreds of people shouted pro freedom slogans and pro Islam slogans when she was inspecting the shrine.”Chief Minister went around the various areas of the shrine complex to assess the quantum of damage. She sought a detailed appraisal from the local administration regarding the fire incident,” said an official spokesman.Interacting with the members of the management committee and devotees, Mehbooba Mufti said the shrine of Hazrat Amir-e- Kabir symbolises the pluralistic ethos of Kashmir society from which every citizen of the state draws spiritual solace.Chief Minister expressed her deep appreciation for the local youth who came forward and prevented the fire from spreading. “On the occasion, people of the area demanded installation of CCTVs in the shrine complex, availability of fire tenders in the locality, scientific protection to the wood structures at the shrine and expediting shrine expansion plan”, said the spokesman.Emotional scenes were witnessed when people came to know about the blaze in the shrine. Braving cold thousands of devotees rushed to the shrine to find out the damages. Women wailed and cried after seeing the damage to the shrine.Later Chief Minister directed conduct of the safety audit of all shrines in the Kashmir Valley to pevent the fire incidents. Mehbooba directed installation of fire hydrants, smoke alarms, CCTVs and other precautions to prevent fire occurrence at any shrine in the State.Chief Minister, who is also the chairperson of the Wakf Board, directed immediate start of restoration work at the Khanqah i Mou’la shrine and complete it within the shortest period. She asked the INTACH to come up with the drawings within two days so that restoration work is started. She said money would be no constraint in the completion of restoration works at the shrine, which she described as civilizational soul for the people of the State.Mehbooba Mufti expressed her deep appreciation for the local youth who came forward and prevented the fire from spreading while directing the local administration to prepare list of such volunteers so that they would be suitably rewarded.ANCIENT TREASUREOriginally built in the year 1395 by then Kashmir ruler Sultan Sikander in memory of Hazrat Mir Syed Ali Hamdani, lovingly called Ameer-e-Kabir. The two storied structure is rich in woodwork and has a sloping pyramidal roof.

PM Modi holds key bilateral meetings with Abe,Turnbull to formulate new strategy for Indo-Pacific

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi today held separate talks with his counterparts from Japan Shinzo Abe and Australia Malcolm Turnbull focusing on crafting a new strategy for the Indo-Pacific region in the backdrop of emerging configuration of a key quadrilateral alliance.On the second day of the ASEAN summit here, Modi also held bilateral meetings with Vietnamese Premier Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, and discussed ways to further ramp up cooperation in various key areas like trade and investment and maritime security. The prime minister s meetings with Abe and Turnbull came a day after he held “very expansive” talks with US President Donald Trump on intensifying overall security and defence cooperation, particularly in the Indo-Pacific region where China is strengthening its military build up.On Sunday, India, Australia, Japan and the US held their first meeting to give shape to the much talked about quadrilateral alliance to keep the Indo-Pacific region “free and open”.The issue was discussed during the Modi-Trump meeting yesterday and is understood to have figured in the prime minister s talks today with both Abe and Turnbull. “My friend @AbeShinzo and I had an excellent meeting in Manila. We reviewed the ground covered on various aspects of India-Japan ties and discussed ways to deepen cooperation between our economies and people,” Modi tweeted. Without giving much details, external affairs ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said the two leaders held a “wide ranging and engaging” discussion on “intensifying” Special Strategic and Global Partnership between the two countries.Japan’s Foreign Minister Taro Kono last month had said that Tokyo favours the quadrilateral dialogue to further boost strategic partnership among the four countries. On his talks with Turnbull, Modi said he was delighted to meet the Australian Prime Minister and that their discussions today added new vigour to the friendship between the two countries. In a tweet, Turnbull described the meeting as “productive” and said the discussions focused on increased economic cooperation, security, and counter-terrorism.The MEA spokesperson said the two leaders discussed ways to optimise significant potential for further cooperation across a broad range of areas. A number of issues including bilateral cooperation in defence and security sphere were discussed in Modi s meeting with his Vietnamese counterpart. “Vietnam’s PM, Mr Nguyen Xuan Phuc and I held wide ranging deliberations on enhancing India-Vietnam friendship, which can greatly benefit our citizens and region,” Modi tweeted.The Modi-Phuc meeting came days after Trump’s visit to Vietnam where he offered to mediate in the South China Sea dispute between several ASEAN member countries including Vietnam, and China.China claims sovereignty over all of the South China Sea, a huge source of hydrocarbons. However, several ASEAN member countries including Vietnam, the Philippines and Brunei have counter claims.India has been supporting freedom of navigation and access to resources in the South China Sea in accordance with principles of international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.Modi described his meeting with the New Zealand prime minister as “wonderful” adding they discussed deepening economic and cultural cooperation between the two countries.On his meeting with the Sultan of Brunei, Modi said the “extensive talks” will broaden bilateral ties between the two countries. “Glad to have met Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei. Our extensive talks will broaden bilateral ties between our nations,” he said in another tweet. Kumar said both leaders had fruitful discussions on expanding bilateral partnership, specially in trade and investment, renewable energy, culture and people to people contacts.

Prakash Raj backs Kamal Haasan’s controversial remark, asks ‘what’s terrorising’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prakash Raj, the talented actor, is known for not mincing words.In news recently for making frank remarks on Taj Mahal and Tipu Sultan controversies, the National Award winning actor took to Twitter again showing his support for actor Kamal Haasan.Haasan, who made headlines yesterday for his ‘Hindu terror’ remarks, was backed by the fellow actor in a lengthy post on Twitter.Without naming Haasan or using the phrase ‘Hindu terror’, Prakash Raj talked about instances where people were being ‘mishandled’.’If instilling fear in the name of religion..culture..morality is not terrorizing..than what is it,’ Raj wrote on the micro-blogging site.’If abusing and manhandling young couple on streets of my country in the name of morality is not terrorizing..If taking law into hands and lynching people on slightest doubt of cow slaughter is not terrorizing..If trolling with abuse, threat ..to silence even a slightest voice of dissent is not terrorizing ..then what is terrorizing ..#justasking (sic),’ read the actor’s post.Writing in his weekly column, Kamal Haasan had written, ‘You can’t say there is no Hindu terror. Earlier, Hindu extremists held dialogue, now they indulge in violence.’He further wrote that people have lost faith in Satyameva Jayate. “Truth alone triumphs has now become strength alone triumphs. This has made people inhuman,” he said.Haasan is set to make a mega announcemnet on his birthday on November 7. Though he has maintained that he won’t announce a political party, speculations are rife that Haasan would may finally take the plunge in world of politics.

Tipu Jayanti row: Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah calls Amit Shah ‘ignorant tourist’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Friday hit back at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah for targeting Tipu Jayanti celebrations in the state, saying it was a desperate attempt to communalise the atmosphere.”We celebrate birthdays of 26 leaders and builders of #NavaKarnataka. @AmitShah in a desperate attempt to communalize, picks on Tipu Jayanthi,” Siddaramaiah wrote on Twitter.In another preceding tweet, he also called out Shah’s ignorance about the state, for miscalling Karnataka Rajyotsava as Karnataka Mahotsav.”Election is coming! It brings tourists like @AmitShah who display ignorance about our state & call #KannadaRajyotsava as ‘Karnatak Mahotsav’,” Siddaramaiah tweeted.Amit Shah, while addressing a rally in Bengaluru on Thursday had slammed the Karnataka government for showing enthusiasm on the birth anniversary of 18th century Mysore ruler and claimed it to be ‘votebank’ politics.”Karnataka Mahotsav was supposed to be grand but the state government was not enthusiastic about it, instead they are about Tipu Jayanti. This shows vote bank politics which will not benefit the people of Karnataka,” the BJP chief had said. BJP chief Amit Shah on Thursday launched a scathing attack on the Siddaramaiah-led Congress government in Karnataka, accusing it of having broken “all records” in corruption. Kickstarting the BJP state unit’s “Nava Karnataka Nirmana Parivarthana Yatra” at a rally here, he claimed that a survey had found that the state government was the “most corrupt” in the country.Shah described state BJP chief B S Yeddyurappa, who is spearheading the yatra, as the prospective chief minister and claimed that the ‘yatra” would lead to the ouster of the Siddaramaiah government. Shah alleged that the funds released by the central government to the state were not reaching the people they were intended to benefit.The BJP chief also slammed the state government for celebrating the birth anniversary of 18th century Mysore ruler Tipu Sultan as “Tipu Jayanti” on November 10 and claimed that it was “votebank politics”.”The government is more interested in celebrating November 10 as Tipu Jayanti rather than celebrating Kannada Rajyotsava (state formation day which fell yesterday) with grandeur,” he claimed. The BJP has been opposing the event as it sees Tipu Sultan as a “religious bigot” and a “brutal killer”.The 75-day yatra, launched at the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre grounds off Tumakuru road, is aimed at “exposing” the alleged misdeeds of the Congress government.Assembly elections are due in Karnataka early next year in which the BJP is hoping to capture power, unseating the government-led by Siddaramaiah. Making history, the BJP had installed its first-ever government in the South in 2008 before losing power to the Congress.(With agency inputs)

Siddaramaiah hits back at Amit Shah, says ‘Tipu Sultan was a freedom lover, patriot’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah today dubbed BJP’s statewide yatra against his government as a “yatra of remorse” and said the saffron party cannot succeed in the state as its people are “politically mature”.He also hit out at BJP national president Amit Shah and state president Yeddyurappa by pointing out that both of them had been to jail.The chief minister also defended the state government’s decision to celebrate the birth anniversary of 18th century Mysore ruler Tipu Sultan. Siddaramaiah’s reaction came after Shah kicked off the 75-day “Nava Karnataka Nirmana Parivarthane Yatra”, led by Yeddyurappa to “expose misdeeds” of the Congress government in the 224 assembly constituencies of the state.Launching the yatra, Shah had accused the Karnataka government of breaking “all records” in corruption.”The people of Karnataka are very mature, it is not like UP or any other state. In south India, our people are not emotional, they are politically mature and believe in secular principles…” Siddaramaiah told reporters.Roots of secular principles are strong here, he said. “Their (BJP) wish of doing something here cannot happen. Nothing will happen even if they bring Prime Minister or Shah or Adityanath. Polarisation of votes through Hindutva and instigation will not happen here,” the senior Congress leader said.Defending his government, Siddaramaiah said, “There is no corruption or scandal…in fact (they) had gone to jail on corruption charges. How many of them had gone?..” Listing out the BJP leaders who had gone to jail including Yeddyurappa, the chief minister asked, “Did they go to jail simply?…they have to go before the people and tell– we have gone to jail and come back, now we are coming in front of you (people).” Siddaramaiah said people of Karnataka are satisfied by his government’s programmes during the last five years and have decided to bless the Congress again.”We will 100 per cent come back to power in 2018 Assembly elections. So any number of such yatras by them (BJP) will have no influence,” he said. “I do not know who named it ‘Parivarthane’…it is not parivarthane, it is ‘teertha yatra’ (pilgrimage)….it is yatre of remorse. It is they who have to change from being communal to secular,” he asserted. The chief minister also chaired a meeting of senior police officials in the state after Neelamani N Raju took charge as first woman Director General of Police of Karnataka, and reviewed the law and order situation in the state.”Law and order situation is good after we came to power.Our police officials have done their duty, but the BJP is repeatedly trying to disturb the communal harmony,” Siddaramaiah said. In the backdrop of Parivarthana Yatre and Tipu Jayanti, we have discussed things related to it also,” he said. BJP and few other organisations have been opposing the Tipu Jayanti celebrations as they see Tipu Sultan as a “religious bigot” and a “brutal killer”.Pointing out that this was the third year the government will be celebrating Tipu Jayanti, Siddaramaiah said last year it went off smoothly and only in the first year, there was violence due to “instigation” by RSS and Bajarang Dal.”By and large Karnatka’s people have accepted Tipu Jayanti. Tipu was a freedom lover, patriot. As claimed by them (RSS, BJP), he was never anti-Hindu or anti-Kannada or any other community,” he said.

After ouster of Barkati, new imam appointed at Tipu Sultan mosque

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After the ouster of controversial imam of Tipu Sultan Masjid, Syed Nurur Rahman Barkati, authorities of Tipu Sultan Masjid have silently appointed a new imam, Abdus Sukur, early this month. The appointment has been kept under the wraps by Members of Wakf Estate of Prince Golam Mohammad, who are the custodian of the historical mosque.It was found out that the new imam, Abdus Sukur, had been kept on trial for some days before he was given an appointment letter. “He has been kept on probation for six months and upon successful completion his appointment will be confirmed,” said Shahzada Anwar Ali, patron manager of the trustee board.The 55-year-old Sukur, hailing from Alinagar area of Darbhanga in Bihar, has been allotted the imam’s room which was previously occupied by Barkati and will receive a remuneration of Rs 8,500 every month. “There is a little renovation going on after which it will be handed over to him and there will be an official announcement in about a week’s time,” Ali said.Sukur has been given strict instruction to stick to his religious duty and not to indulge in politics. Sources said that in the terms and conditions of his appointment, he has been instructed to stick to religious deliberations and not to speak anything political in nature or meet mediapersons frequently. Sources also said that unlike during the times of Barkati, there will be no marriages conducted at the mosque by the new imam. “The members are very careful this time after the Barkati episode,” said an official of the estate.Sukur, said, “My work is to lead the prayers and to teach people about our religion. I will try my best to do the same.”Asked what would be his stand if approached by political leaders, he said, “I would not meet any political leader. I would have several books in my room at the masjid and would be busy studying Islam and to spread it among people in society.”Sukur’s family comprises his mother, wife, a son and two daughters. “They are all at our native place. All my children are married,” he said. Qualification wise, he is a hafiz, a qari and a mufti.It was also found out some belongings of Barkati were still in the room allotted for Sukur and he had been issued a notice to remove those to which he didnt reply. Contacted, Barkati told DNA he didnt want to comment on the issue.

West Bengal: Late TMC leader Sultan Ahmed’s son Sharique may get ticket for Uluberia bye-polls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After the death of Trinamool Congress Lok Sabha MP Sultan Ahmed, the seat for his assembly constituency, Uluberia in Howrah district of West Bengal is up for grabs.One of the hottest contenders for the Lok Sabha seat is Ahmed’s younger son Sharique Ahmed. Sources said that Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee is very likely to give Sharique a party ticketto the forthcoming bye-election for the constituency. It was found out that Mamata had told Sharique to take a trip of Sultan’s Lok Sabha constituency and had also asked MLAs of the constituency to include him for their meetings so that he gets a feel of the place.“She had asked me to go around my father’s constituency conducting condolence meetings,” Sharique told DNA. Asked if he was ready to take on his father’s legacy he said, “I have not given it a thought. I am waiting for some kind of formal announcement. Only after the party announces my name officially as the candidate for the seat will I start preparing myself for it.”Haider Ali Safwi, the party MLA from Uluberia Purba, said, “I have heard of it too, but unless Mamata Banerjee makes it official these are as good as rumours,” he said.A senior party leader said that Sharique had a good chance of winning because besides the support base of Mamata and TMC he will get a lot of sympathy votes.Sharique is a 26-year-old MBA and had completed his bachelor’s degree in commerce from St Xaviers’ College. Sharique is the younger of Sultan’s two sons. His elder brother Taha Ahmed is an orthopaedic surgeon in New Delhi.The seat fell vacant after Sultan Ahmed, at 64, died of cardiac arrest on September 4. Mamata had blamed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for his death saying that the investigating agency had put him through a lot of mental pressure. Sultan had been interrogated by CBI in the Narada sting operation case.

PM Modi was happy I was freed, asked me to take care of my health: Father Tom Unzhunnalil

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Father Tom Uzhunnalil, the Kerala priest who was released recently after more than one-and-a- half years in captivity in Yemen, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and thanked them for their support.Speaking about his ordeal in Yemen, he said: “God has a mission for all of us & my mission has, to be present for the old and the dying. I have prayed for those who kept me (captive). They gave me food and didn’t harm me physically.He also spoke about his meeting with PM Modi saying the PM asked him to take care of his health: He said: “He was happy that I was freed. He said take care of your health now.”
ALSO READ Kerala priest Father Tom Uzhunnalil meets PM Modi, was rescued from ISIS captivityThe Ministry of External Affairs had been making all possible efforts to secure his safe release and was in constant touch with countries in the region which could help secure his release, the ministry said in a release.”After the required rest and recuperation period in Vatican City, Father Tom returned home today. On arrival, he was received by Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Tourism K J Alphons. Father Tom also met Prime Minister and External Affairs Minister,” the release said.
ALSO READ Captors didn’t hit me, gave tablets for diabetes: Father Tom UzhunnalilFather Uzhunnalil was abducted on March 4, 2016, reportedly in an incident of terrorist attack in Aden by an unidentified group and taken to an unknown place, the ministry saidThe Rev Tom Uzhunnalil was kidnapped from a home for senior citizens in Aden, southern Yemen, established by Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity in March 2016. Four nuns were killed during the attack. Uzhunnalil’s voice broke as he publicly expressed his condolences.The priest said he didn’t know his kidnappers’ identities or affiliations and believed their motive was ransom, although the head of Uzhunnalil’s Salesian order, Don A. F. Artime, said they had no knowledge of any ransom having been paid.The mechanisms behind his release also were unclear, but the Vatican has thanked the Sultan of Oman in a statement and Uzhunnalil thanked leaders.The priest said that his captors never harmed him, even if in some videos they made it appear that way in an effort to get a speedy response in negotiations. They provided tablets to treat his diabetes and took care of his basic needs. He was transferred several times during his captivity, but he doesn’t know where he was held. His captors kept their faces covered in his presence, he said.

Captors didn’t hit me, gave tablets for diabetes: Father Tom Uzhunnalil

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Catholic priest from India who was freed after being held 18 months in Yemen said today that he was never physically harmed, even if his captors feigned hitting him on videos released during his captivity.The Rev Tom Uzhunnalil, who hails from Kerala, was kidnapped from a home for senior citizens in Aden, southern Yemen, established by Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity in March 2016. Four nuns were killed during the attack. Uzhunnalil’s voice broke as he publicly expressed his condolences. “I thank God almighty for this day. He saved me healthy enough. Clear mind. Emotions under control until now,” the 59 -year-old Uzhunnalil said. “God has been extremely kind to me. No gun was pointed at me.” Officials said they had no knowledge of a ransom having been paid.Uzhunnalil said that when the home for senior citizens was attacked, he identified himself as an Indian and he was brought to another room “while they killed the others.” Indian officials announced his release on Tuesday, and images show a bearded, gaunt Uzhunnalil descending from an airplane in Muscat, Oman. The priest said he had been transferred from Yemen by car to Oman, and then brought by air to the capital before continuing his journey to Rome. The priest said he didn’t know his kidnappers’ identities or affiliations and believed their motive was ransom, although the head of Uzhunnalil’s Salesian order, Don A F Artime, said they had no knowledge of any ransom having been paid.”No one ever told us that they asked for money. No one asked us for even a euro,” Artime said. “We don’t know anything about this. This is the whole truth. And I believe that Father Tom knows even less.” The mechanisms behind his release also were unclear, but the Vatican has thanked the Sultan of Oman in a statement and Uzhunnalil offered his gratitude to Indian leaders. The priest said that his captors never harmed him, even if in some videos they made it appear that way in an effort to get a speedy response in negotiations. They provided tablets to treat his diabetes and took care of his basic needs. He was transferred several times during his captivity, but he doesn’t know where he was held. His captors kept their faces covered in his presence, he said.Artime said the priest lost about 30 kilogrammes during the ordeal, and described his health as “very delicate, very weak,” adding “he is calm of spirit.” During his captivity, Uzhunnalil said he prayed and exercised his mind by reciting Mass by memory. When he was loaded into the trunk of a car when he was first kidnapped, Uzhunnalil said that the tabernacle from the altar inside the senior home was at his feet. His hands weren’t tied, and he was able to reach under the velvet cloth and touch it, confirming that it contained four or five Eucharistic hosts that he had blessed the day before. “So I said to myself, without the knowledge of God, nothing will happen to me,” he said.

Deceased MP Sultan Ahmed was ‘under stress’ due to CBI probe: Mamata Banerjee

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Trinamool Congress MP Sultan Ahmed breathed his last on Monday. He suffered a cardiac arrest. The 64-year-old TMC leader was the Union Minister of State for Tourism during the UPA2 government and had been elected to the 15th Lok Sabha from Uluberia. He is survived by his wife and two sons.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted her condolences. ‘Shocked and deeply saddened at the passing of Sultan Ahmed sitting @AITCOfficial LS MP & my long term colleague. Condolences to his family’, her tweet read. He suffered a cardiac arrest at his Ripon Street residence on Monday morning and when rushed to Belle Vue Clinic, was declared brought dead. “He had suffered a heart attack at about 11.15 am and was brought to the hospital at 12.15 pm. We were prepared for his treatment but had to declare him brought dead,” a senior official of the hospital said. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Sultan Ahmed, who died of cardiac arrest this morning, was under stress after he was interrogated by the CBI in connection with the Narada case. “I have heard that the CBI has sent him (Ahmed) a letter today also,” she told reporters here. “The Narada case is about an amount of just Rs 1 lakh or Rs 1.5 lakh. He was under tension…. He was not that old. This is a very sad news. We are all very sad,” the TMC chief said.‘Wished him Eid Mubarak on Saturday. Gone today. Stunned at the passing of my colleague Sultan Ahmed, MP in Kolkata. Prayers for his family’, read the post of TMC MP Derek O’Brien on facebook. State Congress president Adhir Chowdhury too expressed his grief. “I am aggrieved by the death of a close political colleague. It is difficult to believe that he is not there anymore. He was an amiable person who was ‘Sultan’ from the heart. May the Almighty grant him heaven,” he said. In a statement issued by the Raj Bhavan, governor Keshari Nath Tripathi expressed his condolences. ‘Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi expressed his heartfelt condolences at the sad demise of Shri Sultan Ahmed, a sitting TMC MP from Uluberia Lok Sabha Constituency and former Union Minister of State for Tourism in the Manmohan Singh Government. The Governor conveyed his sympathy to the bereaved family and his numerous followers’, the statement read. Ahmed had been recently summoned by the CBI and questioned for several hours together in the Narada case.TMC general secretary and MP Subrata Bakshi said that mental harassment of CBI had kept Ahmed very disturbed. “The attitude of CBI officials had taken him and many senior leaders to the edge. Ahmed was harassed by the Central investigating agency in Saradha and Narada cases,” he said. Ahmed had begun his political career as a member of Chhatra Parishad, the students’ wing of Congress in the early 70s and later was the member of Youth Congress before joining All India Trinamool Congress when it was formed in 1997 by Mamata Banerjee. Ahmed was also president of Mohammedan Sporting Club.With PTI inputs

Cops bust factory in Dahanu, seize meow meow worth Rs 18 lakh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Amboli police busted a Mephedrone manufacturing factory by arresting three persons, who were mass producing the drug from a house in Dahanu, on Friday night. The police have seized machines and chemicals worth Rs 41 lakh as well as 900 grams of mephedrone or meow meow worth Rs 18 lakh.The accused have been identified as Sanyal Bane, Anwar Choudhary and Sultan Abdul Rauf. According to the police, the raid was conducted after 27-year-old, Nadeem Shaikh, was arrested on August 21 from Andheri with 1 kg of meow meow worth Rs 20 lakh. While interrogating him it was revealed that the accused would get his consignment from a Dahanu factory and was used to supply it to Mumbai and other neighbouring states. The police then laid the trap and the factory was raided on Friday.”We have found chemicals, reactors and some other equipment required for the production of MD. It was a house where the three accused would manufacture MD and supply it to Mumbai and the neighbouring states,” said Bharat Gaikwad, Senior Police Inspector of Amboli police Station.”One of them is a science graduate and is well versed with the knowledge of chemicals. Our probe is on to ascertain if they had any more accomplices,” Gaikwad added.

Hyder Ali, Tipu Sultan memorial ready: TN Minister

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Construction work for memorials of Hyder Ali and Tippu Sultan in Dindigul district is complete, Information and Publicity Minister Kadambur Raju announced in the Tamil Nadu Assembly today. The Minister told the House that the memorial, constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 1.30 crore, is ready for inauguration. Similarly, work for a memorial for Dalit spiritual leader Swami Sahajananda built at a cost of about Rs 1.15 crore is also complete and ready for inauguration at Chidambaram in Cuddalore district, he said. The construction work is in progress in respect of a memorial for Pattukkottai Alagirisamy, a Dravidian leader and a follower of reformist leader Thanthai Periyar. Also, the construction of a memorial at a cost of Rs 2.80 crore for late top Tamil actor Sivaji Ganesan here is nearing completion, he added. In 2013, late Chief Minister Jayalalithaa had announced memorial for Swami Sahajananda who worked tirelessly for the upliftment of the downtrodden people and for Hyder Ali and Tippur Sultan who fought against the British.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Ismailis conclude celebration of their leader’s Imamat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mumbai’s Shia Ismaili community’s week-long celebration to mark the diamond jubilee celebration of the leadership of their spiritual head His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan’s, culminated on Wednesday.Aga Khan’s leadership as the 49th hereditary Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslim community began on July 11, 1957, following the passing of his grandfather Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah Aga Khan. To mark the celebration, Aga Khan, who lives in Paris, asked his community to promote early childhood and primary education, strengthen community institutions, and invigorate civil society.Besides participating in activities such as dandiya, mehendi, flash mobs and community dinners, the community also opened a bone marrow transplant unit at the Prince Aly Khan Hospital in Mazgaon.The Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims, also known as the lsmailis, belong to the Shia branch of Islam. Ismailis are spread across the central and south Asia, Africa, the Middle-East, Europe, north America, In India, they reside mainly in Maharashtra, Gujarat and Telangana.”To mark the anniversary, the bone marrow transplantation opened on July 12. Plans for redevelopment of the hospital are also in the pipeline,” said Dr Sanjay Oak, CEO of the Prince Aly Khan Hospital.

ED summons Sovan, Sultan and Iqbal in Narada tapes case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Enforcement Directorate today issued summons to Trinamool leaders Sovan Chatterjee, Sultan Ahmed and Iqbal Ahmed to appear before it in the next seven days. “Today summons have been issued to Sovan Chatterjee, Sultan and Iqbal Ahmed for appearing before the directorate in the next seven days,” an ED official told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Took money from Samuel for election expenses: TMC MP Ahmed to CBI

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>TMC MP Sultan Ahmed told the CBI that he had taken Rs 7 lakh from Mathew Samuel of Narada News for his “election expenses”, but could not submit any document to support his claim, agency sources said on Tuesday. Ahmed, named as an accused in a CBI FIR, failed to give satisfactory answers to queries of the investigating team probing the Narada sting case and would be called for questioning again, the sources said here. The MP was questioned by the CBI for about seven hours in Kolkata yesterday. The Trinamool Congress MP’s brother and MLA Iqbal Ahmed had also purportedly admitted to having taken Rs 10 lakh from Samuel for development of Mohammedan Sporting Club, the CBI sources alleged.Sultan Ahmed, who was the president of the club, denied having information about any such donation, the sources claimed. After coming out of the CBI office, Ahmed had said, “I have tried to answer all the questions to the best of my ability and knowledge. I have fully cooperated with the CBI. In future too, I will cooperate with it.” The Narada tapes, which were released before the 2016 assembly elections in West Bengal, allegedly showed several Trinamool Congress MLAs and MPs accepting money from journalist Mathew Samuel who posed as a businessman. No arrest has been made so far in connection with the case.

US brands Indian fugitive a global terrorist

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The US Treasury Department on Thursday declared Indian fugitive Shafi Armar alias Yusuf al-Hindi, a resident of Bhatkal in Karnataka, as a global terrorist. Armar, a recruiter and motivator for the Islamic State in Syria, is one of the four individuals who were specially designated by the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control.”The Treasury Department designates those who make it possible to move funds in and out of ISIS-controlled territory as one way to disrupt ISIS’ financing networks,” said OFAC Director John E Smith.He added, “We are committed to shining a bright light on anyone who would attempt to provide terrorist access to the international financial system.” Smith also said, “These actions are part of a continued effort to target individuals and entities that willfully provide support to ISIS in order to constrict this violent terror group’s operational reach and shut off its access points to the international financial system.”In July 2016, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) charged Armar and former Indian Mujaheedin (IM) member as the main recruiter and motivator to set up Indian modules inspired by the Islamic State group (ISIS). This was the first time the NIA was able to ascertain the identity of Yusuf al-Hindi, who until now remained a shadowy figure behind his alias.The NIA first came across Armar’s name in 2014 during the investigation of IS inspired suspects in Ratlam. His role in motivating and radicalising the Muslim youth in India cropped up during the interrogation of more than 30 alleged inspired operatives of the IS group arrested from across the country since last year. Investigators were, however, not able to put a face to the name, as the handler was active only online and any real details remained sketchy.Armar and his elder brother Sultan, who were former IM operatives, fled to Pakistan after the group’s leadership was dismantled in 2008-09. When the conflict in Syria erupted, a part of IM split, with few members remaining loyal to al Qaeda and others supporting the IS. The later members traveled to Afghanistan, and formed the Ansar ut Tawheed Bilad e Hind, that pledged its allegiance to the IS. Some of the members of AuT prominently featured in propaganda video on Indian IS fighters released recently. Sultan Armar was announced to be dead while fighting for the IS in 2014Reports also claimed that Shafi was killed in a US drone strike in March this year, there was no confirmation on the same by Indian authorities.

California: Telangana man shot at in store, in ‘very critical condition’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 26-year-old man from Telangana was shot at by an unidentified person in California in the US on Sunday and continues to be in “very critical condition”, his relative said in Sangareddy on Thursday.Mubeen Ahmed, who completed a masters degree in engineering from a university in California, was fired upon in a departmental store, where he was working, by a man after the latter’s group picked up an argument with staff, said Mubeen’s maternal uncle Mohd Aslam Sultan Qasmi.He said Mubeen sustained injuries to his lungs, liver and kidney, and currently remains admitted in an ICU of a hospital at Castro Valley near California.He has undergone emergency surgeries and his condition is stated to be very critical, Qasmi said, adding that Mubeen’s family members were informed about the incident on Monday by their relative in the US. He said the hospital authorities also called them up.Mubeen went to California to pursue his masters in engineering in February this year.His father Mohammed Mujeeb works in a defence institute in Secunderabad and is currently residing in Hyderabad.Mujeeb and other relatives called on Telangana Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao and Medak MP Prabhakar Reddy seeking help.Mujeeb is awaiting his visa to travel to the US, Qasmi said.

Six more arrested in connection with Nagadih incident

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Six more persons including four women were arrested today in connection with Nagadih lynching incident in East Singhbhum district as well as post-lynching violence at Dhatkidih here, police said. While one person identified as Umesh Das was arrested in connection with Nagadih lynching, five others including four women were arrested from Dhatkidih in connection to violence that was witnessed during the protest march organized by an organisation to protest the lynching incident, police said. Officer-in-charge of Bistupur police station, Inspector Sreenivas said the five persons arrested from Dhatkidih were identified as Zahida Begum, Gudia Afrin Bano, Amrin, Aiysha Praveen and Md Sultan. Altogether 32 people have been arrested in connection with Nagadih lynching case as well as the violence that was witnessed during the protest march in East Singhbhum district. Besides, three persons had been arrested in connection with lynching incident in Seraikela-Kharswan district. Four persons were lynched by the villagers on suspicion of being child lifters at Shobhapur and Sosomouli villages in Seraikela-Kharswan district and three others were killed on the same suspicion at Nagadih in East Singhbhum district on May 18.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Sacked Imam shows signs of vacating office

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ending all controversies, former imam of Tipu Sultan Masjid Syed Md Nurur Rahman Barkati on Wednesday, after the stipulated time given to him by the Wakf committee of the masjid post his termination, indicated that he would leave the premises of the landmark masjid where he was the imam since 1989.Caretaker of the trustee board, Shahzada Anwar Ali, talking to DNA said that they had given a time period of one week on May 17 along with the termination notice to leave his office within the campus of the masjid. “We have seen the signboards removed, his belongings are being taken away. He has not been coming to the masjid for a few days now. After this, if he doesn’t want to leave, we will take legal action against him,” Anwar said.Barkati, talking to DNA said that he had been confined at home after an attack on him on May 18. “Law will take its course. If I am asked to leave by the law, I surely will, but so far there has not been any. I am not well after the attack on me and have been asked by my family to stay home,” Barkati said.When DNA reached his office it was seen that the signs outside the walls had been removed and some of his belongings had been kept ready to be taken away.”We are not sure whether he would be returning to this place. He has been insulted a lot and has been a victim of conspiracy. We have also got video clippings of an RSS youth who claimed that he had beaten up the imam. Hope the police are taking proper steps about that,” said Md Nakif, Barkati’s son who was at his office.

Imam Barkati attacked in mosque, claims RSS involvement

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> After being sacked from the position of the Shahi Imam of Tipu Sultan Masjid, Maulana Noor-ur Rehman Imam Barkati on Friday was allegedly attacked by one of the protesters demanding the former to vacate the masjid premises. ?Someone hit me from behind, on my head. I suspect Rastriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is behind this attack, who is taking the advantage of the situation created by the masjid committee,? Barkati told ANI. He said that he was attacked as he raised his voice against the injustice being done and warned the RSS to not to get indulge in such dirty games. ?This happened because I raised my voice for what is right and for justice. I just want law to take its course. I have been humiliated a lot today,? he said. Earlier in the day, Barkati was sacked as the Imam of Tipu Sultan Mosque for his “objectionable and inflammatory remarks against the country”. Refusing to step down from the post, Barkati told ANI, “Terminated, axed, these words don’t apply to Imam. Imam is a community head . . . I get a lot of notices every day. Who are they to terminate me? They need to apologise before the media otherwise they will face serious consequences.” Barkati also alleged that the trustees were acting on the behest of the RSS and blamed them of siphoning the mosque’s property. Barkati is infamous for issuing fatwa against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and defying Centre’ order on the use of red beacon.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘Nobody has right to remove me’: Barkati refuses to step down as Shahi Imam of Tipu Sultan mosque

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The controversial Shahi Imam of Tipu Sultan mosque, Noor-ur Rahman Barkati, who once threatened to ostracise and beat up Muslims if they joined RSS and BJP, was today sacked for allegedly making anti-national statements and “misusing” his position.Barkati, however, refused to step down, asserting, “Nobody has the right to remove me”. “We have sent him the notice of termination and he has been asked to vacate the office room allotted to him. We have asked his deputy to conduct prayers and we will appoint a new imam very soon,” Prince Ghulam Ahmed Wakf Estate trustee Arif Ahmed told reporters.”We have removed him as the imam of the mosque for his anti-national statements. We never expect an imam, who is a religious person, to cross his line and misuse his post,” he said. Ahmed said, “Barkati had shown disrespect to our national leaders and he was using the mosque for political purpose, and for his own financial gains.” “He was cautioned earlier for his activities.
ALSO READ Imam no more: Tipu Sultan Mosque board sacks Syed BarkatiRecently, he was served a show-cause notice for his speeches seeking to incite people,” he said.Asked if Barkati was removed under political pressure, Ahmed said, “There was no such pressure”. Barkati was embroiled in a controversy last week when he refused to remove the red beacon from his vehicle, saying it was his right to use it.
ALSO READ Barkati sacked as Shahi Imam of Tipu Sultan mosque for making ‘objectionable remarks’ against country”I am a religious leader and I have been using the red beacon for decades. I do not follow the orders of the Centre. Who are they to order me? In Bengal, only the orders of the state government are effective. I will use the red beacon,” he had asserted. Barkati had earlier attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi over demonetisation, saying, “Every day people are harassed and face problem due to demonetisatio….Modi is bluffing the society and the innocent people of the country through demonetisation and nobody wants him to continue as PM.” He had recently said those who chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ outside mosques were “hijras” (eunuchs).On being asked what steps the board would take in the event of Barkati digging in his heels and refusing to step down, Ahmed said, “In that case we will go for legal action”. On the wakf trustee board’s termination notice to him, Barkati said, “Who are they to remove me? They have no right to do so. I will continue as imam of this mosque. Only the Muslim community can remove me.” Barkati went on to say, “My Muslims brothers are with me. Actually an Urdu newspaper and a section of TMC MPs are conspiring against me and want to remove me so that they can siphon off the wakf property.”

Sacked Barkati refuses to step down from Imam’s post

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> After being axed from Tipu Sultan Masjid, Noor-ur Rahman Barkati on Wednesday castigated the trustees of the mosque and warned of serious consequences if the order is not revoked. ?Terminated, axed, these words don?t apply to Imam. Imam is a community head. . .I get a lot of notices every day. Who are they to terminate me? They need to apologise before the media otherwise they will face serious consequences,? Barkati told ANI. Barkati also alleged that the trustees were acting on the behest of Rastriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and blamed them of siphoning the mosque?s property. ?This mosque doesn?t belong to Arif (trustee) nor Anwar. These people are illegally selling the property belonging to Masjid. These three are sympathisers of the RSS,? he said. Barkati, infamous for issuing fatwa against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and defying Centre? order on the use of red beacon, was sacked for making “objectionable and inflammatory remarks against the country”. He also claimed that he would not remove the red beacon “even if Prime Minister Modi asked him to”. A number of police complaints were also lodged against the Imam in different police stations of Bengal. Later, the Kolkata Police officers visited Barkati and the red beacon was removed from his car.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Police complaint against Barkati for defying Centre’s order on

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A police complaint has been filed against the Shahi Imam of Tipu Sultan Masjid here, Maulana Noor-ur Rehman Barkati, for “defying” the Centre’s order banning the use of red beacons on vehicles. According to the police, the complaint was filed by one Suraj on Wednesday at Topsia police station here. Barkati had yesterday claimed that as a religious leader, it was his “right” to use a red beacon on his vehicle. “I am a religious leader and I have been using the red beacon for decades. I do not follow the orders of the Centre. Who are they to order me? In Bengal, only the orders of the state government are effective. I will use the red beacon. In Bengal, no one has removed it,” he had told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Controversial Kolkata Imam Barkati booked for not removing red beacon atop vehicle

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Controversial Kolkata cleric Maulana Nurur Rehman Barkati, the Shahi Imam of Tipu Sultan mosque, has been booked for not removing the red beacon atop his official vehicle.ANI on Friday claimed that a case has been registered against the outspoken cleric in Topsia police station following a complaint by a BJP leader.Threatening to violate the Centre’s order banning red beacon, Barkati said that he will continue to use the red beacon as permission for it was given by the erstwhile British government.”I am a Shahi Imam and hence I won’t give up red beacon despite court’s order. All Shahi Imams have been using ‘lal batti’ and nobody has ever objected to it,” Imam Barkati said.According to the Modi government’s order, after May 1, no one will be able to put red light atop his/her vehicle. Blue light will be used only for emergency vehicles in the country…Neither the states nor the Centre will have power to give any special permission (for use of beacon lights).

Now, Shahi Imam Barkati issues fatwa against Muslims who support BJP, RSS

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In yet another fatwa issued on Tuesday, Shahi Imam of Tipu Sultan Masjid, Syed Md Nurur Rahman Barkati said those Muslims who would support RSS and BJP would be ostracised from the community.”As the Shahi Imam, I declare that those Muslims who support RSS or BJP would be outcasted, and if they try to put up a meeting or rally around this place I will beat them up myself,” Barkati said at a press conference on Tuesday. He said there were many Muslims who had been bribed by the RSS and the BJP with huge money to spark riots in Bengal.”The Sangh parivar is spreading Hindutva across the country. And just like there was jihad against the British tyranny in India, there will be a jihad against the RSS if they try to make India into a Hindu nation,” Barkati said.
ALSO READ Will he take off his pants if someone asks? Shahi Imam Barkati mocks ‘bald’ Sonu NigamHe was however quick to add that if BJP could distance themselves from the RSS he did not have any issue with Narendra Modi being the Prime Minister of India.

PSF lodged complain against India with World & Asian bodies

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) has lodged a complaint with the World and Asian squash bodies that the Indian High Commission delayed in issuing visas to a four-member Pakistan team, resulting in its pullout from the Asian Squash Championship. An official source in the PSF said that the matter had been brought to the notice of the World and Asian bodies since Pakistan were the defending champions. The PSF claimed that it had submitted applications for visas of players and officials well before time on March 17. PSF secretary Tahir Sultan alleged that after refusing the visas to the Pakistan team comprising Farhan Mehboob, Farhan Zaman, Tayyab Aslam and Waqar Mehboob on Monday morning the Indian High Commission had asked them to submit their passports again. “After returning the passports to us, they (Indian High Commission) contacted us and asked us to submit the passports again for the issuance of visas but we have now decided not to apply again,” Sultan told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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Navy chief in UAE to discuss ways to strengthen strategic ties

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba today held talks with Chief of Staff of the UAE’s armed forces Lt Gen Hamad Alrumaithi and discussed ways to strengthen strategic partnership in the area of defence and security. Lanba and Alrumaithi deliberated on overall security situation in the region and resolved to deepen cooperation between navies of the two countries to thwart any possible threat. The Navy chief, who arrived here on Sunday, has already held separate deliberations with Commander of UAE Naval Forces Major General Ebrahim Salem Mohammed Al Mushrakh and Matar Salem Ali Al Dahri, a key functionary in the UAE’s Defence Ministry. The talks focused on enhancing current level cooperation between naval forces of the two countries and boosting overall strategic defence ties in the wake of the current security scenario in the region, defence ministry sources said. New Delhi is looking at increasing defence and security engagement with the UAE, a major player in the strategically important Gulf region. Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan had visited India last month during which both sides had decided to step up defence and security cooperation. On the second leg of his trip, Lanba will visit Oman from March 1-2 where he will hold bilateral talks with Bader Bin Saud Bin Harib Al Busaidi, Minister Responsible for Defence Affairs of Oman, as also with the three service chiefs. The Admiral will visit the Sultan Qaboos Naval Academy and the Said Bin Naval Base where he will also tour the Fleet Maintenance Facility and the latest Khareef Class corvette, RNOV Al Shamikh.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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