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Marriage of Muslims is not excluded from POCSO Act, rules Kerala HC

New Age Islam News Bureau

20 November 2022

The court also noted that child marriages have been regarded as a human right violation.

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India

• MP police arrest Islamic religious teacher for alleged forced conversion of man

• BJP accuses Congress of 'appeasement' after grand old party MLA says 'only Muslims can save party'

• Islamic preacher Zakir Naik travels to Qatar to give 'religious lectures' ahead of FIFA World Cup

• Bangladeshi youth walks from Dhaka to Darjeeling

• Gujarat Assembly polls: Assam CM says Mehrauli killing a case of 'love jihad', pitches for PM Modi in 2024

• Ponniyin Selvan’s Chola king didn’t see Islam as foreign, made a Muslim a temple superintendent

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Mideast

• Iran arrests 5 terrorists linked to killing of Shia cleric

• Charring public property never means democracy: senior Sunni cleric

• Iran Soldiers Open Fire On Protestor's Family, Seize Body: Report

• "Enemies Have Been Defeated": Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei As Protests Rage

• Foreign military presence threatens regional energy security: Iran

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Europe

• Manston: Man staying at migrant processing centre dies in Kent hospital

• Scotland Weather: Search resumes in Aberdeenshire for woman swept into River Don amid heavy rain

• Gove demands action from councils and housing providers after Awaab Ishak death

• UK considering Swiss-style links with EU, says report

• Ukraine war: U.K. PM Sunak makes surprise trip to Kyiv, promises125 anti-aircraft guns

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Arab world

• MCE Secretary-General and Prefect of Vatican’s Dicastery for Interreligious Dialogue discuss Muslim-Christian dialogue

• Settlers attack two mosques in Hebron, vandalize furniture

• HRH Saudi Crown Prince receives members of Islamic Central Council of Thailand at his residence in Bangkok

• Saudi crown prince arrives in Doha for World Cup opening

• Philippines lauds Saudi move to compensate unpaid Filipino migrant workers

• Saudi Arabia arrests 16,340 illegals in one week

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South Asia

• ‘The Taliban Have Not Lived Up to Their Commitments to the Afghan People

• Car Collision in Northern Afghanistan Kills and Injures 10 People

• Pakistan Commits to Continuing to Support Pakistan-Built Hospitals in Afghanistan

• Computer Science Student Killed and Set on Fire in Afghan Capital

• 2 TTP Commanders Mysteriously Killed in Afghanistan

• Bangladesh: Hindu home attacked, idol vandalised by leader of youth wing of ruling Awami League par

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North America

• Elon Musk reactivates Donald Trump’s Twitter account but former US president vows not to return

• Expected U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy Vows to Remove Rep. Ilhan Omar From House Committee

• Readers sound off on long rap sheets, Thanksgiving plans and a murder in Cabo

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Southeast Asia

• ‘I suffered a fatwa’ – Jason Azzopardi says PN wanted him to resign

• Agong wants political leaders to provide numbers, PM nominees by 2pm tomorrow

• Sultan Nazrin grants audience to Perak EC director

• Johor MB Onn Hafiz tells Zahid to step down as Umno, BN chief as coalition ‘has fallen’

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Pakistan

• Bilawal asks protesting PTI to spare army chief’s selection week

• Pak-Afghan border at Chaman remains shut; no headway in official talks

• Imran to enter Rawalpindi days before ‘key decision’

• Gen Bajwa terms ‘quality healthcare’ critical for troops’ morale

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Africa

• Military airstrikes kill 16 Boko Haram terrorists in Borno

• How the story of Africans descended from 15th century Chinese admiral Zheng He’s sailors lives on

• Researchers, students explore port areas of Kidderpore and Metiabruz

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Marriage of Muslims is not excluded from POCSO Act, rules Kerala HC

Nov 20, 2022

The court also noted that child marriages have been regarded as a human right violation.

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Kerala High Court has held that marriage between Muslims under personal law is not excluded from the sweep of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

Court also ruled that if one of the parties to the marriage is a minor, irrespective of the validity or otherwise of the marriage, offences under the POCSO Act will apply.

The Single Bench of Justice Bechu Kurian Thomas further observed, "The POCSO Act is a special statute enacted specifically for the protection of children from sexual offences. Sexual exploitation of every nature against a child is treated as an offence. Marriage is not excluded from the sweep of the statute.

"The POCSO Act is a special enactment. The advances and progress achieved in societal thinking have resulted in the enactment. This special statute was enacted based on principles arising out of jurisprudence relating to child abuse. The child abuse jurisprudence evolved out of the need to protect the vulnerable, the gullible and the innocent child. The legislative intent to protect the child from sexual predators hovering over them under different labels, including that of marriage, is explicitly evident from the statutory provisions," he further observed.

"A child marriage compromises the growth of the child to her full potential. It is the bane of society. The legislative intent reflected through the POCSO Act is to prohibit physical relationships with a child, even under the cover of marriage. This is the intent of society, too, for a statute is, as is often said, the expression or reflection of the will of the people. In the accomplishment of the said intent, the POCSO Act has defined the word 'child' in section 2(d) as 'any person below the age of 18 years," the court observed.

"Personal laws and customary laws are both laws. Section 42A intends to override such laws also. Therefore it cannot be gainsaid that after the coming into force of the POCSO Act, penetrative sexual intercourse with a child, even if it is under the guise of marriage, is an offence," the court added.

Court held this while dismissing a bail petition of a 31-year-old Muslim man who is accused of kidnapping and raping a minor girl. He contended that he had validly married the girl in March 2021 under the personal laws applicable to them.

Source: Hindustan Times

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‘Condemn recent terrorist acts in Iran too’: Tehran criticises world's ‘silence'

Nov 19, 2022

Iran Anti-Hijab Protests: A woman holds a placard with a picture of Iranian woman Mahsa Amini during a protest against her death.(AP)

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Iran on Saturday criticised the "silence" of the international community in the face of acts of violence in the country during protests sparked by Mahsa Amini's death in custody.

The Islamic republic has been rocked by protests since the September 16 death of Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian of Kurdish origin, after her arrest for an alleged breach of Iran's dress rules for women.

On Saturday Iran's foreign ministry hit out at the "deliberate silence of foreign promoters of chaos and violence in Iran in the face of... terrorist operations in several Iranian cities".

"It is the duty of the international community and international assemblies to condemn the recent terrorist acts in Iran and not to provide a safe haven for extremists," it said in a statement.

On Wednesday, 10 people including a woman, two children and a security officer were killed in two separate attacks in the cities of Izeh and Isfahan, according to state media and a hospital source.

Two members of Iran's pro-government Basij paramilitary force were stabbed to death in the northeastern city of Mashhad while trying to intervene against "rioters", according to state news agency IRNA.

Source: Hindustan Times

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‘Scotland must stop being in denial about Islamophobia’: Leading Scots Muslims warn of growing hostility in classrooms, workplaces and on the streets

By Stephen Stewart

November 20, 2022

Zara Mohammed, secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, photographed in Glasgow

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Scotland is in denial about anti-Islamic prejudice, with slow progress being made to combat hateful abuse and discrimination, influential Scots Muslims warn today.

Omar Afzal, of the Scottish Association of Mosques, said more must be done to tackle the issue and the misconception that anti-Islamic hate is not a problem north of the border.

He spoke out during Islamophobia Awareness Month, a national campaign aiming to raise awareness and highlight the positive contributions of British Muslims, and criticised the decision of the UK Government to abandon an attempt to define Islamophobia.

Afzal, whose concerns were backed by both the Muslim Councils of Britain and Scotland, said: “Tackling denial is very important. To wilfully choose not to define the problem is a form of outright denial that Islamophobia even exists.

“This revelation comes despite new Home Office hate-crime statistics, published last month, showing that 42% of religious hate crime offences in England and Wales were targeted against Muslims.

“The report of the Inquiry into Islamophobia in Scotland smashed the idea of Scottish exceptionalism – a type of denial that recognises Islamophobia exists but believes it’s not as prevalent or pervasive here. The report shows how deep-rooted, structural and systemic discrimination against Scottish Muslims is and how it manifests itself in everyday life.”

The report, which surveyed 447 people and organisations across the country, identified key trends, with more than three-quarters of Muslim respondents feeling Islamophobia is becoming worse, rising to 82% of people in Glasgow.

One respondent said: “We feel the environment has become more and more hostile for our communities. Brexit most definitely has not helped. It has given a bigger voice to those who hate and even an excuse to promote their hate.

“All black and minority ­ethnic communities are suffering. Under reporting of hate crime is a major issue. Communities need reassurance that help is available, and perpetrators will be dealt with by the law.”

People reported experiencing Islamophobia at work, school, college or university, in the street, in public buildings such as a shop or restaurant or on public transport.

Afzal, who specialises in ­advocacy and community representation for Muslims in Scotland, said: “Some 83% of Muslim respondents reported having experienced Islamophobia directly, 75% saying Islamophobia was an everyday issue and more than half had changed their behaviour as a result of Islamophobia or in fear of it.

“Worryingly, only 22% of respondents, who had faced Islamophobia actually came forward to report it. Very often, this is out of fear of the repercussions, such as being frozen out in their workplace or singled out in schools.”

In 2018, a group of MPs and peers drew up a working definition of anti-Muslim hate, stating the absence of one was allowing Islamophobia to “increase in society to devastating effect”.

Describing Islamophobia as a “type of racism that targets expressions of Muslimness”, the definition was accepted by Labour and other opposition parties but rejected by the Conservative government.

An expert adviser to the UK Government was hired but his work was reportedly halted after Boris Johnson became prime minister. Afzal said limited progress was being made in Scotland. He said: “All of Scotland’s political parties, including the Scottish Conservatives, adopted the preeminent all-party parliamentary group’s definition of Islamophobia in 2019.

“Last month, the SNP passed a resolution by councillor Danish Ashraf for the Scottish Government to adopt the definition too. Pam Gosal MSP presented a motion in the Scottish Parliament recognising Islamophobia Awareness Month and vocal support from across the political spectrum is important in tackling denial.”

Zara Mohammed, secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, echoed concern and highlighted a recent petrol bomb attack on an immigration processing centre in Kent and other worrying incidents in public life. She said: “Muslims are facing increased hostility and a growing number of attacks. Just recently, we witnessed a terror attack in Dover in which the terrorist stated he wanted ‘to obliterate Muslim children’.

“We have seen at the most senior level of government, cabinet minister at the time Nusrat Ghani alleging her Muslimness was the reason for her sacking from government.

“An individual was made a knight despite likening the placing of a Christian girl into Muslim foster care to child abuse, claiming that Muslims have sympathy with terrorists and saying Muslims are not like us, and are even ‘resistant to the traditional process of integration’.

“Whilst doing little on Islamophobia, the government said it would develop its Islamophobia definition because it rejected the widely accepted and community-endorsed one. But even this has been shelved.

“There is much still to do to overcome the deep-seated and structural issues of Islamophobia in our public spaces as well as our political and civic establishment.”

The Muslim Council of Scotland agreed that Islamophobia was a pressing issue. Fariha Thomas, of the Muslim Council of Scotland, said: “Scotland is home to more than 76,737 Muslims, the majority of whom are second or third-generation Scots, others who are converts or newer arrivals, but who are proud to be part of Scotland and actively involved in all aspects of Scottish life.

“Sadly, for most of us, hate speech and other forms of discrimination based on our being Muslim is a frequent occurrence, with Muslim women being particularly targeted for example, by having head scarves pulled off, accompanied by threats and abuse.

“While we know that most Scots are welcoming and supportive, we never know when we leave our homes when we may come up against Islamophobic abuse or violence.

“Our experience, backed up by research, has also shown that structural Islamophobia exists, leading, for example, to adverse discrimination against Muslims applying for jobs.

“A Muslim name means being less likely to get an interview and wearing a head covering means being less likely to be offered a job.”

The UK Government said: “We remain committed to a zero-­tolerance approach to anti-­Muslim hatred in any form and will continue to combat discrimination and intolerance.”

Source: Sunday Post

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Islamic Jihad to (Saba): International injustice to Palestinian people stands behind large number of Jabalia fire's victims

19/November/2022

Islamic Jihad to (Saba): International injustice to Palestinian people stands behind large number of Jabalia fire's victims

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GAZA November 19. 2022 (Saba)- The leader of the Islamic Jihad movement in Palestine, D. Jamil Elyan that the international and global injustice to the Palestinian people stands behind the large number of victims of the fire that occurred the day before yesterday in the Jabalia camp for Palestinian refugees in the northern Gaza Strip.

D. Alyan said in a special statement to the Yemeni news agency (Saba), that "this unjust world, which forced the burnt (Abu Raya) family to flee from its original village inside the occupied territories in 1948 to the Gaza Strip and the camps of misery and diaspora, is responsible for this calamity."

He added, "We offer our condolences to our people, our nation, and the (Abu Raya) family for this great loss, as we miss 21 Palestinian citizens who died in a huge fire caused by the international blockade that uprooted the Palestinian people from their land."

He continued, saying: "Palestinian grievance is the responsibility of the international community to protect the Palestinians and return them to their occupied lands until this problem ends, and we hold the Zionist enemy besieging the Gaza Strip responsible for this heinous crime."

The leader of the Islamic Jihad movement pointed out that as long as there is an occupation and as long as there is a siege that has been going on for more than 15 years of the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian people will continue to pay the bill for injustice.

Yesterday, the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip mourned the bodies of the martyrs of the "Abu Raya" family who died in the fire, in a new tragedy added to the tragedies of the Palestinian people who suffer from killing, oppression and almost daily abuse at the hands of the Zionist enemy and its settlers.

Source: www.saba.ye

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Bangladesh urges Indian Ocean nations to work together to promote blue economy

UNB

November 20, 2022

Photo: UNB

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Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen on Sunday called for developing a cooperative mechanism among the littoral states of the Indian Ocean to promote collaboration for reaping maximum benefits of  the blue economy.

"Bangladesh believes that the regional vision for the blue economy must be supported by a balanced integration of the economic, social and environmental elements of development," he told the IORA (Indian Ocean Rim Association) Business Forum Leadership Summit at a city hotel. 

Momen said optimal use of the marine resources – categorized as blue economy- has been recognized as one of the key components of sustainable development.

Chairman of the Indian Ocean Rim Business Forum Sheikh Fazle Fahim and Secretary-General IORA Ambassador Salman Al Farisi also spoke.

Bangladesh, as the current chair of IORA, is going to host the 22nd meeting of the Council of Ministers (COM) under the theme “Harnessing the opportunities of the Indian Ocean sustainability for inclusive development” on November 24.

"I believe the council will definitely take note of the suggestions of this business forum regarding the recovery from the impact of pandemic," Momen said.

He said there is a need for a sustained dialogue among business leaders, scholars, practitioners and policy makers to identify and deliberate on various economic challenges confronting the region, identify mechanisms to address those and evolve new frameworks for co-operation with the regional countries.

IORA has evolved into an important regional group spanning the Indian Ocean through sustained dialogue and cooperation and now is playing as a key driving force to ensure development, peace and stability in the region, Momen said.

Source: Dhaka Tribune

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Al Qaeda urges Muslims to shun World Cup, stops short of threats

November 20, 2022

CAIRO, Nov 19 (Reuters) - Al Qaeda's regional branch urged Muslims around the world to shun the soccer World Cup in Qatar, though it stopped short of threatening attacks or promoting violence in connection with the event, according to a statement reported by a monitoring group.

Source: Reuters

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Malaysia gets a hung parliament for the first time; Islamic party makes major gains

November 20, 2022

For the first time in history, Malaysia has a hung Parliament in a tightly-contested election, which also witnessed the opposition Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition emerging as the front-runner.

The PH coalition, led by Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, won 83 out of 220 seats but failed to get a majority to form the government.

The ruling party Malay-based Perikatan Nasional, or National Alliance led by former premier Muhyiddin Yassin, came second with 73 seats. It rode on the strong show by its ally Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS), which has touted shariah or Islamic law.

The PAS more than doubled its haul to 43 seats, making it the single largest party in the country. Religion is a serious factor in Malaysia, where the Muslim ethnic-Malay population make up the majority and the ethnic Chinese and Indians the minorities.

Interestingly, Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition — dominated by his United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) party — suffered a major setback with just 30 seats in its kitty. Another party which bit the dust was former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's coalition.

With no party gaining majority, the political uncertainty prevailing in the country could worsen amid economic crisis and inflation. This could also mean that Malaysia’s constitutional monarch may choose the Prime Minister.

Anwar told a news conference that he has the support in writing from lawmakers to obtain a simple majority and willsubmit the same to the country's king Al-Sultan Abdullah. "We have obtained the majority, which means more than 111," he was quoted by AP.

If that is to happen, it will be a comeback of sorts for Anwar who was once the heir apparent to the premiership before being jailed after sodomy conviction and then reemerging as the opposition leader.

Muhyiddin too has claimed he has the numbers to form the government, stating that he received a letter from the palace indicating his bloc may have been given preference to form a government over Anwar. He said he was confident he could form a stable government and is willing to work with anyone except the PH. 

Meanwhile, UMNO leader Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said in a statement that his alliance has accepted the results and expressed willingness to set aside differences to ensure a stable government.

Though Anwar, 75, won in northern Perak state his daughter Nurul Izzah Anwar lost to a PAS candidate in the family’s longtime stronghold in Penang state.

Though there are 222 seats in Malaysia, elections were held only to 220 seats. Polling for one seat has been postponed after the death of a candidate and another due to bad weather.

Source: The Week.In

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UNDP, Islamic Relief sign MoU to support flood-affected victims in Sindh

November 20, 2022

ISLAMABAD          -          United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Islamic Relief has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to support the flood-affected communities in Sindh. The partnership will create income opportunities for households affected by the floods and support the construction of community infrastructures, said a press release issued here. The devastating floods in Pakistan have affected 33 million people. Recently launched Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) highlighted that millions have become homeless, livelihoods are heavily impacted, and critical infrastructure has been wiped out. Estimates of total damages and losses are around $30 billion. Floods have particularly impacted the poorest and most vulnerable districts. The poverty rates for many flood-affected districts in Sindh and Balochistan, two of the most impacted provinces, were even higher. Before the floods, households in calamity-hit communities showed an average poverty rate of more than 31 percent, well above the national average of 21.9 percent. In response, UNDP and Islamic Relief will help communities with cash for work opportunities. An initial target of 10,000 cash-forwork hours will be set, with an increased focus on the inclusion of women. Simultaneously, rehabilitation schemes will also be identified in the selected districts that can be started immediately. Speaking at the signing ceremony, UNDP Pakistan Resident Representative Knut Ostby highlights, “Aligned with UNDP’s Flood Recovery Vision, through this partnership, we aim to revive livelihoods and rehabilitate critical infrastructure in impacted districts of Sindh.” “The scale of devastation has been unprecedented for which no one was prepared. Islamic Relief strongly believes that collaborations and partnerships are vital in this hour of need to reach the most in need before another crisis emerges. Our strong community connections are helping us to reach the most in need,” said Asif Sherazi, Country Director of Islamic Relief Pakistan. This collaboration is an extension of UNDP and Islamic Relief’s global and regional partnership in reaching and building resilience in conflict-affected areas.

Source: Nation.Com

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Military airstrikes kill 16 Boko Haram terrorists in Borno

By Njadvara Musa

20 November 2022 

A Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Super Tucano fighter jet has killed 16 Boko Haram terrorists in Banki border area of Bama Council in Borno State.

The neutralisation of insurgents on November 16 and 17, 2022 followed intelligence-led aerial and ground-coordinated military operations by troops in the border areas with Cameroon.

A counter-insurgency expert, in the Lake Chad region, Zagazola Makama, yesterday, in Maiduguri, disclosed “Boko Haram has suffered another devastating loss of its foot soldiers in the coordinated joint military operations in the border areas of Banki.”

According to him, the neutralised terrorists had been hibernating in the Chongolo and Tangalanga border communities with Cameroon, 134 kilometres east of Maiduguri, the state capital.

On how the terrorists were killed, he said: “The bombs from the detailed attack Super Tucano Aircraft accurately hit on the target,” adding that this led to the obliteration of 16 of the terrorists and their motorcycles.

He added that the operation was conducted pursuant to credible intelligence reports indicating that the settlement was one of the locations being used by the fighters.

“The terrorists used the settlements as their staging locations to attack nearby military bases and soft targets in Banki border areas with Cameroon,” he said.

Source: Guardian.Ng

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India

MP police arrest Islamic religious teacher for alleged forced conversion of man

By HT Correspondent

Nov 19, 2022

The complainant Akshay Gaur, 23, on Thursday filed a police complaint at Moghat police station in Khandwa alleging that the cleric tried to brainwash him and lured him for conversion.

The Islamic teacher identified as Aminuddin Qadri was arrested for hurting religious sentiments and under relevant sections of Madhya Pradesh Freedom of Religion Act, said police.

“Akshay Gaur, a civil engineer filed a complaint with us saying six months ago he met a Qadri in a park. Seeing him upset sitting alone the Qadri took him to a mosque and lured him to convert. Akshay alleged that the Qadri misguided him about his religion and said he will get everything if he converts into a Muslim,” Khandwa superintendent of police Vivek Singh said.

Source: Hindustan Times

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BJP accuses Congress of 'appeasement' after grand old party MLA says 'only Muslims can save party'

FP Staff

November 20, 2022

New Delhi: The BJP on Sunday accused the Congress of minority appeasement after a video of grand old party MLA Chandanji Thakor stating that only “Muslims can save the party” surfaced on social media.

Terming the Congress the new Muslim League, BJP leader Amit Malviya tweeted, “Chandanji Thakor, Congress candidate in Gujarat elections, is saying that only Muslim society can save this country, and if someone can save the Congress party, it can only be a Muslim party… On one hand Rahul Gandhi pretends to go to temple during elections, on the other hand his party has become the new Muslim League.”

Addressing a gathering in poll-bound Gujarat, Thakor, Congress candidate from Sidhpur, in the viral clip is heard saying, “We gave the votes (to BJP) to do something new but they pushed the entire country to depth, and if anyone can save the country then it is the Muslim community, and if anyone can save the congress, only Muslims can do that.”

Source: First Post

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Islamic preacher Zakir Naik travels to Qatar to give 'religious lectures' ahead of FIFA World Cup

Munish Chandra Pandey

Nov 20, 2022

By Munish Chandra Pandey: Controversial Indian Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, who faces charges of money laundering and hate speech in India, has reportedly gone to Qatar from Malaysia ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Naik, who is wanted by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the National Investigative Agency (NIA), is expected to give religious lectures there ahead of the tournament.

Faisal Alhajri, a TV presenter at the Qatari state-owned sports channel Alkass, wrote on Twitter, "Preacher Sheikh Zakir Naik is in Qatar during the World Cup and will give many religious lectures throughout the World Cup." (sic)

Zakir Naik is one of India's most wanted fugitives and is facing multiple charges like money laundering and terror-related activities.

Source: India Today

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Bangladeshi youth walks from Dhaka to Darjeeling

Kousik Sen

20.11.22

Saiful Islam, a 25-year-old youth hailing from Comilla district of Bangladesh, is walking from Dhaka to Darjeeling to impart awareness on nature conservation, personal hygiene and health care.

Saiful, a graduate, will cover around 800km by foot.

On Friday, he reached Raiganj where he spoke with people and apprised them about the need to keep oneself healthy and also work to conserve nature.

Source: Telegraph India

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Gujarat Assembly polls: Assam CM says Mehrauli killing a case of 'love jihad', pitches for PM Modi in 2024

PTI

NOV 19 2022

Assam Chief Minister and BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma has said the horrific murder of Shraddha Walkar allegedly by her live-in partner Aaftab Poonawala is a case of "love jihad".

He also said someone like Aaftab will be born in every city if the country does not get a powerful leader and a government that respects India like one's mother. Poonawala allegedly strangled Walkar on May 18 in their Delhi flat and sawed her body in...

Source: Deccan Herald

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Ponniyin Selvan’s Chola king didn’t see Islam as foreign, made a Muslim a temple superintendent

SUDALAIMUTHU PALANIAPPAN

20 November, 2022

Mani Ratnam’s big-budget global hit film Ponniyin Selvan Part – 1, based on the novel of the same name by Kalki Krishnamurthy, deals with the Chola king Rajaraja I before he ascended the throne in 985 CE. Digging into the history of the king’s capital in Tamil Nadu’s Thanjavur reveals a fluid religious culture thriving a millennium ago.

Historical facts, sometimes, can be more interesting than historical fiction. Consider the situation today when non-Hindus are not permitted to enter most Hindu temples. They are not allowed to be members of administrations of Hindu religious charities. And now there is also a growing movement to discourage the involvement of non-Hindus in Carnatic music and Bharatanatyam.

Considering that both Carnatic music and Bharatanatyam have the Cauvery delta as the base, it’s a surprise that in Thanjavur, a Muslim was superintending the dancers and musicians at the Brihadisvara Temple in the 11th century. Later, he was an important imperial official, who ensured that grants to temples were properly issued. His artistic qualification is described in the inscriptions of Rajendra I with the title ‘Kandhiruvapperaraiya’, which literally means ‘great king of classical music’. In turn, he made donations for Thanjavur temple activities. Clearly, the fields of religion, performing arts, and government administration in the 11th-century Tamil region were far more open than today.

Source: The Print

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Mideast

Iran arrests 5 terrorists linked to killing of Shia cleric

Nov 20, 2022

TEHRAN, Nov. 20 (MNA) – Iran's Intelligence Ministry announced that 5 perpetrators of the assassination of Martyr Sajjad Shahraki, a Shia cleric and Friday prayer leader of a mosque in Zahedan in Sistan and Baluchestan Province have been arrested.

According to the statement released by the ministry on Saturday, intelligence forces managed to arrest five perpetrators linked to the martyrdom of Martyre Shahraki.

Source: Mehr News

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Charring public property never means democracy: senior Sunni cleric

November 19, 2022

Mamousta Fayeq-Rostami, the Friday prayer leader of the Kurdish city of Sanandaj, said Islam forbids all forms of violence and that the murders and acts of sabotage committed during the riots are incompatible with the holy faith.

Addressing worshippers, he continued, “Democracy and freedom are important principles in Islam, but the interpretation of freedom and democracy is not anarchy. Burning people’s property is not democracy, rather, these actions are against the religion and are the opposite of democracy.”

Since Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish woman, died in a hospital on September 16, three days after collapsing at a police station, protests supported by foreign governments have erupted in many Iranian cities. Amini's death was attributed by an inquiry to her illness rather than to alleged police abuse.

Source: Tehran Times

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Iran Soldiers Open Fire On Protestor's Family, Seize Body: Report

November 19, 2022

Paris: Iranian Revolutionary Guards opened fire on family members mourning a dead protester and seized his body from hospital, as clashes raged around the country overnight, a rights group said Saturday.

The country's clerical leadership under Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is facing its biggest challenge since the Islamic Revolution of 1979 in two months of protests sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini.

The authorities have responded with a crackdown that Olso-based group Iran Human Rights says left dead at least 342 people, half a dozen already sentenced to death and thousands more arrested.

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"Enemies Have Been Defeated": Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei As Protests Rage

November 19, 2022

Dubai: Protests raged on at Iranian universities and in some cities on Saturday as Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned the country's "enemies" may try to mobilise workers after failing to topple the Islamic government in more than two months of unrest.

One of the boldest challenges to Iran's clerical leaders in decades, the protests have been gaining steam, frustrating authorities who have blamed Iran's foreign enemies and their agents for orchestrating the disturbances.

"Until this hour, thank God, the enemies have been defeated. But the enemies have a new trick every day, and with today's defeat, they may target different classes such as workers and women," state television quoted Khamenei as saying.

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Foreign military presence threatens regional energy security: Iran

2022-11-19

Tehran, Nov 20 (IANS) The presence of foreign military forces has threatened energy security in the regional waters, Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said on Saturday.

A large number of foreign unmanned vessels currently moving in the waters of the Persian Gulf and Oman have doubled the security problems of the region, Iran's official news agency IRNA quoted Amir-Abdollahian as saying at a joint press conference with his visiting Omani counterpart Sayyid Badr Hamad al-Busaidi, Xinhua news agency reported.

Iran considers the presence of foreign forces as a threat to regional peace and stability, which countries of the region have the ability to maintain, he added.

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Europe

Manston: Man staying at migrant processing centre dies in Kent hospital

By Robert Dex

20-11-2022

A man staying at the Manston migrant processing centre in Kent has died in hospital after becoming unwell, the Home Office has said.

It is understood he arrived in the UK as part of a small boat crossing on November 12 and is believed to have been taken ill on Friday evening.

A Home Office spokesperson said: “We can confirm a person staying at Manston has died this morning in hospital after becoming unwell. We wish to express our heartfelt condolences to all those affected.

Source: Standard.Co.Uk

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Scotland Weather: Search resumes in Aberdeenshire for woman swept into River Don amid heavy rain

By Katrine Bussey

20-11-2022

Officers from Police Scotland, alongside Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and the coastguard, have resumed efforts to locate the missing woman.

They had been called to the River Don at Monymusk in Aberdeenshire on Friday afternoon after a report of someone in difficulty. It is understood she had been attempting to rescue a dog when she got into difficulty.

The search had to be stood down on Friday night, but has now started again. Inspector Rory Campbell from Police Scotland said: “Officers, along with colleagues from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and the Coastguard, have resumed searches in the area where the woman was last seen.”

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Gove demands action from councils and housing providers after Awaab Ishak death

By Dominic McGrath

20-11-2022

Housing Secretary Michael Gove has written to every English council leader and social housing provider as he warned that deaths like that of two-year-old Awaab Ishak must “never be allowed to happen again”.

An inquest into the death of Awaab prompted an outcry this week after it found he died in December 2020 from a respiratory condition caused by mould in the one-bedroom housing association flat where he lived with his parents, Faisal Abdullah and Aisha Amin, in Rochdale, Greater Manchester.

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UK considering Swiss-style links with EU, says report

NOVEMBER 19, 2022

LONDON — Senior figures in British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's government are reportedly considering putting the U.K. on the road to a Swiss-style relationship with the EU. The Sunday Times reports that the move could take place over the next decade as the government eyes up a closer relationship with the EU that avoids the current barriers to trade. Any such shift, only a few years after Boris Johnson secured a deal with the EU after years of back-and-forth negotiations, would likely inflame backbench Tory Brexiteers. Downing Street sources rejected the report but the Times suggested that behind closed doors some in government have indicated that the pursuit of a frictionless trading relationship with the bloc requires moving to a Swiss-style arrangement over the next 10 years. According to the paper, this would not extend to a return to freedom of movement. Get unlimited digital access Try 1 month for $1 CLAIM OFFER Switzerland and the EU have a close economic relationship based on a series of bilateral agreements, giving the country direct access to parts of the EU's internal market including the free movement of people. The U.K. is locked in long-running talks with the EU over the Northern Ireland Protocol, a post-Brexit arrangement for the region designed to avoid a border on the island of Ireland. Unionists have opposed the protocol as impeding trade between Northern Ireland and Great Britain, placing a border in the Irish Sea. News alerts in your inbox Sign up for email alerts and be the first to know when news breaks. SIGN UP This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. This has resulted in the collapse of the Stormont Assembly, with top civil servants left to run government departments. However, there have been renewed hopes in recent weeks that a deal can be secured and the relationship improved between the U.K. and the EU after years of tensions. A Swiss-style veterinary agreement has been one of the options mooted by some on the EU side as a solution t

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Ukraine war: U.K. PM Sunak makes surprise trip to Kyiv, promises125 anti-aircraft guns

By John Leicester

November 19, 2022

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak promised 125 anti-aircraft guns and other air-defense technology as he made an unannounced visit Saturday– his first– to Ukraine’s snow-blanketed war-time capital for talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

The air-defense package, which Britain valued at 50 million pounds ($60 million), comes as Russia has been pounding Ukraine’s power grid and other key infrastructure from the air, causing widespread blackouts for millions of Ukrainians as the frigid cold of winter draws near.

The package includes radar and other technology to counter Iran-supplied exploding drones that Russia has used against Ukrainian targets. It comes on top of a delivery of more than 1,000 anti-air missiles that Britain announced earlier this month.

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Arab world

MCE Secretary-General and Prefect of Vatican’s Dicastery for Interreligious Dialogue discuss Muslim-Christian dialogue

20-11-2022

VATICAN, 20th November, 2022 (WAM) – Secretary-General of the Muslim Council of Elders (MCE) Mohamed Abdelsalam met with His Eminence Cardinal Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, Prefect of the Holy See’s Dicastery for Interreligious Dialogue.

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Settlers attack two mosques in Hebron, vandalize furniture

19/November/2022

HEBRON, Saturday, November 19, 2022 (WAFA) – Extremist Israeli settlers today attacked two mosques and shattered their windows today during an attack on Bab al-Zawiya neighborhood in the city of Hebron, south of the occupied West Bank.

WAFA correspondent said heavily armed Israeli settlers guarded by army attacked the two mosques as they held a provocative rally through the neighborhood, while shouting profanities and racist slogans at Palestinian residents.

Earlier this evening, several Palestinians sustained injuries in an attack by Israeli settlers on the neighborhood of Tel Rumeida in the city. The settlers pelted stones and empty bottles at homes and physically assaulted and beat up Palestinian residents, injuring some of them. 

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HRH Saudi Crown Prince receives members of Islamic Central Council of Thailand at his residence in Bangkok

19 Nov, 2022

HRH Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince, and Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia received today, at his residence in the Thai capital, Bangkok, members of the Islamic Central Council of Thailand.

The head of the Islamic Central Council praised the Kingdom’s role in serving the Islamic nation and defending its causes, while HRH the Crown Prince praised the center's role in spreading Islamic culture and serving the issues of the Muslim nation.

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Saudi crown prince arrives in Doha for World Cup opening

ARAB NEWS

November 20, 2022

RIYADH: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in Qatar early Sunday to attend the opening ceremony of the FIFA World Cup 2022.

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, the Emir of Qatar, had earlier sent an invitation to the Saudi crown prince to attend the historic event, according to Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

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Philippines lauds Saudi move to compensate unpaid Filipino migrant workers

ELLIE ABEN

November 19, 2022

MANILA: The Philippines has lauded Saudi Arabia’s commitment to compensate some 10,000 unpaid Filipino migrant workers, which was announced after a meeting between President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. 

More than 700,000 Filipinos live in Saudi Arabia. The Kingdom is the most popular destination for overseas Filipino workers, followed by the UAE and Kuwait.

Marcos and the crown prince met for the first time on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leader’s meeting in Thailand on Friday, during which the Kingdom announced that it has set aside SR2 billion ($532 million) to pay the overdue salaries of thousands of Filipinos working overseas.

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Saudi Arabia arrests 16,340 illegals in one week

SPA

November 20, 2022

RIYADH: Saudi authorities arrested 16,340 people in one week for breaching residency, work and border security regulations, according to an official report.

From Nov. 10 to 16, a total of 9,526 people were arrested for violations of residency rules, while 4,335 were held over illegal border crossing attempts, and a further 2,479 for labor-related issues.

The report showed that among the 520 people arrested for trying to enter the Kingdom illegally, 36 percent were Yemeni, 62 percent Ethiopian, and 2 percent were of other nationalities.

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South Asia

‘The Taliban Have Not Lived Up to Their Commitments to the Afghan People

By Saqalain Eqbal

November 19, 2022

15 months after the Taliban took control of the country, the situation in Afghanistan is “critical,” according to Fergus Eckersley, the UK Coordinator at the UN, who made this statement during a UN Arria formula Security Council meeting held on Thursday, November 17.

Eckersley drew attention to the Taliban’s persistent widespread infringement of fundamental human rights, particularly the group’s “systematic oppression” of women and girls, and he advocated a unified international response.

The British official stated that the UK is the second largest donor to the UN’s Humanitarian Response plan and that the UK supports UN Security Council Resolution 2615, which ensures that the provision of essential relief is not impeded by sanctions.

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Car Collision in Northern Afghanistan Kills and Injures 10 People

By Saqalain Eqbal

November 20, 2022

The incident, according to the Taliban officials, took place on Saturday evening, November 19, in the Kila Gai area of Baghlan’s Dushi district.

According to Sher Ahmad Burhani, spokesman for the Taliban police chief in Baghlan province, a Corolla car crashed with a Vitz-type vehicle, killing three people and injuring seven others.

The province’s traffic officials were cited by the Taliban security officials as saying that speeding and careless driving were the primary factors that led to the accident.

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Pakistan Commits to Continuing to Support Pakistan-Built Hospitals in Afghanistan

By Saqalain Eqbal

November 19, 2022

The Pakistani official wrote in a string of tweets on Saturday, November 19, that he has met with Qalandar Ebad, the Taliban Minister of Public Health in an extraordinary meeting of the Afghanistan Inter-governmental Coordination Cell (AICC).

According to the tweets, the Pakistani official gave the Taliban side assurance that Pakistan would cooperate with the Afghan people in the healthcare sector, notably by continuing to provide financial support for the three hospitals Pakistan has built in Afghanistan.

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Computer Science Student Killed and Set on Fire in Afghan Capital

By Saqalain Eqbal

November 19, 2022

The victim, Soroush Mohammadi, a computer science student, went missing four days prior to the discovery of his burned remains, according to the sources.

Sources said that his lifeless, burnt body was discovered on Thursday, the 17th of November, behind the Omid-e-Sabz residential settlement in western Kabul.

The information that is currently known indicates that Soroush Mohammadi was brutally murdered and the perpetrators tried to dispose of the body by setting the body afire.

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2 TTP Commanders Mysteriously Killed in Afghanistan

By Saqalain Eqbal

November 19, 2022

A TTP commander’s body was reportedly found in a water canal on November 17 according to a source in Nangarhar province in eastern Afghanistan who spoke to the Afghan Islamic Press.

Saifullah Babuji, a Pakistani Taliban commander whose body was discovered, was a resident of Malakand in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and was known to be close with Amir Mufti Mazloum, the TTP’s deputy.

Another TTP commander named Zakirain’s body was reportedly discovered in the province of Paktia, in eastern Afghanistan, according to the Afghan Islamic Press.

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Bangladesh: Hindu home attacked, idol vandalised by leader of youth wing of ruling Awami League par

20 November, 2022

On Friday (November 18) morning, the residence of a Hindu family was attacked and their puja mandap was vandalised in the Kostapara area in Bhuanpur Upazila in Tangail district in the Dhaka Division of Bangladesh.

As per reports, the home belonged to local Hindu resident Subhas Ghosh. About 10 members of his family were injured during the attack and at least 4 out of them were admitted to the Bhuanpur Upazila Health Complex for medical treatment.

Those hospitalised in the aftermath of the attack were identified as Ratan, Nikhil, Ashok, and Shanto Ghosh. On the other hand, the accused was identified as Khorshed Bepari.

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North America

Elon Musk reactivates Donald Trump’s Twitter account but former US president vows not to return

Sheila Dang

November 20 2022

Donald Trump says he had no interest in returning to Twitter even as a slim majority voted in favour of reinstating the former US President, who was banned from the social media service for inciting violence, in a poll organized by new owner Elon Musk.

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Trump's Twitter account, which had over 88 million followers before he was banned on January 8, 2021, began accumulating followers and had nearly 100,000 followers by 10pm ET Saturday. Some users initially reported being unable to follow the reinstated account on Saturday evening.

Source: Independent

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Expected U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy Vows to Remove Rep. Ilhan Omar From House Committee

Ben Samuels

Nov 20, 2022

LAS VEGAS—House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy, the likely next House speaker, on Saturday vowed to remove Rep. Ilhan Omar from her seat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee over her previous criticisms of Israel.

Addressing the Republican Jewish Coalition's annual meeting, the California congressman told the crowd that he would take the move as a punitive action based on her personal criticism, as well. When the crowd booed the mere mention of her name, he said "that's a rightful boo.”

“I remember what she said about me. I remember what she said about Israel. I remember what she said about the relationship,” he said “I remembered it so much, I promised you last year she would no longer be on foreign affairs. I’m keeping that promise.”

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Readers sound off on long rap sheets, Thanksgiving plans and a murder in Cabo

By Voice of the People

Nov 20, 2022

Stamford, Conn.: I was hit with outrage and disbelief when I read your Nov. 17 article, “Pickpocket with 60 arrests nabbed in fare-beating try at downtown station.” Sometimes the smaller headlines speak the loudest and this one is a doozie. I hope that Gov. Hochul and Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg (photo) read the Daily News because if they do, I can’t see how they can possibly continue to support bail reform or a continued limp approach to law enforcement.

This case turns the revolving door of justice into a gyroscope at the expense of law-abiding New Yorkers who deserve better from their government. The career criminal you described has been hard at work as a thief for nearly 40 years and, most disturbing, after eight brief stints behind bars, when he was finally charged with an offense that had teeth, his three-year jail sentence — still far too short — turned into one year behind bars and a year of parole that ended in 2021.

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Southeast Asia

‘I suffered a fatwa’ – Jason Azzopardi says PN wanted him to resign

by Matthew Vella

19 November 2022

The former Nationalist MP Jason Azzopardi has accused Opposition leader Bernard Grech of “placing him under a fatwa”, and that under his leadership the party tried to encourage him to resign or not contest the 2022 election.

Azzopardi, speaking to Andrew Azzopardi on 103FM, said a member from the PN’s strategy group had approached him in 2021, requesting him to resign his seat “so that the party can advance in the polls... winning 15,000 votes just like that.”

“I could have thrown this person right out the balcony window,” Azzopardi said. “They told me I was a burden, toxic, a dead-weight, that the PN would advance in the polls if I stand down.”

Source: Malta Today

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Agong wants political leaders to provide numbers, PM nominees by 2pm tomorrow

By Radzi Razak

20 Nov 2022

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 20 — With Malaysia’s Parliament hung, the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong today ordered coalition and party leaders to notify Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Azhar Azizan Harun of their numbers to form a new government by 2pm tomorrow.

He also told them to state clearly their respective prime minister candidates, Comptroller of the Istana Negara Datuk Seri Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin said in a statement this afternoon as the post-election impasse continued.

“The head of the political parties and the head of the coalition of political parties will be asked by Tan Sri Yang di-Pertua Dewan Rakyat to state their respective agreements and to submit the name of a member of the Dewan Rakyat who has the trust of the majority of members, and to nominate a candidate to be the prime minister of Malaysia before 2pm on Monday, November 21, 2022.

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Sultan Nazrin grants audience to Perak EC director

20 Nov 2022

IPOH, Nov 20 — The Sultan of Perak Sultan Nazrin Shah today granted an audience to State Election Commission (EC) director Mohd Nazri Ismail at Istana Kinta for a briefing on the results of the 15th General Election (GE15).

Mohd Nazri arrived at the palace at 10.23am and also present were State Secretary Datuk Ahmad Suaidi Abdul Rahim and State Legal Adviser Datuk Azmir Shah Zainal Abidin.

Yesterday, Perak Perikatan Nasional (PN) deputy chairman Razman Zakaria was reported to have said that the coalition would discuss with Barisan Nasional (BN) pertaining to the formation of a state government.

Source: Malay Mail

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Johor MB Onn Hafiz tells Zahid to step down as Umno, BN chief as coalition ‘has fallen’

By Ashley Yeong

20 Nov 2022

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 20 — Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi should resign immediately from leading the Barisan Nasional (BN) and its anchor party now that Umno has fallen, Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi said today.

“Umno has fallen. Umno and BN only won nine parliamentary seats in Johor and failed to win a single seat in Perlis, Kedah, Penang, Melaka, Kelantan, and Terengganu," he said in a statement on Facebook.

The younger Umno man said Ahmad Zahid should follow in his predecessor Datuk Seri Najib Razak's footsteps of resigning, before its support base erodes further.

Source: Malay Mail

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Pakistan

Bilawal asks protesting PTI to spare army chief’s selection week

Amir Wasim

November 20, 2022

ISLAMABAD: While questioning the venue and timing of the PTI’s long march, Pakistan Peoples Party Chairman and Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari on Saturday said it was former premier Imran Khan’s “last-ditch effort” to push the institution of army away from its constitutional role towards an unconstitutional role and appealed to the PTI chief to delay his protest till the completion of the process of army chief’s appointment.

Also, the PPP chairman, in respo­nse to a question regarding the possibility of President Arif Alvi, who belongs to the PTI, creating hurdles in the army chief’s appointment process, told a presser that this was the last chance for Mr Alvi to let everything take place according to the law and Constitution after his failed attempt to dissolve the assembly. “If he [the president] tries to create an issue, he would have to face the consequences,” he declared.

“This is my appeal to Khan Sahib to behave sensibly and delay the protest for a couple of weeks so that the constitutional and legal process of the appointment of the army chief can be completed and so that I cannot make an allegation that you [Imran] are doing all this to make the appointment controversial,” the PPP chairman declared while speaking at the hurriedly-called news conference at Zardari House.

Source: Dawn

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Pak-Afghan border at Chaman remains shut; no headway in official talks

Saleem Shahid

November 20, 2022

QUETTA: The Pakistan-Afghan border at Chaman, Balochistan, remained closed for another day after a flag meeting at Friendship Gate between officials from both sides failed to evolve a consensus over the reopening of the crossing.

On Sunday, the border at Chaman had been closed for an indefinite period after an armed suspect from the Afg­han side opened fire on Pak­is­tani security personnel at Friendship Gate, resulting in the martyrdom of one soldier and injuries to two.

During the flag meeting, the Pakistani officials, inc­lu­ding Chaman DC Abdul Hameed Zehri, discussed with Afghan government officials the need for a “joint mechanism” to put an end to incidents of violence at the border. Pakistan also suggested joint interrogations by both sides to nab the accused involved in Sunday’s shooting.

Source: Dawn

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Imran to enter Rawalpindi days before ‘key decision’

Mansoor Malik

November 20, 2022

LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Saturday urged his supporters to converge on Rawalpindi on Nov 26 for his long march that he is expected to rejoin in person after recovering from the injuries he sustained in a gun attack in Wazirabad earlier this month. For now, the march was suspended in Rawat.

He also appears to have had a change of heart for the military that he has consistently blamed for ousting him from power, when he said if the establishment wasn’t behind the regime change it should have played its role in stopping the conspiracy.

Mr Khan must have strategically chosen Nov 26 for entering the twin cities to resume his long march as the next army chief would be inducted just a couple of days after that when the tenure of the incumbent Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa ends on the 29th.

Source: Dawn

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Gen Bajwa terms ‘quality healthcare’ critical for troops’ morale

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November 20, 2022

RAWALPINDI: As part of his farewell visits, Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa on Saturday went to see various setups of the Army Medical Corps.

He said quality healthcare for soldiers and their families was a cardinal feature of the army’s welfare regime and critical for the morale of troops.

At the Com­bined Military Hospi­tal, Rawalpindi, he was brie­­fed by the CMH comm­a­ndant about the newly upgra­ded facilities. The army chief was shown the control room that has been recently set up to impart training to doctors through live surgery process at the academic centre.

Source: Dawn

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Africa

Military airstrikes kill 16 Boko Haram terrorists in Borno

By Njadvara Musa

20 November 2022

The neutralisation of insurgents on November 16 and 17, 2022 followed intelligence-led aerial and ground-coordinated military operations by troops in the border areas with Cameroon.

A counter-insurgency expert, in the Lake Chad region, Zagazola Makama, yesterday, in Maiduguri, disclosed “Boko Haram has suffered another devastating loss of its foot soldiers in the coordinated joint military operations in the border areas of Banki.”

According to him, the neutralised terrorists had been hibernating in the Chongolo and Tangalanga border communities with Cameroon, 134 kilometres east of Maiduguri, the state capital.

Source: Guardian.Ng

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How the story of Africans descended from 15th century Chinese admiral Zheng He’s sailors lives on

Shawn Yuan

20 Nov, 2022

Tucked into the labyrinth of narrow alleyways in Pate Island’s Siyu village, Mama Baraka’s house itself isn’t much to see, with its cracking clay walls and poorly lit rooms draped with mosquito nets.

But one feature in this typical house on Pate, a tiny island off the coast of Kenya, has brought curious observers from afar: a single porcelain bowl that has been passed down through Mama’s family, an artefact that she says proves her ancestors came from China, by boat, hundreds of years ago.

“We have kept the bowl as a family treasure for generations,” says 75-year-old Mama. “Ever since I was a kid, my grandparents would tell me that our family was part Chinese and we should never forget our ancestry.”

Source: Www.Scmp.Com

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Researchers, students explore port areas of Kidderpore and Metiabruz

DEBRAJ MITRA

20.11.22

Since the early days of colonial India, a pocket of the city has been the destination for migrant labourers from different parts of the country, who brought with them different social and cultural identities that helped make the melting pot that Kolkata is.

On Wednesday, some 50 people traversed through several nooks and corners of the pocket, stopping by some landmark spots — some of them associated with Nawab Wajid Ali Shah, exiled to Kolkata from Awadh by the British — and interacting with the local residents, some of them descendants of the early migrants.

The walk across the port areas of Kidderpore and Metiabruz was part of a workshop organised by the Calcutta Research Group, in collaboration with the Know Your Neighbour campaign.

Source: Telegraph India

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