Author: ainullah

Gogoi may face court martial

The controversial Indian army major is likely to face a general court martial for luring a Kashmiri woman in a local hotel in Srinagar, and being away from his designated place of duty. Major Leetul Gogoi was detained by the police in a Srinagar hotel along with the woman in May this year. A court of inquiry (CoI) into the matter found him guilty of “fraternising with a local in spite of instructions to the contrary and being away from the place of duty in operational area,” said one of the officials cited above. His behaviour was in violation...

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Egypt detains former diplomat after calls for referendum

An Egyptian former diplomat was detained by authorities in Cairo on Thursday, just two weeks after calling for a referendum on President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s government. “Security forces took my father, Maasoum Marzouk, from our home without explanation and without cause just for practicing his constitutional rights of calling for a referendum,” Maisara Marzouk said. “A minibus of around 15 civilian-dressed, armed security personnel arrived at 1pm and arrested him, then searched his house and took his personal belongings without showing us the legal permit for that procedure,” she added. Marzouk is a former ambassador and assistant minister of...

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Ethiopian PM snubs UAE leader on Islamic lessons

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed rejected an offer by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed to build an Islamic centre in the East African country, allegedly telling the royal that he had “lost” Islam. “We will help you with many things. We will teach you,” bin Zayed is alleged to have told Ahmed when asked about how the UAE could help with the construction of an Islamic centre in Ethiopia. “We don’t need to learn the religion from you. You’ve lost the religion. What we need is to learn Arabic quickly, so we could better understand the religion...

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Imran Khan on Wilders’ blasphemous cartoon competition

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said that the absence of an international policy against the generation of blasphemous content is a “collective failure” on part of the Muslim countries. Addressing the Senate for the first time as prime minister on Monday 27 August, Imran Khan said his government will raise the matter before the United Nations. The Senate had passed a resolution to bring the UN’s attention to the matter regarding the announcement by the leader of Dutch Freedom Party and Parliamentarian Geert Wilders to hold a competition of blasphemous caricatures. “Our government will raise the matter in the...

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Any amount of alcohol is harmful: Global study

A global state of the art study has just concluded that no amount of alcohol containing drinks, be it liquor, wine or beer is safe for overall health and alcohol is a leading risk factor for disease and premature death. The health study, published on Thursday 23 August 2018 in the British medical journal The Lancet, was funded by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with the title “Alcohol use and burden for 195 countries and territories, 1990–2016: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016”. The study reported that during the year 2016, alcohol was associated...

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