Bajrang Dal man main accused in Bulandshahr cop’s killing during cow slaughter protests

Police arrested four men on Tuesday and booked 28 people for murder and rioting in connection with the violence that roiled Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr a day before and left a police inspector and a local resident dead. Additional director general of police (law and order) Anand Kumar identified those arrested as Chaman, Ram, Satish (only first names were given) and Ashish Chauhan, and said the prime suspect in the Monday morning’s violence, triggered by allegations of cow slaughter, is a man named Yogesh Raj. The ADG said three others were taken into custody for interrogation…

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Post Five-State Polls, BJP’s Eyes Will Be On Mamata Banerjee’s Bastion

New Delhi, Dec 3 :To keep its electoral machinery and party’s organisational wings in actions, immediately after the five-state polls, BJP’s focus is to shift to West Bengal, where its bitter critic Mamata Banerjee is in power. ‘Mission East’ will come into focus in view of the 2019 general elections wherein the saffron party expects to give Trinamool Congress a big contest in its own fiefdom. BJP chief Amit Shah has already set a target of 22-23 seats from the state which has 42 parliamentary constituencies. The party is set…

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How languages intersect in India

If two random Indians meet, there is only a 36% chance that they can talk to and understand each other, a Hindustan Times analysis of 2011 Census data shows, given the large diversity in languages spoken across the country. This is an average, of course, and the actual proportion depends on where the two people are from. The probability is a meagre 1.6% if one is from Tamil Nadu and the other from West Bengal, while it is around 95% if one is from Uttar Pradesh and the other from…

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‘Bangladesh deploys armed forces to force out Rohingya’

Bangladesh is reportedly using heavy-handed tactics in an attempt to force Rohingya Muslim refugees — who have taken shelter in the country after fleeing state violence in neighboring Myanmar — back across the border. The Guardian reported on Wednesday that Bangladeshi paramilitary troops, police, and army have been deployed in southeast Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar district, where the Rohingya are cramped in refugee camps, to make final preparations to start sending back the first group of the minority Muslim refugees to Myanmar on Thursday. The British daily said it had seen…

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Social media rumours in India: counting the dead

Across India mob attacks are on the rise, fuelled by false rumours on WhatsApp and social media. According to the BBC’s analysis of incidents between February 2014 and July 2018, at least 31 people have been killed and dozens more injured. These are the incidents the BBC was able to verify, many more have been reported. Many of the false rumours warn people that there are child abductors in their towns, driving locals to target innocent men who are not known to the community. A total of 25 men, 4…

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Allama Mashriqi on Democracy and the Poor

Allama Mashriqi, a world-famous mathematician and Islamic scholar, was a humanist, reformer, and a revolutionary. Instead of following a more academic path, he chose to enter politics in British Indiato empowerand liberate the suffering masses. Mashriqi influenced millions of his followers and supporters and his admirers could be found around the world – from Asia to Europe to Africa and America. Mashriqi was not supportive of the prevailing form of democracy, as he felt that it represented the interests of the wealthy few, instead of the majority. Despite tremendous advancements…

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India plans full-spectrum exercise to check coastal security response

Early next year, India will conduct its first full-spectrum test of coastal security, an operation code-named Exercise Sea Vigil, which will test the response of nine different stakeholders and agencies as it ascertains India’s preparedness to deal with attacks such as the one by terrorists on several locations in Mumbai on November 26, 2008 . The exercise will test response, reaction time and coordination between agencies to deal with incoming threats simultaneously across both the eastern and western seaboard, a senior official of the ministry of defence said on condition…

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Cleric known as ‘Taliban’s father’ has been killed in his home town of Rawalpindi

The Pakistani cleric Maulana Sami ul-Haq, known as the Father of the Taliban, has been killed in his home town of Rawalpindi. Local media quoted his family members as saying that he was stabbed to death. But other reports say he was shot dead. The motive for the attack is unclear. Haq was the head of the Haqqania madrassa in the north of Pakistan, where many Taliban members – including the group’s founder, Mullah Omar – had studied. Afghan officials had recently asked the cleric, believed to have been in…

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‘Court in Bangladesh doubles ex-PM Zia’s jail term’

A court in Bangladesh has doubled the jail term of former prime minister Khaleda Zia for graft, her lawyers say. According to the defense attorneys, Bangladesh’s High Court increased Zia’s sentence from five years in jail to 10 years on Tuesday. Zia was jailed in February after being convicted along with her son and aides of embezzling 253,000 dollars in foreign donations received by an orphanage trust set up when she was last prime minister — from 2001 to 2006. Zia has denied any wrongdoing. The first court ruling in the…

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Sri Lanka’s ousted PM resists presidential eviction order

Political crisis has deepened in Sri Lanka as the country’s sacked prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, defies a presidential order to step down and move out of his official residence. n Sunday, Wickremesinghe ignored the eviction order issued by Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and defiantly called for a crisis meeting with political allies as a thousand supporters had gathered outside his residence. Officials said police would then seek a court order to evict Wickremesinghe from the residence. Sirisena appointed Mahinda Rajapaksa as the new prime minister on Friday after sacking…

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