Kejriwal's Delhi Minority Commission Chief Zafarul-Islam Khan threatens to raise Indian Muslims' 'plight' with Arab world


Kejriwal's Delhi Minority Commission Chief Zafarul-Islam Khan threatens to raise Indian Muslims' 'plight' with Arab world

On Tuesday, in remarks that are certainly going to cause political fissures, Delhi’s Minority Commission Chairman Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan wrote a note slamming ‘Hindutva’ bigots and claimed that Indians Muslims had ‘opted out of complaining to Arab and Muslim world’.

Even as the AAP government, led by Arvind Kejriwal appeared to have learnt the virtues of reciting Hanuman Chalisa, Delhi’s Minority Commission Chairman appeared to suggest that Indian Muslims should complain to ‘Arab and Muslim world’.

He also praised Dr Zakir Naik and wrote in a post:
hank you Kuwait for standing with the Indian Muslims! The Hindutva bigots calculated that given the huge economic stakes involved the Muslim and Arab world will not care about the persecution of Muslims in India.

The bigots forgot that Indian Muslims enjoy huge goodwill in the eyes of the Arab and Muslim world for their services over centuries to Islamic causes, excellence in Islamic and Arabic scholarship, cultural and civilisational gifts to world heritage. Names like Shah Waliullah Dehlavi, Iqbal, Abul Hasan Nadwi, Wahiduddin Khan, Zakir Naik and many others are respected household names in the Arab and Muslim world.

Mind you, bigots, Indian Muslims have opted until now not to complain to the Arab and Muslim world about your hate campaigns and lynchings and riots. The day they are pushed to do that, bigots will face an avalanche.

Dr Zafarul-Islam KhanChairman, Delhi Minorities Commission

Zakir Naik is currently absconding from India and is in Malaysia. Considered an exponent of Salafi ideology, his teachings ‘inspired’ Dhaka attackers. His preaching is banned in India, Bangladesh, Canada, UK and Malaysia. His Peace TV is also banned in most countries.Naik has rather problematic views on several things including domestic violence and considers it a right for a husband to discipline his wife.


Shazia Ilmi

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The Delhi Minorities Commision head, Zafarul Islam has not substantiated his bigoted tirade with any fact where any Govt officer/DM/Police /Doctor/ BDO or anyone from Govt machinery has discriminated against Muslims.This bigot must resign immediately @BJP4India @AamAadmiParty

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Barkha Shukla Singh
@barkhasingh45
यह महाशय @AAPDelhi minority comm. के अधक्ष हैं और हिंदुओं को खुले आम धमकी दे रहें हैं । यह होते कौन हैं 110crore हिंदुओं को सज़ा दिलाने वाले। ज़ाकिर नाइक जैसे देश द्रोही इन्हें respected आदमी नज़र आते हैं । @ArvindKejriwalजी ऐसे लोगों को आप अध्यक्ष बनाते हैं ?? Shame! @BJP4Delhi

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A criminal complaint was also filed.


Vibhor Anand ????????
@vibhor_anand
Criminal Case under sections 124A/153A/295A/505 IPC and section 66A of  IT Act filed with @CPDelhi against @khan_zafarul for his seditious and criminal Facebook post against Hindus... 

I request everyone to tag @CPDelhi and tweet #ArrestZafarul 

RT Max Please...

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Incidentally, Kuwait has become the latest country to back India after a number of fake Twitter handles posting as Middle Eastern Royals had accused the Indian government of acute Islamophobia.

According to a report in The Economic Times, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Anurag Srivastava told media persons that the Government of Kuwait was deeply committed to friendly relations with India.

For the past fortnight, a number of fake Twitter handles, posing to be members of Arabic Royalties, posting anti-India rhetoric, has raised concerns in New Delhi.

Who is Dr Zaraful-Islam Khan?

Dr. Zafarul-Islam Khan is a senior journalist, scholar and author of over 50 books in English, Urdu and Arabic. He studied in India, Egypt and UK. He worked in Egypt, Libya and UK. He was the Chief Editor of The Milli Gazettee from its inception in January 2000 to December 2016. He was President for three terms of the All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat (AIMMM), the umbrella body of Indian Muslim organizations. He is Chairman of Charity Alliance which is doing charitable work among some of the most disadvantaged people in places like Murshidabad and Muzaffarnagar. He has attended dozens of conferences across the world and has delivered keynote addresses in many Indian and foreign universities. He organized a number of international conferences in London and Delhi including the International Dialogue between Islam & Oriental Religions in February 2010 at Delhi which was inaugurated by Hon’ble Vice-President Mr. Hamid Ansari. Dr. Khan frequently appears on top Indian and foreign TV channels on issues related to the Subcontinent and the Muslim World. He was appointed as the Chairman of Delhi Minorities Commission on 15th July 2017 for a three year term. Along with the two other members of the Commission, he assumed charge on 20th July 2017.




'Had slept off in Bangalore, woke up in Cherrapunji': Twitter after unseasonal Bengaluru rains


'Had slept off in Bangalore, woke up in Cherrapunji': Twitter after unseasonal Bengaluru rains

On Thursday morning, Bengaluru woke up to thunder, lightning and heavy rain, which lasted for more than an hour in some parts of the city.

Taking to Twitter, netizens expressed their worry about the implications of the unexpected showers. Soon after, #BangaloreRains started trending and some of the tweets doing the rounds are hilarious.

One user said, "Woke up today with much a lesser appreciation for rains than I usually have." Another user said, "Had slept off in Bangalore, woke up in Cherrapunji‎."

Here's what Twitterati had to say:


Himansu Varghese
@varghesehimansu
Woke up today with much a lesser appreciation for rains than I usually have.#BangaloreRains #ParasiteMovie

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Sneha Ambekar
@snehaambekar
Beautiful morning in Bangalore!! Woke up to Thunder Showers!! #BangaloreRains

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Priya.Balakumar
@Priyabk73
what a glorious morning!! ?ah the old Bangalore! no cacophony of vehicles only sound of pure rain #BangaloreRains

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Sandeep Nandlal
@ishsagar
The Morning Rain in Bangalore #BangaloreRains

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Chethana
@Tall_Dreams
When it has rained all night & you wake up to a pouring morning...

Nature wants you to tuck in and get cozy with that special one.#BangaloreRains

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Alok singh chauhan
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Smell of the soil after the rain is so sweet ????????#BangaloreRains

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NKunjwal
@nkunjwal1
And it continues ???? #BangaloreRains #Bengaluru #nammabengaluru #StayHome

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Manish Raj Srivastav
@saddaaindia
In this boring lockdown here come Bangalore rains to bring smiles back and add joy in our lives. A beautiful Friday morning, a perfect setup for Weekend. #BangaloreRains

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On Thursday night, a road caved-in near Kaggere area after heavy rainfall in Bengaluru, reported news agency ANI. Photos shared by ANI shows massive damage to the road, vehicles that were parked adjacent to the houses on both sides of the street.


ANI

@ANI
Bengaluru: Road cave-in near Kaggere after heavy rain last night#Karnataka

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Shashi Tharoor’s Word of the Week: Gonzo – what exactly does it mean?


Shashi Tharoor’s Word of the Week: Gonzo – what exactly does it mean?

On Friday, the nation’s self-christened and self-appointed English teacher gave us a new word – gonzo!

The man who used the most memorable phrase in English by an Indian when he wrote 'Exasperating farrago of distortions, misrepresentations an outright lies being broadcast by an unprincipled showman masquerading as a journalist (sic)', has taken his role as the nation's teacher seriously.

On Friday, he tweeted, describing 'you-know-who'.


Shashi Tharoor

@ShashiTharoor
Word of the Week: Indian media has become the preserve of the gonzo journalist!

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The word isn’t of particularly old vintage and was probably conceived in 1971 by the father of gonzo journalism Hunter S Thompson.

But first the etymology of Tharoor’s word: “1971, American English, in Hunter S. Thompson's phrase gonzo journalism. Thompson in 1972 said he got it from editor Bill Cardosa and explained it as "some Boston word for weird, bizarre." Probably from Italian (Neapolitan) gonzo "rude, sottish," a word of unknown origin, perhaps from Spanish ganso and ultimately from the Germanic word for "goose" (see goose (n.)).”

The word like much of the English language, borrows from Italian, Spanish and Germanic.

Current definition according Merriam-Webster:

“1: of, relating to, or being a style of journalism marked by a lack of objectivity due to the writer's immersion in the subject and often participation in the activity being.” 

2 informal

a: outlandishly unconventional, outrageous, or extreme

b: very strange or unusual

The term is now used across genres like gonzo pornography or gonzo comedy.

What exactly is gonzo journalism?

Simply put, a style of journalism which has no pretence of objectivity like You Know Who. The story is told as a first-person narrative. The author is not only the protagonist, but it draws its power from social critique and self-satire, eschewing the journalistic worldview that the reporter should never be part of the story.

While the tricycle rule states that a journalism should never become part of the story, that is never be seen riding the tricycle after shooting a children’s day event, gonzo journalism not only has the reporter riding the tricycle but probably takes it through burning hoops.

Describing the genre, it’s pater said in 1973: “"If I'd written the truth I knew for the past ten years, about 600 people—including me—would be rotting in prison cells from Rio to Seattle today. Absolute truth is a very rare and dangerous commodity in the context of professional journalism."

Who was Hunter S Thompson?

An American journalist and author, Thomson was memorably played by Johnny Depp in The Rum Diary. He became famous with the publication of Hell’s Angels, though he sadly became too famous in the upcoming years.

Known for his contempt for authoritarianism, love for firearms and alcohol and narcotics, he famously said: “I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me."

He ultimately committed suicide at 67 and his ashes were fired out a cannon in a ceremony funded by Johnny Depp. The funeral was attended by several famous people and friends including John Kerry and Jack Nicholson.




'Arnab Goswami is not a journalist': One of the accused who attacked Republic TV's editor-in-chief


'Arnab Goswami is not a journalist': One of the accused who attacked Republic TV's editor-in-chief

On Thursday, two people were arrested for attacking Republic TV editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami and his wife. A video of the two attackers boarding a police jeep was shared by ANI editor Smita Prakash.

In the video, one of the two attackers can be heard saying, "He is not a journalist, first of all, you should know it”.


Smita Prakash

@smitaprakash
One of the two attackers while boarding the police jeep last night, says about Arnab “he is not a journalist, first of all you should know it”. As if that justifies accosting any citizen and his wife, throwing ink (probably) on his car.

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While sharing the video, Smita Prakash, said, "as if that justifies accosting any citizen and his wife, throwing ink (probably) on his car."

Goswami in his complaint to the police has alleged that he and his wife were attacked by Youth Congress workers when they were driving back home from Republic TV Headquarters in Worli.

In a video posted after the alleged attack, Goswami said he was told by his security guards that the attackers were Youth Congress workers. There was no confirmation of the same by either police or the Congress party youth outfit. Goswami said the attack comes after he questioned Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi over her silence on the

Palghar incident. On April 16, three persons, including two sadhus, were lynched. Goswami had said Sonia Gandhi would not have remained silent if Christian padres were the victims. Goswami was criticised for his comments on Gandhi.




Congress's Sanjay Jha says Arnab Goswami had begged to get an exclusive byte of Sonia Gandhi


Congress's Sanjay Jha says Arnab Goswami had begged to get an exclusive byte of Sonia Gandhi

On Thursday, Congress leader Sanjay Jha said that Arnab Goswami when he was working with Times Now had begged to get an exclusive byte of Congress Interim President Sonia Gandhi.

Taking to Twitter, Sanjay Jha wrote: "When he was in Times Now after one of our TV debates, Arnab Goswami begged of me to get an exclusive byte of Mrs Sonia Gandhi. I didn’t say yes or no because that was not my decision. But here’s the catch, Arnab promised to change his trajectory in return. More in my book."


Sanjay Jha

@JhaSanjay
When he was in Times Now after one of our TV debates, #ArnabGoswami begged of me to  get an exclusive byte of Mrs Sonia Gandhi. I didn’t say yes or no because that was not my decision. But here’s the catch, Arnab promised to change his trajectory in return. 

More in my book.

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Arnab Goswami had accused Congress Interim President Sonia Gandhi of being silent on the mob lynching incident which took place in Maharashtra's Palghar on the night of April 16. In a TV debate, Goswami said that Sonia Gandhi would not have remained silent if Christian padres would have been the victims.

On Thursday, Two persons were arrested on Thursday morning for allegedly attacking Republic TV editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami and his wife in Mumbai. Goswami in his complaint to the police has alleged that he and his wife were attacked by Youth Congress workers when they were driving back home from the Republic TV Headquarters in Worli.




Coronavirus update: Bangladesh government to extend shutdown as COVID-19 situation worsens


Coronavirus update: Bangladesh government to extend shutdown as COVID-19 situation worsens

Dhaka: The Bangladesh government has decided to further extend the ongoing shutdown as the COVID-19 situation has worsened in the country.

"We've decided to extend the nationwide shutdown of offices and workplaces to May 5," State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain said on Wednesday.

He said his Ministry will soon issue a circular in this regard, report bdnews24.

Bangladesh on April 10 extended the lockdown to April 25.

To combat the spread of the COVID-19, Bangladesh had earlier declared a 10-day lockdown effective from March 26 to April 4.

Later, the government extended it to April 14.

Health officials on Wednesday confirmed another 10 deaths from COVID-19, bringing the total number of fatalities in the country since March 18 to 120.

Also 390 more people have tested positive for the virus, bringing the total confirmed cases in the country to 3,772.

 
 
 



Yogi Adityanath's father Anand Singh Bisht passes away at AIIMS hospital


Yogi Adityanath's father Anand Singh Bisht passes away at AIIMS hospital

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's father Anand Singh Bisht passed away on Monday morning at AIIMS Hospital in Delhi due to multiorgan failure.


Kanchan Srivastava

@Ms_Aflatoon
#UttarPradesh 

CM @myogiadityanath 's father Shri Anand Singh Bisht passed away this morning due to multiorgan failure at AIIMS Delhi. 

Deepest condolences ????

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"CM Yogi Adityanath's father left for his heavenly abode at 10.44 am. Our deepest condolences," said State Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish K Awasthi.

Bisht was in a critical condition and he was admitted to AIIMS on March 15. He was suffering from kidney and liver ailment and was treated by doctors from the gastrology department.

On Sunday his health condition worsened and he had to be put on a ventilator. Apparently, he underwent dialysis on Sunday and was shifted to ICU ward later.




Palghar Sadhu lynchings: Yogi Adityanath asks Uddhav Thackeray to take strict action against accused


Palghar Sadhu lynchings: Yogi Adityanath asks Uddhav Thackeray to take strict action against accused

On Monday, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that he spoke to his counterpart Uddhav Thackeray last evening regarding the Palghar incident.

Taking to Twitter, Yogi Adityanath said that he has requested to take stringent action against the people who are responsible for the killing of two sadhus. He also said that he was informed by Uddhav Thackeray that some people have been arrested in connection with the incident.


Yogi Adityanath

@myogiadityanath
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पालघर,महाराष्ट्र में हुई जूना अखाड़ा के सन्तों स्वामी कल्पवृक्ष गिरि जी, स्वामी सुशील गिरि जी व उनके ड्राइवर नीलेश तेलगड़े जी की हत्या के सम्बन्ध में कल शाम महाराष्ट्र के मुख्यमंत्री श्री उद्धव ठाकरे जी से बात की और घटना के जिम्मेदार तत्वों के खिलाफ कठोर कार्रवाई हेतु आग्रह किया।


Yogi Adityanath

@myogiadityanath
महाराष्ट्र के माननीय मुख्यमंत्री जी द्वारा यह बताया गया कि कुछ लोग गिरफ्तार कर लिए गए हैं तथा शेष को चिन्हित कर सभी के विरुद्ध कठोर कार्रवाई की जाएगी।

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Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has said stern action will be taken against those involved in the lynching of three men in Palghar district. The state government has ordered a high-level inquiry into the incident that took place on April 16.

"The Palghar incident has been acted upon. The police has arrested all those accused who attacked the 2 sadhus, 1 driver and the police personnel, on the day of the crime itself," Thackeray tweeted late Sunday night.


CMO Maharashtra

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The Palghar incident has been acted upon. The police has arrested all those accused who attacked the 2 sadhus, 1 driver and the police personnel, on the day of the crime itself.


CMO Maharashtra

@CMOMaharashtra
Nobody guilty in this heinous crime and shameful act will be spared and they will be brought to justice in the strongest way possible.

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"Nobody guilty in this heinous crime and shameful act will be spared and they will be brought to justice in the strongest way possible," he added.

According to PTI, the incident took place on April 16 night when three men from Kandivali in Mumbai were going in a car towards Surat in Gujarat to attend a funeral. Their vehicle was stopped near a village in Palghar.

The three were dragged out of their car and beaten to death with sticks by a mob on suspicion that they were thieves. The deceased were identified as Chikne Maharaj Kalpavrukshagiri (70), Sushilgiri Maharaj (35), and their car driver Nilesh Telgade (30).




Kerala Minister says relaxations according to directions, Centre may have sought explanation due to misunderstanding


Kerala Minister says relaxations according to directions, Centre may have sought explanation due to misunderstanding

Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala): After the Centre wrote to Kerala government regarding "dilution of guidelines" issued by Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Kerala Minister Kadakampally Surendran said that relaxations have been given abiding by the direction issued by Central government. He added that the Centre may have asked for an explanation, due to some misunderstanding.

"We have given relaxations abiding by directions issued by the Centre. The Centre may have asked for an explanation, due to some misunderstanding. Once we give an explanation, I hope the issue will be solved. We followed all norms set by the Central government," Surendran said.

 
 

Earlier, the Government of India wrote to the state government, "The Government of Kerala (GoK) vide their order dated April 17 has circulated revised guidelines for lockdown measures. In the said order, the GoK has allowed opening of activities which are prohibited in the order dated April 15 of MHA.

It added, "Such additional activities allowed by GoK, inter alia, includes opening of local workshops; Barber shops; restaurants; book stores; MSMEs in municipal limits; bus travel in the cities/ towns for shorter distance, two passengers in the back seat of four wheeler; pillion riding on scooters. This amounts to dilution of guidelines issued by MHA and violation of MHA Order dated April 15 issued under the Disaster Management Act 2005."

 
 
 



After pizza delivery boy tests COVID-19 positive in Delhi, food ordering set to get stricter amid lockdown


After pizza delivery boy tests COVID-19 positive in Delhi, food ordering set to get stricter amid lockdown

With scores of people in 72 houses in quarantine in Delhi's South District area after a pizza delivery employee tested positive for coronavirus, the question hangs heavy over whether door-to-door deliveries are a new health hazard.

Even though online food delivery applications across the country have started contactless delivery in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak and incumbent social distancing rules, such an incident has become a matter of great concern.

According to a report by Hindustan Times, the norms for food delivery chains are likely to get stringent. BM Mishra, district magistrate of the south Delhi district, stated that employers of these firms must "issue fitness certificates to all its delivery persons and other staff at least once a week after proper health checks".

“All our Covid containment efforts will go in vain if there is no safety mechanism for the thousands of delivery persons operating in the city,” he added.

After the incident, foodtech startup BOX8 with whom the delivery man was employed, stated, "After all precautions and vigilance, in an unfortunate turn of events, a delivery partner of our Malviya Nagar kitchen in South Delhi had tested positive yesterday."

The company also said that their delivery partner is keeping well and getting the required medical attention. "We have shut down the Malviya Nagar Kitchen in South Delhi for the next 14 days."

Online food ordering app Zomato, through which BOX8 sells food, on Thursday, confirmed that a rider from one of its restaurant partners tested positive forACovid-19. It, however, did not name the restaurant.

The online food ordering app further said that all the customers have been contacted, and the restaurant has been shut, effective immediately.

Mishra told IANS that after the incident surfaced, authorities immediately quarantined his 16 colleagues at the outlet and a detailed trail was followed to identify each house where food was delivered by the outlet.

"We have found that 72 houses had taken delivery from that outlet and hence everyone has been told to follow precautionary measures and be under self- quarantine," Mishra told IANS.

Another multi-national pizza outlet, Dominos, has also tried to assure consumers. "We have moved 100% of deliveries to Zero Contact Delivery thereby avoiding any physical contact with the customer. Additionally, all our Safe Delivery Experts are wearing gloves and masks to ensure the safety of our customers," the company said in a statement.

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