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Muslim student confronts Indian teacher for calling him a ‘terrorist’

On Monday, a Muslim student at the Manipal University in India’s Karnataka lashed out at a teacher who allegedly called him a “terrorist” during class, the Indian media reported. The 45-second video of the incident, which is being widely circulated on social media, shows a young man confronting the professor in a classroom full of students. The professor later clarified that he had passed the remarks “as a joke”, to which the student replied: “26/11 is not funny, being Muslim and facing such things in this country is not funny.”

UK backs India for permanent seat at UN Security Council

The United Kingdom supports Germany, Brazil, India and African representation as the permanent members of 'reformed United Nations Security Council(UNSC)'. Speaking at UN General Assembly meet on UNSC reforms, UK's permanent representative to UN Dame Barbara Woodward said, "We support the creation of new permanent seats for India, Japan, Germany, Brazil, as well as permanent African representation on the Council."

Indian held for fake ballot papers during Nepal Elections

On Wednesday, it emerged that a 40-year-old Indian national was arrested in Nepal on charges of carrying some 15,000 fake ballot papers. A team of Nepal Police arrested Izaajat Ahmed from Jagannathpur Rural Municipality of Parsa district in southern Nepal. The Himalayan country is going for elections for the federal Parliament as well as the provincial assemblies on November 20.

India’s population growth slows as world reaches 8 billion

On Nov 15, according to a report, as the global population reached 8 billion, India experienced a marked slowdown. Falling fertility rates in the South Asian country forced at least one state to consider reviewing policies that encouraged families not to go beyond having two children. According to the United Nations, India would become the most populous country in 2023.

India installs quadcopter jammers to protect military

  As per the reports, the Indian Army installed quadcopter jammers to protect military bases from Pakistani drones. This installation is India's latest strategic defence development to protect military bases near the Pakistani borders. Moreover, the Indian Army called this move a 'security challenge' against Pakistani drones.

Rain threat looms over Pakistan-India T20 World Cup clash

According to the reports, the much-anticipated T20 World Cup clash between Pakistan and India on Sunday (Oct 23) could become a casualty of bad weather. According to Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology, there are 95 percent chances of rain in Melbourne on Oct 23, most likely in the afternoon and evening. The match is scheduled to start at 7 pm (Australia time) and 1 pm (PST).

UN chief chides India over human rights offenses

On Wednesday, UN chief Antonio Guterres chided India during a visit over its human rights record. “As an elected member of the Human Rights Council, India has a responsibility to shape global human rights, and to protect and promote the rights of all individuals, including members of minority communities,” Guterres said in a speech in Mumbai.

India’s Bumrah out of South Africa T20s

It emerged that India’s Jasprit Bumrah had been ruled out of the remaining two matches against South Africa due to a back injury. As per reports, his entry remains doubtful for the T20 World Cup starting next month. “He is out of the remaining two matches due to a back injury,” a senior official of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) laid bare. “He awaits scan reports for his participation in the T20 World Cup, so fingers crossed.” According to reports in the Indian media, the pace bowler had a stress fracture of the back and would miss the plane to Australia.

India appoints retired General Anil Chauhan as defense chief

On Wednesday, the Indian government stated that it had appointed Anil Chauhan as its defence chief. Chauhan succeeded Bipin Rawat, who died in a helicopter crash along with 13 others last December. Chauhan, 61, served as a lieutenant general before retiring in May 2021, after commanding the Indian army’s eastern division. "He will also function as secretary to the department of military affairs once he takes charge," the government said in a statement.

Pakistan slams India for arrests of Islamic scholars

Islamabad: On September 18, Pakistan condemned the arbitrary arrests and illegal detention of prominent Islamic scholars in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement. The arrested scholars include Maulana Abdul Rasheed Dawoodi, Maulana Mushtaq Ahmed Veeri, and five members of Jamaat-e-Islami. "These deplorable actions only days ahead of the UN General Assembly session manifest India’s growing intransigence, and utter disregard of human rights and fundamental freedoms," the ministry stated.

India’s Modi criticizes Putin over Ukraine war

Samarkand: On September 16, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told Russian President Vladimir Putin that now was not the time for war. He directly assailed the Kremlin chief in public over the nearly seven-month-long conflict in Ukraine. "I know that today's era is not an era of war, and I have spoken to you on the phone about this," Modi told Putin at a televised meeting in the ancient Uzbek Silk Road city of Samarkand.

India sacks officers for firing missile into Pakistan

New Delhi: On Tuesday, the Indian Air Force said that the government had sacked three officers for "accidentally" firing a missile into Pakistan in March. "A Court of Inquiry, set up to establish the facts of the case, including fixing responsibility for the incident, found that deviation from the Standard Operating Procedures by three officers led to the accidental firing of the missile," the air force said in a statement.

India’s top court to hear petition in Bilkis Bano case

New Delhi: On August 23, it emerged that India's Supreme Court would hold a hearing on a petition challenging the release last week of 11 Hindu men. These men were convicted of the gang rape of a pregnant Muslim woman, Bilkis Bano, during Hindu-Muslim riots in 2002 in Gujarat. Dozens of women in Mumbai protested on Tuesday against their release and carried placards demanding justice for the victim.

Asia Cup: India and Pakistan to clash on Aug 28

On Tuesday, arch-rivals Pakistan and India would clash in an Asia Cup blockbuster in Dubai on Aug. 28, the organizers announced on Tuesday. Bilateral cricket remains suspended between the two countries who play each other only in multi-team tournaments. A day after Sri Lanka takes on Afghanistan in the opener, India and Pakistan will lock horns in the tournament’s most anticipated match.

Pak vs Ind: India restricts Pakistan to 99

Birmingham: On Sunday, an all-around bowling performance from India restricted Pakistan to a paltry 99 runs in their second match of the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham. Pakistan won the toss and decided to bat first, which the Indian bowlers took advantage of and bowled out the Green Shirts for 99. Meghna Singh gave India an early breakthrough as she sent Iram Javed back to the pavilion for a duck.

US Congresswoman designates India as “country of a particular concern”

According to information released on Thursday, US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives condemning abuses of religious liberty and human rights in India and urging Secretary of State Antony Blinken to designate India as a "country of particular concern." According to the US Congress website, the resolution was submitted on Tuesday and is co-sponsored by representatives Rashida Talib and Juan Vargas. It used the conclusions and recommendations of a report by the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom as the foundation for its justifications for designating India as a nation of special concern (USCIRF).  

‘India unleashed brute state apparatus to browbeat Muslims’: PM Sharif

Islamabad: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has censured the Indian government over the ongoing brutality and state oppression against the Muslims of India. The situation became worst as they staged protests against BJP leaders' sacrilegious remarks against Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). "India is working on a plan to 'further marginalize' the Indian Muslims on political, economic, and cultural grounds, but the face of New Delhi's so-called 'democracy' is exposed to the world," the premier wrote on Twitter.

Indian Muslim activist’s house demolished

It was reported on Sunday that the civic authorities in Uttar Pradesh’s Prayagraj demolished the house of Welfare Party of India activist Javed Mohammed. The authorities claimed that the house was an illegal construction. The Prayagraj Development Authority also alleged that it had given a show-cause notice to Mohammed, on May 10 but Mohammed's daughter, Somaiya Fatima, rubbished off all the false allegations.

Shahrukh Khan and Katrina Kaif test positive for Covid-19

According to the Hindustan Times, Bollywood actors Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif have tested positive for Covid-19. The actors are the most recent celebrities to get the virus, having been seen at ace filmmaker Karan Johar's 50th birthday party last month. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee verified Khan's positive test for Covid. The senator wished the Zero star a speedy recovery after rumours surfaced that he had tested positive for Covid-19.  

Pakistan slams BJP for remarks against Holy Prophet (PBUH)

President Dr. Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif have strongly condemned recent insulting remarks about the Holy Prophet (PBUH) made by two leaders of India's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). "I strongly condemn the hurtful remarks made by India's BJP leader on our dear Prophet (PBUH). India under Modi is trampling religious freedoms and persecuting Muslims, as I have frequently stated." In a tweet on Sunday, the prime minister stated, "The world should take notice and severely reprimand India."  

‘Indian policies discriminate against Muslims’: US State Dpt

On Friday, the US State Department said that 2021 was a year of attacks on the minority communities in India, especially Muslims. The annual report was published by Secretary of State Antony Blinken which comprised separate chapters about the state of religious freedom and violations in all countries. “Attacks included incidents of ‘cow vigilantism’ against non-Hindus based on allegations of cow slaughter or trade of beef,” said the India section of the report.

Gyanvapi Masjid targeted by Hindus, court orders survey

On Thursday, a Varanasi court ordered that the survey of the Gyanvapi mosque be completed and a report submitted by May 17. The order came a day after a petition calling for the removal of the court-appointed Advocate Commissioner in charge of the survey. "The court has directed to undertake a comprehensive survey and provide a detailed report on May 17 for the next hearing of the matter," said Subhash Nandan Chatterjee, one of the petitioners' lawyers. The court ordered the district administration not to postpone the survey under any circumstances.  

Pakistan rejects Indian propaganda on misuse of Kartarpur Corridor

Islamabad: On Sunday, Pakistan categorically dismissed the "malicious Indian propaganda regarding the alleged use of the Kartarpur Corridor for business meetings". In a statement, Foreign Office spokesperson Asim Iftikhar Ahmad said: "it is obvious that this concoction is part of India’s deliberate smear campaign seeking to undermine Pakistan’s historic initiative of opening the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor for Sikh pilgrims from India and around the world". “Pakistan accords the highest primacy to the rights of the minorities. Sanctity of religious places and revered sites of every community is ensured in Pakistan,” Iftekhar added.

India, World Bank consider $2 billion for Sri Lanka

Colombo: On April 22, Sri Lanka's finance minister said that its neighbour India and the World Bank were considering extending about $2 billion in bridge finance. The decision is taken outrightly so Sri Lanka can continue essential imports. "Talks with the World Bank have also been very positive," Ali Sabry said, adding: "In the next four weeks to six months we expect about $500 million from them, which will be partly used to provide direct cash transfers to the poor".

Britain and India aim for free trade

New Delhi: On April 22, Britain and India agreed to beef up defense and business cooperation during a visit to New Delhi by Boris Johnson. Boris said that the bilateral free-trade deal could be wrapped up by October. On his first visit to the Indian capital as UK's prime minister, he discussed with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi strategies to boost security ties with India. India's foreign secretary, Harsh Vardhan Shringla, said that Johnson did not put pressure on Modi over New Delhi's position on Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Int’l Community should hold India accountable: Foreign Office

On April 18, the Foreign Office on Monday vehemently condemned the recent rampage of targeted attacks against the Muslim community by "fanatic Hindu mobs" in various Indian states. It called the international community to hold the country accountable "for its gross and widespread human rights violations". "This incident has re-kindled the horrific memories of the Delhi pogrom of February 2020, which was aimed to discriminate, dispossess and dehumanize the Muslim community," the FO said.

Pakistan seeks peaceful relations with India: PM Shehbaz Sharif

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has informed his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi of his desire for amicable relations with India. In a letter to Prime Minister Modi, PM Shehbaz, who was sworn in earlier this week, expressed Pakistan's desire for peaceful relations with India. The letter was written in response to an Indian leader's message congratulating PM Shehbaz on his win in the National Assembly. According to sources, PM Shehbaz told his Indian counterpart that Islamabad wishes to resolve all concerns with New Delhi, including Kashmir.    

Parents of Indian journalist killed in Afghanistan start legal action against Taliban

New Delhi: On March 22, it was reported that the parents of Indian journalist Danish Siddiqui, who was killed in a Taliban attack in Afghanistan last year, began legal action at the International Criminal Court (ICC) against the Islamist group. Siddiqui was embedded with Afghan special forces when killed on July 16 during a failed attempt by government troops to retake Spin Boldak. His lawyer, Avi Singh, told that Siddiqui's parents were seeking legal action against six leaders, and other unidentified commanders of the Taliban, for being a photojournalist and an Indian national.

Russia must adhere to UN Charter: UK, India

London: On March 22, it was reported that in a joint call, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that Russia must adhere to the United Nations Charter. According to a readout provided by Johnson's office, "The pair agreed that Ukraine’s integrity and territorial sovereignty must be respected," a statement issued by Johnson's office following the call said. Johnson also said both countries required to enhance efforts to promote peace and de-escalation in the region

India “somewhat shaky” over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine: Biden

As India looks to balance its relations with Russia and the West, US President Joe Biden has stated that India is the only country in the quad group of countries that is "slightly wobbly" as a result of its passivity in response to Russia's war on Ukraine. "We have presented a united front throughout NATO and in the Pacific in response to his aggression," Biden said at a business gathering on Monday, alluding to Russian President Vladimir Putin.