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Pakistani Artistes’ Agents demand Payment in ‘black’ in India, says a Report

The insistence for payment in black money also violates Service Tax and Income Tax laws

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New Delhi, Nov 16, 2016: Agents of Pakistani artistes like Fawad Khan, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Shafaqat Amanat Ali, Mawra Hocane and Imran Abbas Naqvi are involved in black money transactions in India, a sting by Hindi news channel News18 India has alleged.

The news channel’s sting report comes days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 8 announced the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes to curb black money in India.

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The sting operation, carried out by News18 India over a fortnight ago in New Delhi and Mumbai, was aired on Tuesday night.

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According to a statement issued by the channel, undercover reporters caught on camera the “agents of the Pakistani artistes” demanding majority of their fee in black. The fee was for appearance in wedding ceremonies.

While a few demanded part of the fee in cash, others wanted it transferred to their bank accounts in Australia or Dubai, the statement alleged.

The formal contract, however, reflected a paltry sum as compared to the amount agreed upon, the News18 India statement read.

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As per the sting, Fawad’s manager demanded Rs 50 lakh for a two-hour appearance. He demanded that the payment should be made in black and white. The black money component was to be 25 per cent of the deal amount and the rest was to be transferred to the actor’s UAE-based bank account, the statement alleged.

Singers Shafqat Amanat Ali’s manager and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s representative demanded Rs 35 lakh and Rs 65 lakh respectively. Whereas, the former’s contract showed just Rs 8 lakh, the latter’s showed Rs 23 lakh, including taxes, News18 India said.

Actor Imran’s manager demanded Rs 35 lakh for a performance, with Rs 32 lakh to be paid in black while the contract was to reflect a fee of just Rs 300,000.

Mawra’s Pakistan-based manager demanded Rs 50 lakh for a two-hour appearance and asked for Rs 25 lakh in cash to be paid to her contact in Mumbai. The rest was to be transferred to her Australian bank account, the channel statement said.

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News18 India said that since all the Pakistani artistes come to India on a work permit obtained through the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) for professional engagement, these activities violate statutory laws.

The insistence for payment in black money also violates Service Tax and Income Tax laws.

The details of the sting operation could not be independently verified. (IANS)

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Islamic Custom ‘Nikah Halala’ Practices Sexual and Financial Exploitation of Women

Nikah Halala is the practice imposed on the woman of marrying another man for a night

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Muslim Women are exploited through Islamic custom called Nikah Halala. Wikimedia
  • Another Islamic custom called Nikah Halala has come under criticism in the media
  • The custom is said to practice financial and sexual exploitation of women
  • Through Nikah Halala, a woman can remarry her ex-husband after marrying another man and spending a night with him 

August 20, 2017: At a time when the customary practices of Islam are questioned worldwide and triple talaq is a contentious issue in the country, another Islamic custom, called Nikah Halala, has made it to the spotlights from the media.

It was a sting operation done by India Today that revealed to the country this shocking practice in the Islamic world. Divorced women are taken advantage of in return for Nikah Halala, the tradition which lets a woman remarry her husband.

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The Islamic scholars and maulanas extort money from the divorced women.

It should be noted that Nikah Halala does not feature anywhere in the Shariah or the Quran. These are constructions of religious leaders to benefit themselves by fooling innocent people.

This is what the Maulanas preach as Nikah Halala.

In order for a divorced woman to marry her ex-husband again, she has to marry another man, spend one night with him, then divorce him the next day. This will “allow” the divorced woman to remarry.

Nikah Halala, hence, is the practice imposed on the woman of marrying another man for a night. Why this practice is absolutely derogatory and absurd is thus obvious. This idea coming from the religious scholars and maulanas who have all the power to influence people in masses is dangerous to the well-being of the Islamic community.

These maualans have distorted what Islam says about divorce. The period of Iddah which is the phase of man and woman living separately before the divorce has been preached differently to exploit women sexually and financially.

Over time, the marriage in the Nikah Halala has been skipped and only one night stands are made permissible to get a quick acceptance for remarriage.

The maulanas have very cunningly taken advantage of women who would do and believe anything to save their marriage from havoc. The Muslim woman makes the choice of spending a night with a total stranger than inviting criticism and remarks on her family from her neighbours and community.

Muslim women also rank low on literacy rate and hence it is usually a terrible thought for them to leave their husbands and survive alone.

But with the Sting Operation showing that such practices have taken place, it is now time for the government to act. Solid actions need to be adopted by the government to save the girls of the country from these monsters operating in the name of religion.

– Prepared by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394


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Raja Chari: Indian American Astronaut chosen by NASA

Raja Chari, an American of Indian descent, has been chosen by NASA as one of the 12 astronauts for a new space mission.

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  • Raja Chari is an American of Indian descent chosen by NASA for the new batch of astronauts
  • Currently, he is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force
  • Chari will have to go through two years of astronaut training which begins in August

June 06, 2017: NASA has chosen 12 astronauts out of a record-breaking 18,300 applications for upcoming space missions. An American of Indian descent, Raja Chari, has successfully earned his spot in the top 12.

The astronauts were selected on the basis of expertise, education, and physical tests. This batch of 12 astronauts is the largest group selected by NASA since two decades. The group consisting of 7 men and 5 women surpassed the minimum requirements of NASA.

Born in Waterloo, Iowa, Chari graduated from Air Force Academy in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in Astronautical Engineering and Engineering Science. He went on to complete his master’s in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The astronaut is also a graduate of US Naval Test Pilot School.

Currently, Raja Chari is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force. He is the commander of 461st Flight Test Squadron and director of the F-35 Integrated Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

After Late Kalpana Chawla, Lt. Col. Raja Chari is the second Indian American astronaut chosen by NASA.

The 12 astronauts will have to go through two years of training. Upon completion, they will be assigned their missions ranging from research at the International Space Station, launching from American soil on spacecraft by private companies, to flying on deep space missions on NASA’s Orion Spacecraft.

The US Vice-President Mike Pence visited the Johnson Space Centre in Houston to announce and congratulate the new batch. Pence also said that President Trump is “fully committed” to NASA’s missions in space.

by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2393

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Over 5,000 Plant Varieties in Last 3 Years sent in by Tribal Farmers to protect the species : Minister

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New Delhi, June 8, 2017: Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh on Wednesday said tribal farmers submitted more than 5,000 plant varieties in last three years through Krishi Vigyan Kendras for registration at the Protection of Plant Variety and Farmers Rights Authority.

It will play an important role in the development of climate resilient and sustainable varieties in future, he said at the National Workshop on Empowerment of Farmers of Tribal Areas here.

“New technological innovations in agriculture must reach to the fields of tribal areas but before taking such steps we must keep in mind the unique conditions of these areas, which are the gift of nature and therefore, we should promote natural farming in those areas,” he said, as per an official release. (IANS)

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