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Reward of Rs. 10 lakh announced by Muslim organisation for beheading Tarek Fatah

According to a number of Muslim organisations, Tarek Fatah has been promoting "un-islamic" views in his TV program 'Fateh ki Fatwa'

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Bareilly, March 11, 2017:  A Muslim organisation based in Bareilly has declared a “reward” of Rs 10 lakh to behead Islamic scholar Tarek Fatah for allegedly promoting “un-Islamic” opinions with his TV program.

An immediate ban on ‘Fateh ka Fatwa’, a  television program hosted by Fatah on a private news channel,was also demanded by the All-India Faisan-e-Madina Council.

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According to Moeen Siddique, head of the council, “Tarek Fatah is conspiring to disrupt harmony between Hindus and Muslims. He is as an agent of our enemies. He must be stopped at any cost and our organisation will pay Rs 10,00,786 to any person who will decapitate him.He and his program are being funded by foreign enemies of our country and the government must initiate an inquiry against him.”

Fateh, who is a Canadian national of Pakistani origin, is a well known figure due to his secular views against Islamic fundamentalism.

Siddique feels offended by his claim in his program that wearing a burqa is not required and triple talaq should be termed as ‘haram’. “Muslims must not listen to his advice and come forward against him,” Siddique said.

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Other Muslim social organisations too have  expressed their resentment against Fatah and his views.

Jamat Raza-e-Mustafa, another social organisation that works under the aegis of Dargah-e Ala Hazrat, has written a letter to the President Pranab Mukherjee where it has demanded a ban on Fatah’s television event and his expulsion from the country.

according to the letter sent to the President by the convenor of the Jamat Raza-e-Mustafa, Nasir Qureshi,  “Fatwa is a religious edict, which can only be issued by a recognised Muslim cleric. Fateh is neither a cleric nor he has any knowledge about Quran. His program has hurt the sentiments of the followers of Islam.”

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Both the organisations have also demanded an immediate ban on the private news channel that airs the controversial program.

-prepared by Durba Mandal of NewsGram. Twitter: @dubumerang

 

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Mahalaya: Beginning of “Devipaksha” in Bengali Celebration of ‘Durga Puja’

“Mahalaya” is the auspicious occasion that marks the beginning of “Devipaksha” and the ending of “Pitripaksha” and heralds the celebration of Durga Puja

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Mahalaya morning in Kolkata. Flickr
  • Mahalaya 2017 Date: 19th september.
  • On Mahalaya, people throng to the holy river Ganges in order to pay homage to their ancestors and forefathers; which is called ‘Torpon’
  • Mahalaya remains incomplete without the magical chanting of the scriptural verses from the ‘Chandi Kavya’ that is broadcasted in All India Radio
  • The magic is induced by the popular Birendra Krishna Bhadra whose voice makes the recitation of the “Chandi Kavya” even more magnificent

Sept 19, 2017: Autumn is the season of the year that sees the Hindus, all geared up to celebrate some of the biggest festivals of India. The festive spirit in the Bengalis all enthused to prepare for the greatest of the festivals, the ‘Durga Puja’.

About Mahalaya:

Mahalaya is the auspicious occasion that marks the beginning of “Devipaksha” and the ending of “Pitripaksha,” and this year it is celebrated on September 19.

Observed exactly a week before the ‘Durga Puja’, Mahalaya is the harbinger of the arrival of Goddess Durga. It is celebrated to invoke the goddess possessing supreme power! The goddess is invited to descend on earth and she is welcomed with devotional songs and holy chants of mantras. On this day, the eye is drawn in the idols of the Goddess by the artisans marking the initiation of “Devipaksha”. Mahalaya arrives and the countdown to the Durga Puja begins!

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The day of Mahalaya bears supreme significance to the Bengalis. The day is immensely important because on this day people throng to the holy river Ganges in order to pay homage to their ancestors and forefathers. Clad in white dhotis, people offer prayers and take dips in the river while praying for their demised dear ones. The ritual is popular as “Torpon”.

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An idol-maker in progress of drawing the eye in the idol of the Goddess. Wikipedia

As per Hindu myth, on “Devipaksha”, the Gods and the Goddesses began their preparations to celebrate “Mahamaya” or Goddess Durga, who was brought upon by the trinity- Brahma, Vishnu, and Maheshwara; to annihilate the fierce demon king named Mahishasura. The captivating story of the Goddess defeating the demon got popularized with the goddess being revered as “Durgatinashini” or the one who banishes all the evils and miseries of the world. The victory of the Goddess is celebrated as ‘Durga Puja’.

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Mahalaya remains incomplete without the magical chanting of the scriptural verses from the ‘Chandi Kavya’ that is broadcasted at dawn in All India Radio in the form of a marvelous audio montage enthralling the souls of the Bengalis. Presented with wonderful devotional music, acoustic drama, and classical songs- the program is also translated to Hindi and played for the whole pan-Indian listeners.

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Birendra Krishna Bhadra (1905-1991). Wikipedia

The program is inseparable from Mahalaya and has been going on for over six decades till date. The magic is induced by the popular Birendra Krishna Bhadra whose voice makes the recitation of the “Chandi Kavya” even more magnificent! He has been a legend and the dawn of Mahalaya turns insipid without the reverberating and enchanting voice of the legendary man.

Mahalaya will keep spreading the magic and setting the vigor of the greatest festival of the Bengalis- the Durga Puja, to worship the supreme Goddess, eternally.

                 “Yaa Devi Sarbabhuteshu, Shakti Rupena Sanhsthita,

                     Namastaswai Namastaswai Namastaswai Namo Namaha.”

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Aide to Chota Shakeel Nabbed by Police, was Planning to Kill Pakistan-born Canadian writer Tarek Fatah

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Tarek Fatah, a renowned writer condemns some practices of Islam. Wikimedia
  • Chota Shakeel is a well-known confidant of the fugitive don Dawood Ibrahim
  • Police have recently nabbed Chota Shakeel’s aide who is accused of planning the assassination of Tarek Fatah
  • Tarek Fatah is a prolific Pakistan-born Canadian writer who is famous for being vocal against terrorist ideologies and criticizing hardliners

New Delhi, July 09, 2017: The fugitive don Dawood Ibrahim’s well-known confidant, Chota Shakeel, and his close aide were planning to assassinate the prolific Pakistan-born Canadian writer Tarek Fatah before the police spoiled such plans.

The Delhi Police’s Special Cell has arrested Chota Shakeel’s aide who had reportedly received 1.5 lakh for the killing of writer Tarek Fatah. The arrested, Junaid Chaudhary, was nabbed on June 07 in Northeast Delhi, mentioned PTI report.

Junaid, son of a milkman, lived in Gokalpuri area in northeast Delhi. At age 21, he was a student of class XII from an open school.

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Tarek Fatah is a vocal critique of terrorist ideologies and extremism. There have often been cases where his statements have been considered controversial. He strongly opposes terrorism.

A pistol with four live cartridges was found on the Junaid, the arrested person. He also had arranged for additional weapons from western Uttar Pradesh. A few youths were also recruited for the plan. Junaid has been arrested before in June last year with 4 other youth for money sent in hawala by Chota Shakeel. He had also received arms and ammunitions. The plan was to kill Swami Chakrapani, the Hindu Mahasabha chief at that time.

Junaid got out on bail after four months, after which he contacted Shakeel again.

prepared by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2393

 

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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. Twitter.
  • 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