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Muslims call Dehradun mahapanchayat on June 18 over tensions in Uttarkashi following Hindutva groups’ diktat to leave state

As per the Hindutva groups, the kidnapping was a case of “love jihad” and a debunked conspiracy theory through which Muslim men lure Hindu women into romantic relationships in order to convert them to Islam.

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The religious leaders of Muslim community have called for a Mahapanchayat in Dehradun, Uttarakhand on June 18 to mark their protest against the increasing target of their community.

On Sunday, the Muslim Seva Sangathan media department in-charge Waseem Ahmed told that people from across the state will participate in the Mahapanchayat on June 18, the Muslim Seva Sangathan is an organization that works for the rights of the Muslims.  

A cleric in Dehradun, Mohammad Ahmed Qasmi said the target of whole Muslim community rather than punishing the culprit in the attempt to kidnapping case is not fair. He further added, the objective of the Mahapanchayat is to punish the culprit, not an innocent.

The move comes days after tensions broke out in the hill state’s Uttarkashi region after Muslim traders were ordered to shut down their shops and leave the state by the right wing groups.

The conflict between the two community broke out when an alleged attempt was made to kidnap a 14-year old Hindu girl in Purola, Uttarkashi by two men, with one belonging to the Hindu community and other to the Muslim.

The accused identified as Ubed Khan, 24 and Jitender Saini, both of them locals, on May 26 allegedly kidnapped the girl and were later arrested on the next day itself. The incident led to communal tensions with the locals alleging it a matter of love jihad. Reports said, the incident led to Hindutva groups protesting and attacked several shops and houses of the minority groups.

On June 5, posters were put up at the Purola market threatening the Muslim traders to shut down their shops and leave the state by June 15. The doors of shop owned by Muslims were painted with the X mark to recognize them. Many Muslim families had to vacate the town and their shops remains closed since then.

A video of Hindutva supremacist Prabodhanand Giri is doing rounds on internet, he can be seen demanding the Jihadis should be removed from Uttarakhand. He also claimed that Jihadis are getting protection from politicians and also appeals people of the state to chant the slogan Remove Jihadi, save Uttarakhand.

Giri was among those booked for hate speech against Muslims at a conclave held in Haridwar in 2021. Hindutva body Bajrang Dal has sought permission, they have written to the Tehri Garhwal District Magistrate on June 5, stating that if Muslim traders do not leave the city, they will stage a protest on June 20.

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Brand builder PKD Nambiar passes away after battling cancer

PKD Nambiar passed away due to a prolonged battle with cancer. 

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Brand builder PKD Nambiar passed away

PKD Nambiar, who wore many hats as a successful entrepreneur, marketing and political strategist, and TV personality, passed away recently due to a sudden cardiac arrest on February 23. Reports said the MD and CEO of Flags Communications Pvt Ltd and Chairman of Nambiar Group of Companies, was battling cancer for quite some time.

Nambiar’s death has left a deep void in the marketing and communications world. He made remarkable contributions as a brand builder of various companies and individuals and was a trailblazer, known as a “start-up turn around and growth specialist”.

Hailing from Kerala, Nambiar had started creating ripples when he was just 20 years after he started his career with Mitsui in Delhi. Four years later, he made a promising foray into entrepreneurship, with his remarkable vision and leadership skills.

Reports quoted his son Ayush Nambiar as saying: “After nearly two years of valiantly battling cancer, he remained vibrant in spirit and filled with light energy until his final breath.”  

Journalists, entrepreneurs and analysts mourned the death of Nambiar. Among them was Tehseen Poonawalla, an entrepreneur, columnist and television personality. While expressing his condolences on X, Poonawalla posted that he was shattered on hearing the news.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates, lays foundation stone for various infrastructure projects worth Rs 56000 crore in Telangana’s Adilabad

PM Modi said for many years, Telangana was a victim of ignorance. But in the last 10 years, the government spent a lot of money for the development of Telangana. He said the whole world is talking about India’s growth rate. The Prime Minister said India is the only country in the world which continues to grow at 8.4% in the last quarter.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates, lays foundation stone for various infrastructure projects worth Rs 56000 crore in Telangana’s Adilabad

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of a number of development projects worth Rs 56000 crore in Telangana’s Adilabad. The projects are related to road and rail sector with major focus on power sector.

Speaking at the event, PM Modi said for many years, Telangana was a victim of ignorance. But in the last 10 years, the government spent a lot of money for the development of Telangana. He said the whole world is talking about India’s growth rate. The Prime Minister said India is the only country in the world which continues to grow at 8.4% in the last quarter. He said soon India will become the third largest economy in the world.

He said the contribution made by the people of Telangana was never given due respect even after many decades after India became independent. PM Modi said the BJP government at the Centre gave great importance to the development of Telangana and has honoured the tribal community in the state. He pointed out that nobody would have imagined that a tribal woman will become the president of the country.

He said nobody would have imagined that the birth anniversary of Bhagwan Birsa Munda would be celebrated as a national festival. PM Modi said the government of India has formed a separate ministry for the development of the tribals.

He also inaugurated NTPC’s 800 MW (Unit-2) of Telangana Super Thermal Power Project in Peddapalli. The project will supply 85% power to Telangana and will have the highest power generation efficiency of approximately 42% among all power sectors of NTPC in India.

The newly electrified Ambari-Adilabad Pimpalkhuti rail line was also inaugurated during the event. PM Modi also laid down the foundation stone for 2 major national highway projects connecting Telangana with Maharashtra and Telangana with Chattisgarh through NH-353B and NH -163.

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Delhi Police arrest 2 shooters from Goa in Nafe Singh Rathee’s murder case

Saurav and Ashish were arrested from Goa in a joint operation by the Haryana’s Police’s Special Task Force, the district police and the Delhi Police’s Special Cell. The police said the two shooters were arrested from a hotel where they had been staying and added that they will be brought to the national capital by afternoon.

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Delhi Police arrest 2 shooters from Goa in Nafe Singh Rathee’s murder case

A joint team of Jhajjar Police, Delhi Police Special Cell and Haryana STF have arrested 2 shooters Ashish and Saurav from Goa in connection with the murder of Indian National Lok Dal’s (INLD) Haryana unit chief Nafe Singh Rathee on Monday. Nafee Singh Rathee and party worker Jai Kishan were murdered after multiple rounds were fired on their vehicle in Bahadurgarh in the state’s Jhajjar district on February 25.

Saurav and Ashish were arrested from Goa in a joint operation by the Haryana’s Police’s Special Task Force, the district police and the Delhi Police’s Special Cell. The police said the two shooters were arrested from a hotel where they had been staying and added that they will be brought to the national capital by afternoon.

A senior Delhi Police officer said Atul, Nakul, Saurabh and Ashish were the four who opened fire on Rathee and Kishan’s vehicle on February 25. The Jhajjar Police said the investigation is undergoing to catch 2 more shooters. Earlier on Saturday, a senior Haryana Police officer said that 4 shooters allegedly involved in the murder of Nafe Singh Rathee had identified and efforts were on to catch them.

Jhajjar superintendent of Police Arpit Jain said the car used by the shooters was recovered from outside Rewari Railway Station. He said police teams in different states were conducting raids to catch them. Jain said the car had been rounded up and being asked how the vehicle reached the shooters. A forensic team lifted samples from the vehicles to carry out further investigation.

Nafe Singh Rathee who was the president of Indian National Lok Dal’s Haryana Unit had been shot dead by unidentified persons in Jhajjar’s Bahadurgarh on February 25. In the attack, INLD worker Jai Kishan who was travelling with Nafe Singh Rathee in the same vehicle also died.

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