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Why brand entire Muslim community as terrorist?

New Delhi, December 10: Terrorism should be seen as an international menace. No religious identity should be attached to it as no religion on earth justifies terrorism that often ends up killing innocent people. Islam strongly forbids violence against the innocent. The unenlightened Muslims who say they are acting in defence of the religion may have either misinterpreted Islam or are practising it erroneously. And so, if one views at Islam on the basis of the activities of these misguided people, he or she will make a big mistake.

Man fasts against arrests of Muslim youths in terror cases

New Delhi, December 09: Faisal Khan, a Gandhian social activist is on fast, protesting against the “illegal” arrests of Muslim youths in terror cases. Interestingly Khan started his 72 hours fast from his home at Okhla, a Muslim dominated Delhi suburb.

Brother: Silk was not DIRTY at all

Hyderabad, December 09: THERE’s trouble brewing for The Dirty Picture despite the rave reviews the film has garnered for leading lady Vidya Balan.

A week after the Andhra Pradesh High Court dismissed his writ petition seeking a stay on the film’s screening, Vadlapati Naga Vara Prasad, brother of late south Indian actress Silk Smitha — on whose life the film is allegedly based — is all set to file a criminal defamation suit against its producers Balaji Telefilms and director Milan Luthria.

Saudi Aramco needs technical graduates: Official

Dubai, December 09: Young Saudis should study technical and scientific subjects at university to help modernize the country, said Abdul Rahman Bin Fahd Al-Wehaib, Deputy Supreme President of Saudi Aramco for Work Services.

He said subjects such as computer engineering were needed to close the technology gap between the Kingdom and highly-industrialized countries. He made the comment while addressing the Arab Thought Foundation (Fikr 10) being held in Dubai.

VRO: 3 AP govt officials arrested while taking bribe

Hyderabad, December 07: Three State Government employees including a Village Revenue Officer (VRO) were trapped by the sleuths of Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) in Andhra Pradesh today.

Indurthi Ramachander Rao, Village Revenue Officer of Ambala village in Karimnagar District was caught red handed by the ACB officials at his residence when he accepted Rs 2,000 as bribe from the complainant.

In Mahabubnagar district, Anupati Narasimhulu, a Senior Assistant working in Sub-Treasury Office was trapped by the ACB officials when he accepted Rs 2,000 as bribe.

Don’t be close to bananas: Cleric to women

Amsterdam, December 07: An Islamic cleric residing in Europe said that women should not be close to bananas or cucumbers, in order to avoid any "sexual thoughts."

The unnamed sheikh was quoted saying that if women wish to eat these food items, a third party, preferably a male related to them such as their a father or husband, should cut the items into small pieces and serve.

He said that these fruits and vegetables "resemble the male ****" and hence could arouse women or "make them think of sex."

HIV in Arab world on the rise: Experts warn

Dubai, December 07: In an Arab world rife with social stigma, government inaction and often limited access to education and medical care, experts warn that an HIV epidemic is on the rise.

“In the Middle East and North Africa, the HIV epidemic has been on the rise for the past decade,” said Aleksandar Sasha Bodiroza, HIV/AIDS adviser at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

“The number of people needing treatment in the region has spiked from approximately 45,000 in 2001 to nearly 160,000 in 2010,” Bodiroza told AFP.

Kareena forced to swallow crushed glass

Kanpur, December 07: In a shocking incident in Kanpur, a woman was force-fed crushed pieces of glass by her husband due to her inability to produce a child. The woman, Kareena, was first beaten up by her husband Neeraj and then forced to swallow the crushed pieces of glass.

Kareena says due to her inability to produce a child, Neeraj wanted a divorce so he could marry again. On Monday, he allegedly tried to kill her by force-feeding crushed glass to her after she refused to divorce him.

Rs 70L released for Muslim youths wrongly held

Hyderabad, December 07: Perhaps in the first instance of victims of police torture in a terror case being paid compensation in India, Andhra Pradesh has released Rs 70 lakhs for innocent Muslim youths arrested and tortured in the 2007 Makkah Masjid blast case.

A day after Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy announced in the state Assembly that the compensation would be paid, the minorities welfare department Tuesday issued an order releasing the amount.

According to officials, out of 70 victims identified, 20 would be paid Rs 300,000 each while others would get Rs 20,000.

Quran emerges intact from a Car destroyed by fire

Kuwait City, December 05: Kuwaiti fire fighters battling to put out a blaze that destroyed a car in the oil-rich Gulf emirate stared in disbelief at the end of their task—the car and its contents were charred except a copy of the Quran.

Fire fighters had rushed to Shuwaikh industrial area in the OPEC oil producer after receiving a report about the car blaze.

“After they extinguished the fire, the vehicle and its contents were all destroyed and charred…but the fire fighters and police were shocked when they found a copy of the Quran intact,” Alanba newspaper said.

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