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Kurdistan-bound Muslim worker arrested at Delhi Airport for alleged link to ISIS


New Delhi: An Indian Muslim worker traveling to Kurdistan autonomous region of Iraq was stopped at the Delhi International Airport on Sunday morning and taken into custody. The 31-year-old passenger, identified as Mohammad Mukhtar Alam, was proceeding to Irbil, the capital of Kurdistan autonomous region, after spending his holidays in his home state of Bihar.

Supplies to reach Kashmir Valley

Jammu : As the Jammu-Srinagar highway has been damaged at several places following heavy rainfall, an alternate route will now be used to bring essential supplies to the valley.

The Kashmir Valley is facing an acute shortage of essential commodities following the closure of the 300-km long Jammu-Srinagar highway.

Though some portions of the highway have been restored for traffic, there are still badly damaged stretches at Ramsu, according to a police officer in Jammu.


First batch of Haj pilgrims from Telangana leave

Hyderabad : The first batch of Haj pilgrims from Telangana left for Jeddah Sunday.

A Saudi Airlines flight carrying 350 pilgrims took off at 11.30 a.m. from the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Shamsabad.

Earlier, Telangana Deputy Chief Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali flagged off the buses carrying the pilgrims at the Haj House at Nampally in the heart of the city.

Clad in 'Ihram' or special white clothing for Haj and amid chanting of prayers, the pilgrims boarded the buses after completing customs, luggage and immigration formalities.


Rs.5,700 crore loss in Kashmir floods: Assocham

New Delhi : Floods in Jammu and Kashmir have caused a loss of around Rs.5,700 crore with heavy damages to trade, hotels, restaurants, horticulture and handicraft, Assocham said Sunday.

"The total losses are estimated to be Rs.2,630 crore for hotels, trade, agriculture and horticulture, roads and bridges, while infrastructure like railways, power and communication would have suffered a loss of around Rs. 2,700-3,000 crore," Assocham said in a statement.

"These are only initial estimates and the real loss will be much higher," its secretary general D.S. Rawat said.


Kashmir employees told to report to work

Srinagar : The Jammu and Kashmir government Sunday asked its employees to immediately report back to their offices or face action.

Chief Secretary Mohammad Iqbal Khanday told the employees that they needed to help mitigate the problems caused by the unprecedented floods that have claimed more than 200 dead.

Action will be taken against those who defy the directive, an official statement said.

Government offices, educational institutions and banks are shut across Srinagar and other flood affected areas.


Muslims should respond to the divisive ‘love jihad’ campaign with friendship towards secular Hindus

By Kaleem Kawaja,

"Abhee sub kuch nahin mita shaayad
Hindu-Muslim main pyaar baaqi hai
Ek Bhaayee kaa ek Bhaayee pur
Pyar ka kuch udhaar baaqi hai "

- Jawaid Badauni

AISA sweeps JNU Students Union election, ABVP gains

New Delhi : The Left-leaning All India Students Association (AISA) Sunday swept the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) election for a second consecutive year.

The AISA, affiliated to the Communist Party of India-Marxist Leninist, won the posts of the president, vice president, general secretary as well as joint secretary.

In a campus dominated by Left politics, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), came second on the posts of vice president and general secretary.

1.5 lakh people still marooned in Kashmir floods

Srinagar : Nearly 1.5 lakh people are still marooned in parts of the Kashmir Valley submerged by floods, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has said.

At an all-party meeting Saturday, he said another 1.42 lakh people had been rescued in the valley alone.

Many opposition leaders, including Peoples Democratic Party's Mehbooba Mufti, Congress state president Saifuddin Soz and BJP leader Jugal Kishore, attended the meeting.

Abdullah said properties and infrastructure worth Rs.6,000 crore has been destroyed in the floods.


No stops for Modi in US

By Arun Kumar,

Washington : Not long ago, Narendra Modi was not welcome in the US. But the US is now pulling out all stops to woo him when he comes calling at the White House as India’s prime minister at the end of this month.

President Barack Obama will host a dinner for him Sep 29 before bilateral talks at the White House the next day and this will be followed by a lunch hosted by Vice President Joe Biden at the State Department.

When fishermen were made Al Qaeda terrorist overnight in Assam

By Staff Reporter,

Guwahati: Rustam Ali had a terrible time as he was picked up by police as terrorist having connection with Al Qaeda in Assam’s Majuli. So were Sherafat Ali and Dhiren Doley from Majuli who were detained by police and media immediately jumped to term them as terrorist element after the Al Jawahari’s video where the Al Qaeda leader also pronounced Assam’s name as their next target.