Indian Muslim

ED slaps money-laundering cases against Zakir Naik, IRF

Mumbai/New Delhi : The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has lodged a case of suspected money-laundering against NRI televangelist Zakir Naik and his NGO Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), officials said on Friday.

The ED first information report under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, follows similar complaints filed by the National Investigation Agency against Naik and IRF under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) two months ago.


SP workers asked to stay away from meet called by Ram Gopal

Lucknow : Toughening its stand against the expelled duo of General Secretary Ram Gopal Yadav and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, the Samajwadi Party on Friday warned members and leaders of the party to stay away from the "emergency national convention" called by the former.

Ram Gopal terms expulsion 'unconstitutional'

Lucknow : Expelled Samajwadi Party General Secretary Ram Gopal Yadav on Thursday dubbed the action against him as "unconstitutional" as it was taken unilaterally.

"The action taken against me is unconstitutional. He (party President Mulayam Singh Yadav) acted even before we could respond to the show cause notice," he told the media, soon after he and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav were expelled from the party for six years by Mulayam Singh.

Mulayam expels Akhilesh, Ram Gopal for 6 years

Lucknow : Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Friday expelled his son and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav from the party for six years for "indulging in anti-party activities". He said the party would now elect a new Chief Minister in the poll-bound Uttar Pradesh.

Also expelled was and party General Secretary Ram Gopal Yadav who had, earlier in the day called a national convention of the Samajwadi Party on January 1 following a rift over the list of SP candidates finalised by Mulayam Singh for assembly polls due next year.

Mamata fights anti-demonetisation war for national prominence

By Anurag Dey

New Delhi : After storming to power in West Bengal for a second consecutive term, 2016 saw Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee striving for a bigger role in national politics as she emerged among the most vocal adversaries of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his moves, particularly demonetisation.

Shiv Sena to approach EC on Archbishop's poll 'fatwa'

Panaji : The Shiv Sena on Friday likened Wednesday's comments of Goa Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao about the Church guiding Catholics to vote right in the upcoming state elections, with the 'fatwa' issued by the imam of Jama Masjid ahead of polls.

Speaking to reporters in Panaji, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said that his party would file a complaint against Archbishop Ferrao with the Election Commission, and accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of hypocrisy on the issue.

Apologise for demonetisation blunder in Dec 31 address, Kejriwal tells Modi

Amritsar : Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to apologise to the nation during his New Year Eve address for his "blunder of demonetisation".

"The Prime Minister has committed a blunder by imposing demonetisation and pushed the country into a deep economic crisis. Modi had sought 50 days to implement demonetisation but there is no sign of people recovering from its aftershocks," Kejriwal said while speaking at a gathering of party supporters here.


Modi eviscerated Indian economy: Lalu

Patna : RJD chief Lalu Prasad on Friday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of eviscerating the Indian economy by his demonetisation decision.

"If lungs, liver, kidneys, intestine and blood is taken out of your body, would you be able to survive? That's what has been done with our economy," Lalu said in a latest tweet.

In a series of "surgical" tweets, Lalu reminded Modi of the state of affairs in the country as the 50-day period announced by the Prime Minister on November 8, to regain normalcy drew to a close on Friday midnight.

AAP says BJP-led civic bodies have failed Delhi

New Delhi : Delhi's ruling Aam Aadmi Party on Friday alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party-headed municipal corporations of the national capital have failed to perform their obligatory functions and missed revised deadlines for the completion of many projects in the city.

AAP spokesperson Richa Panday told the media here that the trifurcated Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) could not complete smaller projects which they had announced before the 2012 civic elections.


'Demonetisation criticism 'inconsequential' compared to support'

Kolkata : Criticism of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "disruptive" demonetisation move is "inconsequential" in comparison to the tremendous support it has received, a top official said here on Friday.

"Despite tremendous amount of pain, people, especially the common man, have supported him. The criticism is inconsequential compared to the tremendous amount of support," Ajay Mittal, Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, said here at an event.