Monday, 28 November 2016

Top officials leave Zakir Naik’s IRF

Many top officials of Dr Zakir Naik's Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) have reportedly put in their papers. Among the IRF staffers who have tendered their resignations include CEO Manzoor Shaikh. About six senior functionaries are also said to have handed over their resignations to an official identified as Shaukat Jamati on Thursday.

The Islamic preacher and televangelist's NGO was banned two weeks ago by the government for five years. According to the cabinet, Naik led IRF as "an unlawful association." The ban was followed by several raids conducted by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on its several offices. During its raids, besides documents and electronic data, the NIA also seized the mobile phones of Shaikh and other members on the foundation's board. A forensic test is also likely to be conducted on the phones to retrieve deleted data.


Source:-timesofindia

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Indian railways ask again for safety funds after crash kills 150

The track where an Indian train derailed on Sunday, killing 150 people, was inspected just two days earlier and found to be in good condition, raising more questions about the safety of a network seeking $17 billion in funding to prevent more crashes.

The derailment, among India's worst train tragedies, was a stark reminder of the dilapidated condition of the vast state-run railways and of the challenge Prime Minister Narendra Modi faces in fulfilling his promise to modernize them.

Officials believe a rail fracture may have sent 14 carriages crumpling into each other as most of the 1,700-odd passengers on board slept. But they cannot be sure until each section of damaged track is analyzed.

"This was an accident where all of the rails were uprooted and broken. It's very complicated," Mohammad Jamshed, a senior railways ministry official, told Reuters.

Built under British rule, the world's fourth largest rail network ferries 23 million people across India every day.

With people regularly clinging precariously to the outside of carriages or crammed on the roof, it is groaning under growing demand and decades of underinvestment.

Source:-reuters

Monday, 21 November 2016

Faces In Iraq's Fight For Mosul

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — The operation to drive the Islamic State aggregate out of Mosul has united a mixed blend of Iraqis — youthful and old, police and troopers, and an assortment of unpredictable garbs and hardware.

Regularly the strengths look cloth tag, here and there expert. However, many picked looks that are profoundly unique for the battle, not anticipated that would end at any point in the near future.

Not all troopers wear outfits, or markings, badge or even body defensive layer. One Iraqi armed force warrior wore just a T-shirt and a highly contrasting scarf, gladly showing his Soviet-outlined PK automatic rifle. At a checkpoint in Gwer, 30 kilometers (19 miles) southeast of Mosul, a Kurdish peshmerga contender wrapped his rifle in the shades of the Kurdish banner.

Source:- dailyprogress

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