Get Wired 6/9: Reverse Dandi March, Five-Phase Bihar Polls, Watto Retires, and More

Kerala based Muslim outfit launches anti-terror campaign

The Kerala Nadvathul Mujahideen, a progressive movement in the community among Kerala Muslims has launched a campaign to deter its youth from extremist ideologies such as that of ISIS and Al Qaeda. The campaign is especially significant in the wake of the deportation of two youths from Kerala in the UAE who allegedly expressed their support for the IS ideology on social media. The president of the organisation Abdul Majeed Swalahi said, “whether it be IS, Al Qaeda or Boko Haram, all are using the name of Prophet Muhammed and distorting the glorified history of Islam.”

Reverse Dandi March postponed to September 13th

Hardik Patel today announced postponement of the Reverse Dandi Yatra over the Patel quota issue till September 13. The original scheduled date was the 7th of September. The postponement came as a result of not receiving governmental permission. Hardik Patel has stated that the march will be carried out on the 13th, even if the government denies permission.

UK wants to leave EU, say recent poll results  

The Survation poll for the Daily Mail on Sunday found that if a referendum were held tomorrow 51 per cent would vote to quit the EU against 49% who would vote to remain. The Prime Minister, David Cameron, wants Britain to stay within a reformed EU, and had hoped to make the most of public support for Europe with an early vote next autumn. The shock result has been linked to the migrant crisis.

Bihar polls to be held in five phases

The upcoming assembly elections in Bihar are likely to be held in five phases, according to PTI. Around 50,000 paramilitary personnel would monitor each phase to ensure peaceful polling. The Election Commission is expected to announce the dates for the assembly polls within the next few days.

Twenty-seven IS militants killed

Fighting between militants from the Islamic State and Syrian rebel forces around a key strategic town in Syria killed at least 47 fighters, activists said on Saturday. At least 27 of those killed during fighting around the town of Marea were fighters from the Islamic State, while the remaining were members of other rebel groups in the region. Various outfits have been fighting for control of the town, which lies in an area that the United States and Turkey intend to turn into an Islamic State-free “safe zone”. Last month, activists and medical groups alleged that the militant outfit had used chemical weapons in an attack on the town.

Malegaon blast trial begins

The case pertains to a blast in a motorcycle in Malegaon on September 29, 2008, that left four dead and 79 injured. An initial probe said the attack was a reaction to blasts linked to Islamist groups, however connections with two other incidents were later revealed and a link to hindu extremist groups was discovered. The case came back into the limelight after the Indian Express interviewed Rohini Saliyan who revealed that the NIA was stalling as far as initiating the proceedings in the case were concerned.

Two of three journalists detained in Turkey released

Three journalists working for Vice News were detained in Turkey for not having government permission for a shoot. The charges against them were escalated falsely as police officials in Turkey claimed that the journalists were supporters of Islamic State. Jake Hanrahan and Philip Pendlebury have been released from a Turkish prison and have returned to the UK, while Mohammed Ismail Rasool remains detained.

Wickremesinghe to visit India regarding land bridge agreement

Sri Lankan PM Ranil Wickremesinghe is scheduled to visit India on September 14. India is likely to push for the implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement with Sri Lanka during the two-day visit. Wickremesinghe has spoken in favour of a land bridge between Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu and Thalaimannar on Sri Lanka’s western coast.

Shane Watson announces retirement from test cricket

Following his departure from the ODI series against England due to calf muscle injury, Shane Watson announced his decision to retire from the longer format of the game. He has played 59 Tests beginning in 2005, scoring 3731 runs at 35.19 and taking 75 wickets at 33.68.