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Get Wired 9/9: Indian Fatwa on ISIS, Saudi Diplomat Accused, Spectrum Trading & More

Indian Islamic scholars issue fatwa against ISIS

Around 1,050 Indian Muslim scholars and clerics have issued a fatwa against Islamic State and described its activities as ‘unIslamic’. This is the first time that such a large number of people have issued a joint fatwa against the terrorist group. Abdul Rehman Anjari, president of Mumbai’s Islamic defence cyber cell, collected the edicts from Muslim scholars and leaders over the past few months. The fatwas are in 15 volumes and have been sent to UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and other leaders to convey Indian Muslim views on the activities of IS.

13 Indians reported safe and 7 reported missing in Yemen

Countering reports that 20 Indian nationals were killed in airstrikes by Saudi-led coalition forces at Yemen’s Hodeidah port, the Ministry of External Affairs has stated that “13 Indians crew members are alive and 7 are reported missing”. The crew members went missing after their boats came under aerial bombardment between Somalia and Yemen, the MEA said today.

Saudi Arabia diplomat booked for gang rape of two Nepalese women

A diplomat from Saudi Arabia is among those booked for the gang rape and confinement of two Nepalese women. The two women were hired as domestic help, one of them was 44 and the other her 20 year old daughter. The women were allegedly kept in confinement for over a month and sexually assaulted at the diplomat’s residence in Gurgaon. They were rescued on Monday night after a police raid. On Wednesday, the diplomat went to the Ministry of External Affairs to protest the police action and proclaim his innocence.  Under international conventions, the diplomat can only be arrested and prosecuted if the Saudi government agrees to waive his diplomatic immunity, something that is considered unlikely, especially as his embassy has also termed the allegations “false”.

Cabinet approves spectrum-trading norms

On Wednesday, the Cabinet approved rules for spectrum trading that will allow telecom companies to buy and sell spectrum from each other. The move is designed to allow companies to utilise unused airwaves better. It also allows for spectrum to be acquired outside of the current auction system and helps struggling companies looking to exit the business sell the airwaves they have. According to the approved guidelines, the government will have to be informed 45 days before a transaction and companies will have to pay 1% of the transaction amount as trading fee.

SC issues notice to 5 states for not filing response related to acid victims

The Supreme Court today issued contempt notices to the chief secretaries of Karnataka, Kerala, Jammu and Kashmir Mizoram and Madhya Pradesh for not filing responses on a petition discussing the plight of acid attack victims. The SC sought to know what measures were being implemented for the welfare of acid attack victims. 

Pakistani journalist Aftab Alam shot dead in Karachi

Senior journalist Aftab Alam was killed in a suspected target attack in Sector 11-C, North Karachi on Wednesday. Sources say that he was shot close to his house. He was rushed to the Abassi Shaheed hospital where he succumbed to injuries. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, 56 journalists have keen killed in Pakistan since 1992.

6% hike in Dearness Allowance to benefit one crore people

Dearness Allowance was hiked by 6% today to 119% today. The DA hike will take effect from July 1. As per the agreed formula, the rate increase is an average of 12-month consumer price index-industrial workers from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015. The move is set to benefit pensioners and government employees.

Hardik Patel launches Patel Navnirman Sena

On Tuesday, Hardik Patel announced his national plans with the launch of a new outfit the Patel Navnirman Sena. The aim of the new outfit is to bring Patels and other communities like Gujjars under the same umbrella. Patel said that the Sena has formed outfits in 16 states and he has been declared its national leader. He also claimed that Gujjars and Kurmis belong to the same community as Patels. He has announced a mega rally in Lucknow on the 31st of October, which is the birth anniversary of Sardar Patel.

Djokovic, Serena and Cilic advance to semifinals of US Open

World No 1 Djokovic, beat Spanish 18th seed Feliciano Lopez 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6, (7-2) in a tough and tiring night session at Flushing Meadows yesterday. Defending champion Marin Cilic furthered his hopes of a title defence with his win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Cilic and Djokovic will meet in the semi finals. Serena Williams defeated sister Venus 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 to advance to the semi finals where she will play Roberta Vinci.