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Today is Zero Tolerance to FGM day, and battle to end Bohra Muslim custom has only begun

With Supreme Court gearing up to hear pleas seeking a ban on female genital mutilation, survivors continue their fight within and outside their community.
Narendra Modi with Dawoodi Bohra chief | Commons

Modi govt does U-turn on female genital mutilation days after PM meets Dawoodi Bohra head

After supporting call for ban on practice, govt's lawyer wants matter to be heard by constitution bench to decide on issue of religious rights and freedom.
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Photoshopped image of PM Modi wearing Muslim skull cap shared on social media

Pictures tweeted from PM’s official handle show that Modi wasn’t wearing a skullcap while exchanging greetings with the Syedna, the head of the Dawoodi Bohras.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the event | @BJP4India/Twitter

PM website calls period of mourning ‘Ashara’ as ‘Ashara Mubarak’ & Shias are not happy

Several Muslims have taken objection to the PM's website using the word ‘Mubaraka’ for a period of mourning.
Dawoodi Bohra

‘Khafz’ is okay, it isn’t female genital mutilation, says Dawoodi Bohra women’s group

The statement comes after an Australian court overturned the conviction of 3 people accused of FGM and ruled 'khafz' doesn't amount to FGM.

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Covid-19 put brake to academic activity, but digital libraries can ensure continuity

Covid-19 has paced up the transition to distance learning. While institutes are racing to shift courses online, students are engaging en masse with e-books.

Can India balance its domestic pharma needs and also be a global player in Covid-19 fight?

India has lifted the ban on the export of 24 pharmaceutical ingredients, including anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine.

Defence

A picture of items found on the dead terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir's Keran sector. | Photo: By special arrangement

Masala tikka-flavoured snacks to AK-47s: What 5 slain Lashkar terrorists brought from Pakistan

Indian Army calls Pakistan's complicity in aiding and abetting infiltration, especially at a time when the world is fighting coronavirus, 'reprehensible'.

Poke fun at taali, thaali, diya and mombatti all you want. Modi couldn’t care less

Modi knows who he needs to speak to, who he should toss, who he can address in kind. People accuse him of infantilising his voters, but it’s a winning strategy.