Woman can show face only to her husband: Muslim cleric on Pathan’s selfie

He said women can also show face in cases involving law related things such as aadhaar or pan card

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Following Indian cricketer Irfan Pathan Wife post on social media, where he is seen with his wife, the all-rounder has received massive backlash especially from religious leaders, who claim what he did was against Islamic law.

Calling it ‘un-Islamic’, Maulana Sajid Rashidi said that Irfan Pathan’s background is very religious as his father was a muezzin, and so posting his wife’s picture on social media is a shameful act.

Latest Current Affairs : “A woman can show her face only to her husband and in cases involving law related things such as aadhaar or pan card, only then can she show her face,” he added.

He also said that it is due to his religious background that people started “reminding” him about his religion, and that this was not a troll.

Calling the act shameful, Sajid Rashidi said, “His wife isn’t an actor that she somehow comes in front of the camera, she is a home maker and hence uploading her pictures like that is a shameful act.”

He further advised the cricketer to not do anything that is not allowed in Islam.

“Right to freedom is only according to the Indian constitution, what I am telling is the Islamic law and Islamic law doesn’t allow this,” he added.

He said that people on social media are merely telling him that doing this is wrong and asked why does Irfan Pathan need to post pictures of his wife.

“There are so many people who are watching his wife’s picture and also nail-polish is visible in the picture, and if nail-polish has been applied, one can’t read namaz and if one does not read namaz, what kind of Muslim are they?” he added.

The controversy started when the Indian cricketer posted a picture with his wife on social networking sites, Instagram and Facebook, and people started trolling him.

He captioned the picture saying ‘this girl is trouble’, where his wife can be seen in a hijab, comically covering her face with both her hands which sported brightly painted red nails.

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BJP vs Kargil martyr’s daughter: Rijiju asks who’s ‘polluting’ her mind

Pratap Simha, BJP MP from Mysuru, compared her to dreaded gangster Dawood

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The campaign of Gurmehar Kaur a Kargil martyr’s daughter, against the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) on Monday drew controversial reactions from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders with Union minister Kiren Rijiju wondering who was “polluting” her mind and another comparing her with wanted gangster Dawood Ibrahim.

Pratap Simha, BJP MP from Mysuru, tweeted, “At least Dawood did not use the crutches of his father’s name to justify his anti-national stand.”

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His tweet came as Kaur’s campaign went viral online with her photograph in which she said, “Pakistan did not kill my father. War killed him.”

To mock her, Simha also posted a photograph showing Dawood with the message, “I didn’t kill people in 1993. Bombs killed them.”

Rijiju also took to Twitter to take a dig at her.

“Who’s polluting this young girl’s mind? Strong armed forces prevent a war. India never attacked anyone but a weak India was always invaded,” the minister of state for home affairs said.

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Talking to reporters, he later said, “One should not say things which could demoralise the countrymen and the forces. Everybody has freedom but that does not mean that you raise slogans to weaken the country.”

The daughter of Kargil martyr Captain Mandeep Singh and a Delhi University student, 24-year-old Kaur had started a social media campaign “I am not afraid of ABVP” following the violence at Ramjas college. Her campaign has gone viral and received support from students across various universities.

“Everyone has right of views but she said Pakistan didn’t kill our brave martyr and India should shun war. India never perpetrated violence,” Rijiju said.

The Union minister of state for home said freedom of expression is not a licence to shout anti-national slogans in campuses. “Criticise the government but don’t abuse the motherland,” he said.

Brexit, note ban, Trump and more: 10 events that moved the markets in 2016

After a roller-coaster year, Indian indices set to end 2016 with little gains

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Breaking News – The year 2016, indeed, has been a year of many surprises. From Britain’s unexpected vote to exit the European Union to Republican candidate Donald Trump’s upset victory in the US Presidential election, from Raghuram Rajan’s decision of not seeking a second term as the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor to India’s sudden surgical strike on Pakistan – the Indian stock market dealt with all these shocks through Markets 2016. The biggest of them all, however, was the government’s call towards the end of the year to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes.

After 12 months of a roller-coaster ride, the market now seems poised to end the calendar year at almost the same level as at the start of 2016. As at close on Tuesday, the BSE benchmark Sensex was merely 96 points, or 0.4%, higher at 26,213.44, and the broader National Stock Exchange Nifty was up 86 points, or 1%, at 8,032.85.

  1. January: The devaluation of the yuan

  2. February: Union Budget 2016-17

  3. June: The so-called Rexit

  4. Brexit

  5. July-September: Monsoon, GST Bill

  6. September: Surgical strike

  7. November: Donald trumps Hillary in US election

  8. November: Demonetisation of high-value currency

  9. December: Surge in oil prices

  10. Another rate hike by the US Fed

What lies ahead?

Going into the calendar year 2017, the market will track the demonetisation impact on quarterly earnings. The Budget 2017 and any development on GST will also be in focus. Baliga believes the Union Budget could be tilted to balance the ill-effects of demonetisation. On the global front, Trump’s policies in the US and the impact of Brexit on the European economy will be keenly watched.

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Facebook’s quarterly profit surges 186% to $2 billion

Facebook’s quarterly profit surges 186% to $2 billion

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Facebook’s profit leapt 186% from a year ago to $2 billion, as the world’s biggest social network blasted past most analyst forecasts for the second quarter.

With its global base of monthly active users growing to 1.71 billion, Facebook saw a 59% jump in total revenues to $6.4 billion, mostly from online advertising.

Facebook shares jumped seven percent in after-hours trade on the stronger-than-expected results.

“Our community and business had another good quarter,” said Facebook founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg. “We’re particularly pleased with our progress in video as we move towards a world where video is at the heart of all our services.”

Facebook has been dominating the social media space as well as related online advertising as it seeks to diversify into areas such as messaging, virtual reality and other fields.

The research firm eMarketer estimates that Facebook is taking in two-thirds of social media ad revenues, dominating rivals such as Twitter, which this week reported disappointing results.

The number of monthly active users, a key metric for social networks, grew 15% from a year ago, Facebook said. read more

Donald Trump questions Hillary Clinton’s commitment to her Christian faith

Donald Trump questions Hillary Clinton’s commitment to her Christian faith

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Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has questioned his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton’s commitment to her Christian faith, saying that little is known about her spiritual life even though she has been in the public eye for decades.

“We don’t know anything about Hillary in terms of religion,” Trump told a group of evangelical leaders.

A video of the meeting was posted on social media.

“Now, she’s been in the public eye for years and years, and yet there’s no – there’s nothing out there,” he said.

“There’s like nothing out there. It’s going to be an extension of Obama but it’s going to be worse, because with Obama you had your guard up. With Hillary you don’t, and it’s going to be worse,” 70-year-old Trump said.

In response to Trump’s remarks, the Clinton campaign released a statement by evangelical leader Deborah Fikes, who has served as an Executive Advisor to the World Evangelical Association.

Hillary Clinton is the leader who people of faith are looking for,” Fikes said.

“There is a troubling trend underway in America today. Donald Trump – a major party’s presumptive presidential nominee – has used even more disturbing language to mock women, Latinos, and people with disabilities,” said Fikes.

“He has repeatedly called for a ban on Muslims entering our country. And he has promised to surveil Muslim neighbourhoods in cities and suburbs across the United States.

As an evangelical Christian Faith, it troubles me deeply to see abuse of the vulnerable and intolerance toward religious minorities on the rise,” he said. Read More

Facebook investors OK new share class to keep Mark Zuckerberg at helm

Facebook investors OK new share class to keep Mark Zuckerberg at helm

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Facebook Inc shareholders approved a proposal to create a new class of non-voting shares, a move aimed at letting Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg give away his wealth without relinquishing control of the social media company he founded.

The company’s plan to issue two “Class C” shares for each Class A and Class B share held by shareholders, in what is effectively a 3-for-1 stock split, was approved by Facebookshareholders at the company’s annual general meeting on Monday.

The Class C shares will be publicly traded under a new symbol.

Zuckerberg said in December that he intended to put 99% of his Facebook shares into a new philanthropy project focussing on human potential and equality.

The creation of the Class C shares would allow Zuckerberg to sell the non-voting stock, but keep the voting Class A and Class B shares that would let him retain control of Facebook.

Zuckerberg plans on running Facebook “for a very long time”, the 32 year-old CEO told shareholders at a Q&A session at the AGM.

Shareholders also approved the continued tenure of all the eight board members, including billionaire investor Peter Thiel, who were up for re-election.

Facebook announced the plan to create the new class of non-voting shares on April 27. The approval of the plan was virtually certain since Zuckerberg controls the company. Read More

Facebook introduces 360-degree photos

Social media giant Facebook on Thursday introduced a new feature that enables users upload and view 360-degrees photos right in the News Feed, a media report said.

“Along with 360 photos from your friends and family, you can discover stunning new 360 photos on Facebook from public figures, publishers, and other organizations,” technology website The Verge quoted Andy Huang, product manager, Facebook, as saying.

“360 photos give you the ability to take the stage in front of 100,000 fans with Paul McCartney, get behind-the-scenes access to the Supreme Court via The New York Times,visit the International Space Station with NASA, and more,” he said.

After capturing a panorama or 360-degree photos with smartphone camera or a third-party app, users can now post the photo directly to the social network, where it will be converted into an image that can be viewed on desktop or any smartphone, the report added.

Users will be able to identify the photos by the compass icon floating on the upper right hand corner of the image.

All they need to do is click and drag on the image to explore the complete environment, or simply move their smartphone around.