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    Downgrading the Taj

    According to a news report, he dropped the Taj Mahal from UP’s list of tourist attractions. This is akin to Paris deleting the Eiffel Tower from its tourist brochures, or New York downplaying the Empire State Building.

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    'India Is Neglecting Taj Mahal Because Muslims Built It'

    Last Wednesday, a 32-page booklet entitled “Uttar Pradesh Tourism – Unlimited Possibilities” was unveiled. It highlights the key attractions in UP but Taj Mahal, which is one of the Seven Wonders.

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    Trump on the Warpath

    Fifteen years after George W. Bush declared that Iraq, Iran, and North Korea formed “an axis of evil,” Donald Trump, in his maiden address to the United Nations denounced Iran and North Korea in similarly vitriolic.

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    60 Rohingya presumed dead as boat capsizes off Bangladesh

    Survivors from the accident on Thursday told IOM staff that the boat was carrying about 80 people, including 50 children, who were believed to be fleeing violence from Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state.

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    Political reporter beaten to death in north-east India

    A reporter covering political unrest in India's northeast was beaten to death during violent clashes, officials said on Thursday, two weeks after the high-profile murder of another prominent journalist.

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    Some Rohingya are a serious security threat, Indian govt tells top court

    The Indian government told the country's top court on Monday that some of the Muslim Rohingya who have fled Myanmar are a serious security threat as it sought to justify moves to deport up to 40,000 of them.

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    Myanmar's Suu Kyi scraps UN trip amid Rohingya crisis

    Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi will not attend the United Nations General Assembly later this month, her spokesman said on Wednesday, as the Nobel laureate faces a barrage of criticism over her failure.

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    Delhi youth thrashed by 5 men for speaking in English

    According to the police, the man who has been identified as Varun Gulati was attacked when he had gone to drop off his friend at a five-star hotel in Delhi's Lutyens area, said a PTI report.

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    UN warns of ethnic cleansing of Myanmar Muslims

    The situation in Myanmar is a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing”, United Nations Human Rights Chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein told the UN Human Rights Council on Monday, as the number of Rohingya Muslims.

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    Dalai Lama says Buddha would have helped Myanmar's Muslims

    The Dalai Lama has spoken out for the first time about the Rohingya refugee crisis, saying Buddha would have helped Muslims fleeing violence in Buddhist-majority Myanmar.

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    Indian journalist Gauri Lankesh shot dead

    A prominent Indian journalist critical of Hindu nationalist politics has been shot dead in the southern state of Karnataka, police say.Gauri Lankesh, 55, was found lying in a pool of blood at her doorstep.

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    Doha worried about potential 'harassment' of Qatari pilgrims

    Qatar has sent only dozens of its citizens across the border to Saudi Arabia for this week’s hajj pilgrimage to Islam’s holiest sites because of the increasingly bitter crisis between the Gulf neighbours.

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    Worst violence in months kills 32 in Myanmar's Rakhine

    At least 32 people including five police officers were killed on Friday in Myanmar’s restive Rakhine state as Rohingya rebels launched pre-dawn raids on border posts, according to the office of State Counsellor Aung San.

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    Fear, unease growing among Muslims in India, says outgoing Vice President

    Outgoing Indian Vice President Hamid Ansari today said there is a feeling of unease and a sense of insecurity among the Muslims in the country, asserting the "ambience of acceptance" is now under threat.

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    Buddhist nationalists raise new fears among Rohingyas

    Religious tensions are on the rise again in Myanmar, after masked assailants attacked young Muslims and nationalists led by Buddhist monks set up protest camps in major cities this week.

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    Over 100 Indian military veterans lambaste Modi for attacks on Minorities

    100 military veterans in India have penned a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemning the targeting of Muslims and Dalits, the lowest caste in Hindu tradition, in the country, Arab News reported.

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    Jai Shri Ram chants at President Kovind’s oath ceremony expose BJP again

    Watching the oath-taking ceremony of newly elected President of India Ram Nath Kovind, images from memory reminded me about another Dalit face of the BJP, Bangaru Laxman, who was expelled over.

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    Bahrain charges 60 Muslims in mass “terrorism” trial

    Bahrain on Wednesday charged 60 people with forming a “terrorist group”, with a judicial source saying all 60 are Shias, as authorities tighten their grip on dissent in the Sunni-ruled kingdom.

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    Why a Dalit president does not mean Indian Dalits will have a better Future

    THESPIAN Dilip Kumar used an interesting metaphor in his movie Kranti, or revolution. The earthy couplet went thus: “Kulhadi mein lakdi ka dasta na hota, to lakdi ke katney ka rasta na hota.

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    UK Event Hears Call for Action on Anti-Muslim Coverage

    U.K. politicians should consider regulation to tackle the tide of negative media coverage about British Muslims. This was the message from a Liverpool conference this week.

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    Indian censors want 'cow', 'Hindu' beeped in film

    Indian censors have refused to certify a documentary film featuring Nobel prize-winning economist Amartya Sen unless words like “cow” and “Hindu India” are beeped out, the director said on Wednesday.

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    China's Uighur Muslims struggle under 'police state'

    Worshippers quietly passed through metal detectors as they entered the central mosque in China's far western city of Kashgar under the stern gaze of stone-faced police officers.

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    India's top court suspends ban on trade in cattle for slaughter

    India’s Supreme Court suspended on Tuesday a government ban on the trade of cattle for slaughter, a boost for the multi-billion dollar beef and leather industries mostly run by members of the Muslim minority.

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    Inside the mind of the Indian Muslim

    This year, I did not want to serve ‘them’ biryani on Eid. But that is not our ‘tehzeeb’, our culture, my father insisted. So, on June 26, one guest after another – some among them likely BJP voters.

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