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My statements ‘doctored and tampered with’, says preacher Zakir Naik

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Mumbai, July 15 

Claiming that his statements were “doctored and tampered out of context”, controversial NRI televangelist Zakir Naik on Friday asserted that he was a “messenger of peace” and unequivocally condemned all terror and terrorist activities.

He also revealed that he was a “NRI”, enjoying residential status in Dubai, Saudi Arabia plus some other countries, and visited India occasionally, including during the holy Ramadan month.

Condemning in his opening remarks Thursday night’s terror attack in France’s Nice, which claimed at least 84 lives, Naik termed as “misinformation” that he had ever advocated suicide bombings.

“I have been preaching for 25 years and I have always condemned terror attacks, suicide bombings since in this innocent people are killed and it is ‘anti-Islam’,” he said, addressing an aggressive media via Skype from Saudi Arabia, where he currently is.

“However, it (suicide attacks) may be used as a tactic of war to save the country, but in all other circumstances where innocents are targeted, it is ‘haram’ in Islam and condemnable,” he contended.

Replying to a question on how his speeches inspired the terrorists behind the recent Bangladesh terror attacks, Naik retorted that he had many fans in that country who watched him on Peace TV, and he attracted 14 million followers on Facebook of which 25 percent are from Bangladesh.

“Even he (the Dhaka terrorist) could be my fan. I challenge the media to show me an official source in Bangladesh who said I have inspired him. The media has picked it up without confirmation,” he shot back.

Claiming that his speeches have been “purposely quoted out of context”, Naik rejected outright the contention that he supported terror and said he was being subjected to a media trial.

He said he had 30 allegations against him and he was quoted out of context and challenged the media persons to prove him wrong since he had the original unedited recordings and could easily verify the doctored tapes doing the rounds on social media networks.

“You have seen doctored clips and tampered statements. You should find out who is doing this, and by using my popularity pushing innocent Muslims to see the (doctored) clips and get influenced,” Naik urged.

“There are some other speakers on Islam who preach that when you kill others or non-Muslims, you will attain paradise. But such speakers are actually misguiding the people, misrepresenting facts and are anti-Quran,” he said.

To a question, he said he had never been summoned or contacted by police in the past nine days since the controversy erupted, but was prepared to fully cooperate with them for any kind of investigations.

“I am an NRI but when my media team informed me of the developments, I decided to come here for a few days to clarify my position,” he said.

On why Peace TV was banned, Naik said he had applied to the Information & Broadcasting Ministry in 2008 for downlinking, so what was the ban when only the downlinking permission had not been given. He alleged that the real reason it is “banned” is because it is a Muslim minority channel.

Naik’s Peace TV and Peace mobile have been banned in Bangladesh following revelations that two of the young Islamist attackers who killed 20 hostages, mostly foreigners, during a Dhaka cafe siege on July 1 drew “inspiration” from his speeches.

After three earlier unsuccessful attempts, Naik’s Skype media interaction finally materialized in a dingy basement hall in Mazagaon area, and at times saw heated exchanges between him and media persons, even as his PR team attempted to control the situation.

(IANS)

 

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Parliament winter session adjourned till 18th December

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New Delhi, 15th December: Rajyasabha adjourned till 11 am on 18th December after MLAs kept shouting and sloganeering. Before adjourning the house the Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien asked all MLAs if they don’t want private Members’ Bills. Replying to the deputy chairman the members said ‘no.’

Private Bills to be introduced in Rajyasabha 

Vinay P. Sahasrabuddhe (BJP) to introduce The Educational Innovations Commission Bill, 2017.

V. Vijaysai Reddy (YSR Congress) introduces The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (insertion of new article 21B), The Prevention of Enforced Disappearance Bill, 2017 and The Prevention of Torture Bill, 2017.

T. Subbarami Reddy(Congress) introduces The Flood and Drought Control Bill, 2017 and The Play Schools (Regulation) Bill, 2017.

Sukhendu Sekhar Roy (Trinamool Congress) introduces The Bail Bill, 2017 and The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (amendment of article 366).

Narayan Lal Panchariya (BJP) The Vedic Education (Compulsory Teaching in Educational Institutions) Bill, 2017, The Solar Power (Development, Promotion and Mandatory Use) Bill, 2017 and The Judicial Statistics Bill, 2017

Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad raises the issue of PM Modi’s allegations against former PM (Manmohan Singh) & others of conspiring with Pakistan for Gujarat Election 2017, says, ‘ye sadharan aarop nahi hai.’ House adjourned till 2:30 pm.

Members of Rajyasabha on the first day of Winter session raised issue of Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar’s disqualification. ‘Taanashahi nahin chalegi’ slogans raised by opposition, Chairman Venkaiah Naidu said ‘All in Well, not well!’. House adjourned till 12 noon.

Vijay Goel of the BJP makes a statement on government business from December 18, 2017. He lists the Bills the government has had passed by the Lok Sabha, pending in the Rajya Sabha.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi introduces the newly inducted Cabinet Ministers, in Rajya Sabha. Earlier today, he introduced them in Lok Sabha.

Lok Sabha adjourned till 18th December 11 AM, after obituary references.

Vice chairman of Rajyasabha and Loksabha speaker read obituary references after the start of parilament session with National anthem.

Earlier Prime minister Narendra Modi has hoped for productive outcomes from the session . Talking to media PM Modi said, “I have faith & all-party meeting y’day shared same idea that this Parliament session should be held with positive approach to move the country forward. I also hope that country will be benefited & democracy will be strengthened from the session: PM Modi ahead of winter session.”

Meanwhile after a meeting on Thursday(14th December) the opposition discussed startegy to encirlce the government over various issues like Rafael Deal, GST, Iflation etc.

Amit Shah is also making his first parliament debut through Rajyasabha from this winter session. This session will also  be the first full-fledged session chaired by the recently-elected Vice President M. Venkiah Naidu.

This partliament session is the shortest of all winter sessions from last 2 decades. Opposition parties also criticised the government for compromising with parliament session for political gain.

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‘Super Dancer’ shoot stopped midway for Shashi Kapoor

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Mumbai, Dec 5: The shooting of popular dance reality show “Super Dancer Chapter 2” was stopped midway to pay tribute to veteran actor-filmmaker Shashi Kapoor, who breathed his last on Monday here.

Actress Shilpa Shetty Kundra, filmmaker Anurag Basu and choreographer Geeta Kapur, who are seen as judges on “Super Dancer Chapter 2”, stopped the shooting of the show in-between when they heard about Shashi Kapoor’s demise on Monday and stood in silence to pay homage.

Also present on the set were actors Govinda and Raveena Tandon.

“Stopped the shoot on the set of ‘Super Dancer’ the minute we heard. All stood in silence to pay respects. Deeply saddened to hear about this. One of the most finest stylish actor in the industry. You shall always remain in our hearts Shashi Kapoor. Rest in peace,” Raveena posted on Instagram alongside a throwback image of the actor.

Shashi Kapoor breathed his last at 5.20 p.m. at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital on Monday after a period of hospitalisation. He was 79.

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Sunny Leone confident Telugu film will change her image

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Mumbai, Dec 4: Actress Sunny Leone is excited about featuring in action sequences in a period war film in Telugu.

She has been signed up for a movie to be directed by V.C. Vadivudaiyan. Ponse Stephen is producing the film. The yet untitled film will be “based on the culture of south India”, read a statement.

For this project, she is all geared up to learn sword fighting, horse riding and other stunt-related arts. For this purpose, a special trainer from Andhra Pradesh will fly to Mumbai and teach Sunny all these arts.

Sunny has given a call sheet of 150 days, and around 70 minutes of the movie is said to be computer generated imagery-driven. It will be released in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Hindi.

“After this movie, I am sure my image will change completely. I have always liked doing action sequences. I was waiting for a script like this only for years. I started preparing for this movie from the minute director V.C. Vadivudayan narrated me the script”, Sunny said.

“I have a special love towards south India, so I am very happy to do a straight Telugu movie. I have a lot of my fans in south India, especially Andra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala”,Sunny further added.

The shoot will start from February 2018.

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