Muhammad: The First Islamic Radical

News4u-Features Desk- Self-radicalization is a commonly used term in the media today that applies to extremist Muslims, who turn to violence in the name of Jihad or Islam. It is as if those Muslims, who were normal peaceful people in recent past, suddenly turn to a violent path all on their own without any appeal to any ideals or indoctrination from outside. Even if anything, the teachings of Islam, or the Islamic doctrine of Jihad, certainly has nothing to do with their so-called self-radicalization.

The fact of the matter is: the religion of Islam itself is an extremely radical and violent ideology, and its founder Prophet Muhammad himself was the first radical of Islam. And as per the Quranic injunction, Muhammad remains an ideal personality to be emulated (including his radicalism) by Muslims for all eternity.

The story of Muhammad is the journey of a boy born in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, in 570 AD. His father dead before his birth and mother passed away in early childhood, he was raised by his uncle Abu Talib. He grew up to become a trader and at the age of 25 married a elderly rich woman, Khadija bint Khawalayd, 15 years his senior. In the year 610 AD, he supposedly met Angel Gabriel in a cave outside Mecca. Thereon, started the process of his alleged receiving of divine revelations from God via Angel Gabriel for transmission to mankind. Those revelations were, after his death, recorded in a book, called the Quran. The Quran is divided into 2 dramatically different parts: (1) The more sober Mecca Quran, and (2) the militant Medina Quran. In his life journey from Mecca to Medina, Muhammad beginning as a modest and rather pacifist preacher became transformed into self-radicalized militant prophet of war, mass murder, terror, torture, rape and child molestation.

In Mecca, at least toward the beginning, Muhammad was more like pious preacher, exhorting people to submit to true path of God, namely Islam. He followed disciplines of prayer, fasting, and worship.

The Mecca Quran was more inclined toward spirituality, tolerance, acceptance, and inner cleansing through submission to the word of Allah; it is certainly not militant or violence inciting. 550 verses were revealed in Mecca. Following are just a few examples:

(1) Devotion to God:

O man! What has seduced thee from thy Lord Most Beneficent? Him Who created thee, fashioned thee in due proportion, and gave thee a just bias; In whatever Form He wills, does He put them together. Nay! But ye do reject Right and Judgment! But verily over you (are appointed angels) to protect you, kind and honourable, writing down (your deeds): They know and understand all that ye do. As for the Righteous, they will be in Bliss; and the Wicked, they will be in the Fire, which they will enter on the Day of Judgment, and they will not be able to keep away therefrom. And what will explain to thee what the Day of Judgment is? Again, what will explain to thee what the Day of Judgment is? (It will be) the Day when no soul shall have power (to do) aught for another: For the Command, that Day, will be (wholly) with God. (Surah 82.6-19)

(2) Humility

By the Glorious Morning Light, and by the Night when it is still, Thy Guardian-Lord hath not forsaken thee, nor is He displeased. And verily the hereafter will be better for thee than the present. And soon will thy Guardian- Lord give thee (that wherewith) thou shalt be well-pleased. Did He not find thee an orphan and give thee shelter (and care)? And He found thee wandering, and He gave thee guidance. And He found thee in need, and made thee independent. Therefore, treat not the orphan with harshness, nor repulse the petitioner (unheard); but the Bounty of thy Lord - Rehearse and proclaim! (Surah 93.1-11)

(3) Freedom to practice whatever religion one chooses to.

109:6 Unto you your religion, and unto me my religion

(4) Be patient with unbelievers and let Allah judge:

73:10 And bear with patience what they utter, and part from them with a fair leave-taking. [3, Mecca]

10:109 And (O Muhammad) follow that which is inspired in thee, and forbear until Allah give judgment. And He is the Best of Judges. [51, Mecca]

(5) Just warn, not coerce, the infidels.

50:45 We are Best Aware of what they say, and thou (O Muhammad) art in no wise a compeller over them. But warn by the Qur’an him who feareth My threat.

10:99: And if thy Lord willed, all who are in the earth would have believed together. Wouldst thou (Muhammad) compel men until they are believers?

(6) Show kindness and tolerance toward infidels.

7:199 Keep to forgiveness (O Muhammad), and enjoin kindness, and turn away from the ignorant.

After 13 years of preaching Muhammad in Mecca, he was allegedly forced to flee Mecca in 622 to Medina, where almost all his followers had already migrated. And these Mecca teachings culminated into one of the most famous Quranic verse 2:256, urging ‘no compulsion in religion’:

“There shall be no compulsion in [acceptance of] the religion. The right course has become clear from the wrong. So whoever disbelieves in Taghut and believes in Allah has grasped the most trustworthy handhold with no break in it. And Allah is Hearing and Knowing.”

RADICALIZATION OF MUHAMMAD IN MEDINA

It was in Medina that Muhammad attained power and transformed Islam from a relatively benign form of monotheism into an militant expansionary political ideology that persists to this day. In Medina we see a very different Muhammad and a very different concept of Islam and a very different Allah. Here Muhammad gradually became radicalized in accordance with the commands of God and became a political ruler and military commander. The Allah of Medina guided his prophet to become a warlord, seeking military conquests. In Medina, Muhammad used the threat of the sword to compel people to embrace Islam. Gone was message of verse 2:256: Let There Be In Compulsion In Religion. It was replaced by such teachings as 9:5, 9:29:

(1) Fight the unbelievers until religion is for Allah only:

“And fight them until there is no more fitnah (disbelief and polytheism, i.e. worshiping others besides Allah) and the religion (worship) will all be for Allah alone (in the whole world). But if they cease (worshiping others besides Allah) then certainly, Allah is All-Seer of what they do.” (Sura 8.39).

(2) No more choice in religion

As for him who opposes the messenger, after the guidance has been pointed out to him, and follows other than the believers’ way, we will direct him in the direction he has chosen, and commit him to Hell; what a miserable destiny! [4:115]

Then should they turn back (meaning: apostized), seize them and kill them wherever you find them; and do not take from them any companion or supporter (Quran, Chapter 4: 89)

(3) No more patience with unbelievers. Now must curse them:

[22.72] When Our Clear Signs are rehearsed to them, thou wilt notice a denial on the faces of the Unbelievers! they nearly attack with violence those who rehearse Our Signs to them. Say, “Shall I tell you of something (far) worse than these Signs? It is the Fire (of Hell)! Allah has promised it to the Unbelievers! and evil is that destination!”

[33:57] Surely, those who oppose GOD and His messenger, GOD afflicts them with a curse in this life, and in the Hereafter; He has prepared for them a shameful retribution.

(4) Tolerance no more; coerce the kafirs:

“In order that Allah may separate the pure from the impure, put all the impure ones [i.e. non-Muslims] one on top of another in a heap and cast them into hell. They will have been the ones to have lost.” (Sura 8.37)

Certainly! Allâh will admit those who believe (in the Oneness of Allâh Islâmic Monotheism) and do righteous good deeds, to Gardens under which rivers flow (Paradise), while those who disbelieve enjoy themselves and eat as cattle eat, and the Fire will be their abode. 47:12

(5) No more pacifism. Time to terrorize, torture, murder:

The only reward of those who make war upon Allah and His messenger and strive after corruption in the land will be that they will be killed or crucified, or have their hands and feet on alternate sides cut off, or will be expelled out of the land. Such will be their degradation in the world, and in the Hereafter theirs will be an awful doom (5:33)

“Allah revealed His will to the angels, saying: ‘I shall be with you. Give courage to the believers. I shall cast terror into the hearts of the infidels. Strike off their heads, strike off the very tips of their fingers!’ That was because they defied Allah and His apostle. He that defies Allah and his apostle shall be sternly punished by Allah.” (Sura 8.12-13)

(6) No tolerance for critics. Just kill them:

9.061 Among them are men who molest the Prophet and say, “He is (all) ear.” Say, “He listens to what is best for you: he believes in Allah, has faith in the Believers, and is a Mercy to those of you who believe.” But those who molest the Messenger will have a grievous penalty. (In the link ‘leaving Islam’ you will find many events where Muhammad had numerous critics murdered )

(7) Do not associate even with your parents and siblings if they reject Islam:

9.023 O ye who believe! take not for protectors your fathers and your brothers if they love infidelity above Faith: if any of you do so, they do wrong

(8) Time to cursed who reject Islam for eternity

9:73 O Prophet! Strive against the disbelievers and the hypocrites! Be harsh with them. Their ultimate abode is hell, a hapless journey’s end.

22:19 These twain (the believers and the disbelievers) are two opponents who contend concerning their Lord. But as for those who disbelieve, garments of fire will be cut out for them; boiling fluid will be poured down on their heads [103, Medina ]

22:20 Whereby that which is in their bellies, and their skins too, will be melted; [103, Medina ]

22:21 And for them are hooked rods of iron. [103, Medina ]

22:22 Whenever, in their anguish, they would go forth from thence they are driven back therein and (it is said unto them): Taste the doom of burning.

Muhammad’s 13 years of preaching in Mecca was out and out a failure, mastering only 100-dd followers. Had he continued walking the same path in Medina, Islam would have died a natural death, probably in his life-time itself. But the militant radicalization of Muhammad that changed Islam into a plundering Mafia enterprise, offering its prospective followers a share of the loot and captured women, as well as forcing those who would reject Islam to embrace it on the pain of death, that Islam became a lasting and expanding successful religious enterprise as it continues today.

In Medina Muhammad re-invented Allah and turned Him into a criminal Godfather Whom Muhammad would use to hand over earthly political power to him, and utilize His supposed teachings as religious and legal justification for his evil criminality. That is how Islam turned itself into a successful cult.

Abrogation: The complete and ultimate radicalization of Islam and its followers

Most Muslims are like ordinary people, and the Mecca part of the Quranic revelations could offer them a peace basis of religious life. But Allah did not leave that option open to them. The radical Muhammad of Medina faced a huge problem with the initial non-militant teachings of the Quran. Had his followers appealed to those nonviolent teachings of the Quran, his desire for plunder, power and dominion could not be realized. And Allah, ever ready to satisfy Muhammad’s every desire, came to his rescue by abrogating the entire Mecca teachings of the Quran:

Quran 2:106. “Whatever a Verse (revelation) do We {Allah} abrogate or cause to be forgotten, We bring a better one or similar to it. Know you not that Allah is able to do all things?
Quran 16:101 “And when We change (one) communication for (another) communication, and Allah knows best what He reveals.”
This abrogation doctrine nullifies the earlier teachings, namely the pacifist Meccan revelations by the radicalized and militant later revelations of Medina, which turns Islam into an absolutely radical and militant religious faith. It gave Muslims no option to appeal to the apparently peaceful verses revealed in Mecca. For a detailed listing of the verses of the Quran that were canceled by the doctrine of abrogation, go to http://www.islamreform.net/new-page-27.htm.

Through the process of aborgation, 71 Suras of the Quran out of 114 in total, i.e. 62.28% of the suras of the Quran, have become null and void (Abu Ja’afar al Nakhass’ al Nasikh wal Mansukh’). Therefore, only 43 later Surahs revealed in Medina stand valid. And this valid part of Islam teaches Muslims only deceit, torture, murder, assassination, massacre, genocide, pillage, robbery, enslavement and rape as divinely sanction halal (legal) acts that would earn Muslims a ticket to Islamic paradise, as long as those are perpetrated upon kafirs.

In sum, Muhammad initiated Islam as a relatively benign and nonviolent religious faith, but as he grew in power, he radicalized it into an evil ideology whose sole purpose is to conquer the world for Allah. The Quran became a declaration of war against the kafirs. This war is permanent until ALL kafirs have converted to Islam, or are in dhimmitude (institutionalized discrimination akin to second class slavery status) or have been murdered.

From a humble preacher, Muhammad, after turning into a radical, went on order more than 60 raids and invasion, some involving massacres, and he personally participated in 27 of those. The worst sufferer of Muhammad’s militant radicalization was the Jews of the Arab Peninsula, who suffered whole-sale exile, execution and enslavement. Some of the most chilling utterances of Muhammad concerning the Jews are:

…the Apostle of Allah said, “Kill any Jew that falls into your power.” (Ibn Ishaq, Life of Muhammad, p. 553)

Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar: Allah’s Apostle said, “You (i.e. Muslims) will fight with the Jews till some of them will hide behind stones. The stones will (betray them) saying, ‘O ‘Abdullah (i.e. slave of Allah)! There is a Jew hiding behind me; so kill him.” (Bukhari 4:52:176)

And the radicalization of Muhammad saw its climax in the Massacre of Banu Quraiza, where he ordered the beheading of 600 to 900 men, and personally initiated the slaughter by beheading 2 Jewish leaders. To read about this very great Banu Quraiza tragedy, go to: http://www.islamreform.net/new-page-209.htm

Therefore, the so-called self-radicalization of Muslims is nothing but their following the teachings and commands of the holy Quran and emulating the examples of Prophet Muhammad, the only perfect man ever to appear on the earth.Islam watch, Europe News


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Chau dance brings change to lives of anti-socials

News4u-Features Desk- A joint initiative by the East Singhbhum district police and a cultural organisation in Jamshedpur has brought positive change in the lives of drug addicts, petty criminals and street ruffians by schooling them in the art of Chau dance and acting.

There are 35 of them, all slum dwellers of Sonari locality here and aged below 18 years, who are learning the dance and acting from the teachers of “Kala Dham”, the cultural organisation based here in the Steel City.

Deputy Superintendent of Police of East Singhbhum district Jagdish Prasad said the initiative was aimed at bringing the misguided youths back to the mainstream.

Prasad said such initiatives would be taken in other areas of the district too.

The teachers are president of Kala Dham Gautam Gope, who is an accomplished theatre actor, Mahavir Mahato, a Chau dance teacher of Manbhum style, and Kuldev Mahato, another Chau dance teacher of Seraikela style.

Gope said, “Some of them used to inhale ‘dendrite’, an adhesive substance, regularly and indulged in petty crime like theft which led to frequent disturbances in the locality.”

Some of them had served three months’ imprisonment in the remand home here after a violent clash with youths residing in an adjoining slum, he said.

Gope said the type of Chau dance they were teaching was based on martial art and required physical skill, like somersault, and strength. His team, Gope said, therefore chose the Domuhani riverbed where plenty of sand was available to train them.

Gope takes pride in the fact that the learners, who included some girls, progressed very quickly.

Gope said that a social organization “Free Legal Aid Committee” had arranged a building where the students would be trained free of cost.

The National School of Drama recently invited them to take part in the “Jasn-e-bachapan” competition to be held in Delhi on Children’s day on November 14.

“We have sent a CD of these children performing the dance and street play,” he said.

The money to run the show mostly comes from staging of street corner plays by his threate troupe for the government, Tata Steel and Unicef, he said when asked about the finance.

“Most of our street corners plays held in rural pockets fetch Rs 900 per play,” Gope, who has been performing in street corner plays for the last seven years, said.

Acknowledging the initiative, Officer-in-charge of Sonari police station, Animesh Gupta, said that frequent clashes between rival groups and petty crimes like snatching and brawls had come down in the locality ever since these boys joined Kala Dham.


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Toddler’s eye contact may signal autism risk

News4u-Features Desk- New York,Low levels of joint attention - the act of making eye contact with another person to share an experience - without a positive affective component (a smile) in the first year is linked to high risk of autism disorder, says a study.

Early joint attention initiation without smiling - matter-of-fact looking at a person to communicate interest in a toy - was negatively associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) symptoms, the findings showed.

“The ability to coordinate attention with another person without a smile, without an emotional component, seems to be particularly important for high-risk siblings in the development of ASD symptoms,” said Devon Gangi from University of Miami, US.

“The detection of markers associated with autism early in life, before a child can be diagnosed with autism, is important to help identify children at the greatest need for early interventions,” Gangi said.

Some babies are at risk for autism because they have an older sibling that has the disorder.

According to the study, the less joint attention without smiling at 8 months in a high-risk sibling, the more likely they were to have elevated ASD symptoms by 30 months.

Less early initiating of joint attention without smiling is a particularly important skill for high-risk siblings, the study added.

The researchers primarily predicted the children’s symptom level. Symptoms vary in at-risk siblings, some of whom have an ASD outcome and some of whom do not. They did not look at whether the younger sibling eventually received an ASD diagnosis.

The study appeared in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.IANS


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Put a stop to it….

News4u- Features Desk- Yet another artist from Pakistan is all set to make his debut in a Hindi film, named Khubsoorat. This desire to import singers and actors from across the border is beyond comprehension. Do we lack in talent & good looks ?

I can bet that hundreds of faces from India would give Fawad Khan a tough competition in acting prowess as well as personality. Then, are the producers of India inviting Pakistanis to act in their films so that they could garner goodwill among the two nations.

Well, for that I can only say that this “Aman Ki Asha is a Durasha”, a hoax. They keep pumping bullets into our soldiers, sending out terrorists to destroy every thing good here and we like gullible fools reward them with invites to sing, dance and act to fill their coffers with our hard earned money and get fame.

We already have quite a few Khans who are Indians to the core. We do not want any import of Khans to deny a crowd of aspiring young Indian talents of success in the film industry. Fawad Khan is welcome in a Pakistani serial. Let him stay there.

Enough is enough, we must raise our voices against this self destructing, treacherous and condemnable action of some film makers. In a relationship there is always give and take. We have been giving them fame and money in return for Terrorism. It should stop.

By- Veera Chaturvedi
veera@news4u.co.in


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Landslides in HP, U’khand as rains lash north India

News4u-News Desk- Moderate to heavy rains lashed most parts of north India on Tuesday triggering landslides in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand and causing rivers across the region to flow close to the danger mark at several places.

People in Delhi were affected by extreme humidity which was recorded between 64 and 92 percent, a day after the city experienced light showers. Till 8.30 am Tuesday, 2.7 mm rains were recorded, the MeT office said.

The maximum temperature was recorded at 34.9 degrees Celsius, a notch above the normal, while the minimum settled at 25.8 degrees Celsius, a notch below normal.

Heavy rains lashed most parts of Uttarakhand on Tuesday triggering landslides and sending major rivers into spate even as roads to Himalayan shrines remained blocked stalling Chardham yatra.

Two houses and a cattleshed were razed to the ground due to landslips at Odar village near Tharali in Chamoli district, but there was no loss of life, a disaster management and mitigation centre release said.

Chardham yatra remained affected with roads to the famous Himalayan shrines of Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri was blocked at a number of places.

The threat of floods in the plains also loomed large with major rivers flowing close to the danger mark. Ganga at Rishikesh was flowing at 339.03 metres against the danger mark of 339.50 metres.

At Haridwar, it was flowing at 292.50 metres less than a metre down the danger mark at 293 metres.

Alaknanda at Badrinath was flowing at 3,111.45 metres, less than two metres down the danger mark at 3,113 metres.

Kumaon region in the state received heaviest rains with Nainital recording the highest at 85 mm rains followed by Dharchula at 34 mm and Munsayari 19 mm.

Normal life was thrown out of gear in several parts of Himachal on Tuesday as heavy rains triggered landslides, uprooted trees and affected power supply in parts of Shimla.

Major rivers flowed above danger mark and people living along the banks and downstream the dams were asked to take necessary precautions and shift to safer places.

Dharamsala experienced the most showers at 119 mm followed by Shimla 89 mm, Jubbarhatti 60 mm, Manali 47 mm, Bajaura 45 mm, Jogindernagar 37 mm, Bhandal 26 mm, Sangrah and Kangra 24 mm each, Kahu22 mm and Jhungi 20 mm.

Una registered a record high of 43 degrees Celsius during the season while at other places in the state, mercury settled at around normal levels.

Moderate to heavy rains lashed several places in Rajasthan with Churu recording 66.4 mm rainfall, the highest in the state followed by Ajmer 27.1 mm, Chittorgarh 27 mm, Pilani 26.1 mm, Jodhpur 22.3 mm, Dabok 4 mm, Ganganagar 1.3 mm and Kota 1 mm rains since Tuesday morning, the Met department said, adding, many other places recorded light to heavy rainfall.

Moderate to rather heavy rains occurred at many places over west Uttar Pradesh and at a few places over eastern parts of the state in the last 24 hours.

According to the Met department, Sidhauli received most rains at 11 cm followed by Nawabganj, Kalpi 9 cm each, Fatehpur, Amroha 7 cm each, Ramsanehighat, Jalesar 6 cm each, Karhal 5 cm, and Kasganj, Hathras, Meerut, Hamirpur, Kanpur, Sirauli, Salon, Barabanki, Mathura, and Chibramau 4 cm each.

Monsoon rains lashed several parts of Punjab and Haryana too with mercury plunging several notches below normal levels.

Union Territory Chandigarh recorded maximum at 32 degrees Celsius while the city recorded 0.3 mm, a Met report said.

In Haryana, Bhiwani and Hisar had rainfall of 7.8 mm and 11.2 mm while their maximums settling at 33 degrees Celsius and 32.3 degrees Celsius, respectively.

Narnaul had rainfall of 7 mm and its maximum was 33 degrees Celsius. Ambala had maximum of 31.6 degrees Celsius.

In Punjab, Amritsar, Ludhiana and Patiala received rainfall of 3 mm, 6 mm and 4 mm and their maximums settled at 32, 32.1 and 32.6 degrees Celsius, respectively, down by up to two degrees from the normal levels.


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Eng in control as India tottering at 313/8 after Day 3

News4u-Sports Desk- India still needed 47 runs to avoid the embarrassment of a follow-on after pathetic shot selection by some of the top-order batsmen, which allowed England to tighten their grip on the third cricket Test at Southampton on Tuesday.

At stumps, India were precariously placed at 313 for eight, with skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni waging a lone battle with a gritty half-century.

Almost all the Indian batsmen got starts but failed to convert into a big score which is required while chasing a mammoth first innings score.

India are still 246 runs behind England’s first innings score of 569 for seven. At stumps Dhoni (50 batting) and Mohammed Shami (4 batting) were at the crease battling to keep India in this Test match with two full days to go.

James Anderson (3/52) and Stuart Broad (3/65) hunted in pair while Moeen Ali (2/62) was a beneficiary of poor shotmaking by a couple of Indian players.

It was terible shot selection that brought about the downfall of Rohit Sharma (28) and Ajinkya Rahane (54), both of whom looked set for long haul.

Rohit after a 74-run stand with Rahane was guilty of charging down to part-time off-spinner Ali failing to clear Stuart Broad at mid-off.

Rahane, who scored a gutsy half-century after a fine spell from Broad in the pre-lunch session, mishit a half-tracker from Ali to be caught by substitute fielder Sean Terry at mid-on. Rahane hit five boundaries in his 113 ball knock and his dismissal proved costly in the broader context of the Indian innings.

Even Virat Kohli (39) looked like hitting some form before he nibbled at an awaygoing delivery from his nemesis Jimmy Anderson to be caught by Alastair Cook at first slip.

Skipper Dhoni curbed his natural instincts to play a subdued game and added 58 runs for the seventh wicket with Ravindra Jadeja (31), who was the dominant partner.

Jadeja, as usual, batted in his flowing self, hitting six oundaries in the process before the second new ball did the trick. Anderson got one to swing back into the left-hander trapping him plumb in-front.

Twice Dhoni took risk during his 103 ball knock. Once when he dispatched Moeen Ali’s long hop over mid-wicket for a six and the other time while hitting Broad over extra cover to complete his 31st Test half century.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar (19) got his first below-20 score in the tournament and it was left to Dhoni to carry on the battle of avoiding follow-on.

The post-lunch session started with Kohli and Rahane looking to build a partnership. But they could only go as far as 48 runs before India lost another wicket.

This time it was the big one of Kohli, who had until then, fought hard with patience and determination before Anderson accounted for Kohli.

Rohit then walked to the crease, getting his first chance in this series. He started well, rotating the strike with Rahane, as Moeen Ali (1-37) was deployed from one end.

Rohit used his feet well against the part-time spinner while Rahane was watchful yet scoring at a decent pace.

They got the scoreboard ticking again and soon celebrated their 50-run partnership, the mark coming off only 78 balls in the 61st over of the innings.

Two overs later Rahane celebrated his half-century, another sterling effort after the hundred at Lord’s.

He reached there off 92 balls, with five fours. The 200-run mark for India also came up in the same over.

But then, Rohit played a careless stroke in a bid to keep on attacking Ali, throwing caution to the wind as tea-time approached, and holed out to Broad at mid-off.

Earlier, Broad bowled a brilliant spell in the morning session to reduce the visitors to 88/3 at one stage.

Anderson opened proceedings on the day but it was Chris Woakes (0-10) who was deployed alongside him from the other end.

It was a clear ploy by England to keep attacking with either Anderson or Broad (2/23) from one end, with Woakes and Chris Jordan (0-23) playing second fiddle.

This tactic worked as Anderson first worked up the batsmen with his swing early on and then Broad charged in to create more trouble.

There wasn’t too much in the pitch but the two bowlers still got the odd delivery to create doubts in the mind of the batsmen and that is how both the crucial wickets came about after the 50-run mark had come up in the 22nd over.

Pujara was the first to go, looking to leave a short delivery from Broad in the 24th over, as the ball followed him and kissed his glove on its way to the debutant keeper Jos Buttler who snared his first victim in Test cricket. He hit three boundaries in his 52-ball knock.

Albeit unlucky, it was another start thrown away on tour by the prolific Saurashtra batsman.

Kohli came out to bat thereafter, under pressure from his recent few failures, but got going despite some nervy moments at the crease.

He quickly added 32 runs for the third wicket with Vijay at the other end, but then Broad struck once again.

He was troubling the opener outside his off stump and created enough doubts in his mind to make him play-and-leave at one delivery that took an edge and rattled back to his stumps.

Rahane then joined Kohli at the crease and they saw off the session, adding 20 runs for the fourth wicket and taking India past the 100-run mark in the 35th over.

There was only a minor hiccup in the 37th over when Moeen almost had Rahane dismissed caught as the ball appeared to touch his gloves but umpire Rod Tucker failed to notice it.

For the record, once Broad got Bhuvneshwar out, it was the 500th Test wicket as a pair for Broad and Anderson.


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Kerry arrives today for talks with new Indian govt on key issues

News4u-News Desk- Seeking to seize transformative moment in ties with India, US Secretary of State John Kerry will arrive on Wednesday for talks on key issues with the new leadership in New Delhi.

Kerry’s visit two months ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s trip to Washington in September end is aimed at instilling some vigor into the bilateral ties, which appeared to have lost momentum in the final years of UPA regime.

During his three-day visit, Kerry will co-chair the fifth India-US Strategic Dialogue on 31st July along with his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj on crucial issues of Strategic Cooperation; Energy and Climate Change, Education and Development; Economy, Trade and Agriculture; Science and Technology, Health and Innovation.

Ahead of his visit, Kerry in Washington said “This is a potentially transformative moment in our partnership with India, and we’re determined to deliver on the strategic and historic opportunities that we can create together” and added that “The US and India can and should be indispensable partners for the 21st century.”

He will call on Modi, who has been invited by American President Barack Obama for a meeting in Washington in September.

India-US ties hit a low at the end of last year after senior Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade was arrested in New York, strip-searched and charged with visa fraud for allegedly underpaying her babysitter.

Kerry is also expected to visit Bengaluru and will also be joined by the Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker, who will be visiting Mumbai prior to participating in the Strategic Dialogue.

The US Secretary of State will be accompanied by a high- level inter-agency delegation and apart from Pritzker, the delegation includes Deputy Secretary of the Department of Energy Daniel Poneman, Under Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Francis X Taylor and the US Special Envoy for Climate Change in the Department of State Todd Stern.


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Lab-to-Land, PM’s slogan for increasing agri production

News4u-News Desk- Pitching for greater use of research for boosting the agriculture sector, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday gave the slogan ‘Lab-to-Land’, saying that farmers should be able to enhance production to increase their income and feed the country as well as the world.

He pressed for the use of scientific technologies to help raise the agricultural production in “less land, less time” as he expressed concern over the depleting natural resources and the challenge of climate change.

The Prime Minister also called for ‘Blue Revolution’ in fisheries sector on the lines of Green and White Revolutions.

“We have to prove two points. One is how we can make farmers capable of feeding the whole country and the world. Second is how we can make agriculture capable to fill the pocket of our farmers,” Modi said while addressing the 86th Foundation Day of Indian Council Agriculture Research (ICAR) in New Delhi on Tuesday.

He asked the scientific community to plan for the centenary celebrations of ICAR and achieve more in the next 14 years than what they have over the last 86 years of the existence of the premium agriculture research body.

“Per drop, more crop’ can be our mission statement,” he said, while noting that India is still dependent on import of edible oil and pulses despite being an agrarian economy and efforts need to be made to become self-sufficient.

He emphasised upon the need for taking scientific research to fields and suggested setting up of radio stations by agri-colleges and universities to create awareness among farmers.

The farm growth target cannot be achieved unless farmers’ income is increased, Modi said, adding that the government’s policies therefore should focus in this direction.

Modi also talked about the need to address the challenge of taking farm research from ‘Lab-to-Land’ by making efforts to convince farmers about efficacy of new farm techniques in simple ways.

“Food demand is huge and this is an opportunity for us. The biggest challenge before us how we take research work from Lab to Land. Unless this work does not reach field, we cannot get results,” Modi said.

Exhorting agriculture universities/college to start radio stations, he said that young educated and progressive farmers along with farm research scholars can form a talent pool.

He asked ICAR to digitise database of all agri-research work in the country in the next 4-5 years.

On the need to achieve ‘Blue Revolution’ in the fishery sector, Modi said: “In India’s tri-colour flag, we talk about Green and White Revolution. But there is also blue colour Ashoka Chakra. That revolution we also need to look at.”

The development of the fishery sector is necessary as there is huge global market for this and has potential to change the life of fishermen, he said, and called for greater research and promotion of coastal seaweed.

In order to reduce dependence on import of pulses and cooking oils, the Prime Minister said that the production of pulses and oilseeds is a big challenge even today and priority should be given to raise productivity.

“Even today, production of pulses and oilseeds is a big challenge. There is a need to increase production of pulses. Poorest of the poor should also get pulses which has high protein. We need to work in this direction.” he said.

Noting that the country is still dependent on import of cooking oils despite being an agrarian economy, Modi emphasised that there is a need to take it as challenge by both scientists and the farming community to address this issue.

Modi also asked ICAR to focus on harnessing the potential of Himalayan herbal medicine as China is ahead in this area.

Emphasising upon the need to address water crisis, he asked ICAR to explore scientific approach to manage water according to changing weather cycles.

“Water is God’s offering to us and we should ensure that no single drop of water is wasted. How do we spread this message among common man? How do we work in this direction? Can we make ‘Per drop more drop’ as our mission statement? Similarly ‘Kam Zameen, Kam samay and Zyada Upaj’,” he said.

Modi said that awareness about water conservation among people is necessary as they are the ones who have to work upon this, though seminars on global warming and environment in 5-Star hotels do have some benefit in this regard.

Besides addressing water crisis, he said that the country has “no choice” but to increase farm productivity in less land without compromising the quality, while special efforts are required on growing agri-crops in less timeframe.

Referring to the pace at which ICAR Director General S Ayyappan gave presentation on the institute’s achievement in last 86 years, Modi in a lighter note said: “I was listening to Ayyappanji, it was like superfast train. I am fully confident that the country’s agriculture will grow in the same speed.”

The Prime Minister, who was given a standing ovation before his address, asked scientists present in the auditorium to pay standing ovation to those crores of farmers who have contributed to farm growth.


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Hamid Karzai’s cousin killed by suicide bomber

News4u-News Desk- A cousin and close associate of outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai was assassinated on Tuesday by a suicide bomber who hid his explosives under his turban, a provincial official said.

The bomber walked up to the home of Hashmat Khalil Karzai to greet him after morning prayers for the Eid al-Fitr holiday, and detonated the explosives after shaking hands with the president’s cousin, said the official.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, which was reminiscent of the September 2011 killing of former Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani, who at the time was the leader of a government-appointed peace council seeking reconciliation with militants.

In that attack, an insurgent posing as a Taliban peace envoy detonated a bomb that was hidden in his turban as he met Rabbani at his home in Kabul.

Tuesday’s attack took place at the reception room for guests at the Karzai family home in southern Kandahar province’s district of Karz, according to Dawa Khan Minapal, the provincial governor’s spokesperson.

Hashmat, a political figure in his own right, has been his cousin’s staunch supporter and has also backed former Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai’s bid to succeed President Karzai.

It was not the first time that Karzai’s family members have been targeted. The president’s powerful half-brother, Ahmad Wali Karzai, who was the head of the provincial council, was slain in his home in the city of Kandahar by his bodyguard in July 2011.

The attack comes at a sensitive time in Afghanistan as an audit is taking place under international supervision of all 8 million ballots cast last month in the second round of the country’s presidential election.

The process is key to insuring a peaceful transfer of power ahead of the withdrawal of most foreign troops by the end of the year.

The two presidential contenders, Ahmadzai and former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah, are awaiting the results of the audit.

President Karzai appealed for a speedy conclusion to the audit that will determine his successor, saying that Afghanistan urgently needs a new president. His slain cousin Hashmat ran a private security company and was also on Ahmadzai’s election campaign team as campaign manager for Kandahar.


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CWG2014: Sushil-led wrestling team dominates in India’s best show

News4u-Sports Desk- Two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar spearheaded a sparkling show as Indian grapplers dominated the wrestling arena with three gold medals after the shooters ended their campaign on a rousing note with five more podium finishes on sixth day of competitions in the 20th Commonwealth Gameson Tuesday.

With 10 medals, including three gold, this was India’s best show in this edition of the mega-event.

Sushil expectedly bagged gold in men’s 75kg freestyle category while Amit Kumar won the yellow metal in men’s 57kg. In the women’s section, Vinesh Phogat finished on top in 48kg at the SECC Hall.

Rajeev Tomar, however, had to settle for a silver in the men’s 125 kg freestyle event after going down to Canada’s Korey Jarvis 0-3 in the finals.

Late in the evening, Chandrakant Mali clinched the bronze medal in men’s 94kg weightlifting to add to the country’s overall tally in the sport in the ongoing edition.

Mali, who totaled 338, lifted 146kg, 150kg and 153kg in three attempts in snatch and and 183kg, 188kg and 194 kg in clean and jerk to finish third on the podium.

Earlier, Indian shooters continued to dominate the Barry Buddon Centre with the unassuming Sanjeev Rajput and Harpreet Singh clinching a silver medal each but there was heartbreak for Olympic silver winner Vijay Kumar.

Star marksman Gagan Narang had to be contend with a bronze while Manavjit Singh Sandhu and Lajja Gauswami, too, finished third on the podium, as the Indian shooting team finished with an impressive tally of 17 medals (4 9 4) from the Games.

The wrestlers though took the limelight away with their stunning show on the mat. The 31-year-old Sushil asserted his class as he won all his four bouts of the day quite comfortably.

In the gold-medal bout against Qamar Abbas of Pakistan, Sushil had an easy outing. Even before one could blink, the contest was over as the Indian pinned down his rival to clinch the gold with a 8-0 scoreline in under two minutes.

In no time, Sushil raced to a 6-0 lead and added two more points to finish off the contest.

Amit Kumar defeated Ebikweminomo Welson of Nigeria 6-2 in his final bout. The 20-year-old Indian started off well and completely dominated the first round to post a comfortable 4-0 win.

The Nigerian, however, fought back and the two wrestlers gave each other a tough time in the next round and they could bag just two points each.

But due to four points in his kitty already from the opening round, the youngster from India prevailed over his opponent to pocket the yellow metal.

In what turned out to be a close battle between Vinesh and England’s Yana Rattigan in the finals of the women’s 48kg event, the Indian won 11-8.

Vinesh was down 2-4 in the first round and was facing a tough challenge from her English opponent. But she managed to earn two points to tie it at 4-4 before she could put her rival down again to bag another two just in time to wrap up the opening round 6-4.

The second round was also a fierce contest but the Indian somehow maintained her composure to earn the second gold for the country in wrestling.

Tomar failed to do much in his gold-medal bout, as he failed to earn even a single point. His Canadian rival, meanwhile, could snatch a few technical points in his favour to eke out a narrow 3-0 win and bag the gold.

After Tuesday’s showing, India’s medals tally went upto 36 with 10 gold, 15 silver and 11 bronze, but they slipped a place to sixth after having regained the fifth position.

Before the wrestlers’ show, shooter Narang, the biggest Indian name in the fray, failed to defend his gold in the men’s 50m rifle 3 position on the concluding day of the shooting events.

The 31-year-old Narang, who had won a bronze in the 2012 London Olympics in 10m air rifle event, shot 423.3 while Rajput aggregated 436.8 in the final held under windy conditions at the Barry Buddon Shooting Center at Dundee near Glasgow.

Rajput and Narang were trailing at third and fifth after the three rounds of kneeling competition, each round having five shots. They were fourth and sixth respectively after the completion of three rounds of prone competition.

But both made a remarkable recovery in the standing position to bag the silver and bronze respectively.

Harpreet survived two rounds of nerve-wrecking shoot-off and brushed aside a penalty point docked on him to claim silver in the men’s 25m rapid fire pistol event.

In boxing, Indian pugilist L Sarita Devi advanced to the quarterfinals after winning in women’s 57-60 kg opening bout but it was curtains for defending champion Manoj Kumar, who lost his last 8 bout.

Sumit Sangwan too lost his quarterfinals bout to David Nyika of New Zealand 1-2. Sangwan was leadin g after the first round but lost the plot thereafter.

Sarita knocked out Nigeria’s Kehinde Obareh 2-0 in the last 16 clash. The 32-year-old Manipuri boxer notched up 10:9 points in both the rounds.

The Indian will next take on Welsh Charlene Jones in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.

For Manoj Kumar, in the men’s lightweight 64kg bout, the Games ended rather early as he proved to be no match for England’s Samuel Maxwell, who registered a 3-0 victory over his opponent from India. The Englishman won with identical scorelines of 27:30 in each of the three rounds.

Shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth and RMV Gurusaidutt won their respective matches to enter the men’s singles Round of 32. Srikanth had an easy Round of 64 outing as he took just 15 minutes to defeat St. Helena’s Duane March 21-3 21-4 at the Emirates Arena.

Gurusaidutt also had an easy match as he posted a 21-5 21-12 win in 24 minutes against Benjamin Pui Hun Li of the Isle of Man. He will next face Edwin Ekiring.

In shooting, the 33-year-old Harpreet from Haryana saved India from disaster by bagging the silver after Olympic silver medallist Vijay failed to qualify for the final round after finishing seventh in the qualification. Only the top six in the qualification round qualify for the final.

Harpreet, who topped the qualification round, hit 21 times on the target in the six-shooter final which had eight rounds of five shots each.

Manavjit bagged a bronze medal in the men’s trap event.

Manavjit finished third in the semi-finals after hitting 13 of the maximum 15 targets. He then beat renowned shooter Michael Diamond of Australia in the bronze medal match.

In the bronze medal match, both Manavjit and Diamond hit 11 targets out of the 15. It required a ‘shoot-off’ where the Indian was on target to clinch a podium finish.

Later on Tuesday, Gauswami aggregated 436.1 to bag the bronze medal in women’s 50-metre rifle 3 position.

However, London Olympic silver medallist Vijay made a shock exit in the qualification round of the men’s 25m rapid fire pistol event.

Vijay shot a total of 555 points in the two qualification rounds to finish seventh and miss out on a place in the final round. The top six in the qualification round qualify for the final round.


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