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Winking Forbidden In Islam, Says Fresh Plea In SC Against Priya Prakash Varrier’s Viral Song



Malayalam actress and internet sensation Priya Prakash Varrier’s viral song ‘Manikya Malaraya Poovi’ from the film ‘Oru Adaar Love’ has landed in more trouble. According to reports, a fresh application has been filed in the Supreme Court objecting to the viral wink sequence in the song, alleging that the act of winking is forbidden in Islam.

Two Hyderabad-based parties have reportedly filed the application. In the application, the petitioners allegedly said ‘objectionable scenes’ had been superimposed with lyrics of the song that was reportedly written in praise of Prophet Mohammed and his wife Khadeeja Beevi.

“The 30-second clip shows a schoolgirl and schoolboy exchanging smiles, eyebrows wiggles and winks from across the way…Winking itself is forbidden in Islam and in a case where the act of winking is superimposed with a sacred song, written in the praise of Prophet Mohammed and his first wife…the same act becomes an act of blasphemy,” the applicants reportedly said.

The petitioners allegedly further said that the picturisation of the song is a deliberate attempt to malign the image of Islam, to outrage religious feelings of the Muslim community.

One of the applicants had reportedly filed a complaint in February as well following which an FIR was registered against the film’s director Omar Lulu in Telangana.

The Supreme Court had stayed all criminal proceedings against Priya Prakash Varrier and Omar Lulu, who were booked for allegedly hurting religious sentiments of Muslims in the song from their upcoming film ‘Oru Adaar Love’.

The Apex Court had said no FIR can be lodged in future in any state against Varrier.

The Raza Academy, on February 16, had penned a letter to Union Information and Broadcasting minister Smriti Irani seeking a ban on the song from her debut movie.

The first song of Malayalam movie ‘Oru Adaar Love’ became viral on social media within few hours of its release because of Varrier’s cute articulations and wink. Since then, the 18-year-old has become the talk of the town.

Watch Priya Prakash Varrier’s viral video clip below:

Authorities impose curfew in central Kashmir’s Kangan


Curfew was imposed in Kangan area of central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district on Friday to stem protests against the killing of a youth in police action on Tuesday.

An official said that curfew has been imposed to prevent “law and order problems.”

Huge contingent of police and paramilitary Central Reserve Police force (crpf) has been deployed in the town, an eye wintess said.

Gowhar Ahmad Rather (22) was grievously injured in police action on Monday following which he was admitted at SKIMS Soura where he breathed his last on Tuesday.

Govt revises Pollution check rates for vehicles



The Government on Thursday ordered the revision of rates for the issuance of Pollution Under Control Certificate for the vehicles by the Pollution Checking Centres in the State.

According to an order issued by the Secretary to the Government, Transport Department, M Raju the new rate for issuance of Pollution Under Control Certificate for two-wheelers (Petrol) will be Rs 50, for three-wheelers (Petrol) Rs 60, for four-wheelers (Petrol) Rs 80 and for all Diesel Vehicles it will be Rs 100.

According to the order, the validity of Pollution Check will be 12 months for BS-IV vehicles and 6 months for all other vehicles.

Clashes during CASO in Sopore, four injured, three detained, situation normal


Four persons were injured in Sopore town of district Baramulla after clashes erupted between the protestors and government forces during a cordon and search operation on Tuesday.

Reports said that a joint team of 22 RR of the army, Special Operations Group of Jammu and Kashmir Police and the CRPF launched a CASO in Brath village after receiving the inputs about the presence of the militants in the area.

Reports also said that three youth were also detained, adding that the government forces were pelted by stones. Forces responded with tear gas and pellets, leaving four youth injured.

A police official said that the situation in the area is normal now and they are investigating the matter.

(The photograph used in this story is representational) 

Police foils militants attempt to loot J&K Bank in Kulgam


Militants on Monday tried to attempt to rob the Jammu and Kashmir Bank branch in South Kashmir’s Bugam area of Kulgam district.

“Militants appeared at the Bugam branch of J&K Bank in Kulgam and tried to loot the public money.” Police said.

“The alert forces personnel present there foiled their attempt and the robbers fled away from the spot. A manhunt has been launched to nab the perpetrators,” they added.

Rs. 82,000 cr Modi’s PM package: 3 years later J&K has received just Rs.15,000 cr


Nearly three years after Prime minister NarendraModi announced the much-hyped Rs 82,452 crore package, J&K  has so far received a meagre 18 percent funds of the  approved amount which stands at Rs 14, 910 crore.

On 7 November 2015, the PM had announced a Rs. 80,000 crore package during a rally here which was also addressed by the then chief minister late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed. The amount was later revised to Rs 82, 452 crore. In his speech, the PM had assured that the funds would not be a constraint “in building a modern, progressive and prosperous Jammu and Kashmir”.

Under the package,  63 projects under state and central heads were sanctioned for funding. But 20 projects are such where not a single penny has been released so far, while 13 have received less than 10 percent of the approved cost amount.

For Zojila tunnel out of the approved Rs 9090 crore only Rs 19.81 have been released which amounts to  around two percent of the approved cost.

Two laning of Srinagar- Shopian- Qazigund road has budget of Rs 1800 crore, GoI has released only Rs 0.82 crore.

Projects to be taken under Bharat Mala for a length of about 105 kms were approved at the cost of Rs 2700 crore. Official data shows no amount has been released.

Construction of tunnels at Lachulunga and Taglang passes on Manali–Lehsection  has an approved budget of Rs 5000 crore. However released amount is zero.

Similarly, Rs 3790 crore were approved for strengthening power supply in urban and rural areas, and improving transmission system, only Rs 93.23 crore have been released.

For small hydro- preparation of DPRs and implementation of 15 projects by JKEADA, the amount is Rs 1000 crore, not a penny has been spent so far.

The package has Rs 29 crore for construction of cold storage facilities and setting up of solar driers, no amount has been released.

Interest subvention on assistance for restoration of livelihood for traders and self employed business establishments is  Rs 800 crore but the state government has spent only Rs 330 crore.

For smart cities mission, Rs 2 crore out of sanctioned Rs 500 crore  has been released.

Pashima promotion programme had Rs 50 crore,  not a penny has been released.

About Rs 2000 crore had been sanctioned for AIIMS Kashmir, only Rs 43.24 crore have come.

Two laning of Jammu-Aknoor-Poonch had Rs 5100 crore, released amount is only Rs 66 lakh.

A senior planning department officer said that the  package was to be executed over a period of five years in a phased manner, with annual disbursement depending on the spending capability of the state government and implementing agencies.

“The annual phasing of the plan is based on the absorptive capacity and spending capability of the state government and its implementing agencies,” he said. “There are various factors which are behind the less spending. Although government of India has sanctioned Rs 27,000 crore but failure at various levels to speed up expenditure is hurting J&K’s cause and affecting further release of funds.”