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Shame on Sidhu; Deadliest Valentine’s Gift from Pakistan in Pulwama

Shame on Sidhu; Deadliest Valentine's Gift from Pakistan in Pulwama
Shame on Sidhu; Deadliest Valentine's Gift from Pakistan in Pulwama
Deadliest Valentine’s gift from Pakistan really shocked India; mentally, emotionally and physically too.

This is the time when India should stay strong and show courage to act against this brutality against our soldiers. We should not let this happen to us repeatedly.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is planning diplomatic solutions rather he should order an army action against Pakistan.

Surgical strikes may not work this time as Pakistan may have tightened its border security smelling the threat from the other side. The last surgical strike from India may make Pakistan think of all possible threats it can posses from around the world.

Imran Khan and Navjot Singh Sidhu

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan when came in power in Pakistan promised better bilateral relations with India making the region strong than ever before. But, I think, he is no a real Prime Minister but just an acting Prime Minister of Pakistan. Imran cannot order any military intervention in this matter at all because Pakistan’s army generals will never allow him to utter even a single word. The fear of losing power and Cul-de-sac in Pakistan is a routine since it’s independence.

A tweet from Sidhu on Pulwama terror attack shocked the nation too. He said that terrorism has no religion and no nation. We, the people of India, believe in the first half of your statement that terrorism has no religion but we also have firm faith that Indians are being targetted by Pakistan backed terrorist groups like Al-Qaida and Jaish-e-Muhammad, hence making Pakistan a Terrorist State, which is a proven fact globally. After this tweet, the whole nation gave him an outrageous response demanding his removal from a family comedy show ‘The Kapil Sharma Show‘. And finally, Navjot Singh Sidhu is sacked from this show as reported by The Indian Express.

Such a tweet from Sidhu brought his romancing with Imran in public limelight. Shame on Sidhu. This act of Sidhu raised questions on Congress party too.

Pakistan a Terrorist State:

Terrorist organizations like Hamas and ISIS are the bipartisan with Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan, Tehrik Khatm-e-Nabuwwat, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Lashkar-e-Jhangwi, and Jaish-e-Muhammad to name a few.

Organizations like SIMI, AQIS(Al-Qaida in Indian Sub-continent) is born out of these radicalized terrorist groups.

A Unique Way of Persecution of Ahmadiyya Muslims in Pakistan

Pakistan is always a front player when it’s about the persecution of minorities. The Naya Pakistan has been radicalized by Islamist mullahs. Imran Khan promised if he wins the elections he will bring Miya Atif and make him his finance minister. Miya Atif is an Ahmadiyya Muslim and is a known economist worldwide. Miya Atif is a professor of economics at Princeton University and one of the IMF’s ‘top 25 bright, young economists(click here to see IMF Lists 25 Brightest Young Economists).

But when he brought him and decided to make him merely a member of the economic advisory council. The whole Islamist groups and Mullahs influenced and pressurized Imran Khan sacking Atif Miya from the economic advisory council of Pakistan leaving another unique example of diplomatic persecution of a religious minority.

Is Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina an Ally to Hamas & ISIS?

As reported by us(The Eastern Herald) in our report immediately published after the Pulwana Terrorist Attack it has been reported that Islamist elements in Bangladesh are on the rise. Sheikh Hasina is openly patronizing the terrorist organizations like HeI who are backed by Hamas and ISIS. The recent attack on the Ahmadiyya Muslim community in Bangladesh is merely an example of Sheikh Hasina’s hypocrisy.

Attack on India: HAMAS, Sheikh Hasina and Pakistani Jihad in Kashmir

India should restrain from relations with Sheikh Hasina ruled Bangladesh.

Solution(not permanent) to this Problem:

This time India should not think about surgical strikes. Drone attacks may give a better advantage to us(Indians) over them. Don’t consider Pakistan to be so much technically advanced that they can crack our drones. In the Swat valley, American drones played a very strategic role. There may be no casualties in the region but it will have a huge impact on Pakistan.

This is an appeal to India armed forces and Intelligence to move a step forward not diplomatically only but with force too.

 

Muzaffar Ahmad Noori Bajwa is an Anti-Jihadist, Anti-Militancy journalist, Political Analyst, Human Rights Activist and the Editor in Chief of The Eastern Herald.

Attack on India: HAMAS, Sheikh Hasina and Pakistani Jihad in Kashmir

Attack on India: HAMAS, Sheikh Hasina and Pakistani Jihad on Kashmir
Attack on India: HAMAS, Sheikh Hasina and Pakistani Jihad on Kashmir

India is facing threat from neighboring nation Pakistan. Since 1947, the independence of Pakistan, Pakistan is continuously raging wars against India. The concept of Islamization of Pakistan’s army made the conditions more worst.

The Kashmir dispute has become a UN recognized matter to be resolved. The matter was brought to the UN by the Govt. of Pakistan in 1949. The then Canadian President of the UNSC, General McNaughton was requested to intervene and resolve this dispute among India and Pakistan. The proposal made by McNaughton declaring both India and Pakistan the equal partners was not acceptable to both the nations.

Since 1947, Pakistan started infiltration in the Kashmir. Pakistan named it Jihad-e-Kashmir(The Jihad of Kashmir). It’s been more than 70 years now(2019) the dispute remained unresolved.

The foundation of ISI(Inter-Services Intelligence), the intelligence agency of Pakistan, is lying on this ground only; independence of Kashmir(at least what Pakistan thinks of it).

Thousands of lives are lost for the same cause; Indian protecting Kashmir and Pakistanis in the effort of occupying Kashmir.

It was the first war between India and Pakistan right after both declared their independence from British Raj. Both just got independence 2 months ago and they fought a big battle of Kashmir. The battle caused thousands of lives of Indians and Pakistanis both. The civilian casualties are countless. The battle continued for 70 days making both the neighbors the worst enemies ever. Both armies declared a ceasefire state and a new line of control is drawn and accepted by India showing its goodwill towards UNO.

Pakistan since then, is continuously deceiving the international communities, NATO and UN resolution of the ceasefire.

Today, India has grown to be one of the superpowers in the world of education, medicines, space research, exploration and militia too. And Pakistan on the other has become the international supplier of Jihadis, training of Islamists around the world, and persecution of religious and ethnic minorities. While the economy of Pakistan has grown downwards making it one of the most dangerous places to invest(click here to see the article published on Visual Capitalist in December 2018) and one of the most dangerous among tourist destinations worldwide(click here to see the article published on Insider.com).

On the other side, India is prospering like a rising star in Asia.

India has shown its gesture of good neighbor many times to Pakistan but Pakistan has now become an Islamist nation, especially after Genl. Ziaul Haq regime.

The recent attack in India targeting India armed forces in Kashmir on this valentine’s day 2019 clearly shows the love of Pakistan for ‘Jihad-e-Kashmir’ killing more than 50 army troops.

Today, the Indian Kashmiri Muslims are very much disturbed by the Pakistani infiltration and Jihadist movements. Kashmiri people are not supporting Pakistan in their cause of separation of Kashmir. Now, even the Kashmiris, have realized that going with Pakistan will lead to astray.

India is a close ally to Bangladesh too. The present Sheikh Hasina regime has proved that she is patronizing Jihadist and Islamists making Bangladesh another radical Islamist nation in the eyes of western world countries.

The recent attack on peaceful Ahmadiyya Muslims in Bangladesh gave a clear indication that Sheikh Hasina’s allies are Jamaat-e-Islami and Hefazat-e-Islam which are guided by HAMAS and ISIS. Recent December 2018 elections are now questioned to by the US officials now. They have clearly stated that the democracy is in danger in Bangladesh(see below article)

The US Administrative Action on Bangladesh; Threat to Democracy

Now for the Indian government, how is it possible to fight with, an Islamist nation, Pakistan and shaking hands with Sheikh Hasina’s Bangladesh knowing the connections with Hamas, ISIS and Dayesh.

Sequential Attacks:

First rallying publically with thousands of supporter in Bangladesh, the Islamist groups, Khatm-e-Nabuwat and Hefazat-e-Islam, portrayed their cruel intentions to make Bangladesh another ISIS driven base in Asia after Pakistan and then on 12th of February attacking the religious minority Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is a clear indication that Bangladesh is following the path of Pakistan’s radical Islamism. ISIS proclaimed the responsibility of this attack but Bangladeshi authorities and media are trying to defying and characterizing the international community of this to be a clash locally driven by some Islamic Madrassas in the region. Reports have clearly shown that the political elite was involved in this attack(see the report below).

ISIS Attacks Ahmadiyyas in Bangladesh; Wake Up Sheikh Hasina

Just after Bangladesh started facing pressure from International media on this terror attack on 14th February 2019, the India army is attacked and Pakistani Islamist group Jaish-e-Muhammad proclaimed the attack. Jaish-e-Muhammad is an Islamist terrorist group guided by HAMAS and ISIS and officially functional in Pakistan.

This is not a mere single attack on the democracy but a well planned sequential attack which serves a triple purpose this time:

  1. Making Bangladesh a base for ISIS and HAMAS by targeting a religious minority which makes them famous among other Muslims in Bangladesh who are indoctrinated with the concept of Jihad against infidels.
  2. Showing India ‘We will hit you again and again and you can not do anything‘ and (3) this way they distract the media focus from Bangladesh to India.

India always showed its modesty and softness towards Bangladesh. The Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi and his party should address this issue very seriously. Because, we, India, are surrounded by Pakistan, China, and Bangladesh. China and Pakistan are always playing against India but stop this kind of conspiracy against India where Bangladesh is becoming another HAMAS base.

India should not face situations like Israel where all Arab nations are against this small nation and persecuting them in other Muslim dominated countries. Jews are infidels for them and hence worth killing. Likewise, we Indians, whether Muslim or Hindu or Sikh or any other may face intense persecution around Muslim majority nations and Arab controlled media will depict our any action to stop infiltration an army action against neighbors.

 

Muzaffar Ahmad Noori Bajwa is an Anti-Jihadist, Anti-Militancy journalist, Political Analyst, Human Rights Activist and the Editor in Chief of The Eastern Herald

The US Administrative Action on Bangladesh; Threat to Democracy

HOUSE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE CALLED FOR ADMINISTRATION ACTION TO PROTECT DEMOCRACY
Administrative Action on Bangladesh from the United States

General elections in Bangladesh is the most important political event as for any other country around the globe. General elections 2018 were very crucial in terms of political rivalry between Bangladesh Nationalist Party(BNP) and Coalition Jamaat-e-Islami(a radical Islamist group), and Awami League(ruling party led by Sheikh Hasina).

By the end of November, the ruling party was ruling the grounds. It was The Eastern Herald only campaigned against the radical Islamist side due to our editorial policies and Sheikh Hasina took benefit out of it.

By the end of December 2018, the statistics changed dramatically making Sheikh Hasina the hero of the nation.

The international media right after the elections results played very critical towards Sheikh Hasina and her power play. But The Eastern Herald which played a very crucial role and made them understand the legitimacy of Sheikh Hasina, after serious criticism and investigation the US recognized the Bangladesh general elections 2018 legitimate and fair. I think; This was a mistake.

Allies of Sheikh Hasina:

Sheikh Hasina and her party now making good allies with notoreous Islamist goons and Hefazat-e-Islam group. She might think that these radical groups may help her in gaining real public popularity and vote bank. Madam Prime Minister, if these uncivilized groups were so much powerful that then they would have a voice in the Bangladesh parliament as well. I can assure you, if they plan to play politics and participate in elections; they’re not going to win any seat.

Persecution of Ahmadiyya Muslims:

As reported by the Eastern Herald only; Ahmadiyya Muslims in Bangladesh received threats from Hefazat-e-Islam and Khatm-e-Nabuwat goons. They rallied against the peaceful Ahmadiyya people and influencing the government to declare Ahmadis a non-Muslim minority in the country as done in Pakistan.
This was Khatm-e-Nabuwat in Pakistan who played an important role convicing the ruling party to make constitutional ammendments in Pakistan. Now, it is their agenda to persecute the community worldwide, if not then at least in Muslim majority countries.

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina does not understand their strategies and policies. These groups are backed by ISIS and Dayes. They are in a direction to make Bangladesh an unprogressive nation. This way people will not have good employment and ultimately no good education. The situation will become vulnerable and all madrassas in the nation then lobby to gain the public trust showing them the back support from Islamist nations like Turkey, Iran, Pakistan and Syria. This will be the time when people will get moulded towards the extremism thinking this is their fate.

Even after receiving threats on my phone through whatsapp private calls I have not stopped following and writing the articles.

No media outlet was supporting the issue.

They took it lightly due to a very light response from the Ahmadiyya Muslim community. Ahmadis traditionally never attack any group due to their very soft teachings which promote love and brotherhood. But, what they don’t know is, this is the only point which makes them the most vulnerable religious community around the globe.

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community‘s head His Holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmad in an interview to a leading Television said Ahmadis believe in love for all hatred for none. Ahmadis will always progress due to their teachings and values.

Attack on Ahmadis in Bangladesh:

After receiving threats from Hefazat-e-Islam and Khatm-e-Nabuwat goons on 8th February, Ahmadis remained silent hoping that media will support them. Media never reported this event. Following this conspiracy against this love preaching community in the darkness of night these Islamist groups backed by ISIS attacked the business establishments of Ahmadis in town. Looting and beating Ahmadis continued for a significant two hours. They have burnt the shops and looted everything they could.

The same night they attacked the Ahmadiyya dominated village. There were 1000-1500 Islamists attacked the village and brutally tortured some member of the Ahmadiyya Islam faith. The law enforcement ramined a silent spectator.

It was reported in a couple of newspapers in Bangladsh stating it a clash.

Before the ISIS organized an attack on Ahmadis, the goons planned their moves with the district authorities which played on their side. Deputy Commissioner Sabina Yasmin, Superintendent of Police was met by ISIS people on a high tea.

  1. What was she doing with these guys just before the attack?
  2. Was this a state sponsored riot against Ahmadis as happened in 1973 in Pakistan killing thousands of Ahmadis during Islamist military dictator Genl. Ziaul Haq regime.

Again it was only The Eastern Herald reporting the wickedness first stating ‘Pro-Caliphate Islamist Group Attacks Ahmadiyya: Law Enforcement Supports

Pro-Caliphate Islamist Group Attacks Ahmadiyya: Law Enforcement Supports

and right after some serious proofs published another news titled ‘ISIS Attacks Ahmadiyyas in Bangladesh; Wake Up Sheikh Hasina

ISIS Attacks Ahmadiyyas in Bangladesh; Wake Up Sheikh Hasina

ISIS claimed the responsibility of this attack. But, media played its popular politically motivated card stating that this was the attacked directed by some local Islamist groups. Why the ruling elite is trying to hide the presence of ISIS driven players in Bangladesh?
Newspapers reported that police took serious action and they managed to catch some culprits too. Due to the lack of evidences, these Islamists will be released to plan another attack again.

The Eastern Herald Effect:

HOUSE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE CALLED FOR ADMINISTRATION ACTION TO PROTECT DEMOCRACY IN BANGLADESH. Due to the effective reporting of The Eastern Herald, the US authorities have taken steps and found out that the elections in Bangladesh are questionable.

The report stated “Although the government-appointed election commission has claimed the?election?was legitimate, we believe the allegations of widespread rigging and voter suppression must be taken seriously. According to press accounts, when polls across the country officially opened, reporters found that some ballot boxes looked suspiciously full. There are reports that Awami League activists barred some people from voting, claiming that the polling stations were closed for lunch or had run out of ballots. Some voters were even told their votes had already been cast. To make matters worse, the Government of Bangladesh failed to grant credentials and issue visas to most international election monitors, including those funded by the United States.”
A letter is written to the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the members highlighted reports of election fraud, improper election rigging and voter suppression surrounding Bangladesh’s December 2018 election, urging the Department to take action.

In another development, a top Pentagon commander also expressed concern over the December 30 polls, saying that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasinais trying to achieve a de-facto one-party rule”.

 

The US authorities are very much welcomed on this step and we are looking forward to more cooperation from them. The Eastern Herald group will always remain in favor of the persecuted communities; whether it is:
Ahmadiyya Muslims around the world, or
Christians in Muslim dominated countries, or
Hindus in Pakistan and Bangladesh, or
Jews and Semitic around the world, or
Baha’ai in Muslim Majority nations, or
Shia outside Iran and so on.
We are looking forward to any cooperation from any international group and organizations in making this world livable for the minorities.

Khatm-e-Nabuwat group is the root cause of Terrorism and ISIS

Heroes and Missions of Radical Islamist and Terrorist group Khatm-e-Nabuwat
Heroes and Missions of Radical Islamist and Terrorist group Khatm-e-Nabuwat
Farooq Aftab

Ahmadi Muslims are among the most vulnerable minorities in many countries. What makes their situation in Pakistan particularly worrisome, however, is the systemic nature of their persecution and state-sponsored persecution by law. This makes the position of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community uniquely dangerous as being the only religious community in Pakistan to be targeted by the State simply on grounds of faith.

This legislation not only prohibits preaching and other forms of proselytizing but also, in practice, restricts other elements of manifesting religious belief, such as holding open discourse about religion with non-Ahmadis, even where these do not amount to proselytizing.

This persecution is not just limited to Pakistan but is moving to other countries such as Indonesia, Algeria, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and other Muslim dominated countries and Bangladesh too.

State agencies and non-State actors factually join hands to create a societal atmosphere of intimidation, harassment, discrimination – and indeed persecution – which prevents Ahmadis from enjoying their basic human rights.

Ahmadis cannot live securely and without fear for themselves and their families. Harassment, discrimination, and persecution affect Ahmadis in all dimensions of their lives, from the cradle to the grave.

The recent attack claimed by ISIS in Bangladesh on Ahmadiyya Muslim community proves that they have some plans for Bangladesh. Sheikh Hasina should not support ISIS driven elements like Khatm-e-Nabuwat and Hefazat-e-Islam in the country. Otherwise, I’m afraid, Bangladesh will turn into another world threat and international communities will impose sanctions; economic and strategic. Ahmadis have always raised the standards of their motherland, be it India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Israel, USA or any. If the ruling elite of Bangladesh continue supporting the kingpins like Shah Ahmad Shafi of Hefazat-e-Islam then very soon they’ll face fierce opposition internationally.

— Muzaffar Ahmad Noori Bajwa (Editor in Chief The Eastern Herald)

Draconian blasphemy laws are at the core of this.

They violate everyone’s freedom of religion or belief and are inconsistent with established human rights norms. This adds to the feeling of marginalization and exclusion experienced by members of minorities and points to an unwillingness of the State to protect members of this minority.

Under international human rights law, the State is obliged to respect everyone’s freedom of religion or belief and provide protection against any infringements from third parties. The State cannot impose religious views on its citizens and must offer equal protection of the law to all within its jurisdiction.

An immediate ban on Khatm-e-Nabuwat and Hefazat-e-Islam is the immediate need in Bangladesh. Our nation is being radicalized by these filthy Islamist groups. Today, ISIS is dictating them which proves their role in international terrorism. The government should investigate their funding sources. 

— Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury, Editor Weekly Blitz

The Aalmi Majlise Tahaffuse Khatm-e-Nabuwwat (AMTKN) is responsible for much anti-Ahmadi propaganda in Pakistan. In Bangladesh, they are known as Khatm-e-Nabuwat Andolan. Clergy associated with AMTKN are often instigators of violence against members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

 

Pro-Caliphate Islamist Group Attacks Ahmadiyya: Law Enforcement Supports

Organizations such as Khatme Nubuwwat or AMTKN are amongst the root causes of terrorism in the world

Khatm-e-Nabuwat today having a splinter and affiliated groups in various parts of the world including ISIS, Dayesh and Boko Haram is the root of terrorism worldwide. It is a tragedy that in the name of the peaceful religion of Islam which establishes freedom of religion and belief for all and the Prophet of Islam, Muhammad (PBUH) who is the prince of peace and practiced the true peaceful Islam, these Islamist groups are acting contrary to the teachings of Islam and defaming the character of the blessed prophet PBUH. If organizations such as Khatme Nubuwwat are allowed to continue unabated they will affect the peace and security of the wider society in the world. We believe that this is a serious and real threat and such organizations must be stopped.

We appeal to the international community to take serious note on this issue and we affirmatively hope the government of Bangladesh will establish the rule of law and safeguard and protect all its citizens.

 

Farooq Aftab is a Human Rights Activist at International Human Rights Committee

ISIS Attacks Ahmadiyyas in Bangladesh; Wake Up Sheikh Hasina

Sheikh Hasina's Midnight Hospitality to Hefazat-e-Islam kingping Shah Ahmad Shafi
Sheikh Hasina's Midnight Hospitality to Hefazat-e-Islam kingping Shah Ahmad Shafi

Ahmadiyya Muslims are known for their peace preaching as their beautiful slogan states:

Love for All Hatred for None.

For the last more than 120 years, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is preaching tolerance, peace, religious harmony and brotherhood all around the world. Ahmadis believe in absolute freedom of human rights to be practiced by every individual be it Muslim, Christian, Jew, Hindu, Sikh, Jain, Baudh or any.

Ahmadiyyas planned their Jalsa(religious gathering for the peace of the world) in Panchagarh district in Bangladesh. In the last week, The Eastern Herald reported that some radical groups like Hefazat-e-Islam and Khatm-e-Nabuwwat are plotting something dangerous against this peaceful Ahmadiyya community in Bangladesh.

Ahmadis in Bangladesh face fresh threat of persecution

No media outlets or news agency or even the security and intelligence ever showed their interest in the protection of this religious minority. Even, repeated emails to many news agencies, intelligence agencies, and world leaders did nothing to protect the Ahmadis from this terror threat.

In their history of more than a century, there has not even a single incident of violence been recorded against this peaceful community. The community has roots in Qadian, a small town in India. The town is known for Ahmadiyya movement in Islam. Every year thousands gather here to show their love towards the birthplace of Imam al Mahdi.

As reported by us some extremely radicalized Islamist groups; Hefazat-e-Islam and Khatm-e-Nabuwat massively attacked the peaceful Ahmadiyya community homes and set them on fire. More than 50 Ahmadis are injured during the attack.

It is said that police used tear gas and rubber bullets to avoid the horrible incident but what we’ve found on the ground zero that Ahmadis were captured in their homes, tortured and their women also are beaten. Extreme violation of Human rights in the country where Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina rules.

Hefazat-e-Islam kingpin Shah Ahmad Shafi has strong ties with the ruling party Awami League. PM Sheikh Hasina never showed their concern towards Ahmadiyya Muslims as she being a Qaumi Janani(Mother of Qaumis) also believes that Ahmadis are infidels and Kaafirs in the eyes of Islamic teachings.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has established its presence in more than 200 countries around the world. In all these countries Ahmadiyyas have contributed significantly to make their world beautiful and peaceful too. The Ahmadiyya community within Islam is known for their educated intellectuals too like Lord Tariq Ahmad, Miya Atif and who can forget the legendary Dr. Abdus Salam the only science Nobel Laureate in Muslims.
The Ahmadiyya Muslims face serious threats from Radical Islamists around the world. Iran, Pakistan, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia and many other Muslim dominated countries around the world are intolerant towards Ahmadis more than any towards any other minority.

Other Muslim clerics consider Ahmadiyya belief to be a heretic to their faith. They call Ahmadis Kafir and infidels and hence considered to be slaughtered for the sake of Islam.

The Islamic State took the responsibility of this recent attack on Ahmadiyya Muslims in Bangladesh. But, the media is trying to soften the presence of ISIS in Bangladesh stating that this is something done by some local extremist muslims groups. 

Why media remained silent when The Eastern Herald and the Weekly Blitz were so aggressively trying to bring this threat in the light. Even till now, the international media remains silent and only a few newspapers published single press release response from Ahmadis only. Do they want to say “O Ahmadis! you are infidels in our eyes too and we can not do anything for you because our fathers are Islamists.

Bangladesh is following the path Iran and Turkey to establish the so-called Khilafat(Caliphate) in the country. This incident will definitely raise questions on the Sheikh Hasina regime.

Mr. Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury, editor the Weekly Blitz said “If attrocities like these are not stopped and Ahmadiyyas are not assured for their safety and security, the nation will face a lot of challenges in future as Pakistan is facing today. These Mullahs are to be stopped. Hefazat-e-Islam and Khatm-e-Nabuwat should be banned in Bangladesh too as these are banned in many western countries.”

This is an appeal to the international communities to bring forward to protect this peaceful community around the world from the dreadful threats of ISIS, Dayesh, Khatm-e-Nabuwat, Hefazat-e-Islam, and other Radical Islamist organizations. And Hefazat-e-Islam and Khatm-e-Nabuwat groups should be banned in the country. Otherwise, Bangladesh will become a big headache like ISIS in Syria.

 

Muzaffar Ahmad Noori Bajwa is the Editor in Chief of The Eastern Herald

Pro-Caliphate Islamist Group Attacks Ahmadiyya: Law Enforcement Supports

Ahmadiyya Attacked by Pro Caliphate Islamist Groups in Bangladesh
Ahmadiyya Attacked by Pro Caliphate Islamist Groups in Bangladesh

50 injured during attack.

Hundreds of radical Muslims lead by several Islamists individuals and pro-caliphate groups have launched an orchestrated an attack on the members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community in the northern district in Bangladesh.

According to our correspondent(watch the video below), during the attack several houses of the Ahmadiyyas including the house of Maulana Bashiur Rahman who is an Ahmadiyya cleric was set on fire, Ahmadiyya business establishments looted and ransacked as well female members of Ahmadiyya the community ware physically assaulted.

The unruly groups of Islamists chanting ‘Allahuakbar’ slogan went on this mayhem in presence of the members of the law enforcing agencies.

The attackers told the Ahmadis “This is Muslim Bangladesh. You can not continue any sort of un-Islamic activities in this country. Don’t force us to wage jihad against you.” When the members of Ahmadiyyas told the attackers, they were not engaged into any sort of un-Islamic activities. They are followers of Allah and Prophet Muhammad PBUH. In response, the Islamists mobs said “You people are infidels. Quran has clearly instructed us to kill Jews, Christians, and infidels like you people. You will be slaughtered like animals. Your girls and women will be raped and turned into slaves.

Soon, we are going to establish Khilafat(caliphate) in this country. This is our holy war(Jihad) against the infidels. You along with your patrons and supporters will face dire consequences. We know very well, you people are British mercenaries.

You, people, are agents of Jews and Christians. You are people are cohorts of the enemies of Allah. We are not going to allow any religious rituals of the Ahmadis in this country. The government is with us. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is with us. Don’t think you’ll get any protection from the government.”

I got a call on Whatsapp from some unidentified private phone no. and threatened me that if I write anything in favor of Ahmadis then I’ll face consequences and will be assaulted. They said, “Don’t play with the fire.”

For the last few days, we have been alerting the international community as well the media on the possible threat of intimidation on our fellow Ahmadiyya Muslim brothers and sisters in Bangladesh. But to our utter dismay, we have witnessed none of the members of the media as well as the international community had either contacted us or suggested Bangladesh authorities in ensuring protection to the Ahmadiyya community in that country.

Ahmadis in Bangladesh face fresh threat of persecution

Understanding the entire scenario in Bangladesh, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her government have already slipped towards radical Islam. The Bangladeshi Prime Minister, being the Qaumi Janani(Mother of Qaumis) is clearly patronizing radical Islamists as well as pro-caliphate hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh. While the United States is expressing gravest concern at the socialist dictator Nicolas Maduro as well as Iranian Mullah regime; they are yet to realize a no lesser threat to the global security which is gradually gaining strength in Bangladesh under Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Bangladesh is clearly becoming another Pakistan.

Unless some immediate measures are taken right now that country may turn into a slaughterhouse of the religious minorities including Hindus and Ahmadiyya Muslims.

 

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Casualties Exceed 30 in Karol Bagh Fire; Why Media is Downsizing the Casualties

Media is trying to downsize the effect saving the accused authorities
Media is trying to downsize the effect saving the accused authorities

A massive fire incident at a budget hotel in Karol Bagh shackled the hearts of everyone in Delhi.

A man is captured hanging from the 4th floor trying to rescue himself. The man tries not to be burnt but hags himself from the wall expecting a rescue. Locals have no information about this guy, some said he is supposedly some of those few who jumped from the building and died.

The fire is reportedly broke at 4:20 am when everyone was in the depth of their sleep.

Arpit Place, a hotel where the fire broke early morning killing more than 3 dozen people, is a budget hotel in the vicinity of Karol Bagh; a famous market and hotel area in Delhi.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in depth of grief said “I convey my condolences to the families of those who lost their lives. May the injured recover soon,” he said via a tweet posted on the PMO handle.

Delhi Fire services director GC Mishra told that the fire department received a call at around 4:30 am. The fire started from the fourth floor of the hotel and started spreading downwards too till the second floor, while the ground floor and basement remained unaffected, said GC Mishra.

2 accused including the hotel Arpit Palace manager Rajender are arrested by Delhi Police on the basis of evidence and testimony of some victims.

A case of culpable homicide is registered by Delhi Police not amounting to murder.

It is found after investigation that emergency exits of the hotel were not as per the standards designed and dictated by the authorities.

There are hundreds of hotels and lodges in Delhi who don’t follow any procedures, protocols or follow standards at all. Every month they ransom the police professionals who give them refuge from the law. The negligence is ignored and Delhi Police is not even in the shadow of this crime.

Three members of a family from Kerala who came to attend a wedding ceremony lost their lives in the incident. Some guests at the hotel said they went shopping yesterday and were very happy but who knew this will be their cremation.

Delhi government announced Rs.5 lakh each victim family.

My Questions:

  1. Is it really enough?
  2. Will Delhi Police be also held accountable for this?
  3. Why mainstream media downsized the number of deaths. Since afternoon the toll was 35 and now they are advertising only 15-17 casualties.

TO IMPROVE THE SAFETY SITUATIONS OF CITIZENS GOVERNMENT SHOULD IMPOSE THE RULE OF LAW AND TAKE STRICT ACTIONS AGAINST ALL HOTEL AND LODGES WHO DON’T FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES.

Ahmadis in Bangladesh face fresh threat of persecution

Hefazat-e-Islam Anti-Ahmadiyya rally in Bangladesh
Hefazat-e-Islam Anti-Ahmadiyya rally in Bangladesh

It is extremely disturbing to note, the top leader of Hefazat-E-Islam, Ahmad Shah Shafi has also called upon Bangladesh government to “immediately declare Ahmadiyyas” as “non-Muslims” and has asked the government to stop the Ahmadiyya religious congregation in Panchagarh district in Bangladesh.

Ahmadiyya community in Bangladesh has decided to hold an Ijtema (religious congregation) in Panchagarh district, which has already come under extreme opposition from the pro-Caliphate group named Hefazat-E-Islam, which consists of thousands of madrassa teachers and students.

According to an opinion editorial published in Weekly Blitz, Executive editor of Qawmi madrassa mouthpiece named monthly Moinul, Sarwar Kamal has circulated a statement from HEI leader Ahmad Shah Shafi stating,
“Deniers of Khatmey Nabuwat (last prophecy), feet-licking slave of the British, nefarious enemy of the Muslim ummah, Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani had denied acknowledging Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) as the last prophet. He [Golam Mohammad Kadiani] proclaimed false prophethood with the agenda of deceiving Muslims, being a lapdog of the British. Golam Mohammad was the agent of those British imperialist traders who had ruled Indian subcontinent for 190 years, and had falsely proclaimed himself as the prophet and had participated in anti-Islam propaganda”.

Shafi further said, “Despite the fact of being non-Muslims, Qadiyanis are claiming themselves as Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat and has been booting the world’s prophet [prophet of Islam]. If such things are not stopped forthwith, Hefazat e Islam by joining ‘Khatmey Nabuwat Movement’ will go into massive anti-Ahmadiyya movement in Bangladesh. Ahmadiyyas should be declared non-Muslims and their naked exposition of audacity [against Islam] should be immediately stopped. Otherwise, any conspiracy will be foiled by the hundreds of millions of towheedi Janata (masses of faith)”.
Most disturbing fact about this issue is, none of the mainstream media in Bangladesh or elsewhere have published even a single sentence on it, clearly exhibiting the degree of bias and influence those preachers of radical Islam have already established on the media.

This morning, immediately after hearing this disturbing news from the editor of Weekly Blitz, we have started contacting various media outlets in the world as well as rights groups drawing their attention to this issue.

For decades, members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community are facing synchronized persecution in Pakistan in particular as well as other nations, including Bangladesh and India. Most, unfortunately, in some cases, such persecution enjoys direct or indirect patronization from the ruling elites or the establishments.

We are fully aware of Bangladesh authority’s banning religious publications of Ahmadis in 2005, which has not been lifted despite repeated reminders from the international community and Bangladesh government promises. Although religious minorities in Bangladesh had aspired of an end of such persecution, intimidation, and hostility ever since Awami League came to power in 2009. But unfortunately, Awami League, that proclaims of being a secular political party too has joined hands with pro-Caliphate Hefazat-E-Islam and it is clearly evident, this group is gradually becoming a dictating or pressure force in Bangladesh. Just a few weeks back, Hefazat leader Shah Ahmad Shafi in a public gathering had asked the Muslim parents to refrain from sending their girl children to schools.

Do not send your Children to School and Colleges: Hefazat-e-Islam’s kingpin(Pro-Caliphate)

This particular statement had never been even confronted by rights groups in Bangladesh, most possibly because of fear of state-patronized harassment.

“It is a moral obligation of all Muslim ummah to protest and stop the Panchagarh Qadiani Ijtema. This country is secular, here Hindus, Christians, Buddhist, and all other religions perform their own religion similarly Qadianis can also perform their own religion but that must be a conference, not Ijtema.
Dhaka city president of Islami movement Bangladesh Maulana Imtiyaz Alam “Qadianis must be declared non-muslims immediately. let them live like minorities like Hindus, Christians and Buddhist like indigenous people. We have no problem with that. But they can not live here like Muslims(because they are infidels, they can’t call their place of worship a mosque and they can’t perform any muslim rituals)”
— said Maulana Abdul Hameed Peer president of the Khatme Nabuwwat Council.

International khatme nabuwwat movement secy genl. Maulana Alhaj Nazmul Haq and rep from Hefazat-e-Islam were there at the protest.

Chief editor of JamJamat Salah uddin Shoaib Choudhury said “Some people in Bangladesh are engaged into anti-Ahmadiyya activities similarly as Pakistan which is not acceptable. They are trying to put the government into embarassment as well this step engage in the deep conspiracy of destabilizing the country. I have been repeatedly saying, that Khilafat claiming anti-democratic force Hefazat-e-Islam should not be given any space in this country. We all know Hefazat-e-Islam has connections with Al-Qaida and ISIS. These are groups of radical islamic militancy minded people. These should not be allowed to openly continue such activities. Do the ruling party think (so-called)Hefazat-e-Islam will have them in gaining vote bank? Who gives such idiotic suggestions to the govt.? There is no space for radical islam in this country. There is no vote bank of Radical islam in Bangladesh. Should those mullahs have any vote bank in this country they would have own a seat in parliament. Have they ever got?
He further said” This group of barbarians deny rise of women, women education, human rights, and rule of law. They want to establish a so-called caliphate in our country. The way ISIS scoundrels have attempted. I’m calling upon the goverment to forceflully stop such evil damn things of HeI. Our govt needs to be causious about Shah Shafi otherwise this frankestine will emerge as a threat to our national security.”
Although counterterrorism experts are seeing ISIS in Hefazat, in my opinion, the case of Hefazat is even worst as ISIS never got patronization from the Iraqi government. The ruling party in Bangladesh, as part of its strategy of playing religion card in politics, has openly joined hands with Hefazat. Let us remember, Hefazat-E-Islam is the platform of hundreds and thousands of Qawmi madrassa teachers and students. Long back, editor of Weekly Blitz and a counter-militancy expert, Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury has branded these madrassas as “breeding grounds of jihadists”. Mr. Choudhury in his book named ‘Inside Madrassa’ also has provided numerous facts, data, and evidence showing as to how jihadism is being gradually injected into the minds of young madrassa students by those radicalized teachers.

Being an Ahmadi Muslim, it is a call upon every conscious individual in the world to immediately look into the latest incident of threats on the Ahmadi Muslims in Bangladesh.

Threat to Ahmadiyyas in Bangladesh by Hifazat-e-Islam

Hefazat-e-Islam chief Shah Ahmad Shafi threatened the Ahmadiyys Muslims in Bangladesh stating that infidels should be slaughtered.
Hefazat-e-Islam chief Shah Ahmad Shafi threatened the Ahmadiyys Muslims in Bangladesh stating that infidels should be slaughtered.

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The Hifazat-e-Islam chief Shah Ahmad Shafi threatened the Ahmadiyya Muslims in Bangladesh. Calling upon the Sheikh Hasina government to ban the Ahmadiyya movement in Bangladesh as happened in Pakistan in Bhutto’s government.

 

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Health Horizons Ventures Into Skincare; Launches its Exotic Range of Hemp Soaps

NOIDA, India, February 7, 2019 /PRNewswire/ —

Health Horizons, India’s sole manufacturers of Ayurvedic hemp products, have successfully launched their line of hemp soaps in the commercial market. After their commendable stint in consumable goods, the company branched out into the skincare industry during the mid-week of December.

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The hype around hemp beauty products has been on the rise but for all the right reasons. Having read about the health benefits of Omega 3 and Omega 6, it’s a given that hemp is the only plant that contains them both in the appropriate ratio of 3:1. Due to which, hemp seed oil is described as ‘Nature’s most perfectly balanced oil’.

Moreover, hemp is loaded with the good stuff. Contrary to one’s imagination, hemp is an extraordinaire miracle plant that can treat major skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis and eczema, to name a few. The soaps made from hemp oil are also highly moisturizing and do not strip the skin of its natural oils.

It is again a gentle cleanser that leaves the skin smooth and naturally beautiful. Not just that, hemp soaps suit every skin type – be it dry, oily or combinational – as its fatty acid profile has an inherent capability to mimic the skin. It does not end there; Hemp soaps are excellent as anti-aging products, since their tendency to slow down the oxidation of the skin is noted well by researchers.

Keeping these characteristics in mind, Hemp Horizons Pvt. Ltd. ingeniously combined hemp soaps with pure and natural ingredients – rose, activated charcoal, shea butter, honey, neem and tulsi under their brand name ‘Health Horizons’. The six varieties made available on major e-commerce platforms, including their own, are handcrafted with love and shipped across the nation for delivery.

The Director of Health Horizons, Rohit Shah said, “We are extremely ecstatic and delighted to be stepping into skincare as we aspire to preserve natural skin with natural ingredients. Our forefathers swore by these ingredients and through our line of products we want the nation to realize the same.” Kanishk Yadav, the fellow Director agreed with his statement while subtly hinting that the company had more to offer in the upcoming days. But for now, they would like to keep it under wraps.

About Health Horizons: 

Health Horizons are manufacturers and distributors of consumable and skincare products derived from the miracle plant – Hemp. Known to be the only plant with several health benefits, our company’s philosophy revolves around sharing its benefits through 100% natural and authentic products. Hemp foods inspire healthier living and our hemp personal care line promotes wellness of skin and hair. To know more, visit http://www.thehealthhorizons.in

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HONOR View20 takes users on an unseen journey with 48MP AI Ultra Clarity photography

HONG KONG, Feb. 7, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — HONOR, a leading smartphone e-brand, today launched a special ‘See The Unseen’  photography challenge to showcase the capabilities of the HONOR View20’s impressive 48MP AI Ultra Clarity camera, which is able to capture an incredible amount of detail. The challenge encourages users to use this revolutionary technology to discover compelling stories, capture vivid experiences, and push the limits of their creativity.
For smartphone photography, nothing is more important than photo quality and clarity, and HONOR View20 is bringing these measures to new highs. The rear camera of the HONOR View20 is the first ever to be powered by the Sony IMX586 stacked CMOS image sensor, which features 48 effective megapixels on a 1/2-inch sensor unit to deliver excellent image quality. As a result, you’ll see richer details and more vibrant colors in the AI-optimized shots taken with the HONOR View20. In addition, the dual-NPU and dual-ISP Kirin 980 chipset has improved the image and camera processing capabilities of the phone by 134% and 46% respectively. Combined with the already astonishing power of the camera’s 48MP sensor, the result is unprecedented mobile photography potential.
The ‘See The Unseen’ photography challenge is supported by star Instagram travel blogger Jack Morris, the face of the travel blog Do You Travel which attracts over 2 million followers; and Murad Osmann, one half of travelling Instagram-couple Murad and Nataly, of the web phenomenon #FollowMeTo.
Both Jack and Murad will be campaign mentors and judges during the two-month photo-challenge campaign involving three key themes: ‘Unseen Love’; ‘Unseen Heroes’; and ‘Unseen World’, to encourage HONOR users to discover the countless stories and adventures that surround them wherever they are in the world.
Each week during the campaign, mentors Jack and Murad will select the most interesting of the submitted pictures, which will feature on the HONOR Gallery, a dedicated online photographic community for HONOR smartphone users, and HONOR social channels together with a background story to accompanying the shot. Competition entries can win exciting prizes including the latest HONOR View20 smartphones.
In 2018, HONOR’s strong business performance saw a 170% YoY increase in overseas markets. To further drive the business growth, HONOR officially announced its brand upgrade at the HONOR View 20 Global Launch in Paris, which revealed the new logo with moving color, the new slogan of “HONOR MY WORLD” and all-new partnerships with brands loved by global youth. The ‘See The Unseen’ photography challenge and HONOR Gallery have also been developed as part of HONOR’s brand upgrade to satisfy the growing needs of global youth.
To find out more about HONOR and join the ‘See The Unseen’ photography movement, entrants can post their pictures using the hashtags #SeeTheUnseen and #HONORMade on Instagram, or upload submissions to HONOR Gallery at https://www.hihonor.com/global/events/honorview20-photo-contest/
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HONOR is a leading smartphone e-brand. The brand was created to meet the needs of digital natives through internet-optimized products that offer superior user experiences, inspire action, foster creativity and empower the young to achieve their dreams. In doing this, HONOR has set itself apart by showcasing its own bravery to do things differently and to take the steps needed to usher in the latest technologies and innovations for its customers.
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Firmenich Reinforces Global Environmental Leadership With Fourth CDP Top Score This Year

GENEVA, February 6, 2019 /PRNewswire/ —

Recognized as a global environmental leader with a CDP triple ‘A’ score, Firmenich further reinforced its impact with its top ranking on the CDP Supplier Engagement Leaderboard. This global supply chain recognition is testament to Firmenich’s excellence in working with its suppliers to reduce carbon emissions and environmental risks across its value chain.

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“It is a great honor  to be one of only two companies in the world to reach, the CDP Supplier Engagement Leaderboard, as well as triple “A” status for climate change, water security, and forests,” said Gilbert Ghostine, CEO Firmenich. “These world-class recognitions illustrate how Firmenich’s sustainability leadership is well entrenched beyond our business and positively impacting our supply chain.”

“Congratulations to Firmenich for setting the pace in environmental management with its recognition on the CDP Supplier Engagement Leaderboard, working to reduce emissions and lower environmental risks across its supply chain. If more businesses follow Firmenich’s lead, cascading good practices down their supply chains, we can accelerate a rapid transition to a sustainable, low-carbon economy,” said Sonya Bhonsle, Global Head of Supply Chain at CDP.

“We started disclosing our environmental performance through CDP Supply Chain 10 years ago and were the first perfume and taste company to ask our suppliers to also disclose through CDP,” commented Neil McFarlane, Senior VP Quality, Health, Safety, Security & Environment, Firmenich. “We are very proud of this achievement that highlights the incredible work done by our environmental and purchasing teams. We hope it will inspire other companies to develop their own path towards zero impact.”

CDP assessed more than 5,000 companies on their supply chain engagement strategies with 120 (3%) leading companies earning a place on the third annual Supplier Engagement Leaderboard. The Supplier Engagement Leaderboard is released today in Cascading commitments: Driving upstream action through supply chain engagement, CDP’s Global Supply Chain Report 2019, written by CDP and Carbon Trust. The report reveals that with greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in supply chains on average 5.5 times those of company’s direct operations, there has been a step-change in corporate awareness and action on environmental impacts within the supply chain in the last decade.  

Learn more about Firmenich’s 2020 environmental goals and vision to become carbon neutral in its “Performance and Sustainability Report 2018.” To view it, click here.

About Firmenich  

Firmenich is the world’s largest privately-owned perfume and taste company, founded in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1895. Driven by its purpose to create positive emotions to enhance wellbeing, naturally, Firmenich has designed many of the world’s best-known perfumes and tastes, bringing delight to over four billion consumers every day. Renowned for its world-class research and creativity, as well as its leadership in sustainability, each year, Firmenich invests 10% of its turnover in R&D to understand and share the best that nature has to offer responsibly. Firmenich had an annual turnover of 3.7 billion Swiss Francs at end June 2018. More information about Firmenich is available at http://www.firmenich.com

About CDP 

CDP is an international non-profit that drives companies and governments to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, safeguard water resources and protect forests. Voted number one climate research provider by investors and working with institutional investors with assets of US$87 trillion, we leverage investor and buyer power to motivate companies to disclose and manage their environmental impacts. Over 7,000 companies with over 50% of global market capitalization disclosed environmental data through CDP in 2018. This is in addition to the over 750 cities, states and regions who disclosed, making CDP’s platform one of the richest sources of information globally on how companies and governments are driving environmental change. CDP, formerly Carbon Disclosure Project, is a founding member of the We Mean Business Coalition. Visit http://www.CDP.net or follow us @CDP to find out more. 

Merck to Expand US Biopharmaceutical R&D Facility to Advance Innovative Clinical Pipeline

DARMSTADT, Germany, February 6, 2019 /PRNewswire/ —

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Merck to Expand US Biopharmaceutical R&D Facility to Advance Innovative Clinical Pipeline  

Merck investing $70 million in U.S. Research & Development Hub   

Expansion of R&D footprint to accelerate science and innovation in Oncology, Immuno-oncology and Immunology globally   
Merck, a leading science and technology company, today announced a $70 million investment to expand its state of the art research and development (R&D) facility in Billerica, Massachusetts. The new building will span 145,000 square feet, offering new laboratory and collaborative working space to accommodate approximately 400 new and current R&D employees focused on advancing science in oncology, immuno-oncology and immunology.

“Our talented and passionate R&D teams based in Billerica have been highly engaged in advancing a number of pipeline compounds,” said Luciano Rossetti, Head of Global Research & Development at the Biopharma business of Merck. “We continue to strengthen our innovation footprint in both the U.S. and Darmstadt, Germany where our global R&D headquarters are located, with the goal of delivering transformational value to patients around the world.”

With this latest project, Merck will have invested more than $150 million in infrastructure to advance biopharmaceutical R&D in the state of Massachusetts in recent years, with more than 150 new jobs added to its growing U.S. R&D Hub in Billerica since 2011. The town of Billerica played a critical role in bringing this latest building expansion project to fruition, working collaboratively with Company officials to underscore the benefits of expanding the state-of-the-art R&D facility.

“Merck’s continued investment in Massachusetts is a testament to the state’s global leadership in life sciences,” said Travis McCready, President and CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center. “In working collaboratively with the town of Billerica, the company’s campus expansion over the past decade has not only helped attract and retain top talent in the area, but more importantly, contributed to improving the lives of people with serious medical needs.”

When construction is completed in 2021, the building will offer wet labs, office space and a cafeteria for the campus. Consistent with previous projects, the building will be constructed to the highest environmental and employee wellness standards by seeking LEED® and WELL certifications. LEED is a preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. WELL is a building standard focused on enhancing people’s health and wellness through built environments.

The healthcare business of Merck employs approximately 3,500 R&D professionals across four global R&D hubs: Darmstadt, Germany; Boston, U.S.; Tokyo, Japan; and Beijing, China. Merck invests approximately 20% of total sales in R&D discovery and development each year.

Merck’s U.S. presence is comprised of three businesses – Healthcare, Life Science and Performance Materials – with nearly 10,000 employees working in R&D, manufacturing and corporate roles across almost 60 sites country-wide. Within the state of Massachusetts, more than 2,800 professionals work across 10 locations.

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Merck, a leading science and technology company, operates across healthcare, life science and performance materials. Around 51,000 employees work to make a positive difference to millions of people’s lives every day by creating more joyful and sustainable ways to live. From advancing gene editing technologies and discovering unique ways to treat the most challenging diseases to enabling the intelligence of devices – Merck is everywhere. In 2017, Merck generated sales of € 15.3 billion in 66 countries.

Scientific exploration and responsible entrepreneurship have been key to Merck’s technological and scientific advances. This is how Merck has thrived since its founding in 1668. The founding family remains the majority owner of the publicly listed company. Merck holds the global rights to the Merck name and brand. The only exceptions are the United States and Canada, where the business sectors of Merck operate as EMD Serono in healthcare, MilliporeSigma in life science, and EMD Performance Materials.

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Talkdesk Receives Product Line Strategy Leadership Award from Frost & Sullivan for its Enterprise Cloud Contact Center

Talkdesk’s high scalability and ease of deployment boosts the overall user experience, while lowering the cost of ownership
SANTA CLARA, California, Feb. 6, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Based on its recent analysis of the North American cloud contact center market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Talkdesk, Inc. with the 2019 North American Product Line Strategy Leadership Award for developing the Talkdesk Enterprise Cloud Contact Center. Talkdesk is built on microservices architecture and designed to prioritize flexibility, scalability, security, and ease of use. Talkdesk’s AppConnect Innovation Ecosystem enables customers to add on complementary applications quickly and cost-effectively from a broad range of third-party suppliers, extending the native capabilities of Talkdesk.
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“The Talkdesk Enterprise Cloud Contact Center runs on US-based Amazon Web Services (AWS) data centers, with a main site supported by a disaster recovery site in a separate geographic region,” said Nancy Jamison, Principal Analyst in Customer Contact at Frost & Sullivan. “Agents are connected to the closest media server in their global region to reduce latency and increase service reliability. This feature-rich contact center solution is delivered out of the box and supported by in-depth analytics and reporting capabilities. Furthermore, Talkdesk’s cloud-native microservices architecture allows it to be scaled quickly using pools, clusters, and grids as new channels and technologies become available.”
While agent scalability is important, Talkdesk is easy to scale geographically as well. By 2017, Talkdesk had 52,000 users across 60 countries, served by nine global data centers. In addition, by using Talkdesk’s communication-platform-as-a-service (CPaaS) offering, customers can scale carrier communications globally, without directly connecting to hundreds of carriers worldwide. Talkdesk’s microservices architecture and multi-tenant CPaaS foundation present a superior price-performance value, while the interaction orchestration engine, Studio, enriches the user experience with several capabilities, such as routing, skills matching, presence engine, context process, and an intuitive flow designer.
Another major benefit of Talkdesk’s platform approach is its AppConnect Innovation Ecosystem, which enables customers to deploy best-in-class solutions and quickly trial applications to determine if they suit their business needs, without any huge upfront investments. Talkdesk is currently pre-integrated with over 50 applications in core contact center areas, including workforce management, workforce optimization, outbound dialer, voice analytics, and collaboration.
Talkdesk’s most prominent capabilities include its AI engine, Talkdesk IQ, Callbar, Mobile, Omnichannel, Analytics, Studio, and Self-Service. “Talkdesk offers natively built self-service software development kits (SDKs) for callback, context, knowledge base, and visual interactive voice response (IVR) capability for Android and iOS applications. Additionally, a flexible Webhook event management offers access to event-triggered automations with 50+ external partners,” noted Ms. Jamison. “The company continues to deliver on its vision to make customer experience a competitive advantage for its clients. Talkdesk’s customer-focused innovation, and ability to secure significant funding, underlines its current performance and potential to dominate the cloud contact center market in the near future.”
Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has developed a comprehensive product line which caters to the breadth of the market it serves. The award recognizes the extent to which the product line meets customer demands and the overall impact it has in terms of customer value and increased market share.
Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis, and extensive secondary research to identify best practices in the industry.
About Talkdesk, Inc.
Talkdesk Enterprise Cloud Contact Center empowers companies to make customer experience their competitive advantage. With enterprise-class performance and consumer-like ease of use, Talkdesk easily adapts to the evolving needs of sales and support teams and their end-customers, resulting in increased customer satisfaction, productivity and cost savings. Over 1,400 innovative enterprises around the world, including IBM, Acxiom, Discovery Education and Peloton, rely on Talkdesk to power their customer interactions. Learn more and request a demo at www.talkdesk.com.
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What is wrong with Mamata’s West Bengal? CBI Raid causes loss to BJP

What is wrong with Mamata's West Bengal? CBI Raid causes loss to BJP
What is wrong with Mamata's West Bengal? CBI Raid causes loss to BJP

We have observed a different kind of hooliganism in West Bengal. This is something one of its only kind of incident happened in India since independence. Mamata‘s hooliganism will cause a disturbance in the region.

In the support of Mamata like other opposition, Arvind Kejriwal said CBI entered my bedroom and harassed me on the command of Narendra Modi. This was not enough and Mamata Benerji started a three days protest.

What is wrong with West Bengal?

This move of Mamata making the people of West Bengal think in a different direction. The state of turmoil in West Bengal; it is not Mamata against CBI but ‘India against India.’

In the name of politics what Mamata Benerji is doing reminds me of pre-1971 scenario in East Pakistan. I’m already seeing another “Bangabandhu” in Mamata Benerji.

The neighboring nation to West Bengal is Bangladesh with more than 170 million Bengali population. Bangladesh is economically developing but West Bengal is not. West Bengal may get annoyed that the next door neighbor is prospering while they are not. The economic pace of Bangladesh is higher and in West Bengal, it is something due to political turmoil since last 3 decades. It can be beneficial and interesting for both Mamata and BJP but bitter-tasting to the people of West Bengal.

The neighboring states of West Bengal; Nagaland, Mizoram, and Tripura are already facing a lot of disturbance due to its different racial and tribal issues; Mizo, Naga, Bru and now Rohingya too. Many incidents of clashes are observed but not noted by media and never published.

Another catastrophe which will cause BJP a huge failure in the upcoming election in the state of WB and neighboring states is the issue of NRC and Citizen Amendment Bill(CAB). Mamata’s party is not supporting the bill and remained in the strong opposition causing big trouble in the region.

This bill will cause 4 million people to be kicked off from the nation on the grounds of their ethnicity. 

BJP is very straightforward on this matter stating that they’ll only consider Hindus for resettlement and Muslims must leave the country.

2019 loksabha elections are about to begin in a month or so and BJP wants to play very safely on this. 

Mamata Banerji’s Bengali nationalism play may become a national threat for India.

If from Mamata’s side it is Modi’s Hooliganism then from another end it is Mamata’s too.

If same response is given by other states then I don’t think India is in a situation to afford a home war. Security agencies, intelligence and governement should take these things very seriously.

Art social network and discovery start up Skillbox launches its Android app for deeper artist discovery

Ravi Pardhi , Co-Founder and CTO, Skillbox
Ravi Pardhi , Co-Founder and CTO, Skillbox

Gurugram based art social network and discovery startup, Skillbox, today announced the launch of its Android app for deeper artist discovery.  After the successful launch of its web-based platform – www.skillboxes.com, with over  5k users, the app promises to make things easier for all users.

The Skillbox Android app offers a host of useful features for all category of users – artists, businesses and fans and is distinguished by a sleek User Interface [ UI]. Combining superior User Experience [UX] with state of the art technology, some of the prominent features of the app are:

  1. Profile: A comprehensive and interesting profile layout with all the necessary details of an artist, business or fan for people to know more about them with an option to follow and get all the latest news directly on their personal feed. On the profile management end, one can edit information, add music/photos, manage playlists and people they follow with the tap of a button.
  2. FeedBox: A personalized and seamless feed of the latest posts and news based on one’s preferences and profiles they follow. It is easily manageable and is powered with state-of-the-art technology to give optimum user experience.
  3. Discover: The Discover feature offers a powerful search functionality for better performance and faster access.  With Discover one can dig deep and narrow one’s search criteria for artists and businesses by a particular type of artist, genre or select an artist’s hand- picked by SkillBox staff who are featured on weekly/monthly/yearly lists.
  4. StreamBox: StreamBox is an exclusive video/audio streaming service provided to artists and is free to use and complements the Discover feature. Artists are encouraged to upload their music/art to reach out to fans and gain a fan base
  5. Playlist: The playlist feature lets users create a list of favorites akin to a media player and helps in showcasing one ’s music taste to the audience at large.  Users can also make the playlists public which appear on the profile section for others to enjoy.
  6. Book Artist: One key feature for businesses is the Book Artist option which allows them to book an artist directly from the app after viewing their profile and work repository. All processes are streamlined and an e-contract is readily available upon booking which makes the process smooth with zero friction for businesses and artists alike.
  7. TalkBox: A one of its kind forum which allows users to pose questions and also answer questions thereby creating a  rich discussion platform.

Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Ravi Pardhi, Co-Founder and CTO, Skillbox said, ‘ We have witnessed tremendous traction on our web platform since launch and it was a logical next step to extend our offering to the ubiquitous device – mobile phones.  The Skillbox app is designed to make lives of it users – artists, businesses and fans- easier with its rich and useful features. From Profile to Discovery, Streambox, Feedbox to Book Artist and Playlists, the Skillbox app is a seamless blend of great UI, UX, and state of the art technology.  We are confident that our users will love our new offering.’

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About Skillbox

Incorporated in 2016 and based in Gurugram, Skillbox is an art social network and discovery platform that connects artists Musician /Bands, DJ/Producers, Session Artists, Photographers, Designers, and Sketch artists-  connect with enthusiasts and businesses. With its Artists Profiles section, artists can easily create visually appealing profiles and gain visibility while promoting themselves. It’s audio streaming service StreamBox, provides musicians with a reliable way of showcasing their work to discerning audiences online and monetize their work. Musicians can also stream their music videos with the highest production values. Till date, Skillbox has connected 2000+ Artists and 100+ venues facilitated  1200+ gigs and generated more than Rs. 1 cr of business for artists and businesses in various categories.  For more information please visit www.skillboxes.com

Huddle looking to onboard B2B Startups in Bombay!

Huddle looking to onboard B2B Startups in Bombay!
Huddle looking to onboard B2B Startups in Bombay!

Huddle, one of the leading sector agnostic incubators based out of Gurugram with a rich mentor and network across the country, has collaborated with The Mosaic Coworking space in Mumbai, inviting B2B startups to apply for a 6-month structured incubation program where they are providing each startup with a dedicated mentor and free space in the renowned Mosaic coworking lab, along with opportunities to raise investment through the course of the program.

The opportunity is available to startups based in Mumbai that have a minimum viable product (MVP) in place and are focused with B2B products/solutions. The applications for the program are now open until February 8th, 2019.

Startups will be shortlisted by the mentor and internal team at Huddle, to begin the incubation from February 15th, 2019.

Each startup will be provided with tailor-made advisory, through dedicated mentorship, and access to a vast network to provide growth to their existing venture. Selected startups will also be provided incubation space at The Mosaic, and get an opportunity to interact one-on-one investors, and leverage from technological, financial and legal support to entrepreneurs.

Huddle will provide dedicated mentorship to B2B startups from leading entrepreneur, startups mentors and CXOs of large organizations.

The mentor panel of Huddle includes leaders belonging to different industries who help startups with one-on-one mentorship that ignites growth and expansion. The portfolio of startups that have worked through their ideas and growth stage hosted by Huddle is a strong variety situated pan India and backed by a team of 30 mentors. Some of these leading mentors from the Huddle mentor network includes BhaskarPramanik (Former Chairman – Microsoft India), Ashok Ganapathy (Former CEO – Airtel Business) and RavindraPisharody (Former Executive Director – TATA Motors) as part of the 30Huddle mentors a part of various startup growth stories.

Startups solving for the B2B segment and based in Mumbai can apply for this program till February, 8th, 2019. The shortlisted startups will be able to avail all the benefits of the space, service, and support of Huddle starting from February 15th, 2019.

Speaking about the program, Sanil Sachar, Co-founder, and Partner, Huddle, said, “As an incubator, it is our responsibility to guide the budding entrepreneurs. Our goal is to work with promising startup founders and provide the push required for their success. This program is focusing in a city where there is a large talent pool in a sector we are involved in and want to further support the ecosystem”

Ishan Khosla, Co-founder and Partner, Huddle, said: “We look forward to working with more emerging companies in the thriving Indian startup market, and are dedicated to continuing to build an ecosystem of co-development and co-innovation, through our existing portfolio and partners.”

About Huddle

Huddle is one of India’s leading sector-agnostic incubator consisting of mentors in the form of experts, investors, leading entrepreneurs and CEO’s and CXO’s of large scale corporations. The portfolio startups have access to business development, strategic alliances, networking, and scale-up opportunities through this incubation. Huddle works closely with their startups to raise investments during the needful period, through their internal community of mentors and investors, or via their partner investment organizations. Huddle commits to working closely with each startup till the time the startup does not reach predictability and steady growth process to sustain and be ready to scale-up.

About Mosaic:

The Mosaic is a leading provider of flexible and collaborative workspaces in Mumbai. It was started by ex-bankers with the objective of supporting the booming startup ecosystem in Mumbai. The Mosaic is home to leading startups in Mumbai and powered by Huddle Incubation, this association is built to provide a strong base to grow startups.

Apply here: (Link) – https://www.f6s.com/huddleb2b

Bangladesh; India’s Biggest Ally or China’s Dragon Nest?

Bangladesh; India's Biggest Ally or China's Dragon Nest?
Bangladesh; India's Biggest Ally or China's Dragon Nest?

26th March 1971 and a new state was born; Bangladesh. 14th August 1947 when the partition of India took place, the nation divided into two parts; India and Pakistan, it was not Hindustan anymore.

Pakistan was divided in such a way that East Pakistan and West Pakistan remain separated with a huge distance and during this distance lies India.

Right after the division of India, Pakistan declared India as an enemy and rival state and imposed a war fought in 1947-48.

The state of Kashmir was the cause of this war.

During the partition and independence, the princely states were to choose the option to go with; IndiaPakistan or to remain independent. Jammu and Kashmir was the largest princely state with the Muslim majority and ruled by a Hindu king, Maharaja Hari Singh.

Pakistan imposed brutal battles on India including 1965 and 1999.

Thousands sacrificed their lives on the hands of the politics between New Delhi and Islamabad.

A misfortunate for Pakistan

West Pakistan never accepted the Bangalis equal to them. The majority of west Pakitan was dominated by the Punjabi politicians and they always wanted to be dominated on the national politics. The culture of vadehra; the landlord remained in the country even after more than 20 years of independence. The power balance was not visible at all.

The then popular politicians; Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto from west and Sheikh Mujibur Rahman from East Pakistan attracted a public applaud in the general elections in 1970. East Pakistan was majorly dominated by Awami League which was the party of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. This turned dismayed among two leaders causing a greater clash.

The nationalism among West Pakistan people risen due to the forceful impose of Urdu language among Bengalis. The political dismay was a huge catastrophe to the nation and its people.

Before the general elections in 1970, Pakistan was facing the wrath of martial law of Iskandar Mirza who was disposed of by General Ayub Khan, the then Chief of Pakistan Army Staff.

It was the hard work of these two leaders; Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto which brought down the martial law in Pakistan and established the democracy again. Coup d’état to the coup.

But bigotry of Zulfiqar made it worst and he continued the martial law in East Pakistan. The army never thought of them as human and became more barbaric- raping women and unlawful killing of civilians.

This infidelity made Bengalis think of the secondary options which lead them to fight a liberation war; Muktijuddho(the war of freedom). India supported this war but the first country to recognize the state of Bangladesh was Bhutan followed by India, Israel, Poland, Bulgaria, and Burma. China, Pakistan, Palestine, and many other Muslim dominated countries did not recognize Bangladesh for a very prolonged period.

The USA supported this war but the other side. Richard Nixon denied its involvement stating it is their internal matter.

Bangladesh will remain a strategic alliance for India.

The US is always looking for its war bases and they have a clean eye on Bangladesh. The geographical situation of Bangladesh makes her more strategic than any other south-Asian countries.

Bangladesh is under the face of rapid development. In the past decade, Bangladesh has emerged as the fastest growing economy with a record GDP growth of more than 6.5%, which is tremendous. The economy which is majorly dominated by its export may become a greater ally to the Indian market as well. Presently the India export to Bangladesh is in billion dollars.

China is spreading its dragon wings to the other states. Pakistan is majorly being benefited apart from Ethiopia, Nigeria, South Africa, Malaysia and now Nepal. For India, this may become a big headache in the very near future.

India played the most significant role in the liberation of Bangladesh and she should not ignore the Bangladesh alliance. The India and Bangladesh governments, business groups and intelligence should find a better way to neutralize the situation in the region.

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