Shia cleric withdraws call for nationwide camps for arms licences

first_imgLucknow: Shia cleric and Majlis-e-Ulama-e-Hind General Secretary Maulana Kalbe Jawwad on Monday withdrew a call for the nationwide camps to help Muslims, Dalits and tribals fill up forms for arms licenses. The announcement came after a controversy ensued over camp organiser and Supreme Court lawyer Mehmood Pracha’s statement at a press conference in New Delhi on July 11 in which he reportedly asked Muslims, Dalits and tribals to sell their property and jewellery to buy weapons. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “These communities are being targeted in incidents of mob lynching and have the right to take the path of violence to protect themselves,” he was quoted as having said at the press conference held to announce a series of camps across India to fill up forms for arms licenses. The movement was to commence from Lucknow, where the first camp was to be organised on July 26 on the invitation Maulana Kalbe Jawwad. Pracha had said that the camps would be organised in at least 12 cities, including six in Uttar Pradesh, where Muslims, Dalits and tribals are under threat and need legal help. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Maulana Kalbe Jawwad had earlier said: “The SC/ST and minorities have been pushed to the edge by the government, which is soft on perpetrators of mob violence. In such a scenario, there is no option left, but self-defence. Many from these communities face discrimination and they will avail of our legal expertise to fill forms and apply for arms licence.” The Maulana, on Monday, said: “In view of the controversy and keeping in view the manner in which our statements have been distorted, the camp is being called off. Our intention was to empower the weaker sections but we did not intend to train them for violence. We merely wanted to equip them for self-defence.” He said the camp would have ensured keeping out applicants with criminal antecedents or those with political or business interests. “This campaign was not for the Shia community, in particular, but for all minorities who feel threatened. We would have also acted against those who misused their licences,” he said. “If the government had taken strong steps against perpetrators of hate crime, we would not have had to take up such a measure. There are tough laws in the Constitution and Indian Penal Code (IPC) which the government should invoke. The draft bill on lynching is a mere eyewash,” he added.last_img read more

Trudeau defends changes to asylum laws that have refugee workers alarmed

first_imgOTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is defending a changes to asylum laws included in an omnibus budget bill tabled this week, saying his government is working to ensure Canada’s refugee system is fair for everyone.The changes would prevent asylum seekers from making refugee claims in Canada if they have made similar claims in certain other countries, including the United States — a move Border Security Minister Bill Blair says is aimed at preventing “asylum-shopping.”Lawyers and advocates who work with refugees are sounding the alarm about the legal changes, saying they would strip human-rights protections from vulnerable asylum-seekers.Trudeau says Canada has been seeing larger numbers of refugee claims because of global instability.He says his priority is to ensure Canadians retain confidence in the country’s asylum system, which means every person who comes to Canada must do so according to the law.More than 41,000 asylum seekers have crossed into Canada “irregularly” through unofficial paths along the Canada-U.S. border since early 2017. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Spain In 2017 57 of Offenders Arrested Under Terrorism

Rabat – 57 percent of offenders arrested for terrorism-related charges in Spain in the past year were of Moroccan nationality, finds a study by the International Terrorism Observatory.The study indicated that 57 percent of people detained for terrorism in 2017 in Spain were Moroccan nationals, against 28 percent who were Spanish, reported Friday Al Massae daily.Moroccan extremists are the main threat to the security of Spain, followed by Algerians at four percent and Egyptians at three percent, said the same source. 2017 was also marked by 51 police operations and 84 arrests, said the same source indicating that anti-terrorist operations have made remarkable progress last year, following the Barcelona bombings.“The terrorist attacks in Catalonia in 2017 reminded us that the fight is not over and that much remains to be done,” said Consuelo Ordóñez, president of the Collective of Victims of Terrorism.Facing terrorist threats, Spanish authorities have allegedly restricted freedom of speech and made excessive terrorism allegations during 2017, said Amnesty International in its annual report on the state of human rights in countries across the world.“Authorities pressed criminal charges against people who had expressed opinions that did not constitute incitement to a terrorism-related offense and fell within the permissible forms of expression under international human rights law,” said Amnesty in its report published January 22. read more

Appropriation Bill for 2017 presented to Parliament

The Appropriation Bill for 2017 was presented to Parliament today by Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake.The presentation of the Bill was made at a special, short sitting of Parliament today. The 2017 budget speech will be delivered in Parliament by the Finance Minister on November 10 and the debate will be held for one month.

Thorold couple charged in elder abuse investigation

UPDATENiagara Regional Police have charged two people from Thorold in an elder abuse investigation.Officers went to a home to check on a female, after reports that she was being locked in a room against her will.They say they found a woman in a “state of unacceptable care and in an abandoned state.”She was taken to a near by hospital for medical attention and is expected to make a full recovery.Police have not released the 63-year-old’s name.Guenther Froese, 87, and Ruth Froese, 70, are each charged with one count of failing to provide to (a) person under charge.Detectives now have concerns that there may be other victims.Investigators have learned that the accused ran an adult care facility at 92 Pine St. North called Hill Crest Manor that closed in 1997.The victim is believed to have remained at the facility since the closure until the time of the arrests.Anyone with information are asked to call detectives from the 1 District Criminal Investigation Branch. read more

Annan hopes London terror bombings will not lead to racial profiling

Asked if, in light of the killing of a Brazilian by police after Thursday’s abortive attacks on London’s transit system, there was now more reason to be concerned if one were black or brown, Mr. Annan noted that London was a very international city.”I think the United Kingdom Government has been very open, very lenient in its asylum laws and has received many people from around the world,” he told reporters on his arrival at UN Headquarters in New York. “But given what has happened, there may be a tendency in some quarters to profile individuals from certain regions, and we saw it here.”And I hope it doesn’t happen there, and that they will go after the criminals, but not generalize to a group of people coming from one region or the other. And I think, from my own experience, I would say that the UK has been able to do that over the years, and I hope it will maintain that policy,” he added.Mr. Annan said that what had happened in the last few weeks from London to Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt, where a series of bombs killed scores of people on Saturday, “gives us one more reason to press ahead and get a good definition of terrorism that we can all live with.”As I said, it’s not Islamic; it’s not whatever. We know them for what they are. And a simple, clear statement, bringing in moral clarity, that maiming and killing of civilians is unacceptable regardless of one’s cause, I think, will satisfy all of us,” he added.”We know what we are living with, and I think the whole world is now standing together in the fight against terrorism. And the UN and its General Assembly must lead in that fight.” read more

Ban welcomes serious international discussions on Syrias chemical weapons

“The Secretary-General welcomes, therefore, President Obama’s decision to take time to further explore this diplomatic opportunity to achieve this crucially important objective,” a UN spokesman said in New York. Mr. Ban’s statement follows a flurry of diplomatic activity noted by the media in the past 72 hours, following a reported Russian proposal for Damascus to surrender its chemical weapons and place them under international control. In the meantime, evidence collected by a UN team probing possible chemical weapons use in Syria on 21 August is being examined by laboratories in Europe.In a national address last night, US President Barack Obama cited “encouraging signs in recent days” and announced that he was sending US Secretary of State John Kerry to meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Geneva on Thursday for further talks, and that he would continue discussions with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Both countries are permanent members of the UN Security Council – along with China France and the United Kingdom – which has been deadlocked over a solution to the 30 month crisis in Syria. The UN chief welcomed the efforts by the Russian Federation to advance a possible agreement. “He hopes the US-Russian meetings later this week will be productive in moving toward a process for addressing the Syrian chemical weapons threat which all parties will be committed to,” the spokesperson said.“The confirmed use of chemical weapons would be an outrageous crime for which there must be accountability and determined efforts to prevent any recurrence,” the statement said. read more

Ban is closely following with concern developments in Turkey

According to media reports, a faction of military forces in Turkey attempted a coup on Friday night. “At this moment of uncertainty in the country, the Secretary-General appeals for calm, non-violence and restraint,” said a statement released by Mr. Ban’s office. “Preservation of fundamental rights, including freedom of speech and assembly, remain of vital importance,” the statement also said. The Secretary-General underscored that military interference in the affairs of any State is unacceptable. “It will be crucial to quickly and peacefully affirm civilian rule and constitutional order in accordance with principles of democracy,” the statement said. read more

Keep Expectations Low For Mitch Trubiskys Debut

Tonight’s NFC North showdown between Minnesota (2-2) and Chicago (1-3) will mark a potentially historic moment for the Bears as quarterback-of-the-future Mitch Trubisky will officially take the reins of the reeling franchise. But how much can we expect from the No. 2 overall pick in last year’s draft? Watch the video above to find out.

Ohio State mens basketball ready for constant motion of Americans offense

Junior guard Shannon Scott (3) sets up in defensive position during a game against Morgan State Nov. 9 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 89-50.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe Ohio State men’s basketball team is coming off a defensive showing coach Thad Matta called one of the best performances by a team since he’s been at OSU.“I thought we were as tuned in, as dialed in as we could possibly be,” Matta said Tuesday, referring to the 52-35 win against then-No. 17 Marquette (2-1, 0-0) Saturday. “I thought guys used their length, their athleticism, they understood what we were trying to take away … It was probably about as good defensively as we could play.”The Buckeyes held the Golden Eagles to only 18.9 percent shooting in that game, and submitting a similar effort against American University (1-1, 0-0) Wednesday remains the focus. The American Eagles run an offense that has given the No. 8-ranked Buckeyes (3-0, 0-0) fits in the past.“We know they run the Princeton Offense. That’s going to be fun to guard like always,” said junior guard Shannon Scott Monday with a smile. “We just gotta treat them like any other team. Just because they’re not ranked doesn’t mean they can’t come in here and beat us.”The “Princeton Offense” is a style predicated on constant motion, quick cuts behind defenders and solid outside shooting. Matta said it takes extra time to prepare for the offense itself, and the Eagles shoot a high number of shots from beyond the 3-point arc.“It’s just the cutting is unique, you’ve got five guys out there that can shoot,” Matta said. “I think 47 percent of their field goal attempts are threes.”An in-conference foe, Northwestern, also runs the Princeton Offense, and the Wildcats have given the Buckeyes all they can handle in recent memory. Two seasons ago, OSU slipped by to beat Northwestern on the road, 75-73, as then-Buckeye forward Jared Sullinger scored the game-winning basket in the waning seconds. Last year, OSU needed late runs in both games against Northwestern to put them away.“It’s one of those deals where you may give up a lay up, you may give up a (3-pointer) here or there,” Matta said. “But it’s the possession after possession after possession of doing what you’re supposed to do and how you’re supposed to do it. And then in the end, you hope that you can rebound long shots, long rebounds. We gotta scoop those up. We’ve definitely learned our lesson over time playing Northwestern in that regard.”Staying disciplined on the defensive side of the ball is going to be key, as the Buckeyes look to win their fourth straight to open the season.“We have to be really sound on defense. We can’t gamble like we probably would,” Scott said. “I know for myself, I like to be in the passing lanes, I probably can’t do that too much cause they’re going to back-door it. Just playing honestly, defensively. Staying between the man and the basket is a huge key for us.”Tipoff between the Buckeyes and Eagles is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

Continuing terror threat forces Kings College Chapel to scrap traditional queue for

first_imgPeople queue for the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at King's College Cambridge just after dawn 24th December 2013. Some slept overnight to get a good place in the queue. It is one of those longstanding traditions – such as the last night of the Proms or the overnight queue for Wimbledon tickets – which appears to be a unique feature of British life.But the fear of a potential terror attack has now forced the organisers of the King’s College Chapel carol concert to scrap its queue for seats and replace it with ticket-only entry.For decades crowds have formed long queues outside the Cambridge college in the hours before its annual concert of Christmas carols and readings.In recent years hundreds of people have waited overnight in order to claim one of around 500 seats.However, members of the public who want to attend will now have to buy a ticket in advance, allocating them a specific seat.They will also no longer be able to bring the large number of parcels and Christma shopping many of them used to take into the chapel after a day of festive spending in the city centre and will be limited to just a small bag. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The changes come after a spate of terror attacks against soft targets in Britain.These included the bombing of an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena in May, in which 22 mainly young music fans were killed, and the London Bridge attack in the following month, which saw eight people killed and 48 injured when an Isis inspired terror cell went on the rampage.It also follows a call by the Isis terror group for its followers to kidnap non-Muslim children in Europe. Its call, published in the group’s monthly Rumiyah magazine, was illustrated with a photograph of British choir boys.Amid this atmosphere of an increased threat level and heightened security concerns King’s College felt it had no alternative but take measures to protect the safety of the crowds attending the carol concert.The Revd Dr Stephen Cherry, the Dean of King’s College Chapel, told The Telegraph: “We made this change after careful appraisal of our own situation in the light of the current level of security risk across the country. It is a break with tradition but we all recognise that if traditions are to survive they need to respond to the reality of the world we live in today.”He added: “For us the most important things are that we maintain the service as an occasion that is familiar, beautiful, spiritual and inspiring, that it is broadcast to millions of people around the world and that we are able to welcome to the service hundreds of local people and international visitors. After Christmas we will reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of the new system. On the whole, people appreciate that we are doing what we can to look after them and to ensure it’s a great occasion.”The concert, properly known as A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, was introduced by former WWI Army chaplain Eric Milner-White in 1918 “to bring a more imaginative approach to worship” and first broadcast in 1928.The service, which is broadcast to millions of people around the world, always opens with ‘Once in Royal David’s City’, and includes a new, specially commissioned carol.This year’s festival begins at 3pm on Christmas Eve and will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 4 and at 2pm on Radio 3 on Christmas Day.Those wishing to attend should come in person to the College after 7.30am on Christmas Eve with photographic identification. Here they will be issued with a ticket for a specific seat at the service and asked to come back after 1:30pm for admission to the Chapel.Members of the congregation are asked not to bring anything larger than a small handbag with them to the Chapel.In a note to the congregation Dr Cherry explained: “By issuing tickets in this way we will maintain the generous spirit of  the occasion without requiring members of the congregation to stand outside in the cold all morning.” People queue for the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at King’s College Cambridge just after dawn 24th December 2013. Some slept overnight to get a good place in the queue.Credit:Julian Eales/Alamylast_img read more

It was like a bomb going off Centre of Birmingham evacuated as

first_imgEyewitness Paul Cave, 33, said: “I was on Broad Street having a drink with the wife when we heard this deafening noise.”It was like a bomb going off and that’s what we feared. Everyone stayed pretty calm though but you could see people thinking the worst.”Police were there very quickly and have done a good job cordoning off the area and diverting traffic.” Images from Warden Andy showing the Police cordon following the incident at Birmingham Rep. @BirminghamRep @WestsideWardens— Westside BID (@westsidebid) February 13, 2018 Birmingham city centre was put on lockdown tonight following reports of a “massive” explosion.There was panic on the streets after it was rocked by the huge blast at around 8.15pm, with police, fire and ambulance crews were all scrambled to the area. Roads surrounding Centenary Square and Broad Street, the city’s main entertainment district, were also closed.West Midlands Police soon revealed the explosion had originated in a staff area of the Repertory Theatre following a “technical fault” and there had been no injuries.The force tweeted: “All emergency services are currently at Birmingham’s Repertory Theatre, Broad St following reports of an explosion.”Initial indications are that this was a technical fault in a staff only area. No casualties are reported.”Everyone has been evacuated and are being kept safe. All roads around @BirminghamRep & @LibraryofBham are closed following an explosion in a staff only area of the theatre.”Please stay away.”  A spokesperson for the theatre said: “We can confirm there was a technical fault this evening and the theatre was evacuated as a precautionary measure. We’re pleased to report there were no injuries. Many thanks to the emergency services for their help.” We can confirm there was a technical fault this evening and the theatre was evacuated as a precautionary measure. We’re pleased to report there were no injuries. Many thanks to the emergency services for their help.— The REP (@BirminghamRep) February 13, 2018 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. West Midlands Fire Service also took to Twitter and said: “We are currently supporting @WMPolice at an incident at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Broad St, Birmingham. Please AVOID the area.”Earlier on, social media users told how the deafening noise was heard up to a mile away in the Jewellery Quarter.Guests at the neighbouring Symphony Hall, Hyatt Hotel and International Convention Centre were also told to stay inside.last_img read more

Industrial action at EBS called off after LRC talks

first_imgUNITE TRADE UNION has today announced that talks last night at the Labour Relations Commission between the union and EBS management relating to a number of issues have been successful and the strike action threatened last week will not take place.This dispute centred around payment of a so-called 13th month which was a contractual element of annual pay that was discontinued in EBS in 2011. The Labour Court held that this payment comprised a bonus and was therefore prohibited following the incorporation of EBS into AIB.However it held that this prohibition did not apply to the 2011 payment and recommended that the company pay the two weeks still owed for that year, which it had failed to do.Following talks which concluded last night, management agreed to set a date for payment of the outstanding sums. The parties have also agreed that other outstanding issues will be referred to the Labour Court for a binding recommendation.Commenting, today, Unite official Colm Quinlan said all parties had worked hard to resolve the issues and avoid an escalation of industrial action.Unite will continue engaging with management to ensure that workers’ interests are given due priority during the harmonisation process”, Mr Quinlan concluded.Related: Strike threat looms for EBS>More: 200 jobs to go at EBS Building Society>last_img read more

Woman shot in the mouth by harpoon and survives

first_imgAn image of the woman’s injury. Pic: AP Photo/Rio de Janeiro State Health DepartmentA WOMAN HAS miraculously survived after her husband accidentally shot her in the mouth with a harpoon, Brazilian officials said.The Rio de Janeiro State Health Department said in a statement that the woman’s husband was cleaning his spear gun when it went off, firing a harpoon that hit her cervical spine.Elisangela Borborema Rosa (28) was rushed to the hospital and underwent emergency surgery after the incident in the coastal city of Arraial do Cabo.The statement quotes neurosurgeon Allan da Costa as saying that the harpoon came within 1 centimeter (less than half an inch) of killing the woman. He said he expects a full recovery.InvestigationA police officer in Arrial do Cabo said by telephone that officials are looking into the case.“Everything indicates it was an accident, but we are investigating. We don’t think the husband tried to kill her,” said the officer, who cited department policy in declining to let her name be used.But once she fully recovers we will be able to question her and get a clearer picture of what happened.last_img read more

Government wants another year to reduce junior doctors hours

first_imgTHE TRADE UNION representing Ireland’s doctors has said the Government is seeking an extra year to fall into line with EU rules on working hours – and end the practice where junior doctors can work shifts of up to 80 hours.The Irish Medical Organisation, which is currently attending talks at the Labour Relations Commission on a possible replacement for the Croke Park 2 deal, says the Government now wants to bring Ireland in line with the rules by the end of 2014.Earlier this year, health minister James Reilly had said it was a high HSE priority to bring the rules into place by the end of 2013 – while arguing that consultant doctors would have to take pay cuts in order to allow the recruitment of new junior doctors to fill the gap.Now, however, the IMO says it expects any revised deals on public sector pay to include a clause under which the Government would sign up to the rules by the end of 2014 – meaning it would have another 18 months to implement the directive.The directive – which has existed in various forms since 1993, but was most recently updated in 2008 – limits an employee’s working week to a maximum of 48 hours.The directive has yet to be imposed in Ireland, however, where non-consultant (or ‘junior’) hospital doctors regularly work up to twice as many hours per week, due to staff shortages.Earlier this year revealed that some junior doctors were still being asked to work shifts of up to 36 hours – and regularly being rostered for 32 hours in succession.The IMO said its talks had also reached an agreement to transfer responsibility for some tasks, such as phlebotomy, to be transferred to nurses as a way of increasing efficiency and reducing pay.“It is important to state that no agreement has yet been reached on many of the critical issues,” it said. “However progress has been made on some important matters.”Read: “It’s a killer” – Junior doctors still forced to work 36-hour shiftslast_img read more

Strike to hit Irish Rail next month as Siptu ballots for oneday

first_imgTRAVEL DISRUPTION LOOMS for August after Siptu workers at Irish Rail balloted for strike action.The union confirmed this afternoon will begin a work-to-rule on 24 August.This will be followed by a one-day work stoppage on 25 August.Thousands of commuters could be affected.However, this action is subject to Irish Rail implementing planned pay cuts.The proposed cuts at Irish Rail would be temporary and last for 25 months.Irish Rail has previously warned that the failure to implement cost-saving measures will result in redundancies and the closure of some lines.Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar said earlier this year that strike action was “the last thing anyone wants to see”.The company had previously indicated that the pay cuts are due to go ahead.Read: Industrial action threatened as Irish Rail plans to go ahead with pay cuts >last_img read more

Mayor Steve Vaus Affordable housing in Poway

first_img KUSI Newsroom Mayor Steve Vaus: Affordable housing in Poway 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Affordable housing is always a hot topic in San Diego and one city is taking action to address the issue for some of its community’s most vulnerable people.Joining KUSI to talk about these efforts is Poway Mayor Steve Vaus. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings Updated: 7:54 AM April 5, 2019 Posted: April 5, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Video shows man breaking into SW MiamiDade construction trailer

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – The owner of a construction trailer in Southwest Miami-Dade is hoping crisp surveillance video showing a man breaking into it will lead to thief’s arrest.The video captured the subject breaking into the trailer, located near Southwest 117th Avenue and 160th Street, Monday. He can be seen attempting to cover his face with a blue hoodie, as he rummages through things before taking off.Monday’s break-in marks the second time in as many months the trailer has been targeted. The first time, $16,000 worth of tools were taken. The owner did not specify whether or not any items were taken on Monday.If you have any information on either of these break-ins, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Prestigious honour for city pulmonologist

first_imgHyderabad: Dr Pradyut Waghray, a senior pulmonologist in the city, has been selected for the prestigious ‘Excellence in research award’ by the 7th EET-CRS Faculty Branding-2019. He will be conferred the award in Kolkata on July 21. The award is being presented in recognition of his contribution to medical science by way of various national and international publications and presentations, articles in medical text books and imparting medical education to students etc. Also Read – Governor felicitates Sai Praneeth Advertise With Us The research team led by Dr D C Singh evaluated parameters like research papers, articles published, books and chapters written and presentations made by the candidates. Dr Waghray is working as Professor and head of the department of pulmonary medicine at SVS Medical College, Mahbubnagar. He is the only doctor from Telangana to receive this prestigious award.last_img read more

McDonalds halal meat sparks row on Twitter netizens threaten to boycott food

first_imgSharia compliance? Why McDonald’s Why? Jhatka is the new thing! Should have gone with Jhatka meat McDonald’s is facing severe criticism over their tweet for serving halal meat.Getty images- Justin Sullivan / StaffThe fast-food chain McDonald’s has got itself tangled in a religious matter and is being grilled on social media after they tweeted to one of its customers saying that the chain only serves “halal meat”.”All our restaurants have HALAL certificates. You can ask the respective restaurant Managers to show you the certificate for your satisfaction and confirmation,” tweeted McDonald’s India. The tweet has sparked a lot of controversies by several sects of people that it became a trending topic on Twitter.This tweet from McDonald’s India came as a response to another Twitter user’s (hibailyas89) query On Thursday, August 22. The user asked McDonald’s whether their restaurants in India have a halal certificate.McDonald’s is facing severe criticism over their tweet for serving halal meat that several netizens have started a social media campaign for boycotting the restaurant chain. #BoycottMcDonalds has become a major trend on Twitter where social media users have called out McDonald’s for serving halal meat in a country, where the Muslim population is a minority.Many people have also come up asking for Jhatka (Chatka) meat rather than having halal meat. Jhatka is the meat from an animal killed instantaneously, such as by a sword or axe to sever the head and is associated with this kind of animal slaughter in the Hindu and Sikh traditions.Here’s how Twitterati reacted:-Forcefully Halal?last_img read more