Thursday, April 27, 2017

India at par with Afghanistan, Iraq, and Egypt in violation of religious freedom, reports US body on human rights

By Siddhant Mohan, TwoCircles.net The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has alleged that 10 of the 29 Indian states are suffering from severe religious rights violation, and blamed Hindu nationalist groups for the situation. In its 2017 Annual Report released yesterday on the state of religious freedom in selected countries, USCIRF has put India with countries like Afghanistan,...

Mushawarat urges government to initiate dialogue in Kashmir

TCN News Navaid Hamid, President of All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat (confederation of sixteen major Muslim organizations) has expressed deep concern over the deteriorating law and order situation in Kashmir valley and continued cycle of violence for the past eight months. Mushawarat firmly blames that Modi Government and the PDP- BJP coalition partner for their utter failure to bring about peace in...

US varsity announces $5,000 scholarship for Indian students

New Delhi, (IANS): The Missouri State University (MSU) in the US on Thursday announced $5,000 scholarship for Indian students. The university will grant the scholarship on the basis of GPA scores -- the students' cumulative scores in 10th, 11th and 12th class -- and their SAT scores. "We have always welcomed Indian students and averaged a 120-130 of them till recently......

From angry young man to angry father: Vinod Khanna’s cinematic voyage

By Vikas Datta  New Delhi, (IANS): He came into prominence playing an angry young man in a 1970s classic and one of his last major appearances was as an angry implacable father in a 2010 blockbuster, but whatever role Vinod Khanna played -- good, bad, or even supporting -- he ended up making his presence felt. Can you think of...

Jamia students protested in solidarity with people’s resistance movement of Kashmir

TCN News Students of Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi took out a protest march in the university campus on Tuesday. Tiled 'Memoirs of Resistance', students from different departments and faculties participated in the protest in Solidarity with the people’s resistance movement of Kashmir and for their right to self-determination and against unleashing of state terror on students in academic institutions. The...

Role of the youth in nation-building: Why they must remain incorrigibly optimistic

By Professor Mohammad Sajjad for Twocircles.net The following is the text of a talk that Professor Sajjad was supposed to deliver at a college of B N Mandal University, Madhepura, in Bihar, but was unable to do so due to a very tight schedule, prior commitments elsewhere, and preoccupations of completing courses of semesters and conducting mid-semester examinations of the...

UP ATS to counter radicalisation of youth with “Ghar Wapsi”

By Siddhant Mohan, TwoCircles.net A week after the UP Anti-terrorism Squad (ATS) arrested six men from Bijnor district of Western Uttar Pradesh, ATS has now shifted into a counselling mode and has named in ‘Ghar-Wapasi’. The deradicalisation program is being taken to stop youth from getting involved in any terror-related activity or organisations. In a statement released yesterday, the ATS discussed the...

The unapologetic Indian Muslim

By Sabiha Farhat These are tough times for Muslims in India. But now that I look back and shed my ‘liberal’ prejudices – Muslims were never acceptable as ‘who they were’ in Indian society. I had always blamed my mother for not giving me proper lunch box to carry to school. But the truth is that even in class 5,...

Iqbal, tolerance and Pratap Bhanu Mehta’s wrong turn

By Umair Azmi for TwoCircles.net In a recent piece in the Indian Express (April 19, 2017), titled “Iqbal's Wrong Turn”, public intellectual Pratap Bhanu Mehta sought a connection between the philosopher Dr. Muhammad Iqbal's theory of tolerance and the killing of the Pakistani student, Mashal Khan. Mehta takes issue with the readings of others who see Iqbal's theory of toleration...

भारत ‘हिन्दू राष्ट्र’ नहीं ‘हिन्दुत्व राष्ट्र’ की ओर बढ़ रहा है —मशावरत के अध्यक्ष नवेद हामिद

अफ़रोज़ आलम साहिल, TwoCircles.net दिल्ली: ऑल इंडिया मुस्लिम मजलिस-ए-मशावरत के राष्ट्रीय अध्यक्ष नवेद हामिद ने मोदी सरकार के इस दौर देश के ताज़ा हालात को भयावह बताया है. साथ ही सरकार के कामकाज पर निराशा और नाउम्मीदी बयान की है. TwoCircles.net के साथ एक लंबी बातचीत में उन्होंने बताया कि देश का मौजूदा हालात भयावह स्थिति अख़्तियार कर चुका है. पिछले...

हानिकारक हैं पतंजलि आयुर्वेद के कई प्रोडक्ट्स!

TwoCircles.net Staff Reporter नई दिल्ली : बाबा रामदेव का पतंजलि एक बार फिर से चर्चे में है. कोलकाता के एक सरकारी प्रयोगशाला में जांच के लिए गए पतंजलि आयुर्वेद का आंवला जूस इस्तेमाल करने योग्य नहीं पाया गया है. लिहाजा रक्षा मंत्रायल के कैंटीन स्टोर्स डिपार्टमेंट ने सभी आर्मी कैंटीन पर पतंजलि के इस प्रोडक्ट पर रोक लगा दी है....

फ़िरक़ापरस्ती की काट है दलित-मुस्लिम मेल —क़ाज़ी रशीद मसूद

आस मोहम्मद कैफ़, TwoCircles.net                          सहारनपुर : पश्चिम उत्तर प्रदेश के क़द्दावर राजनेता क़ाज़ी रशीद मसूद अब उम्र के आख़िरी पड़ाव पर हैं. सियासी सफ़र में वो कई बार सांसद और केंद्र में स्वास्थ्य मंत्री जैसे महत्वपूर्ण पद पर रहें. गैर-भाजपाई और गैर-कांग्रेसी दलों ने एक बार उन्हें उप-राष्ट्रपति...

Farmer’s daughter Tasleem Fatima grabs third spot in Telangana IPE exam

By Raqib Hameed Naik, TwoCircles.net Hyderabad: The modest house of Mohammed Samad in Murtazaguda area of Rangareddy district has been flooded with people visiting him to congratulate the feat achieved by her elder daughter Tasleem Fatima for the past one week. And for good reason too. In the recently declared first year Intermediate Public Examinations (IPE) results, 17-year-old Tasleem grabbed the...

Hyderabad’s Nizam was a visionary, says President

Hyderabad, (IANS): President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday described the last Nizam of Hyderabad State Mir Osman Ali Khan as a visionary, who founded Osmania University 100 years ago. Inaugurating the centenary celebrations of the university, the President said the Nizam had a dream of establishing a world standard institution of higher learning in Hyderabad. "Hundred years ago on this day, a...

MCD polls: Opposition leaders claim EVM tampering, offer to quit

New Delhi, (IANS): With the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) sweeping the Delhi municipal polls on Wednesday, opposition Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Congress leaders offered to quit on moral grounds while also blaming the electronic voting machines (EVMs) used in the polls for their debacle. Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken announced his resignation as the poll results came out, while...

Social media platforms banned in J&K

Jammu, (IANS): The Jammu and Kashmir government on Wednesday banned all social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp for one month in the Valley in order to prevent "anti-national and anti-social elements" from spreading "inflammatory messages". Mobile Internet services have remained suspended in the Valley since April 19 following widespread students' unrest. The Home Department order in this regard read:...

Over 120 UP officials yet to submit property details

Lucknow, (IANS): Despite terse warnings and repeated reminders by the Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government, more than 120 state officials were yet to submit the details of their assets and properties, an official said on Wednesday. Adityanath, soon after assuming charge on March 19, had directed all officials to submit the details within a fortnight. This deadline was later revised...

52 AMU students awarded ‘Late Anwar Ahmad Ansari Scholarship’

TCN News Aligarh: The Dean Students Welfare, Aligarh Muslim University recently conducted interviews to award ‘Late Anwar Ahmad Ansari Scholarships’. The Scholarship program started by Parvez Ahmad Ansari has been awarded to 52 students out of 67 AMU students, who had appeared for interviews. A Committee consisting of Professor Jamshed Siddiqui, Dean Student’s Welfare; Professor Md Saghir Khan, Deputy Dean Student’s Welfare;...

I lost seven years to false terror charges, now I want to achieve my dream: Yahya Kammukutty

By Amit Kumar, Twocircles.net February 18, 2008, was an important date for Yahya Kammukutty. A software engineer with more than 10 years of experience, Yahya had quit his job a year ago and had started freelancing with various companies. In a week’s time, he was scheduled to conduct his first training programme for young professionals and for Yahya, things were...

BJP sweeps Delhi civic polls, set to win over 170 wards

New Delhi, (IANS): The BJP was on Wednesday set to retain its hold on Delhi civic bodies, winning 143 and leading in 31 of the 270 wards, while the AAP was at a distant second with 35 wins and 16 leads, according to State Election Commission officials. The Bharatiya Janata Party has won 53 wards of the South Delhi Municipal...