Saturday, March 25, 2017

VHP reiterates demand for law to construct Ram temple

New Delhi, (IANS): The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Saturday reiterated its demand for the enactment of a law to facilitate the construction of a Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh. VHP Working President Pravin Togadia said he was sure Prime Minister Narendra Modi and UP's new Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will bring in the...

So far, only anti-Romeo squads, brooms in UP: Akhilesh

Lucknow, (IANS): Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday took a dig at the new state government, saying only "anti-Romeo squads and clean-up drives" have been witnessed so far. The SP leader accused the new government of targeting officials of a certain caste. "I am waiting for the new Bharatiya Janata Party government led by Yogi Adityanath to come...

Jews, Muslims, Indian Americans join hands against hate crimes

Washington, (IANS): People from the Jewish, Muslim, and Indian American communities gathered on the steps of Tifereth Israel Synagogue in northwest Washington and stood in solidarity against rising hate crimes in the US. "This is about having peace throughout all communities and religions and races," said Rochelle Berman, who was present at the event on Friday night. The slogan "We Stand...

क्या मरहूम हाशिम अंसारी के बेटे इक़बाल इस जंग की रिवायत को बरक़रार रख पाएंगे?

अफ़रोज़ आलम साहिल, TwoCircles.net बाबरी मस्जिद-राम मंदिर मामले में सुप्रीम कोर्ट ने भले ही आपसी समझौते की बात की हो, लेकिन मामला अब धमकी पर आ गया है. भाजपा सांसद सुब्रमण्यम स्वामी ने खुले शब्दों में कह दिया है, ‘मुस्लिम संगठन सरयू नदी के उस पार मस्जिद बनाने का हमारा प्रस्ताव मान लें, नहीं तो साल 2018 में राज्यसभा में...

Kashmir-based environmental film wins ‘Palmdale Vision Award’ in USA

By TwoCircles.net, Staff Reporter Srinagar: Kashmir-based documentary filmmaker-Jalal Ud Din Baba  documentary on Wullar lake has won a special “Palmdale Vision Award 2017” at 5th Annual “Water Take One” film festival held at Ventura, California, USA on March 22. The documentary titled, “Saving the Saviour”  won the ‘Palmdale Vision Award’, sponsored by the Palmdale Water District, for best representing its mission...

Uniform code won’t help, says women’s Jamaat founder

New Delhi, (IANS) : The uniform civil code won't help Muslim women as majority of them won't approach a court if it's violated, the founder of Women's Jamaat Sharifa Khanum has said. Khanum had started the Tamil Nadu Women's Jamaat (Mosque). She feels that Muslim women don't enjoy any Islamic rights or any constitutional rights in India, but bringing in the...

Adityanath as CM is shocking, says New York Times

New York, (IANS): The decision to pick Hindutva leader Adityanath Yogi as Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh shows the BJP thinks "nothing stands in the way of transforming a secular republic into a Hindu state", the New York Times said on Friday. In a hard-hitting editorial, the daily said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had played a cagey game since taking...

Beef ban affecting people’s health, says Telangana official

Hyderabad, (IANS): A District Collector in Telangana on Friday said that beef ban due to "bad Brahminical culture" is affecting the health of people, especially scheduled castes and the scheduled tribes and advised them to eat what they had been eating for centuries to remain physically fit. Jayashankar Bhupalapally Collector A. Murali made the controversial remarks while addressing a rally...

Muslim women and children beaten, asked to leave community park in Meerut

By Siddhant Mohan, TwoCircles.net Meerut: With the appointment of Hindu hardliner Yogi Adityanath as the Chief Minister, events and actions have started adversely affecting the Muslim community of Uttar Pradesh. In a recent event on March 19, a Muslim woman was asked to leave a playground park with her daughter. Also, a group of Muslim women was thrashed by men. Baccha Park...

Five Muslim journalists win Laadli Media Awards for work on gender sensitivity

By Raqib Hameed Naik, TwoCircles.net New Delhi: Five Muslims journalists were announced as winners of the prestigious Laadli Media award on Thursday for Gender Sensitivity 2015-16  among 37 others from across the country. Now in its 8th edition, the Laadli Media and Advertising Awards for gender sensitivity has been supported by Colors TV channel as the ‘cause partner’, United Nations Population...

Adityanath government asks sugar mill owners to pay arrears to farmers

Lucknow, (IANS): Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has asked sugar mill owners in the state to pay arrears of the previous and current crushing seasons to sugarcane farmers within a month. The instruction came after a high level meeting on Thursday night. "The Chief Minister in a meeting with the Chief Secretary and Sugarcane Commissioner along with other high level...

BJP march to Telangana assembly against Muslim quota foiled

Hyderabad, (IANS): Police arrested BJP leaders to foil their march to Telangana assembly on Friday to protest the state government's move for hiking the quota for Muslims in jobs and education. Tension prevailed near the assembly as police stopped the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders and activists and arrested them for violating prohibitory orders in the high-security area. BJP floor leader...

Do you need an eye? Take one of mine: How Mohammed Reshi is trying to help pellet victims of Kashmir

By Raqib Hameed Naik, TwoCircles.net Kakapora: As a common Kashmiri, what can you do to bring peace in the region? Protest? Keep quiet? Donate? Participate in the peacebuilding process? Remain silent? For most, the answer remains lost amidst all these propositions; and never revealed fully. In July 2016, within hours of the encounter of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani, the Kashmir valley,...

Clashes in JNU over controversial UGC notification

New Delhi, (IANS): A group of JNU students clashed with private security guards on the campus on Friday during a protest demonstration over a controversial notification restricting the number of scholars a professor can guide for M.Phil and Ph.D courses. Students of the Jawaharlal Nehru Uuniversity staged a sit-in outside the northern gate of the campus, following which some of...

BJP demands anti-Romeo squads in Bihar

Patna, (IANS): The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday demanded the setting up of anti-Romeo squads in Bihar for women's safety in line with neighbouring Uttar Pradesh. "Bihar government should constitute anti-Romeo squads... to deal with anti-social elements," senior BJP leader and former Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi told the media here. He said the squads should be deployed...

SC suggestion for Ayodhya talks unwise: CPI-M

New Delhi, (IANS): Chief Justice J.S. Khehar's suggestion that all parties in the Ayodhya dispute should settle the matter through talks "is superfluous and unwise", the CPI-M said on Friday. The Supreme Court was to hear the appeals against the Allahabad High Court ruling on the Ayodhya matter. "Instead of doing so, the Chief Justice has asked the parties to go...

Drug-resistant TB cases rising in India: Lancet

Mumbai, (IANS): Incidences of multidrug-resistant (MDR) and extensively drug-resistant (XDR) tuberculosis (TB) -- associated with high mortality rate -- is on the rise in India, while threatening to derail the progress achieved in controlling the disease, researchers say. Nearly one in five cases of TB are now resistant to at least one major anti-TB drug and approximately five per cent of...

BJP lawmakers suspended from Telangana assembly

Hyderabad, (IANS): All five BJP members in the Telangana legislative assembly were on Friday suspended from the house for two days for disrupting the proceedings. Speaker Madhusudhana Chary announced the suspension of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members, including their leader K. Laxman, as they trooped in the well of the house to protest the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government's move...

Mufti Nasihur Rahman: A cleric devoted to promoting sanitation in Assam

By Abdul Gani, Twocircles.net Guwahati: A week or so ago, the issue of Assam’s Islamic clerics coming together to pass a Fatwa against a young Muslim girl for singing a Hindu bhajan made for exciting news, and the mainstream media went to town with it. Except, no such Fatwa was passed. But it once highlighted how easy the media found...

The BJP won in UP. Can we please get rid of the facade called secularism now?

By Mushtaque Rahamat for Twocircles.net The elevation of Yogi Adityanath to be the next Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh has finally obliterated the oft-repeated differentiation of fringe and main elements of BJP. Although it is quite a sad day for all those who traded politics of secularism while consistently failing to live by that, it is the vindication of Muslim’s political...