Saturday, April 29, 2017

Malegaon blast accused Purohit moves SC for bail

New Delhi, (IANS): Former Army officer Lt. Col. Prasad Shrikant Purohit on Friday moved the Supreme Court to challenge the Bombay High Court's rejection of his bail in the 2008 Malegaon bomb blast case. The High Court had granted bail to prime accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur on April 25 but rejected Purohit's plea for bail. As Purohit's counsel sought an...

BJP MP asked Police to ‘Fire on these Pigs’ referrring to Muslims: Samajwadi Party report on Saharanpur violence

By Siddhant Mohan, TwoCircles.net A five-member Samajwadi Party delegation that visited Saharanpur to investigate the violence happened in the city on April 20 has alleged that Saharanpur MP Ram Lakhanpal Sharma asked the police to fire on the Muslims. According to the delegation, Sharma said, “Fire on these pigs (Muslims). I am the captain here and I am ordering you. I...

AMU organizes Cultural and Literary Festival, boasts on Student politics

TCN News Aligarh : The Zakir Hussain College of Engineering and Technology (ZHCET) at Aligarh Muslim University recently organised ‘ZARF 17’, a cultural and literary festival in the college premises. A special attraction of the festival was a short lecture event named ‘ZHCET talks’, in which Professor M M Sufiyan Beg, Principal, ZHCET was the keynote speaker. During his lecture, Professor...

Assam’s two-child norm in draft policy ‘unnecessary’, ‘anti-women’

Kolkata, (IANS): Assam's suggestion of implementing a two-child policy is not only "unnecessary" but is also "anti-women" and "anti-poor", says an expert. "Assam's total fertility rate (TFR) at 2.2 is not too far from India's replacement level fertility, which is 2.1. Therefore, the suggestion of implementing a two-child policy would not only be unnecessary but also grossly severe," Poonam Muttreja,...

Police question JNU students in Kanhaiya sedition case

New Delhi, (IANS): The Delhi Police on Friday questioned at least four of the 30 JNU students who were asked to join a probe into a 2016 sedition case involving former student leader Kanhaiya Kumar. The JNU students who came to record their statements before the Special Cell officers included Shehla Rashid, Mohit Pandey, Chintu Kumari and Kaushik Raj. The...

Jabir Karat: Son of a daily wage labourer who is trying to improve Kozhikode’s waste management

By Shafeeq Hudawi, TwoCircles.net Kozhikode: What do you notice the most when you visit cities like Delhi and Mumbai? The bustle of these cities, the endless flow of people on the streets, or the tall buildings? For 26-year-old Jabir Karat, a resident of Kozhikode, it was the pile of wastes that cluttered and choked these cities which were most visible....

योगी सरकार में अब मुसलमान अफ़सर किए जा रहे हैं किनारे!

आस मोहम्मद कैफ़, TwoCircles.net सहारनपुर : उत्तर प्रदेश में अब योगी सरकार मुस्लिम अफ़सरों को ठिकाने लगाने पर जुट गई है. यहां मुस्लिम अफ़सरों की संख्या वैसे ही बहुत कम है, जिनमें से आधे से ज्यादा अब महत्वहीन पदों पर भेजकर किनारे कर दिये गए हैं. जबकि ये सभी नौकरशाही में ताक़तवर कहे जाने वाले आईएएस और आईपीएस अफ़सर हैं....

Kanhaiya, 29 other JNU students told to join sedition case probe

New Delhi, (IANS): Notice has been issued to 30 Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students, including Kanhaiya Kumar, to join the probe into alleged raising of anti-national slogans on the campus in February last year, Delhi Police said. "They have been given time by the Delhi Police Special Cell to be present at the administrative block of JNU from 12 p.m....

Sadhvi Pragya blames Congress for her nine years in jail

Bhopal, (IANS): Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, a prime accused in the 2008 Malegaon bomb blast case, after being released from jail on Thursday said she had to spend nine years behind bars due to the conspiracy of the Congress party. Sadhvi was granted bail by the Bombay High Court on Tuesday as prima facie it did not find any case...

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....