Thursday, February 23, 2017

31 Muslim corporators elected in BMC elections, AIMIM wins 3 in first ever attempt

Mumbai: With final results declared in the BMC elections, it is clear that Shiv Sena and BJP,  allies at centre and state government level but contesting separately here, have both emerged as winners. Shiv Sena got 84 seats whereas BJP won 82 seats, a huge rise from 31 seats since the last BMC elections. Muslims representation in BMC also saw an...

61% voting in UP fourth phase polls

Lucknow/New Delhi, (IANS): Over 61 per cent voters exercised their franchise on Thursday across 53 seats in the fourth phase elections to the Uttar Pradesh assembly. The voting percentage is likely to go up. "The voting percentage was 61 per cent till 5 pm. We hope it will go up to 63 per cent," Deputy Election Commissioner Vijay Dev told reporters...

JNU scholarship to study Rigveda

New Delhi, (IANS): Jawaharlal Nehru University will launch an endowment fund with the help of a Non-Residential Indian (NRI) professor, Madan Gopal Seth, to promote research activities in the study of the Rigveda and the Upnishads. Seth, an Indian citizen, promised to establish the "Sungum Sudhaar Scholarship" with the extension of a corpus fund of Rs three crore to help...

Punish policemen who jailed innocent Muslims: CPI-M

New Delhi, (IANS): The CPI-M has sought action against Delhi Police officers responsible for jailing two young Muslims for 12 long years after a terror attack here in 2005 killed 67 people. "The guilty police officials in this case must be charged and prosecuted," an editorial in the party journal "People's Democracy" said. "The State must provide adequate compensation and take...

BJP’s good showing in BMC answer to note ban critics: Javadekar

New Delhi, (IANS): The BJP on Thursday said the results of the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) polls were an answer to those who have been opposing demonetisation and asserted that the result would be repeated in five states where assembly polls are being held. Putting up its best ever show in the BMC elections, the BJP bagged 81 seats, just...

Rights of all minorities need to be protected, says Rajmohan Gandhi at Jamia Millia Islamia

By TCN News Rajmohan Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi said that of Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan would remain relevant as long as there is a need for peace and non-violence in the society. He was speaking at a function organised to announce the institution of Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan Annual Memorial lecture series at Jamia Millia Islamia. Prof Talat Ahmad, Vice...

In upcoming phases of UP elections, MBC voters may swing the tide in BJP’s favour 

By Faisal Fareed, Twocircles.net In the ongoing UP polls, if there is one party which has played its cards well in attracting votes from the Most Backward Castes (MBC) in Uttar Pradesh, it is the BJP. In a smart move, the BJP has roped in Bharatiya Samaj Party and Apna Dal (Sonelal) with an eye on Rajbhar and Kurmi voters. These...

Kerala Muslim Cultural Centre donates two ambulances for services in rural Odisha

By Twocircles.net Staff Reporter The image of Dana Majhi and Sumi Dhibar walking with the dead body of their kin in Kalahandi and Angul districts had presented a haunting picture of the plight of the health sector in rural Odisha. To ensure that such events are never repeated, the Dubai wing of Kerala Muslim Cultural Centre (KMCC) has contributed two...

Voting ends in Uttar Pradesh fourth phase voting

Lucknow, (IANS): Voting ended on Thursday evening in the fourth phase of assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh covering 53 seats in 12 districts with a large turnout out of the one crore electorate. With Thursday's round, polling in 262 of the 403 constituencies spread across western and central Uttar Pradesh as well as Bundelkhand region has been held. Three more...

Sena-BJP tussle in Mumbai, BJP gains elsewhere

Mumbai, (IANS): The Shiv Sena finished on top of a hung BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Thursday but the BJP said it could take control of India's richest civic body with the backing of independents. Shiv Sena activists celebrated earlier in the day as it appeared it was set to take control of the BMC but it finished with just...

Narendra Modi’s speech in Fatehpur carries forward the RSS legacy of hatred for Muslims

By Shamsul Islam for Twocircles.net As the multi-phased UP assembly elections progress, PM Modi as the only mascot of BJP’s campaign is becoming more belligerent in his communal polarizing rhetoric.  Speaking at an election rally on February 20, 2017, at Fatehpur, the PM while raising the issue of appeasement of Muslims under the SP government went to the extent of...

JNU trashes as ridiculous students’ ‘work 2 days’ offer

New Delhi, (IANS): The Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on Thursday trashed as "ridiculous" the agitating students' offer to "allow" the authorities to resume work in the administrative block for two days with a limited staff. The agitators earlier sent a pamphlet to the university authorities that made the offer for use of the administrative block which the students have "seized". Following...

Protests against ABVP, police after Ramjas violence

New Delhi, (IANS): Hundreds of students on Thursday protested outside the Delhi Police headquarters on Thursday, a day after clashes between student groups left several injured at the Ramjas College. The demonstration was organised by the All India Students Association (AISA) demanding action against Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) members accused of beating up students on Wednesday at the college. Some...

Hundreds of thousands vote in Uttar Pradesh

Lucknow, (IANS): Hundreds of thousands of people on Thursday voted across 53 constituencies in the fourth phase of assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, officials said. After a slow start, voting picked up in constituency after constituency, Election Commission officials said. An estimated one crore people are eligible to vote on Thursday. Average voting in the first four hours ranged from 23...

Kashmiri teenager who wanted to be a doctor languishing in jail under PSA for a year

By Raqib Hameed Naik, TwoCircles.net Doda: Over the past week, there has been an extensive coverage of the acquittal of two Kashmiris--Mohammed Hussain Fazili and Mohammed Rafiq Shah--over terror charges in the 2005 Delhi Blasts case. A number of people have spoken about how innocent Muslims in India, especially Kashmiris, continue to languish in Indian jails over false terror charges....

Rollie Mukherjee: Painting against disremembering

By Afreen Firdaus Idrees, Twocircles.net Rollie Mukherjee, a Vadodara-based artist, was in Kolkata last month as part of the 4th edition of Kolkata People’s Film Festival 2017, showing her artworks on Kashmir titled To Stories Rumoured In Branches at TENT art space, jointly hosted by People's Film Collective, Tent - Theatre for Experiments in New Technologies, and Conflictorium. There is something haunting about the...

10.23% voting till 9 a.m. in UP

Lucknow, (IANS): Moderate voting of 10.23 per cent is reported in the first two hours from most places across the 53 assembly seats in the fourth phase of polls in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday, a poll official said. People were seen outside most polling stations, including Pratapgarh, Rampur Khas, Allahabad, Jhansi and Lalitpur after polling began at 7 a.m. While eight...

SP candidate’s son shot in UP

Lucknow, (IANS): The son of a Samajwadi Party (SP) candidate was shot and seriously injured in Uttar Pradesh's Mahoba district on Thursday morning, police said. The attack was made on SP candidate Siddha Gopal Sahu's son. He has been rushed to Kanpur for treatment. The victim's family has accused Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) candidate Aridarman Singh's son of carrying out the...

Voting begins for 53 seats in fourth phase UP polls

Lucknow, (IANS): Voting in 53 assembly constituencies in the fourth phase of Uttar Pradesh elections began at 7 a.m on Thursday amid tight security, officials said. In all, 1.84 crore voters will use their franchise in the tight contest between the Samajwadi Party (SP)-Congress alliance, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). Of these, around one crore...

Sonia’s absence in UP clear sign of generational shift: Congress

New Delhi, (IANS): Remaining silent on party President Sonia Gandhi's absence from poll campaign in Uttar Pradesh, the Congress on Wednesday said "it was a clear sign of generational shift" in the Grand Old Party. Asked if Congress President Sonia Gandhi will campaign, Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said: "Rahul Gandhi is campaigning. So where is the issue. The Vice...