Friday, January 20, 2017

Congress terms RSS top brass’ comment on reservation anti-Dalit

New Delhi (IANS) : Condemning head of RSS' communications department Manmohan Vaidya's call to abolish reservation, the Congress party on Friday said that BJP and RSS' "anti-Dalit position" stood exposed. Congress also demanded an apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi on this issue. "BJP-RSS' anti-Dalit stands exposed once again with RSS' Prachar Parmukh, Manmohan Vaidya's call to abolish reservation. Congress strongly condemns...

Clinical trial of Unani medicine for diabetes soon: AMU don

Aligarh (IANS) : The government of India's Institutional Ethical Committee has given the nod for a Unani medicine aimed at treating diabetes and its clinical trial will begin soon, said an Aligarh Muslim University professor who developed the drug. Professor Naeem Ahmad Khan of the Department of Ilmul Advia, Ajmal Khan Tibbiya College of the AMU, said the medicine will...

SP announces 209 candidates, Akhilesh accommodates Mulayam’s men

Lucknow (IANS) : The ruling Samajwadi Party on Friday released its first and second lists for the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, within a span of hours. A total of 209 tickets have hence been declared. Burying the acrimony behind him, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav seems to have struck a reconciliatory note with his father Mulayam Singh Yadav and has accomodated...

Ansari calls for fearless journalism

New Delhi (IANS) : Vice President Hamid Ansari on Friday said the media must stand up to fear, seek information and speak out. "It must not hesitate to tell the powers their errors in commission and omission. It is a fundamental function of the media and a basic requirement for the functioning of a healthy democracy," Ansari said after giving away...

40 tribals to be special guests at R-Day celebrations

New Delhi (IANS): The central government has invited 40 tribals from various parts of the country as special guests for this year's Republic Day celebrations, government sources said. Apart from watching the Republic Day Parade and the Beating Retreat ceremony, these tribal guests would be taken around the city for sightseeing. The tribals, along with tableaux artists, would also get a...

Congress expresses displeasure over SP list for UP

New Delhi (IANS) : Indicating that all is not well in the alliance, the Congress on Friday expressed its displeasure over the Samajwadi Party (SP) releasing a list of 191 candidates for Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls, which also included nine seats of sitting Congress MLAs, terming it "unfortunate". "It is unfortunate that out of 191 seats which was declared today (Friday)...

Delhi government holds ‘Dangal’ screening for students

New Delhi (IANS) : In a bid to create awareness among students for education of the girl child, the Delhi government on Friday organised a special screening of Aamir Khan-starrer "Dangal" at various government schools. "District Magistrate of south-west Delhi Abhishek Dev has organised for screening of 'Dangal' for over 4,500 school students of government schools in Najafgarh sub-division to promote...

Lone survivor of Khairlanji massacre, Bhaiyalal Bhotmange, dies of heart attack

By Shiva Thorat, Twocircles.net Bhaiyalal Bhotmange, the lone survivor of the Khairlanji massacre, died of a heart attack on Friday, January 20. For the past 10 years, the 61-year old had been waiting for justice in one of the worst cases of atrocities against Dalits in independent India. On September 29, 2006, a caste Hindu mob entered the house of the...

Students protest outside Haryana Bhavan over suicide by HAFED employee, call it institutional murder

By Pritam Singh Tinna, Twocircles.net A protest against the death of Ishwar Singh, a Dalit employee of HAFED (Haryana State Cooperative Supply and Marketing Federation Limited) who committed suicide after being fraudulently charged with stealing goods, was held at Haryana Bhawan by BAPSA (Birsa Phule Ambedkar Students Association) and DBAC(Dalit Bahujan Aadivasi Collective, Ambedkar University Delhi) and the Collective, JNU on...

बंधुआ मजदूरी और देह व्यापार के दुश्मन अजीत सिंह

सिद्धांत मोहन, TwoCircles.net वाराणसी : अजीत सिंह बनारस में एक जाना पहचाना नाम हैं. बनारस की अंधी बस्तियों से लेकर बड़े-बड़े मकानों में अजीत सिंह का नाम किसी मसीहा की तरह लिया जाता है. ऐसा क्यों? ऐसा इसलिए क्योंकि अजीत सिंह ने बनारस से जिस्मफ़रोशी के धंधे को उस रसातल में ले जाकर फेंका है, जहां से उसे वापिस आने...

Government spends Rs 3.09 per Rs 500 currency note: RTI

Mumbai (IANS) : The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) spends Rs 3.09 for each Rs 500 note as cost towards paper, printing and other charges, an RTI query has revealed. The information was given here on Friday to Mumbai Right To Information activist Anil Galgali on his query on the printing costs incurred by the government for printing Rs 500 and...

SP-Congress alliance: Will ‘hand’-shake warm up UP voters?

By Mohit Dubey  Lucknow, (IANS) : The electoral pact between the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Congress is a done thing now. But as both parties work out the finer details of the alliance, likely to be announced any time now, the winnability of the combination in a state as complex as Uttar Pradesh is in question. Will the combination...

Independent thinking and free expression at Indian universities : Manmohan Singh

Kolkata (IANS) : Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday said independent thinking and free expression at Indian universities were under "threat" in the wake of unrests at the University of Hyderabad (HCU) and Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). He stressed that attempts to suppress peaceful dissent is undemocratic. "I believe every university must give the freedom to pursue knowledge even where...

Mob attack in Kathua creates a sense of insecurity among Muslims of Jammu

By Raqib Hameed Naik, TwoCircles.net Jammu: A week after RSS activists attacked tribal Muslim families living in the Hari Chak village of Tehsil Mahreen in Kathua district, an uneasy calm prevails in the Jammu division, where most districts are Hindu-majority districts. The trouble started on Monday, January 9, after tribal Muslims living in Hari Chak village were accused of slaughtering cow....

एक ‘जन्नत’ की तबाही की दास्तान…

अफ़रोज़ आलम साहिल, TwoCircles.net ‘बदनसीबी यह है कि हम एक ऐसी जज़्बाती क़ौम हैं, जो हर मसले को जज़्बात की ऐनक से ही देखती है. वैसे जज़्बाती होना बुरा नहीं है, लेकिन हर मसला अगर जज़्बात के ही आईने से परखा जाएगा तो इल्म व हिकमत और दानिश हमसे रूठ जाएंगे…’ ये शब्द श्रीनगर के हज़रत बल दरगाह के अहाते में...

UP Elections: All parties to pay extra attention to districts where they drew a blank in 2012 polls

By Faisal Fareed, Twocircles.net Do you win a state election by winning seats across the state, or is it enough to completely dominate a few regions and draw a blank in others? Well, the latter will work just as fine as long you do it well. Take the example of the Samajwadi Party in 2012 UP elections, which won 224...

First list of candidates gives BJP a headache; dissenting members stage open rebellion

By Faisal Fareed, Twocircles.net The UP elections are almost upon us; every party is busy releasing its list of candidates. However, given the fierce contest within parties over who gets a ticket, this is also turning out to be a season of discontent among party leaders. The anger, and resentment, at being denied a ticket is becoming a common public...

बनारस : सिनेमा में ‘राष्ट्रगान’ के साथ बजेगा ‘स्वच्छ काशी गान’

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सिद्धांत मोहन, TwoCircles.net वाराणसी : सिनेमाघरों में राष्ट्रगान बजाने के सुप्रीम कोर्ट के फैसले से एक कदम और आगे जाते हुए बनारस के सिनेमा घरों में राष्ट्रगान के साथ-साथ अब स्वच्छता गान भी बजाने की शुरुआत हो चुकी है. दरअसल बनारस में चल रहे स्वच्छता सर्वेक्षण के तहत शहर के सिनेमा घरों में फिल्म के पहले इस 'स्वच्छ काशी गान' को...

सपा छोड़ अब कांग्रेस के पाले में खड़े हो गए शाहनवाज़ राणा

आस मोहम्मद कैफ, TwoCircles.net मीरापुर/मुज़फ्फरनगर : 2004 में 25 साल की उम्र मे धमाकेदार राजनीतिक करियर का आगाज करने वाले मुज़फ्फरनगर के कद्दावर मुस्लिम घराने के शाहनवाज़ राणा अब कांग्रेस मे आ गए हैं. उनको समाजवादी पार्टी ने मीरापुर विधानसभा से अपना प्रत्याशी घोषित किया था, मुलायम सिंह यादव ने अपने प्रत्याशियों की सूची में उनके नाम का मीरापुर से...

Muslim delegation meets PM; thanks him for increasing Haj quota, supports fight against Black money

By TCN News A Muslim delegation comprising of ulemas, intellectuals, academicians and other eminent people called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, January 19. “The delegation congratulated the Prime Minister on the steps taken by the Union Government for inclusive growth, socio-economic and educational empowerment of all sections of the society including Minorities,” said the press release issued by the...