Saturday, June 24, 2017

Dalit for President: Tokenism wins

By Amulya Ganguli It's a no-brainer, for the result is known before the contest. The support which the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been able to muster for its presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind in the electoral college will give him an easy ride to Rashtrapati Bhavan. Even then, the confrontation between him and the opposition's nominee, Meira Kumar, will provide...

Ready to face polls in Ramadan: Owaisi

Hyderabad, (IANS): AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Friday claimed that the BJP-led Central government is planning to conduct 2019 elections during Ramadan and said his party was ready to face the poll battle in the fasting month. Addressing a meeting at historic Makkah Masjid on the occasion of last Friday of Ramadan, the Hyderabad MP appealed to people to ensure...

Ramadan 1438: Maqsud

By Nawal Ali Watali, TwoCircles.net "I wish We could give these kids something on Eid but our funds are really meager and this year we did not even receive those funds," says Maqsud, a teacher in a tiny government school in Bandipora. "Eid was a celebration brought by Prophet Mohammad (S.A.W) to eliminate, from the Muslim world , pre-Islamic...

HC quashes Yogi’s order sacking Shia Waqf Board members

Lucknow, (IANS): In a major setback to the Uttar Pradesh government, Allahabad High Court on Friday quashed an order removing six members of the Shia Waqf Board. The court ordered immediate reinstatement of the six members who were booted out at the orders of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. The BJP government had removed the six members after several complaints of scams...

CPI-M condemns attack on Muslim men in train

New Delhi, (IANS): The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) on Friday condemned the attack on a Muslim family in a local train in Haryana on Thursday that led to the death of a 15-year-old student and serious stab injuries to two others. "CPI-M strongly condemns the communal attack on a Muslim family in a local train on the outskirts of...

JNU bids to make viva less discriminatory

New Delhi, (IANS): To make the interviews for admission more transparent, the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on Friday took a decision to include at least one teacher from marginalised section to be a part of viva-voce (interview) committees. The decision was taken by the Standing Committee on Admission which sought to address "the longstanding demand of the student community to...

Sixth farmer commits suicide in MP CM’s home district

Sehore (Madhya Pradesh), (IANS): Amid the Madhya Pradesh government's claims of providing all possible relief to peasants, one more farmer was on Thursday reported to have committed suicide in Sehore, the home district of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. With the latest incident, the number of peasants ending their lives under debt stress and pressure from moneylenders in the Chief...

Sania rues gender discrimination in sports

Mumbai, (IANS): Decrying the widespread gender discrimination in society at large, Indian tennis star Sania Mirza rued the fact that the world of sports is also not immune from the malaise and she has to fight for equal prize money despite being a former World No.1 in women's doubles. "Gender violence doesn't lie in extremities. Rather it happens everywhere in...

No party affiliations, will uphold dignity of office: Kovind

New Delhi, (IANS): Asserting that he does not hold any political affiliations, NDA presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind on Friday pledged to uphold the dignity of the President's office and keep it above party politics. "From the day I became the Governor of Bihar, I had no party affiliation," Kovind asserted after filing his nomination for the July 17 election. Kovind,...

Ramadan 1438: Mohammad Yousuf

By Nawal Ali Watali, TwoCircles.net "This Lake had many more Willow trees before and was cleaner, all this little dirt comes through streams from Srinagar." Says Mohammad Yousuf, a resident of Bandipora, about the Wular Lake. "I hope you had come here after Ramadan , on Eid preferably," he adds while giving a big grin. "Eid is celebrated Lavishly, maybe...

Most Wanted in Bhatkal? A gynaecologist, a few surgeons and some good teachers

How does an entire city become a ‘terror hub’? And what can it do to challenge this notion? Bhatkalis have for long taken pride in their culture and history but the recent allegations of terrorism have damaged their reputation and the effects are visible in the gaps created in the city’s education and health sectors. In the fifth of...

Sikh group Khalsa Aid organises Iftar and blankets for fire victims in Srinagar

By Raqib Hameed Naik, TwoCircles.net Srinagar: Khalsa aid, an international non-profit aid and relief organisation of Sikhs on Thursday June 22, organised an Iftar for the fire victims at Abi Novpora, Srinagar. The group also donated 52 blankets to 26 families who had lost their homes in April earlier this year. Most of the fire victims families were rendered homeless and...

मोतिहारी में मौलाना अबुल कलाम आज़ाद व बत्तख मियां अंसारी के नाम पर खिलवाड़

अफ़रोज़ आलम साहिल, TwoCircles.net मोतिहारी : जिन महापुरूषों को हमें सर-आंखों पर बैठा कर रखना चाहिए. उनकी स्मृतियों का सरकारी सिस्टम में क्या हश्र होता है, बिहार का पूर्वी चम्पारण ज़िला मुख्यालय यानी मोतिहारी इसका जीता जागता उदाहरण है. बल्कि यूं कहें कि मोतिहारी शहर के छतौनी में भारत रत्न मौलाना अबुल कलाम आज़ाद की अधूरी प्रतिमा इसी सरकारी संवदेनहीनता...

16-year-old Muslim youth stabbed to death, three injured in mob attack over allegations of carrying beef

By TwoCircles.net Staff Reporter In yet another incident of mob violence over alleged beef consumption, one Muslim was stabbed by a mob when he along with his brothers was travelling in a train from Delhi to Ballabhgarh, Haryana. Junaid, Hashim, Shaqir and Mohsin were returning to their home after shopping for Eid from Sadar Bazar of Delhi. They were returning to...

ICSE’s science book uses picture of Mosque to refer to noise pollution

By TwoCircles.net Staff Reporter In a clear case of Islamophobia, a book published by Selina Publishers of Daryaganj, New Delhi has used the picture of a Mosque in one of the pictorials while explaining the sources of noise pollution. The book is called called Integrated Science for 6th standard students of ICSE. It is crucial to mention that ICSE does not...

Amina Hossain: Why she is fondly called the ‘Mother Teresa of Malda’

By Zaidul Haque, TwoCircles.net Mother Teresa’s love for humanity is both well-known and well-documented. Even today, the Missionaries of Charities continue her work, and it would not be wrong to say that Mother Teresa’s name is etched forever in the history of Kolkata and its people’s minds. Amina Hossain has not achieved the heights of Mother Teresa, but within minutes of...

Sikh group urges US lawmakers to take notice of increasing human rights violations under Modi regime

TCN News Ahead of next week’s meeting between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Trump, the US-based human rights advocacy group 'Sikhs For Justice' (SFJ) submitted a memorandum to US lawmakers urging them to undertake a Congressional delegation visit to Punjab to assess, report and apprise the US Congress of the recent spate of human rights violations against the...

Regional poets lead Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar

New Delhi, (IANS): Regional language poets dominated the Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar 2017 with sixteen books of poetry along with five short stories, two biographies and one essay that won the award. The award would be presented in the form of a casket containing an engraved copper-plaque and a cheque of Rs 50,000 to the awardees at a special function...

Mirwaiz calls officer’s lynching ‘brutal act’

Srinagar, (IANS): Senior separatist leader Mirwaiz Umer Farooq on Friday condemned the lynching of a senior police officer here as a "brutal act". "Deeply disturbed and condemn the brutal act at Nowhatta," the Mirwaiz tweeted about the Thursday killing of Deputy Superintendent of Police Muhammad Ayub Pandit outside Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta area. "Mob violence and public lynching is outside the...

Self-defence training programme for girls in West Bengal madrasas

By Mirza Mosaraf Hossain, TwoCircles.net Starting from July, the West Bengal Director of Madrasa Education will start a 45-day free of cost self-defence training programme for girls from Class 9 to 12. Parents, teachers, students all welcomed this initiative which seeks to improve the students’ fitness and train them in primary Karate. Abid Hossain, the Director of West Bengal Madrasa Education, said,...