Thursday, February 23, 2017

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 Shams Shamsul 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...

JNU redux at DU: Violent clashes over Umar Khalid invite

New Delhi, (IANS): Violent clashes broke out between two student groups outside Ramjas College here on Wednesday, leaving many injured as police rounded up dozens of protesters, a day after the ABVP forced the suspension of an event to be addressed by JNU student Umar Khalid, jailed last year for sedition. At least a dozen students and a teacher were...

UP needs to get rid of ‘KaSaB’, says Amit Shah

Lucknow, (IANS) : Coining an acronym to denote the Congress, the SP and the BSP with the name of the executed 26/11 attacker, BJP president Amit Shah on Wednesday said that the time had come to rid Uttar Pradesh of "KaSaB". "Uttar Pradesh is sick and tired of an ailment called KaSab... time has come to get rid of it,"...

वोटर बोले : “अमां मोदी के बारे में बोलो तो सब मारे लगत हैन, के वोट करे”

सिद्धांत मोहन, TwoCircles.net प्रतापगढ़ : प्रतापगढ़ स्टेशन के बाहर चाय की दुकान. रवि केसरवानी और अबरार मिलते हैं. उम्र 27 के आसपास. मुद्दा चुनाव. अबरार, 'ओट-वोट तो बाद की बात है, मुद्दा है कि केका वोट दें कि बोले पे आदमी मारे ना लगे.' इस पर रवि केसरवानी बोलते हैं, 'का हुआ बे?' अबरार कहते हैं, 'अबे नोटबंदी हुआ. दिक्क़त हुआ. हिन्दू-मुसलमान,...

Free speech in Indian universities under threat: Amnesty

New Delhi, (IANS): Clashes at Ramjas College here illustrate the growing threat to freedom of expression on Indian university campuses, Amnesty International India said on Wednesday. Several people were injured in clashes between student groups at the college. Three journalists told Amnesty they were assaulted by members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the RSS student wing. On Tuesday, a...

MSF demands CBI probe for missing JNU student Najeeb, to organise nationwide protests

By Twocircles.net Staff Reporter The Muslim Students Federation (MSF) has demanded a CBI probe into the disappearance of JNU student Najeeb Ahmed and said it will organise nationwide protests for the same. Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, MSF national president T P Ashraf Ali alleged criminal lapses on part of JNU authorities saying it has not submitted an inquiry...