Thursday, June 29, 2017

Five people who have made Bhatkal proud and you must know of

The town of Bhatkal is not short on heroes. This coastal town has in the past produced political leaders, world-famous businessmen, teachers who have revolutionised education systems, visionaries and even a distinct form of Halwa! In the last of the nine-part series on Bhatkal, Amit Kumar looks at the five most well-known faces and people of Bhatkal, without whom...

Ten acquitted in Akbaruddin Owaisi attack case

Hyderabad, (IANS): A court here on Thursday acquitted 10 people including the prime accused in the 2011 attack on AIMIM legislator Akbaruddin Owaisi. The Seventh Additional Metropolitan Sessions Court acquitted prime accused Mohammed Bin Omar Yafai and nine others. Four -- Mohammed Bin Saleh Wahlan, Abdullah Bin Yonus Yafai, Awad Bin Yonus Yafai, Hasan Bin Omer Yafai -- out of 14 accused...

Modi’s words on cow vigilantism sound hollow, says Opposition

New Delhi, (IANS): Opposition leaders on Thursday questioned the sincerity of Prime Minister Narendra Modis remarks against cow vigilantism, saying little has changed despite his earlier warnings. Modi, speaking at Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad on Thursday, said that killings in the name of cow are unacceptable and that nobody has the right to take law in their hands. "The Prime Minister should...

2,000 criminal cases in three months against Waqf encroachment

New Delhi, (IANS): More than 2,000 cases of encroachment of Waqf properties have been filed in the last three years and some of the complaints have been forwarded to the CBI, Minister of State for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said on Thursday. Addressing the 76th Central Waqf Council here, Naqvi said "several Waqf properties have been under the clutches of...

Vice President’s election on August 5

New Delhi, (IANS): Election for India's next Vice President, to succeed M. Hamid Ansari, will be held on August 5 and counting of votes will be done on the same day, the Election Commission announced on Thursday. Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi said, "The date of polling, if required, will be August 5. Counting, if required, will be done on August...

Modi denounces killings in the name of cows

Ahmedabad, (IANS): Breaking his silence on cow vigilantes, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday made it clear that killing people in the name of "gau bhakti" was unacceptable. Addressing a gathering at the Sabarmati Ashram set up by Mahatma Gandhi here, Modi said: "As a society, there is no place for violence. "Killing people in the name of 'gau bhakti' (cow worship)...

Dalit tied to a tree, beaten up in Karnataka village

By TwoCircles.net Staff Reporter A Dalit man was tied to a tree and beaten up in a village in Vijayapura district on suspicion of helping out his son in fleeing with the daughter of a village resident. The victim is 52-year-old farm worker named Mareppa Harijan who is resident of Haligondakanal village which falls under Sindgi taluk. Mareppa has filed a...

IUML to seek support from major parties to unite protests against mob lynching

By Twocircles.net Staff Reporter Kozhikode: In a bid to unite the protests against rampant atrocities against minorities and Dalits across the country, the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) will seek support from all parties. Party national general secretary P K Kunhalikutty MP will soon write to leaders of all the opposition parties seeking their support for the nation wide protests....

Celebs, activists hit Kolkata streets against lynchings

Kolkata, (IANS): A large number of activists, film personalities, poets, writers, musicians and studnets on Wednesday staged a protest here against mob lynchings. The rally was part of the nationwide protests christened "Not in My Name". Actor-turned directors Aparna Sen and Anjan Datta, 'Bela Seshe' famed actor Sujoy Prasad Chatterjee were among those who took part in the rally held at South...

Hundreds protest in Delhi against lynchings, communal divide

New Delhi, (IANS): Hundreds of people, including film stars and social activists, on Wednesday gathered at Jantar Mantar here to protest against the recent incidents of lynching of minorities and Dalits, particularly in BJP-ruled states. Family members of Mohammad Akhlaq, who was lynched by a mob on suspicion of keeping beef in his home in Dadri in Uttar Pradesh two years...

Junaid’s killing: Four more arrested in Haryana

Chandigarh, (IANS): Police have arrested four more people in connection with the killing of 17-year-old Muslim youth Junaid on a train near Ballabhgarh in Haryana's Faridabad district. But the main accused, who stabbed the victim, continues to be at large. With this, the total arrests in the case has gone up to five, including a 50-year-old man. A few people were...

Lynchings, beef-ban not to figure in talks with Shah: Goa BJP

Panaji, (IANS): Issues like lynching and beef ban would not be discussed with BJP national president Amit Shah when he visits Goa on July 1-2, state BJP president Vinay Tendulkar said on Wednesday. Addressing a press conference in Panaji, Tendulkar also said there was no anxiety in the state, where minorities comprise more than 30 per cent of the population, over...

Navaid Hamid writes to Modi to bring his attention to violent incidents happening in the country

By Siddhant Mohan, TwoCircles.net As the lynching and violent incidents in the country are on the rise, various human rights organizations and civil liberty activists have raised questions on the silence on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has not spared a single word on the scenario. On the contrary of what he was supposed to be doing, Narendra Modi made...

If you follow Islam, you will never ignore women’s education: Rashida Badsha

With a female literacy rate of over 90% in a town with more than 75% Muslims, Bhatkal has not only broken stereotypes, it has also shown that Islam and education can go perfectly hand-in-hand and in fact, complement each other. The town, which has a population of little over 32,000, boasts of a robust education system from the primary...

1993 blasts convict Mustafa Dossa dead

Mumbai, (IANS): One of the convicts in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, Mustafa Dossa, died on Wednesday afternoon following a heart attack, an official said here. "He was admitted early today for hypertension, heart and diabetes issues. He passed away under treatment around 2.35 p.m. today," T.P. Lahane, Dean, Sir J. J. Hospital, told IANS. He was admitted to the jail...

On Eid, an entire village mourns the loss of a son: A visit to Junaid’s village Khandawali

By Mehebub Sahana and Shahnawaz Ahmad Wani for Twocircles.net The recent lynching of Mohammed Junaid, a 16-year-old from Haryana, has not only shocked the Muslim community of India but all the people who believe in human values and human rights. People of minority community are inconsternation and perturbation, fearing about their future and security in India. When Mohammed Akhlaq was...

Family debts main cause of Indian farm suicides

Nearly 70 per cent of India's 90 million agricultural households spend more than they earn on average each month, pushing them towards debt, which is now the primary reason in more than half of all suicides by farmers nationwide, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of various government data. The failing economics of such farms -- agricultural households in the south...

‘Why have they declared a war against me?’ An open letter from an Indian Muslim

By Syed Junaid Hashmi for TwoCircles.net I am appalled as to why a war has been declared on me? From television studios to the national highways to the lanes and by-lanes, lynch mobs are out to sniff life out of me. They want me dead for being anti-national, anti-animal, anti-cow, anti-India, pro-Pakistan and an ISIS-inspired Muslim zealot. Come what may,...

Prakash Raj gives house as Eid gift to poor family

Hyderabad, (IANS): Actor Prakash Raj gifted a house to a poor Muslim family in Telangana on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr. Known for mostly playing a villain on screen, Prakash Raj has become a real life hero for the family of Chotte Mian in Kondareddypalli village of Mahabubnagar district. "Celebrated Ramzan at Kondareddypalli by handing over home built for this family by...

Five farmers commit suicide in MP

Bhopal, (IANS): Five farmers committed suicide in different parts of Madhya Pradesh reportedly due to debt and other problems since Sunday evening, taking the total number of such farmer deaths to 27 in over a fortnight. Ghisiya Khan, 70, committed suicide by hanging himself in the well in his farm in Harsud in Khandwa district. The farmer's body was found...