Thursday, March 23, 2017

Four meat shops set ablaze in UP’s Hathras

New Delhi, (IANS): Four makeshift meat shops were set afire on Wednesday in Uttar Pradesh's Hathras area by anti-social elements, the town's residents said. Earlier in the morning, three shops were set afire in the Uttar Pradesh town. The shopowners, Raees and Muhammad Sindhi said they came to know about the burning down of their shops by miscreants near Kashiram...

Cabinet approves amendment to Right to Education Act

New Delhi, (IANS): The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved amendment to the Right to Education Act to ensure that all teachers acquire minimum educational qualifications. It also extends the period for untrained teachers to acquire stipulated qualifications by four years, that is, up to March 31, 2019. The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. An...

Indian-American Muslims welcome Teesta Setalvad’s testimony in UN against human rights violations in India

By TCN News Indian American Muslim Council, a nonprofit advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India's pluralist and tolerant ethos, has welcomed Teesta Setalvad's hard-hitting testimony at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on March 15, 2017. One of India's most recognised activists and a strident voice against hate and sectarianism, Setalvad spoke on behalf of The Advocates for Human Rights,...

बाबरी विध्वंस केस : जानिए, सुनवाई से ठीक एक दिन पहले जस्टिस नरीमन को क्यों हटाया गया?

TwoCircles.net Staff Reporter नई दिल्ली : पूरे देश में अयोध्या के विवादित बाबरी मस्जिद-राम जन्मभूमि की चर्चा अपने चरम पर है. सुप्रीम कोर्ट के आपस में बैठकर हल निकालने वाले टिप्पणी को देश के तमाम अख़बारों व चैनलों ने प्रमुखता से छापा और दिखाया है. लेकिन कल की यह ख़बर शायद ही किसी मीडिया ने दिखाया या छापा हो कि बाबरी...

Ajmer blast convicts get life term

Jaipur, (IANS): A local court here has awarded life imprisonment to two men convicted for the 2007 Ajmer Dargah bomb blast in which three persons were killed. Earlier on March 8, the special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court had convicted Bhavesh Patel, Devendra Gupta and Sunil Joshi (now dead). Arguments over the quantum of punishment were completed on March 18 and...

We have been displaced thrice, will not allow it again: Geetha, leader of Adivasi resistance against Athirapally dam

This is the second of the two-part series on the proposed Athirapally dam in the Thrissur district of Kerala, and how it will destroy the livelihoods of thousands of tribals along with having a catastrophic impact on the extremely delicate and important Western Ghats. By Amit Kumar, Twocircles.net In the first part of this series, we looked at how the Athirapally...

बाबरी मस्जिद-राम मंदिर : जाने कब क्या हुआ इसके निर्माण से लेकर शहादत तक

प्रस्तुति : अफ़रोज़ आलम साहिल, TwoCircles.net 1528 : ज़हीरुद्दीन बाबर ने अपने मंत्री ‘मीर बाक़ी’ के द्वारा 1526 ई. में फ़ैज़ाबाद से पांच किलोमीटर और दिल्ली से सात सौ किलोमीटर की दूरी पर दक्षिण-पूरब में दरिया के किनारे अयोध्या में बाबरी मस्जिद का निर्माण करवाया. 3 ख़ूबसूरत गुंबदों पर आधारित यह विशाल व भव्य मस्जिद उत्तर प्रदेश में मुसलमानों की अज़मत...

Will accept Ram Mandir if Sacchar committee recommendations are met, says Dr Zafar Mahmood of  Zakat Foundation of India

By TCN News Dr Zafar Mahmood, President of Zakat Foundation of India, has suggested an eight-point agenda to the ongoing issue of Babri Masjid, saying that “Muslims can agree to the construction of Ram Mandir at the Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya” provided the following eight points are accepted, approved and implemented by the Government: 1.    The constituencies of Lok Sabha...

Imam hacked to death in Kasargod, police clueless

By Twocircles.net Staff Reporter Kasargod: Tension prevailed in the district of Kasargod following the brutal murder of an Imam at Choori in Kasargod town. Riyas Moulavi, Imam of the Muhyudheen mosque, was hacked to death by a group of people on Monday night. According to reports, Riyas was sleeping in a room inside the mosque and was hacked by a group...

Muslim religious leaders divided on Ayodhya dispute resolution

New Delhi, (IANS): Several Muslim religious leaders on Tuesday welcomed the Supreme Court (SC) observation for resolving the Ayodhya's Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute through amicable settlement though the Babri Masjid Action Committee and others did not agree. Welcoming the apex court observation, Shahi Imam of Delhi's Jama Masjid, Syed Ahmed Bukhari said: "We should be ready to solve the matter...

Timeline of Babri Masjid-Ram temple dispute

New Delhi, (IANS): The Supreme Courts suggestion on Tuesday for an amicable settlement to the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute in Ayodhya has yet again rekindled the debate on the subject that has for decades been a religious and political flashpoint. The Babri mosque dates back nearly 500 years when it was built in Ayodhya by Mir Baqi, a commander of...

’20 UP ministers, four from Uttarakhand face criminal cases’

New Delhi, (IANS): The new Uttar Pradesh government has 20 ministers with criminal cases against them, Uttarakhand four, and Punjab two, a report said on Tuesday. No Manipur minister has declared criminal case against him, according to a report released by the National Election Watch and the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR). The report analysed the self-declared affidavits of newly elected...

Expel all corrupt leaders or resign, BJP tells Mamata

Kolkata, (IANS): The West Bengal BJP on Tuesday demanded that TMC supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expel what the former said were corrupt leaders from her party or resign herself if she failed to do so. "We urge her to remove all corrupt people from her Trinamool Congress. But we know she does not have the guts to do...

Will free UP of corruption, riots: Adityanath

New Delhi, (IANS): Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday said he will work to rid the state of corruption and communal riots. Adiyanath, a long-time Bharatiya Janata Party member from Gorakhpur, told the Lok Sabha that he will curb anti-social elements in the country's most populous state. "We will work to make the state free of corruption, rowdyism and...

US bans electronics on flights from 8 Muslim countries

Washington, (IANS): Passengers travelling to the US from eight countries in the Middle East and North Africa will be prohibited from carrying electronic devices in the cabin, according to new security restrictions by US President Donald Trump's administration. Passengers will have to check in any devices bigger than a smartphone, including iPads, Kindles and laptops before clearing security or boarding,...

Babri Masjid Action Committee says no out-of-court settlement

New Delhi, March 21 (IANS) Virtually ruling out an out-of-court settlement of the Ayodhya dispute as suggested by the Supreme Court, the Babri Masjid Action Committee on Tuesday said it was open only to mediation by the Chief Justice of India (CJI) himself. "We have faith if the CJI himself mediates or nominates a team of Supreme Court judges or...

‘Don’t make Aadhaar card mandatory for mid-day meals’

New Delhi, (IANS): Congress member K.C. Venugopal on Tuesday urged the government in the Lok Sabha not to make Aadhaar card mandatory for students to avail of mid-day meals. "There are complaints against the quality of rice, no proper space for serving food," Venugopal said raising the issue during the Zero hour in the Lok Sabha. "The situation has further worsened...

Babri case is about title: Owaisi

Hyderabad, (IANS): Virtually ruling out an out-of-court settlement of the Ayodhya dispute as suggested by the Supreme Court on Tuesday, MP Asaduddin Owaisi said the case was about title. "Please remember Babri Masjid case is about title which the Allahabad High Court wrongly decided as a Partnership case. Hence the appeal in apex court," he tweeted. Owaisi is a member of...

Waterfalls, tribals and animals be damned: Why the proposed Athirapally dam is a disaster in making

This is the first in a two-part series on the proposed Athirapally dam in the Thrissur district of Kerala, and how it will destroy the livelihoods of thousands of tribals along with having a catastrophic impact on the extremely delicate and important Western Ghats. By Amit Kumar, Twocircles.net It is a hot and humid day as we take a left from...

BJP hails SC advice for amicable settlement of Ayodhya dispute

New Delhi, (IANS): The BJP on Tuesday hailed the Supreme Court's advice for an amicable settlement of the Ayodhya Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said that a solution through friendly negotiations was the best way to solve the long-pending dispute. "This is a very good step by the apex court. Even the BJP has been encouraging solving the...