Thursday, June 22, 2017

Ramadan 1438: Rashid Ashai

By Nawal Ali Watali, TwoCircles.net "It has been quite difficult for me to fast, I am not sure why but I can't. I either miss namaz or I feel thirsty or hungry," says Rashid Ashai who works in the Forest Department of J&K Government. "But I am the most excited "kid" in the house when it comes to preparations for...

Opposition picks Meira Kumar as Presidential candidate

New Delhi, (IANS): The opposition parties on Thursday picked former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar to take on NDA's Ram Nath Kovind in the Presidential election. Congress President Sonia Gandhi announced Meira Kumar's name at a meeting attended by 17 political parties including the Left, Trinamool Congress, Samajwadi Party, BSP, DMK and National Conference. Talking to reporters, Leader of the Opposition...

JNUSU office-bearers barred from varsity meetings

New Delhi, (IANS): All four JNUSU office-bearers have been barred from meetings of all committees and statutory bodies of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) after a proctorial inquiry was opened against them on charges of "misconduct and indiscipline". According to Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) President Mohit Pandey, a letter informing him about his suspension was sent on Wednesday evening. Similar...

Fasting days and feasting nights at Delhi’s buzzing Jama Masjid

By Mohd Asim Khan  New Delhi, (IANS): The silence was broken by a siren, followed by an azaan -- a prayer call -- from the Jama Masjid. It was time to break the daylong fast. Minutes earlier, people had sat still with plates full of dates, fruits and snacks in front of them, uttering prayers under their lips. According to a...

Two more farmers commit suicide in MP, toll now 17

Bhopal, (IANS): Two more farmers in Madhya Pradesh's Bundelkhand region have committed suicide, taking the farmer deaths in the state to 17 in the past ten days. Gului Kurmi, 50, a resident of Basahri, committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree on Wednesday. He left a suicide note, alleging harassment by moneylenders. R.S. Parmar, Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) in Bina,...

My brother’s name is Ahmed Siddibappa, not Yasin Bhatkal. And he is not a terrorist: Abdul Samad Siddibappa

Unless you have been living under a rock, you are most likely to have heard the name Yasin Bhatkal. In fact, his name has been searched so many times on Google that if you just type ‘Bhatkal’ on Google, the town and Yasin will appear to be synonymous: stories on him will appear almost before you get to know...

Kerala Police arrest BJP Youth leader with fake note printing machine and Rs 1.5 lakh in fake currencies

By TwoCricles.net Staff Reporter The police on Thursday took BJP’s youth outfit Yuvamorcha leader with fake notes of new Rs.500 and Rs.2,000. Yuvamorcha leader Ragesh Ezhachery was arrested from his house at Mathilakam near Kodungallur in Thrissur district with Rs 1.5 lakh in fake currency. The police, who held a raid on a tip off, recovered a note printing machine. Initial...

An open letter to President-elect Ramnath Kovind: Hope you follow the Indian Constitution, not lessons from RSS

By Shamsul Islam for TwoCircles.net Respected Ramnath Kovind, Namaskar, I must congratulate you for being chosen as presidential candidate of the Indian Republic by BJP. It is heartening to note that you have been chosen, to quote BJP president Amit Shah, for being “a Dalit who has struggled in life to reach the position he is in today.” In the forthcoming...

‘Sabka Ghar’, a home to promote communal harmony, inaugurated by Khudai Khidmatgar

By TwoCircles.net Staff Reporter A house in Okhla's Gaffar Manzil area, bought with the help of charity money has been named 'Sabka Ghar' (everyone's home) by Khudai Khidmatgar. Sabka Ghar invites youths across the country to spend time for three days to one month to learn about De-Communalistaion through practical way of living together, promoting love, cooperation, simplicity, love, democracy...

Tension in Coastal Karnataka following Muslim youth’s murder

By TwoCircles.net Staff Reporter Tension prevailed in coastal Karnataka and Kasargod district of Kerala after a 35-year-old SDPI worker was hacked to death at Padmunje village in Bantwal taluk on Wednesday. Ashraf Kalai, Ammunje zonal unit president of the party was killed after he attended the party’s foundation day observance. An auto driver by profession, he was seen filling potholes...

Farmers protest turns violent in Thane

Thane (Maharashtra), (IANS): Hundreds of farmers agitating against land acquisition on Thursday blocked a road and pelted stones and torched a police van near Kalyan in Thane in Maharashtra, police said. The farmers had been protesting against a proposal to take over an abandoned airstrip for constructing an airport at Nevali, around 40 km north-east of Mumbai. The authorities had started...

Kerala farmer commits suicide

Kozhikode (Kerala), (IANS): A 57-year-old Kerala farmer has committed suicide in a village near here after revenue officials refused to accept his land tax. The government has ordered a probe into the incident. K.P. Joy hanged himself to death at the Chembanodu village revenue office after the officials refused to accept his payments despite several attempts. Joy was found hanging late...

Ramadan 1438: Ara Jan

By Nawal Ali Watali, TwoCircles.net "Our Prophet(S.A.W) has said that the month of Ramadan has 10 days of mercy and 10 days of forgiveness and 10 days of freedom from hell; I fast so that my Allah showers His blessings and mercy on me and I, one day, get to visit Kaa'ba. That is the dream of my life," says...

Ramadan 1438: Jana Begum

By Nawal Ali Watali, TwoCircles.net "You look just like my grand daughter, she is upstairs. All of the residents of this area buy milk from me, it's pure. And during Ramazan the sale of Milk increases a bit because we drink "Babribyol" with milk (Kashmiri for Basil Seeds) but today's children do not drink that. And now that...

The end of Kanpur’s leather industry and the slow collapse of the city’s economy

By Sharjeel Usmani for TwoCircles.net Kanpur, the centre of India’s largest buffalo based leather industries, was popularly called as Manchester of the East for its industrial units. This industry is now facing a tough time. These British-era industrial units were set up in 1888 and have flourished with an annual turnover of around Rs 6,000 crores - until recently. No Hides,...

‘Kidnapped’ by police, presented as an IM operative: The story of Saddam Hussein, a scrap dealer from Bhatkal

By Amit Kumar, TwoCircles.net Read part one here Read part two here Saddam Hussein has a unique, albeit unwanted record: he remains the only Bhatkali who has been arrested from Bhatkal for terror-related charges. He was a scrap dealer from Bhatkal, who, according to eyewitnesses, was abducted by police in plain clothes and taken away. His family, which can barely make ends...

Yogi Adityanath booked after nude picture of tribal women shared on his fanpage

TwoCircles.net Staff Reporter An Adivasi woman from Assam, Laxmi Orang, has filed a case against Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Aditynath and Ram Prasad Sarma, Lok Sabha MP from Assam for sharing her nude photo on social media. The image was taken ten years ago during a protest in Guwahati. The photograph in question was shared over a facebook page of...

Hundred days of Yogi Adityanath and Muslims: Challenging times ahead

By Faisal Fareed, TwoCircles.net As Yogi Adityanath completes 100 days in office, Muslims in Uttar Pradesh are still apprehensive about their future. Soon after Yogi Adityanath was announced as CM-designate, media went in a frenzy dishing out stories about Muslims supporting Yogi, praying for him in Gorakhpur, regularly visiting Gorakhnath temple, etc. On expected lines, a bunch of small-time Muslim leaders...

Mohsin Shaikh Murder case : After Ujjwal Nikam’s withdrawal, family seeks Rohini Salian as public prosecutor

By Siddhant Mohan, TwoCircles.net On June 12, advocate Ujjwal Nikam withdrew his position as public prosecutor in the murder case of Mohsin Shaikh, a Pune based techie who was killed in 2014 by the members of radical outfit Hindu Rashtra Sena (HRS), without informing the family or giving a reason. On Monday, Mohsin's father received a reply from Ujjwal Nikam after...

Ramadan 1438: Jannat ul Nisa

By Nawal Ali Watali, TwoCircles.net "I am 13 and I always make sure to fast the whole month, but few days back my Blood Pressure went really low and my mom didn't let me keep fasts for a few days," says Jannat, a 9th standard student, while biting her tongue under the teeth. "But for me Ramadan is more about...