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Three killed as groups clash in another UP town

Lucknow : Three people were killed and over a dozen injured Monday when a minor brawl turned ugly in Rampur town of Uttar Pradesh, police said.

The incident took place in Mehndipur village when a motorbike hit some people. A verbal spat soon turned into a violent clash and shots were fired at the scene.

Three people - Danish, Jalish and Munna - were killed on the spot while over a dozen sustained injuries.

Rampur is state minister Azam Khan's home town. He is also the legislator from there.


Situation under control in Saharanpur: Rajnath

New Delhi : Home Minister Rajnath Singh said Monday that the situation was under control in Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh where three people have been killed in communal violence.

"The situation is fully under control in Saharanpur. We are keeping a close vigil," Rajnath Singh told reporters here.

The violence was triggered by a land dispute between Muslims and Sikhs in Saharanpur city Saturday.


Kerala hotel prepares feast for Id-ul-Fitr

Thiruvananthapuram : From a variety of soups - pineapple rasam soup and prawn soup prepared using coconut milk - to the popular appam, thattu dosa and Kerala paratha, a luxury hotel here is prepared for the Id-ul-Fitr celebrations Tuesday.

For the past week, Hotel Hycinth by Sparsa and its executive chef Macs M. Colbey have been busy organising a special buffet dinner as the Iftar season peaks with the grand finale Tuesday.

Colbey has previously worked for two years with the Venetian Macau at the Indian restaurant.


Hamid Ansari greets nation on Id-ul-Fitr

New Delhi : Vice President M. Hamid Ansari Monday greeted the nation on Id-ul-Fitr, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

"I convey my warm greetings and best wishes to the citizens of our country on the joyous occasion of Id-ul-Fitr, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan," Ansari said.

"This festival celebrates the essential unity of mankind and highlights the human values of peaceful co-existence, love and compassion. May this auspicious occasion bless us with peace, prosperity and harmony in our lives," he said.


Uddhav slams Karnataka Police for anti-Marathi stand

Mumbai : Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray Monday said the Maharashtra-Karnataka territorial row is as significant as the India-Pakistan boundary dispute, re-kindling the decades old boundary dispute between the two states.

In an editorial in the party's mouthpiece Saamana, Uddhav said the atrocities on Marathi people in the state by Karnataka Police were "as horrifying as the terror spread by Hafez Saeed", referring to the international terror mastermind of Jamaat-ud-Dawa, based in Pakistan.

Goa deputy CM apologises for Hindu nation remark

Panaji : Goa's Deputy Chief Minister Francis D'Souza Monday apologized for his comment that India was already a Hindu nation.

"My opinion could be wrong for others. I accept it. I don't say it is the most correct opinion. You might say I am wrong. If anyone's sentiment is hurt, I apologise," D'Souza said.

"Hindu is my culture, Christianity is my religion. When I say Hindu, it means culture and not religion. Hindu culture is 5,000 years old and my religion is 2,000 years old," D'Souza said.

Kerala to celebrate Id-ul-Fitr Tuesday

Thiruvananthapuram : The Kazis in Kerala have declared that Monday would be the 30th day of Ramadan and Id-ul-Fitr will be celebrated Tuesday as the moon was not sighted Sunday after Iftar.

Muslims in Kerala account for around 24 percent of the 33 million population.

Id-ul-Fitr will be celebrated both in Oman and Kerala Tuesday.

Kazis like Panakad Syed Hyderali Shihab Thangal and Palayam Imam Yousuf Muhammed Nadvi, besides others, decided late Sunday that since the moon was not seen, Id will fall on Tuesday.


Stop violence in Saharanpur, says Pakistani daily

Islamabad : The communal violence in Indian town of Saharanpur should be halted at once before it spreads and becomes uncontrollable, a Pakistani daily said in an editorial.

The violence was a result of a land dispute between the Muslim and Sikh communities in Saharanpur and so far, it has claimed two lives, the Daily Times said in an editorial.

"Saharanpur is a place under direct influence and control of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and is suffering intolerance and aggression in the form of religious discrimination," the editorial said.

Curfew relaxed for four hours in Saharanpur

Lucknow : Curfew was Monday relaxed for four hours at Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh following easing of tension in the city, which witnessed communal clashes Saturday, officials said.

Curfew was eased between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the new city while it was relaxed from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the old city, so that people could buy essential items like milk, vegetables and medicines, an official told IANS.


Beef, pork, and elections: A subjective commentary

By Yogesh Maitreya for,

The political ground in India has always been caste-ridden. Candidates, who claim to play politics excluding these fundamental factors of sociology of India, only put voters in complete oblivion where voters are being lift up from their ground level identity and persuade to imagine their space in candidate’s utopian story-telling about changes, the changes which are mostly caste based matters to which utopian language wipes with its lucrative tongue.