More proof that irony rules the universe

By Nury Vittachi

I think all journalists should end every report with IDK THO LOL ("I don't know though laugh out loud") so people can't sue them in case all their facts are wrong. Clever, no?

Legal matters are on my mind thanks to news reports sent in by readers. First up, police officers in India were thrilled to have tracked down and jailed the Forgery Kings, a sneaky duo reputed to be able to fabricate any document. The forgers then showed officers a document instructing them to immediately let them go -- and they did. The penny didn't drop until almost a month later.


If you Sexist me, I will Feminist you!

By Sabrina Iqbal Sircar for

Hmm. Let me see now. I am a little tired actually trying to tell the world that Feminism is for equality. Oh well equality, they tell me; we have equality in jobs, education, political representation (well, almost!), and in all other aspects one can think of. Okay I retort, and sigh I pause.

‘Islam is spiritually against divorce’

By Faiyaz Ahmed Siddiquee

The “triple-talaq” is a form of divorce practiced among Hanafi Muslims, under which a man at any point of time may divorce his wife by saying, “I divorce you, I divorce you, I divorce you.” There isn’t any such reference of divorcing one’s wife in the Quran and Sunnah or claimed found by any Islamic high-brow. What the text says is that each talaq utterance should be followed by a waiting period of three menstrual periods for women.

Demonetisation has taken every Indian on a rollercoaster ride, and it is not an enjoyable experience

By Nishat Ara for

In this season of demonetisation, it is common to see the Aam Aadmi asking for change of the new Rs 2,000 notes; that is if they are lucky to get one after standing in queues for hours.

Many small and mid-scale traders are meanwhile worried about the losses they incur on unaccounted cash they may have. ‘Aapka Kitna gaya’? (How much did you lose?) is the common refrain among them.

In a first, NHRC recommends commutation of death sentence of 4 death row convicts of the Bara massacre

By TCN News

Demonetisation proved a bigger pain than accident

By Mohit Dubey

Lucknow : Medical emergencies are never welcome. In times of demonetisation, it is a painful double whammy.

Some 10 days ago when a major car crash forced me into a long stint at a government hospital, the demon of demonetisation stared at my family, threatening to delay my treatment and disrupt my recovery.

After some initial concern and god-sent speed in treatment -- benefits of having a high-profile bureaucrat as a co-passenger in the car that crashed -- lower denomination notes started their disappearing act -- like the visiting doctors.


With demonetisation, PM Modi has made common people feel like thieves

By Sheikh Khurshid Alam for

Demonetisation may exacerbate public health crisis

By Devanik Saha and Swagata Yadavar

A spate of deaths due to hospitals refusing to accept invalid currency notes has come to attention after Prime Minister Narendra Modis announcement invalidating 86 per cent of Indias currency on November 8.

Unlike government-run hospitals, private hospitals have not been allowed to use defunct Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, potentially affecting 58 per cent of Indians in rural areas who opt for private healthcare (68 per cent in urban areas), according to National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) data.

नोटबंदी के बाद भोपाल एनकाउंटर : खोते सवाल, अधूरे जवाब

जावेद अनीस

इस देश में एनकाउंटर का स्याह इतिहास है और इसको लेकर हमेशा से ही विवाद रहा है. आम तौर पर एनकाउंटर के साथ ‘फर्जी’ शब्द जरूर जुड़ता है. मध्यप्रदेश के 61वें स्थापना दिवस से ठीक एक दिन पहले यहां भी एक ऐसा ही एनकाउंटर हुआ है, जो अपने पीछे कई सवाल छोड़ गया है. आईएसओ प्रमाणित भोपाल सेंट्रल जेल में बंद प्रतिबंधित सिमी के आठ संदिग्ध फरार हुए और फिर उनका एनकाउंटर कर दिया गया, उसके बाद से इसको लेकर मंत्रियों, अधिकारियों के बयान आपस में मेल नहीं खा रहे हैं और जो वीडियो सामने आये हैं वो भी कई गंभीर सवाल खड़े करते हैं.

आपसी खींचतान और जातीय भेदभाव से ख़त्म हो गया मेरठ का मुस्लिम नेतृत्व

​आस मोहम्मद कैफ, ​

​मेरठ​:​ मुस्लिम समुदाय ​के​ भीतर​ आपसी खींचतान कितनी बढ़ गयी है​,​ यह समझने के लिए मेरठ​ एक​ माक़ूल जगह है. एक समय मेरठ ​के सांसद से लेकर मेयर और विधायक तक सभी मुसलमान थे, मगर अब 10 साल से यहां मुस्लिम कयादत संघर्ष कर रही है.

मेरठ जनपद में मुसलामानों की आबादी 26 प्रतिशत है और शहर में 40 प्रतिशत. मेरठ शहर में अब एक भी मुस्लिम प्रतिनिधि नहीं है. यहां मुस्लिम नेतृत्व पूरी तरह खत्म हो चुका है. यह कोई राजनीतिक शोध का विषय नहीं है बल्कि सीधा-सा मामला है कि मुस्लिम लीडरशिप भी अब जात-पात के चक्रव्यूह में फस चुका है.