Police verification procedure for passport issuance liberalised

New Delhi: The government on Monday announced the liberalisation of police verification procedure for passports and also launched a mobile app to cut delays in submission of these reports.

Debate over minority character of AMU a classical case of fallacious legal reasoning

By Ayaz Ahmad of

The constitutional debate about the minority character of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has its genesis in the Supreme Court judgment of Azeez Basha v. Union of India (1968 AIR 662). In fact, the judgment of Allahabad High Court in Dr. Naresh Agarwal v. Union of India substantially relies upon the reasoning of Azeez Basha to declare the AMU Amendment Act, 1981 as unconstitutional, which itself was intended to change the basis of Azeez Basha's reasoning!

Under Mamata, Bengal is centre of anti-national activities: Amit Shah

Howrah (West Bengal): Accusing the Trinamool Congress of involvement in the Saradha scam and terror activities, BJP chief Amit Shah on Monday said West Bengal has become a centre of anti-national activities under Mamata Banerjee.

Addressing his first rally here a day after being re-elected as the BJP president, Shah raked up the multi-crore-rupee Saradha scam as well as last year's blast in Burdwan's Khagragarh and the recent violence in Malda to hit out at Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her Trinamool.

Students flock to Hyderabad varsity for protest

Hyderabad: Tension prevailed in the University of Hyderabad on Monday with students from other states reaching here for a massive protest over the suicide of Dalit research scholar Rohith Vemula.

As hundreds of students from various universities in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and other states poured in, a large number of security personnel have been deployed to prevent any untoward incident.

Indian-origin Muslim cleric gets honorary doctorate

London: An Indian-origin Muslim cleric has been awarded an honorary doctorate by University of Leicester in Britain in recognition of his commendable work for the local community, it was reported on Monday.

Muhammad Shahid Raza, head Imam at the Leicester Central Mosque, received the honorary degree from university chancellor Lord Grocott at a ceremony at De Montfort Hall before a global audience of graduating students and their families, reported.

Jammu's cold breaks 71-year record

Srinagar: With the minimum temperature settling at barely half a degree Celsius above the freezing point, Jammu city on Sunday recorded its coldest day since 1945, the weatherman said on Monday.

People in Jammu continued to shiver as throughout the past week, with dense fog and chilly wave affecting their lives on Monday.

The weather office has forecast chilly days in Jammu till January 27. "Foggy weather accompanied by chilly wind will continue in Jammu city till 27th of this month," said Sonam Lotus, director of Jammu and Kashmir meteorological department.

Police cover sought for Ghulam Ali during Mumbai visit

Mumbai: The makers of Bollywood film "Ghar Vapsi" have demanded police protection for Pakistani ghazal maestro Ghulam Ali, who will arrive here on Thursday for the movie's music launch.

The film, directed by Suhaib Ilyasi of "India's Most Wanted" fame, marks Ghulam Ali's acting debut and he has also sung an Indian patriotic song for it.

Blockades, bombings, calorie counts: The burdens of life in Gaza

By Vikas Datta

Jaipur: It is possibly the unluckiest and harsh place to live, with residents not only facing a dangerous, deprived existence but added indignities like a "calorie count" for the food to be allotted to them and the virtual impossibility of going outside the area. But the people of the Gaza Strip are still resilient and would not like to be labelled victims, says a prominent Palestinian activist and other observers.

Netaji's personal life produced strong views

By Anurag Dey,

Kolkata: The charisma of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose made people equally inquisitive about the revolutionary leader’s personal life, often producing strong and divisive views.

Files declassified by the Narendra Modi government reveal that serious objections were raised about Emilie Schenkl being acknowledged as Netaji’s wife and Anita Bose Pfaff as his daughter.

`Narasimha Rao government deferred decision to bring Netaji's ashes'

New Delhi: After a marathon exercise involving the home ministry, Intelligence Bureau and top bureaucrats, the P.V. Narasimha Rao government in February 1995 had decided to defer the decision to bring back the mortal remains of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.

These remains were lying at the Renkoji Temple in Tokyo.