In Mumbai, Marathwada migrants rise above poverty line

By Abhishek Waghmare

A migrant from Maharashtra’s drought-stricken Marathwada region triples her income - if temporarily - after moving to Mumbai, climbs out of poverty and can repay loans, but families must live in 40 sq ft homes, the size of a large carpet, according to an IndiaSpend survey of 60 migrant families.

साध्वी प्राची के नाम खुला खत, चले जायेंगे मगर हम कुछ छोड़ेंगे नहीं

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साध्वी जी, आप देश को मुसलमान मुक्त करना चाहती हैं, बेशक करिए. हम खुद उस देश में रहना नहीं चाहेंगे, जहां आप जैसे लोग हमारी कौम को रोज कटघरे में खड़ा करते हो, हमारे मजहब को रोज गालियां देते हो, हमारी देशभक्ति और देशप्रेम पर रोज उंगलियां उठाते हो, हमें पाकिस्तानी और आतंकवादी कहते हो. जैसे हम इस देश के नागरिक नहीं, बोझ है देश पर. मगर हम ऐसे नहीं जायेंगे साध्वी जी, हम कुछ छोड़ कर नहीं जायेंगे. हम जायेंगे तो वो सब कुछ लेकर जायेंगे जो हमने पीढ़ी दर पीढ़ी देश को दिया है. हम तो कभी याद भी न रख पाये कि हमने देश को क्या क्या दिया है?

Anantnag by-poll: Mehbooba's 1st electoral challenge after father's death

By Sheikh Qayoom

Srinagar : Retaining her father's assembly seat is the first major political challenge Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti faces after she took over the reins of power in the state on April 4.

Mehbooba, 57, has filed papers for the south Kashmir Anantnag assembly byelection. The seat fell vacant after her father and the then Chief Minister, Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, died on January 7.

After procrastinating for nearly three months, Mehbooba decided to head the PDP-BJP coalition that her father headed before his death.

'Crop damage by wild animals declined 33%'

By Shreya Mittal

As two senior Indian ministers tussle over the declaration of some wild animals as "vermin", the damage to crops from animal attacks declined 33 per cent over two years to 2012, according to an answer given to the Rajya Sabha in August 2014.

Crops damaged across India declined from 29,989 hectares in 2010 to 19,962 hectares in 2012, according to the government. Crops damaged in 2012 were 81 sq km, equivalent to an area roughly a fourth the size of Surat.

Rohingya refugee and Ramadan: A story of hope of a 16-year-old boy

By Raqib Hameed Naik,

Jammu: Muslims all over the globe are observing fasts in the holy month of Ramadan, so is Anamul Haq, a 16-year-old boy from Rohingya (Myanmar) living in a Jhuggi (hut) in Jammu as a refugee this Ramadan. But the reason for us talking about him goes beyond his age. Besides fasting, he works at a local chicken shop in Malik market Jammu, where he does cleaning from 8 am till 8 pm which fetches him Rs 3,000 a month, thus supplementing the income of his father, who works as a laborer, in sustaining the family of nine.

Iran: No Cold War with China but Win, Win for all

By Saeed Naqvi

I don't exactly gasp but am puzzled by the indifference with which the media has treated two fascinating Indo-Iranian stories. Now that Indo-Iranian relations are set to improve after crucial agreements signed in Tehran by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Hassan Rouhani, the anecdotes should be shared.

During his journey to Iran in 1932, Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) made a request: He was keen to visit the tomb of the great Persian Sufi poet, Hafez (1326-1390) at Shiraz.

Manipuri Muslims feel left out, sidelined over Inner Line Permit issue

By Amit Kumar,

एक गरीब बूढ़े का घायल जानवरों के लिए सत्याग्रह

सिद्धांत मोहन,

वाराणसी: बनारस के जगतगंज मोहल्ले के एक कोने में एक सुनार की दुकान है. दुकान का नाम है ‘श्रीराम ज्वेलर्स’. औसत से भी निचले दर्जे की इस दुकान के मालिक रामजी गर्ग हैं. रामजी गर्ग की उपलब्धि एक गरीब सुनार होने की नहीं, एक बड़ा पशु-सेवक होने की है.

Charity: Resetting priorities, redefining roles

By Mansoor Durrani for

“Our leaders are inefficient” and “cruel” and “corrupt”! These are common complaints or discussion points in our parts of the world. There is some truth in such remarks. But there is another eternal truth i.e. leaders are not parachuted from the sky. They come from the society, from among us. They are our own reflection.

With UP in mind, Muslims to float common front to take on 'communal forces'

By Sheikh Manzoor

New Delhi : Many Muslim leaders, worried about electoral marginalisation of the community, especially after the split in Muslim votes in Assam, have initiated a serious move to bring together all groups, sects and schools of thought under one platform to make the community of 160 million a strong political force.

A series of meetings are being held to forge a common political front in alliance with secular minded groups to become electorally relevant, keeping in view the forthcoming Uttar Pradesh elections next year.