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Remembering Abdul Sattar Edhi & Dr. Akhter Hameed Khan, two icons of Pakistan

By Nasim Yousaf for Twocircles.net

Pakistan recently lost another icon, Abdul Sattar Edhi, who died in Karachi at the age of eighty-eight. Edhi’s services for Pakistan shall be long remembered and he joins the ranks of other great South Asian icons, including the late social scientist Dr. Akhter Hameed Khan. This piece highlights the contributions of Mr. Edhi and Dr. Khan, who shared many similarities and were recognised around the world for their social service.

Muslim women beaten up in MP for allegedly carrying beef; uproar in Rajya Sabha

By A Mirsab, TwoCircles.net,

New Delhi: In yet another violence caused due to suspicion of possessing beef, two Muslim women were thrashed and abused by Hindu Dal activists in Madhya Pradesh's Mandsaur district. A crowd beat them up over the rumours that they were carrying beef.

The incident comes close on the heels of Dalits beaten up in Gujarat by cow protection group that has created uproar in the parliament. Similar incidence has now taken place against Muslim women in the BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh.

Kalam inspired youth to dream big: Rahul

New Delhi : Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday paid tribute to former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam on his first death anniversary and said he "inspired the youth in the country to dream big".

"Remembering Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. A man who touched the hearts of millions and inspired the young to dream big. His light will shine on," Gandhi said on his official Twitter account.

Nearly half a million people affected by flood in Bihar

Patna : Nearly half a million people have been affected by the floods in eight districts of Bihar, officials said on Wednesday.

According to unconfirmed reports, at least 10 persons, including women and children, have been killed in the floods.

Vayasji, the Principal Secretary of State Disaster Management Department, said flood situation is serious in a few districts following rising water level in rivers, particularly Kosi and Gandak.

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BJP women leaders to protest in Lucknow against BSP

Lucknow : Women workers, supporters and leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would be staging a sit-in and demonstrate in the state capital on Thursday against the alleged objectionable comments made by Bahujan Samaj Party leaders against the wife and daughter of former BJP leader Daya Shankar Singh.

BJP General Secretary Anupama Jaiswal informed media that the programme was scheduled soon after a bitter altercation broke out between the BSP and the BJP in which leaders and workers of the former had dragged the family members of Singh into the political slugfest.

AAP worker held for party colleague's suicide

New Delhi : The Delhi Police on Wednesday arrested Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) volunteer Ramesh Wadhwa on charge of harassing his party colleague who committed suicide at her house in outer Delhi, an officer said.

Wadhwa was arrested by the Crime Branch, which took over the case from local police after AAP worker Soni allegedly committed suicide by consuming poisonous substance at her house in outer Delhi's Narela village on July 19.

Soni, mother of two daughters, left behind a self-shot WhatsApp video in which she claimed "I was denied justice".

'आप' विधायक अमानतुल्लाह खान की रिहाई के लिए भूख हड़ताल

अफ़रोज़ आलम साहिल, TwoCircles.net

दिल्ली: आम आदमी पार्टी के ओखला से विधायक व दिल्ली वक़्फ़ बोर्ड के चेयरमैन अमानतुल्लाह ख़ान की गिरफ़्तारी के बाद ओखला में सियासत तेज़ हो गई है. जहां मंगलवार को यहां की दुकानें बंद रहीं, वहीं आज ओखला के 11 स्थानीय नेता भूख हड़ताल पर बैठ गए हैं.

Auto, taxi drivers begin hunger strike

New Delhi : Auto-rickshaw and yellow top taxi drivers of around 20 unions on Wednesday began an "indefinite hunger strike" against app-based taxi aggregators even as Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal accused the BJP of sponsoring the strike.

Incidents of the strikers forcibly stopping some auto-rickshaw drivers from ferrying passengers were reported.

"We want to ferry passengers and drive our autos, but some people on the streets are vandalising plying vehicles," an auto driver said in a video shared by Kejriwal from his twitter account.

No action against ministers, BJP MPs facing criminal cases: AAP

New Delhi : The Aam Aadmi Party on Wednesday said no action has been taken against union ministers and BJP parliamentarians against whom criminal cases were pending while all official agencies had been let loose after AAP leaders.

"Of the 75 union ministers, 24 have criminal cases against them. Fourteen of them face serious criminal cases. However, the law enforcement agencies such as police and the CBI have not shown any alacrity in acting against them," AAP spokesperson Raghav Chadha said.

Tamil Nadu government to pay Rs 9.5 lakh to appeal in Qatar court

Chennai : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa has sanctioned Rs 950,000 towards legal expenses to make an appeal on behalf of three persons from the state who were sentenced to death and life term by a court in Qatar.

In a statement issued here on Wednesday the state government said Jayalalithaa has ordered immediate payment of Rs 950,000 for meeting the legal expenses while making an appeal in the apex court of Qatar on behalf of the three convicts hailing from Tamil Nadu.

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