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Seven-year-old petition on sporting of beard by Muslim man in Air Force continues to linger as SC refuses urgent hearing

By A Mirsab,,

New Delhi: For Ansari Aftab Ahmed, November 26, 2008 was a black day, just as it was for thousands of people in Mumbai and the rest of the country, but for slightly different and personal reasons. Seven years ago, the Indian Air force, his employers, informed him that his services were no longer required, as he had violated the Air Force Code of keeping a beard. Seven years later, little has changed.

Government manufacturing intolerance: Ghulam Nabi Azad

New Delhi : Accusing the Narendra Modi government of "manufacturing" intolerance, senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Friday said that "intolerance grows from the top and percolates down to the states".

Naidu bats for women's quota bill, uniform civil code

New Delhi : Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Friday said political parties must reach a conclusion on the long-pending women's reservation bill and attacked the Congress over the alleged remarks of its leaders.

Participating in a debate on 'Commitment to Constitution' in the Lok Sabha, Naidu also pitched for a common civil code and inter-linking of rivers.

He said there was a need to focus on the women's reservation bill that provides for 33 percent seats in parliament and state assemblies for women.

Nitish orders free power connection to all

Patna : In a bid to keep up another election promise, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has directed officials to provide free electricity connection to everyone in Bihar by November 2017.

Providing free electricity connection to all the households was one of the seven promises Nitish Kumar made ahead of the assembly elections which his Grand Alliance won.

The connections would be free, but users would be charged for the power consumed, officials said on Friday.

The government is expected to incur an expenditure of Rs.1,500-1,800 crore on this project.

India's democracy allows for fetishised nationalism, knee-jerk rejectionism

By Mayank Chhaya

India, or at least parts of it, is going through a weird phase of fetishised nationalism and knee-jerk rejectionism. The divide is between those who profess unquestioning nationalism and are staunch supporters of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and those who castigate everything and are virulently antagonistic to the prime minister.

28 नवम्बर को किशनगंज से ओवैसी करेंगे ‘मिशन-2019’ का आगाज़

अफ़रोज़ आलम साहिल,

किशनगंज: बिहार के मुस्लिम बहुल इलाके सीमांचल में अपनी राजनीतिक जड़ें मज़बूत करने के लिए ओवैसी एक बार फिर 28 नवम्बर को किशनगंज में होंगे. यह अलग बात है कि हाल ही में बिहार विधानसभा चुनाव में उनकी पार्टी के सभी उम्मीदवार हार गए. कुछ प्रत्याशी तो अपनी ज़मानत भी बचा पाने में भी नाकाम रहे.

जामिया मिल्लिया इस्लामिया में मोदी, छात्रों में ज़बरदस्त नाराज़गी

राक़िब हमीद,

दिल्ली: देश के बड़े शिक्षण संस्थानों में शुमार जामिया मिल्लिया इस्लामिया में इस वक़्त माहौल गर्म है. विश्वविद्यालय में होने वाले वार्षिक दीक्षांत समारोह में इस बार प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी को बुलाए जाने को लेकर विश्वविद्यालय के मौजूदा और पुराने छात्रों, सभी में रोष व्याप्त है.

दीक्षांत समारोह में प्रधानमंत्री को बुलाए जाने पर नाराज़ छात्र जल्द ही जामिया के कुलपति को वह पत्र सौपेंगे, जिसमें उन्होंने इन बातों का ज़िक्र किया है कि प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी को बुलाना क्यों गलत फैसला है?

Invite to Modi creates resentment in Jamia Millia Islamia

New Delhi : Even though there is no confirmation from the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) on Narendra Modi becoming the chief guest at the Jamia Millia Islamia's annual convocation, there is already a sense of resentment over his possible visit among students of the university.

Talking to IANS, Jamia vice chancellor Talat Ahmad said: "We have not received any confirmation from the PMO yet."

After the Batla House encounter in September 2008, Modi had remarked that Jamia Millia Islamia was a breeding ground for terrorists.

RSS will destroy Hinduism: Poet Ashok Vajpeyi

New Delhi : The RSS may not harm Islam in India, but it will certainly destroy Hinduism, Hindi poet Ashok Vajpeyi said on Thursday.

"Mahatma Gandhi had once said that all religions are true, but they are not perfect. Through this he is saying that each religion can learn from another religion. A nation which is called so diverse which has millions of gods and over 700 languages.

BJP MLA suspended for Delhi assembly's winter session

New Delhi : Delhi assembly on Thursday witnessed a ruckus by ruling Aam Aadmi Party's legislators who disrupted proceedings and unanimously voted to suspend BJP lawmaker O.P. Sharma for his sexist remark about AAP leader Alka Lamba for the entire winter session.

The winter session was extended till December 4 from earlier November 28 for the passage of the Jan Lokpal bill.

Loud protests from six women legislators of the AAP, including Lamba, and their male colleagues led to the adjournment of the house twice. Consequently, no business was conducted in the first two hours.