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साम्प्रदायिक शक्तियों की ज़द में पहुंचता समस्तीपुर

अफ़रोज़ आलम साहिल,

समस्तीपुर: जिस ज़मीन पर हमेशा धर्म-निरपेक्षता की फ़सल उगती रही है अब वहां भी साम्प्रदायिकता की आग का धुंआ दिखने लगा है. हमेशा एकजुटता व आपसी भाईचारे की मिसाल पेश करने वाला समस्तीपुर इलाक़ा साम्प्रदायिकता और धर्म की राजनीति में झुलसता दिखाई दे रहा है. लोगों के अंदर एक अजीब-सी खामोशी है या यूं कहे एक डर भी, जो चौपालों व चाय की दुकानों पर छिपते-छिपाते बातों में ज़ाहिर हो ही जाता है.

Our government has brought down cow smuggling: Rajnath

Lucknow : Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh here on Friday said smuggling of cows for slaughter to neighbouring nations had come down drastically since the Narendra Modi-led NDA government came to power.

In his parliamentary constituency on a two-day visit, Singh said it was due to the union government's efforts that the Border Security Force stepped up vigil on Indo-Bangladesh border, as a result of which cow smuggling to the neighbouring nation had reduced.

After BJP assault, PDP, NC underline secular values

Srinagar : Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and opposition leader Omar Abdullah came together on Friday to call for upholding the state's secular and pluralistic values.

Speaking on near similar lines on religious tolerance, Sayeed and Omar Abdullah spoke eloquently as the assembly unanimously passed a resolution pledging to uphold the ethos of the country's only Muslim-majority state.

"We have been elected to set an example here," National Conference leader Omar Abdullah said, moving the resolution.

Dadri issue: Gogoi slams Modi's silence, praises president

Guwahati : Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Friday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for maintaining a stony silence on the Dadri lynching for too long when it threatened to snowball into a volatile situation.

He also appreciated President Pranab Mukherjee's "timely intervention", which he said has helped contain the situation.

Pakistan asks India to protect Muslim rights

Islamabad : India, which claims to be secular, should guarantee the basic rights of minorities particularly Muslims, the Pakistani government has said.

Geo TV quoted Foreign office spokesman Qazi Khalilullah as saying Thursday: "Attacks on Muslims on the issue of cow slaughter are beyond comprehension and a cause of concern."

The comment followed the September 28 killing of a Muslim man near Delhi by a mob following rumours that he ate beef.

Opposition calls for Telangana shutdown

Hyderabad : Opposition parties have called for a shutdown in Telangana on Saturday to force the government to take immediate steps to check farmers' suicides.

The main opposition parties - the Congress, TDP, the BJP and the Left parties -- have called for the shutdown. Several people's organisations have announced their support.

Police on Friday arrested leaders and activists of the Congress when they tried to take out a rally here in support of the shutdown.

समस्तीपुर लाइव: विभूतिपुर में अब भी वामपंथ मजबूत, समाजवाद से मिलेगी टक्कर

अफ़रोज़ आलम साहिल,

समस्तीपुर: बिहार के समस्तीपुर जिले का विभूतिपुर विधानसभा क्षेत्र कभी वामपंथियों के लिए मास्को कहलाता था. वामपंथी इसे लालगढ़ के रूप में भी शुमार करते हैं तो वहीं कुछ लोग इसे बिहार के लेनिनग्राद के नाम से भी जानते हैं. एक वक़्त था कि सीपीएम के रामदेव वर्मा यहां राज करते थे. वे यहां से 6 बार जीत दर्ज करके विधायक रह चुके हैं, लेकिन 2010 में जदयू के रामबालक सिंह ने वामपंथियों के इस क़िले को भेदकर समाजवादियों का झंडा गाड़ दिया है.

Worshiping Cow: Killing Humanity

Ram Puniyani,

Just over a decade ago (2002) in Dulina village of Jhajjar in Haryana a mob of over a thousand people lynched five dalits who were skinning a dead cow to sell the hide. A few months ago in Malegaon Mahahrashtra police arrested three Muslims on the charge of storing beef. On the back of this come the news from Bisara that a Muslim was killed and his son injured seriously on the charges of storing-eating beef.

If I am devil, Modi is super demon: Lalu Prasad

Patna: A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi called RJD chief Lalu Prasad a 'shaitan' (devil), the former Bihar chief minister hit back on Friday saying Modi was a 'super demon'.

"If I am a 'shaitan' because I am raising the voice against the RSS-BJP conspiracy to end reservations for Dalits and OBCs, Modi is a real 'Brahm Pishach' (super demon)," Lalu Prasad told the media here.

He said Modi abused him because he belonged to the Yaduvanshi community and was from the backward caste. "Modi has insulted all Yaduvanshis by abusing me."

Slow voting in first phase of UP panchayat polls

Lucknow: Polling in the first phase of panchayat elections in Uttar Pradesh was slow in the first few hours on Friday but was expected to pick up later in the day, officials said.

In the first phase of panchayat elections, which are seen as the semi-finals before Uttar Pradesh assembly polls in 2017, polling would be held in 218 development blocks. About 2.93 crore voters were eligible to exercise their franchise to elect district panchayat members.