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Growing intolerance in India is worrying: Shabana Azmi

New Delhi : Veteran actor Shabana Azmi on Friday expressed support to those raising issues of intolerance in the country. She said "the growing intolerance is worrying" and that the fringe elements need to be "put down".

"The growing intolerance in the country is extremely worrying. The debate currently is not just about putting the fringe elements down, but also about respecting dissent," Azmi said while addressing a session at the Women in the World India Summit.

It is for India, Pakistan to talk Kashmir: US

By Arun Kumar

Washington: Amid reports that Pakistani Army chief Raheel Sharif had raised the Kashmir issue with Secretary of State John Kerry, the US said it was for India and Pakistan to work out issues between them.

State Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters Thursday that he was not aware whether Kashmir or the November 26, 2008 Mumbai terror attacks by Pakistan based Lashkar-e-Taiba had come up during Wednesday meeting between Sharif and Kerry.

Policing My Plate? Such A Dadri!

By Dr.Asma Anjum Khan

He Died, but Hope Hasn’t

I am a Muslim and I don’t eat mutton chicken beef. Not because someone tells me not to but because I don’t want to. With that finishes the possibility of me being lynched to death by some ‘excited boys’ who may get carried away and make a beef kebab of me.

Oh little mercies of life!

Congress member compares Hollande, Indira Gandhi's emergency

Panaji : Congress Working Committee member and state Congress president Luizinho Faleiro has compared former prime minister Indira Gandhi's decision to impose emergency to the state of emergency imposed by French President Francois Hollande following the terror attacks in Paris.

Sonia, Rahul tear into Modi government

New Delhi : Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her son and party vice president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday hit out at the government as well as the BJP and RSS, as she accused the Modi government of pursuing "communal and divisive politics".

Both were addressing a convention of the Indian Youth Congress here to mark the 98th birth anniversary of former prime minister Indira Gandhi.

Pay Commission wants 16-percent hike in salaries

New Delhi : An estimated 47 lakh serving central government employees and 52 lakh pensioners, including defence personnel, on Thursday had reason to cheer with the 7th Pay Commission recommending a 16-percent salary hike.

Pay Commission chairman Justice A.K. Mathur who submitted the report to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley here on Thursday said the proposals will entail an outflow of Rs.102,100 crore from the exchequer during the next fiscal.

Journalist harassed by J&K police in Jammu for ‘keeping a beard’

By Raqib Hameed Naik,

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir Police, which has been often in news for press freedom violation, has once again raked a controversy after one of its police officer harassed and humiliated a Jammu-based journalist for keeping a beard.

Syed Junaid Hashmi, who works as a sub-editor for a Jammu-based newspaper Early Times, was on his way to his in-laws residence when the incident occurred in Udhampur’s Adarsh Colony.

Nitish to take oath amid virtual Who's Who of Indian politics

Patna : Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader Nitish Kumar will take oath on Friday as Bihar's chief minister again, watched by a galaxy of national leaders ranged against the BJP. He will head the first JD-U-RJD-Congress coalition to rule Bihar.

With Prime Minister Narendra Modi declining to attend the event, he and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which badly lost the assembly polls, would be represented by party leaders and central ministers M. Venkaiah Naidu and Rajiv Pratap Rudy.

Muslims across the nation come together to protest against ISIS

By Staff Reporters

New Delhi, Kolkata and Guwahati saw massive protests by Muslim students, organisations and other democratic groups against the Islamic State’s brutal attack on innocents in Paris, with hundreds chanting slogans for unity and against the actions of the Islamic State.

Rajnath promises Jayalalithaa 'all possible help'

Chennai/New Delhi : Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday assured Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa "all possible help" as she sought funds to battle the massive floods in the state that have left an estimated 100 people dead and caused widespread destruction.

Jayalalithaa got the assurance from Singh when she apprised him of the flood damage in the state, particularly in capital Chennai and the neighbouring districts of Kanchipuram and Cuddalore.