Indian Muslim

"Christian-Hindu" comment is heresy: NCP

Panaji : The NCP Saturday charged Deputy Chief Minister Francis D'Souza with "heresy" and demanded that the Goa church seek an explanation from him about his claim of being a "Christian Hindu".

"D'Souza has committed heresy by claiming he is a Christian-Hindu. You can either be a Christian or a Hindu. The Church should demand an explanation from him and if he fails to explain this term, then he should be ex-communicated from the religion," Nationalist Congress Party leader Trajano D'Mello told a press conference at the party's state headquarters Saturday.

Rahul 'saddened' by Saharanpur communal violence

New Delhi : Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Saturday said he was "saddened" to hear about communal clashes in Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh, in which at least two people were killed.

"I am deeply saddened to hear of clashes in Saharanpur," Gandhi said in a statement.

"Violence, divisiveness and hatred have no place in our country. This politics of hatred must end. I appeal to everyone to remain calm and refrain from fanning communal passions," he said.

Iran offers to bring and treat injured Palestinians from Gaza

By Staff Reporter,

Mumbai: Masood Khaliqi, Consulate General of Iran has announced that Iran is ready to take the responsibility of wounded Palestinians and treat them in their hospital. He said, “Gaza is the largest Prison on this earth. Israel is committing a barbarism by killing innocents even bombarded the relief camps.”

Increase Hajj seat quota: Jayalalithaa

Chennai : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa Saturday requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi's to increase the Hajj quota for the state owing to a large number of applicants.

She said the Tamil Nadu State Hajj Committee has received 13,159 applications from pilgrims for Hajj 2014.

In letter to Modi, Jayalalithaa said: "Based on the Muslim population, Hajj Committee of India, Mumbai, has allotted only 2,672 seats to the state for Hajj 2014."


'Ministers dreaming of Hindu nation have no place in India'

Panaji : Ministers dreaming about a "Hindu nation" should be taken to task by the government and have no place in India, according to Fr. Maverick Fernandes, head of the Goa Church's charitable wing.

Fernandes, who on several occasions has been the voice of the powerful Roman Catholic Church in Goa, also said that comments like those by Co-operation Minister Deepak Dhavalikar and Deputy Chief Minister Francis D'Souza about India in the context of a "Hindu Nation", only exposed their ignorance and that they had no place in India.


Two dead in Saharanpur clashes

Lucknow : Two people were killed as violent clashes broke out Saturday in Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh over a land dispute, police said.

Two groups fought pitched battles, fired at each other and burnt several vehicles, they said. At least five policemen were injured in the violence.

Traffic on the national highway connecting Ambala was thrown out of gear as protesters went on a rampage.

District officials said curfew was clamped in Saharanpur city, as over two dozen shops and vehicles were gutted.


Ramadan: Muslims in JNU set example for the community

By Mahmood Asim,,

Similarities are many and differences are few among various sects of Muslim community. But the focus unnecessarily & unfortunately remains on those few differences. To strike an example we find during the month of Ramadan Muslims fight on number of Raka’at of Traweeh Namaz and the bone of contention majorly revolves around whether to offer 8 Raka’at or twenty .


Court no to any action on Bhatkal's Ramadan fast plea

New Delhi : A court here refused to take any action on a plea filed by Indian Mujahideen co-founder Yasin Bhatkal seeking proper food in the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, saying that he is a high security prisoner and is under regular vigil.

"Since applicant (Bhatkal) is a high security inmate, in view of this, his being taken out of cell or his lodging is being regulated, therefore, to my view no action is required at this stage," said Additional Sessions Judge Raj Kapoor.

The court order came after taking note of the report filed by Tihar Jail officials.


Annals of a meat eater

Editor’s Note: In debate over Uniform Civil Code or on eating habits of Indians, the debate in north-Indian dominated debate often ignores the rich diversity of our country and its people. An Assamese ‘caste Hindu’ who has a penchant for non-vegetarian items, here writes how he not only loves beef, but has tried even dog meat with his Naga friends as well as snake.

By Joydeep Hazarika,

Assam CM asks projects proposal of MsDP Staff Reporter,

Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has asked the state Minority Affairs minister Dr. Nazrul Islam to submit projects proposal focusing on education, health and skill development to the Union Ministry of Minority Affairs for allocation of funds under the Multi-sectoral Development Programme (MsDP) for implementation during the 12th Five Year Plan.