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SIMI ban upheld by tribunal for five more years

New Delhi : A special tribunal Wednesday upheld the ban imposed by the central government on the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for another five years.

The centre says SIMI has links with Pakistan-based terrorist outfits, including the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and its front, Indian Mujahideen.


Over 1.3 mn minority students pursuing higher education

New Delhi : Over 1.3 million students from minority communities are pursuing higher education in India, Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani informed parliament Wednesday.

"As per the response received in the All India Survey on Higher Education 2011-12, the number of minority students studying in higher education in the country is 13,22,332 (1.3 million)," Irani said in the Rajya Sabha.

The survey was based on responses from 611 out of 642 universities, 21,443 out of 35,431 colleges, and 5,542 out of 11,156 standalone institutions.


Saharanpur riots: Government to investigate ISI involvement

New Delhi : The government Wednesday said it will investigate a union minister's allegation of ISI involvement in the communal riots that rocked Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh.

"Government will investigate the allegation of (MSME Minister) Kalraj Mishra that there could be Pakistani intelligence agency ISI's hand behind the Saharanpur communal riots," Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office Jitendra Singh told reporters.


Avoid controversial remarks, Parrikar tells ministers

Panaji : Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has asked all his ministers not to answer tricky questions and avoid controversial remarks.

Parrikar confessed to giving these instructions to his cabinet members, during the question hour in the ongoing monsoon session of the state assembly.

"I have spoken to all my ministers and I have told them to avoid those answers and words which someone is likely to lift and create controversy," Parrikar said.

Badal asks Mulayam for compensation to Saharanpur Sikhs

Chandigarh : Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal Wednesday urged Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav to personally intervene to ensure compensation for the Sikh families who were affected by recent riots in Uttar Pradesh's Saharanpur town.

In a telephonic conversation, Badal urged Mulayam Singh to ensure security for the Sikhs living in Uttar Pradesh. Mulayam Singh, whose son Akhilesh Yadav is the Uttar Pradesh chief minister, told him that the state government would do everything to help Sikhs.

Saharanpur riots: Delhi BJP demands judicial probe

New Delhi : The BJP's Delhi unit Wednesday submitted a memorandum to Minister of State in the PMO Jitender Singh, demanding a judicial probe into the Saharanpur riots.

The delegation, led by party president Satish Upadhyay informed the minister that three people died in Saturday's communal riots and 25 were seriously injured while over 200 commercial establishments of the Sikh community were damaged.


Dr Mohammad Manzoor Alam writes open letter to PM Modi

By TCN News,

New Delhi: Dr Mohammad Manzoor Alam, Chairman of the Institute of Objective Studies, wrote an open letter to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to take a stand for some restraint on hate speech. “We think the government should at least give some hint that it is not amused by such hate speech or violence directed against an Indian community,” he wrote in the letter dated July 28, a day before Eid.

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Ideology as a cover for political agenda: New ICHR Chief is a Communal Ideologue

By Ram Puniyani,

Electoral and political arena is only one of the grounds through which political agenda of vested interests is achieved. Capturing of people’s mind, the ideological propagation, is the foundation on which political agenda stands and perpetuates itself. That’s how the change in History text books or teaching a communal version of History is a necessary part of sectarian nationalism in many South Asian countries. In Pakistan the communal elements teach that foundation of Pakistan begins with the victory of Mohammad bin Kasim in Sind in eight century! One knows that the basic difference in the kingdoms and nation states is too gross to be glossed over like this but any way if communalists have the levers of power, like education, in their hands anything can be manipulated and presented in a form which indoctrinates the large section of population. That’s how when the NDA Government came to power last time around (1999), one of its action was changing the history books to bring in the communal version of the past. This time around with BJP led NDA coming to power with bigger majority, matters are going to be worse off if one looks at what is being planned in the arena of education in particular.

Is a universal Hijri calendar possible?

By Ajmal V,

Would the day of Eidul-Fitr, Lailatul qadr (Shab-e-Qadr), Milad un Nabi, etc be in different dates around the world?

These are some crucial questions which arise in my mind as we celebrated Eid. As a resident of Kerala we had started to observe Ramadan from 29th of June ie., Sunday while the rest of India began from 30th June (Monday). Then the day of lailatul qadr (shab-e-qadr) would be different along the border between Kerala and its neighbouring states (Karnataka and Tamilnadu). But the Quran mentions only any odd night of last 10 days of Ramadan as the blessed night, which comprises of the rewards of 1000 months. Likewise, other important days of Islam also are being observed in different days around the world.

Don't go to Iraq, Goa panel tells job seekers

Panaji : Goa's Commission for Non Resident Indian (NRI) Affairs Wednesday advised Goan youngsters against pursuing overseas jobs based in Iraq.

A statement issued by NRI Affairs Director U.D. Kamat said the advisory had been issued on the basis of enquiries made with the Indian embassy in Baghdad.