Indian Muslim announces e-greetings design contest for Eid

New Delhi : An e-greetings design contest to mark and celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr has been announced by, with the top three designs to be awarded cash prizes., an interactive portal launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said in a post: " is hosting an e-greetings design contest to mark this day and celebrate the spirit of Eid-Ul-Fitr by creating intriguing designs."

The top three winners would be rewarded cash prizes of of Rs 10,000, Rs 7,500 and Rs 5,000 respectively.

Sadhvi Pragnya's bail plea rejected in 2008 Malegaon blast case

Mumbai : A special NIA court here on Tuesday rejected the bail application of 2008 Malegaon blast accused, Sadhvi Pragnya Singh Thakur.

In her plea, she argued that no case was made out against her as per evidence collected by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) but Special Judge N. A. Tikole ruled that prima facie materials are available against the accused, hence the bail application cannot be considered.

The NIA had last month given its no-objection to the bail and said that the evidences on record against Sadhvi are not sufficient to prosecute her.

Achyuta Samanta and the role of KISS in empowering Odisha's tribals

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Ram temple was demolished during Aurangzeb's reign, says author

By Imran Khan

Patna : The Ram janmabhoomi temple at Ayodhya was demolished during the reign of Auranagzeb and not by Babur's commander Mir Baqi, says former IPS officer Kishore Kunal in his book "Ayodhya Revisited".

In an interview to IANS, Kunal -- who was an Officer on Special Duty in the Union home ministry in the 1990s -- revealed that the misconception about Babur's role was due to Francis Buchanan who surveyed Ayodhya in 1813-1814 and was misled by an inscription at the mosque which mentioned one Baqi.

Manipur Muslim Students organize Iftar party in Delhi

By TCN News,

Delhi: A large number of Manipur Muslims joined an iftar party held here at the premises of Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) University.

The annual iftar party was organized on June 26 at the Nehru Guest House Lawn of JMI by the Delhi Association of Manipur Muslim Students (DAMMS), in collaboration with other Manipuri students’ organizations based in Delhi.

National Convention reiterates demand to ratify Convention against Torture

By TCN News,

New Delhi: The National Convention in Solidarity with the Victims of Torture has reiterated the demand that India should ratify the Convention Against Torture (CAT) without further delay. This has been pending since 1997.

For Tamils of Moreh, staying out of the Inner Line Permit debate is the safest option

By Amit Kumar,

Moreh, Manipur: Kalai Mani is a 29-year-old auto driver in Moreh, a small town in the Chandel district of Manipur. He speaks six languages:English, Hindi, Kuki, Mizo, Burmese and his mother tongue, Tamil. A second generation Tamil, Kalai has been an integral part of the small but surprisingly cosmopolitan society of Moreh, and says that no matter where he goes, his home will always be in Moreh.

Ramadan 1437: Matinuddin


By Asif Khan,

“I was born in ‘46, and have been fasting since ‘61”, Matin Uddin reminisces when asked about Ramadan. He retired a few years ago as an Assistant Commissioner in the Labour department. “Right through my teens, college and then 39 years of service, I haven't skipped fasts during Ramadan,” he continued.

Narasimha Rao's 'pro-Hindu mindset' led to Babri demolition: Aiyar

New Delhi : Former Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao's "pro-Hindu mindset" encouraged the destruction of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya in 1992, senior Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar said on Monday.

Speaking at a book launch here, many others, including former Congressman Natwar Singh who also worked closely with Rao, described the Babri Masjid demolition on December 6, 1992, as "the biggest failure" of the then Prime Minister Rao, who otherwise, according to them, took bold and timely decisions on economic reforms.

Women's access to Haji Ali shrine: HC verdict on Tuesday

Mumbai : The Bombay High Court is likely to pronounce on Tuesday its much-awaited verdict on a petition challenging the ban on women to the burial area of the saint inside the famous Haji Ali dargah here.

A division bench of Justice V. M. Kanade and Justice Revati Mohite-Dhere, which had heard the petition filed by women activists Noorjehan Niaz and Zakia Soman, and NGO Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan, had reserved its orders in the matter on June 9.