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Manipur court orders release of Irom Sharmila

Imphal : A Manipur court Tuesday asked the state government to release activist Irom Sharmila Chanu, on indefinite fast for over 13 years, in an order which was cheered by Amnesty International and other rights groups in India's northeast.

The court order came following a petition filed by the human rights defender Sharmila.

Talks off but Pakistani envoy meets Kashmiri separatists

New Delhi : Pakistan continued its hobnobbing with Kashmiri separatists as its envoy Tuesday met hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani and then moderate leader Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, a day after India called off foreign secretary-level talks with Pakistan over the issue.

Geelani met Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit for two-and-half hours at the Pakistan High Commission, emerging from the talks at 2.30 p.m.

Later, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front leader Mohammad Yasin Malik and the Mirwaiz also met the Pakistani envoy.

‘अच्छे दिन’ – सच या शिगूफ़ा

By सिद्धान्त मोहन.

एक लंबा समय बीत चुका है. जिस समय अरविन्द केजरीवाल ने दिल्ली में सरकार बनायी थी, सरकार बनने के अगले दिन से ही भाजपा ने केजरीवाल से एक-एक दिनों का हिसाब मांगना शुरू कर दिया था. तब तत्कालीन दिल्ली सरकार के लगभग हरेक फैसलों पर भाजपा ने आलोचनात्मक रवैया अपनाया था. थोड़ी कूटनीतिक चूक और ज़्यादा जोश की ज़द में आकर जब अरविन्द केजरीवाल ने खुद की सरकार को 49 दिनों में गिरा दिया, भाजपा ने भी मौके को भिन्न-भिन्न तरीकों से भुनाने में कोई कसर नहीं छोड़ी. यह भी एक कारण था कि बनारस की इस साल की लोकसभा सीट पर हुए चुनाव में अरविन्द केजरीवाल को हार का सामना करना पड़ा. इन बातों को यहां गिनाने का आशय साफ़ है, यदि भाजपा किसी एक सरकार की आलोचना करने का अधिकार रखती है तो इतने स्पष्ट और विराट बहुमत से आई केन्द्र सरकार के प्रति भी सराहना और हौसलाफ़जाही के साथ-साथ जनता को प्रश्नांकन और आलोचना का अधिकार प्राप्त है. कुछेक महीनों पहले मोदी सरकार ने कांग्रेस के दस सालों के शासनकाल का हवाला देते हुए जनता से अपनी सरकार को ‘हनीमून पीरियड’ देने की गुज़ारिश की थी. लेकिन जनता, जो लगभग पिछले एक साल से वादों, घोषणाओं और भर्त्सनाओं के ज़रिए ‘रामराज्य’ के सपने देख रही थी, द्वारा देश की केन्द्रीय सत्ता से सवाल करना गलत तो नहीं है. चूंकि नरेन्द्र मोदी बनारस से चुनकर प्रधानमंत्री की कुर्सी पर बैठाए गए हैं और उन्होंने बार-बार ‘माँ गंगा’, ‘बनारस के बुनकरों’ और बहुलतावादी संस्कृति का हवाला दिया है, इसलिए TCN ने बनारस के भिन्न-भिन्न तबकों – जिनमें मतदाता, चुनाव प्रत्याशी, सामाजिक विचारक और राजनेता शामिल हैं – से मिलकर मोदी सरकार के इन लगभग शुरुआती तीन महीनों का हिसाब माँगा.

Growing human load seen as threat to the Taj

By Brij Khandelwal,

Agra : More than 200,000 people visited the Taj Mahal in two days over the weekend, causing alarm among conservationists who feel the ever-increasing human load on the fragile white marble wonder on the banks of the Yamuna could prove detrimental to the health of the monument to love.

Omar not contesting from Ganderbal? Writing on the wall for NC

By Sheikh Qayoom,

Srinagar : Although it now needs only a formal announcement, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah appears to have decided against contesting from Ganderbal in the forthcoming assembly elections, thereby ending the 37-year-old political tryst of the Abdullahs with their once strongest bastion in Kashmir.

Kashmir not an internal issue: Separatist leader

New Delhi : Separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani Tuesday said Kashmir is an international issue and not an internal issue of India.

"First of all when they say Kashmir is an internal issue, it is against the reality. The issue of Jammu and Kashmir is an international issue and it should be solved," Geelani, who is in Delhi to meet Pakistan's high commissioner, told reporters at the airport.

"It is unfortunate that the Indian government has cancelled the (foreign secretary-level) talks," he said.

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India-born author gives a taste of Ghalib to Americans

By Arun Kumar,

An India-born former World Bank staff member turned poet and novelist has penned a new English translation of famous Urdu poet Mirza Ghalib's works to meaningfully engage American readers.

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US terms cancellation of India-Pakistan talks 'unfortunate'

By Arun Kumar,

Washington : As India called off foreign secretary-level talks with Pakistan over its envoy's meeting with Kashmiri separatists, the US termed the cancellation "unfortunate" and said it continued to support their efforts to improve bilateral relations.

Burning Sands of International Relations

By Syed Ali Mujtaba,

International relation is gravitating towards chaotic world order. The forces of conflict seem to be dominating over those supposedly mandated to maintain global peace. There seems to be conspiracy of silence by the guarantors of peace, as the perpetrators of violence are masquerading like free booters on rampage all over the world.

Fake policeman molested Indian student in UAE

Dubai: An Indian woman in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was kidnapped and molested last year by an man posing as a police officer, a court was told, media reported Monday.

The Dubai Criminal Court heard Sunday that the Indian student, 21, identified only as T.D., was studying in her car with her 23-year-old friend, M.J., when an Egyptian man, 30, identified only as S.A., knocked on the car window, claiming to be a Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officer, in May last year, The National reported.

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