Indian Muslim

Cong announces alliance with NC; Omar to be next JK CM


New Delhi/Srinagar : All India Congress Committee has formally announced its alliance with National Conference for forming new coalition government in the state of Jammu and Kashmir and has nominated Omar Abdullah to take over as the next chief minister.

Though speculations of the possible Congress-NC alliance were making rounds from last two days, the final decision was taken after a meeting between top Congress and NC leaders in New Delhi.

End ties with Israel: PFI

By news desk,

Calicut: Popular Front of India chairman E. Abubacker called for nation wide protest against the massacre of Palestinians by the Zionist government in Israel.

He also asked the central government to withdraw from all joint military and intelligence exercises with Israel. We cannot continue even diplomatic ties with Israel, if our expression of solidarity with Palestine is honest and sincere.

SIO holds demonstration against Israeli aggression on Gaza

By Mumtaz Alam Falahi,

New Delhi: The Students Islamic Organization of India today held a demonstration in the national capital against Israel’s airstrikes in Gaza Strip in which more than 300 people have been killed.

Five Muslims qualify for NDA

By,News Desk,

New Delhi: Five Muslims have qualified for the National Defence Academy's 121st Course beginning from December 2008. Last year four Muslim candidates were able to qualify.

List of 456 successful candidates was announced today by the Union Public Service Commission. Examination was held in April 2008.

This year two Muslim candidates qualified for Air Force Academy and one for Naval Academy's 41st Course. Last year, none of the Muslims were able to qualify for Air Force or Naval Academy.


Only one Muslim qualify for Indian Military Academy 126th Course

By news desk,

Delhi : Only one Muslim candidate was able to qualify for admissions to 126th Course of Indian Military Academy, Dehradun. The Union Public Service Commission declared the results of Combined Defence Services Examination I, 2008.

Md Raja Hussain Azad ranked at 99 was the only Muslim candidate among list of 184 qualified. No Muslim was able to qualify for Indian Naval Academy and Air Force Academy this year.

Three Muslims have qualified for each of the previous four CDS exams.


Latur returning to normal; Muslims still in fear

By Abdul Hameed,,

Mumbai: Though the situation of Pangaon in Latur district of Maharashtra has turned to normal and curfew has been lifted, the Muslims are still living in fear.

Pangaon on Friday night witnessed a verbal argument over a minor issue escalating into a communal clash that left four persons dead and many injured.


Bamboo artist of Barpeta

Photo and text by Anju Azad

Md. Moinul of Barpeta town, Barpeta district of Assam has a magic hand.
He calls himself a 'bamboo artist' and is an expert in ornaments made of bamboo. His aesthetic works reflects creativity and talent.

Moinul is grateful to his trainer and guru Sachin Das belonging to the same place who discovered his talent and groomed it. Moinul learnt the art at the age of 11 and now running his own business for last 9 years. He earns about 400 Rupees on a typical day.

Kashmiris hope Omar will deliver better than predecessors


Srinagar : The Congress endorsement of Omar Abdullah as the next chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Tuesday was received with relief by National Conference supporters here. The common man now hopes the new head of the state government will deliver better than his predecessors.

"It is a victory for the National Conference (NC) and we are relieved to hear the news. The Congress and our party will definitely do better and live up to the expectations of those who voted us to power jointly," said Gulam Ahmad Saloora, a NC leader.

In bird flu-hit Assam, people get cakes from outside


Guwahati : Leilah Khan eagerly awaits her son's arrival from New Delhi but not having seen him for a year is not the only reason for her excitement. This resident of bird flu-hit Assam is also looking forward to rustling up a meal with the chicken and eggs that her son is bringing.

"We don't like red meat and prefer lean meat like chicken and fish. But for over a month chicken has been off our menu because of the bird flu. My daughter, who has to have a boiled or fried egg for breakfast, has been cribbing ever since," Khan, a homemaker, told IANS.

Advani is a secular leader: Shahnawaz Hussain

By T.G. Biju, IANS,

New Delhi : Muslims as voters or as respected citizens. It's the dividing line between "secular parties" and the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) prime ministerial candidate L.K. Advani who views the community not just as voters but as respected citizens, says one of the party's few Muslim faces, Syed Shahnawaz Hussain.

The BJP's lone Muslim Lok Sabha MP, who feels that India is going through a crisis and "needs" the leadership of Advani, said emphatically: "There is only one leader who can lead India in the right path at the time of crisis - that is Advani-ji."