By Ritu Sharma, IANS,
Ahmedabad : The sufferings haven't ceased for many in his city - with the July serial bombings, the increasing rift in Gujarati society and riot victims still awaiting justice. But Mohammed Sharif is inured, his tears cast in stone after he saw his wife and daughters raped and killed during the 2002 carnage.
Sharif has been waiting to cry since that Feb 28 six years ago when murderous mobs overran his home in Ahmedabad's upscale Gulberg Society.
Srinagar : Indefinite curfew was imposed in the Kashmir Valley early Sunday and several separatist leaders were placed under house arrest and activists arrested ahead of their proposed march to the city centre Monday.
Ayaz Akbar, spokesman of the hardline Hurriyat group led by Syed Ali Geelani, was among the about two dozen separatist activists detained by the police in the morning.
By Rajeev Ranjan Roy, IANS,
New Delhi : Islam does not prohibit a woman from solemnising a marriage and it was reflective of the "slow and steady" changes happening in Muslim society, says Syeda Hameed, an official who courted controversy by performing the marriage rituals of a couple.
"As a religion, Islam does not prohibit a woman from solemnising marriage. We have to move forward. It is the need of the hour," Hameed, a member of the country's Planning Commission, told IANS in an interview.
By TwoCircles.net news desk,
Jammu: A group of leading intellectuals, academicians and a former ambassador of the country have termed Puri formula as the only viable solution to the diffusion of the escalating regional tensions in Jammu and Kashmir state, the repercussions of which, they maintained, are tending to extend to the rest of the country. The real cause of immediate friction between the two regions is the mistrust between the two entities of the state, they stated.
Bhopal : The airfare for pilgrims going to perform Haj through Madhya Pradesh State Haj Committee had been fixed at Rs.12,000, an official said Saturday.
The pilgrims would be required to deposit the requisite foreign exchange and airfare by Sep 20, the official said.
New Delhi : Amid the kaleidoscope of colours, commerce and pedagogy that mark the ongoing India Art Summit 2008, the country's first official art fair in the capital, one name was conspicuous by its absence - master artist Maqbool Fida Husain. And the organisers have explained his absence by saying they did not want to invite any controversy.
Husain's works apparently did not match the guidelines and advisories issued by the organisers, Hanmer MS&L, a multi-disciplinary communication and creative services firm hosting the summit.
Social organisations to Maharashtra Home Minister: Take steps to increase Muslims representation in state Police:
By Md.Ali, TwoCircles.net
Mumbai: In the context of very low representation of Muslims in Maharashtra Police, and the inaction of the state administration in this regard in spite of several government announcements, Teesta Seetalwad and other social activist of the state met the Home Minister of Maharashtra R.R.Patil on August 22, 2008.
They demanded from him to take the necessary steps to make the police more representative of the state population..
Srinagar : National Security Advisor M.K. Narayanan's reported briefing to the union cabinet that Kashmiri separatist leader Sheikh Aziz was not killed by a police bullet has been dismissed in the valley with both police and doctors saying that no investigation was done to establish how exactly he died.
Leader of the Mirwaiz-led separatist Hurriyat Conference Sheikh Aziz was killed Aug 11 while leading a huge 'Muzaffarabad Chalo' protest march to Pakistan-administered Kashmir over the alleged "economic blockade" by protesters in Hindu-dominated Jammu.
New Delhi : Prominent Islamic clerics led by the Shahi Imam of Delhi's Jama Masjid, Maulana Ahmed Bukhari, has came out in support of madrassa teacher Mufti Abu Bashar, arrested for his alleged involvement in last month's serial bombings in Ahmedabad, and demanded the government stop 'undue harassment of Muslims'.
Joined by Samajwadi Party leader Abu Asim Azmi, MP from Mumbai, Bukhari virtually sounded a bugle of revolt against what he termed the 'anti-Muslim' policies of the Indian investigating agencies.
Srinagar : Hundreds of thousands of Kashmiri Muslims calling for freedom from India, in an unprecedented show of Muslim unity, converged at historic Eidgah in this capital city today for Friday prayers.
Waving green Islamic flags and shouting "we want freedom", men, women, old and young from various Muslim sects including mainstream Sunni and minority Shia community marched from almost every corner towards the sprawling Eidgah grounds in down town Srinagar in what is said to be one of the biggest public gatherings in recent memory.
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