Indian Muslim

Communal clash in Rampur, one killed

Lucknow: One person was killed and many were injured on Wednesday in a communal clash in Uttar Pradesh's Rampur district, police said.

Tension was reported in Milkepur village on Tuesday night when an altercation over a trivial issue spun out of control between Hindus and Muslims.

After village elders intervened and pacified both sides, they retreated, police said. On Wednesday, however, they regrouped and clashed.


Maharashtra governor rejects Memon's clemency plea

Mumbai: Maharashtra Governor C.V. Rao on Wednesday rejected death row convict Yakub Memon's plea for clemency, official sources said here.

The development came shortly after a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court rejected Memon's appeal filed before it.

This is expected to pave the way for Memon's scheduled execution in the Nagpur Central Jail Thursday at 7 a.m., on his 54th birthday, for his role and conviction in the March 12, 1993 Mumbai serial blasts.

Memon sentenced to death as no political backing: Owaisi

Hyderabad: AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Thursday contended 1993 Mumbai blasts convict Yakub Memon got a death sentence because he did not have any political backing, unlike the killers of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi and Punjab chief minister Beant Singh.

Owaisi, who is the MP from Hyderabad, also said that if Memon is to be hanged, the perpetrators of Babri Mosque demolition should also be hanged.

याक़ूब मेमन – शख्स जो सबके गुनाहों का बोझ लेकर फांसी चढ़ेगा

By वसीम अकरम त्यागी,

'टाईगर सही था हमें लौटना नहीं चाहिये था....'

महज इस एक पंक्ति में अपना विरोध दर्ज कराने वाले याकूब मेमन की नज़र में टाईगर इसलिए सही है क्योंकि टाईगर 'कानून' के लोगों के दोगले व्यवहार से परिचित था, क्योंकि वो 'कानून' जानता था.

अफजल गुरु और याकूब मेमन के मामले ऐसे हैं जिनमें इन आरोपियों ने अपने हाथ से चींटी तक नहीं मारी थी, मगर उन्हें सजा-ए-मौत दे दी गई.

SC dismisses Yakub Memon's plea on death warrant

New Delhi: Curtains came down on the legal battle of 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts convict Yakub Memon as the Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed his petition that sought a stay on his execution slated for July 30.

"Issuance of death warrant cannot be faulted with," said the apex court bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra, while rejecting Memon's plea.

Pronouncing the order, Justice Misra said, "we don't find any legal fallacy" with the issuance of death warrant by the TADA court on April 30.

People gather in large numbers at Kalam's Rameswaram house

Chennai: A large number of people have gathered at former president A.P.J.Abdul Kalam's house at Rameswaram to pay their last respects, a relative said on Wednesday.

"People in large numbers have assembled at Kalam's house to pay their last respects," A.P.J.M.K. Sheik Saleem, the former president's brother's grandson told IANS over the phone.

"All our relatives have also come to attend the last rites," he added.

The coastal town of Rameswaram, a Hindu pilgrimage centre, is located around 600 km from Chennai in Ramanathapuram district.

Protection, management and development of awqaf in India

(Editor’s note: A shorter version of this write up was delivered as a welcome address by Dr Alam at a seminar on ‘Awqaf in India’ organised by K KEducational & Charitable Trust, Bengaluru in association with Institute of Objective Studies, New Delhi; and Karnataka State Board of Awqaf, Bengaluru on June 25-26, 2015 at Bengaluru)

By Dr Mohammad Manzoor Alam

The girl behind 'Who is Kalam'?

By Preetha Nair

New Delhi : The book title "Who is Kalam?" may be intriguing but has a heart-warming story behind it -- of a teenaged schoolgirl who asked the tough question to the former president and was in turn inspired by him and went on to become a scientist.

It was in 2001, that Sudarkodi Sukumar, a 14-year-old from Tamil Nadu's Vellore district, sent a question to Kalam in a Tamil monthly for children, with it never occurring to her that she was going to inspire him to name a book after her question.

Walks to remember: Memories of Kalam

By Radhika Bhirani

New Delhi : "What would you want to be when you grow up," he asked. "Sir, I just hate maths and science", I said. Telling this to India's missile man and a science genius elicited a raised eyebrow, a heartwarming smile and words of encouragement from A.P.J. Abdul Kalam: "Do good in whatever you choose to do".

His sudden death plunged me in nostalgia.

Kalam: the man who touched billions of lives

By Rajdeep Pathak

I remember my first stint as a book reviewer for a journal was for the book "Ignited Minds: Unleashing the Power Within India". I was handed over that book by a common friend as a farewell gift. I had then never realized that "Ignited MindsÂ…", the book by former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam would stay with me for long, before I again touched upon his other books at a later stage.