Indian Muslim

Mufti Sayeed: He went for scholarship - and embraced politics

By Sheikh Qayoom,

Jammu : Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, who took charge of Jammu and Kashmir for a second time Sunday, developed a passion for politics in his teens when he met then Kashmir "Prime Minister" Bakshi Ghulam Muhammad in the mid-1950s to seek financial help for higher studies.

Omar congratulates Sayeed, takes a dig at BJP

Srinagar : National Conference leader Omar Abdullah Sunday wished new Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed "all the very best" and used the occasion to take a dig at Sayeed's ally BJP.

"Congratulations to Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Sahib on assuming the office of chief minister. I wish you all the very best for your term," tweeted Abdullah, a former chief minister.

"Congratulations to the newly sworn in ministers. All good wishes for the discharge of your duties," he added.

BJP's Nirmal Singh sworn in deputy CM of Jammu and Kashmir

Jammu : Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Nirmal Singh was on Sunday sworn in as the deputy chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP's national president Amit Shah and senior leaders L. K. Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi attended the swearing in ceremony of the PDP-BJP coalition government in the state.

Sayeed Kashmir CM again, BJP shares power on peace agenda

By Sheikh Qayoom,

Jammu : PDP chief Mufti Mohammad Sayeed called for peace Sunday after taking oath as chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, heading a coalition that brought the BJP to power for the first time in India's only Muslim-majority state.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP leaders Amit Shah and L.K. Advani were among the 1,400 guests who witnessed the ceremony, over two months after the PDP and the BJP won 28 and 25 seats respectively in a hung verdict that exposed deep divisions between the Muslim and Hindu areas.

Sajad Lone rushes to Jammu to be sworn in as minister

Jammu: Sajad Gani Lone, former separatist leader and chief of the Peoples Conference, rushed to Jammu to join the PDP-BJP government in Jammu and Kashmir as a cabinet minister Sunday, a source said.

"He received a call from the senior BJP leadership at the centre to reach to Jammu," a source close to Lone told IANS on phone from Srinagar.

The source added Lone had flown back to Srinagar a day before, but decided to rush back to Jammu late Saturday by road.

Union Budget 2015 promises new education and livelihood prog for minority youth for school dropouts

Allocation remains same as last financial year despite unspent funds

By TCN News,

New Delhi: The Centre on Saturday announced ‘Nai Manzil’, an integrated education and livelihood scheme to help school dropout youth from minority communities help find better employment. The government also continued with the same allocation for the minority ministry – Rs 3738 crore – as last year.


'Bhagwat's Mother Teresa comment to justify forced reconversion'

Kolkata : Condemning RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat's comment on Mother Teresa, a forum of minorities organisations in West Bengal Saturday said the leader's "malicious" allegations against the Noble laureate were either the result of his gross ignorance or a "well-calculated sinister agenda" to justify forced reconversions.

Bhagwat, while addressing a function of an NGO near Bharatpur in Rajasthan, had said the Nobel laureate's service to the poor was aimed at converting them to Christianity.

Regular untiring attempt to tarnish the image of Muslims: Ooman Chandi

Report of 60th foundation day of Samastha Kerala Sunni Yuvajana Sangam

By Shafeeq Hudavi,,

Malappuram: Mr Ooman Chandi, chief minister of Kerala said today here that some forces are destroying the composite culture of India by targeting democracy and secularism. We need to be alert and not allow them to succeed in their designs.


Mufti to be sworn in as Kashmir CM Sunday, Modi to attend

Jammu : PDP patron Mufti Muhammad Sayeed will be sworn in as the new chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Sunday in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Peoples Democratic Party patron will be heading a coalition government in the state for the second time.

In 2002, he led a PDP-Congress alliance and was chief minister for three years. He later handed over the chief minister's mantle to Ghulam Nabi Azad of the Congress as per the terms of the alliance.

Ready to Cooperate in resolving Kashmir issue: Hurriyat

By Raqib Hameed Naik,,

Srinagar: Chairman of the pro-freedom group Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Friday reiterated the need to resolve the long-pending Kashmir dispute and said that his party was ready to cooperate in any process aimed at resolving the dispute according to the wishes and aspirations of people of the state.