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'Informal' government formation talks on with BJP: Mufti Sayeed

Jammu : Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) patron Mufti Muhammad Sayeed Saturday confirmed that "informal talks" were on with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to work out a common minimum programme (CMP) for a stable Jammu and Kashmir government.

NIA gives clean chit to Liyaqat Shah

New Delhi : The NIA Saturday gave a clean chit to Sayyed Liyaqat Shah alias Liyaqat Bukhari who was arrested by Delhi Police on the charge of coming to India to put into force a conspiracy and execute attacks in Delhi in March 2013.

"The investigation conducted by the NIA has revealed that the charges against the accused were not proved and that he was coming into India to obtain the benefit of the surrender policy of the government of Jammu and Kashmir," the NIA said.


Civil society groups express solidarity with Irom Sharmila, demand repeal of AFSPA

By Abdul Gani,

Guwahati: Several civil rights organizations and civilians have condemned the re-arrest of ‘Prisoner of Conscience’ Irom Sharmila by the Manipur police on Friday, January 23. Amnesty International India has also condemned the re-arrest of 23 January.

Fringe elements orchestrating 'gharvapsi' reined in: Kiran Bedi

New Delhi : BJP's chief ministerial candidate in Delhi, Kiran Bedi has said fringe elements in the Sangh Parivar orchestrating the campaign for 'gharvapsi' (homecoming) by reconverting Christians and Muslims, have been reined in by the party leadership.

Untold stories from Muzaffarpur

The horrific episode from Bihar’s Muzaffarpur is quite different from what happened in UP’s Muzaffarnagar in 2013. The Azizpur-Bahilwara violence may not be said to be a religious violence in a way we have been understanding it conventionally, as non-Mallah Hindus not only remained away from the violence, they are also extending all possible help in protecting the people and in relief measures.

By Dr Mohammad Sajjad,

Violence broke out in Azizpur-Bahilwara village near Saraiya in Muzaffarpur district in north Bihar on January 18. It killed at least five people and almost all the 56 Muslim (Pasmanda) households were looted and burnt. The immediate provocation allegedly was an inter-faith love affair: to the Hindutva zealots, was it a case of ‘Love-Jihad’ in reverse, or a case of ‘Honour Killing’?

IAMC writes to President Obama to bring attention to attempts of communalisation in India

By Staff Reporter,

Washington DC: In the wake of the visit of the US President Barack Obama to India, the Indian American Muslim Council, the largest advocacy group of Indian American Muslims, has written a letter to him to bring to his attention attempts of vitiating the social fabric of India.


Outsiders in party, insiders in institutions

By Amulya Ganguli,

Two contrary tactics are apparently guiding Narendra Modi. On the political front, he is willing to accommodate outsiders in senior positions even if it means breaking the rigid mould of a cadre-based party. Outside politics, however, he is filling crucial posts in what can be called cultural outfits with acknowledged saffronites.

Hamid Ansari leads Indian delegation to Saudi king's funeral

New Delhi : Vice President Hamid Ansari Saturday will lead the Indian government delegation at the funeral of king Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud who died early Friday.

The government has declared a day's mourning Saturday and flags are being flown at half-mast.

An official statement said "the government and people of India have received with deep sadness and shock" the news of King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud who died of complications from pneumonia early Friday.

Heightened security marks Republic Day arrangements in Kashmir

Jammu/Srinagar : A state of high alert and heightened security marked Republic Day arrangements in Jammu and Kashmir Saturday as additional deployment was made in areas close to the borders to prevent infiltration of guerrillas.

Top security sources told IANS that more than 1,600 additional paramilitary forces were deployed close to the international border in the Jammu region to prevent infiltration from across ahead of Republic Day.


PDP names two candidates for Rajya Sabha polls

Jammu : The PDP Friday named two candidates for the Rajya Sabha elections in Jammu and Kashmir scheduled to be held Feb 7.

Nazir Ahmed Laway and Fayaz Ahmed are the two candidates, Peoples Democratic Party chief spokesman Naeem Akhtar said here Friday.

Both the candidates had lost last year's assembly elections.

Laway was defeated by Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami of the Communist Party of India-Marxist from Kulgam assembly seat and Fayaz Ahmed was defeated from Kupwara seat by Bashir Ahmad of the People's Conference.