Indian Muslim

Banking on quality education: Mission of Mansoor Durrani

Passionate banker who spends all his off-work time and 90 % of earning for spreading quality education in his community

By A Mirsab,,

Bhopal: He could have been just another banker, earning a fat salary, laughing his way to the bank and generally spending a life of luxury. But it is not his wont to earn and spend for himself.

Troubled by the pathetic situation of the Muslim community members, most lacking even basic education for various reasons, the banker decided to pitch in his share for the community’s welfare. With one student and one teacher, he started a school in city’s Abbas Nagar area in 2003. After a lot of research, he chose the International Baccalaureate (IB) course and clubbed it with Islamic values.

No religious place should be attacked: Delhi HC

New Delhi : The Delhi High Court, hearing a plea on the security of churches here, on Friday said there "should not be any attack on any kind of religious places" in the country.

Justice Siddharth Mridul said India had survived for thousands of years in harmony and this should continue.

After some attacks on churches, a public interest litigation (PIL) was filed in the court seeking protection of religious rights of Christians and a court-monitored Special Investigation Team (SIT) probe.

At the hearing, the central government said the PIL was "communal" in nature.


Two junior ministers elevated in Jammu and Kashmir

Jammu : Two junior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ministers - Abdul Ghani Kohli and Chering Dorjey - took oath as cabinet ministers in the Mufti Mohammad Sayeed-led BJP-PDP government in Jammu on Friday.

Jammu and Kashmir Governor N.N. Vohra administered the oath of office to Kohli and Dorjey.

The swearing-in ceremony was held at Raj Bhavan in Jammu and was attended by Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, other ministers, Jammu and Kashmir High Court judges and senior officials.

No communal angle to church attacks: BJP Dalit leader

By Sushil Kumar,

New Delhi : Udit Raj, the Dalit face of the Bharatiya Janata Party, says the recent attacks on churches do not have a communal angle.

"There are elements who are out to defame the government," Udit Raj told IANS in an interview. Raj replied "I don't think so" to questions on the communal angle in the attacks.

Asked what the Modi government had done to instill confidence among Christians, especially after cases like the rape of an elderly nun, he said the government was doing "everything possible" to protect everyone.

Rajya Sabha renovated, says minister

New Delhi : Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said on Friday that major renovation work had been undertaken in the Rajya Sabha, and thanked the chairman and secretariat of the house for this.

"Renovation of the structure was undertaken. There is some change in the dome, which was done keeping the old structure intact. Earlier voice used to echo," Naqvi informed the Rajya Sabha.

Agra church attack: Christian body demands fair probe

Agra : The Christian community in Agra has demanded a fair probe into last week's vandalisation of a church here, even as police claimed that a jilted lover was behind the incident.

On Thursday evening, a rickshaw puller was detained after it was found that he fell in love with a woman whom he used to ferry to the church.

But when she did not respond to his advances, he lost his cool and damaged church property.

The priests and the leaders of the Christian community here have, however, dismissed police claims.

Sena slams AIMIM for playing communal card

Mumbai : Apparently disturbed by the spectacular performance of Hyderabad-based All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) in the Aurangabad civic polls, the Shiv Sena said on Friday it does not augur well for communal amity in Maharashtra.

"It's a matter of concern how the AIMIM has got strength from Muslim localities in Sambhajinagar where the Owaisi brothers had challenged to uproot the saffron flag and plant their green flag," the Shiv Sena said.

PFI demands CBI probe or judicial inquiry into Telangana and Chittoor killings

By TCN News,

Hyderabad: Popular Front of India (PFI) has claimed that it believes that the five under trial prisoners who were unarmed, in handcuffs and under heavy escort were shot dead by the police as revenge killing in Telangana and the Seshachalam killings were not the result of the STF resorting to the firing in the face of a serious threat to them from red-sanders smugglers but because the police shot to kill without sufficient threat.


Rights groups demand judicial probe into Andhra, Telangana killings

Kolkata : Slamming Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao over the killing of five undertrials in a "staged police shootout", city rights groups on Thursday demanded a judicial probe into the incident.

City-based rights groups Bandi Mukti Committee (BMC), Committee for Protection of Democratic Rights, Association for Protection of Democratic Rights and Association for Protection of Civil Rights also demanded a judicial probe into the killings of 20 woodcutters by police in Andhra Pradesh.


Special scholarships for Jammu and Kashmir students attending AMU

By TCN News,

Aligarh: Students from Jammu and Kashmir attending Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) will now receive special scholarships.

Recently, Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) has sanctioned financial assistance of little over Rs 35 lakh to the AMU under the special scholarships programme for natives of Jammu and Kashmir (J and K) outside their state.