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Cabinet nods inclusion, amendments in central list of OBC

New Delhi : The Union Cabinet on Wednesday gave its approval to notify inclusion/amendments in the Central List of Other Backward Classes (OBC), notified in respect of states of Assam, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Uttarakhand.

According an official release, on the recommendation of the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC), a total of 2,479 entries for inclusion, including the synonyms, sub-castes, etc., in the Central List of OBC were notified in 25 States and six Union Territories.


‘Islam is spiritually against divorce’

By Faiyaz Ahmed Siddiquee

The “triple-talaq” is a form of divorce practiced among Hanafi Muslims, under which a man at any point of time may divorce his wife by saying, “I divorce you, I divorce you, I divorce you.” There isn’t any such reference of divorcing one’s wife in the Quran and Sunnah or claimed found by any Islamic high-brow. What the text says is that each talaq utterance should be followed by a waiting period of three menstrual periods for women.

Kashmiri rights activist released from jail

Srinagar : Kashmiri rights activist Khurram Parvez, arrested in September for allegedly inciting violence in the Kashmir Valley, was set free on Wednesday following a court order.

Parvez was lodged in a Jammu jail after he was arrested on September 16 under the Public Safety Act (PSA).

The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Friday said his detention was illegal and ordered his immediate release.

He was kept in jail even after the court ruling because there was an error in the arrest warrant. This was rectified only on Wednesday.

Demonetisation has taken every Indian on a rollercoaster ride, and it is not an enjoyable experience

By Nishat Ara for

In this season of demonetisation, it is common to see the Aam Aadmi asking for change of the new Rs 2,000 notes; that is if they are lucky to get one after standing in queues for hours.

Many small and mid-scale traders are meanwhile worried about the losses they incur on unaccounted cash they may have. ‘Aapka Kitna gaya’? (How much did you lose?) is the common refrain among them.

How a Tamil channel listened to a viewer, and acted (sort of) against blatant Islamophobia

By Ahamed Ansar for

It was six in the evening on Tuesday and I was watching YouTube videos of Puthiya Thalaimurai news channel, one of the leading names in Tamil media.

After going through some public video bytes on the ongoing currency demonetisation in India, I spotted a weird thumbnail link that attracted me to go and watch the news.

Muslim intellectual proposes a revolutionary Uniform Civil Code

New Delhi : Tufail Ahmad, a leading Muslim scholar on Wednesday proposed a draft Uniform Civil Code (UCC) to initiate a public debate on it.

A former journalist with BBC World Service and author of "Jihadist Threat to India - The Case for Islamic Reformation by an Indian Muslim", Ahmad has called it a "working draft for public consultation.


Upper caste BJP leaders upset over OBC as Bihar chief

Patna : A powerful lobby of upper caste Bihar BJP leaders is disappointed over the appointment of OBC leader Nityanand Rai on Wednesday as the state unit chief.

Half a dozen of these upper caste leaders were aspiring for the post.

Rai, a new face of the party in Bihar, replaced Mangal Pandey, an upper caste leader.

The BJP's attempt to project Rai, belonging to the Yadav caste, is seen as an attempt to cut into the support base of Lalu Prasad's RJD and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal-United.

Fear and loathing in Ahmedabad

By Revati Laul

If I told you that given a choice between the people and a convicted rapist, the courts have chosen to protect the rapist, you'd say I am making it up. I wish this time that the truth weren't so bizarre. Because it also directly impacts my personal safety. But I will come directly to the point.

Crowns, necklaces of Rampur Nawabs up for auction; family says no clue how it reached London

By Faisal Fareed,

For nearly two centuries, the Nawabs of Rampur ruled their riyasat. Now their descendents are worried about the news that their crowns are being auctioned in London.

The auction company, Christie’s, the famous London-based auction house, has slated November 30 as auction date for two crowns belonging to Rampur riyasat and December 1 for auctioning one precious necklace worn by Nawabs.

It is however, not known how these valuables reached London and landed with auction company.

AIMIM leadership thanks voters for impressive show in Maha municipal elections

By Imran Inamdar,

Although the country is still waiting for “Achche Din”, it is clear that Asaduddin Owaisi-led All Indian Majlis Ittihadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) is likely to enjoy the same in Maharashtra in light of the recent municipal elections.