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Kashmir lawmaker Engineer Rashid attacked again

Jammu : Jammu and Kashmir legislator Engineer Rashid, who was assaulted by BJP legislators in the assembly after hosting a beef party, sustained minor injuries on Wednesday after being attacked by unidentified assailants in the state's Kishtwar district, police said.

Rashid, an Independent legislator from Langate, was attacked in Bhaderwah town in Kishtwar.

We love India, won't leave: Aamir Khan

Mumbai : Bollywood actor-producer Aamir Khan on Wednesday clarified his stance on "intolerance", saying he and his wife Kiran Rao love India and won't leave the country.

Aamir said that while he stood by the interview that triggered a huge row, the avalanche of criticism directed at him and his wife only proved what he had said of the situation in the country.

"First, let me state categorically that neither I nor my wife Kiran have any intention of leaving the country. We never did, and nor would we like to in the future," he said in a statement.

Maldives vows to eliminate violence against women

Male : The Maldives government said on Wednesday it remains committed to eliminate violence against women.

The government will continue to step up its efforts to protect females from the flagrant violation of human rights, Xinhua quoted Maldives Foreign Minister Dunya Maumoon as saying while commemorating the International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women.

Former IAS officer moots pressure group of Indian Muslims

By Mohammad Shafeeq

Hyderabad : A group of educated Muslims is planning to float a pressure group which will subsequently lead to a pan-India political party to take care of the community's interests in a country where it constitutes 14 percent of the 1.2 billion population.

A retired Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer has sought opinion from members of the community, including NRIs, on the proposed group.

Resolution in parliament to condemn intolerance accepted: CPI-M

New Delhi : The Communist Party of India-Marxist on Wednesday called for passing a resolution in parliament to condemn the rising intolerance and communal polarisation in the country.

CPI-M general secretary Sitaram Yechury said his notice to Rajya Sabha chairperson Hamid Ansari on adopting a resolution on the issue in the house had been accepted.

"On the issue of rising intolerance and communal polarisation, I gave a notice that has been accepted by the Rajya Sabha chairperson. It is a one-line resolution," he said.

Anupam Kher wraps up 'The Head Hunters Calling' shoot

Mumbai : Veteran actor Anupam Kher, who has been in the news for lambasting Aamir Khan on his "intolerance" remark, has wrapped up his shooting for "The Head Hunters Calling" in Toronto.

The actor took to Twitter and wrote: "#TheHeadHuntersCalling shooting over. On my way back to my India. Have travelled almost all over the world. No place like my country. #JaiHo."

Anupam's "no place like my country" seems like a dig at Aamir's recent statement that his wife Kiran Rao had asked them if they should move elsewhere in the state of insecurity that India is in.

Post-Bihar, government to face assertive Opposition in parliament's winter session

New Delhi : Parliament's month-long winter session starting Thursday is likely to see a more assertive opposition taking on the government on a range of issues including “intolerance”, price rise and decision to liberalise norms for foreign investment.

The government will seek passage of its legislative agenda including the long-pending Goods and Services Tax Bill.

The winter session, coming nearly two weeks after BJP's drubbing in the crucial Bihar polls, is expected to witness closer floor coordination between opposition parties to take on the Narendra Modi government.

Aamir is self-appointed mullah: Shiv Sena

Mumbai : Launching another attack on Bollywood actor Aamir Khan for alleging growing intolerance in the country, the Shiv Sena on Wednesday labelled him a "self-appointed mullah".

"In recent past, some individuals have assumed the responsibility of judging whether India is a 'tolerant' or 'intolerant' nation... Aamir Khan has joined this business by becoming a self-appointed mullah, which is sad for those who love him," the Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana' said.

Mamata to become first West Bengal CM to attend Jamiat-e Ulama’s Conference

By Zaidul Haque,

Kolkata: Mamata Banerjee will become the first West Bengal Chief Minister to attend Jamiat-e-Ulama-e-Hind’s conference on November 26, to be held in the state capital as the state’s largest Muslim organisation looks to discuss a host of issues, including upholding the country’s secularism and uplifting the Muslims of the state.

Religious fervour marks Gurpurab in Punjab, Haryana

Chandigarh : Holiest of Sikh shrines 'Harmandar Sahib', popularly known as Golden Temple, in Amritsar and other gurdwaras elsewhere across Punjab and Haryana saw religious fervour as 'Gurpurab', the birth anniversary of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev was celebrated on Wednesday.

Thousands of devout thronged the Golden Temple complex in Amritsar from early morning to offer prayers.