Indian Muslim

Beheading remark in response to Owaisi's words: Ramdev

New Delhi : Yoga guru Ramdev on Tuesday said he believes in non-violence and sought to play down his beheading remark, saying it was in response to remarks by AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi.

"I believe in non-violence, coexistence and oneness of society. I take pride in my religion but that does not give me the right to insult other religions," Ramdev said on the sidelines of a press conference here.

Mehbooba for timely completion of highway projects in J&K

Jammu : Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday stressed the need for timely completion of various highway projects in her state.

Describing connectivity as a prerequisite for bolstering economic growth, Mufti called for more effective coordination between different agencies so that work on prestigious road projects in the state was carried forward with greater urgency.

After liquor ban, crime graph down in Bihar

Patna : The complete ban on liquor in Bihar is showing positive results -- crimes as well as road accidents have come down in the last 20 days, officials said on Tuesday.

"Crime rates have dropped by 27 percent and road accidents by 33 percent after the liquor ban came into effect on April 5. This official data was presented before Chief Minister Nitish Kumar during a review meeting here," said an official from the Chief Minister's Office.

ग़ज़ल गायक ग़ुलाम अली के संकटमोचन संगीत समारोह में शिरकत का विरोध Staff Reporter

वाराणसी: कई सालों से बनारस के प्रसिद्द संकटमोचन मंदिर में आयोजित किए जा रहे संकटमोचन संगीत समारोह का आग़ाज़ आज से हो रहा है. पिछले वर्ष इस समारोह मीन ग़ज़ल गायक ग़ुलाम अली खां ने शिरकत की थी. बनारस की जनता ने उनका स्वागत भी किया था.

इस बार भी ग़ुलाम अली संगीत समारोह की पहली निशा में अपना कार्यक्रम रखने आ रहे हैं, लेकिन इस बार हालात पिछली बार की तरह सामान्य नहीं हैं. शहर में हिन्दू युवा वाहिनी और शिवसेना के कार्यकर्ताओं ने जगह-जगह गुलाम अली खां के विरोध में पोस्टर लगाए हैं.

West Bengal elections: TMC, Forward Bloc take massive bets by replacing local leaders with outsiders

By Zaidul Haque,

Kolkata: Deganga is the largest Muslim-dominated constituency in the North 24 Parganas district, with over 60% Muslim voters, but the main battle for the seat has put locals against ‘outsiders’.

Malegaon ruling: First impressions

By Mubasshir Mushtaq for

I just finished reading the 33 page ruling on Malegaon 2006. First impressions:

1. ATS shamelessly tried to build a fictitious case against the accused but failed miserably. Unlike CBI, which took an honourable exit from the case by remaining absent, the ATS argued for framing of charges against the accused despite the fact that NIA's investigation had an overriding effect on the investigation carried by the ATS and the CBI.

IUML denies seats to four MLAs on complaints of ‘inaccessibility’

By Shafeeq Hudawi,

With state elections around the corner in Kerala, the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) has swung into poll mode in Kerala, and its initial steps have certainly made people stand up and take notice.
With the list of candidates completed in 24 seats, sources in the party told Twocircles that candidates were selected based on a report submitted by a private professional team along with considering various other factors.

Violence in UP prison injures many

Lucknow : Police fired in the air and lobbed tear gas on Tuesday following a clash between two groups of prisoners in a jail in Deoria in Uttar Pradesh, officials said.

An unspecified number of prisoners were injured in the free for all, triggered apparently by an altercation over drug consumption.

Prisoners broke out of their barracks and indulged in the violence. Police fired 30 rounds in the air besides tear gas to bring the situation under control.

Opposition in Rajya Sabha condemns rustication of JNU students

New Delhi : The opposition in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday condemned the rustication of three students from the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) the action.

Raising the issue, CPI-M member Tapan Kumar Sen described the punitive action of the JNU the "most arrogant, anti-democratic act being patronised by the government".

"Rusticating them, debarring them for five years and thereby taking vengeance against their educational career in a very unjust manner - this is a part of this government's project," Sen said.

Congress to rake up NIT issue with government: Rahul

New Delhi : Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday met with some students of the NIT Srinagar and assured them that the party will raise their concerns over campus safety with the government.

"Met students and parents from National Institute of Technology (NIT), Srinagar who expressed concern over the safety and security of students on (the) campus. I assured them that the Congress would raise their concerns and put pressure on the government to resolve the matter," Rahul tweeted after the meeting.