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RSS chief ducks queries on reconversion

Panaji : RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat Friday avoided questions on the controversy over religious conversion, saying it was not his job to comment on such issues.

Asked to respond on an issue that has stalled the Rajya Sabha for days, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh leader said: "There others who are authorised to speak. It is not my job."

Bhagwat was in Goa to attend a social event in Panaji organised by Giants International, an NGO.

RSS-affiliated groups have been accused of persuading members from the minority communities to embrace Hinduism.

BJP, Congress key players as Kashmir battle set to end

By Sheikh Qayoom,

Jammu : The fifth and final phase in Jammu and Kashmir's assembly elections ends Saturday, with the Congress and the BJP locked in a do-or-die battle in the Hindu-majority Jammu region.

An estimated 1.83 million people are eligible to exercise their franchise that day in 20 constituencies of Jammu, Kathua and Rajouri districts to bring the curtains down on the keenly watched electoral exercise.

Campaigning ended Thursday evening.

“हमें सकारात्मक प्रयास करने होंगे” – कबीर पीस सेंटर एंड सेंटर फॉर हार्मोनी

By TCN News,

वाराणसी : अल्पसंख्यकों के अधिकारों की पैरवी करने और उनके हक़ में खड़े होने की क़वायद को और मजबूत करने की नीयत से कल बनारस में एक संगोष्ठी का आयोजन किया गया.

Lakhvi bail mockery of pledge to fight terror: Sushma

New Delhi : Pakistan has made a mockery of its pledge to fight terrorism by allowing bail to 26/11 mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said Friday.

Speaking in the Lok Sabha, she said: "Pakistan had given an assurance to fight terror in all forms. But by this, it has made a mockery of it.

"We reject the argument that the evidence against Lakhvi, who is the mastermind of 26/11, was not sufficient.

"Pakistan had six years time to collect evidence. It was their duty. We demand from Pakistan that this decision should be overturned."

Goa is conversion-free: Goa deputy CM

Panaji : Goa is a "conversion-free" state and the raging re-conversion controversy is "no big issue" here, Deputy Chief Minister Francis D'Souza said Friday.

D'Souza was speaking to reporters after meeting Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat, who was in Panaji to attend a social event.

Lakhvi's release is insult to Peshawar victims: daily

Islamabad : The release on bail of Mumbai terrorist attack mastermind Zakiur-Rehman Lakhvi is an insult to the students massacred in Peshawar and must be reversed, a Pakistani newspaper said Friday.

The Islamabad court's decision to free Lakhvi "has undercut the building narrative of not discriminating between terrorists as well as the nascent gestures of solidarity between India and Pakistan" following the Tuesday carnage in Peshawar, The Nation said in an editorial.

200 Pakistani pilgrims denied entry into India

Islamabad : Around 200 Pakistani pilgrims headed for a Sufi shrine in Indian Punjab have been refused entry into India, a media report said Friday.

The Pakistanis wanted to attend the annual Urs of Hazrat Mujaddid Alif Sani at Sirhind in Punjab, the Dawn reported.

When the pilgrims reached the Lahore railway station to board the Samjhauta Express, they were told India had not allowed their entry due to security reasons, the Dawn said.

India shocked by Lakhvi's release: Modi

New Delhi : The release on bail by a Pakistani court of the Mumbai terror attack mastermind was a "shock" to "all those who believe in humanity", Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Friday.

A sombre Modi told the Lok Sabha that India had strongly conveyed its sentiments to Pakistan following a Thursday court order to release Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi.

The prime minister said India was deeply saddened by the Tuesday massacre by terrorists at a Pakistani school and "was cognizant of the pain Pakistan might be reeling under".

Giving a new life of dignity to the deserted elders

By A Ghiyasuddin,,

Nalbari (Assam): At the ripe old age of 82, Sarifuddin Ahmed is a solitary soul, although he lives in the midst of a crowded locality. He owns nothing; he has no one that he can call his own. Till recently he was forced to spend days on streets.

After bail, Mumbai attack mastermind Lakhvi detained again

Islamabad : Mumbai terror attack mastermind Zaki-ur Rahman Lakhvi, who was granted bail Thursday, has now been detained under the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) at Rawalpindi's Adiala Jail, Dawn reported Friday.

The government has also decided to appeal in superior courts against Lakhvi's bail, the daily quoted a senior government source as adding.

An anti-terrorism court in Islamabad Thursday had granted bail to Lakhvi, one of the seven people charged with planning and helping to carry out the Nov 26-29, 2008, Mumbai terror attack which killed 166 people.