Rohith Vemula’s death sparks outrage within Indian Diaspora

By TCN News,

Boston: Protests have erupted at major universities and cities across the US and elsewhere, expressing shock and outrage at the death of 26-year old Rohith Vemula, an anti-caste activist, student leader and PhD scholar at the University of Hyderabad (UoH) on January 17, 2017.

Iran doesn't wish to attack, invade any country: Rouhani

Rome: Iran does not intend to attack, invade or interfere in the affairs of any country, its president Hassan Rouhani has said, asserting that his country was a bedrock in the conflict-wracked Middle East.

"Iran is the safest most stable country in the whole region, a country that doesn't intend to attack, invade or meddle in the affairs of any state," Rouhani told a business forum in Rome.

Iran would defend itself forcefully but with "reliable rules" and would never breach its international commitments, he said.

Republic Day Eve marked by anti-caste vigil outside India House, London

By TCN News

London: Representatives of rights groups, Indian Diaspora and Dalit organisations marked India’s Republic Day eve by holding a candlelit vigil outside the Indian High Commission in London.

A press release issued by the South Asia Solidarity Group described the vigil as a display of solidarity with the hunger-striking students of the University of Hyderabad and other places across India against the “institutional murder of Dalit research scholar Rohith Vemula by university authorities and Indian cabinet ministers.”

Smokers who quit 15 years ago still at high lung cancer risk

New York: People who kicked the butt as long as 15 years ago are still at high risk for lung cancer and should be screened, warn researchers.

The current lung cancer screening criteria set by the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends CT screening for adults between ages 55 and 80 who have smoked at least one pack a day for 30 years and are still smoking or have quit within 15 years.

Indian Muslims against ISIS: After fatwas against terror, Muslims take to streets, launch major campaign

By IndScribe,

First, there were fatwas against terrorism and ISIS.

Now, Indian Muslims have taken to the streets, to raise their voice against the outfit.

The photograph on the left, shows Muslim girls raising slogans against self-styled 'Islamic State'.

This is not a lone protest. It is part of a campaign. The reason is that many Muslims now increasingly feel that just condemning ISIS is not enough, but there is need to go to the street and say it, strongly, so that the message goes out.

Amnesty International asks Chattisgarh govt to investigate rape complaints of Adivasi women

By, Staff Reporter

Chhattisgarh: Two weeks after rapes and assaults were reported from Chhattisgarh while security forces were conducting anti-Maoist operations, Amnesty International India in a statement asked the state authorities to investigate police inaction in the sexual assault case.

Between 11 and 14 January, these operations were conducted in Nendra village of Bijapur and Kunna village of Sukma on 12 January.

India-Bangladesh ties to improve further: Tripura governor

Agartala: India-Bangladesh relations will further improve as bus services between the two countries improve leading to more trade, Tripura Governor Tathagata Roy said on Tuesday.

"Direct bus services between northeastern states and Kolkata via Bangladesh have been spread out and the number of passenger bus trips between Agartala, Kolkata, Shillong and Guwahati and Dhaka have increased," Roy said after unfurling the tricolour at the Assam Rifles Ground here on the occasion of Republic Day.

Sikh man ousted from Donald Trump's rally in US

Washington: A turban-clad Sikh man was ousted out of Donald Trump's campaign rally in US, after he interrupted the Republican presidential frontrunner's speech by displaying a banner that read 'Stop Hate', the media reported on Sunday.

The man, wearing a beard and bright red turban, tried to interrupt Trump's speech when he was addressing a rally on Sunday in Muscatine High School, Iowa, a mid-western state of the US.

IMRC provides blankets and warm clothes to 1,200 families in north India

By TCN News

Bihar: Following a sharp dip in temperature, Indian Muslim Relief & Charities (IMRC) , a US-based relief organisation, has started the distribution of blankets and warm clothes across various cities and villages in different states of Northern India.


Indian-origin Muslim cleric gets honorary doctorate

London: An Indian-origin Muslim cleric has been awarded an honorary doctorate by University of Leicester in Britain in recognition of his commendable work for the local community, it was reported on Monday.

Muhammad Shahid Raza, head Imam at the Leicester Central Mosque, received the honorary degree from university chancellor Lord Grocott at a ceremony at De Montfort Hall before a global audience of graduating students and their families, reported.