Indian Muslim

4 Jamia students get scholarships to Taiwan

By Mahmood Asim,,

New Delhi: Four students of Jamia Millia Islamia have won scholarships to Taiwan. Two of them will pursue masters in International Business, while two others are going for the language programme. It is to be mentioned that last year Jamia launched a one year intensive post-graduate certificate programme in Chinese language.


AMU to organize Annual Convocation on October 16

By TCN News,

Aligarh: The Aligarh Muslim University is holding its annual convocation on October 16, a day before the traditional commemorative meeting to be held on October 17 on the birth anniversary of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, founder of the University. It was decided in a consultative meeting held in the Conference Room of Administrative Block today. The meeting was presided over by the Vice Chancellor, Lt. Gen. Zameer Uddin Shah.


Jamia to deliberate on implications of 2014 elections on Dalit and Minorities

By TCN News,

New Delhi: Dr. K.R. Narayan Centre for Dalit and Minorities Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia is going to organize an International Conference on “Election 2014: Implications for Dalit and Minorities in India” on September 2 and 3, 2014.

Syed Mustafa Rifai Presented 10th IOS Shah Waliullah Award

By TCN News,

Bangalore: The Institute of Objective Studies organised a one-day national seminar on “Islamic sufism” and presentation of IOS Shah Waliullah Award 2012 at the Conference Hall of Darul Uloom Sabil-ur-Rashad in Bangalore on August 23, 2014.


Indians in Saudi Arabia asked to get machine-readable passports

Riyadh : The Indian embassy in Saudi Arabia has appealed to all Indians living in the kingdom to get machine-readable passports issued as soon as possible, a media report said Monday.

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) will phase out non-machine-readable passports by Nov 24, 2015, Arab News quoted Indian embassy spokesperson Surinder Bhagat as saying.

"Foreign governments may deny visas or even entry on old passports," he said.

"This is why Indian citizens living across the kingdom are advised to change their passports as soon as they can."

Indian in UAE unable to pay hospital bills

Abu Dhabi : An uninsured Indian man in the UAE has run up more than $160,000 in medical bills after he suffered a brain haemorrhage and spent about six months in an Abu Dhabi hospital, a media report said.

The hospital, however, says it is not demanding the money and he should just go home.

Shariq Alvi, 26, was found unconscious on the bathroom floor by his family. A medical investigation at the Lifeline Hospital in the United Arab Emirates' (UAE) capital found that a a blood vessel in his brain had ruptured, The National reported Sunday.

200,000 Indians granted Saudi visas in one month

Riyadh : More than 200,000 Indians, mostly domestic helpers and labourers, were granted visas by Saudi authorities in one month, an official said Monday.

"Since we resumed bringing in Indian workers at the end of Ramadan (in July), the number of visas has reached 220,000," Gulf News quoted Ahmad Al Fuhaid, the labour ministry undersecretary for international affairs, as saying.

"Around 44,000 visas were for domestic helpers while the others were for workers in the public and private sectors," he said.

Bihar to set up music varsity after Bismillah Khan

Patna : The Bihar government plans to set up its first music university, named after shehnai maestro Bismillah Khan, in Muzaffarpur district, Minister of Art and Culture Binay Bihari said Monday.

Bismillah Khan, who was born in Bihar, was conferred the country's highest civilian award the Bharat Ratna in 2001.

The minister said the department of art and culture has proposed to set up Bismillah Khan music university in Muzaffarpur, about 70 km from here.

Purifying Your Wealth and Targeting Poverty and Inequality

By Althaf Shajahan,

Running regressions and making sense of data is my job. We were working on a sort of data analysis where we had to consider different socio-economic groups and using data on three variables, viz. household income, consumption and assets which would together measure something we may term us material well-being and compute an inequality adjusted index value for each group. As expected, Dalits, Adivasis and Muslims fared the worst. Yeah! What’s new in this? Sachar report and every possible report speak about this. Well here, the index needs to be explained. Our index measures household indicators of well. While it aggregates across all the members of the groups, it discounts for the inequality among the members. (Refer the original computations in the figure below ). While searching the data for Muslim cases, I did see observations on Muslim community members who belong to the top percentiles and quintiles of either income or wealth. It is this inequality that makes me mull over. Intra-community inequality is not the concern of the state. While it is possible for Muslims as citizens of this nation to ask for state support and schemes citing their vulnerability as much as Dalits or Adivasis are, public policy may or may not consider it. But the inbuilt poverty and inequality targeting systems needs to be looked at.

Civil society groups condemn ‘love jihad’ propaganda

By TCN News,

New Delhi: Different civil society groups have condemned the propaganda of the Hindutva forced on purported ‘Love jihad’.