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'Poet Iqbal's secularism can't be confined within religious walls'

Srinagar : It has been a sinister conspiracy to confine poet Iqbal's secular glory within four walls of religion, Jammu and Kashmir Education Minister Naeem Akhtar said here on Tuesday.

Speaking at a function held to pay tribute to Urdu philosopher-poet Allama Iqbal, Akhtar said, "We have been unfair to Iqbal. We have reduced him to the level of a few slogans."

"Whether it is naming a Dhaba, a grocery store or a shopping centre, we catch hold of Iqbal's name."

Food security act not available for vulnerable tribal groups: NCST head

By Rupesh Dutta

New Delhi : The government's "inability" to implement the Food Security Act among the 'Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups' in India has resulted in a drop in their population, National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) head Rameshwar Oraon has said.

The former union minister of state for tribal affairs, who took over as chairperson of NCST in 2013, has also questioned the existence of many such PVGT communities if the government does not consider the seriousness of the issue.

Month after rape and killing of minor in Bihar, no action

Patna : A month after a minor daughter of a landless labourer was gang-raped and killed in Bihar's Bhagalpur district, the police seems to have made no progress in probing the case.

The 17-year-old girl of Khiribandh village in Bhagalpur was gang-raped on April 3 night, allegedly by some youths believed to be close to the ruling grand alliance of JD-U, RJD and Congress on April 3 night.

Non-vegetarian food banned in Lucknow varsity campus

Lucknow : Non-vegetarian food has been banned in the Baba Saheb Bhim Rao Ambedkar University (BBAU) mess here, officials said on Tuesday.

The decision was taken after "tension prevailed" in the varsity following a statement by Dalit thinker Kancha Ilayya in the Osmania university, at Hyderabad, that eating beef was beneficial for health.

There were protests in the BBAU after April 14, the day when the statement first appeared.

Wheelchairs in 4,000 polling premises in Bengal's East Midnapore

Kolkata : The Election Commission has arranged wheelchairs in each of the 4000 'polling premises' in West Bengal's East Midnapore district where voting will be held on Thursday, an official said.

'Polling premises' refers to a polling station plus the immediately surrounding area.

"This is a one of a kind initiative in any Bengal district for the elections. We have arranged at least one wheelchair in about 4000 polling premises across the district," Tapan Tarafder, officer-in-charge of SVEEP (Systematic Voters' Education and Electoral Participation) told IANS.

Lok Sabha members express concern over police suicides

New Delhi : Members, including from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), on Tuesday expressed concern in the Lok Sabha over police personnel committing suicide. The government maintained that steps are being taken to improve the working conditions of the police, especially with regard to their housing.

"It is unfortunate and a matter of deep concern that police personnel who provide security to people often commit suicide," BJP member Satyapal Singh, a former Mumbai police commissioner, said during question hour in the Lok Sabha.

Murder of young woman in Kerala galvanises politics

Ernakulam (Kerala) : The brutal murder of a poor law student in this district last week has galvanised politics in election-bound Kerala as Chief Minister Oomen Chandy promised a thorough probe while the opposition alleged "inaction".

Jisha, a 27-year-old woman, was found murdered on April 28 at her home near a canal in Perumbavoor in Ernakulam by her mother who works as a casual labourer.

Her body was badly mutilated; there were injuries on her private parts, according to the police.

When it comes to UGC fellowships, government is high on promises, low on delivery

By Staff Reporter

BJP supporting fringe Hindu groups in violence on minorities, says US govt. report

By Raqib Hameed Naik,

New Delhi: In a major blow to India's Secular image globally, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) annual report has categorized India as ‘Tier 2 country’ where religious violations engaged in or tolerated by the government are serious.

The report says that religious tolerance has deteriorated and religious freedom violations have increased in India in 2015.

"जनता का पैसा उद्योगपतियों के लिए खर्च कर रही है सरकार" - कन्हैया कुमार Staff Reporter

पटना : अन्तर्राष्ट्रीय मजदूर दिवस पर जेएनयू छात्रसंघ अध्यक्ष कन्हैया कुमार ने पटना के श्रीकृष्ण मेमोरियल हॉल में कल एक सभा को संबोधित किया. एआईएसएफ और एआईवाईएफ द्वारा आयोजित इस कार्यक्रम को संबोधित करते हुए उन्होंने कहा कि ज्यादा कन्हैया-कन्हैया नहीं कहिये, नहीं तो मोदी-मोदी सुनाई पड़ने लगेगा.