Dispatch from Kashmir: Afzal Guru hanging and the ‘core’ of Indian nationhood

Transforming Kashmir from ‘the issue’ to ‘one of the issues’ is a rich reflection of India’s diplomatic craftsmanship, even though Pakistan continued to harp...

Now Muslim group wants ‘Bharat Ratna’ for Sir Syed

By TCN News, Aligarh: Millat Bedari Muhim Committee (MBMC), Aligarh is now demanding the highest civilian award to be awarded posthumously to Sir Syed Ahmed Khan.

Play “Quli: Dilon Ka Shahzada” at MANUU

By TCN News, Hyderabad: Maulana Azad National Urdu University, H.K. Sherwani Centre for Deccan Studies hosted the play “Quli: Dilon Ka Shahzaada,” a Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Foundation production on 13th February 2014 at 7 pm at the Open Air Auditorium of the University.

Discussion on voting patterns in India and ‘tactical’ voting of Muslims

By TCN News, New Delhi: Institute of Objective Studies organised a discussion on “Voting Patterns in India with Reference to Tactical Voting by Muslims” on February 27 in the Capital.

India dismisses Pakistan’s offer to Kashmiri students

New Delhi : India Friday dismissed Pakistan's offer to Kashmiri students, who had been booked in Uttar Pradesh's Meerut city for celebrating Pakistan's victory...

EC probing BJP’s ‘communal party’ tag in Tripura school books

Agartala : The Election Commission of India is probing the BJP being tagged a "communal party" in the textbooks of government schools in Left-ruled...

Quirks of History: How Jinnah forestalled Fazlul Haq’s gambit

By Prof. Refaqat Ali Khan, Write Foundation, Dhaka, Bangladesh, an NGO, invited me to attend the SAARC Literary Festival in Dhaka on 27-28 February, 2014. Delegates from Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Maldives were participants. The seminar / festival proposed a discussion / review “Beyond Borders, Trust and Reconciliation”.

AAP’s Bhopal candidate Rachna Dhingra finds support at MIT

By TCN News, Boston, USA. Supporters of the Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) from the Greater Boston area gathered to screen award winning documentary (on the Bhopal disaster) Bhopali on Sunday April 6th at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The event was organized by the Boston chapter of University Students for Aam Admi Party (us4AAP), an organization with chapters in more than 100 campuses, and AAP - New England who have been actively working on supporting AAP candidates in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections in India.

Social Media got brighter with Munawwar Rana’s Muhajir Nama

By TwoCircles.net Staff Reporter, Mumbai: Who would not be familiar with Munawwar Rana’s name? Munawwar Rana, whose poetry is the place where a mother, surrounded by the fence of mundaneness, breathes freely. Munawwar Rana, for whom the way to heaven is not above skies but at the feet of mother.

Muslim Organizations in Mumbai send memorandum to Egypt’s Ambassador to India

By A. Mirsab, TwoCircles.net, Mumbai: Expressing their concerns for the violation of Human Rights in Egypt, some Muslim organizations in Mumbai has sent a combined memorandum to the Egypt’s Ambassador to India. These organizations have also appealed Government of India to bring the matter before United Nations and help restore democracy in Egypt.

Of Pakistan’s Punjab and high levels of drug use

By Aslam Chandio, TwoCircles.net, Islamabad: When it comes to drug use, Pakistan’s province of Punjab due to its large share of the population, has the highest number of people who use and inject drugs with 2.9 million people using illicit substances in the past year and approximately 260,000 people who currently inject drugs.

Two Dalit girls’ rape and murder in Badaun draws international flak

By A. Mirsab, TwoCircles.net, New Delhi: The alleged gang rape and murder of two dalit girls on 27 May 2014 in the Katra village of Budaun district, Uttar Pradesh has been condemned largely throughout the country by every section of the society. The condemnation did not stop within the borders of the country but international organizations have also expressed their dissatisfaction towards lack of adequate sanitation facilities and growing sexual violence of women resulting into the violations of human rights in India. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon appalled by the brutal rape and killing of two dalit girls in UP whereas Amnesty International has criticized the police machinery of India who have time and again found to have derelict towards registering and investigating cases of rapes of low caste girls and their lackadaisical behavior in booking higher caste culprits in those cases.

Pakistan’s SC orders formation of national council for protecting minorities’ rights

By Aslam Chandio, TwoCircles.net, Islamabad: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Thursday ordered the federal government to form a national council of minorities' rights for protection of minority rights and ensuring religious harmony.

Love Thy Neighbor: Nawaz Sharif’s Visit to India

By Ram Puniyani, India Pakistan relations have always been mired with in various controversies, which have been preventing the friendly relations with our neighbor, who in ‘popular perception’ is seen as an enemy. It is due to this that while all the members of SAARC countries have been invited, the one to draw maximum popular attention has been the coming of Nawaz Sharif, the Prime Minister of Pakistan. In a deft move India’s the then Prime Minister designate sent an invite to all the heads of SAARC countries for his swearing in ceremony, (16 May 2014)which was held with great pomp and show.

POTA court rejects Maulana Qavi’s bail in 10 year old Modi’s assassination conspiracy case;...

By A. Mirsab, TwoCircles.net, Mumbai: On Wednesday Special POTA court in Ahmedabad rejected Maulana Abdul Qavi’s bail in a 10 year old conspiracy case registered in Gujarat. The special judge accepted all the defenses of Maulana Abdul Qavi except that he was not absconding since last 10 years and turned down his bail on the ground of him being absconding before arrest. Jamiat Ulema Hind, an NGO providing legal assistance to the Maulana has shown determination to approach Gujarat High Court for the relief.

“We are all Palestinians” Chant tens of thousands in London

By M Ghazali Khan, London: Thousands of protesters, estimated around 100,000, have demonstrated outside the Israeli Embassy against Israeli aggression on Gaza and the ongoing genocide of Palestinians.

Obama’s Eid greeting to Muslims backfires

Washington : A White House message on Twitter wishing “Muslims in the United States and around the world a blessed and joyous celebration” of...

Pakistan lodges protest with India over firing across ‘working boundary’

By Aslam Chandio, TwoCircles.net, Islamabad: The Pakistan’s Foreign Office on Monday summoned the Indian Deputy High Commissioner and lodged a protest over what it called...

Faizan Mustafa of AMU gets SAARC’s Best Law Teacher Award

By TCN News, Aligarh: Professor Faizan Mustafa of Aligarh Muslim University and presently Vice Chancellor of Nalsar Law University Hyderabad got this year’s prestigious SAARC’s Best Law Teacher Award. In a unanimous decision, the high-powered jury consisting of Professor NR Madhav Menon, eminent jurist and Founder Vice Chancellor of NLSIU, Bangalore and Mr Lalit Bhasin, President of Indian Law Firms, announced the conferment of the award on Professor Mustafa.

Pakistan’s Official: Musharraf to doff uniform by Dec. 1

By Xinhua Islamabad : Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has said that he will quit as army chief before Dec. 1, the government's top lawyer said Thursday. "The president has said that he will give up his uniform before Dec. 1," Attorney General Malik Mohammad Qayyum told a news conference. Qayyum said that the Supreme Court of Pakistan would decide on Musharraf's re-election case next week.

Guerrilla commander killed in Kashmir encounter

By IANS Srinagar : A top commander of the Harkatul Mujaheedin (HuM) militant outfit was Friday killed in a fierce encounter with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir, police officials said. Sajad alias Chacha, division commander of HuM, was gunned down by troops of the 18 Rashtriya Rifles, 10 Para regiment and Special Operations Group (SOG) during a joint operation at Shokbagh, 64 km from here in north Kashmir's Bandipore district.

Saudi king: OPEC to launch 500-mln-fund on development and environment

By Xinhua Riyadh : The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) will launch a fund to deal with development and environmental issues, Saudi Arabia's king said on Saturday night. King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud made the announcement at the two-day 3rd OPEC summit which opened here on Saturday afternoon amid surging oil prices. The OPEC fund of 500 million U.S. dollars will be launched to help developing countries to deal with development and global climate change, said the king, without elaborating more.

Musharraf is now Pakistan’s civilian president

By Mohammed Najeeb Islamabad, Nov 29 (IANS) Attired in a black sherwani, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf Thursday took oath as head of state for five more years, this time as a civilian, vowing to hold parliamentary elections in January come what may. The country's opposition boycotted the official ceremony where Musharraf, who stepped down as the army chief Wednesday after ruling the country in uniform for eight years following intense Western pressure.

Israeli PM says Iran still a threat

By Xinhua Jerusalem : Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said on Tuesday that Iran's nuclear program still poses a major threat to the West, rebutting a U.S. intelligence report that determined Tehran has halted its nuclear weapons program. ; According to Israeli daily Ha'aretz's website, Olmert addressed a security conference Tuesday, saying that, "Iran was and remains dangerous, and we must continue international pressure with full force to dissuade Iran from nuclear tendencies."

U.S. intelligence probing al-Qaeda link with Bhutto killing

By Xinhua Washington : The U.S. intelligence agencies were still investigating whether al-Qaeda terrorists had been behind the assassination of Pakistan's former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, the White House said on Friday. "There have been many claims of responsibility. Our intelligence community is still looking into it," White House spokesman Scott Stanzel told reporters at Crawford, Texas, where President George W. Bush's family is spending their New Year holiday.

Pakistan poll to be postponed: Election Commission

By Muhammad Najeeb, IANS Islamabad : The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has decided to postpone the Jan 8 polls in view of the situation in the country after the murder of former prime minister Benaqzir Bhutto and will announce new dates for national and provincial assembly elections on Monday, a senior official of the commission told IANS. "Today in an informal meeting the senior officials of the ECP discussed the situation and unrest in the country and concluded that elections will have to be postponed," said the official requesting anonymity.

Pakistan targets 86% literacy rate by year 2015

By NNN-APP Islamabad : Pakistan's National Commission for Human Development (NCHD) to achieve 86 percent literacy rate in the country by year 2015 through expanding its ‘Literacy Program’ nationwide. This was stated by Dr. Nasim Ashraf, Chairman NCHD while talking to APP. The Commission, he said, has successfully entered its 5th year of operations through expanding its literacy and health programmes from two districts in 2002 to more than 122 districts in 2007.

Pakistan cancels election in Benazir’s constituency

By IRNA Islamabad : The Election Commission of Pakistan has cancelled election in the constituency where former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was contesting election for the Lower House of the Parliament, the Commission said on Friday. Benazir Bhutto was assassinated on December 27 in the city of Rawalpindi after she addressed a huge election public meeting. "The election process was terminated on National Assembly-207 Larkana-cum-Shikarpur in Sindh due to the death of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto," the commission said in a statement.

Four-year-old kidnapped, murdered in Andhra Pradesh

By IANS Hyderabad : In a shocking incident, a four-year-old child was kidnapped and murdered in Himayatsagar near here, police said Tuesday. Kartik, who was kidnapped by his father's friend a week ago, was murdered within hours of the kidnap. Babu, the alleged kidnapper who had demanded a ransom of Rs.5 million, confessed after the police arrested him early Tuesday. After a three-hour effort, police retrieved the victim's body from rocks in Peeramcheru area in Rajendernagar on the outskirts of Hyderabad.

Armed men flee with businessman’s car in Greater Noida

By IANS Noida : Three unidentified men fled with the Santro car of a businessman as well as his belongings after forcing the driver off the car at gun point, police said here Saturday. The men requested the driver of businessman Kamal Mehta, a resident of Gamma I sector of Greater Noida, for a lift late Friday night as he was returning to his own home after dropping Mehta.

Rs.1 mn robbed in daylight heist

By IANS, Ghaziabad : In a daring daylight robbery, five armed dacoits looted cash and jewellery worth over Rs.1 million from the house of a leading industrialist here Thursday. The incident occurred in Raj Nagar locality of Ghaziabad, a suburb of national capital Delhi. According to the family, the five unidentified men barged into the house around 2.00 p.m. when the maid arrived for work and left the main gate open. The men overpowered the maid and pinned her down by tying her arms. The robbers then at gunpoint looted the cash and jewellery from the house owner's wife.

Kashmir land transfer controversy: Separatists under house arrest

By IANS, Srinagar : The police here Monday put some Kashmiri separatist leaders under house arrest in order to prevent protest demonstrations against the allotment of forest land to the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB). "We have supported the protest call given by Syed Ali Shah Geelani's Tehreek-e-Hurriyat for today (Monday), but the administration put us under house arrest in order to prevent our participation in these protests," Nayeem Khan, chairman of the National Front, told IANS on phone.

Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam to contest Lok Sabha election

By TwoCircles.net reporter, Tiruchirapalli: Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam (TMMK) will make formal inauguration of the Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (MMK), its newly-floated political party, at the party's state conference at Chennai after the rainy season. Addressing a press conference here on 6th July TMMK president M H Jawahirullah announced it and said efforts were on to register the MMK with the Election Commission. He further said the party would contest in the ensuing Lok Sabha elections.

AMU to set up modern information and communication lab

By IANS,

Lucknow : The Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) will set up a state-of-art information and communication laboratory for its engineering students, a university official said Friday.

"An alumnus of the university, M.P. Varshney, has donated Rs.1 million for setting up the lab," AMU spokesperson Rahat Abrar told IANS on phone.

The lab will be equipped with all the latest information and communication technology devices, including fast-speed computers, Internet and other facilities, he added.

Curfew lifted in Kashmir valley, normal life resumes

By IANS, Srinagar : Life bounced back to normal in the Kashmir valley Tuesday after two days as authorities lifted the curfew restrictions imposed Sunday to thwart a proposed rally by separatists. Shops, educational institutions, banks, government offices, business establishments started functioning normally and traffic resumed in the state's summer capital Srinagar as the curfew restrictions were lifted. “We have removed curfew from all the 10 districts of the valley at dawn today," B. Srinivas, inspector general of police (Kashmir Zone), told IANS.

One German hostage still alive: Afghan authorities

By DPA

Kabul : One of the German hostages purportedly held by the Taliban was still alive, but a second hostage had died of a heart attack, the Afghan foreign ministry said Saturday.

In a day of fast-changing developments, a ministry spokesman said that Kabul authorities were working to secure the safe return of the hostage still alive.

"Our security agencies reported to us that one of the German engineers is still alive and the second died of heart attack and heat," ministry spokesman Sultan Ahmad Baheen told DPA.

See no reason why Bangladeshis would come to India: Prof. Monirul Hussain

Over four months have passed since violence broke out in the Bodoland Territorial Area District (BTAD) in July 2012. In this special series on...

Hyd top cop’s fallacious claim: No Muslim youth was detained illegally, tortured or harassed

Commissioner, in his reply to the State Human Rights Commission , cleverly tried to skip allegation of false implication in terror cases, and didn’t...
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