Pansare murder suspect knew Goa blast mastermind: Police

Panaji: Hindu right-wing outfit Sanatan Sanstha member Rudra Patil, a suspect in leftist Govind Pansare's murder, was in regular touch with the mastermind of...

Members of Kashmiri Hindu, Sikh minorities reject Domicile law, say ‘law brought without consent...

Auqib Javeed, TwoCircles.net  Srinagar: Stating that the new Domicile law is not only a threat to Kashmir Muslims but for the minorities of the erstwhile...

Lebanese army storms Islamist militants’ HQ in N camp

By Xinhua

Beirut : Lebanese troops, advancing behind a curtain of shell fire, stormed the headquarters of the Fatah al-Islam militants in a northern Palestinian refugee camp on Thursday, local press reported.

The official National News Agency (NNA) said the Lebanese troops are moving to establish control over the terrorists' last pockets of resistance in the Nahr al-Bared camp's Saasaa sector after controlling their headquarters and pushing the diehard terrorists to underground shelters.

Human rights activist Hasina Kharbhih attacked in Shillong

By TwoCircles.net News Desk New Delhi: Human rights activist Hasina Kharbhih was attacked on Thursday in Shillong when she was going to the District Council Court to attend hearing in her case. She was allegedly attacked by the very persons against whom she is fighting the court case. She said she was attacked to force her withdraw the case.

नोटबंदी: खामोशी से सहने वाले लोगों की तादाद इस मुल्‍क में अब भी ज्‍यादा...

नासिरूद्दीन देश भर में ऐसी बेचैनी, अफरा-तफरी, परेशान हाल लोग जमाने बाद एक साथ सड़कों पर दिख रहे हैं. ये किसी पार्टी के ‘बहकावे’ या...

Shabana addresses global summit on women’s abuse in Afghanistan

By Subhash K. Jha, IANS, Mumbai : Ignoring her family's concern for her safety, Bollywood actress Shabana Azmi visited Afghanistan this week on an invitation by the UN to be the main speaker at a global summit to address the issue of violence against women. Shabana left for Kabul Tuesday night although her family, including husband Javed Akhtar, expressed fear for her safety in the war ravaged country. "Danger is fun," the actress said before departing.

Tax official, chartered accountant nabbed for taking bribe

By IANS New Delhi : A senior income tax official posted at Indore and a chartered accountant were Tuesday caught by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for taking a bribe from a businessman. The businessman had complained to the CBI that the assistant commissioner of income tax posted at Indore was demanding a bribe of Rs.900,000 from him for the settlement of income tax after a survey conducted by the official and the chartered accountant, a CBI press release said.

Suspected Swine Flu: AMU suspends all classes till Feb 25

By TCN News, Aligarh: In view of some confirmed and some suspected cases of Swine Flu, the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has suspended all classes in the University and its maintained institutions including schools till February 25, 2015.

Six die as police fire on protestors in Rajasthan

By IANS

Jaipur : At least six people were killed in Rajasthan Tuesday when police opened fire to disperse thousands of Gujjars who had blocked a national highway demanding that they be included in the Scheduled Tribe list.

Protesters alleging torture lay siege on West Bengal police station

By IANS, Kolkata : Irate locals lay siege Friday to a West Bengal police station and blocked roads in West Midnapore district protesting against alleged torture and arrest of "innocent" students following Sunday's landmine blast. The blast was triggered by suspected Maoist ultras on the convoy of two union ministers and West Bengal Chief Minister Budhhadeb Bhattacharjee. "About two to three hundred locals staged a demonstration at the Lalgarh police station demanding release of three arrested students," state Inspector General of police (Law and Order) Raj Kanojia told IANS here.

BJP slams Congress for blocking OBC bill

Bhubaneswar, (IANS): The BJP National Executive hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the NDA government on Sunday for enacting a bill to grant constitutional...

Bridge the gap between modern educated and ulema: Maulana Parvez Alam Qasmi

By TwoCircles.net news desk Mumbai: Muslims Ummah has two group of educated people, one who are educated in modern subjects and others who master Islamic studies. Both groups need to work together, said Maulana Parvez Alam Qasmi a scholar in Islamic jurisprudence and Mohadith at Jamia Jalalia Hojai, Assam. He was addressing the students at the annual 'Convocation 2006-7' of Markazul Ma'arif Education & Research Centre (MMERC), Mumbai, this Sunday.

Curfew in Srinagar to prevent Muharram procession

By IANS, Srinagar : Several parts of Srinagar were placed under curfew Friday to prevent the main procession from being taken out on Muharram.

Don’t spy on Muslims, says Achuthanandan

By IANS, Thiruvananthapuram: Opposition leader V.S. Achuthanandan Tuesday blasted the Kerala government for allegedly spying the email accounts of Muslim leaders.

Rice, Israeli minister discuss Gaza

By Xinhua Jerusalem : Visiting US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met with Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni to discuss Israel's decision to define the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip as a "hostile entity". At a joint press conference after their meeting, Rice told reporters that the Palestinian Hamas is a "hostile entity" to US as well. Israel's Cabinet declared the Gaza Strip a "hostile entity" Wednesday ahead of Rice's visit and said it would cut off power and fuel supplies to the strip.

Netanyahu blasts UNHRC for endorsing Gaza war crimes report

Jerusalem: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has slammed a decision by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to endorse a report accusing Israel and...

दिल्ली दंगा : कड़कड़डूमा अदालत ने दी खालिद सैफी को जमानत

स्टाफ़ रिपोर्टर । Twocircles.net  कड़कड़डूमा अदालत  दिल्ली दंगो के एक मामले में  सामाजिक कार्यकर्ता खालिद सैफी को जमानत दे दी है। इस दौरान अदालत ने...

In tiring election season, Modi made a style statement

New Delhi : For a man who confesses to a penchant to "dress well" and claims his mixing and matching of colours is "god...

I was forced to take extraordinary actions: Musharraf

By IANS Islamabad : Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has said he was forced to take "unpopular and extraordinary actions" because the Afghan conflict and foreign terrorists in his country posed a national threat. Musharraf was referring to imposition of emergency and the promulgation of Provisional Constitution Order in Pakistan Nov 3. In an article for The Washington Post Monday, Musharraf - elected as civilian president Nov 29 after he doffed his military uniform - said such actions have succeeded in minimising violence and Pakistan's vulnerability to attacks.

Indian national missing since Pakistan agencies took him away

Islamabad : An Indian national, who went to help a girl in Pakistan he met on Facebook, has been missing since 2012, a court...

IMRC initiative for Assam’s needy families, beneficiaries happy to receive aid

By TwoCircles.net Staff Reporter, Morigaon (Assam): Akidun Nesha is more than happy to receive a helping hand as she has to strive hard to make her ends meet. Nesha, a widow who lives with her son in Assam’s Morigaon district, is grateful that Indian Muslim Relief and Charities (IMRC) reached out to her and many others like her across the state.

Lawyers to launch drive against Musharraf’s re-election

By IANS Islamabad : Pakistani lawyers will launch a countrywide agitation from Thursday in an effort to block President Pervez Musharraf's re-election bid and to "close the doors on military rule in the country once and for all". A meeting of the National Action Committee of Lawyers here Sunday made a fervent plea for restoring democracy in the country, saying they did not want another army general to replace Musharraf.

AMU to start courses in Islamic Banking and Finance

By TwoCircles.net staff reporter, Aligarh (Uttar Pradesh): In order to cater to ever-increasing demand of trained personnel in the Islamic Banking, the Aligarh Muslim University has decided to start a PG Diploma in Islamic Banking and Finance from the Academic session 2009-2010. The course will be offered by the Department of Business Administration. The University also intends to start PG Diploma in Islamic Insurance and two years Masters course in Islamic Finance.

Two brothers die in Ghaziabad accident

By IANS, Ghaziabad: Two brothers died when the motorcycle they were riding was hit from behind by a speeding truck on the national highway here Tuesday, police said. The incident occurred near Vijay Nagar around 3 p.m. Kapil Agarwal, 22, and Deepanshu Agarwal, 20, who dubbed religious CDs, were going from Noida to Bulandshahr in Uttar Pradesh.

Amarnath deal a surrender to Jammu agitators: academicians

By TwoCircles.net news desk,

New Delhi: If we wish to retain Kashmir as part of our country we should stop treating the Kashmiri people as aliens and let them decide what to do with their land, said noted academicians from across the country reacting over the Amarnath Shrine land deal.

The have expressed grave concern at how the dispute over grant of land to the Amarnath Board in Kashmir is being handled by our political authorities.

Eleven guerrillas, army officer killed in LoC gun battle

By IANS, Srinagar : At least 11 guerrillas and one army officer have been killed in the continuing gun battle between the rebels and the security forces at the Line of Control (LoC) between India and Pakistan in the Tangdhar sector of Jammu and Kashmir. "We had specific information that a group of heavily armed terrorists had infiltrated into the Indian side of the LoC in Tangdhar sector," a defence spokesperson said Wednesday, adding that the battle has been going on for the past three days.

Lajpat Nagar blast sentencing deferred to April 22

By IANS, New Delhi: A city court Saturday deferred to April 22 the sentencing of six people, including a woman, convicted for the 1996 Lajpat Nagar bomb blast that claimed 13 lives. Earlier this week, the prosecution had argued for the death penalty for the convicts while the defence had asked for mercy in the form of life imprisonment for four convicts and a jail term of up to seven years for the two others, held guilty on lesser charges, keeping in mind that they have already spent 14 years in jail while the trial was on. All the accused are from Jammu and Kashmir.

AMU to set up exclusive hostel for foreign students

By IANS, Lucknow : Aligarh Muslim University will now offer exclusive residential facilities to the foreign students enrolled there, a university official said Monday. "A hostel exclusively for foreign students will be set up on the campus," AMU spokesperson Rahat Abrar told IANS on phone. The hostel will cater to the residential needs of about 800 foreign students, especially from Middle East, Africa, South East Asia and other regions, who are pursuing different courses in the varsity, he added.

Modi Govt ad on ‘Muslims shining in Gujarat’ has picture from Azamgarh

By Mumtaz Alam Falahi, TwoCircles.net, New Delhi: Yes, it is fact. Patna dailies today carried one-page Gujarat Government ad on ‘prosperity’ and ‘good living’ of Muslims in the land of Narendra Modi. But the photo that the ad carries to prove the point has just been lifted from Internet. The photo of Muslim girls learning computer is not from Gujarat, rather Azamgarh.

Angered over Adilabad riots Muslims warns Congress of withdrawing support

By Mohammed Siddique, TwoCircles.net, Angered over the communal flare up in Bhainsa in Adilabad district and frustrated over the failure and inaction of the state government, the Muslim leadership in Andhra Pradesh has put the ruling Congress party on notice. The Muttaheda Majlis-e-Amal (United Action Committee), comprising of all the major Muslim organizations in the state, after discussing the communal riots in Bhainsa and Vatoli, which claimed ten lives, directly blamed the Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy and the Home Minister K Jana Reddy for the situation.

1st Haj batch from J&K leave for Saudi Arabia

By IANS: Srinagar, July 14: The first batch of 820 pilgrims from Jammu and Kashmir left for Saudi Arabia on Saturday to perform this year's...

Dogs allowed, but not Muslims

By Farzana Versey, "At around 9.30, I was told that some locals had a problem with me being a Muslim. I was categorically asked to hand over the keys so that my belongings could be shifted out immediately. I was told that I shouldn't enter the building again or I would be hurt." Majid Khan and his wife Gayatri had signed an agreement, gone through police verification and shifted their belongings to enter their new rented home on May 1. The owner Jyoti Rege told Mumbai Mirror, that ran the story, he did not want to rent his flat out anymore.

Kerala HC judge says Muslim Personal law discriminates against women

By TCN Staff Reporter Kozhikode: Kerala High Court Justice B Kemal Pasha on Sunday lashed out against Muslim Personal Law, saying their laws were discriminatory....

Hindutvawadis in American politics

By Ayub Khan The appointment of Sonal Shah to Barack Obama's transition team has rightly garnered the headlines. But this is just the tip of the iceberg. Activists, writers, scholars, and others bearing right wing Hindu extremist ideology have been gradually carving themselves a niche in the American politics, academia, and intelligentsia.

Confused about RTI provisions? Try new portal

By Alkesh Sharma, IANS, Chandigarh : If you want information under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, just visit a new web portal to find out how. The site has been set up - not by the government - but by people and groups in Chandigarh who want to spread awareness about this right. The interactive online web portal - www.rightto.info - has come up thanks to the RTI Users Association which aims to form a strong network of RTI users across the country.

Oman’s Shura Council elections kicks off

By NNN-KUNA Muscat : Thousands of Omani voters flocked to polling stations early Saturday to elect a new Shura Council, Oman's lower house of parliament, for a four-year term. Supervisory committees organized the entry of voters into the stations and verified their voting cards as per relevant regulations set to facilitate the voting process. The number of eligible voters is 388,683 from 61 states. They will cast their ballots at 102 polling stations to elect a new 84-member Shura Council members for a sixth term from 2007 to 2011.

Jamia Millia student to represent India in journalism program in Finland

By TwoCircles.net news desk New Delhi: Dipu Shaw, student of MA (Final) in Convergent Journalism at Jamia Millia Islamia, has been selected to represent India at the 18th Foreign Correspondents’ Programme (FCP) at Helsinki, Finland.

Police denies woman in Purnea battered to death

By TCN Staff Reporter, Purnea (Bihar): Purnea SP Amit Lodha denies that Bibi Shezadi was battered to death by village Panchayat.

Prof Lelyveld delivers lecture on establishment of AMU

TCN News Aligarh: Noted scholar and the author of 'Aligarh's First Generation: Muslim Solidarity in British India', Prof David Lelyveld on Monday meticulously located the history...

Showcause notice to Kerala Congress leader

By IANS, Thiruvananthapuram : The state Congress party has decided to issue a show-cause notice to Aryadan Shoukat, its member who heads the Nilambur village council in Malappuram district, for making derogatory remarks against Indian Union Muslim League supremo Panakkad Syed Muhammedali Shihab Thangal. The Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) is the Congress ally in the United Democratic Front in the state, and the Congress decided to take action against Shoukat to defuse the tension between the two Front partners.

Congress has broken all records of corruption: Narendra Modi

By Syed Miraz Ahmed, Guwahati: At a time when BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is extensively spreading his wings across the nation ahead...

Musharraf boosts media regulator’s powers amid dissent

By DPA

Islamabad : Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf Monday responded to growing concern about government censorship by according state media regulator sweeping new powers to act against television channels deemed to be in breach of codes of conduct.

Man accused of Rs.260 mn fraud extradited from Germany

By IANS New Delhi : The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Monday brought back Amarendra Nath Ghosh, accused of cheating several nationalised banks to the tune of Rs.260 million during 1994-1995, in an air ambulance after Germany cleared his extradition. "Ghosh, accused of swindling banks to the tune of Rs.260 million, has been brought back from Munich in a special flight under the strict supervision of the agency officials and three Indian doctors after the German authorities cleared the extradition process," a senior CBI official told IANS.

RAMADAN SPECIAL SERIES: A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A SALESMAN DURING THE EID...

Between attending to customers and praying in the mosque, Shakeel Ahmed Khan is on his feet after iftaar  UbairUlHameed As the night begins to draw to...

ज्योतिबा फुले से उपेंद्र कुशवाहा तक…

काशिफ़ यूनुस जो लोग उपेंद्र कुशवाहा के उन दिनों के संघर्ष से वाक़िफ़ हैं, जब वो राष्ट्रीय लोक समता पार्टी के गठन का प्रयास...

JD-U calls for debate on triple talaq in Parliament, assemblies

New Delhi, (IANS): The Janata Dal United (JD-U) on Monday called for "wide ranging debates" on triple talaq, or instant divorce, in Parliament as...

Hindu leaders want law to build Ram temple in Ayodhya

By IANS, Chandigarh: Hindu leaders and members of a city-based NGO Sunday demanded the enactment of a law for constructing a Ram temple at the Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya.

Shutdown favouring beef ban affects life in Jammu

Jammu: Life in Jammu was affected on Saturday by a protest shutdown called against cow slaughter and a beef party held by a state...

West Bengal paper leak mastermind held

By IANS, Kolkata : The kingpin of the racket in the state Joint Entrance Examination, who allegedly leaked this year's medical entrance question papers, was Wednesday arrested by the West Bengal Criminal Investigation Department (CID). "We have arrested Manas Patra, the kingpin of the racket, from Tikiapara area in Kolkata's twin district Howrah. We intercepted him when he was boarding a bus," CID Special Inspector General Niraj Narayan Pandey told IANS.

Agra’s Eid fervour dampened by terror, financial crisis

By IANS, Agra : The customary Eid fervour in Agra is clearly missing this time around with the terror attacks in Mumbai and the recessionary trends casting a shadow over the festivities. Many Muslim leaders have urged people to observe the Bakr-Eid festival, which falls Tuesday, with austerity in the wake of the terror attacks in Mumbai. Uttar Pradesh All Party Muslim Action Committee general secretary Mohammed Aslam Sheikh asked Muslims to celebrate Eid in a simple manner in memory of the Mumbai victims.

क्या नाम है!…अशफ़ाक़…पांच गोलिया चलीं और बेवा हो गई 11 दिन की दुल्हन

इसरार अहमद, twocircles.net दिल्ली। क़रीब 50 लोगों की मौत के बाद पूर्वी दिल्ली के इलाक़ों में हिंसा थम गई है। इन तीन दिनों में कई...

Unawareness making govt.’s monetary assistance scheme for divorced Muslim women useless

By TwoCircles.net staff reporter,

Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh): The state has already in place a welfare scheme for poor and divorced Muslim women but due to lack of awareness about the scheme, its funds are returned to the government.

Vajpayee tenure blemishless; Kargil, Gujarat riots not a blot: Advani

New Delhi:As the government named Atal Bihari Vajpayee for the Bharat Ratna, senior BJP leader L.K. Advani Wednesday said the former prime minister's tenure...

Kaviko Abdul Rahman is New Chairman of TN Wakf Board

By Najiya O., TwoCircles.net, Famous Tamil poet and Islamic scholar ‘Kaviko’ Abdul Rahman has been elected the new chairman of the Tamil Nadu State Wakf Board. He is the first poet to be in the place. Known as one of the top ten Tamil poets of the era, ‘Kaviko’ has won several state and national awards. The Sahitya Academy Award was conferred upon him for the famous work ‘Aalaapanai’, thus making him the first Tamil Muslim to get the prestigious honour.

Kashmir fourth phase turnout dips to less than 50 percent

Jammu/Srinagar : The fourth phase of the Jammu and Kashmir assembly election Sunday saw less than half of the over 14 lakh voters turning...

‘Fitnah’ movie condemnable: Tanzeem Ulema-e-Hind

By TwoCircles.net staff reporter

Saharanpur: Tanzeem Ulema-e-Hind has strongly protested against the release of the anti-Islam film on Internet by Dutch Member of Parliament Geert Wilders.

6 tribal elders killed in Afghanistan

By Xinhua Kabul : Six tribal elders were killed Sunday when unidentified gunmen attacked their vehicle in western Afghan province of Herat, the local police said. "Unknown gunmen opened fire on a civilian vehicle at around 10 a.m. local time in Gazara district, killing six people and injuring another," Noor Khan Nikzad told Xinhua. Nikzad blamed the Taliban for the attack, though there was no immediate word from the terror network claiming responsibility.

Anantnag bypoll postponed on state’s request

Jammu : The Election Commission on Thursday postponed the May 16 bypoll to Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag assembly constituency on the state government's request. Announcing...

Salesman robbed of Rs.1.15 lakh in Ghaziabad

By IANS, Ghaziabad: In yet another daylight robbery here, two motorcycle-borne men Tuesday assaulted and looted Rs.1.15 lakh in cash from a sales representative, police said. The crime took place around 5 p.m. near Karhera locality of Ghaziabad, an official said. Neeraj Kumar, a sales representative of Vodafone mobile phone company, was carrying Rs.1.15 lakh cash of his day's sale and was going on his motorbike to deposit the money with the office at Nehru Nagar.

Fatima Nafees and Hadiya: How Muslim women fight Islamophobia and the ‘Collective Conscience’

By Nazish Hussain for TwoCircles.net What does it take to withstand the persistent atrocities and oppression by state authorities against you? The ordeal of two...

Prior conviction not needed for preventive detention: apex court

New Delhi, June 26 (IANS) In a significant ruling, the Supreme Court has held that conviction of a person in criminal offences is not a prerequisite for his arrest under preventive detention laws that could see him jailed without trial. A vacation bench of Justice Arijit Pasayat and Justice P.P. Naolekar last week ruled that a person facing trial in more than two criminal offences can be described as a "dangerous person" or "habitual offender" and be arrested under preventive detention laws.

Hamas praises Iranians’ mass protest on Qods Day

By NNN-IRNA Tehran : The Islamic Resistance Movement of Palestine 'Hamas' on Saturday issued a statement to appreciate millions of Iranians who marked the Qods Day on Friday protest rallies. According to the Palestine website centre, the statement said Iranian Muslims supported Palestinian oppressed nation via holding protest rallies throughout Iran. The public support will definitely give hope to Qods fighters and Palestinian oppressed people as well as make global public opinion aware of current realities in the usurped territory, the statement read.

‘Second wife’s rights must be protected, but Fiza case different’

By IANS, New Delhi : The National Commission for Women (NCW) Friday sought amendments in the criminal law by which the second wife's rights are protected. It, however, pointed out that the case of former Haryana deputy chief minister Chander Mohan's second wife Fiza was different.

Kashmiri women’s group ups ante on V-Day

By IANS, Srinagar : Activists of Kashmiri women's separatist group Dukhtaran-e-Millat (Daughters of the Faith) raided some restaurants here Saturday to foil Valentine's Day celebrations, saying it was un-Islamic. The group's chief, Asiya Andrabi, headed a small group of her activists who visited some hotels and restaurants in the city centre Lal Chowk area. "We did not find anybody observing the vulgar and immoral celebrations connected with the so-called Valentine's Day here," Asiya told reporters.

Five killed, scores injured as bridge collapses in Pakistan

By IANS Karachi : At least five people were killed and scores injured Saturday when a portion of the newly inaugurated Sher Shah Northern bypass bridge caved in at Paracha Chowk here, Online news agency reported. Authorities said the toll could mount as a large number of people rescued had sustained grievous injuries and many more were trapped under the rubble. Hospital sources confirmed two bodies had been brought to their mortuary.

Indian experts fear more violence in Pakistan

By IANS

New Delhi : Unless Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf shows resolve, the storming of the Lal Masjid would be only a small manifestation of the bigger game that will play out in the coming weeks, resulting in the disintegration of social structures, say Indian strategic experts.

मौक़ापरस्ती, पैसे और रसूख का खेल बना मुशावरत का चुनाव!

Afroz Alam Sahil, TwoCircles.net ‘ऑल इंडिया मुस्लिम मजलिस-ए-मुशावरत’ के चुनाव में इस बार काफी हलचल रही. इस बार का चुनाव पिछले चुनाव से काफी अलग...

YES awards scholarship to poor students

By Shafaque Alam for TwoCircles.net,

Months after riots, Indian refugees are still suffering

By James Mutti, India Country Specialist, Amnesty International USA, The riots that killed over 50 people and engulfed the northern Indian district of Muzaffarnagar in August and September of 2013 have been over for months.

700 Bangladesh fishermen take shelter in India

Dhaka, Sep 25 (IANS) Over 700 Bangladeshi fishermen aboard 50 trawlers, who were feared missing, have taken shelter in different coastal areas in West Bengal. They cannot return to their trawlers because of high waves in the Bay of Bengal triggered by sudden storms, according to some of the fishermen who have reportedly contacted their companies. The trawlers are anchored at Ketua in 24 Parganas district, and Naamkhana and Shankarpur of East Midnapore district, according to reports obtained here from the stranded fishermen.

International Minority Rights Day Observed

By TCN News, Aligarh: The Department of Political Science, Aligarh Muslim University organized a Panel Discussion on the Rights of Minorities in the Seminar Library...

Taslima should be given Indian citizenship: CPI leader

By IANS New Delhi : Communist Party of India (CPI) leader Gurudas Dasgupta Friday made a strong plea for granting protection and even citizenship to exiled Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen. "A lady in distress should have a place to stay and I appeal to protect her," Dasgupta said in the Lok Sabha, adding that he would be happy if she decided to stay in Kolkata and offered protection there.

Daughter in law of Millat Council supremo moves to court against harassment, dowry demands

By TwoCircles.net Staff Reporter In a major development, a woman who is the daughter-in-law of the Aala Hazrat clan is fighting against demands of...

Zeeshan Ali: first Muslim girl from Bihar to win Fulbright Fellowship

By Mumtaz Alam Falahi, TwoCircles.net, Patna: Bringing laurel to Bihar and her community, Zeeshan Ali has won Fulbright Fellowship from the United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF). She will be the first Muslim girl from Bihar to have been awarded the prestigious fellowship. “I was quite surprised when the news was broken on me. I really feel honored. I am happy beyond bounds,” says Zeeshan, Patna University Ph.D. student, talking to TwoCircles.net.
Zeeshan Ali

Reporting terror: Fasih’s story

By Kashif-ul-Huda, TwoCircles.net

Journalists slam government ‘control’ over press

New Delhi, (IANS): A number of journalists and activists on Tuesday attacked the Narendra Modi government for breeding an "environment of fear" among the press. At...

Hit by terror blast, Ahmedabad boy battles for life

By IANS,

Ahmedabad : Two days after the serial bombings, a six-year-old boy was Monday battling for his life in a hospital here.

Mohammad Idris was with his mother Sukrabanu at Narol Chokdi Saturday evening when one of the 21 coordinated blasts hit them. The two were rushed to the V.S. Hospital.

Idris suffered serious head injuries as splinters had lodged in his brain. He has been in intensive care and on a ventilator and has not regained consciousness ever since.

Assam’s Bodo heartland rocked by fresh rebel turf war

By IANS, Guwahati : The Bodo tribal heartland, in northeastern India's Assam state, is being rocked by a fresh rebel turf war, a week after a frontline separatist group drawn from the community submitted its charter of demands to federal authorities in New Delhi for the start of peace talks.

‘Character-assassination a hallmark of NC tactics’

By News Agency of Kashmir

Jammu : Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the National Conference (NC) of utilizing the party's established dubious means of character-assassination of its rivals through propaganda to score political points. "The present premeditated campaign against the two PDP ministers is a part of the NC's same age-old tactics for the sake of its own survival," a PDP spokesman said.

DPRK official expresses support to Syria’s restoration of Golan

By Xinhua Damascus : A visiting DPRK official on Saturday expressed support to Syria's right to restore the occupied Golan Heights, the official SANA news agency reported. Chairman of the Supreme People's Assembly of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Choi Tae-bok made the remarks during meetings with Assistant Secretary General of the ruling al-Baath party Abdullah al-Ahmar and Assistant Regional Secretary of the party Mohammad Saiid Bkhaitan.

Court adjourns hearing on Kodnani’s bail plea

By Abdul Hameed, TwoCircles.net Mumbai: Former Gujarat cabinet minister Maya Kodnani will have to spend some more days in the jail as the sessions court in Ahmedabad on Friday reportedly adjourned the hearing on her bail plea till April 27. Kodnani, accused in the Naroda massacre case, approached the court last week seeking release on bail. Earlier the court had sent Kodnani to judicial custody after her police remand came to an end.

Rahul ‘saddened’ by Saharanpur communal violence

New Delhi : Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Saturday said he was "saddened" to hear about communal clashes in Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh, in...

‘The Spectacular Jihad…’ to hit Indian screens June 26

New Delhi : Monica Dogra and Rahsaan Islam-starrer "The Spectacular Jihad of Taz Rahim" will have its India release on June 26. Directed by Raghav...

AIMMM demands Indian Govt. to offer unconditional apology to Muslims & victims: Tribunal’s lifting...

By Pervez Bari, TwoCircles.net,

Bhopal: The All India Muslim Majlis-e Mushawarat, (AIMMM), president Dr. Zafarul-Islam Khan, while welcoming the verdict of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Tribunal, headed by Justice Gita Mittal, quashing the February 2008 notification by the Indian Federal Home Ministry which had re-imposed the ban on Students Islamic Movement of India, (SIMI), has demanded that the Federal government should offer an unconditional apology to the Muslim community and the victims.

Two Congress leaders arrested in Gujarat

By IANS, Gandhinagar: Two Congress legislators were detained in Santrampur here Thursday to prevent them from attending a welfare meeting for the poor being addressed by Chief Minister Narendra Modi. Paranjaydiptya Sinh, Congress legislator from Santrampur, and Hirabhai Patel, were detained hours before they were to attend the Garib Kalyan Mela being organized by the state government.

CRPF trooper held for extortion

By IANS, Bhubaneswar : A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) trooper was arrested here Wednesday for extorting money from a businessman after posing as a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officer. Hemant Kumar Barik was caught red handed while taking Rs.1 lakh, part of the Rs.5 crore he had demanded from a businessman. "We have arrested him while taking Rs.1 lakh. He had demanded Rs.5 crore from the businessman. He was extorting money assuring the businessman of clearing some tax cases," Additional Superintendent of CBI P.K. Panigrahi said.

Falling trend of major rivers help improve flood situation in Bangladesh

By NNN-BSS Dhaka : The falling trend of the major rivers, including the Brahmaputra-Jamuna and the Ganges-Padma, have further improved the flood situation in Bangladesh, sources at the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) said here Sunday. The sources told BSS the overall flood situation might improve as the rivers are likely to maintain their falling trends. But some of the rivers prone to flash floods due to on rush of upstream water in the north-east and in the south eastern hill basin have shown rising trends, the sources said.

Beef ban: Another boost to food fascism

The recent comprehensive ban on not just cow slaughter but on bullock and calf as well makes Maharashtra the 14th state to do so, which means half of India has already gone that way. By Dr Mohammad Manzoor Alam, It was Mahatma Gandhi’s advocacy of ahimsa (non-violence) in general and his concern for cow protection in particular that is reflected in the Directive Principles of the Constitution making it incumbent on the state to work for cow protection.

Shivpal Singh Yadav in rebel mood again, threatens to join Congress in February

By TwoCircles.net Staff Reporter Shivpal Singh Yadav, a senior leader from Samajwadi Party and Yadav family member, again showed his displeasure on Wednesday over the...

Mumbai attack: all religion memorial service on Christmas Day

By TwoCircles.net staff reporter Mumbai: The Bombay Catholic Sabha, in association with other NGOs, citizens’ groups, will organise an all religion memorial service on Christmas Day at Azad Maidan, opposite CST station which witnessed bloodbath on November 26. The memorial service is to commemorate in honour of all those who lost their lives in the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai including the brave Policemen, Army Commandos and Citizens. This day also completes 30 days after the painful terror attack on the city of Mumbai.

Siege protest against Koodankulam nuclear plant

By TCN News, Koodankulam (Tamil Nadu): People’s Movement against Nuclear Energy (PMANE) staged a ‘siege protest’ against the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP).

Muslim leaders urge the new Maharashtra govt for adequate Muslim representation

By TwoCircles.net Staff reporter, Mumbai: Maharashtra Muslims are once again finding their feet cold in the state with the advent of the BJP government for the first time, that has completely ignored the single largest minority in its formation of the government and assigning of portfolios. The Muslim leaders in the state are aggrieved with community’s non-representation in BJP’s first state government and are planning to meet the core BJP leadership along with new CM Devendra Fadnavis.

15 nabbed for molesting NRI girls on New Year

By IANS Mumbai : Fifteen youths were arrested here late Thursday night in connection with the alleged molestation of two NRI girls from California on New Year. Of those arrested, two had surrendered before the Mumbai police. The police action comes more than 48 hours after the incident in which a rowdy group of New Year revellers allegedly ripped off the clothes of the two girls, who originally belong to Valsad in south Gujarat.

हीरो बन गया है आतंकी को दबोचने वाला सिपाही शहजाद

आस मोहमद कैफ, TwoCircles.net कैराना(उत्तर प्रदेश): पंजाब की नाभा जेल से आतंकियों को भगाने का मास्टरमाइंड का शामली पुलिस के ज़रिए दबोचा जाना देशभर में...

Mexican gang leader gets 101 years for kidnapping

By IANS/EFE, Mexico City : The leader of a kidnapping gang employed by drug traffickers in Mexico has been sentenced to 101 years and nine months in prison, officials have said. Jose Alfredo Torres Contreras of the Los Linces gang from Jalisco state was also ordered to pay a fine of 1.04 million pesos ($87,000) for his involvement in organised crime, the Attorney General's Office said Thursday. Five other gang members got prison sentences ranging from 50 to 75 years, it said.

IMRC launches 4 projects aimed at Muslim empowerment, preserving historical treasure

By Raqib Hameed Naik, Twocircles.net The US-based charity organisation Indian Muslim Relief and Charities (IMRC) has added four new projects to be completed by 2017...

Pakistan mine blast toll rises to 45

By IANS, Islamabad : The toll in a coal mine explosion in southwest Pakistan's Balochistan province rose to 45 Monday, a minister said, as hopes of finding any survivors faded.

SC to decide on course of Ayodhya hearing on Jan 10

New Delhi, Jan 4 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Friday said the bench that will hear a batch of cross petitions challenging the 2010...

Muslim vote; set it free

By Dr.Mookhi Amir Ali, Since the days of Nehru Muslims are prone to vote en bloc. In the process they have converted themselves into a vote bank. Muslim leaders for their own vested interests have been manipulating the community into voting as they, the leaders, desired. A community of such a large size has exposed itself to exploitation. It is encouraged to give prime preference to the issues related only to them.

Discontents of democracy

By Asghar Ali Engineer,

Democracy is supposed to be the best form of governance but experience both of western and eastern countries show a wide gap between theory and practice. Nothing that pertains to human beings can approximate, let alone be equal to ideals. Philosophers also say real is not ideal and ideal is not real. Democracy is no exception. Democracy is an ideal but its practice within a given society makes it operation extremely complex.

Indian Cultural Society, UAE’s new officer bearers elected

By TCN News, Ajman (UAE): The Indian Cultural Society UAE, an NRI wing of SDPI, formation of central committee at its meeting here elected the new office bearers for the duration of three years. Aliyar from Kerala was elected as the president, Naseer Karaje from Karnataka was elected as the general secretary, Hasan TM as vice president and Munavar and Naushad were elected as secretaries during a programme held on April 17, 2015, a release from Indian Cultural Society, UAE, said here.

लोहिया के ही खिलाफ खड़ी हो रही समाजवादी सरकार – रिहाई मंच

By TCN News, लखनऊ: शिरडी में संविधान निर्माता अंबेडकर के गाने का रिंगटोन बजने पर दलित युवक की हत्या को रिहाई मंच ने फासिस्ट शक्तियों की क्रूरता का एक और उदाहरण कहते हुए दोषियों के खिलाफ कार्रवाई की मांग की है. इसके साथ मंच ने राजस्थान में नागौर जिले के कई गावों में हुए दलित उत्पीड़न का पुरजोर विरोध किया है.

Maulana Abul Hussain Sabiri, first North-East India Jamaat member, no more

A prolific poet, his Urdu poem Tarana-e-Assam is part of the 12th class curriculum of the state education board of Assam. By TwoCircles.net Staff Reporter, Guwahati: Maulana Abul Hussain Mazumdar – popularly known as Sabiri Saab – the eminent Islamic scholar, writer as well as the first Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) member from the north-east India, has passed away.

NGO plans children’s march in support of Earth Hour

New Delhi : For the Earth Hour on Saturday, an NGO for children from disadvantaged backgrounds, has organised a march to spread awareness about...

Another hate speech from Hyderabad, this time it is Swami Kamalananda

By TCN News Hyderabad: Barely a day has passed since the arrest of Majlis MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi that there is a report of a new hate speech by Swami Kamalanand Bharthi of Hindu Rakshana Vedika.

In Jamia Nagar, they came in droves to vote for change

By IANS, New Delhi : With the controversial Sep 19 Jamia Nagar shootout and the pathetic infrastructure in their area on mind, people in the Muslim-dominated Okhla constituency came out in large numbers Saturday to vote for change in the Delhi assembly elections. Development -- or the lack of it -- and the gunbattle in Batla House locality in which two alleged terrorists and a police officer were killed were the chief concerns of the candidates and voters.

Holiday mood in Jammu as polling begins

By IANS, Jammu : The sky was overcast in this winter capital of Jammu and Kashmir Thursday morning and residents took it easy on an extra holiday, while security forces kept their fingers on the trigger as polling began. Polling for the six Lok Sabha seats in Jammu and Kashmir has been split over all five phases of this April-May general elections, keeping in mind threats to the polls from Islamist militants.

Martyrdom and Houris

By Asghar Ali Engineer, A top police officer wrote to me what is the Qur’anic basis of the belief that those who became martyr will go to paradise and will be awarded with 70 houris (hurs). This becomes an incentive for terrorists to die in the ‘cause of Islam’. Unfortunately it is commonly believed by Muslims that hours are feminine gender and some men even boast that Allah has promised hours to men and nothing to women.

Nuh encounter: A night before killing, Munfaid was called by the police to do...

By Staff Reporter, TwoCircles.net The encounter of Munfaid on September 16, 2017, in Mewat district of Haryana is showing many loopholes in the police's theory....

Court orders child murder suspect to remain in custody

By DPA, Stockholm : A Swedish district court Saturday ordered a 31-year-old German woman to remain in custody on suspicion of beating two children to death in March. The remand custody hearing in Vasteras, about 100 km west of Stockholm, was held behind closed doors and an interpreter was present. The German student was extradited to Sweden Tuesday, and Friday police in Vasteras held a three-hour interview with her. The woman has maintained she was innocent of allegations she killed the two children, aged one and three.

Massive searches on in J&K’s Pulwama

Srinagar, Sep 22 (IANS) The security forces started a massive search operation covering over a dozen villages in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district on...

Musharraf declares emergency, suspends constitution

By Muhammad Najeeb, IANS Islamabad : Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf declared a state of emergency Saturday evening, suspending the constitution and ordering troops to secure key government buildings. "The chief of the army staff (Musharraf) has proclaimed state of emergency and issued provisional constitutional order (PCO)," a brief announcement on the state-run Pakistan Television (PTV) said at 6.10 p.m. Pakistan time without giving any details. All private news channels were immediately taken off the air.

Mumbai Blast: List of injured in Saifee hospital

By TCN Staff Reporter, 1. Harish Mehta 22 yrs 2. Harish Lakhani 34 yrs 3. Santosh Jabde 43 yrs 4. Tayyab bhai Abdullah 60 yrs 5. Dinesh 13 yrs 6. Jitendra Kantilal Shah 57 yrs

SIO felicitates WB qualifiers of National Muslim Talent Search Examination

By Zaidul Haque, TwoCircles.net, Kolkata: As many as 113 meritorious students, including 17 girls, from West Bengal were felicitated by the Students Islamic Organisation (SIO) for clearing the National Muslim Talent Search Examination. The SIO felicitated the students in collaboration with New Delhi-based Human Welfare Foundation (HWF) at a function held on November 22, 2014 at the TB Association Hall here.

World’s largest democracy all set for Lok Sabha battle

By Shweta Sharma and M.R. Narayan Swamy, New Delhi : Staggered parliamentary election to decide who will get to govern India the next five years...

Karnataka Urdu Academy organizes national seminar on Sir Syed

By TCN News Aligarh: "Notwithstanding Sir Syed’s intent on education and social reforms, his movement is basically braced for bringing about equality and this is the...

Empower Indian Muslims with education: Indian-American philanthropist

By Arun Kumar Washington: Expressing sadness at the educational plight of Indian Muslims, an Indian-American entrepreneur and philanthropist has called for the community's active...

Jawahar Hussain: Keeping alive a century old craft

By TwoCircles.net special correspondent Lucknow: While passing through the narrow alley of Chikankari market in Old Lucknow, a subtle sound of hammer and chisel strikes your ear. The sound that started off a century ago is an effort by an engraving artist, Jawahar Hussain to preserve his ancestral art, notwithstanding a meager profit that he makes out of it. Jawahar (76) and his two sons Mohamad Hussain (45) and Dildar Hussain (39) make their living by engraving images on gold and silver and carving out many other state of art products without any machine assistance.

A coffee table book in aid of Bahadur Shah Zafar’s descendants

By IANS, New Delhi : Sultana Begum, the great granddaughter of the last Mughal emperor of India, Bahadur Shah Zafar, has found an unusual saviour - a coffee table book on the former prime ministers of India. The book, 'The Prime Ministers of India - 1947-2009' has been compiled by journalist Shivnath Jha and his teacher wife Neena Jha to raise money for Sultana Begum's rehabilitation. Sultana Begum, a poor widow with four daughters, sells tea in a kiosk in Shibpur, a semi-urban township, 80 km southwest of Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal.

Popular Front activists come out to clean Bangalore streets

By TwoCircles.net News Desk, New Delhi: As part of its 15-days National Public Health Campaign, about 100 activists of Popular Front of India today came out to clean streets in the capital city of Bangalore in Karnataka. PFI carried "Healthy People Healthy Nation" a national public health awareness campaign 1 to 15th November 2009. The aim of the campaign was to create public awareness about the importance of physical and health care and also people’s role in keeping the environment clean, pollution free and hygienic.

No case of ‘love jihad’ in Himachal: Government

Shimla : The Congress government in Himachal Pradesh Tuesday said no case of 'love jihad', religious conversion and illegal intrusion of Bangladeshi labourers has...

Kerala: No need of NIA probe into attack on college lecturer

By TCN Staff Reporter, Thiruvananthapuram: On Monday, 6th September, the Kerala government told the High Court that the state police has been probing the attack by PFI activists on TJ Joseph, the lecturer of Newman college, in an effective manner with some breakthrough. So there was no need to assign this case to the National Investigative Agency (NIA). The statement was part of a fresh counter-affidavit filed by the Deputy Secretary (Home) in the court while it was hearing a petition seeking a probe into the incident by the NIA.

An appeal to come out and vote

By Mohammed Saleem, TwoCircles.net, Assembly elections in Karnataka is on May 5 and voting will begin at 7.0 AM.

Congress workers oppose alliance with NC in Kashmir

Jammu : Congress workers Saturday told the party top brass that they must not fight the forthcoming assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir in...
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