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    By IANS,

    Srinagar : The Jammu and Kashmir Police CID, which is responsible for certifying the antecedents of passport aspirants, said Monday under the state government's new policy, nobody is being denied a passport because a family member or relative is found to be involved in militancy.

    The clarification came after Chief Minister Omar Abdullah commented on the passport application of local girl Sufeera Jan, after reports in a section of media said she had been denied because of her uncle's involvement in militancy.

    "I have asked CID to look into the passport case of Sufaira. Will revert with the facts once I have them," Abdullah posted on his Twitter site Monday.

    The chief minister tweeted later: "Needless to say she will NOT be denied a passport because of her uncle's past. All such pending cases of previous denials are being cleared."

    A CID spokesman later said that the news carried in a section of media incorrectly reported today that Sufeera, daughter of Nazir Ahmed Ganaie, resident of Beerwa (Badgam) has been denied a passport due to an adverse report from the CID.

    The spokesman said that in the case of Sufeera, the CID reports are clear and favour her for the issuance of the passport. Documents relating to her clearance are under process and are being sent to the passport officer, he said.

    The spokesman clarified that the issuance of passports and the verifications thereof, being of public interest and importance, are being given top priority.

    A number of cases which were earlier sent as 'Not recommended' prior to the announcement of the new guidelines by the state government, are being reviewed and clearances are being issued after due diligence, he added.

    The spokesman said that for facilitating fast track disposal of the pending verifications, CID headquarters has been holding public hearing on every Thursday where a number of applicants seek clearances especially for Haj and admissions in foreign countries.

    Till 2009, passports were denied even if any relative or family member of the applicant was found involved in militant violence.

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    By IANS,

    Bangalore : A group of 25 college students from Jammu and Kashmir's border Rajouri and Poonch districts arrived here Monday with their teachers for a firsthand account of the technological advances made in the Karnataka capital.

    "The students from colleges in the two border districts of the northern state, who are on a study tour across the country, have visited the campus of Infosys Ltd in the electronics city, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) to know developments in science and technology," an official said.

    The study tour, organised by the 38 Rashtriya Rifles of the Indian army, gave an opportunity for the students to travel outside their native state for the first time.

    "It is a rare opportunity for us to see these global organisations in our country and learn about their achievements," said Umer Farooq, one of the students from a remote village in Rajouri district.

    A defence spokesman said the countrywide trip was aimed at instilling a sense of awareness on national integration among the students for greater unity in diversity.

    "The students interacted with Major Gen. A.K. Singh, general officer commanding of the Karnataka and Kerala sub area at our local army headquarters in the city," the spokesman said.

    The group also met Indian legendary bowlers Anil Kumble and Javagal Srinath at the Chinnaswamy stadium in the city centre.

    The group will be visiting the renowned Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium and the Visvesaraya industrial museum in the city Tuesday.

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  • 08/05/13--10:28: Ramadan 1434: Hafiz-ul-Quran
  • By Swastik Pal,

    Md Ajij, 15 stands on the balcony of one of the oldest mosque in the city, Nakhoda Masjid. He is a hafiz-ul-quran, he can recite the entire Quran from memory.


    TCN series on Ramadan 1434:

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    By TCN News

    New Delhi: Pope Francis has sent a message to Muslims on the occasion of Eid. In this message he called for mutual respect among Christians and Muslims which he hopes to achieve by education.

    Pope called both the community to respect each other especially "to respect the religion of the other, its teachings, its symbols, its values. Particular respect is due to religious leaders and to places of worship. How painful are attacks on one or other of these!"

    Pope's message in India was distributed by Rev. Fr. Dr. Anthoniraj Thumma who is the Secretary, ndhra Pradesh Bishops’ Council Commission for Inter-religious Dialogue.

    Full statement:


    To Muslims throughout the World

    It gives me great pleasure to greet you as you celebrate ‘Id al-Fitr’, so concluding the month of Ramadan, dedicated mainly to fasting, prayer and almsgiving.

    It is a tradition by now that, on this occasion, the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue sends you a message of good wishes, together with a proposed theme for common reflection. This year, the first of my Pontificate, I have decided to sign this traditional message myself and to send it to you, dear friends, as an expression of esteem and friendship for all Muslims, especially those who are religious leaders.

    As you all know, when the Cardinals elected me as Bishop of Rome and Universal Pastor of the Catholic Church, I chose the name of “Francis”, a very famous saint who loved God and every human being deeply, to the point of being called “universal brother”. He loved, helped and served the needy, the sick and the poor; he also cared greatly for creation.

    I am aware that family and social dimensions enjoy a particular prominence for Muslims during this period, and it is worth noting that there are certain parallels in each of these areas with Christian faith and practice.

    This year, the theme on which I would like to reflect with you and with all who will read this message is one that concerns both Muslims and Christians: Promoting Mutual Respect through Education.

    This year’s theme is intended to underline the importance of education in the way we understand each other, built upon the foundation of mutual respect. “Respect” means an attitude of kindness towards people for whom we have consideration and esteem. “Mutual” means that this is not a one-way process, but something shared by both sides.

    What we are called to respect in each person is first of all his life, his physical integrity, his dignity and the rights deriving from that dignity, his reputation, his property, his ethnic and cultural identity, his ideas and his political choices. We are therefore called to think, speak and write respectfully of the other, not only in his presence, but always and everywhere, avoiding unfair criticism or defamation. Families, schools, religious teaching and all forms of media have a role to play in achieving this goal.

    Turning to mutual respect in interreligious relations, especially between Christians and Muslims, we are called to respect the religion of the other, its teachings, its symbols, its values. Particular respect is due to religious leaders and to places of worship. How painful are attacks on one or other of these!

    It is clear that, when we show respect for the religion of our neighbours or when we offer them our good wishes on the occasion of a religious celebration, we simply seek to share their joy, without making reference to the content of their religious convictions.

    Regarding the education of Muslim and Christian youth, we have to bring up our young people to think and speak respectfully of other religions and their followers, and to avoid ridiculing or denigrating their convictions and practices.

    We all know that mutual respect is fundamental in any human relationship, especially among people who profess religious belief. In this way, sincere and lasting friendship can grow.

    When I received the Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Holy See on 22 March 2013, I said: “It is not possible to establish true links with God, while ignoring other people. Hence it is important to intensify dialogue among the various religions, and I am thinking particularly of dialogue with Islam. At the Mass marking the beginning of my ministry, I greatly appreciated the presence of so many civil and religious leaders from the Islamic world.” With these words, I wished to emphasize once more the great importance of dialogue and cooperation among believers, in particular Christians and Muslims, and the need for it to be enhanced.

    With these sentiments, I reiterate my hope that all Christians and Muslims may be true promoters of mutual respect and friendship, in particular through education.

    Finally, I send you my prayerful good wishes, that your lives may glorify the Almighty and give joy to those around you.

    Happy Feast to you all!

    From the Vatican, 10 July 2013


    Forwarded by:

    Rev. Fr. Dr. Anthoniraj Thumma,

    Secretary, APBC Commission for Inter-religious Dialogue


    Visiting Professor in Contextual Theology

    Deputy Secretary, Andhra Pradesh Bishops’ Council (APBC)

    Executive Secretary, Andhra Pradesh Federation of Churches (APFC)

    Regional Director, Commission for Ecumenism & Interfaith Dialogue

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  • 08/05/13--19:33: Ramadan 1434: Iftar table
  • By Savad Rahman

    In Kerala, a printing press of Madhyamam daily newspaper turns into an Iftar table.

    Savad Rahman is Sr. Subeditor at Madhyamam Daily, Perinthalmanna, Kerala.


    TCN series on Ramadan 1434:

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    By IANS,

    Lucknow: Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Zevar and not suspended IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal, who was SDM Sadar of Noida, razed the boundary wall of an under construction mosque, said a report from the local intelligence unit (LIU) that pushed the Uttar Pradesh government to the back foot Tuesday.

    The report was submitted to the state government July 27, the day when hours later Durga Shakti Nagpal was given marching orders and was attached to the state revenue board.

    Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav Monday made it clear that UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav's decision in this matter was correct and that there was no option to go back now.

    Notwithstanding the letter written by Congress president Sonia Gandhi to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that treatment to the officials should be fair, Mulayam Singh Yadav said the decision to suspend her was "final".

    Sources in the government while confirming the LIU report said the political leadership of the state government has "decided not to go back in this matter now".

    Akhilesh Yadav has maintained that the decision to suspend the SDM was an administrative decision taken to thwart any communal flare up in the Kadalpur village of Noida after Nagpal's decision.

    In the detailed intelligence report, the LIU team says that a mosque was being constructed in Kadalpur village falling under the Raghupura police station and that a 10 feet high wall was being constructed.

    When the report reached the district administration that the mosque was being built on government land, without requisite permission, SDM Zevar and station house officer of Raghupura reached the construction site at 1 p.m. and after inspection of the construction, ordered the demolition of the wall.

    This means that at the time of the demolition, the suspended IAS officer was nowhere near the mosque construction site.

    The district magistrate of Noida had earlier given a clean chit to Nagpal in the matter and the chief minister had then taken cited "other reports" including that of the LIU as the reason for suspending the IAS official.

    The LIU report goes on to add that in the predominantly Muslim village, the Samajwadi Party (SP) Lok Sabha candidate and minister rank holder Narendra Bhati had inaugurated the mosque three months back, work on which was started with a Rs.51,000 donation from him.

    Bhati, chairman of UP Agro, has however been denying the monetary contribution towards the construction of the mosque.

    Caught in the centre of an unsavoury controversy and public outrage, the state government has so far refused to budge and revoke the lady officials' suspension.

    Akhilesh Yadav, his ministers and party office bearers have time and again justified the decision to suspend Nagpal and have warned of stricter action against errant officials.

    It is widely believed that Nagpal was suspended after a string of complaints against her by the sand mining mafia whom she had taken on. As she seized illegal dumpers, ordered arrests, insiders say, the mining mafia, with many being strong party supporters, the SP government was only waiting for an "excuse to do away with the inconvenient official".

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    By IANS,

    Srinagar: Thousands of Muslims prayed in mosques across the Valley observing 'Shab-e-Qadr', the holiest night according to Muslim belief, seeking Allah's blessings and pardon.

    Many mosques had been tastefully decorated with electric illumination to welcome the devotees who started arriving with the evening prayers to observe 'Shab-e-Qadr' which falls on the 26th of the fasting month of Ramadan.

    In summer capital Srinagar, thousands of devotees gathered at the Jamia Mosque in old city and the Hazratbal shrine on the banks of the Dal Lake.

    People from many adjoining areas of the city also came to pray at the Jamia Mosque and the Hazratbal shrine where the devotees chanted 'Durood' (Praises of the Prophet) during the night creating a spiritual ambience that continued till dawn.

    The management of the Jamia Mosque has recently installed a state of the art public address system costing millions of rupees.

    "This public address system is similar to the one installed for the benefit of the devotees in Istanbul (Turkey)," said a member of the Mosque's management committee.

    With the newfound middle class prosperity, local Muslims have been contributing lavishly for the upkeep of the mosques in the Valley.

    In Srinagar city, many mosques are now equipped with air conditioners.

    Dual function air conditioners are fast replacing the traditional firewood lit heating systems called the 'Hamams' in the city mosques now.

    Abdul Gani Mir, 51, said he has been coming to the Hazratbal shrine for 'Shab-e-Qadr' ever since he was a child.

    "The solace one gets after spending the night in prayer and penance during Shab-e-Qadr is a privilege I would not miss for anything in this world."

    Authorities made elaborate arrangements for the convenience of the devotees at major mosques in the city. Many voluntary organizations had set up camps for the assistance of the devotees.

    Large gatherings at nightlong congregational prayers were also seen in south Kashmir's Anantnag and Pulwama districts and north Kashmir's Baramulla and Kupwara districts.

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    By Shaik Zakeer Hussain,,

    Banglore: is a site that wants to be a go-to space for students seeking information about Muslim run education institutes in the country. So far, the site, which was started by Mumbai based mechanical engineer Maqsood Ahmed Addewala, has a list of about 135 Muslim minority colleges and total of 49 polytechnics from across the country.

    The Saudi Arabia returned Ahmed, says he was inspired to create after seeing the disappointing rate of literacy in the community and a need to change the decrepit prevalent condition.

    Maqsood Ahmed Addewala

    "I always felt that Muslims are lacking much behind in education because of various reasons and there are possibly no adequate number of institutes for higher education such as engineering, MBA etc. Therefore, it is obvious that the children who want to go for higher studies are facing more problems. So, on the back of my mind the feeling of doing something was always there. is the result of this curiosity. It is a small step to serve the people and nation," says Ahmed.

    The site’s premise is simple: Colleges and universities are listed under categories of different educational streams creating a straightforward and effortless visitor experience.

    According to Ahmed "The other educational sites work like search engine i.e. only the information of the institute we ask for is given at one time when searched. However, our site is designed to give its visitor a panoramic view of colleges i.e. you will see information of one type of course such as engineering, MBA institute on one web page."

    The site is kept non-commercial by allowing only free advertisement links to participating institutes and the site admin says that it will remain that way forever.

    The year old website, recently came in to the attention of a faculty member at Jamia Millia Islamia, who Ahmed says, was very impressed by it and requested him to forward emails about the IDB [Islamic Development Bank] loan information provided on the site to Muslim students. "We accepted that and sent the notice to all institutes by introducing our website. You can see the notice on our website," he says.

    Over the next few months, Ahmed wants to put all his efforts to try "popularize this website amongst Indian Muslims as center point to know about institutes of higher educations."

    "We will always keep updating the website and make it more informative. Besides Muslim minority institutes, we shall add all the private Muslim institutes which have some special courses to offer," he adds.

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    By Shahnoor Rahman for,

    Soon after decision of the Congress working committee for formation of telengana as new 29th state of India, in Assam situation is deterioting to the worst by mass violence, bandh, blocking of train lines in demand of Bodoland, Kamatapur, Gorkhaland and Karbiland.

    Assam is home to more than 200 communities like Bodo, Rabha, Mising, Karbis, Ahoms, migrant Bengali speaking Muslims, Goriya, Deshi Goalpariyas etc living in harmony for centuries – recent communal/ethnic discords still abbrations. They speak more than 20 languages and dialects, giving different cultural identities that finds mention in Mahabharata as Kamrupa or and of Narkasur, ruled by Bhagadutta. It has been subject of famous tale of love between Usha and Anirudha, produced mighty heroes like Lachit Barphukan, Bagh Hazarika, Chilarai among others, enriched by spiritual touch of great saints like Shankardeva and Azan Fakir.

    Cutting across Sadiya to Dhubri, there exists a bonding of oneness amongst all her inhabitants which binds all people together with common proud identity as 'Assamese'. The tune of integrity in diversity of all her people living here with common name 'Assamese' has been contributing towards peace, progress and development of Assam since time immeorial.

    So long as the people Assam will have common identity as 'Assamese' irrespective of their indegenous culture of origin, integrity of Assam as single geographical unity would be maintained, their identity as Assamese doesnot mean that neither they would leave their own culture nor they are made to accept and follow the culture of mainstream Assamese people as their own culture. It rather implies that they are united with common identity as Assamese although they are from diverse origin. It must therefore be duty of each person to ensure that no community interferes in the growth and development of culture of another community.

    As Assamese we are thus duty bound to preserve the integirty of the state by promoting harmony, else we will have to face the eminent fiasco of fragmentation of Assam into many pieces of geographical states.

    Cultural diversity of Assam can be compared to a garden with thousands varieties of flowers, herbs etc. We must learn from past and shun sepratism for it may help achieve short term goals, but leave long scarse of parition.

    'United we stand, divided we fall' is age old phrase, must be remembered by every Assamese. We should refrain from anything which causes bloodsheds amongst people of Assam and retards peace progress and development of the state.

    If Bodo's gets Bodolands, Rajbongshis get Kamatapur, Gorkhas get Gorkhaland and Karbis get Karbiland, than about half of land area of Assam would go away from map of Assam forever. Moreover those groups would constantly fight over each other to gain superiority of one group over other and there can be no ‘harmonious’ division for they are not segregated. Moreover, it will fuel more future demands for seprate statehood and affect social secuirty schemes.

    All Assamese should thus unite and stand together for development and peace rather than fighting amongst themselves.

    (Writer is a final year medical student at the Gauhati Medical College and can be reached

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    By Abdul Gani,,

    Guwahati: Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi stressed on efforts to bring down the Infant Mortality Rate, Maternal Mortality Rate, anaemia, malnourishment and improvement in the child sex ratio in state besides curb human trafficking, child labour, crime against women as he reviewed ‘Vision Document for Women and Children 2016’ on Monday.

    “A mapping exercise has to be carried out identifying the areas lagging behind in health parameters to get a more realistic picture. We need to work on certain areas like to bring down the Infant Mortality Rate, Maternal Mortality Rate, anaemia, malnourishment and improvement in the child sex. There is the need to synergise and coordinate the efforts of all the departments to achieve the desired goals by 2016,” Gogoi said on Monday after a marathon annual review meeting with ministers and senior officials of the concerned departments.

    Assam Marun Gogoi with other ministers during the review meeting at secretariat on Monday. [Photo by: DIPR, Assam]

    He also added that the departments have to work in tandem to achieve the goals as envisaged in the Vision Document for Women and Children 2016.

    It can be mentioned that the total Fertility Rate of the state is 2.5. The infant mortality rate is 58 and maternal mortality ratio is 390 (SRS 2007 - 2009) which are higher than the national average. The Sex Ratio in the state is 954 as compared to 940 for the country.

    Among the major goals set by the vision document are reducing infant mortality rate to 38 per 1,000 live births, reducing maternal mortality to 210 per one lakh live births, reducing total fertility to 2.1 per cent, improving child sex ratio by 30 points to 987, reducing anaemia among children by 45 per cent and achieving 100 per cent enrolment of girls up to class 8.

    The chief minister also said that especial measures to be taken to curb the rate of crime against women and advocated to work together with other north-eastern states. “School drop-outs is an area of serious concern. This calls for special measures. For this purpose a ministerial committee will be constituted to conduct a block wise survey for bringing down the school drop-outs, especially at the secondary stage,” he said adding that development of women and children is must for economic development of a country.

    It also targets to bring child labourers into the educational mainstream, create women's cell in every police station, provide sanitary toilets and safe drinking water to all rural habitations and reduce stamp and registration charges.

    The document, titled as 'Chief Minister's Vision for Women and Children: 2016' also seeks to provide 33 per cent reservation for women in all skill development programmes, besides curbing child labour and trafficking of women.

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    By TCN News,

    Lucknow: Rihai Manch lambasted at those “broker ulamas” who were seen attending the iftar party of the UP CM Akhilesh Yadav. Advocate Mohammad Shoaib, chairman of the Rihai Manch compared those ulamas and Muslim leaders who attended the iftar party with Mir Jafar, who betrayed the Nawab of Bengal and had sided with the British and accused them of cheating on the masses.

    Rihai Manch (Forum for the Release of Innocent Muslims imprisoned in the name of Terrorism) is on indefinite dharna since May 20 outside the Uttar Pradesh Assembly demanding arrest of police officers involved in Khalid Mujahid's murder, issuing the RD Nimesh commission report and action report, and the immediate release of innocent Muslim youth imprisoned in the name of terrorism.

    Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav (extreme left) greeting clerics including Khalid Rasheed Farangi Mahli at Iftar

    Yesterday Rihai Manch had also organised an iftar at the dharna site, to mark the 75th day of the indefinite dharna.

    Khalid had died under mysterious circumstances on his way back from Faizabad near Ram Sanehi Ghat on May 18. He was declared brought dead by the doctors at district hospital in Barabanki. Later, on the complain of his uncle Zahir Alam Falahi, a case was registered against 42 police officers including former DGP Vikram Singh, ADG Brijlal and others who were on duty during the time of Khalid's arrest.

    Khalid along with Tariq Qasmi was arrested by Special Task Force (STF) on 20 December 2007 from Barabanki. Huge explosives were also shown as recovered from his possession. STF claimed that he was involved in the serial blasts which occurred in Gorakhpur, Faizabad and Lucknow. Later, Nimesh Commission was constituted headed by Justice R D Nimesh who in its report raised fingers over STF's claim about the place of arres.

    Khalid’s family and civil society groups are demanding CBI probe into Khalid’s custodial death and has compared his case with the fake encounter of Ishrat Jahan by the Gujarat Police. They have also questioned the role of the IB.

    Rihai Manch is leading a sustained demonstration against the UP government for over two and half months demanding actions on its poll promise of releasing innocent youths languishing in jails in fabricated terror charges. As the holy month of Ramadan is in progress, Manch also makes arrangements for iftar and prayers.

    Several rights groups and and politicians, including Prakash Karat, Subhasini Ali and other left leaders have also expressed their solidarity with the Manch demonstration and on different days made token participations.

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    By Pervez Bari,,

    Bhopal: Thirty-four students of New Delhi-based Crescent Academy have successfully get through the Prelim Exam (first stage) of IAS Examination, 2013, the results of which were announced recently. The credit of this success goes to the determined efforts, benefaction and support of Hazrat Maulana Mohammad Fazlur Rahim Mujaddidi.

    Till date the Crescent Academy, in spite of limited infrastructure and resources, but through its innovative cum interactive sessions & consistent test practices has been able to produce more than 100 IAS, IPS, IFS, IRS, Judges and State Civil Servants throughout the country.

    In the IAS cadre last year i.e. in 2012 in all 13 candidates were selected from the Crescent Academy. While in 2011 fifteen (15) were selected; in 2010 ten (10); in 2009 nine (9); in 2008 ten (10); in 2007, 2006 and 2005 six, three & three were respectively selected to be IAS officers.

    It may be mentioned here that the Civil Services of India (IAS) is one of the elite and the most prestigious services under the Government of India. The recruitment for this honoured service is annually conducted by the Union Public Service Commission, (UPSC).

    It may be pointed out here that Crescent Academy is a division of Maulana Abdur Rahim Educational Trust, established with a vision of providing proper guidance and training to the Civil Services aspirants with special emphasis on creating a sound academic environment. It was started, over a decade ago, by Maulana Mohammad Fazlur Rahim Mujaddidi, a great spiritual personality, academician and social activist of north India.

    It goes without saying that the civil servants play a pivotal role in shaping up the course of the country. It is, therefore, the primary objective of the academy to prepare the students for cracking this exam along with inculcating in them moral and human values so that they may prove themselves as unbiased, humane and efficient bureaucrats and administrators.

    According to Maulana Mujaddidi, who is also a member of the Consultative Group for Empowerment of Minorities, Planning Commission of India, the new aspirants who want to appear in the examination of the elite services can visit the Crescent Academy’s website for details.

    It may be pointed out here that Prof. Ziaul Hasan, retired Principle of Aligarh Muslim University Polytechnic, Aligarh and Mr. Mohammad Iqbal Khan, Director of Crescent Academy, Delhi, are the pathfinders of establishing, guiding and training the aspirants of various competitive examinations countrywide. They have lent their long academic and administrative experience of producing various Civil and Judicial servants for the services of the nation, And, it is a matter of pride that the Academy has succeeded in achieving its objective in such a short span of time.

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    By TCN News,

    New Delhi: Taking suo motu cognizance of a media report the National Human Rights Commission has issued notices to the Delhi Police Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner of Police (North-East), Delhi calling for reports within two weeks into alleged severe beating of an auto-rickshaw driver, Chand Mohammad by a constable and his associates of Police Station, Seelampur on the 31st July, 2013.

    Reportedly, the police personnel had also snatched away Rs.10 thousand from him. The victim of police atrocity was taken to Jag Pravesh Chandra Hospital by his friends from where he was referred to the Lok Nayak Jayprakash Narayan Hospital for medical treatment of grievous injuries on his person.

    The Commission has observed that the contents of the press report, if true, raise a serious issue of violation of human rights of the victim. It has also asked the senior police officers to inform about the status of health of victim and legal/disciplinary action, if any, taken against the delinquent police official.

    According to the media report, some people were playing cards on a footpath in Seelampur. But they ran away when they saw a police constable and his associate approaching them. But the victim, who was a bystander, was caught by the police personnel. Despite his denial that he was not playing cards, the police personnel did not listen to him and demanded money.

    On his refusal, they took him to the Seelampur Police Station where he was mercilessly beaten up. They had also snatched Rs.10 thousand from him, which he was carrying to repay the installment of his auto-rickshaw loan. He was released only when his friends reached at the Police Station who subsequently took him to hospital in a bad condition.

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    By IANS,

    Agartala : The Congress and the BJP Tuesday demanded permanent rehabilitation and security for displaced Bangladeshi tribals who last week fled to Tripura after ethnic strife broke out with non-tribal Muslims in Chittagong Hill tracts (CHT).

    Over 200 Congress members led by state party president Diba Chandra Hrangkhawl and working president Ashish Saha met the head of the Bangladesh mission in Agartala, Obaidur Rahman, and submitted a memorandum demanding proper rehabilitation and security to tribals in that country.

    A delegation of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), led by state party president Sudhindra Dasgupta, also met Rahman here and put up a similar demand.

    Over 1,800 men, women and children of Chakma and Tripuri tribes took shelter in the India-Bangladesh border village of Karbook Saturday after fleeing from five villages in Khagrachari district under CHT in southeast Bangladesh.

    The tribals returned to their villages Sunday after three Bangladeshi MPs and officials of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and the local administration assured them full security.

    "We have submitted a memorandum to the head of the Bangladesh mission here addressed to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina demanding security and rehabilitation to the minority tribals in CHT," Hrangkhawl told reporters.

    He said: "The Congress wants equal treatment for Bangladeshi citizens, especially the minorities."

    "Minorities in Bangladesh are being attacked by the majority Muslims. The government must take stern action against the perpetrators and provide security to non-Muslim minorities," Dasgupta told reporters.

    Border Security Force (BSF) Deputy Inspector General Bhaskar Rawat said: "The tribals entered Indian territory Saturday evening after ethnic troubles in Bangladesh. They were stopped at the border by the BSF at the barbed wire fence. We provided them food and other assistance."

    The tribals, mostly Buddhists and Hindus, fled the CHT after clashes over the reported abduction of a local leader of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), the main opposition in Bangladesh, led by former prime minister Khaleda Zia.

    "At least one tribal villager was killed and four others were seriously injured. About 500 tribal houses were burnt to ashes," Suhas Chakma, director of Delhi-based rights group Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR), said in a press release.

    Additional troopers of the BSF have been deployed along the India-Bangladesh border to deal with the situation and to prevent refugee influx into Indian territory.

    In 1986, over 74,000 tribals - mostly Buddhist Chakmas - took shelter in southern Tripura following violent attacks on thousands of tribals by non-tribals. They returned to their homes in Bangladesh 1997-98 after the Bangladesh government signed a peace agreement with Shanti Bahini, an outlawed outfit had been demanding sovereign status for tribals in CHT.

    Tripura shares a 856-km border with Bangladesh, which is porous because it extends over mountains that are densely forested. Over 85 percent of the border has been fenced.

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    By IANS,

    Bangalore : Rising above religious and sectarian divide, a Hindu couple and a Muslim couple swapped their kidneys for transplantation, as the blood groups of their spouses did not match, a leading specialty hospital official said here Tuesday.

    "We have carried out a historic swap kidney transplant involving two couples from Hindu and Muslim communities, which highlights a humanitarian cause above religious and sectarian divide," Narayana Health spokesman K.S. Vasuki told IANS.

    Vishwanath Bhatta, 53, who has been on dialysis for nearly two years, could not receive kidney of his spouse Usha Bhat, 45, as their blood group did not match.

    Similarly, Abdul Khaleel, 60, who has also been on dialysis for over 18 months due to kidney failure, could not receive kidney of his spouse Abida Khaleel, 47, due to incompatible blood group.

    "In their search for kidney donors, the couples got acquainted and agreed for the swap transplantation, which was conducted Aug 1 at our hospital after duly following medical and legal procedures," Vasuki said.

    As the blood groups of Bhatta and Abida matched and so in the case of Khaleel with Bhat, the couples agreed to swap the kidneys of their spouses to lead a normal life.

    "The donors - Abida and Bhat - have been discharged while their recipient husbands Bhatta and Khaleel are recuperating after a successful transplantation last week," hospital's consultant nephrologists Rammohan S. Bhat told IANS.

    Both couples hail from Bangalore and belong to the middle class. Bhatta is a bank employee while Khaleel is a businessman.

    "Swap transplant epitomises the essence of organ donation transgressing all boundaries, including religion. The unique procedure is bound to raise hopes for several organ receivers as also donors," Vasuki observed.

    Laproscopic donor nephrectomies were done by doctors Sourabh Bhargav and Prashant Kulkarni. Director Ashley D'Cruz, who orchestrated the set of procedures, transplanted the harvested kidneys along with doctors Sanjay Rao and Nagasubramaniam.

    "The major challenge in swap transplantation is that the hospital has to be equipped with a number of specialists with excellent infrastructure to operate simultaneously on four persons - two organ donors and two recipients," Bhat said.

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    By IANS,

    New Delhi : The Delhi High Court Tuesday issued notice to the Uttar Pradesh government on a plea filed by Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy seeking a probe into the alleged role of now Finance Minister P. Chidambaram in the 1987 mass killings at Hashimpura in Meerut.

    Justice Hima Kohli sought response from Uttar Pradesh through the chief secretary within four weeks and posted the matter for Nov 19.

    Swamy moved the high court challenging the trial court's March 8 order which had dismissed his plea against Chidambaram, who was the minister of state for internal security in 1986-89.

    "It was admitted (in) parliament by Chidambaram that the situation was calm May 19-22, 1987. Yet the trial judge states (there) was violence (and) strife. Hence, even at this late stage, an investigation into this issue is essential," the plea said.

    As per allegations, Chidambaram visited Hashimpura in Meerut just before the incident in which around 40 Muslims were allegedly killed by the Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC).

    The incident took place after a curfew was clamped to search for illegal weapons in the area. Sixteen PAC personnel are facing trial for allegedly killing the Muslims.

    It was alleged that during the early hours of May 22, 1987, a few trucks of the Uttar Pradesh PAC arrived in Hashimpura.

    Parliament was told April 26, 1988 that Chidambaram and Vir Bahadur Singh (then Uttar Pradesh chief minister) conducted an aerial survey of Hashimpura, Malliana and other riot-hit areas of Meerut May 18, 1987, four days before the alleged killings, Swamy told the trial court.

    The trial court had in March dismissed Swamy's plea for a further probe to ascertain Chidambaram's role in the incident, saying only police can move such an application.

    The chargesheet in the case was filed before a chief judicial magistrate in Ghaziabad in 1996 against 19 PAC personnel.

    The Supreme Court transferred the case to Delhi in September 2002 following a petition by families of the massacre victims and survivors.

    A sessions court here in July 2006 framed charges of murder, attempt to murder, tampering with evidence and conspiracy against the accused. Three of the accused PAC personnel died during trial.

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    By Staff Reporter,

    Hyderabad: K. Chandrashekar Rao, chief of Telangana Rashtriya Samithi, reiterated to the Muslim community that TRS will keep its words given to the community at the beginning of 21st century Telangana agitation.

    Recently addressing press meet organized by Telangana working journalists association, Mr. Rao assured Muslim community that 12% reservation will be provided to them as promised in the beginning of the movement. He also proposed setting up of autonomous body with quasi-judicial powers to retract back Wakf properties in Telangana encroached mainly by Andhra businessmen.

    Soon after KCR gave new life to Telangana statehood movement after floating TRS in 2001, he made a ‘Muslim declaration’ at his party minority cell meet, where he promised community of 12% reservation in education and government jobs, and vibrant political representation. Mr. Rao who himself is fluent in Urdu speaking skills, also promised promotion of Urdu language as first state language on par with Telugu.

    In the whole separate state movement KCR kept on repeating same set of promises, even in the backdrop of High Court judgment scraping 4% reservation to the community in united Andhra Pradesh, KCR promised invoking Constitutional provisions as done in Tamil Nadu to provide reservation to backward sections in Muslim community.

    During the peak of the statehood movement in 2010 KCR went a step ahead, addressing Jamat-e-Islami’s Telangana Garajana program where he announced that the deputy chief minister-ship including five ministerial berths for the Muslim community in the state of Telangana.

    On Monday Mr. Chandrashekar Rao addressing a gathering at Iftar party of minority cell chief and party MLC Mehmood Ali, he told that community will be in advantageous position in every way in separate Telangana state. He informed that Muslims, BC, SC and ST will constitute 85 percent of Telangana population, so he hopes for a politically inclusive Telangana state.

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    By Shaik Zakeer Hussain,,

    After creating a major success out of Peace TV, an Islamic television channel, with a global viewership of over 200 million, Dr. Zakir Naik's new brainchild is an 'Islamic smartphone' called "Peace Mobile".

    Set to be officially launched on 16th of August, it is dubbed as a "the solution for humanity" by its makers and promises to "implement Islamic ethos in everyday life".

    Peace Mobile is completely customized with Islamic apps and software. It is said to feature over 50 Islamic applications, 200 Islamic ringtones, 80 hours of Dr. Naik’s videos, hundreds of Islamic wallpaper, numerous Islamic programmes and comes with full 1 year warrantee.

    "People will be able to experience the difference, as communicating through technology will make life easy and convenient par excellence while fostering an intimate relationship with the creator," says IRF (Islamic Research Foundation), a non-profit organisation that owns Peace TV.

    Named "Chameleon", the product is powered by Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and is built on a 1 GHz Dual Core Cortex A9. It has a 4GB internal memory, extendable up to 32 GB with external memory and has a 5 Mega Pixel Auto-Focus Camera. With a 4.63 inches in size, Dual Sim and 4.63″ LED Capacitive Touch Screen, it does comes as a decent alternative to the heavyweights available in the market.

    Though there is no official statement from Peace Mobile about the response it has received so far, but Mohsin Khan, who heads, one of the few online retailers currently taking orders for the handset says that, the response has been pretty good. "I have got booking for 4000+ sets within a span of 10-15 days worldwide," he says.

    The handset is being distributed through UAE-based TG Group of Companies in association with Emitac Mobile Solutions (EMS), which is the strategic partner of Research In Motion (RIM), the company behind Blackberry brand of smartphones and tablets.

    According to the communication received from IRF to TCN, the phone will be available in India for a price of Rs. 13,200.

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    By Mohd. Ismail Khan,,

    Hyderabad: As Telangana thriller has reached its climax, a 29th state of India seem inevitable, a regional mass movement nearly as old as independent India has finally asserted its political thump. But in the struggle of this regional politics for a common Muslim the crucial question remains what lies ahead for the community after the formation of the separate Telangana state.

    Like the rest of Andhra Pradesh, Muslims to seem to be divided in this panorama of a separate state. Sri Krishna Committee presented the same fact that many Muslim organizations in representations to committee were at odds in there opinion on the Telangana issue. After the formation of the separate state Muslims will form 13-15% of the total population, if examined in the context of caste assertive politics of the region than it makes them one of the crucial stake holders in the new state. Some protagonists even suggested hypothetically that Muslims will emerge as the king makers in the new state, and Muslim community will be able to draw back their lost respect, their distinct Deccani culture, and their vibrant ever inclusive Dakkani Urdu, but as of now as things stand all seems to be just yearning assumptions.

    Jamat-e-Islami leaders with Telangana protagonists

    Telangana issue is a complex one, especially when it is seen in the context of its Muslim population keeping in mind its divided nature. interacted with some Muslim intellectuals to get an understanding of this whole compound issue and where Muslim interest stand.

    Echoing political promises for trailing language and culture

    During the Telangana agitation resurgence one would have certainly noticed the constant demand from many pro-Telangana Muslim protesters was the revival of Urdu in the region, which unfortunately lost its esteem after the formation of Andhra Pradesh. And the revival of trailing identity based language in the region had become one of the biggest political promises made to the Muslim community during the agitation by many political leaders.

    TCN spoke to Prof. M.A. Ansari who teaches Urdu in the historical Arts College of Osmania University which was the epicenter of separate statehood agitation. He told us that Urdu has been the cultural back bone of the people of Telangana especially the Muslims; “It was the language which united Hindus and Muslims for centuries in the region,” that is how Prof. Ansari signifies Urdu.

    He told TCN that since the inception of Andhra Pradesh there has been many successful attempts to wipe out the language from the region. He also informed that first Chief Minister after united Andhra Pradesh was formed issued his debut governmental order to implement Telugu as the essential language for the government services and by one stroke of pen nearly 56,000 Urdu speaking workforce lost their jobs.

    He alleged in a leftist style that it was the conspiracy of the ruling class of Andhra to make Urdu negligible, “to destroy the culture and tradition of community, you just have to destroy the language. It was the same tactic played by ruling class of Andhra. When a particular language can’t provide you employment, good education and respect in the society then any one will want to get alienated from that language, that’s the same thing happened to Urdu,” he explained.

    Prof. Ansari said he support the formation of separate state, but had little hope that same status of the Urdu can be build up again in the future. He further apprise us that political leaders of Telangana region just to gain the support of Muslims has promised to make Urdu second state regional language, but in the present Andhra Pradesh the position and status is the same but the implementation didn’t even worth the paper where status was signed.

    He fears that even in the separate state all the promises would end up dry in the same way of united Andhra. He stressed that what Muslims needed is not a separate state to revive the Urdu to save their culture but a decisive leadership to implement its will. But he is certain that separate Telangana state will help in some or the other way to achieve these objectives because of the region related history with the Muslims.

    Telangana March at Charminar led by Father of Telengana stathood movement Prof. K. Jayashankar

    The rise of Muslim political clout and Hindutva: exaggerated or possibility?

    One another important aspect remains what is going to be the political importance and influence of Muslims after the separate state is formed. TCN spoke to Prof. Mohd Mozzam Ali who teaches political science in Hyderabad Central University, Prof. Mozzam has observed the movement since his student days in 1960’s to till now when the statehood dream is nearly achieved. When asked what is going to be the political relevancy of the Muslims after the separate state is formed, he said there is not going to be any radical changes in the political structure of Telangana. “May be one or two Muslim MLAs may increase or Muslims might get another cabinet ministry other than traditional minority affairs. All those statements by the leaders of Telangana that Muslims will become more powerful or the “king maker” are just political rhetoric.”

    He even played down fears in Muslim community about the supposed meteoric rise of Hindutva forces and communal polarization in the region, “Hindutva forces had their presence in Telangana since 1919 its nothing new and nothing to be scared about, but yes they did penetrate deeper into this separate state movement for their own political gains.” And the question of Communal polarization is concerned “Even now it is prevalent in many parts of Telangana same like rest of India, it’s a general problem in the whole country,” he further cautioned “All this apprehensions are created to scare away Muslims from the movement.”

    On all the drawbacks of the movement with Hindutva gaining ground, and nothing much of a difference for Muslims demographically and politically, why should community than support it?

    Prof. Mozzam Ali said Telangana is not an issue of a particular religious community. “It is a fight against the injustice and discrimination faced by the people of Telangana irrespective of their religion. We should not see it in the context of a particular religion.” Then he said “If the question is how Muslims are going to gain from Telangana? Then the answer would be in the whole statehood movement. Telangana is still incomplete movement which depend wholly on mass mobilization, and Muslims formed a significant percentage in the region, and the Telangana protagonist need them to weight their claim, it is the ripe and right time for Muslim community leadership to exercise their limited clout and make use of this opportunity to made up their demands and to see that all the major players concede to it.”

    If on one hand Telangana Muslims gain something on percentage, than what about the future of SeemaAndhra Muslims will their political clout be decreased affectedly?

    Prof. Mozzam explained that Muslims in both the separate states will gain in a way because, “Muslims in Telangana and the rest of SeemaAndhra have huge communication gap because of the language barriers, while Telangana Muslims are founder to Dakkani Urdu, Muslims in SeemaAndhra are well versed in Telugu. Muslims in Andhra region were on their own even at the time of the Madras presidency; bifurcation won’t be a huge loss to them as in Rayalseema region Muslims will still be in good percentage.”

    Maulana Abdul Raheem Qureshi, is assistant general secretary of All India Muslim personal law board, and the president of all India Majlis-e-Tameer-e-Millat a organization formed during Nizam era. In the Telangana protest of 1969 Tameer-e- Millat was very active many of its members even went in jail, but in the recent revival agitation there was no sign of them.

    Abdul Raheem Qureshi said that the present movement was full of Hindutva ideologues, and some of the movement leaders had affiliations with the Sangh Parivar. he gave the example of A. Narendera, former TRS MP, who is now in BJP who was responsible for many anti-Muslim riots.

    Maulana said his organization welcomes the formation of separate Telangana state and completely supports the cause of people of Telangana because it is a fight for justice, but his organization will not be a part of the movement driven by the Hindutva elements because he believes it will indirectly help them to gain the ground in the region. He refused to add further thinking that it will affect a legitimate cause.

    Fight for justice a long struggle, Telangana will not be a utopia for Muslims?

    Muslim Forum for Telangana was formed with the sole aim to increase the participation of the Muslims in the separate statehood movement; it was one of the first organizations to be formed under the Muslim community banner. Dr. Rafat Seema Khatoon is the joint convener of the organization. TCN asked her how she sees a separate Telangana state in the perspective of a Muslim woman. She said Muslim community especially its woman did participate in the movement in huge numbers and that participation was driven by the hope that their lost dignity will be restored.

    She said in the erstwhile Hyderabad state Muslims use to have lot of security especially the woman folk, Muslims were having employment keeping up with their own culture and language, but after the accession of Hyderabad with India and subsequent merger of Telangana with Andhra has resulted in alienation of the whole community. Due to this Muslims lost their jobs which gave rise to huge unemployment in the community. But according to her the worst fatalities were the Muslim women folks; “In all this chaotic drama the worst sufferers were the Muslim woman, women often been not taken into account when ever there is a socio-economic conflict, because majority of them generally are in the four walls of their house thus they are neglected, but they will be the worst affected one in any socio-economic crisis, that was the same for the Telangana Muslim women when United Andhra was formed,” she says.

    Muslim Forum for Telangana

    Now after more than 50 years of alleged injustices on Muslims, more so affectedly on its women in united Andhra, if Telangana is to be formed how community and its women be benefited?

    Dr. Seema says that it’s up to Muslim community on how effectively they will reap the benefits, “Now that Telangana is in its final stage, it’s time for Muslims to demand their remuneration for supporting the cause,” she said, adding, “Muslim leadership at this crucial juncture of bifurcation should play a direct role to demand education and employment opportunities, proper representation in the government services and separate sub reservation for Muslim women so they can compete with boys in different fields.” She hopes that after Telangana is formed Muslims will get their due share.

    On the security issue as Muslim women she believed that there is nothing to fear of Hindutva but Muslims should be vigilant enough. She conceded that when the movement was revived it was a secular one but in recent times it was nearly hijacked by Hindutva elements. But she further said that Muslims now can’t runaway from the cause when its achievement is almost certain. Dr. Rafat Seema concludes, “Whatever may be the outcome Muslims have to fight back to protect their own self-interest,”

    Though outlook of Muslims on this multifaceted issue is not completely equivocal, but Muslim community in Telangana has started envisaging Telengana as their last chance to win back their own interests and culture, which they popularly believe was lost after united Andhra Pradesh was formed.

    Even though there remains a general fear, largely justifiable by recent communal incidents that Hindutva has gained ground in the guise of statehood movement by offering it unconditional support. But Muslim community in Telangana taking a political mature vision has reconciled that Telangana will not necessary be a utopia and even after the formation of the separate state their struggle for protecting their interests will be continued.

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    By Mohd Mudassir Alam,

    The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has submitted its closure report related to financial irregularities allegations made against former Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) VC Prof P K Abdul Azis as the agency couldn’t find anything substantial against him. During the investigation the CBI had framed charges against many codes of Indian Penal Code (IPC). Talking over phone, Prof Azis, currently Vice Chancellor of the University of Science and Technology, Meghalaya expressed his happiness after coming clean in the allegations. Azis said, “Thanks to Almighty Allah, the CBI clean chit has come as a big relief for me since the allegations proved wrong. Thanks to agency for listening my side of story and bringing out the truth.” “I am also thankful to my well wishers for having full faith on me. Now the CBI clean chit has come I can easily take my mission for the upliftment of education ahead”, mentioned Azis.

    Azis was Vice Chancellor of AMU from June 11, 2007 to January 17, 2012 and many allegations were made against him by his rivals. He was accused of allegedly committing misconduct under the AMU Act, 1920, violating the statues, directives, ordinances and regulations of the AMU Grant Commission. It was alleged that VC made the AMU pay his income tax and also violated varsity rules by transferring Rs 8 crore of Provident Fund money from the State Bank of India to Shreyas Gramin Bank. It was also alleged that varsity funds were misused for interior decoration of his residence. Sources said that 26 charges were framed against Azis out of them 17 were of administrative level. Azis had always refuted these charges.

    The Union ministry of human resources and development had earlier set two probe panels against Azis, but their findings remained inconclusive. Further on request of Kapil Sibal, former Minister of human resources and development the CBI had started the investigation. The CBI had registered a preliminary enquiry in July, 2011, against Azis after it was alleged that he had flouted rules of the institution for his own benefits. Azis had also been questioned by CBI in the enquiry for allegations made against him for financial irregularities. Giving clean chit to Azis the CBI had submitted the closure report at Patiala House located court of CBI Judge Swarnakanta Sharma.

    Human Chain, a Delhi based NGO having Prof Azis as its mentor has expressed happiness over the CBI clean chit. Mohammad Aslam, President Human Chain said, “Congratulations to our mentor for becoming clean in financial irregularities allegations. We knew very well that Prof Azis was innocent, but his rivals tried to malign effort by making false allegations in Union human resources and development ministry.” Further he mentioned, “the CBI probe set up by MHRD followed by two earlier probes by other agencies in which Azis already got clean chit was a big shock for development-pro Vice Chancellor. Now the things are clear before all this is a big victory for those really love the mission and vision of Sir Syed”.

    (Mohd Mudassir Alam is a Delhi based Journalist,

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