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  • 01/26/14--23:12: IUML celebrates Republic Day
  • By TCN News,

    New Delhi: Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) Delhi celebrated the Republic Day in at its Delhi HQ in Okhla area. The program was attended by many eminent personalities including area ACP and SHO.

    Two important announcements were made by IUML leaders. Muslim Youth League will initiate a campaign for Drug free Delhi and eventually whole India. Drugs abuse is one of the biggest problem in our country today and a large number of young people are affected. Delhi Police ACP Mr. H.M. Bakshi promised full support and provide all help for this project.



    Another highlight of the program was participation of D-Nip care volunteers and sharing about it’s its work. Many people including Delhi police officials pledged to become volunteers of D-Nip care. It was one of the best Republic Day we ever celebrated. Special thanks to our Delhi team.


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    By TwoCircles.net Staff Reporter,

    New Delhi: International Students’ Association (ISA), Jawaharlal Nehru Unviersity organised an international food festival on Sunday, which was attended by more than 2000 people.

    Vice Chancellor of JNU professor Sudhir Kumar Sopory, Afghan Ambassador to India H.E. Shaida Mohammad Abdali and the Deputy Chief of High Commission of Bangladesh were the chief guests.



    Food stalls of more than 14 countries were put at the festival. This is ISA annual international event. JNU VC, Afghan Ambassador and the office bearers of ISA also spoke on the occasion.



    The gala food festival was followed with traditional songs and dances from respective countries. JNU has about 400 foreign students.


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    By TCN News,

    Aligarh: The University Literary Club of General Education Centre, Aligarh Muslim University is organizing All India Sir Syed Memorial Debate-2014. The topic of the debate is “Proportional Representation will lead to inclusive democracy in India”.

    Dr. F. S. Sherani, Coordinator, GEC said that the debate, to be organized in three languages – English, Hindi and Urdu, will be held at the Kennedy Auditorium of AMU on February 17-18, 2014.

    Dr. Sherani said that the prescribed registration forms, rules, regulations and other essential details are available on www.literaryclubamu.org and interested candidates may register their names by February 12, 2014.


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    By TCN News,

    Daammam: ”India Fraternity Forum Urdu Chapter is conducting health awareness campaign from 20th December to January, 2014 in various cities of Eastern Provinces of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The objective of this health awareness campaign is to educate society on the importance of good health that builds a healthy society.

    India Fraternity Forum is leading the awareness and motivation campaign of “Healthy Life Happy Life”.



    As a part of the campaign a health awareness program conducted recently at Safa Medical Center, Dammam. The chief guest Dr.Sikander Ali, an ENT Specialist from Al Dukhair Clinic, Dammam spoke to audience on the subject of Allergy and other health related matters.

    The chief guest Dr. Sikander Ali made a power point presentation on allergies, types of allergies, causes and cures. He explained the harm caused by allergies to our body which leads to complications if not handled properly. He also explained the precautions to be taken which will help us to get rid of these allergies. This was followed by Question and Answer session in which public actively participated and interacted with the Doctor.



    India Fraternity Forum Urdu Chapter has scheduled a series of programs during health awareness campaign that include visit among labor camps and accommodation to educate on importance of health and cleanliness through pamphlets, presentation on laptops or projector screens.


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    By TCN News,

    New Delhi: Centre for Jawaharlal Nehru Studies at Jamia Millia Islamia in collaboration with Indian Council of Historical Research is organizing a national seminar on “Insurgency and Development” on 28-29 January, 2014 on Jamia Millia Islamia campus.

    There has been a proliferation of insurgency in the recent years and has had an effect on development. It is being argued today that insurgency is a creation of uneven development (economic, political, social and cultural), increasing disparities and shrinking opportunities. It is therefore possible to diffuse these insurgencies with better governance. This understanding is the basis for a new set of counterinsurgency policy interventions.

    The ‘Inaugural Address’ on the theme of the seminar will be delivered by Hon’ble Minister of Rural Development, Shri Jairam Ramesh. His address will be chaired by Prof SM Sajid, Vice Chancellor, Jamia Millia Islamia.

    Prof Shahid Ahmed, Director Centre for Jawaharlal Nehru Studies shall deliver the welcome remarks in the inaugural session; Prof Savyasaachi, Department of Sociology, will introduce the theme of the seminar. The inaugural session will be held from 10 to 11 AM on 28 January, 2014 in the Edward Said Hall, adjacent to the Vice Chancellor’s Office, Jamia Millia Islamia.

    This session will be followed by a Panel Discussion, from 11.15 to 1 PM (Mir Anis Hall) which will be chaired by Prof Gopinath, Member Secretary of the Indian Council of Historical Research. The panelists in the session will be Prof Nandini Sunder, Prof Sanjoy Hazarika, Prof Nasir Tyabji, Dr. Sandip Chakraborty, Ms. Meenakshi.

    Prof Amiya Kumar Bagchi, Chancellor, Tripura University and Emeritus Professor, Institute of Development Studies, Kolkata and Adjunct Professor, Monash University, Australia will deliver a Perspective Lecture on the theme of the conference from 2 to 3.30 PM which will be held in the Mir Anis Hall.

    The first session of the conference will be on political economy which will be chaired by Prof Shahid Ahmed, Director, Centre for Jawaharlal Nehru Centre and will include papers on issues of State Terror and FDI funded takeovers, Insurgency in different parts of India, Legal Intervention and the role of the Military among others.

    A parallel session chaired by Prof Manoranjan Mohanty, Council for Social development will include papers which will deal with Cartographies of Insurgency, the Red Corridor, and the Role of the Internet etc.

    The second day i.e. 29 January, 2014 will examine sociological aspects of insurgency and development and in the first session will have papers which will deal with unheard voices from Lalgarh, the Maoist movement, human rights issues etc. The second session will examine the Role of the Media. It will look at television, films and new media etc to examine the role that they play in representing the problem of insurgency. The third session will look at the regional context of insurgency and will look at the specifics of insurgency in Manipur, Kashmir, Assam, Odisha and other parts of the North East etc.

    The Valedictory Session of the conference will be held from 4 to 5 PM on January 29, 2014 in the Mir Anis Hall, where the Valedictory Address will be delivered by Shri Harsh Mander, Director, Centre for Equity Studies and Special Commissioner to the Supreme Court of India in the Right to Food case and Former Member of India’s National Advisory Council.


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    By IANS,

    Lucknow : A case was filed Monday against unidentified people from two communities involved in stone-pelting after a girl was allegedly harassed, police said.

    The two groups clashed Sunday night in Bazarkhala in the old city area of the capital after the girl was allegedly harassed, Bazarkhala Circle Officer Sarvesh Kumar Mishra told IANS.

    The mob was dispersed and a heavy police force was deployed in the area over fear of escalation of violence. In Muzaffarnagar, a similar harassment incident flared up into communal riots, leaving 63 dead and several thousands homeless.

    "We have now identified the mischief makers and they will be arrested soon," a police official said.


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    By TCN News,

    Aligarh: The Aligarh Muslim University celebrated Republic Day with great zeal and enthusiasm. The Vice Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University, Lt. General Zameer Uddin Shah hoisted the national flag at the Strachey Hall and addressed the students and staff after the rendition of National Anthem.

    The Vice Chancellor said that India is busy in strengthening the educational base of the country and AMU is also contributing its best to fulfil the goal. He said that efforts are being made to take AMU to number one position in the country by 2017 and earn for it a respectable position among the best 200 universities in the world.



    AMU Vice Chancellor, Lt. Gen. Zameer Uddin Shah taking the guard of honour on Republic Day.

    Gen. Shah said that he has formulated a Vision Document-2020 for the University, which is available for review on AMU website. He said that he has envisioned the road map for comprehensive development of the University and its future course of action.

    Gen. Shah said that two new faculties of International Studies and Environmental Studies will be established in the University and two residential halls for boys and girls are also in pipeline. He said that teaching methods are fast changing on global level and the academic parameters are being gauged by students’ exposure to modern means of excellence. He said that AMU is sincerely making efforts to bring as many smart classrooms to the University as it can. He said that he has invited all the sincere alumni of the University from all over the globe to take part in University’s development.



    Mrs. Sabiha Simi Shah distributing fruits to sich students at AMU Health Services.

    Lt. Gen. Shah informed that the University is organizing its annual convocation on February 27, 2014 and the Vice President of India, Shri Mohd. Hamid Ansari has been invited to deliver the convocation address as the Chief Guest.

    He appreciated the role of University teachers and alumni of the University for their cooperation. He said that a sports complex is under construction which will provide in-house facilities of gymnasium, squash court and swimming pool.



    NCC cadets at the Guard of Honour on Repbublic Day in AMU.

    AMU Registrar, Gr Cap (Retd) Shahrukh Shamshad conducted the proceedings. The Vice Chancellor, along with the Pro-Vice Chancellor, Brigadier Syed Ahmad Ali and his wife, Mrs. Sabiha Simi Shah, distributed fruits to the patients admitted in the University Health Service.


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    By Parvez Alam,

    Arvind Kejriwal led Delhi Government has really shown the way to the practitioners of politics and theoreticians that the arrangement made in Constitution of India between Union and State should be re-imagined because AAP is not for all the agreed structure of the establishment. The federal system or quasi- federal system of India is the arrangement for status quo of Indian political elite and bourgeoisie. The Rail Bhavan dharna of Kejriwal is one of the questioning attitudes against those arrangements.

    It is unfortunate that the demand for the designation of police under Delhi state ambit came only after callous vigilantism of Law Minister Somnath Bharti. The media and civil society condemned the act of racist nature against the Ugandan and Algerian women in Khirki Extension. The strategically staged plot of the drama was set up to demand the inclusion of Delhi Police into its state of affairs. The conspiracy theory is also around that Arvind Kejriwal wanted deviation of the media criticism against AAP on the issue of Danish woman gang rape in the heart of Delhi. The various political parties and civil society organizations demanded the resignation of Kejriwal on the line of resignation demanded from Sheila Dikshit aftermath of 16 December gang rape a year ago.



    Interestingly, Kejriwal says that he is elected CM of Delhi and hence he is responsible to answer the people of Delhi. I was wondering what makes elected CMs of other Indian states and especially non- Congress chief ministers to sit on hunger strikes or dharna at Jantar Matar or Rail Bhavan in Delhi to demand their grievances to be fulfilled by the Central Government. They may sit on Dharna at Raj Bhavans in their respective Rajdhanis too. In other words, Kejriwal’s activist Chief Minister-ship should be emulated by Omar Abdullah who has only echoed the demands of civil society against AFSPA regime in Jammu and Kashmir in recent years. If Jaya Lalithaa has problems and she really wanted to solve the fishermen issue which is prerogative of Republic of India, she could have gone on dharna against UPA government. The populist leader like Mamata Bannerjee before becoming CM of West Bengal was known for sitting on dharna and marching in long rallies against UPA Government and also CPI (M) led State government.

    If ‘anarchist’ CM is elected by the people and so was the previous CM, why he is assuming that every action of his has the silent support of people. He should not forget that more than half of the people of Delhi don’t like the AAP but still accept the Government. I am referring to the number of seats the AAP has in Delhi Assembly. If the drama of protest and dharna is for upcoming general election and to remain in media and recurrent news, then it shows the lack of vision and political courage. By being apologetic, Delhi CM can add more votes (people) on his side rather than being arrogant and erratic which might have unwanted side effects. We already have one of the AAP legislators calling his CM as ‘dictator’.

    In one of the Op-Eds in The Hindu, Harbans Mukhia has analyzed the lack of vision of the AAP expressing the complex problems of the vast country. He asks “Aside from the manifold issues of foreign policy, relations with neighbours, problems of caste, religion, communalism etc., what is its vision for the future economic growth of the nation? On the face of it, the AAP leadership does not appear to have a cogent, comprehensive theory to guide its actions.” The AAP can drive middle class into its fold by addressing demands of everyday life in Delhi. The litmus test of this nascent party would be the general election of coming months.



    I really appreciate those who are joining the AAP for some cause and some vision to change the discourse of politics. The politics of the last man, the subaltern should be the motive of the new entrants who are eagerly waiting to take responsibility to serve the nation and ‘the common man’. I am still confused though about the way this party, which is the product of civil society movement against corruption led by Anna Hazare, has transformed itself into the political society. What if every civil society organization floats their own political organization? Would they be able to garner the same kind of results as the AAP? Or, do we even need such kinds of result?

    The populism of the AAP is also creating confusion in discussions, and many of the sympathizers and observers are tempted to take the sides of the AAP because it’s new option and seems like revolution. Revolution is change but not every change is revolution. AAP could be emulating some kind of mix of revolutionaries’ ideas of the past but the idealism which they bore in their mind should not be too secretive. It should not crash in the mind of the progenitor of the idea before the ultimate change takes place.

    (Parvez Alam is a Research Scholar at Academy of International Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia.)

    [Photos by Mudassir Rizwan, TwoCircles.net]

    Related:

    AAP or Aam Aadmi’s movement!


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    By IANS,

    New Delhi : Associates of Indian Mujahideen co-founder Yasin Bhatkal are planning to commit a "sensational kidnapping" in the national capital to secure the terrorist's release, Delhi Police told a court Monday.

    The police submission came while seeking more time from the court for completing the investigation against Bhatkal for allegedly setting up an illegal arms factory.

    Police told Additional Sessions Judge Daya Prakash that they need more time to probe the 2011 illegal arms factory case and requested 15 more days for completing the probe.

    The court allowed the police plea and granted them more time for the investigation.

    Police said they have received a specific input that "some unidentified associates of Bhatkal are planning to commit a sensational kidnapping in Delhi to secure the release of this top terrorist".

    Police teams are camping in various part of the country to identify and apprehend the conspirators and a breakthrough was expected soon, the court was told.

    Police are also trying to track down and arrest absconding Riyaz Bhatkal, Iqbal Bhatkal and Tehsin Bhatkal, Indian Mujahideen commanders based in Pakistan.

    The arrest of the three will help police complete the missing links in the conspiracy.

    Bhatkal was arrested along with his aide Asadulla Akhtar in the case Oct 28, 2013.

    The stipulated 90-day period for police investigation has ended, and hence, police requested the court to grant them more time.

    In November 2011, a special cell busted an illegal arms factory in Meer Vihar area of Nangloi on the outskirts of the capital and arrested several alleged Indian Mujahideen suspects.

    In November 2011, a case was registered against Bhatkal and later a non-bailable warrant was issued against him for setting up the factory.

    Bhatkal and Akhtar were arrested from the India-Nepal border in August 2013. He was in the Delhi Police list of 15 most-wanted terrorists involved in bombings across the country.

    He is a key suspect in the 2008 serial bombings in Delhi's Connaught Place, Gaffar Market and Greater Kailash areas, which claimed 26 lives and injured 133 people.


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    By IANS,

    Dubai : The Indian community in the Gulf region celebrated the 65th Republic Day with fervour.

    Indians in Oman, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia marked the day by hoisting the national flag and taking part in other activities.

    India's Ambassador to Qatar Sanjiv Arora hosted the flag in Doha, while Indian schools in the country held cultural events depicting India's freedom struggle and other landmark events from the country's history.

    Ambassador to Bahrain Mohan Kumar hoisted the flag at the Bahrain Keraleeya Samajam in the capital Manama. The event, which featured performances by school children, was attended by hundreds of Indians.

    A flag-hoisting ceremony was also held at the Indian Club in Manama, where India's first woman police officer Kiran Bedi was the chief guest.

    Bedi, in her speech, highlighted India's achievements and challenges faced by the country.

    At the Abu Dhabi Indian School in the UAE capital, more than 2,500 Indians, including businessmen, parents and children, all sporting patriotic attire, assembled.

    Children dressed in saris and turbans sang national songs.

    "I took a day off to be part of the Republic Day celebrations and encourage my son, who performed," The National daily quoted Jeanan Flanagan, a parent in Abu Dhabi, as saying.

    Indians in Saudi Arabia also celebrated the day with traditional zeal and patriotic fervour, by hoisting the national flag and organising cultural events.

    Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Hamid Ali Rao hoisted the national flag at the embassy premises in Riyadh and read out President Pranab Mukherjee's message. It was followed by the national anthem and patriotic songs by students of the International Indian School.

    Around 250 Indians attended the ceremony.

    Ambassador to Oman J.S. Mukul hoisted the flag and read out the president's address at a function at the embassy premises, attended by 250 members of the Indian community.

    Students of the Indian School in Muscat sang the national anthem.


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    By IANS,

    New Delhi : Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Monday said the Gujarat government was "actually abetting and pushing" the 2002 riots and the difference with the 1984 riots was that during the anti-Sikh riots the then Congress government "was trying to stop the killing" while Narendra Modi's government was "allowing" it to happen.

    In an interview to TIMESNOW news channel, Gandhi also acknowledged that "some Congress men were probably involved" in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots that followed the assassination of then prime minister Indira Gandhi. Though he was asked by channel anchor and Editor in Chief Arnab Goswami if he would apologise for the riots in which more than 3,000 Sikhs were killed in Delhi, Gandhi veered away from the topic.

    Asked by Goswami if the Congress leaders accused of involvement in the riots had been delivered justice, the Gandhi scion said that "there is a legal process through which they have gone through".

    "The difference between the 84 riots and the riots in Gujarat was that in 1984 the government was trying to stop the riots. I remember, I was a child then, I remember the Government was doing everything it could to stop the riots. In Gujarat the opposite was the case. The Government in Gujarat was actually abetting and pushing the riots further. So there is a huge difference between the two things, saying that innocent people dying is absolutely wrong," he said.

    Asked by the anchor to explain how he could say that the Modi government was "aiding and abetting the riots" since the court has given him a clean chit, Gandhi said: "I mean it's not me...it's the large number of people who were there, large number of people who saw actively the Government of Gujarat being involved in the riots."

    "I mean, people saw it. I am not the person who saw it, your colleague saw it. Your colleagues told me," he told Goswami.

    Asked if the journalists had actually seen the riots, Gandhi said: "They saw the administration actively attacking minorities."

    Asked to explain, the Congress vice president said:"I am saying that there was difference between the 1984 riots and the riots in Gujarat. The difference was that the Government in 1984 was trying to stop the riots, trying to stop the killing whereas the Government in Gujarat was allowing the riots to happen."

    Prodded further if he would apologise or express regret if someone asked him to, Gandhi said: "First of all I wasn't involved in the riots at all. It wasn't that I was part of it."

    Asked by Goswami if he would apologise on behalf of the Congress party, he said "Frankly I was not in operation in the Congress party."


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    By TCN News,

    Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: More than 100 students participated in ‘All Riyadh GK Competition 2014’, held at the banquet hall of Cocopalm restaurant on Jan 24th. The event was organized on the eve of 65th Republic Day of India by Bihar Anjuman, which is a premier welfare organization dedicated to educational upliftment back home in India.

    Syed Muneer, president of the Riyadh Chapter of the organization in his welcome address reaffirmed the Commitment for upliftment of children of Indian expatriates in all sphere of life and assured that this activity will help in their all round development..



    Dr. Shaukat Perwaiz expressing his views, along with Feroze Rehman and Syed Muneer.

    ‘Today’s teenagers have a thirst for acquiring knowledge and in this highly competitive world they just cannot afford to be lackadaisical in their approach toward either academics or general knowledge’ said Kaunain Shahidi, vice-president of the organization. “Bihar Anjuman has always embarked upon programs that help to kindle creative thinking, with a view to equip students with vital skills required to take on the intense competition that awaits them in future,” added Shahidi.

    “We at Bihar Anjuman have always been at the forefront when it comes to organizing events fostering innate talent and creativity of children in the Kingdom,” said Seraj Akram, a key organizer.

    Speaking on the occasion, Principal of IISR Dr. Shaukat Perwaiz appreciated the efforts of the organizers and said that these kinds of events to bring the children out from the class rooms and helping them instilling the competitive attitude is one the requirement of today’s world. He advised the students to improve their general knowledge taking advantage of such events. Dr. Shaukat endorsed the support of IISR in perpetuating such mind energizing competitions among students of Indian communities in Riyadh.

    Salman Khalid, academic director of IPS, emphasized the importance of such events and congratulated all the participants. He further added that General Knowledge event organized by Bihar Anjuman is a very good initiative and this will certainly encourage the students of expat communities in enhancing their general knowledge. “The GK questions were very creative, intelligent, stimulating and entertaining”, said Khalid.

    The event was a big success and applauded by the parents of the participants. Attendees praised the organizers for their commitment, innovation and passion to conduct educational events. “We are thankful to the organizers for such events and looking forward for more in the future”, said Dr Mukhtar Khan, father of one of the winner.



    Bihar Anjuman GK Competition Winners.

    The following participants emerged winners in their respective groups:

    Group 1 (Grades 6 to 8) : First - Wajahat Wajid Khan, Second - Adeeba Zahid, Third - Md. Obaid Ahsan and Consolation - M. Zubar.

    Group 2 (Grades 9 & 10) — First - Farooque Mukhtar Khan, Second - Uroosa Anwar, Third - Talha Zia and Consolation - Raneem Akhtar.

    The winners were awarded trophies and certificates. While other students got the participation certificates.

    Prominent Indian community leaders among those who were present to encourage the competitors were IICC convenor Murshid Kamal, Businessmen like Feroze Rehman, Hilal Ahmed, Mohd Ziauddin and Md Amjad.

    Bihar Anjuman volunteers including Mohd. Shaheen, Abid Hussain, Azhar Hussain, Nusrat Ali Khan, Abul Farah, Ameenul Haque, Faizal Balkhi, Muzaffar Iqbal, Faisal Imam, Najmuzzaman, Naushad Alam and others were instrumental while organizing the event.


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    By IANS,

    New Delhi : The Jain community has been included in the list of minorities, an official statement from the minority affairs ministry said Monday.

    They will be in addition to the five communities already notified as a minority. These are Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Zoroastrians (Parsis).

    The cabinet last week approved notification of Jains as a minority community at the national level.

    The change was made by a government notification last week.

    Jains comprise 0.4 percent of India's population and in the 2001 census, were about 42 lakh-strong. Their population is now estimated at around 50 lakh.

    Once recognised as a minority, they will get a share in central funds earmarked for welfare schemes and government programmes as well as scholarships. They can also manage and administer their own educational institutions.


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    By TwoCircles.net Staff Reporter,

    Guwahati: Someone had rightly said that “It happens in only India”. Here is a supreme example of this when an Indian Army’s security personnel’s father was named as a Bangladeshi national. And hence an illegal resident.

    “How can my son serve the Indian Army if I’m an illegal citizen?” said a shocked Ainul Miah of Udharbond sub-division of Cachar district of south Assam after he was declared as foreigner by Foreigners tribunal.



    Ainul Miah who has been branded as illegal at his home.

    However, this is not the first time as the octogenarian devout Bengali speaking Muslim has been questioned on his identity as an Indian. Earlier, in 2006 he had faced the same fate.

    “Why the government is playing with my pride and esteem. I am not a millionaire I am just an ordinary poor Indian. Being poor snatched away my right of being an Indian. I want my pride back and would like to challenge the government on this fundamental right,” Miah added.

    It was on September 29 in 1997 a senior inspector of Cachar police lodged a case before the district Superintend of Police stating that Ainul had migrated to India after March 25 in 1971 and has been staying in the country without valid documents.

    The police and the foreign tribunal after checking and cross checking all the testimonies of Mia declared him as an Indian citizen. To his shock, Ainul Miah was served a fresh summon under the same allegation and was asked to appear before the tribunal in July, 2013.

    Ironically for the second time in his life, the tribunal on December 7 declared Mia as a bona fide Indian citizen and not a foreigner after scrutinizing his proceedings.



    The Citizen Rights Preservation Committee (CRPC) fighting for the cause of such victims in the state expressing shock on the bizarre incident stated that ‘this happens only in Assam’.

    Advocate Anup Choudhury , state general secretary of the CRPC, highlighted that there are as many as 12,000 such ex parte cases in the state and the border police has been hinting that the High Court should not reopen such cases as that would lead to a ‘flood of cases’ to be solved.

    Related:

    From where have all the ‘Bangaldeshis’ come? A brief history of Muslims in Assam


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    By TCN News,

    Aligarh: The Training and Placement Office (General), Aligarh Muslim University organized a Counseling Workshop on Jobs through Staff Selection Commission (SSC) for graduates in the Cultural Hall of University Library and Women's College. The objective of the workshop was to make the students aware about different job opportunities available in the Government of India through Staff Selection Commission.

    Syed Abid Ali, Career Counselor, Mr. Shamimuddin and Mr. Mehmood Alam from Indian Customs & Central Excise provided information about SSC and its examination format. They provided tips regarding the preparation of various examinations and urged them to participate in large numbers in the Combined Graduate Level Examination conducted by the Commission.

    Mr. Saad Hameed, Training and Placement Officer (General) urged the students to make efforts to enter into government jobs along with private sector as it provides good career with grace, authority and stability.

    Addressing the girl students at Women’s College, Mr. Hameed said that the Training and Placement Cell should create information data of different job opportunities and made it available to the undergraduate students. He said that competition is tough in both public and private sectors, however, a sincere and hardworking student with zeal to learn can succeed in any competition. He said that more workshops will be organized for students. He urged them to participate in large numbers in the workshops and put up their queries for redressal.


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    By IANS,

    Kolkata : Veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah is upset that moral policing of art has become "politically motivated" nowadays in comparison to the time when authors like Saadat Hasan Manto produced their most famous works.

    Naseer captivated a packed house at the third Kolkata Literary Meet here Monday evening with a reading of the India-born Manto, who migrated to Pakistan after the sub-continent's partition in 1947, who wrote in Urdu from the 1930s to 1950s.

    "It's really worrying to see how far the moral policing of art has come... what we are seeing over the last 10 or 12 years is a very worrisome trend where anybody can decide to take offense..it is terrible...it is politically motivated now...I don't know about then (Manto's time)...it was probably not...it was just people's prudery was outraged but these its much more than that.

    "At least their works were not burnt in public...at least they were not dragged into the streets...their precious output was not destroyed...they were not banned...they were not banished...they didn't have to run away."

    Speaking on the section 292 (peddling obscenity) of the Indian Penal Code, that also entitles art to be charged with obscenity, Naseer said only a "terrible prude" could frame such a law.

    "Somebody has to define the term obscenity and vulgarity...I think the people who framed the law were unaware of the massive culture...it seems to have been formulated by someone who is a terrible prude."

    "I don't see what artists can do except to continue doing what their instincts drive them to. All we can do is to stay undeterred and continue to do what we believe in," he added.


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    By IANS,

    New Delhi : Rahul Gandhi lied in his comments on the Gujarat riots and his entire interview to a TV news channel was "bereft of an idea which could generate hope", the BJP said Tuesday. The Congress, however, defended the party vice president, saying that transfer of Gujarat riot cases outside the state was a vote of no-confidence on the Narendra Modi government.

    Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said Rahul's interview with Times Now news channel was "a performance of evasion, which was amateurish, rank falsehood and unfortunately of rank ignorance".

    Leader of the opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley also slammed Rahul's remarks, saying he was ill-informed about the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

    "Rahul Gandhi is ill-informed. In 1984, police hardly fired at the rioters... it was in collusion with the government. In Gujarat, 300 rioters died in police firing. Around 65,000 rioters were arrested in Gujarat... more than 4,000 cases have been charge sheeted and hundreds have been convicted," Jaitley told Times Now.

    Rahul Gandhi said in the TV interview that the difference between the 1984 riots and the 2002 riots in Gujarat was that in 1984 the government was trying to stop the violence, while in Gujarat the government was "abetting and pushing" the riots.

    "Even the chief minister (of Gujarat) has gone through inquiries. What did they (Congress) do in 1984?" Jaitley questioned.

    "Which Congressman has ended up in jail because of 1984? The call for 'khoon ka badla khoon' (an eye for an eye) was heard in AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences) first," he said.

    Then prime minister Indira Gandhi was taken to the AIIMS after being sprayed with bullets by her Sikh bodyguards.

    On Rahul Gandhi not apologising for the 1984 riots, Jaitley said: "We are not expecting him to go that far. We are just expecting him to have correct lessons of history."

    Prasad told media persons that Gandhi could do little to check price rise, tackle corruption or boost manufacturing and economy during the 10 years of the United Progressive Alliance government, in which he was the "second-most decisive voice" after his mother, Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

    He said Rahul Gandhi's remark about the Gujarat riots was a "textbook case of speaking a lie".

    Prasad said former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi said in 1985 that "the Earth shakes when a big tree falls".

    "This was an attempt to justify 1984 (riots)," Prasad said.

    Stating that Gandhi's remarks about dynastic politics were "ridiculous", Prasad said: "The very rationale of your (Rahul Gandhi's) authority is dynasty."

    Referring to Modi, Prasad said it can only happen in the BJP that a person born in a poor family is made prime ministerial candidate "on the basis of his capacity, talent and record of governance".

    Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said even harshest critics of Rahul Gandhi agree about his sincerity, passion and commitment to change.

    He said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had apologised for the 1984 riots. Singhvi said the 2002 riot cases had to be transferred out of Gujarat and there has been no apology.

    Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said in Patna that the Congress was responsible for the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in Delhi and the 1989 communal clashes in Bhagalpur, while the BJP was responsible for the 2002 Gujarat communal flare-up.

    H.S. Phoolka, an advocate who has fought cases of the 1984 riot victims, said Gandhi's remarks were "like salt on the wounds of the victims".

    He said that in case of Gujarat riots, all those cases which were closed by the police were reopened and reinvestigated by the special investigation team (SIT) while this was not done in case of the 1984 riots.

    "It is thus absolutely imperative to form an SIT to reopen and reinvestigate these cases but unfortunately the Congress is not interested in formation of an SIT," Phoolka said in a release.

    Shiromani Akali Dal leaders slammed Gandhi over his remarks, saying he had not expressed apology for the riots.


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    By IANS,

    Kolkata : The Indian government's failure to develop a better understanding of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack and learn crucial lessons was "tremendously worrying", said an author here.

    Adrian Levy, co-author of "The Siege: Three Days of Terror Inside the Taj", said New Delhi should look into the complexities of the incidents.

    The book provides a detailed insight into the Mumbai terror attack.

    "What they need is more knowledge... not less... greater understanding of the series of events and look into the complexities of the attack," Levy said during a session at the third Kolkata Literary Meet here Monday.

    The author said the Indian intelligence agencies had received 26 alerts from the CIA before the terrorist strike on India's commercial capital by 10 Pakistani gunmen Nov 26, 2008.

    The alerts forewarned of a fidayeen attack, involving a dozen gunmen making a sea landing in Mumbai and even about most of the targets of the three-day assault that left 166 people, including foreigners, dead.

    The book, co-authored by Cathy Scott-Clark, claims a Major Iqbal of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) boasted of a super agent dubbed "Honey Bee" in New Delhi, who passed them classified files on the training manuals of the Indian police and army commandos.

    "The National Security Guards did a remarkable job... the fact they were late had nothing to do with them... they were let down from the bureaucracy side," Levy said.

    Commenting on the National Security Agency's (NSA) controversial surveillance practices, revealed by Edward Snowden, a former US defence contractor, Levy said "more intrusion" was not the answer to security.

    "It's a tremendously claustrophobic experience to think that everything we have from Gmail, to research, to media, is being actively observed in real-time... I don't think more intrusion is the answer at all... I think greater understanding and political solutions are needed."


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    By IANS,

    New Delhi : The Supreme Court will hear in open court Jan 31, a curative petition by 1993 Delhi blast terror convict Devender Pal Singh Bhullar seeking commutation of his death sentence to life imprisonment.

    The apex court bench of Chief Justice P. Sathasivam, Justice R.M. Lodha, Justice H.L. Dattu and Justice Sudhansu Jyoti Mukhopadhaya decided to hold Bhullar's plea in open court Jan 31 at 10.30 a.m. after considering the curative plea in a chamber hearing Tuesday.

    Chief Justice Sathasivam had, Jan 24, directed the hearing of Bhullar's plea Jan 28 after senior counsel K.T.S. Tulsi told the court the curative petition was pending since September 2013.

    Tulsi had told the court the April 12, 2013 judgment of declining to commute Bhullar's death sentence to life imprisonment on the ground that he was convicted under the terror law has become per incuriem in the light of three judges' verdict.

    The bench headed by Chief Justice Sathasivam ruled that delay in deciding the mercy petition by the president and mental illness of the death row convict were grounds for commuting death sentence to life imprisonment.

    The court had held that insanity/mental illness/schizophrenia could be the grounds for seeking commutation of death sentence to life imprisonment.

    The three judges' bench also said that while commuting the death sentence to life imprisonment on grounds of inordinate delay in deciding the mercy petition by the president, the court's decision would not be coloured by the consideration whether the person on death row was convicted under the provision of the Indian Penal Code or the terror law, Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA).

    The court while upturning the earlier judgment of April 12, 2013, in respect of Bhullar, had said: "We are of the view that unexplained delay is one of the grounds for commutation of sentence of death to life imprisonment and the said supervening circumstance is applicable to all types of cases, including the offences under TADA. The only aspect the courts have to satisfy is that the delay must be unreasonable and unexplained or inordinate at the hands of the executive."

    The apex court, by its April 12, 2013 verdict, while rejecting Bhullar's plea for commuting his death sentence to life imprisonment, had said, "If the enormity of the crime is such that a large number of innocent people are killed without rhyme or reason, the exercise of power by the president or the governor, as the case may be, not to entertain the prayer for mercy in such cases cannot be characterised as arbitrary or unreasonable and the court cannot exercise power of judicial review only on the ground of undue delay," said the apex court in its judgment Tuesday.

    In the case of Bhullar, it was contended that not only there was delay in deciding his mercy petition but he was also mentally ill and undergoing treatment in a mental hospital. It has also been said the apex court verdict confirming his death sentence was a split verdict majority confirming his death sentence.

    Bhullar was given capital punishment for the Sep 11, 1993 blast at the Youth Congress (YC) office on Raisina Road, New Delhi, a stone's throw from Parliament House, which left nine dead. The attack was targeted against then YC leader Maninderjeet Singh Bitta.


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  • 01/28/14--04:49: Indian worker killed in UAE
  • By IANS,

    Dubai : A 24-year-old Indian worker died after falling from the eighth floor of an under-construction building in Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

    The accident took place Sunday at around 2.30 p.m. in Al Mamzar area, the Khaleej Times reported Tuesday.

    Police have confirmed the death and have sent the body for post-mortem.

    Police urged the engineers and construction workers to take all safety procedures at their work sites in order to avoid similar accidents.


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