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Lynchings Create Twitter War Between Vasundhara, Digvijaya
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi/Jaipur, July 27: Questioning the intention of Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje regarding action against the perpetrators in communal violence and mob lynching cases, general secretary of Congress, Digvijaya Singh on Thursday suggested her to look at the common "background of the accused" in most of the cases of lynching.      "I totally agree with the views of Vasundhara ji and of course her upbringing is certainly not communal. But would she please look at the background of the accused in most of the lynching cases?," Singh tweeted. I totally agree with the views of Vasundhara ji and of course her upbringing is certainly not communal.— digvijaya singh (@digvijaya_28) July 27, 2017But would she please look at the background of the accused in most of the lynching cases?— digvijaya singh (@digvijaya_28) July 27, 2017 In three more consecutive tweets Singh expressing his doubt if Raje is really serio...




Govt. Exploring Revival of Haj Pilgrimage Through Ships
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, July 26: The Union Ministry of Minority Affairs is exploring possibilities for the revival of Haj pilgrimage through ships as an additional option for the Indian Haj pilgrims, Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi informed the Lok Sabha here on Wednesday.   "The Ministry of Minority Affairs is only exploring an idea on the possibilities for the revival of Haj Pilgrimage through ships as an additional option for the Indian Haj Pilgrims, with the Ministry of Shipping. Ministry of Shipping has informed that the ticketing charges will be less than airline charges if vessels with passenger capacity of 1100 are used," the minister said.   "Other logistic arrangements including assembling of pilgrims and travelling time would also need to be considered," he said adding that on the advice of the Ministry of Shipping, the Ministry of External Affairs has been consulted in this regard. The country stopped sending Haj pilgrims through s...




PM Announces Rs 500 Crore for Rescue Work in Flood-Hit Gujarat
Ahmedabad, July 26: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced Rs 500 crore for Gujarat for rescue work after an aerial survey of the flooded areas and Rs 2 lakh compensation to the kin of the 83 people who have died and Rs 50,000 to the injured.Modi, who flew over Banaskantha, Sabarkantha and Patan districts of North Gujarat, said a team of the union Urban Development and Rural Development Ministries would visit the state to assess the extent of damage and suggest short-term as well as long-term measures.Modi told reporters at the Ahmedabad airport: "In such situations, it is the farmers who suffer the most. Insurance companies may be advised to quickly organise assessment of damage to crops and assets of farmers and initiate immediate steps to settle the claims."Modi was accompanied by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel during the aerial survey.After holding a high-level meeting with Rupani and Patel, besides former Chief Minister Anand...




Renowned Scientist Prof. Yash Pal Dies at 90
New Delhi/Noida, July 25: Renowned Indian scientist Professor Yash Pal has passed away at his Noida home, family sources said on Tuesday. He was 90.Yash Pal passed away late on Monday night.He was born in 1926 in Jhang, now in Pakistan, and was raised in Kaithal in what is now Haryana.Known for his contribution to the study of cosmic rays, he had graduated with a master's degree in Physics from Panjab University in 1949.He gained a PhD degree in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1958.He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1976 for his contribution to science and space technology.In October 2011, he was awarded the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award for excellence in public administration, academics and management.(IANS) 




Protest Outside JDU Office in Delhi Against Assault of a Cleric in Bihar
IndiaTomorrow.net,New Delhi, July 24: People staged a protest demonstration outside the Delhi office of Bihar’s ruling Janata Dal United on Sunday against the alleged brutality by Bihar Police with renowned Shia cleric Maulana Mohammad Kazim Shabib, his family members and supporters in Muzaffarpur district of the state earlier this week. The protesters raised slogans against Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. Protesting against the attack on Maulana Shabib, who is Imam of Shia Jama Masjid in Muzaffarpur, Maulana Murad Raza and Maulana Mohsin Taqvi from Delhi Shia Jama Masjid said that Maulana Shabib has been falsely framed under sedition charges. They demanded withdrawal of the cases filed against Maulana Shabib and action against the guilty officials from police and district administration. Maulana Murad Raza said, “The lands of Shia Waqf board in Muzaffarpur have been encroached due to corrupt members of the board and land mafias. Despite knowing this, Nitish Kumar is...




Nithari Case:Pandher, Koli Sentenced to Death for Serial Rape, Murder
Ghaziabad, July 24: A CBI court on Monday convicted businessman Moninder Singh Pandher and his domestic help Surender Koli to death in the Nithari serial rape and murder case.Special Judge Pawan Kumar Tripathi gave the ruling after finding them guilty of rape, murder, abduction and criminal conspiracy over the killing of a 20-year-old woman.The case, the eighth of the several lodged against them, was registered by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on December 29, 2006.Koli and Pandher were present in the court during the sentencing.Prosecution lawyer J.P. Sharma sought the death sentence and argued that forensic evidence proved that Koli abducted, killed and raped the woman and also tampered with evidence.On October 5, 2006, the woman was returning home from work. She took the road outside Pandher's residence.Koli lured her inside where she was killed and beheaded. Investigators found her skull behind the house.Defence lawyer Devraj Singh pleaded for minimum punishment as Pandh...




Two Held Guilty in One of Nithari Rape-Murder Cases
Ghaziabad, July 22: In one of the Nithari serial rape and murder cases, a local CBI court on Saturday held businessman Maninder Singh Pandher and his domestic help Surender Koli guilty of rape, murder, abduction and criminal conspiracy in a case relating to the killing of a 20-year-old woman.The case, the eighth of the several lodged in the serial rape-murders, was registered by the CBI under sections 302, 376, 364, 201 and 120 (B) of the IPC on December 29, 2006.CBI special judge Pawan Kumar Tiwari pronounced the judgment and held the two guilty.Both Koli and Pandher who were present in the court were taken in to custody. Pandher was earlier out on bail.The court is to pronounce the quantum of sentence on July 24.The court took stock of the arguments from prosecution lawyer J.P. Sharma who argued that scientific evidence has proved that Koli abducted, killed and raped the woman and tampered with the evidence.On October 5, 2006, the woman was returning home from work and passed by the ...




Reconstituted Delhi Minority Commission Takes Serious Note of Mob Violence in Capital
The Commission expressed its special concern over the increase in cases of mob violence and said it would be keeping an eye over such incidents Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net,New Delhi, July 21: Just a day after assuming charge, the full team of reconstituted Delhi Minorities Commission called a press conference here on Friday to say that the panel was deeply concerned at the rise in mob violence in the country’s capital and would keep an eye on such incidents to take immediate and proper action.In their first media interaction at Commission’s office, the panel headed by renowned scholar and senior journalist Dr Zafarul Islam Khan assured the minorities in the capital that they would work for their safety and to protect their constitutional rights. “Our aim is that the minorities can live with dignity and don’t face the problems that are occurring in other parts of the country. We want that there should be peace everywhere in the capital, so every...




Man, Said to be Criminal, Lynched by Mob in Full Public View in Maharashtra
The incident took place on Tuesday around 6.15 a.m. when Rafiuddin Shaikh alias Guddya had gone for a morning walk Dhule (Maharashtra), July 20: A gangster was hacked to death by a rival gang in full public view in Maharashtra and the entire incident was recorded on CCTV, the footage of which has gone viral, the police said on Thursday.The disturbing CCTV footage was leaked on Wednesday evening after it was taken into police custody. A separate probe has been launched to investigate as to how the footage of the crime, recorded by a camera in a neighbouring building, got leaked.The incident took place on Tuesday around 6.15 a.m. when the 33-year-old gangster, Rafiuddin Shaikh alias Guddya, had gone for a morning walk by the river bank."After the walk, he stopped by for a cup of tea at a popular stall when at least 10 members of a rival gang suddenly barged inside the shop and shot at him with a country-made revolver," said an official of Dhule Police Control, refusing to be id...




Leaders of Opposition Parties Join Hands in Support of MASUKA
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, July 19: In their first show of seriousness and solidarity towards an anti-lynching draft law, eminent leaders of several Opposition political parties came on one stage here on Wednesday and supported MASUKA or Manav Suraksha Kanoon.   The political leaders present at the joint press conference for MASUKA at the Constitution Club of India included Digvijaya Singh, Shashi Tharoor and Salman Khurshid from Congress party, Sanjay Singh from Aam Aadmi Party, and Manoj K Jha from Rashtriya Janata Dal.    Activist and businessman Tehseen Poonawall, the brain behind the idea of MASUKA, and his team urged the central government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi "to bring this MASUKA law to Parliament and start a discussion on the need for such legislation."   "Failing this, MPs will take up MASUKA as a Private Member's Bill in Parliament," they said.   A group of students leaders, political activ...




Doctors of Jharkhand's Premier Hospital Operate Right kidney instead of Left
Ranchi, July 19: In a shocking incident, a patient's right kidney was operated upon instead of the left at a premier medical hospital here.Gudia Bai's operation on the right kidney took place at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) while stones had been detected in her left kidney, her anguished husband Pradeep Kumar said on Wednesday."Stones were detected by doctors in her left kidney. A private hospital asked us to pay Rs 40,000 for surgery. I am a driver and I can't afford the amount. So I got her admitted in the RIMS."After the operation I found stitches in her right side instead of the left side. When I brought it to notice of the doctors, I was assured further treatment but nothing has happened," Pradeep told reporters here.Gudia Bai was admitted to the hospital on Saturday and operated after she complained of severe pain, he said.The head of the Urology Department has blamed junior doctors for the blunder. When Pradeep approached the doctor who had op...




Don't Commit Suicide, Bereaved Children Tell Peasants
New Delhi, July 19: Urging the government for steps to make farming economically viable, 40 children -- whose farmer fathers have committed suicide -- on Tuesday appealed to peasants not to take the extreme step that has devastating effect on their families.Wisened beyond their years by the personal tragedies and resultant emotional turmoil, these 40 youngsters now dream of becoming engineers or scientists to lead a better life.They are among the 350-odd children who have been forced to call an ashram (charitable school) in Nashik district of Maharashtra their permanent home after their fathers committed suicide in the past one decadedue to debt burden.On Tuesday, these 40 children made the appeal during a protest in Delhi against the government for its alleged anti-farmer policies.They also urged the government to take necessary steps to make farming economically sustainable to ensure a better future for the farmers and their children.Ashok Patil, 16, said: "After my father commi...




Goa Cemetery Vandalism: Actual Perpetrators Being Protected, says Fact-Finding Team
IndiaTomorrow.net, Panaji, July 18: A civil fact-finding team has claimed that the arrest in connection with the recent vandalism of a cemetery in Goa seems "to pacify the civil society and the affected communities" and to "divert attention from the actual perpetrators."   "It has been reported that one Mr. Francis Pereira has admitted to have single handedly desecrated and vandalized one hundred and forty odd religious symbols since the last five years. The team strongly feels that the arrest appears as a familiar script to similar crimes across the country to pacify the civil society and the affected communities and divert attention from the actual perpetrators," the team said in a statement.   A special investigation team (SIT) of Goa Police has arrested Francis Pereira, a resident of Curchorem village in South Goa, in connection with the Goa cemetery vandalism where more than 40 crosses, plaques and gravestones were desecrated by ...




9-Judge SC Bench to Decide Whether Right to Privacy is Fundamental
New Delhi, July 18: The Supreme Court on Tuesday referred to a nine-judge constitution bench the question whether right to privacy is a fundamental right on which hinges the challenge to the validity of the Aadhaar scheme.Referring the matter to the larger bench, a five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice J.S. Khehar said, "... during the course of the hearing today, it seems that it has become essential for us to determine whether there is any fundamental right of privacy under the Indian Constitution.""The determination of this question would essentially entail whether the decision recorded by this Court (in 1954) ...by an eight-Judge Constitution Bench, and also, ... by a six-Judge Constitution Bench (in 1962), that there is no such fundamental right, is the correct expression of the constitutional position," said the bench of five judges in their order on Tuesday.Hearing by the nine-judge constitution bench would commence on Wednesday. Though the he...




Mob Lynching: Jamia Teachers Come out, Speak up
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, July 17: Concerned at the growing fear among common people, students and teachers in the wake of rise in incidents of mob violence and mob lynching in the name of cow and beef by self-styled Gau Rakshaks, teachers of Jamia Millia Islamia held a protest demonstration at the campus here on Monday. Wearing black bands on their arms and chests, they appealed to the government to take strict actions against the culprits and remove fear from the minds of the people.   Many of them strongly condemned the trend of mob lynching and said it is a great threat to the idea of composite India.    Prof. Sonya Surabhi Gupta Prof. Sonya Surabhi Gupta, Professor and Director, Centre for European and Latin American Studies said: "Jamia's history is linked with the nationalist movement of the country. This history inspires us to come out and protest against the way people being divided in the name of caste and community. The recent...




Multi-faith get-together in Asansol of West Bengal to bridge communal divides
IndiaTomorrow.net, Asansol (West Bengal), July 16: Mazhab nahi sikhata aapas me bair rakhna (Religion does not teach us enmity among ourselves), Muhammad Iqbal noted in his famous song "Sare Jahan se achhca," which is sung by every Indian with immense fervour and sense of patriotism.   Yet we fail to follow these words of wisdom and harbour apprehensions about our neighbours, simply on pretexts that they belong to other communities. The lack of interaction or socio-cultural exchange results in all kinds of fears and misunderstanding against each other.   Keeping this in mind, Association SNAP in collaboration with Tipu Sultan Memorial Society organised a communal harmony program at the Red Cross Society Bhawan in Asansol on 16th July 2017 under the banner, ‘Know Your Neighbour' (KYN) campaign.  In view of the recent communal violence in Basirhat of the state, such multi-faith gathering carries much significance.   The KYN campaign started i...




16 pilgrims killed, 26 grievously injured in bus accident
Jammu, July 16: Sixteen Amarnath pilgrims were killed and 26 seriously injured when the bus in which they were travelling plunged into a gorge in Jammu and Kashmir's Ramban district on Sunday, authorities said.The Jammu and Kashmir State Road Transport Corp bus was on its way from Jammu to the Kashmir Valley when the driver reportedly lost control over the vehicle at Nichnala near Banihal town on the Jammu-Srinagar highway."Sixteen pilgrims were killed on the spot while 26 others have been injured," a police officer said. The deceased comprised 14 men and two women.Of the injured, five were taken to Srinagar, 19 others airlifted to the Government Medical College Super Speciality Hospital in Jammu, and two were being treated in Banihal hospital.The spokesman said the bus carried 43 persons including the driver.Army, police and paramilitary forces launched a rescue operation which was joined by locals, who helped to take out the injured pilgrims from the wreckage site.Army heli...




Private Hospitals to Display Data of C-Section Deliveries
New Delhi, July 15: In order to keep a check on the unusual increase in C-Section surgeries, the Health Ministry has directed all private hospitals to prominently display data of deliveries through Caesarean along with normal deliveries in the hospital.According to a statement by Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi, the instruction is applicable to all the private hospitals empanelled under the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS).The step has been taken after Gandhi expressed concern to Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda about the unusual increase in C-Section surgeries reported from different states in recent years.Gandhi had pointed out that while the recommendation of the World Health Organisation (WHO) suggests that deliveries through C-Section should normally be in the range of 10-15 per cent of the total deliveries, the percentage is 54 and 34, respectively, in states like Telangana and Tamil Nadu."A report titled 'Deciphering the Determination and Impacts o...




Union Minister Supports Right to Eat Beef, Warns Cow Vigilantes
Mumbai, July 15: Union Minister of State for Social Justice Ramdas Athawale on Friday said "everybody has a right to eat beef" and promised action against cow vigilantes who assault and lynch people in the name of cow protection.Addressing the media, he said in recent months, many people have been beaten, some of whom lost their lives, for suspected possession or transport of beef or meat of other animals."Even Prime Minster Narendra Modi has expressed concern over this and warned that such incidents would not be tolerated. Yet, such incidents have not stopped," Athawale said, adding that such incidents will not be tolerated any more and the self-styled cow vigilantes will be dealt with sternly."Everybody in the country has a right to eat beef. The gau rakshaks have the right to lodge a police complaint... However, they don't have the authority to take the law in their hands and beat or lynch anybody," said Athavale, who is President of NDA constituent, th...




Dr Zafarul Islam Khan to Head Delhi Minorities Commission
New Delhi, July 15: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday reconstituted the three-member Delhi Minorities Commission for a period of three years after securing the assent of Lt. Governor Anil Baijal.   The previous panel completed its tenure earlier this year.   The reconstituted Commission will be headed by renowned scholar and journalist Zafarul Islam Khan. Anastasia Gill and Kartar Singh Kochhar will be the other members on the panel.   Khan -- who has a doctorate in Islamic Studies from Manchester University -- has worked for several international organisations.   The names of the three members were proposed by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia. (IANS)




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