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Nationalism is a piece of nonsense: Nayantara Sehgal
The ruling establishment wants everybody to agree with their ideology -- of Hindutva and of Hindutva of their definition -- and that all those who are in disagreement with this propagation is at the receiving end: Nayantara SehgalDehradun, April 22: One of India's foremost writers and the most prominent face of the 2015 award wapsi campaign -- authors returning their prestigious Sahitya Akademi awards in protest against the alleged intolerance in the country -- Nayantara Sehgal, has said that the issue of nationalism is insignificant and a piece of nonsense."Nationalism is a piece of nonsense. There is no need for a country that has been free for 70 years to suddenly shout about nationalism. Those who are raising this slogan today -- the ruling party -- were nowhere to be seen when India was fighting for freedom. They were fast asleep on their beds. So what are they shouting about now," Sehgal asked the audience on the concluding day of the WIC India Dehradun Communnity L...




Present government doesn't allow free media to grow: Senior Journalists
The alternate media is getting into a resource crunch. This government is not going to allow its sustainability. Neither are the entrepreneurs looking into this sector -- Hartosh Singh Bal, Political Editor, The Caravan magazine  New Delhi, April 22: The current government is not letting the "alternate media" -- organisations run by 'liberal' media persons -- grow, as they are critical of the establishment and stand by the marginalised, eminent journalists said here on Friday.Speaking at the Jamia Milia Islamia's event 'Ainaa 2017', themed "The Other Side", veteran journalists spoke about the differences between working for "corporate" media houses and the free media spaces.Senior journalist and political editor of The Caravan magazine, Hartosh Singh Bal, said: "The alternate media is getting into a resource crunch. This government is not going to allow its sustainability. Neither are the entrepreneurs looking into this sector.""One c...




Protesting Tamil farmers drink urine near Indian Parliament
Farmers have been demanding loan waiver and drought relief fund   IndiaTomorrow.netNew Delhi, April 22: In a desperate bid to draw the attention of the central government, drought-hit Tamil Nadu farmers drank urine at Jantar Mantar near the Parliament House here on Saturday. They have been protesting here for the last 40 days. They have resorted to various forms of protest in these days -- from wearing human skulls around their necks to conducting mock funerals. One day, they even stripped themselves near the Parliament. Their main demands are loan waiver and drought relief fund.  Also read:CPI seeks Centre's intervention to help TN farmersTamil Nadu: Opposition parties call for shutdown April 25 on farmers' issuesBJP is anti-farmer, say protesting farmers     




Four cow vigilantes booked in J&K for attacking goatherds
Five persons, including a nine-year-old girl, were injured in the Thursday night attack in Talwara area while moving with their livestock  Jammu, April 22: Four members of a self-styled 'gau rakshak' (cow vigilante) group were arrested in Jammu and Kashmir's Reasi district after they attacked and injured a nomadic family of five, police said here on Saturday.Five persons, including a nine-year-old girl, were injured in the Thursday night attack in Talwara area while moving with their livestock."An FIR has been lodged. We have arrested persons involved in the attack on the nomad family moving with their livestock -- cattle, sheep and goats on April 20 night," a senior police officer told IANS.The police officer said the livestock has already been restored to the goatherds who are their rightful owner.(IANS)




SC reserves order on govt. fund for restoration of religious places damaged during Gujarat riot
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, April 22: The Supreme Court of India on Friday reserved order on the plea seeking instructions for the government of Gujarat to fund the restoration of the religious places and shrines damaged during the riots in the state in 2002.   The apex court said it will pass order on the issue whether a court can direct the state to fund restoration of places of worship damaged due to its failure to maintain law and order, as it happened during the 2002 Gujarat riots. According to PTI news agency, a bench of Justices Dipak Misra and P C Pant while reserving its verdict asked the parties to file written submissions in the matter.   On the plea of an NGO, Islamic Relief Committee of Gujarat (IRCG) the Gujarat High Court had ordered the state government in Feb 2012 to fund the restoration of around 500 damaged religious sites. But the state BJP government challenged the verdict in the Supreme Court. In Aug 2013, the apex court directed status quo on...




Sulkhan Singh replaces Javeed Ahmad as top cop of Uttar Pradesh
Javeed Ahmad has been made Director General of the Provincial Armed Constabulary(PAC). A dozen other senior police officers were also transferred Lucknow, April 21: In a major rejig of the Uttar Pradesh Police, the state government on Friday named 1980-batch Indian Police Service officer Sulkhan Singh the new Director General of Police in place of Javeed Ahmad.Ahmad has been made Director General of the Provincial Armed Constabulary(PAC). A dozen other senior police officers were also transferred.Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also shunted out the powerful ADGP (Law and Order) Daljit Singh Chawdhary, who swaps his post with Economic Offences Wing ADGP Aditya Mishra. The EoW is considered a dumping ground for officials out of favour with the government.It is the first police reshuffle after the Bharatiya Janata Party government assumed power on March 19.Sulkhan Singh -- till now posted as Director General of Police (Training) -- is considered one of the finest and softspoken officers ...




Jamaat kicks off campaign to educate Muslims, fellow countrymen about Muslim Personal Law
During the campaign, Jamaat plans to reach 4-5 crore people. For this, 700 public meetings and 8000 Friday sermons will be used. Besides cities and towns, the campaign will cover 20,000 villages IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, April 21: In wake of the recent aggressive media debates and political interventions on matters of Islamic Shariah, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, one of the country's largest Muslim socio-religious organizations, on Friday launched a nationwide awareness campaign for Muslim Personal Law. During the fortnight campaign, Jamaat will reach out to both Muslim masses and fellow countrymen in order to remove their ignorance and misconceptions about Muslim Personal Law and teachings of Islam on family issues like marriage and divorce.   Briefing the national media here on Friday about the "Muslim Personal Law Awareness Campaign" (23 April-07 May), top leaders of the Jamaat frankly said that mainly it is the ignorance of the Muslim masses about Islami...




Aurangabad-Hyderabad passenger train derails in Karnataka
The passengers were shifted to the rear portion of the train and were brought to Khalgapur station  Secundrabad, April 21: Four coaches of the Aurangabad-Hyderabad passenger train derailed on Fridaynear Khalgapur station in Karnataka, officials said. No injuries or casualties were reported."The Hyderabad bound train rolled off the tracks between Khalgapur and Bhalki stations around 1.45 a.m. in Bidhar district," South Central Railway spokesperson Umashankar Kumar M. told IANS. "The engine and four coaches of the train derailed," he said.  The passengers were shifted to the rear portion of the train and were brought to Khalgapur station.The official also said that the tracks were cleared."A high level five-member committee has been formed to inquire into the cause of derailment," he added.On April 15, at least 14 passengers were injured when eight coaches of the Meerut-Lucknow Rajya Rani Express derailed near Rampur in Uttar Pradesh.(IANS)




You have no sense of responsibility, NGT tells Sri Sri
A seven-member expert committee, headed by former Secretary of Water Resources Ministry Shashi Shekhar, says the festival has caused ecological damage caused to over 300 acres of floodplains New Delhi, April 20: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Thursday slammed Art of Living (AoL) founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar for blaming the central government and the green panel for the Yamuna damage."Just because you have filed an application, who gives you the liberty to say what you want. You have no sense of responsibility," NGT Chairperson Swatantra Kumar said.The comments came after advocate Sanjay Parikh, appearing for petitioner Manoj Misra, told the bench about Ravi Shankar's statement blaming the government and the NGT for permitting the AoL to hold the World Culture Festival on Yamuna floodplains last year.A seven-member expert committee, headed by former Secretary of Water Resources Ministry Shashi Shekhar, says the festival has caused ecological damage to over 300 acr...




18 arrested for parading couple naked in Rajasthan
The villagers claimed the two descended from the same blood lineage, were cousins and forced them to return to Rajasthan  Jaipur, April 20: Eighteen people were arrested on charges of beating a young couple and parading them naked in Rajasthan's Banswara district, police said on Thursday."We arrested nine people on Wednesday and nine more on Thursday under various sections including attempt to murder and the Rajasthan Prevention of Witch Hunting Act," a police official told IANS.The fathers of the young man and young woman have also been arrested.A young man in early 20s was in relationship with a girl in a village. The two fled to Gujarat.The villagers claimed the two descended from the same blood lineage, were cousins and forced them to return to Rajasthan.A video of the violence on Sunday went viral, alerting the police.(IANS)




What Hindu neighbors of mosque say about Azaan and Muslim neighbors of temple about Aarti
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, April 20: Singer Sonu Nigam's harsh, outrageous tweets about use of loudspeakers for Azaan have thankfully not created any communal outrage on the ground - mainly because Hindus and Muslims have been living under the shadow of mosques and temples in towns and villages of the country for centuries and they have got accustomed to both Azaan and Aarti or Bhajan.   "It's wrong to say that Azaan creates problem for anyone. I have no problem at all," says Dev, a Hindu neighbor of a mosque in Delhi.   What Hindu neighbors of a mosque say about Azaan "Members of our community have been living near this mosque for the last 30 years. I have my house and shop in front of this mosque. Azaan has never been a problem for us," says Dev standing outside a big mosque in Jamia Nagar area.   "99% of my friends are Muslims. I have not seen any such thing. There are 1% people in every community who are of cheap m...




Sonu Nigam shaves head following an alleged fatwa over his anti-Azaan comment
I consider myself secular, neither am I right wing or left wing and there are very few people like me, I am actually the minority community: Sonu Nigam IndiaTomorrow.net, Mumbai, April 19: Popular singer Sonu Nigam, facing huge criticism for his harsh comments about Azaan for the last two days, got his head shaved by a barber at his residence here this afternoon, day after a cleric in West Bengal reportedly issued an alleged Fatwa against him.  Speaking to the press before the shaving, Nigam said "You have to fight the fanatics, you can't just hide and comment from Twitter," while referring to the alleged fatwa.  Monday morning, Nigam had tweeted his anger over early-morning Azaan and termed it as 'gundagardi.' He had also expressed his dislike for use of loudspeakers at temples and gurudwaras.  He had tweeted: "God bless everyone. I'm not a Muslim and I have to be woken up by the Azaan in the morning. When will this forced religiousness end...




43 killed in Himachal bus accident
Shimla, April 19: At least 43 passengers were killed when a bus fell into a river in Himachal Pradesh's Shimla district on Wednesday, the police said.The private bus, with 56 on board, was on its way to Tunni village in Shimla district from Uttarakhand. The bus skidded off the mountainous road and fell into Tons river.The accident occurred in Gumma in Nerva tehsil, some 150 km from the state capital.The police said 56 passengers, mostly locals, were in the bus. (IANS)




SC decision on CBI plea in Babri Masjid conspiracy case on Wednesday
A bench of Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose and Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman had reserved the order on April 6 after the CBI and other petitioners had sought the restoration of conspiracy charge against the senior BJP and VHP leaders New Delhi, April 18: The Supreme Court is likely to pronounce its verdict on Wednesday on the CBI's plea seeking revival of the criminal conspiracy charge against eight senior BJP and VHP leaders including L.K. Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi in the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case.A bench of Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose and Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman had reserved the order on April 6 after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and other petitioners had sought the restoration of conspiracy charge against the senior Bharatiya Janata Party and Vishwa Hindu Parishad leaders.The judgment is likely to be pronounced by Justice Nariman.The CBI had moved the top court against May 2010 Allahabad High Court verdict dropping conspiracy charge against the l...




Dear Sonu Nigam, I woke up to Azaan for 3 years when posted in Pakistan: Vinod Sharma
Yet, I didn't return a rabid Hindu from that country... IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, April 18: Singer Sonu Nigam, who trended on Twitter and also trolled by many, after he termed Azaan, Muslim prayer call, as ‘forced religiousness' and ‘Gundagardi' or goondaism has got a lovely advice from veteran journalist and Hindustan Times' Political Editor Vinod Sharma.   Sharma, who worked in Pakistan for three years in early 1990s and would often wake up to the Azaan, asked ‘dear singer' to accept Azaan, chimes of temple bells or Gurbani as the "beauty of our country" and "be tolerant."   Early Monday morning, Sonu Nigam tweeted his strong anger over Azaan that woke him from the sleep. He tweeted: "God bless everyone. I'm not a Muslim and I have to be woken up by the Azaan in the morning. When will this forced religiousness end in India."  "And by the way Mohammed did not have electricity when he made Islam.. Why do...




Nitish Kumar begins Gandhi Smriti Yatra
Patna, April 18: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday began his "Gandhi Smriti Yatra" in Champaran district to mark the 100th year of Mahatma Gandhi's first major satyagraha against the British rule. "Nitish Kumar along with Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav, other ministers and thousands of local residents walked a stretch of seven km from Chandriya (village) to Motihari (district headquarters of east Champaran)," a district official said.The Yatra would be followed by a series of programmes, the official added.Various other functions have already started last week on a large scale to mark the centenary year.President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday honoured freedom fighters from across the country to mark the ongoing year-long celebrations of the Champaran satyagraha. (IANS)




Pahlu Khan's family threatens to commit suicide if not got justice
Raheem Khan, IndiaTomorrow.net, Jaipur, April 17: Slain Haryana dairy farmer Pahlu Khan's family on Monday threatened to commit suicide if the government did not ensure justice to them.  Speaking at an event organized by CPI-M at Shaheed Smarak Park in the state capital, Pahlu's uncle Hussain Khan said: "If we did not get justice, whole family of Pahul Khan will commit suicide."  Pahlu, 50, and three others were brutally assaulted by a gang of alleged cow vigilantes in Alwar district of the state on 1st April. Pahlu succumbed to injuries in hospital two days later. His two sons and his neighbor Azmat Khan were wounded.   The event organized for seeking justice for Pahlu was attended by PCUL Rajasthan president Kavita Srivastava and eminent social activist Swami Agnivesh besides others. Also Read:I pray Allah to save my son; he is nearing death: Elderly father of Alwar lynching survivorGau Rakshaks wanted to set us ablaze in Alwar: Victim  &n...




Internet services suspended following widespread student protests in Kashmir
The students clashed with police in Srinagar, Bandipora, Baramulla, Anantnag, Pulwama, Kupwara, Kulgam and Shopian districts Srinagar, April 17: Internet facilities in the Kashmir Valley were suspended on Monday following the unprecedented protests by students, an official said."Internet facilities on all appliances have been shut," the official said, adding that the ban was imposed to prevent the uploading of pictures and videos from the protests. Widespread student protests spark tension in Kashmir Valley Widespread protests by students in the Kashmir Valley on Monday heightened tensions as dozens of students and policemen were injured in clashes.The students clashed with police in Srinagar, Bandipora, Baramulla, Anantnag, Pulwama, Kupwara, Kulgam and Shopian districts.The students had called for protests against Saturday's incident in Pulwama town in which over 50 students were injured in fighting with security forces after objecting to the setting up of a s...




Bengal intellectuals bat for amity, protest against armed Ram Navmi processions
Poets, singers and educationists appealed to the people to maintain peace and communal amity and unite against the rising fundamentalism in the country Kolkata, April 17: A section of intellectuals in Bengal on Sunday held a meeting condemning a BJP youth leader's offer of bounty for beheading Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and the armed processions brought out by Hindu rightwing organisations on the occasion of Ram Navmi.Poets, singers and educationists gathered at the base of Mahatma Gandhi's statue in the Maidan area and appealed to the people to maintain peace and communal amity and unite against the rising fundamentalism in the country.Sharply criticising the Hindu hardline outfits, Academy award winning poet Subodh Sarkar said: "The way even teenage boys and girls were handed over weapons and made to walk on the streets, that's very dangerous."Sarkar announced that a rally would be taken out by the intellectuals from the city cultural hub College Street in the ne...




Arbitrary use of triple talaq should draw social boycott: AIMPLB
The body, which represents major sects, also came out with a code of conduct for divorce, in case the separation becomes inevitable Lucknow, April 17: Those using triple talaq recklessly and without justification should be made to face social boycott, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) said on Sunday at the conclusion of its executive meet here.The body, which represents major sects, also came out with a code of conduct for divorce, in case the separation becomes inevitable. It notably does not recommend instant divorce or triple talaq as a way of separation."It has been decided in the executive meet that men who arbitrarily use triple talaq should face social boycott," AIMPLB member Kamal Farooqui told IANS.He said that the decision comes in the light of the fact that Islam deems divorce as unpleasant and its used only as the last resort."We have also formulated a code of conduct for divorce, in case it becomes inevitable. We are appealing to all the...




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