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Senior English journalist, his mother murdered in Punjab
Senior journalist K.J. Singh had remained Chief News Editor of The Tribune. He was earlier News Editor with the Times of India and had been with the Indian Express previously. Chandigarh, Sep 23: Senior journalist K.J. Singh and his aged mother were found dead in their residence in Mohali town in Punjab, adjoining Chandigarh, on Saturday, police said.Both victims were attacked by their assailants with a sharp-edged weapon in their house in Phase 3B2 of Mohali, 10 km from here.Police said that Singh's mother, Gurcharan Kaur, 89, was strangulated.Singh was stabbed in the stomach and his throat was also slit.The bodies of the victims were discovered on Saturday afternoon when a maid came to the house but no one answered the bell.Police sources said that the murder could have taken place around 1 a.m. on Saturday.The house was found ransacked and some items were missing.Singh's car was also taken away by the assailants.Singh, a bachelor, had remained Chief News Editor of The Tribune...




We are refugees and not illegal immigrants, Rohingyas tells SC
New Delhi, Sep 23: A Rohingya petitioner on Friday told the Supreme Court that they were not illegal immigrants but refugees who fled Myanmar and came to India for shelter in wake of their persecution on the grounds of their religion and community identity and were entitled to all protection under the international conventions on refugees and treaties.Contesting the Central government's stand that they being foreign nationals enjoyed no protection under the Indian Constitution, Rohingya refugee Mohammad Salimullah, who has moved the top court, seeking its protection from being deported said that protection under Article 14 - guaranteeing equality before law and Article 21 - guaranteeing protection of life and liberty was available to both Indian citizens and non-citizens alike.In his rejoinder to the Central government's affidavit, he said: "Rohingya are not involved in any act of militancy. They are a fleeing persecuted ethnic minority whose only claim is to peaceful asylum. Any ...




Fair police probe key to justice, must be overseen: R.K. Singh
New Delhi, Sep 23: Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy R.K. Singh on Friday stressed the need to oversight police investigation and suggested that it be kept insulated from political interference."Police investigation is a part of justice delivery system, so any kind of interference can't be allowed there, other than a professional or a judicial oversight. But there is no system of judicial oversight in the initial stages, as the judicial intervention starts after the filing of chargesheet," Singh said.The minister was speaking at the Annual Conference of Indian Police Foundation here."As a citizen, I want justice to be done. When I have a grievance, when I believe that my rights have been violated, I want to go and lodge an FIR and it should be lodged and fairly investigated. I believe that investigation is a part of justice delivery system.""If a case is not investigated properly, you can't get justice," he said, adding that "as a citizen, I...




HC judgment on idol immersions an appeal to peace: Bengal Governor
Kolkata, Sep 22: A day after the Calcutta High Court lifted the state government's restrictions on Durga idol immersions on October 1 during Muharram, West Bengal Governor K.N. Tripathi on Friday said the judgment was "an appeal to maintain peace and work in coordination"."It's not a question of the judgment in favour of or against anybody. It's an appeal to the people in West Bengal at large... to maintain peace and to work in coordination and cooperation with each other. Every resident of Bengal should cooperate in such a manner that both communities celebrate their festivals in their own way peacefully and in a cooperative spirit," Tripathi said here.He said "there is no question of any conflict or tension between the two communities"."We all owe a duty to both communities to ensure that the festivals are observed in a peaceful manner," the Governor added.The High Court on Thursday allowed Durga idol immersions till 12 a.m. on all days, includ...




NDTV denies sale agreement. Huge mixed reaction on social media over sale news
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Sep 22: The NDTV on Friday told the Bombay Stock Exchange or BSE that it has not entered into sale agreement with anyone.   Following a report in The Indian Express Friday that Ajay Singh, co-founder and owner of SpiceJet airline was set to buy majority stake in NDTV, the BSE had sought clarification from the channel.   "NDTV has informed the Stock Exchanges that the promoters of the Company have not entered into any agreement for sale of their stake in the Company to any person. The Company is mindful of its obligations under Clause 30 of the Listing Regulations and shall promptly intimate it of any event required to be disclosed under the said regulations," said the channel in a post on its website. The airline has already trashed the acquisition report as "absolutely false and baseless".   However, despite denials from the two sides, the national English daily has insisted that a source confirme...




Thousands Protest in Delhi against Persecution of Rohingya in Myanmar
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Sep 21: Thousands of people held a massive protest demonstration on Thursday against the ongoing persecution and exodus of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. Maulana Mahmood Madani, General Secretary of Jamiat Ulema-I-Hind, was leading the protest demonstration at Jantar Mantar near the Parliament House.   "We have gathered in solidarity with the oppressed and to oppose the oppressors," said Maulana Madani while addressing the massive gathering.   "Rohingya's persecution is equal to ethnic cleansing of Jews that happened in Germany," he said.   Maulana Mahmood Madani (speaking), Navaid Hamid (centre) and other community leaders at Jantar Mantar    He also strongly criticized the Indian government for its anti-Rohingya stand.   "It is not a question of Muslims, it is the question of India's dignity and humanity. Indian constitution gives right to grant citizenship to other people bu...




Beyond Politics, A Poetic Diplomacy to Promote US-India Friendship
Mumtaz Alam, IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Sep 20: What will be your first reaction when you see US diplomats in Delhi reciting Hindi and Urdu couplets in a poet's style? Broad smile on your face and warmth in the heart. This is exactly what they want - strong people-to-people contact through cultural engagements, far away from political engagements at government levels. And the initiative of the US Embassy in India's capital with the hash tag of #USIndiaDosti is winning hearts - of tens of thousands.   The embassy is celebrating Indian culture and life this month of September. To showcase how the diplomats themselves enjoy the Indian culture, they have come out with a poetic idea.  A US diplomat in Delhi reciting Urdu poetry  In the last two weeks, the embassy has released some short videos wherein diplomats are reciting Hindi poem as well as Urdu couplets of great poets Ghalib and Dagh. In one video, another diplomat is reciting Punjabi poetry.  Most of the...




'Bypassing Institutions of Governance Even For Major Decisions Would be Destructive For Democracy'
"If there would be no debates in Parliament and Cabinet, it will be destructive for democracy. And if no medicine found to cure the disease, the situation will be worse in coming days," warned Varadarajan. Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net,New Delhi, Sep 20: Concerned at the diminishing role of media due to political interference and pressure from the government in recent years, Siddharth Varadarajan, founding editor of The Wire, on Tuesday said that media is not doing sincere debates on the issues affecting people at larger level. He also cautioned over the recent trend of bypassing by the government of key institutions of governance even for major decisions.   "Media is not working the way it should. It is not raising the questions with sincerity as it should. There are debates on baseless issues rather than real and basic issues. Media is more interested in debating flag-hoisting at Madrasas than debating how children died at Gorakhpur Hospital. There w...




'Pillars of Democracy Crumbling, Time People Stood up to Safeguard Constitution'
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Sep 19: When the Constitution itself is in danger, pillars of democracy are bound to crumble and these pillars - from Judiciary, to Executive to Media - have in fact begun to crumble and therefore it is high time for the people of the country to stand up to safeguard the Constitution and Idea of India. This could be summed up as the gist of views of eminent citizens who spoke at an event at the Constitution Club of India here on Tuesday.   Om Thanvi Veteran journalist Om Thanvi said: "We now see how Supreme Court judges are becoming governors soon after retirement...Now media, the fourth pillar, has crumbled. People hoped that at least media would do objective work. Today there is environment of terror as we once saw in Punjab. Now you have to even think twice before making a cartoon. If media fear, it would die."   Gurbir Singh said: "Besides judiciary and executive, media is also crumbling. Journalism is on ...




Fake News Killing People, Yet Government Not Taking it Seriously
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Sep 18: "Recently we have seen many crimes due to rumours based on morphed image and fake videos in various states where people have been killed. So now fake news is killing people. It is a big issue that has not been taken seriously as it should have been," said senior journalist Pratik Sinha, who is co-founder of altnews.in, a website dedicated to exposing fake news.   He was speaking at program entitled "Fake News: Kya Hai Is Jhooth Ka Sach?" organized by StudioAdda initiative at the Constitution Club here on Monday.   He gave several example of fake news including the recent one tweeted by Congress leader Digvijaya Singh about NDTV executive editor Ravish Kumar's remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.   "Fake news has become prevalent in a divisive, polarised society based on religious identity. The main factors behind circulation fake stuff is illiteracy of people in urban and rur...




Stones in Alwar, Rose Petals in Ajmer: Harsh Mander Recounts Journey of Karwan-e Mohabbat
Harsh Mander, On our first day in Rajasthan, the Karwan was greeted in Behore, where Pehlu Khan had been lynched, with stones and footwear. The second day, in Ajmer, we were pelted instead with rose petals, as we marched for peace and love on a busy street with hundreds, singing and shouting slogans of the unity of people of all faith, and against hate.   We were all overwhelmed with the numbers of people who joined the aman rally. We were greeted first by the local gurudwara. Several Christian priests and nuns also joined. As we walked, ordinary people on both sides of the road threw flowers on us. Some recited - aman, aman, aman, aman - like a chant. The rally ended resoundingly at the entrance to the historical Khwaja Moinuddin Chishthi Dargah, where we were greeted by the entire senior trustees of the Dargah. Rose petals fell from above, as they spoke about the importance of love and compassion, and how fitting that a Karwan of love should come to the shrine of a sufi saint...




Rajasthan Civil Leaders Write to CM, Demand Immediate Arrest of 6 Accused Given Clean Chit
Raheem Khan, IndiaTomorrow.net, Jaipur, Sep 16: The civil leaders of Rajasthan on Friday strongly criticized the state BJP government of Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje for the clean chit by the CB-CID of state police to the six accused named by slain Haryana dairy farmer Pehlu Khan in his dying statement. They demanded immediate arrest of the six accused instead of giving clean chit to them.   "By keeping the six named accused out of the probe, it has been proved that the Rajasthan government and police are supporter of goondaism of Gau Rakshaks and they do not care at all about law," the civil rights activists said in an open letter to CM Raje     They also alleged the police of doing a biased probe into mob lynching of Pehlu Khan that took place on 1st April in Alwar district of the state.   "It is clear that the probe of Rajasthan police is very biased. While probe is on against the one who was killed, brutally assaulted and whose cattle...




Rajasthan HC Seeks Report on Death of 90 Infants in Banswara
Jodhpur, Sep 14: The Rajasthan High Court on Thursday took suo moto cognisance of reported deaths of at least 90 infants at M.G. Hospital in Banswara and sought a detailed report from the state government.A division bench headed by the Chief Justice Pradeep Nandrajog termed the matter "very serious".The court had taken cognisance of a report published in a Hindi daily a few days ago, and ordered the Legal Services Authority (LSA) to conduct an enquiry therein.An enquiry report was thereafter prepared by LSA and submitted to the court.The Chief Justice and Justice Ramchandra Singh Jhala, while initiating suo moto cognisance on Thursday, directed Additional Advocate General S.S. Ladrecha to submit a status report, giving information as to what was the cause of deaths.The court has also ordered that it be informed about the medical facilities available at M.G. Hospital. The matter has been posted for hearing on October 30.The district hospital of Banswara recorded the deaths of ...




Civil Leaders Slam Rajasthan Govt. For Clean Chit to 6 Accused in Pehlu Khan's Killing
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net, Jaipur /New Delhi, Sep 14: The closure by Rajasthan Police of the probe against six main accused in the killing of dairy farmer Pehlu Khan has sparked anger among civil rights leaders. Terming the move of Rajasthan police as unjust and undemocratic, they accused Rajasthan's BJP government of protecting the cow vigilantes who lynched Khan, 55, in Alwar district in April this year.  These six men were named in the dying statement of Pahlu Khan before a police officer at the hospital. However, the probe will continue against nine other accused.   Kavita Srivastava, state president of Peoples' Union for civil Liberties (PUCL) alleged that the case was transferred to Crime Branch of Criminal Investigation Department (CID- CB) to close the case by the government.   "We completely disagree and don't think any enquiry has happened by the CID. First, the case was investigated by local police then it came to the additional Superin...




Govt. Should Be Careful, Must Not Stereotype Victims of Violence: Congress
New Delhi, Sep 13: The Congress on Tuesday urged the Narendra Modi government to be "careful" on the issue of Rohingya Muslim refugees from Myanmar and "not stereotype or identify hapless victims of violence with insurgency and terrorism".Reacting to UN Human Rights chief criticising India over deportation of Rohingyas, the opposition party also warned the government that it "should not do anything or act in a manner and allow its ministers to say something which would destroy the image of the country"."This is a humanitarian crisis and very sensitive issue. India historically, has taken a very compassionate view of people who are the victims of violence, who are displaced because of violence or who are forced to flee their homes and seek refuge elsewhere," said Congress spokesperson Anand Sharma."The present government should not do anything, act in a manner or allow the ministers to say something which actually destroys that image of India...




Massive Protest in Punjab over Violence Against Rohingyas
IndiaTomorrow.net, Ludhiana, Punjab, Sep 12: At the call of Shahi Imam of Punjab Maulana Habibur Rahman Sani Ludhianvi, thousands of people took out a protest march here on Tuesday over the violence against Rohingyas in Rakhine state of Myanmar.   The protesters were shouting slogans against the Myanmar government and demanding an end to the violence.   As per media reports, a number of people have been killed in Rakhine state and more than 2.5 lakh have fled to Bangladesh.   Shahi Imam of Punjab Maulana Habibur Rahman Sani Ludhianvi leading the massive protest demonstration in Punjab, India  The Shahi Imam of Punjab, who is national president of Majlis Ahrar Islam Hind, was himself leading the protest march while standing in an open jeep. In its latest report, the UN Human Rights chief has also strongly condemned the violence against Rohingyas in Myanmar. He expressed concern that even the UN human rights body was not being given access to the Rakhi...




We Need Free Press Now More Than Ever In Every Part of The World: Frank Islam
IndiaTomorrow.net, Washington D.C. /New Delhi, Sep 12: "We have come tonight to praise the free press, not to bury it. There are others who want to do the opposite. Please don't stop asking the hard questions and writing the tough stories. We need you now more than ever, in every part of the world," said Frank F. Islam, America's one of the most distinguished entrepreneurs, philanthropists and thought leaders.   He was speaking at the Alfred Friendly Press Partners Award Ceremony held at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. last week. The occasion was to honor eight fellows from as seven countries - India, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Kenya, Ukraine and Cuba - at the conclusion of the 6-month Alfred Friendly Press Fellowship program.   In his short speech, India-born Frank Islam praised journalist Smitha Rajan, this year's Alfred Friendly fellow from India. An assistant editor with DNA Divya Bhaskar daily in Gujarat, Smitha is the first Frank Islam and...




UN Body Deplores India's Move to Deport Rohingyas
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Sep 11: The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on Monday strongly condemned the indications by the Indian government to deport Rohingya refugees from the country and said that "India cannot carry out collective expulsions, or return people to a place where they risk torture or other serious violations." While updating the Human Rights Council on human rights issues in 40 countries, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, also strongly condemned the killing of Rohingyas in Myanmar.   "I deplore current measures in India to deport Rohingyas at a time of such violence against them in their country. Some 40,000 Rohingyas have settled in India, and 16,000 of them have received refugee documentation. The Minister of State for Home Affairs has reportedly said that because India is not a signatory to the Refugee Convention the country can dispense with international law on the matter, together...




In the Wake of Triple Talaq Verdict, Muslim Law Board Decides to Launch Nationwide Community Reform Programmes
IndiaTomorrow.net, Bhopal, Sep 11: The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) on Sunday announced to launch nationwide community reform programmes to educate Muslim men and women about Shariah. The Executive Committee of the Board took the decision after daylong discussion over the recent Supreme Court judgement against instant Triple Talaq. The Board also announced to set up a committee to chalk out community reform programs and also examine the SC judgment to see the inconsistencies, if any, with Shariah.   While respecting the SC order that declared instant Triple Talaq invalid, the Board reiterated that Triple Talaq or Talaq-e-Biddat has basis in Shariah and Board itself had taken up several initiatives to discourage the practice in the community.   "The Board records its commitment to carry forward our Community reform programmes on larger scale. The Board has also resolved to initiate different programmes at different level to educate Muslim women and Mu...




Gurugram Student Murder: Protesters Set Ablaze Liquor Shop Close to School
Gurugram, Sep 10: Violent protests took place again on Sunday outside the Ryan International School here over the murder of a seven-year-old student within the school premises. A liquor vend near the school was set afire. The protesters, cane-charged by the police, were demanding the arrest of culprits behind the boy's gory killing and strict action against the school management.The police also used force to disperse protesters who were demanding justice for the killed boy and his parents.Pradhuman, a Class 2 student, was found dead on Friday by a school staffer in the washroom with his throat slit. A knife, presumably the murder weapon, was found near the body.The boy was found dead almost an hour after he reached school on Friday.An angry mob on Saturday broke the lock of the school's main gate.Protesters and parents of the killed child are demanding an independent investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).The protesters, including Pradhuman's parents, demonstra...




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