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Soul of India Resides in Pluralism, Need to Eschew Violence: President Mukherjee
Mukherjee said Mahatma Gandhi saw India as an inclusive nation where every section lived in equality and moved forward unitedly in ever-widening thought and action New Delhi, July 24: Outgoing President Pranab Mukherjee said on Monday that soul of India resides in pluralism and tolerance and the country must free its public discourse from all forms of violence, physical as well as verbal.In his farewell address broadcast to the nation, he said creation of an inclusive society has to an article of faith. He called for resurrecting the power of non-violence.Mukherjee, who had entered parliament first in 1969, said for the past 50 years of his public life, his passion has been the service of people of India."I want to share with you some truths that I have internalised in this period. The soul of India resides in pluralism and tolerance. India is not just a geographical entity. It carries a history of ideas, philosophy, intellect, industrial genius, craft, innovation and exper...




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...




Not Sure If 39 Missing Indians are Alive, Says Iraq's Foreign Minister
New Delhi, July 24: Iraq's Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari on Monday said here that he was not sure whether the 39 Indians missing in the city of Mosul since 2014 are alive."I am not 100 per cent sure if the 39 Indians missing in Mosul are alive," al-Jaafari told the media. "We are trying our best (to trace them)."Most of the 39 Indian construction workers who went missing in 2014 are from Punjab.Al-Jaafari's comments came after Indian Minister of State for External Affairs V.K. Singh visited Iraq after Iraqi forces aided by an international coalition liberated Mosul from the Islamic State on July 9.Al-Jaafari also held talks with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj here on Monday.Sushma Swaraj had earlier said that with the freeing of Mosul, the process to trace and rescue the missing Indians would be taken forward.She said they had information that the Indians were in a jail in Badush, which lies in ruins now.Singh was earlier sent to Erbil in Iraq to purs...




Free Speech Faces 'Real Danger', Says Paranjoy Guha Thakurta
Thakurta said the magazine had received a notice from the Adani group that sought an unconditional withdrawal of the two "defamatory and harmful" articles co-authored by him. Sarwar Kashani, New Delhi, July 24: India faces a "real danger to freedom of expression", says Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, a veteran journalist, who quit as editor of Economic and Political Weekly (EPW) after he was asked by the trust that manages the internationally respected journal to withdraw two articles critical of the government for favouring the Adani business group."I do believe that in India, there is real and present danger to freedom of expression, which you and everybody know is fundamental right of every citizen" guaranteed by the Constitution, Thakurta told IANS in a chat over the circumstances that led him to quit the academic journal, known for its strong editorials, scholarly pieces and political commentaries.The editor resigned on July 18, minutes after his meeti...




Protesting TN farmer tries to commit suicide in Delhi, Say Farmers
New Delhi, July 24: One of the Tamil Nadu farmers protesting here on Monday tried to commit suicide by consuming 10 sleeping pills apparently because of depression, fellow farmers said. Police, however, denied that the farmer had tried to kill himself.The farmers said Subramani, 61, lost consciousness after he quietly took the sleeping pills at the Jantar Mantar protest site in the heart of the capital."He tried to commit suicide. We have rushed him to hospital. He was tired as the government is not listening to us," Prem, one of the farmers, told IANS.Delhi Police dismissed the suicide claim."There was no case of attempt to suicide. He (Subramani) was admitted to RML Hospital as he fell sick," said a police official.The farmers have been protesting here to press their demands including a drought relief package, loan waiver, adequate renumeration for agriculture produce, crop insurance as well as linking of rivers to address the water crisis.(IANS)




Top 10 States: Enrolment of Muslims, Scheduled Castes in Higher Education
IndiaTomorrow.net,New Delhi, July 24: Out of over 345 lakh students enrolled in higher education in the country, 48 lakh are from Scheduled Castes and 16 lakh from the Muslim community. In enrolment of Scheduled Castes, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra are at No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3respectively. For Muslim enrolment, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Bihar are at No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3respectively, reveals the All India Survey on Higher Education or AISHE 2015-16.Here is a list of top 10 states for enrolment of Muslims and Scheduled Castes in higher education. Enrolment of Muslims, Scheduled Castes in Higher Education Top 10 States   Muslims Scheduled Castes All India 16,13,710 All India 48,10,314 (1) Uttar Pradesh 2,74,569 (1) Uttar Pradesh 10,07,555 (2) West Bengal 2,11,723 (2) Tamil Nadu 5,51,677 (3) Bihar ...




Dozens Killed in Kabul Suicide Blast
Kabul, July 24: At least 24 people were killed and 42 others injured on Monday in a suicide blast here, the Afghan Interior Ministry confirmed.The blast occurred at around 6.40 a.m., when a Toyota Corolla exploded in the city's Police District 3, Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish told CNN.In a statement to local media, the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.The group was targeting a bus carrying Afghan intelligence staff, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said.  The explosion took place near the residence of Mohammad Mohaqiq, second deputy of Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, the ministry added.Afghanistan's Chief Executive, Abdullah Abdullah, "strongly condemned" the attack."I strongly condemn the terrorist attack on civil servants in Kabul today," he tweeted.According to Tolo News, three vehicles and 15 shops were also damaged in the attack. (IANS) 




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...




Ex-ISRO Chief U.R. Rao Passes Away
Bengaluru, July 24: Renowned Indian space scientist U.R. Rao passed away here in the early hours of Monday, said a space agency official. He was 85."Rao passed away at his residence around 3 a.m., after prolonged illness and due to age-related health issues," the official of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) told IANS.Rao, who was the chairman of the state-run ISRO for a decade from 1984 to 1994, leaves behind his widow, a son and a daughter."Rao was in a private hospital till recently for treatment as he had a heart ailment and was recovering at home. Our (ISRO) doctors were attending to him," said the official.ISRO Chairman A.S. Krishna Kumar, senior space scientists and many officials of the space agency rushed to Rao's house to mourn his death and console his bereaved family."Saddened by the demise of renowned scientist, Professor U.R. Rao. His remarkable contribution to India's space programme will never be forgotten," tweeted Prime Minist...




Use Ordinances Sparingly, Discuss Laws, Says Mukherjee In Farewell Speech
New Delhi, July 24: Outgoing President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday gave a message to both government and opposition telling them ordinance route should be used only in compelling circumstances, disruption harms the opposition too and passing bills without discussion was a breach of the people's trust.Addressing a farewell function held in the Central Hall of parliament by the members of both houses, Mukherjee described himself as "humble servant" of people who had sought to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution in both word and spirit.A nostalgic Mukherjee, who will demit office on Tuesday, recalled that he was only 34 years old when he first entered parliament in 1969 as a Rajya Sabha MP and went on to complete 37 years as a parliamentarian - where he "understood the real value of debate, discussion and dissent" - before being elected to the highest constitutional post.Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan read out the farewell address by the lower house's membe...