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India condemns deplorable attack on Nigerians, five arrested
Noida, March 28: India on Tuesday condemned an alleged racial attack on Nigerian students who were brutally beaten up in Greater Noida by mobs targeting African nationals blaming them for drug running following the death of a teen due to suspected drug overdose.Apprehending a diplomatic row over the attack near the national capital, the External Affairs Ministry assured of an impartial probe and said India was committed to the safety of foreigners in the country.External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said she had spoken to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Aditya Nath Yogi, and he had assured her of a "fair and impartial investigation into this unfortunate incident".According to police in Greater Noida, some 40 km from Delhi, late on Monday night four Nigerian students were attacked by crowds near Pari Chowk while two more were beaten by a mob inside a shopping mall.The attacks took place after protests over the death of Manish Khatri, a Class 12 student in Greater Noida's NSG So...




Consider alternatives to pellet guns in Kashmir: SC
New Delhi, March 27: Telling the Modi government to consider alternatives to pellet guns, the Supreme Court on Monday suggested technology-based solutions to control mobs in Jammu and Kashmir.Pointing out that it appreciated the situation confronting the security forces in Kashmir, Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar, Justice D.Y. Chandrachud and Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul said the alternatives to pellet guns should be "very very technology-based measures" that protect both sides.The apex court reminded the government that India was a welfare state.Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi said he would get back to the court. The court then granted two weeks for consideration of the alternatives to the pellet guns.The court was hearing a petition filed by the Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association for a ban on the use of pellet guns by security forces.The lawyers' body had challenged a Jammu and Kashmir High Court order which said that it was entirely for security agencies to decid...




CPI-M urges PM to protect minorities' rights as UP slaughter house crackdown to hit 25 lakh
The "atrocious attacks" had been mounted on the minority community since Adityanath Yogi became the Chief Minister: Communist Party of India-Marxist  New Delhi, March 24: The CPI-M on Friday said the crackdown on slaughter houses in Uttar Pradesh will affect the livelihood of 25 lakh people and urged the Modi government to protect minorities' rights."In the name of closing down illegal slaughter houses, the UP government is targeting all slaughter houses on the specious plea of controlling illegal trade of cow meat. There have been instances of widespread attacks on meat shops in various parts of the state," said the CPI-M.The Communist Party of India-Marxist said the "atrocious attacks" had been mounted on the minority community since Adityanath Yogi became the Chief Minister."It may be noted that Uttar Pradesh accounts for nearly 50 per cent of India's total meat exports and such a policy will affect the livelihood of 25 lakh people directly ...




Amnesty International disappointed with probe in 1984 Sikh riots
Chandigarh, March 22: International rights group Amnesty International on Wednesday said it was disappointed with the functioning of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) formed to re-investigate closed cases related to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots."The SIT has disappointed many who have struggled for justice. It has only filed four chargesheets in over two years, following a non-transparent process. The status report submitted to the Supreme Court does not even mention the reasons for closing the cases it had identified for reinvestigation," Sanam Sutirath Wazir of Amnesty International India said while addressing a discussion on the 1984 anti-Sikh riots here.The SIT, formed by the Union Home Ministry in February 2015, told the Supreme Court that it had identified 59 cases for re-investigation, out of 267 closed by Delhi Police after the massacre, Wazir said."Of these, it has closed 38 cases and filed charges in four. The Supreme Court is hearing a public interest litigation...




When two teen sisters gang-raped in front of father in Gujarat and it doesn't make national headlines
IndiaTomorrow.net, Ahmedabad, March 18: In a shocking and shameful incident, two teen sisters were allegedly gang-raped in front of their father in a moving car in Dahod district of Gujarat - the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi - on 15 March. Though the national media picked the news two days later, the brutal incident could not make national headlines.   The sisters, aged 13 and 15, and their father were dragged from their shop in the Bhutpagla village in Dahod district on Wednesday and pushed into an SUV and the kidnappers fled away. In the moving car, according to the police, the girls were raped in front of their father by six abductors - five of whom including one called Kumat Baria have been arrested.   Media reports say that sisters' brother, who was arrested in a prohibition case some time back, had told police he used to procure liquor from Kumat. As a revenge, Kumat and his accomplices abducted the girls and gang-raped them.




Heart-wrenching to see Gurmehar subjected to organised wrath: Mahesh Bhatt
Kolkata, March 8: Acclaimed filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt on Wednesday said it was "heart-wrenching" to see 20-year-old Gurmehar Kaur being subjected to "organised" public wrath when so-called liberals had very little to say."It was heart-wrenching to see a 20-year-old girl being subjected to so much organised, kind of public wrath."I feel that society, which says is a free society, must give any individual space to fearlessly articulate his or her point of view. And the person who is asking for that free space, must also give the other person who completely disagrees with her, to express his or her view, provided that is done in a civilised manner," Bhatt told IANS here.The "Zakhm" maker was in the city to chat with select mediapersons about the forthcoming film "Begum Jaan"."Begum Jaan", a Hindi adaptation of Srijit Mukherji's stellar Bengali offering "Rajkahini", will feature Vidya Balan as a brothel's madam in Punj...




Minorities commission has virtually no members, no new appointments in sight
Mohd Asim Khan, New Delhi, March 8: The National Commission for Minorities (NCM) -- an organisation established to safeguard the constitutional and legal rights of minorities and which was once headed by Hamid Ansari, now India's Vice President -- currently has no chairperson and virtually no members.The last of its members will retire on Thursday and the government has so far not finalised names of the new Chairperson and members.Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, asked about the reconstitution of the Commission, said that it may happen soon."The process is on. We have received a few names for the members and chairperson which I cannot disclose right now, but it may be done soon," Naqvi told IANS.The NCM has a sanctioned strength of seven members, including the chairperson, with each member having a fixed tenure of three years.Currently, only one member, Dadi E. Mistry, is in the Commission and he too is slated to retire on Thursday.Earlier, members Farida Abdull...




Govt. gives in, says no one to be deprived of benefits for lack of Aadhaar
New Delhi, March 8: Days after making Aadhar Card mandatory for availing mid-day meal, the government on Tuesday clarified that no one will be deprived of the benefits for lack of the identification card.According to a Cabinet Secretariat statement, no one will be deprived of the benefits for lack of Aadhaar."The Government has reiterated that till Aadhaar number is assigned to any individual, the benefit will continue to be given based on alternate means of identification. It also directed the departments to provide Aadhaar enrolment facilities to their beneficiaries under Regulation 12 of Aadhaar (Enrolment and Update) Regulations 2016," it said."In case of Mid-Day Meal scheme and under the Integrated Child Development Scheme, the schools and Anganwadis have been asked to collect the Aadhaar number of the children beneficiaries and in case a child does not have Aadhaar, the school or ICDS functionary will be required to provide enrolment facilities to a child and till ...




Making Aadhaar compulsory for one-time meal for poor schoolchildren not humane
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, March 07: As it has exposed the mind of those who write off thousands of crores of loans of big businessmen and makes Aadhaar compulsory for just one-time meal for poor schoolchildren, the 28th Feb gazette notification is most likely to be rolled back or altered.   The central government has issued the gazette notification making Aadhaar compulsory from 1st July for over 100 million schoolchildren to avail their mid-day meal.   "Individuals desirous of availing the benefits under the (mid-day-meal) Scheme offered at the Schools are required to furnish proof of possession of Aadhaar number or undergo Aadhaar authentication," reads the gazette notification.   But the move has not gone down well with cross sections of society - from parents to politicians to informed citizens to rights activists.   Poor parents oppose move "This is wrong. We send our children so that they get education as well as food. If this law ...




Six youths held for raping seven Kerala orphanage girls
Kalpetta (Kerala), March 7: Six youths were on Tuesday arrested for raping seven school girls, who are inmates of an orphanage near here, police said.Statements of the victims -- students of Classes 8 and 9 -- were recorded by a magistrate earlier in the day.Speaking to IANS, a Kalpetta police station official said all the six alleged attackers have been identified through an identification parade."The youths have been arrested and now they will be presented before a magistrate. A case has been registered against them under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO)," said the official, who did not wish to be identified.Sexual exploitation of the girls had been going on since January this year, according to him.Lok Sabha member from Kannur P.K. Sreemathi, who held an interaction with the victims on Tuesday, told reporters that the accused had shot photographs of the victims and were threatening of their misuse, forcing the girls to fall into their trap.Sreema...




Mob burns down police station in Meghalaya after three people injured in police firing
Shillong, March 7: An irate mob attacked and burnt down a police station in Meghalaya's North Garo Hills district after three persons were injured in a police firing, an official said on Tuesday.The police official said violence erupted on Monday night after a police team stationed at a checkpoint in Kaldang area fired at a vehicle when its driver refused to stop at a barricade despite signalling."For the last one week, following inputs about militant movements, we have increased checking of vehicles in the district," S.B. Singh, the Meghalaya police chief, told IANS.Following the firing, Singh said the mob burnt down the Resubelpara police station, its temporary barracks and police vehicles.Singh said more details were awaited on the entire incident, and although the situation was under control they were keeping a close watch.The three injured were shifted to a private hospital in the neighbouring Assam capital, Guwahati. One of them was believed to be critical.On Sunday, a ...




FBI helping probe attack on Sikh man, India voices concern
Washington, March 6: The FBI is helping the hunt by the Seattle city police for an attacker who told a Sikh man to "go back to your own country" and shot him -- in the second xenophobic attack on Indians in the past two weeks. India has voiced deep concern and stressed the need to prevent such incidents.The US State Department has also, on behalf of the Donald Trump administration, expressed condolences and said they are working on the case.The 39-year-old victim, a US national of Indian origin, was identified by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj as Deep Rai. He received a bullet injury on his arm in the attack on Friday.The Indian Embassy in Washington tweeted that Indian envoy Navtej Sarna "conveyed our deep concerns to the US government on recent tragic incidents".Sarna said that India has "underlined the need to prevent such incidents and protect the Indian community" and the embassy was coordinating with "all agencies concerned to ensure sp...




India pained by killing of Indian-origin man, says Sushma
New Delhi, March 5: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has expressed pain over the killing of an Indian-origin businessman killed in South Carolina in the US."I am pained to hear about the killing of Harnish Patel, a US national of Indian origin in Lancaster, South Carolina," Sushma Swaraj tweeted."Our Consul has reached Lancaster and met the family of Patel," she said. "My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family."Patel, 43, had closed his shop at 11.24 p.m. on Thursday. Just 10 minutes later, he was shot dead outside his home in Lancaster.Patel's death came two days after President Donald Trump said the US condemned as "hate and evil" the killing of Indian Srinivas Kuchibhotla, who was shot dead at a pub on February 22 in Kansas by a white man who screamed, "Get out of my country".In another incident, a Sikh man was injured when a masked gunman opened fire at him in front of his house in Kent city in Washington after telling ...




When we brutalize a woman, we wound the soul of our civilization: President
IndiaTomorrow.net,New Delhi, Mar 02: “When we brutalize a woman, we wound the soul of our civilization. The acid test of any society is its attitude towards women and children. I do not consider a society or State to be civilized if its citizens’ behavior towards women is uncivilized,” said President Pranab Mukherjee while delivering the 6th K.S. Rajamony Memorial Lecture on ‘India at 70’, today in Kochi, Kerala. “There should be no room in India for the intolerant Indian. Freedom of speech and expression is one of the most important fundamental rights guaranteed by our Constitution,” President Mukherjee further asserted.  Expounding the significance of universities, President said : “Those in Universities must engage in reasoned discussion and debate rather than propagate a culture of unrest. These temples of learning must resound with creativity and free thinking.” “It is tragic to see them caught in the vorte...




Child trafficking accused BJP leader sent to 12 days CID custody
Siliguri, March 1: BJP leader Juhi Chowdhury, arrested for her alleged connection to a child trafficking racket in West Bengal, was on Wednesday sent to 12 days CID custody, a senior CID official said.Amid tight security and presence of a large number of media persons, Chowdhury was produced in the Chief Judicial Magistrate's court in Siliguri, after her Tuesday night arrest from Batasia area close to the India-Nepal border in Darjeeling.While the prosecution sought her CID remand, the defence counsel moved for bail.After hearing both sides, the judge rejected the bail application and sent her to CID custody."Chowdhury has been remanded to 12 days of CID custody," said Additional Director General, CID Rajesh Kumar, claiming she was directly involved in new born child trafficking.She is the fourth person arrested in the Jalpaiguri district case which has created a storm in Bengal with its political connotations.Chowdhury, who was on the run for the last few days after her name...




Remembering 15 years since Gujarat riots
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Feb 28: This February 15 years ago, the state-wide communal violence in Gujarat after the Godhra train carnage shook the nation and changed the landscape of the state for ever.   To recall the journey of 15 years since the Gujarat riots 2002, victims, civil rights activists and community leaders gathered at the Constitution Club here on Tuesday.   Speaking on the occasion, Nishrin Jafri, daughter of slain former parliamentarian Ehsan Jafri, recalled not just the 2002 riots but also the 1969 riots when she was an infant.   "I remember that railway track where my father was running taking me in his lap. It was a dark night. My mother says fire broke out so fast that she could not take a single picture of her marriage," said Nishrin.   His father rebuilt the home only to be attacked and destroyed again by rioters in 2002.   "My father again came on the same place to make home. Then again our...




Arrest those threatening Gurmehar Kaur, DCW chief tells Delhi Police
New Delhi, Feb 27: Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Swati Maliwal on Monday wrote to Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik, seeking registration of a case against persons threatening Kargil war martyr's daughter Gurmehar Kaur and their arrest.Kaur met Maliwal earlier in the day and complained against online threats she was receiving ever since she stood up to RSS student wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP)."Taking cognisance of the complaint, I wrote a letter to the Delhi Police Commissioner and requested him to register an FIR against the culprits and arrest them," Maliwal told reporters here."It is a matter of shame that a martyr's daughter is being attacked like this and is threatened with rape and death. If no action is taken against the culprits right now, people will lose faith in the system," she said.Lady Shri Ram College student Kaur posted a picture of her's holding a poster on Facebook that said: "I am a student from Delhi Univers...




Kargil martyr's daughter receives threats, abuses for speaking against ABVP
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Feb 26: Gurmehar Kaur, daughter of Kargil war martyr Capt. Mandeep Singh, is being trolled on social media since she condemned ABVP, the youth wing of the ruling BJP, for its alleged involvement in the violence at Ramjas College of Delhi University. Since her facebook post denouncing ABVP on Wednesday, she has received numerous threats and filthy comments on social media outlets - Facebook and Twitter. But she has also got hundreds of supportive comments.Here are some threatening and filthy comments on her Facebook: Davix PharmaLtd: A martyr's daughter is Anti-national. I would like to probe your father martyred or killed by Indian soldiers for his anti-national activity? Ultimately DNA is DNA na.Ankit Mahajan: bitch....don’t spoil the name of your father...the basterds  who don’t respect their nation...want, right to speech from same nation.... shame on you...Akash S Gehlot: U are a #Antinational #Islamicterror Suppter......




Slain Indian engineer's wife seeks answers on rising hate crimes in US
Washington, Feb 25: The wife of Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla, who was shot dead at a US bar two days ago, has publicly sought answers to what she perceived was a spread in American hate crimes."I have a question in my mind: Do we belong here," Sunayana Dumala asked at a news conference on Friday at the headquarters of electronics manufacturer Garmin, where Kuchibhotla worked as an aviation systems engineer."We've read many times in newspapers of some kind of shooting happening... And we always wondered, how safe we are?"Of the two of them, she said, she was most concerned, asking her reassuring husband: "Are we doing the right thing of staying in the United States of America?"Kuchibhotla hailed from Hyderabad and his wife is returning to India for Kuchibhotla's funeral. She said she wanted to come back to their home in south Olathe, Kansas state, fulfilling her husband's wishes for an American life and "me being successful in any field I choos...




Punish policemen who jailed innocent Muslims: CPI-M
New Delhi, Feb 23: The CPI-M has sought action against Delhi Police officers responsible for jailing two young Muslims for 12 long years after a terror attack here in 2005 killed 67 people."The guilty police officials in this case must be charged and prosecuted," an editorial in the party journal "People's Democracy" said."The State must provide adequate compensation and take steps for the rehabilitation of the two men who have been so unjustly treated," said the Communist Party of India-Marxist.It said "the sordid and shocking record of the targeting and prosecution of Muslim youth in terror related cases has once again been highlighted by the Delhi High Court's acquittal of all three accused in the 2005 serial blasts in Delhi".Mohammad Hussain Fazli and Mohd Rafiq Shah were acquitted of all charges while Tariq Ahmed Dar was also found to have no role in the blasts but he was convicted for being a member of a terrorist organisation."It has ...




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