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Hijab is no hurdle: Dream of bakery worker's daughter takes wings
Hyderabad, Nov 19: "I want to become a pilot." When she instinctively answered a question at an event over a decade ago, the dream of a humble bakery worker's daughter had started growing wings. Hijab-wearing Syeda Salva Fatima is now all set to join an airline and is one of the four Muslim women in India who hold a Commercial Pilot's Licence (CPL). Fresh from multi-engine training in New Zealand and type-rating in Bahrain, this Hyderabad woman is waiting for endorsement from the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) which will enable her to fly the Airbus A320. It was, however, not a smooth ride as she had to overcome many odds to attain her life's ambition. The daughter of a bakery workCommer, Salva comes from the poverty-stricken neighborhood of Sultan Shahi in the old city of Hyderabad. What makes Salva's story stand out is her lower middle-class background and the fact that she wore a "hijab" (head scarf) during the entire course of training ...




Winds of change: Muslim girls embrace education, aim high
There is a general perception that Muslim women rarely pursue higher education, or go for competitive exams, and the social odds are stacked even higher once they get married and have kids. But women like Tasneem challenge such stereotypes. Abu Zafar, Katihar (Bihar)/Azamgarh/New Delhi, Nov 14: For Ghazala Tasneem, October 31 was not a normal day. It was the day her dream came true and she was rewarded for her hard struggle of three years. She was selected for the Bihar Judicial Services Competitive Examination with 65th rank and can soon aspire to be a judge."Indeed, it was difficult, but thanks to Allah, due to the continuous support and motivation from my husband and other family members, I have achieved what I deserved," says Tasneem, a housewife from Katihar district of Bihar with two sons.There is a general perception that Muslim women rarely pursue higher education, or go for competitive exams, and the social odds are stacked even higher once they get married a...




JNU missing student case: Court seeks students' response on CBI plea
New Delhi, Oct 30: A court here on Monday asked nine students to file response on CBI's plea seeking consent for their lie detection test in connection with the case of missing Jawaharlal Nehru University student Najeeb Ahmed.After the defence counsel of students sought 10 days time to file reply, Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal listed the matter for November 10 for further hearing.The court direction came after it allowed Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) plea seeking early hearing on the application seeking consent of nine students for a lie detection test.The CBI plea has come after the Delhi High Court asked the probe agency to seek early hearing in the trial court, which had earlier adjourned the matter for January 2018.Ahmed, 27, an MSc First Year student, went missing on October 15 last year after a fight with alleged members of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh-affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad. However, the student body had denied any involvemen...




JNUSU seeks UGC intervene for reinstatement of GSCASH
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Oct 28: Agitating against the decision of Jawaharlal Nehru University to dissolve GSCASH (Gender Sensitization Committee against Sexual Harassment) and replace it with Internal Complaints Committee (ICC), the students union of the university has urged the University Grants Commission (UGC) to intervene in the matter.   Holding a protest march on Friday outside the UGC office in New Delhi, they demanded reinstatement of an effective and gender sensitive body like GSCASH that is not controlled by the varsity administration and entrusted with the task of delivering justice in cases of sexual harassment and gender based violence in campus. A delegation of the JNU Students Union submitted a memorandum with the UGC officials in this regard.   "It is important to notice that GSCASH is autonomous. If the Vice Chancellor is controlling the ICC, how would we trust that something concrete will happen if a case is filed against any...




The man behind the rise of India's only Muslim business media outlet
Mumtaz Alam, IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi / Mumbai, Oct 27: Who is this man shaking hands and shoulders with business leaders from India and UAE? An industrialist. No. A gatecrasher. A big No. He is a Special Invitee at the India-UAE Strategic Conclave 2017 at the Al-Habtoor City in Dubai. He is founder, owner and editor of an English business monthly, only one of its kind in India, and five news portals in as many languages.   He is Danish Reyaz. His journey from a one-room rented house-cum-office in a nondescript dingy lane of India's commercial capital to a position where his Maeeshat magazine becomes media partner of a premier international business conclave and he is invited as VIP has been long and strenuous.   Danish Reyaz (R) with Ashish Kumar Chauhan, MD & CEO of Bombay Stock Exchange, at India-UAE Strategic Conclave 2017 in Dubai.  Danish Reyaz (R) shaking hand with Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Cabinet Member and Minister of Cultur...




Invincible: How a woman amputee created history at the top of the world
Arunima wants to tell the world that if one sets one's eyes on a goal, there is nothing that can stop him or her.Vishav,Lucknow, Oct 25: A national-level volleyball player, Arunima Sinha was thrown off a moving train by a bunch of goons in 2011. Overcoming unbearable pain as she lay on the tracks through the night, she lost one of her legs and had a metal rod inserted in the other. While most people take four to five years just to walk on a prosthetic limb, Arunima stood on top of Mount Everest just two years after the incident, becoming the first female amputee to climb the world's highest peak.Arunima's is not just a story of conquering the world's highest peak but one of her undying spirit -- of rising from hopelessness to conquer insurmountable odds and turning her handicap into her biggest strength.Defying insufferable pain as well as her detractors, she did not stop just at Everest and went on to climb five more peaks in five different continents and now has eyes set on her tough...




When these youths used water and fire to promote communal harmony
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net New Delhi, Oct 23: To strengthen communal harmony and peace in the society which is getting polarized on religious lines, two separate sets of youths, unconnected with each other, came up with two different innovative ideas. On a Sunday when youths in the National Capital enjoy outing, these youths, inspired by two great personalities of human history, were out on the streets with the message of peace and communal harmony - in their own way.   A group of Muslim youths, mostly students, distributed free bottled water at Connaught Place in the heart of Delhi. The "Free Water Distribution Campaign" was organized to commemorate Imam Husain, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), in over 25 cities across the country.   "Imam Husain was brutally martyred in 680 AD at Karbala (Iraq)in a battle against the tyrant ruler Yazid. The motto of this campaign named #HusainForJustice is universal. Today we see an environment of hate ...




Labour reforms the antidote to India's perpetual job crisis
India has missed the bus on all three of these fronts. Industrial development never took place in India and the economy became service-led right away. Amit Kapoor,The lack of jobs is beginning to haunt the Modi government. The Reserve Bank of India's recent Consumer Confidence Survey shows that public perception is also beginning to take account of the fact that there are no jobs available in the economy. According to the survey, 43.7 percent of responders felt that the employment situation had worsened as compared to 31.9 percent a year ago.The official unemployment numbers, which hover at around five per cent, will never reflect the true picture since in a developing economy, where poverty is high and unemployment benefits are virtually non-existent, no one can afford to remain out of the workforce for long. They usually find employment doing odd jobs or in the agricultural sector.However, job creation numbers do give a clearer picture. According to the Labour Bureau, the Indi...




HC slams CBI for 'complete lack of interest' in tracing Najeeb Ahmed
New Delhi, Oct 16: The Delhi High Court on Monday slammed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for its "complete lack of interest" in tracing out JNU student Najeeb Ahmad, who went missing a year ago.A bench headed by Justice G.S. Sistani, ticking off the central probe agency, said, "There was complete lack of interest" in pursuing the case.The court also expressed reservations at the CBI for making "contradictory statements" in front of the court - against what was submitted in the status report of the case in a sealed cover.While the CBI said call details records (CDR) of the accused persons in the case have been analysed, the court noted that it is not mentioned in the status report.The court said the CBI should reveal what it has found in its investigations so far. Not happy with the lack of details in the status report, the bench said the DIG was not properly supervising the investigation."If this is the supervision of the DIG, what will hap...




Youths leaving BJP? Samajwadi Party's student wing sweeps students union poll in Yogi's Uttar Pradesh
IndiaTomorrow.net, Lucknow, Oct 15: In a big setback to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party or BJP, the student wing of Samajwadi Party - the party which was trounced by BJP in the state Assembly polls just six months back - has swept the students union elections at the prestigious Allahabad University.   The Samajwadi Chhatra Sabha, student wing of SP, has won four of five posts including president and vice president. ABVP, associated with the BJP, could win just one seat of general secretary.   BJP had ousted the Samajwadi Party from the power in the state assembly elections early this year. BJP had won 325 seats in the 402-member Assembly - in the 2012 Assembly polls, it had won just 47 seats. And Samajwadi Party was reduced from 224 seats in the 2012 polls to just 54 seats in the 2017 polls. After the landslide victory, BJP leader Yogi Adityanath was made chief minister of the state.  




Missing Najeeb: Big protest outside CBI headquarters over slow probe
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Oct 13: Alleging the CBI for slow probe and attempts to dilute the case of missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmed, his family members, along with around 200 students, human rights activists and social workers, protested outside the headquarters of the federal investigating agency here on Friday. More than four months after the Delhi High Court transferred the probe to CBI, no breakthrough has come in the case. The court had ordered CBI to take over the probe following failure of the Delhi Police to make any headway even six months after the case was registered.   Today's protest demonstration was organized on the eve of the first anniversary of Najeeb's mysterious disappearance. One year ago (15th Oct 2016), first-year postgraduate student Najeeb had mysteriously disappeared from the university hostel room less than 24 hours after an alleged scuffle with members of a Hindu-right student group ABVP - Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, th...




Where is my son? A year on, painful question remains unanswered for this mother
"When Najeeb took admission in JNU I wished and blessed him for becoming a big famous man. But I had never thought that he would become famous this way."  Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, 12th Oct: "Main hamesha yahi dua karti rahti hun ki bas mera baccha mujhe wapas mil jaye (I always keep praying that I get back my child)," says this mother who has not been able to sleep properly for one year - since her eldest son mysteriously disappeared from India's top central university in Delhi. Tired and weak though, she has kept her hope alive.   Najeeb Ahmed, resident of Uttar Pradesh's Badaun district had cracked entrance exams for M.Sc. (Biotechnology) at four premier universities of the country. His family was glad as he was selected at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Jamia Millia Islamia, Hamdard University and Aligarh Muslim University. He had preferred JNU over country's three premier minority institutions and got admission there t...




Scourge of unemployment and unemployability haunts Indian youth
Bappaditya Chatterjee, Kolkata, Oct 11: Upset over his failure to get a suitable teaching job, Atanu Mistry, a 30-year-old from West Bengal's South 24 Parganas district, allegedly committed suicide recently.According to Mistry's family, he had armed himself with a B.Ed degree after completing his post-graduation in English to chase a childhood dream of becoming a teacher. But failing to crack the recruitment examination for primary teachers, he only managed a housekeeping job in a private entity, which shattered his morale.Again, a 21-year-old engineering graduate, Arpit Ravish, who topped the final semester examination, reportedly took his life by hanging from the ceiling of his residence at Girinagar in south Bengaluru after failing to get campus placement.There may be many Atanus and Arpits languishing after unsuccessful attempts at finding jobs in the organised sector in the depressed Indian job market despite having higher academic degrees.Take another telling instance.In July, au...




Nearly 150,000 jobs at risk due to financial strain on telcos: Estimates
Mumbai, Oct 5: Nearly 150,000 direct and indirect jobs in India's debt-ridden and loss-making telecom sector face "clear and present danger" of corporate downsizing, as per industry estimates.At present, the sector is burdened with astronomical debt -- to the tune of nearly Rs 8 lakh crore by some estimates -- and heavy losses due to a slew of freebies which are being doled out by incumbent telecom players to retain their customer base.The grim reality that the sector faces can be gauged by the comments made by Communications Minister Manoj Sinha at the recently held India Mobile Congress: "The government is aware of the stress in the sector... earlier also we have intervened, and if needed we will do so again.""We will make sure that the sector does not die," said the minister.In April, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had also cautioned commercial banks about loans given to companies in the telecom sector."The telecom sector is reporting stressed fin...




Attacks on Dalits for sporting moustache ignite a 'moustache' protest on WhatsApp
IndiaTomorrow.netAhmedabad, Oct 04: Angry over attacks on some Dalit youths for sporting moustaches in the state, some members of the community in the Gandhinagar district have changed their WhatsApp display photo with picture of a big black moustache with ‘Mr. Dalit' written below it. They decided to protest in an innovative and ‘muscular' way after the brutal attack on a Dalit student in Limbodara village of the district on Tuesday.According to media reports, Digant Maheria, 17-year-old Dalit student of Class 11th  was stabbed with blade on Tuesday evening allegedly by two upper caste boys for signing a police complaint as a witness to the thrashing of his cousin Piyush Parmar last week for sporting a moustache. Digant was admitted to the Gandhinagar Civil Hospital for treatment with multiple stab wounds and has got 15 stitches on his back. He was attacked while returning from school. The attackers allegedly from the Rajput community told him that Dalits cannot sport...




Journalists across India protest growing intolerance against criticism
New Delhi, Oct 2: Hundreds of journalists on Monday formed human chains at various places across the country to protest intimidation of the media and the killings of scribes, including the murders of Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru and Shantanu Bhowmick in Tripura, and to draw attention towards "increasing intolerance against criticism".Scores of scribes turned up at the Press Club of India (PCI) here and formed a human chain in the heart of the capital to express their solidarity with their colleagues who were killed in the line of duty.The protests on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti were organised by various media associations, including the Press Club of India, Federation of Press Clubs in India, Indian Women's Press Corps, Press Association, Kerala Union of Working Journalists and Indian Journalists Union.The trigger for the protests were the killings last month of Lankesh, the editor of Karnataka-based Lankesh Patrike, who was shot dead at her own doorstep, and Bhowmick, who w...




Facebook CEO apologises "for the ways my work was used to divide people rather than bring us together"
San Francisco, Oct 2: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has apologised for hurting and dividing people through his social media platform and said he would work to do better.In a post written after Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year for Jews, concluded on Sunday, Zuckerberg said, "We reflect on the past year and ask forgiveness for our mistakes. For those I hurt this year, I ask forgiveness and I will try to be better."For the ways my work was used to divide people rather than bring us together, I ask forgiveness and I will work to do better. May we all be better in the year ahead, and may you all be inscribed in the book of life."Facebook has been facing an intense scrutiny over the presence of Russian ads on its platform during the 2016 presidential election. President Donald Trump has also accused the platform of being "anti-Trump".Zuckerberg responded to the criticism saying: "Trump says Facebook is against him. Liberals say we helped Trump. Both sides ...




BHU Violence: NHRC issues notice to VC, DGP and UP govt.
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Sep 28: Taking suo motu cognizance over the alleged inaction by Benaras Hindu University (BHU) into a complaint of eve-teasing by a woman student and also over the manhandling and lathi-charge by the police on protesting students in the campus, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notices to university Vice Chancellor and Chief Secretary and Director General of Police (DGP) of Uttar Pradesh. All three have been asked to furnish detailed reports within four weeks.   NHRC has served notices after observing the media reports on the matter. It has asked VC, DGP and state government of Yogi Adityanath to include in their report the action taken against the miscreants and precautionary measures taken to ensure that such incidents do not recur in future.   On 21st September around 6.20 pm, a girl student of the Arts faculty was allegedly molested by three men on a motorcycle inside the campus of the university when she was returnin...




Protests erupt in Delhi against police lathi-charge on BHU women students
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Sep 25: The National Capital on Monday witnessed several protests against the police lathi-charge on protesting women students at the Benaras Hindu University. Several students were injured in the lathi-charge. The protests in Delhi were organized by various students organizations including NSUI on one hand and ABVP on the other.   The first protests began outside the HRD Ministry demanding dismissal of the vice chancellor of BHU for the violence against the women students. NSUI, the student wing of Congress, and ABVP protested there. ABVP too was demanding action against the university administration.    Students protest outside UP Bhawan in Delhi A protest was held outside the UP Bhawan here also.   Standing in solidarity with women students of by the police Saturday night, women students from different colleges of Delhi held a protest demonstration outside the UP Bhawan. They were raising angry slogans ag...




Is BHU violence practical example of BJP's 'Beti Bachao - Beti Padhao' slogan, asks Opposition
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Sep 24: India's Opposition on Sunday cornered BJP over the police lathi-charge on protesting girl students at Banaras Hindu University in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Lok Sabha constituency in Uttar Pradesh. In the lathi-charge on Saturday night, several girl students were reportedly injured.   Reacting over the incident, Opposition leaders asked the BJP, which is ruling both at the centre and in Uttar Pradesh besides dozen other states, if the BHU violence was the way BJP wants to implement it pet slogan ‘Beti Bachao - Beti Padhao'. Since Thursday, the girls were protesting against an incident of molestation at the campus and demanding enhancement of security measures, but according to media reports, even after 48 hours of the protest, the university administration did not talk to the protesting girls or make any assurance over their demands.   Commenting on the incident, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi tweeted: (The incident i...




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