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Last Update : July 24, 2012
Muslim Representation in Police Forces in Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Delhi Only 1-2%
By Our Staff Writer

Latest data with the Union Ministry shows that Maharashtra, Rajasthan and National Capital are among the worst with respect to Muslim representation in the Police forces in the country. According to the figures, supplied by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), just 1,945, 954 and 1,521 Muslim officers serve in the Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Delhi Police forces, whose total strengths are 1,82,971, 76,356 and 75,117, respectively. It means that there are 1, 1.2 and 2 per cent representation of the Muslim population in Maharashtra, Rajasthan and National Capital's forces.

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Last Update : July 21, 2012
Egypt's Morsi Orders Release of 572 Detainees
By Our Staff Writer

New Delhi, July 20 Egyptian President Er Mohammed Morsi has ordered the release of 572 people detained by the military since last year's uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak. According to the Egyptian official MENA news agency, Er Morsi, who was sworn in on June 30, 2012 as Egypt's first elected civilian president, "issued an order to pardon 572 people convicted by the military justice".

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Last Update : July 04, 2012
Egyptian Court Declares Decision to Disband Ikhwan Null andVoid
By OurStaff Writer

New Delhi, July 2 According to Ikhwanweb, an Egyptian court has exonerated a businessman belonging to Ikhwanul Muslemeen, affirming that the original decision to disband the Ikhwan wrongly treated it as a political party, which it certainly was not.

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Last Update : June 25, 2012
Er Mohammed Morsi Declared Post-Revolution Egypt’s First President
By A U Asif


A view of Er Morsi’s campaign headquarters after victory

New Delhi, June 24 According to agencies, newspapers and other relevant websites, Er Mohammed Morsi has been declared the new President of Egypt, following the first democratic election in Egypt's history. The announcement triggered massive cheers and celebratory gunfire in Cairo's Tahrir Square. Authorities had been on "high alert" for potential violence if his rival Gen Ahmed Shafiq won. Instead, the huge crowd erupted in celebration -- even in scorching temperatures near 100 Fahrenheit (38 Celsius).

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Last Update : June 14, 2012
Al Masry Al Youm Chronicles Epoch-Making Event of Egyptian Parliament Electing New Constituent Assembly

Egyptian People’s Assembly Speaker Saad Al Katatny announced on June 12, 2012 (Tuesday) night the names of the Constituent Assembly members who would draft Egypt’s new Constitution. Katatny said that 575 Parliament members voted out of 678 members from both houses of Parliament, an 84.8 percent participation rate. He said that 17 ballots were invalid, leaving 558 votes to determine the makeup of the assembly.

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Last Update : June 11, 2012
Morsi, Shafiq Historic Face-Off Live on Egyptian TV on June 12
By A U Asif

New Delhi, June 10 According to reports available on Egyptian websites, the two presidential run-off contenders, Dr Mohamed Morsi, Ikhwanul Muslemeen’s Al Horreya Wal Adala candidate; and General Ahmed Shafiq, ousted President Hosni Mubarak’s last Prime Minister, were on June 12, 2012 holding a televised elections debate of a novel kind – separately. This is to be broadcast live. Egyptian News Sector, headed by Ibrahim Al-Sayyad has finalized preparations for a new form of televised elections confrontation to be held between Dr Morsi and General Shafiq. The run-off between the two veterans was scheduled on June 16-17, 2012, and the official result would come on June 21.

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Last Update : June 10, 2012
Bank Interest Payments Rejected by Muslims Could be Used to Help the Poor: NCM Chief
By Maneesh Pandey

Thousands of crores lying unaccounted in banks across the country and belonging to Muslims could be used for the uplift of the poor section of the community, provided the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) gives the go-ahead. A move to such an effect has been put forward to the Union Finance Ministry by the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) chairman Wajahat Habibullah.

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Last Update : January 22, 2012
Final Results of Egyptian People's Assembly Elections

New Delhi, January 21 The High Judicial Elections Commission (HJEC) of Egypt has announced in Cairo the final results for the Egyptian People’s Assembly elections, which lasted 55 days and witnessed outstanding, positive participation by the Egyptian people.

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Last Update : January 18, 2012
Ennahdha Condemns Anti-Jewish Slogans at Ismail Haniyeh’s Reception
By Our Staff Writer

New Delhi, January 9 Tunisian main political party Ennahda has condemned anti-Jewish slogans raised by a handful of individuals among the hundreds of people welcoming Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh at Tunis-Carthage Airport on January 5. According to a statement issued by Ennahda chief Rached Ghannouchi, his party reiterated that Jewish citizens had lived peacefully in their country Tunisia for centuries, and that Jews in Tunisia were full citizens with equal rights and duties.

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Last Update : January 18, 2012
Female Anchors in Hijab Allowed to Appear on Egyptian TV

Cairo, January 10 For the first time in the history following a grueling court case, a verdict allowed that female television hosts and anchors working on Egypt's state TV have the right to wear Hijab. Although the ruling was announced just recently on December 4, the number of TV hosts in Hijab has notably escalated, ending the repression of freedom of attire formerly enforced by authorities.

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Last Update : January 18, 2012
Prof Ghulam Azam Arrested for 1971 War Crime Charges
By Our Staff Writer

New Delhi, January 11 Prof Ghulam Azam, about 90-year old veteran ideologue of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, was arrested today on charges of war crimes during the 1971 struggle for the Independence of Bangladesh. According to State Prosecutor Syed Haider Ali, he had been arrested after the International Crimes Tribunal rejected his (anticipatory) bail petition and he was the mastermind of all crimes against humanity during 1971, said AFP.

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Last Update : January 11, 2012
AIMC Condemns Cancellation of AMU Room at Aligarh Railway Station
By Our Staff Reporter

New Delhi, January 8 All India Milli Council (AIMC) has severely condemned the sudden orders of Allahabad-based North Central Railways DRM Harendra Rao to cancel the allotment of room for AMU at Aligarh Railway Station. 

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Last Update : December 16, 2011
Al Horreya Wal Adala Withdraws from SCAF's Advisory Council and Urges Representation of All in Constituent Assembly
By Our Staff Writer

New Delhi, December 8 The Egyptian political party Al Horreya Wal Adala (Freedom and Justice Party) has decided to withdraw from the Advisory Council of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF).  Dr Mohamed Saad Katatni, Secretary General of Al Horreya Wal Adala emphasized in Cairo that their initial decision to participate in the Council was based on the understanding that it was to be an advisory body to assist the SCAF in the management of public affairs during the transitional period, and to give advice and opinion on urgent legislation during this stage and until the completion of parliamentary elections.

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Last Update : December 16, 2011
Mahmood Madani Demands Reforms in Police System
By Our Staff Reporter

New Delhi, December 10 Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind General Secretary Maulana Mahmood Madani here  today stressed the need for immediate reforms in police system while referring to release of 13 Muslims detained in Jaipur.

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Last Update : December 10, 2011
IOS Conference on “Challenges Before Youth in Contemporary World” Begins at Chennai
By A U Asif

Chennai, December 10 An extraordinary international conference on “Challenges Before Youth in the Contemporary World” being organized by the internationally reputed think tank Institute of Objective Studies (IOS) in collaboration with Chennai-based Muslim Educational Association of Southern India (MEASI) began here today as part of a year-long silver jubilee celebrations with fanfare. It is being participated by a number of experts, scholars, other dignitaries and delegates from inside and outside the country.

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Last Update : December 04, 2011
Egypt Announces Post-Mubarak Vote Results
OnIslam & News Agencies

Cairo, December 2 After two-day delay, Egypt announced on December 2, the results of the first phase of the country's first democratic election since the downfall of president Hosni Mubarak.

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Last Update : December 02, 2011
India Ranked 95 among 183 Countries in World Corruption Index

New Delhi, December 1 India's image on tackling graft seems to have gone from bad to worse in the perception of people dealing with the system, with its rank slipping to a low 95 among 183 countries in Transparency International's Corruption Perception Index (CPI).

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Last Update : December 02, 2011
72 Out of 76 Sachar Panel Recommendations Being Implemented
By Our Staff Writer

New Delhi, December 1 Minority Affairs Ministry claimed here today that the Government had accepted 73 recommendation of Sachar Committee and 72 of these were being implemented by various ministries and departments.

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Last Update : November 29, 2011
At Poll Time, Egypt's Opposition Splits in Two
By Nicholas Noe & Walid Raad

Cairo, November 28 As Egyptians went to the polls after 10 days of clashes between protesters and security forces, many Arab observers focused on a different fissure -- between Islamists and the rest of the opposition.

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Last Update : November 28, 2011
After Ennahda in Tunisia, PJD in Morocco Wins since Arab Spring
By A U Asif

New Delhi, November 27 After Tunisia, Morocco is the second country wherein a party with religious background has emerged as the biggest group in the first parliamentary elections since constitutional reforms this summer held on November 25, 2011 in the post-Arab Spring era. Justice and Development Part (PJD), a political party with Islamic leaning, won 107 out of 395 seats, followed by Istiqlal Party capturing 60 seats. The PJD is expected to form a coalition government with Istiqlal Party, Democratic Block and other liberal parties.

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Last Update : November 11, 2011
SC Asks Centre to Submit Comprehensive Report on Pakistanis in Indian Jails
By Our Staff Writer

New Delhi, November 11: Expressing "shock" over large number of Pakistani nationals languishing in various Indian jails without trial, the Supreme Court today asked the Centre to file within two weeks a comprehensive report on them. A bench headed by Justice R M Lodha also asked the government to explain as to why four women among the jailed Pakistanis should not be repatriated without any delay.

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Last Update : November 10, 2011
US Army to Review JROTC Hijab Policy
By Our Staff Writer

New Delhi, November 10 In response to a request by an American Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, US Army has decided to review a policy of the Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) that effectively barred participation of Muslim students wearing an Islamic head scarf, or hijab.

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Last Update : November 10, 2011
Reaction on Special Court's Verdict in Sardarpura Post-Godhra Riots Case
By Our Staff Writer

New Delhi, November 9 The judgment of a special court in Gujarat which on November 9 convicted 31 of the 73 accused in the 2002 Sardarpura post-Godhra riot case has been hailed throughout the country. In Ahmedabad eminent social activist Teesta Setalvad said the verdict has restored the faith of people in the judicial system while the All India Milli Council General Secretary Dr Manzoor Alam here termed it reaffirmation of the victim survivors and the faith in the lower judiciary under the watch of the Supreme Court. Meanwhile, former Director General of Gujarat (DGP) Police, R B Sreekumar, also lauded the verdict and said that it would send out a positive message.

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Last Update : November 08, 2011
Maldives Minister Hussain Rasheed Extends Eidul Azha Greeting to Indian Muslims
By A U Asif

New Delhi, November 7 Maldives Islamic Affairs Minister of State Hussain Rasheed Ahmed has greeted the Indian Muslims on the occasion of Eidul Azha. Talking to this scribe on mobile phone last night, he recalled his emotional relations with India and its people while attaining education in early 1970s. Visited India last time in late December 2009, he is likely to come again later this month.

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Last Update : November 02, 2011
J & K Court Rejects Plea for CBI Probe against Top Politicians
By Our Staff Writer

New Delhi, November 1 A special anti-corruption court in Srinagar on November 1 dismissed a plea for a CBI probe into allegations of corruption against several top politicians of Jammu and Kashmir following the death of a political worker in police custody last month.

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Last Update : November 02, 2011
Help Muslim Malegaon Accused Get Bail, NCM Chief Urges Govt

New Delhi, October 29 Five years after being picked up by police — and almost a year after Swami Aseemanand’s confession — nine Muslim youths accused in the 2006 Malegaon bombings have their best chance of getting bail. The National Commission for Minorities has asked the government to ensure that they are released at the earliest.

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Last Update : August 06, 2011
Dr Kasule Appreciates Indian Secularism
By A U Asif

New Delhi, August 6 Internationally renowned medical scientist and Islamic scholar Dr Omar Hasan Kasule here today appreciated Indian version of Secularism as it provided a space to every religion, including Muslims to profess and practice freely. Delivering his lecture on “Towards Educational Excellence amongst Muslims: The Epistemological and Quality Dimensions” at the conference Hall of the Institute of Objective Studies (IOS), he said the Indian Secularism was different from Secularism practiced in some Western countries.

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Last Update : August 05, 2011
Indian Envoy to Cairo Calls on Horreya Wa Adalah Chief Dr Morsi
By Our Staff Writer

New Delhi, August 3 A delegation from the Indian embassy headed by R Swaminathan, Indian Ambassador to Egypt and Pritam Lal, head of commercial division at the Indian embassy in Cairo called on Dr Mohamed Morsi, the Chairman of Horreya Wa Adalah   (Freedom and Justice Party) on August 1, 2011 at Cairo. This was the first ever meeting of Indian diplomats with the head of the most influential political party of the post-revolution Egypt.

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Last Update : June 26, 2011
Our Country Has No Official Name!
By Our Staff Writer

New Delhi, June 25 Is it India, Bharat or Hindustan? Even the Home Ministry doesn't seem to know, reveals RTI query. Is our country officially called India, Bharat or Hindustan? If you're a little unsure, take heart, for the Home Ministry doesn't know either.

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Last Update : June 24, 2011
Egyptian Ikhwan Dismisses its Top Leader Dr Aboul Fotouh
By Our Staff Writer

New Delhi, June 20 Egyptian Ikhwanul Muslemoon has dismissed its top leader Dr Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh. According to the Ikhwanweb, earlier, the 59-year-old Dr Aboul Fotouh, a member of the Ikhwan's Shura Council and head of the Arab Doctors' Union, had on May 12 announced to run for President in defiance of the unanimous decision by the Ikhwan not to field a candidate for the upcoming presidential election.

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Last Update : June 24, 2011
Jamaat Reacts on Tajik Parental Responsibility Bill

New Delhi, June 22 Jamaat-e-Islami Hind has expressed its strong displeasure over the passing of the ‘Parental Responsibility Bill’ by the lower house of Tajikistan and demanded the Government of the Muslim-populated country to immediately "retract this unjust, anti-religious and irrational bill".

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Last Update : May 28, 2011
Reaction and Counter-Reaction on Communal Violence Bill
By Our Staff Writer
New Delhi, May 28 Soon after putting the draft Communal Violence Bill 2011 in public domain for suggestions by the National Advisory Council (NAC) on May 20, 2011, the reaction has begun to come. First of all, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) termed it ‘draconian’ while Congress accused the BJP of ‘misleading the nation’ on the draft communal violence bill. According to it, a party with ‘communal agenda’ is going to be naturally worried by such a bill.
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Last Update : May 20, 2011
Draft Communal Violence Bill 2011 Is Out
By Our Staff Writer

New Delhi, May 20 The draft of Communal Violence Bill “Prevention of Communal and Targeted Violence (Access to Justice and Repatriation) Bill, 2011”, prepared by a Working Group (WG) of the National Advisory Council (NAC) headed by UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, is now out. It has been prepared after months of discussions among civil society groups, and with government representatives,

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Last Update : March 27, 2011
Dr Abusaleh Shariff’s Power-Point on West Bengal Muslim Status
By Abdul Bari Masoud

New Delhi, March 22 “West Bengal presents worst form of discrimination at all levels against the Muslim community in the country as the Muslim deprivation level in economic, social and human development has reached to alarming proportion in the state and there is not a single positive aspect to mention about it”, observed Dr Abusaleh Shariff, a noted economist and former member-secretary of the Sachar Committee.

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Last Update : March 12, 2011
Jamia Offers Free Coaching to Minority Students for Professional Courses
By Our Staff Reporter

New Delh, March 11 Jamia Millia Islamia’s Centre for Coaching and Career Planning has invited applications from students belonging to the Minorities, OBCs, SCs and STs for free coaching for B Tech., Diploma Engineering., B Ed, ETE and JRF/ NET-UGC/ CSIR.

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Last Update : March 12, 2011
Jamia Offers Free Coaching to Minority Students for Professional Courses
By Our Staff Reporter

New Delh, March 11 Jamia Millia Islamia’s Centre for Coaching and Career Planning has invited applications from students belonging to the Minorities, OBCs, SCs and STs for free coaching for B Tech., Diploma Engineering., B Ed, ETE and JRF/ NET-UGC/ CSIR.

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Last Update : March 08, 2011
Jordanian Ikhwan Set to Become Lead Players among Jordanian Lawmakers
By Our Staff Writer

New Delhi, March 8 With its Friday anti-government rallies in Jordan attracting more protesters each week, the Jordanian Ikhwanul Muslemeen has too positioned itself to become a leading player among Jordanian lawmakers if democratic reforms were enacted.

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Last Update : March 08, 2011
Political Leaders Calls on Armed Forces Supreme Council
By Our Staff Writer


New Delhi, March 8 The leaders of political parties in Egypt on March 7 met the Egyptian Supreme Council of the Armed Forces. According to the reports reaching here, the political parties included Ikhwan Murshide A’am Dr Mohammed Badie. Over two dozen leaders discussed the proposed constitutional amendments and mechanisms for the imminent parliamentary and presidential elections.

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Last Update : March 07, 2011
Egyptian Ikhwan Leaders Al Shater and Malek Released
By Our Staff Writer

New Delhi, February 3 According to reports reaching here, Ikhwanul Muslemeen Deputy Murshide A’am Khairat Al Shater and other Ikhwan leader and businessman Hassan Malek were released on February 2 from Tora Prison after four years following an announcement by the Egyptian authorities a few days ago.

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Last Update : March 07, 2011
Ban on El Nahda Lifted, Amnesty Law to Pardon Rachid Ghnnouchi Being Enacted
By Our Staff Writer

New Delhi, March 3 The Tunisian Islamic movement El Nahda, which had been formerly banned by ousted President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, has finally been legalized by the new provisional government. According to reports reaching here, the government had also allowed El Nahda to form a political party and participate in the elections.

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Last Update : February 14, 2011
Delhi Cancer Institute Second Phase Inaugurated
By A U Asif

New Delhi, February 13 “Our ambition is to make Delhi a world class city and embodiment of humanity. And, the emergence of the Delhi State Cancer Institute (DSCI) is a major step in this direction.”  

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Earlier Report on DSCI

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Last Update : February 08, 2011
Arrest of 9 Muslim Youth in Malegaon Blasts Not Proper: New NCM Chief
By Our Staff Reporter

New Delhi, February 8 Wajahat Habibullah, new Chairman, National Minorities Commission said here today the arrest of nine Muslim youth in the 2006 Malegaon blasts and their detention without any evidence appear to be improper and mulled stepping in for their release.

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Last Update : February 08, 2011
IOS Symposium on Role of Parliament in Modern Democratic India

New Delhi, Feb. 5: The oft-repeated cliché “Founding Fathers of the Constitution” should be changed to “Founding Fathers and Mothers of the Constitution” in the interest of fair-play and gender justice, former Chief Justice of Delhi High Court, Justice Rajindar Sachar, said here today.

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Last Update : February 07, 2011
Centre Asks States Not To Harass Kashmiris
By Our Staff Writer

New Delhi, February 3 In order to protect Kashmiris from being harassed in other parts of the country, the Centre today asked all states and Union Territories (UTs) "to exercise utmost sensitivity while making inquiries about residents of Jammu and Kashmir" and not to single them out "unnecessarily" for police reporting.

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Last Update : February 07, 2011
AIMC Welcomes HRD Ministry Decision to Turn Down US Proposal to Send Tutors in Indian Madrassas
By A U Asif

New Delhi, February 4 All India Milli Council (AIMC) has welcomed the decision of the Human Resources Development Ministry to turn down a US proposal to send Americans to teach English in Indian madarsas.

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Last Update : February 03, 2011
Human Rights Watch Urges Indian Govt to Reform Its Justice System
By Our Staff Writer

New Delhi, February 2 The Indian government should reform its justice system to ensure that abuses do not take place during  counter-terrorism efforts, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.

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Last Update : January 17, 2011
Meet Rehman Ali Rehman, A Rickshaw Puller-Cum-Author
By Asit Srivastava

Lucknow, January 16 Rehman Ali Rehman, a rickshaw puller in Uttar Pradesh's Basti district, doesn't mind if he has to wait long for a customer. He uses the time to scribble on pieces of paper---poems for his forthcoming book.

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Last Update : January 17, 2011
40 Muslim Girls Get IOS Computer Centre Certificates from Delhi CM
By Our Staff Reporter

New Delhi, January 14 The Chief Minister of Delhi, Mrs Sheila Dikshit, distributed computer proficiency certificates to 40 Muslim girls here today at a function at her residence. The girls had got their training at the IOS Centre for Computer Learning.  The Centre was opened with the help of Delhi Minorities Commission a year ago.

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Last Update : January 13, 2011
Advani Endorses M J Akbar’s Views: “Maududi Pakistan’s Godfather”

New Delhi, January 12 The dust over his controversial remarks on M A Jinnah may have settled, but BJP leader L K Advani seems to have neither forgotten the aftermath of that “experience” nor changed his mind about his views on the founder of Pakistan.

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http://ibnlive.in.com/videos/140394/ftn-can-pakistan-survive-its-identity-crisis.html

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Last Update : January 12, 2011
Indian Awaaz Story: Clash Erupts as DDA Demolish A Mosque in Delhi
By Abdul Bari Masoud

New Delhi, January 12 Several people have been injured following indiscriminate use of force by the Delhi police near Nizamuddin area here on Wednesday (Jan 12). Police lathicharged and lobbed teargas shells to disperse hundreds of people protesting against the demolition of an old mosque in Jangpura near Nizamuddin in South-East Delhi.

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Last Update : January 12, 2011
101 Muslims Win in Karnataka Panchayat Polls

Bangalore, January 12 In the just concluded panchayat polls in the BJP-ruled South India state of Karnataka, more than one hundred Muslim candidates from different parties emerged victorious. While 14 won on Zila Panchayat seats, 88 registered victory in Taluk Panchayats. As many as 59 Muslim candidates have won on Congress ticket.

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Last Update : January 09, 2011
Delhi Police Submits Status Report to Court in Case against Arundhati, Geelani and 5 Others
By Our Staff Reporter

New Delhi, January 7 The Delhi Police on January 6 submitted a status report to a local court, which is looking into a complaint against seven persons for “anti-India” speeches made at a convention on Kashmir “Azadi: The Only Way”, organized here at LTG Auditorium on October 21, 2010 by the Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners (CRPP), stating a first information report (FIR) had been registered and investigation was progressing.

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Last Update : January 09, 2011
99th Indian Science Congress to be Held at Bhubaneswar
By Our Staff Writer

New Delhi, January 8 The 99th Indian Science Congress will be held in Bhubaneswar from January 3 to 7, 2012. It was decided at the 4-day 98th Indian Science Congress that concluded at the SRM University, Kattankulathur (Tamil Nadu) on January 7. Delivering the valedictory address, SRM University Chancellor T R Pachamuthu said the event was hosted on an estimated outlay of Rs 12 crore.

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Last Update : January 06, 2011
Amartya Sen on Indian Maths’ Origin

Kattankulathur (Tamil Nadu), January 6 Eminent economist Dr Amartya Sen, who is at present chairing the interim governing council formed to revive the Nalanda University of the yore, on January 4 told the gathering at the 98th Indian Science Congress that those who are looking for the origin of Indian Mathematics in the Vedas would be “completely barking the wrong tree.”

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Full Text of Historic Speech

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Last Update : January 05, 2011
BJP Constitutes 5-Member Study Team on J&K
By Our Staff Reporter

New Delhi, January 5 Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) announced here today a five-member "study team" on Jammu and Kashmir to interact with a cross-section of people in the state. The team, headed by party leader Rajnath Singh, includes party MPs Ravi Shankar Prasad, Syed Shahnawaz Hussain and Maya Singh besides Dr J K Jain, who is in charge of the party's minority wing.

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Last Update : December 28, 2010
BSE TASIS Sharia 50 Launched

New Delhi, December 28 The Bombay Stock Exchange along with Taqwaa Advisory and Shariah Investment Solutions (P) Ltd. (TASIS) launched on December 27, 2010 at Mumbai a Sharia Index with 50 Sharia compliant companies within the BSE 500. I would be known as BSE TASIS Sharia 50.

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Last Update : December 23, 2010
AIMC Raises Questions Over BJP Chief’s Israel Visit
By Our Staff Reporter

Dr M Manzoor AlamNew Delhi, December 22 All India Milli Council (AIMC) has raised questions over Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Nitin Gadkari’s recent visit to Israel. In a statement, AIMC General Secretary Dr Manzoor Alam said although Gadkari had tried to link his visit to Israel with a model of development, the truth behind the curtain seemed to be otherwise.

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Last Update : December 18, 2010
Online Certificate Course on RTI
By Zafar Bari

The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Government of India (GoI) has launched an “Online Certificate Course on RTI” for various stakeholders on, both, the demand and supply sides of the RTI implementation regime.

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Last Update : December 17, 2010
Hindu radicals bigger threat than LeT: Rahul told US

Washington, December 17 Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi had told US ambassador Timothy Roemer that growth of "radicalised Hindu groups" which create religious tensions in India could pose a bigger threat to the country than activities of groups like Lashkar-e-Toiba.

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Last Update : December 17, 2010
Asian Age Report: Simi Devising a New Identity

New Delhi, December 15 With the news of their regrouping under the name of “Popular Front of India” already out, activists of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India are now planning a new front for themselves in northern India.

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Last Update : December 06, 2010
Ex CJI Asks Civil Society to Save Constitution
By Abdul Bari Masoud

New Delhi, December 4 Former Chief Justice of India Justice AM Ahmadi on Saturday urged the civil society to wake up from the deep slumber to save the constitution and rule of the law in the country.

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Last Update : November 28, 2010
Geelani's Son Back Home from Pakistan: The Hindu
By Shujaat Bukhari

Srinagar, November 27 In what can be seen as an indication of hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Geelani's increasing distance with Islamabad, his elder son has returned home from Pakistan after 12 years.

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Last Update : November 28, 2010
No Takers for J&K Govt Rehabilitation Policy for Kashmiri Militants: IANS

Jammu, November 27 The much-hyped rehabilitation policy for Kashmiri militants may turn out to be a big disappointment for Jammu and Kashmir. Not a single application has been received till now, officials said, adding that cumbersome paperwork and time-consuming procedures may kill it altogether.

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Last Update : November 26, 2010
AIMC Urges Nitish Kumar to Steer Bihar Away from Divisive Politics
By Our Staff Reporter
New Delhi, November 24 All India Milli Council (AIMC) has urged Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to justify the people’s trust in his leadership in his second term as well and steer the state away from the divisive politics of religious and caste confrontation.
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Last Update : November 26, 2010
Chidambaram Releases Video Featuring IAS Topper Shah Faesal

New Delhi, November 26 Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on November 25 released a video entitled ‘Ray of Hope', which features Shah Faesal, an Indian Administrative Service entrance exam topper from Jammu and Kashmir, and highlights the importance of peace, communal harmony and national integration.

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Last Update : November 22, 2010
IPS Nehchal Sandhu Set to be IB Chief: Tribune
By Ajay Banerjee

New Delhi, November 19 Nehchal Singh Sandhu, a Sikh IPS officer, is set to break the invisible glass ceiling of the closed-door Indian intelligence agency. Sandhu, a 1973 batch Bihar cadre officer, is likely to be appointed head of Intelligence Bureau.

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Last Update : November 01, 2010
''Kangri Cancer'' Cases on the Decline in Kashmir Valley
By Azhar Qadri

Srinagar, November 1 ''Kangri cancer'' cases are on the decline in Kashmir Valley due to increasing awareness among the people about its ill effects and reliance on modern heating appliances.

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Last Update : October 30, 2010
ICTM 2010 Urges UNESCO to Declare 27 Sites as World Heritage Sites
By A U Asif

Hastinapur, October 30 The second international conference on the Indian Civilization through the Millennia (ICTM) urged here today the UNESCO to declare 27 historical sites preserving Indian civilizations as the world heritage sites.

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Last Update : October 29, 2010
Social Anthropologist C B Tripathi Felicitated
By A U Asif

New Delhi, October 29 Well known social anthropologist and harbinger of peace and communal harmony Chandrabhal Tripathi, popularly known as C B Tripathi, was felicitated here today at the Constitution Club on his 80th birthday. He was honoured with a memento of Life-Time Achievement Award in recognition of his services to the cause of the anthropology, communal harmony and downtrodden sections of the society. A number of his friends, associates and admirers were present on the occasion. The elites had gathered on the call of Socialist ideologue Surendra Mohan, Member of Parliament Mohammed Adeeb, and bureaucrat and social activist Abdul Mannan.

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Last Update : October 25, 2010
IOS Seminar on Ayodhya Judgment
By Our Staff Writer

Institute of Objective Studies (IOS) organized a seminar on “Ayodhya Judgment: Civil Society Response” on October 23, 2010 at the India Islamic Cultural Centre (IICC), New Delhi. It was thought-provoking and extraordinary for a number of points.

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Last Update : October 24, 2010
Kashmir Interlocutors Reach Srinagar

Srinagar, October 23 Noted journalist Dileep Padgaonkar, who arrived here Saturday (Oct 23, 2010) along with the other two interlocutors on Kashmir, said the team would look at a permanent solution to the issue but added that it would not be possible without Pakistan`s involvement.

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Last Update : October 22, 2010
Delhi Police to Act against Geelani as per Law: Chidambaram

New Delhi, October 23 Rejecting BJP leader Arun Jaitley`s charge, Home Minister P Chidambaram on Friday (October 22, 2010)) said Delhi police will take action in accordance with law over the speeches made by Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah and others at a seminar yesterday (October 22, 2010).

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Last Update : October 20, 2010
Rajiv Gandhi Foundation not Covered under RTI: CIC

New Delhi, Oct 19 Rajiv Gandhi Foundation (RGF) headed by Congress President Sonia Gandhi is not liable to answer queries made under the RTI Act as it does not fulfil criteria of a public authority, the Central Information Commission has held.

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Last Update : October 14, 2010
Centre Finalizes Interlocutors for Kashmir

New Delhi/ Srinagar, October 13 The government Wednesday (October 13, 2010) named three new interlocutors, including journalist Dilip Padgaonkar, to re-start the log-jammed political dialogue in Jammu and Kashmir and help bring peace in the troubled state, but the move failed to cut any ice with separatist leaders.

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Last Update : October 14, 2010
Opposition Parties Reaction Over Choice of Kashmir Interlocutors
By Our Staff Writer

New Delhi, October 13 The choice of interlocutors to hold dialogue with various shades of opinion in Jammu and Kashmir seems not to have satisfied the main opposition political parties.

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Last Update : October 14, 2010
2 Task Forces Constituted to Identify Development Needs in J&K

The Centre has constituted two special task forces for Jammu and Ladakh regions to identify the special development needs of the region and suggest measures to address them and to examine allocations to the regions in terms of infrastructure needs. They will make suitable recommendations to overcome the deficiencies. The task forces have been given three months to submit their reports.

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Last Update : July 02, 2012
Text of Egyptian President Morsi's Historic June 29 Speech at Tahrir Square


A view of President Morsi addressing the historic rally on June 29 at Tahrir Square, Cairo

Reproduced below is the full text of the historic speech, taking symbolic oath as the President of Egypt, at Tahrir Square on June 29, 2012, a day before he took the official oath before the Supreme Constitutional Court on Saturday, June 30, 2012 with thanks to Borzou Daragahi’s Facebook:

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Last Update : June 26, 2012
Text of Egyptian President-Elect Er Mohamed Morsi's First TV Speech

Reproduced below is the full text of the 25-minute first speech on state television by Egyptian President-elect Er Mohammed Morsi soon after declaration by head of Supreme Presidential Election Commission (SPEC) Farouq Soultan on June 24. It shows how Er Morsi thinks and plans to begin as the first President of the post-revolution Egypt:

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Last Update : June 25, 2012
TISS Report Points to Anti-Muslim Bias of Police in Maharashtra: The Hindu
By Meena Menon

A report on Muslim prisoners in Maharashtra jails by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) establishes that most of them do not have connections with criminal gangs, and points to an acute bias of the police for arresting them in some cases only because they belong to a particular community.

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Last Update : June 18, 2012
Pro-Revolution Ikhwani Er Morsi Wins, Former Regimes' 'Feloul' Gen Shafiq Defeated in Egypt's Historic Presidential Election
By A U Asif

According to reports from international news agencies, Ikhwanul Muslemeen's Al Horreya Wal Adala (Freedom and Justice Party) official candidate Er Mohammed Morsi has finally won in the run-off elections for the post-January 25, 2011 first President in Egypt held on June 16-17, 2012, defeating his rival General Ahmed Shafiq, the last Prime Minister of the ousted President Hosni Mubarak. The agencies reports are based upon the unofficial results declared by Er Morsi campaign representatives and counting records from all polling stations. However, the final official figures are expected on June 21.

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Last Update : June 15, 2012
Egypt’s Transition to Democracy: Back to Square One?
By A U Asif

Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court, made up of judges appointed by Hosni Mubarak before his ouster in early 2011, has on June 14, 2012 declared invalid one-third seats of People’s Assembly, lower house of Parliament and thrown out the "Political Exclusion Law" passed on April 12 by the pro-January 25, 2011 Revolution-and-Islamist-dominated People’s Assembly barring from running for office anyone who served in senior posts in Mubarak's regime during the last 10 years.

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Last Update : May 06, 2012
Who Represents India’s Muslims?
By Hilal Ahmed

The serious (and not so-serious) claims and counter-claims made by Azam Khan, a senior Samajwadi Party (SP) leader and the so-called Shahi Imam of Delhi’s historic Jama Masjid, Ahmad Bukhari, on ‘Muslim Representation’ in post-election scenario in Uttar Pradesh (UP) can be interpreted in two possible ways.

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Last Update : February 07, 2012
Mewat Honours Hajat Family from South Africa
By A U Asif


L-R: Ebrahim Hajat, A U Asif, Haji Hajat and Maulana Masoodul Hasan (back with mike)

It was a historic moment in Mewat. The residents of Maleb, a tiny village in Mewat (Haryana), had on February 5, 2012 come enthusiastically out on the road to welcome a South African Person of Indian Origin (PIO) family that continued to love India even after its migration a century year ago. The occasion had turned into a festival-like situation. Everybody was eager to see the “Persons of Indian Origin” from South Africa. And, as a star attraction, the three-member family was available to them without any ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’. The visiting family comprised of the 74-year old Haji Mohamed Ebrahim Hajat, his 72-year old wife Zoolekha (Joolie) and 53-year old eldest son Ebrahim Mohamed Hajat.

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Last Update : January 27, 2012
Text of Katatni's Speech as First Speaker of Egyptian People's Assembly
By Our Staff Writer

Dr Mohamed Saad Katatni, former Secretary General of Al Horreya Wal Adala and a top leader of Ikhwanul Muslemoon, soon after his elected as the Speaker of People's Assembly, lower house of Egyptian Parliament, addressed the newly elected Members of Parliament on January 23, 2012. Reproduced below is the full text of his speech with thanks from http://www.ikhwanweb.com/article.php?id=29592

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Last Update : January 27, 2012
Ikhwan Discusses Achievements A Year after Revolution in Egypt
By Mahmoud Ghozlan

Revolutions are infrequent events in the history of nations. Nevertheless, they are big events in their effects. They often turn the tide in whole countries, radically changing governments, destroying old corrupt systems and establishing new good ones. For that, peoples pay a high price, their blood and souls, as well as material damages and losses, because old rulers and regimes do not go out easily, but must be taken off forcibly.

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Last Update : December 16, 2011
Ikhwan Chief Pleads for a Consensus President
By Our Staff Writer

In a live interview with TV presenter Amr Laithi, in the program (90 Minutes) on the satellite channel Al Mehwar (December 5, 2011), Dr Mohamed Badie, Murshid-e-A’am, Ikhwanul Muslemoon, has stressed that Egypt now needed a consensus President, and reiterated that the Ikhwan was committed not to run for the presidency. This is the first interview taken soon after the first phase of the parliamentary elections. It helps one to understand the situation there and Ikhwan’s stand straight from the horse’s mouth.

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Last Update : December 08, 2011
Egyptian Ikhwan Encourages Art and Creativity

This article is about the Ikhwanul Muslemeen (Muslim Brotherhood)’s modern producer, director and writer Sayed Darwish (MB’s Art Committee official), not the famous Egyptian composer – although MB’s Darwish is honoured to be on the same path of art and innovation. In recent statements, Sayed Darwish denied a newspaper's claim that the Muslim Brotherhood had frozen all its artistic activity during the parliamentary elections.

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Last Update : December 07, 2011
Egyptian Ikhwan Statement on First Phase Election Results

We faithfully and humbly turn to God and heartily thank Him for the blessing of freedom that the Egyptian people now live and breathe. We pray that He pours out His unbounded mercy for the martyrs who fell in the blessed revolution, on January 25 and beyond. May they rest in peace! We also pray that He heals the injuries of those wounded in the revolution, and grants all their families good rewards, for they are the people who paved the way with their precious sacrifices.

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Last Update : December 05, 2011
Egypt’s Vote Puts Emphasis on Split over Religious Rule
By David D Kirkpatrick

To Sheik Abdel Moneim el-Shahat, the Muslim Brotherhood’s call to apply only the broad principles of Islamic law allows too much freedom.

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Last Update : December 05, 2011
IOI Chief Peter Kostelka’s Thought-Provoking Interview on Lokpal’s Jurisdiction

Having a ‘Lokpal’ or an institution of ombudsman to probe citizens’ complaints against the Government is a concept that has its origin in Scandinavia. Sweden is the first country to have an institution of ombudsman set up by legislature in 1809. Austria, Denmark and other countries in Scandinavia started following the Swedish model almost after a century. More than 130 more countries set up similar institutions of ombudsmen over the next 100 years.

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Last Update : December 03, 2011
Jan Lokpal Bill Leading the Country up the Garden Path
By Abdul Khaliq

For the last few months, a bizarre spectacle is being played out before the nation.  From speechifying and grotesque, undignified lampooning of the political class at the Ramlila Maidan, Team Anna has now pervaded TV studios, news columns, seminars, election rallies, twitter et al to spread their disinformation campaign on the Lokpal issue. 

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Last Update : December 03, 2011
Situation of Muslims after 5 Years of Sachar Report
By Md Ali

This month (November) marks five years of the submission of the Sachar Committee Report, which was commissioned by the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to prepare a report on the latest social, economic and educational condition of the Muslim community of India. On 17th of November 2006, the Sachar report was presented to the PM Manmohan Singh and on 30th of November, the same year it was submitted in the Parliament.

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Last Update : December 01, 2011
Egypt is the True Victor in this Election
By Essam El Erian

By voting, millions of Egyptians are accomplishing one of the revolution's basic aims – the building of a democratic system. The Egyptian elections have begun despite the many attempts to abort, obstruct or derail them. Millions of voters are electing a parliament to express their will and authority. We are about to accomplish the most important aims of the revolution: the building of a real democratic system, after getting rid of – or almost – the repressive dictatorship.

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Last Update : December 01, 2011
Obama Orders Government to Clean Up Counter-Terror Training Material

The White House quietly ordered a widespread review of government counter-terrorism training materials last month (October), following Danger Room’s reports that officials at the FBI, military and Justice Department taught their colleagues that “mainstream” Muslims embrace violence and compared the Islamic religion to the Death Star.

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Last Update : November 15, 2011
Text of 20-Point Addu SAARC Summit Declaration
By Our Staff Writer

The two-day 17th Summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) held at Addu City, the Maldives on November 10-11, 2011 was, indeed, historic. It once more provided an opportunity to the eight Member-States to come closer. On November 11, 2011, the concluding day, it unanimously passed a 20-point declaration.

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Last Update : November 11, 2011
Hillary Clinton’s Epoch-Making Speech on Arab Spring?
By A U Asif

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered the keynote address at the 2011 W Averell Harriman Democracy Awards Dinner hosted by the American think tank National Democratic Institute (NDI) at Washington, DC on November 7, 2011. Her address revolved around the Arab Spring and its future. Earlier, the NDI that also held a panel discussion on the future of democratic movements in North Africa and the Middle East, chaired by former Secretary of State Madeleine K Albright and participated by representatives from Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Bahrain and Yemen, is a think tank that has been engaged in the cause of democracy particularly in Arab countries. The highlight of the discussion was that it was women-dominated.

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Last Update : November 10, 2011
New York Times on Libya’s Revolution and Aftermath

Libya, an oil-rich nation in North Africa, spent more than 40 years under the erratic leadership of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi before a revolt pushed him from power in August 2011 after a six-month struggle. On Oct 20, Colonel Qaddafi was killed as fighters battling the vestiges of his fallen regime finally wrested control of his hometown of Surt.

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Last Update : November 08, 2011
CPSU Survives 20 Years After Ban
By Our Staff Writer

A party based on a solid ideology never dies. It does not matter whether it is in or out of power. Two decades after the ban imposed by then Russian President Boris Yeltsin on November 6, 1991, the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU) that also earlier unsuccessfully tried to go through perestroika and glasnost to cope with the changing circumstances, still lives on in the modern political system of the erstwhile Soviet superpower.

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Last Update : November 08, 2011
Al Horreya Wal Adala Comes Into Action
By Our Staff Writer

Al Horreya Wal Adala (Freedom and Justice Party), launched with the support of Egyptian Ikhwanul Muslemoon, has now come into action. It has recently rolled out the first (test run) edition of its newspaper, bearing the party's name. The paper’s Chairman is Dr. Mohamed Morsi, Chairman of Al Horreya Wal Adala while Adel Al Ansari is Editor-in-Chief and Alaa Al Bahhar, Hassan Makki, Ahmed Ghanem and Mustafa Mohammad are serving as Managing Editors. Another highlight of Al Horreya Wal Adala’s activities is its first massive conference at Cairo on November 4, 2011.

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Last Update : November 02, 2011
Wajahat Habibullah’s Thought-Provoking Piece “Holding Government to Account”

As the Right to Information Act (RTI) celebrated the sixth year of its coming, there has been much heated discussion, often emotional, of the benefits that it has brought and also the challenges with which it has confronted government. This debate came to a head with the prime minister’s inaugural address to the Annual Convention of the Central Information Commission on October 14.

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Last Update : October 07, 2011
Apple Co-Founder Steve Jobs Is No More

The Silicon Valley is poorer in the passing away of its icon and Apple Co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs. He died on October 6 evening after a long battle against a rare kind of pancreatic cancer. He was 56.

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Last Update : June 22, 2011
Zee News Exclusive Interview with Anna Hazare

With corruption cases in the country rising by leaps and bounds, the people of India saw a ray of hope in the anti-corruption Lokpal Bill movement, spearheaded by noted social activist Anna Hazare. Swati Chaturvedi of Zeenews.com chats with Anna Hazare and a prominent member of his team, Arvind Kejriwal, on various issue related with the Lokpal Bill in her chat show, ‘Kahiye Janab’. Here are the excerpts:

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Last Update : June 17, 2011
Eye on UP polls, Dr Ayub brings Peace Party to Delhi
By Seema Chishti

The bearded, middle-aged doctor has a 100-bed hospital in Gorakhpur and a specialisation in liver ailments, besides running Hi-Tech Syringes, “India’s largest exporter of disposable syringes”.

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Last Update : June 17, 2011
Turkey's Election & Arab Spring
By Atul Aneja

By showing that piety can coexist, if not thrive, with entrepreneurship, hard work and liberal democracy, Turkey has illuminated a path that the depressed youth in West Asia and beyond can pursue.

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Last Update : June 17, 2011
Triumph of Faith over State

In 1988, when H M Ershad, a dodgy army general leading Bangladesh at that time, amended the Constitution, he cleverly substituted the word “Secular” in the State policy with “Islamic”. The civil society, which had supported Bangladesh’s Secular Constitution, was aghast at Islam being made the State religion. Fifteen of them filed a writ before the apex court, the core argument of which was that “a religion like Islam cannot be controlled by the State, and a sovereign nation-state cannot be dictated by the canons of Islam.”

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Last Update : May 30, 2011
Muslim Representation in Uttar Pradesh Assembly
By Shafeeq Rahman

Muslims form the largest minority community in Uttar Pradesh where they constitute around 19% of the state population with 20 districts having the Muslim concentration above 20%.

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Last Update : May 28, 2011
Community Calculus: The Identity Card
By Arati Jerath
The Congress party's hat trick in Assam in the recent state polls almost overshadowed a significant development that marks what could be a new chapter in the Indian Muslim narrative.
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Last Update : May 28, 2011
Communal Violence Bill: Who Failed the Law?
By Abdul Hannan Siwani Nadvi

The National Advisory Council headed by UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi is working on the Prevention of Communal and Targeted Violence Bill. The main intention behind this bill is to prevent the minority communities from violence and mass murder. The NAC is working on this bill, which will become a law in near future. It is too early to say how much this bill will be effective in throwing its results.

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Last Update : April 25, 2011
Sunday Express Magazine Eye’s Piece “The Return of X-2”
By Amrita Dutta

A man who wrote 245 books, created two popular crime series, spawned a generation of imitators, and discovered Zeroland. The phenomenon of Urdu crime writer Ibne Safi.

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Last Update : March 21, 2011
Egyptian Voters Approve Constitutional Changes
By Neil Mac Farouhar

Egyptian voters overwhelmingly approved a referendum on constitutional changes on Sunday (March 20, 2011) that will usher in rapid elections, with the results underscoring the strength of established political organizations, particularly the Muslim Brotherhood, and the weakness of emerging liberal groups.

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Last Update : March 16, 2011
Sunday Express Magazine “Eye” Story on TCN
By Irena Akbar

Twocircles.net, a website on Indian Muslims, is becoming a popular source for news beyond stereotypes.

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Last Update : February 21, 2011
Nothing Much Done to Address Muslims’ Development Deficits Even 4 Years after Sachar Report
By Harsh Mander

Even four years after the Sachar Committee Report revealed that Muslims were one of the most economically backward and socially disadvantaged communities, nothing much has been done to address the development deficits of this community.

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Last Update : February 21, 2011
After 50 Years Yusuf Qarazawi Delivers Historic Sermon in Egypt
By A U Asif

The 84-year old Yusuf al-Qarazawi, an internationally known Islamic ideologue of the background of Ikhwanul Muslemeen of Egypt, delivered his first public (khutba) sermon at Cairo in 50 years on Friday (February 18, 2011), emerging as a powerful voice in the struggle to shape his country following the mass revolution.

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Last Update : February 18, 2011
Indian Muslim Reaction over Arab Change
By Rasheed Kidwai

The fall of Hosni Mubarak in Egypt after a popular revolution could lead to sweeping changes in the Islamic world, Muslim scholars and clerics at home said while warning that western powers must not interfere.

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Last Update : February 18, 2011
Lesson for India from the Egyptian Revolution
By Kancha Ilaiah

The Egyptian revolution, perhaps, would be to the Islamic world what the French Revolution was to the Christian world. The Western intellectual predilection that the Islamic world is trapped in feudal Islamic dictatorships is likely to be disproved with this revolution.

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Last Update : February 17, 2011
8-Member Constitutional Revision Panel Begins Work in Egypt
By A U Asif

Soon after its constitution on February 15, 2011 by Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, Defence Minister and Chairman of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, the eight-member Constitutional Revision Panel headed by Tareq el-Bishri, former head of Egypt's Administrative Court, has already started its work and is expected to finalise the revision by February 25, 2011.

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Last Update : February 14, 2011
AIkhwan Calls for Preliminary Steps during Upcoming Period

The 83-year old banned Ikhwanul Muslemeen is one of the groups responsible for bringing the revolution in Egypt. Therefore, its February 14, 2011 statement, reproduced below is significant and important in understanding the current post-Hosni Mubarak situation

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Last Update : February 12, 2011
New York Times Thought-Provoking Editorial on What after Mubarak

Egyptians earned their celebration in Tahrir Square on Friday (February 11, 2011). The resignation of President Hosni Mubarak is a stunning accomplishment for the country’s courageous youth-led opposition. In fewer than three weeks, they forced a largely peaceful end to his 30-year autocracy.

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Last Update : February 12, 2011
Ikhwan Web on The West’s Debt to Egypt

The huge protests in Egypt that have been taking place for the past weeks have paid off. Great sacrifices have been made, and hundreds of people have lost their lives.

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Last Update : February 12, 2011
Full Text of Obama's Remarks on Egypt

The role played by United States President Barack Obama in the success of the Egyptian masses is not a secret. He along with his Vice President Joe Biden remained restless and continuously urged Hosni Mubarak to honour the wishes of his masses. This is the role in line with its own historic revolution of July 4, 1776. Reproduced below is the White House transcript of President Barack Obama's remarks on Egypt from the Grand Foyer in the White House on February 11, 2011.

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Last Update : February 11, 2011
Straight from the Horse’s Mouth: What the Ikhwanis Want
By Essam El-Errian

The Egyptian people have spoken, and we have spoken emphatically. In two weeks of peaceful demonstrations we have persistently demanded liberation and democracy. It was groups of brave, sincere Egyptians who initiated this moment of historical opportunity on Jan. 25, and the Muslim Brotherhood is committed to joining the national effort toward reform and progress.

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Last Update : February 11, 2011
Mubarak Steps Down, Ceding Power to Military
By David D Kirkpatrick, Anthony Shadid and Alan Cowell

President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt resigned his post and turned over all power to the military on Friday (February 11, 2011) ending his 30 years of autocratic rule and bowing to a historic popular uprising that has transformed politics in Egypt and around the Arab world.

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India Hails Mubarak Departure
Chronology of Mubarak Rule
History Upends Icon of Stability

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Last Update : February 09, 2011
Thomas L Friedman’s Masterpiece “Up With Egypt”

Just when you think the Egyptian uprising is dying down, more Egyptians than ever waited in long lines on Tuesday (February 8, 2011) to get into Tahrir Square to ask President Hosni Mubarak’s regime to go.

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Last Update : February 09, 2011
New York Times Editorial Omar Suleiman’s Empty Promises

We are a long way from knowing how Egypt will turn out. The government is using all of its power — including a promised 15 percent raise for federal workers — to try to hang on. The Opposition is courageously pushing back, and, on Tuesday (February 8, 2011) it drew thousands of supporters to Liberation Square.

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Last Update : February 07, 2011
Egyptian Ruling Group-Opposition Talks: Beginning of a New Era
By A U Asif

February 6, 2011 was a red letter day in the history of Egypt. After being shunned for decades, the 83-year old banned Ikhwanul Muslemeen came to the centre-stage to break the impasse between the rigid ruling group and the Opposition National Association for Change (NAC).

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Last Update : February 04, 2011
‘Fed Up’ Hosni Mubarak Quitting?
By A U Asif

The Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is “fed up” and wants to quit but fears that the nation would “sink in chaos” if he steps down. ABC News, which recently interviewed Mubarak, said: “He is fed up with being President and would like to leave office now, but cannot, he says, for fear that the country would sink into chaos.”

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Last Update : January 26, 2011
Planning Commission Members-Muslim Community Leaders Consultation on Welfare Budget, Scholarship for Muslims in 12th Plan
By Pervez Bari

The pathetic plight of Indian Muslims and their woes were narrated, discussed and debated before the Planning Commission members by more than two dozen community leaders, grassroot activists, academics, intellectuals and journalists drawn from all over the country to impress upon them the need to analyze the present condition of the community and suggested multi-level measures to improve it.

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Last Update : January 12, 2011
BJP Back to the Politics of Rhetoric in J&K
By Shujaat Bukhari

The BJP has made an about-turn on Kashmir. In the process, it has discarded the Vajpayee-led initiatives of 2000 to address the issue.

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Last Update : January 08, 2011
Incumbency Factor in Election Results of Last Two Decades?
By Ravish Tiwari

Incumbents can win

And win convincingly, if they govern reasonably well: that was the idea that defined politics in 2001-2010. And the message is clear if we compare election results of 2001-2010 with the previous decade, 1991-2000.

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Last Update : January 05, 2011
6,541 Communal Clashes Occurred and 2,234 Persons Killed in 2001-2009
By Asghar Ali Engineer

No year in India has been riot-free. Some years like 1992-93 post Babri Masjid demolition, 2002 in Gujarat witnessed major communal catastrophe, 2008 in Kandhamal riots or some years witnessed riots which are not nationally taken notice of. The year 2010, of course, did not witness riots like Mumbai in 1992-93 or one like in Gujarat in 2002 but did witness riots mostly in either middle level cities or even small towns and villages.

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Last Update : December 31, 2010
Wall Street Journal on India vs China in 2010

Economists and Western political leaders love to compare India and China, and it’s an understandably irresistible comparison: They’re both rising Asian economies with more than a billion people, and neighbors to boot.

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Last Update : December 30, 2010
JD (U)-BJP Coalition Government Makes History
By A U Asif

There have been only two Muslim Chief Ministers in Bihar, populated by over 16 per cent Muslim community—one before Independence and the other after Independence. Mohammed Yunus was the pre-Independence Muslim Chief Minister while Abdul Ghafoor the post-Independence Muslim Chief Minister. Parveen Amanullah, who took oath on November 26, 2010 as the Social Welfare Minister in the Nitish Kumar-led JDU-BJP coalition government in Bihar, is the first Muslim woman minister in the state since Independence.

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Last Update : December 29, 2010
Minority Development in West Bengal: A Left Perspective
By Moinul Hassan

In recent times there has been series of discussions regarding the socio economic conditions of the Indian minorities and their development and it is a welcome shift

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Last Update : December 28, 2010
Of Luxury Cars and Lowly Tractors
By P Sainath

Even as the media celebrate the Mercedes Benz deal in the Marathwada region as a sign of “rural resurgence,” the latest data show that 17,368 farmers killed themselves in the year of the “resurgence.”

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Last Update : December 23, 2010
Washington Post Story: Young Russians in Search of Faith are Turning to Islam
By Will Englund

Rustam Sarachev should have had a hangover the first time he set foot in the central mosque of Almetyvsk (Russia). He had wanted to throw a raucous party the night before, a send-off for himself on his way to Islam. But the guys he was with had mocked him for even thinking about the mosque, and had gone off drinking on their own.

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Last Update : December 17, 2010
An Objective Urdu Channel from India Still Needed
By A U Asif

After ETV Urdu, DD Urdu and Zee Salam, the fourth national Urdu TV channel Alami Sahara has recently been launched in India. It is to point out that ETV Urdu was launched ten years ago, DD Urdu 4 years ago and Zee Salam earlier this year. Meanwhile, Hyderabad's Munsif group is also ready with its channel.

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Last Update : December 01, 2010
Omar Khalidi: He Got Out of India but India Could Never Get Out of Him
By A U Asif

Omar Khalidi, who died on November 29, 2010 at the age of only 57 years in a car-train accident following disorder in sugar level at Boston (USA), was a pioneer in the field of research on Indian Muslims and has left behind him a monumental legacy that had a significant impact on the political landscape of India and a multitude of people inspired by his work. At the time of his death he served as librarian at the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, Massachusetts. He was also a trustee of the American Institute of Yemeni Studies and admirer of the Institute of Objective Studies (IOS), New Delhi. He is survived by his wife and daughter.

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Omar Khalidi's Published Works
Omar Khalidi's Last Piece on ASI

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Last Update : November 28, 2010
2 Muslims in 29-Member New Bihar Ministry
By Our Staff Writer

Two Muslims Shahid Ali Khan and Ms Parveen Amanullah were among those sworn in at Patna on November 26, 2010 as ministers along with 59-year old Chief Minister Nitish Kumar who led the NDA to a landslide victory in the Bihar elections. Both CM Nitish Kumar and Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi took oath for second consecutive terms.

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Last Update : November 26, 2010
TCN Finding: Facts Debunk Muslims-Voted-for-BJP Propaganda
By Mumtaz Alam Falahi

There are 50 Assembly seats with 20 or above percentage of Muslim votes in Bihar. In the just concluded elections, BJP alone won 26 seats out of this 50. The local and national media highlighted this fact and said Muslims have voted for BJP. But when one goes a little deeper one finds division of secular votes, particularly Muslim votes, helped BJP gain massively.

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Last Update : November 26, 2010
The Hindu Analysis: Mismatch between Nitish Wave and Vote Share
By Vidya Subrahmaniam

Put it to the vagaries of the first-past-the post system but the Nitish Kumar-led Janata Dal(U)-Bharatiya Janata Party combine, which pulled off an incredible, winner-take-all four-fifths majority in the recent Bihar election, secured a vote share of only 39 per cent — just a three percentage point improvement over what it polled in October 2005.

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Last Update : November 26, 2010
IANS Analysis: Muslims Too Voted for Nitish Kumar's Development Plank
By Imran Khan

Saba Zafar has become the first Muslim to be elected as a legislator from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Bihar. The new Bihar assembly will see an increase in Muslim representation - from 15 to 19, including two (3, not 2) women.

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Last Update : November 25, 2010
2010 Bihar Assembly Poll Results: What Muslims Gained and Lost?
By A U Asif

Janta Dal-United (JD-U) and Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) have together captured four-fifths of the seats (206) in the 243-member Bihar Legislative Assembly. The alliance fought the elections held in six phases on October 21 (47 seats), Oct 24 (45 seats), Oct 28 (48 seats), Nov 1 (42 seats), Nov 9 (35 seats), and Nov 20 (26 seats) on the twin issues of development and rule of law, with Nitish Kumar projecting himself as the mascot of a “modern, forward-looking Bihar.”

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Last Update : November 24, 2010
US Muslims Engaged in Serving Humanity
Anis Ansari MD

There are many essential parts of good moral conduct that Islam requires of all Muslims. Being kind, generous, charitable, humble, and caring for the fellow humans beings are essential qualities for all true believers. These characteristics are sought in a person who loves Allah and follows his teachings because it is easy to love creation if you love the Creator.

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Last Update : November 06, 2010
Why Indian Muslims should welcome Obama?
By Navaid Hamid

President Barack Hussein Obama would be on an official visit to India, the homeland of the second largest Muslim community in the world on 6-9 November 2010, the first one to the largest democracy, which has ensured equal rights to all sections of its society, after assuming office at White House.

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Last Update : November 01, 2010
Between Scam India and Slum India
By M J Akbar

It is entirely appropriate that a nation whose motto is Satyameva Jayate should discover a metaphor for ravenous loot in a Mumbai building society called Adarsh. Greed is the new religion and all are welcome to feed at her trough.

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Last Update : October 27, 2010
Text of Arundhati Roy’s Statement on her Controversial Remarks on Kashmir
By Our Staff writer

Booker Award winner and writer Arundhati Roy released a statement on October 26, 2010 at Srinagar over her recent controversial remarks on Kashmir. It is to point out that she made the remarks at two programmes---one in Delhi and the other in Srinagar.

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Last Update : October 27, 2010
Political Trends of Muslims in Bihar in 1980-2010?
By Dr Mohammad Sajjad

Even as the people of Bihar vote in the assembly election, the question is how the Muslims will vote. The community constitutes about 16.5 percent of the total electorate. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, aware of this figure, has been vocal in his opposition to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi campaigning in the state.

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Last Update : October 26, 2010
British Daily Mail Reveals Tony Blair's Sister-in-Law Lauren Booth’s Embracing Islam

Tony Blair’s sister-in-law has converted to Islam after having a ‘holy experience’ in Iran. Broadcaster and journalist Lauren Booth, 43 - Cherie Blair’s half-sister - said she now wears a hijab head covering whenever she leaves her home, prays five times a day and visits her local mosque ‘when I can’.

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Last Update : October 26, 2010
Grand Exhibition on Abraham’s Progeny and Their Texts at NYPL
By Edward Rothstein

The sweep of the new exhibition at the New York Public Library — “Three Faiths: Judaism, Christianity, Islam” — is stunning. It stretches from a Bible found in a monastery in coastal Brittany that was sacked by the Vikings in the year 917 to a 1904 lithograph showing the original Temple Emanu-El on Fifth Avenue. It encompasses both an elaborately decorated book of 20th-century Coptic Christian readings and a modest 19th-century printing of the Gospels in the African language Grebo.

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Last Update : October 23, 2010
AMU New Centres: A Beginning of Resurgence
By Dr Rahat Abrar

The mission of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, a symbol of Muslim renaissance in India was not only to establish an educational institution at Aligarh but his vision was that this institution gains the central position among Muslims by providing them leadership in educational matters and all Muslim institutions are affiliated with this. It is a great moment that the dream of Sir Syed is going to materialize with the establishment of Aligarh Muslim University’s centres in Murshidabad (West Bengal) and Malappuram (Kerala). It looks pertinent to turn attention to the chronology of events that culminated into establishment of new centres of AMU.

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Last Update : October 22, 2010
CRPP Controversial Convention on Kashmir in Media
By Our Staff Writer

A convention on “Azaadi—The Only Way” was organized by the Committee for Release of Political Prisoners (CRPP) at LTG Auditorium, Mandi House, New Delhi on October 21, 2010. It was among others participated and addressed by Booker Prize winner and writer Arundhati Roy, Maoist ideologue and Telangana poet Varavara Rao, Assamese human rights activist Sujato Bhadra, and Tehreek Hurriyet chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani.

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Last Update : October 21, 2010
The Hindu’s Interview with Rowan Williams

One of the most significant visits to India by a major religious leader in recent decades is the ongoing 16-day visit by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams. In the following interview given to P Jacob, Senior Associate Editor of The Hindu at the CSI Centre in Chennai on October 18, 2010, excerpts of which were published in two parts in The Hindu on October 20 and 21, 2010, the distinguished theologian and scholar discusses issues facing the Anglican Communion of Churches that he leads, the state of Anglican-Roman Catholic relations, Shariah, engagement with Islam and Hinduism, issues that have struck him during the India visit, and himself:

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Last Update : October 20, 2010
74 Muslim Candidates for 3 Phases of Bihar Assembly Elections
By A U Asif

The 2010 Bihar assembly elections for 243 seats starting on October 21, 2010 would be conducted in six phases. The first phase polls covering 47 seats would be on Oct 21, second covering 45 seats on Oct 24, third covering 48 seats on Oct 28, fourth covering 42 seats on Nov 1, fifth covering 35 on Nov 9, and sixth for 26 seats on November 20.

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Last Update : October 19, 2010
Canterbury Archbishop Rowan Williams’ Memorable Visit to India
By A U Asif
Known more for his Shariah remarks in an exclusive lecture on “Civil and Religious Law in England: A Religious Perspective” delivered at Royal Courts of Justice UK on February 7, 2008, Dr Rowan Williams, the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury and spiritual head of the 77-million-member Anglican Communion worldwide, also drew attention for expressing views on the September 30 Allahabad High Court Ayodhya verdict and other issues during his 16-day visit to India at the invitation of the Communion of Churches since October 9, 2010.
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Last Update : October 18, 2010
Mahmood A Madani on Ayodhya Verdict in Tehelka Magazine

A lot of emotion is attached to the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi issue. The Muslim believes that it is his mosque. The clerics hold that once a place becomes a mosque, it cannot be sold, surrendered or transferred. Its nature cannot be altered. It is the house of Allah and no human has the right to sell it.

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Last Update : October 18, 2010
Mohan Bhagwat’s Dussehra Speech Focuses on J&K, Ayodhya Verdict, Chinese Designs and Bangladeshi Infiltration
By Vivek Deshpande

After what it calls a "heartening" verdict on the Ayodhya title suits, the Sangh Parivar is all set to turn its attention to Kashmir, as was evident from RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat's Dussehra speech here on Sunday (Oct 17, 2010).

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Last Update : October 14, 2010
Now, the Bad News

October 11, 2010, was a day of glory, hope and shame for India. It was a day India touched — and would soon top — its best-ever medals tally at the Commonwealth Games. It was a day the money poured over 2010 into India by foreign institutional investors was set to touch a record R100,000 crore (or $21 billion). It was a day India was ranked 67 of 84 countries in a global hunger index.

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Last Update : October 14, 2010
AIMC Sets A Precedent in Maintaining Peace and Harmony
By A U Asif

It was a historic occasion. The Allahabad High Court verdict in the Babri Masjid-Ram Janambhumi title suit was expected. First, the date was September 24, 2010. Later, it was fixed for September 30. Every body and group was eagerly waiting for it. However, there was one organization that was engaged in ensuring how situation in the wake of the much-awaited verdict was tackled to maintain peace and communal harmony. Away from what would the High Court decide, tackling the situation in any case irrespective of the nature of the verdict was the moot point before the All India Milli Council (AIMC).

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Last Update : October 13, 2010
Ayodhya Verdict: A Reason to Cheer Up, Finally!
By Dr Mohammad Manzoor Alam
Let me begin with a confession: the Allahabad High Court decision on Babri Masjid title suit has brought a silent, deep despair into Muslim hearts. Et too, Brute?
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Last Update : October 12, 2010
Babri Masjid Revisited
By Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

The Babri Masjid was built in 1528 at Ayodhya by Mir Baqi, the governor of Ayodhya at the time. He built it adjacent to the Ram chabutra, which is held sacred by the Hindus. This was a clear deviation from the Islamic principle. According to Islam, the places of worship of two religions should be built at a considerable distance from each other.

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