National Conference MP’s son booked for alleged hate speech in Jammu & Kashmir

SRINAGAR — Hilal Akbar Lone, son of senior National Conference (NC) leader and Lok Sabha member, Muhammad Akbar Lone, has been booked on Tuesday for delivering a hate speech in J&K’s Bandipora district. Police sources said Hilal Akbar Lone was released yesterday from preventive detention in Srinagar and later police in Hajin area of Bandipora district arrested him for delivering a hate speech in December during the district development council (DDC) elections. “An FIR already stood lodged against Hilal Akbar Lone in Hajin police station under the unlawful activities act for…

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Falling walls : The monuments of Adilshahi Sultanate in Bijapur

By Anees Maniyar Dont get closer to the wall, or it might fall on you. This was something I heard, when I walked along the bastion of a fortress, which was hanging capriciously over footstones. The fortress that survived for at least four centuries stands at the verge of biting the dust. A ghetto meanders like a centipede and curls up all around the wall. The moat appears non-existent, as it is filled-up, leveled and shanties have been erected by the people of the ghetto. The canals that purveyed water…

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Christians angry over Daman administration’s circular to venerate Hindu Goddess Saraswati in all schools

By Abdul Bari Masoud New Delhi:  The minority Christian community is up in arms over the Union Territory Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu administration over an official circular compelling all schools including non-aided schools to venerate Hindu Goddess Saraswati , United Christian Forum (UCF), a representative body of the community, Monday urged the  Administration and the Directorate of Education of Daman to immediately withdraw this circular which it said infringes ones  fundamental rights of professing  and practicing  a faith. For making the celebration of Vasant Panchami mandatory by venerating Goddess Saraswati,…

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Stop misuse of word ‘jihad’: NGO to Gujarat governor

New Delhi: The Minority Coordination Committee on Monday sent a memorandum to Gujarat governor Acharya Devvrat urging him to stop ”misuse’ of the word ‘jihad’. The NGO sought action against people and political representatives who are misusing the word ‘jihad’ to vilify the Muslim community and spread hatred among different communities. The NGO’s convener Mujahid Nafees, while speaking to Muslim Mirror, raised strong concern against Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani’s speech at Vadodara on Sunday, in which he stated that the government would bring a law to disallow all activities that…

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