Friday, 28 January 2011

17वें करमापा को हमेशा से ही चीन का आदमी माना जाता रहा है

करमापा उग्येन ट्रिन्ले दोरजी के हिमाचल प्रदेश स्थित अस्थायी आवास से करोडों रुपए की विदेशी मुद्रा बरामद होने पर केन्द्र ने गंभीर चिन्ता जताई है और संदेह व्यक्त किया है कि वह चीन के लिए एजेंट के रूप में काम कर रहा था।

सरकारी सूत्रों ने बताया कि करमापा के चीन से संबंध एकदम स्पष्ट हैं। उसके यहाँ से 11 लाख चीनी युआन सहित देश-विदेश की करोड़ों रुपए की मुद्राएँ बरामद हुई हैं।

सूत्रों ने कहा कि 17वें करमापा को हमेशा से ही चीन का आदमी माना जाता रहा है, क्योंकि चीन हिमालय सीमा पर स्थित सभी बौद्ध मठों पर अपने कथित नियंत्रण का प्रयास करता है और इस काम में करमापा कथित तौर पर उसकी मदद करता आया है। चीन की कोशिश लद्दाख से लेकर तवांग तक सभी मठों पर वर्चस्व कायम करने की रही है।

उन्होंने बताया कि करमापा पहले चीन में रहता था और फिर भारत आ गया। करमापा के मठ के कोषाध्यक्ष और अन्य लोगों से पूछताछ की जा रही है। केन्द्रीय खुफिया और जाँच एजेंसियाँ मामले की जाँच में जुट गई हैं। करमापा के समर्थकों और प्रशंसकों में कई नामचीन हस्तियाँ शामिल हैं।

सूत्रों ने कहा कि इस बात की आशंका है कि चीन ने उसे मठों पर वर्चस्व कायम करने का जिम्मा सौंपा है। ऐसा पहली बार नहीं हुआ है कि चीन ने हिमालय की सीमाओं पर बसे मठों पर नियंत्रण की कोशिश की हो।

सूत्रों के मुताबिक करमापा पर काफी पहले से ही संदेह रहा है क्योंकि वह धार्मिक भावनाओं की आड़ में कथित रूप से चीन का एजेंडा चलाता आया है। सूत्रों ने कहा कि एजेंसियों जाँच आगे जारी रहेगी और आवश्यकता पड़ने पर करमापा से भी पूछताछ की जा सकती है।

पुलिस ने कहा कि चार लाख रुपए के भारतीय नोट भी बरामद हुए थे और भी छापेमारी होने का अनुमान है। उना में कल एक करोड़ रुपए के साथ दो व्यक्तियों आशुतोष और संजय की गिरफ्तारी के बाद छापेमारी की गई।

सूत्रों ने कहा कि पुलिस को सूचना मिली थी कि बेनामी संपत्तियों की खरीद-फरोख्त में काले धन का उपयोग किया जा रहा है जिसके बाद मठ पर छापेमारी की गई। धन को दिल्लीClick here to see more news from this city के मजनू का टीला के एक निजी बैंक से निकाला गया था और पुलिस दोनों से पूछताछ कर रही है।

छापेमारी के दौरान करमापा कथित तौर पर मठ के अंदर ही थे। धन की बरामदगी के मामले में दलाई लामा और करमापा लामा के कार्यालयों ने अभी तक कोई प्रतिक्रिया नहीं दी है। (भाषा)

17वें करमापा को हमेशा से ही चीन का आदमी माना जाता रहा है

करमापा उग्येन ट्रिन्ले दोरजी के हिमाचल प्रदेश स्थित अस्थायी आवास से करोडों रुपए की विदेशी मुद्रा बरामद होने पर केन्द्र ने गंभीर चिन्ता जताई है और संदेह व्यक्त किया है कि वह चीन के लिए एजेंट के रूप में काम कर रहा था।

सरकारी सूत्रों ने बताया कि करमापा के चीन से संबंध एकदम स्पष्ट हैं। उसके यहाँ से 11 लाख चीनी युआन सहित देश-विदेश की करोड़ों रुपए की मुद्राएँ बरामद हुई हैं।

सूत्रों ने कहा कि 17वें करमापा को हमेशा से ही चीन का आदमी माना जाता रहा है, क्योंकि चीन हिमालय सीमा पर स्थित सभी बौद्ध मठों पर अपने कथित नियंत्रण का प्रयास करता है और इस काम में करमापा कथित तौर पर उसकी मदद करता आया है। चीन की कोशिश लद्दाख से लेकर तवांग तक सभी मठों पर वर्चस्व कायम करने की रही है।

उन्होंने बताया कि करमापा पहले चीन में रहता था और फिर भारत आ गया। करमापा के मठ के कोषाध्यक्ष और अन्य लोगों से पूछताछ की जा रही है। केन्द्रीय खुफिया और जाँच एजेंसियाँ मामले की जाँच में जुट गई हैं। करमापा के समर्थकों और प्रशंसकों में कई नामचीन हस्तियाँ शामिल हैं।

सूत्रों ने कहा कि इस बात की आशंका है कि चीन ने उसे मठों पर वर्चस्व कायम करने का जिम्मा सौंपा है। ऐसा पहली बार नहीं हुआ है कि चीन ने हिमालय की सीमाओं पर बसे मठों पर नियंत्रण की कोशिश की हो।

सूत्रों के मुताबिक करमापा पर काफी पहले से ही संदेह रहा है क्योंकि वह धार्मिक भावनाओं की आड़ में कथित रूप से चीन का एजेंडा चलाता आया है। सूत्रों ने कहा कि एजेंसियों जाँच आगे जारी रहेगी और आवश्यकता पड़ने पर करमापा से भी पूछताछ की जा सकती है।

पुलिस ने कहा कि चार लाख रुपए के भारतीय नोट भी बरामद हुए थे और भी छापेमारी होने का अनुमान है। उना में कल एक करोड़ रुपए के साथ दो व्यक्तियों आशुतोष और संजय की गिरफ्तारी के बाद छापेमारी की गई।

सूत्रों ने कहा कि पुलिस को सूचना मिली थी कि बेनामी संपत्तियों की खरीद-फरोख्त में काले धन का उपयोग किया जा रहा है जिसके बाद मठ पर छापेमारी की गई। धन को दिल्लीClick here to see more news from this city के मजनू का टीला के एक निजी बैंक से निकाला गया था और पुलिस दोनों से पूछताछ कर रही है।

छापेमारी के दौरान करमापा कथित तौर पर मठ के अंदर ही थे। धन की बरामदगी के मामले में दलाई लामा और करमापा लामा के कार्यालयों ने अभी तक कोई प्रतिक्रिया नहीं दी है। (भाषा)

सामूहिक विवाह: 54 सेकेंड में हुईं 154 शादियां


सिरसा। हरियाणा के सिरसा जिले में स्थित डेरा सच्चा सौदा में मात्र 54 सेकेंड में 154 जोड़ों की शादियां हुई। जिन्हे कभी कपड़ा पहनने तक की भी सलीका नहीं था वे इस मौके पर पूरी रस्मो-रिवाज के साथ नई जिंदगी की शुरूआत करने को बेताब दिख रहे थे।

यह अदभुत नजारा दिखा डेरा सच्चा सौदा के आंगन में जहां राजस्थान के झाड़ौल और कोटड़ा तहसील के आदिवासियों ने अपने जीवनसाथियों को संत गुरमीत राम रहीम सिंह इंसा का आशिर्वाद प्राप्त कर दिल जोड़ माला पहनाई। शाह सतनाम जी के जन्मोत्सव पर आयोजित इस सामूहिक विवाह समारोह में शादी के पावन बंधन में बंधने से पहले इन आदिवासी युवक-युवतियों ने मास मदिरा व्यभिचार और शिकार न करने का प्रण किया।

गौरतलब है कि डेरा सच्चा सौदा के एक सेवा अभियान का यह नतीजा की आदिवासी अपने जीवनशैली को बदल समाज की मुख्यधारा में शामिल हो रहे है। रात दिन शराब और भयानक नशों में चूर रह आम आदमियों से लूटपाट करने वालों का सेवा का सबक पढते देख हैरत में पडऩा लाजमी था। 22 जनवरी को उदयपुर से चलकर 1200 आदिवासियों जत्था 24 की रात को गुरू की नगरी सिरसा पहुंचा।

आम जीवन से दूर रहे रहे इन आदिवासियों का दिल गुरू की संगत की सेंवा ने जीत लिया। आदिवासियों को लाने ले जाने भोजन और रहने की व्यवस्था के साथ साथ नव विवाहित दम्पतियो को उनके जीवन यापन का साजों सामान भी डेरा सच्चा सौदा की टोहाना ब्लाक की संगत ने उपहार स्वरूप भेंट किये। जिस पर तकरीबन दस लाख से अधिक की राशी

मंदिर भक्तिभाव के संग राष्ट्रप्रेम का भी संदेश देता है।


विष्णु राजगढ़िया

पहाड़ी बाबा का मंदिर इस लिहाज से अनोखा है कि यहाँ धर्मध्वजा के साथ-साथ हर स्वतंत्रता दिवस व गणतंत्र दिवस के मौके पर राष्ट्रध्वज फहराने की परंपरा है। यह मंदिर भक्तिभाव के संग राष्ट्रप्रेम का भी संदेश देता है।

राँची रेलवे स्टेशन से लगभग सात किलोमीटर दूर करीब 26 एकड़ में फैला और 350 फुट की ऊँचाई पर स्थित पहाड़ी बाबा मंदिर देश का शायद इकलौता ऐसा मंदिर है जहाँ धर्मध्वजा की जगह राष्ट्रध्वज फहराता जाता है। संभवतः यह भारत वर्ष में अपनी तरह का इकलौता मंदिर है जहाँ स्वतंत्रता दिवस और मंदिर भक्तिभाव के संग राष्ट्रप्रेम का भी संदेश देता है। गणतंत्र दिवस के मौके पर राष्ट्रीय झंडा फहराया जाता है।

आम तौर पर मंदिर, मस्जिद, गुरुद्वारे और चर्च अपनी धर्मध्वजाएँ फहराते हैं लेकिन पहाड़ी बाबा मंदिर पर हर साल स्वतंत्रता दिवस और गणतंत्र दिवस के मौके पर राष्ट्रीय ध्वज शान से लहराया जाता है। मंदिर भक्तिभाव के संग राष्ट्रप्रेम का भी संदेश देता है।
आम तौर पर मंदिर, मस्जिद, गुरुद्वारे और चर्च अपनी धर्मध्वजाएँ फहराते हैं लेकिन पहाड़ी बाबा मंदिर पर हर साल स्वतंत्रता दिवस और गणतंत्र दिवस के मौके पर राष्ट्रीय ध्वज शान से लहराया जाता है।


SUNDAY MAGAZINEइस मंदिर में राष्ट्रीय ध्वज को धर्मध्वज से ऊपर का दर्जा देने की यह परंपरा 14 अगस्त, 1947 की मध्यरात्रि से ही शुरू हो गई थी। देश की आजादी के बाद से ही प्रत्येक साल 15 अगस्त और 26 जनवरी को मंदिर में सुबह की मुख्य पूजा के बाद राष्ट्रगान के साथ तिरंगा फहराया जाता रहा है। लोग आदरपूर्वक और उत्साह के साथ इसमें शामिल होते हैं ।

यूँ पहाड़ी बाबा मंदिर की मनोहारी छटा भी इसे महत्वपूर्ण और श्रद्धालुओं के लिए आकर्षण का कारण बनती है। जिन्हें भक्तिभाव से बहुत लेना-देना नहीं होता वे भी यहाँ आने से नहीं कतराते। पर्यावरण प्रेमियों के लिए भी यह मंदिर महत्वपूर्ण है क्योंकि पूरी पहाड़ी पर मंदिर परिसर के इर्द-गिर्द विभिन्न भाँति के हजार से अधिक वृक्ष हैं। मुख्य मंदिर के द्वार तक पहुँचने के लिए आपको 428 सीढ़ियाँ चढ़नी पड़ती हैं। मंदिर प्राँगण से राँची शहर का खूबसूरत नजारा भी दिखता है। साथ ही यहाँ से सूर्योदय और सूर्यास्त का अनुपम सौंदर्य भी देखा जा सकता है।

पहाड़ी बाबा मंदिर का पुराना नाम टिरीबुरू था जो आगे चलकर ब्रिटिश हुकूमत के समय फाँसी टुंगरी में परिवर्तित हो गया। फांसी टुंगरी के नामकरण के पीछे आजादी का इतिहास छिपा है। अंग्रेजों ने जब छोटा नागपुर क्षेत्र पर अधिकार स्थापित कर लिया था तो राँची में उन्होंने अपना संचालन केंद्र खोला। जो लोग अंग्रेजी सरकार की नजरों में देशद्रोही, क्रांतिकारी या घातक होते थे, उन्हें राजधानी के शहीद चौक या फाँसी टुंगरी पर खुलेआम फाँसी दे दी जाती थी।


NDअसल में मंदिर के साथ जुड़े ऐतिहासिक तथ्य लोगों में भक्तिभाव के साथ-साथ राष्ट्रप्रेम के भाव को भी उद्वेलित करते हैं। स्वतंत्रता संग्राम से जुड़े अनेक क्रांतिकारियों को अंग्रेज सरकार ने यहाँ फाँसी पर चढ़ा दिया था। ऐसे में यह शहीदों की शहादत का प्रतीक है। इनकी याद में राष्ट्रीय झंडा फहराकर उन्हें सम्मान प्रदान किया जाता है।

पहाड़ी बाबा मंदिर में एक शिलालेख लगा है जिसमें 14 अगस्त, 1947 को देश की आजादी संबंधी घोषणा भी अंकित है। पहाड़ी मंदिर के मुख्य पूजारियों में शामिल पंडित देवीदयाल मिश्र उर्फ देवी बाबा बताते हैं कि पहाड़ी मंदिर केवल आजादी के लिए लड़ने वाले सपूतों का शहीद स्थल भर नहीं है बल्कि इसका प्राचीन इतिहास भी महत्वपूर्ण है। उनकी मानें तो छोटा नागपुर क्षेत्र के नागवंशियों का इतिहास भी यहीं से शुरू हुआ है। पहाड़ी पर जितने भी मंदिर हैं, उनमें नागराज का मंदिर सबसे प्राचीन है।

आदिवासी समुदाय प्रकृति पूजक रहा है। इस स्थल पर शुरू से ही आदिवासी लोग नागदेवता की पूजा करने आते रहे हैं। आज भी प्रत्येक सोमवार को पाहन बाबा जो आदिवासियों के लिए पूजनीय होते हैं, मंदिर की प्रमुख पूजा संपन्न करने आते हैं।

सरकार अगर पहाड़ी मंदिर पर समुचित ध्यान दे तो यह न सिर्फ एक प्रमुख धार्मिक केंद्र के तौर पर विकसित होगा बल्कि राष्ट्रीय एकता की भी अनूठी मिसाल पेश करेगा।
मंदिर भक्तिभाव के संग राष्ट्रप्रेम का भी संदेश देता है।

भाजपा शासित राज्य ‘संघी आतंकवाद’ में कथित तौर पर शामिल लोगों को संरक्षण दे रहे हैं.

नयी दिल्ली : कांग्रेस के महासचिव दिग्विजय सिंह ने आज भारतीय जनता पार्टी भाजपा और राष्टीय स्वयंसेवक संघ पर नए सिरे से निशाना साधते हुए आरोप लगाया कि भाजपा शासित राज्य ‘संघी आतंकवाद’ में कथित तौर पर शामिल लोगों को संरक्षण दे रहे हैं.

उन्होंने यह बयान दिल्ली में आयोजित एक संगोष्ठी में दिया. दिग्विजय ने कहा कि कई आतंकवादी घटनाओं में मुस्लिम युवकों को ‘गलत ढंग’ से गिरफ्तार किया गया है. उन्होंने कहा कि ‘संघी आतंकवाद’ से वैचारिक लडाई के जरिए निपटना होगा.

कांग्रेसी नेता ने कहा, ‘‘इस बात की जांच कराने की जरूरत है कि संघ से जुडे संगठनों को ओर्थक मदद कहां से मिल रही है. अंतरराष्टीय स्तर में मिलने वाली रकम की भी जांच होनी चाहिए.’’

उन्होंने कहा, ‘‘जो बम बनाते हैं, वे गुजरात में जाकर संरक्षण पा लेते हैं. स्वामी असीमानंद को भी संरक्षण मिला था. असीमानंद के संगठन को वन भूमि किसने मुहैया कराई? इस तरह के तत्वों को भाजपा सरकारें सरंक्षण दे रही हैं.’’

'हुस्न' और 'हवस' का दीवाना था अय्याश पीएम !!


इटली के प्रधानमंत्री सिल्वियो बर्लुस्कोनी लगातार नाबालिग यौनकर्मियों के साथ अपने संबंधों और सेक्स पार्टियों के अपने शौक को लेकर आरोपों से घिरते जा रहे हैं।मिलान के जांचकर्ताओं ने इटली के संसदीय दल को उनके ख़िलाफ़ नए दस्तावेज़ सौंपे हैं जिनमें बर्लुस्कोनी का संबंध ब्राज़ील की एक नाबालिग सेक्स वर्कर से भी बताया गया है।



कथित तौर पर मोरक्को की एक 17 साल की लड़की को पैसे देकर यौन संबंध बनाने के एक मामले में पहले से ही उनके खिलाफ़ जांच चल रही है।



नए सबूत



इन मामलों को लेकर विपक्ष उनसे इस्तीफ़े की मांग कर चुका है। हालांकि प्रधानमंत्री का कहना है कि उनके निजी जीवन में दख़ल देकर विरोधी उनकी छवि ख़राब करने की कोशिश कर रहे हैं।जांचकर्ताओं का कहना है कि बर्लुस्कोनी के इन मामलों से जुड़े होने को लेकर उन्हें नए सबूत मिले हैं।



200 पन्नों के इन नए सबूतों में बर्लुस्कोनी के फोन टेपिंग की जानकारियां शामिल हैं।न्यायविदों का कहना है कि बर्लुस्कोनी ने नाबालिक यौनकर्मियों के साथ संबंध बनाए और ऐसी पार्टियों का आयोजन किया जिनमें नग्नता का प्रचार होता था। माना जा रहा है कि बर्लुस्कोनी इन आरोपों को गंभीरता से नहीं लेंगे और इन पर कोई सफाई भी नहीं देंगे।

पत्थरों से नहीं मरी तो एके-47 से सिर में दाग दी 'तीन गोलियां'



काबुल.पत्थरों से मार-मार कर जान लेने वाले भी थक गए, अंत में अफगान तालिबान के एक लड़ाके ने बेशर्मी से एके-47 से 19 साल की इस लड़की के सिर में तीन गोलियां दाग दीं। इस दर्दनाक तालिबानी करतूत के वीडियो इंटरनेट पर जारी किए गए हैं। तालिबान के सत्ता से हटने के बाद ऐसी घटना का यह पहला वीडियो है।




अधिकारियों ने बताया कि सिद्दाका को उसकी मर्जी के खिलाफ तकरीबन चार लाख रुपए में बेच दिया गया था। वह अपने प्रेमी से शादी करना चाहती थी इसलिए उसके साथ पाकिस्तान भाग गई थी। सुरक्षा का आश्वासन मिलने के बाद दोनों घर लौट आए। यह उनकी बड़ी भूल साबित हुई।




अफगानिस्तान के तालिबान लड़ाकों ने दोनों को उनके घरों से खींच कर निकाला और कंगारू कोर्ट ने पत्थरों से मार-मार कर जान ले लेने का फैसला सुनाया। घटना बीते अक्टूबर की अफगानिस्तान के कुंदुज के दाश्ते आर्ची जिले की है। दो मुल्लाओं ने मौत का फरमान सुनाया:




हजारों लोगों की मौजूदगी में प्रेमिका सिद्दका को कमर तक मिट्टी में गाड़ दिया गया। लोगों ने बड़े-बड़े पत्थरों से उसे मारना शुरू किया। हजारों पत्थरों की मार झेलकर सिद्दका का नीला बुर्का लहूलुहान होकर लाल हो गया। वह निढाल होकर गिर गई।




चमत्कारिक रूप से उसकी सांसें बची रह र्गई। तब तालिबान के निष्ठुर लड़ाके ने अपनी एके-47 उठाई और सिद्दका के सिर में तीन गोलियां दाग दीं। बर्बर भीड़ अल्ला हू अकबर के नारे लगाने लगी। तभी सिद्दका की जान निकल गई।चीखते-चीखते खामोश हो गया प्रेमी सिद्दका के मरने के बाद उसके प्रेमी खैयाम को भीड़ के सामने लाया गया।




उसकी आंखों पर पट्टी थी और हाथ कमर के पीछे बंधे थे। लोगों ने उसे पत्थर मारने शुरू किए। वह किसी तरह खुद को बचाता रहा, लेकिन कब तक बचाता। वह चीखता-चिल्लाता रहा। फिर सदा के लिए खामोश हो गया। खैयाम पहले से शादीशुदा था और दो बच्चों का बाप था। तालिबान के प्रवक्ता जबीउल्ला मुजाहिद ने इसे उचित ठहराया है। उसका कहना है कि जो भी कुरान को जानता है उसे पता है कि पत्थरों से मार कर जान ले लेना कुरान में लिखा है।

दोगुनी हो जाएगी दुनिया भर में मुसलमानों की संख्या


वाशिंगटन.आने वाले दो दशकों में दुनिया भर में मुसलमानों की जन्म दर में कमी आने के बाद भी उनकी संख्या दोगुनी हो जाएगी। यह जानकारी अमरीका के फोरम ऑन रिलीजन एंड पब्लिक लाइफ प्रोजेक्ट के एक अध्ययन के बाद सामने आई है। फोरम ने द फ्यूचर ऑफ ग्लोबल मुस्लिम पॉपुलेशन नाम से शोध किया था। शोध के मुताबिक बाकी लोगों की तुलना में मुसलमानों की आबादी बढ़ने वाली है।

दो दशकों में पाकिस्तान दुनिया में सबसे अधिक मुसलमानों वाला देश बन जाएगा। शोध के अनुसार 2030 में मुसलमान दुनिया की पूरी आबादी का 26.4 प्रतिशत हो जाएंगे और उनकी संख्या 8.3 अरब के करीब होगी। इस समय इंडोनेशिया में सबसे अधिक मुसलमान रहते हैं।

बीस साल बाद सबसे ज्यादा मुसलमान पाकिस्तान में होंगे। दुनिया के हर दस मुसलमान में से छह मुसलमान एशिया प्रशांत क्षेत्र में होंगे। अमरीका, फ्रांस और इजरायल के येरुशलम में मुसलमान आबादी बढ़ने की संभावना है।

नर्मदा सामाजिक कुंभ पर मीडिया के महाकुम्भ की तैयारी

नर्मदा सामाजिक कुंभ पर मीडिया के महाकुम्भ की तैयारी


mandala27-1-2011

10, 11, 12 फरवरी को होने वाले माँ नर्मदा सामाजिक कुंभ की तैयारियाँ जोर पकड़ चुकी हैं। कुंभ स्थल पर मीडिया सेंटर भी कायम किया गया है। मीडिया कव्हरेज के लिए संचार की जरूरी सुविधाएं इस सेंटर पर जुटाई जा रही है। माँ नर्मदा सामाजिक कुंभ समिति ने कुंभ स्थल में एक उपयुक्त स्थान पर मीडिया सेंटर भी स्तापित किया है। इसके लिए पर्याप्त आकार का एक पृथक कक्ष बनाया गया है। मीडिया सेंटर पर सूचना संप्रेषण संचार की वाजिब और जरूरी सहूलियतें जुटाई जा रही है।

कुम्भ मेले के कवरेज हेतु आने वाले पत्रकारों को समाचार प्रेषण में कोई असुविधा ना हो इसके लिए माँ नर्मदा सामाजिक कुम्भ समिति ने मेले में स्थापित मीडिया सेंन्टर को आधुनिक उपकरण से सुसज्जीत करने के साथ ही यहॉ पर सभी आवश्यक व्यवस्थाऐं सुनिश्चित की है।

पहली बार कुम्भ मेला में मीडियाकर्मियों के लिये बड़े पैमाने पर व्यवस्थाएं की जा रही हैं। मंडला के कुम्भ स्थल के निकट 24 घंटे खुला मीडिया सेंटर बनाया गया है, जहाँ मुफ्त उपलब्ध ब्रॉडबैंड इन्टरनेट कनेक्शन, फैक्स, कलर तथा ब्लैक एंड व्हाइट फोटोस्टेट मशीनें और स्कैनर्स, अति आधुनिक रिकार्डिंग, नॉन लीनियर एडिटिंग और सैटलाइट अपलिंकिंग की सुविधायुक्त स्टूडियो, वाहनों की मुफ्त पार्किंग, पत्रकारों हेतु मुफ्त रिहाइश तथा अत्यंत किफायती दामों पर नाश्ता, भोजन, चाय, काफी तथा पेय पदार्थ की व्यवस्था की गई है।

Thursday, 27 January 2011

हबीबगंज और जबलपुर के बीच नई इंटरसिटी एक्सप्रेस सेवा


हबीबगंज और जबलपुर के बीच नई इंटरसिटी एक्सप्रेस सेवा
भोपाल 27 जनवरी 2011। हबीबगंज और जबलपुर के बीच शुरू हुई नई इंटरसिटी एक्सप्रेस को करेली, गाडरवारा और पिपरिया में भी स्टॉपेज दिया जाना चाहिए। साथ ही स्टॉपेज देते वक्त इस बात का ध्यान रखा जाना चाहिए कि गाड़ी के संचालन में किसी किस्म की देरी न हो। यह मांग मुख्यमंत्री शिवराज सिंह चौहान ने हबीबगंज रेलवे स्टेशन की सेकंड एंट्री पर गुरुवार को रेलवे प्रशासन से की। वे हबीबगंज-जबलपुर इंटरसिटी एक्सप्रेस के शुभारंभ अवसर पर आयोजित समारोह को संबोधित कर रहे थे।
इस अवसर पर श्री चौहान, प्रदेश कांग्रेस अध्यक्ष सुरेश पचौरी आदि ने मंच से ही बटन दबाकर ग्रीन सिग्नल देकर रवाना किया। हालांकि ट्रेन को श्री पचौरी, होशंगाबाद के सांसद राव उदय प्रताप सिंह आदि को इटारसी भेजने के लिए रोककर फिर से रवाना किया गया। श्री चौहान ने आगे कहा कि विकास के मामले में राजनीति आड़े नहीं आने देना चाहिए। इसलिए हम नई ट्रेन देने के लिए केंद्र की यूपीए सरकार और उस कार्य में सहयोग देने वाले प्रदेश के नेताओं का आभार व्यक्त करने में कोई कंजूसी नहीं करेंगे।
मुख्यमंत्री ने इस मौके पर नई गाड़ी को राजधानी से संस्कारधानी से जोड़ने वाली महत्वपूर्ण कड़ी बताते हुए कहा कि रेलवे और विकास अब पर्याय बन चुके हैं। कार्यक्रम को संबोधित करते हुए प्रदेश कांग्रेस अध्यक्ष श्री पचौरी ने कहा कि यात्रियों को सुविधा मिले इसके लिए हम प्रयासरत हैं। उन्होंने कहा कि भोपाल और हबीबगंज स्टेशन के विकास सहित अन्य योजनाओं को जल्द से जल्द मूर्तरूप दिलाने के प्रयास किए जाएंगे।
नगरीय प्रशासन मंत्री बाबूलाल गौर ने हबीबगंज और भोपाल स्टेशन को जल्द विश्वस्तरीय बनाने की मांग की। वहीं, गृह मंत्री उमाशंकर गुप्ता ने भोपाल से मुंबई के बीच प्रतिदिन ट्रेन चलाने की बात रेलवे प्रशासन से कही। कार्यक्रम को सांसदद्वय कैलाश जोशी व राव उदयप्रताप सिंह, डीआरएम घनश्याम सिंह ने भी संबोधिकत किया।

Date: 27-01-2011 Time: 15:33:09

सरेराह प्रापर्टी डीलर पर दागीं गोलियां


सरेराह प्रापर्टी डीलर पर दागीं गोलिभोपाल 28 जनवरी 2011। जहांगीराबाद इलाके में पुरानी जेल के सामने गुरुवार शाम एक प्रापर्टी डीलर पर बदमाशों ने सरेराह गोलियां दाग दीं। प्रापर्टी डीलर ने भागकर अपनी जान बचाई। जैसे ही लोगों की भीड़ जमनी शुरू हुई, बदमाश अपनी कार छोड़कर फरार हो गए। पुलिस ने घटनास्थल से एक पिस्टल भी बरामद की है, आशंका है कि इसी पिस्टल से गोली चलाई गई है। प्रापर्टी डीलर का कहना है कि 11 जनवरी को उसे पिंकी मुजाहिद नाम के बदमाश ने फोन करके 10 लाख रुपए मांगे थे, उन्होंने इसकी शिकायत एमपी नगर थाने में की थी।
श्यामला हिल्स निवासी सैयद अस्मत अली प्रापर्टी डीलर हैं। अस्मत का पुरानी जेल के सामने दफ्तर है। गुरुवार शाम अस्मत अपने दफ्तर से निकलकर कार में सवार हुए थे, तभी एक कार में पिंकी मुजाहिद सहित 4 अन्य बदमाश आए। बदमाशों ने अपनी कार अस्मत की कार के आगे लगा दी। इसके बाद उन्होंने अस्मत को घेर लिया। अस्मत कहते हैं कि इसी बीच सफेद बोलेरो कार में सवार अज्ञात युवक ने उन पर गोली चला दी। पहली गोली उनकी कार के गेट पर लगी। इसके बाद वह गाड़ी से उतरकर जान बचाने के लिए झाडिय़ों की ओर भागे। इस दौरान भी उन पर दो फायर हुए। गोली चलने की आवाज सुनकर जब लोग वहां पहुंचे तो बदमाश कार छोड़कर भाग गए। पुलिस ने वह कार बरामद कर ली है, जिसमें हमलवार आए थे। इसके अलावा पुलिस ने एक पिस्टल भी बरामद की है, लेकिन यह नहीं बताया है कि पिस्टल कहां से मिला है।यां

Thursday, 20 January 2011

KARACHI - Kidnapping for ransom of minor children in the northern parts of Sindh notorious for crimes, particularly Kandhkot in Kashmore district, is


(Photo : Thari Hindu female in Sindh, Pakistan)
KARACHI - Kidnapping for ransom of minor children in the northern parts of Sindh notorious for crimes, particularly Kandhkot in Kashmore district, is becoming a lucrative business.

This was revealed in a detailed research study conducted by Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child (SPARC) National Manager Salam Dharejo.

He informed that the majority of children kidnapped in the area were Hindus – the biggest religious minority of Pakistan. The three-year (2008-2010) study states that between January 2008 to December 2010, at least 23 minor children – some even aged three – were kidnapped for ransom and out of them 9 were Hindus including four girls. The majority of children kidnapped were aged between three to 12 years. These cases could be much more than actually reported, as the kidnappers threaten the parents of killing the child, if they approach the police.

During the last year, around 12 cases of child kidnapping were registered with six of them belonging to Hindu families.
“Due to consistent kidnapping incidents, the families are under perpetual fear and insecurity while many Hindu families have migrated to India. The parents are compelled to stop sending minors to school and even do not allow them to go out of the home in Kashmore and Kandhkot towns,” Dharejo said.

When asked why he selected the particular areas for his research, he said that keeping in view the particular focus on kidnapping of Hindu children, the analysis was carried out in the district to understand the nature and prevalence of kidnappings, and to analyse the role of police with reference to child protection.

Most of the kidnapped children were recovered within a week to two months. In most cases the parents had to pay huge sums of money as ransom with the police playing the role of middle-men in negotiations with criminals.

The district police record shows that in every case, the police arrested one to 10 persons. All kidnappings cases were proceeded at anti-terrorism courts but not a single offender has been convicted since 2008 due to lack of evidence.

For the last many years, child kidnapping for ransom cases in Kandhkot at Kashmore district have created an environment of insecurity. Around 90 percent of the total Hindus population of 2.7 million lives in Sindh. The northern parts of Sindh comprise large Hindu population involved in business, which appeals to the criminals for targeting them. Although kidnapping adult Hindu females for forced conversation is not new, kidnapping of minor children has become an emerging industry in the province.

“The Hindu community is particularly targeted because of their vulnerable socio-political status. Having no political patronage and relationship with the criminal mafia and business backgrounds, they are comparatively easy to exploit. Even after the recovery of abducted children, they do not go for litigation in fear of hostility and in almost all cases, the culprits were set free due to absence of witnesses,” explained Dharejo.

Monday, 10 January 2011

India should resume composite dialogue with Pakistan: Gilani


India should resume composite dialogue with Pakistan: Gilani
‘Need To Resolve All Issues Peacefully’

Islamabad, Jan 9: Pakistan is hopeful that India will respond positively to its “sincere” efforts for resumption of meaningful dialogue during the upcoming meeting of the Foreign Secretaries of the two countries, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said Sunday.
Gilani made the remarks during a meeting with visiting German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle. The two leaders discussed a wide range of issues, including the regional situation and India-Pakistan relations.
Gilani told the German Foreign Minister that Pakistan believed its relations with India “should not be made hostage to one terror incident and India should resume the composite dialogue with Pakistan to resolve all outstanding issues, including the Kashmir dispute, with Pakistan peacefully and expeditiously”.
Referring to the forthcoming meeting between the Foreign Secretaries on the sidelines of a SAARC meet in Bhutan next month and a proposed visit by Pakistan’s Foreign Minister to India, Gilani said he hoped that India would respond positively and constructively during these parleys to “his government’s sincere efforts for resumption of meaningful dialogue.”
The two Foreign Secretaries will meet for the first time since September last year to explore ways to take forward the bilateral peace process that has been stalled since the 2008 Mumbai attacks, which India blamed on the Pakistan-based Lashker-e-Taiba.
Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit said yesterday that Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi would “definitely” visit India if the Foreign Secretaries succeed in evolving a “comprehensive agenda for the resumption of the composite dialogue”.
Qureshi, who was invited to New Delhi by his Indian counterpart S M Krishna in July last year, too has said he will go ahead with the visit only if it results in “substantial, meaningful and result-oriented talks”.
The visit was originally scheduled for November last year but was put off several times due to the ongoing chill in bilateral ties.
India suspended the composite dialogue in the wake of the Mumbai terror attacks in November 2008.
Since then, India has linked the resumption of the peace process to Pakistan taking action against the perpetrators of the Mumbai attacks and “dismantling terrorist infrastructure based on its soil.”
Pakistan has been insisting on a roadmap for future engagements on issues like the Kashmir dispute, the military stand-off on the Siachen glacier and differences on the sharing of river waters. India has indicated it favours a phased approach, with terrorism being among the top priorities.

Heart ailments on rise i


Heart ailments on rise i
Srinagar, Jan 9: The political unrest in Jammu and Kashmir, particularly in the past two decades, is taking a heavy toll on the health of people, with heart ailments increasing at a fast pace, experts said Sunday.
They said the heart ailments have also hit many officers and constables of the Jammu and Kashmir Police who have been at the forefront of maintaining law and order in the Valley.
“The political uncertainty and the law and order situation in the Valley have led to marked increase in the heart ailments including attacks among the people. About 10 percent of Kashmir’s population, below and above 30 years, is suffering with various heart ailments. How many times you must have seen your friends or relatives dying due to heart attack at the age of 25-30 in the Valley as compared to 60 in the West? This is an alarming trend,” said prominent cardiologist Prof (Dr) Upendra Kaul during the launching of life saving procedure Angioplasty in Khyber Medical Institute here.
The initiative has been taken in collaboration with New Delhi based prestigious Fortis Escorts Heart Institute of which Dr Kaul is the Executive Director and Dean Cardiology.
Elaborating, Dr Kaul said high level of stress has emerged as one of the high risk factors for heart ailments in Kashmir. “People of the Valley have been reeling under immense stress. The law and order situation has been compelling them to reach home before evening; parents are worried about safety of their wards and wait for their safe return from work places. The children are scared. Sometimes people can’t even do exercise not to talk of venturing out for a walk due to strikes, curfews or stone pelting. This has contributed to rise in stress, diabetes and blood pressure levels which subsequently trigger heart ailments and attacks, which in most of the cases are life-consuming,” Kaul said.
Dr Kaul said the cops of J&K police are also not immune to heart diseases. “Many police officers and constables have developed heart ailments in the past few years due to high levels of stress as compared to past 30 years,” he said.
He said over 30 to 40 thousand people in the Valley need Angioplasty annually. “The hospitals here including the SKIMS and those associated with GMC don’t have the manpower and infrastructure to cater to such a large number of Angioplasty procedures. The facilities there are grossly inadequate. Besides in Government set-up, the endeavors often get entangled due to bureaucracy and politics. On one hand we need to help these institutions and on the other train the medicos here to conduct the life-saving procedures for catering to the heart patients,” he said.
Dr Kaul maintained that time factor is important in saving the patients with heart ailments. “You may have money but if you don’t get the treatment in time, there is no fun in having it. People with heart attacks need immediate treatment in two hours before the artery which is to be opened by Angioplasty dies. There is dire need to establish cathlabs and heart centers in every district. Time is ripe for a common exchange between the government and private hospitals to save the lives of patients. Health competition is good but not at the cost of patients,” he said.
For effective and timely treatment of patients, Dr Kaul said Angioplasty has been launched at the Khyber Medical Institute. “Today is a heartening day for me that I have finally succeeded to start the Angioplasty program for the first time in the State in a private hospital. We have done seven procedures out of which five were of Angioplasty. The patients at Khyber Medical Institute are recovering fast. But I had to do lot of groundwork for the procedure. My dedicated team of cardiologists did initial assessment of the infrastructure and identified the patients for the procedure,” he said.
However, Dr Kaul maintained that he does not intend to take the patients outside the Valley for treatment. “Some senior cardiologists in Kahsmir have been running a rumour mill that I have come to Kashmir for luring patients to hospitals in other states. But I want to clarify that as son of this soil, my objective is to provide treatment at affordable rates to the people of my homeland at their doorsteps,” he said.
He said the endeavor was not possible without the support of Khurshid Tramboo and Dr M Hussain Wani of Khyber Medical Institute.
He minced no words in praising the doctors and paramedical staff of the Valley. “They are dedicated, inferior to none and many of them have made it to the prestigious medical institutes of India. Many of them have been trained in conducting life saving procedures and we will be happy to utilize their services. I will be helping the SKIMS, GMC and other private hospitals to conduct life saving heart procedures,” he said.
On the occasion, M Hussain Wani Administrator of Khyber Medical Institute said it is the endeavor of the hospital’s promoters to provide better healthcare to the people of the Valley. “Angioplasty is a costly affair even if it is done in SKIMS as the patients have to purchase the consumables from market and the whole procedure costs over Rs 1.50 lakhs. In our hospital the patients have the option to do Angioplasty at nearly Rs one lakh inclusive of consumables, operation and room charges,” he said.
Dr Wani made a comprehensive presentation about the Khyber Medical Institute. “A dream started to take shape in 2002 when our promoters late Dr Ghulam Rasool Tramboo and Muhammad Maqbool Tramboo envisaged to venture into the healthcare and started this institute to carry forward the mission of delivering quality healthcare to the people. With the passage of time, the institute has become a super specialty hospital with unique facilities in cardiology and Gastroenterology. We are committed to contribute and work towards effective delivery of health care to the patients’ satisfaction,” Dr Wani added.

Monday, 3 January 2011

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It was PICNIC time on the sets of DIL SE DIYA…VACHAN


Gaurav Khanna (Prem)and Neena Gupta (Dr. Kalyani) along with Vandana Joshi (Nandini ) from Zee TV’s Dil Se Diya …Vachan were missing their Dilli ki sardi and decided to make the most of the sudden dip in temperature in amchi Mumbai. Filmcity, where the show’s sets are located, is a vast expanse of small hilltops covered in a thick canopy of trees and the weather in the mornings is very chilly with a hint of floating mist which adds on to the romantic appeal of the place. In such weather, the demand for savouries and snacks also is the most discussed topic on the sets.

To make the most of this wonderful weather, one day Neena Ji decided to get a toaster from her home and Gaurav Khanna arranged for a barbecue stand. Soon the aromas of crisp toast laden with butter & jam, paneer and chicken tikka wafted in the air while masala chai brewed in the pot nearby. People on the sets had a blast with the sun on their back, hot snacks on their plate and the refreshing chill into beat the usual humid Mumbai air.

Gaurav Khanna says, “ The weather in Mumbai this year is simply mindblowing. I always used to miss the biting cold, wearing colorful cardigans and mufflers, eating hot piping savouries and most importantly the weekend outdoor picnics after moving to Mumbai. It was Neena ji’s idea to do this picnic….and trust me it brought back so many wonderful memories …!” A team that bonds together is a rarity nowadays truly in this cut-throat industry! Way to go Team Dil Se Diya…Vachan!

PM, Karunanidhi deny rift in Congress-DMK ties

DMK chief and Tamil Nadu chief minister M Karunanidhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday asserted that ties between the two alliance partners were as strong as ever. They scoffed at speculations that the 2G spectrum scam probe and raids had brought in strains into the related stories
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alliance.

The Prime Minister said that the alliance remained strong as ever.

He also told the media that the Karunanidhi had apprised him of the damage caused by the heavy rain that flooded several regions of the state and sought higher compensation for the farmers and villagers who suffered losses.

Karunanidhi called on the Prime Minister in the morning at the Raj Bhawan.

The chief minister also asserted that the relations were strong.

"They are as strong as between you (media) and me", Karunanidhi said perhaps in a jest as he had been maintaining that there was no problem between the alliance partners but it was a section of the media that was working itself up to see a snap in the ties.

It was Karunanidhi's first meeting with the Prime Minister after the probe into 2G spectrum scam by the CBI gathered pace and led to raids on former union telecom minister A Raja and people close to him in the DMK.

Tamil Maiyyam, a NGO in which Karunanidhi's daughter and Rajya Sabha MP M Kanomozhi is a director, was also raided.

The DMK launched campaign in support of Raja across the state.

The chief minister's unhappiness was evident in what is being seen as a snub after he did not receive Singh at the airport or call on him after his arrival on Sunday evening.

Karunanidhi, instead, chose to attend a book release function and cited this as a reason for not visiting the Prime Minister.

The chief minister maintained that he had prior engagement and denied his decision had anything to do with the postponement of the Adyar Poonga inaugural.

It could not be inaugurated as the project failed to get the mandatory environmental clearance from the union government on time.

DMK leaders, including Karunanidhi and Raja, have maintained that the raids or investigations were routine in nature and that Raja would emerge clean as he is innocent and had done no wrong

500 militants active in J&K: Police chief

Pointing out that terror infrastructure is intact across the border to aid and abet terrorism in Jammu & Kashmir, police chief Kuldeep Khoda today maintained that 450-500 militants are active in the state where militancy has been lowest in past two decades but infiltration bids had increased.

The terror infrastructure across the border - launching pads and terrorists training camps - are intact and active to aid, abet and infiltrate militants into the state, Khoda told reporters.

"The camps and launching pads have not been closed down. The infiltration bids from across the border have increased while infiltration of militants is down because of the alertness and vigilance of army personnel who have killed more militants during the bids last year," he said.

However, there are 450-500 militants actively operating in the state and 45-50% of them are foreign militants, he said.

Referring to militancy in the state, he said the situation is under control and incidents are lowest in over two decades.

There are 488 militancy-related incidents in 2010 against 499 in 2009, 20 militants have surrendered in 2010 compared to 15 in 2009, he said adding lowest 47 civilians were killed in terrorists incidents in 2010 compared to 71 in 2009. Not only this, 69 security forces and police personnel were killed last year as against 79 in 2009.

Kashmir being the main victim of hostility: Mufti


Jammu, Jan 3: People's Democratic Party founder Mufti Muhammad Sayeed demanded both the nations to initiate steps to resolve the ongoing Kashmir problem. Mufti on Sunday, Jan 2, said that Kashmir issue could not be put in cold storage anymore without risking the region's future.


Buzz up!Mufti said, “the latest opinion polls conducted by The Times of India and Jang showed that an overwhelming majority of people wanted the issue to be resolved.”


Mufti called both the nation to restarted the talks between the Foreign Ministers. He (Mufti) said the govt of India should facilitate the visit of Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi to New Delhi, for talks with his counterpart SM Krishna.

“Jammu and Kashmir being the main victim of hostility, has the highest stake in the sub continental peace process initiated in 2003,” Mufti said.

“The interest and stakes of one-and-a-half billion people could not be held hostage to the routine political development within the democratic structure of the two countries,” he added.

Punjab police arrests 57 Sikhs in Bhikhi, curfew continued for second day

Punjab police arrests 57 Sikhs in Bhikhi, curfew continued for second day

Monday, 03 January 2011
BHIKHI(Mansa): Punjab police on Monday didnt allow Sikh organisations here to take out religious procession in connection with birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh while the curfew continued in town for the second day with one hour relaxation from 4.30 to 5.30 PM.



The police also didnt allow SAD(Amritsar) president Simranjit Singh Mann to enter in Mansa district who had gone there to meet the Sikh victims of police lathicharge on Monday. Mann sat on dharna near village Cheema on Mansa-Chandigarh road. He alleged that Punjab government was encouraging deras to weaken Sikh religion.


The curfew was imposed on Sunday under pressure from Dera Sacha Sauda which opposed holding of a congregation by Sikh preacher Sant Baljit Singh Daduwal in local Gurdwara to commemorate the birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh.


According to police, Baljit Singh Daduwal alongwith 14 other persons was arrested under section 107/51 of IPC and sent to judicial custody in Ferozepur jail for 14 days. The police has registered cases of attempt to murder, rioting, unlawful assembly and hurting religious sentiments and under arms act against 61 Sikhs and 57 of them have been arrested. The duty magistrate sent 48 persons
to Bathinda jail.


The violence started when supporters of Sant Daduwal came on streets demanding release of Sant who was arrested on Sunday while going to attend a congregation in local Gurdwara being held in connection with birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh. The Sikh protestors allegedly pelted stones on police which retorted to lathi charge and firing. The police beat up people after dragging from their homes. The protestors set on fire police vehicles.


The police had banned the congregation of Sant Daduwal when ollowers of the Dera Sacha Sauda had expressed apprehension before the police suspecting that he would speak against dera chief Gurmit Ram Rahim.

Ajmer blast: ATS proposes Rs 5 lakh reward to nab suspects

JAIPUR: The Rajasthan anti-terrorism squad has submitted a proposal to the state home department to declare a cash reward of Rs 5 lakh each for information of three suspects of Ajmer Dargah bomb blast case.

"We recently submitted the proposal to the state home department and are awaiting response. We have proposed to declare cash rewards of 5 lakh each for the arrest of Jayanti Bhai, Ramesh Gohil and Mafat Bhai of Gujarat," additional SP (ATS) Satyendra Singh said on Monday.

The ATS has already arrested blast accused Devendra Gupta, Chandrashekhar, Lokesh, Harshad Bhai Solanki and Mukesh Vasani, he said.

Three persons were killed and over 30 injured in the 2007 Ajmer bomb blast.

am not safe in this country: Binayak Sen's wife

New Delhi, January 03, 2011

Jailed rights activist Binayak Sen's wife on Monday said it appeared that the only recourse left to her is to seek political asylum in some "liberal" democratic country as she felt that her family is not safe in her own country. Addressing a press meet in New Delhi, academician Ilina Sen related stories
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alleged that the judgement convicting her husband on charges of sedition appeared to be to stem dissent in the bud.

"After the verdict, they are targeting me. I am concerned about my two daughters aged 25 years and 20 years. I am really worried about them."

"If the state government does not allow Sen to be freed, I will only get his dead body as life imprisonment means that he will be in jail till his end of life. I need to stay out. I would like to live my life fully...We have gone through colossal agony," Ilina said.

Sen, Naxal ideologue Narayan Sanyal and Kolkata businessman Piyush Guha were sentenced to life imprisonment in December by a court in Raipur for sedition and colluding with Maoists to establish a network to fight the State.

Sen, 58, a paediatrician by training and vice-president of People's Union of Civil Liberties, had been accused of acting as courier for Sanyal, who was in jail, by carrying his messages and letters to the underground Maoists.

"Entirely the whole thing is manufactured somewhere else. I may be guilty of contempt of court. Please take me in. Only recourse that seems to be available is to walk into some embassy of liberal democracy and ask for political asylum. I am not safe in this country," an emotional Ilina said.

Noting that the judgement has come as a "complete shock", she claimed "during trial many people asked us to approach court seeking transfer of trial from the state. We believed that a fair trial was possible. The faith has been shattered."

Countering allegations raised by prosecution that she was an ISI agent, she said, "I have friends with Muslim names (like) Ali Asghar, Saifullah Choudhury. I and Binayak have friends who have Muslim names and I am proud of that. But somehow it seems that it is illegal to have friends with Muslim names in this country."

Ilina said the court did not take into account several points raised by the defence, including the testimony of jailors who said that the meetings Sen had with Sanyal were supervised. She also claimed that the prosecution could not establish that Sen and Guha had met.

Hindu and terrorism are contradictory words: RSS chief

PUNE: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat has strongly criticised the tendencies among the Congress-led dispensation at the centre for targeting the Sangh by associating it with terrorism to divert public attention from corruption and scams.

"Those ruling the country find it convenient to make a scapegoat out of the RSS when they are themselves unable to deal with a situation of their own making," Bhagwat said at the concluding ceremony of the fifth Vishwa Sangh Shivir 2010 a grand conclave that is organised after every five years by the Sangh's international arm, the Hind Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) at Balewadi here on Sunday.

The HSS has a network of 750 shakhas' (branches) in 35 countries including the US, UK, France and the Scandinavian countries. Over 517 HSS activists from these countries participated in the five-day international conclave, which focused on Hinduism, the Sangh and its social work, the youth and promotion of cultural studies, among other issues.

Bhagwat also called upon Hindus in India to organise themselves in a way that they are viewed as model citizens by Hindus settled abroad. "Unless the Hindus in India are respected, how can we expect the Hindus across the world to be respected?" he asked.

According to Bhagwat, "A Hindu can never harm any person from another religion. Even the most illiterate of Hindus knows this, because it is ingrained in his/her culture. Unfortunately, we have to keep reminding this, off late, because of the selfish strategies of leaders from our own country to paint the Hindus in a bad picture in an attempt to stick to power."

He said, "Hindu and terrorism are two contradictory words. Even people in Pakistan haven't dared so far to make any reference about Hindu Terrorism', but leaders in our own country are coining new terms every other moment, talking about saffron terrorism' and more recently majority terrorism'. Why bring a bad name to our own people?"

Bhagwat said, "Equating a couple of incidents here and there with the sort of activities normally associated with terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba and involving the Sangh's name has become a convenient ruse. Whereas, the fact remains that the ruling alliance fears the growing mass base of the values promoted by the Sangh. Every time, they see a threat to their power, the RSS bogey is raised."

"Martyrs are being humiliated in our own country and our own leaders are bent on reducing India's stature internationally," said Bhagwat. "It is often the case that the evil person always desires to test the tolerance of the good human being, unmindful of the fact that there will be consequences at some point of time," he said.

Earlier, industrialist Abhay Firodia, who presided over the ceremony, spoke about the need for people to build apt pressure against corruption and scams and seek greater transparency in public life.

Shankarrao Tatwavadi, who heads the HSS international activities, provided an overview about the HSS work. Senior Sangh leaders including Madan Das Devi, former RSS chief K S Sudarshan, Rashtriya Sevika Samiti head Pramiltai Medhe, Bajranglal Gupta, RSS Pune city chief Mohan Ghaisas were among those present.

We, not India, killed 'our own people': Hurriyat leader

SRINAGAR: A senior Hurriyat leader has created a flutter by saying that two separatist leaders and his brother were killed by "our own people" and not security agencies, prompting J&K government to term it as a "late admission" and a call for a probe to fix responsibility.

"No police was involved (in the killings).... It was our own people who killed them," former Hurriyat Conference chairman Abdul Gani Bhat said.

He said time had come to speak the truth about the killers of Mirwaiz Muhammad Farooq and Abdul Gani Lone, who were shot dead in 2002, and his own brother Mohammad Sultan Bhat, who was murdered in 1995.

Asked to identify the killers, Bhat said, "What is the need to identify them.... they are already identified."

Farooq, father of the present chairman of moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, was shot dead at his residence on May 21, 1990 while Lone, father of Hurriyat executive member Bilal Lone, was gunned down during a commemorative rally for the senior Mirwaiz on the same day in 2002.

The separatist leaders had earlier blamed the security forces for the killings.

Bhat said that his brother Mohammad Sultan Bhat also fell to the bullets of those espousing the separatist cause.

"I had said this then and I am saying it now. There is no ambiguity or confusion in my mind," he said.

Other moderate Hurriyat leaders chose to maintain a studied silence on Bhat's remarks.

The state government has held that then Hizbul Mujahideen commander Mohammad Abdullah Bangroo had killed Mirwaiz Mohammad Farooq while a commander of Al-Umar Mujahideen had shot dead senior Lone.

Hizbul Mujahideen is considered to be ideologically inclined towards hardline Hurriyat faction leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani while Al Umar is believed to be the militant-wing of Awami Action Committee headed by the Mirwaiz.

Geelani refused to comment on the statements made by the former Chairman of the undivided Hurriyat Conference.

"I have nothing to say about their remarks," Geelani said.

CPM state secretary M Y Tarigami said Bhat's statement was "revealing" and the incidents need credible investigation.

"A credible investigation should be carried out so that responsibility for the killings is fixed," Tarigami said.

Sajjad Gani Lone, the youngest son of the slain leader, had blamed Geelani for the killing but retracted his statement few years later.

Jammu and Kashmir's DGP Kuldeep Khoda said that "the person involved in the killing of Mirwaiz Farooq is also buried in the same 'martyrs' graveyard' where the senior Mirwaiz was laid to rest".

Man accused of murdering TDP leader Paritala Ravi killed in Hyderabad


Hyderabad: Maddelacheruvu Suri, who was the prime accused in the killing of TDP leader Paritala Ravi, died in the attack by unidentified persons in Jubilee Hills area of Hyderabad.

He was declared dead at the hospital.

Suri was later acquitted of the conspiracy to kill Paritala Ravi. It is on the story of Suri and Ravi that Ramgopal varma had made Rakta Charitra.

BJP demands fresh probe into Bofors kickbacks

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday demanded a special investigation team to probe the payment of kickbacks to Italian businessman Ottavio Quattrocchi and Dubai-based businessman Win Chadha in the Bofors gun deal. The party raised the demand after the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal nailed related stories
Quattrocchi got kickbacks: tribunal restarts Bofors row
Quattrocchi and Chadha in the Bofors scandal.

The tribunal said kickbacks were paid to Quattrocchi and Chadha, who died a decade ago, in the nearly Rs.1,500 crore Bofors deal concluded by the then Congress-led government.

"It was a fraud. After this (tribunal) order, you need to reopen the criminal matter and the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) surely can't be trusted with it. There is no better case to have a SIT (special investigation team) to reinvestigate this matter, which was closed because of fraud," BJP leader Arun Jaitley said.

"How can this country have a situation where the criminal investigative agency says there are no kickbacks. And the highest revenue agency says taxes are payable on these kickbacks," he said.

"They didn't file appeals against unlawful orders, they got the accounts defrozen. This was not merely a case of bribery. It is now established by this judicial order. Bribery was accompanied by a huge cover up operation which has almost lasted two and half decades," he said.

"Nobody has still answered the question which this order raises - in 1986 why was Quattrocchi paid this money," he said.

Jaitley also attacked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, saying his offer to appear before parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in connection with the 2G spectrum scandal was not enough.

"This so-called innocent offer to appear before the PAC is not the answer to corruption. If his offer has not convinced his number two in the government, it surely can't convince the opposition or the nation," he said, referring to Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee's remarks that the prime minister should not have offered to appear before the PAC.

"Ironically, for Sonia Gandhi, this is a timely reminder that this country does not need five points to fight corruption.

"You only need one point to fight corruption - start sending those guilty of corruption to jail and don't cover up," he added.

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Justice Balakrishnan should quit chair of NHRC: SDPI

Bhopal, December 31 (Pervez Bari): Social Democratic Party of India, (SDPI), national president E. Abubacker has stated that Justice K. G. Balakrishnan does not have the moral right to continue in the chair of National Human Right Commission, (NHRC). He must resign and face investigations in the event of allegations raised against his relatives, that they have illegally amassed properties when he was the Chief Justice of India.
In a Press release Mr. Abubacker pointed out that it is not only Justice Balakrishnan's son-in-law Shreenijan who is facing allegation, but his wife, brother and daughter also are under the shadow of doubt. It is not the political influence of Shreenijan that helped him to gain assets. It has now become evident that Justice Balakrishnan, while he was the Chief Justice of India, had deliberately ignored the complaint against A. Raja, former minister and the prime accused of the biggest corruption scam in the history of the country, he added.
The release said that it is worth mentioning that Justice Balakrishnan had earlier played down a similar allegation against Justice P.D. Dinakaran and did all that was possible to have him elevated in the Supreme Court.
It was Justice Balakrishnan who instructed the Supreme Court registrar to litigate in the Delhi High Court against the order of the Chief Information Commissioner that the information whether judges have filed their statement of assets is to be disclosed under right to information act.
Justice Balakrishnan already made it clear that he is not competent to hold the post of NHRC Chairman, by sharing dais with Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, day after the latter appeared before the special investigation team, formed under the direction of the Supreme Court to probe in to 2002 Gujarat genocide. The relatives of the victims had vehemently responded against the act. Again, he created anguish among the victimized group of people and in human rights circles, when he spoke in favour of fake encounter killings by police, occupying the chair of National Human Right Commission, the release stated. Justice Balakrishnan has also been the one who took initiatives for the Indian Judiciary to interact with the Israel counterpart, and signed a contract to strengthen the bilateral relationship.
Mr. Abubacker urged the Government to take steps to expel him if he is not ready to quit the post by himself. (pervezbari@eth.net)

M. P. Govt. to recruit 12,000 Sanskrit teachers


M. P. Govt. to recruit 12,000 Sanskrit teachers

Bhopal, December 31 (Pervez Bari): The Bharatiya Janata Party ruled Madhya Pradesh Government would soon recruit 12,000 Sanskrit teachers on contract basis keeping in view the shortage of Sanskrit teachers in the state.
This was declared by Madhya Pradesh Education Minister Ms Archana Chitnis while speaking at the ‘Patanjali Mahotsava’ organised by Mahrishi Patanjali Sanskrit Sansthan here on Wednesday. Acharya Mithala Prasad Tripathi, chairman of the Sansthan presided over the function. Prof. Ramchandra Tiwari and noted educationist Manmohan Upadhyaya were present as special guests on the occasion. Ms Chitnis informed that out this 2,000 teachers would be appointed in contract teacher grade-one and remaining 10,000 teachers in grade-two. She further informed that shortage of Sanskrit teachers was being felt for the past 20 years. Keeping this fact in view, the State Government has decided to appoint Sanskrit teachers through professional examination board (Vyapam) in May next.
She assured the Sanskrit schools and other institutions and Acharyas that the State Government would spare no efforts for development and expansion of Sanskrit language in the State. She revealed that the State Government was sending 50 Sanskrit teachers to Bangalore to enable them to participate in the International Sanskrit fair to be organized in Bangalore in January-2011. Speaking on the occasion, the principal secretary school education Rajnish Vaish gave an account of activities and outlined for promotion of Sanskrit. (pervezbari@eth.net)

SDPI Calls Sen s Conviction Outrageous; Sedition Laws Suited British

Bhopal, January 01 (Pervez Bari): The Social Democratic Party of India, (SDPI), has vehemently condemned the conviction of rights activist Binayak Sen, who has been sentenced by a Raipur court to life imprisonment for sedition recently.
SDPI national General Secretary A. Sayeed in a statement said that the judgment is outrageous as it is based on weak evidence and it has made a travesty of justice. It appears that the fundamental right of freedom of expression has been held equal as terrorism. Carrying letters and handing it over to somebody else is not a strong ground to convict someone, he argued.
The statement said Sen is absolutely innocent and worked for the betterment of poor people in Chhattishgarh for which he was given the globally recognized Jonathan Mann award. A situation has been created where definition of anti-national and doing something for the greater common good are completely conflicted and corrupted. Those who resort to armed struggle have of course to be dealt with, but giving a life sentence to someone for carrying letters is morally unacceptable, the statement added.
Sedition laws suited the British government's attempts to weaken and demoralize the Indian struggle for freedom. Such laws should have no place in a free and democratic country. A democratically elected government should feel more secure and less threatened by dissent or by populist struggles, the statement pointed out.
Sayeed said it is heartening to note that prominent lawyer Ram Jethmalani has offered to defend Sen in higher judiciary if he (Sen) seeks his professional assistance. His reported stand that he did not find it contradictory to fight the case and be a BJP MP should be welcomed. Jethmalani also reportedly said: "I do not believe in party line. No party line says that lawyers should not appear for some people".
Sayeed hoped that the wrong done to Sen would be undone when the higher judiciary takes up the case on appeal. The higher courts would see reasons and declare the lower court decision as null and void and set Sen free from confinement at the