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Law-abiding Govt. is best; media obsessed with scams: Sibal

Posted by Indian Muslim Observer | 13 November 2011 | Posted in , ,

Justice Harkauli presents degrees to students at NLIU convocation

By Pervez Bari

Bhopal: Addressing the fourth convocation of National Law Institute University (NLIU) Union Minister for Human Resources Development, Communications & IT Mr. Kapil Sibal has said that law-abiding government is the best government. Only a law-abiding government can make all the facilities available to citizens in time.

In his convocation address Mr. Kapil Sibal lashed out at the media stating that it is obsessed with scams. “The people are just fed up of seeing the news of scams and corruption, a malaise that is projected to pervade our society. They seem to believe in trial by media and live by the dictum of ‘guilty till proven innocent”, he said.

At the convocation, degrees were presented to students by acting Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court and NLIU's vice-chancellor Justice Sushil Harkauli. In all 66 students of B.A. LL.B. and 10 students of the LL.M. program who graduated in April 2011 received degrees at the convocation.

Kapil Sibal said that students have fulfilled one of their dreams by getting degree of law today. But the next dream of bright future has begun. Hard work is required to fulfill every dream of life like this. He expressed happiness over girls achieving remarkable success side by side with boys. Mr. Sibal hoped that all the students of law with help people get justice. He said that he has always remained optimistic. There is also scope for improvement.

The Human Resources Minister informed that every possible effort is being undertaken to universalise primary education including Right to Education. Meditation classes will be organised in higher education institutions. He said that jurisdictions and rights of judiciary, legislature and executive are clearly enshrined in the Constitution. What is needed is that all the institutions work in tandem for people's welfare.

Mr. Sibal stressed on the fact that there is a kind of anomaly with the status quo, since on one hand India is being heralded as a global power and on the other hand there is a sense of disquiet with respect to governance in the nation. A need for transparency has been acknowledged fiercely by the masses. In such a situation, he discussed the importance of concepts like Rule of Law and Doctrine of Separation of Power. The former is endorsed only if the citizens respect the government and the latter stresses how each institution of the state should be in harmonious existence with each other.

He recognized the fact that politicians are being seen in dark light as “power hungry” and “self seeking” individuals with the disclosure of scams and corruption cases in the nation. He stressed how the right to allege and right to insinuate have almost become a part of Article 21 Right to Life and Liberty, emphasizing how the media should exercise its freedom of speech and expression in a responsible manner. He also pointed out that law students have a huge responsibility to fulfill in the future.

Mr. Sibal highlighted how globalisation has brought the legal profession into the eye of fierce competition and to see lawyers as rational and social engineers, is extremely important. He concluded his address by stating – “Have no fear; you are now ready to show your mettle”.

Former Chief Justice of India Justice J.S. Verma was bestowed with degree of Doctor of Law by Justice Harkauli on the occasion.

Justice Harkauli also gave away degrees to LLM and LLB pass-outs. Those who received LLM degrees included Miss Priyamvada Shukla, Miss Prerna Tiwari, Miss Manisha Jaiswal, Miss Samya Rai Chowdhry, Harshit Saxena, Vishnu S., Miss Atin Kumar Das, Miss Nandini Tirubhawan Nath Dubey, Jelis Suman and Kavya Saleem while 66 students including Miss Smriti Pradhan, Miss Manju Bharti, Miss Swapnil Gupta, Shubham Khare, Shubhendu Joshi were given away LLB degrees.

Justice Harkauli and Mr. Sibal conferred Justice Shateendra Dwivedi Gold Medal and Nani A. Palkhikwala Memorial Gold Medal on Miss Priyamvada Shukla, Mrs. Pratibha Dubey Memorial Gold Medal to Miss Deeksha Manchanda and silver medal for the year 2007 and 2008 also to Miss Deeksha Manchanda, silver medal for the year 2009-10 and gold medal for the year 2011 to Vikas Kumar Jha in the form of Pt. Ramlalji Sharma Medal. Guests also released Indian Law Review Journal on the occasion.

Director of NLIU Prof. S. S. Singh threw light on the university's educational activities and also presented mementoes to the guests. The Director also praised Mr. Kapil Sibal, affirming that due to overruling of the UGC Committee, all Law Universities and Colleges have been brought on an equal footing.

Madhya Pradesh Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Dr. Narottam Mishra, the state’s Higher Education Minister Laxmikant Sharma and Chief Secretary Avani Vaish were also present at the convocation.

[Pervez Bari is a Journalist based at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. He is associated with IndianMuslimObserver.com as Bureau Chief (Madhya Pradesh). He can be contacted at pervezbari@eth.net]

Huge entries for Gulf Dirt Track National Championship at Nashik on Nov 13

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By Pervez Bari

Bhopal: A record of 239 entries received for the second round of the Gulf Dirt Track National Championship, a round of FMSCI Championship for two-wheelers which is set this Sunday (November 13) at Nashik.

According to a press release the November 12-13 event, sponsored by Gulf Oil Corporation Limited and organized by Sportscraft-Mumbai in association with Nashik Automotive Sports Association (NASA), promises top class action, at the Shivaji stadium, opposite District court in Nashik. The event will be flagged off on November 13 (Sunday) at 10.00 a.m.

However from the 239 entries only 221 entries could be accommodated; as per the rule the organisers could not take more than 25 entries per class. The riders are among the best in the business of dirt track racing. Top two-wheeler riders of the country who will be seen in action include: H. K. Pradeep, Pramod Joshua and R. Natraj, Arvind KP, Shamim Khan, Vineeth Kurup, Maansingh Thakur, Suraj Kute, Harshal Kadbhane, Suhail Ahmed, K. Santosh Kumar, Syed Asif Ali Bhopal and Mohammad Ali Khan and Adnaan Ahmed.

Meanwhile, the other rounds of the Gulf Dirt Track National Championship have been fixed for Round 3: December 22-23 and Round 4 December 24, at Bhopal.

For those unfamiliar with the event, dirt track racing is like an F1 race on motorcycles, where riders, after a mass start, speed around a serpentine track, often slushy at places, looking to cross the finish first. The race is an exercise in judicious maneuvering and good balance of the bike around the many sharp bends and gravel-laden slushy track.

TVS Racing riders, led by superb performances from their Bangalore riders H. K. Pradeep, Pramod Joshua and R. Natraj, proved a class above the field in the first round at Jodhpur, and are likely to continue their dominance. However, the aforesaid mentioned riders could find it tough as the entry list for the Nashik event has quite a few leading riders who gave the Jodhpur event a miss. Prominent among them is another TVS Racing rider, Arvind K. P. This Bangalore rider had done well in last season’s dirt track races and is sure to pose a stiff challenge to Pradeep, Natraj and Joshua, who leads the Indian Expert up to 260cc, Group B, with 40 points.

Pradeep leads the Foreign Motorcycle Class with 40 points, but the top positions could change with those who missed the event at Jodhpur coming into the fray.

Much is being expected of Shamim Khan, who heads the local challenge along with Vineeth Kurup, Maansingh Thakur, Suraj Kute, Harshal Kadbhane. Fans will be looking forward to solid action from the local riders, particularly Shamim, who gave a good show in the Jodhpur leg, winning the scooters class, astride a Mahindra Rodeo. He has entered in the Private Expert class for foreign motorcycles this time and cannot be written off.

Bangalore’s Suhail Ahmed and Coimbatore’s A. Anand, who both have 37 points from the first round, will have to come up with something extraordinary to keep Shamim out of points contention. K. Santosh Kumar of Coimbatore, Syed Asif Ali and Mohammad Ali Khan of Bhopal, who also did well in the Jodhpur leg, will be looking to climb up the placing.

In the Indian Novice Class 130cc – 4 stroke, Adnaan Ahmed had a good outing in Jodhpur, finishing first in one race and second in the other. A good showing in Nashik could seem in consolidate his position ahead of the last two rounds, the release added.

[Pervez Bari is a Journalist based at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. He is associated with IndianMuslimObserver.com as Bureau Chief (Madhya Pradesh). He can be contacted at pervezbari@eth.net]

Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal dares Madhya Pradesh CM to enact Jan Lokpal Bill

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By Pervez Bari

Bhopal: Union HRD Minister Mr. Kapil Sibal has challenged the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ruled Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to take steps to implement Jan Lokpal Bill in the state. He dared Mr. Chouhan to enact the said Bill by presenting it in the state Vidhan Sabha and getting it passed as BJP is showing too much enthusiasm in supporting the Bill.

Addressing Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) office-bearers at the party office here Wednesday (November 9, 2011) evening Sibal said that though the next Madhya Pradesh Vidhan election is almost two years away, but if the Bill is passed right now then the corruption cases against the ministers and officers could be investigated and truth would come out before the electorate.

Mr. Sibal was in Bhopal in connection with the convocation ceremony of the National Law Institute University (NLIU), where he was the chief guest of the function.

Citing reports of Central investigating agencies Mr. Sibal alleged that the state in the last eight years BJO Government in the state has not shown significant progress in any of the fields. He alleged that the crimes against children, atrocities meted on SCs/STs, rapes and instances of malnutrition among children are highest in the state than the rest of the country. He accused the state government of not showing concern for people’s welfare and misusing central funds meant for various welfare schemes.

Mr. Sibal said that the Centre is providing 67 per cent grant to implement the right to education but the state which is supposed to spend 33 per cent from its share is not spending it. As a result the state government is lagging in human resources development, he said.

He charged that the starvation scene in Madhya Pradesh is worse than that of Ethiopia. He urged the Congress workers to expose the failures of the BJP and ensure proper use of funds given to the state under the Central schemes.

[Pervez Bari is a Journalist based at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. He is associated with IndianMuslimObserver.com as Bureau Chief (Madhya Pradesh). He can be contacted at pervezbari@eth.net]

Digvijay Singh predicts BJP’s 3rd wicket fall in shape of Madhya Pradesh CM

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By Pervez Bari

Bhopal: Speaking in cricket parlance All India Congress Committee general secretary Digvijay Singh has predicted that the third wicket of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the shape of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh would fall when he would be asked by the BJP High Command to quit on the issue of corruption.

Digvijay Singh, who is also a former chief minister of the state, said that after the unseating of BJP chief ministers of Karnataka and Uttarkhand states on corruption charges, Madhya Pradesh also ruled by BJP would witness a change in political leadership soon.

Against the backdrop of a court giving ‘clean chit’ to Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in the “Dumper scam” following a Lokayukta (Vigilance Commisioner) report, Singh said his party had lost faith in State Lokayukta, P.P. Navlekar. Digvijay Singh was addressing a Press conference here on Wednesday at the Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) headquarters after the party’s state executive body meeting. The MPCC president Kantilal Bhuria and Congress Leader of the Opposition Ajay Singh were present amongst others on the occasion. However, Union Transport Minister Kamalnath, another Union minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, who hail from Madhya Pradesh, along with national Congress secretary Arun Yadav and former state MPCC president Suresh Pachauri were conspicuous by their absence.

Singh said when Navlekar was appointed the Lokayukta he was probing the Dumper case in which Chouhan was allegedly involved and hence the appointment made by a person against whom a probe is being conducted, is unconstitutional. He claimed that the former Congress leader of the Opposition late Mrs. Jamuna Devi gave her consent for appointment when she was hospitalised in the ICU of a hospital that is why he suspects the authenticity of signature of Mrs. Jamuna Devi.

He said Lokayukta Navlekar had subsequently acquitted the Chief Minister Chouhan in the “Dumper scam”. The Lokayukta by giving clean chit to the Chief Minister has proved that he is not impartial, he added.

He said the Lokayukta did not see from where the money for the dumpers came from. Even the land which has been shown as sold for raising the money has not been registered yet and the control over the land is still with the Chief Minister. He said Congress would continue to fight and prove corruption in the “dumper scam”. He said that it is surprising that the company that was hiring the dumper was also ready to give guarantee for the loan. He said wrong affidavit was furnished in purchasing the dumpers which was registered on the address of Rewa. This is crime under Motor Vehicle Act.

Singh further said Congress would challenge the closure report of Lokayukta in the Madhya Pradesh High Court and will ensure that the corruption is proved. He also said he had several proof and evidences against the Madhya Pradesh Government and these are being gathered together. He claimed that several documents of state government's corruption are ready and claimed that Congress is all set to claim the third wicket in BJP in the form of chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. He said that the officers in the state government were furnishing us information against the government and more officers would join us as the Vidhan Sabha elections draw near.

It may be mentioned here that a court had given a clean chit to Chief Minister Chouhan in the "Dumper scam" in which he was accused of misusing his official position to rent out dumper trucks to an industrial house as a quid pro quo for allotting a mining lease. The "Dumper scam", as the Opposition called it, had troubled Chouhan and his wife Sadhna Singh, in whose name the dumpers were purchased, with him maintaining that no irregularities were committed. The case had been registered against Chouhan and his wife in November 2007.

He demanded judicial probe into the alleged mining and land scam of Rs. 600 crores in Apex bank in which farmers’ land was mortgaged abroad.

Meanwhile, reacting to the comments of Digvijay Singh on the “Dumper scam”, the Madhya Pradesh Health and Housing Minister and State Government’s spokesman Dr. Narottam Mishra said it is not proper to raise finger at Lokayukta P.P. Navlekar after two years of his appointment.” He pointed out that late Mrs. Jamuna Devi was alive and was Congress Leader of the Opposition for 13 months after the Lokayukta Navlekar's appointment but she did not talk in this way. He said that it was not only unjustified to drag the name of Mrs. Jamuna Devi after her death but also an insult to her.

Quoting Mrs. Jamuna Devi's statement: “I am being roasted in “Diggi (Digvijay) Tandoor”, Dr. Mishra said it reflects that differences between Digvijay Singh and Mrs. Jamuna Devi was open. Therefore, it is not proper to insult her now.

Meanwhile, Digvijay said he had never called a Hindu or a Muslim ‘terrorist’ but always asserted that radical ideology always nurtures terrorist mindset. Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh, (RSS), Pracharak Indresh Kumar on Wednesday called Digvijay Singh a terrorist.

Referring to the recent victory of Congress in Harda Municipal Corporation election, Singh said the ‘countdown’ for BJP has begun in the State.

Taking a dig at Team Anna, the former Chief Minister said, “When political parties talk of widening their base they are said to be indulging in politics of vote bank, but when Anna Hazare does the same for his team not a single word is said.” Singh also appealed Hazare to clear his stand on the reported statement of MNS chief Raj Thackeray that north Indians should quit Mumbai.

[Pervez Bari is a Journalist based at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. He is associated with IndianMuslimObserver.com as Bureau Chief (Madhya Pradesh). He can be contacted at pervezbari@eth.net]

Attacks on Muslim youths to create communal trouble in Hyderabad, says Azampura Division Corporator Amjed Ullah Khan

Posted by Indian Muslim Observer | 10 November 2011 | Posted in , , , ,

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Amjed Ullah Khan (in White Shirt) visiting Abdul Azeem
Hyderabad: On November 8, 2011 around 11:30 pm two different incidents of attacks on Muslim youths occurred in Hyderabad in which three youths were seriously injured. “The attacks were carried by suspected RSS elements. The type of attack was similar and the Muslim youths were attacked with Kamma Kattis on the head and neck.The similar types of attacks are going on since Diwali on Muslims. First the attacks took place in the outskirts of Hyderabad under Cyberabad Police limits, particularly on Ibrahimpatnam Road under Vanasthalipurum Police Station limits.The matter was brought to the notice of Dinesh Reddy (Director General of Police, Andhra Pradesh), S A Huda (Addl.DGP (L&O) and Tirmal Rao Commissioner of Police Cyberabad by Majlish Bachao Tahreek (MBT). After strict vigilance by Cyberabad Police attacks were stopped but the culprits have not been identified in previous cases and caught,” said Azampura Division Corporator Amjed Ullah Khan.

Amjed Ullah Khan (in White Shirt) visiting Omer Farooq
Khan said that now the RSS elements are focusing on Hyderabad and with an intention to spread communal flare up they have attacked Muslim youths who were returning after meeting relatives on the occasion of Eid. The persons who were attacked at Kachiguda Masangatti Road included Omer Farooq s/o Abdur Rehaman age 23 years R/o Old Malakpet. Later on, Omer Farooq was admitted to Sai Krishna Hospital and is in a serious condition.

The other two youths were attacked at Bowenpally (Army Area). The youths who were attacked included Abdul Kareem S/o Late Abdul Inteqab R/o Taadbun and Abdul Azeem S/o Late Abdul Gafoor R/o Darulshifa. Both were admitted in Sai Krishna Hospital. Abdul Kareem is in a serious condition and Abdul Azeem has been discharged from the hospital.

Amjed Ullah Khan, Corporator Azampura Division, visited the spot where the two cases of attacks on Muslim youths took place. He also visited the hospital and spoke to the injured and promised them all help. Khan also demanded strong action against the attackers and their immediate arrest. He also demanded that the money for treatment in hospital should be borne by the Government of Andhra Pradesh. Khan also said that serious action shoud be taken by the state government to prevent further attacks on Muslims. Khan also questioned the Intelligence agencies for not alerting the government about the incidents happening since Diwali.

BIHAR: Classes on, weekend strike off

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By Smita Kumar

Patna: Students across the state today heaved a sigh of relief after around 150 private institutions under the banner of Association of Independent Schools of Bihar and 19 under Muslim Educational Welfare Association decided to pull out of the proposed two-day strike.

The private schools had decided to go on the strike from November 11 under the banner of the Co-ordination Committee of Public School Associations of Bihar to protest against the directive to get registered with the state government by November 12. On Sunday, 17 schools under the Christian Educational Minority Society had decided to pull out of the agitation.

The schools owing allegiance to the Muslim Educational Welfare Association, Association of Independent Schools of Bihar and the Christian Educational Minority Society have also decided to register themselves with the state government. The dual move of the 186 and odd schools would bring back sanity in the education scenario, hit by the row between the state human resource development (HRD) department and the authorities of the private schools over registration.

Welcoming the twin decisions, Mamta Singh, mother of a Class IX student, said: “The decision to pull out of the strike would ensure continuity in studies.”

Class VIII student Gaurav Kumar said: “I would have lost focus had my school remained shut on November 11 and 12 over the registration row.”

Most of the reputed schools in the city have decided to get registered with the government. Eight schools under the Christian Educational Minority Society and four owing allegiance to Association of Independent Schools of Bihar confirmed that they would fill up the self-declaration-cum-application form for the state’s recognition under protest since the petitions challenging the Right to Education Act are sub judice.

G.J. Galstaun, the secretary of the Christian Minority Educational Society, told The Telegraph: “All schools under the Christian Minority Educational Society and the Association of Independent Schools of Bihar have decided to fill up the form taking into consideration the future of the children.” Sources said the Association of Independent Schools of Bihar and the Christian Educational Minority Society walked the truce path after HRD principal secretary Anjani Kumar Singh assured their representatives on Saturday of no undue interference by the government after registration.

The members of the Co-ordination Committee of Public School Associations of Bihar are still adamant on going on strike. The classes will remain suspended at Pioneer High School and Holy Mission School under Private Schools and Children’s Welfare Association on November 11 and 12. They have decided not to apply for the registration.

Taking strong exception to the stand of such institutions, HRD deputy director R.S. Singh said the schools not seeking registration by November 12 would not be issued no-objection certificate to conduct classes.

(Courtesy: The Telegraph, Kolkata)

Madhya Pradesh CM addresses IAS officers in Mussoorie, asks them to have pragmatic approach

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By Pervez Bari

Bhopal: The Bharatiya Janata Party ruled Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that officers should have a pragmatic approach and instead of trying to paint a rosy picture should make a realistic assessment of things.

Chouhan said that the system of providing public services within time limit under Public Services Delivery Guarantee Act would be online. Dwelling at length on the innovations made in Madhya Pradesh for good governance, he said that reconstruction of Madhya Pradesh is going on apace with the cooperation of all sections of society including officers and public representatives, he added.

The Chief Minister was addressing the IAS officers under their mid-career training programme at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Administrative Academy in Mussoorie on Wednesday (November 9, 2011). A total of 85 officers of 1980-1984 batch and Academy Director  Padmaveer Singh were present on the occasion.

After the address the Chief Minister went round the academy premises. He was impressed by the well-equipped systems there and directed to make the same arrangements at the Bhopal's Academy of Administration in Madhya Pradesh.

Later, the Chief Minister answered the queries of the officers on various issues including poll reforms, experiments made in Madhya Pradesh for transparency and coordination between judiciary and government.

The Chief Minister said development of Madhya Pradesh, public welfare and providing good governance is his life mission. He called upon the officers to keep a tab on the ground realities and shun glossing over the facts. An objective assessment of situations is the demand of democracy. He also advised the officers not to defer decisions to shy away from responsibility. It is not in the interest of the country and the people. It is also not proper to shield the subordinates committing wrong. The Chief Minister said that the officers should make frequent field visits.

Referring to the efforts for development of Madhya Pradesh Mr. Chouhan said that seven priorities have been fixed for this and all out efforts are being made to implement in right earnest. These are:- infrastructure development, making agriculture a lucrative proposition, enhancing investment, improving education and health facilities, women empowerment, security and law and order and good governance and resources management.

The Chief Minister stressed the need for inclusive development saying that development has hardly any meaning if its benefits fail to reach the last man in the last row. He said that to this end direct dialogues are held with all sections of society including public representatives. Roadmap of development was prepared on the basis of conclusions of Manthan camp attended by officers and ministers. With a view to ensuring full participation of public representatives a special Vidhan Sabha session was convened and the 70 suggestions made during it are being acted upon with all sincerity, he said.

The Chief Minister said that Madhya Pradesh has carved out a distinct identity in the country for its committed efforts for women empowerment. In this context he referred to 50 per cent reservation to women in PRIs and civic bodies, Ladali Laxmi Yojana, Gaon Ki Beti, Pratibha Kiran and recently launched Beti Bachao campaign. He said that schemes have been implemented for the poorest of the poor sections including construction and farm workers, Mandi hammals, hand cart pullers, women working as domestic help and others.

He also dwelt at length on the good governance initiatives like Samadhan Online, One Day Governance, Public Hearing, direct deposit of money in back accounts of beneficiaries etc.

[Pervez Bari is a Journalist based at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. He is associated with IndianMuslimObserver.com as Bureau Chief (Madhya Pradesh). He can be contacted at pervezbari@eth.net]

Jharkhand adopts Bihar Madrasa Act

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Jharkhand cabinet today (November 5, 2011) decided to adopt the Bihar Madrasa Education Board Act to facilitate grant-in-aid to another 592 madrassas located across the state, provided they meet the required norms.

The decision was taken at the cabinet meeting presided by Chief Minister Arjun Munda here, Chief Secretary S K Choudhary told reporters.

Those madrasas meeting the required norms would be entitled for the government grant, he added.

Now 186 madrassas are getting government aid.

On Oct 11, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) leader and Deputy Chief Minister Hemant Soren had urged the Munda government to adopt the Bihar Act in order to help minority institutions, which meet the yardstick to get government grants.

The cabinet also decided to accord the sixth pay commission status to teaching and non-teaching staff to 186 madrassas and 12 Sanskrit schools.

The Jharkhand Hotel Luxury Taxation bill, 2011 was also approved for tabling in the winter session of the house.

Choudhary said the cabinet gave the nod for setting up of a Paharia Battalion at a cost of Rs six crore while incurring Rs 38 crore every year towards payment of salaries and establishment cost.

A total of 1,000 personnel would be appointed in the battalion.

Under National Rural Drinking Water programme, Rs 138 crore has been approved to provide drinking water in arsenic-affected blocks - Barheit, Sahibganj, Udhwa and Rajmahal - in Sahibganj district.

The cabinet has also approved for 'Akalavya Model School' at Albert Ekka Block in Gumla district and sanctioned Rs 12 crore for construction of the residential school having a capacity of 400 students.

The cabinet approved setting up of Agriculture Development Council with a provision to appoint nationally and internationally reputed experts in the government body with chief minister being its chairman.

(Courtesy: Outlook, India)

Hindus found guilty over deadly 2002 Indian riots

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By Rajesh Joshi

Mehsana (Gujarat): An Indian court on Wednesday (November 9, 2011) found 31 Hindus guilty of killing 33 Muslims in a single house during religious riots in the state of Gujarat in 2002, provoking a mixed response from activists.

In some of India's worst inter-faith violence since independence in 1947, about 2,000 people died in a wave of anti-Muslim unrest triggered by a train fire in which Hindu pilgrims were burnt alive.

Muslims were blamed for the train fire, and Hindu mobs hungry for revenge rampaged through Muslim neighbourhoods in towns and villages across Gujarat state during three days of bloodshed.

"Out of the 73 accused, 31 are guilty and 42 are acquitted of all charges," judge S.C. Srivastava told the special court near Sardarpura village, where the 33 Muslims sought shelter in a small house on the night of February 28, 2002.

The victims had crowded into the house to escape the rioters, who set the building alight. Bodies of 28 people were found at the scene, with five others dying later of their injuries.

Life sentences were handed to all 31 men for murder, arson and other charges, following earlier convictions of other Hindu rioters over the outbreak of violence.

The government in the western state of Gujarat -- still headed by Hindu nationalist chief minister Narendra Modi -- has been accused by rights groups of tacitly supporting the rioters.

Wednesday's verdicts, which come after years of accusations that authorities dragged their heels in prosecuting Hindus, split activists campaigning for justice.

"This is the first time in 60 years that so many people have been convicted in a case of communal violence," Teesta Setelvad, secretary of the Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) group, told the NDTV news channel.

"It is wrong to say that the big ones have been let off. All the accused in the case are big agriculturists, land owners and influential people."

But other groups representing riot victims said the 42 acquittals due to lack of evidence revealed how many offenders would never been punished.

"So many of them had been identified but still they were not convicted," said activist Sandhya Gokhale, vowing further efforts to pursue the guilty.

Responsibility for the train fire has been the subject of fierce dispute between Hindus and Muslims, but in March this year a court handed 11 death sentences and 20 life terms to Muslims convicted over the blaze.

During the slaughter in Gujarat, witnesses said baying Hindu mobs surrounded and raped Muslim women, then poured kerosene down their throats and on their children and threw lit matches at them.

The Hindu pilgrims on the train were returning from the town of Ayodhya, another flashpoint for inter-religion unrest after a mosque was razed in 1992 by Hindu zealots, leading to separate riots that killed thousands of people, mostly Muslims.

Narendra Modi, who is seen by many in the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as a future candidate for prime minister, denies all accusations about his handling of the riots.

(Courtesy: AFP, November 9, 2011)

People of Kudankulam in Tamil Nadu want to avert Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

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A panicked Indian regime led by corporatist agent Manmohan quickly sent on November 6 former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, whom the Indian political leaders evicted from his presidential palace, denying him a second term, to somehow convince the agitating Kudankulam masses to call off their strike and let the nuclear plant try its terror operations on the innocent people, formality visited the Nuclear Power Project and said the plant was totally safe and a 'boon to the people'. Kalam is not a nuclear scientist to make such awfully silly comments on the terror project against popular wish, and even if he were one, he wouldn’t have spoken against the “schemes” of corporate regime and protect the people. Kalam might think he has served his mother India with his comments as he had done as president offering sermons at Sarmath, before he was crudely replaced by a woman candidate with doubtful records propped by all leading parties including Congress and Communists by the name of Pratibha Patil who has been busy visiting foreign countries as Indian president along with her darling husband. The current phrase in job market is “hire and fire” but in the case of Kalam, India has employed “fire and hire” principle as well!

By Dr. Abdul Ruff

Nuclear disasters not uncommon worldwide but the each time a nuclear plant blasts and plays havoc with people and nature, humanity shivers with uncertainly.

In spite of ghastly Bhopal tragedy, Indian regime is insincere about the well being of people on whose behalf the rulers enjoy their life letting their favorites loot the nation's resources.

People of Kudankulam in Tamil Nadu ave been struggling to get the nuclear project imposed on their soil dismantled , but the Manmohan regime and the in-charge of the nuclear terror plant are playing with the lives of ordinary people assuring them that everything is "normal" with nuclearism.

Chernobyl nuclear tragedy caused severe damage to Socialist system of Soviet Union because their claim to popular welfare was called into question particularly by the western imperialist terrocracies.

Recent Fukushima nuclear blast in Japan on March 11 has rocked the Japanese regime. People of Kudankulam, Indian state of Tamil Nadu have been protesting against the nuclear plant in their locality the radiation of which could affect even the nearby Kerala state and its capital Trivandrum. But the Manmohan regime, a puppet of western as well as Russia terrocracies that sell nuclear rectors to India, is deadly blind to the people's serious concerns and wants to push through the nuclear project against the will and wishes of the people.

Nuclear radiation could reach too far. Tokyo Shinbun has reported that many children in Koriyama City in Fukushima Prefecture, 50 kilometers from Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, are suffering inexplicable nosebleed, diarrhea, and lack of energy since the nuke plant accident. A 39-year-old mother of two told the doctor that her 6-year-old daughter had nosebleed everyday for 3 weeks in April. For 1 week, the daughter bled copiously from both nostrils. The mother said their "doctor" told her it was just a seasonal allergy from pollen and nothing to worry, but she does not know the child is dying, for, the nosebleed was the result of radiation exposure.

Ionizing radiation has a deleterious effect on the immunity mechanism, particularly when large but sublethal doses are applied over a short period of time. The hematopoietic system is extremely sensitive, and a fall in the lymphocytes is one of the most characteristic manifestations. Active immunity is seriously interfered with if the irradiation occurs shortly before the injection of an antigen. There is also reduced resistance to pathogenic micro-organisms, which may lead to fatal infections. Prolonged irradiation at low levels does not seem to affect immunity adversely.

Japanese government has been fooling for months now the victims and people in general about the compensations. Victims have become restless and impatient with state mischief in shielding the nuclear plant owner, the Tokyo Electric Power Co.

At last, victims of Japan's nuclear crisis can claim compensation. And they are angry. They are furious at the red tape they have to wade through just to receive basic help and in despair they still cannot get on with their lives seven months after the huge quake and tsunami triggered the world's worst nuclear disaster in 25 years. Evacuees who fled from Namie town near the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant impatiently listened to government officials' explanations about how to apply for compensation at their temporary housing complex in Fukushima October 6, 2011.

About 80,000 people were forced to leave their homes by the Fukushima nuclear crisis of March 11. About 70 tenants of make-shift shelters who were forced to abandon their homes near the Fukushima nuclear plant after some of its reactors went into meltdown after the March 11 quake struck. But they are not satisfied and angry. They are furious at the red tape they have to wade through just to receive basic help and in despair they still cannot get on with their lives seven months after the world's worst nuclear disaster in recent times.

While the owner of the plant, Tokyo Electric Power Co, has made temporary payments to some victims, it was only last month that it finally began accepting applications for compensation. But the procedure is so complicated that it seems to just make things worse. "We don't know who we can trust!" one man yelled in the cramped room where the officials were trying to explain the hugely complex procedures to claim compensation. Can we actually go back home? And if not, can you guarantee our livelihoods?"

An Asahi newspaper poll showed this month that 43 percent of evacuees still want to return, down from 62 percent in June.

A government panel overseeing the compensation scheme has estimated that claims are likely to reach 3.6 trillion yen ($46.5 billion) in the financial year to next March.

But the claim procedure is so complicated that it seems to just make things worse. After claimants have read a 160-page instruction manual, they then have to fill in a 60-page form and attach receipts for lodging, transportation and medical costs. It's too difficult for even educated people, let alone the innocent Fukushima victims. There may be times when the content is difficult to understand or in some cases our employee in charge may not grasp it fully. There many Japanese victims who still has not applied for compensation even though they have lost jobs or businesses and are running out of cash.

So far just 7,100 individuals have applied to Tepco for compensation out of the 80,000 it send forms to. And of the 10,000 businesses in the Fukushima area, a mere 300 have submitted claims. The company expects a total of 300,000 claims from businesses given that the impact of the radiation crisis has been so widespread.

One clause in the original instruction booklet telling victims they would have to agree to waive their right to challenge the compensation amount in order to receive payment provoked a public uproar. Chastised by the government, the company promised to drop the clause, issued a simplified 4-page instruction booklet and assigned 1,000 employees to Fukushima prefecture to help victims with the process.

The complexity of the task is one deterrent. There is another -- the perception that Tepco is not playing fair and Japanese regime tries to shield it. Tepco is accused of failing to take sufficient safety measures at the Fukushima plant even though it knew the risks and then deliberately underplaying the extent of the accident. It is also seen as insensitive..

What is more pathetic is confidence in the authorities is low. The government is seen as having bungled its early response to the crisis and being secretive about what was really happening.

Victims can sue but that is rare. Junichi Matsumoto, a Tepco official, said the utility faces about 10 lawsuits so far. He declined to disclose details but said some were seeking more than the firm deemed appropriate. Yuichi Kaido, an attorney and the secretary-general of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations, said lawsuits are considered a last resort in conservative rural northeast Japan. "In the end, many lawsuits could take place," he said.

Reimbursement for moving and transportation costs associated with evacuating, compensation for damage to health, lost jobs, and psychological suffering -- only deepens frustration over what they have lost.

Tokyo Electric said it will pay about 100,000 yen a month for the period to end of August as compensation for psychological trauma. After that, the sum will be halved. "Evidence that we have lived our lives is completely destroyed and for that, we are told that we will be compensated 100,000 yen for our psychological suffering.

The final compensation depends on whether and when victims will be able to return to homes within a 20-km evacuation zone. That question remains unanswered, breeding a growing sense of resignation among evacuees. Some said they doubt they will ever be able to go home and suggested their entire towns simply be relocated and many worry about long-term health effects of radiation.

An Observation

India believes in "fixes" and employs its well cultivated cricket strategy of fixing with packages in every sector of governance, both indoors and abroad and try to get the desired result. Indian leaders, elected and others, treat the people as just voting stuff and do not care about the well being of them - let alone shielding them from nuclear horrors. .

A panicked Indian regime led by corporatist agent Manmohan quickly sent on November 6 former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, whom the Indian political leaders had almost evicted from his presidential palace, denying him a second term, to somehow convince the agitating Kudankulam masses to call off their strike and let the nuclear plant try its terror operations on the innocent people, as a mere formality visited the Nuclear Power Project and said the plant was totally safe and a 'boon to the people'. Dr. Kalam is not a nuclear scientist to make such awfully silly comments on the terror project against popular wish, ignoring popular anger and even if he were one, he wouldn’t have spoken against the “schemes” of corporate regime and protect the people. Kalam might think he has served his mother India with his comments as he had done as president offering sermons at Sarmath, before he was crudely replaced by a woman candidate with doubtful records propped up by all leading parties including Congress and Communists, by name Pratibha Patil who has been since busty visiting foreign countries as Indian president along with his darling husband.

Dr. Kalam, who belongs to Tamil state (Nadu) where the controversial nuclear stuff is bieng imposed on innocent people, has merely testified the Indian government's wrong doings by endorsing them. He visited the site when Vaiko, a bold and somewhat serious Tamil politician who had long left the Karunanidhi corrupt gang to form his own Dravidian political outfit, had fasted at the site in protest against the nuclear project seeking to dismantle it from Kudankulam soil. Leading political parties have kept themselves away form the anti-nuclear movement of the people, possibly not getting "signals" from New Delhi. The current phrase in job market is “hire and fire” but in the case of Kalam, India has employed “fire and hire” principle as well!

India regime its nuclear agent in Kudankulam who is keen to retain his job there say nuclear plant is not posing danger to people. For this invention they could have been considered by Noble prize for Nobel Prize for Physics, had they said it just a few weeks ago where the committee was processing the persons for the award.

The fate and destiny of the nuclear victims of Fukushima, just like the peoples in NATO occupied Islamic nations, now depends entirely on the mercy of global capitalist networks engaged in imperialist wars for energy security.

History of nuclear disasters especially the Fukushima nuclear crisis have paramount importance to people of Kudamkulam and they must pursue their fundamental right to live free from nuclear radiation more vigorously to remove the nuclear plant from their soil disaster.

Rulers, leaders, bureaucrats who make policy disregarding the wishes of people do not live on the nuclear plant zones. The regimes must listen to inner voice of humanity against nuclearization of their soil.

Indian leaders must revise their understanding of the people as being simply idiots or fools. They are very conscious of what the leaders do behind the scenes. People of Kudankulam will show their power to the anti-people regime!

[Dr. Abdul Ruff is Specialist on State Terrorism. He is Chancellor-Founder of Center for International Affairs (CIA). He is former university Teacher, Analyst in International Affairs and an Expert on Middle East. He can be contacted at abdulruff@ymail.com]

Gujarat 2002 riots witnesses frightened, fear threat to lives after RTI activist Nadeem Saiyed’s killing

Posted by Indian Muslim Observer | 09 November 2011 | Posted in , , , ,

By Abdul Hafiz Lakhani

Ahmedabad: After killing of RTI activist Nadeem Saiyed on last Saturday, it looks that witnesses of 2002 riots are now very much frightned and perhaps legal battle to punish the guilty will be wayward in coming months.

Soon after RTI activist Nadeem Saiyed was stabbed to death in broad daylight on Saturday morning, the immediate theory that came floating was that he could have been killed by those whose illegal cow slaughter business Nadeem had exposed.

But at the same time, it was not ruled out that he could have paid the price with his life as he was a key witness in the 2002 Naroda-Patiya riot case. People associated with the riot cases suspect that Nadeem was eliminated to send out a warning message to other riot witnesses.

In his own case, Nadeem had been threatened in July this year by Kalupur don Mehboob Senior to withdraw himself from Naroda-Patiya case. The slain activist had even filed a complaint at Gujarat University police station.

Imtiyaz Kureshi, a witness in Naroda Gam case, was once threatened by one Dr Prahlad Parmar, who had claimed that he was the right-hand man of suspended and jailed IPS officer DG Vanzara. “Parmarhad approached me as I ran a printing business. When he called me to his clinic for paying me the bill for the work I had done for him, he first tried to lure me with money for not giving deposition in the court. When I refused to do so, he threatened me and said that he managed all money of DG Vanzara and if I did not obey his words, I will have to face dire consequences,” Kureshi said.

Kureshi had also filed a police complaint on September 26, 2009 against the doctor for threatening him. But according to him, there was no significant development in the case.

Similarly, Salim Sheikh, a witness in Naroda-Patiya case, had to face harassment. Sheikh had filed anapplication in the SIT. “Relatives of the accused had filed a wrong police complaint against me and put pressure on my brother Sattar, also a witness. However, in the court proceedings, I was proven innocent,” he said.

Sheikh has been provided police protection, but only for 10 hours.“As per the Supreme Court order, the witnesses should be given 24-hour police protection, but my family has been given police protection only for 10 hours. If Nadeembhai had policemen with him, he wouldn’t have been killed. I am also facing threat to life.

One day, a policeman who was deployed for my security said that enmity with police would prove costly for me, as SIT would not last long. I filed a police complaint against that constable,” he said.

Jan Sangharsh Manch founder and advocate Mukul Sinha, who is representing the riot victims in court, said the manner in which Nadeem was killed sent out a message to other witnesses. “He was killeddespite having police protection. This gives out a message that if Nadeem can meet with this fate, others too can be treated like this,” said Sinha.

[Abdul Hafiz Lakhani is a senior Journalist based at Ahmedabad, Gujarat. He is associated with IndianMuslimObserver.com as Bureau Chief (Gujarat). He can be reached at lakhani63@yahoo.com or on his cell 09228746770]

MP Agriculture institute ties up with Dutch varsity for technical know-how

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By Pervez Bari

Bhopal: The central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh will get technical know-how on increasing agriculture produce from an agriculture university of Holland (Netherlands).

An understanding was reached in this regard between the state agriculture department and Holland Agriculture University at the meeting held in New Delhi on Monday. The meeting was held between Dr. M.J. Croff, vice president and Rector of Wageningen Agriculture University, J.N. Frogens, Coordinator for Asia, and Wan Wikel, Chairman Quality Management, and Director Research Dr. H.S. Yadav of Rajmata Vijayaraje Scindia Agriculture University and P.K. Dash, Managing Director of M.P. Trifed, and Prof. R.S. Sharma of Agriculture University, an official spokesman said.

It was agreed at the meeting that the students of state Agriculture University will go to Agriculture University of Holland for technical know-how with regard to agriculture, horticulture, floriculture, food processing etc. Along with the students of Agriculture University, professors, teaching staff will also visit Holland for study and research work to increase agriculture production in state.

Holland Agriculture University will select students and professor and give them scholarship for higher studies and research. Short term and long term training will be organised to give them necessary training in the required field. Apart from Agriculture Holland also has the expertise in the field of Horticulture, Floriculture, Food Processing etc.

Director Research Mr. Yadav of Rajmata Scindia Agriculture University informed that about 300 students have graduated, 192 post graduate and 36 students are enrolled for their Ph.D. A team from Agriculture University will be visiting Holland next year in Feb to meet with the Agriculture Scientist to discuss the future plans with regards to study exchange programme. Exam will be organised for selection of students going to Holland Agriculture University.

It may be mentioned here that a high level delegation from Madhya Pradesh visited Holland from November 1 to 5. The delegation included Industries Minister Mr. Kailash Vijayvargiya and officials of the state Agriculture Department.

[Pervez Bari is a Journalist based at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. He is associated with IndianMuslimObserver.com as Bureau Chief (Madhya Pradesh). He can be contacted at pervezbari@eth.net]

Irom Sharmila solidarity campaign growing in India

Posted by Indian Muslim Observer | 07 November 2011 | Posted in , , , ,

By Syed Ali Mujtaba

The iron lady of Manipur, Ms Irom Sharmila Chanu of Manipur is one of the civil rights activists in India better known for her relentless campaign for the the repealing of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act.

Irom Sharmila has been on has been on hunger strike since November 2, 2000 demanding that the Indian government repeal the Armed Forces Special Powers Act 1958 (AFSPA). She has refused food and water for more than 500 weeks, making her the longest hunger striker in the world.

She caught the imagination of the nation on October 2, 2006, when she held hunger strike at the historic Jantar Mantar, New Delhi and was joined by the students, human rights activists and other concerned citizens. She was arrested by the Delhi police for attempting suicide.

Since then support to her is growing steadfastly. On June 25, 2011, a candle light solidarity prayer was held at the Rajghat New Delhi where approximately 200 people participated from all walks of life.

It is part of this growing support that Irom Sharmila Solidarity Campaign is being launched in India and under it various programmes and action are being organized through out the country.

The programmes organized under the banner 'Irom Sharmila Solidarity Campaign. have already begun from Oct 2, ( Birthday of Mahatma Gandhi) across states of India and would culminate on Dec 10, 2011. As a part of this campaign a Srinagar to Imphal journey and national signature campaign is also being planned.

Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) continues to be the most potent repressive tool of the Indian state that empowers even a non commissioned officer of the armed forces to kill on mere suspicion and provide legal immunity from prosecution, thereby causing untold misery and agony among the peoples of the affected regions.

The imposition of AFSPA is synonymous to heavy militarization in the states where it is promulgated leading to gross civil and political rights violations including enforced disappearances, extra-judicial execution, torture, inhuman and degrading treatment, rape and other forms of sexual violence against women, arbitrary arrest and detention.

Armed Forces Special Powers Act, a colonial legacy used against Mahatma Gandhi, was promulgated initially in the Naga areas of Assam (later divided between 4 states) and later in Mizoram, initially in parts of Manipur and later in all of Manipur.

The Ordinance after a brief discussion in the Parliament was endorsed and got the status of Act on August 18, 1958, despite stiff resistance from various quarters who challenged it as a martial and draconian law.

Since then it has been in force in one part or the other of the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Jammu and Kashmir (since 1991).

Even though continuation of the 'disturbed area' status under the AFSPA in many part of the country is illegal in view of the violation of the mandatory six monthly periodic review directed by Supreme Court in its 1997 Judgement, there is no respite from this draconian law.

This law is more draconian than its predecessor ordinance used by the British to suppress the Quit India Movement. In the pretext of controlling insurgency, this Act has only intensified the insurgency in the region and legitimised thousands of gross human rights violations like rape, torture, murder and “disappearances” of innocent people in the North East and J&K.

The democratic movements in the Northeast states of India and the Jammu and Kashmir have consistently demanded the repeal of the Act and demilitarisation for decades but their repeated plea has fallen on the deaf ears and and nothing has so far been done to check the state sponsored injustices being perpetrated.

It is in this context Irom Sharmila struggle against Armed Forces Special Powers Act, has become synonymous with the cause. It amazing to see her conviction and courage to take on the might of the Indian state.

Although Sharmila is leading the Manipur people’s movement but her popularity over the years has catapulted her to the national stage. It's her sheer grit and determination that has made her a national icon. She occupies the same space as that Anna Hazare has on corruption, Medha Patkar on Narmada Bacho and similar civil rights activists.

It therefore important for all the freedom loving people who care for human rights and human values in this country to render support to 'Irom Sharmila Solidarity Campaign and make it a success.

It wont be improper to mention that Irom Sharmila is one of the faces better known to us, but she is not the only one, there are many more like her who have taken up this cause and deserve salutation.

Here one has to acknowledge the names like; Mukta Srivastava , GG Parikh, Sukla Sen, Daniel Mazgoankar, Asad, Shimanshu, Suhas Kolhekar, Simpreet Singh, Jatin Desai, Guddi S.L who have put up a brave front and has taken up this cause.

One can only wish good luck and best wishes those who are campaigning for the repealing of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act in India.

[Syed Ali Mujtaba is a journalist based in Chennai. He can be contacted at syedalimujtaba@yahoo.com]

No Caps, No Boring Speeches during fasts, orders Modi's Office

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Gandhinagar: The Indian Express on Thursday (November 3, 2011) reported that the Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s office has issued a long list of do’s and don’ts to ensure that embarrassing incidents like the chief minister having to reject a skull cap and a kaffiyeh offered by two Muslim men on two recent occasions are not repeated.

“The CMO, after consultations with senior ministers, officials and party workers, has prepared a note which includes instructions like checking the identities and references of everyone who goes on stage to meet Modi.

"Nobody will be allowed to take anything like cap, shawl etc. without prior permission of security and designated party leaders,” a top official said, says the Indian Express report.

Partymen have been asked to bring as many business, social and religious leaders as they can to the venue of the CM’s fasts.

All ministers have been asked to ensure that speeches are not repeated, and that crowds are not bored with long speeches.

The rules were circulated to all key officials, ministers and party leaders, and handed out at Modi’s Diwali-New Year gathering at the ministerial complex in Gandhinagar on Wednesday.

Modi has so far sat on three fasts, beginning with the three-day fast from September 17 in Ahmedabad, followed by shorter fasts at Dwarka and Navsari.

The Sadbhavana fasts are aimed at promoting “communal harmony, unity and brotherhood”. Modi announced them soon after the Supreme Court verdict in the Zakia Jafri case against him and 61 ministers, bureaucrats and police officers.

(Courtesy: India TV News)

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