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January 29, 2011

Revolution in Egypt: President Hosni Mubarak's dictatorship in trouble as protesters battle for regime change

As tens of thousands of Egyptians came out on the streets to protest against President Hosni Mubarak, a regime change appeared on cards just on lines of the similar people's revolt in Tunisia recently.

Even though police took to streets, the citizens' anger manifested on the highways as they braved the tear gas and water cannons to express their disgust with the dictatorship under which bureaucratic corruption flourished and civil rights were curbed.

Despite efforts to crackdown, public fury was spreading, not just in Cairo but other important cities of the nation also. Such was the situation that the the headquarters of the ruling party NDP was burnt down in Cairo.  Fearing unrest business honchos were leaving in private jets.

The Egyptian army was sent to quell the mobs but they have so far failed to check the massive protests. TV grabs showed images of burning tyres, smoke and huge crowds demonstrating against the present government.

Five persons had died while nearly 1,000 had been injured in clashes. With Tunisians having ousted their dictator and Yemen also facing a similar internal crisis, Egypt also appeared heading for the major showdown between the citizen-led revolution and the state.

The leaderless revolution got a shot in the arm with the arrival of pro-democracy Nobel laureate Mohamed ElBaradei. The Friday prayers have become the place where thousands of devotees' assembly at mosques decided to defy curfew orders.

Petrol bombs flew and the rage was visible across the country. The Egyptian government has blocked internet services and cell phone networks, as it was suspected that Social media websites like Twitter and Facebook fuelled the rage.

The situation is alarming for monarchies in Middle East, as popular sentiment is growing against the rulers. Inflation, lack of job opportunities for educated youths, an angry middle-class and curbing of rights are among the reasons for the fury on Arab street.

TIH Bureau


January 28, 2011

Huge cash recovered from Buddhist spiritual guru Karmapa's residence

The Himachal Pradesh police have recovered huge unaccounted cash estimated to be around Rs 4 crore (or 40 million) from the Gyuto Buddhist Monastery in Dharamshala.

The raids were conducted after Rs 1 crore was recovered from a car in Una. It is suspected that the total amount of unexplained cash could be to the tune of over Rs 10 crore. The police suspect it was illegal financial transaction through hawala route that came to India from Nepal. 

Currencies of dozens of countries were recovered from the place. An monastery employee was earlier arrested in connection with 'benami' land deals.The monastery complex is the seat of Tibetan spiritual leader Karmapa who is the head of the Karma Kagyu sect of Buddhism. 

The 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje had escaped from China and reached India in 2000. He lives at Sidhbari near Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh. There is a controversy as Trinley Thoye Dorje who lives in Kalimpong is believed by some other devotees as the 17th Karmapa.

The Income Tax officers have also begun their investigations regarding the source of large amount of cash. The authorities at the Tibetan government in-exile maintained silence and didn't speak to media persons about the disclosures and the police raids.

TIH Bureau



January 23, 2011

'Pakistan is anti-Urdu, hasn't given language its due status'

Pakistan has proved to be an enemy of Urdu and its official policies have harmed the language which was once the lingua franca across the entier sub-continent.

This was the sentiment expressed by writers and journalists who attended the national seminar on Urdu language held at Makhanlal Chaturvedi University of Journalism.

The speakers said that Pakistan gave the status of national language to Urdu but no attempt was either made to implement the official status of the language or giving the language its due credit. The English-speaking powerful elite in Pakistan is agaisnt Urdu.

News editor of Hyderabad-based daily Siasat said that Punjabi is used more frequently in Pakistan than Urdu. He said that there is an institutional bias against Urdu. Though Urdu was also neglected in India and there was discrimination, the situation in Pakistan is surprising.

He said that Urdu newspapers are most secular and didn't practice the policy of either 'paid news' or 'advertorials' which has become common in English media. He also said that the page 3 culture hsan't invaded Urdu journalism.
Another journalist MM Azhari, editor of Delhi's Secular Qayadat said that the freedom movement that had brought citizens from all parts of India together was fought in Urdu and the slogan 'Inquilab Zindabad' came from Urdu.

Professor Braj Kishor Kuthiala, the Vice-Chancellor of University, said that a national news agency for Urdu media was the need of the hour and a work plan would be formulated to meet the challenges of the new age media in the Urdu.

Other speakers said that the situation of Urdu journalism in India is now looking up and the state governments are also forced to take interest in the issues of Urdu-speaking masses. Roznama Rashtriya Sahara's Asad Raza, Jadid Khabar's Masoom Moradabadi and Arif Khan also participated in the conference.

TIH Bureau


January 21, 2011

RAW's former woman officer takes off clothes in court

In a shocking incident, an ex-officer of Research & Analysis Wing (R&AW) stripped in the Delhi High court where she appeared on Thursday.

The woman--Nisha Priya Bhatia took off her dress when the hearing was adjourned in the High Court. The judge took a serious view of her indecent act and asked the police to ensure a medical check-up of the woman.

It is learnt that Bhatia initially shed her jacket and later took off her upper dress. She again repeated the act the same day and tried to get naked during the in-camera hearing but a woman lawyer intervened. As the incident was repeated in the day, the court deplored her act.

It is not established whether her attempt to denude herself was a result of extreme desperation or because she has turned mentally unsound. The 42-year-old woman has been in the midst of controversies in the past also.

She had earlier attempted suicide at the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) last year. She had earlier accused the former RAW chief Ashok Chaturvedi of sexual harassment, a charge which he vehemently denied.

TIH Bureau

January 17, 2011

BJP leaders sheltered Saffron terrorists, says Digvijay Singh

In a scathing attack on the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh, senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh said that the Hindu extremists involved in Samjhauta Express blast were supported and given shelter by BJP leaders.

Speaking to journalists in Indore, Singh said that RSS pracharak and blast mastermind Sunil Joshi was murdered because he was blackmailing other leaders of BJP and RSS. Due to the same reason his friend Ramprasad Kaloda was also killed.

The former MP Chief Minister said that other militants like Sandeep Dange and Ramji Kalsangra may also be killed in similar fashion. He said that BJP government in MP didn't extend help to Haryana police that were investigating Samjhauta case.

Singh said that the top BJP leaders are fully involved in the conspiracy and a meeting was held by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to save the blast accused and thus Joshi murder case was not handed to outside agency.

Digvijay Singh has been outspoken on the issue of Hindu terrorism and has been consistently attacking the Sangh Parivar and BJP for their links with terrorists associated to hard line Hindutva group like Abhinav Bharat.

TIH Bureau

January 15, 2011

90 pilgrims feared killed as bus falls in ditch near Sabarimala temple

A major mishap was reported from Kerala's Sabarimala temple where a bus carrying 100 pilgrims which was returning from the shrine, fell into a gorge.

Preliminary reports suggests that the number of devotees who died was over 90. The figure of those who got injured in the incident had also risen to nearly 100.

The accident occurred near the Sabarimala shrine in Idukki district at around 9 pm. The pilgrims were coming back after the Makaravilakku ritual at the temple.

There were also reports of stampede after the accident. Senior police officials and rescue workers had reached the spot. Earlier, thousands of devotees had flocked to the famous South Indian temple on the occasion of the 'makara samkrama puja'.

TIH Bureau


January 13, 2011

Mosque demolition triggers tension in Delhi, angry Muslims hit streets leading to traffic jam

The demolition of an ancient mosque in Delhi led to tension as hundreds of angry Muslims took to streets and blocked traffic in Jangpura in South Delhi to protest the illegal demolition by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA).

Vehicular traffic was severely affected on the Jangpura flyover due to the agitation.The DDA anti-encroachment squad and police had earlier in the day demolished the Noor Masjid mosque.

Tempers soared when policemen lathi-charged the protesters and used tear gas to disperse the angry mob that had gathered at Hazrat Nizamuddin-Jangpura. The sudden action in the morning took residents by surprise. 

Later in the day protesters gathered and traffic was badly hit. Muslim leaders also reached the place where local MLA TS Marwah had also arrived along with the devout for offering prayers (Namaz). Marwah said corrupt DDA officials and land mafia had joined hands to raze the mosque. 

Shahi Imam Ahmed Bukhari criticised Chief Minister Sheila Dixit for the demolition of the mosque built on a waqf property. Lieutenant Governor Tejinder Khanna's role was also condemned by a number of Muslim leaders. 

The local Muslim leaders have said that a delegation would meet Home Minister and apprise him of the situation. Policemen said that they used force and cane-charged the protesters because they were involved in stone pelting.

In a later development, the High Court on January 17 allowed Muslims to pray at the mosque. But the judge held that only ten persons can go to mosque until further orders (till two months) and there should not be any construction or attempt to rebuild the structure. 

TIH Bureau


January 9, 2011

'Take action against Maharashtra police officers who framed Muslims in Malegaon blasts'

After RSS leader and terrorist mastermind Aseemanand's confession that he was involved in the bomb blasts in Malegaon on two occasions, the political parties and local leaders have urged the government to take action against police officers who framed Muslim youths on both the occasions in Malegaon.

Senior leader Nihal Ahmed has castigated the Maharashtra police for claiming to crack the cases of blasts in Malegaon in 2006 and 2008. He said that it was always understand that innocents were arrested and thus the residents had shown black flags to Congress-NCP leaders in the past also but now the confession of RSS leader Aseemanand has proved the residents of Malegaon right.

MLA Mufti Mohd Ismail Qasmi has said that educated Muslim youths were arrested in hordes and there should be action against SP Raj Vardhan and ATS chief KP Raghuvanshi for the biased investigation and for falsely implicating the youths.

Senior leaders Asif Sheikh Rashid and Haji Yousuf have also demanded that the youths who were jailed should be immediately relased as real culprits have confessed their role. A number of other organisations have also questioned the role of ATS chief Rakesh Maria and other officers for the manner in which probes were conducted earlier.

Malegaon was targeted twice by Saffron terrorists. On September 8, 2006 blasts had occurred at Mushavarat Chowk on Shab-e-Barat in which 31 persons were killed. Two years later another blast had occurred in the same town. Abhinav Bharat's Pragya Thakur was arrested in this case.

Now Aseemanand has confessed involvement in Muslim-dominated Malegaon, Ajmer Dargah, Hyderabad's Mecca Masjid, Modassa, Samjhauta Express and some other blasts. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is conducting probe into the case.

TIH Bureau

Buddhists claim ownership of disputed site at Ayodhya

Buddhists have also staked claim for ownership of the dispute site in Ayodhya that has been a bone of contention between Hindus and Muslims for decades.

The Chairman of All India Confederation of SC/ST organisations Udit Raj has filed a Special Leave Petition in the Supreme Court that a Buddhist monastery existed on the site of the Babri mosque which was demolished by Hindu Kar Sevaks to build a make-shift Ram temple on December 6, 1992.

Udit Raj has demanded that the site be handed over to the Buddhists for construction of the Baudh Vihar. "We challenged the legality of the recent judgment on Ayodhya dividing the disputed site among Hindus and Muslims. It should be handed over to us as it belongs to the Buddhists", said Raj.

TIH Bureau

Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) was also Saffron terrorists' target!

The confession made by Saffron terrorist mastermind Swami Aseemanand has led to sensational revalations including the fact that the Abhinav Bharat had also planned to strike Aligarh Muslim University (AMU).

One of the key members of the Hindu terror network Shivam Dhakad had even conducted a recce and made a plan to target the prestigious Muslim university which is located in Aligarh district in Uttar Pradesh.

Aseemanand has made the confession in presence of a magistrate under Section 164 of CrPC. News magazine Tehelka and Mail Today have published parts of the confession in which Swami admits that AMU was also on hitlist.

The RSS-linked Saffron terrorists had been involved in bomb blasts in Ajmer Dargah, Mecca Masjid at Hyderabad, Malegaon, Modassa, Samjhauta Express train and some other parts of the country. Like Muslim dominated towns, mosques and dargahs, they also had the plan to target the university.

TIH Bureau

January 7, 2011

Asimanand reveals RSS' terror links: Sangh Parivar under scanner

The confession of terrorist mastermind Swami Asimanand who was involved in almost eight terror strikes in India including the Malegaon, Ajmer, Samjhauta Express and Modasa blasts, has brought the terror links of RSS under scanner.

Asimanand's confession before a magistrate spells trouble for the top RSS leadership as it lays bare the entire conspiracy of bomb blasts on Islamic shrines and cities that have large Muslim population. The network of RSS office-bearers and senior pracharaks in the terror strikes has seriously dented the claim of Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) that claims itself as a nationalist and cultural organisation.

That Asimanand who had organised the Shabri Kumbh in Gujarat's Dangs district which had been attended by Chief Ministers of BJP ruled states is all the more serious, as the Swami was described the poster boy of Hindutva by the Sangh.

In his confession, the Swami has made chilling revelations including the blasts in Malegaon on two occasions, the Samjhauta Express blasts, terror strikes in Modasa, Ajmer Daragah, minor blasts in cities of Maharashtra and Kanpur, failed bombing plot in Bhopal other than the blast in Jama Masjid in which no one was killed.

Now RSS has to come clean as the charge sheet in different cases clearly show the links of top leadership with the extremists. BJP MPs including Yogi Adityanath and RSS ideologue Indresh are among the leaders who were allegedly aware of the strikes.

Until now Abhinav Bharat, Sanatan Sanstha, Bajrang Dal and similar groups' members were caught for fanaticism and blasts but the scenario has changed altogether now with the clear evidence against the senior functionaries.

All these years RSS has denied that Hindu terror exists in India but the recent revelations show that Hindu or Saffron terror had existed for long and was ignored. Its cadre and leaders were aware yet they closed eye to such activities.

In most of these cases the Muslim youths were falsely implicated. Now the onus is on Sangh Parivar to clean its organisation and introspect regarding its ideology that lets terrorists and extremists flourish. Time for BJP also to redefine and rethink its link with the Sangh Parivar of which it is a part.

January 5, 2011

Victim's vendetta: Rape accused BJP MLA murdered by woman in Bihar

A BJP legislator was publicly stabbed to death by a woman who had been raped by him earlier. The woman had complained against the MLA Raj Kishor Kesri but despite registration of case no action was taken against him.

The incident that is indeed shocking and criminal also highlights a woman's frustration as she was apparently hapless as the accused was a powerful leader of the party that is sharing power in the JDU-led alliance in the state.

Kesri, 51, was meeting visitors when the woman Roopam Pathak reached his residence. Draped in a shawl, she was carrying a knife which she suddenly took out when she faced the MLA and stabbed her repeatedly until he fell down. 

She was immediately caught. Kesri, a four-time legislator, died due to critical wounds received in the fatal stabbing spree. The woman who is a school teacher said that the 'rapist' MLA was scot-free while she was bearing the stigma as there was no action on him. 

The 45-year-old woman had lodged a complaint of sexual harassment but rued that it was she who bore the brunt of social disrepute though she was a victim. The woman was beaten up and handed over to the police. She has been charged with murder.

TIH Bureau


Digvijay Singh turns tables on RSS-BJP, proves conversation with Karkare

Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh has presented the record of his telephonic conversation with the slain ATS chief Hemant Karkare just before the terrorist strike on Mumbai.

Singh showed the call record obtained from BSNL office at Bhopal. In his press conference at Delhi, the former Congress Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, asked Maharashtra Home Minister RR Patil to apologise.

Patil had earlier said that Digvijay's claims were baseless and there was no record of his conversation with Karkare. Sangh Parivar and BJP leaders had also targeted Singh but the Congress leader today turned tables.

Digvijay Singh had earlier said that the former ATS chief had told him over phone that he was receiving threats from extremists after he had arrested Hindu terrorist groups' involvement in the Malegaon bomb blast.

TIH Bureau

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