'Condolences to families': PM Modi expresses grief over death of people in Saudi Arabia's Madinah bus accident

'Condolences to families': PM Modi expresses grief over death of people in Saudi Arabia's Madinah bus accident

On Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed anguish over the death of 35 people in a bus accident in Saudi Arabia's Madinah.

Prime Minister in a tweet said, "Anguished by the news of a bus crash near Mecca in Saudi Arabia. Condolences to the families of those who lost their lives. Praying for a quick recovery of the injured."


Anguished by the news of a bus crash near Mecca in Saudi Arabia. Condolences to the families of those who lost their lives. Praying for a quick recovery of the injured.


Thirty-five foreigners were killed and four others injured when a bus crashed with another heavy vehicle in the Muslim holy city of Medina, Saudi state media said on Thursday. The accident on Wednesday involved a collision between "a private chartered bus... with a heavy vehicle (loader)" in the western Saudi Arabian city, a spokesman for Medina police said, according to the official Saudi Press Agency. Those involved were Arab and Asian pilgrims, according to local media, who carried pictures of the bus engulfed in flames and with its windows blown out.

(Inputs from AFP)

PMC Bank Crisis: 80-year-old protester who deposited Rs 90 lakh passes away after protests

PMC Bank Crisis: 80-year-old protester who deposited Rs 90 lakh passes away after protests

On Monday, a 51-year-old man, a PMC customer, died after attending protests. The man was identified as Sanjay Gulati suffered a cardiac arrest after he lost his life savings to the scam.


According to Repulicworld.com, 51-year-old Gulati had lost his job at Jet Airways. On Monday, he attended a protest morcha against the PMC bank. Later, when he returned home he suffered massive heart failure due to stress while he was having food. Sanjay was under a lot of stress as first he had lost his job in the Jet Airways and now his life savings were stuck in the PMC Bank, as per reports. Gulati's family has Rs 90 lakh held up in the Oshiwara branch.

On Monday, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said she is closely monitoring the developments at PMC Bank, and the RBI governor has assured that customers' interest will be protected.

The police registered an FIR against the top officials of the Punjab and Maharashtra Co-operative (PMC) bank and the promoters of the HDIL, Rakesh Wadhwan, and Sarang. The bank allegedly continued giving loans to the debt-ridden HDIL from 2008 to 2019 despite the previous loans the firm defaulting on earlier loans. This resulted in a loss of nearly Rs 4,355 crore. The ED's criminal case of money laundering is based on a recent FIR filed by the Mumbai Police's Economic Offences Wing (EOW) alleging irregularities in the financial and loan-giving affairs of the bank.

About the Book

About the Book

"The book attempts to gauge and analyze the level of denial and deprivation faces by Indian Muslims so far by presenting their correct situation after twelve years of that  two reports. It presents and discusses the current conditions with respect to outcome indicators such as Population, Education Economy, poverty, unemployment, consumption level, availability of bank Loans, infrastructure and civic facilities and representation in government employment.

By placing facts in perspective, it also discusses community-specific issues such as use of Urdu, Madarsa education and Wakf.

Responses of various Political formations have been presented in a proper sequence to generate a coherent view to ensure implementation. In the post Sachhar era , Govt started many schemes to improve the condition whose reach and impact is assessed  with the help of latest data. It presents the social structure of muslims presence of OBC's and Dalits and suggests a practical Pattern for reservation. It follows up the process of Implementation of recommendations of these reports highlights how the Govt. adopted tokenism, attempted to implement minor recommendations and shied away from major ones. It presents the lopsided attitude of the present regime and accelerated marginalization of Muslims in today's scenario due to the open discrimination, mob violence, lynching and hate crimes in the name of various communal issues

"Sachar committee reports in November 2006, and the Rangnath mishra committee reports in May 2007, and Prof. Amitabh Kundu report by January 2015 rightly diagnosed the disease / reasons for alround backwardness faced by the muslims community so far as their backwardness in all respects - Socio economic, Political representation and educational etc. are concerned. Instead of taking remedial measures, implementation of their recommendations , these diagnostic reports have been thrown to dustbin by all the respective Political parties at the helm of affairs either in state of at centre for last twelve years and the Muslims suffered further and slipped from bad to worst.

" In the Name of Plural Secularism , the kind of politics that was pursued  over a period of time revealed that it was basically a favor to Muslim conservatism, rather than of Secularism perse, this is  how the significant sections of Hindus have been made to loath the very ideas of Indian Secularism. This partly explains why and how the BJP and its affiliates have now become a hegemonic political force.

Backed with state power, the Hindutva rabble rouseser now openly lynch Muslims, and they are mocking at every rule of law, they Video and circulate it and even then the lower judiciary in certain cases lets off the perpetrators. This demonstrative Lynching and victimization is also a kind of statement throwing a challenge to the political formations thriving on Muslims votes by saying "Look" this is what we are doing to your consistently loyal voters and if you have the political guts then come out to act and save your support base " Silence and Inaction not even tokenism of statements are the responses of most of such political Parties and leaders, these days.  Gone are the days of Politics of Minorityism as muslims are now being projected to be an electoral liabilities. The Party talking of Muslims stands to loose Hindu votes

About the Author

Abdur Rahman, A member of the  Indian Police Services(I.P.S.) has been working for more than twenty-one years at different positions in Maharashtra. Belonging to a small village in Bihar. He Obtained a B. Tech Degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. His First book, In Hindi, Sachar Ki sifarishen (recommendation of Sachar) 2012was widely Praised. He writes and Lectures on a range of socio economic and educational issues from the perspective of the marginalized and securing socio justice to the deprived. 

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Free food at Garbage Cafe, exchange plastic for food

Free food at Garbage Cafe, exchange plastic for food

Ambikapur in Chhattisgarh got the Garbage Cafe, only one of its kind, inaugurated on Wednesday. None other than the Chhattisgarh Health Minister, T S Singh Deo had the opportunity to cut the ribbon for the cafe.

Ambikapur, awarded as the second cleanest city in India, is also effectively spearheading Prime Minister Narendra Modi's dream of a 'plastic-free' India. The concept of this cafe is that people can get their plastic waste weighed and enjoy a warm meal in return.

Deo applauded the initiative saying, "I am so proud of this unique idea and initiative, taken by AMC. The entire nation took several measures and steps to discourage using Single-use plastic on Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary. But AMC took such an innovative step to keep the city plastic-free, I feel so good. This initiative has achieved support on the national and international level,".

The Health Minister also brought half a kilogram of plastic to exchange it for delicious food, as an act of goodwill. Evidently, the branding of the cafe by its tagline, 'More the waste better the taste' has been picked up well by the people.

"When I got to know about this cafe, I started collecting and storing plastic waste from my house. This is a great initiative to make the citizens aware to keep the city plastic-free. Through this initiative we can get two benefits, first, we can keep our vicinity clean and second, we can get delicious food in exchange for plastic waste," said a resident.

According to the cafe staff, a lot of citizens have extended their support and lauded the initiative taken by the Ambikapur Municipal Corporation (AMC). The plastic waste collected by the people coming here is ultimately sent to the Municipal Corporation for disposal. The cafe has been set up by AMC.


Uttar Pradesh to link ownership of urban properties to Aadhaar

Uttar Pradesh to link ownership of urban properties to Aadhaar

Lucknow: All urban properties in Uttar Pradesh will now be linked to the Aadhaar cards of the owners. The Yogi Adityanath government is preparing to implement the Urban Properties Ownership Record (UPOR) Scheme, on the pattern of Karnataka.

"This scheme will help in identifying 'benami' properties, multiple properties and will also increase tax collection in Municipal Corporations," said a senior official.

At present, most Municipal Corporations do not have data of property ownership within their Municipal limits, which often leads to legal disputes.

The scheme is reportedly being implemented on the initiative of K. V. Raju, financial advisor to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. "The scheme, in the initial phases, will be implemented in Lucknow, Kanpur, Agra, Ghaziabad, Varanasi, Meerut and Prayagraj, the official said.

The state government will seek technical help from Survey of India and a high powered committee will be set up under the chairmanship of a retired IAS officer.

The committee will include representatives from various departments including Planning, Urban and Rural Development, development authorities and Municipal bodies.


West Bengal: Three family, including 8-year-old boy, found murdered in Murshidabad

West Bengal: Three family, including 8-year-old boy, found murdered in Murshidabad

Murshidabad: In a gruesome incident, three people, including a child, were murdered by unknown miscreants in their house on Thursday in Jiyaganj area of Murshidabad.

The deceased have been identified as Bandhu Prakash Pal (35), his wife Beauty Mondal Pal (30) and son Angan Bandhu Pal (6).

Bandhu Prakash Pal was a school teacher who worked in Gosaigram Sahapara Primary school and his wife was pregnant. All the three were brutally murdered by a sharp weapon, police said.

"Prakash was a teacher in Gosaigram Sahapara Primary school. He was working for the last 20 years. He is originally from the Sahapur area and had shifted in Murshidabad for his son's education.

We do not know if they had any problem with anyone," said Sujoy Ghosh, brother of the deceased teacher. The brutality of the murder has shocked everyone in the vicinity.

The incident came to light after the neighbours found the bodies inside their house and informed the police. The investigation into the matter is underway.


Delhi: Five-month-old boy dies after iron nail pierces in his forehead during fight between parents

Delhi: Five-month-old boy dies after iron nail pierces in his forehead during fight between parents

In a shocking incident, on Wednesday a five-month-old boy died two days after an iron nail pierced in his forehead. The nail pierced in the boy's forehead when his father was allegedly beating his mother with a stick that had a protruding nail in east Delhi’s Kondli.

According to Hindustan Times, the police are now on lookout for the child's father, who is absconding since his death. The man earlier worked as an operation theatre (OT) technician in a private hospital in Ghaziabad. He was unemployed for the past few months. The child’s mother works as a nurse in a private clinic.

The incident took place when, the toddler was in his mother’s lap when his father allegedly started assaulting her with the stick following a quarrel over some issue on Sunday. During the assault, the stick hit the child’s forehead. That is when an iron nail attached to the stick pierced his forehead and he started bleeding, the police told the Hindustan Times.

Later, the child was rushed to a nearby clinic where a doctor gave the child first aid and discharged him. The child was recovering and was fine until Tuesday morning when he started throwing up. " His parents against rushed him to the clinic where the doctors found the child’s condition critical and referred him to a private hospital in Patparganj," a policer officer told the leading daily.

The child was rushed to hospital, where he was declared dead. After which the hospital authorities informed police about the toddler’s death. Later the body of the toddler was sent to Lal Bahadur Shastri hospital where autopsy was conducted. The autopsy report revealed that the child died due to internal bleeding in his head. A case of culpable homicide not amounting to murder has been registered under section 304 of Indian Penal Code at the Ghazipur police station.


Cannot cut Aarey trees till October 21: SC tells Maharashtra government

Cannot cut Aarey trees till October 21: SC tells Maharashtra government

'Gandhi Vichaar Padyatra': Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel unveils presents for Kandel

'Gandhi Vichaar Padyatra': Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel unveils presents for Kandel

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel addressed a massive public gathering during 'Gandhi Vichaar Padyatra' held on the occasion of 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi in Kandel on Saturday.

He announced that a college would be opened in Kandel in the name of Father of Nation Mahatma Gandhi, Madamsilli dam would be named after late Shri Babu Chhotelal Shrivastav and water would be released from dams for crops in summer.

He also announced the construction of a bridge in Kandel and the naming of Government Higher Secondary School Gopalpuri after freedom fighter Shri Hazari Lal Jain.

The Chief Minister in his address to the general assembly said that to protest the irrigation tax imposition by British rulers in Kandel, freedom fighter late Shri Babu Chhotelal Shrivastava had launched Kandel Nahar Satyagrah.

Mahatma Gandhi had decided to reach Kandel and join the protest but soon after receiving this information, British rulers had withdrawn the irrigation tax imposed. To make these memories of Kandel Nahar Satyagrah unforgettable, 'Gandhi Vichaar Padyatra' has been organized.

Chief Minister commemorated the personality and contribution of Mahatma Gandhi in social reformation, his fight for farmers, labourers and poor. He dedicated his life for women education, women empowerment and self-dependence.

Baghel said that it was the result of Mahatma Gandhi's teachings and efforts that people got their rights. Chhattisgarh Government is also following the path shown by Mahatma Gandhi.

State Government waived off farmer loans, and provided maximum support price for paddy in the country to farmers of the state i.e. Rs 2500 per quintal.

Wages for tendupatta collection increased to Rs 4000 per standard sack. He praised people of Kandel for building cowshed with public participation.

Thereafter, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel inaugurated 'Gandhi Vichaar Padyatra' from Kandel. This procession will conclude on October 10 at Gandhi Maidan of Raipur.

In this 'Padyatra' led by Chief Minister, cabinet ministers, MPs, MLAs and a large number of people are participating. Villagers accorded warm welcome to the procession by showering flower petals on the participants.

On the occasion, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel also unveiled the statues of Father of Nation Mahatma Gandhi and hero of Nahar Styagrah Babu Chhotelal Shrivastav.

At the onset, Chief Minister inaugurated the cowshed built with community support in Kandel and later walked all the way to Nahar Satyagrah Udyan. Chief Minister said on the occasion that 'padyatras' played major role in Mahatma Gandhi's 'Satyagrah'.

Bapu used to create awareness among the masses through his 'padyatras'. State Government is committed to follow the footsteps of Mahatma Gandhi.


Saddam extorted money from people by showing them his shooting videos

Saddam extorted money from people by showing them his shooting videos

New Delhi: Notorious interstate criminal Saddam alias Ghauri, who was arrested from Meerut in a joint operation by the Special Cell of the Delhi Police and Uttar Pradesh police on Thursday, has made some startling revelations about his activities.

"Saddam is a sharpshooter, who runs an extortion racket in Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan and presumably makes crores from it every month.

He is also a merciless killer with 14 criminal cases registered against him, including a case under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA)," a Special Cell source told IANS.

"To scare his victims into paying him the money that demanded, he would show them chilling videos of his shootings. He recently extorted around Rs 90 lakh from an illegal betting racket in West Delhi," said the source. Some of his victims have approached police after the arrest.

Saddam was arrested on Thursday after he was hit by bullets in both his legs. His two henchmen Dileep and Usman were also received bullet injuries in their legs.

"The gang was planning a big strike in and around Delhi soon. So his arrest is a big breakthrough for us," said Pramod Singh Kushwaha, Deputy Commissioner of Delhi Police (DCP).

"A point 32 bore automatic pistol, two 315 bore pistols, seven live cartridges and a car were recovered from the gangsters," the DCP said.

Assistant Police Commissioner Attar Singh, who led the Delhi Police team on Thursday, was also part of the team that arrested Saddam in 2014. He was then an Inspector.