Saturday, July 25, 2009

Maoist recalls final moments of Laxmanananda, claims cops fled

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    • Bhubaneswar
    • Reconstructing the final moments of the killing of VHP leader Laxmanananda Saraswati and his four associates in Kandhamal’s Jalespeta ashram in August 2008, Orissa police said that a Maoist who surrendered this week claimed there were four policemen at the ashram but they fled when the Maoists announced that they had come looking for the Swami.
    • The Swami’s murder, according to the Maoist, had been planned days in advance by Sabyasachi Panda, head of Orissa State Committee of the CPI (Maoist).

      “Other than the six who took part in the killing, there were several who were entrusted with blocking roads and providing logistics. A few days before the murder, some of the Maoists did a reconnaissance of the area. The cadres also had an ambush plan if they came across police,” Singh said.

    • Brekwada told police there was no transparency in the organization. “We were all brainwashed into believing that life in the jungles would be great. But we found it to be the opposite. Besides, leaders from Andhra Pradesh had the final say on everything though we did all the work,” he said.

The Hindu : Front Page : Mob attacks newspaper office in Gulbarga; three seriously injured

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    • Circulation manager of the newspaper Vilas Deshpande who was injured in the attack.
    • Violence: Superintendent of Police Padmanayan inspecting the damage in the office of Samyukta Karnataka in Gulbarga on Friday.
    • A group of Muslims on Friday attacked the office of the Kannada daily Samyukta Karnataka here and assaulted the staff. Three employees of the newspaper were severely injured. The assailants were protesting against a report on the head of a local dargah.

      The daily’s circulation manager Vilas Deshpande, who suffered serious head injuries, has been admitted to the Government General Hospital, and his condition stated to be serious.

      Executive Editor of the newspaper Srikantacharya Mannur, who was an eyewitness to the incident, said that about 15 persons shouting slogans against the newspapers started assaulting the staff in the front office where the circulation and advertisement departments functioned.

    • In a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner, the signatories said: “The newspaper had published indecent allegations and used vulgar words against the Honorable Shaikh Tajuddin Junaidi, Sajjada Nasheen of the Dargah of famous saint Sirajuddin Junaidi, who is known as Shaik-e-Deccan.”

HC reverses order on UP Muslims not being minorities - India - NEWS - The Times of India

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    • The Allahabad high court on Friday quashed the judgment delivered by a single judge of the same HC on April 5, 2007, holding that Muslims in Uttar Pradesh were not a religious minority.

      Delivering this long-awaited verdict, a division bench of the high court held that Muslims were a ‘‘minority’’ by a notification dated October 23, 1993, and that nobody challenged either the validity of any provision of the National Minorities Commission Act (1992) or the said notification issued under Section 2(c) of the said Act notifying Muslims.

Udupi: Implementation of Ban Order On Cow Slaughter Urged - D A I J I W O R L D

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    • Sri Rama Sene on Friday July 24 has demanded immediate implementation of the ban order on the cow slaughter in the state.
    • Udupi

'Clinton distancing from Obama' -

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    • Claiming that differences have emerged between United States President Barack Obama [ Images ] and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton [ Images ] on foreign policy issues, an American magazine on Friday suggested that Hillary Clinton's trip to India and Thailand has been her way to distance herself from the White House.

      "The trip to India and Thailand, in one sense, is Clinton's way of literally and figuratively distancing herself from Obama, her way of letting us know she has better policies for dealing with Beijing [ Images ]," wrote Forbes columnists Gordon G Chang.

      Author of the book The Coming Collapse of China, Gordon said that during her recent visit to India, Clinton devoted most of her time to relationship-building events.

      "Clinton's concept of siding with another large democracy seems much more attractive -- and sustainable," he wrote, adding most important, the US and India share values.

Who says RSS is a dying institution?: news

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    • Rashtriya Seva Bharati compiles and publishes a report of Seva karya growth after every 5 years. The report is called 'Seva Disha'. Started in 1995 with the cooperation of Seva Vardhini of Pune, this report has previously been published in 1997 and 2004.

      According to the press release of RSS, along with Rashtriya Seva Bharati, the social service projects and institutions inspired by the organisations Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram, Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Bharat Vikas Parishad, Rashtra Sevika Samiti, Vidya Bharati, Deen dayal Shodh Sansthan, and Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad are also growing.

    • This year, 10,479 Swayamsevaks from 6,982 places participated as trainees in the 'Pratham Varsha' (first year) Sangh Shiksha Varg, which is a part of a three year course.

      2,581 Swayamsevaks participated in the 'Dwitiya Varsha' (second year training), while 973 Swayamsevaks completed the 'Trutiya Varsha' (third year) training. Every year, the Swayamsevaks who have completed the initial training of the Sangh called 'Prathamik Shiksha Varg', are eligible to participate in these 20 days residential course.

Our Glorious Battles « Indian Realist

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    • The Indian Army Saturday celebrated the 268th anniversary of the victory of the Travancore kingdom’s forces over the Dutch in the mid-18th century.

      The forces of King Marthanda Varma defeated the Dutch in an amphibious battle July 31, 1741, earning Travancore the distinction of being among the few Asian forces to have defeated a leading European sea power at sea and land.

      The king recorded this victory with a majestic pillar erected at Colachal beach, in what is now Tamil Nadu.

    • Will some Bollywood director pay his debt to the salt of the land by making a movie on this battle?

Protest against 'Slumdog' screening in Parliament on August 3 - Hindu Deities |

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      After the Budget, it'll be time for some Bollywood entertainment in Parliament. The Lok Sabha secretariat has arranged for a special screening of Danny Boyle's highly acclaimed film, Slumdog Millionaire, on August 3 for the MPs.

      But the icing in the cake will be the presence of its Oscar winners -- music director A R Rahman, lyricist Gulzar and sound engineer Resul Pookutty -- at the special screening.

      This will be the first time when Rahman and the two other Oscar winners will be felicitated by Parliament for their achievement. The three had won the much-coveted US Oscar awards on February 23.

    • It was actually Pookutty's idea to bring the Oscar winners to Parliament. When Achary contacted Pookutty, currently stationed in the US, about the secretariat's plan to show the film for the Parliamentarians, Pookutty suggested bringing Rahman there.

    • The Lok Sabha secretariat had shown films for the MPs earlier as well but this will be the first time when a commercial film will be screened because of its worldwide fame. Last year, the secretariat screened Shyam Benegal's Bose: The forgotten Hero for the MPs.

      Benegal is currently a nominated MP of the Rajya Sabha.

      Earlier, stalwarts like Lata Mangeshkar (then a Rajya Sabha member) had performed at the special programme held on 50 years of Indian independence in 1997. A few years ago, shehnai maestro Bismillah Khan was also felicitated by the Parliament.

हिंदू होने का खामियाजा भुगत रहे हैं कनेरिया

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    अच्छा खेल दिखाने के बावजूद कनेरिया को कभी भी वन-डे क्रिकेट में ज़्यादा मौके नहीं दिये गए
    • दानिश कनेरिया मौजूदा समय में पाकिस्तान टीम के सबसे कामयाब स्पिनर हैं लेकिन हर समय टीम से अंदर-बाहर होते रहते हैं। दरअसल मुस्लिम टीम में इकलौते हिंदू होने की कीमत कनेरिया को चुकानी पड़ रही है। पाकिस्तानी क्रिकेट में इस मुद्दे पर हमेशा खामोशी रही है लेकिन आईबीएन 7 को मिली जानकारी के अनुसार कनेरिया खुद इस भेद-भाव से अक्सर परेशान रहते हैं। वो चाहकर भी न तो इसकी आलोचना कर सकते हैं और न ही कुछ कह सकते हैं।

Shahrukh plays father to a teenager | पिता की भूमिकाओं में उतरे शाहरूख - Oneindia Hindi

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here. । विस्फोट.कॉम - खाप का खूनी पदचाप

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    • हरियाणा के कैथल जिले में गोत्र विवाह के कारण एक युवक वेदपाल की हत्या हो गई।
    • दिलचस्प  बात है कि हरियाणा की इस घटना पर किसी भी पार्टी ने अपना मुंह नहीं खोला है। कारण साफ है।  हरियाणा में कभी भी चुनाव हो सकते है। चुनाव के डर से कोई भी पार्टी बोलने को तैयार नहीं है। जाट वोट बैंक की चिंता हर पार्टी को है। इसकी चिंता अगर भूपेंद्र सिंह हुड्डा करते है तो यही चिंता इनेलो के ओमप्रकाश चौटाला की है। वहीं भाजपा और बसपा जैसी पार्टी भी चुप बैठी है। अर्थात कांग्रेस और भाजपा जैसी दोनों राष्ट्रीय पार्टी इस मध्ययुगीन कुरीती का विरोध करने की क्षमता नहीं रखती। बसपा शायद इस मसले पर इसलिए नहीं बोलती कि मसला दलित उत्पीड़न का नहीं है। ऐसे में राजनीतिक दलों से आप क्या उम्मीद करेंगे? फिर पुलिस भी वही करेगी जो राजनीतिज्ञ चाहेंगे। । विस्फोट.कॉम - गोत्र की गली में प्रेम का जनाजा

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    • आदित्य चौधरी
    • पिछले कुछ सालों से हरियाणा में गोत्र विवाद लगातार सामने आ रहे हैं. हैरानी ये है की लड़का - लड़की या फिर दोनों को ही कई बार हरियाणा में एक गाँव या एक ही गोत्र में शादी करने पर मौत के घाट उतरा जा चूका है इसके बावजूद प्यार करने वाले बाज नहीं आ रहे और समाज के डर और रुढिवादिता को ठेंगा दिखाते हुए पहले प्यार और फिर शादी कर रहे हैं. परंपरा के अनुसार यदि एक गाव में पांच गोत्र हैं तो युवक की शादी के लिए न सिर्फ पांच गोत्रों को बल्कि मां और दादी के गोत्र भी छोड़ने पड़तेहैं । इसी वजह से युवकों को शादी में खासी मशक्कत करनी पड़ती है। हालांकि जाट समुदाय के प्रबुद्ध लोग भाईचारे के गोत्रों की परंपरा में सुधार करने के पक्षधर हैं, लेकिन वे खापों के प्रदेश में दबदबे के चलते सामने आकर बोलने के लिए तैयार नहीं हैं। इसके बावजूद युवा पीढ़ि इन नियमों को लगातार तोड़ रही है। और इसी वजह से कई बार इन नियमों को तोड़ने का दंड उन्हें जान देकर चुकाना पड़ रहा है.
    • हालाँकि गोत्र के चलते शादी में होने वाली दिक्कतों को ध्यान में रखते हुए कुछ प्रबुद्ध लोगों ने इस दिशा में सोचना और काम करना शुरू भी कर दिया है, प्रदेश में मलिक के बाद दूसरी सबसे बड़ी खाप है दहिया खाप. हरियाणा में दहिया गोत्र के 53 गांव हैं। दहिया खाप की दिसंबर, 2008 को गांव सिसाना में हुई पंचायत में दादी के गोत्र को छोड़ दिया गया, लेकिन दादी के गांव में वे अपने लड़के और लड़की का रिश्ता नहीं कर सकते हैं। फिर भी ये फैसला कम से कम अँधेरे में रौशनी की किरण तो दिखाता ही है.


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    • That is why General Choudhary was forced to utter the bitter truth that "The soldiers do not think about what the politicians think about their acts. They have been serving their country bravely since 1947". That is possibly why he also called Natarjan's bluff that there were no political reasons for not commemorating Kargil by pointing out that while all heroic acts of the soldiers from 1947 onwards need to be celebrated by the nation, the only day being commemorated is when India's military created Bangladesh.

      Something is indeed seriously wrong with India's politicians. And it is getting worse. The amount of energy they spend in trying to run political opponents down and the level that they sink to, to do so, is disgusting and nauseating indeed. They will readily embrace the architect of Kargil, Musharraf, fall into his military commando trap like ignorant fools and nearly get tricked into a shocking deal with him to all but sell Kashmir to Pakistan. But when it comes to political opponents who are Indians, they will behave as if they are dealing with arch enemies who have to be defeated by all means, even if Pakistan benefits in the process.
    • General Shankar Roy Choudhary needs to be complimented for speaking a truth that would have given great comfort to lakhs of serving and retired soldiers who have for long felt that their military leaders have been letting them down since 1947 because of their inability to find their voices when handling politicians and bureaucrats. He has now shown the way with remarkable candour.
    • The Indian Army is no longer a colonial fighting machine. It is now a people's army. It is also apolitical. That, however, does not mean that its leaders, past and present, should keep looking only inward within the organisation.

Hinduism Today Magazine - Hindu Press International » Holiday Swap Proposed In New Zealand

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    • New Zealand employees could choose to swap existing public holidays for celebrations or holidays of other religions, under an idea put forward as part of a review of holiday legislation.

      Parakash Soma, president of the Wellington Indian Association, said that as he celebrated traditional New Zealand festivities, he hoped the general population could join in celebrating the festivals of other cultures, such as the Indian festival of Diwali, or Indian New Year. “If it’s recognized nationally then everybody recognizes each others’ culture.”

दिल्ली से योगेश गुलाटी......!: मुंबई : एम एन एस कार्यकर्ताओं ने किया नाबालिग से गैंग रेप, एमएमएस भी बनाया

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    • मुंबई में एमआईडीएस इलाके में 4 युवकों ने एक नाबालिग लड़की के साथ गैंग रेप कर उसका एमएमएस भी बनाया है। इस पूरे मामलें में पुलिस ने कार्रववाई करते हुए 4 युवकों को हिरासत में ले लिया है। पुलिस चारों युवकों से पूछताछ कर मामलें की छानबीन कर रहीं है।चारों युवक मनसे के कार्यकर्ताबलात्कार करने वाले चारों युवक मनसे के कार्यकर्ता बताए जा रहे है और दन सभी पर बलात्कार और हत्या का मामला पुलिस एमआईडीसी की पुलिस ने दर्ज कर लिया है।

दिल्ली से योगेश गुलाटी......!: वह कश्मीर से अपने जले घर की लकड़ी के टुकड़े लेकर आया

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    • राजेंद्र तिवारी
      Editor, Bhaskar websites
    • मुझे एक सच्ची कहानी याद आ रही है एक कश्मीरी पंडित बच्चे की जो कश्मीर से विस्थापित माता-पिता के साथ जम्मू में रहता था। उसके मां-बाप 1990-91 में कश्मीर से भागकर जम्मू आए थे। यह बच्चा उस समय मां की गोद में था। पिता उसे अनंतनाग स्थिति अपने मकान और खेतों के बारे में लगातार बताते रहते थे। बच्चा धीरे-धीरे बड़ा हो रहा था। अपने पिता के बचपन, दक्षिणी कश्मीर खासतौर पर अनंतनाग जिले का विवरण उसे आकर्षित करता था। जब वह 10 साल का हुआ तबसे उसने अनंतनाग जिले के अपने मकान को देखने की जिद शुरू की। पिता उसे किसी न किसी बहाने टालते रहते थे।

steps to second partition: India betrays Baloch

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    • The biggest victim of terrorism on earth is being accused of fomenting terror. That's no mean achievement of a state power that is busy making friendship with a terror state whose boy is pleading in our court to hang him for killing 166 people last year.
    • And we are bending over backwards to get a certificate of good conduct from it. And expecting it will change for the good.
    • Isn't it a shame that a country doesn't feel hurt at the loss of 1.25 lakh sq km to the enemy, didn't feel angry, didn't resolve to take revenge for the loss of our 600 soldiers in Kargil and teach a lesson to a mischievously unrepentant neighbour? So much so that the discredited Musharraf still gets honourable platforms to big-mouth in Delhi. Who felt hurt that the anniversary of Kargil victory was completely ignored by the government, no one paid tributes to the soldiers, there were no special shows on TV channels? Who felt hurt to read stories of the Kargil heroes who lost their limbs and are forced to live at a paltry pension of Rs 5,000?
    • A self-defeating secularism allows a pro-terrorist Jamia crowd clubbed with the apologists to Azamgarh-Batla house syndrome who collected funds for the accused through a vice-chancellor, speak against the Human Rights Commission's clean chit to the police and restoring the honour of Inspector M C Sharma, who was humiliated by Congress and SP leaders even after his heroic death.
    • The eclipse is secular in its darkness that has affected the Indian soul and we ignore the core issue to run after cosmetics. Just have a relook at Kalam saheb's episode.
    • Americans must be apprised much before to have a proper, honourable safe passage to our ex-head of the state. Was that done?
    • econdly, those who are agitated over the frisking of Kalam are silent on Rahul Gandhi and Robert Vadra being given the privilege of passing through airport security without a check. Why and on what grounds?

IntelliBriefs: Baluchistan in India Pakistan Joint statement

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    • Is India arming Baloch insurgents?

      "The only way that India can arm Baloch insurgents is either through Iran or through Afghanistan. Clearly, India cannot support Baloch insurgents through Iran without the explicit permission of the supreme leader Sayyid Ali Khamenei. Again, Indian cannot arm Baloch insurgents through Afghanistan without the explicit permission of Lt General David Barno. Additionally, an instable Balochistan jeopardises India's pipeline dreams and is not in India's long-term economic interests."

      "There is little doubt that arms are flowing into Pakistan's Balochistan both through Iran and Afghanistan. That, however, in no way means that the states of Iran or Afghanistan are directly involved. Surely, the entire region has long been flooded with Kalashnikovs, heavy machine guns, rocket propelled grenades, landmines and mortars. Every kind of killing machine is available to anyone who is willing to pay the price, and then Pakistan's border with Afghanistan is a rugged 2,430 kilometres long, the one with Iran is 909 kilometres (even America has failed to block the supply of arms to Iraqi 'insurgents')."

Senator puts India in F-22’s sights

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    • By most accounts, India is an ally of the U.S. But Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, in his zeal to keep funding for the F-22 fighter jet that Robert Gates and President Obama want to cut, decides that they are a potential threat:
    • And it’s not like India is at the end of a list of names of potential enemies there, it’s the very first one! Only after that does he mention countries like Russia, Iran and North Korea.


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    • I couldnot help but support Baba Ramdev when he asserted that homosexuality is a disease  which can be treated through a mixture of ayurveda and yoga.

      I agree because homosexuality is in the mind and then seeps into the genes.

    • Even animals in the zoo turn homosexuals when they are deprived of the opposite sex.  The homosexuality malaise goes deeper.  It is a disease of the split mind.