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Under trial prisoners tortured in Jaipur jail PDF Print E-mail
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Muslim prisoners torturedOver a dozen persons accused of carrying out and conspiring in the May 13, 2008 bomb blasts in Jaipur were allegedly brutally thrashed in the Central Jail here, where they have been kept in judicial custody for more than a year, when they sought permission to offer prayers along with other prisoners in the jail compound on Id-ul-Fitr this past Monday. Two of the accused booked under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act – Munawwar Hussain and Nazakat – have alleged in their complaint to the higher prison authorities that the jail officials, incensed over a tiff with them on their request to join Id prayers earlier in the day, dragged them out of their cells on Monday evening with the help of other “hardcore prisoners” and beat them with batons and other objects.

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Sep 15, Remembering AnnaDurai PDF Print E-mail
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eptember 15, 2009 marks the birth centenary of one of the greatest sons of Tamil Nadu, Conjeevaram Natarajan Annadurai or Anna as he is affectionately known. He was a statesman, a scholar, a litterateur, a social reformer, a mass leader, a friend of the poor, a writer, an actor, a playwright, a poet, a satirist, a politician and above all a good human being.Today, September 15, 2009 marks the birth centenary of one of the greatest sons of Tamil Nadu, Conjeevaram Natarajan Annadurai or Anna as he is affectionately known. He was a statesman, a scholar, a litterateur, a social reformer, a mass leader, a friend of the poor, a writer, an actor, a playwright, a poet, a satirist, a politician and above all a good human being. Attired in simple South Indian Veshti and a shirt, he was austere, mostly silent and quiet; but strong and dynamic as and when the occasion demanded. This writer had the good fortune of interacting with him on a couple of occasions. He never cared for his look or appearance. Often, he will come out in the open with an unshaven face, carrying a broad innocent smile.

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Wrong Terror alert shattered ‘Gulf dreams’ of a Kerala Muslim youth PDF Print E-mail
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Janta Havaldar

A 28-year-old Muslim youth vanished all of his gulf dreams due to inappropriate terror hunt at a Kerala airport. Sayed Kabeer Koyambathudi, an auto rickshaw driver from Malabar region of Waynad was off-loaded from the Kuwait Airways aircraft just minutes before take-off from Trivandrum Airport on 30rd Aug 2009.  For his bad fate, Kabeer's first name or last name was closer to someone who is on the 'alert notice' by Indian Intelligence Bureau (IB). The victim was detained and continuously quizzed for 13 hours by security regime claiming that he was associated with a terror network. Within this time, media was mobilized by security officials alleging that they got a major terrorist in their custody.

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21 % of under-five deaths are in India PDF Print E-mail
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A family mourning death of a child on the street in Triplicane area in ChennaiNEW DELHI: First the good news — 10,000 fewer children are now dying every day before reaching their fifth birthday compared to 1990. The bad news — India alone accounts for 21% of the under-five mortality of the globe. In fact, half of the deaths occurred in India, Nigeria, Congo, Pakistan and China. Interestingly, among them, India and Nigeria together accounted for nearly one-third of the total number of under-five deaths worldwide (21% and 12%, respectively).

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New faces of an old terror Camp PDF Print E-mail
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Godse and Companions, India's first terror gangEIGHT ATTEMPTS were made on Mahatma Gandhi's life before the final one on January 30, 1948 was successful. Yet public discourse is reluctant to acknowledge that the first act of terror perpetrated on independent India's soil stemmed from a determined and vicious planning by the Hindu Right. Moreover, it refuses to admit that the assassination, was premeditated. When Godse, a member of the Hindu Mahasabha, a Hindu nationalist organisation executed the crime, India's first home Minister, Sardar Patel said on record: The RSS [Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh] celebrated and distributed sweets when Gandhiji was assassinated. Sardar Patel's government banned the RSS after the killing. And Patel had made that remark to justify the ban.

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