RESERVATION DEMANDED FOR MUSLIMS IN UP
Aligarh: In a joint symposium organised by AMU Unan Resident Student Centre and Intellectual Forum for Secular Democracy (IFSD) political organisations and AMU scholars passed a resolution for 10 percent reservation of Muslims in academic institutions and 20 percent reservation in Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) and other police departments. IFSD chairman, Prof. Shamim Ahmad said Muslims should be given reservation for the development of the country. In 1982 Saxena Commission had made it clear that Muslims were backward more than other 10 to 20 percent backward communities. Muslims population in Andhra Pradesh is 64 lakhs while there are 2 crore Muslims in UP. Hence they should also be given reservations, he said.
Former principal of Engineering College, Prof. Razaullah said Mulayam Singh is called to be the messiah of Muslims. Therefore he should give 20 percent reservation to Muslims in PAC and police force and 10 percent reservation in educational institutions and other government jobs. Secretary of teachers Association, Dr Muhammad Shahid said Muslims are backward educationally, socially and economically. Therefore they should be brought in mainstream by giving reservations. Chief guest Amanullah Khan said reservation was the legal right of Muslims.
NUMBER OF MUSLIM POLICE MAYBE INCREASED
Mumbai: Nasim Siddiqui, chairman of Maharashtra Minority Commission has announced to open free training camps in different districts for police recruitment examinations so that minorities appear in the examinations in a greater number and get jobs in police department. Speaking at a function of Mumbai Marathi Journalists Association, Siddiqui said Maharashtra government had granted a one-crore rupee budget to remove educational backwardness of Muslims. He said training camps would be opened in every district of the state and different NGOs would be permitted to open such centres whose expenses would be borne through this budget. He said recently applications were invited from 18000 youths for recruitment in Maharashtra police department in which there were only 400 Muslim applications. Siddiqui said he had recently talked to state home minister RR Patil about giving jobs to Muslims in police department and about the injustice done in this regard. The minister assured him that such injustice will not be repeated.
ACADEMY TO RECTIFY URDU BOARDS
New Delhi: After protracted delay and negligence of government and official agencies, Delhi Urdu Academy took up the responsibility to rectify the crisscrossed and badly written Urdu nameplates and boards on Delhi roads.
The work was started on 4 August from Sardar Patel Road, opposite the statue of Gyarah Murti Dandi March. Not only Urdu, even Punjabi names would be corrected under this campaign.
Talking to UNI, the Academy vice-chairman Meem Afzal said after continual long delay of the government for unknown reasons to rectify Urdu names of roads, the Academy had decided to do the job on its own. Meanwhile, Delhi government gave it the complete responsibility.
To rectify names of about 157 roads of Delhi, the Academy will work in collaboration with MCD, NDMC, DDA and CPWD. There are some long roads which have boards at two and three places. Thus the number of boards maybe around 2500. About expenses and duration of work, Afzal said there was no problem of budget but the project might take some time to be completed. He, however, assured to complete the work by the end of current year.
DEMAND TO OPEN THE LOCK OF MOSQUE
Amroha: The issue of banning namaz in Fatehpur Vishroi village in Amroha is taking a serious turn. While local authorities and police officials have misunderstood the issue due to unawareness, hardline organisations and extremist elements are bent on complicating it. While social organisations are raising their voice against putting lock on the mosque, some state ministers are not even bothered to visit the place.
It is pertinent to mention here that a ban was imposed on offering namaz at the mosque about two and half years ago on complaint of some mischievous elements. The mosque was also locked. The complainants included local members of VHP and Bajrang Dal who blamed Muslims of establishing new traditions in the name of namaz while the imam of the mosque and senior Muslims said that in the month of Ramadan prayer mats were spread outside the mosque due to increase in the number of namazis. This made extremist elements raise loud hue and cry and they termed it as an innovation. Residents say the police did not try to understand the issue, but banned namaz and locked the mosque. Advocate Mansoor Ahmad says some people are trying to disrupt peace in the district.
UP GOVT. TO OPEN TAJ AT NIGHT
Agra: In its further efforts to boost tourism, Uttar Pradesh government has decided to celebrate International Taj Year festival. Tourists may enjoy viewing the Taj Mahal in its full beauty during full moon. Five consecutive nights would be allowed in a month.
Speaking at Agra UP chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav assured government’s full assistance to celebrate Taj Year and expected support from central government and Supreme Court. Taj Mahal is 350 years old now.
In response to UP government’s proposal, Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) in consultation with CISF for internal security, has decided that once all the plans are in place, night-time visitors will be allowed to view the Taj only from the platform at the entry from the southern gate. And the pathway with the fountains and the gardens around it will be out of bounds.
But it all depends on whether Supreme Court allows night tourism or not. The apex court has discontinued it since 1984 for security concerns in response to a PIL filed in the court.
50 MUSLIM FAMILIES LEAVE SARADA AFTER RIOTS
Jaipur: In recent communal frenzy, fifty Muslim families have left their village Sarada in Udaipur district of south Rajasthan as peoples of tribal-dominated area decided to wipe them out. There was a petty dispute between Ashfaque and other persons of another community.
State home minister exposing extra political adroitness, avoided to discuss situation in the Assembly on the ground that it would not be appropriate. He said, “…it was a sensitive matter and making a statement on the floor of the Assembly might aggravate the situation.” He further said that he along with Congress MLA from Sarada had taken pains to convince the tribals in favour of maintaining peace. He also said that there was an intense frenzy among the tribals against the members of Muslim community.
On the other hand, police personnel boycotted the mess in Udaipur’s police lines in protest against the removal of Raviprakash Meharda, superintendent of police at Udaipur. Police personnel say a superior officer should have listened his arguments before action was taken. The police had opened fire last Friday on attackers to control communal riots turning widespread.«
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