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Jammu and Kashmir: Youth injured in Shopian firing succumbs

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Srinagar, Jan 31: Another youth wounded in security force firing in Shopian district on Saturday succumbed to injuries on Wednesday taking the toll of civilian deaths in the incident to three.

Sources in the Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) here said 19-year-old Rayees Ahmad admitted in the hospital on Saturday succumbed on Wednesday morning, news agency IANS reported.

With this, the death toll in Ganowpora village firing rose to three. Javaid Ahmad and Suhail Ahmad were killed in during the firing when a stone-pelting mob targetted an administrative convoy of 10 Garhwal unit on Saturday.

Army said its personnel had fired in self-defence after a junior level officer fell unconscious following the mob attack.

Cops have registered an FIR of murder against the soldiers of the unit.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)  has demanded the withdrawal of the FIR while the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said the investigation into the killings of the civilians would be taken to its logical conclusion.

A magisterial probe has also been ordered by the state government into the incident.

Reacting to this,   Lt Gen D.Anbu, Commander Northern Command today said “It is an initial step, they have lodged FIR. Everything will come out in an investigation. Notwithstanding what state government did, we had our own inquiry and are clear that we responded when we were provoked to the ultimate”.

“That is an unfortunate thing, in such a case a generic FIR should have been filed. I think they have prematurely put the name of an individual, I am sure when they investigate truth will come out”, he asserted.

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Govt plans to commission study on modernisation of madarsas

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New Delhi: The Union Minority Affairs Ministry has invited expressions of interest from consulting agencies for conducting a study on strengthening and modernising of madarsas, an official statement said.

The tender, floated on October 15, says the ministry invites “conducting study and preparation of detailed concept note on strengthening/modernisation of madarsas” and the last date of submitting the tender is November 2.

The Ministry statement said that education is an area of concern for the Muslim community, and it is understood that a large number of children from the community in India may be attending madarsas for education, but that it has been observed, over a period of time, that the education being imparted there does not follow the formal curriculum and does not have sufficient infrastructure and qualified teachers.

Noting that the National Education Policy 2020 recognises that minorities are relatively under-represented in school education as well as higher education, it said that policy acknowledges the importance of interventions to promote education of children belonging to all minority communities, and particularly those communities that are educationally under-represented.

It envisages that separate strategies will be formulated for focused attention on reducing the social category gaps in school education which, inter alia, include the alternative forms of schools to be encouraged to preserve their traditions or alternative pedagogical styles, the Ministry said.

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Miscreant attacks JNU professor, gold ornaments looted

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Gurugram, Oct 23 : In a shocking incident, a 68-year-old JNU professor, who is still attached with the varsity after her retirement, was attacked at her residence by a miscreant, who decamped with a gold chain and bangles worth Rs 2.5 lakh, the police said on Friday.

According to the police, the victim, Manju Shree Chauhan, is a resident of Sushant Lok Phase 2-3. The woman is unmarried and lives alone at her flat.

“The incident took place on Thursday afternoon at around 3.15 pm when the woman was alone. The accused, who introduced himself as a courier boy, came to her flat and told the woman that there is a parcel in her name. He then asked for an ID proof, which she produced.

“As the iron gate was locked from inside, the person asked for her Aadhaar card, saying he could not see it properly. When she opened the gate, the person pushed her inside and hit her with a blunt object,” said Hari Singh Dhillon, a neighbour of the victim.

“Chauhan became unconscious after the attack. When she regained consciousness, she telephoned us at 3.53 pm and we immediately rushed to her flat. She was lying in a pool of blood in a semi-conscious state. I immediately called the police and took her to a private hospital, where she is undergoing treatment,” Dillon said.

“The unknown accused fled with the woman’s gold ornaments. We are scanning nearby CCTV footages to develop the indentity of the accused. A case in this regard has been registered at the Sector 56 police station. Further investigation is on,” said the investigation officer in the case.

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Remembering Rafi Ahmed Kidwai: Indian freedom fighter who was next to Nehru

Rafi Ahmed Kidwai died on 24 October 1954 aged 60, while he was still holding office as a Minister.

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Rafi Ahmed Kidwai is one of the most prominent figures of Indian political history. During his time as minister, he was widely credited with bringing about worthy initiatives and implementation of laws. To his credit, many statues, streets, and institutes are named after him.

A man of courage, he belonged to an Islamic family hailed from the Barabanki District of Uttar Pradesh. After completing his education from Mohammadan Anglo-Oriental College in Aligarh, he entered politics through the Khilafat Movement.

When he was a student at the Aligarh Muslim University, he was tagged as a ‘Dangerous Person’ for his open Anti- British ideas. In response to the call given by Mahatma Gandhi, he left Aligarh to join the National Movement. He led the Khilafat Non-Co-operation Movement in Barabanki district. Since then, he played a vital role in the National Movement both at the State level and National levels.

Though he hailed from a Zamindari family, surprisingly and in keeping with his ideology, he gave a call for the abolition of the Zamindari system. Hopeful of changes in the policies of the Indian National Congress, he agreed to enter the Assembly. He won the elections held in 1935 under the leadership of Motilal Nehru and became a minister.

During his tenure as a minister, Rafi Ahmed proposed several reforms. The Indian National Congress assigned to him the responsibility of organizing the Anti War Satyagraha Movement in October 1940, which he discharged successfully.

Rafi Ahmed Kidwai was arrested during that movement. He spent a total period of ten years in the Jails during the National Movement. When most of the leaders were in Jails after the Quit India Movement, the Muslim League started strengthening itself. At that time, he faced the League with all his capabilities. He started the magazine ‘Quami Awaz’ to foil the divisionary tactics of the League and also wrote several articles in newspapers like the ‘National Herald’ to disseminate the secular thoughts. He had enormous respect for the culture of integrity and civilization of India. Thus he dedicated himself to the protection of Indian culture.

In 1969 to honor him, India Post has issued 20 Paisa commemorative Postal Stamp. The design of the stamp is horizontal and it depicts the portrait of late Shri Rafi Ahmad Kidwai at the right side and the left corner depicts the airplane to indicate Night Air Mail Service.

Kidwai died on 24 October 1954 aged 60, while he was still holding office as a Minister. Continuous strenuous work had destroyed his health and he had developed cardiac asthma. He was buried with full state honours in his hometown.

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