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BMC has a New Year gift for Bhendi Bazaar

The year 2016 could probably herald a sea change in the fortunes of Bhendi Bazaar if everything goes as planned. Its much talked about Rs4,000-crore cluster redevelopment project has finally received the commencement certificate (CC) and works on the project are likely to commence soon.”We have received the CC for our sub-cluster development from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). We will rehabilitate the tenants in this sub-cluster, providing them a minimum of 350 sq.ft carpet area and 300 sq.ft of commercial space under redevelopment plan. As many as 4,500 units will be constructed as part of the project,” said Abbas Master, CEO of Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust (SBUT).It’s the SBUT that has undertaken the 16.5-acre cluster redevelopment (33.9) plan, located in the heart of South Mumbai. It has already engaged the New York-based architect and designer firm, Perkins Eastman to work on the project.The sub-cluster area is around four acres, and around 700 tenants and 300 commercial establishments will have to be rehabilitated. “We will complete this sub-cluster works in three to 3.5 years, while the entire project will take 10 years. It is one of the biggest cluster redevelopment in the entire country. The Centre and Maharashtra are supporting this model project and are keen on replicating it in other parts of India,” Abbas Master said.He said the unique features about the project are its self-sustainable and eco-friendly aspects. “Each cluster will have its own sewerage treatment and power plant. There will be rainwater harvesting facility and solar panels to generate electricity. While there is no green cover at present, the redeveloped area will have 700 trees of various categories. Besides, it will have a 3.5-km-long shopping street. It will be of multiple levels where people will enjoy the shopping experience,” Abbas Master said.”The proposed roads will be 15 to 16 metres in width, and huge area will be earmarked for parking and recreation, with emphasis on greenery,” said Master adding, “Our primary agenda is to rehabilitate the people hit by the project.”Master said that the project will not only change the face of South Mumbai but also improve people’s living condition. “It will transform Bhendi Bazaar into a diverse sustainable community with a healthy neighbourhood, creating a vibrant urban area,” he said.Since the inception of the cluster development programme in 2009, a total of 46 projects were planned. But, as of now, only a couple of them are expected to become a reality, and Bhendi Bazaar could be the first.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

DDCA row: Government rules out Arun Jaitley’s resignation

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“No one will resign,” Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said as slogan-shouting Congress members demanded Jaitley’s resignation.

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Government on Monday categorically ruled out resignation of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over allegations of corruption in Delhi cricket body DDCA which he headed till 2013, as Congress member disrupted proceedings of Rajya Sabha.”No one will resign,” Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said as slogan-shouting Congress members demanded Jaitley’s resignation. No one will resign over “false charges” levelled against them, he asserted. But Congress members continued to shout slogans, forcing two adjournments in the pre-noon session.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Soon after listed papers were laid on the table, placard holding Congress members were up on their feet shouting slogans seeking Jaitley’s resignation. Jaitley said he was ready to reply to all charges and urged the Chair to ask Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad to raise a discussion immediately.”I am not going to live by any vague statements,” Jaitely said, adding “if they have a single statement, let him (Azad) make it right now. I will answer it right now.” He was responding to Azad’s statement that many big allegations including that of a Rs 150 crore fraud, 14 bogus companies being floated and conflict of interest at DDCA, have been in discussion for several days now.Demanding a discussion, Azad said “he (Jaitley) can’t remain on the position.”Deputy Chairman P J Kurien said there is a procedure for levelling allegations against a member of the House or a minister and a prior notice to the concerned has to be given. He then went on to expunge all allegations against the Finance Minister.But Congress members were unrelenting and continued to raise slogans. They held placards that read: “First Resign, Then Discussion” and “Caesar’s Wife Should Be Above Suspicion.””Whey are you allowing all this noise. Ask him to start discussion right now. I will answer it right now,” Jaitley said.Kurien said the Leader of the House was ready for discussion and the Congress should give notice for discussion.”Sir, do I assume that they have nothing to say except raise slogans,” Jaitley remarked as Congress members continued to shout slogans. The slogan shouting intensified after Naqvi ruled out resignation, forcing Kurien to adjourn the House for 15 minutes.

Even beef-eaters can be RSS members, says senior leader Manmohan Vaidya

The leader said this in Arunachal Pradesh.

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At a time when the question of eating beef has dominated the national discourse frequently, with many states going for stricter laws and the Dadri incident leading to the debate about intolerance, a senior RSS leader has made a sensational statement.According to The Telegraph, Manmohan Vaidya said that RSS doesn’t dictate food habits but eating beef is not traditional across the country. However, he stated that it is fairly common practice in Arunachal Pradesh. He said that beef eaters can also become part of RSS. According to the report, there are nearly 3000 RSS members in the state who consume beef. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Vaidya also firmly rejected charges of growing intolerance in the country. He said people of certain ideologies are always intolerant to contrarian views. Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi earlier said that those who beef can go to Pakistan. One is unsure whether he is aware that some RSS members are beef-eaters.

Quran is being misinterpreted by Muslim men to have more than one wife, says Gujarat HC

The petitioner, Jafar Abbas Merchant, had approached the high court to quash an FIR against him filed by his wife who alleged that he got married to another woman without her consent.

In a strongly-worded order, the Gujarat High Court on Thursday said the Quran was being misinterpreted by Muslim men to have more than one wife and the provision of polygamy was being misused by them for “selfish reasons”. The high court also stated that time has come for the country to embrace the uniform civil code as such provisions are in violation of the Constitution.Justice J B Pardiwala made these observations while pronouncing the order related to section 494 of IPC, which deals with punishment for having more than one wife. The petitioner, Jafar Abbas Merchant, had approached the high court to quash an FIR against him filed by his wife who alleged that he got married to another woman without her consent.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the FIR, she invoked section 494 of IPC (marrying again during lifetime of husband or wife) against Jafar. In his plea, Jafar, however, claimed that the Muslim Personal Law allows Muslim men to marry four times and hence the FIR against him does not stand legal scrutiny.In the order, Pardiwala noted “the Quran is being misinterpreted by Muslim men to have more than one wife.””When the Quran allowed polygamy, it was for a fair reason. When men use that provision today, they do it for a selfish reason. Polygamy finds mention in the Quran only once, and it is about conditional polygamy,” the order said.”Muslim Personal Law does not permit a Muslim to treat one wife cruelly, drive her out of the matrimonial home and then get married for the second time. However, there is no law in this country which takes care of this situation. There is no uniform civil code in this country,” it said.The high court put the onus on the government to do the needful with regards to the uniform civil code.”On the basis of modern, progressive thinking, India must shun the practice and establish uniform civil code,” stated the judgment.The court further observed that the permission to have four wives under Muslim Personal Law violates Constitutional provisions.”Polygamy and the unilateral talaq without the wife’s consent offends Article 14 (equality before law for all) and Article 15 (the state’s non discrimination on grounds of caste, religion, sex, etc). If the state tolerates this law, it becomes an accomplice in the discrimination of the female, which is illegal under its own laws,” the court in its order.While mentioning several verses of the Quran as well as statements of noted scholars, the HC said “it is abundantly clear that notwithstanding there is no codification by the legislation of marriages amongst the Muslims, polygamy is not encouraged and is an exception and not a rule. It is not the fundamental right of a Muslim to have four wives.”The court also gave a verdict in favour of Jafar and removed section 494 from the FIR, as being a Muslim, he is governed by the Muslim Personal Law, which allows him to have more than one wife, and not under the IPC.”In view of the above, so far as the offence punishable under Section 494 of IPC is concerned, I am left with no other option but to accept the submission that Jafar cannot be prosecuted for the offence punishable under Section 494 of IPC. To this extent, the petition will have to be allowed and is, accordingly, allowed,” stated the order.

Congress demands BJP’s apology over Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi’s remark on Sonia Gandhi

The Congress on Sunday condemned Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi?s remark that party president “Sonia Gandhi cries when a terrorist like Osama is killed” and demanded an apology from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in this regard.

The Congress on Sunday condemned Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi’s remark that party president “Sonia Gandhi cries when a terrorist like Osama is killed” and demanded an apology from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in this regard.Congress leader PC Chacko said the remark was an attempt to gain cheap popularity.”They think that by attacking Sonia Gandhi and senior leaders of the Congress party they can gain more popularity amongst their team. What he has said is completely ridiculous and is not worth of a reply from our side,” Chacko said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Demanding an apology from the BJP, Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that action must be initiated against those who have been continuously making inflammatory statements.”When their own party president is going around making inflammatory statements across the nation, what can you expect from their other leaders? We strongly condemn this and demand that the BJP apologise to Sonia Gandhi and the Congress,” Alvi said.Training his guns on the Congress president, Naqvi had said on Saturday in Kanpur that the Opposition talks about secularism, but when a terrorist is killed it is instantly linked to religion.

India, Palestine call for peaceful settlement of conflict after President Pranab visits Ramallah

Ramallah: Amidst spiralling violence in the region, India and Palestine on Monday called for a negotiated and peaceful settlement of the Israel-Palestinian conflict based on internationally agreed upon principles which would lead to a united and viable state of Palestine.

Pranab Mukherjee. PTI

Pranab Mukherjee. PTI

Continuing violence between Israeli forces and Palestinians, which has led to hundreds of casualties in the recent weeks, figured prominently in the discussions between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and President Pranab Mukherjee, who arrived in Ramallah on Monday on an overnight visit, the first by an Indian Head of State to Palestine.

Mukherjee conveyed India’s full support for the Palestinian cause and its commitment to a sovereign, independent, viable and united state of Palestine with east Jerusalem as its capital.

India desires to see Palestine living side by side at peace with Israel.

Abbas told the Indian leader that Palestinians were doing their best to contain the violence. Palestine wanted friendly relations, not hostilities, with Israel, he said.

The Palestinian leader also said that Palestine was following the principles of Mahatma Gandhi. “We are peaceseekers in the footsteps of Gandhiji, the eternal leader who achieved freedom for his country by speaking and practising peace”, he affirmed.

Terrorism, with specific reference to Islamic State and al-Qaeda, also came up for discussion during which Abbas told Mukherjee that Palestine did not want such organisations to come into its territory. Israel should look for a peaceful and negotiated settlement to prevent them from coming in.

India, which has been helping Palestine in its capacity building, gave a cheque for USD 5 million as budgetary support to the Palestinian Authority (PA). It also committed USD 17.79 million for five projects in the Palestinian territory, including a technology park at Ramallah which will cost USD 12 million.

On arrival from Jordan, Mukherjee began his public engagements here by laying a wreath on the mausoleum of the legendary Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. Thereafter Abbas and Mukherjee named a street as shari-e-al-hind (India Road) and inaugurated midan-e-al-hind, the India roundabout.

Before leaving for Israel on Tuesday, Mukherjee will gift 30 computers to an Information Technology centre at al-Quds university in Ramallah on Tuesday morning.

The computers will not carry sophisticated communication systems because of Israel’s refusal to permit such equipments on grounds of security.

The communication equipment will be sent back to India and will be replaced by equipment with different frequencies acceptable to Israelis.

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Protesting against Dadri incident, Urdu poet Rahman Abbas returns Sahitya Academy Award

He wrote that the social and political scenario of the nation was worsening with each passing day and it was their duty ‘to raise (their) voice against fascism, right wing intolerant forces and lawlessness which was promoted as a strategy to divide country on the lines of religion, sentiments of segments and dogmatic cultural doctrines.’

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After Nayantara Sahgal and Ashok Dalivya, Urdu novelist Rahman Abbas announced he would be returning the Maharashtra State Sahitya Academy in 2011. He also urged his fellow Urdu poets and critics to also return the awards. He wrote on Facebook: “This is high time, as said by Ashok Vajpeyi, and we cannot remain voiceless. Hence, I request senior Urdu writers, poets and critics including Nida Fazli, Salam Bin Razzak, Abdus Samad, Javid Akhtar, Gulzar, Munawwar Rana, to register protest against murder and killing of creative writers by returning Sahitya Academy Awards.”His post also said: “I demand central govt to hold forces responsible who had instigated mob who killed Mr Akhlaq in Dadri. I urge senior Urdu writers to take a stand as this is high time and our secular democracy is under attack.” (Read: After Nayantara Sahgal eminent poet Ashok Vajpeyi returns Sahitya Akademi award)<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He also wrote that the social and political scenario of the nation was worsening with each passing day and it was their duty ‘to raise (their) voice against fascism, right wing intolerant forces and lawlessness which was promoted as a strategy to divide country on the lines of religion, sentiments of segments and dogmatic cultural doctrines.’ AN OPEN LETTER TO FELLOW WRITERSRahman Abbas Urdu novelist and Maharashtra State Sahitya Academy Award winner…
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Safety, dignity of minorities will be protected, says Naqvi in the wake of Dadri killing

New Delhi: Amid the outrage over Dadri lynching incident, government on Wednesday promised to protect safety and dignity of minorities and prevent them from becoming a victim of “narrow-minded politics” as it said the “politics of hatred” needed to be defeated through unity and harmony.

Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. IBNLive

Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. IBNLive

The assurance was given by Minister of State for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi when he met a group of Muslim clerics and other members of the community, many of them from Uttar Pradesh, as part of efforts to instil confidence in them.

He assured them that religious and social rights of minorities are “absolutely safe” in the country and “some unfortunate incidents can’t affect peace, unity and harmony.”

Naqvi told the group, “we will protect safety, dignity and prosperity of minorities” and prevent them from becoming a victim of “narrow-minded politics of self-proclaimed champions of secularism”, according to a statement issued by his office.

The “politics of hatred of professional and traditional hate-mongers” needed to be defeated through unity and harmony, the minister said while talking in the context of the lynching of a man in Dadri in Uttar Pradesh following beef-eating rumours.

Naqvi said the intention of the BJP is to take the country ahead on development path and the Narendra Modi government is working with commitment to good governance.

“We believe in politics of development, positive politics. We condemn divisive politics which creates confrontation in the society,” he said, adding, “We will have to fight unitedly against those forces whose intentions are to destroy the country’s social harmony.”

“It is the responsibility of all of us to protect safety and socio-economic concerns of people of the country, especially the minorities, and narrow-minded political interests should not be allowed to come in the way of fulfilling this responsibility,” the MoS for Minority Affairs told the Muslim community leaders.

“The BJP government is moving ahead with commitment to inclusive growth under the strong leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi so that progress of every section, every person is ensured, irrespective of his religion. India’s unity is the strength of progress and if this unity is broken, this will destroy the fabric of development,” he said.

Contending that “a conspiracy to block the country’s progress has been exposed”, Naqvi said, “those elements which want to destroy the nation’s harmony, prosperity and security can be defeated by our unity only.”

He said, “If we fall into the trap of these anti-national and anti-social forces, then it will be a matter of celebration for these evil elements.”

The minister said it is time to “stop hurting sentiments for votes as the people of the country have repeatedly been giving this message and lesson to political champions of secularism”.

He said the Modi government has taken “strong steps” for overall development of the underprivileged, dalits and poor sections, including minorities.

“This has created an atmosphere of trust among minorities but some merchants of votes are not able to digest this positive environment,” said Naqvi, who is a senior BJP leader.

“We can’t compromise on safety and social harmony of the country”, he said, adding that “no obstacle in the way of good governance and development will be able to succeed”.

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PM Narendra Modi committed to empowerment of minorities with dignity: Najma Heptullah

Minister of State for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that Modi government’s only focus is “development, development and development”.

No destructive agenda will be allowed to dominate the agenda of development: Centre

Amidst outrage over the Dadri lynching, the government today stressed that it will not allow the “agenda of destruction” to dominate over its focus of development. It also insisted that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is “committed to empowerment of minorities with dignity”. On the sidelines of a function to promote artisans from the minority community, Union Minority Affairs Minister Najma Heptullah also assured that those behind the incident in Uttar Pradesh would be “punished” as per the law.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>She also appealed against controversial statements over the issue and downplayed criticism that Modi has not spoken on the issue, saying that Union Ministers speaking on the matter was the “voice of the Prime Minister”. At the exhibition, ‘Jashn-e-Usttad’, Minister of State for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that Modi government’s only focus is “development, development and development”. It is on the basis of this commitment that it is trying to reach the light of development to the last man in the last queue, he said at the event organised by his ministry. “No destructive agenda will be allowed to dominate the agenda of development. That will not happen and we will not allow it. Be it our ministry or other departments of the government, we have only one commitment — that peace and prosperity should be maintained. “We have only one commitment: that the light of development should reach without any obstruction to the poor, the weaker sections, the minorities, who have so far not been able to receive it. We are moving forward on this commitment,” Naqvi said.He also recited a number of Urdu couplets to underline the message of brotherhood between communities. Minister of State in PMO, Jitendra Singh, meanwhile, in an apparent dig at Congress, claimed that the NDA government had sought to do more for minorities in one year than “was done in the last 68 years”. “We have committed ourselves to empowerment of minorities with dignity. If one has to take care of minorities in real terms, there is no need to give them alms (khairat), but they need to be empowered with rights. Modi government’s commitment is empowerment of minorities with dignity,” he said. However, neither Naqvi nor Singh made any mention of the incident in which 50-year-old Iqlakh was dragged out of his home by a 200-strong mob and beaten to death over suspicion that his family had slaughtered a calf and eaten its meat.However, repeatedly asked about the incident, Heptullah said, “The matter is being investigated. Whatever the result of the investigation, whoever is responsible, will be punished according to the law.”

People had started dropping to the ground out of sheer suffocation: SM Asif

Graphic videos available on the Internet show piles on piles of bodies, people of numerous nationality and race flung on top of each other in death. Asif’s words describe much the same.

An ambulance helicopter lands atop a hospital next to the site where pilgrims were crushed

“One man from Kerala has died, and 17 Indians are injured,” said SM Asif, an Indian journalist in Mecca, speaking to dna on phone, with the furore of the stampede relief work audible in the background. The Delhi-based journalist is in Mecca for Haj. He too had gone for the ritual of the stoning of the devil, in the city of Mina just east of Haj, on Thursday, when the stampede that killed so far 717 people happened.”I was on a floor above,” said Asif, recounting his experience. The stampede took place on the ground floor where, he described, 3000 to 4000 people crammed into a space meant for only a few hundred. “I had gone for the ritual when we heard noises of people running about.” He added, “People had started dropping to the ground of sheer suffocation. That space is such that if one man falls then another, who may be trying to help him will also fall.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Asif described the lower floor as a round space enclosed on all sides by a jaali, a wire mesh. “One has to go round in the room for the stoning. When people started suffocating, others got scared. They tried to escape from all ends but there was just no way to get out of the area,” he said. That lead to the lethal stampede.Graphic videos available on the Internet show piles on piles of bodies, people of numerous nationality and race flung on top of each other in death. Asif’s words describe much the same.”Our officers, such as Dr Abbas who is in charge of the ambulance there, have been helping with the relief work. They have extricated almost 200 bodies. Work is still going on and the death count will go up,” said Asif, now with the officials of the Haj Mission, Indian Consulate.”It was the fault of the people in charge of security there. They should have not let so many people go inside, or they should have broken the jaali to help them out. Then so many would not have died,” he said.Though Asif informed dna about the death of one Indian man, the Haj Committee of India did not officially confirm this fact. The Committee had been fielding calls from anxious family members since afternoon.

Help us with medicine, food or political intervention: Syrian ambassador to India

If everyone had taken India’s position, there would not have been any problem in Syria,” he said.

The Syrian ambassador to India, Dr Riad Abbas, on Saturday called upon India to help Syrian refugees with medicine, food and most importantly, political intervention to help with the crisis in the war-torn country.Speaking at a press conference, he said that he is thankful to India for it’s non-interference. “We highly appreciate India’s position on the Syrian crisis in adherence to the UN charter of non-interference for a political dialogue and looking at the aspiration of Syrian people. If everyone had taken India’s position, there would not have been any problem in Syria,” he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He said that the IS was not a Muslim entity. “It is problematic when any form of Muslim extremism identifies itself as Muslim,” he said. To the allegations of the Arab world’s withdrawal of help in the crisis, Abbas said that the Arab World had never extended its help to Syria. He said that many indoctrinated youth from Turkey and other Middle Eastern countries entered Syria to hold siege to the country.”Guerrilla groups like the IS may have taken over parts of Syria, but the most populated parts are under the government’s control. We can still go to any part of Syria that we want to,” he said.On asked about Israel’s role in the crisis, Abbas said that Israel had a strong role to play. “In all the problems in the Middle East, there is an Israeli hand. It’s violation of human rights in Palestine has divided the Middle East, and Syria strongly condemns it,” he said. He also alleged America of playing the sectarian card in the region, despite providing no help. “America may call itself a democracy, but it’s stance is neither American, nor democratic,” he said.

We agree with Hamid Ansari’s comments about minorities’ plight, says BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

On four-day meat ban in Mumbai during Paryushan, Naqvi said the decision might have been taken keeping the sentiments of the Jain community in mind.
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Union minister of state for parliamentary affairs and minority affairs and senior BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Thursday underlined the need for affirmative action to uplift the minorities in the country.Speaking to dna, Naqvi said he agreed with Vice-President Hamid Ansari’s comments on the plight of the minorities. “We agree with Ansariji’s comment. He didn’t say anything about the BJP government. He merely remarked how welfare of the Muslim community had been ignored since independence and that Muslims were treated as mere vote bank. We will take affirmative action to set the things right,” Naqvi said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On four-day meat ban in Mumbai during Paryushan, Naqvi said the decision might have been taken keeping the sentiments of the Jain community in mind. This issue should not be dragged too much.“You must adopt good things and leave bad things behind,” he said.The minister claimed that in Bihar elections, the contest is between GDP and ABC. GDP, he said, stands for good governance, development and progress while ABC means anarchy, bankruptcy and corruption.“Of course, GDP will win and BJP will form the government,” Naqvi said.

Moderate Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Farooq to attend Pakistan’s Eid Milan

Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and senior executive member Masroor Abbas Ansari will attend the Eid Milan party being hosted by Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit, its spokesman said.
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Moderate Hurriyat Conference today said it will attend the Eid Milan at Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi on July 21 and utilise the occasion to stress that India and Pakistan cannot resolve their “secondary issues” without including Kashmir in the dialogue process.Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and senior executive member Masroor Abbas Ansari will attend the Eid Milan party being hosted by Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit, its spokesman said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Although Hurriyat Conference supports the dialogue process between India and Pakistan, the two countries cannot resolve their secondary issues without including Kashmir in the dialogue process. We will present this stand clearly during our visit (to Pakistan High Commission),” the spokesman said after a meeting chaired by chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.The spokesman said Hurriyat’s decision to attend the event was not a political reaction but based on its decided policy and principles for resolution of the Kashmir issue.Hardline Hurriyat Conference has decided to boycott the event to protest non-inclusion of Kashmir in the talks that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif held in Ufa in Russia last week.

International Yoga Day should not be linked with religion: Mukhtar Naqvi

Minister of State for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, reacting to news of senior clerics and Muslim community leaders opposing a Maharashtra Government order that asked schools to observe the day says that Yoga should not be linked with any religion and celebrated a s a health event.

Minister of State for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Thursday said that International Yoga Day should not be linked with religion. He was reacting to news of senior clerics and Muslim community leaders opposing a Maharashtra Government order that asked schools to observe the day. “Everyone should celebrate International Yoga Day as a health event. We don’t think politicising health is good. Yoga is not bound by restrictions of religion, caste, area. Health is wealth and Yoga isthe key to that. It should not be linked with religion. Whoever wants to take it they can and people who don’t want to don’t have to,” Naqvi said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> According to reports, Maharashtra Education Minister Vinod Tawade had urged schools to have students in attendance on June 21, a Sunday. Slamming the order to keep schools open on June 21, Jamiatul Ulema-e-Hind (Maharashtra) president Maulana Mustaqeem Azmi had termed the move ‘dictatorial’ and ‘impinging’ on the rights of citizens.

BJP won’t ban beef across the country, says party president Amit Shah

He also downplayed Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi’s remark that “those who want to eat beef can go to Pakistan”, saying it was his “personal” view.
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BJP ruled out a country-wide ban on beef on Thursday, saying it is for the states to take a decision on it keeping in mind the “sentiments of the people”.”Wherever there is BJP government, we will consider sentiments of the people before imposing ban on beef. We have not said that we will be banning beef across the country,” BJP president Amit Shah said.BJP governments in Maharashtra and Haryana have banned beef. However, Shah made it clear that the party will not be insisting on imposing ban on beef in all the states it is in power, leaving it to the respective governments to take a call on it by factoring in the sentiments of the people.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>To a query on extending ban on cow slaughter in Goa, Shah said, “Goa government will take a decision only after discussing the issue with people.”He also downplayed Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi’s remark that “those who want to eat beef can go to Pakistan”, saying it was his “personal” view.”That was his personal comment. I have no comment to make. I can’t make personal comment. I am the party President,” Shah said to queries on the issue.

From politicians to Bollywood, Naqvi faces flak for ‘go to Pak’ remark on beef ban

New Delhi: Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi’s remark on beef eaters has drawn strong reaction from the political class and also from some members of the film fraternity who have trashed it outright

Demanding an apology from Naqvi, Janata Dal (United) leader K C Tyagi said, “This is against the nation and he must say sorry.”

Minister of State for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. IBN Live

Minister of State for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. IBN Live

Naqvi, the Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs, had sparked a controversy on Thursday by saying that “If a certain section (of people) is dying because they can’t sell or eat beef then this is not the country for them. Let them go to Pakistan or an Arab nation, or any other part of world where it is available.”

Congress leader Shantaram Naik said, “All BJP organisations want minorities of India to go to Pakistan. It has been their policy.”

AGP leader Durga Das Bodo hit out at Naqvi saying, “India is a secular country. It is not appropriate to say such thing.”

Filmmaker Mukesh Bhat said the comment was very repulsive.

“How can you talk such things? It is the most idiotic statement to be made by a minister.”

Expressing his anguish, actor Raza Murad said, “We do not need to prove again and again that we are loyal to this country. We do not need anybody’s mercy or sympathy or certificate to stay in this country.”

Earlier in the day, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley disapproved of his Naqvi’s remark saying people should be aware of their responsibilities.

“It is natural that people should realise their responsibilities. The Prime Minister has also said so time and again,” he said.

The BJP-led government in Maharashtra has banned slaughter of cow and its progeny and made sale and possession of beef unlawful, providing for imprisonment up to five years and fine of Rs 10,000. The decision has invited criticism from several sections.

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Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi defends remark calling for beef eaters to leave for Pakistan

A day after advising those “dying” to eat beef to leave for Pakistan, Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Friday sought to defend his stand saying faith of millions should not be hurt over choice of eating.

A day after advising those “dying” to eat beef to leave for Pakistan, Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Friday sought to defend his stand saying faith of millions should not be hurt over choice of eating.”This is not a matter of controversy. If one talks about cows, definately crores of people revere it, they worship it and call it ‘Gomata’. I am a Muslim and in my locality if somebody says that I will sell pork, I will not say anything but all the Muslims in that locality will throw him out.”In Islam, pork is prohibited. That is why it should not be sold or even seen. How can one think that when such a large section has faith for cow and worships it, you expect to cut it in front of them and a legal suit is given to it…one has to think about this issue,” Naqvi said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He was speaking at #Modi365, a conclave organised by news channel CNN-IBN to mark a year of BJP government in office.Naqvi had sparked a row on Thursday by saying, “If a certain section (of people) is dying because they can’t sell or eat beef then this is not the country for them. Let them go to Pakistan or an Arab nation, or any other part of world where it is available.”Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, however, today disapproved of his remark saying people should be aware of their responsibilities. Jaitley also insisted that such comments would have no impact on the government or its policies.Naqvi told CNN-IBN that India runs on a federal structure and state governments based on the sentiments and demands of people decide on “which things to ban and which things not to ban”.Asked about the opposition to the ban in states like Maharashtra, Naqvi said there are people who oppose anything and everything.”Nobody is opposing. There are some people who think that one should oppose everything. People say business has been affected. I say those whose business is affected, send them to us (government), we will give them other business…they can sell vegetables,” he said.

Can’t survive without eating beef? Go to Pakistan, says Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

In comments set to embarrass the Narendra Modi government days before it completes a year in office, Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Thursday said “those who cannot survive without eating beef, should go to Pakistan.”

Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. PTIUnion Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. PTI

Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. PTI

Naqvi, who is the Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs, was responding to India Today Group consulting editor Rajdeep Sardesai when asked what his government was doing to assure minorities that the government was concerned about their welfare.

“If a certain section is dying because they can’t sell or eat beef then this is not the country for them. Let them go to Pakistan or an Arab nation,” Naqvi said.

On being asked to clarify if he’s asking people who trade and eat beef all over the country, specially in North East states, Goa and Kerala to leave the country, Naqvi said: “I am just saying that beef will not be allowed in this country if you can’t live without it.”

Also present at the panel was AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi who immediately questioned the minister if he was indeed asking his Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar to leave the country after he had assured Goans that beef would not be banned come what may.

“As the CM, I have to take care of all people in the state including its 38 per cent minorities. Christians account for 30 per cent of the population while the remaining are from the Muslim community. It is not like they started consuming beef recently; this has always been part of their daily cuisine. How can I ban it?… as the CM of Goa, I can state that Goa will never ban beef,” Parsekar had told Indian Express days after Maharashtra banned beef consumption in the state.

But Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh asserted that the government will work towards a complete ban. “Cow slaughter cannot be allowed in this country,” Singh said in March this year, adding “we will use all our might to ban it. We will try to build a consensus.” Interestingly, India is the second largest exporter of beef and the fifth biggest consumer.

Last month, BJP president Amit Shah was welcomed in Meghalaya with a beef party in protest against the party’s supposed to move to enforce a complete ban on beef across the nation.

Leaders of the Thma U Rangli Juki, the Hynniewtrep National People’s Front (HNPF) and the Khasi National Union (KNU) organised the beef party near the BJP office in Shillong as Shah arrived to address party workers and to hold meeting with regional political parties.

Soon after the protest, BJP leader Ram Madhav said there was no proposal to ban beef in the North East given its ‘demographic structure’. “In some states, ban on cow slaughter has been there for several decades now. In a number of states, it is not there, including all the states of the northeast, because of the demographic situation here,” Madhav said.

Azam Khan advises Shahnawaz and Naqvi to marry Muslim women

Uttar Pradesh minister Azam Khan today generated another controversy when he suggested to two senior Muslim BJP leaders to marry Muslim women.

Azam Khan

Uttar Pradesh minister Azam Khan today generated another controversy when he suggested to two senior Muslim BJP leaders to marry Muslim women.”They have done Love Jihad (by marrying women belonging to Hindu community). Now they should marry a Muslim woman also. Four marriages are permitted in our religion. Sadhvi Prachi should say something on it also, as 40 children cannot be begotten by a single woman,” Khan told reporters yesterday.He was responding to a question about BJP leaders Shahnawaz Khan and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, who have married Hindu women.

Central and state governments would together frame a legislation to stop forced conversions: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

Making it clear that there was no question of government supporting the controversial ‘ghar wapsi’ programme, Union Minister of State for Minorities Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Saturday said state government and the Centre would together frame a “strong” legislation to stop any forceful conversions.”The agenda of our government and agenda of our party (BJP) is inclusive development. Development, development and development. No agenda can dominate on the agenda of development. That is why if anything goes wrong, the state and central government will sit together and form strong legislation to stop such forceful activity, Naqvi told reporters when asked about the controversial ‘ghar wapsi’ programme of the VHP.”As far as the ground reality is concerned, we will not allow these type of activities and actions. State government should take strong action. There is no question of any support or no question of any concession,” he said.Describing Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the “icon” of development, he said as far as security of minorities is concerned, it is guaranteed by the government to every section of the society, including minorities.Asked if the controversy had ‘dented’ the image of the government, he said, “It is temporary. It will come and go.Our commitment is development. Nobody can dent it”, he said. “This issue is not today’s issue or since the last six months. Since the last several years it has been going on. Some are opposing and some are supporting. Our country is a secular country. The secular and democratic character of the country cannot be destroyed or disturbed”, he said. The government was committed to development agenda through good governance and empowerment to all, he said.

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