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      Driving from Cairo to Sharm el-Sheikh, across the Suez Canal and along the Red Sea coast to the southern tip of Sinai is an exhilarating experience. It's a passage through history. .....
     

      In an interesting twist to investigations into the serial terror bombings at Sharm el-Sheikh last Saturday, Egyptian police said on Monday they are searching for six Pakistani nationals in connection with the blasts. .....
     

      The Muslim leadership's sincere condemnation of terrorism in the name of Islam is universally welcomed and supported, and all communities, agencies and individuals, whether of faith or secular, need to work together to root this evil out and allow our plural, civilized society to flourish. .....
     

      In the cyclical battles between the Devas and the Asuras, there are moments when the latter, ensconced in an overweening arrogance, appear all-powerful and invincible. The wise know their fall will be sudden, dramatic, and complete. And so it shall be with the so-called Revolutionary Leader of Tamil Nadu, who has violated immutable rules of dharma by subordinating the sacred to State power. .....
     

      During the last few weeks, 'terrorism' has again made the headlines in the media. In India commentators have even forgotten the controversy of whether Jinnah was 'secular' or 'communal' or both, to comment on the events in Ayodhya and London. .....
     

      Ahmed Rashid reports on the link between Lahore and Leeds that has flourished over two generations but may now have been hijacked by militant Islamic fundamentalists .....
     

      Recently the Supreme Court of Pakistan is said to have held (I have not seen any authenticated copy of the order), according to a newspaper report that the marriage customs in this country of "barat" or "mehndi" are Hindu customs and must be discarded. .....
     

      The partition of India led to chaos and hundreds of thousands of people were murdered.  After this chaos divisions would emerge between East Pakistan and West Pakistan and further bloodshed would occur, with the outcome being the sovereign nations of Bangladesh and Pakistan. .....
     

      Several prominent speakers in the national seminar on the "Impact of changes in religious demography with special reference to tribal areas" held at the Mewar Institute, Ghaziabad today expressed serious concern on the fast changing "demography" which, they warned, was a serious threat to "national security." .....
     

      The 39-year old Swede suspected of involvement in the London bombings has said that Sweden would be "punished" if he was handed over to a foreign power. .....
     

      On His last visit to relatives in Pakistan this year, one of the London bombers, Shehzad Tanweer, boasted of wanting to die in a revenge attack over the way Muslims are treated. .....
     

      In her first thriller, At Risk, Stella Rimington, the former head of MI-5, writes about a Pakistani militant who arrives by ferry boat in Britain to blow up the commander of a US-British air force base in the Fens. His main helper is an English girl who has converted to Islam and has been in a training camp in Pakistan, while MI5 misses several signals that an attack is coming. .....
     

      Evangelists are targetting the sacred site of Tirumala and in a direct affront to the Hindu community, which has for centuries regarded all seven hills as holy, have starting gathering on the slopes in groups for public prayers. .....
     

      Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has said that no one should doubt his Islamic integrity, since Allah has bestowed him "with the blessings that very few people have been". .....
     

      On the many sensible proposals put forward by the Government yesterday  to tighten up the present scrappy laws on terrorism, its wish for  consensus sends out an important signal. Terrorism is not an area where  parties should seek cheap advantage. It is a genuine threat and must be  confronted as swiftly as can be with the widest possible agreement .....
     

      Delhi is turning out to be a safe haven for militants. More  than 50 militants from different outfits who were killed or arrested  this year found hideouts in Delhi. .....
     

      After London, terrorists could be targeting Bangalore's vulnerable  spots. Intelligence sleuths have gathered information that Bangalore  could be a possible target of Laskar-e-Toiba terrorists. The LeT has  surveyed India's Silicon City for a vulnerable target to wreak havoc and  strike at its IT economy in mid-August, sources said. .....
     

      Three car bombs exploded in quick succession in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheik early Saturday, ripping through a hotel and a cafe packed with European and Egyptian tourists. The province governor said at least 49 people died in the deadliest attack in Egypt in nearly a decade. .....
     

      As if in answer to Prime Minister Tony Blair's call for an international conference on Islamic extremism Wednesday, another round of bombs have terrorized London. Though few appear to have been injured, no thanks to the terrorists, we cannot let the severity of terrorist acts dictate the appropriate response. .....
     

      In March 2004, al Qaeda leaders gathered at a mud hut in Pakistan's remote tribal regions for a summit meeting. Among those who attended, according to senior Pakistani intelligence officials, was a Libyan operative described as Osama bin Laden's top operational planner. Another attendee, Abu Issa al Hindi, now faces terrorism-related charges in the U.S. .....
     

      How many crackdowns constitute a crackdown? Every time the  finger of suspicion or blame points at Pakistan for some act of  terrorism, General Musharraf orders a crackdown on "extremist  elements." The police respond by rounding up the usual suspects. .....
     

      As in the United States after 9/11, so also in Britain after 7/7, the Sikh community bore the brunt of the first backlash against the London blasts with a gurdwara in Kent being set on fire. Prime Minister Tony Blair called a high level meeting to discuss "community tensions" as 70 incidents against minorities were reported across the country in as many hours. .....
     

      The Hindu Forum of Britain condemned the attempted suicide attack on the holy shrine of Lord Rama in Ayodhya by six militants disguised as Hindu pilgrims on 5th July 2005. .....
     

      On the eve of four attempted bombings here on Thursday, Sheik Omar Bakri Mohammad, one of Britain's most outspoken militant clerics, predicted that another terrorist attack would hit London. .....
     

      Ten days after the sensational terror attack at the makeshift temple complex in Ayodhya, Police today said all the five Lashkar-e-Taiba militants invloved had come from Pakistan and their two accomplices who had provided logistical support have been arrested in Jammu region. .....
     

      Bengali authorities seem to sense that their country is drifting towards becoming a failed state and are making greater efforts to arrest Islamist killers, despite some of them being part of the ruling coalition. Two radical Islamist groups have also been banned .....
     

      The announcement of a breakthrough in the investigations in the Ayodhya attacks, with the arrest of two militants allegedly belonging to the Lashkar-e-Taiba, is welcome. It will hopefully yield invaluable information about those who were behind the fortunately foiled bid to storm the makeshift temple on July 5. .....
     

      During the last few weeks, 'terrorism' has again made the headlines in  the media. In India commentators have even forgotten the controversy of  whether Jinnah was 'secular' or 'communal' or both, to comment on the  events in Ayodhya and London. .....
     

      Our hearts go out to London - but not to its mayor. London's leader, Ken Livingstone, eloquently condemned the recent terrorist bombings. But in the past, he never seemed too concerned about terrorists murdering Israelis. The tale of Livingstone's ambivalence is a sordid kind of Greek tragedy. .....
     

      There are reasons why the last surviving English gentlemen are today only to be found in India. They have brown skins, they don't speak the Queen's English, but in their hearts they are deeply appreciative of the legacies of British colonial rule. They care little for most aspects of contemporary British culture, though. .....
     

      Firozabad town, located about 50 km from Agra, is known throughout the world for its glass industry, whose production quality comes next only to the Belgian glass. In all, there are 257 registered glass units in this town, manufacturing everything from glass bangles to precious lead-crystal chandeliers, being exported to European countries, where the Firozabad product is in high demand for being low-cost compared to the Belgian glass. .....
     

      Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's call for zero-tolerance to terrorism in Washington on July 18 has come at a time when there is an urgent need for a global consensus on this issue. The Ayodhya and London attacks have clearly proved the re-emergence of terrorism with a renewed vigour. .....
     

      Something possibly unprecedented has occurred in the battle with radical Islam. A leading Islamist organization has retracted its slurs against me and issued a public apology. This offers a small but important step in blocking the advance of Islamic extremism. .....
     

      In the first arrest related to the terrorist attack on the Ram temple in Ayodhya, the Uttar Pradesh police today picked up a doctor who used to practise in Delhi and was in regular touch with the terrorists. .....
     

      The Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) has not recovered dues of Rs 27.15 lakh from a youth Congress jamboree that took 62 workers to Sabarmati, Gujarat, on January 30, 2000. .....
     

      In 1995, my uncle Mubarak Musalman, came from London to my house. At that time my family was in a financial crisis. My father was not working. My brother earned only Rs 300 a month. We could have only one meal a day. .....
     

      Early reports indicate  that there were no fatalities from four coordinated explosions that again targeted Londons' transit system yesterday, July 21, 2005, exactly two weeks after the Islamikaze carnage of July 7, 2005 that killed over 50 persons. .....
     

      Something possibly unprecedented has occurred in the battle with radical  Islam. A leading Islamist organization has retracted its slurs against  me and issued a public apology. This offers a small but important step  in blocking the advance of Islamic extremism. .....
     

      Just one day after the London bombings by Islamic terrorists, British  Prime Minister Tony Blair announced, quite inappropriately, the G8's 9  billion dollars 'aid package' to the Palestinian Authority (PA). For the  next three years the infrastructure of terror will receive extra 3  billion dollars a year from Western countries. .....
     

      It could be that corner shop selling beer after hours, or that bakery. It could be a kiosk offering cut-rate fees for calls to Morocco or Egypt: they could all be al-Qaeda sleeper cells, only a five-minute walk from Brussels' Gare du Midi - the central train station. .....
     

      The Muslim leadership's sincere condemnation of terrorism in the name of  Islam is universally welcomed and supported, and all communities,  agencies and individuals, whether of faith or secular, need to work  together to root this evil out and allow our plural, civilized society  to flourish. .....
     

      My aunt is seventy-three years old. She lives with her family in a small town in Maharashtra near the Karnataka border. She is a pious woman who makes a padyatra from Pune to Pandarpur every year covering the distance of over 250 kilometres in 2 weeks. But, when she told me a few days ago that she planned to make the trip to Amarnath this year, I panicked. .....
     

      IAS officers told the Shah Commission of Enquiry that Mr Navin Chawla, then secretary to the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, wanted them to detain persons under the dreaded MISA without examining the grounds of detention and to later 'fabricate' the evidence. The Superintendent of Tihar Jail said that Mr Chawla wanted construction of cells with asbestos roofs to 'bake' certain persons and to throw some 'troublesome detenus' (read opponents of the Emergency) into the lunatics' cell. .....
     

      The police beat the woman with batons in the full glare of the news media, tore her shirt off and, though they failed to take off her baggy trousers, certainly tried their best. The ritual public humiliation over, she and others - some bloodied - were dragged screaming and protesting to police vans and taken away to police stations. .....
     

      As I watched on the TV an announcement by the BBC that the British Police have identified Jamaican-born Lindsey Germaine, who lived in Buckinghamshire, as one of the bombers responsible for the terrorist strikes in London on July 7,2005, I could not help thinking of Daniel Pearl, the American journalist working for the "Wall Street Journal" .....
     

      Pakistani government officials reported Monday that three of the four men identified as the London bombers visited this country last year. Two of them arrived together and stayed for three months. .....
     

      The horrible bombing attacks in London overshadowed an important conference in Amman, Jordan, where as many as 170 Muslim scholars from 40 countries came to define ''The Reality of Islam and its Role in the Contemporary Society." .....
     

      A major tragedy was averted during the Amarnath pilgrimage in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday with the timely detection of three explosive devices planted along the highway for the pilgrims, police said. .....
     

      Is she a new Vineetha Kottayi in the making? A 68-year-old retired teacher appeared before mediapersons here on Saturday alleging constant threat to her life from CPM workers of Narikkuni local committee. .....
     

      A leading Iranian religious leader and politician charged in a nationally broadcast sermon yesterday that there was a British hand in last week's deadly London bombings. Ahmad Jannati, who chairs the powerful Guardians Council, which vets all legislation and candidates for public office, said the British government benefited from the bombings and was the key suspect, whether directly or through its "child" Al-Qaeda. .....
     

      Irrespective of whether you are dealing with the disaffected youth of Leeds or a brainwashed Jihadi at a madrassa on the North West Frontier, the inescapable conclusion is that Pakistan forms the epicentre of Osama bin Laden's unremitting campaign of terror against the West. .....
     

      The Guardian newspaper is refusing to sack one of its staff reporters  despite confirming that he is a member of one of Britain's most extreme  Islamist groups. .....
     

      Sporting black turbans or skull caps, the young men squat on a carpet in a crowded classroom and listen in silence to a lecture given by a thickly bearded, middle-aged cleric. .....
     

      It has a roughly 50-letter alphabet and a grammar so complex that some have compared it to computer programming. Its vocabulary is steeped in subtleties, so much so that after 55 years of work on a dictionary, scholars still were on the first letter. .....
     

      Two senior US Congressmen, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Gary Ackerman, who are also the co-chairs of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian-Americans, have expressed concern over alleged human rights violation of the minority Hindus in neighbouring Pakistan and Bangladesh and the State of Jammu and Kashmir as well. .....
     

      I have been maintaining for some time now that attempts to de-Hinduise the polity is really aimed at de-nationalising the Indian state. How else can one explain away the fact that wherever Muslims have usurped and illegally occupied Hindu territory that site acquires the legal respectability accorded by a de-Hinduised system of being 'disputed' whether it be J&K or the Ramjanmabhumi. .....
     

      Even six months after his death, most Congress functionar­ies seem to be  keeping a safe distance from former Prime Minister P V Narasimha Rao. .....
     

      I am going to get it off my chest. I am going to call a spade a spade. You are all a bunch of morons. Yours is a nation of barbarians. We will never forget our bloody, terrible colonial past. You came to our country as traders. You took back our precious spices. We are a naive, hospitable people. We did not suspect you had any ulterior, sinister motive. .....
     

      Politicians and much of the media in Britain are engaged in a familiar Western practice after a terrorist attack. They think they can explain it using Western standards. .....
     

      Ali Massoud is a father, political theorist, apostate Muslim, small business owner, college graduate, crack rifle marksman, a blogger, cat lover, shrewd investor, US Army veteran, and currently single. He lives in Michigan. .....
     

      Only one faith on earth may be more messianic than Islam: multiculturalism. Without it - without its fanatics who believe all civilizations are the same - the engine that projects Islam into the unprotected heart of Western civilization would stall and fail. It's as simple as that. To live among the believers - the multiculturalists - is to watch the assault, the jihad, take place, unrepulsed by our suicidal societies. .....
     

      A few years ago I was visiting Bahrain and sitting with friends in a fish restaurant when news appeared on an overhead TV about Muslim terrorists, men and women, who had taken hostages in Russia. What struck me, though, was the instinctive reaction of the Bahraini businessman sitting next to me, who muttered under his breath, "Why are we in every story?" The "we" in question was Muslims. .....
     

      Scotland Yard called it Operation Crevice. In late March 2004, a force of 700 police officers arrested eight British-born ethnic Pakistanis in two dozen raids in southern Britain. They also seized 1,300 pounds of ammonium nitrate fertilizer, which can be used in making bombs. .....
     

      A key witness in the Akshardham temple terrorist attack case on Friday claimed that several religious leaders and heads of terrorist groups from Hyderabad and Ahmedabad met in Riyadh in Saudi Arabia in 2002 to conspire and avenge the killing of Muslims during the post-Godhra communal riots in Gujarat. .....
     

      It may sound callous but had it not been for the global outcry over the serial blasts in London, the import of last Tuesday's foiled attack on the Ram temple in Ayodhya would have been totally lost in the din of partisan politics. .....
     

      Kanchi Sankaracharya Jayendra Saraswati was on Thursday denied entry into the sanctum sanctorum of the Lord Ramanathaswamy temple in Rameswaram for performing early morning poojas to the presiding deity. .....
     

      Worried about the electoral fallout of the Supreme Court striking  down the Illegal Migrants (Determination by Tribunal) Act 1983, Assam  Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said in Guwahati that he would discuss  with the Congress high command the possibility of evolving an  alternative law to protect the rights of genuine Indian citizens. .....
     

      Islamic leaders Friday condemned the London bombings, though many said the United States and Britain, with their wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, are ultimately to blame for fueling militant violence. Increasing voices, however, say the Arab world has to stop adding ''but'' to its denunciations of terrorism. .....
     

      The Supreme Court held that the Illegal Migrants (Determination by Tribunals) Act, 1983 and rules "has created the biggest hurdle and is the main impediment or barrier in the identification and deportation of illegal migrants." .....
     

      Director of London's Al-Maqreze Centre for Historical Studies Hani Sibai: There are No "Civilians" in Islamic Law;The Bombing is a Great Victory for Al-Qa'ida, Which "Rubbed the Noses of the World's 8 Most Powerful Countries in the Mud" .....
     

      Unearthing another linkage to the terror plot to attack Delhi's Palam Air Force Station, Delhi Police has arrested a Hizbul Mujahideen militant and a senior official of the Jammu and Kashmir Government and recovered a large quantity of arms and ammunition. .....
     

      It is almost a truism to say that when a terrorist attack takes place in a Third World country, Western powers - and the Western media - dismiss it as an example of the internal tensions that beset that country. But when a similar - or even, a lesser - attack takes place in a Western country, it becomes an event of global significance. .....
     

      Europe will observe two minutes' silence on the stroke of noon today, a gesture of sympathy and solidarity that recognises that grief and outrage are not confined within British borders. .....
     

      Unearthing another linkage to the terror plot to attack Delhi's Palam Air Force Station, Delhi Police has arrested a Hizbul Mujahideen militant and a senior official of the Jammu and Kashmir Government and recovered a large quantity of arms and ammunition. .....
     

      The remains of a Subrahmanya temple belonging to the Pallava period (circa 8th century A.D.) have been found on the beach close to the Tiger Cave, a few kilometres off Mamallapuram, near here. .....
     

      The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has unearthed the ruins of a nearly 1,300-year-old temple, believed to be of the Pallava period, near the Tiger Cave in Mamallapuram. .....
     

      "Prithviraj Chauhan was a coward who ran away to save his life during the second battle of Tarain with Mohammad Ghauri." "Jaichand (generally believed to be a traitor) was, in fact a 'hero' who gave up his life while fighting the forces of Ghauri." This is the "new" history that students of Class XI will learn under the CBSE and ICSE courses from this academic session. .....
     

      Thanks to the war in Iraq, much of the world sees the British government as resolute and tough and the French one as appeasing and weak. But in another war, the one against terrorism and radical Islam, the reverse is true: France is the most stalwart nation in the West, even more so than America, while Britain is the most hapless. .....
     

      In a confidential report, Young Muslims and Extremism, prepared jointly by the Home and Foreign offices in mid-2004 and presented to Prime Minister Tony Blair, we learn something about the inner thinking of the British government. Leaked to the Sunday Times of London, the report is now available in four parts in .pdf format at that newspaper's site. .....
       

      Pakistan's militant training camps are back in action after a yearlong gap and the old and new recruits are flocking to them notwithstanding the official ban on various terror outfits for carrying out strikes in Jammu and Kashmir and Afghanistan, a media report has claimed. .....
       

      Believe it or not! RSS activists recently rescued 80 Christian priests trapped in an accident in the dense forests of Orissa's Sambalpur district and even donated blood to save their lives. .....
       

      The phenomenon of modern Islamic terrorism has forged an inchoate strategic alliance between the Israeli and Indian governments, while heightening the awareness of a common threat-the institution of jihad-among the civilian populations of these nations. .....
       

      Though many view Canada as an unassuming neutral nation that has skirted terrorist attacks, it has suffered its share of aggression, and intelligence officials believe at least 50 terror groups now have some presence here. .....
       

      Terrorism usually comes like a bolt from the blue, but not so the four explosions yesterday in London, killing at least 37. Some British Islamist leaders have been warning for months that such violence was imminent. .....
       

      With Ayodhya on my mind I sat down to write a piece on how Islamic terrorism will not be defeated until we deal with the mullahs and madrasas who breed the suicide bombers and Islamic fundamentalists. I was still writing it when London exploded. This was not some distant horror but deeply personal since I have a son who lives in that city. .....
       

      The Internal Revenue Service is looking into the operations and finances of televangelist Benny Hinn's organization, according to a published report. .....
       

      The dastardly attack by terrorists at Ayodhya aimed at desecrating Lord Rama's birthplace will no doubt be condemned by all. As an Indian Muslim I feel embarrassed when I hear, see or read Mohammedan names associated with arson, terrorism and killing. .....
       

      I was in London on September 11, 2001, watching with millions of others as the planes brought down the twin towers of the World Trade Center. .....
       

      The Ghatkopar bomb blast case, which came to an end on June 10, 2005 with the acquittal of all the accused, by Special Judge A.P. Bhangale, was almost predictable. The three major reasons given by the POTA court are: dubious confessions, hostile witnesses and shoddy investigations. .....
       

      A day after she begged to be left alone, a broken Imrana hid herself at her parents' home at Kukra, refusing to appear before a Shariat court that took up her case for hearing today. .....
       

      Even as Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and police chief S S Virk have ruled out revival of militancy in Punjab, the number of terrorists arrested and the recoveries made in June indicate that militancy could be back if it gets support from people. .....
       

      From a blatant position of Kashmir, at all cost, Pakistani editors have finally been shoved off their lofty perch by the hard reality in their society and brought down to earth over the immense harm that their country has been subjected to over Kashmir. .....
       

      Taking exception to Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed describing Hari Parbat as 'Koh-i-Maran', the Bharatiya Janata Party on Saturday accused the coalition government of supporting 'talibanisation'. .....
       

      In late April, scores of giant billboards and thousands of wall posters all over Lagos proclaimed the first of three days of divine miracles and healing for at least six million Nigerians - but at the end of the third day, there was more bickering over money than praise to God for mercy received. .....
       

      Seers and sadhus will join hands cutting across community lines to spread the message of equality. They will campaign to allow people from weaker sections to perform pujas in village temples. As a result, all the 32,000 small temples that are going to be freed from government control in accordance with chief minister Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy's decision, will have nitya pujas performed by local devotees. .....
       

      With the recent detention of some Pakistani men in the US, American counter-terrorism officials feel that Islamabad has failed to dismantle "hundreds" of militant training camps, a media report said. .....
       

      In the wee hours of June 23, 1953, Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee, the founder President of Bharatiya Jan Sangh, passed away in the State Nursing Home of Srinagar (J&K) after being imprisoned for forty days by Sheikh Abdullah government. Dr. Mookerjee (July 6, 1901-June 23, 1953) was thus the first civilian martyr who fell defending the integrity and sovereignty of India. .....
       

      Sonia Gandhi's heart beats only for the farmers of Rajasthan. Or how else does one explain her rushing to Tonk to 'console' the families of victims of police firing a fortnight ago. Thousands of farmers continue to commit suicide in Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra, both incidentally ruled by the Congress! They die because of the flawed farm policies of the UPA. .....
       

      The Ghatkopar bomb blast case, which came to an end on June 10, 2005 with the acquittal of all the accused, by Special Judge A.P. Bhangale, was almost predictable. The three major reasons given by the POTA court are: dubious confessions, hostile witnesses and shoddy investigations. .....
       

      It is tragic that Kashmir, the land of Maharishi Kashyap, Lalitaditya, Maharani Kota Rani and Kalhan; the cradle of Vedic heritage; and the region which was ruled by Hindus and which defeated Muslim invaders heroically for many centuries, is now witnessing genocide of Hindus with their forced eviction from Kashmir to live like refugees in their own country for the past 15 years. .....
       

      A writ petition challenging the legality of five per cent reservations to the Muslim community has been admitted by the Andhra Pradesh High Court raising fresh doubts about the implementation of the quota system immediately. The writ petition filed by two students, Ms Rachna Reddy and Ms Neeta Reddy, will be heard by a division bench of the court on Wednesday. .....
       

      Police have arrested a Christian man in northwestern Pakistan after complaints that he tore pages from the Quran and set them on fire, an official said Wednesday. .....
       

      Three months before the Partition of Bengal came into effect, two leaflets began to circulate in the province. Both appealed to Bengali Muslims to rise alongside Hindus in defence of the mother country. .....
       


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