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Muslim management graduate denied job on religious grounds
A management graduate here on Thursday lodged a police complaint accusing a leading diamond export firm of "religious discrimination" and refusing him a job because he was a Muslim.
 
The firm, Hari Krishna Exports Pvt. Ltd., "deeply regretted" the incident and blamed a trainee employee for the error.
 
Zeshan Ali Khan applied for a job with the diamond export firm, which has branches in several countries.
 
But the company's reply on May 19 shocked him, he said. The reply read: "Thanks for your application. We regret to inform you that we hire only non-Muslim candidates."
 
When he posted his resentment on Facebook, it evoked sharp reactions from many people. Khan said two of his friends, who also applied there for job, were given placements in the company.
 
"Yes, I have lodged a complaint with the Vinoba Bhave Nagar police station, Kurla West suburb, on the issue. They are pressing charges soon in my case," Khan told IANS.
 
Meanwhile, National Commission for Minorities chairman Naseem Ahmed ordered a probe into the incident.
 
Mahendra S. Deshmukh, associate vice-president and the head of human resource department of the firm, in a statement said: "We would like to clarify that the company does not discriminate against candidates based on gender, caste, religion, etc. Any hurt caused in the matter is deeply regretted."
 
Deshmukh also blamed a trainee colleague, Dipika Tike, who he claimed had sent the erroneous e-mail.
 
Sources said since the controversy erupted, the company terminated services of the trainee employee.
 
Maharashtra Minority Affairs Minister Eknath Khadse, who took a serious view of the matter, assured suitable action would be taken against the errant company.
 
"That somebody has been denied a job on grounds of religion is indeed most unfortunate. We will inquire into the incident and if the laws have been violated, we will initiate action," Khadse told reporters.
 
Nationalist Congress Party state spokesperson Nawab Malik flayed the company for denying a Muslim job on religious grounds and urged the central and state governments to act in the matter.
 
Rights activist Shehzad Poonawalla shot off a letter to the National Commission for Minorities and the union home ministry, seeking their intervention.
 
"This incident is a blatant violation of the spirit of the Constitution that mandates equality and absence of religious discrimination through Articles 14 and Article 25," Poonawalla said.
 

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In Kerala most of the educational institutions are run by minority communities. All these institutions are Government aided institutions. What is the percentage of Hindus in these institutions?

Narayana Murthy for supporting Modi
Assessing the first year of the NDA government, Infosys co-founder N.R.Narayana Murthy said on Wednesday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should be supported in his endeavours.
 
"We have a PM who is enthusiastic and working hard. People, all parties, the opposition should rally behind him. I think a lot of good things have happened but it's still early to say. Therefore, we must all be with the PM and support him," Murthy said here delivering the sixth annual lecture of the Competition Commission of India.
 
"We should all rally behind him. I mean individuals, political parties, those in opposition, bureaucrats at state level and central level, corporate houses, academic institutions everyone. If we provide support, then I think we can move fast," he added.
 
He said every bureaucrat must reflect on what he or she did so as to reduce the friction between government and business.
 
Equally important for business is a "corruption-free judiciary" which is also updated and holds the knowledge of the global best practices in legal matters, Murthy said.
 
"And if we continue to do things with the sense of efficiency, then I'm sure we will make some progress," he added.
 
On the government's taxation policies, he said these should be "transparent, stable, easy to communicate, easy to understand and comply with and one that creates confidence about the government among tax payers and therefore collect maximum tax". 
 
"Such a tax policy should have three fundamental principles - equity, certainty by not imposing taxes in an arbitrary manner and by not levying taxes in retrospective manner and by transparent method," he added.

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Punjab to act against online marketing of cigarettes
Punjab on Thursday became the first state in the country to initiate criminal proceeding against companies marketing cigarettes online despite a ban on it.
 
Health Minister Surjit Kumar Jayani sought people's cooperation with the police in registering first information reports (FIRs) against e-commerce companies on the basis of the bills sent by companies.
 
To implement the Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Act effectively, all state drug inspectors have been directed to lodge complaints against the illegal sale of e-cigarettes.
 
The district police chiefs have been directed to ensure promptness in initiating legal action against such companies, a government statement said.

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