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Earthquake shakes Afghan capital
Kabul : An earthquake was felt in Afghan capital of Kabul at early hours of Wednesday that also shook most parts of northern and northeastern parts of the country.
The quake measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale jolted 28 km south of Jarm, a district of northern Afghan Badakhshan province near the border with Tajikstan took place at 12.35 a.m. on Wednesday, according to US Geological Survey.
The epicentre, with a depth of 242.94 km, was initially determined to be at 36.6093 degrees north latitude and 70.886 degrees east longitude, it said.
There were no immediate reports of possible casualties or damages.
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Subramanian Swamy for daily hearing of Ram Janmabhoomi case in SC
New Delhi  : BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Tuesday said he has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for moving the Supreme Court to seek day-to-day hearing of civil appeals in the Ram Janmabhoomi case.
"I have written to the prime minister in this connection. The case regarding the Ram temple in Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh should be heard on a day-to-day basis," Swamy told media persons here.
The BJP leader sought early verdict in the issue and start of the Ram temple construction in Ayodhya by the year-end.
"The moment the court verdict is out, we will start work on the Ram temple construction. We want to start the construction work before this year-end. We will talk to Muslim leaders and find an early solution," he said.
Swamy also said he will convince leaders like Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, whose party is in power in the state, and Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati for the temple construction.
"I am confident that Mulayam Singh Yadav, who is a believer of Hanuman, and BSP leader Mayawati will both agree for an amicable solution," he said.
Asked whether the BJP was on the same page with him on the issue, he said construction of the Ram temple was mentioned in the party's manifesto for the 2014 Lok Sabha election.
"It was in the Lok Sabha election manifesto of our party. No one will go against the party manifesto. This is a full time work (Ram temple). The prime minister will run the nation and I will work towards the construction of the Ram temple," Swamy said.
The BJP manifesto, in two brief lines on the last page under the heading 'cultural heritage', reiterated the party's stand on the construction of the Ram temple at the site of the demolished Babri mosque.
"The BJP reiterates its stand to explore all possibilities within the framework of the constitution to facilitate the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya," the manifesto had said.
As for a controversial seminar held at Delhi University on the Ram Janmabhoomi issue last week, Swamy said more such seminars should be held across the country.
The two-day seminar on "Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Temple: Emerging Scenario" was organised at the arts faculty from January 9 by Arundhati Vashishtha Anusandhan Peeth.
"Such a seminar should be organised in Jawaharlal Nehru University too," Swamy said.
JNU in New Delhi is a reputed bastion of Left-leaning student outfits who strongly opposed the Delhi University decision to allow the seminar, alleging it will "communalise" the campus.
The BJP leader said such seminars will be organised across India and he had already received offers from Gujarat and Tamil Nadu for the same.
Acting on a bunch of appeals, the apex court stayed the 2010 Allahabad High Court verdict that divided the 2.77-acre site into three parts. It also ordered status quo at the site but restrained any religious activity on the 67 acres of adjoining land taken over by the Centre.
On the violence in Malda in West Bengal, Swamy said Home Minister Rajnath Singh should exercise his powers under Article 256 and give directions to the Mamata Banerjee government that it was not performing its duty as per the Constitution.
Swamy also said there was no use talking to Pakistan as it was a "dumb government" and the real government there was of the ISI, Taliban and military.
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Hemen Parekh

1 year ago


Even as the BATTLE for BABRI , is being fought out in the Supreme Court and on TV Channels , I request Shri Asaduddin Owaisi , Shri Subramanian Swamy , and leaders / opinion-makers from both the sides to consider my ( 2 year old ) following suggestion , to usher a lasting peace and harmony in the Indian Society :
hemen parekh / blogs

Reach - Out Time ?

Narendra Modi claims that the Muslims of Gujarat have buried the ghost of Godhra and a great majority of them voted for BJP in the recent State election

There have been many communal ( anti-minority or anti-majority ) riots in most of the States of India since independence

It does not serve any purpose to keep doing post-mortem , again and again

It is obvious that the new generation ( including the descendents of the victims ) want to close the chapter and move on to a better / peaceful life

If , development of Muslims brought about a harmonious communal relations in Gujarat , surely it could be replicated on a national scale , all over the country

Narendra Modi has a fantastic opportunity to drive across this message by incorporating the following ACTIONS in BJP’s 2014 Election Manifesto :

Ø Resettling of riot victims ( belonging to any community and residing in any state ) , in Government-built houses , within one year of coming to power

Ø Simultaneous dismantling of , so-called “ Minority Ghettos “ , thru dispersal of minorities throughout the cities , for better integration within a city’s majority population

Ø Granting Cabinet Minister status to the Chiefs of Minority Commission / Women’s Commission / Human Rights Commission

Ø Providing for greater representation in the Central Cabinet to the people of the North-Eastern States and the Naxal affected areas

Ø Up gradation of the educational institutions belonging to the minorities

Ø Greater representation to Minority Youth in “ Skills Development Program “ under NSDC

Ø At the disputed Ayodhya site , creation of a “ WORLD PEACE COMPLEX “ comprising of :

* Ram Temple ( for Hindus )

* Mosque ( for Muslims )

* Church ( for Christians )

* Temple ( for Buddhists )

* Synagogue ( for Jews )

* Akshar-Dham ( for Jains )

* Gurudwara ( for Shikhs )


* Hospitals ( like Netralaya / Hridayalaya )

* India Heritage / History Museum

* Business Convention-cum-Industry Exhibition Centre

* Tourist Complex

And right in the center of the complex , a giant statue of the “ FATHER of the NATION “

I invite readers to add to this list

Even if for all the wrong reasons [ viz; 2014 Elections ], let BJP not miss this opportunity to initiate steps for integration of the minorities into the mainstream of political / economical / social development of our country

It is about time to exhibit , BJP’s truly “ SECULAR “ nature ( non-UPA variety ? )

It is time to stop mere Congress-bashing ( with which , people are fed-up ) and promise some genuine positive actions to the MINORITIES

And of all the leaders of BJP , who is better placed for such “ Pro-Activism “ than Narendrabhai ?

Carpe Diem ( Seize the Day ! )


hemen parekh

( 21 Sept 2013 )

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