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Kashmir capital gunfight: reporter’s diary PDF Print E-mail
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15 April 2014

It was a cloudy evening. The sun and the clouds had played hide and seek throughout the day. I waited for my friends in Old City as we after a long gap had decide to group and explore a relatively quitter place. Since we left school, we make it a point to meet once in a while and travel places in Srinagar mostly. But most of the times, I along with other reporter friend who is also the part of the gang, find ourselves in awkward positions. The others never find much interest in politics.

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Human Rights Commission Defends Journalist PDF Print E-mail
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The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) welcomes an intervention by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in India to order appropriate restitution to a journalist in the state of Uttar Pradesh, for prolonged harassment and intimidation suffered at the hands of local police. According to the findings of the NHRC, published on February 11, Samiuddin, alias Nilu, a reporter for the Hindi daily Amar Ujala in Lakhimpur Kheri district of Uttar Pradesh, was at various times since 2004 threatened by local police, allegedly on the orders of the district police superintendent. His troubles began after he filed a series of reports documenting arbitrary actions and harassment of innocent people by the local police.

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Arun Singhania shot dead in Nepal PDF Print E-mail
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KATHMANDU: Less than a month after a controversial media magnate was gunned down in daylight in the best-protected area of the capital, a media tycoon of Indian origin was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Nepal's restive southern plains adjoining the border with India. Arun Singhania, the 50-year-old publisher of the Nepali daily Janakpur Today, published from southern Nepal, died during the Holi revelry in the Terai Monday evening while on his way home, police said Tuesday.

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India's only Muslim TV channel banned on DTH service PDF Print E-mail
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DR. ZAKIR NAIKCalicut (Sep 28, 2009)   Peace TV, India's only Islamic Television channel reportedly being banned  from broadcasting  through DTH (Direct to Home) providers in the country. Website of Consumer Welfare Society, Delhi is swamped with complaints against the media ban.  According to the response received from various DTH providers in the country, PEACE TV has been removed from their broad casting list.  Cable Television Network Rule 6 (6)  says a channel can't up link from or downlink into India unless it's registered with the I&B Ministry.  But despite being not registered and not possessing a valid licence, the 24-hour Peace TV, popular in many Muslim pockets across India, has been operating for the last three years. Peace TV is promoted by The Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), Mumbai, a registered non -profit charitable trust which was established in 1991. The channel never had a history of airing explicit or violent content except religious talks or sessions based on comparative religious studies.  The channel is guided by a medical doctor and Indian citizen, Dr. Zakir Naik, an internationally respected scholar.

Naik, however, maintained that he didn't own Peace TV. "The owner is a Dubai-based company and it applied for registration months ago. But the ministry hasn't issued it a certificate yet," he said, refusing to divulge the identity or the contacts of Peace TV's Dubai-based "owner". Naik's  Interfaith Dialogue with prominent Hindu Guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on the topic ‘The Concept of God in Hinduism and Islam in the light of Sacred Scriptures’ held at Palace Grounds, Bangalore, on 21st Jan. 2006, was highly appreciated by people of both the faiths.

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Journalist beaten in Kerala PDF Print E-mail
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Kochi: Tomin J Thachankari, Kannur Range Inspector General, will investigate into the charges of beating up of a journalist the night before Eid in Kasargode, northern Kerala. The police had reportedly beaten up Rahman Thayalangadi, senior journalist and Kasargode bureau chief of ‘Chandrika’ daily, on Sunday night. There were some clashes in the Kasargode town on Sunday night. Rahman was reportedly beaten up when he was travelling in the area on his scooter after the clashes were over. Reports say that the police stopped his bike and beat him up while questioning.

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