IMC-USA Weekly News Digest – February 1st, 2010

by iamcadmin on January 31, 2010

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Communal Harmony

National Communal Harmony Awards announced (Jan 25, 2010, Central Chronicle)

Noted Sanskrit scholar Mohammad Hanif Khan Shastri and
Rajasthan-based Centre for Human Rights Social Welfare have been
selected for the National Communal Harmony Awards for 2009. 58-year-old
Shastri, who has authored eight books, has endeavoured to promote
communal harmony by highlighting similarities between Hindu and Muslim
religions through his unique literary contributions in Hindi and
Sanskrit, the Union Home Ministry said in a statement today.

The
Centre for Human Rights Social Welfare, registered in 1976, is a social
organisation working for communal harmony, human rights, welfare of the
homeless and women, and rehabilitation of the needy and deprived
persons. "Its specific activities include organising inter-faith
dialogue, programmes of ‘Milan (gathering)’ on the occasions of Eid,
Holi, Diwali and Christmas, communal harmony rally and kavi sammelan
among others to promote communal harmony and national integration," the
Ministry said.

It said the organisation has campaigned against
terrorism and has been organising programmes to sensitise people on the
rights of the homeless. It actively participated in rehabilitation of
the victims of bomb blasts in Jaipur in May 2008. The Awards were
instituted in 1996 by the National Foundation for Communal Harmony, an
autonomous body set up by the Ministry for promoting communal harmony
and national integration. The award carries Rs five lakh cash for the
organisation and Rs two lakh for the individual besides a citation.

http://www.centralchronicle.com/viewnews.asp?articleID=25384

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News Headlines

Witnesses call trial judge biased (Jan 26, 2010, Indian Express)

Seven eyewitnesses and victims of the Gulberg Society massacre case
have accused special trial judge B U Joshi of bias. They have now moved
a petition before the Principal Sessions Judge of Ahmedabad Sessions
Court to transfer the trial from his court. Principal Sessions Judge G
B Shah has admitted the petition and issued notice to the Special
Public Prosecutor in the case, R K Shah.

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