Sunday December 17, 2017

Chandy to lead reception of Ghulam Ali

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Thiruvananthapuram: In an unprecedented move, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy will lead a reception here for Pakistani ghazal singer Ghulam Ali on January 14 ahead of his performance.

Ali will perform at two places in Kerala, Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader MA Baby said today.

Ali’s earlier planned programmes in Mumbai and Pune were called off after protests by the Shiv Sena.

“Ali will perform on January 15 in the capital city and in Kozhikode on January 17,” said Baby.

The programmes are being organised by cultural organisation Swaralaya.

Chandy will host the reception here for Ali on January 14 ahead of his performances. (IANS)

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Is Hamid Ansari a thankless Muslim Indian?

Former vice president Hamid Ansari who lately attended an event in Kozhikode held by Delhi Institute of objective studies, co-organised by PFI faces youth's protest.

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New Delhi, September 25, 2017: The youth wing of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came out to protest against the University and former vice president Hamid Ansari who lately attended an event in Kozhikode held by Delhi Institute of objective studies.
The event was co-organised by National Women’s Front (NWF), the women’s wing of the radical Islamic outfit Popular Front of India to mark the international conference on “the role of women to make a humane society”. It has also been alleged that an Islamic fundamentalist organization, Popular Front of India (PFI) was also part of the organizing committee.
According to the reports, the criminal of radical outfit PFI was accused of cutting the hands of Professor Joseph for being offensive to the Islamic Prophet Mohammad. It has also been accused of accusing National Investigative Agency over controversial ‘Love Jihad’ cases.
The university however claim that they have received letters from certain organizations, though not being part of the event but were collaborating in it.
BJP now demand an apology from the former vice president for attending the event that was organized by the organization who has also been responsible for recruiting youngsters for the Islamic state.
The question arises what prompted the Vice President of India for 10 years to attend an event organized by a radical Islamic people of Popular Front of India?
Is he being supportive of their agenda? Or is Hamid Ansari a thankless Muslim Indian?
– Prepared by Abhishek Biswas of NewsGram Twitter: @Writing_desire

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Kerala Government to Introduce 15,000 Schools under SchoolWiki on Kerala Formation Day

SchoolWiki has been designed in such a way that schools can register into the portal using their school codes and upload their contents

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Kerala, October 30, 2016: The IT@School Project of the Kerala government will introduce a revamped SchoolWiki to foster a culture of collaborative content deployment in 15,000 schools on November 1, the Kerala Formation Day.

SchoolWiki, which was first launched in 2009 on the lines of Wikipedia, had gone into oblivion two years later without any updates.

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“This prompted IT@School to revive the portal with much-needed modifications, amply supported by Wikipedia members. Teachers and students were given specific training for using SchoolWiki and to identify and assign district level admins for data accuracy and modifications,” IT@School Project Executive Director K. Anvar Sadath said.

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The revamped portal, www.schoolwiki.in, is in Malayalam and features content collection jointly undertaken by the students, teachers, alumni, and public.

The schools would be able to key-in and update their basic details such as infrastructure data, renowned alumni, school websites, school map, blogs, various clubs and forums, class magazines, supporting images and videos.

SchoolWiki has been prepared using Wikimedia Foundation’s MediaWiki software and has been designed in such a way that schools can register into the portal using their school codes and upload their contents.

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“Awards would be given to those schools that make use of and maintain SchoolWiki in the most effective manner,” said State Education Minister C. Raveendranath. (IANS)

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Police protection for Ghulam Ali during Mumbai visit

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Mumbai: Pakistani ghazal maestro Ghulam Ali, who will arrive Mumbai on Thursday for the music launch will be given full police protection on demand of makers of movie ‘Ghar Vapsi’.

The film, directed by Suhaib Ilyasi of “India’s Most Wanted” fame, marks Ghulam Ali’s acting debut and he has also sung an Indian patriotic song for it.

“I will request the Mumbai police and the Maharashtra government to provide protection to Ghulam Ali saab during his stay in Mumbai. There is a threat to Ali saab by Shiv Sena. They did not allow him to perform in India last year,” Ilyasi said.

Ghulam Ali’s concerts in Mumbai and Pune were called off in October last year after the Shiv Sena threatened to disrupt his live performance. Ilyasi is hopeful that the singer’s presence at his film’s music launch on Friday will be trouble-free.

“We hope Maharashtra government treats him as an important dignitary and we hope he has a safe stay in Mumbai,” Ilyasi said.

He said his film is “about the latest debate on intolerance”.

“Films are the reflection of our society and this film reflects about whatever is happening in our country,” added the filmmaker. While there were protests in Maharashtra against the concerts Ghulam Ali, Kerala government had invited him.(IANS)