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Ajaz Ashraf

Ajaz Ashraf

He is a senior journalist.

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Time for caste quota in private sector

Time for caste quota in private sector

Public sector is shrinking rapidly, and the upper-caste leadership of companies that aren’t State-controlled is disinclined to voluntarily undertake affirmative action. I.N.D.I.A must take up this issue... [Read More]

26 February,2024 06:52 AM IST | Mumbai | Ajaz Ashraf
Revolution in Sakina’s Kiss

Revolution in Sakina’s Kiss

Subtle and profound, author Vivek Shanbhag’s book explores, through fiction, the meaning that the idea of revolution holds for those whose faith in India’s democracy has been eroded... [Read More]

19 February,2024 06:49 AM IST | Mumbai | Ajaz Ashraf
Emperor complex in Modi era

Emperor complex in Modi era

By seeking to heap humiliation on a community for political ends and ruthlessly clamping down on regional powers, the BJP seems to be modelling itself on the absolute monarchs it professes to loathe... [Read More]

12 February,2024 06:49 AM IST | Mumbai | Ajaz Ashraf
Nitish Kumar: Potato of politics

Nitish Kumar: Potato of politics

Like the root vegetable, Bihar’s CM—who hasn’t been able to expand his base to come to power on his own—mixes well with any dish but is far from the main course. His palatability is only diminishing... [Read More]

05 February,2024 06:52 AM IST | Mumbai | Ajaz Ashraf
After Ayodhya, battle for AMU

After Ayodhya, battle for AMU

The BJP is seeking to usher in yet another moment of Hindutva triumphalism by arguing in the Supreme Court against the varsity’s minority status, in the hope of altering its religious composition... [Read More]

29 January,2024 04:55 AM IST | Mumbai | Ajaz Ashraf
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IN PHOTOS: Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar memorial's work underway at Indu Mill Compound

IN PHOTOS: Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar memorial's work underway at Indu Mill Compound

Covering 4.84 hectares of land acquired from the Union textile ministry, the memorial includes a research center with lecture halls, a library, and facilities for seminars and workshops. Pics/Atul Kamble... [Read More]

30 November,2023 08:20 PM IST
In Photos: 984 pilgrims leave Jammu for Amarnath

In Photos: 984 pilgrims leave Jammu for Amarnath

A batch of 984 pilgrims left the Bhagwati Nagar camp in Jammu on Wednesday for the twin base camps in Kashmir to undertake the onward journey to the 3,880-metre-high Amarnath cave shrine (Pics/PTI)... [Read More]

02 August,2023 01:02 PM IST
Top 5 dishes to eat at Matunga’s iconic Ram Ashraya as recommended by foodies

Top 5 dishes to eat at Matunga’s iconic Ram Ashraya as recommended by foodies

Mumbai’s iconic 84-year-old Ram Ashraya restaurant located in Matunga is one of the seven Indian restaurants that made it to the Taste Atlas’ list. It was their upma that secured them this spot—and not surprisingly, the dish was sold out when we went to try it out last week... [Read More]

23 July,2023 08:10 AM IST
IN PHOTOS: MMRDA does its bit to ease Mumbai's monsoon suffering

IN PHOTOS: MMRDA does its bit to ease Mumbai's monsoon suffering

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) on Thursday revealed that about 33,922 barricades have been removed on nearly 84 km of roads, creating more space for traffic movement amid the monsoon Reports Rajendra Aklekar (Photo/Midday Photo Team)  ... [Read More]

30 June,2023 04:27 PM IST
Diana Penty announces wrap of Section 84; shares picture with Amitabh Bachchan

Diana Penty announces wrap of Section 84; shares picture with Amitabh Bachchan

Diana Penty announces wrap of Section 84; shares pictures with Amitabh Bachchan, Nimrat Kaur. She took to social media on Thursday and shared pictures clicked during the shoot of the film (All Photos/Diana Penty`s Instagram)... [Read More]

15 June,2023 02:48 PM IST
A record victory in nearly four decades, Congress all the way in Karnataka

A record victory in nearly four decades, Congress all the way in Karnataka

In terms of seats and vote share, the victory of Congress in Karnataka assembly polls has set a record that has stood for more than 30 years. With a vote percentage of 42.88 percent, the party has won 135 seats, gaining 55 more than in 2018. The 1999 election, when it won 132 seats and earned a vote share of 40.84 percent, was the closest the Congress has ever come to today’s result. It received 43.76 per cent of the vote in 1989 and gained won seats. "This victory belongs to the people of the state," said Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge after the results. “People decided and chose. That is why we got 136 seats - huge after 36 years... It is a big victory...,” he said.... [Read More]

14 May,2023 06:05 PM IST
Abhishek Banerjee joins 'Section 84', Jr NTR, Hrithik battle it out in 'War 2

Abhishek Banerjee joins 'Section 84', Jr NTR, Hrithik battle it out in 'War 2"

The inaugural event of the Nita Mukesh Ambani Cultural Centre took the Bollywood industry by a storm. With the central theme of the event being `India in Fashion`, B-town stars took this opportunity to collaborate with some of the most talented and accomplished fashion designers of India, showcasing their best ensembles and making a statement. Actor Abhishek Banerjee joins the legendary thespian Amitabh Bachchan in courtroom drama Section 84. Jr. NTR, the immensely talented actor, has landed a lead role in the upcoming spy action thriller `War 2`. Serving as a sequel to the 2019 blockbuster, this latest project promises to be exciting for everyone. Recently, Khushi was snapped with her sister Janhvi and her rumoured boyfriend Shikhar Pahariya at Tirupati temple to celebrate Shikhar`s birthday. Kareena Kapoor Khan posted a picture on Instagram from the sets of her film `The Crew` on Wednesday. ... [Read More]

05 April,2023 07:06 PM IST
Amitabh Bachchan to headline 'Section 84,' Salman Khan back with 'Billi Billi'

Amitabh Bachchan to headline 'Section 84,' Salman Khan back with 'Billi Billi'

Amitabh Bachchan to headline Ribhu Dasgupta`s courtroom thriller drama `Section 84.` Salman Khan is back with yet another fun hookstep with `Billi Billi` from `Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan`, watch! THIS is the craziest thing Mithila Palkar did in Los Angeles. `Ab main solo nahin raha` newly married Sidharth Malhotra jokes when paps ask for his solo pics. Watching the trailer was like `reliving the battle` for original Mrs. Chatterjee. ... [Read More]

01 March,2023 05:05 PM IST
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Built at cost of over Rs 17,840 crore, all you need to know about Atal Setu

Built at cost of over Rs 17,840 crore, all you need to know about Atal Setu

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Maharashtra tomorrow and unveil projects worth over Rs 30,500 crore in the state. He will inaugurate the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Sewri-Nhava Sheva Atal Setu, built at a cost of about Rs 17,840 crore. Atal Setu is the longest bridge and also the longest sea bridge in the country. During the visit, the Prime Minister will also lay the foundation stone of an underground road tunnel connecting Eastern Freeway`s Orange Gate and launch Namo Mahila Shashaktikaran Abhiyaan in the state.... [Read More]

12 January,2024 11:12 AM IST
Pro-Khalistan slogans raised inside Golden Temple

Pro-Khalistan slogans raised inside Golden Temple

The 39th anniversary of Operation Blue Star was observed at the Golden Temple, Amritsar on June 6. Several people were seen wearing black turbans to mark the anniversary. Security across Amritsar was tightened in view of the anniversary of Operation Blue Star. Notably, Operation Blue Star was carried out by the Indian Army in June 1984. Its aim was to capture Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale and his supporters hiding in the Golden Temple. On the operation’s 39th anniversary, police forces in civil clothes were deployed inside the Sikh shrine’s premises. Pro-Khalistan slogans were openly raised by people inside the Gurudwara’s premises. People were also carrying Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale’s posters. DCP (Law & Order) Amritsar said that the deployment was made to avoid any untoward situation. Guru Granth Sahib damaged during Operation Blue Star was taken out for public display.... [Read More]

06 June,2023 05:18 PM IST | Mumbai
Congress Leader Demands Bharat Ratna For Atiq Ahmed

Congress Leader Demands Bharat Ratna For Atiq Ahmed

Days after mafia Atiq was killed on camera, a viral video sparked a political controversy. In a viral video Congress leader, Rajkumar Raju was seen paying tribute to the mafia Atiq Ahmed. He laid the Indian flag on his grave and recited `Kalma` at the grave and says he`ll fight to get the honour to Atiq and Ashraf Ahmed. Blaming BJP Government, Raju called Atiq `Shaheed` and demanded `Bharat Ratna` for him. Reacting to the incident, Prayagraj Congress President Pradeep Kumar Mishra expelled him from the party for 6 years. ... [Read More]

20 April,2023 06:18 PM IST
Atiq Ahmed, brother Ashraf Body To Go Under Post-Mortem

Atiq Ahmed, brother Ashraf Body To Go Under Post-Mortem

Bodies of gangster-turned-politician Atiq Ahmed and his brother Ashraf have been taken to Swaroop Rani Nehru Hospital located in MG Road area of the city in Prayagraj for post-mortem. Watch for more details!... [Read More]

17 April,2023 05:16 PM IST | Uttar Pradesh
Last Rites Of Atiq Ahmed, Brother Ashraf Held In Prayagraj

Last Rites Of Atiq Ahmed, Brother Ashraf Held In Prayagraj

The funeral of Ganster turned politician Atiq Ahmed and his brother Ashraf were held in Parayagraj on April 16. The last rites of the duo were performed at Kasrai Masari graveyard. Atiq`s son Asad, an accused in the Umesh Pal murder case who was killed in encounter was also buried at the same graveyard on April 15. Heavy police deployment had been done in the burial ground to maintain law and order situation.... [Read More]

17 April,2023 04:25 PM IST | Mumbai
Who Are The 3 Assailants Who Killed Atiq Ahmed & His Brother Ashraf

Who Are The 3 Assailants Who Killed Atiq Ahmed & His Brother Ashraf

Gangster-turned-politician Atiq Ahmed, his brother Ashraf were shot dead on April 15 in Prayagraj but the Police arrested the 3 assailants on the spot involved in the crime who have been identified as Sunny Singh, Lovelesh Tiwari and Arun Maurya. Watch for more details!... [Read More]

17 April,2023 03:09 PM IST | Mumbai
Rise And Fall Of Atiq Ahmed: How Umesh Pal’s Murder Case Put Spotlight On Atiq

Rise And Fall Of Atiq Ahmed: How Umesh Pal’s Murder Case Put Spotlight On Atiq

Dreaded gangster Atiq Ahmed and his brother were shot dead while they were taken for medical examination on April 15. Brothers were killed when three people opened fire at them near a medical college in Prayagraj. Once a politician, the main accused in Umesh Pal’s murder case, Atiq was a 5-time MLA, one-time MP. Notably, Atiq was involved in several serious cases, including murder, kidnapping, rioting, and extortion. However, despite being accused of heinous crimes, the gangster managed to win elections multiple times.In 1989, Atiq started his political journey as he won Allahabad West seat as independent candidate. Atiq retained his seat for the next two assembly elections and joined Samajwadi Party. In 1996, he once again won the elections from Samajwadi Party’s ticket.Then he joined Apna Dal and won assembly elections for the fifth consecutive term. After rejoining SP in 2004, he won parliamentary elections from Phulpur Lok Sabha constituency. In March 2023, Atiq, who had over 100 cases against him, was convicted in a case for the first time. It was the gruesome murder of lawyer Umesh Pal, which made Atiq gain notoriety once again. Atiq Ahmed is the main accused in Raju Pal murder case, and gruesome murder of lawyer Umesh Pal. In 2005, BSP MLA Raju Pal was killed when he and his associates were heading home. In Feb 2023, Umesh Pal, the eyewitness of Raju Pal’s case was also shot dead in broad daylight. Atiq Ahmed, his brother Ashraf, son Asad and aide Ghulam were the main accused of Umesh Pal’s murder. Prayagraj Special Court had sentenced Atiq for life imprisonment in 2007 abduction of Umesh Pal.Weeks after the heinous crime, Atiq and his brother were killed by three assailants on live TV. Both of them were handcuffed, answering questions of the media persons when the incident happened.In Jhansi, Atiq’s son Asad and his aide Ghulam were gunned down by UP STF on April 13. Noose tightened around Atiq and family’s neck after Umesh Pal murder case jolted Uttar Pradesh in February. Once again, Atiq murder has triggered a political debate in Uttar Pradesh over law and order situation.... [Read More]

16 April,2023 06:58 PM IST | Mumbai
Watch: Akshay Kumar Creates Guinness Record By Clicking 184 Selfies In 3 Minutes

Watch: Akshay Kumar Creates Guinness Record By Clicking 184 Selfies In 3 Minutes

Akshay Kumar broke the Guinness World Records title on February 22 for the Most self-portrait photographs (selfies) taken in three minutes at a meet and greet with fans scheduled in Mumbai, Maharashtra for the promotion of his upcoming movie `Selfiee` releasing on February 24, 2023. Kumar, known for his disruptive stunts and distinctive records, is now the Guinness World Records title holder for this special feat with 184 selfies.  #AkshayKumar #SelfyWorldRecord... [Read More]

22 February,2023 08:14 PM IST | Mumbai
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