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Attacks on Hindus: PM Hasina appeals Muslims to ensure safety of minorities

Attacks on Hindus: PM Hasina appeals Muslims to ensure safety of minorities

 Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in a video conference, has urged the countrymen to put in their best efforts to maintain communal harmony and ensure safety and security of the people of minority communities in the aftermath of attacks on Hindu temples and members of the community in the Muslim-majority country.

Over 58L Muslim students awarded scholarship in 2014-15: Govt

Over 58 lakh Muslim students were awarded scholarship under a central government scheme in 2014-15, Lok Sabha was informed on Wednesday.

Centre seeks report on employment of minorities

A head-count of people belonging to minority communities employed in central government departments during last one year has been started by the Centre as part of review of the Prime Minister's 15-point programme for their welfare.

BJP unit claims to enrol 30L members of minority communities

Although the BJP Minority Morcha claimed that it has inducted 30 lakh new members belonging to minority communities during the recent membership drive, the party today said it does not believe in dividing its members on caste or religious basis.

Indian govt rejects US report on religious tolerance

In a sharp rejoinder to the US government panel report on religious freedom, the Ministry of External Affairs has brushed aside the concerns raised over the plight of the country's minority communities, saying the report was based on “limited understanding of India”.

Lanka President Sirisena defends return of land to minorities

 Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has defended his government's move to return private land acquired by the security forces during the civil war to its legitimate owners as part of reconciliation efforts with minority communities, including Tamils.

Rs 6,300 crore alloted for benefit of minorities: RTI

 The government has approved projects worth Rs 6,300 crore for socio-economic welfare of the minority communities under the Multi-sectoral Development Programme (MSDP) in the 11th and 12th five-year plans, a response to an RTI query has revealed.

Development should reach one and all, says Naqvi

Minister of State for Parliamentary and Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Wednesday pledged to provide opportunities of development to minority communities through the principles of good governance.

2014 saw controversies over 'love-jihad', 'ghar-wapsi'

Issues related to minority communities grabbed headlines in 2014 as some Hindu groups and leaders raked up subjects like 'love-jihad' and 'ghar-wapsi' but Minority Affairs Minister Najma Heptulla preferred not to read too much into these controversies.

Amnesty asks Pakistan to protect minority communities

Global rights watchdog Amnesty International has asked Pakistan to bring those responsible for the killing of a Christian couple, accused of blasphemy, to justice.

Uttarakhand govt plans to set up committee for minorities

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat said the state government is planning to set up a committee to coordinate between different minority communities in the state so that their problems could be addressed in a better way.

Police suffer from certain prejudices: Habibullah

National Commission for Minorities Chairman Wajahat Habibullah said minority communities continue to face challenges, which were starkly highlighted during the recent riots in Muzaffarnagar.

No picture of Sheila, Chauhan on loan forms: Lokayukta

Delhi Lokayukta ordered no photograph of CM Sheila Dikshit and PWD Minister Raj Kumar Chauhan be carried on form offering loan at low rates to entrepreneurs from SC, ST, OBC and minority communities.

Minority communities demand parity

Minority community members from the district have accused the district administration of "discrimination" in issuing status certificates to them.