Indian woman, 29, wins £5,000 Commonwealth short story prize for Hindu-Muslim love story
Tuesday, 30 June 2020 () A woman from Ranchi currently studying in the US has won £5,000 after her tale about a Hindu girl falling in love with a Muslim boy beat more than 5,000 entries from 49 countries to win the 2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Kritika Pandey, 29, was announced as the winner for "The Great Indian Tee and Snakes" by Ghanaian writer and editor Nii Ayikwei.
Harmonious coexistence and regards for other religions is an integral part of Indian ethos. And as a result, examples of communal harmony can be witnessed in every nook and corner of the country. One such example was witnessed in the Mandsaur district of Madhya Pradesh, where in an effort to contain coronavirus, a Muslim man developed a contactless sensor bell for a Hindu temple in the state.
Chandigarh Director General of Police (DGP) Sanjay Baniwal was felicitated by Muslim clerics for his work amid coronavirus pandemic. The felicitation programme took place in city's Sector 45 on June 12. Chandigarh SSP Nilambari Jagadale was also felicitated by clerics. Burail area mosque management awarded them for their continuous efforts amid COVID-19 outbreak.
As the Indian government is busy battling coronavirus pandemic, the citizens too are not behind in extending their support and making sure that the poor survive even through these hard times. People across faiths have been coming to the forefront and helping the needy. Similar scene can be witnessed at a National Highway 2 in Kanpur city of Uttar Pradesh where a Hindu and a Muslim man are working together, distributing food packets and other necessary items especially to the migrants passing by. In a bid to ward off hunger woes, various individuals and organisations across the country have been distributing food and grocery items to the needy since the Prime Minster has imposed nationwide lockdown. Two among them are Kanpur's Amit Pandey and Sohaib Ahmad who have been working relentlessly to distribute food and other necessary items to the migrants who are passing through the National Highway. Their act is not just a wonderful example of humanity but also showcases the harmonious coexistence of different faiths in the country. Though working in different groups, their motive is same that is to help the migrants in meeting few of their necessities.
A silent demonstration was held infront of the United Nations Office in Geneva alongside Broken Chair to raise a voice in solidarity to eradicate the malicious blasphemy law and forced conversions in Pakistan. The ongoing mistreatment of Christians and other religious minorities in Pakistan is an issue of immense importance that nevertheless still receives scant attention from the UN or international human rights organisations. Christians and other religious minorities in Pakistan have been treated as second-class citizens, their constitution legally bars religious minorities from high government offices. The country's Christian community continues to suffer discrimination, intolerance and instances of outright persecution. Religious places like churches have become an easy target for Christian persecution. According to the protesters, Christians, Hindus, and other religious minorities in the Islamic Republic are routinely subjected to multiple forms of discrimination and harassment. In 2020, Pakistan has ranked fifth on the Open Doors USA World Watch List of the top 50 countries where Christians are persecuted for their faith.
The Chief Minister of Jharkhand, Hemant Soren commented on the next generation electricity power reforms and said that it's is a conspiracy to unsteady the non - Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) states. He also asserted that these kind of reforms will going to damage the country's federal system. While reacting on proposed Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2020, CM Soren said, "Central government's electricity power reforms is seems like a conspiracy to unsteady the non -BJP states, we have to observe these reforms in details, is these reforms damaging the federal system of our country." The minister made this statement after the video conferencing with Union Power and Renewable Energy Minister Raj Kumar Singh on July 03 in Ranchi. The Chief Minister also opposed the move to privatise railway operations.
Coal India workers began three-day strike from July 02 against auction of coal blocks to private parties. 41 coal blocks were auctioned by the central government for commercial mining. Coal India trade unions have joined hands to revolt against the decision. Protestors have halted mining and production activities.
Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren on June 30 attended wedding ceremony of ace archer Deepika Kumari in Ranchi. She exchanged wedding vows with exceptional archer Atanu Das who created hat-trick of bronze medals in the Asian Championship 2019 in Bangkok. The wedding ceremony was held at Vrindavan banquet Hall, Morabadi. The Chief Minister congratulated the bride and groom for their wedding and happy married life.
Despite the fatwa (religious decree) by a Lahore-based prominent Islamic seminary and threats of Muslims fundamentalists against construction of a new Hindu... IndiaTimes Also reported by •Indian Express