Shaheed Bhagat Singh chowk

While authorities have changed the Hindu names of several places in the old quarters of Lahore over the years, the decision to rename a busy roundabout after Bhagat Singh has been hailed by some local residents as a bold move.

District administration chief Noorul Amin Mengal recently directed the City District Government of Lahore (CDGL) to make arrangements for renaming the roundabout after Bhagat Singh within a week.

Pakistani authorities have renamed a roundabout in the eastern city of Lahore after freedom fighter Bhagat Singh to acknowledge his revolutionary spirit and his role in the movement against the erstwhile British rulers of the subcontinent.

The Shadman Chowk of Lahore will now be known as Bhagat Singh Chowk, officials said.

Bhagat Singh was hanged in March 1931 in the erstwhile Lahore Jail, which stood at the spot where the roundabout was built later.

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Blasphemy case against 9 Pak men for temple damage

In what seems to be a first for Pakistan, a group of Muslim men who damaged a temple and attacked homes of Hindus during a protest in Karachi against an anti-Islam film have been charged under the country’s harsh blasphemy law, a media report said on Sunday.

Welcoming the move by the police, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan chairperson Zohra Yusuf said she had never heard of a blasphemy case registered against Muslims for damaging a house of worship.

Nine men, including Maulvi Habibur Rehman and his accomplices, have been named in the police complaint regarding the ransacking of the Sri Krishna Bhagwan Mandir in Gulshan-e-Maymar area of Karachi. The temple was vandalised during government-sanctioned protests against the film “Innocence Of Muslims” on September 21.


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Four-fold jump in the sale of organic goods in India

The domestic organic products market has witnessed a four-fold growth in the past two years. Sale of organic products is expected to touch Rs 3,700 cr by year end, which is four times more than Rs 964 cr sales in 2010, according to International Competence Centre for Organic Agriculture (ICCOA).

“While conventional trade has registered a growth of 2% to 3%, the organic sector is growing by an average 20% per year,” said Gaurav Marya, chief executive officer of Francorp, the Indian franchise of international organic product major Moraka.

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Saudi Grand Mufti urges Muslims to shun violence

“Muslim rage is playing into the hands of their enemies when Muslims attack innocent people and set fire to public or private institutions. Such acts, in fact, damage the image of Islam, a situation the enemies of Islam seek to create. Such acts go against the teachings of the Prophet and are deplorable,” the grand mufti said.

audi Arabia’s highest-ranking religious authority has appealed to Muslims worldwide not to unleash violence against innocent people while protesting against an offensive movie about the Prophet Muhammad.

Grand Mufti Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh said, “Condemnation of the attempts to abuse the Prophet should be within the Law of Allah and Sunnah of the Prophet… Muslims should not shed the blood of innocent people or vandalize private properties or public institutions.”

He said “such hateful” movies would not harm the great personality of the Prophet or the beauty of Islam. “Such animosity only helps in spreading the glory of the Prophet with greater vigour,” he said.

The grand mufti warned that the enemies of the Prophet and Muslims achieve their goals when Muslims resort to violence.

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Naysayers notwithstanding, the organic juggernaut rolls on

With a growth rate of nearly 25%, the organic food movement has nothing to fear. Studies like these are fake exercises of pseudo scientists who work for companies like Monsanto — Dr Vandana Shiva Of Navdanya

The raging debate notwithstanding, stakeholders of the organic food industry in India are upbeat about the domestic growth, which has seen exponential growth in the last five years. According to APEDA (Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority), the nodal accreditation agency for organic farmers and operators, the presence of organic produce in the domestic market has grown substantially in retail. “At present, 5.56 million hectares of land is under organic certification and over five lakh farmers are registered with us in addition to several thousand grower groups and individual promoters,” says Dr P.V.S.M. Gouri of APEDA.

India’s total organic export, inclusive of food, products, textiles and dairy, for 2011-12 was worth Rs 1,800 crore. However, Gouri explains that while till about a few years ago, 70% of the organic produce was being exported to Europe and the US, now almost 60% is retained for domestic use. “Sales have never been this good. More and more retailers and producers are now entering the fray with an ever-increasing inventory of products like cereals, herbs, spices, fresh fruit, vegetables and a whole range of products,” she adds.

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Scientists Have a Plan To Power 95% Of the World With Renewable Energy

“A fully renewable global energy system is possible: we can reach a 95% sustainably sourced energy supply by 2050. To achieve such a bold goal we need to combine aggressive energy efficiency on the demand side with accelerated renewable energy supply from all possible sources. This requires a paradigm shift towards long-term, integrated strategies and will not be met with small, incremental changes.”

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