Thursday, 10 March 2016

Evening NEWS DIGEST
09 March 2016: 28 Jamdiul Awwal 37:Vol:7,No:116
INDIA: JNU VS ‘MANUVAD’ ?
Burning Manu Smriti: At JNU, caste trumps Hindutva
New Delhi: With a sitting vice-president of the JNU unit of the ABVP, RSS’ student affiliate, burning the Manu Smriti on the campus on International Women’s Day on Tuesday, something unprecedented in the Sangh Parivar’s history happened. While Dr. BR Ambedkar — who was also India’s first Law Minister — had indeed burnt the document, associating it with inequality, it was in sync with the radical Dalit politics he espoused.But this time the challenge comes from within Hindutva — which finds Hindu traditions to be meaningful — though the challengers are already marginal within and seem to be on the verge of staging an exit.Present with Jatin Goraya, JNU ABVP unit vice-president, who is a Dalit from Haryana, were Pradeep Narwal and other students who have moved away from ABVP since the arrest of JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar — out on bail now — under sedition law. Clearly, young Dalit leaders who had associated with Hindutva’s Dalit outreach seem to have moved away ideologically as the ABVP has clashed with the Ambedkar Students’ Association at Hyderabad University — where Rohith Vemula committed suicide — and with the Left union at the JNU.“These are contradictions between Hindutva and Dalits surfacing in the wake of recent controversies. Hindutva does not know how much to shift its line to accommodate Dalits, who are also Ambedkarites. And young Dalits also cannot adapt to it beyond a point. This contradiction is already playing out in this case,” said Badri Narayan, who teaches social exclusion at the university. the hindu
RSS’ wings ABVP burns Manusmriti copies in JNU
JNU students, including former and current members of the ABVP, burnt copies of the Manusmriti to protest against “derogatory verses” in the Hindu religious text.The students chose International Women's Day to send out the message that anything derogatory towards women will not be tolerated. “Today is women’s day and in order to oppose the derogatory remarks made against women in Manusmriti, we have burnt certain portions of the text,” said Jatin Goraiya, vice-president of the ABVP unit in JNU. The students burnt the pages of the text that contained 40 “derogatory” references against women. Some of the points included “2/213. It is the nature of the women to seduce men in this world, for that reason the wise are never unguarded in the company of females” and “2/214. Women, true to their class character, are capable of leading astray men in this world, not only a fool but even a learned and wise man. Both become slaves of desire”.Pradeep Narwal, who recently left the ABVP citing “ideological differences,” was one of the main organisers of the event. He read out the 40 points before burning the pages of the text.“I have problems with these 40 points that are derogatory towards women and Dalits. If anyone thinks I am not right, they can tell me,” he said.The students raised slogans such as Manuwad ho barbad, Brahmanwad ho barbad and Jatiwad ho barbad. The Hindu 

Symbolic Bonfire of Manusmriti by JNU Students on Women’s Day
JNU's ABVP rebels burn 'Manusmriti' despite varsity denying permission
In JNU, ABVP leader, ex-members join other students in burning ‘Manusmriti’ pages
Students, ABVP members burn Manusmriti despite JNU denying nod
'By burning Manusmriti, we are burning discrimination': ABVP leader explains scripture-burning rationale
JNUSU condemns ‘divisive slogans, media trial against Umar Khalid’
New Delhi: In a meeting held late Monday, JNUSU unanimously passed resolutions condemning the “destructive and divisive slogans” that were allegedly raised during an event in campus on Feb.9. The student body also condemned the “witch-hunt and media trial that has particularly targeted Umar Khalid based on his immediate religious identity.” “JNUSU reiterates its condemnation of the destructive and divisive slogans that were allegedly raised on the 9th of Feb. Such slogans do not represent the democratic ethos of JNU and are detrimental in the united struggle against the communal-fascist forces,” JNUSU said in one of the resolutions.“This council demands the immediate release of Umar and Anirban. It condemns the witch-hunt and media trial that has particularly targeted Umar Khalid based on his immediate religious identity. This Council gives the mandate to file defamation suit against those who have maligned JNU as an institution or JNU students and faculty members,” other resolutions passed by the JNUSU read.The meeting was attended by 18 council members from seven different schools including JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar, general secretary Rama Naga and vice-president Shehla Rashid Shora. Meanwhile, the council also passed resolutions condemning the alleged role played by the ABVP, Sharma, some media houses and Delhi Police in the incident. They also asked for the resignation of Registrar Bhupinder Zutshi. indian express
Some Indian Army men rape women in Kashmir, says Kanhaiya: firstpost report based on Zee news
JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar sparked yet another controversy on Tuesday when, on the occasion of International Women's Day, he alleged that some Indian army personnel rape women in Jammu and Kashmir."No matter how much you try to stop us, we will speak up against human rights violations (in Kashmir). We will raise our voice against AFSPA," Kanhaiya Kumar said in this video uploaded on YouTube by Zee News."While we have a lot of respect for our soldiers, we will talk about the fact that some Indian Army men rape women in Kashmir," Kanhaiya further said in the video.
Kanhaiya Kumar's speech in JNU: `Indian Army rapes women in Kashmir` - Zee news
Indian Army men rape women in Kashmir, says Kanhaiya
Unlikely to campaign for WB, Kerala polls: Kanhaiya
BJP IT cell official Sanjay Rathod tweets: Kill JNU students, professors; later deletes it
Rajkot: A DAY after Delhi Police arrested a man for allegedly offering a bounty on JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar, a BJP worker in Gujarat suggested that the protesting students and their teachers should be shot to “close the chapter”.Sanjay Rathod, IT cell convener of BJP’s Junagadh unit, posted on his Twitter handle Tuesday: “Shoot Anti National JNU students & Proff and close the chapter. But the problem is that Our Govt doesn’t allow to kill Dogs #WakeUpIndia”.At 3.30 am, two minutes before his “shoot” suggestion, Rathod, 35, posted, “#Wake-UpIndia or it will be too late. There are big forces who want to break India. They are funding #antinationals & paid media.”Confirming that the Twitter handle in question — @Sanjay-Vis — is his account and that he stood by his posts, Rathod told The Indian Express, “As a BJP member, I am supposed to express my opinion and counter views opposed to my party. I am also supposed to support those supporting our line of thinking.” indian express
Delhi HC withdraws nod for RSS lawyers’ body meeting
New Delhi: In a major embarrassment, a lawyers’ body affiliated to the RSS  was on Tuesday forced to shift the venue of its symposium marking International Women’s Day from the Delhi High Court to a cultural centre here after the High Court withdrew permission granted earlier to organise the event on its premises. High Court Chief Justice G. Rohini, invited as chief guest to the symposium meant to celebrate women’s empowerment and discuss “legal, social and political justice for women”, did not attend the programme. the hindu
Allahabad University row: UP govt adds Richa Singh’s name in award list at ‘last moment’
Allahabad University row: 8 parties back Richa Sharma, ‘Lone voice against saffronisation’

OTHER NEWS  
Pak launches probe into MQM’s alleged ties with RAW
Islamabad: Pakistan has launched formal probe into the reports and allegations that India’s RAW gave money to Karachi-based Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) party to destabilise the country, officials said on Wednesday. Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan tasked the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to probe various allegations of funding by Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) to MQM dominated by Urdu-speaking people who migrated from India to Pakistan after partition in 1947.An official of the Interior Ministry said that the initiative was taken after a prominent businessman and London-based confidante of MQM Sarfaraz Merchant said in a recent TV interview that he had seen proof of Indian funding to MQM. He said that India also provided money to buy weapons. Merchant said several lists of weapons had been found in the house of MQM chief Altaf Hussain in London during a raid by Scotland Yard in 2014.PTI
China helped Pak block India’s NSG membership bid: Aziz
Islamabad: Pakistan PM’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Tuesday said that China had helped Pakistan in blocking India’s bid to become a member of Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).India has been seeking membership to the 48-member club, whose members can trade in and export nuclear technology..While countries like the US have backed India’s membership in the NSG, China has only offered conditional support to New Delhi.China’s Foreign Ministry had called for “prudence and caution” over expanding the NSG. thehindu
RBI inks information exchange pact with Bank of Israel
Mumbai: Reserve Bank has signed a pact with Bank of Israel for exchange of information pertaining to banking supervision. A MoU was signed by Hedva Ber, Supervisor of banks on behalf of Bank of Israel and Parvathy V Sundaram, Chief General Manager-in-Charge, Department of Banking Supervision on behalf of RBI said in a statement today. PTI
Will lose job if I speak on beef ban: CEO Subramanian
Mumbai:Days after he said that social divisions affect the trajectory of development, Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian today declined to answer a question on the beef ban controversy saying he did not want “to lose my job”. “You know that if I answer this question I will lose my job. But thank you nevertheless for asking the question,” he said while interacting with students of economics at the Mumbai University here today. He was asked if the beef ban would have any adverse impact on farmers’ incomes or on the rural economy. His reply was met with a round of applause.Last week, delivering a lecture in Bengaluru, he had said that how a country deals with its social divisions plays a major role in the trajectory of its economic development.PTI
Khalid, brother of slain advocate Shahid Azmi, threatened of being killed
Mumbai:Khalid Azmi, the brother of slain advocate Shahid Azmi, was threatened of being killed like his brother late on Tuesday night just outside the Kurla police station.Shahid, known for defending those accused in terror cases, was shot dead outside his office in Kurla in Feb.2010.According to Khalid, he was called to the Kurla police station on Tuesday night by an acquaintance to the Azmis to opine regarding charges being framed against the acquaintance in a road accident case that took place earlier on Tuesday night.“Before entering the police station at 10.45 pm, there was no one waiting outside the police premises. However, when I walked out with my junior, Mohammed Ahmed, 3 middle aged men approached me and threatened to kill like how my brother was killed and they ran away towards the station,” Khalid said.“Jiss tarah tere bhai ko mara tha aur woh kuch nahi kar saka ussi tarah tere ko bhi marenge,” Khalid claims the men said. He described the men to be between the age of 35 and 45 years, one of them was relatively dark and built. indian express
Vijay Mallya has left India, Centre informs SC
Industrialist Vijay Mallya left the country the day public sector banks, to whom he owed over Rs. 9000 crore in loans, moved the Debt Recovery Tribunal (DRT) on March 2, 2016 against him.Attorney-General Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for consortium of banks, revealed this when asked by the apex court about the whereabouts of Mallya.Rohatgi told a Bench of Justices Kurian Joseph and Rohinton Nariman that he asked the CBI about Mallya, and in turn was informed that the Rajya Sabha MP had left Indian shores on March 2, the very day the banks approached the DRT.Incidentally, the banks are before the Supreme Court with a plea to restrain him from leaving the country by ordering the seizure of his passport. the hindu
Vijay Mallya has left India on March 2, Centre informs SC
Sidelined by BJP, Yashwant Sinha roped in to mentor AAP govt for Delhi Budget
In a major embarrassment for the BJP, Kejriwal-led AAP has roped in senior BJP leader and ex-Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha to mentor party leaders for the upcoming Delhi Budget.Delhi GOVT  has co-opted Sinha to hold an orientation programme for the Delhi Finance Minister, Finance Secretary & MLAs on budget & budget making process on 15 March, said a report in a leading business daily.AAP's Delhi Dialogue Commission has been in touch with Sinha for 'broad suggestions' on the Budget, which is to be presented on March 28, the report added.It also said that the Sinha has accepted the invitation to talk to the members about the processes and procedures of Budget-making."Sinha is the best person to interact with legislators, most of whom are first-timers," reported the daily quoting Secretary of Delhi Legislative Assembly Prasanna Kumar Suryadevara. DNA
New headache in Valley: Crowds swelling at militant funerals, Indian Express  report
Srinagar: ON Monday, as thousands poured into Kulgam for the burial of Dawood Ahmad Sheikh, a Hizbul Mujahideen commander killed by security forces in an encounter the previous night, villagers were forced to delay the burial by at least 90 minutes — and conduct three funeral prayers. While J&K police and the army have achieved significant success against militancy in south Kashmir in recent months, it is also facing a disturbing trend — growing support for militants in the form of a large number of mourners at their funerals.“It is something that has been happening for a long time now. It is a matter of concern and we are looking into means and ways to control it,” Javed Mujtaba Gilani, IG, Police, Kashmir, said. According to senior police officers, the new phenomenon has its origins in the glamourised version of militancy symbolised by its modern day poster boy, 21-year-old Hizbul commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani.So much so, an officer said, that when militants are trapped, youth help them escape by assembling at encounter sites and hurling stones at security forces. indian express
Ishrat case transferred to another CBI special judge
Ahmedabad:Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case was transferred to another CBI special judge Tuesday after the existing judge recused from hearing the case. On Feb.11, the special judge V B Gohil had recused from the case, citing personal reasons and had adjourned the case till May 30. On Tuesday, the case was assigned to another special judge S J Raje.Although no official confirmation could be sought from the court, sources said that case has been assigned to Raje. This case is pending before the special court on the stage of framing of charges for the past one-and-a-half year.  indian express
Muzaffarnagar riots: LIU cop indicted by probe panel still at job on same post
Lucknow: A Local Intelligence Unit (LIU) inspector, who has been indicted by Justice (retd) Vishnu Sahai Inquiry Commission for serious lapses in collecting information regarding the communal tension in Muzaffarnagar, which later led to riots in 2013, is still serving on the same post in the district. Apart from LIU’s Inspector Prabal Pratap Singh, the judicial commission, in its report tabled in the Assembly, has also held then SSP Subhash Chandra Dubey guilty of dereliction of duty in handling the situation. The report says that LIU failed to give correct input about huge gathering that attended the mahapanchayat held at Nagla Mandaur on Sept.7, 2013. Riots broke out soon after the mahapanchayat concluded and the gathering dispersed. indian express
Muzaffarnagar riots: No end in sight for nine pending cases — one on ‘fake video clip’
Lucknow: More than 2 years after western UP was singed by communal riots, which saw 63 people dead and over 40,000 displaced, there is no conclusion in sight for at least 9 cases involving the killing of 24 people, all Muslims.One of the pending cases include an FIR registered for falsely linking a video circulated on social media with the incident in Kawaal village on Aug.27, 2013 where two youths from Jat community — Sachin Singh and Gaurav Singh— were allegedly lynched soon after the murder of one Shahnawaj.The pending cases, involving the killing of 24 Muslims, were among the 567 others registered soon after the riots broke out in Muzaffarnagar and adjoining districts. Apart from Muzaffarnagar, the cases pertaining to riot-related offences were also registered in Shamli, Baghpat, Meerut and Saharanpur districts. Around 6,000 people were made accused in the cases.indian express
‘Breach of privilege’: UP assembly to ask SC to revise stay order over Muzaffarnagar riots sting operation
Lucknow: 4 days after the Supreme Court stayed the UP assembly’s proceedings against some staff members of TV Today Network for breach of privilege in connection with a sting operation related to minister Azam Khan aired by the network’s channels on Muzaffarnagar riots, the House on Tuesday passed a proposal to submit a plea before the court to reconsider and make its order ineffective. The proposal states that a request should be made before the SC to reconsider its order and revise, change and make it ineffective so that proceedings of the House are not affected. Further proceedings can be executed to follow up on recommendation made by the inquiry committee only in such an eventuality, the House has proposed.It also stated that the Assembly has not taken any final decision on the inquiry committee’s recommendations. indian express
No CISF cover for 26/11-hit Taj, but Ramdev’s food park gets it
New Delhi: Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) will provide 24x7 security cover to yoga guru Baba Ramdev's Patanjali Food and Herbal Park, making it the eighth private sector establishment and the only FMCG firm to be protected by the paramilitary force since 2009. So sparingly is CISF cover extended to private sector establishments that even Mumbai's Taj Hotel, which was attacked on 26/11, was refused security on the ground that hotel industry was not a 'critical' sector and could handle its security through private agencies. More recently, the Saibaba shrine at Shirdi was denied CISF cover, as the home ministry felt this would open a Pandora's box of demands from other religious places.TOI
RSS to discuss change of half pants at meet
NAGPUR: Refurbishing wardrobe at 91? For the RSS, founded by Keshav Baliram Hedgewar with a few friends in 1925, it could be a historical leap. Its 'ganvesh' (uniform), the essential part of the organisation's discipline and pride, may be in for a makeover, changing the half pants for trousers. RSS prachar pramukh Manmohan Vaidya told TOI on Tuesday the Sangh parivar's highest decision-making body - Akhil Bharatiya Pratindhi Sabha - which is meeting for three days from March 11 at Nagaur in Rajasthan, will discuss the issue.TOI
Decline in tobacco users in India: Healthy sign but smoke signals still worrying
When the National Family Health Survey-4 data in the 13 States surveyed showed that tobacco use among men has fallen from 50 per cent in 2005-06 to 47 per cent in 2015, most activists welcomed the trend but have decided to take it with a pinch of salt.“Let us see what the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) India report that will be released this year has to say,” observed Dr Prakash C Gupta, Director, Healis –Sekhsaria Institute for public health. Of course, the results are welcome as they show a decrease in tobacco use prevalence, and demonstrate the effectiveness of tobacco control policies implemented during the last few years. Dr Gupta, however, cautioned that absolute numbers are still increasing and there is a need to intensify efforts in advancing tobacco control policies. indianexpress
Teen Muslim girl gets bravery award for saving Hindu child from kidnappers
AGRA: Amidst the communally surcharged atmosphere in Agra following, the killing of VHP leader Arun Mahor, this is a story that both communities need to take lessons from and then celebrate it. 15-year-old Nazia was on Tuesday awarded the Rani Laxmibai bravery award by chief minister, Akhilesh Yadav, for saving a 6-year-old Hindu girl from kidnappers in August last.It was the afternoon on August 7, when Nazia, a student of Saghir Fatima Mohammadia Girls Inter College, was returning home when she heard cries for help from a young girl, who was being forcibly pulled on a motorcycle by two youths. Unmindful of her own safety, Nazia rushed to the girl's help and held her hand and managed to pull her away from the kidnappers, who then fled the spot.TOI
NGT slaps Art of Living with Rs 5 crore fine, allows event on Yamuna riverbed
West Bengal elections: Chandra Bose, Netaji’s grandnephew, to contest against Mamata Banerjee for BJP
India: Milk in the Northwest; Meat in the Northeast, by  Martin W. Lewis
Media on Muslims Arresting & Terrorism
Zubair Khan who sent CV to ISIS for becoming spokesperson gets job with ATS help: Mumbai Mirror
Mumbai: What a difference seven months can make. Zubair Khan, who was detained outside the Iraq embassy last year in August, has finally found a job as a salesman in a Navi Mumbai showroom. ATS helped Khan after it realized that the 48-year-old blogger and ex-journalist was no threat to society, but just a regular man driven to frustration due to joblessness. Ostracized by his community and shunned by his neighbours, Khan had gone through the trauma of disgrace and humiliation. He lives with his wife and two children in Kharghar and had been struggling to find a job for several months."I had no intentions of becoming a terrorist. I am a patriotic Muslim. I presumed perhaps Iraq will be divided into several regions and ISIS will rule one part of it. I thought they will have a legitimate GOVT . I just felt that it would be a good job opportunity for me if I became their political spokesperson," he told Mumbai Mirror on Tuesday.Khan had made headlines when he had submitted his CV to officials at the Iraq embassy and asked them to forward it to the terrorist group. He said he was the editor-in-chief of a newspaper called Journalist for International Peace and wanted to become the outfit's spokesperson. Days after he was detained by the police, he made a U-turn and said that Daesh did not respect humanity. Finally, after several months of joblessness and despair, the ATS decided to look for a job for him and get him settled in life. ATS officers from Thane finally got him a job as a salesman in a Navi Mumbai showroom."We wanted to ensure that he was totally deradicalized and given counseling. It was important that he gets absorbed into the mainstream and lead a normal life," said a senior ATS officer.Mumbai Mirror / TOI
UP: Blind madrasa teacher held for ‘threat call to explode bomb if Ulemas lodged in jails not released'
Lucknow:A visually impaired madrasa teacher, who is also a cleric at a mosque in Moradabad, was arrested on Tuesday for reportedly calling police control room (PCR) 2 days ago and threatening to trigger off an explosion in the city on Holi, if ulemas lodged in different jails were not released. The man, Wakeel Ahmed, reportedly identified himself as a member of Jaish-e-Mohammad(JeM) and described JeM founder Maulana Azhar Masood as his leader.An FIR has been lodged against him at Civil Lines police station on charges of criminal intimidation and giving statement conducing to public mischief. Ahmed was produced before the court on Tuesday, which sent him to judicial custody. “When asked why he made the call, Ahmed said he used to listen to Azhar Masood’s speeches and was influenced by him. He made the call in order ‘to contribute something’ from his side,”he claimed.He added: “PCR received the call on Sunday night… The caller identified himself as a member of JeM and said Azhar Masood was his leader. He threatened to explode a bomb if Ulemas lodged in jails were not released. He asked the policeman who took his call to convey the message to the Prime Minister.” indian express
TCN series on Malegaon blast: Out on bail, Muslim youths accused of Malegaon blasts struggle to start a new life
Malegaon: The Malegaon blasts did not just end lives of innocents; it had an equally disastrous impact on the people who survived it. 7 youth from the textile town of Maharashtra, who were accused of causing the blasts which left 37 dead and 125 injured, were released on bail four years ago. However, as they have found out, if it was difficult to shed the terror tag, it is equally difficult to start a new life after release from jail too.TCN
WORLD
Yemen's Houthis in talks with Saudis, reports say
A delegation from the Houthi group is in Saudi Arabia for talks on ending the conflict in Yemen, two senior Yemeni officials say.The visit, reported on Tuesday, is the first of its kind since the war began in March last year between the Iran-allied Houthi forces and an Arab military coalition assembled by Saudi Arabia.The visit began on Monday at the invitation of Saudi authorities, following a week of secret preparatory talks, said the two senior officials from the administrative body that runs parts of Yemen controlled by the Houthis.The officials - both members of the Houthi-run Revolutionary Committee - conflrmed that the talks were taking place.About 6,000 people, half of them civilians, have died in the fighting in Yemen, raising fears of a wider regional confrontation between Iran and Saudi Arabia.Underlining the regional rifts, a senior Iranian military official indicated on Tuesday that Iran could send military advisers to Yemen to help the Houthis.In an interview with Tasnim News Agency, Brigadier-General Masoud Jazayeri, deputy chief of staff of the armed forces, suggested Iran could support the Houthis in a similar way it has backed President Bashar al-Assad's forces in Syria. "Islamic Republic felt its duty to help the Syrian GOVT  and nation," he said.The Houthi delegation in Saudi Arabia is headed by Mohammed Abdel-Salam, the group's main spokesman who is also a senior adviser to Houthi leader Abdel-Malek al-Houthi, according to officials. aljazeera
Gulf states to take legal action against Hezbollah affiliated TV channels
Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) information ministers agreed on Tuesday to take legal action against TV channels affiliated to Hezbollah, Anadolu reported.This decision came as part of the conclusion statement of the 24th meeting of the GCC information ministers, which was held in the Saudi capital of Riyadh.“The legal measures stipulated in the decision will apply to all production companies, producers and all matters related to media,” the statement said.“They are based on the GCC laws and on international laws related to the fight against terrorism,” it said, noting that Hezbollah is considered a terrorist entity. middleeastmonitor
Egypt’s Parliament Drafting Law to ‘Ban Niqab in Public Places’
Egypt’s Parliament is currently drafting a law that would prevent women wearing the niqab (full-face veil) in public places and govt institutions. The law, which was first revealed by the Egypt Support Coalition, was confirmed by Amna Nusseir, a member of parliament and a professor of comparative jurisprudence at Al-Azhar University, on ONtv.The Egypt Support Coalition, which has 250 seats of the 595-member parliament, is expected to introduce the drafted law in the coming weeks.According to Gulf News, Alaa Abdel Moneim, a spokesperson for the Coalition, said that the ban would promote security.“One has the right to learn about the identity of the person sitting next to him or walking in the street,” said Moneim.Meanwhile, in statements to ONtv, Nusseir said that the niqab is un-Islamic. middleeastmonitor
Senior Brotherhood leader Essam Al-Arian  catches hepatitis in Al-Aqrab prison
Senior Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood leader Essam Al-Arian has caught hepatitis C in Cairo’s Al-Aqrab Prison, the Association of al-Aqrab Prison Detainees' Families said yesterday.According to the Anadolu Agency, the association said: “Al-Arian likely caught the disease due to the prison clinic’s use of infected tools, which lack sterilisation and basic safety rules.”The association reported a number of the Brotherhood leaders in the same prison saying: “The prison administration bans personal hygiene needs and obliges the prisoners to use the same razer and nail cutter.”In a statement, the association warned that the prisoners are suffering “dangerous health conditions” and they are “subject to lethal viral diseases” that have been increasing due to their weakening immune systems as a result of malnutrition, lack of movement or exposure to daylight. middleeastmonitor
IS 'minister of war' likely killed in US air strike, say US officials: Reuters
Washington: An Islamic State commander described by the Pentagon as the group's "minister of war" was likely killed in a US air strike in Syria, US officials said on Tuesday, in what would be a major victory in the United States' efforts to strike the militant group's leadership.Abu Omar al-Shishani, also known as Omar the Chechen, ranked among America's most wanted militants under a US program that offered up to $5 million for information to help remove him from the battlefield. Born in 1986 in Georgia, which was then still part of the Soviet Union, the red-bearded Shishani had a reputation as a close military adviser to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was said by followers to have relied heavily on Shishani.The strike itself involved multiple waves of manned and unmanned aircraft, targeting Shishani near the town of al-Shadadi in Syria, a US official said.The Pentagon believes Shishani was sent there to bolster Islamic State troops after they suffered a series of setbacks at the hands of US-backed forces from the Syrian Arab Coalition, which captured al-Shadadi from the militants last month.Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said the US military was still assessing the results of the strike, but acknowledged its potential significance. Shishani "was a Syrian-based Georgian national who held numerous top military positions within ISIL, including minister of war," Cook said, using an acronym for the group. Cook said Shishani's death would undermine the group's ability to coordinate attacks and defend its strongholds. It would also hurt Islamic State's ability to recruit foreign fighters, especially those from Chechnya and the Caucus regions, he said.An official in the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, which has been fighting Islamic State in the al-Shadadi area, said it had received information that Shishani was killed but had no details and had been unable to confirm the death.
250,000 Syrian children living under siege: report
London: A quarter of a million children in besieged areas of Syria are desperately short of food, basic medicine, and clean water, according to a new report by Save the Children.In the report, called "Childhood Under Siege", the international aid group also decried the psychological impact of war on children in besieged areas, which it called "open-air" prisons."In every group interviewed, children said they live in constant fear of attack, and parents said their children’s behavior had changed – becoming more withdrawn, aggressive, or depressed," the report stated.More than 125 mothers, fathers, and children living under siege in 22 focus groups were interviewed for the study. Anadolu Agency 
Over 141,000 refugees enter Europe in 2016
3 Palestinians killed after Jerusalem, West Bank attacks
2 Palestinians were shot dead Wednesday after being suspected of carrying out two attacks outside Jerusalem’s Old City. A heavy contingent of Israeli police were deployed at the scene of the second alleged attack, which police said left an Israeli seriously injured, and was part of a renewed spike in violence that has coincided with a visit by US Vice-President Joe Biden. 2 killed Palestinians were suspected of shooting at a bus in the Israeli neighborhood of Ramot earlier on Wednesday. Anadolu Agency 
78% of aid intended for Palestinians ends up in Israel
Shir Hever, an Israeli economist who has many years analysing the illegal occupation of Palestine has recently published a report that concludes that at least 78% of donations worldwide ends up in Israels treasury according to a report in Mondoweiss.The sums involved are not miniscule by any stretch of the imagination. The Palestinians under occupation are among the most aid-dependent in the world, receiving more than $2bn from the international community a year. According to Hever, donors could be directly subsidising up to a third of the occupation’s costs. World Bulletin
Muslim lady thrown out of plane for 'staring' at cabin crew
Los Angeles: In a shocking incident, two Muslim women were escorted off from a plane by police after a cabin crew member accused them of "staring" at her.The pair had flown from Boston to Los Angeles in US without incident but were singled out after the JetBlue passenger plane landed, witnesses said.Passengers said they had heard a member of the cabin crew tell a coworker that she "did not appreciate" being stared at by the women, The Sun reported."The flight attendant had casually relayed to a coworker that she did not appreciate being stared at - she did not seem rattled or scared - just smug," said Sharon Kessler, who was on board the flight."Then - after we landed - she announced that the authorities would be boarding the plane and to remain in our seats with seat belts," she pointed out."It was a terrible moment - honestly - these women sat quietly, watched movies - it felt like overkill from this flight attendant," Kessler wrote on her Facebook. manoramaonline
Kidnapped son of slain governor found alive in Pakistan
Pakistani officials say the kidnapped son of a top provincial official killed by his bodyguard has been found alive, just over a week after his father's killer was hanged.Shahbaz Taseer had been kidnapped by armed men, reportedly the Taliban, from the city of Lahore in August 2011, a  few months after his father Salman Taseer, the governor of Punjab, was killed for opposing Pakistan's blasphemy laws. Aitzaz Goraya, the head of the Counterterrorism Department of Balochistan province, told AFP news agency: "Yes, we have recovered him. "Acting on a tip-off, intelligence forces and police went to a compound in the Kuchlak district some 25km north of Quetta.



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