Thursday, 10 March 2016

Evening NEWS DIGEST
10 March 2016: 29 Jamdiul Awwal 37:Vol:7,No:117
SC Judge Gowda recuses himself from hearing CBI plea against dropping of criminal charges on Advani, Joshi Uma Bharti in Babri Masjid demolition case
New Delhi: A Supreme Court judge, on Thursday, recused from hearing appeals pertaining to dropping of criminal conspiracy charge against LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti and other BJP-VHP leaders in the Babri Masjid demolition case.Justice V Gopala Gowda, who was heading the bench also comprising Justice Arun Mishra, recused himself from the hearing without citing any reason and said, “let the matter be placed before the Chief Justice” for its allocation to some other bench.The appeals were filed by one Haji Mahboob Ahmad and CBI against the dropping of conspiracy charges against senior BJP leaders Advani, Joshi and 16 others, for demolition of the disputed medieval structure in Ayodhya on Dec.6, 1992.The pleas had sought setting aside of the Allahabad High Court’s order of May 20, 2010, which had dropped section 120B (criminal conspiracy) under the IPC while upholding a special court’s decision.In Sept.last year, the CBI had told the apex court that its decision-making was not influenced by anyone and the dropping of criminal conspiracy charge against senior BJP leaders in the case was not at its instance.“The decision-making process of CBI is completely independent. All decisions are taken based on correct facts in the light of the extant law. There is no question of any person, body or institution influencing the decision-making process of CBI or the manner in which it pursues its cases in courts,” the agency had said in an affidavit.Earlier, the SC had sought responses of Advani, Joshi, union minister Uma Bharti and 16 others on Ahmad’s plea.Besides BJP leaders Advani, Joshi and Bharti, the court had also sought response from Himachal Pradesh Governor Kalyan Singh, among others. PTI
Babri mosque demolition case: SC judge opts out of case against Advani, Joshi
Anti-Islam remarks: Muslim bodies slam Kerala HC judge
Remarks by Justice B. Kemal Pasha, a sitting judge of the Kerala High Court, at a seminar in Kozhikode early this week on the Muslim Personal Law, have sparking off vocal protests from Muslim organisations across the political and ideological divides.Protestors have come out in unison against what they allege as attempts to amend Muslim Personal Law, deeming it to be discriminatory against women. Justice Pasha, possibly in a jibe aimed at the religious outfits, had asked if Muslim men could have the privilege of 4 wives, why not Muslim women too could have 4 husbands.Shaikh Muhammed Karakunnu, Assistant Ameer of Jamaate-e-Islamic Hind, Kerala, said that Justice Pasha had touched upon two topics adopted by Sharia. “Polygamy is very much inevitable at times considering the humanitarian factor. Who will marry a young widow whose husband died in the Kargil war or who has met with a fatal accident, and provide for their children,” he asked.He said the paternity of a child cannot be decided if women had four husbands. Besides, inheritance in Islam is based on the idea that men are responsible for protecting women and children. It is the husband who pays maintenance to the wife after divorce and not vice versa, he added. Suprabhatham, a Malayalam daily run by the Sunni group of the Samastha Kerala Jam Iyyathul Ulema identified with Islamic cleric EK Aboobacker Musaliar, in an editorial, lashed out at the judge’s remarks saying that it would only help to strengthen the apologists of Uiform Civil Code, UCC.What Justice Pasha thinks about inheritance and divorce rights of women is not different from what the RSS conceives. Kerala Naduvathul Mujahideen State president TP Abdulla Madani, general secretary PP Unneerkutty, and Kerala Jameyathul Ulama secretary M. Mohammed Moulavi warned that any attempts to dissect Islamic Sharia through the prism of modernism would have far-reaching ramifications. “This is not for the first time Sharia has been subjected to such discussions. Time and again, these discussions have crossed limits,” they said. According to them, polyandry was unscientific and irreligious, while polygamy was scientific, religious and its objective is betterment of society. ‘‘Moves against Muslim Personal Law by people in responsible positions is a cause for concern. It has to be suspected whether the allegations raised against Sharia are part of the anti-Muslim movement,’’ they said. The Hindu  report
Kerala HC judge faces heat over Muslim personal law remarks: Indian Express
Muslim organisations force Kerala paper to apologise for ‘offensive’ comment on Prophet
New Delhi: Mathrubhumi, a leading Malayalam daily in Kerala, put out an apology on its front page today after it printed a purportedly offensive comment curated from social media on Prophet Muhammad in its Kozhikode and Thrissur editions on Wednesday. The apology came after enraged Muslim organisations held protests outside the newspaper’s offices. Groups like the PFI said the comment hurt the sentiments of the community.The paper in its apology said the comment, that was picked up from social media, was added as a reaction to the speech made by Justice Kemal Pasha on the topic ‘Law against domestic abuse’ at a seminar.“We understand the comments hurt the sentiments of followers. We apologise deeply for the error,” the newspaper said. Mathrubhumi also confirmed that it would take appropriate action against those responsible for the ‘careless’ mistake. indian express
Kanhaiya Kumar attacked on JNU campus
New Delhi: JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar was slapped and verbally abused by an ‘outsider’ at the university campus Thursday evening.Seeing him being beaten, students nearby rescued him and formed a human chain to keep him away from any further harm.The assailant, whose identity was being ascertained at the time of filing this report, was held by JNU’s private security guards and taken away.Eyewitnesses said that the man first spoke a few words with Kanhaiya launching a physical assault on him. But the student leader escaped any serious harm. the hindu
Row after Kanhaiya says ‘in Kashmir women are raped by security personnel’
New Delhi:JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar found himself in a spot on Wednesday over remarks made by him at a student’s gathering on women’s day with the BJP’s youth wing filing a police complaint over his alleged defiance of bail conditions by making “anti-national” statements.“No matter how much you try to stop us, we will speak up against human rights violations. We will raise our voice against AFSPA. While we have a lot of respect for our soldiers, we will still talk about the fact that in Kashmir women are raped by security personnel,” Kanhaiya said while addressing students at a women’s day march late on Tuesday night. “During war in Rwanda 1000 women were raped. In Africa during the ethnic conflict, when military attacks other group firstly their women were raped. You take example of Gujarat, women were not just killed but were raped first,” he added. Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha on Wednesday filed a complaint in Vasant Vihar police station against Kanhaiya and JNU professor Nivedita Menon saying they made “anti-national” statements in the aftermath of Feb.9 event.A senior police officer said, “We have received the complaint and the matter is being looked into. No FIR has been registered yet”. “Despite the submission of an undertaking before court, Kanhaiya has yet again addressed a gathering of students and uttered poisonous words against the Indian Army, labelling them as rapists of Kashmiri Women,” a BJYM statement said. Kanhaiya’s party AISF maintained that, “he made the remarks in context of atrocities on women worldwide and not just in Kashmir. He in no way meant to demean Army or any other force and he clarified that in his speech too”.PTI
Case registered against Kanhaiya in Kanpur court over remarks on Army personnel in Kashmir
JNU Case: SC to Hear Patiala Violence Matter on March 29
New Delhi:Supreme court asked the parties to two petitions, pertaining to incidents of violence in the Patiala House court complex during the hearing related to JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar, to complete pleadings by March 29.PTI
Amid sedition row, JNU gets President's award for excellence in research and innovation
Here’s how not to teach a class: JNU's Ayesha Kidwai responds to her colleague Makarand Paranjape
Riots during quota stir were replica of Godhara, designed in Nagpur factory of RSS: Ex- speaker
Chandigarh: Intensifying the attack on Manohar Lal Khattar led BJP govt in Haryana, the former speaker Kuldeep Sharma said on Wednesday that riots during reservation had roots in Nagpur and Jhandewalan (New Delhi) HQRS of RSS. While putting the role of BJP and RSS under scanner,Sharma who was flanked by ex-minister Geeta Bhukkal and Karan Dalal categorically hinted out towards role of INLD as well in the caste riots.This was for the first time when 3 Congress MLAs from ex-CM Bhupinder Hooda's camp had raised voice for the restoration of peace and harmony among all the castes. 3 MLAs also alleged scam in the disbursal of compensation while accusing the officers of adopting pick and choose policy for selection of claimants. "RSS has the perfection of creating such kind of divide among society. Since they could not do this communally hence they created caste divide, that too with perfection. Unfortunately, this CM too could not position himself and is singing RSS songs so far. He has failed to handle the situation for good 4 days. His MLAs and ministers are accused him of being hijacked by two ministers, hence you can imagine Khattar's calibre," said Sharma.Geeta Bhukkal elaborated as how govt  has after delayed action named son of a BJP leaders for rioting. “Rioting men had targeted my house, not even as single cop had turned out. Everybody knows about Army action in Jhajjar, If they cannot protect dalits and weak. Which govt are they talking about, now the governor should dismiss the govt at once,'' she said. Unfortunately, first RSS backed BJP men created riots now to ensure that divide continue to exist now they have given slogans of 35 communities versus one community slogan, said Bhukkal. TOI
Syed Ali Shah Geelani suffers heart attack
New Delhi: Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani suffered a minor heart attack on Thursday and has been admitted to a hospital here, his spokesman said."It was a minor heart attack. Thank god, he is stable," spokesman Ayaz Akbar said.Akbar said Geelani, 86, was admitted to the Max Hospital in Saket in south Delhi where he was "recuperating fast". Geelani has been in Delhi for the past few weeks.A senior doctor at the hospital said that Geelani also compained of brethelessness and high blood pressure.IANS
Mirwaiz, Malik wish speedy recovery to Geelani
Despite flaps, ties with Modi govt strong, says US: PTI
Washington:Despite a flap over sale of F-16 aircraft to Pakistan and India's denial of visas to a US commission on religious freedom, US has said that it has a strong relationship with India, specifically with the Narendra Modi govt ."No, I would actually disagree with that," state department spokesperson John Kirby told reporters on Wednesday when asked if the US was not having a smooth ride with India in view of such issues.
India is our strategic partner, Pak historically: Saudi foreign minister
PM Narendra Modi's first visit to Saudi Arabia early April will see a "tremendous uplift" in bilateral relations, says Adel Al Jubeir, Saudi Arabia's foreign minister when TOI caught up with him during his first visit to India this week. "Pakistan is a historically and will remain so. Our relations with Pakistan do not come at the expense of our relations with India. India is a strategic relationship in all fields. If having such close relations with both countries can be useful in helping the two nations overcome their differences we would be willing to help," said Saudi Minister. "We have extensive economic relations with India. We are the largest supplier of oil to India. Saudi Arabia is one of India's biggest markets. We have a community of almost 3 million Indian citizens who live in Saudi Arabia. They are our doctors, bankers, engineers, teachers. They are by far the most peaceful non-Saudi community and we appreciate all their contributions to Saudi nation and society. They are an important bridge," he added. Over PM Modi Saudi visit, the Saudi minister said, "PM  Modi will be hosted by the Custodian of the Holy Mosques. He will meet the crown prince, deputy crown prince and other ministers to exchange views, consult and set the stage for more collaborative efforts." TOI
We don't expect anything from India: Pakistani leader
Chandigarh: A senior leader from Pakistan’s ruling party and Member National Assembly (MNA), Rana Afzal Khan, said they do not expect anything from India, lamenting that even “small issues” like Siachen and Sir Creek still remain unresolved.The Parliamentary Secretary for Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs and leader of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, said, “Pakistan bashing is still going on in India”.PTI
Indian Air Force admits can’t fight China, Pak at same time
New Delhi: Indian Air Force vice-chief Air Marshal BS Dhanoa admitted that IAF did not have sufficient number of warplanes to fight a 2-front war, setting off alarm bells about the country’s ability to tackle a combined threat from China and Pakistan.HT
Face challenge from narrow, unitary cultural nationalism: Church
Bengaluru:A narrow culture-based interpretation of nationalism, lack of clarity on the govt ’s stand on intolerance amid growing fundamentalism, and increasing saffronisation of education have been identified as key challenges facing the Church in India by 32nd plenary of the Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI) which concluded in Bengaluru. Presenting a manifesto of issues raised and discussed at the plenary — the theme was ‘Response of the Church in India to present day challenges’ — CBCI president Cardinal Baselios Cleemis identified “narrow, unitary cultural nationalism… widespread intolerance… a systematic concerted effort to manipulate the education system’’ as the main challenges.indian exoress
Bihar Liquor ban: In schools, fathers have to declare they would promise not to drink alcohol
Patna:Ahead of the proposed ban on countrymade liquor from April 1, Bihar govt  has found a novel way to create awareness about alcohol abstinence. The state Education department has decided to seek declarations from the fathers of the 73,000 students of primary and secondary schools in the state in which they would promise not to drink alcohol.“Since a commitment is made to a son or a daughter, this declaration (by the fathers) could be very effective in enforcing the liquor ban in the state,” said CM  Nitish Kumar on Wednesday.He also said that Bihar will not replicate liquor ban model of other states as there are hardly any successful ones. indianexpress
Assam polls: 9 Muslims, six ex-Cong MLAs in BJP list
Guwahati:BJP has released its list of 88 candidates for Assam, including 9 Muslims. State party chief and union minister Sarbananda Sonowal will contest from Majuli seat.ExCongress strongman Himanta Biswa Sarma and 5 of his loyalists — all ex-Congress MLAs — have also got tickets. While the BJP has already given away 24 seats to the AGP, it has left only 13 seats for its other ally, Bodo People’s Front. In Nalbari, where Himanta-loyalist, exCongress MLA Jayanta Malla Barua, is also an aspirant, the final name is understood to have been kept on hold due to an objection by the RSS. indian express
India’s Bnei Menashe Immigrants to Israel Will Triple in Number This Year: Israeli paper
Number of immigrants from India’s Bnei Menashe community will be tripled during this year, Immigrant Absorption Minister Zeev Elkin said at a meeting of the Knesset’s Immigration and Absorption Committee.About two weeks ago, the cabinet decided to freeze the process of bringing the remaining members of the Falashmura community from Ethiopia to Israel until the state budget is up for debate again. Only three months ago the cabinet approved bringing to Israel 9,000 people who are waiting in Addis Ababa and Gondar.Elkin said some 700 Bnei Menashe immigrants will be brought during the year, compared to 260 last year, and the budget earmarked for their absorption will be doubled to 2.2 million shekels (about $550,000). The Bnei Menashe community currently numbers some 3,000, 600 of whom were born in Israel. Haaretz
Accident victim’s son writes to Prez, seeks action against Smriti Irani
Agra: The son of a doctor, who was killed in a road accident allegedly involving a vehicle in the cavalcade of Union minister for human resource development Smriti Irani, has sought the intervention of President Pranab Mukherjee for justice.In his letter to the President, Ramesh Nagar’s son Abhishek Nagar has alleged he was forced to mention the registration number of a car but was not shown the car by Mathura Police. He has said he was forced to mention the number of the vehicle as DL 3C BA 5315.Nagar was killed on Saturday night when his motorcycle was hit by a vehicle – a Honda City sedan allegedly part of the minister’s entourage – on the Yamuna Expressway. His 12-year-old daughter and nine-year-old nephew, riding pillion, were also injured. Irani was unhurt but her car suffered some damage.The family has also threatened to stage a sit-in protest at district headquarter in Agra if no action is taken against the minister who they have blamed for being ‘insensitive’.HT
HRD minister Irani accident case: Cops forced me to give wrong car number, says Dead doc's son


Anticipatory bail of Teesta extended till April 29
New Delhi: Supreme Court has extended anticipatory bail of social activist Teesta Setalvad and her husband Javed Anand till April 29 in a case of alleged embezzlement of funds meant for Gujarat riot victims.TOI
Why only PM’s pictures in advertisements, govt  asks SC
New Delhi: At a time when the opposition is accusing Narendra Modi of creating a cult image of himself and not giving due importance to his cabinet colleagues, the NDA govt  on batted for its ministers and told the SC that their photos be allowed to be published in govt  advertisements. Attorney general Mukul Rohatgi requested a bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and P C Ghose to reconsider its earlier decision permitting use of photographs of only President, PM and the Chief Justice of India in advertisements.TOI
Karnataka: 66% undergrad boys watch 7 hours of porn every week, shows survey
 A survey of youths in the 16-21 age group showed that 66% of undergraduate boys watch porn 7 hours per week starting when they are around 9 years old, and 30% of undergrad girls in the state watch porn, on an average, 5 hours per week.The survey , carried out among 3,500 students in 183 colleges of the state, was done by Abishek Clifford, CEO, Rescue (NGO), and a statistics and ethics lecturer from London.TOI
Stir at Jantar Mantar for SC status to Dalit Christians, Muslims
New Delhi:Various organisations today staged a demonstration at Jantar Mantar here demanding that Scheduled Caste (SC) status be extended to Dalit Christians and Muslims as well. "We are seeking the scrapping of Para 3 of the Constitution (Scheduled Caste) Order, 1950, which excludes Dalits among Christians and Muslims from its purview," said Samuel Jeyakumar, executive secretary of the National Council of Churches in India.The demand for including Christian and Muslim Dalits in the SC category has been earlier endorsed by bodies like National Commission for Religious and Linguistic Minorities as well as the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC), but it is yet to be realised due to lack of political will, he claimed.PTI
Anticipatory bail of Teesta extended till April 29
New Delhi: Supreme Court has extended anticipatory bail of social activist Teesta Setalvad and her husband Javed Anand till April 29 in a case of alleged embezzlement of funds meant for Gujarat riot victims.TOI
Four AMU students qualify 2015 Uttar Pradesh PCS Exam
Aligarh: Four students of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) who joined the Residential Coaching Academy (RCA) for Civil Services Examinations’ preparation, have succeeded in cracking the Uttar Pradesh (UP-PCS) 2015 examination.The final result, which was made public recently, shows that Rizwan Ahmed and Ms Zubaida Majid have been given Sub Registrar Cadre while Kuldeep Singh Chandel and Ms Jasmine have been allocated Assistant Commissioner (Commercial Tax) cadre.ummid.com
Pay fine by tomorrow or face action, NGT tells AOL; Sri Sri Ravi Shankar says ready to go to jail
Pressure on Kingfisher baron Vijay Mallya dials up, trademarks seized
Parliament outrage is merely a ruse: Blame Congress and BJP for letting Mallya off the hook

Media on Muslims Arresting & Terrorism
Headley's cross-examination to start on March 22:IANS
Mumbai: Cross-examination of LeT terrorist-turned-approver in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks case, Pakistani-American David Coleman Headley, will start before a special court on March 22 for four days, a legal official said here on Thursday. Advocate Abdul Wahab Khan, lawyer of Sayed Zabiuddin Ansari, one of the prime accused in the 26/11 cases, will cross-examine Headley who had given a week-long deposition via video-conferencing from a US jail in early Feb. Earlier, Khan had moved applications seeking certain documents and CDs pertaining to the case and also objected to Headley being made an approver in the 26/11 case.IANS
TCN series on Malegaon Blast case: Out on bail, serving humanity: The story of Dr Salman Farsi
Malegaon: Dr Salman Farsi is a man on high-alert, and for good reasons.For 6 days, the normal hours of employment do not necessarily apply to him. As an emergency doctor working for the Bharat Vikas Group (BVG) in Nampur, 30 kilometres from Malegaon, he attends patients who are in need of an immediate medical attention and then drives the ambulance to the nearest hospital for further treatment.Not that Dr Farsi, a resident of Malegaon, chose this particular profession in mind.The textile town of Maharashtra was rocked on the Sept. 8, 2006 afternoon by three serial bomb explosions near a Muslim cemetery, soon after Friday prayers, leaving 37 dead and 125 injured. As we have shown in Part One of the series, the blasts not just killed dozens and injured hundreds, it also altered the lives of many others for the worse.TCN
'Pro-Taliban' blind madrassa teacher arrested for bomb threats: Times of India report
WORLD
Yemeni Houthis rebels ask ally Iran to stop exploiting country's war
Sana'a: A top leader of Yemen’s Shiite rebels has issued a harsh rebuke of ally Iran, calling upon Tehran to back away from the crisis in Yemen. Youssef al-Fishi, a top military commander of the rebels known as Houthis, is asking Iranian officials to “remain silent” and “stop exploiting” the Yemeni civil war for their own interests.The remarks, posted on al-Fishi’s Facebook page on Thursday, underscore how the formerly firm Houthi—Tehran alliance may be faltering after a year-long Saudi-led air campaign targeting the rebels.The rebuke comes a day after Saudi Arabia announced it has carried out a prisoners’ exchange for the first time with Yemeni tribes.AP
Saudi, Houthis swap prisoners, raising hopes of peace talks: Reuters
Cairo/Riyadh: Riyadh's confirmation of a rare confidence-building measure in the conflict came a day after senior Yemeni officials said a delegation from the Houthis was in Saudi Arabia for talks to end the war.A Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said on Wednesday it had exchanged prisoners with its Houthi opponents and also welcomed a pause in combat on the border, prompting hopes of a push to end the year-long war that has killed some 6,000 people. Riyadh's confirmation of a rare confidence-building measure in the conflict came a day after senior Yemeni officials said a delegation from the Houthis, who are allies of the kingdom's arch foe Iran, was in Saudi Arabia for talks to end the war. However, both the Saudi Arabian and Yemeni foreign ministers later said any formal negotiations to end the fighting could only take place under the auspices of the UN and must include Yemen's internationally recognised govt .
'Saudi Arabia supports political solution in Yemen'
Riyadh could turn page if Iran changes policies
Saudi Arabia and other Gulf monarchies could turn a page and build strong relations with Iran if it respects them and stops "meddling" in their affairs, Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Wednesday."If Iran changes its way and its policies, nothing would prevent turning a page and building the best relationship based on good neighbourliness, with no meddling in the affairs of others," he told reporters in Riyadh."There is no need for mediation" in such a case, said Jubeir, whose country severed all links with the Islamic republic in Jan. after crowds attacked the kingdom's diplomatic missions in Iran.World Bulletin
Iran: Hezbollah has 100,000 missiles
Lebanon’s Hezbollah possesses more than 100,000 missiles, Deputy Commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Brigadier General Hossein Salami revealed yesterday.“We have a large stockpile of ballistic missiles of different ranges. They are ready to hit enemies and targets from different parts of the country,” Fars news agency reported Salami saying. Middleeastmonitor
Women and children in Syria’s Darya call for UN to send aid
Women and children took to the streets on Wednesday in the Syrian town of Darya, south-west of the capital Damascus, to call on the United Nations to send humanitarian aid to them, Anadolu reported.Under the deal to halt hostilities reached at the end of last month, besieged areas in Syria were to receive humanitarian aid. Darya, which has been under a siege imposed by the Syrian regime and its allies for three years, is yet to receive aid.The women and children raised placards expressing their disappointment with the UN.Director of the Information Centre in Darya Hussam Al-Ahmad said: “Women and children took to the streets to refute the claims of the Syrian regime, which denied the existence of civilians in the besieged city.” middleeastmonitor
SOS Syria's besieged Darayya residents
'Substantive' Syria talks to start on March 14: UN
Geneva: Syria's cessation of hostilities is "open-ended" and "substantive and deeper" talks will start on March 14, according to the UN.Speaking n Geneva, UN envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said the new talks’ focus would be on governance, a constitution and on holding presidential and parliamentary elections in 18 months. Anadolu Agency  
UNICEF: 310,000 Syrian children are enrolled in Turkish schools
Of the 1,400,000 Syrian children living in Turkey, 310,000 are enrolled in Turkish schools, UNICEF announced.In a statement issued, the organisation said: "UNICEF strives to provide high-quality educational opportunities for Syrian children who fled from the horrors of war in their country." Middleeastmonitor
Top ISIS commander ‘Omar the Chechen’ survived US strike: report
Beirut: Top Islamic State commander leader Omar al-Shishani, known as Omar the Chechen, was "seriously injured" in a recent strike in northeastern Syria but not killed despite US suggestions to the contrary, a monitoring group said.Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Wednesday that according to its sources the March 4 strike had indeed targeted jihadist's convoy, killing his bodyguards, while Shishani himself "was seriously injured". "He's not dead," observatory's director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP. "He was taken from the province of Hasake to a hospital in Raqa province where he was treated by a jihadist doctor of European origin," he said.While Shishani's exact rank is unclear, Richard Barrett of the US-based Soufan Group has described him as ISIS's "most senior military commander", adding that he has been in charge of key battles. "He is clearly a very capable commander and has the loyalty of Chechen fighters who are considered by ISIS as elite troops," Barrett said.AFP
IS defector brings 'goldmine' of details on 22,000 supporters: REUTERS
London: A disillusioned former member of Islamic State has passed a stolen memory stick of documents identifying 22,000 supporters in over 50 countries to a British journalist, a leak that could help the West target Islamist fighters planning attacks.Leaks of such detailed information about Islamic State are rare and give Britain's spies a potential trove of data that could help unmask militants who have threatened more attacks like those that killed 130 people in Paris last November.A man calling himself Abu Hamed, a former member of Islamic State who became disillusioned with its leaders, passed the files to Britain's Sky News on a memory stick he said he had stolen from the head of the group's internal security force.On it were enrolment forms containing the names of IS supporters and of their relatives, telephone numbers, and other details such as the subjects' areas of expertise and who had recommended them.One of the files, marked "Martyrs", detailed a group of IS members who were willing and trained to carry out suicide attacks, Sky said.Richard Barrett, a former head of global counter-terrorism at Britain's MI6 Secret Intelligence Service, said the cache was "a fantastic coup" in the fight against IS.
Identities of 22,000 IS militants revealed by British media
ISIS chemical weapons expert who worked with Saddam Hussein captured in Iraq
US targets IS chemical weapons sites near Mosul: Reuters
New IS leader in Libya says group "stronger every day": reuters
Tripoli: A senior Islamic State militant has said in an interview identifying him as the new leader of the jihadists' Libyan offshoot that the extremist organisation is getting "stronger every day" in the north African country.Abdul Qadr al-Najdi, described in an interview released by SITE monitoring group as "the emir tasked with administering the Libyan provinces", said he was praying for Libya to be made the "vanguard of the Caliphate".He also warned neighbouring countries that they would not be able to defend themselves from the militants."You are protecting yourself from the detonators with shields of bamboo, and from the flood with a ring of wood," he said, in the interview in the Islamic State publication al-Naba.
South Africa exposes Israeli apartheid policies
More than 200 events are being held as part of Israeli Apartheid Week in South Africa in cooperation with the ruling party ANC party, Felesteen paper reported.South African Council of Churches and a large number of Muslim community leaders are also taking part in the activities. The events, which include documentaries, art shows, talks and conferences, are being held across country.A Palestinian Authority statement revealed that one conference is dedicated to the support of freedom for Palestinian prisoners, noting that a PA delegation headed by the President of the Palestinian Prisoners Club Qaddoura Faris would be in attendance. middleeastmonitor
Israeli gov't plans to exile families of attackers inside W. Bank
 Nazareth, (PIC)-Israeli govt has embarked on studying the possibility of exiling the families of the Palestinians who carried out attacks on Israelis to other West Bank areas, the Hebrew newspaper Maariv said on Thursday. According to the newspaper, the government seeks to banish the families who glorify the actions of their sons and incite violence from their residential places to other areas in the West Bank, where their movement will be restricted under certain conditions.

Scores of Jewish settlers defile Aqsa Mosque
Occupied Jerusalem, (PIC)-- Dozens of Jewish settlers on Thursday morning desecrated the Aqsa Mosque's courtyards under tight police guard. Local sources told the Palestinian Information Center (PIC) that groups of 138 Jewish settlers, including 74 university students and one employee from the Israeli antiquities authority, entered the Mosque through al-Maghariba Gate.Palestinian Information Center
I think Islam hates us: Donald Trump
Washington: In yet another round of controversial remarks, Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has said he thinks “Islam hates us” and asserted that those having hatred against the US cannot be allowed to enter the country. ”I think Islam hates us,” Trump told CNN, deploring the “tremendous hatred” that he said partly defined the religion. Trump, 69, maintained that the war was against radical Islam, but said, “it’s very hard to define. It’s very hard to separate. Because you don’t know who’s who.” Asked if the hate was “in Islam itself,” Trump said that was for the media to figure out. ”You’re gonna have to figure that out, OK?” he said when asked if there was hatred in the religion itself. ”We have to be very vigilant. We have to be very careful. And we can’t allow people coming into this country who have this hatred of the United States,” Trump said.  india.com
Islamist groups threat large-scale protests as Bangladesh mulls scrapping Islam as state religion: AFP
Dhaka: Islamist groups in Bangladesh on Thursday threatened large-scale protests if a court moves to scrap Islam as the official state religion of the Muslim-majority nation.Bangladesh is officially secular, but Islam has been the state religion for almost three decades. More than 90 % of the population is Muslim, with Hindus and Buddhists the main minorities.The High Court is considering a petition by secularists who say Islam’s status as the state religion conflicts with Bangladesh’s secular charter and discriminates against non-Muslims.Furious Islamist hardliners this week urged the court to dismiss the petition at a hearing on March 27, threatening large-scale protests if it moves to scrap Islam’s special status.“Any move to scrap Islam’s status will undermine and defame the religion,” Mufti Mohammad Faezullah, secretary general of Islamist political party Islamic Oikya Jote (IOJ) said. “Obviously the Islamic parties, general people and the clerics will resist the move by holding protests,” he said.“If there is such conspiracy and the govt  and the judiciary bow their heads to these people (secularists), Muslims of all walks of life will hit the roads; fire of resistance will light up across the country,” Hefajat-e-Islam, an Islamist group, said in a statement earlier this week.AFP
  
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