Sunday, 31 July 2016

Evening NEWS DIGEST
24 July 2016: 18 Shawal 37:Vol:7, No:121
After Gujarat, Dalit family in Karnataka attacked by Bajrang Dal activists over beef
New Delhi: Members of a Dalit family were allegedly attacked by Bajrang Dal activists in Chikkamagaluru, Karnataka on July 17 following rumours that they had eaten beef. According to a report in NDTV, Karnataka Communal Harmony Forum filed an FIR which stated that around 40-50 people attacked the family, seriously injuring three.A total of 7 people have been arrested by the police and they have been charged under scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Act. The incident has surfaced at a time when the Dalit community has come out on streets and is protesting against the atrocities they have to face. Protests were triggered after a video of four Dalit youth being mercilessly beaten by ‘Gau Rakshaks’ in Gujarat’s Una went viral on the Internet. On the other hand, members of the community in UP protested against derogatory comment made by BJP leader against BSP supremo Mayawati. Parliament, too, debated the atrocities against Dalits calling upon the govt  to take strict action in such cases.Akhlaq of Dadri, UP was also attacked last year over beef rumours and he lost his life in the incident giving rise to the ‘intolerance debate’ in the country.indian express
After Gujarat, Dalit family in Karnataka attacked by Bajrang Dal members for beef
Cow vigilantes in Chikmagalur: 7 from Bajrang Dal booked for attacking Dalits
Gujarat Dalit flogging: ‘If we are treated this way for cleaning their filth, we won’t do it at all’
A couple of days after July 11, Dosubhai Sarvaiya, a 23-year-old Dalit from Mota Samadhiyala village of Una taluka in Gujarat’s Gir Somnath district, decided he wouldn’t do what he had grown up doing, what his father did before him and what his grandfather did before that: lifting dead cows that belonged to the upper castes. “If we are treated this way for cleaning their filth, we won’t do it at all. Let them do it themselves and then they will know our worth,” says Dosubhai, who lives with his two younger brothers and their 60-year-old mother Amriben.That was a big decision for Dosubhai, who earned Rs 300 for every cow he skinned. But on July 11, when his relative Balu Sarvaiya and six others were flogged by a group of ‘gaurakshaks’ for skinning a dead cow, Dosubhai says he decided he wouldn’t take things lying down. News of the July 11 attack spread fast and soon, egged on by videos that were shared on social media, Dalits across the state took to the streets, with violence being reported from Rajkot city, Rajkot district, Surendranagar, Amreli, Junagadh and Ahmedabad. Protesters dumped a truckload of cow carcasses outside the collector’s office in Surendranagar district and elsewhere, Dalits attempted to immolate themselves. For a community that has rarely seen such consolidation, the protests brought out people in huge numbers and a rattled administration scrambled to contain them. indianexpress
In Gujarat, 95 of 100 suspects in crimes against Dalits acquitted
As violent protests continue in the PM’s home state of Gujarat over the flogging of Dalit youth by upper-caste Hindu vigilantes, an IndiaSpend analysis reveals a conviction rate 6 times lower than the Indian average — over 10 years — for crimes against scheduled castes (SCs) and scheduled tribes (STs).In 2014 (latest available data), 3.4 % of crimes against SCs in Gujarat ended in convictions, against a national rate of 28.8% — one conviction for every eight across the country. Against STs, that conviction rate was 1.8%, against the national average of 37.9% — one conviction for every 21 cases. Dalit unrest began on July 11, 2016, when four Dalit youth were tied to a car and gau rakshaks, or cow protectors, took turns to flog them as a crowd watched. The crime: Skinning a dead cow. Later, the upper-caste vigilantes posted a video of the flogging on social media as a warning of sorts to others — Dalits and Muslims. Video of another attack in May has also now emerged.IANS
Gau Raksha, Manuvadi Mindset: BJP’s Recipe for Electoral Disaster:Amulya Ganguli
Kiran Bedi moots cow shelters close to garbage yards
VHP demands death penalty for Akhlaq’s family nut new village head condemns attempts to communalize
Meerut: VHP has demanded that the family of Akhlaq, who was lynched by a mob last year for allegedly storing beef, be given the death penalty. Senior VHP leader Jugal Kishor, who held a meeting on Monday in Bishahra, Akhlaq’s village, made the demand days after the UP police registered an FIR against Akhlaq’s family under the UP Prevention of Cow Slaughter Act. Residents of Bishahra stayed away from VHP meeting, with the village head even condemning the “attempts to communally polarise the village.” Kishor and other VHP functionaries held the meeting at the temple where Vishal Rana, the son of local BJP leader Sanjay Rana and one of the accused in lynching case, had gone and allegedly forced its priest to announce that Akhlaq and his family had stored beef.But the new village head, Kaushalya, condemned the attempts to communally vitiate the atmosphere in the village. She said that no villager had invited the VHP leader. “No villager went to the meeting, which was anyway not a village function. We strongly condemn the attempt to disturb communal harmony,” she said. the hindu
Haryana school faces heat for Eid celebration, Muslim teacher forced to quit
A school in Haryana has been fined Rs 5 lakh by a panchayat for organising a special assembly marking Eid, which led to protests and threats. The panchayat also ordered Green Dales Public School to get rid of Muslim staff and students, make its girl students switch to salwar kameez, and banned it from hiking fees for two years.Residents of Hindu-majority Tauru town in Mewat district, near Gurgaon, accused the school management of “propagating Islam” and forcing its students, mostly Hindus, to follow Islamic rituals during the event on July 6. A mob armed with sticks and bricks was at the school’s gates the day after the assembly.The panchayat order has forced the lone Muslim teacher to quit her job and move to Delhi, said school manager Hema Sharma.The police and the local MLA, however, said the panchayat’s diktat held no meaning as Tauru is governed by a municipal committee. “No panchayat is recognised by the govt . The local body does not support any activity by the group,” said tehsildar Poonam Babbar. The police said the area was peaceful.“The school is trying to convert our children… They were made to offer namaz and recite verses from the Quran. How else can you explain their intention?” said Tek Chand Saini, member of panchayat. “Parents came to us and we, the elders, confronted the school authorities.”A parent who didn’t want to be named said, “My son studies there. My husband and his friends rushed to the school. We come from a small town and religion is an important aspect of our lives.”School denied the allegations. “Children sang, performed plays and prayed. We just wanted them to know and respect each other’s religions. It is absurd to give the issue a communal colour,” said Sharma.A student of Class 4 said “we sang a famous song from a Bollywood movie and the prayer was in Hindi”, while a Class 8 student said the protesters were about to attack the school but were stopped by some parents.Chaudhary Zakir Hussain, INLD MLA from Nuh, said “no namaz was offered and it was just a celebration to mark the day”. He rejected the panchayat’s demands, saying Tauru was under the municipal body. HT
BIZARRE! Haryana school asked to remove all Muslim staff, students - Know the reason
Muslims at bottom of higher education ladder, alongside backward tribes
Despite almost trebling in the decade ending 2010 — from 5.2% to 13.8 % —rate of Muslim enrolment in higher education trailed the national figure of 23.6%, other backward classes (22.1%) and scheduled castes (18.5%). Scheduled tribes lagged Muslims by 0.5%.In proportion to their population, Muslims were worse-off than SCs and STs. Muslims comprise 14% of IndiaÂ’s population but account for 4.4 %  of students enrolled in higher education, according to the 2014-15 All India Survey on Higher Education.In the decade since then, the gross enrolment rate of Muslims doubled from 6.84 %  to 13.8%. Despite this, they trail the national average.HT
Muslims at bottom of higher-education ladder, alongside backward tribes
Phagwara communal clash: Dalits also joined Muslims along with Sikhs, to fight Hindutva activists
Phagwara: Tension in Phagwara, simmering since Wednesday after local Shiv Sena activists targeted some shops of Kashmiris, led to a clash on Friday between Sena activists on one side and Muslims, Sikhs, and Dalits on the other. Police have registered a case against 8 Shiv Sena leaders and 40-50 unidentified persons. Clash took place after Sena leaders pelted stones on a mosque, abused Muslims, and attacked their shops. It is learnt that the situation turned from bad to worse, even as there were intelligence inputs apprehending a clash. Cops had managed to avert a clash once, but Sena activists again came near the mosque, challenging Muslims and pelting stones, after which the latter retaliated. Muslims had earlier announced that they would take a procession to the SDM’s office on Friday to submit a memorandum. However, Phagwara SP Ajinder Singh urged them not to take out any procession. In the meantime, Sena activists came near the mosque and burnt a Pakistani flag. After this, weekly prayers were held inside the mosque, and Sena activists took out a procession in the town. After this march, they again came near the mosque, despite police officials pleading with them not to proceed to the mosque.In the meantime, local Sikh and Dalit activists came out to support Muslims, and chased away Sena activists who entered a temple and a neighbouring building, from where they started pelting brickbats from rooftops, which also hit the cops. Muslim, Sikh, and Dalit activists also retaliated with brickbats, during which the glass shield of an idol on the temple gate was damaged. Police had a tough time controlling the situa tion, and resorted to canecharge to control the situation.On the complaint of a mosque imam, police booked Shiv Sena leaders Inderjit Karwal, Kuldeep Dani, and Jimmy Karwal, besides Hindu Suraksha Samiti president Deepak Bhardwaj, among eight identified per sons under sections of IPC and the Arms Act.  Muslim Mirror
Sikhs, Muslims and Dalits chasing Shiv Sainiks after Muslims were attacked in Phagwara
Clash in Phagwara: Muslims, Sikhs join hand to fight Shiv Sena activists
 Phagwara DSP suspended, SP transferred for negligence
ZAKIR NAIK VILIFICATION CAMPAIGN IS FOR ANTI-CONVERSION LAW?
‘Arrested Mumbai youth linked to Zakir Naik's IRF converted 800 to Islam'
Mumbai: Rizwan Khan, who was arrested from Kalyan on Saturday, and Arshid Qureshi, held from Navi Mumbai earlier in the week, had reportedly facilitated the conversion of around 800 people across the country, including many in Mumbai, ATS officials said. Both are connected to Zakir Naik's IRF, officials said. Several documents and marriage certificates had been seized from Khan, which indicate that he and Qureshi had converted over 800 Christians and Hindus to Islam, officials said.Sources told TOI that during interrogation, Rizwan said he ran a marriage bureau and was not involved in any forced conversion. Officials in the security establishment stated that the arrested accused, along with two other organizations apart from the IRF, were working to carry out conversions on a very large scale. They said IRF was an umbrella organization."It's a very critical issue and needs to be addressed on a priority basis," said an officer monitoring the situation. They stated that the organizations involved in conversion mainly target college students and jail inmates after providing them legal and financial help.One of these organizations rubbished the conversion allegations, an official said. Its representative admitted that Khan used to visit their office, but was not associated with their organization in any official capacity.TOI
Zakir Naik's IRF denies link with ISIS
Islamic Research Foundation has denied having any links with the Islamic State, two days after one of its employees were arrested by Maharashtra ATS for reportedly recruiting youths for the terror group."We at IRF never indulge in forceful conversations or make any attempts to brainwash anyone. We do organise workshops related to Islam which are open to all," Mansoor Shaikh, Senior official of IRF, said.Dismissing reports of promoting Love Jihad, IRF said, "What is Love Jihad and Hate Jihad? There is no such thing in Islam. Who coined this term?" Mansoor Shaikh said.Meanwhile, another person, Rizwan Khan (43) was picked up from his residence at Kalyan in Thane district yesterday night and produced in a local court today, which sent him to transit remand till July 25. indiatoday
After Zakir Naik’s IRF, another NGO under scanner for forced conversion
According to the reports, Rizwan Khan was arrested by a joint operation team of ATS.Khan, who is a social worker in AL-Birr Foundation, an NGO based in Mazgaon area of Mumbai, has come under scrutiny on allegations of conversions.According to ATS, Khan has converted more than 800 youths to Islam.The investigation by the agency is currently going to check if the conversions were forceful.An official from Maharashtra ATS said, “All the people who have been converted has visited IRF. Qureshi provided them Islamic literature from IRF and after conversion they were introduced to Khan who is suspected to have radicalised them.”According to the agency, a large part of his income was raised from social work he did with Al Birr Foundation. indiatvnews
Mumbai Police say most speeches of Zakir ‘pro-terror’
Mumbai: Mumbai Police, looking into the speeches of  Dr. Zakir Naik, has said that they have found most of them to be “pro-terror”. They have, however, said that they would let the state Law and Judiciary department take the final call and decide what legal action, if any, should be taken against the controversial preacher. Senior officials in the Maharashtra police have said that the special branch of the Mumbai Police probing Dr. Naik’s speeches have found most of them capable of “influencing” impressionable minds and being ‘pro-terror’. The team is, however, yet to arrive at a conclusion on whether that proof was enough to prosecute him.The officials said that the police would limit themselves to sharing their findings with the State and let Law and Judiciary Department decide whether or not any action can be taken against Dr Naik.“Over a dozen videos of Dr. Naik have been studied by the team and most of them are found to be objectionable in nature and capable of influencing vulnerable minds. However, to stand scrutiny of courts, we have to give proof beyond reasonable doubt that his speeches provoked recruits to join an outfit or carry out an attack. So far, we have found that his speeches were one of the many materials available on the internet which are shown or shared with terror recruits across various banned outfits,” the official said.He added that the UAPA had provisions under which Naik could be booked. However, officers were not sure whether that could be enough to secure a conviction. Indianexpress
Another ISIS suspect arrested in Maharashtra
Parbhani: Maharashtra ATS on Sunday arrested 24-year-old Shahid Khan from Parbhani district on charges of allegedly having links with the ISIS.ATS team, however, refused to divulge further details, saying information on the same will be provided once the accused is produced before the court.Earlier on July 14, Naser bin Yafai Chaus, a suspected ISIS operative, was arrested by ATS. He has been sent to police custody till July 20 by an Aurangabad court.ANI
Men with suspected ISIS links brought to Kochi for probe
Kochi: 2 men, arrested from Mumbai for allegedly recruiting youths to ISIS, were brought to Kochi on Sunday as part of Kerala Police’s probe into a complaint that the duo radicalised youths from the state and forced them to join the terror outfit abroad. Arshi Qureshi and Rizwan Khan, arrested by Kerala Police in assistance with Maharashtra Police in two separate operations last week, were brought to Kochi by air and later taken to a destination under tight security for questioning, police said.While Qureshi, allegedly associated with controversial preacher Zakir Naik’s IRF, was arrested on July 21, Khan was picked up from his residence at Kalyan in Thane district on Friday night.Both were produced in a local court, which sent them to transit remand till July 25.Kerala Police had traced Qureshi to Mumbai following a complaint lodged in Kochi by the brother of a young woman, who is suspected to have joined ISIS along with her husband.PTI
Once known as the village of good fortune, Kerala’s Padanna is battling its IS taint: scroll.in
The village of Padanna, in Kerala’s Kasargod district, is famous for being the home of successful businessmen who travelled to Mangalore, Mumbai, Rangoon, Kuala Lumpur and the Gulf countries to earn their fortunes.Today, the village is battling fame of a different, unwelcome, kind. Of the 21 missing people from Kerala, who are believed to have left the country to join the Islamic State, 11 are from Padanna.News of their disappearance emerged early this month after relatives lodged missing person complaints at the Chandera police station in Kasargod district, around 500 km north of the state capital.The missing 11 include doctors, engineers and management professionals, a few of whom had turned down well-paying jobs in Gulf countries. Though media reports suggest that they have already joined terror organisation, the Islamic State, central or state investigative agencies haven’t confirmed these claims.Muslims are the majority community in Padanna but they are, in turn, divided into followers of different Muslim movements, which are largely hostile to each other. Prominent among these are the EK Sunni, AP Sunni, Kerala Nadvathul Mujahideen, the Tabligh-e-Jama’at and the Jama’at-e-Islami.All outfits have their own mosques, madrassas and even libraries. According to rough estimates, the village has 35 mosques of different sizes just along a four-kilometre stretch.Foreign remittances, mainly from Gulf countries, have enabled the people of Padanna to build palatial houses that dot either side of the village’s narrow, metalled roads, and buy high-end cars and the latest electronic gadgets. Scroll.in
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KASHMIR ISSUE 
Court pulls up govt for pellet guns, curfew in Kashmir
Srinagar : The J&K  High Court on Saturday pulled up the state govt  for the use of pellet guns on protesters and asked it to relax, at least from “some peaceful areas”, the over fortnight-long curfew in the restive valley.The court direction comes a day after Home Minister Rajnath Singh told parliament in Delhi that the govt  was planning to set up a panel to look for an alternative to the pellet guns that have been used in a new surge of violence in Kashmir.“Home Minister has said in the Lok Sabha that an expert committee will be framed to find substitutes to pellet guns. This statement should be sufficient for the (state) govt  to discontinue the use of pellet guns,” the high court said here while hearing a PIL.More than 350 people in Kashmir have suffered pellet injuries and many of them have been wounded in their eyes amid fears that they may be partially or completely blinded for their life.IANS
Avoid using pellet guns, Rajnath tells security forces
Kashmir: Mobile services ban hits migrant labourers, security forces hard
Srinagar: A three-storeyed building in the heart of Srinagar’s old city has for years hosted migrant labourers, mostly from UP  and Bihar.In the past few days, however, the 40-room inn has gone almost empty, as the labourers have moved out until the conditions improve. But it was not the curfew or the violence that drove them out, but the communication breakdown. Labourers say families watching cable TV back home are worried. “Labourers have no work as the city is curfew bound, most people are leaving as they cannot even contact their families back home,” Parvesh Kumar, a painter from Bihar, said.“For days, our families had no idea where we are and how we are, it was only after the person in whose house we are working made a call from his BSNL phone did we speak to our families,” Kumar added.Ahmad Alam, from Baroli Parkhand in Bihar, said his wife was trying to reach him as his 2-year-old son was ill. “She must have called 10 times but could not get through,” he said. “We had taken a contract nearby, so stayed back.”Of the 400 residents of building, only about 50 remain.HT
Communications blackout in Kashmir undermines human rights: Amnesty
New Delhi: International right body has come down hard on the authorities in J&K for suspending communications in the Valley as it has been witnessing widespread protests following the killing of the Hizbul Mujahideen commander. Amnesty International on Friday said that the suspension of phone and internet services in the Kashmir valley is enabling a range of human rights violations. muslimmirror
India has been dishonest with people of J&K: Omar
Ex-J&K CM  Omar Abdullah on Saturday said any initiative that PM  Narendra Modi may take to resolve the current crisis in the Valley could calm tempers but if it is not followed up then it becomes difficult to sort out. He agreed with former Union Home Minister P Chidambaram's views that the Centre had broken promises on issues that formed the state's accession to India, saying they have been "dishonest with the people of J&K "."It will help. It will definitely calm tempers but there will be far more suspicion today than a few years ago. Because if it is not followed through, every time a problem like this arises, then it becomes more difficult to bring an end to it," he told on a TV channel interview on Saturday. He was replying to a question whether a grand initiative by the PM  could normalise the situation in the Valley. Asked about the statement of Chidambaram who had said that New Delhi had ignored the grand bargain under which Kashmir acceded to India, Omar said, "absolutely. For want of better set of words, India has actually been dishonest with the people of J&K  because you struck a deal. You struck a bargain. J&K  acceded to India on the basis of certain conditions which is that the Union of India will be responsible for currency, communication, defence and foreign affairs everything else will be the domain of the state. On the basis of those conditions J&K  would remain a part of India. J&K  to this date remains a part of India, how much of those conditions have you actually fulfilled. You have gradually whittled that away to the point that autonomy is a a fig leaf to what it was in 1947. So he is not wrong," Omar said. However, he regretted that immediately after Chidambaram remarks, Congress came out with a statement that it were the personal views of former Home Minister. "Here is a person who is talking out of box and is ready to take the first knock and we pull him down," he said.PTI
Kashmir needs political solution, Omar tells Rajnath
National Conference seeks sustained dialogue with Pakistan, separatists on Kashmir
Process to revoke AFSPA must start on experimental basis: Mehbooba Mufti
New Delhi;J&K  CM  Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday said that process to revoke AFSPA must start on experimental basis. “We are not saying that AFSPA must be revoked immediately and in entirety, but the process can be started on experimental basis,” said Mufti.She said that only after revoking AFSPA in few areas, situation can be assessed. “After revoking AFSPA in few areas, we can assess situation there. If successful we can revoke it in entirety,” said Mufti. indian express
GOI doesn't want any forcible bond with JK: Rajnath
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said the Indian govt doesn’t want any “forcible” bond with J&K but a relationship based on emotions.“We are not for a forcible tie-up with Kashmir but want to build emotional ties,” Rajnath Singh told reporters here, winding up 2-day visit to valley. greaterkashmir
BJP wants Kashmir without Kashmiris: Digvijaya
Panaji: Accusing the BJP of mismanaging the volatile situation in J&K , Congress General Secretary Digvijaya Singh on Saturday said that it wanted Kashmir without the Kashmiris, while his party wanted to win over the people too along with the state."As far as the Congress party is concerned, we believe that peace has to be restored. The difference between the stand of the BJP and Congress, is that while Congress wants Kashmir along with the Kashmiri people, the BJP wants Kashmir without Kashmiri people. How can you have Kashmir without Kashmiri people?" he said at a press conference at the Congress' state headquarters here.Singh said that the camaraderie between PM  Narendra Modi and Pakistan PM  Nawaz Sharif had failed and said that Pakistan was showing its true colours with the recent spate of violence in Kashmir.IANS
India has massacre on its hands:Journalist BasharatPeer
Mumbai: Journalist and political commentator Basharat Peer on how "Kashmir can free us all", and why the status quo is worse than the state turning into a "jihadi hotspot".His 2010 memoir Curfewed Night: A Frontline Memoir of Life, Love and War in Kashmir won the Crossword Prize for nonfiction and was listed among the "Books of the Year" by The Economist and The New Yorker. As Kashmir faces its worst violence in years after the death of a young, "social-mediasavvy" separatist named Burhan Wani, with the toll reaching 47 and scores wounded and blinded by pellets, Peer talks to Mumbai Mirror about the hopes and impediments of the "Kashmir issue". Replying to the question that after the recent protests and the govt's reaction to it, is India losing the international battle diplomatically for Kashmir? Are we now on the same level as Israel?, Peer said, "Diplomatic battles are cynical by nature. Countries don't behave like human beings. Nation states have interests; they don't have feelings of shame. So that doesn't matter. Every time a soldier kills and blinds a young Kashmiri protester whose only weapon might be a stone, India faces a moral defeat. India has a massacre on its hands." Responding to another question that Is the national media's coverage of the Kashmir issue reflective of the ground situation? Peer, "There are a few honourable exceptions, but overall, the overwhelming majority of the national media is a big sham.They are hiding from the people of India what is being done in your name. It is rather shameful." He added, "JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar famously said in a speech after his release from prison, "Hum Ko Bharat Se Nahin, Bharat Main Azadi Chahiye" ("We don't want freedom from India, but freedom in India)." Because of Kashmir's long brutal history with India, Kashmiris have no [more] hope of a just order within India and they are saying, "Hum Ko Bharat Se Azadi Chahiye ." Mumbai Mirror
Kashmir unrest: One more youth succumbs, death toll 49
Srinagar:The death toll in the ongoing Kashmir unrest mounted to 49 on  Sunday with one more youth Sameer Ahmed of Khunmoh succumbing to his injuries here. greaterkashmir
Kashmir: Curfew continues in 5 districts
 Of 317 with pellet injuries in action by CRPF, over 50 %  have been hit in eye: indianexpress
New Delhi:In the fortnight since the killing of Burhan Wani, personnel of the CRPF have fired as many as 2,102 pellet cartridges in the Valley to disperse protesters.Sunday Express has learnt that over 50 %  of the 317 people, who sustained pellet injuries, have been hit in the eye.The use of pellet guns by CRPF is second only to tear smoke shells which have been fired over 4,500 times. CRPF has 10 mandated non-lethal weapons for use in different situations.Other non-lethal weapons used by CRPF in the Valley include plastic pellet guns, rubber bullets, stun grenades, multi-button shells, blank rounds, pepper balls and capsicum grenades. All have been used in the recent protests. indianexpress
Iranian Sunni cleric seeks support for Kashmiri Muslims
Tehran:Prominent Iranian Sunni Clerif and a Sunni member of Iran’s Assembly of Experts has condemned the recent killings in Kashmir and has said that Islamic nations have a duty to support Muslims in the restive region.Speaking to the Tasnim News Molavi Ahmad Salami pointed to the systematic killing of Muslims at the hands of forces in Kashmir, saying it is an old issue that resembles the issue of Palestine.“Muslims have a shared responsibility and duty regarding Kashmir and other issues of the Muslim world,” he stated. greaterkashmir
OTHERS
Locals Allege BSF Men Sexually Abused, Killed Muslim Woman In Tripura
Tripura: A 24-year-old housewife from the minority Muslim community was allegedly shot dead by BSF trooper in Sonamura's Bangladesh border of Tripura on Friday.The incident occurred on Friday afternoon, around 60 km south of capital Agartala in bordering Tarapukur area under Dhanpur border outpost (BOP) of Sepahijal district which is guarded by 145 battalion of BSF.Locals alleged that a BSF trooper tried to rape the victim identified as Maya Begum in absence of all male members of the house while she was bathing, but when she resisted and tried to raise an alarm, the trooper fired upon her and killed her on the spot.Tarak Ali, a local resident said, "When she had come for bath, he (BSF trooper) tried to pull her and bring to the temporary campsite, but as she resisted, the trooper fired upon her. He wanted to rape her. The victim's name is Maya Begum."Ali added that often the BSF in the name of search and other activities, target innocents living on the borders and continue with their atrocities on them.Ali said, "We are Indians and not Bangladeshis or Pakistanis. Had it been a man, then we could have understood that maybe he is terrorist, but it was a woman. He wanted to rape her. We are Muslims and so face this atrocity, we demand the hanging of the BSF Company Commander as punishment."Meantime another villager Runa Khatun alleged, "She was bathing when the BSF tried to rape her but as she refused the BSF sprayed bullet on her." huffingtonpost
BSF trooper shoots dead young Muslim woman in Tripura after unsuccessful rape bid – zee news
RSS not a registered organization,collects funds:Digvijaya
Panaji: Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh, who is in the state to attend the co-ordination committee meeting, on Saturday made some strong statements against RSS and BJP. The former he accused of being a unregistered organisation that collects huge funds, which it does not account for, while the latter he accused of handling the Kashmir issue with a view to having a Kashmir sans Kashmiris."Has the money that comes into the RSS as guru dakshina ever been accounted for, because the unregistered organisation does not come under any Act? RSS must let us know what it does with all this money," Singh told reporters in Goa.He also hit out at the BJP for the ongoing disturbance in the Kashmir valley. "What is the different between the stand of the Congress and BJP? Congress wants Kashmir along with Kashmiri people, but BJP wants Kashmir without Kashmiri people. How can you have Kashmir without taking into confidence the people of Kashmir," he said and added that Congress believes peace has to be restored to the Valley.TOI
Attack on journalists at Patiala House Court: Police file 3 chargesheets
New Delhi: Delhi Police have filed 3 separate chargesheets in connection with the attack on journalists and others at the Patiala House Courts complex by a group of lawyers in February this year. The attack took place when JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar was being produced in court in the sedition case filed against him. The first chargesheet names advocates Vikram Chauhan, Yashpal Singh and Om Sharma as the accused while the second has been filed against BJP MLA OP Sharma. The third chargesheet is also against advocates Chauhan and Singh.3 lawyers have been chargesheeted for alleged offences under sections 147, 149, 323 and 506 of the IPC. BJP MLA has been chargesheeted for alleged offences under sections 323, 341 and 506 of the IPC.The court is likely to take cognizance of the chargesheet on Sept.22.indian express indianexpress
Patiala court violence: Delhi Police finally files charge-sheets against lawyers and BJP MLA OP Sharma
AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan sent to 1 day police custody
New Delhi:  AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan, arrested after a woman alleged that he tried to mow her down after she visited his residence to raise the issue of power cuts, was today sent to one day's police custody by a court here. Metropolitan Magistrate Ashok Kumar sent the Okhla MLA, who was produced in court, on police remand after Delhi Police sought his custody for investigation into the complaint.Several protesters were seen shouting slogans outside the Saket court. Khan, also the chairman of the Delhi Waqf board, was first detained for questioning and then arrested, a day after he alleged in a press conference that the woman was "pressurised" by police into giving a false statement against him.AAP had yesterday rubbished the allegation levelled against the MLA, claiming Delhi Police had "pressurised" the woman into giving a false statement against Khan.At a news conference, the party played a video, in which the woman is purportedly seen telling someone "that the SHO of the Jamia Nagar police station asked her to add rape and murder charges in the FIR"."The woman is in touch with several BJP leaders and she was also taken to the magistrate by a lawyer affiliated to the party."Video also states that police asked her to file the complaint," Khan had yesterday said.Khan had further said he has written a complaint to DCP (South-east) of the Delhi Police to file an FIR against the SHO and the woman for "framing" him.NDTV
Amanatullah should be booked for 'hate speech' too: BJP
New Delhi:Attacking AAP after its MLA Amanatullah Khan was arrested, BJP today demanded that the Delhi legislator be booked for allegedly spreading communal disharmony with his "hate speech". Delhi BJP President Satish Upadhyay said one more face has been added "to the notorious team of Arvind Kejriwal's women bashers"."His (Amanatullah ) arrest has happened too late. Infact Delhi Police should arrest him for spreading communal disharmony and for his hate speech during a Urdu Academy function earlier this year," he said.PTI
AAP hits out at PM Modi over arrest of MLA Amanutallah
Quran sacrilege: Sangrur cops in Delhi to arrest AAP MLA Naresh Yadav
Patiala: A team of Sangrur police has reached Dehli's Mehrauli to arrest AAP MLA Naresh Yadav in the Malerkotla Quran sacrilege case of June 24.The police from Sangrur, a district in Punjab state, approached a court in Sangrur to get an arrest warrant issued against the MLA. The judge perused through the pages of the evidence placed before him and allowed the police to arrest the MLA.On reaching Delhi, the police found that Naresh was not present. The members of the family told the police that he was out of station.An accused Vijay Kumar's statement given in the police custody was made the basis of the arrest. Earlier, the police had proposed to put Naresh Yadav through lie detector test to know whether he was involved in the Quran desecration case. But this idea was not followed for reasons best known to the Sangrur police.Manpreet Singh Randhawa, media coordinator of the AAP, asked that when the MLA was reachable on the phone, where was the need to get an arrest warrant issued and to send the team to Delhi.He alleged that the Punjab police on directions of the govt  wanted to humiliate the MLA and embarrass the party as elections came near.RS Bajaj, senior advocate, Punjab and Haryana High Court, disclosed that the arrest warrants were normally issued against the absconders, but in this case, Naresh Yadav was cooperating with the investigators and could be called on phone.TOI
India asks 3 Chinese journalists to leave country by July31
New Delhi:India has asked 3 Chinese journalists working for official Xinhua News Agency to leave the country this month, refusing to extend their visas. 3 journalists have been ordered to leave the country by July 31. An Indian official on Sunday declined to disclose reasons for refusal to renew the visas, but said Xinhua could send their replacements. Official said they had received several visa extensions and one of them has been in the country for the past 7 years. The official spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to talk to reporters. 3 journalists had travelled to Bangalore recently and met exiled Tibetan activists, which became an issue with the govt. Though the Tibetan govt  in exile is headquartered in the northern town of Dharmsala, thousands of Tibetans live in Karnataka. Xinhua and China’s Foreign Ministry did not immediately respond to faxed requests for comment on Sunday.As reported by HT, Wu Qiang and Lu Tang are head of Xinhua’s bureau in New Delhi and Mumbai respectively. The third journalist,She Yonggang, is reporter based in Mumbai.AP
Indian calligrapher Muqtar Ahmed wins top prize at Cairo International Festival
Hyderabad: Muqtar Ahmed, an Indian Arabic calligrapher, has won one of the top prizes at the Cairo International Festival for Arabic Calligraphy. Bengaluru-based calligrapher’s work was selected for second prize from among 700 works by 115 participating artists from 15 Arab and other countries.The works that reflected the beauty of Arabic calligraphy were displayed at the Art Gallery of the Cairo Opera House, the venue of the eight-day festival which concluded on Sunday.IANS
Jamaathul Ulama Council opposes installation of Kalam statue at burial site
The Ramanathapuram District Jamaathul Ulama Council has opposed the installation of the statue of the former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam at his burial site at Pei Karumbu near Rameswaram, stating that it was against the Muslim personal law (shariat).Talking to reporters after discussing the issue at the council’s high level committee meeting here on Saturday, A. Valiyulla Noori, president of the council, said they were against installing the statue, as Islam was against ‘idol’ worship and individual eulogy.The best way of honouring Kalam would be to follow his ideals and realise his vision for a stronger and developed India, he said. Kalam wanted the youth to dream to achieve high. Fulfilling his wishes would be the best way of honouring him, he said. thehindu
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Saudis visit Israel, meet govt  official
The head of a rare Saudi delegation to Israel and the occupied West Bank met a senior Israeli govt official during his trip, Israel's foreign ministry said on Sunday. Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said the meeting between retired Saudi general Anwar Eshki and ministry Director General Dore Gold took place at the prestigious King David hotel in west Jerusalem but did not give further details.It said that he met Major General Yoav Mordechai, head of the military body that coordinates Israeli activities in the West Bank and Gaza, and talked Friday in the West Bank to a group of Israeli opposition MPs.Israel and Saudi Arabia have never had diplomatic relations but there have been media reports of intelligence-sharing in the face of shared concerns about Iran and the ISIL group.Eshki and Gold shared a platform in June last year at the Washington headquarters of the Council on Foreign Relations and "met to discuss opportunities and challenges in the Middle East," the council said on its website at the time."Their speeches focused on the danger Iran posed to their countries, and they revealed that they had been in secret discussions for a year, and had now decided to go public about their talks," it added.Israeli army radio on Sunday aired an Arabic telephone interview with Eshki, chairman of the Jeddah-based Middle East Centre for Strategic and Legal Studies, in which he denied that his country had security links with the Jewish state."To my knowledge there is no cooperation in the struggle against extremism," he said.He said that Israel would only be able to make peace with the Arab world when it had resolved the conflict with the Palestinians, in accordance with the 2002 Arab proposal.It calls for Israel to withdraw from the occupied territories and resolve the issue of refugees with the Palestinians, leading to the creation of a Palestinian state, in exchange for normalised relations with Arab countries."Peace will not come from Arab countries, but the Palestinians and the implementation of the Arab peace plan," Eshki said. World Bulletin
Turkey aftermath: Govt detains nephew of cleric Gulen, blamed for coup
Istanbul:Turkish authorities detained a nephew of Fethullah Gulen, US-based Muslim cleric accused by Ankara of orchestrating last weekend’s failed military coup, the state news agency Anadolu reported on Saturday.Gulen, who has lived in self-imposed exile in the United States since 1999 but has an extensive network of schools, charities and followers in Turkey and elsewhere, denies any involvement in the July 15 coup attempt, in which at least 246 people were killed.His nephew, Muhammed Sait Gulen, was detained in the northeastern Turkish city of Erzurum and will be brought to the capital Ankara for questioning, Anadolu reported. Among possible charges that could be brought against him is membership of a terrorist organisation, the agency said.It is the first time a relative of Gulen has been detained reportedly,  since the failed coup. indianexpress
Turkey to shut down all Gulen-linked companies
Turkey will probe and shut down all companies linked to the FETO, Customs and Trade Minister Bulent Tufenkci said Sunday.Speaking to reporters in Malatya province after visiting the regional governor’s office, Tukenkci said FETO was behind the attempt “to overthrow the democratically-elected govt  and the constitutional order in the country.“Companies which sponsor Fetullah Terrorist Organisation and provide financial resources to them will be identified individually. Investigation will be opened about them, They will be closed or necessary procedures will be applied on them.” middleeastmonitor
Turks in UK slam BBC’s failed coup coverage
Turks living in the UK have slammed the BBC for its “inaccurate” coverage following the July 15 coup attempt in Turkey.Business owner Mustafa Demir, 43, said he and his family were devastated when they heard BBC’s coverage of the events unfolding in their country Friday night.“When we realised that the attempted coup have failed and news that was given by BBC, we were very frustrated and we as a family went to the British BBC HQRS at the Regent Street. Among the protesters there were about five, six hundred citizens, who all shared the same emotions as I did,” Demir said. middleeastmonitor

US knows Gulen behind failed coup: Turkish minister
US knows the July 15 coup attempt in Turkey was made by Pennsylvania-based preacher Fetullah Gulen, Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said Sunday.In remarks made to a Turkish television channel Kanal 7, Bozdag said: "I am sure US President [Barack] Obama, the U.S. intelligence and secretary of state know this coup [attempt] was made by Fetullah Gulen. I am very sure they don't have any hesitation about this."The Turkish minister added there would be difficulties in relations between the two countries if Gulen maintained his life in the U.S. after the coup attempt. Anadolu agency
US could extradite Gülen quickly:Turkish minister
Turkey’s foreign minister has said that the US could extradite the alleged mastermind of the failed coup attempt, Fethullah Gülen, “very quickly,” Quds Press reported on Friday.Mevlut Cavusoglu made his comments to TRT, the official Turkish TV channel. “If you want to draw out the Gülen extradition issue it can take years,” he explained, “but if you are decisive it can be completed in a short period.”He added that the US had proposed to form a committee to examine Gülen’s case, reiterating that his country is ready to take part in this. He pointed out that the US prevents Gülen from travelling to a third country. middleeastmonitor
New Zealand: Muslim woman told to remove hijab for job application
Melbourne:A 25-year-old Muslim girl in New Zealand was left embarrassed after she applied for a job at a jewellery shop and was told it was a “waste of time” unless she removed her hijab.Mona Alfadli, who applied for a job as a sales assistant at Steward Dawsons in Auckland, was told by a prospective manager ‘not to bother applying’ because of her headscarf.“I felt embarrassed as it took a lot of courage to walk into the shop and speak to the manager regarding a job, especially since I was afraid of the rejection,” Alfadli said.Alfadli, who lives in Avondale, has been looking for a job after completing her diploma in applied computer system engineering.She said her aspirations for her life in New Zealand was to find a “safe” home for herself and her family, who settled in the country as refugees from Kuwait in 2008.“I can do any job, I don’t mind, but I will keep my hijab, I will keep my identity, and respect my culture and my religion,” Alfadli was quoted as saying ‘The New Zealand Herald’. She said she was told it was a “waste of time” if she would not remove her hijab.PTI
Facing certain defeat, Nepal PM KP Oli to resign today
Kathmandu: As defeat stared on his face, PM  KP Oli has decided to tender his resignation from the post without facing the vote on the No-Confidence in the afternoon.According to an aide to the PM , Oli would announce his resignation from the floor of the House, and submit it to President Bidhya Devi Bhandari soon after Parliament session is adjourned Sunday.He will also be recommending to the President that Article 305 meant for removing any unforeseen hurdle in the implementation of the constitution be invoked in order to dispel the prevailing confusion in the constitution in electing a new PM  once Oli is out.That paves the way for election of Maoist Chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal who has been backed by the Nepali Congress, to the post. indianexpress
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Uyghur Muslims joining IS: China's state media rubbishes US report
Beijing:The Chinese official media has dismissed as "groundless" a US think tank report that claimed China's policies in the northwest Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region have driven local Muslims to join the IS. The Washington DC-based New America Foundation on Wednesday released a report based on leaked registration documents of ISIS fighters provided by a defector from the jihadist organisation, which include 3,500 foreign recruits, among whom 114 came from Muslim-majority Xinjiang province. PTI
Syria : Air strikes hit Aleppo hospitals
Syrian govt  air strikes have put 4 makeshift hospitals and a local blood bank in Aleppo out of action in the past 24 hours, according to local rescue workers and a monitor."5 medical facilities were hit [overnight] and are out of service right now," Ammar Salmo, spokesman for a volunteer rescue group known as the White Helmets told Al Jazeera.The bombardment killed a 2-day-old baby in a children’s hospital in a besieged eastern neighbourhood of Aleppo, said the Independent Doctors Association, a group of Syrian doctors that supports clinics in the city.Al Jazeera's Bernard Smith, reporting from Gazientep along the Turkey-Syria border, said that several of the hospitals hit are still able to function. aljazeera
Russian, regime airstrikes kill 19 civilians in Syria
At least 19 civilians were killed and scores injured in airstrikes carried out by Syrian regime and Russian warplanes in Syria’s northern Aleppo city on Saturday, according to a local civil defense official. Ibrahim Abu Laith said that Syrian regime and Russian aircraft had bombed several residential areas in Aleppo city.“Nineteen civilians were killed and 55 others injured, including children and women,” he said. Abu Laith said that civil defense teams were struggling to extract civilians from under the rubble. World Bulletin
US fighter killed in clashes with Daesh in Northern Syria
UNICEF slams killing of children in Syria
Afghanistan mourns protest blast victims
Afghanistan is observing a national day of mourning after a twin suicide bombing at a protest march in the capital killed 80 people and wounded 230.Funerals have begun in the west of the city. Some are burying their dead in Kabul while others are been taken to their home towns.  Some families are still searching for missing relatives in hospitals and morgues. Afghanistan's Interior Ministry has issued a ban on public gatherings of all types for the next 10 days.Thousands of members of the Hazara minority took to the streets of Kabul on Saturday over a new power line, saying its route bypasses provinces where many of them live. aljazeera
Munich attack: David Sonboly 'planned attack for year'
The teenager behind Friday's deadly shooting rampage at a Munich mall had planned his attack for a year and chose his victims at random, investigators said.Bavarian investigator Robert Heimberger said the shooter, 18-year-old David Sonboly, visited the site of a previous school shooting in the German town of Winnenden and took photographs last year, then set about planning the attack in which he killed nine and wounded some three dozen others before taking his own life."He had been planning this crime since last summer," Heimberger told reporters. aljazeera
Egypt puts more pressure on Gaza than is needed, says Israeli army officer
Egyptian authorities are “closer to Israel than Hamas” and they “put more pressure” on the besieged Gaza Strip “than is needed,” a senior Israeli army officer has said, Safa news agency reported on Friday.The officer’s comments were first reported by The Economist and the Israeli media. “Egypt’s hostility to Hamas has become greater than its hostility to Israel,” he said. According to magazine, comments were made during a meeting about the notable and improving relations between regime of Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi and Israel, with several Israeli officials attending and hosted by Egypt. middleeastmonitor
Israel discusses relations with president of Chad
A senior Israeli official visited Chad earlier this month to meet President Idriss Déby for discussions about restoring diplomatic relations, the Israeli foreign ministry revealed on Friday. Links between the Zionist state and the Arabic-speaking African-Islamic country were cut over 40 years ago.

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