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28 July 2016: 22 Shawal 37:Vol:7, No:125
MP Muslim women allege assault over 'buffalo meat' was at Bajrang Dal’s behest, 4 held
Mandsaur: The two Muslim women who were thrashed at Mandsaur railway station on the suspicion of carrying beef alleged on Thursday they were beaten at the behest of Bajrang Dal workers, even as the GRP arrested 4 persons in this connection.“When we were coming to Mandsaur, few Bajrang Dal members stopped us and enquired about what we were carrying. We told them that it was ‘Paade ke meat’ (buffalo calf meat) they did not listen to us and said that it was beef,” Salma, one of the victims, told PTI.“Later, when we told them that get it examined from a doctor (veterinarian), they did not agree to it and asked the other women with them to beat us,” she alleged.The woman further alleged that they (activists) also threatened policemen when the latter tried to protect them.The victims, Salma Mevati (35) and Shamim Akthar Hussain (30) were allegedly thrashed by self-appointed cow vigilantes. Later, police arrested the duo on suspicion of carrying beef.However, after medical examination when it was found that it was buffalo meat, police dropped the charges against them of carrying beef. Subsequently, a local court last evening granted bail to the two women. Salma demanded that those who attacked them and took law into their hands should be arrested soon.The case was initially registered by Mandsaur Police and later transferred to the Government Railway Police (GRP) as the incident took place on the railway platform. GRP Ratlam’s deputy superintendent of police DRS Chauhan said that four persons, identified as Govind Rao Chouhan, Dilip Devda, Swadesh Chanal and Vikas Ahir, were arrested on Thursday in connection with the incident.Regarding women involved in the incident, the DSP said that after their identification they too would be arrested, and added that efforts are on to trace them.PTI
Madhya Pradesh: Police arrests 4 in thrashing Muslim women over beef rumours
India cow vigilantes held for beating up Muslim women over beef: BBC
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Gau rakshaks like any other social organisation: Social Justice Minister
New Delhi: Amid calls for action against gau rakshaks over the recent attack on Dalits in Gujarat, Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot said on Wednesday that they are like any other social organisations that are formed for a cause. He, however, added that such cow vigilante groups should verify rumours before taking action.
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No subsidy as cow meat export prohibited: Nirmala
New Delhi: No subsidy is provided by the government on the export of beef or cow meat since its export is not permitted, Union Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman told Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. “No subsidy is provided on the export of cow meat. As per the existing foreign trade policy, export of beef (meat of cows, oxen and calves) is prohibited,” she said in a written reply.Replying to a separate question, she said 33 seafood consignments meant for export were rejected between January and June due to the presence of pathogenic bacteria (Salmonella) and banned veterinary drug residues (antibiotics) in aquacultured shrimps.Remedial measures taken by the Marine Products Export Development Authority to bring down the number of rejections include operating a nationwide network of sophisticated quality control labs, extension of services to all stakeholders in shrimp aquaculture and appropriate training in Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point System, among others, the minister said.IANS
Aurangabad arms haul case: 12 including Zabiuddin Ansari convicted, 8 acquitted by MCOCA court
Mumbai: Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) on Thursday delivered the verdict on the 2006 Aurangabad arms haul case and found 12 accused including Sayed Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal guilty of waging war against the nation. The MCOCA court while pronouncing the judgment also acquitted 8 accused. Jundal was found guilty under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.The MCOCA court said that this was a conspiracy after 2002 Gujarat riots to eliminate then Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi and VHP chief Pravin Togadia and convicted 12 accused in the Aurangabad arms haul case. The court said that this was a larger conspiracy to strike terror and they (accused) were calling it ‘jihad’. The trial, which had resumed in 2013 after Abu Jundal’s arrest, had concluded in March this year before the MCOCA Special Court here.It pertains to the May 8, 2006 operation by Maharashtra Anti-Terrorist Squad in which three terror suspects travelling in a car were nabbed on the Chandwad-Manmad highway near Aurangabad. A total of 22 accused were arrested, including Abu Jundal who is accused plotting the 26/11 terror attacks. Earlier, the trial had been stayed by Supreme Court after one of the accused had challenged the constitutional validity of certain provisions in the MCOCA invoked on the accused. The stay was lifted in 2009. India.com
MCOCA court finds Zabiuddin Ansari guilty in 2006 Aurangabad arms haul case
Aurangabad arms haul case: MCOCA court convicts 12 including Abu Jundal
Aurangabad arms haul case: MCOCA court convicts 12 including Abu Jundal
NIA charge sheet against 17- IS suspects accuses religious institutions encouraging jihad: DNA report
New Delhi:  Long before they were swept away by the apocalyptic ideology of the Islamic State (IS), consuming its nihilistic violence on social media and celebrating their victories in battlefields as the militant group held sway in Iraq and Syria to establish a caliphate, the process of radicalisation for some Indians, accused of setting up an IS-inspired terror group, actually began at home, through religious revivalist movements like the Tablighi Jamaat and the Jamaat-E-Islami Hind (JIH).The two religious organisations and a Deoband preacher are accused of influencing over half a dozen young men to wage a violent jihad.The damning disclosure is made by the NIA in a charge sheet filed last week against 17 men accused of forming an organisation, Junood ul Khilafa fil Hind, to establish a caliphate in India. Before IS propaganda videos and magazines appeared on social media websites, the journey of indoctrination of these accused started with institutions like the revivalist Sunni proselytizing movement of Tablighi, lectures in mosques across the country and jihadi literature available online.In the Islamophobic world after 9/11, Mumbai resident Mudabbir Sheikh -- anointed as the emir, chief of the Junood ul Khilafa group --was upset that society had turned against Muslims, who were looked down upon as terrorists and treated as 'second-class citizens'.In 2007, Sheikh came into contact with an online group, Mujahid Fi Sabiullah, which directed him to contact the JIH to fulfil his desire to join the jihad. "He started visiting the JIH office in Byculla, Mumbai, attended several programmes and got radicalised,'' the NIA charge sheet states. The JIH is an offshoot of the Jamaat-e-Islami (now in Pakistan), founded in 1941, and works as a religious organisation with a secular outlook.In 2013, its Mumbai chapter slapped the Maharashtra state with a defamation suit of Rs 10 crore for alleging that it was training and radicalising Muslim girls for jihadi activities.Rajasthan resident Abu Anas, Mohammad Shareef Moinuddin Khan from Hyderabad and Asif Ali from Bengaluru had all joined the Tablighi movement before they were recruited as cadres of Junood ul Khilafa. After finishing class 10, Asif entered the chillah, where one spends 40 days with members of the Tablighi and learnt about Islamic theology, how to offer namaz and how to bring back the misguided into the religious fold."It was the time spent with the Tablighi that made Asif a religious bigot with a narrow understanding of religious scriptures and a narrow world view,'' the charge sheet adds. IT expert and ethical hacker, Anas and Moinuddin, were also influenced by Tablighi movement and the former tried to recruit pro-IS cadre in Pune. DNA
Before ISIS, there was the Tablighi Jamaat, Jamaat Islami which radicalised Indian youth, claims NIA chargesheet filed against 17 suspects
SHRC orders inquiry into ‘forced conversion’
Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Human Rights Commission on Wednesday ordered the State police to investigate the suspected forced conversion of an aeronautical engineering student to Islam.Chairperson J.B. Koshy ordered the probe on the basis of a complaint filed by the student’s mother, Mini Vijayan. She told the commission that her daughter had run away with a “mysterious set of people” a fortnight before her marriage. She believed they had converted her to Islam. She feared they would radicalise her and persuade her to join the Islamic State. Ms. Vijayan said Aparna had joined for aeronautical engineering in a college run by the Jewel Educational Trust. At the behest of her friends, Aparna moved to a private hostel run by a woman Ms. Vijayan identified as Hasmin.In her complaint, Ms. Vijayan said she had seen her daughter in the video images broadcast by the Therbiyath Islam Sabha Mukthar group. Aparna’s parents filed a habeas corpus writ petition in the High Court. One woman who identified herself as Sumaya produced Aparna in the court. She being an adult, the court allowed Aparna to act on her own free will. Aparna chose to go with Sumaya. Ms. Vijayan said that Aparna was now in the custody of the Sathya Sarani Charitable Trust at Manjeri in Malappuram. thehindu
Advocate goes to court against Sadhvi Prachi over announcement Rs 50 lakh for 'beheading Zakir Naik
Guwahati: Describing as 'communal' Hindutva leader Sadhvi Prachi's announcement of a reward of Rs 50 lakh for anyone who can 'behead' Zakir Naik, advocate Kamran Pasha Choudhury filed a complaint against her before the Kamrup (Metro) chief judicial magistrate's court here. Sadhvi had made the offensive statement on July 13. She had also called Naik a terrorist. Choudhury said, "Her statement violated the Constitution. It is against the law to propagate views that can damage communal harmony. Therefore, I filed a complaint against her." Court will hear the case on Aug.24.TOI
Post communal clash, Aligarh residents reject exodus claims
Meerut: A week after a communal clash in Aligarh led BJP leaders to allege a “Kairana-like Hindu exodus from Aligarh,” Hindu residents on Tuesday said there was no such mass migration.They ran a signature campaign condemning the attempts of “politicians to polarise and create communal tension in the area.”“We oppose the communal tone given to a criminal incident and a law and order issue. The police arrested the culprit in the eve-teasing incident but the issue is being blown out of proportion and communalised by political leaders,” said Vinod Saxena, a resident of Babri Mandi who endorsed the signature campaign.Another resident, Rajvir Singh, said “after a week of communal tension in the area, the situation is gradually becoming peaceful.”“The allegation of exodus is not true. There was tension and a few people had approached the district administration to sell their houses but that was more to pressure the administration. There was a law and order issue but that was sorted out,” Mr. Singh said.Umesh Kumar, another resident of Babri Mandi, said the clash was initially limited to just one lane in the area but due to the “continuous politicisation and communalisation of the issue and the vernacular press reporting those claims there was further tension.” Kumar claimed that those families who had last week said they wanted to sell their houses had not shifted anywhere. the hindu
Aligarh’s Babri Mandi tension: Administration brings together Hindus, Muslims for a talk, ease situation
Polytechnic denies admission to Muslim student 'for sporting beard'
Nainital: Tension prevailed in Rudrapur in Udham Singh Nagar district after a polytechnic institute refused admission to a Muslim student because he was sporting a beard. Institute officials told him that the polytechnic has a dress code and students are expected to wear uniform and be "well-groomed, preferably clean-shaven." It was only after the district administration intervened that the institute granted admission to the student. Udham Singh Nagar DM Ashish Drivastava said, "I got a phone call about this incident. There was no written complaint. Later I got to know that the boy has got the admission in the same institution."Ghulam Gaus (24), a resident of Azad Nagar in Haldwani, said, "When I went to the institute on Monday for admission, I was told by a woman official that since I was sporting a beard the institute will refuse admission to me. It hurt me. I could not understand the reason. We all are citizens of this country and have equal rights, including right to practice any religion," said Gaus. timesofindia
Local Muslims stayed away from Kalam statue function: Ulemas
A body of Muslim clerics here today termed the unveiling of a statue of former President A P J Abdul Kalam at Rameswaram today as "unIslamic" and claimed most local members of the community stayed away from the function.Asserting that they had great respect for the former president, office-bearers of the Ramanathapuram District Jamaathula Ulema Council said statue for a dead person "is unIslamic and against Islamic beliefs".In a statement, Council President Habibullah Hazarath and Secretary Abdur Rahman said "We strongly condemn the installation of the statue." The ulemas, however, said they had only expressed verbal objection and didn't want to hold any demonstration or agitation against the function held at Peikarumbu, where Kalam was laid to rest last year, on the occasion of his first death anniversary today. The statue unveiling ceremony was boycotted by most of the Muslims of Rameswaram island, the ulemas claimed. PTI
Strongly condemn installation of Kalam statue: Rameswaram Muslim clerics
This 19-yr-old Muslim bride divorced her husband over phone: indianexpress
You are aware of the three words “talaaq, talaaq, talaaq” that are used by some Muslim men in certain parts of the world to divorce their wives. But this 19-year-old Lucknow girl Mohsina turned the tables on her husband when she said “talaaq, talaaq, talaaq” over the phone as her husband and his family demanded dowry, reported The Telegraph.Reportedly, during unofficial panchayat that was held for hearing the case, Mohsina’s husband Mohammed Arif put the phone on speaker and apologised to his bride for asking for dowry. But the woman didn’t relent and said the three words, much to her husband’s shock. The panchayat then asked Arif to say the words and finalise the divorce because it’s the husband’s word that’s followed.Arif demanded more dowry from Mohsina on the wedding night itself. She called her mother Anwari Begum who immediately asked her to return. A few people from the village went and brought Mohsina back to Bhagwanpur-Nangla, 10 km away from Arif’s house in Baghpat district’s Daha.The panchayat also asked Arif’s family to pay Rs 2 lakh to the bride’s mother, the money that she had spent on the wedding. Also, they ordered the prohibition of any wedding in Arif’s family for the next three years. These rulings are obviously not legal but hold immense value in the local communities.“Both Hindus and Muslims had agreed to last month’s decision against the practice of dowry. That’s why the village elders decided to punish Sattar’s family,” Sunil Kumar, who had presided over the panchayat, told The Telegraph.indianexpress
No water supply and electricity for Muslim families in Vadodara
Vadodara: At Kapurai in Vadodara, about 130 odd families, mostly Muslims, who were allotted homes under the Basic Services to Urban Poor (BSUP) scheme after the demolition of the their slums at Sulemani Chawl, have been living without electricity and water supply since they moved in about a month ago.On May 31, Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) had demolished 318 homes in the Muslim-populated Sulemani Chawl as part of “Slum free Vadodara” project and started working on resettling them in Kapurai area on Dabhoi Road, where upper caste Hindus reside. Kapurai is located near Hanuman Tekri, where the infamous best bakery burning case occurred during the 2002 riots in which 14 people were killed. The bakery was run by a Muslim family.On the eve of demolition of the Sulemani Chawl, the VMC officials carried a survey and identified 318 families staying in the area. On verification of their documents, the VMC zeroed down on 232 families that were eligible to get alternative housing in a housing scheme for the urban poor. Officials said that the civic body also conducted a draw to allocate houses to the beneficiaries from Sulemani Chawl. However, on June 2, the residents of Kapurai wrote to the authorities, opposing the VMC’s decision to relocate the displaced Muslim families there. indianexpress
No need to leave country for Islam: Kerala Nadvathul Mujahideen
Kozhikode: Speakers at a discussion on ‘Pluralism – neo-Salafism – Terrorism’ organised by the Kerala Nadvathul Mujahideen (KNM) Markazuda'wa here on Wednesday exhorted the faithful to be vigilant against extremism and ultra-spiritualism being propagated in the name of Islam.In his inaugural address, the Mujahid faction leader, Hussain Madavoor, who is also the general secretary of the All India Islahi Movement, said that spiritualism transcending beyond a point was fanatical. The Constitution of India had enshrined rights for Muslims just like other religious communities, including Hindus and Christians, to follow their customs and beliefs. There was no need for Muslims to leave the country to lead an Islamic life, Mr. Madavoor said. A concerted effort irrespective of any affiliations was required to take on those attempting to destroy the communal harmony in the State. Now, a tendency had taken shape towards Sufism and radicalism. The Mujahid movement had once campaigned for a pluralistic society when Muslim fundamentalism reared its head 15 years ago. Such endeavours should be continued, he said. thehindu
Barak 8 missile system will provide air defence capability to armed forces: Manohar Parrikar
India and Israel are jointly developing and producing the Barak 8 missile system for the Indian Navy and the Indian Air Force (IAF). While the long range surface-to-air missile (LR-SAM) variant is meant for the Indian Navy, the medium range surface-to-air missile (MR-SAM) version has been developed for the IAF. The missile system can detect incoming enemy aerial targets i.e. aircraft or anti-ship missile over 100 km away and destroy them at range out to 70 km, said Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha during the Monsoon session of the Parliament. “The system will provide air defence capability to the assets of Indian Armed Forces,” he said. financialexpress
Exclusive: RSS chief Golwalkar threatened to kill Gandhi - 1947 CID report
The Supreme Court, in its oral observations, has upbraided Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi for his statement that "RSS people" killed Mahatma Gandhi. In the apex court's wisdom, young Rahul Gandhi could not make a "collective denunciation" of the RSS or the Rashtirya Swayamsewak Sangh.It is a moot point whether it is for a court of law to give a clean bill of health to the RSS, 68 years after the assassination of the Mahatma.Two important questions, however, remain unanswered: Did the RSS threaten to kill Mahatma Gandhi? And, did the RSS have the capability or the means to do so?Reports available in the public domain in the Delhi Police Archives say that the RSS did threaten Gandhi and claimed that it had the means to silence him. These are the secret source reports of the CID of the Delhi Police for the months preceding Gandhi's assassination. Here are some extracts from the verbatim copy of a police report of a crucial RSS meeting where The threat was made. CID source is identified only as "Sewak" (perhaps an impish play on 'sewaks', the term for RSS volunteers) and filed by Inspector Kartar Singh of the department. catchnews
After being painted anti-Dalit anti-minority, govt faces OBC ire
New Delhi:As if the anti-Dalit and anti-minority tag was not enough, the government was today accused of being anti-OBC as well. JD(U)'s Ram Nath Thakur today asked the government as to why some OBC candidates who had cleared the UPSC (Civil Services) examination this year had not been allowed to proceed on training. Samajwadi Party's Ram Gopal Yadav also joined forces with the JD(U) to demand answers from the government. Soon, other parties like BSP and Left were also seen pushing the government to a corner. IndiaToday
Modi govt trusts Gautam Adani with countering China-Pakistan's Gwadar port project: Reuters
New Delhi: A conglomerate has started building India's first transshipment port, conceived 25 years ago, and the government will construct another $4-billion facility nearby to create a shipping hub rivalling Chinese facilities in the region. The government will grant billionaire Gautam Adani 16 billion rupees ($240 million) so-called "viability gap" funding to help the new port at Vizhinjam, on India's southern tip, win business from established hubs elsewhere in Asia. Once Vizhinjam, in the state of Kerala, is operational the federal government will start building the port of Enayam in neighbouring Tamil Nadu, said a senior shipping ministry official. Enayam alone will save more than $200 million in costs for Indian companies every year, he said. India's 7,500-km (4,700-mile) coastline juts into one of the world's main shipping routes and Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to capitalise on that proximity by developing ports that can shift freight on to huge vessels capable of carrying up to 18,000 20-foot containers. The lack of an Indian domestic transshipment port forces inbound and outbound containers to take a detour to one of those regional hubs before heading to their final destination. New Delhi expects the new ports to save Indian companies hundreds of millions of dollars in transport costs, as well as ease concerns over the growing strategic clout in South Asia of rival China, which has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in Sri Lankan ports at Colombo and Hambantota. Adani wants the Vizhinjam port, which an arm of his Adani Group is building at a cost of around $1 billion, to be operational in 2018. The port lies hard by the Gulf-to-Malacca shipping lane that carries almost a third of world sea freight.
Kashmir newspapers connect families
Srinagar: Local newspapers in Kashmir Valley are offering a rare window to residents as the communication lockdown, including of Internet services, is about to complete 3 weeks. However, ban on post-paid services was lifted on Wednesday.Leading dailies Greater Kashmir and Rising Kashmir , which run on BSNL broadband services, have reached out to families hit by the telecom breakdown. Valley is home to more than 60,000 mobile telephone users, most of them pre-paid connections, which have remain snapped since July 9, in the wake of the killing of Burhan Wani. The Internet on all types of phones has been shut down for about three weeks now. Newspapers are carrying emotional messages from residents living outside the State. Rita Khan, from Russia, left a message for husband Anwar Iqbal Khan, a resident of Srinagar’s Soura. thehindu
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Qatar-based International Union of Muslim Scholars slam western stance on Turkey coup bid
Istanbul: The secretary-general of the Qatar-based International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) has decried western policy vis-à-vis the situation in Turkey following the July 15 failed coup attempt.Ali al-Qaradaghi said western policymaking was generally "Machiavellian" and based on double standards."Western policy is characterized by shameless double standards," he said. He cited as an example German criticisms of last week’s decision by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan to declare a state of emergency in Turkey following a failed coup attempt by rogue elements within Turkish military. "Meanwhile, the German authorities adopted the same measure following recent attacks in Munich," he said, in reference to a decision by the German authorities to declare a state of emergency in Munich after a gunman killed at least nine people in a shooting spree last Friday.
Anadolu Agency
Gulen owns one of largest US charter school networks
Washington: The mastermind of the July 15 failed coup in Turkey, Fetullah Terror Organization (FETO) owns one of the largest charter schools networks in the US, with about 140 schools across the US. Residing in Pennsylvania since 1999, FETO's ringleader, Fetullah Gulen, is known as the man who controls these schools and the $500 million annual income he gets for these from the US government, according to some US media reports.The schools in the US, some of which have changed names over time, were opened in the late 1990's and beginning of 2000's. Around 60,000 students attend the schools annually.Both the documentary "Killing Ed" about FETO schools, directed by American Mark Hall and an article in the Huffington Post written by Anna Clark, say that the US government makes payment per student to these charter schools and that FETO's economic pool grows even bigger with the newly opened schools.According to another recent article written by Valerie Straus at the Washington Post, FETO's 46 schools only in Texas, get $250 million from the US govt. Anadolu Agency
'Many Turks believe US behind coup attempt': ex-EU minister

Turkey shuts scores of media outlets, sacks generals
Turkish government has issued a new decree ordering the closure of scores of media organisations as it widened its crackdown in the wake of a  failed coup attempt earlier this month. According to the government decree, which was published in the official gazette of the republic late on Wednesday, three news agencies, 16 television channels, 23 radio stations, 45 daily newspapers, 15 magazines and 29 publishing houses have been ordered to shut down. Among them are Zaman Newspaper, Samanyolu News Channel and Cihan News Agency, which have previously been accused of supporting the movement of Gulen, US-based cleric and businessman blamed by the Turkish govt for the failed coup bid on July 15. aljazeera
2 generals resign from Turkey's military council
Two high-ranking officers have resigned from Turkey's Supreme Military Council, just hours before a meeting of the body to discuss a review of the armed forces.The generals handed in their resignations in protest against the govt's ongoing purge in the aftermath of the failed coup attempt of July 15, sources told Al Jazeera on Thursday.CNN Turk identified them as Kamil Basoglu and Ihsan Uya, both high-ranking members of the land forces.Al Jazeera
Al-Shabab says ex-Somali MP was suicide bomber
A former member of Somalia's parliament was one of two suicide bombers behind a deadly attack on international troops near Mogadishu's international airport, according to the armed group al-Shabab.Salah Nuh Ismail, also known as Salah Badbado, and an unknown second assailant detonated cars loaded with explosives at the gates of the main base of an African Union (AU) peacekeeping force on Tuesday morning.The attack on the AMISOM's Halane base was the latest by al-Shabab, which wants to topple Somalia's internationally backed government and rule the Horn of Africa country.Al-Shabab regularly attacks AMISOM, which is made up of about 22,000 military personnel from Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia and other African countries helping to support Somalia's government and army. aljazeera


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