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30 July 2016: 24 Shawal 37:Vol:7, No:126
Untouched by economic growth: 1 in 4 beggars in India a Muslim, reveals census
New Delhi: Almost a quarter of India’s 370,000 beggars are Muslims, newly released data from the 2011 Census show, reinforcing that the community still lags behind on most counts despite the country’s rapid economic growth. Muslims, the largest minority who make up 14.2% of India’s 1.25-billion population, come out pretty much at the bottom of most socio-economic indices, even a decade after a high-level govt probe into their historical disadvantages led to policy actions. India has the second-largest Muslim population globally, after Indonesia.“There is a high level of destitution and disparity. But (it is) not surprising,” said Amitabh Kundu, a development economist who led a committee to evaluate the policy impact on the community.Talk of Muslim development is often polarising and evokes sharp views in the political sphere. But the landmark 2006 report by the Sachar Committee, which was commissioned in 2005, showed the community faced disadvantages. At that time, less than 5% of Muslims held govt  jobs.  “All these point to discrimination,” Kundu said.Muslim population inside jails is going up too. Of the people lodged in Maharashtra jails in 2013, 31.09% were Muslims. The state average was 19.06%.Policymakers say it is time to revitalise programmes flowing from Sachar recommendations.“We submitted our findings on this. Govt hasn’t rejected it, but hasn’t taken any step to implement it either,” said Kundu, who was tasked by the previous UPA govt  with evaluating the progress of minorities.There are many “versions to it” linked to “occupations, education levels and also social identities expressed in terms of religious and caste affiliation”, said Abusaleh Shariff, exchief economist on the Sachar Committee who now leads the US India Policy Institute. HT
Every 4th beggar in India is a Muslim: Census 2011
Zakir Naik slaps Rs 500-cr defamation case against Times Now editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami
New Delhi: Zakir Naik has filed a Rs 500-crores defamation notice against Times Now editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami for carrying out a ‘media trial’ with the ‘malicious intent’ of defaming him, Firstpost reported. The notice goes on to list the statements that Goswami reportedly made during his weekly night news show ‘The NewsHour’ that broadcasts on the Times Now channel.“My client states that without verifying facts and without having any positive and/or cogent evidence in support, you have recklessly and callously, with deliberate and malicious intention made and published on the television the aforesaid false, defamatory and damaging remarks against my client, which have severely harmed my client’s impeccable reputation,” notice read.Goswami has been asked to ‘furnish in writing’ the evidence with which he made his statements, withdraw his remarks, tender an unconditional apology and finally pay a sum of Rs 500 crores for causing Naik ‘mental trauma and agony.’ indianexpress
Arnab Goswami in the dock; Barkha lashes out, Zakir sues
Zakir Naik slaps Arnab Goswami with Rs 500-crore defamation notice for running ‘hate campaign’
Zakir Naik files Rs 500-crore defamation case against Arnab Goswami, sues him for 'media trial'
Maharashtra ATS submits report on Zakir Naik, Kochi case, hints at indirect link of IRF with ISIS: indiatoday
Mumbai:Maharashtra ATS today submitted a report to the Mumbai Police in the Zakir Naik case. Mumbai Police is likely to file a detailed report on the controversial Islamic preacher by this weekend.CM  Devendra Fadnavis had ordered an inquiry against Naik after it emerged that his sermons were followed by Dhaka attackers.Mumbai Police however said that they were ready with the report four days ago but it got delayed because of the fresh arrests made by Kochi Police. Maharashtra ATS sources said the Kochi case indicates an indirect link of IRF with ISIS since the arrested accused, Arshid, was working for IRF as a guest relations manager. Maharashtra ATS plans to do random questioning to scrutinise the affidavits of 800 people (recovered from Rizwan Khan's place) who converted to Islam with Rizwan Khan's help.
 ATROCITIES ON DALITS & COW VIGILANTISM
'Concerned Over Reports Of Rising Intolerance': US On Cow Slaughter Row
Washington: Expressing concern over reports of "rising intolerance and violence" in India, the US has asked the Indian govt to do "everything in its power" to protect citizens and to bring to justice the perpetrators. Responding to questions on reports of alleged violence against people eating beef and assault on two Muslim women carrying buffalo meat in Madhya Pradesh, State Department Spokesman John Kirby said, "We stand in solidarity with the people and Govt of India in supporting exercise of freedom of religion and expression and in confronting all forms of intolerance.""We're obviously concerned by reports of rising intolerance and violence...As we do in countries facing such problems around the world, we urge the govt to do everything in its power to protect citizens and to hold the perpetrators accountable," he said.Kirby said the US looks forward to continuing to work with the Indian people to realise their tolerant-inclusive vision, which is so deeply in the interests of both India and the US.PTI
Citizens must be protected amid ‘rising intolerance’: US to Indian govt
‘Gau Rakshaks’ strike again? Fresh video from Rajasthan surfaces
New Delhi: Amid a rising debate and protests over incidents of violence against minorities including Muslims and Dalits from various parts of the country, a new video has surfaced on social media which shows four-five self-acclaimed ‘Gau Rakshaks’ mercilessly beating a man for allegedly carrying cow meat. The video, uploaded by one Pratik Sinha on Facebook, shows a group of men beating up another man in the middle of what looks like a highway road. Shouts of ‘will you kill my mother (cow)’ in local dialect can also be heard in the background. On the other hand, the man who is being targeted can be heard continuously asking for ‘forgiveness’ from perpetrators. Indian Express, however, could not independently verify the authenticity of the video. Also, the exact location where this incident took place and the identity of all the individuals involved is unclear. However, continuous reference to cow as ‘mother’ and the fact that the man was caught for carrying a ‘large quantity of suspicious meat on his bike’ makes it clear that the case is that of cow vigilantism. indianexpress
Himachal HC: Ban cow slaughter, beef sale in 6 months
Shimla:Himachal Pradesh High Court on Friday passed fresh orders asking the Centre to ban cow slaughter in the country, besides imposing prohibitions on import and export of cow/calf (for slaughtering) and sale of beef and beef products in the next 6 months.The court rejected the plea of the Centre that since the subject falls under entry number 15 of the state list, it’s up to the state govt s to take a call on the issue. In an order, a division bench comprising Justices Rajiv Sharma and Sureshwar Thakur said that it had already passed a similar order on Oct.14, 2015, directing the Govt of India to enact a law prohibiting slaughtering of the cow/calf, besides banning import or export of the cow/calf (for slaughtering), selling of beef or beef products within three months. indianexpress
After Una atrocity, Dalits protest and refuse to dispose of carcasses in Gujarat
Ahmedabad:Continuing to protest against the atrocities being inflicted on them by cow vigilante groups and upper castes, Dalits in several districts of Gujarat are refusing to dispose of dead animals. A group of Dalits were mercilessly flogged recently for skinning a dead cow in a village near Una in Saurashtra. Outfits such as the Dalit Manav Adhikar Movement fighting for the rights of the community have exhorted their members to stay away from skinning and disposing of dead animals, which is their traditional occupation.In Surendranagar district, civic body had to bury over 80 dead animals because the Dalits have refused to dispose them citing threat from local cow vigilante groups, who have been targeting Muslims and Dalits on the issue of cow slaughter and consumption of beef.“The Dalit community, which usually skins the dead animals and then disposes of the carcasses, has been on a strike in the district for one week, so we told the municipal staff to dispose of the dead animals. Some other communities who rear cattle are helping us,” said Collector Udit Agarwal.thehindu
MP:NSA invoked against 2 Muslims held for ‘carrying beef’
Bhopal: 2 Muslim men held last week in Jaora town of MP’s Ratlam district on suspicion of carrying beef have been detained under NSA that allows preventive detention up to a year.More than two quintals of meat was recovered from Sadam Ayub, 26, and Jafar Ruaab, 30, who were carrying it in an autorickshaw to Khachrod on July 22. Police had booked them under the Cow Slaughter Act and sought the District Collector’s permission to invoke the NSA. indianexpress
In state after state, cow protection vigilantes pick on Dalits, Muslims
New Delhi: Increasing cow vigilantism in India has a few common threads: rise in crimes against Dalits, fall in conviction rate, assaulters belong mostly to politically-linked influential Hindu upper castes and the victims are mostly Dalits or poor Muslims with no political voice.Dalits and Muslims in the past year have faced the ire of emboldened cow vigilante groups under the aegis of right-wing Hindu groups: Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal. Attack have been reported from Daltonganj in Jharkhand to Una in Gujarat to Mandsaur in Madhya Pradesh to Sonepat on Delhi-Haryana border to Chittorgarh in Rajasthan. hindustantimesAFP
BJP cancels Amit Shah’s visit to Agra amid protests by Dalit groups
Lucknow: In the wake of Dalit protests against the BJP, the party on Friday cancelled a visit by its chief Amit Shah to Agra, scheduled for July 31.Shah was supposed to participate in a rally by Buddhist monk and former MP Dhamma Viriyo, who has been leading the Dhamma Chetna Yatra in Dalit-OBC pockets of UP  to gather support for PM  Narendra Modi. But Dalit groups and BSP workers have protested against the BJP’s association with the yatra, and BJP sources said this was the reason Shah’s visit was called off.Officially, BJP state spokesperson Chandra Mohan said Shah’s visit had been cancelled because the venue of the rally had to be shifted from a sprawling ground at Kothi Meena Bazar to an indoor hall at Saraswati Shishu Mandir due to the rain. He said BJP national general secretary Arun Singh and party state president Keshav Prasad Maurya will attend the Agra rally and also address a meeting at Saraswati Shishu Mandir. indianexpress
Dalit woman forced to drink urine in Bihar
Darbhanga: A Dalit woman was allegedly beaten up and forced to drink her urine by four men after branding her as a "witch" at Pipra village in Bihar's Darbhanga district, police said today.  Four persons beat up a Dalit woman and subsequently forced her to drink her urine on Thursday for allegedly practising witchcraft, SDPO Anjani Kumar said.The woman left the village after the incident, the SDPO said, adding that she lodged an FIR yesterday. The incident occurred after some children of the village fell ill and some locals believed that it might be the result of witchcraft allegedly practised by woman, he said.PTI
Congress leads walkout from Lok Sabha on issue of thrashing of Muslim women in MP
New Delhi: Many opposition parties led by Congress on Friday were up in arms in Lok Sabha over the recent incident of thrashing of two Muslim women in Madhya Pradesh by cow vigilantes and over increasing atrocities against Dalits. These parties also staged a walk-out after disapproving the response from the union home minister. Raising the issue, Congress' Mallikarjun Kharge said, "In Mandsaur district of Madhya Pradesh, two Muslim women have been beaten up for allegedly taking beef with them by the Gau Rakshak Dal, and that too in the presence of police. Later the meat was found to be that of buffalo". He alleged the tactical support of the Madhya Pradesh govt  to the vigilantes. economictimes
Opposition turns up heat over attacks on Dalits, Muslims
Hindu religion in danger because of its 'protectors': BJP MP Udit Raj
New Delhi: Close on the heels of "rumours" of some Dalit families planning to embrace Islam after they were allegedly denied entry into a Tamil Nadu temple, BJP MP Udit Raj claimed Hindu religion is in "danger" not because of conversion but because of its "so-called protectors".Dalit leader raised apprehensions over "survival of Hindu religion" in the country, and said it's "in danger" not because of conversion of Dalits into other religions but because of its "so-called protectors".PTI
Gujarat: Dalit, Muslim vendors accuse cops of atrocities
Ahmedabad: As many as 15 fruit and vegetable vendors, of the dalit and Muslim communities, on Thursday alleged that they were confined and beaten by policemen of the surveillance squad of Gaekwad Haveli police station, for encroaching on a footpath. Following this, city-based lawyer and activist Shamshad Pathan approached Gaekwad Haveli police station, but the charge was denied. "The surveillance squad cops have been picking up these vegetable and fruit vendors from Jamalpur area since Monday, alleging that they have encroached upon the footpath and are blocking traffic," Pathan alleged. "According to the victims, 2 constables, Surendrasinh and Sanjaysinh, had tied them to a tree and brutally beat them. When we approached the police station, Gaekwad Haveli police inspector VM Selar refused to lodge an FIR and just assured us that such an incident would not happen against us," added Pathan. timesofindia
Dalit Couple Hacked to Death in UP  for Rs 15!
New Delhi;An ax-wielding shopkeeper hacked a couple to death in northern India Thursday after they failed to pay a debt of 22 US cents, police said.The middle-aged couple from the lowest Dalit caste in UP  state were on their way to work early Thursday when the grocery store owner asked them to pay their 15-rupee (22-cent) debt.“The shopkeeper demanded money but they pleaded to be able to pay it later. He became enraged and attacked them with an axe,” Arun Kumar, the investigating officer in Mainpuri district, told AFP. AFP
Dalit agitation may not harm BJP in poll-bound Gujarat. But Punjab and UP are another story: Shoaib Daniyal
KASHMIR ISSUE 
Kashmir Valley protesters clash with forces amid curfew
Srinagar: While the J&K  govt  foiled the separatists’ planned march to the historical Jamia Masjid in Srinagar’s old city by imposing curfew in several towns on Friday, people took out protests across the Valley to oppose the death of civilians in clashes with security forces in the aftermath of the killing of Burhan Wani.A protest was held even outside the United Nations Military Observer Group’s office here.More than 130 people, including 46 security forces personnel, were injured in stone-pelting at around 70 places in the Valley.Senior separatist leaders Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq were arrested outside their homes soon after they stepped out and started marching towards Jamia Masjid in the afternoon. At Gushi, on the outskirts of Kupwara town, three teenage boys — identified as Irshad Ahmed Bhat, Faisal Nazir and Nazir Ahmad — were injured when security forces opened fire to disperse stone-pelting protesters. 2 more people were injured in Lolab as the police tried to disperse protesters.Indianexpress
Separatist leaders arrested ahead of march to JamiaMasjid
Curfew, restrictions imposed to foil Jamia Masjid 'Chalo'
J&K a political issue, can’t be managed judicially: SC
New Delhi: Observing that the situation in J&K cannot be “managed judicially” as “it is a political issue”, Supreme Court on Friday asked the govt of India to file a status report detailing the “ground realities” prevailing in the state after the killing of Burhan Wani on July 8.A bench headed by Chief Justice TS Thakur, however, did not issue notice on the PIL filed by senior advocate and J&K  National Panthers Party  leader Bhim Singh seeking imposition of Governor’s rule in J&K. kashmirreader
Supreme Court denies call for Governor's rule in strife-torn J&K as curfew continues
The Supreme Court on Friday refused to order Governor’s rule in J&K , but asked Modi govt ’s Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar to file a status report on the ground level situation in the strife-torn state by Monday. J&K  National Panthers Party led by Bhim Singh had filed a petition seeking direction to the Governor to intervene under section 92 of the J&K  constitution which meant a rule by the Governor.The plea was filed after the protests and violence that have taken over the state since the killing of Burhan Wani. dailymail
‘Disastrous’ situation in Kashmir, says India’s leading retina surgeon
Srinagar: India’s leading retina surgeon Dr S Natrajan on Friday described the situation in Kashmir as “disastrous” after performing surgeries on pellet victims at the SMHS Hospital. “The situation is disastrous. This is for the first time that I saw pellet injuries. The eye injuries in Kashmir are unique and more severe than other parts of the world especially in conflict region,” he told reporters here.Dr Natrajan, who headed a three-member team that conducted 46 eye surgeries since July 26 in Kashmir, said all pellet victims had retinal injuries.“Some of the patients will gain eyesight but I don’t want to give false hope. As a suregeon I have passed the exam, now the outcome lies in the hands of God,” said Natrajan. kashmirreader

BSF steps up vigil ahead of Pak Jamaat's Wagah march
Amritsar: Border Security Force (BSF) has made extra security arrangements at Attari and its surrounding villages in the wake of proposed march across the border up to Wagah by Pakistan's Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) on July 31."We are aware of the JI's proposed march towards Wagah, and have accordingly directed officials and troops to be on extra alert," said BSF deputy inspector general R S Kataria on Friday. The famous India-Pakistan Integrated Check Post is set up at Wagah (Paksitan) and Attari (India) where troops of BSF and Pakistan Rangers hold the daily flag-lowering ceremony. According to Pakistani media reports, JI chief Sirajul Haq has announced to take out a march towards Wagah on July 31 to express solidarity towards Kashmiri separatists who have been holding violent protests in the valley ever since killing of Burhan Wani by the Indian security forces. DIG Kataria said they had deployed a quick reaction team at border in case the situation develops unexpectedly. timesofindia
Protests in Pondicherry against Kashmir killings
Srinagar:TMMK, a party in Pondicherry held a protest demonstration against the civilian killings in Kashmir.A spokesman of TMMK in statement here said that a protest was held at Muthilalpet in Pondicherry town. “Hundreds of protesters participated in the demonstration. They were demanding immediate end to brutal killings and investigation into the human rights violations by the forces,” he added.  They were also demanding that law and order must be restored immediately by stopping use of pellet guns, revocation of AFSPA, and demilitarisation of entire Kashmir. greaterkashmir
Phagwara clash: Panel wants Sena workers arrested
Phagwara: Representatives of Muslim, Sikh and Dalit organizations who had confronted Shiv Sena members when they attacked a mosque in Phagwara on July 22 announced the formartion of an 11-member coordination committee to pressure the administration to arrest the accused. In a press conference on Friday, committee announced that if Sena leaders booked by the police were not arrested by August 4, they would announce further course of action the next day. The committee said withdrawing and downscaling security given to some Shiva Sena leaders was not enough. timesofindia
Kashmir: 2 soldiers, 2 militants killed near LoC
Srinagar:2 soldiers and 2 militants were killed near the Line of Control in North Kashmir’s Nowgam sector. The militants were trying to infiltrate into the Valley.Officials said that army engaged a group of infiltrators near Nowgam sector on the LoC in Kupwara district. In the encounter, two army men and two militants were killed. Army said the operation is still under way.On Wednesday, Army had claimed to have killed four foreign militants in the same sector and also arrested one militant. The Pakistani militant after initial interrogation was handed over to NIA and is being interrogated at New Delhi.

OTHERS
Gone Girls: 31 Assamese Minors Trafficked to Inculcate ‘Hindu Values’ in Them, Media Reports Claim
New Delhi: As many as 31 tribal girls from Assam were trafficked to Gujarat and Punjab by Sewa Bharati, a social service organization affiliated to the RSS in June last year to “initiate them into Hinduism”, according to reports simultaneously published by Outlook magazine and the investigative news site Cobrapost on Friday.The reports — investigated separately by the news organisations for about three months, say that the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit of the Crime Branch, Delhi Police, along with some other agencies, swooped down upon the the girls along with their local handlers — one Korobi Basumatary and Sandhya Tikde associated with Sewa Bharati – as soon as they stepped out of the Poorvottar Sampark Kranti Express around 7.40 pm. on June 11, 2015, at the New Delhi Railway Station. The Outlook report also names the involvement of yet another RSS outfit, Rashtriya Sevika Samiti, in the case. Thewire
Sangh Parivar organisations resorting to trafficking of girls from Assam: Congress
RSS Trains 300 Opinion Makers to Take on Liberal Left
In the face of a stiff challenge to its ideological re-positioning since NDA's ascension to power two years back, the RSS has begun to train it's own opinion makers to take on the liberal Left. More than 300 bloggers and thinkers seen to be sympathetic to BJPs ideological mentor RSS, will learn the craft of discourse-domination at a convention centre in New Delhi for two days beginning on Saturday. news18
BJP icon SP Mookerjee complicit in raising funds to defend Gandhi's : Catch News
Tension in Deoband after temple vandalised, mosque attacked
Tempers ran high in Deoband on Thursday after a temple in the area was attacked on Wednesday. Police has revealed the suspect belongs to the Muslim community, and is alleged to have vandalised idols of Hindu Gods at the temple, reports The Hindu.The suspect was caught and beaten up by locals before he was handed over to the police.In retaliation, a mosque at a short distance from the temple was attacked late in the night, on Wednesday. A shed of a shop belonging to a local from the minority community was also set on fire, reports The Times of India. As communal tensions deepen, the police, fearing the worst, has deployed full force in the area to ensure that the situation doesn’t get out of hand.However, local politicians have already started milking the issue for their gains. BJP MP Raghav Lakhan Pal has called for a Dadri-style mahapanchayat to be held at the temple on 31 July if the all the accused are not arrested by Sunday. thequint
Deoband tense after temple idols damaged
Kerala Police pick up journalists from court premises, apologise later
Kozhikode: Police officials on Saturday forcibly took away four media persons attached to Asianet TV channel from a magistrate's court here to the Town Police station, in a fresh turn to the already tense relations between the lawyers community and media persons in Kerala.Sub-Inspector of Police P.M. Vimod allegedly manhandled the mediapersons who had entered the court premises to cover the day's important cases.The police official said the Kozhikode district judge had asked the police to remove the media personnel from the court premises.IANS
Delhi court grants bail to AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan
New Delhi: With directions “not to create any law and order problem in the area” (his constituency), a Delhi court granted bail to Amanatullah Khan — AAP’s Okhla MLA — in a case of allegedly threatening a woman with rape and murder.According to the complaint, MLA had threatened the woman when she visited his residence with a complaint about power cuts in the area where she lived.Additional Sessions Judge RK Tripathi granted him bail on furnishing a personal bond of Rs. 50,000 with one surety of a like amount. thehindu
‘Bail proves cops framing AAP MLAs’
Arrest me in 6 months, or I will arrest you after that: Kejriwal tells Majithia
Peepli Live co-director Mahmood Farooqui convicted for raping American scholar
New Delhi:Peepli Live co-director Mahmood Farooqui was convicted by a special fast-track court on Saturday for raping a 35-year-old American woman in 2015. The court will decide on the quantum of sentence on August 2 after hearing arguments from both sides.indianexpress
Sushma steps in to help 800 'starving' Indians in Jeddah
New Delhi: Nearly 800 Indian workers are reportedly starving for the last 3 days in the Saudi city of Jeddah after losing their jobs and Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh is travelling to the Gulf nation to sort out the issue. Sushma Swaraj said the Indian Embassy in Saudi Arabia has been directed to serve food to them and that she was monitoring the situation on an hourly basis.Her response came following a tweet by a man who said around 800 Indians are starving for the last three days in Jeddah and sought her intervention.PTI
Floods ravage eastern India, 52 killed
SC refuses to shield suspended IAS Sharma from arrest
MEDIA ON TERROR CASES
No nexus between Islamic state, Naxalites groups: govt
New Delhi: Govt  doesn't have any specific input that suggest nexus between slamic State and Naxalite groups, Lok Sabha was informed. In a written reply, Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Gangaram Ahir also informed that 54 IS supporters had been arrested so far across the country, before they could carry out any terror attack. However, the influence of IS has been very negligible over Indian youth, he added.UNI
Muslim MLAs spar with Sena MLA for false allegation of 100 missing youths joining ISIS
Mumbai: Maharashtra assembly witnessed sharp criticism from Muslim MLAs over the baseless statement of Shiv Sena MLA Rahul Patil in assembly that 100 Muslim youths have gone missing from Marathwada region and that state govt  should probe if they have joined ISIS in Syria. Same statement was also reiterated by one more sena MLA Subhash Sambe. Muslim MLAs reacted sharply to this allegation and asked Patil to produce any evidence to substantiate his claim or it would be his attempt to spread fear among Muslims.Waris Pathan, AIMIM MLA from Mumbai,strongly denounced Patil’s allegation and said, "Sena is making wild allegations to create fear psychosis among majority community ahead of next year's BMC elections for its vote bank politics”. twocircles
Death sentence to 2005 Shramjeevi Express blast convict
Lucknow: A court in UP 's Jaunpur on Saturday sentenced to death a Bangladeshi convicted in the July 2005 Shramjeevi Express blast which had left 12 passengers dead.Additional Sessions Judge Budhiram Yadav, who had convicted Mohammad Alamgir aka Ronny on Friday, pronounced the sentence amid high security. Other accused, Ubaid-ur-Rehman, will be sentenced on August 2. IANS
Bhatkal-based accomplice of IM chiefs arranged recruits, funds for caliphate prior to birth of IS: TOI report
Samjhauta blast case: 3 more witnesses turn hostile
WORLD
OIC condemns Turkey's failed coup
Ankara: Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) condemned the coup attempt in a statement Saturday. OIC’s Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission condemned the foiled coup, which tried to overthrow the democratically elected govt  of the Republic of Turkey."While reaffirming its unwavering support to the principles of democracy, freedom, respect for human rights and rule of law at all costs and at any time, IPHRC calls for immediate restoration of public order and unity across all sections of society to respect the will of people, safeguard basic human rights and counter threats of obscurantism and terrorism."The Commission is confident that the Govt of Turkey, in keeping with its known high standards of human rights, will take all measures necessary to ensure that the country returns to normalcy and the public order is restored in the shortest possible time," it said.Anadolu
OIC declares Gulen's party a terrorist organization
Erdogan Slams US Response to Turkey’s Failed Coup
Ankara:Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has slammed the US for its reaction to a failed military coup in Turkey, accusing it of harboring the man behind the plot.Ankara has demanded the US extradite Fethullah Gulen, a cleric living in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania. The president lashed out at an American military official who he said commented on the detention of thousands of military personnel in the wake of the coup.“It’s not up to you to make that decision. Who are you? Know your place…” Erdogan said.“Instead of thanking this nation that quashed the coup in the name of democracy, on the contrary you are taking sides with the coup-plotters,” he said. AP
'You stand by putschists': Erdogan to US general
US general's remarks on Turkey coup bid 'totally wrong'
Erdogan withdraws, forgives all cases of insults to him
Ankara: Calling the foiled coup attempt a milestone for Turkey, President Tayyip Erdogan said Friday the country had not compromised its laws in the coup’s wake, and furthermore made the gesture of withdrawing various court cases filed over insults to the president."As a milestone, I hereby withdraw all the cases filed for insulting me and forgive all the offenders,” he told a Martyrs' Memorial Day ceremony to commemorate victims of the failed coup. Anadolu agency
Turkey: 758 soldiers detained post-foiled coup released
A total of 758 out of 989 soldiers who had been detained on suspicion of being involved in the July 15 coup attempt were released on Saturday.An Istanbul judge decided to release the 758 soldiers, calling their detention unnecessary.Meanwhile, 231 soldiers remain detained. Anadolu agency
US: No update on extradition request of Gulen
 US said Friday there is no update on the review process of Turkey's extradition request for recent failed coup mastermind, Fetullah Gulen, adding it could be a fairly long process.
Turkey's military cleared of Gulen-linked elements: PM
Amid South China Sea tensions, Chinese army training hard under Xi Jinping to win wars
Beijing: Undergoing radical transformation to increase its combat capability amid rising tensions over the disputed South China Sea, President Xi Jinping is pushing China's 2.3 million-strong People's Liberation Army which turns 89 on Sunday to train hard to win wars as it expands its high tech arsenal. PTI
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CIA chief not optimistic Syria will remain one country
The head of the US Central Intelligence Agency has said he is not optimistic about the future of Syria remaining one country. John Brennan's comments are a rare public acknowledgement by a senior US official that Syria may not survive a five-year civil war in its current state. aljazeera
Russian airstrike kills 6 civilians in Aleppo on Saturday
Aleppo: 6 civilians were killed on Saturday when Russian warplanes struck a village in Aleppo province in northern Syria, according to local civil defense sources. Russian jets targeted Abian village in Aleppo’s Atarib district, one of the sources said on condition of anonymity due to fear of reprisal.Scores of people were injured in the attack, which also damaged several homes in the village, the source said. Anadolu
21 civilians killed in Friday's Syria regime, Russian airstrikes
Airstrike in Syria kills 50 civilians on Thursday
Russian warplanes target medical facility in NW Syria
'Families leave' rebel-held parts of Aleppo: aljazeera
What changes lie ahead after al-Nusra's al-Qaeda split?Al Jazeera
Iraq: Popular Mobilisation Forces accused of bombing refugee camps
Iraq claims to kill aide to ISIL leader
Egypt court sentences 13 anti-regime opponents to death
Cairo:An Egyptian court sentenced Saturday 13 anti-regime opponents to death after a retrial for allegedly killing a police officer in 2013. The court referred the 13 defendants to the grand mufti, Egypt’s highest religious authority, to explore the possibility of handing down death sentences against them, a judicial source said on condition of anonymity due to restrictions to speaking to media. The court will confirm the verdict on Sept. 24. Anadolu
France considering to ban foreign funding of mosques
Following recent terror attacks, French govt is considering a ban on foreign financing of mosques in the country, the media reported on Friday.According to Le Monde, PM Manuel Valls said that the prohibition would be for an indefinite period but gave no further details."There needs to be a thorough review to form a new relationship with French Islam," he added. IANS
Muslim woman in US shares heartwarming moment when a stranger apologized for anti-Muslim sentiments
'You have sacrificed nothing': Dad of slain Muslim soldier rebukes Donald Trump
Washington: Father of a US soldier of Pakistani origin provided one of emotional high points of the Democratic convention in Philadelphia when he repudiated Donald Trump's call to ban Muslims from entering America by citing the sacrifice his son made to defend the country's ideals.TOI
Sisi helped advance peace between Israel,Arab world:Israeli PM
Israeli PM  Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday praised the warm relations with Egypt and President Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi.During an event at the Egyptian ambassador’s residence on the occasion of the 64th anniversary of the 23 July revolution, Netanyahu described the peace treaty between the two countries as “an anchor of stability and security in our region”.“I want to thank President Al-Sisi for his leadership and for his efforts to advance peace between Israel and the Palestinians and in the broader Middle East,” Netanyahu said.
1970 document reveals West Bank settlements built on lie
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