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Will action against Zakir Naik’s foundation mirror the crackdown on SIMI? HT
Mumbai:Is the central government considering action against preacher Zakir Naik and his IRF on the lines of what the NDA government did with the SIMI in 2001?For the last 6 months, the Centre has been monitoring Naik and his activities in India and abroad, and had even asked agencies for a detailed report on his property holdings, finances and foreign funding, according to sources close to the development.In fact, an agency in Maharashtra had prepared a detailed dossier on Naik and submitted it to the Centre earlier this year, the sources said. This is also how the whole process of banning SIMI unfolded.“It was a slow build-up before SIMI was banned. SIMI’s cadres were arrested from various states on allegations of being involved in anti-national activities, and in certain cases some of their cadres were found involved in blasts. The case against SIMI was built up quietly before a ban was imposed,” said a senior IPS officer, who has been tracking terrorism for over 2 decades.The govt could adopt a similar stand against the IRF after the Mumbai police’s latest report, given to the Maharashtra government earlier this week, and once the Kerala police filed its report, said the officer. However, say police officials, there is actually very little legal ground to impose restrictions on him with the evidence at hand. One way to do so would be to prove that the IRF had links to terrorist activities, which is what happened with SIMI in 2001. A first step in this direction could be FIR filed at the Palarivattom police station in Kochi, Kerala, on the complaint of a man who said his son had been misguided into going to Syria to join the IS by a person, Arshi Qureshi, who was connected to the IRF. He has since been arrested and the Kerala police is documenting various FIRs filed at Thiruvananthapuram, Kasaragod and some other places that may point fingers at the IRF.HT
Mumbai cops to go to Kerala for custody of 2 held by ATS: asianage
Mumbai: A team of Mumbai crime branch officials will soon leave for Kerala to take custody of the two accused who have been arrested by the Kerala Anti-Terrorism Squad for instigating people to join ISIS.Meanwhile crime branch officials who are working on the case of Ashfaque Kadar Khan, who has joined the ISIS after leaving India, said his father Abdul Majeed Kadar Khan recently registered a police complaint against four accused in the Nagpada police station. asianage
Subramanian Swamy targets NDTV, writes to PM for action against channel, senior journalists
BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP, Subramanian Swamy, has now trained his guns at the NDTV and high-profile people attached to the channel.In a letter written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Swamy sought a probe by the CBI against the NDTV. Swamy also asked for a separate probe by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) into the allegations of money laundering.Swamy retweeted the copy of his letter from his social media handle on the microblogging site.In his three-page letter, Swamy demanded that the CBI and ED should question NDTV Network PLC’s (NNPLC) and its key shareholders including Prannoy Roy and his wife Radhika Roy, Barkha Dutt, Vikram Chandra and Sonia Singh.He wrote, “TV channel’s top people should be therefore questioned initially by the CBI to find on whose behest the money came to them in Aircel-Maxis deal, which deal was prima facie was illegally approved by ex-Finance Minister P Chidambaram.”Swamy alleged that the ED had investigated the channel for FEMA violations and even ‘slapped fine of Rs 2030 crore’ adding that the RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan had tried to save the NDTV by allowing it to pay a ‘meagre fine.’JantakaReporter
The Lies Of Subramanian Swamy: NDTV
Swamy seeks CBI-ED probe against NDTV and Prannoy Roy, Barkha Dutt, Vikram Chandra and Sonia Singh
Protest against inclusion of Ahmediyyas in Muslim census
Hyderabad: Majlis Tahaffuze Khatme Nabuwat (MTKN), a body of prominent religious scholars, slammed the Centre for treating the Ahmadiyyas, also known as Qadiyanis, as a part of the Muslim community in the Census 2011. The MTKN contends that the Ahmediya community cannot be considered a part of mainstream Islam and maintained that it follows a different religion. According to a press release issued by the organisation, there is consensus among Islamic scholars from all major sects across the world that the Ahmediyyas are not a part of Islam. It also claimed that it was in 1974 that the Muslim World League in its international conference in Mecca had declared that the group is not a be a part of Islam. According to Maulana Ansarullah Qasmi from the MTKN, the Ahmediyya community believes that its founder Mirza Ghulam Ahmad was the second manifestation of Prophet Muhammad. This, he said, is against the fundamental beliefs of Islam. This concept is against the basic beliefs of Islam that Prophet Muhammad is the last of all prophets. Further it is also wrong to say that there are avatars of prophets," he said.Maulana Qasmi said that the MTKN had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2015 "informing" him of the issue, that the Ahmediyya community should not be considered a part of Islam.The Muslim panel of scholars which includes All India Muslim Personal Law Board member Maulana Khalid Saifullah Rahmani and Mufti Mohammed Abdul Mughni, among others, demanded that the Centre treat the Ahmadiyya community as a separate religious group. "We demand that action be taken at the earliest," Maulana Qasmi said.MIM head Asaduddin Owaisi too expressed his displeasure at the Centre treating the community as Muslim. Timesofindia
India saw religiously motivated killings in 2015 despite Modi's assurance: US State Dept. report
Washington: In 2015, India witnessed religiously motivated killings, assaults, coerced religious conversions, riots and actions restricting the right of individuals to change religious beliefs, a US State Department report on religious freedom said on Wednesday."Minority religious groups expressed concerns about government discrimination and suggestions by government officials that Hinduism should be taught in public schools. Government officials at the federal, state, and local level made discriminatory statements against members of religious minority groups," the annual State Department report on International Religious Freedom for the year 2015 said. "Members of minority groups who were victims of religiously motivated violence or other animus complained of police inaction regarding such incidents," it said, adding that attackers frequently acted with impunity, and, according to some victims, police resisted filing criminal complaints and in several instances threatened to falsely incriminate the victims.State Department said religious groups expressed concern about statements by certain government officials suggesting Hinduism should be taught in schools.This is the first time that the State Department has commented on the status of religious freedom in India with a full year under the Modi government.PTI
Protesting against cow vigilantism, Muslim outfit demands complete ban on beef export
New Delhi: Protesting against the continuous attack on Dalits and Muslims by cow vigilantes in different parts of the country, an eminent Muslim organisation on Thursday demanded the central government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to impose a complete ban on beef export. Ittehad-e-Millat Council (IMC), headed by renowned Islamic scholar Maulana Tauqeer Raza Khan, made the demand at a public meeting here at the Constitution Club. Besides Raza Khan, eminent personalities who are going to address the program include Congress leader Digvijay Singh, Congress UP chief Raj Babbar, JDU leader KC Tyagi, social activist Swami Agnivesh, JNU students union president Kanhaiya Kumar, Mufti Mukarram Ahmad, Shahi Imam, Majid Fatehpuri, Muslim Majlise Mushawarat president Navaid Hamid, Dr Zafarul Islam Khan, Editor, The Milli Gazette and Dalit leader Bhai Tej Singh. Addressing the gathering, Navaid Hamid, President, All India Muslim Majlise Mushawarat said this convention will decide the future of democracy. He challenged PM Modi to ban meat export. Dr Zafarul Islam Khan also criticized PM Modi over the rise in attacks by cow vigilantes. He also mentioned names of some Hindus who are top beef exporters in the country. Dr Khan said the word ‘beef’ is being misused. IndiaTomorrow
Denied Access To Crematorium, Dalit Woman's Last Rites Held In Front Of House
A Dalit family was not allowed to perform the last rites of a woman in the local cremation ground, following which they were forced to hold them in front of their own house in Madhya Pradesh. Sangeeta, 28, was staying with her husband, Bablu Mahaur, in Gujarat when she passed away on the intervening night of 8 and 9 August. Bablu brought the body to his ancestral town, Parashar Ki Garhi, in Morena district, on Tuesday. However, the locally dominant castes did not allow him to perform last rites in the cremation ground.Bablu and his father's requests fell on deaf years. "We requested everybody but no one relented. Finally, we decided to perform last rites in front of our own house", Bablu's father Puran Mahaur told the media."Sometimes in such situation, last rites are performed in a field. We don't own land and hence we requested others for it too, but we were turned away," he added.
Cow smuggler Santosh Pandey kills police officer in UP, later arrested: report
Police in Uttar Pradesh have arrested the cow smuggler Santosh Pandey and his associate after they ran over an ACP rank officer, Trilok Tiwari, with their truck on 5 August.Speaking to reporters, Jaunpur SP, Atul Saxena, said that Pandey and his associate had killed the ACP Tiwari on 5 August after he tried to stop their truck smuggling cattle near Badlapur check-post.Saxena said, “Pandey was smuggling cows and bulls in his truck. When he saw police personnel attempting to stop his vehicle, he ran over ACP Tiwari. Our officer sustained a serious injury, leading to his death on way to hospital. We formed a special task force to arrest the culprits and after three days of efforts, we managed to catch them. The arrested driver and his associate have confessed to smuggling of cows and murder of our officer.” Astonishingly, Bajrang Dal, has desperately tried to make light of the arrest of two Hindus’ arrest in smuggling of cows and the subsequent murder. Janta ka reporter
Gujarat: Gandhians, Sarvodaya activists sit on day-long fast to express solidarity with Una Dalit victims
Ahmedabad: Over two dozen Gandhian and Sarvodaya leaders, as also human rights activists, sat on a day-long fast from 8 am to 5 pm at the Imam Manzil, in front of the Gandhi Ashram on Thursday to express solidarity with the Dalit victims of Una. The fast was observed to try to bridge the gap between Dalits and non-Dalits that is widening as a result of Una flogging incident. Activists initially wanted to sit within the premises of the Ashram itself. However, they were refused permission by Ashram trustee Amrutbhai Modi. “I did not allow holding of the fast within the ashram premises because it could have provoked a controversy. We don’t want ashram to be dragged into any dispute,” replied Modi when asked about the reason for denying permission. indianexpress
Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind’s 33rd mega gathering in Ajmer to focus on Dalit-Muslim unity
New Delhi: In order to address concerns over the current communal condition of the country in which weaker sections are being targeted and attempts have been made to corner them, Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind has decided to primarily focus on the need of Dalit-Muslim unity during its 33rd general session.The 33rd general session – a mega gathering- is going to be held in Ajmer, Rajasthan on November 11, 12 & 13, 2016. Several renowned social activists, political leaders and intellectuals are expected to remain present during the three day program.TCN
Life of the bovine: Delhi has no time for the ‘holy’ cow dying in shelters
Delhi: Cows are dying by the thousands in Delhi’s cow shelters, even as protection groups and political parties squabble over saving the ‘holy’ animal.Data collated by the municipal corporations in Delhi and government cow shelters is startling.  South Delhi Municipal Corporation sent 3,398 cattle to shelters in 2015-16 and 3,685 died during the same period. In 2014-15, 2,974 cattle were sent and 2,143 died.East Delhi Municipal Corporation shared similar figures. Between August and October 2015, 190 cattle were sent to shelters. Of these, 120 died.The North Delhi Municipal Corporation did not share any data.Managers of these shelters say most cows and bulls that come to them are either ill or are injured in accidents. hindustantimes
UP youth caught for theft is killed when he says he’s Dalit
Lucknow:A 22-year-old Dalit man was on Tuesday beaten to death, allegedly by a shopkeeper and his associates who accused him of stealing wrist watches from a stall at a fair in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri district.According to the FIR, after they caught hold of the victim, Avaneesh, the accused asked him his caste. When he told them he is Dalit, the men allegedly beat him and hit him on the head with a stick.Avaneesh’s neighbour and the complainant, 14-year-old Prasoon, sustained injuries trying to save him.On Wednesday, police arrested shopkeepers Pushpendra Singh and Sanjeev Verma in connection with the case. The watches were allegedly stolen from Singh’s shop.The two will be produced before the court on Thursday. Police are looking for two other men who also allegedly beat up Avaneesh.indian express
Bajrang Dal like a terror outfit, must be banned: Karnataka Congress chief
Karnataka's newly appointed working president of the Congress party, Dinesh Gundu Rao, 46, wants a ban on the Bajrang Dal for its cow vigilantism and cultural policing in the state and elsewhere. He is writing a letter to chief minister Siddaramaiah likening the Bajrang Dal to a terror organisation and challenges Prime Minister Narendra Modi to walk the talk over action against such elements in an exclusive interview with ET. He said, " Bajrang Dal historically has involved itself in activities that disturb people, creates fear among them. They rush into situations and take advantage, assault people in the name of culture and in the name of Hinduism, Hindutva. These anti-social elements use the name of Bajrang Dal for extortion, blackmail, they threaten people using slogans like Gau Raksha. They run an extortion racket in many places. They must be banned." economic times
Welfare Party of India asks PM Modi to explain stand on attacks against Muslims
New Delhi: Terming Prime Minister Modi’s statement “to shoot him instead of Dalit brothers” as selective and divisive in nature, the Welfare party of India has asked him to clarify stand on cow vigilantes’ attacks against Muslims.After maintaining a long silence over the Dalits’ thrashing by cow vigilantes at various places in India, Prime Minister Modi on Sunday called such ‘gau rakshaks’ (cow protectionists) as anti-socials and told them to shoot him but not Dalits.Reacting to this statement of him, WPI said it lacked sincerity and seriousness. It also said his words are too little as well as selective and divisive. Twocircles
J-K cabinet ministers go silent as CM Mufti faces criticism over killings of civilians
Srinagar: The most vocal ministers in J&K cabinet Education Minister, Nayeem Akthar, Finance Minister, Haseeb Drabu, Revenue Minister, Bashaarat Bukhari and Roads and Buildings Minister, Abdul Rehman Veri have gone into hibernation at a time when J&K chief minister, Mehbooba Mufti and the PDP faces sharp criticism over killings of more than 55 civilians.A Majority of PDP ministers and legislators have social media profiles and until the present crisis, were active on Facebook and Twitter to share views and personnel achievements on different occasions. But these ministers, legislators and top party leaders have gone silent. Even the party’s chief spokesman, Mehboob Beg, a former parliament member who hails from south Kashmir has gone into silent mode.Instead of these powerful politicians, the job of defending the government and the chief minister has fallen on three former scribes who joined the government a few months ago as media consultant and media analysts. Indianexpress
Ceasefire in the Valley:Pervez Majeed
India must acknowledge it has committed perfidies of mistrust and betrayal with Kashmiris: Badri Raina
Arunanchal: Day after Kalikho Pul’s death, data services suspended over fear of violence
Guwahati: As the body of ex-Arunachal Pradesh CM Kalikho Pul was flown to his hometown Hayuliang in Anjaw district for last rites, the state government Wednesday suspended SMS, WhatsApp and other mobile data services in view of some inflammatory messages being circulated in Itanagar. Pul, 47, was found hanging from a ceiling fan in the CM’s official bungalow Tuesday.A magistrate conducting an inquest into the alleged suicide seized four booklets typewritten in Hindi — titled “Merey Vichar” — from the room where the body was found. On Wednesday, an order issued by the state home department in Itanagar said, “(Intelligence) inputs indicate there is every possibility of electronic communication tools like SMS and mobile data services being used for furtherance of the objective of spreading communal messages leading to communal violence. There are also specific inputs of an already circulating message which has the possibility of causing communal tension…the use of such media may cause difficulty in curbing and controlling the dissemination of communal tension/violence leading to deterioration of law and order situation and public order in the capital complex.” indian express
Delhi HC blast: Court upholds 3 yr remand for minor
New Delhi : A Delhi court on Wednesday upheld a Juvenile Justice Board order sentencing a minor involved in the 2011 Delhi High Court blast to three years' in a special home.Additional Sessions Judge Rakesh Pandit upheld the Juvenile Justice Board order delivered on July 9, 2014. At least 15 people were killed and 79 injured on September 7, 2011, in the explosion outside Gate Number 5 of the court complex here.The sessions court found the juvenile guilty of offences under Section 120-B (criminal conspiracy) read with Sections 121 (waging war against the country), 121 A (conspiracy to commit waging war), 122 (collecting arms for waging war), 123 (concealing with intent to facilitate design to wage war), 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 325 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt), 436 (mischief by explosive substance), and 440 (mischief committed for causing death) of the Indian Penal Code and under various section of the Explosive Substances Act.But the court acquitted him of the charges dealing with UAP.(NIA has claimed that the minor was responsible for sending an email to media houses claiming responsibility for the blast and also threatening to cause more bomb blasts at other courts, if Afzal Guru (prime accused in the 2001 Parliament House attack) was hanged.IANS
BJP MLA being probed over Bihar communal tension
Patna: Bihar Police have launched a probe into the alleged involvement of a BJP MLA over the communal tension in Saran district, a police official on Thursday said. Saran Superintendent of Police Pankaj Kumar Raj told IANS that a probe was underway into the role of Bharatiya Janata Party legislator CN Gupta.“We are investigating into Gupta’s role. Action against him would be initiated or taken only after investivation completed,” he said. On Tuesday, video clips emerged and were telecast by local Hindi news channels showing Gupta leading a mob of people, armed with traditional weapons in Chapra district headquarters of Saran during a shutdown called by the VHP and Bajrang Dal and despite the district administration issuing orders prohibiting any public gathering to maintain law and order.“Instead of appealing to people to maintain communal harmony and peace, Gupta was leading a march of VHP and Bajrang Dal supporters in Chapra, in full view of district administration, that resulted in violence. Shops and houses of minority community members were attacked,” Congress legislator Shakil Ahmad Khan said.IANS
Assam: Sec 144 CrPC imposed in Karimganj
Badarpur:Karimganj district administration has imposed Section 144 CrPC in the district, following an incident of ‘communal violence’ between two groups on Sunday evening at the Karimganj District Library Auditorium Hall, where the ‘World Friendship Day’ cultural functions were going on District administration sources informed this correspondent that the situation is now fully under control. CRPF and other security forces have been deployed in Karimganj town. assamtribune
Told to deposit Rs 51,000 for RSS event in Agra, say private colleges
Agra:A controversy has erupted over a 4-day programme of RSS in Agra where the outfit’s chief Mohan Bhagwat would interact with over 2,000 teachers and professors of universities and colleges in Agra, Bareilly and Aligarh divisions between August 20 and 24.The controversy erupted after managers of private degree colleges, under the banner of Self Financed College Association of Agra (SFCAA), accused affiliated to Dr Bheem Rao Ambedkar University (DBRAU) chief proctor Manoj Srivastava of forcing them to deposit Rs 51,000 each for the RSS event. Srivastava is in-charge of the ‘Vishwavidhyalayi Evam Mahavidhyalayi Shaikshik Sammelan’. There are 250 colleges of Agra and Aligarh divisions associated with the SFCAA. The general secretary of the association, Ashutosh Pachauri, told Indian Express that he had sought an appointment to meet the vice-chancellor of DBRAU to lodge a complaint, but was yet to be granted time. He said the association members would be meeting district magistrate of Agra on Thursday and would also send a copy of their complaint to UP Chief Secretary.indianexpress
WORLD
Erdogan says US must choose: ‘FETO or Turkey’
Ankara (AA) – President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday gave the US an ultimatum following Ankara’s repeated requests for the extradition of US-based preacher Fetullah Gulen, accused of orchestrating the July 15 defeated coup.“Sooner or later the U.S will make a choice. Either Turkey or FETO,” Erdogan said.“Either the coup-plotting terrorist FETO or the democratic country Turkey. It has to make this choice,” he said, referring to the Gulen-led Fetullah Terrorist Organization that Ankara says mounted the bloody coup attempt through rogue elements within the military.The president’s remarks came as he addressed a mass crowd in front of the Presidential Palace in the capital – one location attacked on the night of the coup attempt.
Coup plotters wanted former air force commander as president, claim Turkish officials
The leaders of July’s failed coup attempt in Turkey planned to appoint former Air Force Commander General Akin Ozturk as president, sources within the public prosecutor’s office have revealed.The prosecutor apparently reached this conclusion during the course of the investigation into the coup, Hurriyet newspaper reported on Wednesday.Ozturk was arrested on 16 July at Ekinci Air Base near Ankara on suspicion of having links to the attempted military takeover. Although the authorities accuse the senior member of the Supreme Military Council of planning the coup, Ozturk denies the charges.

Civilians, police officers killed in Turkey blasts
8 people, including police officers, were killed and several others wounded in two separate bomb attacks in southeastern Turkey.At least 3 people, including one police officer, were killed and 30 others wounded, including 5 police officers, when a handmade explosive was detonated by the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) as a police vehicle was passing in the Kiziltepe district of the southeastern Mardin province on Wednesday, according to Transport Minister Ahmet Arslan.
Assad regime ‘has destroyed 57% of hospitals under opposition control’
Forces loyal to the Syrian regime of Bashar Al-Assad have destroyed 57 per cent of the hospitals in parts of the country controlled by opposition groups, the health minister in the temporary Syrian government has revealed. “There is a heavy burden on the ministry to rebuild the hospitals and secure enough much-needed medicine and medical equipment in order to be ready for future emergencies,” Firas Al-Jundi told Anadolu.Opposition-controlled areas suffer from severe shortages of medical resources, staff and specialists, he pointed out. Medical staff work day and night, while some departments are not working at all.Al-Jundi named a number of the hospitals targeted by the regime recently, such as the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Idlib, Al-Atareb Hospital near Aleppo, Al-Bayan Hospital and Al-Hikma Hospital, among others.
Syria's civil war: Suspected chemical attack in Aleppo
At least 3 people were killed when a gas, believed to be chlorine, was dropped on a neighborhood in the Syrian city of Aleppo on Wednesday, according to a hospital and a local rescue group. Syrian Civil Defence, a volunteer rescue group operating in rebel-held territory, told Al Jazeera it had recorded three deaths and at least 25 injuries after a barrel containing a gas suspected of being chlorine fell on the Zubdiya neighbourhood of rebel-held Aleppo."At about 7:30pm on Wednesday, an explosive barrel was dropped from a helicopter on the Zubdiya neighbourhood. One woman suffocated to death due to gas inhalation, along with her 10-year-old daughter and four-year-old son," Khaled Khaled, an Aleppo-based member of the rescue group, told Al Jazeera.


Donald Trump Muslim comments do not tarnish view of US religious freedom abroad: Ambassador
Washington :Donald Trump’s call for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States does not tarnish the US commitment to religious freedom in the eyes of foreigners, a State Department official said on Wednesday.On Dec. 7, the week after a Muslim couple killed 14 people in San Bernardino, the Republican called for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”Speaking as he presented the State Department annual report on religious freedom, David Saperstein, the U.S. ambassador at large for that issue, was asked whether the comments made his job of promoting religious tolerance in foreign nations harder.Reuters
UN pays $2.2 million compensation to Gazan families
GAZA: UN agency for Palestinian refugees announced Tuesday that it has paid financial compensation to 189 families in the Gaza Strip this week."The amount of compensation is $2.2 million distributed for 189 Palestinian families to rebuild their homes, completely demolished during the recent 2014 war," Adnan Abu Hasna, spokesman for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA), said in a statement. AA
Turkey-Israel deal to be signed before Sept: FM
ANKARA: Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said a reconciliation agreement between Turkey and Israel will likely be signed before parliament goes on recess next week.Taking journalists' questions at Anadolu Agency's Editors' Desk on Wednesday, Cavusoglu said parliament’s approval of the pre-agreed deal was delayed due to last month’s defeated coup but that it will be done "as soon as possible.""I think we will finalize the issue before parliament’s recess. Israel has met our terms, paving the way to normalize ties. Therefore, we must do this as soon as possible," Cavusoglu said.Parliament, by the end of next week, will go on recess until Sept, 20, Justice and Development (AK) Party Group Deputy Chair of Mustafa Elitas said Wednesday. AA

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