Saturday, 13 August 2016

Evening NEWS DIGEST
13 Aug. 2016: 08 Dzulqa'dah 37: Vol:7, No:136
Anti-terror law to protect undercover operations? to strengthen UAPA, NIA Act
New Delhi: Modi govt  is working on strengthening the anti-terror law to provide legal protection for undercover operations, Union home minister Rajnath Singh said here on Friday. The statement assumes significance given that some key intelligence-based counter-terror operations in the past, including neutralisation of a Lashker e Toiba module in 2004 that left Mumbra girl Ishrat Jahan dead, have seen intelligence officers face criminal investigation. Addressing the 'national conference on investigating agencies' organised by the Bureau of Police Research & Development (BPR&D) here, Singh said: "Our govt  is committed to punish terrorists. We are working to strengthen the UAPA and the NIA Act.We are considering legal protection for undercover operation, use of intelligence collected as evidence and entire gamut of issues relevant to combating terrorism".Incidentally, experts feel that though legal protection for undercover operations may be a welcome respite for intelligence operatives who may not always be able to play by the rules while pursuing pro-active, counter-terror action, and would be in line with the practice in many other countries, it will run into criticism from the civil society and human rights groups who may see legal immunity as an "excuse for counter-terror forces to commit excesses".Singh said the govt  was also examining enactment of Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Act to provide legal sanction for evidence obtained through Mutual Legal Assistance Treaties and remove doubts about admissibility of such evidence.Referring to the widespread use of social media by terrorists, the home minister said the present capabilities of cyber-monitoring organisations like CERT-IN may need to be strengthened. He also pointed to efforts to establish the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (I4C) to deal with all types of cyber crimes in the country. TOI
Govt to strengthen anti-terror laws, apparatus
Centre wants to strengthen anti-terror laws, legal protection for undercover operations on cards
Spurt in violent protest on religious and caste lines unfortunate: SC
New Delhi: The sudden spurt in violent protest on the line of religion, language and caste divisions across the country has caught the attention of the Supreme Court which expressed concern over it, terming it "unfortunate trend" and asked for special training to police personnel to deal with such situation. Observing that legitimate dissent is a basic part of democracy and citizens have a fundamental right to hold peaceful demonstration, a bench of Justices A K Sikri and R K Agrawal, however, said that people should not be allowed to take law into their hands and destroy peace in the name of demonstrations and dharnas. timesofindia
Modi signals new Kashmir policy, says PoK part of India, also raises Balochistan issue
New Delhi: India on Friday hardened its Pakistan policy, by taking the battle deep into the neighbouring country, raising rights abuses inside Balochistan and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).Upping the ante, PM Narendra Modi squarely blamed Pakistan-promoted cross-border terrorism as the main reason for turmoil in Kashmir.He also signalled that India would shame Pakistan in the international community for its excesses in Balochistan and PoK, even asking ministry of external affairs  to get in touch with the people of PoK, residing in different countries to document Pakistan's oppression."Pakistan forgets that it rains bombs through fighter planes on its citizens. Now, the time has come for Pakistan to explain to the world the atrocities it is unleashing on the people of Balochistan and PoK," PM Modi said in his concluding speech at the all-party meet on Kashmir.He asked the MEA to enlighten the world community about the pathetic conditions in PoK. Later, home minister Rajnath Singh, at a press conference, further qualified the hardened stand.Asked if the mention of Balochistan and PoK signals a shift in policy towards Pakistan, finance minster Jaitley said: "PM said so as a part of the strategy that the world should know about the prevailing situation in PoK."DNA
This is the speech by PM Modi on Kashmir, PoK and Balochistan that has left Pakistan fuming
Our moral responsibility to stand by our brothers in PoK: Jitendra Singh
We welcome PM Modi’s statement to support freedom movement of Balochistan: Baloch activists thank Modi
New Delhi: PM Narendra Modi has been praised by activists across the border who are striving against ruling dispensation of Pakistan for the alleged atrocities committed by its army against the people of Balochistan, Gilgit-Baltistan and PoK. Leading Baloch activists Naela Quadri Baloch and Hammal Haider Baloch praised Modi for speaking on the subject and urged him to further support their cause. The Baloch self-determination leaders further stated that they would always support the Indian govt, as both Balochistan and India share the same democratic, cultural and secular values. Further tearing into Pakistan, the activists have accused successive govt s at Islamabad of escalating oppression in the regions of Balochistan, Gilgit-Baltistan and PoK, and “butchering activists” who are chalenging the might of the Pakistani establishment. Expressing support for the comments made by the Indian PM, Naela Baloch said,“We, the people of Balochistan, Gilgit-Baltistan and PoK thank you (PM Modi) for your support. We are suffering under this regime. We strongly hope that India would raise our issue in coming Sept.UN session. We welcome PM Modi’s statement to support freedom movement of Balochistan. This is the first time ever that an Indian PM has expressed his wish to support Baloch people, very crucial decision. Baloch people share common interest with India, we are secular and believe in democratic principles,” said another profreedom activist Hammal Haider Baloch.india.com  
Back Baloch, reclaim PoK: Modi moves to fix India's biggest geopolitical failure
PM Modi should take up Balochistan issue at UN: Baloch leader
‘Thanks, PM Modi’: Balochi activists thank him for raising the issue
Modi first Indian PM to speak for us, hope he can be like Indira: Balochistan activist
No role for UN: All Parties reject international body's request to visit Kashmir
New Delhi: The entire political spectrum which met here under PM Narendra Modi to discuss the prevailing situation in J&K, rejected the idea of involving the UN or any 3rd-party in India's internal affairs. Earlier, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj elicited views of representatives of political parties, informing them that the United Nations HRC in a letter dated July 29 had asked permission to visit Kashmir. On July 22, Pakistan had approached the UNHRC over the Kashmir situation and requested it to send a fact-finding mission, after PM Nawaz Sharif chaired a high-level meeting.Swaraj said that it is a consistent policy of past govts that the UN cannot interfere in India's internal affairs. But, she threw the question open in order for all political parties to evolve a consensus ahead of rejecting the UN request.But, political parties missed the point that India had issued a standing invitation to UN Special Rapporteurs on Sept.14, 2011. Last 2 UN Special Rapporteurs who visited India were the Special Rapporteur on Extra Judicial Summary or Arbitrary Executions, in March 2012 followed by the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women in April, 2013.Also, last year in November, India took a stand against Nepal for the first time at UNHRC, complaining that it was "concerned" over "lack of political progress" and incidents of "violence, extra-judicial killings and ethnic discrimination" in the Himalayan country. Noted human rights activist Ravi Nayar said,that contrary to what Swaraj called the consistent position of past govt s, India has not always denied UN teams the privilege of visiting and probing different issues. "We have taken up issues related to Madhesis in Nepal and Tamils in Sri Lanka to UN forums," he said, rejecting the idea that India has always adhered the policy of non-intervention in affairs of other countries or a belief in keeping things strictly in the bilateral closet. Nayar, who heads South Asian Documentation and Research Centre has also made a formal complaint to UN Special Rapporteurs on Freedom of Assembly and the Right to Health requesting them to visit Kashmir.DNA
India rejects UNHRC request to visit Kashmir to probe alleged human rights violations by forces

IS influence making recent Kashmir protests different? TOI
New Delhi: Warning of the threat of younger generation in Kashmir+ increasingly getting influenced by IS (Islamic State), PDP, a coalition partner of BJP in the state, has told the Centre that there is need to address the situation by creating a "counter-narrative of nationalism and democracy" for school goers, since the trouble in the valley is a "battle of minds". Speaking at the all-party meeting called by PM  Narendra Modi on Friday, PDP's Lok Sabha MP Muzaffar Beg is learnt to have said that the current unrest in the valley is "different from earlier protests" in several respects, the first being it is more influenced by "religious extremism" and hence any patchwork solution will not work to resolve the situation. It is like a "subterranean volcano" that could erupt any time, with the involvement of a "foreign country".Asked how the Kashmir situation is different this round from earlier ones in 2008, 2010 and 2013, finance minister Arun Jaitley said at a press conference after the meeting that "new trends that emerged after analysing the situation is that the change taking place in the world over also ideologically has a role to play in the valley". It was seen as a hint at the possible influence of the IS. Beg is also learnt to have said that unlike earlier protests, it has entered the rural areas, down to the tehsil level where it is difficult for even the Army to go. The other new trend is that women are participating in large numbers.TOI
What PDP MP Muzaffar Hussain Baig told PM Modi at the all-party meet
New Delhi: Former Deputy CM and MP Muzaffar Hussain Baig represented the ruling PDP in the all-party meeting convened by the Centre to discuss the current Kashmir uprising. PDP is BJP’s coalition partner in J&K and Baig’s suggestions at the all-party meet are essential to understand where PDP stands on Kashmir issue and how it wants New Delhi to respond to the current unrest. Here is what Baig said he told the PM  in the all-party meet. “I told (the all party meet) that there is a narrative of religious extremism. This narrative is created in madrassas. Our teachers and schools don’t have such commitment or reach. These kids are trained in the religious texts without context. Now there is a revival of Khilafat, which has taken the form of ISIS. It is bound to influence the youth of Kashmir. I told them (All Party meeting) that what is taught in Madrassa is not real Islam. They teach them politicized Islam. They (students) get two sets of kameez pajamas from their families and these vulnerable minds are told that if you die in Jihad, you will go to paradise and if you survive you will be a hero. We should have had a counter narrative (in Kashmir)”.Indian Express
Current unrest in Kashmir not because of Pakistan:Omar
Srinagar:National Conference Working President Omar Abdullah on Saturday said PDP was primarily responsible for the Centre’s "shocking, hawkish" stand on the situation in Kashmir at the conclusion of the All Party Meeting held in New Delhi. Expressing shock and dismay at PDP MP Muzaffar Hussain Baig’s "perverse anti-Kashmir tirade and stereotypical Muslim bashing" at All Party Meet, Omar said it was Mehbooba Mufti who had set the tone for this narrative that aims to "vilify and defame the people of Kashmir". greater kashmir
No Friday prayers at grand mosque in Srinagar for 5th consecutive week
Govt trying for normalcy in Kashmir, but will not yield to terror or separatists
India's ‘doors are open’ but not for Pak-backed terror:Modi
Police officers, Magistrate among 12 injured in Doda clashes
Doda:At least 12 persons including some police officials and a Magistrate were injured in clashes in Doda town of Jammu province on Friday afternoon, witnesses and reports said. The clashes took place when police tried to arrest some youths after Friday congregational prayers, sources said. According to reports, the situation turned tense when a group of youth started shouting pro-freedom and anti-govt slogans while marching towards Markaz-i-Jamia Masjid (Central Mosque) after offering Friday prayers at Masjid-e-Noor. Witnesses said police used brutal force without any provocation. “There was no call for Bandh or a protest and people were going to home peacefully after offering the Friday prayers. But SHO Doda without any provocation started abusing people and using foul language. This instigated youth and the clashes erupted,” said ex-Minister of State (Home) and President of Markazi Seerat Committee Doda, Khalid Najeeb Suharwardy.“The attitude of SHO clearly indicates that he has a communal bent of mind which is a very dangerous sign in the given circumstances. The SHO should be transferred immediately and an inquiry be initiated into the entire incident.”He also demanded that the arrested youths should be released immediately as all of them are innocent and have got nothing to do with the incident which was triggered by the “provocative remarks and abusive language of SHO Uday Wazir.” greater kashmir
 SC orders exhumation, autopsy of youth ‘shot during protest’ in Kashmir: Indian Express
New Delhi: The Supreme Court has ordered exhumation and autopsy of the body of a youth who was allegedly shot dead by a DSP after he was seen leading a rally to protest the killing of Burhan Wani.A bench led by Justice PC Ghose said the exhumation and autopsy shall be carried out under supervision of the district and sessions judge, Srinagar, and that the exercise should be completed within three weeks. SC passed the order after perusing a report submitted by state police on the circumstances leading to the killing of Shabir Ahmad Mir. The report also contained the order of the district magistrate who had directed exhumation and autopsy of the victim’s body.
Hafiz Saeed files petition over taking up Kashmir issue at UNSC
Lahore: Hafiz Saeed on Friday filed a petition in the Lahore High Court seeking direction to the Nawaz Sharif govt to take up Kashmir issue at UN Security Council. Filed through his counsel A K Dogar, Saeed in his petition said the PML-N govt  is practically doing nothing to take up the matter of Indian ‘atrocities’ in Kashmir at different international forums except issuing statements. He said the Indian claim to Kashmir is based on ‘very controversial and forced accession’ to India made by Maharaja Hari Singh on Oct.26, 1947 when he was fleeing from his capital Srinagar. He said accession of J&K by both India and Pakistan should be decided through the democratic method of free and impartial plebiscite to promote international peace and security.PTI
Intense protests persist despite strict curfew in Kashmir, internet services suspended briefly
Srinagar: Authorities in Kashmir on Saturday extended a strict curfew to most parts of the restive region as separatist leaders called for weekend protests against Indian rule. Administration also suspended all internet services briefly in Kashmir.The broadband services were snapped at around 4.30 pm but were restored at 5 pm, officials said without giving any reason. However, some broadband subscribers said their connections had not been restored yet."I am subscribing to BSNL broadband services but so far my service has not been restored," said M. Yousuf Shah, resident of Hazratbal.AP
Internet services suspended briefly in Kashmir, then restored
Curfew remains in force, death toll climbs to 56: PTI
Maharashtra govt may impose ‘reasonable restrictions’ on Zakir Naik’s speeches
Mumbai:5 days after the Mumbai Police submitted its 71-page report against Dr Zakir Naik, indicting him for making ‘pro-terror’ speeches that ‘influenced vulnerable minds’, the state govt  is considering imposing ‘reasonable restrictions’ on his speeches. This effectively means that the next time Naik conducts a public gathering in Maharashtra, he will have to seek a NOC from the police. Also, most of his ‘objectionable’ speeches, sermons and literature mentioned in the report would be pulled down from websites.“Since the report incriminates Naik, we are contemplating reasonable restrictions on his speeches. We are waiting for the Law and Judiciary Department’s opinion on this, after which action will be taken,” a senior official from the State Home Department said.  Sources said invoking stringent sections against the Islamic preacher under the UAPA is also being studied.Indian Express
Mumbai Police may register a case against Zakir Naik on terror charges: Economic Times
Peace TV, Naik beamed into Bengal border homes: TOI report
Mumbai Police may book Zakir Naik on terror charges, illegally converting to Islam: India TV
Haven't joined IS: Malappuram native's e-mail
Malappuram: A Malappuram native who had left Kerala after converting to Islam has sent a message saying that he has not joined the Islamic State. Abdulla alias Akhil sent an e-mail to the probe officials and also contacted his parents over phone.In the e-mail sent to the Malappuram district police chief and the Circle Inspector, Perinthalmanna, Abdulla claimed that he had no links with IS. He told his father that he would return home after completing his studies in Yemen. Akhil converted to Islam and changed his name to Abdulla 2 year ago while he was an engineering student. He then left Kerala. Mathrhbumi
Eviction notice to Ishrat probe officer: Govt regularised Verma’s stay, later ‘backtracked’
Ahmedabad:Months before serving eviction notice to IPS officer Satish Verma, known for investigating the Ishrat Jahan encounter case, the Gujarat govt  had asked him to pay rent of more than a year for a three-bedroom flat, occupied by his family in Ahmedabad. The correspondence between Verma and the concerned department also suggested that the govt  backtracked after regularising his stay on a nominal rent.The letters written to Verma in April this year indicated that the Road and Buildings Department regularised his occupancy with a nominal rent from May 2016 onwards. indianexpress
Go to Pakistan! Katju’s advise to Owaisi, Muslims on exclusion of Ahmadiyyas from Muslim census
New Delhi: Ex-Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju has embroiled himself in another controversy, as he chose to speak out against the majoritarian view of Muslims regarding Ahmadiyyas. Katju blasted all those Muslims who have demanded the exclusion of Ahmadiyyas from the Muslim census. He has advised all of them to migrate to Pakistan, where Ahmadiyyas are officially considered non-Muslims, and unofficially treated as second class citizens. In his remark, Katju did not refrain from naming Asaduddin Owaisi, who has also voiced his apprehensions regarding the inclusion of Ahmadiyyas among the Muslims. The controversy regarding Ahmadiyyas was raked up when the Narendra Modi govt  released the 2011 census, in which they were listed as Muslims. Subsequently, a prominent Muslims outfit Majlis Tahaffuze Khatme Nabuwat  demanded govt to exclude them from Muslims, as the Islamic conference of world ulemas in Mecca had unanimously agreed that they do not believe in at least one of the core fundamental beliefs of Islam. india.com
TN: Leaders oppose inclusion of Dalit Muslims in SCs list
Chennai: The demand of the Mylapore Archbishop George Antonysamy to include Dalit Muslims along with Dalit Christians in the list of Scheduled Castes has evoked disapproval from Muslim leaders, who pointed out that “Islam does not recognise caste divisions.”“When someone becomes a Muslim they are part of an ocean. Islam does not differentiate people based on their caste,” said former MP and Indian Union Muslim League leader Kader Mohideen.He said the demand of the Muslims in the country was 10% exclusive reservation as recommended by the Justice Ranganath Mishra Commission. “Economically, educationally and socially, Muslims across the country are identified as a backward community. Including Muslims in list of SCs is not acceptable to us since it will amount to acknowledging casteism in Islam,” Kader Mohideen said. Muslims are placed under Backward Classes in the country, and in Tamil Nadu Muslims enjoy 3.5% exclusive reservation. Although agreed that “all identities disappear under Islam”’, social aspects should be taken into consideration in the case of reservation, MMK leader MH Jawahirullah said. the hindu
Bulandshahr gangrape: Minor victim moves SC, seeks FIR against Azam Khan
New Delhi: The minor victim in the Bulandshahr gangrape has moved the Supreme Court seeking FIR against UP Minister Azam Khan and erring police officers. The victim has also asked that the case be transferred to Delhi and urged that it should be probed under the monitoring of a court. Addressing the media, Azam Khan had said that the Bulandshahr gangrape incident was a political conspiracy to defame the govt. He said that with the elections near the desperate opposition could stoop to any level. indian express
Muslims are 'a disturbed lot': Azam Khan on SRK detention in US
RAMPUR: Latching on to the detention of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan at a US airport, UP Minister Azam Khan has attacked PM  Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama over the condition of Muslims."Modiji is not permitting us to lead a peaceful life here and in America, PM's friend Barack Obama would not allow us to live," Khan told reporters here yesterday evening. "We (Muslims) are a disturbed lot and don't know where to go," he added.PTI
'Shocked & appalled': Sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan tweets after UK denies visa
Even before the controversy over the detention of Bollywood start Shah Rukh Khan at the Los Angeles International Airport on Thursday died down, sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan on Friday tweeted out that his application for a British visa has been rejected.The sarod maestro also tagged External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in his tweets. Till this report was filed, the minister has not responded to his tweets.The sarod maestro seemed to be extremely disappointed as he also expressed the same on his Facebook page. firstpost
Muzaffarnagar Riots: 3 Yrs On, about 140 displaced families  Find New Homes
Muzaffarnagar:In a part of UP, near Muzaffarnagar where riots in 2013 left 66 dead and 50,000 displaced,nearly 140 displaced families have set up homes in 2 settlement colonies in Shamli, the district next to Muzaffarnagar. Madhavi Kukreja, of Sadbhavana Trust, who has been helping displaced people build their homes says: "They chose spaces where there are more Muslims, where they feel more welcome. But even in those areas they are always seen as riot victims...outsiders."In the village of 4,200, the Muslim population has dropped from over a 1,000 to just 100.Villagers claim they visited relief camps and tried to bring back the displaced people several times, but only 20 families returned."We organised a committee and made several visits to the relief camps even after the riots to try and bring them back," explains Amit Dixit, a member of the village panchayat."Because they have got compensation from the govt  and help from NGOs, they have recovered their losses and don't want to return. But there are no ghettos here. Still a few Muslim families live in the middle of the village and they are absolutely safe," he said.NDTV
Muzaffarnagar: Colony built by riots victims for riots victims
Most infamous face of Gujarat riots Ashok Parmar joins dalit yatra to Una, calls for Dalit-Muslim unity
Ahmedabad: Gujarat's most recognized face of the 2002 riots, Ashok Parmar, joined the dalit foot march on Thursday evening to express "solidarity with the community and register protest against atrocity on suppressed people". Parmar's controversial photograph posing with an iron rod had featured in most media publications to represent the anger of Hindus at the time of post-Godhra riots. Interestingly, Parmar, who was a Bajrang Dal worker when he took to streets during the communal frenzy, has joined a group of Muslim youths and left for Savarkundla town to join the Dalit Asmita Yatra, which is on its way to Una.A cobbler by profession, Parmar lives on a footpath in Shahpur area since 2001. "It is my responsibility to show solidarity with the community and register protest against the atrocity committed on them. What happened in Una cannot be tolerated. Now is a time to say enough is enough," he told TOI. Parmar claims that his style of protest would be different. "You have to use a language the oppressors understand. Of course, this is not the time to lob bombshells, but our words will have similar impact," he said.Besides seeking justice and calling upon dalits to give up menial jobs including skinning of carcasses, one of the aims of the Dalit Asmita Yatra is to promote dalit-Muslim unity.Parmar is accompanied by volunteers of Insaf Foundation, which aims at promoting communal harmony. The foundation's member, Kaleem Siddiqui, said, "Divisive forces become active whenever there is a crisis for a political party in Gujarat." "If such forces are not countered today, rioting will not end. This is the time for Muslims to support dalits. Muslims from Bapunagar and Juhapura will come to Una on August 14 and join the flag hoisting ceremony on Independence Day," said Siddiqui.TOI
Ashok Parmar- The infamous face of Gujarat Riots to work for Dalit-Muslim unity
Dalits, Muslims hold 'self respect rally' in Mumbai, plan to take on Centre
Dalits are resisting gau rakshaks, why are Muslims silent?
TN: not allowed to hold festival, Dalits may embrace Islam
Aadi festival ends without major rituals at Kallimedu

Gujarat: 99% literacy in this village but separate garbas for upper castes and Dalits
mehsana:Ashwin Chamar has an MA in Sanskrit and a second BA in Hindi, which he got in 2006. But he makes a living as a mason, after having failed to get a job. Dagavadiya village of Vijapur taluka has a 99% literacy rate, much higher than Gujarat’s average of 79.31%, but not many have jobs.3 years ago, a fight between two boys, one from the OBC Chaudhary community and the other a Chamar from the Dalit community, led to stone-pelting and tension in the village. indianexpress
Dalits count: Activists set to conduct survey of skinners & tanners
PIL filed in SC for banning cow vigilantes
Is India's $4-billion meat export slowing to an end?
Between 2014-15 and 2015-16, India's lucrative 'pink revolution', a term that refers to its meat export, declined by over $722 million. This number comes to about 15% of the meat exports in the previous year.TOI
Cow vigilantes should be declared terrorists: Rohith Vemula's online diary
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Vishwa Brahmin Sangh says time for UP's 10% brahmans to become ‘kingmakers’
Kerala shocker: Muslim youth acquitted in murder case hacked to death
Kozhikode: In what is suspected as a revenge crime, a youngster, who was acquitted by the court in the murder of DYFI activist Shibin Bhaskaran of Thuneri in Nadapuram earlier this year, was killed by unknown assailants here Friday here. Muhammed Aslam, a 20-year-old IUML worker, suffered severe injuries when he was hacked by the attackers on Friday and was rushed to a private hospital Kozhikode. However, he breathed his last in the night.Aslam was attacked by a bike-borne gang when he was going to Nadapuram from Vatakara in his bike.Aslam and 16 others were acquitted by the Special Additional Sessions Court (Marad cases) in the sensational murder of Shibin, a 19-year-old DYFI worker in June this year. Aslam was the third accused in the case. manoramaonline
IUML activist Aslam, who sustained hack injuries, dies
Rajasthan school dubs national anthem 'anti-Islam', bans recital:TOI
Jaipur: Officials conducted a probe on Friday following reports that a private school in Rajasthan's Barmer district called the national anthem anti-Islam and banned its recital by students. Media reports also alleged that the school, Maulana Vali Mohammad Registan, in Pandi Ki Paar village also forced Hindu students to read the Quran. On the orders of district collector Sudhir Kumar Sharma, a team of officials reached the school and spoke to students preparing for Independence Day events. The team later submitted its report to the collector. The school administration denied the allegations. "I have submitted pictures of our previous Independence Day celebrations to the probe team," said headmaster Mohammad Siraj. TOI
Jamaat-e-Islami Hind opposes Yoga in schools
Hyderabad: Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) has found fault with the recommendations of the New Education Policy of the Central Govt  stating that the recommendations will hurt the minority institutions’ rights and impose un-Islamic traditions. The policy avoids any positive suggestions for the 13% educationally backward Muslim minorities in the country, it said. Speaking to reporters here JIH Telangana and Odisha president Hamid Mohammed Khan said that the recommendations of TSR Subramanyam Committee focussed more on corporatisation and not democratisation of education. the hindu
Jamaat-e-Islami seeks scrapping of new education policy
Telangana CM promises 12% quota for Muslims, ST
Hyderabad: Telangana CM K. Chandrasekhar Rao has vowed to bring in a special legislation on the lines of Tamil Nadu to give 12%  quota to the Muslim minority in the state. gulfnews
This Kerala bride demands books as mehr, not customary jewellery or gold
New Delhi: How often do you see a woman demand books as mehr, and not the customary jewellery or gold. In Kerala’s Malappuram district, a woman set an example for her community. A post graduate in political science from the Hyderabad University, Sahla Nechiyil never dreamt of a perfect, fairytale wedding. But when she decided to get married, she also sent across a social message to the “gold-obsessed” Muslims in Malappuram.Nechiyil decided to demand 50 books from her fiancĂ© as mehr, a mandatory payment in the form of money or possessions paid or promised to be paid by the groom to the bride at the time of marriage. She asked for books as mehr because of two reasons. indianexpress
WORLD
Turkish PM: 81,000 sacked or suspended over coup bid
More than 81,000 people have been suspended or dismissed from work over suspected links to the group behind Turkey’s July 15 attempted coup, PM Binali Yildirim said.In a speech in Ankara, he said 76,597 had been suspended and 4,897 dismissed. Of those sacked, more than 3,000 were military staff, judges and civil servants. Anadolu agency
Rio 2016: Egyptian judoka athlete refuses to shake hands with Israeli rival after pleas not to 'shame Islam'
Egyptian judo fighter Islam El Shehaby was loudly booed at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics after his first-round loss to Israel's fifth-ranked Or Sasson, when El Shehaby refused to shake Sasson's hand, in a major breach of judo etiquette.independent
UN: Over 1000 Palestinians displaced by Israel in 2016 to date
Afghan Taliban releases Pakistan chopper crew members
Afghan Taliban have released the crew members of a Pakistani helicopter which crash landed in Afghanistan last week, officials said on Saturday.An MI-17 transport helicopter was on its way to Russia for maintenance when it crash landed on August 4 in a Taliban controlled area of Logar province. The rebels made the crew members as hostages.An official said that local tribal elders were tasked to release the captives and after successful negotiation, the Taliban released the crew.“All crew members were handed over to Pakistani in Kurram tribal region,” an official said.PTI
IS leader in Afghan, Pak killed in airstrike: Pentagon
Afghanistan: Islamic State group's leader in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Hafiz Saeed, was killed last month in an airstrike in Nangarhar province, the Pentagon said Friday. AFP 
Syria: Govt, Russia blamed for 90 civilian deaths
At least 90 people have been killed in overnight air strikes by the Syrian govt and Russian forces across Syria, according to monitors and opposition activists. Most people were killed around Aleppo province, where more than 300,000 civilians are trapped in rebel held territories. The air raids hit the only hospital for women and children in the town of Kafr Hamra, killing two staffers, including a nurse, while 10 people were rescued from the rubble, the Syrian Civil Defence said. Air strikes also hit a market in the nearby town of Urem al-Kubra, killing at least six people, according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).Urem al-Kubra lies on the road linking Aleppo to the northern rebel-controlled province of Idlib, which has also seen intense bombing."This is one of the highest death tolls we have seen in the recent days," said Al Jazeera's Reza Sayah, reporting from Gaziantep on the Turkish side of the Syria-Turkey border. aljazeera
UN fears another million will be displaced from Mosul
UNHCR recorded more than 100,000 Iraqis displaced from Mosul and its outskirts since March. The city has been under Daesh control for more than 2 years.Monitors say that this statistic raises fears of the displacement of another million people internally or externally in Iraq’s second largest city when govt forces start their battle to expel Daesh. middleeastmonitor
IS frees hundreds of civilians used as human shields
Beirut: IS group has freed hundreds of civilians used by the jihadists as human shields while retreating in northern Syria, US-backed forces and a monitor said on Saturday. A source from the Syrian Democratic Forces, which pushed IS out of the city of Manbij this week with the aid of US-led air strikes, told AFP that some of the civilians were able to escape while “others were freed”. AFP

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