Sunday, 14 August 2016

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14 Aug. 2016: 09 Dzulqa'dah 37: Vol:7, No:137
Ahead of Independence Day celebrations, 'police' raid Jamia Milia hostels: Students see a dangerous pattern
Hundreds of students gathered outside the main campus of Jamia Milia Islamia in New Delhi on Saturday and shouted slogans against the Delhi police and the University administration. The students alleged that Special Cell of the Delhi police and some officials in the civil dress barged into the hostel campus of the University and started shooting videos on the afternoon of Saturday. This came after hostel residents of the University purported that during a raid the night before, hostel officials had warned them of an NIA raid in their residential complex in the wake of Independence Day celebration.The students who had gathered to protest in Delhi on the campus alleged that at 2 PM on Saturday, two cars with black shields entered the hostel premises and started clicking pictures and shooting videos. When the students asked 'who they were', the "officials" said they had the permission to do so from University authorities. However, when contacted, the official of the institution merely termed it as a rumour. Mehtab Alam, proctor at the University said, “This was a routine check carried out by us before Independence Day, we did this before Republic day too but there was no police involvement in it." But later a PTI report quoted university official confirming that it was routine verification by the police and also officials of the Delhi police confirming the news. Protesting students questioned this surveillance and termed it as a violation of their right to privacy and also pointed out at how the government at the Centre is suspecting students of being involved in anti-national activities just because it happens to be a minority institution. A scholar on conditions of anonymity told Firstpost, "We couldn’t sleep the entire night as we were told that there might be some raid in the hostel, it sent chill down our spines and we were reminded of what happened with the University students in the aftermath of Batla house encounter. Everyday someone was picked up from the University. All sort of thoughts came to our minds, a scholar cannot deliver in such pressures time and again.”Another student of the University, seemingly exasperated, questioned the legitimacy of such raids by police inside the campus. "Police are not allowed to enter the University premises. It is the duty of the internal security of the University to ensure law and order situation. Are we terrorists studying here at Jamia Millia that police has come inside the hostel and is shooting videos? How can the university allow that to happen?"Interestingly, a few students of the University also claimed that a notice was put earlier in the year, mentioning that Jamia is the prime target of terrorist groups operating in India.This was not the first raid of its kind to happen in a university, ever since NDA-led BJP govt has assumed power. It has remained in a continuous tussle with the students' community all over the country. Students at the University of Hyderabad and JNU have also complained of such patrolling by police personnel in the campuses on more than one occasion.Meanwhile, students at Jamia have decided a sit-out demanding suspension of the proctor and the provost and also have asked the vice-chancellor of the University to address them immediately. Firstpost tried to reach the V-C but his phone went unanswered. Firstpost
Jamia Millia Islamia authorities seek action against police entering campus
New Delhi: The Jamia Millia Islamia University authorities on Sunday demanded an action against police personnel who entered the campus premises without permission."Taking exception to the plain-clothed police personnel entering Jamia Millia Islamia premises without permission, the authorities have written to Delhi Police demanding suitable action against them," the university said in a statement.IANS
Jamia Millia Islamia Students Allege 'Surprise Checks' By Police In Hostels
Police Raid Triggers Protests in Jamia Milia Islamia
Days after FIR filed against Outlook magazine over anti-RSS report, publisher appoints a new Editor
On Saturday evening, the staff at the magazine received an email from the executive director and publisher of Outlook group, Indranil Roy, announcing the appointment of Rajesh Ramachandran as the Editor-in-Chief with effect from August 16. Ramachandran moves to Outlook from the Economic Times where he was Political Editor.Roy asked the staff to welcome Ramachandran and extend him their full support.The email did not mention the outgoing Editor-in-Chief Krishna Prasad.The top-level editorial change in the magazine comes close on the heels of the publication of an investigative report called ‘Operation #BabyLift’. Published on July 29, the report by freelance journalist Neha Dixit documented how the RSS violated laws to traffic 31 tribal girls from Assam to Punjab and Gujarat to ‘Hinduise’ them.The women's wing of the RSS issued a press release calling the report “totally baseless, false and defaming the organisation”.On August 4, a First Information Report was registered in Latasil police station in Assam against the publisher, editor and reporter. The complaint was filed by Subhash Chandra Kayal, Assistant Solicitor General of India at Guwahati High Court, Bijon Mahajan, a lawyer and BJP spokesperson and Mominul Awwal of the BJP’s minority cell.In an interview with The Hoot, Prasad said:“Threats against journalists may be an occupational hazard but what we are seeing today is a more serious attempt to shoot the messenger. The country is fast hurtling down a fascist mode and this fiction of public narrative of demonizing journalists is dangerous for free speech.” scroll.in
Outlook magazine ‘removes’ editor-in-chief Krishna Prasad days after magazine carried expose on RSS

 ‘KFC serving non-Halal chicken’ : A police complaint filed against the company
Hyderabad: According to an independent investigation carried out by Bhopal based journalist Anam Ibrahim, KFC is duping customers by serving non-halal chicken and using fake Halal certificates. Ibrahim got an inkling of the alleged fraud when he visited a KFC outlet in DB Mall, Bhopal where he asked the outlet manager about the chicken being Halal or not. In response he was shown a photocopy of a halal certificate issued by Mufti Anwar Khan of Mumbai to Venky’s Company. Noticing that the certificate did not mention KFC’s name Ibrahim inquired further, upon which he was told that the Venky’s Company supplies chicken to KFC and hence he is being shown Venky’s certificate.When Ibrahim enquired with Venky’s company they informed him clearly that their tie-up with KFC has ended three years ago. He then contacted Mufti Anwar Khan in Mumbai who told him that he had given halal certificate to Venky’s Company of Chennai which slaughters 1000 chicken in Pune daily.Anam Ibrahim investigated further to find out from where it is procuring its chicken since last three years. Ibrahim claims to have discovered that its procuring non-halal chicken from Godrej Company in Mumbai. Ibrahim told MuslimMirror.com that his claims are based on a thorough investigation which also includes sting operations.On 06-08-2016 a written complaint has been filed at MP Nagar police station (Bhopal) by Ibrahim along with eight other people against KFC. The deliberation of the case is being carried out by CSP Bharti Indu Sharma.In complaint Ibrahim has alleged that slaughter houses using machines for slaughter have been given halal certificates by Muftis whereas for a slaughter to be halal it has to be done by hand.Speaking to MuslimMirror.com Ibrahim informed that he and his associates intend to file a petition against KFC in court within next few days.Protesting against KFC and demanding its shut down in India and world over they have written to PM Narendra Modi, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Home Minister Rajnath, Deoband, Bareilly, AIMPLB and other Muslim organizations.Muslim Mirror
Moulavi Haneef spoke of Islam, not terror: widespread anger in Kerala against arresting
Kozhikode: The arrest of Mohammed Haneef alias Haneef Moulavi, a former at the Salafi masjid in Kalikkadavu in Kasaragod, for alleged terror links has come as a shock for the mosque committee and for those who know him personally. Moulavi was picked from Kallikandi in Kannur district, where he has been working as the Khatib. He was employed in the Salafi masjid in Kalikkadavu, run by the official faction of the Kerala Nadvathul Mujahideen (KNM) for about one year. It is learnt that Moulavi was arrested on a complaint filed by Abdul Majeed, the father of Ashfaq Majeed, one of the member of the group that fled Kasargod in early June and is suspected to have joined the IS."Haneef Maulavi has no links with any extremist group. In his Khutubas (sermons) he spoke only about the religion," said T P Muhammdali Haji, the custodian of the mosque. "I used to stay in the mosque during the whole month of Ramadan and I did not find any stranger visiting Moulavi," he added.Haji said Moulavi left Kalikkadavu mosque as he was offered a better salary by some others. "He chose the Kallikandi mosque, which is closer to his house in Wayanad, as his wife was pregnant," Haji said.The parents of the other youths who disappeared from Kasaragod too could not believe that that the Moulavi has links with terrorists. "The parents of Dr Ijas and Shiaz told me that they have not an iota of doubt about Moulavi. Mumbai police had called Dr Ijaz's father to know whether he has any complaints against the Moulavi and he had replied in the negative," said BC Abdrehman, local leader of the IUML in Padne.The youth went to the mosque at Kalikkadavu after they were prevented from entering the Salafi mosque at Padne following frequent arguments. "Haneef Moulavi used to recite the Quran beautifully and his speech was marvellous. He had not conducted any classes exclusively for the youth nor has he attended any of their programmes. How could he be made an accused in the case?" asked Abdurehman. He said there was widespread anger brewing against Majeed for 'falsely' implicating the Moulavi. "People here believe that Majeed named Moulavi at the instance of the Mumbai police," Abdurehman said. He said that it was wrong to conclude that the youth who left the country are Salafis.TOI
Kerala Islamic preacher Hanif taken into custody
Mumbai police to get custody of preacher Hanif
Atif, MBA convicted of storing AK-56 released on bail; Bombay HC casts serious doubts over recovery
Mumbai: Raising serious doubts over the prosecution case of a recovery of AK-56 at his instance, the Bombay high court suspended the 10-year jail term of Atif Mulla, convicted under the charges of POTA in the case of blasts in 2002-2003 at Mumbai Central, Vile Parle and Mulund. Hearing his bail application on Thursday, a division bench of Justices Abhay Oka and Amjad Sayed ordered Mulla's release on a bail of Rs 1.50 lakh and surety of the same amount. It has also asked him to deposit the Rs 1.15 lakh fine ordered by the trial court and cautioned him not to indulge in any illegal activities or leave the country.While releasing him on bail, the high court observed that there were "serious doubts" about the claim that police had recovered an AK-56 and 28 live cartridges at his instance.A special court in April 2016 sentenced 10 accused, including Atif Nasir Mulla for their involvement in the bomb blasts case that had claimed lives of 13 people.Mulla, an MBA from Padgha in Maharashtra was acquitted of charges of conspiracy to cause bomb blasts but was sentenced 10 years rigorous imprisonment for alleged recovery of Ak-56 at his instance.He was arrested on April 15, 2003 and was released on bail by Bombay High Court in 2005. He was however jailed again after the verdict of special court this year.Advocate Mubin Solkar who argued for Mulla before high court expressed satisfaction and said “We are happy that high court appreciated our points. There were many loopholes in the prosecution case and trial court had not considered defence’s argument during trial. The recovery of AK 56 was planted on Mulla to implicate him”.During the argument Solkar pointed out many contradictions, irregularities in the witness’s testimony and said that the conviction was based on faulty appreciation of evidence by trial court. The high court accepted Solkar’s argument, raised doubts over recovery and suspended Mulla’s sentence.With this bail he became the third convict in the case to get bail from high court.TwoCircles
NIA officers take training in Urdu, Arabic to counter terror groups
Kolkata: The officers of NIA are learning Urdu, Arabic and Persian to counter the growing influence of terrorist organizations like JMB in the eastern region.The necessity to have the basic knowledge of Arabic, Urdu and Persian was first realised after the Khagragh Blast incident in West Bengal’s Birbhum district in 2014. NIA, which was handed over the responsibility to investigate the incident, faced problems when they stumbled upon large amount of literature in Persian, Urdu and Arabic language.“After Khagragh blast in 2014 a large number of pamphlets and literature were recovered which were in Urdu and Arabic language. At that time we faced a lot of problems as our officers working at the ground level hardly had any knowledge of these languages.PTI
Pakistan will dedicate its Independence Day celebration to 'Kashmir's freedom': Pak high commissioner to Delhi
New Delhi: Pakistan just will not back down. Now its representative in India has said that Pakistan's Independence Day celebration is dedicated to "Kashmir getting freedom". As has Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif."Is saal ki Jashn e Azadi hum Kashmir ki Azadi ke naam karte hain," Abdul Basit, Pakistan's high commissioner to Delhi said on Saturday. That translates to "This year's independence day celebrations are in the name of Kashmir's (future) independence."In Pakistan, Sharif, to, dedicated the day "to the freedom movement in Kashmir.""I dedicate this year's 14th Aug. to the freedom of Kashmir," Express Tribune quoted Sharif as saying. Pakistan celebrate its Independence on Aug.14.This latest provocation comes after Pakistan last week proposed foreign secretary-level talks on Kashmir and the ongoing unrest there, an issue India described as irrelevant to any Indo-Pak dialogue. TOI
Pak to continue to support Kashmir’s ‘freedom’: Abdul Basit
Pakistan marks Independence Day, President raises Kashmir issue
Pakistan flags, Burhan’s posters appear in Srinagar before I-Day as new protests break out
Srinagar: Pakistan’s flags and posters of Burhan Wani appeared in various parts of Srinagar on Sunday as the Valley remained on edge and under curfew a day before India marked its 70th year of independence. Law enforcement authorities later removed flags and posters that were seen in downtown Srinagar as well as Natipora and Pantha Chowk.This is the first time Pakistan’s flags have been seen flying in the Valley since violence began in the state after Wani was killed on July 8, although protesters have been spotted holding them aloft during protest demonstrations.Their appearance in the Valley coincides with Pakistan’s Independence Day, celebrated a day before India celebrates its own.  Separatists in Kashmir have called a two-day “referendum march” to Lal Chowk on Saturday and Sunday.Curfew remained firmly in place in many parts of the city, as well as other major towns such as Anantnag, Pulwama, Kulgam and Awantipora towns in south Kashmir and Kupwara and Sopore towns in the north. Restrictions also continued in other areas of the Valley, officials said.At least two civilians were injured in new protests and clashes that broke out in Malangpora area of Awantipora in south Kashmir on Sunday morning. Protests were also reported from other parts of the Valley. Tribune India
India snubs Pakistan, says proposal of sending supplies to J&K is absurd
New Delhi:Indian govt on Sunday strongly rebuffled Pakistan's offer to supply relief aid for people in J&K in view of ongoing unrest in the Valley and called the move as rather 'absurd'. "A communication was apparently delivered to our High Commission in Islamabad on Aug.12. I can only characterise its contents that purpose of sending supplies to Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir as absurd," Vikas Swarup, Official Spokesperson, Ministry of External Affairs, said.Zee  news
Pakistan to accord ‘warm welcome’ to Arun Jaitley at SAARC meet
Islamabad:Pakistan has decided to play a “good host” and avoid a repetition of the tense atmosphere that prevailed during Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s recent visit by according a “warm welcome” to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley at the SAARC ministerial conference later this month.Jaitley is likely to attend SAARC Finance Ministers’ Conference to be hosted in Islamabad on Aug.25 and 26 and there are chances of “gracious handshakes” between Pakistan finance minister Ishaq Dar and his Indian counterpart, finance ministry officials said.Govt has finalised arrangements for the upcoming SAARC meet, a finance ministry statement said, adding that Dar chaired a meeting to review arrangements for the conference. Pakistan would play the role of a “good host” and try to keep the overall ambiance positive, the statement added.PTI
PDP blames madrassas for Kashmir unrest; NC says ‘Not even a single militant from madrassa’
Srinagar: MP and PDP member Muzaffar Hussain Beigh’s comments in a national paper saying that ‘madrassas’ were responsible for the current unrest has ensued a huge backlash in the valley.Beigh had represented the ruling PDP in the all-party meeting convened by the Union governmnet to discuss the current unrest in Kashmir.National Conference Working President Omar Abdullah expressed shock at Beigh’s statement has and termed it as ‘perverse anti-Kashmir tirade and stereotypical Muslim bashing at the All Party Meet’.“Not a single local young boy who has joined militant ranks in recent months has come out from a Madrassa-based educational background – this fact itself exposes the fallacy of what PDP is trying to peddle for its own vested interests,” Omar said.“Some of these young boys were toppers in the mainstream educational system while a few of them were meritorious students in professional college programs. What PDP is trying to do by distorting the truth is extremely dangerous and perverse,” he added.TCN
RSS' Muslim body to hoist tricolour in 100 madrasas, Lecture On Cow Protection
Jaipur: Rastriya Muslim Manch (RMM), a Muslim outfit of RSS will be hoisting national flag in 100 madrasas on August 15 in the state.Hoisting national flag at madrasas is a part of RMM's national campaign. The move aimed at bringing these religious schools into the mainstream, says RMM which was created by RSS ideologue Indresh Kumar in 2005.Salawat Khan, national secretary of RMM claimed that flag hoisting event will be followed by lectures on nationalism and cow protection by the chief guest."Cow has been a religious symbol for Hindu community. It is treated as mother. It becomes a humble duty of devout Muslims to ensure that dignity of this religious figure should be maintained at any cost," said Khan.He shared that keynote address in each seminary will have references from the religious and history text talking about the protection of cow. "Prophet Mohammad has considered cow milk as most beneficial to humans and meat should not be consumed," said Khan. Following the rules laid down by the prophet of Islam is compulsory for all Muslims.The move has also sparked controversy with Muslim leaders questioning its intention. Ameen Kaimkhany, president of Rajasthan Urdu Teachers Association, says that every urdu school and registered madrasas have been celebrating both Independence and Republic Day for years.TOI
BJP supporter killed in clashes over cow smuggling in UP
Ballia: A BJP supporter died when party workers clashed with police while protesting the arrest of 5 persons on charges of cow smuggling in Narhi area, today.While the protesters alleged that the worker died in police firing, police have denied the charge.Heavy police force has been deployed to bring the situation under control and cases have been registered against BJP MLA Upendra Tiwari, 35 named and 300 unnamed accused under various sections of IPC and 6 persons have been arrested.SP Manoj Kumar Jha said the MLA and his supporters sat on dharna before Narhi police station and clashed with police last night in protest against the arrest and pelted stones when authorities tried to evict them.Police then lobbed teargas shells and fired rubber bullets to disperse the irate crowd, he said.District BJP chief Binod Dubey alleged that police used batons and opened fire at the party workers leading to the death of Vinod Rai and injury to 50 others.PTI
Owaisi dares Opposition parties for open debate on Dalits and Muslims
Lucknow: AIMIM president and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi has dared the major political parties to hold 'Open Debate' on different issues related to Dalits and Muslims. "Instead of labeling me as communal and anti-national, why not SP, BSP, Congress and BJP sit for an open debate on the issues faced by the people especially Dalits and Muslims. Either they should join me in open debate or I would come alone in their meetings for the debate," said Owaisi while addressing State Level AIMIM workers conference here today. Apart from political issues, AIMIM Chief presented statistics based on census 2011 on educational status of Muslim community in UP while targeting SP govt.Owaisi claimed as per census data the literacy rate of Muslim in UP has gone down. In 2001, it was 58% which came down by 2 per cent to 56 per cent. SP promised to create an educational hub in the state where is that hub, are they going to show it to all with a magic wand. If I question on this I am labeled as communal. "If Lohia ji would have been alive, he must have said that AIMIM is working on his thoughts not SP," he added.Not sparing Muslim leadership in other political parties, he said Azam Khan, Naseemuddin Siddiqui, Ghulam Nabi Azad, etc. are not the leaders of Muslims but they are the 'dealers' who arranges the Muslim vote-bank for their respective parties. Muslims and Dalits were betrayed on all fronts by such dealers.UNI
Am most infamous politician as I give voice to community suppressed for 70 yrs: Owaisi
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Gujarat Yatra Is Bringing Dalits, Muslims Together in Shared Anger
Koth (Gujarat): Ever since the communal riots of 2002, the factor of religion has camouflaged caste and class conflict and their issues in Gujarat. It was not till the Parmars, Vaghelas and Mewanis woke up to find their names in FIRs along with the Muslims, that they cried betrayal. However, the Dalit-Muslim unity that has come to the fore through the recent Dalit Asmita Yatra was not forged in a day. The leaders behind the on-going Dalit movement have a story to tell.In the aftermath of the riots, Ahmedabad Municipal Transport System  fired 3,000 bus drivers and conductors. Musabhai Abdulbhai Khatumbara was one of them. Musabhai is today the man responsible for Gujarat’s Muslim community joining the movement in support of the Dalits.“My brother was a victim of the riots” the 40-year-old Mushabhai recalls. “A foreman in a garage, his life changed the night the police along with some vigilantes picked him from our residence in Sarkhej. Ever since, he has been arrested many times and criminal cases were filed against him.”“Later they were released on bail only to be slammed with an exile order,” he narrates.So the memories of the riots are still fresh. But doesn’t  the fact that many Dalits were the foot soldiers of 2002 still rankle with Muslims? “Woh Muslims ko murda gay ke naam pe marte aur Dalits ko zinda gay ke naam pe marte hain,” he responds after a pause. (They kill Muslims in the name of dead cows and Dalits in the name of live cows).“The BJP in the state has pitted the Dalits against the Muslims, while the higher caste people have been orchestrating such a strategy. The truth is both the communities are marginalised and exploited,” he adds. thewire
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PIL in SC for action against cow vigilantes for violent acts against Dalits, minorities
New Delhi:A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking direction to the Centre and some states to take action against so-called cow vigilantes, who are allegedly spreading violence and committing atrocities against Dalits and minorities. PIL, filed by Congress activist Tehseen S Poonawalla, said the violence committed by these ‘Gau Raksha’ groups have reached to such proportions that even PM Narendra Modi recently declared them as people who are “destroying the society”. It alleged these groups were committing atrocities against Dalits and minorities in the name of protection of cows and other bovines and they needed to be “regulated and banned in the interest of social harmony, public morality and law and order in the country”. “Menace caused by the so-called cow protection groups is spreading fast to every nook and corner of the country and is creating disharmony among various communities and castes,” the petition said.It also sought a direction to remove the alleged “violent content” uploaded on social media and hosted by the cow protection groups. The plea sought to declare as “unconstitutional” section 12 of the Gujarat Animal Prevention Act, 1954, Section 13 of Maharashtra Animal Prevention Act, 1976, and Section 15 of Karnataka Prevention of Cow Slaughter and Cattle Preservation Act, 1964, which provide for protection of persons acting in good faith under the Act or rules.“These laws and the protection granted therewith act as a catalyst to violence perpetrated by these vigilante groups,” it said. PTI
VHP slams Modi’s gau rakshak remarks: ‘This is racial profiling’
New Delhi: Taking on PM Narendra Modi for “insulting” gau rakshaks with his recent remarks against cow vigilantes, the VHP Saturday said Modi’s move to ask state governments to create dossiers of cow vigilantes amounts to “racial profiling” of Hindus. VHP also asked the Centre to form a Gau Mantralaya (ministry for cows) and enact a central legislation for cow protection. Expressing “utmost dissatisfaction and agony” over Modi’s remarks, VHP’s acting president Pravin Togadia said that instead of appreciating efforts of Hindus in protecting cows and initiating a sincere dialogue with these “simple gau rakshaks”, Modi termed 80 per cent of them “anti-social”. He called it an “insult not only of gau mata (mother cow) but also of Hindus, as well as all those who gave their lives to protect cows” indian express
Punjab: 3-time ex-Akali MLA Balbir Bath; Capt Kanwaljit’s wife, daughter join AAP
Chandigarh: A former three time Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) MLA Balbir Singh Bath joined the AAP Saturday . He was welcomed into the party fold by state convenor Sucha Singh Chottepur and Punjab affairs-incharge Sanjay Singh.Besides Bath, wife of former finance minister in the SAD government Captain Kanwaljit Singh who died in a road accident in 2009, Sarabjit Kaur along with her daughter Manpreet Kaur and popular singer Sukhwinder Sukhi also joined AAP.Apart from them, a political outfit Secular Lok Raj led by Harchand Singh Barsat, former OSD of Captain Amarinder Singh, merged with AAP.After joining the party, Bath claimed that he was feeling unwanted in SAD which was ignoring the Taksali Akalis played a major role in SAD’s emergence in Punjab. He further claimed that the party has become a fiefdom of the Badals.While welcoming the leaders in the party fold, Sanjay Singh said their entires would add value to AAP. indianexpress
Shah Rukh Khan's detention proves racial profiling is alive in US
New York: There are few bigger celebrities in India than Shah Rukh Khan. Even at the age of 50, he remains a dominant force in Bollywood and not immune to a little self indulgence and narcissism. But the actor responded with remarkable patience and grace after he was stopped at US customs this week — an experience that has now befallen the movie star on three occasions.There was no explanation from US Customs and Border Protection as to why the star of Om Shanti Om, Chak de! India and Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge should been stopped at Los Angeles International Airport.The Independent
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No Railway Budget from next financial year, Arun Jaitley accepts Railway minister’s proposal
New Delhi: 92-year-old practice of presenting a separate Rail Budget is set to come to an end from the next fiscal, with the Finance Ministry accepting Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu’s proposal to merge it with the General Budget.According to railways, Finance Ministry has now constituted a 5-member committee comprising senior officials of the Ministry and the national transporter to work out the modalities for the merger. The committee has been asked to submit its report by August 31.“I had written to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for merger of the Rail Budget with General Budget. This will be in the Railway’s interest and also in the nation’s interest. We are working out the modalities,” Prabhu told PTI.PTI
Urdu media has radicalised Muslims, claims ex-BBC Urdu journalist Tufail Ahmad; also  endorses Uniform Civil Code
Hyderabad: Accusing Urdu media of radicalising the Muslim community, former BBC Urdu journalist Tufail Ahmad urged strict action against Islamic preachers such as Brother Imran of Hyderabad and others for inciting Muslims.Speaking at the launch of his book ‘Jihadist Threat to India’, the author and director of the South Asia Studies Project, the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), US said that Islamism is a methodolgy and that Jihadism is the weaponised version of Islamism.The book talks about the growth of Islamic extremism in India and Indian Muslims response and role in it.“Through Islamism, Islam succeeded in wiping out Hindus from Afghanistan and Pakistan,” he said.On Telangana CM announcement of 12 per cent quota for Muslims, Ahmad opined that reservation be given to BPL families and all communities will be covered in it. Endorsing Uniform Civil Code, Ahmad said that the Code has been abused and misunderstood. According to him, Islamism is nothing but an attempt to establish Sharia rule, which will not allow democracy, secularism, expression of one's viewpoint. New Age Islam website editor Sultan Shaheen said the violent verses of Islam were contextual and do not hold relevance in the 21st century. new indian express/ meri news
Some Urdu papers, clerics provoking radicalisation of Muslim youth in India:Tufail Ahmad
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Imam, assistant shot dead outside New York mosque after prayers
New York: A Muslim cleric and a second man were fatally shot by a lone gunman on Saturday while walking together following afternoon prayers at a mosque in the New York City borough of Queens, authorities said.Police said 55-year-old Imam Maulama Akonjee and his 64-year-old associate, Thara Uddin, were shot in the back of the head as they left the Al-Furqan Jame Masjid mosque shortly before 2 pm.Both men were later pronounced dead, an administrator at Jamaica Hospital said.Police said no motive has been established and there was no reason to believe the men were shot because they were Muslim. No suspects are in custody.“There’s nothing in the preliminary investigation to indicate that they were targeted because of their faith,” said deputy inspector Henry Sautner of the New York Police Department.Sautner said video surveillance shows the victims were approached from behind by a man in a dark polo shirt and shorts who shot them and then fled with the gun still in his hand.HT
NY Imam, 2nd man fatally shot after afternoon prayers
Leaders of New York mosque killed in daylight shooting
300 Israelis storm Al-Aqsa complex on Jewish holiday
Jerusalem: Hundreds of hardline Israelis stormed East Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque compound and several were arrested during a Jewish religious festival on Sunday. Around 300 Jews visited the flashpoint compound, according to Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld, who said seven were arrested for chanting or deviating from a route set by the police. Jerusalem-based Palestinian activist group Wadi Hilweh Information Center posted pictures on social media of Jews praying outside the gates of the compound. For Muslims, Al-Aqsa represents the world's third holiest site. Jews, for their part, refer to the area as the "Temple Mount," claiming it was the site of two Jewish temples in ancient times. Anadoluagency
300 Israelis storm Al-Aqsa complex on Jewish holiday
Hamas denies Netanyahu’s accusations on NGO funds
Gaza: Palestinian group Hamas has decried accusations by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the group of seizing funds from Gaza-based international aid organizations.  In a Sunday statement, Hamas termed Netanyahu’s accusations as “lies” and “bare of truth”. “These remarks were meant to deceive world public opinion, pressure international aid organizations in Gaza and justify the criminal blockade on the strip,” the statement said. Anadoluagency
Iraq: PYD frees abducted Syrian Kurdish leader
Erbil, Iraq:Forces of the PYD, the Syrian affiliate of the terrorist PKK organization, on Sunday released the head of Syria’s Kurdish National Council, Ibrahim Biro, who was abducted one day earlier in the northeastern al-Hasakah province, a Kurdish official has said."Ibrahim Biro, who was abducted by PYD forces, was brought to a place close to Iraqi border with Syria and released overnight," Nuri Birimo, a senior member of Kurdistan KDP-S told Anadolu Agency. Anadoluagency
Syria: PYD abducts head of Kurdish National Council
Iraq President ratifies death penalty for convicts in 2014 air force cadets by Daesh
Baghdad : Iraqi President Fuad Masum on Sunday ratified the death sentences of 36 people in connection with the 2014 mass killing of hundreds of Iraqi air force cadets by Daesh militants in northern Iraq. In a Sunday statement, Iraqi Presidency said Masum has “approved all the death sentences handed down in the crime of the Speicher Camp”.Anadoluagency
Airstrike kills 10 children in Yemen
Sanaa: At least 10 children were killed in an airstrike on a school in Yemen’s stronghold of the Houthi group on Saturday, aid group Doctors Without Borders said. The group said on Twitter that 28 children were also injured in the attack in Haydan of Saada province. The aid agency said the children were aged between eight and 15, but without specifying which group was behind the airstrike. On Saturday, Saudi media said that a senior Houthi leader had been killed in an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition in Saada. Anadoluagency
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