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20 Aug. 2016: 15 Dzulqa'dah 37: Vol:7, No:142
Jamaat’S PEACE & HUMANITY CAMPAIGN
Leaders from different religions come together for Peace & Humanity
New Delhi: In the backdrop of the growing communal rift in the society, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind's call for Peace and Humanity witnessed leaders of different religions coming together on one stage here on Saturday. In one voice, they supported the need for an intensive campaign for establishment of peace and humanity in the society. Speaking at the inaugural of Jamaat's 15-day nationwide Peace & Humanity campaign (21 Aug - 3 Sept), eminent social activist and writer Ram Puniyani said: Situation is worsening. Communalism of all religious groups is bad. Today communalism of Hindus calls itself nationalism. Gau Raksha is a political tool.Supporting the campaign, he said: "Today lots of wrong things are being spread against Muslims and Christians. Therefore, common people need to be approached in order to remove their misunderstandings. "Representing the Jain community, Kastur Muni, patron of Vishwa Ahimsa Sangh said, "Our thoughts and words should not trouble others; they in fact should please us and others."Speaking on the occasion, Dr John Dayal, Secretary-General of the All India Christian Council said that it should be clear that minorities are not seeking unity against Hindus. There is no default religion of India; but what happens at the launch of a war plane or a govt  project, is open for all to see.Earlier in his opening remarks, Syed Saadatullah Hussain, vice president of Jamaat and national convenor of the campaign, said, "Some forces want to divide the society; they actually want to push the society to a civil war.This is dangerous indications and all people who believe in peace and humanity must stand up to save the society and the country."In his speech, Navaid Hamid, national president of All India Muslim Majlise Mushawarat, strongly criticized Sangh ideology."Sangh is not an institution; it is actually an ideology. As long as this ideology persists, peace and humanity will remain in danger. Until and unless this ideology is crushed, peace can't be established in the society," said Hamid.He also criticized the upcoming New Education Policy formulated by the current BJP-led NDA govt.Magsaysay awardee and eminent social activist Dr Sandeep Pandey highlighted the division in the society in Gujarat post 2002 riots. Ayodhya saint and peace activist Yugalkishore Shastri also spoke on the occasion. At the end, Jamaat conferred Sadbhavana Award for their outstanding work in the field of communal harmony to Ram Puniyani, Sandeep Pandey, JS Bandukwala and Yugalkishore Shastri of Ayodhya. India Tomorrow
Jamat-e-Islami Hind to fight against "divisive forces" through peace & humanity campaign: TOI
New Delhi: Without naming the BJP led NDA govt at the Centre, Jamat-e-Islami Hind, national president Maulana Jallaluddin Umari who is preparing to launch a nation-wide campaign to build "peace and humanity" made a subtle but strong attack on the ruling dispensation on Friday saying that the govt  has "failed to spread a strong message of peace and harmony to remove the growing sense of insecurity among the minority and the marginalised communities." Umari said the issue of "gau rakshak" was nothing but a ploy to politicise the matter by "divisive forces".Condemning all attacks on people in the name of cow protection, Umari said, "while the PM has himself said that 85% of all those engaging in violence in the name of cow protection are criminals, the impact of his statement has not yet been on ground." He sought action to prevent such attacks. The Jamat's nation-wide "peace and humanity" campaign has been launched in Delhi on Saturday. "The aim is to reach the grassrooots through public meetings and programs," Umari said.In a statement issued by the Jamat-e-Islami Hind asserted that "it is a matter of grave concern that some extremist ideologies propounded by communal and fascist forces are quickly gaining ground in society. Some opportunist elements are trying hard to disrupt our age old social fabric for their own petty political, financial and cultural gains. Many low volume, high intensity incidents of communal violence have been planned and triggered in the recent months. the level of opposition and condemnation expected against this rising communalism was sadly below par which only emboldened the hate mongers." The Jamat has warned that "communal polarisation is very dangerous for a country like India and is a serious impediment in her path to development and prosperity, besides drawing international rebuke and a serious dent to the image of a developed and democratic India."In this backdrop, the Jamat has decided to hold country-wide programs under the "peace and humanity campaign" from August 21 to September 4. "This is by no means a traditional awareness campaign, rather its goal is to bring about some firm and perceptible changes in society. Emphasis will be on people to people contact at ward, neighbourhood and colony level. This will open the channels of inter-community communication and pave the way for removing misconceptions and misunderstanding about each other and bring all to a common platform," Umri explained. The Jamat is hoping to establish a string of community based institutions to consistently counter the menace of communal hatred by way of awareness building.TOI
Response against communalism below par: Jamaat-e-Islami Hind launches Peace & Humanity campaign
New Delhi:An Islamic body has expressed grave concern over the "rise" of communal and fascist forces in India and attempts by "opportunist elements" to rupture the social fabric of the country. Jamaat-e-Islami Hind termed the voices of condemnation against these forces and "rising communalism" as "below par", which it said was dangerous for the countrys development and prosperity. The organisation has announced a nationwide campaign, commencing on Aug.21, to convey the message of peace and humanity."It is a matter of grave concern that some extremist ideologies propounded by communal and fascist forces are quickly gaining ground in society. Some opportunist elements are trying hard to disrupt our age old social fabric for their own petty political, financial and cultural gains."Several low volume, high intensity incidents of communal violence have been planned and triggered in the recent months. The level of opposition and condemnation expected against this rising communalism was sadly below par which only emboldened the hatemongers," Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Umari, head of JIH told reporters.PTI/IndiaToday
Response against communalism below par: Jamaat
Response against communalism below par: Jamaat
Response against communalism below par: Jamaat
Ahmedabad: Jamaat-e-Islami Hind to launch a campaign against polarisation
Ahmedabad: Jamaat-e-Islami Hind is organising a campaign in the state from Aug.21 to Sept.4 to counter communal polarisation — “Peace and Humanity Campaign”. Its convener, Mohammed Shafi Madni, said that certain communal outfits were trying to disrupt the social fabric of the nation by spreading hatred.indian express
OTHER NEWS
Gulberg Society massacre: SIT seeks death penalty for 11 who got life term
Ahmedabad:Supreme Court-appointed SIT has recommended capital punishment for 11 convicts who were awarded life imprisonment in the Gulberg Society massacre case by a special court on June 17 this year.SIT submitted its opinion to the state govt  last week, seeking the govt ’s nod for filing an appeal petition in Gujarat High Court for enhancing the sentence of those convicted, and challenging the acquittal of 14 people.The special court had convicted 24 accused and acquitted 36 people in the case.The SIT has not challenged the acquittal of retired deputy superintendent of police K G Erda, who was also acquitted for want of evidence.On Feb.28, 2002, a mob had broken into the compound of Gulberg Society. The mob killed 69 people, including former Congress MP Ahsan Jafri.According to SIT, the 12 convicts awarded seven-year jail terms and one convict who got a 10-year prison sentence for lesser offences should have been given life imprisonment.The court-appointed probe team has argued that since these 13 people were part of the mob and were found guilty of unlawful assembly and arson, among other charges, they should have been treated as “murderers”. Sources in the SIT said that it will not challenge the acquittal of retired police officer Erda since he was wrongly involved in the case. indian express 
‘Supply of petrol, eatables halted in J&K’
Traders and locals have accused the govt of stopping the supply of eatables and petrol in parts of Kashmir, stoking a fresh wave of anger among residents, as curfew, shutdown and restrictions continued to affect normal life for the 41st day on Thursday.Bilal Ahmad, spokesman of the Petrol Dealers Association, Kashmir, alleged that since Wednesday morning Hindustan Petroleum, Bharat Petroleum and Indian Oil “have stopped distributing fuel to dealers in the Valley.”State Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution Minister Choudhary Zulfikar Ali denied any such direction has been issued. “We have not asked oil depot owners to stop supplying fuel.”Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Khan said the oil dealers’ concern that tankers were coming under attack was being looked into. Contrary to the govt  position, a police party on Thursday raided petrol pumps in the old city. “The police chased vehicle owners at the Mill Stop petrol pump near Nowshera and stopped sale of petrol,” said a local.Besides petrol supplies, locals alleged that in the garb of night curfew the authorities have stopped supply of eatables from villages into the towns and Srinagar city. Locals alleged that movement of eatables, particularly of vegetables and milk, that would move before sunrise were halted by the security forces in north and south Kashmir.Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA) chairperson Mohammed Yasin Khan said, “The curfew and blocked supplies is neither Insaaniyat [Humanity] nor Jamhooriyat [democracy] but Yazidiyat (oppressing force). From milk to vegetables to medicines and oil, nothing is being allowed to be sold even in the hours when Hurriyat announces relaxation. By countering the Hurriyat calendar, the govt is only deepening the crises,” Khan said. the hindu
 Soldiers desecrate Mosque, cut water supply, break Hamam slabs in Kashmir’s Bandipora village:kashmirreader
Bandipora: ‘army has not spared even the stones’ is the refrain of most residents of Saderkote Bala village in Bandipora district.One by one, the residents recount what they call as the “reign of terror” by the army.2 water tanks built by the Public Health Engineering department on villagers’ land in 1980 supply about 1.5 lakh litres of water to the village daily. An army camp that was set up in 2006 has occupied the tanks, the residents said. The camp has also encroached on a graveyard nearby. The army camp, the villagers said, has snapped water supply to the village.“We spend most part of the day in bringing water from a spring. There are very few potable water sources here,” said Hajra, a resident of Saderkote.One of PHE workers engaged in operation of water tanks said on condition of anonymity that water supply is in army’s control and “it is up to them to allow us to operate it”.“Army has denied us access to open the sluice valves of the reservoirs,” he said. Villagers told Kashmir Reader that a dog was let loose on one of the employees who approached the camp for releasing water. He was hospitalized for dog bite, they said. 5 mosques in the five mohallas of the village have been desecrated by the army. The villagers showed mobile phone video of some residents entering a immediately after it was desecrated by the soldiers. The video shows the mosque floor strewn with copies of the Holy Quran, a digital wall clock and 2 X-shaped, foldable wooden book rests.The soldiers had broken the grill of the space holding mosque audio system and seized the system.“The audio system was targeted as they were used to play freedom songs,” said a local Mukhtar Ahmad.kashmirreader
Kashmir lecturer’s killing: Army says raids not sanctioned, such acts won’t be tolerated
Srinagar:Amid the outrage in Kashmir, Army Friday said actions by its soldiers, like the one in which a lecturer was killed, will not be tolerated. “These raids were not sanctioned in the first place. It is unjustified. Nobody can support it and it will not be tolerated,” Northern Army Commander Lt Gen DS Hooda told reporters here.He said an inquiry has been ordered into the incident that took place during the intervening night of August 17 and 18 in Khrew area of Pulwama district. Shabir Ahmad Monga, a lecturer, was killed and 18 others sustained injuries when they were thrashed by army personnel who were conducting nocturnal raids to arrest stone pelters in the area.Asked about the circumstances that led to the incident, the army commander said according to the information he has, the troops came under stone pelting by the mobs. “The instructions are there to exercise maximum restraint but these are difficult times. The security forces are facing tough times and sometimes things get out of hand,” he added.The J&K govt  registered a case of murder against the “Army and others” on Thursday. Residents of Sharshali said scores were injured when the Army personnel entered the village Wednesday night and hit people with “rods and planks with nails”.Lecturer Shabir Ahmad Mango, among those taken away by Army personnel, was brought dead to Pampore hospital early Thursday.PTI
Villagers allege Kashmir teacher Shabir killed in Army’s custody, 18 others injured in clashes with security forces
Pak ignores India’s condition, invites Foreign Secretary for talks on Kashmir
Islamabad:Ignoring India’s offer to hold talks on cross-border terrorism, Pakistan on Friday invited Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar to Islamabad by the end of this month to discuss Kashmir dispute “as per UNSC Resolutions”. Upping the ante, it called for an immediate end to “human rights violations in Kashmir” and sought permission for Pakistani doctors and paramedics to travel to the state.Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman said its Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry had given a reply to Jaishankar’s proposal for talks on cross-border terror. Reply was handed over to Indian High Commissioner Gautam Bambwale by Chaudhry in Islamabad. Spokesperson said the letter invites Indian Foreign Secretary to visit “Islamabad by the end of this month to discuss the J&K dispute, with a view to finding a fair and just solution, as per the UNSC resolutions and aspirations” of the people of the state.Pakistan has also called for “putting an immediate end to human rights violations against the innocent people” of J&K and for providing medical facilities to the injured, “including the permission for doctors and paramedics to travel.” PTI
Indo-Pak talks possible only if ‘terror’ becomes agenda: Press Club of India president
NIA to prepare list of J&K residents with 'suspicious' bank transactions
New Delhi: NIA has planned to make a list of J&K residents and institutions with “suspicious” bank activities for which it will seek assistance from banks and other financial institutions in the state.According to a report in dna, the NIA has said the move comes in the wake of ongoing unrest that started after the killing of Burhan Wani on July 8, however, the officials in Delhi said that a “probe into funding of terror and unlawful activities was long overdue.”Deccan Chronicle
Curfew continues; normal life hit for 43rd day in Kashmir
OIC expressed ‘deep concern’ over Kashmir situation: Pak
Islamabad:Pakistan Saturday said the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation has expressed “deep concern” over the Kashmir situation and reaffirmed its support for the right of self-determination for the people there.Secretary General of the OIC Iyad Ameen Madani, who is in Islamabad on a three-day visit, from Aug.19-21, conveyed the group’s concerns to the Pakistani side, the city’s Foreign Office said in a statement. Claiming that Madani’s visit to Pakistan was aimed at discussing the situation in Kashmir, it said, “discussions during meeting (between Madani and PM ’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz) focused on a number of challenges facing the Muslim world, particularly on the situation” in Kashmir and peace in Afghanistan.Madani expressed “deep concern over the killing of innocent civilians” in Kashmir and sorrow at the “indiscriminate use of force and gross violations of human rights” in Kashmir by the Indian forces, statement said.PTI
OIC chief says Kashmir not internal problem of India: Pak
For the sake of democracy and humanity, India must let go of its obsessive love of Kashmir: Dibyesh Anand
Karzai backs Modi on Balochistan, advises Kashmiri leaders to keep Pakistan away
New Delhi:Days after PM  Narendra Modi raised the issue of human rights violation in Balochistan, he has got support from former Afghan president Hamid Karzai. On his current visit to New Delhi, Karzai said, "We highly appreciate the fact that PM Modi has raised the issue of Balochistan. He addressed it by showing concern for the people of Balochistan to be violence free." It has been two years since Karzai vacated the office of Afghan president after completing two tenures, but having guided Afghanistan through its most turbulent times, when it faced terror threats from outfits having support bases in Pakistan, his voice holds credibility. Herejected Pakistan's allegation that India was encouraging dissent in Balochistan emphasizing that Islamabad itself indulged in fomenting troubles on neighbours' soil. indiatoday
India should be a lot bolder in meeting military needs of Afghanistan: Hamid Karzai
Bangladesh seeks details from India about Zakir Naik: Visitng Bangla Minister Inu
New Delhi:Bangladesh has sought from India details about Zakir Naik’s operations even as it said several prominent ulemas wanted action against the Islamic televangelist much before deadly the Gulshan attack last month.Bangladeshi Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu, who is in New Delhi on a 6-day visit, said his country has cracked down on Naik’s Peace TV by banning its broadcast and indicated that it is waiting for India’s action against the preacher.Inu said his country doesn’t have any evidence of links between home grown terrorists in Bangladesh with extremists outfits in India but at the same time slammed Pak for “harbouring terrorism”.“From Bangladesh’s side Zakir Naik’s case has been settled. We have stopped the broadcast of Peace TV. In last one year, ulemas came up with written complaints against Naik. We are examining it. We think his teachings, in certain cases are not in compliance with the Quran or Hadith. So, that is creating confusion.“In certain cases it is instigating. So, we have taken our position. We have asked the Indian side to take their position and give us necessary information,” Inu said. About his meeting with Information and Broadcasting Minister Venkaiah Naidu, Inu said both sides have agreed to broadcast their respective national TV channels in each other’s country. indian express
Bihar: Residents avert communal clash in Ara town area
Ara: In a rare gesture, Ara residents on Friday defeated the nefarious design of those who wanted to foment communal tension in the town.On Friday morning, a person circulated an objectionable and provocative comment on WhatsApp against a particular community. It created communal tension in some communally sensitive areas of the town.But the members of the same community from which the person belonged to handed him over to the police. Otherwise, some right wing organizations were planning to protest strongly against the malicious comment.Sadar SDPO Sanjay Kumar said situation is peaceful."Person guilty of making objectionable comment against a particular community has been arrested and sent to jail. FIR has been lodged against him," he added.ASP Md Sajid said, "It was a nice gesture on the part of community members who helped the police catch the culprit for further action. Those who helped the police belonged to the same community. Such a gesture of communal harmony helps the administration a lot in maintaining peace and order in the society.TOI
Will start Islamic banks within 2 yrs: Kerala Finance Minister Isaac
Kozhikode:Finance Minister TM Thomas Isaac has said that the State govt will start Islamic banks within two years.Delivering a talk on ‘Alternative Economic Thoughts in Recession’ organised by Markazu Ssaquafathi Ssunniyya at Karanthur here on Friday, Dr. Isaac said that capitalist economic system triggered the economic recession in 2008.But Islam presented an alternative financial system based on non-interest finance, he added. Minister said that studies to implement non-interest finance system were progressing. Kanthapuram A.P. Aboobaker Musliyar presided over the function. the hindu
Barelvi seminary issues fatwa against Hafiz Saeed for being anti-Islamic
Islamic seminary of Barelvi sect issued a 'fatwa' (edict) against Mumbai terror attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed on Thursday declaring him anti-Islamic. The 'fatwa' was issued against the Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) chief by Mufti Mohammed Saleem. It dubbed Saeed who carries a $10 million bounty on his head, as "outcast" from Islam and declared those following him or considering as Muslim as "illegal". mumbaimirror
Hindus, Muslims clash in Bareilly over use of loudspeakers in mosque for azaan
Bareilly:Communal tension gripped UP’s Bareilly town on Friday afternoon after Hindus and Muslims clashed over the use of loudspeakers for ‘azaan’ or call for namaz in a mosque. A group of men from the Hindu community entered into an argument with the Muslims at the mosque in Hafizganj area.The situation took a violent turn after both groups indulged in stone-pelting and firing, sources said. At least 20 people were injured in the clash.“The first team was dispatched from the local police station as soon as we came to know about the incident. Later, additional forces were sent to control the situation,” superintendent of police (rural) Yamuna Prasad said.Over 300 men from both the sides indulged in violence and fled the spot when additional police force reached there. Reports of clashes from neighbouring areas continued to pour in till late in the evening. Sources claimed that tension was simmering in the area since last week after some Hindus opposed the use of loudspeakers for ‘azaan’. hindustantimes
In riot-scarred Muzaffarnagar, MP Balyan revs up engine for UP 2017 polls
Muzaffarnagar:More than 50 motorcycles negotiated the dirt tracks and potholed roads cutting through tall ripening sugarcane crops, with the Tricolour and BJP flags fluttering. At the head of the motorcade was a rusty-red jeep, two loudspeakers atop, and trailing behind was Minister of State for Agriculture Sanjeev Balyan, along with party workers and supporters. On Friday, they were into the 6th day of the 10-day Tiranga Yatra inminister’s home constituency — Muzaffarnagar in western UP.At a minority-dominated village on the way, men in skullcaps and women in veils looked on as the entourage negotiated the bylanes, without making much eye contact. At Ratanpuri, a bigger gathering received Balyan. indianexpress
Turkey briefs India on Gulen's role in coup attempt
New Delhi: After Turkey requested India to take action against oganisations and educational institutions in India which are affiliated to Fethullah Gulen, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Friday briefed External Affairs Minister Sushma on the role of the Muslim cleric's organisation in last month's coup attempt in his country.“There were discussions on the terrorist attacks in Turkey and the internal developments in Turkey, including the recent coup attempt,” sources here said following a meeting between the two ministers. “In this context, the Turkish side briefed about the role of Fethullah Gulen-led organisation FETO in the attempted coup,” they said.External Affairs Ministry said on Thursday that Turkey's request has been passed on to relevant Indian authorities to investigate the matter.In Friday's meeting, entire gamut of bilateral relations as well as important global and regional issues of mutual interest was discussed, it is learnt “On the multilateral front, there were discussions on the need for reform in UNSC,” the sources said. “India's application for membership in the NSG also featured in the discussions,” they said, adding that Turkey confirmed support for this as it had earlier for India's membership in Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR). 2 ministers exchanged views on regional developments, particularly in West Asia, where the security situation has become alarming from the perspective of both the countries.IANS
No govt ads for private radio channels inciting communal tension, offending sovereignty of India: DAVP policy
Directorate of Visual Publicity (DAVP) --the nodal body responsible for release of Central govt  advertisements under the I&B ministry –will not release any advertisement to radio stations which incites "communal passion, preach violence or offend sovereignty and integrity of India or socially accepted norms of public decency and behavior."The guideline is part of a fresh policy released by DAVP on empanellment of private radio stations and fixing rates for govt  advertisements for those channels, as the central govt  prepares to expand the radio broadcasting network through e-auction of second batch of 266 FM Radio channels under FM Phase III expansion.DNA
Ban on camel slaughter: Upset TN Muslims to file appeal
Chennai: Tamil Nadu could flash a proud tag of being the first Indian state to ban camel slaughter. But it is not over yet.While animal rights activists’ feel victorious following the Madras high court order, a section of Muslims who oppose the order are all set to file an appeal soon.Amid the confusion between religious freedom and animal rights, this newspaper spoke to a cross-section of animal activists and religious members.Arun Prasanna, petitioner in the case and an animal rights activist puts forth the laws — Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 and Food Safety and Standards Authority of India — both of which prohibit camel slaughter in the country.According to him, camel population is fast depleting in the country as close to 2.5 lakhs are noted in 2016 against over four lakhs in 2014. Camels are sheltered in a dilapidated condition as there are no camel slaughterhouses in the city. Nose rings are pierced and are pulled to control their temper, he said.Chief Imam of Makkah Masjid, Moulana Shamsudeen Qusami said:“Any animal — buffalo, camel, cow and goat could be slaughtered depending on the regional availability. Camel is not a South Indian animal and transporting it from North India is painful to the animal. I see no point in it as we have other animals.”asianage
Gujarat: Dalit boy beaten up as father refuses to dispose off cattle carcasses
Ahmedabad:A 15-year-old Dalit boy was allegedly beaten up late on Thursday evening by two men in Bhavda village of Daskroi taluka in Ahmedabad district ostensibly because his father refused to dispose off cattle carcasses in the village, police said on Saturday. 2 persons were arrested after the boy’s father, Dinesh Parmar, lodged an FIR against them.IANS
Those who consider India their country should treat cow as mother: Jharkhand CM Raghubar Das
WORLD
‘A preventive measure’: Germany proposes burqa ban in public places
Berlin: Germany’s interior minister on Friday proposed partially banning the full-face burqa Islamic veil, as a debate on integration rages after two jihadist attacks and ahead of key state elections.The call by Thomas de Maiziere comes as Chancellor Angela Merkel’s govt  attempts to address public fears surrounding last year’s record influx of nearly 1.1 million migrants and refugees, most from predominantly Muslim countries.It also echoed a controversial decision by several French towns in recent weeks to outlaw burkinis, the full-body Islamic swimsuit, at a highly sensitive time for relations with the Muslim community following a series of Islamist attacks.AFP
German minister proposes partial burqa ban: aljazeera
Hijab-clad Muslim woman evicted from Trump rally
Washington:A hijab-clad Muslim woman, who was evicted from a Donald Trump rally in January, has been booted out of his campaign event again after handing out pens inscribed with the word 'salam' which means 'peace'.Rose Hamid said a member of the Republican Presidential candidate's security staff removed her from the event in Charlotte, North Carolina, even before the rally began on the pretext that she was causing a "disturbance"."I just wanted to let people know that Muslims who don't support Trump can get along with people who do support Trump," Hamid told WBTV News.At the event, Hamid was handing out pens, decorated with a single red rose and the word "salam" which in Arabic means "peace" and is used as a greeting."I thought it was sweet. I loved the little saying on it," a Trump supporter was quoted as saying.Hamid said she was inside the rally having positive conversations with Trump fans."Those are the reactions I was getting. It was such a good experiment," Hamid said.This was the second time Hamid was kicked out of a Donald Trump rally after she was evicted from the business tycoon's event for a silent protest in January.PTI
Egypt sentences 418 for supporting Muslim Brotherhood
Cairo: An Egyptian military court has sentenced 418 alleged supporters of the banned Muslim Brotherhood, mostly in absentia, to prison terms from two years to life imprisonment for involvement in violence at a police station in 2013.Court documents show Thursday's decision was related to the storming of a police station in the Minya area in August of that year, after the military forcefully cleared two Brotherhood protest camps in Cairo, killing hundreds in the process.The court sentenced 350 defendants in absentia to 25 years or life imprisonment, while 68 defendants present were sentenced to between two and 10 years, for "belonging to a banned group" and "sabotage of public facilities and police."AP
Turkey wants to repair ties with Egypt: PM Binali Yildirim
Istanbul:Turkey wants to repair its ties with Egypt, after relations soured over the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013, PM  Binali Yildirim said on Saturday.Relations between Ankara and Cairo took a nosedive after the Egyptian military deposed Morsi on July 30, 2013.Morsi, a Muslim Brotherhood leader, had been a close ally of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling AKP govt. AFP
Reports: Iran forms Liberation Army to deploy abroad
Iran has formed what it calls Liberation Army whose units will be deployed in Arab countries, according to reports. Aljazeera
Assad has no role in Syria's long-term future: Turkish PM
Istanbul: All parties in Syria should come together for a political transition period, but Syrian regime leader Bashar al-Assad cannot be involved in a lasting peace, Turkey’s PM said Saturday. “Today, US and Russia also know that Assad does not appear to be a unifier in the long term. [However] by sitting together, [and] talking, a transition could be ensured peacefully,” PM Binali Yildirim said.He said that Turkey wouldn’t object if Assad played a role during a possible transitional period but that Ankara cannot accept him for Syria's future. Anadolu agency
Civilians evacuated as Syrian Kurds bombed in Hasakah
Syrian govt  jets have continued to pound Kurdish-controlled parts of the northeastern city of Hasakah for a second day, killing at least 22 residents and forcing thousands to flee.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), which reports daily on the war using a network of activists, said on Friday that at least 22 civilians, including nine children, had been killed in the past two days.Thousands of civilians, mostly women and children, were evacuated from the divided city on Friday, said Redur Xelil, a spokesman for the Kurdish YPG."Whoever can bear arms is fighting the regime and its gangs," Xelil told the Reuters news agency, adding that dozens had been killed in the air raids."Our situation is so far defensive but it will change while the regime escalates in this way," he said. aljazeera
Civilians caught up in Aleppo cluster bomb attacks
Cluster bomb attacks on rebel-held areas of Aleppo have killed 9 civilians and sent thousands of others fleeing.The widely proscribed cluster munitions were used in the bombardment of rebel-held areas of Aleppo's Masshad, Salaheddine and Sukkary after midday prayers on Friday.Those killed were women and children on a minibus, trying to leave the areas hardest hit by the strikes. At least 20 more people have been wounded in the attacks. Images obtained by Al Jazeera show unexploded cluster bomblets lying around the city as civilians walk nearby.Al Jazeera
CNN anchor breaks down while reporting on story of injured Syrian boy
UN: IS studied the 26/11 Mumbai attacks to 'maximise confusion and casualties'
UN: Islamic State terrorists had "studied" the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack and similar "active shooter scenarios" to maximise confusion and casualties before hitting multiple locations in Paris in November, UN member- states have said.The Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team submitted the its 18th report to the UNSC. ISIS, Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee said the modus operandi that Islamic State operatives demonstrated while conducting multiple, nearly simultaneous attacks, such as in Paris and Brussels, presents particular problems in terms of security response.PTI 
Bangladesh Police arrest 18 Jamaat activists from Dhaka school run by executed Motiur Rahman Nizami’s wife
Police say they have arrested 18 activists of the Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami from a school run by executed Motiur Rahman Nizami’s wife in Dhaka. Nizami, hanged in May this year in 1971 war crime case. He was the chief of the Jamaat.Police said the arrests were made early Friday morning from Islamic International School and College in Badda.“A raid was conducted on a tip-off that a secret meeting of Jamaat leaders and activists was going on,” said Badda police OC MA Jalil.He said those arrested included Jamaat’s Badda unit chief Fakhruddin Kefayatullah.Nizami’s wife, Shamsun Nahar Nizami is the principal of the school, said OC Jalil.Police are yet to detail the charges against those arrested.bdnews24.com
Taliban captures strategic district of Khanabad in north Afghan amid heavy fighting:Reuters
Kabul:Afghan Taliban captured a strategic district in the northern province of Kunduz today, forcing troops to retreat to the provincial capital which fell briefly to the insurgents last year, officials said.Fighting has sharply escalated in Afghanistan since the insurgency started spreading from its traditional strongholds in the south and east of the country to the once peaceful north.They  seized the district of Khanabad, which connects Kunduz to Takhar and other northern provinces, in the early morning, with heavy fighting ongoing in several other districts, the officials said."Taliban attacked the district from different positions and we resisted for hours but we received no support. The district fell to the Taliban," said Hayatullah Amiri,Khanabad chief.Afghan officials in Kabul say a lack of ammunition and few reinforcements are the main reasons for the district's fall to the Taliban, who are seeking to force NATO-led coalition out of Afghanistan and bring in Islamic law. Fall of Khanabad comes only 5 days after Taliban captured a district in neighbouring Baghlan province, seizing a number of govt  forces' vehicles and ammunition.
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