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Curfew lifted after 52-day all-party team led by Rajnath to visit Srinagar on Sept 4
New Delhi/Srinagar: An all-party delegation will visit Srinagar on Sept. 4 in the wake of the recent unrest in Kashmir Valley where 70 people have died in clashes between security forces and protesters after the death of a militant commander last month.The decks appeared to have cleared for a meeting between Kashmiri separatists and the delegation, as the Centre and the J&K govt reached an understanding that such an engagement won’t be discouraged.In Kashmir, curfew was lifted from most parts on Monday -- after 51 consecutive days of lockdown and subsequent clashes in the aftermath of Burhan Wani’s death on July 8.However, offices, schools and business establishments were closed and public transport was off the roads to a bandh called by the separatists. A few private vehicles were seen plying.Talks with separatists are seen by many as necessary to restore normality.HT
Curfew In Kashmir Relaxed After 52 Days
Rajnath to lead all-party team to Kashmir on Sept.4
Banks, govt offices reopen, private cars back on roads as curfew lifted in most parts of Kashmir
Kashmir: Supplies shut, residents help one another with food, money and medicine
Srinagar:In a village in Handwara, groups of youth could be seen moving from door to door to collect money, rice and other food items from those who could afford to part with these, while another group was doing a “survey” of which households were in need.As Kashmir reeled under 51 days of curfew — it will be lifted Monday — residents of remote Zachaldara village, 80 km north of Srinagar, took it on themselves to provide support to families who were living hand to mouth. “These are hard times and we have to support one another,” said Abdul Gaffar Banday, who leads prayers at a local mosque. “We collected more than 300 quintals of rice from our village, and have distributed around 20 to 25 quintals among the needy so far.” In various places across Kashmir, residents worked out their own ways to try and help their neighbours with supplies.
Teacher in violence-torn Kashmir starts makeshift schools
Srinagar:Wedding halls and prayer rooms have been turned into classrooms in Kashmir as families struggle to provide children with a normal life after more than 50 days of the Muslim-majority region’s worst violence in years. Authorities trying to stifle protests that erupted after Burhan Wani was gunned down by the security forces ordered schools and colleges to close 2 days later. There’s no sign of them re-opening. Teacher Ghulam Rasool Kambay, seeing children becoming increasingly restless cooped up at home, decided to do something. He opened a tutorial centre in a village on August 3 and now has more than a dozen of them in villages in a district south of the region’s main city of Srinagar.Reuters
Kashmir: Protests, clashes continue on cold, rainy day
 Clashes in Srinagar, Budgam districts, nobody hurt
J&K:Hoping for Eid respite,PDP fights fault lines within
Srinagar: There is a tiny island in the heart of this city, around Zero Bridge that links the posh Rajbagh area to the centre. It hasn’t seen any protests.At 10am on Sunday, a spool of concertina wire blocks the bridge and police send back people who want to cross over. One says his aunt has died, another says his relative is in hospital, yet another shows a curfew pass.Across the bridge, longer spools of wire and a larger posse of police and paramilitary men block the road. And yet, suddenly, an hour later, the road is open, the concertina wires are gone and traffic policemen replace security men who carried assault rifles and pellet guns.Looks like just another rush-hour day in just another city.Nothing illustrates the confusion gripping the state govt better than how it guards Zero Bridge, a blow hot-blow cold after more than 50 days of unrest and a death toll that has touched 70.The Indian Express spoke to 4 senior Cabinet ministers in the Mehbooba Mufti govt, a senior functionary and local leaders of the PDP and several partymen in villages across Pulwama, Shopian, Anantnag, Bijbehara, Bandipore, Kupwara, Lolab and Baramulla.The big picture that emerges is that the J&K CM may have done some clear, hard talk at the press conference with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh — in sync with its ruling ally’s traditional stance on Kashmir — but in her party, the lines aren’t so sharply defined.Instead, Nothing illustrates the confusion gripping the state govt  better than how it guards Zero Bridge, a blow hot-blow cold after more than 50 days of unrest and a death toll that has touched 70.Its hope is that the shortage of food and fuel, and closure of schools and businesses would ultimately set off fatigue and force people to return to ‘normalcy’. And with the 51-day curfew, the longest such spell in the Valley, coming to an end on Monday — except in Pulwama town and a few areas of Srinagar —PDP hopes that Eid on Sept.13 will mark a thaw. Indianexpress
Attempt to replace Governor, a precursor to imposing President’s Rule in J&K:Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan
Mumbai: Alleging that J&K CM  Mehbooba Mufti is completely clueless and PM  Narendra Modi appears helpless with regard to situation in the Kashmir Valley, former All-India Congress Committee (AICC) J&K in charge Prithviraj Chavan on Monday claimed that there is now an attempt to replace Governor NN Vohra, and this perhaps could be a precursor to either bringing in a governor whom the BJP trusts politically, or perhaps impose president’s rule in the state.“CM is shuttling between Srinagar and Delhi. CM is completely clueless and the PM appears helpless. The Home Minister (Rajnath Singh) has made some trips to Srinagar, but there doesn’t seem to be any reprieve, as the situation is not improving. Now, there is an attempt to replace the Governor of J&K so that they blame it on the Governor, and perhaps, it is a precursor to bring a governor whom the BJP trusts politically, or a political person, so that they could perhaps bring president’s rule in the state,’ ex-Maharashtra CM told ANI.He added,“It is also a precursor to the popular govt  being dismissed, because the popular govt  in J&K has failed completely to control the situation”.indianexpress
Kashmir: No blanket ban on pellet guns, but will be used in rare cases
NDA govt is not in favour of completely withdrawing the use of pellet guns in the Kashmir valley, their use will be regulated instead, at least two senior government officials said on Monday. A 7-member expert committee headed by T.V.S.N Prasad, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) that was constituted on July 26 to look into the alternatives to pellet guns has been submitted to the Home Secretary.“There will be no blanket ban on the use of pellet guns. At the most, it will be used in rarest of rare cases. We cannot make our security forces a sitting duck,” said a top government official. thehindu
China will get involved if India foments trouble in Balochistan:Chinese think tank warns India
Beijing:China will have "to get involved" if any Indian "plot" disrupts the $46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in restive Balochistan, an influential Chinese think tank has warned India. PM Narendra Modi's reference to Balochistan in his Independence Day speech is the "latest concern" for China and among its scholars, Hu Shisheng, Director of the Institute of South and Southeast Asian and Oceanian Studies at the China Institute of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR), said.The researcher, at one of China's most powerful think tanks, which is affiliated with the Ministry of State Security, also said India's growing military ties with US and its changed attitude on the disputed South China Sea are ringing alarm bells for China." The latest concern for China is PM Narendra Modi's speech from the Red Fort in which he referred to the issues like Kashmir(Pok) and Balochistan,"Hu said. "It could be regarded as a watershed moment in India's policy towards Pakistan.Why Chinese scholars are concerned is because this is for the first time India has mentioned it," he added.Hu said China fears India may use "anti-govt" elements in Pakistan's restive Balochistan where Beijing is building the $46 billion CPEC -- a key to the success of its ambitious One Road One Belt project. "There is concern that India may take the same approach, which is believed by the Indian side Pakistan is taking, asymmetrically using anti-govt  factors in Pakistan," Hu said on the expansive and leafy campus of CICIR."If this kind of plot causes damage to the CPEC, China will have to get involved," he said, referring to the alleged involvement of India in backing separatists in Balochistan, Gilgit-Baltistan and Pok.The ongoing CPEC will connect China's largest province, Xinjiang, with Pakistan's Gwadar port in Balochistan, hit by rebels and separatists. India has strongly opposed the corridor as it will pass through Gilgit-Baltistan and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir which it claims as its own.Modi's reference to the region, experts say, is a signal to Pakistan that New Delhi could raise tensions in the region as a tit for tat for Pakistan's backing for terrorists in J&K ."This will not help Pakistan to become a normal country. And it will also further disturb India-China relations," Hu pointed out.Hu noted the growing defence cooperation between India and the US was also a worrying factor of China. India's involvement in the South China Sea dispute was another irritant in the already strained relationship between India and China, Hu added.In the past,India's stand on South China Sea was impartial. Indian is getting more and more involved.This attitude is another concern for China," noted Hu.IANS
Chinese scholars 'deeply disturbed' by Modi's reference to Balochistan
Why Modi's Balochistan jibe at Pakistan has China worried
Baloch, Sindhi activists hold protest against Pakistan, China in UK
London: Dozens of UK-based Baloch and Sindhi protesters gathered outside the Chinese embassy here on Monday and held a protest against Pakistan and China over the two countries’ $46 billion economic corridor and “gross human rights violations.”The protest in London follows a similar demonstration in Leipzig, Germany, last week demanding that Pakistan cease plans for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)in Balochistan and against what the protesters describe as “gross human rights violations” in the region.PTI
Jammu advocate booked under PSA for organising
protests against Kashmir killings
Doda:J&K Police on Saturday evening arrested a prominent advocate, social activist and human rights defender, Babar-ul-Islam Nehru from Saah Mohallah of Doda district in Chenab valley and booked him under the draconian Public Safety Act. Earlier this month, the Chenab valley, especially the districts of Doda and Kishtwar had called for shutdown against brute use of force in Kashmir leading to killings.Peaceful protest marches were taken in both the district,but later led to communal tensions occurred in Doda district after local Hindu population objected to the pro freedom and anti India slogans. The marches in Doda district were spearheaded by Babar.TCN
Usain Bolt advised to eat beef twice a day, won nine gold medals: BJP MP Udit Raj
New Delhi: BJP MP and Dalit leader Udit Raj raised a few eyebrows today with a tweet which suggested that Jamaican athlete and Olympics Triple Gold winner Usain Bolt went on to win nine Olympic gold medals despite being born in poverty after his trainer advised him to eat beef twice a day. “Usain Bolt of Jamaica was poor and trainer advised him to eat beef both the times and he scored 9 gold medals in Olympics,” the Lok Sabha member from North West Delhi tweeted.Beef is an emotive issue for the BJP. States ruled by the party have come out with tough laws banning its trade. Udit Raj, however, later tried to play down any controversy saying that he merely repeated what Bolt’s trainer had said and all he meant was the athletes can find a way to excel despite adversities and they should not blame circumstances for their failures.“All I wanted to say that giving excuses that we don’t have infrastructure or there is corruption should be done away with and lesson, dedication should be learnt from Usain Bolt… What I wanted to say is our players should find ways and means as he found ways and means [sic],” he later said, adding there is no lack of facilities for sports persons in the country. Govt  spends a huge amount of money on them compared to nations like Jamaica or Kenya, he said, steering clear of any mention of beef.PTI
Bolt advised to eat beef, won 9 Olympics gold: BJP MP Raj
Maharashtra: Cow vigilantes chase trucks carrying cattle, let off; police say probe on
Nagpur:A case has come to light in Chandrapur district where the police are learnt to have let off a group of people in a matter of cow vigilantism even though their involvement is apparent. The incident in question took place on Aug.21, when one Shrinivas Dhyavartiwar(32) and his group allegedly chased two trucks carrying bullocks and tried to intercept it without informing police.Dhyavartiwar reportedly has strong political connections and claims he was recently made a member of the “Hindi Advisory Committee” of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs “on the recommendation of Maharashtra Home Minister Ram Shinde”.According to reports, the group of 10 members, 7 of them travelling from Patanbori (Yavatmal) in Bolero, and 3, including Dhyavartiwar, from Nagpur in a Mercedes, started chasing the 2 trucks from Jam in Wardha district on the Nagpur-Chandrapur road past Aug.21 midnight. Instead of informing the police, group continued to chase the trucks till Warora, about 45 km from Jam.indian express
Dalits to burn Manu Smriti outside High Court: Gujarat Dalit agitation leader Jignesh Mevani
Jaipur: Gujarat Dalit agitation leader Jignesh Mevani on Sunday said that Dalits will burn copies of Manu Smriti, the ancient legal text codifying the caste system, outside the Jaipur bench of Rajasthan High Court which has an idol of Manu on its premises.“We have an ultra-liberal Constitution and protecting it is the duty of the courts. But having an idol of Manu on the premises of a High Court speaks volumes about our judiciary as the book stands for patriarchy and casteism,” Mevani said.  “Hence, we will burn copies of the text outside the gates of Jaipur bench of Rajasthan High Court,” said Mevani, who is also the convener of Una Dalit Atyachar Ladat Samiti.Samiti was created following the public flogging of Dalits in Gujarat’s Una for allegedly skinning a dead cow.“Our slogan will be ‘Manu Smriti jalayenge, poora desh hilayenge’ (will burn Manu Smriti, and shake the nation). It’ll take place on Dec.6, the death anniversary of Babasaheb Bhim Rao Ambedkar,” Mevani said.“It’ll be a milestone in the history of the nation. We will campaign all over the country for it and lakhs of Dalits from across the nation will gather in Jaipur for the event,” he said. Before the protest, Mevani said that they will also get in touch with organisations with similar ideologies in Rajasthan, and those which are working for empowerment of the marginalised classes and communities.Indian Express
In Azamgarh, Mayawati seeks Dalit-Muslim unity
Lucknow: Claiming that the BJP could “go to any extent” to capture power in UP , BSP chief Mayawati on Sunday hinted that a desperate Narendra Modi govt  at the Centre could rake up the issue of Kashmir and terrorism and “even go to war” with Pakistan ahead of the Assembly elections. As the BJP sensed it was losing ground in UP, which goes to the polls in a few months, and to divert attention from its “failures and shortcomings, the NDA could go to war with Pakistan “before or even during the elections,” she said.Addressing a massive rally in Azamgarh, in the heart of Purvanchal, Ms. Mayawati said Modi govt had failed in bringing the promised achhe din and was now trying to divert people’s attention by raking up nationalism. She made a specific reference to Modi’s Independence Day speech, where he raised the Balochistan issue.In Azamgarh, the BSP chief sent out a strong message for both Dalits and Muslims. She said the BJP govt at the Centre and States ruled by the party had displayed a casteist and anti-Dalit mentality, which led to atrocities. Accusing the BJP of fostering the RSS agenda, she said the NDA govt  was trying to dilute reservation and was focussed on privatisation of govt  projects. “Merely building memorials and museums in the name of the messiah of these people [Ambedkar] and going to their homes and eating food with them will not bring an end to social backwardness and atrocity. They just don’t want your sympathy but strong action against the guilty,” Ms. Mayawati told the crowd at the ITI ground.Reaching out to the Muslims, who constitute 19% of UP’s electorate, Ms Mayawati spoke of their increasing “insecurity”.“Step-motherly treatment against Muslims has increased at all levels. The Sachar Committee report also seems to be locked up somewhere,” she said, adding that atrocities against Muslims had increased under the guise of gau raksha, love jihad, nationalism and Hindu Rashtra. She said Muslims were “viewed with suspicion in the name of terrorism.”Lashing out at the SP govt  for its poor law and order, she said the incidents in Muzaffarnagar, Mathura, Dadri and Bulandshahr “cannot be forgotten.” the hindu
Modi may trigger war with Pak to hide failures: Mayawati
Dr BR Ambedkar kin slams commission on Rohit Vemula
Hyderabad: Prakash Ambedkar, grandson of Dr BR Ambedkar, on Sunday said Telangana state was formed after many dharnas and agitations.CM  K. Chandrasekhar Rao should understand the importance of such struggles, he said. Ambedkar told the media: “I do not know what Rao’s next political move is but his steps seem to be going towards the BJP as he is not allowing any voice against the BJP or the RSS. Govt must be challenged politically." He criticised the Justice Ashok Kumar Roopanwal commission, formed by the Union ministry of human resource development to inquire into Rohith Vemula's suicide.Ambedkar said:“Chairman of the committee is not educated about court judgements.In a landmark judgement the Supreme Court has ruled that a child can take his mother’s caste. Commission’s responsibility was to probe the suicide and find who was responsible and not to find Rohith’s caste.National Commission for Scheduled Caste has said that Rohith Vemula was a dalit and Telangana police should start probe into the case immediately.”deccan chronicle.
Clear BJP intervention in one-man commission on Rohith Vemula …Guntur collector declared him a Dalit:brother
Bahrain PM offers financial aid to Odisha man who carried his wife’s body
Dubai: Bahrain govt, moved by reports of a man carrying his wife’s body on his shoulder for burial in Odisha, has reportedly offered to extend financial help to the grieving family. The Indian embassy in Bahrain is, however, yet to receive an official confirmation from the office of Bahrain’s PM Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa about the amount.“Bahraini PM responded to media reports on the incident and has made an offer for humanitarian assistance. He has decided to make a contribution but we have not yet received any official confirmation regarding the amount of money or when it will be made,” sources in the Indian embassy in Bahrain said.Sources said that should such a contribution be made, it will be channeled through the Bahraini embassy in Delhi.A report in ‘Gulf Daily News’ earlier said the premier was upset by the news and he felt “he had to do something to help”.PTI
Don’t wear skirts, Mahesh Sharma tells female tourists coming to India
Union minister of state for culture Mahesh Sharma said that female tourists coming to India should not wear skirts while replying to media queries.Replying to questions on the safety of tourists in Agra, a big draw for those who travel to India to see Taj Mahal, he said India was a country of different cultures and there was a dress code for temples. That should be kept in mind, he added.However, the minister later retracted his comment or view by saying that the suggestion was made with regard to visits to religious places.Asked whether he was recommending a dress code for tourists visiting India, he said, “I’m not telling them what to wear and what not to, but advising them they should be careful when they go out at night.”Despite the clarification, he had to weather a storm on Twitter. Tehelka
Don’t wear skirts, Minister tells foreign tourists
Congress slams Mahesh Sharma, says every Indian woman will be in burqa if he has his way

Islam prohibits women from visiting graves, Haji Ali Dargah is one of them:Dargaah chairman
Mumbai:  Haji Ali Dargaah chairman and managing trustee Abu Sultan Merchant has reiterated that as per Islam, women are not allowed to visit graveyards and that is why the trust had imposed a ban on their entry into the shrine's inner sanctum of the tomb of saint Sayed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari.Haji Ali Dargah Trust had imposed the ban 4 years ago, saying it would be a "grievous sin" to allow women near the tomb."The only thing that women are not allowed is to touch the restricted grave area. The entire shrine is in front of their eyes. Only touching the tomb is not allowed. Besides, women can offer prayers and 'chadar' (shroud)," Merchant told media."Islam prohibits women to go to graveyards and this is also a grave, then, how can they go there? I can show you that it is written in Islam that women cannot go to graveyards. I can also prove it. That is why we are prohibiting them. If they are not agreeing to it, then, what can we do? Our job is to protect them," Merchant added."The entry to the main hall of the dargah is separate for men and women. Islam forbids the union of women and men that is why we do not allow them. We have made a separate place for women, and from there, the inner sanctum is right in front of them," he said.ANI
Islam doesn't allow women to visit graves, Haji Ali Dargah is one of them: Chairman
Women can give talaq: fatwa of Dargah-e-Ala Hazrat
Lucknow: A Muslim woman can give talaq to her husband if she has secured this right by way of a prenuptial agreement, Islamic seminary Dargah-e-Ala Hazrat of Bareilly has ruled. The seminary, which has issued the clarification two years after receiving a query from England, said in a fatwa yesterday that men and women are equal in Islam.Mufti Salim Noori of the Daruf Ifta, the fatwa department of the dargah associated with Markaz-e-Ahle Sunnat Bareilly Sharif, a noted Islamic institution of the Barelvi sect, said women should be treated on a par with men in every respect, including talaq (divorce)."The woman can give talaq to her husband if he is a drunkard or is immoral, unwell or unable to lead a normal married life. For convenience, the woman should secure this right at the time of nikah," Noori said in his latest fatwa, which was sought in 2014 by Maulana Asad Masood, a religious leader from Manchester, England."It is called the talaq-e-tafweez. The parents of a woman can secure this right for their daughter at the time of her marriage if they fear she would be unsafe or mistreated in her in-laws' house in future.... The woman can tell her husband any time in her life that she wants to divorce him for certain reasons. The husband is bound to agree if she wants separation. But the elders of both families are expected to see whether she is of a balanced mind and is not misusing her rights," Noori said from Bareilly.The ruling is based upon the little-known provision of the talaq-e-tafweez, where a husband may delegate to the wife the authority to pronounce talaq. In practical terms, it can work if a prenuptial clause is inserted in the nikahnama or marriage contract.Tafweez agreement, made either before or after the marriage, gives the wife the liberty to divorce herself from her husband under certain specified conditions, such as the husband taking a second wife. Clerics of the Darul Uloom, Deoband (Saharanpur), have also supported the fatwa issued by the Barelvi school. "A Muslim woman has as much right to pronounce divorce as a man provided she has taken 'talaq-e-tafveez' at the time of 'nikah'," says Mufti Arif Usmani, 'mohtamim' of Deoband. telegraphindia
Triple talaq: ‘Muslim women can also pronounce divorce’
Muslim Women Can Utter 'Talaq Talaq Talaq':BarelviFatwa
Jharkhand: Jamaat-e-Islami Hind's call for communal harmony
Dhanbad: Jamaat-e-Islami Hind has identified localities with a mixed Hindu-Muslim population in the district where they will work to create unity through religious harmony.The organisation will constitute committees called Sadbhavana Munch in different areas irrespective of caste, religion and language. These committees will hold meetings once every month or fortnight and discuss various matters including communal harmony, Khwaja Arifuddin, a national committee member, said on Sunday coloured rumours should be avoided as it leads to conflict. "We started the drive on Aug.21. We expect to meet our target of establishing these committees by Sept.4," said Arifuddin.Several programmes have been planned as a part of campaign, including street plays and symposiums. Areas like Horladih, Govindpur, Baliapur, Sindri, Kumardubi, Panchet, Bhuli, Wasseypur and Purana Bazar have been identified as part of the campaign. "Symposiums will be organised in schools and colleges to spread the message of communal harmony," Arifuddin.TOI
‘Peace and humanity can take the nation forward’
Yadgir: Shantaveer Murugharajendra Swami of Kasamutt, Gurmitkal, has said that humanity and peace can take the country towards the path of development.Addressing a seminar on peace and humanity organised by the Jamaat-e- Islami Hind here on Sunday, he said that people should join hands for nation building and set aside their differences. Khaji Mahammad Imtiyazuddin, president of Tameer Millat of Yadgir, referred to the Una incident where Dalits were beaten up for allegedly skinning a dead cow and said that such incidents might adversely impact the country’s image. State and district conveners, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, and Siddalinga Swami of Siddaroodha Mutt were present. Thehindu
Class IX Jamia Nagar girl ‘raped’ by schoolmate, friends
New Delhi:A girl studying in Class IX was allegedly raped several times in southeast Delhi’s Jamia Nagar area by her 16-year-old schoolmate and his friends. The accused also allegedly made a video of the act and used it to blackmail the girl, police said Sunday.The matter came to light Saturday when the girl informed her parents about the sexual assault. According to the girl’s complaint, one of the accused, a class X student in her school, called her to his home a few days ago. Two of his friends were also present there and they took turns to rape her and also made a video of the incident. They later threatened to make the video public if she told anybody about the assault, according to the complaint.The complaint states that the boys called the girl several times to different locations, where they allegedly raped her and also forced her to have sex with other persons. On one occasion, she was was raped by at least 25 persons, according to the complaint.Sources said police have rounded up 3 persons, all of whom are juveniles and known to the accused. Indian express
Jamia Nagar's Minor gangraped, juvenile suspect
Bulandshahr gangrape case: SC pulls up Azam Khan for calling the incident ‘political conspiracy’
New Delhi: Supreme Court on Monday sought explanation from UP  minister and Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan for calling Bulandshahr gangrape a ‘political conspiracy’.Earlier in the month, Azam Khan had said that 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. “We must also probe whether this entire controversy is a move by some Opposition elements to defame govt.People who want to come to power may be stooping this low for political interests,” minister said. Indian express
I stand by my comment on Bulandshahar rape case: Azam
Rakesh Dhawade, accused in Malegaon blast, writing books, completed 11 books so far: Indian express
Mumbai: Lodged in a prison cell since 2008, Rakesh Dhawade, an accused in the Malegaon 2008 blast case, has been writing books. At last count, the number is 210, running into over 17,000 pages in all. He has completed 11 books so far. Each book is connected to his previous work on traditional arms and armoury. Incidentally, it is this passion that made him an “easy target”, according to his family, in the terror case.In its chargesheet filed in May this year, NIA said Rakesh was instrumental in unauthorised/illegal sale and purchase of firearms to accused Lieutenant Colonel Prasad Purohit “for the purpose of their terror activities”.Nita Dhawade, Rakesh’s younger sister, says their forefathers were in the army of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, and had inherited traditional arms and armoury, leading to his interest in the subject since childhood.Unlike other accused, including Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, however, NIA has said there is “sufficient evidence” to prosecute Rakesh even without his confessional statements.
India failing to protect its journalists: Watchdog
New Delhi:India is failing to help and protect journalists who are facing violent threats or attacks for their work, an international watchdog agency said Monday, noting a pattern of resistance in investigating crimes targeting reporters. The Committee to Protect Journalists counted 27 journalists killed for their work since 1992, and noted that it was still investigating more than two dozen cases to determine whether those journalists’ deaths were also work-related. Most at risk are small-town journalists investigating corruption, rather than journalists in big cities like New Delhi or Mumbai.AP
UP BJP leader held for hiring killers to murder ex BJP MLA
People vote to shut down liquor shops in Khajoori Khas area in AAP's first mohalla sabha

MHA oversight for all NGOs?
New Delhi: Home Ministry wants the Finance Ministry to surrender its powers to monitor NGOs under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA). A Home Ministry official said the idea is to bring all NGOs which receive foreign contributions under one umbrella for better monitoring and regulation.Currently, there are nearly 100 international NGOs and associations which receive foreign funds through their liaison offices and disburse them to NGOs across India. International donors such as the Ford Foundation, UK’s Dept.for International Development and Canada’s International Development Research Centre are registered under FEMA but not the FCRA, 2010. Home Ministry monitors foreign funds donated to NGOs and organisations through the FCRA.The number of NGOs registered under the FCRA is 33,000 and last year alone the FCRA registration of nearly 10,000 NGOs was cancelled for not following norms.An official explained that many NGOs and foreign donors do not want to register under the FCRA due to its stringent provisions.Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh is expected to take a final view on bringing all NGO monitoring under one roof as it involves another Ministry. thehindu
IRF employee, other accused handed over to crime branch
Mumbai: Kerala police on Monday handed over 2 accused — IRF guest relation officer Arshid Qureshi, from Navi Mumbai, and Kalyan-based Rizwan Khan, a maulavi — over to Mumbai crime branch after producing them in a city court. hindustantimes
Ex-MP Governor Shafi Qureshi No More
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Turkey to 'target YPG until it moves east of Euphrates'
Ankara: The armed wing of the PKK/PYD terrorist group will be targeted "until it moves east of Euphrates River," Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Monday.In remarks made during a joint press conference with his Dutch counterpart Bert Koenders in Ankara, Cavusoglu said:"YPG will be targeted until it moves east of Euphrates."They need to move to the east side of Euphrates River as soon as possible, as they had announced and as the U.S. had promised."PYD terrorist group is PKK's offshoot in Syria.PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, US and EU -- resumed its decades-old armed campaign in July last year. Since then, more than 600 security personnel have been martyred and more than 7,000 PKK terrorists killed.Operation Euphrates Shield, which was launched on Wednesday, is aimed at improving security, supporting coalition forces and eliminating the terror threat along Turkey’s border through Free Syrian Army () fighters backed by Turkish armor, artillery and jets.Anadolu agency
PYD threatens Turkey once more over operation Euphrates Shield
Clashes between Turkey, Kurds in Syria ‘unacceptable’: Pentagon
Washington:Clashes between Turkish forces and units affiliated with a US-backed Kurdish-led alliance in Syria are “unacceptable”, the Pentagon said on Monday, calling on all sides to “stand down”. In a statement sent to AFP, Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook condemned the fighting south of the Syrian town of Jarabulus.“We are closely monitoring reports of clashes south of Jarabulus – where ISIL is no longer located – between the Turkish armed forces, some opposition groups, and units that are affiliated with the SDF (Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces),” he said. “We want to make clear that we find these clashes unacceptable and they are a source of deep concern.” The United States “was not involved in these activities, they were not coordinated with US forces, and we do not support them,” he said.AFP
Yemen: 60 killed in bombing in Aden army camp
Aden: A suicide car bomb attack on an army training camp in Yemen’s second city of Aden killed at least 60 people on Monday, medical sources said. A security official said the attacker drove his vehicle into a gathering of new recruits at the camp in northern Aden. Assault killed 60 people and wounded 29 others, medical sources, from the three hospitals where the victims were taken, told AFP. Security officials had provided an earlier toll of 11 dead.The port city, the temporary base of Yemen’s Gulf-backed govt, has seen a wave of bombings and shootings targeting officials and security forces.AFP
Scores of Houthis killed in Yemen fighting
Concern over missing sons of Bangladeshi politicians
Family members and employees of a former brigadier-general of the Bangladesh army say that he was picked up from his home by law-enforcement authorities and is now being secretly detained in state custody.Abdullahil Amaan Azmi was allegedly taken blindfolded from his family home in the South Asian country at 8pm on August 22.He is the son of Ghulam Azam, a Jamaat-e-Islami leader, who died in jail in 2014 after an earlier conviction for crimes against humanity during the country's 1971 independence war.The detention of Azmi is the third incident this month where witnesses claim that the son of an opposition leader, convicted for war crimes in 1971, has been taken into secret custody. aljazeera
France restaurant refuses to serve Muslim women
Paris: A restaurateur in a Paris suburb who apparently refused to serve 2 Muslim women sparked anger in France and called for protest, a media report said.The incident took place at Le Cenacle restaurant in Tremblay-en-France on Saturday.On Sunday, the restaurateur apologised to a group who had gathered outside.According to Le Parisien, the restaurateur said he had “got out of hand” due to the current tensions around the issue of wearing burkinis on French beaches, but also because he had a friend who had died at the Bataclan concert centre attack last November. “We don’t want to be served by racists,” one of the women said.The restaurateur retorted: “Racists don’t kill people.”He also said: “I don’t want people like you at my place. Full stop.”IANS

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