Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Evening NEWS DIGEST
3 Aug. 2016: 28 Shawal 37:Vol:7, No:129
No links between Zakir Naik, terror outfits:govt tells House
New Delhi:No links between the Islamic preacher Zakir Naik’s IRF and terrorist organisations have come to notice, the govt  informed the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.In a written reply, Minister of State for Home, Hansraj Ahir, said reports indicated that some known terrorists have reportedly been inspired by Naik, the president of IRF.He said IRF was registered under the Foreign Contributions Regulations Act, 2010, and foreign contributions and their utilisation were checked. In case of violations, Ahir said, action will be taken under the provisions of the Act.On Peace TV run by Naik, the minister said the channel was not a permitted satellite channel for transmission on the cable network and hence cannot be aired by cable operators. On July 28, the govt  had told the Rajya Sabha that complaints were received recently that Peace TV was being shown by some cable operators in Kurnool in Andhra Pradesh and Aurangabad in Maharashtra and details were provided to the district authorities for action. Deccan herald
No links with terror outfits, but reports hint Zakir Naik's speeches inspired some terrorists: Govt
No link between terrorist groups and Dr Zakir Naik, but some terrorists were 'inspired': Govt in LS
Naik objected to these statements made byArnabGoswami
Court rejects Akhlaq’s family's plea for inspection of meat sample
Meerut: Fast Track Court of Gautam Buddh Nagar on Tuesday rejected the Akhlaq family’s petition for further investigation into his lynching. Yusuf Saifi, the counsel for Bishahra lynching victim Akhlaq, had in his petition requested further investigation in view of the, “fresh facts revealed by the villagers’ petition for a case of cow slaughter” against Akhlaq’s family.Ram Sharan Nagar, counsel of the accused said that, “Court rejected Saifi’s petition on grounds that there was nothing new in the plea and, at this stage, the police had completed their probe, arrested all the accused, and filed a charge sheet.”For instance, Saifi’s petition had requested the court to seek registration of FIRs against 3 more people who were allegedly involved in the killing. Akhlaq's family had also demanded an inspection of rest of the meat sample taken from the spot to ensure that it is not "tampered with". Court noted that the pieces of flesh recovered from near the trijunction of Akhlaq's house in Dadri's Bisada village are part of the "evidence" in the case of cow slaughter lodged against Akhlaq and six of his relatives. Saifi said 3 more residents of Bisada, who testified during the hearing of cow slaughter petition and had confessed to having been present at the spot during the time of the incident, should be included in the list of accused. “3 people, Sanjay Rana, Kancchi and Ompal, had confessed during the proceedings that they were present at the spot. Kancchi and Ompal testified in the court that they had caught hold of Akhlaq, while Sanjay said he called the police,” said Mr Saifi. “We brought it to court’s notice that it should direct the police to add their names in the FIR.” 18 persons, including three juveniles, have been arrested on charges of murder and assault in the case. “Interestingly, while trying to prove that Akhlaq slaughtered a cow, the 3 above named people had actually confessed to their role in the crime as well. Sanjay Rana is the father of Vishal Rana, who is an accused in the case,” he added. the hindu/ TOI
Akhlaq kin plea on meat test rejected
Karnataka: 13 more Sri Rama Sene activists held for raid at school teaching Urdu, Arabic classes
Mangaluru: 13 more Sri Rama Sene activists were on Tuesday arrested in connection with the 'raid' on a school here over alleged forcible teaching of Urdu and Arabic languages, taking the total of arrests in the case to 16, police said.The activists were arrested on the charge of trespassing into the St Thomas Aided Higher Primary School in Bondantila near here.The incident took place on July 30.Around 50 Sri Rama Sene activists had raided the school for 'forcibly' teaching Arabic and Urdu to students.On a complaint from the school headmaster, three activists were arrested yesterday.Meanwhile, headmaster said that classes (in Urdu and Arabic) were being conducted for 40 students every Saturday on the request of parents. Chief Whip of the Congress in the state Legislative Council Ivan D' Souza condemned the raid by the activists.In a statement, D'Souza said he had asked the city police to be tough against groups trying to disturb peace and tranquility.He also visited the school and spoke to students and teachers. zee news
In Mangalore School, Hindu Outfit 'Raid' Arabic Class To Stop 'Islamic Fundamentalism'
Arabic class targeted by Hindu outfit Sri Ram Sene in Mangalore school
Activists ‘raid’ school when Arabic classes were on
INDO-PAK & KASHMIR ISSUE 
UN backtracks on role in Kashmir, says limited to LoC: PTI
UN: In an unusual move, the UN has backtracked from its statement that it will continue to monitor the situation in Kashmir through its military observer group in India and Pakistan, clarifying that the mission does not have a mandate beyond the LoC. The clarification was issued by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s spokesman Stephane Dujarric yesterday, a day after UN chief’s deputy spokesperson Farhan Haq told reporters that the UN will continue to monitor the situation in Kashmir, including through “our monitoring group” UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP). Dujarric said regarding the situation in Kashmir, “I just wanted to clarify something, which is that UNMOGIP, the UN observer presence there, its mandate is to report on the ceasefire between India and Pakistan along the LoC. UN Mission there does not have a mandate there beyond the LoC.” When asked why he was making the clarification, Dujarric said, “because I think it needed to be said”. The clarification seems to imply that the situation and incidents in Kashmir are India’s internal matter and do not come under the control of UNMOGIP that only observes and reports on ceasefire violations along the LoC and does not monitor the situation in J&K Dujarric was also asked why the Secretary General does not initiate efforts to settle the Kashmir conflict, even as the world body is trying to resolve conflicts in Cyprus and the Middle East. PTI
UN backtracks on role of its observers in Kashmir, says mandate limited to LoC
UN to no longer monitor situation in Kashmir through its military observer group in India, Pakistan
Kashmir witnessing ‘new wave of freedom movement’ says Nawaz Sharif: indianexpress
Islamabad: Upping the ante, Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif Wednesday said Kashmir was witnessing a “new wave of freedom movement” and asked the diplomats to apprise the world that Kashmir was “not an internal matter” of India. Addressing concluding session of 3-day Envoys Conference organised by foreign ministry here, Sharif said, “resolution of the lingering dispute in accordance with the UN resolutions and the aspirations of the Kashmiri people is the corner stone of Pakistan’s foreign policy”.“Today Kashmir is witnessing a new wave of freedom movement,” Sharif said, needling India on a day when Home Minister Rajnath Singh arrived here to attend the SAARC Interior Ministers’ Conference. “This movement is running into the bloods of third generation of Kashmiri people and the world has itself seen its intensity in the wake of July 8,” Sharif said, referring to the killing of Hizbul man Burhan Wani. “Kashmiri youth are writing new chapters of sacrifices to get the right to self determination,” he said. “They have lost eyesight due to bullets but the desire for freedom is guiding them to the destination,” he added. He asked Pakistani envoys to apprise the world that “Kashmir was not an internal matter of India”. “Ambassador should make the world feel that Kashmir is not the internal problem of India, as India already accepted it as dispute territory and the UN also declared it as a dispute between India and Pakistan,” he said. The conference was attended by envoys of Pakistan posted at Washington, Beijing, New Delhi, Afghanistan, UN New York, UN Geneva, Vienna, Brussels and Moscow among others. Sharing his vision with envoys, Sharif said that all bilateral issues with other regional countries should be solved though talks in a peaceful way.
SAARC: Rajnath arrives in Pakistan, Hizbul chief leads protest against him in Islamabad
Issues related to most wanted terrorist Dawood Ibrahim and cross-border terrorism are likely to be the focus of Home Minister Rajnath Singh at the SAARC Interior/Home Ministers' meet tomorrow during which he will underline meaningful cooperation among the South Asian countries. Before leaving for Islamabad to attend SAARC Home Ministers' Conference, he tweeted that he was "looking forward to underscore the imperative of meaningful cooperation within the region against terrorism and organised crime.""This Conference provides a platform to discuss issues pertaining to security," said Singh, who is expected to tell Pakistan to stop sponsoring terror in India and rein in groups like LeT and JeM. It was not immediately clear whether Singh will meet his Pakistani counterpart Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan separately due to sudden strain in India-Pakistan relations after Islamabad glorified the death of Hizb militant Burhan Wani. Singh is undertaking the visit notwithstanding threat by LeT founder Hafiz Saeed, who warned of a countrywide protest in Pakistan by his outfit if Singh arrives in Islamabad to attend SAARC conference.DNA
Kashmir groups protests in Pakistan against Rajnath Singh’s visit
More than 2,000 activists of various religious and jihadi outfits in Pakistan on Wednesday, protested against the visit of Home minister Rajnath Singh, accusing him for the unrest in Kashmir. Activists of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Hizbul Mujahideen, United Jihad Council (UJC) and other such group protested to denounce Singh’s trip to attend the SAARC ministerial conference being hosted by Pakistan.Syed Salahuddin, the leader of militant outfit Hizbul Mujahidden, who is also chief of UJC, and local leaders of other groups were seen during the protest. indianexpress
Rally in Islamabad against Rajnath visit
ashmir: 21-yr-old killed by pellets, case registered against security personnel
Srinagar:A 21 year old youth was killed in Srinagar, Kashmir, when pellets were fired at him from a point blank range near SMHS hospital late on Tuesday night. Locals accused CRPF personnel of killing Riyaz Ahmad Shah while he was on way to his duty. Shah used to work as an ATM supervisor in the old city. After autopsy report, Police has registered case under 302 RPC against the security force personnel. Family members and relatives of Shah said that he had left his home at around 10 pm on his scooty as he was scheduled to check ATMs. His body was found with a big wound on the abdomen around midnight near SMHS hospital. Initially, the police had said that his death was caused by some sharp edged weapon. However, protests broke out in his locality – Chattabal and people blamed CRPF for the killing Shah in a cold blooded murder while he was inspecting the ATMs.Locals alleged that Shah was fired with pellets by the CRPF jawans from a very close range that caused his death and also left unattended on the roadside. indian express
J&K HC issues notices to state, Centre seeking response on call for ban on pellet guns
Tension grips Kashmir after death of civilian
Kashmir unrest: Curfew extended to more areas of Valley
‘Mehbooba asked cops to apologise for Wani killing’
Srinagar: Tuesday's attack on the house of J&K education minister Naeem Akhtar is only the latest instance of brazen defiance in the trouble-tossed valley. In the last few days, 2 other PDP MLAs, one of them a minister, have been targeted by angry mobs. One of them, Khalil Bandh elected from Pulwama, has been in critical condition in a Delhi hospital since July 18.Rural development minister Abdul Haq was set upon at Tangdhar in north Kashmir by an angry mob with stones and chased. He managed to escape in his cavalcade, sources said. Bandh was also attacked by mobs that left him with a grievous head injury.J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti, was also heckled by parents of students appearing for medical entrance test at the Govt Women's College in Srinagar last Sunday and had to beat a hasty retreat from the examination centre.Nearly all BJP ministers and MLAs have left for the "safer" haven of Jammu. This is not all. Cops have been forced to evacuate nearly 10 police posts and stations in south Kashmir under attack by mob. CM has instructed cops to remain invisible from the roads and streets. This, according to her, said sources, would douse the anger of protesters. A senior police officer, on condition of anonymity, said Mehbooba even instructed the police to apologise to the Kashmiri youth for the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani. timesofindia
Stop illegal construction around Dal Lake: Hurriyat
Srinagar:Hurriyat Conference headed by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Tuesday warned those indulging in illegal constructions in and around Dal Lake in Srinagar under the garb of ongoing unrest to stop their activities immediately.PTI
Kashmir unrest: Use your influence to cool tempers, NC tells Syed Ali Shah Geelani
Jammu:National Conference General Secretary Dr Sheikh Mustafa Kamal on Tuesday appealed to Hurriyat Conference leader Sayeed Ali Shah Geelani to “use his influence in cooling tempers and correcting the waywardness of youth” in the Valley, saying that it is “jeopardizing their future”.Taking strong exception to Geelani’s statement holding mainstream politicians responsible for the current unrest, death and destruction, Kamal in a loaded statement asked the Hurriyat leader to stop “wasting time on egoism before it is too late and everything goes up in smoke”. indianexpress
Pak parliament unanimously agress to demand UNHRC probe on use of pellet guns in Kashmir
ATROCITIES ON DALITS &COW VIGILANTISM
HC issues notice to Gujarat govt on PIL seeking systemic disposal of cow carcass, gaurakshaks
Ahmedabad: Gujarat high court on Wednesday issued notice to the state on a PIL seeking direction to the govt  to ensure systemic disposal of cow carcasses and pro-active action against 'gau rakshaks' to avoid incidents like the thrashing of Dalits at Una. A division bench of Chief Justice R Subhash Reddy and Justice VM Pancholi issued notice to the state govt , additional chief secretary of Home department, and principal secretary of the panchayats, rural housing and rural development department. The matter will now come up for hearing on Sept.8.PIL, filed by Ratna Vora, head of NGO Ambedkar Karwan that works for the Dalits and other depressed sections of the society, claimed in her petition that no circular or guideline has been issued by the state govt  to village panchayats to ensure systemic disposal of dead animals under relevant sections of Gujarat Panchayats Act-1993.Vora also sought immediate action from the state Home department to stop "unlawful activities done by hooligans in the name of gau raksha".TOI
Cow Slaughter Act: Men scared, no one lifting carcasses
Ludhiana:After his employees were booked under the Cow Slaughter Act, Suresh Chaudhary, who is licenced to pick up animal carcasses, said his business has been affected since the incident.“On an average we used to get around 10 to 15 carcasses on a daily basis from Malaut town but after this incident, men are scared,” said Chaudhary, who demanded that FIR against his employees be quashed. “No carcass has been collected from Malaut for the past 2 days.” indianexpress
Lucknow: Dalits face ire of ‘cow vigilantes’ in the city
Lucknow:Scared of being beaten up, some members of the community approached their contractors to take up their case with the Lucknow Municipal Corporation or other authorities after some of them were assaulted in Takrohi area in Indira Nagar here on July 28.“We are aware of the matter and have lodged complaint with the police against unidentified persons,” Additional Municipal Commissioner Avaneesh Saxena said.He said the Lucknow Municipal Corporation has also requested police and the district administration to provide security to them so that they can lift carcasses and skin them. He said as an immediate precautionary measure, photo identity cards would be issued to contractual workers engaged in such task. Community members have decided not to lift carcasses till they were issued such identity cards to ensure their security. There have been complaints of increased attacks on the Dalit community members in the city in the past 6 months.PTI
MP: 2 arrested for assaulting Muslim women on suspicion of carrying beef
Neemuch:2 women were arrested Wednesday for their alleged involvement in beating two Muslim women at Mandsaur railway station on suspicion of carrying beef which later turned out to be buffalo meat, police said.“Two women, Rajni Tiwari alias Bitti and Manju Gurjar, were arrested from here after they were identified on basis of video footage,” Superintendent of Police, Railway, Mahesh Jain told reporters. The incident of beating Muslim women — Salma and Shamim Bi — on July 26 for allegedly carrying beef had drawn outrage. indian express
MP: Cow death rumour sparks communal tension, 4 held in Burhanpur
Bhopal:4 Muslims were arrested from Gopalpura village of Burhanpur district after one of them allegedly spoke about the death of a cow owned by a fellow Muslim, which turned out to be a rumour but led to communal tension in the area.The incident happened late Sunday when one Raju Pathan, who owns a paani-puri stall, rushed home after Amin Nawaz told him that his cow had died. When he reached home, Raju found his cow to be alive. Yogesh Mahajan, a Hindu farmer, who had also gone to Raju’s home, then asked him to identity the man who had spread the rumour.When Raju and Yogesh returned to the stall, Amin admitted that he was behind the rumour. However, Amin and his accomplice, Iqbal, then allegedly beat up Yogesh, accusing him of hurling abuses at the Muslim community.As members from both communities gathered, the administration was forced to rush police personnel from Shahpur and Shikarpura police stations to control the situation.Later, 4 Muslims — Amin Nawaz, Salim Usman, Itbar Pathan and Latif Pathan — were booked. indian express
UP Dalit couple killed over Rs 15: In poll season, grieving family gets help: indianexpress
Mainpuri: Still recovering from the brutal hacking of a Dalit couple over Rs 15, Lakhnipur village is now adjusting to another news. Visiting Mainpuri Collector P C Gupta told them on Sunday that the three minor sons of the couple would together receive aid to the tune of Rs 32 lakh.From the boys’ two elder married sisters to the family of the shopkeeper accused of killing them, all want a piece of this reversal of fortune.Sunday was a busy day at the house of the Dalit couple, Bharat and Mamta, who were killed on July 28. Daughters Kiran, 21, and Milan, 18, were busy deciding which portions of their hut would be revamped from funds assured by the “collector saheb”. The two continue to stay at their parents’ home after marriage, and are now looking after their brothers.
TN: Caste Hindus may let Dalits host festival
Nagapattinam: In a significant move towards finding an amicable solution to the crisis, caste Hindus of Kallimedu village in Nagapattinam district seem to be inclined to consider the demand of Dalits to host mandagapadi for a day as part of Sri Badrakaliamman temple. Collector S. Palanisamy had clamped a ban on conducting the seven-day annual Aadi festival of the temple, scheduled to begin on August 8, as tripartite talks failed to break the deadlock over the right claimed by Dalits of Pazhag Kallimedu to host mandagapadi for a day.After the Collector banned the festival, which is said to have never been disrupted over several decades, both caste Hindus and the Dalits held a few rounds of formal and informal consultations in their respective hamlets. A few representatives of Hindu Makkal Katchi (HMK) have been staying in the village to find a way out to conduct the festival. the hindu
Hinduism does not allow conversion by aggression: Mohan Bhagwat
London:Hindu tradition does not allow conversion by means that amount to aggression on an individual’s human rights, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat has said, emphasising that Hinduism is not a religion but a tradition which believes in accepting and respecting all identities.“After contemplating any philosophy or any religion, if one of his own will and wish decides to convert to it…our tradition says every individual can independently decide what his faith should be. But using other means and converting people by lure or some other means, that is aggression on individual rights and that should not be allowed,” he said.RSS “Sarsanghchalak” was addressing a seminar on ‘Identity and Integration’, organised to mark the 50th anniversary of UK-based charity Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS), in London last evening.Bhagwat also said that “Hindu is a sanskriti and not a religion”.PTI
VHP calls for law against conversion
Kerala: Call for Muslims and Dalits to unite
OTHERS
No plans for nationwide prohibition: Govt
New Delhi: Centre can help state govt s on the issue of imposing prohibition in their respective states but as of now it has no plans to impose ban on liquor consumption across the country, the Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday.Minister of state for home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir, while replying to questions, said 2927 people had died due to consumption of illicit/spurious liquor between 2012 and 2014. Of these, 731 died in 2012, 497 in 2013 and 1699 in 2014. Central govt  can help states but it has no plans so far for a national level prohibition on liquor, he said.PTI
Gujarat govt moves HC against ex-IPS officer Rahul Sharma in 2002 riots CD case
Ahmedabad: Gujarat govt today approached the high court seeking a stay on an order passed by Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) quashing charge sheet against former IPS officer Rahul Sharma in connection with a CD containing call data records during the 2002 riots. The matter will be taken up in the court of Justice MR Shah for hearing.In January this year, the tribunal had scrapped the charge sheet against him and called it "tainted by malice" and "malafide" in intention.The govt had filed the charge sheet against Sharma for keeping with him a CD containing telephonic conversations between politicians and bureaucrats during the 2002 post-Godhra riots. Sharma had approached CAT in August 2011 seeking setting aside of the charge sheet issued by the Gujarat govt , accusing him of not submitting the original CD containing phone call records of politicians and bureaucrats.PTI
Guj riots: Govt challenges CAT order on phone data CDs
Gujarat riots gangrape victim Bilkis Bano seeks HC to consider her arguments against convicts
Mumbai: A gangrape victim in the aftermath of the 2002 Godhra riots has pleaded before the Bombay High Court to consider her arguments while hearing an appeal by the CBI seeking death penalty for three of the 11 convicts in the case.Bilkis Bano filed an intervening application through her advocate Vijay Hiremath before a division bench of Justices VK Tahilramani and Mridula Bhatkar which is hearing the appeals filed by the convicts. 11 men, who were convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment by a special court here on Jan.21, 2008 for gangraping Bilkis and murdering seven of her family members in riots, had approached HC challenging their conviction and sought for the trial courts order to be quashed and set aside. CBI had also filed an appeal in the HC seeking death penalty for three of the convicts.Bilkis in her application has sought that the court also consider her arguments against the convicts.The bench is likely to consider the application when it starts hearing the appeal filed by CBI.PTI
Gujarat HC dismisses PIL challenging elevation of DGP Pandey, who is on bail in Ishrat fake encounter case
Ahmedabad: Gujarat High Court on Wednesday dismissed PIL challenging the appointment and promotion of DGP P P Pandey as in charge DGP. Pandey, who is currently out on bail, was chargesheeted in the 2004 Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case.The petition was moved by ex-DGP Julio Ribeiro questioning the legality of promotion and appointment of Pandey as in-charge DGP. It said, “Police force of a state can’t be headed by a person accused of extremely serious offence of murder of four persons, especially, when the trials are yet to begin. In a sense, such an appointment is itself a breach of law, being arbitrary and in violation of Article 14 of the Constitution of India.” indian express
Who will replace Anandiben ? Here's a list of contenders for the Gujarat CM job
Speculations on the next Gujarat CM  reached a fever pitch when senior BJP leaders met early on Wednesday to discuss, among other things, who will succeed Anandiben Patel. The leaders emerged from the meeting and stated that the resignation of Anandiben was accepted but they remained tight-lipped and instead said that they will announce the name of the new CM soon.Senior party leader Venkaiah Naidu, however, dispelled popular thought and said that BJP chief Amit Shah is not in the race for the post. The topmost contender for the CM post, 60-year-old Vijay Rupani is the state president for BJP and a Cabinet minister. firstpost
No Amit Shah, Gujarat CM will be picked from MLAs: BJP
Emirates airline flight crash-lands at Dubai airport
New Delhi: An Emirates flight that originated in Kerala crashlanded in Dubai International Airport today, but all the 300 people on board were safely evacuated, the Dubai govt said, with Emirates also confirming the news. A many as 226 people on board were Indians."Emirates can confirm that an incident happened at Dubai International Airport on 3rd August 2016 at about 12.45pm local time," the airline said on its website. TOI
Army to get steep-dive BrahMos missile regiment for China front
New Delhi: NDA govt has given the final go-ahead for the Army to induct and deploy an advanced version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, with "trajectory manoeuvre and steep-dive capabilities" for mountain warfare, in the northeast as a conventional deterrent against China.Sources said Cabinet Committee on Security, chaired by PM Modi, cleared this fourth BrahMos regiment at a cost of over Rs 4,300 crore.
How the BrahMos missile will help India tackle China:TOI
Bridge collapse in Raigad: 2 buses with 29 people, 8 vehicles ‘washed away’
Mumbai: 18 hours after the colonial-era bridge near Mahad in Raigad district collapsed late on Tuesday night, rescue operations have almost come to a standstill as visibility diminished in the search area. There is no official estimate of the number of people who may have been washed away as the bridge collapsed at 11.30pm on Tuesday.But authorities confirmed that at least two state transport buses with 29 passengers and another 8 vehicles were there on the bridge at the time of the collapse. Coast Guard and the IAF on Wednesday deployed choppers for the search operation. According to sources, two male bodies were recovered, but central agencies didn’t confirm the news.HT
Live GST Bill: Interests of the people are supreme, says Sitaram Yechury in Rajya Sabha
New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday moved that GST Bill – The Constitution (122 Amendment) Bill, 2014 be discussed and passed in Rajya Sabha. Both –Treasury and Opposition benches are debating the bill for an allotted time of 5 hours.Speaking in Rajya Sabha, Congress MP and P Chidambaram urged govt  to refrain from allowing the standard tax to exceed 18 % . The Congress Party also imposed a condition on the govt  that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley must assure the House that the GST related bills will be finance bills and not money bills, as they ought to be discussed in both Houses.Almost all Opposition MPs who spoke during the discussion reiterated Chidambaram’s demand saying both Houses should be treated equally. indianexpress
Barring AIADMK, GST gets widespread support: IANS
IS attracted very few youth from India: Govt in Lok Sabha
New Delhi: ISIS has attracted "very few youth" from India and both the central and state govt s have launched various programmes for their de-radicalisation, govt  told Lok Sabha on Tuesday."The international terrorist outfit, viz., Islamic State uses both positive and negative imagery to attract recruits from across the world."However, they have influenced or attracted very few youth from India," Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Ahir said in a written reply to Lok Sabha. PTI
NIA to take over missing Kerala youths cases
Conversions involving money to be under Vigilance scanner
Vigilance and Anti-corruption Bureau (VACB) of Kerala is mulling bringing religious conversions, involving financial benefits, under its scanner. VACB director and DGP Jacob Thomas said that the agency was looking into the matter. "Definitely, the conversions that have taken place with the offer of money will come under the ambit of corruption,"he said.  PTI
Muslim youth held for insulting national flag, police claims he is influenced by IS
Malappuram: A youth from Bengal who was taken into custody from Vandur in Kerala on Monday for insulting national flag was deeply influenced by Islamic state ideologies, found police. But the investigation officials are yet to establish the person's direct link with terror organisation. It was on Thursday that Vandur police in Malappuram district took the migrant labourer Vahid, native of West Bengal into custody from his rented home near Vandur town.He was taken into custody after police received a complaint that he posted a Photoshopped image of the Indian national flag draped over a dog on Facebook.TOI
VHP leader calls for unity among religions against IS
Response from Hindus overwhelmed us in constructing the mosque:Imam of Mosque in Kanpur
Heavy rainfall not associated with global warming: IIT Bombay study
WORLD
Erdogan: West is taking sides with coup
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has criticised unnamed Western countries for what he said was support for the July 15 attempted coup, which left more than 270 people dead and nearly 70,000 others suspended from their jobs."The West is supporting terrorism and taking sides with coups," Erdogan said, speaking at an event for foreign investors in the capital, Ankara, on Tuesday.He repeated a complaint that no foreign leader had visited Turkey after the failed coup, while France and Belgium received visits in solidarity after attacks there."Those we considered friends are siding with coup plotters and terrorists," he said.AP
Coalition airstrikes kill 27 civilians in western Iraq
Anbar: At least 27 people were killed and 15 others injured by US-led coalition airstrikes in the western Iraqi town of al-Qaim near Syrian border on Tuesday, a local tribal leader has said. Sheikh Walid al-Karabolli said that US-led warplanes carried out four airstrikes on Daesh sites in the town. Anadolu Agency
Russian airstrikes kill 11 in Syria’s Aleppo
Aleppo: 11 people were killed and dozens others injured Wednesday when Russian warplanes struck opposition-held areas of Syria’s northwestern Aleppo province, a local civil defense official said.Anadolu Agency
‘Poison gas dropped on Syrian town where Russian helicopter was downed’
UN urges end to hospital attacks in Syria
UN on Tuesday called for an end to airstrikes against hospitals in Syria."UN is deeply disturbed by the ongoing destruction of civilian infrastructure, particularly medical facilities, across the country," according to a statement by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's spokesman Stephane Dujarric. Anadolu Agency
More than 300,000 children going hungry in Yemen: UN
More than 370,000 children are at risk of starvation in Yemen, the United Nations has said, 15 months into a devastating war. According to new UN figures, more than 14 million people, about half of the population, are going hungry and are in urgent need of food and medical aid. Some 500,000 children under the age of five are suffering from malnutrition, with two thirds of them so sick they could die if they don't receive immediate assistance, UN said. aljazeera
Israel tightens Gaza blockade: Commerce chamber
Gaza: Gaza Strip’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry has accused Israel of tightening the decade-long siege on the Palestinian territory."Israel speaks about granting many facilities to the Gaza Strip,” Maher al-Tabaa, a spokesman for the chamber, said.“Unfortunately, all these allegations are groundless,” he said. Spokesman cited that Israeli authorities had withdrawn permits for more than 1,500 merchants and businessmen from the Gaza Strip since the beginning of this year.“Israeli authorities bar the entry of numerous raw materials needed for the industry sector” in Gaza, he said.
Palestinian banks refuse Qatari grant for Gaza employees
Palestinian banks have refused to receive the Qatari grant for Palestinian govt employees recruited during Hamas’ rule of the Gaza Strip, Qatari Ambassador and Head of the Qatari Committee for the Reconstruction of the Gaza Strip Mohamed Al-Emadi said on Tuesday.Anadolu reported Al-Emadi telling journalists in Gaza that the Qatari Emir ordered a $31m grant to pay the salaries of the civil sector employees in Gaza.“This is to lessen the hardships of the difficult life in the Gaza Strip,” he said.As the Palestinian banks refused to receive the grant, Al-Emadi said that the grant was deposited in the account of the Qatari Committee for the Reconstruction of the Gaza Strip.
574 Palestinians arrested in July
Prachanda elected Nepal PM
 Nepal's Parliament on Wednesday elected former Maoist rebel chief Prachanda as PM  after KP Oli resigned rather than facing defeat in a vote of no-confidence.REUTERS
Pak religious body wants to include Jihad verses in syllabus
Pakistan  religious body demanded the govt to include Quranic verses about importance of jihad in the proposed school curriculum. The Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) raised serious concerns over not including verses about jihad in the proposed syllabi for public educational institutions. CII chairman Maulana Muhammad Khan Sheerani said that that the Federal Education and Professional Training Ministry should include the verses about importance of jihad in curriculum. PTI
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