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Jamaat-e-Islami Hind to float multi-religious Dharmik Morcha to counter communal polarisation
New Delhi: Buoyant at the huge success of its recent nationwide Peace and Humanity campaign, India's largest socio-religious organization Jamaat-e-Islami Hind has decided to float a multi-religious front in order to counter the growing politically-motivated communal polarisation in the country. Making announcement about the front Dharmik Morcha at a press conference here on Tuesday, Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Umari, national president of Jamaat said the front will have religious leaders from different communities including Hindus and Muslims."Apart from the Sadbhavana Manch which Jamaat is establishing in all of its 1200 units spreading across the country, we have decided to set up a Dharmik Morcha also. This front will have leaders from all prominent religions like Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs and Jains," announced Maulana Umari during the monthly press conference at Jamaat's HQRS.Dharmik Morcha is likely to be set up at both state and local levels. Whenever any communal clash or violence erupts, the front will be pressed into action to protect peace and communal harmony.While Sadbhavana Manch will have eminent persons including social and human rights activists of the locality, the Dharmik Morcha will have only religious figures. "Objective of the campaign was to reach out to the people of the country and remind them of the importance of nurturing the social fabric of our country and preserving its communal harmony which is under threat by some communal and anti-social elements," said Maulana Umari.Giving details about the success of the campaign, Mohammad Salim Engineer, Secretary General of Jamaat said that about 25 lakh people were directly reached through more than 10,000 public events including conferences, press briefing and corner meetings across the country. Through the social media platforms of Jamaat, around 15 crore people were reached, he said. He also said that during the campaign itself, 170 units of Sadbhavana Manch were set up in Telangana state alone.For several public events during the campaign, Jamaat's local leaders had set up reception committees. These committees had eminent local persons from different religious communities. Moreover, as many as 135 people, mostly Hindus, were honoured with communal harmony awards by the Jamaat for their remarkable contribution in establishing peace and communal harmony in the country. Jamaat’s vice president Nusrat Ali had recently led a delegation to Nuh district in Haryana where last month, one Muslim couple was brutally killed and two young girls were gang-raped allegedly by robbers. Talking to pressmen, Nusrat Ali said it seemed the crime was planned to provoke Muslims for violence, but the local Muslims showing wisdom controlled the situation. Jamaat delegation had visited the injured people at hospital, attended a Mahapanchayat of Mewati Muslims and also visited the homes of the affected people. Jamaat leaders assured all help to the victims. Indiatomorrow/ muslimmirror
Jamaat-e-Islami Hind to set up multi-religious front to counter communal polarization
Jamaat-e-Islami to set-up ‘Dharmik Morcha’ to counter communal polarization
Women’s group demands complete ban on Shariah courts, abolish AIMPLB, Bhartiya Muslim Mahila Andolan
New Delhi: A Muslim women’s group on Tuesday demanded a complete ban on Sharia (religious) courts, saying they can’t be allowed to function as a parallel judiciary in the name of mediation, conciliation, speedy and less expensive justice.In an affidavit, the Muslim Women’s Quest for Equality, which has petitioned the Supreme Court against arbitrary triple talaq, also demanded that organisations such as the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) and Bhartiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA)“should be abolished to save the country and Indian Muslims from the clamp of fundamentalists/ activists having the ideology similar to Hafiz Saeed and his organisation Jamat-ud-dawa (JuD).”“Some people and NGOs are misusing the freedom given by the constitution. They want to keep Muslim education in Muslim extremist’s hands, entirely free from the govt control,” the affidavit said. Affidavit comes days after AIMPLB defended the practice of triple talaq, saying it’s better to divorce a woman than kill her. Govt told the Supreme Court that it would file its response to the petitions against triple talaq in four weeks.“Shariah grants the right to divorce because men have greater power of decision making. They are more likely to control emotions and not take a hasty decision,” the board said in an affidavit.The affidavit of Muslim Women’s Quest for Equality filed through advocate Farha Faiz said:“There should be a complete change in madarsas education system and a Muslim university under govt  supervision is the urgent need to impart religious as well as worldly education to the Muslims.”It accused Muslim clerics of creating a gulf between country and Muslims and brainwashing Muslims who always faced a dilemma “whether the country is above or the religion”.The affidavit blamed vote bank politics, especially by Congress govts, for plight of Muslims. Accusing Congress govts of dumping people in favour of clerics or fundamentalists, it said they never encouraged Muslims to integrate.“We do not believe in progressive or regressive interpretation of religion or codification of Muslim Personal Law for we believe that in every community, there are multiple realities of an identity, multiple practices of beliefs and pluralist envisions of family structure,” said statement, from Hasina Khan,RoshniRina, Geeta Thatra and Shirin Dalvi.HT/thehindu
 Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan says justification for triple talaq, polygamy is medieval: Reuters
Women group condemn AIMPLB stand on triple talaq
Activists condemn Muslim personal law board affidavit
Do away with Shariat courts: advocate Farha Faiz to SC
Lawyer asks SC to abolish AIMPLB, Bhartiya Muslim Mahila Andolan, says spreading radicalism
No Muslim judge in Supreme Court, first time in 11 yrs
New Delhi: Since the retirement of 2 Muslim judges this year, the Supreme Court has been functioning without a judge from the community. This is the first time in 11 years, and only the second instance in nearly 3 decades that SC has been without a Muslim judge. The last time a Muslim was appointed to the SC bench was in 2012. Justice MY Eqbal and Justice Fakkir Mohamed Ibrahim Kalifulla, elevated respectively in December and April that year, retired this year — Eqbal on February 2 and Kalifulla on July 22. The wait for the next Muslim judge could be prolonged due to the ongoing tussle between the Supreme Court and govt over the procedure for appointment of judges.At present two high courts have Muslim chief justices — Bihar’s CJ Iqbal Ahmed Ansari, a resident of Assam, retires next October while Himachal’s CJ Mansoor Ahmad Mir, a resident of J&K, retires in April 2017.A high court judge retires at 62, a Supreme Court judge at 65. The SC has a maximum strength of 31 judges and currently has 28. Four more judges will retire this year — Justice V Gopala Gowda and Justice Chockalingam Nagappan in October, followed by Justice Shiva Kirti Singh and Justice Anil R Dave in November.Former Chief Justice of India KG Balakrishnan expressed concern that the Supreme Court does not have a Muslim judge. “Hope it gets a Muslim judge soon,” he said. “It’s not a question of their rights being denied, it’s a question of proper representation of all religions, castes and regions at the apex court. In many countries, special provisions are made to ensure the proper representation of all regions, religions and communities at national court.”Of the 196 retired and 28 present justices and chief justices that have served in the SC,17 or 7.5% have been Muslims. Of these, 4 rose to become CJI — M Hidayatullah, M Hameedullah Beg, AM Ahmadi and Altamas Kabir.First woman judge of the SC was a Muslim: Justice M Fathima Beevi, who served from Oct.6, 1989, to Aprl 29,1992.Indian Express
Muslim are 15% but few Muslim judges in SC, HCs
RSS claims about rapid growth of the Muslim population are simply false
Barelvi clerics meet Rajnath, plan to take out peace march in Kashmir, say sufism is the only way forward in Kashmir
New Delhi: A delegation of Muslim clerics of the Barelvi school Met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singhon Tuesday on the Kashmir issue and urged him to lead a delegation of Sufi scholars to the Valley while offering to take out a peace march there themselves."We Met Home Minister Rajnath Singhand proposed that he should lead a delegation of Sufi scholars and clerics to Kashmir. We would try to instil some sense in the minds of stone pelting youths," Maulana Ansar Razaof Garib Nawaz Foundation, who led the delegation, told IANS.Raza said the 60-odd Sufis from various khanqahs across India plan to take out a peace march in Kashmir with the Quran in one hand and the 'Tiranga' (Nationaltricolour) in the other. He stressed that Sufism is the way forward in Kashmir."Sufism is the path of love and forgiveness. We would speak with the stone-pelting youth, and would try to convince them in the light of Quran, Hadith and traditions of great Sufi saints to abandon violence," Raza said.He, however, dismissed the prospect of any talks with separatists."How can we talk to people who are raising 'Pakistan zindabad' slogans? We are very clear that we would not go at their doorstep only to be turned away by them, like they did to a handful of people recently," he said.Calling the members of all-party delegation who went to meet Hurriyat leaders on Monday as "chai khor", Raza said that they should not have broken away from the delegation and gone to meet the separatists."Why should we go to them? Kashmiri kahwa tou Dilli me bhi milta hai (Kashmiri kahwa is available in Delhi too)," he said.Supporting govt's stance on Kashmir, including to review the facilities given to separatist leaders, Raza said that a solution would certainly come out. The clerics also hit out at Syed Ali Shah Geelani for seeking a connection with Pakistan saying Islam links Kashmir to Pakistan. The proposed group for the 'aman yatra' comprises clerics from Dargah Ajmer Sharif, Bareilly Sharif, Haji Ali in Mumbai and Hazrat Nizamuddin in New Delhi among others. IANS/India Today
J&K unrest: Muslim delegation meets Rajnath Singh, assures full support for peace
Muslim clerics slam Pakistan and separatists, to conduct Aman Yatra in Kashmir
No point talking to those who raise 'Pakistan Zindabad' slogans: Muslim clerics
Kashmir unrest: Opposition to tell Govt, engage with separatists who met us
New Delhi: Leaders of Opposition parties, who were part of the all-party delegation that travelled to Srinagar and Jammu, are likely to press the govt  to come up with “concrete” proposals to reach out to the Valley when Home Minister Rajnath Singh chairs a follow-up meeting of the team Wednesday.Some in the Opposition say the very fact that at least 3 separatist leaders met some members of the delegation — Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani was the one who refused to meet them — needs to be taken as the starting point to engage separatists and bring to an end the unrest in the Valley since the July 8 killing of militant Burhan Wani.CPI leader D Raja, who was part of the delegation, said only Geelani did not meet them. “The others, Yasin Malik, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Shabir Shah met us. They said they have taken a decision not to discuss any issue. But they thanked us. And they were not hostile to the delegation,” Raja said.While in Srinagar, Raja along with CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury, JD(U)’s Sharad Yadav and RJD’s Jay Prakash Narayan Yadav had met Malik, Mirwaiz and Shah. AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi had separately met Mirwaiz and Shah. indianexpress
There was no official invite, says Hurriyat
Srinagar: Reacting sharply to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s remarks made in the Valley, separatists have alleged that there was no official invitation for talks.“Mr. Singh’s press conference [in Srinagar] was full of lies, deceit, denial and contradictions. They [the Centre] never officially invited us and at the same time blame us for rejecting it [the invitation],” said Tehreek-e-Hurriyat founder Syed Ali Shah Geelani.He accused the Centre of playing a game to win only. “It was aimed at discrediting us. India is scared of any meaningful dialogue with the Hurriyat and Pakistan,” said Geelani.On Singh’s remarks that the separatists’ behaviour defied Kashmiriyat, insaaniyat [humanity] and jamhooriyat [democracy], Geelani said: “Visiting delegations should have gone around the length and breadth of J&K to witness for themselves the ‘gifts’ of Indian democracy.”Chairman of the Awami Action Committee Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who remains in a Srinagar sub-jail, also questioned “if holding Kashmiris hostage for 2 months and unleashing State repression is insaaniyat”. thehindu
Pakistan Urges UN to Probe into J&K  Killings
Islamabad: Pakistan has urged the UN to conduct an inquiry into the killings that took place in J&K  over the past two months and demanded a free and fair plebiscite in the disputed region, the Foreign Office said on Wednesday.Pakistan PM 's recently appointed special envoy on Kashmir Awais Leghari highlighted the "grave human rights violations by Indian security forces in Kashmir" in front of the international community in Geneva.Leghari, in his meeting with UNHRC President Choi Kyong-lim, urged the UN to conduct an inquiry into the "killings and uphold the right of Kashmiris to determine their future as per UN Security Council resolutions which call for a free and fair plebiscite in the disputed region". IANS
All Party Delegation meet achieved nothing: Omar
Modi govt's clear stand on Kashmir: AFSPA would neither be lifted nor diluted
J&K: Separatists call for shutdown on Eid
Srinagar: For the first time in the last 26 years of turmoil, separatists supervising the current unrest have called for the shutdown on Eid-ul-Azha and asked people to march to the UN Military Observers Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) on that day.Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), a conglomerate of Hurriyat hawk Syed Ali Shah Geelani, incarcerated Mirwaiz Umar and JKLF leader Yasin Malik who are supervising the current agitation, has called for 'Azadi March' towards central Eidgahs followed by a march towards UN office for submitting a memorandum to be conveyed to 71st Session of General Assembly of UN starting on Sept. 13. Dnaindia
Centre trying to mislead, fool people of India: Hurriyat
Snubbed by Hurriyats, govt seeks to cut security for separatists, withdraw passports
New Delhi: Centre may harden its attitude towards separatist leaders in J&K, making their foreign travel difficult and scaling down the security which they enjoy at the exchequer's cost. Miffed over the cold shoulder treatment given by separatists to the MPs, who were part of the all-party delegation that visited the state, the Centre is considering moves to curb their foreign travel by withdrawing their passports and denying travel documents in some cases. Besides these, Centre will also scrutinize their bank accounts and complete pending investigations in cases against them so a strong message goes around that those provoking youths in Kashmir Valley to create disturbance since the killing of Burhan Wani will not be spared, govt sources said. Home ministry's tough stand came apparently after the nod from PM Narendra Modi, who is said to have conveyed that time has come to act tough with the separatists, sources said.PTI 
Amid Kashmir unrest, Govt looking to crackdown on Hurriyat separatists
MEA summons Pak envoy fordiscourtesyto Indian envoy
New Delhi:A day after Indian envoys event in Karachi was cancelled at the last minute, govt today summoned Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit for the alleged discourtesy. Basit was summoned today to Ministry of External Affairs and conveyed the concern of Govt of India by Secretary (West) (Sujata Mehta) on discourtesy to Indian High Commissioner External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said. Basit was conveyed Indias view on the discourtesy towards Bambawale by Karachi Chamber of Commerce that cancelled an event at the last minute Bambawale was scheduled to speak at the event, invite for which was received and accepted by him a couple of weeks ago. indianexpress
Kashmir ‘lifeline of Pakistan’, solution not in ‘raining bullets’: General Raheel Sharif
Islamabad: Describing Kashmir as Pakistan’s ‘lifeline’, Pak Army chief General Raheel Sharif has said the true solution of Kashmir issue lies not in ‘raining bullets’ upon people in Valley but in ‘heeding’ to their voices and respecting their aspirations. “True solution for this struggle for self- determination resides not in raining bullets upon the defenceless Kashmiri people but in heeding to their voice and respecting their aspirations. Kashmir issue can only be resolved by implementing UN Resolutions,” he said. Kashmir is Pakistan’s lifeline, and “we shall continue our diplomatic and moral support to the freedom movement at all levels,” he said.PTI
‘Inhumanity and heartbreak’ in Kashmir must stop: Malala asks for UN intervention
Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai called on UN, Pakistan and India to come together and halt the ‘inhumanity and heartbreak’ in Kashmir. She says: "Kashmiri people, like people everywhere, deserve their fundamental human rights...They should live free of fear and repression.” Dnaindia
Pellets generally used in hunting animals: manufacturer
Srinagar: Manufacturer of pellet guns, used against protesters by armed forces in Kashmir, said they are generally used for hunting. The company added no tests have been conducted regarding their effect on the human body. Indian express
 Assaulted in Noida,Kashmiri calls up helplines,no help
Noida: A 28-year-old man from J&K  was allegedly beaten up by employees of a private company in Noida Monday, after he had an argument with one of them.The complainant, Mudasir Rasool, is a trainee with the National Skill Development Corporation’s Udaan project, a central govt  scheme for J&K youth residing outside the state.Rasool claimed that after the incident, he sought help from Noida Police, Delhi Police and the Ministry of Home Affairs, but received no response.Rasool said, “I called on the helpline launched recently by the Ministry of Home Affairs for J&K youth living outside the state. I was told that the helpline was only for J&K students who faced problems while applying for admissions and scholarships. I was asked to call the Noida PCR. When I called the PCR, I was told there was no nodal officer for J&K citizens. When I called Delhi Police’s helpline, they said the case was not under their jurisdiction. Finally, I went to the police station near Noida Sector 70 to file a complaint.” indianexpress
Haryana: 2 murders, 2 rapes in Dinger Heri , the alleged killers belong to ‘Gua Raksha Samiti’: Muslim Mirror report
Nuh/Haryana):10 days have passed since gruesome murder of a Muslim couple and gang rape of their two relatives, including a 13 years old girl but there now there  is no concrete progress in the investigation so far according to the investigative team who has  sought another remand for the arrested alleged culprits, but the villagers and the advocate who is representing the case say  different story.The shocking incident took place during the night of 24th August when over half a dozen person broke into the house of Ibrahim and his wife Rashidan, brutally assaulted them with iron rods and thick woods then  dragged them around 100 meters  to nearby one room –house where  Ibrahim’s  sister and her two daughters were living. There they tied her sister and brother in law  Zafeer with the bed in open sky  and brutally beat them up. Then they raped raped the couple’s minor daughter (13) and her married cousin (21) who were sleeping in the room. When the married woman refused to come out of the room, attackers lifted up her kid (who was sleeping outside) and threatened to cut him into pieces.Then both were gang raped by them.Amir,(eldest son of murdered couple who was not present at that night) outside the one- room -house of their deceased parents.The one of the victim says that the culprits were almost one dozen but only four could be recognized. She had spotted them many times. All of them are from Mohammadpur Ahir village, about 3 km away from Dingerheri. Local intelligence also revealed that the accused were spotted in the area several times. All the 4 arrested accused Sandeep, Amarjeet, Karamjeet and Rahul had no criminal records, rather they were seen collecting donation in name of  ‘cow protection’ by the villagers. ‘Communal angle can’t be ruled out in this case as all arrested persons are associated with local ‘Gau Raksha Samity’ said advocate Ramzan Chaudhry who is representing case.muslimmirror
Agra Hindu girl gives free Quran lessons to Muslim kids
An 18-year-old girl in Agra, UP, has truly broken the arbitrary boundaries that are imposed in the name of religion by teaching the Quran to Muslim children of disadvantaged backgrounds. Pooja Kushwaha became interested in learning Arabic after she came in contact with a woman called Sangeeta Begum who taught the Holy Scripture to kids in her locality. Soon after she started attending Sangeeta Begum’s classes, Pooja did so well that she was able to stay ahead of the rest of the students. So, when Begum was unable to continue her classes, she requested Pooja to fill in for her. At first, Pooja started free lessons at her house because most of her students were from poor families. Later when the increasing number of students could not be accommodated at her place, she accepted the offer to shift her class to a temple. Now Pooja teaches the Quran to around 35 Muslim students in an open-air classroom at the temple. Her efforts have been greatly appreciated by parents and prominent Muslim leaders in the area, according to local reports. deccanchronicle
18-year-old Hindu girl teaches Quran to Muslim kids is a messenger of communal harmony
8 Muslim youths perform final rites of Hindu neighbour
Thane:Putting humanity over religion, a group of Muslim youths from Mumbra carried out funeral rites of 65-year-old neighbour, Waman Kadam, who died on Sunday night in his Almas Colony tenement.Kadam was employed as a building watchman.When Kadam's 2 sons, who are from his first wife, and relatives were reluctant to come over at night to help the ailing widow, Vitava, in her hour of need, she requested the youths to help her cremate him. Khalil Pawne, Fahad Dabir, Nawaz Dabir, Rahil Dabir, Shaban Khan, Maqsood Khan, Farooque Khan, Mohammad Kasam Shaikh promptly set out to look for a pundit to conduct the funeral rituals and even got a death certificate from doctor."My husband would never have thought that his last journey would be with so much honour. There were 40-odd Muslim youths in the funeral procession. We have known them since they were knee high; now, they turned out to be sensitive and responsible adults," said Vitava.TOI
Mumbra Muslim youths carryout last rites of Hindu man
Muzaffarnagar riots: No convictions, accused out on bail
Lucknow: 3 years after the communal riots in Muzaffarnagar, not a single person has been convicted in any of the 511 cases probed by SIT constituted by the state govt  a fortnight after the communal flare-up.In all, trials have been completed in 5 cases in which 39 people were named as accused. 2 of these cases were related to murder, one to gang-rape and 2 to dacoity and arson. All 39 accused are out on bail. The acquittals came after the complainant or the key witnesses turned hostile in court. Of 1,475 arrested in connection with the riot cases, around 30 are in jail while the others are out on bail, said senior police officials.ASP Muzaffarnagar, Vinod Pandey, who is heading the SIT, said investigations are still underway in 8 cases. "We are investigating the cases on priority basis but in some cases, the victims were allegedly murdered but their bodies could not be traced. Probe in such cases usually takes time," he said. Of the 511 FIRs that SIT probed, closure reports were filed in 159 cases while another 169 were expunged. The cases relate to murders in which 24 people were allegedly killed but bodies of 11 victims are yet to be traced.NGOs working in Muzaffarnagar have been questioning seriousness of the police investigations since the beginning. "Acquittal of all 39 accused in the five cases shows the shoddy manner in which the cases have been investigated and evidence gathered," said Mohammed Shoib, lawyer and president of NGO Rihai Manch which is pursuing court cases of many riot victims.TOI
Muzaffarnagar: Internal refugees 'exploited' by realtors
New Delhi: Carrying emotional scars of the riots 3 years ago, hundreds of internal refugees in Muzaffarnagar and Shamli districts are battling "poor health and sanitation" conditions and "unscrupulous" real estate developers, who are preying on their misfortune, NGO said.It has come with a report describing the conditions in the resettlement colonies 3 years after communal violence in UP. Titled 'Living Apart: Communal Violence and Forced Displacement in Muzaffarnagar and Shamli', it claims there are "65 refugee colonies, 28 in Muzaffarnagar and 37 in Shamli, housing 29,328 residents".  "Mostly self-settled, these colonies are very poorly provisioned without even elementary public services, and the internally-displaced persons lack basic entitlements, like drinking water and sanitation," says Harsh Mander of Aman Biradari. PTI
Not much done for Muzzafarnagar riots affected: NGO
Muzaffarnagar: Muslims came in buses to vote for this Jat pradhan
Zakir Naik NGO case: 15 joint secys urge Rajnath to lift officer's suspension
New Delhi: All 15 home ministry joint secretaries met Rajnath Singh on Tuesday and appealed for "justice" for their suspended colleague, joint secretary GK Dwivedi. Official is facing action over the renewal of the IRF licence to receive foreign funds. Zakir Naik runs the IRF. Such a show of support is unprecedented.The officers, belonging to both the IAS and the IPS, sought home minister Singh's intervention to revoke Dwivedi's suspension, saying his juniors were responsible for the clearance to IRF to get funds under the FCRA. Dwivedi's juniors, they said, were empowered to give "online clearance". The IRF is under the scanner for alleged incitement of jihadi terror and religious conversions.Action initiated against Dwivedi when he was not directly responsible for renewal of the FCRA licence, they said, was "unfair" and had a "demoralizing" effect on other joint secretaries in the ministry. Delegation members described Dwivedi as "honest and hardworking", one who had implemented several big-ticket initiatives of the home ministry's foreigners division.On Monday TOI reported the disenchantment among home ministry officers over the action taken against Dwivedi, detailing how it had led to four joint secretaries taking up his case with home secretary Rajiv Mehrishi. Singh gave a patient hearing to the officers, sources said. He assured that he would look into the matter. TOI
Naik's NGO: IAS officers lobby for suspended colleague
Zakir Naik NGO licence: Revoke officer’s suspension, MHA joint secretaries tell Rajnath Singh
Waqf Board chief Amantullah accuses Haroon Yusuf of corruption
New Delhi:Delhi Waqf Board chairman and AAP MLA Amantullah Khan has accused Congress leader Haroon Yusuf of ‘corruption and criminal misconduct’ seeking an Anti-Corruption Branch enquiry against him. Yusuf served as the Waqf Board chairman from March 1999 to March 2004 before he was made Power minister in the Sheila Dikshit govt in 2005.  Khan alleged Waqf Board driver Mohammad Rafiq continued to serve Yusuf even after he became a minister and the Board bore all his expenses, including salary. PTI
CIC notices to PMO,on letters between Vajpayee and Modi after 2002 riots
New Delhi: CIC has issued notices to PMO and Gujarat govt  on the issue of disclosure of the correspondence exchanged between the then CM  Narendra Modi and then PM  Atal Bihari Vajpayee in the aftermath of the 2002 riots.Citing an order of the Delhi High Court which had said that views of third party as mandated in Section 11 and 19(4) of the RTI Act must be taken, Chief Information Commissioner Radha Krishna Mathur issued notices to the PMO and Gujarat govt  (through its Chief Secretary) directing them to present their submissions during the hearing in first week of Nov.The case relates to Subhash Agrawal who had sought the disclosure of communication through his RTI application dated Dec.16, 2013.In an earlier and separate RTI application filed by another person, PMO had said the communication cannot be disclosed as it will adversely affect the prosecution and conviction in the case.PTI
In wake of attacks, RSS shakhas see sudden disappearance of Dalits
Dalit unrest over the last few months have done more than just cloud the BJP’s electoral prospects in upcoming Assembly elections. They have also left a large number of RSS shakhas devoid of Dalit members. Several such branches had been started in lower-caste localities across north and western India after Narendra Modi became PM in 2014. Phenomenon is glaring in Maharashtra and Gujarat, where Dalits recently took to streets to register their protest against attacks by a Hindutva-inspired group. It is also very evident in UP and Punjab, where Assembly elections are due early next year. Dalits have significantly disappeared from RSS shakhas in Bihar and Haryana.This has undermined the massive drive launched by the RSS to spread its presence among people belonging to the lower castes.“New shakhas in Dalit localities were started because we had noticed that shakhas in upper-caste localities were not being able to attract Dalit men,” said a senior office-bearer of the RSS from Meerut. “For some time there was a lot of enthusiasm, and a significant number of young men started attending shakhas in Dalit localities. But now, despite our karyakartas trying hard, most of these shakhas have become a farce.” Scroll.com
RSS rebel group in Goa to hold convention on Sept.11
Panaji:RSS rebels in Goa, who recently floated a parallel outfit under the leadership of sacked state chief Subhash Velingkar, will hold a convention on Sept.11 to work out the future course of action to step up their campaign over medium of instruction (MOI) issue.Velingkar, who launched the “RSS Goa Prant” on being “relieved” of his responsibilities by the Sangh after he crossed sword with the BJP over the MOI issue, today said they will chalk out programmes in the meet to strengthen the stir to press for regional launguages like Konkani and Marathi to be made the MOI in schools and stopping of the state support to English medium institutions.The meet would also reach out to women to join the mother tongue campaign under the banner of Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch.PTI
RSS has shot itself in the foot by taking Rahul Gandhi to court: Ashis Nandy
New Delhi: RSS has shot itself in the foot by going to court over Rahul Gandhi's remark linking the Hindu nationalist group to the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi, Ashis Nandy, India's pre-eminent sociologist and political psychologist, told HuffPost India. "Frankly, it would have been more responsible of the RSS if they had just not responded to it," he said.In his office filled with papers and books, some yellowing and others fraying at the edges, Nandy explained why Rahul's criminal defamation trial was not a legal exercise, but rather a political manoeuvre by the Congress Party which will likely go all out to associate the RSS with the "movement of hate" that led to Gandhi's assassination. He said that in its response, RSS would only end up regurgitating old arguments. huffingtonpost
After Una dalit incident, Buddhism's appeal grows
Ahmedabad: 3-odd years after thousands of dalits embraced Buddhism in Junagadh, Buddhist movement is gaining ground again in the state. Following the Una atrocity, voices urging dalits to renounce Hinduism and embrace Buddhism have become stronger.After 4 dalit youths were flogged for skinning a dead cow in Una, state has been the site of agitations by several groups, chiefly Una Dalit Atychar Ladat Samiti, Gujarat Anusuchit Jati Sangharsh Samiti,and Dalit Samman Sangharsh Samiti. Amid protests, Buddhist groups such as the Bharatiya Bauddh Sangh, the Bharatiya Bauddh Mahasabha, and the Dhamma Diksha Samiti have begun telling dalits that they will not considered unequal if they embraced Buddhism.TOI
CBI identifies 2 members of Sanatan Sanstha as Dabholkar killers
Mumbai: CBI has filed its first charge sheet in the Narendra Dabholkar murder case. Dabholkar, a ratonalist, was killed on Aug.20, 2013. CBI named Sanatan Sanstha member Virendra Tawde as the main conspirator and identified Vinay Pawar and Sarang Akolkar, members of the Sanatan Sanstha, as the killers.Akolkar is one of the accused in the Madgaon blast case and has a red corner notice issued against his name.Pawar has no criminal record, but has been absconding since 2009, as per the charge sheet. CBI nabbed Tawde, a member of the Hindu Janjagruti Samiti and a resident of Panvel ashram of the Sanatan Sanstha, three months ago. thehindu

Tamil Nadu Camel slaughter ban: Mixed response
Chennai: Madras High Court’s recent order refusing to permit camel slaughter in Tamil Nadu during the Bakrid festival has evoked mixed reactions among Islamic outfits and animal rights activists. Opposing verdict, MH Jawahirullah, president, MMK, said that the verdict would be challenged in the Supreme Court since it impinges on the rights of Muslims to practice their faith.“According to Islam, Muslims can sacrifice a bull, goat or a camel for Bakrid. It is one of the obligations of Muslims. How can a Muslim, who wants to sacrifice a camel, be barred from doing it?” he asked, adding “We will challenge it.”According to him, the ban contradicts Article 25 of the Constitution, which states that “all persons are equally entitled to freedom of conscience and the right freely to profess, practise and propagate religion.”Countering his views, senior leader of Indian Union Muslim League Kader Mohideen said that several Muslim organisations are calling for ‘camel slaughter’ because they have ‘misunderstood Islam’. thehindu
Telangana: Muslim bodies ask govt  to provide cattle for sacrifice during Bakrid
In an interesting development, Muslim organisations have requested the state govt to provide cattle to the Muslim community for sacrifice during upcoming Bakrid. Office-bearers of Soofi Academy, Sunni Ulema Board, All India Muslim League, Awami Majilis Amal, Telangana Minority State Forum and Sunni Ulema Council have submitted a joint petition to Chief Secretary Rajev Sharma and director general of police Anurag Sharma for putting in place a system for sale of animals for sacrifice during Bakrid through the animal husbandry department across the state. Indiatvnews/TOI
Haryana govt collects biryani samples from Mewat, sends to lab to detect beef
Gurgaon:Authorities have collected samples of biryani from shopkeepers and vendors from a village in Haryana’s Muslim-dominant Mewat district after receiving complaints that beef was being added to the dish, an official said. Samples were collected by the police and animal husbandry department last week from Mundaka village, near Gurgaon, and sent for test to a laboratory in Hisar’s Haryana Agricultural University after directions from the state govt to keep a tab on consumption of beef in the area.A govt official said that more samples will be collected from across the district as the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha will be celebrated next week.“We collected samples and handed them over to the police. More samples will be collected from Mundaka, Ghasera, and Ferozpur Jhirka area in coming days,” Narender Kumar, deputy director of Mewat animal husbandry department, said. Police’s Cow Protection Task Force spruced up its network of informers in areas where beef consumption is suspected to be high. Haryana Congress vice-president Aftab Ahmed said practice is a humiliation to the minority community and the particular area.HT
Haryana continues crackdown on beef, to inspect Biryani
NIA, FBI to jointly combat terror on internet
New Delhi:It is one of the biggest challenges for the modern-day police to contain the growing use of social media websites by global terror organisations or regional jihaadis. Leading investigating agencies NIA and FBI will take a workshop together on "Terrorist use of internet."india today
Terrorists getting public support in parts of India: Counter-terror force NSG
New Delhi: Terrorists and insurgents are getting "public support" in some parts of country and unless this is stopped, India will continue to get hit by acts of terrorism, a report prepared by elite counter-terror force NSG has said. Analytical report on recent bombing incidents in the country, compiled with data from all states for period between April and June this year, also raised concern over the possible leakage and use of ordnance factory-made explosives by terror outfits.PTI
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Iranian elites slam Revolutionary Guardsregional policy
Opposition reformists in Iran have criticised the regional policy adopted by the Revolutionary Guards Corps. Political and Media Green Movement Network made its comments in a statement published on a local website, claiming that the first step to reform the political edifice in Iran would be to reform its foreign policy. The statement pointed out that it is obvious to all Iranians that their country is passing through a crisis in the region and in the wider world. This, claims the elite network, is rooted in the incompetence and corruption suffered by the Islamic Republic. This regime was born out of the Islamic Revolution in 1979 and it was the outcome of the dedication and sacrifices of many Iranians for the sake of achieving national and historic demands such as independence, freedom, justice and progress.However, it is claimed, in recent years all of these sacrifices have been lost for the sake of a power game. The opportunists exploited the trust of the Iranian people and brought the country to this phase of havoc. Whereas other countries try to find new friends in an increasingly cohesive world, the opposition movement says, the Revolutionary Guards are involved in a dangerous game in confrontation with Saudi Arabia through providing political, economic, media and military support to the Houthis in Yemen, which is, rightly or wrongly, Saudi Arabias back yard. Furthermore, full support has been given to the Bathist regime of Bashar Al-Assad,the network says, and there is a large number of Iranian military forces on the front line against the Syrian opposition but Iran has been unable achieve anything tangible.Is such an expensive intervention in Syria serving Iranian interests, it wonders. The obvious Iranian presence in Iraq and the support provided to specific Shia groups in the war against Daesh have caused internal ethnic and religious conflicts and led to the spread of hostile positions toward Iran among the Iraqi people, the critics note. So much so,in fact, that such hostility has even appeared among the Shia. Similar unconditional support given to the Shia opposition in Bahrain makes up the 4 most conspicuous examples of moves made by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in their obvious interference in Irans foreign policy.The critics point out that the people of Iran are unhappy that the national budget is being squanderedon maintaining influence in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon at a time when citizens have to make tough economic choices. No one, they claim, approves of this use of vital funds to pay Afghani and Iraqi mercenaries, who everyone knows are in Syria solely because Iran is paying them to be there.Pointing out that similar efforts have been made in the past, the movement recalled the expansionist policy of the former Shah of Iran, Muhammad Reza Pahlavi, whose policy promoted the theory that Iran was the regional policeman. middleeastmonitor
Russia accepts Assad must go: UK foreign secretary
London: Bashar al-Assad must be ousted as part of any peace deal in Syria, Boris Johnson has said in his first public remarks on the issue since becoming UK foreign secretary. Johnson said it was the Syrian president’s “killing machine, his barrel bombs and, in the end, his fight for personal political survival” that had caused the 400,000 deaths estimated by the UN in the country. He added “even” Russia accepted the need for transition in Syria’s political leadership.anadolu agency
Syria: Regime forces drop chlorine gasin Damascus
Aleppo:Syrian regime forces on Wednesday struck two opposition-held areas by chlorine gas bombs in capital Damascus. Regime aircraft dropped barrel bombs laced with chlorine gas on the Damascus suburbs of Ein Tarma and Jobar, field hospital sources said. Anadolu Agency
Footage, aftermath of Brutal Chlorine attack in Aleppo
Chlorine-packed barrel bombs injure 100 in N. West Syria
Mosul offensive: France deploys artillery, readies carrier
UN: 100,000 Syrians displaced in Hama fighting
Fighting in Syria’s Hama governorate displaced an estimated 100,000 people between 28 Aug. and 5 Sept, UN reported, citing Syrian Arab Red Crescent and governor of the province.
Nearly 50 million children uprooted worldwide: UNICEF
Qatar, Russia sign military deal in spite of rivalries
On Tuesday, Qatar and Russia signed an agreement for military cooperation, according to the Qatar News Agency reported.The deal resulted from a meeting between Qatari Defence Minister Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah and Sergey Shoigu the Russian Minister, at a military forum in Kubinka, West of MoscowAccording to the Qatari News agency: “Ways of supporting and promoting military cooperation relations between Doha and Moscow were discussed during the meeting between the 2 ministers in Russia”. middleeastmonitor
Israel begins building underground wall around Gaza
Israeli military has begun building a new wall around the blockaded Gaza Strip that will not only line the perimeter above ground but also extend deep underground, according to local media. Work on the new barrier, which will cost $531 million, can be seen from southern Israeli communities near the Gaza border, Yedioth Ahronoth reported Wednesday. Anadolu
Dutch ex-PM: War criminalNetanyahu should be tried
Former Dutch PM and longtime pro-Palestinian activist Dries van Agt said Benjamin Netanyahu is a war criminal who should be prosecuted during his visit this week to Netherlands. Theres a war criminal coming to this country,said Van Agt, 85, who presided as the Dutch PM for 5 years until 1982 for the centrist Christian-Democratic Appeal party.timesofisrael
Badie: Muslim Brotherhood sticking to peaceful means to regaining democracy in Egypt
Supreme Guide of Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt Mohammed Badie reiterated the “peaceful” ways to regain democracy in the country. During a hearing held for him and other 738 defendants in Cairo Criminal Court, Badie was allowed to leave the iron cage in the court and address journalists.Badie said that MB is “patient, it is 90 years old and its history is being taught as an example of helping people.”He added that despite attacks having its offices burnt in 2013, MB continued to offer aid to people.Court case was postponed until 8 Oct. middleeastmonitor
739 Brotherhood members appear in Egypt court
Obama nominates 1st ever Muslim to become federal judge
Barack Obama has nominated the first ever Muslim to become a federal judge.Pakistani-born Abid Qureshi is a partner at law firm Latham and Watkins LLP and works as global chair of the companys pro bono committee, one of the largest in the world. His place on the federal judiciary is not yet guaranteed, as nominations must be approved by the Senate. independent
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