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08 September 2016

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08 Sept. 2016: 05 Dzil Hajja 37: Vol:7, No:156
Bakr-i-Eid is cruel, inhuman and barbarian, PIL in Supreme Court seeks ban on animal sacrifice
New Delhi: PIL, filed by 7 UP residents, has sought the court's direction to ensure that no animal is killed during the festival, called the feast of sacrifice, which is to be celebrated early next week. "Issue a writ, order or direction or declaration to the effect that the practice of sacrifice of animals on Bakr-i-Eid day is unconstitutional and same cannot be resorted to by any member of the public," the petition said.The plea, filed through lawyer Vishnu Shankar Jain, has challenged the constitutional validity of Section 28 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act which exempts the killings under religious practices and reads: "Nothing contained in this Act shall render it an offence to kill any animal in a manner required by the religion of any community.""Issue a writ, order or direction striking down Section 28 of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 as unconditional, being ultra vires to Article 14,21 and 25 of the Constitution," it said.PIL has made Ministries of Home Affairs, Law and Justice and Environment and Forest and Animal Welfare Board of India as parties."Tendency to sacrifice animals, even on roads and public places, are developing fast every year on Bakr-Eid in the most uncouth and inhuman manner and litres of blood is spread at public places affecting the sentiments of public at large," plea said."It is most respectfully submitted that animals sacrifice on Bakr-Eid day is cruel, inhuman, barbarian, decency and morality and the same cannot be protected in the name of religion as such practice is in violation of Article 14,21 and 25 of Constitution," it said. PTI
Plea in SC against sacrificing animals on Bakr-Eid
Ahead of Bakra Eid, PIL filed in Supreme Court seeking ban on public slaughter of animals
Mewat can’t stomach ‘beef biryani’ order
Nuh (Mewat): The recent decision of the Haryana Govt to collect meat samples in Mewat following complaints of beef biryani being served in the area has angered the minority community. They accused the BJP govt of targeting them and treating them like “foreigners.”“We are being treated like foreigners in our own country. We abide by the law of the land, but are still targeted and exploited. We have also fought for the Independence of the country,” said Jameel Ahmed, a 41-year-old farmer whose family has been staying here since ages. Ahmed said Mewat had come under the govt’s scrutiny only because it was dominated by the minority community.“There are probably more biryani vendors in Sohna just 20 km from here. But they are not being checked because the area is dominated by the majority community. They consume more meat than us, but they are not being scrutinised. We have never felt so alienated,” he said Ahmed.Perhaps the worst affected section is the street vendors for whom selling biryani is their only source of livelihood.Shahrukh, a school dropout and biryani vendor, alleged that they are often harassed by the police. “Just 6 months ago, a policeman told a fellow vendor Sajid that he could not sell biryani here and threw his pot containing biryani on the road. We called media, took pictures, lodged complaints but nothing happened.”He said with the police now armed with the govt’s directive, they will “make the life more difficult for us.”Mohammad Asif, a fruit vendor, said the govt's new law on cow slaughter was being abused to harass and extort money from genuine meat-sellers in the area.“Not so long ago, my uncle was carrying mutton to Delhi when the Haryana Police stopped him and took samples of the meat for examination. He was forced to dump the meat worth Rs.2 lakh. The cost to transport meat has now increased with the police and gau rakshaks targeting even genuine meat-sellers,” he said.As per an estimate, more than one lakh people are dependent on the income earned from selling biryani in Mewat. Ex-Nuh MLA Aftab Ahmed told The Hindu that it was an attempt by the BJP govt to embarrass his community and disturb the communal harmony in the area. The Hindu
Congress writes to MHA over raids on biryani stalls
Complaint of beef in biryani, Haryana police to send samples for testing
Cops' duty to check beef: Haryana minister justifies biryani inspections
Mewat: Days ahead of Eid festival, the police in Haryana's Mewat are going around town collecting biryani, not for a taste but to check it for beef. The samples are being sent to forensic labs.State Minister Anil Vij on Thursday justified the unusual assignment for cops in a state that sees the second largest number of complaints to the police."They (police) are in charge of implementing the law. It is part of their duty to check that beef is not consumed, as it is illegal in India," Vij said.Festivals like Bakr-Id mean big business for around 10 thousand roadside biryani sellers and restaurant owners in Mewat, state's only Muslim-dominated district, but the unprecedented checks have unnerved them.Chief ofHaryana Cow Welfare Commission, Bhani Ram Mangla, visited Mewat and instructed the police to make sure no beef biryani is sold.NDTV
Haryana Police to `smell out` beef in biryani samples from Mewat
Human Rights violations by security forces a matter of concern: SC
New Delhi:With the govt stoutly defending the role of security forces in J&K  and insurgency-hit Manipur, the Supreme Court has said it was more concerned about human rights violations happening in the heart of capital cities like Imphal. “It is not the LoC but the heart of the cities like Imphal, is what we are concerned. Public order needs to be followed,” a bench of Justices MB Lokur and UU Lalit said after Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi submitted that security forces at LoC or during insurgent operations have to act in a particular way. Referring to an earlier constitution bench judgement in Naga People’s Movement of Human Rights case, the bench said law in this regard has already been settled, as it has ruled that though an internal disturbance is a cause for concern, it does not threaten the security of the country.While NHRC counsel and senior advocate Gopal Subramaniam contended that there was “no accountability” in case of human rights violations, Rohatgi said the security personnel have to act “in a particular way” on the LoC or during an insurgent operation. “Truth of human rights violations if any can be found through criminal trials. It is a serious situation. Security personnel at a LOC or during an insurgent operations has to act in a particular way. How else we do it,” Rohatgi said.He said what happened in the 1980’s and retrospective enquiry into those incidents will have serious effect on the Army, whether in Manipur or in J&K. PTI
NHRC seeks more teeth, clashes with Centre, bgets SC's support
SC concerned over rights violations in tense areas
Funding to J&K separatists: SC agrees to hear PIL, says it shares the feeling
New Delhi: Observing that it shares the same feeling, the Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to hear a PIL moved by a Delhi lawyer for immediately stopping the funds from the govt  to separatist groups in J&K.“We also share the same feeling,” remarked a bench led by Justice Anil R Dave when advocate ML Sharma sought an immediate intervention of the apex court, citing various media reports questioning grant of funds to separatists for travel, accommodation, logistics and other purposes. The court has fixed Sept.14 to hear the matter in detail. Sharma sought a declaration that the funding is “unconstitutional and illegal” and must be stopped at once because the govt cannot be allowed to provide money to those who are acting against the interest of the nation. Indianexpress
Human rights panel can’t probe armed forces in militancy-hit areas: Govt
SC agrees to hear PIL for stopping funding of separatists
Restrictions on assembly of people lifted in Kashmir: PTI
Kashmir civil society urges Prez to initiate dialogue:PTI
Kashmir: Autonomy, plebiscite among demands made before All Party Delegation
New Delhi: Grant of autonomy, holding plebiscite and initiating a dialogue with separatists as well as Pakistan were some of the key demands placed before the All Party Delegation (APD) which visited J&K on Sept.4-5. According to a note, which was prepared by the Home Ministry, these were among the issues raised by various political parties and organisations before the All Party Delegation.The delegation was told that the autonomy resolution passed by J&K Assembly in 2000 should be implemented. Among other issues raised before the delegation included carrying out plebiscite as per UN resolution and discussions held with separatists as well as Pakistan, said the note circulated among the members of the APD at a meeting in New Delhi on Wednesday. Various political parties and organisations conveyed to the law makers that if the current agitation, which started after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani on July 8, continues, the mainstream society will become weaker.Other political points made to the MPs are: Promises made by current state govt have not been fulfilled; Agenda for alliance between PDP and BJP should be implemented; elections of local bodies have not been held and delimitation of constituencies by State Election Commission/ Election Commission of India to be expedited.Some key issues flagged by some parties and groups are: radicalisation in madrasas and mosques, funding for the unrest and newly built mosques needs to be investigated, drug smuggling and infiltration from Pakistan should be stopped, there should be no compromise on security, cross border terrorism should be dealt forcefully and review of AFSPA and reduce the footprints of militancy and paramilitary forces from civilian areas.According to the note, other political points include establishment of a camp secretariat in Jammu for the whole year, J&K should have SC/ST and Minority Commissions, Leh should be given Union Territory status, West Pakistan Refugees should be allowed to participate in Panchayat polls.3 other political points are: during 1990s, many Muslims as well as Kashmiri Pandits were killed but a package was announced only for Kashmiri Pandits, providing OBC status to Lawana Sikh community and leaders of minority community should be nominated as MLCs by the Governor and MPs in Rajya Sabha by the President.PTI
Plebiscite to UT status for Leh: String of demands made to all-party team
Necessary to impose President’s rule in Kashmir: JD(U)
Patna:JD (U) said it is now imperative to impose President’s rule in Kashmir, adding that they would support govt in taking any strict step further to stop the soaring unrest in the Valley.“We hope that the govt will take some stern steps. It is necessary to impose President’s rule there. We will support the govt in taking any strict step.”spokesperson Ajay Alok said.
'They had rods and hammers': Army raid on Kashmir village last month didn’t even spare its own staff
Farooq Ahmed stood outside his house in Shar Shali village, seething. “I knew the people,” he said. “Major and his men cannot eat, they cannot get accommodation unless orders go out from my desk.”Ahmed is the accounts clerk at the Army station headquarters in the town of Khrew in South Kashmir's Pulwama district, and head clerk of the civil wing. He has worked with the defence forces for decades and has a brother who serves the Victor Force, Rashtriya Rifles counter-insurgency force that is in charge of Anantnag, Pulwama and Budgam districts in the Valley. Yet here he was, bruised and limping, a middle-aged man with a flowing beard and tired eyes, beaten up by the very soldiers he works with. He said they did not spare his aged parents either.“I showed them my ID card and said I have been working so many years in defence,” said Ahmed. “But they just took me by the beard and beat me. I have never done stone pelting, never even taken part in peaceful protests.”On the night of Aug.17, soldiers of the Indian Army stormed into Ahmed’s village of Shar-i-Shali, where they attacked homes, beat up residents and killed one person. Village lies near the town of Khrew, whose tall cement factories can be seen from miles away. Both town and village are located in the Pampore area of Pulwama, a place known for its fields of saffron. FIR was filed at Pampore police station the next day. Army said the raid was not sanctioned and promised to conduct an investigation.20 days later, a police official in Pampore said an investigation officer had visited the village and taken down the statements of victims. Scroll.in
Mewat gang rape victims narrate ordeal, seek CBI probe
New Delhi: Few seconds into narrating her ordeal the 20-year-old girl, allegedly gangraped in Haryana's Dinger Heri village, broke down. The girl was however not the only one to weep. Moments before she spoke, even her counsellor, a woman from the same area, overwhelmed by emotions had to stop her speech mid-way."They told me that if I try to run, they will cut my child into pieces," said the 20-year-old-victim.2 weeks after they were allegedly gangraped and had their relatives murdered in Haryana's Mewat region, victims of this sexual violence had traveled all the way from their home in Dinger Heri village to the National Capital requesting a CBI inquiry into the brutal incident, on Wednesday.Accompanying the 2 girls, aged 16 and 20, were their relatives, members of Nuh's Bar Council, activist Shabnam Hashmi and Rajhya Sabha MP from JD (U) Anwar Ali, all of whom accused the arrested men of links with "right wing organisations" for unleashing the horror on the family. The group had brought with them print outs of facebook profiles of an individual (arrested in the case) who claims to have been working for the RSS. The victim's family and their associates now fear that the police might not "fight the case" owing to the political clout some of the 4-5 accused persons have.MP Anwar Ali while speaking to dna said, "Some police officials in Haryana would like this case to be swept under the carpet due to the pressure they face from political bosses at the Centre as well as the state. dnaindia
CBI probe demanded in Mewat couple's murder, gang-rape of 2 sisters
Haryana double murder and gang rape: One accused RSS man another Modi Bhakt
Mewat gangrape, dual murder: victim describes what exactly happened, says death would’ve been better
Una Dalit flogging: CID says cops turned skinning of dead cow into case of 'beef being found'
New Delhi:Gujarat CID accused four policemen of dereliction of duty and fudging facts in the Una Dalit flogging incident, in a chargesheet on Wednesday.Authorities chargesheeted 34 people, including the four cops, 2 months after seven Dalit youths were flogged by self-styled cow vigilantes in Una, Gujarat. A separate chargesheet was also filed against three minors before Juvenile Justice Board at Junagadh.4 policemen -- including Una inspector at the time of the flogging -- were arrested for failing to stop the crime, conniving with the perpetrators and forging FIR related documents to help the accused.CID alleged the arrested policemen "misused" their position by not acting against the perpetrators and by letting them leave after they abandoned the assaulted men outside Una police station. It also accused them of turning the skinning of a dead cow by Dalits into a case of "beef being found", according to an Indian Express report." Local police didn't act (on information of some youths being beaten up) for nearly 4 hours after registering the information in their logbook. Later, they added a line that 'cow meat was found' and thus fudged the information," IG of CID-Crime SS Trivedi told Express. CID noted that the owner, in his statement, said his cow was killed by a lioness. But the accused police personnel insisted that he report his cow missing.A forensic analysis report confirming the presence of "hair of the Asiatic lion" on the carcass, was submitted in addition to the chargesheet. A total of 43 people have been arrested in case, but only 34 were chargesheeted.
'Gau rakshaks spread the lie about dalits killing cows'
In Dalit flogging, Una police fudged facts, looked other way: Chargesheet
In village of Una attack accused, upper castes angry, Dalits afraid
Samter: Near Una town, Samter village’s Dalits, who account for around 1,000 in a population of 3,500, have lived in fear of a backlash since those arrests. And the families of the arrested grumble that the assault was only one side of the story.The chargesheet filed by CID, which blames the local police for fudging details such as reporting the skinning of a cow as “beef being found”, annexes a forensic report as evidence that the cow had been killed by a lion. Families of the 11 accused youths, all in their twenties and belonging to various upper castes, had a very different version when The Indian Express met them in Samter on Aug.28.“You all know only one side of the story. Three cows were killed, which is why they were beaten up,” said Pratapsinh Gohil, whose son Jaydev has been arrested. “However,” he added, “the boys took the law into their hands which they should not have.” indianexpress
Shahabuddin gets bail, set to walk out next week
Patna: Patna High Court on Wednesday granted bail to former RJD Siwan MP Mohammed Shahabuddin in the 2014 Rajiv Roshan murder case in which he is named as a conspirator. Shahabuddin, who has been lodged in jail for 12 years, is likely to be released on bail in a few days. Convicted in 5 cases, he is serving life sentence in a murder case. indianexpress
Malegaon blast: NIA seeks court nod to reconstruct evidence
National Investigation Agency has approached the special court in Mumbai seeking permission to lead secondary evidence in the Malegaon blast case after certain documents pertaining to the case were misplaced. In April, it had come to light that certain statements of witnesses were not traceable.It has sought to reconstruct the evidence through certified copies of the statements present with it, special public prosecutor Avinash Rasal said. He said the court had asked the accused to respond to NIA’s request which had been opposed by some accused. Court will further hear the application today.The order on the bail plea of accused Lieutenant Colonel Prasad Purohit will be decided on Sept.22. Indian express
Scholars slam move to stop reprint of Bipan Chandra’s book
New Delhi:A host of scholars from India and abroad have come out against the National Book Trust’s decision not to reprint the Hindi version of Bipan Chandra’s book Communalism — A Primer. They have demanded that the NBT continue publishing the book. “Professor Bipan Chandra was not only one of India’s foremost historians but also one of the most uncompromising defenders of the secular and democratic cause in this country. As chairman of NBT,he breathed a new life into it,” a statement signed by the scholars said.“We have been shocked to learn that very National Book Trust over which he had presided has revoked the reprint order for Hindi version of his book…” Signatories include Irfan Habib, Romila Thapar, DN Jha, Prabhat Patnaik, KN Panikkar, Sabyasachi Bhattacharya, Ravi Ahuja, Mridula Mukherjee, Ania Loomba and Nivedita Menon. “Such action by NBT is a gross violation of freedom of views and amounts, in effect, to the assumption that communalism is now the official doctrine of the country and no criticism of it or its practitioners can be permitted,” statement said. thehindu
Academics against NBT’S decision to stop reprinting Bipan Chandra’s book
NCRB data: India’s cyber criminals are mostly business rivals, sometimes ‘religious persons’
Just who are the cyber criminals? According to latest NCRB data, they include neighbours, friends, relatives, disgruntled employees, hackers, sexual freaks, mentally deranged people and even religious leaders.NCRB’s 2015 data shows a wide range of profiles making up the cyber criminal, the most prolific among them being business rivals followed by neighbours, friends or relatives. Of over 8,000 people arrested for cyber crime, 20% were business competitors while about 15% were either neighbours, friends or relatives of the victim. Hackers and computer geeks made up 13% while students, numbering over 800 or 10%, were the next largest group. Indian express
Shias and Sunnis to offer joint prayers in Delhi and Lucknow this Eid-ul-Adha
New Delhi: Once again, Delhi and Lucknow will witness a show of solidarity and unity on eve of Eid-ul-Adha when people from Sunni and Shia sects will jointly offer Eid prayers. Eid prayers are being organised by "Shoulder to Shoulder Foundation” a volunteer-driven organisation set up with the objective of bringing people of different faiths together.The initiative was conceived by Haider Zaidi and Mazin Khan last year in Jamia Nagar, against the backdrop of growing hostility between the two sects in Middle east and elsewhere.TCN
Ministry of Minority Affairs plans to develop idle wakf land for commercial use
New Delhi:  Union Ministry of Minority Affairs will soon be developing prime wakf land for commercial use and utilise their proceeds to fund welfare projects for the Muslim community. Wakf land comes under the concept of charity or inalienable religious endowment in Islamic belief.The move may face opposition from various wakf boards acting as the 'guardian' of these properties but the govt  appears firm in its intent. "They have the potential of generating an income of over Rs 10,000 crore per year," Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi told Mail Today. Indiatoday
Kerala govt to check RSS outfits, ban arms training in temples
Kerala:Moving ahead with its resolve to check the activities of the Sangh Parivar outfits at the temples of the state, the CPI(M)-led LDF govt in Kerala is all set to come out with a circular banning any type of arms-training drills at the shrine complexes. The state Devaswom department has taken the initiative to issue the circular under relevant sections of the Kerala Police Act in the wake of complaints that the RSS was holding drills at the temple premises, office of the state Devaswom Minister, Kadakampally Surendran, said. The circular, which has got the Law department’s nod, has been sent to the Home department for its consideration, sources said.An order, banning any type of arms-training drills at the shrine complexes, would be issued after getting the consent of the Home department, they added.PTI
UK’s charity commission issues warning to Hindu Sangh after outburst against Muslims, Christians
Students continue to wear saffron shawls to counter Hijab in Mangaluru
Mangaluru: The male students of Govt College in Bellare, Sullia Taluk will continue to wear saffron shawls over their shirts to counter Muslim female students wearing headscarf in classrooms, as the meeting, convened for the second time, failed to find a solution to the row. Timesofindia
Kanpur Muslim couple sells baby to pay debt, files 'missing' FIR: PTI
Kanpur: A couple in Kanpur sold their 5-month-old baby to pay their debts and later filed a “missing” FIR in a bid to evade queries about the child’s sudden disappearance, police said on Wednesday. Khalid and his wife Saeeda, who live in shanties of Babu Purva colony, had complained to Kanpur SSP Shalabh Mathur that their baby, youngest of their five children, was abducted while he was playing outside their house on July 20, they said. During probe, it was revealed that they had sold toddler to a businessman, named Haroon,in Jalaun district for Rs 1.5 lakh to pay their debts, police inspector AK Singh said. Following which police have arrested couple and Haroon, he said, adding that Rs 60,000 were also seized from Khalid’s house.Saeeda told police that they were in urgent need of money to pay their debts due to which they took such a step.
Survey Shows Lowest Participation of Indian Muslims in Govt Poverty Alleviation Programs
Washington;Indian Muslim community continues to be in economic distress and has shown lowest participation, leading to achieving meager benefits from the govt’s major flagship poverty alleviation programs.  This came in a survey conducted by the US India Policy Institute.The survey was conducted by the US India Policy Institute along with its partner organization CRDDP, New Delhi during 2015. It included a knowledge, attitude and utilization survey of Muslim households in 5 states across India to assess participation in govt programs. Preliminary analysis suggests that Indian Muslims as a community remain in distress. Community has shown lowest participation leading to meager benefits from the govt’s major flagship poverty alleviation programs. One of the dominant reasons being lack of adequate knowledge of the programs followed by lack of trust emerging from disconnect with the public institutions. Muslim households have lower odds of enrollment in the Public Distribution System (PDS) that distributes subsidized food grains for low income families; almost no participation in mass employment schemes and self-help group (SHG) programs. None of the elderly and widowed women surveyed were found to be receiving the govt’s popular old-age and widow pensions.
Students’ poser to US Consul General: ‘If Trump wins, what will be future of Muslims in US?’
Ahmedabad: When US Consul General in Mumbai Thomas Vajda visited a school in Ahmedabad on Wednesday, he faced some tough questions from students — including one on the fate of Muslims if Donald Trump becomes President. During his visit to 120-year-old Anjuman-e-Islam School in Astodia locality here, Vajda interacted with students, who asked him a range of questions — from his opinion on the Holy Quran to admission to US colleges.“If Trump wins, what will be the future of the Muslims in the US, especially Indians who plan to go to the US for a bright future?” asked a girl.US diplomat, however, did not take the question and said:“This is not an excuse. This is the truth that because I am a public servant I am not allowed to participate in or speak about politics.”After his reply was translated into Hindi for the students, he continued: “There is a wide diversity of views in US and these presidential candidates reflect their own perspectives. Respecting religions of our citizens and residents of the US is a fundamental priority value enshrined in our Constitution. And I believe those values are widely shared in the US. This November, American voters will have a choice on how they want to see the future of US and see who they want to represent those values. We will see what the voters decide.” Indianexpress
Muzaffarnagar: 30000 still living in 65 refugee colonies
Riot victims live in ghetto-like conditions: Report
Muzaffarnagar: mahapanchayat that changed fortunes of BJP leaders named in riots
For 21 AAP MLAs,Parliamentary Secretary Posts Scrapped
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Turkey ready to join US in capturing Syrian city Raqqa, de facto capital of IS: Erdogan
Istanbul:US President Barack Obama floated the idea of joint action with Turkey to capture the Syrian city of Raqqa from Islamic State, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said in remarks published on Wednesday. Ankara would not object, Erdogan said. Turkey, which is battling a Kurdish insurgency at home, launched an incursion into northern Syria last month with the stated aims of clearing Islamic State from its border and preventing Kurdish YPG militia expanding into new territory. Ankara now wants international support for an operation to take control of a rectangle of territory stretching about 40 km into Syria, creating a buffer between 2 Kurdish-held cantons to the east and west and against Islamic State to the south.Speaking to reporters on his plane back from the G20 summit in China on Monday, Erdogan said Turkey’s military was ready to join any offensive on Raqqa, IS de facto capital.“Obama wants to do some things together concerning Raqqa in particular,” Erdogan said, following meetings in China with Obama, Russian President Vladimir Putin and other world leaders.“We stated that would not be a problem from our perspective.We said, ‘Let our soldiers come together, whatever is necessary will be done’,” Erdogan said. Reuters
Turkey ready to join US to recapture Raqqa
10 new wars that could be unleashed as a result of one against ISIS: Washington Post
Turkish intervention in Syria wins US support, angers Moscow: middleeastmonitor
A State Department spokesperson told reporters on Wednesday that the US supports Turkey’s direct intervention in Syria, known as ‘Operation Euphrates Shield’.Turkey’s ground campaign backs Free Syrian Army and other factions of the Syrian opposition, though it targets Daesh and some pro-Kurdish militias, was launched in late August.State Department spokesman, Mark Toner, said that the action served Turkish national interests and therefore aligned with American military goals.“Actions that we carry out against ISIL in Syria is, we believe, in the national security interests of the US and our allies and our partners, I think Turkey would also make the case, if I’m guessing, that it’s also in their national security interest to protect and drive ISIL away from their border.”
Syrian opposition says Assad should leave after transitional govt is formed: Middleeastmonitor
Chief negotiator of the Syrian opposition Riyad Hijab said that Bashar Al-Assad must leave office after 6 months following the formation of proposed transitional govt, Moheet.com reported. Hijab, who is the general coordinator of the High Negotiations Committee, made the remarks in London as he presented a roadmap for peace in his war-torn country. According to the website, Hijab’s plan starts with 6 months of negotiations to set up a transitional govt made up of the opposition, Assad regime and civil society.This govt would run the country for 18 months, then it would hold elections.“This transitional period will begin with the departure of Bashar Al-Assad and his clique, and of course those who have committed crimes against Syrian people,” Reuters reported Hijab saying. Meanwhile, he also said his group would reject any American-Russian deal on Syria that is very different from his group’s plan.
America opposes no-fly zone over Syria

1,000 Shia Iraqi fighters head to Syria to support Assad
Shia Iraqi militia of Harakat Al-Nujaba has increased number of its fighters in Syria to 8,000, it revealed yesterday.Reuters reported Harakat Al-Nujaba’s spokesman saying group “sent more than 1,000 extra fighters to southern parts of Aleppo over the past two days to reinforce its positions.”The militia had announced on its official page on 7 August that it sent 2,000 fighters to Aleppo, raising the number of its fighters in Syria to more than 7,000 at the time.Yesterday’s announcement brings the total number of fighters in Syria to around 8,000. They are fighting alongside the Syrian regime’s army. middleeastmonitor
Israel used military censor to cover up first W. Bank settlements: middleeastmonitor
A previously classified document shows how Israeli leaders used the military censor to conceal the establishment of the first settlements in the occupied West Bank, according to a report in Haaretz.The document in question was sent on 19 June 1969 by the foreign minister’s deputy director general to the office of the then-Foreign Minister Abba Eban, entitled “Gush Etzion – Publicity”.Topic was establishment of civilian settlements in the area now known as Gush Etzion “bloc” near Bethlehem, on land taken ostensibly for military purposes.
Dutch lawmaker refuses to shake hands with Israeli PM
Hague:A Turkish-origin Dutch lawmaker has refused to shake hands with Benjamin Netanyahu during Israeli leader’s visit to Netherlands’ parliament.As Israeli PM shook hands with other members of parliament Tunahan Kuzu -- wearing a Palestinian flag lapel pin -- held his hands behind his back. Anadolu
Families in anguish over fate of missing Hamas fighters
Gaza: The past year has been exhausting for Umm Abdeldaim Abu Lebdah, whose only son went missing in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula in Aug. 2015, along with three other young men."I see the world through my son's eyes; his abduction has turned my life into a living hell," the 53-year-old mother told Al Jazeera. 4 men, members of a Hamas naval commando unit, were abducted by masked gunmen just outside of the Rafah crossing terminal in Egypt while en route to the Cairo airport. Her son, 25-year-old Abdeldaim, had been bound for Turkey to pursue postgraduate studies in engineering. Families of the four missing men say that contact was lost on August 19, 2015, after gunmen stopped the bus they had boarded outside of the Rafah terminal.Where they were taken from there remains unclear."It is really mysterious that the bus was ambushed while it was escorted by Egyptian soldiers, and in an area that fully lies under Egyptian sovereignty," Mohammed Abu Libdah, Abdeldaim's uncle, told Al Jazeera. Al Jazeera.
2 men detained in Spain for kicking pregnant woman wearing niqab
Madrid: Police in Barcelona confirmed on Wednesday they have arrested two men for kicking a pregnant woman who was wearing a niqab, a cloth worn by some Muslim women to cover their face.The attack took place on Monday night in the Ciutat Vella, a district of Barcelona, Xinhua news agency quoted the local police as saying.The two men first insulted the pregnant woman for wearing the niqab, and when her husband, who was with her, tried to protect her, they pushed him several times, before kicking the woman in the stomach.IANS
Pregnant mother allegedly assaulted in Barcelona by Far right extremists for wearing Niqab
France's secular laws can accommodate Islam: Hollande
President Francois Hollande insisted Thursday that France's strict laws separating church and state do not prevent the country's large Muslim minority from practising their religion. In a speech on terrorism and democracy coming in the midst of a debate on the banning of the Islamic burkini swimsuit, Hollande said: "Nothing in the idea of secularism opposes the practice of Islam in France, provided it respects the law."Mayors in around 30 French towns last month cited the country's century-old secular laws in banning head-to-toe swimwear on their beaches, unleashing a furore.Hollande said secularism was not a "state religion" to be used against other religions.AFP
World 'ignoring Bangladeshi executions'
London: International community -- with the notable exception of Turkey -- is standing silent as opposition figures in Bangladesh are being abducted and killed, the son of one of the country’s leading dissents has told Anadolu Agency. Salman al-Azami, a Liverpool-based academic whose father Ghulam Azam led Jamaat-e-Islami party before his death in Oct. 2014, said his elder brother Aman Azmi was arrested by plainclothes police officers in Dhaka on Aug. 22 and has not been heard from since.“He asked them ‘Do you have any arrest warrant?’ They said ‘No’,” Azami said, describing his brother’s arrest. “He said ‘Okay, you are taking me, can I take my clothes?’ And they said ‘No, you can’t.’ And since then he’s completely missing.”Azami said raising awareness of his brother’s fate had proved hugely difficult. Rights groups also raised concerns about these cases, with Amnesty International criticizing the use of the death penalty and saying Mir Quasem Ali’s trial had been unfair.Anadolu agency

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