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10 Sept. 2016: 07 Dzil Hajja 37: Vol:7, No:157
Zakir Naik’s open letter a veiled threat to govt? appeals govt to be truthful with facts, fair in investigation
Zakir Naik on Saturday morning released an open letter to govt and his fellow countrymen. Talking about the how the media and govt treated him, Naik says that none of his religious preaching over the past 25 years has resulted in any violence or violation of low.Naik in his letter explains about the govt action against him and Muslim community after the allegations were levied on him. He also mentioned that if IRF are banned in India, he would be welcomed by other countries where he would not face such charges. He wrote that Muslim countries would accept him with a red carpet. He quotes from the Holy Quran as saying, “They strive in the way of Allah and do not fear the blame of the blamers. That is the favor of Allah, he bestows it upon whom he wills.”  Firstpost reports “In his 'open letter to Indians', Zakir Naik positions himself as the ‘biggest name and most popular figure of the community’, and portrays the govt action against him as an attack on the community.Naik also offers a veiled threat to the Indian govt and investigative agencies that if he and his organisation IRF are banned in India, he would be welcomed by other Muslim countries with a "red carpet". He also says that such an action will be the "biggest jolt to the country’s democracy in recent times".Naik once again justifies all the religious preaching he has done in the past 25 years and says that none of his words amount to violation of law and forced religious conversions — a claim the investigators have challenged. Naik ends his open letter quoting a verse from the Quran: For Allah says, 'They plot and plan, and Allah too plans. And the best of planners is Allah. (Qur'an 3:54) Without doubt.” india.com / Firstpost
Attack on me will be attack on Indian Muslims: Zakir Naik
Be fair in your investigation: Zakir Naik writes open letter to govt and his countrymen
Zakir Naik’s open letter a veiled threat to govt; appeals govt to be truthful with facts, fair in investigation
Zakir Naik’s NGO gave Rs 50 lakh to Rajiv Gandhi trust, 3 more officers face action
New Delhi: Days after 4 officials, including a Joint Secretary, of Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) were suspended for renewing the FCRA registration of Zakir Naik’s NGO IRF despite an ongoing probe against him, it is learnt that at least 3 more officials will soon be suspended for ignoring alleged FCRA violations during an earlier audit.Sources said among the alleged irregularities ignored was a donation of Rs 50 lakh by IRF to the Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust in 2011 during the second term of the UPA govt.Home Ministry officials Friday said they had placed IRF in the ‘prior permission’ category, under which it is mandatory for an organisation to take permission from MHA before accepting or utilising any foreign contribution.“3 or 4 more officials, up to the rank of Deputy Secretary at least, who served in FCRA division of the Home Ministry in 2013 and 2014, are likely to be suspended soon. While some are serving in different branches of MHA currently, others may have been posted to other ministries. The matter has been taken up with DoPT, and the suspensions are imminent,” sources said. IRF spokesperson Aarif Malik said, “In 2014, FCRA division conducted an in-depth investigation, with its officials parked in IRF office in Mumbai for 3 weeks. The result was that they gave IRF a clean chit. This probe happened under the same govt. When a fresh questionnaire was sent to IRF in August, questions were being raised about what the MHA had found in its earlier probe. There was no way that the MHA could share the earlier report that gave a clean chit, as it would have a direct implication of witch-hunting by govt now.”“Allegations being leveled against IRF by MHA now are defensive reactions when faced with uncomfortable facts.They are inventing these things. As far as the donation to Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust is concerned, IRF makes donations for several causes such as higher education, surgeries and scholarships for medical students — all causes that fit into the charter of IRF. These are clearly reflected in annual returns filed by IRF,” Malik said. Congress acknowledged that IRF had donated Rs 50 lakh to Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust some years ago. It said the amount was returned when there was a controversy over Naik’s activities recently. Indian express
No illegality in Naik's donation to Rajiv Gandhi Trust: MHA
Union Home Ministry has found no ‘illegality’ in the donation given by Zakir Naik's NGO to Rajiv Gandhi Charitible Trust. "Prima facie, there was no illegality found," MHA official said.
Zakir Naik’s IRF donated Rs 50 lakh to Rajiv Gandhi Foundation; Congress says it returned money
Zakir Naik’s NGO put on ‘prior permission’ list
Naik NGO case: MHA prior nod for foreign funds must
Zakir Naik NGO can’t receive foreign funds directly
IRF case: Khan, Qureshi’s custody extended to Sept 11
Mumbai: The holiday magistrate court on Friday extended police custody of IRF guest relation officer Arshi Qureshi and Kalyan-based maulvi Rizwan Khan till Sept.11. Holiday court however, denied the crime branch’s request for police custody of Mohammed Haneef a maulavi from Kerala and asked them to approach the regular court after the holidays. hindustantimes
Kerala: Venue of Jamaat-e-Islami in Kochi shifted due to threat perception
Kochi:A public programme on secularism organised by an Islamic outfit in Kochi received threats following which its venue was changed, police said on Friday. ‘Peace and Harmony’ programme organised by Jamaat-e-Islami’s local unit on Thursday was shifted to another venue following the threat perception, they said. Organisers agreed to a suggestion by the police and held the programme at a school premises in the neighbourhood. It was originally slated to be held near the high court. Programme, attended by leaders from different religions, was held amidst tight security. Police, however, declined to disclose any further detail about the security threat including its source. “I cannot reveal much,” a senior police official said. Jamaat-e-Islami said they did not receive any message of security threat. “We changed the venue when the police informed us about the threat perception and asked us to hold the programme in another place,” Jamaat leader Mujeeb Rahman said.He said the outfit has been organising the ‘Peace and Humanity’ campaign nationwide in the backdrop of “growing communal rift” in the society. “In Kochi, we organised the programme in which leaders of different religions-Hindu, Muslim and Christian-came together on one stage and called for the need for an intensive campaign for establishment of peace and humanity in the society,” Rahman added. PTI
Jamaat-e-Islami Kerala shifts conference venue after threat warning
Kerala: Jamaat-e-Islami meeting shifted to another venue following intelligence report
Kerala: Venue of communal harmony conference shifted following 'possible terror attack'
Siwan strongman Shahabuddin walks out of jail to a hero's welcome, takes a swipe at Nitish
Patna: Mohammad Shahabuddin walked out of Bhagalpur divisional jail today to a hero's welcome after 11 years behind bars. Shahabuddin emerged out of the jail and left in a convoy of 3 hundred vehicles for Siwan. Later, he was accorded a grand reception by his supporters and RJD workers. He was welcomed by RJD Lok Sabha MP from Bhagalpur, Shailesh Kumar alias Bulo Mandal, at Jehangir Chowk in Bhagalpur and by other supporters at Naughachia in the same district. 4-time RJD MP had got final reprieve on Wednesday when Patna High Court granted him bail in a case of murder of a witness in the 2004 killing of two brothers in Siwan. He had got bail in nearly 12 other cases earlier. Shahabuddin said, "Everyone knows I was framed... Politics has nothing to do with my bail". He praised party Chief Lalu Prasad while making it clear that there was no love lost between him and CM Nitish Kumar. Asserting that he is loyal only to Lalu, Shahabuddin said, "Nitish Kumar changes stance according to situation. He is not my leader,Lalu Prasad will always be my leader."  India Today
We have done lot of preparations for his welcome: Shahabuddin's wife
1971 war crimes: India asserts support to Bangladesh’s judicial process under ICT
New Delhi:India has asserted its support to Bangladesh’s judicial process to address the war crimes committed during 1971 liberation war. “India has been supportive of a judicial process under International Crimes Tribunal of Bangladesh to address the pending issue of justice for war crimes committed during the movement for the independence of Bangladesh in 1971”, external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.He said process to bring the perpetrators of war crimes to justice “has wide popular support in Bangladesh”,adding it is also an internal issue of Bangladesh. hindustantimes
Madras Court Court asks Tamil Nadu govt to ensure there is no slaughtering of camels on Bakrid
Chennai: First Bench of the Madras High Court on Friday directed the Tamil Nadu Govt to “ensure that the interim order of the court denying permission for camel slaughtering is not violated.” Dismissing a public interest litigation petition filed by Indian National League founder J. Abdul Raheem seeking to provide proper facilities for slaughtering camel on the day of Bakrid, Chief Justice SK Kaul and Justice R. Mahadevan, made it clear that the officer in-charge of the local police station would be personally held responsible in case of any violation of the order.However, during the hearing of the case, the judges made it clear that the court had not banned camel slaughtering, but had only temporarily denied permission since there were no proper abattoirs in the State. “The interim order was passed on the basis of the Centre’s stand that slaughtering of camels could not be permitted without proper facilities in accordance with the Central Acts on animal welfare,” it said.At one stage, the petitioner’s counsel tried to persuade the court to adjourn the PIL shortly, saying: “Even the authorities are ready to provide us the facilities. I can produce the copy of the report made by the committee appointed for this purpose if the court could pass over the PIL shortly.” To this, the Bench responded: “We have no issue in passing over the matter. But we are not inclined to entertain this petition for the simple reason that what it seeks in effect is nullification of the interim order passed in a different batch of petitions.”“We will examine all the issues related to camel slaughtering in the main petitions, and interim order has been passed only in connection with sacrifice of camels,” the judges added.When the petitioner wanted the court to permit slaughtering at least for this year, the court said: “Even last year we permitted on assurance that rules will not be violated. But the rules were completely violated.” thehindu
Why fear has gripped biryani roadside stalls in Haryana’s Mewat district
Mewat: “Remove the biryani vessel, take it inside.”The panic is clear on the face of a middle-aged man standing near a makeshift biryani stall on the Delhi-Alwar road at Ferozepur Jhirka in Haryana’s Mewat district on Friday. Shaukat Ahmed Qureshi, 17, the stall owner, responds in a flash. He calls out to a friend for help and both hurriedly carry away the large, blackened aluminium vessel to a dhaba across the street. Hiding, moving, and at times even throwing away the biryani, has become a daily ritual for the 6 remaining food-stall owners on this stretch. Until a month ago, there were 20 of them but things have changed since 25 samples of biryani from these stalls were taken away by local police, based on “complaints” that cow meat was being used in the preparation. Who complained isn’t quite clear.Kuldeep Singh, SP, Mewat, says some called the police station, some walked in. “No FIR has been filed in the case,” he admits. Still, 7 samples of biryani were collected and sent for tests.But fear has clearly gripped the biryani stalls here.Over the last month, says Shaukat, “at least 3 vehicles full of policemen from the Ferozepur Jhirka and Nuh thanas have been coming here every day”.
Beef crackdown in district with low share of Haryana’s cattle: indianexpress
Haryana beef row: Opposition parties accuse Khattar govt of creating communal conflict for electoral gain
New Delhi: Political opponents of the Manohar Lal govt have accused the BJP of conducting beef raids in Mewat to stoke anti-Muslim sentiments across India, from Kashmir to Haryana, to influence the UP assembly elections in 2017.Congress national spokesperson Meem Afzal alleged that the Haryana govt was indulging in a campaign that was even against the spirit of the PM's contention when he declared that most of the gaurakshaks were antisocial elements. "Haryana govt thinks it is even bigger than the PM who did the nation much service to declare that gaurakahs was a front for criminal activities in most cases.On the other hand, the BJP is trying to create an atmosphere where it culminates into a communal riot on the occasion of Eid so that they can reap the electoral harvest in UP elections. Due to its crass failure, the state govt is trying to hide its face behind cow."Leader of Opposition in Haryana Assembly, INLD's Abhay Singh Chautala also blamed the ruling party of trying to create conflict.Mail Today
Haryana's 'Mission Biryani' triggers controversy
Govt Should Set up a Biryani Commission: Ravish Kumar
Haryana: Harassing Muslims in the name of beef
Ahead of Eid, fear of 'biryani police' makes 'gosht' a forbidden word: TOI
‘Chicken biryani? No thanks’: Mewat sellers in a fix after crackdown on beef: HT
‘Beef biryani order a bid to disturb communal harmony’
It is necessary to stop those who spread terror in the name of gau raksha: Ramdev
From yoga to activism to business, Baba Ramdev shares with TOI his company Patanjali's plans to turn cow protection into a viable business. He talks of his dream world-class university project and rapport with PM Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah. He said,“Mere sloganeering won't accomplish gau raksha. There are people doing good work in this area.They should be encouraged. If the govt can spend crores on teerth yatras and Haj, why can't it spend on cow protection? There should be a gaushala policy at the state and central level, and research in this field. We are already doing it. We have allocated Rs 500 crore for this and will spend more if required. As far as the practical applications of gau raksha are concerned, we have products like gau-nyle, a substitute for phenyle. We are starting a dairy with a capacity of 10 lakh litres of milk daily. If people use cow-related products, it will lead to cow protection.As far as technology to enable this is concerned, we are working on it through breed selection, embryo transplantation and semen selection to improve the quality of cows. Those spreading terror in the name of gau raksha should be stopped. That is necessary.”TOI
Maharashtra:Stern advisory for Gau rakshaks befor Bakrid
Mumbai:The issue of cow protection has become controversial across the country with incidents of vigilantism by self proclaimed 'gau rakshaks'. Ahead of Bakrid, the Maharashtra govt has directed the police to ensure that gau rakshaks don't carry out any raids on their own.The circular issued by the office of the Director General of Police says, "If gau rakshaks have any information on beef being transported or cows butchered, information should be conveyed to the local police station and only the duty officer should conduct the raids. A circular lists the various dos and don'ts that police should follow ahead of Bakrid in connection with implementation of the provision of the newly amended law. Indiatoday
Global Islamic body OIC invites Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz for talks on J&K at UN General Assembly session
New Delhi:Kashmir conflict and international interference into the matter is set to get wider and larger. Now, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has invited key Kashmiri separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq for a deliberation on J&K during 71st session of UN General Assembly to be held in New York from Sept.19. Notably, Farooq was arrested after he allegedly tried to defy restrictions and came out to join a separatist-called march in Srinagar. He was also sent to 10-days judicial custody.UN General Assembly session is likely to see exchange of words between India and Pakistan over the issue of alleged human rights violations in Kashmir and Balochistan.Sources in the State Govt said no senior separatist leader will be allowed to go outside the country as their travel documents remain suspended.Financial express / the hindu
OIC to hold Kashmir meet in New York, invites Mirwaiz
Geelani accuses J&K govt of ‘formulating kill list to eliminate people’
Srinagar:Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Friday accused the J&K  govt of “formulating a kill list” to “eliminate people, who have not succumbed to their machinations” and said that the ”defeat of our enemy and the fact of our imminent victory are very much evident”.Geelani released an ‘address to nation’ and the text of his scheduled press conference after J&K govt didn’t allow him to address the media at his Hyderpora residence in Srinagar.“The current phase of the freedom struggle against India has so unnerved the occupier and its local stooges that they have resorted to vilest means to suppress the struggle. While they are killing people on the streets and arresting them under their draconian laws, we have learnt that they have formulated a kill list, whereby they have identified pro-freedom leaders and activists and those civil society members, business leaders, govt employees and journalists, who have not succumbed to their machinations,” Geelani said. “This is a very serious issue and we warn the occupier and their local stooges that any such misadventure will have serious repercussions”.“Shaken by our resolve and our united struggle for freedom, India has once again started the farce of engagement that it time and again has used to divert attention from the reality on the ground here,” he said. “They will come again to ask – what do we want. They know the answer to that question. We want freedom”.Saying that current protests have provided a powerful push towards the goal and freedom is “very much in sight”, the separatist leader has said that they have removed mainstream “smokescreen”. Geelani has thanked Pakistan, China, OIC and some other country’s who have expressed their concern over the killings in Kashmir. “During this uprising, Pakistan has once again proved that they are our friends and well-wishers. We are also thankful to several other countries like China, Norway, Saudi Arabia, New Zealand, Iran and to the OIC for expressing concern over the brutal repression by India in Kashmir. We are also thankful to Turkey for its unambiguous support to our just struggle for freedom from Indian occupation,”he said.indianexpress
State govt spends Rs 1.5 crore annually to protect separatists in Kashmir
Srinagar:While numerous figures about govt spending on separatists have been doing the rounds, sources in security reveal that only eight separatists have police protection and just two own passports.Most of the leaders are from the moderate faction of Hurriyat and have been provided security after independent threat perception by police. According to govt sources around Rs 1.5 crores is spent on security of the resistance leadership by govt.All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) leaders, who have been provided security cover, include Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Molvi Abbas Ansari, Prof A B Gani Bhat and Bilal Lone.Hardliner Syed Ali Shah Geelani has no security cover. Reacting to the media reports of providing hotel and airfare expenses, spokesperson of moderate Hurriyat Conference, Shahid-ul-Islam, said the govt provided security to Mirwaiz after his father was killed in 1990. APHC denied that govt provided any travel expenses to Mirwaiz. hindustantimes
Kashmir unrest: 2 killed, more than 45 injured as police, paramilitary open fire on protestors
Srinagar:2 civilian protesters were killed and more than 45 injured after police and paramilitary forces fired on them in south Kashmir’s Shopian and Anantnag districts. More than 40 civilians have also been injured.On Saturday morning, 26-year-old Sayar Ahmad Sheikh was killed when security forces fired tear smoke shells and pellets on protesters at Tukroo village in Shopian. Sheikh was hit on the head by a tear smoke shell and was declared brought dead at the hospital. Villagers say that more than 30 protesters were injured by pellets during a stone-throwing protest.Another civilian was killed when police fired pellets on protesters in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district. Police sources say that Yawar Mushtaq (25) was hit by pellets in abdomen and chest at Botengoo village of Anantnag. The villagers were out on the streets protesting when they were fired upon by the police and paramilitary forces. More than 10 protesters have been injured in Botengoo, hit by pellets.In a separate incident, 5 civilian protestors were injured when police and paramilitary forces fired pellets on a protest march in Hiller Dooru village of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district. One of the critically injured has been shifted to Srinagar. Indianexpress
Kashmir: Enforce curbs for Eid, says Centre J&K govt
New Delhi: Centre has asked J&K govt to impose restrictions on the movement of people on Eid-ul-Azha on Sept. 13 after the separatists called for a protest march to the UN office in Srinagar 2 days ago. A senior govt official in Delhi said prohibitory orders already exist in the Valley but were not being implemented effectively. Official said the Centre had suggested the strict imposition of Section 144 Cr.PC to thwart any kind of violence and untoward incident. Thehindu
Fresh clashes in Kashmir; pellet gun, teargas firing claim 2 lives, toll 78
DAY 63: 150 injured in fresh clashes
Another youth killed in south Kashmir; toll 78
2 protesters killed in Kashmir clashes,death toll rises to 77
Kashmir headed for a sombre Eid-ul-Azha as Centre asks state govt to impose section 144
Army strength to go up in south Kashmir
Pakistan should end ‘atrocities’ in Balochistan: Jitendra
Jammu:Asserting that Balochistan is a very important security concern for India, Union Minister Jitendra Singh on Friday said Pakistan should put an end to “operational atrocities” unleashed by Islamabad in the region. “Balochistan is a very important security concern for India”, Singh said. PTI
Baloch freedom activist meets members of his community in UP to drum up support: TOI report
Omar Abdullah challenges family court order dismissing his divorce plea
New Delhi: The former J&K CM Omar Abdullah has moved the Delhi High Court challenging the Family court order dismissing his divorce petition. The petition came before a Bench of Justice Pradeep Nandrajog and Pratibha Rani. The Bench has sought reply from Omar's estranged wife Payal Abdullah. Abdullah has challenged the August 30 order of the trial court which held that he had failed to prove irretrievable breakdown of marriage. “Petitioner [Omar] has not been able to explain a single circumstance to show that the supervening circumstances have erupted which has made it impossible for him to continue his relationship with the respondent [Payal]. Rather, evidence shows that they were in continuous contact till the filing of the divorce petition,” the family court had said in its order. Mr. Abdullah has sought divorce from Payal saying her conduct had caused him pain and harassment. thehindu
No instant triple talaq, let women have right to divorce, suggests Shia board: indianexpress
Lucknow:Opposing the approach of All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) to Islamic marriage laws, All India Shia Personal Law Board(AISPLB) has suggested the adoption of a “modern nikahnama”, seeking changes in the terms and conditions of marriage under Islamic law. AISPLB spokesman Maulana Yasoob Abbas, who submitted a draft of the nikahnama to eminent Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Sadiq, vice-president of AIMPLB, said he has suggested invalidating the instantaneous triple talaq, and provide women with the right to divorce.He said he had also written to AIMPLB member Zafaryab Jilani a few days back, suggesting the changes. Abbas said the stand taken by AIMPLB in the Supreme Court has “defamed the religion of Islam”.Abbas said the AISPLB will also put their views before the SC in the coming days. He said they have tried to address the issues related to dowry and inadequate mehr given to brides at the time of marriage. Abbas said Maulana Sadiq discussed the changes in nikahnama with him for about an hour and assured that he will put it for discussion before the executive of AIMPLB in its next meeting.
Shia board moots model ‘nikahnama’, denounces ‘triple talaq’ in one sitting
Shia Board denies triple talaq without husband, wife’s consent
No instant triple talaq, let women have right to divorce: Shia board
Shia Personal Law Board presents modern 'nikahnama' to ensure equal rights for women
Goa’s family laws may become India’s Uniform Civil Code
New Delhi:Law Commission has borrowed heavily from the 2-volume ‘Family laws of Goa, Daman and Diu’ penned by senior advocate Manohar Sinai Usgaocar (83) for inclusion in the questionnaire to be released shortly for a public debate on implementation of a uniform civil code in the country.The questionnaire is to be issued to seek views of stakeholders on replacing the existing laws concerning marriages, divorce, succession and other issues with a single civil code alike the Goa Civil Code that was largely adopted from the Portuguese Civil Code of 1867 and applied in the State irrespective of their religion, ethnicity or linguistic affiliation.Law Commission has already procured a copy of English translation of Codigo Civil Portugues but it found 2-volume book of Usgaoncar, a former additional solicitor general, in English as quite useful in comparing the Goan law with the existing different laws like the Hindu, Muslim and Parsi laws. It has also approached Usgaoncar, an authority on the Portuguese law, if he can provide a copy of his recent translation of all 2538 articles of the Portugese civil code. It has also shown interest in understanding from him the law of Portuguese civil procedure that can cut down backlog of the court cases as it envisages written arguments to cut down time in disposal of the cases, a Commission official said.Herald Goa
Man can seek wife’s test to show they never had sex: HC
Mumbai: Can a family court direct a wife to be medically examined to enable the husband to prove his claim of non-consummation of marriage? Certainly, said the Bombay high court as it upheld an order passed this July by the Mumbai family court in a divorce petition filed in 2011 on grounds of non-consummation.Justice KK Tated of Bombay HC recently rejected a challenge by a woman against an order passed by the family court which had directed her to "undergo a physical and psychological examination medical examination to be conducted by the medical board of Sir JJ Hospital, Mumbai". The family court judge had called for such an examination on a plea made by the husband in July after she deposed during the divorce trial that she had consummated the marriage with him in 2011 multiple times immediately after their marriage. His plea for divorce, filed 5 years ago, was on the grounds that she had not, and was "incapable of". Timesofindia
Rahul Gandhi becomes first Gandhi family member to visit Ayodhya after 1992 Babri Masjid demolition
Rahul Gandhi on Friday visited the town of Ayodhya in UP, becoming the first member of his family to do so since the demolition of the Babri Masjid in Dec. 1992. He, however, did not visit the disputed Ramjanmbhoomi-Babri Masjid site during his 20-minute-long stay in the town, NDTV reported. scroll.in
Rahul visits Ayodhya, first by Nehru-Gandhi member since Babri Masjid demolition
Haj pilgrimage begins today, over 1 lakh Indians participating this year
New Delhi: Annual 5-day Haj pilgrimage begins on Saturday. In the pilgrimage, millions of Muslims from across the world trek from holy city of Mecca to assemble in Mina.They will spend the night there and move towards the plains of Arafat at dawn on Sunday for the day’s main ritual of Haj-reciting prayers.The pilgrims will spend the day there reciting the Holy Quran and praying.About 136000 Indians are performing Haj this year.ANI
Kapil Mishra plays ‘snoopgate’ clip in Delhi Assembly
New Delhi:Putting the audio recording of an alleged case of “snooping”, involving BJP president Amit Shah, on the record of the Delhi Assembly, Water Minister Kapil Mishra Friday played excerpts of the purported conversation in Gujarati, allegedly between Shah and a police officer. Mishra, who played the clip on his phone, told the House that an entire police force was used to keep track of a woman.He also circulated a copy of an affidavit filed by IAS officer Pradeep Sharma levelling various allegations. Mishra also read out from the affidavit filed in the Supreme Court.“When we (AAP) learnt about Sandeep Kumar’s CD, Arvind Kejriwalji took a decision in 15 minutes. After this CD surfaced, did BJP leaders have the courage to take action?” asked Mishra. indianexpress
Rs.3 crore seized from BJP leader’s car in Ghaziabad
Muzaffarnagar: 4 injured in clash over water
Muzaffarnagar: 4 persons were injured in a clash between two groups over collecting water from hand pump at Banat town in Shamli district, police said.Lokendra and Islam had an argument over collecting water from hand pump following which their aids clashed with sticks and firearms last evening, CO Nishank Sharma said.Rahul, Palegram, Lokendra and Nitu were injured in the incident and later hospitalised, he said.PTI
UP:After communal tension, ‘exodus’ threat puts Dhampur on edge
Bijnor: After a dispute between youths of 2 communities caused communal tension in Dhampur town in Bijnor district, members of one community late on Thursday night put of 'for sale' notices outside their houses. This triggered angry demands from the local BJP to ensure their security. However, the intervention of district officials and influential citizens led to discussions between both communities and the dispute was resolved by Friday evening.According to eye witnesses,on Wednesday evening, a youth was beaten by four young men of another community over an old enmity when he was standing in his mohalla, Joshiyan. Group of youths were chased away by residents but returned with other members of their community and began pelting stones. timesofindia
Caught On Camera: Gujarat Muslim man brutally beaten to death by gang
Bhavnagar: It's night and the alley is narrow but the pictures are startling. In footage recorded by a security camera, a man is seen being chased.He falls and tries to resist the blows but is beaten to death by a group of at least eight with sticks and rods. Police are looking for the 8 men aged between 17 and 19 for lynching Rafiq Hussain in Gujarat's Bhavnagar town. The man, a vegetable vendor, had purchased a house in his locality for Rs. 25 lakh and according to the police, a gang of boys were demanding money for the deal for the last few days. Since the vendor told them that he was buying the property on a loan and would not pay them any extortion money, he was attacked and beaten to death.Police say the suspects have been identified and they are being tracked down.NDTV
Kashmiri student elected Prz of MANUU Student Union
Rally in Bijnor in support of rape-accused cleric
Bijnor: On Friday, thousands Muslims gathered at the Jama Masjid to show solidarity with its imam Maulana Anwarul Haq was booked on August 25 for allegedly raping a woman.Javed Aftab, ex-chairman of Bijnor municipality, said, "Anwarul Haq was framed in a false case. Some people of our community had hatched a plan in this regard. The woman who has made the allegation against him is of loose character."In the meeting, clerics from different parts of the district announced that they would not allow Haq to be arrested. They demanded that a fresh investigation also be made into the matter should that the true facts could emerge. timesofindia
Delhi Waqf Board office raided
At 59.6%, JNU voter turnout higher this year
Delhi HC extends protection to Umar, Anirban
WORLD
US, Russia announce truce deal on Syria
Geneva: US and Russia have agreed to take steps to reduce violence in war-torn Syria, Secretary of State John Kerry announced on early Saturday. In a joint press conference with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, Kerry said a truce would commence with the start of the Muslim holiday celebration of Eid al-Adha that begins Monday.Kerry dubbed the deal a “turning point,” according to media reports, and he said that along with Russia, he hopes it “will reduce violence, ease suffering and resume movement towards a negotiated peace and a political transition in Syria”.He also called on Syrians to support the deal that aims to “bring this catastrophic conflict to the quickest possible end through a political process”. Daesh and al-Nusra are not included in the deal as both are listed as terror groups by the UNSC.
Syria's civil war: US and Russia clinch ceasefire deal
NATO chief welcomes Turkey's efforts against IS: Reuters
Iranian Kurds receive US military training
Iranian Kurds received military training from US and European advisers as part of the international programme backing the Kurds against Daesh in the region, AP has reported. It reported the Kurdish Freedom Party’s commander Hussein Yazdanpana said: “They helped and trained us within the framework of the fight against Daesh.”GROUP is amongst a number of Kurdish factions that have carried out attacks in Iran.
Kurdish leader: Mosul battle plans ready, could be concluded by year-end
Iraq expels suspected IS families from local communities
Iraq executes Palestinian youth
UN: Israeli occupation stunts Palestinian economy
The economy of the occupied Palestinian territories would be at least twice as large if the 49-year-old Israeli occupation was lifted, a new UN report has found.“Occupation imposes a heavy cost on the economy of the Occupied Palestinian Territory, which might otherwise reach twice its current size,” reads the report released by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).The report, which analyses the economy of the occupied Palestinian territories of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip for 2015, underlines Israeli “restrictions on the movement of people and goods; systematic erosion and destruction of the productive base; losses of land, water and other natural resources”, as some of the main factors hindering the territories’ ability to thrive.aljazeera

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