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11 Sept. 2016: 08 Dzil Hajja 37: Vol:7, No:158
We are killing and raping you because you eat cow: Victim Muslim Woman says cow vigilantes involved
Chandigarh: One of the Mewat gangrape victims has alleged that their attackers were cow vigilantes but the Haryana police on Friday said no evidence has so far come to fore suggesting that the four accused arrested in the case were part of any cow protection group. The family of the victims alleged that they had informed the police personnel about the cow vigilantes but they chose to ignore it.“They (attackers) asked us ‘you eat cow meat’. We said ‘no’. They then said ‘you eat cow meat’. They said ‘we are killing you because you eat cow’.“We told this to the police but they are not doing anything,” one of the two victims said.A couple was murdered and two girls from the family allegedly gangraped after the accused had barged into their house in the wee hours on Aug.25 in a village in Mewat. “I need justice. They have killed by son and daughter-in-law. They have gangraped my grand-daughters. The way police has behaved, we have no hope,” said a relative of the victims. Police said that the investigation in the case is still on and so far they have not found any link with cow vigilantes.PTI/siasat
We were gangraped for 'eating beef', says Mewat woman
Haryana: Mewat gangrape victim claimed they were punished for eating ‘beef’
'They Raped Us, Called It Punishment For Eating Beef,' Alleged Haryana Woman
Haryana beef biryani "test finding" questioned
New Delhi: Amidst the raging row over "raids" at biryani eateries in Mewat, the mandate and authenticity of a university lab in Haryana where 7 meat samples were allegedly tested to be positive for beef has been questioned by a civil group.Media reports said seven meat samples received in the Lala Lajpat Rai University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Hisar, from various places of Haryana have been allegedly tested to be positive for beef."Whether the said laboratory has been accredited by accreditation body or recognized by the state govt  as provided in Section 12 (1) of The Haryana Gauvansh Sanrakshan and Gausamvardhan Act 2015," asked ANHAD adding that "It is a matter of fact that no laboratory in the said University has any accreditation or recognition to carry out such tests."The group further said that even the head of the department of the said laboratory had no information about any such test.It also questioned the procedure of sampling of meat.
 "What procedure was followed while taking of samples and their labeling? As a matter of fact, no authority in the university has been designated to ensure that the sampling, labeling of samples is done in a proper manner in matters involving species differentiation," said ANHAD. Group, which is headed by eminent social activist Shabnam Hashmi, further alleged: "It should also be noted that some senior faculty members of the university have been visiting Nagpur regularly and also conducting training programmes for ABVP students of the university."Meanwhile, in view of the upcoming Eid-Al Adha, which is popularly known as Bakr Eid, an eminent Muslim organization has expressed concern on the alleged ‘beef biryani' circular of the Haryana govt of BJP.Mohammad Salim Engineer, Secretary General of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind said the circular "will harm the backward sections of the Muslim community who earn livelihood through small businesses and will end up as a tool in the hands of police to harass the poor." While terming the order as oppressive and contrary to the constitutional right of economic freedom, Jamaat leader demanded the state govt to immediately withdraw it.IndiaTomorrow
Stop 'biryani policing', say Muslim leaders
Chandigarh:A group of Muslim leaders and social organisations have asked the Haryana govt to withdraw its move about sampling of biryani to check use of beef in Mewat district. In a meeting of Mewat Vikas Sabha, social body, its head Umar Mohammad talked about having called a panchayat of 36 communities on Sept.15 to discuss the 'biryani policing.' "We will wait until Sept. 14. We will not only convene a mahapanchayat, but also launch a countrywide stir against the govt's move," he said. Meanwhile, in a meeting of Jamiat-e-Ulema Hind, clerics from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal, and Chandigarh accused govt of hurting the sentiments of Muslims in the state. Maulana Yahya said govt should immediately withdraw its directions related to biryani sampling, especially ahead or after Eid. "At the same time, we have also asked our people to strictly not resort to cow slaughter during the festivities, as it would hurt the sentiments of our Hindu brethren. We advise them to maintain peace," he said.TOI
Beef found in biryani samples, we’re not against Muslims: Haryana minister  Anil Vij
Haryana’s ‘Mission Biryani’ snatches bread of poor street vendors
Eid in Mewat: Terrified Muslims shut shop as police turn cow vigilantes
Haryana: Mob sets truck ablaze in Palwal on suspicion it was carrying animal skin
Gurgaon: Amid raging controversy over the Haryana govt’s direction to check biryani samples in Mewat for beef, a mob in neighbouring Palwal district set a truck ablaze on suspicion that it was carrying cow skin.The police claimed that no one was injured and the truck driver and helper were safe in their custody. IGP (South Range) Mamta Singh told The Hindu that a mob set the truck on fire in Mandkola village around 9 pm on Saturday on suspicion of carrying something “related to the sentiments of the people”.It was learned that the truck was coming from Hapur in UP carrying parts of animals, such as bones and tails, and was on its way to a factory in Mewat that makes dog food.“It seems that someone spread a rumour that the truck contained something related to the sentiments of the people. And it was set afire. Some drunkards were also found involved in it,” said Ms. Singh, adding that Palwal was a communally sensitive area. Thehindu
Haryana: Truck carrying animal waste set on fire over ‘cow skin’ rumours
Cow vigilantes burn down truck in Palwal on suspicion that it was carrying beef
Cow vigilantes terrorising Dalits, minorities: Yechury demands complete ban on gauraksha samitis
Jaipur: CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury demanded a complete ban on gauraksha samitis, or cow protection committees, saying they were terrorising Dalits and minority communities on the pretext of cow protection. He said NDA govt was permitting these vigilante groups to promote communalism and polarisation. This was deliberately being done with an eye on UP Assembly polls, he said. thehindu
Gujarat riots: HC set to deliver verdict on Sardarpura massacre case appeals
Ahmedabad: Gujarat high court is set to deliver its judgment on appeals in the Sardarpura massacre case of the 2002 riots. A total of 33 women and children were burned alive by rioters after they locked themselves in a room to escape a violent mob in a small village of Mehsana district in north Gujarat. A bench of Justice Harsha Devani and Justice Biren Vaishnav will start dictating the judgment on Monday. Hearing of arguments on appeals filed by the state govt, the Supreme Court-appointed SIT, 31 convicts as well as the riots survivors, has been completed. On Nov. 9, 2011, special judge, SC Srivastava, in Mehsana had convicted 31 accused to life imprisonment and acquitted 42 others in connection with Sardarpura massacre that occurred on March 1, 2002. Out of the 42 people acquitted, 11 were acquitted because the court did not find any evidence against them. Timesofindia
4 militants killed in J&K as Army foils infiltration bid
Srinagar: Army, on Sunday, killed 4 militants who were trying to infiltrate along the LoC. Srinagar-based Army spokesman Colonel Manish Kumar told The Hindu that four militants were killed near LoC in Kupwara’s Nowgam Sector in the morning. “It was an infiltration bid, which was foiled. Four AK-47 rifles and war-like stores have been recovered so far. The operation is on,” said Col. Kumar.In Pir Panjal valley’s Poonch district, militants opened fire near the Army's 93 Brigade HQRS. The militants are believed to be holed up in a residential house and an under-construction mini-secretariat. Thehindu
Kashmir unrest: Youth succumbs to injuries; over 100 injured in fresh clashes
A 23-year-old youth died on Sunday of bullet injuries he received in previous clashes with security forces in Kashmir,  taking the death toll in an ongoing unrest to 78 even as more than 100 people were injured in renewed violence. Youngster, identified as Javaid Ahmad Dar of Wadwan village of Budgam district, died of bullet wounds he suffered in clashes in the neighbouring village, Narbal, on Aug.5. tribuneindia
Kashmir: Rajnath chairs high-level meet as toll rises to 80
Valley smoulders ahead of Eid
Fresh clashes in south Kashmir, dozens injured
Kashmir Jamaat to sue Indian news channels for defaming Islam, religious organisations
Srinagar: Jama’at-e-Islami J&K has said it has taken strong exception to the “malicious” attempts of certain New Delhi based media outlets which, instead of discharging their professional duties by dispassionately reporting the ground realities of Kashmir, are playing in the hands of anti-Islam and anti-Kashmir forces in defaming religious organizations and institutions of the State. A statement issued by Jama’at said that news Channels such as “Zee News, Aaj Tak and IBN 7 have started a vicious propaganda campaign against the religious organizations particularly Jama’at-e-Islami and Jamiat-e-Ahle Hadith and are trying to defame them in every possible manner.”“These news channels are defaming Islam and religious organizations of Kashmir at the behest of anti-Islam and anti-Kashmir forces,” it said. kashmirreader
Salahuddin, Geelani masterminding Kashmir violence: BJP leader Ram Madhav
New Delhi: BJPs national general secretary and its Kashmir point person Ram Madhav on Saturday said Pakistan-based militant commander Syed Salahuddin was masterminding the ongoing unrest in the valley through Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani.Madhav said the 2-month long unrest - deadliest the valley has suffered in 6 years - had posed no threat to the PDP and the BJP coalition govt  in the state.He said govt  was committed to "bring back normalcy" in the valley before Eid - a Muslim festival that is being celebrated on Tuesday."Stone-pelting needs to be stopped," he said and blamed United Jehad Council commander Syed Salahuddin, who is based in Muzaffarabad - the capital of Pakistan-administered Kashmir - for sponsoring the agitation in Kashmir."It is led by Syed Salahuddin and certain sections get influenced by him. Geelani is leading the campaign in the valley. There is no doubt about that. But the real masterminds are from across the border," Madhav said. The former RSS leader, credited to have cobbled together PDP-BJP alliance in J&K, denied there were any differences between the ruling partners.IANS
Kashmir Separatist men who won’t talk: Muzamil Jaleel’s write-up
One afternoon, a few days ahead of the visit of an all-party delegation to Srinagar, the policemen around Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s residence in Srinagar’s uptown Hyderpora neighbourhood had taken an unusual break. Though the Hurriyat leader is under an almost permanent house arrest, the siege around his home has been further tightened ever since the July 8 killing of Kashmiri militant commander Burhan Wani triggered an uprising across Kashmir. That day, however, the door was left open because the city was under curfew and the police didn’t expect any visitors.The main entrance of the house opens into a small double-storey annexe, which houses Geelani’s office. In a small room upstairs, 3 men sat on a sofa, reading old newspapers. A word was sent inside and soon, Geelani’s elder son Nayeem entered. “Geelani sahib isn’t giving any interviews these days but you can meet him,’’ he said. Inside a small room sat Geelani. He looked old, holding himself together with an effort.At 87, New Delhi considers Geelani the biggest hurdle in its efforts to resolve the Kashmir issue and find a solution within the ambit of the Indian Constitution. In fact, Geelani’s stance has been unwavering: the solution for Kashmir lies in plebiscite, a vote to determine whether Kashmir will go to India or Pakistan, a promise made by India’s first PM . While he wants Kashmir to become part of Pakistan, he has repeatedly said that he would accept the results of such a plebiscite. “If people vote for India, we won’t question that,’’ he has repeatedly said.During the brief conversation at his house that afternoon, Geelani didn’t say anything different. But this time, his defiance to New Delhi holds a much greater political weight in Kashmir.The trigger for the latest uprising, unlike previously, isn’t a human rights violation by forces, but the killing of Burhan Wani, a 22-year-old Kashmiri militant commander. Though the separatists aren’t in control of streets and are only reacting to azadi groundswell that had filled villages and towns across Kashmir, the Hurriyat’s protest calendar is the reference point for the protesters. Geelani realises that this is no ordinary protest. It is a public endorsement of Wani’s call for “Kashmir’s freedom from India”. And this is exactly what Geelani has been saying even before Wani was born.The most important development, however, is the unity of the separatists. After more than a decade, even as the two Hurriyats exist separately, the recent protests have brought Geelani and Mirwaiz on the same platform.Indianexpress
AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan quits as Delhi Waqf Board chairman, says he is being 'framed'
New Delhi: 2-days after the Anti-Corruption Branch raided the Delhi Waqf Board office, AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan on Saturday resigned as its chairman claiming that he was being "framed in false cases".The Okhla legislator, who was also a member of the State Haj Committee, sent his resignation letter to CM  Arvind Kejriwal.His resignation came two days after the Anti-Corruption Branch of the Delhi govt  raided the Delhi Waqf Board office here in connection with an alleged recruitment scam involving Khan.In his letter, Khan stated that he has "run out of patience" of issuing clarifications to the public pleading innocence over a number of allegations levelled against him and his family members."Some people dislike my honesty and service and false allegations are being levelled against me and my family to frame us. I want to be free from all the responsibilities given to me by the govt  and therefore I tender my resignation from all the posts," Khan said.Speaking in the Delhi Assembly on Friday, Khan defended himself saying he had made the "contractual" recruitments following due procedures. Waqf Board was reeling under shortage of staff which necessitated the appointments, he said.PTI 
AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan writes to Delhi CM Kejriwal, resigns from all govt  posts
MLA Amanatullah booked on female relative's complaint
Amanatullah Khan booked again on ‘molestation’ charge, this time on kin complaint
AAP refuses to accept Amanatullah resignation,backs him
AAP on Sunday refused to accept the resignation of its legislator Amanatullah Khan, who has been charged by the police after his sister-in-law accused him of molesting her.“We refused to accept his (Khan’s) resignation. It’s 6-year-old family matter and his in-laws are dragging him into it,” Delhi deputy CM Manish Sisodia said.“We have found out in our investigation that he is being dragged into it,” he added.IANS
Muzaffarnagar riots: NHRC accepts UP govt’s explanation and closes all cases
New Delhi: 3 years after western districts of Muzaffarnagar and Shamli in UP  witnessed serious communal violence, NHRC accepted clarification of UP  govt  on various complaints and closed down all the cases.This has been revealed in a recent reply of NHRC to a two and half years old complaint letter of Insaan Foundation. In a reply the NHRC said that it analysed and monitored various reports received from UP and have closed all the cases after being contended with its explanation. Muzaffarnagar had witnessed communal violence in the first week of Sept.2013 resulting into the deaths of 62, injuries to 93 and displacing 50,000 people. The affected included mostly the people from minority community.Like many other NGOs, Insaan Foundation had sent a letter to NHRC on January 2014 bringing to its notice the atrocities committed against people in the aftermath of Muzaffarnagar and Shamli riots and had requested the commission to take steps to stop human right violations of the victims and to specifically investigate cases of mass rapes during the riots.TCN
In western UP, Jats turning against BJP
New Delhi: Jats of western UP, who can influence the election outcome in at least 50 Assembly seats, had played a key role in the BJP winning 71 Lok Sabha seats — out of a possible 80 — in 2014. But two years on, with its demand for a slice in the Central quota still hanging fire and the continuing neglect of agriculture, the community does not appear to be in a forgiving mood.Jat Aarakshan Mahasabha will organise a meeting of community members in Mathura on Sunday to urge them to “boycott” the BJP in next year’s Assembly elections, its president Pushpinder Choudhury told The Hindu, as the party used the Army against the agitating Jats in neighbouring Haryana and ignored their demand for inclusion in the Central OBC list. Who will his outfit ask community members to vote for? “We haven’t decided yet,” he says. “We are an apolitical body. Let us see.But we have already held eight such meetings in other districts and we are receiving good response.”Jat leaders from mainstream parties such as the BJP, the Congress and RLD of Ajit Singh describe Choudhury as a “marginal player”, but all acknowledge — to varying degrees — that the Jats are no longer as favourably inclined to the BJP as they were in 2014 when they rode the crest of Hindu consolidation after the Muzaffarnagar riots. thehindu
Rahul Gandhi eats lunch with Muslim leaders in UP
Guraini (Jaunpur): In a bid to woo Muslim voters, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi met Muslim leaders at Arabia Riyazul Uloom Guraini Madarsa, in Jaunpur, on Saturday. He also had his lunch there. During his 50-minute stay at the madrasa, Gandhi held a closed-door meeting with prominent Muslim personalities, including Hashim Ferozabadi, Prof Javed Khan, Siraj Mehandi, Mohammad Ashad Rashid and Mohammad Abu Bakar.Gandhi was given a rousing welcome by the residents on his way to the madrasa. hindustantimes
Day after Ayodhya temple visit, Rahul Gandhi takes lunch at madrasa
‘Muslims helped me win, will also help Akhilesh’
Lucknow:Launching his party’s campaign for 2017 Assembly polls, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav said Muslims had helped him gain power after the Babri Masjid was demolished in Ayodhya and claimed that the minority community will help his son, CM  Akhilesh Yadav, retain power in UP .“BJP was in power when Babri Masjid was demolished in 1992. Musalman bhaiyon ne gussa hokar Samajwadi Party ki sarkar bana di. Kam se kam 70% Musalmano ne vote diya (Angry Muslims helped SP form the govt . At least 70% of the Muslims voted for us),” Mulayam said. Indianexpress
Section 144 of CrPC in force for 27 years in parts of Kota: residents
Kota: For the last 27 years, over one lakh residents of parts of Kota city have been living under the shadow of prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC, which has prevented them from hosting any public functions and processions, except during marriages and funerals. Places like Bajaj Khana, Ghanta Ghar, Makbara Patan Pole and Tipta, stretching over an area of two kilometer in Kota city where a large section of residents belong to the minority community, had been placed under the section which prohibits the assembly of four or more persons after outbreak of communal violence in 1989.But residents claim that the restrictions were continuing till day though no law and order problem has been reported and it was a “stigma” for them. Locals allege that banks refuse to grant them loans and officials ignore their grievances.Section 144 was imposed following the lifting of curfew after communal riots took place in September 1989. However, then district collector of Kota (SN Thanwi) in September 1990 issued a circular extending the imposition of the Section “till the next order”, which never came.“The locals in the area are forced to lead an inferior life as they have not been to carry any cultural, social religious programmes or procession for last 27 years,” state secretary of Centre of Indian Trade Unions RK Swami said.PTI
8,856 ‘enemies of state’: An entire village in Tamil Nadu lives under shadow of sedition
Last week, the Supreme Court laid down what sedition wasn’t. But for five years now, as officials let cases drag, almost the entire population of a village in Tamil Nadu, protesting against the nuclear plant, has lived under the shadow of Section 124 A. Arun Janardhanan and Amirtharaj Stephen report.On September 5 the same day as the SC said criticism of the govt  isn’t sedition, a figure on a white board in a village on the distant southern tip of the country was changed — to Day 1,846.The Supreme Court ruling was on just one case, won by SP Udayakumar of Idinthakarai, but there are 140 more such cases against people in the village. In India’s sedition map, Idinthakarai is ground zero. In the protests against Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant  that have been on in this village and adjacent Kudankulam village since 2011, led by Udayakumar, 8,956 people have been slapped with 21 cases of sedition —maximum such number charged in the country.indianexpress
UP: Father begs for money to carry daughter’s body home
Lakhimpur Kheri: A distressed father in the Mitauli area of UP chose to beg in order to arrange a vehicle to carry his daughter’s dead body back home on Friday. According to reports, Suatali area’s Ramesh sat beside his daughter’s body on the road, begging money from pedestrians.Incident came to light after a photograph, wherein Ramesh could be seen begging, went viral on social media.Despite his pleas for a vehicle to carry his dead daughter back to their home in Suatali, no one came to his rescue. Subsequently, Ramesh put the body on a footpath outside the hospital and started begging from passers-by. indianexpress
Naidu asks if Zakir Naik is boss of Indian Muslims
Hyderabad: Terming as "totally absurd" the allegations levelled by Zakir Naik against govt, Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu accused him of taking shelter under religion and wondered if he is the "boss" of all Indian Muslims. "Is Zakir Naik the boss of all Indian Muslims? What nonsense he is talking. He has to answer the criticism about himself. What is that Muslims have got to do with him," the I&B Minister said here.PTI
Zakir Naik NGO deal: JD (U) demands transparency
New Delhi:JDU has said called for transparency on NGO run by the IRF of Zakir Naik and urged all political parties to stay away from such people."There must be transparency if a party receives fund by any organisation. There must be transparency for all parties...not for any one party. There must be a proper scrutiny of the funds given to like-minded people for a special reason," JD (U) leader Ali Anwar said. Resonating similar sentiments, another JD (U) leader KC Tyagi said, "The political parties should keep themselves away from people like Zakir Naik and his organisation. If the Congress returns the amount, then this matter should be considered as closed." Newkerala
Zakir donation to Rajiv Gandhi Foundation was bribe: BJP
Zakir Naik donation row: MHA finds no fault, Congress smells conspiracy to 'slander' party
Modi govt conspiring to "slander, malign'' party: Cong on Naik NGO's donation to RGF
Action against me will mean action against 20 crore Muslims: Zakir Naik 's open letter
'Dr Terror, Why Now?' Zakir Naik Asks Govt
What have I done to earn 'Dr Terror' tag, asks controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik
Congress leader K Rahman Khan clarifies allegations of being a Zakir Naik supporter
US court upholds divorce by 'khula'
Mumbai: A US family law court has upheld divorce by 'khula' granted by a qazi in Mumbai to a Muslim woman and re-opened her case for divorce against her second husband there. The judge of the circuit court of Cook County, Chicago, allowed her plea to reconsider his earlier order dismissing her petition for a divorce saying he "had entered an error in the appreciation of the law in India". Judge John Carr relied on the expert opinion of Mumbai-based advocate Neelofar Akhtar to conclude that the woman's first marriage was validly dissolved. "The verdict is significant. Khula is not well known among Muslim women as a means to get out of a troubled marriage," Akhtar told TOI. timesofindia
Seminar on ‘Triple Talaq and its solution in Muslim Personal Law’
Zakia, Noorjehan founders of Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan:Duo lead movement for reforms in Muslim personal laws: HT report
Bombay HC grants bail to man accused of killing wife
Aurangabad: Aurangabad bench of the Bombay high court has granted bail to a 50-year-old man who, in February this year, was arrested by the Jinsi police on the charges of murdering his 57-year-old wife.The accused approached the high court after after the lower court rejected the bail application moved by the accused, following which the bench headed by Justice AM Badar on Friday granted him bail.Justice Badar ruled that the case is based on circumstantial evidence. The prosecution has failed to explain as to how the intravenous mark existed on her body after claiming that she was well at the time of the incident.The deceased woman has been identified as Kazi Shamim Begum (57) and was a senior teacher in an Urdu school in the city while her accused husband has been identified as Mohammad Azimuddin. timesofindia
BJP leader’s son beats Muslim vegetable vendor
Ahmedabad: A Muslim vegetable vendor has been brutally hacked to death by BJP leader’s son and his friends purportedly beating up two youths in Chhattisgarh’s Kanker district has gone viral on social media. The video, said to be shot on a mobile by a passer-by shows a group of youths, including the son of the ruling party leader Manturam Pawar, brutally kicking and thrashing two men.Victims were riding a motorbike and allegedly refused to allow the SUV in which the youths were travelling to overtake. Incident allegedly took place on Kherkhetta dam road in the Pakhanjore area of the district. However police have so far not received any complaint. siasat
Left alliance sweeps JNU polls, ABVP loses ‘referendum’
New Delhi: ‘Left Unity’ alliance swept JNU Students’ Union polls, winning all 4 central panel seats with comfortable margins. It was the first poll held to the students’ union after its leaders were arrested on Feb.9. Mohit Pandey of AIS was elected president, while Amal PP and Satarupa Chakraborty of the SFI were elected vice-president and secretary respectively. Tabrez Hasan, also of AISA, was elected joint secretary.After the results, the Left panel carried out a mock funeral procession of the ABVP, which had portrayed the elections as a referendum on the Feb.9 event. indianexpress
WORLD
Hajj 2016: Pilgrims gather at Mount Arafat for key rite
Nearly 2 million Muslims have gathered in the vast Saudi plain of Mount Arafat for the most important ritual of the Hajj, an annual pilgrimage that re-enacts the actions of the Prophet Muhammad from more than 1,400 years ago.Worshippers from more than 150 countries converged at the 70-metre hill at sunrise on Sunday, some 15km from Mecca, for "wukuf," a high point of the Hajj which all pilgrims must attend in the mid-afternoon.Wearing 2 white, unstitched pieces of cloth for men known as the "ihram", and any loose-fitting clothing for women, the pilgrims climbed steps built into the hill where the Prophet Muhammad gave his final sermon.In what looked like an unbroken sea of white the pilgrims marched to the top, reciting prayers and supplications.Al Jazeera's Jamal ElShayyal, reporting from Mecca, said there was an extremely somber mood at the plain with many spending their time in prayer and introspection.At sunset on Sunday, the pilgrims will head to Muzdalifah, about 9km away. There, they will spend the night under the open sky until just before sunrise and begin collecting pebbles for the next day's rites.On Monday, as Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha, pilgrims performing the Hajj will cast pebbles at a pillar on the Jamaraat Bridge in Mina, in a symbolic renunciation of the devil.As part of its intensified crowd control measures, nearly a thousand new surveillance cameras have been installed at Mecca's Grand Mosque, and the Jamarat stoning will be more tightly controlled than in previous years.Also for the first time, pilgrims will be given electronic bracelets storing personal and medical information that will help authorities provide care and identify people.This year, though, Iranian pilgrims are notably absent after Tehran and Riyadh failed to reach a deal on arrangements for Iranian citizens.In a separate development, kingdom said it was launching a 24-hour Farsi-language channel that would broadcast this year's Hajj. aljazeera
Nearly 2 mn pilgrims mark Day of Arafat as part of Haj
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After 35 years Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bin  retires from delivering Haj sermon
Makkah: After 35 years of delivering sermons and leading prayers in Namirah Mosque in Saudi Arabia, Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bin Abdullah Al-Asheikh stepped down citing health reasons. Al-Asheikh used to deliver the sermon and lead the prayers at Namirah Mosque, which is also known as the-one-day-mosque, on the day of the grand stand in Arafat -- a granite hill also known as the Mount of Mercy.Mufti has been doing this since 1981 but has decided to step down this year because his health was no longer permitting him to carry on, the Saudi Gazette reported.Quoting reliable sources, it said the Mufti might probably be replaced by Sheikh Salih bin Humaid, member of the Senior Scholars' Commission and Ifta Council and imam of the Grand Mosque.IANS
Hopes fade for peaceful Eid in Syria as over 100 killed
Ruinous violence has raged in several parts of Syria, shortly after the US and Russia sealed an ambitious agreement aimed at breathing life back into a stuttering peace process.More than 100 people were reported killed in a series of bombing raids on rebel-held parts of Aleppo province in the north of the country, and in Idlib in the north-west.The worst strikes were in Idlib city, the capital of the province of the same name, where they hit a market, killing 55 civilians."A Russian fighter jet targeted a residential area and a market in Idlib," said Al Jazeera's Adham Abu al-Husam, reporting from the city as civil defence forces, firefighters and paramedics worked to pull survivors from the rubble. "The marketplace was full of civilians shopping for the upcoming Eid holiday."In Aleppo, at least 46 civilians, including nine children, were killed in a bombardment of opposition-held areas, an Al Jazeera correspondent in the city said.The raids on Idlib and Aleppo were believed to have been carried out by Syrian army fighter jets, or those of its main ally Russia.The accord included a truce to start across Syria at sunset Monday, the first day of the Muslim Eid al-Adha festival. The agreement also paved the way for joint US-Russian raids against armed groups in Syria, including the IS group. aljazeera
Regime airstrikes kill 24 in Aleppo
Russian colonel: ‘Syrian Army has known no military victories’
In a scathing analytical piece published yesterday, a Russian military expert has written that he believes that the Syrian regime lacks the morale and expertise to defeat the armed opposition to President Bashar Al-Assad’s rule.Writing for the popular Russian language media outlet, Gazeta.ru, retired Colonel Mikhail Khodarenok blasted the Syrian armed forces for shirking their combat duties in order to extort and extract “bribes at checkpoints”.“The actual fighting against opposition groups is mostly done by Syrian militias, the Lebanese Hezbollah Shia units [and] Iranian and Iraqi volunteers”, Khodarenok said, adding that the Assad regime still does not control “a majority of [Syrian] towns and villages”. middleeastmonitor
Turkish air strikes kill 20 IS fighters in Syria: CNN Turk
Turkish air strikes killed 20 Islamic State militants in northern Syria on Saturday, broadcaster CNN Turk cited Turkish military as saying on Sunday.The strikes targeted three buildings, one vehicle and one motorbike around the Syrian town of Tel el-Hawa, CNN Turk said.Separately, head of the military said in message to mark a public holiday that "Operation Euphrates Shield", a Turkish incursion into Syria against IS and Kurdish militia fighters launched two and half weeks ago, would "continue decisively", according to NTV. reuters
Arab League welcomes Syria truce deal
Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Abul-Gheit on Saturday welcomed a U.S.-Russian announcement of a truce deal in war-torn Syria.World Bulletin
Turkey satisfied with US-Russia truce deal on Syria
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Saturday that he was content with the recent deal between the U.S. and Russia on Syria. World Bulletin
Iran, Hezbollah announce support for Syria ceasefire
Iran and Lebanon-based Hezbollah over weekend welcomed the Russia and US-brokered ceasefire in Syria due to take effect Monday.“Iran welcomes any establishment of a ceasefire in Syria and facilitating of access of all people of this country to humanitarian aid,” said foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi on Sunday, adding that a monitoring system was needed to stop it being exploited by “terrorists.” timesofisrael
Palestinian girl killed, ‘run over by Jewish settler’
A Palestinian girl was killed Saturday when a Jewish settler ran her over with his vehicle in the southern occupied West Bank, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.“A Palestinian was killed after she was run over by a Jewish settler’s car near al-Khader village located near Bethlehem city in northern West Bank,” the Palestinian Ministry of Health said in a statement. Eyewitnesses said the driver fled the scene. The ministry identified the dead Palestinian girl as 6-year-old Lama Musa. Later in the evening, Israeli police issued a statement saying he had turned himself in and that he claimed he did not run the girl over on purpose.Tensions have been especially high since an uptick in Israeli-Palestinian violence began last October. middleeastmonitor


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