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18 September 2016

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18 Sept. 2016: 15 Zil Hajj 37: Vol:7, No:160
INDIA: KASHMIR ISSUE & INDO-PAK
17 soldiers, 4 militants killed in Kashmir's Uri army HQRS attack: Reuters
Militants attacked an Indian army brigade headquarters near the de factor border with Pakistan on Sunday, killing 17 soldiers in one of the most deadly attacks in the northern region of Kashmir in a quarter-century-old insurgency. 4 "fidayeen" - or commando-style gunmen willing to fight to the death - were confirmed killed after penetrating the base in Uri near the Line of Control with Pakistan, an Indian army spokesman said.Television reporters at the scene said the dawn raid had surprised soldiers in their sleep. The attackers set fire to one building before the four were killed in a gunfight that lasted several hours.An army spokesman confirmed that the number of soldiers killed in the attack had risen to 17, making the toll far worse than a similar raid on an army base in Punjab state in January that India has blamed on Pakistan-based militants.The army deployed helicopters to evacuate soldiers who had been injured as an operation continued to secure the area. Defence Ministry in New Delhi put the number of wounded at 35.The raid comes amid heightened tension in India's only Muslim-majority region, which has faced more than two months of protests following the July 8 killing of a popular separatist commander. Telegraph UK
17 Indian soldiers killed in attack on Kashmir base: Aljazeera
J&K: 17 soldiers, 4 militants killed in Uri Army HQRS attack
17 soldiers killed in militant attack in Uri
3,000 more soldiers deployed in Valley
Uri attack: Will thwart the evil designs of terrorists and their backers, says President Pranab Mukherjee
Those behind Uri terror attack won’t go unpunished: Modi
Attack on army camp in Uri cowardly act: Sonia
Uri attack: Days of restraint are over, says Ram Madhav
Kashmir attack: Rajnath Singh postpones US, Russia visit

Protests in Kashmir Valley after body of 11-yr-old found with pellets
Srinagar: Protests erupted in Srinagar on Saturday after the body of an 11-year-old-boy, hit by pellets, was found. Boy, Nasir Shafi Qazi, a Class VII student, was reported to have gone missing after protests on Friday evening. When contacted, DGP, SP Vaid said, “He has been hit by pellets… IGP (Kashmir) is looking into it. He will let you know in some time.”Nasir’s body was found near a stream at the Dachigam National Park on Friday night, near his home in Harwan. “His right arm was broken and there were around 400 pellets in his body,” alleged his father, Mohammad Shafi Qazi. “There were torture marks on his body and some of his hair had been pulled out”.According to reports, there were protests in Harwan after the Friday prayers. “There was stone-throwing in the area. At around 5pm, a police vehicle rushed towards us. Some of us ran towards Dachigam,” said an 18-year-old who took part in the protests. Indian express
Kashmiri boy, 11, is 'killed by Indian forces'; 1000s defy official curfew to attend his funeral: dailymail
K activist’s relatives question police version of detention
New Delhi:As prominent Kashmiri Human rights defender Khurram Parvez was put under “preventive detention” and sent to a jail in Kupwara at midnight, the J&K Police have given a flimsy reason for his arrest: “he stood outside a mosque near his house (on Thursday evening) and incited people to shout slogans and march towards (nearby) Tourist Reception Centre”.J&K Police’s only proof is the testimony of three of its own policemen. This happened, as per police report, a day after authorities stopped Khurram at IGI airport in Delhi and disallowed him to board a flight to Geneva, where he was scheduled to attend the ongoing UNHRC session. Khurram is presently Chairperson of Asian Federation Against involuntary Disappearances(AFAD)and Program Coordinator of JKCCS and is internationally known for his human rights advocacy. In 2006, Khurram was conferred Reebok Human Rights Award, a prestigious international prize that “recognises young activists who have made significant contributions to human rights causes through non-violent means”.Earlier while monitoring elections in Lolab for his civil society group in 2004, an improvised explosive device blew up his car, killing his colleague and the driver. He was seriously injured and lost a leg in the bomb blast.indian express
Curfew, restriction imposed to foil marches in 3 Kashmir districts: UNI
AIR launches Baloch mobile application
All India Radio on Friday announced the launch of a multi-media and mobile app for Balochi-speaking people in the Af-Pak region and other parts of the world.Prasar Bharati Chairperson A. Surya Prakash, who launched the services said the move was part of India’s efforts to reach out to the neighbourhood for a better people-to-people contact.Asked if services could face obstruction in Pakistan, AIR DG F. Shehryar said radio service was on the short-wave which cannot be blocked.the hindu
COW VIGILANTES & COMMUNALISM
Bijnor killings: 'Today we will destroy Muslims,' said prime accused; FIR sheds light on communal angle
Bijnor: Even as UP police booked 28 individuals under 10 sections of the IPC in connection with the Bijnor killings, in an uncanny resemblance to the Dadri lynching case, IPC sections for criminal conspiracy have not been evoked against the accused. Among other charges under which the accused were booked include, molesting women, rioting, murder, attempt to murder and so on. FIR filed by the UP police in connection with the killing of three members of a Muslim family in Bijnor has named a total of 28 members of the Jat community as accused. FIR, accessed by dna, also puts light on the alleged communal angle to the murders as the complainant reveals the conversations that apparently took place between him and some of the accused. The murders were preceded by a heated argument between the complainant's family after his daughter, a minor, was allegedly harassed by local youth when she was on her way to school. FIR, which was filed almost 12 hours after the murders, reads that moments before the gun fire on the Muslim family, father of the minor girl went to one Sansaar Singh's home and complained about his son Nitin harassing his daughter. In response, Sansaar Singh, who according to locals is a political heavyweight in Peda village, allegedly abused the victim's father and said, “Today we will destroy Muslims” (Aaj Musalmaano ko ujaadna hai).According to FIR,28 men then proceeded towards the residence of the Muslim family and fired several rounds at those inside. The mob also threw bricks and set a vehicle and a shop on fire.Police have identified 28 people, including a village head named Dilawar Singh, and some of the accused have been put under arrest.  It is imperative to mention that the sections of conspiracy is yet to be evoked and according to the members of the family and those in the neighbourhood, the entire incident does not seem to be a spontaneous act. The criminal conspiracy charges hold all the accused responsible equally for the crime. More than 20 accused are from Peda village with some residents of neighbouring Naya Gaon and Kachpora villages.“Youth who harassed our daughter knew us. The one who came and murdered members of our family also knew us. I can't comprehend how they turned into such beasts in a moment and rained us with bullets,” said Aslam, an uncle of the harassed teen girl. DNA
UP govt suspends internet services in Bijnor to control online rumors after communal tension kills 4
Bijnor violence: ‘Before firing, made 12 calls to cops, MLA but no action taken’
Bijnor:Half-an-hour before the firing began in Pedda village of Bijnor on Friday morning, Anees Ahmed, 38, made 12 calls to the police control room, local MLA and senior district administration officials including the district magistrate. But nobody responded. Ahmed, husband of the pradhan of Gokalpur village — near Pedda village — said he was present at the spot when around 100 Jats gathered with weapons.Some of them later fired at a Muslim family, leaving 3 of the family dead and 12 others injured. According to the police, trouble started after some Muslim girls were allegedly harassed at a bus stand on Friday morning. Ahmed’s phone showed three calls to 100, the police control room, at 8:03 am. He said these calls went unanswered. At 8:07 am, he made two more calls to the same number. “The first three calls went unanswered. On the fourth call, the operator said he could not hear me. On the next call, he said they would see what they could do,” said Ahmed.Ahmed then tried to contact senior police and district administration officials directly. “I called up the SSP, SP City, DM, and the MLA but nobody picked up their phones. I kept trying,” he said.indian express
4 kiled in communal clashes in Bijnor; internet services suspended
Mewat gangrapes, beef biryani crackdown are small issues: Haryana CM Khattar
Haryana CM  Manohar Lal Khattar has said the murders and gangrapes linked to cow vigilante groups and the beef biryani crackdown in Mewat were “trivial issues”. Khattar’s comments came on the sidelines of an event marking 50 years of Haryana.On Aug.24, a 20-year-old woman and her minor cousin were gangraped, and two of their relatives tied up and beaten to death in Mewat, allegedly for eating beef. 2 weeks later, authorities started testing samples of biryani being sold in local shops for beef ahead of Bakr-Eid.“I don’t pay much attention to these small issues. Today we should be talking about Swarna Jayanti [the jubilee event],” Khattar said, according to Financial Express. Khattar claimed the collection of biryani samples and 2 violent crimes “could take place anywhere in the country”.scroll.in
Congress to PM Modi: Ban gau rakshaks or we will approach Supreme Court
New Delhi: Congress on Saturday asked the PM  and Home Minister to ban 'gau rakshaks' or cow protection vigilantes just as SIMI was banned in 2001 in the aftermath of 9/11 attacks. It said that gau rakshaks pose a threat to law and order, and in case the Centre refuses to act, it would be 'compelled' to seek SC's intervention. In a letter to Narendra Modi, Maharashtra Congress secretary Shehzad Poonawalla cited PM's own remarks on gau rakshaks. " PM himself had said that most gau rakshaks are antisocials, and since cow vigilantism is a challenge to rule of law , law and order, and Constitution, he must impose a nation-wide ban on all cow vigilante groups just like a ban was imposed on terror groups like SIMI, failing which, I shall be constrained to approach the Supreme Court," Poonawalla said.Poonawalla raised the recent incident in Ahmedabad, where cow vigilantes beat up two people for transporting cows, one of whom succumbed on Friday. "In this instance, even if any law was violated by the victim, did gau rakshaks have the right to take law into their hands? Should the Gujarat police not have intervened? Should the Gujarat police not nab the accused rather than protect them and file cases against the victims?" Poonawalla said in the letter."Does it not show that Gujarat govt is protecting those who have challenged the rule of law guaranteed by the Constitution? Many of these groups are backed by VHP, Bajrang Dal, etc," the letter added. Mail Today
Varanasi: Communal tension grips Kashi before Laat Bhairav Barat
Varanasi: A few hours before the commencement of Barat (marriage procession) of Laat Bhairav from the Laat Bhairav temple, which is located on a giant platform where Muslims also offer Namaz, a police constable allegedly moved in front of the Namazis on Friday with his shoes on. The incident led to communal tension and protests and counter-protests by the members of the two communities. Angered over it, the people of the minority community went on rampage after the end of Namaz and staged a demonstration. Before the senior police officials could bring the situation under control by issuing order to suspend that police constable, some mischievous elements uprooted the flags placed at temple as a part of Laat Bhairavs Barat celebration and threw them in a pond. Angered over it, the people of Hindu community also started a sit-in. DM Vijay Kiran Anand and SSP Akash Kulhary had to exercise hard to convince both groups to call off the stir before the commencement of Barat. This temple is located on a giant platform adjacent to a pond. Muslims also use this platform to offer Namaz due to which this place is also known to be Laat Saraiyya. TOI
Muslims ‘attacked’ by Hindu outfits in Alwar: HT
Alwar: Muslim residents of a northeast Rajasthan village have alleged that Hindu right-wing outfits looted several of their households while police stood mute spectators. The incident at Rewada Ki Dhani in this district is claimed to have happened on Thursday, a few hours after 36 cow carcasses were found in jungles near a village bordering Haryana. Villagers told the media and a Delhi-based social activist that organisations such as the RSS, Bajrang Dal and the Shiv Sena began to assemble in Rewada Ki Dhani soon after news spread that Meo Muslims slaughtered 36 cows on the occasion of Eid in the jungles of Nagaon, 60 km away from Jaipur. “They broke and vandalised our houses, manhandled us and looted our belongings,” said 70-year-old Mahmooda, a resident of Rewada ki Dhani. “I had one kilo silver in my house; they took it away. All this time, the police were silent spectators.”Added Sitavi, another resident: “I had Rs1 lakh in my house. It was the fund of the local masjid; I was entrusted to safeguard it. Mob took the money and some other that I had with me.”“A large number of police officials were present when the mob entered the village and started vandalizing our homes,” said Shahid, another resident of the village who works as a travel agent in Delhi.Rewada Ki Dhani has 35 Muslim families, but residents said the mob also looted the houses of another 20 families living adjacent to the village. There were around 500 people in the mob, they claimed. HT
Communal tension in Maharashtra town due to stone pelting near Mosque during Ganesh immersion
Umarkhed: Following stone pelting near Markaz Masjid between two communities during Ganesh immersion, communal tension erupted in the town of Umarkhed in Yavatmal district. As many as 35 people including 12 policemen have been injured in the incident and 29 men were detained, reports suggest. Minority community alleged one-sided action from police as cops detained men only from the minority community.On Thursday, at around 5 pm when people were offering afternoon prayer at Markaz Masjid, Ganesh bhakts were taking Ganesh procession and were playing DJ with high volume. Sources said that Ganesh Bhakts did not stop playing DJ while passing through Masjid lane even though they were requested by people to turn it off and that resulted into stone pelting from both the sides.“Windows and gate of Masjid was damaged due to stone pelting. Nearly 25 Muslims were also injured,” a source said on condition of maintaining anonymity. TCN
Cops announce Rs 50000 reward for information on Muzaffarnagar riots accused
Muzaffarnagar (UP): Police have announced a reward of Rs 50,000 for information on the whereabout of absconding gangster Harender, an accused in the Muzaffarnagar riots case. Senior Superintendent of Police Deepak Kumar said Rs 50,000 would be given to anyone providing information leading to his arrest.Harender, a resident of Mohdpur Raisingh village in the district, is wanted in 11 cases of murder and loot. He has been absconding since the 2013 riots in which over 60 people were killed. business-standard
Mumbai: 11 booked for ‘denying’ Muslim a flat in Vasai housing society
Mumbai: Palghar police on Saturday evening booked 11 persons for allegedly intending to outrage and hurt the religious feelings of a 35-year-old Muslim man by denying him his right to buy a flat in the Vasai housing society.According to police, the complaint was filed by Vikarahemad Khan after he approached the Manikpur police station claiming that the housing society had passed a “resolution” to deny him to make the purchase. Manikpur police station has booked the accused under sections 295 (A) (injuring with intent to insult the religion) and 298 (uttering, words, etc, with deliberate intent to wound the religious feeling of any person) of the Indian Penal Code. Eleven committee members of one Happy Jivan, a housing society in Vasai, held a meeting to raise objections to the sale. Police said that flatowner Kantaben Patel (55)and her son Jignesh Patel (32) were handed over a “resolution” passed by the committee after they agreed to sell their 1BHK apartment to Vikarahemad Khan at Rs 47 lakh. Palghar police booked all those persons who signed on the “resolution”. 8 Gujaratis, 2 Maharashtrians and one person who hailed from UP, all who lived in the same building, made up the list of accused in the matter. indianexpress
FIR against society for opposing flat sale to a Muslim family
OTHERS
Govt to oppose triple talaq in SC citing women’s rights
New Delhi: Centre will be opposing in the Supreme Court the triple talaq practice on the grounds of women’s rights, terming it as “inalienable” and asserting that the issue should not be seen from the prism of uniform civil code, a highly placed govt functionary said today. Law Ministry will file a consolidated reply on the issue in the apex court by the end of this month. The issue is being deliberated upon at inter-ministerial level which includes ministries of Home, Finance and Women and Child Development apart from the Law ministry.“We shouldn’t approach it from (the prism of) uniform civil code. We need to talk in terms of rights of women. Our reply is going to be only on rights. A woman’s rights are inalienable and according to the Constitution she has to have same rights as men.“Every court decision has slowly been taking us to these uniform rights. The practice of triple talaq doesn’t exist even in Pakistan or Bangladesh. Only we have it,” senior functionary said. Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi met last week to deliberate on govt’s possible stand to be taken in the Supreme Court on the issue of Muslim practices of polygamy, triple talaq (talaq-e-bidat) and ‘nikah halala’ (a practice where divorced women, in case they want to go back to their husbands, have to consummate a 2nd marriage).According to this source, there was a consensus among all the senior ministers present to look at the contentious issue through the prism of gender rights.PTI
Muslims against abolition of triple talaq
Hyderabad: At a time when the fierce debate over unilateral talaq, popularly known as oral triple talaq (OTT), continues across the country, religious figures in the city are gearing up to oppose any move which could bring about a Uniform Civil Code (UCC).Seerat-un-Nabi Academy (SNA), a religious organisation which had sought a fatwa earlier this year from city-based Islamic seminary Jamia Nizamia on the "Bharat Mata ki Jai" slogan, is organising a public meeting at the Khilwat Grounds next week.Office bearers of the SNA on Saturday asserted that the Muslim community will not accept UCC in any shape or form. This, they claimed, would be an interference in the Muslim Personal Law."Interference in personal laws is uncalled for. Any organ which tries to do this should be opposed," said SNA president of the Syed Ghulam Samdani Ali Quadri. "We are calling the public meeting Tahaffuz-e-Shariat (Sharia Protection) Conference," he added. Touching upon the issue of OTT, he said that like All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) and the Jamiat-e-Ulama-e-Hind, his organisation too has impleaded in the case which finds itself in the Supreme Court. Batting for the provision of divorce, the organisation believes that the issue is a matter concerning only the community."Those who have a problem (with OTT) should have sought clarification from the scholars. Perhaps a solution could have been arrived at," he said. Doing away with OTT is a step towards UCC, he claimed.Why there is no sharia criminal code. All Muslim criminals should be punished as per sharia law.Plans are also afoot to involve Muslim clerics of various denominations and schools of thought to organise a deliberation on the issue. "Work is in progress to organise a sharia council meeting where such issues will be discussed," he said.TOI
Islamic banking is here, thanks to Maharashtra BJP minister Subhash Deshmukh
Mumbai: In a first in the mainstream banking sector in Maharashtra, a cooperative bank controlled by BJP leader and state cooperation minister Subhash Deshmukh has launched Sharia-compliant Islamic banking. Here, interest-free deposits will be accepted from both Muslims and non-Muslims and distributed largely to the needy from the minority community at zero rates of interest to ensure their financial inclusion.So far, the Lokmangal Cooperative Bank Ltd, controlled by Deshmukh, has distributed Rs 2.50 lakh to poor Muslims through the route. The minister will now call on other banks and financial institutions in Maharashtra to follow suit and adopt this model, which is also referred to as "participatory banking"."Under Islamic banking policy, depositors are not paid interest. Similarly the borrowers too will not be charged any interest for the money lent," Deshmukh, who is the chairman of the bank, told dna. The bank has nine branches, including eight in Solapur and one in Pune, and Deshmukh, a MLA from Solapur (South), said all of them would get a separate counter for such Islamic, interest-free deposits and loans.Deshmukh added that during the inauguration of a branch of his bank at Barshi in Solapur this week, he was called upon to adopt the model, after which he announced it. Two persons, including a Hindu, then contributed Rs 1 lakh and Rs 50,000 as interest-free deposits."I then said that by evening, this money will be distributed free of interest, based on their recommendations," he said, adding that the money was given to 12 needy people. "We will see if the RBI or Govt of India come out with rules in this regard... we will have to take some nominal service charge (from borrowers) for (administrative costs like) staff, electricity bills and stationery," said Deshmukh, adding that even if they were not allowed to charge this nominal service fee, they would continue giving out interest-free loans."We have received Rs 2.50 lakh deposits under this. I can claim that this is the first instance in Maharashtra," said Deshmukh, adding that the money was distributed to 18 people, who were needy from the Muslim community. Some of these disbursements were made on Saturday, which was also PM Narendra Modi's birthday."We will give most loans to (poor from the) Muslim community... It is Modi saheb's dream. Muslim community is poor and must be economically uplifted,"he noted.Deshmukh said that depositors, however, will not be able to withdraw their deposits prematurely as the money will be lent out. He said he would also appeal to other financial institutions to follow suit with this banking model.DNA India
‘Honour killings’ in Badaun and Kanpur
Agra:A couple in Badaun Saturday allegedly strangulated their 20-year-old daughter and her boyfriend after finding them in a “compromising position” while a youth in Kanpur allegedly bludgeoned to death his father and sister, suspecting them of being in an illicit relationship, police said. Prima facie, both are suspected to be honour killings, police said, adding that in both cases, the accused went to the police stations concerned and confessed to the crime.In the first incident reported from Nadayal village in Badaun district, Mausam Ali (65) and his wife Hamsareen (57) allegedly strangulated their daughter Noorjahan and her boyfriend Kafeel Ahmed (21) on Saturday. SHO Kashmeer Singh Yadav said Hamsareen told the police that she spotted Kafeel in her daughter’s room and informed her husband. “Kafeel was hiding under the bed.They overpowered Kafeel and strangulated him. They later killed their daughter too,” the SO said. indianexpress
Tribal kids drop like flies, state indifferent
Mumbai: Sagar Wagh, a two-and-half-year-old tribal boy from Mokhada village in Palghar district of Maharashtra died of extreme malnutrition on August 30 at a govt hospital in neighbouring Nashik district after battling for life for four months. He was weighing a mere 4.5 kilograms then.Sagar is one among the 126 tribal kids who lost their life between April-July this year due to acute malnutrition in the Palghar district, which is barely 100 kms away from Mumbai which contributes to one-third of India's total direct tax, Rs1.15 trillion last year, and harbours some of the richest people in the world.All 126 children were less than a year old. Of them, 54 infants had passed away soon after the birth, which is an alarmingly high number compared to previous years, admit govt officials.At least a dozen deaths were reported from Palghar district in past 5 months, including that of five mothers as well.As many as 457 kids have been diagnosed as "severely acute malnourished"(SAM) and 3,159 kids as moderately acute malnourished (MAM), say the figures of integrated child development scheme, compiled in August. In Mokhada taluka of the district, nearly 28% children were found to be severely underweight during health camps. dnaindia
World
Russia: US-led coalition forces kill 62 Syrian troops
Ankara: At least 62 Syrian troops died and almost 100 others were injured during an anti-Daesh coalition attack on a military base in eastern Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry said Saturday. The air operation was carried out near Deir ez-Zour airport using the 2 F-16 and 2 A-10 aircraft belonging to coalition forces, according to a statement issued by Russian Defense Ministry's Facebook account.The statement said coalition aircraft entered Syrian airspace from the Iraqi border. Pentagon said coalition aircraft conducted an airstrike south of Deir ez-Zour that was “halted immediately” after Russia informed the US-led coalition “that it was possible the personnel and vehicles targeted were part of the Syrian military.“Coalition forces believed they were striking a Da’esh fighting position that they had been tracking for a significant amount of time before the strike,” Central Command said in statement. Anadolu agency
US-led airstrikes kill 60 Syrian soldiers, prompting emergency UN meeting
US regrets deadly airstrike on Syria regime forces
New York: An Obama administration official late Saturday expressed regret for the "unintentional loss of life" for an airstrike by coalition forces that killed 62 Syrian regime troops, according to AP. Following a UN Security Council meeting that the Russian mission to the UN called regarding the deadly airstrike, US Ambassador to UN Samantha Power accused Russia of pulling a "stunt" by calling the meeting."Even by Russia's standards tonight's stunt, a stunt replete with moralism and grandstanding, is uniquely cynical and hypocritical,” Power told reporters.Power’s remarks came after the Russian ambassador to UN reportedly condemned the airstrike during closed meeting.Pentagon said coalition aircraft conducted an airstrike south of Deir ez-Zour that was “halted immediately” after Russia informed US-led coalition “that it was possible the personnel and vehicles targeted were part of the Syrian military. Anadolu agency
Turkey: Syria operations strike 67 Daesh targets
Ankara: Turkish military said 67 Daesh targets were hit and 5 terrorists “neutralized” Saturday in northern Syria as part of Operation Euphrates Shield.According to a statement issued by Turkish General Staff on Saturday, the targets were hit with 260 howitzer missiles and 59 multiple rockets in the region between Azaz and al-Rai. Saturday's statement said US forces had supported coalition forces in the operation in Azaz.Anadolu
ISIS 'information minister' killed in Syria airstrikes: Pentagon
A senior Islamic State (ISIS) leader, Wa'il Adil Hasan Salman al-Fayad, has been killed in US-led coalition airstrikes in Syria, the Pentagon said on Friday. Wa'il was killed shortly after another strike killed the militant group's top strategist and spokesperson.Wa'il, who was also known as Dr Wa'il, was killed in a precision strike on Sept.7 near Raqa, the de facto capital of Isis in Syria, Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said. Earlier, the Pentagon had also announced the killing of ISIS spokesman and strategist Abu Mohamed al-Adnani on Aug. 30. Adnani was a close associate of Wa'il.ibtimes.co.in


Besieged Aleppo turns to dangerous 'alternative' fuels
In a destroyed building in Syria's Aleppo, neighbours Abu Ahmed and Mohammed Ibrahim desperately rummaged through rubble and debris in search of scraps of plastic to turn into fuel.Residents of the rebel-held eastern districts of the city have struggled to keep their cars running or their electricity on since govt forces first besieged their neighbourhoods this summer."There's no more fuel on the market, no heating oil, no petrol, no gas," said Abu Ahmed, 40. "So we've decided to turn to alternatives," he added, with plastic as the raw material in a dangerous and primitive process of extracting fuel to fire up electricity generators.World Bulletin
Hamas slams US move to list group leader as ‘extremist’
Palestinian movement Hamas has condemned a US decision to place a group leader into the list of “world extremists”.  The State Dept on Friday designated Fathi Hammad, a former Hamas interior minister, as a Specially Designated Global extremist (SDGT). “This is a serious development that reflects the total US bias to the Israeli occupation,” Hamas said in a statement. It went on to call on the US administration to reverse the decision “which is a provocation to the feelings of the whole nation”. Hammad also decried the US decision as a bias to Israel. World Bulletin
Israeli forces murdered Arab captives in war: Report
Jerusalem: Israeli forces have killed dozens of Arab captives, who were surrendered during a war in the first years of Israel’s existence, Israeli daily Haaretz reported. According to a testimony obtained by the newspaper, the prisoners were held in a courtyard where they were questioned about their military service.A few hours later, a new group of Israeli soldiers were sent to replace their colleagues.According to Haaretz, this change of the guards has raised questions about what to do with the captives. Anadolu agency
Curfew imposed in Pakistan Mohmand after suicide attack kills 36
Peshawar: An indefinite ‘restrictive’ curfew has been imposed in the Anbar tehsil of Mohmand Agency where a suicide bomber detonated the charge in the midst of worshippers during a Friday congregation. The death toll from the bombing in Payee Khan village near the border with Bajaur Agency jumped to 36 on Saturday as two more bodies were found under the rubble and six of the injured victims succumbed to their wounds. 4 more critically injured victims were airlifted to the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in Peshawar, where 11 people have so far been brought for treatment. Extensive search operations were launched in the area a day after the blast while senior administration officials shied away from sharing details. “Security officials will conduct an operation in the area,” an official said, refusing to give details.Tribune Pak
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