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'Uri terror attack staged by India to create Sikh-Muslim hatred', says Pak media: TOI
New Delhi: Pakistan's media has developed a fascinating new thesis - India staged the Uri terror attack to create hatred between the Sikh and Muslim communities in Kashmir. Here's how Pakistan's The News International has come to the above conclusion. "Sources in the security establishment insist that the military brigade HQRS (in Uri), which has been the target of what is believed to be India's false flag operation, is Sikh dominated, chosen deliberately to antagonise the Sikhs from supporting the Muslims' struggle in Kashmir," the newspaper said today.Pakistani security sources told the newspaper that "Sikhs have openly supported the just cause of Muslims" for independence in Kashmir. They then added that "it is always the Sikh community selected to suffer by the Hindu-led govt in such self-designed attacks."The News International said that India's so-called "staged attack" in Uri had multiple goals."It is said that from this false flag operation, India wants to achieve more than one targets, including accusing Pakistan of backing terrorism, diverting the world attention from the killings by its forces in occupied Kashmir, undermining PM  Nawaz Sharif's address at the UN General Assembly session and creating hatred between the Sikh and Muslim communities in Indian-held Kashmir," Pakistani security officials told The News International.As evidence to show Uri was staged by India, the newspaper asked how terrorists could sneak in so easily."India has erected a type-A fence all along the Line of Control besides installing state-of-the-art laser sensors to detect any cross LoC movement,"the newspaper wrote. A source is quoted as telling the paper: "How then a handful of terrorists could sneak across, dodging the third largest army of the planet earth with its hi-tech gadgets and their ferocious K9 force?""Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who is known for spewing venom against Pakistan, was to leave for his Russian tour on September 17 but cancelled his trip one day prior to the impending attack in Uri. 'Hope he wasn't waiting to see the unfolding of virtual play which he and (India's NSA) Ajit Doval had jointly scripted,' a source suggested."Another Pakistani newspaper Dawn called India bloodthirsty, in the light of BJP leader Ram Madhav saying that to avenge Uri a tooth for a tooth isn't enough, and it should be "a jaw for one tooth.""...it was not a surprising reaction to the terror attack that came from Ram Madhav, an RSS-loaned trouble-shooter for the Hindutva establishment in Delhi. He promptly called for a jaw for each tooth, whatever that means in a region crawling with nuclear weapons," Dawn wrote.TOI
Uri attack fallout: India, Bangladesh and Afghanistan to boycott SAARC Summit in Pakistan, says report
Condemning Uri attack, France, Russia score direct hits against Pakistan
Germany backs India post Uri attack
Uri attack: Avoid rash military action, commanders advise Govt : Praveen Swami
New Delhi: A day after 18 soldiers were killed in a terror attack on an Army camp in Uri, PM  Narendra Modi and key ministers received counsel against rash military action at their first full-scale meeting Monday, govt  sources said. indianexpress
Stories of the 18 Uri martyrs: Indian Express
Uri attack response: Overt and covert ops planned as PM Modi meets with army chiefs and President Mukherjee
Russia condemns Uri attack; calls off military exercise with Pakistan
Uri attack aftermath: Pakistan accuses India of trying to divert attention from Kashmir
Islamabad:Pakistan has accused India of misleading the world opinion to cover up its ‘reign of terror’ in Kashmir by a spate of ‘vitriolic’ and ‘unsubstantiated’ statements following the terror attack in Uri that killed 17 soldiers.“Pakistan has noted with serious concern the recent spate of vitriolic and unsubstantiated statements emanating from Indian civil and military leadership in the aftermath of yesterday’s attack” in Uri, Sartaj Aziz,advisor to Pakistan PM  on Foreign Affairs, said.PTI
NIA to probe Uri attack
AMU expels Kashmiri student over ‘objectionable’ post on Uri attack
Aligarh:A Kashmiri student was on Monday expelled from AMU for posting “objectionable” comments on Facebook over the terror attack on the army base in Uri.AMU Vice Chancellor Lt Gen Zameer Uddin Shah took a “very serious view” of the issue and expelled student, who was pursuing M.Sc in Organic Chemistry, after personally probing the matter, university spokesman Rahat Abrar said.“Lt Gen Shah said that there is no scope whatsoever at AMU for tolerating any incident which smacks of anti-national sentiments,” the spokesman said.The student, Mudassar Yusuf from Srinagar, had offered his apologies to the Vice Chancellor on Sunday for posting the comments stating that he was “carried away by sentiments”, according to university sources.However, the university authorities decided to go ahead with his expulsion keeping in view the sensitivity of the matter, the sources said.PTI
India plan to corner Pakistan: Sushma Swaraj’s speech at UN, rallying global support
New Delhi: A day after the Uri terror attack claimed the lives of 18 Army personnel, New Delhi has decided to up the ante against Pakistan on the global stage — much like it did after the 26/11 Mumbai attack. Govt has decided to field External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who is likely to raise the terror attacks in Uri and Pathankot in her speech at the UN General Assembly (UNGA). Sources said she is likely to deliver her address — on behalf of the govt of India — on Sept.26. The speech will not be the only diplomatic move to corner Pakistan. Sources said the Indian mission to UN will also set up bilateral meetings with a host of foreign ministers and other leaders representing various countries at UN — in a bid to highlight Pakistan’s role in terrorist activities in Kashmir and other parts of India. Indian express
OIC backs Pak, asks India to cease atrocities in Kashmir, settle issue in accordance with wishes of Kashmiri people, UNSC resolutions
New York: Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has backed Pakistan and called on India to immediately cease ‘atrocities’ in Kashmir and peacefully settle issue in accordance with wishes of Kashmiri people and the UNSC resolutions. OIC Secretary General Iyad Ameen Madani Monday expressed concern over the situation in Kashmir and called for an immediate cessation of atrocities by India, urging the Indian govt for peaceful settlement of the dispute ‘in accordance with wishes of Kashmiri people and UNSC resolutions’. Expressing their solidarity with the Kashmiri people, OIC group “reaffirmed their resolve to remain the voice of the Kashmiris’ at the international stage.” Madani’s remarks came after Pakistan Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz addressed a meeting of the OIC Contact Group on J&K. Aziz referred to the killing of ‘youth leader’ Burhan Wani and the use of pellet guns by Indian forces against Kashmiri protesters following his death. Aziz said such measures cannot break the spirit of the Kashmiri people and their legitimate struggle for self-determination. “Underscoring that Kashmir dispute remains central to lasting peace and stability in South Asia, the Adviser regretted that India had failed to reciprocate Pakistan’s proposal of meaningful engagement for the resolution of the J&K dispute,” according to a statement by OIC contact group.PTI
Indian forces can blind Kashmiris by pellets, but can’t block their vision of freedom: OIC
Stop terror, vacate PoK: India raises atrocities in Balochistan, persecution of Hindus at UN body
After the anger died down, BJP govt officials sat down to mull over their options, after the militant strike on Indian Army soldiers in Uri. Sources within the BJP on Monday said that India was against any knee-jerk reactions and they were weighing all options for a calibrated response.Earlier in the day, the govt had gone into a huddle with back-to-back high level meetings to decide the appropriate response to the attack. First, Home Minister Rajnath Singh conveyed a high-level meeting with top officials to review possible responses that the country could afford to go in for Within 15 minutes of this, PM Narendra Modi steered a meeting with his senior cabinet colleagues. Those in attendance were Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, NSA Ajit Doval and Army chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag. External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj’s absence, however, raised eyebrows.Meanwhile, India in its right to reply at the 33rd Session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva asked Pakistan to stop supporting terrorism and vacate illegal occupation of PoK as it highlighted rights violations in Balochistan, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh and persecution of minorities including Hindus. dnaindia
At Pakistan media briefing in New York, Indian journalist asked to leave
Centre delaying implementation of steps to restore normalcy in Kashmir: CPI(M)
New Delhi:CPI(M) on Monday accused the Centre of delaying implementation of measures suggested by an all-party delegation to restore normalcy in Kashmir and wondered if the NDA govt  was “allowing” disturbance to polarise people ahead of the polls to UP and other state assemblies.Speaking after the culmination of party’s 3-day Central Committee meeting, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said the govt  should resume dialogue with all stakeholders, including Pakistan, besides taking confidence building measures to restore peace in the Valley.“Govt should begin sincere implementation of what the all-party delegation on Kashmir suggested to it…the senior ministers were all part of the statement. “Both the Central govt and the state govt should initiate a political dialogue with all stakeholders. This, unfortunately, has not happened yet. Normalcy can be restored only through a dialogue,” Yechury said.Kashmir is one of the issues on NDA govt’s agenda for India-Pak talk. PTI
Hurriyat leader asks UN, OIC to prevail upon India for talks
Srinagar: Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has appealed to the UN and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to press India for an "unconditional and transparent" dialogue with all stakeholders for the resolution of Kashmir issue."Hurriyat Conference believes that an alternative path to work out the modalities of a resolution is through dialogue."It (Hurriyat) fervently appeals to the OIC to support this demand and urges the UN and the international community to prevail upon India to enable a genuine, unconditional and transparent dialogue with all stakeholders i.e. India, Pakistan and the people of Kashmir," he said in a letter to the OIC.The separatist leader, who is under arrest at Cheshma Shahi sub jail for the past 24 days, has been invited by the OIC to attend its annual Foreign Ministers meet to be held on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly session in New York later this month. He reiterated that certain steps need to be taken for creating a conducive atmosphere for the dialogue over the Kashmir issue."Immediately stop killing, torture and arbitrary arrests of Kashmiri civilians and release all political prisoners. Remove arbitrary and draconian laws and conditions such as the Disturbed Areas act, Public Safety Act and others," he said.PTI
China skirts reference to Pakistan, JeM in Uri attack
Beijing: Skirting direct reference to Pakistan and JeM, China on Monday voiced concern+ over "escalation" of tensions and "rising temperatures" in Kashmir after the Uri terror attack and called on India and Pakistan to resolve their differences through dialogue."We have noted relevant reports. We are shocked by this attack," Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Lu Kang told media briefing here when asked about Beijing's reaction to Sunday's Uri attack and India's charge that Pakistan-based militant group JeM is behind it.PTI
Which philosophy makes you mourn Uri but derive pleasure from Kashmir massacre: Geelani
Srinagar: Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani has said that New Delhi, its “local stooges” and Indian media were indulging in war mongering to divert the attention of the world community from the atrocities committed by Indian forces in Kashmir at a time when the UN session is underway, a Hurriyat spokesman said.“Syed Ali Geelani said that 35 members of Sikh community were massacred when Bill Clinton visited India and it was done deliberately to hoodwink America and international community. Similarly Uri episode is being used in same nature to demoralise people and create suspicions about people’s movement(sic),” the spokesman said.Geelani, the statement added, said loss of human lives was a matter of serious concern and as human beings “we feel the pain and believe in promoting universal brotherhood”.“We never derive pleasure from human sufferings, and the forces personnel who lost their lives were humans,” Geelani said but termed it ‘ironical’ that Indian politicians blamed Pakistan and created war euphoria. He also “slammed India media for biased reporting and irrational reviews”.“Taking dig at local stooges he said that they in a bid to gain favors of their masters scolded and blamed Pakistan without assigning any logic,” statement said.Asking Indian politicians and the media to shun “their dubious and double standards”, Geelani said, “We feel there is no difference between humans and the blood is sacred, but the question arises why a deal of double dealing is followed.” kashmirreader
Kashmir shuts for 74th day; Girl, 13, dies of cardiac arrest amid Shopian clashes; toll goes to 87
Kashmir Valley remained shut for 74th consecutive day on Tuesday with authorities deploying security forces in Srinagar and other districts to maintain law and order. However, there would be no curfew anywhere, police said.A 13-year old girl, Khushboo, died of cardiac arrest in Shopian district on Monday amid clashes.However, police said that her death was not connected to the clashes.2 schools were gutted in Shopian and Anantnag districts on Monday. Police said miscreants torched the schools, while civilians said tear smoke shells fired by the security forces resulted in blaze.All educational institutions, public transport, main markets and other businesses have remained shut. 87 civilians were killed and over 11,500 injured in the ongoing unrest that started on July 9. greaterkashmir
10 militants killed in Uri gunfight, says army
Army on Tuesday claimed to have killed at least ten militants after foiling an infiltration bid in Uri sector of J&K .Quoting army sources, Press Trust of India reported that eight militants were killed in an encounter by army in Uri sector while foiling an infiltration bid.Earlier, reports said that troops of India and Pak exchanged heavy gunfire in the area.greaterkashmir
Khurram Parvez preventive detention: Did you follow law, Sessions Judge asks Magistrate
Magistrate who passed the orders for “preventive detention” of prominent human rights activist Khurram Parvez did not see him personally or issue a show cause for bail bond – as required by the law – when he ordered the jail term.As the case of Khurram came up for hearing on Tuesday before the Principal District and Sessions Judge Srinagar, the magistrate Mohammad Amin Najar, a revenue officer, remained silent. “I have nothing to say,” Najar told judge Rashid Ali Dar when asked to respond to the submissions filed by the counsels of Khurram. Reprimanding the magistrate, the judge asked him if he knew about the procedure established by law. “Do you know under which section a show cause notice has to be prepared? When did you get the judicial powers,” the judge asked Najar. indianexpress
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China's media warns Nepal against getting close to India
Days after Nepal's PM Prachanda visited India, Chinese media warned Kathmandu that its independence and reputation will be "fundamentally hurt" if it gives Beijing short shrift and values New Delhi more. Chinese govt-run Global Times further said that India is interfering in Nepal's ties with China. timesofindia
Ridiculous to say US created Islamic State says Senior US official during India visit
Hyderabad: The Islamic State (IS) is a direct threat to US and to suggest that US created the group or is supporting it is "preposterous", said a senior US State Department official, noting the the US is doing everything it can to defeat IS, in coordination with 66 countries."That is absolutely ridiculous. ISIL is a direct threat to our own national security. To suggest that we support ISIL is preposterous," Jared Caplan, director of the Department of State`s London Media Hub, told IANS during an official visit here. Asked to react on allegations in various quarters that US created IS, funded and armed it, Caplan, who is also the State Department`s Arabic spokesperson, said US was not only carrying out air strikes against IS in Syria and Iraq but is also stopping flow of foreign fighters, checking radicalisation, turning off flow of finance and working to defeat its ideology. "We are trying to expose their true nature as a group of thugs and terrorists who have hijacked religion in the name of their own goals," he said."ISIL is a real threat not just to Syrians and Iraqis but to neighbouring countries, to our allies in region, to Europe and ultimately a threat to US and that is why President Obama said despite the long term nature of campaign, we are committed to win war however long it takes." US official described winning the war against IS, the situation in Syria, and threat from its Bashar al-Assad regime as long-term challenges before the US.Terming the situation in Syria as "very complicated" given the number of players and the amount of external factors involved, he said at the end, it is the Syrian people who have to decide their future.Caplan believes that the 7-day cessation of hostilities agreed by US and Russia could be the most promising way to end the war, as this could lead to partnering with Russians through Joint Implementation Centre to launch joint operations against IS.He is of the opinion that if the plan succeeds, they can move forward on the political track to solve the Syrian crisis. US wants UN to be involved in the negotiations to find a solution.IANS
Naroda Gam riots: SC orders Gujarat court to complete trial within 6 months
New Delhi: Supreme Court has ordered a Gujarat lower court to complete the trial of the 2002 Naroda Gam massacre case within 6 months. A special designated court in Ahmedabad is hearing the case. The court had in June 2105 reserved its order on an application moved by the accused seeking arraignment of ex-IPS officer Rahul Sharma and former investigating officer of this case PL Mal for destroying evidence. Naroda Patiya massacre took place on Feb.28, 2002, in Ahmedabad during the 2002 Gujarat riots in which 11 persons were killed.ANI
Gujarat riots: SC grants 6 months to conclude trial in Naroda Gam case
Central govt gets tough on waqf properties, will set up board to monitor complaints regarding them
New Delhi: Centre has decided to act tough on complaints related to waqf properties and will soon set up a one-man 'board of adjudication' to deal with them.  As per Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, the govt is not going to bow down to encroachers and a campaign has been launched on "war-footing" to free the properties from such elements."A board of adjudication will soon be established at the Centre-level to deal with complaints relating to waqf properties."This committee will be headed by a retired Supreme Court Justice or retired High Court Chief Justice," a statement quoted him saying such during  the 74th meeting of the Central Waqf Council here.  Similarly, the Minister of State for Minority Affairs (Independent Charge) said, 3-member tribunals will be formed in the states. Govt has received "serious" complaints about "waqf mafias" and a high-level enquiry is underway in this regard, said Naqvi. "Govt will soon take action against those occupying waqf properties illegally to see the assets are used for welfare of Muslim community and their socio-economic-educational empowerment," he added. PTI 
Mumbai: 9 society members held for denying flat to Muslim man in Vasai
Mumbai: 9 members, including two women, of a housing society in Vasai (West), north of Mumbai, were arrested on Monday for disrupting communal harmony by refusing to allow a Muslim man to buy a flat there. All the members of Happy Jivan Society, Sai Nagar, including its secretary Jeetendra Jain, who were arrested under Section 298 (uttering words to hurt the religious sentiments) and 295 A (deliberate acts intended to hurt religious feelings) of the IPC, are out on bail.A case was registered on Saturday against 11 members of the society, but only nine were arrested because 2 members were not in the city, the police said.The arrests were made a day after a six-member executive committee of the society held a meeting on Sunday morning and agreed to clear the sale of the flat. However, the committee did not specify when they would issue the NOC to Kantaben Patel, 55, who intended to sell it to Vikar Ahmed Khan, 32, a glass merchant from Vasai.HT
Supreme Court questions Centre, AMU about norms flouted in appointment of VC
New Delhi:Questioning the mode and method in which the V-C of Aligarh Muslim University has been appointed, the apex court asked how UGC rules could be ignored in the appointment process. The bench headed by Justice TS Thakur said that the university cannot modify or digress from the existing norms to suit itself. Ministry of HRD and AMU told the SC that the position of V-C is not of a 'teacher' hence the eligibility criteria and the number of years of teaching experience does not apply to that post.Shooting a pointed question, CJI TS Thakur questioned the AMU and the Central Govt, "Why should a bureaucrat be brought as a V-C? Why shouldn't it be an academician or a professor? They work hard." The court further clarified that the question is not the competence of bureaucrats or army officers but whether their appointment is well within the rules. The court was hearing a public interest litigation argued by Prashant Bhushan who told SC that all UGC norms have been flouted in the appointment process of Lt Gen Zameer Uddin Shah as the VC. He said that the earlier order of the SC had merely asked for a VC to be appointed under the existing rules. Salman Khurshid who represented Shah at the SC said that AMU is a minority institution as the appointment of Shah was well within the rules. SC has kept the matter for detailed hearing on Sept.26.indiatoday
SC raises questions on AMU's new VC with no academic qualifications
Mangaluru: Youth thrashed by Hindutva activists for embracing Islam
Mangaluru: A group of miscreant belonging to Hindutva organizations thrashed a youth for embracing Islam. 24-year-old Satish Acharya from Sullia in Dakshina Kannada (Mangaluru) district has accepted Islam on his own will more than a year ago when he was working in Kerala.Following his 4-month stay at Therbiyathul Islam Sabha of Kozhikode, he was issued a certificate from the sabha on April 15, 2015 stating Satish had changed his name to Muhammed Mustakim. Few local Hindutva leaders who came to know about his change of faith reportedly threatened him of returning to Hinduism. They also staged a protest demanding a probe into his conversion. On Thursday, when a local politician planned a visit to Satish’s home, he decided to avoid meeting and left home in his Maruti Omni.Some local Hindutva activists chased and waylaid his vehicle near Murooru Bridge and threatened and reportedly thrashed him.Local police make an effort to settle the issue amicably and admitted him to KVG hospital in Sullia.However, no case has been registered. siasat
Subhash or Jinnah? In Bikaner, how a road divides Hindus and Muslims
Bikaner: Many historians blame Muhammad Ali Jinnah for the India-Pakistan partition in 1947. Oddly enough, a busy road in Rajasthan’s Bikaner district carries forth his legacy even today – acting as a physical and symbolic divide between the Hindu and Muslim communities. Naming of roads has always been a matter of great political significance, a fact that became evident when BJP MP Maheish Girri sought the rechristening of Aurangzeb Road in New Delhi to Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Road last year. But nearly 447 km away in Bikaner, a district roughly 20 times the size of the national capital, a 500-metre stretch of road bears a title that’s open to communal interpretation. It’s Jinnah Road for Muslims, and Subhash Road for Hindus. Running parallel to a railway track, the road gets congested near Kote Gate – one of the many entrances to the erstwhile walled city of Bikaner – as it meanders along dilapidated buildings, fancy hotels, tea stalls, meat shops and the occasional mobile recharge shop. Ex-mayor Maqsood Ahmad, who owns a hotel on the road, believes it was named after the Pakistan founder many decades ago in the country’s past. “Poets used to sit here long back, and it was probably they who named the road after Jinnah,” he said, raising his voice to make himself heard over the din of passing vehicles. Ahmad said though the road was rechristened Subhash Marg in 1967, Jinnah’s name was engrained too firmly in public memory to fade away with time. “Look at the King Edward Memorial Road, for instance. It’s now titled Mahatma Gandhi Marg, but how many people do you ever hear calling it that?” he asked. Bikaner municipal commissioner Rakesh Jaiswal says that though the stretch is named Subhash Road in official records, most local residents still invoke Jinnah’s name while referring to it. Even Google Maps seems undecided in this regard. It calls the stretch of road extending till Chaukunthi flyover as Jinnah Road, and the rest of the route as Subhash Road.HT
Gurgaon: Gau rakshaks apply for arms licences, citing threats
Gurgaon: Gau rakshaks in Gurgaon, Haryana have applied for arms licenses citing security concerns. According to them, an arms license is now a necessity for them as they are facing threats from armed cow smugglers.They say that when they try to stop the cow smugglers at night, they are attacked with arms. The vigilantes claim that they have already been fired upon many times.ANI
SIT to probe Naeem Karim murder
Mumbai: The Bombay High Court Monday directed that a SIT be set up under the Joint Director of CBI (Chhattisgarh) to probe the allegations of murder of LeT suspect Shaikh Abdul Naeem Karim. Karim was also accused in the 2006 Aurangabad arms haul case. A division bench of Justices NH Patil and PD Naik was hearing a petition filed by Naeem’s mother Qamar Nasreen Karim, refuting Chhattisgarh police’s claims that Naeem had absconded, and alleging that he was killed in custody.The HC directed the DGP (Chattisgarh) and the chief of ATS, West Bengal and Maharashtra, to assist the Joint Director of CBI (Chhattisgarh) in tracing the whereabouts of Naeem and finding out if he is alive or not. indianexpress
Kaziranga: 2 Muslim civilians killed in police firing
Guwahati: 2 persons were killed and five others injured on Monday when police opened fire to disperse protesters demanding compensation before they move out from areas near the Kaziranga National Park, police said. In view of a Gauhati High Court order last year, Assam govt had decided to carry out eviction in Banderdubi and Deochurchang areas under Kaliabor sub-division of Nagaon district after the residents refused to move out until they were paid adequate compensation. While 190 families are being evicted from Banderdubi, 160 families are being evicted from Deochurchang. Heavy security arrangements were made since yesterday in the two areas but as eviction began this morning, the situation turned tense with protestors squatting and resorting to stone pelting. Senior police officials present at Banderdubi urged the protestors to move away but they turned violent with the security forces resorting to lathicharge, tear gas shelling and then opened fire to disperse them.Two persons were killed in the firing including a woman, identified as Anjuma Khatun and the man as Fakhruddin. PTI
'My mother sold me when I was 18': Young Bangladeshi girls illegally trafficked to India fight endless legal battles in bid for freedom
With tears rolling down her eyes, Bangladeshi woman Tamanna Khan says: “It was my mother who sold me to a trafficker in India, when I turned 18."She was rescued three years ago, by Akash who came to her as a customer, but was pained to see Tamana in a miserable condition, desperately asking for help.She escaped to her parental home in Dhaka, where her mother again tried to sell her. Tamanna then eloped with Akash, and the two eventually got married. But the mother, who had to already taken money from a trafficker, lodged a police complaint against Akash for kidnapping Tamanna. Today, Tamanna, 21, is making rounds of the court as she wants to stay with her husband, but, is unfortunately caught in legal tangle. Seema, 20, another Bangladeshi girl was trafficked by her uncle, who promised her a job in a bar. Instead, she was sold for Rs 2.5 lakh and raped by over a 100 men in five years. She was held captive, and was moved from one brothel to another. One day, she found herself on the Indo-Bangla border, guarded by BSF men. Seema says her mother does not know that she was trafficked and is now a part of flesh trade racket.Though she wants to go back to her family in Bangladesh, but is stuck with the long legal process.Similar story was narrated by teenagers Neela and Sheila, rescued by NGO in India, who have already waited for four years now, but their dream to return to Dhaka still looks distant.In 2015, the NGO filed a petition in High Court to fast track the cases of the trafficked girls. In Narendrapur, on outskirts of Kolkata, out of 150 girls in Sanlaap- a shelter home run by NGO, 23 are from Bangladesh. Daily Mail
Delhi’s dengue bluff: Just 4 died officially, but HT finds 19 in one locality of Okhla
New Delhi: Abuzar, 14, died at Apollo Hospital on Sept.13. His death certificate says he died of “dengue shock syndrome with multiple organ failure”. But the 14-year-old does not figure in the city’s municipal records of dengue deaths. Nor do the names of 18 other residents of Shaheen Bagh and Abu Fazal enclave in Jamia Nagar who died of mosquito-borne disease. Death certificates of 10 of these victims and blood test reports of seven others show they died of dengue, but civic bodies have refused to budge from their official count of four deaths and 1,378 infections in the Capital this year.Locality in south-east Delhi has a population of around 100,000. According to activist Sameer Khan, at least 30 people have fallen to dengue in the area in the last two months. Families of two victims have left for their ancestral village, neighbours said. Questioning the official toll, local lawmaker Amanatullah Khan said three of his relatives had died of dengue and more than thousand other residents were unwell. “Every family in our neighbourhood has someone or the other unwell. How can there be only four deaths? 3 of my relatives have died. I meet MCD officials every day and we are using 10 fumigation machines across the area,” Khan said.3 deaths were reported from Shaheen Bagh’s D Block and almost every other lane has either lost a resident or is suffering from fever.Area councillor Shoaib Danish is also learnt to have been down with fever. “Why is the govt  hiding the deaths when they should be identifying the problem and solving it?” asked 30-year-old Mohammed Javed, who lost his 4-year-old daughter to the disease on Sept.12.South Delhi Municipal Corporation, however, continues to live in denial. “We declared 4 deaths because the case history of all other deaths has been sent to a committee probing the cause of death,” said SDMC additional commissioner (Health) Meeta Singh.Next to the banks of the Yamuna, the 2 areas next to each other are under the Okhla constituency.HT
Bangladesh's Junaid Ahmad new W. Bank head in India
New Delhi: Junaid Ahmad has become World Bank's Country Director for India, replacing Onno Ruhl who served a 4-year term based out of the national capital. economictimes
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UN suspends all Syria aid after convoy bombed
UN has suspended all aid convoys to Syria in the wake of an attack on aid trucks that could amount to a "war crime", according to a top UN official. Air raids rocked northern Syria's Aleppo province on Tuesday, hours after 18 trucks in a UN humanitarian aid convoy were hit in an area west of Aleppo city, killing at least 12 people. "As an immediate security measure, other convoy movements in Syria have been suspended for the time being pending further assessment of the security situation,"UN humanitarian aid spokesman Jens Laerke told a news conference in Geneva on Tuesday, adding the UN had recently received permission from the Syrian govt  to deliver aid to all besieged areas in the country.US said it was unclear if it was a Russian or Syrian plane that hit the 31-truck UN aid convoy late on Monday, but officials placed the blame on Moscow, a key ally of embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad."Americans are firmly blaming the Russians, saying they’re not reining in Damascus," Dekker said. In the wake of Monday's aid convoy strike,UN said it was suspending all convoy movement in Syria, and International Committee of the Red Cross President Peter Maurer said the attack could have "serious repercussions" on humanitarian work in the country. The new wave of bloodshed came after the Syrian army unilaterally declared the end of a week-long truce brokered by the US and Moscow. Govt and the rebels traded blame over the collapse, each accusing the other side of hundreds of breaches.Syrian Arab Red Crescent was also hit during Monday's strike, as was a warehouse run by group. Ground battles between pro-govt forces and rebel fighters raged on Tuesday morning on the southwestern outskirts of Aleppo city near the strategic Ramosa military complex, according toUK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, as air raids pounded the northern province. Aljazeera
UN suspends all convoys in Syria after attack on aidtrucks
Syrian regime hits humanitarian aid convoy
8 Afghan policemen killed in US strike
US air strikes have killed 8 Afghan policemen in the embattled southern province of Afghanistan, officials confirmed, as security forces, supported by US strikes, battle Taliban fighters. Rahimullah Khan, a provincial operational commander, said the first of 2 air strikes on Sunday afternoon killed one policeman at a checkpoint outside the provincial capital of Tarin Kot, while the second, killed seven others. Aljazeera
120 Palestinians in Israeli jails declare hunger strike
Ramallah:At least 120 Palestinians in Israeli jails have begun an open-ended hunger strike to demand the release of three fellow prisoners who continue to languish in "administrative dentition", PLO's committee on detainees said.AnadoluAgency
Turkey sacks 28,000 teachers over 'terrorism links':aljazeera
Turkish authorities have dismissed almost 28,000 teachers and suspended about 9,500 others over alleged links to "terrorism" as part of a crackdown following the failed military coup in July. Speaking after a cabinet meeting, Deputy PM Nurettin Canikli said the teachers had been expelled from the profession and investigations of suspended teachers were continuing."As part of our fight against terrorism, necessary measures have been carried out on teachers along with other civil servants assessed to be linked with terrorist organisations," Canikli said.aljazeera 
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