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24 September 2016

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24 Sept. 2016: 21 Zil Hajj 37: Vol:7, No:164
Muslim, Christian, dalit organizations stage protest demanding ban on cow vigilantism
New Delhi:Several Muslim, Christian and dalit organizations on Friday staged a protest at the Jantar Mantar here, demanding a ban on "cow vigilantism" and sought passage of the Communal Violence Bill.The protesters also submitted a memorandum to President Pranab Mukherjee, urging him to play his role in defending the constitutional rights of the people "who are increasingly being persecuted" allegedly under the NDA govt  at the Centre. "We demand the cow vigilantism be banned and people be allowed to eat the food of their choice," All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat president Navaid Hamid said. "A commission should be formed to report whether the recent events are part of organised crimes orchestrated by parties to polarize votes for political mileage and to suggest proper mechanism to prevent deterioration of democratic system by overuse of polarization tactics leading to vast loss of lives and properties and displacement of people from their cozy homes,"Jamat-e-Islami Hind vice-president Nusrat Ali said. Maulana Abdul Hameed, General Secretary of Jamiatul Ulama Hind, demanded that judicial inquiry be initiated in major cases that occurred in Dadri, Dingerhedi, Paida village of Bijnore and the killing of youth allegedly by cow vigilantes in Ahmedabad."The Communal Violence Bill should be made a law as soon as possible so that communal forces should be suitably dealt with for maintaining peace and law and order in the country," he said.The protesters also demanded that due compensation should be paid by govts concerned to the victims and their families and a standard method be evolved for equal compensation to people across the communities and proper rules be devised for immediate relief to affected families.Other organisations which participated in the protest include Lokraj Sanghtan, Dalit Federation AMOD, All India Shia Council and Students Islamic Organisation of India.PTI/TOI
Minority Groups Demand Ban On 'Cow Vigilantism': NDTV
Minority groups demand ban on 'cow vigilantism'
Muslims, Christians, Dalits Stage Protest Demanding Ban on Cow Vigilantism: news18
Cow vigilantism: President urged to intervene to protect people's rights: India Tomorrow
Okhla-based body calls for protest at Jantar Mantar over increasing attacks on marginalised
Gujarat: Muslims, Dalits, Patidar community protest against Ayyub's murder by cow vigilantes: TOI
Ahmedabad: Members of the Muslim community gathered in large numbers at Sardarbaug on Friday afternoon to stage a demonstration against the killing of Mohammed Ayyub by self-styled gau rakshaks. He had been ferrying two calves in a vehicle. The members of the dalit and the OBC community, as well as those of Patidar community, and activists associated with various rights-based organizations turned up to support the cause. They expressed solidarity with Muslims protesting against the govt's apathy towards attacks by cow vigilantes. Demands were raised for the suspension of police officials concerned of Anandnagar police station for their alleged connivance with the hooligans. Call was also made for proper compensation for the family of the deceased. The state administration was targeted mainly for its silence over the murder. All demanded immediate ban on gau rakshak squads. For the first time after the 2002 riots, various religious outfits of the city agreed to share a common platform under the banner of Gujarat Muslim Hit Rakshak Samiti to register their protest against targeting Muslims over the issue of beef. Speakers exhorted Muslims to take to the streets to agitate for their demands. Addressing the gathering, Jan Sangharsh Manch's Shamshad Pathan said that the agitation would not end till the govt takes action against all responsible cops and the investigation brings out the truth about the connivance between police and cow vigilantes.Mufti Rizwan Tarapuri of Milli Council said that cow has been just a metaphor to divide communities.
Minority commission demands govt’s ‘strong’ message against cow vigilantism
New Delhi:With atrocities in the garb of cow vigilantism on the rise, the country’s watchdog for minority protection has cautioned the govt  about its communal fallout and asked it to issue a “strong” statement against such “outlandish behaviour”. “We believe that there is a need for a very strong statement from the highest levels of the govt, stating that such outlandish behaviour will neither be tolerated nor can it go unpunished and that the secular credentials of India will be protected by the State at all costs,” National Commission for Minorities (NCM) chairperson Naseem Ahmad wrote in a letter to home minister Rajnath Singh.The panel reminded the govt  that even as law and order is a state subject, “the central govt  would be well within its powers to ask the states to handle such situations with a heavy hand and to enforce sense of security among the minorities in all seriousness”. hindustantimes
Minority Commission pulls up Centre over rising cases of cow vigilantism
Minority panel’s head meets Mewat gang-rape victims
‘Migrant’ women, children jailed in Assam, NCM writes to Home Ministry
Concerned over the indiscriminate detentions of people in Assam on suspicion of being Bangladeshis or Myanmarese, the National Commission for Minorities (NCM)has written to Union Home Ministry and the state govt  asking them to intervene.NCM Member Farida Abdulla Khan visited Assam recently and was “appalled” to find as many as 97 women and 13 children — caught on suspicion of being Bangladeshis or Myanmarese — lodged with regular criminals in the Kokrajhar district jail in “total disregard of the rules”.Generally, such people are kept in detention centres, but according to local officials, there is no facility in Kokrajhar and so the women and children have been put in a regular jail with hardened criminals. In all, close to 600 people have been detained in Assam on suspicion of being Bangladeshis or Myanmar nationals, according to Khan. Overwhelming majority of such detainees are Muslims.“During my visit, the issue of activity of the Foreigners Tribunals and the process of identifying illegal migrants on the basis of doubtful voters was repeatedly brought to my notice by the civil society groups,” Khan said.IANS
KASHMIR & SUOTH ASIA
India won’t forget martyrs’ sacrifice in Uri, will completely isolate Pak: PM Modi
New Delhi: In a veiled attack on Pakistan, PM Narendra Modi on Saturday said there’s anger in India post the Uri attack, where 18 soldiers sacrificed their lives after our neighbour exported terrorists there.Addressing BJP national conclave in Kozhikode, Modi said,“There is only one country in Asia that indulges in terrorism and exporting it around world. Terrorism is humanity’s enemy and India will never forget the 18 martyred soldiers who were killed by terrorists in Uri.” indianexpress
Uri attack could be a ‘reaction’ to situation in Kashmir: Sharif
Islamabad:Pakistan PM  Nawaz Sharif has said the Uri attack could a “reaction” to the situation in Kashmir and criticised India for blaming Pakistan “without any evidence.”“Uri attack can be the reaction of the atrocities in Kashmir, as the close relatives and near and dear ones of those killed and blinded over the last two months were hurt and outraged,” Sharif told reporters in London. PM said India had hastily blamed Pakistan without any investigation. “How could India accuse Pakistan only hours after the Uri incident without holding any inquiry or investigation,” Sharif was quoted as saying by Pakistani media reports. “The whole world knows about the Indian atrocities in Kashmir where around 108 people have so far been killed, over 150 blinded and thousands injured,” he said. thehindu
In wake of Uri attack, Israel offers expertise to secure India’s borders
New Delhi: In the wake of the Uri attack, Israel on Friday reiterated its offer of experience and expertise to secure India’s borders.“Home Minister (Rajnath Singh) visited Israel and he was shown different kinds of borders in Israel with their own uniqueness,” Israeli Ambassador David Carmon said at a press conference ahead of the Israel Homeland Security and Cyber 2016 International Conference to be held in Nov.“India has 14 different kinds of borders which are managed by different units and forces,” he said. “When the minister came back and assessed the situation, I am sure he took some of the ideas he saw (into consideration).”Carmon said both countries shared similar challenges in border management and that Israel has solutions for these, adding that the 2 countries can work together taking into account the capabilities of Israeli companies and govt and adapting them to Indian needs. Stating that Israel has the cyber technology experience of securing borders, Ram Dor, ex Israeli Defence Forces Chief Information Security Officer, said a major problem today was the unauthorised movement of people across borders.He said Israel is now using electro-optical sensors to collect information via unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).indian express
World focussed on combating terror, Pakistan isolated on Kashmir: Syed Akbaruddin
UN: Pakistan’s months-long efforts to internationalise the Kashmir issue at the UN have not found any resonance with nations at the world body that are focuser on combating the growing scourge of terrorism, a top Indian diplomat has said.India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Syed Akbaruddin said that what is finding resonance among the international community is the terror threat that India is facing and not what Sharif focussed on his speech – the issue of Kashmir.“If 131 nations have spoken in the General Debate so far, 130 have not referred to the primary issue that Pakistan has raised. So what does that mean,” he told reporters.PTI
Uri attack affected Nawaz's Kashmir campaign at UN
UN:Pakistan PM  Nawaz Sharif during his meetings in New York did his best to highlight the Kashmir issue, but the Uri attack affected his campaign, a media report said.Sharif on Friday left New York after 5 days of extensive lobbying for Kashmir at the UN and in bilateral meetings with world leaders. Despite Sharif's striving to highlight the Kashmir cause, the effect was not as much as it would have been, due to the Sept.18 attack on an Indian army base in Uri, Dawn reported. Before the attack, prominent newspapers and TV channels in the US did a series of reports and articles on Kashmir, focusing on the current unrest and the deaths in clashes with security forces that have left nearly 90 dead and hundreds injured.After the Uri attack, however, the focus shifted to militancy and a possible nuclear conflict in the region.IANS
Water weapon cuts both ways - China factor in Indus card: Telegraph India
China is quietly signalling India that any abrogation of the Indus Waters Treaty to punish its all-weather friend Pakistan will have consequences for this country as well.Beijing's view is that once the treaty is abrogated, it will be under no obligation to allow water from the Indus or Sutlej rivers to flow into India. Indus, the largest of the six rivers covered by the 1960 treaty, originates in China, which has 8% of the Indus river basin of 1.12 million square kilometres that runs through India and Pakistan as well. The fountainhead of this river basin lies in China.If China decides to divert water from the Indus river in the absence of any international treaty governing the management of this precious resource, India will be deprived of 36% of the river's entire flow.Add to that Pakistan's share of 63% entitlement and the nightmare consequence of abrogating the treaty would be a devastated wasteland in the sub-continent spread far and wide across 3,200 kilometres covered by the river's flow from the Tibetan plateau to Karachi where the Indus discharges its water into the Arabian Sea.Any Chinese action to pay back India for punishing Pakistan by using water as a weapon has the further potential to dry up 27 of this river's tributaries, many of which sustain India's agrarian and commercial life line. telegraphindia
Army will defend every inch of Pak no matter at what cost: Gen Raheel Sharif
Islamabad:Amid rising tensions with India, Pakistan Army chief General Raheel Sharif on Friday said the army will defend “each and every inch” of Pakistan “no matter what the cost”. The Army chief, addressing officers at the National Counter-Terrorism Centre near Kharian, said Pakistan’s armed forces “have capability to counter the complete threat spectrum”.IANS
Pakistan defence minister warns India against giving asylum to Bugti
Islamabad:Pakistan warned India on Friday that by granting asylum to Baloch leader Brahamdagh Bugti, it will become an “official sponsor of terrorism”.“India granting asylum to Bugti will amount to harbouring a terrorist by a state...thus (India) becoming official sponsor of terrorism,” Pak Defence Minister Khawaja Asif tweeted.Asif’s remarks came after it emerged that Bugti’s application seeking political asylum in India was yesterday received by Home Ministry which is examining it.PTI
Pakistan to ask Interpol to extradite Brahamdagh Bugti
China to support Pakistan against 'foreign aggression', assures envoy
China has assured Pakistan in unequivocal terms of its support in case of "any foreign aggression" and also supported Islamabad's stance on the Kashmir dispute, according to a statement issued by the Punjab CM's Office."In case of any (foreign) aggression our country will extend its full support to Pakistan," Consul General of China in Lahore Yu Boren was quoted as saying in the statement.IANS
Russia snubs India, sends troops to Pakistan for first ever joint military exercise
In an apparent snub to India, Russia has sent it troops to Pakistan to participate in its first-ever joint military exercise with the country. The information about the Pakistan-Russia joint military exercise was shared on Twitter by Lt General Asim Bajwa, DG, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Pakistan. “A contingent of Russian ground forces arrived Pak for 1st ever Pak- Russian joint exercise (2 weeks) from 24 Sep to 10 Oct 2016,” Bajwa tweeted today.Earlier, CNN-New18 had reported on Monday that the joint military exercise was called off by Russia following the Uri attack by Pakistani terrorists. The channel had also shared the news on Twitter, saying, “Russia calls off joint military drills with Pakistan.” India’s Ministry of External Affairs had also reportedly urged Russia to reconsider its decision to hold joint military drills with Pakistan. Joint military exercise ‘Druzhba 2016’ will be conducted between Sept.24 to Oct.10, according to Bajwa. financialexpress
Kashmir: Protests erupt after man killed by army:AlJazeera
A 19-year-old man was killed by Indian govt forces after they fired shots at protesters demanding freedom from Indian rule in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir.  A police officer, speaking on condition of anonymity to the AP news agency, said the man died in the northwestern Sopore area on Friday after soldiers opened fire on demonstrators who allegedly attacked an army convoy with stones.However, residents and family members said the man, Waseem Ahmad, was working in his orchard along with other people when soldiers fired. There was no protest or stone pelting. Everything was quiet. He was killed without a reason. It was a cold blooded murder. Ahmad's cousin, Abdul Rasheed Lone, confirmed there was no protest taking place when troops fired the shots. aljazeera
Kashmir shuts on 78th consecutive day
Srinagar:Kashmir remained shut for the 78th consecutive day on Saturday as authorities deployed security forces in Srinagar city and some other places.However, there will be no curfew anywhere in the Valley, a senior police official said. Eighty-eight civilians have died since the present unrest began on July 9. A 22-year old youth identified as Waseem Lone of Baramulla district died during firing on Friday.IANS
No prayers at Jamia Masjid on 11th consecutive Friday
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Triple talaq not in conformity with Sharia, govt to tell SC
New Delhi: Modi govt has decided to tell the Supreme Court that the claim that the practice of triple talaq is in conformity with the Sharia is misplaced because about 20 Islamic countries, including Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, regulate matrimonial laws.Steering clear of any mention of a uniform civil code (UCC), the Centre is set to argue that the plea advanced by the All-India Muslim Personal Law Board - that divorce by triple talaq is sanctified by the Sharia - is incorrect, and that the practice is a violation of the fundamental rights guaranteed by the Constitution in a secular state like India. Centre will articulate its position in an ongoing case challenging the practice."If regulating matrimonial laws is acknowledged in Islamic countries and not considered contrary to the Sharia, how can this be treated as such in a secular country like India where fundamental rights are protected under Constitution?" a top govt source said.By side-stepping any reference to the UCC, the govt hopes to counter any allegation that it is seeking to "impose" personal laws on the minorities. Govt has referred the UCC issue to the Law Commission of India which will hold wide consultations, including discussions with various personal law boards and other stakeholders.TOI
Centre likely to take tough stance against triple talaq in SC
Triple talaq unconstitutional, govt to tell SC
Triple talaq unfair, discriminatory: Centre
Telangana Minorities panel writes to AIMPLB on oral triple talaq:TOI
Hyderabad:Alarmed at the All India Muslim Personal Law Board's (AIMPLB) insistence on treating the divorce provision of oral triple talaq in one sitting as valid, State Minorities Commission (SMC) has shot off a letter to the Muslim panel urging it to change its opinion.The communication, which was addressed to AIMPLB president, highlighted cases which the commission has registered of women who are victims of oral triple talaq and desertion even as it claimed that there are hundreds of other cases pending inquiry."I request the Alarmed at AIMPLB to declare unanimously,unilaterally and immediately before the Supreme Court passes any judgement that triple talaq will be considered as one in India and will not be considered as three and irrevocable (sic)," an excerpt from the letter reads.In the letter, SMC head Abid Rasool Khan cited interpretations of scriptures as recorded by Ibn Taimiyyah,  ruled that three pronunciations of talaq in one sitting be treated as one pronouncement. timesofindia
For us triple talaq is against both reasoning and justice, would request Sunni brothers to reconsider this law: Maulana Kalbe Sadiq
Lucknow:  Asserting that triple talaq has no mention either in Islam or in the holy Quran, the Muslim clerics on Friday said this particular divorce system is nothing but gross injustice against women. Muslim cleric Maulana Kalbe Sadiq said the Sunnis practice the triple talaq system and added that his sect is ready to cooperate with the former if a solution is chalked to dissolve this divorce system which is becoming an insult to women."Islam says nothing against reasoning, nothing against justice. For us triple talaq is against both reasoning and justice, would request the Sunni brothers to reconsider this law. We are ready to cooperate with them if they can chalk out a solution, as this triple talaq is becoming a reason of insult for the Muslims," said Sadiq.Echoing similar sentiments, another Muslim cleric Maulana Saif Abbas said triple talaq is like torturing women. "Triple talaq is totally wrong and there is no mention of the same either in Islam or in Quran. This is like torturing women. Triple talaq is nothing but gross injustice to women," said Abbas.This comes after the All-India Shia Muslim Personal Law Board declared on Thursday that it would intervene in the Saira Banu case in the Supreme Court on the issue of triple talaq. ANI/ dnaindia
Chennai Muslim group demands Centre to stop triple talaq
CHENNAI: A delegation of the Shia Sunni Unity Movement (SSUM) presented a memorandum to Union minister for minority affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi demanding reforms such as stopping existing practice of triple talaq, setting up of a separate Muslim personal law board for women and housing for poor minorities on Wakf lands. timesofindia
Jammu: 2 ‘HUJI terrorists’ acquitted after 8 years
Jammu: 2 alleged Harkat-ul-Jihad-e-Islami (HUJI) terrorists were acquitted by a court here on Friday for lack of evidence. Ghulam Din and Illam Din were arrested in 2008 with arms, ammunition and cash in their possession.First Additional Sessions Judge M A Chowdhary observed that the prosecution did not cite or examine any ballistic expert, who could determine whether the seized weapons were in working condition. In the absence of such proof, the offence under Arms Act could not be proved, the judge said. He also held that the prosecution had failed to connect the accused with the commission of offence through sufficient, cogent and credible evidence. indian express
2006 Malegaon blasts: Trial to start soon
Mumbai: The special MCOCA court is set to start trial in the 2006 Malegaon blasts case and has issued production warrants to two accused lodged in Ambala jail in Haryana.“The court has issued production warrants to Ambala jail to produce Lokesh Sharma and Rajendra Chaudhary before the court to frame the charges in the case and begin trial,” said special public prosecutor, Prakash Shetty.The special court has now scheduled the case on October 14, when if the accused are produced the court would begin the trial in the case.Meanwhile, the Bombay high court, while hearing the bail application of another accused, Dhan Singh, has asked for the status report on the trial. Dhan Singh had moved the high court after his bail plea was rejected by the special court. The special court has to now submit a report on status of the trial by October 7.HT
Gujarat: Equating Prophet with human beings, terming him as 'bhai landed cleric in soup: timesofindia
Ahmedabad:Equating Prophet Muhammad with human beings, terming him as 'bhai' (brother) and calling upon others to say so has landed a maulvi belonging to Tabligh Jamaat in the soup, as Gujarat high court has upheld invoking of charge of hurting religious sentiments and ruled that he must face a trial.As a row between orthodox Sunni Muslims following largely the Deoband school and liberal Sufi sect adhering to the Barelvi school of ideology is boiling up, comparing himself and other human beings with the Prophet led to registration of an FIR against Kari Ahmedali Hussainali Battiwala from Saraspur.In 2009, Battiwala addressed several gatherings including one near Juhapura. His speeches did not go down well with members of the other sect. Secretary of Sunni Awami Forum, Usman Qureshi, lodged an FIR against him in March 2010 with Vejalpur police accusing him of making derogatory remarks on principles of religion and pronouncing blasphemous statements against the Prophet.Battiwala was accused of inciting people in his propaganda speeches against Sufi saints and calling upon people to demolish their shrines. Battiwala was arrested, but was later released on bail. A chargesheet was also filed against him. He moved the HC for quashing of charge on the ground that the Constitution not only gives freedom of speech to an individual, but freedom of professing and propagating one's faith. Article 26 grants freedom to denominations of a religion to follow their ideologies. The words spoken were in context of a Hadith, which shows the Prophet terming his followers as his brothers and explaining this to his associates (sahabah).
Iranian Shia cleric offers Jumah namaz with Sunnis at Lucknow mosque
Lucknow: As a step towards bridging gap between Shias and Sunnis and sending out a message of a common Muslim platform, Iranian Shia cleric Maulana Ali Mehdi Mausvi, director, Hajj centre of Iran, offered joint Jumah namaz at Lucknow's historic Masjid Teela Shah Peer Mohammad -popularly called Teele wali Masjid in Lucknow on Friday.While the mosque is under Sunni management, the namaz was also led by Maulana Qari Mannan-son of the current Imam of the mosque- Maulana Fazlul Mannan. Along with Mehdi was also present Maulana Kalbe Sadiq, senior vice president of All India Muslim Personal Law Board and others from the Shia community, offering prayers together with Sunni brethren in the jam-packed mosque.In his address post the namaz, Maulana Mehdi said that it was important for Shias and Sunnis to come together to fight radical ideologies who want to mar any attempts of unity. timesofindia
Rahul Gandhi calls on Muslim Personal Law Board chief at Nadwatul Ulema, Lucknow
Lucknow: Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi along with senior party leaders on Friday visited Nadwat-ul- Ulema and held a meeting with rector of the world renowned Muslim seminary and President of the AIMPLB Syed Rabey Hasan Nadvi. Rahul Gandhi, on tour of UP  ahead of the state assembly elections, was accompanied by party's CM candidate Sheila Dikshit, party in-charge of UP  Ghulam Nabi Azad and senior party leader Raj Babbar. ummid.com
Violence erupts in Coimbatore after mobs protest murder of Hindu Munnani leader
Chennai: Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore and its neighbouring textile town of Tirupur witnessed numerous incidents of property destruction and tense standoffs on Friday after mobs held protests over the murder of a Hindu Munnani leader, C Sasikumar. Members of the outfit pelted stones, damaged shops and commercial establishments, and forced public transport off the roads after Sasikumar was hacked to death by four unknown assailants on the outskirts of Coimbatore on Thursday night.Hindu Munnani state president Kadeswara C Subramanium issued a statement blaming the police for being unable to prevent a series of brutal attacks on his cadre members. hindustantimes
Coimbatore bandh: Stop attacks on cadre or Tamil Nadu will become another Gujarat, warns Hindu Munnani chief
50 arrested in connection with Coimbatore violence
Dakshina Kannada: Cong Muslim leader brutally murdered
Sullia: A local Congress leader was brutally murdered as he came out of a mosque at Aivarnad village in Sullia on Friday. He was president of the coastal unit of the KPCC’s minority wing. Ismail Nelyamajalu, 52, went to Sullia court to attend a hearing and visited a mosque at Aivarnad on his way back. As he started walking towards his car after praying at the mosque, the assailants hacked him to death. deccanherald
Ensuring prosperity of poor, minorities, Dalits should be
Chennai:Ensuring progress of the poor, minorities and Dalits should be the "rajdharma" of govt s, Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said and advised ministers from the southern states to focus on the "arithmetic of development" over the "mathematics of votes".  "Progress and prosperity of the poor, weaker sections, minorities and Dalits is not a political formality for us but it should be our duty, our rajdharma," Naqvi said during a review meeting with various state ministers here.PTI
Indian teachers rescued from IS captivity in Libya return home: timesofindia
Hyderabad: 2 Indian teachers, who were rescued last week after over a year-long captivity by Islamic State (IS) terrorists in Libya, returned home on Saturday.T Gopikrishna and C Balram Kishan reached here from New Delhi in the early hours.They merely said they were happy to reunite with their families, but declined to answer any queries from the media or share their experiences in captivity."I am very happy to reunite with my family. I don't have any words to express my happiness," said Gopikrishna talking to media persons at his residence in Nacharam here.He thanked the Libyan Army and the Govt of India, especially the Ministry of External Affairs."Thanks to their efforts, I could safely come back and reunite with my family," said Gopikrishna flanked by his wife and daughter."I am really excited to return home after long captivity. I have already given all information to the Ministry of External Affairs as to what happened during my 414-day captivity," he said.Gopikrishna declined to speak on how they were freed and how they were treated in captivity."I can't reveal all those details to you. I have given the information to the ministry," he said.IANS
World
Doomsday in Aleppo: 56 killed today, 2mn without water
56 people were killed today with a total death toll of four days of attacks standing at 323, with figures set to rise and 220 injured Saturday by Assad regime and Russian airstrikes on residential areas in opposition-held parts of Syria’s northwestern city of Aleppo, a civil defense official said. Speaking to Anadolu, Najib Ansari said that warplanes targeted the districts of Bustan al-Qasr, Mashhad, al-Kallasa, Salihiya, and al-Fardos, all currently under siege by the Bashar al-Assad regime.The casualties include women and children. Death toll is expected to rise due to limited capacity to rescue victims trapped under collapsed buildings.On Friday, 86 people were killed by regime and Russian warplanes. Aleppo has been recently suffered from intense attacks by regime and Russian forces. Since Sept.19, at least 323 civilians have been killed and 1,334 injured by Assad regime and Russian airstrikes on Aleppo, according to civil defense officials and medical sources in the city.One attack, on a town west of Aleppo city called Bashqateen, killed 15 members of a family who had been sheltering in a residential building housing internally displaced people, activists said.As the bombing entered a second day, 3 medical facilities and two centres belonging to the White Helmets, a volunteer rescue group, were hit in airstrikes that disabled some of their vehicles, cut off roads in the city and left victims trapped in collapsed buildings. The White Helmets said more than 40 buildings were destroyed.The new govt  attacks have come as the U.N. said that nearly 2 million people in Aleppo, Syria's largest city and onetime commercial center, are without running water following the escalation of the fighting in recent days after the truce collapse.World Bulletin
Regime, Russian warplanes strike Aleppo, killing 56
'Ferocious' air strikes pummel Aleppo as ground gained
Assad regime advances in Aleppo
Regime, Russian warplanes strike Aleppo, killing 86
US sent weapons to Kurdish fighters in Syria: Erdogan
Istanbul:Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan accused the United States of supplying more weapons to Kurdish fighters in northern Syria this week, delivering two plane loads of arms to what Ankara says is a terrorist group.Erdogan’s comments, in a speech in New York, are likely to add to tensions between Turkey and Washington over US support for Kurdish YPG forces involved in operations against Islamic State fighters. Turkey is part of the US-led coalition against Islamic State but views the Syrian Kurdish YPG and its PYD political wing as an extension of Kurdish militants who have waged a three-decade insurgency on its own soil.“3 days ago America dropped two plane loads of weapons in Kobani for these terror groups,” he said, adding he had raised the issue on Wednesday with US Vice President Joe Biden who he said had no knowledge of this.US, which sees the YPG as a major strategic partner in the fight against Islamic State in Syria, air-dropped weapons to the group in the largely Kurdish town of Kobani in 2014. Reuters
Syrians speak out about PKK/PYD 'cruelty'
Militant attacks kill 12 in northern Iraq
Baghdad: At least 12 people were killed and dozens injured in militant attacks in northern Iraq early Saturday, according to a local police officer.Daesh militants attacked a security checkpoint in Beji, 40 kilometers north of Tikrit city, Ghazwan al-Jabouri told Anadolu. “4 policemen and one militant were killed in ensuing clashes at the checkpoint,” he said. Militants also blew up a truck laden with explosives at another police checkpoint north of Tirkit, killing 8 people.“Nearly 23 police personnel were injured in the assault,” al-Jabouri said. Anadolu
Egypt highlights differences with Saudi Arabia over Syria
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry has recognised that there are differences with Saudi Arabia regarding Syria, stating the reason is that each country has “different visions regarding changing of the Syrian leadership,” Moheet.com reported. Shoukry, making his comments at annual UN General Assembly meetings, said: “Saudi Arabia adopts a position that focuses on changing the ruling system [govt] or to change Syrian leadership. Egypt does not adopt this idea.” middleeastmonitor
Sweden: Muslim woman leaves job after being told to shake hands with male colleagues: The Independent
A Muslim woman has left her job in Sweden after being told she must shake hands with her male colleagues. Fardous El-Sakka had been working as a supply teacher for Kunskapsskolan, group of independent schools in Helsingborg, since August. 20-year-old had chosen not to shake hands with her male colleagues and instead preferred to put her hand on her heart and bow as a greeting. But when one of her male colleagues took offence, Sakka was ordered to go to a meeting with the principal and told she must conform to the institution’s "core values" if she wanted to remain working there.
Canada: Woman ordered by judge to remove hijab seeks clearer rules
Toronto: A Muslim woman in Canada, who was asked by a Quebec Court judge to remove her hijab during a hearing las year, today asked a Superior Court to clarify the rules governing religious attire. Rania El-Alloul was told by Judge Eliana Marengo El-Alloul during a hearing in February 2015 that that a courtroom was a secular space, and she was not suitably dressed. El-Alloul said she would only hear El-Alloul's case if she removed her hijab. At the time, El-Alloul was in court trying to get her car back after it had been seized by Quebec's automobile insurance board. PTI
Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood gain foothold in parliament after long absence
Amman: Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood has gained a foothold in parliament after ending a decade-long boycott and returning to the fray as the mainstay of a broad civic alliance, according to preliminary results released on Thursday. Islamists, easily Jordan's biggest organised political grouping, had shunned previous polls in protest at a system that skews representation towards thinly populated rural areas dominated by tribal politics, rather than the cities, where the Brotherhood is strong. But under pressure from a govt crackdown that followed Islamist-led protests in the wake of the Arab Spring, the Brotherhood's political arm, Islamic Action Front (IAF), ditched its "Islam is the Solution" slogan and joined Christians and prominent national figures to create the National Coalition for Reform (NCR).Preliminary results indicated that the NCR had won at least 16 of 130 seats. Zaki Bani Rusheid, a prominent Brotherhood leader, said the NCR would seek alliances with others to try to form an effective opposition. reuters
Brotherhood-linked bloc wins seats in Jordan assembly
US: 5 killed in mall shooting in Washington state
More than 165 dead in Egypt boat tragedy

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