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26 September 2016

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26 Sept. 2016: 23 Zil Hajj 37: Vol:7, No:166
Malegaon 2008 blast prime accused Purohit refused bail
Mumbail: A Special NIA Court here on Monday rejected the bail application filed by Col. Prasad S. Purohit (retd.), one of the prime accused in the Malegaon 2008 blasts case. Purohit has sought bail on grounds that the National Investigation Agency had dropped charges against him under the stringent MCOCA and the sanction obtained for prosecution under the UAPA was defective.He further said that had no role to play in the blast case and that he was languishing in jail for the past seven years without trial.Opposing the bail plea, the NIA said that Prasad's arguments should be considered during the trial and not at this stage. Besides, the NIA said prima facie, it had gathered sufficient evidence against the accused.Upholding NIA plea, Special Judge S D Tekale rejected Purohit's bail application. Besides Purohit, 11 others, including Sadhvi Pragnya Singh Thakur were arrested in connection with the sensational case.IANS
2008 Malegaon blast case: No bail for Prasad Purohit
Lens on top MHA official over clean chit to Zakir Naik's NGO:TOI
New Delhi: After suspending 4 officers over renewal of the foreign funding licence of preacher Zakir Naik's IRF, the home ministry is now examining the role of an assistant director-level officer in giving a clean chit to the NGO last year based on inspection of its accounts in 2014.Though the clean chit did not pass muster at the higher levels - with the then deputy secretary of home ministry's FCRA monitoring unit seeking discussion on it - the circumstances under which the all-clear was proposed may be inquired into. Also likely to be scrutinised is the assistant director's observation that the complaint alleging FCRA violations by IRF was made "just out of motive to teach a lesson to Dr Zakir Naik". timesofindia
SC notice to Centre on PIL for law to stop custodial torture
New Delhil:Supreme Court on Monday sought response from the government on a petition seeking framing of an effective law to prevent torture and inhuman treatment of individuals in custody. A bench comprising Chief Justice TS Thakur and Justice A M Khanwilkar issued notice to the Ministry of Home Affairs and sought its reply on a PIL for “rehabilitation, relief and compensation” for victims of custodial violence. The apex court was hearing a PIL filed by senior advocate and former law minister Ashwani Kumar, who has sought directions to empower agencies like NHRC with the necessary enforcement capabilities and mechanism for implementation of its orders and directions.Referring to Delhi University Professor GN Saibaba, a 90 per cent physically disabled and wheelchair-bound person who was allegedly brutalised by police in Nagpur Jail, Kumar said that torture meted out to thousands of prisoners in custody “shocks the constitutional conscience”.PTI
KASHMIR ISSUE & SUOTH ASIA
Sushma Swaraj seeks to isolate Pakistan, raises Balochistan issue in UN speech
India’s external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday stepped up pressure on Pakistan at the United Nations, extending India’s efforts to isolate Islamabad on the issue of state-sponsored terrorism.In a speech to the United Nations General Assembly that comes the backdrop of rising tensions after a terrorist attack in Kashmir’s Uri sector last week, Swaraj said that countries that nurture, paddle and export terror should have no place in the comity of nations.Swaraj said India is seeking the adoption of a comprehensive convention on international terrorism to develop norms to prosecute and extradite terrorists.Swaraj also raised the issue of Balochistan, which India has been using as a counterweight to Pakistan’s references to human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir. “The brutality against the Baloch people represents the worst form of state oppression, Swaraj said.She added that Pakistan must abandon its dream to obtain territory it covets.PTI
Sushma Swaraj at UNGA: 'Kashmir an integral part of India, Pak should stop dreaming about it'
Swaraj tells Pakistan to introspect, highlights Balochistan
Dargahs heads led Ajmer Chief discuss Kashmir situation with Rajnath Singh
New Delhi:  A delegation of heads of eminent Khanqahs and Dargahs led by the Chief of the Ajmer Sharif have appealed to people in the Kashmir Valley to keep calm and peace there and help the government to return normalcy in the state.Calling on Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh here today, they assured him that they would go to Kashmir to request their brothers and sisters to work for the restoration of peace.Led by Dewan Syed Zainul Abedin Saheb, Spiritual Head of the shrine and the Sajjadanashin of Dargah Khwaja Sahab, Ajmer Sharif, the delegation shared their concern on the situation in Kashmir and expressed confidence that the Union Home Minister would do everything possible to bring normalcy in Kashmir in order to remove pain and miseries of the people.The spiritual leaders said they were pained by the situation prevailing in Kashmir, which has been the centre of Sufism for over 700 years.The delegation further mentioned that over the last many years, we see a decline in social values and ethos, and onslaught of Western culture on one hand and increase of radicalism among Muslims on the other hand, doing incalculable loss to the shared cultural values, peace and happiness for the mankind. Dewan Syed Zainul Abedin Saheb said that the spiritual leaders are concerned and pained on the situation and the sufferings of the people in our country and all over the world. Worst, we see Islam, the religion of peace, being linked to many instances of violence and terrorism, he added. The delegation of Sajjadanashin of all biggest dargahs in the country including Dargah Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya, Delhi, Dargah HZT. Khaja Banda Nawaz, Gulbarga, Karnataka, Dargah Fathepur Sikri UP, Dargah Maner Sharif, Bihar, Dargah Yusufain Nappalli, AP, Dargah Ambetha Sharif, Gujarat and Dargah Haradarwaza, Hyderabad.ANI
There is no better country for Muslims than India: Ajmer Dargah head
Blood and water cannot flow together: PM Modi at Indus Water Treaty meeting
New Delhil:Indicating action against Pakistan, PM Narendra Modi on Monday said ‘blood & water can’t flow together at the same time’ in meeting with Water ministry officials on Indus Waters treaty.Held amidst heightened tension between the India and Pakistan, the meeting also decided to set up a inter-ministerial task forces to go into the details and working of the Treaty with a “sense of urgency”, senior government sources said.Attended by NSA Ajit Doval, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar, Water Resources Secretary, and senior PMO officials, the meeting also noted that the meeting of Indus Water Commission can “only take place in atmosphere free of terror”. Commission has held 112 meetings so far.Indianexpress
Pakistan positive about future ties with India: Abdul Basit
New Delhi:Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit has said that his country remains positive about the fact that its ties with India will surmount the current crisis with maturity. Echoing PM Nawaz Sharif’s sentiments on Islamabad desiring a normal and cooperative relationship with New Delhi, Basit said both nations need to revive the spirit of cooperation forged after the Jan.2016 terror strike that took place in the Pathankot air force base.Basit said Pakistan is committed to not allowing its territory to be used for violence anywhere in the world, including India. He said the ties were doing well despite a tardy pace when the killing of a militant in Kashmir set off a slide. He admitted that bilateral ties are on a downswing since the killing of Burhan Wani on July 8.He told The Telegraph in an interview that,“The challenge for diplomats on both sides now is to retrieve that momentum…Living in Delhi and meeting people from all walks of life, I do find a desire for understanding and peace here, too. I hear voices here that urge us to come together rather than become hostages to rhetoric.”ANI
PM Modi violating UN norms on non-interference: Pakistan Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry
Islamabad:Terming Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent speech attacking Pakistan as a violation of UN norms on non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries, Pakistan’s top diplomat said such “irresponsible” behaviour at the highest level was regrettable. Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry said that Modi’s statement shows India’s nervousness over the situation in Kashmir.Chaudhry said that it was unfortunate that the Indian leadership “continues to indulge in a vilification campaign against Pakistan by making provocative statements and hurling baseless accusations”. He said that such “display of irresponsible behaviour at the highest political level was regrettable”, Dawn reported. “It is evident that, as an act of desperation”, India is trying to distract the world attention from the “atrocities perpetrated by its forces against innocent and defenceless Kashmiris, including women and children”, Chaudhry said.PTI
At 10, Burhan Wani wanted to join Indian Army, says father:TOI
Muzaffar Wani, father of slain Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, whose encounter death triggered the continuing cycle of violence in Kashmir, tells TOI that his son's dream was to join the Indian Army when he was 10 and also play cricket like Parvez Rasool - one day hopefully for India. The government school principal also rules out Pakistan's role in Uri, Pathankot and Pampore attacks and insists that as a teacher, he tells his students the importance of taking up "good careers" like Kashmir Administrative Service and the IAS.
Barhumdagh Bugti’s cousin backs Pakistan, says will fight India
Karachi:In a sign of internal rivalry in the Baloch separatist movement, Brahumdagh Bugti’s cousin has said he would fight for Pakistan in the event of a war with India. Shahzain Bugti, a grandson of slain Baloch tribal leader Nawab Akbar Bugti, has said that if war breaks out with India he and his tribal warriors would fight against Indian troops along with the Pakistan Army. Shahzain, a cousin of Geneva-based Brahumdagh who has sought asylum in India, said at the annual convention of the Jamhoori Watan Party which was formed by his grandfather that the Bugti tribe would always stand in defence of Pakistan.“Brahumdagh can stay in India or Geneva that is his personal decision. But as far as I or the party is concerned we will always follow the dictates of Nawab Akbar Bugti,” Shahzain said.He said his grandfather had opted for Pakistan at the time of Partition and his party would remain loyal to this ideology.PTI
Muslim traders boycott ‘made in Pakistan’ products in Gujarat
Vadodara:In a protest against the Uri terror attack, an association of Muslim traders in Vadodara on Sunday decided not to sell or consume various made in Pakistan products such as heena, spices and perfumes.Muslim Traders’ Association, an unregistered group of Muslims traders in the city, also took out a protest march and burnt made in pakistan products near Mandvi area. They also appealed to other businessmen to join them.“Made in Pakistan products such as spices, perfumes, maskara, gutkha, soaps and clothes are commonly used in the Muslim families in India. During festival seasons, all these products are consumed in large numbers. We Muslim Traders’ Association of Mandvi have decided that we will not sell or consume any made in Pakistan product,” said Fareed Cutpiecewala, a cloth merchant and Congress councillor of Ward No. 7 in the VMC. indianexpress
Uran terror alert: More false alarms keep cops on toes
Mumbai:Security agencies continued to remain in a state of high alert Sunday as the fourth day of the search for suspected terrorists in Uran was marked by more false alarms.Watch What Else is Making NewsLocals in Uran caught two men Sunday morning and called the police control room.“When we reached the spot, we found that the suspects were only beggars and let them go,” said a senior police officer.There were also rumors around Uran that Navy had caught four suspect boats off the coast. Upon enquiring with the Navy, the police said, those rumours proved to be unfounded.On Saturday, a watchman at the Oil and ONGC plant told the police that he had spotted the suspects lurking nearby. When the police rushed to the spot, however, they found the watchman to be heavily inebriated. indianexpress
OIC Secretary General raises Kashmir issue during talks with UN chief
UN: Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Iyad Ameen Madani, raised Kashmir and Palestine issues among the crises affecting the Muslim world at a meeting with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki moon at here at the UN Headquarters Saturday. An OIC press release issued on Sunday said Madani highlighted the issue of Kashmir “especially with current developments”—an obvious reference to the grave violations of Kashmiri people’s human rights taking place in Kashmir—at the meeting held on the margins of 71st session of UN General Assembly. Kashmirdispatch
Kashmir unrest: Curfew continues in Kishtwar following fresh clashes
Jammu:In Jammu and Kashmir, curfew in the clashes-hit town Kishtwar in Jammu region continued for the second consecutive day on Monday. Although no fresh clashes or violence was reported from anywhere in the district, the curfew has not yet been lifted.Mobile internet service has also been snapped in the area to prevent trouble-mongers from spreading any rumour. Curfew was clamped in Kishtwar on Sunday following clashes and unrest over the arrest of three persons.ANI
Situation peaceful in Kashmir; 55 persons arrested: Police
Srinagar:Police on Monday said that situation remained peaceful in Kashmir even as 55 more persons were arrested during past 24 hours.According to a statement issued by the Zonal Police Headquarters Kashmir, situation remained normal and peaceful throughout the valley today. greaterkashmir
Kashmir remains shut for the 80th consecutive day
SRINAGAR: Kashmir remained shut on Monday for the 80th consecutive day, although markets in Srinagar had opened and were booming with customers.Markets in Lal Chowk and many other areas opened on Sunday evening and remained in business till late in the night.Customers had thronged these markets and several areas had witnessed traffic snarls.Separatists had asked people to start normal activities after 2 pm on Sunday till 6 a.m. on Monday.IANS
Kashmir: No curfew for second consecutive day, restrictions on people assembly still in force: PTI
China again declines to confirm backing Pakistan on Kashmir: PTI  
Beijing: For the second time in less than a week, China on Monday snubbed Pakistan by declining to back reports in Pakistani media claiming Beijing's support+ for the country in the event of any aggression and backing it on the Kashmir issue.As a "neighbour and friend", China once again appealed to India and Pakistan to engage in dialogue to "properly" resolve disputes, including the Kashmir issue which it said was "left over from history", and jointly work towards regional peace and stability.Asked about reported remarks by Pakistan consul general in Lahore Yu Boren that China will support Pakistan against any foreign aggression and backs Islamabad on the Kashmir issue, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang told media briefing here he was not aware of any such remarks made by the envoy.PTI
OTHERS
Muzaffarnagar riot victims lodge complaint against NHRC’s Kairana ‘exodus’ report
Meerut: A Kandhla-based NGO, Afkar India Foundation (AIF), on Sunday lodged a formal complaint on behalf of riot-displaced families against the NHRC report on the alleged exodus of Hindu families from Kairana. AIF lodged the complaint on the official NHRC website, objecting to "point no. 18" of the report, which claimed that the demographic profile of Kairana changed after the riots and blamed worsening law and order situation in the western UP town on the influx of refugees. The complaint claimed that the NHRC has "exaggerated" the number of riot-displaced persons settled in Kairana and has offered no proof that rising crime is directly linked to riot refugees."I raised 3 crucial questions in the complaint. First, there is no clarity on what the proof is. There is no conclusive evidence that links refugees to the rise in crime. The NHRC team did not even look at FIRs filed in Kairana police station. If the FIRs are examined, they will find that none of the gangs are run by riot refugees. In fact, the most wanted list at Kairana police station has people from all religions and castes. It is not only wrong to link crime to one community, it is also dangerous," said Akram Akhtar, project manager at AIF. timesofindia
As poll-clock ticks, a Muzaffarnagar village waits for communal scars to heal
Kutba (Muzaffarnagar): The scars have not healed. Friends have turned foes. Mosques and madrasas remain locked. The muezzin’s call for prayers is no longer heard. Many Muslims have left and those who remain are slowly coming to terms with the loss.Kutba village in Muzaffarnagar — the home of Union minister of state Sanjeev Baliyan — struggles to erase memories of the September 2013 Hindu-Muslim riots. They are also fearful of what the elections due in 2017 will bring. From Dadri to Kairana, communal tensions have been simmering in parts of Uttar Pradesh over issues such as beef and forced migration, and Kutba is fearful of the communal divide widening again in a politically charged scenario.Its fears are rooted in the attack on 900 Muslim families here, that led to eight deaths. Three years later, the village is also a symbol of the possible polarisation in the forthcoming UP elections. Those who left will vote one way; those who stayed may vote another. But in the midst of this division, the doors for reconciliation are slowly opening.Alijaan comes to the village occasionally to see the hamlet where he was born and grew up. For decades, he was a symbol of communal harmony. Jats depended on him to keep their farming equipment sharp. He says, “The riots destroyed our centuries-old brotherhood in half-an-hour.” hindustantimes
Atrocities on Dalits in Gujarat: 8 ‘victims’ from Una begin hunger strike
Ahmedabad:8 Dalit victims of caste-based discrimination or atrocity from Una region of Saurashtra on Sunday began indefinite hunger strike at Satyagraha Chhavni in Gandhinagar, seeking redressal of their various demands from the Gujarat government.The victims are from various villages and towns of Saurashtra like Akolali, Ningala, Vadli, Samter, Rajula and Amreli. And they are victims of atrocities of different nature like murder, social boycott, ‘hijrat’ or forced migration, alleged false prosecution, and alleged willful negligence by police in investigation of some of the cases. indianexpress
SC rejects Shahabuddin's plea for more time to prepare defence
New Delhi: Witnesses in cases controversial RJD leader Shahabuddin has been facing have been "bumped off", the Supreme Court said today, rejecting his claim of facing "media trial" in a murder case and his vehement plea for more time to prepare for his defence.Shahabuddin's claim did not cut much ice with the apex court which asked him to be ready on Wednesday to justify why his bail should not be revoked."Since there are allegations and counter allegations being made in the case, we do not intend to further adjourn the matter. Many witnesses have been bumped off."We have to strike a balance by hearing both parties," a bench of Justices P C Ghose and Amitava Roy said when the counsel for the RJD strongman sought a week's time to go through the voluminous records and brief noted senior lawyer Ram Jethmalani, who is to argue the case for Shahabuddin.PTI
Shahabuddin bail case: Supreme Court adjourns hearing for Wednesday
4 Muslims in Forbes’ 100 Indian Billionaires for 2016
4 Muslims have made to the Forbes’ list of 100 Indian Billionaires for 2016. Three are the old faces who appear every year in the Forbes’ list while the fourth is a young NRI doctor with South Indian origin making debut to the prestigious listing.Thirty nine years old Shamsheer Vayalil, an entrepreneur and philanthropist has first time appeared on the list and with this he is the third youngest named in the 100 richest Indians published by Forbes for 2016.Among other Muslims to appear in the list are Azim Premji, MA Yusuff Ali and Yusuf Hamied.TCN
Isro’s PSLV-C35 places SCATSAT-1, seven other satellites in orbit in longest ever launch mission
SRIHARIKOTA: Indian Space Research Organisation on Monday successfully placed advanced weather satellite SCATSAT-1 and seven other satellites in orbits in its longest ever launch mission, which spanned over two hours and 15 minutes.It is for the first time that satellites were placed in two different orbits with a single rocket. Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre director K Sivan said, "The rocket has placed all the satellites in precise orbits." Timesofindia
Kolkata Police arrests 6 members of Bangladesh-based Jamaat ul Mujahideen: Indian Express report
New Delhi: Special Task Force of Kolkata Police nabbed 6 members of Bangladesh based extremist organisation Jamaat ul Mujahideen on Monday. According to a report in PTI, the arrests were made in West Bengal and Assam.Four out of the six arrested were wanted in the 2014 Khagragarh blast case. Anwar Hussain Farooq, the outfit’s West Bengal chief who had a bounty of Rs 10 lakh on his head announced by NIA, is among those arrested by police.
Supreme Court to hear plea against AMU VC appointment
New Delhi: The Supreme Court will on Monday take up a petition challenging the appointment of Lt Gen Zameer Uddin Shah (retired) as the vice chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University.The court had on September 19 posed some tough questions to the university over its choice of vice chancellor, who is a former soldier and has no teaching experience, mandatory for a central university head.“The regulations make it compulsory for the VC to possess certain academic qualifications, saying he or she must be a distinguished academician. How can a retired army officer or a police officer be the head of a central university?” a bench of Chief Justice of India TS Thakur and justice AM Khanwilkar had said.The court was talking about the guidelines laid out by the University Grants Commission, the higher education watchdog, for appointments to central universities like AMU. Hindustantimes
Ex-DGP Sreekumar launches ‘Gujarat Behind The Curtain’
PuneL:Former DGP of Gujarat RB Sreekumar, who was in the news for taking on the then Chief Minister of Gujarat and current Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the post-Godhra riots of 2002, released his book Gujarat Behind The Curtain in the city at Azam Campus on Sunday.In the book, he has alleged that Modi, as the Gujarat CM, had disallowed the police officials in performing their duties during 2002 riots. Sreekumar, who was the Additional DGP of Armed Units in Gujarat during Godhra incident and was the Intelligence DGP in 2002, said, “It is an attempt to see that constitutional values, spirit and ethos is sustained. I consider Gujarat carnage as a full scale re-enactment of 1984 riots. For the 1984 riots, we did punish the political executives or bureaucratic executives. The criminal justice system failed the people completely. It sent a wrong message in the society. That is why Gujarat riots happened and Congress as a political party benefited.”Talking about what led him to writing Gujarat Behind The Curtain, he said, “When I realised that despite producing all the proof, nobody was ready to initiate an inquiry, I decided to write a book and bring facts to the people.” indianexpress
Shocking moment hijab-wearing girl is ‘slapped’ on bus no. 402; she doesn’t retaliate but something ‘awful’ happens to her attacker
Okhla, New Delhi: This is an incident that took place on bus number 402 that goes from Okhla to Jama Masjid. One day a hijab-wearing girl boarded the bus nearby a stand, said a passenger, who was eyewitness to the incident and also travelling on the bus a few weeks ago. As the reserved women and other seats were full the girl was standing. During the course of the journey the driver took a brake throwing several passengers off balance. The girl too lost her control and she accidentally hit a woman from other community sitting nearby, said the source, adding that the woman in sari lost her control and slapped the hijab-wearing girl twice to which the girl said nothing. After that the woman uttering a few words sat on her seat. An old man travelling on the bus and sitting nearby asked the girl to say something to which the girl said nothing. The bus moved a few stops ahead and the man again asked the girl to say something, but the girl said nothing, showing extraordinary patience. okhlatimes
World
Aleppo: Bodies litter floor at makeshift hospital
Hospitals are struggling to cope in Syria's Aleppo as government and Russian fighter jets continued to pound the city's rebel-held east, killing more than 200 people in under a week. Al Jazeera's Amr al-Halabi, reporting from a makeshift hospital in the city, described a bleak situation as the hospital overflowed with dozens of dead and wounded people."Dead people are on the floor of this makeshift hospital," Halabi said. "The situation here is desperate."Bodies littered the ground inside and outside the facility, as volunteers and relatives carried severly wounded people inside, looking for somehere to put them down on a floor already full with air raid victims."There is not enough space for us. We have to leave immediately to make more room for those injured," Halabi said as a stream of ambulances ferried in the dead and wounded, overcrowding hospital wards."It looks like judgement day," he said.At an emergency meeting of the UN on Sunday, the US, Britain and France accused Russia, a key military backer of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, of war crimes."What Russia is sponsoring and doing is not counter-terrorism. It is barbarism," US Ambassador Samantha Power said."It is difficult to deny that Russia is partnering with the Syrian regime to carry out war crimes," said British Ambassador Matthew Rycroft, adding that high-tech weaponry had inflicted "a new hell" on war-weary Syrians. aljazeera
Syrian regime, Russian jets kill 85 civilians in Aleppo on Sunday ; Toll rises to 244 in just 3 days strikes
Aleppo:At least 85 people were killed and 178 others injured Sunday in Syrian regime and Russia airstrikes on residential areas in Aleppo, a civil defense official told Anadolu Agency. Najib Ansari said regime’s helicopters and warplanes, along with Russian jets, pounded al-Kallasa, Bustan al-Basha, Ard al Hamra, Tariq al-Bab, Mesir, Zinbdie, Salihiya and Ansar neighborhoods in Aleppo, all of which are currently under siege by the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.Numerious children and women were among those killed. Attacks were in residential areas controlled by opposition forces with “15 phosphorous and 18 vacuum bombs,” Ansari said.“A total of 244 civilians have lost their lives and 651 others were injured on Russian and regime forces attacks against Aleppo within the last 3 days,” Ansari said, adding that tens of residential areas were damaged with several houses destroyed. “The infrastructure of the city has collapsed,” he said.Anadolu
UN gridlocked on Syria amid Aleppo offensive
NEW YORK: International actors blamed each other Sunday during an urgent UN Security Council as a Syrian city of nearly 275,000 residents descends into new levels of warfare. Aleppo is being pummeled in a joint operation by Russian and Syrian forces that began three days ago, after a seven-day truce ended failed to deliver any humanitarian relief to Syrians."A so called military solution or victory is impossible in Syria," the UN’s Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura told the Council in his report. Anadolu
EU urges end to Aleppo attacks, allowing aid deliveries
Arab League, OIC condemn Aleppo bloodshed
‘Half of Aleppo casualties are children’
Facebook 'blocks accounts' of Palestinian journalists
Editors from two Palestinian news publications based in the occupied West Bank say their Facebook accounts were suspended last week and that no reason was provided, alleging their pages may have been censored because of a recent agreement between the US social media giant and the Israeli government aimed at tackling "incitement".Last week, 4 editors from the Shehab News Agency, which has more than 6.3 million likes on Facebook, and three executives from the Quds News Network, with about 5.1 million likes, reported they could not access their personal accounts. Both agencies cover daily news in the occupied Palestinian territories.Nisreen al-Khatib, a translator and journalist at the Quds News Network, told Al Jazeera that the publication believes the account suspensions were triggered by an agreement between Facebook and Israel earlier this month, in which they agreed to jointly combat what Israeli claims is "incitement" by Palestinians on social media. Aljazeera aljazeera
Israel vital partner in war against radical Islamic terrorism: Donald Trump to Netanyahu
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a day before the much-anticipated first presidential debate of the 2016 general election, and told him that Israel is a "vital" partner in war against radical Islamic terrorism.uring the meeting, at the Trump Towers here, the two discussed the "special relationship" and the "unbreakable bond" between their countries, Trump's campaign said. The topics of military assistance, security and regional stability were addressed, it said and added that the US under a Trump administration will accept the long-standing Congressional mandate to recognise Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel.PTI
Palestinians condemn Trump vow on Jerusalem as Israel's capital
Palestinian leaders Monday accused Donald Trump of abandoning any hope of a two-state solution after the Republican candidate said he would recognise Jerusalem as Israel's "undivided" capital if he won the US presidential election.Trump pledged Sunday during a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu he would recognise Israel's claim over east Jerusalem, which would break with decades of precedent and put Washington at odds with most UN member states."Trump's statement shows disregard for international law (and) longstanding US foreign policy regarding the status of Jerusalem," Saeb Erekat, secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, said in a statement.World Bulletin
Houthi official proposes border truce with Saudi Arabia
A senior Houthi leader on Sunday proposed to stop attacks along Yemen’s border with Saudi Arabia in exchange for halting the kingdom’s airstrikes. “In exchange for halting the aggression [on Yemen] by land, sea and air, stopping airstrikes and lifting the blockade, [we will] stop combat operations along border,” Ali al-Sammad said in a speech cited by the Saba news agency. Houthi rebels overran capital Sanaa in late 2014, forcing President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi and his Saudi-backed government to flee to Riyadh. World Bulletin
Somali protesters urge India to release 119 ‘pirates’
 Somali protesters have expressed outrage over reports emerging in India that 50 out of 119 detained Somalis suspected of being pirates could face the death penalty at the end of an ongoing trial.The Times of India reported on Friday that 119 Somali pirates nabbed by the Indian coast guard and navy between 2011 and 12 had pleaded guilty to offences brought against them.“This comes at the fag end of the trial that commenced in late 2012 with 70 witnesses deposing and difficulties caused by the absence of several foreign national witnesses. About 50 pirates, booked for murder, could face the death sentence,” Times of India said in its report.World Bulletin
Turkey wants to join US-led operation against Islamic State in Raqqa, says Erdogan
Turkey wants to join the US in a military operation to push Islamic State from its Syrian stronghold of Raqqa, as long as it excludes Kurdish rebel forces, President Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying on Sunday.NATO member Turkey, part of the US-led coalition battling Islamic State, is backing Arab and Turkmen Syrian rebels who seized the Syrian town of Jarablus from the jihadists a month ago in an operation it has dubbed "Euphrates Shield." reuters
UK seizes passport of Syrian activist at Assad’s request
London:British authorities have confiscated the passport of a prominent Syrian activist and critic of President Bashar al-Assad at the request of the Syrian govt, effectively preventing her from travelling and blocking her work.Zaina Erhaim, an award-winning journalist and campaigner based in Turkey, had her passport taken away by the UK’s border officials when she landed at Heathrow airport in London, reports the Guardian.After more than an hour of questioning, they told Erhaim that the document had been reported stolen.ANI
97 inmates in Sharjah convert to Islam
The inmates decided to convert to Islam after reading a lot of books, gathering information and learning about Islamic history and culture.A total of 97 inmates in Sharjah have recently converted to Islam during Islamic rehabilitation.The inmates decided to convert to Islam after reading a lot of books, gathering information and learning about Islamic history and culture. Col Ahmed Abdull Aziz Shuhail, Deputy Director of Sharjah Police said that the rehabilitation program has played great role in encouraging the inmates to learn about Islam and then convert. khaleejtimes
Muslim teacher sues Birmingham school over sacking her for objecting to children being shown video of 9/11
Birmingham:A Muslim teacher is taking legal action against a school over claims she was sacked for objecting to children being shown a video of the 9/11 terror attacks.Suriyah Bi, 24, lost her job at Heartlands Academy in Birmingham, after just a week of being a teaching assistant in a year seven class there.She claims that she was shown the door after she complained it was not appropriate for the 11 and 12-year-olds in her class to watch the ‘X-rated’ clip – that showed the horrors of the attacks on World Trade Center in New York, in September 2001. indialivetoday
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