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27 September 2016

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27 Sept. 2016: 24 Zil Hajj 37: Vol:7, No:167
Assam using ‘bulldozing approach’ to handle alleged illegal immigrants: NCM asks govt not to target Muslims
New Delhi: National Commission for Minorities (NCM) has recommended to the Assam govt that “the issue of identifying illegal immigrants be carefully reviewed so as not to target helpless and disenfranchised sections of [the] Muslim population”. In a report put together by NCM member Farida Abdulla Khan after a 4-day visit to the state, the commission said, “At present, it seems that large numbers of Bengali speaking people have been picked up and put in detention centres without adequate investigation or notice”.“This is creating extreme uncertainty and anxiety among large sections of the labouring poor.”Khan’s report also recommended that the state govt  give “some form of police protection” to those affected by ethnic violence in Baksa district in 2014 as many people have still not been able to return to their village.“It is a sad commentary that more than two years, after the violence, there is no enquiry and its follow up,” the report said.In a separate move on Sept. 20, the commission also sought a report from the state govt on the recent killing of two persons in the state. They were allegedly killed in a police firing during an eviction drive carried out in Bandardubi village near the Kaziranga national park as per a Gauhati high court order.After Khan’s visit to 3 districts of Assam – Baksa, Kokrajhar and Kamrup – the commission also urged the Centre to review the Multi-Sectoral Development Programme (MSDP) keeping local needs in mind. “It seems that some of the schemes that were appropriate earlier have become redundant due to investments through [the] SSA (Sarva Siksha Abhiyan) programme,” it said. In an interview to The Wire, Khan talked in detail about her visit to the state from Sept. 7-10 this year. Thewire
NCM asks Assam govt to identify illegal immigrants carefully by not targeting Muslim section
Minority Ministry asks Assam Govt to exercise caution in identifying illegal residents
New Delhi: Alleging that a large number of Bengali-speaking people have been picked up and put in detention centres in Assam without proper investigation, Union Ministry of Minority Affairs has called upon the Sonowal Govt to exercise caution in identifying illegal residents.Ministry recommendations are part of a report by National Commission for Minorities. assamtribune
Assam will boil if eviction drive against Muslims continues: warns Minority students union ABMSU
Kokrajhar: All BTC Minority Students’ Union (ABMSU) on Monday came down heavily on the BJP-led State govt for targeting the minority community in the name of evicting ‘illegal encroachers’ and ‘illegal immigrants’. ABMSU warned that Assam would boil if Muslims were continued to be targeted in the name of eviction drive, whether in Kaziranga or tribal belts and blocks. Addressing media persons at a press conference held at Bhotgaon ABMSU office premises,Lafiqul Islam Ahmed, president of the ABMSU, said that the main objective of the BJP-led State Govt  was to drive Muslims away from the State in the name of eviction of illegal settlers and Bangladeshis. He alleged that the Muslim community had been deprived of all kinds of development activities after the BJP formed govt  and not a single IAS and IPS officer from the minority community was posted as a SP or Deputy Commissioner (DC) in the districts across the State. sentinelassam
Assam: Various organizations up in arms against citizenship to Bangladeshi migrants
 Guwahati: he amendment of Citizenship Act, 1955 has been vehemently opposed by various organizations who have taken up arms to oppose the move. As per them, this act will pave the way for ‘regularizing’ the entry of people from the minority community from Bangladesh to India.Leading student and youth organization Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chhatra Parishad (AJYCP) has opposed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 that seeks to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955 and is currently being examined by a joint parliamentary panel. thenortheasttoday
Assam's foreigners debate rekindled due to Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016
Implement minority welfare schemes properly: Naqvi
New Delhi:Stressing on importance of effective implementation of welfare schemes, Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said on Tuesday any negligence in implementing welfare schemes for minorities would not be tolerated."The schemes should not just remain on papers, they should be visible ...Govt officials should reach out at the ground level and monitor properly...so that benefit of every welfare scheme reaches even the last person of the society," said Naqvi. He also launched a toll-free number that would provide information regarding programmes and schemes of National Minorities Development and Finance Corporation (NMDFC).IANS
Modi must apologize to Muslims for Gujarat massacre: Congress leader Hanumanth Rao
Hyderabad: Secretary AICC & ex-MP V Hanumanth Rao demanded that PM Narendra Modi accept the responsibility of Muslim massacre in Gujarat and apologize Muslims for the same. He asked Modi not to shed crocodile tears on Muslim issues.Speaking to media at assembly premises,Rao said, Modi asked other political parties not to consider Muslims a vote market, while he himself tried to show fake sympathy towards Muslims in view of UP  elections.Rao asserted, if really Narendra Modi is sincere towards Muslims he should accept the responsibility of Muslim massacre in Gujarat and apologize Muslims for the same. Then only his image in the eyes of Muslims is likely will change. He recounted that Sonia Gandhi had apologized the Muslims accepting moral responsibility of Babri Masjid demolition during Narsimha Rao rule. siasat
Modi has suddenly become 'spokesman' for minorities: Digvijay
Bengaluru:Accusing PM  Narendra Modi of making a "U-turn" on his stand on minorities, Congress leader Digvijay Singh today questioned Modi's role as Gujarat CM  and expressed surprise that he had suddenly turned "spokesman" for the community.Referring to Modi's remarks made at BJP's national council meeting in Kozhikode on Sunday, Congress general secretary asked what Modi had done to empower the minorities when he was the CM  of Gujarat from 2001 to 2014." PM is speaking our language. It was very surprising to know that Narendra Modi has suddenly become  spokesman for the minority community in this country," Singh  told reporters on the sidelines of a Congress meeting here.PTI
Lawyer of Gulberg accused named member of law panel
Ahmedabad: Central govt  has appointed Rajkot-based lawyer Abhay Bhardwaj, who represented the accused in the 2002 Gulberg Society Massacre case, as part-time member of the 21st Law Commission of India.The order issued by additional secretary Ramayan Yadav, department of legal affairs, Ministry of Law and Justice, New Delhi, stated Bhardwaj’s appointment will be with effect from the date he assumes charge of the post for the period up to August 31, 2018.Earlier, former Gujarat HC judge Ravi R Tripathi was appointed as member of the panel. Bhardwaj, who has an RSS background, said that he will take the charge soon. “21st Law Commission of India is working on several aspects of law which needs to be repealed and bringing new laws. This is for the first time that a lawyer from a small place like Rajkot has been appointed in the commission where normally senior lawyers practicing in higher courts used to be appointed for consultation,” he said. indianexpress
No evidence of cow slaughter by Akhlaq’s family: Police
Dadri: Almost 3 months after the UP police booked the family of Mohammad Akhlaq from Bishahra village for cow slaughter, officials investigating the case have concluded that there was no evidence to prove that a cow was ever slaughtered by Akhlaq and his family. According to highly placed sources in the UP police, investigations in the case, conducted over two months, have not yielded any proof. The police is likely to close the case and file a closure report in the Surajpur Court. Police later registered the statement of Surajpal.No evidence was found by the forensic team to establish the alleged cow slaughter even after several visits to the village and the alleged site of the cow slaughter, Jan Mohammad’s house. “The forensic team collected the soil but no element of animal blood was found in the entire area,” said a police official in Jarcha police station where the case was registered on July 15. According to the Circle Officer of the area, Anurag Singh, the police also did not find knives and other implements which could establish that a cow was slaughtered on the spot.“There is no credible evidence in this case which takes us towards the side of arrest or chargesheet. Had there been even one solid shred of proof, we would have filed the charge sheet,”Singh told The Hindu.He said for the UP Cow Slaughter Prevention Act, 1955, to be slapped and proven, it was important that the police recovers the knives used in slaughtering the cow, the blood, carcass and meat of the cow, among other things.“But there is no knife in this case and neither was there any carcass or meat seized from the spot of the crime,” he added.Members of the investigative team said that the police was preparing the closure report after thorough investigation so that no loopholes could be pointed out by the complainants in the case. the hindu
Dadri lynching: A year on, charges yet to be framed in Fast-Track court
Greater Noida: 12 months back, the quiet village of Bisada in Dadri tehsil of Greater Noida, nearly 50 km from Delhi, hit the headlines of virtually every paper and TV channel.A Muslim man was lynched over allegations of slaughtering a cow, revered as a holy animal by Hindus, and storing its meat for consumption. The incident triggered nationwide outrage over intolerance with several prominent personalities returning national award as a mark of protest. A year later, HT revisits the fateful night when 55-year-old Ikhlaq was lynched and his son Danish was critically injured in a mob attack. hindustantimes
‘It’s normal now’: A year later, villagers avoid talking about Dadri lynching
Muzaffarnagar Riots: Rs. 15 lakh each for families of missing persons
 In a relief to Muzaffarnagar riots' victims CM Akhilesh Yadav today announced a compensation of Rs. 15 lakh each to families of 18 missing persons. PTI
KASHMIR ISSUE & SUOTH ASIA
India summons Pak envoy, gives details of Uri terror attackers
New Delhi: Stepping up its diplomatic offensive against Pakistan, India on Tuesday summoned Pakistan high commissioner Abdul Basit and gave him evidence of cross-border origins of Uri terror attack."Foreign secretary S Jaishankar summoned Abdul Basit and told him that the two guides who helped infiltration were apprehended by local villagers and are now in police custody," MEA spokesman Vikas Swarup tweeted on Tuesday. Timesofindia
Uri attack was “self-generated” by India: Pak Defence Minister
Lahore:Accusing India of being involved in the many terror attacks that have plagued Pakistan for several years, Defence Minister Khawaja M Asif has claimed that the deadly terror strike on an Army base in Uri, J&K  was “self-generated” by India. “India has been involved for several years in the many attacks that have taken place in Pakistan. And I firmly believe that the entire Uri incident is self generated by India,” Asif said in an interview to Samaa TV channel.Following the Uri attack, the Defence Minister in a late night tweet had stated that blaming Pakistan for Uri and any attempt to escalate tension to deflect attention from state terrorism in Kashmir, will “prove expensive for Indians”.Earlier, Pakistan PM  awaz Sharif had stated that Indian’s assertion that Islamabad was behind the Uri attack, was New Delhi’s “long-time habit”. ANI
Pakistan demands international probe into Uri attack
Islamabad:Pakistan has demanded an international probe into the Uri terror attack with its Senate passing a resolution calling on the UN to conduct an independent inquiry into the incident. The resolution was moved in the Senate, the Upper House of the Parliament, by Leader of the House Raja Zafarul Haq of the ruling PML-N. The resolution that was passed unanimously in the Senate said the House expresses its strong solidarity with the Kashmiri people. Calling on the UN to hold an independent inquiry into the Uri incident, the resolution also urged the international community to immediately take notice of the “grave human rights violations” in Kashmir, Radio Pakistan reported. It also called upon the international community to make India “desist from war hysteria to distract attention away from Indian crimes against humanity” in J&K.PTI
‘US not convinced by India’s Uri terror attack evidence against Pakistan’
New Delhi: US is allegedly not convinced by India's claim that Pakistan is behind the Uri terror attack which killed 18 army soldiers, even as the former is pushing India to remove the military option, Pakistani media reported today. The reported developments were shared in an article published by The Express Tribune. The article reads, "As Pakistan and India once again locked horns for a possible military conflict in the wake of the September 18 Uri attack, the US is believed to have been quietly pushing New Delhi to take the military option off the table." The article mentions that the US was urging India to resolve the issue diplomatically and politically, warning that any military conflict would not serve either side. It also read that Pakistan has conveyed to the US that it does not wish to escalate tensions, but will hit back at "military adventurism" from India. Following the attack,Indian Army's Director General of Military Operations (DGMO), Lt. Gen. Ranbir Singh, stated that the army reserves the right to respond to any act of the adversary at a time and place of own choosing.  Article further claimed, "One Pakistani official privy to America's backchannel efforts revealed that Washington was not convinced with the Indian claim that Islamabad had a direct role in the Uri assault that left 18 Indian soldiers dead." economictimes
Will approach UN if India violates Indus Waters Treaty: Pak
Sartaj Aziz, Foreign Affairs Adviser to PM  Nawaz Sharif, said on Tuesday that Pakistan would approach UN and the International Court of Justice if India suspends the 58-year-old Indus Waters Treaty, insisting that the revocation of the treaty could be taken as an “act of war.” “The international law states that India cannot unilaterally separate itself from the treaty,” Aziz said while briefing the National Assembly on the issue.He said a unilateral revocation of the treaty could pose a threat to Pakistan and its economy.“This Indian act can be taken as breach of international peace and hence giving Pakistan a good reason to approach the UN Security Council,” he said.PTI
India cannot unilaterally separate itself from Indus Waters Treaty, will approach UN: Pakistan
India failed to isolate Pakistan diplomatically: Sartaj Aziz
India to review MFN status to Pakistan on Thursday
India will review the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status given to Pakistan at a meeting called by PM Narendra Modi on Thursday. Decision comes in the wake of the Uri attack.MFN status was accorded in 1996 under the WTO’s General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). Both India and Pakistan are signatories to the agreement, according to which they have to treat each other and rest of WTO member countries as favoured trading partners.PTI
India not serious to resolve ‘historical disputes’: Pak Army chief General Raheel Sharif
Islamabad:Pakistan Army chief General Raheel Sharif today claimed that India was not serious to resolve “historical disputes” like the Kashmir issue and accused its spy agency of “exploiting” security situation on the border with Afghanistan. “India is unwilling to address historical disputes like Kashmir that directly fan misunderstanding and feed into persistent regional culture of conflict,” Gen Sharif said in Stutgart, Germany, where was on a day-long visit to attend a conference of Chief of Staffs of the Armed Force being held under the auspices of US Centcom.He accused India of exploiting the security situation on border with Afghanistan and added that terrorists could move across borders because of no effective border management systems in place there. “This is exploited by anti-Pak intelligence agencies such as RAW,” he said.PTI
Amid fears of ‘surgical strikes’ by India, Pakistan shifts 17 terror camps in PoK: indiatvnews
After reports of airforce drills and shutting down air space, Pakistan has now shifted 16 to 17 of its terror camps from PoK closer to the army establishments. Sources told India TV that the locations of terror camps operating in PoK have been shifted from areas near LoC to the interiors of PoK.According to the sources, some terror camps have been shifted inside Pakistan Army’s base camps, while several others have been shifted to the nearby civilian areas.  indiatvnews
You have to take both Kashmir and Bihar, or nothing: Katju to Pakistan
Patna: Ex-Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju’s recent comment apparently denigrating Bihar has triggered a controversy, with some political leaders on Tuesday terming it a fit case of sedition and calling for his arrest. Katju posted a sarcastic post on social media on Sunday, suggesting that Pakistan could get Kashmir if it agrees to take Bihar also as part of a “package deal”.Addressing Pakistanis,he wrote on Facebook, “You have to take the whole package, or none at all. Either you take both Kashmir and Bihar, or nothing.”HT

If India can’t forget 18 soldiers, how can Kashmiris ignore 6 lakh sacrifices: Geelani
Srinagar: Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Shah Geelani hit out at New Delhi accusing it of “giving bad name of cross border infiltration to the legitimate and just struggle of Kashmir for right to self-determination.”Commenting on PM Narendra Modi’s speech that “18 army jawans will not be forgotten and terrorism is a curse for humanity,” Geelani said, “We agree that terrorism is a curse.But what concerns us is the dubious standards of these rulers who have gross contradiction in their words and deeds. When they use or sponsor violence for their own interests, they call it strategy. But if the same goes against their views, they label it as terrorism.”greaterkashmir
J&K: Curfew continues for third day in Kishtwar
Jammu:The curfew imposed in Kishtwar district following a stone pelting incident triggered by arrest of three separatists remained in force for the 3rd day today.3 separatist leaders in the town were arrested on Saturday night and booked under the Public Safety Act (PSA) for disrupting peace in the district following which some persons resorted to stone pelting prompting the authorities to impose curfew in the district.PTI
Hurriyat condemns arrest spree in Kishtwar
Srinagar:Condemning the arrest spree in Kishtwar, senior Hurriyat Conference (G) leader and Jammu Kashmir National Front (NF) chairman Nayeem Ahmad Khan today said “arresting people and even Imams for raising their voice has deflated tall claims of the ‘so-called’ Indian democracy.”
Kashmir unrest: Mass arrests of youth will cost India as much as ignoring their rage did last year:David Devadas
Muzaffarnagar riots accused BJP MLA Som says Pak artistes should be 'beaten with shoes'
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HT Spl: I was tortured before arrest, 13/7 blasts accused tells court
Mumbai: Haroon Rashid Naik — accused of playing a key role in the 13/7 Mumbai serial blasts claims he was subjected to physical torture before he was formally arrested in a fake currency case on August 22, 2011.Naik also refuted the prosecution’s claim that he was associated with the banned SIMI, and said he did not know of such an organisation. At an ongoing trial in the fake currency case against Naik and two others — Asrar Ahmad and Azhar-Ul- Islam — Naik last week examined himself as a witness and deposed before the court. Naik, however, denied the prosecution’s claims and said ATS officers had falsely accused him of being member of SIMI. “They asked me if I was a member of SIMI. I didn’t know anything about it. They asked me if I knew any friends who were associated with it. I told them many times I didn’t know anything about it,” Naik told the court.Naik said he was picked up by the police at the airport, when he returned from Saudi Arabia on Aug.19, 2011.“I was questioned for hours, first by the customs officers and later by officers who introduced themselves as being from the ATS. They took my luggage and documents,” he said.As a teenager, Naik was well-behaved and soft-spoken; the kind of boy who never even got into a brawl and that others looked up to, his family said.hindustantimes
IS cases: Kerala govt monitoring social media
Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala govt has put under the scanner persons and outfits who misuse social media for propagating extremist ideologies of Islamic State, CM  Pinarayi Vijayan told the state Assembly on Monday.His statement in a written reply comes in the backdrop of reports that a group of missing Kerala youths had joined the Islamic State. PTI
Keeping mum on third front, Nitish calls for liquor ban in Haryana, UP
Karnal: Bihar CM and JDU chief Nitish Kumar on Sunday kept mum over the possibility of the Janata Parivar reuniting to form a third front, even as Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Shivpal Yadav and INLD leader Abhay Chautala called for its formation during the INLD’s Sadbhavana rally in Karnal.INLD had organised the rally to mark 103rd birth anniversary of its founder and ex PM late Devi Lal.“The country is facing a threat of communal forces. There is a need to get united as history tells us whenever the followers of Ram Manohar Lohia and Devi Lal got together, the communal forces were defeated,” said Shivpal Yadav, younger brother of SP chief Mulayam Singh, whose party goes to polls in UP  next year. Hindustantimes
RSS activist ‘beaten up’in MP, police station in-charge Zia-ul Haque booked for attempt to murder
Bhopal:2 Senior police officials, including an additional superintendent of police, were booked in an attempt-to-murder case in Madhya Pradesh’s Balaghat district Monday after they allegedly beat up an RSS activist in custody.RSS activist, Suresh Yadav, had been accused of posting a comment against Islam online. On Sunday, based on a complaint from a group of Muslims, Baihar police had lodged a case against Yadav for hurting religious sentiments and taken him into custody. In the same WhatsApp post, Yadav had also commented against Asaduddin Owaisi.Baihar police station in-charge Zia-ul Haque, who was suspended along with a junior official, claimed that Yadav was not assaulted, only slapped once. “There was a scuffle because Yadav was not cooperating,” Haque  said. “When he was brought to the police station he fled and hid in a medical store. We eventually nabbed him. Are we not supposed to act against accused? Are some people above the law?”RSS, on the other hand, alleged that Haque had entered the organisation’s office in Baihar and beaten up Yadav, a zilla pracharak, in the presence of other activists and dragged him out.Haque, for his part, said, “They raised slogans like ‘Send him to Pakistan’ and demanded that I be cut into pieces,” Haque said.Police action against the RSS activist caused tension in the town, about 75 km from the district HQ of Balaghat. RSS activists and other right-wing organisations wanted police officials not just booked for attempted murder but was also immediately arrested. Balaghat SP Asit Yadav said attempt-to-murder case was registered against ASP Rajesh Sharma and Haque. indianexpress
No need to exaggerate Organisation of Islamic Cooperation's significance: Vice President Hamid Ansari
Vice President Hamid Ansari on Monday said there was no need to exaggerate the significance of the OIC by asking it to rein in Pakistan from indulging in cross-border terrorism activities against India. Ansari, who is on a 5-day visit to Nigeria and Mali, was asked by reporters accompanying him whether India would take up this issue with these two West African nations which are members of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). "The facts of the case are clear. Cross-border terrorism activities are encouraged by state agencies or state agencies- groups sponsored and that is detrimental to peace anywhere in the world," he said, without naming Pakistan."You talk to OIC members individually and they say they know about it (the issue)," he added. PTI
Muslim leaders warn CM Fadnavis of agitation similar to Marathas for reservations
Mumbai: Congress leader Arif Naseem Khan today asked the Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis to “come clean” on his stand on reservations for Muslims, warning of agitation similar to that of the Maratha community. The Maratha community has been taking out huge ‘silent marches’ across the state to press its demands including reservations in jobs and education. Maharashtra Samajwadi Party president Abu Asim Azmi said he had called a meeting of all Muslim leaders including legislators across the party lines on quota issue. “If Marathas are protesting for their right of reservation, it is time for the Muslim community to unite andPTI
Muslim MLAs join hands to demand reservation
Now OBCs, Muslims, Dalits to hit streets to press their demands
Former bureaucrat BK Bansal, son commit suicide
New Delhi: Ex-Director General Corporate Affairs B K Bansal and his son Yogesh on Tuesday committed suicide at their residence in east Delhi's Madhu Vihar, two months after Bansal's wife and daughter allegedly committed suicide, police said today.Bansal (60) and Yogesh (30) were founded hanging in their flat by their maid, and had also left a suicide note, Deputy Commissioner of Police (East) Rishipal Singh said.TOI
Muslim clerics up against Uniform Civil Code
Hyderabad: Muslim clerics, religious and political figures late on Sunday night came down heavily against any attempt at introducing a Uniform Civil Code (UCC).At a well attended public meeting "Against UCC and Protection of Sharia Conference" in Khilwat grounds, organised by the Seerat-un-Nabi Academy, a religious organisation, speakers said that the Muslim community will not accept an imposition of the UCC. Former member of Rajya Sabha Obaidullah Khan Azmi, who was active during the Shah Bano controversy, was invited to speak. Addressing the gathering, he accused the right wing organisations of dividing the country. " British left. But they left behind the RSS," he said adding that Muslims could expect little from the Narendra Modi govt . He lashed out against the slogans of gharwapsi and love-jihad.Maulana Fazlullah Qadri, prominent cleric from the Islamic seminary Jamia Nizamia, described oral triple talaq as a "bandooq ki goli" (bullet). He said that divorce is frowned upon in the scriptures.City president of the Jamiat-e-Ulama Hind, a pan-India socio-religious organisation, said that the move to impose UCC, is an "old trick". This, he added, will be opposed. timesofindia
Indian Muslim Officer becomes Commander-In-Chief of the Southern Command – Entire village celebrates
An entire village and members of a family in the southern Indian state of Kerala are euphoric over the assumption of duty by Lt. Gen. PM Hariz as General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Southern Command of Indian Army.Banners congratulating the ‘Great Son of the Village’ were raised in the village of Kuttikadavu, Cheruppa, 16 km from the city of Kozhikode, after news about Hariz assuming command of the largest geographical formation of the Indian Army recently.Lt. Gen. Hariz took over the post from Lt. Gen. Bipin Rawat, who has proceeded to Delhi to assume duties of Vice Chief of Army Staff, Saudi Gazette newspaper reported.Speaking to the newspaper, many family members and neighbors of Lt. Gen. Hariz said that his new position gave them big joy and excitement, and they are proud of his dedicated service at such a senior level in one of the largest armies in the world. siasat
Agra: 50 booked for attacking duo seeking marriage nod
Lucknow: As Many as 50 unidentified men were booked for rioting after some lawyers and members of alleged right-wing organisations attacked a police team in a Agra court on Monday.Police said a couple — a Muslim boy and a Hindu girl, both adults — reached the court on Monday to enquire about the procedure of getting married. At the court, a relative of the girl saw the two together and informed her family, said sources. Following this, some alleged right-wing activists reportedly arrived at the court and caught hold of the couple.As police were called in, the mob thrashed the boy inside the court. As the policemen tried to save him and take him to the police jeep, the mob pelted stones on them.Jeep was also damaged. Police later resorted to lathicharge to disburse crowd.indianexpress
Not a single case of forcible conversions to Islam: Dakshina Kannada police clarifies
Mangaluru: A senior police officer in Dakshina Kannada district brushred aside the rumours of existence of a so called ‘conversion racket’ in Sullia taluk.The Dakshina Kannada district unit of the BJP recently demanded the police to take stringent action against those who indulge in religious conversion activities.Sanjeev Matandoor, President of district unit of the BJP alleged that the conversion groups with the blessing of political parties forcing youths to embrace Islam, reports The Hindu.Superintendent of Police Bhushan Gulabrao Borase rubbished the allegations and said that so far not a single complaint of ‘forced conversion’ was filed from any youth.Organisations like VHP and Bajrang Dal made mere allegations about some groups indulging in forcible conversion and they are being inquired into, he said. siasat
HC asks police to file status report on plea against Kanhaiya
Urdu Academy invites applications from Urdu writers and poets for awards
Sanction obtained to prosecute Subramanian Swamy for allegedly writing ‘inflammatory’ article
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Jordan signs $10bn gas deal with Israel: Israeli radio
Jerusalem: Jordan and Israel have signed an agreement allowing Jordan’s National Electricity Company to purchase natural gas from Israel’s Leviathan gas-field, Israeli public radio reported Monday."With this deal, Israel will supply Jordan with about 45 billion cubic meters of gas -- worth a total of $10 billion -- over the coming 15 years," the broadcaster reported.In a Monday statement, the Jordanian gas firm confirmed it had signed an agreement with US energy concern Noble Energy for the supply of roughly 40 % of its natural gas needs from Israel’s Leviathan gas-field. Anadolu Agency
Kuwait denies intelligence cooperation with Israel
Kuwait’s foreign minister and First Deputy PM  Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Sabah denied on Monday any intelligence cooperation between his country and Israel, Kuwait News Agency, Kuna, reported.In a response to a question by a Kuwaiti lawmaker, the minister said Kuwait has not changed its position towards Israel, noting that reports circulated by the Israeli press were completely “false.”Al-Sabah stressed that Kuwait’s policy regarding the Israeli occupation is based on a joint Arab position. He noted that when the Israeli PM  spoke at the UN General Assembly last week, only a few low-level Kuwaiti officials remained in the hall. middleeastmonitor
Israel razes 2 Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem
Israeli municipal authorities on Tuesday demolished two Palestinian residential buildings in East Jerusalem.Ahamad Abu Al-Hawa, the owner of the two buildings, said that Israeli bulldozers razed the houses in Jerusalem’s Al-Tour neighborhood on claims of being built without permits. Anadolu
Israel police target Palestinian Balad party in arrests
Ban on face veils advances in Swiss parliament
Switzerland's lower house of parliament narrowly backed a ban on face veils on Tuesday, echoing moves by neighbouring France and other European nations to tighten controls in the wake of Islamist militant attacks.The plan by right-wing politician Walter Wobmann - who led a successful campaign to outlaw new minarets in 2009 - still has to pass through the upper house and the govt  before it becomes law.But it joins a list of measures championed by populist and right-wing movements that have polarised the Alpine nation, and drawn some criticism from abroad, including most recently a referendum ordering curbs on immigration from the EU. reuters
Pak lawmakers adopt landmark Hindu marriage bill
Islamabad: In a historic move, Pakistan's parliament has passed the much-delayed bill to enable the country's minority Hindu community to register their marriages.The first ever national law was passed yesterday after the draft was presented in the lower house or National Assembly by minister for human rights Kamran Micheal.The Nation newspaper reported that the law bill sets the minimum age for marriage for Hindus at 18. The minimum legal age for marriage for citizens of other religions is 18 for men and 16 for women.PTI
Wahhabism even more evil than Israel: Hezbollah’s Nasrallah
The head of the Lebanese resistance movement of Hezbollah says he considers the radical ideology of Wahhabism to be even more pernicious than the Israeli regime.Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, the secretary general of Hezbollah, made the remark during his annual meeting with Muslim eulogists and the people responsible for commemoration ceremonies during the Lunar month of Muharram, Lebanon’s Al Akhbar newspaper reported on Tuesday. press tv
Aleppo civilians pay the price as bombardment continues
Rescue workers in Aleppo struggled to help hundreds of wounded Syrians trapped in a massive Russian-backed govt  air offensive as the bloody battle to recapture the key city entered its fifth day. Dozens of air strikes hit rebel-held areas of the northern Syrian city on Monday with the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights saying at least 12 people, including 3 children, were killed. More than 280 people have died in the city's rebel-held east since the offensive began on Thursday after a ceasefire ended with at least 400 people wounded - including 61 children - on Sunday alone, a doctors' group said.The Syrian govt  offensive to recapture all of Aleppo - with Russian air support and Iranian help on the ground - has been accompanied by bombing that residents describe as unprecedented in its ferocity.Only 30 doctors now remain in Aleppo's east, where residents are in dire need of medical and surgical supplies to treat the wounded among a trapped population of 300,000. aljazeera
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