Monday, 31 October 2016

Evening NEWS DIGEST
31 Oct. 2016: 29 Muharram 1438: Vol: 8, No:24
SIMI activists’ jailbreak: Encounter contradictions, politics: Indian Express
New Delhi:Questions are being raised over the killing of 8 SIMI activists in an encounter by security forces on the outskirts of Bhopal hours after they escaped from the high-security Central Jail killing a security guard. As the government congratulated security forces for their successful operation and ordered NIA probe into the jailbreak, videos purportedly from the encounter site surfaced showing a policeman pumping bullets into a man from close range after some unidentified person takes out what appears to be a knife said to be in a plastic cover and places it back, raising doubts over the police theory which described the encounter as a raging gun battle, with the SIMI members instigating the gunfire.Alleging “discrepancies” in the official version on the escape of SIMI activists from Bhopal jail and their killing in a subsequent encounter with police, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi demanded an inquiry by Supreme Court to bring out “all facts”.“There is huge discrepancy in what the Home Minister and the police officials are saying. The Home Minister of MP says that these undertrials were armed with spoons. If they were armed with spoons, the Madhya Pradesh ATS could have easily overpowered them, because ATS has all sophistacated weapons. They could have easily arrested them.But, people who have run away from prison after assassinating a guard and they only have spoons. So, to any normal person, this theory is unbelievable,” he said adding, “what’s surprising is that these under trial prisoners were wearing proper clothes, shoes,watches. These are not given to under trial.”Holding that the statements of the IG and the Home Minister were contradictory, opposition Congress demanded a judicial probe into the encounter. Senior Congress leader Kamal Nath said, “SIMI activists have escaped from the jail which is a high security prison, and within few hours they have not only been traced but killed. Now they can’t be questioned, there is no evidence, their statements cannot be recorded. I am demanding a judicial probe because even the government must know under what circumstances they escaped.”Congress leader Digvijay Singh, a former chief minister of MP, smelt conspiracy and, in a series of tweets, asked whether the SIMI activist ”escaped” or they were ”made to escape”.Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal also demanded a Supreme Court-monitored investigation into the alleged encounter killing of eight SIMI activists in Bhopal. Activists were identified as — Amjad, Zakir Hussain Sadiq, Mohammad Salik, Mujeeb Shaikh, Mehbood Guddu, Mohammad Kalid Ahmed, Aqeel and Majid. Union Home Ministry has sought a detailed report from the state govt on the jail-break and whether there was any lapse on the part of the jail administration and the steps taken to check such incidents.  Indian Express
‘Trial was about to conclude, everything was turning in their favour’, Advocate questions police version:southlive
The defense advocate has questioned the police and government narrative on Bhopal killing of the SIMI members. Speaking to SouthLive advocate Thahavur Khan said there is conspiracy behind the killing. The trial was about to finish. “I have visited the jail several times. It is highly guarded. One cannot escape easily from there " he said. The trial was going on and there are only 18 to 20 witnesses remaining. Being their lawyer, I can say that there was no ample evidence against them, factually or legally. There is no reason for them to break the jail. The court judgement, which is expected to come out in weeks. The advocate rubbished the claims about jailbreak asking, why “they do such a thing when they know that they are going to be acquitted.”He further said that it was “shocking” for him to hear about the news, who also alleged that there is a “huge conspiracy” behind it.Those men were saying they have total faith in the judiciary. It was very shocking for me when I heard about the jailbreak and the subsequent encounter. I told their family that there is something fishy in this and there is a lie. There is a huge conspiracy behind it.Even the security is tight in the jail. I had been there number of times. It is one of the safest and secure jail in India. These people used to stay in the under trial wards. There is 7 layer security. The police are talking rubbish things like they crossed over and killed etc. Why they would such a thing when they know that they are going to be acquitted, said Advocate Thahavur demanding for a high-level enquiry into the encounter killing to chuck out the truth.
Loopholes in Bhopal encounter theory, right activists and opposition demand inquiry: southlive
8 SIMI activists, jailed in Bhopal shot dead; Police claims they broke jail after killing a guard
Bhopal jailbreak: Digvijaya Singh smells conspiracy, asks ‘escaped’ or ‘made to escape’
Digvijaya Singh smells rat in SIMI jail break incident
NIA to probe SIMI jailbreak: CM Shivraj Chouhan
Bhopal encounter: How SIMI activists escaped from jail must be probed, says Congress
Video shows SIMI men who escaped Bhopal prison shot dead, NIA to probe encounter: indiatoday
Owaisi seeks probe into SIMI activists' jailbreak, gunning down
Kejriwal demands SC monitored probe into SIMI activists' deaths
New Delhi : Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday demanded an apex court monitored probe into the killing of eight alleged SIMI activists in a gunfight with police, after they escaped from Bhopal Central Jail. "We demand an SC monitored investigation (into the case of killings of SIMI activists)," Kejriwal tweeted.In response to a scribe's tweet which questioned the state version of the encounter, saying it was "Gujarat model being truly replicated elsewhere", Kejriwal said, "It was very serious."IANS
Left corners MP Govt., calls SIMI men' killing "dubious, 'manufactured"
New Delhi:Calling the encounter of the SIMI men as entirely "dubious" and "manufactured", CPI (Marxist) polit bureau member Brinda Karat on Monday asked for an independent High Court probe into the matter.Karat also criticised the ruling establishment for calling the under-trial prisoners as SIMI terrorists."The entire government version is highly dubious and suspicious and full of self-contradictory statements and, therefore, to get to the truth it is essential to have independent probe under the High Court judge and it should be time bound because nobody could believe of what seems to be an entirely manufactured version. I also want to say these are under trial prisoners and to call them SIMI terrorists is to subvert the law of this land," she told ANI.Raising similar questions, CPI leader D. Raja also asked for judicial probe into the matter and urged the Centre to ask for a detailed report from the Madhya Pradesh Government."It raises several questions. First, how such a breach could take place in a high security prison in Bhopal. It raises questions on the jail administration. Afterwards they were gunned down, how did the encounter take place, did they posses any arms, these all are serious questions which need to be answered. There should be a high-level judicial probe to go into all these questions. The Centre should question Madhya Pradesh. Whatever the state government has done so far, it is inadequate considering the gravity of the issue," Raja told ANI.ANI
CPI-M demands judicial probe into killing of SIMI activists
Bhopal Encounter: Video Raises Questions on MP Police Claim of Gun Battle With SIMI Operatives
SIMI encounter: Did MP police kill 8 undertrials armed with just utensils?
SIMI ‘Encounter’: 11 Questions That Were Raised but Not Answered
Video of encounter between police and SIMI men who escaped prison
More Video Emerges: SIMI Men Seen Alive Before Bhopal ‘Encounter’
OTHERS
JNU students call for 'stronger action' to find Najeeb
New Delh : JNUSU organised a sit-in at the varsity's Administration Block on Diwali night to make a plea for stronger action in finding Najeeb Ahmed, who is missing now for the last 16 days.The sit-in -- light a ray of hope for Najeeb -- saw close to 300 students from across the campus on Sunday, who turned up to express their solidarity with Ahmed and his grieving family.Najeeb Ahmed, a university student of Mahi-Mandvi hostel in campus went missing on the intervening night of Oct.14-15 after being beaten by a 20-strong mob of students who had gone campaigning to his door for hostel elections."No violence will be tolerated in the campus, and against any student," JNU Teachers Association (JNUTA) Secretary, Vikramaditya Chaudhary said during the sit-in.The sit-in remained peaceful and was an attempt towards reminding people of Ahmed and the apathy of JNU administration and the police in their willingness to find him."It has been so many days but my brother has not been found, what is the police doing, what is the JNU authority doing," Sadaf Musharraf, Ahmed's cousin said at the protest."Tomorrow, (on Monday) we will again be protesting at the Ad-Block. We won't relent until Najeeb is found," he added.IANS
Santosh Kumar Agrahari arrested with bag full of explosives found inside Allahabad HC
Allahabad: A plastic bag full of explosives was found inside the high-security Allahabad High Court premises, sending authorities into a tizzy, even as police claimed to have arrested a man who had allegedly kept the packet at the spot and later raised an alarm with the hope of getting rewarded with a permanent job for his “alertness”. Addressing a press conference this evening, Senior Superintendent of Police, Allahabad, Shalabh Mathur said Santosh Kumar Agrahari (38), who had been running errands at the High Court on an ad hoc basis for over a decade, was arrested based on of CCTV footage of last night wherein his movements appeared to be “furtive and suspicious”.“We therefore took Agrahari into custody for interrogation though he happened to be the one who had raised an alarm about the plastic bag lying inside a court room. He confessed that he had himself prepared the packet, kept it at the spot and later raised an alarm with the hope that he would be appreciated for his alertness and rewarded with a permanent job at the high court,” Mathur said. Meanwhile, Agrahari has been arrested and booked under the Explosives Act, the SSP added. siasat
Kejriwal alleges Judges’ phones are tapped
New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday alleged that Judges’ phones were being tapped, a claim which was rubbished by the central government. Kejriwal made his remarks at an event to mark 50 years of Delhi High Court where ministers from both Central and state government were present.“I heard that judges’ phones are being tapped and they are afraid to talk. This is wrong and must not be allowed,” said Kejriwal at the event. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was also present at the event.This comes days after Chief Justice TS Thakur slammed the government over delay in procedure of appointment.  Indian express
Cloud over Muslim Personal Law Board's meet venues in Bengal: TOI
Kolkata: Even as Muslim clerics and leaders in Bengal converge on Haj House at 26B, Dilkusha Street on Monday to firm up the All India Muslim Personal Law Board's proposed Kolkata convention in November, the state's silence over allowing it to use the Haj Tower-cum-Empowerment Centre on the VIP Road and the Park Circus grounds for the 3-day (Nov.18, 19 and 20) convention has created an air of uncertainty.This will be the AIMPLB's second convention in Bengal after 2008 and it will be held in the backdrop of the board's vocal opposition to the Law Commission's questionnaire on Uniform Civil Code (UCC). Trinamool MP Sultan Ahmed, who is the chairperson of the organizing committee, had reportedly written to the state earlier seeking permission to use the two venues. While the meeting at Haj Tower will be an in-house session, the gathering at Park Circus will be an open public meeting. Nearly 700 delegates from across the country are expected to attend the Kolkata convention. "AIMPLB is an umbrella organization which has representatives from all Muslim sects, theological schools and religious orders. The body, however, is the highest decision-making body on Muslim personal laws. The annual session in Kolkata will deliberate on the key issues and formulate the roadmap ahead. It will, therefore, debate on all issues which are confronting the minority community as a whole," an AIMPLB member and a senior leader said. Ahmed refused to comment on the developments."Barely 3 weeks remain for the session. This is going to be the first AIMPLB general session in the aftermath of UCC and triple talaq debate. A word of confirmation from the state would have made us comfortable. We plan to go ahead with the preparations and hope the state will allow us to use the venues in due time," a leader said.The entire organising committee will be gathering for the first time on Monday. "The delay is causing some unease. This is a prestigious meeting. Moreover, several ruling party members and MPs and cabinet ministers are also part of it," another leader said.Kolkata convention is expected to formulate the AIMPLB's response to a host of issues, including the Dadri killing, repeated attempts to interfere in Muslim personal laws and the Centre's take on triple talaq."AIMPLB usually sticks to only Muslim personal laws, which broadly cover marriage, talaq, inheritance, succession and adoption-related issues. Only in some rare instances in which the community, as a whole, is affected it speaks out on broader issues as well, like the Babri Masjid massacre. Here, too, the script is likely to step beyond the written agenda given the concerted efforts to undermine religious tolerance," said AIMPLB member Dr Ruisuddin.TIMES OF INDIA

West Bengal: 10,000 Muslim clerics to hit the streets against Mamata Banerjee
Kolkata: Over 10,000 Muslim clerics are expected to hit the streets on Nov.8 in protest against ‘unfulfilled promises’ of CM Mamata Banerjee.“CM had started giving an honorarium to imams and moizzins of Rs 2,500 and Rs 1,000 respectively. We believe that the amount, which was already too small, had no appreciation in over 5 years now,” Md Kamruzzaman, general secretary of the All Bengal Minority Youth Federation (ABMYF), said. “There are instances when funds have stopped for 6 months and then resumed on the seventh month. No one seems to know what happened to that money,”he added.Members of around 40 organisations of imams and moizzins are likely to participate in the meeting organised by the ABMYF at Rani Rashmoni Avenue. indian express
Post surgical strikes, 8 Indian jawans killed in J&K
New Delhi: There have been more that 60 ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops along the LoC and IB in the state over the past few weeks. The cross-border conflict has heightened after terrorists attacked the Uri camp in Jammu and Kashmir following which India conducted the surgical strikes on Sept.29 destroying terror launchpads along the LoC.  Last week, the BSF said it killed 15 Pakistani soldiers over a week foiling two infiltration bids in Samba district. However, the Pakistan Army denied the claims saying none of its soldiers had died at the border. indianexpress
Fearing arrest, Zakir Naik skips father’s funeral in Mumbai:TOI report
MUMBAI: Dr Zakir Naik's father, Dr Abdul Kareem Naik (88), passed away in a city hospital early on Sunday. Naik, who is said to be in Malaysia, did not turn up for the funeral fearing arrest, said sources.Naik's father was president of the Bombay Psychiatric Society. While there is no fresh FIR against Naik, the Centre is preparing to declare his NGO IRF an "unlawful organization" under UAPA.A draft being finalized by Centre cites Naik's "provocative" speeches, criminal cases against him and his links with Peace TV which allegedly features "communal" content as grounds for a ban. Personnel from the city crime branch, NIA and local police station were seen at the cemetery observing mourners. A policeman told TOI, "We have come here for routine information and will report back to our respective offices." Dr Abdul Kareem is survived by 2 sons,Mohammed and Zakir and 3 daughters."Dr Abdul Kareem Naik's life cannot be described in a few words. He was popular among Hindus and Muslims. He was President of Bombay Psychiatric Society. He worked hard for educational institutions like Anjuman-e-Islam and Anjuman-e-Khairul Islam. In the last couple of days, he suffered from low blood pressure and organ failure," said Manzoor Shaikh, administrative manager of IRF.TOI
Nawaz Sharif pursuing Modi’s interests in Pakistan: Imran Khan
Islamabad:Imran Khan on Sunday accused Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of pursuing his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi’s interests in Pakistan as the government cracked down on the cricketer-turned-politician’s supporters with police arresting over 100 of them.“When Nawaz Sharif went to London for whatever kind of surgery, he on the hospital bed first telephoned Modi instead of his mother or children,” Imran told a press conference outside his Bani Gala residence here, referring to Sharif’s open heart surgery at a London hospital in May. “Nawaz is following Modi’s ‘interests’ in Pakistan. Nawaz is behind the security leaks story which defamed the armed forces. Actually his and Modi’s agenda is same,” the Pakistan Tahreek-i-Insaf Chairman said.Imran asserted that “everybody knows” that sacked Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid cannot leak sensitive information to the media on his own. Sharif on Saturday sacked Rashid over the recent “leaked” media report about a rift between the civilian and military leaderships on support to militancy.“Rashid is a darbari (courtier) and he did what Nawaz told him to do so,” Imran said.“The whole state machinery is being used to save a corrupt Prime Minister. I will not accept a ‘suspect’ as Prime Minister of Pakistan. As long as I am alive I will not go after Nawaz Sharif’s corruption,” the 64-year-old leader said.PTI
Hillary Clinton best bet for Indian-Americans: Frank Islam
Washington:Hillary Clinton is the best bet for the Indian community in the US, India-born American entrepreneur Frank Islam said on Sunday, asserting that the recent outreach by her Republican rival Donald Trump will do very little to impress the influential Indian-Americans. "I believe she (Clinton) is the only safe bet for Indian Americans, Americans and the world. Her opponent is a risky bet in that he has no real track record of experience or expertise in public policy, government and international relations," Islam, a philanthropist and top Indian-American fund raiser for the Clinton Campaign, told PTI.Among one of the top bundler's for Clinton, Islam said a number of Indian-Americans are playing key roles in her campaign in different capacities."Many of us are raising money for the campaign. I believe nearly a dozen Indian-Americans have raised significant dollars for the secretary's historic campaign," said Islam, who is also a member of Clinton's finance committee and has himself donated one million dollars to the campaign.He is also participating on a South Asian work group and is providing input to the campaign on issues and areas such as small business and economic development where he has experience and expertise.PTI
World
UNICEF: Two billion children breathing toxic air
As Indians awake to smoke-filled skies from a weekend of festival fireworks, Delhi's worst season for air pollution begins - with dire consequences.A new report from the UN children's agency, UNICEF, says about a third of the two billion children in the world who are breathing toxic air live in northern India and neighbouring countries, risking serious health effects including damage to their lungs, brain and other organs.Of that global total, 300 million children are exposed to pollution levels more than six times higher than standards set by the World Health Organization, including 220 million in South Asia.The alarming numbers are hardly a surprise. Delhi's air pollution, among the world's worst, surges each winter because of the season's weak winds and countless rubbish fires set alight to help people stay warm.Even days before the city erupted in annual firework celebrations for the Hindu holiday of Diwali, recorded levels of tiny, lung-clogging particulate matter known as PM2.5 were considered dangerous at well above 300 micrograms per cubic metre.On Monday, Delhi residents were advised to stay indoors, with health warnings issued for the young, elderly and those with respiratory or heart conditions. Since being identified as one of the world's most polluted cities, Delhi has tried to clean its air in recent years.
Central African Republic: 20,000 stranded at UN base
Renewed deadly violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) has forced more than 20,000 people to flee to a UN base to seek safety and shelter.Tensions in the town of Kaga Bandero, in northern CAR, have also risen to such an extent that humanitarian workers have suspended relief efforts in the area, leaving thousands vulnerable."The prevaling insecurity makes the work of humanitarian partners more difficult in terms of access to the vulnerable population as it narrows down humanitarian space," Yaye Nabo Sene, spokesperson at the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the capital Bangui, told Al Jazeera on Sunday.The withdrawal of the World Food Programme because of security concerns will impact about 120,000 people dependent on food supplies, and 35,000 others living precariously in surrounding camps for internally displaced people (IDPs). aljazeera
Michel Aoun elected president of Lebanon
Michel Aoun, the former Lebanese army chief, has been elected president of Lebanon, ending more than two years of deadlock surrounding the vacancy.Aoun, 81, secured the presidency by winning the support of 83 MPs, well above the absolute majority of 65 needed to win, according to a tally of votes read out in a televised broadcast from parliament on Monday.Fireworks echoed across Beirut as the tally showed Aoun the winner.Aoun, an MP, was shown smiling in his seat. The Lebanese presidency is reserved for a Maronite Christian in the country's sectarian power-sharing system. aljazeera
Syria: Dozens dead as rebels try to break Aleppo siege
Syrian government troops and rebels were locked in fierce fighting on Sunday on Aleppo's western edges, where at least 41 civilians have been killed over the past three days.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor, said the death toll included at least 17 children, adding hundreds of mortars had been fired.The northern city of Aleppo's frontline runs through the heart of the ancient city, dividing rebels in the east from government forces in the west.Rebels, in an opposition offensive to break a devastating siege, have unleashed car bombs and salvos of rockets and mortar shells to break through government lines. aljazeera
Iran-Trained Militias Join US-Backed Campaign on Mosul:Reuters
Ain Nasir, Iraq: Gun trucks and humvees streamed north on a highway heading to Mosul on Sunday flying the banners of Shi’ite militias along with Iraqi flags while blaring religious songs. The convoys were the first clear sign of a new player on the battlefield in the US-backed offensive to retake Mosul from ISIS: Hashid Shaabi or Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF), a coalition of Shi’ite militias.Although it reports officially to Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, the coalition is mostly made up of groups trained by Iran and loyal to its Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.They have close ties with General Qassem Soleimani, the commander of Iran’s Quds Brigade,extra-territorial arm of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards. He was seen touring the frontlines around Mosul last week.Among the banners that could be seen flying from artillery cannons, communication towers and buildings recently retaken from ISIS were those of Kataib Hezbollah and Asaib Ahl al-Haq, 2 of the main Iranian-backed groups, alongside the Badr Organisation, considered the largest.Though Sunday was only the second day that the PMF had officially joined the battle against ISIS, banners and slogans of the organisation made it clear that theirs is a pan-Shi’ite cause that may not end at Iraq’s borders.Tens of thousands of Iraqi Shi’ite militia fighters have crossed the border to fight on behalf of the government of President Bashar al-Assad with backing from Iran, but the PMF is not officially involved in the fighting there.This could change after Mosul. Shi’ite paramilitary coalition said it plans to fight then alongside Assad’s forces.“We are fully ready to go to any place that contains a threat to Iraqi national security,” Ahmed al-Asadi, a PMF spokesman, told a news conference in Baghdad on Saturday, mentioning Syria as the main “arena” for the fighting.
2,000 Palestinians affected by Israeli demolitions in Jordan Valley: middleeastmonitor
Some 2,000 Palestinians in the Jordan Valley have been affected by Israeli demolitions since the start of the year, according to United Nations figures.Reporting on the data, Israeli newspaper Haaretz said the number is “particularly high” because Israeli occupation forces have targeted “water networks to several communities in the valley.”In 2016 to date, up to October 9, the Israeli army and so-called Civil Administration officials – the body which manages the day-to-day affairs of the occupation – have conducted “35 destructive raids in the Jordan Valley.”Palestinian homes and other structures are routinely demolished for lacking a permit – which for residents of ‘Area C’ (60% of the West Bank) are impossible to obtain. During the 35 raids, Israeli forces even “confiscated or destroyed 19 toilet structures.”
Israel tries to block PA bid to join Interpol
The Israeli authorities are preparing to start a campaign to convince International Criminal Police Organisation, Interpol, to reject the membership application from the Palestinian Authority, Quds Press reported on Sunday.Using its diplomatic representation overseas, the foreign ministry is trying to explain Israel’s stance on the PA’s bid to join the organisation. According to the Walla website, the move to join Interpol is part of PA’s strategy to join international organisations. After the UN, Interpol is largest of such bodies.When the application was submitted a very short time before the last annual meeting of Interpol members, it was rejected. Earlier this year, the PA renewed its request to join the organisation, but the executive committee decided in May not to vote on any new applications. middleeastmonitor
Historic Christian site opened for the first time in centuries
The historic site where Christians believe the body of Jesus was laid after the crucifixion has been opened for the first time since the 15th century, Moheet.com reported on Sunday. The tomb is located in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the occupied Old City of Jerusalem. The marble slab on the tomb was moved for the first time since 1810, when it was placed there after renovation works were carried out in the wake of a fire.“The marble covering of the tomb has been pulled back, and we were surprised by the amount of fill material beneath it,” said Fredrik Hiebert, an archaeologist for the National Geographic Society, which is a partner in the restoration project. “It will be a long scientific analysis, but we will finally be able to see the original rock surface on which, according to [Christian] tradition, the body of Christ was laid.” middleeastmonitor
Bodies found in Benghazi suggest mass execution
Reports of a mass execution are circulating in Benghazi after police found the bodies of ten men who had been handcuffed and shot. The corpses were taken to Benghazi Medical Centre; only one of the victims has been identified so far.This is the second time that a mass killing in the Libyan city has been reported. In July, 14 bodies were recovered from a rubbish dump; their arms and legs had been tied together and there were signs of torture; all had been shot in the head. This followed the discovery of the bodies of at least 12 former Qaddafi-era soldiers across Libya in June. The men had all just been released from prison. middleeastmonitor


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Sunday, 30 October 2016

Evening NEWS DIGEST
30 Oct. 2016: 28 Muharram 1438: Vol: 8, No:23
Banning Zakir Naik’s India maligning IRF correct: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi
New Delhi: Dr. Zakir Naik’s IRF is maligning India and, therefore, it is correct to ban it, said Minister of State for Parliamentary Affair Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.“If any person tries to malign society, tries to divide it, create tension between the people and hamper peace in the country then the government and people always will take strict and sever action against them,” Naqvi told ANI.Naqvi said it has become important to restrict such kind of organisations or people and not provide them much freedom.ANI
Zakir Naik’s father Dr Abdul Karim Naik passes away
Mumbai: Zakir Naik’s father Abdul Karim Naik, a physician and an educationist, passed away at his home here early this morning after suffering a cardiac arrest. He was 87. “He suffered a cardiac arrest at 3.30am at his home in Mazgaon and could not recover from that. Abdul had been keeping unwell from sometime. He was laid to rest at a graveyard in the same area,” an associate of Dr. Zakir Naik said.Born in Ratnagiri in coastal Maharashtra, Abdul Naik, a doctor, served as the president of the Bombay Psychiatric Society, a private organisation of mental health professionals, in 1994-95. He had also been active in the field of education.Dr. Naik, who extended his stay abroad, is likely to visit the city soon to pay respects to his father, the associate has said.Asked about Dr. Naik skipping the funeral, his aide said, “He wasn’t able to attend. It was too short a time. He will soon be here to pay respects to his father.” PTI
All major Kerala Muslim outfits announce to boycott Law Commission's survey on Uniform Civil Code
Kozhikode: Major Muslim organizations in the state have decided to boycott the questionnaire prepared by the National Law Commission on the proposed Uniform Civil Code. The decision in this regard was taken at a joint meeting of representatives of these organizations here on Saturday. The meeting felt that there was no need to bring any changes in the Sharia as the law was comprehensive.It also opined that the issue of triple talaq was only a bait prepared by the Centre.It was convened to discuss issues related to BJP-led Central government's move to implement the Uniform Civil Code and to take a decision on how to respond to the questionnaire issued by the Law Commission.The meeting chaired by Panakkad Syed Hyder Ali Shihab Thangal decided to join hands with the All India Muslim Personal Law Board which is spreading the campaign against the uniform civil code. Muslim organizations also resolved to hold discussions with like-minded secular outfits, legal experts and intellectuals.Sunni group led by Kanthapuram AP Aboobacker Musaliyar, however, stayed away from the meeting. IUML national president E Ahamed, national secretary MP Abdusamad Samadani, state general secretary KPA Majeed, secretary PV Abdul Wahab, K Alikutty Musaliyar, Kottumala TM Bappu Musaliyar (Samastha Kerala Jam-Iyyathul Ulema), TP Abdulla Koya Madani (KNM), Hussein Madavoor (KNM-Madavor), Sheikh Muhammad Karakunnu (Jamaat-e-Islami Hind), CP Salim (Wisdom Global Islamic Mission), Fazal Gafoor (MES) and P Mammad Koya (MSS) attended the meeting.TOI
Don't touch Sharia, warn Kerala Muslim outfits
IUML to spearhead campaign against Uniform Civil Code
Milli Council slams Govt move on triple Talaq, endorses Muslim Personal Law Board stand
Bhopal: 2-day annual general meeting (AGM) of the All India Milli Council (AIMC) has decided that it would appeal to the community to ensure that the communal forces do not come to power in forthcoming Assembly polls in 5 States.AIMC came to this decision in its 2-day meeting that concluded here on Saturday. Addressing the media persons after the meet AIMC president Maulana Hakim Mohammed Abdulla Mughesi said, “We have decided to step up campaign against ‘infringement’ on the religious rights and practices of Muslims. We also oppose the move of Union government on the triple Talaq issue and common civil code and we endorse the stand of All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) over these issues.” Milli Council's meet unanimously passed other resolutions including that it would support AIMPLB’s stand over the issue of uniform civil code and would oppose tooth and nail any bid to construct temple at the place of Babri Masjid especially when the issue is sub judice. Daily Pioneer
Milli Council against changes in Muslim personal law


Muslim outfits ignore Moulavi's plight:TOI
Kozhikode: Even while the cases against the Salafi preacher Shamsudeen Fareed and Peace International School have become a hot topic of discussion within the community, a Muslim preacher is cooling his heels in a Mumbai jail for the last 3 months. And worse, none of the mainstream Muslim organizations have shown any interest in the case against the preacher who, many believe, is falsely implicated.Muhammad Haneef alias Haneef Moulavi was picked by the Kerala police from Peringathoor in Kannur district where he was working as a khatib in a Salafi mosque. The moulavi was later handed over to the Mumbai police as there was case against him."We have no information about his case. I once visited him in jail but after that there is no way to communicate with him," said P Shahul, younger brother of the moulavi. "He worked with the mosques of the official faction of Kerala Nadvathul Mujahideen (KNM) but none of the leaders of the KNM had inquired abo ut him after his arrest," Shahul said.IUML leadership, which came out in the open against slapping of UAPA on Shamsudeen Fareed and registering of cases against the Peace International School, seem to be oblivious of the plight of the Salafi preacher. "No one from the IUML contacted us, but some SDPI leaders inquired about the case," Shahul said.Moulavi's wife is pregnant and she has no means to contact him in the jail. "It was his brother-in-law who engaged a lawyer in Mumbai. Only he knows the present status of the case. We want to help him out legally but we don't know how to do it and whom to approach," said the worried brother.TOI
Delhi police plan to track phones, emails, social media of suspected terrorists, radicalised youth
New Delhi: The anti-terror unit of the Delhi police(special cell) is in the process of procuring high-end software and hardware to keep track on mails and phones of terror groups operating in the national capital. The department has procured a high-end equipment through which it can also hack any encrypted communications. To fight out the terror outfits, the unit will now effectively monitor the virtual world of the suspected terrorists and radicalised youth. At a recent law and order meeting chaired by police commissioner Alok Kumar Verma, special commissioner of police Arvind Deep, who heads special cell,stated:“Ministry of communication and IT, department of telecommunications, has granted permission to the special cell for the procurement of hardware of multi-user Internet Monitoring System (IMS) connectivity.” Now, special cell has initiated the process for the procurement of the equipment. Entire proposal of procuring IMS and software worth Rs 6 crore will be set up at the Lodhi Colony office of the unit. Through this system, the police can now crack into sites like twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Tumblr and even chat applications like telegram, Wickr, Gliph and WhatsApp. Asian age
Imam crisis hits mosques; some in jail, some on run
Srinagar: After police arrested many Imams for “inciting people to violence” through their sermons, it has led to a new crisis within valley where many mosques are without prayer heads.Soon after the killing of Burhan Wani, mass pro-freedom sloganeering and playing of taranas (eulogies) on public address system was witnessed in mosques across Kashmir.Sensing trouble, the police arrested many Imams within city and other districts of Kashmir on the pretext of ‘inciting violence’. Presently scores of the mosques in Kashmir are without Imams who are either in detention or on the run fearing action from the authorities. Kashmir monitor
Savarkar is new father of the emerging india; Gandhi is now stepfather: Ashis Nandy
In 2016, India marches towards what is recognised as the new dawn of economic prosperity and political power. In this interview with Ajaz Ashraf, renowned political psychologist Ashis Nandy speaks on the future of India, based on his reading of its past and present. Nandy said, "Hinduism that we see around us today is not 2,000 or 4,000 years old. It is just 150 years old. It was born in urban India, under the new political economy that the British Raj introduced. The reference point was Protestant Christianity, not Catholicism, which is relatively more open. I come from a Protestant family. I know today’s Hinduism is that.The first generation of RSS pracharaks—men like (Hindu Mahasabha leader) BS Munje and(RSS founder K.B.) Hedgewar—took their inspiration from the Ramakrishna Mission (which was influenced by Christianity). Swami Vivekananda (Ramakrishna Mission’s founder) was himself a very different person. He did not speak of Islam and Muslims as villains." He added, “Once you endorse nationalism (typically, one country, one religion, one language), you don’t even have to discuss it (religion). I think it was (Ernest) Gellner who said you don’t have to read the texts of nationalism because all nationalisms are the same. Savarkar recognised it. He did not believe in anything (religious). He refused to give a Hindu funeral to his own wife and said that there was nothing sacred about the cow. He also made fun of (RSS’s 2nd  sarsanghchalak) Golwalkar’s fondness for rituals.  Savarkar is the real father of the emerging India. Gandhi is now the stepfather." out look
Vibrant Gujarat summit: UAE to be partner country, first from the Muslim world
Ahmedabad: UAE has become the first Muslim nation to become a “partner country” for Gujarat government’s biennial investors’ summit, the eight edition of which will be held from Jan.10-13 in 2017. “We have received a confirmation from UAE for being a partner country for Vibrant summit,” said PK Taneja,Additional Chief Secretary, Industries and Mines Department that is overlooking the preparation for the summit that was first started in 2003 by the then chief minister Narendra Modi to rekindle the pace of investments in Gujarat.
Odisha encounter biggest loss in 40 years of revolutionary struggle: Maoists
Raipur: The outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) has accepted that the encounter with security forces in Malkangiri district of Odisha on Oct.24, which resulted in the killing of 28 Maoists, was “biggest loss” suffered by the party in 40 years of revolutionary struggle.Calling for Bandh in Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana on Nov.3 in protest of its cadre’s killing, a press note issued in the name of “Pratap” , who claimed to be the official spokesperson of the CPI (M) central regional, accused the police of “capturing its 11 comrades in injured condition and killing them after torture”.“Our 27 cadres were killing on the morning of Oct.24 in Odisha. This was the first time that the party has suffered such a big loss in its 40 years of revolutionary struggle. Many senior leaders and cadres belonging to AP,Odisha, Chhattisgarh, and Telangana achieved martyrdom. It was a conspiracy and the security forces resorted to their old tactic of using surrendered Maoists to target party leaders,” said Pratap.However, he claimed that “such conspiracies” cannot weaken his party.“Our revolutionary struggle has come a long way despite many such attacks and even after losing thousands of comrades to the attacks by the state. Exploitation increases resentment among the revolutionary masses and the rulers, who forget this truth, will have to pay a heavy price for it,” the Maoist spokesperson threatened. the hindu
Defending Asian champ Heena Sidhu refuses to wear hijab in Iran, withdraws from event:DNA
Reigning champion Heena Sidhu has bowed out of the Asian Airgun Shooting Championship to be held in Tehran, Iran, in December on account of Iran's strict dress code for women.The official website of the event clearly specifies that women participants will have to abide by the rules and laws specified by the Republic of Iran when on the shooting range or in public places.
Hindutva Terror in JNU: Student Najeeb Still Missing: By Abhay Kumar,  researcher, JNU
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Aleppo: Putin rejects army request to resume air raids
Russian President Vladimir Putin has rejected a request by his military to resume air raids over Syria's rebel-held eastern Aleppo. Russian army said on Friday that it had asked the president for authorisation to resume its bombing campaign,but Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Putin "considers it inappropriate at the current moment", adding the president thought it necessary to "continue the humanitarian pause" in the war-battered city.The request was made after Syrian opposition fighters launched an assault against the government-held western part of city, firing rockets and detonating car bombs in a counter assault.Separately, the Iranian and Syrian foreign ministers were meeting in Moscow with their Russian counterpart to discuss the war. aljazeera
Shia militias open new front in battle for Mosul
Shia militias say they have launched an assault to the west of Mosul, opening up a new front in the battle to drive ISIL from the country's second city and the group's last major bastion in the country.The coalition of militias, know as the Popular Mobilisation Units, had not played a heavy part in the fighting, but the offensive on Saturday indicates a bigger role than many observers had anticipated.A spokesman for the coalition, Ahmed al-Asadi, told a news conference that seven hours into the operation 10 villages had been "liberated" from ISIL.  "This corridor is considered the main artery of ISIL between Mosul on one end and Raqqa in Syria on the other," said Asadi. Aljazeera


Erdogan warns of Shia militia entering Iraq's Tal Afar
Ankara: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday raised concerns about the advance of a Shia militia towards the Tal Afar district of Iraq’s Mosul province.During a Turkish Republic Day reception, the president warned all parties involved of the Hashd al-Shaabi militia entering Tal Afar, saying, “Tal Afar is a very sensitive issue for us. We definitely do not regard it [the militia’s involvement] positively in Tal Afar and Sinjar. I already told this to officials clearly.”He added, “Tal Afar is a totally Turkmen city, with half Shia and half Sunni Muslims. We do not judge people by their religious affiliation, we regard them all as Muslims.” “But if Hashd al-Shaabi terrorizes the region, our response would be different.”Ankara has repeatedly warned about the risk of sectarian conflict if Shia militias are allowed to enter Sunni-majority Mosul. In other parts of Iraq liberated from Daesh, such as Fallujah and Ramadi, there have been allegations of Shia fighters mistreating Sunni civilians. Anadolu Agency
Iraqi forces may enter Syria to fight Daesh: Adviser
Baghdad: An Iraqi adviser hinted Saturday that Iraqi forces might enter Syrian territories to fight the Daesh militant group. Speaking at a forum in Najaf in central Iraq, Faleh al-Fayyad, a national security adviser to the Iraqi government, said Iraqi forces were making progress in the ongoing operation to retake Daesh-held Mosul city. “…we might be forced to enter Syrian territories to fight Daesh after liberating Mosul,” he added. Anadolu Agency
Mosul Op: US-led coalition announces pause, Iraq disagrees
US-led coalition against Daesh, dubbed “Operation Inherent Resolve”, has confirmed that the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) have temporarily halted their advance on Mosul, a claim Baghdad denies.According to Al Jazeera, the coalition stated today that the ISF would be halting combat operations for two days in order to regroup.Speaking from Baghdad, coalition spokesman Colonel John Dorian said: “We believe that [regrouping] will take two days before continuing the advance towards Mosul.”“We continue to support [Iraqi forces] with airstrikes that target tunnels and [Daesh’s] command network,” Dorian said, adding that the coalition had dropped more than 2,500 bombs on Daesh targets since the operation to recapture Mosul began almost two weeks ago.The coalition’s strike report for today confirmed that Western air power had conducted four airstrikes in Iraq, most of them targeting tunnels and command and control targets.Meanwhile, the ISF’s media wing claimed that they were not halting any combat operations, but were instead continuing them and “will not stop until Ninawa is completely liberated…the axes are advancing according to plan and to the assigned schedule.” middleeastmonitor
Life under IS was strict,brutal, but some moments didn't seem so bad, say Sunni Iraqis: LA Times
When Islamic State swept into Iraq’s Tob Zawa village near Mosul 2 years ago, Shiite residents, knowing the extremists considered them apostates who should die, quickly fled.Many Sunni residents, however, stayed and took their chances with the militant group members, also Sunni. “In the beginning, Daesh fighters would come to us and say ‘We’re here to support the Muslims, and you’re our brothers,’” said village resident Ahmad Iqaab. The militants, though known for enforcing strict living conditions and conducting extreme acts of violence, at times could be more respectful than government officials, he said. But danger was always present. Nevertheless, some residents have described a life under Islamic State, at least for Sunni communities, that at times seemed preferable to what the government had offered.Iqaab said that in the first 9 months of controlling Tob Zawa, the militants disbursed a monthly allowance of 100,000 Iraqi dinars, or roughly $85, to those who couldn’t work, though it was later halved and halved again. Families would receive a sack of flour.The militants were also respectful, especially compared with the Iraqi army under former PM Nouri Maliki, an authoritarian accused by some critics of turning government troops into sectarian death squads. “If a Daesh guy came to buy a sheep from me and I didn’t accept the price, he would apologize and say ‘forgive me,’” said Iyad, an 18-year old shepherd who gave only his first name. He contrasted the jihadists’ behavior with the actions of the government troops who reclaimed Tob Zawa this week from the group.“I was on the road when army soldiers saw me and offered me 25,000 Iraqi dinars for a sheep I had. I said it cost 100,000,” he said. “But they threatened me with their guns, took the sheep, paid the 25,000 and left.”A friend, Abdul Karim Taqi Din, 17, squatted beside Iyad near a water point in the new refugee camp set up near Khazir, 12 miles from Mosul. The camp had about 1,000 people who were evacuated from Tob Zawa because of military operations.“It wasn’t a bad life,” Din said. “If you didn’t do anything against them [IS], if you didn’t violate their rules, they were very respectful.”Some of those rules, the refugees said, included being forbidden from wearing jeans and cutting short the traditional Arab dishdash robe to match the garb worn by jihadi fighters in Afghanistan. Women were forced to wear a full face covering.Men were forced to attend 5 daily prayers, checking their names off a list posted on the door of the village mosque.The group forbade TV and satellite receivers, said Aqeelah, Din’s mother. SIM cards and mobile phones were also not allowed.But there was a semblance of justice.Iyad spoke with admiration about the time a militant had killed one of his guard dogs. When he had complained, the fighter was lashed 50 times and made to pay a fine.“Their commander, they call him an emir [prince], if he hit you, you could go to complain and if it had been done without reason and you could hit him back in court,” he said.“If it was proven that their emir had stolen money, they would cut his hand. Even [IS leader Abu Bakr] Baghdadi, if they had proof he had stolen something, they would punish him as well.” Los Angeles Times
Turkey sacks over 10,000 civil servants for links with coup attempt
Istanbul: Turkish authorities have dismissed more than 10,000 civil servants over their suspected links with US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, blamed by Ankara for orchestrating the failed coup in July.Thousands of academics, teachers and health workers were among those removed through a new emergency rule decree published on the Official Gazette late on Saturday.Turkey has formally arrested more than 37,000 people and has already sacked or suspended 100,000 civil servants, judges, prosecutors, police and others in an unprecedented crackdown the government says is necessary to root out all supporters of Gulen from the state apparatus and key positions.REUTERS



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