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04 October 2016

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04 Oct. 2016: 02 Muharram 1438: Vol:8, No:02
Egypt police shoot dead Brotherhood leaders Mohamed Kamal, Yasser Shehata; Org terms it extra judicial murder
Cairo: 2 leaders of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood group were shot dead by Egyptian security forces south of Cairo, the country’s interior ministry said. In a Tuesday statement, the ministry said Mohamed Kamal, 61, was killed along with Yasser Shehata in a shootout late Monday in Cairo’s Bassateen neighborhood after a police raid on their apartment. The ministry claimed Kamal was the founder of the Brotherhood’s armed wing and blamed him for a spate of attacks on security forces, including last year’s assassination of prosecutor-general Hisham Barakat. But London-based Brotherhood leader Mohamed Soudan cast doubts on the circumstances of Kamal’s killing.“Authorities announced the death of Kamal and Shehata shortly after local media reported that they had been arrested,” Soudan said . “This means that both leaders had been liquidated,” he said.  Muslim Brotherhood’s social media accounts reported Monday that Kamal had disappeared, but did not provide any more information.  Egypt has been roiled by turmoil since the military deposed Morsi, the country’s first freely elected president, in a 2013 coup. Anadolu Agency
Senior Brotherhood leader Mohamed Kamal killed in Egypt
Egypt says it killed senior Muslim Brotherhood leader Kamal in shootout: Reuters
Muslim Brotherhood terms Extrajudicial Murder of Guidance Bureau Member by Military Junta
INDIA
Ready to face any inquiry, says AMU VC after HRD ministry seeks Prez's nod for inquiry against him
Aligarh: VC of AMU has said he was "prepared to face any inquiry", a day after reports emerged that the HRD ministry is mulling high-level probe into alleged financial and administrative irregularities committed by him."Allegations of financial and administrative irregularities are untrue and have been designed to sully my image by vested interests",VC, AMU, Lt Gen (retired) Zameer Uddin Shah said."I am however fully prepared to face any such inquiry if and when it is instituted," he added.When asked whether NDA govt was targeting him for championing the cause of the university s minority character against the policies of the Modi govt , the VC denied it. "The charges against me are being levelled by some vested interests to jeopardise and prejudice the ongoing case against my appointment in the apex court," he said.He alleged that the same "vested interests" which were instrumental in filing the case challenging his appointment, are also responsible for current controversy. According to university sources, Shah today wrote to the HRD Ministry seeking clarifications regarding the purported inquiry on the grounds that such reports have undermined his position as the head of the institution. According to media reports HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar has sought the President’s approval to initiate an inquiry against vice-chancellors of AMU and Allahabad University.PTI
HRD ministry seeks President's nod for inquiry into complaints against AMU VC
AMU, Allahabad University VCs under HRD scanners
Muslim outfit seeks FIR against Vanzara for dubbing Madrassas as factories of terrorism
Hmedabad: A Muslim group has approached Vejalpur police against retired IPS officer D G Vanzara demanding that he should be booked for spreading communal hatred and for hurting their religious sentiments in his speech in Godhra last week.Jamiat-e-Ulama-e-Hind's Abdul Latif Shaikh has filed a criminal application seeking invocation of Section 153A and 295A against Vanzara for dubbing Madrassas as factories of terrorism. Vanzara had called for the closure of madrassas because he said that education imparted here had influenced separatists in J&K. The complainant has stated that the madrassas are run according to the Shariah of the Prophet and are involved in teaching of Islam, which is a religion of peace. Vanzara, who is an accused in fake encounter cases, has deliberately uttered such words so that it hurts sentiments of people and his statement causes hatred towards Muslims.TOI
Graveyard land leased, Muslims stage protest in Ludhiana
Ludhiana: Muslims protested against the WAKF board that allegedly leased their graveyard land to a private coloniser at Haibowal Kalan.The protesters alleged that a land mafia was trying to grab the land for private use. Asrar Tareen, president of Kafan Dafan Muslim Welfare Society said, “WAKF board members in collusion with administration have leased out around 4.418 acres on Balloke Road. There is a nexus in place to please a few officials in the govt  department and members of land mafia.”“WAKF act states that graveyard land cannot be leased out for any other purpose, but violating the act guidelines, authorities are leasing the land. The Punjab and Haryana High Court has issued stay orders on September 27, against construction on said land. But we want that the land be freed completely,” Tareen added. hindustantimes
 KASHMIR ISSUE & SUOTH ASIA
Surgical strikes: Row deepens as politicians bicker over ‘evidence’
New Delhi: A political slugfest has erupted over India’s surgical strikes on terror launch pads across the LoC, with leaders from different political parties trading barbs over its veracity. Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam on Tuesday termed the operation “fake”, provoking stinging criticism from BJP even as his own party said that it “totally dissociates” from his remarks. He went on to demand ‘some evidence’ to prove that the strikes did take place. As the row over Nirupam’s comments erupted, the party dissociated itself from the incident, saying it had taken a serious note of those.Union minister Uma Bharti slammed politicians seeking evidence of the strikes and said, “Those leaders who say that if Pakistan is demanding evidence about surgical strike, they should be given the evidence, such people should take the citizenship of Pakistan.”On Tuesday, speaking to a TV channel, Congress leader P Chidambaram said, “Having taken political ownership for the cross-border action and having publicised it so much, it is only to be expected that people will demand that the video be released,” he said.“Having thought through the consequences, let the government respond to the demand for releasing videos,” he said.On Monday, Delhi chief minister Kejriwal too stirred a controversy when he, after praising PM Modi for the strikes, asked for the release of proof of the operation to ‘expose’ Islamabad.Union urban development minister Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday responded to calls for release of evidence and said, “No one has any question about surgical strikes except the Congress and the chief minister of Delhi. I want to tell them they should not worry about the evidence. It will be presented.”HT
BJP playing politics over surgical strike issue: Kejriwal
Rejecting BJP’s criticism, Delhi Cm Arvind Kejriwal today accused it of playing politics over the anti-terror surgical strike and said why was the party “scared” when he had only asked the PM to counter the false propaganda by Pakistan. Maintaining that AAP believes that surgical strikes did take place, Kejriwal said that in his video message yesterday he had only appealed to PM Narendra Modi to give a befitting reply. Indian express
Everyone wants surgical strikes against Pakistan, but not fake ones: Mumbai Congress chief Nirupam
Surgical strikes: Row deepens as politicians bicker over ‘evidence’
Nirupam calls surgical strikes by Army against Pak ‘fake’
Surgical strikes: Only called for proof to counter Pakistani propaganda, Arvind Kejriwal clarifies
Pak hands over dossier to US on rights violations in Kashmir
Islamabad: Pakistan has handed over a dossier to the US on grave human rights violations by India in Kashmir and sought the countrys intervention in the matter. Pakistans Ambassador to US Jalil Abbas Jilani yesterday met with US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Ambassador Richard Olson at the State Department and handed over a dossier containing information on the "gross human rights violations" by the Indian security forces in Kashmir, Foreign Affairs Ministry said here.Jilani said that the international community, especially the US, should take note of the "inhuman and degrading treatment" being meted out to the innocent civilians in Kashmir.US, being a permanent member of the UNSC, should impress upon India to immediately end the "state-sponsored terrorism", the Ambassador was quoted as saying by the Ministry in a statement.It was also emphasised during their meeting that the right to self-determination was granted to the people of Kashmir by the UN which "could not be unilaterally denied by India", according to statement. Jilani further underscored that the international community must ensure that India as a member of the UN, should allow access to international human rights and humanitarian organisations to assess the factual situation in Kashmir. PTI
As Sharif continues to rake up Kashmir internationally, US says its position on the issue hasn't changed
Kashmir shut for 88th consecutive day, life remains paralysed
Srinagar:Kashmir Valley remained shut for the 88th consecutive day on Tuesday and life remained paralysed as authorities made heavy deployments of security forces in Srinagar and other areas. Officials said sufficient deployments of the CRPF and state police were made here as well as all district headquarters to maintain peace.Separatists called for protests by women across the valley on Tuesday.Women were asked to assemble and occupy city squares, market places and traffic inter-sections to register peaceful protests.IANS
Woman separatist leader Andrabi held in Kashmir
Srinagar: Elusive woman separatist leader Asiya Andrabi was arrested by police here on Tuesday.The chief of Dukhtaran-e-Millat outfit was nabbed from Basant Bagh area of the city this afternoon, a police official said.PTI
National Conference delegation meets Jammu and Kashmir Governor against mass repression
Srinagar:A delegation of opposition National Conference on Tuesday met Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra and sought his intervention in safeguarding the rights of people in the Valley against “harassment and mass repression” under the garb of law and order measures.1-member delegation led by former minister Sakina Ittoo apprised the Governor about “unprecedented mass arrests, slapping of Public Safety Acts, destruction of paddy harvest, nocturnal raids and large scale harassment of civilians across the Valley.”PTI
Cops may book more than 100 govt employees for Kashmir protests
New Delhi: J&K police are in the process of booking more than 130 state govt  employees under the stringent PSA on charges of directly and indirectly instigating the present unrest in the Valley.Most of these employees participated in stone pelting security forces following the killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani on July 8. More than 90 people have died in clashes with security forces and over 10,000 security personnel injured in the stone-pelting incidents after Wani’s killing.HT
Pakistan, India can’t remain in this phase, need to come out, says Pak envoy Abdul Basit
New Delhi:In first remarks after India announced that it had conducted surgical strikes against terror launch pads along the LoC, Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit said Monday that the two countries need to “talk to each other, break the ice”. Basit said, “If India is ready, Pakistan will be willing. But if India is not ready, we can always wait. India has to make up its mind.” Seeking to lower the temperature, the Pakistan envoy said “war is not really a solution to our problems” and there is “no room for conflict in a nuclear environment”. indianexpress
Congress slams its leader Nirupam for calling surgical strikes 'fake'
BJP slams Kejriwal, P Chidambaram's comments on surgical strikes
When NSA Ajit Doval outlined India's new Pak strategy- defensive offense - perfectly: TOI
Army wants 6 months to smash terror infrastructure in PoK
Those seeking proof of surgical strike should take Pakistan citizenship: Uma Bharti
BJP claims Kejriwal ‘making’ headlines in Pakistan: Here’s how Pak media reported his remarks
OTHERS
Over 30 per cent of extremely poor children live in India: World Bank-UNICEF report
United Nations:India is home to over 30 per cent of almost 385 million children living in extreme poverty, the highest in South Asia, according to a new report by the World Bank Group and UNICEF. The report ‘Ending Extreme Poverty: A Focus on Children’ said children are more than twice as likely as adults to live in extreme poverty.In 2013, 19.5 per cent of children in developing nations were living in households that survived on an average of $1.90 a day or less per person, compared to just 9.2 per cent of adults.Globally, almost 385 million children were living in extreme poverty.The report said sub-Saharan Africa has both the highest rates of children living in extreme poverty at just under 50 per cent, and the largest share of the world’s extremely poor children, at just over 50 per cent.PTI
RBI cuts repo rate by 25 basis points
Mumbai:RBI has reduced the key policy rate or the repo rate by 25 bps to 6.25 per cent in the fourth bimonthly policy review announced on Tuesday.This is the first rate decision made by the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the bank, which is headed by RBI Governor Urjit Patel and comprises six members.“Six members voted in favour of the monetary policy decision,” the RBI said in a statement.The committee had noted that the sharp drop in retail inflation reflected a downward shift in the momentum of food inflation, the RBI said.the hindu
Muslims too, make plans to push for reservation
Mumbai:With Maratha morchas getting massive response, Muslims are now gearing up to intensify their struggle for reservation by forming multiple committees and undertaking protest morchas.In a meeting at Haj House on Tuesday, which was attended by around 200 Muslim outfits and NGOs, a Muslim Reservation Coordination Samitee was formed to plan the programme. Another committee of eminent people and religious leaders is already in place to intensify the agitation. They have coined a new slogan ‘One Mission—Muslim reservation’. The first protest march will be held at Mumbra on Friday. Congress leader Hussain Dalwai said, “We are inspired by the way the Maratha agitation is being carried out. We will undertake a similar movement to demand reservation for Muslims.”HT
Kin of Dadri lynching case accused continue sit-in
Lucknow : Women relatives of 16 persons arrested in the Dadri lynching case continued to stage their sit-in for the third day on Monday to demand the arrest of Jan Mohammad, a brother of deceased Mohammad Akhlaq who was beaten to death by a mob.Activists of many local organisations joined the women protesters at a temple in their native village Bishada in Gautam Budh Nagar district of UP to support their demand.The protesters led by Sadhvi Hari Siddhi demanded that Jan Mohammad, an accused in a cow slaughter case, be arrested immediately. They accused police of acting under state govt pressure in the case.IANS
I could have been an MP from Malegaon, instead my life was ruined by false terror charges: Dr Farogh
Dr. Farogh Makhdoomi, who was wrongly arrested in the Malegaon blasts case, spent 5 years in jail before he was discharged from the case along with 8 other Muslim youth.Before his arrest, he was earning a good income, but during the five years, the torture and the harassment he underwent meant that he now suffers from short-term memory loss. Dr Makhdoomi went on to file more than 700 RTIs during his stay in the jail, and is now fighting for compensation. He spoke with Twocircles.net about his trials and tribulations.TCN
I am out of jail, but I feel I am in a bigger jail now: Syed Wasif Haider
Dr Wasif Haider was working with a US multinational in 2001 when his life changed forever. In his own words, he was kidnapped by the police, and for the next eight years, he remained in jail on charges of being a part of a rioting team which fired up Kanpur ADM Chandra Prakash Pathak and thereby killing him, along with conducting the Kanpur bomb blasts in 2000. Haider successfully fought against all 11 charges, and although he has been out of jail for quite some time now, there is little indication that his life will ever be the same again. Haider continues to remain jobless as no one wants to hire him; his children remain in fear that something might happen to their father, and his family remains largely ostracised. In Delhi to attend the ‘Peoples’ Tribunal on Acquitted Innocents’, Wasif speaks to Twocircles.net about his sufferings, and his hopes from the future.TCN
30 member IS module in Kerala named Ansar ul Khilafa identified, claims mathrubhumi report
Kannur/Kochi:Islamic state module in Kerala has been identified to be a 30 member strong trained group actively recruiting youth for terror activities. The group named Ansarul- Khalifa has been under the watch of intelligence and NIA for some time now has also been planning terror operations in the state. The group had planned to crash drive a lorry into the Jamaat-e-Islami conference that was held at Kochi. The failure of this plan is what opened the doors to the NIA to track down and arrest them. The team had also planned the assassination of four senior officers in the state including an SP rank officer.mar al Hindi alias Mansid who was arrested from Kanakamala at Kannur the other day was the administrator of one of these groups. The group had also discussed the attack on the Jamaat conference over the same group. The operation was called off following suspicion regarding a mole in the group. The group then fell silent all of a sudden. Thereafter, the suspicious group members decided to meet in person at Kanakamala which was snooped upon by the NIA leading to their arrests. mathrubhumi
 ‘Assault’ on RSS man in MP: SIT begins probe, no arrest yet
Bhopal: A SIT formed by the Madhya Pradesh govt  to probe the alleged attack on RSS pracharak Suresh Yadav in Baihar town of Balaghat district on Sept.25 has started recording statements of witnesses but no arrest has been made so far.BJP govt  had cracked the whip against junior and senior police officials in connection with the incident.In his late 20s, Baihar Zila Pracharak Yadav is recuperating in a private hospital in Jabalpur owned by a former RSS functionary. He is likely to be discharged soon from Jamdar Hospital as his condition was reported to be better. indianexpress
RSS allowed to take out route marches, cadres shouldn’t indulge in unlawful activities: Madras HC
Chennai:Imposing conditions, the Madras High Court on Tuesday permitted the RSS to take out ‘route marches’ at 14 places in Tamil Nadu in November after its counsel submitted it would take out processions on Nov.6 or 13 instead of this month in view of the civic polls in the state.The court said the RSS cadres should not indulge in any unlawful activities during the rallies and not raise any slogans that will affect the sentiments of others, adding, police could impose any other condition required as per law.Allowing the RSS plea, the court also said the cadres must maintain ‘dress code’ (full pant) during processions. PTI
World
UN rights chief warns Russia over Syria raids
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein warned Russia on Tuesday over the use of incendiary weapons in Syria's besieged rebel enclave of eastern Aleppo, and said crimes by one side did not justify illegal acts by the other.Hundreds of civilians have been killed or injured in air strikes since the collapse of the latest ceasefire and Syrian govt's announcement last month of a Russia-backed offensive to retake Aleppo. Repeated attacks on civilian infrastructure, including hospitals, have drawn international condemnation - and accusations of war crimes. Zeid said that the situation in Aleppo demanded bold new initiatives "including proposals to limit the use of the veto by the permanent members of the Security Council", which would enable the UN body to refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court (ICC)."Such a referral would be more than justified given the rampant and deeply shocking impunity that has characterised the conflict and the magnitude of the crimes that have been committed, some of which may indeed amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity," he said in a statement. According to Fadela Chaib, spokeswoman for the World Health Organization, at least 342 people, including 106 children, had been killed in eastern Aleppo  between Sept.23 and Oc.t2. A further 1,129 people, including 261 children, had been wounded. aljazeera
UN rights chief proposes Security Council veto limit
Seven killed in Aleppo bomb attack on hospital
Aleppo:At least 7 people, including two medical staff, were killed Monday in a bunker-busting bomb attack on the largest field hospital in an opposition-held area of Aleppo province, a local defense official said.Ibrahim Abu Lays said a Russian warplane dropped bombs on the hospital in the opposition-held Sahor district in Aleppo, besieged by the Bashar al-Assad regime.aa
Syria army gains more control in Aleppo after US drops Russia talks
Aleppo:Syrian regime forces advanced against rebels during intense street battles in the heart of Aleppo today, after US abandoned talks with Russia aimed at reviving a ceasefire deal.UN rights chief appealed for action to halt the “ghastly avalanche of violence” unfolding in Syria’s second city, which is reeling from some of the most brutal fighting in 5-year conflict.AFP
Jabhat Fateh al-Sham: Abu Faraj killed in US air strike
A US-led coalition air strike has killed a senior leader of Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, the former Syrian branch of al-Qaeda, the group has announced, shortly after Pentagon said it targeted him near Idlib.Ahmed Salama Mabrouk, an Egyptian also known as Abu Faraj, "was martyred after a coalition air strike in the west of Idlib province", Jabhat Fateh al-Sham said in a statement on Monday on the Telegram app. Aljazeera
OIC calls emergency meeting on Aleppo Sunday
US, Russia should not clash on Syria: Turkish def. minsiter
Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Isik said Tuesday that Ankara wished Russia and the U.S. would not confront each other on the crisis in Syria.The U.S. suspended Monday its cooperation with Russia over maintaining a cease-fire agreement to end violence in Syria. Speaking to journalists in the Turkish parliament, Isik said: "We wish Russia and the U.S. would not oppose [each other]."World Bulletin

How many times has Islamic State chief Baghdadi been ‘injured’ or ‘killed’?HT
New Delhi: Islamic State’s secretive chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is fast becoming like the proverbial cat with nine lives. Every few months, there are reports of him being “seriously injured” or even “killed” in an airstrike or attack by forces opposed to his dreaded terror group. The latest is a report from Iraqi news agency WAA, which said that a lunch prepared for Baghdadi and three IS leaders in Nineveh governorate of Iraq was poisoned. This left four men suffering from “severe poisoning” and they were “transferred to an unknown location under strict measures”.As expected, this report was repeated round the world, triggering speculation once again about the fate of Baghdadi, the target of a manhunt by the US and its allies.HT
Islamic State chief Baghdadi poisoned during feast, say reports
Turkey purges 13,000 police officers over failed coup
Turkey has suspended almost 13,000 police officers for their alleged links with the US-based Muslim cleric, Fethullah Gulen.The latest wave adds to the 100,000 or so govt  workers dismissed or suspended since July's failed coup.Gulen denies the govt 's accusation that he or his supporters orchestrated the coup.The govt  in turn rejects claims it is using the coup as an excuse to get rid of its opponents.It insists those without proven links to the coup will be freed.More than 2,500 officers whose suspensions were announced on Tuesday were police chiefs, said Turkish national police in a statement. bbc
Turkey extends emergency by 90 days
ISTANBUL: Turkish Deputy PM  Numan Kurtulmus says a three-month-long state of emergency, declared after Turkey’s failed military coup, has been extended by three more months. Speaking to reporters after a Cabinet meeting Monday, Kurtulmus said the state of emergency will be extended for another 90 days from Oct. 19.  AP
Putin to attend World Energy Congress in Istanbul
ASTANA, Kazakhstan: Russian President Vladimir Putin will attend the 23rd World Energy Congress in Istanbul due between Oct. 9 and Oct. 13, according to Russian Presidential Adviser Yuri Ushakov.Ushakov announced Tuesday that Putin will meet Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Oct. 10. Anadolu agency
Fighting rages in Afghanistan's Kunduz for second day
Afghan forces say they have regained control of Kunduz city centre from the Taliban, but heavy fighting continued in and around the provincial capital for a second day.Mohammad Qasim Jangalbagh, Kunduz's police chief, told the AFP on Tuesday that hundreds of Taliban fighters were killed in the clashes and that the group was "cleared" from the centre of the city. The ambitious assault on Kunduz came almost exactly a year after the Taliban briefly captured the city in one of its biggest successes in 15 years of fighting.The attack in Kunduz, as well as Taliban gains in areas of Helmand and Uruzgan where they also threaten provincial capitals, has underlined the group's growing strength and exposed weaknesses in the govt , which is meeting foreign donors in Brussels this week to try to secure billions of dollars in extra aid. Aljazeera
California signs law to address Sikh, Muslim students bullying
San Francisco:Amid growing incidents of bullying and discrimination against Sikh-American, South Asian and Muslim students in the US, California state has approved a new law to provide a safer school environment for children from the minority communities. California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 2845 also known as the “Safe Place to Learn Act,” seeks to address bullying of South Asian, Muslim, and Sikh-American students as well as those mistaken to belong to those groups. “This is a landmark bill for California that will curb bullying and discrimination in the classroom,” said Harjit Kaur, Community Development Manager for the Sikh Coalition.PTI
Iraq urged to setup JASTA style law to sue US
Iraq’s parliament has been urged to put in place a law similar to the US’s American Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) to allow its citizens to prosecute American forces and seek compensation for the damage done following the US invasion of the country in 2003.In a statement, Secretary-General of the Arab Project in Iraq, Sheikh Khamis Al-Khanjar, said Iraqis have the right to sue the United States because the UN Security Council resolution 1483 considered the American and British forces in Iraq occupiers. middleeastmonitor
UK announces crackdown on immigration, decision to hit Indians
London:UK today unveiled plans to further its crackdown on immigration through "work and study routes" from non-EU nations, in a move expected to make it difficult for British firms to hire professionals from countries like India.Home secretary Amber Rudd told the annual Conservative Party conference in Birmingham she will be looking at a range of options to cut migration.PTI
Nobel physics prize awarded to David Thouless, Duncan Haldane and Michael Kosterlitz for topology work

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