05 October 2016

05 Oct. 2016: 03 Muharram 1438: Vol:8, No:03
PM Modi asks ministers to stop 'chest-thumping & speaking' about surgical strikes
New Delhi: PM Narendra Modi has told his ministers and senior BJP leaders that only those authorised to make public statements must speak on the surgical strikes that the Army carried out across the LoC last week, sources said. No "chest thumping" and no speaking out of turn, is the clear message, sources said, as the govt  attempts to put the lid on a war of words with opposition parties.In the last two days, a fragile political unity that was built in the first few hours after the Army announced the surgical strike at terror launch pads across the Line of Control in Paksitan Occupied Kashmir, has unraveled. Most opposition parties, including the Congress, had then issued messages of support for the govt .But after Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal broke ranks to seek evidence of the strikes, which have been denied by Pakistan,Congress leaders like Digvijaya Singh and Sanjay Nirupam raised questions too.  The Congress has also accused the ruling BJP of trying to get political mileage from a matter of national security, with spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala claiming that surgical strikes were conducted thrice when their party led the central govt , but "in its maturity, wisdom and in the interest of national security, Congress Govt  avoided making loud claims."NDTV
Slap sedition charges on Sanjay Nirupam: Shiv Sena
India can’t go to war with Pakistan till ‘anti-national’ Kejriwal is CM: Subramanian Swamy
Further discussions on surgical strikes will be insult to Army: Venkaiah Naidu
'Avoid speaking out of turn': PM Modi cautions ministers against creating hysteria over surgical strikes
Centre must clarify doubts on surgical strikes:Cong
Nawaz Sharif denies Pakistan’s role in Uri attack, says ‘we are against war’
New Delhi:Denying Pakistan involvement in Uri attack that claimed 19 Indian soldiers lives, PM Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday said that he wants and peace and aims to resolve all issues including Kashmir peacefully. Addressing a joint session of the Parliament convened to discuss the security situation in the wake of increasing Indo-Pak tensions, Sharif accused India of running away from dialogue and instead creating a war-like environment by blaming Pakistan for the Uri terror attack. “Within hours of Uri Attack and without any investigation, India blamed Pakistan for it. We are against war, we want peace and want to resolve all issues including Kashmir peacefully,” said Sharif.Responding to Modi’s speech last month challenging Pakistan to a contest over eradicating poverty and other social ills, Sharif said, “If they (Indian leaders) want us to fight them to end poverty, then they should realise that poverty cannot be eradicated by driving tanks on farmlands.”The Pakistan PM also accused India of violating the LoC ceasefire agreement and launching “aggression” against Pakistan. “India’s ceasefire violation resulted in the death of our two soldiers, when it attacked Pakistan. It was befittingly responded and was conveyed that Pakistan Army is fully capable to respond to any aggression,” he said.Sharif also expressed support for Kashmiris and said the issue should be resolved according to the wishes of people of Kashmir and the UN resolutions. “Kashmiri youth have taken it upon themselves to carry on the movement of freedom against Indian aggression and atrocities,” Sharif said.He again mentioned Wani in his speech. “Death of Burhan Wani, son of the Kashmiri soil, had reminded India to give Kashmiris their right to self-determination,” Sharif said. indian express
We want to settle all issues, including Kashmir, with India: Sharif
At joint session of Parliament, Nawaz says India can’t deny rights to Kashmiris
Nawaz Sharif raises Kashmir issue in parliament, claims India resorted to false allegations
War with Pakistan not an option for India: Sri Lankan PM
New Delhi: Condemning cross border terrorism that has affected India, Sri Lankan PM, Ranil Wickremesinghe on Wednesday said that the issue can only be resolved through dialogue and war is not an option. “Cross border terrorism is a big issue (in SAARC) and we have to discuss how to tackle it. Don’t think war is an option, your PM has taken a lot of steps to diffuse tensions,” said Wickremesing. Wickremesinghe will address the opening plenary of the India Economic Summit in New Delhi tomorrow.  PM’s statements came in the aftermath of the postponement of the SAARC summit in Islamabad after five countries pulled out with the reasoning that the environment was not conducive for the meeting.indianexpress
Over 100 militants gearing up to launch attack on India, Ajit Doval tells Modi: NDTV
NSA Ajit Doval on Wednesday submitted a report to the Cabinet Committee on Security, chaired by PM Narendra Modi, that said around 100 militants are gearing up to cross the Line of Control and launch attacks in India, reported NDTV. Report also mentioned that the Pakistani infantry is protecting launch pads, a dozen of which have been identified, near LoC. This was the 2nd meeting of the CCS after India announced that the Army had carried out surgical strikes along LoC. Doval cited inputs from intelligence agencies and the military to say that Pakistan will try to send across a large number of militants before winter sets in and the passes become inaccessible. According to Doval, the militants will launch attacks on security forces and try to rekindle violence in the Kashmir Valley, which entered its 89th day of the ongoing crisis.According to reports, Modi called the CCS meeting to take stock of the situation in Kashmir where normal life has been affected after security forces killed Burhan Wani on July 8. As many as 83 people have been killed and thousands injured in
Video evidence of surgical strikes given to govt : Ahir
12 new terror launch pads come up in PoK, militants waiting to infiltrate: Ajit Doval informs CCS
'We will die here': Villages on the frontline in Kashmir's Poonch district maintain a stoic calm
Surgical strikes:Bodies taken away on trucks, loud explosions,eyewitnesses give graphic details:PraveenSwami
Questions mount over Punjab govt’s decision to evacuate 8 lakh people along Pak border
New Delhi/Gurdaspur: Questions mount over Punjab govt’s decision to evacuate around 8 lakh people along the Pakistan border, with intelligence sources telling The Hindu that it was not based on any security assessment from the central agencies. The evacuation of around 800 villages situated within 10 km distance of the International Border has become a political issue, with the Opposition questioning the rationale behind the move.Though there has been no record of cross-border firing along the Punjab border since 2001 when the multi-layered fencing was completed, the district administration said it had issued orders on the directions of the Home Ministry. “We didn’t generate any report suggesting retaliation from across the border in Punjab. We expected some action in the border areas in J&K, which are prone to ceasefire violations,” an intelligence official said.“Though Jammu is also densely populated, it has been witness to shelling and firing, as Pakistan doesn’t consider it to be the International Boundary. Punjab, Rajasthan and Gujarat are different, there is no ambiguity here and no ceasefire pact in place since it is a settled boundary,” said the official.the hindu
Border villages: 91-yr-old, witness to 4 wars, criticises evacuation
MJ Akbar slams Pak for blocking Afghan trade into India
Asserting that peace is essential to development and terrorism is anathema to development, Minister of State for External Affairs MJ Akbar hit out at Pakistan for becoming an obstacle in path of trade relations between India and Afghanistan.ANI
India tries to hasten deal with US to buy drone aircraft for military surveillance:Reuters
New Delhi:India is trying to hasten a deal with the United States to buy Predator drone aircraft for military surveillance, one of several defence and nuclear projects the two sides are pursuing in the final months of the Obama administration. India’s request for 22 Predator Guardian drones made in June is in an advanced stage of negotiations. The two sides hope to make enough progress so only administrative tasks remain by the time President Barack Obama leaves office, govt  officials in New Delhi said.“It is progressing well. The aim is to complete the main process in the next few months,” said one of the officials, speaking on condition of anonymity. PM Narendra Modi has built personal ties with President Barack Obama, whose signature foreign policy move has been a strategic pivot to Asia from the Middle East. indianexpress
‘Security Council not discussing India-Pak issue’
Washington:UN Security Council is not discussing the issues between India and Pakistan and has no plans to do so, its president has said. Vitaly Churkin of the Russian Federation, UNSC president for Oct.2016, refused to talk about the issue, during a news conference at the UN HQRS on Monday. “I don’t want to go there. No one wants to go there,” Churkin said, interrupting a reporter who sought to raise the issue.“Why,” the reporter asked. “Because I am president of the Security Council. The SC has not been discussing it.” When the reporter persisted, Mr Churkin merely said, “No comment.” the hindu
Indo-Pak tension may get Gen Sharif an extension
Islamabad: Cross-border tension between India and Pakistan has lent a late tailwind to the campaign for extension of General Raheel Sharif's tenure as Pak army chief.With just over four weeks left to his retirement, he remains as active as he was when he took over the reins of Pakistan's only true seat of power. If the stand-off with India continues for a month, there might be renewed calls for Sharif to remain. " General has maintained his popularity in the public and some of his supporters can make a case that horses shouldn't be changed midstream," said Salman Masood, a defence analyst.TOI
#Mediagag in Kashmir: Journalists unite to protest the ban on Kashmir Reader
It had been just another day at Srinagar’s daily paper Kashmir Reader’s office on Sunday. But then policemen arrived late in the evening, with an order from the Srinagar District Magistrate, directing the printer, publisher, and the owner of the newspaper to discontinue publishing till further orders. “On the basis of credible inputs it has been observed that the daily newspaper namely Kashmir Reader published within the jurisdiction of district Srinagar contains such material and content which tends to incite acts of violence and disturb public peace and tranquility,” read the order, a copy of which was provided by the newspaper.On Monday, editors of valley based newspapers held a meeting and condemned the govt ’s order, which they said was “vague and unclear about the charges for which such a harsh step has been taken.”Meanwhile, dozens of journalists came on the road in solidarity with the newspaper. The journalists, holding placards, marched along with the staff of the newspaper towards the office of the Director of Information.But they were not allowed in, following which they held a brief sit-in outside the office, Hilal Mir, editor of the Kashmir Reader
Repression of Kashmiris will not end violence: Omar
Srinagar: National Conference working president Omar Abdullah on Wednesday said the "unabated repression" of civilians in Kashmir seemed like an effort to punish people for the ongoing unrest, but would only prolong the cycle of violence that has left the Valley on the boil. "Nocturnal raids, imposing slapping of Public Safety Acts indiscriminately, ransacking peoples' homes and burning their crops and animal fodder cannot be an acceptable modus operandi of the state's security forces in dealing with a political situation," he said.PTI
In the Valley, life on the streets, ceasefire along the LoC
Ujjain civic body to ban Chinese goods at Kartik Mela to send ‘strong message’
Bhopal: Ujjain Municipal Corporation on Tuesday passed a resolution to ban the sale of Chinese goods during a religious fair in November to protest against China’s alleged support to Pakistan. About 1,000 vendors sell various products such as toys and electronic goods in the temple town of Ujjain during Kartik Mela, which begins in the middle of November.“People had appealed for boycott of Chinese goods earlier, but we are the first institution to propose a ban, thereby sending a strong message to China,” Sonu Gehlot, chairman of the corporation’s general board, said.  indianexpress
Dadri lynching accused was suffering from Chikungunya, his plea to court says; UP govt orders probe
Ravi Sisodia's application contradicts claims of his family members and Hindutva groups that he was murdered by jail staff. Ravi Sisodia, the Dadri lynching case accused who died on Tuesday, was suffering from Chikungunya. According to Sisosdia’s application to a Gautam Buddh Nagar court, he was suffering from Chikungunya and on Sept.30, 2016 requested the court to allow him to be shifted to the Noida district hospital. The Hindu is in possession of a copy of his application to the Additional District Judge court in Gautam Buddh Nagar. The document contradicts the claims of Sisodia’s family members and some Hindutva groups that he was murdered by jail staff. “It is to be brought under your kind attention that the accused/pleader is suffering from Chikungunya and he gets unbearable pain near the spinal cord and in different other parts of body. Accused is in a serious condition but he is unable to get proper treatment in the prison clinic,” the application to ADJ said.“In such a situation it is important to shift the accused/pleader to the district hospital in Gautam Buddh Nagar. It is requested that the accused/pleader be allowed to be shifted/transferred to the district hospital in Gautam Buddh Nagar,” application concluded. Meanwhile, UP govt today ordered two inquiries into the issue.The district administration has invoked section 144 in the area. It has ensured heavy police deployment since Tuesday night.Tension prevailed at Bishara village near Dadri town, after Sisodia died in the LNJP Hospital in Delhi on Tuesday. the hindu
Dadri lynching accused dies in jail, NHRC issues notice to UP top cops
Death of Dadri case accused sparks tension in Bishahra
13 Months After Akhlaq's #BeefMurder, Accused Dies In Jail. Dadri Tense After Family Vows Revenge
Dadri: Bisada residents protest over jailed suspect’s death
2002 Gulberg Massacre: HC admits 12 petitions by 16 convicts, SIT awaits govt nod
Ahmedabad: On a day the Gujarat High Court admitted a set of 12 appeal petitions filed by 16 people convicted in the 2002 Gulberg Society massacre, an officer of the Supreme Court-appointed SIT said they are still awaiting the state govt’s nod to move High Court with their contention that life imprisonment awarded to 11 convicts should be enhanced to death penalty. The appeal petitions challenge the special court’s order in June, convicting 24 people. The division bench of Justices Anant S Dave and BN Karia admitted the petitions and kept it for final hearing. Given the legal arrangements, SIT, the prosecuting agency in the case, has to take permission of the state govt  to move higher courts before filing pleas for enhancement of sentences.“We sent our opinion to the state govt  and sought their permission to move the High Court much in advance,” an SIT officer said, requesting anonymity. “There is a 90-day limitation for challenging the judgment in higher courts —90-day (period) since the special court pronounced the sentencing (on June 17) passed on Sept.17.We sent a reminder to the govt and said that the limitation period was nearing, but we didn’t hear anything (from the govt ).”After the 90-day deadline got over, the officer said, the SIT sent another reminder. “Govt  is yet to respond,” the officer added. The SIT has recommended death sentence for the 11 convicts. In its opinion given to the state govt , while seeking permission to file appeal petition in high court the probe team has also sought to challenge the acquittal of 14 people. indianexpress
Muslim leaders condemn ban of burqas and skull caps in Mumbai college
Mumbai: A day after the Bunts Sangha Anna Leela College in Kurla (East) allegedly banned its Muslim students from wearing burqas and skullcaps, leaders across communities have condemned the act of Islamophobia, and warned that it could take a toll on the democratic fabric of the nation.“If college students are allowed to wear clothes of their choice, a particular lot shouldn’t be singled out,” said Zakia Soman, founder, Muslim Mahila Andolan. “This is not the kind of the secularism that our Constitution upholds. Indian Constitution supports all kinds of diversity and any kind of imposition that goes against this is unconstitutional.”According to Soman, the fact that such incidents are taking place in educational institutions is shocking. “Those who teach in colleges and schools are supposed to be the torch-bearers of all the values propagated in Constitution. People from different communities should be taught to stop looking at each other with suspicion simply because of the way they dress. Such things make us less human.”Maulana Zahir Abbas Rizvi, national secretary of All India Shia Personal Law Board, which is located in Bhindi Bazaar, said that educational institutions are places of learning, where you teach students to become disciplined individuals, and not bigots.“If someone is hiding their body, what is the harm? Naqaab pehna is part of our culture…it is mazahabi. If you think someone is dangerous simply because they are wearing a burqa, you should hire a female assistant to check these students. It is these issues that are ruining the democratic fabric of our nation,” said Rizvi.Islamic scholar Naushad Usman fears that banning attire that holds strong, religious significance, will not only hurt the sentiments of Muslim students, but also trigger outrage and hate among them.Kapil Patil, MLC from the teachers’ constituency said that the college’s move was “disrespectful”.mid-day
Mumbai: college bans Muslim students from wearing burqa and skullcaps
Marathas back Muslim demand for reservation
Mumbai: Marathas and Muslims seem to be joining hands to mount pressure on the govt  to obtain reservation for the two communities. Amidst reports that Muslim groups actively supported the massive Maratha rallies, some Maratha leaders now back the former's demand for quota. Sharing stage with leaders of Muslim groups at a meeting called by Maulana Azad Vichar Manch at Haj House on Monday, Maratha Seva Sangh's state spokesperson Shrimant Kokate said, "Muslims' representation in jobs and businesses is abysmally low. Reservation can help the community shake off poverty which bedevils most of the community members." When asked if the support was reciprocal, Kokate told TOI: "Wherever we held a rally, Muslims supported us. Some vested interests have created an impression that we are enemies because Shivaji fought against the Mughals. Shivaji's fight was against some rulers not the Muslim masses."Manch's head and Congress MP Hussain Dalwai said that the two 'Ms' (Muslims and Marathas) would soon create a formidable force in the struggle for reservation."Ek hi mission, Maratha and Muslim reservation, is our new slogan," said Dalwai.Community leader Ghulam Peshimam suggested a united fight. "Like Marathas who have sunk their political differences, Muslim groups will have to keep their sectarian and political differences aside and demand quota," said Peshimam.TOI
Malegaon Muslims to hold mega rally to demand quota
RSS won't take stand on Maratha marches; organizer blame Sangh trying to disturb protests: timesofindia
pune: Among the lakhs of Marathas marching in several cities over the last two months are those with RSS leanings.But the organization itself has decided not to take any stand on the demands raised by the community even though it allowed its Maratha cadre to participate in the silent marches. Marathas hold key posts in the RSS set up in western Maharashtra.RSS veteran Aniruddha Deshpande insisted that the Sangh had no role in the disciplined and silent Maratha marches as claimed by some Sangh sympathizers. "It is impossible for the RSS to play any role in the Maratha marches considering the ideology and line of thinking of the organizers. A majority of them are openly against the Sangh," he said. However, a section of RSS sympathizers have claimed that the cadre participating in the Maratha marches was responsible for making the marches disciplined."RSS cadre has a role to play in the discipline of these marches. One cannot deny this fact. At an individual level, RSS cadre has helped organizers," an RSS sympathizer working with Sangh-affiliated organizations said.Rajendra Kondhare, a prominent leader in Maratha marches, is livid with such sympathizers."Some RSS cadre did participate in some marches. But they were very few in number. RSS has absolutely no role in planning and disciplining our marches. Maratha community organized these marches successfully. It is not their(RSS's) prerogative to organize disciplined marches. If they are claiming that they have a role in our marches, it is clear that they have realized there are others who are better than them."Another organizer of the marches claimed RSS and its affiliated organizations had tried to distribute pamphlets demanding a uniform civil code during marches. "We seized these pamphlets as the Maratha community is not demanding a uniform civil code.This move was an effort to turn the Maratha masses into a Hindu mob and target a minority community. We have ensured that no organization, including the RSS, succeeds in deviating the movement," he said.
Kejriwal, Hardik Patel join forces - on Twitter
New Delhi: It appears a love fest is brewing between Delhi's AAP CM Arvind Kejriwal and Gujarat's Patidar leader Hardik Patel. And depending on where you stand and who you are, this is a match either made in heaven or in hell.Kejriwal and Hardik are united in their distrust of BJP PM Narendra Modi. PM's state, Gujarat, goes to the polls next year. And Kejriwal is retweeting Hardik's tweets criticizing Modi.Should the people of Gujarat expect a Kejriwal-Hardik alliance? Until they know for sure, following the leaders' tweets could be illuminating, if not amusing. timesofindia
'Shoot us all': Hazaribagh still in shock at police firing on protest against land acquisition
Days after Jharkhand police opened fire on farmers protesting land acquisition for coal mines by National Thermal Power Corporation in Badkagaon, Hazaribagh, on Oct.1 resulting in several deaths, the demonstrators are still shocked at what they claim was the excessive use of force by the administration. Residents say 5 persons have died in police firing, including three students in their late teens, and more than 40 have been injured. On Tuesday evening, the district administration put the number of deaths at four. It was the third time since 2013 that the police have fired on farmers in Badkagaon.“We want to ask [Chief Minister] Raghuvar Das to ask officials why they shot us all,” said Badkagaon resident Kumar Divakar. “Why should we live in suffocation like this, where the officials are shooting us one by one? Raghuvar Das can live here with the company officials. Should we line up in a queue so they can shoot us all?”Farmers have been opposing land acquisition of their multi-crop farmland for coal mines allotted to NTPC since 2004. They had been on a sit-in protest near a mining site in Chiru Barwadih village for 2 weeks when the police tried to break their protest at 5 am on Oct.1. When farmers, including several women, tried to stop the police from detaining Nirmala Devi, the member of legislative assembly from Badkagaon who was supporting the protest, the police fired 60 rounds of bullets into the crowd. Families of the other deceased said they were threatened by the police. On Tuesday, ex-CM Babulal Marandi, ex-MP Bhuneshwar Mehta of CPI, RJD state president Gautam Sagar Rana and JD (U) leader Bateshwar Mehta were stopped by the administration from visiting the area. Several hundred families in 36 villages say they do not wish to sell their farmland at all.
All govts at Centre were biased, never treated AMU well: Zameeruddin Shah
Zameeruddin Shah VC has said, "I never had problems with the central govt . I have issues with fund allocation. In fact all govt s at the Centre were biased against AMU. They never treated us well. When the Congress govt  was there, we got Rs 100 crore less than BHU. Jamia, which is one third our size, got Rs 50 crore more… But I am sure the PM will take care of AMU this time." Indian Express
Women group joins chorus seeking ban on triple talaq, but opposes Uniform Civil Code
New Delhi: Ban triple talaq, punish men who give divorce arbitrarily and allow women to seek divorce-- these are some of the demands over which a women group AIMWPLB has decided to petition the Supreme Court.Underlining that instantaneous talaq is in contravention of tenets of Quran, head of AIMWPLB Shaista Amber has sought punishment for those men who give triple talaq so it could act as a deterrent. "Quran says there must be time for reconciliation between partners. It says when a man gives talaq he must pause and consult his wife. Otherwise, triple talaq is like a hanging dagger for muslim women," Shaista said. Shaista said her organisation was opposed to a Uniform Civil Code. "When we have Sharia, there is no need for a Uniform Civil Code".PTI
Minorities panel calls for 're-drafting' of new education policy to make it more 'secular and inclusive'
Hyderabad: State Minorities Commission expressed apprehensions over the draft new education policy (DNEP) and called for its "re-drafting" claiming that the document should be "secular and inclusive in nature".In a letter sent to the Ministry of HRD recently, minorities panel expressed alarm at Article 29,which provides for the protection of minorities, and Article 30, which gives minorities the right to establish and administer educational institutions -- of the Constitution being threatened in the document. "Constitutional guarantee given to minorities under Article 29 and 30 are at stake as the DNEP suggests inclusion of aided institutions into the purview of RTE Act 2009, whereas the full bench of the Supreme Court already delivered its judgement barring the govt  from doing so (sic)", an excerpt from the letter reads. The commission urged the Centre to "honour" these constitutional provisions. timesofindia
Ashram that ‘took away’ minor mother’s child gets HC notice
Mumbai: While hearing the plea of the ‘minor’ mother, who is seeking custody of her 9-month daughter, the Bombay High Court on Tuesday issued a notice to Matunga-based child care centre, which took away the girl child.It may be recalled that the merely 17-year-old mother – an Antop Hill resident – has filed a writ of habeas corpus seeking the custody of her infant daughter, who was taken away by a Hindu Mahila Ashram, in Matunga, Mumbai, earlier this year.Advocate Asif Naqvi, appearing for the petitioner (minor mother), informed the bench that the petitioner, who is Hindu by religion had married a Muslim man of major age (ie above 18 years), a last year.He told the bench that the petitioner married her husband by following Muslim rituals in a mosque, as her Hindu family was against their love relationship, especially her father. “Petitioners (both mother and father) are caring, loving and willing to lead a happy life along with their child, which is in the care and custody of the said Ashram,” Naqvi pree
Bengaluru: Protest over remarks against Prophet
Bengaluru:Hundreds of residents staged a flash protest in front of the Doddaballapur town police station on Tuesday, seeking action against a govt  PU college lecturer for reportedly making objectionable remarks against Prophet Muhammad. TR Rame Gowda, the sociology lecturer, had made the re­marks during a class on Hin­du, Muslim Marriage Acts on Monday. Four girls had raised objections to Gowda’s observations and walked out of the class. They had infor­m­e­d their elders about the incident. Police registered a case against Gowda under Section 153A of the IPC and arrested him based on a complaint by the Muslim Youth Association. However,Gowda obtained bail.deccanherald
Jamiatul take up cases of Indian Mujahideen in Jaipur
Mumbai: SIT arrested 13 Muslim Engineering Graduates from Jaipur in 2014 alleging that they have contacts with Indian Mujahideen and they were planning to perform terrorist activities in Rajasthan.Jamiatul Ulema is negotiating with the local lawyers to pursue these cases. These Muslim youths are in prison for the past 2 years. They have not been granted bail so far. The family members of these accused Muslim youths had met Maulana Syed Arshad Madani, President of Jamiat and Gulzar Azmi, Secretary, Legal Aid Committee, requesting the organizing to provide legal aid. Azmi sent  Shahid Nadeem Ansari, Advocate of Mumbai and  Mujahid, Advocate of Delhi to visit Jaipur to explore the possibilities of engaging competent lawyers to take up these cases.Siasat
'PFI men were warned of IS traps'
Kozhikode: Arrest of P Safwan, PFI activist from Malappuram, in connection with his alleged links with the Islamic State has shocked the PFI leadership but such an eventuality was not entirely unanticipated.Around one year ago the organisation had warned its cadres about the threat from the Islamic State, which has been attracting a section of the Muslim youth. In a circular issued on Sep, 2, 2015, PFI leadership cautioned the cadres against infiltration bids and indoctrination attempts from such group."Utmost care should be exercised while inviting new members to the organisation. The person's family, job, connections, personality and character should be scrutinised. If there is any suspicion about a person's connections he should not be entertained even if he possesses good qualities," says the circular.PFI state general KH Nazar told TOI that his organisation had conducted several awareness programmes on the dangers of the IS to the cadres.TOI
We may not be able to express it, but a fear remains in our heart: Nisaruddin, Zaheeruddin
Zaheeruddin Ahmed and Nisaruddin Ahmed, 2 brothers and residents of Gulbarga, Karnataka, lost a major chunk of their lives to fighting charges that had nothing to do with them. While the younger brother Nisarrudin spent 23 years in jail, Zameeruddin sepnt 14 years in jail. Their crime? To this day, the duo have no idea what wrong they committed. The 2 were picked up in relation to the serial train blasts during the night of Dec. 5 and 6, 1993, in which 2 persons were killed and 22 injured. Initially, the police booked them for a bomb blast that had taken place in Oct. 1993 in a Muslim educational institute in Hyderabad. They were also, somehow booked in few unsolved bomb blasts that had taken place in August and September that year, Subsequently, they were booked in the serial train blasts and the only evidence that the police produced was their alleged custodial confessions: the provisions of TADA were later invoked to make these admissible.The two brothers, who are soft-spoken, recounted their experience in front of a packed Constitution Club attending the Peoples Tribunal on Innocent Acquitted.TCN
American Centre attack 2002: Imam Hasan sent to 11 days’ police custody
Dabholkar murder case: Sanatan distributed pamphlets hailing ‘jihadi militant’ to fan fire, says CBI
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Syria aid convoy was hit by an air strike: UN
Analysis of satellite imagery of a deadly attack on an aid convoy in Syria last month showed that it was an air strike, a UN expert said on Wednesday.At least 20 people were killed in the attack on the UN and Syrian Arab Red Crescent convoy at Urm al-Kubra near the northern city of Aleppo which destroyed 18 of 31 lorries, a warehouse and clinic.US blamed 2 Russian fighter jets that it said were in the skies above the area at the time of the incident. Moscow denies the charge and says the convoy caught fire.  "With our analysis we determined it was an air strike and I think multiple other sources have said that as well," Lars Bromley, research adviser at UNOSAT, told said. "For air strikes, what you are usually looking out for is the size of the crater that is visible and the type of crater," he said. A giant crater on the ground was caused "almost certainly [by] air dropped munitions" as opposed to artillery or mortars, he said.US has so far referred only to an "attack", which led to a brief suspension of its land convoys in Syria, while International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies initially referred to "air strikes" in a statement. Aljazeera
UN experts rubbish Russian claims over Aleppo bombing
US questions Russia’s intentions after air defence system deployed in Syria: middleeastmonitor
Russia’s Ministry of Defence spokesman Majority General Igor Konashenkov said a battery of S-300 air defence missile systems were deployed to Syria to protect Russian facility in the Syrian port of Tartus and Russian navy ships off the Mediterranean coast.The announcement, made fresh after failed peace talks, raised eyebrows in Washington which questioned Russian motives. America swiftly questioned the reasons for the move stressing that Daesh has no aircrafts.
Afghanistan: Army clashes with Taliban continue in Kunduz as US provide support
Kabul:Afghan forces battled Taliban in the northern city of Kunduz for the third straight day on Wednesday and American helicopters provided air support to troops on the ground in the wake of the multipronged attack on the city launched by insurgents this week.Taliban said in a statement emailed to media that they have taken Kunduz office of national intelligence agency but claim could not be confirmed. HT
Kerry calls on Taliban to choose path to 'honorable' peace
Nuke arms race: World Court rejects Marshall Islands suit against India
Amsterdam: International Court of Justice today rejected a suit filed by the tiny Marshall Islands against the world's nuclear powers that sought to force them to do more to disarm.In its ruling in the country's case against India, the first to be decided, the court said it had accepted Indian arguments that the ICJ, also known as the World Court, should not have jurisdiction in the case.Reuters
Israeli warplanes strike Hamas sites in Gaza: Witnesses
Israeli warplanes struck several positions in the blockaded Gaza Strip on Wednesday, according to eyewitnesses.
Egypt: Brotherhood urges probe into leader’s killing
About 1,000 mosques across Germany open their doors to non-Muslims
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