06 October 2016

06 Oct. 2016: 04 Muharram 1438: Vol:8, No:04
Govt study finds toxins in PET bottles of soft drink brands - Pepsi, Coca Cola, Mountain Dew, Sprite, 7Up
New Delhi: A govt  study has found 5 different toxins — heavy metals antimony, lead, chromium and cadmium and the compound DEHP or Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate — in cold drinks produced by two major multinational companies, PepsiCo and Coca Cola.The study, commissioned by the top Health Ministry body, Drugs Technical Advisory Board (DTAB), found that these toxins leached into 5 cold drink samples picked up for the study — Pepsi, Coca Cola, Mountain Dew, Sprite and 7Up — from the PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles they were in. Mountain Dew and 7Up are owned by Pepsico, while Sprite is owned by Coca Cola. The results of the test, conducted in Feb-March this year, and reviewed by The Indian Express, also show a significant increase in leaching with the rise in room temperature. Under DTAB’s instructions, study was conducted by the Kolkata-based All India Institute of Hygiene and Public Health (AIIH&PH), which comes under the Health Ministry. According to a source privy to the development, the test results were submitted by AIIH&PH to Jagdish Prasad, DG of Health Services and chairman of DTAB, a few days ago. The institute had last year submitted another set of test results, where it had found heavy metals in various medicines packaged in PET bottles.Coca Cola India declined to respond.  According to the WHO, children are particularly vulnerable to harmful effects of lead. “Lead can have serious consequences for the health of children. At high levels of exposure, Lead attacks the brain and central nervous system to cause coma, convulsions and even death. Children who survive severe lead poisoning may be left with mental retardation and behavioural disorders,” WHO has noted. For cadmium, WHO said, “Cadmium exerts toxic effects on the kidney, the skeletal system and the respiratory system and is classified as a human carcinogen.” Chromium, antimony and DEHP are also known to cause serious side effects on the body. In April 2015, Jagdish Prasad is learnt to have directed the AIIH&PH to conduct a study on leaching of toxins from PET bottles, used for packaging pharmaceutical preparations, cold drinks, alcohol, juices and other beverages.indian express
Food safety regulator of India issues draft regulation on food fortification
New Delhi:Food safety regulator FSSAI has issued a draft regulation to allow fortification of food to improve the nutritional value for public health benefit. FSSAI has sought suggestions from stakeholders within a period of 60 days on draft Food Safety and Standards (Fortification of Foods) Regulations, 2016. In draft regulations, it has defined fortification means “deliberately increasing the content of essential micro-nutrients in a food so as to improve the nutritional quality of food and to provide public health benefit with minimal risk to health”. It proposed that essential nutrients may be appropriately added to foods for preventing or reducing the risk of, or correcting, a demonstrated deficiency of one or more essential nutrients in the population or specific population group.PTI
Modi Govt to organise sufi meet to invoke moderate ideology: ET report
New Delhi: Modi govt, as part of its de-radicalisation initiatives, will organise a Sufi conclave comprising regional scholars to invoke moderate ideology in the run up to the Heart of Asia Conference on Afghanistan, to be held in Amritsar in early Dec. Minister for External Affairs MJ Akbar made the announcement on the conclave at a Brussels conference on Afghanistan. Referring to the shared Sufi heritage of India-Afghanistan-Pakistan, Akbar said:“This harmony of outlook and philosophy led to the unique humanitarian vision of Sufi Islam, which still connects the most revered Sufi shrines at Ajmer in my country with Mazar and Chisht-e-Sharif in Afghanistan and Mashhad in Iran.It is because of this organic link that the poetry of Bedil and Rumi is as revered in India as it is in Afghanistan or Iran.”
Haj pilgrimage out of EA Ministry's domain
New Delhi:  Management of Haj pilgrimage will now be done by the Minority Affairs Ministry instead of the External Affairs Ministry. President Pranab Mukherjee has given assent to new rules in this regard. Management of Haj pilgrimage, including administration of the Haj Committee Act, 1959 (51 of 1959) and the rules made there under will be under the Minority Affairs Ministry, the new rules issued by the Cabinet Secretariat said. Earlier, MEA was looking after administration of Haj Committee Act. MEA will be looking after pilgrimages to places outside India and Indian Pilgrim Ships Rules, 1933, and pilgrim parties from India to shrines in Pakistan and vice versa excluding the administration of the Haj Committee Act, the new rules said.PTI
Ministry of Minority Affairs has taken over the work of Haj Division of MEA with effect from this month
Salman Khurshid: ‘Is tit for tat enough? Is there a plan? You can’t kill conversation in the country’
While India’s self-esteem got a boost, questions will continue until the govt satisfies public curiosity. Defending Congress’s decision to reveal details of the Army actions carried out under UPA govt, he recounts how AB Vajpayee supported the then Narasimha Rao govt on countering a Pakistan-backed resolution at UNHRC. Responding to a question on the surgical strikes Salman said, "Nobody is questioning the strikes. There are people in our party who have active minds, and they are saying we need to know more. There are questions being raised here, in Pakistan etc. Why are these questions being raised? If the purpose of the strikes is told, there would be no further discussion. But the purpose is not being told. We have to work out the purpose for ourselves. Tit for tat? But is tit for tat enough? When Israel attacks some place, say nuclear facilities in Iran, they do it with a definite objective, that we will delay the nuclear programme by 4 years etc. So is there a plan?Like 5 strikes, and we will be in a much more comfortable position… Since the govt has not spoken about any clear plan, there are some people who are asking questions… You can’t give operational details, but you can give more information than has been given. If people are asking, either explain to them why it can’t be given and should not be given, or satisfy them in any other manner… you can’t kill conversation within the country."  indian express
Ex- DGMO refutes Congress claims of ‘surgical strikes’ during UPA tenure; says not same as post-Uri retaliation
In effect rubbishing Congress’s claims of ‘surgical strikes’ during the UPA govt’s tenure, ex-DGMO of Indian Army from 2012 to 2014, Lt Gen Vinod Bhatia, has said that the Indian Army’s retaliation post Uri cannot be compared with those operations. Financialexpress
Kejriwal again urges Centre to expose Pakistan
New Delhi: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday again urged the Centre to expose Pakistan internationally, while hailing the media for exposing its false propaganda on surgical strikes. "So happy that some media exposing Pakistan's false propaganda. I congratulate them. Urge Indian govt (govt ) to likewise expose Pakistan internationally," Kejriwal tweeted. He quoted a report of a news channel which claimed that an officer in Pok had accepted that surgical strikes took place.IANS
Top trend in Pakistan: #PakStandsWithKejriwal for demanding proof of surgical strikes: TOI report
New Delhi: AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal is the top trend. In Pakistan. Delhi CM  has been trolled and has had ink thrown at him for asking the Modi govt  to release proof that the surgical strike on terrorist camps in PoK did indeed take place. And social media users in Pakistan seem to be using Kejriwal's shoulder to fire off invectives at India.TOI
Surgical strikes: Pakistan now plans to take Indian scribes to 'targeted' sites: catchnews
Days after taking foreign journalists on a guided tour of villages along the LoC where the Indian army reportedly carried out surgical strikes last week, Pakistan may up the ante by taking Indian journalists to these areas.Any offer of a tour to Indian journalists by Pakistan may complicate things for the Modi regime, which is debating whether releasing footage of the operation would settle the dust. While security establishment is reportedly considering releasing at least part of the footage, the diplomatic establishment is against the idea. There are concerns that releasing the footage could actually lead to more questions than it would answer, hence more confusion about the operation.Already, reports in the domestic and the international press - the former mostly supporting the Indian govt's claims and the latter raising questions - have muddied the waters. Sources told Catch that discussions were going on within the govt on whether the footage of the strikes, which was reportedly captured by cameras mounted on the helmets of Para commandos as well as a drone, should be released to satisfy those questioning the veracity of the operation. Home ministry has claimed it has already received the footage from the army.Those opposed to releasing the footage, the sources said, are arguing that it could further complicate the matters for the govt. Once footage is out, it could find its way to various forensic labs in India and abroad, which would try to dissect it and spice it with their own findings. Catch news
Surgical strikes: Why CNN-News18's sting on a PoK cop doesn't add up: Aditya Menon
Those asking for proof of surgical strikes not loyal to country: Manohar Parrikar
Seeking proof of surgical strikes illegal, unjustified: Public prosecutor
Surgical strikes shut Pakistan up; next targets should be Hafiz Saeed and Dawood Ibrahim: Ramdev
India’s aggression will not go unpunished: Pak’s army chief Gen Sharif hits out
New Delhi: Pakistan Army chief General Raheel Sharif on Thursday sought to portray India’s surgical strikes against terrorists along the LoC as a “distortion of facts”, saying any aggression would not “go unpunished”. Sharif used a passing out parade at the air force academy in Risalpur to speak on last week’s surgical strikes that the Indian Army said caused significant casualties. This was the first time he has publicly spoken on the issue.“We have recently witnessed an unfortunate display of utter desperation playing out inside Occupied Kashmir and along LoC through a litany of falsehoods and distortion of facts by India,” Sharif said.“Any aggression, born out of deliberate intent or even a strategic miscalculation, will not be allowed to go unpunished and will be met with the most befitting response. We will be highly relentless in defending our motherland against entire spectrum of threat,” he said, according to a statement from the military. Sharif’s remarks came against the backdrop of a report in the Pakistani media that the civilian govt of PM  Nawaz Sharif had delivered a “blunt” warning to the military that Pakistan faced international isolation on the issue of terrorism. HT
India spreading ‘litany of falsehoods’: Pakistan army chief invokes international community: PTI
Pakistan would move towards China, Russia as US is declining power: Nawaz Sharif's envoys
Washington:America is "no longer a world power" and Pakistan would move towards China and Russia if its views on Kashmir and India are not considered, PM  Nawaz Sharif's envoys have said here."US is no longer a world power. It is a declining power.Forget about it," special Kashmir envoy of Sharif, Mushahid Hussain Syed was heard as saying on Wednesday after the conclusion of an interaction at the Atlantic Council, one of the top American think-tanks.Syed and Shazra Mansab, another Kashmir envoy, are in the US as part of the Pakistani effort to apprise the global community of the current situation in Kashmir and allegations of human rights violations in the valley.Syed has gone to the extent to warn US that Pakistan would move towards China and Russia if its views on Kashmir and India are not considered.Syed submitted a dossier of alleged human rights violation in Kashmir to special US representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan,Richard Olson.PTI
 All 3 militants dead after attack at army camp in Handwara: Indian express
New Delhi: 3 militants were killed early Thursday when army foiled an attack on the battalion HQRS of 30 Rashtriya Rifles in North Kashmir’s Langate area.Army said that militants opened fire on the sentry posts of the RR camp in Langate at 2 places. The militants then tried to flee, however army and Special Operation Group of Police chased them and engaged in an encounter. The search operation is still in progress. “3 militants have been killed and 3 AK rifles were recovered from the militants,’’ Defense spokesman said. Meanwhile, the army also claimed that 3 infiltration bids assisted by Pakistani posts were foiled during the intervening night of Oct.5-6. indian express
Stop promoting RSS at the cost of Chenab Valley's peace: NC leader Devender Singh
National Conference provincial president Devender Singh Rana on Wednesday lashed out at the PDP-BJP govt in J&K for "promoting RSS" in the sensitive region of Chenab Valley by "permitting lathi-wielding swayamsevaks to march on the streets of Doda". "This is for the first time that such an activity has been allowed in the town by the administration, ignoring the sensitivities involved," he said.Rana alleged that the administration had become "a tool in the hands of BJP", which was "furthering the agenda of the RSS openly and brazenly". The permission for the march by lathi-wielding swayamsevaks in Khaki shorts was bereft of "administrative wisdom" and this kind of a "provocation" could have serious ramifications across the region, he warned.DNA
Kashmir: Muslims host tea party on Hindu marriage
How Media Censorship Is Bringing Journalists Out On The Streets Of Kashmir; Free speech Adrija Bose  Social Media Editor of HuffPost
Govt probe report alleges Vemula’s mother faked Dalit status, blames him for his suicide
New Delhi:Rohith Vemula’s mother “branded” herself as Dalit to avail the benefits of reservation ; expelling him from the hostel was the “most reasonable” decision the university could have taken; personal frustration, not discrimination, drove 26-year-old PhD scholar to suicide; Union Ministers Bandaru Dattatreya and Smriti Irani were only discharging their duties and there was no pressure on the Hyderabad Central University authorities. These are the salient conclusions of the inquiry conducted by the one-man judicial commission set up by the HRD Ministry on Jan.28 this year, 11 days after Vemula killed himself in his hostel room. Its 41-page report was submitted by ex Allahabad High Court judge AK Roopanwal in Aug. When asked him about his conclusions, Roopanwal said he did not wish to comment on the contents of the report.In an earlier report, Rohith’s brother Raja had rejected this conclusion. He had said:“We lived like Dalits. We were raised in a Dalit community. Yes, my father is from a backward class, but whatever we know is from our experience of living like a Dalit.” indian express
Vemula killed himself due to personal frustrations, says Govt probe, alleges mother faked Dalit status
Minorities sometimes feel like second-class citizens:Naqvi
New Delhi:As the BJP-led NDA govt fights a perception battle on the issue of minority rights, its Minority Affairs Minister, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, left the govt red-faced on Wednesday when he said that minorities in India “sometimes feel like second-class citizens”, before clarifying that he had made the statement in the context of vote-bank politics.“India is a model country for minority rights — look around in the neighbourhood and you will know… Although the Constitution guarantees equal rights, there is a deficiency in the feeling of that equality; sometimes we feel like second class citizens.Real issues often get buried,” Naqvi said while delivering the annual lecture of the National Commission of Minorities. indian express
Ex-CEC Quraishi to marry Nepal’s current EC
Ex-Chief Election Commissioner of India SY Quraishi and the current election commissioner of Nepal Ila Sharma met at a conference in Mexico last year, in what has turned out to be a meet-cute of the political spheres. Reports in Telegraph suggested today that they might be reaching the ‘logical conclusion’ of their communion this week.Quraishi, 69, and Sharma, 49 reportedly hit it off during the conference on money in politics in Mexico in Sept.2015 and have come close ever since.Though apprehensive to speak on subject, Quraishi has since admitted that 2 have a “personal bond”. indian express
Maharashtra: 2nd survey of Wakf properties awaits State Cabinet approval
Mumbai: In the wake of alleged misuse of properties belonging to the Maharashtra State Board of Wakf, the State Minority Development Dept.has submitted a proposal for a second survey of the properties. Proposal is with the State Cabinet, awaiting approval. Wakf property scam made headlines during the Congress-NCP rule. Following the change in govt, then-Minority Development Minister and BJP leader Eknath Khadse had announced that the investigation into the matter would be handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation. the hindu
2 more Delhi Waqf Board members resign
New Delhi: 2 Delhi Waqf Board members have announced their resignation from the body alleging “corruption” and “irregularities in appointments” in the regime of present chairman AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan, who denied the charges. Members, Mufti Ejaj Arshad Qazmi and Chaudhary Sharif Ahmad said that they have resigned from membership of the Board and sent their resignation letters to Lt Governor Najeeb Jung. The duo levelled allegations of “corruption” and “irregularities in appointments” under the regime of present chairman and AAP MLA from Okhla Amantullah Khan. Refuting the allegations, Khan accused the members of working “at the behest of” Lt Governor.PTI
Rahul Gandhi concludes UP ‘yatra’ including Deoband
Lucknow: A day before he concludes his month-long “Kisan Yatra”, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi Wednesday visited Islamic seminary Darul Uloom, Deoband, in Saharanpur where he met V-C Mufti Abdul Qasim Nomani and students. Later in the day, in an official communication, the seminary stated that Rahul Gandhi “acquired information about the history of Darul Uloom and its system of education” and also “expressed his wish to learn about Islam and applauded Darul Uloom’s role in leading the freedom struggle and promoting National integrity.” Rahul, who spent the day in Saharanpur, accompanied by party’s newly appointed state vice-president Imran Masood, held a ‘khaat sabha’ too where he targeted PM Narendra Modi for his claim over “Gujarat Model”. Rahul said that except for 2 or 3 industrialists, no was happy in Gujarat. He claimed instead of giving money to poor, the PM “wrote off debt of more than Rs 1 lakh crore of 15 businessmen”.indianexpress
UP Yatra took Rahul Gandhi to 14 temples, 3 mosques, 3 gurdwaras
Faizabad on high alert after communal tensions flare during Durga Puja
Lucknow: Faizabad police conducted flag marches in the sensitive localities of the city on Wednesday, a day after Hindus and Muslims came head-to-head over a dispute regarding Durga pandals and playing of “inflammatory” songs. “There was a tiff between members of (the) 2 communities over installation of Durga Puja pandal in Beniganj locality. Some anti-social elements tried to flare up the tension but the police controlled the situation by removing the structure,” SSP, Faizabad, Mohit Gupta told HT. Members of the 2 communities reportedly faced-off in the Beniganj area over the issue on Tuesday, and a similar situation was witnessed in Laal Bagh area of the district a day before.HT
Posters discouraging triple talaq spring up in Mumbai mosques: TOI Report
Mumbai: For the first time, posters denouncing triple talaq and warning husbands who resort to this practice to divorce their wives, have come up in about a dozen mosques in the heart of Mumbai's old Muslim area. Social worker Abdul Razzak Maniyar, who runs the Public Complaint Centre in Pydhonie, has put them up, with the title: Triple talaq on the phone to the mother of his child; Public Complaint Centre got Rs 7 lakh for the wife; a warning to those who give triple talaq."Maniyar, who has been resolving marital disputes at the Centre with the help of lawyers since 1985, decided to put this poster up for the first time, to create awareness that this not the right way to divorce, he says. "Some men think if they say talaq over the phone, it won't amount to one; while others feel this is the only way to divorce," he says. The poster asks men who want to divorce their wives to first find out the proper Islamic way of pronouncing talaq. But the real urgency behind putting it up is what the poster describes as the "Supreme Court sword hanging over Muslim Personal Law."The reference is to the case currently on in the SC, wherein 3 divorced women have asked for a ban on triple talaq. The poster refers to these women as "RSS inspired". Poster says that all 4 schools of Islamic thought uphold this method of unilateral instant triple talaq, which is destroying the lives of Muslim women. If we want to protect the Sharia, says the poster, we have to prevent these women from "falling into the clutches of Islam's enemies (read RSS), by helping them get their rights."Maniyar says Muslims have appreciated the poster, feeling this kind of awareness raising measure was necessary. TOI
Bajrang Dal men sprinkle gau mutra on garba participants to "purify" non-Hindus  in Gandhinagar; some slam it
Ahmedabadl:Bajrang Dal activists have begun a drive to "purify" non-Hindus at garba venues in Gandhinagar by sprinkling cow urine on them. They think it is the "perfect way" to keep non-Hindus away from the revelry. However, the average Gujarati clearly does not welcome the move as was evident from the reactions of revellers at this particular venue at Gandhinagar's Sector 11. 25 Bajrang Dal members, with support from VHP, executed their novel idea of purifying all revellers entering a private venue at Sector 11 in the capital by sprinkling gau mutra on them. The stench was unignorable, but some walked in without protest while others like Devdattsinh Raol refused to give in and called the cops. Raol, 35, IT professional, called the cops after the Bajrang Dal members before they could sprinkle gau mutra on him. He did not even let them apply a tilak on his forehead. "They threatened to throw me out of the venue if I did not allow them to go ahead with what they planned to do. Who are they to not allow me entry when I have bought my passes?" "This is ridiculous. Most people do not like this but they allow it out of fear. Sprinkling the gau mutra on a person violates all limits of his tolerance. I don't think I need to prove to anyone that I am a Hindu," he added. His wife Jainikaba, equally furious.TOI
Muslims protest TRS govt's failure to keep quota promise
Shivpal announces SP merger with Ansari’s party despite Akhilesh’s objection
Dadri lynching: Bisara simmers after death of 21-year-old accused, villagers refuse to cremate body
4 victims of Jharkhand police firing: 3 schoolboys & a labourer
Hazaribagh: No land will be acquired ‘forcefully’, says Jayanth Sinha
No freedom fighter status for ‘116-yr-old’ Nizamuddin who who drove around Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose
Supreme Court paves way for Ex SIMI chief Saquib Nachan to seek bail in MCOCA case
New Delhi: In a relief to Saquib Nachan, ex-chief of the banned SIMI who is booked under the MCOCA by Maharashtra police in 2012, the Supreme Court, on Tuesday, paved the way clear for him to seek bail before the Special Court as the police failed to file the charge sheet against him within the stipulated time of 90 days.SC quashed the Bombay High Court order which had stayed the special MCOCA court's order rejecting the probe agency's plea seeking more time to file the charge sheet against Nachan.A bench headed by Justice AK Sikri allowed him to file his bail plea before the trial court which will consider his request. Soon after the top court order, Nachan's counsel Mehmood Pracha told DNA that after Nachan completed the formalities before the trial court, he will be out from jail."Now mere formalities are left before the Special MCOCA court in Thane. This is the case in which he was in the jail. In other cases, he is either acquitted by the court or on bail," Pracha said."Nachan has been in jail for more than 8 years for the POTA case. Although he was convicted and sentenced to 10 years under the Arms Act, he has nearly completed the jail term. He will be released on bail soon," the lawyer said.DNA
Is Bihar's Munger becoming a hub for illegal arms trafficking and international terrorism?
 On Tuesday the Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crime chief of Bangladesh, Monirul Islam, reportedly said that modification of arms used to carry out the July Dhaka attack was done in Munger city in Indian state of Bihar. The statement has yet again put Munger on radar of Indian based security agencies and police forces who were, just days before the Dhaka terror attack, in talks to set up a joint task force to counter illegal arms traffickers who were using Munger as a base to modify weapons. DNA on June 22 had reported that cadres of CPI (Maoist) operating in Jharkhand have been supplied with sophisticated M-16 rifles. The probe agency, in the last week of June, initiated talks with ATS and STF of Nagaland, Punjab, UP, Bihar and Jharkhand to chalk out a strategy from stopping the highly-sophisticated weaponry from reaching cadres of CPI(Maoist) operating in Jharkhand. Official sources in NIA had told dna that Munger in Bihar has been somewhat becoming an important transit point owing to its existing illegal arms markets.DNA
Arrest of Kerala youth for alleged IS links leaves families in shock
Kerala: Arrest of 6 Muslim youths by NIA for allegedly conspiring to carry out attacks in South India has come as a shock for their families. On Sunday, Manseed from Kannur district, Swalih Mohammed from Thrissur district, Safwan P from Malappuram district and Jasim NK and Ramshad Nageelan from Kozhikode district were arrested by NIA and produced before the NIA special court in Kochi. 6th person, Abu Basheer alias Rashid hails from Coimbatore. According to his relatives, Swalih Muhammed was a man who had little interest in religious matters.Mother of P Safwan in Malappuram denied any suspicious move by his son. Safwan, who is a designer in Malayalam daily Thejas (run by PFI) in Kozhikode, told his relatives that he was going to Kanakamala in Kannur for a sightseeing trip on Sunday with friends. Soon after his arrest, SDPI issued a release stating Safwan had been ousted from the party and Thejas as he flouted party's guidelines.TCN
NIA arrests alleged IS operative from TN: TOI report
NIA has arrested Subahani Haji Moideen from Tamil Nadu, who had gone to Iraq last year and fought alongside ISIS in the city of Mosul.Moideen (31) has told the investigators that went to Iraq in April 2015 via Istanbul and joined the so called caliphate alongwith others from Pakistan and Afghanistan after being radicalised online.He attended the religious and combat training programs of ISIS before he was sent to the battle front where, he has claimed, he was being paid 100 US dollars per month as remuneration apart from food, accommodation and other facilities.Moideen has also disclosed that he couldn't bear the killings and violence and decided to quit the biggest terror organisation after which ISIS imprisoned him.TOI
IS module case: NIA questions 4 Chennai men
Chennai: NIA is questioning four men in Chennai today in connection with the IS-inspired module the agency claimed to have recently burst in Kerala. NIA officials is said to be questioned the 4 men in a hotel at Egmore on Thursday. However, one Sadiq Basha, who was also issued a summon by the NIA, told reporters that all four being questioned are his students and alleged that the officials are putting pressure on his students give statements linking him to the IS."But we have no connection with any armed struggles," he told reporters. He identified himself as a self-defense teacher taking classes on martial arts like Karate. newindianexpress
Coimbatore bomb blast convict dies in jail
Coimbatore: Abdul Ozir, a 1998 Coimbatore bomb blast convict, died allegedly due to a heart attack in the Coimbatore Central Prison on Wednesday.The death sparked tension in the city as Muslims demanded a probe into it. timesofindia
 UAPA likely against Kerala’s Salafi preacher : asianage
Kozhikode: Nadakavu police is likely to slap UAPA on one of the 2 Salafi preachers, who propagate extreme ideology and instigate believers to flee to caliphate to lead a real Islamic life. The prominent among the duo is Shamsuddin Palath 42, from Chevayur here, whose speeches are available on YouTube.
2 Muslim bakery employees held for video shooting in Pune Air Force station premise: Indian express
Israel navy gunboats surround aid ship, stopping it from reaching blockaded Gaza Strip
Israeli navy has intercepted the Zaytouna-Oliva, a Gaza-bound aid ship, according to the initiative's organizers.Sondos Ferwana, a media spokeswoman for the International Coalition for 4th Freedom Flotilla, said on Wednesday that "contact with the Zaytouna has been lost". According to Ferwana, Israeli gunboats have surrounded the ship -- from all directions -- effectively stopping it from reaching the shores of the blockaded Gaza Strip. When asked for comment by Anadolu Agency, the Israeli military declined to comment. Israeli daily The Jerusalem Post, however, quoted military sources as saying that the navy was preparing to tow the ship -- which is carrying humanitarian aid and a number of activists -- to Israeli port of Ashdod.Activists aboard the Zaytouna-Oliva, which set sail from the Spanish city of Barcelona last month, include Irish Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mairead Maguire, Swedish and Algerian lawmakers, a South African Olympic athlete and a Malaysian doctor.All-female initiative seeks to break Israel's decade-long blockade of the Gaza Strip and show solidarity with the women of Gaza.Anadolu Agency
Oxford University Press’s textbook withdrawn after referencing Palestinian resistance as ‘terrorists’
International School of Choueifat in Qatar, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Jordan have been forced to withdraw textbooks which describe the Palestinian resistance as terrorists, Al-Araby Al-Jadeed said. Qatari ministry of education and higher education visited the school and issued a statement on Twitter,stating:“Books’ contents were found to contradict Qatar’s foreign policy.”School confirmed to Doha News that book was a Grade 9 history text titled Technology, War and Independence, by Oxford University Press. middleeastmonitor
US slams expansion of Israeli outpost 'deep in' W. Bank
Washington: US has harshly rebuked Israel’s plans to expand a settlement deep in the heart of the West Bank, saying it threatens to stymy the viability of a Palestinian state.White House spokesman Josh Earnest did not mince his words when he told reporters that Tel Aviv’s announcement makes the achievement of a two-state solution that Israel and Palestine have said they are seeking, “harder to achieve”. Anadolu
UK Muslims see anti-extremism scheme Prevent as a 'spying programme', admits terror law watchdog
UK’s terror law watchdog has said Muslim communities see the govt ’s anti-extremism strategy as a “spying programme” and called for it to be overhauled.David Anderson QC claimed many people believe the programme targeted the “practice of Islam” as opposed to the spread of radical beliefs. He urged ministers to conduct an independent review of the scheme, which is designed to help officials spot individuals who are becoming radicalised.Anderson said: “There is a strong feeling in Muslim communities that I visit, that Prevent is, if not a spying programme, at least a programme that is targeted on them.“In some cases, it is even felt it is targeted not just at Islamist terrorism or extremism, but at the practice of Islam. People who pray or who wear the veil, for example, are sometimes felt to be under suspicion.” Independent UK
Norway seeks ban on Burqas in the classroom
Oslo: Norway's right-wing govt has announced plans to ban the full-face Islamic veil from classrooms and university lecture halls. Education Minister Torbjorn Roe Isaksen, said the govt was seeking "national regulations prohibiting the full-face veil in schools and universities". Muslim women are rarely seen wearing such veils in Norway, let alone in schools. But the issue has come up recently in political debates, with less than a year to go before parliamentary elections.AFP
US: Airlines kicks Muslim off plane for saying inshallah
Anti-IS Sunnis bombed in strike coordinated by Iraqi govt
US-led coalition against Daesh has confirmed in comments to MEMO that coalition airstrikes that led to the deaths of 21 Sunni Arab anti-Daesh fighters yesterday were conducted with the full knowledge and “coordination” of the Iraqi govt. Tribal Mobilisation Forces (TMF), an Iraqi force of Sunni tribal fighters attached to Shia-dominated Popular Mobilisation Forces(PMF), slammed the “blind aircraft” of US-led coalition yesterday for allegedly killing 21 of their fighters. Nazhan Al-Sakhr Al-Luhaiby, a commander in the TMF, confirmed that coalition warplanes bombed a building being used by his men as they attempted to defend against an attack by Daesh fighters east of Qayyara, near Mosul. middleeastmonitor
Turkey conveys reservations over Mosul operation to US
Ankara:Turkey has expressed 5 reservations over the upcoming Mosul operation to the US during a meeting in Ankara, including opposition to any moves to handover Iraq's Tal Afar district to a Shia militant group, a Turkish diplomatic source said.The reservations were expressed when Antony Blinken, US deputy secretary of state, and Brett McGurk, US State Department's special presidential envoy for the global coalition to counter Daesh, met Turkish diplomatic authorities Tuesday to discuss the Mosul operation.According to source, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media, while the US authorities assured Turkey that Hashd al-Shaabi -- an umbrella group for Shia militants -- would not enter the Mosul city center, Tal Afar district would be handed over to the militant group. Anadolu
Blast at Syria-Turkey border kills 20 rebels
At least 20 Syrian rebels were killed in a blast at a border crossing with Turkey on Thursday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.Britain-based monitoring group said it was unclear what caused the blast at the Atme crossing between Turkey and the northern Syrian province of Idlib, adding that around 20 people had also been wounded.World Bulletin
Turkish forces hit 78 Daesh targets in northern Syria
Syrian army warns opposition fighters to leave Aleppo
Two Russian warships head to Mediterranean
IS recruits more educated than average: World Bank study
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