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After NDTV India, 2 more channels ordered to go off air on nove.9:PTI
New Delhi: After NDTV India, I&B Ministry has ordered a blackout of two more channels over alleged violations of its rules. 'News Time Assam' a regional channel, has been to go off air on Nov.9 for multiple violations of programming guidelines. Ministry has also directed that another 'Careworld TV' be taken off air for seven days from Nov.9 for allegedly broadcasting objectionable content. According to a govt order dated Nov.2, News Time Assam is accused of revealing the identity of a minor who was brutally tortured while working as a domestic servant.The order said that the visuals telecast by the channel appeared to compromise the privacy and dignity of the child while also exposing him to harm and stigma. A showcause notice was issued to the channel in Oct.2013, it said.Having listened to the channel's version, Inter Ministerial Committee (IMC), which looked into the matter, said the channel should be taken off air for a day.The matter was reconsidered as some other channels had also shown similar content for which they had been issued warnings, but the committee looked at all the circumstances and again recommended taking it off air for a day, the order said.The channel has been also accused of showing images of dead bodies. On another occasion, the committee said the channel also did not comply with an order to air an apology for telecasting a show which appeared to be derogatory towards women.Quoting rules under Cable TV Networks (R) Act, it said that the govt "orders to prohibit the transmission or retransmission of News Time Assam TV channel for one day on any platform throughout India with effect from 00:01 hours on 9th Nov, till 00:01 hours on 10th Nov." NDTV India has been told it must go off air on Wednesday as penalty for its coverage of the Pathankot Air Force base in Jan.NDTV has refuted the claims that its Hindi TV provided sensitive information during the attack and has said its broadcast offered no details that were not reported by other channels and papers, adding that it is considering all its options.
NDTV should’ve ‘repented’ to avoid action: Naidu
Chennai: I&B Minister Venkaiah Naidu indicated that the Centre had decided to impose a one-day ban on NDTV India because TV channel was “unrepentant” about its coverage of Pathankot attack in Jan.this year. “Action was recommended so that the channel cannot get away completely for being unrepentant in the matter,” Naidu said in Chennai.  News channel has been ordered to go off air on Nov.9. The govt said NDTV India’s coverage gave out sensitive details of the anti-terror operation and could have aided the terrorists.  New India express
Gujarat: Opposition, activists demand withdrawal of one-day ban on NDTV India
Ahmedabad: Various political and social organisations have strongly condemned the central govt’s decision to impose one-day ban on Nov.9 on NDTV India allegedly for revealing “strategically sensitive” information during the channel’s coverage of the Pathankot terrorist attack in January this year. They have demanded that the govt withdraw the ban notification immediately in the interest of freedom of press and democracy.State Congress vice-president Maulin Vaishnav said that the action of the govt amounted to muzzling the freedom of press in the country. “It amount to muzzling the freedom of press guaranteed under the Constitution,” said Vaishnav. NCP state president Jayant Patel said that the decision against the channel indicated there was a “mini-Emergency” in the country. Indian express
Ban recalls Emergency, withdraw it: Editors Guild on NDTV India
Journalists to wear black bands to protest ban on NDTV India
Ban on channels will lead to ‘2nd Emergency’:DMK
Nitish condemns NDTV ban by central govt
Ban that politicians should have no right to impose
Kejriwal hopes the whole media ‘goes off air for a day’ to show solidarity with NDTV
BHOPAL KILLING
Jamaat-e-Islami Hind terms Bhopal shootout staged, demands probe
New Delhi: Muslim group Jamaat-e-Islami Hind on Saturday termed as "staged" the jailbreak of 8 undertrials from a jail in Madhya Pradesh and their deaths in a gunfight with police, and demanded a probe into the matter. "How could the escapees got access to weapons? Why are there contradictory statements from police on whether they had weapons or not? How did they get new clothes, watches and bands? If they had connections to get weapons, why couldn't they get vehicles to escape?" asked the organisation.The Jamaat, which had expressed its concern about the matter earlier, demanded a high-level judicial probe to bring out all the facts about the Oct.31 incident, calling it fake. Jamaat also accused the Modi govt of "straitjacketing" the whole society by bringing the Uniform Civil Code."India is known for its plurality. It has so many tribes and communities which have their own distinct cultures... by imposing this code they (govt) are trying to destroy the society," its Secretary General Saleem Engineer told IANS. "And to those who are advocating for the UCC, must know that they in no way represent the crores of Muslim women living under the current laws," he said.The Jamaat also condemned the role of police and JNU administration in failing to do enough in tracing Najeeb Ahmed, the JNU student who disappeared after being beaten up by other students on the campus."They are not taking action fearing adverse repercussions from the NDA govt whose Hindutva line they are toeing. I am very dissatisfied with the whole investigation," Engineer added.The Jamaat also expressed its dissatisfaction over the govt's one-day ban on NDTV news channel.IANS
Bhopal encounter: Jamaat-e-Islami demands punishment for 'culprits': theweek
Jamaat Raises Questions Over Bhopal Encounter: news18
Jamaat raises questions over Bhopal encounter: indianexpress
Islamic forum raises questions over Bhopal encounter:PTI
Jamaat raises questions over Bhopal encounter: deccanchronicle
Jamaat raises questions over Bhopal encounter: indiatoday
Jamaat raises questions over Bhopal encounter: business standard
Jamaat terms Madhya Pradesh shootout staged, demands probe: TCN
Jamaat Says Bhopal Jailbreak, Encounter of 8 Muslim Men Staged; Demands Probe: Caravan Daily
Jamaat-e-Islami Hind raises questions on encounter, demands action against officials: newsnation
Jamaat-e-Islami Hind demands action against those involved in Bhopal encounter: ummid.com
Bhopal encounter: Jamiat alleges Judge appointed for probe has ‘RSS leanings’
Mumbai: The decision of Madhya Pradesh govt for conducting a judicial probe of Bhopal encounter has been welcomed by the Jamiat-Ulema with the exception of pre-decided appointment of retired High Court Judge SK Pandey to spearhead the investigation. An official release issued late Friday night by MP govt stated that the judicial probe will be conducted by retired High Court Justice SK Pandey."Justice Pandey will probe all aspects related to how SIMI activists escaped from the high security jail and the encounter that took place after that," it said.Reacting to this declaration, Hafiz Nadeem Siddique, President of Jamiat Ulema-e-Maharashtra raised questions over appointment of a particular retired justice who is known for believing in the RSS ideology.“We welcome MP govt’s decision of judicial probe but we want judges from other states in the committee so that impartial investigation may be conducted. Govt has self appointed a justice to head the probe who is lenient towards RSS and therefore there is grave chance that the probe may favour RSS-backed MP govt”, Siddique said.TCN
Thequint Exclusive | Bhopal Jail CCTV Cameras Were Tampered With: Sources
Cops, with help of clerics, stop huge gathering from protesting in old city
Bhopal: On the call of minority organisations, thousands of people of minority community gathered in old city in order to protest the killing of 8 men in police encounter. Heavy police force was deployed and the protest was cancelled by senior cops with the help of clerics. Sources said that it was in the afternoon when large number of people from minority community started to assemble in Ibrahimpura. They have gathered on the appeal made by social media groups in order to protest the manner in which 8 men were shot dead in an encounter. However, policemen came to know about the appeal of protest in advance and with the help of clerics, they got the protest cancelled. Heavy police force was deployed at Iqbal Ground also to prevent the gathering.The Hitavada     
Govt had remitted sentence of 5 SIMI men, released them
Bhopal : The chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan might be shouting from the roof tops about how SIMI men were ‘terrorists’ but five activists of the same organisation were  released from Ujjain district’s Khachrod sub-jail on the eve of Republic Day – 2011 after remission of their sentence. The jailer had informed the govt but nothing moved.At that time, Chouhan was the chief minister of the state.The five SIMI activists who were released on Republic Day were Zadeel Parvez, Ayaz alias Ashu, Akbar Khan, Meheruddin and Irshad Ali all residents of Unhel village in Ujjain district.They were arrested on charges of organising a ‘terrorist training camp’ at Unhel village on March 31, 2008 and were in judicial custody since then. On January 12, 2011, a local court in Ujjain sentenced them to five-year imprisonment but the State govt reduced their prison term and they were released within 15 days of their sentencing. The State govt had released 608 prisoners on January 25, 2001 from different jails in the State exercising the power conferred by on it under sub-section (1) of section 432 of the CrPC (the Act pertaining to remission and suspension of sentence of convicted prisoners).Retired AIG, Jail GK Agarwal said  that these provisions do not apply to prisoners who are arrested under the UAPA. Later these activists were re-arrested and sent to jail and the govt had suspended Khachrod Jailer, Sanjeev Gandle.SIMI undertrials’ counsel filed application with CJM court on Saturday seeking permission to visit the central jail with magistrate to meet remaining SIMI operatives. Hearing will be on Nov.7. Advocate Pervez Alam filed the application in CJM court in connection with the SIMI encounter. Alam said, “I have filled application for the permission to visit central jail to meet SIMI operatives.I want to visit with magistrate.” freepressjournal
SIMI ‘encounter’: Rights groups take out silent march in Rajasthan
Jaipur: Human Rights Groups in Kota on Friday took out a silent march to protest against the encounter of 8 SIMI members by MP police in Bhopal.Protesters took out the march from the circuit house to collectorate accusing the MP govt of forging encounter to polarize society. Hundreds of persons under the leadership of Sahar Qazi of Kota, Alhaj Anwar Ahmed have termed encounter 'fake' and cold blooded murder. They submitted a list of unanswered questions for MP police to the district collector."The manner in which they escaped high security prison and went into hiding all together atop a rock with a dead end raised should raised suspicion in the minds of every logical person. The script narrated by the investigating agencies is far away from the reality," said Anwar.Senior advocate Mohanlal Rao has recalled series of incidents happening in the past as a part of larger conspiracy. "I have no doubt that encounter is fake and I can conclude that motive of this encounter is to polarized voters in the upcoming elections in UP," said Rao. Similar protest was held in Chittorgarh. Forum for democracy and communal amity in Jaipur has also decided to held protest in Jaipur on Tuesday. Mohammad Iqbal of the forum has recalled the incidents happened since the BJP govt came to power.TOI
MP police body chief justifies Bhopal encounter
Non-veg off MP jail menu long before Chouhan’s ‘end biryani culture’ call
Bhopal encounter: Govt to withhold cash reward for policemen till judicial inquiry gets over
Boston protests against Bhopal Encounter, asks for Shivraj Singh Chouhan to be sacked
Boston: A number of people gathered at historic Boston Common to protest against the recent extrajudicial killings of eight undertrials in Bhopal.Various speakers highlighted that it is wrong to call these undertrials as "terrorists" as there were no terrorism charges against them, let alone being proven as such in a court of law.Some of the participants also signed a petition to be sent to the Consul General of India in New York.TCN
Slain SIMI man’s mother seeks murder charge against MP Home Minister, DGP
Solapur : Claiming her son’s murder as a well hatched conspiracy Mahmooda Bi, mother of Khalid Machala one of the SIMI under trails killed in Bhopal has lodged a complaint (not FIR) against Bhupendra Singh, Home Minister of Madhya Pradesh and 5 other high profile police officials at MIDC police station. In her complaint letter she had demanded registration of FIR u/s 120 (B), 302 and 201 of IPC against Bhupendra Singh, Yogesh Chaudhary, IG Bhopal; Rishi Kumar Shukla, DG Madhya Pradesh; Arvind Saxena, SP Bhopal; Akhilesh Tomar, Superintendent of Central Prison Bhopal and Sanjeev Shami, Chief of ATS, Madhya Pradesh. Police refused to file the FIR but registered a complaint in a station diary after three hours of struggle by the team of lawyers and 500 people who had accompanied Mahmooda Bi to the police station. She was also accompanied by President of Jamiat Ulema-e-Maharashtra Hafiz Nadeem Siddique. Muslim Mirror
Demand for probe into SIMI activists encounter deaths was only to clear doubts: P Chidambaram
Encounter: MP govt. shelves reward for police
Hang if found guilty; murder unacceptable, says Jamait-Ulema-e-Hind
From Uri to Bhopal, militarisation of national imagination will have grave consequences:Saba Naqvi
OTHERS
JNU missing student protest: Delhi police detain Najeeb Ahmed's mother and others
On Sunday, many JNU students protested the govt over missing student Najeeb Ahmed near India Gate in New Delhi. Najeeb Ahmed, a first-year MSc student at the School of Biotechnology in JNU reportedly went missing on Oct.15 after allegedly being beaten up by a mob of 20 students comprising ABVP members, who had gone campaigning to his room for hostel elections. Delhi police reportedly detained JNU students who were protesting the lack of action taken by the authorities. Najeev’s mother Fatima Nafees was also detained. JNUSU had been protesting for the last 20 days. Student leaders have also accused the ABVP of being involved in the incident. Delhi police have refuted such accusations and claimed they are trying to trace Najeeb. Police have also announced a Rs 2 lakh award for anyone with credible.Police have reportedly imposed Section 144 at India Gate, which prohibits unlawful assembly. After Delhi Police stopped JNU students from staging protest at the India Gate over missing student Najeeb Ahmed, CM Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday alleged that the Centre was adopting ‘dictatorship’ policy and violating the constitutional right of an individual by adopting such measures.‘Why is the PM afraid of protests’ If one student is missing since the last 22 days then other students have the right to protest. This is their constitutional right and the govt is trying to snatch their rights from them,’ said Kejriwal. DNA
In the name of Najeeb: Left and exclusion of Muslims in JNU: Waseem RS, pursuing Phd,JNU
President to seek report from MHA, JNU on missing student: Kejriwal
Govt puts Zakir Naik's NGO under prior permission list
New Delhi: Union home ministry has placed IRF Education Trust, an NGO run by Zakir Naik, in 'prior permission' category under the FCRA, requiring it to get all its foreign funding approved by the home ministry. Intelligence sources said this was after the NGO was found to be indulging in religion-related programmes and activities that were at variance with its 'educational' objective as stated in its FCRA licence.IRF Education Trust runs the Islamic International School in Mumbai and Chennai. Its foreign funding is low, with intelligence sources putting the cumulative contributions received from abroad over the past 10 years at no more than Rs 2 crore. However, with intelligence reports drawing the govt's attention to its alleged use of foreign funding for religious preaching that spread communal hatred as well as non-filing of FCRA returns for a certain year, the Centre decided to crack the whip on the NGO."On the basis or records available and reports received from the intelligence agencies, the Central govt is satisfied that IRF Education Trust had violated certain provisions of the said Act," said the gazette notification issued by the home ministry on Friday. It specifically mentioned Section 11 of the FCRA that authorises NGOs to accept foreign funding for undertaking educational and social programmes in India which are not detrimental to national interest."Now, therefore, the Centre...hereby specifies that the IRF Education Trust shall obtain prior permission of the Central govt on each occasion before accepting any foreign contribution...," said the notification.TOI
Naik's IRF has to seek govt nod for foreign funds
In first, NHRC prepares for political appointee: BJP vice-president Rai likely to be appointed as member
New Delhi: In a move that could have far-reaching impact, the BJP-led NDA govt at the Centre is in the final stages of appointing a politician from its own ranks as a member of NHRC. Sources in the NHRC said this is the first time an active politician is being appointed to the post, which has remained vacant for over two years now. According to sources, BJP vice-president Avinash Rai Khanna is likely to be appointed as NHRC member in the next few days. Khanna, the party leader in charge of J&K, was a member of the Rajya Sabha till April this year. The chairperson and members of the NHRC are selected by a high-level committee headed by PM, and comprising Lok Sabha Speaker, Union Home Minister, Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha, Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha and Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha. Sources said the panel met last month to discuss names for the vacant post. “Some other names were also discussed, but his (Khanna’s) name was cleared. There was no dissent,” said a member of the panel. Section 3 of the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993, which deals with the issue of “Constitution of a NHRC”, says that only a former Chief Justice of India can be appointed NHRC chairperson. indian express
Congress tacit support helps BJP to saffronise NHRC; BJP national Vice President to be appointed as member?
Amit Shah makes it clear in Saharanpur - It's BJP vs Muslims in UP:catchnews
 BJP president Amit Shah flagged off the party's Parivartan Yatra with a rally in Saharanpur. But as Shah's speech progressed, it became clear that his talk of Parivartan and development in UP is just a smokescreen. BJP's main strategy in these elections is to create a communal polarisation by targetting UP's Muslim minority.BJP chose to begin its UP campaign from Western UP's Saharanpur district, where Muslims account for 41% of the population.Darul Uloom Deoband, which wields influence among a section of Indian Muslims, is located in this district.It is also a place which witnessed communal violence in July 2014, barely a few months after Modi govt came to power. BJP has particularly been focusing on Saharanpur. PM Modi chose to celebrate his 2 years in office with a rally in Saharanpur in May this year. Amit Shah cleverly chose his targets in his speech, focusing on Muslim leaders in SP and BSP."Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav projects himself as a Vikas Purush. He says that as long as he is the chief minister, leaders like Afzal Ansari and Mukhtar Ansari will not be included in the SP. The people of UP want to ask you, that Afzal Ansari is in your party and you are still the CM. Under your rule, what will happen to Afzal Ansari, what will you do about Ateeq Ahmed, about Azam Khan? The entire SP is full of Ateeqs, Azams, Afzals and Mukhtars".Entire SP is full of Afzals, Ateeqs, Azams and Mukhtars, Shah saidClearly, this was not a reference to leaders with a criminal background whom the SP has allegedly patronised. Had that been the case, he would have mentioned the most notorious case - of Raghuraj Pratap Singh aka Raja Bhaiya. While Mukhtar Ansari and Ateeq Ahmed do have a criminal background, the same cannot be said about Azam Khan. Only thing common between all these leaders is that they are all Muslims. catchnews
Baby’s father, spiritual leader arrested for delaying breastfeeding
The superstitious father, who had delayed breastfeeding of his newborn for a whole day, and a controversial ‘spiritual leader’ have been arrested at Mukkam in Keala’s Kozhikode district for cruelty against the baby under the Juvenile Justice (JJ) Act.Police arrested Abubacker Siddique of Omassery who had prevented his wife Hafsath from breastfeeding the newborn for 21 hours insisting that a newborn should be breastfed only after hearing the Azan (prayer calls from mosques given 5 times a day) 5 times, late Friday evening under the Section 75 of JJ Act. Kalamthod Hydrose Thangal, a local ‘spiritual leader’ who had allegedly counseled his followers not to breastfeed newborns until the Azan is heard five times, was arrested on Saturday for abetting the crime. Hydrose Thangal, who regularly held prayer meetings at his place, used to instill several superstitions in his followers — such as advising offering long prayers by the sick instead of seeking medical treatment. On Saturday, activists of DYFI, the youth wing of the CPI(M) as well as the ISM, the youth wing of the Kerala Nadvathul Mujahideen, took out rallies to Hydrose Thangal’s home.Meanwhile, Siddique, in a Facebook post, apologized for his act. He said it was his `blind faith and emotional troubles’ coupled with `misleading advice’ that had led to delaying breast milk to his newborn. However, he pointed out that the baby had been fed honey and water even when it had been denied of breast milk. No father would starve his child, he said. “Let this not happen to anybody else,” he said and asked for forgiveness. thehindu
Kerala police arrest Muslim preacher for advising against breastfeeding
Delhi pollution: Ban on construction for 5 days, schools to remain shut for 3 days
New Delhi: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday spelled out the list of measures to be undertaken by the govt in an effort to reduce the worsening air pollution in the city. After an emergency Cabinet meeting on the issue, Kejriwal announced a ban on construction activity for the next 5 days and shutting down the city’s Badarpur power plant for the next ten days. Schools will also be remained shut for the next three days, said Kejriwal.He said that except for emergency services, generator sets will not allowed to function for next 10 days. A complete ban on burning of leaves and sprinkling of water on roads were also among the list of actions announced by the chief minister. Weekly vacuum cleaning of roads will begin from Nov.10, he said. Responding to a question on crop burning, Kejriwal said he was not point fingers at anyone. “We are not pointing fingers at anyone. We need to sit down and come out with a solution,” he said. indianexpress
Delhi Air So Dirty You Can Taste And Smell It
Delhi pollution: Schools shut for 3 days, odd-even may return, says Kejriwal
Protests return to Srinagar: Police poisoned teen, say kin
Srinagar: Over a dozen people were injured as police and paramilitary personnel shot pellets and teargas shells to control a restive crowd and stone-throwers as protests broke out in Srinagar on Saturday, hours after a 16-year-old boy succumbed to alleged poisoning and torture by the police. The family has alleged that the Class X student was tortured and force-fed poison. A police spokesperson said the boy had reportedly consumed poisonous substance on Oct.28, adding that a case has been registered and investigations are on. Qaisar Hameed Sofi, a resident of Shalimar area of Srinagar, had gone missing on Oct.27. He was found the following day in a drain near his house – frothing from his mouth, according to the police. He was admitted to Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Hospital, where he was declared dead after eight days late on Friday evening. On Saturday morning, when the body was being taken for burial, mourners raised pro-azadi slogans in Eidgah area. The police said they fired teargas and pellets to disperse the crowd. According to relatives, before his death, Qaisar had reportedly told family members that the police had detained him and forced him to consume poison in custody. “He spoke last to his mother. He said, ‘mouji b hai mourhas (mother, I was murdered)’. He then slipped into a coma and was moved to the ICU, where he succumbed,” Ayash, a cousin, claimed.indian express
Two Kashmiri students narrate the Valley’s sufferings to delegates at OIC Summit in Iran
Mashhad (Iran): Two young Kashmiri seminary students who are presently studying in Al Mustafa International University of Iran participated in the 4th Model Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Summit held at Mashhad city of Iran, where they briefed the participants over the continuing violation of human rights in Kashmir.Waseem Reza and Syed Owais Abbas Mosavi, both from Srinagar district of J&K, also spoke over the subjects of human rights, national security, common market and Islamophobia in OIC countries.4th International Model OIC was held from Oct 22 to Oct 28 2016 and saw a participation of over 100 students from 40 top tier Universities in the OIC member states.TCN
Pak tells UN to send mission for probing human rights violations in Kashmir
New York:Pakistan’s ambassador to the UN, Maleeha Lodhi, once again called on the UN to dispatch a fact-finding mission to J&K,saying that India’s rejection to allow one was in fact acknowledgment of the “grave atrocities” being committed by its forces. Ambassador Lodhi made the call when the UN high commissioner for human rights Zeid Ra ad Al Hussein called on her at the Pakistan mission in New York, the Associated Press of Pakistan cited an official press release.Pakistani envoy commended the high commissioner for his effective leadership as an advocate of human rights and fundamental freedoms across the world.Pakistan, she said, appreciated his repeated calls for grant of unconditional access for Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to both sides of the LoC in J&K. Lodhi said the calls by the high commissioner for sending a fact-finding mission to J&K to independently assess the situation on ground was a source of solace for the people of Kashmir.IANS
Now, Muslim manch forms ‘gau rakshak’ sena
Jaipur: The 'gau rakshak' army is turning 'secular' with the Rashtriya Muslim Manch (RMM), an offshoot of RSS, deciding to extend a 'helping hand' to the controversial cow vigilante groups infamous for using violence against cow traders.RMM has formed the Muslim Gau Raksha Samiti (MGRS) in Rajasthan and started patrolling areas known for cow trading like the vigilante groups."Our initial focus is to build a dedicated cadre in every district which will eventually work in close coordination with 'gau rakshaks'. We have independently tracked a few vehicles but found they were transporting oxen with proper papers," said Mohammad Shafi Chauhan, a firebrand RMM leader based in Nagaur.TOI
UP:Muslim bodies meet over Uniform Civil Code
Allahabad: Muslim organisation All India Jamat Raza-e Mustafa's (AIJRM) district wing has urged the community to raise its voice against Uniform Civil Code (UCC). AIJRM members, in a meeting organised here on Saturday also hailed the decision of Muslim bodies like Sunni Barailvy Tanjeem, Raza Academy Mumbai and Jamant-e Mustafa's Bareilly Sharif to organise a march from Jantar Mantar to Parliament in New Delhi on Nov.18.Speaking at the meeting, general secretary Shahid Siddiqui said, "Presently we are in the process of pressuring the BJP-led NDA govt not to interfere in Muslim personal law in the name of UCC or triple talaq."He urged the community members to fight the issue in court and hold protests in a democratic way in place of resorting to unlawful means to express resentment. Meanwhile, proformas by All India Muslim Personal Law Board, seeking signatures of community members on the issue, were being distributed in tehsils and villages of the districts. timesofindia
Debate on UCC sign of healthy democracy: Naqvi
Jaspur: Rubbishing opposition's charge that the Modi govt is interfering in Shariat matters, Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has welcomed the ongoing debate on triple talaq and Uniform Civil Code, saying discussion is a sign of healthy democracy. "Modi govt has not been interfering in religious or Shariat matters. Some people are spreading this misconception for their narrow political gains. They are trying to divert the attention from the govt's agenda of development for all, including minorities," he said.PTI
Blast a plot to alienate Malappuram: WPI
Kozhikode: Alleging that there has been a plot to dent the image of Malappuram district ever since its birth, Welfare Party of India (WPI) has expressed suspicion that this week’s ‘Malappuram blast’ is in line with the plot.Addressing the media here, party president Hameed Vaniyambalam and others said a sections of the police and other investigating agencies were implementing the Sangh Parivar agenda by fabricating terrorist stories, thus creating a communal wedge between Hindus and Muslims.In the past, they said, several such stories had passed off as reports from intelligence agencies.WPI leaders alleged that the “fake” encounter deaths of undertrials in Bhopal and the blast at Malappuram Collectorate were aimed at promoting Sangh Parivar interests. the hindu
World
US admits air strikes 'likely' killed Afghan civilians
US forces in Afghanistan conceded on Saturday that their air strikes in the northern province of Kunduz had "very likely" resulted in civilian killings.At least 32 people, including babies, children and women, were killed and dozens wounded on Thursday when their houses on the outskirts of Kunduz city were bombed as they slept.The killings sparked angry protests in the village of Boze Qandahari calling to bring the perpetrators to justice. The strikes were in support of US and Afghan forces during an attack targeting senior Taliban commanders,according to local officials.US military spokesman Charles Cleveland said an initial probe showed the attack "very likely resulted in civilian casualties".General John Nicholson, commander of US forces in Afghanistan, also admitted that the strikes had "likely" caused the loss of innocent lives."We will work with our Afghan partners to investigate and determine the facts and we will work with the Govt of Afghanistan to provide assistance," he said in a statement. aljazeera
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