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07 Nov. 2016: 06 Safar 1438: Vol: 8, No:29
NDTV India Ban Put On Hold By Govt

NEW DELHI:  The one-day ban on NDTV's Hindi channel, widely protested by the media, has been put on hold by Information and Broadcasting Minister Venkaiah Naidu.The decision comes after the Supreme Court agreed to hear NDTV's appeal tomorrow against the ban.NDTV
‘JNU student missing Najeeb's mother manhandled by Police, Beaten up and dragged into police van’
New Delhi: 23 days after JNU student Najeeb Ahmed went missing, his mother Fatima Nafees was on Sunday dragged on the road by the Delhi Police as she resisted her detention during a protest near the India Gate. "Najeeb's mother was manhandled by the Delhi Police. Beaten up and dragged into the police van. Later, she was taken to Mayapuri police station," JNU Students Union member Satarupa Chakraborty said. "The police blocked all the ways to India Gate and detained the peaceful protesters from the National Archive to different police stations," she added."Police have detained us and have brutally beaten us and have broken our mobile phones. Many protesters have been detained and are being taken to different locations. They openly threatened us that they will shoot us, saying that we have been hiding Najeeb for the last 23 days," JNUSU president Mohit Pandey said.CM  Arvind Kejriwal also reached Mandir Marg police station, where Najeeb's mother was kept, and said, "Had police have taken such efforts in finding Najeeb as they are taking in stopping protesters, they would have found him long back.""I was hit in the leg and on the shoulder while my aunt got hurt in the hand. This is a shameful act. We went there for a peaceful protest and they did this to us," said Najeeb's sister Sadaf Musharraf. Earlier on Sunday, Kejriwal along with a delegation of JNU students on Sunday met President Pranab Mukherjee and submitted a letter to him seeking his intervention in the case."I met President Mukherjee to seek his intervention on Najeeb. He assured of all support and said he will seek a report from MHA and JNU administration,"Kejriwal tweeted.DNA
Missing JNU student Najeeb’s mother wants CBI probe; says cops ‘manhandled’ her
Mother And Sister Of Missing JNU Student Najeeb Detained And Released After Protest March
DCW notice to top cop over misbehaviour by policemen with JNU students
New Delhi:  Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) has issued a notice to Police Commissioner, seeking an explanation for the alleged misbehaviour by policemen with female students of JNU during a protest. “I have received a complaint from a girl regarding alleged groping and physical abuse by a police officer during a peaceful protest for missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmed at India Gate. A picture which clearly shows a policeman groping her was displayed today in the newspaper,” DCW chief Swati Maliwal said in the letter issued to Delhi Police Commissioner Alok Verma.“Complainant has also informed the commission that there were no female police personnel deputed there and when the girl students objected to this, the policemen abused the students, passed sexist comments and forcefully dragged the girls to a bus which too did not have any female policeperson,” she added.PTI 
Instead of Justice, Najeeb's Mother is Dragged and Detained by Cops
JNU football team wears missing student Najeeb Ahmad’s name on jerseys
Mother dragged on road; I was hit in leg and shoulder: Najeeb's sister
JNU missing student case: No report sought by President on Delhi Police, says MHA
New Delhi:A day after Delhi CM  Arvind Kejriwal met President Pranab Mukherjee to express concern over what he called the high handedness of Delhi Police in handling the JNU students union protest and Police's inability to find Najeeb Ahmed for 24 days.Less than 24 hours later Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) denied that the President had sought a report from the ministry. MHA also clarified that, they have not a sought a report from Delhi Police.Though sources pointed out that Delhi Police had been given a free hand, they said there were a few anomalies like shortage of women constable, who should have been present to deal with women protesters and even Najeeb's mother.Though no report would be sought, officials may unofficially seek answer to some of the questions.indiatoday
Police action draws ire at rally for Najeeb
HC extends relief to JNU students till 24 Nov:IANS
New Delhi: Delhi High Court on Monday extended the relief granted to JNU students against university’s decision holding them guilty of indiscipline in the Feb.9 event. Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva scheduled the hearing on pleas filed by the JNU students — Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid, Anirban and others — for Nov.24 due to paucity of court’s time today.“It (hearing) will take some time. I have to go through the charges against all the students. I will have to look at the videos,” said HC.
NDTV moves SC against govt order to go off air on Nov.9
News network NDTV has approached the Supreme Court against a controversial central govt  notice ordering its Hindi channel, NDTV India, off the air for a day, one of the group’s top directors tweeted on Monday. NDTV India was asked to go off the air on Nov.9 after govt said the channel revealed sensitive details during its coverage of a militant attack on the Pathankot airbase.This was the first time a channel was asked to stop broadcasting over concerns about national security.But the order has been widely panned with activists, journalists and opposition politicians accusing BJP-led govt  of singling out NDTV and muzzling free speech.Many of them have also dubbed the order a return of the “Emergency-era” blackout of television channels.But govt has defended the action, saying many other channels were banned in the past and that free speech couldn’t be absolute or override national security.HT
NDTV ban uncalled for, reverse it immediately: Press Club, NBSA other Media outlets march in protest
New Delhi: The protest meeting representing various media organisations resolves that the decision of the Inter-Ministerial Committee of the I&B Ministry, to take NDTV India off the air for a day is arbitrary and violates the fundamental principles of freedom of expression as enshrined in our Constitution.The meeting resolves that the govt immediately quash the order as the decision amounts to uncalled for censorship and is in utter disregard of already established redress mechanisms - Press Council of India and National Broadcasting Standards Authority(NBSA),which have been specifically constituted to look into such issues, including if any. ndtv
Journalists to march in protest against ban on NDTV
NDTV India ban: MP, Zee News owner Subhash Chandra calls for ‘lifetime’ ban on channel
New Delhi:The controversy over the unprecedented decision of an inter-ministerial panel to take ‘NDTV India’ off air for a day refuses to die down with Essel Group chairman Subhash Chandra Goel saying that a lifetime ban should have been imposed on the channel. Rajya Sabha MP in a scathing attack on the channel concerned said he felt that even the court will berate it for playing with the country’s security. In a series of tweets, he also criticized those who were likening the incident with the “emergency” era. He alleged that during UPA tenure, Centre was considering to slap a ban on Zee channel. He also accused the intellectuals and Editors’ Guild of keeping mum then. financial express
Zee News owner Chandra wants life-ban for NDTV
Sudarshan News owner yet to be held in rape case:HT
Noida: Police are yet to arrest Suresh Chavhanke, owner and editor-in-chief of Sudarshan News Network, 3 days after an FIR was lodged against him for rape, attempt to murder, and fraud. FIR also names Narain Sai, son of self-proclaimed godman Asaram Bapu, for attempt to rape.On Wednesday, a former employee of the Sudarshan channel had filed an FIR in the women’s police station in Noida alleging that Chavhanke had raped her and attempted to have unnatural sex with her on Oct. 20. She also accused Narain Sai of attempting to rape her in Sept.2013.The victim further claimed that Chavhanke had been sexually exploiting her since 2013 on the promise of marriage and had also taken cash and jewellery worth Rs. 27 lakh from her.The police have booked Chavhanke under 11 sections of IPC including charges of rape, attempted unnatural sex, attempt to murder, forced miscarriage, criminal intimidation, cheating and outraging the modesty of a woman. While Sai is currently in Surat jail in a previous case, the police are yet to arrest Chavhanke. Anju Tevatia, investigating officer of the case, said that the police have not yet completed the investigation. “We are still investigating the case. The decision to arrest Chavhanke would be taken only after that,” she said.
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BHOPAL KILLING
Umbrella body of MP Muslim organisations to visit families of slain Bhopal prisoners:HT report
Bhopal:A group of Muslim elders and leaders from Bhopal will soon visit families of 6 SIMI men from the state killed by police in an alleged encounter, along with two others, on Oct.31. The other 2 men shot dead in the “gun battle” were from Gujarat and Maharashtra. 5 men namely Amjad Khan,Mohammad Aqeel Khilji,Mehboob Guddu, Zakir Hussein and Mohammad Saliq alias Sallu, were from Khandwa.Other from the state, Abdul Majid, hailed from Mahidpur town in Ujjain. Group would pay visits to Khandwa and Ujjain to console the bereaved families and interact with them, said Masood Ahmed Khan, secretary of the Madhya Pradesh unit of the Coordination Committee for Indian Muslims (CCIM). He said they were also exploring legal options so that “victims of the encounter get justice.” Many Muslims groups in Bhopal, including the MP unit of the CCIM, too alleged the encounter was stage- managed and demanded a probe by a sitting judge of the Supreme Court.The visit of the Muslim elders assume significance in the wake of a SC guidelines that states: “If the family of any victim finds that all the SC guidelines have not been followed or there exists a pattern of abuse or lack of independent investigation or impartiality by any of the functionaries, it can make a complaint to the Session Judge having territorial jurisdiction over the place of incident”. Case pertaining to the encounter, observers said, could take a new turn based on the stand the families take during their meeting with the Muslim leaders. On Friday Muslim groups were denied permission by Bhopal administration to hold a public meeting at Iqbal Maidan. Later several members of the community gathered at Tarjume Wali mosque and demanded justice for the “boys.”They also announced to hold a massive meeting over the incident soon.
Slain men’s lawyer demands HC-monitored probe:PTI
Clues to Bhopal jailbreak ‘inside job’: Moulds, CCTV off
Bhopal: Moulds fashioned to match keys to locks, a knife found near a drain and non-functioning CCTV cameras that cover Block B of Bhopal’s Central Jail. These are some of the pointers that have led senior police officers in Madhya Pradesh to admit that the jailbreak of 8 activists of the banned SIMI last Monday was a result not just of lax policing, but of insider help and complicity. Hours after the jailbreak, the 8 were gunned down in an encounter in Acharpura about 12 km away, with audio clips suggesting that the police were instructed to “finish them all”, and videos that show personnel shooting at bodies on the ground.A senior police officer saod, on the condition of anonymity, that the extent of “inside help” involved in the jailbreak was “staggering”.When contacted, MP Home Minister Bhupendra Singh said it was “impossible to escape without inside collusion” and alleged that the jailbreak was facilitated by “funding from outside”.“The first indicator of foul play is the non-functioning of the 3 CCTV cameras that point to where the undertrials were lodged in Block B. “There are around 50 cameras in the jail, most of which are working, but these three being off together is far too much of a coincidence. They had been turned off,” said the senior officer.Each of these cameras had a residual memory of 7 days, and had been switched off for longer, resulting in a complete lack of any video footage of the area for the past week, he said.“One of the 3 cameras was brand new, installed a few months ago when Rs 20 lakh had been left over after three other jails in the state had cameras sanctioned for them. We put it in Block B because of the presence of those accused under UAPA and terror cases. That, too, was turned off,” said the officer. indian express
Judicial inquiry commission formed to probe encounter
A Judicial Inquiry Commission was formed on Monday under retired Judge S.K. Pandey to investigate the Bhopal encounter. 3 months are given to submit its report. A PIL was also filed in the Madhya Pradesh High Court earlier on Thursday on the issue demanding judicial probe into the incident. ANI
Bhopal encounter: Just another assignment but yet to get order, says Justice Pande
Rewards for Bhopal encounter cops off
OTHERS
SC asks Centre, 6 states to reply to PILs on cow vigilantism in 4 weeks: indianexpress
New Delhi:The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Centre and six state govt s to file replies on PILs related to cow vigilantism within a period of four weeks. The ruling came three weeks after the SC had agreed to examine acts of cow vigilantism and had asked all the states and Central govt to reply to the PILs on August 21.A number of PILs were filed by activists and political leaders across the country demanding action against growing violence in the name of protecting cows. Congress leader Tehseen Poonawalla filed the plea in SC alleging that ‘gau rakshaks’ were spreading hatred against certain sections of the society like Muslims and Dalits.
SC dismisses review plea challenging Amit Shah’s discharge in Sohrabuddin case
New Delhi: Supreme Court has dismissed a plea seeking review of its decision upholding the clean chit given by subordinate courts to BJP President Amit Shah in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case. SC rejected the plea of activist Harsh Mander challenging the order by which it had dismissed the appeal against the discharge of the BJP leader in the case by the Bombay High Court upholding the trial court order. "We have perused the review petition and the connected papers. We do not find any error in the order impugned, much less an apparent error on the face of the record so as to call for its review.”"The review petition is accordingly dismissed," a bench of Justices S A Bobde and Ashok Bhushan said in its order of Oct.19.PTI
SC will hear PILs on Delhi pollution, smog on Tuesday
New Delhi:The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear PILs filed in regard to the pollution and smog in the air in Delhi. The top court wants the presence of lawyers representing the Centre and the Delhi govts along with officials of civic bodies.
India, China discuss terror, economy; no word on NSG, Masood Azhar ban
New Delhi:India and China have agreed to maintain the pace of their high-level exchanges in counter- terrorism and other fields after “friendly and open” discussions between their National Security Advisors. NSA Ajit Doval and his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi, State Councillor, concluded their discussions in Hyderabad yesterday in a “friendly, open and cordial environment”, it was officially stated here on Saturday. Ministry of External Affairs said their discussions covered a wide agenda spanning bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest. It was Yang’s third visit to India in the last two months. “The two sides agreed to maintain the pace of high-level exchanges in political, economic, defence and counter-terrorism fields.“They also agreed that the forthcoming high-level engagement in counter-terrorism is yet another manifestation of growing convergence of views of 2 countries on this pressing challenge facing international community”, it said. However, there was no official confirmation on whether the two sides discussed contentious issues such as China blocking Indian’s entry into NSG as also stopping Indian efforts to get JeM chief getting banned by the UN.PTI
Ahead of Vienna NSG meet, China says no change in its stand on India's bid
NIA probe in terror fund on suspicion of links with separatists draws blank
New Delhi: NIA's probe into 2 bank accounts in Kashmir on suspicion of links with separatists has drawn a blank. However, given the ongoing unrest in the Valley the agency will wait for some time before filing a closure report, officials said. The agency had registered a preliminary enquiry in August following intelligence inputs that the two bank accounts in J&K Bank's Kupwara and Tral branches may have been used to finance the unrest that erupted in the valley after militant Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter with security forces on July 8. The probe has not revealed any direct links of the bank accounts with the unrest in Kashmir or with separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani's son Nayeem Khan, who was summoned by the NIA in connection with the probe in August, a senior NIA official said. "As of now, we have no new leads into the case, but we would like to wait for some more time before filing a closure," said the NIA official, who did not wish to be identified. The bank account under scanner at the Kupwara branch was in the name of a local trading firm while the second account in Tral near Phulwama has recently been changed to a cash credit account to avail bank loans. These accounts caught the attention of the authorities due to unusual high remittances, the NIA said after initiating a preliminary enquiry. Geelani-led Hurriyat Conference said the agency was "terrifying and maligning" the family. It said the NIA had been given the task to drag "fabricated cases" to Delhi to "pressurise the separatist leadership". economic times
Hurriyat to meet ‘stakeholders’ on future course of protest in Kashmir
Srinagar: Kashmiri separatist leaders have called a meeting of all “stakeholders” on Tuesday to decide the course of the agitation in the Valley, with sources saying they give relief to education and trade in the next protest calendar.The Hurriyat Conference leaders will meet at the house of Syed Ali Geelani, the leader of a hardline faction of the separatist conglomerate. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who heads a moderate faction, and Yasin Malik met Geelani on Sunday.Traders, educationists, transporters, civil society members, religious, social and political organisations, bar association and people from other walks of life were called for Tuesday’s meeting, a statement issued by the three leaders said.Separatists have been issuing a weekly shutdown calendar but there are growing calls to look for alternative ways of protest.HT
Geelani, Malik, Mirwaiz hold joint meeting at Hyderpora
Uniform code will lead to mutiny:Thowheed Jamath leader
Trichy: The country will see an uprising similar to the 1857 Sepoy Mutiny if uniform civil code is introduced as it is an attempt to break its integrity, according to Tamil Nadu Thowheed Jamath.The organisation's state president, FM Althafi, said that Muslims would take to the streets in the upcoming days in protest against the move and the movement would be spread nationwide. He was addressing a public rally opposing a uniform civil code which was also attended by a large number of women and children at Uzavar Santhai ground near Thennur on Sunday.TOI
UCC should be based on Quran: AIMPLB lady member
Allahabad: All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) member Rukhsana Nikhat Lari on Sunday said if govt  is adamant on enforcing Uniform Civil Code (UCC), then it should be based on Quran."Everytime before elections they talk about implementing this thing (UCC) despite the fact that the Constitution provides equal opportunity to all citizens, including Muslims, to follow religion and belief of their choice. I want every woman to come out of their houses to oppose Modi govt 's agenda of imposing the code on Muslim community on the garb of triple talaq issue," she said at a conference organised to mobilise community members by Personal Law Committee and Jalsa-e-Tahaffuz at Mazidia at Islamic Inter College.TOI
RSS' female wing says opposition to triple talaq needs to come from within Muslim community
New Delhi: RSS' female wing, the Rashtra Sevika Samiti, wants the practice of triple talaq among the Muslim community to end, though the voices of change need to come from within. Second in command of the world's largest body of Hindu women volunteers Seetha Annadanam told this to Mail Today in an exclusive interview. The 'Pramukh Karyavahika' or the general secretary of the Samiti said the organisation had been discussing the problem as part of its discussion and also at the shakhas which she claimed had been attended by a large number of women from the largest minority group of the country. Just as the RSS, the samiti too is organised on the lines of local shakhas. indiatoday
Campaign against triple talaq at one sitting planned
Hyderabad: All India Muslim Personal Law Board executive committee member Maulana Syed Khaleel-ur-Rahman Sajjad Nomani on Saturday said that the Muslim panel is deliberating on a massive campaign to discourage the pronouncement of single-sitting oral triple talaq even as he maintained that the form of divorce remains valid."It (oral triple talaq in one sitting) is not just a sin, it is a crime," the eminent Muslim cleric said at the Madrassa Ashraf ul Uloom in Saidabad. timesofindia
Mumbai: Muslim ulema launch signature campaign against Uniform Civil Code
Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan survey contradicts census data on Muslim divorces, tripple Talaq: TOI
Mahagathbandhan in UP: Prashant Kishor meets Mulayam Singh for 2nd time
Lucknow: Congress' poll strategist Prashant Kishor on Sunday met Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav here, triggering speculation of a 'maha-gathbandhan' (grand alliance) ahead of the upcoming UP Assembly polls.The marathon meeting, spread over two sessions and kept under wraps, came a day after top leaders of socialist-leaning parties attended SP's silver jubilee meet here -- a move seen as an attempt by Mulayam to forge an alliance ahead of the assembly polls hardly a few months away.There was no official word from either side as to what transpired at the meeting.State SP President Shivpal Yadav said he would tell the media when such a development took place.PTI 
Northeast student asked to pay Rs 300 at Delhi Jama Masjid, Kiren Rijiju assures her of action
Delhi: In yet another case of discrimination against the people of north-east, Niyang Pertin, a Delhi University student along with her batchmates including a German national were denied entry into the iconic Jama Masjid on Oct.31. However, instead of letting it go, she chose to take the matter live on social media. Pertin, who studies at the university's Faculty of Law, wrote an open letter on Facebook tagging the PM and the Delhi CM on the issue.She recorded her sentiments about the incident from the large entrance of Jama Masjid itself and posted it on her Facebook page, prompting swift response from scores of students and above all, Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju.Rijiju took note of the Facebook post and assured Pertin for a follow up on the incident."Meanwhile, the DCP MS Randhawa said, "We have met the girl and recorded her statement. We are enquiring the matter and will take appropriate legal action if we find something wrong." DNA
Only SC can decide on Ram Temple: Khaliq Ahmad, petitioner in Babri Masjid case
Khaliq Ahmad Khan is the nominee of Maulana Mehfuzur Rahman, one of the petitioners in the Ram Janmabhoomi- Babri Masjid case. He is a resident of Faizabad and is the convener of the local Hilal committee. He is also an executive member of the All India Milli Council which is against changes in the Muslim personal law. Khan said, "Even the Supreme Court cannot pave the way for a Ram temple till it decides the title suit which is about who owns the land where Babri Masjid stood before it was demolished by right-wing mobs in 1992. 1961 claim of Sunni Central Board for the title was not decided by the court. Instead, in 2010, the Allahabad HC divided the land into 3 parts, thereby converting it into an award suit. But we don’t want an award, we want the ownership to be decided and we will abide by the decision of the SC." economictimes
India, UK to sign over 1-billion-pound biz deals during Theresa May visit
New Delhi:India and the UK will ink more than GBP 1 billion of business deals during the three-day visit of British PM  Theresa May, who is here on her first bilateral outside Europe since assuming office in July. Describing her talks with PM  Narendra Modi as”good and productive”, May said as leaders, they both were working to improve the livelihoods of their citizens – creating jobs, developing skills, investing in infrastructure and supporting the technologies of the future.PTI
Kerala govt changes stand again, bats for letting women of all age groups enter Sabarimala temple
New Delhi:Left Democratic Front-led govt  in Kerala on Monday told the Supreme Court that it is willing to allow the entry of women inside the sanctum sanctorum of Sabarimala temple. The apex court has set the next hearing on February 20.The Supreme Court was hearing the petition seeking the entry of women into famous Sabarimala shrine. indianexpress
No questions please, we are patriots: P Chidambaram
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FBI: No charges against Hillary Clinton over emails
FBI Director James Comey has told Congress a review of new Hillary Clinton emails has "not changed our conclusions" from earlier this year that she should not face charges.Comey sent the letter on Sunday, just two days before the US presidental election. It followed one he sent last week saying agents would be reviewing newly discovered emails that may be connected to Clinton. aljazeera
FBI warns of terror attack in New York on US poll Day eve
New York:Authorities in New York have been placed on high alert after receiving intelligence of a possible terror attack by Al-Qaeda militants on the eve of the Presidential elections. Authorities in New York have been put on high alert after intelligence inputs about a possible terror attack by Al-Qaeda militants in the city on the eve of the US presidential elections next week, media reports said. US intelligence officials alerted joint terrorism task forces of the threat, which also included Texas and Virginia though specific sites targeted for Monday in the three states were not mentioned, The New York Post reported, citing a federal source.pti
US poll: Special ‘havan’ organised in Mumbai for Donald Trump’s victory
New Delhi: With election day in US just two days away, a special ‘havan’ called ‘Shaasan praapti yagya’ was organised at Saidham temple in Mumbai by trustee Ramesh Joshi for Republican nominee Donald Trump’s victory. Trump, who recently lauded Hindu community for its “fantastic”contribution to American culture, has Hindu right-wing groups, both in India and the US, pitching for him.Speaking to indianexpress.com, Joshi said the 3-hour long event was organised at the behest of NRIs who visited the temple in the last two months and asked him to hold a ‘yagya’ for Trump. indianexpress
Ahead of US elections, Hindu Mahasabha members pray for Donald Trump's victory; conduct havan in UP
Meerut: While the eyes of the world are fixed on the US presidential elections, with many hoping for and others dreading a Donald Trump victory, Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha members prayed for Trump's victory and conducted a havan in this regard at their office on Meerut's on Monday.Pandit Ashok Sharma, national vice president of the outfit, said, "The thinking and political policies of Donald Trump bear a striking resemblance with that of Nathuram Godse. With the outlook Trump has against radical Islam terrorism, world peace will prevail only if he comes to power." timesofindia
Donald Trump accuses IBM of moving jobs to India
Washington: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump today accused US tech giant IBM of laying off 500 workers in Minneapolis and shifting their jobs to India and other countries as he warned of levying a 35% tax on companies doing so if he is elected."IBM laid off 500 workers in Minneapolis and moved their jobs to India and other countries. A Trump administration will stop the jobs from leaving America, and we will stop the jobs from leaving Minnesota," Trump said in his speech yesterday in Minneapolis, as part of efforts to woo voters in Minnesota state which has been a Democrat stronghold.PTI
President Assad laughs and says he sleeps fine when asked about all the children killed in Syria
President Bashar al-Assad laughed and said he sleeps fine when he was asked during an interview about all the children killed every day in Syria.Assad also said the deaths of hundreds of thousands of civilians is “the fault of terrorists” and said “we are talking about war, not charity”.During an interview with the Sunday Times, Assad was asked if he sleeps at night with all the children being killed in Aleppo and other parts of Syria.He reportedly laughed and replied: “I know the meaning of that question. I sleep regular, I sleep and work and eat normal and do sports.”He also shrugged when asked how he felt about all the killing. “It’s the fault of terrorists and we are talking about war, not charity” he said.“In war you always have innocents hurt or killed. What do you do? You do your best. Terrorists are still in Aleppo and use civilians as human shields.”He added: “We can’t just stand still and say, ‘Don’t destroy the city’. More important than the city are the people, so we have to do the best for them.” The Independent UK
IS hits back in Mosul, but faces new Raqqa front:Reuters
Baghdad/Ain Issa:Islamic State fighters targeted Iraqi troops with car bombs and ambushes in Mosul, stalling an army advance in their north Iraq stronghold, but faced attack on a new front on Sunday when US-backed rebels launched a campaign for the Syrian city of Raqqa. Jihadists have lost control of 7 eastern districts of Mosul to Iraqi special forces who broke through their lines last Monday. Officials say the militants are now sheltering among civilians in those neighbourhoods and targeting soldiers in what one called the world’s “toughest urban warfare”. 3-week Mosul campaign has brought together a force of around 100,000 soldiers, security forces, Shi’ite militias and Kurdish fighters, backed by a US-led coalition, to crush the Sunni jihadists.Across the border, US-backed Syrian fighters announced on Sunday the start of their own campaign, called Euphrates Anger, to recapture Islamic State’s Syrian bastion of Raqqa. Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) is an alliance of Kurdish and Arab armed groups which has seized large swathes of territory along the Syria-Turkey border from Islamic State and pushed to within 30 km of Raqqa.But the prominence within SDF ranks of Kurdish People’s Protection Units, or YPG, has raised questions over its suitability as a force to capture the predominantly Arab city. Turkey, which has battled Kurdish separatists for 3 decades, regards the YPG as anathema and Western officials have said the Raqqa operation should be fought mainly by Arab forces.Washington says the battle for Raqqa will “overlap” with the assault on Mosul, in part because of concerns that any delay would allow Islamic State to use it as a base to launch attacks on targets abroad.France also wants a coordinated campaign against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.“Mosul-Raqqa can’t be disassociated because Islamic State and the territories it occupies span that area,” Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said. Baghdadi, however, has told his followers there can be no retreat in a “total war” with their enemies, and the militants in Mosul have been waging a fierce and brutal defence.They have deployed waves of suicide car bombs, as well as mortar attacks, roadside bombs and sniper fire against the advancing troops, and officers say they have also left behind fighters among residents of districts taken over by the army.“That’s why we are carrying out the toughest urban warfare that any force in the world could undertake,” said Sabah al-Numani, spokesman for Iraq’s elite Counter Terrorism Service (CTS). Militants also targeted the troops with car bombs, sometimes waving white flags as they approached, he said.Major General Maan al-Sadi, a CTS commander, told state TV IS fighters had launched more than 100 car bombs against his forces in the east, which is just one of several fronts in the Mosul offensive.IS news agency Amaq released footage on Sunday of captured or destroyed military vehicles, including the burnt wreckage of a Humvee it said was taken in the eastern district of Aden. Fighters shouted “Allahu Akbar” and unloaded ammunition and communications equipment.
US-backed Syrian alliance declares attack on IS in Raqqa
Israel’s ruling party used Facebook to track ‘antigovt ’ journalists
Jerusalem: Israel’s ruling Likud party used Facebook to track the activities and posts of certain journalists it perceives as antigovt , a member of the party, which is headed by PM  Benjamin Netanyahu, said in a public debate on Saturday. Likud parliamentarian David Bitan, who serves as chairman of the govt  coalition, told the gathering that he and some friends had been following the Facebook pages of journalists hired recently to set up a new public broadcasting service.“We went and we checked the Facebook pages of these people. We saw what they are writing and I will tell you that we are talking about people who are leftist. They want to impose their own agenda on the new channel,” he said in the forum.Bitan has been leading a crusade recently against the establishment of the Israel Public Broadcasting Corporation. The new public TV and radio channel, which was slated to launch in the coming months, was approved by the govt  in 2014 to replace the country’s antiquated Israel Broadcasting Authority.Washington
82 Israeli settlers storm Al-Aqsa
Dozens of Jewish settlers today stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque under heavy protection from Israeli security forces, Quds Press reported. According to the news agency, 82 Jewish settlers stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque via the Israeli-controlled Al-Maghrebi Gate under Israeli police protection. Israeli police confiscated the identity cards of some of the Palestinian worshipers as they entered to perform the morning prayer and prevented others from entering during the incursions. middleeastmonitor
Egypt's oil minister makes rare trip to Iran for oil talks after Saudi suspension:Reuters
Muslim Brotherhood welcomes British report criticising govt  review
UK: Govt Review into Muslim Brotherhood criticised by senior MP committee
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