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15 November 2016

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15 Nov. 2016: 14 Safar 1438: Vol: 8, No:36
'Surgical strike or carpet bombing', people suffering, says Supreme Court,but refuses to stay demonetisation
New Delhi: As people desperate for cash continue to spend hours at banks and ATMs 6 days after a sudden ban on Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 notes, the Supreme Court told the centre today: "You call it surgical strike or carpet bombing, there is some collateral damage." SC, acting on a batch of petitions, refused to suspend the decision but asked the govt to submit a report on steps taken to ease the crunch for citizens. Agreeing with the govt 's argument that that there will be "some collateral damage in a surgical strike against black money", the court said the "common man should not suffer".The Chief Justice of India, TS Thakur, suggested that the govt  should raise the withdrawal limit. "General feeling is it is causing inconvenience to common man," he said.NDTV
No stay on demonetisation, SC says govt cannot have surgical strike against people
SC refuses to stay demonetisation, asks govt  to help ease cash crunch
Currency notes ban: SC seeks report from Centre
Indelible ink on right hand finger for old currency exchange from tomorrow
New Delhi: A small mark of indelible ink, used mostly during elections to prevent multiple voting, will be put on the right hand finger of those exchanging banned 500 and 1,000 rupee notes for new ones from Wednesday to prevent crowding at banks by repeat exchangers. As per the assessment of the finance ministry, bank counters are getting overcrowded due to same people turning up again and again to exchange old notes."Ideally, the ink mark should have been put on the left hand as is done when a person casts his vote. But with by-elections due in some states, an ink mark for exchange or withdrawal of currency note on the left hand will lead to unnecessary difficulties. So it has been decided that the ink mark would be put on right hand," an official said.The ink manufactured at the Mysore Paints and Varnish Ltd - the firm that has supplied indelible ink to the Election Commission since 1962 to mark voters, will be made available to banks and post offices from tonight.Banks in major cities will start marking note exchangers with the ink, the official said.PTI
Demonetisation death toll rises to 25 in just 6-day
PM Narendra Modi yesterday made it clear to his party and allies that the govt felt the people were supporting its demonetisation move. As the govt refused to consider a rollback, a report say currency normalisation may take four months, and not 50 days as the govt  claims.That may take a huge toll on people given there have already been 25 deaths due to demonetisation in just 6 days. These are just the reported deaths, the real number could be more. In the Bulandshahr (UP) branch of Kailash hospital, owned by union culture and tourism minister Mahesh Sharma, a child died because the parents had only old currency notes. The hospital wanted them to deposit an advance of Rs 10,000 for admission. The hospital has denied the charge.A 24 year old woman in north-east Delhi hanged herself to the ceiling fan with her dupatta as she was upset about not being able to exchange currency for three days.In Surat, Gujarat, a 50 year old mother of two committed suicide because she wasn't able to buy ration to feed her family. The shops refused to accept old currency notes.A 20 year old woman in Shamli (west UP) committed suicide. Her brother, returning home after failing to exchange currency at the bank, found her hanging from the ceiling fan.In Chikballapur district of Karnataka, a 40 year old woman committed suicide because Rs 15,000 that she had gone to the bank to exchange got lost or stolen. She had hidden the money from her alcoholic husband.In Raigarh, Chhattisgarh, a 45 year old farmer was upset at not being able to exchange Rs 3,000 at the bank for three consecutive days. He needed to send money to his stranded children in Tamil Nadu. He came home and committed suicide. huffingtonpost
Demonetisation: Chaos Claims 18 Lives in 5 Days
Demonetisation: Pune think tank advised Modi, suggested scrapping income tax too
New Delhi: Pune-based economic think tank ArthaKranti, which claims to have suggested to PM Narendra Modi to demonetise the Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes, wants the govt to abolish income tax and 56 other taxes and replace it by a banking transaction tax, or BTT, of 2% on earnings. “Imagine, taxes reduced. Petrol at Rs 28 per litre. That is ArthaKranti’s next proposal,” the outfit tweeted on Monday. ArthaKranti, which literally means financial or economic revolution, is a group of technocrats and chartered accountants. It first proposed its 5-point proposal for tax reforms in 1999. It had even planned a meeting in Pune on Nov.11-13 to demand that PM implement its 5-point agenda. According to the organisation, it has had regular interactions with officials in the PMO all through 2015, and that it had given its blueprint for an economic revolution in the country to Modi in 2014, before he was elected the PM . business standard
Demonetisation ended terror-funding, stone-pelting on security forces in Kashmir: Parrikar
Mumbai: Since the demonetisation of high currency notes, terror funding has come down to zero and there has not been stone-pelting on security forces, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said in Mumbai on Monday.PTI 
Demonetisation Chokes Money Flow For Separatists, Kashmir Witnesses A Drop In Stone Pelting
Black money helped Indian economy during global recession: Akhilesh Yadav
Lucknow: Akhilesh Yadav said economists were of the opinion that black money helped the Indian economy in times of global recession. “I am very clear on this…black money should not be generated. Economic experts say the magnitude of the global economic crisis at times is not felt in India because of strong (parallel) economy of black money,” he said. PTI
Kejriwal seeks SC monitored probe in demonetisation
New Delhi: Delhi CM  Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday demanded a Supreme Court-monitored probe into demonetisation scheme, terming it as a “fraud” aimed at benefiting a “particular political party”, a veiled reference to BJP.Kejriwal tabled a resolution in the Delhi Assembly in this regard during its one-day emergency session. The resolution, which will be discussed in the AAP-dominated House, also urges President Pranab Mukherjee to direct the Centre to withdraw the measure.PTI
Modi, as Gujarat CM, took Rs 25 crore from Aditya Birla Group in 2012:Kejriwal
Delhi CM  and AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday made a number of explosive allegations against the Central govt  in general and PM  Narendra Modi in particular, like accusing Modi of taking Rs 25 crore bribe from the Aditya Birla Group when he was CM of Gujarat in 2012. Kejriwal's: Modi had on from November 8 midnight declared all Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes as illegal tender, a move he said was aimed at, among other things, eradicating the scourge of black money.
Bhushan seeks investigation into ‘political payouts’
New Delhi: Sets of documents, allegedly recovered during raids by Income Tax Department and CBI from the premises of two major industrial houses, detail massive payouts to prominent politicians, according to a complaint filed by advocate Prashant Bhushan with Central Board of Direct Taxes. the hindu
DNA Exclusive: Banks shower loans 'wilful defaulter' Niranjan Hiranandani
New Delhi:"Defaulter!" This is exactly how India's premier institution, RBI, had described property tycoon and co-founder of the Hiranandani Group — Niranjan Hiranandani. But despite RBI declaring Hiranandani as a "wilful defaulter" as far back as 2014, the group continues to receive loans from premier banks across the country.Documents exclusive to DNA reveal that the Hiranandani Group has received Rs 5,500 crore from the State Bank of India and Axis Bank, which was given to 2 firms belonging to the group. SBI loan was given in Feb.2015 and March 2016 by Axis Bank. These loans, the documents make clear, come well after RBI listed Hiranandani as defaulter.DNA
Poor camping outside bank, PM Modi’s friends sleeping peacefully: Kejriwal
Demonetisation: Modi govt  has turned people into beggars, says CM Mamata Banerjee
Demonetisation: Shiv Sena taunts PM Modi, says scrapping currency notes won’t put his life in danger
Roll back demonetisation or face roll back yourselves: Shiv Sena warns Modi Govt
Demonetisation drive enters day 7, rush continues
Cigarettes, booze, sweets, eggs and more: Demonetisation hits these sales the most
Exit from benami properties to be tough after demonetisation drive
Demonetisation: PM Modi shouldn’t have made his mother stand in a line, says Kejriwal
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Delhi high court dismisses PIL for ban on burqa, other face veils, helmets, hoods in state
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has refused to entertain a PIL seeking a ban on burqas and other face veils in public places due to security threat to the capital, saying it is not a public interest matter.A bench of chief justice G. Rohini and justice Sangeeta Dhingra Sehgal dismissed the plea saying, “If it is a policy decision, the govt will take care of it. How can we entertain it (PIL) under Article 226 (power of high courts to issue certain writs)?” the bench said. “We cannot interfere in this writ petition. The same is dismissed. It is not an issue which deserves consideration by this court under the Article. It is not a matter of public interest,” it observed.The plea sought a ban on wearing face veils including burqas, helmets, hoods, among others at public places like transport, govt  buildings and heritage sites in the capital on the ground of threat from terror activities.The plea, filed by Sardar Ravi Ranjan Singh, alleged “the use of face coverings and wearing of full body cover like the burqa is a serious security issue and citizens are put to constant risk and fear in the capital which is in violation of Article 21(protection of life and personal liberty) of the Constitution of India.” It said, “There is a rapid growth in terrorist activities and that the perpetrators of these criminal acts show no respect to burqa and ruthlessly use it as an instrument to carry out ‘fidayeen’ attacks.”PTI
Najeeb missing: Students continue protests as ‘permission never required in free JNU’
New Delhi: After the JNU administration on Tuesday denied permission to its student body to hold ‘Chalo JNU’ protest at the varsity campus, students went ahead with the planned march as, according to them, such permission is never required.“Permission from the administration is never required in JNU for any march or any other programme. There is so much freedom in this university,”All India Students’ Association (JNU unit) President Rama Naga said. “They are unnecessarily creating a drama by notifying that it’s illegal to organise this protest march. In reality, this is what that they say every time something happens against them. They are not doing anything for Najeebbut are rather hampering those who are protesting.” JNU Student Union went ahead with the planned protest as a show of solidarity for student Najeeb Ahmed, who went missing from the campus a month ago after a scuffle with a ABVP member.“It is a national call against injustice. Students from different universities including Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi University, Aligarh Muslim University and Allahabad University among many others have joined us in this march for justice,” said Naga.“After completing our march from Ganga Dhaba till R block, we will have a public meeting. It’s been 30 days since Najeeb’s disappearance. Except for ABVP, all parties are together here protesting against the injustice,” he added.IANS
‘Chalo JNU’ protest on hold, admin. denies permission
Will give suitable reply to BJP in upcoming polls: Sunni Muslim scholars
New Delhi: Muslims of the country will not tolerate an "interference" with their personal law and give a "suitable" reply to the BJP in the coming Assembly elections on the triple talaq issue, the leaders of All India Tanzeem Ulama-e-Islam (AITUI) said."Modi govt  is trying to push the country towards the RSS agenda. Sunni Muslims oppose the Law Commissions move to seek public opinion on abolishing triple talaq," said president of AITUI Mufti Ashfaq Hussain Qadri, adding that the minority community will give a "suitable" reply to the saffron party in the upcoming Assembly polls in a few states.The body of Sunni Muslim scholars will take out a Parliament March from Jantar Mantar on November 18 to express its opposition to the Centre and Uniform Civil Code (UCC), he told press conference. "Thousands of Muslims will gather at Jantar Mantar on Nov.18 and march towards Parliament in protest against the attempts of the Modi govt  to impose UCC. They oppose the proposals of the govt  to bring changes in the Shariat in the name of womens safety," said Qadri.The issues of missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmed and rights of Palestinians will also be included in the agenda, said Shujat Qadri, general secretary of the Muslim Students Organisation of India. PTI
VCK , DMK, Left parties come together against uniform civil code: The Hindu
Chennai: In a conference organised by Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi to oppose Uniform Civil Code (UCC) on Monday, the party brought DMK, Congress, Indian Union Muslim League, Manithaneya Makkal Katchi and other parties that oppose the UCC on the same platform here in Chennai.VCK chief Thol. Thirumvalavan passed a resolution opposing BJP’s efforts to enforce the uniform civil code on minority communities in India. “We all have a responsibility to oppose UCC. There is a need for political parties to get together and fight for issues beyond electoral alliances and issues. Those who are trying to bring in UCC are employing Dr. Ambedkar’s name in its service. It is a lie.VCK will stand with the minority community,” he said.
TN: Move to enforce Uniform Civil Code decried
Uniform Civil Code attack on freedom of minorities: Jamiat
New Delhi: Jamiat Ulama-i- Hind has released a declaration at the end of its 33rd general session in Ajmer where it warned the Central govt that "if Uniform Civil Code is imposed on the country or interference made in the Muslim Personal Law, then the minority community's status will cease to be that of a free citizen". In the declaration the Jamiat also condemned triple talaaq at one go and appealed to every section of the Muslim society to work towards eliminating this "wrong-practice". Jamiat also announced the launch of a social reform movement against nudity, alcoholism and pornography and propagating Islamic teachings in the country that will take off in 2017 and continue through the year.JUH in another resolution reiterated its long pending demand of enacting anti-communal violence law and made it clear that the community will not tolerate any meddling in Muslim Personal Law and will oppose Uniform Civil Code "as it violates the fundamental rights enshrined in the Constitution".Presenting the resolutions in the presence of different faith leaders (including Hindu, Sikh,Jain and Christian) and Islamic scholars, Jamiat leader Maulana Mahmood Madani said we would work together to build a new India. TOI
Jamiat opposes interference in personal law
Jamiat calls for Muslims, Dalits and Adivasis to unite and fight against injustices
Goa: Muslims protest govt’s move on Civil Code
Margao: Hundreds of Muslims, including children and women, on Monday, gathered in front of the South Goa Collectorate building to protest the move of the central govt  to frame the Uniform Civil Code for the country.Holding placards in their hands, the members of the Muslim community strongly opposed the ‘interference in the Islamic laws by the central govt .’“Crores of Muslims cannot be punished with this interference in the lslamic law. If there are a few cases pertaining to the concepts and rules of Nikah and Talaq (divorce), there has to be proper actions. But, we strongly condemn the idea of the central govt of framing Uniform Civil Code,”said Imam of Mahamadya Masjid, while speaking to media at the Collectorate building. navhindtimes
Dial-a-divorce against spirit of Islam:MJ Akbar
Qazis who are opposing the abolition of triple talaq are against the spirit of Islam, minister of state for external affairs MJ Akbar sayd in an interview. He said,"This business of dial-a-divorce is against the spirit of Islam itself. According to the spirit of Quran, if a couple fears separation, you appoint an arbitrator from his family and from her family in order to save the marriage, and if they reconcile, Allah will help them get together. There is sustenance for a divorced wife. If a divorced woman wants to stay in the same home, she is entitled to (do so) but you cannot force her to stay against her will. That is the kind of emancipation that the holy Quran allowed at a time when women in the world had no rights. Gender rights are the beginning of Islam." ET
Holy Quran bats for gender rights: MJ Akbar
Winter Session begins tomorrow: 30 protests planned outside Parliament
New Delhi: As govt braces for stormy scenes inside Parliament with Opposition planning protests on demonetisation and other issues, several outfits have also planned protests, including half a dozen Parliament gherao programmes, during the forthcoming Winter Session. Delhi Police has sent the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha secretariat a list of nearly 30 planned agitations that will take place during the month-long session starting Wednesday.Protests are planned outside Parliament on issues like govt ’s stand on triple talaq, missing JNU student’s case, pending dues for sugarcane farmers, reservation in private sector, among others.In its assessment report on the law and order situation during the session, Delhi Police anticipates that the issue of missing JNU student Najeeb could stage a comeback as the session begins.Further, an organisation of Muslim Ulemas, the All India Tanjeem Ulema-e-Islam, plans to organise a protest march on the issue of triple talaq on Nov.18. indian express
Israel, India to intensify cooperation to combat extremism, radicalisation: PM Modi
New Delhi: Noting that “failure to act and silence of speech only encourages the terrorists”, PM Narendra Modi on Tuesday said Israel and India have agreed to intensify their cooperation to combat the forces of extremism and radicalisation that threaten all peace-loving nations. Addressing a joint press conference with Israel President Reuven Rivlin after bilateral talks, PM  Modi said, “We recognise that terrorism is a global challenge, knows no boundaries and has extensive links with other forms of organised crime.”“Regrettably, one of the countries of its origin and spread is in India's neighbourhood,” said the PM  in an indirect reference to Pakistan. Stating that President Rivlin and he deeply value their strong and growing partnership to secure their societies, Modi observed,“Our people are constantly threatened by forces of terrorism and extremism. We agreed that the international community must act with resolve and determination against terror networks and States that harbour them. Failure to act and silence of speech only encourages the terrorists. We agreed to intensify our cooperation to combat the forces of extremism and radicalisation that threaten all peace-loving nations.” Hailing India’s defence partnership with Israel, PM said, “We noted the strength of our growing defence partnership and agreed on the need to make it more broad-based in production and manufacturing.” Modi also expressed India’s gratefulness to Israel for its clear support to India’s permanent candidature in a reformed the UNSC. new indian express
PM Modi very confident of good relation with US Prez elect Trump: Report
PM Narendra Modi is confident that Donald Trump, US President elect, will be favourably inclined towards India. According to TOI report, Modi is believed to have said this in an informal discussion on Trump’s win during the dinner hosted by Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan. Modi has reportedly said that he enjoys a good relation with Trump and that Republicans have on a whole been been more favourable towards India, than Democrats. Modi even said that Democrats have been more inward looking, though recent govts have been more friendly. Modi does not expect much change in US approach in terms of bilateral ties with India. Modi was one of the first leaders to congratulate US President elect Donald after the latter won the election in a shocking result.financialexpress
PM Modi, Trump Will Be 'Unparalleled Friends': Indian-American Industrialist
Azhar issue: India not to refer Uri in proposal to UN
New Delhi: India has decided to drop any reference to the Uri attack from its proposal to be placed before a United Nations sanctions committee to designate Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar as an international terrorist, a senior govt  official told The Hindu. China had put a technical hold on this proposal in April last, which was extended on Oct.1. The probe was then handed over to the NIA, which is yet to conclude its probe. Intelligence officials, however, have said the modus operandi of the Uri attack had tell tale signs that it was carried out by Lashkar-e-Taiba.Azhar, a resident of Bahawalpur in Pakistan, has been accused by Indian agencies of orchestrating several terror attacks here, including the attack at the Pathankot airbase on Jan.2.“We decided to drop any reference to Uri from the proposal as the NIA investigation have so far not led to any conclusive evidence that the JeM was involved. We will stick to the earlier cases registered against him. Initially there was a plan but it will not be there in the final document anymore,” said a senior official. thehindu
NIA court rejects bail to Major Upadhyay in Malegaon 2008 bomb blast case
Mumbai: A special NIA court here on Saturday rejected the bail application of 2008 Malegaon blast accused, Major Ramesh Upadhyay.“Consdiering all (these) facts as well as peculiar circumstances of this case, nature and gravity of the offence, coupled with restrictuion imposed by sub­section(5) of Section 43D of UAPA, I think that the applicant is not entitled to be released on bail,” Special NIA Judge SD Tekale observed in the order.On Sept.29, 2008 blast had taken place at Bhiku square opposite Shakil Goods Transport Company in a textile town Malegaon. The blast was caused by LML Freedom motorcycle with explosives concealed inside. 4 people dead and 79 injured due to blast.Adv. Wahab Khan appointed by Jamiat-Ulama-e-Maharashtra to represent intervene Nisar Ahmed successfully argued to convince court in rejecting the bail application. Special public prosecutor Avinash Rasal objected to the bail plea. The prosecution contended that though the meetings did not involve explicit discussions on bombing Malegaon, the atrocities committed by Muslims were discussed.TCN
Bilkis Bano case: Bombay High Court rejects Bano's intervention application
Mumbai:Bombay High Court has rejected the intervention application of Bilkis Bano, who was gangraped and her family was murdered in the aftermath of Gujarat riots. The court is currently hearing a bunch of appeals by 11 convicts, who were sentenced to life imprisonment by a trial court in 2008. It is also simultaneously hearing CBI's petition for enhancement of the sentence of the convicts in the case. While the court has not stated reasons for rejecting the application, Bano's lawyer Vijay Hiremath said that he will speak to Bano and decide on the next course of action. He said it is unlikely that Bano will appeal against the court's decision. Bano had to show the court the provisions under which she should be heard. "The prosecution has done a good job so we will let it be," Bano's lawyer said.During the course of the hearing, Bano's lawyer had filed an intervention application seeking to be heard before the court passes a final judgement in the case. india today
Bulandshahr gang rape case: SC looks at foreign laws to examine Azam Khan's 'remark'
New Delhi:To determine criminality in UP minister Azam Khan's alleged statement seeking a probe into "political conspiracy" in the Bulandshahr gang rape case, the apex court has decided to look into laws and principles in vogue in other countries.The court had A framed four ques tions for adjudication, including what was to be done in the case if the court found that such statements from a public personality hampered investigation and caused harassment to sexually assaulted women.TOI
World
Egyptian court cancels death sentence of Morsi, Badie, also repeals life sentences of 21 others
Cairo:  An Egyptian appeals court today cancelled the death sentence handed out to ousted President Mohamed Morsi and Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohammed Badie and ordered a retrial in connection with a mass jail break during the country's 2011 uprising. Court of Cassation also cancelled life sentences for 21 others in the same case.5 co-defendants, including Badie, who also received death sentences in June 2015, will be retried too. Morsi and other Brotherhood leaders were sentenced to death in June 2015 for escaping from Wadi al-Natroun prison, damaging and setting fire to prison buildings, murder charges, looting weapons and allowing prisoners to break out of jails during the Jan.2011 revolution. Morsi was sentenced to life in prison in 2 other trials. He was convicted of spying for Iran, Lebanese militant group Hezbollah and the Hamas. In another case, Egypt's first freely elected civilian president was found guilty of stealing documents relating to national security and handing them to Qatar. PTI
Egypt overturns death penalty against ousted president
Egypt's Mohamed Morsi has death sentence overturned
Ex-UN chief "deeply concerned" as Myanmar violence toll jumps to 86, 234 arrested in Muslim majority province: Reuters
Yangon:Up to 69 members of what Myanmar's govt has described as Rohingya Muslim militant group and 17 members of the security forces have been killed in an escalation of fighting in ethnically divided Rakhine State, the army said on Tuesday.The death toll, announced in the state-owned Global New Light of Myanmar daily, was sharply higher than that reported by state media at the weekend, and came as former United Nations chief Kofi Annan, who chairs a commission on resolving Rakhine's problems, voiced concern at the upsurge in violence.It has exposed the tension between Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi's 7-month-old civilian administration and the army, which ruled for decades and retains key powers, including control of ministries responsible for security."I wish to express my deep concern over the recent violence in northern Rakhine State, which is plunging the state into renewed instability and creating new displacement," said Ex-UN Secretary General Annan in a statement."All communities must renounce violence and I urge the security services to act in full compliance with the rule of law," he said. Members of the commission, set up by Suu Kyi in August, are in Rakhine for consultations with community members this week.Soldiers have locked down the district, where the vast majority of residents are Rohingya Muslims, shutting out aid workers and independent observers, and conducted sweeps of villages.A series of skirmishes and attacks during the 6 days to Monday had led "to the death of 69 violent attackers and the arrest of 234", the military's True News Information Team said. 10 policemen and 7 soldiers were also killed in the clashes, it added.The announcement takes to 102 the tally of deaths of suspected Rohingya Muslim attackers since Oct. 9, while the security forces' toll stands at 32, based on reports in state-owned media. Myanmar's 1.1 million Rohingya Muslims are denied citizenship. Residents and rights advocates have accused security forces of summary executions, rapes and setting fire to homes in the recent violence.Rohingya rights advocates have distributed online video images of what they said were civilian casualties of the attacks, urging the international community to investigate.
Myanmar army says 86 killed in fighting:Reuters
More arrests made amid clashes in Myanmar's west
Hate crimes against Muslims in US up by 67%: FBI
Atlanta:Reported hate crimes against Muslims rose in 2015 to their highest number since the aftermath of the Sept.11, 2001, terrorist attacks, according to FBI statistics released Monday. Overall, the total number of hate crimes against all groups reported by law enforcement agencies to the FBI increased from 5,479 in 2014 to 5,850 last year. That remains far lower than the numbers seen in the early 2000s, but the FBI release comes amid numerous reports of attacks nationwide based on race and religion following last week’s presidential election.AP
US may have committed war crimes in Afghanistan:ICC
The Hague:US forces may have committed war crimes in Afghanistan from 2003-2004 by torturing prisoners in what appeared to be a deliberate policy, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has said.Unveiling the results of a lengthy initial probe into atrocities in Afghanistan, prosecutor Fatou Bensouda yesterday said she would decide “imminently” whether to ask to launch a full-blown investigation -- and take the world’s only permanent war crimes court into uncharted territory.She stressed that the Taliban militia and the affiliated Haqqani network, Afghan govt  forces and US troops as well as the CIA all appeared to have carried out war crimes since the Islamic militia was ousted by a US-led invasion in 2001.AFP
Putin, Trump agree to normalise ties
Russian President Vladimir Putin and US president-elect Donald Trump conclude their first telephone conversation on Monday.Russian President Vladimir Putin and US president-elect Donald Trump concluded their first telephone conversation with an agreement to instruct their respective staffs to begin planning for a personal meeting, the Kremlin said.“It was agreed to maintain contact by phone and arrange a meeting in person in the future, with preparations to be conducted by representatives of both sides,” the Russian govt  said in a statement on Monday, Efe news reported.IANS
Germany bans Islamic group DWR as police launch raids on 190 sites
German police have launched dawn raids on about 190 mosques, flats and offices linked to an Islamic group as the govt  bans the organisation, accusing it of radicalising young people.The interior minister, Thomas de Maizière, said the DWR “True Religion” organisation had contacted young people as it distributed Qur’ans and other religious material, and had persuaded about 140 of them to join militants in Iraq and Syria.DWR made no reference on its website to the raids and did not respond to a request for comment.The chancellor, Angela Merkel, has been under pressure to harden her line on security after Islamic State claimed responsibility for a string of attacks across Europe and she faced criticism for her decision to let in about 900,000 migrants last year.“Today’s ban is not directed against the distribution of the Qur’an or translations of the Qur’an,” De Maizière told reporters.Reuters
Turkey, Israel hold first meeting for pipeline project
Ankara: Turkey and Israel held their first working-level dialogue last week in Istanbul to discuss a proposed natural gas pipeline project between the two countries, according to Israeli diplomatic sources on Tuesday. Professional teams from Israel and Turkey began discussions on the technical details for building a natural gas pipeline from Israel to Turkey last week, Israel's Minister of National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Resources, Yuval Steinitz, was quoted as saying by Israeli daily financial newspaper Globes. Anadolu agency
In east Aleppo 'there is no way out'
Aleppo: Syrian govt forces sent a text message to residents of east Aleppo on Sunday, demanding they leave rebel-controlled area within 24 hours or risk their lives during a major offensive."Our dear people living in east Aleppo, the militants kill your children and take your women," read text message, which declared the govt 's intent to retake rebel-held districts of the city.Approximately 250,000 people are believed to be living in besieged east Aleppo, and Syrian govt forces have reversed recent gains rebels made last month in their effort to break the siege.
Iraqi forces withdraw from Qadisiyah
Iraqi counterterrorism forces yesterday withdrew, for the second time, from the Qadisiyah neighbourhood east of the city of Mosul, a few hours after storming it, an Iraqi officer reported.Captain Mustafa Abdul-Zahra told the Anadolu that Daesh has launched nearly 5 suicide attacks against the counterterrorism forces forcing them to withdraw.The forces entered the area on Friday but had to withdraw the next day after Daesh fighrters targeted them with explosive rigged cars. Following the anti-terrorism forces’ withdrawal from Qadisiyah neighbourhood, militant group is reported to have burnt 5 houses claiming their occupants had cooperated with Iraqi forces, Anadolu quoted an unnamed source. middleeastmonitor

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