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19 November 2016

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19 Nov. 2016: 18 Safar 1438: Vol: 8, No:39
INDIA: ZAKIR NAIK
NIA searches 12 IRF, premises, registers case against Zakir Naik; seizes Rs12 lakh; freezes bank account
New Delhi: NIA, conducted search operations at 12 premises connected to Zakir Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) in Mumbai and seized incriminating documents, files, electronic storage devices and about Rs12 lakh in cash.“The recovered documents relate to various activities, including financial transactions and property details, of Zakir Naik and IRF. To assist the search teams, a team of income tax experts has been flown into Mumbai from the NIA HQRS in Delhi,” said an NIA official on condition of anonymity.“A case has been registered against Zakir Naik at our Mumbai branch and we had served notices last evening (Friday) itself. The search in those premises has been on since then,” the NIA official said. This step has followed quickly on the heels of the ban imposed by the home ministry, in a gazette notification against the IRF. Home ministry said that through his speeches and statements, Naik had been promoting enmity and hatred between different religious groups and inspiring Muslim youths and terrorists in India and abroad to commit terrorist acts.Sudhir Kumar Saxena, joint secretary of MHA had stated, “we have learnt that Naik has been extolling virtues of known terrorists such as Osama bin Laden.” Livemint.com
NIA raids Zakir Naik’s IRF, Peace TV, freezes account
FIR files, Rs 12 lakh seized during raids on IRF: NIA
Zakir Naik’s IRF shut in Mumbai, but its school to ‘continue operations for now’
Mumbai; Even as IRF tiny Dongri office with its 21 employees shut immediately after Mumbai Police notice Thursday evening, Islamic International School (IIS) run under IRF Educational Trust lingers in uncertainty over its operations.Mumbai Police will now take action against people found members of the IRF or propagating its literature. Properties attached with IRF, its offices and library, will also be under the scanner. “We have 21 employees operating out of the Dongri office. There are no official volunteers attached with us,” said administrative manager of IRF, Manzoor Shaikh. The weekly scholarly programmes conducted by the IRF had stopped in July itself, when the controversy against its founder Naik first broke, Shaikh said. The organisation, that claims it produces literature on Islam and spreads Islamic teachings through its programmes, also handles the IRF Educational Trust, which runs a school from Nursery to Class X. “We are yet to study the entire notice to understand if the Islamic International School will be affected by the ban,” said spokesperson Arif Malik.Education minister Vinod Tawde has, however, said the children studying in the school will be rehabilitated so that their education is not affected.IIS’s current website shows Zakir Naik as its principal. While vice-principal Kamal Shaikh refused to comment, teachers working at the school said half-yearly exams were to be held here till Dec.1. IIS runs classes in two buildings in Dongri and Mazagaon and has over 200 children enrolled. “We have not been told about any ban by the management. I have worked here for three years. I do not know where to go next,” said Jamail Munwal, security guard at the school. “We will approach the tribunal now with an appeal” said Shaikh. Indian Express.
FIR against Dr. Zakir Naik illegal, says his counsel
Mumbai:Mobin Solkar, counsel for Zakir Naik, on Saturday said the case filed by the NIA against his client under UAPA is illegal, as the Supreme Court, earlier granted a stay in a similar case, and hence, any fresh complaint on the same grounds would stand void."Earlier in year 2012 an FIR was registered by the office bearers of some organisation against Zakir Naik under section 153 A and in response we filed a petition in the Supreme Court and the court granted stay to all those proceedings in the FIR. So fresh FIR for the same offence is not maintainable in law so they cannot be two FIR for one offence," Solkar said.Solankar further maintained that from 2012 till date, Dr. Naik has not given any lecture which can be a cause of action for filing a fresh FIR against him. He, however, conceded that the investigative agency is entitled to search and visit the premises of the IRF, owned by Naik, and organisation would comply with all the investigative processes carried out by the NIA."NIA, irrespective of the legality of the FIR, is empowered to investigate the matter and they are carrying out their investigation and we are ready to cooperate as far the investigation is concerned. IRF has been a law abiding trust and we are ready to fully cooperate with the investigative agency," Solankar said.ANI
Income tax team sent to join NIA's raids on IRF
Action Against Zakir Naik Shows Centre's Zero Tolerance Towards Terrorism:BJP
Govt Justifies Ban On IRF, Says 'Zakir Naik Extolled Osama Bin Laden's Views'
Ban of IRF an attack on Muslim identity: SDPI
UNIFORM CIVIL CODE VS PERSONAL LAWS
AIMPLB to oppose govt’s move against Uniform Civil Code; Over 10 crore signed backing triple talaq
Kolkatta: All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) on Saturday decided to oppose tooth and nail the Centre’s move against the triple talaq and the imposition of Unform Civil Code in the country.The decision was taken on the second day of 3-day closed door convention of AIMPLB, to discuss issues ranging from triple talaq,Uniform Civil Code (UCC) to other religious matters of the Muslims.“It has been unanimously decided in the convention that we want triple talaq to stay and we will oppose any move by the govt  against it. We will also oppose uniform civil code.The triple talaq has been going on for ages and it is part of our religious rights,” TMC MP and chairman of AIMPLB reception committee Sultan Ahmed said. AIMPLB has already launched a signature campaign opposing the move and more than 10 crore Muslim women from across the country have signed supporting the practice of triple talaq. The issue of alleged harassment of Muslim youths was also taken up during the convention.“Our President Maulana Rabey Hasani Nadvi, during his speech, has clearly said that the BJP govt at the Centre has taken up an agenda of unnecessarily harassing the Muslims of the country especially the young generation.Govt  has the tendency to implicate the Muslims as anti-nationals and harass them,” a member of the AIMPLB told PTI on condition of anonymity.He said BJP is trying to infringe upon religious rights of Muslims and it will not be tolerated.PTI
‘Muslim Personal Law is divine; any attempt to impose UCC will create conflict in society’
Women members of AIMPLB support ‘triple talaq’
SCs, STs & Backwards to join hands with Muslims to fight back UCC: Wali Rahmani
Law Commission extends deadline to get feedback on uniform civil code till Dec.21 after 15000 responses got
New Delhi:Law Commission has so far received over 15,000 responses to its questionnaire on Uniform Civil Code and amid demands for more time, on Friday decided to extend the deadline to submit the feedback by a month. Commission said, keeping in mind the “overwhelming response” from the people and various stakeholders, the continuous inflow of replies, and requests by some seeking extension of time for more deliberations, it is extending the Nov. 21 deadline by another 30 days to Dec.21.indian express
Rabey Hasani Nadwi unanimously re-elected as AIMPLB president for sixth term
Kolkata: Once again, noted Muslim cleric of national and international repute Maulana Syed Mohammad Rabey Hasani Nadwi was unanimously re-elected president of All India Muslim Personal Law Board, (AIMPLB), apex body of Muslims. on Friday in its 25th annual conference which is being held here in Kolkata. There was no change in the position of other office-bearers as all were also unanimously re-elected.It is for the sixth time that Maulana Rabey will head the AIMPLB, which was formed four decades ago to protect the “Shariah” or the Islamic laws. This will be his fourth consecutive term. He was first elected in April 2002 following the death of Qazi Mujahid-ul-Islam Qasmi in Hyderabad.Maulana Rabey later picked his team, wherein he nominated his old panel which included Maulana Syed Wali Rahmani as general secretary of AIMPLB, Maulana Khalid Saifullah Rahmani & Maulana Mohammad Fazlur Rahim Mujaddidi as secretaries and other office-bearers of the outgoing team. A 40-member executive body was unanimously elected wherein all the members who had completed their 3 year term were re-elected. 5 new members of the executive committee were also elected in place of those who had passed away in last 3 years. They are:Maulana Khalilur-Rahman Sajjad Nomani, Maulana Syed Mahmood Asad Madani, Mohammad Umrain Mahfooz Rahmani, E. Abubacker and Adv. Abdul Qadeer.Later, Maulana Rabey will nominate 10 members to the Executive Committee of AIMPLB to make it 50-member body. There was no contest for any post and also for the executive body. TCN
Maulana Rabey Hasani Nadwi unanimously re-elected AIMPLB president for 6th time
 Sunni clerics call triple talaq sinful but oppose ban
Mumbai: Senior Sunni clerics on Friday called triple talaq sinful and against the Prophet's traditions but opposed its scrapping.Addressing a vast gathering of women at Sunni Dawat-e-Islami's 26th annunal ijtema (congregation) at Azad Maidan on Friday, the religious scholars denounced triple talaq, or divorce in one sitting, but did not approve of the govt  plan to ban it."Ban is not the cure to the disease. Let Muslims get educated and they will themselves stop using this disgraceful method of divorce," said Mufti Nizamuddin Razavi, answering queries on a number of issues on the first day of the ijtema, which will continue till Sunday.He emphasised that while two witnesses are needed before nikah is solemnized as it is a social contract, no such witness is needed when a man divorces his wife. "Divorce is valid if it is done orally, through SMS, WhatsAPP, email," he said.Reiterating the patriarchal interpretation of Quranic commandments, Razavi told women to obey their husbands as he is haakim (ruler or commander) and wife is mahkoom (ruled)."One who is ruled cannot dismiss or fire the ruler. It is always the ruler who has the right to dismiss those whom he commands. Therefore, women cannot divorce their husbands while men can," he said. Women can only seek khula or dissolution of marriage.TOI
Mumbai:50,000 Muslim women attend Sunni gathering
1 lakh women attend annual Sunni Ijtema in Mumbai
Pune: Muslim Satyashodhak Mandal backs law commission’s bid for uniform civil code
Pune: Muslim Satyashodhak Mandal which is for a uniform civil code has said it will accept a law which gives justice to the community's women.It was in response to law commission chairman Justice BS Chauhan's statements that the code may not be about standardization but focus on fighting social injustice and bring gender just laws."Women must have rights and should not face any injustice. The Muslim Personal Law Board and other religious organizations are saying it is against Shariat and against Islam. The Quran does not say that women should face injustice," mandal president Shamsuddin Tamboli said.The mandal will organize a national conference on Muslim women's rights on November 26 from 10am to 5pm at Rashtra Seva Dal. "The event will be inaugurated by Shayara Bano who has petitioned the Supreme Court to declare triple talaq, polygamy and halala (the custom to consummate marriage with another man if a woman wants to go back to her first husband) illegal. The event will be attended by Muslim reformists Noor Zaheer, Arshad Ali, Sophia Khan and Rubina Patel," Tamboli added.
Sufi Sunni Ulema body stages protest against Uniform Civil Code
New Delhi: Expressing opposition to a common civil code and raising a host of demands including rescue of the missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmed, the All India Tanzeem Ulema-e-Islam, the apex body of Sufi Sunni Ulema, staged a protest at Jantar Mantar here today. Demonstrators also tried to march towards Parliament but were stopped by police.Later, a memorandum addressed to President Pranab Mukherjee, PM  Narendra Modi and other authorities was handed over by its president Maulana Mufti Ashfaq Hussain Qadri to a police officer.PTI
CURRENCY crunch
Eye on suspect deposits: I-T dept. issues notices to hundreds, seeks 'source' of fund
New Delhi: Acting swiftly, Income Tax dept. issued hundreds of notices seeking "source" of funds from individuals and firms who have deposited huge amounts of cash in banks using the scrapped Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes.Officials said the taxman has begun a country-wide enquiry in this regard and has issued notices under section 133 (6) of Income Tax Act (power to call for information) in various cities and towns of the country.They said the notices were issued after banks reported to it certain cases of "unusual or suspicious volumes of cash deposits" in their accounts, primarily beyond Rs 2.5 lakh ."Notices are being issued where the department feels the cash deposits made in the demonetised currency is suspect. This is part of the vigil that the taxman has deployed to check instances of tax evasion, money laundering and black money in the wake of the demonetisation of the two high denomination currencies on Nov. 8," they said.PTI
People in distress, act fast or there might be riots, SC warns Centre
New Delhi: The Supreme Court warned on Friday that people standing in long queues for hours every day for scarce cash could turn riotous, as it asked the Centre to take urgent measures to end their ordeal."It is a serious issue. This affects the entire population. You (govt) cannot deny there is a serious problem. There could be riots," a bench of Chief Justice TS Thakur and Justice AR Dave said, drawing a sharp retort from attorney general Mukul Rohatgi.The bench also declined the Centre's plea to restrain all other courts and high courts from entertaining petitions challenging demonetisation and criticised the decision to bring down the maximum amount that could be converted against the outlawed notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 from Rs 4,500 to Rs 2,000.The Centre argued that HCs taking up legal challenges would result in multiple litigations. The bench, however, said the pleas seeking the intervention of courts reflected the "distress".Rohatgi replied, "There is no riot. People have supported the govt 's move."The bench also criticised the govt  for reducing the daily cash exchange limit to Rs 2,000, after the court had asked if the limit could be raised from Rs 4,500.TOI
People are affected, there may be riots: Supreme Court
Demonetisation- Opposition may try to flare up riots warns IB
Spl cell to watch out for riot outside UP banks,ATMs
IT documents show Sahara India paid Rs 10 crore bribe to ‘CM MP’: NewsBits.in report
Bhopal:  Madhya Pradesh CM  Shivraj Singh Chouhan received Rs 10 crore bribe from Sahara India Group just ahead of the 2013 assembly elections, Income Tax dept.documents suggest. This has been alleged in an application moved by prominent lawyer and activist Prashant Bhushan in Supreme Court seeking investigation into the matter. The documents, part of IT appraisal report related to raid on Sahara India group premises in November 2014 (copies with NewsBits.in), have entries showing two cash payments of Rs 5 crore each to ‘CM MP’ through Neeraj Vashisth(a) – deputy secretary with MP CM House.Page 89 of the IT appraisal report shows that the cash payments were made on Sept. 29 and Oct.1, 2013, in Bhopal just ahead of the assembly polls held in November 2013. The payments from the Sahara side, was through one ‘Jaiswal ji’.The same documents, now being termed as ‘Sahara diaries’, allegedly show that PM  Narendra Modi received Rs 40.1 crore as bribe from Sahara India between Oct. 2013 and Feb. 2014, when he was the Gujarat CM  and already a PM ial candidate of BJP.Swaraj Abhiyan chief and renowned Supreme Court lawyer, Prashant Bhushan has alleged a cover up in the matter and he has petitioned the Supreme Court apart from other investigative agencies.“I have approached Supreme Court in the matter seeking in-depth investigation. The hearing is likely soon,” Bhushan told NewsBits.in.NewsBits.in
BJP Left Red-faced After Rs 92 Lakh Cash Seized From Vehicle Owned By Maharashtra Minister
More than a week after high-value currency notes were demonetised, Rs 91.5 lakh in cash was found in a private vehicle belonging to Solapur-based Lok Mangal group, which is controlled by senior BJP leader and Maharashtra cooperation minister Subhash Deshmukh. Osmanabad collector Prashant Narnaware confirmed that a routine check of vehicles by a flying squad set up for the ensuing municipal council polls netted the amount on Thursday. A Lok Mangal staffer in the car said the cash belonged to the Lok Mangal bank. Deshmukh said it was meant for payment to workers in a sugar factory affiliated to Lok Mangal group. Vehicle has been impounded, while the cash has been deposited in the local treasury. In the past, Lok Mangal was under the scanner of Sebi for irregularities in mobilising funds for group. indiatimes.com
Day 9: Demonetisation Death Toll Rises To 55
As people continued to struggle to get cash on the ninth day after demonetisation, the death toll rose to 55. These are confirmed deaths reported in the national and regional media. The number of unreported deaths may be higher. While most deaths are of the elderly waiting in long bank queues, there are quite a few suicides, especially of housewives.Virender Basoya, a 25-year-old businessman in Delhi, hanged himself to a ceiling fan and died. His wife said he was depressed as he had not been able to exchange Rs 12 lakh worth of old currency notes, money he had received as payments.In Chittoor, AP, 70-year-old Ratna Pillai died waiting in a bank queue. Distressed over the long queue, he approached the bank manager, and collapsed. Rajesh Kumar, a 56-year-old bank manager in Haryana's Rohtak district, died after working three days and nights at his co-operative bank, handling large crowds. When the security guard opened the door, Kumar was found dead.70-year-old Ishteyak Ahmad died waiting in a bank queue in Azamgarh. Jagdish Panwar, a 62-year-old tea seller in Rajasthan's Sikar, died of heart attack as he was stressed over not having cash for his daughter's wedding. Sheik Basheer, 35, an auto-driver in Nizamabad district of Telangana, immolated himself and died because a financier refused to accept his old currency notes as loan repayment for his vehicle.Mohammad Shahzad, a manual labourer, died waiting in a bank queue in Meerut. It was the fourth consecutive day he was standing in the queue to try and exchange his currency notes.In Bhind district of Madhya Pradesh, an ex-serviceman, Babulal Valmiki, 70, collapsed just 100 metres away from the bank. He was declared dead at the hospital. He had gone to exchange old currency notes worth ₹12,000.
Apologise, pay compensation to those died in queues to exchange currency notes: Delhi Congress
Demonetisation decision has no legal sanction, taken without Cabinet approval: Congress
 2 die over failure to get notes exchanged in Aligarh
Cashier gets heart attack dispensing notes, dies

Note ban gets worse: Your ATM machine full of germs, may cause STDs
Be careful the next time you visit the nearby ATM, as the keypad may be loaded with bacteria from spoiled food to parasites that may also cause sexually transmitted disease (STDs), researchers say.ATM keypads represent a specific and unexplored micro-habitat for microbial communities."Our results suggest that ATM keypads integrate microbes from different sources, including the human microbiome, foods, and potentially novel environmental organisms adapted to air or surfaces," said Jane Carlton, Professor at New York University, US."DNA obtained from ATM keypads may therefore provide a record of both human behaviour and environmental sources of microbes," Carlton added.IANS
Raj Thackeray slams demonetization, says country will face serious crisis if move fails
MNS chief Raj Thackeray on Saturday slammed PM Narendra Modi and the Centre for demonetizing high currency notes. Thackeray said that while the move should be appreciated, the country could face issues if there was no serious thought behind the action. He added that despite the support the move has received, the PM was not telling people how it would help in the future.India Today
Nitish Kumar's support to demonetization personal, alliance against move: RJD
Shocking: School kids in MP photocopied Rs 2,000 note and successfully bought confectioneries with it
After PM  Narendra Modi’s demonetisation move, the country has gone into frenzy and people are coming up with bizarre ways to move their money and also finding notorious ways to manage cash flow in their daily lives. According to a TOI, 4 students from MP’s Shajapur photocopied the new Rs 2,000 note, used it in a local confectionery to buy items worth Rs 200 and managed to get away with Rs 1,800 in their hand. Reportedly, the children were on their way to school at 6am on Nov.17 when they entered a milk parlour owned by Gopalkrishna Yadav. They bought milk for Rs 200 and handed him Rs 2,000 note which he happily accepted and returned the remaining change to them.He suspected the note’s authenticity in the afternoon and discussed the same with his son. The two, reportedly, visited the national bank’s branch and upon asking if the note is real, they got the shock of their lives. The bank officials told them the note is a coloured photocopy of the original currency.Yadav, reportedly, lodged a complaint with the police but it seems difficult to find the culprits. “We have taken up the matter for investigation. No case was registered as legally, one requires at least 5 fake currency notes to proceed with a case of counterfeiting,” Shajapur Kotwali police station in-charge Rajendra Verma told TOI.
School kids photocopy Rs 2000 note, buy confectioneries in Shajapur in Madhya Pradesh
UP’s meat plants shutting shop due to demonetisation after cow-protection vigilantes: the hindu businessline
Meerut:Within 10 days of govt’s move on demonetisation, meat processing plants in western UP, already at the receiving end of action by cow-protection vigilantes, have begun shutting shop.Units that have downed their shutters include MIQ Plant, Al Faheem and Al Saqib, all of which are links of a chain of abattoirs/processing plants in UP. A majority of those in the meat and meat-related industries are Dalits and Muslims. Meat exporters and businessmen BusinessLine spoke to estimate that roughly about 20,000 of these workers will be rendered unemployed because of the cash crunch.While the announcement and economic impact of demonetisation is too sudden for a political assessment, some, like former Meerut mayor and BSP MP Haji Shahid Akhlaq, believe it will not sharpen communal divisions in the area, which has been polarised since the Muzaffarnagar riots of 2013. He believes the economic crisis is a unifying factor because it affects the Muslim meat exporter, his Dalit employees and the farmer from whom he buys his raw material.For the moment, anxiety and fear is widespread in this industry, which is closely connected to the farmer and helps him by purchasing unproductive animals. Akhlaq, who also owns the multi-crore Al Saqib Meat Exports, says his meat plants are shut and he has had to lay off 1,000 workers.Along with Punjab, Maharashtra and AP, UP  is among the top buffalo meat-producing States. Statistics from UP Animal Husbandry Department indicate that the State contributed 7,515.14 lakh kg of buffalo meat in 2014-15. While meat from sheep, goat, pigs and poultry is consumed domestically, buffalo meat is mostly exported.Trade estimates indicate about 1.1 million tonnes of buffalo meat was exported, earning over $3.2 billion in forex. In all, the industry employs about 20 million people.In Meerut, Yusuf Qureshi discusses his problems with friend and wholesale handloom trader Aditya Prakash Sharma. Both agree that the cash crunch will not ease for some months, and explain the workings of their trade and the criticality of cash.
Cash withdrawal won’t serve purpose: Ex-RBI Dy Guv
How will RSS account for its cash donations: BR Ambedkar's grandson
RBI refuses to accept Rs 100 crore in old notes from co-operative banks
Watch: Bhakts tried to stop Ravish Kumar reporting hue and cry of demonetisation
Demonetisation a Gimmick to Distract from Ineffectual Governance, Say Civil Society Members
Watch: P. Chidambaram On “Half-a-Demonetisation”
I see no connection between this policy and curbing terrorism: Economist Amit Bhaduri
Heart of rural India has suffered a stroke: P Sainath
Shiv Sena defends Azad for resembling demonetisation deaths with Uri attack
Mumbai:Shiv Sena has come out in support of Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, who is under attack from BJP for drawing a comparison between Uri attack casualties and the deaths after demonetisation, saying an apology by him for the comments will not change the truth.BJP has sought an apology from Azad, the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, for his remarks but he has rejected the demand.“Will the truth change if Azad apologises?”asked an editorial in Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana’. “In Uri attack, 20 jawans were martyred.Due to demonetisation, 40 brave patriots have lost their lives. “Difference is in the attackers. Pakistan attacked us in Uri, where in the case of demonetisation (deaths) it was our own rulers,” Sena, a partner of the BJP-led alliance at the Centre, said.“Even if the number of deaths caused by inflation, recession and unemployment rises from 40 to 40 lakh, this govt  will say they are victims of patriotism.“We only hope that going by this rate, a time will come wherein we have to declare the entire country as a martyr,” Sena said.PTI
Watch: Adani, Ambani had prior info on demonetisation, says BJP MLA Rajawat
Demonetisation biggest scam of post-independent:AAP
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Jamiat protest rally backed by Mushswarat, Jamaat Islami denounces Israeli leader’s visit to India
New Delhi:  In order to lodge a protest against the visit of Israeli President Reuven Rivline to India, Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind (M) on Friday organized protest demonstrations at several places in the country. In the national capital also, Jamiat held a rally along with a host of organizations at Jantra Mantra closed to the Parliament House. The protesting leaders condemned the visit of Israeli leader and demanded that the govt to review its policy towards the ‘tyrant and expansionist Zionist state’. Denouncing Israel as a ‘terrorist state’, leaders of different religious and social organizations have said it is the present govt led by the right-wing BJP has betrayed its old policy towards Palestine.Addressing the gathering, JUH head Maulana Usman Mansurpori condemned the Israeli President visit to India adding that it is unfortunate that India has been now hobnobbing with a tyrant state and deviated from the old and established policy of supporting the just struggle of Palestine people. He said there is nothing to celebrate in India’s relationship with Israel as it has been disdainfully disregarding UN resolutions and killing Palestinian children, men and women in different ways. How a democratic country can welcome such a head of state, he asked. Former president of All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat and West Asia expert Dr. Zafrul Islam Khan said it is unfortunate that a terrorist state is being presented a ‘Role Model’ to the countrymen. He said Israel is a state which came into being with the subjugation original inhabitants of Palestine and rooting out them from their land and because of this, the farmers of India had refused to recognize the existence of Israel at the time of its formation, he added.In his speech, Eng Mohammad Saleem, Secretary General Jamaat-e-Islami Hind pointed that the country has been experiencing   communal tensions and unrest since it established diplomatic ties with Israel in 1992. The first tragedy was Babri Masjid’s demolition by radical Hindus in alleged connivance with the then central govt  and honorific communal riots in the aftermath as well as the 2002 Gujarat riots, he said.The govt should first ponder over before entering into relationship with Israel that India was also under the occupation of a colonial power, said Naved Hamid, President All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat. ANHAD’s Shabnam Hashmi, Secretary Majlise Ulama-e- Hind Maulana Jalal Haider Naqwi, Niaz Ahmad Farooqui, and others also addressed the rally.The memorandum said the signatories denounced the visit of a terrorist state (Israel) head to India. It was signed by Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, Jammat-e Islami Hind, All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat, ANHAD, AIUDF, Jamia Collective, All India Tanzeem-e-Insaf, Delhi, Mewat Vikas Sabha, Mewat Karwan, Shoulder to Shoulder, and Palestine Solidarity Organisation, UK. muslimmirror
India,Israel institutions ink pact for education, training
Mumbai:  As a major step aimed at enhancing education and training between India and Israel, several partnerships were inked between leading academic institutions of the two countries. Reuven Rivlin, President of Israel, has been touring India since Nov.14. The state visit by an Israeli President is the first in nearly 20 years, taking place in reciprocity to the Oct.2015 visit by President Pranab Mukherjee, and symbolises the growing partnership between India and Israel. thehindu
Ayodhya dispute: SC accepts Subramanian Swamy's plea for urgent hearing
New Delhi: The Supreme Court, Friday, decided to hear BJP leader Subramanian Swamy's plea seeking hearing on the Ayodhya dispute on a day-to-day basis.In August, Swamy had raised the matter in the Rajya Sabha and made a case for day-to-day hearing in the Supreme Court on the Ayodhya dispute and also sought discussion on the matter."In the manifesto of BJP, we had made a solemn assurance that as per legal methods, and that is through courts, we will find a solution. And this is now widely accepted by all parties," he said.The matter is currently pending in the Supreme Court. He also said that all parties had "agreed" that there should be day-to-day hearing on the issue to find a solution.zee news
Mysterious letter claims missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmed spotted in Aligarh: Report
New Delhi:A mysterious letter delivered to Mahi-Mandvi hostel of Jawaharlal Nehru University has given a new turn to missing MSc student Najeeb Ahmed’s case. Letter, written by a woman and delivered on Nov. 14, claimed that Najeeb was spotted in Aligarh, reported Times of India.The letter reportedly said she had seen Najeeb in a market in Aligarh and that he had sought her help. Najeeb told her that he was locked up somewhere and managed to escape. As per the report, the letter was received by hostel president who then handed it to Najeeb’s mother Fatima Nafees. The letter was given to the Crime Branch for investigation.Meanwhile, Jamia Millia University has handed over the CCTV footage of the campus to the police on the day Ahmed reached there after leaving JNU. indianexpress
JNU student Najeeb Ahmed seen in Aligarh, claims woman in letter
Communities fear govt-proposed edu policy may infringe on minorities’ rights
New Delhi:A new education policy proposed by the govt  could infringe upon the rights of minorities, a host of institutions representing different communities have said, expressing fears that right-wing ideology may replace secular views in text books.The institutions have raised concerns over reports on the BJP-led govt ’s move to impose yoga, Sanskrit and the ancient gurukul system of learning, saying that they will increase marginalisation of the Muslim community. They have also urged the govt  to include educationalists from diverse regions and communities for framing the final policy.HRD ministry had sought suggestions on a proposed education policy from all sections for framing the final document, which is aimed at ushering changes in the structure of education from primary to higher.Opposition parties and minority organisations fear that the govt ’s move to change the education policy was a ploy to impose Hindutva ideology in text books, rewrite history to erase names of people the right-wing ruling alliance sees as conquerors and mass murderers.“The preamble of draft talks about Nalanda (700 BC) and then suddenly jumps to 1968. Why there is no mention of Muslim rulers?...,” the state minority commission for Telangana and Andhra Pradesh said. Chennai-based Muslim Higher Secondary School in Chennai said there was no need for a common national curriculum.HT
India opposes UN resolution for moratorium on death penalty
UN: ndia has opposed a UN resolution calling for a moratorium on the death penalty, saying it goes against Indian law and the sovereign right of countries to determine their own laws and penalties.“The resolution before us sought to promote a moratorium on executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty,” Mayank Joshi, a counsellor at India’s UN Mission said on Thursday. “My delegation, therefore, has voted against the resolution as a whole as it goes against Indian statutory law.”The resolution, however, was adopted by the General Assembly’s committee dealing with humanitarian affairs by 115 votes to 38 with 31 abstentions after an acrimonious debate and the adoption of an amendment to recognise the sovereign rights of nations to determine their own laws, which virtually nullified it.Explaining New Delhi’s position on capital punishment, Joshi said,“In India, the death penalty is exercised in the ‘rarest of rare’ cases, where the crime committed is so heinous as to shock the conscience of society.”IANS
Kidney Has No Religious Labels: Sushma Swaraj After Muslim Man's Offer
New Delhi: Kidney has no religious labels, this is what External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, undergoing treatment for renal failure, tweeted while thanking a Muslim man who offered her his kidney.64-year-old Ms Swaraj has been offered kidneys by scores of people since Wednesday when she said on Twitter that she was in hospital due to kidney failure and was undergoing tests for a transplant."Thank you very much brothers. I am sure, kidney has no religious labels," she tweeted.Her remark came in response to a tweet by Mujib Ansari who offered his kidney to her while adding that he is a Muslim and a supporters of BSP in UP.PTI
Pakistan says India shells kill 3 children in Kashmir: Aljazeera
An official in the PoK has accused Indian forces of firing mortar shells that targeted a village along the disputed LOC, leaving three children killed and three others injured."2 girls and their brother died when mortar shells fired by Indian troops hit their house in Kotli district along the LOC," Raja Arif Mehmodd, a local administration official, told AFP on Saturday.He said the eldest girl was aged 10 and the youngest girl was 5."All belonged to the same family," he added.Indian news sites citing govt  sources have also reported ongoing clashes in another Kashmir district of Pulwama, but made no mention of the three child deaths in Kotli.The reports from Indian Express and Times of India claimed armed men holed up in the Kakapora area of Pulwama opened fire at Indian security forces.Indian forces exchanged fire with the group, killing one fighter, they added.Both Pakistani military and Indian defence officials have confirmed the exchange of fire along the LOC.
Internet on postpaid mobiles restored in Kashmir after 4 months
Srinagar:Mobile internet services on postpaid connections were restored in Kashmir on Friday, four months after the services were snapped due to unrest in the Valley.Mobile internet services, which were snapped on July 15, have been restored on postpaid connections, an official said in Srinagar.The official said the decision to restore mobile Internet services was taken following considerable improvement in security situation in the Valley.Meanwhile, Kashmiris are expecting a ‘normal’ day on Saturday as separatists have announced a two-day relaxation in their latest shutdown calendar, the first such relief since the death of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani on July 8.Separatist leaders – Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik – announced the relief after consulting civil societies’ members, senior citizens, lawyers, religious groups, business communities and transporters.“It has been a moral victory for the people of Kashmir who refused to yield to oppression. We have made it clear to India that come what may we will be masters of our destiny.130 days of continuous protest with wholehearted support and participation of people and their tremendous sacrifices have no parallel in the current world,” the separatists said in a joint statement on Nov.16.HT
Journalists of banned daily Kashmir Reader find their livelihoods hampered
Only statements can’t heal our wounds, take concrete steps: Hurriyat asks Tayyip Erdogan
Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference(G) hailing the statement of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Kashmir, the Hurriyat Conference (G) on Friday said “only statements can’t sooth our age-old wounds of oppression”. It also termed Turkish premier’s “support” as “a slap on the face of the so-called rulers of this region”. The conglomerate in a statement issued here said, “Our long and painful walk to freedom demands more practical and concrete steps from every freedom loving nation especially the collective forum of Muslim countries so that there is an end to our sufferings and we are allowed to live an honorable and peaceful life.” kashmir watch
Kashmir:  Muslims help to perform last rites of Pandit woman at Karfali Mohalla
Srinagar:Upholding the age old communal harmony, Muslims on Friday helped to perform last rites of a Pandit woman at Karfali Mohalla in Shaher-e-Khaas. Pandit woman Sushma Parimoo (40) of Karfali Mohalla area in Habba Kadal, breathed her last on Friday morning. Mubarak Ahmad, local said Sushma had suffered brain hemorrhage on Monday after which she was rushed to hospital by her family accompanied by neighbors. “She breathed her last today. Arrangements for her last rites were made by local Mohalla Committee,”he said. greaterkashmir
Kashmir:No Friday prayers in Jamia Masjid for 19th week
Srinagar:Govt  on Friday once again disallowed the congregational prayers at historic Jamia Masjid in Srinagar while fresh clashes and protests were reported from various parts of Kashmir amid shutdown on 133rd consecutive day.There was heavy deployment of police and paramilitary forces outside the grand masjid in Nowhatta here and all roads leading to the masjid were sealed. “We were not allowed to proceed towards Jamia Masjid for 19th straight week,” a group of residents said. They said curbs remained in place in the adjoining areas of Jamia Masjid to ensure no one proceeds towards the masjid. greater kashmir
MLA Abdul Rashid detained after trying to enter premises of Jamia Masjid
Groom’s family should bear wedding expenses, clerics to tell urs devotees at Dargah Aala Hazrat Bareily
Bareilly: At the three-day Urs-e-Razvi of Dargah Aala Hazrat scheduled to begin on Nov.24, clerics here have decided to create awareness among followers about the rules mentioned in Islam regarding weddings. According to clerics, Islam says is the responsibility of a groom to bear all expenses, including feast and decoration. They will appeal to followers to stop burdening the bride's family by pressurizing them to organize a lavish wedding ceremony. Spokesperson of Dargah Aala Hazrat, Mufti Mohammed Saleem Noori told TOI, "Islam says that it is compulsory for a groom to bear all expenses involved in hosting a wedding ceremony. However, the bride's kin has a choice that if they want, they can welcome guests to show their respect. However, things have changed now as the family of the bride is made to bear expenses."As the new trend causes severe inconvenience to brides' families belonging low or middle income groups, the clerics here have decided to "appeal to our followers during the urs to organize simple marriage ceremonies instead of forcing bride's family to spend on lavish arrangements". "We will educate them that Islam has always endorsed that groom should bear expenses rather than bride's family members," said Mohammed Ehsan Raza Khan, the Sajjadanasheen (hereditary head) of this shrine.TOI
Malappuram:32-yr-old Islam convert hacked to death
Malappuram: A 32-year-old man, who had converted to Islam six months ago, was brutally hacked to death at Farook Nagar in Kodinhi, here, in the wee hours on Saturday. Faisal P, alias Aneesh Kumar, son of Ananthan Nair, of Kodinhi, was found dead by the roadside at about 4 am by local residents. An auto rickshaw, which he had used for his transportation, was found abandoned by the dead body.According to neighbors, Faisal had received threats even from his family members after he accepted Islam.Faisal had his scalp almost slit open possibly by sharp-edged weapon and his entrails pulled out by attackers. The police said that he had converted to Islam about six months ago while he was working in Gulf as a driver. Faisal, who is fondly known as Unni, returned home only four months ago after working in Gulf for a year.His wife,who has embraced Islam recently, has been attending classes at Mounathul Islamic Sabha at Ponnani. Couple has three children going to Islamic Education Centre High School at Kodinhi. newindianexpress

Explain why SIMI counsel wasn’t allowed to meet clients: Court to Bhopal jail chief
Bhopal: CJM court ordered Bhopal central jail superintendent to appear before the court and explain why the counsel of suspected SIMI activists lodged in jail was not allowed to meet his clients in jail recently.CJM court had on Nov.8 permitted counsel of the jailed SIMI men Parvez Alam to meet his five clients for 20 minutes in jail, but Alam was denied entry the next day. The counsel alleged that may be he was being purportedly denied entry so that the undertrials don’t get to disclose security loopholes aiding the jailbreak on Oct.31. “Relatives of two of my clients Irfan and Adil have submitted affidavits before the court stating that they wanted to meet me,” Alam told HT.Meanwhile, the hearing in the 2014 case of anti-national sloganeering by 17 jailed SIMI operatives took place via video conferencing in the CJM court. However, only 2 out of the 14 undertrials in Bhopal central jail (3 other accused were among the 8 killed in the alleged encounter on Oct.31) were produced before the court via video conferencing.HT
Talks between Indian govt, pro-Khalistan elements likely this month
Toronto:Back-channel talks between the Indian govt  and some pro-Khalistan elements in Canada could commence as early as this month in the North American nation.The process began in November last year when PM  Narendra Modi met overseas Sikhs during an official visit to Britain, and thereafter, London-based Jasdev Singh Rai emerged as a key interlocutor as he interfaced with groups in Britain and Canada.Among the measures that have been initiated before the talks is giving visas to some of those who were earlier on an Indian govt  blacklist. In Canada, there were hurdles in that area as well, as the procedure included asking visa-seekers to sign declarations certifying their adherence to the Constitution of India and disavowing Khalistan or an independent homeland for Sikhs. One of those involved in the process, once a prominent leader in the banned International Sikh Youth Federation (ISYF), said on condition of anonymity: “I am a Canadian citizen, why should I be forced to accept the Indian Constitution?”HT
Gujarat HC upholds acquittal of accused in 2002 riots case
Gujarat High Court in Isubmiya Miyasab Malek vs State of Gujarat and 17 Ors, has upheld a trial court verdict acquitting accused charged for committing the offences of unlawful assembly, rioting with deadly weapons, insulting with the intent of breaching peace and hurting someone’s religious feelings intentionally in the Gujarat riots of 2002. According to the prosecution case, on the day of the incident, hotel owner Malek and his son named Hamimiya and servant named Ambubhai and Bhikhabhai were present at their hotel. At about 10 o’clock, the accused came along with 10 to 15 persons carrying hockey sticks to the hotel and demanded that Malek shut it down on account of ‘Gujarat Bandh’.Servants were then cleaning utensils and cleaning the hotel. By pouring petrol, kerosene and acid, the people set the hotel on fire. Malek and his son, fearing for their life, ran away. Livelaw.in
Gujarat HC judge recuses himself from Naroda Patiya riot case
Ahmedabad: A Gujarat High Court judge has recused himself from hearing of appeals related to Naroda Patiya riot case of 2002, becoming the third judge to do so. Justice Akil Kureshi today said, "Not before me" when the appeals came up for hearing before a division bench comprising him. 29 convicts including ex-Gujarat minister Mayaben Kodnani and exVHP leader Babu Bajrangi have challenged the special trial court's ruling before the high court. Last year, division bench of justices MR Shah and K S Jhaveri had recused itself from hearing the appeals.PTI 
Muzaffarnagar riots accused held
Muzaffarnagar: A history-sheeter accused in 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots and a range of other loot and murder cases has been arrested, police said today. Harender, who carried a reward of Rs 50,000 on him, and was involved in 12 cases of loot and murder, including the 2013 communal riots in Muzaffarnagar was arrested yesterday in a police encounter at Bullandshahr, SSP Sonia Singh said.He is accused of killing three youths at Mohammadpur Raisingh village in the district during the 2013 riots, police said.PTI
Mosque loudspeakers go beyond usual; alert residents about elephant encroachments
Wayanad: Last year, Muslim leaders in Kerala had asked mosque authorities to restrict the usage of loudspeakers only for azans and inform prayer times. The order was issued following some complaints by local residents at a village in Palakkad against the hours usage of loudspeaker at a mosque. It was cited as an issue for students and workers in the vicinity of the mosque, while clerics here used the loudspeaker for spiritual intercourses during nights and early morning. But if you thought loudspeakers are all about azan calls and religious advises, then that’s not the case at least in case of some mosque in Wayanad district.Mosques at Kaithakkal, Neykuppa, Parakkuni, Changadakkadav, Mathoor and Neervaram-Manalvayal help villagers get updates ranging from warnings about the encroachment of elephants to arrival of jeeps, which connect these villages to towns. Twocircles
Assam CM directs survey of Wakf properties
Guwahati:CM  Sarbananda Sonowal today directed the Minority Welfare Dept. to make a survey of the existing properties in possession of the Assam Board of Wakf.The survey has been ordered to get a clear estimate of the encroached lands of the Board and revenue that can be made from the Boards properties, an official release said.In a meeting to review different activities of the Minority Welfare Dept., Sonowal directed it to issue notices to the people and organisations encroaching the properties of Wakf Board.PTI
Writ Petition/Appeal Not Maintainable Against Orders Of Wakf Tribunal: Himachal HC
The High Court of Himachal Pradesh has held that writ petition or appeal is not maintainable against the orders of a Wakf Tribunal, since Sub Section (9) of Section 83 of the Wakf Act provides an efficacious alternative remedy to the aggrieved party to invoke the revisional jurisdiction of the high court. The court was considering a batch of petitions against the orders of Wakf Tribunal. Some of them were treated by the Registry as writ petitions and some others as appeals.  livelaw.in
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Concerns deepen as Trump picks Islamophobiac Michael Flynn as NSA, Mike Pompeo CIA head
The cabinet appointments of US President-elect Donald Trump have signaled his intention to deliver on his hard-line campaign promises and deepened concerns among Muslim Americans about an anti-Islamic White House.  American civil rights organizations and Muslim leaders said Friday they were disturbed by Trump’s national security picks noted for harshly anti-Muslim rhetoric.Some current and former US govt  officials are also concerned that Trump’s appointments could reinforce perceptions among Muslims that Washington is at war against the Islamic religion.The news of the appointments come as the US has seen a dramatic rise in hate crimes against Muslims and other minorities following Trump’s victory in the presidential election.On Friday, retired US Army lieutenant general Michael Flynn accepted Trump’s offer to serve as national security adviser. Flynn has a history of making incendiary and Islamophobic statements that have drawn criticism from his own military peers.US Senator Jeff Sessions, a Republican from Alabama and the president-elect’s designee for attorney general, has supported Trump’s call for a temporary halt on Muslim immigrants entering the country.And Representative Mike Pompeo, a Republican from Kansas and Trump’s pick for CIA director, has accused Muslim leaders across the US of not doing enough to stand up to terrorism. He has also been an outspoken critic of the nuclear agreement with Iran.The naming of Trump’s picks for CIA director, national security adviser and attorney general has drawn public condemnations from Muslim leaders and civil rights advocates. “All Americans should be really concerned,” said Talib M. Shareef, who serves as imam and president of Washington’s Masjid Muhammad, US capital’s oldest mosque, Washington Post reported.Shareef, a US Air Force veteran, said he worried that the appointments of Flynn, Sessions and Pompeo would alienate US allies as well as American Muslims serving in the military and in govt .Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), likened such views to a “kind of raw bigotry that would disqualify anyone from serving in public office.”“Why it’s okay to be an anti-Muslim bigot and have a powerful post in the administration is a mystery,” Hooper said. press tv
Michael Flynn maligned Muslims, shared fake news on Twitter: CNN review on Trump’s NSA
Trump's NSA Has Called Islam 'a Cancer'
Trump selects Pro-Israel former DIA head for national security adviser: Israeli paper
Trump’s security picks being perceived by world’s Muslims as a war against Islam
Trump's choice for CIA director once said US Muslims who don't reject terrorism are 'complicit' in it
National Security Picks Stoke Muslim Fears Of An Anti-Islamic White House
Obama, Khamenei, Assad Share Cautious Optimism on Trump Presidency! Asharq Al-Awsat
After Republican nominee Donald J. Trump winning the 2016 U.S. elections, common ground shared by each of U.S. President Barack Obama, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and Syrian regime head Bashar Al-Assad, is cautious optimism– otherwise less diplomatically worded is “confusion and shock.”Asharq Al-Awsat
US students form protective wall around praying Muslim classmates
Hundreds of students at Michigan University formed a circle around their Muslim classmates so they could pray safely after a woman wearing a headscarf was threatened.The action was verbally assaulted by a man for wearing the hijab. According to Ann Arbor police, he ordered the woman to remove her headscarf and said he would set her on fire with a lighter if she refused.The college's Muslim Students' Association (MSA) organised the public prayer session following the incident and invited non-Muslim allies to attend in solidarity. Independent
US lawmakers denounce Trump’s suggestion of registry for Muslims
Washington:Top Democratic lawmakers and rights bodies have slammed President-elect Donald Trump’s reported plan to reinstate a database of immigrants from Muslim-majority countries. National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS) is a post-9/11 program which required travellers to the US from specified Muslim-majority countries to immediately register with the federal govt  or face deportation.PTI
Thousands of Americans pledge online to side with Muslims amid talk of registry
US Jewish rights leader vows to register as a Muslim
Jewish director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), which campaigns against anti-Semitism and other bigotry, said Friday that he would register as a Muslim if Donald Trump establishes a database of Muslims in America.AFP
Anti-Muslim Buddhist monk in Myanmar Ashin Wirathu: Trump ‘similar to me’
It's wrong to claim ISIS has nothing to do with Islam:Archbishop of Canterbury
Archbishop of Canterbury has called upon religious leaders to 'stand up and take responsibility' for the actions of terrorists who commit atrocities in the name of their faith.Most Reverend Justin Welby said leaders cannot simply claim the actions of Islamic State extremists have 'nothing to do with Islam'.In a speech in Paris, the Archbishop also said people across Europe needed a better understanding of religion in order to combat 'barbarous acts of terrorism'.DailyMail
32 ‘elite’ Muslims have joined IS: Sri Lankan govt
Colombo:32Sri Lankan Muslims from “well-educated and elite” families have joined the Islamic State in Syria, the Justice Minister said on Friday.Wijeyadasa Rajapakse’s statement to Parliament came as President Maithripala Sirisena has been criticised for failing to curb religious hate speech amid the emergence of both Muslim and Buddhist extremist groups.“All these [Muslims] are not from ordinary families. These people are from the families which are considered as well-educated and elite,” Rajapakse said, citing reports by some unnamed foreign intelligence agencies.Reuters
Investigatory Powers Bill: ‘Snoopers Charter 2’ to pass into law, giving UK Govt sweeping spying powers
The House of Lords has passed the Investigatory Powers Bill, putting the huge spying powers on their way to becoming law within weeks. Bill – which forces internet companies to keep records on their users for up to a year, and allows Govt to force companies to hack into or break things they’ve sold so they can be spied on – has been fought against by privacy campaigners and technology companies including Apple and Twitter. But Govt has worked to continue to pass the bill, despite objections from those companies that the legislation is not possible to enforce and would make customers unsafe. The House of Lords’s agreement to the text now means that it just awaits Royal Assent,at which point it will become law.Independent
ICC affirms occupied status of Gaza and East Jerusalem in new update
The Office of the Prosecutor (Office) at the International Criminal Court (ICC) has affirmed the occupied status of the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, in a blow to Israel’s claims to the contrary.A new report on preliminary examination activities, published on 14 November, includes an update on the Office’s activities in relation to Palestine.As part of providing context, the Office notes Israel’s position regarding the Gaza Strip since its unilateral redeployment of settlers and armed forces in 2005 (so-called ‘disengagement’), namely that “it is no longer an occupying power in Gaza.” Office continues: “By contrast, it may be argued that Israel nonetheless remains an occupying power as a result of the scope and degree of control that Israel has retained over the territory of Gaza – a position that the Office has previously taken in the context of the preliminary examination of the situation referred by the Govt  of the Union of Comoros.” middleeastmonitor
Norwegian city votes to boycott Israeli settlement goods: middleeastmonitor
Norway’s third largest city has voted to boycott all goods and services produced in illegal Israeli settlements located in the occupied Palestinian territories.Trondheim City Council approved the motion yesterday, in a resolution that states how “illegal settlements are expanding, the construction of the wall continues, Palestinians are subjected to daily harassment and face major obstacles in their daily lives.”The resolution added: “This is a policy that Trondheim Municipality cannot support. The municipality will therefore refrain from purchasing goods and services produced in the occupied territories.”
Myanmar Urged by UN Expert to Let Aid Flow to Mainly Muslim State: nytimes
Geneva: Amid mounting reports of violent unrest and brutal reprisals by Myanmar’s army in the mainly Muslim state of Rakhine, a UN expert said on Friday that the country’s govt  should let aid agencies into the area and investigate allegations of abuse instead of brushing them aside with blanket denials.
30,000 displaced by violence in Rakhine: UN
Yangon:Up to 30,000 people have been displaced by violence in Rakhine State, half of them over the course of last weekend when dozens of people died in clashes with the military, the UN said Friday.Troops have poured into a strip of land along the Bangladesh border, an area which is largely home to the stateless Muslim Rohingya minority, since coordinated attacks on police posts last month. frontiermyanmar
Myanmar's training for non-Muslim police stokes fear in Rakhine
Pak has 130-140 nuclear warheads, fighter jets can deliver nukes, says Report:PTI
Washington:Pakistan is expanding its nuclear arsenal and has developed an estimated stockpile of 130 to 140 warheads for delivery as well as modifying some of its fighter jets including F-16s to deliver nukes, Bulletin of Atomic Scientists said in its latest report.Authored by Hans M Kristensen and Robert S Norris, report says that analysis of a large number of commercial satellite images of Pak army’s garrisons and air force bases shows what appear to be mobile launchers and underground facilities that might be related to nuclear forces.“Pakistan continues to expand its nuclear arsenal with more warheads, more delivery systems, and a growing fissile materials production industry,”said report on Pak nuke forces.
Thousands of Iraqis fleeing Mosul 'cross into Syria'
More than 14,000 Iraqis fleeing the offensive against ISIL in Mosul have crossed the border into Syria since the start of the operation a month ago, sources from a UN affiliated agency told Al Jazeera.According to the sources, as many as 8,000 of the Iraqis crossed into Syria's Hasakah province, and some are now in the al-Hol refugee camp.Close to 5,000 have also reached Raqqa, ISIL's stronghold in Syria, while hundreds of others are spread out in Deir Az Zor, Aleppo and Idlib, but are not staying in refugee camps.Medical sources also confirmed to Al Jazeera that they have treated or met Iraqi civilians in Syria's Idlib province who were coming from Mosul.
40 civilians killed in fresh airstrikes on Aleppo
Aleppo: At least 40 people were killed and scores injured Saturday in a new wave of regime and Russian airstrikes on the war-battered Aleppo city in northeastern Syria, according to a pro-opposition civil defense official.Najib al-Ansari said Russian and regime warplanes carried out several raids on opposition-held areas in eastern Aleppo.“Forty civilians were killed and 180 others injured in the attacks,” he said.According to al-Ansari, civil defense teams were struggling to reach the bombed areas to search for survivors under the debris.On Friday, around 40 people were killed in Russian bombardment of opposition-held areas in Aleppo.Anadolu Agency
Only 30 doctors left in 250 thousand people of Aleppo
Air raid hits children's hospital in Syria's Aleppo
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