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21 November 2016

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21 Nov. 2016: 20 Safar 1438: Vol: 8, No:41
INDIA: ZAKIR NAIK
Crackdown on Zakir Naik: IRF website blocked, NIA to seek Interpol red corner notice against preacher
New Delhi: Days after declaring Zakir Naik’s NGO IRF ‘illegal’, NIA is likely to seek Interpol red corner notice against the preacher. NIA will summon Zakir Naik and approach Interpol seeking red corner notice against him. The authorities have also blocked the website of IRF saying the content present is objectionable. Govt will soon take more action against Facebook page and YouTube channels of Naik.If Naik doesn’t return to India to face trial, NIA could issue a non-bailable warrant against him. NIA would also ask Interpol to issue a reed corner notice against Naik, which will push the Saudi Arabia to hand him over to India, said TOI report. In order to make strong case against Naik,the agency will also examine the cases of 50 individuals who were allegedly drawn to violent extremism after listening to his sermons.NIA, which is probing the funds received by Naik’s organisations from different countries, raided multiple locations linked to IRF, an office of Peace TV, owned by him, residences of various office bearers of NGO and TV channel, and froze a bank account. An IRF account in the DCB’s Dongri Branch has been sealed by NIA from where NGO pays salaries of its school staffers and manages other expenses. Meanwhile, Mobin Solkar, counsel for Naik, said the case filed by NIA against his client under the UAPA is illegal. India.com
NIA plans to get red-corner notice issued against Zakir
Allegations against Zakir Naik baseless, ban illegal: IRF
New Delhi: Zakir Naik’s IRF has said FIR filed against Naik and the organization was illegal, and rejected the allegations against them as baseless.“FIR is illegal because another FIR had been registered in 2012, for the same crime, regarding inflammatory speeches and offending different religious groups. It had been investigated and the matter had been closed. Dr. Naik has also stated that this is being re-engineered to suit the decision of the NIA. Also, it holds little meaning, because the FIR was registered after the ban on IRF,” said an IRF member who asked not to be identified. Livemint.com
NIA's search in IRF offices continues; Jamaat defends Naik and terms case against him as a "witch-hunt
Mumbai: NIA continued its search operations on the premises of Zakir Naik-run IRF and associate organisations in Mumbai even on Sunday night.NIA will also examine the funding aspects of Islamic International School (IIS).Imran Qureshi, principal of the school's Mumbai branch, while speaking to DNA said that institution has been "unnecessarily involved" in the probe and the students will suffer. "We are not teaching students anything bad here. We have a very good faculty teaching Maths, Science and Islamic Studies too are a part of our syllabus,"said Qureshi. Meanwhile, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind on Sunday defended Naik and termed the case against him as a "witch-hunt to silence the voice of all who exercise their Constitutional rights to profess and propagate religion". The Secretary General of Jamaat, Muhammad Saleem Engineer of JIH, said the Bangladeshi newspaper, which blamed Naik for inspiring terrorists, had retracted its report later. Dnaindia
Centre blocks Zakir Naik's websites
NIA startled by 61 cameras in Peace TV office
Zakir Naik's websites blocked, NIA hopes to suspend social media accounts
NIA starts removing IRF's online contents
Is the ban on Zakir Naik’s IRF justified? DNA
IRF  says FIR against Zakir Naik illegal
NIA to quiz directors of companies, Zakir Naik’s wife
 NAJEEB MISSING
SIO seeks action against Najeeb's assaulters
New Delhi: Members of the Students Islamic Organisation of India (SIO) held a protest march here on Monday demanding action against those who assaulted JNU scholar Najeeb Ahmed prior to his disappearance in October.The protestors, who included students from JNU, Jamia Milia Islamia and AMU, among others, were accompanied by Ahmed's mother Fateema Nafees."We want JNU authorities to punish the three students -- Vikrant, Sunil and Ankit -- for assaulting Ahmed, a fact which has been acknowledged in the Proctorial inquiry as well," Sadat Hussain, an SIO member from JNU told IANS. SIO is the students' wing of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind."We also condemn the police for still not being able to find Ahmed, who is missing for 36 days now," Hussain added.Another student said that apart from seeking justice for Najeeb, this protest is also against the changing face of the nation under the current dispensation. "This protest is against fascist forces, against Una lynching and fake Bhopal encounter," he said.Protestors marched from Mandi House to Jantar Mantar where CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, along with several other political leaders and members of civil society, was scheduled to address them.IANS
JNU missing student row: Students Islamic Organisation seeks action against Najeeb's assaulters
JNU issues notice to ABVP activist for ‘hitting’ Najeeb
New Delhi:JNU administration has sent a showcause notice to ABVP activist Vikrant Kumar after finding him guilty of “hitting” missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmad on the night of Oct.14, a day before he went missing from the campus.It gave him seven days to respond on why disciplinary action should not be taken against him. Questioning the JNU administration for not making the report public yet, JNUSU president Mohit Pandey said, “In order to shield ABVP members, they are not making the report public. This report clearly says that he has been found guilty of hitting. Vikrant got seven days to reply. It has been more than that.” Najeeb’s family met UP CM Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday,and asked him to intervene in the matter.PTI

UNIFORM CIVIL CODE VS PERSONAL LAWS
10 crore women expressed their support for Muslim Personal Law: AIMPLB women wing
Kolkata: Member of the women’s wing of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) Asma Zehra on Sunday said that PM Narendra Modi’s comments against triple talaq and implementation of a uniform civil code had acted as a blessing in disguise for Muslim women.“About 10 crore women, across the country, through a signature campaign had expressed their support for the Muslim Personal Law and had also said that they knew that the attempt to implement a uniform civil code was a tool to interfere with Muslim Personal Law which is our constitutional right,” Zehra said. She added that Modi’s attempt had helped lakhs of Muslim women to be aware of the rules of ‘talaq’ and their rights during separation.Zehra also said that to educate Muslim women further, there would be several technological interventions in the near future.“A toll free helpline would be made available for Muslim women in distress. Other than English and Urdu, it will be available in eight regional languages and there will be experienced regional counsellors available at the other end. Besides a website is also there to deal with the plight of Muslim women,” she said.  “We fully stand in support of the triple talaq among Muslims and oppose the uniform civil code.A misinformation is being spread about triple talaq by the govt. It is not true. Divorce rate is least in the Muslim community,” Zehra asserted. indianexpress
Muslim Personal Law Board for triple talaq; accuses Centre of infringing into personal laws of Muslims
Shaista Amber who runs Women Law Board welcomes AIMPLB's decision to setup women-wing
Lucknow: All India Muslim Women Personal Law Board (AIMWPLB) welcomed AIMPLB's decision to set up a women-wing for deliberating on the raging issues like triple talaq and hoped that these problems will be looked into with an open mind."I welcome the move of the AIMPLB to set up a women-wing to look into the problems related to triple talaq, education and other such matters and hope that they will look into them with an open mind without any prejudice," chairperson of AIMWPLB Shaista Amber said."Only a woman can understand the problems related to their gender. I hope that they will consider the real plight of Muslim women in the face of triple talaq, inheritance, Khula and Halala," she said. PTI
CURRENCY crunch
'11 bankers died due to stress': leader of bank officers' union wants RBI governor to resign for demonetisation
Even as there are reports of people dying after waiting long hours at queues to get their currency exchanged, there are very few reports about the condition of the bankers, who have been working tirelessly since the demonetisation move was announced. D Thomas Franco, senior vice president of All India Bank Officers Confederation which represents over 2.5 lakh senior officers from all nationalised, old-generation private sector, cooperative and regional rural banks in India has said that 11 bank officers have died in the last 12 days due to stress. The demonetisation drive has taken a severe toll on bank employees' health. On Friday, a 46-year-old bank official, working in SBI, in the Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh died after collapsing, amid a rush of customers looking to exchange scrapped high-value currency. This PM is like the Demons of Indian scriptures. Apparently the quota of deaths written against his name is not over yet. The leader of India's largest confederation of bank officers now wants RBI governor Urjit Patel to resign for causing havoc in the economy, reports Indian Express. Franco said while PM Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley are not economists, there are people in the RBI who understand the economy to advice them. However, they failed too. huffingtonpost
Demonetisation: RBI allows Rs 50K per week withdrawal from overdraft accounts
In a recent announcement, RBI has today said that all overdraft and cash credit holders will now able to withdraw up to Rs 50,000 in a week. As per the advancement, the holders of current, overdraft and cash credit accounts operational from past 3 months and more will now be able to withdraw up to Rs 50,000 cash in a week. As per RBI, Indian banks have till now disbursed a total of about Rs 1.03 lakh crore cash post the note ban announcement. People have deposited Rs 5.12 lakh crore in banks and exchanged old currency notes worth Rs 33,000 crore since demonetisation drive.However, recent enhanced withdrawal limit is not applicable for personal overdraft accounts and the withdrawal may be further disbursed in Rs 2,000 denomination bank notes. Apart from the recent announcement, the govt has taken various steps to increase the withdrawal limitations especially for farmers, small traders and Group C employees of govt including equivalent levels in defense and para military forces, railways and CPSEs after scrapping legal tender character of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes. Also govt  as announced that farmers can use banned Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 note currencies to buy seeds from outlets owned by the central and the state govt . financial express
RBI allows Rs 50,000 a week withdrawal from overdraft accounts
Farmers can now use old Rs 500 notes to buy seeds
Gujarat Industrialist Knew of Demonetisation Beforehand, Alleges Amit Shah 'Mentor' Oza
New Delhi: Yatin Oza, ex-BJP MLA, has written a letter to PM  Narendra Modi alleging that prior information of the demonetisation had been shared with favoured industrialists. The letter posted on Facebook has gone viral as Oza was very close to PM at one time, and gave BJP president Amit Shah his break in politics. Oza is a well known figure in Gujarat having been part of the kitchen cabinet under then CM Modi, and wielded local power. Oza had contested the Assembly elections first in 1995 from Sabarmati, and had appointed Shah as his election agent. He then reportedly helped Shah get an Assembly ticket in the 1997 polls. More recently he has joined the AAP, disgruntled at being marginalised in the BJP in recent years. Interestingly, this letter follows another revelation by Oza earliet, who claimed in a letter to AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal that he had been present at a meeting between Amit Shah and Akbaruddin Owais where allegedly a deal had been reached for the Bihar elections. He wrote, “I would like to draw your attention about the meeting that took place between Amit Shah and Akbaruddin Owaisi at former’s residence at 3am on 15th Sept. 2015. I was present in the said meeting. A detailed discussion took place and it was agreed that Owaisi shall field his candidates from Bihar particularly in the Muslim belt that was to go to polls on 5th Nov. It was also decided that Owaisi will vomit poisonous communal speech the script of which shall be written by Amit Shah, which may have potentiality to result into communal divide in the society.” The Citizen
Modi govt pays Rs 5,000 compensation to train accident victims in banned currency
Kanpur:While UP govt on Sunday announced the compensation of Rs 5 lakh for kin of those who lost their lives in the accident, Railway Ministry managed to add to the misery of the people. According to the tweet of journalist Prashant Kumar, employed with Times Now, the railway ministry officials doled out the cash compensation worth Rs 5,000 for the injured and that too in the banned currency.Journalist Prashant Kumar tweeted, “Shocking: Old 500 notes given to patients who survived the accident. Turning blck money into white? 5000 given. 9*500 (old) notes. 5*100 rs.” (sic)India Samvad
Demonetisation Isn’t an ‘Inconvenience’, It’s a Gross Violation of Our Rights: Rashmi Venkatesan
Demonetisation has hit terror outfits hard: Amit Shah
Demonetisation has hit Pakistan-sponsored terror activities: Tarek Fatah
Demonetisation: SC to hear Centre’s transfer plea on Nov.23
Delhi HC to hear PIL against Rs 2,000 note tomorrow
Declare Rs 2,000 note invalid: PIL in Madras HC
In Kashmir, Nobody Is Buying Parrikar’s Link Between Demonetisation and Fall in Stone Pelting
Srinagar: Earlier this week, defence minister Manohar Parrikar made a statement attributing the decline in cases of stone pelting against security forces in Kashmir, after months of unrest, to govt’s announcement that Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes will no longer be legal tender. While praising PM Narendra Modi for his “daring move” to demonetise high-denomination currency, Parrikar said that after the announcement, there have been no further instances of stone pelting.These remarks, which came at a time when unrest in the region entered its fifth month, have not only evoked sharp criticism in the Valley, but been contradicted even by the J&K police. THE WIRE
Unrest erupts in UP towns as cashless crowds vent ire on bank staff
Bareilly: 2 days after the Supreme Court expressed the fear that the currency crisis triggered by demonetization might lead to riots in the country, incidents in UP  seem to bear it out, according to senior police officials in the state who are trying to deal with incidents of mob violence at banks and on roads. From bank employees locked up in their office by an irate crowd in Shamli, to vandalism and assault of security guards in Baghpat and roads blocked in Sambhal, Moradabad and Saharanpur, public anger is turning to violence. Police have been alerted across the region and the situation is tense.TOI
No debate till Govt mourns death of 70 people who died in bank queues: Oppn
New Delhi: A united Opposition on Monday forced 2 adjournments in Rajya Sabha in the pre-noon session, asserting that no discussion on demonetisation would take place till the House mourns the nearly 70 deaths caused by hardships due to the withdrawal of higher denomination currency notes.While Congress, BSP, TMC and CPI(M) among others wanted a resolution condoling the deaths to come from the Chair, Leader of House and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley charged Opposition of running away from the demonetisation debate. No sooner that the House mourned the death of 130 persons in the derailment of Indore-Patna Express near Kanpur yesterday, Sitaram Yechury (CPI-M) said an obituary reference condoling the death of 70 people due to hardships caused by the demonetisation should be moved by the Chair.Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad(Cong)said while condolences have been expressed for those killed in yesterday's train accident, the same should be done for the 70 people who have lost their lives in last 15 days.PTI
Demonetisation 'Claims' 8-Year-Old Boy's Life in J&K
Heart patient dies as family couldn't withdraw money from bank due to long queue
Delhi: Fake coins were circulated in malls, vegetable markets, toll booths
Demonetization: Mamata announces street protest in Delhi, says Modi threatening parties raising their voice
 Kejriwal is new rage on social media, 48,02,000 views of his speech on demonetization
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Malappuram murder: A month ago, Kerala convert had said, ‘If they want to kill me, let them’
Malappuram: Almost a month ago, a local Muslim cleric at Kodinji in Kerala’s Malappuram district suggested to Anil Kumar, who had converted to Islam a few months ago and taken on the name Faisal, that he should seek protection from the community. Faisal, 30, turned down the suggestion, saying, “After embracing Islam, I have entrusted everything to Allah. If they want to kill me, let them’’.Early morning on Saturday, a day before he was to fly back to Saudi Arabia, where he had been working as a driver for the last 6 years, Faisal was hacked to death by unidentified men. He was on his way to the local railway station to pick up his parents-in-law, who were coming from Neyyattinkara in Thiruvananthapuram. Although police have not arrested anyone, sources said Faisal appeared to have been targeted not only for embracing Islam but for encouraging others to do so.Faisal, who belonged to an upper-caste Hindu Nair family, converted to Islam 8 months ago while he was in Riyadh. After he came home in August, he converted his wife Priya, now Jesni, and 3 children, all below 10.Local sources in the Muslim community said Faisal wanted his mother Meenakshi to convert too. “Since he was to leave for Saudi Arabia on Sunday, he asked a local Muslim leader to make arrangements for mother’s conversion,’’ sources said. Police sources said Faisal wasn’t the first in the family to convert to Islam – years ago, his uncle and wife and their 2 daughters took on the new faith.Uncle’s family continues to live in the district.“Many others in our family had converted earlier. Why only my son was targeted,’’ asks Faisal’s mother, Meenakshi. At their home in Kodinji, Faisal’s father Krishnan Nair said, “He became a Muslim by choice. No one compelled him. It was his decision. But he was not allowed to live.’’ Nair, however, added that some of their relatives were not happy about Faisal’s conversion.A Muslim neighbour of the Nairs too said Faisal’s relatives were upset about his conversion. “After he reached home in August, they protested and threatened to attack him. But Faisal did not take it seriously. He wanted Priya and their three children to convert. Priya stood by her husband’s decision, despite the threat from relatives,” the neighbour said, adding that “Faisal wanted to take his wife and children to Saudi at a later stage”.Even after his conversion, his family says, Faisal continued to support his parents and maintained a good relationship with his 2 sisters. indianexpress
Hindu mother in Malappuram bids adieu to her Muslim convert son; asks what was his sin to be killed like this
Special team to probe neo-convert's death
During unrest, 7392 persons arrested in Kashmir: MHA
Srinagar: Central govt has revealed that 7392 persons were apprehended in Kashmir during the past four months in a “bid to normalize situation” in the region.In a written reply, Union Home Ministry has disclosed that 7392 persons were arrested and bound down in Kashmir during the 4-month long unrest that was triggered by killing of Burhan Wani.  greaterkashmir
Despite court orders, J&K ‘minor’ stays in Jammu jail
Srinagar:On Saturday, for the third time, J&K govt  failed to produce before the J&K High Court a ‘13-year-old’, who had been booked under the Public Safety Act for allegedly pelting stones at security personnel.On Nov. 7, the court had directed authorities to shift the accused from Kotbalwal jail in Jammu, the biggest in the state, to a juvenile home in Srinagar. While seeking that the accused be produced before court, the judge had also asked the govt to submit a compliance report. Since then, there have been three hearings in the case but neither has the accused been produced in court nor has he been shifted to a juvenile home. indianexpress
Kashmiri student found hanging in Rajasthan College
Srinagar:A Kashmiri student from north Kashmir’s Kupwara district allegedly committed suicide at his hostel room in an engineering college in Rajasthan after he was told his admission stands cancelled. Family members of the deceased youth, Touseef Peerzada, of Devar Kupwara, however, said their son can never commit suicide and the incident should be probed at the highest level. According to his family members, the incident happened on Saturday evening. greaterkashmir
J-K: Hundreds attend funeral of LeT’s ‘engineer’ militant amid pro-azadi slogans: HT report
Srinagar: Hundreds braved chilly weather on Sunday to attend the funeral of LeT militant Rayees Ahmad Dar, who was killed in an encounter in south Kashmir the day before.25-year-old militant was buried in his native town of Kakpora amid pro-azadi sloganeering even as protests had erupted in the area after the news of his death spread. Residents said Dar held a diploma in civil engineering. HT
Life in Kashmir affected as separatists resume shutdown:PTI
10 days after kidnapping of Muslim teenage girl, Darbhanga police remains clueless
For the past 10 days,a teenage Muslim girl who was kidnapped in Darbhanga district of Bihar has been missing, but the local police remains clueless. Speaking with TCN, grandfather of Rizwana,14, Mohammed Zubair said, “On Nov.11, my daughter was kidnapped from our village, Baadh Samaula. We registered an FIR in Kewti Thana on Nov.13, but nothing has happened since. SDO came yesterday and interrogated us, but they are yet to question the boys who are the culprits. It seems they have paid a bribe to the police. We are poor, where do we afford the money to the police?” Family of Zubair is extremely poor and have to make do with working as casual labourers in farms. According to Zubair, his granddaughter would pick leaves every day from the nearby mango orchards, which would be used as fuel for cooking. On Nov.11 around 4 pm, she left to pick leaves.When she did not return, the family got worried and started looking for the child. During the search, they were informed by a 12-year-old boy that he had seen two boys from a nearby village abduct the girl. The boy was very scared too. The parents of the girl have since been in shock and refuse to speak to anyone.Zubair alleged that his granddaughter was abducted by two Paswan boys from the nearby Manpur village. Same boys have a criminal record that includes kidnapping, and the boy is also an eye-witness.TCN
Solitary confinement of terror suspects triggers debate
Hyderabad: A memo filed by some alleged IS operatives in the Nampally court, requesting that they be removed from solitary confinement in Chanchalguda jail, triggered a debate whether terror suspects should be kept in solitary confinement. Ilyas Yazdani, Ibrahim Yazdani, Habeeb Mohammed, Abdullah Bin Ahmed Al Amoodi, Muzaffar Hussain Rizan, Mohammed Attaullah Rehaman -arrested in June have been segregated and incarcerated in separate cells. Apart from not being able to interact with each other, they were reportedly confined to their cells all through the day and could not come out even for food. On Monday , they will file yet another memo requesting the court to treat them as other prisoners as a ruling on their earlier plea had not been delivered. Prisoner rights activist Murali Karnam, a faculty with TISS, said jail authorities in exceptional situations have the power to practice `Separate Confinement' but not solitary confinement. In separate confinement, a prisoner is kept alone in a cell during night-time but provided liberty to various things during the day . In solitary confinement, the prisoner is kept in isolation 24X7. In reality, such accused are kept in solitary confinement in jails in the name of separate confinement. If a prisoner is kept in solitary confinement for a long, they may end up with psychiatric problems." Accused are kept in a cell where there is no proper ventilation. They are not being allowed to go out even for food. Food is brought to their cells," MA Mujeeb, advocate who represents Rizwan and Attaullah said. TOI
Dilsukhnagar twin blasts case: Judgement on Dec.13
India train derailment death toll hits 146 as crash site search ends
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Over 1,200 structures destroyed in Myanmar’s Rohingya villages, says HRW: aljazeera
Human Rights Watch says over 1,200 structures have been destroyed in Myanmar based on high-definition satellite images.High-definition satellite images show 820 newly identified structures destroyed in 5 Rohingya Muslim villages in the Myanmar's troubled Rakhine state this month where the military is carrying out counter-insurgency operations, according to HRW.In a statement released on Monday, US-based group urged govt to invite UN to assist in an impartial probe."These alarming new satellite images confirm that the destruction in Rohingya villages is far greater and in more places than the govt  has admitted," said Brad Adams, HRW's Asia director.Rohingya Muslims face intense discrimination, repression and violence in Rakhine state. Viewed as illegal migrants, they have frequently been targeted by the Buddhist Rakhine majority.More than 100,000 Rohingya still live in camps after being driven from their homes following clashes with the Rakhine people in 2012.HRW said the new satellite imagery - recorded on Nov.10, 17 and 18 - brings the number of destroyed buildings documented by it to 1,250.Ko Ko Linn, an activist of Arakan Rohingya National Organisation, said hundreds of arrests have been made, at least 1,000 houses in Maungdaw burnt down and more than 100 people killed.
More Rohingya villages razed in Myanmar’s Rakhine: Human Rights Watch
Premature babies in Aleppo removed from incubators after air strikes hit city's only children's hospital
Premature babies in Aleppo have been removed from their incubators after air strikes destroyed hospitals across the city, prompting condemnation of the Syrian govt  and Russia by the US and UN.Harrowing video footage shows tiny babies being removed from their incubators in a smoke-filled ward, with nurses reduced to tears as they detach the tubing providing support and wrap the babies in blankets.A photograph provided by a Syrian journalist shows premature babies later lying under a blanket on the floor – apparently in a civilian house – with medical tubes around them as a nurse tries to provide them with some form of support in a bid to keep them alive.The children’s hospital was destroyed on Thursday on the third day of a renewed assault by the Syrian regime and Russia against opposition-held districts in Aleppo. The Independent
UN: 20m kids in Syria,Iraq,Yemen in dire need of aid
More than 20 million children in Syria, Iraq and Yemen are in dire need of humanitarian aid as a result of civil wars taking place in the three countries, a UN official said.UNICEF Middle East and North Africa Chief of Communication, Juliette Touma, said the organisation was concerned about the fate of more than 100,000 children in eastern Aleppo, Syria.He pointed out that children in Aleppo are subjected to heavy shelling and a suffocating siege as they grow up in an atmosphere filled with violence.“Humanitarian aid cannot be suspended for whatever reason. Humanitarian organisations should be able to have unconditional access to the needy children,” she said.
War crimes case against Bangladesh Jamaat chief Maqbul anytime:Dhaka Tribune report
Dhaka: Investigation agency sources said Maqbul Ahmad’s case will be enlisted in Razakar’s list next month. Investigators of a Tribunal-ICT are preparing to file a case against newly-elected Ameer of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami Ahmad for his involvement in crimes against humanity in Feni area during the 1971 Liberation War.Chief Coordinator of the investigation agency Abdul Hannan Khan said that the case would be filed on the base of evidence found against Maqbul, who sworn in as the Jamaat chief on Oct.17.“We have made significant progress in the investigation,” Hannan said on Sunday.“The agency launched primary probe against Maqbul following a recent news report. But, a latest news report, published in the Dhaka Tribune, that published a letter of 1971, will help the agency find evidence of war crimes during the investigation,” he said. The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court is set to start appeal hearing in the case of another convicted Jamaat leader, ATM Azhar, soon. dhakatribune
Sarkozy crashes out of French Right-wing primaries as Thatcherite François Fillon comes spectacular first
Nicolas Sarkozy on Sunday crashed out of the race to elect a Right-wing nominee for next year's presidential election in France, after François Fillon, a Thatcherite with a Welsh wife, came a spectacular first ahead of Alain Juppé.The race to pick a nominee for the Republicans party has sparked huge interest as the winner is likely to meet – and defeat – Marine Le Pen, leader of anti-EU, anti-immigrant Front National, in the definitive presidential run-off next May. The ballot was open to anyone willing to pay €2 who professes agreement with the values of the centre-Right.In a surprise outcome, Mr Fillon was on course to finish far out in front in round one.With almost all of the 10,000 polling stations counted, Mr Fillon was on 44.2%  Juppé on 28.4% and Sarkozy well behind on 20.7%. Telegraph
Would consider Turkey membership of security bloc: China
China is willing to consider any application from NATO-member Turkey to join a Russian and Chinese-led security bloc, China's Foreign Ministry said on Monday,after Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said his country could join.China, Russia and 4 Central Asian nations -- Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan -- formed the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation in 2001 as a regional security bloc to fight threats posed by radical Islam and drug trafficking from Afghanistan. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said that Turkey is already a dialogue partner of the bloc and has for a long time closely cooperated with it, which China appreciates.China attaches great importance to Turkey's wish to strengthen that cooperation, he said. Reuters
Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan 'Disillusioned' With Barack Obama Over Syria And Gulen
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said late Sunday that he has grown "dissillusioned" with the Obama administration because of Washington’s support of the Syrian Kurds and its failure to extradite exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen. “I was disillusioned, because I would expect this? I served both as a PM and president in this country, and whenever US requested extradition of those kinds of terrorists, I handed them over. Obama also should have done it and handed that man to us,” Erdogan told CBS News. newsweek
Sri Lanka constitutional panel recommends postponing Muslim personal law amendment
Colombo: Sri Lankan Constitutional Assembly’s sub-committee on Fundamental Rights has recommended that within three months of the enactment of new constitution, President should appoint a 5 member commission to go into the constitutional validity of the existing written and unwritten laws (including personal laws) and submit a report to him within a year. President shall table the report in the parliament at the earliest thereafter, the panel said. sub-committee recommended that the proposed commission should have representatives from various communities and people who have distinguished themselves in the field of human rights. newindianexpress
When Trump takes office, Israel will build 30,000 new settlement units
An Israeli paper has revealed that the occupation authorities plan to start building 30,000 new illegal settlement units in the occupied Palestinian territories when US President-elect Donald Trump takes office in Jan., Quds Press reported.According to Kol Ha’ir, Head of the Planning and Construction Committee in the Israeli-run Jerusalem municipality explained that settlement building has been frozen for the past two years due to US and international pressure. middleeastmonitor
Sikh youth mistaken for Muslim, abused at US store
Netanyahu praises Sisi
Saudi denies Arab coalition violated Yemen truce
Suicide attack kills 27 at Shia mosque in Afghanistan

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