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22 November 2016

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22 Nov. 2016: 21 Safar 1438: Vol: 8, No:42
Ruling parties hold their ground in Lok Sabha and assembly bypolls
New Delhi: BJP and Trinamool Congress won 2 Lok Sabha seats each, claiming it was a vindication of their stand on demonetisation, as ruling parties in 6 states and Puducherry won the byelections, retaining most of the assembly seats. Counting for the Nov. 19 by-elections in four Lok Sabha constituencies and 10 assembly seats across six states and one Union territory began on Tuesday morning. The polls were the first real test for NDA govt following the Centre’s decision to demonetize Rs. 1000 and 500 banknotes. Bypolls were conducted for 3 assembly constituencies in Tamil Nadu, 2 in Tripura, one each in Assam, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh and Arunachal and Union territory of Puducherry. Lok Sabha seats contested were Lakhimpur in Assam, Shahdol in Madhya Pradesh, and Coochbehar and Tamluk Parliamentary seats in West Bengal. hindustantimes
Bypolls results 2016: No surprise across 7 states, ruling parties hold sway
By-Poll results: Ruling parties hold forte in MP,WB,Tripura, Puducherry,  TN
TMC sweeps W.Bengal, AIADMK in Tamil Nadu, BJP takes MP seat
Bypoll results:BJP takes Assam,MP, TMC sweeps Bengal
DEMONETISATION
Why Devanagari numerals on notes, Madras HC questions govt
New Delhi: Petitioner contended that the usage of ‘Devanagari’ numerals is against the Indian Constitution and, therefore, asked the court to declare the newly-introduced Rs2,000 notes as ‘invalid’. In what may give the opposition parties further ammunition to target Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Madras High Court has questioned the ruling dispensation on what authority it has printed ‘Devanagari’ numerals on the new Rs 2000 currency notes along with the regular English numerical.On Monday, Madurai bench of the Madras High Court had posed this question to the Centre while hearing a PIL filed by KPT Ganesan, a Madurai resident. He had also demanded a reply from the Finance Ministry on the same. Citing Article 343 of the Constitution, the petitioner argued that only international form of Indian numerals can be used for official purposes of the Union. He also contended that the usage of ‘Devanagari’ numerals is against the Indian Constitution and, therefore, asked the court to declare the newly-introduced Rs 2,000 notes as ‘invalid’.According to Ganesan, the Official Languages Act, 1963 doesn’t allow any provision for the use of Devanagiri numerals. He also pointed out that even the President didn’t give the nod for any such usage of Devanagiri. indian express
Rs 2000 notes: Madras HC asks under what authority Centre used Devanagari numerals?
4 lakh in fake Rs.2000 notes seized in Odisha, 1 held
Bhubaneswar: In 2 separate incidents, Odisha Police arrested a youth on charge of circulating fake Rs. 2,000 notes and recovered Rs. 4.8 lakh stocked in the newly-introduced denomination post Centre's demonetisation move. Madhusudan Meher of Jharsuguda was arrested while he was trying to use the fake currency at petrol pump in Sunarimunda, a senior police officer said. The petrol outlet staff handed him over to the cops."The note is a colour photocopy of an original Rs. 2,000 currency. A case has been registered at Jharsuguda police station and investigation is underway," SDPO of Jharsuguda, Bijay Nanda said.Meanwhile in Bolangir district, police seized over Rs. 12 lakh from the house of a recruitment agent of migrant labourers, popularly known as 'dadan sardar' on charge of stashing huge amount of cash.The police raided the house of Khirasagar Bag, a dadan sardar at Tingra village under Saintala police station limits last night and seized Rs. 12,75,900, Bolangir SP Asish Singh said.PTI
70 people have died due to demonetisation, lodge a case against PM Modi: Congress
Senior Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam has appealed the nation to register a case against Prime Minister Narendra Modi under Section 302 of IPC for the death of 70 people across the country. Mumbai Congress president said:"For the past two weeks, the entire nation, especially Mumbai people are suffering a lot, after demonetisation. People are facing a lot of trouble and to support them, from today Mumbai Congress has started the discussion on demonetisation. And through this medium, I would like to appeal to PM Narendra Modi that this demonetisation scheme was launched hastily without thinking about the pros and cons on the public." Catchnews
Parliament: Blame PM Modi's absence for interruptions in LS and RS, says Opposition
Anil Bokil, man who suggested demonetisation to PM Modi, slams implementation of policy
New Delhi:Anil Bokil, founder of Arthakranti and part of the team that suggested the demonetisation move to curb black money, has slammed the implementation of the policy, reported the Mumbai Mirror. Bokil said the government used his advice selectively. He also told the news outlet that he will be meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday. PMO, however, did not confirm the meeting.He claimed the proposal that he presented to the Prime Minister in a July meeting had a comprehensive plan on how to announce and implement the scheme. The govt, he claims, picked up on only two out of the 5 points he had presented, as a result of which the policy now can neither be rejected nor accepted happily. indian express
Rs 2,000 notes found on militants killed in encounter in Kashmir’s Bandipora: HT
Srinagar: 2 freshly minted Rs 2,000 notes were found on the 2 militants who were gunned down on Tuesday in an encounter by security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Bandipora district.A cache of arms and ammunition were recovered, in addition to Rs 15,000 in cash — 2 Rs 2,000 notes and the remaining in Rs 100 notes.According to an Indian Army spokesperson in Srinagar, a joint operation was launched by the army and the local police based on specific information in Hajin in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district. The encounter ended after the 2 militants were gunned down and a combing operation was carried out.Preliminary reports suggest the duo — both believed to be foreigners — belonged to Lashkar-e-Taiba, police said, but their identity is yet to be ascertained.In Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s surprise announcement on Nov.8 on scrapping of high denomination banknotes, he cited as one of the key targets of the denomination drive militants allegedly funded by counterfeit Indian currency from Pakistan.HT
Bombay HC prima facie finds inconsistencies in 2 RBI circulars regarding demonetisation
Bombay High Court has sought the RBI’s response in a petition that challenges a circular issued by central bank on Nov.14. More importantly, the division bench headed by Justice AS Oka observed that prima facie there were inconsistencies between 2 circulars issued. Primary circular that was issued notifying demonetisation of 500 and 1000 rupee notes was issued on Nov.8,however another circular was issued on Nov.14. Circular prohibits district co-operative banks from allowing exchange or deposit of old 500 and 100 rupee notes. The petition filed by Solapur District Central Co-operative bank says that by prohibiting district central co-operative banks from either providing the facility to exchange discontinued currency notes with new ones,or allowing account holders to deposit discontinued currency notes the centre has exceeded its own powers. It is also the petitioner’s contention that under Section 26(2) district co-operative banks come under the purview of the primary notification, which means these banks should have been able to exchange old notes for new ones and accept deposits of the old notes. However, by this Nov.14 circular centre has circumvented the authority of RBI. Livelaw.in
Usha Ramanathan offers the most radical hypothesis of the note ban yet
Dark days are coming to India, as non-performing government will impose fascist rule: Markandey Katju
Dear Modi Ji, Note Ban Scheme is a Clever Ploy to Bail Out Banks:Anirban Saha
Demonetisation resulted in chaos &loss of trust in govt: Lawrence Summers, ex-chief economist of World Bank
Demonetisation in a booming economy is like shooting at tyres of a racing car: economist Jean Drèze
UP: Ailing 4-year-old dies as father waits in queue to get money for treatment
Is demonetisation BJP's Waterloo in the making? Data certainly suggests so: By Sandipan Sharma
Amid Dollar Shock, Rupee Sinks, Seen Hitting 70 Now; Nifty Below 8,000 - NDTV
Demonetisation:It was supposed to be just an inconvenience but now there are signs of serious economic distresss
IT raid on Janardhana Reddy: It was just a little drama directed by Modi
Gujarat: Man ends life over fund shortage ahead of daughter’s wedding
Shiv Sena makes U-turn: Now sides with Modi on ‘historic demonetisation move’
OTHERs
Lead, heavy metals have been found in soft drinks:Govt
New Delhi: Lead and other heavy metals like Cadmium and Chromium have been found in the samples of five different soft drinks manufactured by two major multinational companies in India, Rajya Sabha was informed today."Samples of 5 different cold drinks — Sprite, Mountain Dew, 7UP, Pepsi and Coca Cola — were selected by the stratified sampling method and the samples were submitted to National Test House (in Kolkata) for testing," Minister of state for health Faggan Singh Kulaste said in a written reply.Apart from lead, other heavy metals like Cadmium and Chromium were also found in the samples (due to leaching of toxins from the bottles in which they were packaged), he said replying to a question on whether the government commissioned study by Drug Technical Advisory Board had found five different toxins in aerated drinks produced by two major multinational companies in India.PTI
Maharashtra asks schools to conduct Art of Living programmes
Mumbai: After Patanjali yoga, the state’s education department seems to be endorsing programmes by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s Art of Living.In a recent circular, the education inspector of south Mumbai region asked schools to hold workshops for students interested in yoga, meditation and reducing stress, after taking consent from Parent Teacher Association (PTA). The circular issued by BB Chavan, education inspector (south) and deputy director of education, Mumbai region, states, “Schools and junior colleges should take permission from their PTA to conduct 2 programmes by Art of Living — Bal Chetna and Nav Chetna.”It adds that only interested students should be roped into the workshops.“Taking part in these programmes shouldn’t be made compulsory for any student,” said Chavan. But, school principals have objected to department promoting a private agency.“I find it strange that the government is recommending private programmes,” said Meera Isaacs, principal, Cathedral and John Connon School, Fort. She refused to comment further until she received the circular.Freny Mehta, principal, Alexandra Girls English Institution, Fort, echoed her sentiments.“We should have the freedom to invite whichever organisation we want to hold workshops in our school. The department shouldn’t make anything compulsory and we don’t even have time for such programmes,” said Mehta.HT
NIA raids 2 more premises of banned IRF
Mumbai: On the fourth day of its crackdown on banned Islamic Research Foundation, the NIA today carried out raids and search operations at two more premises of Zakir Naik's outfit. So far, raids have been carried out at 20 premises in last four days, an NIA official told PTI.A team of NIA officials is deciphering 'hate' speeches of Naik by listening to audio and video records, he said.NIA has seized some incriminating documents and some files in today's search operation also, said the official.The analysis of documents on financial transactions of IRF including foreign funding and documents related to property details of Naik is in progress, he added.PTI
Kashmir HC Bar Association denounces ban on IRF
Srinagar: Kashmir High Court Bar Association denounces the five year ban imposed on Dr. Zakir Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation and raiding of his academic institutions and describes the same undemocratic, arbitrary and malafide, the sole purpose of which is to victimize and punish Dr. Zakir Naik for propagating and preaching Islam. kashmirwatch
3 soldiers killed on LoC, body of one mutilated; Army says retribution will be heavy
Srinagar: 3 soldiers were killed and body of one of them was mutilated at Machil sector in Jammu & Kashmir’s frontier district of Kupwara on Tuesday. While Army said the jawans were killed close to the Line of Control in “action”, sources said there was a possibility the action may have been carried out by BAT (Border Action Team) with support of Pakistani Army. “Three soldiers killed in action on LC in Machhal. Body of one soldier mutilated, retribution will be heavy for this cowardly act,” Army northern command said in a tweet. Tribune
'Your Media Has Wounded the Valley',  Kashmir Youth Speak Out: Seema Mustafa
Investigate custodial death of Minhaj Ansari: Home Ministry to Jharkhand govt
Over 2 months after the brutal custodial death of Minhaj Ansari, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs has taken cognizance of the matter asked the government of Jharkhand to investigate the case.Home ministry was acting on a complaint filed by Ziyaullah, Jharkhand convenor of Association For Protection of Civil Rights (APCR).In its order dated Nov.4, Principal Secretary(Home) asked the Government of Jharkhand "to investigate the matter and intimate the action taken" to the complainant and the Home Ministry.In his complaint to the NHRC dated Oct.14, APCR had said, "Deceased was beaten up to his unconsciousness and then taken to local government hospital for treatment. Due to severe internal injury and fractures, he was shifted to Dhanbad Medical College and Hospital, Dhanbad. On 07/10/2016 doctors at Dhanbad Medical College referred him to RIMS, Ranchi for better treatment. On 09/10/2016, he was declared dead at RIMS, Ranchi," he further said in the complaint.TCN
Mohsin Shaikh killing: Father writes to PM Modi, demands ban on Hindu Rashtra Sena
Aggrieved by the non-fulfilment of promise from central government of providing reparation and the slow speed of trial against 22 members of Hindu Rashtra Sena (HRS) even after more than two and half years after Mohsin Shaikh was brutally murdered by members of HRS in Pune, his father has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. On June 2, 2014, 24-year-old Mohsin Shaikh, a resident of Solapur district in Maharashtra who was working as a manager in an IT firm in Pune, was assaulted and killed by the members of HRS when he was returning from a Mosque.The incident had taken place only a week after Narendra Modi took the Prime Ministerial oath in New Delhi.On Monday ,Sadiq Shaikh sent a 2-page letter to Modi urging him to consider recommendations of National Commission for Minorities that was submitted by it to the government after its visit to Pune in the aftermath of the sporadic violence under taken by the Hindu radicals in June 2014 resulting into death of his son.Among other demands, Shaikh has asked for banning HRS and hearing of the case in a fast track court to avoid tardiness. TCN
So far 68 supporters of ISIS arrested in India: Govnt
New Delhi:NIA and state security agencies have so far arrested 68 ISIS supporters in various parts of the country, Lok Sabha was informed Tuesday.“NIA and state security agencies have so far arrested 68 ISIS supporters/sympathisers,” Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir said replying to a written question. Minister said a total of 50 people have been arrested by security agencies during current year of whom 11 belonged to Maharashtra, 11 belonged to Telangana, 7 belonged to Karnataka, 4 from Uttarakhand, 6 from Kerala, 1 from Delhi, 2 from West Bengal, 1 from Rajasthan, 2 from Uttar Pradesh, 1 from Madhya Pradesh, 1 from Jammu and Kashmir, 1 from Bihar and 2 from Tamil Nadu.PTI
2008 blasts accused produced via video before Kerala court: timesofindia
Ahmedabad: For the first time 28 accused of July 2008 Ahmedabad serial blasts were produced before the special court for trial of NIA cases at Ernakulam, Kerala, through video conferencing arranged by National Informatics Center on Monday morning at the district collector office in Ahmedabad. The accused are facing a trial for allegedly being part of the training camp organized by SIMI, in Dec.2007 in the jungles of Wagamon in Kerala.TOI
Court frames charges against IS suspects:PTI
New Delhi:  A special court today charged 5 suspected ISIS operatives with conspiracy to carry out terror acts in the national capital and adjoining regions during Ardh Kumbh in Haridwar. According to court sources, District Judge Amar Nath framed the charges under the sections of IPC and anti-terror law UAPA against the accused. The charges were framed against Akhlakur Rehman, Mohd Azeemushan, Mohd Meraj, Mohd Osama and Mohsin Ibrahim Sayyed. The accused are at present in the judicial custody. The court has now fixed December 15 for the next date of hearing. PTI
Amity signs MoUs with Israeli Universities during "Israel-India Academic Summit"
New Delhi: Standing true to its academic excellence, Amity was selected to participate in the "Israel-India Academic Summit" which was organized in New Delhi during the State visit of the President of State of Israel, Reuven Rivlin to India.During the Summit, top Israeli Universities and selected Indian Universities were invited for interaction and signing of agreements of mutual cooperation.ANI
Visit to Chabad House was must, says Israel President
UK, India tech firms call for Israel-style tech hub: Times of Israel
3,000 policemen, volunteers to ensure smooth 69th Tablighi Ijtema in Bhopal
Bhopal;3000 strong police force would be deployed at the 69th world Islamic congregation, Tablighi Ijtema in Bhopal to ensure that it is organised in a smooth manner without any untoward incident. The police force would also be accompanied by nearly 3,000 volunteers of the organizing committee of the event to see that the devotees don’t face any problem.The 69th Tablighi Ijtema would be organised from Nov.26 to Nov.28 at Eintkedi village located at Berasia road, which is about 8-10 kms away from the city. The Ijtema which is one of the biggest Islamic congregations in the world would be attended by more than eight lakh devotees including devotees from more than 25 countries including USA, Canada, England, South Africa, Indonesia, Malaysia, Russia, Sri Lanka, Phillipines and others. Hindustantimes
Coverage of SIO’s rally for Najeeb
Mothers of Rohith, Najeeb march in protest organised by SIO, demand justice
New Delhi: Students and social activists accompanied by mothers of former Hyderabad University scholar Rohith Vemula and missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmed participated in a ‘Sansad March’ against “threats” to India democracy in the present times. The protesters marched from Mandi House to Jantar-Mantar and raised slogans demanding justice to Rohith, who had committed suicide in January, and recovery of Najeeb, who disappeared from his hostel on Oct.15 after a brawl with ABVP members the previous night, last month. Rohith’s mother Radhika and Najeeb’s mother Fatima Nafees addressed the gathering and appealed the “peace-loving people” of the country to stand in solidarity to meet the challenges of the present times.The march organised by Students Islamic Organisation of India (SIO) was also aimed at seeking justice to the people including minority community members and tribals killed in various parts of the country. “Several incidents act as witness to the fact that there are some miscreants present in society who enjoy sympathy of people in power. They spread communal hatred, assault the Dalits, Adivasis, target Muslims, kidnap and kill innocents and propagate lies. This is challenging the internal security and law of the land,” Laeeq Ahmed Khan Aqil, national secretary of SIO said.Several social and political activists including Shezad Poonawala, John Dayal, Ashish Khetan and Navid Hamid also addressed the gathering.PTI

Mothers of Rohith, Najeeb march towards Parliament along with hundreds
Delhi: Rohith Vemula, Najeeb Ahmed’s mothers stage protest, demand justice
Students Islamic Organisation seeks action against Najeeb's assaulters
Students Islamic Organisation seeks action against Najeeb's assaulters
World
Now Egypt court overturns Morsi's life sentence
Egypt's deposed president Mohamed Morsi has had a life sentence overturned by the country's Court of Cassation, which ordered a retrial in the case that revolves around accusations of espionage with Palestinian group Hamas.Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected president, had a death sentence overturned by the same court last week and a retrial was ordered.Morsi's lawyer, Abdel Moneim Abdel Maqsoud, told AFP that the sentences against several Muslim Brotherhood officials, who stood trial alongside Morsi on charges of spying for Iran and Hamas, were also overturned. Explaining the recent ruling, Yehia Ghanem, Al Jazeera's Middle East analyst, said "from a judicial point of view, the court of cassation is the least politicised court in the country"."The authorities in Egypt established a special judicial district three years ago to deal mainly with cases of what they call 'terrorism', or espionage and other charges that are politicised," Ghanem said. This district is where Morsi and thousands of others have been tried, Ghanem adde, and "any opposition in Egypt is now tried under 'terrorism'". "The trial itself failed to come up with any evidence to substantiate the charges."Morsi's trials, and the trials of thousands of other opposition figures and civilians over the last 3 years, have been criticised heavily by rights groups, including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International. aljazeera
Egypt court quashes Morsi's one of the 2 life sentences
Hamas hails Egypt court overturning Morsi life sentence
Egypt seizes funds of 46 for alleged Brotherhood links
Cairo: Egyptian authorities on Monday seized the funds of 46 individuals and 5 companies with alleged links to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group, according to a govt commission. The move brings the total number of people whose funds have been seized for alleged links to the Brotherhood to more than 1,370 over the last three years and the number of companies and NGOs with alleged links to the group to 1,125.  Anadolu
320 killed in Syria's Aleppo in 6 days of bombing
Aleppo: Syrian regime and Russian aircraft have killed more than 320 civilians in eastern Aleppo over the last six days, a civil defense official said.Spokesman Ibrahim Abu Laith said 322 people had been killed and 1,050 injured since Russian warplanes stepped up their bombing campaign against the city. At least 82 children and 63 women had been killed in attacks that saw regime and Russian aircraft target opposition-held areas with cluster bombs, barrel bombs and vacuum bombs. Anadoldu agency
UN says nearly 1 million Syrians besieged; US names, shames commanders
The number of besieged Syrians has more than doubled over the past year to nearly one million, UN aid chief told the Security Council on Monday, as US named 13 Syrian military commanders it accused of killing civilians.Some 850,000 of those people are besieged by government forces, the UN said, while the rest are trapped by Daesh militants and other armed groups.“There is nothing subtle or complicated about the practice of besiegement. Civilians are being isolated, starved, bombed and denied medical attention and humanitarian assistance in order to force them to submit or flee,” UN aid chief Stephen O’Brien told 15-member council during a monthly briefing. middle east monitor
Death toll among Iran's forces in Syrian war passes 1,000
More than 1,000 soldiers deployed by Iran to Syria to back the government side in its civil war have been killed, an Iranian official said, underlining Tehran's increasing presence on front lines of the conflict.It was a major increase in the reported death toll from just four months ago, when the Islamic Republic announced that 400 of its soldiers had died on Syria's battlefields.Iran has been sending fighters to Syria since the early stages of the more than five-year-old war to support its ally, President Bashar al-Assad, against rebels and Islamist militants including Islamic State trying to topple him.Reuters
Fears grow in east Aleppo as govt forces close in
68,000 Iraqis displaced since launch of Mosul offensive: UN
Arbil, Iraq:More than 68,000 people have fled their homes since Iraqi forces launched a huge offensive against the Islamic State group in and around Mosul last month, UN said Tuesday.The figure increased significantly over the past week as forces battled deep into the densely populated city, but it falls short of pre-offensive predictions.“68,550 people are currently displaced and in need of humanitarian assistance,” the United Nations’ Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in a statement.OCHA said the aid response to the offensive launched against the jihadists on Oct.17 was growing in complexity, with varying needs for different categories of civilians.AFP
85,000 flee homes amid Mosul fight: Iraqi Red Crescent
Muslims, Christians, Jews raise call to prayer together in Nablus
Protesting against the Israeli ban on the Muslim call to prayer, hundreds of Muslims, Christians and Jewish Sumerians yesterday raised the Muslim call to prayer together in Nablus’ main square, the Safa news agency reported.Residents, representatives of Palestinian factions and followers and representatives of all three monotheistic religions attended the protest, under the slogan “minarets will never be silenced”. All of the participants raised the athan (call to prayer) together. Activist Mazen Al-Danbak, who called for organising the protest a week ago, said: “This protest sends a message to the Israeli occupation telling it to stop playing with our holy sites, as well as sending a message to the world asking it where it is regarding these flagrant violations against holy sites.”“We tell the occupation to leave our land and we insist that it will not be able to silence the minarets and will not stop them calling Allahu Akbar.” middle east monitor
Bulldozers to raze Palestinian village in Israel
Israeli government has announced plans to demolish Umm al-Hiran, a Bedouin village in the country's southern Negev region that is home to Palestinian citizens of Israel. Israel Lands Administration (ILA), a governmental body that administers public land, said it will begin razing the village on Tuesday. At least 30 residents will be displaced. At time of publication, ILA had not replied to Al Jazeera's request for comment. Israeli government plans to build a Jewish village for families linked to illegal settlement movement in the occupied West Bank in the place of Umm al-Hiran, while forcibly transferring Palestinian villagers to planned townships in Negev desert.aljazeera
From presidents to mad dogs, Israel is an apartheid state: Yvonne Ridley
Trump's 'extreme' Muslim registry plans revealed by potential cabinet minister
Details have emerged of what a plan for a Muslim registry under Donald Trump might look like, after they were revealed - apparently accidentally - by one of his potential cabinet members.Kris Kobach is considered the front runner to head up the Department of Homeland Security when Mr Trump forms his administration in January next year.So some say it is ironic that he was photographed as he arrived for a meeting with the President-elect with a supposedly confidential strategy document visible under his arm.A cynic would call it a deliberate ploy to get attention for the "Kobach strategic plan for first 365 days", which is how the document is headed.The proposals involve restarting a post-9/11 era security programme called Nseers (the National Security Entry-Exit registration system), which meant men from certain Muslim-majority countries were subject to additional checks and monitored during their time in the country. Independent UK
Trump's Anti-Muslim Agenda Caught on Camera: Muslim Registry, Political Tests, Presumed Guilt
Plans for ‘extreme vetting’ accidentally revealed by Trump candidate
Erdogan:Anti-Trump protests 'disrespect to democracy'
ANKARA: President Tayyip Erdogan on Monday denounced a wave of protests in the U.S. after Donald Trump was elected president.“All that was done in opposition to Trump in Europe and across the United States is a disrespect to democracy,” Erdogan told Israeli-based Channel 2 in an exclusive interview.“First and foremost, those who believe in the ballot need to have respect” for the results, the president said.“If they don’t, then this means they don’t understand democracy, they can’t tolerate it and they don’t have respect for it.”Hours after the results showed a stunning victory for Trump, protests began in dozens of cities against the president-elect and continued for days.Erdogan said he and Trump spoke via telephone on the first night after his election. “We agreed that there are a lot of things we are going to do between Turkey and the United States,” he said. Anadolu agency
US man abuses Muslim driver, calls him ‘terrorist’
Muslim women take self defence classes after spike in Hijab grab attacks in US
Lt Gen Ishfaq Nadeem from 'Azad Kashmir' Regiment likely to be named next Pak army chief
New Delhi: Lt Gen Ishfaq Nadeem Ahmed, currently serving as Multan Corps commander and a key player in counter-terrorism operations, is expected to be named the next Pakistan Army chief, according to a media report on Tuesday. With the current chief, Gen Raheel Sharif, set to retire on Nov.29, the process has begun for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to choose his successor. Ahmed is reported to be among the four senior-most generals who were being considered for the post.The influential Dawn paper quoted unnamed aides of the prime minister as saying that Sharif had already made up his mind about the next army chief but he has kept his cards close to his chest.“Though the prime minister is the only person who definitely knows who the next army chief will be, the word in political circles is that Lt Gen Ishfaq Nadeem (Ahmed), who is currently serving as Multan corps commander, will be named the army chief,” the report said.Lt Gen Ishfaq, belongs to the Azad Kashmir Regiment, had previously served as Chief of General Staff. He was appointed to that post by Gen Sharif. Earlier Ahmed had drawn up the blueprint for Operation Zarb-e-Azb, the army’s campaign against terrorism, during his stint as DMGO. Gen Sharif formally began his farewell visits to army units on Monday, ending widespread speculation that he could be given an extension and paving the way for the civilian government to name his successor.HT
Hundreds of Rohingya cross into Bangladesh, fleeing unrest
Dhaka:Hundreds of Rohingya have arrived in Bangladesh after fleeing violence in neighbouring Myanmar, community leaders said today, many with horrific tales of troops killing and burning villages.Bangladesh says it has prevented hundreds more from crossing into the country, despite pleas from the United Nations to open its border after up to 30,000 Rohingya were displaced by violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. Bangladeshi troops have intensified patrols along the 237-km border, but Rohingya community leaders estimate that 1,000 people have still managed to get in over the last week.Most are hiding out in camps for the 32,000 legally registered already living in southeast Bangladesh, fearing repatriation if they are found by authorities.AFP
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