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24 November 2016

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24 Nov. 2016: 23 Safar 1438: Vol: 8, No:44
Demonetisation organised loot, legalised plunder; will lower GDP by 2%: Manmohan Singh
New Delhi:After 5 days of confrontation, Rajya Sabha today saw resumption of debate on demonetisation briefly during which ex-PM Manmohan Singh led the opposition attack, saying the step was a "monumental management failure" which would lead to dip in GDP growth by at least 2 % .Singh termed demonetisation as "a case of organised loot and legalised plunder".As PM Narendra Modi attended the House, the opposition and the ruling side came to an agreement to do away with the Question Hour and resume the debate, which had been left incomplete on Nov.16.Leader of the House and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the PM  will also participate in the debate.Modi attended the House during Question Hour as Thursday is the day of questions listed against the PM's name.Debate was resumed during the Question Hour, from 12pm to 1pm, after which the House went into lunch break. When it met again at 2pm, PM was not there,prompting the opposition parties to demand his presence again as they wanted him to listen to all the speakers.Earlier speaking during the debate, Singh said, "These measures convinced me that the way the scheme has been implemented, it's a monumental management failure."Singh said the decision will result in decline of GDP by 2%, which was an "under-estimate and not an over-estimate".He said he agreed with the objectives of the scheme to demonetise currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 as spelt out by PM but he wished to highlight the problems that the common people and poor have been subjected to by the move."It is not my intention to pick holes what this side or other side does. But I sincerely hope that the PM even in this late hour will help find us practical and pragmatic ways to provide relief to the suffering of the people of this country," the former PM  said. India today
Demonetisation:Economists, experts back Manmohan's prediction of GDP slowdown
Demonetisation is organised loot, legalised plunder and monumental management failure: Manmohan Singh
Manmohan's dramatic intervention in parliament against demonetisation might be a game changer
PM calls Cabinet meet, may review 200% penalty on high deposits
New Delhi: PM Narendra Modi has called a Cabinet meet today night, possibly to discuss the penal 200% tax that is keeping away the scrapped Rs 500 and 1000 notes from entering the formal system.The meeting, summoned at a very short notice, comes amid reports of high tax penalty terrifying people from putting their cash savings into the formal banking system.PTI
Govt says no toll charges till Dec 2; Rs 500 notes to be accepted till Dec 15 thereafter
New Delhi:Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari has today said that the toll suspension has been extended till Dec.2 midnight across all national highways in the country. On the other hand, Transport Ministry in a statement said that Rs 500 notes will be accepted as toll charge at National Highways till Dec.15 even after the exemption is withdrawn. financialexpress
Demonetisation: Govt extends toll exemption till Dec 2, will accept old Rs 500 notes till Dec 15
Today is last day for exchanging old Rs 500, Rs 1000 rupee notes: What you must know
Now, Demonetisation set to cost 400,000 jobs
New Delhi: Industry is staring at temporary job losses due to demonetisation, as production gets hit, especially in labour-intensive sectors like textiles, garments, leather and jewellery. As many as 4 lakh people, mostly daily wagers, may have either lost their jobs or shunned work temporarily due to the lack of payment so far, and the number is only going to grow if the cash crunch persists, senior industry executives said on condition of anonymity.They,however, added that this estimate is based primarily on anecdotal evidence and that a clearer picture will emerge in the weeks to come.Interestingly, Engineering Export Promotion Council (EEPC) vice-chairman Ravi Sehgal said even though some of the labourers have bank accounts, they are unwilling to accept direct payment through the banking channel for fears that if the amount exceeds R50,000 (a year), they could lose their below poverty line status and consequently be stripped of various subsidy benefits. In a meeting with commerce and industry minister Nirmala Sitharaman, various export promotion councils warned of lower production. Some of them said many factories had cut down on production by half from the pre-demonetisation level due to the liquidity crisis, said an industry executive present in the meeting.They sought up to a tenfold hike in the cash withdrawal limit from the current R50,000 a week to be able to conduct certain necessary business transactions. Roughly a fifth of the almost 32 million people employed in the textile and garment sector who are paid wages either daily or weekly are hit.financial express
Student returns from bank and kills himself, elderly man dies in queue
Unable to withdraw money for exam fees, teen hangs himself
J&K: Carried 30 km by father for want of cash, ailing boy dies
Demonetisation:3-yr  dies in queue; driver flees with Rs 1.37 crore cash
Fools’ paradise, planted stories: Shatrughan on demonetisation, app survey
In Cash Crunch, RBI Chief Urjit Patel 'Missing'
Rupee hits all-time low of 68.86 against US dollar
PM Modi app survey had ‘manufactured questions, fabricated answers’: Congress
Congress has alleged that the survey, conducted via an official app of PM Narendra Modi, to gauge public opinion on demonetisation comprised “manufactured questions and pre-fabricated answers by blind bhakts”. “Modi Govt manufactures yet another lie through self serving survey on DeMonetisation. You can’t fool people of India through such gimmicks (sic),” party’s spokesperson Randeep Surjewala tweeted.PTI
Housing prices to drop up to 30%, wiping Rs 8 lakh crore in value
KASHMIR & SOUTH ASIA
UK’s Foreign Secretary calls for end to Kashmir violence during Pak visit
Islamabad: British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson called for an end to violence in Kashmir during a visit to Islamabad on Thursday, warning tensions between India and Pakistan are holding the region back from becoming an "incredible boomzone". Johnson, who said he was visiting Pakistan for the first time, spoke a day after at least 9 people were killed in Pakistani-occupied Kashmir when a civilian bus was hit by cross-border fire.The deadly incident, which came after months of dangerous tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals, saw Pakistani and Indian military officials speak via a special hotline, according to the Pakistani military, which said it reserves "the right to respond".Johnson warned former colonial power Britain could not act as a mediator in nearly 70-year-old dispute over Kashmir, saying it must be up to India and Pakistan to find a "lasting solution" that allows for Kashmiri self-determination.He also voiced concern over recent incidents "on both sides" of the de facto Kashmir border, LoC.  "Look at the incredible human potential of Pakistan and its neighbours... and then imagine what the future could be like if this was sorted out. What an incredible boomzone it could be." PTI
Pak surgical strikes will be remembered for generations: Raheel Sharif warns
New Delhi: Pakistan’s military leadership upped the ante in a war of words with India on Thursday, with army chief Gen Raheel Sharif saying any surgical strike by Pakistan would not be forgotten by Indians for generations to come.Air force chief Sohail Aman too warned India against escalating a dispute over Kashmir into full-scale war.Sharif, who is on a farewell tour of army units before his retirement on Nov. 29, was quoted by The Express Tribune as saying that “if Pakistan were to launch surgical strikes, India would not be able to forget it for generations to come”.“India will be teaching its children about Pakistan’s surgical strike if the latter took such measures. Pakistani troops are capable of teaching Indian forces a lesson,” he said.Sharif’s remarks, made while addressing a ‘jirga’ of tribal elders in Khyber semi-autonomous region, were also an apparent riposte to the surgical strikes carried out by Indian troops along LoC in September.HT
After India’s retaliation, alarmed Pak reaches out to UN
New York: Alarmed by the escalation of tension with India along LoC, Pakistan on Thursday asked the UN to act before the situation snowballed into a “full-fledged crisis.”Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN Maleeha Lodhi met the Deputy UN Secretary General Jan Eliasson and the Chef de Cabinet of the Secretary General Edmond Mulet and she alleged that the situation along the LoC posed a “grave threat to international peace and security.”Ms. Lodhi, according to a statement issued by the Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the UN, in her meeting with the world body’s officials alleged that escalating tensions on the LoC “was a deliberate attempt” by India to “divert the attention of the international community from the gross human right violations being committed” by it in Kashmir.UN Department of Peace Keeping Operations was separately asked to mobilise the UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) to effectively monitor LoC and the Working Boundary as a step to help deescalate tensions between India and Pakistan, the statement said.PTI
Amidst firing, Pak DGMO calls up Indian counterpart
102 deaths to internet ban, Kashmir completely alienated from India?
Srinagar: A group of 25 activists belonging to various organisations from across the country visited Kashmir between Nov. 11 to Nov.20.Their objective was to understand the ground realities and what exactly transpired in the Valley over the past 4 and a half months since the killing of Burhan Wani. According to the fact-finding committee, since July, as Kashmir was rocked by a series of protests and direct confrontation ensued between protestors and army men, the Valley has been completely alienated from India. "In the last 135 days, over 102 unarmed civilians have been killed by the Indian Army, J&K Police and central paramilitary forces. More than 15,000 people have been injured by armed firing and in pellet firing and shelling, of which around 7,000 are cases of severe injury. A majority of those who have been killed are young and many are minors. This information has been documented by the media," stated the report compiled by the activists. Some of the activists, who visited Kashmir for nine days, include Medha Patkar (Narmada Bachao Andolan), Kavita Krishnan (All India Progressive Women's Association), SP Udaykumar (Peoples Movement against Nuclear Energy) and Gautam Mody (New Trade Union Initiative), to name a few. The report in the end stated, "We also conclude that the actions of BJP govt  at the centre and the PDP-BJP govt in J&K are acts of vengeance aimed at forcing the peoples of Kashmir into subjugation by using every possible force available to govt  for breaking the people's resolve for a democratic settlement to achieve their aspirations.""As representatives of diverse peoples' movements, trade unions and other organisations in India, and as India's citizens, we can say without reservation that the actions of the Indian state in Kashmir amount to profound violation of democratic and human rights."
Modi has completed Kashmir’s alienation: Team of 25 activists say after visiting valley
Over 200 terrorists active in J&K, govt tells House
New Delhi:Govt  informed Parliament that around 200 terrorists were active in J&K  out of which 105 had infiltrated into India from Pakistan this year. In a written reply in Rajya Sabha, minister of state for home affairs Hansraj Gangaram Ahir said 105 terrorists had infiltrated into India till Sept. this year. "As per available inputs, nearly 200 terrorists are active in the state of J&K ," he said. timesofindia
 Kashmir: India lost Valley, politically and emotionally
Pune:Addressing the growing disconnection between Kashmir and the rest of India, Yashwantrao Chavan National Centre of International Security and Defence Analysis (YCNISDA), Centre For Advanced Strategic Studies (CASS) and Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) jointly organised a ‘Pune Dialogue on Kashmir’ at Yashwantrao Chavan Academy for Development Administration (YASHADA) on Wednesday.Speakers connected with the Kashmir issue from military, social service and academic circles were a part of this one-day dialogue. Air Vice-Marshal Kapil Kak (Retd) set the theme for the dialogue, stating,“Kashmir is too proud of their past to accept radicalisation. But yet, they are psychologically and emotionally disconnected with the country.”Recounting his experiences of studying in Kashmir during his college days, chief guest Wasudeo Gade, V-C of SPPU said,“Somehow,people in Kashmir do not consider themselves a part of India. In my opinion, we need to understand their feelings.”Senior journalist Dr Shujaat Bukhari who initiated his short address stating that he wanted to make a strong statement, said, “India has lost Kashmir, politically and emotionally.”Claiming that the new generation of Kashmir is “completely anti-India”, the journalist added that unfortunately every Kashmiri is viewed as a terrorist.“No, every Kashmiri is not a terrorist. Tourists who come to Kashmir know the place better than most Indians. Indian civil society and masses have the right to know what is happening on the ground in Kashmir. I urge everyone who hasn’t been there, to go there. Why do you want to depend upon 9pm primetime war rooms for information?,”he urged.indianexpress
Time to think out of box on Kashmir: Top Army officer
 90% of Kashmiri people want peace: Ravi Shankar
Sri Sri launches dialogue forum in J&K for peace
ZAKIR NAIK
NIA to probe overseas IRF members as part of Zakir Naik case
 NIA is all set to widen its probe against IRF and its founder Dr Zakir Naik by investigating members of the organisation both based in India and abroad. The development comes after NIA officially contacted banks asking them to freeze accounts of the banned IRF and Naik.According to a senior NIA official, the probe agency is currently preparing a list of individuals associated with IRF who might offer more information about the funding of the organisation which was recently banned by govt of India. NIA is now looking to prepare a comprehensive list of IRF members specially those who are not based in India.“The funding of the proscribed organisation has to be explored further. IRF has received funds from abroad ever since its inception, and the NIA probe will focus on the money trail as well,” said the senior NIA official. Agency is also contemplating to get a red corner notice issued if Naik avoids refuses to join the investigation. dnaindia
Now, Zakir Naik stares at another FIR:TOI
Zakir Naik's IRF might have funded 300 people, many visiting IS areas, claims NIA: firstpost
Zakir Naik's banned IRF might have funded at least 300 people, some of whom travelled to the Islamic State areas of Syria and Iraq, according to the New Indian Express. Firstpost
NIA teams recovers 500 CDs from Harmony Media office
Police to book Zakir Naik for ‘inciting enmity’
Don’t shutdown Mumbai school linked to Zakir Naik’s NGO: Abu Azmi
OTHERs
Kerala: 4 RSS men held for killing converted Faisal
Malappuram: 4 RSS workers were taken into custody by the police on Wednesday in connection with the murder of Faisal, who had converted to Islam recently. Their arrest will be recorded on Thursday. 4, including close relatives of Faisal, were being quizzed about their alleged associates who murdered him early on Saturday. CCTV visuals retrieved from a nearby shop in the street, where Faisal’s mutilated body was found, helped the police in the investigation. A car and two bikes were seen passing through the area close to the time of the murder. The police have identified one of the vehicles. Faisal’s mother Meenakshi’s statement  pointed the needle of suspicion at Sangh Parivar organisations and their involvement in the  murder which was reportedly in retaliation for Faisal’s and his family’s recent conversion to Islam. Meenakshi had alleged that her son-in-law, an RSS worker, had helped the killers and covertly passed  information on Faisal’s movements prior to the murder.  Meenakshi had also said that her son’s conversion was on his own volition and that she had no reservations against his decision. Deccan chronicle
Malappuram: RSS in police crosshairs over converted youth’s murder
‘Earlier verdict emboldened right wing forces to carry out another similar murder’
Kozhikode: The prosecution's failure to get the accused in the Yasir murder case in Malappuram convicted seems to have emboldened the right wing forces to carry out another similar murder. Faizal, the neo-covert in Kodinhi, was murdered in the same way Yasir was killed in 1998. Yasir, whose earlier name was Ayyappan, was a part-time temple employee in Tirur before his conversion along with his wife and children in 1990. Later, Yasir is said to have converted around 40 families in the area to Islam.Yasir was murdered, allegedly by RSS activists, on August 18, 1998. The trial court had acquitted all the accused in the case but the high court found 6 of them guilty and awarded life imprisonment. The Supreme Court acquitted the accused in the case on July, 2016. There are many in Malappuram who believe that had the prosecution succeeded in getting the accused in the Yasir case punished, the possibility of the Faizal murder could have been averted. "Of course, the prosecution's failure was a morale-booster for the Sangh Parivar," said a Muslim leader. timesofindia
RAF to be deployed permanently in Haryana’s Muslim-dominated Mewat region
Rewari: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday said that a battalion of the Rapid Action Force(RAF) will be deployed permanently in Haryana’s Muslim-dominated Mewat soon to ensure communal harmony.Rajnath Singh was addressing the ‘Shaheed Samman Rally’ organised by Union Minister of State for Urban Housing, Planning and Poverty Alleviation Rao Inderjit Singh at HUDA ground here.Rao, who is also an MP from Gurugram, had demanded permanent deployment of RAF along with a training centre for anti-riot troopers in Mewat in view of communal tension in the region. Addressing the rally, Singh said that all countrymen, be it Hindus or Muslims, should contribute in making a strong, proud and independent India. Siasat
‘Muslim women need security education’: Dravidian, Left, Muslim, Dalit parties  oppose uniform civil code
Chennai: Dravidian, Left, Muslim and Dalit parties, including Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi, might have opposed BJP’s attempts to enforce the Uniform Civil Code, but there seems to be a broad consensus – barring the Islamic parties – that there needs to be a reform of the Muslim personal law from within. Even as they underlined that a multi-ethnic, multi-religious country cannot have a ‘one-size-fits-all’ law, the parties only disagreed with the BJP’s effort to reform — even if it means adopting a Uniform Civil Code – because it must come from within the Muslim community and not imposed by a party driven by Hindutva.At a recent conference organised by VCK in Chennai where Left, Dravidian and Muslim outfits came together to oppose UCC, DMK leader K. Kanimozhi had also echoed similar sentiments underlining the contradiction in BJP-RSS combine, which she alleged, has scant regard for women’s rights and equality, advocating women empowerment and equality for Muslim women.Fathima Muzaffer, convenor, Sharia Protection Forum For Women, say that Muslim women do not need UCC but security,education and economic empowerment, prominent lawyers such as Bader Sayeed, who is also ex AIADMK MLA, say that this is primarily an issue about gender justice. Poet Salma, an outspoken member of the community, said that this was BJP’s effort to steer attention away from their failures.Opposing any move to enforce a UCC, Ms. Muzaffer said that ‘talking about a civil code is just a waste of time’. “Muslim women need security, education and economic empowerment, not uniform civil code,” she said. the hindu
Triple talaq happens but refrain from uttering it in one go, Sunni clerics to tell Muslims
Bareilly: As both the Centre and Muslim organisations debate over what is seen as the tyranny of triple talaq, clerics at the Dargah Aala Hazrat said they will discourage husbands from uttering the 3 angry words in one go and instead ask them to say it only once so that there is scope for arbitration and an eventual reconciliation before a couple decide to part ways. Islam, they said, does not sanction divorce in one sitting and demands both time and patience in the hope that the husband and wife will reunite. The clerics will also tell followers that the Quran leans more towards safeguarding marriages than dissolving them.Thousand gathered at the Urs-e-Razvi on Thursday will be asked to refrain from instant divorce, often viewed as un-Quranic and patriarchal. timesofindia
Signature campaign against UCC in Kuwait by Tamil Islamic associations
Quran burning: Muslim body wants culprits arrested in 15 days
Madikeri:District Muslim Youth Federation Hakattur unit secretary Altaf has urged police to arrest those accused of burning Qur’an at a masjid in Igurul, Somwarpet, within 15 days.  He said miscreants also set lawyer Padmanabha’s car on fire. He said MLA MP Appacchu Ranjan was indulging in “caste politics” while MP Shobha Karandlaje had issued an “irresponsible” statement that mosque had been abandoned. He challenged BJP’s claim that Kodagu was its stronghold and asked the legislators to declare that they were not dependent Muslims’ vote in the upcoming Assembly elections. They said they would stage a protest in front of deputy commissioner’s office if the accused were not arrested within 15 days. He said in spite of attacks on mosques in Kushalnagar,  Kandakkare, Titimati, Hakattur and other places, police had not arrrested any suspects. deccan herald
17 held after clash over playing music
Greater Noida: 17 people were arrested on Wednesday after a clash between two groups in Dadri on Tuesday night. The clash took place over a marriage programme around 9 pm in Jarcha.Police said the marriage of a local resident, Gullu, was scheduled to be held in Dhaulana village. "When procession reached near a mosque in Jarcha village, some people from the mosque asked them to stop the music," said a police officer. The participants in the marriage procession refused to stop the music and the 2 groups clashed. TOI
Every 3nd child in Maharashtra, MP, Gujarat victim of sexual abuse: NGO report
New Delhi:Every second child in the western states of Maharashtra, Goa, Gujarat, and Madhya Pradesh has been subjected to one or more forms of sexual abuse, a report compiled by NGO Plan India states. The report on “Children in Difficult Circumstances” also says that Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Bihar, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Sikkim, Jharkhand and West Bengal accounted for a whopping 61 % of total human trafficking crimes.An average 48% of children who went missing in these states remained untraced.In the northern states, child marriage remains a grave concern. In Rajasthan, 57.6% of women in the age group of 20-24 years were married before the age of 18, the highest in the country.PTI
‘6 rapes in capital everyday, 60% Delhiites feel unsafe’
New Delhi -- Around 60% people in Delhi do not feel safe in the city while 64% while commuting in the national capital, according to a survey by an NGO.According to a 'whitepaper' on "State of Policing and Law and Order in Delhi", released by NGO Praja Foundation, about 67% people do not feel secure for women, children and senior citizens in their own locality, while 25% people do not inform police after an incident.A total of 2,075 cases of rape were reported in 2014 which increased to 2,338 in 2015 even as the survey stated that six rapes happen in the capital everyday.PTI
Muslims in Rajasthan village donate abandoned graveyard land for temple: HT
Jaipur: Muslims in Rajasthan’s Sikar district have donated land to help build a Hindu temple. Muslims in Kolida donated 2 bighas or 34,848 square feet of land from their abandoned graveyard to the village’s Meels, who belong to Jat community. Meels have constructed a temple of local goddess Surjal Mata at the cost of about Rs 50 lakh on the land.“Muslims had donated 1 bigha land 10 years ago and we had made a small temple. About two years ago, we started expanding the temple and grew short of land. The Muslims then gave another half a bigha at that time. Some 6 months ago, they gave the remaining half bigha too,” Shivpal Singh Meel, a former sarpanch of the village, said.HT
ATS takes help of IIT students to crack whip on ISIS cyber threat, deradicalise 24 youths: indiatoday
Mumbai: In a shocking revelation, sources in the Maharashtra ATS have told India Today that this year alone nearly 24 youths from Maharashtra were stopped from leaving country and going to join ISIS. Many of the youths are from Mumbai said the ATS source. indiatoday
Inscriptions glorifying killed men in Bhopal encounter as martyrs removed
Khandwa (MP): The inscriptions on the graves of 5 men killed in an alleged encounter in Bhopal last month, which implied at glorifying their acts and described them as martyrs, have been removed, police said today."We raised the issue with the elders of Muslim community who got the inscriptions on the graves painted," DSP Mahendrasingh Sikarwar said.Some inscriptions which tried to portray the deceased as Islamic martyrs and some other things written on the graves in Urdu and Hindi were whitewashed last night, sources said. PTI
JNU missing student case: Police stop protest march by kin and students to Parliament
New Delhi: JNU students and family members of missing student Najeeb Ahmed on Wednesday tried to march to Parliament from Mandi House demanding justice but were stopped mid-way by police.Alleging that her son has been held captive, Najeeb's mother Fatima Nafees said she has been "assured" of support by UP CM in finding her son. JNUSU head Mohit Pandey said,"you (police) have seen him in Aligarh and Dharbhanga but you are still unable to find him. It has been 38 days since he is missing and yet he is untraceable".PTI
Find Najeeb in a day or I'm going to UP cops: Mother to Delhi Police
Shashi Tharoor gives notice on Najeeb missing case
NIT Calicut’s hostel warden tells girls ‘not to roam with boys’ in circular, withdrawn after outrage
We will name Lokpal if you don't: SC to govt
New Delhi: The Supreme Court has said that it could very well act on its own if the govt and Parliament fail to pass an amendment to the 2013 law which would allow the selection of the Lokpal chairperson and members. timesofindia

World
Israel to build 500 new settler homes in East Jerusalem
Israel has announced plans to move forward with the construction of 500 homes for Jewish settlers in occupied East Jerusalem, the first such move since US presidential poll. "This morning, the local planning and building committee made the decision to advance [plans]... for 500 units in Ramat Shlomo," the Ir Amim anti-settlement NGO said, referring to an ultra-Orthodox Jewish settlement near Palestinian neighbourhood of Shuafat. Plans had been on hold since 2014, Ir Amin said. Jerusalem municipality said the "plans in question are not new and were approved years ago". More than 200,000 Israeli settlers now live in communities in East Jerusalem, which Israel has occupied along with the rest of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and parts of Egypt and Syria since 1967 war. aljazeera
Israeli demolition orders target Lod and Haifa
Israeli forces demolished 3 buildings belonging to a Palestinian family in the city of Lod in northern Israel early today, while demolition orders were delivered to Palestinian homes in the Haifa district. Sources told Ma’an that Israeli forces and border guards facilitated the demolition of the three buildings which belonged to Shaaban family in northern Lod neighbourhood of Karm Al-Tuffah without prior notice.Witnesses said that Israeli police evacuated the women and children and demolished the buildings as they watched. middleeastmonitor
Man whose father saved Jews from Nazis asks Israel to take his name off 'ethnic cleansing' memorial
The son of a Dutch couple who hid Jewish people from the Nazis during the Holocaust has asked for his father’s name to be removed from a monument built on the site of a destroyed Palestinian village.Erik Ader, whose parents, Bastiaan Jan and Johanna Ader, are believed to have helped at least 200 Jews escape during World War II, said he considered the monument to be an abuse of his father's memory and that his family name has been exploited to cover up "an act of ethnic cleansing” of Palestinians. independent
Myanmar wants ethnic cleansing of Rohingya - UN
Myanmar is seeking the ethnic cleansing of Muslim Rohingya minority from its territory, a senior UN official has told BBC. Armed forces have been killing Rohingya in Rakhine state, forcing many to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh, says John McKissick of UN refugee agency. Govt of Myanmar, also known as Burma, has been conducting counter-insurgency operations since coordinated attacks on border guards in Oct. Rohingya, who number about 1 million, are seen by many of Myanmar's Buddhist majority as illegal migrants from Bangladesh.BBC
Rohingys: 'They set our houses and mosque on fire'
Rohingya Muslims flee Myanmar amid deadly attacks
Egypt's Sisi expresses support for Syria's military
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi says he supports the Syrian military - a position at odds with his country's Gulf benefactors such as Saudi Arabia. aljazeera
China asks Xinjiang residents to surrender passport
Beijing: China has ordered all residents in its Muslim-majority Xinjiang province to surrender their passports in a bid to "maintain social order" and prevent them from moving abroad, days after the Communist nation tightened rules to suppress religious freedom in the restive region. Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region has tightened passport regulations, requiring all residents to hand in their passports to local police for examination and management, state-run Global Times reported on Thursday.PTI
Dutch politicians debate ban on Muslim headwear
Dutch politicians on Wednesday debated a limited ban on face-covering headwear worn by some Muslim women that would outlaw veils in places such as schools, hospitals and on public transportation.Only a few hundred Muslim women in the Netherlands wear concealing full-face coverings, but successive govts have still sought to ban the garments, following the example of other European countries such as France and Belgium.Interior Minister Ronald Plasterk said Dutch proposal did not go as far as the complete bans in those countries. He called the legislation "religion-neutral", but conceded the debate about people wearing veils on Dutch streets had played a major role in the proposal.AP
Hundreds evacuated as bushfires near Israel's Haifa
Hundreds of Israelis fled their homes on the outskirts of the country's third city Haifa on Thursday with others trapped inside as firefighters struggled to control raging bushfires. "We evacuated three neighbourhoods and there are people who are stuck," fire department spokesman Kayed Daher said. "Fire is still burning and the flames are approaching a gas station." "No injuries have been reported so far," police said. Cyprus, Russia and Turkey were among several countries to send help, including aircraft, to put out the fires. World Bulletin
Amnesty accuses Nigerian security forces of killing 150 rebel group members Source
Trump’s CIA pick views Islam as adversary to Christianity
Mosque 'vandalised' with messages of love in Virginia
Boy, 5, assaulted by teacher in US for ‘being Muslim’
Polling calls to US Muslims raise surveillance fears
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