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03 December 2016

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03 Dec.2016: 2 Rabiul Awwal 1438: Vol:8, No:52
Jamaat-e-Islami Hind against out-of-court settlement of Babri Masjid dispute
http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/jih-against-out-of-court-settlement-of-babri-masjid-dispute/1/826190.html
New Delhi: Muslim body Jamaat-e-Islami Hind has ruled out any out-of-court settlement of Babri Masjid dispute saying it will continue its peaceful struggle for restoration and reconstruction of the mosque, along with like-minded people. "Jamaat rules out any possibility for an out-of-court settlement towards resolution of the Babri Masjid case," JIH president Maulana Jalaluddin Umri said terming Dec.6, 1992, when the mosque was demolished, "one of the darkest days" of history of India."On the 24th anniversary of demolition of Babri Masjid, we resolve to continue the peaceful struggle for restoration and reconstruction of the Babri Masjid, in cooperation with the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), human rights organisations and justice-loving people of all religions," he said at a press meet. Umri regretted the Liberhan Commission presented its report in June 2009 after a long period of 17 years but "no steps" were taken to punish the guilty even after that. "The case is pending before the Supreme Court and Jamaat is hopeful that the verdict will be in its favor," he said.  Jamat also criticised demonetisation move as an "election stunt" which has caused "inconvenience" to the poor and middle class people and demanding a white paper on it. "This sudden announcement by the government appears to be an election stunt and has resulted in a lot of inconvenience to millions of poor and middle class citizen," said JIH secretary general Mohammad Salim.India Today/PTI 
JIH against out-of-court settlement of Babri Masjid dispute: Business Standard 
http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/jih-against-out-of-court-settlement-of-babri-masjid-dispute-116120300710_1.html
Jamaat-e-Islami Hind rejects any out of court settlement of Babri Masjid dispute
http://jamaateislamihind.org/eng/jamaat-rejects-any-out-of-court-settlement-of-babri-masjid-dispute/

Maha dharna, demanding re-building Babri Masjid
Forum against Hindu Fascism is organizing a ‘Maha Dharna’ at Indira Park here on December 6 –Babri Masjid demolition Day, demanding re-building of Babri Masjid and punishing the culprits. Forum is also demanding putting an end to attacks on dalits in the name of cow protection and arrest of RSS workers indulging in such attacks.Announcing this at a media meet here today, Forum State Convenor  Buram Abhinav, Co-convenors Moulana Naseeruddin, V Sandhya, Prof S Sujatha, RDF leader Varavara Rao and others  condemned the attacks on dalits and minorities.  They alleged that those who were responsible for demolition of Babri Masjid, provoked violence were now holding high offices at the Centre and in some States.   Those leaders should be arrested and cases filed against them.They said that the Forum was formed with a number of peoples’ organizations, student bodies and intellectuals, with the objective of fighting against the anti-peoples, undemocratic and repressive policies of the ruling class and to protect the rights of dalits, weaker sections and minorities. They requested all lovers of democracy, intellectuals, students and all those who are opposed to attacks on dalits and minorities, to participate in the December 6 Maha dharna. (NSS)/ siasat
Will detain organisation members if they go to Ayodhya on Babri demolition anniversary: Police
Bareilly: District administration has decided to detain members of the organization if they will try to go to Ayodhya and offer namaz at the disputed site. Bareilly-based social and religious organisation, All India Jamat Raza-e-Mustafa, recently announced that its members will go to Ayodhya on Dec.6, the 24th anniversary of Babri Masjid demolition, and offer namaz at the disputed structure.A letter from the intelligence department to the inspector general of police (law and order) stated that "Maulana Shahbudeen Razvi, general secretary of Jamat Raza-e-Mustafa, had addressed a press conference that he, along with his supports, will go to Ayodhya to offer namaz at the disputed site.""This organisation has not held any such events in the past. If the organization continues with the program, it can lead to reaction from Hindu organisation and also create law and order problem," the letter stated. timesofindia
Reconstruct Babri Masjid at original site, demands SDPI
Kozhikode: Activists of the SDPI will hold evening dharnas in the district on Dec.6 demanding the reconstruction of Babri Masjid at the original site. “The assassination of Mahatma Gandhi was the worst terrorist act in independent India, and the demolition of Babri Masjid 24 years ago was the second incident that shook the nation,” SDPI district president Mustafa Komeri said here on Friday. thehindu
Babri Masjid Demolition: Majlis Bachao Tehreek to observe ‘Black Day’ and Bandh on Dec 6
Hyderabad,(Maxim News): Majlis Bachao Tehreek (MBT) has called for a statewide bandh on Dec.6, the 24th anniversary of the demolition of Babri Masjid.MBT President Majeedullah Khan told reporters on Friday that the bandh is aimed at expressing the party’s resolve to reconstruct the masjid “at the spot it stood before demolition”.MBT demands speedy trial of both the title case of Babri Masjid and cases against the accused responsible for its demolition, he said.To press for these demands, the MBT is organizing Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Bandh on December 6 and requested to observe “ Black Day” and voluntary “BANDH“ as it has been doing since demolition of Babri Masjid, he added. indtoday
Kochi: 3 arrested for preparing textbooks that asked students to 'lay down their lives for Islam'
Three persons associated with a Mumbai-based educational research organisation were arrested here for allegedly preparing school textbooks with 'objectionable and non-secular' content, police said. Sources in the Kochi Police said the arrest of three persons from Mumbai-based 'Burooj Realization' was made following its investigation into a case against a school here for allegedly teaching students objectionable content and exhorting them to lay down their lives for Islam.The accused are allegedly responsible for preparing contents for the controversial textbooks taught at the Peace International School at Thammanam in Kochi, a police official told PTI.They were arrested from Kochi, the official said. He, however, declined to provide details.The school in Kochi is run by a trust headed by influential local businessmen. It is not clear if the curriculum was drafted by persons close to Zakir Naik. Police had earlier registered a case under IPC sections 153 A and 34 against the school principal, administrator and three trustees. The case was registered in October this year on the basis of a report filed by the Ernakulam District Education Officer, stating that "what was being taught was not secular".Police had said Islamic curriculum was being followed in the school and students were being exhorted to lay down their lives for Islam. school has classes from LKG till eighth standard. PTI
Kerala police arrest 3 publishers for 'objectionable' content in school textbooks
Assam cancels friday holidays for Madrassas: protests
Guwahati:  Muhammad Ali Akom, 55, has taught at one of Assam's oldest state-run madrassas for 32 years. But today he is upset with the state government for scrapping the weekly Friday holiday reserved for prayers or Namaz - a norm since the British Raj.Assam Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has said those who wish to perform the prayers may take an hour off, but not the whole day.Akom, the principal of the Gomaphul Bari Senior Madrassa at Barpeta, said, "We have to read Jumma Namaz on Friday that's why in those days the rules were made this way."He is not alone. Many of the 4,000 members of the All Assam Madrassa Teachers Association, which had supported the BJP in the recently-held by-polls, have expressed concern."We supported the BJP because it is in power and madrassas have lot of unresolved issue so we thought they will do it. But if it steps into religion, then it becomes difficult," said Abdullah Khan , another teacher at Gomaphul Bari Senior Madrassa.Assam Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma claims the clampdown on madrassas is not discriminatory. "In some parts of Assam, educational institutes are shut down on Fridays without any authorisation. We have told them that they cannot do this. Friday is a working day in rest of the country thus it has to be that way," Sarma to NDTV.Sarma has called for a crucial meeting with the Madrassa teachers on Dec.6.But the opposition Congress has blamed the BJP's ideological mentor Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh or RSS, a Hindu volunteer organisation, for the rule change."This is RSS way of meddling in affairs of the Muslim community. Pressure must have been built upon Dr Sarma to do this. Since he is a new entrant into BJP, he has to cater," Bobeeta Sharma,  Assam Congress spokesperson said.The powerful Muslim students body - All Assam Minority Students' Union or AAMSU meanwhile has launched a state-wide protest against the decision.AIUDF has also appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi against Mr Sarma's decision. ndtv
Assam: Madrasas remain open on Friday in Cachar
Silchar:Days after the recent government diktat to keep all government-run madrasas and schools in the State function formally on every Friday and observe Sunday as holiday, some madrasas of Cachar district were found closed on Friday. Following the order of Education Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma, Haren Kumar Hazarika, District Elementary Education Officer, Cachar made a sudden visit to the madrasas of the district and found that only the Fulbari senior madrasa under Katigorah educational block was open.In his interaction with Abdul Adiud Barbhuiya, head of Gonirgram Senior Madrasa, Hazarika quizzed about the reasons to keep the institute closed despite the govt order. While replying to the questions, Barbhuiya said “as per Education Rule 1956, we can keep the Madrasas closed on Fridays.”Interestingly, Nazmul Hussain Barbhuiya, science teacher of Fulbari Senior Madrasa mentioned thatthey are now following orders of the government and keeping the madrasa open on Friday. Meanwhile, reacting on the situation, Hazarika said “there are 76 madrasa middle schools (MEMs) and Muktabs under the elementary education level in the district out of which six madrasas were found closed during the visit. assamtribune
 DEMONETISATION
Exposed: How spiritual leaders are laundering hawala, secretive money during demonetisation
In a rare spotlight on financial malpractices in religion, an India Today probe has unearthed a sordid scandal involving hawala and secretive money transfers by several spiritual leaders and priests of popular centres of faith.As part of its series of stories exposing cash mafias in the wake of the Nov.8 ban on high-denomination currency, India Today's special investigation team found several holy men and women rampantly black-marketing illicit wealth for hefty commissions. At the Vaishno temple in Ghaziabad near Delhi, its revered head Radha Mata quickly activated awala operators when undercover reporters approached her for the swap of fictitious unaccounted money. Radha Mata, who draws the faithful from as far as southern India, offered exchange of the outlawed notes from banks at half their original value of Rs 2.5 crore."Son, that bank person will take 50 percent (commission) and will provide all services at your doorstep," she told India Today's reporter, who was posing as a holder of black money. "He'll give you new notes. You can also take a cheque."Her shady network appeared to be transnational as she also suggested payments through international hawala channels."You'll get dollars wherever you want," claimed Radha Mata."Can they give the money to me in Dubai?" asked the reporter."Yes," she replied. "Take it in Dubai, Canada or England."In no time, Radha Mata called in a broker, who arrived in a UP govt car.Surendra Sharma, the hawala middleman, proposed to transfer the cash in Dubai at a premium price of Rs 125 per dollar.Secret remittances of corrupt wealth by spiritual gurus like Radha Mata was just one side of the story.India Today's investigation also dredged up the other  -- sacred shrines short-changing invalid currency.In the ancient temple town of Mathura, several religious officials were found to be replacing scrapped banknotes clandestinely for huge cuts.Anirudh, a priest of the Vrindavan Bihari temple, readily agreed to manipulate accounts to show black money as donation in back date. "It doesn't matter even if you give black money to us. I'll show it in accounts and it will be deposited," he said.He then introduced India Today's reporters with Ram Guru, the chief of the temple trust, for a firm deal.Ram Guru quoted a 35 percent commission for the conversion, saying he could pay up to 25 lakh rupees in legal notes immediately for Rs 1 crore in black. "You'll get Rs 65 for every 100," he said.But rates for bartering the tax loot varied from temple to temple, India Today's investigation found.After a bargain, Sudha Bhardwaj, the head of Delhi's Sidh Peeth Kalka shrine, guaranteed up to 50 percent in legal tender.Next, India Today's special crews met a member of the Sai temple near Noida's Atta market, who demanded 40 percent for the interchange."We'll initially deal in Rs 5-10 lakh," said Manoj Paudwal, the temple member. "We have a month's time. We'll do whatever can be done in this period."Paudwal promised the exchange in new banknotes. "Brother, it will cost you 40 percent," he said. India Today
Demonetisation's shock:There may not be any black money
New Delhi:The main reason given by the government for demonetising high denomination notes was to curb black money. Various estimates have been made of the quantum of such money which is not expected to be deposited in banks ranging from Rs 3 lakh crore to Rs 5 lakh crore.But if one goes by the deposit trends so far and the projections, the black money expected to be purged may be much less. The Narendra Modi government may thus be in for a shock.On Tuesday, in a reply in Rajya Sabha, the Minister of State for Finance, Arjun Ram Meghwal, said that there were 17,165 million pieces of Rs 500 notes and 6,858 million pieces of Rs 1,000 notes in circulation on November 8, 2016, the day Modi made the announcement of demonetising the two high denomination notes. The total amount of high denomination currency circulating in the system on that day was, thus, Rs 15.44 lakh crore (Rs 8.58 lakh crore in Rs 500 notes and Rs 6.86 lakh crore in Rs 1,000).IANS 
27 senior bank officials suspended on charges of illegal conversion of notes
Following demonetisation, 27 senior bank officials were suspended in the country on charges of illegal conversion of currency notes, the Finance Ministry said in a statement on Friday. S6ix more bank officers were transferred to non-sensitive posts. The finance ministry stated that some cases have come to its notice about officials involved in carrying out transactions which were irregular and in violation of RBI's instructions.The statement further cautioned: "Illegalities will not be tolerated and appropriate action will be taken against individuals involved in irregular and unauthorised activities". Meanwhile, about 50 income tax officials and police personnel carried out seizures in Bengaluru, Chennai, Erode and many other locations from Thursday. The seizure of cash in new currency notes on Friday was around Rs. 5 crores, even as the Income-Tax Department said it detected unaccounted income worth Rs. 152 crores.The officials also seized notes of Rs 100, demonetised notes of Rs 500 and a few gold biscuits during the operation. They also added that the department had to ask for more note-counting machines and additional staff to ascertain the value of the seized cash, reported The Hindu.
UP woman delivers baby while waiting in queue at bank
New Delhi:A 30-year-old woman delivered a baby girl inside a bank in Kanpur Dehat district on Friday where she had been waiting in a queue with her mother-in-law to withdraw money for two consecutive days, a report in the HT said. The police later took the mother and child to a hospital because the ambulance couldn’t reach the bank in Jhinjhak. The newborn is healthy. “The mother is weak but the baby is healthy,” Sarvesha’s mother-in-law told Hindustan Times, adding she was recuperating in the hospital. Sarvesha’s husband reportedly died in an accident earlier this year and she was at the bank to collect the first Rs 2.75 lakh installment of the compensation allotted to her by the govt. Indian express
Demonetisation: 3 injured in clash outside bank in UP
Dharmic Economics: Professor Makarand R Paranjpe
'What is more, the real victims of demonetization aren’t complaining. It is the apparatchiks, outwitted and outmanoeuvred, who are showing themselves up as bad losers by stalling proceeding in both houses of the parliament, bringing the business of running the nation to a standstill.'DNA

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Demonetisation may not deliver long term benefits to India: Paul Krugman, Nobel Prize-winning economist
Modi govt yet to match UPA's economic record:Krishna Kant
OTHERS
Jamiat tells SC no scope for interference with Muslim personal law
New Delhi:Jamiat Ulema-i-Hind on Saturday told the Supreme Court there is no scope for interference with the Muslim personal law in which triple talaq, nikah halala and polygamy are well rooted and stand on much higher pedestal as compared to other customs. In its counter affidavit, the Jamiat stated that the Muslim personal law has an element of certainty and is not local or regional in operation. “There is no scope for interference with the Muslim Personal Law, which is based on primarily the Holy Quran and the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad, explained and applied by various scholars of great antiquity and authority after thorough research,”it said. “Protection of peculiarities in personal laws is necessary for securing freedom of religion and bringing uniformity by removing those peculiarities shall be enforcement of Uniform Civil Code by judicial process, which shall be against constitutional bar,” it said.Relying on various SC judgements, it said that Fundamental Duties as in the Constitution do not touch upon the personal laws of the parties. “In personal laws, new concepts of modern times should not be evolved by courts and it should enforce the law as derived from recognised and authoritative sources of personal laws except where such law is altered by any usage or customs or is modified or abrogated by statute,” the Jamiat said.In its counter affidavit, Jamiat has also said “Muslim Personal Law stands on a much higher pedestal when compared to customs or practices because the former has element of certainty and is not local or regional in operation.”Referring to Muslim Personal Law (Shariat) Application Act, 1937, the affidavit said that it has highlighted that Muslim women should be allowed to be governed by Muslim personal law instead of local customs and practices because personal law treats “women with greater dignity.”PTI
No scope for interference with Muslim Personal Law: Jamiat to SC
Statute OKs triple talaq: Jamiat to SC
AIMPLB launches women’s helpline in seven languages
AIMPLB launched its toll free All India Women Helpline call centre on December 1, 2016 in Hyderabad.Women can call on the toll free helpline 1800 102 8426 from 10 am to 5 pm daily to get their problems resolved.The helpline aims to help and guide women callers from all sects and schools of thought in seven languages: English, Urdu, English, Malayalam, Bengali, Telugu and Kannada. After six months, the Board will add more languages, it said in a release.TCN
Wife living separately from husband without any reason can’t get maintenance: MP HC
Madhya Pradesh High Court (Indore bench) in Anil Jain vs. Sunita Jain, has said a wife residing separately from husband without any reason is not entitled for maintenance under Section 125 of CrPC. Anil Jain filed the revision appeal against an order passed by the Principal Judge, Family Court, Ratlam, whereby it directed the Anil Jain to pay maintenance of Rs.4,000 per month to his wife. The couple married on 20 April, 2008, and they lived together first time for 7 days, and second time for 12 days ie, from 11 May, 2008, to 22 May, 2008. Thereafter, the wife had left her matrimonial home and since then, had been living in her parental home at Ratlam. Sunita Jain was an enrolled advocate since 1991. She had filed an application under Section 125 of the CrPC stating that when she lived in her matrimonial home, her husband and mother-in-law had so harassed her that she was forced to leave her matrimonial home. She claimed that she had no means to maintain herself whereas her husband being a manufacturer of Ayurvedic medicines used to earn Rs.25,000 per month. On these grounds, she claimed maintenance of Rs.5,000 per month from the date of application. Anil submitted that two days after the wife left home, Anil went to Ratlam to bring back Sunita with him, however, she refused to come with him. Thereafter, Anil made many attempts to take her back but she was not ready to come back and live with her husband.Thus, she was living in her parental home without any reason and he further emphasised that his wife being an advocate, had sufficient income to maintain herself and was not entitled for maintenance. The trial court held the case in Sunita’s favour and directed Anil to pay maintenance Rs.4,000 per month.The HC bench of Justice Jarat Kumar Jain examined the findings of the trial court, as to whether the wife had sufficient reason to live separately and whether she was unable to maintain herself. The court found it practically impossible to believe that Sunita could have been so harassed in 12 days that it was impossible for her to live in her matrimonial home. livelaw.com
US flag, Dow Chemical, Union Carbide logos to be torched by Bhopal gas victims on 32nd anniversary of Gas disaster
Bhopal: On the occasion of 32nd anniversary of the Bhopal gas tragedy, the world’s worst industrial catastrophe, the flag of USA, and the logos of 2 Corporations: Dow Chemical and Union Carbide, would be torched by the victims, survivors of the tragedy and five NGOs working for their welfare.This angst against the above three entities will be to express anger for the agony of victims, survivors and their kin who are still continuing to suffer even after 32 years of the tragedy for want of proper medical treatment and adequate compensation in accordance to the irreparable loss suffered by them and their progenies.It may be mentioned here that Union Carbide had come to a settlement in 1989 by paying meagre $470 million to the Indian government. Critics have maintained that the amount is too low, and must be hiked.Addressing a joint Press Conference five of these NGOs said that the disaster is still ongoing and the generations born after the disaster are also marked by the poisons that leaked from the American multinational pesticide factory. The NGOs said that the factory abandoned by the corporation is still killing and maiming people due to poisoning of groundwater from reckless dumping of toxic waste during its 14 years of operation prior to the disaster.TwoCircles
8 Shia leaders served notice for delay in Lucknow Chehallum processions
Taking strong note of delay in procession of Chehallum, Lucknow district administration has served notice to eight Shia clerics seeking reply for the delay which violated the conditions of the agreement for the procession.The administration has given them one week’s time to reply and has even warned that permission for the procession can be cancelled in future. Lucknow has a history of sectarian clashes over Shia-Sunni processions. For nearly two decades, all processions were banned. An agreement was reached on 22 April 1999 between members of Shia, Sunni and district administration in which ten processions were permitted. It includes nine processions of Shia community and one of Sunni community.TCN
14,474 cases of HIV through blood transfusion, but govt denies crisis
New Delhi: Tall, lean and dark, Jaiprakash was an average 11-year-old who loved galli cricket and chips. Then, to his parents’ dismay, the peppy fourth-grader from Junagadh in western Gujarat started falling ill frequently. Finally, he had to drop out of school.On a December morning 5 years ago, Jai started bleeding from his nose and mouth. Doctors at the nearest government hospital referred him to another hospital in Rajkot, about 100 km away.He died the next morning. It turned out that Jai, who was a Thalassemic patient since he was just a year old, had contracted HIV through blood transfusion at the Junagadh Civil Hospital. And it wasn’t just him; 35 other Thalassemic children being given transfusion at the same hospital had become HIV-infected.Of them, 8 died.“All our happiness died with our child. Who do we live for now?” said 50-year-old Rafeeq Ranava, Jai’s father, a daily-wage labourer in Junagadh.An IndiaSpend investigation, through a series of RTI requests, has revealed that 14,474 cases of HIV through blood transfusion have been reported in India over the last seven years. It also revealed that the Indian government has yet to order a study or inquiry into this medical crisis that puts millions of lives at risk. business-standard
14,474 Cases Of HIV Through Blood Transfusion, But Govt Denies Crisis:Nikhil Babu, IndiaSpend.com

‘NIA tortured terror suspect’s brother’
Madurai:NIA had forced Samsudeen, one of the suspects in Mysuru bomb blast case, to surrender before them by torturing his younger brother, Naseer, who was kept in illegal detention, his mother Mehaboob Nisha has claimed.Talking to reporters here on Friday, Ms. Nisha, said unidentified persons, claiming to be police, knocked on their door at 3am on Sunday and picked up Naseer claiming that they needed to interrogate him in connection with a road accident. They dropped him back in the morning only to pick him up again. “Samsudeen had to surrender before the NIA fearing that the other family members would also be harassed,” she said.The family members claimed that Samsudeen did not have acquaintance with other suspects . However, Samsudeen’s sister Jasmine said Abbas Ali, another suspect had accompanied the NIA team, when they came to pick up Naseer. Naseer has been hospitalised with injuries, she said.Abbas Ali’s younger brother Ismail said the former was a school dropout and not very fluent in writing, even in Tamil. He ran the religious library along with his friends (not the suspects).Another suspect, Dawood Suleiman, a software engineer in Chennai, used to visit Madurai only during weekends.“He would go to the mosque for prayers. But otherwise, he would spend his time only in sleeping in house,” his father, Sait alias Mohammed Abdullah, said.Meanwhile, the Federation of Madurai All Jamat and Islamic Movements raised several doubts over the arrest and the manner the national agency handled the case in Madurai.Its coordinator, M.A. Ithiris, said NIA sleuths had an ‘anti-Muslim attitude’ and were implicating innocent Muslim youths in destructive activities reported across the country.The NIA failed to give any concrete evidence to show that the arrested youths had links with any international terror organisation.“Without any charge against them proved, the NIA had released the photographs of the suspects. However, they masked these youths when they were brought to the court only to create tension,” Mr. Ithiris said. If the NIA had been shadowing all these suspects for three months, how did Kareem Raja clear police verification and get his passport last month, he asked.Advocate N. Shahjahan, wondered why an official from Special Investigation Division, against whom local police had made several charges, was allowed to accompany NIA during the probe. thehindu
Protests rose by 55% in India from 2009 to 2014 – and literate states led the charge
States with higher literacy levels report more protests, and nearly half of these protests were led by political parties, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of police data over 6 years. The sharpest rise in unrest came from student-led agitations (148%) between 2009 and 2014, the period covered by the analysis, show the data, gleaned from Bureau of Police Research and Development, a national police agency. Karnataka reported the most student protests (12%), despite a statewide ban on student unions in colleges. A high literacy rate and a concentration of educational institutions in the state could be the reason, said Venkatesh Nayak, coordinator, Access to Justice Programme with Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, an advocacy. scroll
Kashmir has to be resolved as per UN resolution: Pak army chief
Islamabad:Pakistan's newly-appointed army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa Friday raised the Kashmir issue for the first time in his address to soldiers and asked them to respond with full force to each ceasefire violation by India."Each violation of any kind must be responded to with full force in the most effective manner," he said during a visit to the 10 Corps Rawalpindi and troops at forward locations along the LoC.“Bajwa, who visited troops at their forward positions on the LoC for the first time since taking over the command of army this week, was briefed on the security situation along the LoC in view of recent violations and escalation by Indian troops and Pakistan's own response,” the army's media wing Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement.The army chief said India's aggressive posture aims solely to divert the world's attention away from atrocities being committed by Indian troops in Kashmir, the statement said.PTI
After demonetisation, PM Modi should impose nationwide liquor ban: Nitish
New Delhi:Praising Modi government’s decision to demonetise high vale currency, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday said that the government should now attack benami properties and impose a nationwide ban on liquor. “Maximum corruption is in the liquor industry. Once you ban liquor, illegal activities will be hit and it will put an end to black money. I think it is the right time to impose ban on liquor nationwide and act against benami properties,” said Kumar during the HT summit.CM said that there is happiness in Bihar household ad liquor in the state has been banned. “Even in prime minister’s state Gujarat, liquor is banned. It means he believes that prohibition on liquor is a good step. Mahatam Gandhi also wanted the same,” said Kumar. He asked PM Narendra Modi to also launch a crackdown on benami properties immediately and target black money hoarded in assets like gold and diamonds. “Currency forms a significant part of black money but total black money is much more than that. The country’s money has been laundered to overseas as well and that too should be brought back,” he said. indianexpress
Nitish on joining hands with BJP: Grand alliance in Bihar will last full term
Pak diplomats say unable to withdraw salaries, threaten retaliation
New Delhi;Pakistan has lodged a strong protest with India over its diplomats in the High Commission allegedly not being allowed to withdraw their salaries, which is paid in US dollars, by the bank. Asserting that not allowing its officials to withdraw their salaries was in breach of Vienna Protocol, Pakistan has also threatened that in case the matter is not resolved soon, it may consider retaliatory action against salary disbursal for Indian diplomats there.RBL Bank, an Indian private bank, holds the salary account of Pak High Commission staff. “We are not allowed to withdraw our own salary. It is not a demonetisation issue. It appears that it is done more at the instructions of the Indian govt,”senior High Commission said.PTI
J&K govt employee killed during counter-insurgency operation in Kulgam
Srinagar:A government employee was killed during an overnight counter-insurgency operation in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district, but the militants managed to give security forces the slip, officials said on Saturday. The security forces including army launched a counter-insurgency operation in Chancer area of Kulgam district last night, following information about presence of ultras in the area, police officials said.The officials said an employee of the Fisheries Department, Assadullah Kumar, was killed in the firing that broke out minutes after the security forces had cordoned off the area. An army official said the operation was called off this morning after the security forces did not find any militant.PTI
Kashmir: CPI(M) demands judicial probe into killing of ‘civilians’
Kashmir loses 4-5 lakh tourists due to unrest
India, Afghanistan plan air cargo link over Pak: Reuters
Amritsar:India and Afghanistan are likely to announce an air cargo service on Saturday to help increase trade that both say is stymied because of their tense political relations with Pakistan that lies between them.Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and PM Narendra Modi were meeting in city of Amritsar, a short distance from the Pakistan border, for the Heart of Asia conference aimed at stabilising Afghanistan. Officials say the focus of the air cargo service is to improve landlocked Afghanistan’s connectivity to key markets abroad and boost the growth prospects of its fruit and carpet industries while it battles a deadly Taliban insurgency. Afghanistan depends on the Pakistani port of Karachi for its foreign trade. It is allowed to send a limited amount of goods overland through Pakistan into India, but imports from India are not allowed along this route.
Army deployment: W.Bengal Governor says ‘don’t defame army’, Mamata hits back
Nirbhaya gangrape case: Amicus curiae questions prosecution evidence in SC
Magistrate can extend detention period upto 180 days: Madras HC
India, Qatar ink 5 pacts on visas, cybersecurity, investments
Poet, former MP Bekal Utsahi passes away at 88
Order on national anthem shows what is wrong with the Court:Pratap Bhanu
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