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05 December 2016

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05 Dec.2016: 04 Rabiul Awwal 1438: Vol:8, No:54
LIVE: Conflicting reports on Jayalalithaa, Tamil Nadu on edge, high drama at Apollo
New Delhi:Tamil Nadu remains on the edge following conflicting reports on Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa surfaced. A couple of Tamil TV channels reported that the 68-year-old leader passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest while the reports have been denied by Chennai's Apollo Hospital.But before the clarification came, a Sun TV report that Jayalalithaa was no more triggered frenzy both outside the hospital, where thousands had gathered since Sunday evening, and at the AIADMK headquarters, where the party flag was first lowered down, and then hoisted back.Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa is alive and on life support, Apollo Hospitals announced today evening, after a TV report about her death sparked trouble and mass frenzy. IndiaToday
LIVE Jayalaithaa dead? Scuffle between AIADMK workers and police outside Apollo: Indian Express
Apollo denies reports of Jayalalithaa’s death, says she is on life support
Jayalalithaa dies of cardiac arrest: Reports
Jantar Mantar: Joint Protest Rally tomorrow to demand punishment for those guilty of demolition of Babri Masjid
New Delhi: Various political and socio religious organisations have announced a joint demonstration tomorrow from Mandi House to Jantar Mantar, followed by a public meeting at Jantar Mantar, demanding punishment for those guilty of demolition of Babri Masjid. The joint organizers of the protest are Lok Raj Sangathan, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Social Democratic Party of India, Communist Ghadar Party of India, United Muslim Front, Popular Front of India, Welfare Party of India, INSAF, Jan Sangarsh Manch-Haryana, SIO, APCR, CPI (M-L)-New Proletarian, Sikh Forum, Bhagat Singh Ambedkar Student Organisation, AIFTU (New), Delhi Shramik Sangathan, Purogami Mahila Sangathan, Hind Naujawan Ekta Sabha, Mazdoor Ekta Committee, Citizens for Democracy, All India  Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat, United Sikh Mission. PR
Babri Masjid Action Committee to submit memorandum tomorrow to expedite Babri cases
Lucknow: Babri Masjid Action Committee (BMAC)has said it will observe the anniversary of Babri mosque demolition on Dec.6 by giving a memorandum to district magistrates concerned demanding punishment for the guilty. “On Dece.6 the memorandum will be sent to PM Narendra Modi and CM Akhilesh Yadav through district magistrates concerned demanding from them to expedite cases related to the Babri mosque demolition,” BMAC convener Zafaryab Jilani said. “Centre will be asked to move an application in the Supreme Court for early hearing of appeals to decide land ownership of the site in Ayodhya,” he said. In the light of Liberhan Commission report, conspiracy charge, which was dropped by CBI in 2003, should be included against the accused, Jilani said. In the memorandum, the CM will be requested to ensure status quo on the site and direct police and administration to ensure peace on the day and take strict action against those who try to vitiate the atmosphere, he said. Jilani appealed for peace in the state, and asked people to hold special prayers in mosques for an early decision by the court on the issue.PTI
Babri demolition day: Ayodhya still has 3 replicas of Babri Masjid
Ayodhya:As we enter 25th year of Babri Masjid's demolition, there are at least 3 structures in the temple town which resemble the historic mosque constructed by Mughal emperor Babar's general Meer Baaqi in 1528.These 3 mosques are smaller in size and believed to be constructed a few years after Babri Masjid.The first of these mosques, `Masjid Begum Balras', is situated adjacent to the pre mises of Maharaja Inter College, owned by the royal family of Ayodhya. "A madrassa is also run at this mosque," says Iqbal Ansari, the son of late Hashim Ansari, who was the first lititgant from Muslim side in Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit. The second, `Masjid Begum Balraspur', is situated in Darshan Nagar locality in Ayodhya and the third one -`Masjid Mumtaz Shah'-is in Mumtaznagar on Lucknow Road. All these mosques are very much functional and hold regular namaz. "Near Masjid Begum Balraspur, there is a mazaar of the same period. People believe that it's Mir Baaqi's mazaar," says Ansari. "Anybody who has seen the Babri Masjid can instantly identify that these mosques are smaller replica of that imposing structure," says Faraz Ahamd, a local writer, adding "Babri Masjid was a famous structure of its time inspiring others to copy it. Just like Babri Masjid, these mosques have no minarets, only 3 doms."Historian Roshan Taqui says, "At the time of Mughal emperor Babar, his army travelled all over India. According to some Persian writings, Mir Baaqi travelled to this part and got Babri Masjid constructed. Thereafter, more smaller mosques were built in same profile, where travelling Mughal armymen could offer prayer. There must be more mosques of similar structure in the region." timesofindia
Hyderabad:Babri Masjid protest meeting of MBT tomorrow
Hyderabad: Majeedullah Khan Farhat, head of MBT expressed his determination that MBT would continue the protest against the demolition of Babri Masjid till it is reconstructed. No power can stop MBT from this struggle. He appealed to the Muslims of Hyderabad to shut their shops and celebrate Babri Masjid Demolition Day in a peaceful manner.He told this while addressing a protest meeting held at Urdu Ghar.siasat
Babri Masjid demolition day – appeals to observe bandh tomorrow
Kerala: Prayer meets to mark Masjid demolition’s 24 years
Kozhikode: Many organisations have chalked out programmes to observe 24th anniversary of the demolition of Babri Masjid in Ayodhya. Samastha Kerala Sunni Students Federation State president Sayed Hameed Ali Shihab Thangal said the organisation would hold prayers meetings on Dec.6 demanding the reconstruction of the masjid at the original site. Indian National League will observe the anniversary as ‘Secularism Protection Day. Protest marches and dharnas would be held at select centres in the country. Signatures wíll be collected from citizens demanding the reconstruction of the Babri Masjid and sent to the President and PM. Activists of SDPI will hold dharnas across the State. Party's State committee members will hold a dharna in front of the Secretariat at 11 am.The hindu
Muslims cannot, and should not, surrender their claim on Babri Masjid: Mudassir Ahmad Qasmi
Naroda Gam massacre: Special court rejects Maya Kodnani’s plea seeking recall of witness
Ahmedabad:A special designated court hearing Naroda Gam massacre case of 2002 riots on Monday rejected the application moved by ex-BJP minister and accused in this case Maya Kodnani seeking recall of a witness KK Mysorewala, a former police inspector who first investigated the case.Special judge PB Desai rejected the application on the ground that the trial is not at the stage to entertain such application. The court said that this witness can be summoned at a later stage. Earlier, Supreme Court appointed- SIT had opposed Kodnani’s plea saying it will delay the trial. It said that the application is nothing but an attempt to delay the trial. indianexpress
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2014 fake currency bust, claiming fake currency printed in Pakistan, Bangladesh: Police probe raises doubts, court acquits Rasmuddin, Nasirul Sheikh
New Delhi: Raising doubts over the probe carried out by Delhi Police special cell in a suspected fake currency case, a Delhi sessions court has acquitted 2 men who were facing trial for allegedly smuggling fake currency printed in Pakistan from Bangladesh into the country.The special cell, which specialises in probing fake currency cases, had in Sept.2014 claimed to have busted an “international racket” with the arrest of two men, Rasmuddin Khan and Nasirul Sheikh. Special cell claimed it had recovered “fake Indian currency notes (FICN) printed in Pakistan with a face value of Rs7 lakh”.But additional sessions judge Reetesh Singh said, “Factually, the present case…is not free from reasonable doubt. The net result of the discussion is that the prosecution has failed to prove its case beyond reasonable doubt.”Police had said they had received a tip-off about Nasirul, a resident of Malda, leaving Delhi to deliver a consignment to Rasmuddin, a resident of Mewat. Police had said the 2 were supposed to meet at ISBT Sarai Kale Khan, but they kept changing plans, and were eventually arrested on Sept.26, 2014 from old toll plaza on NH-8. Acquitting the 2, Singh said,“Manner in which the police team came to know about the constant change in venue of delivery of FICN is not free from doubt. There are no details of the vehicles used in the raid and no logbooks have been produced.”The court also questioned the prosecution’s version of “technical surveillance”, which had led to the arrests of the two men.“If it was the secret informer who was with the inspector (prosecution witness) and was in telephonic contact with some other person about the venue of delivery and its change, it is surprising that the rukka (investigation paper) speaks of ‘technical surveillance’ while the other witnesses talk about analysis of call detail records. This casts a serious doubt as to how the police team got information about the change in venue of delivery of FICN,” ASJ Singh said.The court also pulled up the special cell and asked why no attempts were made to join public witnesses in the cases. indian express
Demonetisation will be the end of Modi:Hindu Mahasabha
Agra: Accusing PM Narendra Modi of being anti-Hindu, senior members of Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha have said that the Centre's demonetisation move would be the beginning of the end of his rule. The saffron organisation alleged that the policy had been introduced just before the start of the Hindu wedding season while BJP members were encouraging Islamic banks in the country.Questioning the govt 's currency move, Mahasabha's national general secretary Pooja Shakun Pandey said the purpose of the scheme is yet not known. "Poor people, those who earn Rs 200-300 every day or those who survive on paltry govt  pensions, are the ones who are suffering. The move doesn't seem to have made an impact on the rich," she said in Aligarh."Besides, it was announced just before the Hindu wedding season. Thousands of families were forced to borrow money from their friends and relatives, some others had to postpone, curtail or even cancel the ceremonies. At the same time, leaders of the so called Hindutva party were busy promoting Islamic banking in the country," she said.Pandey was referring to Sholapur's BJP MLA and Maharashtra cooperation minister Subhash Deshmukh who launched the country's first sharia-compliant Islamic banking service in Sholapur in September. Alleging that Modi's "Hindutva" mask was now off for all to see, a Mahasabha member said, "Demonetisation would eventually lead to de-Modi-tisation of the country."Mahasabha's members also accused Modi of trying to garner support for "fake" surgical strikes.TOI
PM Modi is anti-Hindu, demonetisation will end his rule: Hindu Mahasabha
Cash front finger at politicians- Dramatic claim by record declarant
Ahmedabad: A little-known businessman who had declared a record Rs 13,860 crore under the Centre's income disclosure scheme surfaced in a television studio this evening and claimed he had been fronting for politicians and industrialists. Mahesh Shah, the Ahmedabad-based businessman who had earlier been reported missing, said:"The money I declared belongs to politicians, bureaucrats and businessmen whose names I will reveal to income-tax officials."Mahesh, 67, said he had declared the income as his own for a commission. "I admit my mistake, which I should not have done," he added.Minutes later, he was whisked away from the studio by tax officials and police and taken to a police station.Hours before Mahesh had surfaced, Suresh Mehta, ex-Gujarat CM who has left the BJP, alleged the businessman was close to Narendra Modi and Amit Shah.But BJP dismissed Mehta's claim."Party has nothing to do with him (Mahesh Shah). No one in the party knows him," BJP spokesperson Bharat Pandya told The Telegraph.Mehta, now an out-of-job politician, alleged that Mahesh used to arrange the auction of the gifts Modi received when he was Gujarat chief minister. The money went into govt welfare schemes. When one particular auction flopped, Mehta claimed, Mahesh himself bought all the items and then was reimbursed by the Ahmedabad District Cooperative Bank. Amit Shah was the bank's chairman till 2003 and continues to be one of the directors, Mehta said.But Ajay Patel, the cooperative bank's current chairman, told this newspaper he did not remember having paid anyone for any auctioned-off gifts that Modi had earlier received as chief minister.The Telegraph
Mumbai's Syed Family ‘declares’ Rs 2 lakh crore, Centre rejects claim as false
New Delhi: Govt  said on Sunday that it had rejected a declaration of Rs 2 lakh crore made under the Income Disclosure Scheme (IDS) by four members of a Mumbai family as it was found to be "suspicious" and was made by persons with "very small means".Abdul Razzaque Mohammed Sayed, Mohammed Aarif Abdul Razzaque Sayed, Rukhsana Abdul Razzaque Sayed and Noorjahan Mohammed Sayed claim to be residents of Jubilee Court in Bandra (West) and three of them had obtained PAN cards from Ajmer which were migrated to Mumbai in September.Their declaration of Rs 2 lakh crore was nearly 3 times the size of the IDS mop-up estimated by the govt. The tax dept. said it was probing the false declaration. Govt also said that I-T dept had rejected Ahmedabad-based Mahesh Shah's declaration of Rs 13,860 crore. Shah had gone missing after making declaration, only to surface on Saturday. On questioning, he claimed he had made the disclosure on behalf of certain politicians and bureaucrats.In a statement, I-T dept.said the two declarations had not been included in its IDS calculations. Finance ministry sources said the Rs 2lakh crore declaration looked suspicious from the word go as basic details such as the mobile number could not be verified. Meanwhile, residents of Mumbai's Jubilee Court co-operative housing society, located on Linking Road in Bandra (West), were surprised to hear that the family which declared an income of Rs 2 lakh crore had listed the building as their address. TOI
Mumbai's 'mysterious Syed family' that declared Rs 2 lakh crore income
Harried bankers want to shut shop till there’s enough cash
Mumbai: Bank employees want branches to be closed until RBI supplies sufficient quantities of currency notes as irate customers increasingly harass staffers and indulge in arson and physical assault amid a cash shortage following demonetisation of high denomination notes last month. "RBI should take a view to stop banking operations for 15 days till adequate money is available. Let RBI close the banks till money comes," said CH Venkatachalam, chief of All India Bank Employees' Association (AIBEA). "This is an unplanned move — everyone supports removal of black money — but this won't remove black money and is harassing ordinary people and bank employees." ET
Demonetisation effect: GDP growth to slow to 6.5% in Q4
India's economic growth rate is likely to fall to 6.5%  in ongoing quarter and remain subdued at around 7% in Jan-March period as cash shortage is expected to last at least until next month, says a report.According to Japanese financial services major Nomura, demonetisation of high value notes last month is affecting the growth numbers and once the cash shortage eases, the country is expected to see a gradual recovery. PTI
Modi calls himself a fakir, but wears Rs10lakh suit:Kejriwal
New Delhi: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday took a dig at PM Narendra Modi for his 'fakir' remark and said the PM calls himself a hermit, but wears a suit worth Rs 10 lakh and tours the world.PTI
SC defers hearing of anti- demonetisation pleas to Dec 9
The Supreme Court, which was expected to hear on Monday pleas against the central govt’s demonetisation decision, deferred it to Dec.9.HT
Aligarh:Unable to exchange notes, Muslim women sets herself ablaze, dies
Aligarh: Days after setting herself ablaze in Aligarh after allegedly failing to exchange old notes, a 45-year-old daily wage labourer died at a hospital in New Delhi. Razia passed away on Sunday. Her family said that she immolated herself on the evening of Nov.20 after “failing to exchange six notes of Rs 500 despite attempting to do so at different branches of banks in the old city area for five days”.Razia was a resident of Shahjamal locality in Delhi Gate area in Aligarh. Angered by her death, locals in the area also protested.PTI
70-yr-old dies while filling up withdrawal form at bank:PTI
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Trump will bring his ‘extraordinary deal-making skills’ to mediate Kashmir issue: Vice Prez-elect Mike Pence
New York: President-elect Donald Trump might serve the role of a mediator in the Kashmir issue by bringing his “extraordinary deal-making skills” to sort the crisis, Vice President-elect Mike Pence said. Appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press”, when asked if Trump would be a mediator over the Kashmir issue, Pence said, “I think you’re also going to see an energetic leadership in the world, prepared to engaged and to look for ways that he can bring those extraordinary deal-making skills to bear on lessening tensions and solving problems in the world.” According to CNN, Pence was further pressed to respond to Trump’s recent phone call with Pakistan PM  Nawaz Sharif in which the President-elect offered to “play any role that you want me to play”. The remark raised several hackles in New Delhi, who has so far not sought the intervention of the United Stated in settling the dispute over Kashmir with Pakistan.“Well, clearly there’s been great tension between India and Pakistan in recent days, which resulted in violence along the Kashmir region. And I think what the President-elect expressed in conversations with leaders from both countries was a desire for continued US engagement on building the relationship with both of those countries,” Pence said.Further asserting that Trump recognised India, Pakistan as nuclear powers, Pence added that US intends to be fully engaged in the region and fully engaged with both nations to advance peace and security.ANI
Urdu poetry done wonders to calm hearts in violence-hit Kashmir: CJI T S Thakur
Jammu:Urdu poetry has done wonders to calm the hearts of people, especially in Jammu and Kashmir, which has seen so much violence and bloodshed, Chief Justice of India Justice T S Thakur has said. “Urdu is a beautiful language. It warms the hearts of even those who have no relation to this language,” he said at an ‘Urdu mushaira’ here yesterday.“In today’s situation where there is so much of violence and bloodshed everywhere, especially in this state (Valley), the effort of Urdu poets to present the reality is worth appreciating,” he said. Mushaira was organised by the department of Law and Justice and JK Academy of Art Culture and Languages in honor of the CJI.PTI
Ajit Doval-Aziz’s 100-feet walk, talk of Heart of Asia meet
Amritsar: An informal conversation between NSA Ajit Doval and Pakistan's foreign affairs adviser Sartaj Aziz turned out to be the highlight of Heart of Asia (HoA) conference here, even as govt categorically denied later that there was any "bilateral meeting". Terrorism was at the core of discussions at the conference, which seeks to promote peace in Afghanistan and was attended by representatives of over 40 countries. Indian authorities brushed aside as insignificant a photograph which showed Doval and Aziz together, saying 2 had merely walked together for "100 feet" after the dinner for delegates late on Saturday night. Doval was seen talking animatedly with Aziz in the photograph.Pak high commissioner Abdul Basit too denied any meeting between Doval and Aziz. He said not much should be read into his informal interactions with Jaitley and Doval.TOI
No bilateral meet or pull aside between Doval, Aziz: MEA
Pakistan PM  Nawaz Sharif’s advisor on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz and NSA Ajit Doval had a short interaction on Saturday night, but the external affairs ministry has said there was no “bilateral meeting or pull aside” between the two. hindustantimes

Pak adviser Sartaj Aziz not allowed to visit Golden Temple
Amritsar: Pakistani PM's adviser on foreign affairs, Sartaj Aziz, who is in Amritsar for the Heart of Asia conference, was denied a visit to the Golden Temple on Sunday. Sources said Punjab police did not allow Aziz to leave the hotel after the conference due to security reasons. There was speculation that Aziz wanted to brief the media at the Golden Temple.A senior Punjab cop said Aziz's Indian visa was valid only for 17 hours. A PTI report quoted an Indian govt source as saying that Aziz was not allowed to leave the hotel because of security reasons. "Security was very tight. Permission was not given due to security reasons. Security of our guests is paramount. India ensured no untoward incident took place," they said.TOI
India's bid to 'spoil' Pak-Afghan ties will not succeed: Aziz
Islamabad: India's efforts to "spoil" Pak-Afghan ties will not succeed, Pakistan PM 's Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has said as he downplayed Afghan President's criticism of Pakistan's support to terrorism, saying it was meant to "please" India."Ashraf Ghani's (Afghan President) statement is regrettable. It shows anxiety in Kabul and is understandable due to deteriorating law and order situation," Aziz said, adding that Ghani's "statements were meant to please India". He said India's efforts to divide Afghanistan and Pakistan will not go far as "we are next-door neighbours". "Indian efforts will not succeed to spoil Pakistan ties with Afghanistan, as our ties are religious and cultural. That is why we want that terrorism should end in Afghanistan," he said on returning home after attending the Heart of Asia meeting in Amritsar. "But our ties with Afghanistan are independent and we need to cooperate on several issues," Aziz said. He claimed that India was trying to use Afghanistan for its own advantage "but it will not succeed". Aziz also accused India of not treating the Pakistani media properly at the Heart of Asia meeting and said he was not allowed to have a press conference. "The attitude towards media was not good. I wanted to have press interaction with our own media. But we were not allowed," he alleged. PTI
Ashraf Ghani’s statement meant to please India:Sartaj Aziz
We were gracious host, Sartaj Aziz has no reason to complain: Govt
As a “gracious host”, India extended all facilities to Sartaj Aziz for his trip in Amritsar to attend the Heart of Asia conference and there was no reason to complain, govt  sources said, a day after Pakistan claimed that restrictions were put on his movement and he was not allowed speak to media.PTI
If implemented, Amritsar Deceleration can check Afghan herione smuggling into India
Amritsar: Amritsar Declaration adopted during the concluding day of 6th Ministerial Conference of Heart of Asia (HoA) expressed serious concern on opium, base material for production of heroine, in Afghanistan, a large chunk of which eventually finds its way India through India-Pak border in Punjab."We are concerned about the increase in production and cultivation of opium in Afghanistan, the volume of drug trafficking and demand in HoA region and beyond" reads one of the resolution adopted by HoA nations on Sunday.They have also suggested that it requires further eradication efforts since it poses a threat to the socio-economic development, security and stability not only in Afghanistan, but also in the surrounding region and the world as a whole.TOI
Restrictions in Srinagar to foil separatist protest march
Srinagar: Authorities imposed restrictions in parts of Srinagar city in J&K on Monday to prevent a separatist-called protest march."Restrictions will remain in force today in and around Lal Chowk area to maintain law and order in the valley," a police official said.According to the official, section 144 of CrPc that deems an assembly of five or more persons as unlawful is already in force in Srinagar.Monday's restriction is intended to prevent any clash between law forcing agencies and the protesters, the official added.Senior separatist leaders -- Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Yasin Malik -- are scheduled to lead a protest march to Lal Chowk on Monday, according to the weekly protest calendar the separatists have been issuing in the valley to continue 5-month long protest shutdown here.While Geelani continues to remain under house arrest in his uptown Hyderpora residence here, authorities on Monday placed Umer and Malik under house arrest in their Nigeen and uptown Maisuma residences respectively.IANS 
Separatists placed under house arrest, life partially affected
US flag burned in Bhopal to mark the 32 years of struggle for elusive justice
Bhopal: The victims and survivors along with their progenies and their kin of Bhopal gas tragedy, world’s worst industrial catastrophe, continue to languish in utter neglect even after 32 years of the gory event as justice continues to elude them.The victims’ demand of adequate compensation, clean up of environmental contamination and exemplary punishment of Union Carbide and Dow Chemical to the powers that be over three decades of the disaster goes on deaf ears and they continue to live in shambles with pain and agony.TCN
After ‘notebandi’, govt should consider ‘nasbandi’, says Union minister Giriraj Singh; kicks up row
Patna: In view of rapid population growth, there is an urgent need for ‘nasbandi’ and it should be the govt 's next logical step after 'notenabdi', Union minister Giriraj Singh said, kicking up a major controversy.The Minister of State of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises made the remarks during a function in his parliamentary constituency of Nawada on Saturday.
NIA questions Zakir’s NGO office-bearers on funds flow
New Delhi: Probing Zakir Naik's IRF, NIA has started questioning senior functionaries of the NGO who looked after his operations from Mumbai.Without divulging names, NIA sources said they had questioned two senior IRF office bearers in the last couple of days while others were being summoned. Officials said the IRF officials were being questioned about the activities of the NGO other than organizing seminars, conferences on religious issues, funding Muslim students and where the money came from.TOI
Madurai:NIA searches terror suspects’ homes
Madurai;Sleuths from NIA conducted search operations over the weekend at the residences of terror suspects who were arrested last week in connection with the Mysuru court bomb blast case. Intelligence official said that certain “incriminating” objects were recovered during the operations.A family member of Samsudeen confirmed that NIA had searched their house on Saturday and seized 2 SIM cards, copies of his birth certificate and his family card.Similarly, a mobile phone used by Suleiman’s father was seized from his house. Investigators also searched a library run by Abbas Ali in Nelpettai, with the operation continuing well into the night. The hindu
Faisal murder: Police take two more into custody
Malappuram: Police have taken into custody two more persons in connection with the murder of Faisal, who had recently converted to Islam.According to Tirurangadi police one of them was a member of the gang that attacked Faisal and hacked him to death. Other arrested was involved in the conspiracy to murder Faisal with the support of his relatives. Faisal alias Anilkumar was found dead in a drain on Nov.19. Police have already arrested eight persons, including RSS workers, for murdering him a day prior to his return to Saudi Arabia, where he was working as a driver.TOI
Arjuna awardee shooter in Delhi booked on rape charge by fellow national level shooter
New Delhi: An Arjuna awardee sportsperson has been booked on rape charge following a complaint by a fellow national level shooter whom the accused was coaching, police said. Police have contacted the accused to join the probe.Messages have also been sent to his family members who stay in Haryana and the National Rifle Association of India has been contacted for assistance to trace accused who has gone incommunicado, police sources said."A case of rape has been registered at Chanakyapuri police station on the complaint of national level female shooter. We will take action as per law," said a senior police officer. In her complaint, the victim alleged that the accused raped her at her official residence after offering her a drink laced with sedatives and later promised to marry her, only to go back on his promise, police said.PTI 
Ask state minister Himanta to tender apology for remark on madrassas, Ajmal tells PM
Guwahati:AIUDF has taken strong exception to the recent comments of Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma regarding some madrassas in the State observing weekly holiday on Fridays and has sought the intervention of PM  Narendra Modi in the matter.In a letter to Modi, AIUDF president and Lok Sabha MP Badruddin Ajmal has asked the PM  to intervene and instruct Himanta Biswa Sarma “to tender public apology” for his remarks.“I would like to draw you kind attention towards an objectionable and condemnable remark made by Assam Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Nov.28 against weekly holiday on Friday, which has been observed in madrassas in Assam and across the country before as well as after Independence so far. But now, Himanta Biswa Sarma has threatened madrassa heads of Assam of taking action if they continue to observe weekly off on Fridays,” Ajmal said.He accused Sarma of breaking “all moral, secular and democratic barriers apart (sic) by saying that madrassas remain closed on Fridays in Pakistan and Bangladesh, not in India. We will not allow the closure of madrassas on Fridays.”  Ajmal said, “He (Sarma) should know that there are many States, including Bihar, UP, etc. in the country where Govt-run madrassas observe Friday as weekly holiday.” Assam Tribune
Delhi: Woman shooter wanted marriage, coach threatened to kill her, say police
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Israel extends non-Muslim visitation hours at al-Aqsa Mosque compound
Israeli police announced on Monday that they are extending the period of time Jewish and non-Muslims are allowed to visit al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem, Ma’an News Agency reports.Non-Muslims will be allowed to visit the compound from 7:30 to 11 AM, reflecting a one-hour extension of non-Muslim access to the holy site.Tours of right-wing Jewish Israelis regularly storm al-Aqsa with the help of Israeli police. The same individuals also use non-Muslim visiting hours to assert Jewish presence at the site. Alternativenews
Almost half of Americans back sanctions on Israel
Almost half of Americans support economic sanctions as a US response to new Israeli settlements, according to a national poll conducted on behalf of the Brookings Institute.The figure of 46% is up from 37% when the same question was asked a year ago. The results of the poll, “American attitudes on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict”, were published on Friday as part of the Saban Forum, “an annual dialogue between American and Israeli leaders.” middleeastmonitor
Syria: 2.8 million now have permanent disabilities
About 2.8 million Syrians suffer permanent disabilities due to the ongoing conflict in their country, a new report issued by UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) has revealed.Al-Araby Al-Jadeed cited the report as also revealing that 2.9 million Syrian children under five years of age have suffered through the experience of the intractable conflict in Syria.The report, which identified the humanitarian needs for Syrians in 2017, also showed that 30,000 Syrians were exposed to psychological trauma every month.In addition, the report said that there are seven million Syrian children living in poverty, and 1.75 million children deprived from access to schools with a further 400,000 children expected to leave schools or drop out due to the closure of one third of schools in the country. middleeastmonitor
All-Muslim enclaves believe UK an Islamic country: Report
London: Britain has so many all-Muslim enclaves that in some areas, people believe England is an Islamic country as they seldom leave their areas and have almost no idea of life outside, according to new report to be published later this week. Dame Louise Casey has prepared the report as part of the UK govt's review into community cohesion and integration in some of the UK's most isolated communities.Her review team has found that in some areas Muslims are completely cut off from the rest of Britain with their own housing estates, schools and television channels.PTI
Pak ex-Army chief to command 39-Nation Islamic Anti-Terror Force: Report
Islamabad: Pakistan’s ex-army chief, General Raheel Sharif  has agreed to command a multinational Islamic anti-terror force, on certain terms and conditions, including being allowed to arbitrate between belligerents, a media report said.Daily Pakistan, citing sources, reported that Sharif, who relinquished office of the army chief command last week, was willing to command the 39-nation Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism (IMAFT) set up under Saudi Arabia’s auspices in December last year.IANS
Syrian air strikes kill 73 in opposition-held territory
Air strikes killed at least 73 people in the opposition-held territory of Idlib yesterday, reported Reuters news agency. Another 38 were killed in the city of Maarat Al-Numan, south of Idlib.The Russian and Syrian air forces have been conducting heavy strikes for months against opposition fighters in Idlib, south-west of Aleppo. Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which broke the story, said that the death toll in Maarat Al-Numan includes five children and 6 members of a single family.Once again, barrel bombs have been employed.
Syrian opposition tells US it will not leave Aleppo
Iraq denies Daesh leader Baghdadi was killed:
A senior Iraqi security source inside Nineveh province dismissed reports that leader of Daesh, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, was dead, according to Russian news agency Sputnik.
Muslim mans restaurant attacked twice in US
UK police target 7-yr-old Muslim schoolboy over 'bullet'; family allege case of 'racial profiling'
I will cut your throat: Hijab-clad Muslim cop, son harassed in US
Saudi received 3m Syrians and Yemenis
Poverty, prejudice drive more women to join Boko Haram militants:Reuters
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