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07 December 2016

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07 Dec.2016: 06 Rabiul Awwal 1438: Vol:8, No:56
Pakistan plane with 47 crashes: 'Pilot gave distress call before plane went off the radar':PTI
 A Pakistan International Airlines plane with 47 people on board crashed on Tuesday in a hilly area near the garrison town of Abbottabad while on its way to the capital. ATR plane PK-661 with 47 people, including singer-turned-Islamic-preacher Junaid Jamshed, on board crashed near Havelian while en route to Islamabad from Chitral in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.The national carrier's flight departed from Chitral around 3.30pm and was expected to land at Islamabad's International Airport at 4.40pm.A PIA spokesman confirmed that the pilot of the ill-fated plane had given a 'mayday' distress call to traffic control+ before it went off the radar."ATR aircraft flight had 42 passengers, including nine women and two infants, along with 2 air hostesses and three pilots," he said.District Police Officer Abbottabad confirmed the aircraft crashed near Havelian between Majab and Piplian. Eyewitnesses were quoted as saying by media reports that they had seen a plane crash in a hilly area near Havelian.
Preacher Junaid Jamshed, family dead in PIA plane crash
Islamabad – Renowned preacher Junaid Jamshed and his family died in a plane crash near Havelian city of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa today.The singer turned entrepreneur, along with his wife Nahya Junaid and their 3 children, was in Chitral for a Tablieeghi congregation. dailypakistan
INDIA
SC’s decision on minority status to affect Jamia Millia
Delhi:Can the National Commission for Minority Education Institution (Commission) grant minority status to an educational institution? The Supreme Court decided on Tuesday to examine this issue as it issued a notice to the govt on the commission’s plea against a Calcutta high court judgment that held it did not have the power to decide questions relating to status of an institution.The top court’s ruling will have a direct bearing on the status of Delhi-based Jamia Millia Islamia, which was declared a minority institution by the commission in 2011.Its minority status has been challenged before the Delhi high court, currently seized with the matter. NDA govt is expected to support a petition challenging the minority status given to Jamia. Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi has already advised the Ministry of human resource and development that Jamia is not a minority institution.Section 7 of the Jamia Millia Islamia Act of 1988 states that “the University shall be open to persons of either sex and of whatever race, creed, caste or class, and it shall not be lawful for the University to adopt or impose on any person any test whatsoever of religious belief or profession in order to entitle him to be admitted therein as a teacher or student...”Appearing for the commission before SC, senior advocate Sanjay Hegde said the power vested with the commission was not merely appellate in nature, as the HC held. It can confer a minority status as per the 2004 law under which the commission was set-up. The HC ruling the said power was with the “Competent Authority” appointed by the state, which the commission wasn’t.Hegde contended the Competent Authority can grant a NOC, while the commission actually recognises an institution as ‘minority institution’. The HC has confused the power of the competent authority with that of the commission.“The HC returned the fallacious finding since it confused itself regarding the grant of “NOC” by the Competent Authority with that of declaration ‘minority status’ by the Commission. This distinction existing in the Act was erroneously found blurred by the HC,” the appeal read.“Thus, the correct position of law is that the scope of power given to Competent Authority under is very limited to granting NOC, whereas it is the function of the Commission Act to declare and grant minority status,” it said. According to barandbench.com the Court issued notice in the matter. The matter is likely to be listed after 6 weeks. Hindustan times
Who has the power to grant minority status to educational institution? Supreme Court to decide
SC clubs challenge to AMU VC appointment with minority character issue
New Delhi: A 3 judge bench examining whether AMU was a minority institution or not will also hold hearing on a plea challenging the appointment of Lt.Gen. Zameeruddin Shah (retd.) as its V-C.The bench of Chief Justice TS Thakur, Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice L. Nageswara Rao sent the matter to the bench headed by Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar as Shah argued that the challenge to his appointment as VC could not be divorced from the question of the varsity's minority status.Directing the hearing on Jan. 10, Chief Justice Thakur said:"We will direct its hearing (challenge to the appointment of Shah) along with that (of the minority status of AMU). Let it not go in cold storage."The bench headed by Justice Khehar is hearing a 2006 plea by then UPA govt contesting Allahabad High Court verdict striking down the 1981 amendment to the AMU Act, 1920, which held that the AMU was an institution established by the Muslims in India.The amendment sought to override a 1967 top court constitution bench judgment in Azeez Basha case wherein it had said that AMU was not a minority institution. However, Modi govt  has already moved the court seeking to withdraw the petition.In the course of the hearing on Tuesday, counsel Prashant Bhushan told the bench that AMU was bound by the UGC regulations providing that a person to be appointed as V-C should be a distinguished academician, having highest level of competence, integrity, morals and institutional commitment. Bhushan appeared for Syed Abrar Ahmed who has challenged the Oct. 16, 2015, judgment of the Allahabad HC refusing to quash appointment of Shah. However, senior counsel Salman Khurshid, appearing for Shah, told the court that UGC regulations could not override AMU Act which lays down a procedure for the selection and appointment of V-C.He told the court that general regulations can't have an overriding effect on the specific statutes governing AMU alone.Senior counsel Raju Ramachandran appearing for the AMU told the court that VC was not a teacher but an officer looking after the affairs of the university.IANS
India pledges aid to UN agency for Palestinian refugees
New Delhi:India, on Wednesday, pledged an aid of USD 1.25 million to the UN relief agency for Palestinian refugees as it voiced concern over the fragile situation and ongoing conflicts in Middle east region that is aggravating problems of refugees. A total of 20 donors today announced contributions, or their intention to contribute, to the 2017 budget of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). India made a confirmed pledge of 1.25 million dollars in annual contribution to the agency.First Secretary in India’s Permanent Mission to the UN, Mahesh Kumar said during a meeting of the agency’s Ad Hoc Committee on Dec.5 that “regrettably” an amicable solution to the Palestinian issue has not been found and as a result the refugee population’s expectation to lead a normal life is also not fulfilled.“The current fragile situation and the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East region has compounded the problem of refugees,” he said. Kumar noted that UNRWA, which has provided critical assistance to Palestinian refugees, is facing unprecedented financial and operational challenges. He reiterated India’s support for the just cause of Palestine and solidarity with the Palestinian people.UNRWA has been providing health, education, relief and social services, and emergency humanitarian assistance to some 5.3 million Palestinian refugees across its 5 fields of operation — Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip — for 65 years.PTI
J-K: US Rights body accuses security forces of ‘obstructing access to medical care’
Srinagar: Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), a US-based international organization of health professionals, has accused the J&K Police and paramilitary forces of “excessive use of force” and “obstructing access to urgent medical care for protestors” during 5 month street protests in valley.In its report, ‘Blind to Justice – Excessive Use of Force and Attacks on Healthcare in J&K’ released today, the group has said that the excessive use of force against the civilians in valley “violates India’s obligations to protect the rights to life and health”. “Accounts from doctors and media reports show that Indian security forces deliberately obstructed access to urgent medical care for protesters, and harassed medical workers attempting to treat protesters, including by preventing doctors from reaching the hospitals where they work. Further, every doctor interviewed by PHR stated that police, both uniformed and in plainclothes, were present at hospitals and monitored protesters being admitted for treatment.They said police sometimes asked for the names and registers of patients admitted at the end of the day, and used the information to arrest those injured on the grounds that they had participated in ‘unlawful assemblies,'” the report reveals. PHR has been working in the field for more than 30 years. A Nobel laureate for peace, PHR has been using Science and Medicine to document and call attention to mass atrocities and severe human rights violations. Report says that PHR experts, along with other independent policing experts, conducted a review and analysis of the use of the 12-gauge shotgun and the standard operating procedures regulating their deployment in the field. “Experts found that 12-gauge shotgun is inherently inaccurate, indiscriminate, and capable of penetrating soft tissue even at a distance. In general, kinetic impact projectiles – a class of weapon that includes 12-gauge shotgun firing cartridges of pellets – should not be used for crowd management or for crowd dispersal as most of these weapons cannot be used safely or effectively against crowds. At close range, the lethality and patterns of injuries of weapons firing cartridges of pellets or rubber bullets become similar to those of live ammunition,” it says.“Term “pellet gun” is misleading when used to describe the shotguns used by Indian security forces in Kashmir. “Pellet gun” typically denotes the compressed air guns used in other parts of the world for recreational purposes. Unlike these pellet guns, which use compressed air to create force, 12-gauge shotguns used by Indian security forces use explosive powders,which are more powerful and can be lethal”.indian express
US rights group accuses India of ‘indiscriminate’ use of force during Kashmir crisis
J&K:Separatists invite tourists, pilgrims to, promise safety
Srinagar:  Separatist leaders, who have been spearheading the 5-month-long unrest in Kashmir, in a surprise move invited tourists and pilgrims to visit the Valley to enjoy the traditional hospitality of its people while promising them safety. Leaders of the two factions of separatist amalgam Hurriyat Conference issued a joint statement asking people from outside to visit the Valley reminding them of the "exemplary hospitality" extended by the Kashmiris."We have been taught hospitality, humanity and safeguarding the rights of guests," the statement said. "Tourists and pilgrims who intend to visit Kashmir are most welcome," the statement issued by separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Muhammad Umer Farooq and JKLF chief Yasin Malik said.Extending wholehearted welcome to tourists and pilgrims, they said people of Kashmir have been taught "to be kind with our guests and serve them and safeguard their rights at every cost"."This is also embedded in our Kashmiri culture and ethos and that is why our hospitality has been exemplary throughout the history," they said.PTI
J&K:Mufti slams National Conference for Hurriyat support
US lawmakers concerned over curb on Christian charity
Washington:Top American lawmakers have expressed concern over the alleged curbs imposed by India on a Christian charity organisation whose representatives appeared before a Congressional hearing seeking change in New Delhi's policies related to foreign funding of NGOs. "It is my hope that by bringing attention to this issue, as we're doing here today, the 145,000 children will not be tragically denied the services they desperately need, and that American families....can continue to send USD38 a month for food and education fees to the poorest of the poor," Congressman Ed Royce, Chairman of the powerful House Foreign Relations Committee said in his opening remarks.Royce joined by other lawmakers and representations of human rights bodies and Compassion International (CI) -- Christian charity organisation which is often accused of being engaged in religious conversions in India -- rued that recent effort to regulate foreign funding and enforce taxation laws has made it impossible for them to carry out work among poor children in India. "In India, it (CI) is the single largest contributor of aid for children living in extreme poverty," Royce said. "We have spent 9 months and hundreds of hours dealing with the Indian bureaucracy on this, and it looks like the bureaucracy is trying to run out the clock," Royce said.TOI
US lawmakers urge India to lift restrictions on Christian charity
BABRI MASJID DEMOLITION DAY
Protesters demand punishment for those behind Babri
New Delhi:  Several organisations demanding punishment to persons guilty for demolition of Babri Masjid today took out a march and held rally at Jantar Mantar on its 24th anniversary. Political and social activists representing nearly 30 organisations besides students, women, and youth marched from Mandi House to Jantar Mantar holding placards.They also raised slogans demanding punishment for people guilty for demolition of Babri mosque in Ayodhya, anti-Sikh riots of 1984 and other communal violence in the country. "The rally represents the unity of action of all justice-loving and democratic people, who are fighting for their democratic and human rights," said Birju Nayak of Lok Raj Sangathan. Jamat-e-Islami Hind, Communist Ghadar Party of India, All India Milli Council, Naujawan Bharat Sabha, Citizens for Democracy, United Sikh Mission, Social Democratic Party of India, among others took part in the joint public march and rally.PTI
Muslim and secular groups mark ‘Black Day’, Hindutva groups celebrate ‘Victory Day’ at Jantar Mantar
Low turnout at events of both parties in Ayodhya:TOI
Ayodhya: Marking 24 years of the Babri Masjid demolition, temple town of Ayodhya observed 'Shaurya Diwas' (day of bravery) as well as 'Yaum-e-Gham' (day of sorrow).The day passed off peacefully under tight security arrangements. However, about half a dozen activists of right-wing organization Hindu Mahasbha were arrested as a preventive measure. Faizabad SSP Anant Dev said the arrests were made near the disputed site of Babri Masjid-Ramjanmabhoomi to maintain peace and communal harmony. Turnout at both Yaum-e-Gham and Shaurya Diwas meetings was very low. Members of both communities did not show interest in the gathering and spent the day as a routine one. Even senior leaders of communities were missing from the events.Convenor of the Babri Masjid Action Committee Zafaryab Jilani skipped Yaum-e-Gham event which he has been attending regularly for the past few years. Likewise, at VHP's Shaurya Diwas, leaders like BJP MPs Vinay Katiyar,Yogi Adityanath and Lallu Singh were absent.TOI
Babri demolition day: Muslims offer prayers, seek justice
Bareilly:On Babri demolition day, many mosques and madrassas offered namaz to pray for reconstruction of a mosque at the disputed structure in Ayodhya while a few Muslim organisations took out procession and sent their memorandum to the President seeking action against those involved in the incident.Maulana Shahabuddin Razvi, secretary of Eidgah committee, said, "Mosques and madrassas across the city offered namaz. The prayers were offered for the reconstruction of the mosque."Observing the day as black day, several Muslim organisations, including All India Raza Action Committee, AIMIM and All India Muslim Majlis, took out processions and sent their memorandums to President Pranab Mukherjee. Ehsan Raza Khan, sajjadanasheen of Dargah Aala Hazrat, in his memorandum to President, sought "permission to offer prayer at the disputed structure similar to the other party." "As the demolition of Babri mosque is a black day in the history of the country, a ban should be imposed on organisations which celebrate the day as Shaurya Diwas," he wrote in his memorandum.TOI
Babri Masjid lives on in the hearts of Indian Muslims; Muslim Americans
Washington DC: Babri Masjid will forever live in the hearts and minds of Indian Muslims, said the Association of Indian Muslims of America, Washington DC, in a statement today marking the anniversary of the demolition 24 years ago.Caravan
Hyderabad:Babri masjid demolition protests pass off peacefully
Hyderabad:Amidst tight security arrangements made by police, protests over demolition of Babri masjid passed off peacefully in the Old City.21activists of Darsgah Jihad-O-Shahadat (DJS) were detained by South zone police near Moghalpura when they tried to march towards Charminar observing December 6 as Black Day. All of them were let off in the evening later. Among those detained were Darsgah Jihad-O-Shahadat president and secretary MA Majid and Salahuddin respectively. Majlis Bachao Tehreek leader Amjadullah Khan and others met Governor ESL Narasimhan at Raj Bhavan and presented a memorandum seeking reconstruction of Babri masjid.the hindu
Black day observed in Hyderabad: UNI
Karnataka Imams Council urges PM to rebuild Babri Masjid, punish the guilty
Mangaluru: On Babri Masjid demolition day, All India Imams Council Karnataka State Committee urged the central govt  to rebuild the masjid and punish those involved in the demolition of the historic structure.Council state general secretary Moulana Jafar Sadiq Faizi said that a memorandum will be submitted to PM  Narendra Modi urging the govt  to rebuild Babri Masjid at the same spot, where it was existing prior to the demolition."We urge PM not only to rebuild Babri Masjid, but also punish those who demolished it. We also urge the govt  to implement the recommendations in the report of the Liberhan Ayodhya Commission of Inquiry," Faizi said. Calling Dec.6, 1992, as 'black day in the history of India', Faizi said, "The demolition of Babri Masjid is the second brutal act after the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi."TOI
Babri Masjid demolition day: Shiv Sena, Muslim League stage protest with separate demands in Meerut
Meerut: Tuesday witnessed protests from both Hindu and Muslim organisations over Babri Mosque demolition anniversary. While Shiv Sena demanded the construction of a Ram Temple, members of Muslim League (IUML) raised slogans in support of construction of mosque.IUML used the occasion to stage a demonstration at the DM's office.TOI
Police foil Hindu Mahasabha's bid to march to Ayodhya
Lucknow:Even when VHP leaders and Muslim organizations limited themselves to traditional rhetorics and pledges with regards to Ram Janm Bhumi Babri Mosque dispute, fringe organisations like Kamlesh Tiwari-led Hindu Mahasabha and Hindu Sena tried to hit streets with their respective demands.TOI
Organisations observe black day in Kalaburagi
Demolition of Babri Masjid a dark chapter: CPIM
Legal war continued but Ansari and Paramhans were friends off the field: timesofindia
OTHERS
‘Wish to bury our acrimonious past’: DMK truce message a eulogy to Jaya
A rare, public eulogy of former AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa by her most vitriolic political opponent, DMK, has potentially raised hopes of better relations between the two parties which have fought some of the most ugly battles in Indian politics.A placard, with a paean written in Tamil, was put up by DMK workers on Tuesday at Marina Beach, providing a glimpse of the opposition party’s changing views on the former CM  who passed away in hospital aged 68.“You are no longer there to take us on courageously,” the DMK said. “Even if there were a thousand more leaders ready to stand against us, will anyone be equal to a warrior like you?“While we saw you as a warrior on the field of political elections, our commander-in-chief (Karunanidhi) and general (MK Stalin) had nothing but your well-being in their hearts,” the party wrote, in stark contrast to the bitter attacks on one another over the last two decades. DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi, who is himself admitted to a hospital for an allergic reaction, issued a statement mourning her passing away on Monday. hindustantimes
‘Decision taken after Una’: 155 Dalits convert to Buddhism in Gujarat
As many as 155 Dalits converted to Buddhism on 60th death anniversary of Dr BR Ambedkar, observed as ‘Mahaparinirvan Divas’ even as Banaskantha District Collector said the administration had not given permission for the conversion programme.Dalits, mostly from Banaskantha and a few from Kutch district, converted to Buddhism at Ramapir temple here at program organised by Banaskantha District Dalit Sangathan. “The decision to embrace Buddhism was taken after Una Dalit atrocity case. Members of our community wanted to protest against growing inequality and atrocities against Dalits in Gujarat,” said the organiser Dalpatbhai Bhatiya.PTI
J&K witnessed spike in terror attacks, number of militants killed in 2016: Govt
Union govt today informed the Parliament that the strife-torn state of J&K witnessed a spike in terror attacks in the year 2016.However, the govt also added that more terrorists have been gunned down by security forces this year. According to the MHA figures, 305 incidents of terror attacks were reported until Nov.27 this year. The figure is higher compared to the number of  incidents that took place in past 3 years.  india tv
J&K witnessed 305 terror-related incidents this year: TOI
India should plan offensive, covert operations against militants: Ex army chiefs
India should plan offensive and covert operations to take target militant leaders and hit the Pakistani Army hard, two former Indian Army chiefs said on Tuesday.Ex-army chief Gen (retd) Bikram Singh was of the view that Indian should exploit the fault lines in Balochistan and PoK so that the Pakistani Army is forced to concentrate internally and not externally.“We need to create asymmetric capabilities which includes doing covert operations and targeting militant leaders,” he said, adding the adversary should “feel the pain” and be put in an “embarrassing spot”. Ex-army chief Gen (retd) VP Malik said, “Till now we have been focusing on defensive operation. We now have to look at offensive operation.”PTI
Azam Khan's 'apology' for gang-rape comment rejected by Supreme Court for not being 'unconditional'
New Delhi: An 'apology' tendered to the Supreme Court by SP leader Azam Khan - for calling a gang-rape incident "a political conspiracy" - was rejected today by the court because it felt it "was not an unconditional apology". Khan, who had infamously said the Bulandshahr gang-rape in July was a conspiracy to malign UP's SP govt , then said he would use the word "remorse" in a fresh affidavit that the top court demanded.To that offer by Khan, the Supreme Court said it would "examine whether remorse is sufficient for tendering an unconditional apology". The SC scheduled the next hearing for Dec.15. TOI
Enforce national anthem ruling: Govt tells states
New Delhi: In deference to the recent Supreme Court order directing cinema halls to play the national anthem prior to the screening of films, the Union home ministry on Tuesday wrote to the chief secretaries of all states and Union territories asking them to take necessary action in this regard and ensure that the order is followed "in letter and spirit".The home ministry said all cinema halls should play the national anthem before the feature film starts and that all present in the hall shall be obliged to stand up to show respect to the national anthem.TOI
Making playing of national anthem mandatory goes against its spirit: Faizan Mustafa, V-C NALSAR University
SC’s verdict on the national anthem is an unwarranted example of ultranationalism:Swaminathan S A Aiyar
Base Movement linked to TN-based terror group: NIA
Kochi: Operatives of the Base Movement, which carried out low-intensity bomb explosions at five court complexes in South India, have been following the ideology and operational methods of Tamil Nadu-based extremist group Al-Umma.NIA probing the activities of Base Movements has found that two of its members were closely associated with a faction of Al-Umma. new indian express
Court rejects NIA plea seeking lie detector test on IRF employee
Mumbai:A Special court in Mumbai rejected NIA’s plea seeking to conduct a lie detector test on Arshi Qureshi. On Monday, NIA had approached special Judge VV Patil seeking the test on Qureshi, employee of IRF. Qureshi, who was also produced before court as per Supreme Court provisions that require his consent to be taken for the test, said he did not want to undergo it.Qureshi, a Navi Mumbai resident, who was employed as a guest manager at IRF, had also told court that he did not want to give any confession to NIA. His advocate, Ishrat Khan had also argued that the test would mean the accused being forced to incriminate himself.Judge Patil announced that he had rejected the plea. Indian expres
Don’t allow Islamic banking:Shiv Sena MP in Lok Sabha
New Delhi;Pleas for not allowing “Islamic window” in the banking system, favouring early construction of SYL canal and granting reservation to the Maratha community were made in the Lok Sabha in the Zero hour on Wednesday. Shiv Sena member Chandrakant Khaire expressed himself against allowing an Islamic window saying this banking system was based on Sharia law.Chandrakant Khaire demand came amid reports that the RBI has proposed opening of “Islamic window” in conventional banks for “gradual” introduction of Sharia-compliant or interest-free banking in the country. Sharia prohibits acceptance of specific interest or fees for loans. PTI
Kejriwal: Modi will never make ‘muslim’ Najeeb Jung VP even as he sells his soul
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday took another dig at Lieutenant Governer Najeeb Jung and said that the latter had sold his soul to Narendra Modi in the hopes of becoming the Vice President. Kejriwal has been at loggerheads with both Jung and PM Modi ever since he came into power. Earlier, a 3-member committee appointed by Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung had found several “irregularities” in the decisions taken by CM Kejriwal-led AAP govt prior to the Delhi High Court’s Aug.4 judgement and this may lead to scrapping away of a few more decisions. Earlier, AAP intensified its attack on L-G Najeeb Jung, calling him a “spokesperson of BJP” after he rejected the Delhi govt ’s advice to dissolve the Shunglu Committee, which is examining 400 files on decisions taken by Kejriwal regime.
Groups clash outside Madrassa in Surat:TOI
Surat: 2 groups from different communities clashed outside a Madrassa in Pal locality of Adajan police station on Tuesday night. Groups resorted to stone pelting after alleged harassment of a woman by some students from Madrassa. On being alerted police rushed to the spot and controlled situation. Police registered two separate complaints from different groups in Adajan police station on Wednesday following the incident.
Human Trafficking: Sold as slave, Muslim lady lands in cell, but manages to flee, finds lost son
New Delhi: Trafficked and sold as a bonded labourer for Rs 70,000, her 2-year-old son abandoned in an alien city, Salma faced the prospect of living the rest of her life as a slave without ever seeing her family or knowing whether her toddler son was dead or alive.But her grit, the generosity of a few people and timely action by police and an NGO, changed the script of 22-year-old's life. After a remarkable turn of events, Salma (name changed) today is not only free, but was also reunited with her son on Sunday - a month and two days after her ordeal began.Salma, the wife of a daily wage worker in the Noonmati area of Guwahati, Assam, had gone to a friend's house looking for work, where she met one of the traffickers, Muhajir Ali. She was pregnant with her second child at the time. "Ali offered her a job and the very next day took her away along with our son," her husband said. Ali, along with two accomplices, travelled with Salma to Delhi.TOI
As Congress, NCP push for Maratha quota, Muslim leaders upset: indianexpress
Mumbai:Congress and NCP’s aggressiveness to push for Maratha reservation has upset Muslim leaders both inside and outside the House as their demand for reservation for the community finds no mention. Maratha reservation is leading to a 3-way polarisation with consolidation of Dalits, OBCs and Muslims.The generation next Muslims are looking for an alternative forum beyond the Congress and NCP to push their socio-economic backwardness plank.A Congress leader associated with the minorities said, “Congress-NCP Maratha leaders who took to the streets to demand Maratha reservation have not staged a similar protest to deliver justice to the Muslims, whose support they have taken for granted.”Identical sentiments were expressed by an NCP leader who did not wish to be named. Sensing the unrest within the Congress and NCP minorities leaders, AIMIM has decided to raise Muslim reservation issue on the floor of the Legislative Assembly here on Wednesday. indian express
India,Bangladesh should move & work together:Mukherjee
Pansare chargesheet: ‘Sanatan Sanstha administered drugs meant for schizophrenia, other psychiatric conditions’
DEMONETISATION-ECONOMY
BJP leader Manishi Sharma arrested along with coal mafia for carrying new notes of Rs 33 lakh: timesofindia
Kolkata: Even as the demonetisation woes continued to plague common residents, alleged coal mafia don Rajesh Jha alias Raju (46), along with promoters and truck owners from the Raniganj coal belt, was nabbed with stacks of new currency in their possession by the Kolkata police STF. The huge cache of arms and ammunition recovered from them has led cops to suspect that the accused were planning to buy arms to spread their net of extortion. Raju was arrested twice in June and July in 2 separate cases of fake currency and murder and was currently on bail.What has made the entire incident murkier is the arrest of a senior BJP functionary identified as Manishi Sharma alias Manish Joshi (44) - who had fought this year's Bengal assembly polls from Raniganj on a BJP ticket - and the recovery of around Rs10 from him. Manish was found travelling in the same car with the other six accused and was caught red-handed with the cash and weapons. IT dept.has been alerted even as cops are trying to ascertain the source of the money kept in Rs 2000 new notes, Rs 100 and Rs 50 notes. In all, cops have recovered cash in new denomination worth Rs 33 lakh, and 89 rounds of arms and ammunition.
BJP leader arrested with new notes worth Rs 33 lakh
Several BJP men caught with crores; Karnataka biggest hotspot for illegal cash transactions
Rs 2 lakh crore income: Muslim Family’s PAN cards may have been misused
Mumbai: Income-tax department sleuths believe the PAN card details of 4 members of a Bandra family who recently made a declaration of Rs 2 lakh crore under IDS may have been misused.Abdul Razzaque Mohammed Sayed, Mohammed Aarif Abdul Razzaque Sayed, Rukhsana Abdul Razzaque Sayed and Noorjahan Mohammed Sayed claim to be residents of Jubilee Court, Bandra. 3 of them had obtained PAN cards from Ajmer, and migrated to Mumbai in Sept.Senior I-T officials who did not wish to be named admitted that people in cities across the country were coming forward to say that their PAN card and other details had been misused to make declarations under the IDS in their names.TOI
Embassies protest against cash curbs
Petrol Prices Could Touch Rs 80/Litre On Rising Global Oil Rates: Report
Despite cash crunch, RBI leaves main interest rate unchanged, surprising many
As of now, no decision on new 1,000 rupee note: RBI
WORLD
100 killed, hundreds hurt as quake hits Indonesia's Aceh
Nearly 100 people were killed and hundreds injured in Indonesia on Wednesday when a strong earthquake hit its Aceh province and rescuers used earth movers and bare hands to search for survivors in scores of toppled buildings. Medical volunteers rushed in fading evening light to get people to hospitals, which were straining to cope with the influx of injured.Aceh provincial govt  said 93 people had died and more than 500 were injured, many seriously. Reuters
Syrian rebels in Aleppo propose 5-day cease-fire for medical, civilian evacuation
Beirut:Syrian rebel factions are proposing a five-day cease-fire for the medical and civilian evacuation from the eastern part of the city of Aleppo. The rebel proposal on Wednesday comes as Syrian govt and allied forces have gained control of 3-quarters of the enclave that the rebels had controlled since 2012. The proposal calls for the immediate evacuation of 500 seriously wounded Aleppo residents and for allowing civilians wishing to leave to head to northern rural Aleppo province, where there is almost no govt  presence.AP
‘80000 fled east Aleppo since Army operation began’
53 civilians killed by regime shelling in Syria
29 killed by regime airstrikes over Idlib and Aleppo
Angela Merkel: Full-face veil must be banned in Germany
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for a public ban on the full-face veil as her political party gears up to back her for a fourth term in office.The suggested policy won Merkel overwhelming applause on Tuesday from about 1,000 delegates ahead of her conservative CDU party meet vote, which is expected to return her for the ninth time as its chief. She said the Muslim full-face veil was not compatible with German culture. Aljazeera
Rohingya recount killings, rapes, burnings back home
Bangladesh:Myanmar soldiers came in the morning, the young mother says. They set fire to the concrete-and-thatch homes, forcing the villagers to cluster together. When some of her neighbours tried to escape into the fields, they were shot. After that, she says, most people stopped running away.AP
Bangladesh court confirms death for Harkatul Jihad leader
New Delhi: Bangladesh’s Supreme Court has upheld death sentences for the leader of a banned Islamic group and two of his associates found guilty in a 2004 grenade attack on a British envoy.Defense lawyers representing Mufti Abdul Hannan, head of the group Harkatul Jihad, said they would appeal for a Supreme Court review of Wednesday’s ruling, though such reviews are rare. thehindu
UN: Legalising settlements ‘step towards annexation of West Bank’
United Nations envoy for the Middle East Nickolay Mladenov released a statement yesterday warning that Israel’s “formalisation law” which seeks to retrospectively legalise illegal outposts in the occupied West Bank would be “a step towards the annexation of the West Bank”. “I encourage Israeli legislators to reconsider this move,” Mladenov said of the bill, which would retroactively legalise 4,000 settler homes, and lead to the expropriation of 8,000 dunams (8 square km) of private Palestinian lands. middleeastmonitor
Trump lays out non-interventionist US military policy: focus is on defeating Daesh
President-elect Donald Trump laid out a US military policy on Tuesday that would avoid interventions in foreign conflicts and instead focus heavily on defeating the Daesh militancy.In the latest stop on a “thank you” tour of states critical to his 8 Nov. election win,Trump introduced his choice for defense secretary, General James Mattis, to a large crowd in this city near the Fort Bragg military base, which has deployed soldiers to 90 countries around the world.“We will stop racing to topple foreign regimes that we know nothing about, that we shouldn’t be involved with,” he said. “Instead, our focus must be on defeating terrorism and destroying ISIS, and we will.” middleeastmonitor
Turkish PM: 1-year halt in Turkey, Russia ties ‘over’
PM Binali Yildirim used his first visit to Moscow as Turkish premier on Tuesday to say the one-year halt in relations between Russia and Turkey was over.Yildirim, during an address to a conference at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) University, described November 2015’s downing of a Russian warplane as an “unfortunate event”. middleeastmonitor
Ship carrying 60 people sinks off Yemeni coast
Sanaa:A Yemeni ship carrying more than 60 passengers sank while sailing to Socotra island in the Indian Ocean. “26 passengers have been rescued, including 4 women,” Socotra governor Ramzi Mahrous said on Wednesday. Ship sank late Tuesday after it set sail from Al-Muklla, the capital of the southeastern Hadhramaut province. Anadolu Agency
Caesarean births 'affecting human evolution':BBC

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