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11 December 2016

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11 Dec.2016: 10 Rabiul Awwal 1438: Vol:8, No:59
CBI likely to question Manmohan Singh in AgustaWestland scam: Report
New Delhi:After arresting former Indian Air Force (IAF) chief SP Tyagi in connection with the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal case, the CBI is likely to question former prime minister Manmohan Singh and former officials in the PMO, according to a report on News18. The report suggests that along with Manmohan Singh, the investigating agency may also question the former prime minister’s then principal secretary TKA Nair and former national security adviser MK Narayanan beside the former CBI director Ranjit Sinha and former special director Salim Ali. CBI had on Friday arrested SP Tyagi for allegedly influencing Rs 3,600-crore deal in favour of AgustaWestland. A Delhi-based lawyer, Gautam Khaitan and SP Tyagi’s cousin Sanjeev Tyagi alias Julie Tyagi was also arrested along with him. The CBI said that all the three people have been arrested for accepting illegal gratification for exercising influence through corrupt or illegal means. Indianexpress
Manmohan Singh should support demonetisation: Union Minister Dattatreya
'Chopper purchase was a collective decision': Arrested ex IAF chief Tyagi turns gun on Manmohan, UPA leaders
A Delhi court sent the former Indian Air Force chief SP Tyagi and others to custody of the CBI, on Saturday till December 14 for their alleged involvement in the Rs 3,767- crore AgustaWestland helicopter deal case.Tyagi blamed former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's office for tweaking the deal in favour of the Italian firm. Metropolitan Magistrate Sujit Saurabh allowed the CBI to quiz Tyagi, his cousin Sanjeev Tyagi alias Julie Tyagi, and Delhi-based lawyer Gautam Khaitan.Senior advocate N Hariharan, who represented the former IAF chief, claimed that the decision to procure 12 VVIP choppers from AgustaWestland was a collective one and the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) was also a part of it.'It was a collective decision and not his (Tyagi's) individual one. It was a collective decision of which PMO was also a part,' he told the court. The CBI alleged that Khaitan was the brain behind how the money given as bribe reached India and how it was transferred through several companies. dailymail
Media must publish apology to acquitted innocents in terror cases: Tribunal
NEW DELHI: The report of the jury that heard the first People’s Tribunal on Acquitted Innocents, held on October 2, 2016, took strong exception to “news coverage which destroys a person’s reputation by creating a widespread perception of guilt, without any verdict in the court of law”.The jury, which was chaired by Justice A.P. Shah, released its report -- Towards a Framework for Compensation and Rehabilitation for Victims of Wrongful Prosecution/Conviction -- in New Delhi on Saturday.Holding that sections of the media had devastated lives “through sensationalism and partisan reporting”, the report urged the media to “strictly refrain from pronouncing the suspects/arrestees as guilty”, and to serve as objective institutions instead of becoming “mere handmaidens of investigating agencies”. It called upon publications and news channels that had put out defamatory material to “widely publish unconditional apology to the exonerees”.The People’s Tribunal, which gathered testimonies of several acquitted innocents, and the report of the jury, had been organised by The Innocence Network, an all-India collective that works for the rights of the wrongfully prosecuted or convicted.Drawing on the principles of public law, the report called upon the government to “grant compensation to the exonerees for the loss and harm caused to them and for violating their right to life and liberty” under Article 21 of the Constitution. One of the acquitted innocents, Mohammad Amir, a Delhi resident, was falsely accused in 19 terror cases, and had spent 14 years in prison. “The release of this report, coming as it does on International Human Rights Day, is an encouraging sign,” he said.“It is also timely and relevant in the light of the alleged encounter killing of eight undertrials in Bhopal.”Releasing the report, Justice Shah said that when a person dies in the custody of the State, the burden to prove their innocence should be on the custodians. “Torture has become a routine and endemic practice in investigative procedure in India,” he said.“The Prevention of Torture Bill has been languishing in Parliament for more than four years, and no government seems interested in passing it despite India being a signatory to the UN Convention Against Torture,” he added.the hindu
Compensate acquitted innocents in terror cases: Justice AP Shah
False terror case damages:tribunal led by Justice AP Shah
People wrongly convicted in terror charges must be compensated, says Justice Shah-led jury
Kerala  CM Vijayan likens killing of SIMI men to Gujarat encounters
Bhopal : Kerala chief minister Pinrayi Vijayan, speaking at the national convention of Akhil Bharatiya Janwadi Mahila Samiti here on Saturday, has compared the incident of death of 8 SIMI undertrials in Bhopal during a police encounter with encounters of Gujarat. Vijayan said it is senseless to talk of nationalism by terming any community as enemy.Earlier, a rally was taken out and a public meeting was held at Dussehra ground.Radhika Vemula said coordination of ‘Jai Bheem and Lal Salaam’ can take out way for freedom of people. Janwadi Mahila Samiti national vice president Subhashini Ali, Jagmati Sangwan, Neena Sharma also spoke on the occasion. Malini Chatterjee presided over the programme while Sandhya Shaily conducted it. freepressjournal
Telangana minority shocker: Panel says only 19.2% Muslims are salaried employees
Hyderabad: The Sudheer Commission on `Socio-economic and educational conditions of Muslims in Telangana,' has found out that only 19.2% of Muslims are regular salaried and 16.4% of Muslim workers are self employed in non-agricultural activities. According to the panel's report, 61 per cent of Hindus are employed regularly.The panel has recommended 12 per cent or a minimum of nine per cent reservations for vulnerable sections among Muslims in government jobs and professional educational institutions.The commission headed by former IAS officer G Sud heer was appointed on March 3, 2015. It submitted its recommendations to the state government in August this year. The government on Saturday made the report public. Incidentally, the ru ling TRS had promised 12 per cent quota for poor sections of the Muslim community during the last assembly elections in 2014. timesofindia
Prophet Muhammad’s teachings relevant in present times: Goa Governor
Panaji :Goa Governor Mridula Sinha said on Sunday that the teachings of Prophet Muhammad have the greatest relevance and eternal value to the present times, when misguided elements are trying to create distrust among the people. “The teachings of Prophet Muhammad have the greatest relevance and eternal value to the present times, when misguided elements and reactionary forces are trying to create confusion, distrust and misunderstanding among the people,”She said in her message to the Goans on the eve of Eid E Milad. Governor Mridula Sinha said the unity of God and brotherhood among human beings are the two basic tenets of Islam.“In our country, where all the living faiths of the world are represented, they have their pride of place. People of India, belonging to different faiths, have learnt to live in tolerance, mutual understanding and mutual respect for one another,” Sinha said. “Today, the efforts of the nation are directed towards national unity and integration, and we must strengthen these efforts by choosing the basic values taught by all religions as an essential force to promote goodwill and understanding,” she added.PTI
President Mukherjee and VP Ansari greet nation on Milad-un-Nabi, spread message of universal brotherhood:PTI
New Delhi:President Pranab Mukherjee and Vice President Hamid Ansari greeted people on the occasion of Milad-un-Nabi on Sunday, the birthday of Prophet Mohammad, and appealed to them to recall his message to work towards universal brotherhood, tolerance and well-being of all."On the auspicious occasion of Milad-un-Nabi, the birthday of the Holy Prophet, I extend my heartiest greetings and best wishes to all my fellow countrymen, in India and abroad," Mukherjee said in a message on the eve of Milad-un- Nabi."May the message of the Holy Prophet inspire us to work towards universal brotherhood, compassion, tolerance and the well-being of all. Let us on this day recall the life and ideals of Hazrat Mohammed Saheb and re-dedicate ourselves to the service of humanity," the President said.Vice President Hamid Ansari, in his message, said the Holy Prophet showed the humanity the righteous path of compassion and universal brotherhood. "Convey my warm greetings and best wishes to the people of our country on the auspicious occasion of Milad-un-Nabi/ Id-E-Milad, celebrated as the Birthday of Prophet Mohammed," Ansari said in his message. Holy Prophet showed the humanity the righteous path of compassion and universal brotherhood, he said. "May His eternal message continue to guide us to building a peaceful and harmonious society," Ansari said.
Over Rs 13 crore seized from Delhi law firm, Rs 2.6 crore in new currency notes
New Delhi: Delhi police have seized nearly Rs 13.5 crore in a raid at a law firm in southeast Delhi's GK-I area, of which Rs 2.6 crore is in new currency released after demonetisation, a senior police official said on Sunday.The raid was carried out by Crime Branch at the office of T&T law firm last night, the officer said. "The recovered amount is close to Rs 13.5 crore. The amount of Rs 2.62 crore was found in newly introduced Rs 2,000 notes. Besides these, Rs 7.7 crore were in the form of Rs 1,000 notes and Rs 3.06 crore were in the form of Rs 100 notes along with Rs 11 lakh in Rs 50 denomination. Two note counting machines were also found there," said Ravindra Yadav, joint commissioner of police (crime).According to I-T department sources, the lawyer had recently declared unaccounted income worth over Rs 125 crore after searches were carried out against him.The officer said that police had been keeping a watch on the advocate who owned the law firm for a long time. "A secret information surfaced that a renowned advocate who had declared Rs 125 crore before the I-T department officials a few days ago, was hoarding huge amount of cash illegally and indulging in transaction of the old and new currency notes. A round the clock watch was kept on his activities by the crime branch, especially at the premises in GK-I," said the officer.PTI
Gujarat Businessman Detained With Over Rs. 8 Lakh In Old Notes
Jamnagar:  Police today seized around Rs. 8.80 lakh in scrapped currency notes from a businessman in Jodiya town of Jamnagar district, which he was carrying allegedly to exchange those with new banknotes.Acting on a tip-off, police intercepted the vehicle of Rajnikant Ganatra and the cash in Rs. 1,000 and old Rs. 500 notes was recovered, an official said.PTI
'Situation will improve after 50 days': PM Modi predicts tougher days due to note ban
Acknowledging the difficulties thrown up by the note ban decision, PM Narendra Modi cautioned that the coming days may be even tougher, but the situation will gradually move towards normalcy after the 50-day period. He also slammed the Opposition for disrupting Parliament saying he has been forced to speak out in 'Jan Sabha' (among people) as he was not allowed to speak in the Lok Sabha. dailymail
Demonetisation an ill-conceived, mis-implemented strategy: Shashi Tharoor
Ex-Union Minister Shashi Tharoor termed demonetisation as an ‘ill-conceived and mis-implemented step’ that has created chaos in the country.’ He made it clear he was not against the principle of demonetisation, but that PM Narendra Modi’s currency replacement exercise “is an ill conceived and mis implemented one that has created chaos in the country.”PTI
Demonetisation Notification Is Illegal And Violates The Constitution, Here Is How: India Times
Nagpur: Jamat-e-Islami Hind run-evening classes give slum kids chance to hone education skills, for free
Nagpur: The classrooms of Arqam Public School in New Gandhi Layout serve dual purpose. After school, they bustle with children from the neighbourhood, who come at 6pm for an hour of free tuition.Conducted by the education department of Jamat-e-Islami Hind, the coaching class sees a mix of Muslim and non-Muslim children."Social, Social," teaches volunteer Afreen Ansari, a computer engineer, to a group of little girls. She makes her class practice writing and pronunciation of English words. In a similar class next door, Kayenat Khan also guides girls on better English vocabulary. The boys are being taught in a separate classroom, by male volunteers. Some are practising maths, some English.They come from nearby Godavari, Mankapur and Awasthi Nagar slums.Students aged between 4 and 24 years come every day to get guidance in subjects they are weak in. Age is not an issue in this class; coaching is open to whoever wishes to learn academics. Speaking of the motive behind running the coaching class, Ayub Khan, an English professor at Women's College and a member of Jamat-e-Islami Hind, said, "On every third page of Quran, it is said that you are here to make the world beautiful; to serve humanity. We ought to motivate people to do good and keep the bad in check."Started in April last year, the coaching class is run by a team of about 6 volunteers, including Khan. Khan has also set a syllabus to guide children weak in subjects step-by-step. "First, we started a vocational training camp for only two months. But we realized that these kids are in dire need of continuous tutoring. We want to open many such centres across the city," said media in-charge Dr MA Rasheed. timesofindia
New Delhi, Jakarta join hands for moderate Islam: Sunday Standard
New Delhi: Indonesian President Joko Widodo is scheduled to embark on a 2-day visit to India on Dec.12. With his visit, Indonesia and India—the first and second largest Muslim populated countries respectively—are set to mull over and learn from each others’ experience of  pluralism and explore ways to showcase their moderate Islam to the world.Widodo would meet PM Narendra Modi during his visit and would be accompanied by a large delegation, comprising several cabinet ministers, senior officials and a 22-member business delegates as well.“It is worth noticing that both countries have not seen radicalisation of their large Muslim population and can learn from each other. Also, the moderate face of Islam in the country needs to be highlighted,” senior functionary of External Affairs Ministry told The Sunday Standard.Sunday Standard
 Shah Rukh promised Raj Thackeray he won’t work with Pakistani actors in future: MNS
Mumbai :Shah Rukh Khan doesn’t want any trouble in the path of his next year release, Raees. Ever since Ritesh Sidhwani stated that there is no governmental restriction on Pakistani actors from coming to India and if need be Mahira Khan would be brought to India for promotions, a statement to which SRK agreed at the trailer launch, speculations were rife that it could lead to another massive protest. indianexpress
Muslim leaders appeal against 'noisy' Eid-e-Milad, urge faithfuls to help needy:TOI
Mumbai: Senior clerics and community leaders have appealed against "noisy" Eid-e-Milad (Prophet Muhammad's birthday) celebrations on Dec.12. Many imams also used Friday sermons to exhort the community members against use of DJs at Eid-e-Milad processions.Many young enthusiasts mark the day with reckless bike rides and stunts on trains. Community leaders have strongly condemned such "un-Islamic" and unlawful activities.Many said the day should be used as an opportunity to help the poor and needy. "Help orphans, poor patients and needy widows. The day should not be wasted in useless activities but marked with prayers and in seeking divine blessings," said imam Maulana Khalilur Rahman Noorie.All India Milli Council (Maharashtra)'s general secretary M A Khalid appealed to the youths to conduct themselves decently. "While they have the rights to celebrate their Prophet's birthday, they must take care that others are not inconvenienced. The image of the religion gets hit by some overenthusiastic devotees who play DJs and shout slogans loudly ," said Khalid.Several processions, including one from the Khalifat House in Byculla, will mark the celebrations.
NSA slapped on two Bijnore riot accused
Meerut:3 months after a communal riot broke out in Bijnore, Uttar Pradesh government has booked the two of the riot accused under the National Security Act.3 people were killed and dozens were injured in the communal riots in mid September when a communal clash led to riots in Peda village in Bijnore. Bijnore ASP MM Beg said the accused Sansar Singh and Tikam Singh had allegedly fired at the members of minority community, following which 3 people died. They were arrested on Sept.20. “NSA has been slapped on them,” Beg said. Police had also arrested a local BJP leader, Aishwarya Chaudhary, on charges of instigating the rioting mob. the hindu
After Barkha Dutt, Ravish Kumar’s Twitter handle hacked by Legion
New Delhi:Senior journalist Ravish Kumar’s official Twitter handle was hacked by a group called ‘Legion’, hours after it hacked into the Twitter account of his colleague and consulting editor of NDTV Barkha Dutt. Defending its actions, the hackers on Sunday said, “We use twitter as a means to reach the public. We don’t just hack twitter accounts. Go through the data and find out.” The hacking group also warned that the next series of online attack will be against former IPL chairman Lalit K Modi. “Coming up next -@LalitKModi leaks. Stay tuned.”The tweets, however, were removed from the official handle immediately. This comes days after the same group hacked Twitter handles of Rahul Gandhi, Indian National Congress and industrialist Vijay Mallya. indianexpress
First Meo Muslim woman cracks RAS, eyes IAS
Jaipur:A woman from Bharatpur district became the first from the Meo Muslims in the Mewat region to crack the Rajasthan Administrative Service exam, the results of which were declared on Dece.6.Shaista Hussain, 26, got the 62nd rank in the other backward classes (OBC) category in her first attempt.“I want to particularly motivate girls to get education in the Mewat region where parents discourage their daughters from pursuing studies,” she said. hindustantimes
Muslims will respect SC, but quashing divorce law will not stop them from following Personal Law: Arshad Madani
New Delhi: Muslims in India will respect the Supreme Court verdict on triple talaq but quashing of the divorce law will not stop the community from adhering to the Muslim Personal Law, including triple talaq, Jamiat Ulema-i-Hind (JUH) leader and senior Islamic theologian Maulana Arshad Madani has said.“People are free to seek remedial measures from the court. Similarly, others are equally free to be guided by the Personal Law within their household and in their personal lives,” said Madani, reacting to the recent observations of the Allahabad High Court, which termed the practice as “unconstitutional” and “against the spirit of the Holy Quran.” The issue is pending in the Supreme Court, where the NDA government has filed an affidavit opposing the practice.“The Islamic law and Sharia have to be interpreted not only on the basis of Quranic verses; one also has to take into account the Hadith (a collection of the traditions based on the sayings of Prophet Mohammad),” said Madani.Further clarifying his position on Personal Law, Madani drew an analogy with the offering of Namaz as per Islamic law. "If the law of a land prohibits me from offering Namaz, I will still do it in my home. If the law decides to punish me for doing that, then so be it,” said Madani, reiterating that triple talaq was neither considered a good practice nor encouraged in Islam.Madani also hit out at Narendra Modi, alleging that the Prime Minister has remained silent on many issues concerning the minorities but chose to speak on this particular matter. "There are certain rights which were given to the minorities at the time of Independence. And those must be preserved," said Madani.CNN-News18
Badruddin Ajmal slams triple talaq verdict, says Jamiat will move SC
Triple  Talaq is not against women, legislation in Islam is Divine job : Kamal Faruqui, of  AIMPLB
Kamal Faruqui, member of Working Committee, All India Muslim Personal Law Board, tells Aditi Phadnis that triple talaq is not against women and that legislation in religion is the job of the Divine. Replying to a question on Allahabad High Court judge observations about triple talaq, he said, "Judge has not made the observations against AIMPLB; his observations are against personal law. He has said no personal laws are above the Constitution. The fact is, this very Constitution has given citizens the right to follow their religion, religious practices and customs. It is a fundamental right. So how can anybody say this is not allowed in the Constitution? We are not saying whether we are above or below the Constitution. We are as per the Constitution.Whether triple talaq and personal law come under fundamental rights is a different matter. The matter is before the Supreme Court. But in the past, the Supreme Court has said it is not empowered to legislate on religion. Legislation of religion is the job of the Divine. As far as Muslims, who follow Islam are concerned, it is our belief — and we are not saying others should believe this or not — that our laws are the Divine’s laws and the source is the Quran and the Hadees (the Prophet’s life) and the interpretation by wise men in those times. As far as talaq is concerned, this is the most undesirable thing that is being allowed. It shakes up the entire universe of two people because a relationship that has been created in accordance with Allah’s permission gets broken. It is a sad thing. And I am talking about single talaq, not triple talaq. But as with single talaq or triple talaq, these are the modes of separation. In extreme circumstances triple divorce is allowed. But even this has had the Prophet Mohammad express extreme anger. All this has been recorded and he expressed this to his most trusted companions — that he does not approve of this. But it was short of not allowing it. We believe that if it was not to be allowed, the Almighty Allah could have pronounced that triple talaq is not allowed. But he did not say that. business-standard
Why Dalits in Phillaur, Jalandhar have been protesting for the past three weeks
As the Dalit struggle in village Jalloor continues in Sangrur district over land dispute, another such case of a similar struggle is emerging from Phillaur, Jallandhar.In Muthada, various Ambedkarite organisations along with the BSP are protesting outside the office of DSP, Phillaur, for speedy trial in a number of cases, including one that dates back to March from the village of Muthada. Despite the fact that the case was registered under the The Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, no arrests have yet been made.Speaking about the Muthada incident, Kanti Bona, the village sarpanch who belongs to the BSP, said, “On the night of April 19, 2016, my house was attacked by upper caste Akali Dal goons. They even fired bullets, but thankfully no one was injured.”When asked about the reason of the attack, he said “In February this year, after a long protest, we had finally managed to free 4 acres of Panchayat land which had under the occupation of Akali dal members. This angered them, and they attacked my house.” Confirming the attack, the President of Ambedkar Sena said, “FIR 73/16 has been registered against 24 upper caste Akali dal members, but there have been no arrests yet.”Avtar Singh Karimpuri, who is the ex president of BSP and the Phillaur candidate for the upcoming elections, said, “We have been protesting outside the DSP office Phillaur for the speedy trial of few cases including the one in Muthada, and the protests have now been going on for almost three weeks.”TCN
Dalit-Muslim axis in UP a new challenge for BJP and Modi:  Rahul Pandita
UP polls: Out of Maya
IS didn’t spread in our country, thanks to Indian Muslims: Rajnath
Kathua (J&K)Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday accused Pakistan of “conspiring” to divide India on religious lines but said it will not succeed.“Pakistan is conspiring to divide India on religious lines but it will not succeed. We were divided in 1947 on religious basis. We have not been able to forget that... All Indians are brothers, whether they are born from the womb of a Hindu mother or a Muslim mother,” he said addressing a martyrs’ day function in Kathua district.Singh said nowhere in the world other than India 72 sects of Islam live together peacefully.He said that as the home minister of the country, he wanted to make it clear that India is committed to taking along everybody and moving ahead on the path of development.He also offered India’s cooperation to Pakistan to eradicate the menace of terrorism from its soil.“If Pakistan is serious about eradicating terrorism but is incapable of doing that and wants cooperation, we are ready to help it eradicate terrorism from there,” the minister said.“We want to live in peace with Pakistan but it has indulged in sponsoring a proxy war against India. Every Prime Minister of India wanted to mend relations with Pakistan but it did not understand the language of peace and attacked India four times. But our brave soldiers gave them a befitting reply,” Rajnath Singh added.Singh also credited the Muslims of India for quelling threats from Islamic State to India.“When the entire world is worried about ISIS, I can say it as the home minister of the country as I know the reality that ISIS has not been able to spread its roots in India and the credit for this goes to the Muslims of the country, the followers of Islam,” he said.PTI
Police officer stops vehicle of Kashmir University V-C, removes tinted film from windows; video goes viral
Srinagar:A video of a police officer removing the tinted film from Kashmir University VC Professor Khurshid Andrabi’s vehicle has gone viral on social media and generated a debate over the police action. The video shows Andrabi arguing with the DSP, Sheikh Aadil after the police stopped the academician’s vehicle on Srinagar-Jammu national highway and peeled off the tinted film from his vehicle.“Mr Aadil, you have not gone out of this colonial culture. It is no big deal but… escort agar saath hota tou he would be different,” Professor Andrabi is heard telling the officer. “Sir, I am just performing my duty,” DSP Aadil responds. In the subsequent conversation, Andrabi is heard telling the police officer that he would not have “dared” to stop his vehicle had the police escort accompanied it, and accuses the officer of “showing off”. “If I go by law, I have to detain…I am supposed to detain this vehicle,” police officer is heard telling Andrabi.indianexpress
J&K: Lecturer held for ‘sedition’ after making ‘anti-India’ remarks
Jammu:A lecturer has been arrested for sedition after a section of students alleged that he had made anti-India comments at a college in Jammu and Kashmir’s Bani. Shah Nawaz, the lecturer from Dogripora in Kashmir’s Awantipura, has been sacked. Kathua’s Principal Sessions Judge Vinod Chatterji Koul rejected Nawaz’s bail application on Saturday saying that there were grounds to believe that he had committed the offence.Sources said that Nawaz had made the comments on November 30 following the killing of seven soldiers in an attack on an army camp in Nagrota. Nawaz had allegedly intervened during a discussion among students and commented on gunfights between militants and armed forces. indianexpress
470 people have died of shock over Jayalalithaa’s demise, AIADMK says
Ruling AIADMK on Sunday said a total of 470 people have died of "shock" following the demise of former Tamil Nadu chief minister and party general secretary Jayalalithaa on Dec 5.The party, which has been releasing in the past few days the lists of people who have died of shock over the death Jayalalithaa, on Sunday released names of 190 people.TOI
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Turkey mourns after Istanbul bombings kill 38; Kurdish militant group claims responsibility
Istanbul: Turkey declared a day of national mourning on Sunday after twin bombings killed 38 people near a football stadium in Istanbul.Kurdistan Freedom Falcons, a militant group, has claimed responsibility for the attacks, the pro-PKK Firat news agency said, carrying a statement from the group. Group is seen as a splinter group of better-known Kurdistan Workers Party(PKK),A car bomb detonated Saturday outside the home stadium of football giants Besiktas after a Super Lig match between Besiktas and Bursaspor, and less than a minute later a suicide attacker blew himself up near a group of police at a nearby park.Prime Minister Binali Yildirim ordered flags to fly at half mast while President Recep Tayyip Erdogan postponed a planned trip to Kazakhstan, the state news agency Anadolu reported."The target was directly the police," Deputy PM Numan Kurtulmus told private CNN Turk.AFP 
Kurdish PKK collects 30 million euros in funds in Europe
Erdogan's AK Party submits bill to empower presidency
Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) has submitted to parliament a bill granting extended powers to the presidency and abolishing the prime ministry, among other major changes.The 21-article constitutional change, if adopted, would take Turkey away from its current parliamentary system, and introduce an executive presidency, a move that worry critics of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.Saturday’s proposed constitutional changes are expected to be discussed at the relevant parliamentary commission first, before the bill is brought to a parliamentary hearing and if passed there, put to a referendum. Government officials have pointed at the spring of 2017 for a possible referendum. aljazeera
22,000 Turkish military members dismissed for Gulen links
A total of 22,085 Turkish military personnel have been dismissed for links to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), Defense Minister Fikri Isik said Saturday.Of that number, 16,409 were military school students, Isik said during 2017 budget talks at the parliament.“So far, 5,676 military personnel have been dismissed, 39 of them were re-instated to their positions,” he said. “When you count the 16,409 students, the number goes up to 22,085.” middleeastmonitor
Turkish, Iraq PMs discuss cooperation against terrorism
Prime Minister Binali Yildirim and Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi held a telephone conversation Saturday in which they discussed cooperation against terrorism, sources told Anadolu. The two leaders agreed on threats posed by Daesh and PKK and, Yildirim told al-Abadi that Turkey supports Iraq’s efforts against Daesh in southeastern Mosul, according to prime ministry sources who cannot be named due to restrictions on speaking to media. middleeastmonitor
ISIL 'recaptures' Palmyra from Syrian forces: aljazeera
ISIL has recaptured the Syrian city of Palmyra after thousands of its fighters launched a multi-pronged assault on the ancient city, according to reports.The Russian Monitoring Centre in Syria said on Sunday that ISIL, or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group, had drawn on "significant forces" from its strongholds in nearby Raqqa and Deir Az-zor, with more than 4,000 fighters, backed by tanks, attacking the city.Russia, Syria's ally, had launched a flurry of air strikes overnight that reportedly killed 300 ISIL fighters and forced the group to retreat. However, later on Sunday, ISIL, also known as ISIS, claimed to be in full control of Palmyra via Amaq, a news agency that supports the group, with government troops forced to retreat to the south of the city. Talal al-Barazi, the governor of Homs, confirmed to Syrian state TV that ISIL had captured Palmyra, adding that the army was using all of its means to regain control.ISIL captured Palmyra, also known as Tadmur, in May last year before losing the city 10 months later to much international fanfare. aljazeera
Syrian activists say IS has recaptured Palmyra:AP

Over 200 killed in Nigeria church collapse
Lagos, Nigeria:At least 200 people have been confirmed dead and hundreds others injured in Saturday afternoon's collapse of a church in Nigeria’s southern Akwa Ibom state, according to a top medical official. “Many victims are in private hospitals and mortuaries scattered all over Uyo; we can’t really tell how many people have died so far. We have over 200 people in the mortuaries here,” Etete Peters, chief medical director at the government hospital in Uyo, said late Saturday. Peters said at least 50 wounded were brought to the hospital.Police has yet to disclose casualty figures.AA
Bombing at Egypt's main Coptic Christian cathedral kills25
CAIRO (AP) A bombing at a chapel adjacent to Egypt's main Coptic Christian cathedral killed 25 people and wounded another 49 during Sunday Mass, one of the deadliest attacks carried out against the religious minority in recent memory and a grim reminder of Egypt's difficult struggle to restore security and stability after nearly six years of turmoil.There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Sunday's attack. ap
Afghan Taliban chief reinforces position with backing of two key members : Reuters
Kabul: Mullah Haibatullah Akundzada has reinforced his position as the new leader of the Afghan Taliban by winning the support of two senior members, the insurgent group said on Saturday.Ex-Taliban interior minister Mullah Abdul Razaq Akhund and Mullah Abdul Sata Akhund "pledged their full support" to Akundzada during a meeting of Taliban scholars at an undisclosed location on Friday, the group said on its website. Akundzada in May replaced ex Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Akhtar Mansour who was killed by a US drone strike.Senior members of the insurgent group hope Akundzada will be able to bring disparate factions together and repair the splits that emerged last year when Mansour was appointed.
Cancer also threatens post-coup Egypt’s prisoners
Amid reports of mass abuses against anti-regime opponents, cancer is adding to the plight of thousands of political prisoners languishing in Egyptian jails.“My husband is suffering from both prison and cancer,” Hala Awad, the wife of prisoner Nadi Fathi Jahin, told Anadolu Agency on Saturday.Jahin, 50, is serving a 15-year jail term issued by a military court for allegedly burning a government building following the 2013 coup against elected president Mohamed Morsi.“In prison, he began to suffer from bleeding, fainting and weakness,” Awad recalled.According to his wife, Jahin’s health deteriorated at the Borg al-Arab prison in the coastal city of Alexandria.“He was diagnosed with cancer,” Awad said. She said his disease has been brought under control as a result of his chemotherapy.“However, the situation deteriorated again when [authorities] stopped his therapy, which resulted in the spread of cancer to his lungs,” she said. Anadolu Agency.AA/ middleeastmonitor
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