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20 December 2016

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20 Dec.2016: 20 Rabiul Awwal 1438: Vol:8, No:67
Uttarakhand: Attacked over namaz break, CM Harish Rawat announces ‘short breaks’ for all
Dehradun:Under flak over the decision on namaz break, the Harish Rawat govt  has said state employees, irrespective of their religion, caste and creed, will be allowed “special short breaks” to offer prayers during their festivals if they make a request for it. “A decision has been taken to allow special short breaks to state employees of all communities, creeds and castes for prayers, religious occasions and festivals. It will be given only if they make a request,” media advisor to the CM  Surendra Kumar said in a statement.“CM took the decision in view of the spurt in demands for holidays by state employees belonging to different religions and communities on festivals and religious occasions,” he said.The announcement came two days after the state cabinet allowed a two-hour break for govt  staff to offer namaz on Fridays. indianexpress
Cannot ban all Sharia courts that have legal existence: Haji Ali petitioner after Madras HC order
Mumbai:After the Madras high Court put a ban on ‘Sharia courts’ functioning from various mosques across Tamil Nadu, the Haji Ali petitioner Noorjehan Safia Niaz on Tuesday cited a Supreme Court judgement which pronounced that one cannot ban all ‘Sharia courts’ that have a legal existence. “There is a Supreme Court judgement that says that you cannot ban all the Sharia courts that exist and have a legal existence. SC has also said that any decision taken by the Sharia court will not be binding and they can be challenged in the regular court of law. But the fact that they are legal, the SC has already passed the judgment few years back,” Safia Niaz said. indianexpress
Kerala HC grants bail to 3 but terms study material of Peace International School unacceptable
Kochi:Kerala High Court has observed that the objectionable materials included in the textbooks seized from Peace International School were unacceptable to a secular society.  The court made the observation while granting bail to accused Dawood Vaid, Sahil Syed and Sameed Ahammed Shaik, natives of Nerul in Navi-Mumbai who published the textbooks. “It is not known whether the school has recognition from the CBSE. Though several portions of the textbooks were referred to in the prosecution records, one item the court has found really objectionable is the content under ‘activity’ - which is meant to teach children how to become a Muslim. There is no doubt that it is highly objectionable, and cannot be accepted/ tolerated in a secular society,” observed the court. It also pointed out that it was not the right way to teach/preach Islam. “When anything wrong, communal or non-secular is done or taught in institutions, even as part of religious studies, the authorities would have to take appropriate action including cancellation of the institution’s affiliation, said, the court, adding, “The case diary contains a report by the District Educational Office, which indicates that the textbooks were being taught as part of ‘secular curriculum’.”“There is no doubt that such teachings would defile the minds of children, and also disturb public tranquility. newindianexpress
Kerala High Court objects to Peace School textbook
Gujarat HC starts hearing appeals in Naroda Patiya riot case
Ahmedabad: The Gujarat High Court has started hearing appeals in the 2002 Naroda Patiya case, including those filed by former BJP minister Maya Kodnani and Bajrang Dal leader Babu Bajrangi. Defence lawyers started arguments before the division bench of justices Harsha Devani and AS Supehia. While Kodnani, Bajrangi and other convicts have challenged the verdict of the trial court, the Supreme Court- appointed SIT has filed appeals against acquittals of 29 accused. It has also sought enhanced punishment for some of the convicts.The hearing is likely to be conducted on a daily basis. Last month, Justice Akil Kureshi had recused himself after which the case was transferred to the present bench. Before that, Justices M R Shah, KS Jhaveri, G B Shah, Sonia Gokani and RH Shukla had recused themselves from the matter. Also, in April 2015, the apex court had stayed the proceedings after SIT complained that Justice RR Tripathi of the HC was hearing only Kodnani's appeal expeditiously. Tripathi retired and the case went to another division bench. 97 people belonging to the minority community were killed by a mob during a riot in Naroda Patiya area of Ahmedabad on Feb.28, 2002.PTI
Naroda Patiya case: Convicts’ lawyer seeks to visit scene of offence
Jamaat welcomes ban on liquor on highways, demands ban throughout India
New Delhi:Jamaa’t-e-Islami Hind (JIH) has welcomed Supreme Court’s order to shut down all liquor shops on national highways.The Supreme Court has recently ordered a ban on the sale of liquor up to a distance of half a kilometer from the state and national highways. The Secretary General of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Muhammad Salim Engineer while welcoming the decision said: ”This decision by the Supreme Court bench presided by Chief Justice of India Justice T.S. Thakur is in the best interests of people and should be highly appreciated”. He said:”Islam has always looked at alcohol as the ‘mother of all evils’. Alcohol not only harms the one who consumes it but also destroys his family and weakens the society”.Caravan Daily
In BJP’s poll plan, a road project to bring Ram Temple to fore
New Delhi:Centre’s plan to announce a 2-lane stretch for the 84-Kosi Parikrama route, a prominent religious procession for circumambulation (circling on foot), could reignite the party’s politics over Ram Temple.With Election Commission expected to announce dates for UP  Assembly elections any day, the BJP-led Central govt  is announcing a series of road projects in the state to woo the voters.On Dec,21,Union Minister Nitin Gadkari is likely to announce the Rs 750-crore project for the 275-km two-lane road for 84-Kosi Parikrama route, which will go through Basti, Gorakhpur, Balrampur, Shrawasti, Bahraich and Faizabad districts.Although BJP leaders admit that construction of the Ram Temple is yet to resonate much with electorate, many feel the announcement of the 2-lane pilgrimage route will please hardcore supporters. Every year, thousands of Hindu sages from different parts of the country take out the yatra on this route. indianexpress
Admins of WhatsApp group not liable for content:Delhi HC
New Delhi:  In a step towards defining the contours of freedom of speech for online chat groups, the Delhi High Court has held that administrators of WhatsApp, Telegram and similar social networking services cannot be held guilty of defamation if the members of the group post libellous and obscene messages. Dismissing a defamation case filed against the administrator of a chat group, a single-judge bench of Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw said:“I am unable to understand as to how the administrator of a group can be held liable for defamation, even if any, by the statements made by a member of the group. To make an administrator of an online platform liable for defamation would be like making the manufacturer of the newsprint on which defamatory statements are published liable for defamation.”The judge pointed out that the group administrators are not required to, or empowered to, filter all the messages before they are posted. “It is not as if without the administrator’s approval of each of the statements, the statements cannot be posted by any of the members of the group on the said platform,” said the court. indianexpress
Delhi High Court: Whatsapp group administrators not responsible for content posted
Police opposes in Delhi High Court perjury plea against ex-JNUSU President Kanhaiya
New Delhi:City police on Monday opposed in Delhi High Court a plea seeking initiation of perjury proceedings against former JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar and a JNU professor, saying there was no material to substantiate the allegation that they had filed false affidavits along with the bail plea of the student leader in a sedition case. Justice S P Garg was informed by investigating officer (IO) that the court on August 11 had already dismissed pleas to cancel interim bail of Kanhaiya in the sedition case on the ground that nothing was shown that the student leader had made any anti-national speech after his release.PTI
Police Intensifies Najeeb Search Operation at JNU Campus
On the second day of Najeeb Ahmed search operation at the JNU campus, Delhi police is making all efforts with nearly 600 policemen, sniffer dogs and several high rank officers including DCPs, ACPs, and inspectors.The operation for missing JNU student began yesterday after Delhi High Court asked the police to launch search operations inside the campus to look for Najeeb Ahmed, who went missing on October 15, 2016.
Combing campus for Najeeb an absurd exercise:JNUSU
New Delhi: Terming the Delhi Police the puppet of the central govt, JNUSU denounced the campus search operation undertaken by it to find missing student Najeeb Ahmed, as absurd, and their methodology as clueless."After 65 days of Najeeb's disappearance, this is the state of affairs. In an utter sense of mockery of justice earlier, the police worked like a puppet of the govt and now to save their face in front of the court, they are doing absurd exercises with clueless methodology," JNUSU chief Mohit Pandey said.IANS
1,000 policemen search JNU campus for missing Najeeb
DEMONETISATION
Handlooms fall silent in Varanasi, $1 trillion hidden economy stalled
Varanasi:In PM  Narendra Modi’s political base of Varanasi, Hinduism’s holiest city, weaver Zainul Abedin stares at the uneven mud floor of his home. Behind him, more than a dozen handlooms lie idle. Abedin is part of the collateral damage of Modi’s Nov.8 decision to ban high-value currency notes, effectively cancelling 86% of cash in circulation. The move was designed to stifle corruption and tax evasion, but many of the hardest-hit are workers in India’s vast and intricate informal economy —small businesses, shops, drivers and countless other basic industries and services that employ more than 90 % of Indian workers.Most are poor like Abedin, who earns Rs 250 a day, but collectively they account for almost half the economy. That’s some $1 trillion, or more than the GDP of Indonesia. “Modi’s cash ban has broken our backs,” said Abedin, 39, who makes Varanasi’s famous silk fabrics, shot with gold and silver, and says he can no longer feed his children. “We weavers won’t last if this continues for even another month.”The cash ban is a massive gamble for Modi, who is trying to persuade ordinary Indians that they will benefit in the long run as rich tax evaders are forced to surrender hidden hordes and pay their fair share toward govt  spending. UP — which houses Varanasi — will be the acid test to see whether he’s succeeding. The most-populous state is ground zero for India’s shadow economy, with the largest share of the nation’s estimated 60 million non-farm, unincorporated enterprises according to latest govt  data.Bloomberg
Demonetisation: Angry cashless people attack banks in Gujarat
Ahmedabad: People furious over lack of cash in banks on Monday attacked bank branches in two districts of Gujarat, the authorities said.A mob locked up the State Bank of India and Dena Bank branches in Samadhiyala village in Amreli district in Saurashtra region after hundreds waiting in long queues were told the banks had no cash to give.Most of the people were farmers, witnesses said.In Surendranagar district, mobs attacked some bank branches and damaged their doors and windows after they were found to have been kept closed for the third consecutive day since Saturday.The bank authorities said there was no meaning of opening the branches as no cash had reached the branches on Monday.IANS
Demonetisation woes: Unable to bear losses in business, craftsman commits suicide in Coimbatore
Chennai:Unable to bear losses in business following the demonetisation policy, a gold jewellery craftsman allegedly committed suicide in Coimbatore.Muruganantham ran a jewellery workshop and specialised in making gold chains. A few craftsmen worked under him. After govt  demonetised Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes, Muruganantham's business took a hit. Most of his clients, from whom he owed money, could not pay him back in new currency. Number of client requests also reduced drastically. Facing a severe cash crunch, Muruganantham could not pay wages to the craftsmen. His family members said he often complained to them about not getting enough orders to sustain his workshop.
Don't worry, there's enough cash to last beyond Dec 30: Jaitley
New Delhi:Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said that no questions will be asked if any amount of old currency is deposited in one go, but repeated deposits may invite questions from concerned authorities. Finance Minister also slammed the Opposition for accusing the Modi govt  of going ahead with the huge decision of taking out Rs 500, 1000 notes from circulation without any proper planning.IndiaToday
Deposit old currency notes in one go to escape queries: Jaitley
Nearly Rs 14 lakh crore demonetised currency back in system; Why did RBI delete information from website?
Without Transparency in Political Funding, Modi’s Black Money Crackdown Doesn’t Carry Weight: VAISHALI RAWAT AND HEMANT SINGH
Weapon of mass digitisation: Modi's gambit has nothing to do with black money:Aseem Shrivastava, economist
Dialectics Of Authoritarianism: Transition From The People To The Leader: Prabhat Patnaik, economist
RBI Changes Rules Like PM Modi Changes Clothes: Rahul Gandhi's New Dig On Notes Ban
 Bank unions plan demonstrations on Dec. 28
Vadodara:All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA) and All India Bank Officers Association (AIBOA) have given a call for demonstration against the problems that various banks and their employees were facing due to demonetisation.They plan to undertake demonstrations on Dec.28, followed by the unions addressing a letter to Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Dec.29. The unions also plan to stage demonstrations on the issue on Jan.2 and 3.AIBEA general secretary C.H. Venkatchalam and his AIBOA counterpart S. Nagrajan, in a statement issued on Tuesday, said:“As per the call of our organisations, already our units have undertaken the programme of demonstrations in all major centres and met the local executives of the RBI to hand over our memorandum.”PTI
 Cash-strapped people protest, vandalise banks in UP
Angered customers pelted stones at the SBI branch in Kakroli, while people blocked the Shahpur-Kandhla road.Facing shortage of cash after demonetization, a group of angered customers pelted stones at the SBI branch in Kakroli village in Muzaffarnagar, police said on Tuesday.The branch manager Chander Mohan lodged a complaint alleging that some persons pelted stones at the bank last evening and damaged property while they were protesting against the shortage of cash at the bank, SHO Anand Mishra said.PTI
 Pakistan, Venezuela unwilling to go the whole way like Modi on note ban:Radhika Iyengar
Despite the immense hardships faced by people across India, PM Modi’s demonetisation move appears to be popular, at least politically. It has been echoed in at least two other developing countries, where Venezuela and Pakistan have taken a similar route. Last weekend, Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro took the decision of scrapping 48% of the country’s currency by withdrawing the 100 bolivar bill. Like Modi, who informed India that the step was taken not only to weed out black money, but to also falter the functioning of terrorists, Maduro told his citizens that the drastic measure was taken to circumvent Venezuela’s inflation (IMF made a forecast of it hitting 475%this year), while also battling the transnational mafias breeding in the country.Today, Pakistan announced that it would cull Rs 5000 notes from circulation. Out of the 3.4 trillion notes in circulation, 1.02 trillion –about a third — are in this high value. It’s therefore, not as drastic a step as the one taken by Modi who withdrew over 86%of the currency.I.Express
Now, Pakistan to demonetise its high Rs 5000 note
OTHERS
Owaisi questions NIA over terror cases probe
Hyderabad: AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi today asked why the country's premier probe agencies are not showing the same urgency to convict the accused in all terror cases, a day after a special NIA court awarded death penalty to 5 IM accused, including Yasin Bhatkal, in 2013 Dilsukhnagar bomb blasts case. The Hyderabad MP questioned the NIA and also mounted a veiled attack on the Centre saying,"Do not be surprised the way NIA is pursuing those Bomb Blast cases where accused are Non-Muslims they will be exonerated bcos of Ache Din?". "Why can't our Premier Investigation Agencies show same Urgency to convict all alleged terrorist cases, Demolition (of) Babri Masjid pending since 92," he asked.Over the awarding of death penalty to the 5 IM accused, he sought to know, while 2013 Dilsukhnagar blast accused were convicted, will the NIA "get conviction" in Mecca Masjid blast, Ajmer Dargha blast and Malegaon blasts cases. PTI
Why not probe terror attacks on Muslims: Owaisi
 Yasin Bhatkal's wife says no money to feed 10 kids
New Delh:Zahida Irshad Khan, the 28-year-old wife of Yasin Bhatkal who was sentenced to death on Monday for his role in 2013 Hyderabad twin blasts, is suspicious of late-evening knocks at her door. Understandably, therefore, when Mail Today team sought permission to enter her house at Abul Fazl Enclave in South-East Delhi, her first reaction was to slam shut the doors and switch off all lights inside.When Mail Today broke the news of death penalty to her husband, Zahida first expressed shock, then self-pity. "Leave me alone," she pleaded. A few minutes later, Zahida opened up to share her plight. "I am running out of cash and all the children are dying slowly because of hunger. My eldest daughter is running high fever. No one is here to take care of us. Instead, everyone comes to bring more trouble. Please let us live in isolation. We don't belong to this world," she said, amid frequent intervals. Zahida takes care of ten children. Some of them belong to her and Bhatkal. She is convinced that her husband is not a terrorist. "He is innocent. Don't do injustice with him and us," she said, her voice breaking.Zahida said she is unaware about any progress in the case. She also claimed that the security agencies who often approach her after Bhatkal's arrest, have not told her where her husband is lodged.She has no regular source of income and often has to make ends meet on charity. If the situation remains the same, she said, she may have to kill all her children before ending her life. "I am not earning anything. I lost my job as people have stopped sending their kids to my house to learn Urdu, because I am Yasin Bhatkal's wife. I am fed up since our residential address has come in the public domain after my husband's arrest." India Today
Doval, Trump’s NSA-designate discuss Indo-US strategic ties in Washington
General (retired) Michael Flynn, the American NSA-designate, and India’s national security advisor Ajit Doval reportedly met in Washington on Monday.NSA Ajit Doval met his counterpart in the incoming Trump administration, retired general Michael Flynn, and held wide ranging discussions about “regional and global issues” in Washington on Monday.This was the third senior level engagement between India and Trump administration starting with PM Narendra Modi’s congratulatory call to the president-elect within hours of his election. The second was a “round of talks” foreign secretary S Jaishankar held with senior officials of the Trump transition team some weeks ago in New York. No details were available of the discussions, except that there were several meetings.HT
Karnataka govt moots authority to check legitimacy of terror-related cases
Bengaluru: Karnataka govt has proposed an authority to check legitimacy of terror-related cases filed against those from the minority community."The authority is being mooted after reports that the investigative agencies have been increasingly misusing under UAPA over years, largely targeting members of minority community'' said home minister G Parameshwara at an event for the minority community. He said the proposed minority is being planned on a petition from the state's minority commission. Any cases filed under UAPA will first referred to the proposed authority before handing over to the investigation agency, he added.He said the state cabinet will also review past cases and withdraw it if they find any arrest made without enough evidence. Timesofindia
NIA sticks to its guns, says right-wing groups behind 2006 Malegaon blasts
Mumbai: NIA on Monday stuck to its stand that the 2006 Malegaon blasts were not the handiwork of the nine Muslim youngsters who were initially arrested in the case, and persons associated with Hindu radical groups were responsible for it. NIA clarified its stand while opposing the bail applications filed in the Bombay high court by four accused allegedly belonging to Hindu radical groups, Manor Singh, Rajendra Chaudhary, Dhan Singh and Lokesh Sharma.TOI
Malegaon blasts handiwork of Hindu radicals: NIA clarifies
Pathankot attack: FBI agent, US justice dept attorney among witnesses named by NIA
New Delhi: NIA has listed a special agent of the FBI and a trial attorney of the US department of justice as "witnesses" among others in the Pathankot attack chargesheet against Maulana Masood Azhar and 3 others. Sources said US authorities had played an important role throughout the investigation in establishing the role of JeM, sharing details of Facebook chats, emails and thousands of conversations between the terrorists and their handlers apart from other help.TOI
200 commandos trained to fight fidayeen in J&K:TOI
Srinagar: A fresh batch of 200 special commandos drawn from J&K police have been trained to take on fidayeen (suicide attackers) following a spurt in terror attacks against security forces and official installations in the Kashmir Valley. 200 commandos, who received vigorous training under experts of various agencies and former police officers at Commando Training Centre (CTC) Lethpora in south Kashmir's Pulwama district, were formally pressed in to service in a passing out parade attended by CM  Mehbooba Mufti last week on Dec. 14.
PSA, other laws misused in Kashmir:J&K Jama’at-e-Islami
Srinagar:Jama’at-e-Islami (JeI) J&K today condemned, what it said, the “misuse” of PSA and other such laws by the police and demanded early release of all political prisoners.“Sheikh Muhammad Yousuf, 80-year-old Jamaat activist from Sopore, was detained second time by the police after the district Magistrate Baramulla issued second detention order under PSA on the recommendations of the local police without taking into account the order of the high court quashing his earlier detention”, said the Jama’at spokesman said. greaterkashmir
Days after communal clash in Vadodara: Man injured in police action dies: Indian express
Vadodara: A man, who was allegedly injured in the police action following a communal clash in the Old City area on Dec.8, died in a hospital on Monday. While police claimed that they had resorted to pellet guns to disperse a mob, family members of Arshad Shaikh alleged he had suffered a bullet wound through his left eye.The area remained tense following the death of Arshad (in his late 20s) and heavy police force was deployed there to ensure a peaceful burial procession.In a memorandum submitted to the police department, Arshad’s brother Munaf demanded that the policemen attached with the City Police Station, including Inspector MD Puwar, must be booked for culpable homicide amounting to murder under Section 302 of IPC. Munaf alleged that policemen cornered Arshad, who had stepped out of his Yakutpura home on the night of December 8 only to “find out what was happening”.
WB:Riot police deployed after clashes erupt in Dhulagarh
Kolkata: Howrah’s Dhulagarh continued to be tense on Monday, days after an alleged attack on a procession held to mark Prophet Muhammad’s birth anniversary. The Muslims living in the area had claimed that they were attacked by a group of Hindus, who had an objection with the procession. Houses were burnt and shops were looted in a retaliatory attack by Muslims. According to police, at least 25 people have been arrested so far.NewsX
Bhilwara remains peaceful after communal clash
Ajmer: Bhilwara remained peaceful though tense on Monday after a communal clash in Gayatri Nagar of the city day before. Internet services were barred to stop spreading of rumours and police battalion from Ajmer range was deployed to handle any worse situation. Timesofindia
Reformist liberals form group to abolish Triple Talaq; plan to be petitioner in the case: india today
Mumbai:Muslim Reformist Liberals have formed a group to fight for the right of Muslim women and abolition of triple talaq, more so the way it is practised. The group - Indian Muslims for Secular Democracy (IMSD) has been formed given the challenges that Indian Muslims are facing such as entry in Dargahs, triple talaq etc. This comes after a group of women campaigners won a legal battle on the ban on women entering Haji Ali Dargah.IMSD has been convened by Javed Anand, who had earlier formed Muslims for Secular Democracy (MSD) along with lyricist Javed Akhtar. IMSD held a 2-day convention regarding the issue in Goregaon, Mumbai last weekend.
Wakf land corruption: Kerala HC asks govt to implement Nissar Commission report
Kochi: Kerala High Court has directed for implementing the recommendations of MA Nissar Commission report. The panel had investigated the irregularities in Kerala State Wakf Board.A division bench of the court ordered the implementation of a govt order issued in May 2010 approving the enquiry report and directing for further action. The order had also proposed action by the state govt using its power to issue directions to the wakf board as Wakf Act (section 97). timesofindia
Delhi HC notice to MHA, ED over Moin Qureshi’s detention
Naqvi holds talks with Saudi envoy about smooth Haj
Lucknow civil society expresses solidarity with Syria, blame Assad for war on his own people
WORLD
Sharp-suited killer of Russian ambassador ‘used police ID’ to enter Ankara show: AFP
Turkish policeman who assassinated Russian ambassador to Ankara Andrei Karlov at an Ankara exhibition centre used his police ID to enter the show while armed, reports said on Tuesday.Mevlut Mert Altintas, 22, set off the metal detector security check when he entered the exhibition in central Ankara as he was carrying a gun, the pro-govt  Sabah daily said.But after showing his police ID, he was waved through and allowed to proceed. Hurriyet daily added that Altintas, who had worked for Ankara’s anti-riot police for the last two and a half years, had stayed at a nearby hotel to prepare for the attack.It said Altintas, who was off duty at the time, had put on a suit and tie and shaved at the hotel before heading to the exhibition centre. He was later killed by police after a shootout.AFP
Assassination of ambassador an attack on relations with Russia: Erdogan
Senior Turkish officials have condemned the assassination of the Russian ambassador in Ankara, saying that those behind the attack were trying to drive a wedge between the 2 countries.“I believe this is an attack on Turkey, the Turkish state and the Turkish people, and also a clear provocation to Turkish-Russian relations. I am sure our Russian friends also see this fact,” said President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as saying in the aftermath of the killing of the top Russian envoy in Turkey.Erdogan’s Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin agreed with his assessment, saying the killing was a provocation.“This murder is clearly a provocation aimed at undermining the improvement and normalization of Russian-Turkish relations, as well as undermining the peace process in Syria promoted by Russia, Turkey, Iran and other countries interested in settling the conflict in Syria,” Russia's president said.rt.com
Why killing of Russian diplomat may well bring turkey and Russia closer: Julian Borger, editor The Guardian
Putin denounces attack on envoy as provocation to sabotage Turkey-Russia ties
Turkey’s Prez Erdogan says Putin agrees shooting of ambassador was provocation
Russia joins probe into envoy assassination in Ankara
Ankara focuses on Gulen links in Karlov assassination
The investigation into the killing of the Russian ambassador in Ankara is focusing on possible links to the Gulen movement, a senior official with Turkey's ruling party said.The Gulen group, led by self-exiled Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, is accused by Turkey of masterminding the July 22 failed coup, and is seen by Ankara as a terrorist organisation.The assailant who shot dead envoy Andrey Karlov on Monday evening was identified by Turkish authorities as a 22-year-old serving member of capital Ankara's riot police force.Mevlut Mert Altintas shouted in Turkish: "Don't forget Aleppo! Don't forget Syria!" after killing Karlov at a photo exhibition in the capital. aljazeera
Russia joins probe into envoy assassination in Ankara
PKK leader Karayılan threatens Turkish politicians with suicide bombings, assassinations
Istanbul:PKK, whose leader Murat Karayılan has threatened Turkish politicians with suicide attacks and assassinations in a recent interview, has been enjoying an open support from the EU politicians despite being recognized as a terror organization. Murat Karayılan, de-facto leader of PKK terrorist organization, threatened Turkish politicians with suicide bomb attacks while acknowledging the presence of a "battalion" established solely for this purpose. Dailysabah
US embassy in Ankara closed after gunman fires shots
US embassy in Ankara and other consulates in Turkey were closed on Tuesday after an individual fired shots in front of the mission in the capital.Turkish police have detained the man, who took out a shotgun he hid in his coat and fired about eight rounds into the air before the embassy's security guards intervened and apparently overpowered him.No one was hurt in the incident, hours after a Turkish policeman who fatally shot Russian Ambassador at a photo exhibition in Ankara. aljazeera
UN Security Council backs sending observers to Aleppo
With Russia's backing, the UNSC on Monday voted to quickly deploy UN observers to Aleppo to monitor evacuations and report on the fate of civilians who remain in the besieged Syrian city.The council unanimously adopted the French-drafted resolution that marks the first show of unity in months among world powers grappling with the crisis in Syria.The resolution calls for UN officials and others to be able to monitor evacuations from eastern Aleppo and the safety of civilians who remain in the Syrian city. Aljazeera
'Karbala is in Aleppo this year': ex-Hizballah leader
Syrian regime's brutal military campaign against rebel areas in Aleppo has allowed IS group militants to flourish in other parts of the country, Hizballah's ex-secretary general and senior Shia cleric Sheikh Subhi al-Tufayli said during a fiery Friday sermon.He said that Assad - along with his Iranian, Russian and Hizballah allies - was guilty of "slaughtering thousands of Muslims" in Aleppo, a place he has previously likened to Karbala, one of Shia Islam's most revered cities. alaraby
Palestinians trapped in Syria face humanitarian crisis
Aid organisations say an airtight blockade, ongoing violence, and a rapidly declining humanitarian situation are putting the lives of more than 6,000 Palestinian refugees at risk in Syria's Yarmouk camp. UK-based Action Group for Palestinians in Syria warned that Yarmouk's "humanitarian situation is going from bad to worse" in statement published today. Yarmouk was once home to nearly 200,000 Palestinian refugees and Syrians, and most of its former residents have been displaced to other parts of Syria or outside the country. Stuck between a brutal blockade and armed clashes, a mere 6,250 civilians are believed to be in Yarmouk, according to UNRWA, UN agency for Palestinian refugees. "Health facilities are limited and the humanitarian situation can change rapidly given levels of vulnerability," spokesman Chris Gunness said.
Turkey, Iran, Russia ready to be 'guarantors' in Syria
Foreign minister declares Algerian support for Assad
Syrian army poised to enter east Aleppo
Egypt upholds jail terms for Morsi supporters
Egypt’s highest appellate court on Monday upheld 3-year jail terms handed down earlier against 15 supporters of former President Mohamed Morsi, who was ousted and imprisoned in a 2013 military coup.15 were initially sentenced last year to three years each behind bars for allegedly taking part in “riots” in Egypt’s canal city of Suez in 2014.
3 people hurt in shooting at Zurich Islamic centre
A man burst into a Muslim prayer hall in the Swiss city of Zurich and started shooting, wounding at least three men.A body found a few hundred metres from the scene was that of the shooter who attacked an Islamic centre, police confirmed on Tuesday.At around 5:30pm on Monday,unidentified attacker entered the Islamic centre where several worshippers were gathered and began firing, Zurich police said.He "fired several shots at the worshippers," police said."3 men, aged 30, 35 and 56, were injured, some seriously.Suspect then escaped from the mosque in the direction of Central Station," it said.aljazeera
US: Man throws hot coffee over Muslim lady, calls her terrorist
Pak man wrongly arrested, Berlin truck attacker may be out there
Bangla Jamaat wants to participate in EC reforms dialogue
Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami called upon President Abdul Hamid to include the party in the ongoing dialogue between the president and the country's registered political parties over Election Commission (EC) reforms.“Jamaat is a registered political party. The case over Jamaat’s registration is now pending with the Appellate Division of Supreme Court. The party has the right to participate in the discussion as a party representing public,” Jamaati Ameer Maqbul Ahmad said in a letter sent to president on Monday. Dhakatribune
Electoral College vote seals Donald Trump victory
President-elect Donald Trump has received a majority in the US Electoral College as votes from Texas electors put him over 270 threshold. Monday's result confirmed, as expected, Trump's election as the 45th president of the US. aljazeera
Israeli bill to legalise settlements must be rejected:Arab League
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