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24 December 2016

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24  Dec.2016: 24 Rabiul Awwal 1438: Vol:8, No:70
Registration fee for Pakistani Hindus as Indian citizens reduced from Rs 15,000 to Rs 100
Jodhpur: The registration fees for Hindus and other minority community people from three neighbouring countries, including Pakistan, as Indian citizens have been drastically reduced to as low as Rs 100 from Rs 15,000.In a gazette notification, the home ministry said the new rules will be applicable to minority communities- Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians- from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and living in India on long term visa. However, for minority community people from countries other than the 3, the fees will be Rs 10,000 for registration in India and Rs 15,000 if registered elsewhere.The new rules also allow the minority members from neighbouring countries to take oath of allegiance as an Indian citizen in front of Sub-Divisional Magistrate, in case of absence of Collector, Deputy Commissioner or District Magistrate.PTI
Fresh protests in Kashmir over West Pak refugees
Srinagar: Protests erupted amid a shutdown call by separatists in the Kashmir Valley on Friday against the alleged move to grant domicile certificate to West Pakistan refugees in J&K. JKLF chief Yasin Malik was detained when he tried to take out a march in Srinagar. “Kashmiris will not shy away from spilling even their blood to safeguard the Muslim majority character of J&K. The Supreme Court orders regarding the quasi-sovereign status of J&K and permitting outside banks to confiscate and hold properties in it is part of the conspiracy to change the demography,” alleged Malik.Speaking at Jamia Masjid before the Friday prayers, Hurriyat faction chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said, “Our peaceful programme against the anti-Kashmir policies of granting domicile rights to WP refugees and using the judiciary to subvert the Kashmir dispute was thwarted by the police.”West Pakistan refugees issue sparked fresh street protests in the Valley. There were clashes in parts of Sopore, Srinagar and Bandipora districts among others.On Thursday, Govt  spokesman and State Education Minister Nayeem Akhtar ruled out granting any citizenship to WP refugees in J&K, saying “only identification certificates were issued.”CPI(M) leader Yousuf Tarigami warned against “violating and eroding the special status of J&K”. thehindu
Kashmir: Life remains crippled for 2nd day due to strike
J&K: Protests against domicile certificates to Pak refugees
Separatists' strike affects normal life in Kashmir:PTI
Govt ‘plotting’ to change JK demography:Yasin  Malik
A deliberate attempt is being made to change J&K’s demography by issuing domicile certificates to West Pakistan refugees, JKLF Chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik said on Friday, asserting that he “won’t mind” spilling his blood to “sabotage the PDP-BJP government’s move.” Greater kashmir
MoS PMO defends move to give domicile to Pak refugees in J&K
New Delhi: Amid snowballing row, Minister of State in the PMO Jitendra Singh today defended the decision of J&K govt to issue domicile certificates to West Pakistan refugees and slammed those opposing the move to address the matter which has been lingering for 70 years.Singh, BJP leader from Jammu, said the country owes it to them since they have been living in the state for last 70 years and have been languishing without jobs and proper livelihood since Independence. Kashmiri separatists have criticized the move by J&K govt to give domicile certificates to West Pakistan refugees, saying it was an attempt to change the demography of the state. “This has absolutely nothing to do with citizenship right per se…those who are trying to make an issue out of it or oppose this should first address the issue of some foreign nationals who have settled down in the suburbs of Jammu,” he said.PTI
West Pakistan refugees row: Jitendra Singh accuses NC of politics of convenience
AIMPLB has turned into ‘male personal law board’: MJ Akbar
Kolkata:Targeting the All India Muslim Personal Law Board over the issue of ‘triple talaq’, Minister of State for External Affairs M J Akbar Saturday accused the organisation of turning itself into a “male personal law board which is only interested in oppressing women”.“Islam calls for gender equality and not gender oppression. Islam has never called for oppressing women.Muslim Personal Law Board has turned into male personal law board,” Akbar said while addressing a programme in Kolkata. On the last month’s convention of AIMPLB supporting ‘triple talaq’ which was attended by a large number of people, Akbar said, “Huge gathering always doesn’t signify truth.”Calling for removal of ‘triple talaq’ as it is against humanity, Akbar said, “Sometimes a marriage doesn’t work so there is a clause of divorce. But while marrying in Muslim community you need the permission of the women. Then why during divorce (talaq), only a man will dictate terms and by spelling the word ‘talaq’ three times (it can be obtained).” Akbar noted that if the country has to move forward and if the economy has to grow, we need to take the women along.PTI
We are just a counselling centre, not a kangaroo court: Mosque caretaker on Madras HC verdict on Sharia courts
Chennai:Sharia courts have once again come under the scanner after the Madras high court this week banned all unauthorised courts in mosques across Tamil Nadu, in response to a petition filed by a NRI Abdur Rahman.What is known is that practitioners of Islam frequently go to these courts for advice and counsel, usually in matters of matrimonial disputes or property issues. Makkah Masjid, located on bustling Anna Salai, denies all allegations of wrongdoing.“We are just a counselling centre. When members of our community run into marriage problems or property disputes they come here for advice. We are definitely not a kangaroo court,”Hazir Mohammed, caretaker of the mosque, says.“This is our Shariah council,”Mohammed continues, pointing to a small room. Bare except for a few chairs and a long desk, council is comprised of the imam and his deputy, a woman’s rights activist, and even an advocate from the high court. “Abdur Rahman has made this into an issue by taking it to the court because the council advised his wife to divorce him.This is another false accusation and we will plan how best to respond to it,”Mohammed says. R Rajaramani, advocate representing Abdur Rahman, however said, "In the case of my client, the council passed judgement hours after they heard from both him and his wife - which is a violation of the guidelines laid down by the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, which says there has to be at least a 3 month gap between hearing and fatwa,” he adds. HT
Muslim clerics wont's solemnize extravagant nikahs in MP's Khandwa
Indore:Muslim clerics in Khandwa district said they will not solemnize marriages of community couples if the make extravagant expenses during the function including taking out processions and dancing on roads.Imams of over 21 mosques have signed a public notice that prohibits Sunni Muslim youth from taking out marriage processions and dancing on the streets on drum beats.The document, copy of which is possession of TOI, says that religious scriptures like Bahar-e-Shariyat (Hissa 07) and Fatawa Faiz-ur-Rasool (Jild 02) suggest that extravagant expenses made on marriages is Haraam - forbidden by Allah."Nikahs solemnized in simplicity earn Allah's blessings. Thus the clerics have decided to keep away from solemnizing extravagant weddings," said Abu Hanifa Foundation Khandwa spokesman Mohd Javed.The foundation was instrumental in speaking to the clerics around Khandwa and getting them to arrive to a consensus.The imams readily agreed to the suggestions. "It sends a good message to the society. The society was being corrupted when marriage processions involved use of DJs and men and women danced on the streets," said Javed. timesofindia
Baraat sans band, baja for Muslim youth in Khandwa
Irshad Ali, Maurif Qamar acquitted of terror charges after 11-year
New Delhi: It took more than one decade for two Muslim youths to get out of trial, terror-tag and torment when they were acquitted of terror charges by a trial court on Thursday. Irshad Ali and Maurif Qamar, were picked up in December 2005 and kept in “illegal custody” for weeks, after which they were named in a terror conspiracy case. They had been working as informers for the Delhi Police’s Special Cell and Intelligence Bureau till they fell out with their handlers. Police had claimed that the duo were arrested with arms and ammunition on 9 February 2006 at Mukarba Chowk in Delhi, as soon as they got off a bus from Jammu. However, Delhi High Court has ordered a CBI probe, after Qamar’s brother filed a plea.CBI has filed its closure report on 11 November 2008, in which they had concluded that the duo were IB and Special Cell informers and had been falsely implicated.Muslim mirror/siasat
Rajasthan ATS officer who helped nab alleged IS-sympathiser, kills paramour, commits suicide
Jaipur:  A Rajasthan ATS officer, who was instrumental in the arrest of an allegdd IS-sympathiser Mohammed Sirajuddin last year, allegedly committed suicide after killing his 24-year-old paramour with his service pistol at Jagatpura here, police said today.It appears that ASP at the ATS, Ashish Prabhakar, first murdered Poonam Sharma and then committed suicide in an SUV late last night near under-construction Bombay Hospital, DCP South Manish Agarwal said, adding the victims had bullet wounds at their foreheads.The officer after murdering the woman informed the police control about the crime, police said."He left two suicide notes in his briefcase. One for his wife where he apologised for choosing the wrong path and said Poonam was blackmailing him. In the other, he named 6 to 7 persons- with whom the woman was in touch," DCP said.PTI
Special NIA court rejects Kerala priest Haneef’s bail plea
Mumbai:The special NIA court on Friday rejected a bail plea of Mohammed Haneef, a priest from Kerala who was arrested on August 13 for allegedly influencing a city-based man to join terror outfit ISIS.In the bail plea filed before the special court, Haneef had pleaded that he has been falsely implicated in the case. “As per Islamic religion and custom he was professing the religious work as imam in the Masjid for leading prayer five times apart from the said duty he was assigned to spread Islamic values amongst the Muslim community. There cannot be any offence for preaching or giving knowledge about religious speech under any law,” stated his plea.HT
2007 Samjhauta blasts case: 4 more witnesses turn hostile
Chandigarh:4 more witnesses in the 2007 Samjhauta Express blasts case turned hostile before the special NIA court in Panchkula on Friday. The witnesses, associated with Gujarat-based Shabri Dham Ashram headed by prime accused Swami Aseemanand, are Kishore Bhai Gavit, Sunil Bhai, Mansu Bhai and Phool Chand. They were among five witnesses, who appeared in the NIA court on Friday, and resiled from their earlier statements given to the NIA. indianexpress
Abid was afraid of arrest, says IS suspect’s kin: indian express
Bengaluru: Bengaluru youth who was arrested last week in Himachal Pradesh, for suspected links with the Islamic State (IS), fled home in January this year, afraid that he would be picked up as part of the NIA’s nationwide sweep, according to his elder brother Ayub Khan. Abid Khan, 23, was arrested from Kullu on Dec.17. In January, after several people were arrested from Bengaluru and other places by the NIA and state police teams for alleged links with the IS, “he (Abid) told me that one of his contacts was among those caught. He said he feared his name would also emerge, and that he needed to hide”, Ayub, 25, said.One day in January Abid “went for a wedding”. He never returned home.Having dropped out of formal schooling in Class V, since their father, Yousuf Khan, now 62 and a tailor by profession, could not afford his fees, Abid went to a madrassa in Vaniyambadi, in Tamil Nadu’s Vellore district.
Alleged Muslim cattle smuggler killed in Tripura BSF firing, family says he’s innocent
A Muslim man was killed when BSF troopers, while on patrol along India-Bangladesh border in Tripura, opened fire suspecting him to be a smuggler police said here on Saturday.“Araber Rahman, 38, was killed in Border Security Force firing at Balerdepha village (under Sipahijala district) late Friday night,” police spokesman Uttam Kumar Bhowmik said. Bhowmik said that the BSF told the police that during patrolling against cattle smuggling, they opened fire killing the man on the spot.“Family members of the victim have denied the BSF allegations and lodged a complaint with the police against the para-military troopers. They said he was innocent,” the police official said.HT
Incharge Gujarat DGP Pandey files discharge plea in Ishrat case
Ahmedabad;Gujarat’s incharge DGP P P Pandey, an accused in the Ishrat Jahan alleged fake encounter case, has filed a discharge application, which is likely to come up for hearing at the special CBI court on January 12. Pandey, an accused in the case and currently out on bail, has cited his reinstatement and promotion as incharge DGP as one of the grounds, besides claiming that none of the 105 witnesses examined by the court have named him in the case. The officer moved the application that he be discharged from the case when the matter was being heard in the court of special CBI judge S J Raje. The matter could not come up for hearing after judge Raje recused himself around two months ago and is pending. “Two days ago, the Ishrat Jahan case was transferred to the court of special CBI judge J K Pandya who is likely to hear Pandey’s pending discharge application on January 12,” Pandey’s lawyer Paresh Nayak said.PTI
Dismiss PIL for probe into Bhopal jailbreak, encounter, MP govt to HC
Jabalpur: Madhya Pradesh govt has filed a reply in the high court citing that PIL seeking inquiry into the jailbreak and subsequent encounter should be dismissed as the matter is now being looked into by a judicial commission. Mother of a slain alleged SIMI member - Khalid had filed PIL demanding filing of a murder case against police officials.A division bench at Jabalpur had issued notices to the state govt  seeking reply on the petition. Home department submitted a detailed reply in the court stating that the matter was already being probed by Justice SK Pandey-led judicial commission. Next hearing has been scheduled for Jan.10.Khalid's mother MehmoobaBi filed an application demanding registration of murder cases against policemen involved in the alleged encounter and a separate murder case for killing of jail constable.TOI
Goa Muslim children fest says no to copying Zakir Naik in fancy dress contest
 Panaji: The organisers of Goa’s first Muslim children’s festival have withdrawn Zakir Naik as a personality to be emulated at a fancy dress contest following protests from Muslims.Asif Hussain, a spokesperson for the Board of Islamic Education Centres, told IANS that Naik’s name from the list of 20 Muslim personalities to be emulated during the fancy dress contest had been withdrawn.“The organisers have withdrawn Naik’s name from the competition keeping in mind the reservations some people have regarding him,” Hussain said.“Naik has contributed a lot towards the enlightenment of Muslims and focussed a lot of commonalities of faiths... But in recent developments surrounding him and the reservations expressed from some quarters we have withdrawn his name from the list,” he said.Goa’s first ever Muslim children’s festival ‘Taare Zameen Par’ from Dec.26-30 is being organised by the Board of Islamic Education along with the Hikmah Foundation’s House of Wisdom.Others in the list of Muslim personalities to be emulated include Allama Iqbal, Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, Tippu Sultan, Adil Shah, Aurangzeb and Ibn Batuta.IANS
DEMONETISATION
Foreign Media Roast Modi's Demonetisation, Call It 'Bizarre, Unethical And Immoral'
It began in April 2014. The Economist posed the question: Can anyone stop Narendra Modi? They had the answer too: “He will probably become India’s next PM. That does not mean he should be”.The article was written based on his stint as CM  of the Gujarat that saw one of the worst pogroms in India and 'nurturing of anti-Muslim votes'.He became the PM , and mid-way into his tenure articles lambasting his financial daredevilry – demonetisation – have become regular across the pages of influential publications such as The Wall Street Journal and Forbes magazine.In its leader comment, Forbes CEO and editor-in-chief Steve Forbes headlined the move as 'Sickening and Immoral'.Forbes said in the latest issue: “India's govt  perpetrated an unprecedented act that is not only damaging its economy and threatening destitution to countless millions of its already poor citizens but also breathtaking in its immorality.”What India has done is commit a massive theft of people's property without even the pretense of due process--a shocking move for a democratically elected govt. (One expects such things in places like Venezuela.)” Wall Street Journal, the largest newspaper in the United States by circulation, termed demonetisation as 'India’s Bizarre War on Cash'.The latest was a Reuters article on how the Modi govt  had allegedly lobbied for an upgrade of Moody's credit rating. outlookindia
Steve Forbes writes stinging editorial on demonetisation, calls it ‘immoral’ and ‘sickening’
Man dies of cardiac arrest in bank queue in Mathura
Mathura:A labourer died after he allegedly suffered a cardiac arrest while standing in a bank queue to withdraw money for the treatment of his son.Uma Shankar, a resident of Goverdhan,was queued outside Govardhan branch of Central bank on Friday, to withdraw money for the treatment of his ailing son, when he suffered a cardiac arrest, police said.PTI
Demonetisation woes: Bank can’t pay senior citizen Rs 10,000 for wife’s last rites
A senior citizen in Jharkhand’s Latehar district had to raise money from neighbours and acquaintances to cremate his wife after his bank turned down his request for a cash withdrawal. Juel Kujur, a retired govt  employee in his late eighties in Birshrampur village, 180 km from the state capital, wanted to withdraw Rs 10,000 for the last rites of his wife Heeramani Kujur (82) who died Thursday. hindustantimes
Modi wants to ‘destroy’ farmers: Ajit Singh
Modi govt has dismantled foreign policy: Manoj Joshi
OTHERS
Prez questions but okays enemy property ordinance
President Pranab Mukherjee is believed to have raised questions on the Centre’s move to push another ordinance to allow a department to continue to hold sway over “enemy” properties in the country. However, Mukherjee has cleared the ordinance for the fifth time. The legislation related to the ordinance could not be passed for at least three years, prompting the Centre to go the ordinance route to maintain a status quo. Sources told HT that the President questioned why the govt  was unable to pass the bill and was pushing ordinances one after another.Legislation related to ordinance could not be passed for at least three years, prompting the Centre to go the ordinance route.The law provides that all properties belonging to persons who had left the country and gone to Pakistan or China — the two countries that had waged war against India — were by definition ‘enemy properties’ and had to be taken over by the govt. HT
Dissolution of Waqf Board: Delhi HC adjourns AAP MLA’s plea
New Delhi:Delhi High Court Friday adjourned a plea filed by AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan challenging the dissolution of the Delhi Waqf Board, which had been taken up by former Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung. A bench of Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva adjourned the hearing after it was informed that the L-G had tendered his resignation, and the issue could not be decided till a new L-G is appointed.The bench also observed that the issue was “not likely to be resolved soon” and issued notice to L-G and the Waqf Board, and has sought their replies by March 18. The court noted that there was no lawyer present representing the office of the L-G, and the matter could not be heard without the L-G being represented. Indian express
Amanatullah in Delhi HC against Waqf Board dissolution
Zee News reporter says he’s been asked to resign after his question to Khattar went viral: Janta Ka Reporter
A reporter working for Zee News Haryana has alleged that the channel’s management had asked him to resign with immediate effect after his uncomfortable question (see below) to Haryana CM, Manohar Lal Khattar, went viral on social media platforms.Reporter Mahender Singh told Janta Ka Reporter,” On 19 Dec I had asked the question to CM, which went viral by the evening the same day. Next morning my input head, Amit Sharma, asked me to return from the reporting assignment I was originally tasked with. I had an important assignment on 20 Dec, but was told to go home. My boss said that the cameraman will do the assignment on my behalf.”Singh said that he wrote to his immediate boss, Dinesh Singh, but didn’t receive any clarification. So, he decided to write an email to him on 21 Dec.
2 years after Charlie Hebdo cartoon row, former Urdu newspaper editor to launch web portal: indianexpress
Mumbai: Shirin Dalvi is looking forward to getting back to work. “I’ve already been working the last couple of months, but soon, my work will be out there for everyone to see,” said Dalvi about the Urdu news portal, Urdu News Express, she will be launching on Saturday. The portal, Dalvi said, will focus on news and opinion pieces but will have “a more progressive outlook as opposed to other Urdu publications”.It’s been a difficult 2 years for Dalvi. On Jan.17, 2015, Avadhnama — the Urdu newspaper where she was working as editor — published a Charlie Hebdo cartoon “offensive to the Muslim community”.
Mumbai Cong chief Sanjay Nirupam claims he is under ‘house arrest’, cops deny
Mumbai: Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam, who planned to lead a ‘silent’ march to the venue of PM  Narendra Modi’s public meeting in the city on Saturday, claimed he had been placed under “house arrest” --- a charge denied by police.Mumbai Police said the personnel deployed outside Nirupam’s residence were only part of the security arrangements made across the city in view of the PM’s visit for launching some major projects.“The area outside my house is under heavy police bandobast (arrangements) and I am being prevented from stepping out,” Nirupam told PTI.PTI
Govt can acquire land of places of worship for public benefit: Allahabad high court
Allahabad high court has ruled that govt  can acquire land belonging to places of worship and convert it for “benefit of public at large”.A bench comprising justice VK Shukla and justice MC Tripathi on Friday passed the order on a petition filed by the Church Of North India Trust Association, which challenged the acquisition of land by National Highways Authority of India(NHAI).While disposing of the petition, the court, however,took a liberal view and observed that demolition of a church on Christmas eve would be “too harsh” and stayed its demolition for a month. It directed NHAI and the petitioner to demolish/shift church and graveyard after that period.HT
Parliament Panel raps Minority Affairs Ministry for discrepancy in budget spending
New Delhi: A Parliamentary Panel raps the Minority Affairs Ministry for its inability to spend its budgetary allocation and also for not spending its funds as per stipulated rules. The Panel said that this attitude could lead to Finance Ministry curtailing its budgetary allocation for next financial year.Lok Sabha’s Standing Committee on Social Justice and Empowerment has taken exception to the Minority Affairs Ministry’s irregular pace of expenditure.Report submitted notes that against the budgetary allocation of Rs. 3712.78 crore for the year 2015-16, the Ministry of Minority Affairs had only spent 42.54% of the funds till Feb 29,2016.And in the month of March alone the Ministry spent the 55% of funds. newindianexpress
Even after 10 years, Sachar Committee’s major recommendations did not see light
New Delhi:  Reviewing the 10 year progress of the  Sachar Committee report’s implementation in the presence of Justice Rajendra Sachar,  eminent scholars, Muslim representatives and  members of the  Sachar Committee  said that  its major and critical recommendations  such as Equal Opportunity Commission (EOC),  Diversity Index, De-reservation of Muslim-dominated constituencies, Amendment in Article 341, Indian Waqf Service  and compensation for terror exonerees etc   still remained in cold storage.Speaking at a seminar on “the Justice Sachar Committee Report: A Review After 10 Years’, here on Thursday, they underlined the fact that the minorities, especially the largest minority(Muslims), have been the ignored factor by all Central Govts.To mark this occasion, Socialist Yuvjan Sabha (SYS), PUCL and Khudai Khidmatgar have jointly organized the seminar in which a review of the implementation carried out by central and state govts in the last 10 years was taken.Dr. Ashwani Kumar,  Prof. Manoranjan Mohanty, Prof. Amitabh Kundu, Jamait Ulama Hind’s Maulana Mahmood Madani, Jamaat Islami Hind’s Dr. Salim Engineer, Niraj Singh (President SYS) and Ravikiran Jain (President, PUCL) also participated in the deliberations.muslim mirror
'Govts' mindset behind Muslims' backwardness'
Another mosque returned to Muslims in Punjab
Ludhiana: A mosque under adverse occupation for the last 72 years was returned to Muslims and regular prayers re-started there on 14 December. This mosque is Masjid Umar on Sarai Road Chowk of Phagwara town. It was reclaimed due to the efforts of Maulana Owaisur Rahman Ludhianwi, imam of Jama Masjid Phagwara which itself was reclaimed in 1950 due to the efforts of well-known freedom fighter Maulana Khalilur Rahman Ludhianwi.The first prayer in Masjid Umar was led by Maulana Muhammad Usman Rahmani Ludhianwi, a leader of Majlis Ahrar-e Islam Hind and deputy Shahi Imam of Punjab. Speaking after the first prayer, Maulana Owaisur Rahman thanked Hindu and Sikh brethren for their support to his efforts. Sweets were distributed during this ceremony.Milli Gazette
Telangana: Minorities oanel bats for 12 % Muslim quota
Charminar: State Minorities Commission (SMC) has made a representation to the Telangana State Backward Classes Commission(TSBCC) pushing the case for a 12% quota for Muslims, an additional 8% over existing 4%. TOI
After Nagpur, massive rally now in Beed for demanding reservation for Muslims
Beed: A week after a huge rally in Nagpur, as many as 2 lakh Muslims flocked the streets of Beed in Maharashtra demanding Muslim reservation and an end to inference in Muslim personal law. The Muslims also raised the question “Where is Najeeb” regarding the JNU student who is missing for the last two months.The rally was organised by the Beed Zila Muslim Samaj,an umbrella organisation of religious, social and political organisation in the district.TCN
Muslims to take out Arakashan Muk Morcha in Aurangabad on Jan 6:UNI
AMU students demand Muslim quota promised by SP
Agra;AMU students took out a protest march on Friday to demand implementation of 18% reservation for Muslims as promised by Samajwadi Party in its 2012 poll manifesto.In its election manifesto in 2012, SP had promised that Muslims would be considered most backward and given reservation like Dalits in proportion to their population.TOI
Rumours of SP-Cong-RLD alliance in UP ‘baseless’:Azad
Senior Congress leader and party in-charge of UP Ghulam Nabi Azad has said that the rumours over the alliance between the Samajwadi Party, Congress and RLD for upcoming UP assembly polls as “completely baseless”.“It is completely baseless. None of it has ever taken place. No discussions have taken place on the alliance and when the discussion has not taken place, then, there is no chance of seat distribution as well,” Ghulam Nabi Azad said.According to media reports, Congress, SP and RLD have agreed for a pre-poll alliance for upcoming Assembly elections in UP.These reports suggested that the Samajwadi Party will contest on 303 seats while the Congress and Ajit Singh’s RLD will field candidates in 78 and 22 constituencies respectively. Akhilesh has been saying that a tie-up between SP and Congress would fetch over 300 of the 403 assembly seats in the upcoming elections. indiatvnews
Ajit Singh rubbishes reports of alliance with SP, Congress
UP polls 2017: Will SP-Congress-RLD grand coalition be announced in next 48 hours?
Jaipur Literature Festival dumps 'award wapsi' writers, picks up RSS ideologues
Just one month is left for the 10th edition of Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) and it is already in controversy. This time, for dumping the prominent writers who supported or were a part of the 'award wapsi' protest.That is not it, JLF has included the ideologues of RSS for the upcoming event. Manmohan Vaidya, head of RSS's communications department and Dattatreya Hosabale, a joint general secretary of the RSS will be spotted in the 10th edition of Jaipur Literature Festival. On the other hand, the regular attendees of the event including Ashok Vajpeyi, Uday Prakash and K. Satchidanandan, have not been invited this time around. As the information was circulated, the smart social media users picked up the reason for the growing clout of RSS and absence of regular participants. Indiasamvad
You can’t make foreign policy based on domestic political issues: Shivshankar Menon
Former NSA; Shivshankar Menon shares some of the insights in that book ("Choices-Inside the Making of India’s Foreign Policy") in this candid interview with Iftikhar Gilani.DNA
After Mallya, arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari slips out to UK
Najeeb Jung says PM Modi will take minorities along, hails him as ‘visionary’, ‘exceptional’ person
By educating children in a village, Kashmiri youth continues mission of his father killed by the Army
Reports of over 150 bodies in Saudi mortuaries factually misleading: MEA
Tablighi Jamaat is a great asset for the humanity: SDPI
Indian govt agencies sought data of 8,290 accounts from Facebook in six months

WORLD
UNSC urges end to Israeli settlements: aljazeera
UNSC has voted in favour of a resolution demanding the halt of settlement activity by Israel on occupied Palestinian territory with the US notably abstaining. The resolution was put forward at the 15-member council for a vote on Friday by New Zealand, Malaysia, Venezuela and Senegal a day after Egypt withdrew it under pressure from Israel and US president-elect Donald Trump.Israel and Trump had called on the US to veto the measure."This is a day of victory for international law, a victory for civilised language and negotiation and a total rejection of extremist forces in Israel," chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said."The international community has told the people of Israel that the way to security and peace is not going to be done through occupation ... but rather through peace, ending the occupation and establishing a Palestinian state to live side by side with the state of Israel on 1967 line," Erekat said. The resolution was adopted with 14 votes in favour to a resounding round of applause. It is the first resolution the Security Council has adopted on Israel and the Palestinians in nearly eight years.US' abstention was the biggest rebuke in recent history to longstanding ally Israel, allowing the Security Council to condemn its settlements and continuing construction in Palestinian territory as a "flagrant violation" of international law.
Israel terms US's abstaining at UNSC 'shameful'
Trump vows changes at the UN after Israel vote
Israel vows to continue demolition of Palestinian homes

Egypt: Trump convinced Sisi to withdraw UN resolution
Egypt agreed to postpone a vote on a UNSC resolution against Israeli settlements after US President-elect Donald Trump called President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the Egyptian president's office said. Egypt had circulated the draft late on Wednesday, demanding Israel halt settlement activity in the occupied West Bank, and a vote was initially scheduled for Thursday.But it requested that the resolution be postponed after Israel launched a frantic lobbying effort, including calls from Israeli PM  Benjamin Netanyahu for the US to use its veto power at the Security Council to block the resolution.On Friday, Sisi's spokesman said the 2 leaders agreed to allow Trump's incoming administration a chance to tackle the issue. aljazeera
Egypt retreat on UN Israeli settlement bill is ‘suicide’
Turkey-backed fighters kill 68 IS militants near Syria's al Bab: Reuters
Turkish-backed fighter supported by warplanes from Turkey killed 68 fighters of the militant Islamic State (IS) in northern Syria overnight, Turkish military said on Saturday, as intense fighting around town of al-Bab continued.Fighters supported by Turkish troops have laid siege to the IS-held town for weeks.
IS kills 27 Syrian army soldiers near Palmyra: monitor
Beirut: Islamic State group killed 27 Syrian soldiers and allied militiamen in a series of attacks near Palmyra in the past 24 hours, a monitor said on Friday. Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said IS began launching attacks on Syrian regime forces and their allies on Thursday night and that clashes were ongoing.IS targeted several villages with a majority population from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's Alawite clan, said Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman.AFP 
Putin orders expansion of Russia’s naval base in Syria
UN flags catastrophic situation in Syria despite eastern Aleppo evacuations: dailytimes
Obama administration ends registration programme that kept tabs mainly on Muslim men entering US
The move makes it difficult for Donald Trump to fulfil his campaign promise of creating a registry to keep members of the community under surveillance.US govt under President Barack Obama has formally withdrawn an “obsolete” national registry that was meant to keep a close watch on non-immigrants from countries known to harbour terror outfits. The move makes it difficult for President-elect Donald Trump to create a so-called “Muslim registry”, one of his most controversial campaign promises. scroll
Obama cancels 9/11-era registry for Muslims: PTI
Myanmar:Muslim man beheaded after interview by media
Pak, Russia, China Set To Come Together On Afghanistan
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