Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Evening NEWS DIGEST
17  Jan.2017: 18 Rabius Sani 1438: Vol:8, No:91
How can UGC regulation to choose VC infringe on minority status: SC raps AMU
The Supreme Court questioned how a UGC regulation, under which only a teacher with minimum 10 years experience can be considered for the post of V-C, infringed the minority status and constitutional rights of reputed Aligarh Muslim University. "UGC regulation says a person should have 10 years of teaching experience. How does it affect the minority rights of the university,"a bench comprising Chief Justice JS Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud asked.The bench also sought to know about the provisions of the AMU Act which have been violated by UGC regulations. It then tagged the PIL filed by advocate Mushtaq Ahmad with some other pending petitions on the issue and listed them for hearing on Jan.20. Ahmad claimed that UGC regulations were not applicable to the AMU as it is a minority institution and moreover, Article 31 of the Constitution gave independence to minority-run institutions to look after their own affairs.An apex court bench, which had been critical of AMU's selection process in appointing Lt Gen (Retd) Zameeruddin Shah as the VC, had tagged a plea seeking his ouster with an appeal of AMU challenging the Allahabad High Court verdict divesting the varsity of its minority tag. The Centre had told the court that it had not taken a "rigid" stand on appointment and had already forwarded three short-listed names to the President for approval, as the varsity has kept the UGC regulations on the issue at abeyance.Ministry of HRD had said the names were forwarded to the President under the relevant provisions of the AMU Act.The President appointed one of the short-listed persons as the VC, the ministry said, adding the varsity is yet to adopt the UGC regulations.The reply of the HRD Ministry was filed in response to a plea of an alumni of the university seeking a direction to quash appointment of Shah as the VC.PTI
SC questions on applicability of UGC rules on AMU
HC asks Govt to present records related to ban on IRF; defers hearing on Zakir Naik’s plea against ban
Delhi High Court has asked the Central government to present the records relating to the imposition of the ban on Zakir Naik's IRF and posted the case for Jan.23. The HC today deferred the hearing of a plea filed by Zakir Naik challenging the government decision to ban his NGO IRF. Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva posted the case for Jan.23. IRF told the court that the notification did not give sufficient reasons and materials for taking such a step and that the ban was imposed without giving any show cause notice.IANS 
UP polls: No Muslim candidate in BJP’s 1st list of candidates, Muzaffarnagar riots accused Sangeet Som, Suresh Rana fielded
Lucknow: BJP on Monday released the first list of 149 candidates for the upcoming UP Assembly elections 2017. While BJP’s list includes the names of Muzaffarnagar riot accused Sangeet Som and Suresh Rana, no Muslim candidate found place in the first list. BJP released the first list for the first and second phase of the UP Assembly elections, which will be held on Feb.11 and 15 for 73 and 67 seats respectively.Despite the fact that polling in the first two phases on Feb.11 and Feb.15, covers areas with sizeable Muslim population, BJP didn’t nominate single Muslim candidate. On contrary, the saffron party declared Sangeet Som and Suresh Rana as its candidates from Sardhana and Thana Bhawan respectively. Sangeet Som is accused of having uploaded a video which reportedly sparked communal tension in Muzaffarnagar, which left 62 people dead and rendered 40,000 homeless. Suresh Rana had been arrested for his alleged role in Muzaffarnagar riots. india.com
BSP’s ‘Muslim-parasti’, SP’s ‘kushasan’ boost BJP base: BJP UP vice-president Suresh Rana
Myth of united Muslim vote: Ali Khan Mahmudabad
Right wing publication Swarajya claims Akhilesh has a better chance of winning UP than BJP: Inuth.com
UP CM Akhilesh Yadav has won the fight against his father Mulayam Singh Yadav to keep the ‘cycle’. Family feud done with, now comes the battle of the state. With Samajwadi Party and Congress joining hands for the upcoming polls, the alliance is likely to be a body blow to BJP who has been trying to reestablish itself in UP.
With SP-Cong-RLD Mahagatbandhan taking shape, Sheila to quit race
New Delhi: With Akhilesh Yadav conclusively winning the battle for Samajwadi Party and a Congress-SP alliance for the upcoming UP assembly polls just a matter of time, Congress’ CM candidate Sheila Dikshit is all set to call it quits."I am irrelevant. I would plump for Akhilesh and an alliance with him. So why shouldn't he be the CM?" Dikshit had told News18 two weeks ago at her residence in Delhi.During the conversation, the 78-year-old and a three-time chief minister also admitted what was suspected all along: "I never wanted to become the CM face."CNN-News18  
Mulayam still face of party, modalities of 'grand alliance' to be finalized shortly: Akhilesh
More than 90% spinning mills in South India practice various forms of slavery: ICN Report
A new report published by the India Committee of Netherlands (ICN) shows that various forms of modern slavery, including child slavery, are found in more than 90% of the spinning mills in South India. These spinning mills produce yarn for India, Bangladeshi and Chinese garment factories that produce for the Western market. The report, Fabric of Slavery, exposes the scale on which young girls and women – the majority of which are Dalits- are enslaved by employers who withhold their wages or lock them up in company-controlled hostels. They work long hours, face sexual harassment and do not even earn the minimum wage.Gerard Oonk, director of ICN, said, “We have raised the issue for five years now, but even to us the scale of this problem came as a shock.”During the course of the report, researchers in South India spoke to workers of 743 spinning mills in Tamil Nadu, almost half of all the mills in the region. The majority of the women working in those mills were between 14 and 18 years old; 10 to 20% are younger than 14. Almost half of the researched mills have a so-called ‘Sumangali Scheme’ where a significant part of worker’s wages is withheld until they have completed their contract.According to the report, more than half of the researched mills do not allow workers to leave the hostel after working hours. Twocircles
UoH turns a fortress on account of ‘Rohith Vemula Shahadath Din'
Hyderabad: On account of the students’ associations announcing the decision commemorate 'RohithVemula Shahadath Din' on Tuesday i.e. Jan.17, the University of Hyderabad has stepped up security measures in the campus. Barring a few familiar faces (staffers), all those who were walking or driving into the gates of UoH were stopped and checked for the University-issued identity cards.Among those expected to reach the varsity campus to participate in the programme scheduled for afternoon are- the mother of JNU student Najeeb Ahmed, who has been missing from his campus for several months, Jaan Mohammed, brother of Akhlaq the man who was lynched by a mob opposed to beef in September 2015, a few of the Dalits who were thrashed by cow vigilantes at Una in Gujarat last year, and the mother of Rohith Vemula. newindianexpress
'Frontline' reporter covering Rohith Vemula death anniversary detained, released
The police took Frontline' reporter Kunal Shankar into custody from University ofHyderabad campus, reportedly after the authorities lodged a trespass complaint against him. Shankar, AP/Telangana Correspondent, went to the university to cover an event to mark the first death anniversary Rohith Vemula, whose suicide sparked nationwide debate on caste discrimination in educational institutions. Shankar was questioned for about an hour and was subsequently released by Gachibowli police. Security in the university has been tightened  and police were deployed across the campus.Rohith's mother Radhika and other guests are expected to reach the university campus in an hour. the hindu
A year on, Rohith Vemula’s death still caught in caste web:Sudipto Mondal
Dargah Aala Hazrat clerics to run campaign asking parents to allow their kids to marry person of their choice to stop rising divorce cases: TOI
Bareilly: With cases of divorce among Muslim couples on the rise, mostly because a spouse had a relationship with someone else before marriage, Sunni Barelvi clerics at the influential Dargah Aala Hazrat have decided to run a campaign aimed at convincing parents not to force their children to marry someone else if they are in a relationship. Clerics said that they will create awareness among parents that they should allow their children to marry the person of their choice. Spokesperson of Dargah Aala Hazrat, Mufti Mohammed Saleem Noori said, "In nearly 50% cases of divorce in the last 3 years which came to us, the couple parted ways after only 6 months of marriage. We learnt that the main reason behind their separation was that one of the spouses had an affair before the marriage. When the husband or wife came to know about it, he or she started having suspicions, which a caused rift in their marriage, leading to separation."As the main reason for separation turned out to be previous relationships, the clerics have decided to run a campaign to encourage love marriages. "We will create awareness among parents that they should explain to their children when they are pursuing higher education that they should not be in relationships, which later may affect their future. We will also motivate people that if their son or daughter is already in a relationship, they should accept it and not force their children into marriages against their wishes just to satisfy the parents' egos," said Noori."Love marriages are not against Islam as the religion has given respect to the choice of the boy and the girl. When Islam has given freedom to choose life partners, the family should accept it. If a youngster marries a person of their choice, he or she will be happy and there will be less chance of differences. However, the family should raise an objection if the boy does not earn a decent livelihood or if either the boy or girl does not have a good reputation in society," said the cleric. The seminary will run a campaign to slowly bring about change in parents' mindsets. TOI
Why blame authorities when Muslims themselves violate Personal laws: Maulana Rafiq Qasmi
Mumbai: Muslim Scholars along with almost 2 thousand men and women from the western suburbs gathered at Millat Nagar, Andheri to seek guidance on how they could be better Muslims at the individual and the community level. This was the 3rd public gathering organized by Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Mumbai as part of the state-wide ‘Social Reformation & Conservation of Shariyah Campaign’ this week. Chief Guest for the evening, Maulana Abu Zafar Hassaan Nadvi Azhari averred that selflessly living for others is the central idea of Islam and it is this virtue that makes a person trustworthy and honourable in society. Maulana Shameem Akhtar Nadvi from the Palghar unit of Jamiat-ul-Ulema expounded upon marital relations and the ways and means to resolve tensions therein in light of the Qur’an and the Sunnah.In his presidential address, Secretary of Jamaat-e-Islami, Maulana Rafiq Qasmi encouraged the audience to make the Qur’an their guidebook. He did not mince his words when he said that Muslims have no right to accuse the establishment of interfering with their Personal Law when the Muslims are themselves guilty of violating it. TCN
Hyderabad: Several Scholars agree with SC ruling on talaq
Hyderabad: Several intellectuals and Muslim religious scholars said they believed that the Supreme Court asking Muslims to follow Quranic procedure for talaq (divorce) was not tantamount to “interference” with Muslim Personal Law.At a round table conference held in the city on ‘Talaq according to the Quran’, they said that they do not, in any way, undermine or deny the Hadith  that corroborate with the Quran.They said there was one humanitarian, gender-just procedure of talaq based on natural principles of justice in the Quran, without any exceptions for any extreme circumstances. Ex-Eflu dean Prof. Mohsin Usmani, Faiz ur Rahman, general secretary, Islamic Forum for Promotion of Moderate Thought, Dr Parveen Sultana, ex-principal, Sultan ul Uloom College of Education, Ms Khalida Parveen, general secretary, Umoomat Society for Women, founder-secretary, Forum for Muslim Parliamentarians Aariz Muhammad, Dr Lubna Sarwath,  environmentalist and others are participating in the meet. They appealed to the SC, High Courts, All India Muslim Personal Law Board, Jamiat Islami Hind, Jamiat Ulema Hind and other organisations to popularise the Quranic procedure of divorce. Deccan chronicle
Asaduddin Owasis aghast at Bombay High Court's remark while granting bail in murder of Muslim youth
Hyderabad: "Is being a Muslim provocation enough to murder?" AIMIM president and Hyderabad MP, Asaduddin Owasi has questioned in a reaction to the observations made by a Bombay High Court.While granting bail to three accused in the murder of Mohsin Shaik of Pune, Justice Mridula Bhatkar had said: "The fault of the deceased was only that he belonged to another religion. I consider this factor in favour of the applicants/accused. More-over, the applicants/accused do not have any criminal record and it appears that in the name of the religion, they were provoked and have committed the murder". The judgement was delivered on Jan.12.Where is the justice when innocents are equally murdered by members of a particular community in the name of religion.Shaik, 28 was murdered in June 2014 allegedly by a group of people who belonged to the Hindu Rashtra Sena."So being a Muslim is provocation enough to murder? What happens to equality before law?" Asaduddin remarked.TOI
Pune Muslim techie Murder:Is HC bail to accused a licence to kill for sake of religion?Ajay Kumar
UAE envoy denies raids on Dawood properties
New Delhi:There is “no information” about raids on Dawood Ibrahim’s properties in UAE, Ambassador of the UAE said, dismissing reports, quoted widely, about operations by UAE officials on ₹15,000 crore worth of assets belonging to underworld don.“I heard about the reports, but with all respect to the media (that reported the story), I have no information about such raids taking place,” Ambassador Ahmed Al Banna told The Hindu weeks after the reports were hailed by BJP as a “major diplomatic success” of PM Narendra Modi, who had “demanded action” against Dawood Ibrahim, during his visit to Abu Dhabi in 2015.Although the claim from the ruling party was not endorsed by the government, the BJP’s official Twitter handle has not deleted its post of January 4 that referred to the alleged raids as a result of the Prime Minister’s “masterstroke diplomacy”. thehindu
Minister stands by cow remarks, says they are based on ‘research studies’
Jaipur: Unfazed by criticism for his remarks that cow is the only animal to ‘exhale oxygen’, Rajasthan Education Minister Vasudev Devnani on Tuesday stood by his claim, saying his comments were based on “research websites.”“I read this fact on research websites and it recently appeared in a magazine. It said cows inhale and exhale oxygen and i included this in my speech on Saturday,” he said.He reiterated that one could also refer to “research studies.” Various studies have been conducted on the cow, its urine and dung and “people need to understand its scientific values,” he said.PTI
FIR filed against Shahabuddin in selfie case
Siwan: RJD leader Mohammad Shahabuddin has been booked for taking a selfie inside Siwan prison, police confirmed on Tuesday.“An FIR has been registered against Mohammad Shahabuddin and an unknown person in the selfie matter,” officer in-charge of Muffasil police station Vinay Pratap Singh said.PTI
IIMC to offer P.G course in Urdu journalism
New Delhi: Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) is all set to start a post graduate course in Urdu journalism from today in New Delhi, which will be launched by Information and Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu. The Executive Council of the IIMC, an autonomous body under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, has recently approved the course.ANI
India is no longer the world’s fastest-growing large economy: IMF
India’s growth slowed to 6.6% last year from 7.6% in 2015, according to the fund’s latest World Economic Outlook, which estimates that China’s economy grew by 6.7% in 2016. The fund expects India’s expansion to bounce back to 7.2% this year and accelerate to 7.7% in 2018. China, meanwhile, is projected to continue decelerating, to 6.5% in 2017 and 6.0% year after.IMF said it trimmed its 2016 forecast for India by one percentage point “primarily” because consumers tightened their purse-strings after November’s currency invalidation.The fund’s sister institution, the World Bank, doesn’t think that was enough for India to lose the global growth crown, however. In the latest update to its global forecasts, released last week, the bank lowered its estimate of India’s 2016 growth to 7.0%—down from its earlier prediction of 7.6% but still ahead of China’s 6.7% growth. WSJ
WORLD
Damascus was 2-3 weeks from falling when Russia intervened: Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov
Syrian capital of Damascus was 2 to 3 weeks away from falling to terrorists when Russia intervened in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a news conference on Tuesday.He added that Russia will continue to support Syria as he has information that some European countries were considering wrecking Syria peace talks because they felt left out.Lavrov, speaking to journalists, said he hoped European countries would not make attempts to wreck the talks.Reuters / alarabiya
Russia invites incoming US administration to Syria peace talks
Syrian rebel groups to attend peace talks in Astana
Some armed Syrian opposition groups have decided to attend peace talks with the government next week in Kazakhstan's capital, Astana, according to rebel officials.The discussions, scheduled for Jan.23, intend to build on a nationwide ceasefire that has largely held despite escalating violence across several battlefronts in recent days.Mohammad Alloush, a leading figure in the Jaish al-Islam group, said on Monday he would head the rebel delegation to the meeting.He said the rebels were going to the talks to "neutralise the criminal role" of Iran in Syria's conflict. aljazeera
Ex FSA commander's visit to Moscow stirs anger
Just days before Syria talks start in Kazakhstan's capital, Astana, ex-Free Syrian Army (FSA) commander, Mustafa al-Sheikh, visited Moscow and met Russian officials. Sheikh, a former general in the Syrian army, was the highest ranking officer to defect from the Assad regime forces in late 2011 and was head of FSA's supreme military council.Over the weekend, FSA members denounced the visit by Sheikh, saying it was not coordinated with them."[His visit] caused a lot of anger within the FSA because he took an individual decision and this decision does not represent the FSA," FSA officer Hassan Hamada told Al Jazeera. Aljazeera
IS seizes control of hospital in Syrian city of  Deir al-Zour from Assad forces
Damascus: Islamic State has taken control of a hospital in the northeastern Syrian city of Deir al-Zour, following an offensive that was launched 2 days ago against military positions. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights on Monday, the extremists seized al-Assad hospital after carrying out a car-bomb explosion in its vicinity, Efe news reports. Fighting between the two sides is intensifying in various parts of the city, as well as its military airport, it added.It said that the terror group succeeded to advance in the vicinity of the Deir al-Zour airbase, the only port the govt uses in and outside the city, as the IS has besieged the govt-controlled parts of Deir al-Zour since early 2015. IS launched missiles on Sunday night at the government-held neighbourhoods of al-Jourah and al-Qusour, without casualties.IANS
IS stage fierce attack on Syrian army enclave:Reuters
Trapped by war, Mosul residents bury their dead wherever they can: Reuters
Mosul:When 4 rockets crashed into his east Mosul home in November, Abu Abdel Malik’s 60-year-old step-mother was killed instantly. But she wasn’t properly buried for more than a month. Fighting in Zuhur district and surrounding areas was too intense during that period to transport the body to the main cemetery in the suburb of Gogjali, just 5 km away.So Abu Abdel Malik along with his father, brother, son and nephew dug a shallow hole under an orange tree in the garden just steps from where the family matriarch had died, and laid her there. “We could not leave, we were surrounded. There were snipers all around and the army was advancing,” he said last week, showing a Reuters reporter how the rockets had torn through the kitchen and set the trees on fire. Civilians who cannot reach the city’s main cemeteries have resorted to burying their dead wherever they can, at least until the fighting moves further from their doorsteps. Residents in nearby al-Qadisiya al-Thaniya district expect to do the same in coming weeks.
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