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Thursday, 2 February 2017

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2 Feb.2017: 4Jamadiul Awwal 1438: Vol:8, No:105
Modi Govt’s Budgetary Allocation for MNREGA is barely 1% Increase not 25%
New Delhi: The finance minister claimed that this year’s Budget allocations for Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) were a new “record”, at Rs 48,000 crore. But is this really a substantial increase? And, more importantly, is it enough? 2016-17 Budget had allocated Rs 38,500 crore for the scheme; if you compare this year’s number to that, you see an increase of 25%. But what these numbers (that Jaitley proudly announced) hide is that 2 supplementary allocations were made in the last year, making the final allocation Rs 47,500 crore. The increase in this year’s allocation, then, is of a mere Rs 500 crore, or 1%.Highlighting this point, People’s Action for Employment Guarantee (PAEG, which includes activists such as Aruna Roy, Nikhil Dey and Annie Raja) has issued a press release that attempts to explain why this changed allotment isn’t really a considerable increase at all and why MNREGA would need higher allocations to function smoothly.THE WIRE
BUDGET 2017: The rise in allocation to MGNREGA is not 25% but just 1%, say activists
Proposed political funding reforms ‘inconsequential’: ADR
New Delhi:Govt’s proposed reforms in political funding are “inconsequential” as they will continue to remain opaque while the proposal to limit cash donations at Rs 2,000 is flawed in terms of accountability, disclosure and political will, according to think-tank ADR. Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) keeps a close tab on elections as well as related topics, including on finances of political parties.A day after the government proposed a slew of measures to make political funding more transparent, ADR said complete transparency in the finances of political parties has still not been adopted in the Budget 2017-18.PTI
Budget ‘very disappointing’ for minorities: Owaisi
Hyderabad: AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi has said that the union budget is “very disappointing” for minorities.He said the budget looks hardly inspiring, with “nothing worthwhile for any section the society and for every sector of the economy”.MP from Hyderabad pointed out that though minorities account for 20 percent of the country’s population (24.17 crores out of 121.08 crores), they were allocated only Rs 4,515 crores in the budget which envisages total expenditure of Rs 21,46,735 crores. The outlay for minorities comes to just 0.21% though they account for 20 percent of the population, he said.IANS
Budget offers nothing for poor, marginalised: Mayawati
Lucknow;BSP chief Mayawati on Wednesday flayed the Union Budget and said that it had nothing for the poor and weaker and marginalised sections of society.In a statement issued here, she said that while people were looking for relief measures post-demonetisation, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley “disappointed” them.“Small relief given in income tax will neither offset the problems of the people nor wash away the blots on BJP-led NDA govt,” the statement said.IANS
Farmers cheated by budget, nothing on changing strategy for creation of jobs: P Chidambaram
New Delhi:Ex-Union Finance Minister and Congress leader P Chidambaram slammed Union Budget 2017 today saying the farming community has been cheated. He also said the budget has absolutely nothing on changing strategy for creation of jobs. Speaking to the media, the Congress leader criticised the government’s demonetisation move, terming its ‘reckless’.”Now I don’t know what more disruptive and reckless measures are there in the armoury. Wish government meets our growth rates of 8.5% in UPA-1 and 7.5 per cent overall. All the best to them, but they aren’t in position to do so,” he said.indianExpress
Chidambaram terms budget damp squib, but praises Jaitley’s ‘moderation’
RSS affiliates say Union Budget doesn’t compensate those hit by demonetisation
Outfits affiliated to the RSS have said the Union Budget does not suitably compensate those who lost jobs as a consequence of demonetisation and there is little hike for health and education sectors.The criticism came from Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh and the Swadeshi Jagran Manch, affiliates of the saffron fountainhead that is also the political mentor of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.“Budget presented by the finance minister failed to address the objective of budget as declared by finance minister. The said objective of the budget (was) Transform, Energise and Clean India with the approach of poverty alleviation,” BMS, RSS’s labour arm, said. It found the allocation for MNREGA inadequate keeping in view unemployment caused by demonetisation and migration from urban areas to villages. hindustantimes
Union Budget 2017 is a total miss on banking reforms, economy will pay a price for it: Dinesh Unnikrishnan
Union Budget 2017 has commendable steps but banks, health, education major misses:Amit Kapoor,Chirag Yadav
E Ahamed passes away: Why death did not deter govt on Budget day
New Delhi:Hours after exUnion minister and Lok Sabha MP from IUMLE Ahamed died in hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest in Parliament on Tuesday afternoon, there was a long suspense on Wednesday morning over whether the government would stick to schedule and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will present the Budget.With Congress and the Left, among other opposition parties, demanding that Budget presentation be postponed, confusion prevailed this morning almost until Jaitley tweeted, at 10.19am,“Watch me live presenting the Union Budget 2017 at 11am, Feb.1, 2017. Armed with favourable inputs from legal experts, and two past precedents, the Modi govt is learnt to have made up its mind early morning to go ahead with the Budget. Being Basant Panchami, the day was considered “very auspicious”. Jaitley referred to it in his Budget speech at least twice. In conclusion, he said, “…There is no other day which is more appropriate for this than today.” indian express
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UN report blames Pakistan for delay in resolution of Indus water issues with India
New Delhi: Pakistan has neglected to resolve trans-border water issues and delayed presenting the cases of dispute with India to the Water Commission related to the Indus Waters Treaty, a UN Development Programme (UNDP) report said. The report titled "Development Advocate Pakistan", released in Pakistan, said, "Pakistan's negligence in conducting a sound analysis of trans-boundary water issues and delays in presenting the cases of dispute with India to the Indus Water Commission or the World Bank on the issues related to the Indus Waters Treaty have caused the issues to linger on and remain unaddressed." timesofindia
Hafiz Saeed detention: Islamabad says India involved in terror activities in Pakistan
In a sharp reaction to India’s demand for “credible crackdown” on Hafiz Saeed, Pakistan said on Thursday India should look at its own “involvement” in fomenting militancy on Pakistani soil before pointing fingers at others.Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakari, at his weekly briefing, was asked to comment on the Indian reaction to Pakistan’s action against Saeed. Zakaria reacted by saying that India should look at its own role in militancy in Pakistan rather than pointing a finger at Islamabad.“India itself has been involved in terrorist activities in Pakistan,” he said.Zakaria also claimed that “Indian brutalities against Kashmiris” were going on.He said last year three boys had inadvertently crossed the border from Narowal area in Punjab and were still in an Indian jail, despite efforts to bring them back.“We contacted the Indian government over the matter, but so far they have not responded,” he said.PTI
‘Requisite political will’ needed to take action against Saeed: India
India has dismissed Pakistan’s demand for “concrete evidence” against JuD chief Hafiz Saeed in the 26/11 case, saying the required proof is already available in that country as the entire conspiracy was hatched there and all it needs to find is “requisite” political will to take action.External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup also said India would not go by the claims or statements made by Pakistan about the steps taken to check terrorism but by what happens on the ground.PTI
Hindu protestors demand to release Saeed:Pak Today
Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) demanded the govt reverse its order placing their chief Hafiz Saeed under house arrest during protests organised in different parts of the city on Wednesday. Members belonging to the Hindu community also joined the JuD’s protest at Karachi Press Club on Wednesday.JuD leader Dr Muzamil Qureshi said that they condemn the house arrest of their leader and that the govt has acted on international pressure.A member of the Hindu Panchayat from Thar, Bano Bheel, said that Saeed may be a terrorist for India or United States of America. However, for the people of Thar, he has proven himself to be a great philanthropist, he said.
JuD forcing Hindus in Pakistan to protest against ‘detention’ of Hafiz Saeed: Financial Express
Soldier who complained of food quality detained, tortured by BSF: wife
Rohtak/New Delhi: A soldier, whose video complaining of poor food and arrangements at a camp went viral last month, has been detained by the Border Security Force, his wife alleged today.BSF jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav’s wife Sharmila told HT that she received a call from him on Jan.31, informing her that his voluntary retirement had been cancelled and he was kept under arrest by the force.In an audio conversation purportedly between Yadav and his wife, he is heard telling her that his life was in danger and his seniors were torturing him.“I know too many wrongdoings of these officials. That’s why they are doing these things with me. Please do something and take my message to public. Jai Hind,” Yadav is heard telling his wife in the alleged conversation, which was recorded by Sharmila.HT
Pune Muslim techie murder case: Place all evidence against Hindu Sena chief Desai, says Bombay HC to Govt
The Bombay High Court Wednesday asked the state to place before it all adverse evidence against Hindu Rashtra Sena chief Dhananjay Desai along with the 1,800-page chargesheet still to be filed in the murder of IT professional Shaikh Mohsin in Pune, in June 2014.The court was hearing a revision application filed by Desai, an accused in the murder case, seeking discharge in this case along with other charge of attempt to murder. Desai has challenged a Pune sessions court’s order of June 2016 rejecting his plea for discharge. Mohsin’s brothers are also likely to file an intervention application against such discharge. Desai had also filed an application for bail which will be referred back to the HC Bench that had rejected his bail plea earlier.Mohsin was allegedly killed by members of a radical Hindu outfit, the Hindu Rashtra Sena (HRS), soon after a meeting of the outfit in Hadapsar, Pune, on June 2, 2014. Recently, Justice Mridula Bhatkar had granted bail to 3 of the accused in this case.indian express
Ishrat encounter case: Gujarat HC notice to govt, CBI
Ahmedabad: Gujarat high court on Wednesday issued notice to the state government and the CBI in response to a petition filed by IPS officer and former investigator in the Ishrat Jahan encounter case, Satish Verma.Verma has been requesting for a copy of chargesheet in the encounter case, and he has approached the HC after he was denied access to the second chargesheet filed by the CBI in Feb.2014. 4 officers of the Central IB, including then special director of the IB Rajinder Kumar, were held accused accused of murder and conspiracy in this case. To a question on the locus standi of Verma in this case, his advocate Rahul Sharma submitted that the killing of four persons by the crime branch sleuths was a crime against the society, and in such cases every citizen has a right to access to documents. He cited a Supreme Court judgment in support of his argument.Verma has argued in his plea that since it is a case of encounter and cops have been charged with criminal conspiracy, no prosecution consent is required. This contention has also been substantiated with SC observations.Next hearing on this matter is on March 29. TOI
Sadhvi Pragya, upon acquittal in Sunil Joshi murder case: ‘One nationalist can’t kill another nationalist’
Bhopal;“Truth has prevailed. One nationalist can’t kill another nationalist. It was a conspiracy hatched by 4-5 leaders to defame the nationalists and saffron.’’That is how Sadhvi Pragya Singh reacted to the verdict in the Sunil Joshi murder case in which she and seven others were acquitted by a Dewas court. Her bail plea in the Malegaon case will come up for hearing on Feb7. indianexpress
UP ATS arrest 3 alleged ISI operatives out of Delhi coaching centre
UP Police have nabbed three alleged ISI agents who operated six hi-tech illegal telephone exchanges at a Delhi 'FIIT JEE' coaching centre through which they used to coordinate with their handlers in Pakistan to plan possible attacks in India. They also made calls to military officials in J&K posing as their seniors in order to get defence secrets from them.ATS of UP Police arrested the accused last week after a tip-off about at least six telephone exchanges being run in Delhi, which were in operation since last year. The accused were identified as Gulshan Sen of Mehrauli in Delhi and Shyam Babu and Shivendra Mishra of Sitapur in Lucknow.ATS head Assem Arun told IANS that the accused used to run the telephone exchanges at a 'FIIT JEE' centre in Punjabi Bagh, which they used as a front for their activities. Sen ostensibly worked as a technical head of the coaching centre. IANS
ATS raids coaching centre
Spy ring: UP ATS raids Uttam Nagar coaching centre
Ransom calls to JNU student Najeeb kin: Accused says got uncle’s contact from Facebook
New Delhi: A 19-year-old man, who was arrested last month for allegedly making ransom calls to the family of missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmad, has told interrogators that he got the contact details of Najeeb’s uncle from a Facebook page set up to help trace the student. The accused, Mohammad Shamim, was arrested by a Crime Branch team of the Delhi Police on Jan.20 after he made multiple calls to his uncle. He had said over the phone that Najeeb was in his custody, and had demanded Rs 20 lakh, before eventually settling on Rs 15 lakh for Najeeb’s “safe release”, police said.During probe, Shamim told police he had never seen Najeeb in his life. “He told police he saw photographs of Najeeb in newspapers and social media. He also got to know that police had announced a reward on his release. He went to the JNU website, from where he found a Facebook page dedicated to finding Najeeb. He got his uncle’s phone number from there,” police said.indianexpress
Hurriyat leader Geelani hospitalised after chest pain
Srinagar: Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani has been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of a hospital in Srinagar after he complained of chest pain late last night, a close aide of the separatist leader said on Thursday. 87-year-old complained of uneasiness and chest pain and was admitted to SKIMS Hospital for treatment, he said.Doctors at the hospital said Geelani has been admitted to the ICU and his condition is stable. He stayed back in Kashmir this season and did not follow his annual practice of shifting to Delhi during winter to escape the cold-related health complications.PTI
CBSE’s new guideline: Do yoga and flaunt your love for the country; it will get you more marks
Practicing yoga or showing patriotism will earn marks for class 10 students of the CBSE from next academic year.In its notification issued on Tuesday, the board said that students will be given grades for the co-scholastic activities such as yoga, martial arts, sports and NCC.The notification said the students can opt for any of these under health and physical education category."Students should be provided opportunities to get professionally trained in the areas of their interest. Indigenous sports, yoga and NCC must be encouraged in the schools to create a sense of physical fitness, discipline, sportsmanship, patriotism, self-sacrifice and health care", said CBSE notification. It also said that the grading will be reflected in the mark sheets and the marks will be awarded by the physical education teacher.The board which has 18000 schools affiliated to it will give 80% weightage to written test and the remaining 20 % to school's internal assessment.Last year, the board had brought back compulsory class 10 board exams and had asked schools affiliated to it to conduct three periodic written tests in an academic year. Notably, CBSE has earlier started giving five marks for neatness of notebooks. southlive
Dayanidhi Maran, brother Kalanithi let off in Aircel-Maxis deal by court; setback for CBI, ED in crucial 2G case
New Delhi:In a huge embarrassment for CBI and  Enforcement  Directorate, a Delhi court today dropped corruption charges against former Union Minister Dayanidhi Maran and his brother Kalanithi in the Aircel-Maxis deal case.CBI had alleged that Dayanidhi Maran, as minister in the UPA-I govt, used his influence to help Malaysian businessman TA Ananda Krishnan buy Aircel by coercing its owner Sivasankaran to part with his stake.However, special judge OP Saini discharged Maran,his brother Kalanithi Maran, Kalanithi's wife Kavery Kalanithi, South Asia FM Ltd (SAFL) Managing Director K. Shanmugam and 2 companies – SAFL, Sun Direct TV Pvt Ltd (SDTPL) in two different cases linked to the deal. IndiaToday
Aircel-Maxis case: All charges against Maran brothers dropped
Ram temple issue in BJP manifesto draws flak from opponents in Mathura
Mathura:The building of Ram temple in Ayodhya which was brought up by BJP in its manifesto for the UP elections has drawn sharp criticism from political opponents in Mathura with the Congress alleging that the party is “cashing in” on the issue.“BJP recollects temple issue only during the elections, since it wants to cash in on it,” Pradeep Mathur, the Congress candidate from Mathura assembly constituency said.Mathur said people will not be misguided anymore as they had figured out that it was a “jumlewali” party.BSP candidate, Yogesh Dwivedi, accused BJP of using the Ram temple issue as a trump card in the assembly polls, starting from Feb.11.“Why the BJP has not raised the temple issue in over two and a half years, even though the party is having its government at the Centre....BJP considers Ram temple as a trump card to win the elections,” he said.RLD candidate from Goverdhan constituency Kunvar Narendra Singh said, “Temple issue has been raised again through election manifesto by BJP simply to cash in on religious feelings of the people through votes.”PTI
Hindu Jagarana Vedike activist held for pelting stones at mosque, stabbing auto drivers
Udupi: A Hindu Jagarana Vedike (HJV) activist held for killing a Muslim auto driver and pelting stone at a mosque.Based on the CCTV footage, the accused identified as Ankit Poojary, is an active member of HJV who also faces charges in more than a few communal cases in Vittal has been arrested.In a report published in Daijiworld, Ankit, (28) from Kumpala, Mangaluru pelted stones at Noorul Islam mosque at Adi-Udupi in the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday. The crime was captured on CCTV installed outside the mosque.Before damaging the mosque, the accused picked up quarrel with an auto-rickshaw drivers, Haneef and his relatvie Shabbir. 54-year-old Hanif, a resident of Doddanagudde was on his way to home when Poojary allegedly stabbed him to death. siasat
Udupi: Man arrested on charge of murder, throwing stones at mosque
Hyderabad:Islamic center under conflicts, lady approached HC claiming the land
Hyderabad: Wakf land belonging to Dargah Hazrat Husain Shah Wali located at Manikonda was earmarked for the established of Islamic Cultural and Convention center. It is reported that a woman and five others filed a petition in the High Court claiming ownership on this land. Justice A Rajasekhara Reddy issued stay order on their petitions. HC issued notices to Collector of Hyderabad and Wakf Board to submit their replies.Wakf Board officials informed that the said women had already approached the court earlier but the judgment was given in facour of Wakf Board. Now that Govt decided to established Islamic Cultural and Convention Center, the land has come under a conflict which is worrying the Dept. of Minorities Welfare.It is indicated that many individuals have been claiming ownership on this land since 2006. Siasat
Trump 'Muslim-Ban' woes: Kashmiri athlete denied US visa citing 'current policy'
New Delhi: The ripples of Donald Trump's ban on citizens from 7 Muslim-majority countries from entering the US, has started infiltrating Indian shores as a Kashmiri athlete was denied visa to participate in an International world championship to be held in New York, despite full documentation. Embassy turned away the athlete on account of 'current policy', refusing to entertain any questions further.Tanveer Hussain, a 'slow shoe- running' champion was selected to represent India in one of the world championships to be held in New York on 25th Feb. But in spite of complete documentation, he was held back by the embassy citing 'current policy' which weren't in his favour.ANI
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Toxins in litchi kill children in Bihar
Chennai:Scientists from the US and India have found that consumption of litchi fruit and skipping evening meal can result in very low blood glucose level and acute encephalopathy, seizures and coma, and causes death in many cases.An unexplained illness in children aged 15 years and younger in Muzaffarpur, Bihar, which claims many lives in May-June, has been solved. Scientists from the US and India have found that consumption of litchi fruit and skipping evening meal can result in very low blood glucose level (less than 70 mg/dL) and acute encephalopathy that provokes seizures and coma, and causes death in many cases.The results were published in journal Lancet Global Health.Children in Muzaffarpur frequently spend the day eating litchis and some skip the evening meal. Skipping evening meal, by itself results in low blood sugar levels during the night. This is particularly so in the case of young children as they have limited hepatic glycogen reserves. Hypoglycin A and methylenecyclopropylglycine (MCPG), which are naturally present in litchi fruit, make the condition worse. The toxins block enzymes involved in normal glucose metabolism and this results in an inability to synthesis glucose leading to acutely low level of blood sugar. The build-up of other metabolic by-products could also have an adverse effect (encephalopathy) on the child. These two cause death in many children.The study shows the modifying effect of skipping the evening meal on the impact of these toxins. thehindu
‘Killer’ litchi the cause of mysterious disease plaguing children of Muzaffarpur
Top  Scientist, Economist in fray for AMU VC post
New Delhi: Renowned economist Dr. Abusaleh Shariff and leading Biomedical research scientist Dr Shahid Jameel have emerged as the contenders for the post Vice Chancellor at the prestigious AMU. The university’s highest decision making body AMU Court will meet on Saturday to elect 3 names from the five names proposed by the Executive Committee.The university has shortlisted five names from a list of 30 eminent people whose bio data were screened for the top post. Among them, according to sources, Dr. Abusaleh Shariff and Dr Shahid Jameel have emerged as the most valued having high credentials and international acclaim.
Dr. Abu Saleh Shareef appointed Professor of Maulana Azad Chair in Urdu University
Hyderabad: Prof. Abu Saleh Shareef has been appointed as Professor of Maulana Azad chair at MANUU. On the recommendations of this committee report, UGC started Maulana Azad Chairs in 6 universities. The objective of this chair is to promote the mission of Maulana Azad. siasat
Violence spreads in Nagaland capital Kohima, Home Ministry to send central forces
New Delhi;Violence erupted across Nagaland’s capital Kohima on Thursday over women reservation in Urban local bodies polls. The escalating violence, which has already left two people dead and several others injured, prompted the Home Ministry to send central forces to contain the law and order situation even as curfew and Section 144 continue to remain imposed in Dimapur and Kohima districts.Youths armed with spears and machetes took to the streets to protest against the state government’s decision to hold polls on Feb.1 despite an earlier deal to postpone the election by 2 months. Meanwhile, the Nagaland government has decided to withhold the election process to 12 Urban Local Bodies (ULBs). indianexpress
‘Witches’ of rural India are just women with money, land and no male ‘protectors’, say social workers
The year started on a sombre note for the Indian woman with mass molestation of young women in Bengaluru on New Year’s eve. And while this incident has (rightfully) generated outrage by virtue of occurring in one of India’s 4 cosmopolitan metros, in rural India, a steady stream of quiet crimes have been going on against women.On Dec.30, 2016, an elderly woman was accused of being a witch in Bihar CM’s home district of Nalanda. A group of people got together, blackened her face, chopped off her hair and beat her with sticks. The local police arrested one man who has confessed to the crime. Not all such cases end with the perpetrator being brought to justice. In fact, many women accused of being witches are often burnt alive or hacked to death after being sexually assaulted. A bulk of witch killings take place in the hinterland, where caste hierarchies determine one’s fate. Simple things such as having money, owning land or sending your children to school can invite accusations of witchcraft. dnaindia
E Ahamed laid to rest at Kannur Jumma Masjid with full state honours
Kannur (Ker): Former Union minister and IUML President, E Ahamed, who passed away at Delhi early yesterday, was laid to rest at the City Jumma Masjid here today with full state honours. The body, covered with the national flag, was brought to the Masjid for the burial around noon and hundreds had converged to pay their last respects to the leader. outlookindia
WORLD
Kuwait bans visa for 5 Muslim counties, including Pak
Kuwait: Kuwait has suspended the issuance of visas for nationals of Syria, Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran.After Donald Trump's executive order banning 7 Muslim-majority countries last Friday, the Kuwaiti govt has told would-be migrants from the five banned nations to not apply for visas, as it is worried about the possible migration of radical Islamic terrorists, Sputnik International reported. Under the executive order signed by Trump, refugees from all over the world will be denied US entry for 120 days while all immigration from so-called "countries with terrorism concerns" will be suspended for 90 days. The countries included in the US ban are Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen.IANS
Kuwait visa ban: Pakistan rejects report, says no restriction on Pak nationals
New Delhi: Today media reports claimed that Muslim-majority country Kuwait has banned issuing of visas to travellers from 5 countries. According to reports, tourism, trade, and visitor visas were restricted for travellers from 5 counties following an order from the Kuwaiti Govt to enforce a “blanket ban” on possible migrants. The govt had asked the migrants not to apply for visa as Kuwait City in the wake of any possible radical Islamic terrorist activity from the migrants, ANI reported. However, Pakistan had rejected the news of visa ban imposed on its citizens by Kuwait. Pakistan-based Geo New reported Pakistan’s ambassador to Kuwait, Ghulam Dastagir, as saying that West Asian country hasn’t ordered a visa ban on Pakistani citizens. Dastagir said that the news on social media about the ban was “baseless”. financialexpress
UN chief calls for lifting Trump’s travel ban on Muslims
UN: President Donald Trump’s order to bar travellers from 7 Muslim-majority countries is not the best way to protect America from terrorists and can spread “anxiety and anger”, UN chief Antonio Guterres has said and called for lifting the ban. “In my opinion this is not the way to best protect the US or any other country in relation to the serious concerns that exist about possibilities of terrorist infiltration. I don’t think this is the effective way to do so. These measures should be removed sooner rather than later,” Guterres said.PTI
Apple considering 'legal options' against Muslim ban
Apple CEO Tim Cook is apparently planning to take legal action against President Donald Trump's immigration order. While talking to The Wall Street Journal, Cook said he was trying to appeal to "very, very senior people in the White House" in order to get the travel ban on seven Muslim countries reversed. indiatimes
Apple, Google, Facebook, others to jointly draft a letter protesting Trump's Muslim ban
Evangelical Christian leaders send letter to Trump condemning Muslim ban
US: Judge orders halt to Trump's ban for immigrant visa holders
Vatican expresses ‘concern’ on Trump’s wall, travel ban
Trump rips into Australian counterpart Turnbull, calls refugee deal 'dumb'
US President Donald Trump ripped into his Australian counterpart in a phone call last week, reports said, castigating an Obama-era refugee deal he later described on Twitter as "dumb". The Washington Post said Trump abruptly cut short the fiery conversation after criticising the agreement to re-settle people kept in Pacific camps, sparking a war of words with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Thursday after the report surfaced. Aljazeera
Trump reportedly wants to focus US extremism fight on Muslims, not white supremacists
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Muslim cop sues NY police, says colleagues called her ‘terrorist’: Report
New York:A 38-year-old hijab-wearing police officer has sued the New York Police Department (NYPD), saying that fellow officers bullied her by calling her “terrorist, Taliban” and while others tried to tear the headscarf off her head, a media report said today.Danielle Alamrani, who joined the department in 2006, converted to Islam a year later.According to a new lawsuit, she started getting harassed, bullied, and even beat up, when she began wearing a hijab to work in 2008.Once she started going to work in head garb, Alamrani’s fellow officers retaliated by calling her names like “terrorist” and “Taliban” and telling her “that she should not be a police officer”, she claimed in a lawsuit filed in the Manhattan federal court.PTI
'We are your friends and America is your country too!': Texas community extends support to local mosque
"Your kindness in the face of such a wave of hatred is true compassion":Islamic Centre of Waco responds to the love received from their community.In the midst of challenging times, particularly for minority groups, in the US, Islamic Centre of Waco in Texas highlighted the warmth they received from their local community.On Jan.27, Donald Trump signed an executive order temporarily barring nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries including Syria, as well as putting a four-month hold on allowing refugees from entering US. The move, which Trump claims will help protect Americans from terror attacks, unleashed protests across the country. Dnaindia
HRW: Shia militias holding Mosul refugees in black sites
A major international human rights organisation has accused Iraqi government-sponsored Shia jihadists of illegally detaining and then forcibly disappearing refugees in and around Mosul at black sites,some of whom later reappeared on Iraqi TV stations belonging to Shia militants as alleged Daesh militants. HRW, Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF), officially part of the Iraqi military and a predominantly Shia jihadist body backed by Iran, have been detaining men and “screening” them, despite not being licensed to do so. middleeastmonitor
 IS using drones to throw bombs, track Iraqi troops:AP
First the tiny drones buzz overhead to observe Iraqi soldiers. Then, the Islamic State group’s flying machines return to drop a small explosive device to sow panic among security forces — or deadlier still, to help guide a suicide car bomber to a target. And the innovations are expected to keep coming since IS has been spending freely on technology, even as their fighters face intense pressure from coalition forces, according to Iraqi military officials.
Anti-Semitic crimes at all-time high in UK: report
London: Anti-Semitic hate crime in the UK increased by more than a third last year, with incidents now at a record high, a new report revealed on Thursday.The report issued by the Community Security Trust (CST), which monitors anti-Semitism, recorded 1,309 incidents in 2016 — surpassing the previous high of 1,182 in 2014, the BBC reported. CST said recorded incidents last year had increased by 36 per cent on 2015.More than 3-quarters of all recorded incidents took place in Greater London and Greater Manchester, where the two largest Jewish communities in the UK are located.IANS
China tests missile with 10 nuclear warheads: Report
Beijing: China has reportedly tested a new version of a missile that can carry up to 10 nuclear warheads, signalling a major shift in its nuclear capability as Beijing gears up for a possible military showdown with the US under Trump Presidency.The flight test of the DF-5C missile was carried out last month using 10 multiple independently targetable reentry vehicles, or MIRVs, the Washington Free Beacon reported.PTI
28 female 'Bangladesh Jamaat activists' detained in capital
 The police detained 28 women for their alleged involvement in Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami from a house in Mohammadpur’s Tajmahal Road of the capital on Thursday.Police said that many pamphlets of Jamaat -Shibir, money receipts of fund collection and other documents related to the political party have been found from the house. All of them have been taken to Mohammadpur police station for interrogation. Prothom alo
Knesset allows members to enter Al-Aqsa Mosque
Israel’s parliament, Knesset, has decided to allow its Jewish members to enter the Muslim holy site of Al-Aqsa Mosque in cooperation with the police, Moheet.com reported. Media reports said that the Knesset took the decision after pressure from right-wing blocs. middleeastmonitor

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