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Tuesday, 7 February 2017

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7 Feb.2017: 9 Jamadiul Awwal 1438: Vol:8, No:110
US, UK, France move UN to ban Masood Azhar; China blocks again
New Delhi: In a move that helps Pakistan and goes against India, China has once again blocked an attempt to have Masood Azhar, chief of Jaish-e-Mohammed, blacklisted by the UN. Unlike last year, when India asked action against Azhar, this time, the proposal was moved by 3 countries- the US, the UK and France."We have been informed of this development, the matter has been taken up the matter with the Chinese govt ," said External Affairs Ministry said.A "technical hold" thwarts the blacklisting - which would freeze Azhar's assets and ban his travel globally - while more facts are collected. China used that option twice last year before a full-fledged veto. Now, it has used the shelving option again just days before the three-nation proposal would have to be either adopted or rejected.The "hold" lasts 6 months and can be further extended by 3 months. During this period, it can be converted into a "block", which kills the proposal, which has to be adopted unanimously by all members of Security Council.NDTV
‘Pak wants India’s N-programme under IAEA safeguards’
Islamabad:Pakistan wants India to bring its entire civilian nuclear programme under the safeguards laid out by the International Atomic Energy Commission, DG Disarmament at the Foreign Office said on Monday. “It is incumbent on us to stand up for our own interest. We want an assurance that India’s whole three stage nuclear power programme would be under safeguards,” DG Disarmament at Foreign Office Kamran Akhtar was quoted as saying by Dawn.PTI
India’s ‘Cold Start’ doctrine can’t ensure easy win against Pakistan: Chinese media
Beijing:Indian Army’s “Cold Start” doctrine to seize control of Pakistani territory might be intimidating but will not lead to a “landslide” victory against nuclear-armed Pakistan, state-run Chinese media has said.“Both India and Pakistan are nuclear-armed countries. Even if the Cold Start strategy sounds intimidating and there is indeed a gap between the two powers’ military might, it does not mean that New Delhi can easily win a landslide victory against Islamabad,” an article in the state-run Global Times said today.“Truth is, Pakistan has considerable strength to safeguard its sovereignty and its nuclear weapons should not be ignored,” it said.PTI
China’s state-run paper says India working against Beijing’s interests in Sri Lanka
India is working against Chinese interests in Sri Lanka by interfering in a port project funded by Beijing because New Delhi is worried about losing its influence in the Indian Ocean, state media said on Tuesday.Quoting local academics, nationalistic tabloid Global Times said Sri Lanka was made to repeatedly “vow” that China will not be allowed to indulge in military activities at the island nation’s Hambantota port – although the facility was always meant for civilian use. Karunasena Kodituwakku, Sri Lankan ambassador to China, had told mediapersons last week that Colombo will not allow China to set up a military facility at any port in the country. Chinese investors have also been informed that no civilian facility will be allowed to be used militarily, he added.HT
India watches warily as China further ramps up FDI into Nepal
New Delhi: China's influence in Nepal's economy continues to grow by leaps and bounds with Beijing again topping the list of nations who have pledged maximum FDI into Nepal.According to Nepal govt figures, China accounted for as much as 68%  of all FDI pledged for Nepal in the first half of current fiscal year. This is a massive jump from China's 40% share of the total FDI pledged for Nepal by various countries in 2015-16. According to Nepal's Dept.of Industry, China accounted for $51.77 million out of a total of $76.39 million FDI pledged for Nepal in the first half of the current fiscal year. This has further cemented China's position as top contributor of FDI for Nepal.Quoting figures, China's Xinhua said in a report that the total FDI pledged into Nepal for same period during the last fiscal (2015-16) was only $59,93 million when the country had gone through troubling blockade from India''.TOI
Khalistani, pro-Pak Kashmiri groups coordinating actions in Canada
Indian govt  is monitoring the increased coordination between Khalistani and pro-Pakistan Kashmiri groups, particularly in organising anti-India protests in countries like Canada.While such protests have also been staged in the recent past in London and New York, this “new trend”, according to one official, has become evident in the Greater Toronto Area. The latest joint protest was at the venue for the celebration of India’s Republic Day in Brampton, a suburb of Toronto. The groups participating in that protest were the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), Canada, United Front of Sikhs and J&K Diaspora Alliance. Last year, these groups had highlighted the flashpoint of the killing of Burhan Wani. Another protest was held in front of the Indian consulate in Toronto to “raise concern over Indian forces committing genocide of Kashmiri people in Indian occupied Kashmir” and the announcement of that had described Wani as a “freedom fighter”. The group, Friend of Kashmir had joined that protest. hindustantimes
India cooperated to implement UN-mandated sanctions against Iran: US Report
Washington: India, a major buyer of oil from Iran, has implemented UN-mandated sanctions against it, a bipartisan Congressional report has said amid the Trump administration’s efforts to muster international support against Tehran after conducting a missile test.The independent Congressional Research Service (CRS) said in its latest report said that India began reducing economic relations with Iran in 2010 when India’s central bank ceased using a Tehran-based regional body, Asian Clearing Union, to handle transactions with Iran. “India implemented UN-mandated sanctions against Iran and generally cooperated with multilateral efforts to use sanctions to achieve a nuclear agreement with Iran,” the report which was presented to lawmakers on Monday.PTI
OTHER
SC refuses to interfere with ordinance, says enemy’s property must come to Govt
New Delhi: Supreme Court has refused to interfere with NDA govt’s decision to re-promulgate Enemy Property (Amendment and Validation Act), 2016 ordinance, saying it was a sensitive topic that did not require judicial intervention at this juncture. Under the ordinance all movable and immovable assets of “enemies” and their legal heirs from hostile countries such as Pakistan and China vest with the Centre.A bench of Chief Justice JS Khehar and Justice NV Ramana told the petitioner, Congress Rajya Sabha MP Hussain Dalwai, that enemy’s property must come to the country. “Govt is free to promulgate the ordinance to take over such property,” the bench told his counsel verbally.“An enemy’s property must come to the country. What happens when a person who is an enemy and is dead? His property must come to the country,” the bench said when Dalwai’s lawyer, senior advocate Anand Grover called the Dec.23, 2016 ordinance “unconstitutional” and “drastic.” Grover said the Parliament was not taken into confidence by the govt while issuing the ordinance.Rejecting his contention, the bench said: “It depends upon the issue. If the issue is very serious, or affects national interests, they are free to do it (Govt). You are an MP. You must also be sensitive. It should be debated in Parliament. Should we interfere at this stage? You can always raise the issue in Parliament.” Grover then withdrew the petition. hindustantimes
Enemy property must go to govt , says Supreme Court
Nothing concrete to declare Sanatan Sanstha as terror outfit, Centre tells Bombay HC
Mumbai: Union govt on Tuesday told the Bombay High Court that till date it has not found any satisfactory material to declare right wing organisation Sanatan Sanstha a terror outfit under the UAPA and ban it. A division bench of Justices VM Kanade and PR Bora was hearing a petition filed by Vijay Rokade seeking a ban on the outfit, members of which are alleged to have carried out terror activities in Panvel and Thane.The bench was informed that the Maharashtra govt, based on a report and material submitted by ATS, forwarded a proposal to the Union govt  in 2012 recommending a ban on the group. Union govt  today told the court that the evidence and other material sent by the state govt  was not conclusive and hence it cannot declare the organisation as a terror outfit. It had made a similar affirmation in October last year. The bench has now posted the petition for final hearing on March 7.PTI
HC to hear petition seeking ban on Sanstha on March 7
Malegaon blasts accused Sadhvi Pragya gets bail because NIA does not have proof against her: scroll.in report
The Bombay High Court on Tuesday granted bail to Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur in the 2008 Malegaon blasts case. Before passing the verdict, the judge heard audio and video clips of conversations between Thakur and others accused, including Lieutenant Colonel S Purohit, which were submitted by the NIA. The court had asked the agency to put phone call transcripts on record after the counsel of a blast victim accused the NIA of not conducting a thorough investigation into the case. “There are reasonable grounds to believe that accusations [against Thakur] are prima facie true...there are serious charges under [the] UAPA which are applicable and that point to her [Thakur’s] involvement,” BA Desai had said. The counsel’s allegations came on Jan.20 after NIA said that it had no objection to granting bail to Thakur in connection with the case. Appearing for the agency, Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh had told the bench that the agency did not have any evidence against Thakur. “The prime witnesses who had earlier deposed against her have retracted from their previous versions during our probe,” Singh said. The Supreme Court has also dropped charges against Thakur under the MCOCO, Singh told the court. scroll.in
Malegaon blast: NIA submits audio, video clips to HC
CD with crucial evidence related to Malegaon blast case turns up cracked
Zakir Naik’s school to be transferred to minority trust owned by Abu Azmi soon
Mumbai: After muchdeliberations, IRF-owned school in Mazgaon may be handed over to a trust owned by Samajwadi Party leader Abu Azmi. The state education department has already approved a proposal for the transfer of the school management from its founder Zakir Naik to Azmi’s Niyaz Ahmed Minority Educational and Welfare Trust. The school, its management, curriculum and workings are being scrutinised by legal experts before the official transfer can be formalised. “We just want to ensure there are no risks involved and I have appointed a solicitor to look into it. Once that is done, our trust will run the school,” Azmi said.According to Azmi, curriculum of Islamic International School (IIS) will remain unchanged. IIS is affiliated with IGCSE and teaches Quranic texts, Arabic along with academic subjects to its students. It currently has 220 children and over 100 staffers and teachers.The school faced uncertainty when the Union Cabinet banned the IRF for 5 years in November last year and the bank accounts of the school along with that of IRF and Harmony Media were frozen.“The decision to transfer the school has been taken keeping in mind the academic year of children. We feared a shutdown. To prevent that, if another trust runs the administration, children will not lose out on an entire year. Their exams were ongoing when the ban was announced,” the spokesperson for IRF said. According to principal Qureshi, the routine expenses of stationary, bills and other administrative expenditures are being handled by him until either he gets access to bank accounts or another trust starts funding the school. “We are happy with the state govt ’s decision to transfer the school to another trust. Our concern was that the course should not change and my son’s education must not get affected,” said Mouzam Armar, father of Humaid Armar who studies in eighth class at the school. Several parents too had approached the education department to plead that the school must not shut down along with IRF offices. indian express
Gujarat riots: Court to record Kodnani's statement on Feb.9 in Naroda Gam massacre case
Ahmedabad: A special court will record on Thursday the statements of ex-Gujarat Minister Maya Kodnani and 10 other accused in the Naroda Gam case of 2002 Gujarat riots in which eleven members of a minority community were killed. Kodnani, who is serving 28 years in jail in the Naroda Patiya massacre case and is currently out on bail, was scheduled to record the statements along with others before the special SIT judge PB Desai today.  However, due to the unavailability of the judge, the statements will now be recorded by the court on Thursday. So far, the court has recorded statements of 48 out of total 83 accused in the Naroda Gam riots case. Naroda Gam massacre is one of the nine 2002 post-Godhra riots cases investigated by the SIT. 11 people belonging to the minority community were killed in Naroda Gam during a bandh call given to protest the Godhra train burning incident. PTI
Samshul Hoda, key accused in Kanpur derailment, involved in murder, criminal activities: indian express
A key suspect in the Kanpur train derailment incident of November 2016 was nabbed from Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu after he was deported from Dubai. Samshul Hoda was arrested along with 3 others, identified as Brij Kishor Giri, Ashish Singh and Umesh Kumar Kurmi, all from Kalaiya district in Nepal. However, the Kanpur train derailment incident is not the only one where Hoda has been accused. He is an internationally linked criminal and has been a part of many criminal activities in Nepal as well as India.
ASSEBLY POLLS & POLITICS
Triple talaq in one sitting should lead to imprisonment: Zafar Sareshwala
Lucknow: Team Narendra Modi's Muslim face and chancellor of Maulana Azad National Urdu University Zafar Sareshwala, who is on a 3-day tour of poll bound UP  to feel the pulse of the electorate in general and the Muslim community in particular, met top clerics of leading seminary Nadwatul Ulema in Lucknow on Monday.Later, talking exclusively to TOI, he said minorities no longer see BJP as their enemy. "Earlier, political rivals of our PM  Narendra Modi had tried to paint him as an enemy of the minority community but people are not buying this notion any longer," he said. Describing his meeting with the seminary's rector Maulana Rabe Hasan Nadvi and Mualana Salman as a courtesy call, he said to have discussed a host of issues relating to the minority community including education, health and extent and impact of various schemes launched for empowerment of Muslims.Taking a dig political parties out to woo Muslims by giving them tickets and promising the community sops, he said, "Muslims will have to understand they cannot continue being treated as statistics in govt  schemes and manifestos of political parties. They have to rise above issues and go for better education so that they can claim their rights in the society on the grounds of their qualification rather than sops," Sareshwala, who is holding a series of workshops titled 'Taleem O Tarbiyat' focusing on financial literacy among Muslims in collaboration with the BSE and public sector banks starting with the inaugural session at PM Modi's constituency of Varanasi, on Feb.19.The move is being seen as another step in helping the minority community to keep abreast with the advancement in financial sector and stay in sync with the latest in the sector.Recently, Sareshwala's initiative towards modernisation of madarasas has yeilded results with 10 such institutes being linked to virtual classes as a pilot project. Virtual classes were introduced at Rasoolpura Madarsa Charagh-e-Uloom in Nati Imli locality under the project. "People who resort to triple talaq in single sitting should be imprisoned for violating the Sharia," he said. On the raging controversy over minority status of AMU he said the issue can be taken up with PM Modi by people concerned and can be sorted out through discussions.timesofindia
Centre's stand on triple talaq uniting Muslims: Jilani
Muzzafarnagar: Babri Masjid Action Committee convener Zafaryab Jilani claimed that the Centre's stand on triple talaq has united Muslims in poll-bound UP. He sought to downplay allegations that Samajwadi Party had not fielded enough Muslim candidates saying Akhilesh Yadav is a rising brand in politics and because of this Muslims would vote for the party and not on the basis of candidates from the community. Senior Allahabad High Court advocate last evening claimed Muslims have united on the Centre's stand on triple talaq. PTI
UP polls: Modi will interfere with Muslim personal law, says Mayawati
UP polls: BJP tops list of candidates with criminal cases in 1st phase
New Delhi;A report by UP  Election Watch and Association of Democratic Reforms has scrutinised self sworn affidavits of 836 out of 839 candidates contesting in the first phase of UP  Assembly polls on Feb.11. Report found details about financial and criminal records of candidates. As far as candidates with criminal records is concerned, 168 (20%) candidates have criminal cases registered against them. Shockingly,a high 17% or 143 candidates have serious criminal cases to their names. Breaking it down party wise, 29 out of 73 candidates from the BJP declared criminal cases. From BSP, 28 out of 73 candidates declared cases. Similarly, 19 out of 57 candidates from RLD, 15 out of 51 candidates from Samjwadi Party, and 6 out of 24 from Congress, and 38 out of 293 Independent candidates have criminal cases. indianexpress
BJP accused of 'political capital' as it raises controversial triple talaq issue ahead of UP  polls: DailyMail
Triple Talaq fight gets bizarre makeover in UP, now its a communal agenda, not for Muslim women’s dignity
Riot-hit Muslims, disappointed Jats, distressed farmers; a divided Muzaffarnagar all set for UP polls: Indian Express
Malegaon blast cccused’s son: Last polls, I campaigned for him, this time he will do it himself
Lucknow: Retired major Ramesh Upadhyay, accused in the Malegaon blast case, is likely to visit his native place Ballia to contest the Assembly polls from Bairia seat as an Independent candidate. A Mumbai court had on Saturday granted three weeks’ interim relief to Upadhyay — who is lodged in the city’s Taloja Central Jail — to contest and campaign. indianexpress
Muslim vote holds the balance in 1st phase of UP polls
New Delhi:Gearing up for political battle in UP, Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party are eyeing the Muslim vote in the 73 assembly seats that will go to the polls in the first phase, on Feb.11.The party that takes the lead in the first leg will stay one jump ahead of its rivals in the remaining 6 phases. Traditionally, the Muslims of western UP have voted for the BSP while the Jats would stay with Ajit Singh’s RLD.That social alliance was ruptured in the Lok Sabha elections of 2014, when the Jats voted for the BJP and the Muslims were divided between the SP and BSP. Congress’s performance was below par.Both the SP-Congress alliance and the BSP are attacking the BJP for trying to polarise the voters of western UP. This was evident in the Rahul-Akhilesh road show in Agra and BSP chief Mayawati’s rallies in the area. Businessstandard
Gujarat: WPI, new player in state politics
Ahmedabad: Welfare Party of India (WPI) that has grown out of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind will be testing the political waters in Gujarat for the first time in the Dec. 2017 Assembly polls. The party, which has set up its networks in Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, AP, Telangana, West Bengal, Delhi and Assam, will be formally launched in Gujarat during a function on Feb.12 at Ambedkar Hall in Saraspur. The function will be attended by party’s vice-president Lalita Naik, national general secretary PC Hamza and local political activists, including Raghunath Chhara, Surendrapal Gautam and Rajubhai Solanki.Its national president SQR Ilyas said: “WPI will certainly contest the 2017 Assembly polls.”However, he did not say how many seats his party plans to contest. “We will discuss it with our local party unit and decide seats from where the party will field its candidates,” he said.Indian Express
BJP-led state gov targeting one community in the name of eviction: Badruddin Ajmal
Guwahati: AIUDF chief and MP Badruddin Ajmal has accused BJP-led state govt  of being 'biased' by targeting a particular community in the name of eviction from encroached govt  lands in the state.Saying that his party is never opposed to freeing govt land from encroachers, Ajmal said,"There are proper procedures laid down for carrying out eviction drives on encroached lands. The recent evictions were carried out without proper rehabilitation or compensation packages in place," added Ajmal.AIUDF leader Aminul Islam said even as govt records state that 23.3% of state's land is under encroachment, authorities concerned are only targeting char lands (river islands on Brahmaputra) and a particular community for carrying out eviction drives. timesofindia
Mumbai civic polls: Shiv Sena parachutes Hardik Patel to woo Gujarati votes, wean off growing BJP influence:
Mumbai: In a major boost to its campaign to win a fifth consecutive term at the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, Shiv Sena on Tuesday announced that leader of the Patidar community Hardik Patel will campaign for the party in run-up to the crucial 21 Feb.polls to the 227-seat corporation. Sena supremo Uddhav Thackeray also declared Patel to be the face of the party in Gujarat for the forthcoming Assembly election. Thackeray felicitates Patel at his residence at Bandra in Mumbai on Tuesday. Patel addressed a joint press conference with Thackeray. firstpost
OTHERS
Human Development Index: ‘Gap remains between SCs, STs and other social groups’
New Delhi:Unemployment rate has increased by more than 56% among Scheduled Castes, by 69% among Schedules Tribe communities, and nearly 62%  among OBCs in the last 5 years, govt informed the Rajya Sabha on Monday.Overall unemployment has increased by approximately 31 %  over the same period, Minister of State for Planning Rao Inderjit Singh said. In a written answer, Singh said,“There has been improvement in the Human Development Indices of SCs and STs over the years, even if the gap in the indices (still) remains between them and other social groups”. He said the main reasons for this gap are “poverty, and its vicious circle, illiteracy, dependence largely on wage labour, etc”. “Unemployment rate for Scheduled Castes in 2011 was 3.2%. Today it has gone up to 5%,” Singh said. “For STs, it was 2.6%  (in 2011) and has gone to 4.4 % . Total unemployment rate in the country has also gone up — it was 3.8% in July 2011, and has become 5% today,” he said. Among the reserved categories, the “highest incidence of unemployment today is of OBCs — it was 3.2%  in 2011 and became 5.2 %  in August 2016,” the minister said. indianexpress
Note ban led to rise in domestic violence:MP crisis centre
Bhopal:The withdrawal of high-denomination notes on the night of Nov.8 saw a sudden spike in instances of domestic violence over the next few weeks when men realised that their wives had saved money without their knowledge, an analysis of complaints at the country’s first One Stop Crisis Centre (OSCC) in Bhopal has revealed.“Husbands threatened their wives, beat them and warned them of consequences like jail terms because they felt a loss of control over their wives,’’ said Sarika Sinha, regional director of Action Aid, an NGO that runs the OSCC “Gauravi”, in collaboration with the Public Health and Family Welfare department of the Madhya Pradesh govt.“The wives used to save money in the past, too, but it never came to light. Overnight, they became criminals in the eyes of their husbands,’’ said Sinha, referring to some of the victims who approached the OSCC in the govt -run J P Hospital in Shivaji Nagar. indianexpress
Maha OKs Rs 1cr for pilot plan of measuring Wakf land
Mumbai: Maharashtra Govt today approved release of a sum of Rs 1.08 crore for undertaking the pilot project of measuring Wakf Board's land in the State. As a part of the pilot project, Pune and Parbhani districts have been selected to undertake the measurement of Wakf Board's land with the help of local revenue officers.The total cost of the pilot project is Rs 2 crore, of which Rs 1.08 crore was sanctioned for release, according to a Govt Resolution (GR) issued today. Govt has given a period of 6 months for commencement of the measurement drive, the GR stated. PTI
21 missing Keralites instigating others to join IS:NIA
21 persons from Kerala who went missing and were tracked to Afghanistan are currently active on the social media trying to instigate others, sources in NIA tell OneIndia. All these persons have been tracked to a camp at Jalalabad in Afghanistan,NIA sources also say.These persons are suspected to have joined the IS in Afghanistan which operates under the banner of the Wilayat Khorasan. Probe officials say that these persons have not been on the battlefield since their entry into Afghanistan through Iran.They have been tasked with bringing in more people from India into Afghanistan. OneIndia News
8 from Tamil Nadu, 1 from Telangana joined IS in Syria:NIA
Hyderabad: 9 persons -- 8 from Tamil Nadu and 1 from Telangana -- are believed to have joined the Islamic State in 2016. NIA booked a fresh case to probe the matter on Jan.26, 2017. Central agencies had interrogated 3 persons deported from Abu Dhabi for recruiting Indian youngsters for ISIS. According to NIA's FIR registered this Republic Day in Delhi and then Chennai, in Jan2016, NIA took custody of Sheikh Azhar Al Islam Abdul Sattar Sheikh, Mohammed Farhan Mohammed Rafiq Shaikh and Adnan Hussain Mohammed Hussain, who were working in Abu Dhabi on behalf of ISIS "to identify, motivate, radicalise, recruit and train Indian citizens located both in India and other countries for planning and executing terrorist attacks in India and in other friendly countries". news indian express
Bhopal encounter:  jailbreak probe panel term extended
Bhopal:State govt  has extended the tenure of Justice SK Pandey commission, which is probing into the jailbreak by SIMI men and their subsequent hilltop encounter in Bhopal, by another 6 months.Constituted by the state govt  on Nov.7, 2016, the commission was to submit its probe report in 3 months. However, as 3 months' time was ending on Monday, the state govt extended its tenure in light of the elaborate nature of the commission's work. Meanwhile has completed significant part of its investigations. It has also directed the concerned parties to appear for hearing on March 1. Representing the kin of 2 alleged SIMI men --- Aqeel and Majid, advocate Parvez Alam said,"We have made our submissions before the commission and now it has summoned us for hearing on March 1." Sources said there are several unanswered questions that the commission is probing like the source of weapons recovered from the possession of the alleged SIMI men who were killed in the encounter.TOI
Judge probing Bhopal jail-break says he has not resigned
Bohra community's deputy in-command passes away
Mumbai:Syedi Husain Bhaisaheb Husamuddin, who had been conferred with the title 'Mazoon-e-Dawat' - the highest ranking official under the Dai, passed away today at his residence 'Saifee Mahal' here. According to the Islamic calender, he was 100.Born in Gujarat, Syedi Husamuddin was the second son of the 51st Dai al-Mutlaq, Syedna Taher Saifuddin. PTI
Haj 2017 application closed, statewise Qurrah/Draw for pilgrim selection from March 14
Mumbai: Haj Committee of India, the apex body responsible for Hajj operations in India, has stopped receiving Haj Application Forms (HAF) for Haj 2017 as the last date of application lapsed on Monday.The draw for pilgrim selection will be held by respective Stat Haj Committees from March 14 to 21, 2017. The final dates of each state will be announced soon. ummid
President to give best university award to JNU
JNU which was critically accused as the hub of anti-national elements in the recent past has bagged the 'Visitor's Award' this year for the best central university in the country.Several BJP leaders, including ex-HRD Minister Smriti Irani, have dubbed the university as the agent of terrorism, considering the sedition charges levied against the students of JNU for protesting the execution of Afzal Guru. indiatoday
Dalhousie Road renamed after Dara Shikoh: Why Hindutva right wingers favour Aurangazeb's brother: Indian Express
How a chancellor with RSS links goes against Nalanda University's international character: Ravi Kumar
Earthquake jolts north India, no casualties at epicentre Uttarakhand
Col Nizamuddin who drove around Netaji dies at 116
WORLD
Syria hanged 13,000 in Saydnaya prison: Amnesty
As many as 13,000 people were hanged in 5 years at a notorious Syrian prison near Damascus, Amnesty International has said, accusing the govt  of a "policy of extermination".Titled "Human Slaughterhouse: Mass hanging and extermination at Saydnaya prison," Amnesty's damning report, released on Tuesday, is based on interviews with 84 witnesses, including guards, detainees, and judges.It found that at least once a week between 2011 and 2015, groups of up to 50 people were taken out of their prison cells for arbitrary trials, beaten, then hanged "in the middle of the night and in total secrecy."The report said:"Throughout this process, they remain blindfolded. They do not know when or how they will die until the noose was placed around their necks." Most of the victims were civilians believed to be opposed to govt of President Bashar al-Assad."They kept them [hanging] there for 10 to 15 minutes," a former judge who witnessed the executions said. "For the young ones, their weight wouldn't kill them. Officers' assistants would pull them down and break their necks," he said. Amnesty said the practice amounted to war crimes and crimes against humanity, and were probaby still taking place. Thousands of prisoners are held in the military-run Saydnaya prison, one of the country's largest detention centres located 30km north of Damascus. Aljazeera
Syria: 13,000 secretly hanged in Saydnaya military prison
Assad’s slaughterhouse defies description, but it’s horrifyingly real
Assad 'has secretly executed 13,000 people'
Intense raids kill 26 people in Syria's Idlib
Dozens of people, including civilians, have been killed in air strikes on the rebel-held Syrian city of Idlib, according to several sources, in some of the most ferocious raids there in months. Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday that at least 26 people were killed and casualties were expected to rise as rescue workers searched for bodies under the rubble."10 civilians, mostly women, are among the dead," Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the group. aljazeera
ISIL fighters 'besieged' in Syria's al-Bab in Aleppo
Syrian govt  forces have advanced on ISIL-held city of al-Bab, cutting off the last supply route that connects it to the armed group's strongholds further east towards Iraq, according to a monitoring group.ISIL fighters in the area are now effectively surrounded by the Syrian army from the south and by Turkish-backed rebels from the north, as Damascus and Ankara race to capture the largest stronghold of the armed group in Aleppo province, the Observatory for Human Rights said. aljazeera
Israeli settlement law 'violates rights and dignity'
Ramallah - Palestinian politicians and human rights groups are warning that a new law passed by Israeli parliament violates international laws and is a step towards Israel annexing the occupied West Bank. The so-called Regulation Law, passed on Monday night, allows for the retroactive legalisation of about 4,000 homes built by Jewish settlers on privately owned Palestinian land."Law sets a new legal framework that implements Israeli political interest and puts it above international humanitarian law,"Suhad Bishara, lawyer at Adalah legal centre for Arab minority rights in Israel said.AlJazeera
Muslim groups say Trump’s travel ban significantly harming their community
Washington:US President Donald Trump’s travel ban on nationals from 7 Muslim-majority countries inflicts “significant harm” on Muslim Americans, over half a dozen groups representing the community have told a court, urging it to dismiss the “unconstitutional” order. “Executive Order is an unconstitutional infringement upon the rights of Muslims. It inflicts significant harm on the American Muslim community and American Muslim professionals,” groups said in their legal brief filed before US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.Prominent among the groups are Muslim Advocates, American Muslim Health Professionals, Council for the Advancement of Muslim Professionals, Islamic Medical Association of North America, Muslim Urban Professionals, National Arab American Medical Association and Network of Arab-American Professionals.PTI
Muslim names on CV hit job chances in UK: Report
London:A Muslim sounding name on the CV affects an applicant’s chances of being called in for a job interview for managerial posts in the UK, a new report has claimed. Muslim men are 76% less likely to be employed than their white Christian counterparts, according to research by the Research Centre for Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship at the University of Bristol. BBC teamed up with social scientists at the university to examine discrimination at managerial level jobs by submitting job applications for 100 sales jobs with two identical CVs with the names “Adam” and “Mohamed”.PTI
Over 120 firms fighting back against Trump's Muslim ban
Trump’s loose talk about Muslims gets weaponized in court against travel ban
Saudi deports 39,000 Pakistanis in 4 months: Report
Riyadh:Some 39,000 Pakistani nationals have been deported from Saudi Arabia in the past four months for visa violations even as a top security official has ordered a “thorough scrutiny” of Pakistanis allowed in to the Kingdom amid concern that some of them could be ISIS sympathisers.PTI
Saudi man tries to set himself alight in Kabaa
'Shocking' sex crimes in church: 4,444 children 'abused' by Australian Catholic priests: aljazeera
About 7% of Catholic priests in Australia were accused of sexually abusing children between 1950 and 2010, but few allegations were investigated, an inquiry in Sydney has heard. Scathing figures, released as hearings began on Monday over the allegations dating back decades, were compiled with the cooperation of the church as part of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.It, Australia's highest level of inquiry, reported 4444 alleged incidents of sexual abuse by Catholic priests between 1980 and 2015.
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