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01 March.2017: 01 Jamadiul  Akhir 1438: Vol:8, No:129
PIL for change in Muslim inhertance law: Delhi HC seeks Govt reply
New Delhi:Delhi High Court today sought the govt s response on a plea to amend the Muslim personal law on inheritance alleging that Muslim women were discriminated on issues relating to sharing of property.A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal issued notice to the govt  and directed it to examine the issue regarding alleged discriminatory practice in the Muslim law with regard to inheritance.The court asked the govt  to submit its response before May 15, the next date of hearing.The court was hearing a plea by a social organisation -- Sahara Kalyan Samiti-- which has sought equal inheritance rights for Muslim women. The petition, filed by advocates Raghav Awasthi and Shoumendu Mukherji, alleged that Muslim women in India have been discriminated as far their rights of inheritance are concerned, in comparison to their male counterparts.It said that the discrimination based on customary law as well the present statutory law was violative of their fundamental right to equality enshrined under Articles 14, 19, 21 and other relevant provisions of the Constitution.The plea contended that Article 13 of the Constitution includes personal laws, including Muslim personal laws. "It is erroneous to assume that personal laws are excluded from the ambit of judicial examination," it said. The plea states that a bare perusal of the law shows that a wife shall receive 1/8th of the property of her husband on his death if they have children. In case there are no children borne out of the marriage, she is entitled to 1/4th of the property.A daughter shall receive half of the share of a son.In stark contrast, the men shall receive 1/4th of the property of his wife on her death if they have children. In case there are no children borne out of the marriage, he is entitled to half the property. A son shall receive double the share of the daughter, the plea contended.
"Thus, it is clearly perceivable that women under the present Islamic law in force are, by the mere factum of their being women in the nature of a wife or a daughter, are only entitled to half of the share of their male counterparts," it added. PTI
Jamia dropped my name from speaker’s list on Triple Talaq: Shazia Ilmi; varsity denies
Delhi: BJP leader Shazia Ilmi on Wednesday accused Jamia University of putting “pressure” on organisers of an event to drop her name from a panel of speakers for a seminar on triple talaq, a charge denied by the varsity.According to Ilmi, she was invited by RSS supported Forum for Awareness of National Security (FANS) to speak at a seminar on “Triple Talaq” and the university had pressurised the organisers to change the subject to “Muslim’s women’s empowerment: Issues and challenges” and drop her name from the speaker’s list.The forum, which has RSS ideologue Indresh Kumar as its patron, confirmed the sequence of events even as Jamia Millia Islamia authorities rubbished the allegations.“ Event was not organised by the university or any of its department. The auditorium was rented out to the organisers and in such events the varsity has nothing to do with either the subject or choice of the speakers. It was not our prerogative,” a Jamia spokesperson said, denying allegations of pressurising the organisers. Programme convenor Shailesh Vats, however, said, “We had finalised the speakers and the subject but then we were advised by the university to make some changes saying the atmosphere in the universities is not conducive to have such a discussion.”PTI
BJP leader Shazia Ilmi barred from speaking on triple talaq at Jamia Millia: india.com
SC to hear Shayara Banu’s plea in triple talaq case: ANI 
New Delhi: Supreme Court will on Wednesday hear the triple talaq case filed by Shayara Banu.38-year-old Shayara Banu stirred a hornet's nest after she moved the SC to challenge the triple talaq under Muslim personal law, under which a man simply has to utter 'talaq' thrice to divorce his wife.Shayara has also challenged in the apex court the concept of nikah-halal. She also wants to outlaw polygamy within a Muslim marriage.
‘Denied’ divorce, man kills wife in Hoshiarpur’s Pandori Baba Das village
Jalandhar:A man allegedly bludgeoned his wife to death on the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday in Hoshiarpur’s Pandori Baba Das village, after she ‘refused’ to grant him a divorce.The victim has been identified as Paramjit Kaur. The accused, Bajinder Singh, has been arrested by the police on charges of murder. indianexpress
With June visit, Modi will be first Indian PM in Israel
New Delhi: PM  Narendra Modi will visit Israel by the middle of this year, the first by any Indian PM  to the Jewish nation.The visit is likely to take place sometime in June. Govt sources said the visit would “take place this summer”, with preparations already having commenced as both sides are working out the dates for the visit along with other details. Israeli PM  Benjamin Netanyahu is also likely to visit India by the end this year.The two nations on Tuesday unveiled a logo in the capital to mark 25 years of diplomatic ties. Speaking on the occasion, MEA’s secretary (economic relations) Amar Sinha said although both the countries have cooperation in the defence and the security sectors, “conscious” efforts are being made to make it a “multi-dimensional relationship”, and not merely “unifocal”.Israeli ambassador Daniel Carmon said the two sides are working on “every possible area of cooperation”. In the past 13 years, India has bought weaponry and defence platforms worth billions of dollars from Israel. Sinha said the two countries have planned a series of events to celebrate the silver jubilee of the diplomatic relationship this year. It has been decided “at the highest level”, to create joint coordination committee to plan out the activities. This includes visits by business delegations, academic fora. Sinha said Israel is located in an area of great concern and interest to India.ASIAN AGE
In a first, PM  Modi likely to visit Israel this year
India only country where Muslims live without fear: Palestinian Ambassador
Kannur:  Palestinian Ambassador to India, Adnan Abu Alhajia, today said India is the only country where the Muslims live without fear.Alhajia, while inaugurating a function in the memory of former Union Minister E Ahamed, organised by UAE KMCC Founders Organisation at Chamber hall here he said, "I have realised that there is no other country that protects the minority community like India. Ahamed was always struggling to maintain secularism and at the same time he spoke for the development of Muslims.""Late Ahamed gives a message to Palestinian and Arab countries that India is the only nation where the Muslim community lives without fear of life," he said.Earlier, Alhajia visited the Juma Masjid and offered prayer "Khabar Siyarath", as a honour to Ahamed.UNI
JNU Internal Inquiry Finds ABVP Member Guilty Of Assaulting Missing Student Najeeb
After the mysterious dissapearnace of the JNU student, Najeeb Ahmed, a proctorial enquiry conducted by JNUfound ABVP member Vikrant Kumar guilty of assaulting Najeeb Ahmed during a brawl over a month ago, a day after which Ahmed went missing.“In the proctorial enquiry, Vikrant Kumar has been found to be involved in hitting Najeeb Ahmed and using derogatory language with provocative behaviour on Oct 14. This is an act of indiscipline and misconduct,” an official order read. Vikrant has been asked to explain why disciplinary action should not be initiated against him.ABVP has, meanwhile, come out in Vikrant’s support and accused the university administration of being “biased” in conducting the enquiry.JNU students and teachers have been agitating against the university administration and Delhi Police for their failure to locate the missing student. INDIATIMES /PTI
Delhi Police claims 'peaceful protest' carried out by JNU students; varsity denies
New Delhi:Delhi Police on Wednesday said that a peaceful protest was being carried out by the students in the JNU.However, university authorities alleged that the protestors were blocking the administrative block in the campus.When the matter came up for hearing before the Delhi High Court today, the police submitted a report stating that the students were holding a protest 50 metres away from the administrative block. "V-C, teachers and staff of JNU are using the administrative block without any hindrance. Everything is smooth there and even there is over 300 officials from the JNU security," the Delhi Police counsel told the High Court.ANI
A year on, Delhi Police lack evidence to charge ex-JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar for sedition: Report
New Delhi: Delhi Police have reportedly not found any comprehensive evidence to pursue its sedition case against former JNU president Kanhaiya Kumar. On Feb.9 last year, Kanhaiya was jailed on charges of sedition, along with JNU students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, who are currently out on bail. The police, however, are likely to indict Khalid and Bhattacharya, according to a draft charge-sheet accessed by TOI.The charge-sheet draws evidence from forensic reports of nearly 40 video clips that prove anti-national slogans were raised at JNU, Delhi, last Feb. Delhi Police have proof that Khalid had ‘anti-India’ posters designed to voice support for Afzal Guru. Videos capture around 140 protesters raising ‘anti-India slogans’, of which nine “outsiders”, from Kashmir, have been identified. Their statements were recorded by police in exchange for immunity.The charge-sheet does not cite Kanhaiya Kumar as a participant of the event, but says he did nothing (as JNUSU head) to stop students sloganeering. TOI reports that police will leave it up to the court to decide if charges need to be framed against Kanhaiya. In his defence, Kanhaiya, speaking to India Today, said he was not the permitting authority to allow or disallow an event. “The administration – (proctor or vice chancellor) issues permission for an event and not the JNUSU president. I don’t have the authority to allow or disallow events on campus,” he said.The final charge-sheet, filed under Section 121 A (sedition) and criminal conspiracy, will be submitted to the Delhi High Court after it is authorised by the police commissioner. indianexpress
Probe gives Kanhaiya clean chit: Recap of what happened inside JNU last year
JNU sedition case: No chargesheet against Kanhaiya yet, clarifies Delhi Police
Ramjas does a JNU: Video shows 'Kashmir maange azadi, Bastar maange azadi' slogans raised in college: IndiaToday
New Delhi:In an aggressive re-run of the JNU controversy, a video of allegedly seditious slogans raised last week by students by protesting students at Delhi University's Ramjas College has surfaced.In the short video accessed by India Today TV, a motley group of students can be heard shouting 'Kashmir maange azadi', 'Bastar mange azadi' among other such slogans. The incident occurred on Feb 22.
Haryana Minister Anil Vij: Those supporting Gurmehar Kaur are pro-Pakistan, should be thrown out of country
New Delhi:Haryana Minister Anil Vij on Wednesday waded into the controversy surrounding Delhi University student Gurmehar Kaur, alleging that that those backing her campaign against RSS-affiliated ABVP are pro-Pakistan. He went on to add that such people should be thrown out of the country. “People supporting #GurmeharKaur blaming war for her #Kargilmartyr father are Pro #Pakistan should be throughnout of #India (SIC),” Vij tweeted. Kaur, daughter of an army officer who was martyred fighting militants in J&K, withdrew from her ‘Students against ABVP’ campaign after receiving rape threats online. She filed a complaint with Delhi Commission for Women and, subsequently, an FIR was registered by city police.On Tuesday, Haryana wrestlers Babita Phogat and Yogeshwar Dutt also targeted Kaur for expressing solidarity with students who were allegedly assaulted by the ABVP. indianexpress
It’s Kiren Rijiju again, minister tweets video of jawan attacking Afzal sympathisers, JNU
New Delhi: In the middle of a storm over campus violence in Delhi University , minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju posted a jawan’s video on Twitter on Wednesday, giving a fresh twist to the nationalism debate.In the video, the soldier -- identified as Shriram Gorde -- slammed sympathisers of 2001 Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, a section of JNU students and critics of the Indian army’s Sept.29 surgical strike in PoK.The video tweeted by Rijiju had come up in the public domain.HT
2 ABVP members arrested for Ramjas college violence
New Delhi: 2 ABVP activists have been arrested here on charges of attacking AISA members at Delhi University, the police said on Wednesday.A police statement said Prashant Mishra, President of the Students Union at Sri Venkateswara College, and Vinayak Sharma, also from the same college, were taken into custody on Tuesday night.IANS
JNU to DU: the embers of student protests refuse to die
Ramjas violence: PIL against policemen for alleged assault on students
NEET registrations to end today; future of health science aspirants from Urdu-medium colleges uncertain
Mumbai:Registrations for NEET 2017 end today — though the ambiguity over whether health science aspirants from Urdu-medium junior colleges can sign up remains unaddressed. Members of the Students Islamic Organisation (SIO) had requested the CBSE and the Medical Council of India (MCI) to postpone the deadline for NEET registrations by a few days, to accommodate students from Urdu-medium junior colleges. The fate of these students hangs on a petition, which the Supreme Court will hear on March 3.Last week, the Supreme Court refused to hear an urgency motion filed by SIO, pleading with the court to include Urdu as a language in which students can appear for NEET.“CBSE has excluded Urdu from NEET. Maharashtra state board, too, will not conduct a separate medical entrance test for courses other than medical and dentistry. This means students from Urdu-medium junior colleges cannot apply for health science courses,” said Mohammed Ali Shaikh, representing SIO, Maharashtra. HT
NIA quizzes Zakir Naik's sister for third time about her role in his companies
New Delhi:NIA grilled Zakir Naik's sister Nailah Naushad Noorani at its HQRS in Delhi. Questioned for the third time, she came to NIA accompanied by her husband. Nailah is a director and additional director in 5 private companies linked to Naik including Harmony Media Pvt Ltd which is under probe.Nailah, however, has told investigators that she is only a symbolic director, but the real reins are in the hands of her brother Naik, who is currently abroad. An officer of the ATS speaking to India Today said, "She has told us that she is being used as a rubber stamp. While she is well read and educated, her role is limited to signing documents and papers related Naik's IRF and companies associated with it."India Today
Child trafficking key accused says BJP leader assured her of resolving 'all problems' in running home
Kolkata:The names of BJP's national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya and West Bengal women’s wing president Roopa Ganguly have been mentioned by the key accused in a child trafficking case.Chandana Chakraborty, who ran a child care home in north Bengal, said that Juhi Chowdhury, a general secretary of State BJP’s women’s wing, perhaps spoke to Vijayvargiya and Ms. Ganguly to “resolve some issues” about the child care home.Ms. Chakraborty told journalists in Siliguri before being produced before a local court, “I have not spoken to anyone [central BJP leaders]. Juhi spoke to them and perhaps to Roopa Ganguly and Kailash Vijayvargiya. I was sitting in another room when she spoke to them,”Ms. Chakraborty said she approached Ms. Chowdhury for “some help” and she assured her of “resolving all the problems” about running the child care home.Meanwhile, Mr. Vijayvargiya accused the Kolkata Police of “being controlled by Trinamool Congress. “They [the Kolkata police] keep conspiring against us. They have already targeted our party leaders Joyprakash Majumdar and Sishir Bajoria. Now they are conspiring against me,” he said. The child trafficking racket was busted by the State’s CID.last week and Ms. Chakraborty and one of her associates were arrested. Within a few days, one more person was arrested in connection with the case.the hindu
Cong moves minority panel seeking action against Sakshi Maharaj for ‘hate speech’
New Delhi: BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj has again courted controversy, blaming Muslims for rise in India’s population and suggesting that no land should be allotted for graveyards. Irked by Maharaj’s comments, the Congress filed a complaint to National Commission for Minorities (NCM) against BJP leader, accusing him of spreading communal hatred.Congress leader Shehzad Poonawala sent a petition to the NCM for immediate action against BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj for making yet another hate speech against Muslims in violation of model code of conduct.In his petition to the NCM, Poonawala, said it should “Direct the Election Commission of India to take necessary steps against the BJP for these remarks made by Shri Sakshi Maharaj as it violated various provisions of the Representation of People’s Act, 1951 and the model code of conduct.”ht
As violence rises 5-fold in 5 years, friendships and politics turn communal in UP
At 5 am, Khatun Begum (50) wakes up in the loft above her pink-walled shop on the banks of the Saryu river, in Faizabad district, UP. In the soft glow of twilight, she tucks the pallu of her cream silk sari round the waist, wraps a scarf over her head, and spreads out a mat westward towards Mecca. With her arms on her chest, she bows her head in prayer to Allah, while the husband and two children sleep in a little longer.A feet away, as the sun emerges, Seema Chaudhari (43) grabs a plastic tumbler before the morning puja. As she heads out, Begum catches up with her. Friends for 14 years, the two women groggily make their way to the river, grumbling about the din from last night’s neighbourhood wedding.Begum and Chaudhari live in the main market in the contested arena of Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi site, where the destruction of a 16th-century mosque in 1992 sparked some of India’s worst nationwide riots. Considered to be one of Hinduism’s seven holy centres, the region is now peppered with temples flooded by Hindu devotees. As the legal dispute, which began in 1950, enters its 24th year in the Supreme Court, the saffron-tinted market of 100-odd shops and adjoining homes–selling scarves, prayer beads, toy maces and other religious paraphernalia–make do without regular electricity (since the area is contested), stealing it from outside the market area and using public toilets meant for pilgrims. The saffron-tinted market at Ayodhya has 100-odd shops selling scarves, prayer beads, toy maces and other religious paraphernalia. hindustantimes
UP pols: For Mayawati, getting Muslims is the answer but they ask questions
Gorakhpur:One of the curiosities in this election in UP, which does not seem to have a wave, and in which every moving part must be tracked specifically and separately, has to do with BSP chief Mayawati’s bid for “Muslim vote”. BSP gets a share of the Muslim vote in every UP election but this time, Mayawati is openly asking the community for its “ek tarafa” or one-sided vote. This time, more than in any previous election, BSP chief has been pointed in her invitation to the community. At her rally here in Gorakhpur on Sunday, she reiterated her main message of a strong and firm administration that would not brook any “arajakta”, “apradh”,“danga”, (anarchy, crime, lumpenism) and put an end to “asuraksha” and “terror” (insecurity and fear). But 10 min into her nearly hour-long speech, she interrupted her more general appeal to her audience to speak directly to Muslims:“SP is divided into camps. the Shivpal camp and the Akhilesh camp, which are trying to defeat each other’s candidates.” She insinuated BJP-SP intimacies — PM Modi, she pointed out, attended a wedding programme in Mulayam Singh’s family. And therefore, “Muslim vote, especially, will go waste and more than that, will benefit the BJP, if the community does not vote unitedly for the BSP, whose Dalit base is united”. indianexpress
MP:Right-wing group stops marriage in Church, forces couple to postpone event
Bhopal: Members of a right-wing group barged into a Church and stopped a marriage in Shivpuri district in Madhya Pradesh.As the ceremony was disrupted, the police also reached the Church.But the marriage could not be solemnised due to the hooliganism.The couple later agreed to postpone the marriage. Now, the wedding would be as per Arya Samaj rituals and would be solemnised in Indore. This incident occurred in a church in Shivpuri.Avnish who belongs to Ujjain was marrying the girl who hails from Shivpuri. As Avnish's family was not happy with the wedding, he decided to come to Shivpuri for marriage at the girl's place.The girl is Christian. As a right-wing group got wind of the inter-religious marriage, they entered the Church and forced the couple to postpone the event. The bride pleaded but it was of no use.  The police had reached the spot but took no action. Instead groom had to explain why his family members were not present. The couple later said that they would marry as per Arya Samaj rituals. The marriage would now be solemnised in Indore. NewsBits.in
Maharashtra: At ‘funeral procession’ of EVMs, candidates allege BJP behind tampering of machines
Pune; Hundreds participated in a footmarch organised by several candidates from various political parties, who lost in the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) polls, blaming their loss on Electronic Voting Machines. The foot march, described by the organisers as a ‘funeral procession of EVMs’, started from Balgandharva Chowk and ended at the Vaikunth Crematorium in Navi Peth, where the participants carried out a symbolic cremation of props representing EVMs.The participants carried posters and hand-held hoardings, alleging that the elections were rigged. A public meeting was also held in Sambhaji Garden at J M Road. Soon after the results were declared on Feb.23 — in which the BJP got a full majority — defeated candidates from various parties including the NCP, Congress, Shiv Sena and MNS started to blame their loss on the EVMs. They also held a meeting to plan on Sunday to plan the next course of action, where some bigwigs such as NCP’s Nilesh Nikam, who lost from University-Wakadewadi (Panel 7), Congress’s Datta Bahirat, who lost from panel 14, and NCP leader Balasaheb Bodake, as well as RTI activist Vijay Kumbhar, were present. indianexpress
Ishrat encounter case: CBI opposes Gujarat DGP Pandey’s discharge petition
Ahmedabad:CBI has opposed the discharge application of Gujarat’s DGP PP Pandey, who is an accused in the Ishrat Jahan encounter case. CBI has stated that Pandey, in-charge police chief of state, has been chargesheeted for conspiracy to be read with murder and other offences and, therefore, his application “be rejected in the interest of justice”. CBI, however, has not challenged Pandey’s bail, stating that the grounds for his bail and his discharge are different.CBI filed its reply in response to Pandey’s discharge plea before the special court on Tuesday. indianexpress
Cop accused of killing Muslim youth in custody in Jharkhand finally booked for murder
Nearly 5 months after Minhaj Ansari, a 22-year-old mobile shop owner and a resident of Tarpar Tola, Dighari, Jamtara was brutally murdered in police custody, SHO of Narayanpura police station-Harish Pathak-has finally been booked for murder under the Section 302 of the IPC.Association for Protection of Human Rights, which has been helping the family of Ansari since the incident, said this was a small victory in the fight for justice. Family had been demanding to book the police officer under Section 302 since Ansari’s death, but in the initial report, Pathak-who was suspended immediately-was booked.In the aftermath of incident, APCR had written to SHRC, NHRC and the state govt  asking them to intervene in ensuring justice to Ansari’s family. Commenting on the news, Ziaullah of APCR said, “APCR will soon have a meeting on this issue and decide the future course of action in this case.”TCN
Jharkhand: 300 Muslim families speak out, return dowry in silent protest
Latehar:A silent and unique social transformation is sweeping the Muslim community in Jharkhand’s Palamu region, with hundreds of families returning dowry they had taken during their sons’ weddings.Over the last one year, around 800 families came out in the open about accepting dowry and have subsequently returned the money. To date, over Rs 6 crore in cash has been returned to the brides’ families.This process kicked off once Haji Mumtaj Ali, a native of Pokhari village in Latehar, launched a campaign against dowry in April last year. Following his footsteps, the community elders waged a war against dowry, a social evil plaguing the lives of thousands of families, especially the poor. ‘Maulvis’, too, resolved not to solemnise ‘nikah’ where any exchange of dowry was involved. “The success of our campaign against dowry is astounding. So far, over 800 grooms’ families in Latehar and Palamu districts have returned Rs 6 crore in cash to the brides’ families. More importantly, the marriages are now being solemnised without any exchange of money,” said Ali, who was busy preparing for a massive community meeting at Daltonganj on March 7.“The war against dowry will eat up poor families like cancer till it is completely wiped out. There are still a few families who are yet to give up the evil practice. Earlier, the Muslim community did not pay dowry, but of late, dowry has become a part of marriages, in the process badly hampering the sanctity of this sacred bond,” Ali said.“We will also devise a strategy during the next meeting to tackle such families,” he said.HT
Pepsi, Coke boycott call by traders in TN:TOI
Chennai: Tamil Nadu Traders Association's call to shopkeepers to boycott US soft drink brands Pepsi and Coca Cola and sell only local brands evoked a partial response on Wednesday.The association took the decision to boycott Coke and Pepsi during the pro-jallikattu protests in the state in January as US-based NGO People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) was responsible for the Supreme Court ban on the bull-taming sport. "PeTA was responsible for the ban on jallikattu. That is why we decided to boycott American soft drinks in the state starting March 31," said an official of the traders' association.The association said the two US companies were drawing plenty of water, and this has affected water sources of people and crops.Most small traders in North Chennai, Trichy and Salem stopped selling Pepsi and Coke in response to the boycott call. In Salem, shopkeepers stopped selling Aquafina too, a drinking water brand from PepsiCo.
Will kill lawyers who defend IS suspects: Hindu outfit
Rajkot: A lesser known right-wing outfit in Jamnagar has issued a brazen threat to murder lawyers and their families who defend the two arrested ISIS suspects in the court.On Tuesday, Pratik Bhatt, who calls himself the Gujarat president of Hindu Sena, issued an open threat to lawyer Imtiyaz Koreja in Jamnagar."All advocates have refused to defend them. But a lawyer named Imtiyaz has shown his willingness to fight their case. But Hindu Sena openly threatens to eliminate Imtiyaz and his entire family (if he goes ahead to be become the defence counsel). Imtiyaz would be alone responsible for his life. We urge lawyers to refrain from defending the accused otherwise Hindu Sena will counter them," Bhatt said in Jamnagar. Bhatt even threatened to set Imtiyaz's house ablaze. Bhatt even issued a press note regarding the threat. Despite such a brazen threat, the Jamnagar's B-division police only detained Bhatt and released him after sometime. Sources said that the outfit has barely any local standing too and Bhatt, an advocate himself, is close to VHP and Bajrang Dal. Imtiyaz could not be contacted despite several attempts.TOI
Parties, separatists in the Valley slam return of pellet guns
Srinagar:Outgoing CRPF Director General K Durga Prasad’s remark that pellet guns will be used in the Valley, though with certain tweaks, has evoked sharp reactions from mainstream political parties as well as separatists in Kashmir. While the NC said continuity of pellet guns “hasn’t come as a surprise”, the Congress called the decision “unfortunate”.NC spokesperson Junaid Azim Mattu said: “At that time when we were in power it was told officially to us that these pellet guns are not fatal. In last year’s turmoil it has been proved that these pellet guns are fatal,”he said, adding that it is time for all parties to unanimously take a stand against their use. Indian express
Are Army’s own ‘informers’ abetting rise in terror attacks in Kashmir Valley?India TV News
The steep rise in infiltration bids and terror activities in Kashmir in the past few months, especially after the killing of Hizbul Burhan Wani, has left security forces in a state of flux. With February alone accounting for two encounters between militants and security forces – first in Bandipora on Feb. 14 and the other in Shopian on Feb.23 – in which 6 jawans lost their lives while several others were left injured, one of the reasons behind the apparent failure of the security establishment in thwarting such attacks appears to be their own informers.
Firing of professor will hurt Ashoka, says university faculty body as three staff exit over Kashmir petition
New Delhi:Ashoka University claimed it did not coerce 2 managers and one professor to leave the university for signing a Kashmir petition along with 85 students. But two emails by the university’s Faculty Council, an elected body representing all Ashoka teachers, say otherwise. Mathematics professor Rajendran Narayanan; Saurav Goswami, deputy manager of academic affairs; and Adil Mushtaq Shah, programme manager of academic affairs, signed a petition in July 2016 condemning the violence over Hizbul militant Burhan Wani’s death and calling for a plebiscite in J&K.Narayanan resigned from the university’s mathematics department citing “ethical reasons” on Dec15. Goswami and Shah resigned on Oct.7, 2016, sparking a debate over curbs on freedom of speech on campus.Faculty Council emails show that the Governing Body of Ashoka, which includes V-C Rudrangshu Mukherjee, had discussed the sacking of Narayanan in a meeting on Aug 1, 2016 and this proposal was communicated to the Faculty Council on Sept.20. indian express
Congress RS MP Haji Abdul Salam passes away at 69
Imphal:Congress leader and Rajya Sabha member Haji Abdul Salam passed away last night following a brief illness, family members said. He was 69.PTI
Probe CJI for Kalikho Pul's suicide, his widow petitions Vice-President Ansari
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WORLD
Russia, China veto UN sanctions on Syria over gas attacks
Russia and China today supported the Syrian govt  by vetoing a UN resolution that would impose sanctions on 21 Syrian individuals, organisations and companies allegedly involved in chemical weapons attacks in the war-ravaged country.Russia had said the vote on the resolution, drafted by France, Britain and the US, would harm UN-led peace talks between the warring Syrian parties in Geneva, which began last week. 9 council members voted in favour, Bolivia voted against, while Egypt, Ethiopia and Kazakhstan abstained. British UN Ambassador Matthew Rycroft told the council before the vote: “This is about taking a stand when children are poisoned. It’s that simple. It’s about taking a stand when civilians are maimed and murdered with toxic weapons.” Middleeastmonitor
Thousands fled west Mosul in past 10 days, officials
At least 26,000 Iraqis have fled west Mosul in the past 10 days after security forces launched a major push to retake it from ISIL, the minister of displacement and migration said.The drive to retake the west of Mosul began on Feb.19, after Iraqi troops retook the city's eastern side from the ISIS group in the previous month.Jassem M. al-Jaff announced that field teams received "26,000 displaced people from [west] Mosul during the past 10 days", a statement from ministry said.But number who have fled is only a small fraction of 750,000 people who are believed to have stayed on in west Mosul under ISIL rule.
Two Iraq Shia militia leaders killed west of Mosul in a week
A military commander in Iraqi Shia paramilitary organisation, Popular Mobilisation Forces were killed in clashes with Daesh in the area of Tal Afar, west of Mosul.middleeastmonitor
Israeli report exposes its failure in 2014 Gaza offensive
The report of Israeli state comptroller released accused Israeli PM Netanyahu, ex-Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon and other ministers and officials of failing to counter Hamas effectively during a major offensive on Gaza in 2014. Israeli comptroller Joseph Shapira said in his report: “There are big differences between the information from the Shabak and Aman – 2 Israeli intelligence agencies – regarding Hamas’ tunnels in Gaza that led to failure in the last war on Gaza.”middleeastmonitor
Trump to Work With Muslim Allies to Defeat IS: Excerpts
Washington: President Donald Trump is pledging to work with Muslim countries to fulfill his campaign pledge to defeat the Islamic State group.According to excerpts from a planned speech to a joint session of Congress, Trump will dismiss the jihadist group as "a network of lawless savages that have slaughtered Muslims and Christians, and men, women and children of all faiths and beliefs.""We will work with our allies, including our friends and allies in the Muslim World, to extinguish this vile enemy from our planet," Trump is expected to say, according to the excerpts.AFP
State provocation led to Myanmar 'genocide':Rohingya
Ankara:A violent security crackdown among Rohingya community in response to attacks on police was orchestrated by the govt, a group representing the Muslim minority has said.Hla Kyaw, chairman of European Rohingya Council (ERC), said killings of police in Rakhine State, where most Rohingya live, on Oct.9 was organized by military intelligence as justification for repressive measures against Rohingya. AA
Quiet Qadian erupts in joy after Ahmadi’s Oscar feat: HT
There was a ripple of excitement in Qadian — a quiet border town of Punjab and the headquarters of the Ahmadiyya community — as news about an Ahmadi actor being awarded an Oscar came streaming through. Mahershala Ali, won the best supporting actor Oscar for his portrayal of a drug dealer in ‘Moonlight’. A convert since 1999 with a Christian minister for a mother, Ali joined the minority Ahmadiyya community, a sect seen as heretical by other Muslims, in 2001.Qadian is an important destination for the community as every year in December, Ahmadis from 35 countries congregate here for a 3-day annual convention.Maqbool Ahmad, a journalist in Qadian and his wife Tahira, who is from Pakistan, are thrilled with Ali’s Oscar feat. Tariq Ahmad, the official spokesperson of the Ahmadiyya community, welcomed the Oscar, saying it was praiseworthy. Islamic seminaries in India, like the Deoband, also don’t recognise the community as Muslim.Pak Constitution does not recognise Ahmadis as Muslims.  hindustantimes
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