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Tuesday, 14 March 2017

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14 March. 2017: 14 Jamadiul Akhir 1438:Vol:8, No:141
After Rohith Vemula now JNU Dalit scholar found dead; his FB post reveals, he was unhappy over inequality at university
Just a few days after writing a fiery Facebook post on being 'denied equality' on campus, JNU student was found hanging from the ceiling. Muthukrishnan Jeevanantham, 27, also known as Krish Rajini to friends on Facebook, allegedly committed suicide at his friend’s place in Munirka Vihar, South Delhi. "A PCR call was received at 5.05 pm yesterday that a person had locked himself in a room at a house in Munirka Vihar," Police said.According to police, no suicide note was found from the spot.A South Korean IT professional and friend of Muthu Krishanan told DNA, "He had come to his friend’s house this afternoon to have food. He said he wanted to sleep and went to a room and locked himself in."Muthu Krishanan was from Tamil Nadu's Salem district. He completed MPhil from the University of Hyderabad (UoH) in 2015 before joining JNU for PhD. On his last Facebook post, on March 10, he complained about inequality that 'marginals' faced in the institution. "There is no Equality in M.phil/Phd Admission, there is no equalitiy (sic) in Viva–voce, there is only denial of equality, denying prof.Sukhadeo thorat recommendation, denying Students protest places in Ad – block, denying the education of the Marginal's. When Equality is denied everything is denied," he wrote.Krishnan was an active member of the protests post Rohith Vemula's death. Vemula had also committed suicide blaming discriminations in Hyderabad University. In a 2016 blogpost, he wrote:"I did not want to hurt her by recalling Rohith’s memories. I remembered myself with Rohith. I met Rohith 6 times. The first time, I met Rohith at the south-campus shop com during a protest rally from the north campus. He was wearing a light gray color shirt, while me and prashanth  was in a black shirt. He was enthusiastically raising slogans. That time I wondered why I never raised slogans. May be the language barrier, I told myself. But I was amazed with his leadership skills."JNU Students Union (JNUSU) is alleging that Krishnan was targeted for his association with the movement seeking justice for Rohith Vemula and depression made him take the extreme step. Indiatimes.com
TN Parties Join Hands with family's Demand of CBI Probe Into JNU Student's Death
New Delhi: A 27-year-old Dalit MPhil scholar of JNU allegedly committed suicide here on Monday.A native of Salem, Muthukrishnan's family is shattered and shocked. The family refuses to buy the 'suicide' theory. Muthukrishnan's father, Jeevanantham, demanded a CBI probe into the events leading to his son's death and called his death a 'murder'.Political parties joined the chorus demanding a thorough probe into the death of the deceased.Tamil Nadu Chief Minister expressed condolences on the death of Muthukrishnan. In a statement, he said all efforts to bring the body back to his native place will be arranged by the govt of Tamil Nadu. TN Govt also announced a solatium of Rs 3 lakh to the family. AIADMK Deputy General Secretary TTV Dinakaran demanded a judicial probe into Muthukrishnan's death. O. Panneerselvam said: "I am deeply saddened. My condolences to his family. There should be a proper investigation and it should be revealed as to why he died and what he did. Only then will there be justice for the student."The Opposition too too demanded a CBI inquiry into the death of the JNU student. CNN-News18
Father demands CBI probe into Muthukrishnan's death
JNU student suicide: Muthukrishnan actively participated in Rohith Vemula protests; all you need to know
JNU scholar death case should be handed over to the CBI, demands M K Stalin
Parliament passes Enemy Property bill
New Delhi:Successors of those who migrated to Pakistan and China during partition will have no claim over the properties left behind in India, with Parliament on Tuesday passing a bill to amend a 49-year-old law. Enemy Property (Amendment and Validation) Bill, 2016, which amends the Enemy Property Act, 1968, was passed by voice vote in Lok Sabha, incorporating the amendments made by the Rajya Sabha last week. Lok Sabha had passed the bill earlier but certain amendments were introduced to it in the Rajya Sabha, on the recommendations of a Select Committee. Those amendments had to be approved by Lower House, which was done on Tuesday. RSP member NK Premachandran had moved a statutory amendment seeking to introduce clarity with regard to those properties which had already been acquired by the heirs of the ‘enemy’ property owners, a reference to nationals of Pakistan and China. According to the bill, “Enemy property” refers to any property belonging to, held or managed on behalf of an enemy, an enemy subject or an enemy firm. Govt has vested these properties in the Custodian of Enemy Property for India, an office instituted under the central govt. After the Indo-Pakistan War of 1965, Enemy Property Act was enacted in 1968, which regulates such properties and lists the Custodian’s powers.PTI
Jammu: Right-wing groups try to evict Rohingya refugees
Jammu:Abdul Kareem and Zahida Begum run a small corner store in Bhatindi, an affluent residential area of Jammu city. When they arrived here in 2012, after fleeing massacres in Myanmar's Rakhine state, the residents of this mainly Muslim neighbourhood of the largely Hindu city rallied around them, offering the young couple a space from which to run the shop.Now they live in a cramped room beside the shop with their three sons, aged two, six and eight. The children do not attend school, although they say they are hoping to send the oldest one this year.The family are Rohingya Muslims - one of the world's most persecuted ethnic groups - but they say people here have been kind.India has been receiving Rohingya refugees from Myanmar since 2008. They arrived in large numbers during 2012, when anti-Rohingya persecution intensified in neighbouring Myanmar.According to figures shared by Development and Justice Initiative (DAJI), a NGO that works with UNHCR, and based on UNHCR data, there are an estimated 10,000 Rohingya refugees living in India. Approximately 5,700 live in and around the city of Jammu, although some sources claim the number could, in fact, be much higher. But in early Feb,the Rohingya refugees started to notice billboards appearing around the city. "Rohingyas, Bangladeshis quit Jammu," they declared, asking residents to "Wake up...save history, culture and identity of Dogras," referring to the Hindu-majority community of Jammu.J&K National Panthers Party, a right-wing Hindu political party, whose leader, Harsh Dev Singh, has made public statements about a conspiracy to engineer "demographic changes" in the region, is behind the billboards. His theories have found some resonance in a state fractured by the politics of demography; where a general mistrust exists between residents of the Muslim-majority Kashmir Valley and those of the southern Jammu region, where Hindus form two-thirds of the population."There is alarm among the general masses [in the city]," Singh told Al Jazeera about the presence of the Muslim Rohingya refugees.Last month, a member of the BJP, Hunar Gupta, petitioned the Jammu High Court, seeking the identification and deportation of Rohingya refugees.Aljazeera
Kashmiri girl who wanted to see her sister’s marriage left partially blinded by pellets
Pulwama:For Mohammad Akram Mir, 55 a farmer, marriage of his elder daughter married felt like a dream come true. The dates were set for Nov.2016 and the shopping had started months earlier. But more than Akram, it was his 16-year-old girl Azra Jan who could not control the joy of watching her elder sister get married. She had bought two dresses for the occasion and had planned to put henna on her hands.But weeks before the planned marriage, a tragedy struck the Mir family. On Oct.31, as other family members went to a nearby town to buy clothes and jewellery for the bride, Azra waited at home in Rahmoo village. And, as we have shown in earlier stories (which can be read here and here), this was a day when the village youth were pelting stones at the security forces following the death of over 100 protesters in the previous months. Azra could hear the tear gas shells, pellet guns, stun grenades and pepper gas grenades being fired and lobbed in the main Rahmoo market.By 3 pm that day, the intensity of tear gas shelling had increased manifold. Azra saw security forces barging into the neighbouring home, vandalising property and beating residents. Feeling threatened as she was alone in the house, she came out and tried to run towards the main road. It proved to be a costly mistake.The moment she stepped out, pellets hit her chest and face as they were raining over her village that day. twocircles
POLLS AND POLITICS
Kejriwal joins Maya chorus against EVMs, wants paper ballot in Delhi MCD polls
Delhi;Amid growing chorus questioning reliability of electronic voting machines (EVMs), Delhi CM  Arvind Kejriwal has directed chief secretary MM Kutty to write to the state election commissioner asking him to hold the upcoming municipal elections through ballot papers.“State govt recommendation comes following requests from several political parties to hold local body polls through ballot paper, as is done in many states,” an AAP functionary said.The state election commission is likely to announce later today the date for election to the 3 municipal corporations likely in April this year.Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken also wrote to Kejriwal earlier today demanding the use of ballot papers instead of EVMs. “Serious doubts have cropped up in the minds of voters as to the free and fair nature of electoral process. We demand that these elections should be held using the traditional ballot system,” he wrote.Following the landslide victory of BJP in UP  assembly polls, BSP supremo had openly questioned the reliability of EVMs.Though AAP leadership has desisted from attributing the party’s loss in Punjab to faulty EVMs,Kejriwal retweeted former co-worker Prashant Bhushan’s tweet targetting BJP on the issue on Tuesday.“Those who screamed “democracy at risk due to EVMs” while in opposition, are now celebrating “democracy by EVMs”, once in power,” Bhushan tweeted. HT
For MCD election in Delhi, use ballot paper, not EVMs: CM Kejriwal to Election Commission
Not just Mayawati, BJP's own LK Advani raised doubts about EVM (after losing elections)
Concerns about EVM fraud can’t be brushed aside, BJP leaders were first to highlight vulnerability:Abhishek G Bhaya
Delhi municipal polls on April 22, EVMs to be used
New Delhi: Delhi Municipal Corporation elections will be held on April 22 and counting for the same will be done on April 25.Meanwhile, state Election Commissioner SK Srivastava said that Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) would be used in the upcoming municipal corporation elections in Delhi.Delhi CM  Kejriwal had written to the Election Commission not to use EVMs and rather conduct the polling through ballot system.ANI
SC refuses to stay Parrikar's oath-taking ceremony, orders floor test
New Delhi: Supreme Court today refused to stay the swearing in of BJP's CM  candidate Manohar Parrikar and ordered a floor test in the Goa Legislative Assembly on March 16.SC was listening to a petition filed by the Congress challenging the Goa governor's decision to invite the BJP to form govt  in the coastal state.A special bench headed by Chief Justice JS Khehar said in its ruling, "You (Congress) don't have the numbers and that's why you didn't claim to form govt...You haven't demonstrated before the governor that number is in your favour."Dismissing the Congress party's petition, the top court then directed Goa governor Mridula Sinha to hold floor test at 11 AM on March 16 and made it clear that the only business of the House would be the holding of floor test after swearing in of the members.TOI
Governor appointed Parrikar as CM without giving us a hearing:Digvijay
New Delhi:Irked by the appointment of Manohar Parrikar as the CM  of Goa and the invitation to BJP to form govt  in the state, Digvijay Singh, general secretary of AICC, Tuesday expressed anguish over repeated delay from Governor house on giving an appointment to Congress party.“We had sought an appointment from her excellency at 10:30am today. But we have been told by Raj Bhavan that she will only meet us at 1.30pm. Well, it’s her discretion but we would have been much happier if she had met us earlier.” Singh claimed that Congress had sought a meeting with the Governor from the evening of March 12, and it has repeatedly been stalled. “We had also sent a letter to the Governor’s office on the night of March 12 saying we need an appointment to stake claim.” indianexpress
BJP stealing mandate in Goa, Manipur with money power, alleges Rahul Gandhi

Goa Forward Party chief resigns in protest against support to BJP
Goa Forward Party president, Prabhakar Timble, has resigned from the party minutes after the newly elected MLAs extended support to the BJP to form the govt  in the state.Vijai Sardesai had earlier confirmed that he along with other two MLAs had decided to extended their support to BJP with Manohar Parrikar as the new CM .Timble told Janta Ka Reporter, “I’m not happy with this decision and, therefore, I am resigning from the party’s president post.” jantakareporter
Live: Parrikar sworn in as Goa CM , 9 ministers take oath
Manohar Parrikar sworn in as CM  of Goa. 9 MLAs also sworn in as ministers. BJP gets 2 berths apart from Parrikar, while allies GFP get 3, MGP 2 and Independents 2. livemint
Manohar Parrikar sworn in as Goa CM
Manipur Governor invites BJP to form govt, oath ceremony tomorrow
New Delhi: Manipur Governor Najma Heptullah has invited the BJP to form govt  in the state."BJP CM and council of ministers to take oath tomorrow in Imphal," ANI said.Amit Shah and Union minister Jitendra Singh will attend the swearing-in ceremony, the news agency said. timesofindia/ANI
After Parrikar in Goa, why Modi will prefer Rajnath as UP CM
Under BJP govt., social fault lines have grown, impacting economy: Chidambaram
Chennai:India cannot achieve economic growth in the long term if it excludes the minorities and marginalised sections of society from the political process, veteran Congress leader and former Union Minister P. Chidambaram has cautioned.He was delivering the first annual lecture of The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy on “Will India Script an Uninterrupted Growth Story?” here on Monday.Chidambaram pointed out that the BJP had not fielded a single Muslim candidate in the recent Assembly elections in UP, despite the community constituting 19.3 % of the population in the State.“Is it possible to ensure long term economic growth by excluding from the political process the largest community or women or the Scheduled Castes or the Scheduled Tribes,” he asked. thehindu
BJP closes electoral college gap, Modi keeps suspense alive over next President: hindustantimes
New Delhi:PM  Narendra Modi has inched closer to getting a person of his choice as the country’s next President. A three-fourth majority in UP  fills much of the deficit that the BJP had to get its nominee occupy the Raisina Hils. Will that cheer up BJP’s two senior leaders, LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, who now have a largely ceremonial role in party’s Margdarshak Mandal? Advani and Joshi, both, were Modi’s mentors in Delhi and Ahmedabad. During his initial days in Delhi, Modi would spend most of his evening taking lessons from Joshi. When Joshi unfurled the tricolour at Srinagar’s Lal Chowk in 1992, he had Modi by his side. It was Modi’s first tryst with the limelight. The credit to send Modi to Gujarat to take over as chief minster goes to Advani who also stood by him in his days of crisis.Will Modi now offer guru dakshina to his mentors? BJP leaders have their fingers crossed but there is underlying feeling that it would be unlikely.“Lagta nahi hai” is the common refrain of BJP leaders on the possibility of the two veterans becoming country’s President and Vice- President.Election for a new President is due in July when Pranab Mukherjee completes his five-year term. Vice-President Hamid Ansari ends his second term in August.Many names and theories are doing the rounds in BJP circles about who will occupy the top two seats.From a Dalit to a woman and a tribal to a RSS choice; the guessing game is far from over.Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, Jharkhand governor Draupadi Murmu,Bihar governor Ramnath Kovid, Social Justice Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot, I&B Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and nominated Rajya Sabha member Narendra Jadhav-BJP leaders’ guess list is just growing. Some don’t even rule out a second term to incumbent Pranab Mukherjee.
Reservation row in Haryana: Jat protesters observe ‘Black Holi’; burn effigies of PM Modi
Rohtak:Jat protesters in Rohtak and adjoining districts on Sunday burnt effigies of BJP leaders, including PM  Narendra Modi and Haryana CM  Manohar Lal Khattar, and observed ‘Black Holi’ at the ongoing dharnas to press for their demands, including reservation and withdrawal of cases against the community youths in connection with last year’s stir.Visibly upset with the BJP’s spectacular victory in UP assembly elections, All India Jat Aarakshan Samiti (AIJASS) president Yashpal Malik, who hails from UP and had been maintaining that BJP will not get Jats’ support in the state, said the saffron polarised the electorate on communal lines and secured the Jat votes as well. hindustantimes

OTHERS
27 Indians Reportedly Missing In Saudi, ATS  Probes
Domkal: ATS of Maharashtra has launched an inquiry into the disappearance of 27 Murshidabad-based pilgrims in Saudi Arabia's Jeddah. The probe was initiated after a Mumbai-based travel agent alerted the ATS that the pilgrims neither reached their hotel nor come back on their expected date of return. ATS has also duly informed the centre about the missing persons.Among the 27 people who left for Jeddah is 44-year-old Sekh Nuruzzaman, a resident of Murshidabad's Domkal, who was supposed to return on Feb.22. His travel agent says that while Nuruzzaman left for Haj Umrah but did not return."Mumbai ATS called me and asked for information, which I shared. I have given them passport information, visa details, contact details of their team leader," says the travel agent to NDTV, on condition of anonymity. But, interestingly, none of the local police stations in West Bengal's Murshidabad have any complaints regarding people going missing in Saudi Arabia. Even Nuruzzaman's wife says that he is working in Jeddah and calls her regularly to check on his family."I don't know what he is doing there. The next time he calls, I will ask him and let you know. Whenever he calls, he tells me he is fine. I am sure he is not involved in anything illegal," she says. Local police sources say that Murshidabad sends thousands of people to different parts of Saudi Arabia as labourers, many of whom never return."This is why there are no missing complaints," they say.NDTV
Ex-judges express concern over UAPA’s ‘draconian’ provisions
Mumbai:“On May 1, 1956, freedom fighter Jayaprakash Narayan had written a letter to the then PM  Jawaharlal Nehru. JP had written that 95% of the Muslims in J&K do not want to be part of India, and it is unfair for India to rule Kashmir. If he were alive today, he could be arrested under the UAPA, for talking about secession,” said former High Court Judge Hosbet Suresh at a seminar in Marine Lines on Saturday.The seminar organised by People’s Movement against UAPA saw participation of a number of victims, former High Court judges, and police officers, who voiced their opinion against the anti-terrorism law. UAPA was enacted post 26/11 attacks. Pointing out the ‘draconian’ provisions, KP Mohamed Sheriff, vice-chairperson of National Confederation of Human Rights Organisations, said, “Under Section 43(d) of the Act, there is no anticipatory bail or bail after arrest. One can be detained without a charge up to 180 days. The trials conducted are in-camera closed-room ones. There are provisions for secret witnesses. How can you ensure a fair trial under such a law? Even though thousands are languishing in jails, there is a conviction rate of only 1.8%.”Kamal Faruqui, convener of the event, said the law acts as a tool for discrimination against the Muslims. Another member EM Abdul Rehman accused the judiciary of discrimination. Arun Ferreira, an advocate who was arrested under the UAPA, said the police are given a free hand under the law. The hindu
WhatsApp talaaq: Petitioners want uniform civil code
Hyderabad:On a day when the Hyderabad High Court accepted the case filed by two women from the city, who were pronounced triple talaq by their husbands residing in the US through WhatsApp, the women said Sharia was misused in their case.One of the petitioners, Mehreen Noor told Express, “My husband Usman Quraishi typed talaq thrice for no fault of mine. I have not even been able to talk to him ever since then. I do believe in Sharia but in my case it is being misused.”  “This divorce in violation of Article 14 and 21 of our Constitution and also violation of Muslim Personal Law Board and dissolution of Muslim Marriage Act. Hence, I will go by the uniform civil code to seek justice, she pointed out.”Meanwhile, seconding her stand, Mehreen’s sister-in-law Syeda Fatima, whose in-laws stated that their son Syed Fayazuddin has pronounced triple talaq to her, said, “After admitting me to hospital for delivery in January, 2016, my husband did not come to see me once. Meanwhile, my in-laws told my husband that I went with the child to my mother instead of coming to him,” she said.“This is how they infuriated him against me and he left for the US without meeting us. Now, my in-laws say that he divorced me and sent me a notice. I have not received any such notice,” she added. “I am tired of different Muslim scholars and clergies coming up with different interpretations of Sharia to solve our case,” she added. New Indian express
WhatsApp talaq case: Hyderabad HC asks state how it is protecting Muslim women
HC notices to govt, hubbies on talaq via WhatsApp
I will not accept triple talaq, says woman from Pune
Pune;A 21-year-old woman from Mominpura in Ghorpade Peth has embarked on a battle against the practice of ‘triple talaq’ .The woman was married to a 26-year-old man in Hadapsar on May 24, 2015. She said her husband sent her a legal notice, on Feb.22 this year, stating he has ended their relationship by giving her a ‘triple talaq’ on Feb.10. “I have replied to this legal notice though our lawyer, saying I do not accept this triple talaq,” she said while speaking to The Indian Express.On March 7, the woman lodged a complaint of physical and mental harassment against her husband and seven others, including her in-laws, at the Wanavdi police station under sections 377, 498 (a), 323, 504, 506,109, 342, 34 of IPC. She also alleged that her husband was forcing her to have unnatural sex.“We had gathered at a relative’s place for a discussion to settle the dispute… not for triple talaq. Believing that things would improve, I had also purchased new clothes and sweets for my daughter before going for the discussion….I have decided to fight against the injustice done to my daughter.I have contacted Pune Police Commissioner Rashmi Shukla on WhatsApp. We hope that she will help us. We want police to take strict action against the accused,” said the complainant’s father. The woman and her father have also sought help from the Muslim Satyashodhak Mandal (MSM), a NNGO fighting for the rights of Muslim women. Indian Express
BJP posting bail for Hindus arrested for rioting in Bengal
In the past 6 months, the BJP in West Bengal has arranged for the bail of approximately 150 Hindus who were arrested in clashes with Muslims in various parts of the state, much to the frustration and astonishment of CM  Mamata Banerjee.Bengal has witnessed several clashes between Hindus and Muslims over the past few months, but almost every such clash has been hushed up by the state and/or under-reported by the media, for fear of leading to further flare-ups. But the atmosphere is still tense in several areas, where the police is on tenterhooks and fears clashes. huffingtonpost
4 Muslims thrashed, stripped, paraded by saffron activists
Hubballi: 4 Muslim youths stripped, thrashed black and blue and paraded by a group of Hindutva activist for allegedly circulating an ‘inflammatory’ video clipping.According to report published in Deecan Herald, the incident happened on Saturday in Nargund town of Gadag district.Police sources said the video clipping was recorded seven months ago and was recently circulated to members of a right wing organisation.This infuriated members of Hindutva outfit who arrived at tailoring shop where the victims worked.The attacker men, a group of around 40 stripped Khaja Sab Malasamudra (26) and 3 others, including two minors, thrashed them all the way to Nargund police station.Gadag Superintendent of Police K Santosh Babu said with the help of the video, they were able to detained three main accused.“The footage is clear enough to identify the attackers, and based on this we have arrested the three main accused” adding that search is on for the remaining attackers and also Jamal, who recorded the objectionable video. The leader of both the communities do not wish to register a complaint.The injured are being treated at Karnataka Institute of Medical Science, Hubballi and Nargund taluk hospital. siasat
Communal tension in Amethi during Holi:UNI
Amethi:  Communal tension prevailed in Piparpur police station area of the Amethi district today during the celebration of Holi festival. Clash took place between 2 communities over spraying of colour in Ramganj village. However Police took control of the situation and used mild 'lathi-charge' to disperse the rioting mob who were pelting stones on each other. Seven people received minor injuries in the clash, sources informed.
 ‘Children Bank of India’ notes worth Rs 9.90L surface in Hyderabad, man held
Hyderabad:Hyderabad Police arrested on Tuesday a man who was allegedly trying to deposit Rs 9.90 lakh in fake currency notes bearing the name of “Children’s Bank of India”.Malkajgiri police arrested one Yousuf Shaik from Moula-Ali area of the city after he was caught by Allahabad Bank staff while allegedly trying to deposit fake currency in the denominations of Rs 2,000 and Rs 500.This comes weeks after fake Rs 2000 banknotes bearing the imprint of the “Children Bank of India” were dispensed from ATMs in Delhi and UP.According to the police, Shaik allegedly came to the Allahabad Bank branch near Radhika Theatre at AS Rao Nagar soon after the bank opened at 10.30 am. He quietly handed over a few bundles of notes to the bank cashier to deposit the same in his savings bank account. There were in all 400 notes of Rs 2,000 denomination and 380 notes of Rs 500 denomination, amounting to a total of Rs 9.90 lakh, police said. hindustantimes
Note ban will not help India in corruption fight: US-based economist Srinivasan
New Delhi: Noted US-based economist TN Srinivasan has cast serious doubts on the efficacy of the cash ban move, saying it will not help in fighting the menace of black money. Srinivasan of Yale University, who at one point taught RBI governor Urjit Patel, emphasized that the govt needs to come out with a "well thought-out" policy to combat corruption. "There was and is no well thought-out anti-corruption policy to combat corruption. Rooting out corruption and increasing transparency through a policy such as demonetization as implemented in India are unlikely to come about," Srinivasan, Samuel C Park Jr Professor Emeritus of Economics, Yale University said.PTI
WORLD
European court rules employers can ban women from wearing Islamic headscarves and religious symbols
European Court of Justice has ruled that companies can ban employees from wearing the Islamic headscarf, but only as part of prohibitions including other religious and political symbols.It is the first case of its kind amid a series of legal disputes over the right for Muslim women to wear the hijab at work.“An internal rule of an undertaking which prohibits the visible wearing of any political, philosophical or religious sign does not constitute direct discrimination,” the court said in a statement. “However, in the absence of such a rule, the willingness of an employer to take account of the wishes of a customer no longer to have the employer's services provided by a worker wearing an Islamic headscarf cannot be considered an occupational requirement that could rule out discrimination.” Luxembourg-based court found that a headscarf ban may also constitute “indirect discrimination” if people adhering to a particular religion or belief, such as Muslims, are put at a particular disadvantage.But indirect discrimination is permissible if it is “objectively justified by a legitimate aim”, such as a company's policy of neutrality, provided that the means of achieving it are appropriate and necessary.Independent
Human rights groups say EU court decision on Hijab will further alienate Muslim women
Human rights campaigners and Muslim women have condemned a ruling by Europe’s top court that it is lawful for employers to ban workers from the “visible wearing of any political, philosophical or religious sign”, including the hijab.
Muslim couple sues US’ United airlines after being kicked off flight
Washington:A Muslim couple has sued US’ United Airlines for forcing them off a flight last year after they sought help with a child booster seat, alleging that they were discriminated against based on faith. Mohamad and Eaman Shebley, of northern Chicago suburbs, alleged that they were preparing to take off on a flight from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport to Washington DC when they were suddenly kicked off.The Shebleys filed the lawsuit on Friday in a federal court through attorneys with the local chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in connection with the March 20, 2016, incident aboard the SkyWest flight, operating as United Express from Chicago to Washington. An attorney for the couple said they think “inherent bias” prompted flight crew members to kick the Shebleys off the United Flight after Eaman asked for assistance with a child booster seat.PTI
Trump gives CIA authority to carry out drone strikes
Washington:US President Donald Trump has reportedly given CIA necessary authorisation to carry out drone strikes against terror groups, a move that could have implications for Pakistan. This is a change from the policies of the previous Obama Administration under which the Department of Defence was authorised to carry out such strikes and the CIA used drones to gather intelligence information, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing unnamed sources.PTI
UN: Syria jets deliberately hit Damascus water supply
UN investigators have accused Syria's air force of deliberately bombing water facilities in December on the outskirts of Damascus, a war crime that cut off water for 5.5 million people in and around the capital.Rebels had controlled the springs of the Wadi Barada valley, northwest of Damascus, since 2012 and faced a major offensive by Syrian govt forces and their allies, despite a ceasefire deal. The rebels withdrew at the end of Jan. UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria on Tuesday said it had found no evidence of deliberate contamination of the water supply or demolition by armed groups, as the Syrian govt maintained at the time.Commission said there were no reports of people suffering water contamination on or before Dec23, when Syrian air force hit Ain al-Fijeh spring with at least 2 air raids."While the presence of armed group fighters at (the) spring constituted a military target, the extensive damage inflicted to the spring had a devastating impact on more than five million civilians in both govt and opposition controlled areas who were deprived of regular access to potable water for over 1 month," report, which based its conclusions on interviews with residents and satellite imagery, as well as publicly available information, said."Attack amounts to the war crime of attacking objects indispensable for the survival of the civilian population, and further violated the principle of proportionality in attacks."Meanwhile, Syrian opposition said it would not attend a third round of Syria talks on Tuesday in Astana, leaving little hope for a breakthrough in ending conflict.aljazeera
Iraq forces hit stiff resistance in Mosul's Old City
Iraqi forces battling ISIL faced tough resistance from snipers and mortar rounds on Monday as they tried to advance on Mosul's Old City and a bridge across the Tigris River in their campaign to retake it.Progress was slowed by heavy rain but units were only 100 metres from the Iron Bridge that connects the Old City with the eastern side of Mosul, military officials said. Since starting the campaign in October to push the ISIL out of its last stronghold in the country, Iraqi forces with US-led coalition support have recaptured eastern Mosul and about 40% of the city's west. aljazeera
Malaysian politician, Perkasa chief Ibrahim Ali seeks to defend Zakir Naik by intervening in lawsuit
Kuala Lumpur: Perkasa president Datuk Ibrahim Ali today announced plans to defend both Dr Zakir Naik and Islam by intervening in a lawsuit seeking the arrest and deportation of the Muslim preacher from Malaysia.Ibrahim said he applied today to be a party to the lawsuit by 19 human rights activist, claiming that the court case affected the “rights and interests of Muslims to hear and obtain knowledge directly through the talks and sermons presented by Dr Zakir Naik”.Speaking at the High Court here, Ibrahim noted that Perkasa’s goals include the strengthening of Islam as the religion of the federation. Ibrahim said Perkasa’s 700,000-strong members are mostly Muslims except for some Bumiputera members from Sabah and Sarawak, and that they therefore have the right to come to court as Malaysian citizens to defend Dr Zakir.themalaymailonline
Protests against Palestinian Authority in Ramallah
Hundreds of Palestinians yesterday held a protest against the Palestinian Authority security agencies and their suppression of a protest on Sunday near Ramallah’s court during which demonstrators were attacked with tear gas.The participants chanted slogans against the Palestinian Authority and its security forces, and called for the security coordination with Israel to be stopped. middleeastmonitor
Study: 89% of Arabs believe Israel is a threat to the region
Russia appears to deploy forces in Egypt, eyes on Libya role -sources
Russia appears to have deployed special forces to an airbase in western Egypt near the border with Libya in recent days, US, Egyptian and diplomatic sources say, a move that would add to US concerns about Moscow’s deepening role in Libya.T
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