Saturday, 1 April 2017

Evening NEWS DIGEST
01 April 2017: 3 Rajjab 1438: Vol: 8, No:154
Congress, AAP demand probe after VVPAT dispenses only BJP slips during EVM demo in MP; EC seeks report
Opposition demand to scarp Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) during polls intensified today with AAP and the Congress both approaching the Election Commission of India (EC) seeking investigation into alleged cases of EVM tampering. A Congress delegation met Election Commission and sought an investigation into a case in MP where an EVM -- during a demonstration to media -- printed slips of the BJP no matter which button was pressed.VVPAT-enabled machines would be used at Assembly by-elections at Ater in Bhind district and Bandhavgarh in Umaria district on 9 April.Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal urged the Election Commission to investigate cases of faulty EVMs to ascertain if they were tampered with to favour the BJP in recent elections.Kejriwal said Friday's case in MP's Bhind was not an isolated incident. He also demanded that paper trail of votes be re-implemented for all elections in the country."I have been repeatedly saying that these machines are being tampered with at a very large scale. Similar machines also surfaced in Assam and Delhi Cantonment where no matter which party you vote for, the vote only goes to BJP," he said.He asked why was it that every defective machine favoured the BJP and not any other political party."It means these machines are being tampered with and their software have been changed." Kejriwal said that while the EC says that the chips of the EVMs can't be written on, "but it clearly doesn't seem to be the case".He added that before the elections, the Election Commission conducts demo of 20-25 machines but if any machine is found to be defective, they just change that machine but don't order any inquiry."Just in Delhi (civic polls), 12,000 machines going to be used. They all can't be checked. If one machine is found to be defective, it raises questions on the others too," he said."It raises question if people are casting their votes or if machines are doing it," he asked.Kejriwal said in all three incidents where the defective machines were found, the EC did not issue an inquiry if they were tampered with."I have demanded that a technical investigation into all these incidents be conducted so it could be found if the machines were tampered with, and if so, who was responsible," he said."Otherwise, no matter who people vote for, only lotus would bloom from the 'keechad' of EVMs," he added, in a reference to the lotus symbol of the BJP. Congress today alleged that an EVM malfunctioned during an official media demonstration ahead of an assembly byelection and demanded a probe into the incident.  Election Commission has sought a detailed report from the district poll authorities in Bhind, MP on media reports that VVPAT was only dispensing slips of BJP symbol during a demonstration exercise.indiatvnews
Cong urges EC to scrap EVMs, return to ballot papers
Kejriwal says EVMs ‘fudged repeatedly’, Congress knocks on Election Commission door
EVM tampering row: Ahead of MP bypolls Kejriwal slams EC, demands thorough inquiry
Kejriwal demands inquiry into 'defective' EVMs that just votes for BJP
Aseemanand, ex RSS man accused in Mecca Masjid blast case, released from Hyderabad jail
New Delhi: Ex- RSS activist Swami Aseemanand, an accused in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast case, was on Friday released from Hyderabad's Chanchalguda Jail.The blast, which occured in Hyderabad on May 18, 2007, claimed 9 lives. Aseemanand and another accused, Bharat Mohanlal Rateshwar, were granted bail by the metropolitan sessions court on March 23. Rateshwar was released last week. Telangana govt said it would take steps to get his bail cancelled. Aseemanand has been directed not to leave Hyderabad without the court's permission, and to remain present for trial, if required.While seeking bail for Assemanand in the Mecca Masjid blast case, the defence pointed out that Aseemanand had been acquitted in the Ajmer case, and that an Ambala court had granted him bail in another case: the 2007 Samjhauta Express blast case.
Mecca Masjid Blast Case: Aseemanand Released From Hyderabad Jail
NIA court adjourns hearing as Aseemanand doesn’t turn upSlug: Samjhauta Case
Chandigarh: NIA court of Haryana on Friday adjourned the trial in the Samjhauta Express blast case of 2007 to April 28 as main accused Swami Aseemanand could not turn up to attend the proceedings.Sources said that NIA court presided by additional sessions judge Gulab Singh had received a message from Hyderabad jail administration which had expressed its inability to produce Aseemanand on Friday. Besides security issues, the Hyderabad jail authorities had also cited unconfirmed tickets of the accused as the reason while seeking Aseemanand's exemption in the case.TOI
Cancel Aseemanand's bail, demands Owaisi
Hyderabad :AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Saturday urged the central govt  to take steps for cancelling the bail of Swami Aseemanand, an accused in 2007 Mecca Masjid blast case. A day after Aseemanand walked out of Hyderabad jail, the AIMIM MP told reporters that BJP govt was adopting double standards in dealing with terrorism.He alleged that the govt  is soft towards non-Muslims facing terrorism charges but tough towards Muslims.He recalled that the BJP used to talk tough against terrorism and had even stated that it would not view the problem from a religious angle. IANS
Youth who heard Aseemanand’s ‘confession’ says he wants to write memoir
Hyderabad:Shaik Abdul Kaleem, 27, whom Swami Aseemanand allegedly confessed his role in planning the Mecca Masjid blast while they were lodged at Chanchalguda Jail in Hyderabad, plans to write a memoir but is wondering if anyone would publish it. “I want people to know what happens in these cases. Aseemanand clearly told me he was involved in the blasts but he retracted his statement later and that is it. I risked my life when I went to Ajmer and Panchakula to record my statement in courts hoping for justice. I do not know who to believe now,’’ Kaleem said.Kaleem, who completed his LLB in 2013, was declined a job in law firms. He works in the office of Malakpet AIMIM MLA Ahmed Bhalala. indianexpress
Iran offers to mediate between India-Pak over Kashmir
Islamabad:Iran is willing to mediate between Pakistan and India over the long-standing Kashmir issue if requested, Iranian Ambassador to Pakistan, Mehdi Honardoost, has said. “Any conflict or tension between the two countries (Pakistan and India) will hinder the progress and development of both the countries but will also impact upon the economies of other regional countries,” said Honardoost during an interview to the AP of Pakistan.Commenting on Pakistan-Iran trade ties, Honardoost said a Free Trade Agreement draft has been signed between the two nations and it will soon be operative to enhance two-way business and trade engagements.“Our future is bright after the removal of impediments. Hopefully, our trade relations would continue to grow,” he remarked.Concerned officials from both the countries are also expected to meet in an upcoming 20th round of Pakistan-Iran Joint Economic Commission (JEC) soon to further strengthen trade ties between the two, he added.IANS
SLAUGHTERHOUSE & POLITICS
Indian abattoirs end strike on assurances of no Hindu party crackdown:Reuters
Abattoirs and meat sellers across India called off a 4-day strike on Friday after the state govt  of UP, the most populous state, gave assurances that mainly Muslim-run, unlicensed slaughter houses would not be shut down or attacked.There had been fears that demands by right-wing Hindu groups to stop the slaughter of cows, considered holy in Hinduism, could stoke communal tensions with Muslims, who dominate the meat industry and make up 14 % of India's 1.3 billion people. "We have decided to call off the strike after a meeting with the CM , who assured us that the state govt  will renew the licences of slaughter houses," Chaudhary Aley Ummar Qureshi, a general secretary of the Muslim All India Jamiatul Quresh, told Reuters from Lucknow, the state capital."Govt  also assured us of protection from any arbitrary or unlawful crackdown."Traders will resume selling meat after the 9-day festival of Navratra, when Hindu devotees fast and stay away from meat, ends on Wednesday, Qureshi said.
Life imprisonment, no bail for killing cow in Gujarat
Ahmedabad: Poll-bound Gujarat has become the first state in the country to make cow slaughter punishable with life imprisonment. State Assembly amended on Friday the Gujarat Animal Preservation Act of 1954 in the absence of Congress MLAs who were suspended for a day for creating ruckus in the House.The minimum punishment is 10 years. Cow slaughter is a non-bailable offence now. Act was last amended in 2011. Earlier, the punishment ranged from three to seven years. The new law also has a provision for ten-year imprisonment for transportation, storage or sale of beef. Deccan Chronicle
Gujarat: Riots & cow slaughter law set tone for communally charged polls
Gujarat cow slaughter law will lead to more Una, Dadri incidents: Dalit leader
Ahmedabad: Gujarat Dalit youth icon Jignesh Mevani is apprehensive of more beef lynching incidents in the state following the new harsher cow slaughter law brought by the state BJP govt ."Life imprisonment for 'gau-hatya' in Gujarat", one will be awarded life sentence for killing a cow, tweeted Mevani today. The Gujarat assembly on Friday made its anti-cow slaughter law the toughest in the country with the offence now becoming non-bailable and punishable with a life-time in jail.Mevani said the new law may give "free hand to cow vigilantes. More Una, more Dadari, more communal polarization. gau-matadi jai." There could more beef related incidents now like ones in Una of Gujarat and Dadri of UP , both last year.IndiaTomorrow
Slaughterhouse ban: Bihar, Jharkhand follow UP, protests arise in Maharashtra, Karnataka
New Delhi: In the wake of newly-appointed UP  CM  Yogi Adityanath's bid to clamp down on illegal slaughterhouses, several states, including as many as 5 BJP-ruled states have followed in for the closure of illegal abattoirs across the country. Even as the Jharkhand Govt  earlier last week issued an order for closure of all illegal slaughterhouses in the state within 72 hours, Gujarat State Assembly on Friday amended its Cow Protection Law introducing a life term for those slaughtering the animal.7 illegal slaughterhouses were sealed in Bihar's Rohtas district after the Patna High Court directed them be sealed within six weeks.Various cow protection organisations from Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh have also started demanding for the closure of various meat shops in the respective states.In Karnataka too, the Gau Samrakshana Prakoshta and Karnataka Federation of Gaushaalas reportedly have demanded 1,700 meat shops in city be closed down as they are unauthorised. The Jharkhand govt 's decision came close on the heels of a demand by right wing organisations including the Hindu Jagran Manch (HJM), the Bajrang Dal and the Jharkhand Gau Raksha Dal, for a blanket ban on slaughter houses.ANI
Bihar seals 7 illegal slaughterhouses near UP border
Crackdown on illegal slaughterhouses will continue: Naqvi
Minister of state for minority affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Friday said no “pressure or strike” can save illegal slaughterhouses from being shut down in the country.“This is a question of authorised and unauthorised, of legal and illegal (slaughterhouses). Illegal slaughterhouses are not only a threat to human health but also to the environment,” Naqvi said in response to TMC MP Nadimul Haque who raised the issue in the Rajya Sabha.“No amount of pressure or strike can save these slaughterhouses from getting closed,” the minister said, drawing loud disapproval from the opposition benches.IANS
Will hang cow killers, Chhattisgarh CM Raman
Raipur:"We will hang those who kill cows," Chhattisgarh CM  Raman Singh declared today as no end seemed in sight to the row over enforcement of beef ban and crackdown on illegal slaughter houses in UP."Does such a thing happen in Chhattisgarh? I don't think it has happened in the last 15 years (of BJP rule). If it happens, we will hang those who dare do it," Singh told reporters in Raipur.Slaughter of cow, buffalo, bull, bullock, calf, and possession of their meat is banned in Chhattisgarh. Transport, export to other states for slaughter is also banned. These offences attract same punishment of 7 years jail and fine up to Rs 50,000.PTI
Slaughterhouse ban to hit leather goods industry, hit exports
Kolkata:Leather goods manufacturers, who have experienced a slump in raw material supply from domestic sources, fear that BJP-led UP  govt’s action against illegal slaughterhouses could hit supplies and raise prices.They also say a “blanket ban” on slaughterhouses could defeat the purpose of the Make in India programme for the $12 billion Indian leather industry, which is among the top five in the world’s leather market.In case of short supply of raw materials from the indigenous market, manufacturers need to look for costly imports of raw materials instead of cheap domestic sourcing which would make Indian leather exports less competitive in the world market.“The crackdown on illegal slaughterhouses by the UP  govt  cannot be questioned, but a blanket ban will affect the domestic supply of raw material. Since illegal units were in the supply chain, some amount of short supply is expected,” Tapan Nandi, Convenor Chairman for German Investment in India of the Council of Leather Export, said. IANS
Cow protection important to save world from moral degradation: Gujarat CM Rupani
New Delhi:Cow protection is the most important principle for saving the world from moral degradation, Gujarat CM  Vijay Rupani said hours after his state made the slaughter of the animal punishable with life imprisonment. hindustantimes
After UP crackdown on slaughterhouses, Dehradun may follow suit
Dehradun: Days after crackdown in the neighbouring state of UP on ‘illegal’ slaughterhouses and curbs on mechanised abattoirs, unlawful units in Dehradun may also be closed down, informed officials. A survey was conducted by officers from food safety dept (FSD), nagar nigam, local police and the city administration of all illegal slaughterhouses here. timesofindia
Abattoir clampdown affected lives of thousands: TMC
New Delhi: Crackdown on slaughter houses in UP  was raised in Rajya Sabha on Friday, with a Trinamool Congress member saying that due to the "arbitrary clampdown", the livelihood of thousands of people had been affected. timesofindia
Owaisi slams BJP over beef 'hyprocrisy', says cow 'mummy' in UP, 'yummy' in Northeast
New Delhi: Asaduddin Owaisi has slammed the BJP for its 'hypocrisy' on beef and ban on cow slaughter.This week, Nagaland BJP chief Visasolie Lhoungu told the HT, "Ban on cow slaughter like the one in UP won't take effect in Nagaland if our party comes to power next year. The reality here is very different and our central leaders are aware of that."Reacting to this and the Yogi Adityanath govt 's drive to strictly enforce UP 's ban on cow slaughter, Owaisi said the BJP's hypocrisy is that in UP  cow is revered as a mother but in the Northeast it is the animal's meat is part of the normal diet.IndiaToday
Law says India can’t export beef. Yet, India is one of the leading exporters of beef. How? TCN
Closure of slaughterhouses: AMU VC sets up committee to look into food woes of students
AMU V-C Lt Gen Zamer Uddin Shah on Friday said prolonged non-availability of meat could manifest in “resentment” as buffalo meat is the “staple diet” of students and set up a committee to manage supply of essential items to all messes.Supply of meat to the city, especially buffalo meat, has been severely affected after the crackdown on illegal slaughterhouses in UP. With meat dishes off the menu, AMU students had recently written to the VC seeking his intervention in the matter..PTI
Kolkata: BJP minority cell to raise awareness against beef eating: indianexpress
Kolkata: The state BJP minority cell has decided to launch an awareness programme about the “ill effects and environmental hazards” of beef consumption and cow slaughter in Bengal.
Tension in Muradabad as local meat sellers throw pieces of meat in air
Mughulpura area of Moradabad district witnessed communal tensions when local meat sellers threw pieces of meat in the air, which allegedly landed on some passersby and also scattered on the road.According to a report by the Indian Express, a communal clash like situation was prevented by the intervention of govt  officials and deployment of heavy police force when members of both Hindu and Muslim community assembled at the spot.At least 90 people have been booked on charges of 'rioting and promoting enmity between groups on ground of religion.', the report said. Outlookindia
Carcasses in Bulandshahr district lead to tension in area
Bulandshahr :Tension prevailed after alleged cow carcasses were recovered from Araniya in Bulandshahr on Thursday. The locals blocked traffic movement and went on a protest.The protesters thrashed cops and damaged a PCR van as well. 3 policemen have been suspended in the matter. Heavy police force has been deployed in the area following the incident.The incident, which happened at Lakhanwada village in Bulandshahr district, came to light when some locals went to graze their cow on Thursday morning. When the locals noticed the cow was missing, they started a search operation. The incident was reported to Hindu Yuva Vahini and hundred of activists reached the spot demanding arrest of the accused.However, the protest turned violent within minutes. The protesters threw stones at the police and thrashed Khanpur station incharge Rajveer Singh Chauhan and one constable. The injured cops managed to escape somehow and informed senior police officers about the incident. thehindu
BABRI MASJID CASE
Ayodhya proceedings brought to a halt after BJP's Swamy intervenes to 'protect his faith' despite having no official part to play
10 days after Chief Justice of India JS Khehar brought the contentious Ayodhya Ram Mandir case with a suggestion for 'out-of-court settlement', the matter is all set to go back to cold storage.On Friday, the CJI temporarily withdrew all proposals for mediation and suggestion for negotiation amongst parties after learning that BJP MP Subramanian Swamy was not a party to the case and had no 'locus standi'. The Supreme Court said it was under the wrong impression that he was a party to the case and not an intervenor and had even given him the onus of initiating talks amongst all parties - Sunni Waqf Board, Nirmohi Akhara and Ramjanmbhoomi Nyas - for settlement. When Swamy said he only wanted a speedy hearing of the Ramjanmbhoomi issue, CJI shot back: 'Sorry we do not have time right now.' When Swamy asked if the bench is giving him liberty to come back again, CJI Khehar said: 'We are not saying anything. Do whatever you want.' The court said it had learnt from the press that Swamy was not a petitioner in the title suits. Daily mail
Babri Masjid-Ram Mandir dispute: Supreme Court declines any urgent hearing, questions Subramanian Swamy’s role
BJP ready to allot land for mosque: Swamy
Nagpur: Speaking on the Ram Temple-Babri Masjid case, BJP MP Subramanian Swamy on Saturday asserted that saffron party is ready to allot land for the mosque and put an end to the prolonged argument over the matter." Ram Temple row needs to be solved soon; the chaos which is prolonging since ages is not good. It is Ram's birthplace and we all know that, BJP is also ready to allot land for the mosque," said Swamy.
Banner claiming Muslim support for Ram Mandir uses photo of Pune cleric ‘without his permission’
Pune:A banner in support of the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya, put up outside UP Assembly premises in Lucknow by BJP leader Kunwar Syed Iqbal Haider, has sparked a controversy as it features Maulana Dr Shabih Ahsan Kazmi, a religious leader from Pune.Kazmi said his picture was used without his knowledge or permission, and he didn’t even know about the banner that “went viral on social media”.The banner features PM  Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah, among others. Kazmi’s photograph is displayed on the banner, along with the statement “Ho janmabhumi par mandir nirman, Muslimo ka yahi armaan” (Let the temple be constructed at Ram’s birthplace, that’s what Muslims wish for).Kazmi, a religious leader with Reza Trust in Guruwar Peth area of Pune, said his photograph was used with “mischievious intent”, to show that he had extended support for the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya.“I have not made any such comment regarding the Ram Mandir issue, which is sub-judice. The order of the Supreme Court on the issue will be final and I will accept it,” said Kazmi.The banner also has images of Ram, a temple, UP CM  Yogi Adityanath, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, as well as Kunwar Syed Iqbal Haider himself. indianexpress
Babri Masjid case: ‘Why hurry when everything is peaceful’, says Shatrughan Sinha
BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP and actor turned politician Shatrughan Sinha on Friday asked reporters about the what the hurry was in the matter of the Supreme Court decision on Babri Masjid. Speaking outside the parliament, he said that situation was peaceful. Earlier today, the Supreme Court had declined to have an urgent hearing on the Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid issue. The SC further questioned the petitioner Subramanian Swamy’s role in the case and refused any outside intervention. The petition by Subramanian Swamy had pleaded with the court to speed up the process and deliver an early judgement, which the apex court refused to do. financialexpress
Time is now ripe to construct Ram temple in Ayodhya: Sadhvi Ritambhara
Khandwa: RSS firebrand leader Sadhvi Ritambhara on Friday once again pushed for the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya saying “Time is now ripe to construct temple of lord Ram in Ayodhya.” Sadhvi Ritambhara who was in Khandwa on Friday made the statement. freepressjournal
Centre should order building of Ram Mandir on Babri Masjid site: VHP
VHP has said that the central govt  should pass an order for building a "Bhavya Ram Mandir" at Babri Masjid demolition site even before the Supreme Court decides on the matter. "In (UP) state as well as in Centre, govt  is now of Ram Bhakts and Rashtra Bhakts. There is no reason why there should be any delay for Bhavya Ram Mandir when the other party does not want to talk," said Surendra Jain, VHP general secretary.DNA
TALAQ & PERSONAL LAW CASE
Constitution bench of SC to hear triple talaq cases from May 11
New Delhi:A 5-judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court will start hearing from May 11 petitions against the Islamic divorce practice of triple talaq that is said to be biased against women. The court will hear pleas filed several Muslim women challenging the practice under which men can divorce their wives instantly by uttering the word talaq (divorce) thrice.HT
'We are facing the curse of being women': group of 25 women join hands against triple talaq in UP
A group of 25 triple talaq victims from UP met the DM in Muzaffarnagar on Thursday and appealed for justice, widening a campaign to end the controversial divorce practice. 'We are facing the curse of being women. It is our request to the govt  to help us in getting justice,' said group leader Nazia Khan after submitting a memorandum to the magistrate. 'I am going to New Delhi with a couple of my sisters and we have plans to meet PM  Modi if he spares time.' Nazia floated a WhatsApp group about 4 months ago with an appeal to victims of triple talaq. 25 members have now joined. Following in the footsteps of fellow UP residents Atiya Sabri, Shagufta Shah and Reshma Parveen, they are seeking Modi's intervention.Two sisters, Rihana and Rubina, were married the same day and went as brides to the same house in a small Uttarakhand village. In less than a month, their husbands had thrown them out. 'They, on the pretext of triple talaq, kept asking for more money,' Rihana told Aaj Tak.'My father gave them Rs 4 lakh as dowry but now they want Rs 10 lakh. From where are we going to arrange the money? We have been beaten, tortured and our father-in-law sexually abuses us.'Another victim, Parvin Jahan from Shamli city in UP, was given triple talaq for giving birth to a girl. 'The practice should call for rape and cheating charges,' she said. 'The govt  should come up with a Muslim Marriage Act and divorce should be carried out in court.' Mail Today
Man arrested for sending postcard talaq to wife
Hyderabad:  After a Hyderabadi residing in the US sent a talaq message to his wife over WhatsApp, a man from Kukatpally in the state capital of Hyderabad has sent a postcard talaq message to his spouse after 8-days of his marriage.Based on a complaint lodged by the woman, the 38-year-old Mohammed Haneef was arrested yesterday, police said here today.Haneef, who is working as a supervisor in a textile showroom in the city had married a 26-year-old woman from Talabkatta on March 9 this year. However, the next day of the marriage, Haneef left the house and later informed her that he was undergoing treatment in a private hospital and would not return home for a few days.But, on March 16, Haneef had sent a postcard letter to his wife residential address in Kukatpally by writing talaq thrice and also said that he had written it in the presence of two witnesses.Haneef had also informed the talaq letter issue to his wife over mobile phone. Shocking over the postcard talaq letter, the woman came to her parents' house in Talabkatta and later lodged a complaint with the police.UNI
BJP MLA brings up triple talaq issue in Gujarat Assembly
 Gandhinagar:Amid the ongoing nationwide debate over triple talaq, a BJP MLA on Friday moved a motion in the Gujarat Assembly advocating the need to promulgate a law or initiate administrative measures to protect the marital rights of Muslim women. Referring to the triple talaq issue, BJP MLA, said that "injustice is meted out to them (Muslim women), though Islam does not validate" this practice. Moving the resolution on the last day of the budget session of the assembly, BJP's Jagrupsinh Rajput said the legislation was a necessity "to protect the social and individual rights of Muslim women to ensure they live a life of dignity". IANS
OTHERS
SIO seeking NEET in Urdu accuses Govt of being communal
New Delhi: The solicitor general on Friday told the Supreme Court that a students' body seeking NEET examination in Urdu language has accused the Centre of being communal. Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar made the submission while referring to the affidavit filed by Students Islamic Organization of India (SIO) through its national secretary Thouseef Ahamad. "The affidavit has been filed by one Thouseef Ahamad in which they have alleged that the Union govt  is communal and thinks on communal lines. I need to file a reply to the said affidavit. "Please give me 3 days for filing the reply," the solicitor general told a bench of Justices Kurian Joseph and R Banumathi. Advocate Ravindra Garia, appearing for SIO, however, refuted the contention of the senior law officer and said that they have not accused anyone and they just wanted that the NEET should be conducted in Urdu language.The bench then perused the affidavit filed by Ahamad and allowed the solicitor general to file the reply to it.PTI
Najeeb case: JNU student’s plea against lie detector test dismissed, to appear before court on April 6
New Delhi:A Delhi court has dismissed the plea of nine JNU students in which they had claimed that they cannot be asked by Delhi police to give their consent for a lie detector test in a case relating to varsity’s missing student Najeeb Ahmed. CMM Sumit Dass summoned all the nine students to appear before it on April 6 in the case, where they will have to state if they are willing to undergo the test or not.PTI
Naroda Gam massacre Case: Maya Kodnani Urges Court to Summon Amit Shah
Ahmedabad: Ex-state minister Maya Kodnani has moved the Special SIT court for summoning BJP chief Amit Shah and 13 others to prove her alibi in the Naroda Gam massacre case, involving killings of 11 people. Sentenced to 28 years in jail in another Gujarat riot case of Naroda Patiya massacre but presently out on bail, Kodnani has urged the court to call Shah and others as her defense witnesses to prove that she was not present at the scene of crime involving Naroda Gam massacre on Feb.28, 2002.PTI
Azam Khan’s role in selling Waqf properties under scanner: UP  Minister
Allahabad:UP  minister Siddharth Nath Singh on Saturday said that SP leader Azam Khan’s role in the sale of property belonging to Waqf Board was being probed thoroughly.“Prima facie, senior minister in the previous SP govt  Azam Khan appears to have committed irregularities in the sale of property belonging to the Waqf Board. It seems he had facilitated sale of Waqf land to different people at throwaway prices,” he told reporters here.“He could not have done so without getting something in return. The matter is being investigated thoroughly and justice will be done,” he said.PTI
Kalbe Jawad seeks CBI probe in waqf graft
Lucknow:Maulana Kalbe Jawad, reiterated his demand for a CBI investigation into alleged corruption in both Shia and Sunni Waqf Boards of the state.There is proof of rampant corruption in waqf (endowment properties). Even Jauhar University in Rampur has taken in parts of waqf land and the road leading to it has been carved out of a cemetery. There should be action against corrupt officials," claimed Jawad, blaming Azam Khan.
MP madrasa Board  to teach ‘patriotism in Islam’
Bhopal: The Madrasa Board in the BJP-ruled MP is preparing a course on the patriotism’s place in Islam. Lessons on life stories of prominent leaders, including the PM  Narendra Modi, would also be a part of syllabus.“ Board is preparing a syllabus on the topic ‘Vatan Se Mohabbat Ka Islam Dharam Me Kya Mahatva Hai’ (what is the importance of love for one’s country in Islam) so that students learn what a high status the religion they follow (Islam) has given to those who love their country and to the loyalty to the country,” Madhya Pradesh Madrasa Board chairman Syed Imad Uddin said here.“We are also including lessons on the lives of Narendra Modi, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Abul Kalam Azad who himself was a product of madrasa, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Pan-dit Deendayal Upadhyaya and others to educate madrasa students about their life struggles and their achievements,” he said.PTI
Madrasas encourage peace, can't comment about those in J-K: MP Madrasa Board Chairperson
Jaffer Sharief backs Bhagwat for President, writes to PM
Bengaluru:Congress leader CK Jaffer Sharief has written to PM  Narendra Modi backing RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat as the President of India, saying there is on doubt on his "patriotism and commitment to the Constitution."In his letter, written on 29 March, ex- Railway minister said, "I personally feel that nobody should find fault with Shri Mohan Bhagwat's name being considered as a choice for the Presidentship of our country.
Vande Mataram: Muslims heckled in UP  House
Lucknow: 7 Muslim councillors in Meerut Municipal Corporation have not been singing the Vande Mataram in the House since the past five years.However, with the advent of the Yogi Adityanath govt  in UP , these councillors face the possibility of expulsion after they walked out of the meeting hall during the recitation of Vande Mataram. As they walked out of the hall, they were heckled and taunted by their colleagues.Meerut mayor Harikant Ahluwalia told this correspondent that the singing of Vande Mataram should be mandatory for all members and those who refuse should be expelled. However, he admitted that the Muslim councillors had not been singing the national song in the past too.Asian Age
Yogi’s surya namaskar remark is aimed at fooling people: Owaisi
AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Saturday said that UP CM  Yogi Adityanath’s statement saying many postures of ‘surya namaskar’ closely resembled ‘namaz’ was aimed at fooling Muslims and asserted it would not work.Owaisi also alleged that instead of addressing issues like loss of employment due to action against slaughter houses in UP , Adityanath was making statements that “won’t have any impact whatsoever.” “Statements drawing similarity between surya namaskar and namaz, and fasting during Ramzan and Navratri are aimed at fooling Muslims. These are not going to work,” MP said.HT
UP: 50 Members of Hindu group booked for ‘attacking’ police convoy ferrying Maulana Masood Madni
Agra:50 people were booked for attempting to attack the police convoy ferrying Maulana Masood Madni, accused in a rape case, to jail from Saharanpur district court on Friday. Police said some of the alleged attackers belonged to “some Hindu group”. “Members of some Hindu group tried to stop the police convoy while they were taking Masood Madni back to jail after hearing. They stopped the jeep and jumped over it. They demanded police to handover Madni to them and attempted to stop the vehicle but were stopped by police,” said Luv Kumar, SSP, Saharanpur.While a few of the alleged attackers were identified, police said the FIR was lodged against 50 people for rioting, disturbing peace and posing hindrance in police’s work.
Right-wing activists pelt stones at ex Uttarakhand minister accused of rape charge
Maulana booked for marrying off minor released
Chindarkar:A 31-year-old maulana, who was arrested in 2013 and booked under the stringent POCSOA, and under the IPC for rape, for allegedly officiating the marriage of a minor girl with a youth, has been discharged from the case by the Sewree Sessions Court. The court was of the view that he had no role in the offence, apart from acting as a priest.In 2013, the accused Mohammed Imran Shaikh decided to marry off a minor, and then got into a sexual relationship with the girl. When the fact was unearthed, the victim's parents approached Mahim police station and registered a case against the accused. A case was also registered against the maulana.DNA
Muslim youth on the way to namaz shot at in UP
Lakhimpur Kheri: A Muslim youth headed for prayers in the village mosque was shot by unidentified miscreants.The incident happened in Takiya Purwa’s Lakhimpur Kheri village in UP. The miscreants attacked the youth at a time when he was heading towards mosque for prayers. Although the villagers make an effort to catch hold of the attackers but the miscreants managed to flee by taking advantage of the darkness. The bullet hit the right hand of the youth. He was rushed to a hospital and is out of danger.
Cleric, worker die in factory building blaze in Bengaluru
Bengaluru: A maulvi and a worker were charred to death and 12 escaped unhurt when a four-storey building housing a foam chair-manufacturing unit and a madrassa was gutted in southwest Bengaluru on Friday afternoon.The incident took place at Vinayakanagar, Old Guddadahalli, off Mysuru Road. Fire department officials suspect a short circuit triggered the blaze. Mohammed Hafizullah, 35, a preacher with the madrassa, and Mohammed Mehtab, 27, a worker in the furniture unit, were burnt to death. Mehtab stayed on the factory premises, and Hafizullah lived in the vicinity.timesofindia
BJP projecting Hindutva as development, marginalising minorities: Yechury
Hyderabad:CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury accused BJP of bringing forward a development strategy that excludes minorities to highlight its theme of Hindutva. “What is the interpretation given by them to Gujarat model? Minorities have been marginalised in Gujarat and therefore, prosperity is growing in Gujarat,” CPI(M) general secretary said..PTI
MP govt to bring a law to award death penalty to rapists
Bhopal:MP govt  will bring a legislation in the forthcoming monsoon session for awarding death penalty to rapists, CM  Shivraj Singh Chouhan said here on Friday while speaking at the passing out parade of 89th batch of 633 sub-inspectors on the outskirts of Bhopal. Chouhan said MP govt  will bring a bill in the monsoon session of the assembly in which there will be a provision for death penalty instead of jail term for rapists. He also pointed out that MP might also go for an anti-Romeo squad like arrangement like UP. He stressed that police should teach a lesson to such youth who harass women.HT
Highway liquor vends, bars must close from today: SC
New Delhi: The Supreme Court has  refused to revisit its order banning liquor vends+ within 500 metres of national highways (NH) and state highways (SH) from April 1 and ruled that this would also bar hotels and restaurants on highways from serving liquor to guests. Timesofindia
29 Indian Workers Rescued From Saudi Arabia: Sushma
 The govt  has rescued 29 Indian workers from Saudi Arabia and is also paying for their flight tickets, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said.Ms Swaraj was approached by Telangana minister K T Rama Rao who had sought her intervention in the rescue of the 29 migrant workers from the state held in captivity by a company in Saudi Arabia."We have rescued those 29 workers from Saudi Arabia. We are paying for their air tickets as well," Ms Swaraj tweeted.PTI
SBI to levy penalties for non-maintenance of minimum balance, ATM charges from today
PM Modi offers chaadar via minister Naqvi at Moinuddin Chishti’s dargah
Gujarat: 1 critically hurt in communal clash
Violence in Gujarat village was planned attack on Muslims – not the result of a scuffle, says report
Aditya Nath has been hailed as ‘Anandmath Sanyasi’: Anandmath preached the cleansing of Muslims and hailed the British Rule: Shamsul Islam
Speaking of human rights in a ‘Resisting Valley’: Kashmir before the UN Review: Mohammed Sirajuddeen for TCN
Muslim woman pitches for harmony, translating Ramcharitmanas in Urdu
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China bans burqas, abnormal beards in Muslim province of Xinjiang
London;China, on Friday banned burqas, veils and abnormal beards in a Muslim province claiming that it is a crackdown on religious extremism.As per the Independent, the measures also forced people to watch state television, follow decades of ethnic and religious discrimination against Xinjiang’s 10 million-strong ethic Uyghur population. The new regulation, which will come to force from today, will dissuade women, who fully cover their faces and bodies, from entering the airports, railway stations and other public places and report about them to police.Apart from this, they also prohibit the abnormal growing of beards and it would be forbidden to reject or refuse radio, television and other public facilities and services.The regulation restrains marrying using religious not legal procedures and using the name of Halal to meddle in the secular life of others. The document also bans not allowing children to attend regular school, not abiding by family planning policies and deliberately damaging legal documents.ANI
China Uighurs: Ban on long beards, veils in Xinjiang
UN slams Israel over Emek Shilo settlement
UN has lambasted the Israeli govt  after it approved the construction of its first new settlement in the occupied West Bank in decades.A spokesman for UN chief Antonio Guterres said that the secretary-general expressed "disappointment and alarm" at the Israeli security cabinet's decision on Thursday to build a new settlement - considered illegal under international law - on land stolen from the Palestinians."The secretary-general has consistently stressed that there is no Plan B for Israelis and Palestinians to live together in peace and security," Stephane Dujarric said in a statement on Friday."He condemns all unilateral actions that, like the present one, which threaten peace and undermine the two-state solution." aljazeera
Israel approves new settlement, violates international law
Airstrike kills Daesh second-in-command in W. Iraq
BAGHDAD: Iraqi authorities said Saturday the second-in-command of the Daesh terrorist group was killed in an airstrike in western Iraq.In a televised statement, the Iraqi Air Force Command said Abu Yahya, Daesh's war minister, was killed along with two other group leaders in the strike that targeted a Daesh site in al-Qaem town in the western Anbar province. Anadolu Agency
1,800 people evacuated from Syria's Al-Waer to Idlib
HOMS, Syria:Nearly 1,800 opposition fighters and civilians have been sent to Syria's northwestern Idlib city from the Al-Waer district of the western Homs province amid repeated cease-fire violations by the Assad regime and its allies. The fresh group of evacuees included 358 women and 434 children, according to an Anadolu Agency reporter in the area.
Civilian casualties in Iraq, Syria undercut US victories:AP
Baghdad: Islamic State group and al-Qaida-linked militants are quickly moving to drum up outrage over a sharp spike in civilian casualties -- said to have been caused by US airstrikes in Iraq and Syria -- by posting photos online of a destroyed medical center and homes reduced to rubble. "This is how Trump liberates Mosul, by killing its inhabitants," the caption reads. The propaganda points to the risk that rising death tolls and destruction could undermine the American-led campaign against the militants.
Iranian youth sentenced to death for ‘insulting Prophet and Islam’: Report
New Delhi:Iranian authorities have sentenced a 21-year-old man to death for “insulting Islam” through text messages sent on a mobile application, The Independent reported. Sina Dehghan, who was 19 at the time of the incident, confessed to the “crime” after he was promised pardon in exchange. According to Dehghan’s lawyers, the prosecutors went back on the agreement and he was consequently given the death sentence. indianexpress
Iraqi parliament votes against Kurdish flag in Kirkuk
Iraqi parliament on Saturday voted against a decision to raise flag of northern Iraq's Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) on public buildings and institutions in Kirkuk city. In a session attended by 186 members of the 328-seat parliament, the MPs voted in favor of flying only the Iraqi flag on Kirkuk's buildings. Kurdish lawmakers have walked out of the session before the vote, MP Hasan Turan told Anadolu. Last week, 26 Kurdish members of Kirkuk’s provincial assembly voted in favor of raising the KRG flag alongside Iraq’s national flag outside the city’s public buildings and institutions. World Bulletin
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