Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Evening NEWS DIGEST
04 April 2017: 06 Rajab 1438: Vol: 8, No:157
40,000 Rohingya Muslims are in India: Centre to identify, arrest & deport them
New Delhi: Centre is working on identifying Rohingya Muslims who have entered the country from Myanmar over the past 5-7 years and are staying illegally in various pockets including Jammu, for likely arrest and deportation under the Foreigners Act. According to a senior home ministry official, there are an estimated 40,000 Rohingyas who, after being disowned by Buddhist Myanmar, had fled their homes and crossed over to India to take refuge here. They follow three infiltration routes for entering India; by sea, via Bangladesh border (there are around 3 lakh Rohingyas living in Bangladesh) and via Chin area on Myanmar border.Around 5,500-5,700 of the Rohingya immigrants are based in Jammu alone, though the home ministry fears the number may be 10,000-11,000 if a true count is taken. This, an officer of the central security establishment conceded, is an unusually high percentage of the all-India figure.Union home secretary Rajiv Mehrishi chaired a meeting here on Monday to make an assessment of the illegal Rohingya settlers in the country and discuss a mechanism for their detection, arrest and deportation. Meeting was attended by J&K chief secretary and DGP, joint secretary (J&K) in MHA and senior BSF and intelligence officers.Though UN Human Rights Commission has recognised around 14,000 Rohingya Muslims living in India as 'refugees', a govt  official said India does not accept the status conferred by the UN body as the 'refugees' are merely foreigners who have entered the country illegally.This, as per Indian law, is a violation of the Foreigners Act, which provides for detection, arrest, prosecution and deportation of "illegal immigrants".While the policy on detection and likely deportation of Rohingyas is still being firmed up, an official said their deportation may not be an easy affair considering that Myanmar does not accept them as its citizens and calls them "Bengali interlopers".Rohingya Muslims living here are not found to be linked to any terror activity.TOI
Centre exploring ways to deport 40,000 Rohingya Muslims
Govt exploring ways to deport 10,000 Rohingya Muslims from Jammu
Rohingya Muslims in Jammu possessing Aadhaar cards sets off alarm bells
Farooq Abdullah seeks support from J&K Jamaat-e-Islami in Lok Sabha bypolls
Srinagar:Opposition National Conference president Farooq Abdullah sought the support of separatist-leaning Jamaat-e-Islami in the upcoming Lok Sabha bypolls in Kashmir to fight the RSS and to “protect” the “identity” of Kashmiris.Making an appeal for unity against communal and “anti-Kashmir forces” in the by-elections in Kashmir, Abdullah said this was not about small ideological differences and issues between various entities in Kashmir, but about the “larger battle” against BJP and RSS.“Today this is not a battle between Farooq Abdullah and this alliance but a larger battle for our very survival with dignity and honour. Today all of us, including our brothers in Jamaat-e-Islami, have to come together to fight RSS or our identity and honour will be wiped out,” he said.“I seek your support so that we can all collectively fight against the RSS with honour and courage,” Abdullah said at an election rally in Kangan area of Ganderbal district. Jamaat was a constituent of the Hurriyat Conference for many years before opting out in the aftermath of the 2003 split in the conglomerate.PTI
Anantnag, Srinagar bypolls: J&K Jamaat asks cadre to stay away from elections
Trump may get involved in India-Pak peace process: Haley
UN: US said that it would try and "find its place" in efforts to de-escalate Indo-Pak tensions and not wait till "something happens", indicating that President Donald Trump could play a role in such endeavours."It's absolutely right that this administration is concerned about the relationship between India and Pakistan and very much wants to see how we de-escalate any sort of conflict going forward," US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley told reporters here, signalling an apparent change in US stance of not engaging in Indo-Pak disputes.PTI
India rejects any US role in resolving bilateral issues with Pak
New Delhi: India swiftly rejected any US role in resolving bilateral issues with Pakistan, hours after American Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley suggested that the Trump administration may "find its place" in efforts to deescalate the tension between the two countries.PTI 
As China continues to block UN ban on Azhar, US says veto won’t stop it from acting against terrorists
UN: US said on Tuesday that countries using veto to scuttle sanctioning of terrorists will not “preclude” it from taking action, as China continues to oppose efforts of getting Pakistan-based JeM chief Masood Azhar banned by the UN.“The administration very much is looking at all of these avenues and some of the things we have talked about is sanctions and who is on the list and how we have managed that,” US envoy to the UN Nikki Haley told reporters.“And that is part of what we are going to try and find our place with is that we do want to make sure that we are calling out those that we need to call out,” she said.Haley made the remarks while addressing a press conference after assuming role of president of the Security Council for the month of April.She was asked about efforts to get terrorists, particularly those in the South Asian region, sanctioned under UNSC’s sanctions list and how another permanent member scuttles these efforts by using its veto power, a veiled reference to China blocking moves to ban Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Azhar.“Are we going to have people that veto certain issues? Yes. But that doesn’t preclude the US from acting and it certainly does not preclude us from trying to see if we can change that as well,” Haley said. “Our goal is to get more done together than we do separately. If we cannot get it done separately then we just move in another direction to still get same things done,” she said.PTI
Yoga education programme to be compulsory in UP  govt  schools:NDTV
 UP CM Yogi Adityanath has directed the state education officials to work in regard to make a Yoga Education Programme compulsory in govt schools. The state govt  has also decided to make self-defence training for girl students mandatory in the state run schools. Yogi chaired a meeting of state education department officials yesterday where he gave all these directions, said a statement released by the UP  govt .
Make Yoga education programme in UP govt schools, Adityanath tells officials
Vande Mataram made mandatory at Varanasi, Gorakhpur civic meetings
Lucknow:After Meerut and Moradabad, BJP-affiliated mayors of Varanasi and Gorakhpur have announced that ‘Vande Mataram’ will be sung at every meeting of municipal corporations. Several Muslim and non-Muslim corporators from opposition parties objected to “new tradition”,which started at meetings of 2 municipal corporations on Saturday. In Varanasi, BJP corporator Ajay Gupta put forth a proposal that ‘Vande Mataram’ must be sung before House proceedings. Corporators from SP and Congress objected, saying this has not been the tradition.However, BJP corporators and Mayor Ram Gopal Mohley went ahead with the plan, and the song wassung. Mohley said he later issued an order that all meetings of the municipal corporation will start with ‘Vande Mataram’ and end with the playing of the national anthem. “Proposal of singing the national song was given to the House. But corporators linked to SP started raising slogans against RSS. I have ordered that all meetings which I attend will start with the national song,” he said. SP corporator Vijay Jaiswal said, “There has been no such tradition in Varanasi or any other corporation. They only wanted to create a controversy.”
Vande Mataram to be sung before every civic meeting in Varanasi, Gorakhpur
MEAT, BEEF & POLITICS
HC gives Yogi Adityanath govt 24-hour deadline to produce illegal meat shops’ closure orders
Allahabad High Court has given CM  Yogi Adityanath led UP  govt 24 hours to produce before it all the orders on the basis of which it closed illegal meat shops in the state. The Lucknow court had ordered the state counsel on March 27th to produce the order by April 3 but the state failed to do so and instead sought more time for it following which, the court gave another day and listed the case for hearing on April 4. A division bench consisting of Narain Shukla and Sheo Kumar Singh issued the order on Monday on a plea filed by Shahabuddin and nine other meat traders. Petitioners had sought the court’s directive for the renewal of licences for their meat shops and had said that the matter was urgent as it was affecting their trade. They further said that their meat shops were closed despite the fact that they had applied for the renewal of licences but these were pending. Petitioner’s councel – GC Sinha argued that the licences of meat shops have not been renewed since 2014. Counsel further claimed that the petitioners had moved a writ petition on the high court in 2015 and the court had sought an reply from the respondants. financialexpress
Concerned over shutting of meat shops: Allahabad HC
HC: What decision has govt panel taken on slaughterhouses ?
Future of meat export hinges on Yogi's policies:Crisil
Mumbai:UP  CM  Yogi Adityanath's policies on abattoirs will have a "decisive impact" on the meat exports as the state accounts for half of total exports, says a report."UP  contributes to about half of the country's buffalo meat exports and the state is in the process of framing a policy on illegal slaughter houses and mechanised abattoirs," Crisil said in a report today."The policy will have a decisive impact on the sector's outlook and growth prospects...Policies remain the key monitorable for credit outlook," it added.PTI
Dissatisfaction among Muslims over abattoir ban:MHA alert
UP govt 's ongoing drive to shut illegal slaughterhouses in the state has apparently set the alarm bells ringing in the offices of the central agencies operating under the Union ministry of home affairs (MHA).According to MHA alert dated March 31, Union ministry has even observed that "there is dissatisfaction among sections of Muslim community" in the country over govt 's recent drives.The alert categorically cites two reasons for this dissatisfaction:Alleged attempt to interfere in Sharia law, and second, ban on illegal abattoirs and meat shops in UP.TOI
‘Bring law to ban cow slaughter’: RSS
RSS said that the govt  should introduce a law to ban cow slaughter in the country.“In North East India there is a tradition of killing cows which should be banned. Govt  must introduce a law where cow slaughter should be made illegal. Just with one person objecting this issue will not do others need to come up and take a stand,” RSS leader M.G. Vaidya told ANI.ANI
UP slaughterhouse crackdown: Leather, cricket balls and footwear may get costlier
New Delhi: You may have to shell out extra money for a pair of Kolhapuri chappals or a fancy leather handbag if the ban on illegal slaughterhouses in UP continues and if other states decide to follow suit.From car upholstery to ladies’ purses, it is mainly buffalo hide that is used. The mass closure of slaughterhouses in UP  has not only left many people in the meat business jobless but is threatening to affect the livelihood of tens of thousands of others associated with auxiliary sectors relying on meat and by-products in other states as well.The multiplicity of laws has also meant that many legal abattoirs in UP have also been shut for failing to comply with an assortment of legal formalities.The manufacturing of cricket balls, volley balls, the lucrative leather industry, soaps, handicraft, to name a few, are among 168 allied industries that depend on meat industry in India now find themselves in the line of fire over the slaughterhouse ban. HT
UP slaughterhouse ban to impact prices of leather products, widen job losses to other states
Muslim man assaulted by cow protection vigilantes in Rajasthan dies in hospital
Jaipur:A Muslim man who was assaulted by vigilantes over suspicion of cow smuggling in Rajasthan died at a hospital in Alwar, police said on Tuesday.The incident came amid several steps taken by BJP-ruled states to protect cows, considered sacred by many Hindus.BJP and other right-wing Hindu leaders have also been quoted making provocative statements over issue.Police said Pehlu Khan (35) died at a hospital on Monday night, two days after 15-odd people were assaulted by vigilantes on Alwar highway.Alwar collector Muktanand Agrawal said Khan was among the people transporting cows in 6 vehicles.Some of those attacked are undergoing treatment forinjuries while remaining are in judicial custody, said Virendra Singh, a constable at Bahror police station. transporters are said to be Muslims from Haryana’s Nuh district.HT
Will BJP hang those who eat beef in Goa: Shiv Sena
Mumbai:Shiv Sena has yet again taken a swipe at the BJP, this time over its beef policy that bans slaughter of cows in some states while allowing it in others.“Banning cow slaughter is an issue close to the hearts of Hindus. There, however, needs to be a common policy on this across the nation. You can’t allow slaughter in some states and ban it in others. If we can’t have a uniform policy on an issue like beef ban, people will start wondering how we can have a uniform civil code,” an editorial in the Sena mouthpiece Saamana said.Indian express
I am a non-vegetarian but avoid eating what is prohibited in Constitution: Venkaiah
Hyderabad : Food is a personal choice but one should avoid consuming what is restricted in the Constitution, Union Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said on Tuesday.“One can eat his food of choice, but avoid eating that food which is prohibited as per our Constitution,” he said.He was responding to a query regarding a BJP nominee for the upcoming by-election in Malappuram in Kerala reportedly promising supply of good beef from clean slaughter houses in his constituency, if elected.“What is prohibited as per Constitution in states...follow that. What is there as per law... follow it. I am a ‘pakka’ (staunch) non-vegetarian and will continue to so, and there is no restriction. I am the direct example (sic),” BJP leader said.PTI
Ajmer Dargah chief's proposal to ban beef: Muslim clerics react cautiously
New Delhi: Hours after spiritual head of Ajmer Dargah said slaughter of bovine animals and sale of beef should be banned across the country to promote communal harmony, several clerics have supported his idea but with skepticism.Dargah Deewan Zainul Abedin Ali Khan on Monday had said he and his family members will stop eating beef and appealed all Muslims to stay away from slaughter of bovine animals.Naib Shahi Imam of Fatehpuri Masjid Maulana Mohammed Moazzam Ahmed said, “We are Indians and we need to make this change in our life for our Hindu brothers and sisters.”However, Ahmed was quick to point out that a few politicians were raking up the beef issue for votes.“Recently, in Kerala, a BJP candidate promised ‘quality beef’ to the voters if he is elected... at the expense of Muslims, they are cashing in on votes.”Chairman of the Imam Council of India, Maulana Masood Ul Hassan Qasmi said while he supports the Ajmer Dargah chief’s views, it’s not just Muslims who consume beef.“We stopped eating beef almost 30 years ago when Darul-Uloom-Deoband had issued a fatwa stating that Muslims should not eat beef to respect the sentiments of the Hindus,” said Qasmi.Qasmi was critical of the Ajmer Dargah Chief for “portraying” that only Muslims consume beef. “Who will speak about the Dalits and many others who consume beef? Look at the BJP leaders of Nagaland and other places who have promised that beef ban will never be implemented in those parts,” he said.Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Umri, president of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, said barring a few states cow slaughter was already banned across India. “But it’s bizarre to ban slaughter of all bovine species, including buffalo. For us alcohol is prohibited… should we demand alcohol ban across India?” Umri asked.Mehmood Madani, general secretary, Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, said beef was not the only issue causing communal tension.News18.com
Dewan calls for beef ban, claims triple talaq against Sharia
Ajmer : Dargah Dewan Syed Zainul Abedin Ali Khan at Dargah Ajmer Sharif has called for a beef ban across the country. He has claimed that Cows are a holy figure for Hindu brethren, therefore Muslims should refrain from eating cow meat. He has also said that the triple talaq practice is against Sharia.Coming over to the controversy of Triple Talaq, Dargah Dewan said, “Triple talaq is not only irrelevant in these times, but also is against of Sharia. When Niqah is done with the consent of both the girl and the boy, there should be consent involved in the Talaq as well.” He also said that if families are present during Niqah, why should Triple Talaq be practiced in solicitation?He said that couple should try to save the marriage until the last try possible and if Talaq is necessary, one should keep the gap of at least one month between two ‘Talaqs’ said. “Such decisions should not be done in hurry or in anger,” he added. He also said that Triple Talaq is the non-Shariat practice which hurts sentiments and self-confidence of Muslim women.TCC
Declare cow as national animal, ban slaughter of all bovine animals: Ajmer Dargah Deewan
Delhi:Shop fined Rs 10000 for buying buffalo meat illegally
New Delhi: Owner of a meat shop in east Delhi’s Gandhi Nagar was fined Rs 10,000 for selling buffalo meat procured from an illegal abattoir, Delhi Police said. Police reached the shop on Monday morning after receiving a PCR call that beef was being sold there. But forensic tests later revealed that the shop was selling buffalo meat, said police. “We called veterinary doctors and got the meat inspected. The doctors confirmed that it was buffalo meat. The shopkeeper had a licence to sell buffalo meat. However, since the meat was procured from an illegal abattoir, the owner was fined Rs 10,000,” said DCP,Shahdara.
Delhi: 5 injured in clashes as woman throws stone at cow
New Delhi:In a span of 2 days, at least 5 people were beaten up and two separate cases of assault and attempt to culpable homicide were registered in south Delhi’s Kusum Pahadi area. The trigger, said police, was a woman hurling a stone at a cow. Police said that at 6 am on March 31, Jaishankar and his wife Sharmila were going from their jhuggis in Savitri Camp to a toilet nearby when a cow came running towards the woman. Police said there is a makeshift cowshed in the area.Sharmila said she picked up a stone and threw it at the cow to scare the animal away. However, within minutes, people who owned the cows gathered and started beating the couple, police said. “They kept on beating me and my brother, who had tried to intervene, with a spade. I received several stitches on my head while my brother broke a arm,” Jaishankar said. indianexpress
DELHI : hoax call about cow meat
How life term for cow slaughter in Gujarat wins friends and influences voters for the BJP: Parimal Dabhi
OTHERS
UP: 5 Muslim families who fled Hapur after clash return after assurance from cops
Lucknow: 5 Muslim families, who had fled Upeda village in Hapur after Hindus and Muslims clashed last week, returned home on Sunday, following assurances from senior officials and deployment of heavy police force in the area.An FIR was lodged over the alleged attack on the Muslim youths, following which, two persons have been arrested. According to the police complaint, Shaqib and his cousins — Sameer and Suhel — along with their uncle Sabu, were returning from a mosque after offering prayers on March 29 when four youths made objectionable comments related to their religion. Shaqib, the complainant, alleged that the youths threatened them not to wear skull caps.He added that while they avoided an argument and returned home, four of the youths followed and attacked them. Shaqib’s father Nizam said when he and his cousin Saleem Khan tried to intervene, they too were assaulted. The four assailants later left, he added.“An FIR has been registered against 4 accused — Nanu, Sandeep, Prince and a juvenile — on charges, including promoting enmity between two groups on ground of religion. Nanu and Sandeep were arrested a day after the incident and both are lodged at Dasna Jail in Ghaizabad,” Babugarh police SHO Jitendra Kumar said. When contacted, Saleem Khan said that fearing further attacks, they decided to send their families to a safer place. Indian express
UP: Hapur village tense after communal clash
Lucknow: Upeda village in UP’s Hapur district has been tense for the past one week after a clash between members of two communities. A case has been lodged in connection with an attack on youths of one community. 2 accused in the case have been arrested. According to Nizam, father of the complainant Shaqib, 4 youths from another community made an objectionable remark when Shaqib, his cousins Sameer and Suhel and their uncle Sabu were returning from a mosque after offering prayers on March 29. Nizam said Shaqib and the others avoided an argument and returned home. The accused, however, followed them and assaulted them, he alleged. He and his cousin Saleem tried to intervene, but they too were assaulted, he said.SHO, Babugarh, Jitendra Kumar, said an FIR has been lodged. indianexpress
Azam Khan cornered over Waqf council report accusing him of diverting funds: DailyMail
Azam Khan, one of the most controversial ministers in the erstwhile Akhilesh govt , could be heading for some tough questions.Barely a fortnight after the Samajwadi Party suffered a humiliating defeat in UP, a report by the fact-finding committee of Central Waqf Council has accused Khan of corruption, mismanagement and misuse of office.The fact-finding committee, constituted after the CWC received several complaints from UP, has demanded a CBI enquiry into the matter. Committee was headed by Syed Ejaz Abbas Naqvi, who is also in-charge of UP and Jharkhand Waqf boards.
Communal clash in Badaun: No structure to be allowed on ‘illegal’ land, says Sadhvi Prachi to villagers
Agra:Tensions flared between Hindus and Muslims in Badaun’s Sisarka village on Monday over a dispute regarding an under-construction mosque after Hindutva leader Sadhvi Prachi allegedly met villagers and announced that she would not let any structure be built on “illegal” land. She also reportedly said she would speak to CM Yogi Adityanath about the issue.Last Friday, groups from both communities had clashed after Muslims offered namaz for the first time at the disputed site. While the Muslims claimed that the plot of panchayat land was donated over a decade ago by a former village head for constructing a madrasa and a mosque, Hindus called the structure “illegal”. Later, cross FIRs were registered at Faizganj Behta police station on charges including rioting and dacoity.On Monday, Prachi addressed a small gathering of villagers. “Sadhvi Prachi assured that she will not let the structure be constructed on illegal land and will approach the CM,” said Netram Sharma, a villager. Prachi, however, could not be contacted.“A former village head had donated some land to Muslim community to built a madrasa and a mosque. As the madrasa was the priority and govt  funds were available, it was built first. Now, they are trying to build the mosque with the help of donations,” said Kashmir Singh Yadav, SHO of Faizganj Behta police station.Confirming that Prachi had met villagers, the SHO said: “She said she will not let any structure to be built on illegal land.” indianexpress
Indian imam to be repatriated by Singapore over remarks against Jews, Christians
New Delhi:An Indian imam will be repatriated by Singapore for for making divisive remarks against Christians and Jews during his Friday sermon at a mosque. Nalla Mohamed Abdul Jameel pleaded guilty to a charge of promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion or race at the State Courts and was handed a fine of USD 2,860. financialexpress
Jaitley defamation case: Won’t charge Kejriwal, will treat him like my poor clients, says Jethmalani
New Delhi:Senior lawyer Ram Jethmalani has said he will not charge Delhi CM  Arvind Kejriwal for appearing on his behalf if he could not pay the amount totaling a few crores. Jethmalani is representing Kejriwal in a defamation case filed against him by Union Minister Arun Jaitley.“I charge only the rich but for the poor, I work for free. All this is instigated by (Arun) Jailtley who’s afraid of my cross-examination. Even now, if the govt  (Delhi) doesn’t pay or he can’t pay, I will appear for free, will treat him (Kejriwal) as one of my poor clients,” Jethmalani said.
Geetha Johri, once accused in Sohrabudin fake encounter killing, is Gujarat's 1st woman top cop
Gandhinagar: Geetha Johri, Gujarat's first woman police officer, is now also its first woman police chief. 1982 batch officer was appointed DGP a day after the resignation of PP Pandey, an officer whose appointment was challenged because of the murder charges against him in the 2004 Ishrat Jahan encounter case.Pandey stepped down a month before his tenure was to end.The officer's appointment as police chief last year, even though he is out on bail, was challenged in the Supreme Court by a predecessor, Julio Ribeiro. Geetha Johri, 60, was also an accused in the Sohrabudin Sheikh fake encounter killing but charges against her were later dropped by a court. Johri retires at the end of the year, when assembly polls are due in Gujarat.NDTV
Give us 72 hours with EVMs, will prove tampering:Kejriwal
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has alleged that EVMs moved out of Govindnagar Assembly constituency in UP to Bhind in Madhya Pradesh ahead of a bypoll were proved to be tampered with during a demonstration. Kejriwal said he had videographic evidence that 300 EVMs were shifted out of Govindnagar constituency ahead of “stipulated 45-day period when EVMs should not be moved.”“There is a rule that EVMs cannot be moved upto 45 days after polling. In utter disregard of law, the EC has moved out 300 EVMs from UP … If EC does not have experts, then give us 72 hours as we have experts who will identify problem — whether software is re-writable,” he said.
EVM software bugged, dare EC to reveal its name to us:CM
EC should consider paper ballots in place of EVMs: Cong
Woman claims spouse sent ‘triple talaq’ after opposing first marriage;PTI
Kanpur:A woman has accused her husband of sending “triple talaq” through a letter as she had objected to him already having a wife and sought the intervention of UP CM  Yogi Adityanath into the matter. Woman has written a letter to CM, Governor Ram Naik and officials of the labour dept, where her husband works, seeking justice. The woman, who runs a computer centre, claimed that she got married on Nov.23 last year and her family had given a four-wheeler, jewellery worth around Rs 25 lakh and other items as dowry to her in-laws. PTI
Hyderabad man arrested for 'triple talaq post card' to wife
Hyderabad: Days after a man divorced his wife of one day by pronouncing triple talaq through a post card, the south zone police swung into action and arrested him.DCP (south) V Satyanarayana identified the accused as M Haneef. He said that the accused married the victim on March 16 at a function hall in Moghalpura in the Old City of Hyderabad. timesofindia
Telangana: Dalit man, who was in love with upper caste woman, killed in suspected case of honour killing
Hyderabad: The death of a Dalit youth who was in love with an upper caste girl in a village in Peddapalli district of Telangana is snowballing into a controversy. Indianexpress
NIA issues fresh summons to Zakir Naik, asks him to appear on April 17
As Zakir Naik, defied NIA summons once again, agency has once again issued fresh summons asking him to appear before it on April 17.This is the third time in last one month NIA has issued notice to Naik but there is no sign of him willing to come to India and join the probe. timesofindia
Those behind attacks on Africans must be punished: UN
Is there a new Rs 200 note coming?
Krishna remark: Bhushan apologises, says ‘unintentionally hurt sentiments of many’
BJP and Congress in MP in war of words over report featuring SIMI encounter, Vyapam scam
WORLD
'Toxic gas attack' in Syria kills at least 58 people
At least 58 people, including 9 children, have been killed in an air raid that released "toxic gas" on the rebel-held Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun, doctors and monitoring groups have said. Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the attack caused many people to choke or faint, and some had foam coming from their mouths, citing medical sources who described the symptoms as possible signs of a gas attack. Edlib Media Centre (EMC), a pro-opposition group, posted images that were widely shared on social media, showing people being treated by medics and what appeared to be dead bodies, many of them children.Locals said the attack began in the early morning, when they heard planes in the sky followed by a series of loud explosions after which people very quickly began to show symptoms.They said they could not identify the planes. Both Syrian and Russian jets have bombed the area before. Opposition activists and AFP,citing one of its journalists on the scene, later said a rocket had slammed into a hospital where the victims were being treated, bringing rubble down on medics as they struggled to deal with victims. On Sunday, suspected Russian fighter jets bombed a hospital in a city in Idlib, wounding several people, a rescue group said. aljazeera
58 killed in suspected chemical attack in Syria's Idlib; military source denies
Syria: Rescue teams blame Russia for hospital bombing
3 Russian airstrikes bombarded the national hospital in Maarat al-Numan city intentionally, according to Syrian civil defence teams.The hospital was left completely out of service because its main departments were damaged.Al Jazeera's Adham Abou Al-Houssam reports from Maarat Al-Numan city, south of Idlib.
Syria attack could endanger peace talks: Erdogan to Putin
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in a phone call with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin condemned a suspected chemical attack in northwestern Syria as an “inhuman” strike that could endanger peace talks based in the Kazakh capital.”Erdogan said that this kind of inhuman attack was unacceptable and warned it risked wasting all the efforts within the framework of Astana process” to bring peace to Syria, his sources said.AFP
32 killed in Syrian regime attacks near Damascus
Damascus: The death toll from regime raids near Damascus has risen to 32, according to the pro-opposition civil defense authority. Regime warplanes carried out aerial attacks on several opposition-held towns in the Eastern Ghouta suburb of Damascus on Monday. Scores of people, mostly children, were injured in the attacks, the authority said on Tuesday. Anadolu
Syrian people dont want Assad in power, US envoy to UN
US believes the Syrian people do not want President Bashar Assad to remain in power and does not accept that he could stand in elections, Ambassador Nikki Haley said Monday.Haley told a news conference that Assad is a “war criminal,” “a hindrance to peace for a long time” and that his treatment of Syrians was “disgusting.”The ambassador was asked about whether US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s comments that Assad’s future was up to the Syrian people meant that the US would accept that he could once again run for the presidency in elections.“No, it doesn’t mean that the US will accept it,” she said.“We don’t think that the people want Assad any more. We don’t think that he is going to be someone that the people want to have.”Following talks in Ankara last week, Tillerson said the “longer term status of President Assad will be decided by the Syrian people,” suggesting that the United States would no longer insist on his departure.“We continue to strongly condemn the actions of Assad and what he has done and he continues to be directly on our radar in terms of what he does,” said Haley.AFP
Trump says US is 'very much behind' Egypt's Sisi
US President Donald Trump on Monday put concerns about Egypt's human rights abuses aside as he welcomed Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to the White House.Ahead of the meeting, senior US officials had said the issue of human rights violations in Egypt would not be addressed publicly during Sisi's visit, which was widely condemned by rights groups and protesting campaigners."I just want to let everybody know that we are very much behind President Sisi; he has done a fantastic job in a very difficult situation," Trump said. aljazeera
US ends funding for UN Population Fund
US  has announced it is ending US funding for UN Population Fund (UNFPA), agency focused on family planning as well as maternal and child health in more than 150 countries. ajzeera
Islamic-Christian Commission warns of Israeli calls to invade Al-Aqsa Mosque
Islamic-Christian Commission for Supporting Occupied Jerusalem and Holy Sites warned on Monday of the latest calls by “so-called Temple Mount groups” to invade Al-Aqsa Mosque on Thursday, ahead of the Jewish festival of Passover.A press release by the commission said that the daily incursions by Jewish extremists, protected by the Israeli occupation forces, are part of Israel’s plans to Judaise the Noble Sanctuary of Al-Aqsa ahead of destroying it and building “so-called Temple.”  According to head of group, Hanna Issa, Israeli occupation “insists on violating sanctity of Al-Aqsa Mosque.”middleeastmonitor
Report: 100 Israeli attacks on Al-Aqsa Mosque in March
Israel sprays pesticides along Gaza border
Gaza:Israeli aircraft has sprayed pesticides along border with the blockaded Gaza Strip.“ Israeli pesticides affect Palestinian crops,” Wael Thabet of Gaza Agriculture Ministry said. Anadolu
Israel accused of blocking aid workers from entering Gaza
Israel is stopping aid workers entering or leaving Gaza, Human Rights Watch said.The group is calling on Israel to give Palestinian and foreign human rights workers access to Gaza. It says their access is critical to investigating rights abuses and possible war crimes. Aljazeera
Democratic terrorists more dangerous than militants: Sirajul Haq
Ameer Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan,Senator Sirajul Haq has said that the financial and democratic terrorists sitting in the corridors of power were far more dangerous than the militants hiding in the mountains. He said that the corrupt ruling elite had placed the country’s survival at stake by converting the homeland into a colony of the foreign agencies. Nation
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