Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Evening NEWS DIGEST
11 April 2017: 13 Rajab 1438: Vol: 8, No:163
Shias must not meddle in triple talaq issue concerning mainly Sunnis: Top cleric Kalbe Jawwad
Lucknow: Maulana Kalbe Jawwad, the general secretary of top Shia body Majlis-e-Ulama-e-Hind, has urged the clerics of his community to stay away from triple talaq controversy concerning mainly Sunnis. At meeting of Majlis-e-Ulama-e-Hind, which was chaired by Jawwad, it was concluded that triple talaq in one sitting is a concept predominantly followed by a section of Sunnis, therefore Shias must not unnecessarily meddle into the controversy. Majlis-e-Ulama meeting was held in Lucknow, where Shia clerics from Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Kashmir, Kargil, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Bengal, Lucknow and other parts of UP  attended. At meeting, Jawwad issued a plain guideline to Shia clerics, urging them not to pick sides in the triple talaq debate which has pitted the ruling dispensation against a vast section of Sunni Muslims. “Those barging in are only doing so for political motives and to create rift a Shia-Sunni rift,” he was quoted as saying by TOI.Although a section of Shias have appeared against the archaic practice of triple talaq, calling it ‘un-Islamic’, the community is evidently against the imposition of Uniform Civil Code.Commenting on the issue, Jawwad said that not only Muslims –  both Shias and Sunnis, but a large section of Hindus are also against a common code of law as in several parts of the nation, the constitution makers have safeguarded the regional and ethnic customs.Following the meeting of Majlis, Jawwad, on behalf of Shia clerics, also vented his opinion on Babri Masjid controversy. He pitched for talks between competing parties to the case, opining that the disputed could best be resolved through reconciliations.india.com
Shia body for neutral stance on triple talaq
Will end triple talaq in 1.5 yrs: Muslim Law Board Vice President Dr Sayeed Sadiq
Lucknow: All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) will do away with the practice of triple talaq in a year-and-a-half, said Dr Sayeed Sadiq, vice-president of the body, adding that there was no need for “Govt interference”.The statement comes 2 days after AIMPLB claimed that it had received 3.50 crore forms from Muslim women around the country favouring Shariyat and triple talaq."We have received 3.50 crore forms in favour of Shariyat and triple talaq from Muslim women in the country and the number of women against these are very less," chief organizer of the AIMPLB's women wing Asma Zohra said while addressing a gathering of around 20,000 women at a workshop in Eidgah on April 9.CNN-News18  
Will end triple talaq, Govt need not interfere: Muslim law board leader Dr Sayeed Sadiq
AIMPLB gives in to pressure, says will end Triple Talaq practice in a year or 2
Muslim personal law board to discuss Ayodhya dispute, triple talaq, polygamy case
Lucknow: Contentious issues like the Ayodhya dispute and triple talaq will be high on the agenda at a 2-day meeting of All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) here later this week. “Executive meeting of the Board is scheduled to be held at Nadwatul Ulama in Lucknow on April 15-16,”AIMPLB member Maulana Khalid Rashid Farangi Mahali said.He said the meeting will discuss the Ayodhya dispute against the backdrop of the Supreme Court’s suggestion for an out of court settlement and the issue of triple talaq.“Matter of Babri mosque is very crucial and discussion will be held whether there can be any way for talks for its settlement,”he said.The meet will also discuss ways to highlight the board’s functions and activities through social media and strengthen its women’s wing.PTI
Triple talaq, polygamy not sanctioned by Islam: Govt to SC
New Delhi:Triple talaq and polygamy practised by many Muslims are not sanctioned by Islam, Centre told the Supreme Court on Monday. Urging top court to declare these practises unconstitutional, Centre asserted that they affected the fundamental right of Muslim women to live in dignity and without any security unlike women of other religions in the country. Arguments are part of Centre’s written submissions that would be taken up by a 5-judge constitution bench during the ensuing summer vacation. The bench will determine the validity of the practises.Rebutting contentions put forth by Islamic organisations, including All India Muslim Personal Law Board, Centre said constitutional protection of freedom of religion guaranteed under Article 25 was not absolute to the community in this regard because regressive practices violated one’s right equality,life and liberty.hindustantimes
Declare triple talaq, nikah halala, polygamy inconsistent with fundamental right: Centre to SC
AIMPLB VP advises Muslims against eating beef
Kulbhushan Jadhav death sentence: Sushma warns Pak of consequences to bilateral ties
New Delhi:External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday issued a stern warning to Pakistan, cautioning them that they should keep in mind the consequences of carrying out the death sentence of Kulbhushan Jadhav on the bilateral relations between the neighbouring countries.Swaraj, making a statement in Rajya Sabha, said the Govt  would do all it can to ensure that Jadhav gets the required legal support to fight his case. “Our position is very clear, there is no evidence of wrongdoing by Kulbhushan Jadhav,” Swaraj said.indianexpress
Trial not hastily done, Jadhav can appeal against his death sentence within 60 days: Pak Defence Minister
Pakistan Defence Minister Khawaja Asif today said that Kulbhushan Jadhav has a right to appeal against his death sentence within 60 days, even as he justified the death penalty given to the Indian national.PTI
Pak defends Kulbhushan Jadhav sentencing, says due process was followed
Pakistan envoy to India Abdul Basit calls Kulbhushan Jadhav a terrorist, says he deserves to die
Now, we must recognise Balochistan as country: Subramanian Swamy
New Delhi: "If Pakistan hangs (Kulbhushan) Jadhav, then India must recognize Balochistan as an independent country," said BJP MP Subramanian Swamy on Tuesday, following yesterday's announcement that it has sentenced the Indian national to death.MP further said if Pakistan commits another atrocity after this then its Sindh province should also be "seceded out of " what's left. timesofindia
'It is implementation of law by Pakistan,' Farooq Abdullah's brother on Jadhav's death sentene
New Delhi:"Action on (Kulbhushan) Jadhav is implementation of law by Pakistan," senior NC leader Mustafa Kamal said on Tuesday while supporting ex-Indan naval official's death sentence. Kamal is ex-MP and brother of NC supremo Farooq Abdullah. "Its not correct for India to point fingers, being the largest democracy," Kamal was quoted as saying by ANI.TOI
Separatist shutdown paralyses Kashmir Valley
Srinagar: Life across Kashmir Valley on Tuesday remained adversely affected due to the separatist called protest shutdown against the killing of eight civilians firing by security forces. Authorities made heavy deployment of police and paramilitary forces to maintain law and order in Srinagar and other places.Shops, public transport, other businesses and educational institutions remained closed for the second consecutive day on Tuesday.PTI
J&K: After 7%,8 deaths in Srinagar,Anantnag bypoll is deferred
New Delhi: A day after violence during bypoll to the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat left eight persons dead and scores injured, the Election Commission Monday deferred the Anantnag parliamentary bypoll, slated for April 12, to May 25 following a report from the J&K Govt  that the law and order situation in the south Kashmir constituency was not conducive for free and fair elections. Violence marred polling in Srinagar Sunday which recorded a voter turnout of only 7.14 % , a new low for the prestigious seat in the Valley. This set off a blame game in Delhi between the Home Ministry and the Election Commission with the former saying it had advised the poll panel against holding the bypolls in Srinagar and Anantnag. Indianexpress
Shutdown in Bhadarwah, Kishtwar of Jammu region over Srinagar poll violence
Bhadarwah: Normal life was affected in Bhadarwah and Kishtwar towns of Jammu region today due to a shutdown called by a religious organisation to protest the killing of eight people in election-day violence in Srinagar. Shops, other business establishments and some private schools of a particular community remained closed.However, Govt  schools, offices and banks are functioning normally and traffic was plying on the roads as usual.“We have given a call for a peaceful bandh to lodge our protest against the killing of innocent civilians in Kashmir,” said President, Anjuman-e-Islamia Bhadarwah, Pervaiz Ahmed Sheikh.“For how long can we keep our emotions, especially those of the youth, in control…We are being pushed to the wall. Retaliation is bound to happen,” he said.PTI
3 Pak commandos killed as Indian trawler collides with their boat off Gujarat coast
Ahmedabad: According to sources, a fleet of PMSA boats had allegedly entered Indian territorial waters around 70 nautical miles off Jakhau port. 2 were rescued by the Coast Guard and one has gone missing.In a freak accident in mid sea off the Gujarat coast, three commandos of Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) lost their lives, one has gone missing and two rescued by the Indian Coast Guard.Coast Guard ship Arinjay, on receiving a message of accident, reached the spot and found three bodies found floating. Its personnel rescued two commandos. Rescued and the bodies were handed over to PMSA, sources said. Thehindu
Broadband internet services restored in Kashmir, EC announces repolling in 38 stations on April 13
Srinagar: Broadband internet services resumed after 2 days in restive Kashmir Valley on Tuesday, though region remained shut in response to a separatist strike over killing of eight people in this weekend’s Srinagar bypoll violence.But mobile internet services were yet to be restored.Businesses and educational institutions were closed for the second consecutive day in Kashmir. Roads were deserted;security checkpoints and pickets dotted every neighbourhood, and only a handful of people ventured out in the curfew-like nervous calm.
HC grants bail to 2 accused in Dadri lynching case
New Delhi: Allahabad high court has granted bail to two of the several accused of lynching a Muslim man following rumours that he had slaughtered a cow in Dadri in Greater Noida in 2015. Justice UC Srivastava allowed the bail applications of Arun and Punit last Thursday on the condition that they will neither tamper with the prosecution evidence nor will delay the disposal of trial in any manner. The order was released on Tuesday. The court said it took the decision since they were not named in FIR. It also said Shaishta, Ikhlaq’s daughter, did not name Arun and Punit in her statement to the investigating officer and disclosed their names before the magistrate 68 days after the date of the alleged incident.Even in her statement before a magistrate, she did not attribute any specific role to the 2 accused and made only general allegations. Both have been in jail since Dec. 2015.HT
16 held so far in Alwar – 11 held for transporting cows, only 5 for lynching
Jaipur: 16 persons have been arrested so far in connection with the alleged illegal transportation of cows and lynching of a man in Alwar district of Rajasthan, police said on Tuesday.11 persons were arrested for illegal transportation of cows and five others were apprehended in connection with the lynching of Pehlu Khan, 55, Investigating officer Parmal Gurjar said.PTI
Law on cow slaughter not feasible: senior officials
New Delhi ; A day after RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat called for a nationwide law for banning cow slaughter, senior officials in the Govt  said the demand was not feasible as it was a “State subject” and the Constitution would have to be amended for such a law.The protection and preservation of animals is Entry 15 of State List of the Seventh Schedule of the Constitution, which empowers the States to make laws on subjects like banning cow slaughter. thehindu
Many states criticise Bhagwat’s proposal on cow slaughter ban
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat's demand for a countrywide law banning cow slaughter has met with criticism,with stakeholders in states where the slaughter is legal terming the suggestion "impractical" and against their "cultural traditions". In BJP-ruled Assam, party's Minority Morcha itself is uncomfortable with the suggestion, with its president Mominul Awal saying it is "very unlikely" that it will be implemented. "Such decisions will have to be taken keeping in mind the region, its tradition and food habits. It has to be a unanimous," Awal said.The ruling CPM in Tripura opposed Bhagwat's call with deputy speaker in the assembly Pabitra Kar saying India cannot pursue a law which is against the secular fabric of country."No Govt can interfere in choice of food of any community," Kar said.Kolkata Municipal Corporation mayor Sovan Chatterjee countered it saying there is no point in pondering over such an "absurd" opinion.Kerala law minister AK Balan called Bhagwat's suggestion "an aggression" against food habits of people.Ex-spokesman of Syro Malabar Church, Father Paul Thelekkat, pointed out that while millions of people considered cow sacred, there were many Hindus as well as people from other religious groups who ate beef. "I see no rationale or legality in a section of people imposing their dietary habits on others in a democratic society. "BJD spokesperson Samir Ranjan Dash said while it was a crime to slaughter a healthy cow in Odisha, a blanket ban was inappropriate.TOI
Jamia students protest bovine ‘terror’
New Delhi: Protesting against "Gau Rakshak Terrorism", students of Jamia Millia Islamia took out an 'Insaf March' in the campus. Raising slogans against those who killed a man in Alwar, students alleged that the incident was a ploy to stoke communal disharmony in the country.Calling the lynching of the Alwar dairy farmer, Pehlu Khan, a "shameful" act, students claimed that there is a plan to attack people from a certain community and to install fear in their minds through vigilante activism like Gau Raksha or cow protection.Questioning why no concrete action has been taken against the perpetrators of the violence, Meeran Haider, MPhil student at Jamia, called it "a controversy to target one section of the community.”TOI
Minority minister on collision course with Waqf Board
Lucknow: UP Minority Affairs Minister Mohsin Raza waded into controversy by suggesting that the Shia Central Waqf Board be dissolved, drawing angry retort from its chairman, who saw "political reasons" in it. "Why shouldnt the current board (UP Shia Central Waqf Board) be dissolved," Raza shot off, peeved over poor attendance of staff during a surprise visit to its office here. The angry remark of the Minister of State triggered an instant protest from Board Chairman Waseem Rizvi, who saw politics in the matter."He (Raza) is trying to dissolve the Shia Waqf Board purely for political reasons," Rizvi said.He claimed that news of Razas surprise visit induced "fear psychosis" among the employees of Board, forcing them to leave office premises in advance to escape his anger.Rizvi alleged that before the minister reached the Waqf Board office, some unidentified persons came and told the staff that the minister might get some of them arrested.Rizvi charged Raza with levelling "baseless allegations" against it and is running a malicious campaign to defame it."This is indeed unfortunate. It has induced fear among the staff," the statement said. PTI
Irked by absence of Waqf Board officials, Raza seeks Adityanath's intervention
4 accused acquitted of terror charges by Karnataka court
Pune: The additional district and session court in the coastal Karnataka district of Dakshina Kannada convicted 3 persons and acquitted 4 accused in a terror case. Those acquitted include religious scholar Maulana Shabbir Gangolli, alias Shabbir Bhatkal, alias Hussain Shabbir Meheruddin Gangolli (34), who was arrested by the Pune unit of ATS on Dec.30, 2008, with 250 counterfeit notes of Rs 100 denomination at a Janawadi mosque in Shivajinagar area. He was alleged to be a member of terror outfit IM. Resident of Bhatkar in Karanataka, Maulana Shabbir had received education at Nadwath ul Ulema in Lucknow. Along with him, Mangaluru residents Mohammed Ali (64), his son Javed (28), and Mohammed Rafiq (34), who were accused of doing odd jobs for IM between 2007 and 2008, were also acquitted of terror charges by the court on Monday. Third additional district and sessions judge S H Pushpanjali Devi convicted Sayyed Mohammed Naushad (33), Ahmed Bava (41), and Fakeer Ahmad Bava (44) on charges of terrorism, preparation of bombs and criminal conspiracy in connection with bomb attacks between 2006 and 2008, which had claimed over 200 lives across country.The court is scheduled to pronounce the quantum of their sentence on April 12. 6 of the seven persons had been arrested in Oct.2008 in Karnataka, during a crackdown on IM in the wake of bombings in Hyderabad,Jaipur, Ahmedabad and Delhi between September 2007 and 2008. Key leaders of IM — Riyaz Bhatkal, Iqbal Bhatkal and Yasin Bhatkal — allegedly managed to escape from Chikamagalur in October 2008 after news of the raids had reached them. Maulana Shabbir too had allegedly fled, but was nabbed in Pune by the ATS. Meanwhile, an offence was registered against him and others at the Ullal police station in Mangaluru.In its orders on Monday, the trial court stated that Maulana Shabbir can be released immediately, if no other case is pending against him. His lawyer Arshad Bhatkal said, “There is no case pending against Maulana Shabbir now,he will be freed soon”. In 2011, Maulana Shabbir was sentenced to 5 years of rigorous imprisonment by a Pune court in fake currency seizure case. indianexpress
2008 terror case: 3 convicted, 4 acquitted
NIA files 4th chargesheet against blast accused, in Burdwan blast case
Kolkata: NIA filed its fourth supplementary chargesheet against three accused in Burdwan blast case at its special court on Monday. 3 are M.Rubel and Jahidul Islam, residents of Bangladesh and Sahidul Islam, a resident of Assam.Asian Age
FIR against Sudarshan TV, editor-in-chief for fanning communal tension
New Delhi: An FIR was registered against Editor-in-Chief and CMD of a news channel for allegedly promoting enmity between different groups on the grounds of religion.FIR has been lodged against Sudarshan channel under various sections of IPC including those dealing with promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth and over content to cause, or which is likely to cause, fear or alarm to the public, or to any section of the public and other sections, Sambhal police station SHO,Brijmohan Giri said.siasat
Assam: Anti-minority population policy at RSS diktat, cries Opposition
Guwahati: Sarbananda Sonowal Govt has stirred up a hornet’s nest by publishing the draft of Assam Population Policy with the Opposition accusing Govt of drafting such a crucial policy at the diktat of the RSS.State Govt on Sunday announced a draft population policy which suggested denial of Govt  jobs to people with more than two children. AIUDF organizational general secretary Aminul Islam alleged that the present Govt  in Dispur is trying to make its officials and employees strictly follow the two-child norm by proposing that those who violate legal age of marriage or have more than two children will not be eligible for Govt employment and benefits of various Govt  schemes.Ex- CM  Tarun Gogoi questioned the sincerity of the BJP-led Govt to implement such a population policy at a time when it is trying to bring Hindu migrants from Bangladesh to Assam to enhance Hindu population in the State. Sentinelassa
‘Objectionable’ song sparks communal tension in Ranchi
Ranchi:Administration in Ranchi invoked prohibitory orders and deployed heavy security on the streets on Tuesday to defuse communal tension after groups of Hindus and Muslims pelted stones at each other.The clash in MG Road, one of the busiest streets in Ranchi, was triggered by a devotional song with allegedly objectionable lyrics in the afternoon. MG Road which has a mosque and a Hanuman temple within a radius of a kilometer, wore a deserted look soon after rumours of major communal clashes and tension went viral on WhatsApp.Police said there was no damage to life or property in the clash.HT
Rumours stoke tension in Bihar towns
Patna: Communal tension gripped Araria district HQRS town of Forbesganj in north-eastern Bihar and Bhagalpur in south-eastern Bihar, ironically, on a day when a national seminar held here set the tone for centenary celebration of ‘Apostle of peace’ Gandhi’s ‘Champaran satyagrah’ in 1917.Police cane-charged a stone pelting mob as protests broke out on Monday at Forbesganj, about 294 km north east of Patna, following a clash between 2 groups over an alleged incident of eve-teasing on Sunday.The market in the troubled town remained closed on Monday in protest against the incident. Yet, a protesting mob assembled in the midst of the town and set rubber tyres on fire and allegedly damaged some passing vehicles.HT
Meerut Muslim councillors stay out during Vande Mataram, return later
Meerut: A week after there was stiff opposition against Meerut Nagar Nigam mayor's decision to make singing of Vande Mataram mandatory in Nigam's board meetings, in the Monday meeting, three Muslim councillors did not enter the hall until the song was over. Their entry afterwards was not opposed by other councillors.Earlier, there was a custom in which those who did not wish to sing the national song were allowed to leave the hall and return later. On March 29, mayor Harikant Ahluwalia had stated that once a person leaves the premises before the singing of Vande Mataram begins, he or she would not be allowed to come back.However, in what was seen as a softening of the stand, the three councillors who arrived late were allowed to enter the hall. The meeting was scheduled to start at 11am. The mayor waited for 45 minutes for all the councillors to reach the hall and after that Vande Mataram was started. Once the song was finished, Shahid Abbasi, Adil Ahmad and Arif Ansari, entered the hall and took their seats. Speaking to TOI, Abbasi said, "We did not wish to court any controversy this time so we did not come to the board meeting on time at all. We entered only once the singing was finished. Nevertheless, our stand is still the same. No one can be compelled to sing the national song. Had it been the national anthem, we would have heartily participated." timesofindia
Gujarat’s largest Muslim ghetto plans to set up modern shelter for cows
Ahmedabad: Juhapura – the largest Muslim ghetto in Gujarat – has become one of its first localities to propose setting up a modern bovine shelter, 10 days after the state Govt made cow slaughter punishable with life imprisonment.Govt has amended the state’s bovine protection legislation to award life imprisonment to offenders, making it the country’s strictest law against cow slaughter. It came a few months before the commencement of the state assembly elections in December 2017.Juhapura, which is home to around 5 lakh Muslims, was set up in 1973 to rehabilitate flood victims in western Ahmedabad. Colony has attracted community members from every economic stratum – from elite Muslims to the displaced poor – during riots that occurred sporadically in 1985-2002 period.Muslim leaders from the area said they have launched the campaign to prevent cow slaughter from becoming a rallying point for those indulging in “divisive politics”.hindustantimes
Is Tarun Vijay Hitler’s descendant, is he completely fair, asks Kharge
New Delhi: BJP member Tarun Vijay's remark about "black South Indians" rocked Lok Sabha on Monday as Congress-led opposition demanded a police case against him, saying what he said reflected the ruling party's philosophy. timesofindia
Tarun Vijay’s remarks on south Indians: Opposition says book him for sedition
Assam court issues bailable arrest warrant against Kejriwal for tweet over Modi's education qualification
Diphu: A court in Diphu has issued a bailable arrest warrant against Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal in a defamation case arising out of his tweet on PM’s educational qualification.First class Magistrate, Diphu, Naba Kumar Deka Baruah, issued the warrant of Rs 10,000 on Monday and summoned the AAP leader to appear before the court on May 8.Karbi Anglong Autonomous District Council Executive Member, Surjya Rongphar, had filed defamation case in the magistrate’s court on Dec.26, 2016. PTI
Indian expat to be deported over social media abuse
Dubai: An Indian man is set to be deported from Dubai after he abused a compatriot woman journalist on social media and posted offensive posts against Islam on Facebook, according to a media report. Rana Ayyub, an investigative journalist based in New Delhi, exposed the vulgar messages on Twitter sent to her by the man, following which some of her followers reported the matter to the management of the UAE company where the Indian worked, Gulf News reported. PTI
Maharajganj Church case: Hindu Yuva Vahini man waved Rs 100 note at woman, asked her to chant “Jai Shri Ram”
Details emerging from the disruption of Church services at Maharajganj on Friday by Hindu Yuva Vahini are pointing to provocation, intimidation, and insult of the Church’s priests and the followers at the hands of the right-wing extremist organisation, even as the police deny any such charges. On Friday, a group of around 150 catholic individuals, including 9 people from the US, were detained and questioned after members of Hindu Yuva Vahini accused them of carrying of religious conversion of attendees.Twocircles

Charged with bid to convert Khandwa man, 3 Christians held in MP
Bhopal: 3 Christians were held from a village in Khandwa district of MP after a villager complained to the police that they tried to convert him by offering him a cross.The police were yet to produce Amarsingh, 35, Kishor Barela,30, and Prabhakar Barela, 39, before a court on Monday, hours after their arrest from Sitabedi village, nearly 40 kms from Khandwa, on the charge of telling the villagers that they will be cured of their illnesses if they start believing in Jesus Christ. Indianexpress
ED approaches PMLA court, seeks non-bailable warrant against Zakir Naik
New Delhi: Tightening the noose around Zakir Naik, the Enforcement Directorate (ED)approached a special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court asking issuance of non-bailable warrant against him.The move comes in the wake of Naik failing to appear before the agency despite being issued four summons.ANI
AAP opposes use of EVMs brought from Rajasthan for MCD polls
New Delhi: A delegation of AAP leaders met State Election Commissioner S K Srivastava today and registered the party’s protest against the “use of EVMs of Rajasthan” to conduct the April 23 MCD elections in the city.The delegation, led by senior AAP leader and Deputy CM  Manish Sisodia, sought to know the rationale behind the SEC’s decision.PTI
Nationwide protest by BSP against EVM tampering
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WORLD
Russia faces mounting pressure to abandon Syria's Assad
Foreign ministers from the Group of 7 (G7) major industrialised nations meeting in Lucca in Italy are looking to put pressure on Russia to break its ties with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Italy has also invited the foreign ministers from several "like-minded countries" - Turkey, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Jordan and Qatar - to sit down with G7 group in the Tuscan city to discuss Syria.Seated around conference tables in the Tuscan city on Tuesday, diplomats smiled and exchanged pleasantries but made no remarks as photographers were allowed in briefly for the start of the meeting.Calling last week's US missile strike on a Syrian airbase a "game changer", Boris Johnson, UK's foreign minister, said on Monday that support for Assad "was toxifying reputation of Russia" and suggested that sanctions could be imposed on Russia if it refused to change course. Rex Tillerson, US secretary of state, is due to travel to Moscow at the end of 2-day gathering with his Italian, German, French, British, Japanese, Canadian and Arab counterparts. aljazeera
US to Russia: Abandon Syria's President Bashar al-Assad
UN: Half of Iraqi families at risk of hunger after yrs of war
More than half of Iraqi families are at risk of going hungry, a UN agency said on Monday, warning of “unprecedented levels of vulnerability” faced by the population due to years of conflict. Most families in the country will no longer be able to feed themselves if basic food prices increase or fighting escalates, according to World Food Programme (WFP).“They can’t absorb any more shocks,” said WFP spokeswoman Dina El-Kassaby.Conflict and instability have stifled food production in Iraq, according to the UN. Farmers face shortages of seeds and fertilisers and many have been forced to abandon their land or sell their animals. middleeastmonitor
Starvation stalks Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Yemen
The risk of mass starvation in four countries - Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen - is rapidly rising due to drought and conflict, the UN refugee agency has warned.About 20 million people live in hard-hit areas where harvests have failed and malnutrition rates are increasing, particularly among young children, UNHCR said on Tuesday.In South Sudan alone - where the UN declared famine in some areas in February - "a further one million people are now on the brink of famine", Adrian Edwards, UNHCR spokesperson, said."We are raising our alarm level further by today warning that the risk of mass deaths from starvation among populations in the Horn of Africa, Yemen and Nigeria is growing." aljazeera
Gaza pay cuts deepen rift between PA & Hamas: aljazeera
Gaza - Maysoon Abu Jumaa, 38, was extremely shocked when she received her paycheck for March.Gaza-based science teacher regularly makes about $700 dollars in monthly wages. Last month, she received $70.Abu Jumaa is one of tens of thousands of employees for Palestinian Authority (PA) living in the besieged Gaza Strip , adversely affected by a decision that drastically reduced their salaries."I am a mother of six orphans, and now I fear that my little children will be without food," Abu Jumaa said as her voice trembled.The decision came into effect last week, when the public sector workers for the PA received their March salaries with between 30-70% in deductions, leading to the eruption of large rallies in the impoverished coastal enclave.PA, a semi-Govt al body that administers Israeli-occupied West Bank, has been at loggerheads with the Hamas movement that governs the Gaza Strip since the latter seized control of the strip in 2007 following its victory in elections.After Hamas, Gaza-based resistance movement, seized power, PA instructed its employees in Gaza not to attend work under Hamas rule. Those who decided not to attend work, were still kept on PA payroll. But many others continued with their jobs, after a religious decree in Gaza stipulated it was wrong to accept money if it is not being earned. Abu Jumaa, who teaches at a secondary public school in Rafah, a city in southern Gaza, has been placed in a serious financial peril as a result of the cuts. She is completely helpless, faced with increasing familial responsibilities. "This is unjust, how am I going to pay for tuitions and other necessities, like the medicine for my little son who suffers from epilepsy?" she continued. aljazeera
Deadly clashes erupt at Palestinian camp in Lebanon:
A fourth day of violence at the largest Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon has claimed 2 more lives and injured many more.6 people have now been killed and 35 injured since fighting began at Ain al-Hilweh on Friday. aljazeera
Over 200 people from Germany fighting against IS in Syria, Iraq: Ministry
Berlin: More than 200 people have travelled from Germany to fight with Kurdish militias against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq, the interior ministry reported on Monday. 69 of the 204 fighters are German nationals, the ministry added in a statement on the issue which is particularly delicate for German-Turkish relations. The official data did not include fighters for the peshmerga, armed forces of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region. Among the volunteers who have travelled from Germany since 2013, 102 have returned including 43 German citizens. Three have been killed including one fighter in a Turkish air strike on a Syrian village last Nov.AFP
Rouhani: Iran ready for better relations with Saudi
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said his country is ready to establish good relations with all neighbouring countries, including Saudi Arabia.“What happened in front of the Saudi embassy in Tehran was carried out by some reckless people and was condemned by all institutions,” Rouhani said in remarks published by IRNA .
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