Monday, 1 May 2017

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01 May 2017: 04 Shaban 1438: Vol: 8, No:179
Erdogan’s India visit: Turkey contradicts India’s stand, favours multilateral dialogue on Kashmir
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan today assured India of his country’s full support in the fight against terrorism as he held “extensive” discussion on this evolving threat with PM  Narendra Modi, who described it as a “shared worry”. Holding that “no intent or goal or reason or rationale can validate terrorism”, Modi, at a joint press event with Erdogan, said the two sides have decided to work together to deepen cooperation, both bilaterally and multilaterally, to effectively counter this menace. In an obvious reference to Pakistan-based terror groups, Modi said countries across the world need to “work as one to disrupt the terrorist networks and their financing and put a stop to cross-border movement of terrorists”.They also need to stand and act against those that conceive and create, support and sustain, shelter and spread these instruments and ideologies of violence, PM  added.  Erdogan said, “Turkey will always be by the side of India in full solidarity while battling terrorism… And terrorists will be drowned in the blood they shed.”Ahead of his visit to India, Erdogan had pitched for a multilateral dialogue to resolve the Kashmir issue to ensure peace in the region.“We should not allow more casualties to occur (in Kashmir).By having a multilateral dialogue, (in which) we can be involved, we can seek ways to settle the issue once and for all,” he had told a TV channel in an interview.The remarks are contrary to the position of India, which maintains that the J&K  issue is a bilateral matter between it and Pakistan, and that there is no scope for a third party mediation.Modi and the visiting dignitary had comprehensive discussion and took stock of full range of bilateral relations, including political and economic. 2 leaders, who addressed a India-Turkey business forum earlier in the day, also pitched for enhanced trade and business ties. Observing that India and Turkey are two large economies which present an enormous opportunity to expand and deepen commercial linkages, Modi said at the level of the two Govt s, there is a need to approach the entire landscape of business opportunities in a strategic and long-term manner.“Our bilateral trade turnover of around 6 billion dollars does not do full justice to convergences in our economies.Erdogan also emphasised the need to increase bilateral trade to at least USD 10 billion, as soon as possible, and added that the countries will look at ways to expand cooperation in the energy and infrastructure sectors, in particular.After Modi-Erdogan meet, 2 sides exchanged 3 pacts, including one between their telecom authorities.In his media statement, Modi also referred to Rumi and Sufi tradition in India. PTI
Visiting Turkey President: Erdogan calls for multilateral dialogue on Kashmir, cites ‘long talks’ with Pakistan
Erdogan meets Modi: India must remain firm, focus on trade and investments even with albatross Pakistan
Turkey, India to ‘deepen’ economic ties: Erdo─čan
Erdogan, Modi agree to disagree on Kashmir
Ready to resolve all bilateral issues with Pakistan including Kashmir: India tells Turkey
 India categorically told Turkey that it is ready to resolve all bilateral issues with Pakistan including Kashmir, which it said is essentially due to cross-border terrorism.India's clear message came amid suggestion from Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan for a multilateral dialogue to resolve the Kashmir issue.  India categorically conveyed to Turkey its position that Kashmir was essentially a terrorism issue, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Gopal Baglay said. He also said India told Turkey it is ready to resolve all bilateral issues with Pakistan, including Kashmir.Spokesperson was asked about Erdogan's suggestion of multilateral dialogue to resolve the issue. PTI   
Kashmiri leader praises Erdogan dialogue offer
Srinagar: A senior Kashmiri resistance leader on Monday praised Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan for seeking a resolution to the Kashmir conflict.In a statement, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq -- head of the multi-party Hurriyat alliance -- welcomed the Turkish president's offer to support dialogue and also expressed “hope that Turkey, an influential Muslim country which is equally friends with both Pakistan and India, would use its offices to end the political instability in the region”. He also said the Kashmiri people wanted good relations between India and Pakistan. Anadolu agency
Erdogan supports permanent UNSC seat for India
New Delhi: Tayyip Erdogan today called for reforms in the United Nations Security Council as he supported India's bid for a permanent seat in the exclusive body. "India, with a population of 1.3 billion is not a part of the UNSC. Over 1.7 billion people live in Islamic world but they too are not a part of the UNSC. This is not a healthy sign," Erdogan said here.He said one cannot expect the UN SC to dispense justice without more representation. The membership in the body should be on a rotational basis with 20 to 30 countries holding the mantle at a time, he said.Erdogan, who is on a two-day visit to India, was speaking at Jamia Millia Islamia University where he was awarded a Doctor of Letters degree.PTI 
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Telangana police set up bogus ISIS site for radicalising Muslim youths, encouraging them to be ISIS Modules: Digvijaya
Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on Monday sparked a controversy after he alleged that Telangana police were encouraging Muslim youths to join ISIS.Singh who was on Saturday removed as office bearers in-charge of Congress units in Goa and Karnataka after party's poor performance, levelled the allegations in a series of tweets.Taking to micro-blogging site, Singh said, "Telangana police has set up a bogus ISIS site which is radicalising Muslim Youths and encouraging them to become ISIS Modules.""It was on their (Telangana Police) information that MP Police arrested accused who were responsible for the bomb blast in train in Shajapur District of MP. It also resulted in Saifullaha encounter in Kanpur the same day," Singh said in another tweets.Further questioning if it was ethical and moral, Singh asked, "Has KCR authorised Telangana Police to trap Muslim Youths and encourage them to join ISIS?"Singh also questioned if the CM  had authorised then shouldn't he own the responsibility and resign? "If he hasn't then shouldn't he enquire and punish those who are responsible for committing such a heinous crime?" Congress leader added. More than a week ago, UP ATS had busted a module with ISIS links, arresting 3 suspects. The arrests were made after the UP ATS conducted raids in a joint operation with the special cell of Delhi police, Maharashtra ATS, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar and Punjab Police. Around 80 people suspected to have been influenced by the ISIS ideology have been held across the country recently, but no input suggests that the radical organisation has established a base in India, the Govt  had informed the Rajya Sabha in April.DNA
Digvijaya accuses Telangana police of encouraging Muslim youths to join IS, triggers row
ATS spreads net wider after UP arrests
Lucknow: A team of the UP ATS will go to Bihar, Mumbai, Bijnor and Muzaffarnagar to verify claims of 4 suspects who were arrested during a nationwide raid on April 20. 4 accused identified as Umar alias Nazim Shamsad Ahmed, Zeeshan alias Ghazi Baba alias Muzammil, Faizan alias Mufti, and Ahtesham alias SK alias Pintoo, who were in police custody remand, were sent back to Lucknow district jail on Saturday, said IG, ATS, Asim Kumar Arun.Ahtesham and Faizan were in police custody for 8 days while Umar and Ghazi Baba were in four days’ police custody. Indianexpress
Debate on triple talaq unnecessary: Sayed Jalaluddin Umri
Patna:Jamaat-e-Islami Hind chief and All India Muslim Personal Law Board vice-president Sayed Jalaluddin Umri today said the nationwide debate on the triple talaq issue was “unnecessary” and there will be no dispute if Muslims follow the Sharia law. “There will be no dispute or discord if Muslims follow the Sharia law in true spirit with regard to the issues of marriage, divorce, inheritance, Mehar (right of a wife) and Nafqa (monthly stipend). The debate is unnecessary,” he said.
The muslim personal law is “balanced and justified” and it helps and promotes healthy family traditions, the Jamat chief told reporters here. It not only gives respect and freedom to women but also protects their dignity and rights, Umri said. Jamaat has set up 11 counselling centres and a helpine in Bihar to provide advice to Muslims with regard to marital problems. “Jamaat has set up a helpline 0612-2370863 and also set up 11 counselling centres in Bihar, including in Patna to provide counselling to the people with regard to all types of marital and other related problems,” he said.The centres will provide counselling to Muslim couples before marriage to make them aware about the Islamic laws on marital life, about provisions of muslim personal laws and related issues. As part of the counselling programme, Jamaat’s volunteers and members will tell couples about the rights and duties of men and women and how to lead a marital life as per the Sharia law so that they can find solution as per it if problems arise, the Jamaat chief said. Umri, who was accompanied by Jamaat’s Bihar chief Nayyaruzzma, was here as part of the awareness campaign on the muslim personal law. The campaign was launched on April 23 and will come to an end on May 7 and workshops are being held as part of it. PTI
If govt is worried about women, it must think about female beggars in Varanasi, Mathura: AIMPLB
Bareilly: Taking a dig at the BJP for highlighting the troubles faced by Muslim women due to triple talaq, an All India Muslim personal law board (AIMPLB) member on Sunday claimed that the Govt  was talking about the practice because of political vested interests.AIMPLB secretary Zafar Yab Jilani said a majority of divorce and family dispute cases are reported from other communities, whereas only 20% of such cases from the Muslim community are filed in courts. "Only 20% of divorce cases are filed by Muslims. The remaining 80% are registered by other communities. If the Govt is really concerned about women, it should think about the women begging in Varanasi and Mathura," he said. Speaking on the sidelines of an awareness campaign organized by Jamat-e-Islami Hind on Muslim Personal Law, Jilani took potshots at BJP and said that the saffron party is making a political issue out of triple talaq when it is merely a provision in Islam which is rarely misused. Other speakers at the event also expressed their anguish over the Govt  highlighting the controversial practice, claiming that it was an attempt by BJP to divert attention from issues like unemployment, education and poverty. "The issue of a Uniform Civil Code is repeatedly raised to misguide and instigate the Muslim community. Till date, the Govt  has not been able to even prepare a draft resolution on the uniform code which it plans to implement in the near future," Jamaat-e-Hind general secretary Mohammed Saleem said. timesofindia
Deal with triple talaq as reform measure: Naqvi
New Delhi: Centre will make all attempts to convince the Muslim community that the triple talaq issue needs to be viewed as a “reform measure” and not part of any political agenda, minority affairs minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has said.“It is best that the reform comes from the community itself. We have had informal sessions with many groups from the community,” Naqvi told ET on Sunday. The emphasis was on asserting that the Govt  wanted to bring reforms and justice in the lives of women, he said. Triple talaq system gives a man the right to divorce his wife by just announcing it to her, without citing any justification or court approval.Senior officials in the Govt  said the Centre had been making attempts to reach out the Muslim community, bodies and NGOs that work in the area of justice, religious minorities and those that work with women. Many of these organisations have sought to consult AIMPLB that has asserted that it has “constitutional” right to implement Muslim personal law. “To start with, we have reached out to liberal Muslim intellectuals, women’s organisations, and have asked them to reach out to as many people as possible,” a Govt  official said. The line explained in the meetings was that Muslims in India needed to “show the path of modernity” to everyone else in the world, he said.Kamal Faruqui of AIMPLB, however, said the board had written to the Centre seeking to put forward its point of view but was yet to get a reply. “We have been advising Muslim men that divorce should be the last option.Triple talaq should not even be considered.These efforts should be acknowledged and it should be noted that the divorce rate in community is low compared to others.” ET/TOI
Will abide by SC decision, triple talaq must end: Ulema and Mashaikh Board  leader
Nagpur: "The practice of triple talaq must end," said Maulana Sayyad Ashraf Gilani, president of All India Ulema and Mashaikh Board (AIUMB), Maharashtra. He was speaking at a special lecture 'Islam and Terrorism' on Saturday."I would like study whether triple talaq is mentioned in the Koran and how it should be followed," he added. Gilani also suggested that the Govt  must ask Islamic scholars to deliberate on the issue and find a solution."Some politicians criticize the divorce practice and use unkind words while describing it. I would request them not to do so. They should work for justice in such cases," said Gilani. He said that such criticism creates leads to problems among public.He compared the practice of triple talaq to murder. He said, "In the eyes of law, divorcing is haram (forbidden) just like murder.""The matter is being handled by the supreme court and we will abide with whatever it decides. An Indian Muslim has full faith in his country, its constitution and its judiciary," he said.TOI
Women's Association demands equal rights for all women, not just Muslim
Lucknow: Targeting the BJP led central and state Govt s for malice on siding with the triple talaq issue as emancipation of Muslim women, All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) on Sunday said it would hold a mass public protest across UP in May to remind BJP of its manifesto promises and for cognizance of all women issues sans religion. Until Sept, AIDWA will hold campaigns every month starting from rollback of 'meat bandi' before Ramzan, on the status of toilets built under Swachh Bharat, inclusion of the women's share in agricultural land under UP's Land Reform Act and a convention on all women's issues.Holding its state wide three day meet in Lucknow with representatives from 14 districts that ended on Sunday, AIDWA claimed that there are around 17,000 cases pending in Lucknow's family court. Of these, they said, almost 3,500 cases have been due since the past 10 years. "Around 85% of these cases pertain to Hindu women. A number of Hindu women, even without divorce are not allowed to live with their husbands. The percentage of divorce in Hindus is also higher at 0.69% than in Muslims which is at 0.67%. Govt should look at women issues as a whole," said Sudha Sundararaman, national vice-president, AIDWA."On one hand, the Govt is acting to be sensitive for the Muslim women, and on the other hand, it has attacked their choice of staple food in the form of an unsaid meat bandi," added Madhu Garg, state president, AIDWA. Garg claimed that the thousands of Muslim women that AIDWA members met in the last few months across cities and villages were full of angst on the issues of triple talaq and meat shortage.TOI
BJP's intervention in triple talaq is tokenism, 'selective justice is not acceptable', says Owaisi
Hyderabad: AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Monday said that BJP wants to keep the communal pot boiling in the country through its remarks on triple talaq.Talking to reporters, he said it was inappropriate on the part of PM Narendra Modi, his Cabinet colleagues and others to speak on triple talaq when the Supreme Court was set to hear the case from May 11.Reacting to Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu's comments on Sharia, the MIM chief pointed out that a day after the prime minister asserted the issue should not be politicised, the central minister spoke about it.The Hyderabad MP also referred to the statement by Yogi Adityanath that people should speak on triple talaq and to the remark by a Uttar Pradesh minister that Muslims use triple talaq for lust.He said that if the BJP leaders had anything to say on the issue, they should say it in the Supreme Court, which was hearing the matter.Owaisi remarked that Venkaiah Naidu was new expert in the country on Sharia."I would like to request Venkaiah Naidu to explain to us what is Sharia," he said, adding that "Muslims know what is in Sharia"."Some 1,400 years ago, Islam gave women the share in father's property. Can you give us any such example," he asked.On the BJP leaders' argument that they were speaking for justice to Muslim women, Owaisi said such "selective justice" was not acceptable."Why don't they talk about justice to the blind mother of Pilo Khan, who was killed for carrying a cow, or justice to the mother and wife of Akhlaq, or justice to the mother of Najeeb and to Zakia Jafari," he asked.Owaisi also wanted to know why the BJP leaders were silent on the need for justice to 20 lakh Hindu sisters, who were separated or abandoned."There are 4.30crore women who are widows. Why don't they speak about it or do something for their re-marriage?"IANS
BJP talking selectively about Muslim women’s rights: Asaduddin Owaisi

If Shariat is influencing BJP leaders, they should consider joining it: Azam Khan on triple talaq debate
Lashing out at Union Information and Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu and the BJP opinion on abolishing the triple talaq norm among the Muslims, the Samajwadi Party asserted that the former should consider joining the Shariat, since it has been 'influential' to them. Speaking to ANI here on Sunday, SP leader Azam Khan said that rather than focusing on this matter, the BJP should consider addressing other issues.'BJP leaders are expressing their hidden desires. If Shariat is influencing them so much, they should consider joining it,' he said, adding BJP was the only party that was politicising the matter.Drawing attention to the recent survey on divorce rates in the Muslims conducted under the RTI in 6 states, Khan claimed that results showed divorce rates in the community to be almost negligible.'Divorce rates in other religious communities are much more than among Muslims. We don't want to embarrass the BJP by disclosing these figures. They must first look to rectify these before indulging in Shariat and the Quran,' he added.ANI
Stop harassment of Muslims or face consequences: Azam Khan warns PM
AIMIM supporters protest over triple talaq remarks by UP  minister Swami Prasad Maurya
Allahabad: Activists of the hardline AIMIM party today staged a demonstration in the city to protest against UP minister Swami Prasad Maurya's controversial comments on 'triple talaq' and burnt his effigy.  Led by AIMIM's district president Chaudhary Ibrahim and its city unit chief Afsar Mahmood, hundreds of agitators gathered in the heart of the city and raised slogans against minister who, while defending the BJP's stand on triple talaq, had said that those taking recourse to the regressive social practice "change their wives to satisfy their lust".    PTI 
Adityanath warns Yuva Vahini to be decent, not misuse saffron
Lucknow: Yogi Adityanath has reportedly told workers of the Hindu Yuva Vahini, an outfit he founded, that they must maintain decency of behaviour and not misuse the colour saffron as the image of the outfit or the BJP would suffer. The Vahini is involved in working on Hindutva-related issues such as cow protection. UP  CM  supposedly made the statement at Gorakhpur a little before speaking to RSS workers at a separate meeting where he told them to behave according to the ideology they propagate.On the second day of his Gorakhpur visit on Sunday, Adityanath first held the closed-door meeting with Vahini leaders of the Gorakhpur region at the Gorakhnath temple. He told them to monitor the execution of Govt  schemes and projects at the ground level and make a complaint to higher-ups in the Govt  and the organisation if they found any discrepancy. “The CM has asked leaders and workers to behave with decency,” said P K Mall, the state organisation secretary of the Vahini. indianexpress
UP: Retired Army colonel busted after Forest officials smash 'poaching syndicate and gun-running cartel'
The strong arm of the law has finally caught up with a retired Indian Army colonel and his national-level shooting champion son over the illegal hunting and hoarding of protected wildlife.In a joint raid operation that lasted 17 hours at the duo's residence in Meerut's Civil Lines area, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) and the forest department have unearthed a cartel specialising in poaching, wildlife hunting and arms smuggling.117 kg nilgai meat, animal skin, ivory and 40 guns were recovered while Col (retd) Devindra Kumar and his son Prashant Bishnoi, an expert shooter, now face a slew of charges under wildlife protection act and gun-running.Local residents told Mail Today the father-son duo led a lavish lifestyle with a fleet of luxury vehicles and collection of guns. The raiding team recovered a large haul of animal skins, antlers, trophy heads, ivory, over 40 un-licenced guns, Rs 1 crore in cash and 117 kg of neelgai (blue bull) meat from the premises. 'Who could have thought of such illegal activity here? There is a police station nearby and a DIG living barely 500 metre away,' said a local resident, requesting anonymity.Apparently, they duo had also installed CCTV cameras on the street leading to their house and at the entry point.While Devindra Kumar is believed to have told the police and raiding party that the guns belonged to his son, police sources said he remained tight-lipped about the recovery of animal parts on his premises. Mail Today
Joint Lok Sabha, assembly polls from 2024? Niti Aayog in sync with PM Modi over need for minimum 'campaign-mode' disruption
Niti Aayog has suggested a synchronised two-phase Lok Sabha and assembly polls from 2024 so as to ensure minimum 'campaign-mode' disruption to governance.Outlining the details, policy think-tank has said implementing the proposal may necessitate a maximum one-time curtailment or extension of some state assemblies. It has made Election Commission the nodal agency to look into the suggestion and recommended setting up of a working group of stakeholders for deciding a road-map for synchronised elections.A report will be finalised within 6 months and final blue-print will be ready by next March, as per draft 3-year action agenda for 2017-18 to 2019-20.The draft report was circulated among the governing council members (consisting of CM s of all states and others) of Niti Aayog on April 23.The recommendation assumes significance as President Pranab Mukherjee and PM  Narendra Modi have pitched for simultaneous Lok Sabha and assembly polls.'All elections in India should happen in a free, fair and synchronised manner so as to cause minimum 'campaign-mode' disruption to governance.We may begin work towards switching to a synchronised two-phase election from the 2024 election to the Lok Sabha,' the Niti Aayog draft report says.'This would require a maximum one-time curtailment or extension of some state assemblies,' it says. DailyMail
More than 30 Muslims from Kashmir part of BJP’s expansion drive: Amit Shah
Jammu: More that 30 Kashmiri Muslim youths will be part of the BJP’s expansion drive across the country for six months, its president Amit Shah today said, terming it an “encouraging development” for the party. In the city as part of his 95-day tour of the country to take stock of the party’s organisational work, Shah met party workers from the state who will be travelling across the nation as part of organisational works.“More than 30 Muslim youths from Kashmir are part of Deen Dayal Upadhyay expansion plan of the party. Most of them are engineers and double graduates. They have agreed to work for six months for the BJP’s expansion. I welcome them from heart. This is an encouraging development for the party,” he said.Kashmir, which has an overwhelming Muslim majority, has always been a politically unfriendly territory for the saffron party. The region has of late witnessed an upsurge in violence and protests. PDP-BJP alliance is in power in the state.PTI
15-day-old baby, 4-month-old child among 30 Rohingya refugees rescued from Indian boat by Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka's coastguard have detained an Indian boat which illegally entered the island's territorial waters and rescued 30 Rohingya refugees including 16 children who were on board, an official said. The dhow operated by two Indians had entered Sri Lanka's northern waters after crossing the sea border, said navy spokesman Chaminda Walakuluge.'Coastguard noticed that there were very small children on board and escorted the boat to a port and provided them with emergency assistance,' Walakuluge told AFP.He said seven men, seven women and 16 children were on board, in addition to the two-man Indian crew who had been detained pending investigations.'There was a 15-day-old baby and a four-month-old child on board,' Walakuluge said. 'We have taken them to port and provided food and medical attention.'He said it appeared that the passengers had left India, where they had lived for about four years as refugees. They were handed over to local authorities to decide further action.Investigators suspect that crew were trying to bring the Rohingya to Sri Lanka. Muslim Rohingya in Myanmar's western state of Rakhine are denied citizenship and face brutal discrimination in the Buddhist-majority country. Thousands have sought refuge in other countries in the region. 4 years ago Sri Lanka's navy rescued 138 refugees from Bangladesh and Myanmar whose boat had been drifting off Sri Lanka for over 10 days.AFP/DailyMail
Indian Army says soldiers mutilated, Pak denies
Srinagar:Indian Army on Monday accused Pakistan’s Border Action Team (BAT) of mutilating bodies of two of their soldiers on two forward posts along the LoC in Poonch district's Krishna Ghati sector.The Pakistan Army carried out unprovoked rocket and mortar firing on two forward posts along the LoC and simultaneously launched BAT action on a patrol operating in between the posts, said a statement issued by the Northern Army Command.In an unsoldierly act, the bodies of two soldiers were mutilated by the Pakistan Army. Such despicable act of Pakistan Army will be appropriately responded, it added. Pakistan Army today denied mutilating the bodies of two Indian security personnel, which has evoked a sharp reaction in India.“Pakistan Army did not commit any ceasefire violation on LoC as alleged by India. Indian blame of mutilating Indian soldiers’ bodies is also false,” a statement from the Pakistan Army’s Inter-Services Public Relations wing said.“Pakistan Army is a highly professional force and will never disrespect a soldier,” it said.The deceased have been identified as Head Constable Prem Sagar of 200th Battalion of the BSF and Naib Subedar Paramjeet Singh of 22 Sikh Regiment of the Army. "Another constable from the BSF also sustained injury, but is out of danger," a BSF spokesman said. thehindu
Indian soldiers mutilated: Defence Minister Jaitley vows retaliation as Pak denies charges
5 policemen, 2 security guards killed in Kashmir’s Kulgam as militants target cash van
Srinagar; Suspected militants killed five policemen and two security guards in south Kashmir’s Kulgam on Monday as they looted the cash van of a Govt -run bank, authorities said.The victims were killed by the attackers who dragged them out of their vehicles, south Kashmir DIG SP Pani said.The van was dispensing cash to local branches. The van was returning to a bank in the village of Pumbai area, around 70km south of Srinagar, when it was attacked.Militant outfit Hizbul Mujhadeen claimed responsibility for the attack. However, a spokesperson told local news agency CNS that the civilians were shot dead by securitymen.“We didn’t attack the vehicle with intent to loot the cash. We have enough cash. We condemn the killing of the bank employees and want to clarify that they were shot dead by the securitymen,” Burhanuddin said.The incident came against the backdrop of spiralling tension in the Valley, which has been reeling due to clashes and street protests by people chanting separatist slogans since the death of a popular militant leader last July. hindustantimes
Rajnath holds high-level meeting over J&K security, Sukma attack
New Delhi:A high level meeting was held on Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s residence this morning, over recent attacks and security concerns in the country. Matters under discussion are the security situation in J&K and the Sukma attack that killed 25 CRPF jawans in Chhattisgarh. Apart from Singh, the meeting also has Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi, DG CRPF RR Bhatnagar, IB Rajiv Jain and NSA Ajit Doval. indianexpress
College students clash again with security forces in Kashmir
Srinagar:Clashes erupted between security forces and students on Monday after they took out a protest march against the alleged high-handedness of security personnel at a college in Pulwama in south Kashmir, the police said.A number of students of Boys Higher Secondary School and Pulwama Degree College took out a joint march against the security forces action on April 15, a police official said.When the march reached near Pulwama police station, some of the students threw stones at security personnel, who lobbed teargas shells to disperse them, the official said. There are no reports of any casualty in the clashes, which were going on till reports last came in.PTI
Okhla MLA Amanatullah’s fate hangs in balance; tonight meeting crucial
Fresh troubles for Okhla MLA Amnatullah Khan after he circulated a WhatsApp message saying Kumar Vishwas had called some AAP MLAs to his home with the offer at the behest of the BJP. “Kumar Vishwas called some MLAs and asked them that he should be made the party convener. I think all this is being done at the behest of the BJP,” Khan said.The MLA told IANS that he indeed had circulated the message because “Vishwas wants to usurp and break the AAP”. While talking to OT.COM, Khan said he is going to participate in a meeting today of AAP’s core group of leaders, the Political Affairs Committee, of which both Vishwas and Khan are members. Moreover, Khan’s comment on Vishwas has forced more than 35 Aam Aadmi Party legislators from Delhi and Punjab to write to party chief Arvind Kejriwal. They have backed senior leader Vishwas and sought action against Khan.Okhlatimes
Uttarakhand HC orders seizure of EVMs from 6 seats
New Delhi; 3 days after the Uttarakhand High Court ordered seizure of all EVMs used during polls in Vikasnagar constituency of Dehradun district, the high court on Monday ordered the seizure of EVMs of 6 more constituencies that went to polls on Feb 15. These candidates have produced “circumstantial evidence” that elections were rigged.The court’s order has come on election petitions by Congress candidates who had lost from these seats.Taking cognisance of their petitions, the court has also issued notices to Election Commission of India, State Election Commission and others, asking them to respond within six weeks. indianexpress
Bhopal: Rector of Darul Uloom Tajul Masajid Pir Saeed Miyan is no more
Bhopal: Eminent Islamic scholar and rector of Darul Uloom, Tajul Masajid, Maulana Pir Saeed Miyan Mujaddidi, passed away in Bhopal. He breathed his last on Sunday at 5.40pm at his residence. He was 85.The late scholar was born in Bhopal when it was a princely state ruled by last  Nawab Hamidullah Khan. Referred respectfully and affectionately as Pir Sahab by the Muslim community,  he was unwell for a long time.Pir Saeed Miyan belonged to the illustrious family that has its played a major role and is known for religious and spiritual guidance to people in Bhopal for ages. One of his ancestors, Shah Rauf Mujaddidi had established the Khanqah here.Later, under it was Maulana Abu Ahmad who was lovingly called Pir Sahab in Bhopal, that its fame as a centre of Islamic scholarship grew. People from across the world including eminent Islamic scholars came here during their visits to Bhopal.In fact, the Mujaddidi clan is related of the legendary Alif Mujaddid Sani who had taken on the mighty Emperor Akbar when the latter had announced his plan to come up with a new faith, Din-e-Ilahi, and there was a period of confusion among the Muslim masses.Known for his simplicity and humility, Saeed Miyan Mujaddidi was chairman of MP Waqf Board from 1989 to 1994 but never took a penny from the board.He has been member of Majlis-e-Shoora of Nadwa, Lucknow as well as member of AIMPLB for years. His father Shah Mohammad  Yaqub alias Pir Nanhe Miyan was a well-known Islamic scholar.  NewsBits.in
Haryana: Bride’s family holds groom, 3 others hostage over dowry demand
Palwal: 4 persons, including the bridegroom and his brother, were held hostage by the bride’s family after they demanded more dowry in Hathin village in Palwal district. The incident occurred when the family of the groom, Farid Qureshi, demanded more dowry and also made some comments against the bride’s family.The bride’s family then locked the four persons inside, a police spokesperson said. However, they were released later.Members of the panchayat asked the groom’s family to transfer either 4 bighas of land or Rs 10 lakh to the bride or else she would not be allowed to leave for Qureshi’s house, the spokesperson said.PTI
Muslim men lynched for 'trying to steal cows' in Assam
2 Muslim men suspected of stealing cows have died of injuries sustained after being assaulted by villagers in the northeastern Indian state of Assam, according to local police. Police said they had registered a murder case over the deaths of Abu Hanifa and Riyazuddin Ali who were beaten with sticks on Sunday. 2 suspects have been detained for questioning.The incident comes amid rising tensions over the killing and smuggling of cows in India, a Hindu-majority country where the animal is considered sacred and its slaughter is a punishable offence in many states."They were chased and beaten with sticks by villagers who said the 2 boys were trying to steal cows from their grazing field," Debaraj Upadhyay, Nagaon district's top police officer, told AFP by telephone. aljazeera
Month after Alwar attack by cow vigilantes, victims stare at debt, livelihood crisis
Nuh (Haryana); The economics of life has not been impressive for Azmat since he was attacked along with Pehlu Khan and three others by cow protection vigilantes in Rajasthan’s Alwar for allegedly smuggling the bovines for slaughter—exactly a month ago.The group, traditionally dairy farmers hailing from Jaisinghpur village in Haryana’s Nuh district, had bought cows from the cattle fair in Jaipur and were returning when they were attacked.While Pehlu Khan’s family has received financial assistance from some organisations after his death, bed-ridden Azmat and Rafeeq are staring at a livelihood crisis and rising debts.Ex-, who is recovering from a spine injury sustained in the attack, had purchased three cows for Rs 75,000. “The attackers also snatched Rs 35,000 from me,” he says, shooing away flies settling on his face.His brother Yusuf, who works in Mathura, says that they have spent nearly Rs 1.5 lakh already on Azmat’s treatment. “I have to take him to AIIMS, Delhi, every 3-4 days for treatment, and each trip costs about Rs 5,000. All our savings have dried up and we are running into debts,” he says.“There is no milk in the house. Whatever little we get, we dilute it and give it to Azmat’s little child (his one-year-old daughter),” says Azmat’s mother. hindustantimes
To protect their religion, Hindus should have ‘8 children’: Religious guru
Sambhal: Hindu couples should have eight children each to protect their religion, a prominent religious leader has said.The advice to follow the ‘we two and our eight’ formula came from Swami Prabodhananda Giri, the national president of Sanatan Dharma Mahasangh, when he was addressing an event at the in Lakhipur here on Saturday.“In the present times, there is threat to Hindutva and to protect it is responsibility of every Hindu. For this, every Hindu should produce eight children so that he can contribute towards conserving, preserving and protecting Hindutva and the society.“Hindus should follow - we two, our eight - formula,” Giri said.To promote family planning in the country, the Govt  had in the past introduced the ‘Hum do, hamare do’ (We 2, our 2) slogan.At the event which was organised at Pawan Van Vihar Ashram, Mahora in Lakhipur here, Giri also said that for safety of Hindus, ‘Hindu Raksha Dal’ had been constituted and that it would be spread in the entire state.PTI
NIA yet to appeal against Aseemanand order
New Delhi:Almost 2 months after a Jaipur court acquitted ex- RSS member Aseemanand in the 2007 Ajmer Dargah blast case, NIA said it was yet to appeal against the order as it has not gone through its contents. The judgment is in Hindi and runs into over 600 pages; the investigating agency has now hired a professional to translate the order into English.“We are yet to examine the judgment. Since it is in Hindi, we have hired someone to translate it into English first. Only when we have all the documents ready, will we be able to take a decision whether to challenge the acquittal or not,” a senior NIA official said. Incidentally, the NIA filed the supplementary charge sheet in the case in Hindi. thehindu
Tension in Meerut after school girl found with cleric:IANS
Lucknow: Tension gripped Meerut in western UP  on Monday when a school girl was found in the room of a Muslim cleric in a mosque. The cleric was later taken into custody.Police said the girl wearing a school uniform was spotted in the room of a Muslim cleric in Swami Paada, Budhana Gate, by some locals.They raised an alarm and soon a large mob started shouting communal slogans after which the police rushed to the spot.The cleric tried to flee the mosque from the rear gate even as the people wanted to lynch him. Police intervened and the cleric was taken into custody and sent to the Kotwali police station.A large gathering of people reached there and shouted slogans and engaged in a spat with the police.Police had to resort to mild use of force to disperse the mob.IANS
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Palestinian rift aggravates Gaza crisis: UN report
Ankara : Internal Palestinian divisions are aggravating the situation in the blockaded Gaza Strip, a UN report warned Monday. “The continuing dispute between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas over electricity, payment of salaries and the other critical issues have significantly aggravated the situation in Gaza,” the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO) said in a report.“Palestinians in Gaza, who live in a protracted humanitarian crisis, can no longer be held hostage by disagreements, divisions and closures,” it said. Last week, a Palestinian official said the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority (PA) will stop paying for electricity supplies to the Hamas-run Gaza Strip. Anadolu
N. Korea snarls at Israel after defense chief calls Pyongyang 'crazy'
North Korea lashed out at Israel on Saturday after Israel's defense minister called the hermit kingdom's regime a "crazy and radical group," blamed it of being an ally of Syria's Assad and the Lebanese group Hezbollah and said growing tensions between the U.S. and Pyongyang have "direct implications" for Israel. A statement released by North Korean Foreign Ministry called Avigdor Lieberman's statement "reckless" and a form of "sordid and wicked behavior" that posed a "grave challenge to the DPRK."In the statement, North Korea blasted Israel as the "only illegal possessor of nukes in the Middle East under the patronage of the US" It said Lieberman's comments were part of a "cynical ploy" to escape criticism of the occupation "of the Arab territories" and "crimes against humanity."Haaretz
'Catastrophic' humanitarian situation in Mosul: Iraq VP
Baghdad; Iraqi Vice-President Osama al-Nujaifi has warned the humanitarian situation in Mosul has become "catastrophic", where the Iraqi army is trying to dislodge Daesh from its last stronghold in northern Iraq."The situation is catastrophic amid famine and lack of food and medicine, which make the city live an unbearable situation," al-Nujaifi told a party meeting late Sunday.He said hundreds of thousands of families have heeded Govt calls for not leaving their homes and the city. "However, they are now going through an unprecedented predicament," he lamented. Anadolu
Missile attack kills 18 civilians in Syria's Aleppo
Aleppo: At least 18 civilians were killed in a missile attack in Syria's northern Aleppo province, a local civil defense official said Monday.The attack -- blamed on the regime forces -- targeted a three-storey building in Uwayjil village in Aleppo's western countryside late Sunday, Mohammed Hallak said.He said nine children and 4 women were among the victims."One woman was rescued from under the debris of the destroyed building," he added. Anadolu
'Shockingly high' losses for Afghan forces over winter
Afghan security forces were killed at a "shockingly high" rate during what has historically been a winter lull in fighting against the Taliban, according to a report by a US watchdog.US Govt 's Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) says 807 troops from the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF) died between Jan1 and Feb24."Afghanistan remains in the grip of a deadly war. Casualties suffered by [ANDSF] in the fight against the Taliban and other insurgents continue to be shockingly high," says the report, released on Monday.Levels of violence have traditionally dipped over Afghanistan's cold winter months, but this year the Taliban continued to battle Govt  forces, most notably in an April 19 attack on a military base outside the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif. aljazeera
Turkey threatens more strikes on US-allied Syrian Kurds
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday said Ankara was "seriously saddened" by footage showing US military vehicles operating close to the border with Syrian Kurdish fighters, threatening further military action against a group Turkey sees as "terrorists".His comments came amid rising tensions over the weekend along the border, with both Ankara and Washington moving armoured vehicles to the area. Turkish forces last week carried out deadly air strikes on military positions belonging to the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), angering the US and sparking days of border clashes with the Kurdish fighters. The US sent military vehicles with American flags to the Syrian side of the frontier accompanied by YPG fighters to carry out patrols, in an apparent bid to prevent further fighting. aljazeera
UN rights chief questions due process in Turkey purges
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights voiced deep concern at mass arrests and sackings of public employees in Turkey and the renewed state of emergency there, saying a “climate of fear” now reigned.Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein told a news conference in Geneva that Ankara had to respond to violent attacks but must not violate human rights while doing so. Turkey expelled over 3,900 people from the civil service and military as threats to national security on Saturday, in the second major purge since President Erdogan won sweeping new powers in a referendum last month. middleeastmonitor
Indian American Muslim of Aligarh origin calls Donald Trump ‘liar-in-chief’
US journalists led by White House Correspondents’ Association president Jeff Mason have slammed President Donald Trump for attacking the media.“We cannot ignore the rhetoric that has been employed by the president about who we are and what we do,? Mason said.“Freedom of the press is a building block of our democracy. Undermining that by seeking to delegitimize journalists is dangerous to a healthy republic,” he said to a standing ovation.Mason’s impressive speech was quickly followed by Indian American stand-up comedian Hasan Minhaj.“The leader of our country is not here, and thats because he lives in Moscow,” Minhaj said amidst laughter from the audience. jantakareporter
Controversial amendments expand Sisi’s powers over Egypt’s judiciary
Egypt’s highest judicial authority, the Supreme Judicial Council, sent the names of three judges to President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi on Sunday for him to choose one of them to head the Court of Cassation, the country’s highest appeals court, in line with a newly amended law that now expands the president’s powers over the judicial system.Sisi was Egypt’s defence minister when he led the military ouster of then President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, and he was later elected president in 2014. He has been widely criticised by local and international human rights advocates for what they see as broad human rights violations committed by the state under his rule.Strongly opposed by a number of judicial bodies, the new law was ratified by Sisi on Thursday after it was approved by parliament. Prior to the amendments, courts’ top judges were selected by the judiciary on the basis of seniority and the president only gave ceremonial approval.The State Council had expressed its rejection of the new law in a statement last week, describing the amendments as unconstitutional. Egypt’s constitution stipulates that judicial bodies must be consulted on bills related to the judicial authority, although it does not oblige the parliament to abide by the judicial bodies’ recommendations. middleeastmonitor
Hamas to soften stance on Israel, Muslim Brotherhood in policy document:Reuters
The Palestinian Islamist group Hamas will remove a call for Israel's destruction and drop its association with the Muslim Brotherhood in a new policy document to be issued on Monday, Gulf Arab sources said.Hamas' move appears aimed at improving relations with Gulf Arab states and Egypt, which label the Brotherhood as a terrorist organisation, as well as with Western countries, many of which classify Hamas as a terrorist group over its hostility to Israel. The sources said Hamas, which has controlled the Gaza Strip since 2007, will say in the document that it agrees to a transitional Palestinian state along the borders from 1967, when Israel captured Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem in a war with Arab states. Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005.A future state encompassing Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem along 1967 borders is the goal of Hamas' main political rival, the Fatah movement led by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. His Palestinian Authority has engaged in peace talks with Israel on that basis, although the last, US-mediated round collapsed three years ago. The revised Hamas political document, to be announced later on Monday, will still reject Israel's right to exist and back "armed struggle" against it, said the Gulf Arab sources.A Hamas spokesman in Qatar declined to comment. There was no immediate comment from Egypt and Gulf Arab states.
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