Thursday, 11 May 2017

Evening NEWS DIGEST
11 May 2017: 14 Shaban 1438: Vol: 8, No:188
INDIA: Muslim Personal Law
Where will Muslim man go for divorce if we declare triple talaq invalid, suggest a possible way out, SC asks to Centre, Muslim women petitioners
The Supreme Court has  asked the Centre and Muslim women petitioners -- who have challenged the validity of triple talaq -- to suggest a possible way out if the court were to declare the practice unconstitutional.“Where does he (Muslim man) go for divorce? There is no judicial forum for him. There would be a vacuum. How does he seek divorce,” a five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice of India JS Khehar asked. The bench – also comprising Justices Kurian Joseph, RF Nariman, UU Lalit and S Abdul Nazeer – asked the Centre and the petitioners to ponder over the possible fallout, in case it declared triple talaq invalid.Justice Joseph said until Parliament enacted a law to address the issue, it could be dealt with under the Dissolution of Muslim Marriages Act, 1939 – under which Muslim women are entitled to seek divorce. Senior counsel Indira Jaising – who appeared on behalf of Bebak Collective – suggested that that the expression “Muslim woman” under the 1939 Act could be replaced by “Muslim person” and it could be made gender-neutral.But most of the grounds for dissolution of a marriage prescribed under Section 2 of the Act were women specific; and not gender-neutral, the bench pointed out.As Justice Nariman said insanity and cruelty were gender-neutral grounds, most of the lawyers burst into laughter.Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi would address the court on all the aspects of the issue on Monday.The arguments would continue on Friday.The court also clarified that the 1939 Act (which covered Shariat) being a statute was a law within the meaning of Article 13(3) of the Constitution and hence could be tested on the touchstone of fundamental rights.At the very outset, the bench said it would not consider the issue of polygamy and concentrate on triple talaq alone.But Mehta insisted that the Centre wanted the court to consider all aspects relating to gender justice. “We are opposing all forms of triple talaq,” he said.Even Jaising said all forms of triple talaq were bad as they conferred unrestricted power on Muslim men to give divorce to women without assigning any reasons. She said unfortunately such unilateral triple talaq were binding and final, she added.The court said it would first determine whether the practice was fundamental to Islam.Senior advocates Kapil Sibal and Raju Ramachandran are representing All India Muslim Personal Law Board in the matter. The issue of triple talaq involved personal laws and if the Govt wanted, it could frame a law but it didn’t require court’s interference, Sibal told the court according to HT. Salman Khurshid, who is assisting the court in his personal capacity, termed triple talaq as a "non-issue" saying it is not considered complete without conciliation efforts between husband and wife. Tribuneindia/HT
Triple talaq hearing begins, SC says won’t examine polygamy among Muslims
5 judges, hearing Triple Talaq plea from today, belong to 5 different religions
Will examine if triple talaq is fundamental to Islam, won't discuss polygamy: SC
Banning triple talaq will not help Muslim women: Jamaat-e-Islami Hind President Maulana Umari
New Delhi: Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Umari, President of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) and Vice President of All India Muslim Personal Law Board, has expressed apprehension over the efficacy of banning triple talaq. Speaking at the monthly press meet of Jamaat, the JIH Chief said: ’”Banning triple talaq will not benefit Muslim women. Even if tripe talaq is outlawed, those who want to trouble their wives will still continue to do so and stop giving conjugal rights to their wives. This will lead to many complications and jeopardize women’s stature and dignity’’.Maulana Umari reiterated that “the problem of divorced Muslim women has been blown out of proportion and statistics don’t support the claim of this problem being endemic within the Muslim community”.Earlier the Convener of the recently concluded ‘’Muslim Personal Law Awareness Campaign’’ – Muhammad Jafar briefed the media on the achievements of the campaign. He said that the Jamaat’s campaign, which ran from April 23 to May 7 has been extremely successful. The objective of the campaign was to create awareness within the Muslim community regarding their personal laws as well as to remove the misconceptions and misgivings among fellow countrymen regarding the family laws in Islam that are related to the way Muslims marry, divorce and inherit etc. Jamaat was able to reach around 14.5 crore people through the campaign.The Press Meet was also addressed by Muhammad Salim Engineer, Secretary General, who talked about the growing lawlessness in the country and welcomed the Supreme Court judgment in Nirbhaya case.Caravan Daily
Banning triple talaq will not help Muslim women, says Jamaat-e-Islami Hind Chief: milligazette
Muslim Mahila Foundation recites Hanuman Chalisa, seek divine help  against Triple talaq in Varanasi: TOI
Varanasi: Sankatmochan (Hanuman) temple of Patalpuri Math of Daranagar locality echoed with the hymns of the chanting of 'Hanuman Chalisa' on Wednesday. The ordinary looking practice was special as the recital of the hymns, applauding lord Hanuman, was being done by Muslim women who prayed to Sankatmochan (one who removes all threats) for rescuing them from the practice of triple talaq. The prayers are being performed by the activists of Muslim Mahila Foundation in PM Modi's constituency even as the issue comes up for hearing in the Supreme Court today. Women activists recited the 'Hanuman Chalisa' 100 times from the chalisa written in Urdu. "This temple is special (for idol of Hanuman facing south direction) hence we decided to seek the blessings of Hanuman as we have heard that whosoever recites the Chalisa 100 times gets his or her wish fulfilled, which for us is getting rid of the practice of triple talaq," said Nazneen Ansari, national president of the foundation. Muslim devotees at the temple were joined by Indresh Kumar, a leader of RSS of city, along with Pithadishwar of Patalpuri Math, Baba Balak Das.
Triple talaq not religious but social: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi
New Delhi : Triple talaq was not a religious issue but related to “social ills”, Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said today, stressing that the ongoing debate on the practice would have a “positive” impact on the people. “It is about social ills and reform,” he said. He said the debate would have a “positive bearing on the (Muslim) community and the country”. The minister referred to the issue currently before the Supreme Court — and being discussed by organisations representing Muslims and others — while speaking on NDA Govt’s performance over the last three years.PTI
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India must lift ban on social media in Kashmir, it impacts fundamental rights: UN
New Delhi: India must immediately revoke a ban on social media in J&K  to guarantee freedom of expression and seek a lasting solution to the decades-long conflict through democratic dialogue, UN said today.A statement released and published by the UN high commissioner for human rights said the gag was a “collective punishment” that didn’t meet the international standards for limiting free speech.“Scope of these restrictions has a significantly disproportionate impact on the fundamental rights of everyone in Kashmir, undermining the Govt’s stated aim of preventing dissemination of information that could lead to violence,” report, authored by 2 UN human rights experts, said.Anger has mounted in the Valley in recent months over a series of viral videos showing alleged human rights excesses by security forces, including a Kashmiri man tied to an army jeep. Hundreds of students and local residents have clashed with police and army personnel, a string of banks have been looted and stone pelting incidents have increased. On April 17, Govt banned 22 social media sites and applications, including Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp, in an attempt to stop people from spreading rumours and uploading controversial videos. But the ban has been largely ineffective as residents have circumvented the gag using virtual private networks (VPNs). The report said there were already an estimated 31 reported cases of social media and internet bans since 2012 in J&K , noting what seems to be a worrying pattern aimed at curbing protests and social unrest in the region.The experts noted that in 2016, UNHRC condemned such disruptions and called upon states to avoid them.“Denying such access disrupts the free exchange of ideas and the ability of individuals to connect with one another and associate peacefully on matters of shared concern,” said UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Michel Forst. hindustantimes
JK: Clashes between students and security forces break out in Anantnag, Baramulla
Srinagar:Clashes broke out today between student protesters and security forces in Anantnag and Baramulla districts of Kashmir, police said.Dozens of students from a Govt  higher secondary school in Dooru area of Anantnag district demonstrated against the alleged high-handedness of security forces during students’ protests last month in Pulwama district, a police official said.Some of the students started hurling stones at security forces deployed there compelling them to use force in an attempt to chase the protesters away.PTI
Kashmiri woman Footballer to stone-pelter: Why Afshan pick up rock?
On a Tuesday afternoon in late April, as the sun came out after days of unpredictable spring drizzle, there was a bustle of activity at Srinagar’s Tourist Reception Centre ground by the Jhelum river. Kashmiri women’s football team, whose players range in age from 12 to 22, bounded across the bright green grass during a practice session, under the watchful eyes of their 21-year-old coach, Afshan Ashiq.Ashiq, who trained at the prestigious National Institute of Sports in Patiala, is admired in Valley for her passion for the beautiful game, which she balances adeptly with her studies for a bachelor’s degree. For the year that she has been coaching the women’s team, she has earned praise both for her wards and for herself.But over the last fortnight, the promising footballer has been given a rather different tag – stone-pelter. A photograph of Ashiq hurling a stone at security forces during street protests in Srinagar on April 24 has gone viral. To many, image taken by a Reuters photographer of the young woman in a blue salwar kameez, her dupatta covering the lower half of her face as the ends of it flutter in the wind, is emblematic of of the frustration and despair that has gripped people in the Valley, especially the young.It is ironic. Until April 24, Ashiq was dead set against stone-pelting, warning her friends time and again not to use violence as a means of protest. She would explain to them why armed hostility could not possibly help Kashmir solve its problems. “In your desire for an Azad Kashmir, you are also creating a backward Kashmir,” she would tell them. But the events of a single afternoon induced her to act against her long-held belief. Scroll.in
Kulbhushan Jadhav: Hague hearings begin May 15, Pakistan Army says govt will respond
New Delhi: A day after it acted on an Indian petition and asked Pakistan to put on hold the execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav, International Court of Justice (ICJ) at The Hague announced it will hold public hearings on May 15 in the case of the retired Indian Navy officer who was convicted of espionage charges by a Pakistani military court.“The hearings will be devoted to the request for the indication of provisional measures submitted by India,” the ICJ said in a release.Earlier in the day, Pakistan PM  Nawaz Sharif and Army chief General Javed Bajwa discussed ICJ letter to Pakistan while Sartaj Aziz, Advisor to PM  , said they were “analysing” the Indian petition and “ICJ’s authority” in the case. indianexpress
India protests Canadian PM’s presence at ‘Khalsa Day’
New Delhi:India indicated that it has taken up the issue of Canadian PM Justin Trudeau’s attendance at aSikh community event in Toronto that saw a felicitation of separatist elements again, after earlier protests on similar issues appear to have gone unheeded by the Govt .“We have taken up such issues in the past with the Govt  of Canada, and in this particular instance, without getting into details, I can tell you the practice has not been discontinued,” said Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Gopal Baglay.On April 30, Trudeau addressed a parade for ‘Khalsa Day’, which included floats glorifying Sikh militant leaders Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, Amreek Singh and ex-General Shahbeg Singh who were killed in the siege of the Golden Temple and Operation Bluestar in June 1984.The procession, organised by the Ontario Sikhs and Gurdwara Council, also felicitated the legislator from Trudeau’s Liberal Party, Harinder Kaur Malhi who had moved a resolution on “genocide” against India for the anti-Sikh riots of November 1984, that was passed by the Ontario Assembly on April 6 this year.India had raised a strong protest after the vote (34-5), calling it a “misguided motion based on a limited understanding of India, its constitution, society, ethos, rule of law and its judicial process,”, with the Govt  expressing its unhappiness both with High Commission in Delhi, and with the Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan when he met with Defence Minister Arun Jaitley in Delhi on April 18. But the tussle between the Indian Govt  and the issue of Sikh groups in Canada is an ongoing one, say Indian diplomats. “This is an issue we will have to grapple with, not just in the provinces, but in the House of Commons, where many of these Sikh separatist groups believe they now have a sympathetic ear,” a former diplomat well-versed with the issues, told The Hindu, speaking of the election of the Liberal party to power. Party includes several prominent figures of separatist Sikh organisations as elected leaders. Canadian High Commission in Delhi refused to comment despite several requests. Trudeau is expected to visit India “late this year or early next year” according to Canada’s High Commissioner to India Nadir Patel, and the issues over the growth of Khalistani groups in Canada are likely to be highlighted further as other officials from Ottowa travel to India in the run-up to the Trudeau visit.Meanwhile, Sikh groups who participated in the Khalsa Day event accused India of trying to bring “economic pressure” on the Canadian Govt  by issuing statements over the event.   the hindu
Assam govt decision to disband Madrasa board slammed
Guwahati:  Assam Govt  decision to disband the stateMadrasa Board has drawn flak from Muslim minority organisations as they termed the move as "anti-Muslim". AIUDF has termed the decision as anti-Muslim and said that it will launch a state-wide agitation ifthe Govt goes ahead with the plan. "This move is RSS sponsored. And again shows the anti-Muslimattitude of the Govt and how a particular community is targeted for narrow political gains," Aminul Islam of AIUDF said. Sate Education Minister said in the assembly"To mainstream Madrasa education, we're disbanding Madrasa Education Directorate & making it partof Secondary Education Directorate." UNI
Adityanath can’t be prosecuted in Gorakhpur riots case: UP govt to HC
UP  has denied permission to prosecute the accused in the 2007 Gorakhpur riots that killed one person and injured several others, the state’s top legal officer told the Allahabad high court today.  CM Yogi Adityanath is among the accused for allegedly inciting violence through inflammatory speeches.The development came during hearing into a petition seeking an independent probe into the violence. UP’s advocate general Raghvendra Singh told the court that the case was politically motivated and that principal secretary (home) declined to grant sanction for prosecution.In 2008, an FIR was lodged by Parvez Parwaz in which he accused then local MP Adityanath, then city mayor Anju Chaudhri, then MLA Radha Mohan Agarwal and one more person of inciting communal violence.HT
High Court asks why UP Govt  delaying sanction to prosecute Adityanath for hate speech: The wire
Special tribunal upholds Centre's decision to ban IRF
Mumbai:The special tribunal, headed by Justice Sangeeta Dhingra, has upheld the ban enforced by the Centre on the IRF, headed by Zakir Naik, it has been revealed.Sources have told DNA that a notification has been issued by the after the tribunal upheld the Centre's decision to ban the organisation. Earlier, centre had declared IRF an outlawed organisation under UAPA. It has been banned for 5 years. A cabinet meeting presided by PM Narendra Modi approved a proposal to declare IRF as an 'unlawful association' under UAPA for 5 years, a Home Ministry official said. Dnaindia
NEET Dress Code Row: SIO Protests Outside CBSE
New Delhi: Demanding correction regarding dress code instructions of NEET exam aspirants according to court judgments, student organisation SIO protested in front of CBSE office and a delegation met the board authorities to hand over memorandum along with students' complaints. After picketing CBSE Head office here, Students Islamic Organisation (SIO) National secretaries Jaseem PP and Syed Azharuddinn met with Asst.Director Dr Bharadwaj and expressed their protest on shocking incidents of harassments and clear cut violation of Kerala high court judgement took place in the name of security and transparency in many NEET 2017 Exam centres across the country.In Memorandum, SIO accused that CBSE can't wash its hands off by simply taking action against teachers of Kannur incident, in which a female student was forced to remove her innerwear. "Students were forced to remove their head scarves to gain entry into exam halls," SIO national secretary Syed Azharuddin said. SIO said CBSE's actions had not only disrespected the faith of Muslim girls but also the dignity of girl students in the name of checking cheating."Many students are out there who denied permission to exam centres only because they put on headscarves. Some are forced to remove the same to get entry to exam halls. This is the clear cut violation of Kerala high court verdict last year", said a statement from SIO. NDTV
25 yrs after Babri fell, Mumbai riot victims’ give up hope
Mumbai: On the night of Dec.8, 1992, Burhan Parkar left his office on Cadell Road, in Mumbai’s Mahim area, in search of his nephew who had returned from Saudi Arabia just a week ago. There was tension in the air as the Babri Masjid had been demolished two days before. A huge mob of Muslims had gathered opposite St Michael’s Church, but the cops had calmed them down.Parkar was caught in the melee when stones suddenly rained down from the rooftops of buildings dotted along the road.“I felt a sudden sting in my left leg but thought that it must have been one of the stones. I walked a few paces and felt a rush of pain. I had been shot and could not move my bloodied leg,” recalled Parkar.An ambulance rushed him to hospital,where he found his nephew lying injured in one of the beds.“We both survived. However, number of people killed, be it Hindu or Muslim, our neighbours, friends, some of whom were burnt alive, is an unforgettable memory,” said Parkar.The demolition of the disputed Babri Masjid in Ayodhya, rocked city in Dec1992-Jan1993.The lawlessness culminated in dastardly serial bomb blasts on March 12, 1993 killing 257 people and injuring several others.The Supreme Court recently restored the charges of criminal conspiracy against senior BJP leaders LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, and Uma Bharti.SC’s actions, however, are unlikely to expedite the legal process in cases related to violence in the city.“To find witnesses and re-investigate the cases after 25 years is not going to be easy. However, now that the SC has intervened, it should also frame guidelines on handling riot cases,” says Shakil Ahmed, a lawyer-activist, who has been fighting for justice for riot victims. Many families tired of the long-drawn court battles are accepting defeat.“I have been running around courts, govt offices and police stations all these years. Last year, I had a slipped disc which restricted my movement. I am now even contemplating to withdraw case as we cannot go on fighting the legal battle,” said Tahir whose son was killed in the riots. HT
HC bench to hear Kashi temple, Gyanvapi mosque case
Lucknow: Allahabad high court on Wednesday allowed the amendment application filed in Kashi Vaishwanath temple-Gyanvapi mosque dispute and directed the court registry to list the two connected petitions before the appropriate bench.The order was passed by justice Sangeeta Chandra while hearing two writ petitions filed in decades-old dispute.In the petition filed by Anjuman Intazamia Masjid, Varanasi, the order passed by the lower court was challenged in which the court dismissed the application raising preliminary objection that the mandir-masjid dispute could not be adjudicated by a civil court as it was barred by the law.In another petition filed by Sunni Central Board of Waqf, the order passed by the additional district judge (ADJ), Varanasi, was challenged. Varanasi ADJ had dismissed an application in which the Waqf Board had requested that it should be added as a party to the suit.Sunni Central Board of Waqf pleaded that the dispute had already been decided by the district court in 1942. However, in Sept.1991, the Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act, 1991, was enacted and later the temple’s Trust filed a civil suit. In the suit filed by the temple Trust, Swayambhu Vishweshwarnath idol is one of the parties and it has been stated that the temple was built by Maharaja Vikramaditya about 2050 years ago. HT
Stop razing Masjids, Owaisi tells Chandrababu Naidu
Hyderabad: MIM president Asaduddin Owaisi has written to AP CM N. Chandrababu Naidu to take action against officials responsible for demolition of several mosques in AP over the past one year. In a letter to Naidu, Owaisi expressed concern at demolition of age-old mosques, under the pretext of road widening. He brought to the notice of CM  that the demolition of the centuries-old Masjid-e-Abu Bakr, Hazrat Hussain Shah Quadri and Syed Shah Quadri dargah and masjid, Jama Masjid, Hazrat Shah Zahoor Musafir Dargah, Tarapet Masjid and Jannatul Firdous graveyard in Vijayawada have been going on since May last year in the name of road widening works and construction of flyovers and bridges.He told CM that these arbitrary and uncalled-for and unnecessary demolitions of over four century–old mosques, dargahs and graveyards by Vijayawada Municipal Corporation and Krishna district authorities over the last year have caused unease among the Muslim community.He alleged that the authorities have resorted to these arbitrary demolitions in utter violation of laws and ignoring the pleas of AP Wakf Board and protests and resentment of local Muslims. In these cases the authorities wilfully ignored court orders also, he wrote. Deccan Chronicle.
Muslim wing of RSS planning Ayodhya march
Nagpur: Sangh Parivar is planning a march to Ayodhya with Muslims on the front.The move was discussed during a two-day meet of the organization's Muslim outfit Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM) at Haridwar last week. timesofindia
Ajmer excise dept won’t close liquor shop near mosque as no one has heard azaan
Ajmer: Excise dept in Rajasthan’s Ajmer city refused to act on a Muslim sect’s request to shift a liquor shop located in front of a mosque, saying the prayer house did not exist as no one has heard ‘azaan’ from the building. Dawoodi Bohra community, a Shia Muslim sect, said they had stopped the common practice of using loudspeakers for ‘azaan’, muezzin’s call for prayers, many years ago to avoid disturbing other communities, besides eliminating noise pollution. The incident came weeks after Bollywood playback singer Sonu Nigam sparked a nationwide debate after calling for a ban on loudspeakers for azaan as it disturbed his sleep.“Locals said they have not seen any community performing namaaz at the spot in the last 50-60 years. Also no azaan has ever been heard being called from the spot,” Ajmer north excise inspector DS Singh said in a letter to the secretary of Bohra Community Association.“The complaint seems baseless, imaginary, and based on political ill-will. If there is no azaan, there is no mosque,” it said. HT has a copy of the letter dated May 1. Bohra community has been demanding shifting the liquor shop, situated 50 yards from the mosque.We never thought that our decision taken long time back, not to use loud speaker for azaan...would be used by Govt  officials to denounce our mosque,” Mansoor Ali Bohra, a community leader, said on Wednesday. “It is disgusting.”When contacted, district excise officer NL Rathi said the matter will be investigated.“This is very imprudent on the part of excise inspector to send a letter citing illogical argument to denounce the claim that the building is not a mosque,’ he said.“...If he (the officer) has made this report to benefit the liquor vendor, strict action will be initiated against the inspector,” he added.5,000-strong Bohra community in Ajmer has only one mosque in the city.HT
Jaipur hotel closed over beef rumours remains shut despite court order: indianexpress
Jaipur: Jaipur hotel that was sealed around two months back over rumours of serving beef remains closed despite a court order, asking the Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC) to unlock it. The order followed a forensic report that established that the meat sample collected from Hotel Hayat Rabbani was not beef.The court observed that the damage the hotel owner, Naeemuddin Rabbani, suffered due to the JMC’s actions could not be compensated with money. “Court passed the order on April 29. We got it on May 3 and gave it to the JMC the same day I even have an acknowledgment receipt,” Rabbani said.
Alwar lynching: Investigating officer changed after Pehlu Khan’s kin complain:
Jaipur: Police have shifted the officer leading the investigation into the lynching of a Muslim dairy farmer last month by alleged cow vigilantes amid mounting criticism of the slow progress in a case that shocked the nation.Jaipur Police told HT on Thursday that the probe into Pehlu Khan’s death on April 1 near Alwar would be headed by a more senior officer.“I have transferred the investigation of the case from the deputy superintendent of police to additional Superintendent of Police of Jaipur Rural police district in the larger interest of the case,” said Jaipur Range IG of police Hemant Priyadarshy. He said there was also a request for change of IO from the family of Pehlu Khan.“This does not mean that the investigation was not in the right direction,” he added. “I am monitoring the case on a daily basis and am satisfied with the investigation so far.” ASP (Kotputli) Ram Swaroop Sharma will now rpobe the case of Pehlu’s death instead of DSP Behror Parmal Singh Gurjar.HT
Justice Karnan moves SC seeking recall of conviction order; CJI Khehar to consider his plea
Justice C S Karnan, the Calcutta High Court judge, today, moved the Supreme Court seeking a recall of an order holding him guilty of contempt of court.The SC had ordered his arrest and sentenced him to a 6-month jail term.A petition for the recall was mentioned before a 5-judge bench headed by Chief Justice JS Khehar. Bench agreed to look into the same.ABP
Justice Karnan may be in Nepal or Bangladesh, preparing to petition President to avoid arrest: Aide
Former Bengal governor Gopal Gandhi may be opposition’s choice as presidential candidate
New Delhi: Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson and former governor of West Bengal Gopal Krishna Gandhi may emerge as the opposition’s candidate in the upcoming presidential election that will be held in July.Gandhi’s name has come up in internal discussions of opposition parties and according to a news report, preliminary discussions with him have also taken place.In a rare show of unity, arch rivals CPI(M) and Trinamool Congress, which has more than 64,000 votes, are also backing Gandhi’s candidature.“Gandhi will be the first and possibly the only choice for Mamata (Banerjee). She had earlier batted for Gandhi as the vice-president candidate,” sources close to the West Bengal CM said.Banerjee is scheduled to meet Congress president Sonia Gandhi next week to chalk out the strategy for the presidential election. HT
Faced communal slur from senior for first time in my career, Youth Affairs Joint Director Atif complains
New Delhi: In two official letters, a Joint Director at the Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS), an autonomous body under Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, has complained about what he calls his senior’s “communal, biased and divisive mentality.”In an email sent to LK Gupta, Joint Secretary, Dept of Youth Affairs, Joint Director Chaudhary M Atif has alleged that Maj Gen Dilawar Singh, DG, NYKS, told him during a meeting that his (Atif”s) “heart beats on religious lines only.”In the email, dated Jan.9, 2017, Atif wrote:“Never in professional life have I experienced such a communal comment from any of my seniors or my colleagues.” Atif said: “I hope justice will be done. That is why I am pursuing the matter.”Singh, when contacted, denied the allegations and said he had “great respect for Islam and Muslims.”Indian Express
Mayawati called Muslim traitor: Expelled leader Siddiqui
New Delhi:A day after being expelled from the BSP, Muslim leader Naseemuddin Siddiqui today hit out at party Mayawati for insulting people of his community. Siddiqui said that he and his son was expelled from the party on false allegations.“ Mayawati called me and asked why the Muslim community did not vote for BSP. She also called our community traitor,” said Siddiqui. He added that Mayawati also insulted Kanshiram. “Later she also insulted other community and abused Kanshiram,” said Siddiqui.He was  earlier removed as the party in-charge of UP  and was appointed as the MP unit in-charge after assembly poll debacle. indianexpress
Naseemuddin who enjoyed Mayawati’s trust for decades
How can he be trusted if he records, tampers my calls: Mayawati on Naseemuddin’s expulsion
AAP steps up anti-EVM protest, blocks road outside Election Commission office
New Delhi: Hundreds of AAP workers on Thursday blocked a road outside the Election Commission HQRS in New Delhi protesting against alleged tampering of EVMs and demanding use of VVPAT-equipped EVMs for future elections. Delhi Minister and AAP leader Gopal Rai, who is among the protesters, said “manipulation” of EVMs was “killing democracy”. “We demand that the questions that have been raised regarding EVMs are resolved. Questions were raised in UP, Maharashtra and Punjab etc, so we want to appeal to the ECI that they give us their machine and we will show them by hacking it. Secondly, we want that the Supreme Court’s 2013 order of conducting elections by VVPAT should be implemented, and third, voting machine and the slips should be tallied,” Rai was quoted as saying by ANI.ANI
If Hindu Rashtra becomes reality, Indian Muslims should get 'Pakistan': Shahi Imam of Tipu Sultan mosque
Kolkata: Maulana Nurur Rehman Barkati, the Shahi Imam of Tipu Sultan mosque, has threatened to wage 'jihad' in the country if India is declared a 'Hindu Rashtra'."If namaz, azaan, Quran and Shariat law are banned then jihad will begin," Imam Barkati said while speaking to reporters."Why would this nation be a 'Hindu Rashtra', why can't it be a 'Muslim Rashtra'. Why can't the 25-30 crore Muslim population of India be given Pakistan, we will fight for Pakistan," the Shahi Imam of Tipu Sultan Mosque said."If 'Hindu Rashtra' becomes a reality and azaan, cow meat, Quran are prohibited, then we will not spare you and even PM  Narendra Modi," he warned. When asked to elaborate on his 'jihad' terminology, Imam Barkati said, "In jihad everything will be finished, as it is happening in Afghanistan and across the world," adding that "we have been practising jihad for the last 100 years".Zee news
Using red beacon is my right: Imam of Tipu Sultan Masjid
WORLD
Trump to meet Muslim leaders in Arab-Islamic-American Summit on 20 May
King Abdullah II of Jordan, Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and Niger's Mahamadou Issoufou are among leaders invited by Saudi King Salman for a summit with US President Donald Trump.Arab-Islamic-American Summit will be among a series of talks expected to be held in Riyadh on 20-21 May, Saudi officials said. Trump has frequently been accused of fuelling Islamophobia but aides described his decision to visit Saudi Arabia as an effort to reset relations with the Muslim world. There will also be a separate meeting between monarchs of the 6-nation Gulf Cooperation Council and Trump, as well as bilateral talks between the Saudi and US leaders, Riyadh's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir has said. In addition to heads of state from Jordan, Algeria and Niger, Saudi Press Agency reported that Salman asked Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi and Morocco's King Mohammed VI to attend.The leaders of Turkey, Pakistan, Iraq and Tunisia have also received invitations, Arab News daily reported.AFP
Saudi King invites Abbas to Muslim summit with Trump
Mosques, churches in West Bank unite to support hunger striking prisoners
Today at noon, church bells will ring and the sound of Allahu Akbar  will be heard from the minarets of mosques across the occupied West Bank in support of hunger striking Palestinian prisoners. The media committee of Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees’ Affairs, as well as the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club, announced the move yesterday in coordination with Dr. Hanna Issa, the head of the Islamic-Christian Commission in Support of Jerusalem and Holy Sites, and Palestinian Minister of Waqf and Religious Affairs, Youssef Ideiss.It added that this is a call for the international community to move to save the prisoners and to provide international protection for them, as their health deteriorates. middleeastmonitor
Israeli police shot 20 bullets at innocent 16-yr-old Palestinian girl alleging knife attack
Jerusalem: Israeli Police shot dead a 16-year-old Palestinian girl for allegedly attacking with a knife at Damascus Gate in Jerusalem on Sunday.Ma’an news agency reported that Fatima Afif Abed al-Rahman Hajiji from Qarawat Bani Zeid, north of Ramallah was shot dead by Israeli border police. According to the statements of the witnesses, there was no lethal weapon with the girl. It was only a false propaganda. However, Israeli Police spokesperson, Micky Rosenfeld justified the killing and said that it was an act of self-defense.It is reported that about 20 bullets were shot at the girl. siasat
Hamas backed Al-Wafaa Islamic Bloc wins Birzeit University elections in West Bank
A student group ideologically aligned with Hamas has won the most seats for the third year in a row in an election held at Birzeit University in the occupied West Bank. Al-Wafaa Islamic Bloc won 25 of the 51 seats in Wednesday's student council election, with Fatah-aligned Martyr Yasser Arafat party winning 22. The last general election held among Palestinians was the parliamentary vote in 2006, in which Hamas won a majority. Fatah's refusal to recognise the result ended in divided rule among Palestinians in the occupied territories, with Hamas administering the Gaza Strip and Fatah ruling the West Bank in conjunction with Israeli forces. aljazeera
Shia jihadists paid more than professors in Iraq
In Iraq, reports have emerged that indicate that violent and largely uneducated Shia extremists are being paid higher salaries than university professors.The monthly salaries earned by Shia jihadists fighting under the authority of the state-sanctioned but Iran-backed Popular Mobilisation Forces, known as the Hashd Al-Sha’abi in Arabic, has ensured the continuation of the militias dominance across Iraq and its ability to draw recruits for higher pay than they would get elsewhere in more intellectually demanding jobs. middleeastmonitor
FLASH: NEWS & VIEWS
Nikahnamas that bar triple talaq could work much better than making the practice illegal: Faizan Mustafa, V-C
2 engineers, 3 years and tampered EVMs: Why Election Commission has a lot to answer: Siddhant Mohan
Peace in Palestine? Kallol Bhattacherjee, The Hindu
Gujarat riot victim Bilkis Bano moved 20 homes in 15 years but never lost her faith in justice:Nishita Jha
Sexual violence against women in riots and other mass crimes is being ‘normalised’: Syeda Hameed,Salina Wilson
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