Sunday, 21 May 2017

Evening NEWS DIGEST
INDIA: DALIT STIR, ATROCITIES, LAWLESSNESS  
Bhim Army founder Chandrashekhar, thousands of Dalit activists assemble at Delhi's Jantar Mantar to protest against caste-based violence
New Delhi: Protests have intensified against caste disturbances in Saharanpur, UP and thousands of Dalit activists led by Bhim army gathered at Jantar Mantar in Delhi on Sunday. Various Dalit groups and their members gathered at the protest site on Sunday, despite being denied permission by the Delhi Police. Bhim Army founder Chandrashekhar, who is wanted by UP  Police for allegedly trying to instigate people, was also present at the event.Slogans were raised against casteist exploitation and atrocities on the basis of caste.News reports further claimed that Gujarat youth Dalit leader Jignesh Mawani and former JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar were among those who joined the protesters.Security in New Delhi has been increased after Dalit activists threatened to launch a protest in the National Capital despite the  denial of permission by Delhi Police. "They have not taken prior permission but we will not remove them forcefully. We will wait and watch until they do it peacefully," DCP New Delhi told media on Sunday.  In preparation of the unlikely unrest, Delhi Police has imposed prohibitory order in New Delhi. Barricades have been put in and around Parliament. Paramilitary force along with armed police and district unit deployed. Top leaders of Bhim Army have been running a mass mobilisation effort in Western UP to ensure that thousands reach Delhi on May 21 to protest against alleged atrocities against Dalits. Chandrashekhar Azad, wanted for his alleged involvement in the clashes between police and Dalit protesters on May 9 released a short audio message where he appealed to all "fellow advocates" and those who believe in Ambedkar's ideology to be present at Jantar Mantar in the national capital on Sunday. According to officials in Delhi, permission has been sought for a crowd of 50,000, but that many more are expected, due to which permission could not be given.In a letter, the deputy commissioner of police of New Delhi district BK Singh expressed fears that more than 50,000 would be present while he denied permission for holding the protest."Jantar Mantar for dharna or demonstration cannot accommodate such a large gathering (50,000 people). There is some intelligence that the gathering will be higher than the intimation given by you," the letter addressed to the organisers read.News Nation
Saharanpur violence: Jantar Mantar turns into sea of blue as thousands of Dalits gather to protest

Thousands of Dalits protest near Parliament House
Dalits rally up at Jantar Mantar in Delhi to protest against UP govt's 'inaction' in Saharanpur caste violence
UP: Dalits allege biased police action after caste clashes, threaten conversion to Islam
Aligarh: About 49 Dalit families of a village in western UP  threatened on Sunday to embrace Islam in protest against alleged partisan police action after violent caste clashes that wounded more than 10 people. These families in Keshopur-Jafri village of Aligarh district immersed idols of Hindu deities in a public pond in a symbolic step to highlight their intention to switch religion should the alleged harassment by upper-caste Thakurs and police continue. Dalit villagers alleged that police were harassing them after the confrontation with Thakurs. “Though we lodged complaints with the district administration, officials failed to take action. So we decided to embrace Islam. Today we immersed idols of deities in the village pond in protest,” said Chandra Veer Jatav.Fellow Dalit Hari Singh Jatav accused Thakurs and police of harassing them together. “Our children and women are not going out in fear. So we decided to convert. Police have slapped wrong sections of the IPC on Dalits. If this injustice is not stopped, we will embrace Islam on Friday.” hindustantimes
Dalits in Lucknow protest, threaten to embrace Buddhism
Karnataka tribe, long forced to eat leftovers from upper-caste homes, with hair, nails, arrived at beef out of need
The kuchcha house with its brick tile roof in Hosadu village of Karnataka’s Udupi district stands out for the BR Ambedkar poster that covers almost half its length. On the night of April 24, though, it wasn’t the poster that led the attackers to it. A girl of the house was getting engaged the next day and, post-midnight, the preparations were still on. As the bride-to-be sat surrounded by giggling cousins discussing the mehndi and other festivities, in another corner, men were preparing beef to be served at the next day’s meal. More than 40 people hung around. Eventually the party would be scaled down, to a hundred people, from the 300 they were expecting. Around 12.30 am that night, a mob attacked the house and beat up three tribals for killing a cow at their home.But, says Shakuntala, the owner of the house, for Koraga tribals like her, the festivities couldn’t have been complete without beef. A total of eight families live in Hosadu’s Ganadamakki Koraga Colony. “Initially, we Koragas ate the meat of dead cows. But later the Govt  banned this. Now we purchase cow or male calf and sometimes people from other castes give them to us as gifts to eat. On April 24, we were preparing the cow meat for engagement, as it happens at functions organised by our families, when they attacked,” says Shakuntala.However, the 42-year-old, of a tribe that has long lived on the scraps of upper castes, at the edges of villages and towns, decided not to let the attackers get away.On the basis of her complaint, police filed a case against a gang of 13, including Sunil Poojari, Chandrakanth Poojari, Gururaja Acharya and 10 others, for attacking the tribals. ‘Gau rakshaks’, in turn, filed a complaint with police against the residents of the Hosadu house for slaughtering a cow. All, including the cow vigilantes and tribals, are out on bail.Karnataka’s Prevention of Cow Slaughter and Cattle Preservation Act says a cow can be slaughtered in the state only if it is certified as suffering from a disease, or for research at a Govt-recognised institute. It also prohibits anyone from selling or disposing of a cow, if they have knowledge it would be slaughtered. Koragas, in turn, say that they stumbled upon beef more out of necessity. For long, like many other aspects of their lives, what the Koragas eat has been determined by their place in the social hierarchy.One of the most neglected tribes in India, they are on the Centre’s list of primitive tribal groups. The 2011 Census put their numbers at 14,794 in Karnataka, with around 2,000 more in Kerala. Very few among the community are educated, and most of them work as daily wagers or sweepers or weave baskets for a living. Many Koragas, including Shakuntala, have grown up with the memory of collecting food mixed with human hair, nails and other such material from upper caste homes. The upper castes forced this superstition, called Ajalu, on the Koragas as they believed that any illnesses in their families would be transferred to the tribals if they consumed the food. In 2000, Govt  banned the practice through a legislation.Bogra Koraga, the head of the Koraga Samiti in Udupi, says the practice still continues since police turn a blind eye to it. According to him, beef became a part of the Koraga diet when they started to migrate into hamlets around Dakshina Kannada and Udupi from the forests a few centuries ago. Shakuntala says that over the years, mixing of human hair and nails by upper castes in their food stopped as the younger Koragas revolted. But the practice of collecting food from upper caste homes continued. indianexpress
We’ve suffered their slavery, why should our children? Dalit of Sagga village in Haryana’s Karnal district
“Hamne to ghulami sah li, par bachche kyon karen jab bhagwan ne unhe rojgar diya hai (We have suffered slavery, but why should our children tolerate this when they have jobs, with the grace of God)?” says Phool Singh, 65, a Dalit of Sagga village in Haryana’s Karnal district.He has been emboldened by that one act of his son Somvir Singh — to ride a mare on his wedding day on March 3 and do the ghurchari, a pre-wedding ritual where the groom sets off on a procession to the village temple or the well to pray. The procession had turned violent that day, with the upper-caste Rajputs of the village clashing with the Dalits, an incident that was raised in the state Assembly and led to police being deployed in the village for a month after.Sagga, 15 km from Karnal town, is a village of 6,500 people, with the Rajputs making up 60 %  of the population. Like in other villages in these parts, there is a separate well for the Dalits while the other villagers share a common well. “Two years ago, the upper castes had thrown a Valmiki youth off the mare. After that, no Dalit had dared to perform the ghurchari,” says Phool Singh.Then his son Somvir decided to challenge that. So at 7 pm on March 3, 29-year-old slipped into a black suit, wore a red turban, straddled a white mare and set off in a buggy to the community well of the Dalits.Somvir, who works as an executive assistant in a govt-administered cooperative society in the neighbouring town of Kurukshetra, says the upper castes started threatening the buggy owner much before the procession set off, telling him the Dalits were not allowed to perform ghurchari. “They did not want me to ride a horse up to our well, which is just 200 metres from our house,” he says. “When our procession finally began, a Rajput youth jumped at me with a stick in his hand, but our community members stopped him. Then, they cut off electricity to our part of the village. After some elders intervened, we decided to postpone the ghurchari for following morning.”Next day, with members of Dalit organisations rushing to Sagga to support Somvir, his ghurchari procession set off under police protection. “But when I was returning after the ghurchari, the Rajputs attacked us again. Some of our vehicles were damaged and the DJ party ran away,” he recalls.Somvir’s mother Chanderpati says, “I hid my son in our Ravidas temple to protect him.” Later, Somvir went to the house of his bride Meenu Bhoria, in Ambala, accompanied by a police team, and completed the wedding rituals.On March 6, his father Phool Singh named 42 Rajputs for attacking their family and stopping them from performing Somvir’s ghurchari. indianexpress
Bhopal: Widow tries to kill self after Dalit BJP leader’s suicide over 'humiliating by local party leaders'
Bhopal/Raisen: Rinki Poriya, the widow of a local Dalit BJP leader in Raisen district tried to end her life on Saturday over the delay in investigating the charge that her husband killed himself after being embarrassed by local party leaders.Sharad Poriya (32) had committed suicide a fortnight ago after a video of him apologizing and touching feet of a rival BJP leader was widely shared on social media. Sources said the BJP was faction-ridden in Udaypura area of Raisen district.Poriya had allegedly fought with Manish Singh Rajput, another BJP leader and others over a religious procession in April. Later, local MLAs and the BJP high command tried to sort out the issue and reportedly asked Poriya to apologise by touching the feet of the leaders in a room secretly. Some party members shot a video of it and later posted it on social media and WhatsApp which embarrassed Poriya.For the past 15-days, Rinki was trying to register a case against the BJP leaders for abetment to suicide but police allegedly did not take any action.HT
BJP Leader Yeddyurappa Orders Food From Hotel At Dalit's Home, Faces Untouchability Charge
Karnataka BJP  leader, BSYeddyurappa, has been mired in a controversy after ordering food from outside during his visit to a dalit's home.Yeddyurappa along with some other party leaders had visited Hanumanthaiah's home in Gubbi taluk of Tumakuru district on May 18 where the latter had prepared breakfast for the guests, however, the leader ordered idlis and vadas from a nearby hotel, reported TOI. He has now been accused of practicing untouchability. A man named D Venkatesh from Mandya has filed a police complaint against him.outlook
Hyderabad HC junks orders cancelling land given to Dalit farmers
Hyderabad: The Hyderabad high court has come to the rescue of 3 Dalit farmer families who were being harassed by the revenue authorities for the last 4-and-half decades. The revenue officials had been trying to take back the tiny extent of five acres allotted to the farmers in 1961, but the court held that the land rightfully belongs to the three families and termed invalid all the cancellation orders. timesofindia
Jharkhand lynching: Anger brews in village of dead, Muslim protesters clash with police
Haldipokhor: Men gathered in a huddle well past midnight, family members debating what to do next, dark and deserted lanes, and no policemen or political leaders in sight — there is fear and anger in this Muslim village 18 km from Jamshedpur city. In the mayhem of Thursday night when tribal mobs went on a rampage over rumours of child snatching, three men of Haldipokor and a visitor were among the 6 lynched. Cattle traders Naim (35), Sheikh Sajju (25), Sheikh Siraj (26) and Sheikh Halim (28) were chased for close to 2 hours before being beaten to death in the tribal-dominated area of Rajnagar. The family members received their bodies on Saturday. “Had police listened to us and taken action, this would not have happened. I kept calling them,” says Syed Zabiullah, the gram panchayat pradhan of Haldipokhor, pointing out that the men who managed to escape were caught later and beaten up by the mob. On Saturday, Muslim protesters clashed with police in different parts of Jamshedpur town, and have called for a shutdown. Police had to resort to lathicharge and teargas shelling, as agitators pelted stones and bricks, blocked roads and tried to down shutters of shops and business outlets. Zabiullah asked why no arrests had been made. “We gave pictures and videos of those involved in the killings to the police. They are known faces and we have identified some. But we do not know why they have not been arrested. This incident will create a divide in the society,” he warns. The four dead were Muslims, while the accused are all tribals. Community members have refused Rs 2 lakh compensation offered by the Govt  and submitted a long list of demands, including Rs 25 lakh each as relief, Govt  jobs to families of the victims, a ration shop and anganwadi centre in the village, houses under Central Govt  schemes, apart from immediate arrest.No political leaders have visited Haldipokhor so far, and the villagers submitted a memorandum to the CM  through the district administration on Saturday. indianexpress
Jharkhand lynching: Communal tensions prevail in Jamshedpur region, curfew remains in some parts
Jharkhand lynching: Community leaders, activists blame ‘curse of social media’
Jharkhand lynching: Amid WhatsApp rumours, tribals stopped school, outdoors for kids
UP: Exodus of Sambhal Nandrauli’s Muslims continues
Nandrauli:25-year-old Arif Ali is unable to come to terms with the fact that people he has spent his whole life with, burnt down his house and all his possessions.Along with many other Muslim houses in the small hamlet of Nandrauli in Sambhal district of UP, Ali’s house was attacked by a mob of from the Yadav community after a Muslim youth and a Yadav girl eloped on May 10.“It is understandable that one would get angry in a village when a recently married girl, who was about to leave for her in-laws place, elopes with a man of another religion. But why would you attack, loot and burn houses of people who had nothing to do with the elopement?” wonders Ali, a daily wage labourer.A week after the incident fear still stalks the Muslims in this small village where they are an extreme minority. The number has dwindled further as a majority of them fled after the May 11 attack. Ali said out of 50 Muslims households, only around 10-15 were staying due to pressure from the police, who have been deployed in the village. “All of us are planning to leave because there can be more attacks. The Yadavs are extremely angry as 14 of them have been arrested on charges of rioting, looting and arson,” he added.Ansar Ali, in his late forties whose house was not attacked, told The Hindu that “Muslims had lived in peace and there had not been a single communal clash in the village. But this elopement and also the patronage of the local BJP MLA Raju Yadav, to the angry Yadavs has something to do with the attack,” he alleged. thehindu
‘Jungle Raj’? UP’s Bijnor sees Muslim exodus, police torture cited as reason
“We were sipping our tea. Suddenly we heard gunshots and the next moment, 3 people were lying in front of us. Dead. We did not even throw a single stone at them. How could they come and kill us like that?” says Zareena of Paida village of Bijnor in Western UP. Zareena’s father, brother and brother-in-law, all were killed by Jat community last year. The village is seeing an exodus of Muslim families, and at least on first impressions, the blame does not lie on right-wing parties. This step taken by the families is more due to the continuous police torture, especially the way they handled a small violent incident last year. When one enters the village, it can be seen clearly that several homes belonging to the Muslim community are marked as – “This house is for sale. We are leaving the house because Police tortures us”.In September last year, Bijnor faced violence over a eve-teasing case in the aftermath of which goons from Jat community killed three Muslim men from the Paida village. Those who got killed belonged to the family of girl who was allegedly harassed. Mausam Chadhary, a BJP worker and husband of current Bijnor MLA Suchi Chaudhari, wereput behind the bars in this case with several others.During UP election in February, a boy named Vishal from accused Jat side was killed, and Muslims were blamed for his death. Seeing the complexity of matter, the then Akhilesh govt gave the whole case to CBCID. In CBCID’s probe, 8 individuals from Muslim community were named in FIR.And the story of exodus starts from here.In just last 5 days, after the named FIR was lodged, the Police administration has pressurised the common residents of the Paida village so much that there are new stories of harassment on a daily basis. It must be pointed out that the police’s pressure for arrest is not the issue here, rather it is the way they are dealing with the rest of the village that shows a clear case of ‘anti-community’ action.As per the allegations of the residents of Paida, the Police took 3 bikes parked outside the houses. A young women Khurshida was beaten mercilessly by a lady constable when she refused to hand out the key to one of the bikes. TwoCircles

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'Ghar Wapsi' for 22 Muslims in UP's Faizabad:ANI
Faizabad (UP):  Nearly 2 dozen people, all of them Muslims, from Uttar Peadesh's Faizabad have accepted Hindu religion following proper rituals and traditionAll those Muslims who have accepted Hinduism belong to Ambedkar Nagar district. The crowd includes women and children as well. It is being said that their ancestors were Hindus, and about 20 to 25 years ago, all these people had adopted Muslim religion for some reason.After performing all the required rituals, these people have been given the initiation of Hinduism.The entire program was done in a very secretive manner at an Aryasamaj Temple.RSS Kailash Chandra Srivastava performed the process of conversion."All those, who were converted to Hindu religion, left Islam without being lured," Srivastava said.ANI
Over 250 Muslim prisoners on hunger strike in a MP jail for restricting home food during Ramzan: freepressjournal
Ujjain : Over 250 Muslim inmates of Bhairavgrah jail went on a hunger strike from Saturday after the Govt  of Madhya Pradesh restricted the practice of bringing in home food for prisoners during the month of Ramzan. Jail authorities tried to talk it out with the prisoners till late evening, but the prisoners refused to eat until their demands were met. Muslim prisoners will also observe ‘roza’ or fast during Ramzan.Jail superintendent Gopal Tamrakar said “we tried to calm them down, but they were adamant and threatened that their demands must be met before the Ramzan started or they would continue their strike.”
Restrictions imposed in parts of Srinagar ahead of separatists rally
Srinagar: Authorities on Sunday imposed restrictions in parts of Srinagar ahead of a rally by the separatists.Most of the separatist leaders, including Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Syed Ali Shah Geelani are under house arrest.The restrictions have been imposed in 5 police station areas of the city as a precautionary measure to prevent any untoward incident, DM , Srinagar, Farooq Ahmad Lone, said in Srinagar. The separatists called for a march to the Eidgah to commemorate the death anniversary of Mirwaiz Mohammad Farooq, father of moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and another Hurriyat leader Abdul Gani Lone. Meanwhile, normal life was affected elsewhere in the Valley due to a strike called by the separatists. PTI
NIA quizzes 3 Hurriyat leaders
Srinagar: NIA questioned three Hurriyat leaders on Saturday to investigate the role of Pakistan-based terrorist organisations in fuelling unrest in the Kashmir valley.Sources said that the NIA team questioned Nayeem Khan, Farooq Ahmed Dar alias 'Bitta Karate' and Gazi Javed Baba, who had featured in a news channel sting operation where they allegedly confessed that Lashkar provides funds to Hurriyat to carry out subversive activities in Kashmir. Timesofindia
Govt will find permanent solution toKashmir issue:Rajnath
New Delhi : Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that the ruling NDA Govt  will find a permanent solution to the Kashmir issue. His assertion came amid continued unrest in the valley.“Despite our several efforts to build friendship with them, Pakistan did not understand our initiative. Today also, they try to destabilise India by fomenting trouble in Kashmir,” said Singh according to news agency ANI.
4 militants killed, 3 soldiers lost their lives in J-K's Naugam encounter: PTI
Srinagar: 4 militants were killed in a fierce encounter that began along the LoC in the Naugam sector in north Kashmir on Saturday in which 3 Army jawans also lost their lives. The gun battle had ensued when alert Army jawans had foiled an infiltration bid by the militants.“2 more terrorists were killed today while another soldier attained martyrdom,” an Army official said.Overall, the number of militants killed in the encounter had risen to 4, while 3 soldiers attained martyrdom in the operation, he said.“The sanitisation operation is on along the LoC,” the official said adding that four weapons and other war-like stores had been recovered from the encounter site.Two militants were killed and two soldiers had lost their lives on Saturday in the encounter.
J&K: Locked out — NIA seeks US help to crack militant’s iPhone
Srinagar:iPhones are not a fad only among wealthy youth, they are also prized possessions among militants in Kashmir Valley. These high-end mobile phones, with their near-foolproof security features, enable them to elude security forces.The security forces realised this while pursuing LeT operational commander Abu Dujana.LeT commander, in his late twenties, is believed to be a “skilful gadget freak”, dodging the round-the-clock cyber monitoring of counter-insurgency operations. Dujana is the brain behind introducing the iPhone as “a security cover for LeT’s inner circle” in the Kashmir Valley.On Valentine’s Day this year, a special team of the security agencies came close to nabbing Dujana when the car he was travelling in was intercepted in Pulwama district of south Kashmir. However, militant, with his hallmark Balti haggard-and-thin beard and long flowing hair, got down from the car, opened fire at the special team and managed to escape, sources said.However, Dujana left his iPhone7 behind, a window for the security agencies into LeT’s command-control structure within and outside the Valley. However, that window is firmly shut.“For days, we used every local techie’s help to break the phone’s lock. We failed because the phone provides layers of security cover for consumers. We could see an emerging trend among militants to avoid other brands of phones but not iPhones due to its security features,” said a counter-insurgency top official.Sources said the local police then turned to the NIA for help to break into the phone.“In March, the iPhone7 was sent to New Delhi and Hyderabad to the lab so it could be unlocked. the hindu
Sabarmati blast Truth prevailed, says acquitted Wani’s father
New Delhi: For Ghulam Mohammad Wani acquittal of his son Gulzar Ahmad Wani in a terror case after spending 16 years in jail is a ‘victory of truth’.“Today’s verdict means justice is still alive in India,” 62-year-old Ghulam said over phone from Lucknow, after a sessions court in UP  absolved Gulzar of all charges in the Sabarmati Express blast case. “Truth has finally prevailed.” Ghulam had come to Barabanki in UP from his village in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district to attend the court proceedings that declared his son a free man. hindustantimes
India ranks below Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Nepal, in healthcare index, says report: indianexpress
New Delhi: A report published on Thursday by Global Burden of Disease in The Lancet has revealed that India has recorded a poor health care index than several neighbouring Asian nations, including Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and China in last 25 years. Data, in the report, takes a look at 195 countries, between the years 1990-2015, and assesses the measuring mortality rates from 32 diseases which should not be fatal in presence of effective medical care. The results have revealed that India, in spite of socio-economic growth in the given time-period, has not managed to achieve its goals in health care dept.As per the report, India’s health care index has seen an increase of 14.1 in last 25 years, going up from 30.7 in 1990 to 44.8 in 2015, but the numbers are much lesser than Sri Lanka (72.8), Bangladesh (51.7), Bhutan (52.7) and Nepal (50.8). The report shows that India has performed the worst in preventing deaths by Neonatal disorders, with an index rate of 14.
Kerala: Muslim girl who scored 1180/1200 in HSS exam commits suicide
Kannur: It was a proud moment for the Maloor village in Kannur when Rafseena of Sivapuram Higher Secondary School scored a record 1,180 marks out of 1,200 in the higher secondary results published on Monday. However, now the villagers are mourning her as she was found hanging in her house at 4.45 p.m. on Wednesday unable to bear the humiliation of a different kind that she suffered from the publicity she gained.She left a suicide note which, according to the police, hinted at the fact that she was depressed by the reports of her poor background which she had hidden from her classmates.Rafseena was living in a single-room house at Maloor Nittaramb Laksham Veedu colony along with her mother Rahmath, a daily wage labourer, and 2 siblings.Abootty is her father. deccan chronicle
About 5% of the students in Bengal's madrasahs are Hindus or non-Muslims
Kolkata: In the 2017 batch of the West Bengal Board of Madrasah Education's (WBBME) Class XII Board exam, 2,287 or about 4.38% of the total number of 52,115 students were Hindus. Between 2013 and 2017, on average, 4.8% Hindu students took the exam.“We have 512 High Madrasahs [up to Class X] and Junior High Madrasahs [up to Class VIII] affiliated to the WBBME, which have about seven to eight lakh students. I can tell you about 5% of the students are Hindus,” Abid Hussain, president of the Madrasah Board, told The Hindu.7 subjects are taught in these madrasahs — Bengali/Urdu, English, Maths, Physical Science,Life Science, History and Geography — apart from Arabic and Islam Parichat. thehindu
Maharashtra Waqf Board increases salary of imams threefold to Rs 1,500
Maharashtra State Board Of Waqf has finally increased the remuneration given to all Imams of the registered mosques by threefold. Earlier, the Imams across the state were earning a meagre sum of Rs 500, but following the decision, it has been increased to Rs 1,500. timesofindia
NCTC: 5 yrs on, Centre takes first step towards reviving controversial umbrella anti-terror body
New Delhi: Union Govt  has taken its first concrete step towards reviving the controversial National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC), an all-encompassing body of Indian security agencies, to counter terror threats.Union home secretary Rajiv Mehrishi held an hour-long meeting with IB chief Rajiv Jain and NIA head Sharad Kumar on Thursday to discuss the structure and legal framework of the NCTC.Sources said the new body may be designed as an umbrella outfit encompassing all intelligence agencies – such as IB, NIA, RAW, NTRO, National Intelligence Grid and NSG.Agency chiefs will report to the NCTC head, who could be a four-star general.“The home secretary sought the views of IB as well as the NIA because they will play a pivotal role in the NCTC when it is formed,” said a home ministry official on the condition of anonymity. States would be consulted after negotiations with central stakeholders are completed, he added.The official said having the NIA under the NCTC’s ambit would allow the new body to prosecute terror suspects without having to depend on a separate legal framework. “NIA is already empowered to investigate and prosecute terror suspects across the country. Making a 4-star general NCTC head is one of the proposals under discussion.”However, IB was reportedly uncomfortable with the idea of a new Govt  body usurping its position as the country’s main internal counter-terror agency. Hindustantimes
Milk, milk products-only iftars by RSS Muslim wing in UP
Lucknow RSS’s Muslim wing will organise iftars on Fridays in UP  this Ramzan and serve only cow milk and its products to drive home message of ‘save the cow’ and that consumption of its meat invites diseases. Mahiraj Dhwaj Singh, co-convenor  of Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM) for UP  and Uttarakhand, said it is for the “first time” that people who observe roza (fast), will be ending it with a glass of cow’s milk. PTI
Lakhs of Muslims ready for Kar Seva, Ram Temple; Govt should bring out rule on triple talaq, polygamy, maintenance, excessive children: Indresh Kumar
Ask Indresh Kumar why the Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM), an affiliate of the RSS, is headed by a Hindu, and the MRM head insists that he is “just a patron”. “A team of 35 central office­bearers are Muslims. Even the national convener is a Muslim. The whole committee is Muslim.” Founded in Dec.2002, MRM calls itself a group of nationalist Muslims with a presence in 25 states with some 10,000 active karyakartas and aims at bringing the Muslims closer to the RSS. Its activities include convincing Muslim religious leaders to hoist the national flag from madrasas on Republic Day, felicitating Muslims who own and rear cows and plans to start a “No beef party – now cow milk party” campaign during Ramzan beginning May 26. In an interview with ET, Kumar throws light on various issues concerning the community, including Muslim participation in construction of the Ram temple and MRM’s campaign to get rid of triple talaq. On triple talaq, Kumar said, "MRM had in the Congress ­led UPA regime, after a lot of thought and deliberation, talked about the uplift of Muslim women and ending practices such as triple talaq, nikah halala, mehr, polygamy and excessive kids. Muslim women feel they are not baby­making machines. Muslim men are opting for divorce not on the basis of any need but out of lust. The first wife does not receive due maintenance. When the Shah Bano verdict came in 1985, had the Congress not appeased the Muslims then, the Muslim women would have got justice. Now, the women are ready for a struggle. MRM has opposed triple talaq, halala, polygamy and excessive kids that have nothing to do with any religion but are social problems." He added, "I appeal to the Govt to bring out a rule on triple talaq, polygamy, maintenance and excessive children as soon as possible." On Uniform Civil Code, Kumar said, "Already there is a national law in existence that is called the common civil code in this country. The Constitution does not interfere in religious matters, in the way marriages, birthdays and festivals are celebrated by people from different religions. It is only a conspiracy of a handful of hardline leaders. They do not want that India should get united. They get money from foreign countries. If we scrutinise the account of these maulanas, clerics and related organisations, it would become obvious why they are patronising such an inhuman approach. Look at the Muslim Personal Law Board:it was registered in 1975 and does not exist in any other country. From an Islamic point of view it is un­Islamic. It is laden with evils and vices. From a judicial point of view, it is unconstitutional." On whether Muslims will agree to a Ram temple, he replied, "All the Muslims of Hindustan, Pakistan and Bangladesh are converted — their ancestors are Hindus. So many Muslims are discussing that a temple must be built there and that no mosque must be established, arguing that such a masjid will be impure.” He added, “Hence today lakhs and lakhs of Muslims are ready to do kar seva and cooperate in building a Ram temple. If you want a build a mosque, you build it somewhere else. A time has come when all religious places must be kept open for all. I have been to all such religious places. Hence we are acting as facilitators... Participate in each other’s festivals. In this way neither will there be conversions, riots, terrorism, Naxalism, partition nor hatred." ET
Govt will end female Khatna if Bohras don’t: Maneka
New Delhi:The custom of female genital mutilation (FGM), practised by Dawoodi Bohra community, is a criminal offence and if the community does not stop it voluntarily, the Govt  will bring in a law to ban the practice, Union women and child development (WCD) minister Maneka Gandhi told HT.On May 8, the SC sought response from the Centre and four states on a PIL seeking ban on female genital cutting, which is mainly practised by Dawoodi Bohras, a Shia Muslim sect. Dawoodi Bohras are a two-million strong business community and they reside mostly in western cities including Mumbai.HT
Ram temple should be built by 2018, Article 370 removed by 2019, says Swamy:
Agra: BJP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy emphasised that the Ram temple in Ayodhya should be built by 2018, and Article 370 imposed in Kashmir should be dropped by 2019..“ASI experts have found remains of the temple at the site where the Babri Masjid stood. Even those contesting in court against the Ram temple say that the mosque was there only for the last 500 years,” he said, adding that he would knock on the doors of the Supreme Court in July with regards to his right to worship.“40,000 temples were demolished during the rule of invaders. We have settled for constructing temples at three sites only, including Mathura, Ayodhya and Varanasi. This should be amicably allowed by the Muslims,” he added.In his address, Swamy also heaped praise on Dr Ambedkar and ex-PM PV Narsimha Rao, but was severy critical of the country’s first PM Jawaharlal Nehru.Calling Article 370 a temporary provision of the Constitution, Swamy said it could be removed by the president on union cabinet’s recommendation. Lauding the Indian Constitution for envisaging equality between genders, he said provisions like ‘triple talaq’, which were against Muslim women, could not be allowed to continue.
India wrongly claiming victory in Kulbhushan Jadhav’s case: Pakistan lawyer Qureshi
 India cannot claim victory in Kulbhushan Jadhav’s case at the International Court of Justice as the court has issued “just a procedural order”, the lawyer who represented Pakistan in the case has said. Khawar Qureshi said Jadhav’s case is more about political point scoring than about the law.“Order issued by the ICJ is just a procedural order to enable full hearing. It certainly is not a victory for India by any means,” Geo TV quoted Qureshi as saying.“It was very clear that the court didn’t want to hear about the merits or the jurisdiction. Court wanted to be satisfied whether commander Jadhav had been denied consulor access, which he had,” he said. PTI
Naroda Gam case: Court rejects accused plea to examine public prosecutors
Ahmedabad: A special designated court, hearing 2002 Naroda Gam riots case, on Saturday rejected the plea of the accused to examine 2 special public prosecutors, calling it “strange and unreasonable”.The lawyer of the accused had sought for the examination of the public prosecutors as they had argued that there was anger among the Hindus in Gujarat following the Sabarmati Express train carnage that triggered widespread riots in the state. The defence lawyer had also sought to examine “entire Hindu community of Gujarat” to ascertain if there was anger among the Hindus.“…I do not know how such a vague relief, seeking and examining entire community came to this sort, and further in case of examination of the other two special public prosecutors. Such a relief came to be sought by the defence on mere presumption… if every question posed by a cross-examiner elicits the response of examining an entire community, then there would be no end to the proceedings and it would be nothing but an abuse of the process of law,” the judge said. “It is neither reasonable, nor valid nor legally maintainable,” the judge added. indianexpress
New AMU VC Revokes Professor Zaidi's Suspension Order
Newly appointed AMU V-C, Professor Tariq Mansoor, in exercise of the powers vested in him under section 19 (3) of AMU Amendment Act has revoked the suspension order of Associate Professor S Mustafa KQ Zaidi and reinstated him on his post with immediate effect.V-C has taken this decision considering the observations made by High Court of Judicature at Allahabad in writ petition number, 9487 of 2017 in its judgment dated, April 6, 2017, said statement from AMU. ndtv
WORLD
Trump seeks to win over Muslims with Islam speech
Donald Trump is set to deliver a major speech on Islam during his visit to Saudi Arabia, just two months after he signed revised orders to halt people from six Muslim-majority nations from entering the US. During a lunch with up to 50 Muslim leaders in Riyadh on Sunday, Trump is expected to express his "hopes for a peaceful vision of Islam", a day after Washington took issue with Iran. The speech has been touted as a major event along the lines of a landmark address to the Islamic world given by his predecessor Barack Obama in Cairo in 2009. It will be especially sensitive given tensions sparked by the Trump administration's attempted  travel ban. During his campaign, Trump floated the idea of putting mosques in the US under surveillance while calling for a  "total shutdown"  of Muslims entering the US "until our country's representatives can figure out what the hell is going on".His words shocked many Americans, with Trump's detractors noting that the US Constitution prohibits religious discrimination."I think Islam hates us. There is a tremendous hatred there. We have to get to the bottom of it," Trump said in a March 2016 interview with CNN.Sunday's address comes a day after the US and Saudi Arabia signed agreements worth more than $380bn - almost a third of that military-related."That was a tremendous day. Tremendous investments in the United States," Trump said on Saturday at talks with Saudi King Salman.Secretary of State Rex Tillerson set the tone on Saturday when he urged Iran's newly re-elected President Hassan Rouhani to dismantle his country's "network of terrorism".Tillerson also said the new arms deals signed between Riyadh and Washington aim to help Saudi deal "with malign Iranian influence".According to excerpts of the speech released by the White House, Trump will call on Arab leaders to confront "Islamist extremism", and portray fighting "terrorism" as a battle between good and evil."This is a battle between barbaric criminals who seek to obliterate human life, and decent people of all religions who seek to protect it," the excerpts said."That means honestly confronting the crisis of Islamist extremism and the Islamist terror groups it inspires. And it means standing together against the murder of innocent Muslims, the oppression of women, the persecution of Jews, and the slaughter of Christians. "Nations of the Middle East cannot wait for American power to crush this enemy for them. The nations of the Middle East will have to decide what kind of future they want for themselves, for their countries, and for their children," Trump was expected to say.Al Jazeera's Hashem Ahelbarra, reporting from Riyadh, said Trump would be treading carefully as he addresses the Islamic dignitaries. Aljazeera
Trump’s address urges Muslim unity in fight against terror
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Israeli statistics do not give real number of Palestinians in Jerusalem
Israeli Municipal Water Association, Gihon, has said that official Israeli statistics did not give the real number of Palestinians living in occupied East Jerusalem, Quds Press reported.According to Quds Press, Israeli daily Haaretz wrote on Thursday that Gihon is to publish data about the numbers of Arab and Jewish residents in East Jerusalem which differs to the numbers published by Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics. Israeli official statistics show that there are 542,000 Jews living in Jerusalem, to a total of 63% of the population, as compared to 324,000 Palestinians. middleeastmonitor
New French Prez ‘will not recognise Palestine’
Newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron has reiterated that he will not recognise Palestine as a state as it would hinder good relations between Israel and France. Prior to his election win, Macron said he backs a 2-state solution to Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and that recognising Palestine would cause instability and he would not risk France’s relationship with Israel to serve Palestinian agenda. middleeastmonitor
Syria rebels leave last Homs neighbourhood: AFP
The last Syrian rebels and their families are being taken out from the last opposition-held neighbourhood of the central city of Homs, according to the provincial governor.Talal Barazi said on Saturday that 3,000 people, including 700 rebels, were due to leave Waer district by end of the day or dawn on Sunday.
Hamas sentences 3 Israeli agents to death over Gaza assassination
Gaza’s ruling Hamas movement delivered death sentences on Sunday to 3 Palestinians it ruled had taken part in what it said was an Israeli-directed assassination of one of the group’s senior commanders.A Hamas security court said the three men had confessed to the killing of Mazen Fuqaha, a Hamas military wing commander, who was shot in the head and the chest in his car on March 24. middleeastmonitor
Turkey's state of emergency will not end soon: Erdogan
Turkey’s president said Sunday that the country’s ongoing state of emergency will not be lifted until Turkey achieves peace and welfare.At a congress of the ruling AK Party set to return him to the party helm, Tayyip Erdogan cited casualties from last July's coup attempt by the Fetullah Terrorist Organization . "In my country, they tried to overthrow the state, and we gave 249 martyrs, and had 2,193 injured," said Erdogan."How dare you ask us to lift the state of emergency?"
Erdogan prepares to regain leadership of party he founded
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