Saturday, 27 May 2017

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INDIA: ANTI-CATTLE SLAUGHTER RULE
Meat curbs shadow on milk supply - Move anti-farmer as it makes cattle rearing tougher, say meat sellers; ‘Violates right to food’
New Delhi: Govt's ban on cattle and buffalo sales for slaughter in animal markets will hurt not just meat sellers but also farmers across communities and could spark a milk shortage, meat dealers today said. "This is a very impractical move. It is totally anti-farmer," said Yusuf Quraishi, president of UP unit of the All India Jamiat-ul-Quraish. Most of those engaged in slaughtering animals are Muslims from the Quraishi caste."Usually, a farmer who owns a cow or a buffalo sells them only when he is sure that he cannot get a drop of milk out of them. No one sells a milch animal," Quraishi said."When an animal stops giving milk, the farmer sells it at an animal market and uses the money to buy a new milch animal. This cycle has existed down the ages and the Govt  has disrupted that. This will break the farmers' backs."Asked why farmers could not sell their old animals directly to abattoirs instead of going to the animal markets, Quraishi said that it would, for one thing, add to the farmers' costs."Till now he could buy and sell at one venue; now he will have to make two separate trips. As it is, transporting bovine animals has become a risky business because of the vigilantes. Now, the farmer will be twice exposed."Salim, a meat seller in Delhi, said the ban would affect not just the meat industry but also milk as many farmers were already having second thoughts about continuing to rear cattle. This is true not just of farmers from the minority community, he said, but also of those from the majority religion as cow rearing has become a hazardous occupation. Noida residents have been complaining about their milkmen raising the price of milk by Rs 8 to Rs 10 per litre as soon as Yogi Adityanath took charge as UP  CM .The reasons the milkmen are citing are: one, rearing cattle has become more expensive as the value of the old animals has collapsed; two, the risks involved if the cow gets injured have risen; three, chaara (fodder) prices have shot up.Quraishi cited an instance of a farmer actually seeking police protection to take his ailing cow to the vet for fear of the cow vigilantes."All this is becoming a deterrent to rearing cows and other bovine animals. The gau rakshaks often attack at the sight of anything that looks like cattle," he said."And, if old non-productive animals are not allowed to be slaughtered or if slaughtering them is made difficult, can you imagine the strain there will be on fodder?" Quraishi added, echoing Salim: "With rapid urbanisation, grazing grounds have become harder to come by; so the farmer must spend money to buy fodder for his milch animals and the unproductive ones too. Why should they want to rear cows under these circumstances? Wait and watch what happens to the milk industry." telegraphindia
Meat traders plan legal action over new rules:Reuters
Kerala explores legal options against new cattle trade rule, outfits hold beef fests
Left-ruled Kerala is exploring legal options to tide over the Centre’s new regulation on cattle trade even as several youth outfits organised beef festivals at many places on Saturday in protest.The new rule, among others, bans trade of cattle for slaughter through animal markets besides restricting their sale for agricultural purposes and taking the animals out of the state without proper approval.The rule will hurt millions of poor farmers and squeeze supplies to the country’s Rs 1 lakh-crore meat industry besides affecting sectors which derive products from cattle carcass. CM  Pinarayi Vijayan shot off a letter to the PM  Narendra Modi saying the Centre cannot prepare the menu and change the food habits of the people.“Today it is saying you can’t eat beef, tomorrow it can say no to fish also. We will not allow this to happen in our state,”CM  said, warning that the move will render many jobless.The state Govt  has approached legal experts to explore ways to check the new notification.Many youth organisations, including DYFI and the Youth Congress organised beef festivals at many places. The Congress will observe a black day on Monday.Meat traders now fear that the new notification will embolden Hindu fringe outfits in neighbouring states and they will disrupt transportation of animals to the state. There are 44 cattle markets across the state and hundreds of truck loads reach these markets from Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra.“Many truck drivers now refuse to carry cattle fearing attack. The state will face a big shortage if transportation is disrupted in neighbouring states,”said Kerala Cattle Merchants’ Association president KH Kamaluddin.In Kerala, the annual demand of red meat is 2.3 lakh metric tonne.Since cattle are not reared in a big way in the state, animals are ferried from other states regularly.At least 5 lakh people in the state are involved in cattle trade, slaughter houses and allied areas. hindustantimes
Cattle slaughter rules: meat exporters decry move, Kerala mulls legal options:PTI
Protests in Kerala over Centre's new rules on cattle slaughter
Beef was cooked on the roadside and consumed in Kerala today in protest against the Centre's ban on sale of cattle for slaughter at animal markets, a move which also came under attack in Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Puducherry.Activists of the ruling CPI(M)-led LDF, opposition Congress-headed UDF and their youth wings took out marches and organised beef fests across Kerala, where beef is widely consumed. Demonstrations were held outside the secretariat in Thiruvananthapuram where protestors cooked and distributed beef on the roadside."We will eat beef to show our protest against the central Govt. We want to tell this to PM  Modi," DYFI national president Mohammed Riyaz, who led the protest, said.In Kollam district, a group of Congress workers cooked beef in front of the DCC office to register its opposition to the Centre's decision.District unit chief of Congress, Bindu Krishna told reporters that "beef delicacy will be packed and sent to head post office for delivery to Modi ji."In Kochi, Tourism and Devaswom minister Kadakampally Surendran participated in a 'beef fest', where bread and beef curry was served, even as Youth Congress activists took out a protest march in the city.In Thodupuzha in Idukki district, protesters took out a march with the head of a buffalo.Reacting to the Centre's decision, senior Congress leader and former Union minister AK Antony said the notification should be "torn to bits" and "dumped in a dust-bin". Congress-led UDF will observe 'black day' on Monday against the ban, opposition leader in the assembly Ramesh Chennithala said in Thrissur.PTI
Tamil Nadu protestors attempt to burn Modi's effigy over ban on sale of cattle for slaughter
Pro-Tamil groups are protesting against Center's decision to ban cattle sale for slaughter, with incidents of attempt to burn Modi's effigy being reported from parts of state.On Friday, Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) notified new rules under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, that ban sale of cattle for slaughter in open markets across the country.DMK Leader MK Stalin tweeted on the matter saying that such a rule defies the federal system of the Indian nation.Tamil Tigers Party took to streets to protest against the new rule in Coimbatore's Red Cross society, where they attempted to burn en effigy of the PM . indiatoday
TN parties condemn Centre’s new ‘cattle slaughter’ rules, AIADMK maintains stoic silence
Modi Govt giving legal cover to its communal, divisive agenda: CPI-M
The political bureau of CPI-M has issued a statement to Environment Ministry over the ban on cattle slaughter, saying the notification by the ministry is an atrocious attempt by the PM Modi led-NDA Govt to give legal cover to its wholly communal and divisive agenda to impose a diet code on the country. "It will destroy the livelihood of crores of farmers involved in animal husbandry, eliminate traditional cattle fairs, put an unfair burden on farmers to care for useless cattle. This will further burden the farmers who are increasingly resorting to distress suicides due to escalating input costs," the statement read. The statement also added that the ban will also have an impact on the leather industry and the meat export industry, affecting the lives of crores of people."The notification is also an encroachment on the rights of the states under whose jurisdiction such issues fall," it further read.CPI (M) condemned and opposed the ban and demanded is withdrawal. catchnews
VHP demands nationwide ban on cow slaughter
New Delhi: VHP has suggested the govt’s decision to ban the sale and purchase of cattle from animal markets for slaughter would partially address the issue.It also reiterated its demand for a nationwide ban on cow slaughter.“The issue is cow slaughter and not only sale of cow. Govt must immediately pass a national law to completely ban slaughter of cow and its progeny,” VHP international working president Pravin Togadia said. He also advocated bringing in a legislation to ensure life imprisonment to those involved in cow slaughter.PTI
Declare cow the national animal: JD (U) to Centre
Patna: Following the Govt 's ban on cattle slaughter and restrictions on the sale of cattle, the Janata Dal (United) has appealed to the Centre to declare cow as the "national animal". Speaking in Patna, Senior JD (U) leader Neeraj Kumar said, "I appeal to the Centre that if they have so much love for cows then they should declare cow as the national animal."ANI
Modi Govt's New Cattle Trade Rule Infringes Upon Constitutional Rights Of Citizens: HuffPost India
In the name of traceability, Modi govt  is killing cattle trade industry with a thousand paper cuts: Sandip Roy, HuffPost
Beefban: Impacts and Consequences on second largest nutrition deficit country
Why Modi Govt's New Law on Cattle Slaughtering Strains Federal Structure
Centre bans sale of cows for slaughter at animal markets, restricts cattle trade
Business as usual for Kerala beef sellers, CM to write to PM Modi on new rules
Why Modi govt’s new cattle slaughter rules will hurt India: Kunal Pradhan
New Restrictions on ‘Cattle’ Slaughter Will Hurt Indian Farmers the Most: The Wire
Farmers, Communists Criticize Indian Govt. for 'Divisive' Cattle Sale Ban
Will the new rules on animal markets result in an unofficial ban on cattle slaughter?Sruthisagar Yamunan
OTHERS
Burhan Wani’s successor Sabzar Bhat among 8 militants killed in Kashmir: HT
Srinagar: Sabzar Bhat, believed to be the successor to Hizbul commander Burhan Wani whose killing last year plunged Kashmir into one of its worst episodes of violence in recent years, was among 8 militants killed in 2 encounters on Saturday. Bhat was gunned down in south Kashmir’s Tral where forces raided a hideout on Friday evening. The encounter continued into Saturday, with Bhat and another accomplice confirmed dead.The news of his death triggered violent protests at least in Pulwama, Shopian, Anantnag, Srinagar, Sopore and Kupwara, and several parts of the Valley were shut down. Incidents of stone pelting and injuries from pellet guns were reported, though not confirmed. Officials also suspended mobile internet services in Kashmir.6 other militant deaths were along the LoC. A statement from the army’s Northern Command said the encounters were a result of “relentless operations” by security forces to “defeat desperate attempts by Pak and Pak-sponsored agents to spread terror in the state in the run up to the holy month of Ramzan”.HT
Army operations in Kashmir: 10 militants killed in 24 hours
Jammu: Army on Saturday said its operations in Kashmir resulted in the deaths of 10 militants since Friday.“Relentless operations by security forces have defeated desperate attempts by Pakistan and Pakistan-sponsored agents to spread terror in the state in the run up to the holy month of Ramzan,” defence spokesman of Northern Command said. HT
Hurriyat calls for shutdown in Valley tomorrow after killing of Sabzar Bhat
Kashmir:Joint Hurriyat leadership Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhamad Yaseen Malik calls for complete shutdown in the Valley on Sunday against the killing of Hizb Commander Sabzar Ahmad during an encounter in Tral.A spontaneous shutdown was observed in most parts of the Valley as violence erupted at more than 50 places in the wake of killing of Bhat, a police official said. hindustantimes
1 killed, many injured in Kashmir protests after killing Sabzar Bhat; mobile internet services suspended
One civilian was killed and several others were injured in Kashmir on Saturday after the killing of top rebel commander Sabzar Ahmad Bhat sparked protests across the valley, officials said. Govt  cut off mobile internet as a precautionary measure as the protests spread to capital Srinagar where people rushed to stock fuel fearing prolonged violence, similar to the months-long protests that followed the killing Wani last year. News of his death triggered violent protests in Pulwama, Shopian, Anantnag, Sopore, Kupwara and Srinagar, and large of the valley shut down. Witnesses said a young man was killed and several other people were injured after forces fired on protesters near the site where Bhat was killed. Police chief SP Vaid said the man was killed in crossfire.Reporters saw smoke billowing from a burnt out, two-storyed house where the 2 militants were killed. One jawan was seen carrying what appeared to be two assault rifles of the slain militants. Security forces were searching the area for at least one more body, police said.Authorities suspended mobile internet services on Saturday afternoon, just a day after lifting a month long ban on 22 social networking sites, including Facebook and Twitter.HT
Shutdown in Kashmir due to protests over killing of Hizbul commander
Mobile internet services suspended in Kashmir
Pre-paid phone service suspended in Kashmir amid protests over killing of Sabzar Bhat


NHRC orders probe into ‘harassment’ of SIMI members lodged in Bhopal jail
New Delhi: NHRC has ordered a probe into the alleged harassment of suspected members of the banned outfit — SIMI — lodged in Bhopal Central Jail.The rights’ panel directed its DIG to probe into the charges levelled by the kin of 21 inmates before the commission.“Matter has been considered by the commission and it is of the view that true facts need to be ascertained. DIG (I) of the commission is requested to constitute a team, headed by a SSP to conduct an on-the-spot investigation and submit their report at the earliest,” said directions issued by the commission on Friday. The families had complained to the commission on Wednesday that the inmates were being “humiliated, physically assaulted and denied medical treatment” – charges which the jail authorities rubbished. Out of a total of 29 suspected SIMI men lodged in Bhopal jail since 2013, 8 were killed in Oct.2016, in an encounter. Kin of 4 inmates— Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Javed, Mohammad Adil and Mohammad Zubair — all from Ujjain, claimed that the harassment for these prisoners started after the encounter. “As stated, on April 26, 2017, one of the under trial prisoner, Mohd Iqrar during video conferencing stated before the Sessions Court that he is being beaten up by the jail officials, daily after the incident of jail break occurred. He is forced to shout anti-religion slogans and his beard has also been forcefully trimmed,” directive explained.HT
Panel probes Simi torture
Jharkhand: Minority Commission directs officials to be alert , post lynchings
Jamshedpur: Jharkhand State Minority Commission has taken the recent lynching followed by communal violence in Kolhan division seriously and has directed officials to ensure safety of minority families by adopting best possible measures to spread communal harmony.The commission, led by chairman Kamal Khan along with vice chairman Gurdev Singh Raja and Ashok Sharangi held a meeting with administrative officials and members of peace committee on Thursday in Jamshedpur. Officials were asked not to withdraw security forces from any sensitive area, where frenzied mob lynched innocent men on suspicion of being child lifters.Khan said the commission had prepared a report over the lynching and communal violence, which will be submitted to CM  Raghubar Das within a couple of days. He refused to share the findings of the investigation. However, sources said, it has been indicated that the lynchings could be part of a conspiracy to destabilize the Das Govt  and defame the BJP.9 people have been lynched in separate incidents since May 12, 5 of them being Muslims. HT
Video of assault on Sikh men: Minority panel seeks report from Rajasthan police
Jaipur: Rajasthan Minority Commission has sought a report from the state police after a video of three Sikh men being beaten up in Ajmer started doing the rounds on social media on Thursday. Rajasthan Minority Commission Chief Jasbir Singh said, “We will be summoning all parties: the district police, the local residents and those who were assaulted, to ascertain the facts. The police have informed us that the incident took place on April 24. Sikh men were asking for some dhaan (paddy) from locals. They approached a woman and she started feeling drowsy. Thereafter, the local residents accused them of witchcraft and assaulted them.”“The men are said to be from Alwar. We are trying to locate them. It is not a communal issue. We need to ascertain who made the video since such acts create tension.”SP Rajendra Singh said, “The matter is over a month old. It took place in the Nasirabad Sadar police station area. No FIR was lodged, but police took appropriate action.” Indian express
Amarinder Singh speaks to Rajasthan’s CM over ‘assault’ on 4 Sikh men in Ajmer
UP villagers given shampoos, soaps to 'smell good' before CM Yogi
Kushinagar:In a bizarre move, the district administration in UP 's Kushinagar asked the residents to have a bath before attending a meeting with CM  Yogi Adityanath so that they "don’t stink".To ensure the instructions were followed, soaps, shampoos and perfumes were distributed among the villagers.The members of the Musahar community were called to attend a vaccination programme for the eradication of encephalitis, a campaign started by the CM  in Kushinagar's Kasiya division.5 children from the community were to be vaccinated under the campaign from the area. Ahead of the event, local officials distributed the soaps and shampoos to those attending the event, in order to make them “look clean and smell good.”Ahead of the event that the CM  was going to attend, roads were paved, toilets were fixed overnight and streets were cleaned up in the village. Tribune India /ANI
Musahar community says asked to take bath before meeting Adityanath, official denies it
SC rejects plea for urgent hearing on Saharanpur violence
New Delhi: A vacation bench of the Supreme Court on Friday rejected a plea by a lawyer for an urgent hearing in the anti-Dalit violence that has rocked UP’s Saharanpur district and an immediate direction to the state to set up a special investigation team headed by a sitting high court judge to probe the violence. Bench comprising justices L. Nageshwar Rao and Navin Sinha rejected the petition, filed by Delhi-based lawyer Gaurav Yadava, which also urged the court to provide adequate safety and security to the Dalits in Saharanpur. Dalits have been at the receiving end of the violence perpetrated by the upper caste Thakurs and the state was a silent spectator, the petition claimed and demanded that state Govt immediately take relief measures and also provide compensation to the Dalits for any loss of life and property. economictimes

Rahul Gandhi visits Saharanpur: ‘Dalits, other minorities being oppressed in the country, govt spreading fear’
New Delhi :Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi reached strife-torn Saharanpur on Saturday along with senior Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Raj Babbar, even as ADG (Law and Order) Aditya Mishra said earlier in the day that he will be stopped at Saharanpur border if he tries to enter the district. The police did try to stop the Congress vice-president but the latter adamantly reached the clash-affected area to take stock of the situation.Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi addressed a short press conference, where he took on the Modi Govt  for oppressing minorities. He said he will be going back because the administration has requested him, but will be shown around the villages once the situation improves. indianexpress
Ahead of Yogi’s visit in Varanasi, coal-tar thrown over 2 Muslim girls
As UP ’s CM Yogi Adityanath is on his two-day visit to Varanasi, the very repercussion of his visit was faced by two Muslim sisters.On Friday morning, when Yogi was yet to arrive in Varanasi, Alina Fatima was going on her tution classes with her sister on scooty.When the sisters reached Mahmoorganj area of the city, they had to stop their bike as the patchwork of road was going on. It is crucial to mention that ahead of Yogi’s visit, roads to those routes were being patched within hours through which Yogi would supposedly pass.Alina asked the workers to stop patching to let her pass,but workers did not stop as their contractor denied.However, when both sisters tried to pass anyway, someone from the workers threw hot and boiling coal-tar at Alina Fatima. Alina started crying and screaming at the very instant.TwoCircles
AMU students demand imposition of President's rule in UP
 Claiming that the law and order situation has deteriorated to a great extent, AMU student's union has demanded imposition of president's rule in UP.Citing the recent communal violence in Sharanpur and the gang rape of 4 women in Jewar on Thursday, the student's union alleged that the Yogi Govt  had completely failed in providing security to the people.Talking to media, student's union president, Faizul Hasan said that under the Yogi rule the "saffron brigade" has got a license of lawlessness and the police had been asked to give them a free hand. He said no one is safe in this govt. timesofindia
With CPM backing,IslamicBank coming in Kerala’s Kannur
The bank is being launched in the co­operative sector with the backing of CPM. It may be noted that the functioning of Islamic Bank is yet to be approved in the country. The bank, which will be the first of its kind in the country, will be launched by a coordination committee with DYFI district president M Shajar as co­ordinator and former DCC secretary O V Jaffar, who quit from Congress, as chairman. The coordination committee comprises 21 cultural organisations for minority sections that oppose the interest system. It may be noted that Islamic Banks are functioning impeccably in several countries. Though it was planned to launch the bank in Kerala, the project had failed to take wings. The deposits from individuals and institutions under the committee will be invested in projects like small­scale hotels with an objective of generating revenue and providing job opportunities. Apart from profit share, the members will be offered non­interest loans. mathrubhumi
Muslim body moves Delhi HC against law to admit kids of all faiths
Delhi: A Muslim minority institution today moved the Delhi High Court against a provision in the juvenile law which makes it mandatory to admit children of all religions.The high court sought responses from the Centre and the Delhi Govt  on the institution's plea challenging the provisions of 2015 Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) Act, contending that these were violative of freedom to practice, propagate and manage one's religious affairs guaranteed under the Constitution.A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar issued notices to the Women and Child Development Ministry and the same department of the Delhi Govt  for Oct.13 on the plea by 'Bachchon Ka Ghar', which claims to be a religious minority institution. The institution, dependent on voluntary donations by affluent sections of the Muslim community, said it provided boarding and education to orphan children on religious, moral and technical grounds and it would not be conducive for it or the child of any other faith to be admitted here."Moreover, there would always lurk a danger of petitioner institution facing outrages from the public regarding forcible religious conversions etc," said the plea, which sought to declare certain provisions and rules of Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 as violative of articles and ultra vires the Constitution.Advocate Tushar Rao, who appeared for the institution founded in 1891, submitted before the court that the children were brought up in traditional Muslim practices including attending 'namaz' in a mosque, teaching of religious text, feeding non-vegetarian food, which the children from other faiths may not be comfortable with."Children Welfare Committee (CWC) set up under the JJ Act has been proposing to send children of other religious denomination to be admitted to the institution which would be contrary to and violative of the fundamental rights guaranteed under Articles 25 and 26 read with article 14 of the Constitution.PTI
After Kerala HC order, kin of Muslim convert forcibly take her home
Parents of the Muslim woman convert, whose marriage the Kerala High Court nullified two days ago, forcibly took her home on Friday after she refused to go with them. The court had given the custody of Akhila alias Hadiya to her father, KM Ashokan, while nullifying her marriage with Shefin Jahan (27). It had observed that marriage, the most important decision of her life, could have been taken only with her parents’ active involvement. The court order had come after Ashokan filed a habeas corpus plea. The court had also asked police to help Akhila’s parents take her home. Akhila, 25, protested against her parents while being taken out of a hostel in Kochi, where she was lodged as per the court directive. She pleaded to the police to allow her to live as per her will.Sources said that Akhila had turned violent after hearing about the verdict. “She was not interested in going with her parents. In the past five months she was lodged in the shelter, the court had allowed only her parents to meet her. Even then, they could not win her over or change her decision regarding the marriage,’’ a source said.In a letter to media on Friday, Akhila asked why the court was preventing her from living as per her wishes. “I am a 25-year-old Indian citizen. Why the court put me under house arrest for the last five months? Why the court denied me the right to live as per my faith and likes?’’ she asked.Meanwhile, Muslim organisations have come out against the high court verdict. PFI’s state president Nazirudhin Elamaram said that the Govt  should intervene to save life of the woman who embraced Islam. Kerala Jam-Iyathul Ulema state general secretary Thodiyur Kunju Muhammed Moulavi said that the high court order should be reviewed. indianexpress
Kerala HC annuls marriage of Muslim woman forced into conversion
IRF ban order cites Rs 60 crore aid, conversion
New Delhi: Over Rs 60 crore received as donation by Zakir Naik’s IRF and its use for conversion to Islam is among the multiple grounds cited in Union Home Ministry’s notification, banning IRF under UAPA for 5 years. In-camera proceedings of the Delhi High Court tribunal, which were recently made public, further lists the investigation conducted by the NIA, claiming that it recovered 78 affidavits related to conversion of non-Muslims.“Many of the conversion documents relate to the persons who were later found to have migrated to Afghanistan to join terrorist organisation ISIS…,”states Namrata Patil, SP from NIA (Mumbai) who deposed before the tribunal.indianexpress
Muslim scrap dealer was first to help CM Fadnavis out of crashed chopper
Latur:When a chopper carrying Maharashtra CM  Devendra Fadnavis and five others came crashing down here on Thursday afternoon, the first person to rush to the rescue was small-time scrap dealer Irfan Shaikh, who shouted "Our king (CM) is trapped in the chopper".Seeing the chopper hurtle down, Shaikh ran the 100 metre distance to reach the copter in order to rescue those inside. But many others nearby bolted in the opposite direction, fearing the chopper might explode.The chopper fell from a height of nearly 80 feet in a thick cloud of dust, accompanied by some flashes of light and a loud booming sound.Unmindful of the risks, the 28-year-old Shaikh sprinted towards the craft.IANS
Muslim-Dominated Malegaon, Bhiwandi Reject BJP in Maha Civic Polls
Counting for elections held in three municipal corporation in Maharashtra – Panvel, Bhiwandi and Malegaon – concluded today, voting for which took place on 24 May. The three parts saw a voter turnout of 55, 53 and 60 percent respectively.The elections are significant because the BJP tried to make inroads into the Muslim-majority areas of Malegaon and Bhiwandi, from where it fielded not only a record number of candidates, but also a record number of Muslim candidates. The aim was to snub the Shiv Sena, which has been threatening to exit its alliance with the BJP, which had brought them to power in the 2014 Assembly elections.However, BJP suffered a humiliating defeat in both areas, where the Congress party emerged as the winner.This was also the first time civic body elections were being held in Panvel after its civic body was upgraded to a municipal corporation last year, where the BJP emerged as the single largest party.In an outreach move, BJP fielded 27 Muslim candidates this time in Malegaon, where the party did not win a single seat five years ago. Despite surprising victories in Pune, Amravati and Latur, the BJP won just 9 seats, coming in fourth. But it’s still an inroad as their tally has risen from 0 to 9. Congress and NCP-JD(S) are expected to take control of the civic body. thequint
Hindus, Sikhs come together to build mosque for Muslim neighbours ahead of Ramzan
Ludhiana: Villagers of Ghalib Ran Singh Waal, which has a majority of Sikhs and Hindus, have built a mosque for their Muslim neighbours in the village. This would have been a cherished gesture at any time but is especially heartwarming as it was finished before the onset of Ramzan."Our long cherished demand has been fulfilled with the joint efforts of villagers. It's a beautiful mosque. We will be able to pray here during the holy month, and it is an Eid gift for us," said Liaqat Ali, a local villager told TOI."It's so touching, and a big gesture of brotherhood on the part of villagers, that they came forward to help us in the construction of Hazrat Abu Bakar mosque in the village. This was a long pending demand of our community members in the village. Now, we will be able to pray in the village in this mosque," added Shahi Imaam Punjab, Maulana Habib Ur Rehman Saani Ludhianvi. Village sarpanch Jagdeep Kaur said that the decision to build the mosque was approved way back in 1998 but could only be started on 2nd May 2016 following the efforts of the villagers. Times Now
Ludhiana: Tension after clash in masjid
Ludhiana:As many as 11 people sustained injuries after 2 groups clashed at a masjid located on the Rahon Road here on Friday. All sustained minor injuries in the clash and were rushed to the Civil Hospital. The clash allegedly took place between two groups over the control of the masjid. One group led by Moulvi Umar Farooq claimed control over the affairs of the masjid, while another group of people wanted to take control from Farooq. After namaz, both group members exchanged heated arguments over some issue, following which they indulged in a clash.Farooq said after performing namaz when he was delivering a speech, a member of the opposite group switched off the light and when his supporter Bablu asked the opposite group members as to why he switched off the light, they started fighting.The situation could be controlled only after the Basti Jodhewal police reached the spot. tribuneindia
KPS Gill helped control riots in 2002: A I Syed
Ahmedabad: Retired IPS officer and current chairman of Gujarat Waqf Board A I Syed, who was an officer on special duty (OSD) and worked with KPS Gill during the 2002 Gujarat riots, said Gill was a tough and impartial cop and his presence was important in improving the situation at that time. "His demise is a great loss to the nation," Syed added.After the communal riots in 2002 after the torching of the Sabarmati Express at Godhra railway station, Gill was appointed security advisor to the then Gujarat CM Narendra Modi. With KPS Gill, Gujarat cadre IPS officer and the then IGP (director of Karai police training academy) A I Syed was appointed OSD. Syed later retired as additional DGP law and order. timesofindia
Opposition united on issue of presidential poll: Nitish
 Bihar CM Nitish Kumar has said that opposition unity on the issue of the presidential election is intact and clarified that he came to attend the lunch hosted by PM  Narendra Modi as it was in honour of the visiting Mauritius PM  Pravind Jugnauth. "Opposition is united on the issue of presidential election," Nitish Kumar told reporters after meeting the PM . IANS
Ramadan: Moon as per 30th day of Islamic calendar sighted, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan to fast from tomorrow
New Delhi: India along with Pakistan and Bangladesh will observe the first day of Ramadan on Sunday. As per the Islamic calendar, the moon in these countries is sighted and the Muslims of the three nations will fast tomorrow. While Saudi Arabia along with other 33 countries will observe May 27 as the first day of Ramazan.In India, only Kerala state will observe fast from today as it generally follows the tradition of Saudi Arabia. Experts say that Kerala falls in the coastal zone and sometimes the moon is sighted in the region for few minutes and that’s why 88 lakh Muslims in the state traditionally follow Saudi. India.com
Why Kazi Nazrul Islam, one of India’s earliest communist lights, is newest RSS icon:HT
Kolkata: Kazi Nazrul Islam, latest icon that RSS is highlighting as a model of an ideal Indian Muslim, was ironically one of the earliest faces of the communist movement in the country. The communist ideology is seen as the Sangh’s biggest opponent. Islam (1889-1976) translated the Internationale, the communist anthem worldwide. He preached communism through his poems and the some of the titles, Samyabadi (Communist), Sarbahara (Proletariat) and Bidrohi (Rebel), left no room for doubt. “Nazrul Islam had definite leanings towards communist ideology but that does not negate his nationalism,” Jisnu Basu, RSS’s south Bengal general secretary, told HT. “He represents the true nationalist, the real Hindu, as Hinduism is not merely a religion but actually a way of life,” Basu added. HT
WORLD
Palestinian prisoners in Israel suspend hunger strike
A mass hunger strike staged by Palestinian prisoners over conditions in Israeli jails was suspended on Saturday after a deal with Israel, officials said.About 1,500 inmates launched the actionon April 17, in one of the largest such strikes.The 40-day hunger strike raised tensions with Israel as protests in support of the strikers spilled over into clashes in the occupied West Bank and along the Israel-Gaza border.More than 800 prisoners, who had stuck with the hunger strike until Saturday, ended it after talks held with the International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Palestinian Authority concluded in an agreement with Israel, allowing prisoners to receive two visitors per month.Issa Karaka, Chairman of Prisoners' Affairs at the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), confirmed the inmates had agreed to stop the strike. aljazeera
Palestinian hunger strikers want to be recognised as POWs as protest is suspended
The head of PLO’s Committee for Prisoners and Freed Prisoners has revealed that the hunger strikers have added Israel’s recognition of them as prisoners of war to their list of demands, Felesteen.ps reported on Friday. Issa Qaraqe said that this new demand came after 40 days of the protest, during which the Israeli occupation authorities have been refusing to talk with the hunger strikers.However, early on Saturday, Qaraqe announced that the prisoners had suspended their hunger strike on condition that the Israeli occupation authorities discuss their demands. middleeastmonitor
'US-led Coalition strikes kill 106 civilians' in Syria's Al Mayadeen
At least 106 civilians, including 42 children, have been killed in a series of air strikes by the US-led coalition on an ISIL-held town in eastern Syria, according to a monitoring group.The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) says the deaths resulted from air strikes targeting Al Mayadeen in the province of Deir Az Zor."There were two rounds of strikes: one at Thursday night and the second after midnight, targeting buildings housing families of [ISIL] fighters," Rami Abdel Rahman, SOHR's head, told DPA.Abdel Rahman said most of those killed were Moroccan and Syrian nationals who had fled to Al Mayadeen from ISIL's de-facto capital, Raqqa, in northeastern Syria.The first round of air strikes reportedly killed 35 civilians.The SOHR tracks developments in Syria's conflicts via a network of contacts on the ground.Colonel Ryan Dillon, spokesperson for the 68-member coalition against ISIL, told Al Jazeera that any loss of civilian life in the battle against ISIL, is a "tragedy"."The coalition goes through very significant and deliberate processes to make sure that we can mitigate the human suffering and the human casualties as we continue our fight to defeat [ISIL]," he said."The faster we can defeat [ISIL], the quicker human suffering can stop." aljazeera
Nations bombing IS failing to protect civilians: UN
Geneva: UN urged all nations bombing jihadist targets in Syria to better distinguish between civilian and military targets, following reports that US-led coalition strikes killed dozens of non-combatants.Air raids on Islamic State group targets in Syria have left hundreds of civilians dead since 2014.The latest strikes that hit a series of residential buildings on Thursday in Mayadeen, a town in Syria’s eastern province of Deir Ezzor, killed at least 35 civilians, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said “all states” whose air forces are active in the anti-IS missions needed “to take much greater care to distinguish between legitimate military targets and civilians.”.AFP
CAR: Tension high among civilians as violence surges
Bria, CAE - Sounds of heavy gunfire drew Herman Pouka from his house one morning last week, putting him face to face with armed men in camouflage."As soon as I saw them I lost my senses," he recalled. "I ran."He hid in a neighbour's house until the firing subsided, then donned women's clothes to flee towards a nearby UN base. "They don't do anything to the women. Us? They kill us," he explained.He joined some 40,000 others who'd fled an eruption of violence in this central mining town. About two dozen people were killed in the fighting - including Pouka's brother, Jonathan. aljazeera
Sri Lanka: Buddhist leader stokes anti-Muslim tension
A manhunt is on in Sri Lanka for a hard-line Buddhist leader after a series of attacks on mosques and Muslim-owned businesses that authorities accuse him of encouraging. President Maithripala Siresena had vowed to investigate anti-Muslim hate crimes after assuming power in 2015, however, attacks have escalated over the past two weeks. Another Muslim shop in the town of Kahawatte was reportedly burned to the ground this week by unidentified attackers. Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General-Secretary Galagoda Atte Gnanasara has encouraged his Buddhist supporters to lead another campaign against Muslims following the deadly Aluthgama riots in June 2014, which attempted to create disunity between Buddhists and Muslims. Aljazeera
Sri Lanka floods, landslides: Death toll rises to 100
Floods and landslides in Sri Lanka's southern and western regions have killed at least 100 people and damaged more than 800 homes, officials said on Saturday.Ninety-one people were also reported missing and 40 others have been hospitalised after unusually heavy rain on Friday triggered a string of mudslides and caused rivers to burst their banks, according to country's Disaster Management Centre. aljazeera
US: 2 killed on Portland train after 'defending Muslims'
2 men have been stabbed to death after they tried to intervene when a man yelled racial slurs at two Muslim women on a light-rail train in Portland, Oregon, US police said.A third train passenger, who also tried to stop the bullying, was badly wounded and taken to hospital, The Oregonian newspaper reported on Friday.Officers arrested a man on Friday afternoon who ran from the train. Police were still working on Friday night to identify the man and the people who were attacked.Before the stabbing, the assailant on the train was ranting on many topics, using "hate speech or biased language", and then turned his focus on the women, police spokesman said.aljazeera
Burundi presses unwed couples to marry to 'reform morals'
Unmarried couples have until the end of the year to legalise their relationships, Burundi Govt  has said, as part of an effort to reform morals in the country.The order follows the launch of a campaign this month by President Pierre Nkurunziza "to moralise society" where he urges Burundians to show their love for each other and their country by getting married.The Govt  has since been pressuring unwed couples across the country to tie the knot.Terence Ntahiraja, interior ministry spokesman, told the AFP that Burundi was facing a population explosion, which he blamed on "illegal marriages", polygamy, bigamy and "hundreds of schoolgirls getting pregnant".He said church and state-sanctioned weddings were the solution and were a patriotic duty.Authorities in the southeastern province of Rutana have ordered that "persons living in common-law unions" should be put on a special list by 22 June, while officials in northwestern Bubanza province have demanded unspecified "sanctions" against aisle-dodgers. aljazeera
Bangladesh Supreme Court removes Lady Justice statue
Dhaka:A statue depicting the Greek goddess of justice was removed from the front side of the Supreme Court building early Friday following pressure from religious groups that termed it as “un-Islamic”, according to local media and the attorney general.The controversy over the Lady Justice statue had been brewing for several months, with many religious groups staunchly opposed to its installation.Even PM  Sheikh Hasina stepped into the controversy, who to the surprise of all, had backed the move to remove the statue.  Anadolu
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