Tuesday, 30 May 2017

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INDIA:Babri Masjid demolition case
Babri Masjid demolition case: CBI court frames ‘criminal conspiracy’ charges against Advani, Joshi, Bharti, others
New Delhi: A CBI special court on Tuesday granted bail to BJP leaders LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti in the Babri Masjid demolition case. Bail was granted on personal bond of Rs 50,000 each. The court has, however, rejected the discharge petitions filed by the leaders. The conspiracy charges have been framed against all the 12 accused.The court, which earlier rejected their discharge petition, framed charges against Advani (89), Joshi (83), Union minister Bharti (58) and three others under Section 120 (B) of the IPC (criminal conspiracy). The 3 others are the BJP’s Vinay Katiyar (62), VHP’s Vishnu Hari Dalmiya, who is in his late eighties, and one-time Hindutva firebrand Sadhvi Rithambara (53).The accused had argued against the framing of charges against them, asserting that they had no role in the razing of the mosque and had tried to stop it. Their discharge petitions were rejected by the judge.This was the first time that these leaders had appeared before a court in connection with this case.
Babri demolition case: Charges of criminal conspiracy framed against Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti
Babri Masjid case: Court frames 'criminal conspiracy' charges against Advani, Joshi, Bharti and others
Cong demands Bharti's resignation, RSS asserts order gave new life to Ram temple movement
In the wake of CBI court framing charges against BJP leaders, Congress has urged PM Narendra Modi to seek resignation of Union Minister Uma Bharti who is one of the chargesheeted persons.Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said that his party hopes that the Babri masjid which has been pending now for over 25 years will finally be adjudicated and decided expeditiously as guided by the Supreme Court.We sincerely hope that this matter which has been pending now for over 25 years will finally be adjudicated and decided expeditiously and on a day to day basis as ordered by honourable Supreme Court of India we believe and hope that justice would be done, those guilty would be punished and the matter will finally come to an end, Surjewala told ANI.However, on the other hand RSS leader Rakesh Sinha dubbed the court?s order as unfortunate and asserted that the judicial ruling has given a new life to the movement for reconstruction of a Ram temple.The verdict of framing the charges is unfortunate. Since it is a judicial verdict, so any law abiding citizen will have to respect it and fight it on judicial platform. But such developments could give a new life to a discourse and movement for reconstruction of a ram temple in this country, said Sinha.ANI
No criminal conspiracy behind Babri demolition, my hopes rest on God: Uma Bharti
Lucknow:Union water resources minister Uma Bharti, who faces charges of criminal conspiracy in the Babri Masjid demolition case, said Tuesday there was no conspiracy but an “open movement” which led to the demolition.“I was present in Ayodhya on Dec.6, 1992, which is no secret. Crores of BJP workers, lakhs of officials and thousands of political leaders participated. It was an open movement like the movement against the Emergency. I don’t see any conspiracy,” Bharti told the media.Bharti said she appeared in the special CBI court out of respect for the court but had “expectations only from God”.“In a matter concerning God, my hopes also rest on God. Because I contributed (in the movement) with complete faith, I don’t consider myself guilty,” she said. hindustantimes
Accused should be framed with charges not 'bail': AIMPLB on Babri court verdict
Lucknow: Hours after BJP stalwarts appeared before a special CBI court for framing of charges in the Babri Masjid demolition case, All Indian Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) stated that the accused should be framed with charges and not have gotten granted bail.Board member Zafaryab Jilani said, “The grant of bail is not unexpected.In this case whosoever is the accused they have all been granted bail. And in such cases the accused are not seen behind the bars. Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharati have been in many other similar cases too and were also granted bail then. The main thing required is the framing of charges which the court should have taken up”. Another AIMPLB member Kamal Farooqui stated that serious charges of conspiracy have been framed and justice should be given soon.“It is something that should have happened earlier- but better late than never. After this outcome it has sent several questions on this matter. I personally feel that BJP would be doing a great job to itself if they follow the same kind of principles which they were earlier asking for by the other parties. Serious charges of conspiracy have been framed and justice should be given soon,” Farooqui told ANI.ANI
Babri hearing: BJP leaders will emerge unscathed, assures Union Minister Naidu
Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu expressed confidence that the senior BJP leaders facing the conspiracy charges in the Babri Masjid demolition case, will come out unscathed in the CBI court hearing today. Naidu said,"It is a legal process and let it happen and we are sure that they are innocent and they will come out unscathed in the entire thing."ANI
Babri demolition order won’t affect party veterans’ future: Swamy
New Delhi: After special CBI court framed charges against all accused including BJP leaders in the Babri Masjid demolition case, party leader Subramanian Swamy said the decision would not affect party veterans’ future as they are still innocent in the eyes of the court.“This is the right time when everyone would come to know about the facts and the truth about this issue. This would not affect the future of the politicians as they are innocent in the Supreme Court’s eye. It will depend on court’s verdict,” Swamy told ANI.ANI 
Babri demolition: CPI (M) demands justice without delay
New Delhi; After a special CBI court rejected discharge application of BJP veterans, framing charges against them in Babri Masjid demolition case, CPI(M) said justice should be delivered as soon as possible.ANI
No one can stop Ram temple construction in Ayodhya,: Sakshi Maharaj
Lucknow: BJP leader Sakshi Maharaj on Tuesday asserted that no force on earth can stop the construction of the biggest Ram temple in Ayodhya and said he was fortunate to appear in front of a special CBI court in the Babri Masjid demolition case.“I didn’t do anything wrong. In fact, I was fortunate to be part of that as it was a pious thing to do,” he said.“Don’t be mad, there was no Babri mosque. Babar was a foreigner who had nothing to do with India. You people (media) should not repeatedly call it ‘Babri’. It was, it is and it will remain Ram Janmbhoomi (birthplace),”Sakshi Maharaj said.Asked if he had any role in demolishing the mosque, BJP MP from UP ’s Unnao also said: “There was no structure, but there was a small Ram temple, so we tried to make a new temple.”
UP CM to visit makeshift Ram temple in Ayodhya on Wed
Lucknow:Yogi Adityanath will visit the makeshift Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya on Wednesday in his first trip to the temple town after assuming the office of the CM  of UP .Much significance is being attached to CM ’s visit in the backdrop of the shifting focus on the Ayodhya issue with a special CBI court summoning senior BJP leaders and others for framing of charges for allegedly conspiring to demolish the 16th-century Babri Masjid. Hindustantimes
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Probe love jihad, religious conversions: Kerala HC to top cop
New Delhi: Underlining that “national interest is at stake”, the Kerala High Court has ordered the DGP of the state to conduct “comprehensive” investigation into cases of ‘Love Jihad’ and have incidents of forcible conversion probed thoroughly.The High Court took a stern view of 2 such cases that came up before it and said that the DGP must supervise and monitor investigations into such instances and bring guilty to the book “as expeditiously as possible”.The court entrusted the DGP with this task when it held as “null and void” the marriage of a 24-year-old Hindu girl, who converted to Islam and wedded a Muslim man in Dec 2016.A bench of Justices K Surendra Mohan and Abraham Mathew asked the DGP to inquire into the role of organisations facilitating such conversions while noting that the top cop should be obligated to do this since the entire state was within his jurisdiction. It emphasised “the existence of an organizational set up functioning behind the scenes” in such cases of ‘Love Jihad’ and conversions.The bench entrusted DGP with this task when it held as “null and void” the marriage of a 24-year-old Hindu girl, who converted to Islam and wedded a Muslim man in Dec 2016.CNN-News18
Kerala Muslim groups agitate against HC nullifying Muslim convert's marriage; police lathicharge protesters 
The police in Kochi resorted to lathicharge and tear gas shells on Monday against several Muslim groups, who laid siege to Banerji road in the city. They were protesting against a Kerala High Court order, nullifying the marriage of a Muslim man and a woman who had converted to Islam.Days after the Kerala High Court nullified the marriage of Hadiya, who converted to Islam and got married to Shafin Jahan in Dec.2006, several Muslim organisations in the state took out a protest march in Kochi on Monday. A division bench of the court nullified the marriage based on a habeas corpus petition filed by her father, a native of Vaikom.According to TV reports, hundreds protesters belonging to various organisations including Muslim Ekopana Samiti, and various student groups took part in the protest. While the agitators were carrying out a march to the High Court, they were stopped by the police at least a km away from the court, near St Albert's College. They shouted slogans there for over half an hour, when the police lathicharged the protesters and used teargas on them. Undeterred by the lathicharge and the tear gas shells, the protesters continued to lay siege to Banerjee road for 20 minutes, following which they dispersed on their own. Hadiya’s marriage was cancelled by the HC after her father had alleged that his daughter was forcefully converted to Islam. A day after the HC order, Hadiya was forcefully taken away to her parents’ home in Vaikom from a hostel in Ernakulam where she was living. thenewsminute
Convert’s marriage: Minority outfits protest HC verdict
Kerala HC Nullifies Marriage Of Muslim Convert In Her Father’s Habeas Corpus Petition
Muslim Ekopana Samithi calls hartal in Ernakulam district over police lathicharge
Bilkis Bano gang-rape case: SC refuses to stay conviction of IPS officer
New Delhi: Supreme Court has refused to stay the conviction of an IPS officer in the 2002 Bilkis Bano case. A vacation bench of Justices A K Sikri and Deepak Gupta said that there is no urgency for hearing the matter as the convicted officer has already undergone the sentence. The bench, however, listed the matter for hearing in the second week of July, observing the fine is of Rs 15,000 only.IPS officer RS Bhagora, currently serving in Gujarat, has been convicted along with 4 other policemen by the Bombay High Court recently after the trial court had acquitted them.The counsel appearing for Bhagora said if the conviction is not stayed, then he will be terminated from the service as per service rules.The Bombay high court had on May 4 reversed the trial court verdict acquitting Bhagora and others and had upheld the conviction of 11 people (one convict is dead) in the Bilkis Bano gang-rape case. Along with 5 policemen, two doctors were also convicted by the HC.According to the prosecution, on March 3, 2002, Bilkis Bano’s family was attacked by a mob at Randhikpur village near Ahmedabad during the post-Godhra riots and seven members of her family were killed.PTI
Bilkis Bano case: SC refuses urgent hearing, seeking stay on conviction of Gujarat cop
ANTI CATTLE SLAUGHTER RULE
Madras HC stays Centre’s notification on sale of cattle for slaughter in animal markets
Madurai: Madras High Court Bench in Madurai has stayed the operation of Rules 22(b)(iii) and 22(e) of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulations of Livestock Markets) Rules 2017 notified by the Centre on May 23 banning the sale of cattle for slaughter in animal markets.A Division Bench of Justices M.V. Muralidaran and CV Karthikeyan granted the interim stay for four weeks on a PIL petition challenging constitutional validity of rules.S. Selvagomathy (45), an activist-cum-lawyer based in Madurai, filed PIL petition on grounds that the statutory rules were repugnant to the parent Act itself since Section 28 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act of 1960 specifically states that it shall not be an offence to kill any animal in a manner required by the religion of any community.Claiming that the PCA Act permits slaughter of animals as well as sale of animals for slaughter, the petitioner said the Centre had no authority to extend its rule making power, under the enactment, to the extent of banning the sale of animals in a market for the purpose of slaughter.She contended that the new rules offend the right to freedom of religion guaranteed under Article 25 and the protection of interests of minorities under Article 29 of the Constitution. She said the slaughtering of animals for food and offering sacrifice in religious places were a part and parcel of the cultural identity of most of the communities in the country. Petitioner stated that prohibiting the sale of cattle for slaughter in animal markets amounted to interfering with the right to practice any profession or to carry on any occupation, trade or business as guaranteed under Article 19(1)(g) of the Constitution. The statutory rules banning sale of cattle for slaughter amounted to excessive restriction and not reasonable restriction imposed on the right to trade. thehindu
Madras HC stays Centre’s notification on sale of cattle for slaughter
'Will leave buffaloes on road,' says up farmer hit by centre's cattle ban
Bulandshahr:  About 22 km from Bulandshahr, a bustling town in western UP , is a cattle market where traders and farmers gather to buy and sell every Monday. Locals say the weekly market is a century old. On this Monday, it wears a desolate look."Around 200-300 buffaloes were sold here every day, but now the business is less than a third of what it used to be",  says Syed Aman, a third generation caretaker of the cattle market. The reason, he says, is Centre's new rules, which forbid the sale of cattle for slaughter at animal markets. The markets will now be able to trade cattle only for agricultural purposes such as ploughing and dairy production. The rules have yet to be formally enforced, but their impact is already being felt on the ground. At the market near Bulandshahr, our team met not a single buyer on Monday. The sellers, mostly farmers who came to sell their old or infirm buffaloes to slaughterhouses, slowly vacated the market, disappointed. According to the market's administrators, the ban has disrupted a vital source of earning for the farmer. "A dairy farmer buys a buffalo for around Rs. 40,000 to 50,000 depending on how much milk it can give. Once it becomes infirm he sells it to a slaughterhouse for around Rs. 25,000 to 30,000,"Aman explained, adding that the farmer then "invests a few thousand more to buy another milk-yielding buffalo."The new rules have ruptured this cycle. ndtv
Why Poor Farmers Fear They May Have To Abandon Old Animals Following Ban On Cattle Sale
New rules on cattle trade will leave farmers poorer: Karnataka Minister
Even as non-BJP-ruled states unite against the Centre’s new rules against cattle slaughter, Karnataka Agriculture Minister Krishna Byre Gowda spoke to News18’s on how the new notification will hit farmers the most. The cost of rearing unproductive cattle could mean cattle doubling, making it difficult for farmers to take care of them,he said. News18.com
Tripura govt not to execute new cattle slaughter rules: Minister
Agartala: Tripura's Left Front Govt will not implement the new cattle trade and slaughter rules as it is against the interests of the people, a state Minister said on Tuesday."The new cattle trade and slaughter rules framed by the central Govt  are against the interest of the people. We will not carry out the new rules," Tripura's Agriculture and Animal Resource Development Minister Aghore Debbarma said." Central Govt is yet to send us the new cattle trade and slaughter rules. They did not consult us on this issue."IANS
Meghalaya BJP leaders threaten to quit over cattle rules
Shillong: Leaders of BJP in Meghalaya on Tuesday threatened to quit the party if the Modi Govt  refused to repeal the new cattle trade rules.“Most party leaders in Meghalaya are not happy with the new rules which are directly affecting the socio-economic status of the people,” BJP Vice President John Antonius Lyngdoh told IANS.Lyngdoh said the party members went into a huddle on Monday and discussed the issue in depth.“We cannot accept the new rules on cattle trade and slaughter. We cannot go against our food behaviour besides putting the economic interest of those people dealing in cattle trade and slaughter in jeopardy,” ex Food and Civil Supplies Minister said.IANS
Meghalaya, Nagaland fume over new cattle sale rules
Strike down new anti-cattle slaughter rules as unconstitutional: Petition
New Delhi: 2 writ petitions were filed in the Kerala High Court on Monday stating that the Centre's notification on cattle slaughter is “contrary to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960” and it is unconstitutional as the Centre does not have the legislative competence to frame such rules.This petition has been filed by Hibi Eden, the Ernakulam MLA, and K U Kunju Mohammed, a meat shop owner, who is engaged in purchasing of cattle. The petition challenges the constitutional validity of Rule 22 of the newly released rules which in effect prevents purchase of cattle for the purpose of slaughter. The petitioners have contended that the said rules not only violate the Right to Equality, Right to Trade and Profession and the Right to Life, but also encroached upon the legislative field of the state Govt .Another ground which the petition raises to strike down the rule is that the new rule of 2017 does not meet the objective of the parent Act of 1960.News18.com
Centre examining issues raised by states post ban on sale of cattle for slaughter: Naidu
Centre is examining "issues" raised by states and some organisations on the recent ban imposed by it on sale and purchase of cattle at animal markets for slaughter,Union minister Venkaiah Naidu said."However, subsequently some issues were raised by some state Govts and other trade bodies. These issues are being examined by Govt," he said.PTI
New cattle trade rule attack on fundamental right, religious freedom, say Civil leaders: IndiaTomorrow
New Delhi:.Amid strong protest from states like Kerala and West Bengal against the new cattle trade rule, civil society has also expressed serious concern on its likely impact and consequences.Navaid Hamid, President of the All India Muslim Majlis-e Mushawarat, an umbrella body of Muslim organisation termed this new rule against the fundamental rights of a citizen. "There are a number of flaws and problematic provisions in this new rule. It is against the fundamental rights of food, ensured in the Constitution of India. It is also against the freedom of religion as well," Hamid said. Hamid said that if Govt is using such laws on the pretext of cruelty against animal then why it is allowing slaughtering of dogs and goats.He also said that a large number of marginalised population in the country use animal meat as cheap protein.Mohammad Salim Engineer, Secretary General of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, has strongly criticized the new rule."Govt is directly targeting trade of a particular community and its practice of animal sacrifice - a religious obligation. It is a direct attack on religious freedom," he said. Christian leader and social activist Dr John Dayal also thinks that this rule violates many fundamental rights of countrymen.Dalit leader Bhai Tej Singh, who is president of Ambedkar Samaj Party, thinks the civil society is not speaking as loudly as it should against the new rule."They are allowing human to be killed and talking about animal rights," he added.
Twitterati in Kerala rakes up #DravidaNadu over 'beef ban'
Chennai: Over 50 years after DMK dropped its demand for the Dravida Nadu, an independent nation comprising of 4 southern states, the hashtag #DravidaNadu was trending on Twitter with its origin from unlikeliest Kerala, not Tamil Nadu, thanks to Centre's notification banning the sale of cattle for the slaughter.As 'DravidaNadu' hashtag kept trending on Sunday night, it got enthusiastic support from Twitterati in Tamil Nadu. Union Ministry of Environment and Forest's notification banning the sale of cattle for the slaughter has not gone down well in Kerala where beef dishes are popular. Twitterati from Kerala brought out DravidaNadu hashtag from nowhere to drive home their opposition to the Centre's so-called imposition of culture, language and food habits upon people. DNA
IIT-Madras PhD scholar, who participated in beef fest, ‘beaten up’ by students:HT
Chennai: A group of students at IIT-Madras allegedly thrashed on Tuesday a PhD scholar who had participated in a campus beef festival held to protest the central Govt ’s ban on sale of cattle for slaughter at animal markets.The organiser of the festival at the prestigious institution told HT that 6 to 7 students surrounded Aerospace engineering PhD student R Sooraj during lunch time at a hostel canteen on Tuesday and attacked him.Sooraj’s right eye was seriously damaged and he was rushed to the hospital, said Abhinav Surya, a final year mechanical engineering student who organised beef festival.
Global fashion giants fret over cattle slaughter crackdown
Indian exporters were scrambling Tuesday to assure global clients like Zara and Giorgio Armani their shipments would arrive despite a Govt  crackdown on cattle slaughter which threatens the lucrative leather industry.The Govt  last week declared a nationwide ban on the sale of cattle for slaughter, startling major fashion labels who buy billions of dollars worth of leather from India every year to make high-end shoes, handbags and jackets."They're calling and writing emails and asking what the consequences of this will be, and I don't know what to tell them," said Mohammad Zia Nafees, whose Kolkata-based business sells finished leather to Zara and Marks & Spencer for shoes.AFP
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Zakir Naik, wanted in India on terror charges, trying for Malaysian citizenship: NIA sources
New Delhi: Zakir Naik, wanted by NIA on terror charges, has applied for Malaysian citizenship, according to agency sources. Naik has been changing his base quite frequently after the NIA moved the Interpol for issuance of a Red Corner Notice (RCN), international arrest warrant, against him, they said.The preacher, who is believed to have Permanent Residence status in Malaysia, has now sought its citizenship but no decision has been taken so far on his application, the sources said. The Indian government is planning to use its diplomatic channels to frustrate all attempts by the controversial preacher to get citizenship in any country, they said.The Malaysian authorities were aware about terror cases pending against the controversial Islamic preacher, they said.His present place of stay is unknown and it is believed that he has been shuttling between the UAE, Saudi Arabia, African and Southeast Asian countries, the sources said.PTI
NIA to file FIR in Pak funding in J&K  through Hurriyat leaders
New Delhi: NIA is likely to file a FIR in Pakistan's funding of Hurriyat leaders for stone-pelting and other forms of protest in J&K , a case exposed by the exclusive investigation conducted by the India Today TV earlier this month. FIR follows the NIA's interrogation of separatists JKLF leader Farooq Ahmad Dar alias Bitta Karate, Tehreek-e-Hurriyat leader Javed Ahmed alias Gazi Baba, and suspended Hurriyat leader Naeem Khan, who have all reportedly admitted that Hurriyat chief Syed Ali Shah Geelani was getting money from Pakistan frequently through different channels.Sources in NIA said the facts are being ascertained and the preliminary inquiry of the three separatist leaders is likely to be changed into a regular case.Once the FIR is filed, the NIA is likely to interoogate the Hurriyat veteran Geelani, sources said.india today
Kashmir: Restrictions extended as Valley remains tense after Sabzar Bhat’s death
Restrictions and curfew were extended to several parts of Kashmir on Tuesday, days after Sabzar Bhat was killed in an encounter with security forces on Saturday.A call by separatists to march to Tral, Bhat’s hometown, has added to the unease in the already tense valley. Areas under 7 police stations, in mostly what’s referred to as ‘downtown’ area, in Srinagar were already under curfew since Monday. The roads in the area are completely deserted and only a few private vehicles plying on roads in some parts. A few young men huddle in front of shops to discuss the prevailing situation, while some child occasionally cycles by the barbed wires. CRPF personnel and policemen keep an eye out for anyone trying to break the curfew or if any group of masked youngsters is preparing to pelt stones.Soon after Bhat’s killing, there was a spontaneous shutdown in protest and stone-peltings across the Valley. Scores were injured and at least 13 people were hit in their eyes by pellets and brought to Srinagar’s hospital.HT
Kulbhushan Jadhav providing 'crucial intelligence' on recent terror attacks in the country: Pakistan
Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria has revealed that ex-Indian naval officer and alleged spy Kulbhushan Jadhav has been providing "crucial intelligence" on recent terrorist attacks that have taken place in the country. The Dawn quoted Zakaria, that, "Jadhav continues to provide crucial intelligence with regard to recent terrorist attacks in Pakistan." When asked to ellaborate on what kind of intelligence Jadhav was providing to the establishment, Zakaria said that at this point in time, he could not reveal the details. Meanwhile, Pakistan's Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf Ali has said that Islamabad will be presenting all evidences before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the Kulbhushan Jadhav case."We have important information against him," Attorney General Ausaf told a private news channel over the weekend.ANI
Delhi HC orders eviction of encroachers from over 900 Waqf properties
New Delhi: Delhi High Court today ordered the AAP Govt  and other agencies to carry out eviction orders waiting to be enforced for several years on 990 Waqf Board properties in New Delhi. "There is an order. I do not understand why the authorities are not complying with it. Even the Govt  of Delhi has failed to disclose the steps it has taken in this regard," a bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar said."Law has to be complied with by everyone. You (Govt ) do your job," the bench said, directing that it wanted a status report on the Waqf Board properties being restored to their original status in eight weeks. Court told the authorities to ensure eviction and submit an action-taken report by Aug 8. The court was hearing a public interest litigation or PIL filed by advocate Shahid Ali, which sought eviction of illegal occupants from some 990 Waqf Board properties. PIL said that though the "encroachers" have been ordered to leave, the sub-divisional magistrates concerned have not been enforcing the orders. The court expressed displeasure over the Delhi Waqf Board's submission that it was having trouble getting its properties vacated from unauthorised encroachers. The Waqf Board's counsel said they have also written to the Delhi Govt  in this regard."You are not able to get your properties back. It is so badly encroached," the court said, and told the Delhi Govt  counsel to comply with the law. "You have no idea that you have reduced Delhi to such a mess," it said. The bench asked the Delhi Govt  why a tribunal formed to look into disputes related to Waqf Board properties was not doing anything. The court then asked the counsel for the Revenue Authority, under whom all sub-divisional magistrates of Delhi come, why Waqf laws were framed if there was no intention to enforce them.PTI
In the plains of North India, Muslims rethink politics, a story of introspection: HT spl story
Patna/Bareilly/Deoband:After a 20-minute lecture on political marginalisation of Muslims in India, a prominent Muslim scholar at Darul-uloom-Deoband changes track.“We may be down. But we know one thing. Out future is in jamoooriyat, democracy.We have faith in India, in the Indian system, in the elections. No one can change the Indian constitution. And till then we are safe.” Even as alienation constitutes one element of the story of Muslims in contemporary India, political introspection constitutes another. They are thinking hard about political choices they have made in the past, and the political choices they ought to make in the future. It is a moment of remarkable openness in the community. And all options are on the table.4 years ago, Manzar Islam was teaching social science at the Azad Academy in Araria. During a conversation about BJP’s PM candidate Narendra Modi’s winning prospects in 2013, he had said, the irritation palpable in his voice, “Why are you asking a Muslim this?You think we can like him?” He added, confidently, that Modi would not win - for it was Hindus themselves who were opposing him, citing the late UR Ananthmurthy and Amartya Sen.Islam is now retired and we met at his house, near his old school in Araria. His tone has palpably changed.“What do we do now? Even backwards and Dalits are going towards Modi. He will win in 2019.” Islam also, in a matter-of-fact tone, speaks of the polarisation on the ground.In Bareilly, Maulana Shahabuddin Razvi is the director of Islamic Research Centre and the general secretary of All India Tanzeem Ulama-e-Islam.He says that Muslims have to accept that the PM, and now the UP CM, are from the BJP.
GRP constable allegedly rapes a woman on a running train in UP
Bijnore. In yet another daring incident,GRP constable allegedly raped a woman on a running train in the district on Tuesday. Police said that passengers came to know about the incident when the victim woman raised alarm at Bijnore Railway Station this morning. The woman was rescued from GRP constable, who was also half naked at the time.Later, passengers thrashed the constable and handed him to the police. According to the police, the GRP constable, identified as Komal, allegedly molested the woman on Lucknow-Chandigarh Express train inside coach reserved for Divyang passengers. The accused was presently posted at Moradabad. UNI
UP's Jewar robbery, ‘rape’: Family members hold protest, demand arrest of accused
Jewar: The family members and relatives of the four women, who were allegedly robbed and gang-raped off Yamuna Expressway while on their way to Bulandshahr last Thursday, protested against the delay in arresting the accused men.A group of around 100 people took out a silent march through the internal roads of Jewar town on Monday and staged a protest at the office of the subdivisional magistrate.Protesters said 4 days have passed since the incident and the police are yet to make headway in the case and nab the culprits.“A bread earner of a family was shot dead, the women were raped and men were robbed of money. This was a brutal incident and the police have not taken it seriously. We have been given assurances, but nothing has happened,” a relative said. rotesters raised slogans against the Govt  and the police for not acting swiftly. hindustantimes
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In Saharanpur, cult of Chandrashekhar grows as Dalit-led Bhim Army takes on Thakurs
Saharanpur: He has been on the run since he was declared wanted for inciting clashes in strife-torn Saharanpur. But advocate Chandrashekhar, the founder of Bhim Army – a group of Dalit youth – continues to enjoy a celebrity status in his neghbourhood where many consider him to be the sole “voice of social justice”.Large tracts of Saharanpur, the site of caste clashes between upper caste Thakurs and Dalits in recent months, is deeply divided and the opinion about Chandrashekhar differ. For Thakurs such as Virendra Rana, Chandrashekhar is the “root cause of trouble”. For the police as well, he is no more than a fugitive. “He is on the run. We will try to nab him soon,” said Babloo Kumar, senior superintended of police, Saharanpur.But back at his two-storey home in Chhutmalpur, his mother his very proud of him.“He is not a criminal... Samajik nyay karne nikla hai (he is out to do social justice). Bas dar lagta hai police kuch karne le (I fear police might harm him),” said 60-year-old Kamlesh. Her fears are rooted in rumours thatChandrashekhar may surrender soon.HT
SIT to probe Saharanpur clashes, 10 inspectors to be part of team
SIMI undertrials: Kin allege torture, NHRC directs on-the-spot inquiry
New Delhi: Family members of some SIMI suspects lodged at Bhopal Central Jail have approached the NHRC, alleging that prison authorities were torturing them and denying adequate food since the killing of eight undertrials in an encounter last year. NHRC has taken cognisance of the matter and directed its own investigation team to conduct an on-the-spot inquiry and submit a report at the earliest.A delegation consisting of eight relatives, and members of a few NGOs and civil society, had recently submitted a memorandum to the NHRC, seeking its intervention.“A representation has been received from Nazma Bi and nine others, most of them residents of district Ujjain, MP. They are relatives of 21 undertrial prisoners, who are lodged in the Bhopal jail,” according to the Commission.As per the case details of the complaint, the Commission has observed that “The matter has been thoughtfully considered by the Commission and it is of the view that true facts need to be ascertained in the first instance.”“DIG (Investigation) of the Commission is requested to constitute a team of officers, headed by an SSP to conduct an on-the-spot investigation and submit their report at the earliest in respect of the truth or otherwise of the allegations made in the complaint,” it said.The memorandum sent to NHRC has been endorsed by Kavita Srivastava and ND Pancholi of the PUCL, Manisha Sethi of Jamia Teachers’ Solidarity Association, and member from the Innocence Network, Quill Foundation, APCR and People’s Watch. Indianexpress

Cow vigilantes in Maharashtra hammer youths suspected of possessing beef
Nagpur: A group of cow vigilantes attacked two youths of Malegaon town in Maharashtra's Washim district last week after suspecting them of possessing banned beef, police said on Monday.Washim's SP Mokshada Patil told media persons that at least 7 "gau rakshaks" have been booked as also the two youths who allegedly were found in possession of beef. In the incident that occurred last Friday, the cow vigilantes brutally hammered the two youths before taking them to police.Patil said samples of the meat collected from the duo have been sent to a Govt lab in Nagpur for analysis and ascertain whether it was beef or not."9 persons have been arrested in connection with the incident. We have lodged two different complaints. The seven who attacked the two men have been charged and the other is against the due from whom the meat was recovered," Patil said.Earlier over the weekend, a video clip of the alleged cow vigilants assaulting the two persons and accusing them of possessing cow meat, went viral on social media networks.They were seen shouting slogans and forcing the duo to chant 'Jai Shri Ram', slapping, punching and kicking them repeatedly, and ordering them to come to the police station with them.IANS
Yogi Adityanath Govt's woman minister inaugurates beer bar, courts controversy
Lucknow : A woman minister in the Yogi Adityanath Govt  courted controversy on Monday after her pictures inaugurating a beer bar in the state capital went viral in the social media. Minister of State for Women Welfare Swati Singh inaugurated the beer bar by the name of 'Be the Beer' in Gomtinagar on Saturday.What has taken the political circles by surprise is that there has been no precedence of this sort and that the bar she inaugurated does not even have a valid licence so far. Swati Singh is a new entrant to politics and came into the limelight last year after she launched a blistering campaign against BSP chief Mayawati, who in retaliation to her husband Daya Shankar Singh's objectionable remarks made similar comments about Swati and her daughter.IANS
32 Hindu inmates observe roza with Muslims in Muzaffarnagar jail
Muzaffarnagar:About 32 Hindu inmates lodged in a jail in Muzaffarnagar are observing 'roza', dawn-to-dusk fast during Ramzan along with 1,174 Muslim prisoners.According to jail superintendent, prison authorities have made special arrangements for inmates who are performing roza. Milk and dry fruits are being provided to them for 'iftar'.PTI
Kerala BJP leader new vice chairperson of Minorities Commission
George Kurian, BJP leader and social and educational activist from Kerala, has been appointed as the vice chairperson of the National Commission for Minorities (NCM). Appointment was made by Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. Centre had on May 24 nominated five NCM members, including Kurian, to the Commissions vice chairperson post, which had been lying vacant for over 2 months.Ex-national secretary of BJPs minority morcha, Gairul Hasan Rizvi is chairman of the Commission, which is tasked with responsibility of safeguarding the constitutional rights of minorities.PTI
Do not fall prey to terror designs of fundamentalist forces, cautions Rajnath
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today cautioned the youth not to fall prey to terror designs of global fundamentalist forces.He exhorted the youth to imbibe and abide by such values that would make them emerge winners in any situation, and enable them to achieve anything they aim for in life.Drawing a contrast between the youth working in IT major Infosys and terror outfit al-Qaeda, he said while one section was working in the interest of society, the other was working for its destruction.Rajnath quoted Thomas L Friedman, who in his book 'The World is Flat', has written an essay comparing Infosys with al-Qaeda."Infosys has a global network, and so does al-Qaeda. The youth are in Infosys as well as al-Qaeda. He (Friedman) also said that highly-talented youth are in Infosys and al-Qaeda.The difference lies only in their thinking. One believes in creative thinking while the other believes in destructive thinking," Rajnath said quoting the essay.PTI
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Pakistan rethinking Saudi-led 41-nation military alliance; wants to avoid straining Iran relationship
Islamabad: Pakistan is taking a relook at its position on the Saudi-backed 41-nation Islamic military alliance to be led by its former army chief Gen Raheel Sharif to avoid further straining its relationship with neighbouring Iran, according to a media report on Monday.The Express Tribune reported that Pakistan has decided to follow clear red lines in joining the alliance first announced by Saudi Arabia in 2015.Its decision comes after statements by Saudi authorities at the Arab Islamic-US summit in Riyadh on 20-21 May suggested that the military alliance was meant primarily to counter Iran — a regional rival of Saudi Arabia.The Riyadh summit focused on isolating Iran — which was kept out of the summit — and countering terrorism in West Asia.Pakistani officials insisted that the Pakistan Govt  in-principle agreed to be a part of the initiative if its sole purpose was to fight terrorism. It was believed that the Govt  had joined the alliance when in April it green-lighted Sharif to leave Pakistan to lead the alliance.But the officials said a final decision will be made once the terms of reference (ToRs) of the alliance are finalised. ToRs would be finalised during a meeting of the defence ministers of the participating countries in Saudi Arabia soon.A senior official familiar with the development told the daily that Pakistan would present its set of proposals during the meeting. Pakistan, according to the official, would recommend that the military alliance should have a clear objective, that is to fight terrorism. Any deviation from this goal, he added, will not only undermine the alliance but lead to more divisions in the Muslim world.PTI
ExPak army chief to quit Saudi-led Islamic alliance: Report
UN warns 2,00,000 Iraqi citizens at risk as forces start final assault on IS held Mosul:AFP
Mosul: Iraqi forces pressed forward with an offensive against jihadist-held areas of Mosul as the US warned of grave danger to civilians in the final stages of the battle.More than 7 months into the massive operation to recapture Mosul from the Islamic State group, Iraqi forces have retaken the city's east and large parts of its western side, but the jihadists are putting up tough resistance in areas they still hold. Joint Operations Command said on Monday that Iraqi aircraft had dropped leaflets over Mosul urging residents to leave IS-held areas, the second time this has been done within the past week. This is the opposite of the strategy Iraqi forces employed in east Mosul, where they urged civilians to stay in their homes, and may encourage even more people to leave. "In the past several weeks, 160,000 civilians have fled, and our expectation is that, because of this order (from the Govt ), we could be seeing a similar number of civilians flee in coming days," Lise Grande, UN's humanitarian coordinator in Iraq, told AFP."Altogether, since the start of Mosul, 760,000 civilians have left their homes, and we are looking at the possibility of another 200,000 civilians leaving", she said.Of the 760,000 civilians who have fled, some 150,000 have since returned home, leaving more than 600,000 currently displaced.AFP
Putin a bigger threat than IS: John McCain
Sydney: Russian President Vladimir Putin is a bigger threat to world security than the so-called Islamic State group, according to veteran US Senator John McCain who also admits Donald Trump makes him "nervous".Republican McCain -- one of US President Trump's most outspoken critics in his own party -- said Russia's alleged meddling in elections was a danger to democracy."I think he (Putin) is the premier and most important threat, more so than ISIS," McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said. AFP 
UK's "Big Brother" anti-terror strategy is flawed:UN expert
Britain is undergoing a subtle but alarming shift towards criminalising peaceful protest and free expression, said a UN report on Monday that likened it to a "Big Brother" state of surveillance and suspicion.The highly critical report covers many policies overseen by PM  Theresa May in her prior role as home secretary, Britain's interior minister, and comes 10 days before a general election that polls say May could win with a narrow majority.The report, dated May 24, was drawn up before the May 22 suicide bomb attack that killed 22 people at a Manchester pop concert, and makes no reference to it. That attack has prompted an internal review of how Britain's security services handle intelligence on suspects.Britain's MI5 had identified bomber Salman Abedi as a possible radical but did not have him under surveillance, a source told Reuters. It is highly unusual for authorities to confirm an internal probe into possible security service lapses.Written by Maina Kiai, who was U.N. Special Rapporteur on freedom of peaceful assembly until last month, the report said Britain's civil society was a "national treasure" now at risk from police tactics, anti-terrorism legislation and curbs on charities and trade unions.Reuters
Palestine govt calls for holding Gaza polls in Oct
Ramallah: West Bank-based Palestinian govt on Tuesday announced a decision to hold local polls in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip in mid-Oct.The announcement came in a govt statement released following a weekly cabinet meeting chaired by PM Rami al-Hamdallah in Ramallah, Govt ’s administrative capital.According to the statement, the Govt  has tasked Local Govt Minister Hussein al-Araj with making arrangements for the upcoming polls in coordination with Palestine’s official electoral commission. Palestinian resistance movement Hamas, for its part, which has governed the blockaded Gaza Strip since 2007, has yet to comment on the announcement. On May 13, Hamas boycotted local elections held in the West Bank, saying polls should be postponed until longstanding differences between it and the rival Fatah movement -- which runs the Ramallah-based govt -- are resolved.Anadoldu
Israel arrests hundreds of Palestinians over FB posts
Israeli occupation authorities have arrested and prosecuted hundreds of Palestinians since 2015 after analysing data on their Facebook pages and judging that they are potential terrorists, Haaretz revealed on Monday.An investigation by the Israeli journalists Orr Hirschauge and Hagar Shezaf found that Israel has violated its own and international laws regarding the detention of Palestinian youths. The domestic intelligence agency Shabak, apparently, has decided that Palestinians are terrorists if they mention the world “martyr” on Facebook.They cited the example of a 29-year-old Palestinian woman from Hebron, whose husband was killed in a car accident in Israel in 2010. She was arrested on 2 Dec. 2015 and said that the Israeli interrogators handed her a screenshot of a Facebook post in which there is a picture of her husband with a caption written by her, “May God unite us in heaven”. middleeastmonitor
Israel has already Judaised 95% of Jerusalem
The head of the Islamic and Christian Committee in Jerusalem has stressed the importance of international watchdog reports which condemn Israeli policies in the city, Qudsnet News reported on Monday.Hanna Naser noted that Israel’s occupation authorities have already Judaised 95% of Jerusalem. “Crimes are not subject to a statute of limitations based on UN treaties,” he pointed out. Israel’s crimes are intended to eradicate the presence of indigenous Jerusalemites in their own city. Although Israel is colonising East Jerusalem with Jewish settlers, said Naser, demographic balance is in favour of the Palestinians. Middleeastmonitor


Houthis ban ‘tarawih’ prayers in Sana’a
Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen have banned the “tarawih” prayers in Sana’a, Gulf News has reported. Prayers are traditionally read in mosques after the usual night prayer during the month of Ramadan.Houthis have also notified Imams to cancel any religious sermons or lectures inside mosques, and forced them to sign a pledge to commit to the ban. It has, apparently, been introduced in a bid to prevent the population praying against the Houthi group and their rule in the Yemeni capital. Tarawih prayers, it is claimed, will only be allowed in Sana’a if supplications are made in favour of the rebels and their allies.Hundreds of religious preachers have fled Sana’a since the Houthis took control of Sana’a. Others have been arrested and, it is alleged, tortured. middleeastmonitor
Cyclone Mora batters Bangladesh, displacing 500,000
Cyclone Mora has battered Bangladesh, killing at least three people and wreaking havoc in camps housing Rohingya refugees.The tropical storm has forced almost 500,000 people to flee coastal villages.Packing heavy rain and winds, the storm made landfall between Cox's Bazar and the port city of Chittagong early on Tuesday morning.Police said a woman and a man were crushed under trees felled by strong winds in Cox's Bazar.Another woman died of panic, officials said, adding that several thousand houses were damaged in the area, most of them mud-built structures.Community leaders for some 200,000 Rohingya refugees, many of whom live in flimsy makeshift camps having fled persecution in neighbouring Myanmar, said damage to the camps was extensive and there had been no attempt to evacuate them. aljazeera
Indira Jaising to lead UN probe into Myanmar’s Rohingya crackdown
Yangon (Myanmar): UN on Tuesday appointed noted human rights lawyer Indira Jaising and two other experts to a fact-finding mission to investigate alleged killings, rape and torture by security forces against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.The mission will be led by Jaising, a Supreme Court advocate, a UN statement said. The other two members are Sri Lankan lawyer Radhika Coomaraswamy and Australian consultant Christopher Dominic.Some 75,000 Rohingya fled the northwestern Rakhine state to Bangladesh after the Myanmar army carried out a security operation last October in response to attacks by Rohingya insurgents on border posts in which nine police officers were killed.Reuters
US failed to keep its promises in Afghanistan: Karzai
KABUL;Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday said that the U.S. had reneged on its promise of protecting the country from external threats and developing its economy.“The U.S. demanded a permanent military base from us and promised us two things in return,” Karzai said, speaking exclusively to Anadolu Agency.“The first was to support Afghanistan against external threats like Pakistan. And the second was to help the country improve its security situation and hence its economy,” he said.Anadolu Agency
Trump lashes out at Germany over trade and NATO
President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday to complain about a US trade deficit with Germany and his belief that the country must pay more for the NATO military alliance.The tweet follows a volley of criticism from Germany after the president concluded his first official tour abroad on Sunday, returning from Saudi Arabia, Israel, Brussels and then Italy for a G7 summit.In Berlin on Sunday, Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that the United States and Britain may no longer be completely reliable partners.World Bulletin
PM Modi supports German Chancellor Angela Merkel's EU leadership as Donald Trump criticises Germany
BERLIN: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today backed German Chancellor Angela Merkel's "strong leadership" in uniting the European Union at a time when the economic grouping was showing signs of strain post Brexit and over the protectionist policies of US President Donald Trump. Modi, whose visit to Germany comes less than a week after Merkel provided the strongest indication yet that the EU and the US under President Trump were drifting apart, said India would play a positive role in boosting unity in the grouping. Modi's support comes at a crucial time for Merkel, who has been fighting secessionist tendencies within the bloc since Britain decided to leave the 28-member bloc through a referendum in June last year. The prime minister praised her "strong leadership" and said a EU-focused vision is what the world needs.  PTI
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Proposed ban on sale and purchase of cattle for slaughter violates fundamental rights of food and livelihood:Anup Surendranath
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In the name of cow: Lynching, thrashing, condemnation in 3 years of BJP rule:Saubhadra Chatterji
AIIMS entrance test dress code: Ban on hijab is unconstitutional, violates right to freedom of religion: Devika Agarwal
Is Rajasthan Govt  Eliminating Urdu-Medium Public Schools? The wire
Babri ghost haunts BJP: CBI's conspiracy charges against old guards a setback for ruling party?

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