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01 June 2017. ND: Setback for Modi: India loses world’s fastest growing economy tag as GDP grows slowest in 2 yrs

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Setback for Modi: India loses world’s fastest growing economy tag as GDP grows slowest in 2 yrs
New Delhi: India’s economic growth unexpectedly slowed to its lowest in more than two years, dragged down by construction, manufacturing and trade services, and stripping the country of its status as the world’s fastest growing major economy.Annual GDP growth for the January-March period came in at 6.1 percent, compared with a provisional 7.0 percent in the previous quarter, government data showed on Wednesday. The expansion was much slower than the 7.1 percent forecast by economists in a Reuters poll. It was also lower than China’s growth of 6.9 percent for the first three months of 2017.“This data is closer to the ground reality than the previous ones,” said Anjali Verma, an economist at PhillipCapital in Mumbai. The figure is the lowest since the December quarter in 2014, which registered 6.0 percent growth, Reuters data shows.For the 2016/17 fiscal year ending in March, New Delhi reported GDP growth of 7.1 percent, slower than an 8.0 percent expansion a year ago. The weak GDP data will be a setback for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who completed three years in office last week.Wednesday’s figures, however, have not changed expectations for monetary policy. Analysts still expect the RBI to keep interest rates on hold. “We continue to expect the RBI to remain on pause, with any rate hikes ruled out,” said Shubhada Rao, chief economist at YES Bank.Reuters
SBI ATM, online, cash transaction fees change from June 1: All you need to know
SBI has revised service charges on ATM withdrawals for users of its mobile app "SBI Mobile Buddy", as well as for various other cash and online transactions, effective from June 1. The country's largest lender will start charging customers Rs 25 per transaction for withdrawing money from an ATM through its mobile wallet app from Thursday. SBI mobile wallet allows cardless ATM withdrawals+ via its app.SBI will also levy charges on withdrawals at branches and ATMs beyond the four free transactions, for its basic savings banks deposit account (BSBDA) holders. BSBDA is a zero balance savings account that provides basic services like an ATM card, monthly statement, and a cheque book. There are no annual maintenance charges for BSBDA customers.Regular savings bank account holders will continue to get eight free ATM transactions (5 at SBI ATMs + 3 at ATMs of other banks) in metro cities and 10 free transactions in non-metro cities (5 at SBI ATMs + 5 at ATMs of other banks) in a month.TOI
Presidential poll: BJP mulls nominating Dalit candidate; Draupadi Murmu could be nominee for President
New Delhi:  While the Congress-led Opposition is yet to reach to a consensus on a common candidate for the presidential poll 2017, BJP is mulling nominating a Dalit candidate for the post of the President of India. If the BJP decides to nominate a Dalit or backward leader, Jharkhand governor Draupadi Murmu and Union social justice minister Thawar Chand Gehlot may get chance to hold the country’s second most coveted job. President Pranab Mukherjee’s term as President of India will end in July. RSS has asked the BJP, in a recent meeting, to consider the names of dalit or tribal leaders for President of India’s post, reported the Deccan Chronicle. Jharkhand governor Draupadi Murmu could be BJP-led NDA candidate in the presidential election. According to Sangh Parivar and BJP, as Draupadi Murmu is a woman and a dalit tribal leader, Opposition might not be in position to oppose her. With Murmu on board, BJP can get support of the Biju Janata Dal as she was a minister of state with independent charge for commerce and transport during BJP-BJD coalition govt in the state.india
Next Prez of India: Tarun Chand Gehlot or Draupadi Murmu?
5 Pak soldiers killed in retaliatory firing along LoC, say Indian Army officials
Indian Army on Thursday killed 5 Pakistani soldiers in retaliatory fire assaults in Bhimber and Battal sectors of Jammu and Kashmir,TheStatesman reported.6 Pakistani soldiers were also reported to be injured. Earlier in the day, Pakistan Foreign office summoned Deputy Indian High Commissioner JP Singh and lodged a protest over ceasefire violation by India along the LoC. Foreign Office said in a statement that India had resorted to firing in Battal, Jandrot and Kotli sectors. scroll
Pak summons Indian Deputy High Commissioner over LoC ceasefire violation, says 2 civilians killed in firing
New Delhi : Pakistan on Thursday summoned India’s deputy high commissioner JP Singh and “condemned the unprovoked” ceasefire violation by India along the LoC in which 2 civilians were killed and 5 others injured. According to a statement issued by Foreign Office, India resorted to firing in Battal, Jandrot and Kotli sectors.The statement said, “DG (South Asia & SAARC), Dr Mohammad Faisal, summoned the Indian Deputy High Commissioner, JP Singh and condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian occupation forces on June 1.”The statement also said that “deliberate targeting” of civilians is contrary to human dignity, international human rights and humanitarian laws.
Kashmir ceasefire violation: GREF personnel killed, 5 injured in unprovoked Pakistan firing
Jammu :A GREF labourer was killed and 5 others, including a BSF head constable, were injured as Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked mortar shelling and automatic weapons fire at various places along the Line of Control in Rajouri and Poonch districts of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday morning.Though the identity of deceased was yet to be known, defence ministry spokesperson Lt Colonel Manish Mehta said “a GREF labourer was martyred and a driver along with a BSF head constable sustained splinter injury.” Those who were injured are out of danger, he added. Indianexpress
Kulbhushan Jadhav death sentence: He will be alive till he exhausts clemency, says Pakistan
Pakistan on Thursday said alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav will remain alive till he does not exhaust the right to seek clemency.“Irrespective of ICJ’s stay, Jadhav will remain alive until he has exhausted the right to request for clemency, initially with the COAS (army chief) and later with President,” Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said.IANS
From PhD and MPhil to BTech and BE: New local militants are young and educated
Srinagar : Very young and quite educated — from a 15-year-old school student to graduates, post-graduates, techies, an M Phil degree holder and even a doctorate. That’s the profile of many of those who have joined the renewed indigenous militancy in the Valley, fuelled by the life and death of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani and what followed in its wake. According to data compiled by security agencies, 67 local recruits have joined the militancy in the Valley since Wani’s killing in an encounter last July. Of them, 50 are from south Kashmir, Wani’s native region; 63 are below the age of 30, including two 16-year-olds and one 15-year-old; and, only three are “recycled militants”, or those who went back to militancy after being jailed.The data reveals that in South Kashmir, nine are from Pulwama district, 9 from Awantipora (including Tral), 13 from Kulgam, 11 from Shopian, eight from Anantnag. 8 fresh recruits have joined militancy in north Kashmir: two from Kupwara, one from Handwara, three from Bandipore and two from Sopore. In Central Kashmir, there are five such new recruits – three in Budgam and two in Srinagar.Security agencies reveal that 47 among these new local recruits have joined Hizbul Mujahideen, 18 are with Lashkar and the allegiance of two is unknown. Ten among them have already been killed in different encounters while four have been arrested. indianexpress
Central notification on cattle has nothing to do with cow slaughter: Jaitley
New Delhi:  Central Government today said the latest notification on cattle issue was confined only to the sale of the same and had nothing to do with the slaughter issue and the notification in no way trespasses on the rights of the state Governments."The notification has nothing to do whether you can slaughter a cattle or not," Finance Minister Arun Jaitley told reporters here.He said the states have their own laws besides Article 48 of Constitution which directs about animal protection. Under the said Article, state (or the Govt) shall endeavour to organise agriculture and animal husbandry on modern and scientific lines and shall, in particular, take steps for preserving and improving the breeds, and prohibiting the slaughter, of cows and calves and other milch and drought cattle.UNI
BJP shows flexibility over beef ban, says states are free to decide on slaughter of cows
New Delhi:Finding itself in the midst of a storm over the Centre's order banning the sale of cattle for slaughter,ruling BJP has displayed flexibility. Admitting that majority of BJP leaders in Meghalaya eat beef, the party has also clarified that it was up to the state governments to decide on banning slaughter of cows.Talking to India Today on Narendra Modi govt's recent notification banning sale of cattle for slaughter, BJP's national spokesperson in charge of Meghalaya Nalin Kohli said, "BJP is saying this clearly that the question of having a law in a state on cow slaughter is to be decided by the state and not the Centre."On BJP's stand on states, such as Northeast and southern states, where majority of the population consumes beef, Kohli said, "Every state government that decides to have a law or not have a law on cow slaughter, do so keeping in mind the local food habits of that particular state and in the Northeast every state government will keep this in account."India Today
Meghalaya BJP leader quits over beef party; another may be asked to resign
Guwahati:A proposed beef party by some BJP leaders in Meghalaya to mark the third anniversary of the Narendra Modi government at the Centre has sparked a controversy with one office bearer quitting the saffron outfit and another likely to be asked to resign.“I quit the party as BJP is trying to impose their ideology on us. What’s wrong if we planned to celebrate the third anniversary in our own traditional way?”Bernard N Marak, ex-West Garo Hills district president of BJP, questioned.The leader hit the headlines a few days back after he stated that the saffron party would bring down prices of beef in Meghalaya if it comes to power after next year’s assembly polls.Bernard told the HT that the party was to be held in the second week of June “in a bid to clear doubts of the local people that BJP was trying to impose a ban on consumption of beef”. hindustantimes
Kerala calf slaughter: 8 suspended Youth Congress leaders arrested by police: indianexpress
New Delhi: 8 suspended Youth Congress leaders including Kannur mandal president Rajeel Makkutty were arrested by the police Thursday for their involvement in the public slaughter of a calf as part of a protest against Centre’s notification banning the sale and purchase of cattle for slaughter at animal markets. The arrest took place on the basis of a complaint filed by the Yuva Morcha, BJP’s youth wing, against the leaders for slaughtering a calf in an open truck in the public and later distributing its meat for free among the public in Kannur.
Kerala MLA ate beef after 19 yrs to protest Centre’s ban; Facebook Live video goes viral
New Delhi:Even as the BJP-led Centre imposed a ban on the sale and purchase of cattle for slaughter at animal markets, people in Kerala are opposing the move in all ways they could. From organising beef fests to Pinarayi Vijayan, Kerala CM, himself protesting the ban, there has been no stopping the people of ‘God’s own country’ from protecting their right to eat whatever they want to. Including, VT Balram, a Congress MLA in Kerala’s Thrithala constituency. A vegetarian for 19 years, Balram, who was at a Kerala Students’ Union event recently, decided to turn non-vegetarian by eating beef from his friend’s plate as a symbolic contribution to the ongoing ‘food politics’ debate in the country. He made a Facebook Live video eating beef after 19 years, which is now going viral with hundreds of thousands of views and thousands of shares. indianexpress
UPSC Results: In a first, 9 out of 50 Muslims who cleared IAS exams secured their position in top 100
New Delhi: UPSC Results 2016 was released on Wednesday and for the first time records of several years were broken, as 50 Muslims this year cleared the prestigious examination for the top position of IAS, IFS and IPS. But this year records of past several years were broken as nine out of 50 Muslims who cleared IAS exams secured their position in top 100 ranks. These 9 toppers include, Bilal Mohiuddin Bhat from Kashmir who secured 10th position, Muzammil Khan (22nd rank), Shaikh Tanveer Asif (25th rank), Hamna Mariyam (28th rank), Zaffar Iqbal (39th rank), Rizwan Basha Shaikh (48th rank), Sheikh Abdul Rahman (62nd rank), Arif Ahsan (74th rank) and Syed Fakhruddin Hamid (86th rank).Out of total 1,099 successful candidates in final list of the UPSC exams, 50 Muslims have made it to this year’s result, with Bilal Mohiuddin on 10th rank. The number of Muslim candidates this year has eventually increased than last few years. In 2016, 36 Muslims had cleared the prestigious exams, while the number stood at 38 in 2015, 34 in 2014 and 30 in 2013. The increase in the number is a positive sign for the Muslim community. India.com
UPSC results: 51 Muslims among 1099 Successful Candidates: theindianawaaz
Civil Services 2016: Names of Jamia-coached 27 candidates who cracked exam: okhlatimes
My achievement will inspire youth of the Valley: Kashmiri man who secured 10th rank in UPSC
New Delhi: J&K’s Bilal Mohi Ud Din Bhat, ranked tenth in the UPSC civil services examination for 2016, had his heart set on the prestigious administrative services since childhood. “If you are determined to push the limits, nothing is impossible,” he says. His achievement, Bhat feels, “will mean a lot to the people of the Valley and inspire the youth to make a career in the civil services.”Someone who believes “everything is well within your reach if you are determined to get it,” Bhat is a 2013 batch IFS officer who has been posted as deputy conservator of forests in Lucknow since 2015. HT
UPSC Civil Services merit list has 14 from J&K, highest
Mistake to send her to IIT, should have saved money for dowry, says father of PhD scholar found dead
New Delhi: “It was a mistake to educate my daughter and send her to IIT. I should have saved all the money for her dowry,” said the father of a PhD scholar who was found hanging from a ceiling fan on the Delhi campus on Tuesday evening.Outside the AIIMS mortuary on Wednesday afternoon, 28-year-old Manjula Devak’s parents waited for doctors to complete the post-mortem and take their daughter’s body home. Less than 24 hours ago, at around 7.38pm, police had broken open the door of Manjula’s flat at Nalanda apartments at IIT to find the research scholar hanging from the fan. There was no forced entry, suggesting that prima facie it was a suicide. She was last seen on the campus on Monday afternoon and had last spoken to her mother on Sunday.Though the family accused Manjula’s husband Ritesh of demanding Rs 20-25 lakh dowry, they are unsure what prompted the young woman to end her life on Tuesday. Her parents refused to let Ritesh and his relatives stand outside the mortuary. hindustantimes
AMU students tweet videos to prove they are not forced to fast during Ramzan
New Delhi: After reports of non-Muslim students not being fed during Ramadan at the AMU created much disturbance yesterday, students have come forward to say otherwise.A Twitter user who goes by the name Aabshar and handle @scepticindian tweeted a video of a young man, who introduces himself as an AMU student, trashing the reports that the university is not serving them food.The student, who seems to be shooting the video inside his hostel room, requests media and social media users to not spread such "rumours". He then goes on to show a plate filled with food which he says was served to the students for breakfast.IndiaToday
'China, not India, focus of German media'
NEW DELHI: Germany may be India's closest partner in Europe but New Delhi has its work cut out to stay relevant in the continent. A day after PM Narendra Modi took off for Spain, China has occupied eyeballs in Berlin, with Chinese premier Li Keqiang visiting to meet chancellor Angela Merkel."China is very important to us for economic and trade reasons," a German official said. China is Germany's largest trading partner outside of Europe but beyond the economy, Germans are a little wary of both China's trading and geopolitical principles, and also of its expansionist projects like OBOR.
Meet Tasmida, first Rohingya girl to take Class X exams in India
New Delhi : When Tasmida was 6, she never thought she would be the first Rohingya girl in India to appear for Class X board exams. “In Myanmar, Rohingyas are not allowed to study beyond class 10. Authorities withhold class 10 results for us. Govt or private jobs are out of question,” she says.Ex- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon termed Rohingyas as ‘the world’s most persecuted minority,’. These stateless Muslims may constitute up to seven per cent of the total Burmese population – 60 million. Myanmar government continues to deny Rohingyas any legal status or rights, insisting that they are ‘Bengalis’ illegally living in Myanmar. Bangladesh also refuses to claim them.So far, an estimated 1,40,000 Rohingyas have been displaced from Myanmar. According to the Ministry of Home Affairs, there are around 40,000 Rohingya Muslims living as refugees in various parts of India. indianexpress
RSS Muslim wing to hold vegetarian iftar parties
Gandhinagar: Gujarat chapter of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh's Muslim wing, the Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM), plans to hold veg-only iftar parties during Ramzan, where cow-milk products will be served up along with the message of Hindu-Muslim unity. The MRM also intents to discuss cow protection and educate Muslims about the need to protect the rights of Muslim women against triple talaq. Timesofindia
National Minority Commission to redress 1500 pending cases-says new chairperson
Lucknow:A case pending at the National Commission for Minorities will now be disposed of within a month, said Gairul Hasan Rizvi, the newly appointed chairperson of the commission. Rizvi was speaking to reporters in Lucknow on Wednesday. In another decision, he said, the commission will be expanding physical presence to all minority populous states and do on the spot resolution of issues.Addressing reporters in the city, Rizvi said that there are about 1500 pending applications with the commission currently, with most of them being from Bengal. "It takes years for a case to be resolved because of unending procedures of writing letters to and fro departments and individuals. We have now decided to make time-bound disposals and in just a week 100 applications have already been resolved," he said. timesofindia
Triple talaq in one go wrong, should be banned: new NCM chief Ghayorul Hasan Rizvi
Lucknow: Newly-appointed chairman of the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) Ghayorul Hasan Rizvi on Wednesday said triple talaq in one go was wrong and the practise should be banned.On his first visit to Lucknow, Rizvi said the NCM was not empowered to take direct action on complaints received by it. “I have just taken charge and found that the procedure being adopted by the Commission in such matters was not right. As a result, there is a lot of delay in disposal of cases,” said Rizvi.“We have got maximum number of complaints of violation of the rights of minorities from West Bengal,” he said and added that the NCM would adopt a time-bound approach to ensure prompt redressal. hindustantimes
Jharkhand: Bajrang Dal workers injured in stone-pelting, Hazaribagh tense
Tension gripped the Sadar subdivision of Jharkhand’s Hazaribagh district Wednesday after half-a-dozen Bajrang Dal activists were injured in stone-pelting. In another incident in the area, the Zila Parishad chairperson’s husband and his driver were shot at. Police have said the 2 incidents were not related and have clamped Section 144 of CrPC to prevent any untoward incident. Heavy force has been deployed. Police said the stone-pelting took place around 10 am when a bus occupied by Bajrang Dal activists was on Zakir Hussain Road. It was on its way to Dhanbad. Some reports said the activists raised slogans in the name of Ram which members of another community found objectionable. Some members of the minority community stopped the bus and an altercation followed, leading to stone-pelting, which left the driver and six activists injured. DC Ravi Shankar Shukla said:“An FIR has been lodged and half-a-dozen people arrested. Reasons behind stone-pelting are being ascertained. There are different versions. One says the altercation broke out when the bus brushed past another vehicle.” While the activists are learnt to have alleged that the stone-pelting was planned, Shukla said: “There is no evidence to suggest that.” indianexpress
Bhopal communal clashes: A heritage gate is what caused Hindu-Muslim tensions:HT
Bhopal:A structure inside Bhopal’s Hamidia hospital that sparked communal tensions in the heart of the city isn’t a mosque as claimed by Muslim groups but a “heritage entrance gate”, archaeologists said on Wednesday evening.Dr Ahmed Ali from the state archeology and archives department termed the two-storeyed structure as a “heritage entrance gate structure over 200 years old” on which later a memorial plaque for the World War I martyrs was put. He said it was not a mosque at all.“I have communicated my findings to the government so that there is no doubt in anybody’s mind on this issue now on”, he said.This came after hours of stone pelting and arson in old Bhopal where Hindus and Muslims clashed over the right to pray inside the structure found during excavations recently. Muslims called the structure a mosque and wanted to pray inside but were denied permission.
Divided by caste, 2 deaths amplify rift in Saharanpur
Saharanpur:Sumit Rana was a Thakur, Ashish Kumar a Dalit. Sumit, 26, lived in Rasoolpur Tang village and Ashish, 20, was a resident of Sui Kheda, roughly 50 km away. Unknown to each other, the two youths became victims of the deadly caste violence that hit Shabbirpur village twice in a span of 18 days.The 2 deaths were the latest casualty in a series of clashes that has rocked Saharanpur district in western Uttar Pradesh. The violence has also left scores wounded. The police have arrested 74 people so far.Sumit, who worked at an under-construction bridge, was killed on May 5 in clashes over a procession to commemorate Maharana Pratap Jayanti in Shabbirpur.His father Bhram Singh, 75, said Sumit had gone to see his aunt in the village and got caught in the clashes.“We didn’t know he would never return,” said Singh, sitting on a cot in his house in Rasoolpur Tang, the Rajput-dominated village near Deoband.Locals say the village, 25 km from Shabbirpur, has no history of Dalit-Thakur clashes. hindustantimes
Bhopal: 4 dozen miscreants held after communal tension
Bhopal: Police arrested 4 dozen miscreants for trying to create panic in the city, in regard to Tuesday’s alleged communal tension. To secure the people, the controversial site has been sealed and since Wednesday morning no untoward incident was reported in the area. Some three days back a rumour spread in the city that in an under constructed section of Hamidia Hospital a mosque and a Shiva temple had come in light during excavations. freepressjournal
AAP to hold EVM hackathon on same day as Election Commission’s challenge
New Delhi : AAP has announced to hold its own hackathon of EVMs or Electronic Voting Machines on the same day as the Election Commission’s all-party challenge that starts June 3. The party has maintained that EVMs can be manipulated in favour of a particular party by using certain codes, and also opted out of the EC challenge after the panel refused to provide it access to the motherboard during the challenge. The party last month also held a live demonstration of hacking of a prototype EVM in a special session of the Delhi Assembly.“We have conveyed to the Election Commission that we will hold EVM hackathon on the day of EC’s EVM challenge,” said AAP leaders Saurab Bharadwaj, Dilip Pandey and Gopal Rai. AAP MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj at a press conference held in Delhi on Thursday. Party has asked common people, political parties, specialists and even professional hackers to participate in their hackathon. It has also invited experts from the commission to join the challenge. “We challenge the Election Commission to break into the machine at our hackathon,” Saurabh Bhardwaj said as reported by India Today. India Today
WORLD
Mosul battle: Over 120 civilians killed in 6 days: aljazeera
More than 7 months into a massive US-backed operation to retake Iraq's second city, security forces have recaptured all but a handful of areas of Mosul from ISIL.Yet, hundreds of thousands of civilians may be trapped in those still held by the group, which seized Mosul in the summer of 2014. 6 days into a new assault on ISIL's remaining pockets of territory, the Iraqi army and their allies have progressed slower than what they expected, Al Jazeera's Osama bin Javaid, reporting from Erbil in northern Iraq, said."They are facing fierce resistance from ISIL fighters," he said, adding that the civilian death toll had risen to 122 amid the heavy clashes. "70 civilians were reported to have died due to an air strike on Tuesday. It was not clear if it was Iraqi army or coalition forces who conducted the air strike," Javaid said.Most of the civilians are in the Old City which lies immediately south of where the current fighting is taking place.The area, a warren of narrow streets and closely-spaced buildings, has posed a major challenge for security forces, and the coming battle to retake it poses a major threat to civilians."There are densely populated neighbourhoods," Javaid said."Streets upon streets of people who are living in the besieged areas of Mosul. Around 200,000 people live there and ISIL uses them as human shields." More than 750,000 people have been displaced since the start of the Mosul operation in October, according to the UN, and that figure could increase sharply in the final stages of the battle for the city.Around 150,000 of the displaced have since returned to their homes. aljazeera
More than 40 migrants 'die of thirst' in Niger: aljazeera
Babies and women were among the 44 migrants found dead after their vehicle broke down in the desert of northern Niger while on the way to Libya, local officials said on Thursday.Six survivors walked to a remote village where they said those they were travelling with, mostly from Ghana and Nigeria died of thirst, according to Lawal Taher, the department head for the Red Cross in the Bilma region.Red Cross also said it has dispatched a team to the site "to gather information" on the circumstances.Rhissa Feltou, the mayor of Agadez, a remote town on the edge of Sahara that has become the smuggling capital of Africa, confirmed the death toll of 44, "for now".
Philippines: Govt air strike kills 10 of its own soldiers instead of IS fighters
An air strike ordered by the Philippines government killed ten of its soldiers on Wednesday in the city of Marawi, where the military has been battling fighters affiliated to the Islamic States group for the past week. At least eight other soldiers were injured in the strike, BBC reported. Defence Minister Delfin Lorenzana said two SF-260 plans had dropped bombs on Islamic State targets in the city centre, and that it was “very sad” that they had hit some of their own troops in the process. “”There must be a mistake somewhere, either someone directing from the ground, or the pilot,” Lorenzana said, according to Al Jazeera.  scroll
10 govt soldiers killed in Philippines military air strike targeted at Islamist militants: Minister
UN: Israel, key cause of Palestinian humanitarian needs
GENEVA :The 50-year Israeli occupation is the main cause of humanitarian needs in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), a UN report said on Wednesday.Ahead of June 5, 2017, which will mark the 50 years of Israeli occupation of the West Bank, and East Jerusalem, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) 2016 Annual Report for oPt released on Wednesday.According to report, the Israeli occupation policies and practices remain the major reason for humanitarian needs in the occupied Palestinian territory.“At its heart, the crisis in the oPt is one of a lack of protection for Palestinian civilians -- from violence, from displacement, from restrictions on access to services and livelihoods, and from other rights violations -- with a disproportionate impact on the most vulnerable, children in particular. Anadolu
UN: Record-breaking number of Palestinian homes demolished
The annual report issued by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) revealed that 2016 witnessed a record-breaking number of home and livelihood structure demolitions by the Israeli occupation authorities.According to this report, published by Israeli newspapers yesterday, 1,094 Palestinian homes and livelihood structures were demolished at hands of the occupation forces. The number of structures demolished is considered the highest since the UN started recording the number of demolitions in 2009. Middleeastmonitor
Israeli settlement activities in occupied Jerusalem
Hamas has rejected the Israeli government decision that was ratified last Sunday over starting a series of settlement projects in the occupied Jerusalem.Speaking at a press conference, the chairman of Hamas’ Jerusalem affairs department, Ahmad Abu Halabiya, said that Hamas “strongly rejects” the new construction plan that was recently announced by the Israeli authorities, stipulating on establishing a massive infrastructure in the Al-Buraq area and an air-train project in the city.Abu Halabiya pointed out that the construction plan, which was seen by the occupation authorities as “developmental”, is part of Israel’s policies to Judaise the Holy City and the Buraq Wall area.The project’s implementation, he warned, would eradicate the Islamic historical identity of the Old City. middleeastmonitor
Qatar objects to appointment of Israeli ambassador as vice president of General Assembly
The state of Qatar, which represents the Arab group in the UN General Assembly, objected yesterday to the election of Israeli ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, as vice president of the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly.Twenty-one ambassadors were chosen to head the new session, including Danny Danon, Israel’s ambassador to the UN. He was elected to the position as a candidate from the Western European group.72nd session will begin on 12th Sept.2017 and will last for a year. Middleeastmonitor
US-led coalition strike kills founder of IS media outlet - brother;Reuters
Beirut An air strike by US-led coalition has killed the founder of the Islamic State propaganda media outlet Amaq in the eastern Syrian province of Deir al-Zor, his brother said in a Facebook post on Wednesday.Reuters could not independently confirm whether he had been killed. There was no immediate comment from the US-led coalition against Islamic State.The post said the strike killed Rayan Meshaal and his daughter in their home in the city of al-Mayadin. Syrian opposition activists had been sharing news of Meshaal's death on social media."I'm pleased to announce the martyrdom of my older brother Baraa Kadek, known as Rayan Meshaal...in an air strike by the coalition," the Facebook post reportedly by his brother said.Islamic State often claims responsibility for attacks worldwide through Amaq channels on social media.Reuters
EU slams Egypt’s new NGOs law
European Union (EU) criticised today Egypt’s recently ratified law that restricts the work of NGOs in the country, Anadolu Agency reported, quoting an official statement released by the EU. There are currently more than 47,000 NGOs, some foreign-funded, which operate across Egypt.EU warned of the “negative impact” of the law on joint cooperation with the Egyptian government, especially in relation to “European aid to Egypt under the various European cooperation agreements with Cairo,” the majority of which depend on the NGOs as a significant implementing partner.ccording to the statement the bill would strictly control the activities of the NGOs in developmental and social work and would make it difficult for charities to deliver services. It also bans domestic and foreign groups from taking part in funding activities or anything that can be said to “harm national security, public order, public morals or public health”. middleeastmonitor
Muslims protest closure of madrassas in Myanmar
Yangon [myanmar]; Muslims in the Yangon city of Myanmar on Wednesday protested the closure of two religious schools during the month of Ramadan.Local authorities - following negotiations with local Muslim leaders - chained shut two madrasahs in Yangon city on April 28 after a mob led by buddhist nationalist monks demanded an immediate closure of religious schools in the area, reports Anadolu news.On Wednesday evening, some 100 Muslims gathered on the street in front of one of the two madrasahs to pray and protest the closure. However, the authorities said the closure was just temporary. outlookindia
FLASH: NEWS & VIEWS
Temple politics: Adityanath visit to disputed site in Ayodhya sends out communal signals: TOI Editorials
Adityanath Takes Ownership of Ram Temple Agenda:The Citizen Bureau
Triple Talaq: Indian Muslim women often have very little say in the nikah-nama:Nazia Erum, ANALYSIS
Indian Muslim woman: She is looking within and stepping out: Zehra Kazmi, HT’s series #BeingMuslimNow part 3
Indian economy finally bares its demonetisation scars: Very low GDP growth in the fourth quarter indicates that the slowdown is likely to persist in the current quarter as well:Manas Chakravarty
Relationship between govt, army and us is being rewritten, disturbingly so:Apoorvanand
3 Years Into Modi’s Regime, the Cracks Are Beginning to Show: Prem Shankar Jha
Why Dalits Are Looking To Embrace Religions Other Than Hinduism:Ram Puniyani
Time has come for grand bargain on Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute:Manish Tewari , congress leader
Directive principle, not right: How cow protection became part of Constitution: Seema Chishti
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