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Saturday, 3 June 2017

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Trump targets India, China as US exits climate pact
Washington:US has stopped implementation of its commitments under the Paris climate agreement signed by 195 countries in 2015, President Donald Trump announced on Thursday, ignoring pleas from international allies and a significant section of US political and business leaders. Accord “would undermine our economy, hamstring our workers, weaken our sovereignty…,”Trump, who had campaigned in the 2016 election promising to pull out from it, said. Paris deal gives undue advantage to India and China, “world’s leading polluters”, at the cost of US interests, Trump said, unravelling a critical area of mutual interest and cooperation between New Delhi and Washington in recent years. India ratified the agreement last year, and ex-President Barack Obama considered it as a defining legacy of his tenure. Trump’s tirade against India, whose per capita carbon emission is one-tenth of US, comes ahead of a likely visit by PM Narendra Modi to Washington later this month. “China will be allowed to build hundreds of additional coal plants… India will be allowed to double its coal production by 2020. Think of it: India can double their coal production. We’re supposed to get rid of ours,” the President said, adding that the agreement “is less about the climate and more about other countries gaining a financial advantage over the US.”“India makes its participation contingent on receiving billions and billions and billions of dollars in foreign aid from developed countries,” Trump said, of the financing commitments by developed countries under the pact that is widely considered inadequate to deal with the challenges of climate change. thehindu
PM Modi's US visit still on despite Trump rant against India on climate change
Washington:US President Donald Trump unloaded on India among other countries during an epic rant on Thursday while announcing American withdrawal from Paris climate change accord. The shrill speech, replete with claims of American victimhood at the hands of the rest of the world, casts a chill on PM  Narendra Modi's expected visit to the White House later this month, which officials say remains on schedule.Phone and cables lines between Washington and New Delhi were buzzing on Thursday and Friday as Indian officials and diplomats took stock of Trump's direct, no-holds-barred attack in which he accused New Delhi of trying to extract "billions and billions and billions" of dollars in foreign aid from the developed world to sign up for the climate accord.Although dates for PM's trip have not been formally or officially announced, the White House has penciled in June 26-27 for the first face-to-face meeting between Trump and Modi.Meeting,which Indian officials said on background is still on despite the climate change fireworks, will now take place under a cloud of misgivings, including the Trump administration's crackdown of guest worker visas that is adversely affecting Indian businesses, its squeeze on US manufacturing abroad that is forcing a scaling down of US investment in India, and now its withdrawal from Paris Treaty after previous US administrations dragged New Delhi kicking and screaming into it. Although no one is talking of canceling the visit yet, Trump's harsh critiques have cooled the expected ardor between Washington and New Delhi that a small constituency of Trump bhakts in both countries had anticipated and forecast."Relationship is bigger than any one issue. We need to keep engaging," a senior Indian official involved in the visit told TOI, confirming the visit was still on and pointing out how China's leader Xi Jinping came to US despite Trump unloading on Beijing for more than a year. TOI
Bhopal: Senior Jamiat leader mufti Abdul Razzak  booked, 128 people arrested so far, for inciting violence
Bhopal: Police have registered a case against senior leader of Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind and mufti Abdul Razzak for allegedly promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion under Section 153 (a) in the incident of communal violence of Tuesday.  The case was registered against him on late evening on Thursday at Koh-e-fiza police station here and he was yet to be arrested, the police said.On Friday the police arrested 10 more people accused of being involved in rioting and arson during the communal tension. The total number of arrested people so far has reached 128.“A case has been registered against mufti Razzak under relevant sections but he is yet to be arrested because thorough investigations are going on. Apart from arresting 10 more people, 5 have also been detained for their alleged involvement in communal violence. Proper verifications are being done before arresting them because of the sensitivity of the matter,”said ASP (zone 3), Rajesh Singh Bhadauria.Mufti Razzak has been accused of promoting enmity between the two communities by circulating pamphlets regarding the controversial site at Hamidia Hospital which was the main reason behind the communal tension on Tuesday evening.The situation was swiftly taken under control by the police and RAF on Tuesday night itself. Several vehicles were torched while some handcarts present in the market were damaged during the incident. Heavy police force has been deployed in the area with about 2,000 policemen ensuring peace in the area. According to The New Indian Express, ASP Rajesh Bhadauriya said 128 people have so far been arrested in the four cases lodged by the police in connection with the violence on Tuesday.According to police sources, a number of leaders from saffron outfits had complained alleging the cleric’s hand in inciting the violence. Freepressjournal/NewIndianExpress
 118 people held for communal clashes in Bhopal
Muslim cleric booked for inciting communal violence; 128 people arrested so far in MP
ISIS failed in India despite large Muslim population; 90 ISIS sympathisers arrested: Rajnath Singh
New Delhi:India has the largest Muslim population in the world but ISIS had been unable to establish itself in the country, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said here today. Singh was giving a report card of his ministry on the completion of three years of the Modi Govt. “We have strived to provide security for the nation, with full responsibility,” he said at a press conference. He said 90 ISIS sympathisers had been arrested across the country.Singh said ISIS and Ansar Ul Ammah have been included in the list of terrorist organisations. According to the minister, there had been a 25% reduction in Naxal attacks in 2014-17 as compared to 2011-14 (UPA tenure).He also said 3 years of NDA Govt had seen a 42% reduction in deaths in Naxal attacks as compared to last three years of the UPA.PTI
IS unable to establish hold in India, 90 ISIS sympathisers arrested: Rajnath Singh
Rajnath refuses to condemn 'human shield'incident in J&K
New Delhi: Union Home Minister says he concurs with Minister Venkaiah Naidu's view that he (Naidu) was in "total agreement" with Army Chief's statement that the "dirty war" in the State has to be fought through innovative ways.Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday refused to condemn the recent "human shield" incident at Budgam in J&K  where a man was tied to an Army vehicle and taken around for over five hours, triggering an outrage in the Kashmir Valley.While addressing a press conference in connection with the completion of three years of NDA Govt, Singh said he concurred with Information and Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu's view that he (Naidu) was in "total agreement" with Army Chief Gen. statement that the "dirty war" in J&K  has to be fought through innovative ways.In an interview to PTI, Gen. Rawat had strongly defended the use of a Kashmiri as a 'human shield' by a young Army officer last month. thehindu
45% reduction in infiltration attempts from Pakistan since surgical strike: Rajnath Singh
Working toward permanent solution to Kashmir issue, may take time: Rajnath Singh
NIA raids 14 places in Kashmir, 8 in Delhi in connection with terror funding
New Delhi: NIA has raided 14 places in Kashmir and 8 in Delhi in connection with reports of terror funding in the Valley. “Raids are being conducted at 8 locations in Delhi-Haryana and 14 locations in Kashmir,” NIA sources told news agency ANI.NIA had earlier registered a Preliminary Enquiry into the case which was later converted into regular case last evening.“NIA raids also underway against hawala operators, and at separatist leaders’ house, office and commercial locations,” sources told ANI. Around eight hawala dealers and traders in the national capital were also raided, they added.indianexpress

Kashmir internet ban: No one knows who ordered the shutdown, shows RTI
Srinagar:For about 4 months last year, Kashmir reeled under a mobile internet ban clamped to tamp down on rumours and controversial videos that fanned a snowballing unrest in the Valley. Prepaid mobile phones, a select batch of landline numbers and even fixed-line broadband services were occasionally snapped as authorities struggled to contain clashes that left nearly 100 dead and thousands injured. The internet ban triggered widespread condemnation and criticism that the Govt was infringing fundamental rights.But who ordered the clampdown? Two arms of the state Govt responsible for law and order – the home department and the divisional commissioner’s office -- deny ordering any shutdown of phone and internet services on July 9 last year.
Mobile internet services restored in Kashmir after 6 days
Mobile Internet services have been restored across the Kashmir valley after 6 days. Internet services were blocked as a precautionary measure to prevent rumors from spreading after the killing of Militant commander Sabzar Bhat in an encounter in Tral area on May 27. After improvement in the situation, the authorities have decided to restore the services. The civilians complained about the inconvenience faced due to the shutdown of the services as people are dependent on the internet to perform their everyday chores. (ANI)
Army convoy attack: 2 soldiers killed, 4 injured in militant ambush in Kashmir
Srinagar:2 jawans were killed and 4 others injured when militants attacked an army convoy on Srinagar-Jammu national highway in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Saturday.The convoy was moving from Udhampur to Srinagar when it was fired upon, reported ANI.The militants attacked the convoy near Lower Munda toll post in Anantnag’s Qazigund area of the district, 100 km from Srinagar, injuring 6 army personnel, an army official said.The attack was reported after Pakistan violated the ceasefire on Saturday by firing indiscriminately along the LoC in Krishna Ghati sector of J&K ’s Poonch district, a defence spokesperson said. hindustantimes
Widow of mutilated Army hero alleges she was 'humiliated' by officials who demanded to know whether she had remarried: daily mail
The widow of a slain jawan has alleged that she was subjected to humiliation after she demanded her rights for a job after his death on compensatory grounds. Prerna said her life has never been the same after her husband Mandeep Singh, a jawan in the Sikh regiment, died while fighting in Kashmir.Mandeep's mutilated body was brought to his village in Kurukshetra last year before Diwali. Thousands of people and top politicians had gathered to pay respects to the slain hero. His widow was promised a promotion and a compensatory Govt job for Mandeep's brother. But instead, Prerna said, she was left 'humiliated' after being asked to give a written undertaking saying she did not marry her late husband's brother. DailyMail
Muzaffarnagar: police raided Muslim houses over cow-slaughter rumours, 8 wounded in clash: siasat
Muzaffarnagar: At least 8 persons including children and policemen, were injured after a group of people resorted to stone-pelting when a police team raided some Muslim houses on information of cow slaughter at Sherpur village.SP city Rakesh Kumar Singh told PTI trouble started when the police raided a house of one Islam and Hasrat after they received information about cow slaughter on police helpline no. 100.The police raided a house of one Islam and Hasrat over cow-slaughter rumours. Police raided the house at the time of Iftar to which Islam objected and asked them to leave after showing them the cooked potato curry.Failing to find any evidence of cow slaughter, the police started opening the lid of the utensils which was cooking on the stove and started searching it.The police threw potatoes and cabbage in the courtyard and started asking where the meat is. The police during investigation also used abusive language with the residents. According to a villager named Shajad, police were asking where the meat is. When he told them that he did not know and was observing fasting, the police kicked and slapped him. When the police did not find any suspicious item during the search, they started searching nearby houses which angered the people, an eyewitness claimed.Angry over police action, people from the neighborhood assembled and started pelting them with stones.
Muzaffarnagar: 5 cops among 8 injured in stone-pelting over cow-slaughter rumours
Cattle sale restriction: Supply to largest fresh milk market drops 50 %: indianexpress
Kolkata: As the West Bengal Govt locks horns with Centre over its notification banning the trade of cattle at animal markets for slaughter and meat, there has been one fallout: supply to the largest fresh milk market in the country has halved and there has been a sharp rise in prices. Traders say it has become very difficult to bring cows and buffaloes from UP  and this has hit the milk market very hard. The row over beef, vigilante groups, police high-handedness and the central Govt order on cattle trade have had a ripple effect on 75-year-old market in Ganesh Talkies area of Kolkata. Market comprises over 150 traders, dealers and retailers who deal daily in over 1.5 lakh litres of milk. During the festive season, milk supply rises to around 3 lakh litres per day. Ever since the row, this daily supply has dipped to 55,000 litres of milk. “People are scared to bring their cattle to the markets in UP. It is difficult to lead the cattle out of the market after buying them. It is almost impossible to transport them. Vigilante groups to police, all are snatching away the cattle. It makes no difference to them whether the cattle has been bought for slaughter or for milk. Our main cattle markets are located in UP includingDildarnagar which has been shut for the past two months,” Rajesh Sinha, president of Jorasanko Dughdo Byabshayi Samity, said.“Ours is the largest fresh milk market in the country. The problem of procuring animals for milk started over a year ago, but the situation has deteriorated in the last few months. Earlier, on an average, over 1.5 lakh litres of milk used to be supplied to and from the market. Now it is half. The price used to be Rs 50-55 per litre. It has jumped to Rs 70-80 per litre,” Sinha said.
Behead those who slaughter cows, says Shankaracharya of Varanasi’s Sumeru Peeth
In a shocking statement, Varanasi’s Sumeru Peeth Shankaracharya Jagadguru Narendrananda Saraswati on Friday said that those who slaughter cows should be killed, news channel Aaj Tak reported. The Shankaracharya, a person with a large religious followership, ‘urged’ people to take law into their hands and behead those who kill cows. “Protecting a cow is the responsibility of the state, if the state is failing, or, is provoking such people, I would like to urge people of this country to take up this cause and kill those who slaughter cows,” Shankaracharya said. He further expressed his wish to declare cow as the national animal, and said, that killing a cow is equal to an act of treason.In a similar controversy, Rajasthan High Court on Wednesday recommended cow to be declared a national animal. “Keeping in mind Articles 48 and 51A(g) of the Constitution and to provide legal entity for their proper protection and conservation of cow, it is expected from the Govt that cow is declared a national animal,” Justice Mahesh Chandra Sharma said in a 145-page order. The court, while delivering the directie, said India was a predominantly agriculture-based country where animal husbandry played an important role.financialexpress
Those who eat beef have no human rights: RSS leader Indresh Kumar
Jaipur : People who throw stones at Army, eat beef, smuggle and kill cows, shout antinational slogans in universities and disrespect women have no human rights, RSS leader Indresh Kumar said here on Friday. Kumar urged Muslims to break their Ramzan fast with milk instead of beef. The last Prophet of Islam, he said, called cow meat a disease and cow milk a medicine.“So-called progressive, antinational people talk about freedom of expression but believe that it should be one-sided. That is why they kill 273 RSS workers with a different opinion than theirs in Kerala,” he said. indianexpress
Police jeep tries to save cow, kills woman
Balrampur:A woman was killed today and 3 people, including her grandchildren, were injured when they were hit by a police jeep whose driver was trying to save a cow, police said. The incident in Harriya township took place when Usha Devi, 60, and the others were walking on the road.The driver of the police’s Dial 100 jeep lost control of the vehicle in an effort to save a cow. Usha Devi was killed on the spot. Three people, including her two granddaughters aged 2 and 4, were admitted to the district hospital, police said. A case has been registered against the driver of the vehicle.PTI
It’s not just beef, it’s about livelihood: Farmers to challenge cattle sale ban in SC
New Delhi: While most of the protests over the recent restrictions imposed by the Centre on cattle sale and slaughter surrounded around ban on eating beef, a large numbers of farmers and others involved in the cattle-related trade raised the issue of attack on their livelihood. Now, farmers are planning to approach the Supreme Court against the recent controversial announcement made by the ministry of environment which imposed various restrictions on sale of cattle, including cows, buffaloes and camels, at animal markets across India. According to The Telegraph, the All India Kisan Sabha, the farmers' wing of the CPM, has decided to approach the Supreme Court against the new rules banning cattle sale for slaughter at animal markets. In the farmers' petition to the apex court, one farmer from every state and Union territory will be made a co-petitioner to underscore the wide-ranging impact of the rules. "Many who live off the cattle economy constitute the poorest among the peasantry. They will be the hardest hit," said Sabha general secretary Hannan Mollah. oneindia
Centre's notification hit the cattle trade in Tamil Nadu
Chennai: Union Environment Ministry's notification banning the sale of cattle for slaughter has severely hit the trade in the weekly cattle markets across Tamil Nadu with sales going down by three fourth in some markets.Unsure of the implication of the new notification issued by the Centre, farmers and cattle merchants are turning up in small numbers in traditional livestock markets that meet once in a week to sell and purchase cattle.C Chinna Kannan, a traditional cattle merchant from Erode says he had never seen the markets in Erode so sluggish in his 30 years' experience in the trade. DNA
 Massive protests in Bengaluru against Modi Govt's ban on sale of cattle for slaughter
Bengaluru: Activists belonging to various parties came out in large numbers to protest against the Modi Govt's decision to ban the sale and purchase of cattle for slaughter. Activists belonging to SDPI gathered in huge numbers at Shivajinagar and protested even though they didn't get permission from the police.They alleged that the Union Govt had decided to throw Ambedkar's Constitution into the bin. indiatoday
40 protesters detained even as Karnataka CM opposes Centre’s cattle trade rules
Jharkhand college teacher draws ire of right wing groups for proposing ‘beef fest’
Jamshedpur:A college teacher in Jharkhand earned the wrath of right-wing outfits for expressing his desire to hold a beef party in Jamshedpur in a Facebook post, prompting the university authority to initiate an inquiry against him.Last week members of alleged right-wing organisations assaulted a PhD scholar at IIT-Madras for organising a ‘beef fest’ to protest against the Centre’s decision to ban the sale of cattle for slaughter at animal markets.BJP-led NDA govt’s move had also generated strong response from politicians across the country.Jeetrai Hansda, a B.Ed teacher with Graduate School College for Women(GSCW) in Jamshedpur,in his June 1 Facebook post supported the IIT students and raised objection against central Govt’s decision.He termed the decision an onslaught on tribal identity and culture wherein eating beef on special occasions is a customary practice. hindustantimes
Centre must declare cow as national animal: Gujarat Youth Congress
Amid the row over the Centre’s ban on the sale of cattle for slaughter at livestock markets, the Gujarat Congress’s youth wing on Friday demanded that the Narendra Modi Govt declare the cow as the national animal.The demand came hours after Gujarat CM  Vijay Rupani condemned the slaughter of a calf in public by Youth Congress workers in Kerala and demanded that the Congress apologise for it.PTI
I eat beef, nothing wrong with it: Arunachal CM, BJP leader
Arunachal CM and BJP leader Pema Khandu on Friday opposed the Union Govt notification which put a ban on the sale of cattle for slaughter.Khandu told CNN-News18 that the Centre would have to relook the sale of cattle for slaughter ban in consultation with states. "I consume beef myself. There is nothing wrong with that," he added.However, he said that Modi-led Govt was sensitive one and BJP leader and minister, Venkaiah Naidu, has issued a statement that he would hold consultations with states and relook the ban on cattle sale."Not just Arunachal, the northeast as whole is tribal dominated who are mostly non-vegetarian,' Khandu said.kashmirmonitor
Real issues being ignored over beef row: Pema Khandu
Jaipur’s Hotel Rabbani re-opens; guilty not brought to book yet
Jaipur: Naeem Rabbani, whose hotel Hayat Rabbani was sealed on March 19 and re-opened on Thursday on the intervention of the court hosted a small celebratory party for the group of people who rallied in his support. The sealing of the hotel occurred on the instigation of Kamal Didi of the Mahila Gaurakshak Samiti, who alleged that cows were being polluted in the area, as they were fed beef and leftovers from the hotel.The magisterial court, on May 12, had ruled that the hotel was sealed illegally. Mayor Ashok Lahoti had instructed his officials to seal the hotel on the night of March 19. Guests in 20 rooms at the hotel were forcibly vacated. Nagar Nigam argued in court that Rabbani did not have a license to run a restaurant; the premises were found dirty; also, the hotel did not have the services of Greenline, the agency that collects and deals with garbage.Meanwhile, Rabbani says the matter has not ended yet. "I have suffered losses, and I have been defamed. Kamal Didi must face punishment." TOI
Sealed Jaipur hotel reopens


Missing JNU student: CBI files FIR in Najeeb Ahmed case
New Delhi: CBI has registered an FIR in Najeeb Ahmed case. Najeeb, a student of biotechnology in JNU has been missing since October last year. CBI has filed a case of “kidnapping with intent to secretly and wrongfully to confine” him. CBI has filed an FIR on the complaint of his mother Fatima Ahmed. CBI took over the probe after Delhi High Court issued directions in April.Court also had rebuked Delhi Police for wasting time.DNA
Muslim man refuses to shave beard, wife throws boiling water on him
Aligarh: A dispute between a young couple over shaving of beard has left 32-year-old Salman Khan from Aligarh, with serious burns after his wife Nagma threw boiling water on him.According to police, there was an argument between the couple over Salman's refusal to shave off his beard because of his religious beliefs. An infuriated Nagma allegedly threw boiling water on Salman leading to serious burn injuries.Police said the couple, who got married six months back used to fight often on the issue of how Salman should dress and keep his physical appearances. Nagma used to insist that he should give up his habit of wearing kurta-pyjama and shift to pants and shirts, which Salman did not agree to.SP crime, Aligarh, Ashutosh Dwivedi said that Salman has filed a complaint against his wife, Nagma and a case of attempt to murder has been registered against her under Kwarsi police station and further investigations are on. timesofindia
Malappuram temple organises Iftar party for 500 Muslims
Kerala: A temple here showed the way by organising an Iftar party for Muslims residing in its locality.Shree Narasimhamoorthy temple at Punnathala here hosted an iftar party which was attended by at least 500 Muslims. Besides, vegetable Biryani and Iftar packs were distributed to more than 300 Muslim houses here. The function was held as part of the one week long temple Punar Prathishta festival.Active participation of Muslims here made Iftar a unique affair. The temple committee elected a local Muslim leader Mammu Master as the chairman of Iftar committee. “Ramadan is not only a month to recite Quran and worship God. It’s also the time for strengthening the bond between the communities,” Mammu Master said.The function was planned by temple authorities after Muslims here contributed substantially for renovation works of the temple. Punnathala has got only 72 Hindu families out of the total 1300 families here. Over half of the renovation expense, estimated at about Rs 20 lakh, was contributed by Muslims here.Youngsters from both communities volunteered all duties including setting up of venue and food supply. Temple committee president Unnikrishnan Nair said the function was organised in order to keep the tradition of harmonious living intact. “Our fathers and forefathers lived here in harmony. And we want to keep it alive,” said Unnikrishnan Nair.TwoCircles
Kerala: Temple throws vegetarian iftar for Muslims who helped restore premises
TN: Tension in Ambur after parent alleges kidnap of girl
Vellore: Tension prevailed in Ambur on Friday after a few members of Hindu Munnani and BJP thronged the Ambur Taluk police station alleging that a 19-year-old Hindu girl was converted to Islam by a youth.According to police, girl, Sumithra, and the boy, Mubasil, both 19 years old, worked in a shoe company and had eloped a few days ago. However, the girl’s mother lodged a complaint with the Ambur Taluk police on June 1 that she was kidnapped by the youth.The duo returned to Vellore and Sumithra told police that she was not kidnapped and went with the youth on her own will. However, Venkatesan, district president of BJP and K. Magesh, zonal president of Hindu Munnani, went to the police station and alleged that she was converted to Islam. thehindu
Gujarat HC extends Naroda Patiya massacre accused Babu Bajrangi’s bail by 1 more week
 Gujarat High Court has extended the bail granted to ex-Bajrang Dal leader Babu Bajrangi in a post-Godhra communal riots case by one more week.Bajrangi is serving life sentence till death in 2002 Naroda Patiya massacre case. Justice GR Udhwani granted an extension of 1 week to Bajrangi on Thursday after taking into consideration the medical condition of his wife.A week back, Bajrangi was granted a temporary bail of one week by the HC so he can be with his ailing wife.PTI     
Valentine’s Day responsible for rape, illegitimate children, violence against women: RSS leader:PTI
If RSS leader Indresh Kumar is to be believed, the “western” tradition of Valentine’s Day is responsible for rape, illegitimate children, and violence against women. Kumar said love holds “sacredness” and “piousness” in India, but the West has commercialised it and given birth to the festival.“In India, love has been sacred and pious. It has been sung as the tales of Radha-Krishna, Laila-Majnu and Heer- Ranjha but the western culture commercialised love and gave birth to festival of Valentines’ day which is now responsible for problems like rape, illegitimate children and violence on women,” he said.“Not only India, entire world is facing this problem today,” he said.He also said that RSS “purifies” the soul and the character of a person and imparts humane and moral values.
Decide HC blast accused Wasim Akram bail plea a within week of taking it: Delhi High Court to NIA court
New Delhi: Delhi High Court has asked a special NIA court to dispose of the bail plea of Wasim Akram Malik, an accused in the Sept.2011 high court blast case, within a week after taking it up.  Justice G S Sistani issued the direction after the lawyer for the accused contended that the Supreme Court in March this year had held that bail applications should normally be disposed of within one week by the subordinate courts.Malik had moved the high court claiming that his bail plea was not being heard by the special court initially on the ground that the records of the case had been called for by the apex court and not returned. By the time the records were received back, there was no NIA court functioning as notification indicating the name of the presiding officer had not been issued, the bail application had said. Malik's lawyer, Mehmood Pracha had told the high court during the proceedings that since his client's bail plea has been pending for some time before the trial court, it be directed to dispose it of as per the apex court's ruling. PTI
Dalit outfit to send 16-ft-long soap to Adityanath to ‘clean himself’
Ahmedabad: Days after Dalits in Kushinagar district of UP were given soap and a sachet of shampoo to “clean themselves” before meeting CM  Yogi Adityanath, a newly formed Dalit outfit in Gujarat has said that it will prepare a 16-ft-long soap and send it to Adityanath so that he can bath with it before meeting Dalits. Outfit, Dr Ambedkar Vechan Pratibandh Samiti, made the announcement here.indianexpress
After Jat Sikh kills self upon discovering wife is Dalit, his brother refuses to marry her
Lehragaga:Nearly a week after an upper caste Jat Sikh farmer committed suicide on discovering that his bride’s mother was a Dalit, his younger brother threatened to take the extreme step too if the widow is married to him or any cousin living in their native Khai village of this district. So deep runs the upper-caste supremacy in the Malwa belt of rural Punjab that 22-year-old Manpreet Singh Brar’s younger brother,Kuldeep,19, threatened to commit suicide if the family tried to solemnise the marriage of his brother’s widow with any of his cousins too. Widow has since left the village and returned to her parent’s place.HT
Ummul Kher who battled bone disorder, unsupportive parents, lived in a slum and cracked UPSC exam
As someone living with fragile bone disorder since she was a kid, odds were always against Ummul Kher. When she was 14, her parents disowned her because she wanted to study beyond Class 8. What took her ahead was sheer merit and determination as she went on to get admission in a prestigious Delhi University college and later entered JNU for her master’s. This week she cracked the civil services exam in her first attempt. Ummul Kher, 28, got all India rank 420. Kher, who has received 16 fractures and 8 surgeries due to her disease, came to Delhi from Rajasthan when she was around 5 years old. Her father then worked as street vendor selling clothes near Nizamuddin while the family lived in a nearby slum.HT
Jamia’s MCRC again ranked India’s no 1 Mass Communication Institute
Jamia Millia Islamia’s prestigious AJ Kidwai Mass Communication Research Centre (MCRC) has been ranked number one Mass Communication institute in India.Outlook magazine that ran survey of Top Mass Comm Colleges in 2017 has ranked MCRC at the top followed by Symbiosis Pune and Xavier Mumbai.AJKMCRC again ranked no. 1 Mass Communication Institute by Outlook Magazine.AJ KMCRC got 176.0 points in Academic Excellence with second ranked Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication Pune getting 169.Currently, Dr Iftekhar Ahmed is director of MCRC.okhlatimes
WORLD
Israel set to approve 2500 settlement housing units:aljazeera
Israel is expected to approve nearly 2,500 new settlement housing units across the occupied West Bank next week after the projects were tabled at a planning council meeting on Friday. Israeli NGO Peace Now said on Friday that Israel's Civil Administration - the military body governing the occupied West Bank - was scheduled to meet on Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss 27 separate plans for settlement housing units across the West Bank. According to local media reports, about 1,500 of the housing units set to be approved are in major settlement blocs including Maaleh Adumim and Ariel, which Israel wants and expects to annex in any potential peace deal.One of the items on the agenda will allegedly pave the way for the construction of 102 housing units in Amichai, the first new settlement to be officially created by the Govt in 25 years. The rest lie outside the blocs and deep within the West Bank, including the Beit El settlement, northeast of Ramallah, and the Susiya settlement in the South Hebron Hills.The deal comes on the heels of US President Donald Trump's visit to Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories. Palestinians and the majority of the international community view settlements as unlawful and a major obstacle to a two-state solution, as they are built on land that the Palestinians want for a future state.According to a new report published by the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), both the length and characteristics of Israel's 50-year occupation of Palestinian territory show that it has no serious plans to relinquish territory and is moving towards annexation instead.
Israel to approve 2500 new settlement units in occupied W. Bank
250,000 Muslims perform first Friday prayer in Ramadan at al-Aqsa
O.Jerusalem,(PIC)Over 250,000 Muslims, from the West Bank, Gaza Strip and 1948 Occupied Palestine, performed the first Friday prayer in the holy fasting month of Ramadan at the plazas of al-Aqsa Mosque amid Israeli tightened security measures.Israeli authorities banned Palestinians who are under 50 years old from entering the holy shrine. Israeli forces tightened its security measures at barriers and checkpoints leading to the city of Occupied Jerusalem. Meanwhile, Israeli police were deployed at the entrances of and around the city.
Palestinians converge on Aqsa for 1st Friday of Ramadan
Palestinian minor girl dies from Israeli gunshot wound
A 15-year-old Palestinian girl who was shot and critically injured by Israeli forces yesterday, succumbed to her wounds this morning, according to the hospital where she was being treated. The teen, identified as Nouf Iqab Abdel-Jabbar Infeiat from the Jenin-area village of Yabed, was shot near the entrance of the illegal Movo Dotansettlement in the Jenin district of the northern occupied West Bank. Hillel Yaffe medical centre in the Israeli city of Hadera released a statement today saying the girl had succumbed to her wounds. Footage shared by social media users yesterday showed Israeli settlers insulting the young Palestinian as she lay wounded on the ground, calling her a “bitch” and telling her she deserved to die.Infiaat is 27th Palestinian to have been killed by Israelis since the beginning of 2017. middleeastmonitor
US-led Coalition raid kills 28 civilians in Syria's Raqqah
Raqqah, Syria: At least 28 civilians were killed by a US-led coalition airstrike in Raqqah, Daesh's de facto capital in Syria, according to local sources.Coalition jets carried out massive airstrikes in the northern province on Friday, the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to security fears, said. Scores of people were reportedly injured in the raids.Anadolu
484 civilians killed in US-led fight against IS: Pentagon
Washington:Attacks on Islamic State group targets by US-led coalition forces have killed 484 civilians since mid-2014, the US military reported. Operation Inherent Resolve coalition added 132 civilians to the total in its April report, including 105 who died when a US aircraft dropped a bomb on an IS sniper target in west Mosul on March 17. The bomb inadvertently set off a large cache of explosives, collapsing a building on top of civilians sheltering below. Inherent Resolve task force “takes all reports of civilian casualties seriously and assesses all reports as thoroughly as possible,” the US-led task force said in a monthly statement. It stressed only 0.27 % of its 21,035 strikes since the operation began had produced “credible” civilian death reports. AFP
Rights group: 964 Syrians killed in May
Some 964 civilians were killed in Syria in May, many at the hands of international coalition, Syrian regime and militant groups, Syrian Human Rights Network reported yesterday The network issued a periodic casualty report for the past month which documented the killing of 241 civilians by the regime forces including 29 children, 21 women and 13 civilians killed by torture.Report said that “troops believed to be Russian have killed 13 civilians, including a child and 5 women”. middleeastmonitor
Syria:Opposition warns of demographic change
Syrian regime of Assad has been accused of planning demographic change in Homs and Hama through mass displacement of local residents. The accusation was made on Friday by Colonel Mohammad Al-Shamali, a member of Syrian opposition delegation at the Geneva negotiations, Anadolu has reported. The areas around the two cities are deemed to be in need of “tension reduction”.“This regime is planning to force the liberated areas to accept reconciliation and to exclude the militants and their families, which means taking out the majority within this plan,” said Al-Shamali. “This displacement has the purpose of a demographic change.”He confirmed that the opposition submitted an official memorandum in this regard to the international envoy, Staffan de Mistura, at the last Geneva meeting held in May. During the Geneva negotiations, the member of the Syrian opposition delegation stressed that the regime will not be able to control the region easily. middleeastmonitor
Russia: Secret deal between Daesh, Syrian Kurdish forces
Daesh has made a deal with Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) to allow terrorist group to leave Raqqa and move towards Palmyra without fighting, a senior Russian official has said.Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, said in a press conference that the Russian Defence Ministry has reliable information concerning the agreement between the two organisations. “Russian Ministry of Defence confirms this information and bases it on reliable data. Moreover, members of the Islamic State [Daesh] began to move from Raqqa to Palmyra and as you know, the Russian forces bombed their convoys,” he added.On Wednesday, Russian naval forces shelled Daesh sites in Syria from a frigate and two submarines stationed in the eastern Mediterranean. middleeastmonitor
Egyptian court to rule on Morsi’s death sentence appeal
Court of Cassation in Egypt is to rule on the appeal against the second death sentence given to former President Mohammed Morsi, Moheet.com has reported. The decision is expected on Saturday.Morsi was the first democratically-elected president in Egypt. He was ousted and his supporters were violently suppressed by a military coup in 2013 after just one year in office. The former president has been sentenced to death in two trials. The first saw him accused of espionage involving Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement; the second was about allegations of passing confidential documents related to Egypt’s national security to Qatar.Lawyer Abdel Moneim Abdel Maqsoud appealed against the first sentence and the Court of Cassation quashed it. Today, the same court is looking at the second appeal, this time against the sentence for allegedly passing information to Qatar. middleeastmonitor
UNICEF: 10,000 cholera cases in Yemen in 72 hours
An estimated 70,000 cases of cholera have been reported by UNICEF in Yemen, with nearly 600 people dying over the past month, as the disease continues to spread at an alarming rate. The UN agency, which provides humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers in developing countries, said on Friday that the already dire situation for children in Yemen was quickly turning into a disaster."Cholera doesn't need a permit to cross a checkpoint or a border, nor does it differentiate between areas of political control," said Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF regional director, following his visit to the country, according to a statement on the agency's website.UNICEF said at least 10,000 cholera cases were reported in the past 72 hours alone. aljazeera
Muslim children forced to drop 'religious' names in western China: the Guardian
Muslim children in China’s far western Xinjiang region are being forced to change their “religious” names and adults are being coerced into attending rallies showing devotion to the officially atheist Communist party.During Ramadan, the authorities in Xinjiang have ordered all children under 16 to change names where police have determined they are “overly religious”. As many as 15 names have been banned, including Islam, Quran, Mecca, Jihad, Imam, Saddam, Hajj, Medina and Arafat, according to Radio Free Asia.In April authorities banned certain names for newborns that were deemed to have religious connotations, but the new order expands forced name changes to anyone under 16, age at which Chinese citizens are issued a national identity card.The order coincided with millions gathering at 50,000 individual rallies across Xinjiang this week to pledge allegiance to the Communist party.
Turkey detains PM Binali Yildirim’s advisor over alleged Fethullah Gulen links
Turkish PM Binali Yildirim’s chief adviser was detained on Saturday over suspected links to the movement of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen blamed for last year’s failed coup, state media reported. Birol Erdem, a former senior justice ministry official, was taken into custody in Ankara along with his wife Gulumser Erdem, Anadolu news agency said. He was accused of being a member of the movement led by Gulen, the agency reported, quoting sources from the office of the Ankara chief public prosecutor.The Turkish Govt claims Gulen ordered the July 15 attempt to oust President Recep Tayyip Erdogan from power. Gulen, who has lived in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania since 1999, denies the charges. Erdem is one of the most senior bureaucrats to be suspected of Gulen links. Others who have been detained come from the military including Erdogan’s aide-de-camp Colonel Ali Yazici.AFP
Pak cracks down on 5,000 suspected terrorists, freezes bank accounts with $3mn: AFP
 Pakistan has frozen the accounts of 5000 suspected terrorists, taking about $3 million out of their pockets, but Islamabad could still come under scrutiny at a crucial June meeting of an international watchdog that tracks terror financing.HT
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