Sunday, 4 June 2017

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INDIA
Playing with fire: RSS organises arms-training camp for Hindus in Murshidabad
RSS has started a camp in Cossimbazar in West Bengal's Murshidabad district, to train Hindus in the use of weapons and martial arts. The camp began on 30 May and will continue till 10 June. According to RSS' West Bengal general secretary Jishnu Bose, “If Hindus want to protect themselves, they will have to learn how to use weapons and protect themselves from jihadi forces”. Ever since it began it's expansion drive in West Bengal, RSS, BJP and outfits like Hindu Samhati have been casually using the label “jihadi forces” against myriad Muslim entities.On being asked what he meant by “jihadi forces”, Bose was vague: “Anyone who oppresses Hindus is a jihadi”. Choice of Murshidabad is not coincidental as Muslims form 66% of the population in the district, the highest among all the districts in the state. Sources in RSS said that they have received an enthusiastic response for the training camp and around 100 youngsters from all over the state are participating in it.According to a senior RSS pracharak, who is the in-charge for Murshidabad, “Most of the participants were from the border districts of of Murshidabad, Nadia, Bongaon. We told them about the atrocities that are being perpetrated on Hindus. They also told us about several incidents in which Hindus were targetted by the police did nothing”.According to Bose, the state Govt  is turning a blind eye to the shenanigans of “jihadi forces”.“Therefore we are trying to organise such camps to increase our base in the state and to protect Hindus,” he said.Bose revealed the the “training camps” have the blessings of the top RSS leadership in the country. catchnews
Journalists detained in Rajasthan after they tried to report on Bajrang Dal’s weapons training camp
Delhi:3 journalists from Delhi were arrested yesterday in Hanumangarh district of Rajasthan, after they tried to report on a Bajrang Dal’s weapons training camp, which was being operated in the same area. Anupam Pandey, Asad Ashraf and Vijay Pandey were detained without any proper explanation and were made to sit in the Hanumangarh Junction police station for hours. The journalists have alleged that police has also misbehaved with them. 3 journalists got a lead earlier that Bajrang Dal, a radical Hindu outift famous for carrying out violence in Public and for its role in Gujarat riots, is running a training camp on weapons operations in Hanumangarh. The journalists headed to the area and started interviewing the trainers and association leaders. When they finished getting the most crucial part, which is the testimonies, for the story, the people at the training camp started becoming suspicious. They stopped the journalists from leaving and called the Police. Police from Hanumangarh junction police station reached the hotel where journalists were staying and asked the journalists to come up to Police station, the request to which journalists complied. As journalists report, Police hurled abusive words at them. When journalists answered the police’s questions about purpose of their visit, they were told that they would have come after talking with PRO of Police administration. In a testimony published on ‘Democracia‘, Asad Ashraf, wrote, “Police came in civil dresses and we were not told of any reason for our arrest or detention. When I called my friends and colleagues from the police custody, my phone was taken away. But by then politicians, journalists and human rights activists have already started calling them (Police) and that helped us in getting released.”Moreover, photojournalist Vijay Pandey and Anupam Pandey told their real name to the Bajrang Dal members, while Asad Ashraf hid his real name to be safe of any kind of possible violence, as Rajasthan recently faced a dark episode of PehluKhan’s lynching.Journalists have claimed that the they have gathered enough proof of Bajrang Dal arming and giving training of firearms in Hanumangarh area. They gathered the story’s key points after taking Bajran Dal goons in their confidence, but they became suspicious about the time when the journalists were about to leave to Delhi.TCN
Cops suspect Delhi journalist Ashraf, detain, as he was covering story on training in handling arms by Bajrang Dal
Circulation of RSS journals up by 40% since BJP came to power
New Delhi: There has been a growth of almost 40% in the circulation of magazines linked to the RSS since the BJP Govt  rode to power in 2014.The publishers of Organiser in English and the Panchajanya in Hindi, considered as the mouthpieces of the Sangh, however assert that the growth has been an outcome of a concerted “publicity exercise and revamped content and design over the past 5 years”.Both publications, which have had on their editorial board senior BJP leaders such as former PM  Atal Bihari Vajpayee, LK Advani and KR Malkani, have also gained as beneficiaries of advertisements from public sector units including the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) and the Airports Authority of India (AAI).
Bhim Army slowly gaining ground among Dalits locally: Indian Express spl report
Saharanpur: At the 6 ft by 10 ft office of Karanveer Singh, the gram pradhan of Budhakheda village in Saharanpur, UP, a fading sketch of BSP chief Mayawati hangs on the wall by the side of stacks of ‘Zalim Lotion’ that he sells for a living. His door outside, in bold, colourful letters, declares, ‘Chamar Ji’, a former pejorative now proudly embraced by him.40-year-old is an old supporter of the BSP but, like many here, a recent convert to the Bhim Army, which has hit headlines as a new face of Dalit uprising. Dalits form a majority in Karanveer’s village, but have long found themselves powerless in a land tussle with Rajputs.“We had gone for help to local BSP leaders, but they could not do anything saying they were not in power. Chandrashekhar (chief of the Bhim Army) is helping us fight in court now.Today almost 75% of Chamars in the village are with the Bhim Army,” Karanveer says.About 10 paces away from his office lies a village wedding hall that doubles up as a school in the evening. Pointing to the white board in the classroom with ‘Jai Bhim’ and ‘Da Great Chamar’ scribbled on it, Karanveer says it was put up by Bhim Army.“They have been running this school for two years. It has helped children of all communities in the village,” says Karanveer.Of UP’s 21% Dalit population, 54% are Jatavs, BSP’s core base, and most of them are concentrated in this region. With Mayawati increasingly keeping to Lucknow and of late focusing on other communities to increase the BSP’s social base, many Dalits who continue to see her as their political messiah but feel slighted, have started looking at the Bhim Army with interest. “It was only after Bhim Army’s Delhi rally that Mayawati thought of coming to Shabbirpur. She was scared of a new player in Dalit politics,”says Khubchand of Shabbirpur village, the epicentre of the Saharanpur violence. Almost a month after that clash between Dalits and Thakurs, leading to the death of one Thakur youth and a Dalit, and torching of Dalit homes, the region continues to be on the boil. In the latest incident, on May 30, Dalits were accused of being behind the desecration of an idol of Goddess Kali. indian express
Saharanpur: After 10 days, Internet services return violence-hit district
I have been demonized by Indian Govt,media:Zakir Naik
Dr Zakir Naik has spoken about the controversies that surround him, and how the Indian govt, with the help of Indian media tried to project him as a demon figure. In an interview with KTV Al Majlis, a TV channel run by state-owned Kuwait TV KTV, Naik talks about how the Indian Govt  tried to pin him down and his organisation after the terrorist attack in Dhaka, Bangladesh last year. He claimed that if he was planning or inciting terrorism through his videos, which are online since last 10 or 15 years, why did the govt only look into the matter now?He said, “It is shocking that many times, the Indian Govt  had invited me to give lecture on religion in National Academy of Hyderabad. Sometimes, I was even put under the pressure to give a talk in the National academy.”Naik pointed towards Yogi Adityanath’s selection as UP’s CM and said that the state of democracy in India is such that the one who asked to dig graves of Muslim women and rape the corpses has become the CM  of the largest state. He said that Indian police wanted to interrogate him physically, but he denied their demand as everyone is aware of what Indian police does to suspects. He said that Indian law allows to preach and propagate the ideas of a religion.“I did not break a single law of the Indian constitution”, said Naik. He also pointed towards the hypocrisy of Indian administration after lynching incidents. He said that people get killed in public, but instead of investigating into the murder, they instead focus on whether it was beef or meat.TCN
Delhi’s Trilokpuri tense as dispute between 2 families takes violent turn, police deployed
New Delhi: Tension gripped east Delhi’s Trilokpuri area on Saturday after two families, belonging to different communities, clashed. Police sources said trouble erupted after a woman and her son allegedly tried to force another woman to eat the flesh of a dead animal to “ward off evil”. They added that Rojo and her son 23-year-old son Vishal were arrested but security personnel had been deployed in the area to prevent any untoward situation. Police said that Rojo and Vishal of Khoda Colony allegedly barged into Najma’s house with the piece of flesh and a knife.“By the time I could understand (anything), they started abusing me. Vishal held my hand from behind and his mother tried to put the piece of flesh into my mouth. I started shouting and other residents gathered outside my house. On seeing the people, they fled, throwing the piece of flesh in my room,” complainant said in her FIR.Soon, people gathered in the locality and police were informed. Anticipating that the situation may worsen, police were deployed in the area and a peace committee was asked to help to ensure peace as Najma and her relatives went to the Mayur Vihar police station and demanded action. JCP (eastern range) Ravinder Yadav said:“During investigation, it was found that the accused family used to live in the neighbourhood of the victim but shifted to Khoda following minor disputes. They told us that they were instructed by some ‘tantrik’ to make Najma eat the flesh, if they want to ward off evil.”Indian Express
VHP: ‘No new mosque in Ayodhya’
Lucknow: VHP has decided that it will not allow any new mosques to be built in Ayodhya.VHP’s topmost body, Margdarshak Mandal, in a resolution adopted on Friday in Haridwar also rejected the suggestion to settle the Ram temple issue outside the court and demanded that the Centre should take initiative in this regard.“Mandir wahin…Ayodhya mein koi nai masjid nahin…Babar ke naam par Bharat mein kuch bhi nahin (Temple at the same site… no new mosque in Ayodhya…nothing in the name of Babar in India anymore),” the resolution stated.When contacted, VHP joint general secretary Surendra Jain said enough mosques already existed in Ayodhya. “VHP will oppose if any new mosque is be built there,” he added.“In support of the resolution in the meeting, the sants argued ‘will any Hanuman temple be allowed in Vatican City or Mecca’.Ayodhya holds relevance to non-Hindus as well and only temple should be allowed there,” said Jain.“The idea of settling the Ram Mandir issue out of the court amicably was rejected because Muslims had every time stepped away from talks in the past. It was resolved in the meet that Ram temple could be built only by enacting a law through Parliament and the Centre must initiate the process. The sants had supported BJP in the hope that a Ram temple would be built and the Govt  should work for it,” he added. These resolutions will be discussed in Ayodhya on June 7, when birthday celebrations of Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas president Nritya Gopal Das —an accused in the Babri Masjid demolition case — is set to conclude.A ‘Sant Sammelan’ will be oraganised same day.VHP spokesperson in Awadh prant, Sharad Sharma, said the event will be attended by UP Deputy CM  Keshav Prasad Maurya and Cabinet Minister Mukut Bihari Verma, MP Minister Kunwar Jaibhan Singh Pawaiya and Rajya Sabha member Subramanian Swamy. Others attending the event include VHP working president Pravin Togadia and general secretary Champat Rai. indian express
Ram temple will certainly be built in Ayodhya: Union minister Jayant Sinha
Jamshedpur:A grand Ram temple will certainly be built at Ayodhya, Union minister Jayant Sinha said Saturday. “If it is a land of Lord Ram, I’ll say the temple will certainly be built there. We will certainly build a grand temple in Ayodhya,” the minister of state for civil aviation told a function organised by the local BJP workers here.“As far as promotion and preservation of our culture, UP  CM  Yogi Adityanath has recently visited Ayodhya. When Adityanathji visited Ayodhya, a Ram Temple will certainly be built there,” he said. “If it is a land of Lord Ram and our culture, then I will proudly, boldly and open heartedly say ‘Jai Sri Ram’, the minister said.PTI
As CBI court holds Babri hearings, temple issue hots up in UP
Rampur village: No loudspeakers at mosques and temples
Rampur: In rare show of communal amity, Hindus agreed to remove loudspeaker from temples and Muslims from mosques in a restive Moradabad village. According to police officials, tension was simmering in the village for the past three years over loudspeakers at houses of worship of both communities. Circle officer (rural) Chakramani Tripathi said,"Police and district administration of Moradabad are full of praise for the initiative taken by the elders of both the communities who amicably resolved the issue in the holy month of Ramzan." Triyadan village under the jurisdiction of Bhagatapur police station here has been in news for recurring communal violence over the use of loudspeakers on places of worship of both the communities in the past 3 years.Dinesh Singh, a 40-year-old village resident, said, "Outsiders who had nothing to do with the village used to ignite communal tension which would often lead to violence. Later, police cases were filed against members of both the communities and many of us landed in jail. It took us a long while to see through their game-plan. Once things became clear to us, we decided to talk to each other which worked in everybody's favour."Zakir Hussain, a 55-year-old villager, said, "Violence is an act of satan. In the holy month of Ramzan, we decided to take loudspeakers off the minarets of the mosques. Our Hindu brothers also decided to take loudspeakers off the temples. Now, we all live in peace here."SP (rural) Uday Shankar said that the initiative was taken by elders from both the communities who gathered everybody along where the issue of recurring communal tension was discussed threadbare. "Finally, they decided to do away with loudspeakers at the religious places." Use of loudspeakers at places of worship have led to a series of violence in the restive western UP  in past few years, including Kanth in Moradabad, Muzaffarnagar, Shamli, Sambhal and other such places.TOI
In This UP Village, Hindus & Muslims Decide To Remove Loudspeakers From Temples, Mosques
In Kerala cattle market, meat traders, farmers feel pinch of Centre’s ban
Neyyattinkara: At the break of dawn, Aralammoodu Saturday cattle market is busy. Cows and buffaloes occupy most of the space, as owners and prospective buyers look to strike a bargain. In the middle of all the haggling at the weekly cattle market, local MLA K Ansalan is administering an oath to a crowd. “Our food is our choice, our right. We will protect our food, our right come what may,” crowd repeats after the law-maker, feverishly pumping fists in the air in true Communist style.As the one-hour meeting draws to a close, organisers distribute small packets of raw meat to register their protest.It is not an isolated incident.The southern coastal state has seen a series of “beef festivals” and noisy protests after the Centre on May 23 came out with a notification banning sale and purchase of cattle from animal markets for slaughter. Kerala and several other states have criticised the Modi Govt ’s cattle-trade rules as a backdoor beef ban, aimed at pushing the ruling BJP’s Hindutva agenda.Some states are planning a legal challenge to the ban that will hurt farmers and squeeze supplies to the country’s Rs 1 lakh-crore meat industry. The ban is already hurting farmers and meat traders.In Kerala, 60% of all meat consumed is beef, a cheap source of protein. Almost 60% of the population eats beef and not just Muslims and Christians, a majority of Hindus also consume buffalo and cow meat.According to the animal husbandry department data, 1.17 million adult cattle and 70,000 young animals were slaughtered last year. Kerala consumes 2.5 lakh tonne of beef, estimated to be worth Rs 6,500 crore, every year.“It is an unorganised sector but transactions worth lakhs of rupees do take place here. Roughly 5 lakh people directly or indirectly are involved in the sector,” said another trader.In Kerala at least 80% cattle for meat are procured from livestock markets.HT
Stone-pelting MP dairy farmers unleash buffalo shield on police, choke highway
Bhopal:Buffaloes are their livelihood and on Saturday, cattle were their first line of defence. Dairy owners facing eviction for running businesses illegally in Imlia village in Madhya Pradesh’s Jabalpur let loose hundreds of buffaloes on National Highway-7 to prevent the authorities from dismantling their units.Members of the local administration, Jabalpur municipal corporation and pollution board and a police team watched helplessly as dairy owners and their staff stopped them in their tracks, shouting slogans from behind the impenetrable buffalo wall.Animals took over the road, blocking JCB machines and trucks brought by the civic body and also holding up vehicles on the busy Jabalpur-Sihora stretch of the highway.The standoff continued for one-and-a-half-hour, forcing the administration to call in for more police.But dairy owners, planted firmly behind the buffalo wall, started throwing stones. Several people, including a police inspector, were wounded and many vehicles damaged, forcing police to cane protesters and fire teargas shells.HT
Bengal, Tripura were consulted about the cattle trade law: Harsh Vardhan
Agartala:Amid sharp criticisms from the rival parties regarding the Centre’s cattle trade law, Union minister for science and technology Harsh Vardhan said that many states, including West Bengal, Tripura, Bihar and others, were consulted regarding the issue.Still, if, any state has problem with the rule, they should present proposal with justification, it would be considered, but that too, with the consent of the apex court. “There is no mention of interference in people’s food habits or ban on cattle slaughter in the new rule. In fact, many states like West Bengal, Bihar, Haryana, UP , Rajasthan, Tripura, AP and Orissa were requested to file suggestions regarding the issue and based on their suggestions, few amendments were also included in the rule,” he said.“Surprisingly, now some political parties are opposing it either intentionally, or failing to understand the rule properly,” said Union minister in Agartala.
Open to suggestions on cattle slaughter notification: Govt
Beef ban has created anxiety in Goa:Union Minister
Panaji: Union AYUSH Minister Shripad Naik has conceded that there is a “little bit” of anxiety in Goa about the beef ban.Interacting with reporters at the BJP state headquarters here, Naik also said that the state BJP leadership was trying to convince his party’s leadership about the situation in Goa, a coastal state where more than 30%  of the 1.5 million population is of minorities.“There is a little bit,” Naik said to queries if there was anxiety amongst people in Goa, about the controversial ban on beef.Asked about the apprehension amongst members of Goa’s minority community over the ban, Naik said: “Govt  will decide. We will think about it. We are trying to convince them and explain the situation in Goa. And we will keep doing it.”IANS
Gujarat law invoking life term for cow slaughter comes into force
Gandhinagar: Gujarat Govt  on Saturday brought into force the Gujarat Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act 2017, providing for life imprisonment for cow slaughter, which was passed in the budget session in March.Minister of State for Home Pradeepsinh Jadeja told the media that the Govt  was committed to protection of cow and would issue a notification to declare the rules shortly.“We have come out with the strictest law for the protection of our sacred animal cow and the Govt  is committed to its protection.“There will be life imprisonment for those who slaughter cow in the state and the vehicles used in transportation of slaughtered cow or cows will be confiscated,” he said.Earlier, the violators of this law used to get three to seven years of jail and Rs 50,000 fine, but now, the minimum jail would be for 10 years up to life imprisonment and a fine up to Rs 5 lakh, Jadeja said.IANS
Ow slaughter rumours: 270 people booked for violence in Muzaffarnagar
Muzaffarnagar: As many as 270 people have been booked here in connection with the violence at Sherpur village on Friday in which 8 people, including 5 policemen, were injured, police said on Sunday. The violent episode unfolded after a group of people resorted to stone-pelting when a police team raided some houses in Sherpur on information of "cow slaughter". 270 people, including the village head, is among the 270 people who have been charged with rioting, participating in unlawful assembly, damaging public property, attempt to murder and related offences, SP (City) Rakesh Kumar Singh said.When the police did not find any suspicious item during the search, they started searching nearby houses which angered the people, who opposed the police action and started pelting them with stones.IANS
Kashmiri separatists will be taught real meaning of azadi: Union minister
New Delhi: Action against separatism in Kashmir won’t stop till the separatists are taught the real meaning of ‘azadi’, minister of state for home Hansraj Ahir said on Saturday.Ahir told ANI that India is a democratic country where everyone has freedom, but it doesn’t mean that someone would get funds from foreign countries and misguide youth and kill innocent people.The minister’s statement comes after the NIA conducted raids at Kashmiri separatists leaders’ residences and offices in a major crackdown on terror funding.HT
NIA continues raids against Hurriyat leaders in 5 more locations in J&K
In continuation of Saturday's searches by NIA at multiple locations here and in Haryana with regard to terror funding by Pakistan, the probe agency on Sunday took up fresh searches at five more locations.According to NIA sources, searches are underway at four locations in Kashmir and one in Jammu.ANI
J-K separatists condemn NIA raids as ‘blackmailing’, warn of ‘dire consequences’
Srinagar:Denouncing the raids by NIA in Kashmir on Saturday, the separatist camp in Srinagar warned of “dire consequences” and street protests against such “arbitrary measures” by the Union Govt . NIA conducted the raids at 23 locations in Kashmir, Haryana and Delhi in connection with a case of alleged funding received by separatist groups for carrying out subversive activities in the Kashmir valley.“The current raids being conducted by NIA and the hype and sensationalism around it just goes on to show the desperate attempt by Indian Govt  to vilify and discredit the resistance leadership and in turn discredit the people’s freedom movement.“We warn Delhi of dire consequences if all these harassing measures are not stopped forthwith. If these unnecessary raids are not stopped, people will take to streets and resent these arbitrary measures with their full might and will,” chairmen of both factions of Hurriyat Conference - Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq - and JKLF chief Yasin Malik said in a joint statement in Srinagar.It said the raids over the past 24 hours, showed the “frustration” of the Govt  which has launched a pre- planned “psychological crackdown” to force them into surrender.“It is blackmailing, a ploy and a character assassination campaign against leadership so that they surrender and stop voicing the sentiments of their nation, thereby covering and shielding the atrocities and barbarism against common and unarmed people,” the statement said.The separatists asked the Govt  to desist from the “misadventure” as “these “inhuman, immoral and undemocratic tactics will not deter the people from advocating their just cause”.However, they said “it is their (Govt’s) frustration and we will continue to pursue our cause and won’t budge in front of such dogmatic elements”Accusing the Govt  of “disturbing trade and business community” in the valley, the separatists said “they feel very desperate to cripple our economy and to see us with a begging bowl in our hand”.PTI
Pak Army says killed 5 Indian soldiers on LoC, India denies claims
Pakistan Army on Saturday claimed to have killed 5 Indian soldiers while retaliating to India’s “unprovoked” ceasefire violation in Tatta Pani sector along the LoC.Indian bunkers were also destroyed in the firing, the ISPR claimed, adding that Pakistani troops “violently responded”. Indian Army said a statement by the Inter Services Public Relations, the Pakistan military’s media wing, was “wrong”.PTI
Pakistan Army releases video claiming destruction of Indian posts across LoC
Congress blames BJP for 172 terror incidents in 3 years
Kolkata: Congress has alleged that the country’s defence preparedness was at an “all-time low” under the Narendra Modi Govt  and soldiers had become a “shield to play politics and hide failures”.“For Modi, the soldiers have become a shield to play politics and hide his failures. The country saw 172 terror- related incidents in the last three years, which was  unprecedented. As many as 578 jawans and 877 civilians were killed in terror attacks in the country in the last 35 months,” Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi told a press conference here.“In J&K alone, 203 jawans were killed in the last three years,” he added. PTI
Indo-Pak cricket: ‘Don’t play with Pakistan’ say family of BSF jawan; Hindu Sena burn Kohli’s effigy
New Delhi: Family members of BSF Head Constable Prem Sagar, who was killed and his body mutilated by Pakistani forces, appealed to PM  Narendra Modi to stop India from playing Pakistan in the Champions Trophy.“We are opposing cricket match between India and Pakistan in the Champions Trophy. Govt must understand the pain of the aggrieved family of the martyr. India should not play the match with Pakistan in the Champions Trophy and should not have any relationship with that country,” Ishwar Chandra, son of the slain BSF head constable told reporters here.Meanwhile, workers of the Hindu Sena workers on Saturday protested the Indian cricket team playing against Pakistan at 2017 ICC Champions trophy.Hindu Sena President Vishnu Gupta said that they demonstrated at Jantar Mantar to protest against India playing with Pakistan and express solidarity with the Army which is fighting cross-border terrorism supported by Pakistan. hindustantimes
Chinese helicopter violates air space in Uttarakhand
New Delhi:A Chinese helicopter has violated Indian air space in Barahoti area of Chamoli district along the India-China border in Uttrakhand on Sunday. Indian Air Force (IAF) has launched a probe to ascertain the details.“One chopper was sighted hovering over Barahoti area violating Indian airspace at 9.15AM. It remained inside the Indian airspace for nearly four minutes,” Chamoli SP Tripti Bhatt told PTI. SP added that there have been similar incidents in the past and it has to be ascertained the latest incident was “a deliberate act of recce or an unintentional deviation.”The Hindu/PTI
President urged to protect livelihood rights of over 40,000 residents of Narmada Valley
New Delhi: Activists from across the country, on behalf of some 40, 000 villagers, have urged President Pranab Mukherjee to stop the submergence of 193 villages in the Narmada Valley in MP due to the Sardar Sarovar dam till the state Govt  compensates and rehabilitates all the affecting families. The delegation that met the President has alleged that the state BJP Govt  and the authorities are not implementing the Supreme Court order dated 8th Feb,2017, in which the apex court had asked the govt. to provide compensation to and complete rehabilitation of the affected villages before submergence." As per Supreme Court order, eviction should be done before 31st July and villagers should be served notice 6 months prior. Neither rehabilitation sites are prepared, nor has any survey for rehabilitation been done yet. This is inhumane to uproot all these villages without the rehabilitation of the people," said Vimal, member of Matu Jan Sangathan. The SC had fixed 8th May, 2017 as the last date for giving compensation and ensuring complete rehabilitation. But the state Govt has not done any survey to enlist all the project affected families entitled to compensation and rehabilitation as per the rehabilitation policy.Hannan Mollah, General Secretary, All India Kisan Sabha and former MP said: "On 31st of July they (govt.) are going to close the gates of the Sardar Sarovar dam. But no rehabilitation has been done yet. People are being asked to leave villages forcefully. They (Govt.) are ignoring the interest of the farmers. Every family has 15-20 cattle too, so not just people will be affected, the cattle will also die. This Is a crime against humanity. So, we have urged President to intervene into the matter."IndiaTomorrow
At Delhi’s Jama Masjid, nobody goes hungry during iftar
NewDelhi: It is another evening of Ramzan. Around 5 minutes before sunset, 28-years-old Mohammad Uzair is hovering around a never-ending dining spread in the northern corner of the courtyard of Delhi’s Jama Masjid. “Khaala, paani piyo filhaal (aunty, take water as of now),” he tells an elderly woman, who wants a portion of the iftar meal. Uzair’s supply is over after arranging iftar platters — each containing two dates, one banana, pakodas and a glass of shikanji — for over 300 people on the dastarkhwan (dining spread). Apart from families who carry their own iftar meals, roughly 500 people come to the Jama Masjid every evening empty handed, with the hope of getting an iftar platter. Uzair’s family hosts one of the four mass iftar meals in the mosque’s courtyard, primarily for such people. “In the initial days, we organise iftar meals for 200 people. We keep increasing the number every week thereafter. By the last Friday of the month, we have iftar meal arrangements for around 1,000 people,” says Uzair, who procures fruits in bulk from Azadpur mandi and has a chef at his house, who cooks snacks every day throughout the month.According to one Hadith or narration from the life of Prophet Muhammad, he is believed to have encouraged his followers to arrange iftar meals, in whatever capacity possible. Thousands of Muslims have been organising mass iftar programs worldwide since then. In the Middle East, USA and the UK, there are institutions, committees, organisations and even Govt  bodies that organise mass iftar programs.HT
Mumbai: ATS questions Muslim youth as he ran away 3 months ago to work in Nashik
Mumbai: ATS is questioning the 20-year-old Ashraf Sayyad who ran away 3 months ago and was working in Nashik. The police will also be visiting the various cyber cafes where he spent time before running away. The officials will also be scanning the CCTV footage of the cyber cafes and also asked them to submit user logs to find out what the youngster was doing. Sayyad, went missing from his house in Mahim on Feb.27. While initially the family thought that he might have fled due to fear of exams, they started panicking after he did not return calls and did not even come home after a few days.“Family approached us and filed a missing person’s report following which we began investigating. We have spoke to his friends but we found no trace of him initially, he had even switched off his phone and the location was not determinable,” said a police source.ASIAN AGE
EVM challenge over, CEC rules out going back to paper ballot system
New Delhi: Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi on Saturday ruled out going back to the paper ballot system, saying paper trail machines will usher in more transparency in future elections."Once the EVMs are used with VVPATs (or paper trail machines) where a voter can see (cross check) the vote he has cast, it will usher in more transparency. Then there is no scope of going back to ballot (paper) system," he told reporters here, on a day when no opposition party took part+ in the EVM challenge held by the Election Commission to allow parties to try and hack the electronic voting machines.The voters see voter-verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) slip for 7 seconds. Slip then drops in a box but the voter cannot carry it away. Parties want the slip to be visible for 15 seconds.PTI
GST rate for gold fixed at 3%, biscuits 18%, bidis 28%; states, except West Bengal, agree to 1 July rollout
New Delhi: Footwear below Rs 500 will be taxed at 5 % under the Goods and Services Tax, while the rest would be in the 18 % bracket once the new regime is rolled out from 1 July. Currently, footwear priced from Rs 500-1,000 attracts 6 % excise duty. Besides, states also levy VAT.Gold, on the other hand, will be taxed at 3 % and biscuits at 18 percent.GST Council, chaired by finance minister Arun Jaitley and comprising his state counterparts, on Saturday decided on tax rates for six goods including footwear, textiles, biscuits and gold.Solar panels will be taxed at 5 percent. Packaged food items will be taxed at 5 percent.Beedis will be taxed at 28 % and tendu leaves at 18 percent. A nominal rate of .025 % will be imposed on rough diamonds.Natural yarn will be taxed at 5 percent, while man made yarn will be taxed at 18 percent.PTI
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HRW condemns Israel's '50 years of occupation abuses'
50 years into the occupation, Israel controls Gaza Strip and the West Bank through repression, institutionalised discrimination, and systematic abuses, US-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said. The rights group said that Israeli violations included unlawful killings, forced displacement, abusive detention, unjustified restrictions on movement, and continued development of illegal settlements, along with accompanying discriminatory policies against Palestinians. HRW said that many of Israel's abusive practices were carried out in the name of security, adding that Palestinian armed groups have carried out scores of lethal attacks on Israelis, also in violation of international humanitarian law."Whether it's a child imprisoned by a military court or shot unjustifiably, or a house demolished for lack of an elusive permit, or checkpoints where only settlers are allowed to pass, few Palestinians have escaped serious rights abuses during this 50-year occupation," Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at HRW, said. Although Israel unilaterally withdrew from Gaza in 2005, currently more than half a million Jewish settlers reside across the West Bank and East Jerusalem in over 230 settlements. Since 1967, Israeli authorities have expropriated thousands of square km of Palestinian land for settlements and their supporting infrastructure, the group said.According to HRW, Israeli troops killed well over 2,000 Palestinian civilians in the last three Gaza conflicts (2008-09, 2012 and 2014) alone. Aljazeera
Hamas denies Qatar’s expulsion of group leaders
Gaza CITY:Palestinian resistance group Hamas has denied reports about expelling a number of group leaders from Qatar. Media reports said Saturday Doha had asked a number of Hamas leaders to leave the capital city due to foreign pressures. According to the Lebanon-based al-Mayadeen television, a Qatari representative gave Hamas a list of members who must leave Doha.“These reports are groundless and untrue,” Hamas spokesman Hossam Badran said in a statement on Sunday.He said such reports aim “to tarnish Hamas image and affect the group’s foreign relations”.Anadolu
US-backed forces advance west of IS bastion Raqqa: Syrian Observatory for Human Rights
Beirut: A US-backed Kurdish-Arab alliance has seized new territory west of the Islamic State group's Syrian bastion Raqqa, bringing it closer to a final attack on the city, a monitor said on Saturday. SDF launched an operation to capture Raqqa in northern Syria last November, and have since surrounded the city from the north and east while closing in from the west.The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said the SDF captured the town of Mansura late on Friday and the adjacent Baath Dam on the Euphrates River, around 20 km west of Raqqa on Saturday.AFP
10,000 civilians escape Raqqa as major IS battle expected
About 10,000 civilians have fled to a camp just north of Daesh’ bastion of Raqqa with hundreds more arriving each day as the battle for the city nears, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said. Residents are escaping Raqqa under cover of night as US-backed forces close in, taking their chances against minefields and hostile fighters rather than risking death in a major battle expected to begin soon.It is not a massive exodus, but about 800 people a day are arriving in Ain Issa every day,"Natalie Roberts, an emergency doctor from MSF France who had just returned from the region, said.The camp in Ain Issa village is run by US-backed SDF, which is made up predominantly of Kurdish fighters, who have now arrived to within 3 km of Raqqa and plan to press on with the assault on Islamic State. Conditions have deteriorated especially due to the summer heat.UN and other aid groups have yet to establish themselves in the zone, she said. City’s population was estimated at 200,000 before the recent departures. middleeastmonitor
Syrian army seizes territory from IS around Damascus-Aleppo road
Syria: The Syrian army said on Saturday it had seized mountainous territory from Islamic State to the east of the road linking Damascus to Aleppo, helping to secure a critical lifeline for the Govt  that has often come under IS attack.Govt  forces supported by Iranian-backed militias and the Russian army have stepped up attacks on Islamic State on several fronts in recent weeks as a "de-escalation" deal brokered by Russia and Turkey has reduced fighting in western Syria.The army said it had captured the northeastern and central portions of a mountain range to the east of the Khanaser-Ithriya road. "It certainly widens the circle of security around the Damascus-Aleppo road," a military source told Reuters.Reuters
Daesh attacks kill 32 Iraqi soldiers in Mosul
Baghdad:At least 32 Iraqi soldiers were killed in Daesh attacks in western Mosul in the past 24 hours, according to an Iraqi police officer. 3 bombers attacked army positions in Al-Shifa district, northwest of Mosul, killing 12 soldiers and injuring four others, Lieutenant Ali al-Karbalai with the Rapid Response Forces told Anadolu Agency on Sunday.13 soldiers were also killed in a spate of car bombings in Zanjili district, west of Mosul, he said.“2 soldiers were also seriously injured in the bombings,” he said, adding that 11 military vehicles were destroyed in the attacks.Anadolu Agency
Iraq to probe use of white phosphorus in Mosul: aljazeera
Iraqi officials have said they will investigate allegations that their forces used white phosphorus against areas held by ISIL group in western Mosul. "[We] cannot deny nor confirm – we are investigating into this news and will come up with a statement to clear things up for the public," spokesman for Iraqi Ministry of Defence Brigadier General Yahiya Rasoul said.
Philippines' Duterte says IS not behind casino attack
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said on Saturday that Islamic State militants were not behind the deadly attack at a casino in the capital Manila on Friday."That is not the work of ISIS," Duterte told reporters, using an acronym for Islamic State. IS claimed responsibility on Friday for the attack that killed at least 36 people, after Philippines officials said there was no evidence of militant involvement.Reuters
People who worship have better health: US Researchers
Visiting a church, temple or a mosque may lower your stress levels, boost physical health and increase life expectancy, a new study claims. Researchers from Vanderbilt University in the US found that adults between the age group of 40 to 65 years who attend church or other houses of worship reduce their risk for mortality by 55 % .“Our findings support the overall hypothesis that increased religiosity – as determined by attendance at worship services – is associated with less stress and enhanced longevity,” said Marino Bruce, research associate professor at Vanderbilt University.“We have found that being in a place where you can flex those spiritual muscles is actually beneficial for your health,” Bruce said.Researchers surveyed about 5,449 people of all races and both sexes of which 64% were regular worshippers. They analysed the subjects’ attendance at worship services, mortality and allostatic load.Allostatic load is a physiological measurement of factors including cardiovascular (blood pressure, cholesterol-high density lipoprotein ration), nutritional/inflammatory (albumin) and metabolic (waist-hip ratio, glycated hemoglobin) measures. The higher the allostatic load, the more stressed an individual was interpreted as being.Researchers found that non-worshippers had significantly higher overall allostatic load scores and higher prevalence of high-risk values for three of the 10 markers of allostatic load than did church-goers and other worshippers.PTI
Leo Vardakar, gay, son of Indian immigrant, all set to be youngest PM of Ireland
Leo Varadkar, a gay son of an Indian immigrant is now all but certain to become the next PM of Ireland. Fine Gael party chose Leo Varadkar to be its leader, on Friday. This also means he will head the center-right governing coalition. He is the first openly gay taoiseach (a term used in Ireland for it’s PM ). He succeeds Enda Kenny, who is stepping down.The new Fine Gael leader will have to be endorsed by the independent members of the minority coalition Govt  before he becomes the Taoiseach. Varadkar beat his rival, Housing Minister Simon Coveney, with 60% of the votes to lead Fine Gael – the biggest party in the coalition Govt . scrolltoday
At least 6 dead in terror attacks in London
At least 6 people were killed in in attacks late Saturday as a van mowed down pedestrians on London Bridge before attackers then stabbed victims at nearby Borough Market. Health officials said at least 30 victims were taken to area hospitals for treatment. 3 male suspects were killed by police within 8 minutes after the first report of the attacks, according to Assistant Police Commissioner Mark Rowley, who said authorities are treating it as a “terror incident” as they proceed with a massive operation in central London. middleeastmonitor
Theresa May says the internet must now be regulated following London Bridge terror attack
New international agreements should be introduced to regulate the internet in the light of the London Bridge terror attack, Theresa May has said.The PM  said introducing new rules for cyberspace would “deprive the extremists of their safe spaces online” and that technology firms were not currently doing enough.PM  made the comments outside Downing Street on Sunday morning in the aftermath of the van and knife attack that saw seven people killed and dozens injured. "We cannot allow this ideology the safe space it needs to breed - yet that is precisely what the internet, and the big companies that provide internet-based services provide,” Ms May said. independent
Muslim girls sent home by US school for wearing hijabs without 'note'
2 Muslim students were allegedly sent home by a US school for wearing hijabs because they were not carrying a 'note' from parents to prove that they had donned the headscarves for religious reasons.Hajah Bah and Fatmata Mansaray, both cousins and students of Freedom High School, Virginia, allege that the school administrators harassed them over their decision to don hijabs, eventually prompting apologies from Prince William school division leaders.PTI
FLASH: NEWS & VIEWS
Never-ending dispute: Ram Janmabhoomi epic begins not in 1992 but at the same time as Independence. Nehru may have been secular but his cabinet was not. Hence the sneaking in of the idols late at night despite locks at the site:Meghnad Desai
Communal Riot in Bhopal: In a Totally One Sided Action Police Rounds Up 500 Muslim Youths: Translated by Urdu Media Monitor from Millat Times

A little fact-check of Honourable Judge’s cow order in Rajasthan:Jay Mazoomdaar

Of gau gundagiri and the closing of the Hindu mind, writes Ramachandra Guha: Ramachandra Guha
Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy book review — (Don’t) Keep Calm and Carry On: Roy’s second novel raises questions about our equanimity in the face of everyday violence:Pratik Kanjilal
Muslims we don't see: Practising faith differently in times of Islamophobia:1.7 billion Muslims, yet they are put into one box, which de-humanises them: Sahar Habib Ghazi, managing editor at Global Voices
Kerala High Court forcing adult married woman to live with her parents is regressive, violates constitutional rights:Deya Bhattacharya
For Protecting Cattle, A 1% Problem May Have Led To A 100% Ban:Manas Pratap Singh , Sonal Matharu, Sreenivasan Jain/ndtv
Sikh men serving rooh afza milk to fasting Muslims in Peshawar is winning hearts in Pakistan
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