Tuesday, 6 June 2017

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Cattle smuggling, slaughter to be punishable under NSA, Gangsters Act in UP
UP  Police has issued a terse warning that those involved in cow slaughter and illegal transport of milch animals will be booked under stringent National Security Act and Gangsters Act. The directive has been conveyed to all district police chiefs by the state DGP Sulkhan Singh. A Govt Order to ban cow slaughter and illegal transport of milch animals was passed during the previous Akhilesh Yadav Govt  in the state but was never strictly implemented."NSA and Gangsters Act is to be invoked against those involved in slaughter and trafficking of milch animals for slaughter," DGP's orders said. Under NSA, the Govt  can detain a person for as long as it wishes and the authorities need not disclose the grounds of detention. A person booked under the provision of Gangsters Act becomes part of a gang listed in police records. It entitles the police to keep track of those booked under the Act and issue summons to them for attendance at the local police station for questioning even if no fresh case is lodged against them. Act permits the police to seek remand of an accused for a maximum of 60 days as compared to a maximum of 14 days under normal circumstances.DGP also directed SSPs and SPs of all districts to "effectively control" illegal activities committed by "vigilantes" in the name of cow protection, morality, religious conversion or illegal trafficking of milch animals. Singh asked the officers to register FIRs against vigilantes when they violate the law and to prepare dossiers on them after identification with the help of intelligence networks."These people/ organisations should be informed that they do not have a right to act illegally by taking the law into their hands," he said. The directive comes against the backdrop of incidents in which 'gau rakshaks' or such organisations reach a spot where cow slaughter has taken place and cause traffic jams, assault people and indulge in arson.The order comes amid a raging debate on the Centre's notification which bans the sale of cattle for slaughter in market places.The notification has triggered protests from various quarters, including the Kerala Govt  and certain BJP leaders in Meghalaya.Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan has said the Centre may consider any vital proposal on the new law on cattle trade and slaughter.PTI
Cattle smuggling, slaughter to be punishable under NSA, Gangsters Act, in UP , says DGP
Govt must be aware of economic costs of policies: Chief Economic Advisor on cattle sale ban
New Delhi:Govt's Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian has sounded caution over the cattle sale restrictions, saying such policies could "adversely" impact the economics of livestock farming in India.Addressing fellows of National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS) in New Delhi on Monday evening, Subramanian said while the Govt s had the right to frame social policies but considering economic costs of such policies was also imperative."On dairy and livestock, two points are worth emphasising. The Govt s have the right to choose their social policies. But in doing so, they must be fully aware of the economic costs of these policies. "If social policies impede the workings of the livestock market, the impact on the economics of livestock farming could be considerable. These must be costed for appropriate choices to be made," the economist said giving the foundation day lecture of the Govt -funded institute that conducts research in agriculture and allied sectors.He stressed that the economics of livestock farming "must be recognised" also because "the fate and future of this source of livelihood will depend critically on the terminal value of ... no-longer-productive livestock.IANS
Madras HC adjourns another PIL against Centre's ban on sale of cattle for slaughter
Chennai: The Madras High Court on Tuesday adjourned till Wednesday hearing on another PIL filed challenging the Centre’s recent notification banning the sale and purchase of cattle from animal markets, for slaughter.When PIL came up, first bench of Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice M Sunder adjourned the matter to Wednesday for further hearing. The matter relates to the PIL seeking to declare the notification of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Rules, 2017 by Centre, as illegal, unconstitutional, and ultra vires of Constitution. Petitioner, advocate owing allegiance to Vidhudhalai Chiruthaigal Katchi, alleged that on the pretext of framing rules to prevent the trans-boundary smuggling of cattle, the Centre has imposed its ‘Hindutva ideology’ by way of banning sale and purchase of cattle for slaughter from animal markets.PTI
Another BJP leader resigns in Meghalaya, says beef-eating part of state’s culture, will attend the beef party
Tura: North Garo Hills district BJP president Bachu Marak resigned on Monday from the party.Bachu’s resignation comes four days after West Garo Hills district president Bernard Mark made an exit from the party on the issue of beef ban.“I cannot compromise on the sentiments of the Garos. As a Garo, it is my responsibility to protect the interest of my community. Beef-eating is part of our culture and tradition. Imposition of BJP’s non-secular ideology on us is not acceptable,” Bachu said after resigning from the party.He has submitted his resignation to state party president Shibun Lyngdoh.Bachu had proposed a bitchi (rice beer) and beef party in the Garo Hills on his Facebook page recently to mark the Modi Govt ’s three years in office and had attracted party leadership’s criticism.Former BJP leader Bernard, who had resigned from the party, is organising a beef party at the Eden Bari locality of Tura on June 10 and Bachu is also expected to participate in the event.“I will attend the beef party in Tura to register our voice against such moves of the BJP,” he said.PTI
BJP’s Northeast expansion plans run into beef controversy in Meghalaya
No move to impose beef ban in Meghalaya: BJP
New Delhi: BJP on Tuesday termed as “false and malicious untruth” reports that it wants to impose a ban on beef in Meghalaya as another party leader in the state quit protesting the Centre’s controversial notification on cattle. Party said any such decision is for the state Govt  to take. Nalin Kohli, who is Meghalaya in-charge for BJP, blamed Congress for spreading this “malicious untruth” and accused it of communalising the political agenda in the state going to polls next year.PTI
Civil leaders launch national campaign against mob lynching, demand law against it
New Delhi: Eminent faces from the Delhi civil society on Monday launched a national campaign against the growing culture of mob lynching. They expressed deep concern on the silence of the people in power over the lynching incidents. Those present on the occasion included veteran journalist and former diplomat Kuldeep Nayar, eminent academicians Prof. Apoorvanand Jha, Prof. Manoj Jha and Anil Chamadiya, political activist Tehseen Poonawalla, students leaders Kanhaiya Kumar, Shehla Rashid and Richa Sharma, Supreme Court lawyer Sanjay R. Hegde and social activists Jignesh Mevani and Wasiq Nadeem.They announced to launch the campaign at a press conference at the Constitution Club of India here on Monday."The agenda of the press conference was to put out an action plan to compel the Govt  and the PM  to respond to this crisis and act to uphold the rule of law and the Constitution," said the organizers."Mob-lynching has become the order of the day, and interest groups that enjoy the patronage of the Govt  are letting loose their terror on innocent people in the country, they said.Entrepreneur and activist, Tehseen Poonawalla, on whose petition the Supreme Court recently issued a notice to the Central Govt regarding ban on vigilante groups, said, "The need of our times is a specific law to deal with vigilantism. Govt  must promulgate an ordinance ASAP and make lynching a non-bailable offence with punishment up to life imprisonment. In addition the local police officer, in whose jurisdiction lynchings take place, must be suspended immediately and a judicial inquiry must be initiated against the officer. If the Govt fails to enact a law in the stipulated period, lakhs of farmers, cattle grazers and dairy farmers will leave their cattle at PM's residence."Jignesh Mevani, leader of Una Dalit uprising said:"If govt doesn't come up with a law against Mob-lynching by 11th July which is the anniversary of Una movement, we will start a nationwide movement from Una."Missing JNU student Najeeb's sister Sadaf was also present on the occasion.IndiaTomorrow
Activists demand law to stop lynching by mobs
Rights activists form committee to draft law for lynching

3 dead as security forces open fire on farmers protesting in MP’s Mandsaur
Bhopal: 3 farmers died and several injured in MP’s Mandsaur district on Tuesday after police opened fire during a protest to demand better prices in the drought-ravaged region that clocks among India’s highest farm suicide rates.Angry farmers ransacked and set ablaze a police station and thrashed several security personnel after the firing as the administration rushed extra forces and withdrew internet services to tamp down on social media rumours fanning violence.“This govt is at war with the farmers of our country,” Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi tweeted, attacking the BJP Govt  in the state.Hundreds of farmers had gathered in the district, 350 km from state capital Bhopal, as part of their week-long demonstration for higher crop prices that cover their input costs, a loan waiver and a farm package to tide over losses incurred by the drought.Sources said many farmers were angry at the lack of Govt response and torched several vehicles before ringfencing a local police station at Pipalia, forcing personnel to fire at the crowd. Bullet injuries killed three on the spot and the wounded were taken to a local hospital and curfew declared in the district. 3 deceased farmers, who are all from Mandsaur district, have been identified as Kanhaiya Lal Patidar of Chillod Pipaliya, Babloo Patidar, resident of Takrawad and Prem Singh. Enraged farmers also blocked the Mhow-Nasirabad road and held up traffic for hours before being driven away by a large police force. MP is considered a BJP bastion where the saffron party has been in power for 14 years. But the Govt  is facing snowballing protests by farmers, who say they cannot afford to sell produce at below-par prices for a third straight season and want the administration to create a safety net.The firing can also impact assembly elections in neighbouring Gujarat as the farmers who died were Patidar, an influential community that has backed the BJP for decades but has in recent years shifted support.All that farmers were demanding were help from the Govt  and in return they received bullets. If the situation and attitude of the BJP Govt  does not change, the same farmers will bring change in the Govt ,” said Hardik Patel, leader of the Patidar protests in Gujarat that has shaken the BJP. 3 farmers died every day last year in Madhya Pradesh, data from the NCRB showed. hindustantimes
MP farmers’ protest: 4 dead, 4 injured in Mandsaur shooting, curfew imposed in sensitive areas
Farmers, police clash across Maharashtra
Mumbai: The farmers’ agitation in Maharashtra turned violent on Monday with confrontations flaring up between cultivators and the police. In one such incident, a milk tanker was set afire on the Nashik-Ahmednagar border. Also, activists and the authorities clashed in Kolhapur and protesters burned tires at various sites during rasta roko protests. Furthermore, various agricultural produce market committees (APMCs) downed their shutters on Monday and big dairies like Gokul, Krishna, Sonai and Rajhans in Ahmednagar failed to collect milk. Also, 27 milk tankers travelling from Kolhapur to Mumbai had to be provided with Z security owing to the stir.The bandh, which was called by farmers’ organisations, has received with a warm response in the northern and western parts of the state and certain areas in the Marathwada region.Reacting to the state of affairs, CM  Devendra Fadnavis, while speaking to ANI, said, “Govt  is ready to talk to farmers, but we won’t hold discussions with political leaders.”Asian Age
Over 170 People Fall Ill After 'Iftar' Meal In UP madrassa
Bahraich: At least 175 people fell ill, allegedly due to food poisoning, after having "iftar" meals at a madrassa at Harwatand village in UP 's Bahraich district, police said today. After the meal at the madrassa yesterday, several people complained of uneasiness and started vomiting, police said. They were rushed to hospital from where many of them were discharged later after treatment. No one was in serious condition, police said.Police said they suspected food poisoning, and have collected food samples for testing.PTI
Shiv Sena runs free bus service from Mumbra for rozedars
Mumbai: In an attempt to woo Muslims in the minority-dominated Mumbra, the Maharashtra Shiv Vahtuk Sena, Shiv Sena's transport wing, has begun free bus service for rozedars (who fast during Ramzan) from Mumbra station to Shilfata. "Since most autorickshaw drivers outside Mumbra station are Muslims, they take a break in the evening to break their fast. As a result, commuters found it very difficult to reach home before iftar. Our Vahtuk Sena president Haji Arafat Shaikh took notice of it and we provided free bus service to help rozedars reach home on time for iftar," said Sajid Kassam Supariwala, Vahtuk Sena's vice-president.TOI
Students protest against Jamia's Iftar party in which RSS’ Indresh Kumar attends as chief guest; Kumar claims 'from Prophet Adam to last Prophet never ate meat, it is disease'
New Delhi: Students of Jamia Milia Islamia staged a protest against an Iftar party organised by Muslim Rashtriya Manch, the RSS’s Muslim wing, on Monday evening.MRM had invited RSS leader and MRM patron Indresh Kumar as the chief guest at the Iftar party in the university. Even as students were holding a protest against his visit, Kumar said triple talaq is a sin and suggested that eating meat is a disease. “From Prophet Adam to the last Prophet, and even (the Prophet Muhammad’s wife) Aisha, never ate ‘gosht.’ Meat is a disease. Milk is the cure and treatment... According to their advice, those who sacrifice animals, slaughter it and eat it, in a way are eating poison, are eating diseases. They had said this should not be done. With this they also said that, at Iftar the drinks that are served, use milk in it,” he said. Talking about triple talaq he said, “When talaq is a sin, and is disliked by god, is a ‘paap’, then shouldn’t triple talaq be a ‘mahapaap?’”He also said that nationalism and patriotism are basic tenets of Islam adding that one is encouraged to love and protect their country and even sacrifice their life at its alter.The students, meanwhile, decided to stage a counter Iftar opposite the venue. They later alleged that they were not allowed to get to the venue as the Delhi Police had blockaded the area.“RSS has made comments that hurt Muslim sentiments in the past, and now they are staging an Iftar party. We will not allow this on our campus,” said Ehtmam, a Jamia student present at the protest site.This was a popular opinion that echoed in posters outside Gate No 7 of Jamia. “Iftar inka bahaana hain. Sanghwaad phailana hain,” was a prominent slogan raised by the protesters.The protesters were seen to get rowdy when confronted with blockades, and the police had to resort to minor force. Student leaders alleged that seven students had been detained by the Delhi Police, but Romila Baaniya, DCP (South-east), denied the allegation. HT
Students protest against presence of Indresh Kumar at Jamia iftaar party; Kumar asks Muslims to ‘give up Meat’
Prophet never consumed meat, he said meat is a disease, milk is cure: RSS leader Indresh Kumar
Tarek Fateh’s Aligarh arrival opposed by AMU Student Union president
Lucknow: Having made headlines for his tirade against Pakistan, Canadian author of Pakistani origin Tarek Fateh has kicked up a row in UP with AMU Student Union president raising objections to an event to be addressed by the columnist, in Aligarh on June 11.In a letter to the district administration, AMUSU head Faizul Hasan has opposed the programme proposed to be held at DS College in Aligarh under the aegis of a social organisation on June 11. Expressing resentment, Hasan has said the presence of Fateh, a "so-called Islamic preacher" will not only hurt Muslim community's sentiment, it will vitiate the city's atmosphere during Ramzan. Fateh has been invited to Aligarh as keynote speaker at an event titled 'World peace and Islam—a Dialogue'."He is known to speak against Islam and insult it, why then has he been called to address a seminar on Islam. It only shows the malafide intentions of hurting Muslim sentiments," said Hasan. Airing suspicion that the host organisation is associated with right wing outfits, Hasan said, "Why is the organisation holding a seminar on Islam with Fateh? Why can't they discuss recent incidents of violence against women in the state or other issues affecting the country?"Hasan, who has asked district administration to repeal the permission given for holding the programme, has yet to receive a reply. TOI
Our Muslim brothers fast in Ramadan; we have been fasting for 5 yrs waiting for justice: Bhagana Dalits
New Delhi: “For our Muslim brothers, Ramadan comes once a year, but we have been fasting continuously for the past five years,” says Satish Kajla alias Abul Kalam, a leader of  Bhagana Sangharsh Samiti spearheading movement seeking justice for Dalit victims of violence in Bhagana, Haryana.The words of Satish alias Abdul Kalam may seem exaggerated to some, but he is definitely not lying. On May 21, 2017, the sit-in protest of Dalit families from Bhagana at Jantar Mantar completed five years. It all started on May 21 2012, when the ground where Dalit boys played was “acquired” by Jats in Haryana and a wall was constructed obstructing Dalits from accessing the village Chowk (community space).“We have been on a dharna since last 5 years and none of our demands have been accepted yet. Our people are continue to protests outside the mini secretariat in Hisar and at Jantar Mantar in Delhi in extremely hot conditions. We are continuously being sidelined by our state as well as central govnt,” said Abul Kalam. According to the Bhagana Sangharsh Samiti, Haryana Khap Panchayats had boycotted 250 Dalit families, declared a social and economic boycott against them and forced them to flee the village in 2012. Jats had “illegally” occupied 280 acres of land and stopped Dalits from using them.The atrocities didn’t stop here, on March 23, 2015, 4 girls from Balmiki community in Bhagana village were allegedly kidnapped by a group of Jat boys and gang-raped. They were dumped at Bhatinda railway Station, about 170 km away, where they were found in “almost unconscious state” by the village head and their relatives a day later.“After the Khattar-led BJP came into power in the state, we were hopeful that our issues will be resolved but they still remain as they were in 2012. We met the CM  few times where he acknowledged that injustice was meted out to us but he expressed his inability to intervene as Khap panchayats are powerful in those regions and his Govt  has been newly formed,” Ramphal Jangra alais Rehmat Ali informed TCN.TCN
Attacks on Dalits rise under Modi-Yogi: Left
New Delhi:Left parties on Monday blamed the "callous attitude" of the Yogi Adityanath Govt  in UP  for the caste violence in Saharanpur district and demanded compensation for the victims and action against the accused.Led by the CPI-M, Left parties held a demonstration here against the "brutal assault" on Dalits in Saharanpur and said attacks on Dalits and marginalized sections were rising under the Narendra Modi regime at the Centre and the Adityanath dispensation in UP."It has been over a month since the Saharanpur attacks but the Adityanath Govt  has not been able to get hold of the perpetrators," CPI-M politburo member Brinda Karat said.IANS
50% in-house quota: SC to pass order on BHU, AMU's plea
New Delhi:Banaras Hindu University, Aligarh Muslim University and the Medical Council of India today joined hands to challenge in the Supreme Court an Allahabad High Court order setting aside 50 %  institutional preference in admission to PG medical seats. A vacation bench of justices Ashok Bhushan and Deepak Gupta, after hearing the arguments, reserved its verdict for tomorrow. During the brief submission, 2 universities said that the high court verdict was violative of earlier apex court judgement and MCI regulations which allow institutes to take admissions on 50 %  seats from their own institution.Both these central universities got the support from the MCI, which argued that the high court has erred in interpreting the laid down regulations. Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh appearing for the BHU, sought immediate stay of the high court's May 29 order saying the "entire apple cart" cannot be reversed."The entire apple cart cannot be reversed by re-opening those 50% seats for students selected through NEET," he said. ASG also relied upon the earlier apex court's verdict in the Saurabh Chaudhary case- laying down guidelines for PG admission- to contend that only 50% seats were to be filled through an all-India quota. PTI
India has best of ties with Muslim nations of W Asia under Modi Govt: Sushma
New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today said India's ties with the countries of West Asia were robust as never before, proving wrong those who believed that the country's priority regarding the Muslim nations of the region would change under Modi Govt ."When our Govt came, experts of foreign affairs said West Asia will be out of focus. If I talk of regional relations today, we have the best of ties with West Asia,'' Ms Swaraj said at a press conference on three years of the Modi Govt  here.She underscored that India had equally good relations with even those countries of West Asia which were at loggers head with each other -- like for example Saudi Arabia and Iran, and Israel and Palestine.' UNI
Scholar Partha Chatterjee stands by his article comparing Army Chief Rawat to General Dyer
New Delhi: After comparing Army Chief Bipin Rawat to General Dyer in his article on the news portal The Wire, scholar Partha Chatterjee defended his commentary on Monday, saying he stands by what he wrote. “I have nothing to say. I have written what I have written. I am not changing anything at all,” Partha Chatterjee told ANI.In an article titled “In Kashmir, India Is Witnessing Its General Dyer Moment”, Chaterjee had written,“There are chilling similarities between the justifications advanced for the actions of the British Indian army in Punjab in 1919 and those being offered today in defence of the acts of the Indian army in Kashmir.”In his article, he quoted General Dyer’s testimony before the Hunter Commission and compared it to Army Chief Bipin Rawat’s justification of Major Gogoi’s ‘innovative’ tactics of using human shield to tackle the insurgency. Chatterjee is a prominent scholar in the field of postcolonial and subaltern studies. He is currently a Professor at Columbia University in New York. indian express
Army chief reflecting views of Modi govt, forces will suffer: CPI(M) mouthpiece
Army chief Bipin Rawat is reflecting the views of the Modi Govt  and security forces will suffer “irreparable damage” due to the Centre’s “blind adherence” to using coercive force against civilians, a CPI(M) mouthpiece has claimed.The latest editorial in People’s Democracy attacked Rawat for backing a soldier who tied a Kashmiri to a jeep and said the army chief had let down “high professional standards of the army”. Former CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat is the editor of the paper.“Unfortunately, the army chief is reflecting the views of Modi Govt  which seeks to suppress the people of Kashmir… through the sole reliance on use of force. Not only the people of Kashmir but the army itself will suffer irreparable damage due to the govt’s blind adherence to the use of coercive force against the civilian population,” the editorial said.
Govt under fire over jobs, Modi to review progress of stalled infra projects
PM Narendra Modi will later this month ask the country’s top officials for an update on all the decisions taken over the last two years to push public projects.The review of decisions taken at Pragati meetings comes as the Modi Govt , which recently completed three years in office, is under fire from Opposition over “falling growth and rising unemployment”.“We have got a mail from the PM ’s office that the PM will review the decisions taken at the previous 17 Pragati meetings to see how many of them have been implemented,” a secretary with one of the infrastructure ministries said on Tuesday. hindustantimes
Babri Masjid demolition trial: Prosecution witness denies having recorded his statement with CBI
Lucknow: Prosecution witness Hari Shankar Singh, who appeared before the court for examination in connection with the Babri Masjid demolition case on Monday, denied having recorded his statement with CBI during the investigation. The prosecution later moved a discharge application, which was allowed by court.The defence counsel also moved an application in court on Monday seeking permanent exemption from court proceedings for senior BJP leaders L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti. “Defence counsel Vimal Srivastva moved the application on behalf of LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti seeking their permanent exemption from court proceeding. Court allowed application,” said RK Yadav, special counsel (CBI).Srivastav said, “Plea was moved on the ground that they are members of Parliament and working in national interest, hence it is not possible for them to appear in court on a daily basis. It was also mentioned in applications that they would appear before the court whenever called.”Lalit Singh, special counsel (CBI), said, “Prosecution witness Hari Shankar Singh told court today that he never gave any statement to CBI.Later,we moved discharge application which was allowed by the court.” Indian express
Muslims demand place for prayers
Tirupur:Around 2,000 people affiliated to All Islamic Jamath Organisation, a confederation of various Muslim outfits and political parties, laid siege to the Collectorate here on Monday, accusing the police of curtailing their rights to worship.The protesters burnt an effigy to express displeasure over the stand of police, which they alleged as partisan towards some Hindu groups.They alleged that their attempt to put up a temporary prayer facility on a private land at Guruvayoorappan Nagar to offer Ramadan prayers was being disallowed. When contacted, City Police Commissioner Sanjay Mathur toldThe Hinduthat the district administration did not give permission for the temporary shed as it did not comply with the guidelines for setting up places of worship. thehindu
Woman converted to Islam, goes to court for right to parental property
New Delhi:Does a woman forfeit her right to her parent's property because she converted from Hinduism to Islam? That's the question before a Delhi court which is hearing a civil suit from a 33-year-old woman claiming a share of property purchased by her late father. Her two brothers said she no longer has any right to it. The woman, who converted to Islam in 2013 when she married a Muslim man following the death of her first husband, a Hindu, in 2011, is seeking the court's direction to declare her one-third owner of the property in Shahdara, Ashok Nagar, in east Delhi. Her brothers, however, said she cannot claim any right in the property belonging to a Hindu family after she converted. Additional District Judge Ravinder Singh has fixed Aug.26 for hearing the case. The woman, in her suit filed through advocate Amit Kumar, said her brothers fraudulently executed a false deed of her share in the property in their name. When their father and mother died in 2010 and 2008, respectively, the 3 siblings became joint owners of the undivided property worth Rs. 20 lakh as on date, she said.She claimed in the suit that her brothers in 2012 took her to the office of a sub-registrar under the pretext of getting the property divided into three equal shares, and she signed the documents in good faith.Initially, she was getting her share of rent collected from tenants of the property. However, after her second marriage, this became infrequent on one pretext or the other, she said. Later, they stopped giving her money, she said.n Aug.2015, the brothers denied her share in the property, she alleged. And in July last year, they allegedly illegally tried to sell the property, she claimed.PTI
Block Zakir Naik, IRF Facebook pages, Hindu Janjagruti Samiti says in police complaint
Hindu Janjagruti Samiti's Goa unit today filed a police complaint against Zakir Naik and his banned IRF. In the complaint, filed in Goa, the Hindu Janjagruti Samiti objects to the IRF's and Zakir Naik's Facebook pages being active despite the Govt 's ban on the controversial Islamic preacher's foundation."Our legal team has filed complaint with Goa police as despite central agencies have put ban (sic) on IRF but still IRF and Zakir Naik's Facebook page is very much active. (This) is totally against UAPA. We have asked cyber crime department of Goa police to look into this matter and have lodge(d) (an) official complaint," HJS's lawyer, Nagesh Takbhate, said in his complaint."Furthermore, Home Ministry had evidence that Naik has been encouraging and aiding its followers to promote disharmony between different religious communities and groups," Takbhate further alleges in his complaint.In his complaint Takbhate said the central Govt  has received information that the statements and speeches made by Naik are objectionable and subversive in nature as he allegedly proclaims that every Muslim should be a terrorist and purportedly justifies the suicide bombings. india today
Bhatkal alleges human rights violation, physical harassment, court seeks Tihar Jail response
New Delhi:  A court sought response from Tihar Central Jail authorities on a plea of Yasin Bhatkal, sentenced to death in a blast case, alleging human rights violations in the prison.The court asked the jail authorities to file a response by June 8 on Bhatkal's plea, seeking a CBI probe into alleged human rights violation and physical harassment in the jail.In his plea, he alleged that he had been kept in isolation for the last 4 months, due to which he was suffering from mental and psychological problems. He was denied proper medical aid, food and water and was facing problems during the ongoing Ramadan month, where adult Muslims must keep a dawn-to-dust fast. IANS
Ahmedabad serial blasts: 10 accused move HC against transfer to Bhopal jail
Ahmedabad: The Gujarat High Court on Monday admitted two separate petitions moved by 10 undertrials, including the alleged face of the SIMI Safdar Nagori, in the 2008 Ahmedabad serial blasts cases, seeking cancellation of their last month transfer to the Bhopal Central Jail from the Sabarmati Central Jail here.In May, Nagori had written a letter to the special designated court from Sabarmati Central Jail “expressing fear for his life”, referring to the Bhopal encounter incident in which 8 alleged SIMI members were tracked and killed hours after they “escaped” from the Bhopal Central Jail on Oct.31, 2016. Nagori’s lawyer DD Pathan said, “On 8 May, Nagori faxed a letter to the special court, saying that he feared for his life in a MP jail and that’s why he should not be transferred. He also handed over a letter to me which I gave to his relative. He also sent a letter to the Gujarat High Court. I couldn’t mention this letter in the petition, since I couldn’t get the certified copy from the courts in time.” Pathan said initially the undertrials were transferred to the Indore Central Jail as per the original order, but later they were shifted to the Bhopal Central Jail. Justice AY Kogje admitted the petitions and posted the matter for further hearing on June 28.During the proceedings, the Madhya Pradesh Govt  was made party to the petitions, following a request from the special public prosecutor on behalf of the state Govt , while the Inspector General of Police, Prisons, Gujarat, was also added as a respondent. The accused were ordered to be shifted to the Indore Central Jail, after the Sabarmati jail SP wrote to the special designated court, informing that they have been sentenced to life in Feb.this year in a separate terror-related case by a CBI court in Indore. indianexpress
Malegaon blast: Accused Chaturvedi seeks FIR against ATS officer
Mumbai: An accused in the Malegaon 2008 blast case, currently lodged in Taloja central jail, has written to the Nashik police commissioner seeking an FIR against ATS officer Shekhar Bagade for allegedly entering his house illegally. Sudhakar Chaturvedi has written the letter from the prison on May 15. In the letter, Chaturvedi stated that in 2008, he was a resident of Deolali in Nashik and was a social activist. He said that on Oct.23, 2008, he was at his residence when he received a call from Bagade who asked him to meet him at a petrol pump near his house. He claimed that he was taken away forcefully by Bagade and others to an unknown place. He alleged that the men seized his motorcycle, driving licence and identity cards. indianexpress
Lewd remarks trigger communal clash in Ranchi, police arrest 93
Ranchi: Over 2 dozen people including eight police officials were injured in a clash between Hindus and Muslims following alleged lewd remarks passed on women in a Ranchi village, police said on Tuesday.The clashes erupted in Sukurhutu, located 12 km from Ranchi district HQRS, around 8 pm on Monday. People from both communities threw stones at each other and damaged houses.Armed with sticks and swords, the rioters turned on a small contingent from Kanke police station which reached the village within 15 minutes of the flare-up. Kanke police station in-charge, inspector Rajiv Ranjan, was struck on the head with a stone and had to be taken to hospital. With the local police team outnumbered, around 300 additional personnel were rushed to the spot and they cordoned off the village.Rioters threw stones at police personnel and damaged vehicles, said police, adding that they had to resort to a cane-charge.Ranchi SSP Kuldeep Dwivedi said 93 people from both communities were arrested for allegedly instigating the flare-up.The district administration clamped prohibitory orders in the village on Tuesday. “The situation is well under control,” said Dwivedi.Police said the trouble started when a group of youngsters, suspected to be high on either drugs or alcohol, allegedly passed lewd comments on women returning from the village pond. On May 2, at least a dozen people were injured in clashes between two communities in Bargai. The fight broke out after a group of about 350 people attacked a marriage procession when it reached near Bargai mosque. Police registered an FIR against 39 persons after the clashes.HT
India has world’s highest number of stunted children, child workers
India now has the highest number of children stunted due to malnutrition – 48.2 million, equivalent to the population of Colombia, as per the latest global report on childhood. Also, 31 million of its children are a part of its workforce, the highest number in the world.These two factors, along with early marriage and parenthood and lack of education, have pushed India to 116th position among 172 nations assessed for threats to childhood, according to the recent Stolen Childhoods report by Save the Children, an international non-profit working for marginalised and deprived children. Globally, 700 million children have had their childhood curtailed early, said the report which was released on June 1, the eve of the international children’s day.Three of India’s neighbouring countries did better on the index — Sri Lanka was ranked 61, Bhutan, 93 and Myanmar, 112. Nepal (134), Bangladesh (134) and Pakistan (148) fared worse than India. hindustantimes
Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry  contemplates legal action against media channel for ‘wrong reportage’ on NIA raids
Srinagar:Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) Monday threatened legal action against a Mumbai-based news channel in case it did not tender an apology for “telecasting baseless reports regarding NIA raids on some businessmen and a hotelier in Kashmir.” President, KCCI, Mushtaq Wani urged the state Govt  and Press Council of India to take note of the issue and “initiate strong and punitive action against the channel.”“It is known to everybody that Kashmir economy is passing through crisis for quite some time especially post 2014 floods. Such false and malicious and defamatory reporting by a section of electronic media is adding fuel to fire thereby subjugating economy of Kashmir and complicating the already volatile situation,” Wani in a statement said.greater kashmir
Zakir Musa, who quit Hizbul, asks Indian Muslims to launch jihad against cow protectors
Srinagar: A radical militant leader, who severed ties with the Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) to wage a war for an Islamic Kashmir, urged India’s Muslims on Monday to launch a jihad against cow protection vigilantes.Zakir Musa’s call for a holy war on those who claim to be gau rakshasks – or cow protectors – was released in a 4-minute audio clip and is the first public statement by a Kashmiri militant on the self-styled vigilante groups.HT could not verify the authenticity of the message but appeared similar to earlier messages which were confirmed to be by Musa, a Kashmiri militant who was once seen as the successor of HM’s slain commander Burhan Wani. Musa, 23, is known as a hardline militant who last month threatened to behead separatist Hurriyat leaders for calling Kashmir a political issue. HM refused to back Musa’s idea of an Islamic Kashmir and he quit the outfit in protest. hindustantimes
Zakir Musa slams Indian Muslims for not joining jihad, calls them ‘world’s most shameless'
Don’t fall into BJP’s diversionary tactics, Rahul Gandhi tells minority leaders
New Delhi:Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi asked leaders belonging to minority communities on Monday to keep the focus on the party’s development agenda and not fall into the trap of the BJP-led Govt ’s diversionary tactics that it uses to distract public attention from its failures.Interacting with 130 leaders of minority communities from across the country, Gandhi told them to take the Congress ideology to every household in the country.The Congress vice-president also discussed with them ways to strengthen the organisation and how to expand the party’s outreach at all levels.Senior leaders Ahmed Patel, Oscar Fernandes, Mohsina Kidwai, Rashid Alvi, Shakeel Ahmed and Punjab legislator Kuljit Singh Nagra were among those who attended the meeting.The party’s minority department chairman, Khurshid Ahmed Saiyed, came under fire from leaders for his “failure” to restructure the sub-units in different parts of the country. Many leaders complained that vacancies in minority departments in their respective states had not been filled for years now, rendering these key sub-units dysfunctional. Meeting also suggested that the Congress party should follow neither ‘soft-Hindutva’ nor engage in Muslim appeasement but stick to its secular agenda.HT
Kerala Muslim organisations will work to ensure plastic-free Iftars in the state
Kozhikode: For Muslims, Ramadan is not only a time observe fast but also a month of celebrating togetherness through Iftars, the collective breaking of fast. Mosques, institutions, markets and public places host Iftar during the holy month, and in Kerala, which has over 30,000 mosques, the situation is no different. However, what makes this year’s Iftars slightly different is the decision by Muslim organisations in the state to discourage the use of plastic as far as possible during the Iftar. IUML leader Panakkad Syed Hyderali Shihab Thangal has appealed to the public to abstain from using plastic for Iftar. Hyderali Shihab Thangal is the state president of Sunni Mahallu Federation (SMF), the upper body of mosques, run by Samastha Kerala Jamiyyathul Ulama.TwoCircles
RSS To Start Online Shopping Portal, Will Sell 'Modi Kurta', Cow Urine And Cow Dung Soap Online
Believers in the medicinal properties of cow urine and manure will shortly be able to order products made from them at a RSS-run laboratory online. Also to go online will be signature 'Modi' and 'Yogi' kurtas, said RSS leaders.The products are manufactured at a pharmaceutical lab at Deen Dayal Dham, a facility run by RSS, at Farah in Mathura."Products of our 'Kamdhenu' line (which include claimed medicines for cancer and diabetes, face packs and soaps), with cow urine as ingredient, and the kurtas will be available online soon," said Manish Gupta, deputy secretary of Deen Dayal Dham,. So far these are available at the dham and at RSS camps.TOI
Pregnant Muslim woman killed by her family for marrying Dalit boy
Bijapur, Karnataka: A 21-year-old pregnant Muslim woman was burnt alive on Saturday night by her own family for marrying a Dalit man at a remote village in Bijapur district of Karnataka.Banu Begum and Sayabanna Sharanappa Konnur (24), were residents of Gundalakanala village in Muddebihal taluk of Bijapur. When both fell in love, they hid the secret as they knew, their family would be against their relationship. Banu’s family assaulted the girl on Jan.22, when they came to know about their affair, reported IBT.“The day Banu Begum’s parents found out about their relationship, her parents had dragged her to the police station. They had created a huge ruckus there and had demanded that the police file a POCSO case against Sayabanna, while claiming that their daughter was a minor. They also filed a written complaint in this regard,” said Talikote DySP, PK Patil.The couple ran away to Goa and got married officially, later when Banu got pregnant, they decided to go back to their village on Saturday hoping their families would accept them.“Families did not accept their marriage and a huge fight raged through the day,” the Talikote DySP said.“Banu’s parents wanted her to leave Sayabanna and the boy’s father was also not too pleased either. On Saturday night, when the couple refused to give into their families’ demands, Sayabanna’s father, along with Banu’s mother, brother and sister brutally assaulted him,” Patil added. Banu’s mother, brother, sister and father-in-law were arrested on Sunday. “They have been booked for murder and assault. Banu had been stabbed multiple times before being set on fire,” Patil said.Four other accused in the case – Banu’s 2 elder sisters and two brothers – are absconding, he added. siasat
Gulf states’ diplomatic crisis
Kuwait's ruler to meet Saudi King over Qatar row: aljazeera
Kuwait's ruler will travel to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday for talks with King Salman over a Gulf Arab dispute with Qatar, Gulf Arab officials said.Kuwait's emir, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, is acting as a mediator between Doha and other Arab states which have severed diplomatic and transport ties with Doha.Analyst Giorgio Cafiero of Gulf State Analytics, a geopolitical risk consultancy based in Washington, DC, told Al Jazeera: "I think the Kuwaitis as well as Omanis ...fear the prospects of these tensions escalating in ways which could undermine the interest of all six members of GCC."There are many analysts who believe that a potential break-up of GCC has to be considered right now."He added that if tension escalates, some have warned of a "military confrontation".
Qatar says Kuwait trying to solve diplomatic rift
Sudan appeals for calm between Qatar and Gulf
The decision by five Arab nations to sever diplomatic relations with the State of Qatar has been described by Sudan as a “sorrowful development”, Sudan News Agency (SUNA) reported. In a statement released yesterday by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sudan appealed for restraint on all sides to protect the interests of the Arab nations. middleeastmonitor
Houthis willing to ally with Qatar
Houthi group are prepared to cooperate with Qatar after several Arab states severed diplomatic ties with the Gulf state, reported Al Masdar.“We condemn actions against Qatar. We are ready to cooperate with Qatar as they are known to us as men of sincerity, loyalty, and wisdom – we experienced this during Qatari mediation in Yemeni conflict,” said Mohammed Ali Al-Houthi, head of the Revolutionary Committees. In 2004, Qatar attempted to mediate a peaceful negotiation between ex-President Ali Abdullah Saleh and the Houthi group. middleeastmonitor
Trump’s visit affected crisis with Qatar:Israeli diplomat
A senior Israeli diplomat and former head of Israel’s mission in Doha revealed on Monday that the new US foreign policy of Donald Trump led to four Arab states severing ties with Qatar this week, Jordan’s Al-Sabeel newspaper has reported. “The severing of ties was a real translation of Trump’s views,” said Eli Avidar, “as he wants to get rid of all the heritage of his predecessor Barack Obama.” peaking to Israel’s Reshet Bet radio, Avidar added that, “Trump wanted to put an end to this situation, where Qatar is a member of the moderate Arab states and at the same time it is has good relations with Turkey and is an ally of the Muslim Brotherhood.” He criticised Qatar and described the move by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain as “dramatic”. middleeastmonitor
Qatari riyal under pressure amid Gulf diplomatic rift
Qatari currency came under pressure on Tuesday as Gulf commercial banks began to hold off on dealing with Qatari banks because of the diplomatic rift in the region, banking sources told Reuters news agency.However, the Qatari Riyal is pegged by the Qatari Central Bank at 3,64 to the dollar. This means that the central bank will use its foreign currency reserves to ensure the exchange rate does not fall below the 3,64 rate.Currently, the USD to QAR exchange rate is at 3,6470, which is the lowest since June 2016. aljazeera
Qatar FM: Question mark over future of GCC after crisis
Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani spoke to Al Jazeera after several Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states and other nations severed diplomatic ties. Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani:" We expressed our regrets and surprise over the escalations against Qatar. We don't know if there were real reasons behind this crisis or hidden ones that we don't know about. If there were real reasons for this crises, it could have been discussed at the GCC meeting that took place a few weeks ago, but nothing has been said or discussed at all. Also, nothing was said during American-Islamic-Arab summit in Riyadh. So there was nothing said at these events and we had no indication that the crisis was about to erupt. So this shows that the [Saudi and UAE-funded media] media fabricated news against Qatar and made up lies about it. This media campaign took place only after the hacking incident. Massive media campaign against Qatar that insulted Qatar and its leaders was unprecedented by GCC standards. We in Qatar did not slide down into this road. We dealt with it with patience and wisdom." aljazeera
Saudi revokes license of Qatar Airways, offices to close
 Saudi Arabia's General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) has revoked the license of Qatar Airways and ordered its offices to to be closed within 48 hours, the regulatory body said said in a statement.Any licenses granted to Qatar Airways employees would also be withdrawn, the statement said.Reuters
Israel’s Ya’alon: We,Sunni Arabs, except Qatar, in same boat
Former Israeli Defence Minister and Chief of Staff, Moshe Ya’alon, said yesterday that Israel and the Sunni Arabs, except Qatar, are in the same boat, Jewish Press reported.Speaking at a conference marking the 50th anniversary of the 1967 war at Ben-Zvi Institute in Jerusalem, he said: “The ‘watershed’ of the existential threat to the State of Israel was the Six-Day War [1967 war], and since then, this threat has faded away. There is no longer an Arab coalition poised against us.”Cmmenting on Saudi, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt’s decision to sever ties with Qatar, Ya’alon said: “Today, we see what the Arab states are doing to Qatar, treating it as a rogue state, both over its relations with Iran and in its supporting, operating and inciting terrorism.” middleeastmonitor
UAE email leak: Yousef al-Otaiba criticises Trump
The latest round of leaked emails of the UAE' ambassador to the US reveal repeated criticism by the diplomat of US President Donald Trump. The Huffington Post, the US media outlet that received the latest series of emails, said they showed Yousef al-Otaiba denigrating Trump and others in communications with officials close to then President Barack Obama. Huffington Post said one of the emails showed Otaiba corresponding with Rob Malley, Obama's chief adviser on the Middle East, on election night."You got room for me in Abu Dhabi?" Malley wrote to Otaiba."This isn't funny," the UAE ambassador responded. "How/why is this happen. On what planet can Trump be a president."In another exchange from 2016 with Judith Miller, a right-wing US commentator who reportedly sent Otaiba a series of tweets from a Saudi whistle-blower that criticised Emirati Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE diplomat said "7 minutes I spent reading this was the equivalent of watching 7 minutes of Donald Trump. A waste of my time."The latest email leak comes after US media reported on Saturday that emails, released by a group called "GlobalLeaks" - not affiliated with the software developer, GlobaLeaks - showed clear collaboration between Otaiba and a pro-Israel think-tank in an attempt to discredit Qatar. aljazeera
WORLD
Rouhani accused of disloyalty to Khamenei
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and the reformists in the country have been accused of having no loyalty to Supreme Guide Ali Khamenei, Anadolu reported on Monday. The accusation was made by Khamenei’s representative in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps.Ali Saidi made his comments during a speech in the city of Esfahan marking the death of Ayatollah Khomeini, the founder of the Iranian Republic. “The recent presidential election,” he warned, “exposed several things for us. If we do not take the measures needed, the fate of the Iranian revolution will be similar to other revolutions.”Khamenei’s representative accused Rouhani and his supporters of “tending towards the West and seeking to change Iran’s foreign policy agenda.” He also accused them of “disbelieving in the values of the revolution and having no loyalty to Khamenei.” middleeastmonitor
US-led airstrike kills 21 civilians in Syria as victims tried to escape IS bastion Raqa:AFP
Beirut: A US-led coalition air strike killed 21 civilians as they tried to escape Islamic State group's Syrian bastion of Raqa, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has said. "Civilians were boarding small boats on the northern bank of the Euphrates River to flee southern neighbourhoods of Raqa," said Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman on Monday.He said women and children were among the dead but he could not immediately give a specific number. Thousands of civilians have fled the northern city as a seven-month offensive by the SDF, an Arab-Kurdish alliance, closes in.
Pakistan Senate to debate Kulbhushan Jadhav case on Pak Jamaat motion: indiatoday
Islamabad:Citing the International Court of Justice's (ICJ) order, Jamaat-i-Islami Pakistan Senator Sirajul Haq today moved a motion to debate Kalbhushan Jadhav case in Senate. ICJ has stayed hanging of former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, who is facing death sentence in Pakistan. Senator Sirajul Haq said that certain statements issued by individuals after ICJ verdict suggested that Pakistan was not well prepared to fight the case in the international court. "These and similar statements have been passed around, which are creating confusion," Haq noted, adding that Pakistan did not act according to expectations and the steps taken by the country in the Jadhav case had only caused embarrassment to the nation. Haq said that though Jadhav's arrest had been a major achievement, Pakistan wasted an opportunity to corner India over Jadhav's issue on the international stage. He also claimed that the ICJ had "adopted" India's stance in its order to stay Jadhav's sentence. "India is constantly issuing threats to Pakistan regarding Jadhav's case," Haq noted, insisting that the matter was of national importance. Chairman of Senator Raza Rabbani admitted the adjournment motion moved by Haq to discuss the issue.Terming it an important matter, Raza Rabbani also issued notices to the foreign ministry and the attorney general. The motion will be debated for two hours.
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