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Wednesday, 7 June 2017

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SC restores 50% in-house quota on PG medical seats in AMU, BHU, sets aside HC order
New Delhi:  Supreme Court today set aside the Allahabad High Court's May 29 order which had quashed 50% institutional preference in admission to PG medical seats. A vacation bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan and Deepak Gupta said institutes like Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) and govt-run medical colleges in UP will continue conducting counselling and fill up the seats by June 12.The HC on May 29 had passed order allowing to fill up the 50%  institutional quota seats in PG medical courses in these 2 central universities and other Govt -run univerities  for students from any medical college based on their ranking in NEET. The SC order came on the plea of BHU and AMU contending that the high court verdict was violative of earlier apex court judgement and Medical Council of India  regulations which allow institutes to take admissions on 50 %  seats from their own institution.Both these central universities had got the support from the MCI, which had argued that the high court has erred in interpreting the laid down regulations.Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh, appearing for BHU, had sought immediate stay of the high court's order saying the "entire apple cart" cannot be reversed.Senior advocate Salman Khurshid, appearing for the AMU, had said some students have already been admitted by the varsities under the 50 %  quota, therefore the high court verdict needs to be stayed.PTI
SC restores institutional quota in BHU, AMU
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Babri Masjid demolition: Spl CBI Court exempts  Advani, Joshi, Bharti from personal appearance
Lucknow: BJP stalwarts LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Union minister Uma Bharti will not have to attend the day-to-day trial in the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case, with a CBI special court on Wednesday exempting them from personal appearance.CBI special judge S K Yadav passed the order on applications moved by former deputy PM  Advani (89), ex-Union minister Joshi (83) and Bharti (58) seeking exemption from personal appearance on different grounds. Allowing the plea, the court, however, said the trio would have to appear before it as and when directed.Counsel for the BJP leaders had cited old age of Advani and Joshi, and extensive travel by Bharti as reasons for their inability to appear before the court daily during the trial. They had been granted a similar relief during the trial proceedings in the case in Raebareli.There are 34 accused in the case and the CBI court is conducting the day-to-day trial on the direction of the apex court.During today’s proceedings, CBI got a prosecution witness, Ramakant Dubey, discharged on the ground that it did not require him for recording of evidence.PTI
MP farmers’ protest: Protesters clash with collector, set ablaze 8-10 vehicles
New Delhi: Protesting farmers in the Mandsaur region of Madhya Pradesh clashed with the district collector and Superintendent of Police on Wednesday over their delayed visit to the region, reported ANI. They reportedly chased away these officers from their protest. They are demanding a meeting with CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan. Their protests entered the sixth day today, with farmers demanding loan waivers and better prices for their crops. At least 8-10 vehicles were torched today in Mandsaur. Curfew was imposed in Mandsaur last evening, after 6 farmers were allegedly killed and eight injured in two separate incidents of police firing. A judicial probe has been ordered to ascertain who gave the order to fire. State Home Minister Bhupendra Singh, who had earlier denied police involvement, later conceded that they may have fired in self-defence at one place. indianexpress
After 5 Shot Dead, MP Farmers Vow Bigger Protests
After MP, Maharashtra, BJP-ruled Rajasthan to be rocked by farm protests
Jaipur: Hundreds of farmers have decided to sit on an indefinite strike in Rajasthan’s Pratapgarh district from next week, the third BJP-ruled state after Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh to be rocked by crop protests after a drought year.Farmers under the banner of ‘Kisan Sangharsh Samiti’ have given a week-long ultimatum to the state Govt  to meet their demands of better crop prices, agricultural pensions and loan waivers.They are also upset over cheque payments since Govt withdrew high-value banknotes during the demonetization exercise last year, and warn that the protests will spread across the state if not attended to.Local farm leaders under the banner of Bhartiya Kisan Sangh (BKS) say the protests are a spillover of similar demonstrations in neighbouring MP where anger is mounting following the death of five farmers in police firing on Tuesday.“Pratapgarh borders Madhya Pradesh and the mandi is located 20 km from Mandsaur, so the agitation in MP has spilled over to Pratapgarh. Many local farmers have relatives in Mandsaur,” an official of Pratapgarh Krishi Upaj Mandi, who did not wish to be named, told HT. Former MLA and All India Kisan Sabha state president Pemaram has said farmers in Rajasthan will also launch a statewide agitation if the Govt  fails to meet their demands.HT
WB: Muslim boy, 11, has fingers chopped off for allegedly stealing a mobile, missing for past 4 days
In a shocking case of mob trial, an 11-year-old Muslim boy was stripped naked and 4 of his fingers chopped off for allegedly stealing a mobile phone in East Medinipur, West Bengal. The boy has since gone missing. According to reports, the incident took place at the Peoplebera -1 Panchayat of Tamluk Sub division, East Medinipur. The prime accused is Jayanta Maity, the husband of the local Panchayat Pradhan Jharna Maity.According to the FIR that was filed by the father of the boy SK Rafik, to Tamluk Police Station, the boy namely S.K Ismail, 11, has been missing since June 3. On that day, some residents of Gourangapur along with members of Gourangapur Sports Authority Club, namely, Avijit, Chiku, Sanu and others were chasing Ismail near the Kakgachia Madan Maity market, following which he was beaten the Haldia-Mecheda bound bus terminal. 4 of his fingers were chopped off as he tried to protect himself from a blow to the head. Then he was brought to the club and was badly tortured, allegedly under the orders of Jayanta Maity. After that, the boy has been missing and his family is unsure if he is alive or dead. According to Sanaullah Khan, President of All India Muslim Association, “We gave a deputation to the Superintendent of Police, East Medinipur and he sought 72 hours to take action against the culprits engaged into this case”. He also wrote in his Facebook Page that BJP workers are operating the saffronised agenda under the banner of Trinamool leadership.TCN
Jharkhand: Muslim man attacked by irate mob for taking meat to Iftar party
Dhanbad: A Muslim man was assaulted by an angry mob for allegedly trying to take beef to an Iftar party at Barbadda village in Jharkhand’s Dhanbad district on Tuesday. The victim – identified as 35-year-old Ainul Ansari – has been admitted to Hospital, where he is recovering. Police said Ansari, a resident of Murahdih, was headed to Barbadda village on a scooter when 20 people waylaid him at Loharbarba. Even as they were assaulting him, somebody informed the police. A team led by Barbadda police station officer-in-charge Dinesh Kumar reached the scene soon afterwards, and rescued Ansari. “Irate mob insisted that we search the victim’s scooter. We did so, and recovered meat – probably beef – from its storage compartment,”said Kumar. Ansari’s wife, Sahida Begum, denied allegation. “We planned to hold an Iftar party at our house on Tuesday evening. Ansari was bringing mutton for the event, but the villagers mistook it for beef,” she said. A sample of the meat has been sent to a Ranchi laboratory for identification. The villagers have accused Ansari of trading in beef for the last 3 months. “They claim that he purchases the banned meat from Wasseypur in Dhanbad and sells it in the area,” a police officer said. The residents of Murahdih, however, narrate a different tale.“Something like this has never happened before. We source our mutton for Iftar parties from Dhanbad because it is cheaply available there. But there’s a lot of fear now. How are we – poor village folk – supposed to celebrate the festival in such circumstances?” asked one of them. Though tension prevails in the area, no complaint has been filed so far.“Neither Ansari nor the villagers who assaulted him have turned up to lodge an FIR,” said Kumar.HT
Cattle trade rules: SC to hear plea against Centre’s notification on June 15
New Delhi: The Supreme Court will on June 15 hear a petition challenging the Centre’s notification that bans sale and purchase of cattle from animal markets for slaughter, a move that has triggered howls of protests.The order was discriminatory and unconstitutional as it prevented cattle traders from earning their livelihood, Hyderabad-based lawyer Fahim Qureshi told the court on Wednesday. Slaughtering of animals for food and sacrifice was part of the cultural identity of certain communities and was protected by law, Qureshi said.Several states have said they wouldn’t implement the order, as the Centre can’t dictate food habits.Qureshi has challenged the very premise of the notification -- animal welfare.The order violated the prevention of cruelty act that allowed sacrifice of cattle for religious purposes, said Qureshi, who is also the president of the All India Jamiatul Quresh Action Committee, a non-Govt  organisation that works with weaker sections of society, including butchers and cattle traders.He said the ban on trade in animals younger than 6 months and reselling of cattle within six months impinged trade, which was illegal.The SC through a series of judgment has expanded the right to life to include right to livelihood and trade. Qureshi has also questioned forcing a farmer to take care of an animal for 6 months and “maintaining it more better than his family members”.HT
Food Is A Matter Of Choice, I Am A Non-Vegetarian:Union minister  Venkaiah Naidu
Mumbai:In the backdrop of a raging debate on beef consumption, Union minister and BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu today said food is a matter of choice and he himself is a non-vegetarian."Some mad people keep on saying such things (BJP wanting to make everybody vegetarian). It is people's choice to eat whatever they want or don't want," Naidu was quoted as saying by PTI."There was a comment from a political party saying 'BJP wants to make everyone vegetarian' and there was also a TV debate on it," said Naidu in Mumbai. "I told my journalist friends that I was the state (BJP) chief in Hyderabad and am also a non-vegetarian, still I became the president of the party," he added.DTV
BJP leader says Brahmins ate beef before India became agrarian country, retracts
Bengaluru:Karnataka BJP spokespma Vaman Acharya has sparked a row with his comments that Brahmins too slaughtered cows for consumption before India became an agrarian country, but retracted his remarks after facing flak from his own partymen.“Before India became an agrarian country, there are examples where all communities including Brahmins have slaughtered cows for consumption,” he said on a Kannada news channel during a panel discussion on the Centre’s notification banning sale and purchase of cattle at animal markets for slaughter.everal state party leaders like C T Ravi and Go Madhusudhan condemned Acharya’s remarks, which apparently referred to the Vedic period.Distancing the party from Acharya’s comments, senior BJP MLA and spokespman Suresh Kumar said in Facebook that the remarks were “completely against the party’s beliefs and ideology.”PTI
BJP govts in Northeast have no intention of imposing beef ban: Himanta Biswa Sarma
New Delhi:Amid reports of unease among BJP leaders in the Northeast over the beef issue, a top party leader on Wednesday asserted that its state Govt s have no intention to impose any dietary restriction on people.“We are in power in Assam and people are eating beef there in day-to-day life. Where is the ban? There is no intention of the state Govt  to impose any restriction. We have not done so in Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur and we are in Govt  in both states as well,” Himanta Biswa Sarma, who is BJP-led North-East Democratic Alliance convener, said.PTI
Kerala HC rejects stay on Centre's ban on cattle slaughter
Kerala High Court on Wednesday declined to put a stay on the ban imposed by the Centre on the sale of cattle for slaughter. The next hearing in this case is scheduled to be heard on June 28.Earlier, high court had backed the Centre's decision, while the state Govt had opposed the order issued by the Central Environment Ministry in controlling the sale of cattle.ANI
Kerala Assembly to meet tomorrow to discuss cattle sale restrictions
 Amid the row over ban on sale of cattle for slaughter, the Kerala Assembly will meet on 8 June to discuss the issue.PTI
Govt working like an event management firm:Arun Shourie
Ex-Union Minister, economist and author Arun Shourie has slammed the Govt for working without following the democratic process of consultation. Talking on Govt handling of economy, Shourie said:"It is an event management company. I feel so because there is no dialogue, because there is no consultation, there is no feedback. It is just one man, one instrument and one legitimiser. The stage is set for great blunders like demonetisation. The only saving thing about demonetisation was that it was a blunder, which was related to domestic policy. But if a blunder of this magnitude occurs to national security or in relation to foreign policy or in relation to to our relationship with China, then it will be very bad. The results will be catastrophic for India. Today, investment has not been revived; private investment has not revived. The banking sector problems remain as they were. Exports have revived now only in the last three months, because the world economic situation is better today than it was earlier. We have had great rural distress. Index of industrial production is down. Credit to industry is down, but GDP is growing at 7.5%, I think this is the new Indian rope trick." economic times
Student death sparks new anti-India demos in Kashmir:AFP
The death of a student killed by troops in Kashmir sparked new anti-India demonstrations on Wednesday. Hundreds of students and villagers joined a rally in the town of Shopian, south of the Indian-administered Kashmir capital of Srinigar, during the funeral of Adil Farooq Magray.The teenager suffered a fatal wound to the chest late Tuesday when security forces opened fire to disperse protesters trying to disrupt an anti-militant operation in Shopian, witnesses said.More than 100 students, men and women, have been killed around protests that have mounted in Kashmir since July last year, when a leading rebel commander was killed.
Class 10 student killed during search operation in Kashmir
Stone pelting in Kashmir's Pulwama, Shopian amid shutdown over student's killing in encounter
Mobile internet services suspended in Kashmir after civilian’s death
 Authorities suspended mobile internet services in the Kashmir Valley following the death of a youth in a security force firing in the Shopian district.The mobile internet services which had been restored during the last four days after remaining suspended for over a fortnight, were again suspended after 20-year-old Adil Farooq Magrey died in the security force firing in Ganawpora village on Tuesday..IANS
Kill all militants in Valley within 2 months: Modi govt to army, says areport: kashmir narrator
Srinagar: Govt of India has given two months to the army to wipe out all traces of insurgency in the Kashmir Valley, a report published on a defence news portal said. It said that the Govt  has given “the army a free hand to deal with the situation”, adding that additional army men have been sent to the Valley to eradicate the militants.The police personnel with residences in south Kashmir have been advised not to go home for another two months, the report added.“The Army won’t be bogged down by political interference while dealing with the situation in the Valley, Govt  has made it clear,” the report said.
Pak must vacate its illegal occupation of PoK: India at UNHRC
New Delhi:India made it clear at the UNHRC that Pakistan must fulfil its obligation to vacate its illegal occupation of PoK.The country’s representative at the UN said the central problem in J&K  is cross-border terrorism and Pakistan’s use of terrorism as an instrument of state policy.“This fact needs due recognition by one and all,” India said. indianexpress
J-K alliance hurt by war-like zone remark, its failure will hit the country: PDP leader Nayeem
Srinagar:PDP leader and senior J&K minister Nayeem Akhtar has said that PDP-BJP coalition Govt’s credibility has seriously suffered when “someone holding an important position” calls Kashmir a “war-like zone”.Calling the alliance “the last possible credible democratic experiment”, he says its failure may “consume” PDP but it will be “a huge setback to the country”. Akhtar, a trusted aide of the late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed who currently holds the public works portfolio in the coalition Govt  and is the state Govt ’s official spokesperson, said “talks with Hurriyat” and New Delhi’s “measures to improve Indo-Pak relations” are essential component of the agenda of alliance between the two parties and “if it isn’t implemented, many generations will mourn” chance missed. indian express
Army Major, 3 militants killed in Nagaland encounter
Guwahati:An army officer and 3 militants were killed in an encounter in Nagaland, the force said on Wednesday.The encounter on Tuesday night at Tijit near Lappa of Mon district, nearly 340 km north of the state capital Kohima also left three soldiers injured.The officer killed in the encounter was identified as David Manlum. HT
Mumbai attack case: Govt challenges CIC order for inquiry against ex-Police chief Maria over ‘misleading’ RTI reply
Mumbai: Bombay high court on Tuesday heard the state's plea challenging the Maharashtra Chief Information Commission's 2014 order for a commission of inquiry against former Mumbai police chief Rakesh Maria for alleged discrepancies in an RTI reply on call records of the police control room during 26/11 attacks. The court said it would hear the matter on merits on June 15, including the submission of CIC. The Govt  pleader, Abhinandan Vagyani, contended before a bench of Justices Naresh Patil and Bharati Dangre that it was challenging CIC's findings that the information given was incomplete, misleading or missing. Vinita Kamte, widow of slain additional commissioner of police Ashok Kamte, had sought records of the wireless conversations between the control room and Kamte's van on the night of Nov.26, 2008 when Kamte, Maharashtra ATS chief Hemant Karkare and encounter specialist Vijay Salaskar were killed by the terrorists.Maria was then the JCP (crime branch).Vagyani argued that the HC cannot go into the facts to see whether the information provided was incomplete. According to Vinita, the information given to her by police was fake and did not match the original call data records submitted by police before the court that conducted trial in the 26/11 case."The commissioner's office will have to be apprised of such a petition. We will have to hear their side also while deciding this petition," Justice Patil said and posted the petition for further hearing on June 15.TOI
26/11 Mumbai attack: HC says it will hear CIC as Maharashtra govt opposes order against ex-Police chief

5 suspects dead, 3 acquitted: Hyderabad terror case falls through
Hyderabad: On May 31, the seventh additional metropolitan sessions judge acquitted Mohd Riyaz Khan and Mohd Abdul Sayeed, who had been accused of plotting, along with five others, a conspiracy to kill policemen in Hyderabad to avenge the Mecca Masjid blast, spread terror and wage war against the state.Last Sept.14, Riyaz and Sayeed had been acquitted in a similar case by the second additional metropolitan sessions judge. As the second terror case fell through, they walked free on June 1 after spending nearly seven years in jail without bail. The court observed that the prosecution had failed to establish the conspiracy or that they wanted to wage war against the state. 8 persons had been accused in the cases of terror conspiracy and murder of two policemen. Five of them — Mohd Vikaruddin Ahmed, Mohd Amjed, and Mohd Zakir of Hyderabad; Dr Haneef Mohammed of Ahmedabad; and Izhar Khan of Lucknow —were shot dead by Telangana police in an alleged encounter on April 7, 2015, while being brought to court from Warangal prison. The eighth accused, Vinod Kumar Sahu, charged with facilitating purchase of country-made revolvers by Vikaruddin, was acquitted on September 14 along with Riyaz and Sayeed. All 8 were arrested between July and Sept.of 2010 after 2 police constables were killed in separate firing incidents. While the trial in the conspiracy case and the two murder cases was on, Vikaruddin (A1), Amjed (A2), Zakir (A3), Haneef (A4) and Izhar (A7) were shot dead in the alleged encounter of 2015. They were being brought from Warangal prison to a Hyderabad court for hearing on their bail petition.While acquitting Riyaz (A5) and Sayeed (A6), the court said the case against A1 to A4 and A7 was abated by the court as they were dead. It observed that the prosecution could not prove or establish circumstantial evidence with regard to the conspiracy theory and the involvement of Riyaz and Sayeed. The court also observed that Riyaz and Sayeed were not directly involved in causing the death of the policemen, and that there was no evidence to link them to waging war against the state or abetting it, said advocate Mohammed Muzaffar Ullah Khan who represented the accused.indian express
IS suspect mother’s letter is key NIA evidence
Bengaluru: A mother’s letter to her son questioning his association with terrorists is being used by the NIA as key evidence against an Indian man accused of being an online recruiter for the Islamic State (IS). Adnan Hasan Damudi, 36, accused of aiding youths from around the world in joining the IS in Syria and Iraq from 2012 to 2015, was arrested by the NIA in Jan.2016 after he was deported from the UAE. A letter written by his mother, Gulshan Banu, questioning his links with radical elements — seized by the police in the UAE at the time of Damudi’s detention — has been cited by the NIA as key evidence in his legal trial, besides details of his online activities and alleged fund transfers to youths around the world to entice them to join the IS.In the letter, handwritten in Urdu, Banu has expressed her anger, disappointment and knowledge of her son’s “unlawful activities’’.  indian express
Maha ATS weaned 8 women off IS clutches: DNA 
Over the past two years, the Maharashtra ATS has been confronted with a sensitive issue — how to deal with young women who were indoctrinated by Islamic State (IS) propaganda and hoped to travel to IS-held territory.Sources told DNA that during this period, 8 women from the Mumbai Metropolitan Region and neighbouring areas in the state, many of whom are converts to Islam, have gone through ATS's deradicalisation programme. They were finally weaned away from the clutches of the terror outfit, but continue to be watched by security agencies.Among these are a teacher of a private school, an engineer working in the civil aviation sector, a school girl from Pune, a graduate working for a private firm, and a girl who was rusticated from school for making advances on male students, sources said.Overall, as part of its de-radicalisation programme, state ATS has successfully counselled and prevented 60 men and women in Maharashtra from joining the terror outfit in the last two years. According to sources, 22 of them were from the Mumbai Metropolitan Region."One of these women is a young graduate who converted from Hinduism to Islam. She belongs to a fairly well-off trading family, and became radicalised online through social media. Once she came under the ATS scanner, she was put through an intensive de-radicalisation programme and now works for a private firm in the city," said a source.
Communal clash in Muzaffarnagar leaves one dead
Meerut: An argument between two communities over the discharge of water from a man’s house near the local mosque in a Muzaffarnagar village turned into a full-fledged communal clash which resulted in the death of a 22-year-old youth and caused injuries to 5 others late on Monday night. According to officials, while elders from the two communities were able to pacify the crowd in Naseerpur on Monday afternoon, a fresh row was reported late in the night in which the rioting mob indulged in firing and stone-pelting. Akash Kumar, who was hit by a stray bullet in the head, succumbed to his injuries early on Tuesday. His father Brijpal Singh, 50, was injured as well.Soon after performing the last rites of the deceased on Tuesday, members from a particular community got violent and set on fire the tractor of the main accused, Shehzad Ahmad, who is already in police custody. Later, top police officials, including DIG (Saharanpur range) KS Emmanuel arrived at the spot to control the law and order situation.“We have arrested two persons, including the main accused, Shehzad Ahmad, and his accomplice Mohammad Dhola. Multiple contingents of PAC, RAF and CRPF have been deployed to maintain peace in the area. Strict action will be taken against those who perpetrated the violence,” said Emmanuel.DIG added, “There is a mosque near Brijpal’s house and several people from minority community pass through it every day. There is a small drain pipe that comes out of the house because of which dirty water accumulates on the stretch. An argument over the drain pipe led to the clash as members from the minority community claimed that the water dirtied their clothes.” According to The Hindu DIG KS Emmanuel visited the village with SSP, Muzaffarnagar, Anant Dev Tiwari in the morning and took stock of the situation.Hours after they left violence erupted when a mob barged inside the house of local resident Shehzad and set it on fire. This again led to tension, despite huge deployment of PAC, RAF and police forces. Meanwhile police have registered a case of murder, rioting against 200 people. Over a dozen people have been arrested in the case.TOI/the hindu
1 dies in Muzaffarnagar communal clash
Muzaffarnagar riots : Case against 3 persons transferred to sessions court
Muzaffarnagar:A local court has transferred a case to a sessions court against 3 persons who were accused of burning a house during the Muzaffarnagar riots of 2013. Additional CJM Jitender Kumar on Tuesday evening asked the accused Monu Balmiki, Raju and Ankit to appear before the sessions court for trial on July 5.According to prosecutor Gopal Gupta, the SIT probing the riot cases has filed charge sheet against three accused Monu Balmiki, Raju and Ankit under section 436 and 427  of IPC.During the Muzaffarnagar riots, the house of Ikbal was allegedly burnt and his property damaged by the rioters at Lisadh village in the district in 2013.PTI
Mahmood Madni brother  Masood Madni granted bail in rape case
Allahabad:  Allahabad High Court has granted bail to Deoband cleric Maulana Masood Madni in a rape case. Justice Arvind Kumar Tripathi passed the order yesterday, allowing the bail plea of Madni, who was arrested in March this year upon the complaint of the woman hailing from Jind district in Haryana.In the FIR lodged at Deoband police station of Saharanpur district in western UP , the complainant had claimed that due to her inability to bear a child, she met Madni going by his reputation as a "spiritual doctor".Madni is the brother of Maulana Mahmood Madni - leader of Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind.PTI
Presidential election: Polling on July 17, counting on July 20, announces Election Commission
With President Pranab Mukherjee’s term coming to an end on July 24, Election Commission of India announced that polling for the upcoming presidential election will be held on July 17. The counting of votes will begin on July 20, Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi said. Briefing the press on the election process in New Delhi, Zaidi said the poll body will issue a notification in this regard on June 14. “The last date for nominations is June 28. The date for scrutiny of the nomination is June 30. And the last date for withdrawal of nomination is July 1,” Zaidi said.The voting will begin at 10 am on July 17 and will go on till 5 pm, he added. Zaidi said the counting of votes will begin at 11 am on July 20. Election will also be held on the same date for the post of Vice-President. Indian express
An Iftar Party where guests were victim families of mob lynching: IndiaTomorrow
New Delhi: Innovative and commendable idea, indeed. In the month of Ramazan, when political or social leaders and organizations generally attend or host VIP Iftar parties, a student group on Wednesday arranged a special Iftar event for families of those recently killed in mob lynching.The Students Islamic Organisation of India or SIO invited family members of Haryana dairy farmer Pehlu Khan, Dadri iron smith Akhlaq Ahmad and others.Khan, 55, was lynched by a brutal self-styled gang of cow vigilantes in Alwar district of Rajasthan in April this year when he, along with his two sons and nephew and neighbor Azmat Khan, was returning from Jaipur after purchasing some cows and calves from a Govt -run cattle market. His sons and Azmat sustained injuries but survived. They were also guests at the SIO Iftar.Ahmed, 50, was lynched by a similar mob in Dadri village of UP  in Sept.2015 following rumors that he ate and stored beef. His son was also brutally assaulted but he survived.Another special guest at the event was Fatima Nafees, mother of missing JNU student Najeeb.
‘Sangh goondagardi won’t silence us,’ says Yechury after Hindu Sena disrupt press meet
New Delhi: CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury’s press briefing was interrupted on Wednesday by two members of the Hindu Sena, a fringe right-wing group, who were protesting against an article criticising Major Leetul Gogoi’s actions in Kashmir.he two have been handed over to the police, ANI reported.Hindu Sena chief Vishnu Gupta told HT that the two -- Upender Kumar and Pawan Kaul -- had decided to disrupt Yechury’s briefing to protest against the newspaper article written by CPI(M) leader Prakash Karat.HT
MP: Explosion at firecracker factory kills 18 in Balaghat
Bhopal:At least 18 people were killed after an explosion in a firecracker factory in Balaghat, on Wednesday.The blast sparked a blaze around 3pm, which firefighters tamed in two hours. Additional director general of police G Janardan said the explosion in Katera village was so powerful that the factory walls collapsed.He said 18 bodies were retrieved from the site. “More could be lying under the debris.”HT
Father, son, killed after being sucked into flaming sink hole, blazing for over 100 yrs
Teenager Rahim Khan was sweeping an area in front of his shop in the town of Jharia, in the country's north eastern Jharkhand province when he was sucked into a crater which opened up in the road.His desperate father, Bablu Khan, 40, saw him slip into the hole before he too was killed after being buried under debris as he tried to save the 14-year-old. The burning sink hole was caused by fires that have raged underground in the area for decades. Soon after, large plumes of smoke began to rise from the crater. Devastated Rukshana Khatoon, who lost her husband and son in the incident, pleaded with the authorities to at least find the bodies or 'bury us along with them'. The state Govt  has said it will provide compensation for the family of the deceased.DailyMail
Judge slams delays in legal system as he grants divorce to couple who were together just 20 days but locked in 20 YR battle over separation
A city court has granted divorce in a rare case to a couple following a near 20-year legal battle between the husband and wife who were together for less than a month.Thirumoorthy Ramakrishnan, 53, and Subhashini Bala Subramanian, 49, got married in 1998 but separated after 20 days when the wife was arrested in a fraud case, which she claimed she was wrongly implicated in.The couple were then locked in a court fight over the separation for more than 19 years until the dispute was brought to a close this week.While delivering order, principal judge of the family court Dharmesh Sharma observed that the slow pace of the justice delivery system 'casts a very sickening feeling in my mind' but added that the parties and their counsel too were perhaps responsible for the delay.DailyMail 
After Agra airport, Yogi cabinet nod to name Mughalsarai railway station after Deendayal Upadhyaya
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Gunmen attack Iran's parliament, Khomeini shrine, kill 12
Gunmen and suicide bombers have attacked Iran's parliament in central Tehran and the Mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini in south of the city, killing at least 12 people. 4 armed assailants attacked parliament office buildings on Wednesday morning, while the shrine of revolutionary founder Ruhollah Khomeini was struck by a suicide bomber, state media reported.One of the attackers on Iran's parliament complex blew himself up on the fourth floor, while under siege by security forces, state broadcaster IRIB reported.Lawmaker Elias Hazrati told state TV that three attackers, one with a pistol and two with AK-47 assault rifles, raided office buildings at the parliament complex.   At least 39 people were wounded in the attacks, officials said.ISNA news agency quoted a member of the parliament as saying that all the parliament doors were shut and access to the parliament complex was sealed by police.Iran's semi-official Tasnim news agency said the siege at parliament was over and that 4 attackers have been killed.ISIL group claimed responsibility for the attacks via its online forum. If genuine, the claim marks the first major attack of the group inside Iran."Fighters from the Islamic State (ISIL) attacked the Khomeini mausoleum and the parliament building in Tehran," the Amaq agency said, citing a "security source".
At least 12 killed in rare militant attack in Tehran
Attacks at Iranian parliament, Khomeini shrine, 12 killed
Saudi FM: Qatar must stop backing Hamas, Brotherhood
Qatar must end its support for the Palestinian group Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood before ties with other Arab Gulf states could be restored, said Saudi Arabia's foreign minister."We want to see Qatar implement the promises it made a few years back with regard to its support of extremist groups, to its hostile media and interference in affairs of other countries," Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told reporters in Paris."Nobody wants to hurt Qatar. It has to choose whether it must move in one direction or another direction. We took this step with great pain so that it understands that these policies are not sustainable and must change."Jubeir added that Qatar was undermining the Palestinian Authority and Egypt in its support of Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood."We don't think this is good. Qatar has to stop these policies so that it can contribute to stability in the Middle East," he said.Jubeir declined to say exactly what he wanted Qatar to do immediately, but said the measures taken by Arab states, including a sea, land and air blockade would have a considerable cost on the country.Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, said it was "shocked" by Saudi Arabia's call on Qatar to stop supporting the group.Jubeir's remarks "constitute a shock for our Palestinian people and the Arab and Islamic nations", according to a Hamas statement released on Wednesday. It alleged that Israel "exploits these statements to carry out more violations against the Palestinian people". Kuwait's Emir, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad, visited Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to hold talks with the Saudi King Salman on ways of defusing the escalating crisis.Aljazeera
Kuwaiti Emir returns home after crisis talks in Riyadh
UAE: Social media users face jail for Qatar sympathy
UAE has banned people from publishing expressions of sympathy towards Qatar and will punish offenders with a jail term of up to 15 years, UAE-based paper Gulf News and pan-Arab channel Al-Arabiya reported.In a statement, UAE's Attorney General Hamad Saif al-Shamsi said sympathising with Qatar was a cybercrime punishable by law.Aljazeera
Erdogan criticises Qatar sanctions
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan defended Qatar after several countries severed diplomatic ties with it, saying he personally would have intervened if accusations that the tiny Gulf emirate supports "terrorism" were true.  Erdogan stood by Qatar on Tuesday, saying he intends to "develop" ties with the embattled Gulf state hit by sanctions from Saudi Arabia and its allies.  "Let me say at the outset that we do not think the sanctions against Qatar are good," he said in Ankara. "Turkey will continue and will develop our ties with Qatar, as with all our friends who have supported us in the most difficult moments," he added in reference to last year's failed coup. aljazeera  
Hamas: Israel will exploit Arab rift to kill our people
Hamas today criticised statements made by Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir that Qatar should stop backing the Palestinian resistance movement as a condition to ending the rift with its neighbours.In a statement the movement said:"Hamas is a legitimate resistance movement against the Zionist occupation, which represents the central enemy of the Arab and Islamic nations, especially Hamas."Al-Jubeir told journalists on a visit to France that Qatar was undermining the Palestinian Authority and Egypt in its support of Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.“We don’t think this is good. Qatar has to stop these policies so that it can contribute to stability in the Middle East.”In response, Hamas said: “It is no secret to anyone how the Zionist enemy exploits such statements to commit more violations and crimes against our people and our land and our sanctities and the right of Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque.” middleeastmonitor
Union of Muslim Scholars: Siege on Qatar is ‘haram’
Deputy Head of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) Dr Ahmed Al-Raissouni condemned the siege on Qatar and called for Muslim scholars and intellectuals to reject it, the Anadolu Agency reported.In a statement, Al-Raissouni said:"We call for the scholars, intellectuals, writers and the people who love the Ummah to reject the siege on Qatar and take all means to end it in order to save Qatar from an approaching disaster."Al-Raissouni stressed that the “potential disaster” approaching Qatar would destroy it and this would affect the whole Muslim Ummah and make it “an easy prey for its enemy”.“It is no doubt that scholars are demanded to clarify that this siege is haram,” the grand sheikh said in the statement, noting that “Islam and reason do not accept the siege of any people.”Regarding Al Jazeera, Al-Raissouni said: “This channel defends the Sunni Muslims in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and other countries. It defends their honour, blood and property. It adopts the issues of the Islamic nation and its persecuted people everywhere.” middleeastmonitor
US Senate approves motion calling for relocation of embassy to Jerusalem
The US Senate has passed with an overwhelming majority a motion calling for President Donald Trump to relocate America’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, US media reports said on Tuesday.A nonbinding motion was introduced by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, the chamber’s top-ranking Democrat. It passed with bipartisan support of 90 to 0. The motion was part of measures that recognised the “reunification” of Jerusalem and considered it to be the eternal capital of Israel.“It is very fitting that the Senate passed this resolution 50 years to the day of the start of the Six Day War,” Schumer said. “The semi-centennial of the reunification of Jerusalem [sic] is an important milestone for Israel and Jewish people across the globe, given that Jerusalem has been a focal point of Jewish life for thousands of years.”During his election campaign, Trump promised to make the embassy move, but on 1 June he signed an order to keep it in Tel Aviv. East Jerusalem is still recognised in international law and at the UN as occupied territory. Israel’s unilateral annexation in the aftermath of the 1967 war has never been recognised as legitimate by the rest of the world. middleeastmonitor
 100,000 children trapped in extremely dangerous conditions in IS-held areas in Mosul: UN
Iraq: About 100,000 children are trapped in extremely dangerous conditions in the remaining Islamic State-held enclave in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, UN said. Children were being used as human shields by the insurgents or were caught in crossfire during battle, UNICEF said. Some had been forced to take part in the fighting. Hospitals and clinics had come under attack, it said. "We are receiving alarming reports of civilians including several children being killed in west Mosul," UNICEF said. "Some were reportedly killed as they desperately tried to flee the fighting which is intensifying by the hour."A Reuters TV crew on Saturday saw the bodies of dozens of civilians, including children, lying in a frontline street, apparently killed while fleeing the enclave.About 700,000 people, about a third of the pre-war population of Mosul, have already fled, seeking refuge either with friends and relatives or in camps."Attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure including hospitals, clinics, schools, homes and water systems should stop immediately," UNICEF said.Reuters
US-backed force launches assault on IS 'capital' in Syria
US-backed SDF said on Tuesday it had launched an operation to capture Raqqa, Islamic State's de facto Syrian capital, piling pressure on the jihadists whose self-declared caliphate is in retreat across Syria and Iraq. SDF spokesman Talal Silo said the battle started on Monday and the fighting would be fierce "because Daesh will die to defend their so-called capital". The assault overlaps with the final stages of the US-backed attack to recapture the Iraqi city of Mosul from Islamic State. It follows months of advances to the north, east and west of Raqqa by SDF, which includes Arab and Kurdish militias. Reuters
Debris of Myanmar plane carrying over 100 soldiers & family members found in sea
Pieces of a Myanmar military plane which went missing with more than 100 soldiers and family members aboard were found in the Andaman Sea late on Wednesday, a local official said.Navy ships and aircraft had been searching since the afternoon when the plane lost contact with air traffic controllers. More than a dozen children were believed to be among the passengers on the plane travelling from the southern city of Myeik to Yangon."Now they have found pieces of the damaged plane in the sea 136 miles away from Dawei city," said Naing Lin Zaw, a tourism official in Myeik, adding the navy was still searching the sea.An air force source confirmed to AFP that a navy search and rescue ship had found pieces of the plane in the sea an hour's flight south of Yangon, Myanmar's commercial capital.General Myat Min Oo had earlier said the Chinese-made Y-8 aircraft was carrying 90 passengers - mostly families of military personnel - and 14 crew members when it went missing.Giving an updated figure, the commander in chief's office said 106 passengers were on board - soldiers and family members - along with 14 crew. aljazeera
Myanmar military plane with 120 on board goes missing
Turkey arrests head of Amnesty over 'Gulen links'
The chairman of Amnesty International Turkey has been detained in the western city of Izmir along with 22 other lawyers over alleged links to the Gulen movement, an organisation that the Govt  blames for last year's coup attempt, according to Turkish authorities and the UK-based rights group. Amnesty International condemned the move by Turkish authorities after Taner Kilic's arrest on Tuesday for having suspected ties with the Gulen group. The group added his home and office were searched by the police.State media said Kilic was detained for using ByLock, an encrypted communication software which the govt says is used by members of the outlawed group. Aljazeera
'Some regional countries' fueling Afghan war: Hekmatyar
Kabul:Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, chief of Hezb-e-Islami party, has accused “some” regional countries of fueling the conflict in Afghanistan in an exclusive interview with Anadolu Agency, but he remained hopeful about an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace process.This is the first time Hekmatyar has granted a private audience to a foreign media outlet since his return to the capital Kabul under a peace deal with President Ashraf Ghani-led govt.The landmark peace deal signed in September last year has been widely hailed by the international community.Anadolu
OIC expresses solidarity with Lankan Muslims
Organisation of Islamic Cooperation has expressed solidarity with the Muslim community in Sri Lanka over the recent spate of attacks against them and urged the authorities to bring the perpetrators of the violence to justice. The Secretary General of OIC Yousef Al-Othaimeen said the reports of attacks on homes, businesses of Muslims and mosques are of great concern and deeply regrettable. He expressed the OIC’s full solidarity with the Muslim community of Sri Lanka amid an apparent rise in incidents of violence instigated by extremists which is spreading fear and mistrust among the population.PTI

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