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Monday, 12 June 2017

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After Kerala, Meghalaya passes resolution against Centre’s cattle trade notification
Guwahati: Meghalaya assembly has passed a resolution against Centre’s recent notification banning cattle trade in animal markets for slaughter.The resolution, moved by the state’s Congress govt, was passed during a special day-long session of the assembly to approve the GST bill.Meghalaya becomes the second state after Kerala to pass a resolution through the state assembly opposing the notification on cattle trade issued last month.There has been considerable opposition in Meghalaya against Modi govt’s notification on Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Rules, 2017.Ruling Congress, opposition parties—United Democratic Party, Hill State People’s Democratic Party—and even National People’s Party, which is part of NDA Govt  in Centre, have opposed the notification. BJP too has witnessed setbacks in Meghalaya on the issue. Two district presidents and nearly 5,000 youth wing members from Garo Hills region of the state have resigned from the party in the past weeks.Assembly poll in Meghalaya is scheduled for next year and the sensitive issue could hurt the BJP, which is aiming to overthrow the Congress govt.HT
Rajasthan vigilantes attack trucks with TN officials transporting cows
Jaipur:Trucks transporting cows from Jaisalmer in Rajasthan to Tamil Nadu have been attacked by around 50 cow vigilantes, who also blocked NH 15 on suspicion of cattle smuggling in Rajasthan’s Barmer district, police said on Monday. 4 persons have been arrested and action taken against 7 policemen, including an inspector, for allegedly not taking the matter seriously and reaching the spot late on Sunday night, a senior police official said. Officials of Tamil Nadu Animal Husbandry Dept had purchased 50 cows and calves from Jaisalmer and transporting them in 5 trucks with NOC and all required papers and permission from the authorities and police when the cow vigilantes attacked them.“The accused tried to attack the officials.They also tried to set a truck on fire but police reached the spot and prevented them. The officials, drives and cleaners were rescued and taken to the local police station. In the meantime, several people gathered there and blocked National Highway 15,” SP, Barmer, Gagandeep Singla told PTI.“The accused pelted stones at the trucks and damaged one truck. The cows were rescued and taken to a local cow shelter for the time being,” he said.A case against 50 persons has been registered for voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from duty and for assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty and also under the National Highway Act. Chainaram, Kamlesh, Vikram and Jaswant have been arrested on Monday. PTI
BJP leaders’ statements implemented by vigilantes, creates atmosphere of fear: Pawan Bansal
Srinagar: The national and internal security of the country following three years of rule by PM Narendra Modi is worse than what it was 20 years ago, senior Congress leader Pawan Bansal said on Monday, adding an atmosphere of fear prevails, posing a grave risk to democracy. He also expressed concern over “growing incidents of vigilantism” in the country. “The security situation across the country is bad. Our national security, internal security is worse than it was in the last 20 years.“BJP CM s and senior leaders give statements which are implemented by the vigilantes on the ground without waiting for the Govt . All this has created an atmosphere of fear in the country which is a danger to the democratic set up and freedom (of a citizen),” he said.PTI
Muslim group urge Yogi Adityanath to make 'alternative arrangements' for Ramadan post cow slaughter ban
Allahabad: AIMIM's city unit on Monday demanded that "alternative arrangements" be made ahead of the Eid festival by the Yogi Adityanath administration for those adversely affected by the recent crackdown on illegal slaughter houses. At a meeting convened here, MIM’s city convener, Afsar Mahmood, said if the state Govt failed to act, then all party workers here would boycott Eid celebrations and observe a protest on the day by wearing black badges."Our protest enjoys the full support of the Qureishi community which has been badly hit by the high-handedness of BJP Govt  in UP . Let the administration be forewarned that its inability to redress our grievances in time may lead to a massive public stir after the festivities, in which thousands will court arrest," he said.PTI
'Fatwa' issued against Ajmer head over beef statement
Sher Mohammad Khan, head of Darul Uloom Ishaqiya in Jodhpur has issued a ‘Fatwa’, calling for “social boycott”, against spiritual head of Ajmer Dargah Syed Zainul Abedin for announcing to give up beef and extending his support to overhaul the practice of instant talaq. Khan slammed the views of Ajmer Dargah’s Dewan and has stated that “the words uttered by Abdein were against the word of Allah,” reported News18.“Cow is the symbol of religious belief. Not only the Govt, but it is also the duty of every follower of the religion to protect them,” Abedin had said in April.  Quoting verses from Quran, Darul Uloom Ishaqiya chief said:“The mention of divorce is there in Quran and the 3-layered divorce is also mentioned. Though the practice of instant divorce is not an appropriate form in the eyes of the almighty, but still it is valid and you cannot deny it. By denying this, the Dewan has gone against the word of Allah. Such a person is completely unaware of his own religion and he should seek public repentance and forgiveness.”outlook india
Meet the Meos, the Muslim ‘gau rakhshaks’ of Mewat
New Delhi:Abid Hussain had just completed his afternoon namaaz at his gaushala (cow shelter) in Nuh district of Haryana’s Mewat region. A devoted manager of cow shelter, the 23-year-old explained how his day revolved around taking care of the 50 cows now under his care. Three years ago, soon after completing his Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, Hussain decided to take charge of the first Muslim-owned cow shelter in Mewat that his brother, Mohammad Habib, had opened. Since then, his foremost priority is to get rid of the ‘cow slaughterer’ tag attached to his community. “We want to prove to people that Muslims are not cow slaughterers. Muslims are cow protectors. It is just because of politics that we are being targeted,” he says. Indian express
Triple talaq: UP panchayat fines man Rs 2 lakh
Sambhal: A panchayat in Sambhal has fined a man Rs 2 lakh for divorcing his wife by uttering ‘talaq’ thrice in one go and asked him to pay Rs 60,000 as mehr to his wife. In its verdict delivered on Sunday, the Turk community panchayat, attended by members of 52 villages, at the Madarsa Khalil-ul-Uloom in Sambhal’s Raisati area, also helped the bride’s family get back dowry given to the groom. The couple, a 45-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman, had been married for barely 10 days. There was a fight, prompting the man to pronounce talaq thrice in a fit of rage and asking his wife to return to her parental village.“The family of the bride then approached the Turk panchayat. The panchayat in its decision yesterday took strong cognizance of the utterance of triple talaq in a single go and unanimously slapped a fine of Rs 2 lakh on the groom who gave the money in cash immediately,” Shahid Hussain, coordinator of the Turk community panchayat, told PTI.“The panchayat also facilitated the return of the items given in dowry and asked the groom to pay mehr of Rs 60,000 to the bride,” Hussain added. Panchayat, which gave its ruling as the deeply polarising issue of triple talaq is up before the Supreme Court, was headed by Asrar Babu.According to Hussain, community members have decided that in no circumstances will a person be allowed to utter triple talaq in one go. “If the situation reaches the level of divorce, then in the first instance, talaq should be uttered only once. In the second go, talaq can be uttered for the second time. During the intervening period (between talaq uttered for the first time and second time), efforts should be made to resolve differences,” he said.PTI
Leaderless but more united, farmers set to force change in political discourse
Bhopal: After 6 deaths, thousands of liters of spilt milk and destruction of tonnes of vegetables, the 10-day farmers’ agitation in Madhya Pradesh has seemingly gained less than it bargained for. But a close look reveals that the political discourse is set to change and that the leaderless farmers have become more united than ever, thanks to social media. Detractors of the agitation say that 2 main demands of the farmers – loan waiver and implementation of the Swaminathan report which among other things, says that the Govt  should ensure that farmers get 50% plus production cost, remain unaddressed. The arson in Mandsaur and other places in Madhya Pradesh during the 10-day agitation gave the farmers a bad name, say detractors.But on the ground, things are changing. This was by far a leaderless movement, bypassing the traditional farmer leaders and political parties and led by the Patidars in the state. The movement was largely fuelled by social media with various WhatsApp and Facebook groups interacting and dictating its pace and direction.Patidar Samaj state president Mahendra Patidar says they have gained much when it comes to networking with other farmer’s organizations across the state. “From now on it will be a more coordinated nation-wide agitation. Our fight is far from over,” he insists.HT
Farmer unions demand President’s rule in MP:IANS
New Delhi:Rashtriya Kisan Mahasangh, an umbrella body of 62 farmer unions have passed a resolution seeking dismissal of the Madhya Pradesh Govt  and imposition of President’s rule in the state.To express their anger against the “anti-farmer polices” of Modi Govt, these unions have decided to block traffic for 3 hours on all national highways across the country on June 16. Deepak Sharma, spokesperson of the Bhartiya Kisan Union-Asli, said: “We have decided to hold nationwide agitation till June 15 as BJP govts in the Centre and states have failed to solve farmers’ problems. On June 16, we will block national highways from 12 pm to 3 pm.”Naresh Sirohi, General Secretary of Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Sangh, said all farmers had been asked to shoot videos of protest marches.
MP: Police beat up 80-yr-old woman, her 100-yr-old husband for allegedly helping protesters
New Delhi:During last week’s agitation in Madhya Pradesh over the killing of six protesters in police firing, an 80-year old woman claimed she along with her 100-year old husband were beaten up by the police. According to a report by NDTV, the woman, Kamalabhai Mewade, who had a swollen face and a fractured arm, said the police accused her of being in league with the protesters from a farmers’ rally at Phanda Kalan village near Sehore.Mewade said the police were chasing protesters who took a short cut through her compound, after which the police started accusing her of helping the protesters.“They said ‘Buddhi (old woman), you ordered that trucks be set on fire, you set the place ablaze,” the woman was quoted by NDTV as saying. “I told them that I cannot move from my cot. I have had a rod inserted in my leg and I have been sitting here for the last one-and-a-half years. Still, they beat me up,” she added. She also said that her son and four grandsons were arrested illegally by the police.Mewade said that she and her husband Shivcharan Mewada will go on fast until CM  Shivraj Singh Chouhan come up to meet her. “I will not eat till the CM  comes and meets me,” NDTV quoted her as saying. She further told reporters that she went to meet the CM  but was denied a meeting by the officials. According to the report, Principal Secretary SK Mishra has said that he will investigate the incident. indianexpress
MP Cops beat 80-yar-old woman with sticks, break her bones for 'ordering ruckus'
Ex-Gujarat DGP accused of fake encounters likely to be appointed as state human rights commission chairman
In a controversial move, ex-Gujarat DGP PP Pandey is likely to be appointed as the Chairman of Human Rights Commission by the Gujarat Govt .The former Director General of Police has been accused of fake encounters in the past. However, the position is called as a post retirement assignment by the Govt .An IPS officer, Pandey was given an extension by Gujarat Govt  earlier which was challenged by super cop Julio Ribeiro in court. Ribeiro had argued in his petition that a cop accused of the murder of four persons cannot be the head of the state police. Following this, Pandey turned in his resignation in April this year. The resignation came after the Supreme Court announced that it would order Pandey's removal unless he offers to quit.As Pandey resigned, the Gujarat Govt  made a statement that Pandey would be relieved from his duties with immediate effect.The new chairman, if elected, has also served his time in prison for his alleged involvement in the fake encounter of Ishrat Jahan and three others.Ahmedabad Mirror
No Move To Appoint Tainted Gujarat Cop As Head Of Human Rights Commission:BJP Sources
Hours after reports indicated that Gujarat's ex-DGP PP Pandey, an accused in the Ishrat Jahan encounter case, was reportedly being considered as the chairman of the state's human rights commission, BJP sources told HuffPost India that there was no such plan. Earlier reports suggested that this was Pandey's "post retirement appointment". huffingtonpost
Presidential polls: Amit Shah’s committee has 3 top ministers for talks with parties
New Delhi: Ahead of upcoming presidential elections on July 17, BJP head Amit Shah has formed a 3-member committee for consultations with other political parties regarding the candidate for the elections. The members of the committee are Rajnath Singh, Venkaiah Naidu and Arun Jaitley. Shah postponed his Monday visit to Arunachal to focus on deliberations over the election strategy. The party is also likely to defer its national executive meeting scheduled for July 15-16 in Vishakapatnam in view of the presidential poll.indianexpress
Hamid Ansari bats for free, responsible media to hold power to account: financialexpress
New Delhi;Amidst raging debate on role, responsibility and freedom of press in the country, Vice-President Hamid Ansari today said India needs a free and “responsible press to hold power to account.” Ansari said in this age of “post-truths”, and “alternative facts”, where “advertorials” and “response features” edge-out editorials, “we would do well to recall Nehru’s vision of the press playing its role of a watchdog in democracy and look at the ethos and principles that powered his journalism.” He further said India’s Constitutional framework provides for required intervention by the State to ensure smooth working of the press and the society. The laws provide that such intervention should only be in the interest of the public at large.
In attempt to take on NDTV, Sambit Patra falls victim to ‘fake news’, channel asks for clarification
New Delhi:BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra’s attempt to get back at NDTV, for asking him to leave mid-show following his allegation that NDTV has an agenda, fell flat on his face, all thanks to a fake news article. On Sunday morning, Patra re-tweeted a story by The Times of Islamabad website which criticised PM Modi’s Make in India programme based on data they attributed to NDTV. Along with the re-tweet, Patra wrote, “Hmmm …agenda”.NDTV immediately responded to Patra’s tweet, saying that the story is fake and does not refer anywhere to NDTV. The channel further sought a clarification from the BJP spokesperson. In its reply NDTV tweeted, “Fake story, also does not refer anywhere to NDTV. We are wrongly named in headline and URL. Please issue a clarification.”The article referred to by ‘Times of Islamabad’, a Pakistani web portal, was a column written by former Union minister P Chidamabram for The Indian Express on June 11, 2017. After NDTV’s reply, the Pakistani website removed the channel’s name from its article and updated the content. Indian express
Sambit Patra, NDTV row: BJP leader hits back at channel agenda, falls prey to Pak based fake news
Govt not allowing '1,000s of journalists to write what they want':Rahul Gandhi
New Delhi:Referring to BJP govt, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Monday tweeted saying: "Today in India the Power of Truth is being completely replaced by the Truth of Power,". Rahul echoed this sentiment at the Bengaluru launch of a commemorative edition of The National Herald. ”Thousands and thousands of journalists are not being allowed to write what they want. I met them, they told me...The govt is forcing everyone into silence. Whoever attempts to tell the truth is threatened and silenced," said Rahul at the Bengaluru event. He added that he is open to and encourages criticism."National Herald should speak the truth, criticise the Congress whenever you feel like. If you want to say something about me or my party, I want you to say those things and be comfortable saying them. Speak the truth, don't be silent. That's what we expect at the national level (too)," Rahul said referring to BJP-led NDA govt at the Centre.TOI
Despite CCTV cameras, police efforts in Delhi, shocking 1,500 children 'lost' in just 5 months, never to return
Delhi has become a hub for kidnappers, as both a transit and destination point.The capital has a reputation of swallowing up the young and many are never found, despite CCTV cameras keeping an eye on the roads and a hi-tech police force guarding the residents. Over 1,500 children went missing in different areas of the national capital in the past 5 months. The success rate of the police department is also not impressive. Only 60% of the kids are found and most of them return on their own. According to a senior official in the crime records office, Delhi human surveillance and only a few cases are traced with technology.'A majority of the children in the age group of 6 to 15 who are missing belong to disadvantaged classes. Old Delhi and outer Delhi have the highest number of such cases,' he said. Daily Mail
NIA quizzes Geelani’s son-in-law again in fund probe
NIA again questioned Altaf Ahmed Shah, son-in-law of separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, in connection with its probe into the funding of terror and subversive activities in Kashmir.Shah, popularly known as Altaf Fantoosh, was earlier questioned by NIA on June 9 about his movable and other properties, including houses in the Valley as well as in Jammu, and the source for their funding, official sources said.Shah, who arrived again at the NIA headquarters today, was questioned by a team of agency officials about the alleged funding of Geelani-led Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, sources said.PTI
Sikh, Hindu communities come together to revive abandoned mosques in Punjab
Punjab: In a shining instance of communal harmony, members of the Sikh and Hindu communities have come together to revive once abandoned mosques in Punjab.After Partition, thousands of Muslims migrated to Pakistan, leaving behind abandoned structures that were once used for worship.In a bid to reach out to his Muslim brethren, Shahi Imam of Punjab, Maulana Habibur Rehman Sani, has been working tirelessly to give these mosques a new lease of life with the help of members from the Hindu and Sikh communities."The situation in Punjab is different as compared to other parts of the country. Sikhs and Hindus are joining hands to restore these mosques. They are also generous with donations,"says Mohammad Muktseem Ahrari, Principal Secretary, Majlis-e-Ahrar-e-Islam."In the last 70 years, we have been able to revive over 360 mosques, some in rural areas, where only a few Muslim families reside," he added.In fact, despite a minor communal riot in Phagwara in July 2016, people from various communities still came forward to revive the mosque, where prayers are now being offered.Ravinder Singh, 79, a local, said he was happy when the mosque was revived. "It is nice to hear the morning azaan again," he said.Sikh youth in villages like Ajitwal in Moga district and Hans Kalan in Ludhiana district approached the Ludhiana Jama Masjid Imam to revive the old mosques in their areas. In Ajitwal village, a few youth started work on the site. Their efforts attracted more people to the cause. Since there are no Muslim families left in the area, Muslim migrant workers have begun coming here to offer prayers. Now every Friday, a maulvi comes to officiate weekly prayers from the neighbouring village."Muslim or non-Muslim, everyone has come together to revive the mosque. Of the 360 revived mosques, 52 are in the major cities in Punjab," says Muktseem. "Jis tareh se hum sab Punjab mein mil-julkar rehte hain, kahin nahin rehte," he says.DNA india
RSS women’s wing tells its girls: “A man’s job is to make money, woman’s quality is motherhood”
Over 50 school-going adolescent girls, armed with laathis, swords and knives, with a saffron ribbon tied around their wrists, brandished their weapon-wielding skills in the open courtyard of GLT Saraswati Bal Mandir school in New Delhi on Sunday. Dressed in crisp, pink bordered, white salwaar-kameez and white canvas shoes, they appeared confident and ready for combat.This was the culmination of a 15-day training camp, which began on May 27, organized by the Rashtriya Sevika Samiti,right-wing RSS women’s wing, which trained the girls’ skills to ‘fight as well as instilled moral values in them’. During the performance, the girls deftly exhibited yoga aasanas and later huddled to form pyramids, where they cried in unison, “Bharat maata ki jai!”. “This is the goal of the sanstha,”said Rashtriya Sevika Samiti’s Uttar Shetra Karyavahika, Chandrakantha, who was the chief guest at the event. “We teach the girls to be fully empowered and equipped – that is, physically, mentally and spiritually strong, so that a girl is capable of protecting herself and is able to guard her country, its traditions, its sanskriti and its languages. The Samiti instills pride for the nation in her.”While training the young girls to combat, the Samiti also teaches them the importance of ‘upholding the family values’. Wearing a pink-bordered white saree, with her hair pulled back neatly in a bun, the 70-year-old, Chandrakantha said that at the end of the day, a woman was responsible for keeping the family together as a tight unit. “Rashtriya Sevika Samiti trains the girls the skillful art of uniting and keeping the family together. How to be victorious, how to maintain peace in families which are weak or broken – this is what is taught."Samiti informs the girls that becoming good mothers should be the absolute, ultimate goal for any woman. It is only her who is responsible for sculpting the nature of her child. “A mother is the ultimate creator. If she wants, she can bring up her child to be a saint or a destroyer." She added that there should be specific gender-defined roles which should be practiced in society. “A man’s job is to make money – masculinity is his quality, whereas a woman’s quality is motherhood. She should never forget that.” indianexpress
Muzaffarnagar:8 injured in clash over alleged eve-teasing
8 persons were injured in a clash between members of 2 communities over an alleged eve-teasing incident at Ladwa village here, police on Sunday said.The incident took place last evening under Titali police station area. 2 youths allegedly eve-teased a 15-year-old girl, who had gone to draw water from a hand pump.The girl told his family members about the incident. They confronted the youths and their relatives, leading to a heated argument which snowballed into a clash. The two groups wielded lathis and threw stones at each other in which at least eight persons were injured, CO Hariram said.PTI
Muzaffarnagar riots victim gang-raped
Muzaffarnagar:A 30-year-old woman, displaced after 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots, was allegedly raped by 4 persons, police said on Sunday.The incident took place on Saturday when the woman was picked up by a man and taken to a nearby jungle where 3 others joined him and raped her. In a complaint filed with the police, the woman told that the accused had threatened her with dire consequences if she reported the matter to anyone.Forced to flee home after the riots, the woman has been living in a village in Deoband police station area of Saharanpur district, along with her mother. All the 4 accused were on the run, the police officer said.PTI
BJP MLA slams police over law & order,Dalit atrocities in UP
Balrampur: Already facing Oppositions flak over law and order situation in the state, the BJP Govt  came under attack from one of its own MLAs who accused Gonda Police of corruption, shielding criminals and "not acting" in cases of alleged atrocities on the Dalits.Paltu Ram, BJP MLA from Balrampur Sadar Seat, said no one listens to Dalits when they visit police stations with their grievances.He directly attacked Gonda SP."Law and order of Gonda district has collapsed under the present Superintendent of Police. Instead of taking action against criminal elements, police are taking bribe and shielding them," he said in a letter, which he released to the media.PTI
UP villagers to rename village as ‘PoK’ to protest against lack of facilities
Kanpur: Residents of a village in UP’s Kanpur district have found a unique way to protest the lack of the most basic of facilities. They have decided to rename Simmranpur as PoK or Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, saying their situation is no better. Villagers complain Simmranpur, which falls under Daulatpur gram panchayat of Ghatampur, lacks educational and health facilities as well as electricity, proper roads, school and dispensary. There is only one hand pump in the village that is now used by villagers to tie their cattle and children, who play with its lever, after it stopped working eight years ago.Village shopkeepers have even put up placards at their establishments last Thursday, saying renaming the village was the only way left for them to ensure development. “We will keep referring to the village as PoK till the time electricity, water and proper roads are not made available to us,” read the hand-written placards. hindustantimes
Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit compares Army chief with ‘sadak ka gunda’, apologises
New Delhi: Ex-Lok Sabha MP and Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit triggered a controversy by saying that Army chief General Bipin Rawat was making public statements like a “sadak ka gunda”. Following criticism, he later apologised and withdrew his remarks. In the morning, when asked about his comments on the Pakistan Army chief’s recent tour of the LoC area and his statement that Pakistan will give a befitting reply to India’s actions, Dikshit told ANI news agency on television: “Let them do that. Our Army is strong and ably guards our country. Whenever Pakistan has done something, our Army has given a reply… It’s another matter that the PM  of the day and some people want to shout about this. indianexpress
Sadak ka gunda remark: Congress distances itself from Sandeep Dikshit’s comment, BJP slams party
Sadak ka Gunda Row: CPI(M)’s Brinda Karat backs Sandeep Dikshit’s statement about Army Chief
CPI (M) leader Brinda Karat on Monday extended support to Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit’s remark that Army chief General Bipin Rawat was behaving like a ‘sadak ka gunda’.“I think Sandeep Dikshit has already apologised for the comment he made. That comment was made in a specific context and the matter should end there. But it is a matter of concern generally that the present Army chief’s statement result in controversy because the statements itself are quite objectionable,” Karat told ANI.ANI
Fraud charge against employee of trust linked to Salman Khurshid’s wife
Lucknow:Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of UP  Police had, on Saturday, booked ex-representative of Zakir Husain Memorial Trust and others for alleged fraud. Pratyush Shukla was booked for forging signatures of two district officers to verify that a camp for the differently-abled had been held on May 29, 2010 using funds sanctioned by the UPA II Govt to the Trust.At the time, Louise Khurshid, whose husband Congress’s Salman Khurshid was then a union minister, headed the Trust.UPA II govt had, in 2011, ordered the state Govt to probe a report submitted by the Trust on the camp. EOW was then charged with the probe. FIR says EOW found that the Centre had given the Trust a Rs 71.50 lakh grant on March 30, 2010 of which Rs 4 lakh was marked for distribution of equipment to the differently-abled through a camp in Farrukhabad. The ministry had also directed that the money be utilised within 3 months and a utilisation certificate, verified by district-level officers, be sent to the central Govt. indianexpress
Why was Sanjay Dutt released early? Bombay HC asks Maharashtra govt
In what could spell fresh trouble for Sanjay Dutt, the Bombay high court on Monday asked the Maharashtra Govt  to justify its decision to grant the actor early release from prison in the 1993 serial blasts case.Dutt was earlier sentenced to five years in jail for possession of arms, which were a part of the consignment used in the 1993 blasts.The actor, who was on bail during the trial, had surrendered in May 2013 after the Supreme Court upheld his conviction.PTI
Mecca Masjid blast accused coaches Civils aspirants in Ahmedabad
Hyderabad: Mecca Masjid blast accused Bharath Mohanlal Rateshwar alias Bharath Bhai is a teacher now. He is coaching Civils aspirants in Ahmedabad.In the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast, nine people died and 58 others suffered injuries after a bomb exploded under a marble seat at the historic mosque in Hyderabad.After getting bail in the Mecca Masjid blast case in March, 2017, 48-year-old Bharath Bhai, listed as a private employee in the charge-sheet filed by the NIA, moved to his native Gujarat, joined an academy in Ahmedabad and started teaching UPSC aspirants. Few days ago, he moved a petition in the designated trial court, where Mecca Masjid blast case was being heard and sought exemption from personal appearance, citing among many reasons his teaching assignment in Ahmedabad. "It was only for a scheduled hearing, the petition to condone the absence was moved as he needed to come all the way from Gujarat. It is a fact that he is involved in an academy and leading his own life,'' a source, who is acquainted with the Mecca Ma sjid blast case, said. Incidentally, the trial in the Mecca Masjid case is scheduled to resume from Monday. The trial court had examined several witnesses and would resume examination of others.TOI
Maharashtra: Jail no bar to love as inmates join hands to observe Ramzan
Mumbai: The holy month of Ramzan is bringing a new peace to Taloja Central Jail, with inmates of all religions participating in the preparation of sehri and iftari for the Muslims in jail. Deputy Superintendent (Jail) Sadanand Gaikwad said, “While one can see religious differences causing issues in society, especially on social media, jail is a place where you can find people of all faith co-existing harmoniously. Ramzan is the month when one can see true unity among Hindus and Muslims from the way they support and help each other.”Hindu inmates at Taloja Central Jail help in preparing sehri and iftar ; Muslims make space for evening aarti. thehindu
SC orders NEET results be declared, CBSE to announce them in two weeks
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday ordered that the results of the 2017 National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) be declared by June 26, thereby overruling a stay the Madras high court had issued.CBSE, which conducts NEET, said it will declare the NEET results by June 26 as per the SC order. The results were originally scheduled to be released June 8.The top court on Monday also directed all high courts not to entertain any petition on the 2017 NEET.timesofindia
Muslim teachers left out for international yoga day function: daily pioneer report
Lucknow: With reports that Muslim organisations are holding Yoga training camps across the state for their participation in International Yoga Day there are reports that Govt has `discouraged’ some Muslims teachers from attending this fest. Around a fortnight back list of teachers from Chinhat block, at the outskirt of Lucknow was sent to the office of the Education Dept for clearance. Last week the list came minus the names of Muslim teachers in this. 4 Muslim teachers - Abdul Hamid Khan of Primary school Baurumau, Fazil Ahmad Khan of Primary school Raipur, Shaila Jabi and Adil Mansauri from Juggaur Primary Schools – found their name missing from the final list. Incidentally, two of these 4 teachers  Fazil Ahmad and Adil Manuasri are President Awardee for their excellence in teaching work.“I do not know why our names are not there in the list though we teach Yoga to students as it has been introduced in the school curriculum by this (Yogi) Govt,” Abdul Hamid Khan told this reporter.He tries to play safe and said probably Muslims have not been included because of Ramzaan. “Govt probably thought that Muslims are observing Roza in this pious month of Ramazan. In the first our name was there in the list but then no one asked us to fill the form while others filled it,” he said.  A co-ordinator who is Assistant Block Resource Centre Co-ordinator, and prepared the list said some Muslims might have been left out inadvertently. “There is no design in this,” she said seeking anonymity but could not answer as how many Muslim teachers are in the list who will take part in the Yoga festival.Meanwhile, over 500 Muslims students and youths are regularly talking part in practice sessions held in minority schools and institutions. Shia cleric Maulana Yunous Abbas led the training camp in National PG College. He said such camps are ing held for last many days in Shia PG College and other minority institutions too. pioneer
Islam does not forbid Yoga:Shia Maulana Yasoob Abbas
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Israeli PM met Egypt's Sisi in secret in Cairo: Report
Jerusalem:Israel's PM  and opposition leader held a secret meeting in Cairo last year with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to discuss a regional peace plan, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported Monday.The potential for such a trip had been rumored in the Israeli media at the time, as part of a deal for PM  Benjamin Netanyahu to bring Isaac Herzog's Zionist Union into his coalition, but there has been no report of it actually going ahead.There was no comment from Israeli or Egyptian authorities on the report.According to Haaretz report, regional leaders wanted Herzog involved in the talks because they felt Netanyahu's right-wing Govt  was not capable of making a deal. Paper said talks failed because Netanyahu would not accept Palestinian conditions. His coalition talks with Herzog also broke down and he instead struck a deal with now Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, creating what was described as the most right-wing Israeli Govt ever. Herzog reportedly told a party meeting that Palestinian demands were not new but were presented as part of a regional solution.Last year, Netanyahu held another secret meeting with Sisi, King Abdullah II of Jordan and then US Secretary of State John Kerry in Jordan's Red Sea resort of Aqaba.Anadolu agency
Egypt bans scores of news websites in growing censorship crackdown
Cairo: An often fiery Govt critic, Egyptian journalist Khaled al-Balshi has been arrested, had his operations monitored, and staff harassed by police for years. Yet his website Al-Bedaiah, a rare dissident voice in Egypt, had never been touched.On Sunday that changed when it suddenly went blank with no warning after being blocked, part of what Balshi called an unprecedented and far-reaching state crackdown on scores of news websites in recent weeks."Let's be clear, the Egyptian websites going through this are dealing with a long-term shutdown -- this is not short term," said Balshi from his downtown Cairo office, where 4 work stations sat idle, because staff feared coming to work in case of arrest.Balshi's website was the 57th blocked since May 24, according to the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression, NGO tracking the affected sites through software that monitors outages. Journalists see the campaign against them as a step toward banning all but the most state-aligned media, effectively reversing the private media boom that flourished in the final decade of former president Hosni Mubarak's rule and which they say helped push him from power in 2011. Reuters
Manchester terror attack: All 22 suspects arrested for concert blast freed without charge
London:British police say everyone arrested over Manchester concert bombing has been released without charge, but detectives are still not sure whether the attacker had accomplices. Salman Abedi detonated a knapsack bomb as crowds were leaving an Ariana Grande concert on 22 May, killing 22 people. He also died.Shortly after the attack, police said they had rounded up members of Abedi's network. But Greater Manchester Police say all 22 suspects have now been released without charge. AP
79 people including 16 children  killed in first 5 days of US-backed Syrian forces' offensive against IS in Raqqa
Damascus: At least 79 people, including 16 children and 9 women, were killed in the first 5 days of an offensive against the Islamic State terror group in the Syrian city of al-Raqqa, a UK-based war monitor reported on Sunday.Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) warned that the number of victims was increasing due to bombardments by the US-led international coalition, which killed 24 people, including five minors and three women, reports Efe news.IANS
Daesh media accuses US-led forces of using white phosphorous in Raqqa
US-led forces in Syria have been accused by Daesh of using white phosphorous in eastern Raqqa, Britain’s Telegraph has reported. Images purporting to be of the banned substance in use in the Syrian city appear to have been confirmed by an anti-Daesh group. An anonymous US official told the New York Times that the US forces in Syria and Iraq are not using the banned munitions against personnel. White phosphorous burns through to the bone and keeps on burning as long as it is in contact with the air. Its use in populated areas is forbidden under international law. If it is used, it has to be in open areas for the purposes of laying down a smokescreen.middleeastmonitor
Qatari 'ransom' money with us, not Shia armed groups: Iraq's PM
Iraq's PM has rejected Saudi and UAE media claims that a $500m ransom was paid by Qatar to Shia Muslim armed groups in Iraq to secure the release of 26 kidnapped Qatari hunters, saying that the money was received by the Govt  of Iraq and that the sum was still in the Iraqi central bank."Yes we received [ransom] money and we got hold of the funds and right now we still have it deposited in the Iraqi central bank," Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi said on Sunday in an address to the Popular Mobilisation Forces, an umbrella group of mainly Shia Muslim armed groups that have some state backing."It was never cashed out. I heard in various media outlets that the money was dispersed to one group or another but let me make it clear. This [ransom] money is still kept in our central bank," Abadi added in his remarks. aljazeera
Qatar hosted Taliban 'at request of US govt: Qatar official
Qatar hosted the Taliban at the request of the Govt  of the US, the Qatari foreign minister's special envoy on counterterrorism told Al Jazeera. Mutlaq Al Qahtani said the Gulf country hosted the Taliban "by request of the US Govt " and as part of Qatar's "open-door policy, to facilitate talks, to mediate and to bring peace". He added that Qatar "was facilitating the talks between the Americans, the Taliban and the Govt  of Afghanistan".Al Qahtani's statement comes after US President Donald Trump accused Qatar of "historically" funding "terrorism at a very high level" - an allegation Qatar denies.He added that the country focuses on "preventive diplomacy, trying to solve conflict, using our good offices, trying to bring people and civilisations with different faiths to mutual understanding, coexistence and tolerance, while also paying a lot of emphasis on unemployment, because we believe unemployment is one of the causes of terrorism or one of the root causes of violent extremism that could lead to terrorism". aljazeera
US and Russia call for dialogue over Qatar-GCC dispute
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov have called for dialogue over the Qatar-GCC dispute, as a blockade imposed by three Gulf Arab states on the country entered its seventh day. Russian Foreign Ministry said that the two leaders spoke on the phone and "discussed the consequences of the decision by a number of Arab countries to break diplomatic ties with Qatar." aljazeera
Qatar allows residents from boycotting states to stay
Nationals of countries that cut diplomatic ties with Qatar this week are free to remain in the Gulf state in line with existing regulations, according to the interior ministry.The statement on Sunday, carried by Qatar's state news agency, said there was no change in policy towards the nationals of "brotherly and friendly countries, which cut or reduced diplomatic relations following the malicious and hostile campaigns against Qatar". Decision will come as a relief to the more than 11,000 people from Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain living in Qatar. aljazeera
Sanctions will not harm economy:Qatari Finance minister
Qatar can easily defend its economy and currency against sanctions by other Arab states, Qatari finance minister Ali Sherif al-Emadi told CNBC TV on Monday.He said that the countries which had imposed sanctions on Qatar would also lose money because of the damage to business in the region."A lot of people think we're the only ones to lose in this ... If we're going to lose a dollar, they will lose a dollar also," he said. Qatar can import goods from Turkey, the Far East or Europe and it will respond to the crisis by diversifying its economy even more, he told CNBC. aljazeera
Qatar denounces Gulf states' 'policy of domination'
France’s Neo-Fascist National Front stumbles again on electoral stage
France’s far-right National Front is projected to win no more than five seats in the lower house of parliament, polls showed after the first round of voting on Sunday, failing to capitalise again on widespread frustration at mainstream parties.It was the second setback for the anti-establishment party in barely a month after its leader Marine Le Pen reached the presidential run-off vote only to be soundly beaten by Emmanuel Macron and his bid to renew French politics from the center.Her defeat in May brought huge relief to European allies who had feared another populist upheaval to follow Britain’s Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s election as US president, and disappointment to the party faithful. middleeastmonitor
Macron wins landslide majority in French parliament
Norway proposes burka ban in schools, universities as immigration minister claims 'the ability to communicate is a basic Nordic value': Daily Mail
Norway has proposed a burka ban in schools and university after the immigration minister claimed the ability to communicate was a 'basic Nordic value'.The country aims to ban face-covering Muslim veils in kindergartens, schools and universities, Govt  said on Monday, latest European nation to propose restrictions on wearing burkas and niqabs. France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Bulgaria and German state of Bavaria have all imposed restrictions on wearing full-face veils in public places.Norway's minority Govt , a coalition of the centre-right Conservatives and the populist Progress Party, said it was confident it would find opposition support for the move.
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