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Tuesday, 4 July 2017

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INDIA ISRAEL TIES:PM’s ISRAELI VISIT
 Israeli PM Netanyahu’s entire cabinet welcomes Modi at Tel Aviv Airport; Modi says building strong relationship with Israel is his intent
Tel Aviv: PM  Narendra Modi began his “path-breaking” visit to Israel on Tuesday, with his counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu extending an extraordinary welcome and asserting that “even sky is not the limit” in the cooperation between the two countries.Modi, the first Indian PM  to visit the Jewish nation, was received at the Ben Gurion airport by Netanyahu who said in Hindi, “aapka swagat hai, mere dost” (welcome, my friend).“It is truly a historic visit,” said Netanyahu who broke protocol by being at the airport, an honour which previously was accorded only to the US President and the Pope.“We love India,” he said.Hailing Modi as “a great leader of India and a great world leader”, Netanyahu said, “we have been waiting for the last 70 years” for a visit by an Indian PM .The two PM s, who hugged each other 3 times, described each other as “my friend” several times.In their brief prepared speeches, they vowed to give a push to the bilateral relationship in all aspects and jointly deal with the common threats like terrorism. Netanyahu’s entire Cabinet was present at the airport to receive Modi, who was wearing a cream colour ‘band gala’ suit and a dark blue handkerchief in the pocket. Modi was also accorded a Guard of Honour after an Israeli military band played the national anthems of the two countries.“I remember what you told me in our first meeting - when it comes to India and Israel relations, the sky is the limit. But now, PM , let me add even sky is not the limit. We are also cooperating in space,” Netanyahu told Modi.Talking about vast possibilities of cooperation between the two countries, he said, “We can do even more, even better together.”Appreciating the special welcome accorded to him, Modi spoke a few words in Hebrew, starting with “Shalom (hello), I am happy to be here.” “I thank my friend PM  Netanyahu for receiving me (at the airport),” said Modi, while describing his 3- day visit here as “path-breaking”. “It is my honour to be the the first ever Indian PM to undertake this ground-breaking visit to Israel,” he said. “Building a strong and resilient relationshp with Israeal will be my intent and focus...We have to secure our societies against the common threat of terrorism,” Modi said.He said his visit was about the strength of the 2 societies and their strong partnership. “Together, we can do even more and even better (for India-Israel ties),” he added. Noting that India is an old civilisation but a young nation, Modi said, “We have a talented and skilled youth, who are our driving force.”Describing Israel as an “important development partner”, he said, “This is an exciting journey that we will undertake together, for the good of our people and our society.”Modi said his visit celebrates the strength of centuries-old links between the two societies and “based on these bonds, our partnership has mantained a strong and sustained upswing since the establishment of full relationship, diplomatic relations, 25 years ago.”PTI
Modi becomes first Indian PM to visit Israel
Going towards Israel not unnatural for Indians: Modi
 This is a groundbreaking visit, says PM in Tel Aviv
Friendship between India, Israel natural, says Netanyahu welcoming Modi
Day before PM Modi visit, Israel backs India on terror from Pakistan, says don’t see a difference between LeT, Hamas
Jerusalem:On the eve of PM  Narendra Modi’s “historic” visit to Israel, a senior official from the Israeli foreign ministry said that his country supports India on terrorism emanating from Pakistan “hook, line and sinker”, and is “not asking for a quid pro quo”. “Israel supports India on terrorism emanating out of Pakistan, hook, line and sinker. But we are not asking for a quid pro quo… the horrors coming from Pakistan…Lashkar-e-Toiba, the rogue operations from Pakistan. We say that India has the right to defend itself, just like Israel has the right to defend itself. I don’t see a difference between LeT and Hamas. A terrorist is a terrorist is a terrorist,” said Mark Sofer, deputy director general in charge of the Asia and Pacific division.Modi is expected to arrive in Israel — the first visit by an Indian PM  — at 4 pm local time and will be received at the airport by his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu and senior ministers. Both the PM s are scheduled to hold talks Wednesday. Netanyahu will accompany Modi for most of the two-day visit after hosting a private dinner for the Indian PM  at his official residence Tuesday. Modi is also scheduled to visit a floriculture farm and the Holocaust museum.Sofer, a former ambassador to India, said the 2 sides will sign three agreements on space cooperation; launch a joint strategic partnership on water and agriculture; open a new Indian cultural centre in Israel; and, launch a joint CEOs forum. indian express
Indian Embassy will remain in Tel Aviv: Modi
Jerusalem:PM  Narendra Modi has affirmed India’s traditional support for the “two-state” solution between Israel and Palestine and that India will support all efforts for a resolution, including on the contentious issue of Jerusalem, which Israel has claimed in its entirety since 1967. In the clearest position of India’s stand on the Jerusalem question, the PM  said the Indian Embassy in Tel Aviv would remain there at least until a “final status” agreement is reached between the two parties.“We believe in a two-state solution in which both Israel and a future Palestinian state coexist peacefully,” Modi said in an interview to Israeli newspaper Israel Hayom. “India supports all efforts to find an acceptable solution to all the pending issues, including Jerusalem. I assume the question refers to our embassy in Tel Aviv. We will take a decision on that after both sides have come to an agreement on Jerusalem,” he said.Palestine’s Presidential diplomatic adviser repeated the demand for East Jerusalem as the capital of the Palestinian state, suggesting that Modi should discuss the need for the resumption of the West Asian peace process with Israeli PM  Benjamin Netanyahu during his visit, including need for a two-state solution on the lines of 1967 and giving East Jerusalem to Palestine as its capital.Responding to a question from journalists on Monday, Israeli officials, hoever, said that Israel, like India, would prefer to have “political process with its neighbour” to be “bilateral”.  the hindu
Support India hook, line and sinker on terror, says Israeli official ahead of PM Modi’s visit
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PM Modi’s Israel visit: How Israeli media is reporting this historic visit
Modi’s historic visit to de-hyphenate relations with Palestinians, says Israeli media
 NSA Doval 'paved way' for landmark Netanyahu & Modi meet: Daily Mail
NSA Ajit Doval, during his visit to Tel Aviv in March this year, prepared the groundwork for robust and more open ties between the two powerhouses in the fields of terrorism and security. During the visit, Doval met Israeli PM  Benjamin Netanyahu and his counterpart Brig Gen (retd) Jacob Nagel to further enhance ties between the two nations. 'It was during this visit that the 2 sides covered a lot of ground and moved towards coming out in the open with their strategic ties and do away with the veil of secrecy,' a senior govt official said. Israel has made grand preparations for PM  Narendra Modi's stay starting Tuesday. In his visit, Doval extensively discussed the menace of terrorism that has badly affected both India and Israel and this would be the topmost priority in Modi's agenda during discussions with his counterpart in Tel Aviv. 'Both PMs have taken hard stands against terror and have always urged humanitarian forces to unite and uproot all forms of terror, extremism and radicalisation,' the official said. Top Govt  officials said the visit would be keenly watched by terrorist groups operating in the region as they 'surely fear the closing of ranks of strong leaders in this direction'. Meeting comes after Modi's US visit where he met Donald Trump and achieved a diplomatic victory after US designated Sayyed Salahuddin as a global terrorist.Apart from defence and security, other focus areas would be trade, economy, security, agriculture, disaster management, irrigation and water management. DailyMail
$2 billion missile defence contract with Israel for supplying medium-range surface-to-air missile systems
 India likely to get Heron-TP armed drones
India is Israel's top destination for arms exports

Indian industrialists to take part in PM Modi’s power lunch with Israeli PM
Jerusalem:Barely hours before Narendra Modi was greeted by Benjamin Netanyahu at the Ben Gurion airport, a group of Indian industrialists arrived in Tel Aviv to participate in the India-Israel CEOs Forum and listen to the 2 PM s at the power lunch on July 6.Over the next 2 days, 13 CEOs of Israeli companies -- including Joseph Weiss of Israeli Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Uzi Landau of RAFAEL Advance Defense Systems -- will interact with 18 Indian CEOs to hammer our new business deals.Indian delegation led by Pankaj Patel of Cadilla comprises, among others, Baba Kalyani of Bharat Forge, Dilip Shangvi of Sun Pharma, AB Jain of Jain Irrigation Systems, Harshavardhan Neotia of Ambuja Neotia, Kris Gopalakrishnan of Infosys and Pratik Kumar of Wipro.HT
India’s relationship with Israel should not be at the expense of ties with Palestine: Shashi Tharoor
New Delhi: Speaking about PM  Narendra Modi’s visit to Israel, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Tuesday said that “important relationship” between India and Israel should be sustained but not at the expense of India’s relations with Palestine.“Very important relationship which I believe India needs to sustain, while at the same time making sure it’s not at the expense of our traditional loyalty and ties with Palestinians and the Palestinian cause,” said the Congress MP.Tharoor also lauded the visit saying that the relationship between India and Israel had reached “a level of maturity” which had made it possible for a first-ever visit to Israel by an Indian PM. Tharoor said that it was the duty of the govt to address both “domestic and international” concerns over Modi’s visit to Israel.indianexpress
PM Modi is on foreign visits but govt not taking Chinese incursions seriously: Congress
New Delhi: Congress has accused the Centre of not taking Chinese incursions seriously and asked it to take proper steps to counter a possible attack or speedily engage with Beijing through diplomatic channels. Accusing Union ministers of only delivering speeches, AICC senior spokesperson Ajay Maken asked how the govt intended to combat repeated “incursions”, when it was “downgrading” the threat as “transgressions”.“On the one hand, the PM  is on foreign visits. On the other, we have seen that our govt itself is not taking the incursions seriously,” Maken alleged.PTI
Modi’s Israel visit extension of Hindutva ideology: Karat
New Delhi:Calling PM Narendra Modi’s visit to Israel a “complete turning point”, senior CPI-M leader Prakash Karat on Tuesday said it was a part of an overall Hindutva ideology which was coming into play both domestically and in terms of foreign policy.Ex-CPI-M General Secretary also added that Modi’s visit was also an open declaration that India doesn’t stand by the Palestinian cause anymore.“What Modi Govt  is doing within India, this foreign policy is an extension of that,” said Karat at a public meeting organised by Palestine Solidarity Committee, stressing there was a need to oppose this direction of foreign policy as well as the strategic alliance between India and Israel “which betrays Palestinian cause”.IANS
INDIA-china STAND OFF
Sikkim standoff: China says situation ‘grave’, no scope for compromise with India
New Delhi:China has ruled out a compromise in the military standoff with India in the Sikkim section, and put the onus on New Delhi to resolve the “grave” situation.In unusually blunt remarks, China’s ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui said on Tuesday, “the ball is in India’s court” and it was for the Indian Govt  to decide what options could be on the table to resolve the standoff. Asked about remarks by official Chinese media and think- tanks that the conflict can lead to a “war” if not handled properly, the ambassador said: “There has been talk about this option, that option. It is up to your Govt  policy (whether to exercise military option).”Chinese Govt  is very clear that it wants peaceful resolution at current state of the situation for which withdrawal of Indian troops from the area is a “pre- condition”, he asserted.HT
India won’t have upper hand if there is war: Chinese military website
New Delhi:India‘s armed forces will not have the upper hand if the military standoff in Sikkim sector triggers an “armed conflict” with China, an article on the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) website warned on Tuesday.The article, written by strategic analyst Wang Dehua, recalled the 1967 conflict in the same region and said Chinese army had launched “2 destructive” counterattacks against Indian armed forces.“Indian side didn’t get the upper hand in the past. And it won’t get an advantage today when Chinese military has made remarkable progress on modernisation over the past few decades,” Wang, head of Institute of South and Central Asia, Shanghai Institutes for International Studies, wrote in the piece titled “Expert: no winner in armed conflicts”.HT
'China will have to take military way if India doesn't listen,' Chinese expert tells Global Times
 China would be forced to use a "military way" to end the standoff in the Sikkim sector if India "refuses to listen" to it, a Chinese expert has warned.As the standoff at the Doklam area continued for the third week, the longest between 2 countries, the official media and the think-tanks here have said that "war is possible if the conflict between India and China is not handled properly"." China is trying its best to use historical lessons to reason with India and show sincerity in peacefully solving the problem, but if India refuses to listen, then China would have no other choice than to use a military way of solving the problem," Hu Zhiyong, research fellow at Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, told state-run Global Times.PTI
Another armed conflict with India not out of question: China expert
China deploys a submarine in Indian Ocean as tensions over borders flare: Daily Mail
In what's widely deemed to be an aggressive move, China has deployed a submarine in the Indian Ocean Region - as the month long stand-off in the Doklam plateau between the Indian and Chinese People's Liberation Army continues. Wading through the Indian Ocean now is a Yuan class – conventional diesel electric – submarine which is better that the ageing Indian Sub. And this is not the first, but the seventh submarine to be deployed in the area. The submarine is being supported by Chinese Naval Ship (CNS) Chongmingdao – Chinese Navy's submarine support vessel. Indian assets picked up the submarine entering Indian Ocean Region recently. Indian Navy has underlined the heightened Chinese People's Liberation Navy activity in the Indian Ocean Region to South Block.
China did not use bulldozers to destroy bunkers; Army
New Delhi: Chinese troops did not use bulldozers to destroy Indian bunkers in Sikkim last month, the Indian Army has said, also denying reports that soldiers from the two sides engaged in a scuffle at the border amid a face-off. Army has also denied that the current tension at the border is the longest standoff between the 2 countries since the 1962 war. Navy officials have, meanwhile, said that the presence of a Chinese submarine in the Indian Ocean region has nothing to do with the border tension.NDTV
Nepali vice president visits China to strengthen ties
Kathmandu:Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun left for China on Tuesday on a week-long trip that aims to consolidate ties between the two countries.Pun, a former Maoist commander, is leading an 11-member delegation to attend China’s 23rd Lanzhou Investment and Trade Fair, a gathering of business leaders and foreign delegates in Lanzhou, the capital of northwest Gansu province.On Wednesday, he is scheduled to address a forum on the New Silk Road and will also address members of the business community. Along with Malaysia, Nepal will be a guest of honor at the event also known as the Lanzhou Fair. Anadolu Agency
OTHERS
Law panel recommends compulsory registration of marriages, linking them to UIDs
New Delhi: Law Commission of India on Tuesday, while recommending compulsory registration of marriages, stressed on linking the registration to UID in order to achieve universal tracing of records.A report published by the Law Commission said, “Also, if registration of marriage is linked to the UID, it would be possible to achieve universal tracing of records.”The Commission also opined that the time limit to register marriage should be restricted within 30 days, thereafter inviting a penalty of Rs 5 per day. “The Amendment Bill should provide that if the Birth or Marriage or Death is not registered within the specified time limit, then the Registrar shall on the payment of a late fee, register the death or birth (a) within a period of 30 days (b) within one year, only with the written permission 36 of the prescribed authority; and (c) after one year, only on an order of a First Class Magistrate. It provides for a penalty of Rs 5 per day in case of delay in registration of ‘marriage without a reasonable cause’,” the statement read. Commission also suggested that the amended law would enable better implementation of many other civil as well as criminal laws. It would provide citizens, not new rights, but better enforcement of existing rights under various family laws that grant and provide to protect many rights of spouses within a marriage. This Bill would supplement the domain of family laws that already exist and is not aimed at removing, abolishing or amending specific religious/cultural practices and laws that are accepted under personal laws prevailing in India, the report said. Registrar, who is responsible for the registration of births and deaths, shall be responsible for the registration of marriages as well.ANI
Qatar Crisis: India Muslim Leaders Express Concern, Urge Peaceful Resolution
New Delhi: While expressing grave concern on some Arab countries snapping ties with Qatar, eminent Indian Muslim leaders have urged the Arab nations to resolve their dispute through dialogues. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt on Monday extended the deadline for Qatar to meet their 11-point demands for two days. They had snapped their diplomatic ties with Qatar during the month of Ramadan in early June."We express our deep concern and grief over the dispute among Arab and gulf countries," said Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Umari, national president of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind."We believe and are hopeful that the misunderstandings prevailing among Saudi Arab, Qatar and other Muslim countries would be immediately removed through dialogue and talks in the light of Islamic teachings and the environment of friendship and mutual respect would be restored like before,"Maulana Umari said.Dr Zafarul Islam Khan, former president of All India Muslim Majlise-Mushawarat expressed hope that the Arab nations would resolve the issue peacefully as they have done so in the past. "I think this is a temporary phase. Very soon we will see these kings and emir embracing and kissing each other. The Arab world has seen many such rifts in recent history, involving Jordan, Iraq, Egypt, Sudan, GCC, Palestine under Yasir Arafat (when he supported Saddam Husain in 1991) and in all these instances the rift was papered over very soon while inner animosities and mutual fears remain. Even the boycott of Egypt after Sadat's unilateral deal with Israel ended very soon...Hence, I do not attach much importance to current crisis."Dr Mohammad Manzoor Alam, General Secretary, All India Milli Council, said:"It is unfortunate." Navaid Hamid, President, Muslim Majlis-e Mushawarat, said: "It is height of disintegration of Muslim millat." He added that this should not have happened at least "in the holy month of Ramazan when every Muslim extends help to others."Dr Syed Zafar Mahmood, President, Zakat Foundation of India, said that the situation is because people are "looking after personal vested interests up over community and even their national interests. They overwrite their community and national interest by their personal interests and they should come out of it."Most of the Indian Muslim leaders see a Western conspiracy behind the current Arab crisis and link it with US President Donald Trump's recent visit to Saudi Arabia. Dr Zafar Mahmood said:"There is indeed circumstantial evidence which will be acknowledged in any court of law. If it is investigated, then nobody can deny that Trump's visit will be counted as a circumstantial evidence." Maulana Umari said: "Imperialist forces, just for their vested interests, are creating rifts and provoking infighting among Muslim countries, selling weapons to them and occupying their natural resources through different means.There is a need to save Muslim countries from these conspiracies."IndiaTomorrow
Pak dismisses ‘global terrorist’ tag for Salahuddin, says US appeasing India
Pakistan dismissed the US designating Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin a “global terrorist” on Monday, saying it was not a UN decision but a move by the Trump administration to “appease” India.Alleging that India was offering its services to the US to “pressurise” China, Pakistan PM ’s adviser on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz said India has been trying to downplay the Kashmir issue for a very long time. Talking to a delegation from the Kashmir Journalists Forum, he said Salahuddin being designated a terrorist by the US was an attempt by the American administration to “appease” India. Pakistan was not bound to follow the decision as it was not a UN declaration, Dawn newspaper quoted Aziz as saying.HT
We can strike Indian targets anywhere,any time:Hizb  chief
Karchi:Chief of Hizb-ul Mujahideen Syed Salahuddin has claimed that Kashmiri militants have launched many operations against Indian forces in the State and have the ability to hit targets anywhere in India at any time.The militant leader made the claims during an interview on Jirga, a talk show hosted on Pakistan’s Geo TV on Sunday.Terming Kashmir struggle as is a freedom struggle, the militant leader said Kashmiri groups cannot be dubbed terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda and Taliban.
Khamenei tells Iran judiciary to pursue Kashmir issue
Iran’s supreme leader and Shia Muslim's spirtual head Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, has called upon the Judiciary of his country to pursue issues like Kashmir legally and adopt official position on such international issues. The Leader made the remarks on Monday in a meeting with Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani and other officials of the Govt  branch.“Judiciary should intervene from a legal position in such issues as sanctions, US confiscations and terrorism or [come out] in support of downtrodden personalities in the world such as Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky or the Muslims of Myanmar and Kashmir,” Press TV quoting Khamenei as saying. In such issues, Ayatollah Khamenei said, Judiciary should “decisively declare its supportive position or opposition so it is reflected across the world.”The report said Myanmar has been accused of leading a systematic deadly campaign of suppression against its Muslim community while Kashmir has also been witnessing chronic ethnic violence and a New Delhi-ordered witch hunt in its India-controlled half.Khamenei urged the Judiciary to act as the flag-bearer of defending the public rights in the society. greater kashmir
India frowns at ‘Burhan Wani Day’ rally in Birmingham, asks UK to stop event
London:India has lodged a strong protest with British authorities for allowing a rally to be held in Birmingham on July 8 to commemorate the day Hizbul Mujahideen ‘commander’ Burhan Wani was killed in 2016, asking them to stop the event.A ‘note verbale’ in this regard was issued by deputy high commissioner Dinesh Patnaik to the Foreign Office, reflecting a toughening of New Delhi’s position on events seen as anti-Indian in the UK. July 8 event is billed as ‘Burhan Wani Day’ and ‘Kashmir Rally’.Development comes less than a week after high commissioner YK Sinha delivered an unusually strong speech at a book release event here, when he said post-Brexit Britain’s eagerness to intensify trade with India cannot happen at the cost of India’s core concerns.HT
NIA revives buried cases to 'link'Hurriyat leaders with Hizb
The ghosts have returned to haunt Hurriyat leaders on their ties with Hizbul Mujahideen in a terror funding case dating back to 2011.Sources told India Today that a probe by the NIA has gathered steam in the Hurriyat truth tapes - a series of revelations made by the TV channel after a sting op exposing separatists Nayeem Khan, Bitta Karate and Javed Gazi Baba who are allegedly on Pakistan’s payrolls to disrupt peace in the Valley.The sting created ripples in Kashmir and in the power corridors of Delhi, after which an FIR was lodged. Subsequently, massive raids were conducted in 26 locations in J&K, Delhi and Haryana. But the 2011 case has now been revived by NIA with new evidence against Hizbul supreme commander Syed Salahuddin and Hurriyat leaders. DailyMail
Militant recruitment up in north, central Kashmir: J-K cops
Srinagar:Security agencies in J&K have expressed concern at the rising number of local youths wanting to join militant ranks in north and central Kashmir, where previously the number of home-grown militants was low. While the focus of security grid is on south Kashmir, there have been umpteen attempts by youths in central and north Kashmir to join militant ranks in past three months. Police say they have arrested more than 50 youths trying to join militant ranks. Of them, 41 were arrested from north and central Kashmir.“During the last few months, 54 youths have been arrested from different parts of Kashmir,” said police spokesman SP Manoj Kumar. “Of these, 28 youths have been arrested from Baramulla, Kupwara, Sopore, Handwara and Bandipore in north Kashmir,” he said. While Kashmir is seeing a resurgence in militancy, the focus of security agencies has been on south Kashmir where a large number of youths joined militant ranks after the killing of Burhan Wani. Police records show that over 80 local youths have joined militant outfits in the four districts of south Kashmir —Kulgam, Shopian, Anantnag and Pulwama. indian express
Irked at its stand on Kashmir, Nawaz Sharif to skip UN event, reports Pakistani newspaper
Islamabad: Annoyed at its non-interfering stand on Kashmir, Pakistan PM  Nawaz Sharif plans to skip an upcoming UN event to "promote peace", reported The Express Tribune on Tuesday, citing sources in Sharif's office."This is necessary. They (UN) keep talking about peace. But they do nothing to overcome the plight of Kashmiris and stop state-sponsored terrorism in the Valley," the sources told the Pakistani media outlet.UN has always said that Kashmir is a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan, and it has consistently advocated the two nations hold talks to resolve their problems.TOI
HC order on plea against Modi clean chit likely on Aug 9
Ahmedabad:Gujarat High Court is likely to pronounce on August 9 its order on a petition by the widow of slain former MP Ehsan Jafri, challenging a lower court order upholding the SIT clean chit to the then CM  Narendra Modi and others in 2002 riots cases.Justice Sonia Gokani today kept pronouncement of order in the case on August 9 after the counsel for Supreme Court- appointed SIT filed its written submission in the case.The petitioners lawyer had also filed a written submission before the court last month, days after arguments from both the sides concluded.The court was hearing a criminal review petition moved by Zakia Jafri and activist Teesta Setalvads NGO Citizen for Justice and Peace challenging the lower court order upholding the SIT clean chit on the alleged larger criminal conspiracy behind the 2002 riots.The petition demands to make Modi and 59 others as accused on charges of criminal conspiracy behind the riots.Ehsan Jafri was one of the victims of the riots when a mob set his house in the citys Gulberg Society on fire.PTI
Gujarat riot compensation: Judge pulls up Collector over relief documents
Ahmedabad:The judge of a specially-designated court, which is hearing the Naroda Gam riot case, on Monday pulled up the Ahmedabad collector for submitting photocopies of the records of compensation given to the victims of 2002 post-Godhra riots, and ordered him to submit the original ones by Wednesday. Coming down heavily on the collector, special judge PB Desai termed it as “a contempt” of court and warned him of action if he fails to produce the record.“This is a gross violation of court’s order that amounts to contempt,” the judge said. During the last hearing, the defence lawyers had sought records showing bifurcation of the figures of the compensation, given to the victims, including Hindus whose properties were damaged during the riots. The court had ordered the collector to produce the original records. indian express
Activists prepare anti-lynching draft bill after wave of attacks on Muslims
In the wake of the killing of Hafiz Junaid and the consequent Not In My Name protests, the National Campaign Against Mob Lynching has drafted a bill.They've called it the 'Manav Suraksha Kanoon' (MASUKA) and a draft is set to be unveiled on July 7.Congress leader Shehzad Poonawalla said: 'We are consulting people from a wide spectrum of professions for drafting the law. We want the law to be bipartisan and the Parliament to pass it. 'It shall apply to all states, whether they are ruled by BJP or other parties. In fact, we are in touch with several RSS leaders on the matter.'Poonawalla's brother's driver was beaten up by a mob under Malviya Nagar Police Station. 'He is Hindu. But this shows a broader culture of mob violence is brewing in the country and very soon, it would not be confined to religious identities alone,' he said.DailyMail
‘Not In My Name’ protest swells up in Mumbai:indianexpress
Mumbai: ‘Not In My Name’ protests that were held in over 10 cities across the country on June 28 received a boost in Mumbai as hundreds of residents descended on the Veer Kotwal Udyan in Dadar West a little after 4pm Monday.The earlier events were marked by a largely silent protest against the recent lynching incidents and other violent acts by alleged cow vigilantes. The latest protest witnessed the coming together of several political organisations like the CPI (M), CPI, Bharip Bahujan Mahasangh, Students’ Federation of India, All India Democratic Women’s Association, Centre of Indian Trade Unions, DYFI, All India Students Federation, Students Islamic Organisation of India, and the AAP.The protesters gathered at the park to sing, raise slogans and march against cow-related violence, and especially the Central Govt ’s “indifference” towards these crimes. They were joined by Sarva Shramik Sangh, Bharatiya Mahila Federation, All India Trade Union Congress, Indian Muslims For Secular Democracy, Forum Against Oppression of Women, and many other grassroot organisations. In addition to ‘Not In My Name’, the chant, “Nafrat ke khilaaf, insaniyat ki awaaz (Against hatred, we cry out for humanity)”, was heard all through the procession that spilled out of the park on to Tilak Road and went all the way to Chaityabhoomi, the memorial dedicated to Dr B R Ambedkar.
Mumbai holds a massive protest against mob lynchings across the country
Not in my name: 5,000 turn up in Dadar to protest lynching of Muslims and Dalits
Minorities' panel 'satisfied' with action in Ballabhgarh lynching
New Delhi: National Commission for Minorities (NCM) on Tuesday "expressed satisfaction" with the action taken by the district authorities and police in the June 22 lynching of 16-year-old Junaid Khan in Ballabhgarh.The commission had sought a report on the incident from Deputy Commissioner of Faridabad, which was discussed in a meeting of NCM.IANS
Cabbie says he was hit by bikers ‘for being Muslim'
Kalyan: A cab driver with an aggregator service has lodged a complaint with Manpada police alleging that he was assaulted by two unidentified bike-borne youths in Dombivli early Sunday morning "for being a Muslim."Hafiz Zihauddin Siddiqui, who earlier worked as a maulvi, has alleged that the youths objected to his having parked his vehicle along the side of the road and started beating him up. "And when I screamed 'Ya Allah yeh kya ho raha hai' during the assault, I was thrashed further and an attempt made to target my private parts," he said. The youths fled when they saw a car coming up from behind, he added. He also said that the Manpada police station registered only a non-cognisable offence (NC) in the matter on Sunday. But when TOI asked senior inspector at station Abhay Kabdule, he said they would file an FIR in the case and would carry out a detailed probe. Siddiqui is a resident of Santacruz. He began working as a driver with the aggregator some time ago as he did not have any source of income for 6 months after he quit his job as a maulvi even though his wife was suffering from cancer. According to Siddiqui, at 1.20am on Sunday, he dropped a customer from Ghatkopar at Dombivli (W) and then got another customer for Dombivli (E). After having dropped the second customer on Manpada Road, he got an alert on his phone saying a woman customer had booked his cab from that spot. He said he had parked his car along the side of the road to wait for the customer when he saw two youths arrive on a motorcycle.TOI
Mentally disabled woman is stripped, shaved, lynched by villagers after being accused of trying to snatch a child
This is the horrific moment a woman is tied to a tractor and beaten to death by a mob - after she was accused of being a child kidnapper.Mentally disabled Otera Bibi, 42, had been living with her parents but wandered from her home to a nearby village in West Bengal, India, last Tuesday.Otera stopped inside the wooden hut of a local villager Dilip Ghosh - sparking fears that she was trying to snatch his 10-year-old daughter.A furious mob pounced on Otera - tying her to a tractor and attacking her for three hours with sticks and pelting her with stones.Locals ripped off her clothes and shaved her head as they 'beat her mercilessly'', according to witnesses in the Mithipur-Panagarh village.Otera is understood to have tried to protest her innocence but onlookers could not understand what she was saying.Police arrived later in the afternoon and rushed Otera to Jangipur sub-divisional hospital but she died of her injuries after the attack in Murshidabad district.DailyMail
Petition urges Europeans,US to ban beef import from India
A petition on Change.org is demanding European Countries, UK, USA and Canada to impose an immediate ban on beef import from the India, The petition, raised on behalf of Council for Protection of Civil Rights, has also urged the nations to demand Indian Govt to bring an immediate end to mob-lynching.It says, “We have to show our resentment on genocide and hate crimes being committed in India by the right wing fascist party and its allied terror organisations.”It also urged countries to issue an advisory while travelling to India.”We urge issuance of urgent travel advisory against travel to India in light of lynching on suspicion of eating beef and carrying beef,” the petition says. The petition attaches a list of recent events of killings and lynching where the majority of the victims have been Muslims or Dalits.Petition is addressed to Council of European Union, UK Parliament, European Parliament, President of US, European Commission, US House of Representatives, US Senate, Theresa May as UK PM , Jeremy Corbyn as the Leader of Labour Party and Justin Trudeau who is Canadian PM .TCN
Lynching in name of cow protection against Hindutva:Shiv Sena
Mumbai: Shiv Sena on Tuesday said lynching people in the name of cow protection was against Hindutva and urged PM  Narendra Modi to come up with a national policy on beef. A string of such incidents have been reported from several states, including BJP-ruled Jharkhand, Haryana and UP, prompting protests. “The issue of beef is related to eating habits, business and employment. Hence, there should be a national policy over the issue,”an editorial in Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ said.“Those who were safeguarding cows were Hindus till yesterday. Today, they have become murderers,” it said. In a tough message against cow vigilantism and mob lynching, Modi last week said killing people on the pretext of protecting cows is not acceptable and warned that no one has the right to take law into his hands.“We welcome the stand taken by the PM  over the issue. Nobody has the right to take law in his hands in the name of cow protection. Lynching people is against the principles of Hindutva,” the Sena said.PTI
Demonetisation: Centre, RBI to tell SC in two weeks if ‘genuine’ individuals can still deposit old 500, 1000 notes
New Delhi: Union Govt  and the RBI will within two weeks inform the Supreme Court if genuine individuals who could not deposit their money during demonetisation can still be allowed to do so. The Supreme Court had asked the Govt  and the RBI whether a window could be provided to people who couldn’t deposit their old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes.Earlier this year, the Centre had informed the Supreme Court that it has taken a ‘conscious decision’ not to extend the period beyond Dec.30 last year for exchanging the demonetised currency notes. It had said it was not legally bound to come out with a fresh notification to grant grace period or window for depositing scrapped currency notes. indian express
Demonetisation: Allow people with genuine reasons to deposit banned notes, SC tells govt
‘Rs 200 notes coming soon, RBI places printing orders’
New Delhi:RBI is set to introduce Rs 200 notes. According to ANI, a top Govt official, who was involved in the decision-making process, said, “Printing order (for Rs 200 notes) has been placed.” The decision to introduce new notes was taken by the RBI with the consultation of Finance Ministry in March. Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court asked the Centre to give genuine cases who were not able to deposit old currency notes in time, ‘another chance’. Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court asked the Centre to allow genuine cases who were not able to deposit old currency notes of Rs 50-0 and Rs 100o in time, ‘another chance’. indian express
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Traders in J&K detained for protesting against GST implementation
Srinagar:Police on Tuesday detained several traders after they tried to march towards the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly to protest the implementation of GST in the state in its present form. The traders were detained near the gate of the Civil Secretariat complex, which also houses the assembly, after they took out a protest march, police said.The traders were scheduled to hold a sit-in near the assembly to protest the implementation of the new tax regime in the state in its present form, claiming that it would lead to the erosion of the state’s special position and its fiscal autonomy.PTI
EC issues notification for vice presidential election
New Delhi;The process of filing nominations for Aug. 5 vice presidential election began today with the Election Commission issuing notification. Neither the ruling NDA nor the opposition has so far announced their respective candidates for the post of vice president. Term of present incumbent Hamid Ansari, who has held the post for two consecutive terms, comes to an end on August 10. PTI
Joti who served as chief secretary of Gujarat when Modi was CM, appointed as next Chief Election Commissioner
New Delhi:Election Commissioner Achal Kumar Joti will succeed Nasim Zaidi as the next Chief Election Commissioner, Law ministry confirmed on Tuesday. 64-year-old, who served as the chief secretary of Gujarat when PM  Narendra Modi was the CM , will assume the charge as the head of the Election Commission on July 6, a notification issued by the law ministry said. Zaidi will demit office on Wednesday. indian express
Jharkhand: Tension in tribal village after girl marries Muslim man
Dhanbad: The administration in Damuadih Advasi tola in Jharkhand’s Jamtara district has deployed a police contingent following tension after a tribal girl married a Muslim man from a neighbouring village.Agitated by the marriage, tribal villagers on Sunday sealed the doors of the house of the girl’s parents with barbed wire after the family expressed its inability to cough up 12 maunds (one maund is approximately 37 kgs) each of rice and mutton as fine for her ‘crime’.The tribals also threatened to ostracize the family and kill them if they did not pay the penalty.Village is about 60 km from Dhanbad.However, timely intervention by the police saved the lives of the parents and brother of the girl who had married Sabbir Ansari from a neighbouring village on June 30.Officer-in-charge of the Naraianpur police station Surendra Singh, who reached the village before the family could be lynched, said it took few hours to persuade the agitated tribal leaders who then agreed to remove the barbed wires.They, however, insisted that the girl’s family will have to pay the fine imposed by the local panchayat.Trouble started on June 30 when the news spread that sister of Jogeshwar Hembrom had married Ansari and that couple was living at the groom’s house at Lakhanpur village.Angry tribal leaders of the village met the family and sought explanation, terming the marriage as an insult to tribal society. Girl’s family expressed its helplessness as she was rigid on marrying him and had left home for Ansari.HT
Communal violence in W.Bengal over ‘objectionable’ Facebook post, Centre rushes paramilitary troops
Kolkata:Communal violence broke out in North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal on Tuesday over a Facebook post prompting Centre to rush 300 paramilitary personnel to the spot to pacify the situation. CM  Mamata Banerjee said that clashes has broken out between two communities in Baduria of the Basirhat sub-division on the basis of a Facebook post. According to PTI, clashes were triggered last evening over the Facebook post about a holy site. PTI sources said that three companies (about 300 personnel) of paramilitary forces were being rushed to the state to assist the local police in containing the situation. Banerjee has criticised the religious leaders of both the communities of that area and warned them of strict action. However, CM  feel insulted on Governor’s call regarding this issue, as per her media briefing.indian express
Bombay HC to cops: Ensure children are not injured on Muharram
Mumbai: Stressing the safety of children, the Bombay High Court has directed the Additional Commissioner of Police, South region, to hold a meeting with members of the Shia community to prevent children from inflicting injuries on themselves during the Muharram procession.A division bench of Justices R M Savant and S S Jadhav was recently hearing a suo motu petition based on a PIL filed earlier by activist Faisal Banaraswala, seeking a ban on participation of children in the ritual. The petition contends that the use of sharp weapons such as knives, blades and swords to inflict cuts on the back and head is a violation of fundamental rights. indian express
1993 Mumbai blasts case: Spl prosecution seeks life imprisonment for Abu Salem
New Delhi: The Special Public Prosecutor on Tuesday sought life imprisonment for 1993 Mumbai blasts convict Abu Salem, ANI reported. The submission was made by the prosecutor during an argument over quantum of punishment before the TADA court in Mumbai.indian express
Rajasthan ATS arrests Haroon for suspected IS links from Chennai
Rajasthan ATS on Tuesday arrested a person from Chennai over alleged Islamic State (ISIS) links. ATS team arrested the suspect for allegedly transferring funds to ISIS module. The suspect, identified as Haroon, has been taken to Jaipur for further inquiry. The team arrested him after other suspects, (Jamil Ahmed and Mohammad Iqbal) who are already in ATS custody, identified him. Ahmed was arrested by the ATS team in November last year from Sikar district of Rajasthan for allegedly transferring funds to the ISIS module.out look
Bhopla:Muslim delegation meets DGP over Hamidia hospital incident
DGP Rishi Kumar Shukla has reportedly assured leaders of Muslim community that an inquiry would be ordered into arrests of Muslims in Hamidia hospital case. During a meeting with a delegation of the coordination committee for Indian Muslims, MP unit DGP also assured release of innocent people after the inquiry is completed."We met DGP over the recent communal tension in Bhopal and other areas. In this regard, DGP assured us that a probe would be ordered soon and innocent people would be released on a priority basis. He also said that steps would be taken to avoid arrest of innocent people in future," said secretary of the coordination committee for Indian Muslims Mohammad Masood. He said that the top police officer also promised to take steps for maintaining communal harmony in the state.TOI
Anti-Muslim laws being made in Parliament: Akbar Owaisi
Hyderabad: AIMIM MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi has lashed out against the governing bodies of the country alleging that anti-Muslim laws were made in institutions like the Parliament and legislative assemblies.Before making the statement, he spoke of the various murders across in the country in the name of religion and culture, and referred specifically to the killing of Akhlaq in Dadri near Noida and Junaid, who was lynched on the Delhi-Mathura local train. Both victims were killed on rumours of eating beef.TOI
WORLD
Israel seizes large parts of Islamic cemetery near Aqsa
Israel (IOA) in Occupied Jerusalem on Monday took hold of a vast tract of the historic Islamic cemetery of Yusufiya, which is adjacent to the eastern wall of the Aqsa Mosque, and deployed barbed wire around it.Local sources reported seeing bulldozers and other heavy vehicles inside the cemetery as a prelude to carrying out diggings. IOA has prevented the native population of Jerusalem, especially those living in the nearby neighborhood of Silwan, from burying their dead in some areas of the cemetery, which were annexed at the pretext of building an urban park.Yusufiya cemetery is one of the oldest Islamic graveyards in Jerusalem, and several companions of Prophet and prominent religious figures were buried there.PIC
Dozens of Israeli fanatics break into al-Aqsa Mosque
O.Jerusalem(PIC)Hordes of Israeli settlers on Tuesday broke into holy al-Aqsa Mosque—Muslims’ third holiest site.At least 52 Israeli settlers stormed al-Aqsa Mosque in small groups, a Muslim guard told PIC.Israeli rabbis and guides delivered oral presentations on the counterfeit history of the alleged temple mount. Over 20 Israeli students were in attendance.
200 Jewish settlers from North America land in Tel Aviv
O.Jerusalem, (PIC):200 Jewish settlers arrived at Lod Airport, in Tel Aviv, onboard a private flight from North America. According to the Hebrew-speaking Wala news site, migrants came from the US and Canada following with Jewish Agency for Israel, Jewish National Fund, and Ministry of Immigration.
Abbas ready to sign ‘historic peace deal with Israel’
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said that he is ready for “an historic peace deal with Israel based on the two-state solution”.“We are waiting for Israel to respond to the initiative of the US President, Donald Trump, for an historic peace deal based on a two-state solution,” Abbas said during the 29th African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.Trump’s early interest in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict reflected that he was a “beacon of hope” for peace, Abbas explained. He stressed that a just solution to the Palestinian cause will be the key to peace, security and prosperity in the region and the world and to global security and peace. Middleeastmonitor
UNESCO to vote on adding Ibrahimi Mosque to World Heritage list on Friday: middleeastmonitor
UNESCO is set to vote on adding Hebron’s Old City to the list of World Heritage sites during its meeting in Poland on Friday, Palestinian Authority (PA) sources told Quds Press.Director of the project to add the Old City, including the Ibrahimi Mosque to the UNESCO list, Alaa Shaheen, said the PA had met all the demands of the 21-member World Heritage Committee.
Israeli drone crashes in Hamas-run Gaza Strip: Army
An Israeli drone has crashed inside the Hamas-run Gaza Strip for unknown reasons, Israeli Hebrew-language daily Yedioth Ahronoth reported Tuesday.According to a report on the paper’s website, Israeli army is now investigating the incident, which reportedly occurred on Monday evening. Anadolu
Omani FM meets Kuwaiti emir amid ongoing Gulf crisis
Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah on Tuesday held talks with Omani Foreign Minister Yousuf bin Alawi in Kuwait City.The meeting was also attended by Kuwaiti Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid al-Hamad al-Sabah, according to Kuwait’s official KUNA news agency. It gave no further details about what was discussed at the meet. Anadolu
Kuwaiti sources reveal Qatar’s response to demands by embargo countries
“Qatar is ready to reduce its diplomatic and economic relations with Iran if all the Gulf countries commit to doing so,” reported Enferaad News Agency. “Qatar confirmed in its response that there is no member of the [Iranian] Revolutionary Guards on its territory, noting that this demand was aimed at distorting Doha’s image.”Agency pointed out that Qatar affirmed in its response that Turkey is a Muslim country and that nothing in the Charter of the Gulf Cooperation Council prohibits the establishment of military bases on the territory of its member states. The embargo states have called for the Turkish base established in Qatar last year to be closed. middleeastmonitor
Canada to apologise, pay ex Gitmo prisoner Omar $8m
The Canadian Govt  is going to apologise and give millions to a former Guantanamo Bay prisoner who pleaded guilty to killing a US soldier in Afghanistan when he was 15, with Canada's Supreme Court later ruling that officials had interrogated him under “oppressive circumstances”. An official familiar with the deal said Tuesday that Omar Khadr will receive 10.5 million Canadian dollars (US $8m). AP
US terror attacks 'given 6 times more news coverage if attacker is Muslim':The Independent
London:Terror attacks carried out by Muslims receive more than 5 times as much media coverage as those carried out by non-Muslims in US, according to an academic study. Analysis of newspaper coverage of all terrorist incidents on American soil between 2011 and 2015 found there was a 449%  increase in media attention when the perpetrator was Muslim. Muslims committed just 12.4 %  of attacks during the period studied but received 41.4%  of news coverage, survey found. The authors, who counted up the total number of articles dedicated to each incident, said the findings suggest the media is making people disproportionately fearful of Muslim terrorists.
FLASH: NEWS & VIEWS
Why no one protests against Modi’s Israel visit:Pramit Pal Chaudhuri, HT
Why we should speak up for Al Jazeera:Karan Thapar
Inside the Muslim mind: Deepening sense of otherness among the minority community:Saurabh Banerjee
There is little cogent or visionary opposition to decimation of India’s secular and tolerant tradition: Amartya Sen
Lynching of Muslims in India evokes deafening silence:Aijaz Zaka Syed, Saudi Gazette
Don’t write off Lalu Yadav yet:Manoj Kumar Jha
As Modi Visits Israel, a Look at the Country’s Tumultuous Creation:Kabir Upmanyu
NDA does statistical jugglery rather than working for the uplift of SCs, STs: K. Raju
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