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Modi makes impromptu visit to tomb of Zionism’s founder Theodor Herzl
Jerusalem:PM Narendra Modi on Tuesday made an impromptu visit to the grave of Theodor Herzl,who is considered as the founding father of Zionism, at the suggestion of his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu.Modi, who visited the Yad Vashem Museum and honoured the victims of the Holocaust, was suggested by Netanyahu, apparently spontaneously, that they visit the grave of Herzl born Benjamin Ze’ev Herzl — which lies adjacent to the memorial. Modi agreed on the suggestion and the two leaders visited the marble tomb at  Herzl.Modi placed a small rock on the marble tomb as Netanyahu watched with a smile.“PM Netanyahu and @PMOIndia Modi visited Mt. Herzl in Jerusalem, and paid their respects to the founder of modern Zionism, Theodor Herzl,” the official Twitter account of the Office of the PM  of Israel tweeted.It also posted a brief video that showed Modi placing his hand on the tomb.“Before departing the Yad Vashem complex the leaders visited the Grave of Theodor Herzl — Chozeh HaMedinah (lit. “Visionary of the State“), ”Ministry of External Affairs spokesman Gopal Baglay tweeted.Herzl was an Austro-Hungarian journalist, playwright, political activist, and writer who is considered the founding father of Zionism — a movement to establish a Jewish homeland.The Hindu
New Israeli flower named after PM Modi
Tel Aviv:A new fast-growing Israeli flower was today named after PM Narendra Modi, in a special gesture to mark the first visit of an Indian PM to the Jewish nation. Israeli Crysanthumun flower will now be called “Modi”, officials said.“New fast-growing Israeli Crysanthumun flower named in honor of PM Narendra Modi and will be called “MODI”. Indeed, a #GrowingPartnership!,” Israel’s official twitter handle said.PTI
Ahmadiyya head in Israel thanks PM Modi for support to community
The head of the Ahmadiyya Community in Israel thanked visiting Indian PM Narendra Modi for the support offered to the country back home.As Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu introduced the Indian leader to the religious heads in the country, the head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community said,"We want to thank you for helping our community in India. Thank you very much."ANI
We waited 70 years, Netanyahu tells Modi
INDIA-china STAND OFF
From submarines to warships: How Chinese navy is expanding its footprint in Indian Ocean
New Delhi:Anti-piracy patrols and freedom of navigation are the reasons cited by China for its increased presence in the Indian Ocean, forcing New Delhi to tighten surveillance of the strategic waters, Govt  sources have said.The deployment of Chinese naval units in the Indian Ocean is being closely monitored by the Indian Navy amid Beijing’s increased forays into the region.“Chinese activity in the Indian Ocean has touched a new high in recent months. We are using our surveillance assets quite extensively to monitor their movement,” a navy source said today. Indian Navy has sighted more than a dozen Chinese warships, including submarines, destroyers and intelligence-gathering vessels, in the Indian Ocean during the last 2 months.HT
Chinese media at it again, says India will suffer worse losses than 1962
New Delhi:Accusing India of behaving “shamelessly before the international community”, the Chinese media has warned that India will suffer “greater losses than in 1962 if it incites military conflicts”. “If New Delhi believes that its military might can be used as leverage in the Donglang area, and it's ready for a 2-and-a-half front war, we have to tell India that the Chinese look down on their military power. Jaitley is right that the India of 2017 is different from that of 1962 - India will suffer greater losses than in 1962 if it incites military conflicts,” an editorial in China’s state-run Global Times said, referring to recent statements by Defence Minister Arun Jaitley and Army chief General Bipin Rawat.News18.com
OTHERS
BJP, RSS jointly start cooperative society to sell beef in Kerala: Malayalam daily
In a major embarrassment to the BJP, which has been showcasing its cow protection agenda in several parts of the country, its unit in Thrissur district of Kerala, in association with the RSS, has started a cooperative society to sell beef among other varieties of meat.The society, according to a report published by Malayalam daily Deshabhimani on Tuesday, has been framed under the stewardship of BJP district head A Nagesh and secretary TS Ullas Babu.“Cattle Meat Manufacturing Cooperative Society has A Nagesh as the chief promoter, besides several other prominent local BJP and RSS leaders as members of the executive body which shall monitor its daily functioning,” the report stated.Ironically, Narendra Modi had whipped up cow-slaughter hysteria by denouncing what he called “pink revolution” in his speeches during 2014 parliamentary elections campaign.Even though India continues to be one of the biggest exporters of beef, despite BJP coming into power, vigilantism in the name of cow protection has triggered a cycle of mob lynchings of Dalits and Muslims in several BJP-ruled states.BJP, however, has always maintained double standards when it comes to states where beef is widely consumed, especially in Christian-majority northeastern states. Incidentally, states like West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and to some extent Karnataka, have already registered their protest against ‘beef ban.’ Opening of cooperative societies for selling beef in Kerala is seen as a crafty move to gain political ground in beef-consuming states.Meanwhile, the society, the Deshabhimani report said, has already set up an office near Thiruvampady temple in the city centre to procure, process and sell meat, that includes beef, and fish.As per the bylaws stipulated by the cooperative society, it will rear cattle for meat, regulate its sale according to wholesale and retail schemes and establish a supermarket to sell different types of meat products, the report read, adding that society was also planning to start a cold storage facility to store meat. “Society was also aiming to start a chain of restaurants in the district, besides setting up a mobile store for selling meat and poultry products,” the report further stated, adding, “society aims at doubling their sales during festival season.”NationalHeraldIndia
 BJP starts a co-operative society to sell beef in Kerala, when their colleagues running amok after beef eaters: SouthLive
Governor threatened me, says Mamata after W.Bengal's North 24 Parganas erupt over FB post
Kolkata: Communal clashes broke out in West Bengal's North 24 Parganas district on Tuesday night following an "objectionable" Facebook post, prompting the Govt  to rush in 400BSF troopers to assist the local administration in controlling the situation.Though there was no official confirmation about any casualties during the clashes, the incident triggered an unprecedented spat between CM Mamata Banerjee and Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi, whom she accused of acting like "a BJP block president" and "threatening" her.Raj Bhawan voiced surprise over Mamata's "attitude and language", and said, " Hon'ble Governor cannot remain a mute spectator of the affairs in the state." Tripathi, ex-BJP veteran and ex-speaker of UP Assembly, was appointed West Bengal governor after Modi govt.The violence between two communities at Baduria under Basirhat sub-division in the district started on Monday night over the post following which a young man was arrested, the police said on Tuesday. A violent mob put up road blockades at several places and attacked members of other community, besides destroying many shops, they said. Several incidents of communal clashes have been reported in the state during recent times. Mamata, while strongly reacting to her conversation with Tripathi over the incident, said she felt so offended that "I once even thought of leaving (quitting as CM)". A Raj Bhavan statement quoted Tripathi as having said nothing happened during the talks over which Mamata should feel "insulted, threatened or humiliated"."Talks between the Hon'ble CM and the Hon'ble governor were confidential in nature and none is expected to disclose it," a statement issued by Raj Bhavan in Kolkata said.It said that the governor asked the CM  to ensure peace and law and order by all means. Condemning the riots, Mamata said, "This is a serious issue, let me handle it seriously." She said after the arrest of one person, there should not have been any further trouble. "We were awake last night (to control it)."Mamata said, "The ruling party at the Centre has an agenda. They have formed a 'Gau Raksha group' to kill people. A 'hate group' was formed to foment riots. Riots are taking place in the name of Hindu Samhati."PTI
BSF deployed to contain Bengal clashes; Jamaat-e-Islami appeals for peace
Kolkata: A senior BSF officer said 4 companies of the force’s South Bengal Frontier have been deployed in Bashirhat, Swarupnagar, Baduria and Devganga areas to assist the State police in containing the situation. No one was “killed or severely hurt”, the police sources said. The problem began on Sunday night following the social media post on Islam and Prophet Mohammad by a young man, Souvik Sarkar, from Rudrapur village in North 24 Parganas district. Mr Sarkar has since been arrested. West Bengal chapter of Jamaat-e-Islami has appealed for peace in the district. The organisation’s Bengal head Md. Nuruddin requested the State Govt  to “monitor” social media and said the post against the religious sentiment of the community was an attempt to “spread hatred and anger” in the State.thehindu
‘I can lynch you here’: J&K minister Ansari tells NC MLA in Assembly
Srinagar:“I can lynch you here,” J&K minister Imran Ansari told National Conference leader Devender Rana in the Legislative Assembly during a discussion on implementation of the GST. The remark came during a heated argument between the minister and the opposition MLA. J&K is the only state which is yet to implement the GST, which came into force in rest of the country on July 1.Rana, while taking part in the discussion on the GST regime, said members of House should rise above “political considerations” and agree upon what is good for the state and its people. He opposed the GST in its current form, saying it would render the special status of the state as a “hollow husk”. The minister interrupted and accused Rana of “double standards”.He claimed that while Rana was opposing the GST in the Assembly, while he has already migrated his businesses to the new taxation regime.PTI
Maharashtra BJP leader arrested on rape charges; video of him kissing woman on bus goes viral
Mumbai: A BJP leader in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli was arrested on Tuesday after a 20-year-old woman filed a case of rape against him and alleged he promised to marry her and also get her a job, police said. According to reports, the woman lodged the complaint after a video clip of the Ravindra Bawanthade, a school teacher and BJP’s Gadchiroli general secretary, kissing her in a moving luxury bus went viral across the state on Tuesday.Bawanthade was also the party in-charge of Armori assembly constituency in the district during 2014 state polls.Reports said the incident happened when Bawanthade was returning from Nagpur to Gadchiroli in the bus along with the woman a few days ago.HT
Big ripples in little Pondy as BJP gains backdoor entry into Assembly: New Indian Express
Puducherry:BJP Puducherry unit head V Saminathan, who managed get only an abysmal 1,509 votes to the winning candidate’s 12,144 votes in the last Assembly election, is set to become an MLA after the Union Home Ministry appointed 3 BJP men as nominated members to the territorial assembly, bypassing the elected Congress Govt led by CM V Narayanasamy. Along with Swaminathan, the panel of names that Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi forwarded to the Centre includes party treasurer KG Shankar and a sympathiser, S Selvaganapathy.“Central Govt  may nominate not more than 3 persons, not being persons in the service of govt, to be members of the Legislative Assembly of Union Territory,” says Sub Section (3) of Section 3 of the Union Territory Act, 1963.
Saudi-based NRI joins hands with Super 30 to help talented minority students
Patna: A Saudi Arabia-based NRI has joined hands with Super 30, a free coaching centre which helps children from poor families reach the prestigious IIT engineering institutes, to help talented youth from the minority community prepare for IIT and other technical education courses.Obaidur Rahman, a businessman who is also chairman of the Bihar foundation in Saudi Arabia, has formed an organization called Rahman 30, which will select 30 talented students from the minority community through screening tests. These students will be provided free coaching by Super 30 founder director Anand Kumar. “main objective is to give the students Employable education through rigorous training. This is what is lacking for the minorities. They don’t get quality technical and job-oriented education, as they find it hard to reach that level due to their poor financial condition,” said Obaid.IANS
In Goa, 3 places of worship vandalised; Manohar Parrikar says ‘bid to create tension’
Panaji:With 3 places of worship vandalised within a period of 24 hours in south Goa, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday described the act as “a specific attempt to try and create some sort of tension in the state”. On Saturday, two crosses in St Jose de Areal and Gudi Paroda in south Goa were desecrated. While in one spot the platform on which the cross was placed was damaged, in the other spot there was an attempt to vandalise the cross. On Sunday evening, a Hindu structure called ‘Ghumti’, a small temple-like worship space, at Curchorem was attacked.Police officials said that vigilance had been intensified, with instructions for patrolling extended to other villages in south Goa. After reviewing the situation and chairing a meeting with the top police brass, Parrikar said at a hurriedly held press meet, “Whoever is doing this is doing it deliberately, with proper planning. I have no doubts about it.”The police have not described the episodes as “communal” or “political” at this stage. Parrikar said, “My suspicion is this is purposefully trying to create an issue in an otherwise calm situation. This is my reading. Not the police’s.” indianexpress
Jaisalmer :Tension over burying body on disputed land
Jaisalmer: Tension gripped Pushkarna Bera Road in Jaisalmer when members of two communities came face to face over the burial of a body at a disputed plot on Saturday. The situation became tense as people of both communities along with members of VHP and Bajrang Dal too reached the spot. To tackle the situation, additional district collector KL Swami, DSP Narendra Dubey, municipal commissioner Jhabar Singh and other officers rushed to the spot.After persuading members of both communities, the body was buried in the disputed land.While condemning the incident, Jaisalmer MLA Chotu Singh Bhati said, the Supreme Court has given a stay order on this land. Despite that, members of a community tried to bury a body which is a serious issue. I am discussing the issue with officials concerned so that such things do not occur in future," he said.The body was buried in the presence of police and administrative officers. At khasra number 507, there are no pillars to mark the boundary, therefore, it could not be decided whether the land is graveyard land or the land stayed by the Supreme Court.On Pushkarna Bera Road, 49 bigha of land in khasra number 507 is subject of dispute between Bhatia community and Waqf Board for a long time. Case is under consideration at the apex court.TOI
5 cow vigilantes held for assaulting cattle transporters in Assam
Guwahati:Police have arrested five members of a radical Hindu group for allegedly assaulting the drivers of three cattle-laden vehicles despite possessing valid papers in Sonapur near Guwahati on Sunday.The self-styled cow vigilantes, belonging to the Hindu Yuva Chhatra Parishad (HYCP), were arrested from villages located near Sonapur on Monday night. Police had initially denied the incident, stating that “nobody filed a complaint” in this regard.Though the vehicles possessed the documents required for carrying cattle, police found other irregularities in the circumstances surrounding their transportation. The truck and two tempos have been handed over to the transport department for ascertaining if they were overloaded.HT
CPI-M, Pehlu, Akhlaq’s family meet Rajnath over lynchings
New Delhi: A CPI-M delegation along with the sons of Akhlaq and Pehlu Khan, both victims of lynch mobs, and other affected families met Home Minister Rajnath Singh here on Tuesday. A memorandum was submitted before the Home Minister, asking for justice and prevention of such cases, the CPI-M said.The delegation raised the issues of Junaid’s lynching on June 22, gang-rape of two girls of a poor Muslim farmer in Dingarheri, Haryana, in August last year, the killings of Pehlu Khan in April this year and Mohammed Akhalq in Sept.2015, and the beating up of truck driver Rizwan carrying buffaloes by a mob in Delhi on April 24 this year.The Home Minister assured the delegation of action on the issues raised but pointed out that law and order was largely a state subject.The delegation requested the Home Minister to direct officials to collect information about the cases of cow related violence from the states as there is a “pattern in this violence”.IANS
Muslim Man 'Scared For His Life' Wore A Burqa On A Train In UP To Escape Lynching
Just days after 15-year-old Junaid Khan was lynched on a Mathura-bound train, leading to street protests against mob violence across India, it seems fear still stalked the Muslim community. On Sunday, a 42-year-old man was caught at the Aligarh railway station wearing a burqa, reported Times of India. When questioned by the police, the man — an assistant engineer in Aligarh's Kasimpur power station — told them that he wanted to conceal his identity. He was scared of being lynched for being a Muslim.Najmul Hassan told the cops that he was threatened a week back by a fellow traveller when he was going to Delhi to meet his ailing cousin. "I had read about Junaid's killing in a train in Ballabhgarh a few days ago. I was scared for my life after the threat, but couldn't avoid travelling. So I thought of wearing a burqa," he said.The investigating officer told ToI that they found nothing suspicious in Hassan's statement. All the investigating agencies verified Hasan's statement and said that he had worn the burqa out of fear.huffingtonpost
Bengaluru hotel denies room to couple, says Hindu-Muslim can't marry: India Today
A hotel in Bengaluru turned away a Hindu-Muslim couple and refused to give them a room as the husband was a Muslim and his wife a Hindu.Shafeeq Subaida Hakkim and Divya DV, a couple from Kerala, were in Bengaluru for some official work. They needed an accommodation to stay but refused a room at Olive Residency on Annipuram Main Road in Sudhama Nagar. The receptionist at the hotel said that a Hindu and Muslim cannot live together.The receptionist went on to make his point saying that he has instructions not to give rooms to Hindu-Muslim couples as there may be problems. Shafeeq said that they were shocked by the behaviour as they have never faced such a situation before."I wanted the room for just 2 hours since my wife Divya had come here for an interview with a prestigious law college. Divya is an LLM graduate and was looking to do her PhD here," Shafeeq said.He said the hotel explicitly told them it's their policy not to allow inter-religion married couples. When Divya asked him to show the hotel policy in print, the management flatly refused. Shafeeq and his wife then got into another hotel and she managed to attend her interview. He now plans to file a complaint with the Kerala Human Rights Commission.
In second acquittal of Bhagalpur riots accused, Patna High Court questions police effort
Patna:As Kameshwar Prasad Yadav, 58, the best known face connected to the 1989 Bhagalpur communal riots cases, stepped out of Bhagalpur Camp jail Monday, he shook hands with constables at the gates while his supporters chanted zindabad. Wearing a light grey sherwani, garlands around his neck, Yadav waved to his supporters and talked of going back to “social service” and possibly joining politics, with the BJP as first preference.Patna High Court acquitted Yadav last week of the murder of a Muslim teen, questioning the police’s commitment in their investigation. Yadav had been acquitted by a Bhagalpur trial court earlier, too, the cases against him closed in 1991, before the Bihar govt reopened 27 riots cases in 2006. Yadav was lodged in jail since 2007, and convicted in 2009 in the case in which the high court acquitted him last week. About 30 people have been convicted and over 40 acquitted in Bhagalpur riots cases so far.“My acquittal is a boon from God. I always had faith in the judiciary,” a smiling Yadav told journalists, adding he had missed his family and society. “Now that I am back, I will devote my time to the service of people and will join politics if I feel I should.”Yadav had contested the 1990 assembly election from Nathnagar as an independent, losing to the RJD. Asked which party he would prefer now, he said, “Maybe BJP.” Yadav, incidentally, had been felicitated at a govt function in Hajipur for “working for communal harmony” during the RJD-Congress govt. BJP had then targeted the RJD for “trying to woo” Yadav into politics. Later, however, Yadav fell out of favour with the RJD.Yadav faced three riots cases, and was first sentenced to life in 2007 for the murder of a Muslim shopkeeper, Munna. With the latest ruling on the murder of Mohammed Qayumuddin, 15, Yadav has now been acquitted in all 3 cases. Indianexpress
Anti-terror search operation end at Hyderabad apartment
 An over 5-hour long search operation by commandos of the Telangana police' anti-terror squad for seven armed suspects at a residential complex in Hyderabad ended early on Wednesday, police said.Over 300 policemen including commandos of Organisation for Counter-terror Operations (Octopus) participated in the night-long operation at My Homes Housing Palace at Rajendernagar. Armed personnel searched over 700 flats in all nine blocks of the apartment.The apartment was cordoned off by the police on Tuesday night after a watchman noticed unidentified men breaking the number plate of a Cherolet Tavera car. They escaped after he raised an alarm.The same vehicle was used by a gang which tried to rob Muthoot Finance branch in the same area on Tuesday morning, the police said.IANS
AFSPA to be ‘partially’ lifted from Assam, Arunachal Pradesh?
New Delhi: AFSPA has always been a contentious issue in Jammu and Kashmir and in several states of northeast India. Amid a lot of protest against the draconian AFSPA, the Union home ministry has decided to "partially withdraw" the AFSPA from BJP ruled Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. AFSPA has been in place in almost entire northeast India and J&K The decision has been arrived at following an improvement in the "security situation" in these two northeastern states, a government official was quoted as saying by PTI. The officials said according to a home ministry assessment, security situation was "better" in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh than never before and the imposition of AFSPA could be further reduced. They said views of the state govts had been sought on the partial withdrawal. oneindia.com
UP govt to set up war room in parts of Noida to check communal propaganda on social media
Noida:To curb hateful messages that may incite communal violence in UP, Gautam Buddha Nagar administration may set up a ‘war room’ to monitor such posts on social media, officials told the Indian Express. The platform will also promote government schemes apart from stopping online trolling and hate speech. B N Singh, DM, Gautam Buddha Nagar said that any messages or information that can disturb law and order situation in the state will be tracked online. He gave a special emphasis to the IT sector and the electronic mode used today. He said a smart administration is needed to tackle the exchange of information in real time. The district administration made a similar move in January before the state’s Assembly elections, according to IE report. Administration started tracking Whatsapp messages and social media cooperating with the police and telecom operators until the polls. In case of any messages containing communal tones, the officials decided to take legal action.Indian Express
WORLD
Saudi has 'clear link' to UK extremism, claims report: BBC
Saudi Arabia is the chief foreign promoter of Islamist extremism in the UK, a new report has claimed. Henry Jackson Society said there was a "clear and growing link" between Islamist organisations in receipt of overseas funds, hate preachers and Jihadist groups promoting violence. The foreign affairs think tank called for a public inquiry into the role of Saudi Arabia and other Gulf nations. UK's Saudi embassy says the claims are "categorically false".Meanwhile, ministers are under pressure to publish their own report on UK-based Islamist groups.Home Office report into the existence and influence of Jihadist organisations, commissioned by ex-PM  David Cameron in 2015, has reportedly yet to be completed amid questions as to whether it will ever be published.Critics have suggested it could make uncomfortable reading for the Govt , which has close and longstanding diplomatic, security and economic links with the Gulf, particularly Saudi Arabia.BBC correspondent Frank Gardner said he understood the report was "largely finished and sitting on Theresa May's desk", but there was probably a reluctance to publish it because of "embarrassing" content. Wednesday's report by the right-of-centre think tank says a number of Gulf nations, as well as Iran, are providing financial support to mosques and Islamic educational institutions which have played host to extremist preachers and been linked to the spread of extremist material.It alleges individuals and foundations have been heavily involved in exporting what it calls "an illiberal, bigoted Wahhabi ideology", quoting a number of examples. In a minority of cases, the report alleges institutions in the UK that receive Saudi funding are run directly from Saudi Arabia, although in most instances the money appears to "simply buy foreign donors' influence".In a statement, the Saudi embassy in London said any accusations that the kingdom had radicalised "a small number of individuals are baseless and lack credible evidence".Home Office said it was determined to cut off the funding of extremism but it declined to comment on the think tank's report.BBC's Frank Gardner said the report's release comes at a sensitive time with Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt all accusing Qatar of supporting extremism - a charge the report says is hypocritical. Endorsing the report, Labour MP Dan Jarvis said it shed light on "very worrying" links between Saudi Arabia and the funding of extremism and he called for the govt to release its report on foreign funding.BBC
FLASH: NEWS & VIEWS
Modi in Israel: I am aghast as an Indian, ashamed as a secular Jew: This is continuation of communal marginalisation of minorities: Kamal Mitra Chenoy
Modi’s visit to Israel is an extension of his anti-Muslim politics:Ashok Swain
More Americans Learn About Israel, the Less They Like It, Study Suggests:JTA
Jab Muslamanon Ko Darna Sikhaya Hi Nahi Gaya, Toh Tum Unhe Daraoge Kaise: Anjali Sharma
I'm a scientist. I returned from US to find why India can't become a superpower:Dr Bhagwan D Aggarwal
EC’s biggest challenge is parties’ use of tainted money in polls, says Nasim Zaidi, Interview
Why are Muslims in India more anxious than ever before, writes Vir Sanghvi | HT
The Saudi connection:It is pointing fingers at Qatar, but on terror linkages, Saudi Arabia has a record of double-speak:Christophe Jaffrelot
My journey to Israel:V P Malik
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