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Saturday, 8 July 2017

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INDIA
Week after Modi’s warning, mob attacks 6 men transporting buffaloes in Delhi
New Delhi: 6 men transporting buffaloes were allegedly assaulted by a mob in south west Delhi, police said on Saturday, the latest incident of cattle vigilantism by radical groups linked to Hindu right-wing. The incident was reported from Baba Haridas Nagar on Friday night, police added. Police did not give details but sources said the mob claimed the animals were cows taken for slaughter. They allegedly let loose the livestock transported in 6 to 7 pick-up vans.Once of the injured, identified as Ali Jaan, 40, is said to have received serious injuries. The mob also pelted stones at the pick-up vans. The other victims received injuries on their faces and hands, the sources added. The identity of the assaulters could not be confirmed. Sources said they are residents of nearby Jharoda Kalan. Police have registered an FIR at the Baba Haridas Nagar police station.The incident came days after a minor Muslim boy returning from Eid shopping in Delhi was killed a group of men aboard a train. The attackers allegedly accused the minor of being a beef-eater. HT
6 people beaten by mob for allegedly carrying buffalo calves in Delhi: Reports
Man who allegedly stabbed Junaid held from Maharashtra
New Delhi:The man who allegedly stabbed 16-year-old Junaid Khan on a train in Haryana last month has been arrested. Faridabad Police says the accused, whose identity they are keeping a secret for legal reasons, has confessed to stabbing the teenager. Suspect, who was arrested from Maharashtra's Dhule district, will be presented in court tomorrow. The arrest comes just days after the police in Haryana admitted they had wrongly identified the person they suspected was the main accused in the case.Police on Monday had also offered Rs. 2 lakh for any information that could lead to the killer. NDTV
Alwar lynching: Pehlu Khan murder probe handed over to CID crime branch
Jaipur: 3 months after Pehlu Khan, dairy farmer from Haryana, was lynched allegedly by a mob of gaurakshaks in Rajasthan’s Alwar district, state police has handed over the probe into the case to the CB-CID.This is the fourth time that the investigating officer has been changed in a case that shook the nation and even found resonance in Parliament. 6 accused named in the case by the victim are yet to be arrested.“Yes, the case has been handed over to CID-CB and it will be investigating the matter now,” ADG police(crime) Pankaj Kumar Singh said.“The pace of the investigation is very disappointing. Despite strong evidence, the accused are likely to get bail within 3 months.If that happens, all our family members will commit suicide,” Pehlu Khan’s uncle Hussain Khan said at an event held by Bhumi Adhikar Andolan.HT
Ramgarh lynching: Gau rakshak followed Ansari for 15 km, was in touch with key accused
Ranchi: 8 days after a meat trader was lynched in Jharkhand’s Ramgarh district, police announced the arrest of a man who followed the victim on the day of the killing, kept the key accused informed about his movement and joined in the assault that led to the death of Alimuddin Ansari.Police said that Raj Kumar, suspected to be a “newly recruited” member of the local gau raksha samiti, followed Ansari from the time he left a market 15 km from Ramgarh town on June 29. Kumar was detained on Wednesday and sent to judicial custody, said police. Police also said that lab tests on samples of meat recovered from Ansari’s Maruti van after the assault have confirmed that it was beef. They said the group that attacked Ansari had earlier complained that he had “ferried prohibited meat many times”.11 people have so far been arrested in the case, including the BJP’s district media in-charge and the main accused, Deepak Mishra and Chhotu Verma, both linked to the local gau raksha samiti.According to police, Kumar is a resident of Chitarpur under the Rajrappa police station area in Ramgarh. “Main accused gave him the number of Ansari’s van and asked him to follow the vehicle. Call records reveal that Mishra and Verma were in touch with Kumar all along,” said Ramgarh SP Kishore Kaushal. indian express
Gau rakshaks followed Jharkhand trader for hours before lynching him | A blow by blow account by police
Vehicle in Amit Shah’s convoy hits cow in Odisha, BJD takes a dig at BJP chief
New Delhi:At a time when the incidents of lynchings in the name of ‘gau raksha’ are being reported from across the country, a vehicle in BJP president Amit Shah’s motorcade hit a cow during his Odisha tour on Thursday, leaving the animal wounded and prompting a sarcastic comment from senior BJD leader Tathagat Satpathy. “Amit Shah’s carcade hits a cow at Barchana. Animal badly hurt. Holy Cow!” BJD MP Satpathy tweeted, taking a dig at BJP chief. indian express
At least 25 cows die at govt shelter in Kurukshetra due to rain, lack of fodder
Actor Swara Bhaskar starts online petition for law against mob lynching, MASUKA
Mumbai:Actor Swara Bhasker has launched an online campaign against mob lynching on Change.org, demanding a ban on cow vigilante groups.The actress made an appeal to lawmakers for the enactment of a Manav Suraksha Kanoon (MASUKA) to stop such crimes. In her petition, Swara stated, “I am an actress in Indian Film Industry. But as a conscientious citizen of India, cannot allow these lynchings to take place... I, along with thousands of young Indians, stood up against this public menace in protests that were recently held across 20 cities of the world.”“We, together, said #NotInMyName, to such violence. Next day,PM Modi issued a statement condemning the killings in the name of gau raksha (cow protection). But even after vigilante violence has continued,” she added. HT
Mayawati lashes out at BJP, alleges govt trying to hide their failures by resorting to ‘gau raksha’
Lucknow;BSP chief Mayawati today attacked the BJP led Govt s at the Centre and in UP  alleging that they were trying to hide their failures by resorting to ‘gau raksha’ (cow protection). She also claimed that the GST was ushered in without full preparation and alleged that the BJP and RSS were “misleading” people on various issues.PTI
Crisis in Bihar’s ruling alliance: Cong backs Lalu, Nitish mum on deputy Tejashwi’s fate
Patna: Even as the ruling JDU continued to maintain a studied silence on CBI raids on RJD chief Lalu Prasad and his family members, on Friday, the other partner of the ruling Grand Alliance in Bihar, the Congress, extended its fulsome support to RJD chief and family “in its hour of crisis.”While CM  Nitish Kumar, who is recuperating at Rajgir, extended his stay at the resort town and was likely to return by Sunday evening, or Monday morning, Congress leaders flocked to RJD president’s residence, soon after opposition presidential candidate Meira Kumar left Patna for Ranchi.“We are with him in this hour of crisis,” said Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee president and Bihar HRD minister Ashok Choudhary. “BJP Govt  is targeting all those who oppose it. Everybody knows the credentials of (BJP chief) Amit Shah and PM Modi,” he added.Earlier, state Congress headquarters, Choudhary backed Prasad’s defence that his son and deputy CM  Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, who was among those against whom the CBI had filed an FIR, was a minor when a railways hotels deal under probe happened.HT
CBI raids Lalu’s homes in land-for-hotels scam; RJD chief accuses Modi, Shah of targeting him
Patna/ New Delhi:CBI searched the homes and properties of Lalu Prasad and his family on Friday as part of investigations into alleged irregularities in leasing out railway hotels when the JDU chief was the rail minister. The raids were carried out at 12 locations in five cities a day after the CBI filed cases against Prasad, his wife Rabri Devi and son and deputy Bihar CM  Tejashwi, among others.The searches are likely to put more pressure on the ruling coalition in Bihar already under strain over differences between CM  Nitish Kumar’s JDU and RJD over the choice of presidential candidate.Prasad cried conspiracy, saying he was being targeted from bringing the opposition together against the Modi Govt .“No one is aware what the CBI raids are for,” he told media. “Hum mitti mein mil jayenge lekin BJP aur Modi sarkar ko hata ke dum lenge (I will rest only after removing the BJP and Modi Govt .” HT
Will prefer to hang rather than succumb to BJP pressure, says weary Lalu after CBI raids
ED officials pick up Misa Bharti's husband for questioning
7 killed in Kashmir in cross-border shelling: Reuters
 7 people were killed on Saturday in the disputed Kashmir region in cross-border shelling by both Pakistan and India, officials on both sides of the frontier said. The violence occurred as protesters clashed with police in Indian-controlled Kashmir as they marked the first anniversary of the death of Burhan Wani, a militant killed by the army after urging the region's mainly Muslim population to rise up against Indian forces.Indian authorities on Friday shut down the internet in Kashmir and sealed off his home town after Wani's supporters said they would stage demonstrations to mark the anniversary. On Saturday a Reuters witness saw protesters wearing face masks throwing stones at police in downtown Srinagar, the summer capital of the region. Police retaliated with teargas and stones thrown using slingshots. 5 people died on Pakistan's side of the disputed border and 10 were wounded in cross-border shelling, local police officials said. Indian army's defence spokesman said two civilians were killed on its side of the frontier and two injured due to shelling by Pakistani troops. The army responded in kind to the Pakistani shelling, he said.
Burhan Wani death anniversary: Curfew imposed in Pulwama, Tral, Shopian; Internet services blocked
New Delhi:Authorities imposed curfew and restrictions on the movement of people in several parts of Valley to thwart any attempt by separatists’ to hold rallies to mark Burhan Wani’s death anniversary on Saturday. Curfew was imposed in 3 towns including Shopian in south Kashmir, Trehgam in North Kashmir’s Kupwara district, and Tral, Wani’s home town, in Pulwama district. The separatists camp including Hurriyat Conference factions led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik-led JKLF, has urged people in Valley to march to Tral to pay tributes to Wani. indianexpress
Nawaz pays tribute to Wani on his death anniversary
Islamabad:Pakistan’s PM  Nawaz Sharif paid tributes to Burhan Wani on Saturday, saying his death “infused a new spirit in the struggle for freedom” in the Valley.Sharif in a message on the first death anniversary of Wani’s killing said that India cannot suppress the voice of the people of Kashmir through use of brute force.“The blood rendered by Burhan Muzaffar Wani has infused a new spirit in the freedom movement. Kashmiri people are steadfast to take their movement to logical conclusion,” he said.PTI
No peace in region until Kashmir issue is resolved: Nawaz
Pak summons India over LoC firing that killed 2
Islamabad:Pakistan summoned India’s deputy high commissioner in Islamabad on Saturday over alleged firing along the LoC that killed 2 persons and injured 3 others.Earlier, Pakistan accused India of violating the ceasefire along the LoC in PoK in which two persons were killed and three others injured, Foreign Office (FO) spokesperson said in a statement. Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh was summoned over the alleged firing by Indian forces in Chirikot and Satwal sectors, the statement said.The firing allegedly resulted in killing two civilians, including a woman. 3 other people were injured.PTI
3 jawans injured in militant attack in Bandipora:HT
3 Indian Army jawans were injured in a militant ambush in north Kashmir’s Bandipora early on Saturday, the first death anniversary of Burhan Wani. Police described it as a “sneak attack on the vehicles of a road opening party” after which the area was cordoned off and a search operation was launched.
Jammu:Kumar held for leaking security info to Pak handler
Jammu:A J&K  youth, who fell into “a honey trap” and allegedly shared secret information pertaining to security and Army to his Pakistani handler, has been arrested, and a spy module “smashed”, police said on Friday.Jammu zone IGP SDS Jamwal said that the youth was identified as Ravinder Kumar, a college dropout from Akhnoor area of Jammu district which shares the international border and LoC with Pakistan. Although the investigations were at a preliminary stage, he claimed “a spy module has been smashed”.Jamval said the Pakistani handler, probably an ISI agent, had used an Indian girl’s name, Simran, to create a social media account and chat with Ravinder. Police, keeping a close surveillance on cyber space, noticed that the chatting between the two was not “healthy”.Another officer associated with the probe said Simran had sought information and pictures about deployment of security forces and army on the pretext that “she would get him recruited in the army in Akhnoor area itself”.HT
JK assembly passes GST bill amid Oppn walkout, will come into effect at midnight:HT
Srinagar: The state assembly passed the J&K  GST bill in both the houses amid a walkout by Opposition parties on Friday. It will come into effect at midnight.Though GST was rolled out across India on July 1, its implementation was deferred in J&K  because people feared it would compromise the special status and fiscal autonomy of the state.Trade bodies as well as civil society entities had formed a coordination committee to oppose the new tax regime being imposed on the state. They claimed implementing GSTcould compromise the fiscal autonomy and special status of the state under Article 370 of the Constitution.The Opposition, for its part, believed extending GST Act to J&K  would take away the state’s authority to draw taxation powers from its own constitution. “Legislature of J&K  shall have the powers to make laws with respect to the GST levied by the state,” Drabu read out from the presidential order in an attempt to dispel their fears.J&K  legislature will also have exclusive powers to make laws regarding the imposition of taxes enabled by Section 5 of the state constitution, he added.
Day after Modi-Jinping bonhomie at G20, China issues 'safety advisory' to citizens travelling to India
China on Saturday issued a "safety advisory" for its citizens traveling to India as well as to its nationals living in India, asking them to pay close attention to personal safety and local security, reports the People’s Daily.The advisory was issued through the Chinese embassy in New Delhi. It asked Chinese travellers to India to pay close attention to the security situation and take necessary precautions.Chinese foreign ministry officials emphasized that it is an "advisory" and not an "alert" that was issued. They didn't clarify the difference, but it's likely an "advisory" is milder than an "alert".The advisory by China comes a day after Chinese President Xi Jinping met Indian PM  Narendra Modi during in informal BRICS meeting in Hamburg , Germany, amidst the lengthy ongoing tension between India and China in Sikkim.Just two days earlier, China had indicated that it was considering options on issuing a travel alert for citizens visiting India.As per the new statement released by the Chinese Embassy, Chinese nationals in India have been asked to pay close attention to personal safety as well as local security situation.There was also a possibility of a slowdown in Chinese investments in India, the state-run Global Times said in a editorial that listed the potential fallout of the border face-off.‘Violent attacks against Chinese personnel and companies may happen in India if the two countries see even small-scale military tension at the border,’ the article said.PM  Narendra Modi met Chinese President Xi Jinping at the BRICS leaders' informal gathering and had a conversation on 'a range of issues.'MEA spokesperson Gopal Baglay took to Twitter and posted a picture of the two leaders exchanging pleasantries at the gathering."At d BRICS leaders' informal gathering @ Hamburg hosted by China, PM @narendramodi and President Xi had a conversation on a range of issues," Baglay tweeted.The much anticipated meeting between PM  Modi and Jinping amid the on-going stand-off between India troops and PLA troops at the Doklam.Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal today asked PM  Narendra Modi to make a statement on why India was "eyeball to eyeball" with China after swinging with President Xi Jinping in Sabarmati.He said the situation on the border with China "was very serious" and the Govt  must spell out its policy on how to defuse the tension.PTI
 China issues safety advisory for its citizens in India
 Many Chinese citizens feel New Delhi ‘provoking’ Beijing
Modi, Netanyahu preside over $4.3 billion business deals
Tel Aviv: Indian and Israeli companies signed strategic pacts worth $4.3 billion (excluding defence) on the sidelines of the first CEOs Forum held in Tel Aviv on Thursday. With PMs Narendra Modi and Benjamin Netanyahu presiding, almost 30 CEOs from both sides promised to power the economic and investment relationship.The business leaders gave a thumbsup to the $40 million innovation fund announced on Wednesday, but urged both Govt s to restart discussions on an FTA (free trade agreement) and investment protection pact to deepen economic ties.They also sought easier registration of businesses in both countries, more connectivity by increasing direct flights, standardisation of requirement to make sure products are of the highest quality and promotion of tourism and cultural exchanges. The aim is to increase bilateral trade from the present $4-5 billion to $20 billion in 5 years.TOI
Politicians concerned about vote bank never visited Israel: Yogi
Lucknow: UP CM Yogi Adityanath has said leaders who were more concerned about vote bank politics never visited Israel, but ever since those who are concerned about India came to power, there was a move to work in the interest and development of the country. He made the remarks during an event here to release a book on PM  Narendra Modi, referring to his Israel visit earlier this week.Modi is the first PM  of India to have visited Israel in 70 years. "There had been a keen interest among politicians in the past to visit the US, but no one wanted to visit Israel as they were more concerned about their vote bank politics.”"But now, those who are really concerned about the country have come to power and so there is a concern for the development of the country," he said.PTI
Gorakhpur riots case: Allahabad HC asks petitioners to file rejoinder to govt affidavit: PTI
Allahabad: On a petition seeking a CBI probe into 2007 Gorakhpur riots, Allahabad High Court asked the petitioners to file his rejoinder to the counter affidavit of the state Govt .A Division Bench, comprising Justice Krishna Murari and Justice K P Singh, passed the order on the petition of Parvez Parwaz and Asad Hayat and fixed July 27 as the next date of hearing in the matter.In the case, UP  CM  Yogi Adityanath, along with the then city Mayor Anju Chaudhary and local BJP MLA Radha Mohan Das Agrawal, had been named as the accused."State Govt , in its counter affidavit filed today, has merely stated that the CB-CID has completed its investigation. Its reply leaves much to be desired and fails to answer a number of questions raised by the court on the previous date of hearing," said the petitioners' counsel SFA Naqvi."We will point out the shortcomings in our rejoinder on the next date," Naqvi added.
Judicial probe in Basirhat riots, BJP MPs detained
 West Bengal CM  Mamata Banerjee has announced judicial inquiry in the Basirhat riots.Addressing journalists at the State Secretariat, she said that strong action will be taken against those responsible for the riots.While she thanked the people for exercising restraint Ms Banerjee said that the inquiry will also look into the role of the “certain TV channels that have spread false videos” relating to the incident. 3 MPs of the  BJP who arrived  in the  city earlier  in the day and were on the way to Basirhat were detained by the West Bengal Police. thehindu
Muslim delegation meets West Bengal governor
Kolkata: A delegation of Milli Ettehad Parishad West Bengal met the Governor of West Bengal, Shri Keshari Nath Tripathi, today at Governor House and submitted a memorandum to him about the deteriorating conditions in the country.Governor Tripathi told the delegation that he has attentively read the memorandum and will forward it immediately to the Centre. Parishad general secretary Abdul Aziz apprised the governor about the lynchings and murders of Muslims and dalits taking place in the country at the hands of gau rakshaks and that no action is being taken to stop these crimes. He added that there is a lot of anger among Muslims and dalits as a result of these crimes which will defame our country in the eyes of the world. The governor said, whatever is taking place in the name of gau raksha is sorrowful and shameful. He stressed that such things should never happen. The delegation told the governor that it appreciates his efforts to control the law and order situation in West Bengal but similar efforts should also be made to control the law and order situation in the country at large. Governor agreed with this suggestion. Later the delegation participated in the protest organised at the Gandhi statue in the city against the atrocities meted out to Muslims and dalits.Milli Gazette
Basirhat’s Muslim leaders tried to pacify the rioting mob, but couldn’t
Kolkata: The nature of violence at Basirhat and Baduria in North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal has left the area’s Muslim leaders shocked and surprised.Despite trying their best to pacify marauding crowds of their own community on Sunday evening, they failed to persuade the mob to retreat.“We feel shocked and ashamed. This incident is a major setback for our community and our fight against the atmosphere of intolerance perpetrated by the RSS. Muslims, who so far got sympathies, now stand accused,” said Mohammad Kamruzzaman, secretary of the West Bengal Minority Youth Federation who lives close to the troubled area.HT
Darjeeling unrest LIVE updates: Govt  ready for talks with hill parties, says Mamata
New Delhi;Army was called in Darjeeling after violence broke out earlier on Saturday, even as West Bengal CM  Mamata Banerjee appealed for peace. Hours ago, a toy train station was torched by a group of people in Sonada after an incident of shooting where the Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF), an outfit demanding the creation of a new state called Gorkhaland in North Bengal, claimed that one of its supporters was shot dead by the police.Spokesperson of GNLF, Neeraj Zinpa said  that Tashi Bhutia (31) went out late on Friday night around 11 pm to buy medicine for his brother. However, when he did not return home after several hours, his family inquired and came to know that he lay in a pool of blood at a road junction in Sonada. Police, however, have not officially made a statement on the matter. Mamata urged the political parties in the Darjeeling hills to return to the path of peace and sit with Govt for talks. “Govt is ready for talks with the hill parties, but peace has to be ushered in. Govt has shown enough restraint in the interest of the people of the hills. Peace has to return to the hills,” she said. “If peace returns in the next 10-15 days, I can call the hill parties for talks. But, let us restore peace first,” she added. Indian Express
Bhopal Ulema board demands action against Guna ADM for embarrassing Islam: freepressjournal
Bhopal: All-India Ulema Board will hand over memorandum to the governor and the CM  against Niyaz Ahmad Khan, ADM in Guna district, for causing ‘embarrassment to Islam by using offensive content’ in his novel ‘Talaq Talaq Talaq’.Committee member Nurulah Yusufjai said the ADM had previously also expressed desire to spend time with Mumbai bomb blast accused Abu Salem.“Now we are demanding the Govt  to ensure stern action against Khan as his actions will also create a negative image of the state Govt . He has taken things out of context, thereby causing embarrassment to our religion, which has hurt our sentiments,” added Nurullah.“He has mocked the rituals of the religion including marriage and other things and has also termed women as objects in our society which a civilised society can’t tolerate,” he added.The novel would not only tarnish the religion but also create rift in society. Hence it should be banned, said another member of the board.
MP: Muslims burn ADM Niyaz Khan's book on triple talaq
Man held in connection with 1993 Mumbai blasts in UP
Lucknow: UP ATS along with Gujarat police today arrested a man accused of smuggling arms and ammunition used in the 1993 serial blasts in Mumbai, officials said. 24 years after the blasts rocked India’s financial capital, Qadeer Ahmed was arrested from UP’s Bijnore district, the police officials said.PTI
Use of Hindi in Bengaluru metro: Pro-Kannada outfits threaten to launch stir against BJP MPs
Bengaluru:Pro-Kannada organisations have threatened to launch protests against  BJP MPs from Bengaluru over Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited’s (BMRCL) use of Hindi along with Kannada and English in trains and stations. This comes after the MPs — Union ministers D V Sadananda Gowda and H N Ananth Kumar and P C Mohan — backed the 3-language policy implemented by BMRCL on directions of the Union Urban Development Ministry. Indian express
WORLD
UN adopts global treaty banning nuclear weapons, N-armed nations including  India, Pakistan skip talks: PTI
UN: Over 120 countries in the UN voted to adopt the first-ever global treaty to ban nuclear weapons, even as India and eight other nuclear - armed nations, including US, China and Pakistan did not participate in the negotiations for the legally binding instrument to prohibit atomic weapons.Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, the first multilateral legally-binding instrument for nuclear disarmament to have been negotiated in 20 years, was adopted yesterday amid cheers and applause by a vote of 122 in favour to one against (Netherlands) and one abstention (Singapore). India and other nuclear-armed nations - US, Russia, Britain, China, France, Pakistan, North Korea and Israel had not participated in the negotiations. A substantive session was held in March this year to negotiate the legally binding instrument aimed at prohibiting nuclear weapons. In Oct.last year, more than 120 nations had voted on a UN General Assembly resolution to convene a conference to negotiate legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination. India had abstained from voting on that resolution.
UNESCO declares Hebron Old City a world heritage site
UNESCO declared the Old City of Hebron a protected heritage site in a secret ballot, an issue that has triggered a new Israeli-Palestinian spat at the international body. UNESCO voted 12 to 3 - with 6 abstentions - to give heritage status to Hebron in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.Hebron is home to more than 200,000 Palestinians and a few hundred Israeli settlers, who live in a heavily fortified enclave near the site known to Muslims as the Ibrahimi Mosque and to Jews as the Tomb of the Patriarchs.The resolution, brought by the Palestinians and which declares Hebron's Old City as an area of outstanding universal value, was fast-tracked on the basis that the site was under threat, with the Palestinians accusing Israel of an "alarming" number of violations, including vandalism and damage to properties.Israel says the Hebron resolution - which refers to the city as Islamic - denies thousands of years of Jewish connection there.Hebron claims to be one of the oldest cities in the world, dating from the chalcolithic period or more than 3,000 years BC, the UNESCO resolution said.The resolution is seen as a victory for Palestinian diplomacy and would be cited by Israel as a fresh example of what it alleges is the UN's inherent anti-Israel bias. aljazeera
Israel cuts $1m of its fund to UNESCO
Israel has reduced its funding to UNESCO by $1 million after the global organisation declared the occupied West Bank city of Hebron a Palestinian heritage site.According to the Israeli paper Yedioth Ahronoth, the funds will be used to build a Jewish museum inside the illegal settlement of Kiryat Arbaa in the heart of occupied Hebron. “We have done all we could and beyond that,”Israel’s Ambassador to UNESCO, Carmel Shama Hacohen, said following the vote. middleeastmonitor
Dutch group raises largest Palestinian flag in Europe
An organisation in the Netherlands has raised the world’s largest Palestinian flag in Europe, according to a statement released by the group on Wednesday.The organisation, called KOFIA, said in a statement that the flag is 100 metres long and five metres wide.The group added that this was considered to be the first event of its kind in Europe.The move came less than a week after the Dutch Govt  expressed outrage over Israeli authorities seizing dozens of Dutch-funded solar panels from a remote occupied West Bank village. middleeastmonitor
Palestinians oppose Abbas’ actions against Gaza
The results of a public poll conducted in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip have revealed that the vast majority of the Palestinian public reject Palestinian Authority’s (PA) actions in the Gaza Strip.The results of the survey conducted by the Palestinian Centre for Policy and Survey Research yesterday revealed that 84%  of respondents oppose PA’s suspension of payments for Gaza electricity while 88% oppose the authority’s decision to suspend paying the salaries of Gaza employees. 40%of the respondents say the move aims to impose economic pressure on Gazans to force them to reject Hamas’ rule while 37% say it aims to force them to accept its conditions for reconciliation. middleeastmonitor
Qatar rejects Saudi-led group's allegations: aljazeera
Qatar has expressed regret over false claims in statements issued by Saudi Arabia and its allies in Cairo and Jeddah, describing accusations by the anti-Doha quartet as defamation. Qatar's news agency quoted a foreign ministry source as saying on Friday that the claims by Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt about Qatar's interference in internal affairs of other countries and financing terrorism are baseless allegations. Qatar's position of rejecting and condemning all forms of terrorism is consistent and known, the source said, adding:" Qatar is an active member committed to combating terrorism and its financing at regional and international levels. The international community attests to that."Qatar remains ready to "cooperate and review all claims that do not contradict the sovereignty of the State of Qatar," the source continued.
4 Arab States Vow New Measures Against Qatar, Withdraw Initial list of 13 demands
UAE ruler's son defies boycott, dines in Qatari store in London
Despite UAE boycott of Qatar, the son of the ruler of Dubai was seen enjoying a trip to Harrods in London.Videos shared on social media websites show Majid Bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, accompanied by a number of his friends inside the store owned by the Qatari Govt . Saudi Arabia’s official news channel had accused Harrods of spying on its citizens and others from UAE and Bahrain. The three countries and Egypt severed diplomatic ties with Doha on 5 June. According the semi-official Saudi paper Al-Ekhbariya, Harrods “management decided to collect data on the purchase of its customers, citizens of the ‘siege’.” middleeastmonitor
Oman orders trade of Qatari Riyal at official rate: aljazeera
Central Bank of Oman ordered all local commercial banks and exchange companies to trade the Qatari riyal at the official exchange rate."Central Bank of Oman will also accept Qatari riyals and provide exchange services if needed," it said. Qatari currency came under pressure as Gulf commercial banks began to hold off on dealing with Qatari banks because of the diplomatic rift in region.Late last month, the Qatari riyal was trading in Oman below the official peg, set at 3.65 to the dollar.
Philippines police push for ID cards for Muslims
Manila: Police in a region in the Philippines are considering issuing mandatory identification cards to thousands of Muslims living there, a proposal rights activists have condemned as "collective punishment", media reported on Friday.IANS
US, Turkey ‘in close touch’ in Syria, diplomat says
Ankara :US and Turkey are "in close touch" regarding military intentions in Syria, a top US diplomat said late Friday.The main focus in the war-torn country "continues to be defeating Daesh and ensuring that it does not pose a threat any longer to the United States, to Turkey, to Europe, or to other parts of the world,” U.S. Ambassador to Turkey John Bass told reporters after he delivered a speech at an Independence Day reception in the Turkish capital.  Anadolu agency
Putin Trump  agree new Syria ceasefire deal: aljazeera
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Donald Trump have agreed on a ceasefire deal covering southwestern Syria, during talks at the G20 summit, officials from both countries said.The deal was reached during the two leaders' meeting in Hamburg on Friday on the sidelines of the G20 summit of industrialised and developing nations."Russian, American and Jordanian experts ... agreed on a memorandum of understanding to create a de-escalation zone" in the regions of Deraa, Quneitra and Suweida, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday. "There will be a ceasefire in this zone from midday Damascus time  on July 9," he added.
Total of at least 600 civilians killed by US-led coalition strikes in Iraq,Syria says -report:Reuters
At least 600 civilians have been killed in strikes in Iraq and Syria by the US-led coalition fighting Islamic State since the campaign began in 2014, according to a report released by the coalition on Friday.The estimate in the monthly report, which said coalition strikes had unintentionally killed at least 603 civilians between Aug.2014 and May 2017, was far lower than figures provided by monitoring groups.The monitoring group Airwars says a total of at least 4,354 civilians have been killed by coalition air strikes.Since the start of the campaign against Islamic State militants, the coalition has carried out nearly 22,000 strikes and has received 727 reports of potential civilian casualties, the report said. Dnaindia
23 Egypt soldiers killed in Sinai insurgency attacks by ISIS
Cairo:  26 Egyptian soldiers were killed and 33 wounded on Friday in attacks on checkpoints in the Sinai Peninsula where the Islamic State group is conducting an insurgency, military said. Security officials who requested anonymity said at least 7 soldiers were killed, but it was not immediately possible to obtain an official death toll. The military said it killed 40 assailants as it clashed with extremists in North Sinai, the main focus of the deadly IS insurgency.AFP
‘New uprisings expected in Egypt, Algeria, Morocco’
https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20170708-new-uprisings-expected-in-egypt-algeria-morocco/
Egypt, Algeria and Morocco will witness mass uprisings by the youth, German newspaper Qantara has warned.The protests are a result of the failure of the education systems in the three countries which have left the youth lacking the necessary qualifications to obtain jobs or provide their circumstances. Political researcher Tariq Osman stated in an article published on the news site’s website: “Ruling regimes in the 3 countries have the support of influential institutions and also have effective tools of coercion and compulsion, which constitute the pillars of relative stability. Despite that, there is a risk of a political earthquake in those countries.”middleeastmonitor
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