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Tuesday, 11 July 2017

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INDIA
SC suspends Centre's cattle slaughter ban across India
India's Supreme Court has suspended a law that would have banned the sale of cattle for slaughter nationwide. Govt order aimed to "prevent uncontrolled and unregulated animal trade" at livestock markets.For the first time the sale for slaughter of buffaloes and camels as well as cows, which Hindus consider holy, would have been illegal.It would have had a major impact on the meat and leather industries and hit livelihoods, the chief justice said.These industries are dominated by minority Muslims and the proposed law was widely opposed.The new law had already been stayed by a lower court in the southern state of Tamil Nadu on 30 May, days after it was first announced. The top court said the Madras high court's interim order, which lapsed on 8 July, would continue and remained in force across the country.The govt is now expected to make changes and resubmit amendments to the law by the end of Aug.Most of India's beef comes from water buffaloes rather than cows. With annual exports worth $4b, India is the largest exporter of beef, mostly buffalo meat, in the world.Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar said in his order that "the livelihood of people should not be affected by this".Petitioners in Tamil Nadu had argued that the ban infringed their right to choose what they ate.Abdul Faheem Qureshi, the head of the Muslim All India Jamiatul Quresh Action Committee that supports meat sellers, who had lodged the petition with the Supreme Court, told Reuters news agency that the order was a "victory". BBC
Now, SC too stays Centre's cattle slaughter ban, court order to be in place for 3 months
Cattle trade for slaughter: SC suspends ban across India
SC suspends ban on trade of cattle for slaughter
Revisiting ban on sale of cattle for slaughter from markets, Centre tells SC
Central Govt  on Tuesday took a step back on the issue of ban on sale and purchase of cattle for slaughter from markets by informing the Supreme Court that owing to public objections, it is reconsidering "certain aspects" of its recent rules. Govt  said on Tuesday that certain aspects of the rules touched upon “sensitive” topics and the Secretary of Ministry of Environment and Forests was revisiting the rules. Centre said the Madurai Bench of Madras High Court had stayed the rules in toto and it had no objection to the SC extending the stay across the nation, following which a Bench of Chief Justice JS Khehar and DY Chandrachud extended the stay across the country. However, Additional Solicitor General PS Narasimha clarified that a relook at the rules does not mean its repeal.The court did not agree with Centre's suggestion that the States should meanwhile go forward with the work of identifying animal market spaces within their jurisdictions as per the rules.thehindu
AMARNATH YATRA ATTACK
Amarnath attack: Bus driver Salim, who drove through firing saved 53 pilgrims, says Allah gave me strength
New Delhi: The terror attack on the bus carrying Amarnath pilgrims on Monday evening would have resulted in loss of more innocent lives had it not been for the courage shown by Salim Mirza, the driver of the bus, who drove the yatris to safety amid indiscriminate firing of bullets by militants.  J&K Govt  has announced an award of Rs 3 lakhs to Salim for his exemplary bravery. The attack on the bus with 56 passengers aboard left 7 dead and over 30 injured. Realising that halting the bus will have dangerous consequences, Salim drove for nearly 2 km on Srinagar-Jammu NH before he reached an army camp. “It was about 8 pm when the bus was surrounded by terrorists. They first fired from the front with the intention to eliminate the driver. I ducked sideways to escape the bullets and drove ahead. I do not know how I got the strength to go on at that time. Maybe Allah helped me and gave me strength,” Salim said as he stepped out of an IAF plane that brought the deceased as well as those injured in the attack to Surat, Gujarat, Tuesday afternoon. Salim, who also belongs to Gujarat, said he escaped unharmed in the incident while another passenger seated beside him was injured. Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani, too, lauded Salim and said he would recommend his name for a bravery award. Munir Khan, IG, Kashmir was quoted as saying by One India: “I spoke to the passengers and they were all praise for the driver. He drove despite the firing and took them to safety. It made a lot of difference and many lives were saved. He did not stop. Had he stopped, more lives could have been lost.”Salim’s family in Gujarat said they were proud of him. His cousin, Javed, told ANI that Salim called him around 9.30 pm informing the family about the firing on the bus. “He couldn’t save seven lives but managed to move 50 people to a safe place. We are proud of him,” Javed added. The bus bearing the registration number of Gujarat was on its way from Baltal to Jammu when the militants opened fire. According to officials, the bus was not a part of yatra envoy and hence was not provided security cover.Indian Express
Amarnath bus driver 'couldn't save 7 but drove everyone else to safety'
Amarnath Yatra Attack: Bus Driver Saleem drove through bullets to Save Lives of 50 pilgrims
Amarnath attack: How hero bus driver Saleem drove through bullets to save many lives
 Police Blame LeT For Amarnath attack; group condemns attack, calls it a ‘reprehensible’, ‘un-Islamic’; blames on Indian forces
New Delhi: J&K Police on Tuesday said that the Lashkar-e-Taiba was responsible for the attack on a bus carrying Amarnath pilgrims, which has been denied by the group.“There is a LeT hand behind the terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims in Anantnag district where seven yatris were killed and 19 were injured. Probe is still going on. Security has been reviewed,” IG Kashmir said.Meanwhile, LeT condemned the attack on the pilgrims and called it a ‘reprehensible’ and ‘un-Islamic’ attack. LeT spokesman Abdullah Ghaznavi said, “Islam does not allow violence against any faith. We strongly condemn such acts.” Ghaznavi accused the govt of orchestrating the attack, saying, “India wants to sabotage the freedom struggle of Kashmiris, therefore it uses such attacks to fulfil its nefarious agenda.”“At times, India uses Hindus of UP  to hide its terror face, and when it fails, they use false flag attacks against Amarnath Yatris,”he claimed. LeT spokesman said no Kashmiri has ever targeted any pilgrim and “this barbarity and atrocity is trademark of Indian forces”.“They have no match when it comes to committing heinous acts against humanity. Ajit Doval is frustrated due to his failed policies, therefore he has turned to such dastardly acts. India wants to pave way for its anti-Kashmir policies by using such acts but, it is bound to fail like in past. May Allah be our protector and guide,” he said.This year’s yatra was being organised under the “highest-ever multi-tier security setup” as intelligence agencies had warned that militants were planning to target 100 policemen and as many pilgrims participating in the Amarnath Yatra. news 18
After ‘masterminding’ Anantnag bloodbath, LeT blames Indian intel: deccanchronicle
Kashmiri separatist leaders condemn terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims
New Delhi:Separatist leaders in J&K  condemned the terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims in Anantnag district tonight, saying the incident “goes against Kashmiri ethos.” In a joint statement, Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik expressed grief over the killing of seven Amarnath yatris.“The incident goes against the very grain of Kashmiri ethos. The Amarnath yatra has been going on peacefully for centuries and is part of yearly rhythm and will remain so,” it said.“Our heart goes out to the families of the bereaved and we express our heartfelt condolences,” they said.PTI
Jamaat-e-Islami condemns attack on Amarnath Yatris, demands an impartial probe
Srinagar:Jammu Kashmir largest socio-religio party Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) Tuesday vehemently condemned the killing of innocent Amarnath Yatris.Spokesperson of the party said: “We express deep concern over the killing of seven innocent Amarnath Hindu Yatrees and others who got injured. It is an act of cowardice  and not justifiable from any angle and as such is condemned. Jamaat Islami J&K  expresses solidarity with all the bereaved families and with the injured too.”He said this gruesome incident  needs an impartial probe by any international agency to find out the truth. risingkashmir

Amarnath terror attack: Police say bus carrying pilgrims attacked twice, was part of yatra convoy
New Delhi: Bus carrying Amarnath pilgrims came under attack twice, J&K police said in a report submitted to Ministry of Home Affairs on Monday’s terror strike. Two groups of militants are suspected to have carried out the attack, MHA said quoting the state police report. Contradicting CRPF, the state police claimed that the bus was part of the yatra convoy but a tyre puncture forced it stop for repair.On Monday, CRPF said bus violated all the security advisories issued for Amarnath Yatra. “These yatris had not registered themselves, as is advised, and did not even become part of the yatra convoy, which is escorted by security forces, both to and from Amarnath, everyday. They also violated the 7 pm curfew on movement of yatris,” said CRPF DG R R Bhatnagar. indianexpress
Amarnath Yatra attack: Spirit of Kashmiriyat is very much alive, says Rajnath
New Delhi:Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday expressed shock over the militant attack on Amarnath pilgrims in Anantnag district of J&K  and said he salutes the people of the state for keeping the “Kashmiriyat” spirit alive.
Killers of Amarnath Yatris not Muslims: Farooq Abdullah
Srinagar:Opposition NC head Farooq Abdullah apologised to the people of the country for the attack on Amarnath yatris, saying those “who fired upon innocents were not Muslims”. “On my behalf and on the behalf of the people here, I want to apologies to you for this attack and want to tell you that we are not the ones who kill people. We have always shown love and are still showing it today,” he said. He referred to the role of Muslims in Amarnath Yatra. “Even today, when a yatri comes here, it is the Kashmiri Muslim who carries his baggage. The ponywala also is a Kashmiri Muslim,” Abdullah said.The whole of Kashmir had been saddened by the attack, he said, adding attackers wanted to create communal tension in the country. “There is religious freedom in this country…communalism in India is at its peak again and it can devour us all. This attack is an example of communalism,” he said.PTI
Amarnath attack aimed at deepening communal divide: Left
New Delhi: Denouncing the "dastardly and inhuman" attack on Amarnath pilgrims in J&K , Left parties said on Tuesday it was aimed at deepening communal divide and demanded that the culprits be brought to book. The people of Kashmir have always viewed the pilgrimage as part of its "syncretic heritage", the parties said and pitched for ensuring peace and communal harmony in the state."CPI(M) politburo denounces dastardly attack on Amarnath pilgrims," party said.indianexpress
Amarnath attack is a result of Modi govt’s failure: VHP
New Delhi:VHP on Tuesday trained its guns on the Modi Govt  and said the terror attack on Amarnath yatris was a result of its failure to end terrorism in Kashmir in its three years of rule. The VHP’s working president, Praveen Togadia, demanded dismissal of Mehbooba Mufti led J&K  Govt , which he alleged was a supporter of terrorism. He also demanded that the Valley be handed over to the Army to deal with terrorists and their alleged sympathisers.Mufti is in power in alliance with the BJP. Togadia said PM  Modi should appoint a full time defence minister and added sarcastically that there must be some competent person for the job among 125 crore Indians.PTI
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Adil, Lashkar man in Valley, is Sandeep Sharma from UP; mother, sister-in-law detained
Srinagar: J&K  Police on Monday claimed to have busted a Lashkar-e-Taiba module with the arrests of two persons, including Sandeep Kumar Sharma alias Adil, a resident of Muzaffarnagar, UP .Identifying the second person as Muneeb Shah of Kulgam, police said the duo were involved in several attacks on security forces, including the killing of six policemen in Achabal last month, and bank robberies in South Kashmir. Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, Muneer Ahmad Khan said Sharma was nabbed in the encounter at Brenti Batapora, Dialgam, in South Kashmir on July 1, when Lashkar ‘commander’ Bashir Ahmad Wani was killed. “He was present in the same house at Brenti Batapora where Wani and Abu Maaz of Pakistan were killed,” he said.“Sharma and his accomplice were involved in an attack on an Army convoy at Lower Munda Qazigund in June. They were also involved in a weapon snatching incident at the residence of Justice (retd) Muzuffar Attar at Anchidoora on June 13, and attack on a police party in which 6 policemen were killed at Thajiwara Achabal on June 16,” said Khan. He said Sharma and his associates were also involved in five incidents of bank robberies and looting of ATMs.“This criminal conspiracy started sometime in Jan.2017. Sharma and his associates (all Kashmir residents) came from Patiala to carry out criminal activities. They stayed in Wanpoh and were involved in robberies, including looting of ATMs, in South Kashmir. They worked in conjunction with Lashkar…Sharma worked as Wani’s key aide,” he said.In Muzaffarnagar, Sharma’s mother Premvati, brother Parveen and sister-in-law Rekha have been detained for questioning. “ATS team from the local police station went to their residence at around 9 am, after receiving information from the J&K police. His mother and sister-in-law were at home,” said Inspector GC Sharma of Civil Lines Police Station, who was part of the team. Parveen was brought in from Haridwar, where he is employed as a driver.The family is reported to have told the police that Sharma had converted to Islam and married a girl from Kashmir. They have reportedly claimed that Sharma left his home, in Sarwat village of Muzaffarnagar district, about 7 years ago, and did not contact them till about three years ago. That was when they found out that he had converted. Lashkar, however, denied any link with Sharma, and said it was a ploy by intelligence agencies to sabotage the Kashmir movement.In Sarwat, villagers expressed surprise at the arrest.“They were a very poor family. He was miffed with the family since they had sold their old home, a few years ago. He wanted a share of the money, but Parveen wasn’t willing to give him,” said Gaurav Tyagi, 30, Sharma. ndian express
UP Police detain mother of LeT operative Sandeep

Sikkim border dispute: Indian Army deploys 2,500 more soldiers to site while China hints at Kashmir unrest
Even as the Sikkim border dispute between India and China shows no sign of abating, Indian Army seems to have settled in for the long haul.The army has pitched in tents, indicating that they are unlikely to retreat unless there was reciprocity from China's People's Liberation Army personnel in ending the face-off at an altitude of around 10,000 feet in the Sikkim section. A steady line of supplies is being maintained for the soldiers at the site, official sources said, signalling that Indian Army is not going to wilt under any pressure from China. According to a report in Times of India, India has moved 2,500 soldiers from their peace-time deployments in Sikkim to further reinforce its proactive stance. Firstpost
India and China Will Work on Border, Official Says:Reuters
Singapore;India and China can manage the differences that are likely to arise from time to time over their contested border, India's Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar said on Tuesday, commenting on recent tension sparked by Chinese road-building. In early June, according to the Chinese interpretation of events, Indian guards crossed into China's Donglang region and obstructed work on a road on a plateau adjoining the mountainous Indian state of Sikkim. Jaishankar said Indian PM  Narendra Modi and China's President Xi Jinping reached consensus on two points at a meeting last month on the sidelines of a regional summit in Astana, Kazakhstan.
Malabar exercise is a signal to China we are one: US commander
Chennai: Amid vociferous protests and far from subtle bluster by China, the navies of India and the US and the Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force on Monday opened the 21st edition of maritime exercise Malabar with the US unequivocally standing by the country in its efforts to check Beijing's growing footprint in the Indian Ocean.Commander US Strike Group 11 Rear Admiral William D Byrne said the only strategic message that Malabar 2017 is sending to "all navies is that we are better together", adding that the drill should "eliminate possibilities of miscalculations".Another US commander, who asked not to be named, said the exercise would have a significant impact on the Chinese. "They will know that we are standing together and that it is better to stand together," he said. indiatimes
Sikkim standoff: Impasse likely part of China’s ‘salami-slicing’ tactic to gain strategic mile, says US expert
The stand-off between India and China soldiers in the Dokalam area could be part of China’s “salami-slicing” tactics of making “inch-by-inch” changes to the status quo to slowly gain a strategic mile, a top American expert has said. China and India have been engaged in a standoff in the Dokalam area of the Sikkim sector near the Bhutan tri-junction for over 3 weeks after a Chinese Army’s construction party attempted to build a road.“I am concerned about the standoff on the border, as obviously are so many in India,” Alyssa Ayres, a former State Department official under the Obama administration, said.PTI
BJP workers attack imam in Nadia, W. Bengal;hospitalised
After a series of mob lynching of Muslims across the nation in the name of protecting cows, BJP and RSS are now targeting West Bengal, as we have seen from the recent events in Dhaulagarh and now in Baduria and Bashirhat. Despite condemnation from all quarters for circulating fake images, videos and news, BJP is clearly in no mood to let peace prevail in the state, as was visible from an incident reported from of Bethuadahari village of Nakashipara Block in Bengal’s Nadia district, where an Imam was attacked by BJP workers for no apparent reason. Manirul Islam, an imam who belongs to another village, Subhasnagar, was on his way home when the BJP march was returning from the Nakashipara police station and the BJP mob started to beat the imam seeing his beard. Imam could not be contacted as he was admitted to the Krishnanagar Subdivisional Hospital. According to another imam of a nearby village, Oliullah Sekh said, “Manirul Islam, the imam of Kanthalberia village was attacked by 50 to 60 people with rods, bamboos in his head, chest and legs. He was forced to say Jai Sri Ram but he did not.” He added that though there was some Muslims present at the spot, they could not save imam for fear of their own life. When this paper contacted the local police who are handling this case, the Sub Inspector of Nakashipara police station, Mukul Mia, confirmed that the protesting rally was by BJP workers going back from the police station. He said, “A group of BJP workers and many others under the banner Hindu Jagaran Manch, a Hindu outfit at Nakashipara Block, assembled on police station compound demanding the reason of heckling a BJP worker from Patika bari village at College more, Bethuadahari and they on their way to return back attacked a local imam on the road.”TCN
WB: Muslim religious leaders plan social media outreach
Kolkata: More than a week after a Facebook post triggered communal violence in Baduria and Basirhat areas of North-24 Parganas district, Muslim religious leaders and intellectuals have decided to take to the social media to preach true Islam and counter hatred. Several Imams and Muslim leaders in the state have come together for the initiative and have planned to form a team that will counter religious hatred on social media platforms — FB, Twitter, WhatsApp — and inform police if they come across derogatory posts. The initiative is being led by Qari Fazlur Rehman, a senior Imam who leads the Eid prayers on the Red Road in Kolkata. Rehman said, “This is the need of the hour.The social media is a very strong medium and a lot of misinformation and hatred are being spread through it. We have decided to combat this hatred through the social media itself.”“We are already in the process of forming a team of youths for the task. Their job will be to spread the message of true Islam, which is of peace. Islam does not permit murders. They will also counter misinformation that can misguide and keep a watch on derogatory posts,” he added. Muslim leaders recently floated the Minority Council of Bengal, a platform for the Muslims of the state..The council, he said, will play a key role in countering hatred on the Internet. Audio-visual messages explaining the tenets of Quran and Islam will be a part of the social media campaign, said the Muslim leaders. The messages will be in Arabic, Urdu, Hindi, Bengali and English, so that they can reach a wider audience not only in Bengal, but across the country. Indian Express
W.Bengal: Charges framed against BJP spokesperson for stoking communal unrest: livemint
 Kolkata police has started criminal proceedings against Nupur Sharma, spokesperson of BJP, for sharing fake images of rioting to incite last week’s communal unrest in North 24 Parganas district.Charges have been brought against Sharma under 5 different sections of the IPC such as spreading rumours, forgery and creating communal disharmony.Sharma had on Saturday posted on Twitter a cropped image from the 2002 Gujarat riots, claiming it was a recent image from West Bengal, police officers in Kolkata said, asking not to be named.
Trio Arrested For Sharing Fake Images Of Bengal Riots, One Claims To Be ‘Working Under Pressure’
Early Police investigations in the events leading up to the outbreak of communal violence in parts of  Bengal's North 24 Paraganas district have made some interesting revelations.  Firstly. the three suspects nabbed by police so far worked on "similar lines," a report in Times of India says.Moreover, the investigations have also revealed that the 3 accused, who allegedly shared objectionable photos on social media in the aftermath of clashes between two communities, had multiple social media profiles and followed a certain pattern. One of the arrested claimed to be "working under pressure", the police said. One of the arrested, Bhavatosh Chatterjee, had shared an image of a woman whose sari is being pulled off her. Projected as an image of treatment meted out to women in Bengal, the image was shared by a Haryana BJP leader recently. However, it later turned out to be an image from a Bhojpuri film. TOI report said Chatterjee has evaded questions on his links with rightwing groups. Scoopwhoop
After lynchings, Jharkhand to expel people sharing rumours on social media
Ranchi: Rumourmongers in Jharkhand could be externed for inciting communal tension in the state battling a string of mob attacks since May, mostly over the suspicion of cow slaughter and beef trade. Police are going to identify such people or groups that post or share inflammatory messages on social media, primarily WhatsApp, and charge them with legal sanctions in Jharkhand crime control act of 2002.A punishment stated in the law is to banish offenders from their districts. “We have instructed all 24 districts to prepare a list of rumour mongers. Individuals or groups will be externed from their districts,”ADG RK Mallick said. Step was conceived to preempt minor clashes turning into communal flare-ups because of reactionary falsehood circulating on social media. HT
Cow vigilantes portrayed Una flogging victim as Muslim to instigate others:CID
Ahmedabad: An accused in Una flogging case allegedly tried to paint one of 7 Dalit victims as a Muslim who had slaughtered the cow whose carcass was being skinned in order to instigate other attackers further, according to chargesheet by the CID.According to the transcript of a video of the incident attached to the chargesheet, the said accused tried to egg others on by labelling the particular victim as a member of the minority community.On July 11 last year, 7 Dalits from Mota Samadhiyala village of Gir Somnath district were flogged in public, after they were seen skinning a dead cow. Videos of the incident went viral, triggering widespread protests.According to the transcript of one such video, annexed to the charge sheet, accused tried to label one victim as Muslim.“Tell the truth …You belong to which community? Don’t do drama here …stop crying …Beat him up. What is your name? I know you very well …Your name is Aarif …Why did you run away?Tell me will you ever run away?You slaughtered the cow,” reads the Gujarati transcript of the video.“Let us tie them to the vehicle and thrash them. Only then will they understand,” transcript adds.CID had named 34 people, including four police personnel, in chargesheet filed last year. The chargesheet said alleged mastermind Shantilal Monpara of the Sanatan Gau Seva Trust hatched a conspiracy with his aides to claim that the Dalit men had slaughtered the cow.PTI
Accused In Una Flogging Incident Allegedly Tried To Project Victim As Muslim: CID
15 yrs after Godhra riots, Congress tries soft Hindutva, BJP eyes Muslim votes
Godhra: The line dividing Hindus and Muslims in Godhra has never run deeper. Darshan Soni can’t remember the last time he stepped into the Muslim territory as himself.An active member of Godhra’s leading cow vigilante group, Soni only ever crosses into the Muslim area posing as a Muslim — skullcap placed firmly on his big, bald head – to pick up leads on the movement of cows.Soni has never willingly spoken to a Muslim in 24 years.“We don’t talk to each other in Godhra; we never have.”Godhra, a town of 150,000 people, has never been known for Hindu-Muslim harmony. “Since before 1947, every year an incident drove the communities apart,” said a Muslim trader who didn’t want to be named.In Godhra, local meat shops shut down for a week after BJP govt’s announcement of life term for cow slaughter, to avoid trouble.“Nearly 70% of the community lives in fear that they will be implicated by police if trouble happens,” says Sophia Jamal, vice-president at the town municipality.Compared to Hindus, Muslims in Godhra are cautious on the subject of Hindu-Muslim ties. Says Haneef Haji. “Hindu-Muslim relations are perfectly fine. We freely go into each other’s neighbourhoods. We get together at every wedding.” HT
Increase of Muslim population will make Kerala better place to live in: ex-police chief of Malappuram Senkuamr
Malappuram: As the debate over the controversial statement regrading the Muslim population in Kerala made by former police chief of the state, TP Senkuamr still continues, a senior IPS officer in state K Sethuraman who served as district police chief of Muslim majority Malappuram district for four years came up with the statement that the increase of Muslim population will make the state better place to live in.In a note posted on his facebook page on Monday, Sethuraman said that if Muslim population increase in state it will reduce communalism and casteism."As police officers, we have travelled throughout the state and know people from every corner of state. Everywhere I have come across only Hindu, Muslim, Nair, Ezhavan, Christian, Dalit etc. But in Malappuram, one can find paccha Malayali (a genuine Malayali). Any one is ready to help another. People are extremely law abiding, cordial and helpful", he says in FB post. Reffering eminent personalities from Muslim community he hails actor Mammootty's roles on silver screens. We need more Basheer(lead role of movie 'Mathilukal' which has won many awards)."One cannot think of any other actor than Mammooty in 'Vadakkan Veera Gatha', 'Amaram', 'Rajamanikyam', 'Pranchiyettan' etc..Who is more progressive and liberal than M N Karassery in Kerala Sethuraman says about renowned writer. He says Muslims have among them the best of critics and rationalists in Kerala. timesofindia
Those facing corruption charges should put all facts in public domain: JD(U) to RJD
New Delhi: JD(U) on Tuesday sent out a strong and clear message to the RJD amid reports of strain between the alliance partners after CBI lodged corruption cases against Lalu Prasad Yadav and his family members."We know how to follow the coalition dharma, but we do hope that those facing allegations will put all the facts in public domain," said JD(U) leader Neeraj Kumar at a press conference on Tuesday.The pointed remark came after a high-level party meeting chaired by JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar to discuss the growing demand for Tejashwi's resignation from the Bihar cabinet. The deputy CM  has been granted a reprieve of four days before the issue is taken up again."After 4 days we will discuss it (Tejashwi) again," JDU l leader Ramai Ram was quoted as saying by ANI after the party meeting.Nitish himself has maintained a studied silence on the CBI raids and that has added to the suspense over the future of the coalition Govt  in Bihar. Timesofindia
Gopalkrishna Gandhi is Opposition pick for Vice-President
New Delhi:Opposition on Tuesday picked former West Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi as its candidate for Vice-Presidential election. The decision to pick Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson came after leaders from 18 Opposition parties met on Tuesday.Gandhi’s was the only name that was reportedly discussed in the meeting that took place in Parliament House. After the meeting, Congress President Sonia Gandhi said that all the parties unanimously decided to raise Gandhi’s name for the candidature. Congress President said,“18 parties have decided to field Gopalkrishna as their VP candidate.”“We have spoken to Gopalkrishna Gandhi. He has agreed to be opposition’s candidate for vice president,” she further added.JD(U), which had broken ranks with the opposition over the presidential poll, also attended the meeting. While Sharad Yadav represented JD(U), other leaders at the meeting included Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, ex-PM Manmohan Singh, TMC’s Derek O’ Brien, CPI(M)’s Sitaram Yechury, NC’s Omar Abdullah, SP’s Naresh Agarwal and BSP’s Satish Chandra Mishra. Polling for the vice president’s post will take place on August 5 if required.The votes will be counted the same evening. indian express
No GST on free food served at religious institutions: Govt  
New Delhi: Govt has clarified that all free food supplied at religious institutions is exempt from GST.“There are media reports suggesting that GST applies on free food supplied in anna kshetras run by religious institutions,” Ministry of Finance said . “This is completely untrue. No GST is applicable on such food supplied free.“Further, prasadam supplied by religious places like temples, mosques, churches, gurudwaras, dargahs, etc attracts nil CGST and SGST or IGST, as the case may be.”However, the Govt  added that some of the inputs and input services-such as sugar, vegetable edible oils, ghee, butter, and the service for transportation of these goods-required for making prasadam are subject to GST. thehindu
Mirwaiz writes to OIC, seeks help to resolve Kashmir issue
Mirwaiz Umer Farooq shot off a letter to OIC appealing it to impress upon Indian Govt  to end "atrocities in Kashmir" and give its people their promised "right to self-determination".In the letter, addressed to Dr. Yousuf Al-Othaimeen Secretary General OIC, read out by Syed Faiz Naqshbandi, Convenor APHC Azad J&K  at 44th session of the council of foreign ministers, Mirwaiz asked the renowned body of Muslim countries "to come forward at this most urgent and grave situation for the people of J&K  and impress upon the Govt  of India to put an end to atrocities on Kashmirs and give them their right to self determination". greaterkashmir
Showcause notice to Zakir on why passport should not be revoked
New Delhi: Zakir Naik, wanted in connection with alleged terror funding cases, has been served with a show cause notice by passport authorities asking him why his travel document should not be revoked.51-year-old Naik, who was issued a notice last week, has been asked to submit a reply in person by July 13, official sources said.It is unlikely that Naik, who has been served summons by NIA on earlier occasions, will turn up before the passport authorities in Mumbai.According to 'Middle East Monitor', an news portal on developments in Middle East, Naik has already been granted citizenship of Saudi Arabia. There was no independent verification to this so far. PTI
Zakir Naik guest at PAS’ regional Muslim scholars’ conference in Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur: Dr Zakir Naik has been confirmed as one of the guests to a regional conference for Muslim scholars organised by Islamist party PAS in Kota Baru, Kelantan later this month. The organisers said it is aware of the controversy surrounding the Indian national who is currently on the run from authorities in his home country, but the conference called International Assembly of Ummah Unity will stay away from any such polemics.“Among those who have confirmed their attendance is Dr Zakir Naik. Among the special guests that we have invited this year,” PAS deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said in a press conference yesterday.Tuan Ibrahim said the conference will see participation from representatives of 23 countries.Other guests will include International Union of Muslim Scholars assistant secretary-general Sheikh Ghafar Abdul Aziz from Pakistan,Dewan Da'wah Islamiyah Indonesia’s de facto leader Mohammad Siddik, and Jamaat-e-Islami Hind’s vice-president Sadat Husani from India. The conference will be held in between July 20 and 22. themalaymailonline
Satyarthi launches campaign against child sexual abuse
New Delhi: Faith leaders of different communities will join forces with Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi in a year-long campaign against child sexual abuse and trafficking.A series of events will be held as part of the ‘Surakshit Bachpan Surakshit Bharat’ (Safe Childhood-Safe India) campaign across the country from August, an official of the Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation (KSCF) said.A roundtable hosted by Satyarthi last evening saw the participation of Sufi Ajmal Nizami of the Nizamuddin Dargah, Syed Aziz of the Ahmadiyya community, Archbishop Samuel P Prakash of the Anglican Church of India, and Nilakshi Rajkhowa of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is, among others.Salim Engineer of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind was quoted in a release as saying that violence against children “is a very important issue in this country. We will support you, the cause and the campaigns wherever you will go.” PTI
No yoga, sports, no degree in engineering, tech. colleges
New Delhi: Students of engineering colleges and technical institutes will have to take part in yoga, sports or other socially relevant activities in addition to their regular academics to be awarded a degree.Earlier, the institutions had these activities, including National Social Service (NSS), National Cadet Corps (NCC) and the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan, but these were not compulsory for earning a degree.Now, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), which governs more than 10,000 institutions having over 18 lakh students, has made these mandatory.Students will have to ensure 25% attendance in one of these activities although there won’t be any marks for their performance.
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Amnesty: All sides violated international law in Mosul over 890,000 people displaced due to fighting
Amnesty International has said it had identified a pattern of attacks by Iraqi forces and the US-led military coalition backing them that violated international humanitarian law and may amount to war crimes. It also said that ISIL fighters flagrantly violated that same law by deliberately putting civilians in harm's way to shield its fighters and impede the advance of Iraqi and coalition forces.In a report published a day after the Iraqi forces declared victory in city, the human rights watchdog called for a thorough investigation into whether war crimes were committed in the battle for the city.Amnesty said Iraqi forces and the coalition carried out a series of unlawful attacks in west Mosul, relying heavily on Improvised Rocket Assisted Munitions (IRAMs), explosive weapons with crude targeting capabilities that wreaked havoc in densely populated areas."Even in attacks that seem to have struck their intended military target, the use of unsuitable weapons or failure to take other necessary precautions resulted in needless loss of civilian lives and in some cases appears to have constituted disproportionate attacks," report said.Amnesty acknowledged challenges of protecting civilians given ISIL tactics, but blamed Iraqi authorities and US-led coalition for failing to take feasible precautions to protect civilians from air strikes. It said leaflet drops warning of attacks had been virtually useless because ISIL heavily restricted civilian movement.Chatham House fellow Renad Mansou said that while "war crimes have certainly" been committed by all sides in Mosul, the extent remains to be unknown."The question is whether the Iraqi goverment will be able to address the human right violations," he said from London.Also on Tuesday, UN human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein called for accountability and dialogue to heal the trauma of Mosul in the aftermath of the nearly nine-month long battle. "The women, children and men of Mosul have lived through hell on earth, enduring a level of depravity and cruelty that is almost beyond words," Zeid said. aljazeera
After Mosul, other Iraqi territory still in IS hands:AFP
Syria monitor says IS chief Baghdadi dead:AFP
Beirut:Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor said Tuesday it had information from top Islamic State group leaders confirming the death of the jihadist organisation's chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi."Top tier commanders from IS who are present in Deir Ezzor province have confirmed the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, emir of the Islamic State group, to the Observatory," director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP."We learned of it today but we do not know when he died or how."Deir Ezzor, in eastern Syria, remains largely under IS control even as the group is losing territory elsewhere in the country and in neighbouring Iraq.Abdel Rahman said Baghdadi "was present in eastern parts of Deir Ezzor province" in recent months, but it was unclear if he was killed in the area or elsewhere.There have been persistent rumours of Baghdadi's death in recent months, and Russia's military said in mid-June that it was seeking to verify whether it had killed the IS chief in an air strike in Syria in May.
Rising violence forces 40,000 more to flee CAR's east
A fresh wave of violence has forced 40,000 more people to flee from their homes in Central African Republic (CAR), bringing the number of refugees in the country's east to 100,000, an NGO says. Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) reported on Monday that the ongoing fighting in the CAR has also left over 100 people dead since April.In the eastern province of Haute-Kotto, clashes between armed groups since June have forced almost the entire population of its regional capital Bria to flee for their lives.The humanitarian group estimates that nine in 10 of the important mining town's 47,000 population have fled their homes because of the latest violence."We are worried about the situation in the city, and we call the humanitarian community to support the organisations already in the area to assist us," Fatimatou Sai, a refugee, was quoted as telling the NRC.The country, one of the poorest in the world, has been plagued by inter-religious and inter-communal conflict since 2013 between the mainly Muslim Seleka rebels and the Christian Anti-Balaka militia that started after the overthrow of leader Francois Bozize. aljazeera
Philippines military: Death toll in Marawi tops 500
The death toll in a protracted battle between fighters linked to an ISIL-linked group and Govt  troops in th southern Philippine city of Marawi has topped 500, the military said.Brigadier General Restituto Padilla said on Tuesday that 90 of the dead were soldiers and police officers in Marawi City, 800 km south of Manila.At least 381 of the dead were fighters killed in the fighting, which began on May 23 after Govt  forces attempted to arrest a local leader of the ISIL-allied group, he added. Speaking from Marawi, Al Jazeera's Yaara Bou Melhem said that while the civilian death toll remains as 39, the military says this figure is expected to increase dramatically. Al Jazeera
US military plane crash kills 16 in Mississippi
At least 16 people have been killed after a US Marine Corps plane crashed in the US state of Mississippi, officials said.Fred Randle, the local county emergency management director, told US media that all 16 victims were on the plane and there were no survivors. The aircraft is used for air-to-air refueling, to carry cargo and perform tactical passenger missions.Al Jazeera
NYT: Email to Trump Jr. cites Russian govt effort to help Trump campaign
Washington: An email sent to Donald Trump Jr. last year stated that a Russian lawyer had "compromising" information about Hillary Clinton as "part of a Russian Govt  effort" to help the Trump campaign, New York Times reported Monday.Citing 3 people with knowledge of the email, the Times reported that Rob Goldstone, who connected Trump Jr. with the Russian lawyer, sent the email to Trump Jr. pointing to the Russian Govt  as a source of potential information that could damage Clinton.The story that Trump Jr. was offered potential information from the Russian Govt  to aide his father's campaign came after months of staunch denials from President Donald Trump that his campaign had a connection to Russia.Alan Futerfas, a lawyer for Trump Jr., said in a statement following the story that it was "much ado about nothing." The statement called the period of May to early June 2016 "an intensely busy time" for Trump Jr. The statement said Goldstone had emailed Trump's son about alleged wrongdoing from Clinton regarding Russia.CNN
Trump Jr knew of Kremlin efforts to aid campaign: NYT
Trump son-in-law tried to get $500m loan from Qatar
President Trump’s influential son-in-law, Jared Kushner allegedly tried abortively to obtain a $500m loan from Qatari businessman Hamad bin Abdullah Al-Thani, before advising the Whitehouse to pursue a hard line on the intra-gulf rift, reports Independent.In 2015 Kusher apparently approached Al-Thani to help prop up an under performing real estate investment at 666 Fifth Avenue in New York. HBJ agreed to a $500m investment according to The Intercept. Yet this deal fell through when a Chinese co-investor, Anbang, pulled out.
US Secretary: Qatari position in Gulf row 'reasonable'
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told reporters in Doha that Qatari Govt  had "reasonable" views in month-old diplomatic crisis with Arab neighbours."I think Qatar has been quite clear in its positions, and I think those have been very reasonable," Tillerson said after his arrival in Doha on Tuesday.Tillerson is holding talks with Qatar's emir and foreign minister on the second leg of his four-day trip to the Gulf to help seek a resolution to the crisis.The US State Department said Tillerson would first meet with Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, before holding talks with Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani.The visit to Doha follows a meeting with the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah and other senior Kuwaiti officials on Monday."We are trying to resolve an issue that concerns not just us but the whole world," Sheikh Sabah told Tillerson.US officials said Tillerson does not expect an immediate breakthrough, which they warned could be months away. aljazeera
Israeli court extends Palestinian leader Khalida Jarrar's detention
An Israeli military court has extended the detention of prominent Palestinian activist and politician Khalida Jarrar by 48 hours and told her she faces detention without charge in an Israeli prison. Khalida Jarrar - a member of the dormant Palestinian Legislative Council and a leading figure in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a leftist party banned by Israel - appeared in an Israeli military court on Monday. She was arrested at her home in an overnight raid last week as the Israeli army claims she was involved in "terrorist" activity.Jarrar's lawyer says it is part of a wider policy of targeting Palestinian lawmakers - 11 of whom are currently in detention.Al Jazeera
Head of Jews in Libya: ‘Qaddafi asked me to save him during revolution’
Chairman of Jews of Libya UK, Raphael Luzon, said Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi contacted him twice during the revolution of February 2011 asking for his help to save him and his regime in return for restoring Jewish rights in the country and making peace with Israel.In an article published by Libya Al-Mostakbal news site, Luzon criticised popular reactions to the Libyan-Jewish Reconciliation Conference held in the Greek island of Rhodes.“I rejected Gaddafi’s request because rights are not a commodity for bargaining and peace is not a deal but a faith,” he said.“I visited Libya at the time of Gaddafi after several attempts since our departure and displacement … I met with Libyan officials. I met with Gaddafi, Moussa Koussa, Suleiman Al-Shahoumi, Abuzed Omar Dorda and others. We, as Libyan Jews, spoke for hours. No Libyans objected like they do today,” he said. middleeastmonitor
Israeli minister: expel 100,000 Palestinians and annex settlements
Israeli Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz proposed yesterday to annex 5 major Israeli settlements into Jerusalem and remove 100,000 Palestinians from the city’s census, Israeli media reported.“Those settlements, those towns are Maale Adumim, Gush Etzion, Givat Zeev, Beitar Illit and Efrat. They will become part of Jerusalem but without changing their status,” Katz told reporters.The illegal Israeli Jewish settlers living in these illegal settlements will be able to take part in municipal elections, but the settlements would not be under full Israeli sovereignty.This proposal, which Likud is recommending become law, excludes 100,000 Palestinian residents in Shuafat and other areas outside the separation wall from the city even though they are in the city’s jurisdiction. Katz has said a new municipality will be built for them.Israeli paper Times of Israel said that this proposal makes Jerusalem’s official demographic balance “more Jewish”. middleeastmonitor
Saudi links to Israel revealed: reports
The twitter account Mujtahidd revealed details of the “important figures” in the relationship between Saudi Arabia and Israel over the past decades.According to the unknown activist, King Salman and Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir were both prominent figures in opening channels with Israeli figures and Zionist lobby in the United States, specifically AIPAC.Contact with Israel was made over the past decades through two channels, the first in the name of the kingdom in general, and the second was specific to King Salman when he was the Emir of Riyadh.“The first channel was opened through Adel Al-Jubeir when he was a young man trained by Bandar Bin Sultan at our embassy in Washington, where he was appointed as his congressional assistant,” Mujtahidd wrote in a tweet. “His mission was to reach the famous Zionist lobby organisation (AIPAC) and through it he will guarantee the support of Congress.”Al-Jubeir was chosen because he “has no religious or national commitment. He was the right person to love AIPAC and be in harmony with them, and consequently to facilitate Bandar’s job in gaining the support of Congress.”He pointed out that the result of Al-Jubeir’s harmony with AIPAC was “establishing direct relations with Israeli officials, gaining Israeli trust and coordinating views on regional issues behind the scenes.”Mujtahidd continued: “This relationship had an impact on the position of the Kingdom on the Palestinian issue, the Madrid Conference and Oslo, as well as Lebanon and the Palestinian resistance, then Iraq and Iran, etc.”Speaking about the reign of the late King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz, Mujtahidd claimed that “after the ascent of King Abdullah, Tuwaijri, who believes in the greatness of Israel, succeeded in convincing him to appoint Al-Jubeir as ambassador to America so as to facilitate direct coordination with them.”He added that Al-Jubeir continued even after Salman became king and that “his son Muhammad was keen to convince Israel that the kingdom’s policy was in harmony with it.”Al-Jubeir became a “star” in the eyes of the Zionists who described him as the “Michael Jordan of Saudi Arabia”, in reference to the famous American basketball player Michael Jordan. Middleeastmonitor
European court upholds Belgian ban on full-face veils
Paris:The legality of a Belgian ban on full-face Islamic veils was upheld on Tuesday by the European Court of Human Rights.Three applicants -- two Belgian citizens and a Moroccan resident of Belgium -- had complained in two separate cases that the law violated their religious freedom and individual human rights.According to the top European court ruling, the controversial 2011 law, which bans clothing that fully or partially covers the face, is legally grounded and does not violate the right to respect for private and family life or freedom of religion, nor does it disproportionately discriminate against the Muslim community.The court argued that the restriction seeks to guarantee social cohesion and the "protection of the rights and freedoms of others” and is "necessary in a democratic society." Anadolu Agency
Crackdown leaves Rohingya Muslims near starvation: UN
Yangon;A military crackdown has left more than 220,000 Rohingya people on the brink of starvation in Myanmar’s conflict-torn Rakhine state, according to an assessment by the United Nations food agency.The World Food Program (WFP) said late Monday that food insecurity has been worsening in already highly vulnerable areas in the northern part of Rakhine state since the military crackdown, which began last October.The WFP assessment said nearly one-third of the population in the area, where Rohingya Muslims are the majority, were identified as severely food-insecure and in need of humanitarian assistance, with an estimated 225,800 people suffering from hunger.“None of the children covered in the survey met the minimum adequate diet,” said the assessment, based on interviews with 450 families in 45 villages in the area. Anadolu Agency
Cholera epidemic kills 1,732 in Yemen: WHO
SANAA:At least 1,732 people have been killed by a cholera outbreak in war-torn Yemen since late April, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). A total of 313,538 suspected cases of cholera have been registered in 21 Yemeni provinces, the WHO said on Tuesday.The northwestern Hajjah province is the hardest-hit by the disease, while the southern province of Socotra remains the only Yemeni province where the cholera epidemic has not spread. Anadolu Agency
FLASH: NEWS & VIEWS
In the backdrop of the Israeli-Indian alliance are realities of occupation, suppression and misery:Rajmohan Gandhi
Ex-DGP TP Senkumar might be Kerala BJP’s Long-awaited Messiah, thanks to his Islamophobia: Shaj Hameed for TCN
In the first half of this year, J&K lost 17 policemen as against 23 between Sept. 2015 and August 2016: M.P. Nathanael
Baduria-Basirhat area has no history of violence between Hindus and Muslims, not even in the pre-Partition days:Shamsul Islam
Why is Sikkim’s merger with India being questioned by China?P D Rai
How BJP organized riots in Bengal — Amaresh Misra, Caravan Daily
What is behind the religious violence in India's West Bengal?BBC
In India, the fake news phenomenon often serves the PM 's Hindu nationalist agenda: Los Angels Times


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