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RSS-BJP affiliated think tank Bharat Niti plans to raise massive Hindutva army of online warriors
New Delhi:Now Hinduism and Hindutva would be protected and propagated by an army of online warriors.RSS-BJP affiliated think tank Bharat Niti has planned a massive 'Hinduism and Social Media Conclave' in November in the holy city of Kashi, as PM Narendra Modi's parliamentary constituency Varanasi is also known.The right-wing aims to raise a dedicated unit of virtual soldiers from among its Internet and social media savvy cadre to "protect Hinduism from being deprecated and its symbols desecrated on online platforms by people inspired by leftist ideologies or Islamism".The online route seems in line with the social media presence of the BJP-RSS complex of organisations and the fact that the PM is one of the most followed people on Twitter in the world.The gathering would discuss how Hinduism can be protected and propagated via online and social media platforms such as Twitter, WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram."It has become the order of the day that miscreants post defiling material on social media websites so as to hurt the feelings of the Hindus," Shailendra Sengar, member of the management team of Bharat Niti said. Sengar, who is also the newly appointed vice president of BJP's Kisan Morcha said  that UP  CM  Yogi Adityanath, who has come to be seen recently as the new and more aggressive face of Hindutva politics, is the designated chief guest for the event. BJP-RSS ideologues such as Murlidhar Rao would also be attending the meet. Rao is a leading right-wing economic ideologue and the mentor of Bharat Niti initiative. india today
VHP ‘dharma yoddhas’ to protect culture, Hindu girls from love jihad, teach gau raksha
Lucknow:‘Dharma yodhhas’ (warriors to save religion) — workers of RSS offshoot VHP — are set to spread out in the Braj region of the state to protect temples, Hindu girls from ‘love jihad’ and also create awareness among farmers about gau raksha.This was announced in a three-day regional meeting of the VHP, which was attended by organisation’s international president Pravin Togadia. The meeting, which took place in Aligarh, had concluded on July 18.VHP leaders said dharma yodhhas have been deputed in 296 prakhands (smallest organisational unit of VHP) in Braj Prant, which includes Agra,Mathura,Aligarh,Firozabad,Hathras, Shahjahanpur,Bareilly, Badaun, Pilibhit, Mainpuri, Kasganj and Etah districts. VHP’s Braj region is divided into 22 organisational districts units.A team of dharma yodhha will comprise 9 members — president, vice-president, secretary, satsang pramukh, gau raksha pramukh, Bajrang Dal convener, college vidyarthi pramukh, Durga Vahini convener and Matra Shakti convenor. VHP leaders said the convenors of Durga Vahini and Matra Shakti will be women members. “They have been named dharma yodhha because they have been given the task to protect the Hindu culture and give leadership to the community,” VHP’s Braj organisation secretary Manoj said.He added that these teams will hold meetings with Hindu girls in schools, colleges and other places of public gathering, such as temples, where they will be told to stay alert about cases of ‘love jihad’. “Hindu girls will be made to understand the conspiracy of love jihad and identify youths who wear kalavas (sacred thread) and introduce themselves with fake Hindu names…We will hold meetings with our sisters, daughters…no Gori or Ghazni will be able to lure them,”he added.indianexpress
Ram Mandir in Ayodhya will be built in a legal manner: BJP President Amit Shah
BJP President Amit Shah on Saturday said the Ram temple at the disputed Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya will be constructed within the legal framework. Shah was addressing local party office bearers in Jaipur on Saturday where he is currently on a three-day visit.“The party’s stand is clear and mentioned in the last four Lok Sabha election manifestos,” Shah said, according to PTI. “The temple should be constructed in a legal manner and there should be mutual dialogue.”  On July 13, MP Sanjay Raut, a member of the saffron party’s ally Shiv Sena, had said activists did not consider the Supreme Court’s verdict on the Babri Masjid controversy relevant to their demand for a Ram Temple in Ayodhya. “We did not protest for a Ram Mandir with the court’s permission,” the saffron party leader had said.BJP National General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, had however, distanced the party from the Shiv Sena MP’s statements. “BJP believes in the judiciary of India and will never support such statements,” Vijayvargiya had said. scroll.in
Gorkha Janamukti Morcha is hiring Maoists to train for armed movement:W.Bengal police
The West Bengal Police on Saturday said it had inputs that the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha was hiring Maoists from neighbouring countries for a prolonged underground armed movement for a separate state, PTI reported. Maoists have been hired as mercenaries to train the GJM cadres.“It may target Govt properties and senior police and administrative officials to aggravate the situation,” ADG(Law and Order) Anuj Sharma said. West Bengal police believe the GJM is training its members under the guise of its outfit Gorkhaland Personnel. GJM has stockpiled a huge cache of arms and ammunition in the last few years, an unidentified official told PTI. “We have intelligence reports that they are preparing for underground armed movement in the hills,” the official said, adding that somewhere between 25 to 30 mercenaries have been hired by the party.The state Govt  is believed to be considering sending several senior IPS officers, who have experience in countering Maoist insurgency, to the area. Other officers of the counter insurgency force have already been sent to the Hills. sroll.in
Jamaat-e-Islami Hind’s national representatives body expresses concern over mob lynching,
New Delhi:Jamaat-e-Islami Hind’s National Council of Representatives (majlis-e-numaindegaan) met in Bengaluru from 15 to 18 July 2017 to discuss various organizational issues and the prevailing situation in the country and the world. It adopted resolutions which focussed on the increasing incidents of mob-lynching, the role of the Govt and the responsibilities of the Muslim community in India. Jamaat's National Council of Representatives said,"3 years have passed since the present Govt at the Centre started functioning. The criminal activities of the groups associating themselves with Hindutva are at their climax. Instead of controlling them, it seems, they have been given free leash to do destructive activities. Attacks on religious minorities and Dalits are on an increase, as a result of which hatred among the citizens in the country has gone up, the image of the country in the world stands tarnished, and the problems of the people have got muddled at the social and economic levels. GST law and demonetisation have made the financial problems complex instead of solving them. This session of Jamaat expresses grave concern over this situation and demands from the Govt  not to consider itself the Govt  of a particular party or group of citizens but to function deeming itself responsible for the good of the whole country and all her citizens.The new developed conflict with China is a matter of concern. To deal with the China issue the Govt should adopt realistic approach to neighbouring countries and make efforts to win the confidence of and maintain congenial relations with Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Maldives in particular. In view of this session the new era of active cooperation with Israel, going ahead of maintaining friendly relations with it, is very harmful for the independence of our country. It is the history of Israel that it is slave to its own interests; its existence has never benefited any country. This session demands from the Govt that it should not weaken its age-old relations with Arab countries on the basis of inexplicit benefits from Israel. It is a matter of regret that the PM of India, during his recent visit to Israel, did not make any mention of Palestine – which is against our truthful tradition and which ignores our standpoint on Palestine. Certain narrow-minded quarters might hail this new era of relationship with Israel and America but this approach of friendship with imperialist powers is not right, is against truth and justice and is not in the interest of the country.We should adopt the foreign policy based on the moral status of our country, on the moral values that can protect our sovereignty and freedom, on universal principles and the principle of human brotherhood and on international justice."
Religious leaders come together to ask govt to ensure safety to religious minorities
Indian Catholic bishops organised a seminar with spiritual leaders from various religions to discuss fears which have risen in the society since the last couple of years. The seminar, which was held on July 16, was named as Collective Action for Dialogue and Social Harmony.Meeting in Delhi under the aegis of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI), the group of 40 leaders called upon the Govt  to end impunity which was at the root of the atmosphere of fear that stalks the land today. It was felt that these developments threatened not just secularism, but the Constitution and the democratic fabric of the country. Social activist John Dayal said, “I think it was a very important initiative. It is time to stand up to the hate, and to the lynching.”The meeting was attended by Goswami Sushil Ji Maharaj, Vivek Muni, Umer Iliyasi, Sardar Paramjeet Singh Chandhok, Mohinder Singh, Manzoor Alam, Zafar Ullah Khan, Chairman of Delhi Minority Commission, Navaid Hamid President AIMMM, Delhi Minority Commission Member Anastasia Gill, Rabbi Ezekiel Malekar, TK John, Denzil Fernandes, Michael Williams, Rev Vijayesh Lal, Rev Richard Howell, D K Manavalan IAS, Fr Alarico Carvalho, Fr Bento Rodrigues, Delhi Vicar General Msgr Susai Sebastian, Fr Freddy D’Souza, AC Michael, John Dayal, Msgr Chinnayyan Joseph and Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas, the Secretary General of the Catholic Bishops Conference of India who had convened the meeting.TCN
Goa: All-religion public meet slams govt’s silence over atrocities against minorities and women
Panjim: Cutting across religious lines, people gathered at the Azad Maidan in the capital, to condemn the religious polarisation in the State and the country on Saturday.The public meeting was organised by Interfaith Alliance for Justice and Peace in Goa with the theme, ‘Plant Justice, Harvest Peace,’ where speaker after speaker condemned the Govt ’s silence over the atrocities against the minorities and women.Asif Hussain of Peace and Harmony said that the mission of polarisation will continue until 2019. “It is not about minority versus majority, its hate versus love. It is egoistic nationalism versus humanity. It is fascism versus welfare state. And that is why we need to up stand up now,” he stated.Social activist Soter D’Souza said that the battle doesn’t end with the arrest of one person, therefore the solidarity is not just for any community or state but for the country and for the world.“The police found something written on Francis’ (Pereira) vehicle as a clue and from there they had a doubt on Francis. Now he has said that in the prison the Israelis taught him all this. And if that is so, the police should see the clue that the communal tensions in the country have an Israeli hand behind them. They (Israelis) are teaching them polarisation in the prisons,” he said. Meenaz Banu, a member of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, said that while the world wanted to learn a lesson of unity from India, the recent situation is of great concern. “By attacking the sensitive issue there's an attempt to instigate social disharmony.Today there's an attempt to instil permanent hatred in the hearts of Hindus,”she stated.“How can you take away the right given by the constitution of India to every citizen? It is the fundamental right to life which has been envisaged in the Constitution by the law makers,” Dalit activist Chandrakant Jhadhav questioned right wing bodies.heraldgoa
Citizens call for peace & justice
Panaji meet asks people to be united amid ‘attempts to create intolerance’
Govt schemes have little impact in uplifting Muslim women: Unpublished minority commission report
Mumbai:An unpublished report sanctioned by the state’s Commission for Minorities to assess the socio-economic status of Muslim women and discrimination leading to backwardness has said development schemes meant for the minority community have had little impact in uplifting Muslim women. Those who conducted the study claim that there is “no political will” to publish it. The report was completed in 2012 but was not released by the ex-Congress-NCP Govt or the current BJP-led regime.The study had a detailed review of popular schemes and interviews of Muslim women in four ghettos — Kurla and Mumbra in Mumbai, and Waluj and Pathanwadi in Aurangabad. Data analysed under Maulana Azad Direct Loan Scheme, which provides loans of Rs 5,000 to Rs 50,000 to the minority community, showed male beneficiaries were three times higher than female ones.The number of male Muslim beneficiaries rose from 117 to 12,152 between 2007-08 and 2010-11 but female beneficiaries for the same period rose from 86 to only 3,889. The research titled “Socio-Economic status of Muslim Women and their access to Development schemes and Programmes in Maharashtra” was completed in 2012 by SNDT’s Research Centre for Women’s Studies. “It was sanctioned by the minority commission for recommendations to improve the status of Muslim women. We found that Govt  schemes were well conceptualised but poorly implemented,” said Veena Poonacha, former director of Centre for Women’s Studies. indian express
Accommodation between Dalits, upper castes increasing, despite surge in violence: University of London’s Prof
Bengaluru: University of London’s Prof James Manor on Saturday said that accommodation between Dalits and upper castes was increasing despite an increase in anti-Dalit violence.“I believe they are increasing more than the increase in violence and atrocity,’’ Manor said on the second day of an international meet on BR Ambedkar here. “I cannot prove it but I am fairly sure. There are, however, exceptions like Haryana and parts of Tamil Nadu.’’ Manor said that individual conflicts are increasing because there is greater social tension because Dalits are no longer accepting caste hierarchy.“The challenge to the hierarchy creates resentment among the so-called caste Hindus’ therefore you get more social tension.’’Political psychologist Ashis Nandy argued that there was a slow change in the situation. “I do believe there are reasons of hope. There are number of countries with a caste system and untouchability. In Japan,Burkamins are considered untouchables.If a country like Japan takes 150 years to break the back of a caste system, we should have some patience.” He said that there is no doubt that Dalits are victimised.“But there are sources of resistance, resilience. Dalits are not a passive receivers of welfare or violence,” he said, adding, “Despite their suffering, they also have their own culture of music and art and we must celebrate it.’’Dalit feminist and Tamil writer Bama begged to differ and said that the caste system is a reality in Indian villages. “…people really suffer untouchability and exclusion for using common places,’’ Bama said.“Without tackling caste issues, we cannot live as human beings with dignity…’’Bama said that she has little hope of caste being eradicated because casteism is increasing. “The more we try to liberate, the more we are suppressed. Look at this beef eating issue,’’ she said. “While paying the price of our rebellion and struggle against injustice and inequalities, we have also learnt to celebrate the strength of our rebellious culture and this gives us a heady and exhilarating sense of being human.’’ Bama said that this is much needed amid a lynch culture.Bama said that 96% of attacks on Dalits have been in the name of cow protection after the NDA Govt  came to power. Bama quoted Ambedkar and said that “a religion that compels the illiterate to be illiterate and the poor to be poor is not a religion but a punishment. Hinduism based on a divisive caste culture will ruin Hindus and ultimately India’’.indianexpress
MP House debates stray cows, BJP MLAs say a ‘problem’
Bhopal : “Below Poverty Line (BPL) card holders get ration and other Govt  facilities. Can’t we make a law to force every BPL card holder to rear at least one cow? If they don’t keep cows, they will not get BPL facilities.” This suggestion by BJP MLA Murlidhar Patidar came as members of the MP Assembly, while discussing a ‘non-Govt  resolution’, admitted that stray cows were raiding agricultural land and proving to be a menace to farmers.The resolution, moved by veteran BJP MLA Shankarlal Tiwari, sought an end to the centuries-old practice of ‘era’, where farmers let loose their cows post-harvest to allow them to graze. The practice, members said, was adding to the number of stray cows.While the debate occasionally veered towards cow protection and supremacy of cow milk, gaumutra (urine) and gobar (dung), the focus was largely on the ill-effects of ‘era’ and the ways in which the problem of stray cows could be tackled. Lawmakers also admitted that monetary and commercial considerations, besides lack of fodder and encroachment on grazing land, were the main reasons why owners were abandoning their cows.indianexpress
Govt research turns focus to cow
Cow derivates is the focus area for research in staterun institutions but scientists claim a paucity of funds has held back research with no major breakthroughs.That, however, may change soon as the Govt  has set up a national steering committee on Panchgavaya (the mixture of five cow derivates-milk, curd, ghee, dung and urine) for scientific validation of widely held beliefs that cow products can cure diseases such as cancer .The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has conducted research in collaboration with the RSS-backed Go Vigyan Anusandhan Kendra, Nagpur, on cow urine distillate for its antioxidant and bio-enhancing properties on anti-infective and anti-cancer agents and nutrients.“4 US Patents have been secured since 2002 and one pharmaceutical product containing cow urine distillate with anti-oxidant property is available in the market,” AYUSH minister Shripad Naik had said in the Parliament.Scientists at IIT-Delhi have finalised eight proposals to be put before the National Steering Committee led by Union science minister Harsh Vardhan in August. Vijendra Kumar Vijay, the head of IIT-Delhi’s Centre for Rural Development and Technology and nodal officer of the programme, refused to comment.HT
Shortage of funds holds back research to find if cow products can cure cancer:scientists
No problem in eating meat of animals other than cow:Athawale
Rajkot: Union Minister Ramdas Athawale has said that one should not eat cow meat, but can consume meat of other animals."One should not eat cow meat as there is a law against cow slaughter and the Hindu community has a sentiment attached with cows. But there is no problem in eating the meat of other animals," Athawale said.He further said that thrashing and killing people in name of cow protection has become a fashion nowadays."Some people are trying to break the unity and integrity of the nation. No one has right to take law in his or her hands. PM  Narendra Modi has also said that if anyone indulges in any violence in name of cow protection, then a strict action will be taken against them," he added. Contrary to this, earlier, Athawale had said that everybody has the right to eat beef.ANI
CHINA PAK & J&K
Venkaiah Naidu's warning to Pakistan on terror: 'Recall what happened in 1971'
New Delhi: NDA's vice presidential nominee Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday delivered a warning to Pakistan: "Recall what happened in 1971".The former Union minister wants Pakistan to remember India's victory over it in the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971 so that it realises what may happen if it continues to pursue terrorism as a "state policy", reported ANI."Our neighbour should understand that aiding and abetting terror will not help them, they should recall what happened in 1971...Terrorism is the enemy of humanity, it has no religion. Pakistan is mixing terrorism with religion. It has unfortunately become Pakistan's state policy," said Naidu in an address at the 'Kargil Parakram Parade' in the Capital. The annual parade honours the martyrs of Kargil conflict of 1999. timesofindia
Chant this mantra 5 times before prayers to block Chinese goods: RSS
New Delhi:RSS wants to ward off the "asura", or demon, of China with a new "mantra". While the Sangh has advocated a policy of economic assault on Beijing by encouraging Indians to shun the use of Chinese goods and materials in daily lives, even in the process of praying, it has come up with a mantra to be chanted five times before prayers, be it a Hindu household's daily offerings to God or a Muslim's namaz.Even as the rejection of Chinese manufactures used in such daily affairs as household worshipping rituals is meant to attack the ubiquitous presence of China-made goods, thereby denying the neighbour one of the largest consumer markets in the world, it also aims to educate Indians in things they use without knowing them to be of Chinese origin. RSS has maintained that while war is undesirable, if push comes to shove, the country is ready and has, therefore, come out to support the hard stance assumed by India on the tri-junction (India-Bhutan-China) confrontation in the Doklam plateau. indiatoday
Incorrect reportage ‘alienating’ people of Kashmir: J-K CM Mehbooba hits out at media
Srinagar:CM  Mehbooba Mufti has said the press needed to ensure correct and contextual portrayal of happenings in J&K , and abstain from debates and reportage which were “far from reality”.In an interaction with a visiting PCI team here, Mufti alleged, “A section of the country’s media has been indulging in debates, discussions and reportage about the state and its people, most of which is far from reality. This section needs to be reminded that by resorting to this diatribe about the state, they are not doing any service to the country but further alienating the people of the state.”CM told the 3-member PCI delegation led by SN Sinha, that the need of the hour was to focus on commonalities, reconciliation and healing the wounds where the media had a critical role to play.PTI
India displaces Pak as 3rd largest terror target:US report
A report by the US state department says that India is the 3rd largest terror target in 2016. Interestingly, India has replaced Pakistan on the list and is just behind Iraq and Afghanistan.The report is prepared by a national consortium for the study of terrorism and responses to terrorism. The data revealed India’s position as the third largest terror target. According to it, out of the 11,072 terror attacks across the world in 2016, 927 took place in India. Reportedly this is 16% over what it was in 2015, that is 798. In 2016, 337 deaths were caused by acts of terror and it is 17 % over 2015’s 289 deaths.The report also suggested that Pakistan saw a fall in the number of terror attacks. It reportedly registered a 27 % fall in terror attacks which reduced from 1,010 in 2015 to 734 in 2016. India.com
OTHER
Tejashwi to quit before July 28? Nitish Kumar firm, Lalu Prasad may relent
New Delhi:Bihar CM  Nitish Kumar is learnt to have conveyed his decision to the alliance partners of Mahagathbadhan over Deputy CM  Tejashwi Yadav.Nitish Kumar has made it clear to both the RJD and the Congress leadership that under the present circumstance Tejashwi Yadav cannot continue in his Govt . Tejashwi Yadav has to go before Bihar Assembly meets for Monsoon Session on July 28.Nitish does not want to face the Opposition in the Assembly with corruption taint on his deputy in the Govt. Tejashwi has been made an accused in a case of corruption by the CBI.Raids were conducted by both the CBI and the ED at residences and properties belonging to the Yadav family. Tejashwi in his response accused the BJP of framing him by using the central agency.Reports suggest that Nitish has conveyed the message to RJD chief Lalu Prasad and also made this clear to Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi during his meeting with him in New Delhi.IndiaToday
Thackeray: Have lost faith in BJP govts in centre and state
New Delhi:Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray has strongly criticised party’s ally BJP and stated that he has ‘virtually lost faith in BJP-led central and state govts over several issues, including the GST and demonetisation, in the past three years.’The party leader’s blunt statement came on the eve of his ceremonial, annual birthday-eve interview that he gave to Shiv Sena’s mouthpiece, ‘Saamana’. Thackeray, who turns 57 on July 27, spoke on various issues with Saamana Executive Editor, Sanjay Raut,Rajya Sabha MP. Talking about the recent implementation of the GST, Thackeray said, “It’s a complete mess. We won’t keep quiet. We were the first to point out how GST will hit the people. Now, they must decide whether to bear it beat it. See, in Gujarat small traders took to the streets opposing GST and they were mercilessly beaten up.” indian express
Hyderabad : Failed to clear water bills, officials disconnect Haj House water connection
Hyderabad: The water connection of Haj House Nampally was disconnected by the Hyderabad Water Works & Sewerage Board officials after the minority department failed to clear more than Rs.80 lakh towards water bill arrears.However, after the issue came to the notice of Deputy CM  Mahmood Ali, he had directed officials concerned to restore the water connection before the Haj season 2017 commence. He further asked Telangana Wakf Board Chairman Mohd Saleem to settle the water board claims in consultation with the HMWSSB Managing Directer, Dana Kishore.According to officials, four key departments under the minority welfare – Haj Committee, Minority Finance Corporation, Wakf Board and Urdu Academy’s offices — were functioning in the building of Haj House. Water bills were never paid before and since inception of the department the water supply has been free.Wakf Board Chairman said though the Govt  gave clear instructions on restoration of water supply for the Haj House, the water board officials have been delaying it on the pretext of not receiving written orders from the Govt .TelanganaToday  
Sushma to hold talks with Iraqi counterpart on abducted Indians
New Delhi;External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will hold extensive talks with her Iraqi counterpart Ibrahim al-Jaafari on Monday during which focus is expected to be on the issue of 39 Indians kidnapped by the ISIS 3 years back from Mosul city. Al-Jaafari’s visit from July 24 to July 28 to India comes two weeks after Iraqi PM  Haider al-Abadi announced liberation of Mosul, the second biggest city in his country, from the ISIS, which marked a major milestone for the Iraqi security forces. In their talks, the two sides will to take stock of bilateral relations and explore ways to enhance cooperation in areas of energy and trade.On the visit by al-Jaafari, the external affairs ministry has said the two sides will discuss the entire gamut of bilateral ties as well as regional and international issues of mutual interest.As liberation of Mosul brightened chances of information about the kidnapped Indians, Swaraj, in a meeting with their relatives last week, had said that they might be languishing in a jail in Badush in northwest of Mosul where fighting was going on.However, a media report from Badush on Saturday said the jail now is an abandoned structure and has been unoccupied for weeks.indian express
No sign of 39 missing Indians in Iraq; search goes on
Israel to help UP in water utility reform: HT
New Delhi: UP  will be Israel's first major partner among Indian states to jointly work on water utility reforms, covering all aspects, including drinking water supply, in both rural and urban areas, efficiency and conservation.This will be done as part of a MoU, between the UP Jal Nigam and Israel's ministry of national infrastructure, energy and water resources, during PM Narendra Modi's visit to Israel early this month.As per the modalities, being worked out at the water resources ministry to carry on works within the MoU, state will have a joint team of UP Jal Nigam, Central Water Commission, Central Ground Water Board and National Mission for Clean Ganga to identify the challenges and look for solutions in a timebound manner.
Muslim youth seeks custody of his converted wife's
New Delhi: A Muslim youth has moved the Supreme Court seeking custody of his Hindu wife, converted to Islam, after the Kerala high court nullified their marriage holding that the girl had been radicalised by persons with links terrorist outfits.26-year old Shafin Jahan sought production of his wife Akhila alias Hadiya, besides seeking stay of the high court’s impugned order of May 24. He also sought restoration of his wife back to him on the ground that their marriage was valid and they were both major and consenting adults.A bench of Chief Justices J.S. Khehar and DY Chandrachud has agreed to take up the matter for hearing on August 4, after advocate Haris Beeran appearing for Jahan sought early listing of the case.Asian Age
50 million litres of crude stolen from India's largest onshore oilfield
New Delhi:Police in Rajasthan have cracked a criminal syndicate accused of smuggling more than 50 million litres of crude oil inside water tankers from India's largest onshore oilfield, an official said.The theft at the Cairn India oilfield went undetected for nearly 6 years until police in Rajasthan arrested 25 people this week for involvement in the sophisticated smuggling network. Local media reported Rs. 49 crore worth of oil could have been stolen in total from the oilfield run by a subsidiary of British mining giant Vedanta Resources.AFP
Indian gang held for stealing 50 million litres of oil
Bareilly: 24 Kawariyas, 6 ITBP, Policemen injured in stone pelting
Bareilly:24 Kawariyas, 6 ITBP and Police personnel were injured in stone pelting by a mob during the 'Kanwar Yatra' in Bareilly. It is alleged that the attack happened after the yatris played loud music while passing through a Muslim-dominated locality. The police had to resort to a lathi charge to disperse the crowd. Gajendra Kumar, SSP said, 'We are making arrests and one police officer has been suspended; (the) situation (is) peaceful at the moment'.R. Vikram Singh, DM, Bareilly, said the Kanwariyas "did not have permission" to pass through the route, which fell under pockets of Muslim population.The Kanwad Yatra is in news since the State Govt  recently announced that there will be no non-vegetarian food served in the restaurants and dhabas of Greater Noida, as the yatris would pass through that route.IndiaToday
UP's Jewar gang-rape and murder: 4 arrested after encounter
Greater Noida: 4 criminals of Bawariya gang were arrested after an encounter with police in Greater Noida in connection with the sensational Jewar gang-rape and murder case. The accused have been identified as Raju, Rakesh, Jai Singh and Deepak. Police said one of the criminals received bullet injury in the exchange of fire and he was admitted in a Govt  hospital in Delhi. Police have found a gold chain, a gold ring, victim's mobile phone from their possession. 4 other gang members are still absconding. TOI
aL aQSA mosque & PALESTINE
Israel installs security cameras at al-Aqsa compound
Israel has installed new security cameras at the entrance to a contested Jerusalem holy site, as officials began indicating it was considering "alternatives" to the metal detectors at the shrine that set off a weekend of violence and raised tensions in the region.Speaking from occupied East Jerusalem, Al Jazeera's Imran Khan said Palestinians had feared that Israel would place CCTV cameras at the entrances to al-Aqsa compound."Palestinians are very angry about this because they consider this an additional security measure," he said. "They've always maintained that the metal detectors may be the first move in the Israelis taking over the compound."Israel introduced the new security measures last week after Palestinian gunmen opened fire from the shrine, killing two Israeli policemen. It said they were a necessary measure to prevent more attacks and were deployed routinely at holy sites around the world.But Palestinians alleged Israel was trying to expand its control at Muslim-administered site and have launched mass prayer protests.Hussein Da'na, a 76-year-old Palestinian, said that he "rejects" the cameras because they disadvantage Palestinians further."These cameras are made to identify the faces of people who are barred from entering al-Aqsa Mosque," Da'na said."We pray each morning here and the police assaults us. I intend to keep praying here until Israel removes all what is new," he added, referring to the security measures. However, Mufti of Jerusalem, Sheikh Muhammad Hussein, told the Voice of Palestine he demands a complete return to procedures that were in place before the initial attack at the shrine, known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as the Temple Mount.In a statement on Sunday, the Islamic institutions in Jerusalem, of which he is a part, said they "affirm the categorical rejection of the electronic gates and all the measures of occupation".Al Jazeera
Arabs are too busy with in-fighting, says Al-Aqsa imam
UNSC to meet tomorrow on Jerusalem violence
UN Security Council will meet on Monday to discuss the bloodiest spate of Israeli-Palestinian violence for years, diplomats said on Saturday.Sweden, Egypt and France requested the meeting to “urgently discuss how calls for de-escalation in Jerusalem can be supported,” Sweden’s Deputy UN ambassador, Carl Skau, posted on Twitter.middleeastmonitor
2 Palestinians die after clashes with Israeli forces
2 Palestinians have died in separate incidents after clashes with Israeli security forces in the occupied West Bank, according to the Palestinian health ministry.Oday Nawajaa, 17, died of his injuries on Saturday after being hit by Israeli live fire at al-Eizariya town east of Jerusalem, the ministry said.Another Palestinian aged 18 died in the West Bank village of Abu Dis when a petrol bomb he was planning to throw at Israeli security forces exploded prematurely, according to ministry. aljazeera
Al-Aqsa battle has returned Palestinian issue to centre stage:Haniyeh
The head of the Hamas Political Bureau said on Friday that the battle of Al-Aqsa Mosque has returned the Palestinian cause to centre stage at the core of the Arab and Muslim agenda, Quds Press has reported. “What has been happening in Jerusalem for a couple of days has returned the compass to its right direction,” explained Ismail Haniyeh. Middleeastmonitor
Palestinian Christians, Muslims united: Archbishop
Jerusalem:The image of a Palestinian Christian reading from his bible while the crowd of Muslim worshippers he stood among prostrated themselves on ground, or Christian clergy joining their Muslim counterparts at the head of processions, have been widely shared during the past week of unrest over one of Jerusalem's most important holy sites. During more than a week of tension over new Israeli restrictions on access to Al-Aqsa Mosque, Jerusalem's Greek Orthodox Archbishop Atallah Hanna has been among the most vociferous in his support of unity between Palestinian Christians and Muslims."It is our duty as Palestinian Christians and Muslims to remain united against Israel's greed, which targets all of us," he said as he mingled with the crowds gathered for prayers outside the walls of Islam's third-holiest mosque.Anadolu Agency
Israeli forces arrest Hamas leaders in West Bank raid
Ramallah: Israeli forces arrested a number of Hamas leaders and activists in raids in the West Bank on Sunday, media reported.The arrests took place in the Palestinian cities of Hebron, Nablus, Jenin, Qalqiliya and Ramallah, Xinhua reported.The arrests include Finance Minister in the Hamas-led Govt  and MP Omar Abdel Razaq and a number of released Hamas prisoners and citizens.IANS
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Taliban fighters capture 2 Afghan districts
Taliban fighters have overrun two district centres in northern and central Afghanistan, as Afghan forces fight to contain a growing insurgency across the country.Ghor's Taywara district fell to the Taliban early on Sunday after several days of clashes with Afghan security forces, Mohammad Mahdavi, deputy chief of the provincial council for Ghor, told DPA.The central province of Ghor shares borders with 2 insecure provinces, Farah in the northwest and Helmand in the south, both of which are known as strongholds for Taliban fighters, Mahdavi said.Another district in northwest Faryab province also fell to the Taliban early on Sunday."A large number of Taliban [attacked] Kohistan district centre from several directions around 9pm on Saturday," said Javed Bedar, a spokesman for Faryab governor.According to Bedar, both security forces and Taliban suffered casualties, but no exact numbers were immediately available.Taliban launched 4 assaults on Ghor's Taywara police HQRS and "we had no choice but to retreat," provincial police chief Mohammad Mustafa Moseni said.Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid confirmed that the fighters had captured both Taywara and Kohistan district centres and said the group had killed scores of Afghan security forces and captured of large amount of weapons.In Faryab's Lawlash district two police officers were killed late on Saturday when Taliban used cover of darkness to attack and set fire to the police HQ buildings, Abdul Karim Yourish, the provincial police chief spokesman, said. aljazeera
Erdogan set to visit Saudi over Gulf crisis
Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan has embarked on a 2-day trip to the Gulf in an effort to help resolve the dispute between Qatar and four other Arab states.Erdogan is set to arrive in Saudi Arabia's port city of Jeddah on Sunday for a meeting with King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, according to his office.He will then depart for Kuwait - the main mediator in the Gulf crisis - and later Qatar."No-one has any interest in prolonging this crisis any more," Erdogan said at Istanbul airport before leaving. He accused "enemies" of seeking to "fire up tensions between brothers" in the region.
UAE minister: no dialogue with Qatar until it revises policies
UAE, one of four Arab countries that have imposed sanctions on Qatar, said on Saturday that Doha needed to change its policies before a dialogue could take place.UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said a call for dialogue by Qatar’s emir Sheikh Tamin bin Hamad al-Thani was welcome, but this could only happen after Doha had made changes.He did not specify these, but the four countries involved have issued more than a dozen demands, telling Qatar to close down Al Jazeera TV, curb relations with Iran and shut down a Turkish military base.
Syria truce crumbles as air raids hit Eastern Ghouta
Syrian Govt  forces have carried out several air strikes in the Eastern Ghouta area outside of Damascus, a day after the Syrian military declared a cessation of hostilities in the area, according to a UK-based monitor.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said Saturday had been relatively calm after the ceasefire took effect with isolated incidents of shellfire.But on Sunday, six air strikes hit the towns of Douma and Ain Terma in rebel-held Eastern Ghouta, it said.Al Jazeera's reporter from Gaziantep, on the Turkey-Syria border, said the Syrian military released a statement saying that the spirit of the agreement had first been breached by Jaish al-Islam - an armed opposition group.Syria's military declared a "cessation of fighting activities" starting at noon on Saturday in besieged Eastern Ghouta.A statement from the Cairo-based political opposition movement Al-Ghad said the agreement had been reached in Cairo, sponsored by Egypt and Russia and with the involvement of mainstream rebel groups. Aljazeera
Lebanon's ex-deputy mayor, mediating between Hezbollah & Syrian opposition fighters, killed near Syrian border
Russia: New ceasefire deal agreed in Syria's Ghouta
A new deal designating a de-escalation zone in the Syrian province of Eastern Ghouta has been signed with Syrian rebels, the Russian Ministry of Defence said on Saturday.The de-escalation agreement was signed with Egyptian mediation after representatives of Syrian opposition groups and the Russian military held talks in Cairo. aljazeera
8 Suspected Migrants Found Dead in Packed, Overheated Tractor-Trailer in Texas: NBCNEWS
8 people were found dead and some 17 with life-threatening injuries in the back of a packed and overheated 18 wheeler in San Antonio, Texas, early on Sunday.A security guard at a Walmart in the southwest of the city received a tipoff from an unknown individual that a tractor-trailer in the store's parking lot was full of migrants, said Joe Arrington, a spokesman for the San Antonio Fire Department.The person had been in the truck and approached the member of staff to ask for water, San Antonio Police Chief William McManus later told reporters.
Congress strikes deal on Russia sanctions, despite Trump objection
House and Senate negotiators brushed aside White House objections Saturday and reached agreement on a broad sanctions bill that will make it more difficult for President Trump to unilaterally ease or end punitive measures against Moscow. The package punishes Russia for meddling in the U.S. presidential elections and for its military aggression in Ukraine and Syria.The White House had objected to a key section of the bill that would mandate a congressional review if Trump attempted to ease or end the sanctions.Usa Today
Hate attack in London: Muslim woman assaulted, hijab pulled off at Baker Street station
London:A Muslim woman's hijab was pulled off allegedly by a man in a vicious assault in London, amid a spike in hate crime incidents following a series of terror attacks by Islamists in the UK.Aniso Abdulkadir was waiting for a tube at Baker Street station on July 16 when she says the man grabbed her headscarf before lashing out with his fists and pinning one of her friends up against a wall, the BBC reported."This man at Baker Street station forcefully attempted to pull my hijab off and when I instinctively grabbed hold of my scarf he hit me," Abdulkadir tweeted and posted a picture of the man who allegedly attacked her. "He proceeded to verbally abuse my friends and I, pinning one of them against the wall and spitting in her face," the tweet read.PTI 
If Nawaz Sharif disqualified, his brother Shehbaz Sharif to be new Pakistan PM: Report
 Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif's younger brother and Punjab province CM  Shehbaz Sharif is expected to replace him if he is disqualified by the Supreme Court for alleged corruption and money laundering in the sensitive Panama Papers case, according to a media report. Since Shehbaz is not a member of the National Assembly - the lower house of the Parliament - he cannot succeed immediately and would have to contest elections. Since Shehbaz is not a member of the National Assembly - lower house of the Parliament - he cannot succeed immediately and would have to contest polls. Therefore, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif will most likely become the interim PM  for 45 days till Shehbaz is elected in by-polls, Geo News reported, citing sources, that it was decided in a high-level huddle of ruling PML-N. oneindia
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