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30 July 2017 NEWS DIGEST: No steps taken for launching Sharia-compliant mutual funds in India: RBI

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No steps taken for launching Sharia-compliant mutual funds in India: RBI
New Delhi: No steps have been taken for the introduction of Sharia-compliant mutual funds in India, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has said. Replying to an RTI application filed by a PTI correspondent, the central bank said the Government of India had sought its comments on the launch of Sharia-compliant mutual funds by State Bank of India in Dec.2014.RBI submitted its reply the same month, it said.The Islamic or Sharia-compliant financial system is based on the principles of not charging an interest on deposits, as it is prohibited under Islam."Reserve Bank of India has not taken any step for introduction of Sharia-compliant mutual funds in India," the reply said. RBI was asked to provide details on the introduction of Sharia-compliant mutual funds in the country. SBI had in 2014 announced the launch of the same. However, it was deferred to make it a better and more attractive fund in the future, according to an official communication. H Abdur Raqeeb, General Secretary, Indian Centre for Islamic Finance -- an NGO trying to introduce members of the Muslim community to the Sharia-compliant banking system, said the initiation of such special mutual funds for a select group of people would be a muchdesired and welcome step. "It is a misconception that Sharia-compliant mutual funds are beneficial to a particular community. These funds will benefit the economy and ensure financial inclusion of those who avoid such investment for religious reasons," he said. Raqeeb has been coordinating with various government and regulatory authorities for the introduction of the Sharia- complaint banking system in India. "When the launch of Sharia mutual fund was announced by SBI, some of the gulf countries were very enthusiastic for investment. It is high time the RBI and the finance ministry instructed SBI to relaunch the same," he said. SBI had rejected an RTI application seeking details on the relaunch of Sharia-compliant mutual funds, saying the "query is vague and not specific".PTI/ economictimes
No Steps Taken for Launching Sharia-compliant Mutual Funds in India: RBI
‘Fatwa’ issued against Muslim minister in Bihar for chanting ‘Jai Shri Ram’; later minister apologizes
Patna: A Muslim cleric on Sunday issued a “fatwa” against newly appointed Bihar minister and JDU leader Khurshid alias Firoz Ahmad for chanting Jai Shri Ram, saying his marriage would be terminated for his “mistake”.An MLA from Sikta in West Champaran, Ahmad shouted the slogan, normally associated with BJP supporters, outside the Bihar assembly on Friday after chief minister Nitish Kumar won the trust vote he faced after breaking ties with the RJD-Congress alliance and joining hands with the BJP.The fatwa, or a decree, against the only Muslim minister in Kumar’s new cabinet was issued by Mufti Sohail Quasmi of Imarat Shariah, which describes itself as a socio-religious organisation active in Bihar, Jharkhand and Odisha.“Islam teaches respect for all religions. If by saying Jai Shri Ram I can do some good for the Muslims, why is there such a hue and cry,” Ahmad, who has been given charge of minority welfare and sugarcane industries,told mediapersons. He would not be cowed down by such threats, he said.The minister later apologised for his statement, while talking to a TV channel.“CM told me if anybody felt hurt by my statement, I should apologise. My intention was not to hurt anyone. I have come to serve the people. My statement was distorted,” he told the channel after coming out of a review meeting of the minority welfare department with chief minister Nitish Kumar.Upset over the slogan hailing Hindu god Ram, Quasmi said Ahmad’s marriage would be terminated and he would have to perform the nikah again after accepting his “mistake”.Imarat Shariah general secretary Anisurrehman said the organisation had not issued a fatwa but it could be a personal opinion of Quasmi.“I have not talked to him. I will try to find out what made him speak like this,” he said.HT tried to reach Quasmi for comments but his phone was switched off.“A Muslim is honest to his conscience. What wrong have I done? I have not divorced my wife. I don’t know how the fatwa was issued and for what,” said the minister.HT
Imarat Sharia Issues Fatwa Against Bihar Minister Khurshid For Chanting ‘Jai Shri Ram’
Bihar Minister Khurshid Apologizes For Chanting ‘Jai Shri Ram’, Says Intention Was Not to Hurt
114 Armed Forces veterans write open letter to PM Modi: Condemn targeting of Muslims, Dalits: indianexpress
New Delhi;Highlighting the recent attacks on Muslims and Dalits in the country, the veterans of the Indian Armed Forces have written an open letter to PM Narendra Modi expressing their distress and condemning the relentless vigilantism of the self-appointed protectors of Hinduism. In the letter, the veterans said they stand with the ‘Not in My Name’ campaign and that Armed Forces stand for “Unity in Diversity”. They added the current situation in the country is that of fear, intimidation, hate and suspicion.They said, “what is happening in our country today strikes at all that the Armed Forces, and indeed our Constitution, stand for. We are witness to unprecedented attacks on society at large by the relentless vigilantism of self-appointed protectors of Hinduism.We condemn the targeting of Muslims and Dalits. We condemn the clampdowns on free speech by attacks on media outlets, civil society groups, universities, journalists and scholars, through a campaign of branding them anti-national and unleashing violence against them while the State looks away.” Letter has been signed by 114 veterans of Armed Forces. Armed Forces comprise of Indian Army, Indian Navy, and Indian Air Force.
Armed Forces Veterans Stand With #NotInMyName, ‘Dismayed’ at Vigilantism and Free Speech Crackdown
Vande Mataram row: Not singing it doesn’t make one anti-national, says Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi
New Delhi :Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Saturday said singing ‘Vande Mataram’ was a “matter of choice” and that those who do not wish to sing the National song cannot be dubbed as anti-nationals.“Singing Vande Mataram is absolutely an individual’s choice. Those who want to sing can sing it, those who don’t, may not. Not singing it does not make one anti-national,” Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Parliamentary Affairs and Minority Affairs was quoted as saying by PTI in Mumbai. The minister, however, added that in case if someone deliberately tried to oppose singing Vande Mataram, it was in “in bad taste” and “not in the interest of the country”.His remarks came hours after the debate surrounding the national song written by Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay took the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly by a storm. Citing the recent ruling by Madras High Court, which made singing of ‘Vande Mataram’ mandatory in Tamil Nadu schools, BJP MLA Raj Purohit said Maharashtra schools should also have similar provisions.However, Samajwadi Party’s Abu Asim Azmi opposed the demand said he would not sing ‘Vande Mataram’ even if he was “thrown out of the country.” AIMIM MLA Waris Pathan added he would not sing it “even if a revolver is put to my head”. Both the leaders were heavily criticised by the BJP MLAs for their remarks.
Stories on Amit Shah’s Assets, Smriti Irani’s ‘Degree’ Vanish From TOI, DNA
New Delhi: A story carried by the Times of India’s Ahmedabad edition about an apparent increase of “300%” in BJP president Amit Shah’s assets over the past five years was removed from the the paper’s website within hours of being published on Saturday. No explanation has been given and no editor is willing to take responsibility for having pulled the plug on the news item.The story, which reported how Shah’s assets had grown by 300% between 2012 – when he last filed a declaration as part of his nomination papers for the Gujarat assembly election – and 2017, also noted that textiles and information and broadcasting minister Smriti Irani has clarified in her affidavit that she has not yet completed her Bachelor of Commerce course.Excerpt from Smriti Irani's 2004 election affidavit. The full affidavit may be accessed at the ADR website.The full affidavit may be accessed at the ADR website.In her 2014 election affidavit for the Lok Sabha seat, when she fought against Congress leader Rahul Gandhi at Amethi, she had entered, under the education qualifications column, ‘B. Com. Part 1, School of Correspondence, Delhi University, 1994’.She had made the same entry in her affidavit for election to the Rajya Sabha in 2011. Curiously, in her affidavit for the 2004 Lok Sabha election, which she fought from Chandni Chowk in New Delhi, she wrote: ‘BA. 1996. Delhi University. School of Correspondence’. Times of India story was also initially carried by the websites of the TOI‘s sister publications Navbharat Times (NBT) and Economic Times (ET) before being taken down from there too.Times of India editors whom The Wire contacted said they had no information about the article but also requested that they not be identified. A message to the top management of Bennet Coleman and Company Ltd, which owns the newspapers, remained unanswered at the time of publication of this story.The Wire
Jammu-Kashmir terror funding case: NIA conducts raid at places belonging to Syed Geelani’s close aide
Jammu:Continuing its crackdown on separatists in connection with terror funding case, the NIA on Sunday conducted raids at two places belonging to a close aide of Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani in Jammu, officials said. The NIA also issued summon to Naseem, the second son of Geelani, who heads separatist conglomerate Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, to appear before the agency on Wednesday. His elder son Nayeem has been summoned to the NIA headquarters tomorrow.As part of its ongoing probe into the alleged terror funding meant to fuel unrest in Kashmir, the NIA also raided the residence-cum-office of a local advocate at Bakshi Nagar in Jammu.Identified as Devinder Singh Behal, the advocate originally hailed from Nowshera in border Rajouri district and he had settled in Jammu for the past many years. He also happened to be chairperson of Jammu Kashmir Peace Forum and he reportedly owed allegiance to Hurriyat Conference. Behal has been detained by NIA on Sunday, ANI reported. Indian express
Jammu and Kashmir Police prevents Syed Ali Geelani from holding press conference following NIA raids
Srinagar: A press conference called by senior separatist leader, Syed Ali Geelani on Sunday was not allowed to be held by the authorities, said a spokesman of his Hurriyat faction.Geelani had called a press conference at his uptown Hyderpora residence where the octogenarian separatist leader has been placed under house arrest, but police did not allow any media person to enter Geelani's residence, the spokesman said.IANS
NIA seizes secret list of most wanted militants in J-K from separatist leader
New Delhi: NIA seized a secret list drawn up by police of most wanted militants in Jammu and Kashmir from the house of Kashmiri separatist leader Shahid-ul-Islam arrested recently in a case of terror funding, sources have said.The recovery of the document that has 158 names on it has raised concerns if Islam, a close aide of moderate Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, has a mole in the police force.“We were in for huge surprise when we checked the list’s veracity with the Jammu and Kashmir Police. We were told it was the copy of a list prepared by their criminal investigation department,” a NIA official told HTon Friday. “We are curious to know whether the list travelled to Pakistan as well.” NIA on July 24 arrested Islam and 6 other separatist leaders in an investigation to ascertain if funds from Pakistan were used to fuel last year’s unrest in the Valley that left 100 people, most of them civilians, dead.The list, which was prepared by the intelligence wing of the police around 3 months ago, was seized during one such raid in June, sources in NIA said.HT
SC agrees to hear plea of woman against J&K’s discriminatory property laws
New Delhi,: Supreme Court has agreed to hear a plea filed by a woman against the discriminatory laws in J&K which prevent women, married to non-Kashmiris, from purchasing property in the state.A division bench of Justice Dipak Misra and Justice A.M. Khanwilkar asked Additional Solicitor General P.S. Narasimha, appearing for the Central Govt, to inform it whether this case involved a similar issue of challenge to Article 35A of the Constitution which was referred to a the three judge bench on July 17.The petition filed by Charu Wali Khanna challenged Article 35A and Section 6 of the Jammu and Kashmir Constitution which deal with permanent residents of the state. Woman said that being a Kashmiri Pandit by origin, she desires to build a home in Jammu and Kashmir, in order to re-discover her roots, but due to the peculiar discriminatory laws she is unable to purchase property in the state as she is a not a permanent resident, and further married to a non-Kashmiri. Article 35A, which was added to Constitution by a Presidential Order in 1954, accords special rights and privileges to the residents of Jammu and Kashmir, and empower its legislature to frame any law without attracting a challenge on grounds of violating right to equality of people from other states or any other right under Indian Constitution.IANS
Pulwama encounter aftermath: Clashes erupt in Tahab village, youth injured
Clashes erupted between protesters and security forces in South Kashmir's Pulwama following the killing of two militants in an encounter in Tahab village on Sunday.One youth was injured in firing in the clashes that began near the encounter site. Earlier in the day, two militants were killed after a gunfight broke out between militants and government forces in Tahab area.A police officer said that forces launched a cordon and search operation in Tahab after receiving specific intelligence inputs about the presence of militants in the area.The search operation turned into an encounter as the search party of the security forces was fired upon by the militants. The retaliatory fire resulted in the killing of two militants, he said.Meanwhile, authorities have snapped internet services in the South Kashmir district. India today
Kashmiri youth detained for Facebook post in Kolkata released
Srinagar: Valley-based youth Arshad Ali Nasir, who was detained on Thursday by the Kolkata police for an alleged “anti-national” post on social networking website Facebook was released on Saturday, July 29, informed his family.“He has been released after spending 3 days in the police custody. He has reached Srinagar and attending her mother in hospital who suffered heart stroke and is on ventilator right now after hearing news of Arshad’s arrest,” his sister Shazia informed TwoCircles.net over phone. 30-year-old resident of Srinagar was handed over to Lake area police by locals after they found a Facebook post wherein he allegedly referred to Kashmir as part of Pakistan. Arshad has a business of selling Kashmiri Shawls in different parts of the city and has been living in Kolkata since last 12 years and was presently putting up in a rented accommodation at Anwar Shah road,Kolkata.TCN
‘Brothers-in-arms for peace’: CRPF shares image of jawan offering namaz while another stands guard
New Delhi:Srinagar unit of the CRPF shared a couple of photographs on their Twitter account that generated a lot of interest across social media platforms. In the image captioned as “Brothers-in-arms for peace”, a man in uniform can be seen offering namaaz while the other stands guard with a baton and rifle on him.The images elicited multiple responses, mostly positive, with some saying “this is real India” and that the photograph showed we were capable of “unity and harmony.”US State Dept’s Country Reports on Terrorism 2016 recently shed light on how Kashmir remains the most volatile state in India explaining the presence of security forces. Jammu and Kashmir experienced a 93 per cent increase in attacks in 2016, the report noted.
Won't allow closure of cross-LoC trade over allegations of terror funding: Muft
Srinagar: J&K CM, Mehbooba Mufti has said that PDP will not allow closure of cross-LoC trade."There are many difficulties through the Wagah border; charas and ganja comes from there but no one talks about closing it. Just because a mistake happens on the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road, we should not talk about closing it. We will not allow that to happen," she said while speaking at a rally held here to mark the 18th foundation day of the PDP.A section of Indian media had earlier during the day on Saturday reported that the NIA has recommended the closure of cross-LoC  trade after gathering “evidence” that the trade between the 2 parts of divided Kashmir is being misused to fund terrorists.Asian Age
Amid Doklam crisis, Xi inspects novel military parade ahead of PLA anniversary
Beijing: Amid the standoff with India in the remote Doklam plateau, and rising tensions in North Korea, China has held a novel military parade, which was low on ceremonials, but high on demonstrating the country’s military modernisation on the watch of President Xi Jinping.Dressed in combat fatigues and riding a jeep instead of a ceremonial car, President Xi, inspected a unique event, where soldiers demonstrated their combat skills, in vast open spaces, used for training, in windswept Inner Mongolia. Simultaneously, China showcased its new weapons, of which, nearly half were on public display for the first time. J-20 stealth fighters, widely seen as China’s answer to the F-35 and F-22 fifth generation fighters of the United States, flown in formation for the first time, were the stars of the parade.Besides, there were other planes, which were especially suited for long range flights from artificial islands that China has developed in the South China Sea. China’s strategic nuclear missiles were once again among the highlights of the parade. All the weapons on display were of Chinese-origin.Addressing troops, Xi conveyed a twin message— 24x7 combat readiness against any enemy, and political cohesion through unswerving loyalty of the armed forces to the Communist Party of China (CPC).the hindu
Sharad Yadav goes on spree of attacks against Modi govt, hints rift in JDU
It seems JDU is no more left “united” after the recent political events in Bihar and party’s senior leader Sharad Yadav who was reportedly not happy with Nitish Kumar’s decision to hold hands with BJP, is not going to hold back.Yadav who has been silent on Nitish Kumar’s swapping of allies is coming up with periodical attacks on Modi govt for its failure on several fronts including farmers and Black Money.Ex-JD(U) president Sharad Yadav has been critical of the saffron party and its policies and it was reported that he was unhappy with Bihar CM Nitish Kumar’s decision to break “Mahagathandhan” and form govt with BJP led NDA’s support. Sharad, who is also JDU’s Rajya Sabha MP on Sunday, continued his sporadic attack against Centre govt and tweeted that NDA govt failed in bringing back the black money and no one was caught in Panama Papers leak case. Neither black money slashed abroad returned, one of d main slogans of d ruling party nor anyone caught out of those named in Panama papers." Yadav is on a spree of attacks against BJP led ruling govt despite his Party JD(U) joined hands with the saffron party in Bihar to form the govt.Earlier on Saturday, Sharad attacked Modi govt for collecting too many cesses on the name of different services while the situation in the country remains as it is.News Nation
Sharad Yadav's tweet attack on BJP: Black money stashed abroad did not return
Lalu asks JD(U)’s Sharad to lead fight; dissent in NDA over cabinet berths
Patna:Patna Dumped and still seething, RJD chief Lalu Prasad is looking to get back at chief minister Nitish Kumar whose decision to go with the BJP has reportedly upset senior party colleague Sharad Yadav.Prasad invited the JDU co-founder Yadav to lead the fight against BJP and Kumar, who, he said, had joined hands with “communal and fascist forces and betrayed the people’s mandate”.“Nitish has tarnished the image of Ambedkar. I urge Sharad Yadav, whom we consider the true leader, to travel to every corner of the country and come to Bihar and join our fight against the BJP and Nitish Kumar,” Prasad told ANI on Saturday.HT            
Dalits and Left must come together to stop BJP: Mevani
Dalit politics saw a resurgence in the wake of the public flogging of Dalits at Una in Gujarat in July last year. Jignesh Mevani, a lawyer-turned-social activist from that State, has emerged as its most visible spokesperson. In Kozhikode to attend a host of events, he spoke to The Hindu. He said, "The most visible change is the raising consciousness among the Dalit youth. The ‘institutional murder’ of Rohith Vemula, the Una flogging, and the Saharanpur episode have given tremendous hope to them and the progressive camp. We could also bring about a class perspective in the Dalit movement which it lacked or lost in the last two decades after getting entangled in identity politics. Within a year, I hope I can initiate land struggles in Karnataka, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Haryana, Gujarat, and Rajasthan.There have been targeted attacks on the minorities too...Yes, but the minorities are not taking to the streets like Dalits. They are scared. Incidents like Dadri and Junaid’s murder call for their coming out in large numbers in a Una kind of struggle." He added, "Dalits and the Left must come together, there is no other way. Without annihilation of caste, class struggle will not become a material reality and without class struggle, caste cannot be annihilated.In Kerala, if the Left government is interested in the annihilation of caste, all those caste-based clusters and colonies should be wiped out."The Hindu
Mohsin murder case: Family now seeks Ujwala Pawar as special public prosecutor after Maha govt’s idleness
Weeks after advocate Rohini Salian was not appointed as Special Public Prosecutor in Mohsin Shaikh’s murder case, the family of the victim has now asked the Maharashtra government to let continue Ujwala Pawar as the special public prosecutor in the case.28-year-old Mohsin Shaikh was a Pune based IT professional who was killed by members of Hindu Rashtra Sena killed in 2014 when he was returning from a mosque after prayers.The case took a strange turn when its advocate Ujjwal Nikam withdrew hiss position as the special public prosecutor in the case. Left clueless after Nikam’s withdrawal, the family asked state government to appoint advocate Rohini Salian as a special public prosecutor.Even after Rohini Salian gave her consent to appear as special public prosecutor in the case on July 17, state’s home department did not take any action regarding her appointment. Even Mohsin’s father Sadiq Shaikh made several requests for the same. As per the records, Sadiq Shaikh has written total four letters dated June 16, July 12, July 18 and July 19 this year to the Maharashtra government, but none of them was replied to.Sadiq Shaikh has also told informed the ministry that accused personnel are taking advantage of the absence of special public prosecutor. Sadiq Shaikh said, “Two dates have been passed already without SPP. Next date is on July 31, before we would like a confirmation of the appointment.”TCN
Taslima sent back from Aurangabad airport after protests
Aurangabad:Controversial Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen was sent back from the airport in Aurangabad to Mumbai after protests by a group of people against her visit to the city, police said on Sunday. Nasreen landed at the Chikal thana Airport last evening by a flight from Mumbai. Police stopped the author from stepping out of the airport, where a crowd had gathered shouting slogans like “Taslima Go Back”. DCP (zone-II) Rahul Shrirame said Nasreen was sent back to Mumbai by the next flight to avoid any “law and order problem” in this city in central Maharashtra.The author was advised to abandon her visit to the city and she agreed to go back, the police officer said. Protesters had also gathered outside a hostel where Nasreen was to stay during her three-day visit. Police said they had come to know that the writer was planning to visit the world heritage sites of Ajanta and Ellora besides other tourist spots in Aurangabad. The protest at the airport was led by Imtiyaz Jaleel, the AIMIM legislator from the Aurangabad central constituency.PTI
Mewat :Hindu boys ‘forced’ to offer namaz, Muslim teachers suspended
GURUGRAM: 2 Muslim teachers accused of forcing the only two Hindu students of a government-run residential school in Mewat to offer namaz have been suspended, while another has been transferred.A three-member panel, led by the district education officer, has also been constituted by deputy commissioner Mani Ram Sharma to investigate the charges against the three teachers of Mewat Model School in Madhi village. The school has 207 students and is one among several run by the Mewat Development Agency (MDA) for local residents.Action was taken against the trio — a computer science teacher, an Urdu teacher, and a social science teacher who's also the hostel warden — after parents of the Hindu students complained to Sharma on July 22. While one of the Hindu boys is a student of class VIII, the other studies in class IX. They are cousins."Other students in the school have said the three teachers would ask the two Hindu students to abide by Islamic norms and offer namaz. The teachers also often asked the two Hindu students to convert to Islam," teacher in-charge Naveen Shakti said.The computer science teacher and the Urdu teacher were suspended on July 28, while the hostel warden has been transferred to another school in Firozpur Zhirka, she added. The school, however, is left with only five teachers now.Shamim Ahmad, project officer of the Mewat Development Agency, said, "As per the complaints of the parents, action has been taken against the teachers. The truth will come out after the final probe report."
Some women term consensual acts as rape after break-up: Delhi HC
New Delhi: The aspect of women using law as a "weapon for vengeance and personal vendetta" was highlighted by the Delhi high court in a recent judgment where it refused to prosecute a man whose wife sought a retrial of a rape case lodged before they got married in 2015."This court had observed on numerous occasions that the number of cases where both persons, out of their own will and choice, develop consensual physical relationship and when the relationship breaks due to some reason, the women uses the law as a weapon for vengeance and personal vendetta."They tend to convert such consensual acts as an incident of rape, may be out of anger and frustration thereby defeating the very purpose of the provision. This requires a clear demarcation between rape and consensual sex especially in the case where the complaint is that consent was given on the promise to marriage," Justice Pratibha Rani observed in her order dismissing the plea of the woman.  The woman had moved the high court challenging the trial court's March 2016 order acquitting him, even though it was based on her own statement that the FIR was a result of a "misunderstanding" between the couple.He was let off by the trial court as the woman, who had alleged that she was raped after being made to consume a sedative-laced drink, turned hostile before the lower court. TOI
WORLD
Saudi-led bloc 'cannot shrink list of demands on Qatar', says ready for dialogue with conditions
Four Arab countries boycotting Qatar will only enter dialogue to ease the dispute if Doha agrees to certain demands, and "fights terror", the group said on Sunday as they met in Manama.High-level officials from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt reiterated their positions on the Gulf crisis, condemning Qatar for what they perceive as Doha's support for armed groups. Qatar has repeatedly denied those allegations."The four countries are ready for dialogue with Qatar with the condition that it announces its sincere willingness to stop funding terrorism and extremism and its commitment to not interfere in other countries' foreign affairs and respond to the 13 demands," Bahrain's Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa said after meeting his counterparts.The televised news conference in Manama came more than one month after the Saudi-led bloc cut diplomatic ties with Qatar and imposed a land, sea and air blockade on the country. As part of the boycott, the four countries also expelled Qatari expatriates.The group on Sunday acknowledged that Qatari citizens had suffered as a result of their siege.However, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir refused to negotiate on a list of 13 demands on Doha that was received by Qatar more than two weeks after the crisis broke out. aljazeera
Four Arab countries say ready for Qatar dialogue with conditions
Palestinian businesses count losses after al-Aqsa Mosque protests
People who have built their livelihoods around the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem are taking stock after two weeks of protests.Small business owners say they have collectively lost millions of dollars. Aljazeera
Israel to strip Amnesty International of tax benefits over support for BDS
Israel’s Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon has reportedly taken steps to strip Amnesty International of its tax benefits in Israel, barring Israeli donors from receiving tax deductions from their donations to the international human rights organization owing to its calls to boycott Israel’s illegal settlements on occupied Palestinian territory, Israeli media reported on Saturday.According to Israeli media, Miki Zohar, a member of the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, from the right-wing Likud party wrote a letter to Kahlon in which he accused Amnesty International of working to “persecute and slander IDF soldiers.” He reportedly wrote:Amnesty supports illegal infiltrators and draft refusers, and works with all its might to harm the State of Israel. He then went on to request that the finance minister use the anti-Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) bill passed in March, which banned foreigners who have openly expressed support for BDS from entering the country, in order to “immediately revoke Israel’s recognition of donations to Amnesty, since it is an organisation which encourages others to boycott all or part of Israel.” middleeastmonitor
Pakistan parliament to elect new PM after Sharif ouster
Pakistan's parliament will meet on Tuesday to elect a new prime minister after the disqualification of three-time leader Nawaz Sharif.Mamnoon Hussain, Pakistan's president, called the special parliamentary session late on Saturday after Sharif put forward Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as the interim leader and his brother, Shahbaz Sharif, as the long-term successor. Shahbaz, currently the chief minister of Punjab province - Pakistan's most populous region and the Sharifs' political heartland - will have to resign from his post and run for a by-election to join parliament before he is elected as prime minister.Sharif's PML-N party has a strong majority in parliament and is expected to succeed in installing Abbasi for the interim 45-day period. aljazeera
Shahbaz Sharif may nominate son to succeed him as Pak Punjab CM: Report
Lahore:Pakistan Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, who is set to succeed his brother Nawaz Sharif as the Pakistan prime minister, may nominate his son Hamza Shahbaz as the new head of the second largest province of the country, according to a media report.According to sources at PML-N, however, the final say on the decision on who gets to helm Punjab rests with ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, who is looking to consolidate the party’s control in Punjab province.The PML-N cannot afford to lose its grip on Punjab at this time, especially since the next general elections are barely a year away, a senior PML-N leader was quoted as saying Dawn News.“Shahbaz wants his son, who is already acting as the deputy chief minister, to succeed him for the remaining term in Punjab. However, [it is up to] Nawaz Sharif to decide whether Hamza will be the right choice for the post or not,” said a senior PML-N legislator from Punjab.PTI

Turkey’s first hijabi deputy is the new ambassador to Malaysia
Turkey’s former Virtue Party lawmaker Merve Kavakci who was ousted from parliament in 1999 for wearing a headscarf, has been appointed as the new ambassador to Malaysia, by a decree issued by the Turkish govt.Kavakci’s case, which her sister –  parliamentarian Ravza Kavakci Han –  called a “political lynch campaign”, has shaped Turkish politics for years.A Harvard graduate, Kavakci was a professor at George Washington University and Howard University in Washington DC. However, she went back to Turkey to participate in politics and was elected as an Istanbul deputy of the Virtue Party, a conservative political party, in April 1999.On May 2, 1999 Kavakci walked into the Turkish Grand National Assembly, wearing a headscarf, to take her oath of office as a member of Turkish Parliament. Jasarat
Hamburg stabbing suspect known as radical, mentally unstable
BERLIN: A Palestinian man who allegedly stabbed one person to death and wounded six others in Hamburg was known to authorities as a suspected Islamic radical but is also psychologically unstable, German officials said on Saturday.The suspect, a 26-year-old who had no identity papers other than a birth certificate showing he was born in the UAE, was quickly overwhelmed by passers-by and arrested after Friday's attack at a supermarket in Hamburg's Barmbek district.He was not named by authorities in keeping with Germany privacy laws.The man's motive remained unclear Saturday but he is believed to have acted alone and there are no indications he had links to any network, Hamburg state interior minister Andy Grote said.PTI
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