Thursday, 31 August 2017

31 Aug. 2017 NEWS DIGEST



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31 Aug. 2017: 08 Zilhajja 1438:Vol:8, No:270
GDP growth hits 3-year low of 5.7%, GST and demonetisation seen as major factors
New Delhi:The economic growth of India slipped to a three-year low of 5.7% in April-June as disruptions caused by demonetisation spilled over to the third straight quarter amid slowdown in manufacturing activities.According to the government data, the GDP had expanded by 6.1 per cent in the preceding quarter.This compares with revised growth of 7.9 per cent in the first quarter of 2016-17.Here are some reactions:Anjali Verma, Economist, Phillipcapital Inida, Mumbai said, “The impact of demonetisation has faded, definitely. But the next quarter impact will be of GST (goods and services tax), which will have an adverse impact on growth overall. GST impact is just a one quarter phenomena, or at best one month after that. But then in the medium to long term it’s expected to be a positive. I would expect GDP for the full year will be somewhere closer to 6 percent. We don’t expect any rate cuts from here on. RBI will stay hooked on to inflation.”Abheek Barua, Chief Economist, HDFC BANK, New Delhi said, “GDP numbers are certainly disappointing. The numbers seem to suggest that the slowdown from last quarter has intensified due to the combination of long-term slowdown and temporary shock factors like demonetisation and GST  destocking. A rate cut from RBI now becomes more and more probable, not immediately, but over the next 6 months. We have to revise our GDP outlook numbers for the full year closer or perhaps lower than 7 percent.”Indranil Pan, Group Economist, IDFC BANK, Mumbai said, “The downside impact from demonetisation is no longer going to be there. Going ahead growth will be driven by GST and the pace of cleaning banks’ balance sheets to improve the credit culture in the economy. In my opinion, the bank balance sheet problem will take a longer time than what others are expecting as it is not only cleaning the bad debt, but also improving capital base following mergers in the sector. There is a need to focus on the quality of growth rather than quantity, and for this we can afford to loosen our fiscal deficit target, spend more on investments rather than depend only on consumption to fuel growth.” indianexpress
India seen posting stronger economic growth as shock from cash clampdown, post-GST fades: Reuters
India's economy likely showed further signs of recovery in the latest quarter from a shock cash squeeze late last year, but the rebound is not expected to be strong enough to help it reclaim the crown of the world's fastest-growing major economy.GDP is expected to have expanded 6.6% in the April-June quarter from a year earlier, according to economists polled by Reuters. That would mark a solid acceleration from 6.1 % growth in Jan-March, but still lag China's 6.9% print in the latest quarter. Forecasts ranged from 5.7 to 7.2%. PM Modi's shock decision last Nov.to scrap high-value old banknotes wiped out about 86% of currency in circulation virtually overnight, pounding consumer demand.Since then, high frequency indicators such as sales of 2-wheel vehicles, oil consumption, cargo traffic and rail freight have shown the impact of the cash clampdown is gradually fading."The economy likely dusted off the post-demonetisation lull," said Radhika Rao, an economist at DBS Bank in Singapore.Yet, Asia's 3rd-largest economy is far away from firing on all cylinders - capital spending remains weak and debt-laden banks are still circumspect in lending. Confusion over a new GST and high debt levels in rural areas could also dampen activity in coming months.The launch of a GST on July1 has caused chaos on the ground as ambiguous rules have left firms confused over how to price their products. Business surveys showed both services and manufacturing activity contracted at their fastest rate in years in July.In rural areas, huge inventories of grain from last year's record harvest has led to large declines in prices, leaving millions of farmers in debt.
Rupee: Illegal cash crackdown failed - bank report
Demonetisation hits RBI’s profit margins: SBI Research
New Delhi:Demonetisation has caused net loss to RBI’s seigniorage - the profit accruing from currency issuances and liquidity operations - besides increasing the cost of printing notes, says an SBI Research report. On November 8 last year, the Govt  had banned old ₹500 and ₹1,000 notes in an attempt to weed out black money in the country. The old notes were allowed to be deposited in banks, with unusual deposits coming under income tax scrutiny.“The demonetisation exercise has resulted in net loss of seigniorage to RBI,” SBI’s research report Ecowrap said. “In the current case, there is a seigniorage loss, as the face value of ₹15.28 trillion of ₹17.1 trillion has been printed,” it said.PTI
Shame on RBI which ‘recommended’ demonetisation: Chidambaram
New Delhi: Ex-finance minister P Chidambaram has used RBI figures to lash out at it, saying one %  of the demonetised notes not coming back to the central bank was a “shame on RBI”.He also questioned Modi Govt whether its demonetisation decision was designed to convert black money into white.The Congress said Govt  utterly failed and 104 innocent lives were lost during the exercise and demanded an apology from the PM .“99% notes legally exchanged! Was demonetisation a scheme designed to convert black money into white?,” Chidambaram said on Twitter.He also said that the economists behind the demonetisation move “deserve Nobel prize” as the RBI gained Rs 16,000 crore, but lost Rs 21,000 crore in printing new notes.“Rs 16000 cr out of demonetised notes of Rs 1544,000 cr did not come back to RBI.That is 1%. Shame on RBI which ‘recommended’ demonetisation.“RBI ‘gained’ Rs 16000 crore, but ‘lost’ Rs 21000 crore in printing new notes! The economists deserve Nobel Prize,” he said in a series of tweets.All but 1.4 %  of the old Rs 1,000 notes have come back into the banking system post demonetisation, RBI said in its annual report for 2016-17.Out of 632.6 crore pieces of Rs 1,000 currency notes in circulation, 8.9 crore have not been returned post the note ban last Nov, it said.Congress in-charge of communication department Randeep Surjewala said demonetisation is nothing but a “disaster” in which 104 innocent people were killed while ‘corrupt’ made ‘windfall gains’.He also said that the demonetisation scam not only dented institutional sanctity of RBI, but also credibility of India abroad and demanded an apology from PM.“Demonetisation Scam,not only dented institutional sanctity of RBI,but also credibility of India abroad.PM should apologise to the nation,” he said in a series of tweets. hindustantimes
'The economists deserve Nobel Prize': Chidambaram rips apart demonetisation in 3 tweets
99% of demonetised notes returned: Rahul says disaster, Mamata calls it big scam
New Delhi:Opposition parties launched a stinging attack on the Centre over last year’s demonetisation exercise, with the Congress seeking an apology from PM Narendra Modi after RBI data showed that nearly 99% of the banned banknotes were deposited in banks.RBI annual report released on Wednesday raised doubts whether demonetisation achieved the Govt ’s claims on the move as a “surgical strike” on black money. Demonetisation critics say that tax evaders managed to legalise their unaccounted money through shell companies and proxies,made high-value purchases using backdated bills and colluded with bank officials to exchange old currency. Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi tweeted that the move was a “colossal disaster” that “cost innocent lives” and “ruined” the economy”.West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee said RBI data “points to a big scam”.“Is not the RBI’s revelation this evening on demonetisation pointing to a big scam?” Banerjee wrote on her Facebook wall.HT
Opposition attacks Govt  on demonetisation, Congress seeks Modi apology
Deadline for linking PAN with Aadhaar extended till Dec.31
New Delhi:The government on Thursday extended by four months the deadline for linking PAN with biometric identifier Aadhaar till Dec.31, a source said.The deadline for linking PAN with Aadhaar for taxpayers was to end on Aug 31.PTI
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Mumbai building collapse in Muslim dominated Bhendi Bazaar: death toll rises to 21; 50 more trapped
Mumbai: The death toll has risen to 21 and 15 were injured as a 6-storeyed building collapsed in south Mumbai's Bhendi Bazaar area this morning, shocking a city that is still reeling from the aftershocks of Tuesday's deluge.T he residential building, named Husseini, located near JJ Junction in Pakmodia street, reportedly collapsed around 8.30am. Ambulances, 10 fire brigades and NDRF teams have been rushed to Husseini Building, which was located in a busy market area. Chief Fire Officer and Commissioner of Police have also been mobilized. The building was 117 years old. It had 2 wings, both of which collapsed.The number of people trapped in the building's debris is yet to be ascertained but initial reports suggest as many as 50 could be trapped. However, residents were witnessed requesting authorities to start digging the debris to rescue the trapped residents. The police also suspected gas leakage in the area, following which electricity was cut off in the surrounding buildings and the police could be heard appealing to people not to light any inflammatory material or use electricity that could trigger a possible fire. JJ Hospital confirms the death toll at 21. JJ Hospital has released list of people who died in the tragedy. While some were brought dead, others died in the hospital. Also, officials have not been able to identify all the victims till now. Those who have been identified are:Hasan Arsiwala, Tasneem Arsiwala, Fatima Sayyed Zafar, Naseer Ahmed, Sayyed Jama Zafer, Bacchwa, Nazir Gulam Shaikh, Sakina Chashmawala, Mustafa Rais Shaikh, Najmuddin Cashmawala, Hafiz Mohsin Shaikh, Mahesh Nalawde, Altaf Hayder Mansoori, Abbas Najmuddin Chasmawala, Amantulla Abbas Chashmawala, Afzal Alam.M Fadnavis visits site, announced ex-gratia payment of Rs 5 lakh to the kin of the dead. Husseini building was categorised as "most dangerous" by the BMC. Of the 791 "most dangerous" buildings, 186 (23%) had been demolished and 117 (14 %) had been evacuated. Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust issues statement on the tragedy:"We are extremely saddened and concerned at this unfortunate incident and our thoughts and prayers are with the affected families. All the necessary support from the trust and the disaster management teams including MCGM, Mumbai Police, BMC and MHADA is being mobilised towards ensuring the safety of all tenants in the affected area.The residents of the 117-years-old Husaini building in Bhendi Bazaar collapsed at 8:30 am today. This ground+6 building housed a total of 13 tenants which included 12 residential and 1 commercial. Out of these, the trust has already shifted 7 families in 2013-14.MHADA notices dated 28-03-2011 and 20-05-2011 declaring the building dilapidated were issued along with offer of transit accommodation to the tenants and occupants.At present the area has been cordoned off to carry out the evacuation process smoothly. We very sincerely thank the locals and all the government authorities for their prompt and immediate action."About 50 children had a narrow escape today when the building collapsed. A playschool functioned on the ground floor of the Hussaini building. The structure collapsed just about 20 minutes before the playschool was to start at 9 am, the father of a two-year-old playschool-goer said. Mumbai Mirror
Mumbai rain: Husaini building came down minutes before my child's playschool started, says father
Explosion-like sound, dust cloud: Dawood's brother describes Mumbai building collapse
Mumbai: There was an explosion-like sound, followed by a swirl of dust as 5-story Husaini building in his neighbourhood collapsed, said Iqbal Kaskar, absconding gangster Dawood Ibrahim's younger brother.The dilapidated building in congested Bhendi Bazar area in South Mumbai collapsed this morning. The death toll had reached 19 by evening. Kaskar, who lives in a nearby building, said he was at home and had just woken up when he heard a loud "explosion-like sound", followed by a swirl of dust. "I immediately rushed down," he said."We felt our building vibrate," Kaskar said, speaking to a Marathi channel.Not many people lived on the upper floors, but several workers lived on the ground floor, Kaskar said.It was a residential-cum-commercial building,he added.PTI
Toddlers among latest victims of Mumbai monsoon floods
2 toddlers were among 14 people killed in Mumbai after floods destroyed homes and disrupted traffic in India's financial capital, police said, but lighter-than-feared rain on Wednesday helped relief efforts.Police said a 45-year-old woman and an 18-month old child, members of the same family, died after their home in the northeastern suburb of Vikhroli crumbled on Tuesday, while a two-year-old girl died in a wall collapse.More than 1,200 people have died across India, Bangladesh and Nepal in the worst flooding brought on by monsoon rainfall to strike South Asia in years.Tuesday's deluge in Mumbai - nearly a month's average rainfall in a single day - had halted train services and led to flight cancellations. aljazeera
After Gorakhpur tragedy, over 800 children die in Jharkhand hospitals
Ranchi:More than 800 children have died in two hospitals in Jharkhand this year, with most deaths blamed on encephalitis, officials and sources said.A total of 660 children have died at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Ranchi, its Director B.L. Sherwal said. Another 164 deaths have been reported in the last four months from Jamshedpur’s Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Hospital.“This year 4,855 children were admitted and 4,195 were discharged after being cured,” Sherwal said. “(A total of) 660 children could not be saved. We have treated and cured 86.40% of children.”He added that 103 of the deaths took place in August.Sources at RIMS said 51%  children died due to encephalitis, 17%  due to pneumonia and the rest due to malaria, snake bite, breathing problems and being underweight.The sources said 1,118 children died last year at RIMS.Jharkhand CM  Raghubar Das has reportedly asked Additional Chief Secretary of the Health Department, Sudhir Tripathy, to personally probe the deaths which took place in Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Hospital and in Gumla’s Sadar Hospital also.7 deaths have been reported this year from Sadar Hospital, allegedly due to medical negligence.IANS
Hadiya beaten up, cried for help: Activists protesting in front of Kerala convert's house
24-year-old old Hadiya, a Muslim convert from Kerala's Kottayam district has been under house arrest since May this year, after the Kerala HC annulled her marriage to a Muslim man. On Wednesday, 5 women – students, journalists and a filmmaker – carried out a silent protest outside Hadiya's house in Vaikkom, criticising the gross violation of human rights. The protest came after the women were denied permission to meet Hadiya or give her the books and gifts they had brought for her. Their faces covered, the women held placards that read, "Release Hadiya from house arrest" and "Free Hadiya, We say no to house arrest".With hashtag #hughadiya, the protesters took to Facebook with a video explaining the reasons for their protest."We came here to meet Hadiya, but it’s been 15 minutes since we reached here and we have not been allowed to enter the house. We have come here to give some sweets, clothes and books to Hadiya,” a protester said.“At this point, our request is not to meet Hadiya in person, but to send across these gifts we got her. But when we spoke to the parents, they told us that they were providing everything Hadiya needs, and that nobody else should get anything for her. But what we saw here was Hadiya telling us from the window to help her, since she was being beaten up," she added. One of the protesters Anusha Paul, a documentary film maker, told TNM that they wanted to give Hadiya some gifts because Onam is coming up. "We understand it is difficult to get permission from her parents for us to meet her. But we hope we'll be able to speak to the parents and get these gifts delivered to her. Onam is coming up, and we want to give her some clothes, flowers and sweets. Also a note pad, in which she can write," Anusha said. Anusha also alleged that the police personnel on duty outside Hadiya’s house had behaved rudely with them."Local residents too gathered and started telling everyone that we were terrorists. There was a CI on duty and he spoke to us very rudely and insulted us. The husband of one of the women had accompanied us and was standing a little away from where we were protesting. CI then picked him up and went to the police station. When his wife questioned the cops, the CI pushed her." All the 6 women protesters as well as the husband of one of them, have now been charged for rioting by the Vaikkom police.SI said that they have not secured bail yet. thenewsminute
'Save Me,' Hadiya Shouted From Window: Activists
Case against 7 including 6 women who went to meet Hadiya
 Trespassing charges were filed against 7 people, including 6 women, who came to meet Hadiya, who was known as Akhila before she chose to convert to Islam,at her house . Cases were filed against one Faisal of Mundakkayam, his wife Shabna and 5 other women by Vaikom police.TOI
Sunni Ulema Council seeks jail term for those giving, validating instant talaq
Kanpur: Sunni Ulema Council has written to the union law ministry, demanding jail term for those giving or validating instant talaq, which the Supreme Court has declared unconstitutional. The Council’s position is at odds with the Jamiat-e-Ulema Hind’s hardline view of the Supreme Court verdict.Sunni Ulema Council’s first demand is that if a man gives his wife instant talaq, he should be made liable to fork out 10 times the Mehr, an essential payment the groom agrees to make at the time of nikah (marriage) to the woman.The amount is mentioned in the nikahnama (marriage contract). The 2 parties, along with their witnesses, sign it.At the same time, talaq giver should face 2 years’ imprisonment and be liable to pay a fine of Rs 2 lakh. Another demand is that any cleric who validates triple talaq should face imprisonment of a year and a fine of Rs 1 lakh, which should be paid to the divorced woman.Haji Mohammad Salees, general secretary of the Ulema council, said:“We have told the law minister that without tough laws, the decision of the Supreme Court will be lost and this practice (instant talaq) will continue.” “This practice has darkened the innumerable lives of women and children. It is time to weed it out through law and awareness within the Muslim community,” he said. The council has suggested that the Govt  should constitute a committee of Muslim clerics and intellectuals with a mandate for abolition of this practice and complete adoption of the process of divorce as explained in the Quran, holy book of Muslims. Jamiat’s regional president Matinul Haq Osama Qasimi has been on record that no interference will be tolerated in the shariyat and the body was studying the order before it goes for a review. Jamiat is studying the SC order before it seeks a review. timesofindia
Telangana Govt  can’t interfere: Chief Qazi
Hyderabad:Mir Quadir Ali, president, Anjuman-e-Qaza’at (council of qazis) Telangana State, says that the Govt  has no power to interfere with the affairs of the qazis.“It has no right to interfere in our affairs. However, we are open to suggestions for improving our work and records,” Quadir Ali said.When asked about the fee prescribed for solemnising nikah, he said that the council had in 2015 fixed Rs 2,000 as the fee. “It was fixed taking into consideration the prevailing economic conditions. Since then, there has been no hike. For poor families, qazis relax the fees on humanitarian grounds,” Ali said.He pointed out that all records pertaining to nikahs have been with utmost care since decades. “This requires a lot of effort and hard work. We get the uniform ‘nikahnama’ and other forms from the Wakf Board office,” Ali said. To this day, all qazis submit copies of the nikahnama with the archives department and the Wakf Board. “A separate ‘qazat’ section operates at Wakf Board office where marriage certificates are issued. The head of the section is again appointed with the consent of the council,”he said.Deccan Chronicle.
Karnataka: Army men, locals clash over eviction notice to mosque
Bengaluru:Clashes broke out after Parachute Regiment Training Centre (PRTC) initiated an eviction process to take over administration of a mosque and a temple near Modi Garden in JC Nagar. A few residents were injured when the military men started caning civilians who threw stones at them to prevent their entry into the mosque.The army men formed a two-layer human chain, the first facing the crowd with lathis and the otherarmed with assault rifles.The incident happened around 10 am when locals gathered for prayers at the Mysore Lancers Mosque. They found that a mud road leading to the mosque was blocked by debris on which a metal fence was also spread out. They also placed two boards directing the locals to use Gate No. 5, a detour of three kilometres, to reach the mosque.Locals however, resisted this move. As the number of protesters increased, north division police deployed KSRP personnel.Senior army officials, including Commandant and Deputy Commandant visited the spot with hundreds of recruits.The situation turned volatile and the police feared things could go out of hand if the army men use their firearms against civilians. Caning of locals saved the day, a police sourcesaid.Later, Chickpet MLA Zameer Ahmed Khan prevailed upon the agitating people to calm down.He told them they would organise a peace meeting on Monday between MLAs representing locals and the brigadier in-charge of PRTC and discuss the future course of action. By evening, the army men cleared the way, removed the fence before withdrawing their troops.The mosque premises includes quarters for three families, one for the Imam, the other for Mouzhan, and the third for the caretaker of the mosque. On Saturday, 3 occupants received eviction notices through Speed Post from the city admin.and on Tuesday, the defence personnel pasted eviction notices on their doors.Eviction notices were also served on the two occupants of the Anjaneya temple, who moved out by Tuesday, the police said.Locals from Modi Garden claim 117-year-old mosque is a property of Wakf Board. There was a similar stand-off 6 months ago. “If the army claims the property, let it bring documents. We already have a court stay in 2011,” said a member of the mosque committee. Meanwhile, defence personnel in an official communication stated that mosque and temple are located on Defence land which was built for the troops of Mysore Lancers during the pre-Independence period.Army had even disconnected electricity and water supply to mosque. deccanherald
Army bid to evict occupants from mosque, temple draws residents’ ire:TOI
Mob attacks Christian school and girls hostel situated in front of Lt. Governor’s house in Delhi
In yet another case of an attack on minorities, a mob of more than 80 people attacked a school and hostels run by Baptist Church Trust Association in Delhi. The mob broke the doors, overpowered the guards at gun point, locked them and even tried to enter the girl’s hostel. Police reached the point and arrested few people who were later released and a FIR was lodged only on the next day. All this happened at a stone throw distance from LG house. The motive seems to be illegally acquiring the 28 acres of land owned by the trust.Around 80-90 people including 40-45 women barged into our premises No. 21 Raj Niwas Marg, Delhi i.e the office of Baptist Church Trust Association (BCTA) and thereafter they proceeded towards Stephen Thomas Girls Hostel, owned and managed by the BCTA and they unscrewed open the doors of the office. They over powered the security guards at gunpoint and locked them in a room threatening them to kill in case they raised any alarm. Speaking about the incident, Sumeet Nath, Secretary-Treasurer BCTA said,“Incident happened on the morning of Aug.17 around 7 AM and police reached the spot around 7:45 and arrested 15-20 people. We have been informed that police has verified the accused and released them same night and registered and FIR the next day.” Investigation has reportedly been handed over to DIU.Mob was led by one Rajinder Singh having the ulterior motives to grab the property.TCN
Chhattisgarh: Declared errant in 2014, BJP leader’s Durg gaushala got Rs 30 lakh in 2 years
Raipur:While BJP Govt  in Chhattisgarh is under fire for deaths of more than 200 cows in cattle shelters run by local BJP leader Harish Verma, state govt agencies had been informed about suspected irregularities in operation and finances of at least one of these shelters back in Nov.2014. But despite the warning, Shagun Gaushala, one of the errant cow shelters, owned by BJP leader in Durg district, received nearly Rs 30 lakh in 2015-16 and 2016-17, official documents reveal.In 2014, Chhattisgarh Lok Aayog had instituted an inquiry, and named Shagun Gaushala in Rajpur village, Durg, among 27 errant cattle sheds that allegedly mismanaged grants from the Govt -run Chhattisgarh Gau Seva Aayog. Shagun Gaushala was the shelter where cows were first found dead on August 18. The BJP leader was arrested the following day and was suspended by the party subsequently.A document detailing investigation by Lok Aayog dated Nov 14, 2014 says Gau Seva Aayog (cattle welfare commission) gives grants for fodder, breeding, medicines, water, wells, sheds and use of dung and urine. “It has come to the notice of Lok Aayog that grants by the Govt to gaushalas for these reasons are not being spent for this purpose. In several gaushalas, there are various financial and other irregularities,” according to document, signed by chief lokayukta of the Aayog. indianexpress
Naroda Patiya riots case: Hearing over, Gujarat HC reserves verdict
Ahmedabad:A division bench of the Gujarat High Court on Wednesday concluded hearing on a batch of appeal petitions moved by 32 convicts, including former BJP leader and minister Maya Kodnani, in the 2002 Noroda Patiya riots case of the killing of 97 people — the worst post-Godhra communal violence incident.Justices Harsha Devani and AS Supehia reserved the verdict after arguments by lawyers representing the convicts, the prosecuting agency — the Supreme Court appointed-SIT — and victims got over. There are a total of 11 appeal petitions, including 4 by the SIT.While all the convicts have appealed against their convictions, SIT has filed petitions for enhancing sentences of three convicts, including ex-Bajrang Dal leader Babu Bajrangi. Bajrangi was sentenced to life in jail with a provision of remission, but SIT has challenged that there should not be remission for him.Besides, SIT has appealed against 7 accused, including sisters Ramila and Gita Rathod, who were acquitted by special court in 2012. Their brother Mukesh Rathod, who got life imprisonment, has also filed an appeal petition. The father of the siblings, Ratilal Rathod alias Bhavani, was also an accused, but he died during the trial.The victims have filed pleas against the acquittal of 29 people.SIT on Tuesday had submitted a 90-page written arguments against the appeal petitions moved by 32 convicts. On Wednesday, division bench hinted that the investigation of the case was not proper, while the manner in which FIR was lodged was a “shame”. indianexpress
2007 Gorakhpur riots case: Hearing to continue in Allahabad High Court
The hearing on the 2007 Gorakhpur riots case will continue on Thursday in the Allahabad High Court. On Wednesday, petitioner’s counsel, SFA Naqvi, said that the order to not give the prosecution recommendation was incorrect. Naqvi said that the order had been made ‘in the back date’ because on May 4, during the hearing, the public prosecutor said that there was no information about this order and demanded time for the information.After the last hearing, it was told that the order to deny prosecution recommendation for UP CM  Yogi Adityanath was issued on May 3.It was also said that in today’s era with availability of number of communication channels any information can be sent or received from one country to another in a moment. In such a situation, the lack of information on the order of May 3 is under scanner.Earlier in May, UP Govt  denied permission to the Allahabad High Court for the trial of Adityanath in the matter. Allahabad High Court has exempted Adityanath from personal appearance and has also allowed to ratify the writ petition.UP Advocate General Raghvendra Singh told the Allahabad HC that the principal secretary had denied permission to try the CM .Earlier, the HC had summoned the principal secretary and had directed him to bring all documents related to the case. indianexpress
USTTAD Scheme: Modi’s minority scheme yet to address the minorities
Soon after Narendra Modi took charge as the PM  of the country, he announced several schemes for the welfare of minorities in the country. One such scheme was USTTAD, which was announced in the year 2014.Standing for the ‘Upgrading Skill and Training in Traditional Arts for Development’, USTTAD scheme, unfortunately, is yet to reach minorities of the country. Union ministry of minority affairs launched the scheme in 2015 from the Narendra Modi’s constituency Varanasi, with the hopes of turning the minority artisans into ‘Ustaad’ (skilled teachers).However, no one thought that the scheme for minority artisans and craftsmen would end up without the cognizance of minority itself. And the negligence started from the very base, where the scheme was launched, which is Varanasi. twocircles
As Doklam standoff ends, China says it will strengthen its patrols along disputed border
China’s defence ministry said on Thursday it will beef up patrols along a disputed stretch of the border in Doklam sector near Sikkim but also “adjust” troop deployments after ending a more than two-month standoff with India. Indian and Chinese troops had confronted each other on Doklam plateau, near the borders of India, its ally Bhutan and China, since mid-June in the most serious and prolonged standoff in decades.“Chinese military will continue to carry out its mission and responsibilities, strengthen its patrols and garrisons in the Donglang area and resolutely safeguard national sovereignty and security,” ministry spokesman Ren Guoqing said.HT
Thanks to Hinduism, India doesn't have radical Islam, says Chinese Global Times: Economictimes
After China's climbdown on Doklam, the state-run media has softened its shrill tone against India. An article in Global Times appreciates Hinduism for preventing the spread of radical Islam. "Why does it seem that Muslims in India have remained largely apart from the radicalization that has happened to Muslim groups in other parts of the world?" the article raises the question, citing the Islamist unrest in other parts of Asia: "Indian Muslims seldom have extreme organizations compared with groups in many other Asian countries. In the southern part of Philippines,extremists backed by Islamic State have turned their occupied cities into horrible places. In southern Thailand, terror attacks staged by Muslim extremists take place almost every week." economictimes
Rampal acquitted: Disappointed with shoddy police probe, says Hisar court
Hisar:A Hisar court that acquitted self-styled godman Rampal in 2 cases for lack of evidence on Tuesday has expressed disappointment with the shoddy police investigation. The judgement by judicial magistrate (first class) Mukesh Kumar in his judgement read, “The whole case is an example of the worst investigation. The prosecution despite having every canon of law failed to follow the proper procedure prescribed in the Criminal Procedure Code and the Indian Evidence Act.”The court said even as the assistant public prosecutor during the course of hearing claimed that the while incident was videographed, the investigating officer failed to place on record any video recording.It is recommended that investigation officer(s) should be well trained as every acquittal should be taken as the failure of justice delivery, the judgement says. HT
Time for Article 370, 35A of Constitution to go: Kashmiri pandits  body
Jammu:A body of migrant on Thursday demanded immediate revocation of the Article 370 and Article 35A of the Constitution, claiming these provisions only helped in the growth of separatism and terrorism in J&K . Panun Kashmir president Ashwani Kumar Chrungoo, during a press conference here, said, “We…think the time has come for the removal of these provisions (Article 370 and 35A) which only helped the growth of secessionist, separatism and terrorism in the state”.Recently, he said, a team of Panun Kashmir members visited MP,Gujarat,Rajasthan and Delhi to create awareness among the people and opinion makers on the issues relating to Kashmir and Kashmiri pandits. PTI
SIMI Kochi case: Plea for jail shift dismissed
Kochi: Kerala High Court has dismissed a petition filed by 11 accused in a case relating to the holding of a secret training camp of the outlawed SIMI at Wagamon in Idukki in 2007 seeking a directive to shift them from a Bhopal jail to a prison in the State. According to the petition, some of the accused while serving sentences in Panayikulam case at the Central Prison at Viyyur had been transferred to a Sabarmati jail in connection with some criminal cases in Gujarat. Panayikulam case related to a secret meeting of the banned SIMI at Panayikulam in Aluva in 2006.At that time, accused in the Wagamon case were languishing in the Sabarmati jail. While the trial in the Wagamon case was in progress through videoconferencing, all the accused were shifted from the Sabarmati prison to the Bhopal Central Prison in cases registered in Indore.The petitioners pointed out that they were worried about their safety as eight SIMI activists lodged in the Bhopal jail were shot dead in an encounter with the jail officials. Besides, the petitioners were being treated cruelly and tortured in the Bhopal jail. They were being denied their basic needs and facilities.They also contended that as they were undertrial prisoners in the Wagamon case, shifting to a prison in the State would enable them to effectively participate in the trial. thehindu
RSS outfit’s yatra to Ayodhya: To request Muslims for settlement of Ram temple dispute
Lucknow: Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM), RSS-backed outfit, has decided to take out a march from Lucknow to Ayodhya on Sept.11 to appeal to Muslims for an amicable settlement of Ram temple-Babri Masjid dispute. Nearly 100 leaders of MRM from across the state are likely to participate in the march on Lucknow-Faizabad National Highway. During march, MRM workers will interact with local Muslims on the route to appeal to them to allow Hindus build the Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya. They will also distribute pamphlets. MRM UP-Uttarakhand convener Khursheed Agha said, “We will try to convince Muslims that Hindus could tell better about birth place of Ram just like we, the Muslims, could give better information about ‘Mecca Madina’.” Indianexpress
Basirhat violence over Facebook post: Charges framed against 2 minors
Kolkata:North 24 Parganas police have filed their first chargesheet in connection with the Facebook post that triggered communal clashes in Baduria and Basirhat areas last month. Charges have been framed against two accused, both of whom are minors. The chargesheet was submitted on Monday in the juvenile justice court in Bidhannagar. “We have submitted a chargesheet. Charges have been framed against 2 people,” confirmed SP  C Sudhakar. According to the police, a Class XI student, who was first charged in the case, wanted to open a Facebook account, which his friend, the second accused, also a Class XI student, opened for him. Both had access to the account as both knew the password. Later, first accused opened another Facebook account, which had the same password as that of the previous one. Police sources said that the two friends had had an argument a few months before the incident, after which “one of the boys” put up an objectionable picture (linked to the Prophet and Kaaba) on his friend’s Facebook page to “get him into trouble”.Indian Express
Krantikari Janata: 1st Ambedkarite magazine published in Marathi, Urdu, its potential renaissance:TCN
In an age where social media and websites have become the easiest way to reach audiences, how feasible is it to start a print bilingual magazine? But then, profit has hardly ever been a major concern for Jayawant Hire, a resident of Ramabai Nagar, Mumbai and an Ambedkarite who is determined to restart his project:a magazine called Krantikari Janata after a break of nearly 11 years. 26 years ago, Hire launched Krantikari Janata to spread the movement of Ambedkar. Now in his mid-fifties, Jayawant Hire has witnessed and worked as, an important member of the Ambedkarite movement. When the magazine was launched, it was one of those remarkable magazines within Ambedkarite/Dalit literary tradition in Maharashtra that was established with the vision of strengthening the voice and literary resistance of Ambedkarite/ Dalit masses. Krantikari Janata was perhaps first magazine in Maharashtra that was simultaneously translated in Urdu from Marathi and published. TCN
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Benazir assassination case: 2 senior cops sentenced to 17 years in jail, 5 acquitted; Musharraf declared absconder
:In its verdict on the Benazir Bhutto assassination case, Pakistan’s anti-terrorism court on Thursday sentenced two senior police officers to 17 years in jail and declared former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf an absconder. The court also ordered the seizure of Musharraf’s property. Five other were acquitted in the case.Bhutto, the Pakistan Peoples Party chief and two-time prime minister of Pakistan, Bhutto, 54, was killed along with more than 20 people in a gun and bombing attack in Rawalpindi on Dec.27, 2007 when she came out of a park after addressing an election rally.Judge Asghar Khan announced the verdict in court, where former Rawalpindi CPO Saud Aziz and former Rawal Town SP Khurram Shahzad — suspects out on bail — were also present. Aziz and Shahzad were sentenced to 17 years in prison and ordered to pay a fine of Rs 5 lakh each. Both police officers – who were present in the court, were arrested from Adiala Jail. The case was registered soon after the assassination and the trial went through many ups and down until concluded on Wednesday in Rawalpindi.5 Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) suspects have been acquitted over lack of evidence. The suspects – Rafaqat Hussain, Husnain Gul, Sher Zaman,Aitzaz Shah and Abdul Rashid – were arrested soon after the crime and have been in jail. They had denied the charges. All accused were present at the time of announcement of trial except Musharraf. The trial of five suspects started in January 2008, while Musharraf, Aziz and Shahezad were implicated in 2009 after fresh probe by Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).“10 years later and we still await justice. Abettors punished but those truly guilty of my mothers murder roam free,” Bhutto’s daughter Aseefa Zardari tweeted soon after the verdict was announced. indianexpress
Musharraf declared fugitive in ex-PM Bhutto's murder
Nearly 50,000 Rohingya flee violence in Myanmar
Yangon:The suffocating smell of charred wood has followed 19-year-old Ahmed for days. On Saturday, a group of armed men set fire to his home village of Ywa Thai Kay. With flames licking his heels and the sound of bullets cutting through the air, Ahmed, who spoke under a pseudonym, was forced to flee his childhood home, desperately clutching his most prized possessions - his English books.Five days later, Ahmed is again facing the threat of arson, this time in the remote village of Myoma Kayin Dan where he and 2,000 other unarmed Rohingya civilians have sought refuge after losing their homes. Surrounding villages were burning on Wednesday. "There is a big river behind this village," said Ahmed in a phone interview. "The women and children will not be able to cross it. We are so worried because we are trapped between the river and the military with no food to eat."He continued: "If they start to burn this village, then we will all be in trouble; we have nowhere to go." "There is no ARSA here," Ahmed said, referring to the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, the ethnic armed group which launched a series of attacks against dozens of government checkpoints last Friday, in which more than 70 were killed, including 12 security officers. "We informed the military that there are no fighters here, that they can come check for themselves, but instead they are firing their guns at us and burning down our houses … we don't have anywhere to go, everyone is distressed and people are trying to commit suicide," he said with despair. At least 109 people have died in the military operation and clashes that have followed last week's attack. According to the government, most of the victims are Rohingya fighters although members of the security forces and civilians are also included in that figure.In the past week, nearly 50,000 Rohingya Muslims have been on the run from the violence. About 27,000 of those fleeing have crossed the border into Bangladesh, while 20,000 are trapped in a no man's land between two nations, according to UN sources, Reuters reported Thursday. The bodies of 20 Rohingya women and children were today recovered from a capsized boat by Bangladeshi border guards. aljazeera
Rakhine violence pushes more Rohingya refugees to Bangladesh
17 Rohingya, including children, drown fleeing Myanmar
Cox's Bazar:Bangladesh coastguards today found the bodies of 17 Rohingya, many of them children, who drowned when their boats capsized as they fled violence in Myanmar that has forced at least 18,500 to seek refuge across the border.Officials in Bangladesh say growing numbers of Rohingya are trying to cross the Naf river that divides the two countries in rickety boats ill-equipped for the rough waters as they become increasingly desperate to escape. The International Organization for Migration said yesterday that at least 18,500 Rohingya had crossed into Bangladesh since fighting erupted in Myanmar's neighbouring Rakhine state six days earlier.One coast guard official who asked not to be named said the migrants were travelling on "rickety inland fishing boats" unsuitable for the choppy seas around Bangladesh. Yesterday, the bodies of two Rohingya women and two children washed up in Bangladesh after their boat capsized.Officials said two more boats capsized on Thursday, killing at least 17 people, many of them children. outlookindia
Israel again shuts down Palestinian radio station
Israeli forces have shut down a Palestinian radio station in the occupied West Bank for 6 months, the army and sources at the station said on Thursday. Al-Hurria station in the southern West Bank city of Hebron was closed “for content inciting violence and encouraging terrorism,” an army spokeswoman said without providing further details.A source at the station said technical equipment had been confiscated during a raid on the station’s offices. Israel’s army regularly acts against media it accuses of encouraging young Palestinians to take up arms against Israeli forces in the West Bank.Al-Hurria, which means freedom in Arabic, was one of two channels similarly closed for six months in November 2015 shortly after the start of a fresh wave of Israeli-Palestinian violence.AFP
Egypt puts 296 Brotherhood defendants on terror list
Cairo:An Egyptian court has decided to place 296 defendants loyal to the banned Muslim Brotherhood on the country's terror list for 3 years.The defendants admitted during investigations that they joined the group, which was deemed as hampering the rule of law and harming national unity through temptations to topple the ruling authority, according to the Cairo Criminal Court on Wednesday, Xinhua reported citing MENA news agency. On Tuesday, the court made a similar decision against 56 brotherhood defendants.Egypt has been launching a massive crackdown on the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group since ex-President Morsi, a brotherhood leader, was removed by the military in July 2013 after mass protests against his one-year rule.A later dispersal of pro-Morsi sit-ins in the capital and nearby Giza left about 1,000 killed and thousands more arrested and facing mass trials.A judicial panel in charge of the group’s capital chain has previously seized funds of several Brotherhood-run businesses including supermarkets and private schools.IANS
64 combatants dead in fierce fighting between Syrian regime & IS: Report
Beirut: Fierce fighting between Syrian Govt  forces and the Islamic State group has killed 64 combatants in Raqa province over a 24-hour period, a monitoring group said on Wednesday. Clashes come with the army pressing an advance through Raqa, in northern Syria, towards neighbouring Deir Ezzor, the only remaining province of the war-ravaged country still in the hands of IS jihadists.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor, said the fighting had claimed the lives of 38 jihadists and 26 pro-regime combatants since Tuesday morning.It takes to 145 the overall death toll in six days of fighting in villages on the banks of the Euphrates River in the east of Raqa province, near Deir Ezzor. IS said in a statement on Tuesday that its members had killed dozens of regime combatants in "intense fighting lasting hours".AFP
US-led forces launch air strikes to stop IS reaching east Syria: Coalition
Beirut: US-led warplanes on Wednesday blocked a convoy of Islamic State fighters and their families from reaching territory the group holds in east Syria and struck a group of their comrades travelling to meet them, a coalition spokesman said.The strikes were aimed at stopping an evacuation deal for Islamic State fighters to leave their enclave on the Lebanon-Syria border for areas they hold in eastern Syria, arranged by the Lebanese Hezbollah group and the Syrian army.It was part of a ceasefire agreed after offensives last week by the Lebanese army on one front, and the Syrian army and Hezbollah on another, that pushed IS back into a small part of its enclave straddling the frontier. US coalition strikes on Wednesday to block the convoy moving into IS territory took place east of Humeima in southeast Syria, near the edge of land held by the Syrian govt, coalition spokesman Ryan Dillon said.He did not know if the evacuation convoy, which contains buses of fighters and their family members, as well as ambulances carrying wounded fighters, was now in IS or Syrian govt territory. Separately, leader of Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, defended Lebanese group`s involvement in the evacuation deal in a statement responding to criticism of the move from Iraqi PM  Haider al-Abadi. Reuters
US reveals higher number of troops in Afghanistan
US troop strength in Afghanistan has reached about 11,000 soldiers, exceeding the previous official level of 8,400 US forces, the Pentagon said.Lieutenant General Kenneth McKenzie, Pentagon joint staff director, confirmed the higher than previously disclosed force strength in a press conference on Wednesday.The revelation was made in an effort by Secretary of Defense James Mattis to promote transparency, Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said.President Donald Trump last week announced an expansion of US forces to increase operations against armed groups and to train and advise Afghan government security forces. The undetermined troop increase is to be added to the existing 11,000. aljazeera
Two million Muslims gather near Mecca for Hajj
Around 2 million Muslims are gathering near Saudi Arabia's Mecca for the peak day of the annual Hajj pilgrimage.From dawn to dusk on Thursday, the crowd will visit Mount Arafat to spend the day in supplication and contemplation.Muslims believe Prophet Muhammad delivered his final sermon on the granite hill more than 1,400 years ago."We hope that Allah will forgive our sins, and we hope to have a new start with our God," Khaled Ahmed, a 47-year-old pilgrim from Egypt, told the Associated Press news agency.In his sermon, the prophet is believed to have called on his followers to repay their debts, beware of Satan, perform five daily prayers, fast during the month of Ramadan and give to charity.He also called on those with the means to do so to perform the Hajj once in a lifetime and reminded worshippers of women's rights.As Eid approaches, however, hope faded for residents of Qatar who wanted to perform Hajj following the Gulf diplomatic crisis."I want[ed] to go on Hajj but I am not allowed," Mohammed Shafiq, a resident of Doha from Pakistan, told Al Jazeera."The Saudi embassy is closed so how am I supposed to go? ... I am an old man [this could be my last chance] and maybe I will die tomorrow," said Shafiq, who has been working hard to finance his once-in-a-lifetime trip to Mecca. aljazeera
           
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