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Wednesday, 23 August 2017

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23 Aug. 2017: 30 Zulqidah 1438:Vol:8, No:263
After talaq verdict, Govt will move for a uniform civil code? Govt  likely to call all-party meet on UCC
New Delhi: With the Supreme Court judgment holding triple talaq unconstitutional and illegal, will the Govt move towards bringing a uniform civil code in the country?Govt  is likely to call an all-party meeting on the issue of uniform civil code (UCC) soon after it gets a report from the Law Commission of India which is currently formalising its recommendations."Govt  is awaiting a report from the law commission on the issue of uniform civil code and once the recommendations are submitted, it will consult all parties and take a final view on this," law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Tuesday, indicating that the Govt  is in favour of initiating consultations for bringing the UCC in the country.The BJP, which had called for implementation of the uniform civil code as part of its poll manifesto in 2014, believes that "there cannot be gender equality till such time India adopts a Uniform Civil Code". The apex court verdict holding triple talaq unconstitutional will further strengthen the party's long-held stand of implementing a uniform civil code. Govt had made a reference to the law commission last year for giving its recommendation on the subject. The issue of triple talaq is part of this report to be submitted by commission which has already held preliminary consultations on the subject with stakeholders. "We were waiting for SC verdict before formalizing our recommendation on the UCC," law commission chairman Justice BS Chauhan told TOI. Much before the SC judgment, on a reference from a Kerala HC, the law commission had earlier examined validity of triple talaq among Muslims which it felt was not in consonance and uniformity with Islamic laws. timesofindia
End of triple talaq a gateway to Uniform Civil Code?
Modi-Govt  to target uniform civil code after triple talaq
Uniform Civil Code back in focus after SC declares instant triple talaq unconstitutional
SC bans triple talaq -Modi govt push for Uniform Code?
Is Triple Talaq verdict an early boost for PM Modi’s prospects in 2019? financialexpress
New Delhi :The Supreme Court of India on Tuesday set aside regressive triple talaq practice among Muslims after terming it unconstitutional in a 3:2 majority verdict. As soon as it was announced, BJP members across the country broke into celebrations with top leaders hailing the judgement as a much needed step towards the beginning of a new era of self-respect and equality for Muslim women. Party chief Amit Shah even said the BJP saw the verdict as “a resolute step towards a New India”.However, saffron party couldn’t hide its political agenda behind the fervent celebrations of apex court verdict on triple talaq. This has been apparent ever since BJP included triple talaq issue in its 2014 General Elections manifesto and followed it up during the assembly elections in UP  this year.
Kerala: Muslim bodies fear push for uniform civil code
Kozhikode: Muslim organisations in Kerala, especially those with forward-looking agendas, have generally accepted the Supreme Court verdict on triple talaq (instant divorce), even as they shared the concern that the Modi Govt  might ‘misuse’ it for going ahead with the uniform civil code.Muslim Educational Society president Fazal Gafoor said reformist organisations had always been against the practice of instant talaq. They had stood by the Shariah-compliant three-stage talaq which was scientific. “It was the failure of reformist movements to get the practice eradicated that necessitated the court’s intervention,” he told The Hindu. “Now that the court has given its verdict, the Govt should bring in a law within the framework suggested by the court.”Dr. Gafoor, however, is apprehensive that the Modi Govt will misuse the court verdict to push for its avowed objective of a uniform civil code, which, in his view, would damage India’s multi-religious social structure and federal polity.Sheikh Mohammed Karakkunnu, State vice-president of the Jamat-e-Islami, said triple talaq was against the spirit of Shariah, Islamic jurisprudence. He said Govt should not use the court order to head for a uniform civil code. Hussain Madavoor, Islamic scholar and ex-head of a faction of the Kerala Nadvatul Mujahideen, said triple talaq at one go was wrong. This should be incorporated in the new talaq law to be enacted. However, many organisations belonging to majority Sunni stream seemed resigned to the verdict even as they resented compromising the Muslim personal law. Samastha Kerala Jamiyathul Ulema, Sunni organisation, wanted Govt to make the new law Shariah-compliant.In a statement, Syed Mohammed Jifri Muthukoya Thangal, chief of the Samastha, said before making the law, a panel, that includes Muslim leaders and scholars, should study Shariah principles and draft the law in accordance with the Shariah norms. Thehindu
Fear of uniform civil code push
Qadianis welcome SC, raise pitch for Uniform Civil Code
 Ahmadiyyas have supported a ban on the controversial triple talaq, for long. The small community whose HQRS is at Qadian, has now gone a step further pronouncing its support for Uniform Civil Code.The reason for the community's opposition to triple talaq is based on the practices followed by them. The community lays great emphasis on educating its women and offers financial support for higher or professional education of its women, who must, at least, be a graduate before they think of marriage. Women’s education goes a long way in defining equal social terms."Our community has no fear of the scrapping of triple talaq because the couple is given time to think over and reconcile, and justice is done to both parties even if they wish to go separate ways. We also support Uniform Civil Code because we adhere to fair practices of inheritance, marriage, and divorce. And since we adhere to a uniform criminal code then why not have Uniform Civil Code too,”Tariq Ahmad, spokesperson of Ahmadiyya  said. firstpost
Muslim Mandal SC verdict, demands uniform civil code
Muslim Satyashodhak Mandal (MSM), reformist outfit, welcomed the Supreme Court verdict to set aside the practice of divorce through triple talaq.Appealing to Muslims to welcome "positive" verdict and the upcoming legislation, MSM president Shamsuddin Tamboli said the judgement will strengthen the movement demanding justice for Muslim women in the country." Due to inbuilt limitations of the Supreme Court, it has asked the Central Govt to enact a legislation in the next six months and since Parliament is the topmost platform to enact laws in the country, Muslims should welcome today's verdict and upcoming legislation wholeheartedly," he said.Founded by rationalist and thinker Hamid Dalwai in 1970, MSM has been campaigning for the rights of Muslim women. The organisation has been demanding scrapping of practices such as triple talaq, 'nikah halala' and polygamy in Muslim community." However, issues of Muslim women are not limited to triple talaq only. Polygamy, halala, adoption and the right to property are the real raging issues for the women. If all these issues are to be addressed, then the Muslim personal law should be reformed radically," he said.Tamboli said the Govt should also take a further step to implement Uniform Civil Code."PTI
Sufi Muslims reject apex court judgement
Karwan-e-Islami, one of the largest Islamic organisations of the proponents of Sufi order, rejected the Supreme Court judgement on triple talaq and decided to mobilise public opinion on the lines of Holy Quran and Sharia."We are Muslims and believe in the law of Allah and His Prophet.The judgement, whether it is from the Supreme Court or Parliament, will not have any impact on 20 crore Muslims. We are not satisfied the way the triple talaq issue is being highlighted," Moulana Ghulam Rasool Hami, chairman of Karwan-e-Islami, told DNA.
Jamiat says SC ruling on triple talaq violates Shariah
New Delhi: Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, one of India’s largest Muslim groups, on Wednesday described the Supreme Court decision on instant divorce as violative of the “Shariah” and a matter of “grave concern” for the Muslim community.Jamiat general secretary Maulana Mehmood Madani said instant triple talaq was still valid as per the Islamic code notwithstanding the Supreme Court declaring it as unconstitutional and void in law. “Even now, if a man administers instant talaq, it will come into effect as per Shariah for those who believe in it,” he told reporters here.Madani said Jamiat has appealed to Muslims in India not to resort to divorce, especially instant divorce, “without very compelling reasons”. hindustantimes
TMC MLA Siddiqullah Chowdhury describes SC verdict on instant triple talaq as ‘unconstitutional’
Kolkata: West Bengal Jamiat Ulema-i-Hind President and Trinamool Congress MLA Siddiqullah Chowdhury on Wednesday described the Supreme Court verdict on instant triple talaq as “unconstitutional” and said Apex Court and the Central Govt  had no right to interfere in internal matters of Islam. Chowdhury, who is also the state Library and Mass Education Minister, said, “The Supreme Court and the Central Govt  has no right to interfere in Muslim Personal Law. The verdict given by the Supreme Court is unconstitutional and we will not abide by it. Our central committee will meet today in Delhi to decide our future course of action in this regard.”While TMC Supremo Mamata Banerjee refused to comment on the issue, her party MLA and state minister today spoke againt the Supreme Court verdict. Chowdhury alleged that the SC Jugdes passed the order without having knowledge about Islam and its rituals. “The judges said that there is no mention of talaq in Quran. This is not true. In one Surah of the Holy Quran, we find the mention of talaq. Judges should have consulted with expert members of our community before passing the judgement. Triple talaq is mentioned in Quran and we will abide by it,” he said.Chowdhury also informed that if needed then his organisation will organise meetings and rallies in Kolkata to create a mass awareness on this. However he said that there should be no misuse of triple talaq. “We will educate members of our community not to misuse the law,” he said.indianexpress
2 other existing ‘talaq’ a challenge to gender justice: Chidambaram
New Delhi:Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Wednesday said even though the instantaneous divorce has gone, two other types of ‘talaq’ continue to exist and these are challenge to gender justice and gender equality. “Greater clarity. Only instant triple talaq is illegal. Other 2 kinds are also a challenge to gender justice and gender equality,” he said in a tweet. He said ‘triple talaq’ was a distortion of original Quranic legal principles and it was good that it has been declared unconstitutional by the apex court.“Majority judgement is a resounding affirmation of gender justice and of equality of spouses,” he said in another tweet.PTI
Bareilly: Cleric to file review petition over court order
Bareilly: A senior Islamic cleric of the region has announced to file a review petition over the Supreme Court’s decision on  triple talaq  .“We respect the Supreme Court’s decision. It is in fact a direction for the Govt  to make a law on triple talaq. We will appeal to the court to reconsider its decision and request the Govt to refrain from making a law, which is against the belief of people of Muslim community,” said Maulana Shahabuddin, chairman, Jamat Raza-e-Mustafa.“We will discuss this issue with lawyers to file the review petition and will even meet PM, if needed,” he added. Jamat is a religious organisation that functions under the aegis of Dargah-e-Ala Hazrat, the most revered shrine for the followers of Barelvi sect of Sunni Islam.The clerics considered both the issues as “part of religious belief” and opposed political interference in the matter. Senior Barelvi cleric said, “Clerics have decided to hold a meeting to discuss the issue. A written reaction will be released after the meeting.” hindustantimes
Muslim MPs say Supreme Court did not leave any role for govt: Indian express
New Delhi: Even as the Supreme Court struck down the instant Triple Talaq, Muslim MPs had a sense of relief as most of the verdict had not put the ball in Govt’s court, asking it to enact a legislation. They also felt relieved that the top court confined to the Triple Talaq verdict and didn’t interfere with Muslim personal law.In fact, AIMIM chief and Lok Sabha MP Asaduddin Owaisi said that the verdict has thrown a spanner in the plans of the centre to bring in Uniform Civil Code. He also added that the lack of unanimity between  judges shows how contentious the issue is.“In court, ex-attorney general Mukul Rohatgi had argued for doing away with all forms of talaq…. In fact, that scared the petitioners, who said they only want talaq-e-biddat (instant talaq) and nikah halala (which requires a woman to marry and sleep with another man in order to return to her first husband) to go. That is when the cat was out of the bag — had all forms of talaq been declared unconstitutional, they (BJP) would have used it as a ploy to introduce UCC”, he said.“They do not know that women from the Northeast have moved the court saying they should be allowed to continue with the practice of polyandry. What kind of law can this Govt  bring? How can we trust them?” Welcoming the verdict, former minority affairs minister and Rajya Sabha MP K Rahman Khan said that instant triple talaq is not a part of Islam.
Deoband chorus: Discourage triple talaq, but Shariat above all laws
Deoband:At her one-room home inside a narrow lane of Deoband, Shazia is conducting a tuition class for 4 children, including her 7-year-old daughter Alia, on how to read the Quran. Shazia says she was divorced by her husband 3 months ago through instant triple talaq, “by uttering the words ‘talaq, talaq, talaq’”.With the 8-year marriage over, 30-year-old returned to her mother’s house, a few lanes from her former husband’s home. “I have studied only till Class 10, this is all I can do to earn a living for my daughter and myself,” said Shazia, adding that she charges Rs 50 from each student.And yet, Shazia says, the “shock and sadness” from the “talaq” has not shaken her belief in the Shariat. “When my husband said talaq thrice, it was over. But I would never question the Shariat,” she says. In UP ’s Deoband, 160 km from Delhi and home to one of the most influential seminaries Darul Uloom Deoband, the ruling had few takers.Inside the seminary, where verses from the Quran rang aloud, mohtamim (rector), Maulana Mufti Abul Qasim Nomani, said, “The courts and the Parliament don’t have the right to form any law that goes against Islamic law.”Nomani said, “I cannot comment further till I read the entire judgment… As far as our action on the judgment is concerned, we will hold meetings with the AIMPLB and decide what needs to be done. We stand with the AIMPLB.” At his office inside the seminary, Ashraf Usmani, public relations officer of Darul Uloom Deoband, says he does not agree with the description of triple talaq as “traditional law”. “Triple talaq falls under the Shariat. It is not like we have an option to go for or against it,” said Usmani.Usmani says the seminary may have issued hundreds of fatwas on triple talaq. Outside the seminary, Mohammad Aslam (64), a perfume vendor in Deoband town, said, “Though the Shariat mentions triple talaq, it doesn’t encourage it. The correct method would have been for fatwas to be issued against the men who use triple talaq as a tool to get separated from their wives. Triple talaq is dangerous, it can destroy homes.”However, Aslam said, “Right, or wrong, we will always go by the Shariat, and not any court order. The Shariat is above all courts. The only correction that needs to be done by the Darul Uloom Deoband is to discourage the practice of triple talaq.” In another part of the town, Femida, the mother of 21-year-old Heena, blames her daughter’s divorce through instant triple talaq 8 months ago on the “greed” for dowry.“Her former husband’s family wanted a lot of dowry, the greed eventually led to the divorce. But the practice of triple talaq is better than making the woman suffer by not divorcing her. Now that my daughter is with me, I will look for a suitable match and get her married again,” said the 45-year-old. “Triple talaq is law, and it has to be followed. No court is above our law,” said Femida. indianexpress
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Govt rules out having a relook at reservation system, approves panel for sub-quotas among OBCs
New Delhi:Union Minister Arun Jaitley has said that the Govt  has approved setting up of a commission to examine the sub categorisation of backward communities in the central list to ensure that the benefits extended to OBCs reach all the communities. After the cabinet meeting, Jaitley said as many as 11 states, including AP, Telangana, Jharkhand, West Bengal and the Jammu region in J&K  already have such categorisation in state Govt jobs.There is no sub categorisation in the central list. The proposed commission will examine the extent of inequitable distribution of benefits of reservation among caste and communities, including the broad categories of OBCs included in the central list. The commission will submit its report in 12 weeks from the day it is set up.Jaitley ruled out having a relook at the reservation system in the country. He also ruled out sub-categorisation of scheduled castes on the lines of OBCs.RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat had in September, 2015 pitched for a review of the reservation policy, contending it has been used for political ends and suggested setting up of an apolitical committee to examine who needs the facility and for how long.“Neither there is any proposal before the Govt , nor would there be a proposal (before it in the future),” Jaitley said when asked whether the Govt  will review the reservation system as proposed by Bhagwat. indianexpress
OBC creamy layer bar raised, panel to ensure quota benefits reach all
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J-K: Govt opposes Centralized Selection Mechanism for appointment of judges in subordinate judiciary
Jammu: Citing special status enjoyed by it under the Constitution of India, J&K Govt has opposed the Centralized Selection Mechanism (CSM) for the appointment of judges in subordinate judiciary in the state.Giving details, an official release here said that the Supreme Court of India had sent a concept note to all the states with a proposal for a CSM for appointment of judicial officers in subordinate courts in the states and had sought suggestions from them. Since the case involved interpretation of Constitution, Govt  hired the services of Rakesh Dwivedi, a senior advocate in addition to Shoebv Alam, advocate on record, who submitted before the Apex Court that centralizing the selection process for appointment of district judges would not be in consonance with constitutional position enjoyed by the state as in accordance with Section 109 of the Constitution of J&K , power to appoint them vests with the State Governor in consultation with the State HC. Pointing out that this power cannot be taken away or abridged by the exercise of judicial powers by court, they argued that HC of the state exercised greater independence than high courts of other states as the entire state judiciary including high court and the subordinate courts are not constituted under Constitution of India, but under the Constitution of J&K. As such the appointment of judges of the J&K HC and the district judges take place under the Constitution of the State.While the proposed CSM will require J&K State to recruit candidates from the centralized pool of successful candidates,it cannot appoint non-permanent resident candidates to the post. Moreover, the scope of Article 312 of the Constitution of India relating to the All India Services has been extended to the creation of an All India Judicial Service by 42nd amendment Act1976 and the said amendment has not been extended to the state of J&K, they added. They stated that the state enjoys special relationship unlike other states in the union of India inter alia by virtue of Articles 370 of Constitution of India which is applicable to the state only to the extent it is applied to the state by the exercise of presidential power in terms of Article 370 of Constitution of India. indianexpress
Malegaon blast: After 9 yrs, Purohit walks out of jail
Mumbai :Around 9 years after he was arrested in the 2008 Malegaon blast case, Lt Col Prasad Shrikant Purohit on Wednesday walked out on bail from Taloja jail in neighbouring Navi Mumbai and reported back to his Army unit. As he came out of the prison at around 10.45 am, two days after the Supreme Court granted him relief, a team of Military Police and Quick Response Team of the Army escorted Purohit to a military station at Colaba in south Mumbai in a car. Sources said he was given the “protection” considering possible security threat to him.Purohit, who was suspended after his arrest, reported to the liasoning unit of the Army’s Southern Command in Mumbai and is currently staying at an army establishment in the city and will be under various restrictions including his movement inside the unit, the sources at the Delhi-based army headquarters said.The sources said Army HQRS will review his suspension from service after examining the HS order.PTI
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Don’t interfere, Lingayat community leaders tell RSS chief
Bengaluru: Leaders of the dominant Lingayat community in Karnataka, who held a huge rally on Tuesday in Belagavi to press for recognition of Lingayats as a separate religion, have asked RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat to not interfere in matters pertaining to the community. This was in reaction to recent reports that Bhagwat, during a visit to Hubbali, had advised Lingayat seers to convince community leaders to drop the demand for status of independent religion.Speaking at the rally, Mathe Mahadevi, a woman seer who is one of the spearheads of the Lingayat movement, said the RSS chief should focus on convincing PM  Modi regarding their demand. “He should use his influence with Modi to speed up the process of granting us the status of an independent religion,” she said.“We live according to the principles of a modern democracy and not vedic ideology like Bhagwat. We need not heed the advice of such leaders,” another seer, Basava Jaya Mrutyunjay Swami, said. He said Lingayat political leaders must not be slaves to the ideology of their parties but should follow the teachings of the 12th century saint Basaveshwara, the founder of the community.Lingayat leader and member of the state legislative council Basavaraj Horatti said that the Lingayat community must be allowed to handle its own affairs without interference from outside. The seer of the Gadag Tontad mutt, Siddhalinga Swami, said right-wing leaders like Bhagwat were trying to derail their movement. He said the ideals of Lingayatism and Hinduism are at cross purposes since Lingyatism is based on the premise that there can be no discrimination based on class, caste and gender.“We were never part of Hinduism. So, there is no question of us walking out of the Hindu fold. We have been a separate religion for 900 years. It is only a matter of time before Govt  recognizes us as a separate religion,” said former IAS officer S M Jamdar who is a part of the moverment.
Shouldering Relief to Flood-hit Villages in Bihar
Patna: While media reports say a large number of areas marooned by flood waters in Bihar are yet to get even the first help from the Govt , young Samaritans have been seen loading relief materials on their shoulders and walking in water to reach the cut-off villages as residents there are without food and water for days. Members of SIO (Students Islamic Organisation of India) took relief materials to several villages in East Bihar districts of Araria and Purnia which are badly affected by floods for the last 10 days.Members of SIO distributing relief materials among villagers in flood-affected Bihar.According to the Govt , more than 300 people have been killed by flood in the last one week while locals say the toll could be much much higher and will be known once the water recedes from the villages.Several other civil organizations are also engaged in distributing relief materials among the flood victims.IndiaTomorrow
Bihar Floods: No land to bury dead; people staring at bleak future
Purnea/Kishanganj: For Jamaluddin Ahmed, 55, a resident of Surjapur village in Purnea district of Bihar, the recent floods that struck his village between August 11-13 have left a permanent scar on his life. Apart from losing everything he had purchased from his lifetime savings, Ahmed lost his wife Zulekha Begum to the floods. 45-year-old Zulekha was busy doing her household chores when she was swept away by the flood water. Although village residents were able to get hold of her, it was too late.She died, leaving behind her 5 daughters, four of them unmarried.“The water was everywhere. There was no sign of life anywhere. People were crying for help. We put her dead body in a plastic sheet and kept it over the tin sheets covering the roof of our house,” said Ahmed.The family was looking to bury the dead but they couldn’t as the flood water had covered every inch of the land surrounding the house. They waited for the water to recede, but it didn’t until the dead body started decomposing. Taking a hard decision, the family put a dead body into the flood water.“For next three days, we waited for the water to recede. The dead body was giving out a foul smell. She couldn’t even get a proper funeral. Her daughters cry whenever they remember those moments,” says Haider Ali, 40, a relative of Zulekha.Khadija Begum, 80, from Jairampur village in Purena district had left her home on August 11 to a safer location, when the water level in the nearby river started rising. Left to live alone after her husband died some 14 years ago, Khadija used to live in a hut made up of Bamboo sticks, but that too was washed away in floods.TCN
Floods kill almost 1,000 in India, Nepal and Bangladesh
Almost 1,000 people have been killed over a period of two weeks in some of worst flooding to hit South Aisa in decades, with residents running out of food and clean water, officials said. Bangladesh, India and Nepal have put the combined death toll at at least 800 since August 10.The Red Cross said on Tuesday that 24 million people have been affected by the floods, with large areas of land submerged in water."Situation is going from bad to worse," said Jagan Chapagain, Red Cross undersecretary-general, as he confirmed death toll given by regional authorities."This is the worst flooding that parts of South Asia have seen in decades." aljazeera
24-Yr-Old Woman Dies After Being Set On Fire In Delhi, As Devil Of Dowry Claims One More Life
A 24-year-old woman died after she was allegedly set on fire by her husband and in-laws at their residence in west Delhi’s Vikaspuri. Police said the woman, Parvinder Kaur, was admitted to Safdarjung Hospital, where she succumbed to her burn injuries on Sunday.A case has been registered at Vikaspuri police station and Kaur’s husband, Gurcharan (27), his brother Prabhjot Singh (25) and their father Rawel Singh (62) have been arrested. DCP (west) Vijay Kumar said a PCR call was received about a woman being set ablaze, after which a police team rushed to the house in Vikaspuri.“The woman, identified as Parvinder Kaur, was taken to a nearby hospital from where she was referred to Safdarjung Hospital."Indiatimes
Woman beaten up, tonsured and externed from village in Bihar for talking to co-villager
Gaya:A woman was assaulted, tonsured, paraded around a Bihar village and then externed for allegedly talking to another person with whom she was suspected of having an illicit relationship, police said.The 32-year-old woman of Barakala in Gaya district has named four villagers in the FIR registered with Kothi police station, about 80km from the Gaya town.In her complaint, the woman said she was talking to a the man around 8pm on Tuesday when her neighbours started beating her up.“As the man with whom I was talking to fled, neighbours questioned my character, accused me of having an illicit relationship with him and forced me to go inside my house. Fearing further attacks, I spent a sleepless night with my three minor children—2 daughters and a son,” she said.“They returned to my house on Wednesday morning and assaulted me before leaving me near Ranjeeta hills outside the village,” she added.Her husband had left Barakala three years ago and had not returned since then, she said, adding that the man she was talking to had been a frequent visitor to her house.HT
If refineries sell petrol at Rs 24 a litre, why are we paying Rs 77 per litre?
Ground reports have pointed out a hike of as high as Rs 5 in the prices of petroleum products across the country in the past month.To begin with, once petrol/diesel is imported, it is sent to refineries that are presently selling petrol to dealers at an average price of Rs 24 per litre which is then sold to consumers at prices as high as Rs 77 (Mumbai) and Rs 68 (Delhi) after adding commission, state VAT and central excise taxes. Govt  defends its high taxation policy on petroleum commodities by saying that the inflow of revenue credited to those commodities form a bulk of the excise collected by both state and central Govt s and without an alternative tax stream, it is impossible to lower the taxes on petrol/diesel that would result in cutting down the bulk of a state’s revenue.More importantly, state-owned fuel retailers issued a notification earlier this year stating that come May 1, 2017, a pilot policy will be initiated according to which, petrol and diesel prices will change every day in sync with international rates, much like what happens in most advanced markets. It was decided that the performance of the pilot in five selected cities will determine whether the policy is fit for implementation throughout the country. Some economists and market experts have also levelled allegations against this practice by saying that it will allow the central and state Govt s to dodge any questions about the frequent and unrelenting price hike of petroleum products as it will result in minimal transparency and accountability.“Petrol dealers are baffled at the steep and continuous hike in the price of petrol and diesel in spite of a marginal increase in the price of crude barrels”, said a petroleum dealer.Adding to this confusion, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on August 18 urged state CMs to reduce sales tax or VAT on petroleum products being used by manufacturers for manufacturing purposes that have been kept out of the purview of GST. This notification by the FM has not gone down well with economists who say that this move is the Govt’s way to ease the tax burden on big oil corporations and industries that use petroleum commodities as raw materials, by increasing excise duties on petrol and diesel for consumers in order to make up for the deficit in state revenue.Mirror Now/ timesnow
JNU let ABVP screen inflammatory film on Muzaffarnagar, but stopped another on the same subject in 2015
With students' union election just a month away, RSS-backed ABVP screened a 'documentary' on 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots in JNU campus on Monday. Directed by journalist Vivek Sinha, 36-minute-long documentary titled 'Muzaffarnagar, Aakhir Kyon?' suggests that the riots stemmed from sexual harassment of women by some minority community youths."If you have a mother, sister, wife or sister-in-law, will you tolerate anyone harassing, gang-raping or kidnapping them if they go outside? If anyone says that (they will do so), what will you do," Vivek Sinha asked the students at the screening, reported The Telegraph.Sinha told the 100 odd students who were present there that suppression of such incidents where an alleged "systematic attack" took place on "Hindu women", was the reason he made the documentary.Saurabh Sharma, an ABVP leader said that the film was screened so the JNU students can learn about the 'truth'. "Till now, only a one-sided picture of the riots has been painted. By screening this film, we wanted to question why such incidents of Hindu women being harassed were being suppressed and love jihad was being perpetuated," he told Indian Express.Now while there was no problem with the screening of this film, another documentary on the riots --Muzaffarnagar Baaqi Hai -- was denied permission in August, 2015.The documentary by Nakul Sawhney showed how the Samajwadi Govt  of UP  did little to check the communal frenzy whipped up around rumours that Jat women's "honour" was at risk. Later, Sawhney was attacked at Delhi University, allegedly by ABVP activists. huffingtonpost
Out-of-court settlement for Babri impractical:Sorabjee
Even as politicians and some organisations talk of the possibility of an out-of-court settlement of the contentious Babri Masjid dispute, jurist Soli Sorabjee says he is against the idea as it is impractical and that that the apex court, which is hearing the matter, should take a decision.Talks of an out-of-court settlement have been doing the rounds since Supreme Court Chief Justice JS Khehar made an observation on how he could mediate such a settlement, something which was rejected by the Babri Masjid Action Committee, a group of Muslim individuals and organisations fighting the case. However, the case has been more muddied since the Shia Waqf Board threw its hat into the ring, claiming that it is the rightful caretaker of the mosque which was demolished by a mob on 6 Dec.1992. The Shia Board seeks to contest the 1946 Faizabad court verdict which ruled in the Sunni Board’s favour on the grounds that Mir Baqi, who constructed the mosque, was a Shia and that all subsequent caretakers of the mosque have been Shias.“He [Justice Khehar] meant well, but the issues involved in Babri Masjid can’t be settled. They won’t have the same credibility and force and a binding nature on the parties,” Sorabjee says. “There must be a court decision in the matter of such nature,” he says.Sorabjee says a settlement would be an exercise in futility. “What would a settlement do? It is not practical. It won’t command the confidence of the people. After all, the judicial verdict is there people have to follow,” he says.Catch News        
Police remove idols from mosque in Muzaffarnagar village
A potentially tense situation was averted when police removed three idols from a mosque in a Muzaffarnagar village on Monday.According to SHO Praveen Kumar, 3 idols were found in a mosque in Baghra village on Monday which led to tension in the village. People started protesting outside the mosque against placing of the idols. He said that the idols were placed inside the mosque on Sunday night “apparently to create tension” in the area.“We have removed the idols because it looked like it was done by some miscreants on Sunday night to create tension in the area. Predictably people had started protesting when they got to know about it. So we removed the idols from the premises,” Kumar said.
Plea in HC against acquirement of Waqf properties by Centre
New Delhi:A plea has been filed in Delhi High Court challenging the acquisition of over 300 Waqf properties in Delhi by the Centre.The petition has sought directions to the Centre, the Delhi Govt , the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi and the Delhi Waqf Board to restore the possession of Waqf properties which were allegedly been taken over by the Govt  without paying any compensation.The petitioner, advocate Shahid Ali, said the intentions of the concerned officials of the Centre are malafide, contrary to the principles of natural justice and violative of the fundamental rights of the citizens.The plea said that when any land is acquired by the Govt , an applicable compensation is paid to the owner. In this case, the Waqf land “is vested with God and no compensation can be made to the God” and hence, no acquirement can be made, it claimed.“Allotment of Waqf land by the Govt  to any person or institution or even acquirement of thereof is void under section 51 of Waqf Act 1995 which provided that any lease or any immovable property which is Waqf property, shall be void unless such lease is effective with the prior sanction of board,” the plea said.PTI
BJP IT cell secretary’s bail rejected twice in connection with fake video post
Kolkata:The Birbhum district court on Wednesday rejected the bail plea of BJP IT cell (secretary) Tarun Sengupta who has been in jail for over a month for his alleged fake Facebook post.“His bail prayer has been rejected today for the second time by the lower court Birbhum,” Adg (CID) Rajesh Kumar said. According to officials, the case was heard on Monday and the order was kept preserved till today. The court after seeing the case diary rejected his bail prayer, said officials. His earlier bail plea was rejected by Aug3. Sengupta was arrested on 12th of July 2017,Sengupta was arrested on July 12 this year after he allegedly uploaded a fake video of a Muslim police officer beating a Hindu man. Officials said the video was accompanied by an image of CM  Mamata Banerjee.CID noticed the Facebook post in July and subsequently nabbed him. His arrest came at a time when the state Govt  was cracking down on social media following communal flare ups in Baduria and Basirhat areas. indianexpress
Uproar in Bihar Houses over NGO scam; Opposition wants CM Nitish , Deputy CM Sushil Modi to resign
 Alleged NGO scam in Bhagalpur rocked both Houses of the Bihar legislature for the second day on Wednesday with opposition Congress and RJD raising slogans and demanding resignation of CM Nitish Kumar and his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi. As soon as the Assembly met for the day, Leader of Opposition Tejashwi Yadav drew the attention of Speaker Vijay Kumar Chaudhary to an adjournment notice given by RJD over the alleged scam and urged him suspend the Question Hour and take up the issue. Speaker said the adjournment notice would be allowed at a proper time and urged the agitating members to allow the House to run.However, RJD members trooped in to the Well of the House raising slogans and demanding resignations of the CM and the deputy CM. Congress MLAs too joined them in the Well.PTI
Mayawati attacks BJP, says state funds being misused in the name of cow protection: indianexpress
New Delhi: Targeting BJP for the death of cows in the states run by it, BSP chief Mayawati on Wednesday alleged that the state funds are being misused by the BJP in the name of cow protection. “They have made ‘gau mata’ a political, communal and asteist issue like Ram temple but why this cruelty and laxity in the name of ‘gau sewa’ (service),” BSP chief said referring to the deaths of several cows in BJP-ruled states of Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh.“The situation is so bad under the BJP that there is no value of human life… now cows are also dying in Govt - aided ‘gaushalas’ (cow shelters) in BJP-ruled states because of rampant corruption,” she added. Mayawati has also demanded an enquiry of cow protection schemes. She has asked to find solutions to curb corruption so that cowshelters “do not become slaughter houses”.She said that the atrocities by the cow vigilantes on people after accusing them of killing cows creates an atmosphere of fear and terror in the country. In BJP ruled states like Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Haryana, she alleged, “gau mata is being subjected to cruelty in cow shelters by embezzling Govt  funds”.
Supreme Court dismisses review pleas of Sasikala, kin
Bench observes that they “do not find any error in the common judgement, much less an apparent error on the face of the record, so as to call for its review”.The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed the review petitions of AIADMK interim general secretary V.K. Sasikala and her relatives Ilavarasi and V.N. Sudhakaran, against their conviction in a disproportionate assets case.A Bench of Justices S.A. Bobde and Amitava Roy dismissed the review petitions, observing that “we do not find any error in the common judgement, much less an apparent error on the face of the record, so as to call for its review”.
75% voting recorded in Goa by-polls; Congress, BJP claim victory
Panaji:Nearly 75 %  voting was recorded in Wednesday’s by-poll in Goa’s two assembly constituencies, Panaji and Valpoi, with both the BJP and the Congress claiming victory in both seats.Polling wound up at 7 p.m., and according to statistics issued by the Chief Electoral Officer, 70%  voting was recorded in the Panaji assembly constituency, where CM  Manohar Parrikar was facing Congress’ Girish Chodankar and Goa Suraksha Mancha’s Anand Shirodkar. In Valpoi, where Health Minister Vishwajit Rane is contesting against Congress’ Roy Naik, 79.80 %  voters cast ballot, senior poll officer Kunal, told reporters late on Wednesday.IANS
Kaifiyat Express: Over 100 Injured After 10 Coaches Derail
Lucknow:  Over hundred people are said to be injured due to the derailment of 10 bogies of the Kaifiyat Express in Auraiya district of UP  Wednesday morning. The derailment resulted from a collision with a dumper carrying construction material for railway work. The railways, however, claimed that only 25 persons have been injured.The incident comes four days after the Puri-Haridwar Utkal Express derailed in Muzaffarnagar, killing around 23 people and injuring 72.   "10 bogies of the train derailed of which one overturned, leading to injuries to 100 passengers of which four with serious injuries were rushed to Saifai and Etawah hospitals," said Superintendent of Police, Auraiya, Sanjay Tyagi.There have been no casualties so far. Secretary, Home, Bhagwan Swarup said the accident took place due to a loader carrying material for work on dedicated freight corridor. "The accident took place because of a loader carrying sand for track working for dedicated freight corridor. It overturned and came on the track," he said. ndtv
Case registered on religious pamplets, AAP alleges
New Delhi:Police have registered a case to probe whether pamphlets allegedly seeking votes in the name of religion for the Aam Aadmi Party in Bawana assembly bypoll were issued by Delhi Minister Imran Hussain, the police said today.The AAP alleged that it was a conspiracy by the BJP and ruled out any wrong-doing by Hussain.A complaint was filed by the returning officer of the Bawana bypoll after which an FIR was registered in connection with the matter yesterday at Bawana police station.A case has been registered under the relevant sections of The Representation of the People Act and the Indian Penal Code, the police said, clarifying that the minister's name is not not in the FIR and they will probe if he was behind the publication of the pamphlets.The complainant alleged that "the pamphlet prima facie makes an appeal to the resident Muslims of Bawana to vote for quom (community). In addition to this other objectionable and communal appeal has been made (sic)".The pamphlets bore the names and photos of Delhi CM  Arvind Kejriwal and Environment Minister Imran Hussain. outlookindia
WORLD
Air raid in Yemen kills at least 35 people
An air attack on a hotel near the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, has killed at least 35 people, according to a local medic.Physician Ali al-Rakmi who was helping at the site of Wednesday's strike in Arhab town's Qaa al-Qaidhi district, said there were more than 100 people inside at the time of the attack, all farmers who work in growing qat - a plant widely used for a stimulant effect.At least 35 bodies were retrieved so far, he said.Fahd Marhab, head of the Umrah hospital about 10km from the site, said there were no wounded and that all the people in the hotel were killed in the air raid. Almaseera, a TV channel run by the country's Houthi rebels, who control Sanaa, blamed the Saudi-led military coalition allied with the Yemeni Govt  for the attack on Wednesday. It said 41 civilians were killed and that the death toll was expected to rise further. Officials and witnesses told the Associated Press news agency that the death toll had reached 60 and that the majority of those killed were Houthis rebels.Reuters reported that a spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition was not immediately available."It is probably the biggest massacre Yemen has witnessed by the Saudi-led coalition," Al Masmari told Al Jazeera by phone. aljazeera
Rohingya Muslims blockaded by Buddhist neighbours amid fresh tensions in Myanmar’s Rakhine
Yangon: Hundreds of Rohingya Muslims have been blockaded inside their area by their Buddhist neighbours in a western Myanmar village, residents say, as religious tensions in troubled Rakhine state spread to a more ethnically mixed part of the region.Monitors and aid workers worry that violence that has until now been largely confined to the Rohingya-majority northern part of Rakhine, bordering Bangladesh, could erupt in an area where the two communities live side-by-side in much larger numbers.Residents, aid workers and monitors told Reuters that Muslims in the village of Zay Di Pyin had been blocked from going to work or fetching food and water for the last three weeks, although a small number had been allowed through the blockade to buy provisions on Tuesday.Police said Rakhine Buddhist villagers were restricting the amount of food the Rohingya could buy, but denied their movement around the village and access to work had been blocked.“I think they are just afraid and aren’t going out,” said Myanmar police headquarters spokesman Colonel Myo Thu Soe.Reuters
Turkey urges Iraqi Kurds to abandon independence vote
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has urged Iraqi Kurds to cancel an independence referendum planned for next month.Speaking to reporters in Baghdad on Wednesday, Cavusoglu called the referendum a "mistake" and said he had travelled to Iraq to underline the importance of the country's "territorial and political integrity". "Our expectation from Erbil is clear, that is the cancellation of the referendum, as the interests and future of the Kurds lie in a united Iraq," he said. Cavusoglu will meet Massoud Barzani, president of the autonomous Kurdistan Regional Govt  (KRG), in Erbil later in the day. aljazeera
China backs Pak after Trump’s warning on terror safe havens
Beijing: China jumped to the defence of its all-weather ally Pakistan in the wake of United States President Donald Trump’s stern warning to it over providing safe havens to terrorists, saying that Islamabad is at the frontline of combating terrorism. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying, while reacting to Trump’s comments on Pakistan, said, “Hope the relevant policy decision by US side will be conducive to promoting security, stability of the relevant region.”“(On) President Trump’s remarks on Pakistan, I should say that Pakistan is at the frontline of fighting terrorism, has made sacrifices in fighting terrorism, making an important contribution to upholding peace and stability,” Ms. Hua said, strongly defending Beijing’s all-weather friend.Ms. Hua, in response to Trump’s scathing criticism of Pakistan’s support to terror groups, said, “I think the international community should truly affirm” the efforts by Pakistan in combating terrorism.“We are pleased to see US and Pakistan to conduct cooperation in anti-terrorism efforts on the basis of mutual respect and contribute to the global peace and stability,” she said.PTI
Trump's son in law Jared Kushner leads US team seeking Middle East peace
White House adviser Jared Kushner is leading a delegation to the Middle East on behalf of US President Donald Trump to discuss the possibility of resuming the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.Kushner, who is also Trump's son-in-law, is expected to hold separate meetings with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday. The talks are aimed at helping forge a path to substantive peace negotiations, but no major breakthrough is expected. Meanwhile, Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry cancelled a Wednesday meeting with the US delegation. The move came after the US announced on Tuesday that it would punish Egypt for human rights abuses by withholding aid. Kushner was still expected to meet Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.The US delegation also includes Jason Greenblatt, envoy for international negotiations, and Dina Powell, deputy national security adviser.The trio has been involved in a behind-the-scenes process to help Trump broker peace between the Israelis and Palestinians, which the president has called described as the "ultimate deal". aljazeera
Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $417m in lawsuit linking baby powder to cancer
Los Angeles: A Los Angeles jury on Monday ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay a record $417 million to a hospitalised woman who claimed in a lawsuit that the talc in the company’s iconic baby powder causes ovarian cancer when applied regularly for feminine hygiene.The verdict in the lawsuit brought by the California woman, Eva Echeverria, marks the largest sum awarded in a series of talcum powder lawsuit verdicts against Johnson & Johnson in courts around the US.Echeverria alleged Johnson & Johnson failed to adequately warn consumers about talcum powder’s potential cancer risks. She used the company’s baby powder on a daily basis beginning in 1950s until 2016 and was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2007, according to court papers.Echeverria developed ovarian cancer as a “proximate result of the unreasonably dangerous and defective nature of talcum powder,” she said in her lawsuit. Echeverria’s attorney, Mark Robinson, said his client is undergoing cancer treatment while hospitalised and told him she hoped the verdict would lead Johnson & Johnson to put additional warnings on its products.“Mrs. Echeverria is dying from this ovarian cancer and she said to me all she wanted to do was to help the other women throughout the whole country who have ovarian cancer for using Johnson & Johnson for 20 and 30 years,” Robinson said. “She really didn’t want sympathy,” he added. “She just wanted to get a message out to help these other women.”AP
France's Charlie Hebdo publishes provocative Islam cartoon;AFP
PARIS: French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo published Wednesday a provocative front-page cartoon about Islam and the recent terror attacks in Spain, leading to criticism that it risked fanning Islamophobia. The latest edition of the magazine, which was targeted by Islamist gunmen in 2015, shows two people lying in a pool of blood having been run over by a van next to the words "Islam, eternal religion of peace."

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