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Saturday, 23 September 2017

23 Sept. NEWS DIGEST (Late)



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23 Sept. 2017: 2 Muharram 1439:Vol:9, No:01
Compensate cow violence victims, punish violators: SC to states
 New Delhi:The Supreme Court Friday said states were under obligation to compensate victims of violence by cow vigilante groups even without any judicial order. “We do not have to say that. All states are under an obligation to compensate victims of cow vigilante violence. At the same time, law and order has to have primacy and anyone violating it must be dealt with sternly,” said a three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, while hearing a petition by Congressman Tehseen S Poonawalla and activist Tushar Gandhi who sought direction to states to check cow vigilantism.The bench said states must frame schemes to compensate victims of crime, including those of cow vigilantism as envisaged by the CrPc. Appearing for Tushar Gandhi, senior advocate Indira Jaising sought a scheme for those victimised by law-breakers. She referred to the case of Junaid, who was lynched on a train in Faridabad, and said “the payment of compensation should have been an automatic process”. The bench, however, observed that individual cases should not be clubbed with the larger issue. Jaising and senior advocate Kapil Sibal also raised the case of Pehlu Khan, who was killed in Rajasthan, and said that far from getting justice, the kin of the victims were being harassed through counter-cases. The apex court also asked states and Union Territories to comply with its Sept 6 order to appoint nodal officers by October 31 to deal with cow vigilantism. The direction came after the bench was informed that only 5 states — Gujarat, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Karnataka and UP  — had filed reports complying with the earlier order and that Bihar and Maharashtra would be filing it during the day. It asked the Chief Secretaries of the remaining 22 states to file compliance reports in pursuance of its order laying down a mechanism to deal with such groups.“Let the compliance reports be filed… nobody can wash their hands of (duty). We will give directions to all the states,” bench said. indianexpress
SC says states must appoint police officers to prevent cow vigilantism, pay compensation for violence
UP: Sabi Ahmed's family says he was lynched, while cops claim no evidence yet
The family of a man, who died of his injuries on Tuesday, has alleged that he was attacked and murdered by a mob after his motorcycle allegedly hit and injured a cyclist in Shahjahanpur. Police, however, say they have no evidence that there was any attack and instead have registered the case as a death following an accident. The alleged incident took place when Sabi Ahmed (60) and his neighbour Azmatullah (57), who was riding pillion, hit Sunil (25) in Madanpur police station area. While Sabi died in a Bareilly hospital same night, Azmatullah is under treatment in a Shahjahanpur hospital. Sunil is admitted in a Bareilly hospital where his condition is stable.“Sabi Ahmed’s son Shareef Ahmed lodged a complaint against Sunil on charges including causing death by negligence and stated that death occurred due to the accident. Now, families of Sabi Ahmed and Azmatullah are alleging that both were beaten up by relatives of Sunil who reached the place after accident took place,” said SHO of Madanpur police station, Om Prakash Gautam. There has been no complaint from Sunil’s family so far.Shaqeer Ahmed, another of Sabi’s sons, said, “I have been telling the police since after the incident that my father died died after he was thrashed by a group of people. But the police is not ready to register a murder case. My brother agreed over the FIR to be lodged on charges that the death caused due to the accident after police assured us that they would alter the case into that of a murder if they get evidence of an attack.” In the FIR it is mentioned that four other people were present when the alleged incident happened. indianexpress
All Akhlaq lynching suspects now out on bail
Greater Noida: Rupendra, the last of the 18 people accused of lynching Mohammad Akhlaq in Dadri's Bisada village in Sept  2015 to be in jail, has got bail and was released from Luksar jail earlier this week.23-year-old was granted bail by the Allahabad high court on Sept  8 and was released on Thursday. Justice Vipin Sinha granted him bail on a personal surety of Rs 50,000 each from 2 guarantors. Rupendra's bail application was approved on the condition that he will neither tamper with the prosecution evidence nor delay the trial in any manner.18 persons, including three juveniles, were arrested by police on charges of murdering Akhlaq and critically injuring his son Danish in their house in Bisada.TOI
NCR: Gau Raksha Hindu Dal threatens meat shop owners; warns dhabas to remove non-veg dishes
During the festival of Navratri, Gau Raksha Hindu Dal has started its campaign to close down meat shops in Greater Noida.Members of the religious group on Thursday and Friday issued instructions to dhabas and shops in Greater Noida West to remove chicken and mutton dishes from their menu during Navratri or face the consequences.At least 12 teams of the Gau Raksha Hindu Dal on Friday removed non-vegetarian dishes from dhabas in Greater Noida west, Gaur City and surrounding areas. The group also released an audio of their campaign and claimed that more than 12 teams of Gau Rakshaks have closed shops serving non-vegetarian food in Noida and Ghaziabad.On Friday,they said their teams will reach the spot and close down shops if they receive information about the sale of non-vegetarian food in dhabas. "Navaratri is a sacred occasion for Hindus, and serving non-vegetarian food may hurt religious sentiments. Hence we are making sure that all non-vegetarian serving restaurants are closed," said Ved Nagar, a member of the group.
Right-wing groups launch campaigns against non-vegetarian eateries in NCR
UP: Head of Gau Rakshak Dal arrested for forcing shut down of meat shops during Navratri
In a first by UP Govt , the police on Saturday arrested a man associated with Gau Raksha Dal for forcing meat shops to shut down during the festival of Navratri in Greater Noida.In the last one week the outfit had forced several meat shops to shut down at different places and the main accused has been identified as Ved Nagar, head of the outfit.Manish Saxena, Noida Police PRO, said that the police received intimation that Nagar along with his supporters would planning again to shut down meat shops on Saturday.
Navratri: 500 meat shops shut in Gurgaon, some under pressure
Gurgaon:In light of Navratri, which falls between Sept  21 and 29, the Shiv Sena and the Akhil Bhartiya Hindu Kranti Dal have taken to the streets to ensure that meat shops in Gurgaon remain closed to “respect religious sentiments”. Both parties had earlier submitted requests to the district administration, asking that meat shops be closed for the festival. In Greater Noida, including parts of Badalpur and Shaberi, members of Gau Raksha Dal allegedly tried to shut down meat shops, police said, adding that they are yet to receive a complaint.In the request submitted to the Gurgaon Deputy Commissioner on Sept 19, the Shiv Sena stated, “These shops create a lot of issues for people… there is also the danger of anti-social elements ruining religious harmony. It is our request that meat shops be closed as a sign of respect for religious beliefs… If someone… keeps meat shops open, the Shiv Sena will protest and shut the shops.”A similar request, submitted by the Akhil Bhartiya Hindu Kranti Dal on Sept 13, reiterated the warning: “We request that the administration mark these illegal shops selling meat and restrict their sale.” But with no response from the authorities, political activists on Thursday claimed they had shut around 500 shops across the city.
NDTV Denies reports of takeover SpiceJet owner Ajay Singh, tells BSE 'no agreement'
NDTV has denied reports that said Ajay Singh, owner of SpiceJet, has picked up majority holdings in the news channel in a statement to the Bombay Stock Exchange. It was earlier reported that Singh, who was part of the BJP’s 2014 poll campaign, has picked up majority holding in the news channel. NDTV clarified to the BSE that the company has not entered into any agreement for sale of stake. "With reference to your letter seeking clarification on the news item... we wish to inform you that the promoters of the Company have not entered into any agreement for sale of their stake in the Company to any person," company has told the BSE. "The Company is mindful of its obligations under Clause 30 of Listing Regulations and shall promptly intimate you of any event required which is required to be disclosed under the said Regulations," it added. It was said that Singh will take over the news channel along with the editorial rights.Singh has been a vital part of BJP's 2014 Lok sabha election campaign. He is said to have coined the campaign slogan, “Abki baar Modi sarkar”, reported Hindustan Times.Singh had been an officer on special duty to late Pramod Mahajan during the first NDA Govt  and was an important cog in the BJP’s advertising/ campaigning team.On June 5, CBI had carried out searches at the residence of NDTV founder Prannoy Roy in New Delhi and in Dehradun for allegedly causing loss to a private bank.The agency registered a case against Roy, his wife Radhika and RRPR Holdings for allegedly causing a loss of Rs 48 crore to ICICI Bank, CBI sources said.In a statement on the CBI action, the channel had said ruling party politicians could not "stomach" the "independence and fearlessness" of NDTV's team.out look
Left-Dalit-Muslim’s alliance clean sweeps University of Hyderabad Students Union polls, defeats ABVP
Hyderabad:In a closely fought battle for University of Hyderabad Students Union (UOH-SU),Alliance for Social Justice (ASJ) that stood for Left-Dalit-Muslim unity swept the polls defeating the BJP-affiliated ABVP supported by OBC forum.ASJ presidential candidate SreeragP, PhD scholar Regional studies, polled 1,509 votes against K Palsania of ABVP and Anju Rao of Congress-affiliated NSUI who secured 1,349 and 872 votes respectively. A total of 3,846 votes were polled the election.Meanwhile, in a late night development, the university informed that results for the vice-president’s post will be declared later. An official release said that though Lunavath Naresh of ASJ has secured 1,885 votes against Apoorv Jain of ABVP-OBCF who secured 1,624 votes, position has not been declared due to technical reason (grievance pending with the Grievance Committee). Results were reportedly delayed as certain student groups questioned the validity of Lunavath Naresh's candidature alleging that he lacks attendance. ASJ comprised SFI, Ambedkar Students Association (ASA), Dalit Students Union (DSU), Tribal Students Forum (TSF), Telangana Vidyarthi Vedika (TVV),Muslim Students Federation (MSF) and Students Islamic Organisation (SIO) said NDTV report.The polling which took place on Thursday witnessed 75% voter turnout.With 1984 votes, ASJ's Arif Ahammed clinched general secretary post, while Kiran Kumar secured 1573 votes.For the joint secretary post, Muhammed Ashique polled 1872 votes while Pooja Rani secured 1591 votes.It was a close fight between G Abhishek and Aarti Nagpal for the post of cultural secretary. The former won with a narrow margin of 85 votes, by securing 1792 votes.The sports secretary's post was won by Shravan Kumar against Rupesh Ranjan by a margin of 406 votes with ASJ candidate securing 1913 against 1507 by ABVP candidate.Last year, Student Union elections were held 8 months after the suicide of Rohith Vemula and ASA had contested with NSUI against SFI-led left alliance UFSJ and ABVP.UFSJ had won all posts.Newindianexpress/NDTV
Alliance for Social Justice sweeps UoH student union polls, ABVP defeated
ASJ beats ABVP in Hyderabad University Students' Polls
Hoist tricolour and play national anthem daily: MP education minister appeals to madarsas
Bhopal:MP Education Minister Vijay Shah has appealed madarsas in state to unfurl the tri-colour and play and sing the national anthem every day to instill sense of patriotism among students. “Regular schools should unfurl the tri-colour and sing the national anthem daily. I appeal all madarsas in MP to unfurl the tri-colour and play the national anthem daily. I don’t think anybody should have any problem with that. Nobody has,’’ the minister said at a function to mark the 20th foundation day of Madhya Pradesh Madarsa Board.Shah said madarsas follow all rules laid by the school education department and should have no problem to emulate the regular schools who unfurl the tri-colour and play the national anthem daily. He congratulated the board for working to develop nationalistic ideology among its students and for connecting the minority community to the nationalistic ideology. Indian express
Madarsas should also impart modern education: MP CM 
Bhopal:MP CM  Shivraj Singh Chouhan has urged the madarsas to impart modern education to students along with religious training.Chouhan, while addressing 20th foundation day of MP Madarsa Board here on Friday, also announced to raise the annual infrastructure development fund of each madarsa in the state from Rs 25,000 to Rs 50,000. “Modern education should also be imparted along with religious training in madarsas as we want children to be skillful,” he said. Chouhan said children should be given modern education besides religious training to make them good human beings. CM  said the amount given annually to each madarsa in the state for infrastructure development will be hiked from Rs 25,000 to Rs 50,000.He also announced that an auditorium will be built for the MP Madarsa Board.“Although there are employment opportunities, there is a dearth of skillful hands. We have to check this situation,” he said. According to Indian express report, Chouhan said, “How to love one’s country and help it march ahead should be part of school curriculum.”He said Mohammed Paigambar stressed on love for one’s country. He said education should make students human beings and they should be taught love, brotherhood and patriotism. “We drink the same water and eat the same food and our blood is red. We can follow different faith.’’ PTI / Indian express
Alwar baba Falahari Maharaj arrested on rape charges
Jaipur:The arrest came 3 days after the filing of the case, originally registered in Bilaspur, were brought to Alwar by the investigating officer.Police on Saturday arrested self-styled godman Kaushalendra Prapannacharya Falahari Maharaj in Alwar on charges of raping a 21-year-old law intern at his Ashram last month. The woman from Chhattisgarh's Bilsapur has accused the 60-year-old godman of sexually assaulting her when she went to his Ashram to meet him. Falahari Maharaj, also known as the Baba, commands a strong following both in India and abroad. The victim's family has been among the Baba's followers for several years and claims to have given large donations to his Ashram.The godman, who was arrested from a private hospital where he had got himself admitted, was produced in the court of an Additional CJM in Alwar after his medical check-up. The court remanded him in judicial custody for 15 days.The arrest came 3 days after the filing of the case, originally registered in Bilaspur, were brought to Alwar by the investigating officer. The noose was tightening on Falahari Maharaj since the matter came to light, as the woman alleged that he had raped her on the Raksha Bandhan day on August 7.The woman, pursuing a law course in Jaipur, has stated in her complaint that she had obtained an internship under a senior lawyer in Delhi on the Baba's recommendation. After she received her first stipend, her parents asked her to donate the money at Falahari Maharaj's Ashram as a token of respect. When the woman went to the Ashram in Alwar on Raksha Bandhan last month, the Baba asked her to stay there in view of the lunar eclipse that day. During the night, he called her in his room and allegedly sexually assaulted her. thehindu
How Sangh 'fakes' letters by Muslims to create fear among Hindus, RSS workers explain in video
Mumbai: In a shocking video which is viral on the internet, some alleged RSS workers have explained how the Sangh spreads the fear of Muslims among Hindus using fake and fabricated letters.In the video available live on YouTube and which is shared below, the alleged RSS workers can be seen explaining how their organization spreads hatred among the society to run their organization across the country."In Gwalior just behind the quarter I live, there was the Khurjewallah neigbourhood with a sizeable Muslim population. In order for the RSS branch to meet in the neigbourhood so that kids would come reguarly to the branch, there was a conscious effort to keep alive the fear of Muslims", one the workers of the organization is seen as saying in the video. He said they used to write letters as if it was written by one Muslim to another. The content of the letter used to be like,“What are the weapons that you are collecting?” or “On this particular date we have to perform this act”.Talking about how they used these letters later to spread hatred, he said, “Old RSS workers would then behave as if they discover these letters accidentally and will discuss with their father or colleagues”."The effect of such propaganda was that people started sending their kids regularly to the organization", he said.ummid.com
2 new observers appointed at Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya
Ayodhya:2 additional district judges have been appointed as observers at Babri Masjid-Ram Janambhoomi site in Ayodhya by Allahabad High Court. The observers are Additional District Judge, Basti, Irfan Ahmad and Additional District Judge, Faizabad, Amarjeet Tripathi.They will submit fortnightly reports to the Supreme Court on the disputed site’s status quo and the adjacent excess area that was acquired.Faizabad Divisional Commissioner and Receiver (Authorised Person) of the disputed site,Manoj Mishra said,“On the SC’s instructions, Allahabad HC appointed the new observers.” Judges will start their job as observers from Sunday, he said.PTI
Kerala woman who left home and converted to Islam, now 'returns' to Hinduism
When 23-year-old Athira, a Hindu woman from Kerala's Kasargod district, spoke to media in July, she was clad in a hijab and confidently said that she had converted to Islam upon her own free will. Months later on Thursday, Athira addressed the media a second time. This time, hijab was gone, and Athira appeared with a bindi and kumkum on her forehead. She was no longer the Islam convert woman who took the name Ayesha, but Athira, who believes in Hindu religion, she said. "Om Namah Sivaya," Athira began, while addressing the press meet in Kochi on Thursday.Athira had left her home in the first week of July, leaving a 15-page letter explaining that she was going to study Islam. On July 27, she surrendered before Kannur police and a local court sent her to a state home for women.Her parents then moved Kerala High Court, seeking her custody. It was granted after Athira said that she was willing to go with her parents, as long as they did not object to her practicing Islam.Speaking to media on Thursday, Athira said that her Muslim friends had misguided her into believing in Islam."They told me that it was stupid to worship a stone, an idol and that Hinduism has many gods, while Islam has only one supreme god. They instilled this doubt in me. When they said that, I felt very curious about it and when I thought about it, I felt what they said was right," she said.Soon, her friends began giving her books on Islam, she said. "One of them was about hell. The description of hell in that book was so scary, that I lost my sleep for several nights. I began thinking that if I don't follow Islam, then I will have to go through that hell."Apart from this, she claimed that her friends gave her several reading material including a book on coverted women and also watched speeches made by Zakir Naik."I was convinced that Islam was a better religion. I blindly believed that my religion was bad," Athira said. Apart from reading more about Islam, Athira said that at one point, she also tried to convince her parents to convert. According to Athira, she knew her parents would protest if she started dressing differently or started praying in the Islamic way."People of Hindu helpline helped my parents and told us about Arsha Vidya Samajam in Ernakulam. They didn't force me at all, but gave me right information. They told me that I should re-read Quran with an open mind and I didn't get the same feeling I used to get before. When I read it rationally, I had many doubts," she said. Following this, she said that she took interest in learning Hinduism in detail and enrolled at the Samajam. "They urged me to read Quran with an open mind and I realised what I had believed about Islam was not right," she said. thenewsminute

Aligarh BJP leader who slapped girl for having tea with Muslim youth charged under bailable sections
New Delhi:A local woman BJP leader in Aligarh, whose video of slapping a girl had gone viral a few days back has been charged under bailable sections. In the video, BJP’s Aligarh city convenor Sangeeta Varshney slapped the girl twice. According to PTI report, the incident took place when the leader saw her having tea with the youth. As per a report by Times Now, she was charged under bailable sections on Saturday evening.FIR was registered last night against BJP’s Aligarh women cell leader Sangeeta Varshney on a complaint by the girl’s father, police said. financialexpress
Tawde under fire over graft charges in Maharashtra minority affairs dept
Vinod Tawde, state minority affairs and education minister, is facing flak for alleged wrong-doing by bureaucrats under him in the allotment of Rs2 crores for development work.The main accused Shashikant Salunkhe, an official in the minority affairs department has been suspended from service, but he has now alleged that he was following orders from Charudutt Shinde, still serving as OSD with Tawde. HT has a copy of the letter Salunkhe wrote to the principal secretary, minority affairs, Shyam Tagade, making these accusations. Tawde said there was no substance in the allegations against his OSD, Shinde. Shinde, himself refused to comment on the matter. Tagade said the fraud was committed by the desk officer.hindustantimes
Cops to ask puja organisers for immersion nod on Muharram: West Bengal govt
Kolkata:A day after the Calcutta High Court allowed Durga idol immersions on all days from Vijaya Dashami on Sept  30, the West Bengal Govt  on Friday decided that the police will ask puja organisers to take permission for immersion on Muharram on October 1.At a meeting of top officials presided over by CM  Mamata Banerjee, it was decided that the police would ask the puja organisers to take permission by this Sunday, a senior state Govt  official said.The meeting, also attended by some ministers and senior police officers, including the state DGP, decided that the SPs in the districts having international border would be put on alert on immersion days to avoid any untoward incident, the official said.PTI
Cong hears ‘whisper’: EVMs for UP polls to be used in Gujarat
New Delhi : Congress on Friday told Election Commission that there is a “whisper in the public domain” that the electronic voting machines sent for the elections in Gujarat are the same as those used in the UP  polls.The party also asked the poll panel to come out with a series of steps to ensure free and fair elections, including barring officers facing disciplinary proceedings or inquiries from being posted in any district after the election notification is issued.A delegation of Congress leaders led by Ahmed Patel and Madhusudan Mistry met the EC and conveyed the party’s concerns regarding the EVMs. They asked the poll panel to clarify whether VVPAT machines would be used in all Assembly segments in Gujarat. The party also wants CCTV cameras to be installed in all polling booths to record the movement of personnel and persons during the election process. Indianexpress
BHU Students Protest Administration’s Alleged Victim Blaming ahead of PM visit
New Delhi: Students from Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi held a large protest on Friday against the university administration’s alleged victim shaming after one of them reported an incident of molestation. A first-year student, who lives in the university hostel, was allegedly molested and grabbed by three bike-borne men just outside the BHU campus at around 6:20 pm on Thursday evening. However, according to students, when she yelled for help, the university guards ignored her. She then went inside to report the matter to her warden and the chief proctor, but they too were less than sympathetic, students say.“When the student was molested last evening at 6, she shouted for help but the guards sitting there did not come forward or chase the bike. She went and complained to her warden and the chief proctor but they began shaming her. They asked her why she was out so late. They told students that the hostel curfew timings will be shifted from 7 pm to 6 pm,” a female student at the protest told Indian Express.According to The Hindu, the complainant and her friends said the guards who had ignored her later snubbed them when they went to ask why there was no response to her yells, made misogynist remarks and said she should be careful when out alone in the dark.The protest, which went on until late into the night, was held on the day when PM  Modi was visiting Varanasi, his parliamentary constituency. “PM Modi has been speaking volumes about his ambitious Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao campaign but he should come and see the reality at the BHU. The VC and proctor instead of ordering inquiry are blaming the girl for roaming around inside the university premises late in the evening,” a student told India Today, adding that they wanted the PM  to take note of their protest. According to a report in the Times of India, Modi’s cavalcade was supposed to pass through the BHU gate but changed course to avoid the protest.The Wire
Senior journalist KJ Singh, mother murdered in Mohali
Senior journalist KJ Singh and his mother Gurcharan Kaur were found murdered at their house in the heart of Mohali on Saturday afternoon.Mohali SSP Kuldeep Chahal confirmed the double murder in Phase 3B2 and said the motive was being investigated.Police said KJ Singh was first stabbed in the stomach as he opened the door to the assailant. The trail of blood led to the room where he was found dead. After that his throat was slit.His mother, Gurcharan Kaur, who was bedridden, was strangulated to death.Singh, a bachelor, was a former news editor of the Indian Express, The Times of India and The Tribune in Chandigarh. hindustantimes
No one was allowed to see Jayalalithaa in hospital, we lied about her condition, claims Tamil Nadu minister
Chennai: Tamil Nadu's forest minister Dindigul C Sreenivasan has made a stunning claim that all AIADMK ministers spun a web of lies around former CM  J Jayalalithaa's health when she was in hospital last year.Jayalalithaa was declared dead on December 5 last year after an uncertainty-filled 75 days in Apollo Hospitals. She was hospitalised on Sept  22, after she collapsed due to respiratory distress at her Poes Garden residence."The claims made by us that she ate idlis in hospital were a total lie, because none of the ministers were allowed to meet her in the hospital and none of us knew the reality," Sreenivasan said addressing a public meeting on Friday night.The AIADMK minister apologised for lying on Jayalalithaa's health condition. timesofindia
Telangana Wakf Board, Shia chiefs spar over fund release
Hyderabad: The row over installation of standards at a few aashoorkhanas and release of funds by TS Wakf Board to Shia religious places took an ugly turn on Friday with Shia leaders and the Board lodging complaints against each other at the Abid Road police station.A section of Shia leaders, who are affiliated to the BJP, barged into TS Wakf Board office and allegedly manhandled M.A. Mannan Farooqui, chief executive officer. Following the incident, TS Wakf Board staff stagged a protest and struck work on Friday morning. They called off the strike after the Abid Road police gave an assurance to take action on the complaint lodged by them. It all started on Thursday night after a group of Shia leaders, including Firasat Ali Baqri and Haneef Ali, went to the TS Wakf Board office at Nampally. “We went to the office to meet Mohammed Saleem, chairman of TS Wakf Board.CEO misbehaved with us,” alleged Firasat Ali Baqri. When contacted, Mr Mannan said that the leaders behaved in an irresponsible manner and tried to manhandle the Wakf Board staff.“Group abused me and tried to attack me,” he said. Meanwhile, Abid Road police said that they had received two complains in this regard.Deccanchronicle
‘Treat us like Tibetan, Lankan refugees’: Rohingyas tell SC they have no terror links
New Delhi; Refuting the Indian Govt ’s claims of having terror links with the ISI and Islamic State (IS) and being a threat to the country, a Rohingya refugee filed an affidavit in Supreme Court, asserting that they were refugees and should be treated on par with Tibetan and Sri Lankan ones.The affidavit, filed on Friday, rejected contentions of the Govt , saying: “No terror links with ISI/ISIS and no Rohingyas in India have indulged in anti-national activities and this assertion is not substantiated with any evidence by Govt .”Refugee has relied on a statement by J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti in state assembly, which said: “No Rohingya has been found involved in militancy-related incidents. 17 FIRs have been registered against 38 Rohingyas for offences relating to illegal border crossing.”Among the reasons the Rohingya refugees gave in their defence against their deportation to Myanmar, they clarify the distinction between refugees and immigrants – while refugees are individuals who have fled their country fearing persecution, immigrants are individual who voluntarily choose to move out of the country seeking employment opportunities.The apex court is already seized of a PIL filed by two Rohingya Muslim refugees challenging the Govt ’s decision to deport an estimated 40,000 people of the community. While the hearing on their plea is scheduled on Oct. 3, it is unclear when the child rights panel’s petition will come up for hearing. hindustantimes
Peace-loving Rohingyas have no link with crime: SC plea by refugees
Mangaluru: Case booked against Hindu outfit leader for provocative speech
Mangaluru: A suo motu case was registered against an office-bearer of an Hindu outfit on Friday for his alleged provocative speech and derogatory comments about a police official at a protest meeting in Mangaluru, the police said. Hindu Jagaran Vedike (HJV) organising secretary Jagadish Karanth was accused of making “derogatory comments” on the religious status of Abdul Khader, inspector of the Puttur town police station, at a meeting at Puttur near here on Sept  15, to protest against “attacks” on Hindus.An individual complaint had been filed by one K Aziz asking the police to register a case against Karanth for allegedly using “derisive” language against the police officer identifying him with a religion.PTI
Demonetisation an ‘unnecessary adventure’: Manmohan
Chandigarh:Former PM  Manmohan Singh has described demonetisation as an “unnecessary adventure” and said such moves had not succeeded anywhere in the world except some Latin American and African nations.Singh’s comments came amid a renewed debate over the efficacy of BJP-led Govt’s ban on Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes, with then RBI governor Raghuram Rajan too recently speaking out against the move.“I don’t think it was technically and economically necessary to launch this adventure. If 86% of country currency is withdrawn from the system then there is bound to be a fallout,”Singh said.
Separatist Shabir Shah in touch with Hafiz Saeed, claims ED charge sheet
New Delhi : Enforcement Directorate today accused Kashmiri separatist Shabir Shah of having been in touch with Hafiz Saeed in a charge sheet filed against him in connection with a 2005 money laundering case for alleged terror financing. The prosecution complaint, ED’s parlance for a charge sheet, filed before the Additional Sessions Judge Sidharth Sharma also names alleged hawala dealer Mohammed Aslam Wani, who is in judicial custody along with Shah.PTI
NIA to quiz trade body chief, Kashmir university scholar in terror funding case
Srinagar: NIA has summoned a prominent trade association leader of Kashmir and a research scholar at Kashmir University (KU) in connection with the ongoing probe into alleged funding of anti-national activities in the strife-torn Valley.Mohammad Yasin Khan, who heads the Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA) and Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF), and Aala Fazili, a research scholar at the pharmaceutical sciences department of KU, are scheduled to appear at NIA headquarters in New Delhi on Monday.Khan and Fazili both confirmed to HT that they have received the summons and said they have been asked to report at 11am on Monday at the NIA office in New Delhi. hindustantimes
J-K govt designates Pulwama jail as ‘correctional home’ for young stone pelters
Srinagar:To dissuade young stone pelters from picking guns or getting brainwashed inside the prisons, J&K Govt  has designated a jail in south Kashmir as “correctional home” where young stone pelters or youths involved in other crimes will be rehabilitated and counseled so that they won’t join militancy after their release. There have been many instances in the past when young boys who were picked up by the police in the cases of stone pelting and protests were kept in various jails and after their release they picked up guns.DGP (Prisons) S K Mishra said that Pulwama jail has been designated as the ‘Correctional Home’ for youth who are lodged in various jails in the state. “We have already shifted 20 young prisoners to this jail where they will be given training of different vocational courses and will also be counseled by the experts and officers.” Mishra said the Govt is in the process of shifting all young boys or youths to this particular jail. Indianexpress
Pak summons Indian envoy after firing along LoC that allegedly killed 6 civilians
Islamabad:Pakistan summoned India’s High Commissioner here even as it condemned the alleged firing by Indian forces across LoC, in which 6 Pakistani civilians were killed.A Pakistan Foreign Office (FO) spokesman said that Acting Foreign Secretary Aitzaz Ahmed summoned Indian High Commissioner Gautam Bambawale over“unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian occupation forces” in Charwa Sector on Thursday.Ahmed “strongly condemned” the firing which killed 6 civilians, including four women, and injured 26 others, including 15 women and 5 children in Bini Sulariyan village.Many of the affected are seriously injured and the casualties are likely to rise, FO said.“The deliberate targeting of civilians is indeed deplorable and contrary to human dignity and international human rights and humanitarian laws,” he said.PTI
NSA Doval’s ‘double squeeze’ strategy will never succeed: Pak at UNGA
UN: Pakistan on Friday said that NSA Ajit Doval’s “offensive defense and double squeeze” strategy to make India a regional hegemon will never succeed. Exercising its right to reply in the UN General Assembly, Pakistan said it is “unfortunate” that India has chosen to criticise the statement of PM  Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Kashmir “which reflects the sentiments and aspirations of the oppressed and suffering people” of the Valley. “The strategy offensive defense and double squeeze floated blatantly by NSA Doval which India believes can make it a regional hegemon can never succeed,” Tipu Usman, Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the UN, said. “Indian operators of mayhem and terror such as commander Jadav caught red-handed in Pakistan while spreading sabotage, terrorism and espionage can never fulfill Indian dreams, which will remain just that dreams,” Pakistan said.The diplomat said the “plight” of Kashmiri people at the hands of the Indian security forces is being documented by the international community and rights organisations. He said the people of Kashmir look towards the international community especially members of the UN Security Council to deliver on their pledge to hold a free, fair and impartial plebiscite under the UN’s auspices, to enable them to decide their future.PTI
China calls on India, Pak to resolve Kashmir issue bilaterally
New Delhi:Dismissing calls by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) for implementation of the UN resolution on the Kashmir issue, China on Friday said the contentious matter should be resolved bilaterally by India and Pakistan through dialogue and communication. “China has noted the relevant report.China’s position on the Kashmir issue is clear-cut,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said, in response to a question. “Kashmir issue is left over from history. China hopes India and Pakistan can increase dialogue and communication and properly handle relevant issues and jointly safeguard regional peace and stability,” he said. indianexpress
China says Beijing, New Delhi have put Doklam behind them, working to take ties forward: IndiaToday
China and India are working together to "take forward" their relationship, and have left the Doklam episode behind them, the Chinese Consul General said in Kolkata on Friday.On Aug. 28, Ministry of External Affairs announced the "expeditious disengagement of border personnel" at Doklam, signalling that the months-long standoff at the disputed India-China-Bhutan trijunction had come to an end - before it could embarrass the leadership of both India and China at the BRICS summit.For months, Indian Army and People's Liberation Army of China had faced each other, holding their respective posts about 150 metres apart.Consul General Ma Zhanwu said that by working together, India and China can enhance cooperation and exchanges. He was speaking at an event marking the 68th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.
Under ED lens: Qureshi’s transactions in Dubai, Europe
ED is preparing to send fresh letters rogatory (LRs) to 2 foreign countries in connection with its money laundering probe against meat exporter Moin Qureshi. It has already sent 2 LRs to Dubai and Hong Kong to get details of financial transactions associated with him.Agency sources said that investigators have traced fresh dubious financial transactions related to Qureshi in Dubai and a European country.Indianexpress

WORLD : OTHERS
Ex-Muslim Brotherhood chief Mahdi Akef dies at 89
The former leader of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, Mahdi Akef, has died in a Cairo hospital aged 89. Akef, who headed the Brotherhood as supreme guide from 2004 to 2010, was diagnosed with cancer last year."My Father is in God's hands," his daughter, Alia, wrote on her Facebook page on Friday.Akef was among hundreds of Brotherhood figures arrested in a heavy crackdown launched against the political organisation following the military's 2013 ouster of President Mohamed Morsi, a member of the group and Egypt's first democratically-elected president.He was initially convicted on violence-related charges and was sentenced to life imprisonment. The verdict was overturned on appeal, and he was facing a retrial.His family had recently launched an online campaign to demand his release for health reasons. Akef was born on July 12, 1928, the same year the Muslim Brotherhood was founded.He became aware of the organisation's teachings in his early teenage years, and joined the Brotherhood in 1940. Akef was imprisoned from 1954 till 1974.For a large part of Hosni Mubarak's 40 years in power, which ended when he was overthrown as Egypt's president in the 2011 uprising, Akef was his main rival. In 2005,under Akef's leadership, Brotherhood won 20 % of the seats in Egypt's parliamentary elections. "He has many achievements," said Khalil al-Anani, an academic and researcher of the Brotherhood."One of them was that he was one of the most reformist leaders of the Brotherhood since he took office in 2004. He initiated many changes within the movement and gave it a new flavour," he said.Writing on Twitter, the Palestinian group Hamas, which originated from the Muslim Brotherhood, described Akef's death as "the nation's loss and one of its most prominent figures".Al Jazeera
Mahdi Akef, former General-Guide of Muslim Brotherhood dies
Kurd region poll to occur despite opposition, vows: Barzani, president autonomous Kurdistan: aljazeera
The president of Iraq's autonomous region of Kurdistan has vowed to go ahead with an independence referendum set for next week despite intense opposition by the Iraqi Govt  and international powers. Kurdistan Regional Govt (KRG) plans to hold the referendum on support for independence on Sept  25 in three governorates that make up the region, and in some disputed areas, including the oil-rich province of Kirkuk and parts of the northern province of Nineveh."Referendum is no longer in our hands or political parties, it is in the hands of people," KRG head Masoud Barzani said on Friday to thousands of cheering supporters who packed the Franso Hariri Stadium in Erbil, the capital of Kurdistan."The same people who are threatening us have not come to ask why we are holding a referendum," Barzani said, according to a report from Kurdish news portal Rudaw.Baghdad is vehemently opposed to the vote, which has also alarmed neighbouring Turkey, which has a large Kurdish minority.
Syrians vote in Kurdish-held northern region
OIC urges Kurds to 'cancel the planned referendum'
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Saturday urged Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) "to cancel the planned referendum as it runs against the constitution of Iraq."The organization, in a statement it released, expressed ''deep concern'' over the KRG's planned independence referendum and urged them "to cancel the planned referendum as it runs against the constitution of Iraq and considering its negative impact on the current efforts to fight terrorism.""The General Secretariat reaffirmed full commitment to working with the Iraqi government and with all Iraqi parties and factions for holding the national reconciliation conference with a view to achieving peace and stability in Iraq," the statement said.The statement also recalled the joint press conference held by OIC foreign ministers following their Annual Coordination Meeting in New York on Friday.World Bulletin
Iraq, Turkey, Iran to coordinate countermeasures to Kurdistan referendum
Iraq, Turkey and Iran have agreed to consider coordination over countermeasures to the Kurdistan referendum on secession from Iraq scheduled for Monday, Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Jaafari said. A statement issued by Al-Jaafari’s office said yesterday: “The Foreign Ministers of Iraq, Ibrahim Al-Jaafari, Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu and Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif have held a trilateral meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York to discuss the Kurdish planned referendum.”According to the statement, the three ministers have “confirmed their strong commitment to maintaining Iraq’s political unity, territorial integrity and expressed concern about the planned referendum”.The statement stressed that the referendum “jeopardises Iraq’s great and difficult victories against Daesh”.
Muslim Scholars group: Shelling in Iraq is crime against humanity
Association of Muslim Scholars (AMS) has warned that all parties to the conflict in Iraq are responsible for the excessive killing and systematic destruction in the country because they do not hesitate to kill people to achieve personal gains and temporary successes.In a statement, organisation said the areas of Anah, Rawa and Al-Qa’im, west of Anbar province, have been subjected to indiscriminate bombardment by warplanes and heavy artillery for several days which has killed and wounded dozens of innocent civilians and destroying homes, shops and school buildings.The association explained that the same destructive approach is used by the Govt  forces, the Popular Mobilisation Forces and the US-led coalition in dealing with cities controlled by Daesh.The statement quoted media reports which reveal that the Govt  has imposed a tight siege on the city of Anah in preparation for storming it and that Govt  warplanes and artillery carried out intensive and violent shelling against the town.middleeastmonitor
Int'l tribunal finds Myanmar guilty of 'genocide'
Kuala Lumpur:An international tribunal found the Myanmar Govt  "guilty of genocide" against the Rohingya and other Muslim minorities."The tribunal ruled that Myanmar is guilty of genocide against the people of Kachin and Muslim groups there," Daniel Feierstein, head of seven-member Permanent Peoples' Tribunal, said.Permanent Peoples' Tribunal was founded in Italy in 1979 and comprises 66 international members. Since its establishment, tribunal has held 43 sessions on numerous cases involving human rights and genocide. Tribunal, which convened in Malaysian capital Kuala Lampur for five days, took into account various documentaries, expert evidence and testimony of some 200 victims of the atrocities committed against the Rohingya, Kachin and other Muslim minority groups. Since Aug. 25, some 429,000 Rohingya have crossed from Myanmar's western state of Rakhine into Bangladesh, according to the UN.
Amnesty: US bombs used to kill civilians in Yemen
A US-made bomb was used to strike a residential building in Yemen killing 16 civilians, Amnesty International has revealed. Assessments made from the remnants of shrapnel left over after the attack on 25 August revealed the use of US-made bombs by Saudi Arabia. The airstrike was targeted in Faj Attan, in the Yemeni capital Sana’a, destroying the building.Saudi Arabia confessed to the attack and claimed that it was a “technical error”. middleeastmonitor
Hamas: delegation’s visit to Russia ‘fruitful’
a Delegation from Hamas concluded a visit to the Russian capital, Moscow, which it described as “fruitful” in a statement issued on Thursday.Hamas stated that the movement’s delegation, headed by deputy head of the political bureau, Mousa Abu Marzook, met with Mikhail Bogdanov, Putin’s envoy to the Middle East and Africa, the Russian deputy foreign minister, and other foreign ministry officials.During the 3-hour meeting, Hamas’ delegation reviewed the developments of the Palestinian reconciliation and the latest developments in Cairo’s meetings, including the decision to dissolve the administrative committee and invite al-Wefaq (consensus) Govt  to come to Gaza Strip and approve to hold the general elections, according to the statement. middleeastmonitor
Report: Hamas fearful after PA’s delay to implement reconciliation: middleeastmonitor
Hamas leaders have conveyed to the Egyptian govt their fears following the Palestinian Authority’s delay in taking positive steps to complete the Palestinian reconciliation process, Rai Al-Youm newspaper reported.The paper said it had learnt from “very well informed” Egyptian sources that Egypt is pressing hard on PA President Mahmoud Abbas and provided him with a timetable with emphasis on the importance of implementing the terms of the reconciliation initiative.Abbas issued directives to send a high-level political and bureaucratic delegation to Gaza Strip to discuss details of power transition after Hamas pledged to dissolve its administrative committee which runs the enclave. According to the newspaper, the delegation is supposed to arrive within 72 hours to begin the talks.
British MPs urge intervention to stop Israeli demolition of Palestinian village
Over 2 dozen British parliamentarians have urged the Govt to help thwart a possible Israeli demolition of an entire Palestinian village in the occupied West Bank.Israeli authorities could soon forcibly displace the residents of Palestinian Bedouin community Khan Al-Ahmar, the destruction of which would include the community’s school, made of tyres and mud, which educates 170 children aged between 6 and 14 years old. The letter to Alistair Burt, minister of state for the Middle East at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, was signed by 26 cross-party MPs from Labour, the Conservatives, Liberal Democrats, Greens and Scottish National Party.Council for Arab-British Understanding (Caabu), announcing the MPs’ letter, noted that many of the signatories have previously visited the village as part of parliamentary delegations. middleeastmonitor
‘Jewish extremists’ condemned for vandalising Jerusalem church
Council of Catholic Churches in Jerusalem yesterday condemned the attack by “Jewish extremists” on one its houses of worship and called on the Israeli Govt  to do more to curtail the escalating violence against Christians in the holy land.Wednesday’s attack on St. Stephen Church in occupied Jerusalem resulted in the destruction of glass artwork and statues that depict the life of Jesus Christ and Virgin Mary.The new patriarchal Vicar for Jerusalem and Palestine, Giacinto-Boulos Marcuzzo, speaking to AsiaNews said that the incident “fits in with the pattern of past incidents” and was carried out by “some fanatics” whom he described as most likely being “Jewish extremists”. middleeastmonitor
Famous Saudi journalist  Khashoggi under fire for criticising govt
Famous Saudi journalist and writer Jamal Khashoggi has come under renewed criticism by Saudis, including Prince Khalid Al Saud after publishing an article on the Washington Post, Rassd.com reported yesterday.On his Twitter account, Khashoggi wrote: “Adherence to the leadership and the country is represented by saying the right word and casting advice. This is what I have done and what I will continue doing.”This post was one of his replies to the tirade of criticism he received following the publication of his article. Prince Khalid Al Saud wrote: “Save your advice for yourself. Our guided leadership does not need advice from you and your likes.” Khashoggis replied:"Be a little more humble Prince. The leadership which does not listen to its subject loses too much and it does not say ‘does not need your advice and your likes.’ All of us are partners in the country."“You advice your country through foreign papers!! You should follow the advice etiquettes in order to achieve your aim. This is how the loyal act.”On the Washington Post, Khashoggi discussed the latest suppressive measures taken by the Saudi regime, including the detention of a number of Muslim scholars. middleeastmonitor
War of words between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un is like fight between kindergarten children:Russia
Moscow: Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov has likened the war of words between US president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to a kindergarten fight between children.North Korean leader earlier labelled Trump "mentally deranged" and a "dotard" after Trump threatened to destroy his country. Trump responded with a tweet calling Kim Jong-un "a madman" who "will be tested like never before!Lavrov said a pause was needed, "to calm down the hotheads", BBC reported on Friday."Yes, it's unacceptable to silently watch North Korea's nuclear military adventures but it is also unacceptable to unleash war on the Korean Peninsula," he said.He called for a political process, which he said was a key part of the UNSC process.IANS
Frustrated China imposes limit on oil supply to North Korea as per UN sanctions
New Delhi:In a sign of growing frustration, China on Saturday imposed a limit on oil supplies to North Korea under United Nations sanctions over its nuclear and missile development, reported news agency AP. China is North Korea’s last major trading partner, diplomatically and energy supplier. The Commerce Ministry said the exports of refined petroleum to Pyongyang will be limited to 2 million barrels per year and sales of liquefied natural gas banned outright, effective January 1, 2018.It wasn’t immediately clear how big the reduction might possibly be as China doesn’t disclose details of trade with isolated North Korea. As per AP, ministry also said it will ban textile imports from the North. Indianexpress
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