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Tuesday, 5 September 2017



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5 Sept. 2017: 13 Zilhajja 1438:Vol:8, No:271
Genocide of Rohingya Muslim & humanitarian crisis
Supreme Court seeks Centre’s stand on plea challenging Rohingyas’ deportation
New Delhi: The Supreme Court sought to know the stand of the Govt  on a petition challenging its decision to deport illegal Rohingya Muslim immigrants back to Myanmar.The matter came up before a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud which asked Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to take instruction from the Centre for its response to the petition which has challenged the decision on various grounds including that it violated international human right conventions. While the bench posted the matter for Sept.11, advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for 2 Rohingya immigrants, wanted an assurance that during the pendency of the petition, the Centre will not take any step including the deportation of the immigrants.ASG made it clear that he was not making any statement. The bench asked the petitioner to hand over the copy of the petition and relevant documents pertaining to the matter to the law officer.Many of them, who had fled to India after the earlier spate of violence, have settled in Jammu, Hyderabad, Haryana, UP, Delhi-NCR and Rajasthan.The plea, filed by 2 Rohingya immigrants, Mohammad Salimullah and Mohammad Shaqir, who are registered refugees under the UNHCR, claimed they had taken refuge in India after escaping from Myanmar due to widespread discrimination, violence and bloodshed against the community there. "Proposed deportation is contrary to the constitutional protections of Article 14 (Right to Equality), Article 21 (Right to Life and Personal Liberty) and Article 51(c) of the Constitution of India, which provides equal rights and liberty to every person. "This act would also be in contradiction with the principle of 'Non-Refoulement', which has been widely recognised as a principle of Customary International Law," the plea said, while seeking a direction to Govt not to deport them and other members of Rohingya community.It has also sought a direction that Rohingyas be provided "basic amenities to ensure that they can live in human conditions as required by international law".PTI
Centre Refuses to Tell Supreme Court It Won’t Deport Rohingya Refugees
New Delhi: Modi Govt  reportedly said in the Supreme Court that it will not give an assurance to Rohingya refugees that the Govt  will not deport them back to Myanmar.Additional solicitor general Tushar Mehta, representing the Centre, was quoted by The Hindu as saying, “I am not making any such statements” when two Rohingya people asked the SC to draw an assurance from the Govt  that they would not move against their community or take “coercive steps”. The Hindu
It's More Than Obvious, Rohingya Muslims Will Have To Leave India, says MoS Jitendra Singh: ANI
Minister of state for PMO Jitendra Singh, in a blatant statement asserted that Rohingya Muslims will have to leave India. Nullifying ambiguity in the regard, Singh said that New Delhi has always maintained its stand that the Rohingya's will have to return to their land."It is more than obvious and the home ministry has time and again reiterated that India's position as far as Rohingya sentiments are concerned is clear, they have to go back," said Singh.Singh further said that even Rohingyas, who have illegally settled in the state of J&K , will have to migrate back."This also equally applies to Rohingyas, who have got illegally settled in different parts of Kashmir including J&K and I am sure there is no ambiguity about it," said Singh.
Rohingya deportation: India will follow legal path, won’t use force: Rijiju
New Delhi: Minister of State (MoS) Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju shunned reports of the Centre cracking whip over Rohingyas Muslim in regard with their deportation and said that no other nation has accepted refugees as India.Rijiju said that India will not use force for deportation, rather will follow the legal procedure in the connection.“No country can accuse India of being intolerant or inhuman in dealing with Rohingyas. Deportation has to be done legally. We are not going to use force to throw out anybody. So allegations of being inhuman are wrong. No other country has accepted more refugees than India,” he said.ANI
Rohingya are illegal immigrants who need to be deported, says Kiren Rijiju
Modi in Myanmar will be cautious on Rohinyga Muslim issue
PM Narendra Modi, who will commence his visit to Nay Pyi Daw on Tuesday, will be the first foreign leader to meet Myanmar's State Counsellor de-facto ruler Aung San Suu Kyi. With the Indian Govt in New Delhi signalling its plan to deport Rohingyas illegally taking shelter in India, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees on Monday reminded it of its obligation not to send back the persecuted people to the same place where they were displaced from and could still face danger. PM is visiting Myanmar at a time when the security forces of the neighbouring country have been accused of committing atrocities against Rohingyas while carrying out an offensive against insurgents of rebel Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army in its Rakhine State.OneIndia News
Rohingya Genocide, asylum seekers, Modi's visit to Myanmar
Pro-Rohingya protest held at Jantar Mantar
New Delhi:Immigrant Rohingya Muslims has staged protest at the Jantar Mantar here against persecution of the community in Myanmar and demanded that the Indian Govt  must intervene to save them.The protest organized by a group named ‘Peace Loving Indians’ saw scores of protesters shouting slogans like “Stop genocide in Burma”, and displayed banners that read “Break your silence for Rohingya” and “Aung San Suu Kyi, is it your real face?”“We gathered here to express serious concern on the continued military and police crackdown on the civilian population in Northern Arakan in Myanmar,” Mohammad Waqar, one of the organisers of the protest, told IANS.IANS
Kashmiris to observe Sep 8 as ‘Solidarity Day’ with Rohingya Muslims: Mirwaiz
Srinagar: Condemning the killings and persecution of Rohingya Muslims, Hurriyat (M) chairman and chief cleric of Kashmir, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Tuesday said that Sept.8 will be observed as “Solidarity Day” with the victims.“Strongly condemn ethnic cleansing of #Rohingya Muslims #Kashmir to observe #SolidarityDay with victims &protest world silence on Friday Sep8,” he tweeted.Earlier, Mirwaiz as head of Mutahida Majlis-e-Ulema (MMU) joined several other religious organizations in condemning the persecution and “ethnic cleansing” of Muslims in Rakhine state of Myanmar. MMU head Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and all other religious organisations of Kashmir including Jamaat-e-Islami,  Jamiat-e-Ahlihadith, Anjuman-e-Share Shian, Islamic Study Circle, Itihaad-ul-Muslimeen, Darul Uloom Rahimiya Bandipora, Anjuman-e-Tableegul Islam, Anjuman-e-Himayatul Islam, Grand Mufti J&K, Muslim Personal Law Board, Darul Uloom Bilaliya, Darul Uloom Qasmiya, Anjuman-e-Nusratul Islam, Anjuman-e-Mazharil Haq Beerwah, Darul Uloom Noorul Islam Tral, Parvan-e-Vilayat J&K, Ahlibait Foundation, Anjuman-e-Ulema-e-Ahnaf and others, in a joint statement strongly condemned the persecution and ethnic cleansing of the minority Muslim Rohingya by Myanmar Govt. greaterkashmir
J&K : Students protest in support of Rohingya Muslims
Srinagar: Students in J&K’s Kulgam and Pulwama districts took to the streets on Tuesday to denounce attacks on Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.On Monday, similar protests were held in Tral town.Social media sites are awash with Kashmiris expressing their anguish over the attacks on Muslims in Myanmar. Over 4,000 Rohingya refugees are living in Jammu city after fleeing their country.IANS  
Israel arming Myanmar amid ongoing Rohingya violence
Israel has continued to sell weapons to Myanmar as thousands of Rohingya refugees flee the military's violent crackdown in the Rakhine state.The weapons sold to Myanmar include over 100 tanks, weapons and boats used to police the country's border, according to human rights groups and Burmese officials. Israeli arms companies such as TAR Ideal Concepts have also been involved in training Burmese special forces who are currently in the Rakhine state where most of the violence has taken place. Images previously posted on the arms company's website showed its staff instructing members of the Burmese special forces on combat tactics and how to use specific weapons. In September, the Israeli High Cof Justice is expected to hear a petition, launched by activists, urging the Israeli Govt to stop arms exports to Myanmar. US and EU have an arms embargo against Myanmar.  Eitay Mack, the lawyer presenting the petition, told Middle East Eye that Israel has "no control" over its arms exports once they are sent overseas. “Israel has no control of what's happening with its weapons once it sends its weapons to Burma,” said Mack, an Israeli human rights lawyer based in Tel Aviv. “But from TAR Ideal’s website, we know that they are arming and training Burmese special forces who are operating in the Rakhine state right now."The petition was submitted in January, following visits by Israeli officials to Myanmar to discuss arms deals, and vice versa.After the petition was submitted, the Israeli defence ministry in March said the court had no jurisdiction over the issue and claimed that arms sales to Myanmar were "clearly diplomatic". Israel has shared a strong relationship with Myanmar and maintained trade relations over the years. These relations existed before the military junta stepped down. Ofer Neiman, an Israeli human rights activist, said Israel's relationship with Myanmar is linked to its ongoing occupation of Palestinian territory in the West Ban.  middleeasteye
‘Hindus join Muslim Rohingyas in seeking refuge in Bangladesh’
Dhaka:Hindus from Myanmar have joined streams of Muslim Rohingyas to seek refuge in Bangladesh after the killing of 86 people from their community in the ethnic violence in the neighbouring Buddhist-majority country.Officials said nearly 500 Hindus arrived in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar, bordering Myanmar, along with tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims amid escalated violence at home.“A total of 414 Hindus from (Myanmar’s) Rakhine state took refuge at a Hindu village in Cox’s Bazar,” a Bangladeshi official told PTI on condition of anonymity. However, Bangladesh Hindu-Buddhist-Christian Unity Council President Rana Dasgupta, who visited the village, said the figure of Hindu refugees was 510.He said the refugees took shelters in different Hindu houses after fleeing their home along with ordinary Rohingyas following the killing of 86 Hindus in ethnic violence.“According to the Hindu refugees, unidentified masked people in black attires attacked their homes killing 86 people on Aug 27 and 28 at different places in Myanmar’s Mangdu district,” he said.Dasgupta said ordinary Rohingya Muslims escorted them to borders from where these Hindus entered Bangladesh along with thousands others.“Attack on Myanmar Hindus should be investigated to bring the perpetrators to justice,” he said.Meanwhile, Cox’s Bazar’s deputy commissioner or administrative chief Ali Hossain told reporters bodies of 54 Rohingyas washed up on the Bangladesh shore in last 5 days.PTI
At Least 123,000 Rohingya Have Fled Myanmar: UN
Hong Kong:At least 123,000 Rohingya have fled from western Myanmar into neighboring Bangladesh since late last month, UN said on Tuesday, as a military crackdown has destroyed villages and killed hundreds.In recent days, a constant stream of desperate people has marched through muddy fields while attempting to escape the violence. At least 46 Rohingya died last week when boats capsized while crossing a river between the two countries, the Bangladeshi authorities said.With villages still in flames in Rakhine State, the exodus that began last month is expected to continue, rights groups and UN officials said.There are “clear signs that more will cross into Bangladesh from Myanmar before situation stabilizes,” Mohammed Abdiker, director of operations and emergencies for UN migration agency, said on Twitter. “Suffering will continue” without more international support, he added.NYTIMES
Muslims deeply concerned by Myanmar violence, Erdogan tells Aung San Suu Kyi
Ankara: Turkey`s President Tayyip Erdogan told Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday that violence against Rohingyas was of deep concern to the Muslim world, and will send his foreign minister to neighbouring Bangladesh to discuss the fighting.Erdogan, who has said that the violence against Rohingya Muslims constitutes genocide, told Suu Kyi on Tuesday that it was a violation of human rights and that the Muslim world was deeply concerned, Turkish presidential sources said.In the phone call, Erdogan and Suu Kyi also discussed potential solutions to the fighting and means to deliver humanitarian aid to the region, the sources said.They said Erdogan had condemned terrorism and operations targeting civilians, voicing concern that the developments could turn into a serious humanitarian crisis.Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu will travel to Bangladesh on Wednesday evening and hold meetings on Thursday, Turkish sources said.Reuters
Malaysia summons Myanmar envoy over violence
Muslim world denounces Myanmar's treatment of Rohingya; West reticent
Myanmar is facing growing condemnation from the Muslim world over its failure to halt the violence directed toward the minority Rohingya ethnic group, amid growing protests across the globe.So far, an estimated 123,600 Rohingya have fled to neighboring Bangladesh to escape escalating violence in their native Rakhine State, according to a UN official in Bangladesh. Leaders of countries with majority Muslim populations including Malaysia, Indonesia, Bangladesh and Pakistan have led efforts to increase pressure on the Myanmar Govt .Malaysia's foreign minister summoned Myanmar's ambassador to express its concern, according to state-run Bernama news,and Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi held talks Monday with Aung San Suu Kyi, the de facto leader of Myanmar. Marsudi was due to meet with her counterpart in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka on Tuesday."(Indonesia) speaks not only on behalf of global Muslim concerns but also ASEAN. It feels a real sense of urgency," Herve Lemahieu, research fellow at Sydney's Lowy Institute, told CNN.In contrast, Western leaders have have so far appeared reluctant to speak out strongly on the issue. According to Lemahieu, the Western world's attention is still fixed elsewhere in Asia, on the nuclear standoff in North Korea.In solidarity with the Muslim minority, tens of thousands of people marched through the Chechen Republic's capital city of Grozny.According to a Govt statement, protest in Chechnya, which is part of the Russian Federation, was attended by more than a million people.AP
Russia, Egypt oppose Myanmar violence, call for control over situation – Putin
Myanmar de-factor leader Aung San Suu Kyi urged to stop violence against Rohingyas in Rakhine
Bar on int’l aid putting thousands at risk in Rakhine state of Myanmar: Amnesty
Amnesty International has said Myanmar authorities' restrictions on international aid in Rakhine state is putting tens of thousands of lives at risk in a region where mainly Rohingya people are already suffering horrific abuses from a disproportionate military campaign.The London-based human rights organisation came up with the observation at a press statement on its website on Monday. thedailystar
Persecution of all Muslims in Myanmar 'on the rise'
The systematic persecution of minority Muslims is on the rise across Myanmar and not just confined to the northwestern state of Rakhine, where recent violence has sent more tens of thousands of Muslim Rohingya fleeing, a UK-based rights group said.Burma Human Rights Network (BHRN) said on Tuesday that persecution was backed by the Govt, elements among the country's Buddhist monks and ultra-nationalist civilian groups. aljazeera
Burma soldiers 'burning bodies of Rohingya Muslims' to conceal evidence: The Independent
Soldiers and civilians in Burma are attempting to cover up the massacre of the country’s Rohingya Muslim population by gathering their bodies and burning them, an advocate for the minority group has said. Chris Lewa, director of the Arakan Project, which monitors violence in Burma’s Rakhine state, said her organisation had documented the killing of at least 130 people in one settlement in the Rathedaung region.She added that there were reports of 3 other villages where “dozens” of people had been killed.“A minimum of 130 people have been killed actually we think it’s more,” she told BBC World Service.
INDIA: OTHERS
Initial probe blames lack of oxygen for deaths of 49 children in a month at Farrukhabad hospital
The city magistrate’s investigation has claimed that lack of oxygen had caused the deaths of 49 children at a hospital in UP’s Farrukhabad, HT reported on Tuesday.Govt, however, dismissed the report and called the findings superficial.As many as 49 children died between July 21 and August 20 in the Sick Newborn Care Unit of Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital in Farrukhabad. After these reports emerged on Monday, the state Govt had transferred Farrukhabad DM Ravindra Kumar, the chief medical officer and the chief medical superintendent of the district hospital.City Magistrate Jainendra Kumar Jain lodged a FIR, in which he said the hospital’s doctors had “neither administered oxygen nor any medicines” while treating the children. The report attributed the deaths to “perinatal asphyxia”, a condition in which the child cannot breathe properly. “It was amply clear that most children died because of lack of oxygen,” Jain said. He lodged and FIR against the chief medical officer, CMS and a senior child specialist of the hospital. UP Govt has ordered an investigation into the incident, which is expected to be conducted on Tuesday. All doctors at Govt hospitals in the district have gone on mass leave starting Tuesday till Sept.7, IANS reported. Officials of medical associations in UP  said emergency and post-mortem services, however, will not be disturbed.The protesting doctors have alleged that the state Govt  is acting in haste and under pressure and is unnecessarily blaming innocent doctors.They demanded that FIR against the medical professionals be withdrawn and a technical team be formed to investigate the children’s deaths. scroll
Farrukhabad child deaths: Doctors threaten mass leave to protest FIR against colleagues
Rajasthan: Death of 86 newborn, actions against 15, including 11 doctors
Jaipur: The state health department on Monday suspended 3 doctors, put five on awaited posting order (APO) and asked for disciplinary action against 3 after the death of 86 infants at Banswara district hospital in last two months.In addition, 4 nurses have also been suspended and another four given showcause notices.At least 37 of the 86 infant deaths at the district hospital in Banswara were due to the alleged carelessness of the doctors, following which health minister Kali Charan Saraf had constituted a 4-member committee, headed by Dr SM Mittal.After Dr Mittal submitted his report, Saraf consulted the district collector and on Monday 3 doctors – principal medical officer (PMO) VK Jain, PC Yadav and Jitendra Banjara — were suspended.5 other doctors – Manisha Choudhary, Divya Pathak, OP Upadhyay, Jaishree Jain and Shalini Nanawati — have been out on APO, and 3 other doctors — Pushpa Kumari, Pritesh Jain and MK Jain — has been issued showcause notices. In addition, 4 nurses have been suspended and showcause notices have been issued to Sunderi Vaishnav, Indra Maida, Sunni MT and Sukli Garasiya, said the minister.HT
36 newborns die in MP hospital
Shahdol: As many as 36 newborns died in a Govt  hospital here in Madhya Pradesh in August, the hospital authorities said on Monday.In Aug., 195 newborns were admitted to the Special Newborn Care Unit (SNCU), its head VD Sonwani said.“Of these, 36 could not survive. Those who died were either underweight, underdeveloped or had some disease,” he added. Hospital sources said the hospital had four ventilators but nobody was trained to operate them. Because of this, many newborns and other patients who need them don’t benefit.IANS
Bengal Governor urged to ensure triple talaq petitioner’s security
Kolkata: A 5-member delegation on Monday met West Bengal Governor Keshri Nath Tripathi and urged him to ensure physical and economic security to triple talaq petitioner Ishrat Jahan after the Supreme Court struck down the practice.The joint platform of three groups Pragatishil Muslim Samaj, Reformist Muslim Society and Secular Mission — which stands for abolition of triple talaq and polygamy — also expressed concern over the situation in the state post the judgement and recommended that more efforts be put in by the state administration to ensure women’s security. “We met the Governor of West Bengal to apprise him of the situation of triple talaq petitioner Ishrat Jahan,” Syed Tanveer Nasreen of Joint Movement Committee told reporters here after meeting the Governor.IANS
Ganpati festivities: Supreme Court stays Bombay HC order banning use of loudspeakers
New Delhi:Loudspeakers can blare in Mumbai during the Ganpati Visarjan festivities on Tuesday, with the Supreme Court on Monday staying a High Court order banning their use in the state. The Bombay High Court on Sept.1 had granted an interim stay to a recent amendment to the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules that led to the elimination of 1,573 notified ‘silence zones’ in Mumbai ahead of festive season.A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud issued notice to the social activists on a plea of state Govt  and stayed the Sept.1 order of high court.It sought a reply from the activists in favour of the ban within 2 weeks and restrained the HC from passing any further orders in the matter.Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for state Govt , said the high court has erred in staying the rules which cannot be done.“If these all India rules are implemented in a literal sense, then you cannot use loudspeakers near a small clinic, school or even court premises which will virtually make the entire country go silent,” Mehta said.Senior advocate CU Singh, appearing for some social activists, said the high court was justified in staying the rules and even the SC has in the past stayed them.The bench asked Singh as to what will be the impact of this ban in the state.The senior advocate said then Govt  allow processions during Ganesh Visarjan revelry with loudspeakers being played.Mehta said if we go strictly by these nationwide rules, then no function can be held even at the SC lawns.The bench said it will look into the matter.PTI
MoS Hegde faces 2 cases: Beating doctors, hate speech
Bengaluru:A 5-time BJP MP from Uttara Kannada constituency, Anantkumar Hegde, 48, who took charge as Minister of State for Skill Development on Monday, was not allowed to travel to Delhi for over six months this year after he was accused of assaulting doctors at a private hospital in his hometown of Sirsi on Jan.2. Hegde remains the prime accused in the case — a chargesheet has been filed and the matter is set to be taken up by a magistrate’s court on Oct.21. The police case against Hegde says that he beat up Dr Madhukeshwar, Dr Balachandra Bhat and Dr Rahul Mashlekar on the night of Jan.2, for not treating his mother who had been taken to the TSS Hospital with a broken leg in the evening. The hospital claimed that Hegde’s brother wanted to move their mother to another hospital after a surgery was recommended, and they had provided the necessary first aid and pain management required for her.Though the doctors and the hospital authorities refused to file a complaint against Hegde, the police registered a suo motu case against him on Jan.5, on the basis of CCTV footage from the hospital showing the assault, which was aired on news channels.
Remove 'assaulter' Minister Anant Hegde from Cabinet, Indian Medical Association urges PM
The country may have celebrated India’s second Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, cutting across party lines. But not everyone is happy with all the Ministers inducted on Sunday. Doctors across the country are up in arms against the new Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship from Karnataka, Anant Kumar Hegde. The Indian Medical Association has even gone so far as to write to PM  demanding that Anant Kumar be dropped from the cabinet immediately, reported India Today.Anant Hegde’s induction into the Union Cabinet came as a surprise to many, as he had been caught on camera assaulting doctors at the Totagarara Seva Samiti Hospital in Sirsi just a few months ago. The MP was angered at what he said was negligent care of his mother, and was seen harshly abusing doctors and manhandling them.In the letter, the IMA has said that Anant Hegde’s appointment clearly sends out a very wrong message.“Instead of taking action or conducting a probe, he has been inducted into the cabinet. Making him Skill Development Minister has sent another wrong message. Is indulging in violence the ‘new skill’ to be taught to entrepreneurs?” the letter from IMA was quoted as asking. 
Raghuram Rajan breaks silence, says neither he nor RBI under him wanted demonetisation
New Delhi: Ex-RBI governor Raghuram Rajan has revealed that he did not favour demonetisation as he felt the short term economic costs associated with such a disruptive decision would outweigh any longer term benefits from it.Rajan makes the disclosure in his latest book – I do what I do – which is a compilation of speeches he delivered on a wide range of issues as RBI governor. Although he maintains the book is not a tell-all, the short introductions and postscripts accompanying the pieces offer fascinating insights into his uneasy relationship and differences with the present Govt .“At no point during my term was RBI asked to make a decision on demonetisation,” Rajan has said, putting to rest speculation that preparations for scrapping high-value banknotes got underway many months before PM  Narendra Modi made the surprise announcement on Nov.8.This is the first time the former RBI governor has spoken on demonetisation since demitting office on Sept.3 last year. Rajan, who now teaches economics at University of Chicago, said he chose not to speak on India for a year because he didn’t want to “intrude on his successor’s initial engagement with the public”.“I was asked by the Govt in Feb.2016 for my view on demonetisation, which I gave orally. Although there might be long-term benefits, I felt the likely short-term economic costs would outweigh them,” Rajan wrote. “I made these views known in no uncertain terms.”HT
Where are achhe din? Modi Govt has no clue about economy: Chidambaram
Slamming demonetisation as a major factor responsible for the current deceleration in the economy, ex-Finance Minister P. Chidambaram says Govt was "clueless" about the causative factors on why the GDP was declining and unless these are addressed the Indian economy would be stuck at 6% growth. He also said that if Govt that came on the promise of "good days" (achche din) cannot deliver on growth and jobs in 1,200 days in power, it cannot do so in the next 600 days. IANS
Govt  restricts bank accounts of over 2 lakh ‘struck off’ companies: indianexpress
New Delhi:Govt  has advised banks to “put restrictions” on the operation of bank accounts of the 2,09,032 companies delisted by Registrar of Companies. “Since such ‘struck off’ companies have ceased to exist, action has been initiated to restrict the operation of Bank accounts of such companies. Dept of Financial Services has, through Indian Banks Association, advised all Banks that they should take immediate steps to put restrictions on bank accounts of such struck off companies,” a finance ministry release said.Also, the banks have been advised to go in for “enhanced diligence” while dealing with companies in general, the release said. “A company even having an active status on the website of the Ministry of Corporate Affairs but defaulting in filing of its due Financial Statement(s) or Annual Return(s) of Particular of Charges on its assets on the secured loan should be seen with suspicion as, prima facie, the company is not complying with its mandatory statutory obligations to file this vital information for availability to its stakeholders,” it said.The existing directors and authorized signatories of such struck off companies will now not be able to operate bank accounts of such companies till they are legally restored under Section 252 of Companies Act by an order of National Company Law Tribunal, it added.
Ex-RAW official RSN Singh insults Prophet on Times Now
Times Now has lately upped the ante while competing with the right-wing channel, Republic TV, in pushing the limit for anti-Muslim coverage. The channel owned by the Times Group has been dedicating a lot of its coverage to issues involving Muslims.As part of its latest effort on what many term as anti-Islamic propaganda, the channel hosted a debate on the alleged forced conversions of Hindu girls in Kerala, a state that BJP is desperately trying to make inroads into for electoral gains. A video from a recent debate with a former RAW official, RSN Singh, insulting Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) has now gone viral on social media platforms causing considerable anger among Muslims.In the video, Singh, who’s known for his bigoted views and a regular panelist on Times Now on debates concerning Kashmir, Pakistan and anti-Muslim issues, uses derogatory language for the most revered personality in Islam after God. He then goes on to make insane and factually incorrect comments about the the revered wife of the Prophet(PBUH) accusing her of having murdered Hazrat Ali, one of the caliphates of Islam, and his sons.Singh is described as an intelligence expert, who has reportedly served in the Indian army and RAW in the past. He’s usually seen shouting loudly and losing his temper while indulging in brawls with fellow panelists- an act not approved by even people who share the same bigoted views on social media. Singh is described as an intelligence expert, who has reportedly served in the Indian army and RAW in the past. He’s usually seen shouting loudly and losing his temper while indulging in brawls with fellow panelists- an act not approved by even people who share the same bigoted views on social media.Legal experts that Janta Ka Reporter spoke to are convinced that Singh’s hateful utterances make it a perfect case of criminal act under Section 153A since his comments promote enmity ‘between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc.,and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony.’ jantakareporter
Zee News Directed To Apologise To Gauhar Raza And Pay Fine For Branding Him as Part Of 'Afzal Premi Gang'
New Delhi: National Broadcasting Standards Authority has directed Zee News to issue a public apology and pay a Rs. one lakh fine following a complaint that objected to the channel branding Raza as part of an ‘Afzal Premi Gang’ for reciting his poems in the ‘Shankar ‘ Shaad Mushaira.’ The NBSA has awarded the highest punishment in its jurisdiction, reaffirming that big media houses cannot trample over the rights of citizens to freedom of speech and expression, which includes the right to dissent.Raza was branded as part of an ‘Afzal Premi Gang’ on a Zee show Afzal Premi Gang ka Mushaira – which first aired on March 9 with multiple telecasts over the following days. The programme was based on the annual Shankar-Shad Mushaira that took place in New Delhi on March 5 -- it was a poet’s conclave where Raza had recited several poems. Raza says that the Zee programme telecast only selective portions of certain poems and went on to brand him as an “anti national” based on a prejudiced and baseless line of reasoning. Following NBSA order, a press release states:“Gauhar Raza, an eminent scientist and poet, was maligned, defamed and hate engineered against him by the malicious, concocted and motivated news telecast carried by Zee News in March, 2016. Raza was branded as a part of an “Afzal Premi Gang” for reciting his poems in the ‘Shankar - Shaad Mushaira’. A complaint was then filed by Raza with News Broadcasting Standards Authority against Zee News along with another joint complaint filed by eminent artists like Mr. Ashok Vajpeyi, Ms. Shubha Mudgal, Ms. Sharmila Tagore and Dr. Syeda Hameed. Advocate Vrinda Grover arguedf on behalf of Gauhar Raza and other complainants.The Citizen
Zee News asked to apologise, pay fine for calling poet Gauhar Raza ‘anti-national’
Allow temple at Ayodhya site, promote religious harmony: Shia Wakf Board head Waseem Rizvi
Lucknow:UP  Shia Wakf Board president Waseem Rizvi believes there is nothing wrong with allowing the construction of a Ram temple at the site of the erstwhile Babri Masjid in Ayodhya as long as it promotes the cause of communal harmony. Rizvi visited Ayodhya over the weekend to meet many prominent saints and present his new formula, which advocates: “Come construct the temple and spread harmony”. He said that while the temple can be constructed at the supposed birthplace of Ram in the religious city, a mosque with the title ‘Masjid-e-Aman’ may be set up at a Muslim-populated locality in the neighbourhood.Rizvi was accompanied by Mahiradhwaj Singh alias Murari Das, convenor of Rashtriya Muslim Manch (minority wing of RSS), during his visit. The duo met several mahants, including Dharam Das, Suresh Das, Kamal Nayan Das and Bhaskar Das, to evolve a consensus on the proposed formula. hindustantimes
Gujarat riots : Court gives 4 days to Maya Kodnani on Amit Shah’s deposition
Ahmedabad:Ex-BJP minister Maya Kodnani has sought time from a special SIT court to state whether BJP president Amit Shah would depose before it in her defence, saying that she was not able to find his address where the court could issue summons to him.Kodnani sought time as the court had earlier allowed her application to summon Shah as a witness in her defence, saying that she was not able to find address of Shah to which the court could issue summons. Special SIT judge PB Desai allowed Kodnani four days to respond and posted the matter for hearing on Sept.8.The court had last week asked Kodnani to respond whether Shah would depose as her witness, as he was the last defence witness to be examined.HT
Post alliance, communal row in Bihar points to slow rise of BJP’s Hindutva: hindustantimes
Araria (Bihar):The policemen looked bored and the parents who had gathered at the police station were panic-stricken, as their teenage sons sulked behind the bars of the lockup in this sleepy rural district headquarters along the Nepal border.“Ma tum jao ... just leave,” a skinny young man in a saffron vest shouted as his teary-eyed mother tried to negotiate the release of her son.Several parents nervously peered at a policeman’s phone as he played footage of the violence from the night before when an mob of hundreds of angry Hindu men lit a fire not far from National Highway 57, blocked traffic, and pelted stones at a convoy of policemen to protest against the alleged sacrifice of a cow on Eid ul-Adha.While approximately 30 people were initially detained for questioning, Dhurat Sayli Savlaram, Araria’s superintendent of police, said a total of 13 people — both Hindu and Muslim — had been arrested for cow slaughter, and for rioting.A month after Bihar CM  Nitish Kumar dumped his former ally and formed a new Govt  by forging a mid-term alliance with the BJP, experts say the events in Araria reveal how BJP and its affiliates are leveraging their influence in the state Govt  to expand their muscular brand of Hindutva to regions where they had no previous presence. HT
Beef Would Continue to be Consumed in Kerala: Alphons Kannanthanam
On the first day in his new office as tourism minister, bureaucrat-turned-politician Alphons Kannanthanam touched upon the controversial issue of beef, saying it would continue to be consumed in Kerala.The 1979 Kerala cadre officer said that the BJP had never said that beef cannot be eaten.“As Goa CM , Manohar Parrikar has said that beef will be consumed in the state. Similarly, it will be consumed in Kerala,” he said.“BJP does not mandate that beef cannot be eaten. We don’t dictate food habits in any place. It is for the people to decide,” he said. Kannanthanam said if a BJP-ruled state like Goa was eating beef, there should be no problem in Kerela.He later told a TV channel that he act could be a bridge between the Christian community and the BJP.Addressing some of the concerns that were raised by the Christian community about the BJP in the past, Kannanthanam said it was mere propaganda.PTI
MP panchayat asks woman to beg, take dip in Ganga for killing calf:PTI
Bhind: A caste panchayat here ordered an elderly woman to beg for seven days outside her village and take a dip in the Ganga as penance for the “sin” of incidentally killing a calf. The incident occurred last Friday.Kamleshi Devi (60), a resident of Sriwas Nagar, tried to pull the calf off the lactating cow but the rope around its neck tightened, resulting in its death, corporator MukeshGarg said.Members of backward Sriwas community, which Devi belongs to, held a panchayat on Saturday which ordered her to beg outside her village for seven days as penance. Garg said the caste panchayat asked the woman, a widow, to take a dip in the Ganga and serve food to girls. He said the order was “inhumane and illegal”.“In today’s era, such diktats are not justified. Police should take action,”corporator said. Devi fainted on hearing the order and was hospitalised.
In UP madrasas, laptops help bring down dropout rates: HT report
Barabanki: Access to laptop and internet has transformed the way students acquire education in many madrasas of UP  and improved their participation, Islamic institutes’ teachers and officials said.Barabanki-based Noorul Makatib madrasa witnessed a fall in student dropout rate after it got 5 laptops with internet connection in 2014 as part of Tata trusts’ Technology in Education (ITE) initiative.“Earlier, we had to persuade students to come to school but now they eagerly attend classes. It is heartening to see the way technology is being used by students,” said madrasa head Mahmud-ul-Haque. Students of Class 4 and above are given access to a laptop to find out about history and geography of Indian cities, dietary components in their food and contribution of personalities, said madrasa teachers.To ensure that the students use the laptops for education purposes only, officials have denied them access to different social media sites.“Exposure to internet has connected the students to the outside world. It has made them feel that they are at par with students from metro cities,” Haque added.
Najeeb assault accused fielded by ABVP in JNU polls
New Delhi: Sangh-backed ABVP has fielded one of its four activists, who assaulted JNU student Najeeb Ahmed before he went missing last October, for the JNU students union polls this week.Ankit Roy was among the four "found to be involved in hitting" Najeeb by a proctorial inquiry. As disciplinary action, they were transferred to other hostels, leading to protests by students and teachers against the "mild punishment".While the Lyngdoh Committee's recommendations on student elections, binding on all varsities, prohibits those who have faced disciplinary action from contesting, JNU's election committee is unable to disqualify Roy as the chief proctor's office has refused to share the inquiry report.Roy has been fielded for a councillor's post from the School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies.ABVP has maintained that it was Najeeb who had assaulted Roy and others during a campaign for a hostel poll last year. telegraphindia
TMC MP Sultan Ahmed dead, Mamata  says CBI put him through a lot of tension
Kolkata: Uluberia MP and senior Trinamool Congress leader Sultan Ahmed passed away in the city on Monday after a cardiac arrest, prompting CM  Mamata Banerjee to mourn his "untimely death" and say CBI had put him "through a lot of tension".Ahmed, Trinamool's moderate Muslim face who had under his thumb almost every Kolkata Muslim socio-cultural organisation that mattered, was 64. He breathed his last at his Ripon Street residence."I got information that when his body was being taken, a CBI notice was served. There was some Narada case of Rs 1-Rs 1.5 lakh... he was under extreme stress...it was not his age to die... we are all very saddened," Banerjee said a few hours after tweeting: "Shocked and deeply saddened. He was my long-time colleague."Trinamool all-India general secretary Subrata Bakshi echoed the CM. "It takes four decades to get established in politics but not even 40 minutes to sully that," he said. "Politics has now become such that even an established politician like him had to struggle. He went through a lot of tension. Trinamool family is deeply saddened," Bakshi said. "The ruling party at the Centre was not able to compete politically. In the name of an investigation, he was put under pressure for 7-10 months," he added.CBI's Sept.1 letter was addressed to Iqbal Ahmed, Sultan's brother and KMC deputy mayor, asking him to appear before the agency's Nizam Palace office on Monday at 11am. The letter was received at Iqbal's Ripon Street apartment in the morning. Ahmed, who led a very disciplined life after his angioplasty 10 years ago, had shown little sign of any physical distress, family sources said. He reported unease around 11.15am and even before he could be taken to the Belle Veu Clinic, he died within the hour.Ahmed is survived by his wife Sajda Ahmed and two sons. The eldest, Taha Ahmed is a Delhi-based orthopedic surgeon and the younger Sharique is pursuing his post-graduation in business administration. timesofindia
Sultan Ahmed put under Narada probe pressure: Mamata
Close to 8,000 Indian-Americans to be hit as Trump decides to end DACA immigration programme
Washington:US president Donald Trump is reported to be planing to end a popular and controversial Obama-era regulation that protected from deportation undocumented immigrants who arrived in the country as children and that has benefitted an estimated 800,000 people of whom close to 8,000 are from India.The announcement, which is likely on Tuesday, could include a delayed trigger period of 6 months for Congress to enact a law to replace the current regulation — called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) — which was instituted through an executive order by President Barack Obama in 2012.While most of those granted DACA are from Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Peru — the top five countries of origin — 7,881 for them came India, according to the latest data published by the regulating agency, US Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS). hindustantimes
 NIA summons J&K high court Bar chief
NIA has summoned J&K High Court Bar Association President Mian Abdul Qayoom for questioning in connection with its probe into a case of alleged terror funding through Kashmiri separatists. Qayoom has been asked to appear before NIA officers in Delhi on Wednesday, when he would be questioned on his links with Kashmiri separatists, his finances and various properties that he has amassed over the years, NIA sources said.An NIA spokesperson confirmed that Qayoom has been summoned to Delhi.“His name cropped up during the interrogation of various accused we have arrested. We have learnt that he has moved money for Kashmiri separatists such as Syed Ali Shah Geelani. We have to verify all that information,” a senior NIA officer said. He added that Qayoom has been fighting legal cases, defending Hurriyat leaders and stone throwers in various cases registered against them. “He is an important cog in the Hurriyat wheel,” the officer said.
BRICS name Pak-based militant groups as regional concern
Xiamen: The leaders of the 5 emerging market BRICS powers have for the first time named militant groups based in Pakistan as a regional security concern and called for their patrons to be held to account.India welcomed the move -- which came at a summit in the Chinese city of Xiamen -- as an important step forward in the fight against militant attacks, of which it has been a target.Brazil, Russia,India, China and South Africa make up BRICS grouping. China has generally been supportive of its ally Pakistan in the past.The group called for an immediate end to violence in Afghanistan.“We, in this regard, express concern on the security situation in the region and violence caused by the Taliban, (Islamic State)..., Al-Qaeda and its affiliates including Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement, Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, the Haqqani network, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad, TTP and Hizb ut-Tahrir,” the leaders said in the declaration.reuters
In Wake of BRICS Statement, Pakistan Denies Giving Safe Haven to Terror Groups: Reuters
Islamabad: Pakistan on Tuesday rejected a statement by the five emerging-market BRICS powers that militant groups in Pakistan pose a regional security concern, with its defence minister saying no group operates freely inside Pakistan.The minister’s response follows a statement on Monday by Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa that also called for Pakistan-based militant groups to be held to account.“These organisations, they have some of their remnants in Pakistan, which we’re cleaning,” Defence minister Khurram Dastagir Khan told GeoTV channel, without specifying which groups he was referring to.“But Pakistan,we reject this thing categorically, no terrorist organisation has any complete safe havens.”
Talks in Pune to discuss extremist trends in Islam and India, and rise of China
Pune: India’s strategic position in the New World, extremist trends and the concerns about national security will be the highlights of 3rd Pune Dialogue on National Security (PDNS) to be held on Sept.15 and 16. 2-day dialogue, being organised by Pune International Centre (PIC), will cover 3 themes – India and the Emerging New World Order, Extremist Trends in Islam and India, and The Rise of China and its impact on India. Experts NITI Aayog vice-chairman Rajiv Kumar, chief economic advisor Arvind Subramanian, ex-IB chief, research and analysis wing chief and some of the former foreign secretaries of India will be attending the conference. HT
WORLD
One million children in unlivable conditions in Gaza'
One million children are suffering from "unlivable" conditions in the Gaza Strip, according to Save the Children, an international charity that promotes children's rights and provides aid worldwide."One million children in Gaza are living in dire conditions," the group said in a statement on Tuesday. "Save the Children considers Gaza to be unlivable now."According to the charity, "60 % of the sea around Gaza is contaminated with untreated sewage and over 90 % of water sources [are] too contaminated for human consumption".The besieged Palestinian territory, where more than two million people live, has also been suffering from an energy crisis since mid-April due to a dispute over taxes between Hamas, which rules the enclave, and occupied West Bank-based Palestinian Authority, the party of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.Save the Children's Caroline Anning told Al Jazeera that the "situation in Gaza is a growing humanitarian crisis".She added that the situation "is getting worse every day".Al Jazeera
More scandals hit Israel with Netanyahu’s wife to be charged and ex-head of naval intelligence arrested
Close associates of PM Benjamin Netanyahu have been charged in relation to just two of numerous scandals currently embroiling senior political figures in Israel. Netanyahu’s wife, Sara, is to be indicted on charges of fraud amounting to $110,000 later this week, while last Sunday’s round of arrests as part of the investigation into the “submarine scandal” included Brigadier General Shai Brosh, former head of the Israel navy’s elite Shayetet 13 commando unit and naval intelligence. According to Haaretz, Sara Netanyahu is accused of using public funds for private expenditure in PM’s households. middleeastmonitor
Cairo University sacks professors accused of attending Brotherhood conference
Cairo University has announced the dismissal of 4 professors after claims that they attended a conference held by the Muslim Brotherhood in Germany, Quds Press reported on Monday. 4 were named as Professors Ahmed Helmi Mahmoud, Ahmed Fathi Darwish, Ismail Abdel Shafi and Amro Mahmoud. All deny the allegation and stress that they have no links with the movement.According to Abdel Shafi, he went to Germany in July to take part in a science conference. This, he insisted, was with the consent of the then University Chancellor Dr Jaber Nassar. The conference was organised by Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, which promotes academic cooperation between top scientists and scholars from Germany and abroad. The foundation, he added, has an internationally-respected reputation. Nevertheless, the new Chancellor of Cairo University, Mohamed Othman Al-Khasht, dismissed the four academics following remarks that he will purge the university of the Muslim Brotherhood. middleeastmonitor
N. Korean ICBM Reportedly on Move as S. Korea Eyes Bigger Warheads
Seoul/UN: South Korea said on Tuesday an agreement with the US to scrap a weight limit on its warheads would help it respond to North Korea’s nuclear and missile threat after Pyongyang conducted its sixth and largest nuclear test two days ago.South Korean officials believe more provocation from the reclusive state is possible, despite international outrage over Sunday’s test and calls for more sanctions on North Korea. South Korea’s Asia Business Daily, citing an unidentified source, reported on Tuesday that North Korea had been spotted moving a rocket that appeared to be an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) towards its west coast.
Saudi coalition kills hundreds of Yemenis in 2017: UN
UN accused a Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen of failing "to mitigate the impact of its operations on civilians", and said the 29-month-war had caused the spread of al-Qaeda in the country.In a report released on Tuesday, UN's Human Rights Council said that between July 2016 and Aug.2017, coalition air attacks continued to be the leading cause of civilian casualties, killing at least 933 civilians and injuring 1423."In addition to markets, residential areas,and public and private infrastructure, past year witnessed notable air strikes against funeral gatherings and small civilian boats," the report said.
Russia fires Kalibr cruise missiles near Deir Ezzor enclave besieged by Islamic State
Moscow:A Russian warship today fired cruise missiles from the Mediterranean at the Islamic State group near the Syrian city of Deir Ezzor where regime forces are battling the jihadists, Moscow said. The Russian defence ministry said the strike, which was carried out by the frigate “Admiral Essen,” hit IS targets near the town of Al-Shula, which were controlled by fighters from Russia and other post-Soviet nations.AFP
Commander of Syrian regime killed in Deir Ez-Zor
The commander of Syrian regime military campaign, Brigadier General Ghassan Saeed, is reported to have been killed on Sunday near the city of Deir Ez-Zor.Al Arabiya reported that Saeed died when regime forces confronted Daesh in Syrian desert then advanced on the city of Deir Ez-Zor. Meanwhile, pro-regime media sources reported that 5 other officers were killed in the fighting. middleeastmonitor
           
FLASH: VIEWS & NEWS
As Violence Intensifies, Israel Continues to Arm Myanmar’s Military Junta: John Brown
Newly sworn Minister Anantkumar Hegde’s Twitter account gives a peek into his mindset:Pratik Sinha
Tavleen Singh’s column on a lecture at JNU ignores some facts, distorts others; Amir Ali, Rajarshi Dasgupta
On Rohingyas, Modi Regime Ends India's Golden Tradition: Mani Shankar Aiyar
How Indian ‘Left’ is using Islamophobia: Lessons from JNU student union elections:Waseem RS, Researcher,JNU
7 Little Lies Govt is Still Peddling About Demonetisation:Amitabh Dubey
Demonetisation is a Clear Case of How Public Policy Should Not be Made:Arun Kumar
https://thewire.in/173595/demonetisation-is-a-clear-case-of-how-public-policy-should-not-be-made/
If Anything, Demonetisation Slowed the Rate of Increase in Income Tax Base:JAMES WILSON
Right to Privacy Ruling Pokes Holes in Supreme Court’s Order on National Anthem in Cinemas:ROHIT BHAT

As Social Media Heat Rises, Media Houses Worry About What Journalists Are Tweeting:Karnika Kohli
India's faith tourism must recognise imprints left behind by Islam:Varnitha Kurli Reddy
One nation one code: How Ambedkar and others pushed for a uniform code before Partition:Vaibhav Purandare
Muslim-Yadav consolidation will help Nitish craft a ‘coalition of extremes’ with the BJP: Shaibal Gupta
How ‘Hadiya case’ is testing the limits of civil rights of women in Kerala:Nidheesh M.K.
German Chancellor Merkel defends refugee policy, says Islam belongs to Germany
EPW’s Trustees Need to Address the Misgivings About Their Own Role: Sumanta Banerjee
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