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'Economies are destroyed more easily than they are built': Modi's policy flip-flops are harming 'Make in India' drive
Surprise policy shifts risk undermining PM  Narendra Modi's flagship 'Make in India' initiative, which aims to create millions of jobs and boost growth, industry executives say.The new comes after India's apparent U-turn over a locomotive deal with General Electric, signed in 2015. GE won a $2.6 billion contract to supply 1,000 diesel locomotives - biggest direct investment in India by a US firm and the first deal awarded to a foreign firm after India allowed 100% investment in its railways - as part of efforts to overhaul its creaking, colonial-era infrastructure.But the railways ministry said last week it wouldn't need diesel after all - hoping to save on fuel and maintenance costs - and suggested GE might want to make electric engines instead.Electric engines are usually used for passenger trains, while diesel is used for freight. Around 25-30 % of India's locomotives are diesel-engined.The policy shift could cost New Delhi millions of dollars in compensation - GE is already building a factory for the diesel locos - but executives and investors say it is also an important test for a Govt  that needs foreign investment to create jobs and reboot growth ahead of a 2019 general election.'GE case is very important symbolically because they have been among the earliest and most committed investors,' said Amitabh Dubey, a political analyst at research firm Trusted Sources.'People will be watching to see how this plays out, particularly because the railway contracts were initiatives that the Govt  pushed consciously and worked very hard to get these people in.'To then turn around two years later and change your strategy will bother a lot of people,' he said.GE has already shipped its first diesel locomotive to India and is completing a factory in the state of Bihar. It has created around 1,000 jobs at the plant and a maintenance shed, and 5,000 jobs in the supplier network.FDI into India topped $60 billion in fiscal 2016-17, almost double the levels before Modi came to power in 2014.But after increasing by more than 20 % in the first two years of the Modi Govt , FDI growth was less than half that rate in the latest financial year, hit by tax changes and a shock move to withdraw most of India's banknotes overnight.In another example of shifting goalposts, India this month blindsided the auto industry by almost doubling the maximum levy on luxury cars and sport-utility vehicles (SUVs) - just weeks after first setting the rate as part of a major tax change.Rahil Ansari, head of Audi India, said sudden shifts affect companies' ability to plan ahead, and could force changes.'This is bound to adversely impact sales, by possibly a double-digit reduction, and will reduce revenues for the company, dealers and perhaps also tax revenue for the Govt ,' he said.Rival Mercedes-Benz also said the luxury car industry has been at the receiving end of arbitrary policies, and a hike in levies would affect its future expansion plans under the 'Make in India' initiative.'Additionally, slowdown in GST tax collection dented sentiment and investors expected that GST-led disruption is likely to extend and will hurt earnings for the next few quarters,' said Vinod Nair, Head of Research, Geojit Financial Services Ltd. DailyMail
Sinha: Can’t blame UPA govt for poor economic situation, we also got opportunity
New Delhi:A day after he criticised the BJP-led Govt ’s poor handling of the economy in a stinging Op-ed in the Indian Express, ex-finance minister Yashwant Sinha on Thursday said that Govt cannot blame the previous UPA regime for the country’s current dismal economic situation. “We can’t blame the previous Govt because we also got the opportunity.” Sinha also said that when he was the party’s spokesperson before 2014, they used to call the country’s economic situation under UPA Govt as ‘policy paralysis’.“Before 2014,I was party spokesperson when it came to economic affairs, and we used to call UPA situation then ‘policy paralysis’,” he added.indianexpress
'Sought Meeting With PM Modi, Still Waiting A Year Later,' Says Yashwant Sinha
If Yashwant Sinha Is Wrong, Then Prove It: Shiv Sena's Challenge To BJP
New Delhi: Shiv Sena today dared the Central Govt  to prove that the remarks of former finance minister Yashwant Sinha on the state of the economy were wrong and wondered what punishment awaited BJP leader for going public with his views.It also claimed that many BJP leaders were afraid of speaking against the dispensation, fearing that they would have to face "unknown dangers" if they did.PTI
Raj Thackeray to back those targeting for writing against Modi govt
Mumbai:MNS chief Raj Thackeray has announced that his party would extend support to those who have been targeted by the official machinery for writing against PM  Narendra Modi’s Govt .Thackeray, who launched his Facebook page last week, in his posts put out in Marathi and English put out an email address asking people to connect with him and post instances of harassment by the police."…When the citizens express their dissent and disappointment via various social media platforms, their right to freedom of thought and expression will be muffled?By sending them notices via police? Is questioning the failed policies of the PM  supposed to lead to a law and order situation? Then what about the damage done by rolls?"Thackeray wondered in his post. MNS chief hit out at BJP, for what he said, was “a completely misleading media campaign…tricking the common man with deceit and misinformation”. He went on to say that those criticising the Govt were humiliated and trolled.Thackeray also called demonetisation a blunder. "Innumerable people lost their jobs. Inflation reached its peak. All this happened and no one could question the Govt ? PM  has gone to proclaim that he is the ‘servant’ of the public and public his king. If this is the case, then doesn't the king have the right to question on non-performance," Thackeray asked. tribuneindia
Rajasthan: Cong ‘beats’ BJP 13-12 in panchayat bypolls
Jaipur:Ruling BJP won 12 seats and an Independent candidate won the Balotra seat in Barmer unopposed. While results for 25 seats were declared on Monday, the Barmer result came on Wednesday. State BJP chief Ashok Parnami, however, pointed out that his party had retained all its seats and that the people are happy with the state Govt ’s work.While the BJP and the Congress shared two zila parishad seats in Pratapgarh, parties won 11 and 12 seats, respectively, in the bypolls to elect 24 panchayat samiti members. Panchayat samiti polls were held in Alwar, Baran, Barmer, Chittorgarh, Churu, Dungarpur, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Jhalawar, Jhunjhunu, Nagaur, Sawai Madhopur, Sirohi, Sriganganagar and Udaipur districts.An upbeat state Congress president Sachin Pilot said the results reflect the BJP Govt ’s anti-farmer policies in the state. He said BJP had made several promises before and since the Assembly elections, in Dec. 2013, but has in effect misled the people after coming to power.“BJP Govt’s policies have broken the back of people. Prices of petrol and diesel have seen an unprecedented rise while demonetisation and GST have badly affected not only farmers but even small businesses,” Pilot said.BJP’s Parnami said people have rejected the Congress, and exuded confidence that the BJP will win the upcoming by-elections in the state.Bypolls to Ajmer and Alwar Lok Sabha seats and Mandalgarh Assembly constituency are coming up, after the death of the sitting MPs and a legislator.indianexpress
BJP will lose in Gujarat, MP: RSS Survey
A bad phase for the BJP has started in the states of Gujarat and MP. It may win 100 or even less seats in the coming Assembly elections in MP. The survey conducted by RSS has stated that the Congress may win 120 or more seats in Madhya Pradesh while BJP will hardly manage 57-60 seats. The survey indicates at least 10% decrease in the BJP’s vote share. RSS survey shows that the Congress is in quite a strong position in Gujarat. RSS has handed over the report of this survey to the BJP president and the PM.RSS conducted this survey in Gujarat to gauge the pulse of the voters but the results shocked even the RSS. They show a definite decrease in the vote share of BJP by 8 to 10 %. nationalheraldindia
Gujarat: Names of 3,000 Muslim voters deleted, says MLA
Gandhinagar: Congress leader Gyasuddin Shaikh, MLA from the Dariapur seat in the city, on Monday complained to the chief electoral officer (CEO) of Gujarat, alleging that the names of 3,000 voters belonging to the Muslim community were deleted in his assembly constituency, on the instructions of the BJP-led state Govt.Presenting details of the booth-wise deletion of voters, Shaikh said that certain officials, who take instructions from BJP leaders, have deleted the names of voters living in 3 pols. Sheikh demanded legal actions against the officials and that the names of the voters be reinstated. District collector Avantika Singh Aulakh denied there had been any such deletion and stated that 1,042 applications for transfer of names from one seat to another were submitted in the constituency. Of those 1,042 applications, 599 were approved and deleted from the Dariapur list. "Representation by MLA alleging that 3,000 names were deleted is not true," said a statement from the district collector. timesofindia
In Ranchi, Rs 100 crore midday meal money sent to wrong account
Ranchi:An amount of Rs 100 crore meant for midday meal (MDM) scheme across Jharkhand remained deposited wrongly in the account of a construction company, allegedly due to a lapse on part of a State Bank of India (SBI) official in Ranchi. Sources said the money remained parked in the wrong account between August 5 and Sept  19. The bank has returned the entire amount to the MDM account and has launched an internal inquiry into the matter. SBI officials said at least Rs 70 crore has been recovered, and efforts are on to recover the remaining Rs 30 crore. The official responsible for the anomaly — a deputy manager with SBI’s Hatia branch, which is the treasury branch — has been suspended, SBI deputy general manager (Ranchi zone) D K Panda said. “We also reached the CBI unit in Ranchi and got a formal complaint lodged,” Panda said. “In fact, after the amount got credited into the construction company’s account, it was rerouted to around seven or eight other accounts of the company.” Confirming that the amount has been returned, a senior official of the state Education department said, “MDM was not disrupted anywhere due top this.”The official said a decision would be taken about lodging an FIR after consultation at senior level. indianexpress
Mumma, I’m not a terrorist: DPS student Arsh attempts suicide after being abused by teachers
 Kanpur: A student of Delhi Public School (DPS), Kalyanpur in Kanpur who attempted suicide by consuming sleeping pills and phenyl on Saturday, alleged harassment by his teachers. Kalyanpur student is hospitalised in a critical condition.The student identified as Arsh blamed the school management saying that the Principal and teachers in school used to insult him for being a Muslim.His bags were checked on suspicion of having a gun. Objectionable words were also used against him and he was left isolated is school on instructions of the teachers.The victim said that the teachers made it difficult for him to survive in school as he directed students to not talk with him.In his suicide note, Arsh, resident of Swaroop Nagar in Kanpur, made some serious allegations against four teachers, including school principal.“I joined the school two months back. No one talked to me because teacher asked them not to. Teachers and students targeted and taunted at me,” student said. “His bag was checked and he was told he has gun in his bag, so it’s being done. Students were asked to stay away from him. He was depressed,” victim’s mother said.Based on a complaint filed by her parents, Kanpur DSP said that case has been registered against Delhi Public School and the action will be taken based on probe. siasat
Kanpur: DPS student attempts suicide after 'harassment' by 4 teachers
Kanpur's DPS student attempts suicide, alleges harassment from teachers and principal in note
Ashok Chavan writes to Rajnath seeking safety of Ravish Kumar, Rajdeep Sardesai: indianexpress
In a letter addressed to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Congress leader Ashok Chavan expressed concern over the safety of senior journalists Rajdeep Sardesai and Ravish Kumar who have been allegedly receiving death threats on social media. In the letter, the former CM of Maharashtra refers to the buzz on social media websites regarding the alleged threats given to the 2 TV journalists by “a section of netizens who disapprove the views expressed by them in their respective programs.”Calling it a dangerous trend, Chavan cited murders of other journalists like Gauri Lankesh and rationalists like Narendra Dabholkar, MN Kalburgi and Govind Pansare as a direct attack on the fourth pillar of the democracy.“These murders are a shameful chapter in the history of independent India for all of us as duly elected representatives of people sitting in the parliament,” letter said.
2 yrs after Ikhlaq lynching, 4 of 60 Muslim families left in Bisada
Noida:Of the 60 Muslim families of Bisada, the UP town where a man was lynched by a mob on suspicion of consuming beef, only four are left — the rest have now shifted to Nai Abadi, 6km away. The families moved to the Muslim-dominated area in Dadri in March soon after state assembly elections, in which BJP registered a landslide victory.The remaining four families, with 27 members, also plan to relocate but have stayed due to financial constraints.“Many of our relatives managed to sell their house and shifted to Nai Abadi. Some of them locked their houses and have been living in rented accommodations. No one has shown interest in buying our property and we do not have the money to get a new house or to live on rent,” said 30-year-old Shahid, a carpenter who lives in Bisada.He said there has been no communal incident in the town in the past two years, but tension has prevailed ever since Ikhlaq’s lynching. Shahid says the incident has created a deep divide between the two communities.The families also say that the death of Bisada’s prominent resident Vineet Sisodia, a lawyer, has also hit them hard. Sisodia died on Saturday after prolonged illness. He had helped Muslim families after the lynching incident.HT
BJP worker spills beans on plans to spread communal terror in WB; says arms, bombs being stored:
Tracing the person addressed in the internal messages leaked by members of Hindu Samhati on which National Herald had carried a story earlier, NH investigative team contacted Santosh Kumar whose Facebook profile describes him as Convenor, BJP Trade Cell, South 24 Paraganas (W) and Observer at BJP, West Bengal, through the help of a right wing source.He confessed to his involvement in planning and executing terror activities in written correspondence with this source and accepted that there were indeed plans to create communal disturbances after Shastra Puja on Vijayadashami. This year, a team consisting of some senior leaders has been formed which will be carrying out violent activities in different parts of Bengal, he said. Earlier, members of this group were responsible for attacking Tiljala mosque after which the Muslims were forced to stop their daily prayers for 2 days, he added. Though a shadowy group, he claimed it has the support of many members of the party.Most of the people named in the list hold prominent positions in the party. From general secretary of district BJP units to leader of its Mahila Morcha, leaders from almost every wing of BJP found a place on this list disclosed by Santosh Kumar. The pictures of some of these people named by Santosh reveal a strange relationship between them and the BJP leadership in the state and the Centre. One or more of them are seen in photographs with BJP’s national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, Union Minister Smriti Irani and Roopa Ganguly, BJP MP from West Bengal. Why are these prominent national faces of the BJP clicking pictures with people who are named by their fellow party colleague of trying to foment communal trouble in the state?In the conversation, Santosh claimed Dilip Ghosh, West Bengal state president of BJP, is well aware of these attacks on the mosques. nationalheraldindia
Pro-Hindutva Facebook page uses fake video to stir communal tension in Punjab: jantakareporter
A fake video posted by a prominent Facebook page managed by a prominent right-wing Hindutva group has gone viral. The Facebook page ‘I Support Ahit Doval’ posted a video claiming on 25 July that was from Punjab, where a group of Sikhs had chased away few Muslims, who were staging sit-ins and chanting pro-Pak slogans.The caption read, “Few Muslims were staging dharna in Punjab and chanting pro-Pak slogans. This angered two Sikhs, who took out their swords. This prompted all the peaceful people to run away from the scene. Don’t forget to share the video if you liked it.”The video has since then been viewed by 3.2 million people.The video is indeed from Punjab and the ‘I Love Ajit Doval’ page woners have deliberately lied to cause communal tension in what’s a been a peaceful Punjab. The incident took place in June. 2 Sikhs wielding swords were NOT ruining after Muslims as implied in the video post by ‘peaceful people.’ They were chasing away Shiv Sena workers, who had taken to streets protesting against Khalistani supporters. One of their placards said ‘Khalistan Murdabad’ as they chanted Aatankwad murdabad (Down with terrorism).It’s, therefore, utterly mischievous for the right-wing Hindutva group to circulate the video claiming that Muslims were chanting pro-Pak slogans. The news was also reported by Punjab local news outlet, 5AAB Today Channel.You can watch the full video here. Interestingly, ‘I Love Ajit Doval’ has more than one million likes on its Facebook page and most of its content are either communally divisive in nature or related to pornography. jantakareporter
‘I was raped every night for 8 months, baba Siya Ram supplied school girls to politicians’
UP police have arrested a self-proclaimed godman, Baba Siya Ram Das, for allegedly raping a teenage girl repeatedly.The fake godman allegedly confined the girl illegally for over 8 months and raped her on several occasions. According to the victim, she was raped by other disciples of the fake godman as well.Cops said that the victim was allegedly sold by her relatives to a female disciple of the baba for Rs 50,000. The victim was initially taken to Lucknow and then to Mishrikh-based ashram where she was raped by him. According to the victim, Das also filmed an MMS of her and threatened her with dire consequences if she revealed about the happening to anyone. From Mishrikh, she was taken to Agra-based ashram where she was allegedly raped by other men every night during her 8-month stay.The baba raped her again when she returned to Mishrikh. She, however, got hold of his mobile phone and called the police from the ashram.Baba Siya Ram Das has also been accused of running a sex racket through a girls’ school owned by him. The victim has alleged that the students of the school were not only raped, but also supplied to politicians and bureaucrats. zee news
He kissed…asked me to sleep in his room, said Fiji woman, about BHU hospital head
New Delhi:Among the faculty appointments that BHU V-C GC Tripathi tried to push through at a meeting of its Executive Council Tuesday was the regularisation of Dr OP Upadhyay’s appointment as Medical Superintendent of Sir Sunderlal Hospital on university campus. One of EC members objected, saying Upadhyay had been convicted of sexual harassment by a Fiji court.The order, accessed by the Indian Express, records what a 21-year-old Fiji woman, who brought the charge against Upadhyay, said in her testimony before a magistrate at Nasinu in Jan.2013:“He (Upadhyay) held my hand and insisted I should see the house. When we reached his room, he said I should come and sleep in his room. It was in Indian Hindi. He held my shoulder… rubbed my thighs… and kissed my cheek again.”This incident took place on Aug.25, 2012, months after Upadhyay moved to Fiji on deputation as Advisor to the V-C of Fiji National University (FNU). indianexpress
BHU violence: Will resign, if asked to proceed on leave, says V-C Girish Tripathi
New Delhi:Amid the controversy that has unfolded over the alleged sexual harassment of a student in the BHU, varsity V-C Girish Chandra Tripathi on Thursday said that he will tender his resignation if he is asked to go on a leave.Tripathi, whose tenure ends on Nov. 30, also maintained that the HRD ministry has not directed him to proceed on a leave. “So far, nothing of this sort has been communicated to me. I have been in touch with the HRD Minister (Prakash Javadekar) right from the day of the incident and have briefed him about the situation as well as the measures taken. But if am I asked to go on leave, I will resign,” Tripathi said.He justified his refusal to go on a leave, citing his contribution in improving the functioning of the varsity. “Having done so much, it will be insulting to go on leave two months before my tenure comes to end. I will prefer quitting,” the Vice-Chancellor said.Meanwhile, the routine process of shortlisting Tripathi’s successor has been initiated by HRD ministry.Ministry officials, however, stated that the appointment of a new VC is completely “coincidental” to the timing of the unrest in the university. indianexpress
BHU V-C nudged to go on leave as Govt sets ball rolling for successor
BHU Lathi-charge: Silence of PM who always speaks for women's rights is surprising, says Jamaat
New Delhi: While condemning the police lathi-charge on the girl students of BHU, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind on Wednesday expressed surprise on the silence of PM  Narendra Modi on this incident in his own constituency.  "We condemn the inept handling of the protesting girl students of BHU. The way girl students were lathi-charged by the police and security staff is particularly condemnable," said Muhammad Salim Engineer, Secretary General of Jamaat.While questioning the silence of PM Modi, who has been loudly speaking for rights of women including Muslim women, Jamaat leader said: "We are unable to fathom why this BHU mishandling has not yet been condemned by the PM. He should be the most concerned about it as it occurred in his constituency of Varanasi which he visited recently.""In the past, our PM has loudly spoken on rights of women, including Muslim women, form various platforms. Therefore, his silence on the lathi-charge on women students in his own constituency is beyond comprehension," he said and demanded time-bound enquiry into the incident and punishment to the guilty.  IndiaTomorrow
Jamaat-e-Islami Condemns Inept Handling Of Protesting BHU Girl Students: caravandaily
UGC Allocates About Rs. 90 Crore For AMU
New Delhi: UGC has approved an allocation of nearly Rs. 90 Crores for AMU for the next 3 years. The allocation has been made under the "Capital Assets" on the recommendation of an expert committee constituted by UGC "to assess the financial requirement of various central universities"."Consistent efforts of the VC, Prof. Tariq Mansoor have borne fruits. He had submitted a proposal, in pursuance of which the UGC has informed him through a letter regarding the above allocation," said a statement from AMU. ndtv
Railways asks AMU to pay Rs 50 lakh for special trains during campus unrest in 2009
Agra: North Central Railways has asked the AMU to pay up Rs 50.26 lakh for providing special trains to ferry students following wide scale unrest in the university due to a murder of a student in 2009.The special trains were asked for by the AMU after the university was shut down due to students protests over the murder of Sahnawaz Alam, a BSc third year student on Oct.25, 2009. Alam was shot after an altercation over parking at a restaurant near the Aligarh railway station. Although the accused was immediately arrested, the killing sparked off an agitation by a small group of students, leading to the closure of the university for 31 days. AMU was closed on October 30 and re-opened on Dec.1.AMU authorities are obviously not willing to foot the bill and have requested the railways to "waive off" the charges as university had demanded trains in "Emergency" situation and the institute doesn't have a budget for the same.University registrar, Prof Javaid Akhtar told TOI that a letter was received on July 16 from DRM, North Central Railways asking them to pay the bill. He said that it was not known as to why the bill has been raised when the students had paid for their travel in the train. timesofindia
2 AMU students beaten up, colleagues gather at railway station create ruckus
Summary: Students started gathering at Aligarh Railway station demanding action against the mentioned fellow passengers. AMU  Proctor , Mohsin Khan said that he had also received information on the incident and immediately reached the railway station. Both students are doing MBA from Murshidabad campus of AMU. He said both of them have been detained at Hathras railway police and are being questioned. Vishwas and his wife had then allegedly beaten them. AGRA: Over 500 students gathered at Aligarh Railway station on Wednesday night after receiving a WhatsApp message by two of their fellow students that a family travelling with them in Kalka Express had allegedly beaten them and threatened to throw them off from the train.According to the police, two AMU students, Aadil and Nisar, boarded the Kalka express from Murshidabad on Tuesday night. Nyoooz.com
As NIA questions Kashmir University research scholar, students allege move as a fear tactic
Srinagar: Weeks after NIA arrested a freelance photojournalist Kamran Yousuf on allegations of instigating stone pelting, the agency summoned Kashmir University scholar Aala Fazili to its HQRS in New Delhi on Monday.The summoning of the research scholar has received a huge backlash from the student community in the Valley as hundreds of them came on streets to register their protest. Students in Kashmir University on Wednesday, hit the roads demanding an immediate stop to the questioning of research scholar and threatened to lock down the university if it continued.Hundreds of students from different departments boycotted the classes and marched across the campus raising slogans in support of Aala and against NIA. The students also demanded the intervention of VC into the matter.A similar protest was organised by the students of Islamic University in Awantipora. Students carried placards and demanded an immediate stop to the questioning of the research scholar.All J&K  Student Union (AJKSU) has also condemned the summon to a student.TwoCircles
Kashmir terror funding : NIA summons independent MLA Engineer Rashid for questioning
New Delhi:Independent J&K MLA Sheikh Abdul Rashid has been summoned by NIA for questioning in connection with the case of funding terror activities in the Valley. Popularly known as Engineer Rashid, J&K MLA is the first mainstream politician to be summoned by the agency in the case, officials said.Rashid has been called for questioning on Oct.3.
Court extends custody of 7 Kashmiri separatist leaders till Oct. 17
New Delhi:A court in Delhi has extended till Oct.17 the judicial custody of 7 Kashmiri separatist leaders arrested in a funding case.During the in-camera proceedings, District Judge Poonam Bamba extended judicial custody of Aftab Hilali Shah alias Shahid-ul-Islam,Ayaz Akbar Khandey, Farooq Ahmad Dar alias Bitta Karate, Nayeem Khan,Altaf Ahmad Shah, Raja Mehrajuddin Kalwal, and Bashir Ahmad Bhat. greaterkashmir
Aliah University no longer under Minority Affairs department,Muslims fear  it will impact minority enrollment
West Bengal Govt ’s decision to transfer the control of state-owned minority institution Aliah University from Minority Affairs and Madrassa Education Dept (MA&ME) to Higher Education Department has not gone down well with the community. Muslims claim that the decision will have far-reaching consequences and the community will slowly witness poor representation in admission in Aliah University.It is referred that the order has been issued in wake of large-scale protest by students in the campus which has brought academic activities to a stand still.Mamata Govt on 8 Sept  issued a circular. The circular justifies its decision stating that the Govt  “desires overall improvement and uplift in the functioning of the said university in academic as well as administrative matters” under Higher Education Dept and therefore taking it from the Department of Minority Affairs and Madrasa Education.Muslims in West Bengal comprises 27% of the total population. Minorities are provided 17% reservation for recruitment and enrolment at educational institutions.TwoCircles
ED probes Iqbal Kaskar link with Zakir Naik’s organisation:ASIAN AGE
Mumbai:ED on Tuesday registered a case against Iqbal Kaskar, brother of fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim, and two of his associates for allegedly laundering extortion money abroad, part of which was suspectly rerouted to India as donation to Zakir Naik’s IRF. Kaskar and his associates are currently in the custody of Thane police. Alleged revelation by Kaskar during interrogation by IB include money from Pakistan — stated to be from Dawood — making its way as donations to Naik’s IRF. “Link between the money sent out of India and donations to IRF will also be probed by us. We have information of several benami properties of Kaskar. Dawood’s link with this is being looked into hence we have mentioned others in our case,” said a senior ED officer, requesting anonymity. Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR) was registered against Kaskar, Asrarali Sayyad and Mumtaz Shaikh, who were arrested by the Thane crime branch in two separate cases of extortion on Sept 18. Sources in the ED said that the case comes amidst information of Kaskar owning several benami properties in Mumbai and Thane region, which were extorted from property developers. Asian Age
Centre using NIA to malign us: PFI leader
Bengaluru: Popular Front of India (PFI)has accused the central Govt  of running a “systematic campaign” to smear the image of the organisation and using the NIA to link “every other case to PFI and frame its members in fabricated cases and falsely book them under UAPA”.Terming PFI a social organisation working for the empowerment and upliftment of Muslims, raising issues faced by the Dalits and Christians, PFI state president Mohammed Saqib said that the Centre is making several attempts to defame PFI through false propaganda and stifle its activities through “anti-democratic and anti-constitutional measures”.“NIA is systematically picking up local criminal issues and somehow trying to connect them to the PFI and its members, right from the case of an assault on a Kerala professor over a blasphemous post to alleged ‘dangerous training camps organised by PFI’, non-existent love jihad case involving Dr Hadiya (Akhila) and PFI’s role in her conversion to the killing of RSS man Rudresh. NIA’s claims and accusations against PFI and its attempt to link PFI to all these cases have fallen flat in the High Courts,” Saqib pointed out.PFI is planning to hold country-wide mega-conferences with the slogan, “We Also Have Something to Say”, to resist the central Govt ’s move to suppress the organisation. Deccan Chronicle.
Khandwa jail break: SIMI chief sentenced to 3 yrs jail
Bhopal: The chief of SIMI, Abu Faisal and Sarafat Ali, have been sentenced to 3years imprisonment each by the CJM Court in Bhopal, in connection with the Khandwa jail break. A fine has also been imposed on both of them.ANI
Meerut:Bajrang Dal Activists Stop Hindu-Muslim couple From Registering Their Marriage At Court
New Delhi: In yet another case of moral policing, Bajrang Dal activists on Wednesday created ruckus at a Meerut court and stopped a Hindu girl and a Muslim boy from getting their ‘interfaith’ marriage registered.According to the reports, the 19-year-old  boy, who hailed from Shamli and the 19-year-old girl, a Greater Noida resident were in court to get their marriage registered, when the right-wing activists, barged into the premises and tried to attack the boy.Reportedly, a police team had to be called in to control the situation. The cops took the couple away in their van to protect them from being heckled. This left the activists furious leading to a scuffle with the policemen, forcing them to use mild force to disperse them. Dheeraj Shukla, station in-charge, Civil Lines Police Station said,”Police from Faridabad, Haryana, arrived and took the couple away. It appears that the girl’s family had filed an abduction case against the youth earlier.Girl was a college student in Faridabad.”Earlier on Sunday, right-wing groups had targeted a married couple from Bihar staying in a Hapur.india.com
Dharamsala activists oppose demad to allot land for mosque in Mcleodganj
Dharamsala:Activists in Dharamsala have expressed their anger over Congress-led Himachal Govt's move to allot a piece of land for the construction of a mosque in the scenic town of Mcleodganj. The move ahead of the state assembly elections has not gone down well with the locals in the region.During a press conference organised on Tuesday, prominent activists claimed that the state Govt is willing to fulfil the demand raised by some Kashmiri traders in this regard."Congress Govt  should not compromise the security of the state for votes. Most of the Kashmiri residents in Mcleodganj are not voters but they are here for business only.Their presence in the region has remained under scanner of security agencies.Local businessmen are already opposing them as they are denting their business prospects and diverting tourists to Kashmir" said Sanjay Sharma, spokesperson, Himachal Pradesh Cricket Academy (HPCA). Timesofindia
Aurangabad: Silent march in support of Rohingya Muslims
Aurangabad: Hundreds of people, united under the banner of Jamaat-E-Islami Hind, held a silent march to express solidarity with Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar on Friday.In a memorandum submitted to Aurangabad divisional commissioner, the protesters demanded refuge for them in India till their constitutional, citizenship and civil rights are restored in Myanmar."We have serious concerns over crime against humanity in the wake of atrocities against Rohingyas in Myanmar. The atrocities have forced them to flee their homes. We appeal to the Govt and the international community to put pressure on the Myanmar regime for protecting the identity of Rohingya and stop atrocities against them," a member of Jamaat said.A group of around 21 various religious, social and political organisations were part of the silent march. Prevailing upon UNSC for sending peacekeeping missions to Myanmar, in order to stop injustice against Rohingya and building pressure on Myanmar Govt are some of the key demands raised by the protesters."We also request the Centre to talk to the Myanmar Govt on the issue and force them to restore constitutional and citizenship rights of Rohingya community. Also, peace loving nations and human friendly countries should take strict notice of this barbaric act and should break diplomatic ties and relationship with Myanmar," he added. Muslim Numainda Council, Jamia Islamia Kashiful Uloom, Jama Masjid, Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, Maharashtra Muslim Awami Committee, All India Imams Council, Khidmat-e-Hujjaj, Md Qaisar Iqbal Siddiqui, Raza Academy, MIM, Samajwadi Party, Ameer Markaz Uloom e Sharia, Muslim Personal Law Board, Al-Hira Educational & Welfare Society, Jamiat Ulema Marathwada, Majlis-Ul-Ulema, Happy To Help Foundation, Late Farhan Education & Welfare Society, Anjuman-e-Khademul Masoomin, Muslim Youth Forum Marathwada, K K Group and Azad Yuva Brigade were among the organisations that participated in the rally. Timesofindia
Mumbai: Maulanas to approach PM on Rohingya issue
 A group of maulanas on Wednesday resolved to meet PM Narendra Modi on the issue of Rohingya Muslims staying in India. The meeting that was attended by Maulanas from different parts of the city was held in Bilal Masjid near Grant Road Station."It is a humanitarian issue. Rohingya should be allowed to stay in India," said Mufti Abdul Sattar, one of the people who attended the meet. Speakers voiced that when India has welcomed refugees in the past like those from Sri Lanka, Tibet and Bangladesh, it should be open to Rohingya."If we are open to Hindus, we should be open to Muslims too. If Rohingya are returned to Myanmar, the Indian Govt  should also ensure their safety there," said Sarfaraz Arzoo, a journalist who, too, was one of the speakers. "We decided we will meet the PM  on the issue. India has always been known for humanitarian causes. The humanitarian work that happens here does not happen anywhere else in the wolrd," said Maulana Moin Ashraf, who organised the meet.
Tarun Tejpal, charged with rape today by Goa court, in 4 year old pending case
A court in Goa today charged former Tehelka editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal, of sexually assaulting a junior female colleague in the elevator of a hotel in north Goa during an event nearly four years ago. As reported by Indiatoday.in, Tejpal, 54, has pleaded not guilty to all the charges.“Charges are framed and have been explained to Tarun Tejpal. He has pleaded not guilty to rape charge as well as charges under sections 341, 342, 354 A&B, 376 sub section 2,” Public Prosecutor Francisco Taviera said.Tejpal’s lawyers earlier had seeked to defer the framing of the charges, but the court had rejected the request. The Bombay High Court had also rejected Tejpal’s plea earlier this week, to stop the framing of charges till it decided on his petition to drop the case against him. jantakareporter
Constable Suspended Over Anti-Modi Facebook Post in Bangalore
Bangalore: A police constable, Sameel has been suspended by Bangalore police for sharing a Facebook post against PM Narendra Modi. Action was taken against Sameel by SP P Rajendra Prasad on the complaint of a RTI activist BS Nandakumar of Makkanduru village. The complaint accused Sameel of attempting to provoke communal tension.Reports say that Sameel had shared the post he had received from some others against the PM. “Have you seen protests by Armymen earlier? Have you heard of such things? Does the Modi govt need more shame than this one? Is it not enough that you (`neenu’ in Kannada) have become PM?“ the shared message said as per a report in TOI.india.com
AIADMK case: Election Commission rejects TTV Dhinakaran’s plea for more time to file affidavits
New Delhi:Election Commission has rejected a plea of sidelined AIADMK leader TT V Dhinakaran to grant 15 days additional time to submit affidavits in the party symbol dispute case and said the hearing would take place on October 6 as scheduled. The poll panel had last week set Sept  29 as the deadline for all parties concerned to submit documents ahead of the hearing. “EC has rejected the request of Dhinakaran for extension of time for submission of documents and hearing. Therefore, the hearing will be held on October 6 as scheduled,” an EC official said at New Delhi.The commission has directed all involved in the dispute to submit the list of general council members and central executive committee members of the party as on Dec.5, 2016.PTI
Many scramble to collect free Ramzan ration coupon, 2 die in stampede
Bengaluru:A marriage hall in the city outskirts witnessed a stampede on Thursday as hundreds jostled to obtain coupons for free ration during next year’s Ramzan, leading to the death of 2 elderly people, police said. People from Bengaluru and neighbouring districts had gathered in large number at the venue responding to a message circulated by one Syed Asif on WhatsApp asking Muslims to collect coupon for free ration next Ramzan. They began queueing up in front of the marriage hall since 4 am.The number swelled to thousands as hours passed. A stampede ensued as people jostled to collect coupons, police said. Deceased have been identified as Rehmatunnisa (70) from Chintamani in Tumakuru district and Anwar Pasha (60) from Chittur in Andhra Pradesh. Police said they have arrested Asif for poor management of the event.PTI
Convert can inherit father’s property:Gujarat high court
Ahmedabad: In a landmark judgment, the Gujarat high court has ruled that a Hindu woman who married a Muslim — and renounced her Hindu faith to embrace Islam — is entitled to inherit her father's ancestral property according to the Hindu Succession Act. In an order signed on Wednesday, Justice JB Pardiwala interpreted Hindu inheritance laws and concluded, "The Hindu Succession Act does not disqualify a convert (from inhering ancestral property). It only disqualifies the descendants of the convert."The high court ordered the state revenue authorities to enter the woman's name in the list of heirs. The authorities had earlier held that the woman had renounced her Hindu religion voluntarily, and so did not have any right to a share in her Hindu father's property. The case concerns Nasimbanu Firozkhan Pathan (nee Nainaben Bhikhabhai Patel)from Vemali village in Vadodara. She renounced Hinduism and embraced Islam on July 11, 1990, before marrying Firozkhan on Jan.25, 1991, according to Muslim rites and rituals. Nasimbanu's father, Bhikhabhai Patel, passed away in 2004 leaving behind sizeable parcels of land in the village. When she staked her claim and applied for entering her name in the list of heirs, her sister and brother opposed her on the grounds that she was not eligible to inherit the property because she had converted to another religion. timesofindia
Plea seeking police job under BC (Muslim) category dismissed
Madurai bench of the Madras high court has dismissed the plea of a converted Muslim youth seeking police job.One Abdul Rahman from Madurai had sought a direction to the chairman of the Tamil Nadu Uniform Services Recruitment Board to treat him as backward class (Muslim) and to give appointment in the police department.Tamil Nadu Uniform Services Recruitment Board held a recruitment drive to fill up the post of grade II police constable, grade II jail warden and firemen.A division bench of justices K Kalyanasundaram and S S Sundar, which heard the plea dismissed it after the Govt  told that the youth did not produce necessary community certificate claiming BC (Muslim) during recruitment process. At the time of submitting his application, the petitioner submitted a community certificate, as per which he belongs to Hindu kallar community that comes under BC category, the Govt  said. timesofindia
Mumbai: Awami Vikas Party opposes movie depicting maulanas in poor light
Mumbai: Muslim organisation Awami Vikas Party has raised objection on upcoming Marathi movie ‘Halal’ based on triple talaq. The party claimed the film portrays the character of Maulana wrongly and the film may create law and order situation if it is released. However, Rajan Khan, the writer of the novel on which the film is based, said that the producer has made some changes in his original novel while making the film.Halala, the novel of well-known Marathi writer Rajan Khan was published in 2014, and Amol Kagne has produced the film based on it. After screening the film twice before the censor board, it has been given the green signal to release on October 6 across the state.Samsher Khan Pathan, president of Awami Vikas Party, which works for the upliftment of Muslim community raised objection to movie. “Maulana is the religious guru of Muslim community and we have great respect towards him. But in the film, the character of Maulana is defamed by the producer and the director of the film,” said Khan.freepressjournal
WORLD
Iraqi Kurds overwhelmingly back split from Baghdad
Iraqi Kurds have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a split from Iraq, according to regional officials, as tensions soared between Erbil and Baghdad following a contested referendum. Electoral commission officials on Wednesday told a news conference in Erbil, capital of the semi-autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq, that 92.73 % of the 3,305,925 people who cast ballots voted "Yes" in Monday's poll. Turnout was put at 72.61 percent.Al Jazeera's Hoda Abdel-Hamid, reporting from Erbil, said the announcement was in line with people's expectations in the region."There's a lot of satisfaction among people, and the Yes vote was a given for everybody," she said. Masoud Barzani, head of the Kurdish KRG has said the vote will not lead to an immediate declaration of independence and should instead open the door to negotiations. aljazeera
Iraq's PM   vows to use law to control Kurds
Iraq's PM says his Govt  will use the "tools offered by the constitution and the law" amid rising tensions following a referendum that saw over 90% of Iraqi Kurds support a split from Baghdad.Haider al-Abadi's comments on Thursday came after calls by some in Iraq's parliament to deploy troops to Kurdish-dominated area. "We will impose our federal authority all over Iraq, including Kurdistan region, as per the power of the constitution and law," Abadi told parliament."We are not making a threat. Some people have threatened us in this region and some has resorted to force to impose a status quo in these regions," he added."We will surprise them because we talk less and our actions are louder than words. aljazeera
Rights group condemns attacks on Syrian hospitals
A human rights group has accused Russia and the Syrian Govt  of mounting the "worst string of attacks" on hospitals in Syria since April despite an agreement on "de-escalation" zones. New York-based Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) said it believes either Russian or Syrian Govt jets were behind at least five air strikes on three hospitals in Syria's rebel-held Idlib province. 3 facilities came under fire on the same day, Sept  19, and two of the hospitals were bombarded again separately days later, PHR reported. aljazeera
Syria: UN told of air strikes against civilians, hospitals
12 Afghan security forces killed in Kandahar
At least a dozen Afghan security forces were killed when a suicide attacker driving an explosives-packed Humvee blew himself up in Kandahar province.Taliban claimed responsibility for the deadly assault on the Govt and police headquarters in Maroof district that also wounded several others."Twelve security forces were killed and four others were wounded," Kandahar police spokesman Zia Durrani said. Durrani said Taliban attackers had been "defeated".A border police commander in Maroof, which borders Pakistan, gave a slightly higher toll, telling AFP that 14 security personnel had been killed and 8 wounded in the attack that happened late Wednesday.Taliban spokesman Qari Yusouf Ahmadi said the Taliban captured Maroof for a few hours and after removing weapons and other items left the district. aljazeera
Sri Lankan monks protests violently against Rohingya Muslims, UNHCR alarmed
UN raised concerns for the safety of Rohingya Muslim refugees who were attacked by Buddhist monks and hardline nationalists in Sri Lanka forcing them to flee a U.N. shelter in the capital Colombo.The refugees, who were detained in April along with two suspected Indian human traffickers in a boat off Sri Lanka’s coast, are now in a camp in southern Sri Lanka to ensure their security after the incident in the capital.In Tuesday’s incident, the Sri Lankan monks and nationalists stoned the shelter, prompting its 31 Rohingya occupants – mainly women and children – to flee for their own safety, witnesses said. No injuries were reported. newdelhitimes
'As a Buddhist I am ashamed at what has happened': Sri Lanka calls monks who attacked Rohingya 'animals'
Sri Lankan Govt has slammed a group of radical Buddhist monks who attacked Rohingya refugees as 'animals', pledging action against police who failed to protect them.Rajitha Senaratne, a cabinet spokesman, said the Govt  condemned Tuesday's storming of a UN safe house where 31 Rohingya refugees, including 16 children and seven women, had been given shelter.'As a Buddhist I am ashamed at what happened,' Senaratne told reporters.DailyMail
UN: 'Egregious' sexual violence reports emerge from Rohingya
The head of the UN's migration agency said he's "shocked and concerned" about reports of sexual and gender-based violence among new Rohingya arrivals in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.The International Organization for Migration's DG William Lacy Swing made the comments on Wednesday as Rohingya refugees who escaped a military crackdown in Myanmar accused the army of raping women and girls. aljazeera
Over 500,000 Rohingya refugees have entered Bangladesh since August 25: UN
Netanyahu on settlements: 'We're here to stay, forever'
Israel has hosted a lavish ceremony marking 50 years of Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank and Golan Heights. PM Benjamin Netanyahu vowed the settlements will never be removed, even though they are illegal under international law."There will be no more uprooting of settlements in the land of Israel," he said at the ceremony, held in a settlement in the West Bank, south of Jerusalem."It's not the way to make peace." aljazeera
Egyptian court hands fresh life sentence to Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie
Cairo:An Egyptian court sentenced top Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie to another life term in prison on Thursday in the latest example of a crackdown against Islamists since the army overthrew President Mursi.The sentence relates to violence that broke out in 2013 after the army toppled Mursi in the wake of mass demonstrations against him. Mass life and death sentences have been common since then in what rights groups call an unprecedented crackdown.15 others were sentenced to life in prison in the same case on Thursday while 77 were given 15-year sentences with hard labour. Only 38 of those sentenced on Thursday were present at court while the rest were sentenced in absentia.The judgement can be appealed in a higher court within the next 60 days.Those sentenced on Thursday included former members of parliament and members of the Freedom and Justice Party.Reuters
Handover Quran and prayer mats or face punishment, Chinese authorities tell Muslims in Xinjiang: IINA
Xinjiang: Chinese authorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang have ordered ethnic minority Muslim families to hand in religious items including prayer mats and copies of the Holy Qur’an to the authorities, Radio Free Asia (RFA) has learned. Officials across Xinjiang have been warning neighborhoods and mosques that ethnic minority Uyghur, Kazakh and Kyrgyz Muslims must hand in the items or face harsh punishment if they are found later, sources in the region said."Officials at village, township and county level are confiscating all Qur’ans and the special mats used for prayer," a Kazakh source in Altay prefecture, near the border with Kazakhstan told RFA on Wednesday."Pretty much every household has a Qur’an, and prayer mats," he said. Dilxat Raxit, spokesman for exile World Uyghur Congress group, said reports have emerged from Kashgar, Hotan and other regions of similar practices starting last week."We received a notification saying that every single ethnic Uyghur must hand in any Islam-related items from their own home, including copies of the Qur’an, prayers and anything else bearing the symbols of religion," Raxit said."They have to be handed in voluntarily. If they aren't handed in, and they are found, then there will be harsh punishments," he said.
Trump canceled Eid dinner at White House but will continue Diwali dinner tradition
New Delhi: It's US President Donald Trump's first Diwali in the White House and carrying on with the Obama-era tradition, he will host a dinner on the occasion for 200 Indian-Americans at 1600, Pennsylvania Avenue.Indian-American community in the US hopes that Trump will address some visa-related issues with community members during this dinner.In fact, the community is hoping Trump will also consider their request that he address a rally in Chicago for around 15,000 Indian Americans, said Shalabh Kumar, Trump supporter and founder of the 'Republican Hindu Coalition'.In June, Trump famously ended a decades-long White House tradition of celebrating Ramzan with an 'iftar' dinner, so there were some apprehensions in the Indian-American community whether the Diwali dinner too would be canceled. timesofindia
FLASH: VIEWS & NEWS
Jaitley May Be the Fall Guy, But Modi Is Truly to Blame for India’s Economic Slowdown:Swati Chaturvedi
Beard? Skullcap? Label him a terrorist! Trolls use TCN’s image to malign an innocent man
History is replete with the horrors of us-vs-them narratives:Rajmohan Gandhi
Footage of women being harassed does nothing to shame the perpetrators:Shailaja Bajpai

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