06 September 2017

6 Sept. 2017: 14 Zilhajja 1438:Vol:8, No:272
Genocide of Rohingya Muslims & humanitarian crisis
PM Modi tells Suu Kyi India’s with Myanmar, expresses concern over “extremist violence” in Rakhine, “violence against security forces, but silent on Rohingya issue
PM Narendra Modi has expressed concern over “extremist violence” in Myanmar’s Rakhine and “violence against security forces” but skipped mention of the alleged persecution of Rohingya Muslims, which the United Nations says could turn into a humanitarian catastrophe. Modi also praised Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi’s “leadership” amid mounting criticism of an alleged state-sponsored persecution of the minority Muslim community, forcing an estimated 1.25 lakh people to flee to Bangladesh and India.Myanmar has an estimated 1.1 million Rohingya people.“We share your concerns about extremist violence in Rakhine state and violence against security forces and how innocent lives have been affected,” Modi said in a joint statement with Suu Kyi at Myanmar’s capital Nay Pyi Taw.“We hope that all stakeholders together can find a way out in which unity and territorial integrity of Myanmar is respected,” he said, adding “peace, justice, dignity and democratic values for all” can be achieved. Suu Kyi, the de-facto leader of Buddhist-majority Myanmar, thanked India for taking a strong stand on the “terror threat” faced by her country.She said India and Myanmar jointly can ensure that terrorism is not allowed to take root on their soil or on the soil of neighbouring countries.Modi is expected to raise the issue of Rohingya exodus into neighbouring countries.HT
India shares Myanmar’s concerns over ‘extremist violence’ in Rakhine State: Modi
Indian PM  blames Rohingya violence on extremists: CNN
India shares Myanmar's concern about 'extremist violence' in Rakhine state: PM Modi
Rohingya Muslims protest at Jantar Mantar, raise slogans against Myanmar leader Suu Kyi
New Delhi: While PM  Narendra Modi reached Myanmar for his first bilateral visit on Tuesday, Rohingya Muslims gathered at Jantar Mantar to protest against the atrocities being committed on their community.Raising slogans such as “Stop the genocide” and “UNO, break your silence”, these refugees fled from their country and came to India in order to save themselves.25-year-old Nazeer Ahmed came to India 5 years ago. Saying he had no other option but to flee from his country Myanmar, he accused the Burmese Govt  of treating Rohingya Muslims worse than animals. “I have come here only to tell the rest of the world about the cruelty that is being inflicted upon us in Burma. Has humanity completely left this planet?” he questions.“Burmese Govt  does not even allow us to make phone calls. If they see a phone in our hands, they call us terrorists and put us in jail. They then ask for 20 to 25 lakh as bail amount. The amount is always higher than what we can pay. If they don’t get the amount they asked for, they kill those in custody,” Nazeer said.Nazeer is living in Delhi with his parents and two brothers. He recounted the story of the time when he was travelling to India from his country.Noor Qasim is another Rohingya Muslim who came to India in 2012. His family is still back home and were the victims of the latest violence that began on Aug.25 in Myanmar’s northwestern Rakhine state. “Our slum back home was torched. My mother and sister ran away into the jungle in order to save themselves. They come out during the day and hide in jungle every night to stay alive.”Waqar Bhatti from J&K  was one of the people spearheading the protest on Tuesday.The protesters also raised slogans against Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor and Leader of the National League for Democracy of Myanmar. IndianExpress
Delhi: Amid fear of deportation, Rohingyas seek 'justice from world'
In Jaipur, Rohingya Refugees Forced Into Hiding as Police Begins Crackdown
Jaipur: “It was for the first time in last three years of our stay in Jaipur that we were intimidated by anyone. Before this, the police had no issues with our presence. In fact, we had submitted them the photocopy of our refugee card issued by the UNHCR. We are not able to understand this sudden change in their attitude. Where will we go,” Toyeba Begum, a 27-year-old Rohingya refugee living in Rajeev Nagar colony in Jaipur told The Wire.On Aug.15, the Jaipur police had ordered the 120 Rohingya families living in the rented homes in the city’s Hasanpura, Hathroi and Rajeev Nagar areas to vacate their homes immediately. This came a week after Kiren Rijiju, the minister of state for home affairs, told the parliament that “the Govt  has issued detailed instruction for deportation of illegal foreign nationals including Rohingyas” and noted that over 14,000 Rohingyas, registered with the UNHCR, are presently living in the country. thewire
UN warns of 'catastrophe' as nearly 150,000 Rohingya flee Myanmar
Myanmar said on Wednesday it is negotiating with China and Russia to ensure they block any U.N. Security Council censure over the violence that has forced an exodus of nearly 150,000 Rohingya Muslims to Bangladesh in less than two weeks. Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi blamed "terrorists" for "a huge iceberg of misinformation" on the strife in the northwestern state of Rakhine but, in a statement, she made no mention of the Rohingya who have fled.She has come under increasing pressure from countries with Muslim populations, including Indonesia, where thousands led by Islamist groups held a rally in Jakarta on Wednesday, to demand that diplomatic ties with Buddhist-majority Myanmar be cut.In a rare letter to the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed concern that the violence could spiral into a "humanitarian catastrophe."He warned there was a risk of ethnic cleansing in Myanmar that could destabilize the region.Myanmar National Security Adviser Thaung Tun told a news conference in the capital, Naypyitaw, that Myanmar was counting on China and Russia, both permanent members of the Security Council, to block a UN resolution on the crisis.REUTERS
Stateless and unwanted: Who are the Rohingya and why are they fleeing Myanmar?Zehra Kazmi
Turkish first lady to visit Bangladesh to meet Rohingya; Myanmar Govt allows 10,000 tonnes aid to Rohingya
Ankara: Turkey's first lady will visit Bangladesh on Wednesday to meet Rohingya Muslims who fled persecution in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.“Mrs. Emine Erdogan will travel to Bangladesh today where she will meet our Muslim brothers who fled oppression in Arakan” or Rakhine state, Deputy PM Hakan Cavusoglu said in a live interview with Turkish broadcaster ATV on Wednesday.“Many of our Muslim brothers have taken shelter in Bangladesh after fleeing persecution in the region.”Cavusoglu noted that President Erdogan, who is also the term president of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), has been discussing the issue with several Muslim leaders to find a solution.Myanmar’s Govt  on Tuesday allowed the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) to distribute 1,000 tons of aid to Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state.The permission from Myanmar came hours after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s telephone call with Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi on the recent violations of human rights in Rakhine. Anadolo agency
Turkey to send 10,000 tonnes aid to Myanmar's Rohingya
Tehran urges to end violence against Muslims in Myanmar
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called upon the international community to "seriously" pursue the issue of a growing refugee crisis in on the Bangladesh-Myanmar border. Zarif made the call in separate phone conversation with his Turkish, Malaysian and Indonesian counterparts Mevlut Cavusoglu, Anifah Aman and Retno Marsudi, respectively. Iranian top diplomat expressed his country’s deep concern about the sad situation of Rohingya Muslims, saying that Iran was prepared to help adoption of collective strategies by international organizations and Muslim countries in order to solve ongoing crisis plaguing Myanmar’s Muslims. azernews
Myanmar laying landmines on Bangladesh border: reports
Myanmar has been laying landmines across a section of its border with Bangladesh for the past three days, according to reports citing two Govt  sources in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka.The sources say the purpose may be to prevent the return of Rohingya Muslims fleeing the violence.Bangladesh will on Wednesday formally lodge a protest against the laying of landmines so close to the border, the sources - who had direct knowledge of the situation but asked not to be named because of the sensitivity of the matter - told Reuters."They are putting the landmines in their territory along the barbed-wire fence" between a series of border pillars, one of the sources told Reuters.Both sources said Bangladesh learned about the landmines mainly through photographic evidence and informers."Our forces have also seen three to four groups working near the barbed wire fence, putting something into the ground," one of the sources said."We then confirmed with our informers that they were laying landmines."The sources did not clarify if the groups were in uniform, but added that they were sure they were not Rohingya. aljazeera
Children drown as Rohingya boat sinks off Bangladesh
At least five children have drowned after a boat carrying Rohingya refugees fleeing violence in Myanmar sank early on Wednesday, Bangladeshi border guards have said.Authorities, according to AP, said the boat sank at the mouth of Naf river, which separates Bangladesh from Myanmar's violence-wracked Rakhine,raising fears there could be many more casualties."So far, the bodies of five male and female children have been found at different locations," Border Guard Bangladesh Officer Aloysius Sangma told AFP which said three to four boats had sunk, citing border officials.aljazeera
Machetes vs machine guns: Rohingya salvation army outgunned in Myanmar:AFP
Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh:Farmhand-turned-fighter Ala Uddin abandoned the Rohingya Muslim militants battling Myanmar’s army once he realised they were armed with little more than clubs and machetes – a mismatch that has nonetheless drawn scores to the nascent cause. Social-media savvy and believed to be backed by overseas emigres, the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) appears to have significantly grown in the last year despite remaining hopelessly outgunned against one of Asia’s largest militaries.“I didn’t want my children to become orphans,” the 27-year-old told AFP this week from a refugee camp in Bangladesh as he explained why he deserted the group two weeks ago.“They had some sticks, machetes and two guns for nearly 100 recruits. I realised I would simply die if I went to war with just a piece of wood,” he said, giving his nom de guerre (an assumed name).Better-known locally as Harakahal Yaqin (Faith Movement), ARSA is locked in a David-and-Goliath battle. It announced its arrival last October with deadly ambushes on Myanmar border posts in Rakhine state, which has long been the seat of religious tensions between Muslims and Buddhists.Notorious for its scorched earth counter-insurgency tactics, Myanmar’s army – the Tatmadaw – responded with predictable ferocity.According to statements and photos released by Myanmar’s army, the militants use primitive weapons, including gunpowder rifles, homemade guns and bombs as well as clubs and swords. In contrast, Myanmar’s army is one of the best funded in Asia. Some 4.5 percent of GDP is devoted to the army budget, three times what the military gets even in junta-run Thailand.
Crack down on cow vigilantism, SC to States, Centre; asks states to appoint nodal officer to curb vigilantism
New Delhi:The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked all States and Union Territories to appoint nodal police officers district-wise to crack down on and prosecute cow vigilante groups that engage in violence and mayhem. 4 BJP-ruled States — Haryana, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, and Gujarat — accepted the SC's suggestion to appoint dedicated nodal police officers in the rank of DSP to prevent cow vigilantes or gau rakshaks, as they call themselves, from "taking the law or becoming the law unto themselves."According to PTI report, the SC on Wednesday directed all state Govt s to appoint a senior police officer as a nodal officer in each district to ensure that incidents of cow vigilantism are prevented and dealt with effectively. It has also directed the chief secretaries of every state Govt  to file a status report giving details of the actions taken to prevent incidents of cow vigilantism.A 3-judge Bench of Chief Justive Dipak Misra, Amitava Roy, and A.M. Khanwilkar was hearing an intervention by Mahatma Gandhi's great-grandson, Tushar Gandhi, about the lack of responsibility and accountability shown by the Centre and State administrations even as cow vigilantes wreaked havoc and resorted to murder in broad daylight in the name of the cow.Dalits and Muslims have been at the receiving end of a rash of violence unleashed by lynch mobs, especially in the northern States.The court directed the Centre to respond to a submission by senior advocate Indira Jaising for Gandhi that the Centre cannot wash their hands of its constitutional responsibility under Article 256 to instruct the States to take "necessary" steps in law to save innocent human lives from fury of the mobs.The court said the Centre should reply to this argument made by Gandhi in the spirit of "co-operative federalism". "Non-violence is the founding faith of this country. The Centre cannot turn its back on the violence. The States have the responsibility to lodge FIRs against these vigilantes," Ms. Jaising submitted. "You have to stop it (violence)," Chief Justice Misra told Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the four northern States.The court asked Mehta to take instructions from the Centre, to specify its role under Article 256 and the steps it would take from its side to prevent any future incidents of violence.Pointing out that most of the violent incidents had occurred on highways, Ms. Jaising said the States should take steps to initiate highway patrolling.The court directed Chief Secretaries and the DGPs of States to consult each other and respond to the court. The Centre shall also indicate its views on this issue.The SC posted the case for hearing on Sept.22.In the previous hearing, the Centre said ending vigilantism and violence by cow protection groups is a 'State subject' and the Centre has no role to play, though it condemns all forms of violence.PTI thehindu
SC directs states to appoint nodal officer to curb cow vigilantism
Tension in Bihar village after animal parts found in canal
Ranchi;Tension was reported in a village under Sadar police station area of Bihar’s Madhepura district after some people noticed animal carcasses in a canal on Monday afternoon. As word spread, a crowd collected at the spot and began alleging that the parts were of cattle, whose slaughter is prohibited. “When the local administration reached the spot, the mob did not pay heed to their appeals for calm. They overturned the SDM’s vehicle and pushed it into the canal. Reinforcements were called and senior officials reached the spot before the situation was brought under control,” said a senior administration official.Madhepura DM Mohammad Sohail and SP Vikas Kumar camped at the site to ensure peace. Internet connectivity was suspended for 48 hours in seven districts of Kosi and Purnea divisions. Officials said the situation was under control, though vigil was being maintained.indianexpress
State Funeral, Candlelight Vigils For Journalist Gauri Lankesh Amid Outrage Over Her Murder
Bengaluru:Hundreds gathered to pay their respects to senior journalist and activist Gauri Lankesh, who was buried on Wednesday evening with full state honours at a cemetery in Bengaluru's Chamarajpet. The police gave a gun salute to Ms Lankesh, 55, who was shot dead at point-blank range at her home yesterday. Amid outrage, editors and others have condemned murder, also expressing concern over what they described as a growing intolerance to dissent.There have been protests across the country and since dusk, candlelight vigils are being held in the heart of Bengaluru, Mumbai and in Kolkata, where Mamata Banerjee participated. "Namma Gauri" (I Am Gauri) said large posters in Bengaluru as attendees denounced intolerance and any threat to free speech.NDTV
Journalist silenced:Amnesty flags concern over free speech
New Delhi :The killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh by gunmen outside her residence in Bengaluru “raises alarm” about the state of freedom of expression in the country, Amnesty International India said. Gauri, who was known for her strident anti-establishment views and writings against Hindu fundamentalists, was never afraid of speaking truth to power, the rights body said.“Her assassination must be thoroughly investigated and the perpetrators brought to justice. The police must investigate whether she was killed because of her journalism,” Asmita Basu, Programmes Director at Amnesty International India, said.PTI
‘Citizen who speaks freely no longer safe’: Gauri Lankesh’s murder sparks outrage
Journalists, authors, rights activists and members of Parliament expressed outrage over the murder of senior journalist Gauri Lankesh on Wednesday, a day after the 55-year-old was shot dead by unidentified assailants outside her home in Bengaluru.Protests were planned across India by journalist groups, including the Editors’ Guild, Press Club of India and Press Association. In a statement released on Wednesday, the Indian Writers’ Forum pledged to continue Lankesh’s fight. ”The forum condemns the continued unmaking of India in which writers, artists, scholars, rationalists - and indeed any citizen who exercises her right to speak freely - is no longer safe,” it said.Senior journalists expressed their shock and anger at losing a brave colleague, but also spoke out against what they saw as a muzzling of dissent with bullets. Veteran journalist Shekhar Gupta tweeted: “Journalism is nothing without courage. Democracy is nothing without dissent. Lankesh had plenty of both.”The journalism fraternity banded together to condemn the attack. “To those who use guns to silence dissent, you are cowards. And your bullets may kill but will not deter the brave,” said Rajdeep Sardesai.hindustantimes
Know Gauri: A fearless critic of right-wing politics who was convicted in defamation case filed by BJP leader
Gauri Lankesh murder: Anyone speaking against BJP gets killed, says Rahul Gandhi
New Delhi:Congress president Sonia Gandhi and party vice president Rahul Gandhi expressed shock and distress on Wednesday over the killing of Kannada journalist activist Gauri Lankesh, saying anybody who speaks against the ideology of the BJP-RSS is “pressured, beaten, attacked and even killed”.
US embassy condemns murder of journalist Gauri
‘She was like our mother’: Mevani, Kanhaiya anguished at Gauri Lankesh murder
The murder of journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh on Tuesday night outside her residence in Bengaluru has sent shockwaves across the country. The Karnataka journalist had been vocal against right-wing forces and Hindutva politics. Gauri Lankesh, an editor who had bravely criticised fascist forces, political powers and helped bring Maoists to the mainstream was shot at point blank range at her house on Tuesday evening. Known to be a staunch supporter of student politics, Gauri Lankesh was a mentor to many student activists and had often referred to JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar as her adopted son. Hours after she was shot, Jignesh Mevani, the Dalit leader from Gujarat, expressed shock at the incident. Saying that she paid the price for being fearless and doing every bit to fight against Sangh and BJP, Jignesh said that the fascist forces will "kill each and every voice of dissent." Sharing anecdotes of his close engagement with Gauri over the years, Jignesh said, "She would always tell people that Jignesh is my good son and Kanhaiya is my bad son. She would love both of us equally. I can't believe that I won't be able to see her again. I won't be able to take khakhara from Gujarat for her ever again. This is a major loss for the civil society of Karnataka. This is the murder of democracy and rationality. Down with dark devil forces who killed such a beautiful soul...Gauri you will always and always remain in my heart, in our hearts," Mevani wrote.Taking to Facebook, former JNU students' union president Kanhaiya Kumar said that Gauri's murder has only strengthened their resolve."You are not dead. We are not afraid. This strengthens our resolve to fight. #GauriLankesh was a strong supporter of students' movement," he wrote. JNU student leader Umar Khalid said that the assassins' bullets cannot silence Gauri's ideas. "Enraged and shocked by the assassination of Gauri Lankesh who was a vocal critic of Hindutva fascist forces. To me, she was more than just a journalist. She was a strong supporter of the JNU movement, a friend and she used to call me her son - one of the four she has adopted as she would say (Me, Anirban, Kanhaiya and Jignesh Mewani). Rest in Power Friend, Comrade, Mother," he wrote on FB. thenewsminute
Killed in the line of duty: Gauri Lankesh is 13th Indian journo to die in less than 3 years
Hindutva supporters rejoice Gauri’s murder, BJP IT Cell chief’s old tweet goes viral
55-year-old journalist, Gauri Lankesh, had returned home in her car on Tuesday evening and she was opening the gate when motorcycle-borne assailants fired at her indiscriminately with two bullets hitting her in the chest and one on her forehead, police officials said.She died instantaneously. 4 bullets hit the compound wall of her building in Rajarajeshwari Nagar, the officials said.Gauri edited Kannada tabloid ‘Gauri Lankesh Patrike’ besides owning some other publications, and was known for her forthright views against hardline Hindutva politics. Amidst huge social media outrage on the shocking murder of an outspoken journalist, there were many Hindutva supporters who were seen rejoicing her assassination. Notable among them was one Twitter user, who’s followed by PM  Modi. He wrote, “One bitch dies a dog’s death and every puppy is crying with pain.”Another user Jagrati Shukla, whose Twitter bio identifies her as a TV journalist, tweeted immediately after Lankesh’s death, “So, Commy Gauri Lankesh has been murdered mercilessly. Your deeds always come back to haunt you, they say. Amen.”In her another tweet, this former Zee News and Network18 ‘journalist’ said, “Those who blv in bloody Revolution now mourning fate of Gauri Lankesh. How does it feel to be on the receiving end?”Her tweets were shared hundreds of times making it clear that there were many takers for her sadism on the microblogging site. jantakareporter
Gauri Lankesh murder: Reminder, India has slipped 3 ranks on press freedom
Gauri Lankesh’s death brings back focus on Kalburgi, Pansare and Dabholkar murders
Defamation cases, jail and murder threats, nothing deterred Gauri Lankesh
Najeeb missing case: CBI seeks more time from Delhi HC to conclude probe
New Delhi :Delhi High Court on Wednesday directed the CBI to take necessary steps to trace missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmed. The court’s direction came on examination of the status report filed earlier by CBI in which the central investigating agency detailed the steps taken to trace Najeeb and sought more time to reach a conclusion.Earlier, the Delhi High Court in its order on Feb., said, “The student had gone missing in Oct. 2016; it is February now. Nearly four months have gone by and none of the leads are going anywhere. We asked for a polygraph test as the other leads have not yielded any results.” indianexpress
British tourist advisory warns of communal tension in Gujarat, spiked drinks in Goa
Panaji:Beware of violence-prone inter-communal tension in Gujarat, while in Goa be warned of spiked drinks, the latest advisory for British tourists to India has cautioned. The advisory issued by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on Tuesday also asks tourists, especially women travellers to respect local customs and dresses, as well as avoid visiting remote and unlit beaches after dark. In its advisory for the Western Indian region, the advisory asks tourists to stay away from the India-Pakistan border, while also suggesting caution while travelling within Gujarat.“There continues to be some inter communal tension in Gujarat which can lead to isolated incidents of violence,” the advisory states. Commenting about Goa, one of the most favourite beach tourism destinations for tourists from Britain, the advisory states that “there have been a few serious incidents involving British nationals, most recently the murder of a young female traveller in March 2017”.“You should observe and respect local dress and customs. Take particular care of your bags and purses and avoid unlit and remote beaches after dark. Keep your passport and other valuables safe,” the advisory states. “Don’t leave your drinks unattended. There have been reports of drinks being spiked and travellers, including British nationals, subsequently being robbed or assaulted,” it adds.IANS
NIA raids on in Srinagar, Delhi in J-K terror funding probe; LoC trade on radar
New Delhi: NIA was searching 11 locations in Srinagar and 5 in Delhi as part of a probe into charges of funds from Pakistan being used to stoke unrest in the Kashmir Valley.Those raided include alleged Hawala dealers in Delhi and businessmen involved in cross-border trade in J&K .“These raids have been conducted mainly in connection with our probe into the cross-LoC trade,” NIA chief Sharad Kumar said. hindustantimes
Geelani, Mirwaiz, Malik volunteer to appear before NIA on Sept.9
Srinagar: Separatist leaders — Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and Yasin Malik — on Wednesday offered to present themselves before the NIA in New Delhi on Sept.9.In a hurriedly-organised meeting at historic Jamia Masjid in Srinagar, JKLF chief Malik said, “This (presenting before the NIA) is the only way to end the terror that NIA has unleashed in nook-and-corner of Kashmir,” Mr. Malik said.He said all the three leaders have booked tickets for New Delhi and will head towards NIA HQ on Saturday. “Keep doors of Tihar jail open, we are coming,” said Mr. Malik, adding “NIA has terrorised the whole Kashmiri nation”.Malik was accompanied by the Mirwaiz at Jamia Masjid. Mr. Geelani could not attend the joint press conference because of “poor” health. The leaders held a public meeting at Jamia Masjid.The separatists’ move comes on the day when the NIA raided 11 locations in Kashmir valley and searched the premises of six known businessmen. thehindu
'Salami slicing' by China could lead to war with Pak too: Army Chief
 A week after India and China ended their worst military confrontation in decades, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat has said that the possibility of a two-front war against China on the North and Pakistan to the West cannot be ruled out."As far as the Northern adversary is concerned, flexing of muscles has started. Salami slicing, taking over territory in a very gradual manner, testing our limits or threshold is something we have to be wary about. Remain prepared for situations that are emerging gradually into conflict," he said about China. ndtv
Have more kids or we will need to employ robots: AP CM
AP CM N Chandrababu Naidu on Monday proposed a unique solution to reduce the increasing dependency on robots in today's world -- have more children.Stating that many educated couples were not having many children, he said that there was a need to do so. “I used to advocate family planning. But now I am asking people to have more kids, because we educated families are not interested in having many kids. They are looking at it like a big task, as it is tough to raise children. If our previous generations' had the same process, we wouldn't be here today,"Naidu said."Balance is necessary. If there is imbalance and a lack of youngsters, as we are witnessing in countries like Japan, we have to employ robots instead of humans," he added.However, Naidu's comments triggered off a controversy. Deccan Chronicle reported that YSRCP MLA RK Roja pointed out that Naidu himself, had stopped with Lokesh, while Lokesh also had only one son. thenewsminute
Impotency, love affairs, dowry top reasons behind farmer suicides, says Centre: IANS
New Delhi: Dowry, love affairs and impotency were among the reasons for the deaths of over 1,400 farmers in India this year, Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said on Friday. “According to NCRB, causes of (farmer) suicides include family problems, illness, drugs... dowry, love affairs and impotency,” he told the Rajya Sabha in a written reply to a question as to what caused the death of so many farmers in the country.Minister’s reply, however, did not rule out debt as one of the reasons.The remarks on suicide by over 1,400 farmers in the last one year, by Govt’s own admission, are bound to provide fresh fodder to a belligerent opposition, which has been targeting Modi Govt  on the controversial land bill, dubbed as “anti-farmer and anti-poor”.A total of 5,650 farmers committed suicide in 2014,with maximum deaths reported from Maharashtra, Telangana and Chhattisgarh, official data said.
Kuwaiti man, 3 women sent back to Dubai for refusing to lift veil at Delhi airport
A Kuwaiti national and three women travelling with him were sent back to Dubai from Delhi airport on Monday, after the man refused to unveil the faces of the women and created a ruckus at the immigration counter.Police was called as the passenger tried to damage the immigration counter. “The male passenger was probably drunk as initially he even refused to fill the immigration form. After immigration officials managed to convince him, he refused to take off the burqa of female passengers accompanying him for face identification. When the matter could not be resolved for hours, immigration officials decided to send them back,” said a source at the airport.HT
British mentor at national blind school in Delhi held on allegations of sexually abusing visually-impaired children
A 54-year-old British expatriate allegedly used mentorship and monetary aid to target visually impaired children, until a guard sprung him and alerted the management last Saturday.Murray Davis Ward, a donor and voluntary teacher at the National Association for the Blind, New Delhi, was arrested by city police on Sunday at his Vasant Kunj residence and booked under various sections of POCSO Act. 'He first gained access to the NAB school with regular donations, won their trust and used teaching English language as a pretext to target blind children,' investigators linked with case alleged. Investigators claimed that they have found paedophilic video exchanges and chats in Ward's mobile phone and Macbook.A resident of Gloucestershire, UK, Ward has worked in high positions with several top corporate groups in India such as Nokia Siemens Networks and Stertile Technologies, Gurgaon. DailyMail 
HC dismisses petition seeking criminal case against singer Nigam over Azaan tweet
Chandigarh: Taking up a petition seeking criminal proceedings against singer Sonu Nigam over his 'Azaan' tweet, the Punjab and Haryana high court has held that apparently it was not directed at any particular faith but was an anguish at the "forced religiousness in the country.""The content of the tweet, if perused, is not directed at any particular faith. Rather, it is an anguish at the 'forced religiousness in the country' (extract from the writing i.e. tweet)," observed a division bench headed by Justice Mahesh Grover while dismissing the plea. timesofindia
Making Hindi, English mandatory in madrassas would spread hatred, says Shia cleric
AGRA: Senior Shia cleric and general secretary of Majlis-E-Ulema-E-Hind, Maulana Kalbe Jawad, who is also an adjunct faculty member in Shia theology department in Aligarh Muslim University, has said that Govt 's move to make Hindi, English and other subjects mandatory in Madrassa and reciting Vande Matram can only create "hatred" within the community.He said that such moves can only create the feeling for "maintaining distance" from others rather than uniting them. Jawad said, "Do you think that reciting Vande matram proves that one is a Hindustani". He questioned as to why these things were being made mandatory only for madrasas and not for other institutions.He said exerting this kind of pressures on madrasas wasn't desired, as they have a very important role to play in the cultural and intellectual development of a large section of Muslim society. "Nathuram Godse was also patriot but he killed Mahatma Gandhi, what does this proves," he questioned.TOI
MHA gives more finance powers to DGs of CRPF, BSF, NIA
Chiefs of central armed police forces like CRPF and BSF and other central agencies have been empowered to spend up to Rs 15 crore for executing major projects and Rs 1 crore for minor works, including repairing of residential buildings, a home ministry official said.Home ministry in an order enhanced the financial powers of the directors general of CRPF, BSF, CISF, ITBP, SSB, NSG, Assam Rifles and NIA and director of IB to execute major projects to Rs 15 crore from Rs 10 crore, the official said. timesofindia
If demonetisation decision is exposed, country will ask what inputs went in: Raghuram Rajan
Chennai:9 months after demonetisation, with almost 99 per cent of the banned notes back into the system and the economy gripped by slowdown, the former Governor of the RBI, Raghuram Rajan, has said that if a decision such as this turns out exposed — of not having the right effects on the economy, “as a country, you would want to ask what were the inputs that went into that decision”.  Although the Govt  announced it was withdrawing 500 and 1,000 rupee notes on November 8 last year, Rajan, who was Governor until September 4, 2016, was asked by the Govt  in February that year for his views on demonetisation, which he says he provided orally.In his new book, I do what I do, launched here Tuesday, Rajan says he had conveyed to the Govt  that though there could be long-term benefits, the likely short-term economic cost would outweigh them and that there were potentially better alternatives to achieve the main goals.He has also said that the RBI put together a note to the Govt  outlining the potential cost and benefit of demonetisation as well as alternatives that could achieve similar aims besides flagging off what would happen if the preparation was inadequate. He added that at no point during his term, was the RBI asked to make a decision on demonetisation. indianexpress
Cow slaughter in MP’s Bundelkhand Police lodge FIR against unknown persons: hindustantimes
After many cows were found slaughtered in Bundelkhand’s Sagar district, the Madhya Pradesh police lodged an FIR under cow slaughter prohibition act against unidentified people.The incident came to light on late Monday evening when a right-wing organization complained to police in Rahatgarh area of Sagar district. Given the sensitivity of the matter, Sagar superintendent of police reached the area to check what had happened there.Sagar SP Satyendra Kumar Shukla told HT that after carcasses of the cows were found in the forest near Rahatgarh Dhaka Basti area , an FIR are registered.The right-wing organisation Dharm Raksha Sanghatan’s district president Suraj Soni told HT that around a week ago they had submitted a memorandum to Sagar SP, urging him to keep a vigil in sensitive areas where there were chances of cow slaughter ahead of Eid festival.
Syria govt behind sarin gas attack in April: UN probe
Geneva: UN-mandated investigators said Wednesday that Syrian President Bashar Assad’s air force conducted a sarin-gas attack in the spring that killed at least 83 civilians and sparked a retaliatory US strike.The investigators also appealed to the US-led coalition to better protect civilians as it strikes at Islamic State militants in the east.The latest report by the Commission of Inquiry on Syria offers among the strongest evidence yet of allegations that Assad’s forces conducted the April 4 attack on Khan Sheikhoun in rebel-held Idlib province. The US quickly blamed the Syrian Govt  and launched a punitive strike on Shayrat air base, where the report says the Sukhoi-22 plane took off.Syrian Govt  officials have denied responsibility, and said last month that they would allow in UN teams to investigate.“We have analyzed all the other interpretations” of who might have conducted the attack, commission chairman Paulo Pinheiro said at a Geneva news conference. “It is our task to verify these allegations, and we concluded ... that this attack was perpetrated by the Syrian air force.”Wednesday’s report, the 14th by the commission since it was set up by the UN’s Human Rights Council in 2011, covers little more than four months, from March to early July. The report is based on information retrieved from satellite images, video, photos, medical records, and over 300 interviews.The Syrian Govt  has denied the team access to the territory it controls.AP
Syrian opposition group evacuates Hadalat refugee camp as prelude to withdraw to Jordan
Syrian pro-opposition Martyr Ahmad Al-Abdo forces announced yesterday that it will evacuate the Hadalat refugee camp near the northeastern border of Jordan and transfer its residents to Rukban camp also on the Syrian-Jordanian border.In an exclusive interview to Anadolu news agency, the faction’s spokesman, Saeid Saif, said yesterday that a leaked message from the Military Operations Centre (MOC) and the reassurances received from the Pentagon indicate that the Rukban refugee camp area is demilitarised and protected.Saif said his group will evacuate Hadalat refugee camp after ensuring that the refugees have arrived to the Rukban camp and are provided with assistance.“We have held many meetings and we are ready to withdraw to an unknown destination although we have no choice but to go to Jordan,” he added, without specifying the nature of the meetings or with whom they took place. middleeastmonitor
Report: 32 people killed under torture in Syria in August
The Syrian Network for Human Rights said Tuesday it had documented the deaths of 32 people due to torture in August, including 27 people killed by the Syrian regime.The network said in its periodic report that it documented the death of three detainees due to torture by the Hay’at Tahrir al Sham, one by ISIS, and one by armed opposition factions.The London-based rights group said it documented 161 deaths due to torture by key players in Syria since the beginning of this year. middleeastmonitor
HRW: Torture is 'systematic practice' in Egypt
Egypt has failed to meet basic rules of international human rights law as widespread arbitrary arrests, enforced disappearances and torture against dissidents have become common since 2013, Human Rights Watch (HRW) says in a new report.The New York-based rights group says security services in the North African country have used torture as a "systematic practice" against suspected opponents of the Govt ."Human Rights Watch believes that the torture epidemic in Egypt likely constitutes a crime against humanity," the group says in the 63-page report and urges the Govt  and the United Nations to prosecute in their courts Egyptian security officers and other officials accused of committing torture.HRW said torture by the security services and the lack of punishment for this practice has spread since President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi was elected in 2014.Nineteen former detainees and the family of another detainee, who were tortured between 2014 and 2016, were interviewed for the report. aljazeera
Israeli MK launches plan to pay Palestinians to emigrate, annex West Bank
An Israeli parliamentarian is urging the Govt  to annex the entire West Bank and pay Palestinians – on both sides of the Green Line – to emigrate.Member of Knesset Bezalel Smotrich, of coalition party Jewish Home, is launching the plan this week ahead of his National Union faction’s upcoming conference where he hopes it will be adopted.The right-wing MK is urging the Israeli Govt  to formally annex the entire West Bank, end the Palestinian Authority, and boost settlement construction.As for those Palestinians in the West Bank who decline the chance to emigrate, Smotrich says they will “enjoy a much better life” than the citizens of “Arab countries”, but they will not be allowed to vote in the Knesset elections. middleeastmonitor
China invites Pakistan Foreign Minister for talks after BRICS meet:PTI
Beijing:China said on Wednesday it has invited Pakistan’s Foreign Minister for talks, in an apparent move to assuage Islamabad’s concerns after the BRICS countries for the first time named Pakistan-based terrorist groups like LeT and JeM in the grouping’s declaration.Foreign Minister Mohammed Asif will pay an official visit to China on September 8, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said. Chinese leaders will meet Asif and Foreign Minister Wang Yi will hold talks with him, he said.“China and Pakistan are all weather strategic partners. The two sides have seen their relationship growing with a sound momentum, frequent high level exchanges and fruitful outcomes of political cooperation,” he said.
US apologises for 'offensive' leaflets in Afghanistan
A senior US commander has apologised after a series of controversial leaflets were dropped in Afghanistan.The pamphlets, distributed on Tuesday in Parwan province, north of Kabul, were deemed "highly offensive" by Major General James Linder.Images used showed a white dog, with a passage from the Quran used in Taliban banners superimposed on its side, fleeing from a lion. Above the picture of the lion and the dog, the handout implored people to report combatants operating in the region."Take back your freedom from the terrorist dogs and cooperate with coalition forces so they can target your enemy and eliminate them," it said.In a statement, Linder said: "The design of the leaflets mistakenly contained an image highly offensive to both Muslims and the religion of Islam. aljazeera
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