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08 Oct.NEWS DIGEST: Haj policy recommendations: Abolition of subsidy, women above 45 allowed to travel without male kin



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08 Oct.2017: 17 Muharram 1439:Vol:9, No:14
Haj policy recommendations: Abolition of subsidy, women above 45 allowed to travel without male kin
The draft Haj Policy 2018-22 has proposed the abolishing of Haj subsidy and allowing women above the age of forty-five to travel without a Mehram in a group of atleast 4 women. The proposed policy was submitted to the Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Saturday.According to the proposed policy, the committee has suggested to abolish the subsidy provided to Muslims traveling for Haj. Moreover, the policy also suggests to allow Muslim women above the age of 45 to go for Haj without a Mehram (a Mehram is a male member of the family to whom the woman can never marry, i.e., father, son and brother). Women in groups of four atleast and above the age of 45 years will now be allowed to travel to Haj.The drafting committee that was headed by former secretary Afzal Amanullah has also recommended to reduce the number of embarkation points (EPs) from 21 to 9. Embarkation points are places from where pilgrims used to take flights for Saudi Arabia. The functioning EPs will be in Delhi, Lucknow, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Kochi. The committee has also recommended building of Haj houses in these EPs.Naqvi while speaking to PTI on the same said, "A constitutional bench of the Supreme Court had, during the Congress regime in 2012, directed that the Haj subsidy be done away with. Hence, in the new policy, as per the recommendations of a committee, we have decided to do away with the Haj subsidy gradually." The minister stressed that the money will be instead spent on empowering the Muslim community.Apart from abolishing Haj subsidy and allowing Muslim women above the age fof 45 to travel without a Mehram, the committe has made several other recommendations. The committee recommended that coupons for 'Adahi' (sacrifice of animals) should be made compulsory for all the Muslims. The committee also recommended to increase the quota of Mehram from 200 to 500. Besides that it was also proposed that the quota for Jammu and Kashmir pilgrims be increased from 1,500 to 2,000.One of the most notable recommendations of the committee is the distribution of the Haj quota between Haj Committee of India and private tour operators in the ratio of 70:30 for the next five years. The private tour operators are expected to make transactions through bank in order to ensure transparency in the process. The recommendations also took into account the extension of 'Umra' and 'Ziyarat' to Syria, Iran Iraq and Jordan and ascertaining willingness of Saudi Arabia to the proposal of transportation of pilgrims by ship for the pilgrimage."EPs are being reduced keeping in mind ship journeys. It proposes inviting global expressions of interest from vessel owners having a capacity of 4,000 plus passengers... Even if 10 such trips are made to Saudi Arabia, 40,000 to 50,000 pilgrims can easily be ferried," a source told PTI.IndiaToday
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Instead of headline-grabbing measures, govt. should find ways to revive economy: Jamaat-e-Islami Hind
New Delhi:Jamaat-e-Islami Hind has expressed deep concerns over the current state of Indian economy whose GDP is falling down steadily, and demanded NDA govt to focus to find ways to revive the economy, instead of headline-grabbing measures. Mentioning the bad impacts of Demonetisation and GST on the economy, Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Umari, president of the Jamaat while addressing a monthly press conference at its HQRS in New Delhi on Saturday said:“NDA govt appears to be clueless and undecided about the measures it needs to adopt for addressing the challenge. The policies of the government are largely to be blamed for country’s economic woes. It must focus to find ways to revive the economy and not be distracted by trivial issues however attractive they may appear to reap electoral benefits and grab media headlines”.Jamaat leader also expressed concern on the rise in communal incidents in different parts of the country and giving reasons for the rise he said: “Anti-social and criminal elements are becoming daring and emboldened no serious action has been taken against them and this is creating fear in the common citizens. The Secretary General of Jamaat Muhammad Salim Engineer while replying to the media on the possibility of Popular Front of India (PFI) being banned by the govt of India, said:“we are against this policy of banning organizations as it is undemocratic and fascist in nature. If anybody is found breaking the law then strict action must be taken against the concerned individual but banning of organizations is not correct.’’ When asked about the compulsory singing of the national anthem and if Muslims find anything objectionable in it, the Vice President of JIH Maulana Nusrat Ali said:“there is consensus among Muslims that singing Vande Mataram is objectionable. However the case of national anthem is different and its singing should not be problematic. However Jamaat is against this mentality of suspecting the patriotism of certain sections of the minority community. We condemn the targeting of Muslim religious seminaries (madrassas) by forcing them to recite the national anthem to prove their patriotism.” Newsdigestdaily.in
Instead of headline-grabbing measures, govt. should find ways to revive economy, says Jamaat: indiatomorrow
Jamaat warns against ban on PFI:CaravanDaily
Instead of headline-grabbing measures, govt. should find ways to revive economy, says JIH: sahilonline
Govt slashes GST rates on 27 items, simplifies tax filing for small traders and exporters
Facing severe criticism over the implementation of GST, Govt has announced a slew of measures to ease the concerns of traders, exporters and small business while slashing the rates on 27 items of common consumption, including roti, khakra, namkeens, stationery, man-made yarn -- with most of them brought to five per cent category.GST Council on Friday raised the threshold limit for Composition Scheme to Rs 1 crore and allowed quarterly return filing for traders having Rs 1.5 crore turnover to ease the tax filing for small traders."Traders having Rs 1.5 crore turnover, which are approximately 90% of assessees outside Composition Scheme, can now file quarterly return," Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said after the Council's 22nd meeting here, coming two days after PM Narendra Modi promised to remove the shortcoming in the new indirect tax regime and to ease woes of traders.IANS
RSS-linked BMS slams ‘Harvard-educated’ govt advisers
Nagpur:RSS-linked Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh has slammed “Harvard University-educated” economic advisers on various Govt bodies, saying they have had no connection to the ground realities in India. BMS also said that the BJP-led Union Govt should stop disinvestment in the public sector.Addressing a press conference after the conclusion of a two-day meeting of BMS office-bearers in Nagpur, its national general secretary Brijesh Upadhyay said organisation, along with other labourers’ associations, would take out a “Parliament March” on Nov.17 in New Delhi. The aim of the march would be to put pressure on the Govt to find solutions to the economic issues facing the working class and the common man, he said.Attacking the economic advisers of the govt, BMS leader said they were not aware of the ground realities in the country. “Not one of these advisers or consultants has a connect with the ground realities. These Harvard University-educated people, with knowledge limited to the small states there, apply it in a huge country like India, which is not practical at all,” he said.PTI
Raghuram Rajan among probables for economics Nobel for work on corporate finance: reports
Ex-RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan, who left the central bank amidst differences with the Modi govt, is reported to be in the list of probables for the Nobel Prize for Economics, reports PTI quoting the Wall Street Journal. Rajan is among 6 economists in a list compiled by Clarivate Analytics, a company that does academic and scientific research and maintains a list of possible Nobel Prize winners based on research citations.His name in the list however does not make him a front-runner, the report clarified.Rajan is being is being considered as a candidate for his "contributions illuminating the dimensions of decisions in corporate finance”.“According to Clarivate Analytics, list of possible Nobel Prize winners based on research citations include Colin Camerer of the California Institute of Technology and George Loewenstein of Carnegie Mellon University (for pioneering research in behavioural economics and in neuroeconomics);Robert Hall of Stanford University (for his analysis of worker productivity and studies of recessions and unemployment); and Michael Jensen of Harvard, Stewart Myers of MIT and Raghuram Rajan of University of Chicago (for their contributions illuminating the dimensions of decisions in corporate finance)”. thenewsminute
Hadiya’s alleged conversion case does not need an NIA inquiry, Kerala govt tells Supreme Court
Kerala Govt on Saturday rejected claims made by the Centre’s NIA that the Hadiya case – in which a Hindu woman was allegedly forced to convert to Islam and marry a Muslim man – was part of a pattern of religious conversions in the southern state, The Hindu reported.In an affidavit filed in the Supreme Court, the state Govt said the Kerala Police had been doing an efficient job investigating the Hadiya case till the Supreme Court intervened in August and transferred the investigation to the central agency. The Govt said the police inquiry did not reveal any offences that warranted an NIA investigation.The Kerala Police is competent to investigate such a case and would have reported to the Centre if they found any scheduled offence, the Govt said in its affidavit, according to ANI.The state also questioned the sudden transfer of the case to the NIA, according to The Hindu. It told the Supreme Court that the police are investigating whether Hadiya was forced to convert, the religious institutions and people involved as well as the background of the man she married, Shafin Jahan. scroll
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Kerala women's commission to probe ‘anti-conversion clinic’ exposed by Hindu woman
Following an expose by a Hindu woman, married to a Christian man, about the alleged torture and harassment inside the Siva Sakthi Yoga Centre in Kerala,Kerala Women’s Commission has said that it would probe Ernakulam centre.The woman had alleged that centre was functioning as a anti-conversion centre, forcing women married to men from other religions to abandon their husbands and 'return' to Hinduism.Yoga Centre in Tripunithura has been facing serious allegations including illegal detention.Women's Commission chairperson MC Josephine said that Commission was planning an investigation into the activities of Siva Sakthi Yoga Vidya Kendra, reports the TOI.The Commission had also asked the police to intensify the probe and diligently monitor the activities of the centre, Josephine said.Kerala State Human Rights Commission has also ordered a probe against the Centre. The panel directed the probe while considering a petition filed by a woman, who is an IT professional based in Bengaluru. Commission acting chairman P Mohandas directed the district police chief to conduct a thorough investigation into the case. thenewsminute
Mother of Kerala woman seeks probe into 'love jihad Romeos', Goes to SC
New Delhi: The mother of a Hindu woman from Kerala who is believed to be working for the Islamic State in Afghanistan after converting to Islam has moved the Supreme Court in support of a "comprehensive and thorough" investigation. The mother’s plea comes a day after the Kerala Govt questioned the NIA probe into the so-called Love Jihad cases in the southern state.Bindu Kumar, mother of Nimisha who changed her name to Fatima after converting to Islam, has sought an audience with the Supreme Court, which will hear a similar case on Monday wherein a Hindu woman from Kerala embraced Islam after marrying a Muslim man.In her request to the SC, Bindu has also asked for RAW and Intelligence Bureau involvement in the ongoing NIA investigation.CNN-News18
Gujarat High Court may deliver Godhra verdict tomorrow
Ahmedabad:29 months after completion of hearing, Gujarat high court is likely to deliver its verdict on Monday on the Godhra train burning case, in which 59 karsevaks were killed on Feb.27, 2002. A special court in 2011 awarded death to 11 persons and punished 20 others to life imprisonment for the ghastly act, which led to state-wide communal violence, which claimed over 1,000 lives in next 2 months. A bench of Justice A S Dave and Justice G R Udhwani completed hearing in April 2015 on various appeals filed by the convicts, the state Govt and the SC-appointed SIT as well as by kin of the victims.PTI
Gujarat's Gulbarg Society massacre site now paid parking space: Survivor
Ahmedabad: Gulbarg Society, the site of one of the worst massacres on Feb.28, 2002, during the Gujarat riots, has now become a space for paid parking. The allegation has been made by a Gulbarg massacre survivor, Firoz Khan, who lost ten of his family in the riots. In his application of complaint, Khan has named another riot survivor from Gulbarg, Qasam Mansuri, who lost 19 members of his family. In Gulbarg, 69 people — including former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri — were killed in the 2002 riots.An air of horror still envelops the society. In deserted houses — such as bungalow 19 where Jafri used to live — the only sign of life is wild vegetation that slithers around charred walls. But in recent times, vehicles have been cruising into the compound after dark, according to Khan. He says that Mansuri illegally takes Rs 25,000 to Rs 30,000 per month to allow people to park in the society. "This pay-and-park facility is illegal and cannot be allowed in the deserted Gulbarg Society," his application to the police reads.timesofindia
Adverse IB report stalls selection of 3 HC judges including a Muslim
Chennai:In a first, the Supreme Court has recorded reasons for clearing 6 of the 10 district judges recommended for elevation as judges of Madras HC, and said it rejected three others due to adverse IB report. The 3-judge collegium decision of the SC has been duly uploaded in the Supreme Court website, taking the transparency quotient of collegium proceedings to unprecedented levels.75-judge Madras high court has 53 judges now. An HC collegium headed by the then Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul had recommended 21 names.3 names found unsuitable for appointment are:V Vasudevan Nadathur, judicial member, I-T appellate tribunal, Kolkata; A Zakir Hussain, additional chief metropolitan magistrate, Egmore, Chennai; and K Arul, additional director, Tamil Nadu State Judicial Academy and officer on special duty, Madras HC. The collegium said materials available about Zakir Hussain and Arul, including IB report, revealed they were not eligible for elevation to the HC.In the case of Vasudevan, the SC collegium said it had rejected his name in 2013 after being recommended by collegium of Bombay HC.The same candidate was recommended for elevation by Calcutta high court in 2016,only to be rejected by SC collegium again.TOI
Congress demands PM Modi order probe into Amit Shah son’s firm
New Delhi:Congress and the AAP lapped up a media report which said the turnover of a company owned by BJP President Amit Shah’s son increased 16,000 times over in the year following the election of Narendra Modi as PM  and the elevation of Shah to the post of party president. Congress sought answers from PM and BJP president and demanded a probe by the ED and the CBI.Addressing a press conference at the AICC headquarters, senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal said it seems the fortunes of some people have changed after the change of power. He said filings with the Registrar of Companies (RoC) have revealed that the company owned by Shah’s son Jay started making profits after 2014. The story was reported by The Wire today.He said in March 2013 and in March 2014, Shah’s Temple Enterprise Private Ltd recorded losses of Rs 6,230 and Rs 1,724 respectively. “In 2014-15 it started making profits…that means there was some change in May and profit ka karvah shuru ho gaya….”“In 2014-15, the company made a profit of Rs 18,728.The real change happened in 2015-16 and it is shocking…..The company made a turnover of Rs 80 crore in 2015-16. The company started getting loans. One Rajesh Khandwala, who owns KIFS Financial Services, gave a loan of Rs 15.78 crore. And the company stopped business activities in Oct. 2016. And the reason stated was that the company was incurring losses.” “This is indeed strange,” he said, indianexpress
Police must be civilised, not a brute force:Rajnath Singh
Meerut: Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said the police force in the 21st century could no longer be a "brute force" but would have to function as a "civilised" unit and consider less lethal solutions in carrying out policing tasks and in crowd control."There are situations when the police have to use force to tackle crowds and mobs but a lot of prudence is required in that. We are in the 21st century and the (police) force cannot be a brute force any longer but has to be a civilized one. We need to apply minimum force to achieve maximum results," Singh said, addressing Rapid Action Force personnel at their base here in Meerut on the occasion of the silver jubilee of the unit.Police, including personnel on the ground, need to exercise patience and control while dealing with challenging situations like riots and protesting crowds," Rajnath Singh said, urging police units, both under the Centre and states, to adopt new technology and psychological solutions to "control and divert minds" of rampaging crowds during protests or riots. timesofindia
Muslims leave Rajasthan’s village blaming Rajputs
Jaipur: Several dozen members of the Manganiyar community have left a Jaisalmer village after they were allegedly threatened by members of the Rajput community. The police, however, said they haven’t been able to verify the claim.“Ahmad Khan, a Manganiyar Muslim, used to make a living by playing songs on harmonium in Dantal village. On September 27, at about 10.30 pm, there was a jagran in a local temple and Ahmad went there for bhajan. However, the bhopa (exorcist) Ramesh Suthar, who was apparently drunk, kept telling Khan that he didn’t know how to play,” said Girdhar Singh, Sub Inspector, Phalsoond police station. “Khan was then allegedly assaulted by Suthar. Khan later died. But he was also a cardiac patient, so it is not clear if he died of a heart attack or from the assault,” he said, “It will be clearer once we get a report of his viscera.”“Initially, he was buried by members of his community and the village panchayat tried to address the dispute but the discussions remained inconclusive. Later, the family approached us and we lodged an FIR against Suthar and his brothers Tara Ram and Shyamlal under IPC sections 302 (murder), 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt), as well as other sections,” SI said.“Manganiyars wanted the Rajputs to support them in lodging an FIR against members of the Suthar community. However, Rajputs didn’t agree, saying they have good relations with Suthars. Prima facie the Manganiyars left the village in protest,” Jaisalmer SP Gaurav Yadav said. “Some Manganiyar men claimed that some Rajput youths threatened them, but we haven’t been able to verify the claim yet. But to prevent any untoward incident, we have deployed four constables with the Manganiyars and warned the Rajputs,” he said.“We are trying to convince them to return to the village,” he said, adding that close to 100 Manganiyars have left the village.Meanwhile, Suthar was arrested and will be in police custody till Oct. 10, SI Singh said.Indian Express
Jaisalmer: Muslims forced to leave village after threats from Rajputs
Residents point fingers at BJP as communal violence flares in peaceful Rishikesh
Famous for sandy river beaches, sprawling ashrams, temples, adventure sports and wildlife, Rishikesh is finding it hard to come to terms with the communal violence that gripped the town and adjoining areas after body of a 34-year-old man was found on tracks near Raiwala on 3 Oct. The residents of this quaint town are in a state of shock as they have never heard of such incidents ever being reported from this tourist hotspot. Scared to express their opinion publicly, many say that such incidents have become routine since BJP Govt came to power in Uttarakhand. For them, communal violence in Rishikesh is just a reminder of how right-wing groups have been emboldened by BJP's win in otherwise peaceful state. Meanwhile, police claimed that after two days of violence, normalcy has been restored while confirming that Section 144 still remains imposed in several parts of the town as a precautionary measure.The cycle of violence in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, started on Thursday after state Assembly Speaker Premchand Aggarwal visited Raiwala police station to demand immediate arrest of those involved. According to reports, the police arrested the accused on Thursday, following which protestors belonging to right-wing groups gathered outside the police station seeking arrest of others.Sensing an opportunity to target the minority community, right-wing Hindu groups organised violent protests. This eventually led to several shops belonging to Muslims being vandalised. A few were even set ablaze.The situation soon spiralled out of control: violent protestors began pelting stones at shops belonging to Muslims. Two people from the community were injured in the process. On Friday, Hindu Vahini, an offshoot of Vishwa Hindu Parishad, went from one neighbourhood to the other, forcing businessmen to shut their shops.Late Thursday night, another shop belonging to a cloth merchant from the community was set on fire by unknown people.The situation remained tense on Friday amid reports of Muslim shop owners still facing the fury of right-wing groups. According to reports, a Muslim man, who had come to the wholesale mandi to sell his produce, was beaten up by a mob. He sustained injuries on his head and also had injuries on his stomach with a sharp weapon. He was admitted in the Govt hospital while two of his associates who were also beaten by the mob remain missing. Another shop of a local band party was also targeted and most of their musical instruments were destroyed.The situation remained tense on Saturday though police and district admin. claimed that normalcy has been restored. According to the police, the situation in the area became tense after Lakshman Singh was found dead on the railway tracks on the night of 3 Oct. Reports suggest that Singh, father of 3, was involved in an affair with the daughter of Islam, a poultry owner. Singh worked for Islam and when the latter came to know about their affair, he sacked Singh. But Singh continued to maintain relations with the daughter which infuriated Islam. Catch News
Tension near Noida mosque, MLA Pankaj visits site, performs puja
Noida: A mosque in Noida Sector 9 and an adjacent open space where Durga Puja is organised every year were at the centre of communal tension that erupted on Friday morning, after allegations that a trident placed on a havan kund recently built at the open space had been damaged.A group of VHP and Bajrang Dal activists claimed a puja was performed at the havan kund on Thursday night, but in the morning, they found the trident bent. Uma Nandan Kaushik, Noida head of VHP, said some miscreants were involved and sentiments had been hurt. "Police also removed a tent from the podium in the morning and people got angry," he said.People started gathering at the site 6am as word spread. Later, the group then used drums to draw the attention of local residents to the alleged vandalism. As tension started building, the activists also allegedly warned against offering Friday prayers being offered at the 27-year-old Chatai-wali mosque till a huge contingent of 200 police personnel rushed in to prevent any escalation. Chatai-wali mosque, which also houses a madrassa, is on a piece of land that belongs to Noida Authority. To the right of the mosque is a vacant space that is used for Durga Puja. This year, a permanent podium and a havan kund were built there. Mohammad Jamshed, president of masjid committee, said Muslims had no problem with the podium and had helped build it. "We also donated some money for the podium and decided for its common use. But members of some right-wing organisations later got involved and wanted to raise the podium's height to three feet and make it exclusive for Hindus. We objected to it and also informed the police and district administration," he said.Later in the day, Noida MLA Pankaj Singh visited the spot and performed a puja around 2.30pm. "There are some issues but that can't be resolved right now. We are for you. We will come to you whenever you need us," he said, amid loud applause by the crowd that had gathered at the puja site. timesofindia
15 crude bombs found near police outpost in Ahmedabad
Ahmedabad: 15 low-intensity crude bombs were found near a police outpost in the Dariyapur area on Saturday, prompting the police to launch a probe. An official of the city police control room said that 15 tobacco cans, wrapped in a brown adhesive tape, were spotted near a garbage dump close the police outpost. After an examination of the bombs by the forensic experts and Bomb Disposal Squad, the police said that someone had tried to make the bombs out of fire crackers and sharp objects like glass pieces.Additional Commissioner for Sector 2, Ashok Kumar Yadav said, “We have launched a probe to nab the culprits.” JK Bhatt, the Joint Commissioner of Police, Crime branch said, “We have found fire cracker bombs, used during Diwali, and sharp objects, like glass pieces, inside each of the tobacco cans. These crude bombs are of very low quality. Experts told us that such shabbily-made crude bombs would inflict no injury on explosion.”He added, “It seems like a mischief during the festive season. There is no reason for the citizens to fear.Following the incident, Congress MLA from Dariyapur constituency, Gayasuddin Sheikh has demanded a probe into the recovery of the bombs. In his letter sent to the CEO of the Gujarat State Election Commission, Sheikh demanded a round the clock police patrolling in Dariyapur area and installation of CCTV cameras to keep watch on anti-social elements.He wrote, “Gujarat has not witnessed communal riots for long. And the state BJP Govt has been taking credit for curfew-free Gujarat. But with assembly elections approaching, it seems some people are trying to spoil the communal harmony to polarise the electorates for political gains. The recovery of crude bombs is an indication of that.”Sheikh added,“I met Ahmedabad Police Commissioner on September 30 regarding the Muharrum procession. At that time, I told him that BJP is trying to disturb peace to win elections in Dariyapur. I requested him for round the clock police patrolling in the area to prevent any untoward incident in Dariyapur.” He added that earlier, on the eve of elections, either some bomb blast would take place or communal riots would be engineered or some encounters happened. “It resulted into polarisation and affected the outcome of elections,” he said. indianexpress
Rohingyas turned to terror under Islam: Indresh Kumar
Nagpur: Indresh Kumar, founder of RSS' Muslim outreach wing Muslim Rashtriya Manch visited Tajbagh shrine on Saturday. Kumar said he had come there to seek the seer's blessings to convert traitors into patriots."I prayed at Tajuddin Baba's shrine for the country's unity and integrity, seeking his blessings for ushering the spirit of nationalism in all.Those who say Pakistan Zindabad, should be turned into saying Hindustan Zindabad," said Kumar.On question related to Rohingya refugees, Kumar said these were earlier followers of Sanatan (Hindu) and Buddhist faith. They turned to terror after converting into Islam a few hundred years ago. "They are of a criminal bent of mind, and are fighting to divide their motherland, Myanmar. Such people who are not faithful to their own country cannot be welcomed as refugees here. Rohingya Muslims have inflicted violence on Buddhists and Hindus in Myanmar despite both being from the same ethnic group," said Kumar. timesofindia
Kerala: Appointment of non-Brahmins in Kerala temples widely lauded, Brahmin sect warns of agitation
The decision by Kerala Govt to follow reservation norms in appointing priests from backward communities in temples under the Travancore Devaswom Board has been widely appreciated. The move, which is the first of its kind in Kerala, was termed as transformative and revolutionary when 36 candidates from Dalit and backward communities were shortlisted from 62 candidates. The move, however, exposed the intolerance of a sect of Brahmin community in the state when the shortlist was released on Thursday.A press release, issued by the Namboodiri Yogakshema Sabha, which is functioning for the welfare of Brahmins in the state, “the appointment of non-Brahmins as priests in these temples is against the tradition.”It was released in Thiruvananthapuram soon after the shortlist was published. The release demanded the Govt to return the temple to Brahmin community. “A majority of temples are with Devaswom boards or run by non-Brahmin organisations or trusts. If those in power are unable to maintain such tradition, they should return these temples to the Brahmin community,” the press release demanded.The organisation also warned agitation if temples are not handed over to the Brahmins. The press note also demanded Devaswom Board and State Govt to apologise to the believers for not upkeeping traditions.Noted Dalit activist Sunny M Kapikkad said the incident brought the intolerance of upper caste Hindus towards Dalits and backward class.TwoCircles
After Def Min Visits Sikkim Border, China Tells India to Abide by 'The Historic Treaty'
New Delhi, Oct 8: A day after the maiden visit of Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to the strategic Nathu La post at the Sikkim border, China asked India to abide by the 1890 border sharing convention inked between the Great Britain and China in 1890.The “historic treaty”, China claims, should act as the final settlement for demarcating the 221-km border which separates Sikkim and Tibet.1890 pact was referred to on numerous occasions by Beijing during 73day standoff between Indian and Chinese troops close to the Doklam plateau in the region.“It is the best testimony to this fact. We urge the Indian side to face the facts, abide by the provisions of the historic boundary treaty and the relevant agreement of the parties, and work together with the Chinese side to maintain peace and tranquility in the border areas,” the Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a written response to news agency PTI, on being asked about Sitharaman’s visit to Nathu La post.The remarks of China comes a day after it advocated for strong bilateral ties with India, asserting that the pending bilateral issues should not hurt the economic prospects of people on both sides of the border.“Health and stable relationship with India would serve our mutual interests,” the Chinese Foreign Ministry had said. However, it had expressed apprehension over the statement of Indian Air Marshal Chief B S Dhanoa.The Nathu La Pass, which was thrown open for Indian pilgrims by the Chinese side for Kailash and Mansarovar pilgrimage earlier in the year, was closed after the standoff erupted in Doklam. Despite the disengagement, the route is yet to be opened. India.com
China urges India to abide by 'historic treaty' on border
IAF chief BS Dhanoa: Ready to fight war at short notice
New Delhi:Addressing the Indian Air Force personnel on Sunday, Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa said that IAF is prepared to fight a war at a short notice and face any security challenge posed to the country. Dhanoa, who is the 25th Chief of the Air Staff, was speaking at the Hindon Air Force Station in Ghaziabad on the occasion of IAF’s 85th anniversary.“We are prepared to fight at a short notice,” he said, talking about the security scenario. Indianexpress
Nayeem Khan ‘seriously’ ill; Shah alleges life threat, seeks AIIMS treatment:Kashmir Reader
Srinagar:Senior Hurriyat leader, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, has fallen seriously ill in New Delhi’s Tihar jail from where he has been shifted to DDU Hospital for advanced treatment.A family member of Khan, who is undergoing judicial custody in an alleged funding case, told the Kashmir Reader that the number of “blood cells of Khan have drastically come down”.“Khan has many ailments but no medicine was being allowed inside the jail,” said Khan’s relative. “We even had moved an application before the court for medicine but it was too late when medicines reached Khan and his condition deteriorated.”Khan is among ten persons arrested by the NIA in alleged funding case registered on May 30.Meanwhile, Shabir Ahmad Shah, the Secretary General of Geelani-led Hurriyat Conference, has alleged threat to his life in the jail.Shah, chief of Democratic Freedom Party, has been jailed in Tihar for alleged money laundering in which the ED has already filed the 1900-page charge sheet. Kashmirreader
Naxals Recruiting Children In Chhattisgarh,Jharkhand: UN
UN, in its annual report, has claimed to have received information about children being recruited by Naxals in Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand."Children continue to be affected by incidents of violence between armed groups and the government, in particular in Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand, as well as tensions in J&K," UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in his annual report on "Children in Armed Conflict"."UN continues to receive reports of recruitment and use of children by armed groups, including Maoists,in particular in Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand," he said.OUTLOOK
PFI  rallies against Centre’s ‘witch-hunt’
 Over 1.5 lakh people reportedly took part in the rally organized by the Popular Front of India (PFI) in Thiruvananthapuram on Saturday causing a traffic jam in the city. The name of the rally “Njangalkkum Parayaunnudu”(We too have something to say) was organized against alleged “villianisation of the organisation by Central Govt agencies and Sangh Parivar at a time when there are strong rumours that the central Govt was planning to ban the organisation.According to reports, the Ministry of Home Affairs has claimed that PFI is indulging in actions detrimental to the overall national security of India and investigators have accused PFI of having links with radical Islamic groups. Though, police intelligence sources put the number of people attending the rally at 50,000, unofficial figures put it at three times that number.The public meeting held at Putharikkandam Maidan after the rally was attended by national and state leaders of PFI, politicians belonging to other parties, social workers and human rights activists.DeccanChronicle.
Report nails jobs to kin scam, but Telangana Waqf Board fails to act:TOI
Hyderabad: Weeks after a damning report on several irregularities in recruitment and loans was submitted to the legislators who are part of the House Committee, the Telangana State Waqf Board is yet to take action.As reported earlier by TOI, the Telangana State Waqf Board had submitted the report to the House Committee after an inexplicable delay and several reminders by the committee members.The document highlighted that there are more than 40 staff members who are related to other board employees.Despite Waqf Board chairman Mohammed Saleem's promise that action would be taken, little has been done so far apart from termination of services of those who were employed as daily wagers. Board sources pointed out that these personnel are small fry while the axe is yet to fall on those who have been enjoying privileges of higher posts and remunerations.
Eyebrow trimming, plucking is 'un-Islamic': Deoband
On Saturday, Darul Uloom Deoband issued a fatwa banning plucking, trimming, shaping eyebrows and cutting hair. Darul Iftaa, of Darul Uloom Deoband termed the act as ‘un-Islamic’ and has directed Muslim women in the country to stay away from eyebrow plucking and hair-cutting.A Muslim man from Saharanpur had asked Daul Iftaa on Islamic laws about eyebrow trimming and hair-cutting. “Do Islamic laws allow my wife to go for eyebrow plucking and hair-cutting,” the man has sought to know from Darul Iftaa.In response to his query, the Darul Iftaa issued a fatwa saying that both the acts are ‘unIslamic’ and are banned under the Islamic laws. “If a Muslim woman is involved in such acts then she is violating Islamic laws,” said the Fatwa in Urdu.Darul Iftaa clarified that there are 10 acts, including eyebrow plucking and hair-cutting which are banned for Muslim women under Islam. “Hair adds to beauty of Muslim women and they should never get them cut, pointed the fatwa. Issuing the fatwa, Head Darul Iftaa Maulana L. Sadiq Qasmi said that “Muslim women should stay away from beauty parlours as Islam does not permit them to have make-up attracting other male members.” dnaindia
WORLD
3 Hamas leaders from W. Bank to join Egypt talks
Ramallah: 3 Hamas leaders from the West Bank may take part in next week’s reconciliation talks between Palestinian factions in Egypt, a senior Hamas leader said. “Hamas will send three of its leaders from the West Bank to join the dialogue in Cairo on Tuesday,” Hasan Yousef Said on Sunday.He, however, said their participation will be “subject to Israel allowing them to travel”.Israel controls all crossings in the occupied West Bank. Yousef said Egypt was seeking to convince Israeli authorities to allow the three Hamas leaders to leave the West Bank to Cairo to attend the reconciliation talks.He, however, refused to unveil the names of the three leaders, citing “security reasons”. Delegates from Hamas and rival group Fatah are due to meet in Cairo on Tuesday to discuss the inter-Palestinian reconciliation and allowing the West Bank-based unity Govt to assume its responsibilities in the Gaza Strip. Anadolu Agency
Palestinian, Israeli women protest for peace talks
jerusalem:Hundreds of Palestinian and Israeli women protested in the occupied West Bank city of Jericho on Sunday, where they demanded a new push for peace talks between the two sides.Many of the women met at the historical city near the Dead Sea after travelling by bus from cities across the occupied West Bank and Israel, according to the organizers Women Wage Peace."They say this is an ancient conflict. But our foremothers wanted the same thing for their children as we do: prosperity and security," the group tweeted. Anadolu
Erbil, Baghdad agree on dialogue, lifting sanctions
Iraqi Kurdish Regional Govt (KRG) President Masoud Barzani met with Iraqi Vice Presidents Ayad Allawi and Osama al-Nujaifi in Sulaimaniyah on Saturday.According to a statement from Barzani's office, the three leaders agreed on starting dialogue between Erbil and Baghdad to "calm tense atmosphere" after former's illegitimate referendum in September.On Sept. 25, Iraqis in Kurdish Regional Government-held areas -- and in several areas disputed between Baghdad and Erbil -- voted on whether to declare independence from Iraq. The trio also agreed on carrying out talks with an open agenda, immediate lifting of sanctions on Erbil and launching meetings between Erbil and Baghdad as soon as possible, said the statement.World Bulletin
Turkey forces clash with Tahrir al-Sham in Syria
Turkish forces have clashed with Hay'et Tahrir al-Sham fighters in Idlib province on the Syria-Turkey border, activists and a monitor reported.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, said on Sunday that the Turkish troops exchanged fire with the rebel alliance near the village of Kafr Lusin.Hay'et Tahrir al-Sham, commonly known as Tahrir al-Sham, is spearheaded by the former al-Nusra Front, which used to be al-Qaeda's branch in Syria.In 2016, however, it changed its name and broke formal allegiance to the global movement founded by Osama bin Laden.Rami Abdulrahman, head of the Observatory, told Al Jazeera that the rebel alliance was sending reinforcements to the border area."Turkish forces are not on Syrian soil yet," Abdulrahman said, adding that army was firing artillery shells across the border, while the rebel alliance attacked a Turkish military base. Speaking to Al Jazeera from Idlib, Musa Khaled, commander of the 13th division of the Free Syrian Army, confirmed that shells had been fired. Aljazeera
Erdogan: Turkey backing FSA rebels in new Idlib push
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Ankara-backed Free Syria Army rebels have launched a major operation in northwestern Syria against former al-Qaeda-linked fighters.The push on Saturday comes as Turkey along with Russia and Iran prepare to set up a so-called "de-escalation" zone in Idlib province, in line with deals in talks in Kazakhstan's capital, Astana, aimed at ending the Syrian civil war.Idlib is largely held by the Hay'et Tahrir al-Sham alliance, which was not part of the talks and has rejected the implementation of a de-escalation zone.Erdogan said the operation, which has seen Turkish troops heading towards the border but not yet crossing it, was being conducted in coordination with Russia, an ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad."Today, there's a serious operation in Idlib and it will continue," Erdogan said in a televised speech.''We have opened up a space in our region with operation Euphrates Shield and now we are making efforts to take a step forward by maintaining security in Idlib," he added. Erdogan said many Syrians had fled to Idlib from neighbouring Aleppo province, which was rocked by heavy fighting last year, and Turkey was not going to let them down."We can't tell them, 'Whatever happens, happens. You can either die or survive.' We have to extend a hand to our brothers. Now, this step has been taken, and it is under way.'' aljazeera
Russian airstrikes kill 120 IS fighters, 60 foreign mercenaries in Syria
Moscow: Some 120 Islamic State fighters and 60 foreign mercenaries were killed in a series of Russian air strikes in Syria over the past 24 hours, the defence ministry in Moscow said on Saturday."A command post of the terrorists and up to 80 (IS) fighters including nine natives of the Northern Caucasus were destroyed in the area of Mayadeen," the ministry said, adding some 40 Islamic State fighters were killed around the town of Albu Kamal.As a result of an air strike more than 60 foreign mercenaries from the former Soviet Union, Tunisia, and Egypt were killed south of Deir Ezzor.The ministry said the "large numbers of foreign mercenaries" were coming into the Syrian border town of Albu Kamal from Iraq.AFP
'How did IS emerge in Afghanistan under US watch?' asks Hamid Karzai
Former Afghan president Hamid Karzai on Sunday questioned how ─ under the watch of US intelligence and military ─ the militant Islamic State (IS) group emerged in Afghanistan over the past few years.Karzai, during an interview on RT, also questioned why extremism and violence had increased in Afghanistan when the US had come to the country to bring peace and stability."The US came to Afghanistan to bring peace and stability and defeat extremism — [yet] we have more of it today. Why? That is what we should be discussing," Karzai said. "Clearly bombings, killings, prisons and the harassment of people [in Afghanistan] have not worked."Noting that IS emerged in Afghanistan over the past few years, Karzai asked: "Who did this under the watch of US intelligence and military in Afghanistan and how come?""We have the right to ask these questions and the US Govt must answer." dawn
FLASH: VIEWS & NEWS
Las Vegas shooting was not an act of terror, say police: Is 'terrorist' label selectively applied to Muslims?Aakar Patel, firstpost
My name is Mohammad Ismail. I am a Rohingya and I don’t want to be deported from India: Raqib Hameed Naik, TCN

A day in the life of a photojournalist in Kashmir: The other side of the picture:Bashaarat Masood, indian express

A marriage: Amid controversy over Buddhist-Muslim union, Stanzin Saldon, Murtaza Agha get wedding reception: Naveed Iqbal, Indian Express
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