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Sunday, 12 November 2017

12 Nov.ND:Not to pursue Islamic banking in India:RBI / Yet Another Cow Lynching in Alwar: Umar Shot Dead by Mob 2 Days Ago, No FIR Yet



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12 Nov.2017: 22 Safar 1439:Vol:9, No:45
Not pursuing proposal to introduce Islamic banking in India:RBI
New Delhi: RBI has decided not to pursue a proposal for introduction of Islamic banking in the country. Replying to an RTI query, the central bank said the decision was taken after considering “the wider and equal opportunities” available to all citizens to access banking and financial services. Islamic or Sharia banking is a finance system based on the principles of not charging interest, which is prohibited under Islam. The issue of introduction of Islamic banking in India was examined by RBI and the Govt of India, it said. “Taking into account, the wider and equal opportunities available to all citizens to access banking and financial services, it has been decided not to pursue the proposal further,” the central bank said in its reply to RTI application filed by this PTI correspondent. RBI was asked to provide details of steps being taken for the introduction of Islamic or ‘interest-free’ banking in India. PM  Narendra Modi had on Aug. 28, 2014 launched Jan Dhan Yojana, a national mission to bring about comprehensive financial inclusion of all the households in the country.In late 2008, a committee on Financial Sector Reforms, headed by ex-RBI governor Raghuram Rajan, had stressed on the need for a closer look at the issue of interest-free banking in the country.“Certain faiths prohibit the use of financial instruments that pay interest. The non-availability of interest-free banking products results in some Indians, including those in economically disadvantaged strata of society, not being able to access banking products and services due to reasons of faith,” the committee had said. Later, on the instruction of central Govt,an inter-departmental group (IDG) set up in RBI examined the legal, technical and regulatory issues for introducing interest free banking in India and has submitted its report to Govt .RBI had in Feb. last year sent a copy of IDG report to finance ministry and recommended an “Islamic window” in conventional banks for gradual introduction of Sharia-compliant banking.PTI
Not to pursue Islamic banking in India, says RBI
RTI reply exposes Modi govt’s claims on black money, zero FIR against culprits till date
An RTI reply has exposed the claims made by the Centre’s Narendra Modi Govt  on dealing with the black money.When asked to provide information on a number of FIRs filed against the black money hoarders by the newly formed Multi Agency Group, Union Finance Ministry headed by Arun Jaitley said that not a single FIR had been filed till date.Justifying the zero FIR against the black money hoarders, the finance ministry said that there was no provision to register an FIR under law.RTI reply said,, “The mandate of Multi Agency Group is to facilitate co-ordinated and speedy investigations into Panama Paper Leaks. The investigations are conducted by the specific agencies. As per the Income Tax Act, 1961 and Black Money (Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets) and Imposition of Tax Act, 2015 there is no provision of registering FIR.”Multi Agency Group was formed in April last year to investigate the legality of money stashed in offshore entities by Indians named in the Panama Papers leak. On 6 Nov., the Central Board of Direct Taxes said that the MAG will monitor the probe and take “swift action” on the ‘Paradise Papers’ on financial holdings abroad that list a number of Indian entities. jantakareporter
Cow vigilantism strikes again: Muslim man gunned down in Alwar, 2 aides injured; No FIR yet
Alwar: Another gruesome incident of cow vigilantism has emerged from Alwar, where a Muslim man was gunned down by a mob and two of his aides were assaulted.News reports that emerged after the incident indicate that the victim, Ummar Muhammad, was shot dead on the pretest that he was transporting cows near Rajasthan-Haryana border on Nov.10. The ghastly incident, which has once again ripened the memories of the past incidents of mob violence, took place in Fahari village near Govindh Gadh in Rajasthan’s Alwar district. Several media agencies reported that Muhammad along with his two accomplices were transporting cows from Mewat in Haryana to Bharatpur in the state, but were intercepted by the rowdy mob.Police have maintained silence on the episode, but the fact that Muhammad was shot has been confirmed. Muhammad, who is survived by a wife and eight children, was allegedly assaulted by members of a certain right-wing group in the region, indicates several reports. One of Muhammad’s aides, Tahir, managed to flee the spot and quickly got admitted to a hospital. Reports indicate that Tahir, too, has been severely injured by a mob of 7-8 people. Victim’s uncle Iliyas Muhammad has requested the Alwar police to quickly register a complaint, adding that the cows were not being transported for the purpose of slaughter.A News 18 report indicates that one of the prime suspects in the case could be Rakesh, who many testified was present at the spot, adding that he was a member of a “Gau Raksha group”. The shocking incident has left the Mewat community in a state of shock, and has triggered several protests in the region. A demand has been made for the immediate arrest of the offenders.Police are yet to register an FIR in the case, even as 2 days have passed.timesnownews
Yet Another Cow Lynching in Alwar: Umar Shot Dead by Mob 2 Days Ago, No FIR Yet
Alwar: Cow vigilantes kill man, puts body on railway tracks to look like accident
Pune varsity suspends medal after row over ‘vegetarian’ criterion
New Delhi: Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) on Saturday suspended the award of the Shelar Mama gold medal following a row over the eligibility criteria for the applicants. A circular recently reissued by the university listed being vegetarian and a proponent of Indian culture as criteria for bagging the medals, which were instituted in 2006 by a trust in the names of Yogmurthi Rashtirya Keertankar Ramchandra Gopal Shelar and Tyagmurthi Shrimati Saraswati Ramachandra Shelar.V-C Dr Nitin Karmalkar on Saturday reiterated that the university had no role in formulating the criteria — set by the Shelar family and agreed upon by the university management council way back in 2006.“The medal was approved by the management council in 2006. Since the matter has come to the fore only now, we will take this opportunity to rectify the same,” he said at a press meet.While officials maintained that the university did not judge students based on dietary habits, efforts were on to contact the Shelar family and bring alterations in the criteria.“If they disapprove, we will scrap this medal completely,” added Karmalkar. The university has decided to form a committee to review the conditions and criteria all of its 40 existing medals and awards, presented at the annual convocation. Indianexpress
MP's Chitrakoot Assembly bypoll:Congress defeats BJP by huge margin, taunts with tweet ‘won in Ram Ki Nagri’
In a big electoral victory in the state of MP, Congress on Sunday won Chitrakoot Assembly bypoll in the state. The grand old party clinched the seat as its candidate Nilanshu Chaturvedi defeated his nearest BJP rival Shankar Dayal Tripathi by a huge margin of 14,133 votes. While Nilanshu Chaturvedi polled 66,810 votes, Shankar Dayal Tripathi got 52,677 votes, as per returning officer AP Dwivedi. Elated over the victory, MP Congress tweeted a congratulatory message for its partymen. Also, the state Congress unit thanked the people of Chitrakoot for choosing Congress. “Congress won in Ram Ki Nagri,”the party tweeted. The counting of votes polled in the Nov. 9 by-election began at around 8 am amid tight security in Satna district, around 400km from Bhopal. Though 12 candidates contested the by-election, the fight was on between Congress leader Nilanshu Chaturvedi and BJP’s Shankar Dayal Tripathi. Financialexpress
Ram Mandir : Sri Sri to meet Muslim clerics, other stakeholders tomorrow
Bengaluru:Sri Sri Ravishankar is set to meet Muslim clerics and other stakeholders in the Ram Mandir issue in Delhi tomorrow. The meeting is crucial, as it takes the Art of Living founder's offer to mediate for an out-of-court settlement to the next level.Several rounds of talks have already taken place between Sri Sri and the stakeholders in the Ram Mandir issue. He  held fresh talks with members of the Hindu Mahasabha, Nirmohi Akhada and the Sunni Waqf Board at the Art of Living center in Bengaluru on Saturday."We cannot reveal the specifics of our meeting but we had a good discussion. We want peace in the country and we will continue talks until the 'Bhoomipoojan' of Ram temple is done," said Chandraprakash Kaushik of the Hindu Mahasabha. "We are very hopeful that Sri Ram temple will be built in Ayodhya."Interestingly, Amarnath Mishra, who is an interlocutor for the Ram temple issue, also met with Sri Sri at the ashram."My role is that I have been an interlocutor. We also need Sri Sri to intervene, as it involves the religious sentiments of thousands of people, and Sri Sri holds the confidence of both Hindus and Muslims. I will be going to Delhi with Guruji and hold a meeting with Muslim clerics in Delhi on Nov.13," he said.After the meeting, Ram Prabhat Singh of the Nirmohi Akhada said "We hope that the Ram temple will be built. We don't have much to say whether it should be a court verdict or an out-of-court settlement. It is being unnecessarily politicized and this is causing the biggest hurdles in taking a decision on the issue."The final hearings on Ayodhya will begin in the Supreme Court on Dec.5 on whether a Ram temple can be built on the site or whether a masjid will be allowed. indiatoday
Hopeful of Ram Mandir obstacles withering away: Mahasabha
Ram temple dispute: Shia Waqf Board to approach SC before Dec. 5
Ayodhya: UP Shia Central Waqf Board along with some Mahantas from Ayodhya will approach the Supreme Court before December 5 with a solution to the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute.The decision comes after Shia Central Waqf Board chairman Syed Waseem Rizvi on Sunday met several Mahantas in Ayodhya for mutual agreement in the dispute.Rizvi said, "We are working on a solution and before December 5 we will approach the court with it." outlookindia
There will be Ram Rajya by 2022: UP CM Adityanath
Lucknow:CM  Yogi Adityanath on Saturday said there would be ‘Ram Rajya’ in the country very soon, indirectly indicating that the Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya will be completed by 2022.“Dreams are always seen to be realized,” he said when asked if he would fulfill the dream of his mentor Mahant Avaidyanath, who was so closely associated with the temple movement.Adityanath was interacting with daily Hindustan’s editor-in-chief Shashi Shekhar after inaugurating the ‘Hindustan Shikhar Samagam, an annual conclave, at a five-star hotel here.On the deadline for the temple construction, the CM said that PM  Narendra Modi had put up a 2022 vision seeking to free the country from filth, poverty and anarchy and thereby establishing ‘Ram Raj’ in the country. hindustantimes
Indian Muslims less radical, so no IS threat:Rajnath
 Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said in Lucknow on Saturday that India has no threat from the militant organisation Islamic State because Muslims in India are less radical when compared to those across the world.According to a press communique released from PIB, minister, in an event in Lucknow, said: “Muslims in India, when compared to Muslims elsewhere, are less radical…. We do not face the threat of the ISIS because of this.” He added that Pakistan promotes terrorism but there was noticeable decline in terror incidents in Kashmir and the Centre was concerned about the rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits. Regarding Maoism, he said there was decline in “naxalwad”. He said their activities were limited to five to seven districts. indianexpress
There has been decline in incidents of extremism, credit should go to followers of Islam: Rajnath
About 100 Keralites suspected to have joined ISIS: Police
Kannur: About 100 Keralites are suspected to have joined the Islamic State over the years, police said here on Saturday. Kerala Police has collected evidence in this regard, including over 300 voice clips and messages from WhatsApp, telegram messaging applications and other social media platforms, sources here told PTI.The latest proof was an audio clip from a woman, wherein she can be heard informing her kin here about the death of her husband, who had joined ISIS.The woman can be heard saying her husband Shajil was killed recently in the ‘jihadi war’. According to the audio clip, she and her two children are still in Syria, the sources said.The woman can be heard telling her kin that many Keralite women, who have lost their husbands, and their children are in Syria, they said.The voice clip was received by Shajil’s brother.Police have another audio clip from one Qayoom, whose photos in the ISIS uniform are available on the Internet, the source said. hindustantimes
Terror accused coordinated on social media: UP police
Lucknow: 5 persos arrested on charges of plotting terror attacks got in touch and organised themselves using a range of social media applications, an UP police officer has said.Abu Zaid, alleged ideologue of the radicalised group that was nabbed from Mumbai airport on Nov.3,has told investigators that members coordinated through Facebook, Threema and Telegram applications among other means of communication. Giving details of timeline of alleged terror plot, Aseem Arun, IG, ATS, said Zaid, 32, started leaning towards “jihad” after he befriended some “jihadi-minded” people on Facebook and began reading books recommended by them. “He would follow jihad related videos and posts on Facebook, and would enjoy them a lot, said Arun.Nazim was among 4 persons arrested from UP, Bihar, Punjab and Maharashtra in April in a pre-emptive operation by the police of various States. the hindu
Myanmar national staying in Ajmer Dargah area, teaching children in mosques arrested by police
Rajasthan Police on Saturday arrested a Myanmar national in Ajmer city for faking his identity and showing himself as an Indian citizen. The man has been identified as Amaanullah who is a Myanmar national and has a refugee card. As per the report, he has been faking his identity for the last seven years. Manvendra Singh, SHO of Dargah police station said, “He came via Kolkata in 2009-10. He even acquired an Aadhaar card by submitting forged documents.” The migrant, holder of UN refugee card, was arrested from area around Ajmer Sharief Dargah and had been living in the city for past seven years. He even acquired an Aadhar by submitting forged documents. SHO informed that the migrant had got a refugee card made in New Delhi.He later shifted to J&K and took to teaching children there, reported ANI. After staying in Jammu for 5 months, he shifted to Ajmer in 2010. He had been teaching children in mosques in Ajmer. The police said that by the time he acquired other identification proofs and documents that allowed him to pass off as an Indian national. financialexpress
Fringe groups meet Dineshwar Sharma in Kashmir but prominent players absent
When the Govt  named former IB chief Dineshwar Sharma last month to lead peace talks in J&K , it was hailed as a watershed moment to end a bloody insurgency that’s claimed more than 40,000 lives.But Sharma’s five-day visit to the troubled state this week yielded a mixed bag of results, with several prominent parties and trade bodies staying away and sources saying that several of the 80-odd delegations he met were fringe groups with little pull in the state. Sharma who returned from the Valley on Friday, met outfits such as the Rahul Gandhi Fan club and Bhartiya Modi Army, and attended to deputations over issues such as the transfer of a tehsildar.Both Rahul Gandhi Fan club and Bhartiya Modi Army told HT that they were national-level organisations. Rahul Gandhi Fan club chief organiser Mohd Ashraf said the group was formed in 2008. “We have around 2,000 members. We are driven by Rahul Gandhi’s clean youth leader image and membership is voluntary,’’ he said.Bhartiya Modi Army claimed a membership of at least 20,000. “There is no leader like Mr Modi. He is the strongest PM  India has seen till date...he is a one man army and we want to be his soldiers,’’ said Haroon Nabi Lone, national president of the group. He said he joined the group in 2015.Among groups that called on the Centre’s special representative were the little-known J&K Youth Alliance, a one-man delegation from the Shiv Sena, local NGOs such as Red Winter Youth Organisation, and the J&K Political Migrant Front. Some other organisations listed as political parties were J&K Watan Parast Party, Rashtriya Manch and Tehreek-e-Insaf.HT
Madrasa is for religious teaching: Cleric on UP govt’s move to make NCERT books must
Lucknow: In a large room at Islamic Centre of India on the premises of Aishbagh Eidgah in Lucknow, dozens of young men are sitting on the marble floor, bent over books learning the ayats of the Holy Quran and Hadith. Founded Islamic Scholar Allama Nizamuddin Farangi Mahli, who was the author of Dars-e-Nizamia, syllabus followed by nearly all madrasas in the Indian subcontinent, this madrasa has over 500 students – 300 boys and 250 girls-- enrolled at a time. There is a hostel for outstation students as well.A few kms away, there is a govt-aided madrasa with decrepit infrastructure. Govt aid on which it runs reaches once in 6 months. Despite the stark difference in their status, there is a common undercurrent of tension running in 2 seminaries. Ever since the Yogi Govt  has announced that NCERT books would be introduced in the madrasa curriculum and subjects like mathematics, science and social science would be made compulsory, authorities running the madrasas in UP  have been worried and confused.Maulana Khalid Rasheed Farangi Mahli, who is the Chairman of the Centre, said it would put too much pressure on the students to study modern subjects like mathematics, physics, chemistry, geography etc. alongside the Holy Quran, Hadees, Islamic law and history, Arabic and Persian. Maulana Abdul Lateef, a teacher at the Islamic Centre, said after graduating from there, the students joined higher centres of Islamic studies such as Darul Uloom Nadwatul Ulama in Lucknow or Darul Uloom Deoband.“Many others also take admission in institutions like AMU, JNU and Jamia Milia Islamia where avenues for Islamic studies are available,” he said.Sunday Standard
Women must cover their faces: Islamic scholar
Mumbai:A Mufti who was answering questions on covering said that women who were not slaves, and hence free, were asked to wear a hijab to be differentiated from women who were slaves. Mufti Nizamuddin Razavi was answering questions on "covering" at the second day of 27th annual Sunni Ijtema at Azad Maidan on Saturday. While the first day of the Ijtema is reserved for women, the second and third day of 3-day event can be attended only by men. Thousands had gathered to listen to Islamic scholars speak on various Islamic teachings."The Quran says that the head must be covered. The covering of face is optional. But in Hadees it is said that even the face has to be covered. Back then, women who were free (not slaves) were asked to cover their faces to distinguish them from women who were slaves. Hence, covering was for those women whose rank was higher because they were free (not slaves) in the society,"said Mufti Nizamuddin Razavi while giving religious answers to the queries raised by men.On the first day, an Islamic scholar while talking about talaq said, "instant talaq is not liked by God." However, Mohammed Shahid, spokesperson for Ijtema, told DNA that instant talaq is still valid. "If women cover themselves up, they will not have to suffer from criminal acts," added Razavi.DNA India
AMU prof's wife threatens suicide with kids, claims victim of triple talaq
Agra: Yasmeen, the wife of AMU professor Khalid Bin Yusuf Khan, has alleged that she has become a victim of triple talaq and threatened to commit suicide in front of the VC's house along with her kids if "justice is not done" to her.Yasmeen told TOI on Saturday that Khan, who is professor and chairman at the department of Sanskrit in AMU and has been with the university for 27 years, "wrongly" gave her talaq first on WhatsApp and then as a text message. She said she will have no choice but to kill herself along with her three children in front of VC Tariq Mansoor's house if she doesn't get justice by Dec.11."He (Khan) turned me out of the house and I have been running from pillar to post to get justice. But no one has helped me so far. However, with the help of police I did manage to get access to my house on Friday evening."Khan denied the allegations. He said, "I had not only given her talaq on WhatsApp and SMS but had also verbally told her in front of two other people and adhered to the time duration as per Sharia."Claiming to be the real victim in this case, Khan said, "To the contrary, she has been harassing me for the last 2 decades. She had hidden various facts from me before our marriage. I later got to know that she was not even a graduate, unlike what she had claimed. I will give her the third talaq too, on a proper date, and no one can stop me. I don't care what she does."Yasmeen said she is not just a graduate, but has done her MA and BEd from AMU.SSP (Aligarh) Rajesh Pandey said that police managed to get her entry into her house. He added that Yasmeen has not yet lodged a complaint against her husband and has been insisting on counselling. "In such a scenario, there isn't much the police department can do. We have called both of them here."TOI
Muslim man converts to Hinduism for marriage, SC gives no relief:CNN-News18
New Delhi: At a time when a ‘Love Jihad’ case from Kerala has been making headlines, another intriguing instance of inter-faith marriage has come up before the Supreme Court, but with a twist. This time, a Muslim man has converted to Hinduism and married a Hindu girl at an Arya Samaj temple. He recited shlokas and took the seven vows walking around the fire as they got married at Bhopal in April 2016.But the girl’s family in MP lodged an FIR, claiming the girl is a minor and that the man kidnapped her. The police then took away the girl and placed her in the custody of her father.The man then moved the Supreme Court and filed a habeas corpus petition. He submitted that he had validly converted to Hinduism and wanted his wife back. The 24-year-old, who is a sepoy in Army, also produced letters to show that he did inform his superior in the Army about his religious conversion. The girl’s statement to a magistrate, supporting his version that she was a major, was also shown to the court.However, his year-long quest reached a dead end, with the Supreme Court dismissing his case without issuing any directive to reunite him with his ‘wife’.
Children born to Muslim couple before marriage not legal heirs:Madras High Court
Chennai: Madras High Court has held that a child born to a Muslim couple before their marriage cannot be considered as a legal heir and consequently not entitled to a share in the biological father’s property.However, the court permitted one such descendant to walk away with a lion’s share of his father’s property on the ground that the latter was entitled to bequeath one-third of his property to strangers as per Muslim law.Justices R. Subbiah and P. Velmurugan passed the ruling while disposing of an appeal suit preferred by the second wife of Mohammed Ansar, a former employee of Southern Railways.The appellant was aggrieved against an order passed by a lower court in favour of two daughters born to her husband through his first wife though he had left behind a will bequeathing his properties only to the second wife and her three children.Resolving the dispute between the parties, the judges noted that Ansar had married his first wife in 1946 and gave birth to two girls who were married in 1962 and 1967 respectively. Subsequently, his first wife died and he married another woman in July 1969.Pointing out that Muslim law states that an “illegitimate child is considered to be the child of its mother alone and as such it inherits from the mother alone,” the judges held that the first son born through the second wife of the deceased was not entitled to inherit his father’s property.However, writing the judgement for the Bench, Justice Velmurugan pointed out that the same Muslim law permits a Muslim to bequeath one-third of his property to strangers. Observing that a Muslim could execute a will only with respect to one-third of his property and bequeathing more than that would require the legal heirs’ prior consent, which had not been obtained in the present case, the judges held that each of the two daughters born to Ansar through his first wife would be entitled to 6.5 out of the 60 portions of their father’s property. thehindu
Access to YouTube channels of news portals blocked on varsity WiFi, say JNU students
Delhi:A section of students at JNU, including the students union, have alleged that they are unable to access any news portal’s YouTube channel, other than that of Zee News, over the university WiFi, a claim denied by university officials. “Access has been blocked to news sites of NDTV, The Wire, etc. We are redirected to a page that says we are trying to access “adult content.” We cannot even access YouTube videos of previous presidential debates at JNU. This has been going on since Friday,” said Geeta Kumari, head of JNU Students’ Union.Rector-III, RP Singh, however, said that “there is no change in the URL filtering policy of JNU.”The students alleged that they cannot access any videos relating to JNU student leaders Kanhaiya Kumar,Shehla Rashid and politicians Rahul Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal, Mamta Bannerjee. Other members of opposition parties “are showing no results”.“Along with several other news portals, AISA YouTube Channel has also been blocked by JNU administration through JNU’s WiFi,” said Sucheta De, president of AISA. Videos allegedly recorded on campus, showing how access to various YouTube channels have been blocked on WiFi, show that students get a message saying, “some results have been removed because Restricted Mode is enabled by your network administrator,” when they search for things such as “Una incident”.Searches for “The Wire Hindi” and certain other news portals do not show their YouTube Channels in the results, according to the video.HT
UP Govt cancels Lucknow literary festival after ‘protest’ of Hindutva groups
The very first season of Lucknow literary festival has faced a huge setback after Hindutva radical outfits protested on the venue. Following the protest, Lucknow administration has put a ban on the event, leaving organisers worried.Ex-JNU Students Union president Kanhaiya Kumar landed in Lucknow yesterday to take part in the festival as one of the speakers. To be held at the city’s famous Sheroes cafe – built and run by acid attack survivors –festival could not inaugurate the festivals as goons from ABVP, Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha and VHP started raising slogans against the presence of Kanhaiya Kumar.The protesters did not let Kanhaiya speak or clear his stance for more than 30 minutes.Protesters broke the gates and raised slogans labelling Kumar as “anti-national” who was at the fest to talk on his bestseller ‘From Bihar to Tihar’.Kumar, who was allegedly manhandled during the protest, later said that he could not be labelled as anti-national as he himself hails from family of freedom fighters.The administration saw the event as a “disruption” that is why an order was issued on Friday late night cancelling the permit of the event, which has been scheduled to have speakers such as Kumar, Shatrughan Sinha, Asaduddin Owaisi and many renowned journalists.TCN
 ‘Pollution kills’: As hospitals fill up, doctors say Delhi smog shortening lives
In the emergency ward of a Delhi hospital, men and women gasp for breath as they wait to be treated for symptoms triggered by the choking blanket of smog that descended on the city this week.Doctors at the government-run Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute say patient numbers have more than tripled since pollution levels spiked amid a change in weather conditions and the annual post-harvest burning of crop stubble in surrounding areas.Shopkeeper Manoj Khati said he initially dismissed his heaving cough but it grew gradually worse and he has now been diagnosed with chronic bronchitis. “For three days I haven’t stopped coughing, I felt as though I would die,” the 46-year-old said as he waited to undergo further tests.Levels of PM2.5--the fine pollution particles linked to higher rates of chronic bronchitis, lung cancer and heart disease--regularly topped 500 this week, at one point going over 1,000.They are treated with steam inhalation or using nebuliser machines, which provide immediate relief by administering drugs directly to the airways. “Beginning this week, we are seeing between 250-300 patients, more than three times the usual,” Verma said.AFP
Delhi air pollution spikes again, no respite in sight; United Airlines suspends flights
Will a Muslim be Among AAP’s First Ever Representation in Rajya Sabha?Caravan Daily
New Delhi: 2 months from now, AAP will be adding a new chapter to its history as the 5-year-old party will have its first-ever representation in Rajya Sabha, Upper House of Indian Parliament –a historic movement since it swept Delhi Assembly polls under Arvind Kejriwal’s leadership 2 years back. Speculation is rife that to maintain the Congress tradition of the last two terms, AAP could also choose a Muslim face.AAP's unprecedented strong position in the Delhi Assembly makes it eligible to capture all three seats when the sitting MPs will retire on 27th Jan.2018.Though the party has not taken a final decision about its candidates for Rajya Sabha, speculations about the probables have been making rounds. Media reports said the former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan, who has gone back to the US to continue his university teaching assignment, would be one of its candidates. However, he is believed to have declined the offer. Two strong contenders from inside the party are said to be senior leaders, Sanjay Singh and journalist-turned-politician Ashutosh. There is a talk of one of the AAP founders and Hindi poet, Kumar Vishwas, being keen on it.With 45 Rajya Sabha seats falling vacant in BJP states over the next 16 months, NDA is likely to get significantly close to a majority in the upper house of Parliament.
Chidambaram attacks Modi govt again, says corruption thrives despite demonetisation
New Delhi:Senior Congress leader and former Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Sunday once again teared into the Centre over its demonetisation drive, citing it was a "colossal mistake,"and that corruption thrived despite its implementation. He took to Twitter and posted a series of tweets that said:“A year after demonetisation, every justification trotted out for that decision has been rebutted and ridiculed. Let me begin with the justification that was disarmingly simple and had gained considerable traction:ending the counterfeiting of currency."ANI 
RSS Worker Stabbed to Death in Kerala, Police Suspect Political Killing
Thiruvananthpuram: V Anandan, a political worker of RSS was murdered in Nenmini near the town of Guruvayur on Sunday. Police officers said he was stabbed several times before he succumbed to injuries in a hospital. They suspect the ruling CPM workers could be behind the murder. Anandan was out on bail in a murder case of CPM worker. india
Rani Padmavati is an imaginary character: Historian Habib
Reacting to the recent series of protests and demands seeking ban on Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati, eminent historian and professor emeritus in AMU Prof Irfan Habib has said Rani Padmavati is not historical but an imaginary character and her existence has always been debatable.“Though Alauddin Khilji had won Chittor, during that period there is no mention of any character as Padmavati in history,” he said. The film is being opposed for alleged distortion of historical facts and an alleged romantic scene between Deepika and Ranveer who play Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji respectively.Elaborating further, historian said that after 250 years of the Chittor incident, Malik Mohammad Jayasi for the first time mentioned Padmavati in his creation ‘Padmavat’. “But Jayasi has mentioned that the princess of Singhaldeep (presently Sri Lanka) Padmavati was married to Raja Ratan Singh of Mewar. Padmavat is a long poetry collection and is an integral part of our literature. Official historian of Mewar darbar Shayamal Das has described Padmavati but in some other context,” he said.Commenting over allegations of distorting facts in the movie, Prof Habib said, “If any film producer makes movie on historical facts, he will fail in entertaining the audience.” Hindustantimes
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Hariri 'held for refusing to confront Hezbollah':Reuters
From the moment his plane touched down in Saudi Arabia on Friday, Nov.3, Saad Hariri was in for a surprise.There was no line-up of Saudi princes or ministry officials, as would typically greet a PM  on an official visit to King Salman, senior sources close to Hariri and top Lebanese political and security officials said. His phone was confiscated, and the next day he was forced to resign as PM  in a statement broadcast by a Saudi-owned TV channel.The move thrust Lebanon back to the forefront of a struggle that is reshaping the Middle East, between the Sunni monarchy of Saudi Arabia and Shia Iran.Their rivalry has fuelled conflicts in Iraq, Syria and Yemen, where they back opposing sides, and now risks destabilising Lebanon, where Saudi has long tried to weaken the Iran-backed Hezbollah group, Lebanon's main political power and part of the ruling coalition.Sources close to Hariri say Saudi Arabia has concluded that the PM  - a long-time Saudi ally and son of late PM  Rafik Hariri, who was assassinated in 2005 - had to go because he was unwilling to confront Hezbollah.Multiple Lebanese sources say Riyadh hopes to replace Saad Hariri with his older brother Bahaa as Lebanon's top Sunni politician. Bahaa is believed to be in Saudi Arabia, and members of the Hariri family have been asked to travel there to pledge allegiance to him, but have refused, the sources say."When Hariri's plane landed in Riyadh, he got the message immediately that something was wrong," a Hariri source told Reuters. "There was no one waiting for him."Saad has given no public remarks since he resigned and no indication of when he might return to Lebanon.Hariri's resignation speech shocked his team.Lebanese President Michel Aoun told ambassadors to Lebanon that Saudi Arabia had kidnapped Hariri, a senior Lebanese official said. Reuters
Case of missing Lebanese PM  stirs Middle East tensions
Lebanon asks Saudi for explanation on PM Hariri's absence
Beirut: Lebanon's president urged Saudi Arabia to explain why Saad Hariri had not returned to Beirut since his surprise resignation as PM  a week ago.Hariri announced on Nov. 4 in a televised statement from Riyadh that he would be stepping down from the post, sending shock waves through Lebanese politics. The premier has yet to return to Lebanon and rumours have swirled that he is being held in Saudi Arabia against his will.President Michel Aoun on Saturday called on the kingdom to "clarify the reasons that have prevented the return of PM Hariri to Lebanon to be among his people and supporters".AFP 
Hadi could be killed if he leaves Saudi: Yemen official
Yemen's president could be assassinated if he leaves Saudi Arabia and returns to the war-ravaged country, a Yemeni official has warned. Govt  official said that the kingdom feared for President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's life, and "urged" the 72-year-old to avoid returning to Yemen's coastal city of Aden.The official also rubbished media reports from earlier this week that claimed Hadi was being held under house arrest in Riyadh."Claims that Hadi is under house arrest are complete rubbish," the official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to talk to the media.Al Jazeera
US signals caution to Saudis despite shared concern about Iran:Reuters
Washington:Despite President Donald Trump’s full-throated support for Saudi Arabia, the United States appears to be signalling a desire for Riyadh to take a more cautious approach in its regional power struggle with Iran, experts say.Trump administration, which shares Saudi Arabia’s view of Iran as a regional menace, has strongly backed the Kingdom in the wake of a failed missile attack from Iran-aligned forces in Yemeni territory that demonstrated an ability to strike the Saudi capital. Trump has cultivated much warmer ties with the Saudis after a fraught relationship with the Obama administration - the president made Riyadh his first stop on his maiden international trip - and has vowed to take strong action to confront Iran. Nevertheless, Washington, which has US forces in Syria and Iraq, is telegraphing a more tempered stance toward the confrontation in a region beset with turmoil.

Saudi King will not relinquish throne, says senior official
Dubai: King Salman isn’t planning to abdicate in favour of his son, a senior Saudi official said, dismissing mounting speculation that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will soon ascend to the throne.“There is no possibility whatsoever that the king will abdicate,’’ the official said in response to written questions. Saudi kings usually stay in power even when bad health prevent them from carrying out their job, the official said on condition of anonymity. He noted the example of King Fahd, who stayed on as monarch until his death in 2005 despite being gravely ill in the last few years of his reign. Abdication is unthinkable especially since King Salman, 81, enjoys “perfect’’ physical and mental powers, the official said. Those who suggest otherwise “do not understand royal customs and traditions in Saudi Arabia,” official said. livemint
Cambridge slammed for 'censoring' Palestine BDS event
University of Cambridge is facing accusations of censorship after it allegedly threatened to ban a meeting about the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement unless the Palestinian academic chairing it was removed and replaced with its own choice.Ruba Salih from the School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS) was set to oversee Wednesday's event featuring Palestinian BDS activist, Omar Barghouti, but organisers say they were forced to cancel her participation hours before it was due to start after the university intervened citing concerns over her neutrality.Palestinian activists say the incident highlights the increasingly restrictive atmosphere for critics of Israel on campuses across UK. Ed McNally, the Cambridge student who organised the event, told Al Jazeera that the university was "undoubtedly" violating its commitment to free expression."Removing a respected Palestinian academic as chair of a panel event based on an unsubstantiated assumption about her lack of 'neutrality', and in doing so bowing to external pressure from a pro-Israel lobby group, cannot be construed as anything other than a naked attack on free speech and, more particularly academic freedom," McNally said.Hundreds of students and academics have signed an open letter condemning Salih's removal as chair of the event.Palestinian activists at Cambridge are not alone in thinking they are subject to unfair restrictions and even censorship by universities.Cambridge academic Anne Alexander said the requirements for neutral event chairs did not seem to apply when the Israeli ambassador spoke at Cambridge."The stipulation that there must be a 'neutral' or 'independent' chair seems to be only applied to certain types of event, and this smacks of double standards," she said.aljazeera
BBC journalist deletes tweet about UK’s ‘corrupt’ relationship with Israel
A prominent BBC journalist has deleted a tweet in which a senior Conservative MP can be seen complaining about the British media turning a blind eye to the corrupt relationship that has allowed Israel to “buy access” in Westminster.The tweet was posted by the BBC’s Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg on Wednesday while the Scottish journalist was covering the build up to the resignation of Priti Patel. Secretary of State for International Development had taken part in undisclosed meetings in Israel organised by the powerful Conservative Friends of Israel lobby (CFI) last summer.Kuenssberg’s Twitter posts on the day was full of posts on the Patel story including comments about Number 10 denying the allegation made by Jewish Chronicle that Prime Minster Theresa May had been made aware of the 12 meetings Patel had had during her “family holiday” in Israel. middleeastmonitor
Turkey denies working with former US security aide to kidnap Gulen
ANKARA:Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has denied Turkey's involvement in an alleged plan with former U.S security adviser Michael Flynn to kidnap U.S.-based Fetullah Gulen, the leader of Fetullah Terrorist Organization behind last year's coup attempt.In a televised interview with popular television host Fareed Zakaria on CNN international on Saturday evening, Yildirim said Turkey was expecting the White House to extradite Gulen.However, "we see that there is no any signal [through] which extradition will be in place," said Yildirim, speaking in English.When asked if Flynn had given any assurances to Turkey, Yildirim said: "No, we are not dealing with Michael Flynn, we are dealing with the government of United States."Flynn had publicly supported Gulen's extradition in an op-ed published on The Hill -- a U.S. political website -- on Nov. 8, US presidential election day, according to Zakaria. Yildirim said the Turkish justice minister was in contact with his U.S. counterpart regarding Turkey's extradition request. "They were in communication. They are still in communication to provide some progress on that matter."Anadolu Agency
Putin, Trump agree to fighting IS in Syria: Kremlin
Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump agreed on a joint statement on Syria on Saturday that said they would continue joint efforts in fighting Islamic State until it is defeated, Kremlin said.White House did not immediately respond to questions about the Kremlin announcement or the conversation the Kremlin said took place on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Vietnamese resort of Danang.Kremlin said the statement on Syria was coordinated by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson especially for the meeting in Danang.Putin and Trump confirmed their commitment to Syria's sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity and called on all parties to Syrian conflict to take an active part in the Geneva political process, it said.moneycontrol
JuD chief assassination bid: ‘Foreign intelligence agency’ offers Rs 80 million to kill Hafiz Saeed, claims report
At the behest of the Pakistani authorities, Punjab Home Department has been asked to take strict measures to ensure the safety and security of Hafiz Saeed. The initiative was taken after reports surfaced that a “foreign intelligence agency” planned to kill Saeed. According to reports, National Counter Terrorism Authority (NCTA), which is Pakistan’s counter-terrorism authority submitted its report to Govt that Rs 80 million has been given to a militant group to kill Saeed.NewsX
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The forgotten Muslim heroes who fought for Britain in the trenches:theguardian
 
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