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Monday, 13 November 2017

13 Nov.ND: 'Bid to remove 48 lakh Muslim women from voting list in Assam' /Akhada Parishad hammers out deal with UP Shia Waqf on Babri mosque issue



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13 Nov.2017: 23 Safar 1439:Vol:9, No:46
Bid to remove 48 lakh Muslim women from voting list in Assam: Jamiat warns sabotage in updation of citizen list to create Myanmar-like situation
Guwahati:Jamiat Ulama I Hind, has warned that any attempt to sabotage the ongoing updation of National Register of Citizens in Assam will create a situation like Myanmar. National President of Jamiat Maulana Arshad Madni was addressing the media during a seminar organised by the Assam Action Committee fighting for the citizenship rights of the Muslims in the state.He said that,"There is an attempt to remove 48 lakh married Muslim women from the voting registry in Assam, they will lose all rights, their children will have no education and these people will be thrown out of the country, this is going to create a situation Myanmar is going through."Assam Action Committee has said that the decision of Guwahati High Court to strike down validity of the certificate issued by village panchayat secretary as a supporting document which indicates the residential status of a married woman has put a question mark on the nationality of some 48 lakh married women of Assam. Jamiat chief said that it is necessary for Government to respect the Assam Accord and strictly follow its terms and conditions. He has challenged Guwahati HC decision in the Supreme Court.Professor Hiren Gohain, one of the delegate said that, "Assam is the only state where updation of National Register of Citizens is going on, but certain political forces are trying to disrupt updation. An intelligence report has said that updation may lead to law and order situation in some areas.""The rise in Muslim population can be attributed to poverty, illiteracy and their aversion to birth control measures but to claim that most have been pushed into Assam from Bangladesh for political gains is certainly a figment of imagination," he added.Leaders from Congress and CPM were also present on the occasion to show solidarity with the cause of Assam Action Committee. indiatoday
Efforts on to deprive lakhs of Assam women of nationality: Jamiat
Foreigners issue likely to roil Assam again
New Delhi:BJP government in Assam is likely to face its first major political challenge over its promise of detecting and deporting illegal Bangladeshi settlers from Assam.As the State government works to meet the Dec.31 deadline to complete the Supreme Court monitored process of publishing the draft of an updated national register of citizens (NRC), minority organisations in Assam say the process of verifying citizens is not a foolproof one.All Assam Minority Students Union (AAMSU) is planning a mega rally in Guwahati on Nov.27 to highlight the discrepancy in process of updating NRC.Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal is believed to have expressed his concerns to Centre when he met Union Home Secretary in Delhi on Nov.8 and requested additional central para military forces ahead of the deadline. At the heart of AAMSU’s protest is the fate of nearly 2.6 million people whose identity papers — authenticated by panchayat officials and circle officers of the State government — have been rendered invalid by an order of the Gauhati High Court.“We have moved the Supreme Court against the High Court order. How can one say all the 26 lakh people whose papers were authenticated by panchayat officials are illegal citizens? Many people in villages are illiterate and don’t have birth certificates or a school leaving certificate. They relied on panchayat officials for authentication. Suddenly they find their papers are no longer valid,” said Rezaul Karim Sarkar, general secretary of AAMSU.“We are appealing to the Chief Minister to intervene and ensure that genuine citizens are not harrassed and foreigners can be detected and deported,” he said. Minority organisations cite the recent case of Mohd Ajmal Haque, a retired Indian Army personnel, who was termed a a ‘doubtful voter’ (usually referrered to as ‘D Voter’ in Assam) with suspect nationality. Following a national outrage, Assam police, however, called it a case of mistaken identity.Sonowal said, “I want to make it clear that bona fide Indian citizens don’t have to worry. It does not matter whether you are a Hindu or a Muslim, if you are a bona fide citizen, you will be protected.”The Hindu
Akhil Bharatiya Akhada Parishad hammers out deal with UP Shia Waqf on Babri mosque issue
Allahabad: Akhil Bharatiya Akhada Parishad today hammered out an ageement with the UP Shia Waqf board on Ram temple-Babri Masjid land issue which will "very soon" submit to the Supreme Court, leaders of both the organisations said.The Supreme Court had on August 11 said it would commence the final hearing in the dispute from Dec.5.UP Shia Waqf Board is drafting the terms and conditions of the agreement, its chief Waseem Rizvi said. "It has been amicably decided that no new mosque will be built in Ayodhya or Faizabad. The Shia Waqf board will identify a piece of land in a Muslim-dominated area and inform the government," he said.Parishad had objected to the construction of a mosque in Ayodhya or Faizabad. This issue was resolved by UP Shia Waqf Board chief Rizvi during discussions, Parishad head Narendra Giri told mediapersons after a meeting here.Ram Janambhoomi Trust president Mahant Nritya Gopal Das was also present in the meeting. "We had a discussion with main party Dharma Das and others also. After signing of the agreement, it will be very soon submitted in the SC," Giri said.Mediation is not required in the case now, he said."Those in favour of temple construction and the Shia Waqf Board have completely agreed on this. We had discussed it with almost all the parties in the case," he said.The decision will be conveyed to the Supreme Court by Dec.5, a day before the 25th anniversary of the demolition of the medieval-era structure.Rizvi claimed as the Sunni Waqf Board has lost the case of its registration in several courts, only the Shia Waqf board has a right to the mosque.Since it is for an amicable solution of the temple-mosque issue, people from any community, including Sunni organisations, can participate in the talks but those with "negative approach" will not be allowed, the Shia Waqf board chief said. "We do not want to complicate this issue any more," Rizvi said.PTI
Involved as mediator in Ram temple dispute out of my own will: Ravi Shankar
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on Monday said he was involved as a mediator in the Ram Temple dispute of his own will and he would visit Ayodhya on Nov.16 to meet all the stakeholders. Congress had last month dubbed Shankar a “govt agent” who was representing its interests in the Ram Temple dispute in Ayodhya.Ravi Shankar told reporters that he would pay a courtesy visit to UP CM. Shankar confirmed that he would be visiting Ayodhya and said, “I do not have an agenda in this issue and will listen to everybody during the visit.”PTI
Owaisi mocks Sri Sri’s offer to mediate in Ayodhya issue
New Delhi: Asaduddin Owaisi on Monday dismissed Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's offer of mediation in the long-standing Ayodhya issue and said that the spiritual leader is no authority in this matter.Owaisi said that people who do not even know how to spell the word "Mughal" are today portraying themselves as their (Mughal) close associates." AIMPLB has clearly stated that they will not accept any such offer, he (Ravi Shankar) should not indulge in any kite flying," he said.He also asked Sri Sri to first pay the fine imposed by NGT last year and then think of talking about peace. "He is not going to receive a Nobel Prize for his offer (of mediation)," he said.TOI
Alwar Muslim man killing: Minister  says can't prevent every incident; 1 held in cow vigilantism case
Jaipur: Police have detained one person in connection with killing of 35-year-old Umar Khan by alleged cow vigilantes in Rajasthan's Alwar district. Reacting to the incident, Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria said on Monday that the state did not have enough manpower everywhere to "control" every situation well in time.Umar Khan's body was found near railway tracks in Ramgarh , with his family members and activists alleging that he was shot dead by cow vigilantes when he was ferrying cattle in a vehicle the day before. The incident, which came months after the lynching of dairy farmer Pehlu Khan by suspected cow vigilantes in Alwar, has triggered an outrage."The incident took place at night and police are acting on the case. One person has been detained," Kataria said and expressed hope that the case would be cracked soon. He said strict action would be taken against the culprits irrespective of their religion. "We don't have so much manpower to enable us to control every situation at all places, even before an incident is reported (hamare pass itni manpower nahin hai, ki har jagah, har sthiti ko samay se pehle control kar saken)," he said.DSP, Alwar (South), Anil Beniwal said the detained person was being interrogated. An FIR has been registered at Govindgarh police station.Umar Khan's family members have demanded immediate arrest of the accused and compensation. A post-mortem on Umar Khan's body was yet to be conducted at SMS Hospital in Jaipur where the body was referred from Alwar on Sunday. Social worker Maulana Haneef claimed on Sunday that Khan, along with two others, was ferrying cattle in a vehicle when unidentified men opened fire at them. Khan died on the spot, while another suffered bullet injuries.PTI
Alwar: Police hint self-styled cow vigilantes killed Muslim cattle trader
Jharkhand leader dares BJP to stop cow sacrifice
Patna: Former Jharkhand minister and tribal leader Bandhu Tirkey’s announcement that he would sacrifice a black cow in public “to keep alive tribal traditions” has sparked off a row, threatening a further widening of the divisions between the state’s tribals and non-tribals. The move by Tirkey, general secretary of Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (JVM) led by the state’s first CM Babulal Marandi, was triggered by the Raghubar Das-led BJP govt’s recent awareness campaign against tribal practice of patthalgarhi.Patthalgarhi (installation of monoliths) is an age-old tribal tradition of ceremonially erecting a single, tall slab of rock in villages to mark certain important occasions, demarcate boundaries of villages, to declare rights of the tribal people, and also as gravestones. The state govt recently put out advertisements in newspapers and on TV channels urging people not to engage in the act as the slabs, considered sacred by the people, comes in the way of development schemes. Practitioners of pathalgadhi were also warned of legal consequences.“We, the tribal people of Jharkhand, will not tolerate such attacks on our ancient customs and traditions. I will sacrifice a black cow close to a patthalgarhi site at Banhora village on Feb.17. I dare the government to stop me if it can,” said Tirkey, ex-education minister.His announcement alarmed the authorities as cow slaughter is banned in Jharkhand since 2005. Newindianexpress
Govt announces multiple embarkation points for Haj pilgrims
Mumbai:Haj travellers can now fly to Saudi Arabia from multiple embarkation points in the country, which will make their travel “economical”, Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi announced in Mumbai on Sunday. The facility will come into effect from Nov.15. “There are 21 major embarkation points in the country, but Haj travellers have been using other cities as well to fly to Saudi Arabia. We are now offering them multiple embarkation facility, where people can choose the city to board the flight to Saudi Arabia,” Naqvi told reporters at the Haj House.He said the facility will prove more economical for pilgrims as charges at the major embarkation points like Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata are cheaper than the tier-II cities such as Aurangabad, Indore, and Srinagar among others.“It is going to be an optional service, but the pilgrims can still opt for tier-II embarkation point. The idea is to offer an economical option. For instance, a Haj pilgrim paid Rs 1,10,000 for embarkation point in Srinagar in 2016 whereas charges for the same were Rs 73,000 from New Delhi. Last year, flexibility in selecting embarkation point was not available, from this year, we have provided it,” said the minister.Naqvi said the process for the Haj pilgrimage has begun. “People can submit their applications through physically filling in the form as well as through online registration including the payment facility for the same. The government has begun the process a month in advance unlike last year, so that pilgrims can get more time for preparations,” he said.He said Haj 2018 will be performed according to the new Haj Policy. “A high-level committee, constituted to frame the new policy, has already submitted its report and the Minority Affairs Ministry has been looking into its recommendations. The new Haj policy aims to make Haj pilgrimage more comfortable, smooth and transparent. Pilgrims’ safety and their facilities are our priority,” he said.He said the new Haj policy includes maintaining reservation for people above 70 years of age, who wish to go for Haj, and allowing women over 45 years of age in a group of four or more for Haj without a male relative or “Mahram”. “We would allow a group of women to travel alone to Jeddah,” he said.PTI
Hearing In Case Filed Against The Wire Adjourned Again, Jay Shah ‘Fails To Turn Up In Court’
An Ahmedabad metropolitan court on Monday adjourned the hearing of the criminal defamation case against news portal The Wire  filed by Jay Amit Shah to  Dec 16.The petitioner, the son of BJP president Amit Shah, reportedly didn’t turn up in court for first day of hearing. This was the third adjournment in the high-profile case after Shah’s lawyer senior advocate SV Raju failed to appear in court for the first hearing scheduled on Oct.11 as he was busy in high court. The second time, the court had earlier adjourned the hearing to Oct.26 as the Gujarat High Court had declared  the day a holiday.The news portal The Wire and its editors and writer are facing defamation suit over a report that claimed the turnover of Jay Shah’s firm grew exponentially after BJP came to power in 2014. MK Venu, one of the founding editors of the portal, told Outlook: “This was the first day of the hearing and Jay Shah, the complainant in the criminal defamation against The Wire, did not show up.”Venue said: “When Judge asked the lawyer of Jay Shah about the absence of the complainant, his lawyer said he couldn’t come because of his social work commitments!”Outlook
Geelani slams ‘power hungry’ Farooq Abdullah for dismissing ‘independent’ Kashmir talk
Srinagar:Hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani slammed National Conference president Farooq Abdullah for dismissing talk of an independent Kashmir, saying “power-hungry” politicians have always “played deceit” with people.Blaming mainstream politicians for the prevailing “political uncertainty and chaos” in J&K, Hurriyat Conference chief asked Abdullah to revisit annals of history and claimed that the latter was speaking against the wishes and aspirations of the people.“These power-hungry politicians always played deceit. These irresponsible and short-sighted people have always served the interests of their masters. They are barefaced, follow their treacherous politics and are never ashamed of their absurd statements,” he said.PTI
Even PoK is integral part of India, says Nitish on Farooq Abdullah’s comment
Patna:ihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday asserted that entire Kashmir, including the areas occupied by Pakistan, was an integral part of India. “We have always held that Kashmir is an integral part of India. This has been our unequivocal stand on the issue. We hold that the whole of Kashmir, including the areas occupied by Pakistan, is an integral part of the country,” he told reporters on the sidelines of his weekly “Lok Samvad” (public interaction) programme. Kumar was responding to a query on a statement of Farooq Abdullah that PoK belonged to Pakistan.PTI
Telangana Deputy CM seeks unity, Owaisi says defeat forces of unrest
Hyderabad: The two-day national conference of the Jamaat-e-Islami Hindu concluded with a public session at the Exhibition Grounds in Nampally on Sunday. The conference included sessions for women, children, doctors, professionals and academics. Deputy Chief Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali who spoke at the public session and urged Muslims to remain united and not allow themselves to be divided along the lines of sect, group or creed.“Allah hates all those who promote division within the community. All of us should stay united and respect the feelings of everyone. It is necessary for the growth and prosperity of a community,” he said. He urged people to fight against evil and to always tread the path of righteousness. MIM president Asaduddin Owaisi, told the gathering that the community should not allow forces wishing to create unrest to succeed. “Attempts are being made to break down the secular fabric of the country. People think that by bringing about changes in the Islamic law, they will create reform. I ask them — ‘How have your efforts have helped the community?’,” he said.He criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi and asked to know if any action had been initiated against the people who had killed Muslims and levelled false allegations against them. Among the delegates who attended the meeting were Mohammed Ali Shabbir, the Leader of the Opposition; T. Arif Ali and Sadatullah Hussaini, vice-presidents of the JIH; Waliullah Sayeedi Falahi, secretary of the JIH; M. Mumtaz Ali from Malaysia; Navaid Hamid, the president of the Majlis-e-Mushawarat; Manoj Jha from Delhi University; M.K.M. Zafar from Maulana Azad National Urdu University; Badar ul Islam from Maharashtra; Laeeq Ahmed, president of the TS Students Islamic Organisation; Abdul Jabbar, the president of the PSF; S. Ameenul Hasan from Karnataka. deccanchronicle
Muslim leaders in Hyderabad urge people to oppose fascist forces
Rajasthan Waqf Board chairman faces ire of Karni Sena
Jaipur: Rajasthan Waqf Board chairman Abu Bakar Naqvi faced the ire of Karni Sena in Mangarol, Baran on Sunday. Naqvi's cavalcade was stopped by the Sena activists who raised slogans of 'Rani Padmavati Zindabad' and showed black flags at the Baran bus station.The incident came a day after Union minister of state for minority affairs, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi who was in Jaipur on Saturday said that a movie is just a movie and it should be seen and understood just like that. His statement drew sharp reactions from the protesters.Abu Bakar who went to Baran to attend a programme at Islamia Girls School was shocked to have been surrounded by the Karni Sena activists. He first mistook them as a group supporting them."They came in front of my car and started raising slogans. I could only hear 'Padmavati Zindabad' and realised that something is wrong. I chose to remain in the car as they started showing black flags," said Abu Bakar. TOI
Despite RBI’s decision, Islamic banking will come to India: Abdur Raqeeb
New Delhi: RBI’s decision to scrap its plan to introduce shariah compliant Islamic banking in the country has come as a bolt from the blue for the 200 million strong Muslim population in the country. The latest decision of the RBI has disheartened the proponents of the Islamic banking in the country. H Abdur Raqeeb, the general secretary of the Indian Center of Islamic Finance told ViewsHeadlines that the RBI decision was unfortunate. He said that it was surprising that the Reserve Bank of India has to contradict what it has submitted to FinMin in two important reports.Abdur Raqeeb, went on to add, “It seems the political situation prevailing in the country is responsible to take this decision and sooner or later it has to review it’s stand and go for an alternative system of Finance & Banking as done in several secular modern and industrialised countries. If London, Hong Kong Tokyo can have it why not Mumba?”When asked as to whether the decision reflects anti-Muslim bias of the current dispensation at the center, Abdur Raqeeb added that “both Govt and RBI should not see through religious angle but from a financial perspective”.He said that his organization is working to remove misunderstanding that the Islamic finance was a Muslim specific thing.
Islamic banking to be accommodated at some point despite RBI shelving plan to pursue it: Association
Retail inflation rises to 7-month high of 3.58% in Oct.
New Delhi;Costlier food items, particularly vegetables, pushed up retail inflation in Oct. to 7-month high of 3.58%. Consumer Price Index-based inflation was 3.28% in Septr.It was 4.2% in Oct.last year.The previous high was 3.89% in March this year.As per data released by Central Statistics Office (CSO), the Oct. inflation for the food basket increased to 1.9%. It was 1.25% in Sept.The rate of price rise in vegetable segment almost doubled to 7.47% as against 3.92% in Sept. thehindu
US pressing India, Pakistan for dialogue: Report
Islamabad:US is quietly nudging Pakistan and India to re-engage as Trump administration seeks to defuse tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours, according to a media report on Monday.America's objective to normalise ties between the two South Asian rivals is part of its efforts to have a more focused approach on the Afghan endgame.US secretary of state Rex Tillerson took up the issue with the leadership of both Pakistan and India during his recent visit to the two countries, the Express Tribune quoting govt officials and diplomatic sources as saying."Behind the scenes, efforts appear to have started paying dividends since Tillerson's visit, as there has been a noticeable reduction in violence along LoC in the disputed Kashmir region," the paper said.PTI
Army will train Bangladeshi forces to combat terror
Army will be training Bangladeshi forces in the first of its kind counter-terror and insurgency exercise to be held at the Danapur Cantonment near Patna, amid growing radicalisation and emerging terrorist groups in the neighbouring country that have a direct bearing on India's security.The training is aimed at carrying out operations against terrorists and insurgents on the lines of those in Kashmir and India's northeast.Starting Monday, Army will hold the exercise with a Bangladeshi contingent till Dec.17. Joint exercise will have mutual benefits as both countries are facing similar threats including those from certain groups operating on both sides of the border. dnaindia
Telangana: Ex-BJP leader forces 2 Dalit youths into dirty pond as ‘punishment’
Hyderabad:A former BJP leader in Telangana’s Nizamabad district allegedly made two Dalit youths take a dip in a dirty pond for entering his sand quarry without permission. While the incident occurred on September 16 in Abhangapatnam village in Navipet Mandal, a video purportedly of the incident went viral on Sunday. Bharat Reddy, a former district general secretary of the party, is also shown abusing the two youths and beating them with a stick in the video.Dalit organisations took to the streets to protest against the incident and demanded Reddy’s arrest.Police, however, said the youths have refused to lodge a complaint against Reddy. “Based on a complaint by Dalit leaders we have registered a case and investigating the matter,” said Sub-Inspector J Naresh of Navipet Police Station.The two youths have been identified as K Lakshman and Rajesh. The duo had allegedly gone to the quarry, located on the outskirts of the village, to enquire if they had the necessary permission to mine sand. However, the workers at the quarry suspected them to be thieves and caught hold of them. Indianexpress
Padmavati film row: Glamourising Alauddin Khilji akin to praising acid attackers, says Haryana minister
Chandigarh: In letters to Union minister Smriti Irani and ‘Padmavati’ director Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Haryana minister Vipul Goel on Sunday sought changes in the Bollywood film and said that “glamourising Alauddin Khilji’s character was akin to praising those who carry out acid attacks on girls”.In a letter to the Union I&B Minister, Goel drew Irani’s attention to the the controversy surrounding the film, due to release shortly. He said that apart from the Rajput community, there were concerns regarding the movie in other sections of the people as well. The magnum opus starring Deepika Padukone as Padmavati, Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh as Sultan Alauddin Khilji, is based on the legend of Rani Padmavati, a Hindu Rajput queen.PTI
'She's Still My Wife': Aligarh Professor Denies 'WhatsApp Divorce' Charge
Lucknow:  An AMU professor accused by his wife of divorcing her on Whatsapp denied it emphatically today and said: "She is still my wife"."I haven't given her triple Talaq. I divorced her verbally, sent the same via post and WhatsApp. After a month, I divorced her verbally and sent it via SMS. She is still my wife. There was never a third divorce," said Professor Khalid Khan, a Sanskrit professor.NDTV
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Iran-Iraq earthquake: Over 400 people killed, 7,000 injured; Rescuers in race for survivors
Rescue efforts are under way in Iraq and Iran after a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the border region between the two countries, killing more than 400 people and injuring an estimated 7,000. As aftershocks continued on Monday and as rescuers scrambled to find survivors, Fars news agency confirmed that the death toll in Iran has reached 407, while 6,700 have been injured.In the Iraqi side of the border, Rudaw news website reported at least seven dead and more than 300 injured in the Kurdish region.US Geological Survey (USGS) said Sunday's powerful quake hit close to Halabjah, southeast of Sulaimaniyah, a city in the semi-autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq.Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has sent a group of ministers, headed by Interior Minister Rahmani Fazli, to areas impacted by the earthquake to "consider the process of relief" and to "address the injured", according to the Iranian govt.Iran's IRGC Commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari along with his forces is overseeing the rescue operations in the badly-hit western province of Kermanshah. Most of the victims are believed to be in the Iranian town of Sarpol-e Zahab. An estimated 70,000 people have been displaced across the country. Al Jazeera's Imran Khan, reporting from the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, said: "The Iranians have moved on the emergency response teams very quickly, setting up field hospitals and moving in heavy machinery to try and get to people that could still be trapped in the rubble."Across the border in Iraq, PM Haider al-Abadi offered reassurance to his citizens over the recovery efforts.To assist Iraq, Turkey has sent a search and rescue operation of 20 people, including the head of PM Disaster and Emergency Management Authority, Mehmet Gulluoglu. The govt of Iraqi Kurdistan thanked Turkey and President Tayyip Erdogan for the "prompt assistance and offer of help".As aftershocks continue to rattle the country, Iran has shut down one of its main gas plants in the west for safety concerns.As authorities assess the damage in daylight, there are concerns that the death toll will go up. On the other side of the border, Sulaimaniyah officials declared an emergency in the early hours of Monday to assess the aftermath of the quake, according to local Kurdish media. Sunday's tremor, which was felt as far away as Qatar, struck at 9:18pm local time. Its epicentre was at a depth of 33.9km. AL Jazeera
Saad Hariri says he is 'free' in Saudi
Saad Hariri has rejected rumours he is being held in Saudi Arabia against his will and pledged to return to Beirut "very soon" to affirm his decision to quit as Lebanon's prime minister.Hariri made the comments from Saudi Arabia's capital, Riyadh, speaking publicly for the first time since his shock resignation eight days ago.Speaking on Sunday on Future TV, a station affiliated with his political party, Hariri said he was free in Saudi Arabia."Here in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, I am free. I have complete freedom, but I want to look after my family as well," he said, adding that he planned to return to Lebanon in the near future."I'm not talking about months ... I'm only talking about days and I'll go back to Lebanon."In an unexpected move, Hariri, a Sunni Muslim politician and longtime ally of Saudi Arabia, quit as Lebanon's prime minister on Nov.4 during a visit to Saudi Arabia. aljazeera
Qatar investigates UAE plan to devalue its currency
Qatar has opened an investigation into claims of an alleged plot by the UAE to weaken its currency in the early stages of the Gulf diplomatic crisis, according to a government spokesman. Qatar was alerted to the issue in July and re-examined it following recent media reports, said Sheikh Saif bin Ahmed Al Thani, director of the govt communications office, on Sunday. US-based investigative news website The Intercept revealed on Thursday that a plan for UAE to manipulate Qatar's economy and strip the country of 2022 football World Cup was found in the email account of Yousef-al-Otaiba, UAE ambassador to the US."Qatari govt, through its various entities, including the central bank, is working on confirming and identifying these reports," Al Thani told AFP. Aljazeera
3 Bahraini opposition members sent to trial on charges that include ‘spying for Qatar’
On Sunday, the Bahraini Public Prosecution announced that three peoplhave been sent to the criminal court on several charges that include “spying for Qatar” and indicated that the hearing was scheduled for 27 November 27.Counsellor Ahmad Al-Hamadi, Attorney-General of the General Prosecution, stated that the Public Prosecution ordered that the case in which “Ali Salman Ali Ahmed, Hassan Ali Jumaa Sultan and Ali Mahdi Ali Al-Aswad (leaders of the dissolved Al-Wefaq Society) are accused of spying for Qatar, to be referred to the Grand Criminal Court,” according to Bahrain News Agency. Ali Salman, secretary-general of dissolved Al-Wefaq opposition party, who has been in detention since 28 Dec. 2014, is serving a four-year sentence after being convicted on several charges, including “promoting the change of the country’s political system by force.”Al-Hamadi added that the three were charged with “spying for a foreign country to commit hostile acts against the Kingdom of Bahrain and to affect its political and economic status and its national interests in order to overthrow the current regime in the country” middleeastmonitor
Will US pass a bill limiting involvement in Yemen war?
US politicians are set to debate a resolution that would limit "unauthorised" American involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen, but the bill is unlikely to move past the House of Representatives, analysts say. H.CON.RES.81 is expected to be debated on the House floor on Monday. It calls for the invocation of the War Powers Act to end US participation in the war in Yemen. Act, introduced in 1973, requires Congressional approval for the country's involvement in any war.According to Democratic Representative Ro Khanna, the resolution's main sponsor, the bill "acknowledges that our government is assisting the Saudi refuelling, and acknowledges that such activity is unauthorised". Currently, the US provides midair refuelling for Saudi and UAE warplanes that are conducting air attacks in Yemen, as well as assistance with bomb targeting, Khanna said.In another sign of his beliefs, the representative tweeted late on Monday in California: "By aiding the Saudis in airstrikes that kill civilians, we are creating a security vacuum that allows groups like [ISIL] to gain a foothold." aljazeera
Prince Charles blames ‘foreign Jews’ for Middle East turmoil
Prince Charles has come under fire after it came to light that he blamed the “influx of foreign Jews” for causing unrest in the Middle East and called on the US to “take on the Jewish lobby” in a letter penned in 1986.Writing to his friend Laurens van der Post, the Prince argued that the exodus of European Jews in the middle of the last century “helped to cause the great problems” in the Middle East.“I now appreciate that Arabs and Jews were all a Semitic people originally it is the influx of foreign, European Jews (especially from Poland, they say) which has helped to cause the great problems,” the Prince wrote in a letter published by the Daily Mail. He added:" know there are so many complex issues, but how can there ever be an end to terrorism unless the causes are eliminated?Surely some US president has to have the courage to stand up and take on the Jewish lobby in the US? I must be naive, I suppose!" The letter was found in a public archive and was written on November 24, 1986, following an official visit the then-38-year-old Prince made to Saudia Arabia, Bahrain and Qatar with the late Princess Diana.The Prince of Wales wrote that the tour was “fascinating” and that he had learned “a lot about the Middle East and Arab outlook”. middleeastmonitor
35,000 shielded Israeli settlers storm Ibrahimi Mosque
Al-Khalil:Israeli occupation army on Saturday evening escorted 35,000 Israeli settlers as they stormed the Ibrahimi Mosque, in the southern West Bank province of al-Khalil. According to a statement by the Israeli army, the number of Israeli settlers who defiled the Ibrahimi Mosque and the Jewish Neighborhood has seen a swift upsurge from recent years. Director of the Ibrahimi Mosque, Hefdhi Abu Sneineh, said the break-in represents a flagrant violation of the sanctity of the site and makes part of Israeli attempts to impose a new fait accompli in the area.He added that flocks of Israeli military jeeps and settler hordes have been spotted near the site on Saturday. At the same time, the occupation forces closed off Beer Sheba street, in al-Khalil, to allow Israeli settlers to march to so-called Atna'el bin Kannaz shrine. PIC
Palestinians mark anniversary of Arafat's death in Gaza
Residents of Gaza have joined commemorations marking 13th anniversary of the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. This is the first time in 10 years that the anniversary of the death of the founder of Fatah movement has been celebrated in Hamas-governed Gaza. Organisers promoted the event as a national day of unity.Many hope a recent agreement signed by opposing parties Fatah and Hamas will end their rivalry.
Airstrikes kill 10 people in Syria’s Aleppo
Idlib: At least 10 people have been killed Monday in airstrikes that targeted a marketplace in Syria’s northwestern Aleppo province, local sources said.3 airstrikes targeted a marketplace where approximately 100 people were present in opposition-held Atarib town located in the western countryside of Aleppo province, according to local sources. Around 50 people were injured in the airstrikes, the sources said, fearing that death toll may rise. Anadolu agnecy
Amnesty report warns of crime against humanity in Syria
Amnesty International says the Syrian government's ‘surrender or starve’ campaign targeting civilians constitutes a crime against humanity.It's calling for an end to what it calls ‘the dark stain on the world's conscience’.A new report says govt forces surrounded and bombed densely-populated, opposition-controlled areas. Thousands of people were given an ultimatum to abandon their homes or die.The report condemns not only Syrian government but also some armed opposition groups. It says both restricted and blocked humanitarian help. Amnesty is asking for an independent body to investigate and prosecute those responsible. aljazeera
'Syrian army is targeting us with air strikes'
Syrian province of Aleppo is again under heavy bombardment by government warplanes targeting rebel fighters.The air raids have forced thousands of civilians to flee the area and set up makeshift camps in the countryside.Millions of Syrians have lost their homes during the country's 6-year war, which has seen the Syrian government, backed by Russia and Iran, trying to quell uprisings by opposition groups.
Iranian-backed militias routed in last Syrian stronghold
Daesh militants on Monday regained control of Albu Kamal city, their last stronghold in Syria, after Iranian-backed militias who captured the city a few days earlier were ambushed and forced to retreat, tribal leaders, residents and a war monitor said.Fighters from Lebanese Shi’ite Hezbollah in Syria who joined forces with Iraqi Shi’ite fighters crossing the border into Syria were taken by surprise by militants hiding inside tunnels in the heart of the city they claimed to have taken on Wednesday, they said.The Shi’ite fighters had launched a ground offensive on the city, located in Syria’s eastern Deir al Zor province, where the Euphrates river meets, after months of mainly heavy Russian bombardment against the city that killed dozens of civilians and caused widespread destruction.“Islamic State (Daesh) militants began surprise attacks with suicide bombers and rocket attacks after the Iranian militias were duped that Daesh had left the city,” said Qahtan Ghanam al Ali, a tribal leader in touch with relatives.The offensive was spearheaded by elite forces from Lebanon’s Hezbollah group fighting inside Syria alongside an array of Iraqi and Afghan Shi’ite militias that had entered from Iraq, a commander in that alliance told Reuters.“These militant attacks lead to big human losses in the ranks of fighters supporting the regime,” the U.K. based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.Albu Kamal, a major supply and communications hub for the ultra-hardline militants between Syria and Iraq, is a big prize for the Iranian-backed militias.On Sunday, jets believed to be Russian intensified their third day of bombing of Albu Kamal and its outskirts, with at least 50 civilians, mostly women and children, killed since Friday, the monitor and residents said.In one air strike on the town of Sukariya, east of the city, at least 30 people were killed, mostly women and children from three families, 2 former residents of the city in contact with relatives said. Other aerial strikes hit villages of Marshada and Sousa near the river crossing where hundreds of civilians were targeted as they fled in small boats and dinghies, they added.
Taliban kill 8 policemen in western Afghanistan attack
Kabul: Taliban killed 8 policemen in western Farah province bordering Iran late Sunday night, according to a provincial official and the militant group Monday.Farah governor’s spokesman Nasir Mehri told Anadolu Agency police checkpoints in Pul Regi area on the outskirts of provincial capital Farah City came under attack at around 2 am Monday. Mehri also said the assailants took away arms and ammunition from the scene.Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahed took responsibility, claiming that 13 security personnel had been killed in the coordinated attacks on the checkpoints. Anadolu
Rohingya: more refugees flee fearing violence, torture
More Rohingya refugees have fled into Bangladesh amid fears of violence, torture, and rape. This is just a small group of some 600,000 Rohingya to have sought refuge in Bangladesh, many of them repeating stories of rape and murder carried out against them.Their escape from Myanmar was fraught with danger and frustration as they had to build makeshift boats using plastic jerry cans left over from other villages.A senior UN official says Myanmar's troops have systematically gang-raped and tortured Rohingya women. aljazeera
Rohingya crisis: Bob Geldof hands back Freedom of Dublin award in Suu Kyi protest
 TweetDublin: Irish musician and anti-poverty activist Bob Geldof will return his ‘Freedom of the City of Dublin’ award to his home town on Monday, saying he could not continue to hold the honour with Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi.“I am a very proud Dubliner but cannot in all conscience continue to be one of the honoured few to have received this great tribute whilst Aung San Suu Kyi remains amongst that number,” Geldof said in a statement.“In short, I do not wish to be associated in any way with an individual currently engaged in the mass ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya people of North West Burma,” he added.Reuters
Turmoil awaits Bangladesh as opposition threatens boycott of 2018 polls: the citizen
The leader of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP),Begum Khaleda Zia, has thrown a political bombshell by declaring that BNP, which is the principal opposition group in the country, will not contest the 2018 parliamentary polls if there is no Neutral Caretaker Govt (NCG) composed of non-partisan people to conduct free and fair elections."A fair election is not possible with Hasina in power. I tell the chief election commissioner that it's his responsibility to hold a credible election in the country," Khaleda told a massive party rally in Dhaka on Sunday.She reiterated her demand for a 'neutral government' for the polls. She also demanded deployment of the army with “magisterial power” during the polls and rejected the use of Electronic Voting Machines which she alleged could be tampered by the ruling party.Ruling Awami League leaders, however, said that the elections will be held with Sheikh Hasina as Prime Minister as per the constitution of the country.The constitution had been amended in by the current regime in 2011 to abolish the NCG system following a Supreme Court judgment that rule by an un-elected body of persons, however short its term may be, is a violation of the sovereignty of the people. BNP had boycotted the last elections in 2014 on the grounds that the elections would not be free and fair in the absence of an NCG to conduct it.
‘Pray for an Islamic Holocaust’: Tens of thousands from Europe’s far right march in Poland
The official celebration of Poland’s 99th independence day proceeded innocuously, with ceremonies in the capital. There was even a visit from the European Council’s internationalist president, who insisted to Politico that Saturday’s festivities would proceed “with a smile on our face and with joy in our hearts.”But for blocks and blocks and blocks beyond the central towers of Warsaw, a much larger crowd swelled beneath a cloud of red smoke. The tens of thousands of people came from across Poland and beyond, and reporters documented their signs:“Clean Blood,” as seen by Politico.“Pray for an Islamic Holocaust,” per CNN.“White Europe” streaked across another banner, the Associated Press reported — as about 60,000 people chanted and marched through Warsaw in an annual gathering of Europe’s far-right movements, which have by now grown to dwarf the official version of Poland's independence day. washingtonpost
Czech Republic's tiny Muslim community subject to hate
Prague, Czech Republic - Walking along the idyllic streets of Prague just blocks away from the famed Wenceslas Square, 38-year-old Palestinian-born Raed Shaikh stopped to point out a halal grocery store he and the handful of other Muslim residents in town frequent. He then motioned towards a Middle Eastern restaurant to the right, hidden behind a small mosque."Here is the highest concentration of Muslims in Prague," the IT project manager said laughingly.Though no exact figures exist, the Muslim community in the Czech Republic is small, between 5,000 and 20,000, or less than 0.02 percent of the total population. aljazeera
UN peacekeeping arms losses could equip an army: report
UN-backed peacekeepers have lost enough guns and ammunition in sub-Saharan Africa over the past two decades to arm an army, according to a study by Small Arms Survey. Research group's director, Eric Berman, said peacekeepers have lost "at least thousands of weapons and millions of rounds of ammunition" this century, often handing them over to local fighters without putting up a fight.Losses range from pistols and bullets to heavy machine guns, mortars, recoilless guns and grenade launchers, which can be military game-changers on the battlefields of Somalia, Democratic republic of Congo, and Sudan, Berman said.Al Jazeera
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