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28 Nov.ND: US Secretary Tillerson snubbing Ivanka Trump's India trip amid tensions/Rajasthan govt makes national anthem mandatory in state-run hostels



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28 Nov.2017: 08 Rabiul Awwal 1439:Vol:9, No:59
US Secretary Tillerson snubbing Ivanka Trump's India trip amid tensions: report
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson isn’t sending a top delegation to accompany Ivanka Trump to a business summit in India because he doesn’t want to promote her on the world stage, CNN reported. In her highest-profile international event yet, first daughter is attending 3-day Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Hyderabad, sponsored by the State Dept and India. A theme of the summit is female economic empowerment. A senior State Dept source told CNN that “no one higher than the deputy assistant secretary is allowed to participate” in the India trip. Tillerson’s staff “won’t send someone senior because they don’t want to bolster Ivanka,” the source said. Tillerson has a history of tension with the White House, and this could be the newest chapter. President Donald Trump has appeared to contradict his secretary of state a number of times. Ivanka Trump’s participation in the summit is already controversial. Hyderabad has forcibly removed thousands of beggars from the streets, and even jailed many of them, ahead of her visit. In the US, critics also question her credentials as a promoter of women in business.While the president touts “made in America” products, his daughter’s own fashions are manufactured exclusively in overseas factories paying low wages, The Washington Post has reported.A Post investigation also found that her company “lags behind many in the apparel industry in monitoring the treatment of the largely female workforce.” huffingtonpost
Ivanka's India visit raises questions about her brand:AP
India’s GDP can grow by $150 billion in 3 years if it halves gender gap in labour force:Ivanka at Hyderabad Summit
New Delhi: US President Donald Trump’s daughter and senior adviser to the White House Ivanka Trump on Tuesday praised PM  Narendra Modi for bringing in transformation change in the country and recognised his efforts in building India into a thriving economy and a beacon of democracy to the world.“From your childhood selling tea to your election as India’s PM , you’ve proven that transformational change is possible,” Ivanka said in her keynote address to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, which is being held in India for the first time.Highlighting India’s battle against poverty, Ivanka said the country had lifted more than 130 million citizens out of penury.“Through your own enterprise, entrepreneurship and hard work, the people of India have lifted more than 130 million citizens out of poverty – a remarkable improvement. It will continue to grow under the leadership of PM  Modi. All of you are helping India’s middle-class reach its goal of nearly 500 million people by 2030,” Ivanka said. The US President’s daughter also said the Indian economy could grow by over $150 billion in the next three years if it was able to close the labour force gender gap by half.Ivanka, whose clothing business has come under scrutiny for low wages and unsuitable working conditions, said despite the soaring rate of female entrepreneurs, women still faced steep obstacles to starting, owning, and growing their businesses. indianexpress
PM hopes for early resumption of Israel-Palestine talks
UN:PM Narendra Modi has hoped for early resumption of dialogue between the Palestinian and Israeli sides to move towards finding a comprehensive negotiates resolution. In a message on the occasion of the UN International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, he also reiterated India’s steadfast support for the Palestinian cause.“India hopes for early resumption of dialogue between the Palestinian and Israeli sides to move towards finding a comprehensive negotiated resolution,” Modi said.Every year after 1979, November 29 is celebrated as International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. A special meeting is held at the UN HQRS.“We hope for early realisation of a sovereign, independent, united and viable Palestine co-existing peacefully with Israel,” Modi said in his message.India is an active development partner of Palestine, engaged in extending technical and financial assistance to improve the lives of the Palestinian people, he said.“We will continue to support the development and nation building efforts of Palestine. To this effect, India has increased training slots for Palestine under our flagship Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation Programme from 1O0 to 150 annual slots,”Modi said. “Separately, educational scholarships have also been doubled in order to contribute to human resource development of Palestine,” he added. indianexpress
Rajasthan govt makes national anthem mandatory in state-run hostels
Jaipur: Rajasthan Govt  has made singing of national anthem mandatory in all Govt  and Govt-aided hostels in the state. Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Arun Chaturvedi said the move would instill a "sense of nationalism" among students."Students will sing 'Jana Gana Mana' in the morning meeting at 7 am. Hostel wardens will have to be present during such sessions," he said.The order came into force on Nov.26, celebrated as the Constitution day. There are close to 40,000 students in nearly 800 state-run hostels in Rajasthan.Jaipur Municipal Corporation had last month started the daily practice of playing the national anthem at the start of the day and the national song in the evening. PTI
Rajasthan govt makes singing of national anthem compulsory in hostels for OBC, SC, ST students
After Satna, MP Govt wants students across state to answer roll call with 'Jai Hind'
After implementation in the Satna district in Oct. this year, the Madhya Pradesh Govt  has made it compulsory for students to respond to their roll call with 'Jai Hind' instead of 'present Sir or Ma'am'.This decision, Govt  has said, is to promote patriotism among children.Indian Express reports that Madhya Pradesh's school education minister Vijay Shah said on Sunday in Bhopal, during NCC Day celebrations, that a circular would be issue today asking all 1.22 lakh Govt  schools in the state to implement this rule.In Sept.,Shah had made the announcement for the move in the Satna district.Indian Express reported that Shah as saying that present sir/madam did not foster patriotism among children.Announcing the decision in September, Shah had said,"I have a military background; my grandfathers have been in the Army. And whenever they come to meet, they always say 'Jai Hind' which I think is a way of respecting your nation, and the feeling of love for your country is shown through his gesture.""I asked them to make students say ' Jai Hind,' because they are the future of India and they should respect and love their country; by doing this the love for the nation will increase among them," Shah had said.The Govt  had planned to implement this rule across the state if it became successful in Satna.However, he had said that for private schools it would only be a suggestion, and it would completely be on them to implement it or not. huffingtonpost
I have won battle to get back wife, says Shefin Jahan
Chennai: “I have won the battle to get back my wife,” said Hadiya’s husband Shefin Jahan after the Supreme Court order directed her to return to college to finish her studies, even as the principal of Sivaraj Homeopathic Medical College in Salem, G Kannan, said they would welcome Hadiya to institute.Jahan said he wanted to meet his wife at the earliest. He said he saw her in the court room on Monday after several months, but “I could not even smile at her as courtroom was crowded”.“There is no restriction on meeting Hadiya. I am very happy that she has again asserted that I am her husband. In the last few months, she has been facing torture in her house and there were attempts to force her to speak against me and Islam. But I always hoped she would not speak against her own husband,’’ said Jahan.On his alleged IS links, Jahan said the NIA has been creating a smokescreen. “They have been raising the baseless allegation from the beginning. I have nothing to worry about their allegations,’’ said Jahan, who had been employed in the Gulf. indianexpress
Will not allow Hadiya’s husband to meet her, says Hadiya’s guardian and college principal
Salem: The Supreme Court freed Hadiya from the custody of her parents and allowed her to return to her college in Salem, in Tamil Nadu, to complete her homoeopathy internship. The court also appointed the dean of the Shivraj Homoeopathic Medical College as Hadiya's guardian and granted him liberty to approach it in case of any problem.The Court ordered the college administration to treat Hadiya like any other student and as per hostel rules, but remained silent on whether Shafin Jehan, Hadiya’s husband, or her parents would be allowed to meet her while she completes her studies."I won't allow Hadiya's husband to meet her. Her parents admitted her here; only they can meet her," said G Kannan, Principal, Shivraj Homoeopathic Medical College.The principal said that Hadiya will be going to hostel like any other student. "She can't go anywhere alone and can do nothing without prior permission from me," said the principal. "She is still Akhila as per records. If there is a change in name, it will be done through due procedure,"said Kannan.When principal was asked whether Hadiya would be given a space to pray, he said: "We don't know what she needs". A re-admission procedure usually takes around 15 days, but in Hadiya's case it could be faster considering the SC order. CNN-News18
Hadiya has the Constitutional right to make her own choices:Gautam Bhatia, advocate in SC
Hadiya's father welcomes SC decision, says he cannot have 'terrorist' in the family
New Delhi: The father of Hadiya today welcomed the Supreme Court decision allowing her to continue her studies and said he did not want a terrorist in the family. K.M. Ashokan said his daughter Hadiya, wanted to go to Syria after converting to Islam but had no idea about what it entailed.”Hadiya does not have any idea about Syria, where she wanted to go after converting to Islam,” Ashokan said.”I cannot have a terrorist in the family,” he added.Asked about his stance on inter-religious marriages, Ashokan said he believed in one religion and one god.”I was sad that she had to undergo all these unpleasant experiences because of which her studies were interrupted. But now I am happy as the court has allowed her to study further,” Ashokan told reporters.”I accept the SC's decision. She is under the protection of the SC as it is monitoring the case and so I am not worried about her security,” he said.”The SC has not given anyone guardianship, including Shafin Jahan, of my child,” Ashokan said, adding that only close relatives like him were allowed by the court. Hadiya today left for Salem under the protection of the Kerala Police and is expected to reach there by the evening. Asked by the SC bench to name any nearest relative or acquaintance at Salem to be named as the local guardian, Hadiya said she only needed her husband in that role. She said her husband can take care of her expenses of studies and she does not need state's expenses to pursue her professional course. PTI
Women Activists Hail SC Ruling in Hadiya Case; Say ‘Love Jihad’ Mere Hindutva Propaganda
New Delhi: eading women activists hailed the SC ruling in Hadiya case. Eminent women activists – Kavita Krishnan, Secretary, AIPWA, and Kavita Srivastava, Rajasthan president of PUCL – have lauded Hadiya for sticking to her stand and the top court for lending her an ear. They trashed the talk of ‘love jihad’ in Hadiya’s case as mere Hindutva propaganda coined to reinforce communal notions of Muslims as terrorists.Caravan
SC dismisses plea challenging Asthana’s appointment as CBI spl director
New Delhi: The Supreme Court has dismissed the petition challenging appointment of Gujarat cadre IPS officer Rakesh Asthana as a special director of the CBI.The apex court had on Nove.24 reserved its order on the plea that was filed by senior laywer Prashant Bhushan on behalf of NGO Common Cause. The central Govt  had defended Asthana’s appointment, saying the 56-year-old has had an outstanding career wherein he supervised over 40 high profile cases like coal scam, Kingfisher Airlines, AugustaWestland scam, blackmoney and money laundering cases. Bhushan had claimed Asthana’s appointment to be “illegal” as his name had surfaced in a diary recovered during a raid conducted by Income Tax dept at the offices and other premises of company Sterling Biotech Ltd. Alleging that Asthana had close relations with the firm that was under the lens, he contended “we are not saying if the officer did something wrong, but this is a question of institutional integrity which was underlined by the SC in the case of Chief Vigilance Commissioner P J Thomas”. indianexpress
Interlocutor Sharma in Srinagar amid shutdown call
As Govt of India special representative on J&K Dineshwar Sharma arrived in Srinagar on Monday, separatists pitched for the release of political prisoners “to prove sincerity towards creating a conducive atmosphere.”Separatists organised a shutdown on Monday against the alleged “maltreatment of political prisoners in jails”, including second-rung leaders rounded up during NIA raids earlier this year.JKLF chief Yasin Malik was arrested by the police and shifted to the Central Jail, Srinagar, in the wake of the shutdown call and protests.“A blanket ban on political activities, incarceration of thousands of old, young, women, men specially-abled, ailing and minors, are actually glaring examples of state terrorism,” said Malik. Tehreek-e-Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Geelani, who released pictures of Tihar jail inmates allegedly beaten up there, condemned the “ill treatment of political prisoners”.Mirwaiz Umar Farooq demanded that “all political prisoners be released immediately if New Delhi is sincere about improving the ground situation in Kashmir”. J&K Jamaat-e-Islami demanded the “unconditional release of all political prisoners”.“The international and local human rights bodies should look into the deplorable conditions of the inmates. Thousands of innocent Kashmiris are languishing in jails only for the reason that they wish a resolution of the Kashmir issue,” said a Jamaat spokesman. Separatists’ shutdown and statements on the release of political prisoners coincided with Sharma’s visit to the Valley.A day after visiting volatile Pulwama in south Kashmir, Sharma met 30 delegations in Srinagar as an effort to continue the dialogue process, devoid of the participation of separatists so far.Among those who met him were students of Kashmir University, flood victims, employees of Radio Kashmir, etc. Sources said the delegates raised “micro issues” and “stressed on the need to address the political aspect of the Kashmir problem too”.the hindu

Human rights outfits hold convention on Rohingya crisis
Kolkata: 7 human rights organisation held a convention in Kolkata on Monday to protest against the “atrocities” committed against Rohingya Muslims and adopted resolutions to protect their rights.Activists demanded that the “genocide” of Rohingya must be stopped immediately and that the affected people should be rehabilitated by the Myanmar Govt. They also demanded action against those responsible for the genocide, besides urging the central Govt not to send back Rohingya who have entered the country as refugees. The activists also requested the Centre to put pressure on the Myanmar Govt to accept Rohingya and provide them citizenship. Human rights activist and national vice-president of the PUCL Dr Binayak Sen, who was present at the convention, gave his support to the demands. “We condemn the inhuman atrocities against Rohingya from our heart. We will try to find solutions to it. On behalf of PUCL, we will support all the resolutions, which were adopted today,” Sen said.Activist Bolan Ganguly said: “An anti-Muslim atmosphere has been created in the world. We have to fight against creation of such an atmosphere. To do that, we have to create mass awareness on this issue and hit the streets to put pressure on Myanmar Govt  to stop atrocities against Rohingya,” Ganguly said.The convention was organised by APCR, NAPM, FOD, Bandi Mukti Committee, AIPF, PUCL and CRPP at Moulali  Yuva Kendra. indianexpress
Assam:A  media campaign to quell fears about new citizens’ register
As the Supreme Court prepares to hear the contentious matter of who could be defined as an “original inhabitant” of Assam in its new National Register of Citizens, a media campaign to allay fears is underway in the state. The authorities responsible for updating the register for the first time since 1951 have started placing advertisements in newspapers and on social media stating that the updated citizenry list will have “no categorisation as original inhabitant” or otherwise.The campaign is titled “Our NRC, Fair NRC”.It says that “all genuine citizens as per date of March 24th, 1971 [midnight]” will find a place in the updated list. According to the terms of the Assam Accord of 1985, on which the process of updating is based, anyone who can provide proof that they or their ancestors entered the state before then would be considered eligible for the list.Officials have also reportedly printed leaflets in Assamese, Bengali and English and are distributing them to clear doubts about the process, while some are traveling to “vulnerable areas” to speak to worried residents.Assam started the process of updating its National Register of Citizens in 2015, ostensibly to detect and deport illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. The new list is expected to be ready in the next few months. The exercise has become controversial with various citizen groups and Opposition parties alleging that a large number of legitimate Indian citizens could end up being denied their voting and other rights. Syed Burhanur Rahman, lawyer representing seven Congress lawmakers who have petitioned the SC asking it to lay down the “laws and parameters” of who is an original inhabitant, called the advertisements “a ploy to mislead the public”.He said, “The state coordinator has already said on record that there is a distinction. Now that they realise there is an upheaval in the state, they have put out this ad to pacify people.”Rahman said it was immaterial whether there was a classification in the draft or final list as people had already been arbitrarily segregated on the basis of who is an original inhabitant. scroll
Assam: State's methods of identifying foreigners on shaky ground as locals complain of harassment
While Assam eagerly awaits the release of an updated draft of National Register of Citizens (NRC), NHRC has sent a notice to the state Govt , seeking an explanation over the alleged harassment of people by the police over verification of identity and nationality.Kismat Ali, 41, recalls the night of 11 August 2015, when gun-toting cops picked him up from his hutment in Sonajuli village of the state's Udalguri district. Kismat, who worked as a truck driver, was taken in a police vehicle as cops rounded up another D-voter — 'D' stands for 'doubtful' — from Assam, Ashraf Ali. Ashraf, born in Siwan district of Bihar, moved to Assam with his parents in the 1980s. Kismat was born in Assam, in the state's Kharupetia town, to a father who had moved there from UP's Deoria district. It wasn't until their arrest that Kismat and Ashraf learnt that Election Commission of India marked them as 'D-voters' since 2006. D-voters lose their citizenship rights and Govt entitlements until their names aren't confirmed as Indian citizens.The 2 were held as "foreigners" under an ex-parte judgment and put in detention on 12 August, 2015. They approached the Supreme Court after the Gauhati High Court dismissed their writs. The case went back to the Foreigners' Tribunal, an exclusive body of the Assam state Govt , which declared them Indian citizens and set them free — after two years, two months and 17 days in prison. Assam Police has been on its guard against infiltrators since 1962, when it first set up a special branch under the 'Prevention of Infiltration of Pakistan' (PIP) scheme, entrusted with deporting "foreigners" from Bangladesh, then East Pakistan, living illegally in the state.A sustained movement by AASU and AAGSP, who conveyed their apprehensions regarding the influx of foreign nationals into Assam during the 1980s, led to the introduction of Assam Accord in Aug. 1985. Accord ruled that foreigners who came to Assam after 1 Jan., 1966, and up to 24 March, 1971, and foreigners who came to Assam after 25 March, 1971, shall continue to be expelled in accordance with the law. This suspicion regarding infiltrators had put more than 6.2 lakh people under investigation as "foreigners" until October 2016, parliamentary affairs minister Chandra Mohan Patowary told the Assembly earlier this year. Of these, more than 2 lakh cases were still pending with the tribunals, he had said. Chandrani Sinha's spl story for firstpost

Armed with 15 elephants, police evicts Muslim, tribal squatters in Assam
Guwahati: In an unusual step, Assam forest dept officials used elephants to displace squatters during an eviction drive inside Amchang Wildlife Sanctuary in Guwahati.According to reports, officials claimed that people were illegally living in a protected forest area.The eviction drive was carried out on the direction of Gauhati High Court. Armed with the eviction order issued, police and civil administration entered the three location Nabajyoti Nagar and Kankan Nagar areas and Yousuf Nagar and demolished about 1,000 bamboo and tin huts and properties belonging to the locals.More than 15 elephants, a few bulldozers, 1,500 police personnel, 300 demolition labourers and 10 JCBs have also been engaged in the eviction drive.Around 408 houses have been demolished and the drive would continue on Tuesday too.The situation turned violent when the residents of Nabajyotinagar argued that they had legally bought the land and tried to resist the eviction drive.Police resorted to lathi-charge, burst tear-gas and fired rubber bullets to disperse the crowd in which several people including three women were injured. Locals also alleged that they had not received prior notice about the eviction drives. Meanwhile, hundreds of people and different social organisations took to the streets demanding an immediate halt to the eviction drive against indigenous people.siasat
Gujarat HC rejects The Wire’s plea against gag order over Jay Shah’s article
New Delhi:Gujarat High Court Tuesday dismissed Delhi-based news portal The Wire’s plea against the gag order issued by a lower court. BJP president Amit Shah’s son Jay Shah secured the gag order after the news portal carried an article claimed that his company’s turnover rose 16,000 times in one year after the NDA came to power.The Wire moved the High Court after the Ahmedabad court issued an ex parte injunction against the news website, preventing it from publishing any content “directly or indirectly” about Amit Shah’s son. The portal had then moved the Gujarat High Court, which on November 20 reserved its judgement.During the hearing in the High Court, Jay Shah’s counsel had contended people have a “certain perception” about Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra, and “if you bring me in (the) company of crooks, it would amount to defamation”.“I am not saying Vadra is a crook but if you put me in the list, it is defamatory,” senior lawyer S V Raju, appearing for Jay, argued before Justice J B Pardiwala of Gujarat High Court during hearing of a petition moved by the Delhi-based website for quashing the criminal defamation case. Raju mentioned Vadra after The Wire’s counsel, Mihir Joshi, said that the reporter of the article on Jay Shah had exposed Vadra’s land dealings earlier. indianexpress
Gujarat Election: Hindu Dalits in Shiyani forced to bury their dead due to economic, caste divide
Cemetery and graveyard – these two words are enough to identify a person's religion. However, it is hard to distinguish the religion of someone living in Shiyani village of Sundar Nagar district of Gujarat through these two words.When Firstpost reached Shiyani village to talk about the upcoming Gujarat Assembly elections, one of the complaints of the people of that village was that they have no cemetery to bury dead bodies. On saying that one needs a graveyard to bury, 25-year-old Gautam Makivan said, "in our culture, we bury the Hindus also. But according to our religion, it's called cemetery and not a graveyard."In most of the villages of the Sundar Nagar district, Dalits, including people from Valmiki community, are buried. Despite being a Hindu, their last rites are performed in accordance to Muslim culture. The difference between burying a Hindu and Muslim is that unlike the Muslims, Hindu Dalits don't have a tomb.Only the lower class people follow the tradition of burial in this district. There is no clear reason for this. The founder of Navsarjan trust, an organisation which works for the Dalits, said "it does not happen everywhere. However, one reason behind this practice is precaution from air pollution."One theory is that years ago, the people of this community started the practice of burying people after their death in a bid to reduce air pollution. However, there is no proof of this. Second theory is that the difference between upper and lower castes here was so vast that the lower castes did not have the freedom to adopt Hindu customs. This difference is starkly visible even today.That is probably the reason why there's a separate crematorium for the upper castes in this district. This means, the distinction of untouchables remains even after death.Firstpost
Fear of gau rakshaks forces truckers in Meerut to stop ferrying cows
Meerut: It was a reality check for a senior UP  police officer, who wanted to tranship his two cows and a calf from Meerut to his Lucknow home.The transporter, he approached, politely refused him as truckers have unanimously decided to stop ferrying cows, buffaloes and calves fearing attack by cow vigilantes.President of Meerut transport association Gaurav Sharma said in the wake of recent attacks in Meerut and neighbouring districts on truckers carrying livestock they had decided not to ferry cattle.More than 10,000 trucks operate in the district and all are strictly following the decision.The police officer who approached me offered to provide a constable to escort the vehicle. However, I demanded an escort vehicle to ensure the safety of the driver during the transportation of his cows and calf,”Sharma said.After much persuasion, eventually, the cows were transported to Lucknow after three armed policemen were deployed as escorts, he said.“Truckers are so scared of cow vigilantes that they even refuse to transport dead animals,” he added.About a fortnight ago,city transporters had refused to ferry a sick cow for treatment to Bareilly.HT
Uniform code for India, gun for every Indian:Kashi seer
Udupi: On the last day of Dharma Sansad, Kashi Sumeru seer Narendranand Giri said it's time uniform civil code was implemented in the country and every Indian possessed a licenced gun to fight terror attacks and social evils."Uniform Civil Code should be implemented in our country to control population. The minority community is allowed to marry four times and give birth to 20 children. There should be a law to stop this. Strict laws like those in China are needed to control population of all faiths. Areas where Hindu population has plummeted have seen rise in violence," he said.Taking a dig at triple talaq, seer said, "What kind of custom is this which allows a man to marry and divorce according to his wishes. Women are oppressed in Islam. The practice should stop."He also said that every Indian must have a licenced gun for self-defence in the wake of increase in terror-related violence and social evils. "In India, instances of violence and terror attack are increasing with soldiers, saints and mediapersons as victims. Every Indian should have a weapon or a licenced to fight such attacks," said Narendranand Giri."You have a mobile phone worth Rs 50,000, but not even a stick to ward off cats and dogs when they enter your house," he said. When asked whom did he refer to as cats and dogs, he said terrorists and traitors.TOI
Babri Masjid: Amicable solution by mutual discussion can be looked at, says Mulayam
Mulayam Singh Yadav has said that the parties to Ram Janmabhoomi dispute are ready to abide by the Supreme Court order, albeit without ruling out talks as a means of resolving the issue. Days before the SC is due to hear the case next on Dec.5, Yadav told ET, "Both parties are ready to go by the SC order. Alternatively, finding an amicable solution by mutual discussion can be looked at." The statement comes close on the heels of spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's meetings with several stakeholders, even as the VHP has questioned his role and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat has said that only Ram Mandir will be built at the Janmabhoomi site. Although Yadav did not elaborate on his statement, prominent Shia cleric Kalbe Jawad said the SP patron is a seasoned politician and he must have made the statement in some context. "He has done a lot of work for the community; for us, he is a much taller leader than (his son and SP chief) Akhilesh," Jawad said. ET
Grand Ram temple in Ayodhya will meet aspirations of devotees: Keshav Prasad Maurya
Lucknow:Exuding confidence that a grand Ram temple will be constructed in Ayodhya, UP  deputy CM  Keshav Prasad Maurya said on Tuesday it will fulfil the aspirations of devotees of Lord Rama.Maurya also said that Ayodhya has never been a political issue but a matter of faith.“...Lord Rama is still in the same shape, as he was before the disputed structure fell...Everyday he is worshipped as per traditions and rituals. But, he is being worshipped under a taat (tent). Every Rama bhakt (for whom Lord Rama is a symbol of faith and devotion) wants that Lord Rama should not live under a taat. Rather he should live in thaat,” he said.Hence a grand Ram temple must be built there, Maurya told PTI.PTI
UP's Shahjahanpur: 2 get bullet injuries in communal clash; 8 booked
Shahjahanpur: 2 people received bullet injuries while many others got minor injuries when members of 2 communities clashed and exchanged gunfire and pelted stones at each other in Tarin Tikli area here on Monday morning.The clash broke out over a poll-related dispute between members of both communities — who are said to be supporters of two leaders of their respective communities contesting municipal elections. However, police acted swiftly and controlled the situation. They rushed Sanjeev Saxena and Vishal Kumar, who had received bullet injuries in their legs, to the district hospital, where their condition was stated to be stable.Meanwhile, panic gripped the locality and residents preferred staying inside.Police have booked as many as 8 people, including 3 unidentified men, in this connection, following complaints lodged by both the parties. 3 people, identified as Sharifullah Khan, his son Azeem and son-in-law Shahnawaz Khan, who also received minor injuries in stone pelting, have been taken into custody.The 3 men have been booked. Sanjeev, Vishal and some unidentified people have also been booked.In his statement, Sanjeev told police that Sharifullah, his son and son-in-law attacked them owing to political rivalry, whereas Sharifullah alleged that the clash broke out after Sanjeev opened fire at his son.TOI
Aligarh Gripped Under Communal Tension: dailypioneer
Lucknow: Hours after voting for Urban Local Bodies ended on Sunday evening, Aligarh was gripped by communal tension after a local RSS functionary's brother was sprayed with bullets in the crowded Banna Devi locality. Senior officers backed by police rushed to the spot and had a tough time controlling the anger of locals agitated with the killing. Later a case was registered against 2 persons and the top offiocers somehow defused the situation by assuring to arrest the culprits at earliest. On Monday, both named accused were arrested.As per reports, said that RSS leader Indrahas Chauhan's brother Shashi Chauhan was was sitting at his friend’s house in Nai Basti locality of Banni Devi, when some motorcycle borne miscreants reached there and opened indiscriminate firing taregting Shashi and later fled the scene. Shashi is also a close relative of former minister Thakur Jaiveer Singh. News of Shashi being peppered with bullets spread like wild fire and within no time, hundreds of RSS and BJP leaders and workers converged at the scene and staged a huge demonstration. In a complaint to the police, the victim's kin named Shakeel and Sajid as the perpetrators after which a case was registered.
TN: Plea against construction works in Jamia masjid in Salem
Salem: District president of Hindu Munnani, A Santhosh Kumar, petitioned Salem collector on Monday, urging her to take action against Jamia Masjid authorities for initiating civil construction activities without obtaining permission from Salem Municipal Corporation (SMC). Santhosh Kumar said the Jamia Masjid authorities had recently initiated expansion activities. "They are increasing the height of 'minar' more than the prescribed limits that too without obtaining proper permission from SMC officials," he said. He also alleged that the masjid authorities were using cone shaped speaker, which was banned by Salem city police in the city limits. "But, the police are yet to take action against them," Santhosh Kumar said.The collector received the petition and forwarded it to SMC commissioner, R Sadheesh, asking him to look in to the issue at the earliest.When contacted, one of the trustees of Jamia Masjid said they have obtained proper permission from the concerned officials and denied any violation of rules.TOI
Medical college scam: SC reserves order on case against ex-judge Quddusi
New Delhi:The Supreme Court has reserved its order on a petition by NGO, Citizens for Judicial Accountability and Reforms (CJAR), demanding an SIT probe into a corruption case registered by CBI against ex-Orissa High Court judge I M Quddusi in connection with a medical college scam.A bench of Justices RK Agrawal, AM Khanwilkar and Arun Mishra reserved its order for Friday after hearing CJAR counsel Prashant Bhushan and Attorney-General K K Venugopal.
Can’t direct govt to bring a law on torture: Supreme Court
New Delhi:The Supreme Court today said it cannot direct the Govt  to make a law to prevent torture and inhuman treatment in custody when the Govt  was looking into the issue in “all seriousness” and had decided to adopt the UN’ convention on torture. A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra referred to the submissions of Attorney General K K Venugopal who said the prayer in a plea with regard to framing of a law to prevent torture and inhuman treatment of individuals in custody was also a subject matter of discussion in the Law Commission.“The executive is looking at the issue with all seriousness,” Venugopal told the bench, which also comprised Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud. The bench was hearing a PIL filed by senior advocate and ex-law minister Ashwani Kumar, who has sought directions to frame an effective law on the issue and empower agencies like the NHRC with necessary enforcement capabilities and mechanisms to implement its orders and directions.PTI
Judge Loya's 'Suspicious' Death: Young Advocate questions the silence of Judiciary, Bar Association, Media
New Delhi: Questioning the silence of judiciary and Bar Association of India on the reported ‘suspicious’ death of CBI Special Judge Brijmohan H. Loya, a young advocate Dushyant addressing a press conference here at Press Club of India, on Monday, asked whether judiciary is “frightened”. Surprising over "almost no coverage" of the matter by the mainstream media, Adv. Dushyant demanded a high level judicial probe. “I am personally ashamed over the silence and no response of Bar Association on this. On constitution day even Chief Justice Dipak Misra did not speak up. Judiciary itself takes suo moto in even small matters. Is judiciary also frightened like media?” Adv. Dushyant questioned.Earlier, he said that it seems media is so scared or its priority is not to focus on major issues.Adv. Dushyant shockingly said: “NDTV is the only channel which covered this matter. Either the entire media is so scared or for media Padmavati is more important than such a death of a judge. In both circumstances the country is in grave crises. The main essence of reporting is truth of power.” IndiaTomorrow
SC dismisses petition seeking stay on Padmavati's release
The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a petition filed by lawyer Manohar Lal Sharma, seeking a stay on the release of the Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Padmavati' film.The court also took a strong exception to statements made by persons holding high offices against the film, saying the remarks were tantamount to pre-judging the movie which is yet to be certified by the Censor Board. Padmavati shall not be released abroad unless there is certification by film censor board, said a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra.The SC termed as "misconceived", the prayers sought by Sharma in his fresh petition and said that the court cannot pre-judge a movie which is yet to be certified by Central Board of Film Certification.
 RSS threat to Muslim, SC/ST, women: Kanhaiya Kumar
Bhopal: RSS is not only a threat to Muslims but also to SC/ST, OBC and women, alleged former JNU student union president Kanhaiya Kumar while addressing a public meeting here on Monday. The student leader was here to participate in ‘Youth Sansad’ organised at Bhopal Jan Utsav. Besides Kanhaiya, a number of students’ leaders including Sanjay Rajora, Kamla Preet Kour from Delhi University and general secretary of JNU students union Satrupa Chakraborti participated in the event.All the orators criticised NDA Govt and targeted PM  Narendra Modi alleging that Union Govt  was defaming the universities by terming them as centre of anti-national activities. It is because in these very universities that students are having scientific approach towards development and humanity and are keeping away from the ideology spread by saffron forces, said Kanhaiya. Taking jibe at Bhopal jailbreak,student leader said scientist of NASA should be called to examine the central jail where locks could be unlocked through wooden keys. FPJ
30% premature deaths due to air pollution: CSE report
New Delhi:Highlighting major links between environment and health, a study released in New Delhi on Monday held lifestyle diseases like obesity, mental health, cancer and heart diseases to count a few, as the major killers in India.Revealing the links of air pollution with mental diseases, a report by Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) stated that air pollution is responsible for 30 %  of premature deaths in India while every third child in Delhi has impaired lungs.“Over 61% of total deaths in India were attributed to lifestyle or non-communicable diseases (NCDs)... More than 1.73 million new cancer cases likely to be recorded each year by 2020, air pollution, tobacco, alcohol and diet change are primary triggers,” said the report “Body Burden” released by CSE.IANS
WORLD
UN envoy: Assad team not 'confirmed' for Geneva talks
The UN special envoy for Syria says the Govt  delegation has not yet confirmed that it will attend the latest round of UN-mediated talks with the opposition in Geneva.The eighth round of Geneva talks is supposed to focus on the issue of elections and a constitution, two of the four so-called baskets of reforms laid out by the  UN  for a political settlement to the Syria crisis."The Govt  did not yet confirm its participation in Geneva but indicated that we would be hearing from them soon," Staffan De Mistura said."Naturally we hope and indeed expect that the Govt  will be on its way shortly."De Mistura said there was a real danger of the "concrete fragmentation" of Syria, and that he was ready to engage with all those who came to the talks.Al Jazeera's James Bays, reporting from Geneva, said that the talks in the Swiss city, due to begin on Tuesday, were "probably" not going to start on time."The opposition are already here," he said."Syrian Govt delegates have postponed their flight to Geneva because they are angry that the opposition still say that  Bashar al-Assad must go." aljazeera
Geneva peace talks begin without Syrian regime
Syrian regime 'agrees cease-fire in Eastern Ghouta'
Geneva: Bashar al-Assad regime on Tuesday agreed to a Russian-proposed cease-fire in Eastern Ghouta on the outskirts of Damascus, a senior UN envoy said .Speaking in Geneva at an eighth round of Syria peace talks, Staffan de Mistura said: "l was just informed by the Russians today at a P5 [UN Security Council permanent members] meeting. “The Russians have proposed and the Govt  has accepted a cease-fire in Eastern Ghouta."anadolu agency
Israel in ‘quiet’ talks with ambassadors of 12 Arab, Muslim countries
Israel’s Ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, revealed on Monday that he is in “quiet talks” with his counterparts from 12 Arab and Muslim countries which do not have diplomatic relations with his country, Quds Press has reported. Speaking to Ynet News, Danon said that the atmosphere in the UN is now different to what it was in the past.“We were once banned from every discussion and event held by the ambassadors of these countries, but today we cooperate with them on a weekly basis,” he explained.“State of Israel is not the regional problem, it is the regional solution. That is why we are strengthening this cooperation.”Danon described the meetings with the ambassadors as “cordial” and sometimes “warm.” He puts the change down to new US envoy at UN, Nikki Haley.“Knowledge of US support for Israel today is public,” he added. “It reaches places that it has not reached in the past.” middleeastmonitor
Ex-Mossad chief describes Saudi as ‘lagging behind’ in development
Former Mossad Chief Gad Shimron has said that Israel is a developed country, while Saudi Arabia is a country “lagging behind” in terms of development, Shehab news agency reported. “Foreigners control the Saudi economy,” Shimron said. “Saudi damaged many of the files it was involved in: the Syrian file as it supported the opposition; the Yemeni file; and the economic domination of the Lebanese file. The Kingdom is a big story of failure.”The ex-spymaster pointed out that today “nobody” speaks about the Palestinian cause in Saudi Arabia. “Today, there is a common Satan. It makes a common interest between Israel and Saudi. When the enemy is common, we put our hands together and work together.”He added: “For the first time, the borders with the Islamic countries are clear against Iran and the Shia. When Israel stands with the Sunni countries, it is ready to form an alliance with them based on the proverb saying: ‘the enemy of my enemy is my friend’.”However, he noted that the current alliance between Israel and the Arab states is limited to words alone. middleeastmonitor
HRW urges UN to publish list of Israeli settlement-linked companies; middleeastmonitor
HRW has urged UNHRC to publish as planned a database of companies involved in Israeli settlement activity, as the Geneva-based body comes under increasing Israeli and US pressure to bury the list.“Ongoing illegal Israeli settlement activity highlights the urgency of the publication of a United Nations database of businesses that have enabled or profited from settlements”, the global rights group said in a statement published Tuesday.As summarised by HRW, “the database will publicly identify businesses that contribute to rights abuses by operating in or with settlements in Occupied Palestinian Territory”.This “will build pressure on businesses to stop doing business in and with settlements in order to meet their human rights responsibilities and for countries to respond to the Security Council’s call in its Resolution 2334 to distinguish between Israeli territory and settlements in their dealings”.
Hamas will not disarm and calls on Fatah not to succumb to external pressure
Hamas said that it has never put its weapons up for negotiation, and stressed that it would never bargain them away for any political gains. Khalil Al-Hayya of the movement’s Political Bureau sadi that the arms of the resistance groups are a red line and not a subject for discussion; nor is the issue of salaries for Govt  employees engaged by Hamas while it was in Govt  in Gaza Strip. Palestinian Authority in Ramallah is refusing to pay the salaries.Al-Hayya also called upon Fatah and the PA not to succumb to external pressure and damage the reconciliation process. The deputy head of Hamas in Gaza called upon the Palestinian factions and politicians to stop speaking about the resistance weapons. Insisting that Hamas is serious about reconciliation with Fatah, he rejected claims that the movement had rushed towards the process as some kind of “concession”. He described it instead as Hamas demonstrating its “flexibility” and pointed out that it is unapologetic for what it has done. middleeastmonitor
Fatah: Disarmament of Hamas not on dialogue table
Palestinian faction Fatah has denied making the disarmament of Hamas' military wing, the Qassam Brigades, a condition for ongoing Palestinian reconciliation talks.Osama al-Qawasmi, spokesman for Fatah, told Al Jazeera on Monday that the "weapons of the resistance" were a red line.Pointing out that it is only Hamas that has spoken to the news media on the disarmament question, al-Qawasmi said: "Fatah wants to discuss with Hamas the issue of security."Palestinian Govt  will not be able to operate and implement its projects and security plans in the Gaza Strip if it is without a security arm." Aljazeera
Israeli army imposing ‘draconian restrictions’ on Nablus residents
Israeli occupation forces are routinely “imposing draconian restrictions” on Palestinian residents of Balata refugee camp in Nablus, in order to protect Jewish worshippers visiting Joseph’s Tomb.During August-October, Israeli NGO B’Tselem “documented incidents in which soldiers accompanied Jewish worshippers on visits to Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus, imposing sweeping restrictions on the movement of Palestinian residents”, and using tear gas and opening fire on Palestinian youth.“Israel consistently places interests of the worshippers over those of Palestinian residents”, B’Tselem stated, “as part of the violent daily routine it has maintained in the [occupied Palestinian] Territories for fifty years”.Joseph’s Tomb is located on the eastern outskirts of Nablus, close to Balata Refugee Camp, and under Oslo Accords, constitutes an Israeli enclave inside so-called ‘Area A’. middleeastmonitor
Egypt court drops citizenship case against Ayman Nour
An Egyptian court has dropped a case against prominent opposition leader Ayman Nour that sought to strip him of his citizenship.He said that the case against him was politically motivated and that it never had a legal basis. aljazeera
Ayman Nour: Sisi has made Egypt 'a swamp of tyranny'
One of Egypt's leading opposition figures has told Al Jazeera that the country is ruled by an "oppressive military regime", which has killed off any chance of political pluralism.Former presidential candidate and leader of the Ghad al-Thawra (Tomorrow's Revolution) party,Ayman Nour, said Egypt's President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi was presiding over a failing Govt  that was harming Egyptian citizens and the wider region.Nour stood against former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in 2005, was jailed shortly after, and was an outspoken opponent of Mubarak's rule until the president was deposed during the 2011 Egyptian Revolution. "We're facing an oppressive and tyrannical regime that uses tools of the last century to deal with today's political reality," Nour said of the Govt, which has ruled Egypt since the coup."This has led to the killing of any chances of political pluralism, and a chance of any alternative to this oppressive military regime which has hijacked the Egyptian revolution...and turned Egypt into a swamp of tyranny."Nour described Sisi's rule as one characterised by "deviousness, lies, and lack of clarity" and accused Egyptian ruler of acting "deviously" on the domestic and international levels. aljazeera
'Egypt Mosque attackers wore military uniforms'
Cairo: Egypt Mosque attack, which claimed over 300 lives and wounded scores of worshippers on Friday, was carried out by dozens of men wearing military combat uniforms and armed with automatic machine guns. 25 to 30 attackers arrived in 5 SUVs at the al Rawdah Sufi mosque in Bir al-Abed on Friday. Some wore masks and at least one was carrying an ISIS flag, reported CNN, citing the state prosecutor as saying in a statement to the state-run media outlet.They positioned themselves at the building's entrances and the front of the mosque shortly before the massive gunfire and loud explosions rang out.An explosion reportedly took place inside the mosque when worshippers were carrying out their afternoon prayers. Following the explosion, gunmen arrived in cars and opened fire at the fleeing crowd.No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack.The al Rawdah Sufi mosque is known as the birthplace of an important Sufi cleric.ANI
Aung San Suu Kyi stripped of 'Freedom of Oxford' award
London: Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been stripped of the Freedom of Oxford award over her "inaction" in handling the raging Rohingya refugee crisis and turning a "blind eye to violence" in the country that forced over 600,000 people to flee to Bangladesh.Oxford City Council voted unanimously to permanently remove the honour given to Suu Kyi in 1997."Today we have taken the unprecedented step of stripping her of her city's highest honour because of her inaction in the face of oppression of the minority Rohingya population,"Councillor Mary Clarkson said.PTI
UN panel seeks report from Myanmar on rapes, deaths of Rohingya women
Geneva: A UN women's rights panel called on Myanmar Tuesday to report within six months on rapes and sexual violence against Rohingya women and girls by its security forces in northern Rakhine state. UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) also asked authorities to provide details on women and girls killed in the violence since the army crackdown began in late Aug.The campaign, which followed attacks on police posts by Rohingya insurgents, has driven more than 600,000 Rohingya to flee to Bangladesh and left their villages burned to the ground.The rare request for an "exceptional report" from a country was only the panel's fourth since 1982.Pope Francis met leaders of several faiths in majority-Buddhist Myanmar on Tuesday, stressing the importance of "unity in diversity" but making no mention of the minority Muslim Rohingya on his first day of a visit.He later said in a speech that civil conflict and hostilities there had "lasted all too long and created deep divisions", but again did not refer to the Rohingya.The U.N. watchdog panel, composed of 23 independent experts, set a 6-month deadline for the Govt  to submit the report to U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.Reuters
US working on new approach with India, Pak on Afghan
Washington: The US is working on a new approach with India and Pakistan for promoting stability and reconciliation in Afghanis­tan, the state department has said.The state department’s annual report on its financial priorities for the new fiscal year highlighted this as a key ingredient of Washington’s strategy for South Asia that US President Donald Trump announced on Aug 21.“Our approach to South Asia and specifically Afghanistan means new approaches with India and Pakistan to deny safe havens to terrorist organisations,” State Department Inspector General Steve A. Linick said.The main purpose behind this new approach was to “create the conditions for reconciliation with the Taliban and a process that supports the Afghan Govt  in providing security for their own people”, Linick added.IANS
Iran’s Supreme Leader bans women from cycling
Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has issued a fatwa (religious edict) banning women from riding bicycles in public places, Iranian media have reported.Last year, published reports quoted members of the Iranian Fatwa Committees of the Supreme Leader’s Office, who set conditions for adult women to ride bicycles and motor bikes, including not to attract the attention of male strangers. Fundamentalist websites have now published an old statement by Khamenei, in which he said that it is inappropriate for women to cycle. middleeastmonitor
FLASH: VIEWS & NEWS
Skewed media coverage? Gandhinagar Archbishop’s appeal to voters vs Vadtal Swaminarayan’s:Arjun Sidharth
Gujarat polls: As political parties focus on Patidars, Dalits, OBCs, ignored tribals are yet to get dues:Tarique Anwar
Targeting Islamic scholars from Malaysia to Tunisia, Saudia puts itself in the bull’s eye:James M. Dorsey, Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Senior fellow
Hadiya and Love in Time of Bigotry – Prof Ram Puniyani
Word 'Hadiya' means a guide to righteousness & right now, judiciary and state need it: Chitranshul Sinha Lawyer
Hadiya case is all about our old neurosis over Muslim men, invaders, seducers:SABA NAQVI
It’s the Constitution that has checked Hindutva forces to a great extent:D. Raja
Hafiz Saeed will be dealt with when Pakistani state wants, not when Washington or Delhi get annoyed:Ayesha Siddiqa
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