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30 December 2017

30 Dec.ND: Palestine conveys ‘deep regret’, recalls envoy for attending Hafiz Saeed event after India protests/AIMPLB to approach SC after RS passes triple talaq becomes law



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30 Dec.2017: 11 Rabial Aakhir 1439:Vol:9, No:85
 INDIA
Palestine conveys ‘deep regret’, recalls envoy for attending Hafiz Saeed event after India protests,
New Delhi:Palestine on Saturday decided to call back its Ambassador to Pakistan, Walid Abu Ali, after he shared the stage with JuD chief Hafiz Saeed during an event in Rawalpindi. The move comes hours after India raised concerns with the Middle East country following reports that Ali attended a rally organised by Difah-e-Pakistan Council, headed by Saeed, on Friday.“Palestine has decided to recall its Ambassador to Pakistan, Walid Abu Ali, for sharin the stage with Hafiz Saeed,” ANI quoted Palestinian ambassador to India Adnan Abu Al Haija as saying.Haija said the Palestine ambassador didn’t know Saeed. “Our ambassador doesn’t know this person (Saeed). Our ambassador’s speech was after Saeed and he left soon. For us, even that is not accepted and a decision has been taken,” Haija clarified.Haija said the Govt  fully supported India in its fight against terrorism. “Because of that my Govt decided to directly call our ambassador back home and he won’t be made ambassador to Pakistan anymore,” he said. Calling PM  Narendra Modi a great guest to Palestine, he said, “I hope he will soon visit Palestine and we are waiting for his visit.”Earlier on Saturday, External Affairs Ministry condemned the act by Palestinian ambassador in strong words and called it “unacceptable”. “Govt has strongly conveyed to Palestinian side that Palestinian ambassador’s association with terrorist Hafiz Saeed, who is proscribed by the UN, at an event in Rawalpindi on Dec.29 is unacceptable,” ANI quoted ministry said.MEA said Palestinian side had assured Govt they were taking serious cognisance of their envioy’s presence at this event. “Palestinian side has conveyed deep regrets over the incident and assured Govt that they are taking serious cognizance of their ambassador’s presence at this event,”MEA claimed.“They have said they will deal with this matter appropriately. It was also conveyed that Palestine highly values its relationship with India and stands with us in war against terrorism and will not engage with those who commit acts of terror against India,” ministry said. indianexpress
Palestine says sorry to India for presence of its Pakistan envoy at Hafiz Saeed rally
TALAQ BILL
Real motive behind Modi Govt’s desperation to pass Triple Talaq Bill in Lok Sabha?
The contentious Triple Talaq Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha on Thursday as the ruling BJP enjoyed majority in the lower House of the Parliament. Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad termed Bill historic.He said, “We are creating history… Today is the day of creating history. When the entire nation is watching us, our women (Muslim), sisters and daughters are watching us and wondering if they will get justice or not, then when the bill is passed you all will one day say that you too had voted for this Bill…I want to request the House that complaints and moaning will continue. Let’s be united once. Let’s speak in one voice for the reform, our daughters, daughters of the Muslim community, equality and gender justice.”Prasad’s passionate speech may have given the impression that the Centre’s Modi Govt indeed had thrown its weight behind the Triple Talaq Bill out of their concern for the victims of instant divorce within the Muslim community. However, not many noticed that the Union Law Minister had given away his Govt’s real intention within his speech, when he briefly talked about the allegations of forcing Uniform Civil Code on Muslims in India.He said, “And they mentioned Common Civil Code. There’s no mention of Common Civil Code here as I made it clear right in the beginning. I made it abundantly clear that this Bill was only about Triple Talaq. And why Triple Talaq? That’s because the Supreme Court in its judgement clearly said that ‘we are only discussing talaq-e-biddat or Triple Talaq. We will consider other issues such as polygamy, Talaq-e-Halala separately later.”This is where Prasad seems to have given away his Govt’s real motive on Triple Talaq, because what the minister desperately sought to attribute to the Supreme Court is, in fact, the real intention of his Govt. jantakareporter
AIMPLB to approach SC after RS passes triple talaq becomes law
Lucknow: Expressing its serious reservations over the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill passed by the Lok Sabha the All India Muslim personal law board has said that the board may approach the Supreme Court against the triple talaq bill once it is passed by the Rajya Sabha and the bill becomes the law.“AIMPLB will take steps through democratic means to amend, improve or scrap. The board may approach the Supreme Court against the triple talaq bill once it is passed by the Rajya Sabha’’, said Zafaryab Jilani, the secretary of the board. “An option is always open to challenge the law passed by the Parliament, in the SC which is against the Supreme Court’s judgment and the Indian Constitution. Convener of our legal committee has also suggested that it can be challenged in the court. However, we will decide our future course of action once the Bill is passed and law is enacted,” Jilani said. “We will take whatever steps required through democratic means for scrapping of the proposed law. Bill was introduced with undue haste in parliament without consulting the stake holders. The board should have been taken into confidence by the Govt  before rushing to Lok Sabha with the bill “AIMPLB spokesperson Maulana Khalil-ur-Rehman Sajjad Nomani said here on Friday.“Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad while tabling the bill in parliament also quoted the board and a women MP of the ruling party tried to answer the queries raised by the Board in a letter to the PM  proving that the Govt  recognises the board. So the board should have been taken into confidence,” Nomani said.Maulana said AIMPLB wanted triple talaq bill to not be in conflict with either the Constitution, Supreme Court order or the Muslim Personal Law Board.“We had demanded that Bill should have been prepared only after consultation of representatives of Muslim women organisations, Muslim Personal Board, but it doesn’t mean that we were against the Bill. We only wanted that Bill should not be in conflict with Constitution of India, SC Judgment or Muslim Personal Law Board,” he said. Dailypioneer
Triple Talaq bill aims at destroying Muslim society: Maulana Khaleelur Rahman
Triple Talaq Bill is against Constitution and rights of women: Jamaat-e-Islami Hind
New Dlhi:A prominent body of Indian Muslims, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind has termed, the bill introduced by the Central Govt  and passed by the Lok Sabha regarding triple talaq is not only as against Article 25 of the Constitution of India which guarantees religious freedom but also goes against the recent judgement of the Supreme Court on the issue.The Secretary General of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Muhammad Salim Engineer in a statement said, “Not only is this Bill against Article 25 of the Constitution of India which guarantees religious freedom but also goes against the recent judgement of the Supreme Court on the issue of triple talaq. It is being told that the Bill has been introduced to protect the rights of divorced women, but when the triple talaq itself shall not be legal and a valid form of divorce and (pronouncing triple talaq) will not result in a divorce, then how can a punishment be awarded for the same? Then in article 5 of the Bill it is mentioned that the husband shall take the responsibility of maintaining the divorced wife and his children. The question that arises is that when the husband who issues triple talaq will be behind bars, how would he be able to take care of his divorced wife and children? Then after spending three years in jail, how could it be expected that the husband would be able to resume a happy married life with his wife?”Engineer Salim said,“Govt declared that it is introducing a Bill regarding the Shariah laws. But, strangely, Govt did not deem it necessary to consult the Islamic scholars, Shariah experts, Muslim community and Muslim religious organizations and representatives of Muslim women organizations. After the Supreme Court judgment regarding triple talaq there was absolutely no possibility nor need for such a Bill. According to the legal experts this Bill goes against Articles 14,15 and 25 of the Constitution.” theindianawaaz
Triple talaq bill also against welfare of muslim women: Darul Uloom VC

New Delhi:Maulana Mufti Abul Qasim Nomani, VC, (mohtamin) of Darul Uloom Deoband strongly reacted to the bill criminalising the triple talaq, stating that the law which says about justice and respect and for women is against the welfare of Muslim women.Nomani said, “It is not a matter of single or triple talaq. If the bill is passed then in the eyes of the law, the divorce stands void. But the society will see them as divorced. Under the law, the man will be sent to jail. If that happens, who will take care of the woman and children — the court or the Govt ? While the man will suffer in jail, the fate of the woman and their children will hang in the balance,” he said.ET
Triple talaq: AP Muslim leaders decry passage of Bill
Vijayawada: All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AMPLB) member Syeda Aaisha Tayyaba and members of various Muslim organisations opposed the triple talaq Bill passed in the Lok Sabha, stating that it would cause injustice to members of the community.Addressing the media here, Ms. Tayyaba said the decision taken by the Centre to pass the Bill was one-sided as many Muslims, including women, were opposing it as the Bill criminalised triple talaq.Muslim Hakkula Porata Samithi State general secretary Farooq Shubli said the Bill would not solve the problem. Instead, it would separate the couples and affect the children.Jamaat-E-Islam leader Akbar Basha said the telephonic survey conducted on triple talaq was a farce. Muslims will teach a lesson to BJP, TDP, and other parties that supported the Bill in the ensuing general elections.thehindu
Vijayawada:Muslim leaders denounce Triple Talaq Bill
Cong against maintenance, jail clauses of triple talaq bill
Bengaluru:Congress party on Saturday objected to the jail and maintenance clauses of the triple talaq bill. Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge said, “There are lots of shortcomings in the triple talaq bill. Some sections will promote hatred and jealousy among the families instead of resolving disputes.” He also objected to the provision of jail term to Muslim men who will violate the triple talaq law “If a man is sent to jail then after release he will have grudges towards his wife and probably won’t look after her properly. If the man is sent to jail, then it would destroy the family economically,”Kharge said. He also objected to the maintenance clause of the bill and said, “Since 80% of Muslims belong to the lower middle class and poor strata of the society, it would be difficult for a man to pay maintenance to his wife when he has to also take care of his old parents.” ANI
Triple Talaq Bill To Be Tabled In Rajya Sabha Next Week
Triple Talaq Bill will be tabled in Rajya Sabha next week. Bill making triple talaq illegal with up to 3 years in jail for husband, has taken another step with Lok Sabha passing it. mid-day
Owaisi targets Modi: Bring law to punish those who abandon their wives
New Delhi:Those who marry and abandon their wives should be punished and the Govt  should bring a law to this effect, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said in Parliament.“If at all you want to bring a law, then make a law that if a person marries and abandons his wife, he should be punished,”He said, without naming anyone, while participating in a discussion on the bill in Lok Sabha that criminalises triple talaq.He demanded that Govt should create “a corpus of Rs 1,000 crore” to take care of the women whose husbands would be jailed under this law and the wife would have no means of sustenance.IANS
Owaisi compares Lok Sabha debate on triple talaq to day of Babri Masjid demolition
MP Asaduddin Owaisi, who staunchly opposed Muslim Women Bill, has equated the debate in Lok Sabha with the demolition of the Babri Masjid.  In an interview, MIM president said, "The scene in the Lok Sabha was like Dec. 6 (1992). We can neither forget Dec. 6 nor the scene in Lok Sabha on Thursday."When asked that despite his staunch opposition, the Bill was passed, Owaisi said that if a Muslim man divorces his wife by saying the word 'talaq' thrice, it is a crime and should be stopped, but "there is no empirical data to support the argument that it is such a big social evil that harms society".The three-time Lok Sabha MP from Hyderabad questioned the requirement for a three-year prison term in the Bill. "When the Supreme Court (SC) has ruled that merely uttering triple talaq cannot dissolve marriage, what is the requirement for a three years' jail? We have several laws like section 498A of IPC, Sections 20 and 22 of the Domestic Violence Act 2005 and the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Divorce) Act 1986 to protect women."Owaisi also questioned the logic for jail term in the Bill. "How will a man who has been jailed for uttering 'triple talaq'' provide allowance/compensation to his wife from prison?" Owaisi said that he had suggested amendments to desertion and abandonment provisions, but they were not included. "BJP avoids desertion and abandonment amendments due to vested interests while the Congress wants to prove that it is more pro-Hindu than the BJP," he alleged.IndiaToday
Communal agenda behind ‘haste’ showed for Triple Talaq Bill:CPM leader Kodiyeri
Kalpetta: CPM State Secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan has alleged that the communal agenda of the RSS is behind the ‘haste’ shown by Union Govt  in introducing the triple talaq bill in the Lok Sabha. Kodiyeri said the Supreme Court had ruled that triple talaq is ‘illegal’. The CPM is against the practice, he added. When the progressive section of the Muslim community took a stand against the triple talq earlier, the CPM had stood with them, Kodiyeri said.He said he doubted the intentions of the BJP-led central Govt  in bringing the Bill in a haste. Kodiyeri said since the Supreme Court had declared triple talaq ‘illegal’, there is no need for such legislation. RSS’ agenda is to create communal polarisation and to bring young Muslim men behind bars through the Bill. mathrubhumi
2 UP colleges survey: 43% people in 3 UP districts feel govt ‘interfered’ in Islam through triple talaq bill
Meerut: A day after the Lok Sabha passed the triple talaq bill, a survey by 2 UP colleges has found that 43% people in Meerut, Ghaziabad, Hapur and Modinagar believe that the Narendra Modi Govt has "interfered" in Islam through the issue of triple talaq. While 38.47% of respondents said that there had been "no interference", 11.8% couldn't comment on the issue.The survey was conducted by the department of political science of Ismail National Women's (PG) College, Meerut, and Ginni Devi PG College, Modinagar, on 1,500 people."Out of the total number of people who were questioned, 646 believed that PM  Narendra Modi interfered in the Muslim religion by touching the triple talaq issue," said the research compiled by associate professor Dr Shivali Agarwal, who heads the political science department of Ismail National Women's (PG) College.Meerut Qazi Zainus Sajidin said, "The tabling of this bill is equivalent to interfering in Shariat. This bill has been tabled in haste because it is against the Islamic Law. According to Shariat, if a man says talaq thrice, it will be considered as divorce, but according to the proposed law, it will not be talaq. So, the woman will actually be living illegitimately with her husband if the law is enacted. It is necessary that the Govt  reconsiders it."The survey also found that 70.2% of the people believed that the practice of triple talaq should be abolished. 24.4% people said that the practice should not be brought to an end and the remaining 5.4% said they could not say anything on the matter.The research included 67.53% Hindus, 30.87% Muslims and 1.6% from other communities. It was done from September 2017 to mid-Dec. 2017.TOI
Muslim intellectuals oppose triple talaq bill
Bhubaneswar: Several Muslim intellectuals from Odisha, some of them clerics, joined the opposition Congress and the ruling BJD in opposing the triple talaq bill passed in the Lok Sabha. They condemned the 'hasty' tabling and passing of the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017, on the instant talaq issue.Ayub Khan, senior BJD leader and lone legislator from the Muslim community in the asembly, said the BJP Govt  at the Centre has passed the bill forcibly. "The bill is against the Islamic religious law - Shariat- and treats it as criminal instead of accepting that it is a Muslim's civil right," said Khan.Intellectuals too stressed on consensus. "A common view should be fostered before this legislation instead of rushing it," said former vice-chancellor of Berhampur University, M Q Khan."This consensus should be built not only by taking the views of a cross-section of the Muslim community, but also of all political parties," Khan said.TOI
Women hail triple talaq bill, seek ban on polygamy
A day after the Lok Sabha passed the contentious bill on triple talaq, the development was hailed by several women involved in the judicial war against practice, with a rider that the Govt  should have also banned polygamy.The women, including those who waged the war against the practice said, "a new beginning has been made" and it will prove to be a deterrent for the husbands from saying talaq-e-biddat to their wives. The women advocate Farah Faiz, Rizwana, Razia, who were associated in the fight against triple talaq and polygamy in the SC, expressed satisfaction that at least "a start" has been made by present NDA dispensation. "A new beginning has been made which would protect Muslim women from immoral practice of nikah halala," said Faiz, whose view was shared by Rizwana and Razia with a slight variance.PTI
Parliament projected Muslim Personal Law Board in poor light: Soz
Srinagar:Former union minister and senior Congress leader Saif-ud-Din Soz said Parliament projected Muslim Personal Law Board in a poor light."I am one of those persons who tried to show utmost respect to All India Muslim Personal Law Board all these years, although I had serious reservations on its functioning. Board had been functioning arbitrarily and totally undemocratically all these years, leaving the victim Muslim women to fend for themselves in courts,” Soz said. “Now that the parliament has declared ‘Triple Divorce in one-go’ as criminal offence, the Board must do a serious thinking on its future. The Board must set its house in order by proving its representative character and adopting democratic and transparent methods in future,” he said. greaterkashmir
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NIA approaches Interpol again for Red Corner Notice against Zakir Naik
New Delhi: NIA has again approached the Interpol seeking a Red Corner Notice (RCN) against Zakir Naik, who the agency has charged with promoting communal hatred through his speeches. Interpol general secretariat issues a red notice to locate and provisionally arrest individuals pending extradition, based on an arrest warrant by a member country.“A fresh request for issuance of the RCN against Naik along with the copy of the charge sheet has been sent to Interpol through its Indian nodal agency, the CBI,” said a senior home ministry official requesting anonymity.“If an RCN is issued against Naik, it will be difficult for him to move freely outside Malaysia as other Interpol member countries may arrest him and inform India to deport him back,” said the home ministry official.HT
Uttarakhand madrasas plan to take up Sanskrit as a subject for Muslim students: hindustantimes
Rudrapur: At a time when communal divide seems to be rising, Muslims in Uttarakhand are planning to teach Sanskrit in madrasas, Islamic schools, from the next academic session, in a bid to acquire skills related to ayurveda and yoga.The Madrasa Welfare Society that governs 207 madrasas across Dehradun, Haridwar, Nainital and Udham Singh Nagar districts proposes to begin Sanskrit language as one of the subjects under centrally funded Scheme to Provide Quality Education in Madrasas (SPQM). Nearly 25,000 students are enrolled in these madrasas.The society has written a letter to CM  Trivendra Singh Rawat seeking his nod to appoint Sanskrit teachers.Sibte Nabi, chairman of the society, says the madrasas are already imparting modern education in Hindi, English, Science and Maths besides Dini Talim, the religious subject, to students.“When we can teach English, a foreign language, why can’t we teach an ancient Indian language?” Nabi told HT.He said with the thrust on yoga and ayurveda, there has been spurt in the demand for qualified experts.“The base of ayurveda lies in Sanskrit. By learning Sanskrit, Muslim students will be able to compete for medical education,” he said. Maulana Akhtar Raza, manager of a madrasa at Kichha in Udham Singh Nagar district, said Sanskrit is not alien to Muslims. “Several Muslim scholars know the language well.”Sanskrit is the second official language in Uttarakhand, which has 82.97% Hindu population, as per 2011 census figures, and are followed by Muslims with 13.95%.Madrasas in the state are managed under by Uttarakhand Madrasa Education Board which issue various equivalent to formal education, such as Maulvi equivalent to high school, Alim equivalent to intermediate, Kamil equivalent to graduation and Fazil equivalent to post-graduation level.Parents and students are upbeat about the idea of Sanskrit in Islamic schools. Mahboob Ali, a medical store owner whose daughter is a student of Maulvi (1st year) in Garib Nawaz Madrasa, said, “By learning Sanskrit, our children will be able to compete for mainstream jobs.” Mohammad Mehfooz (18), a student of Madrasa Ishatulhaq, Haldwani, dreams of becoming a civil servant and wants to opt for Sanskrit as one of his subjects. “Sanskrit could help me score good marks,” he says.
AP: Muazzin assassinated in attack on masjid, Quran desecrated
Rajahmundry: Miscreants attacked a masjid in a village in AP and killed the muazzin.According to the details, Noorani Masjid in Talacheru Village of Rajahmundry was attacked and its muazzin, Mohammed Farooq (60), a native of Bihar was killed.He had come to this place a few months back. He was a kind-hearted person who was leading the life according to the tenets of Islam due to which miscreants targeted him.They also desecrated the Quran and burnt the other articles. Burnt pieces of cigarettes and beedis were found in the masjid. The local residents told that this kind of incident took place for the first time in Rajahmundry. They demanded to arrest the culprits. Dead body of Muazzin was shifted to hospital for postmortem. Police sought 48 hours to search for the attackers. The adjoining areas of Rajahmundry became tense. siasat
Hindu outfit releases ‘communal violence calendar’
Kolkata: Hindu Samhati released a calendar chronicling incidents of “ethno-religious cleansing” that have allegedly taken place in the last 70 years.Founder and adviser of Hindu Samhati, Tapan Ghosh said there were 57 instances of major communal violence in West Bengal from February 2001 to December 2016. A larger number of such incidents have taken place after 2011, when Trinamool Congress came to power, he claimed.“In 34 years of Left Front rule, a large amount of communal violence took place in West Bengal, but most of them were not reported. One of the biggest incidents of communal violence took place in Deganga area of North 24 Parganas in 2010, when the Left Front was in power. However, a large number of such incidents also took place after the Trinamool Congress came to power. We want state Govt  to arrest the culprits irrespective of their caste, creed and religion. They must be pushed as per law,” Ghosh said. According to the list published by the Hindu Samhati, most of 57 instances of communal violence had targeted Hindus. indianexpress
‘VHP won’t allow new masjid in Ayodhya’
Bhubaneswar: VHP will not let Muslims construct any new masjid in Ayodhya where a grand temple of Lord Ram will surely be built, said Pravin Togadia, international working president of the VHP, here on Friday.“We want a Ram temple to be built in Ayodhya, the birthplace of Lord Ram. My question is why it has not been done yet. I can understand why it could not come up during the past 450 years, because Mughals were ruling the country. But it is baffling why it did not happen in independent India,” he said, while addressing a VHP-Central board of trustees and managing committee conference here.“Hindus are demanding that all obstructions in the construction of the Ram temple be cleared immediately. Hindus deserve the right to build the temple in Ayodhya,” said the VHP leader. thehindu
‘RSS, VHP are anti-Hindu’
magaluru:RSS, VHP and similar organisations with communal ideology are the real anti-Hindus, Dinesh Amin Mattu, Media Adviser to CM  Siddaramaiah, said here on Friday. Speaking at the Komu Souharda Vedike’s 15th anniversary programme, he said communalists never speak about the loopholes in Hindu religion. “Hinduism has survived for long because of many saints, poets, social reformers who constantly carried out reforms, addressing the caste-based discrimination. The communal groups never talk of this discrimination. They are the true anti-Hindus.”Amin Mattu said communalism could be countered effectively by raising caste issues. “The recent elections in Gujarat has proved this. Alpesh Kumar, Jignesh Mevani and Hardik Patel raised the issues concerned to the caste groups. Those who ruled the State for over 22 years could not answer them effectively.”He opined that the communal ideology could be defeated only through a political party with a strong ideology. “There is a lack of clarity within Congress. When Rahul Gandhi visited temples during elections in Gujarat, many in the party found it difficult to defend. There is nothing wrong in being a religious person. We need to know the difference between a religious person and a communal person. While a religious person speaks about his religion, communal persons speak against other religions.” thehindu
Civil Liberties Monitoring Committee Demands Fresh, Fair Investigation in Ayesha Rape, Murder Case:TCN
Lateef Mohd Khan, the general secretary of Civil Liberties Monitoring Committee has stated in a press statement that it has been ten years since the brutal rape and murder of 19-year-old Ayesha Meera a native of Tenali and a student of Nimra Medical college of Vijayawada, but till now justice has eluded Ayesha Meera and her family.“With the unholy collusion and nexus of the politicians and policemen the whole investigation process has been sabotaged. And to save the real perpetrators of crime the supposed to be an independent and impartial investigation was influenced and given a wrong direction, thus making a mockery of justice,” said the statement.19-year-old Ayesha was a first year B.Pharma student at Nimra Medical college who just returned back to her college hostel after celebrating Eid with her family. Ayesha was sadistically raped and dreadfully murdered on the night of December 27, 2007 and her blood soaked naked dead body was thrown in the bathroom of the hostel. The incident sparked a rage of anger and sorrow among the general public and there was a widespread belief about the involvement of the hostel’s warden, grandson of a politician and the local Vijayawada mafia in the incident as there was a Christmas party underway at the ground floor of the hostel in the night when this incident has occurred.Since the very beginning of the investigation Police did not act in a fair manner and it showed the arrest of some other person and announced that particular person to be the assailant of Ayesha Meera. “As a result of this pernicious investigation in the end a handicapped dalit youth Satyam Babu was made a scape goat,” alleges CLMC’s. twocircles
Pakistan says 192 pilgrims for Nizamuddin’s Urs denied visa by India
Pakistan claimed on Saturday that India has denied visas to nearly 200 pilgrims who wanted to visit the country to participate in the death anniversary ceremony of Hazrat Khawaja Nizamuddin Auliya. Foreign Office said in a statement that “Pakistan regrets the last minute postponement and non-issuance of visas by India” for the visit of 192 devotees to participate in the Urs ceremony (death anniversary) in New Delhi from January 1- 8.PTI
Edgy Assam puts army on standby as draft NRC to be published on Dec 31
Guwahati:On Saturday midnight millions across Assam will be glued to their smart phones or computer screens trying to find out whether their names are in an updated draft recording details of Indian citizens amid heightened security in the state.The first part-draft of the contentious updated National Register of Citizens (NRC), a process which is being undertaken only in Assam with a view to weed out illegal immigrants, will be made public on December 31st midnight. Apprehending violence and unruly incidents from those whose names get left out from the first draft, nearly 45,000 police and paramilitary forces have been deployed in sensitive places across the state. hindustantimes
Incompetent people forcing their version of history upon others, says IHC chief
Kolkata:A section of the people is trying to thrust upon others its own version of history without being competent enough to write about the subject, general president of the 78th session of Indian History Congress (IHC) KM Shrimali on Friday said.The Indian History Congress is committed to the cause of writing secular and scientific history of the country, Shrimali said while addressing the IHC session here. “On behalf of the Indian History Congress, I can assure you that we fully share your apprehensions about the kind of history that some people are trying to thrust upon us without being competent enough to write about history,” he said.“We are committed to the cause of secular and scientific history,” Shrimali said.Opposition parties have been accusing the BJP and the RSS of trying to “rewrite and distort” the history of India in order to put forward their agenda of Hindutva.A section of Sangh Pariwar and Hindutva groups have claimed that a distorted version of history is being taught in the country by Left and liberal historians.HT
Compulsory attendance move taken to malign JNU: Teachers' body
New Delhi: The teachers' body at JNU on Thursday slammed the administration's "compulsory attendance" decision as a "malicious" act to create a problem "where none exists", maintaining that it was taken despite objections of several teachers.In a circular dated Dec. 21, JNU administration informed the students of attendance being made compulsory from the upcoming winter session.The circular said that the decision was taken as per a resolution passed in the 144th Academic Council (AC) meeting held on Dec 1.However, the JNU Teachers' Association (JNUTA) said no decision was taken on the said matter and when the proposal was put through the Council, it was "met with dissent".IANS
NITI Aayog slowest in disposing public grievances: Report
New Delhi: Govt  think-tank NITI Aayog is slowest among 52 central ministries and departments, when it comes to addressing public grievances, reveals a Govt  report.According to the Centralised Public Grievance Redress and Monitoring System report, NITI Aayog disposed of only 54 %  of total 5,883 grievances received since the date of its formation January 1, 2015 till December 28, 2017. Of the total 2,677 pending grievances, 774 are pending since over a year, the report shows.The report takes into account the total pending and disposed public grievances of 52 central ministries since January 1, 2014. It does not however specify if NITI Aayog inherited some of those grievances from its predecessor 'Planning Commission of India'.IANS
As Gujarat Deputy CM sulks over allocation of portfolios, Patidar leaders rally behind him
Ahmedabad:"Nitinbhai should break from the BJP with his MLAs and we will talk to the Congress to support him," says Patidar quota agitation leader Hardik Patel.Even as the Gujarat Govt  faces a crisis of sorts, with Deputy CM  and prominent Patidar leader Nitin Patel sulking over the allocation of portfolios to him and the taking away of the powerful departments of Finance, Petrochemicals and Urban Development from him, leaders of the community are rallying behind him. Patidar quota agitation leader Hardik Patel said, "Nitinbhai should break from the BJP with his MLAs and we will talk to the Congress to support him."Earlier, Mr. Hardik asked the Deputy CM  to join his stir ''to fight for justice'' to the Patidar community. “Nitinbhai can join in our fight for justice. After all, he got only lollipops in the BJP,” 24-year-old  Hardik said in Botad, where he is holding a Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) meeting to deliberate and discuss their future strategy. Mr. Hardik is likely to meet Nitin by Sunday. thehindu
Mumbai's Kamala Mills tragedy: 100 illegal structures demolished, 3 cases registered
 In a major crackdown, civic officials in Mumbai on Saturday demolished illegal structures in at least 100 restaurants and pubs, a day after a blaze in an upscale pub claimed 14 lives.The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) initiated a mega demolition drive and had razed illegal, unauthorised structures of at least 100 restaurants and pubs across the city till afternoon, an official said. As many as 1,000 officials and employees of the civic body had hit the streets and become a part of the exercise, he added."The unauthorised hotels and restaurants, not only in central Mumbai, but also those located in the distant suburbs, such as Malad and Mulund, are facing action," BMC spokesperson Ram Dotonde said.PTI
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Egypt sentences ex-President Morsi, 19 others to 3 years in jail for insulting judiciary
A Cairo criminal court sentenced former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi and 19 others to three years in prison on Saturday, and fined him 2 million Egyptian pounds ($112,700) on charges of insulting the judiciary.Others tried by the court in the same case including leading Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel Fattah and lawmaker and television presenter Tawfik Okasha were instead given fines ranging from 30,000 to 1 million Egyptian pounds.The verdicts can still be appealed.Morsi, democratically elected after Egypt’s 2011 revolution, was overthrown in mid-2013 by then-general Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, now the president, through a military coup.He was immediately arrested and is now serving a 20-year sentence after being convicted of inciting killing of protesters during demonstrations in 2012 and a 25-year sentence for spying for Qatar.MEMO
Egypt’s ousted president Mohammed Morsy, 18 others sentenced to 3 years jail
Israel: Officials slam Netanyahu’s meetings with Zionists rabbis
Israeli Minister of Justice Ayelet Shaked has criticised Orthodox Zionist rabbis for meeting with the Israeli PM  Benjamin Netanyahu who is embroiled in corruption investigations, Israel’s Haaretz newspaper reported.“It’s because of them that he disregards us,” the paper reported Shaked as saying during a private meeting with close associates from her Jewish Home party. “Netanyahu knows that he has the rabbis [in his camp],” she added.Shaked has also complained about a letter sent by Rabbi Haim Druckman in which he called not to participate in the right-wing anti-corruption protests which took place in Jerusalem last weekend.Haaretz quoted commentator on religious parties, Israel Cohen, saying: “Party leaders are bothered, and rightfully so, that there is someone [Netanyahu] who is bypassing them and talking with rabbis over their heads. … It looks to them like their power is being weakened.”
Guatemala says Jerusalem embassy move is final
Guatemala's foreign minister says her country's decision to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem is final, urging the international community to "respect" this commitment. "It's a decision that has been made ... It is not going to be reversed," Sandra Jovel told journalists on Friday, according to a report from the AFP." Guatemalan Govt  is very respectful of the positions that other countries have taken, and as we are respectful of those decisions, we believe others should respect decisions made by Guatemala." aljazeera
Turkey’s Erdogan, Pope Francis hail UN Jerusalem vote
In a telephone conversation on Friday, Turkey’s president and Pope Francis both hailed last week’s UN resolution rejecting the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, presidential sources said.The pontiff and Recep Tayyip Erdogan also both underlined the significance of mutual efforts to protect the status quo of Jerusalem — sacred to Islam, Christianity and Judaism — said the sources, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.Earlier this week, Pope Francis also urged a negotiated two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and called for Jerusalem’s status quo to be respected to prevent further conflict. middleeastmonitor
Israel formally  withdraws from UNESCO: aljazeera
Israel filed notice to withdraw from UNESCO alongside US. Israel has blasted UNESCO in recent years over the organisation's criticism of Israel's occupation of East Jerusalem and its decision to grant full membership to Palestine in 2011.
PA has to announce ‘death’ of Oslo Accords, insists Hamas official
A senior Hamas official in Gaza has insisted that the Palestinian Authority should announce the “death” of the Oslo Accords signed with Israel in 1993, Shehab.ps reported on Friday. Mahmoud Al-Zahar made his comments on Turkey’s Channel 9 television.“Oslo did not bring our nation anything except destruction,” Al-Zahar explained, “and the last chapter of this was Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.” He stressed that the Palestinians have to stick to the option of all kinds of resistance, including “armed resistance”. The PA, he added, should also declare the whole of Palestine to be occupied territory.However, noted Al-Zahar, the PA does not want to abandon Oslo. He pointed out that the late PA President Yasser Arafat was killed because he wanted to use the “armed resistance” to push Israel to “turn to him” and “to achieve political gains through negotiations”.When asked about internal reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah, Al-Zahar said that his movement had “conceded everything” to guarantee its success. Nevertheless, he insisted that Hamas would never accept the ongoing procrastination should PA continue to refuse to take full responsibility for the Gaza Strip.
Israel pushes National Basketball Association to delete ‘Occupied Palestine’ from website
America’s National Basketball Association has removed reference to the “Occupied Palestinian Territories” from its new website following complaints from Israeli ministers, it was reported on Friday. The name appeared on a list of countries which enables fans to vote for their favourite players for the 2018 All-Star Game.According to the Jerusalem Post, Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely said that politics should not be mixed with sport. She claimed that referring to land “connected with the Jewish nation for thousands of years” as “occupied” is a mistake.Her cabinet colleague, Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev, sent a letter to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver calling on him to remove “Occupied Palestinian Territories” from the list. middleeastmonitor
Ailing Syrians evacuated from besieged Damascus suburb
Aid agencies have evacuated another 29 critically ill people and their families from Eastern Ghouta, a suburb of Syria's capital Damascus that has been under Govt  siege.The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Syrian Arab Red Crescent collaborated in the evacuation of 85 civilians in total, according to a press release by Syrian Arab Red Crescent released on Friday.The patients included 17 children, six women and six men, Syrian Arab Red Crescent said, adding that all of them were suffering from life threatening conditions that require advanced hospital care and treatment. The evacuation also included transfer of their families which included 17 children, 31 women and 8 men, it added. aljazeera
Syrian regime has used 70,000 barrel bombs since 2012, says rights group
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has said that the Syrian air force has dropped an estimated 70,000 barrel bombs on its own citizens since July 2012. The organisation revealed the details in its report “The Ruthless Bombing”.The use of barrel bombs, said the Observatory, is a manifestation of “one of the most appalling ways in which the international community has blatantly let down the Syrian people.” The barrel bombs, it suggested, “have been forgotten almost completely in the last year” with no condemnations of the repeated use of this “barbaric” weapon. middleeastmonitor
Tehran police won't arrest women for violating 'Islamic' dress code
Women in Iran's capital, Tehran, will apparently no longer be arrested for not adhering to the "Islamic" dress code in public.The Tehran police force has laid out a new law. Women who step out in public without wearing the conservative Islamic dress-code--which bans makeup, nail polish and loose headscarves--will not be arrested for dress-code violation.While violators will not be arrested, they will have to take a police-instructed class on "Islamic values", so that they can actually adhere to the dress code without protesting ever again. What's more, if you flout the dress code despite taking the classes, repeatedly, legal action will be taken."Based on a society-oriented, educational approach, the police will not arrest those who don't respect Islamic values. It will instead educate them," Brigadier General Hossein Rahimi was quoted as saying by Iran's official news agency, the Islamic Republic New Agency.IndiaToday
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