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12 December 2017

12 Dec.ND : Delhi FMs meet: India, China and Russia refrain from seeking East Jerusalem as Palestine capital/Rajasthan murder: Fearing for their lives, over 100 Muslim migrants from Bengal flee Rajsamand



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12 Dec.2017: 22 Rabial Awwal 1439:Vol:9, No:70
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Foreign ministerial meet: India, China and Russia refrain from seeking East Jerusalem as Palestine capital
New Delhi:India, Russia and China refrained from seeking East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine after foreign ministers of the 3 countries met in New Delhi on Monday.External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj hosted her Russian and Chinese counterparts Sergey Lavrov and Wang Yi for the 15th annual meeting of the Russia-India-China (RIC) in New Delhi. The joint statement issued after the meeting called for "negotiations aimed at creating an independent,viable, territorially contiguous Palestinian State living side by side in peace and security with Israel within mutually agreed and internationally recognised borders". It, however, did not have any reference to East Jerusalem.The last RIC joint statement issued after 14th meeting of the foreign ministers of the three nations in Moscow in 2016 had categorically called for East Jerusalem to be the capital of the future state of Palestine.The move by Russia, India and China to drop the reference to East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine came just days after US recognised the ancient holy city as the capital of Israel.New Delhi declined to toe US line on recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and stated that its position on Palestine was "independent and consistent" and shaped by its "views and interests, and not determined by any third country". India, however, refrained from reiterating its long-held view that eastern part of the holy city should be the capital of Palestine. India in fact stopped calling for East Jerusalem to be the capital of Palestine this year. Hosting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in New Delhi in May, PM Narendra Modi did call for "a sovereign, independent, united and viable Palestine,co-existing peacefully with Israel", but avoided supporting the demand for East Jerusalem to be the capital of Palestine. The leaders of BRICS too refrained from calling for East Jerusalem the capital of Palestine when they issued a joint statement after the summit of the 5-nation bloc at Xiamen in China in Sept. deccanherald
Russia, India, China Talk of Combatting Terror, but Moscow and Beijing More in Sync on Connectivity, ‘Quad’
India's deafening silence after US Jerusalem shift:AlJazeera
India's 2-sentence response to the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital last week elicited mixed reactions after New Delhi for decades strongly backed the Palestinian cause. The static statement to a dynamic situation was described by some as muted, others as pragmatic, and still others alleging it imbibes the anti-Muslim right-wing consensus of the ruling BJP. "India's position on Palestine is independent and consistent. It is shaped by our views and interests, and not determined by any third country," Raveesh Kumar, spokesman of India's Ministry of External Affairs, said last Thursday.But critics say this was deliberately vague and India should have posited a more vigorous reaction, considering the serious and retrograde effect of US President Donald Trump's Jerusalem announcement. "A more robust response would be to state India's position upfront. In any case, it would call for a two-state solution with East Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state," Manoj Joshi, senior analyst at the Observer Research Foundation, told Al Jazeera.Nivedita Menon, a professor at JNU, said the Govt 's lone comment has clearly reversed India's stance on Palestine. "It is not surprising that India will now not say anything against Israel as there is a very close bond being built between the two. The current Indian Govt 's closeness to Israel is also owing to the very clear Islamophobia of both the regimes. That's very obvious. It's a coming together of Islamophobic regimes," Menon told Al Jazeera."India has always expressed solidarity with Palestine. India has always opposed Israel's occupation of Palestine. There has been a long history of that. The democratic people of India still support Palestine, but the Indian state has clearly marked a shift," she added.Sreeram Chaulia, dean at the Jindal School of International Affairs, said India's evolving ties with Israel are based on pragmatism. "I don't think the fact that we are increasing our strategic cooperation with Israel should in any way come at the expense of the Palestinians. Our cooperation is based on pragmatic mutual benefit," Chaulia told Al Jazeera."We are independent, not influenced by outsiders. Similarly on this issue, we have an embassy of Palestine in Delhi. India is a major contributor to the Palestinian Authority and its institutions…If India was a major political player in the Middle East, we would have been forced to take a stand, but we are not."India and Israel have deep military ties. In 2017, India signed two arms deals, spending $2.6bn on Israeli missile defence systems.Economist Prabhat Patnaik said the decolonisation of Palestine is a precondition for world peace and in India's interest."Since an overwhelming number of countries in the world support Palestine's decolonisation, by distancing itself from this goal, India is also distancing itself from these countries," he told said.However, "Hindu right, which currently rules the country", wants to get closer to US-Israel axis because of its "ideological affinity ... of a shared anti-Muslim attitude", Patnaik said.India's relative silence after Trump's radical decision on Jerusalem could well mark a point of departure in the country's moral support for the Palestinian cause. Menon said India's solidarity with the Palestinians will for now have to be borne by ordinary citizens."It will have to be non-state, people-to-people contacts for India-Palestine solidarity now. I don't see how any ethical stance can condone Israel's occupation of Palestine.There is no ethical argument that can justify the occupation," Menon said.Al Jazeera
Doklam trespass by Indian troops put severe stress on ties: China
Beijing: The face-off between Indian and Chinese troops at Doklam put ties between the two countries under “severe stress” and efforts to foster mutual trust over the last year were “not very satisfactory”, the foreign ministry in Beijing said on Tuesday.The remark comes a day after Indian foreign minister Sushma Swaraj met her Chinese counterpart in New Delhi during what was the first visit of a senior officer since the military face-off on an icy Himalayan plateau.The standoff lasted for two months, ending as abruptly as it had began in June this year. Indian officials have insisted that the presence of their troops in the region was to oppose the construction of a road by Chinese troops, while Beijing has repeatedly called it a trespassing.“…In 2017, the relations between China and India have maintained their momentum of development as a whole. Both sides have made efforts in this regard. But they (the efforts) were not very satisfactory,” said the statement released by the Chinese MFA.MFA statement quoted Wang’s interaction with Swaraj and was unusually blunt. hindustantimes
CPEC halted funds: China's veiled support to Pak Army
Beijing: China's decision to redraft criteria for the funding of three roads which form part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, is likely to benefit the Pakistan military's engineering and construction company, Frontier Works Organisation, a Huffington Post report has said.Chinese support for Pakistan and its military brass has long been evident with its repeated veto in the UN Security Council of US, European and Indian efforts to get Masood Azhar, a prominent Pakistani militant designated as a global terrorist. Azhar is believed to have close ties to Pakistani intelligence and the military, writes Senior fellow S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, James M. Dorsey.China's decision to temporarily halt the supply of funds with respect to the construction of three roads is more that what meets the eye.Beijing has cited its concern over corruption in the CPEC projects as the reason for the move, but apparently it is "an effort to enhance the Pakistani military's stake in the country's economy at a time when the armed forces are flexing their political muscle.""The suspension of funding has coincided with apparent efforts by the military to increase its political sway by supporting militant and hard-line Sunni Muslim groups opposed to the ruling Pakistan Muslim League (N) headed by disgraced former PMNawaz Sharif," writes Dorsey.ANI
Rajasthan murder: Fearing for their lives, over 100 Muslim migrants from Bengal flee Rajsamand
In less than a week after Mohammad Afrazul, a labourer from Malda, West Bengal, was murdered in Rajasthan’s Rajsamand, over a hundred Muslim migrants have fled the town, fearing similar attacks. More plan to leave as soon as their pending work is done or their wages are paid.“A sense of fear pervades the colonies where the Bengali-speaking Muslim migrants live,” said Mosharraf Khan, Afrazul’s son-in-law, who is set to leave Rajsamand for Malda on Tuesday.Afrazul, 48, was killed by Shambhulal Regar,36, a resident of Rajsamand, on Dec.6. Regar called the labourer to a desolated place on the pretext of doing some construction work and hacked him to death with a pickaxe and burnt his body. Regar had his 14-year-old nephew film murder and record videos of him ranting against Muslims, calling them jihadis and accusing them of running drug and fake currency rackets and making movies that insult Hindu deities.In one video, Regar says he killed Afrazul to save a woman from “love jihad”, a term used by Hindutva groups to accuse Muslim men of wooing Hindu women with the express purpose of converting them to Islam.The Rajasthan police have refuted Regar’s claim that Afrazu forced a Hindu woman from his neighbourhood to convert to Islam several years ago. They have also not found any evidence linking Regar to Hindutva groups so far. “More than a hundred Muslims from Malda living in our neighbourhood have left for home and they are not sure they will ever come back,” said Mosharraf Khan. “They fear if this time it was Afrazul, tomorrow it could be them.”Mosharraf Khan was employed by a contractor for road construction and his work did not finish until this Sunday, or he would already have left.Afrazul had lived in Rajsamand for almost two decades and his son-in-law joined him 7 years ago. Both their families are in Malda. Afrazul was “well settled” in the town, Mosharraf Khan said, and often helped people from his village find work there.Some social activists in Rajsamand have been trying to persuade migrant labourers against leaving, but with little success. “In the past four days, we have held several meetings and tried to convince the Muslim migrants that they have nothing to fear,” said Firoz Khan, a resident of Rajsamand who heads Anjuman Peace Committee. “But we cannot stop them forcibly. They are scared beyond imagination after what they have seen. Senior police officials also joined our meetings but their words about stable law and order situation were not enough to stop the migrants from leaving. Most of them have left, a few are stuck because of work and payments.”Aliul Afrazul is stuck with “some paperwork” at Rajnagar police station, which is investigating the murder. Afrazul claimed between 100 and 150 of his fellow Muslim migrants have left Rajsamand. “I am done with my work here and I do not care about my pending wages,”he said. “I leave for Malda on Wednesday with 25 other labourers.” scroll.in
Rajasthan: Meo Muslim community wants cow smugglers to face social boycott
Meo community leaders have asked for the social boycott of cow smugglers after several incidents of cow smuggling in Mewat area of Rajasthan were reported.Community leaders have demanded that girls should not be married in those families where members are cow smugglers and neither should they be invited to social gatherings.The recent incidents of cow smuggling has also led to a growing suspicion amongst people living in Mewat area spread across parts of Haryana and Rajasthan's Alwar and Bharatpur.There are 40 lakh people from Meo community who live in this area.Because of cow smugglers within the community, Muslims in the area who breed and rear cows are getting a bad name. District Meo panchayat of Alwar district has decided to boycott cow smugglers."Incidents of cow smuggling are coming to the fore one after another in Mewat", said Sher Mohammad of district Meo panchayat, Alwar. Panchayat has appealed to the people to stop cow smuggling.But despite that,several incidents of cow smuggling are still being reported. Meo panchayat has also asked the people in Palla village in Haryana's Nuh area to boycott the cow smuggler who was caught on Monday. If they don't boycott the smuggler, the entire Palala village may face boycott."Subedar Khan and Deendar Khan, responsible for the slaughter of 36 cows in Rewara village have to face social boycott,"said Sher Mohammad. indiatoday
Love jihaad or violence: Mob thrashes Muslim man for 'living with girl of different community'
New Delhi:In yet another shocker from UP , a Muslim Man was thrashed by a mob for bringing a woman of different community to his house in Sambhal on Monday. The couple was later brought to police station, where a case of registered against the man. The victim claimed that the mob threatened to kill him because he was a Muslim. "8 to 10 men thrashed me saying I have brought a girl to my room and we're involved in indecent activities, when I denied that they said I am a Muslim and I will be killed. The girl and her parents know me very well," he told media. The Police have, however, booked the man under SC Act & molestation. "We received info that a man and a woman of different communities are staying in a house on rent. They were caught by people and brought to police station and a case of molestation was registered against him," Ranjan Sharma, Inspector Chandausi said. The victim was also subject to medical tests, the police officials said. indiatvnews
Muslim society demands trial of love jihad case out of Rajasthan
Mumbai: A section of the Muslim community in a press conference in Mumbai said that they would file an intervention petition to seek the trial of the recent alleged love Jihad case in Rajasthan outside the state. Senior members of the community said that the current atmosphere is radicalising members of the Hindu community."Over a period of time, there have been successive attacks on the members of the Muslim community either in the name of cow vigilantism of love jihad," said M Khalid, member of the community.Sarafaz Arzoo, editor of an Urdu paper said, "In Rajasthan, there have been more than one instances. We are looking to file an intervention petition in the case and may also look to have the hearing moved out of the state for a fair trial." dnaindia
Cow protection movement not against Muslims, Christians: RSS
Meerut:RSS general secretary Suresh Bhaiyyaji Joshi said the cow protection movement is not directed against Muslims and Christians and that it is being given a communal colour “unnecessarily”.He said demands related to “caste, region and language cannot bring about a change in society but Hindutva can”.“Confusion is being created with regard to the cow protection movement. It is not directed against Muslims and Christians. It is linked to the pride of the nation.A communal colour is being given to it unnecessarily,” Joshi said here.“We need to make the people aware about those who spread canards about cow protection and fan tension by giving a communal colour to such issues,” he said. hindustantimes
Gujarat elections: Officials forget to wipe existing data on EVMs, EC orders repolling in six booths on Dec.14
Gandhinagar:Election Commission has ordered repolling in 6 booths, where first phase polling was held on Dec9. The repolls will be held on Dec.14.Chief Electoral Officer of Gujarat BB Swain said the poll panel has cancelled the results stored in the EVMs in six booths in four constituencies of the first phase of elections.The presiding officers of these booths had forgotten to wipe out the mock drill poll results necessitating the re-election.  These are Dhunda and Manpar booths in Jam Jodhpur assembly constituency, Bandharda and Gangda in Una constituency, Chorwad in Nizar constituency and Chanod colony, Chanod in Umargaon constituency, both the latter are Scheduled Tribe constituencies. " Reasons for cancelling these booth results is that the Presiding Officers (PO) had forgotten to wipe and delete the existing mock poll drill in their EVMs. We have initiated necessary actions against these lax officials," Swain said.All voters of these booths, the concerned officials and political parties have ben informed bout this change.IANS 
Gujarat: For many Muslims, ‘devil’ EVM the real enemy
Chhota Udaipur: For many Muslim voters in Gujarat, if there is an issue of concern in the coming assembly election, it is the EVM.EVM -- described as the “devil” by one worried voter -- was the hot topic of discussion among the people, who, however, said they would vote in the Dec. 14 election in the state, despite their concerns.With the circulation of messages on social media sites about EVMs being tampered with, many in the border district of Chhota Udaipur feared their votes might be transferred to other candidates.“Our vote is the only power we have and if somebody changes it, what are we left with in a democracy,” asked 57- year-old Sayed Mala, a small-time construction contractor.Mala said he did not trust the electronic machines, adding that ballot papers were the more credible option -- a sentiment shared by many others across the district with three assembly constituencies. Educated sections of the people, with access to social media platforms such as WhatsApp and Facebook, were more worried about EVMs than the others.“I know who I will vote for. But I am not assured if it will be counted in his favour. But with a ballot paper, my vote can’t be changed,” said Kalol college student Sultan Hussain. Another constituent said he was not convinced about the VVPAT, a process to verify that the vote cast had gone to the candidate concerned.Farooq Sayeed from Timla village in Chhota Udaipur compared EVMs with the “devi”.“There are so many videos of EVMs being tampered with on social media. My vote can be changed,” he said.The worries about the machines were not largely shared by Hindu voters.PTI
Jay Shah seeks to delay hearing on gag order against The Wire
New Delhi: BJP president Amit Shah’s son, Jay Shah, on Tuesday sought to delay the hearing a civil court in Ahmedabad is set to hold on Dec.15 to decide on the ex-parte injunction it had granted at his request in Oct.against The Wire.Shah’s lawyers gave no specific reason for requiring more time to respond to The Wire’s written reply, which was filed on Dec.4.The Wire opposed the delay, citing the law, the high court deadline of 30 days, and the fact that it was only on Shah’s own request that the date of Dec. 12 had been set by the court.The civil court then directed Jay Shah’s lawyers to be present on Wednesday, Dec.13.On Oct.8, 2017, The Wire published a story about the financial growth of a company owned by Jay Shah, in the year following the BJP coming to power in the Centre.The Wire
Yashwant Sinha defends Aiyar, calls Pak conspiracy allegation ‘absurd’
Senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha has defended the private dinner meeting in former UPA minister Mani Shankar Aiyar’s house in honour of ex foreign minister of Pakistan Khurshid Ahmed Kasuri which was attended by former PMManmohan Singh and former vice president Hamid Ansari. The dinner meeting was also attended by former army chief Deepak Kapoor and several former Indian envoys to Pakistan.Speaking to The Wire Yashwant Sinha said:“I see nothing wrong in Mani Shankar organising a dinner meeting to discuss Indo-Pak peace prospects. I was also invited to the same dinner but could not attend it because of my political engagement in Akola in Maharashtra.” Sinha was in Akola to participate in a dharna to support farmers’ demands and was arrested by the local police. He was subsequently released after the state Govt  accepted in principle the demands of the farmers. The former finance minister in the Vajpayee Govt  said Aiyar and Kasuri are good friends from their days at Cambridge University, and Aiyar had once earlier had another dinner to mark the release of Kasuri’s book on India-Pakistan relations.THE WIRE
Former Army General Deepak Kapoor Calls Out Modi, Says 'Gujarat Election Not Discussed At Aiyar's Dinner'
Invited Taliban Leader In 2013, Claims Times Now: A Fact Check by boomlive.in
Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram meet a Taliban leader in Goa in 2013? A photograph of Chidambaram and Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Zaeef went viral today. The picture taken during ThinkFest 2013 organised by Tehelka shows Chidambaram and Zaeef in the same frame but not facing each other.News channels revived this image first tweeted by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in 2013. Times Now’s Exclusive story claimed that “UPA invited Taliban leader to speak at Think Fest 2013”. They also had a hashtag #CongTalibanTango as part of their tweets.During election season, any old image is good enough to create a fresh controversy. BJP leaders could be seen tweeting the image.Zaeef was invited as one of the 80 speakers that year and he participated in two different sessions on the 2nd and 3rd day of the event.We spoke to Tehelka’s then managing editor Shoma Chaudhury who moderated the sessions and she confirmed that Zaeef was invited by her as the event was known to bring diverse voices from all sections of society including politics and international diplomacy on a common platform.On Think’s website, we found the sessions list where Zaeef was listed on a panel with Choudhary and America’s former counterterrorism head with CIA Robert Grenier. Chaudhury said the man seen speaking to Zaeef in the picture is none other than Grenier. BOOM is not able to verify independently whether Chidambaram and Zaeef had any interactions with each other. It is highly unlikely for the media to miss such an interaction if it happened in public view. Interestingly, Think2013 was also sponsored by several companies with Essar as the principal sponsor and Adani being one of the associate sponsors.While it is clear the photograph is circulating once again 4 years after the event took place due to the pitched political battle between the Congress and BJP ahead of the second phase Gujarat polls, Zaeef’s invitation to Tehelka’s event had generated quite a bit of controversy in 2013 itself. Boomlive/ thequint
Impact of FRDI: Banks flooded with customers for withdrawing cash
Hyderabad: After the publication of the news that Govt of India is contemplating to enact a legislation which gives powers to the bankers to transfer saving bank amounts into fixed deposits for using them for other purposes, customers rushed to the banks to withdraw their money.Although bank authorities put up notices assuring the customers not to worry about their money, they did not pay heed to them.The banks made an attempt to highlight the criticism made by Finance Minister, Mr. Arun Jaitley on opposition parties that Govt. has no such intention to use public money without taking consent by the customers but the people were not convinced.All the political parties are saying that if the entire amounts are invested in fixed deposits, the customers will have no option to approach the court for making an appeal.These parties created a panic by exposing the intention of the Govt. to pass Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance Bill. They are saying that Govt. intends to take this step to save banks and financial institutions from going bankrupt. siasat
Retail inflation touches 15-month high of 4.88%, industrial growth slows to 2.2%
India’s annual retail inflation accelerated in November to a 15-month high of 4.88% even as industrial output growth slowed to 2.2% in Oct.from 4.2% a year earlier, Govt  data showed on Tuesday.The high inflation was mainly driven by faster rise in prices of food and fuel products. Separate data released by the Govt  showed that India’s factory output measured by the index of industrial production slowed to 2.2% in Oct. from an upwardly revised 4.14% in September. hindustantimes
5 cases, no action: Despite hate speech, cops give wide berth to VIPs
New Delhi: In Nov.just 4 days before Suraj Pal Amu, BJP's chief media coordinator at that time, offered a bounty for beheading actor Deepika Padukone,Haryana police had driven 360 km to arrest a 19-year-old, Shaqib, for posting an offensive image of PM Narendra Modi.An NDTV investigation found that in 2017, there were at least seven cases, where the police acted with alacrity to arrest ordinary people for social media posts that are seen as offensive to political or authority figures.  When it comes to VIP's however -- politicians, ministers, parliamentarians and legislators -- NDTV found the response is the opposite.Two days after SP Amu made the incendiary statement, Pawan Kumar, a resident of Gurugram, filed a complaint at the nearby Sector 29 police station, alleging criminal intimidation by the leader. A First Information Report was filed, but 20 days on, there has been no follow-up action by the police.Mamta Singh, spokesperson of Haryana police, told NDTV that in the "Fattehabad case (regarding Shaqib) investigation was done, evidence was on record, arrest has been made...As far as the other (SP Amu's) case is concerned, it is under investigation," she said.A video of SP Amu's statement had gone viral on media -- social and mainstream. Subsequently, the leader had repeatedly defended his comment in front of television cameras. The police inaction has allowed SP Amu, who has since resigned from the BJP, to make more violent threats. "Now my dream is to slap Farooq Abdullah on Lal Chowk in Srinagar. I challenge him to meet me there," he allegedly said at a recent public rally in Panchkula, a suburb of Chandigarh.  NDTV
Jisha rape, murder case: Kerala court finds migrant worker Ameerul Islam guilty;  counsel makes shocking statement saying ‘he is innocent, real murderer is out’
New Delhi:Following the Ernakulam Sessions court’s verdict convicting Ameer-ul-Islam, a migrant worker from Assam, who was pronounced guilty of rape and murder, his counsel Advocate B.A. Aloor stated, ”This is the biggest punishment that can be given to an innocent individual.” He also stated that the real murderer is out there as it was clear that there was more than one person involved in Jisha’s murder but the police have not probed this. Reacting to the court’s verdict, Jisha’s mother welcomed it and stated that she expects death sentence for the accused Ameerul Islam. The prosecution has also described it as a ‘rarest of the rare’ case.These statements are quoted as per Manorama and Mathrubhumi news reports.The brutal rape and murder of the 30-year-old law student had taken the state by storm. She was found dead with over 30 stab marks on her body. The initial police reports stated that the reason was revenge as she had resisted the accused strongly. From the pool of blood in which her body was found, the police sent it for forensic examination, which established and traced the blood stains to that of the accused Ameer. financialexpress
BJP accuses J&K govt of ‘cheating the nation’ for its stand on minorities
Jammu : BJP Jammu, on Tuesday, criticized its own Govt  for its stand on minorities in the state, saying that the policy being followed by it “amounts to cheating the nation” and looting the money from Govt  of India exchequer meant for religious and linguistic minorities in the state.Reacting, to the affidavit filed by the state Govt  in the Supreme Court, ruling out the formation of a state-level commission, BJP state spokesperson Prof. Virender Gupta said, “The Kashmiri leadership, that considers itself as a most secular lot in the country cannot afford to ignore the plight of minorities in the state who are criminally victimized and discriminated.” The state which constitutes about 68%  of Muslim population cannot provide benefits to the majority community which otherwise are meant for minorities in the state.Significantly, BJP is a major ally in the coalition Govt  of the state. The state Govt ’s affidavit had come as a response to a public interest litigation filed by a local lawyer Ankur Sharma, seeking directions to the state Govt  legislated minority commission for time-bound identification of religious and linguistic minorities in the state. indianexpress
Hyderabad: Hindu girl wins award for speech on Prophet
Hyderabad: An eighth standard girl, Akhila from Telangana Minorities Residential Educational Institutions Society - Girls Charminar 2 strengthened feel of secularism with her speech on Prophet Muhammed (PBUH). She bagged the first prize at the elocution contest ‘The Students Seerat Fest 2017’ recently that was conducted by Students Islamic Organisation of India, Babanagar Unit as part of the campaign “Muhammad (PBUH) for All”.An emotional Akhila, who spoke for four minutes in Telugu about the Prophet and his teachings about women’s rights, said, “I always wanted to learn about him. When I got to know about the competition I referred books and prepared the speech in 30 minutes. This was my first time on stage and it was overwhelming for me to win it for such an important topic.”Up to 14 schools, both Govt  and private, participated in the quiz and elocution following an essay writing competition on the topic “Inspired by Muhammed”.  Anwar Khan, President of AITA, said, “It is important for children to know about all religions and respect them with sincerity.”The Hans India
UP: Civil suit filed against 2 religious structures
Bareilly:A civil suit under section 91 (1) of code of civil procedure (CPC) pleading to shift religious structures erected mid of the road at the 2 busiest crossings in city, Chowki Choraha and Qila crossing was filed on Monday. The district court will hear the case on Dec.14. Advocates Virendra Pal Gupta and Gaurav Sharma in their writ stated that they had approached DM and city magistrate in this regard but no action was taken.Gupta said that Supreme Court had already said in its order passed in 2016 that unauthorised religious structures on roads were an insult to God.“These structures obstruct our right to walk. Our administrative officials don’t even bother to abide by SC’s orders,” said Gupta.SC in Sept.2009 had ruled that no unauthorised construction would be permitted in the name of temple, mosque, gurdwara or church on roads, parks and other public spaces.Gupta said,“For unauthorised religious constructions that had already taken place, SC had said in 2009, state administration would review to take appropriate action.Again in 2011, SC had restrained state Govt from granting permission to erect any religious structure on roads, pavements, sideways and other public spaces.”TOI
Communal clash in Bulandshahr village over ‘insult’ to flag
Meerut: Members from two communities pelted stones at each other at Meerpur village of Khurja town in Bulandshahr district on Monday. While people from one community were returning from a religious function, other group was taking out a rally in the area. Communal sloganeering from both sides led to a volatile situation and several people sustained injuries in the ensuing clashes.Police said that the three-day Aalmi Tablighi Ijtima (annual Islamic congregation) concluded in Meerpur on Monday after which a large number of devotees were returning home. At the same time, members from the other community were celebrating Shaurya Diwas and had assembled in large numbers at the ground of Polytechnic College. According to Khurja circle officer Jagdish Chand Singh, "Communities came face to face near Pahasu crossing. After some anti-social elements threw the flag being carried by one of the communities, the other mob turned violent and began pelting stones." Singh and Khurja police station in-charge Sanjay Panchal, who arrived at the spot with a handful of cops, tried to pacify the crowds. Later, elders from both sides calmed down the mob. Considering the sensitivity of the situation, additional force was sent to the area.Meanwhile, police have filed an FIR in the incident. Panchal told TOI, "An FIR has been filed against 5 persons under IPC sections 147 (rioting) and 336 (endangering life or personal safety of others). No one has been detained so far."TOI
Youth’s mysterious death sparks violence in Karnataka, BJP demands NIA probe
Bengaluru:Violence over the mysterious death of a teenager in Honnavar last week spread to another town in Karnataka’s coastal Uttara Kannada district on Tuesday as BJP stepped up its protest and sought an NIA probe in the case.Police said they resorted to “mild” lathicharge and used tear gas to disperse the agitators as a section of them pelted stones at the forces, damaged vehicles and burnt tyres during a protest called by the BJP and others in Sirsi.The saffron party has maintained that 18-year old Paresh Kamalakar Mesta was a “Hindu activist” killed by “Jehadi elements”, and demanded a probe by NIA.Kumta in the same district also witnessed violence when the car of IGP (Western Range) Hemanth Nimbalkar was set ablaze yesterday amid protests seeking justice for Mesta, whose body was found on Friday. He was reported missing on Dec.6.Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah has accused the BJP of using the incident for “political gains”. Senior police and district administration officials said the situation at Sirsi was now under control and peace had  been restored by dispersing the crowd.PTI
Child rights panel welcomes order directing TV channels not to show condom ads between 6am to 10pm
New Delhi: National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has welcomed the Govt’s order asking TV channels not to air condom advertisement between 6am and 10pm. In an advisory to all television channels on Monday, I&B Ministry had asked channels to restrict condom advertisements to late night.“We have received complaints regarding condom ads showing inappropriate content. We welcome the decision of Govt,” NCPCR chairperson Stuti Kacker said. Ministry said that it was brought to its notice that some channels carry advertisements of condoms repeatedly which are alleged to be indecent, especially for children.It referred to Rule 7 (7) of the Cable TV Networks Rules 1994, which says,“No ad which endangers the safety of children or create in them any interest in unhealthy practices or shows them begging or in an undignified or indecent manner shall not be carried in the cable service”.It also cited Rule 7(8) which states that “indecent, vulgar, suggestive, repulsive or offensive themes or treatment shall be avoided in all advertisements”. TV channels are hereby advised not to telecast the advertisements of condoms, which are for a particular age group, and could be indecent/ inappropriate for viewing by children, the advisory read.PTI
In Jaipur Class X, English passage on PM Modi fails spelling test
Jaipur: “Modi served as the CM of Gujrat for the four terms… As a spoker he is known as a craod-puller. He is the most sovy political leader of India.” How many spelling mistakes are there in these two sentences?Unfortunately, that was not the question asked of Class X students appearing for their half-yearly English exam in Govt  schools in Jaipur under RBSE. The mistakes — there were many more — were in the question itself. And they have left education officials in Rajasthan red-faced. Covering Modi’s life in brief, the passage says, “He used to help his father in selling tea”, and that his swearing-in was a “first of its kind” as he “invited all SAARC leaders”. It also refers to Modi joining the RSS at the age of eight and leaving home at 17. “He became RSS Pracharak,” states the next line. It describes Modi as a “vegetarian”, a “workaholic” and an “introvert” who “writes poems but in Gujrati”.Some of the questions that followed this passage were no different in style and substance: “How can you say that he is a poet?” “Why was his swearing in ceremony first of his kind?”The next passage — on a “little boy” — was followed by this question: “What kind of the boy was?”The Opposition Congress, meanwhile, highlighted the passage on the PMand accused the education department of having become a “medium” for BJP propaganda. Congress state president Sachin Pilot alleged that the “revision” of school curriculum was an attempt by BJP Govt  to influence youth through “blatant promotion” of its ideology.HT
Rajasthan to Feature Deendayal Upadhyaya’s Photo Alongside National Emblem on Letterhead
Jaipur: Rajasthan Govt  is all set to feature the Jan Sangh founder’s picture on all Govt  letterheads alongside the national emblem – probably the first state Govt  to effect such a change.The plan, prepared by CM Vasundhara Raje’s office, is likely to be announced formally on Dec.13, the BJP govt’s fourth anniversary.Earlier this year, in July, Rajasthan Govt  issued orders mandating the use of a Deendayal Upadhyaya logo on all Govt  advertisements. The ‘logo’ features a picture of Upadhyaya along with a mention of his centenary year, 1916-2016. In August, BJP asked its elected representatives to use the logo on their official letterheads for all correspondence. While that change was effected at the party level, the latest move will imply official endorsement by the state Govt .“Yes, it’s a cosmetic change to the letterheads. There is no large scale re-printing of official letterheads required for this since such letterheads are not used more than five-six times a month. We will simply paste stickers of Pt Deendayal Upadhyaya on the letterheads,” a senior Govt  official privy to the decision told The Wire.“All Central Gov  communication already features his image along with the national emblem,” the official added.The Wire
Mashkoor Usmani wins AMUSU presidential polls defeating grandson of BJP MLA
Aligarh: Mashkoor Ahmad Usmani, a BDS college student, defeated Ajay Singh to win the AMU Students' Union presdential election results of which were announced late in the night on Monday.He secured 2352 votes and was second with winner. Maskoor Ahmad Usmani bagged 9,071 votes and won by a thumping margin of 6719 votes by defeating Ajay SIngh who got 2352 votes and came second.Ajay Singh is grandson of BJP MLA Thakur Dalveer Singh from Barauli seat in Aligarh.Usmani hails from Darbhanga district and is a BDS student. The other candidate in the fray was Abu Baqr who got only 2192 votes.In Vice President elections, Sajad Subhan Rathor, got 5,711 votes, defeating by a margin of 3,106 votes, his nearest rival Aijaz Ahmed who got 2,605 votes. There were total six candidates for the post of Vice President including Vikrant Johri.This is the first time in the history of AMUSU Elections when a non-Muslim had contested for the top post. In another first, a Kashmiri student Sajad Subhan Rather has been elected for the post of chair in AMUSU. ummid
In a first, Kashmiri scholar elected vice-president of AMU Students Union
‘If a Muslim kills a Hindu, he is dubbed as terrorist, if a Hindu kills a Muslim he is dubbed as nationalist’
Bangalore: These days, communal elements are spreading false rumours against Hazrat Tipu Sultan Shaheed in Karnataka. Tipu Sultan was the first Indian to sacrifice his life to save the country from the slavery of Britishers. He was the first martyr of freedom struggle. Those who are spewing venom against the minorities should remember that the flag of Independent India was designed by none other than a Hyderabad woman Surayya Tayyabji. These views were expressed by secretary-general JD(S) Kunwar Danish Ali while addressing JD (S) Minority Convention at Tumakuru. Today law and order situation in the country has become worse. Secularism is murdered and communalism is fast spreading, he added. Danish said, minorities are exploited in the name of religion in the states like UP , Madhya Pradesh where BJP is in power. Muslims are killed in the name of love jihad. If any Muslim kills a Hindu he is called jihadi and terrorist where as when a Hindu kills a Muslim he is called nationalist. BJP is actually leading the country towards civil war. If the situation continues the security of its citizens would be at stake.siasat
WORLD
More than 8 million 'a step away' from famine in Yemen
A senior UN official has called for parties involved in the war in Yemen to allow "sustained and unimpeded humanitarian access" for the millions of Yemenis facing famine and battling disease."The lives of millions of people, including 8.4 million Yemenis who are a step away from famine, hinge on our ability to continue our operations and to provide health, safe water, shelter and nutrition support,"Jamie McGoldrick,UN's humanitarian coordinator for Yemen, said. The call comes as the Saudi-led coalition continues a blockade of Yemen, which began in October after it shut down the country's borders in response to a rebel missile that was shot down near the capital, Riyadh.Amid mounting international pressure, Saudi Arabia began to allow some humanitarian aid to enter the country in the last week of Nov.Despite this easing, the situation in Yemen remains severe, according to McGoldrick. "The continuing blockade of ports is limiting supplies of fuel, food and medicines, dramatically increasing the number of vulnerable people who need help," he said.The blockade was designed to cut off the alleged supply of weapons to Houthi rebels from Iran but has exacerbated what the UN has called the world's worst humanitarian crisis. aljazeera
One-third of Israelis live in poverty, reveals new report
About one-third of Israeli citizens live below the official poverty line, Latet organisation’s Alternative Poverty Report revealed on Monday, Arabs48.com said yesterday. Those caught in the poverty trap include around one million children. According to the report, 2.5m Israelis are classed as poor; that’s 29.1 %  of the population.The figure is made up of 1.46m adults and 1.06m children; one in every three children is poor.Latet, which runs the largest food distribution network for the poor in Israel, said that it asks people to answer five questions covering education, residence, food, health and living expenses. If respondents answer “yes” to at least three questions they are regarded as “poor”.Poverty is one of the biggest issues facing the Israeli Govt , with an 18 %  increase in poor people since last year.The report also found that 38 %  of Israelis suffer from a lack of education opportunities below graduate level. One quarter of Israelis apparently have trouble meeting their living expenses.Moreover, of those requiring food aid to exist, some 65% have large debts. More than half of the children in such circumstances cannot afford to buy school books and equipment. middleeastmonitor
'Beaten' Palestinian boy in viral photo to face charges
A 16-year-old Palestinian boy, shown in a photo that has been roundly condemned as symbolising the Israeli army's use of excessive force, has been accused of throwing stones at a group of armed Israeli soldiers.An image of Fawzi al-Junaidi, blindfolded and surrounded by more than 20 Israeli occupation forces, was widely denounced as it was shared on social media earlier this week.The scene pictures al-Junaidi looking disoriented, wearing a grey shirt and ripped jeans as dozens of soldiers crowd around him carrying guns and wearing protective gear, including helmets and knee pads.The teenager, who denies throwing stones, was arrested on Thursday amid ongoing protests across the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip over a US decision on Dec. 6 to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. aljazeera
OIC meets tomorrow in Istanbul to discuss Jerusalem
Istanbul: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will meet here tomorrow to discuss U.S. President Donald Trump's controversial decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and the steps that will be taken by leaders from the Muslim world.Turkey, as the term president, last week convened the emergency meeting, which President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said would draw a road map for Muslim countries which oppose the decision, reports the Turkish newspaper Daily Sabah.UNI
Trump’s Egyptian advisor leaves office 2 days after Jerusalem decision
Dina Powell, the senior presidential advisor who has been active in the revival of the peace process and was deputy national security adviser, resigned from the White House two days after US President Donald Trump announced that his administration would recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Official channels have said Powell’s departure has been expected because she had only ever planned to remain in office one year, however sources have stressed that her decision was based on Trump’s move in support of Israel. Powell played a key role in Trump’s Middle East diplomacy initiative with lead diplomats describing her as a “secret weapon”, according to The Times newspaper. middleeastmonitor
Writers, actors and musicians condemn Trump Jerusalem move
Tilda Swinton, Mark Ruffalo, Roger Waters, Peter Gabriel and Brian Eno are among dozens of writers, musicians and actors who have condemned Donald Trump’s move to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.In a letter to the Guardian, figures from across the arts world says the move by the US president will help to further an Israeli agenda to “erase Palestinians as a political and cultural presence from the life of their own city.”The letter accuses the Israeli Govt  of subjecting the Palestinian people to “municipal discrimination at every level” and instigating a “creeping process of ethnic cleansing”, which it says will be made worse by Trump’s move to change the status of Jerusalem.theguardian
Turkey: Opposition head calls for cutting Israeli ties
Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader called on the Govt  to cut diplomatic ties with Israel. Speaking to lawmakers at a meeting for the 2018 budget, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, said: “If there is a tyrant somewhere, and if he tyrannizes, then we must resist him.”Kilicdaroglu criticized Arab countries for their halfhearted response to the US move on Jerusalem.“Unfortunately, so many Arab countries do not exhibit the response which we have shown [for Palestine],” he said.Recalling President Tayyip Erdogan’s remarks on cutting diplomatic ties with Israel, Kilicdaroglu said: “If you want to sever ties, then go ahead. We are backing you.”middleeastmonitor
Iran: Some Arab states agreed on Trump’s decision on Jerusalem
Some Arabic countries were aware of Donald Trump’s decision on Jerusalem and even coordinated it with him, the Iranian Foreign ministry said yesterday.“We consider this a betrayal to Palestinian issue and the Islamic world,” ministry stressed.It noted that Tehran would attend the extraordinary OIC Summit on Jerusalem in Turkey, adding that it had prepared a programme to support the Palestinian cause. On the Saudi-Iranian relationship, the ministry pointed out: “There has been no change or development in our relations with Saudi Arabia,” adding “Saudi Arabia is still pursuing a wrong approach with its neighbouring countries in the region.” middleeastmonitor
Ex-Saudi intelligence chief Turki al-Faisal criticizes Trump
Ex-Saudi intelligence chief Prince Turki al-Faisal criticized US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in one of the most vehement reactions from the Kingdom.In a letter to Trump published by Al-Jazirah, Monday, Turki – who was the kingdom’s ambassador to Washington and remains influential – described the move as a domestic political ploy to fuel violence.“The bloodshed and unrest will follow your opportunistic decision to achieve an electoral gain,” Prince Turki said. Turki wrote:”Your decision has encouraged the most extremist powers in Israeli society to justify their arrogant claims to all of Palestine because they take your decision as a permission to expel all Palestinians from their land and impose a regime of a state of slavery on them.”
Makkah, Madinah imams silent on Jerusalem in Friday sermons
Saudi imams of the Grand Mosques in Makkah and Madinah did not mention the situation in Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque during their Friday sermons, Shehab.ps has reported. Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem is regarded as the holiest place in Islam after the two Grand Mosques.Although he did point out that the Kingdom “reiterated the legal rights of the blessed Palestinian people” and hailed King Salman and other Muslim leaders for seeking the best for Islam and Muslims, well-known Shaikh Maher Mu’eqili did not mention the issue of Jerusalem in his Makkah sermon. Shaikh Abdullah Al-Bu’ejan, who delivered the Friday speech in The Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah, did not mention the issue at all. Instead, he discussed God’s miracles in the change of the seasons throughout the year.In the wake of Trump’s decision about Jerusalem, the Saudi Royal Court ordered the local media not to give the issue wide coverage, Al-Araby Al-Jadeed reported.Saudi and Bahraini Embassies in Amman also called on their citizens living in Jordan not to take part in the demonstrations organised to protest against the US move. middleeastmonitor
Saudi Crown Prince slammed for purchase of ‘un-Islamic’ painting
Activists and scholars have criticised Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed Bin Salman, for purchasing Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi at a record $450 million last month.The critics argued that the sale process and price, which is believed to be three times higher than the anticipated value, come at an awkward time as the Kingdom, led by the prince himself, launched a mass anti-corruption campaign against hundreds of princes, former lawmarkers and businessmen.Algerian human rights activist and former diplomat, Mohamed Larbi Zitout, wrote on Twitter: “How much money does one have to have to pay this much for a painting and where did he get it from?”“What is the Islamic ruling on such a deal according to the clerics of the two Holy Mosques?” he added in reference to Saudi clerics.Some reports accused the Saudi Crown Prince of using the auction to launder money, while others criticised the purchase of a painting which depicts a prophet, in contravention of the teachings of Islam.On Friday, Saudi embassy in Washington denied  media report that the Crown Prince was the painting’s ultimate buyer. Middleeastmonitor
Global company Caterpillar hired surveillance firms to target pro-Palestine activists
Multinational manufacturing giant Caterpillar engaged surveillance firms to monitor political groups, including the family of pro-Palestinian activist Rachel Corrie, the Guardian reported today.Leaked documents from 2 corporate intelligence firms have revealed that several international companies gathered information on numerous activist groups they viewed as potential threats to their businesses.One of the firms, C2i International, used 2 infiltrators who pretended to be sympathetic to the cause in order to acquire advance warning of demonstrations that were being mounted against firms.MEMO
Egypt: 161 placed on terror list over Brotherhood membership
Egyptian authorities listed 161 citizens, including 21 women, as terrorists on charges of membership in an outlawed outfit, in reference to Muslim Brotherhood, and spreading chaos in the country, the Egyptian official gazette reported yesterday.The decision to list the 161 persons was issued in November, the paper said, adding that they will remain on the country’s terror list for three years.Egypt banned the Muslim Brotherhood, designated it a terrorist organisation and launched an unprecedented crackdown on its leaders, members and sympathisers in the wake of the 2013 military coup that ousted the first democratically elected President Morsi. middleeastmonitor
FLASH: VIEWS & NEWS
A meeting, a conspiracy: BJP’s fear, foreboding about Gujarat outcome leads to a bizarre theory: Karan Thapar
By accusing Manmohan Singh of anti-national act, Modi has redefined the Opposition as the enemy: Anjali Mody
Gujarat polls: Where is vikas? Are Modi’s speeches only about Rahul, Muslims?
As Patidar Anger Grows, BJP Struggles in Modi-Shah’s Home Mehsana:Damayantee Dhar
No country for Afrazul:Syeda Hameed
Bombed into famine: how Saudi air campaign targets Yemen’s food supplies:Iona Craig
Analysis:Erdogan, champion of Palestine and 'Arab street' opportunist:Suraj Sharma, journalist based in Istanbul
The growing tide of fake news in India:Ruchi Kumar
Modi Era is Over.. ?Amaresh Mishra
Dec.Ought to Be a Month of Remorse and Introspection for Hindus:Apoorvanand
Gujarat’s Rs 20,000 crore gas scam and malfunctioning EVMs: Are they connected?jantakareporter
EU already recognises Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem, just more quietly than Trump:Asa Winstanley
By Linking Ahmed Patel and Pakistan, Modi Is Deflecting From the Real Issues in Gujarat:Ajoy Ashirwad
Muslim Tomb Found During Jerusalem Roadwork Deemed 'Not Ancient,' Will Be Paved Over: haaretz
BBC: Viewpoint: India court disregards woman's right to choose husband
In Online Hate Groups, Torrent Of Support For Rajasthan Man Who Hacked Labourer:NDTV
Babri Masjid Case: Here’s What Kapil Sibal Said in Court: Nizam Pasha, advocate in SC

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