Thursday, 1 February 2018

01 Feb.ND: Union Budget : No 'Achhe Din' for middle class, Income tax slabs for salaried class remain unchanged/ Congress wins all 3 by polls in Rajasthan: Alwar, centre of cow mob violence rejects BJP; Trinamool retains both seats in Bengal

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01 Feb.2018:14 Jamadiul-1 1439:Vol:9, No:111
INDIA:UNION BUDGET
Union Budget : No 'Achhe Din' for middle class, Income tax slabs for salaried class remain unchanged
The Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented the Union Budget for FY 2018-19 in the parliament. It was Modi government's last full fledged budget before the Lok Sabha polls in 2019. The budget laid a lot of emphasis on making major strcutural reforms in the agriculture, health care and education sector. The budget did not bring about much cheers to the salaried class as the non taxable income tax slab remained unchanged. There was some relief for the corporate sector by way of a cut in the corporate taxes for firms with an annual turnover of upto Rs 250 crores.The budget projected the Indian economy to grow between 7.2 to 7.5 per cent in the second half of the current fiscal and is on way to becoming the 5th largest economy of the world.The Economic Survey was presented by FM Arun Jaitley on Jan 29. The survey had projected a GDP growth of 7 to 7.5 percent for the economy in FY 2018-19. However fiscal deficit was one of the major challenges which be a major stumbling block for the economy in the near future.This year's budget hogged a lot of limelight as it was the first one to come out after the Modi government’s two major big financial reforms  - Demonetisation and GST.
Income Tax Slabs, Rates Remain Unchanged, Standard Reduction Raised to Rs 40,000
Budget: FM unveils mega health insurance, gives little to middle class,
Budget 2018 for common man: No Income Tax slabs relief for aam aadmi; mobile, TV get costlier
Budget focuses on farm sector, gives little to middle class
Budget : Despite Rs 40,000 deduction, salaried class gets little relief
Finance minister Arun Jaitley Thursday provided little relief to salaried class as benefits under the proposed Rs 40,000 standard deduction will be neutralised to a large extent by inclusion of transport and medical allowances and 1 per cent hike in health and education cess.Already the individual tax payer was getting benefit of Rs 19,200 under transport allowance and Rs 15,000 under the medical allowance. Both these components add to the tax benefit of Rs 34,200 ]per annum.So, the effective tax gain is to the tune of Rs 5,800 per annum with the introduction of standard deduction.According to Parizad Sirwalla, partner (tax), KPMG, the withdrawal of annual tax free transport allowance and medical reimbursements has squared off the benefit on account of standard deduction.“An annual incremental net reduction of Rs 5,800 in income results into tax savings of Rs 302 and Rs 2,081,” Sirwalla said. At the same time, Sirwalla said, maximum tax rate overall has increased to 35.88 per cent from existing 35.53 per cent taking into account 1 per cent increase in education cess. hindustantimes
12% Hike in Budgetary Allocation for Minority Affairs, 20% for Tribals
New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented the Union Budget 2018-19 in the Lok Sabha on Thursday. The central government has allocated Rs 4,700 crore for the Minority Affairs, a hike of around 12% from the allocation in the previous budget.The government has proposed to spend around Rs 2,500 crore of that allocation on education empowerment.For welfare schemes meant for Scheduled Castes, the government has increased the budgetary allocation from Rs 52,719 crore in 2017-18 to Rs 56,619 in the 2018-19 budget.For Scheduled Tribes, the budget has been increased to Rs 39,135 crore in the new budget from the Rs 32,508 in the last year’s budget.Caravan News
Budget 2018: Imported cars, juices, mobiles, gold, silver to be costlier
A large number of imported items including mobile handsets, cars and motorcycles, fruit juices, perfumes and footwear will become costlier as the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday hiked customs duties on these products in the Union Budget 2018-19.However, select items such as imported raw cashew nuts, solar tempered glass and raw materials and accessories of cochlear implants will become cheaper with the government today reducing import duties on these items.PTI
Budget 2018: Imported cars, bikes to get costlier as govt hikes customs duty by 5%
Budget 2018: List of items that will pinch your pockets and what will become cheaper
Budget 2018: Jaitley failed, consequences will follow, warns Chidambaram
New Delhi: Opposition leaders tore into Modi government's last full Budget presented today, with most voicing concerns over the mounting fiscal deficit.Former Finance Minister and veteran Congress leader P Chidambaram said: "The Finance Minister has failed fiscal consolidation test, this failure will have serious consequences." Congress president Rahul Gandhi tweeted his contempt for the newly-presented Union budget.ASIAN AGE
A Budget that Seeks to Boost Votes, Not Growth:ARUN KUMAR
A Budget That Promises a Great Future for Education But Does Little for Schools and Colleges Today: Kiran Bhatty
Budget 2018: In An Election Year, it Doesn’t Pay to Be Seen as Too Business Friendly:Sidharth Bhatia
Budget 2018:Numbers Need to Be Evaluated With Care:Rajul Awasthi
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Congress wins all 3 by polls in Rajasthan: Alwar, centre of cow mob violence rejects BJP; Trinamool retains both seats in Bengal
 New Delhi/Jaipur: Rajasthan that seemed to have become a laboratory for communal polarisation at the hands of the Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and RSS has dealt BJP a massive defeat in two Parliamentary and one Assembly by polls, the counting for which was held today. This has been the first time in 40 years that the ruling party in a state and centre has been defeated in the Lok Sabha by polls. As Congress leader Sachin Pilot, told The Citizen, the results of such bypolls always go in favour of the party in power. But this time the voters brought in the Congress in both Alwar---the seat of cow mobs---and Ajmer with a decisive margin. BJP had won all the 25 Lok Sabha seats in Rajasthan in 2015. Pilot said that the Congress victory was a defeat for the politics of communalism. And a rejection for all the gau rakshak violence, as such communalism impacted on the lives of all communities, not just the Muslims. He said that the people had, through this vote, made it clear that they were not enamoured of the politics of divisiveness, and wanted development and equal opportunities. He said that the youth in particular had come out for the Congress. Pilot said that BJP had tried to pull the Congress into the trap of communalism, “but we kept out of this, we stayed away and kept focusing on the economy instead. We reached out to the people of all castes and communities, without falling into the trap of polarisation, and that worked.” Happy with the success, Pilot is now looking forward to re-capturing Rajasthan from the virulent BJP rule in the Assembly polls due later this year. Alwar had become the citadel of right wing communalism, with cow mobs being given protection by the police. The Citizen reported, at leasd 12 gau raksha police stations had come up in Alwar district alone, where our reporter was told by the local administration that the force assigned to these was in place to protect cows, and ensure that the related laws were implemented and executed. However, the vote for Congress clearly shows that the voters have rejected the politics of hate with the epicentre of communal cow mob action moving decisively out of teh BJP grip. In Bengal, significantly, Trinamool Congress has won the Noapara and Uluberia Lok Sabha seats. Although its nearest rival in both these constituencies is the BJP, and not the CPI(M) and the Congress that slumped to third and fourth positions. Although it is early yet to analyse the results, there is more than a hint of communal polarisation here, in Uluberia particularly that has elected Muslim legislators for the past four decades. This accounts thus, for the growth of BJP as well as the fact that all the other parties fielded Muslim candidates from this seat. However, Trinamool Congress margin is over double the votes secured by the BJP in both Ulueberia and Noapara. The results of the latter have been announced with TMC candidate Sunil Singh winning by over 63,000 votes. The results read: TMC wins- 111729, Second position BJP - 38711, CPI(M)fairly close behind- 35497 and Congress barely registering a presence- 10527. thecitizen
Bye-election results LIVE : Setback for BJP as Congress scores in Rajasthan; TMC sweeps West Bengal
Supreme Court rift: CJI introduces new subject-wise roster system, will hear PILs himself
CJI Dipak Misra on Thursday introduced a subject-wise roster system to hear cases in the Supreme Court from Feb. 5. The roster shows what type of cases will be listed before benches headed by the twelve most senior judges of the top court. However, the bench headed by the chief justice will hear all PILs and letter petitions. Misra will also hear cases related to elections, social justice, criminal matters, appointment of constitutional functionaries, commissions of enquiry and contempt of court matters, Bar and Bench reported. The roster will apply to new cases, not existing ones.Justice J Chelameswar, who ranks second in the court after Misra, will hear cases pertaining to labour, indirect taxes, criminal matters, and consumer protection, NDTV reported. Misra’s move comes after 4 SC judges – J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph – held a press conference on January 12 and said that the chief justice had not addressed their concerns. One of the major issues the judges raised was that the chief justice had assigned important cases to benches arbitrarily.In a letter to the chief justice, the judges acknowledged that he was the master of the roster, but that this was “not a recognition of any superior authority, legal or factual of the chief justice over his colleagues”. scroll
With CJI Dipak Misra to Hear All Sensitive Cases, Could the New SC Roster Add Fuel to the Fire?
Discussing CJI Misra impeachment proposal with parties: Kapil Sibal
New Delhi:Two days before the Supreme Court is to hear petitions demanding an independent probe into the death of Special CBI Judge Brijmohan Loya in December 2014, the Congress today said it was discussing with other parties a proposal by the CPI(M) to bring an impeachment motion against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra as it raised fresh allegations regarding the judge’s death and attempted to link two more deaths to the case.“As far as impeachment is concerned, the matter is serious. Leaders of the Left parties have spoken to us. We are also talking to others. Such decisions cannot be taken in a hurry,” said senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal. Most legal experts in the Congress, however, are of the view that the party should exercise caution and not rush to back a motion seeking impeachment of the CJI.
Former Navy chief Ramdas files plea in Supreme Court for independent probe into judge Loya’s death
New Delhi: Former Navy chief Admiral (retd) L Ramdas has filed a plea in the Supreme Court seeking an independent inquiry by a panel of retired apex court judges and former police officers into the alleged mysterious death of special CBI judge B H Loya. Loya, who was hearing sensitive Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, had died of cardiac arrest in Nagpur on December 1, 2014, when he had gone to attend the wedding of a colleague’s daughter. Some members of Loya’s family had alleged foul play in his death.BJP chief Amit Shah was one of the accused in the Sheikh encounter case in which he was later discharged. The application, filed by Ramdas, has also sought a direction to the Centre to cooperate with the inquiry committee and provide the necessary documents. He has sought an independent probe, saying the statements made by Loya’s family members “have led to allegations of foul play coming to the surface” regarding the events that had transpired on the night he died. “It is therefore just and necessary that an independent probe be directed to be made,” the plea said.It further said that “the silence of individuals who were present during the final hours of Loya’s life coupled with institutional inaction to probe the circumstances of his death when it occurred in 2014 threatens these cherished ideals of independence of judiciary and the rule of law.” The plea said “a judicial probe” was needed in the case in order to uphold the image of judiciary and deliver justice to Loya’s family.PTI
Pehlu Khan lynching case: Alwar police charge all victims with cow smuggling
Jaipur: A second chargesheet following the death of Haryana dairy farmer Pehlu Khan names two of his companions as accused and concludes that all three had indulged in ‘cow smuggling’ under state laws. The chargesheet was filed by Alwar police in the court of the Behror additional chief judicial magistrate on January 24. Following Khan’s lynching on April 1, police had registered two cases — one against Khan’s assailants for murder and another against Khan and his companions for ‘indulging in cow smuggling’.The police had charged nine men with the murder of Khan after identifying them from video footage of the lynching. The case is being tried in the court, but another investigation in September last year had cleared six others who Khan named in the FIR as his assailants.The police had cited mobile location details of the six men along with statements of policemen and testimonies of the staff of a local cow shelter in Behror to determine that none of the six were present at the time of the attack.indianexpress
Fear prevails in country over misuse of probe agencies: Yashwant Sinha
Jabalpur: Senior BJP leader and former Union finance minister Yashwant Sinha on Wednesday said an atmosphere of fear prevails in the country due to misuse of probe agencies. Without naming the central government, Sinha, who has since formed a Rashtra Manch, told media the official agencies are being used against people having a different mindset.He said that being a citizen of India is more important than being a member of the BJP and that he was fighting for the rights of the farmers as a citizen of this country.IANS
Chandan’s Murder Accused Nabbed, But Facts Puncture Police Theory:Newsclick
While the police in Kasganj have arrested Saleem Javed, the prime accused in the murder of Chandan Gupta during a controversial ‘Tiranga Yatra’ that resulted in communal violence, voices on the ground – including many from the Hindu community, sequence of the events, post mortem report and the geography of the spot puncture the police theory and highlight gaping holes in the manner in which investigation is being carried out. Local residents allege that innocents are being framed for the murder. Though Gupta’s father, in his FIR has accused 45-year-old Javed of murdering his son, the police in over enthusiasm has booked him for sedition as well – a fact that has led many in the minority community allege unnecessary “targeting and harassment”.The investigators claimed that they have recovered a 12-bore double barrel licensed shotgun and a .315 calibre country made pistol from Saleem’s house during a search. The country made pistol, say experts, fires pellets not bullets. A person can be killed using this firearm if the target is within a radius of less than 20 metres. The shotgun has a range of up to 40 metres. However, Chandan – according to eyewitness and his father – was killed near Gappu Chowk at Tehsil Road that is at least 60 metre away from house of the accused.The post mortem report suggests that the bullet was apparently fired from a height (such as rooftop) as it pierced the left arm and went down diagonally penetrating into the rib cage and liver. The young man, according to an investigator, was shot with a .315 calibre weapon. A pertinent question arises here: how did the firearm kill Chandan who was so much beyond firing range?FIR filed by Chandan’s father Sushil Gupta at Kasganj Kotwali says a different story. He said his son was stopped by the Saleem and others and killed. “More than 20 people, including Saleem, stopped the youths taking part in the Tiranga Yatra, snatched their flag and threw it on the ground. They (Saleem and others) asked the boys to shout ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ (Long live Pakistan). When my son protested, they pelted stones. Saleem aimed and fired at Chandan, who suffered injuries and was later declared dead in the hospital,” said the FIR, a copy of which is available with Newsclick.The father’s allegation contradicts the post mortem report and the police version. Contrary to what he said in the FIR, Sushil told Newsclick on Tuesday at his residence at Shivalay Gali located in the middle of the city’s main market, “When the incident happened, I was not at the spot. When I was informed about Chandan’s injury, I reached the hospital and found my son dead. The participants of the Tiranga Yatra told me that Saleem and his two brothers – Wasim Javed and Naseem Javed – along with 20 others opened fire at the rally and killed my son.”He also said that his son was fired at from a rooftop, contrary to what he has said in FIR. Newsclick on Wednesday reported that the youths participated in the ‘Tiranga Yatra’ were carrying guns along with sticks and clubs. CCTV Footage accessed by this website, shows several gun shots rounds being fired at Tehsil Road near Saleem’s house. The police claimed that one of the bullets hit Chandan during that shooting.Asked about the loopholes, a senior police officer said Saleem has been arrested “on the basis of Sushil’s FIR”. In addition to Saleem, his two younger brothers and 15 others have been named as accused. “The three brothers have no criminal record,” he added. The three brothers (Saleem, Waseem and Naseem) have good reputation in the society. They have a big garment shop in front of the Kotwali police station for the past 40 years and are counted among the rich in Kasganj city.“The three brothers are gentlemen and are respected in the society. It is surprising for me that they fired bullets as alleged. I don’t know if it is true or someone is settling scores. It must be probed whether they fired a shot at all or did it in self defence,” said Suresh Chandar Varshney, president of the Kasganj Vyapar Mandal Sangh. Importantly, Saleem’s younger brother Wasim, who is also the district executive secretary of UP Industrial Representative Committee, has been on a ‘chilla’ and out of town even 10 days before the incident took place.
Kasganj killing: Main accused arrested, traders’ body calls him ‘respectable businessman’
Kasganj riots: HC declines NIA probe
Lucknow: Lucknow bench of Allahabad high court has declined to order probe by NIA into Kasganj riots.Passing the order, a bench of Justice Vikram Nath and Justice Abdul Moin also refused to issue direction to the state government on raising the competition to the family of the youth killed in Kasganj from Rs 20 lakh to Rs 50 lakh and granting him the status of a martyr.The order came on a PIL filed by BJP corporator Dileep Kumar Srivastava and others.Opposing PIL, the government counsel said the state government had already given compensation to the family of the deceased. He added that the police were investigating the Kasganj riots and hence there was no need for NIA probe.TOI
IndiaTV: Kasganj violence pre-planned? New evidence shows police could have averted communal clashes
Kasganj: Bullet fired from somewhere, says UP govt report
UP govt stops tiranga yatras by Hindu groups across state
AGRA: UP government thwarted attempts by various right-wing Hindu organisations to take out 'Tiranga Yatras' across West UP in connection with the Kasganj violence following the death of a youth in a firing incident on Republic Day.The processions, which were planned by RSS affiliates including the VHP and Bajrang Dal were stopped as prohibitory orders had been imposed in most of the districts in West UP to maintain law and order.In Agra, despite the prohibitory orders, nearly 1,000 people gathered at Shahid Smarak in the city for the procession. However, the district administration didn't allow the march to proceed to the collector's office.TOI
Rioters had attempted Kasganj-like riots in Delhi too; hoisted saffron flags at mosques: siasat
New Delhi: Rioters had attempted to spark Kasganj-like riots on Republic Day in the national capital as well, however, minority community showed patience and foiled their attempt. Miscreants hoisted saffron flags at 6 places of worship and shouted provocative slogans. A complaint was lodged with Delhi police but no FIR was filed nor was an arrest made.The rioters shouted slogans against the minority community. They were so emboldened that they entered into the masjid at the time of Friday prayer and hoisted the saffron flag on the roof of masjid in front of hundreds of devotees.However, Muslims maintained peace and foiled their nefarious plan of sparking communal violence. The masajid in which saffron flags were hoisted are Jama Masjid Addawali, Alipur, Alipur Garhi Masjid, Bakhtawarpur Masjid, Akberpur Majra Masjid, Pallagaun Masjid, Hameedpur Masjid.Aslam Ahmed of Jama Masjid Addawali said when hundreds of devotees were praying Friday prayer, some miscreants arrived on motorcycles. They barged into the masjid, pushed and shoved devotees, they went to the roof of the masjid wearing shoes thus violating the sanctity of the masjid and hoisted saffron flag there.Later they shouted slogans and tried to create riots. But Muslims maintained calm.
Varanasi: Adityanath worse than Aurangzeb, claims senior journalist; threatens to commit suicide
With Yogi Adityanath visiting Varanasi on the occasion of Ravidas Jayanti, Padmapati Sharma, a senior sports journalist from Varanasi is looking to take the limelight away by threatening to commit suicide claiming that UP CM’s behavior is “worse than the Mughal king Aurangzeb”.Sharma’s threat may not sound serious, but the reason why Sharma made such threat and compared Adityanath — often regarded as Hindu Hriday Samrat — with Aurangzeb lies in the government’s plan to expand the corridor of Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi in order to provide a clear link between the temple and river Ganga.The expansion project was proposed around eight years back, but government backed off facing protest from the residents of the colonies which would be acquired during expansion. When Yogi Adityanath came into the power in early 2017, the project was kickstarted again. TwoCircles
Muslims linked with Congress are killers: BJP leader K S Eshwarappa
Bengaluru:Stoking a potential controversy, senior BJP leader K S Eshwarappa has alleged that Muslims who are with the Congress “are killers”, while those linked to his party are “good Muslims”.“Muslims who have killed 22 RSS and BJP activists are with the Congress and those who are good Muslims are with the BJP. Muslims who are killers are with the Congress,” he told reporters at Tumkuru on Tuesday.The BJP has been accusing the Congress of encouraging the PFI and its political arm, the Social Democratic Party of India, of targeting activists of the Sangh Parivar in Karnataka.PTI
Karnataka: BJP, RSS supporters try to march through Muslim locality, 10 injured
Bengaluru: Police in Bidar lathicharged a group of BJP and Sangh Parivar supporters, injuring 10 of them on Tuesday, when they tried to enter the old Bidar town area that has a concentration of Muslim homes because they wanted to protest the murder of a woman allegedly by her Muslim lover. 20-year-old woman was allegedly murdered on Jan. 28. BJP protesters, led by the local MP Bhagwant Khuba, who were initially given police permission to stage a protest at the Dr Ambedkar Circle in the town, were lathicharged by the police after they marched to the local deputy commissioner’s office and then threatened to enter Muslim localities in old Bidar in separate groups, police sources said. indian express
6 people from Bengal arrested in Mumbai for being ‘Bangladeshis’ despite producing voter ID, Aadhar card
In an extremely controversial step, the Mumbai Police arrested 6 Bengali people from West Bengal’s East Burdwan district for being ‘illegal’ Bangladeshis working and living in Mumbai.The six people, some of whom have been working for two decades in Mumbai, were arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department of Crawford Market, Mumbai, for the suspicion of illegal Bangladeshi immigrants. However, the Police refused to check their Indian identity cards despite their repeated pleas of showing them to the police. Among the arrested persons, one was a student and 2 other minors. What is even more shocking is that the two minors are kept in two separate Juvenile Homes and their mother in another jail. On January 25, the C.I.D picked up Suman Mollah, a student of the Byculla Municipal Secondary School, his paternal cousin, Asgar Ali Mollah, Asgar’s brother Nurul Haque Mollah, Nurul’s wife, Rina Bibi and her 11 years son and 8 years daughter from their Darukhana residence under Sewri Police station. CID refused to check their Voter Cards and Adhaar cards when they tried to approach to show it and asked them to produce it in their office. They faced the same fate of in the Crime branch office when they tried to prove that they were Indians, and instead were directed to produce them in Court. They are now in four different jails and Children Home. The male adults are in Akhtar Road Jail, the woman is at the Carter Road jail and the 2 minors at Chembur Children’s Home in Mankhurd and Dongri Children’s Home.TCN
2 Kashmiris ousted from Jamia hostel for complaining about food served in hostel mess
New Delhi: Two Kashmiri students from Jamia Millia Islamia have alleged that Jamia authorities have canceled their hostel allotment after they complained about the food served in the hostel mess.The two students were served with a notice of cancellation on January 24, 2017, after they had submitted their reply to the show-cause notice issued by the Jamia authorities. The show-cause notices were issued in the month of December to three students out of which one was let off with a warning.According to one of the Kashmiri student who has been expelled from the hostel, on November 26, 2017, an application addressed to Vice Chancellor signed by more than 50 students was submitted after students were fed up with deteriorating quality of food served.“They used to serve us uncooked food. Sometimes, the food had traces of blood in it..so we decided to write a letter to Vice Chancellor. On November 27, 2017, the provost office called only three Kashmiris despite the fact there were 50 signatures on it. A week before we had complained to the warden as well, but no action was initiated,” said Samir Hussain, an MA Political Science student who has been ousted from the hostel.TCN
After Kabul attacks, Ashraf Ghani & PM Modi discuss terror sanctuaries
IN THE wake of a series of terror attacks in Afghanistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani spoke over telephone on Wednesday and “discussed the need for an end to terrorist sanctuaries” in the “neighbourhood” — a clear reference to Pakistan.The conversation took place even as news reports claimed that Ghani had refused to take a phone call from Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Tuesday — the reports were denied by an Afghan diplomat.South Block sources said that 20-minute conversation between Modi and Ghani reflected the “shared concern” of New Delhi and Kabul, and a “meeting of minds” in assessing Islamabad’s role in Afghanistan. Indian Express
AIMPLB intends to raise Rs 1 crore for Babri Case
Hyderabad: All India Muslim Personal Law Board will seek funds from the Muslim community to fight the Babri Masjid case, which is being heard in the Supreme Court. The board’s 3-day plenary is scheduled to begin in the city on Feb.9. Sources in the organising committee said the board intends to underscore the importance of the case during its deliberations. “The aim is to raise upwards of 1 crore,” they said.“In its previous meeting of the aamilah (executive committee) in 2011, board had raised around ₹75 lakh. But this year, during the plenary, the board wants to raise money specifically for the Babri Masjid title suit case,” source said. The board will also discuss the issue of triple talaq and how it should be handled in Parliament. Sources said panel was deeply concerned about the Centre not consulting it while framing the bill. the hindu
Clerics from across nation to stage protest against triple talaq bill in Delhi
Bareilly: With the Centre likely to present a bill criminalising triple talaq in the budget session, more than 50 clerics from western UP held a meeting at the Dargah Aala Hazrat here on Wednesday and a decision was taken to stage a protest against it in New Delhi in March. The meeting was led by Syed Noori, chairperson of the Raza Academy in Mumbai.“We have passed a resolution to hold a largescale protest against the bill. A large number of clerics and intellectuals belonging to different parts of the country will gather in the national capital in March while the parliament session is on to draw the government’s attention. We want to show how Muslims in the country are going against the Muslim Women’s (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017. We want to tell government that interference in Shariat will not be tolerated,” said Noori.He added, “The Supreme Court has termed the practice of instant talaq invalid. But how can they send a person to jail for three years for giving divorce which never happened. Even after the Nirabhaya rape case, the government had made stringent laws to reduce rape cases but the number of incidents has only gone up. How can we then say that the bill criminalising triple talaq will decrease incidents of instant divorce?” timesofindia
Before Shopian, series of futile J&K pleas to prosecute Army men
Srinagar:An FIR by J&K police against the Army for killing of three civilian protesters in Shopian has divided ruling coalition partners BJP and PDP. Army personnel fired on protesters who were allegedly pelting them with stones Saturday; two persons died that day and the third died Tuesday. While BJP has demanded the FIR against the Army be withdrawn, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has said the probe would be taken to its conclusion and that “justice and peace are the two faces of same coin”.In J&K, where armed forces enjoy protection under the AFSPA, the process of justice for victims of alleged atrocities by the armed forces is complex. Though police have registered a case, previous such instances show that it does not necessarily mean the Army men, if charged by police, will have to face the court.indian express
Water supply snapped to Muslim families in Kashmir village: NC
Jammu: The opposition National Conference (NC) on Thursday alleged that anti-social elements were harassing the minority Muslims in parts of Jammu region, even resorting to snapping drinking water supply to them.During question hour in the state assembly today, NC MLA Javaid Rana said Muslims in Jammu, Samba and Kathua districts were being harassed by hooligans and anti-social elements.IANS
Govt turns to ‘Singapore model’ to counter radicalisation
Lucknow: The Center has looked for contributions from states on whether the ‘Singapore Model’ to counter Islamic radicalisation with group inclusion can be actualized in the nation. Rather than taking radicalized youth through a long criminal trial, the model supports lessons in patriotism and religious recovery with the assistance of famous researchers and community pioneers.The Singapore model weights on granting a feeling of having a place with the de-radicalized youth and advances between inter-community harmony other than national coordination. The Singapore model has likewise set up an intricate SOP characterizing the part of the family, instructors and neighbors, particularly from groups other than that of the individual being de-radicalized.The Center is likewise learnt to have looked for help from states to unite improved components and casualties of terrorism in the program to evacuate radicalism. theindianwire
Classes suspended indefinitely at Kerala college after North Indian students complain of being served beef
Kochi: Classes at Kuttanad campus of the Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) have been suspended indefinitely following an agitation by a section of students complaining that they were served beef cutlets as a vegetarian dish, a university official confirmed.The controversy broke on January 25 when a student hailing from Bihar was reportedly served a beef cutlet in the name of a vegetarian dish as part of refreshments after a seminar on digital banking was held in the engineering campus. The seminar was inaugurated by Principal N Sunilkumar but he left after it began. A group of north Indian students alleged that they were tricked into eating beef and that their ‘religious sentiments’ have been hurt.The management has clarified that the seminar was organised by a private bank and therefore it had no hand in deciding the menu of the refreshments, the university official said. However, the north Indian students, reportedly aided by ABVP, are firm on their demands for the principal of the college to be suspended. Abdul Basith, a student from the college, countered the version of the North Indian students on Twitter. He wrote in a tweet that the north Indian students were told that the cutlets were in fact made from beef and that they gave away their portions to the students from Kerala. Joseph Mathew, another student, wrote in a tweet, “I too attended the function, no one was forced or cheated to eat beef.”indianexpress
Google doodle on Kamala Das Suraiya honours ‘Mother of modern English poetry’
New Delhi: Kamala Das, one of India’s prominent poets and a Malayalam author who dared to write about women’s sexual lives and marital problems at a time when open discussion about such topics was taboo, was honoured by Google with a doodle on Thursday. Born to a Hindu family, she converted to Islam at the age of 68 and was known as Kamala Suraiya. Regarded as one of the influential feminist author in the post-colonial era, Das wrote in her mother tongue Malayalam as well as in English. Her conversion to Islam in Dec.1999 had created a storm in Kerala. She was born in a traditional Nair family in Kerala’s Thrissur with one of the richest literary lineages. Indian express
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Oxford Islamic academic Tariq Ramadan in custody in France on rape accusations:Reuters
Paris: Prominent Swiss academic Tariq Ramadan, a professor of Islamic studies at the University of Oxford, has been taken into custody by French police following accusations of rape, a judicial source said on Wednesday. The source said a preliminary investigation was opened after two complaints were filed against Ramadan, a well-known figure in the Middle East. He is the grandson of the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood movement in Egypt, Hassan al-Banna. The group has become one of the most influential transnational Muslim movements in the world. Ramadan has taught contemporary Islamic studies at Oxford University and is the author of a dozen books in English on modern Islam and the Western world. A familiar figure at conferences and in the news media, he is also a major presence on social media, with 2 million Facebook friends and more than 200,000 followers on Twitter. Ramadan took a leave of absence from Oxford last November after two women filed complaints in France alleging rape. He has denied the allegations and filed a complaint for slander against author Henda Ayari, one of his accusers.Reuters
 French police question Tariq Ramadan over rape claims :Bbc
US puts Hamas' Haniya on terror blacklist, group says won't deter 'resistance'
Gaza City: US  put the head of Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, Ismail Haniya, on its terror blacklist and slapped sanctions on him- a move sure to raise tensions, after Washington recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital.55-year-old Haniya, who was named head of Hamas in May 2017, represents the movement's more pragmatic wing."Haniya has close links with Hamas' military wing and has been a proponent of armed struggle, including against civilians," the State Department said in a statement.Haniya is now on the US Treasury sanctions blacklist, which freezes any US-based assets he may have and bans any US person or company from doing business with him. Hamas- which has controlled the Gaza Strip for more than a decade- had already been on the US terror blacklist since 1997.The US government also slapped sanctions on Harakat al-Sabireen- a small militant group that splintered away from the Islamic Jihad, is close to Iran and operates in Gaza- and two other groups active in Egypt: Liwa al-Thawra and HASM."The American decision to include (Ismail) Haniya on the terrorist list is a failed attempt to pressure the resistance," said a statement from the group that runs the Gaza Strip."This decision will not deter us from continuing the resistance option to expel the occupation."The Hamas leader voiced rage over the decision, saying it "crosses every red line," and called for a new intifada, or uprising."This Zionist policy supported by the US cannot be confronted unless we ignite a new intifada," Haniya said.AFP
Poland Senate passes controversial Holocaust bill
Poland's Senate has approved a contentious bill that criminalises any act blaming Poland or its citizens for complicity in Nazi war crimes, drawing strong rebuke from its allies and Jewish organisations. The legislation, which seeks to punish anyone who describes Nazi Germany concentration camps as "Polish death camps", passed overwhelmingly early on Thursday, and is now awaiting the signature of President Andrzej Duda. Poland's state news agency PAP reported that 57 senators voted for the bill, while 23 voted against with two abstentions.If signed into law, the legislation sets fines or a maximum 3 years imprisonment for anyone found guilty of violating it. In a statement following the approval of the bill, the US State Department called on Poland "to re-evaluate the legislation", warning of "divisions" that could affect Warsaw's "strategic interests and relationships"."The resulting divisions that may arise among our allies benefit only our rivals," Heather Nauert, State Department spokesman, said in a statement.oland is an ally of the US and Israel, both of which warned against the passage of the bill. Yisrael Katz, Israel's intelligence minister, urged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to recall Israel's ambassador to Poland to protest the passage of the bill.Katz said the bill's passage "constitutes a denial of responsibility and of Poland's role in the Jewish Holocaust", he was quoted by Haaretz as saying.aljazeera
Rohingya crisis has ‘hallmarks of genocide’: UN official
Seoul:UN special envoy on human rights in Myanmar said on Thursday that the Myanmar military’s violent operations against Rohingya Muslims bear “the hallmarks of a genocide.” Yanghee Lee told reporters in Seoul, where she is based, that she couldn’t make a definitive declaration about genocide until a credible international tribunal or court had weighed the evidence, but “we are seeing signs and it is building up to that.”Her briefing described her recent visit to refugee camps in Bangladesh and other areas in the region to discuss the Rohingya, a percecuted Muslim minority in Myanmar. Nearly 700,000 Rohingya have fled their villages into Bangladesh since the Myanmar military’s crackdown following Aug 25 attacks by Rohingya insurgents. The government of Myanmar has refused her entrance to the country,reports AP. Responding to a question about an AP report Thursday that details a massacre and at least 5 mass graves in the Myanmar village of Gu Dar Pyin, Lee said that while she didn’t have specific details on the village, “you can see it’s a pattern” that has emerged with the Rohingya. She said such reports must be investigated, “and this is why we’ve called for a fact finding mission…and access for international media to” the areas in northern Rakhine state where the Rohingya live.Lee said that Myanmar’s actions were “amounting to crimes against humanity.” “These are part of the hallmarks of a genocide,” she said.AP
Italy rejects reports of 50 IS jihadists entering country
Rome: Italy’s Interior Ministry on Wednesday rejected a report that 50 Tunisian fighters from the Islamic State jihadist group may have entered the country aboard migrant ships, saying there was “no evidence” for such claims.“There is no evidence that 50 ISIS fighters have come to Italy on board migrant ships as reported by Interpol,” the ministry’s Public Security Department said .IANS

Pakistani provincial minister, wife murdered in Karachi home
A Pakistani provincial minister and his wife were found dead with gunshot wounds at their home in Karachi on Thursday, with police officials saying they suspected the murders were caused by enmity within the family.Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani, 71, a senior politician of the opposition Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), and his wife Fariha Razzaq Haroon, a former media personality, were found in the bedroom of their residence, with the door locked. hindustantimes
Watchdog backs Indian-origin principal who imposed hijab ban at London school
London: An Indian-origin school principal, who was likened to German dictator Adolf Hitler for banning wearing hijab by girls under eight, today got crucial support from the UK’s schools watchdog which said it will back heads who take “tough decisions” in the interests of their pupils.Principal of the east London’s St Stephen’s School, Neena Lall had last month decided to impose a the ban on girls under eight on the grounds that Islamic teaching did not require girls to wear it until reaching puberty.But she was forced to reverse decision after a social media campaign, which included her being likened to German dictator Adolf Hitler.The school in a statement said that the decision has been reversed, a move that followed the resignation of the chair of governors, Arif Qawi.HT
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