04 February 2018

04 Feb. ND: UP Govt biased against Muslims, says Jamaat-e-Islami Hind over Kasganj violence /Model nikahnama to be modified to deter Muslims from giving triple talaq: AIMPLB

04 Feb.2018:17 Jamadiul-1 1439:Vol:9, No:112
UP Govt biased against Muslims: Jamaat-e-Islami Hind over Kasganj violence
New Delhi: The Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) on Saturday accused the Uttar Pradesh Govt of bias against the minority communities after many Muslim youths were arrested in a case of violence in the BJP-ruled state's Kasganj in which one person was killed.JIH Secretary General Muhammad Salim Engineer demanded a judicial probe into the incident, saying the Uttar Pradesh Police had let off "the real culprit"."The law enforcement agencies in Kasganj are having a very biased attitude against the minorities which is reflected in the substantially high number of arrest of youths from the Muslim community," he told reporters here."The CrPC (Code of Criminal Procedure) sections invoked against the arrested Muslim youths on charges of inciting and committing violence in Kasganj are also very strict while the real culprits have been let off or charged under very mild CrPC sections so that they can be bailed out easily."The JIH also questioned the Yogi Adityanath Govt  for allowing a 'Tiranga rally' on January 26 -- which led to the violence -- saying it was clear that the people behind the rally had communal agenda "to vitiate the peaceful atmosphere of the city and create communal strife".A delegation led by JIH visited Kasganj recently to assess the situation and get first-hand information from those affected by the violence and arson, he added.IANS
Kasganj: Jamaat Seeks SC-Monitored Probe; Compensation to Muslim Victims Too: caravandaily
UP Govt  biased against Muslims says  Jamaat-e-Islami Hind: qatar-tribune
Kasganj violence is a handiwork of few anti-social elements: Jamaat-e-Islami Hind: indiatomorrow
Jamaat demands judicial probe into Kasganj violence: theindianawaaz
UP Govt  biased against Muslims: Jamaat-e-Islami Hind
Kasganj riots: New CCTV footage shows Muslims were preparing for Republic Day when they were attacked
A new CCTV video from Kasganj has surfaced giving credence to local Muslims’ claims that they were attacked unprovoked as they began to celebrate Republic Day by hoisting India’s national flag on 26 January.In the video, the local Muslims including some wearing Islamic skullcaps, are seen preparing for the 26 January function by installing a flagpole while also decorating the neighbourhood with tricolour ballons. At 8.56 AM, the local residents are seen readying themselves for the Republic Day function. However, at 9.40 AM, they are seen rushing towards a lane anxiously. Moments later, some youth are seen emerging out of the same lane causing ruckus by throwing chairs, placed there for the Republic Day celebration.In the immediate aftermath of Kasganj communal violence that killed one youth, attempts were made by a selected few journalists including Rohit Sardana and Sweta Singh of Aaj Tak, to lay the blame on local Muslims by portraying them as anti-Indians. Although, they were spectacularly exposed by fellow journalists, new CCTV video will cause even more embarrassment to Hindutva rumour-mongers masquerading as journalists in India. When the need of the hour was to report responsibly and prevent more bloodshed and loss of human lives, some usual suspects in the Indian media made desperate attempts to fuel tension. India Today’s Abhijit Majumder was widely condemned for spreading fake news claiming that another man, identified as Rahul Upadhyay, was killed in Kasganj by Muslims. jantakareporter
‘Bhagwa’ killed Chandan Gupta in Kasganj, writes bureaucrat Ashutosh Sharma
Even though a DM in Uttar Pradesh's Bareilly district had to delete his Facebook post where he had asked why raising anti-Pakistan slogans in Muslim-dominated areas was becoming a "trend" for some people, a bureaucrat posted at Saharanpur has now taken to the Facebook and asserted that Bhagwa (saffron flag) killed Chandan Gupta.Chandan, a 22-year-old college student, was killed in communal clashes that broke out in the western Uttar Pradesh town of Kasganj after some anti-social elements “threw stones and opened fire” during an unauthorised bike rally taken out to celebrate Republic Day.“So this is what Kasganj Tiranga Yatra was all about. There is nothing new to it. On Ambedkar Jayanti, a similar rally was carried out in Saharanpur’s Sadak Dudhli village. Ambedkar was missing from that rally or in other words, he got eclipsed by the Bhagwa. The same thing happened in Kasganj. Tricolour (national flag) was missing and saffron (flag of RSS) was all over the rally. The boy who got killed was not murdered by the people belonging to second or the third community. He was killed by the Bhagwa itself from behind the veil of saffron, white and green,” posted deputy director Statistics Department Saharanpur, Rashme Varun on Facebook.Without referring to Kasganj, DM Raghvendra Vikkram Singh had signalled to a similar incident taking place in Bareilly last year when violence broke out during a Kanwar Yatra. “A strange trend has started of late. Take processions forcibly into Muslim mohallas and shout Pakistan murdabad. (Why so? Are these people Pakistanis?),” wrote Raghvendra, setting off a fierce debate on social media as it came a few days after the violence in Kasganj.Later, he lamented the negative reactions to his post, clarifying that he was only referring to the law and order problem that had arisen in Bareilly: “I had hoped there will be an academic discussion but unfortunately it had taken a different turn. Extremely sad (sic).”The Uttar Pradesh Govt  has been under fire over the Kasganj clashes. Governor Ram Naik described the violence a "blot" on the state whereas the opposition parties have persistently been targeting Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath over a spurt in hate crimes against Muslims. Nationalheraldindia
Pained by Allegations, Muslims in Agra to Take Out Tiranga Yatra
Sensational: ANI had flashed fake news regarding threats to Chandan Gupta’s father
In a shocking revelation, it was found that the news flashed by the ANI on Thursday night stating threats to Chandan Gupta’s father was fake. This was revealed by the senior-most police official of the communally sensitive Kasganj.Janta ka reporter has quoted the Superintendent of Police in Kasganj, Piyush Srivastava as saying, “I want to tell you that there’s a media channel called ANI. An individual from that channel carried a news without taking the official version from us. I would like to request you that whenever you run any news (related to Kasganj), please also carry our official version. I’ve spoken to their superiors in Delhi headquarter on this matter asking them to take action against him. We’ve also filed a report against him so that such episodes are not repeated.”He observed that ANI journalist had made some manipulation and the police were informed that a media person had forced Chandan’s father to make that statement.siasat
1 More Arrested In Killing Of Man In UP's Kasganj
Bareilly kanwar violence: Police seek govt nod to prosecute 38
Lucknow:The Bareilly police has written to the state Govt  seeking prosecution sanction against 38 people, including 35 Muslims and three Hindus, for their alleged involvement in a communal clash following a kanwar yatra in Muslim-dominated Khailam village in the district’s Aliganj area last year.The prosecution sanction was sought last week under IPC Section 153-A (promoting enmity between groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony). In a recent post on social media, Bareilly DM RV Singh had referred to this communal clash and had questioned the “trend” of entering Muslim localities and raising anti-Pakistan slogans to foment communal trouble. Singh had apologised and deleted the post.Dharmendra Kumar, the investigating officer of the incident, who was also station officer of Aliganj police station till he was transferred a week agosaid the clash had occurred on July 21 last year. Kanwariyas had passed through Khailam to offer water at a temple — around 7 km from the village — amid protest by villagers. indianexpress
Attack on J&K students in Haryana: Accused assaulted 5 other men leaving same mosque, says police
Mahendragarh:A day after 2 students from J&K were assaulted in Mahendragarh, Haryana, police said the six accused had, the same day, assaulted five Muslim men as they walked out of a mosque after their Friday prayers.According to Mahendragarh Superintendent of Police Kamaldeep, the Muslim men were the “original targets” of the attackers and the two students had been assaulted “mistakenly”.On Saturday, police said they had registered two separate FIRs against the six accused: one for allegedly assaulting Aftab Ahmad and Amjad Ali, the two students from J&K who studied at Central University of Haryana in Mahendragarh, and the other for allegedly assaulting five Muslim labourers — Sadik, Sharik, Intazar, Rehman and Aslam — from Muzaffarnagar and Shamli districts in UP. Two of the accused were arrested on Saturday.“When we came out of the mosque, a group of 10 men came on five bikes and asked us to remove our skull caps. They also asked two others, who had their skull caps in their pockets, to take them out. When we refused to do as they said, they threatened us. They later followed us and assaulted us near the factory where we work,” Sadik told The Sunday Express. Sadik and the others have been working in Mahendergarh for five months.On Friday, the two students, both residents of Rajouri in Jammu, had alleged that a group of at least 10 people had started following them soon after they came out of the same mosque in Mahendragarh. The J&K Govt  had demanded strong action against the accused, with Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti saying she was “shocked and disturbed” by the incident.Police said the accused were involved in a fight at three different locations. “The first scuffle took place at Angoori Devi dharamshala. Two of the accused were on a bike, which grazed past the five Muslim men who were walking on the congested road outside the mosque. That led to a scuffle. The accused told us that these students from J&K were present at the spot, though they were not involved in the scuffle. After this, the two accused called four more men and this group of six, they claim, went in search of these Muslim men. At Masani Chowk, they saw these two Kashmiri students and assumed they were part of the same group and beat them up. Then they went ahead, saw the five Muslim men near Railway Road and beat them up. So these are two different incidents, involving the same accused,” Kamaldeep said, adding that the accused are from neighbouring villages. “One of them is a BSc student in a local college. Two others, who are in their twenties, are self-employed,” he said.The students, however, claimed that police were “distorting the facts” and that the two incidents are not connected.“I don’t know who these men were. When we were standing near the chowk, they first snatched my helmet and started assaulting us. We had not seen these men near the dharamshala, as police have been claiming. If we had witnessed a scuffle there, we would have definitely noticed these men. We have no clue about the assault on the 5 other Muslim men. We have no connection with that incident. Both are separate incidents,” Aftab Ahmad, one of the two Kashmiri students, told the SP and DM who visited the university on Saturday.The labourers also said they had not seen any Kashmiri students when the scuffle took place outside the mosque and later when they were assaulted. “These students were not present when they told us to remove our skull cap or when we where assaulted later. These are two separate incidents,” Sadik said.
Kashmiri Students Attack: Were Haryana Attackers on Assaulting Spree on Friday?
Haryana Police say accused ‘mistakenly’ assaulted J&K students, Muslim men were ‘original targets’
J&K’s Govt approves withdrawal of cases against 9,730 stone pelters, amnesty to more than 4,000 people
J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti said on Saturday that her Govt  had approved the withdrawal of cases against 9,730 stone pelters in the state.A report by IANS said that Mufti told the assembly in a written reply that her Govt  had approved the withdrawal of cases registered between 2008 and 2017 against these people, including first-time offenders, though withdrawal of 1,745 cases is subject to certain conditions, based on recommendations of a committee set up to look into the matter. The chief minister added that her Govt  had also recommended to give amnesty to more than 4,000 people, who are said to be involved in minor incidents of stone pelting over the past two years, reported PTI. However, she did not disclose particulars of first-time offenders due security reasons for them and their immediate families.Mufti said that 3,773 cases were registered in 2016 and 2017, leading to the arrest of 11,290 people while 233 remained untraced, added IANS report.jantakareporter
Please Don’t Communalise My Son’s Murder: Ankit’s Father to Press, Politicians
New Delhi: Father of Ankit Saxena, the youth allegedly killed by father of his female Muslim friend, is very upset with the way the media has projected the issue. Ankit’s father Yashpal has appealed to media and politicians not to politicize and communalise the incident.“I had one son. If I get justice, it’s good. If not, even then I don’t have hatred against any community. I have no such (communal) thinking. I am unable to understand why the media is showing this issue in that way,” Yashpal told Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari who had come to meet him Saturday evening.“They (media persons) come and talk to me so softly and lovingly but show something else on TV. My relatives, neighbors come and tell me about what is being shown on TV channels. They are using words like ‘premi’, ‘Muslim’, ‘Mazhab’ and twisting facts. All are making just stories,” Ankit’s father is seen speaking in a video captured on mobile.As per media reports, Ankit, a photographer by profession, and second-year college student Shahzadi, had developed friendship when their families were living in the same neighborhood in a west Delhi area. It is said they were about to marry. But girl’s family was against this relationship and had warned the youth. On Thursday evening, when the girl did not return home, her family got suspicious that she might have been kidnapped by the youth. Around 9PM, they confronted him on the street and during the scuffle that followed, he was allegedly stabbed by the girl’s father. The local police have arrested girl’s father, mother, uncle and minor brother.In 2-minute video, a young relative of Yashpal also strongly condemned the way media is dramatizing the whole incident.“Media is taking it as a joke. They are showing him (Ankit) as one going on scooter and from behind a Muslim stabbing him. What the hell is it? Big headlines are flashing like ‘Horror Murder in Delhi,’” says the relative who addresses Yashpal as ‘Mausa’ (mother’s sister’s husband).Rebutting a fake point, father said: “Someone said that girl’s mother had called him (Ankit). All this is false and fake.”The grieved family told people, while BJP president Tiwari was sitting there, not to come just for photo-op. caravandaily
Model nikahnama to be modified to deter Muslims from giving triple talaq: AIMPLB
Lucknow:To deter the practice of triple talaq, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) is all set to introduce a new provision in its model nikahnama in which the man has to commit that he will not give triple talaq (instant divorce), a spokesman of the Board said in Lucknow.AIMPLB has maintained that it against the practice of triple talaq, but it has opposed the proposed legislation saying it is an interference in Muslim personal law. The Board has, however, faced criticism for failing to bring reforms in personal laws."Yes... we are making a provision in the model nikahnama (Islamic marriage contract) in which there will be a column - I will not give triple talaq. Once during nikah (marriage), this column is ticked, one will not be able to give triple talaq," AIMPLB spokesman Maulana Khalil-ur-Rehman Sajjad Nomani told PTI here.He said that a detailed discussion on the matter will be held at AIMPLB meeting in Hyderabad from Feb.9.Besides other social issues, the two-day annual general meeting of the Board is likely to deliberate on developments in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case. The Board is also likely to finalise its roadmap for the coming year. "In this meeting, the campaign being run against social evils such as triple talaq and dowry will be reviewed. The AIMPLB feels that without social awareness, no system in the country can succeed."The Board is running a big campaign in the country. The messengers of the Board will reach every madrassa and mosque and tell people to stay away from social evils like dowry and triple talaq," he said.A progress report will also be sought on the work done and based on this, a plan for the next year will be prepared, he said."Since the cases of triple talaq happen generally among the less educated, the Board will work hard in rural areas. Students and teachers of madrassas will be included as messengers."Their main job will be to spread the message about evils of dowry and triple talaq. If the need for divorce arises, then one should first contact and consult a cleric and stay away from triple talaq," Nomani said.The spokesperson said that this campaign had gained momentum in the past one year.Nomani said the board was also using various social media tools in this regard."The AIMPLB is strictly against triple talaq, but in some circumstances, triple talaq has been recognised. In many cases, the women themselves seek triple talaq."People, who are not involved with the (Muslim) society perceive that all the cases of triple talaq are committed by men. This is completely wrong," Nomani said.PTI
Women condemn President speech on Triple Talaq
Hyderabad: Women representatives from as many as 13 Islamic organisations in the city on Saturday came together to condemn President Ramnath Kovind’s recent speech on Triple Talaq and the status of Muslim women. Pointing to a statement made by the President on January 29 in which he had said, “Muslim women’s honour was a victim of political upmanship. Now the country has the opportunity to free them from this situation,” Nasera Khanam of Jamat e Islami said it has hurt their sentiments. The meeting had representation from organisations like Jamat e Islami, Tanzeem Binte Haram, Shariah Committee for Women, Hyderabad, Muslim Women Welfare Association and Muslim Girls Association. Another participant, Bader Fatima of Muslim Women Welfare Association, said, “Honourable President in his speech cast aspersions that Muslim women can’t live a life of self respect and courage without Triple Talaq law .” They asserted that “the President should advise the Govt to not hurt the sentiments of the second largest religious community in the country.”new indian express
President Kovind asked to retract parts of his speech
Sharad Pawar says no Govt  has right to interfere with Islamic laws related to triple talaq
Aurangabad: NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Saturday said no Govt  has the right to interfere in Islamic laws related to talaq, which have their origin in the Quran.He said if banning instant triple talaq was about giving protection to women, then "whatever one intends to do should be done by taking prominent people in the Muslim community and clerics in confidence"."But talaq is a way provided by the Quran in Islam. It's a message, and no ruler has the right to interfere with that," he said at a party rally in Aurangabad.PTI
'Talaq' provided by Quran, no govt has right to interfere: Sharad Pawar
Muslims opposing Ram temple must go to Pak: Waseem Rizvi
Faizabad;Uttar Pradesh Shia Waqf Board Chairman Waseem Rizvi has suggested that Muslims who are against building Ram temple in Ayodhya “must go to Pakistan and Bangladesh.”The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi dispute from February 8.Mr. Rizvi offered Friday prayers at the disputed site in Ayodhya and also met the chief priest of Ram Janambhoomi, Acharya Satyendra Das.On the occasion, he said, “Those who are opposing the Ram temple in Ayodhya and want to build the Babri Mosque there... People having such fundamentalist mentality should go to Pakistan and Bangladesh. Such Muslims do not have any place in India.”PTI
Social harmony gets fractured wherever Hindu population drops: Giriraj Singh
New Delhi: Union minister Giriraj Singh courted controversy on Sunday when he contended that "social harmony gets fractured wherever Hindu population drops", a veiled attack on the phenomenon of rising Muslim populace in the country."UN said if this (population growth) isn't brought under check, in future, 1 out of 10 people won't have access to potable water. So it's dangerous both to social harmony and development. Social harmony gets fractured wherever Hindu population drops," he was quoted as saying by ANI.Over the last few days, the BJP leader has been appealing to the youth to raise awareness about India's growing population with the following tweet: "Increasing population is taking away your livelihood and peace. Increasing population is taking away your share of development and social harmony."timesofindia
Literally, marriage at gun-point: Over 3,400 grooms abducted in 2017 for 'Pakadwa Vivah' in Bihar
Patna: It may be a cultural shock for many, but more than 3,400 youths were kidnapped for forced marriage, locally known as "Pakadwa Vivah" in Bihar last year, official data revealed."Pakadwa Vivah is rampant in Bihar. About 3,405 youths have been kidnapped for forced marriage in the state. In most of the cases, Pakadua Vivah was solemnised at gun point or threats to their life and their families," a police official said on Sunday.Last month, the Pakadua Vivah of an engineer in a village in Patna hit the national headlines when he refused to keep his newlywed wife since he was abducted and forced to marry at gun point. According to the data, about 3,070 youths were kidnapped for Pakadwa Vivah in the state in 2016, 3,000 in 2015 and 2,526 in 2014."In all such cases, either the youths and their parents have been forced at gun point for Pakadwa Vivah," police officials said.Going by the police records, on an average nine Pakadwa Vivah have been taking place daily in the state.Taking the number of increasing Pakadwa Vivah's seriously, the state police has asked all the district Superintendents of Police to be on the alert to check such incidents in the coming marriage season, known as "lagan" beginning this month.IANS 
Banks would pass into foreign hands if policy not changed: Former RBI Governor
Hyderabad: Former RBI Governor Y.V. Reddy on Friday said that there was no “crisis” in the Indian banking system, but cautioned that Indian banks would eventually pass into foreign hands if there is no review of current policies.The shareholding of foreign entities in the large private banks in India is over 70% while in the public sector banks, Govt  and LIC hold bulk ownership and foreigners own majority of the rest of the stake, Reddy said.“We do not have 100 per cent Govt -owned banks. We have public sector banks with mixed ownership....Our banking system is predominantly owned by the Govt , followed by foreigners and rest by Indians. I repeat, least by Indians,” he said.“The share of public sector banking is, and will, come down and under the current policy, that space will be occupied irrevocably by foreigner-owned banks unless there is a policy change,” Reddy said, delivering a lecture at the Administrative Staff College of India, Hyderabad.The current policy of ownership and governance in banking needs to be reviewed urgently to correct the outdated and distorted policies, and this should be done before the banking system passes on to foreign owners, he said.PTI
Delhi ACB launches probe against Congress' Haroon Yusuf after AAP MLA alleges misuse of waqf board resources
New Delhi: Delhi Govt 's ACB has launched a probe into AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan's complaints, including one against Congress leader Haroon Yusuf, alleging corruption in the functioning of the Delhi Waqf Board, officials said.The anti-graft body has written to the Delhi Waqf Board, asking it to provided files and papers related to Khan's allegations, a senior official of the waqf board said.The official said that the ACB has also handed over a questionnaire to the waqf board based on Khan's complaints, seeking details of the issues raised.
Karni Sena accepts Padmaavat glorifies Rajput valour, withdraws protest
After more than a year of launching massive protests against Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati, later christened Padmaavat, for allegedly distorting history, Karni Sena announced on Friday that it decided to take back its protest and accepted that the movie glorifies the valour of the Rajputs. Now, Shri Rashtriya Rajput Karni Sena’s Mumbai leader Yogendra Singh Katar said that on the directions of rganization’s national President Sukhdev Singh Gogamadi, a few members watched the movie in Mumbai on Friday, and found that the movie glorifies the valour and sacrifice of Rajput and every Rajput will feel proud after watching the film.There is no such objectionable scene between Delhi Sultanate ruler Alauddin Khilji and Queen Padmini of Mewar which hurts the sentiments of Rajputs, he said in a letter, declaring that the Sena takes back their protest and will help the administration to release the film in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat as well as across all cinema houses in India.IANS
Karni Sena expels members who announced withdrawal of protests against Padmaavat
40 million cows to get Aadhaar-like number at cost of Rs 50 crore in 1st phase
New Delhi: Just like the 12-digit Aadhaar number for every Indian, the Narendra Modi Govt  is set to assign each of the country’s milk-producing cows a cheap, unique identity card or UID, first proposed in 2015.Deliverable targets in this year’s Union budget show Rs 50 crore for the project to cover 40 million cattle.A dairy department official, requesting anonymity, said the agriculture ministry, which will implement the programme, has already acquired the UID technology that comes with a cheap, tamper-proof polyurethane tag containing the cow’s biological details such as breed, age, sex, height and special body marks. Each card will cost between Rs 8 and Rs 10.Named Pashu Sanjivini, the animal UID scheme is part of a larger programme for the dairy and fisheries sectors.These sectors are crucial if officials are to get serious on doubling farmers’ incomes by 2022, a target set by the Govt . Economists say this is nearly impossible from cultivation alone because a majority of Indian farmers can’t achieve economy of scale as they work on small parcels of land. HT
Lolage, first petitioner in case of death of CBI Judge Loya, fears for his life
Nagpur-based RTI activist Suraj Lolage, who is the first petitioner to approach a court in the case of suspicious death of CBI Judge BH Loya, says his life is under grave danger. His writ petition filed at the Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court on November 17, 2017, has now been transferred to the Supreme Court, which is continuing hearing on all petitions in the Judge Loya case on Friday. Lolage was the first to raise questions over an alleged cover-up-attempt pertaining to Justice Loya’s suspicious death.Speaking to National Herald, Lolage said that he fears for the life and security of his family members also.“If I have to die, I will die but before that I will speak the truth. People died (killed) even when they had not uttered a single word. It is better to speak and die rather than dying without speaking,” he said.He said people in Nagpur would silence every voice that raises question about Loya’s death. When NH asked him which people in Nagpur, he said everyone knows whose headquarters is in Nagpur.“I received several threatening calls over the phone,” he complained, while adding that his lawyer-activist friend Satish Uike is also not safe. Uike received threats in the past and on June 8, 2016, iron material weighing 5,000 kilos fell on his office roof. Uike’s life was saved by a whisker, says Lolage, adding that Uike had stepped out of the office just minutes earlier. After the incident, a complaint was filed by Uike at Nagpur but no FIR or investigation has been conducted so far. Since then Uike has gone in to hiding.nationalheraldindia
Loya's family should be questioned whether they are under pressure: Dave tells Supreme Court
 The Chief Justice of India’s court saw heated exchange of arguments during the hearing of the PIL concerning the death of Judge Loya.Senior lawyer Dushyant Dave appearing for the Bombay Lawyer’s Association pointed out various inconsistencies in the documents submitted by the state of Maharashtra. The hearing ended for the day with a warning from CJI Dipak Misra, "This message should go loud and clear, we are only concerned about the death of Judge Loya, we are not on the other case (Sohrabuddin encounter) at all.”The warning came in the backdrop of the argument where Dave pointed to the anomalies in the Sohrabuddin encounter trial. Dave pointed how the judge presiding over the trial was transferred despite orders from Supreme Court. He further pointed that the judge who took over after the death of Loya gave relief to BJP President Amit Shah.
CJI warns Loya petitioners: Not hearing Sohrabuddin; Loya was hearing Sohrabuddin case when he died
During the hearing in Supreme Court on the politically-sensitive Judge BH Loya death case, CJI Dipak Misra reprimanded the petitioners for raising the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, which Loya was hearing when he died."This message should go out loud and clear. We are only concerned about death of Judge Loya. We are not on the other case at all," CJI Misra told the petitioners - Congress leader Tehseen Poonawalla, and Maharashtra-based journalist BS Lone.msn
After floor cleaners, UP govt proposes use of cow urine to make medicines
Lucknow: After its proposal to make floor cleaners using cow urine, the UP Govt  has decided to give a push to the use of cow urine in preparing medicines.“The ayurveda department has prepared eight medicines using ‘gau mutra’ which can prove to be useful in case of liver ailments, joint pain and immunity deficiency,” dept’s director Dr RR Chaudhary told PTI in Lucknow on Sunday. “The department, which has two pharmacies (in Lucknow and Pilibhit) along with other private units, is preparing ayurvedic medicines using cow urine, cow milk and ghee,” he said.There are eight ayurvedic medical colleges in the state in Banda, Jhansi, Muzaffarnagar, Allahabad, Varanasi, Bareilly, Lucknow and Pilibhit. PTI
After miffed Chandrababu Naidu dials Uddhav Thackeray number, TDP makes this statement on alliance with BJP
New Delhi :It has been quite a difficult time for TDP and BJP alliance after this year’s Union Budget. However, amid the growing cracks between the parties, the TDP today decided not to snap ties with the BJP. But, irked over the BJP’s attitude towards AP, state CM and TDP Chief Chandrababu Naidu had cried foul in front of NDA’s other allies. According to TOI, Naidu even went ahead and called up Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday and both the leaders exchanged views on the BJP’s stance towards partners.Naidu told Thackeray that TDP was sore over the “step-motherly” treatment meted out by the BJP to its regional friends. TDP leaders are upset with the saffron party over poor allocation for the state.The TDP has repeatedly appealed for additional funds and incentives for AP which seems to have been ignored in the Union Budget. Naidu had also told Thackeray that the general mood in the TDP is to sever ties with the BJP and contest the 2019 Lok Sabha and the state assembly polls on its own strength.However, today after a Parliamentary meeting at Amaravati, TDP decided not to break the alliance with BJP. But said that they would first raise issues concerning the state with the Centre and try to get them addressed.financialexpress
Veteran BJP MP from UP Hukum Singh dies
Hukum Singh, a veteran politician and BJP MP from Uttar Pradesh’s Kairana, died of breathing problems in Noida’s JP Hospital on Saturday. 79-year-old had been in hospital for a month, Indian Express reported.Singh was elected an MLA in Uttar Pradesh seven times and has served as a minister in the state before becoming a Lok Sabha member in 2014.scroll
BJP’s Kairana MP Hukum Singh, seven-term MLA, dies
4 UP policemen suspended after shooting two men in Noida; family of victim alleges 'fake encounter'
2 men in Noida Sector-122 were allegedly shot at by a sub-inspector of the Uttar Pradesh police on Saturday, leading to the suspension of four policemen on Sunday, media reports said. While one has sustained injuries on the leg, the other one is critically injured.The family of one of the victims, Jitendra Yadav said that caste animosity might have been a cause behind the 'fake encounter', The Times of India reported. The family also alleged four boys were returning from Bahrampur at around 10.30 pm on Saturday when the police personnel stopped the vehicle and fired at one of them without any reason.On Friday, two suspected criminals and as many policemen, including a station house officer, were injured in an encounter in Gorakhpur. The incident took place when Maneesh Yadav and Manoj Yadav were escaping after threatening a village head. Police said that a team was rushed to the spot after the victim informed that he had been threatened by two people.In the encounter, Station House Officer, Khorabar, Sudhir Kumar, and sub-inspector, Jhangha, Sunil Kumar Singh, suffered minor injuries, they said.
Tihar Jail’s poor inmates walk free as Jamiat deposits fine against them
Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind  helped release eight inmates of Tihar Jail, Delhi who were locked down behind bars because they could not pay the fine imposed on to them.Jamiat deposited Rs 53,000 on behalf of eight prisoners — all non-Muslims — setting a “humanitarian example at a time when the country is reeling under the communal tension.”The function was organised in Jail No. 2 of Tihar on Feb. 2. Ajay Kashyap, DG (Prisons) attended the event as the Chief Guest of the function. SS Parihar, DIG (P) was also present at the occasion along with few other officials.In the program, all eight convicts were immediately released from the jail and were let out for a new beginning of their free life. DG Ajay Kashyap thanked the Jamiat and its general secretary Maulana Mahmood Madani for the generosity shown. He also urged Jamiat to continue their support for such noble cause in the future also.TwoCircles
5 Pakistanis languish in Indian jail despite completing their terms
New Delhi: The fate of five Pakistani nationals, languishing in a jail in the national capital, is uncertain as Pakistan has refused to accept that they are its citizens.According to highly placed sources, the Pakistani nationals were arrested at different points of time, and charged under the Official Secrets Act, among other things. They are keen to return to their country and lead a normal life, but Pakistan is refusing to accept them as its citizens in order to "hide its anti-India terror activities and agenda from the global arena".The five suspected Pakistani spies have been waiting for deportation for the past one year to five years, even after their family members have acknowledged they are Pakistani citizens, the sources told IANS.IANS 
Mohammad Uyes Inamdar Honored As One of India’s Youngest CEOs
Mumbai: Mohammad Uyes Inamdar of Pune is known as ‘Drone Boy’. At the age of 14, it is said, he started his own IT company. On Sunday in Mumbai, he was honored as one of India’s youngest CEOs.Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had inaugurated the workshop on ‘Education to Entrepreneurship’ by ‘Taleem o Tarbiyat’ and NMIMS. Zafar Sareshwala, businessman and Chancellor of Maulana Azad National Urdu University, is the brain behind his Taleem o Tarbiyat series of education events being held in different parts of the country for the last couple of years.caravandaily
Maldives army seals off parliament, arrests MPs: aljazeera
Security forces in the Maldives have sealed off the country's parliament and arrested two opposition legislators amid a deepening crisis over President Abdulla Yameen's refusal to free jailed politicians.Soldiers in riot gear surrounded the parliament building in Male on Sunday soon after the opposition petitioned the parliament to remove the island nation's attorney general and its chief prosecutor. Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, the parliamentary leader of the opposition, accused the pair of breaking the law by failing to act on a Supreme Court verdict overturning "terrorism" convictions against nine dissidents, including exiled former President Mohamed Nasheed. The top court's ruling has plunged the Maldives into fresh political turmoil and dealt a major blow to Yameen, who is accused of corruption, misrule and rights abuses. He denies the allegations. The verdict also gave the opposition a majority in 85-member parliament as it reinstated 12 members of parliament who were stripped of their seats last year.But 2 of the 12 were arrested at the airport on Sunday, shortly after they returned to the Maldives after months in exile.
Maldives top court 'in bid to remove' President Yameen
PLO vows 'to start disengaging from Israel'
Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) has said it is taking a series of measures to begin "disengaging" from Israel, including seeking action against the latter at the United Nations and the International Criminal Court (ICC).After a long meeting on Saturday evening, the executive committee of the PLO said it had asked the Palestinian Govt  to "begin devising plans to disengage from the Israeli occupation authorities at the political, security, economic and administrative levels ..."According to the official Palestinian news agency, Wafa, the executive committee also decided to form a higher committee to implement decisions such as the suspension of the PLO's recognition of Israel. PLO - an umbrella of major Palestinian political parties - has been under pressure to change its strategy towards Israel in recent weeks. aljazeera
Israel ‘legalises’ West Bank outpost after settler killed
Israel granted legal status on Sunday to a previously unauthorized outpost in the occupied West Bank in response to a Palestinian shooting attack last month that killed one of its residents. Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu said the decision to retroactively authorize the 50-family outpost of Havat Gilad was meant to “allow the continuation of normal life there.”A Palestinian teenager was killed last night during an Israeli military raid in Burqin for suspects involved in the shooting. Israeli forces in the adjacent city of Jenin last month shot and killed a Palestinian gunman whom they suspected of involvement in the settler’s shooting.Most countries deem Israeli settlements in the West Bank, land Israel captured in a 1967 war that Palestinians want for a future state, to be illegal. Israel disputes this.The decision was approved unanimously by Israel’s cabinet.Palestinian officials condemned the move.MEMO
Palestinian killed as Israelis raid Jenin-area village
A Palestinian man was killed by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank during a confrontation sparked by the soldiers. Ahmad Samir Obeid, 19, was shot in the head after the Israeli army raided the village of Wadi Burqin, near the northern town of Jenin on Saturday night.He was taken to the local hospital, where doctors declared his death a short time later. He is the seventh Palestinian to be killed by Israel this year.aljazeera
Russia steps up Idlib strikes after Sukhoi jet downing
Russia has launched a series of air attacks in the area where one of its fighter jets was shot down by Syrian rebels on Saturday, leaving dozens of fighters and civilians dead, according to Syrian activists and Russian officials.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), a UK-based monitor of Syria's civil war, said at least 68 attacks hit Idlib province in the early hours of Sunday morning, following about 35 attacks on Saturday.It said at least five people had been killed and thousands of civilians had fled the area to avoid getting caught up in the bombardment. The White Helmets, an opposition rescue group, reported 21 civilian deaths in villages surrounding the site of the downed Sukhoi 25 jet, but it was unclear whether its toll included those on the SOHR tally.The pilot of the Sukhoi was killed after being ejected from the aircraft by rebel fighters, including members of the Hay'et Tahrir al-Sham group, commonly known as Tahrir al-Sham. The group is spearheaded by the former al-Nusra Front, which used to be al-Qaeda's branch in Syria.aljazeera
US accuses Syria of chemical weapons use in East Ghouta
US has accused the Syrian Govt  of using chemical weapons against its people.US State Department spokesman Heather Nauert said that reports of chlorine gas being used against civilians in Eastern Ghouta were "very concerning"."Russia is making the wrong choice by not exercising its unique influence. To allow [the] Syria regime to use chemical weapons against its own people is unconscionable. We will pursue accountability," she said, writing on Twitter. aljazeera
Defence minister: Saudi, UAE intended to invade Qatar
Saudi Arabia and the UAE had intentions to invade Qatar at the beginning of a diplomatic crisis that erupted in June, according to Qatar's defence minister.In an interview with the Washington Post on Friday, Khalid bin Mohammad al-Attiyah said his Gulf neighbours have "tried everything" to destabilise the country, but their intentions to invade were "[defused]" by Qatar."They have intentions to intervene militarily," said al-Attiyah. When asked to confirm whether he thought such a threat still existed today, he responded: "We have [defused] this intention. But at the beginning of the crisis, they had this intention."They tried to provoke the tribes. They used mosques against us. Then they tried to get some puppets to bring in and replace our leaders."aljazeera
After extracting billions from ‘corruption’ cases, Saudis ‘increase royal family allowances by 50%’
Saudi Arabia has raised some royal family allowances after extracting billions of dollars from princes, businessmen and officials held on corruption charges, apparently reliable sources have told Bloomberg. Two of the sources claimed that the increase amounts to 50 per cent, with the Govt  no longer paying electricity and water bills for members of the ruling family. A Saudi Govt  official denied the claims. Dozens of the country’s richest men, including billionaire Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal, were among those held at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Riyadh as part of a massive crackdown on corruption in early November, before settlements were made with them under which the state obtained over $100 billion. middleeastmonitor
Afghanistan: Ghani open to talks with armed groups
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has said his Govt  is open to peace talks with armed groups who accept peace but said the door was closed to those who cause tragedies like recent attacks in the capital, Kabul.Two attacks in Kabul that left scores of civilians dead were claimed by Taliban.An attack on the Inter-Continental Hotel in Kabul on January 20 and a massive car bombing on a crowded city street a week later have stoked public anger and stepped up pressure on Ghani's Western-backed Govt  to improve security.The two attack killed more than 130 people. The recent attacks have raised fresh doubt about long-running efforts to initiate talks with the armed fighters.The president's office said on Tuesday the fighters had crossed a "red line" and peace would have to be won on the battlefield.But Ghani raised the possibility of reconciliation with some factions of Taliban in a speech in Kabul."Those who are responsible for this tragedy and do not want peace, the door of peace is closed to them," Ghani said. aljazeera
France jails Islamic scholar on rape charge, judicial source says: CNN
Islamic scholar and TV analyst Tariq Ramadan has been arrested in Paris and charged with rape, a judicial source told CNN.Ramadan, 55, was arrested on Wednesday, charged Friday and will remain in custody in France until his next hearing, the source said.The arrest of the Oxford University professor follows public claims by two women that he assaulted them in French hotel rooms.CNN has reached out to Ramadan's lawyer for comment.Ramadan is a Swiss citizen who often has been featured by international media, including CNN, and whose grandfather, Hassan al-Banna, founded Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood movement. Ramadan wrote in an October post on Facebook: "Unfounded allegations can never take the place of concrete truth. These accusations are simply false, and betray all the ideals I have long strived for and believed in."A statement in November by Oxford University said Ramadan "categorically denies" any wrongdoing.CNN
Tariq Ramadan faces French judge in sex assault case
Yemen Islah party suspends membership of Nobel laureate Karman
Yemeni Nobel Prize winner Tawakkol Karman was suspended from the Islah party allied with President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi after she accused the Saudi-led coalition that backs him in the country’s civil war of acting as occupiers.Karman won the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize for her role in Arab Spring protests that ousted authoritarian President Ali Abdullah. More recently she has ramped up public criticism of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, accusing them of backing a campaign to divide Yemen by supporting southern separatists against the internationally recognised Govt .Speaking at the Warwick Economics Summit in London over the weekend, Karman said Saudi Arabia and the UAE were driven by a “reckless adventurism” when they intervened in Yemen in 2015 after Iran-aligned Houthi forces drove Hadi into exile.In an earlier Twitter message, she wrote:"Saudi Arabia and UAE took advantage of the (Houthi) militia coup in Sanaa to launch a very ugly occupation and an uglier influence in Yemen."The Islah party, regarded as a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, which is viewed by Saudi Arabia and the UAE as a terrorist organisation, tried to distance itself from Karman and order her suspended from its ranks.“Tawakkol Karman’s statements do not represent the Islah party and its policies, and are not in line with the party’s positions,” a statement posted on Islah’s website said.“Therefore, the general secretary has decided to freeze her membership according to party’s status.”Karman, who left Yemen after Houthi militia seized the capital Sanaa in a series of military advances that began in late 2014, responded on her Twitter account by describing Islah leaders as “prisoners and slaves” of Riyadh and Abu Dhabi.Tensions between Islah and southern separatists have been rising since Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia and UAE, announced a boycott of Qatar in June last year over allegations that Doha backs militants. Qatar denies the charges. middleeastmonitor
Yemen Islamist Party Suspends Membership of Nobel Laureate Tawakkol Karman
Boycott election, Coalition tells Egyptians as candidates withdraw or are blocked
In the absence of any strong opposition candidate, the upcoming presidential election in Egypt seems closer to being a formality for incumbent Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi. This feeling is strengthened by the fact that prominent figures and politicians are calling for a boycott of the election. Predictably, the Govt  accuses them of trying to overthrow the regime.Leaders of the Civil Democratic Movement have raised international concerns after calling on Egyptians to boycott the elections scheduled for the end of next month. The opposition coalition described the election as “absurd”.The Movement was founded last December by eight political parties and about 150 political figures, including former presidential candidates Hamdeen Sabahi and Khaled Ali. Prominent opposition figure George Isaac is also involved. He was one of the founders of the 2004 Kefaya Movement that led numerous protests against former President Hosni Mubarak before the overthrow of his regime after the 2011 revolution.middleeastmonitor
Mosque vandalized in Netherlands
A mosque in the Dutch port city of The Hague was vandalized late Friday, the head of the mosque said Saturday.So far, no group has claimed responsibility for the act of vandalism, in which a Turkish flag was crosed with red paint with slogans against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also written on it.Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Sinasi Koc, the head of Ahi Evran Mosque, which is currently under contysruction and belongs to the Islamic Foundation in Netherlands, condemned the attack.Koc said the attack was probably related to Turkey’s ongoing Operation Olive Branch in Syria’s Afrin.“There are those who do not want our unity and solidarity, and those who want to bring disorder to us. They will not succeed, for Allah is with us,” Koc said. Anadolu
Mystery shrouds Muslim lawyer's assassination
It has been a year since prominent Muslim lawyer Ko Ni was assassinated, however, Aung San Suu Kyi is yet to utter a single word to mark the first death anniversary of the man credited with enabling her to become the country's state counselor.While the Nobel prize winner did term the killing "a great loss for the party" a month after the murder on Jan. 29, 2017, Suu Kyi, who has in recent times faced strong criticism for her continued silence on the plight of persecuted Rohingya Muslim community, appears to be not pushing for all the facts of the case to come to surface by her stony silence.The assassination of Ko Ni continues to be shrouded in mystery despite the fact that the alleged gunman who pulled the trigger at Yangon International Airport has been in police custody since late February 2017 along with three other suspects who supposedly paid him for the killing.
Oil tanker with 22 Indians goes missing near West Africa
MUMBAI/NEW DELHI:An oil tanker with 22 Indians on board has gone missing in the piracy-plagued waters off the Benin coast in the Gulf of Guinea near West Africa, the Directorate General of Shipping said on Sunday.No contact has been established with the vessel so far and there have been no reports of a ransom call, it said.“The region has a history of piracy and it may be a case of suspected piracy. All communication with the vessel has been lost, and right now we do not know if a ransom call has been made,” an official of the Directorate General of Shipping told PTI.PTI


‘Hindutva calling itself a version of Hinduism is problematic’: Historian Romila Thapar:  Ruchika Sharma
Judge Loya case: Entire 2014 case diary missing; police acknowledge overwriting in death report copy:Vishwadeepak
Kasganj: The Govt  must not allow the Tricolour to become a pawn in the hands of communal forces: Abdur Rab Khan
The opaque 1%: More transparency is needed for Indian society to have an informed debate about rising inequality: Lucas Chancel , Thomas Piketty
How Much More Blood Do TV Anchors Want to See Spilled?ABHISAR SHARMA
Why are Muslims being arrested when a Hindu killed a Hindu in Kasganj? SP Leader in Rajya Sabha:sabrangindia
Tensions High in Shopian After Five Civilians Killed; Families Have Little Hope for Justice: The Wire
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National Health Protection Scheme or Scam?MOHAN GURUSWAMY


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