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10 Feb. ND: AIMPLB moots action against member over suggestion to shift Babri Masjid, says talaq bill is against Constitution/Modi visits Ramallah, backs independent Palestine state



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10 Feb.2018:23 Jamadiul-1 1439:Vol:9, No:117
INDIA: AIMPLB & BABRI ISSUE
AIMPLB moots action against member over suggestion to shift Babri Masjid, says talaq bill is against Constitution
Hyderabad:All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) on Saturday reiterated its opposition to the ‘Centre’s attempts to interfere in the personal law matters of the Muslims’ by making a legislation on triple talaq. AIMPLB general secretary Moulana Wali Rehmani, in his report at 26th plenary of the board, expressed concern over the threat to the personal law with the triple talaq legislation being enacted by the Central govt. “It is against the fundamental rights guaranteed in the Indian Constitution and also against the previous court verdicts,” he said. Appreciating the stand taken by the Opposition parties in Rajya Sabha, where the bill has stalled, Rehmani requested the personal law board to suggest and guide the Muslims in this regard. He also asked the plenary to evolve a strategy to stop the Centre from passing the bill.The Board took serious note of the suggestion made by Moulana Sayyed Salman Hussaini Nadvi, one of the executive committee members, that the Babri Masjid be shifted from the existing disputed site in Ayodhya to another place, where another magnificent mosque and a university could be built.While Moulani Nadvi skipped the plenary meeting on the second day, the Board constituted a 4-member committee with senior clerics to look into his comments and suggest a disciplinary action against him. Referring to the controversy, Rehamni, without naming anybody, said misleading rumours were being circulated by some elements to misguide the Muslims on Babri Masjid issue with regard to out of the court settlement. He reiterated that the stand taken by the Board in the past that a mosque would always be a mosque. “That does not mean we are not against negotiations, but they should be based on fair justice and equal honour,” he said.Rehmani explained in detail the legal battle being waged by the Board on the contentious Babri Masjid issue in the Supreme Court. He said the court had expressed view that the case was related to the title of the land and did not relate to the matter of faith or belief. He said the related documents had already been submitted to the court and some other documents which were yet to be translated would be submitted as per the court directions.Declaring the Hyderabad plenary as historic, he said that it was being held at a very crucial juncture when the Muslim community was confronting with many issues with the Govt  of the day adopting a bias attitude.On the issue of social reforms, Rehmani said a lot of awareness was being created among the Muslims with a movement called “Tahaffuz-e-shariyat-wo-Ishalahai-Mashhira” (Protection of Shariya Law, Understanding Shariya law and social reforms). Moulana Rabey Hasani Nadvi, President AIMPLB, presided over the plenary session, which was attended by over 500 delegates. IANS reports that AIMPLB member SQR Ilyas said that the Board President would take action after a report is submitted to him by the disciplinary committee.Talking to reporters, Nadvi alleged that two executive members Zafar Yab Jeelani and Ilyas humiliated him.Ilyas denied the allegation. "The meeting was held in a democratic manner. There was a unanimous feeling that Salman Nadvi should not have made the offer that is against the known stand of the board," he said.Ilyas, who is convenor of the Babri Masjid committee of the board, said Nadvi should have raised any issue in the AIMPLB meeting before speaking publicly. He said Nadvi's action had damaged the board's reputation at a time when it is holding a crucial meeting in Hyderabad to discuss various important issues.HT /IANS
AIMPLB says triple talaq bill is against Constitution and fundamental rights, vows to remove 'flaws'
Ayodhya dispute:Only SC verdict acceptable,says AIMPLB
Muslim Cleric Who Suggested Shifting of Babri Site Sticks to Stand, Law Board Likely to Take Action
Muslim Law Board to take action against its member for Ram temple proposal
 We are in favour of Ram Mandir at disputed site, mosque should be built somewhere else, says Salman Nadvi
AOL's Ravi Shankar on Ayodhya row: Muslim leaders willing to shift masjid
Ayodhya talks gather steam outside court, Haji Mehboob pins hope on meeting with PM Modi
Cleric suggests shifting Babri site, triggers row
Muslim Law Board says land dedicated for Babri Masjid cannot be sold, gifted
Muslim Board rules out compromise on Babri Masjid
 ‘Sterile exercise’, says Subramanian Swamy as Sri Sri meets AIMPLB leader for out-of-court settlement
AIMPLB panel to probe Maulana meeting with Sri Sri
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India hopes Palestine becomes a free country soon, says PM Modi
PM Narendra Modi Saturday met Mahmoud Abbas on a historic visit to Palestine during which the Palestinian President sought India’s support for a multi-country mechanism to achieve a “just and desired peace” with Israel in accordance with the 2-state solution.Modi reassured his country’s support for the Palestinian cause while Abbas said that Palestinians relied on India’s role as an international force to bring peace in this region.“I have assured President Abbas that India is bound by a promise to take care of Palestinian people’s interests,” Modi said in a joint address to the media along with Abbas following a bilateral meeting.“India hopes that soon Palestine will come a free country in a peaceful manner,” he stated. President Abbas accorded a red carpet welcome to Modi, the first Indian PM  to make an official visit to Palestine, in an official ceremony at the presidential compound, also known as Muqata’a, in Ramallah - the Palestinian seat of Govt.At the joint press statement, President Abbas acknowledged that the Indian leadership has always stood by peace in Palestine. Abbas said he had “fruitfull and constructive” talks with PM  Modi and he updated the Indian leader on the overall developing situation in Palestine and in the region.He said Palestine is ready to engage in negotiations to achieve freedom and independence in accordance with the two- state solution along the lines of 1967 and internationally legitimate resolutions so that both Palestine and Israel can co-exist in peace and security, provided that East Jerusalem is the capital of the state of Palestine.Abbas said the formation of a multi-lateral mechanism that is produced by an international peace convention is the most ideal way to broker negotiations with Israel, which is India’s strategic partner and among its top arms suppliers.“We rely on India’s role as an international voice of great standing and weigh through its historical role in the Non-Aligned Movement and in all international forum and its increasingly growing power on the strategic and economic levels, in a way that is conducive to just and desired peace in our region,” President Abbas said.PM  Modi assured President Abbas that India is committed to the Palestinian people’s interests.“Friendship between India and Palestine has stood the test of time. The people of Palestine have shown remarkable courage in the face of several challenges. India will always support Palestine’s development journey,” Modi said, adding that India is hopeful of peace and stability in the region. PM Modi said India hopes for Palestine to soon become a sovereign and independent country in a peaceful environment through dialogue.“We hope for peace and stability in Palestine, we believe a permanent solution is possible with dialogue. Only diplomacy and farsightedness can set free from violence and baggage of the past. We know it is not easy but we need to keep trying as a lot is at stake,” Modi said.The two sides signed agreements worth $50 million. The agreement includes setting up of a super speciality hospital worth $30 million in Beit Sahur and construction of a centre for empowering women worth $5 million.Three agreements in the education sector worth $5 million and for procurement of equipment and machinery for the National Printing Press in Ramallah were also signed. President Abbas also conferred the ‘Grand Collar of the State of Palestine’ on PM  Modi, recognising his key contribution to promote ties between India and Palestine.Archbishop of Catholic Church, Poulos Marcuzzo, and religious leaders of the Al-Aqsa mosque were also at the Muqata’a to greet Modi. Modi flew in a Jordanian army helicopter straight from Amman to Ramallah, where he was received by his Palestinian counterpart Rami Hamdallah. Modi’s chopper was escorted by choppers from Israel Air Force.“This is a historic visit that will lead to stronger bilateral cooperation,” Modi said shortly after landing.Soon after his arrival, Modi visited the Mausoleum of Yasser Arafat in Ramallah and laid a wreath at the grave of the iconic Palestinian leader.He was accompanied by his Palestinian counterpart Hamdallah.
India hopes Palestine becomes a free country in peaceful manner, says PM Modi
Modi says he hopes for State of Palestine to be living in an environment of peace
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Israelis accept India’s strategic need to maintain ties with Palestine: Israeli Analysts  
Israeli analysts generally accept India’s strategic need to demonstrate its traditional support for Palestine with some seeing PM Narendra Modi’s trip to Ramallah as a “comfort prize” for Palestinians amid growing Indo-Israel ties.“I believe that the Palestinians understand that this visit is a comfort prize after Israel and India have grown closer dramatically in the last few years,” Lior Weintraub, ex-Israeli spokesperson in New Delhi and Washington, said. said.India is now prioritising the bilateral relationship with Israel that has a strategic aspect, cultural aspect and economic aspect, over allowing the impasse in the Israeli- Palestinian channel to dictate how India is going to act vis- à-vis some vital national interest that is has, the former diplomat further added.Israelis are generally accepting of India’s strategic need to demonstrate its traditional support for the Palestinians with some seeing PM Narendra Modi’s trip to Palestine as a “comfort prize” for intensifying Indo- Israel ties while others viewing it as a move to safeguard national interest.PTI
Narendra Modi set to visit UAE: PM to attend foundation stone-laying ceremony for first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will witness the foundation stone-laying ceremony for the first Hindu temple in the capital of the UAE, home to over three million people of Indian origin.Modi, who will arrive on Saturday night, will be visiting the United Arab Emirates for the second time after his 2015 trip to the country."The first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi will come up on 55,000 square metres of land and the groundbreaking ceremony on Sunday will be a historic event," said Indian Ambassador to the UAE Navdeep Singh Suri.The Indian prime minister will flag off laying of the temple's foundation stone during the community event."On Sunday, you will see a groundbreaking ceremony, which is going to be live-streamed into Dubai Opera House. It's going to be tradition meeting technology," Suri said.Modi will hold a meeting with the Indian community at Dubai Opera House, he said, adding that representatives of all major organisations and a number of Indian professionals have been invited."The occasion is going to be historic for a different reason because it will also see the commencement of the first Hindu Temple in Abu Dhabi. We are very pleased that we have received 55,000 square metres of land near Al Rahba off the Dubai-Abu Dhabi Sheikh Zayed Highway," Suri said.The temple will be hand-carved by Indian temple artisans and assembled in the UAE. It will be completed by 2020, and open to people of all religious backgrounds.It will be the first traditional Hindu stone temple in West Asia, said a spokesperson from the BAPS.Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS), is a socio-spiritual Hindu organisation set up in 1907 that runs more than 1,100 temples and cultural compounds around the world. The investment from the UAE to India exceeds $11 billion. firstpost
Mosque on HC premises:SC for talks to settle row
New Delhi:The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Allahabad High Court and the Waqf mosque on its premises, which has been ordered to be removed, to explore the possibility of a “settlement”.Hearing a petition filed by Waqf Masjid challenging the Nov. 8, 2017, order of the High Court which gave it three months to move out, a 3-judge bench of CJI Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud ordered “list the matter on 16th March, 2018. In the meantime, learned counsel for the parties shall discuss among themselves to arrive at a settlement, if possible.”Appearing for Waqf, senior advocate Kapil Sibal said the structure had been there for many decades.During the brief hearing, Justice Chandrachud said there were several tracts of land beside the High Court and some part of this could be considered for relocating the mosque. CJI, too, seemed to favour a relocation.Acting on a PIL,HC had directed that the “Waqf, shall handover vacant and peaceful possession of the site in dispute to respondent no.1-High Court, within a period of three months…” from the date of the judgment.indianexpress
Aurangzeb was a ‘terrorist’ whereas Dara Shukoh stood for true Islamic values: BJP MP Maheish Girri
New Delhi:BJP MP Maheish Girri dubbed Mughal ruler Aurangzeb a “terrorist” and hailed his brother Dara Shikoh as a scholar, who espoused “syncretic values”, and pitched for building greater awareness about his life. MP from East Delhi was interacting with reporters on sidelines of the inauguration of twin events- a conference ‘Aurangzeb & Dara Shukoh: A Tale of Two Brothers’ and an exhibition, titled, ‘Dara Shukoh, the Forgotten Prince of Islam’ at the IGNCA here.“Aurangzeb was a terrorist, in today’s parlance… punishment that he should have got he did not get, but at least, the road named after him, has been changed,” he told reporters. Aurangzeb Road in Lutyens’ Delhi was rechristened Dr APJ Kalam Road in 2015. Girri had sent a proposal to the Centre for renaming the street after the former president.PTI
Air Force officer arrested in Delhi, was seduced by ISI spies on chat
 An Indian Air Force (IAF) officer has been arrested in Delhi on charges of espionage and passing on classified information to Pakistani intelligence agency Inter-Services Intelligence or ISI. Group Captain Arun Marwaha, 51, leaked information and documents to two Pakistani agents who chatted with him on social media pretending to be women, say investigators.The officer, posted at the IAF headquarters in Delhi, is a para-jumping instructor and was in charge of training elite Garud commandos. He has been charged under the Official Secrets Act and faces up to 14 years in jail. He was due to retire next year.Sources say after the officer befriended the ISI agents on Facebook - they had fake profiles as women - a few months ago and they started chatting regularly on WhatsApp. They allegedly even exchanged intimate messages. After gaining his trust, the agents asked the officer for classified documents. The officer shared them regularly on WhatsApp in return for obscene photos, according to sources. The information that he shared was reportedly on new agencies in the field of cyber warfare, space and special operations. ndtv
CBI judge shifted before Sohrabuddin trial began: Maharashtra to SC
New Delhi:Countering claims that CBI Judge JT Utpat, who was assigned the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, was transferred out during the pendency of the trial more than three years ago, in violation of a Supreme Court order, the Maharashtra Govt  told the apex court Friday that the trial had not begun when the judge was shifted.The assertion was made by senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi during a hearing on petitions seeking a probe into the death of CBI judge B H Loya in 2014. Loya took over the case after the transfer in June 2014 of Utpat to Pune. According to official records, Loya died of a heart attack in Nagpur on Dec. 1, 2014.Questioning the transfer, the petitioners had cited a Supreme Court ruling, directing one judge to conduct the entire fake encounter trial.indianexpress
People voted you to power for Ram Mandir construction, not for triple talaq: VHP’s Togadia to Modi
In a brazen attack unleashed by the VHP international working president, against PM  Narendra Modi and his BJP Govt , Pravin Togadia on Friday stated that the people of the nation voted for him so that they can get Ram Mandir in Ayodhya. Criticising PM Modi over the triple talaq bill, VHP’s Togadia stated that he was not brought into power for making laws on the practice of triple talaq by the Muslim community. Asking the Govt  to push the construction of Ram Mandir, Togadia said that the current Govt  should make a law for construction of the temple in Ayodhya. He said, “People have voted you to power not for making laws on triple talaq, but for the construction of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya”. The following attack on PM Modi and his Govt  came in while Togadia was on a two-day tour of Aurangabad and Parbhani.While addressing the media on Friday, Togadia said that a law should be passed for the construction of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya.  “A law should be passed for the construction of Ram temple so that it is built soon. Whether to make a law on triple talaq or not is up to the Govt , but they should make a law for Ram temple,” he added. Expressing their confidence in the judiciary, the VHP leader said, “We have faith in the judiciary, but since the temple has not been built, a law should be passed in this regard so that it can be constructed without the mosque adjacent to it”. newsx
SP, BSP demand probe into Kasganj violence
Lucknow: Samajwadi Party and the BSP demanded a judicial probe into the 26 Jan.Kasganj incident in Uttar Pradesh in which one person died. Speaking on the admissibility notice on the Kasganj incident in the Vidhan Sabha, leader of Opposition Ram Govind Chaudhary said the incident was a deliberate and pre-planned one. He demanded an impartial inquiry by a sitting High Court judge and compensation to those whose shops were burnt in the communal flare-up. He also demanded that more compensation be given to the family members of the youth who was killed.Chaudhary said the incident was aimed at creating communal disharmony and regretted that differences have reached this stage between 2 communities, whose members had once laid down their lives for the independence of the country. Recounting the sequence of events which led to the flare-up, SP leader said some 100 to 125 motorcycles, with 2 to 3 youths on each took out a tiranga yatra.They passed through a locality where some Muslims had assembled for the hoisting of the national flag. They were asked to remove their chairs by the youth. What followed was an altercation which later escalated into a communal flare-up leading to the death of one youth. Chaudhary said he had two CDs which indicated that the whole incident was a pre-meditated one. He wondered which direction the state was going.thestatesman
Muzaffarnagar Riots: District Authorities Oppose Withdrawal of Cases Against BJP Leaders
Muzaffarnagar: District authorities are not in favour of withdrawal of cases, mostly against political leaders, related to the Muzaffarnagar riots of 2013 in which over 60 people were killed and over 40,000 rendered homeless, official sources said here on Friday.The district authorities, in response to two letters from the UP Dept of Justice, have advocated against the withdrawal of 10 such cases as the court has already taken cognisance against the accused after charge sheets were filed by the police and the SIT probing the riots cases, the sources said.Some of the cases were filed against UP minister Suresh Rana, former Union minister Sanjiv Balyan, MP Bhartendu Singh, MLA Umesh Malik and BJP leader Sadhvi Prachi. PTI

1,611 Days After Muzaffarnagar Riots, Jats Say 'Allahu Akbar' and Muslims Chant 'Har Har Mahadev':news18
Muzaffarnagar: After UP Assembly elections last year, Vipin Singh Balyan from Kutba village in western UP’s Muzaffarnagar took a radical decision. 53 Jat youths from his village were implicated in 9 separate cases of violence, including murder, in 2013, when communal riots ripped through Muzaffarnagar. He would go to Muslim victims and beg forgiveness on behalf of Jats. “I decided to go to the house of one Akhtar Hassan, who had great standing among Kutba’s Muslims. I told him I was there to ask for forgiveness. The first time I went there, the Muslims gathered around and started abusing me for what Jats had done to their families. I neither reacted nor tried to defend myself. I left my Jat ego at the door and listened to everything they had to say,” says Balyan. The first meeting with Akhtar was a failure. Balyan went again, only to be turned down once more. When the third visit, too, yielded no possibility of a “settlement”, Balyan says he was beginning to lose hope. But then, something unexpected happened. “After the third meeting,I went home dejected. That very evening, Akhtar called me. He said that a Muslim girl from Kutba was being bothered by local Muslim lads from Bara Basti. He sought help from Jats to put pressure on the police to arrest those miscreants. As their former landlords, Jats thought it was their duty to help a daughter of Kutba, even if she was Muslim. We surrounded the police station and the cops were forced to arrest the accused.”That incident helped break the ice and gave Balyan and company the chance to move forward with their “peace process”. But it was important to first win back the Muslims’ trust. The culprits of Kutba were Jats, but the Jats of Kakra village had lost their sons at the hands of Muslim rioters from nearby Pur Balyan village. So the Jats of Kutba took a decision. They would first get cases against Muslims withdrawn. Chaudhary Shakir Ali is the former pradhan of Pur Balyan village. On Sept.7, 2013, a group of Jats were passing through the mosque in Pur Balyan when they were killed by a Muslim mob. news18
Muslims concerned over growing animosity among Hindu and Muslim communities
Agra: In the light of the recent debate over inter-religion marriages and the murder of Delhi youth Ankit Saxena over a love affair with a Muslim girl, a meeting of the Muslim community was held at a local mosque in Agra, where prominent clerics and free-thinkers debated over this issue. Addressing the gathering, Mohd. Sharif Kale, District President of All India Jamiat-ul-Quresh said that co-existence of Hindu and Muslims in India is the hallmark of unity in diversity in India. He pointed out that people belonging to different faiths and religions have lived in this country for more than thousand years, which is the hallmark of India's unity in diversity.Kale further said, "People spreading communal harmony, national integration and peaceful co-existence outnumbered those spreading hatred/divisiveness in the society." Indiatoday
Telangana:Man booked for exploiting woman on pretext of marriage
 A man has been booked by Hyderabad Police on Thursday for allegedly sexually exploiting and cheating a 25-year-old woman on the pretext of marriage in Telangana.He had also forced her to convert to Islam, wear hijab and observe Muharram.“For 4 long years he fooled me, asked me to convert to Islam, wear hijab and observe Muharram, I did everything he asked. Date was also fixed but he said the wedding can’t take place. I want justice,” cried victim.They met four years ago in an office at Somajiguda and became close.“Despite me following every Muslim rite and ritual, he denied to accept me and stated that I was not following any of the rights properly and that is the reason he cannot marry me.I demand Justice!!!..,”victim added.Meanwhile, DCP Rachakonda, Uma Maheshwara Sharma said, “We have received a complaint from the victim and a case has been registered in this regard under section 376, 417 and 420 IPC and investigating is on.” ANI
J-K govt vs Centre in SC over setting up of state minority commission
New Delhi: Centre and the J&K Govt  were at odds before the Supreme Court on Friday over the setting up of the state minority commission.Attorney general (AG) KK Venugopal informed a bench led by Chief Justice Dipak Misra that the state had disowned its assurance given at a meeting to frame the law for constituting the commission. “The minutes show they gave an assurance and now they disown it. So, let the court decide it on merit,” AG said.Objecting to Venugopal’s submission, J&K Govt  counsel advocate Shoeb Alam submitted that the state never “disowned”, but reiterated its stand taken before the Supreme Court that it will bring a law “as and when necessary”.“Some parts of the meeting attributed to us are not true,” said Alam, on whose request the bench adjourned the matter for four weeks.hindustantimes
Jammu attack Live: Three militants, two soldiers killed in Sunjuwan army camp; operation underway
Two militants and two soldiers were killed in an attack on an army camp in Jammu early Saturday morning. Officials said it seems two or three militants, who entered from the rear side of Sunjuwan army camp where family quarters are located, are holed up.Nine others, including five women and two children have been injured in the attack, defence spokesperson Lt Col Devender Anand said.HT
Jammu army camp attack: Intel agencies had warned of possible JeM terror strike
Despite a possible terror threat, security forces failed to prevent the terror attack on the Sunjwan army camp in Jammu by suspected JeM militants on Saturday morning. 2 jawans, including a junior commissioner officer (JCO), were killed and four persons were injured in the attack. DGP of J&K Shesh Paul Vaid said, “Intercepts suggest that JeM is responsible for the attack.”Intelligence inputs had warned of an attack by JeM around the death anniversary of Afzal Guru. Guru was hanged on Feb. 9, 2013 while JKLF founder Maqbool Bhat was hanged in Tihar jail on Feb.11, 1984. While security agencies expected an attack in Kashmir Valley, militants carried out the strike in Jammu. On Thursday, Vaid had said that security forces are taking necessary precautions in view of the alert in the Valley. “We are always on alert. But as you know, February 9 and 11 are important days in Kashmir, so we are taking all precautions,” Vaid had said.A senior police officer had told The Indian Express that there was an ‘assessment’ by multiple agencies on the possible strike by the terror group around Guru’s anniversary. “JeM was active for a few years after it was set up by Masood Azhar in 2000 when he was released (in exchange for passengers and crew of hijacked Indian Airline at Kandahar). They returned around 2014 and made Afzal Guru the face of their campaign. They have come up with an Afzal Guru squad,” the officer said.Indian Express
Modi is wrong. Sardar Patel offered Kashmir to Pak: Soz
New Delhi: PM  Narendra Modi’s assertion in Lok Sabha that if Sardar Patel’s line of thinking were allowed, there would be no issue on Kashmir as it would have got fully integrated with India, is “contrary to the facts of history” said professor and former Union minister Saifuddin Soz on Feb 9.In a statement, Soz, who is from J&K, says his forthcoming book Kashmir: Complete Story has details of this, “Patel consistently offered Kashmir to Pakistan, but Liaquat Ali Khan remained stubbornly obsessed with an imaginary idea of getting Hyderabad-Deccan which was neither connected by rail nor road with Pakistan.”In the statement, Soz said in their books, Chaudhre Mohammad Ali, ex-Pakistan PM, and ex minister and senior Muslim leader Sirdar Shaukat Hayat Khan lamented Liaquat Ali Khan’s attitude.History is based on facts and it can hardly help politicians who present their own perceptions as facts of history, Soz said.“I propose PM  Modi to start a serious study on the history of India’s Freedom Struggle for his better understanding on Nehru and his relationship with Sardar Patel and Mahatma Gandhi,” he said.THE WIRE
Petitions filed against Shah, Katiyar in Muzaffarpur court
Patna: 2 separate petitions were filed against BJP president Amit Shah and party MP Vinay Katiyar in the court of chief judicial magistrate, Muzaffarpur, on Thursday for their recent controversial statements.While Shah, in his maiden speech in the Rajya Sabha, had said even selling pakodas was a form of self-employment and job creation, Katiyar had stirred the hornet's nest by saying that Muslims should leave India as they divided the nation on the basis of population.The petition against Shah was filed by one Tamanna Hashmi and the one against Katiyar by M Raju Naiyyar.In his petition, Hashmi stated that Shah's remark had created "inferiority complex" among the youths in the country. "What is the point of pursuing education if one has to sell pakodas? Shah's statement was an insult to the country's educated youths," Hashmi said.TOI
Book BJP MP for 'anti-Muslim' remarks: Maha Cong leader
Senior Muslim cleric’s take on insurance policy fatwa
Saharanpur: Darul Uloom Deoband has issued a ‘fatwa’ against people buying life insurance policies or getting their property insured. Chairman of Darul Uloom Deoband’s Online Fatwa Dep.expressed his views on the issued fatwa. According to the clerics buying such insurance policies or getting property insured is against the tenets of Islam as a Muslim should have faith in Allah, and not in any insurance companies.siasat
Indian journalist, another scribe ordered to leave Maldives
Male:Two foreign journalists, including an Indian national, working for French news agency AFP who were arrested by the Maldivian police for violating immigration rules, have been ordered to leave the island nation facing political turmoil.The two journalists, Indian national Money Sharma and British national of Indian-origin Atish Ravi Patel, were handed over to immigration authorities by the police after it was found that they were working in violation of the countrys immigration rules, the police said in a statement."These individuals were found to be working and reporting as journalists while on a tourist visa, in contravention to the Immigration Act and Regulations," the statement said.The Maldives police, however, clarified that no legal action will be taken against the two journalists.PTI
Trump speaks to Modi on Maldives crisis
New Delhi: In what is being seen as a synchronised Indo-US strategy on the Maldives crisis, US President Donald Trump on Friday spoke to PM Narendra Modi on phone, with both leaders expressing concern over the political situation in the tiny archipelago nation. “Both leaders expressed concern about the political crisis in Maldives and the importance of respect for democratic institutions and rule of law,” the White House said in a readout of the phone call between Mr Trump and Mr Modi, the first in this year. The White House said that the two leaders also pledged to continue working together to enhance security and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region.Apart from China, support for the Maldivian Govt  has also come from Pakistan which appeared to play the Islamic card. Deccan Chronicle
Saudi ’s move to shut doors on migrants sets off alarm bells in Kerala
Kozhikkode:Clutching his two minor daughters, Hameed Ansal stands before his half-built house in Beypore on the outskirts of Kozhikkode in north Kerala, uncertain about his future.Ansal had come on a vacation from Saudi Arabia, where he has been working at a mobile phone store in a sprawling mall for the past eight years. But, now like many other migrant workers, he’s not certain about his job as the oil-rich country has recently extended its Saudi nationalisation scheme, or nitaqat in Arabic, to 12 more activities and occupations to provide more jobs to its citizens.The labour and social development ministry’s order will come into effect on the first day of Islamic new year that falls on September 11. It will bar employment of foreigners in the listed occupations , snuffing Gulf dream of many Indians.
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Major Israeli air raids hit 'Iranian targets' in Syria
Israel struck a dozen Syrian and Iranian targets inside Syria on Saturday in "large-scale" raids after an Israeli fighter jet crashed under fire from Syrian air defences in a severe increase in tensions, the military said.Israel's raids came after it intercepted what it said was an Iranian drone entering its airspace from Syria, which it labelled an "attack."It marked the first time Israel publicly acknowledged attacking what it identified as Iranian targets in Syria since the war began.In response, Iran denounced Israeli "lies" and said Syria had the right to self-defence in response to Israeli strikes.Separately, Iran issued a joint statement alongside the other main allies of the Syrian regime -- Russia and Lebanese militant group Hezbollah -- denying the allegations regarding the drone. Russian foreign ministry called for "restraint" from all parties. sraeli military spokesman Jonathan Conricus warned that Syria and Iran were "playing with fire," but stressed his country was not seeking an escalation."This is the most blatant and severe Iranian violation of Israeli sovereignty in the last years," Conricus told journalists in a phone conference.AFP
Moscow 'seriously concerned' at Israel's Syria attacks
Israeli F-16 jet shot down by Syria fire, says military
An Israeli F-16 fighter jet has been shot down by Syrian military while targeting what it called Iranian sites responsible for launching a drone into occupied Golan Heights.Israeli military said on Saturday "a combat helicopter successfully intercepted an Iranian UAV that was launched from Syria and infiltrated Israel"."IDF [Israel Defence Forces] has targeted the Iranian control systems in Syria that sent the #UAV into Israeli airspace. Massive Syrian Anti-Air fire, one F16 crashed in Israel, pilots safe," Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus, Israeli military spokesman, said on Twitter.Israeli media said the jet crashed in northern Israel.
IS  fighters move to Syria's Idlib, clash with factions, sources say:Reuters
Beirut; Islamic State fighters battled Syrian insurgents in the northwestern province of Idlib on Friday, a monitoring group and a rebel commander said, accusing pro-Govt  forces of opening a corridor for the jihadists to reach the region.Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Govt  forces had allowed Islamic State fighters to leave a besieged pocket of territory at the intersection of Aleppo, Idlib and Hama provinces, and then go to southern Idlib.A military news outlet run by Lebanon’s Hezbollah, which is fighting on the side of the Syrian Govt , reported gains by the army and its allies against Islamic State in that pocket, but made no mention of the jihadists being allowed to leave.A commander in the alliance fighting alongside Syria’s army said the Islamic State militants left the enclave. “The pocket is finished. A crossing was opened till they exited, and then it was closed,” the commander said.
US-led air raids in Syria 'kill 100 pro-Assad fighters'
Syria has accused the US-led coalition of "war crimes" after air raids in oil-rich Deir Az Zor province targeted its fighters.A US official told Reuters news agency on Thursday that more than 100 pro-Govt  fighters were killed in the overnight raids.US said they had responded to an "unprovoked attack" against the Washington-backed SDF, but did not give any details on casualties.A Pentagon spokesperson said that the SDF had "acted in self-defence with support" from the US-led coalition. "Pro-regime forces initiated what appeared to be a coordinated attack on Syrian Democratic Forces east of the Euphrates river deconfliction line," Dana White said. aljazeera
Warning of humanitarian ‘disaster’ in Eastern Ghouta
An international aid body has warned of a “humanitarian disaster” in Eastern Ghouta caused by the major bombing campaign by the Syrian Govt  that has impeded essential relief operations. Eastern Ghouta is currently under the control of opposition factions.CARE International said that heavy air strikes have killed more than 220 civilians in four days and made it difficult for aid workers to help nearly 400,000 people trapped in the area. “Our partners in Ghouta face difficulty in moving; how can they reach the most vulnerable people?” said Joelle Bassoul, the organisation’s director of public relations for Syria. A social centre supported by CARE in Douma was among the buildings which were bombed, forcing those inside to hide underground. Over 4,000 families live in basements and air raid shelters in Eastern Ghouta, according to Save the Children.The enclave east of the capital is supposed to be one of four zones for “easing tension” announced last year in an effort to reduce the level of violence. However, the regime has intensified its bombardment of Eastern Ghouta, where its forces are carrying out another major operation in Idlib province in the north-west, a second area included in the agreement to reduce tension.middleeastmonitor
France presses Russia over Syria as more die in besieged rebel area
France urged Russia to make Syria’s Govt  ease a dire humanitarian crisis in two rebel-held areas as more air strikes pounded them on Friday, adding to the death toll from one of the deadliest weeks of the war.President Bashar al-Assad’s army, which has seized a clear advantage in the war with Russian and Iranian help, is bombarding two of the last key rebel areas of Syria – Eastern Ghouta near Damascus and Idlib in northwest near the Turkish border. Middleeastmonitor
Syrian regime, Russian strikes kill 230 civilians: UN
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Saturday called for international action to stop one of the bloodiest period of the Syrian conflict with 277 civilians killed in the past week.Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said in a statement:''The past week has been one of the bloodiest periods of the entire conflict, with wave after wave of deadly air strikes leading to civilian casualties in areas of Eastern Ghouta and Idlib."He added 230 civilians had been killed in air strikes by the Syrian regime and its allies in Eastern Ghouta and Idlib regions.The statement added some 350,000 people are trapped in Eastern Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus, where 210 civilians have been killed including more than 50 children and 42 women from Feb. 5-8.At least nine medical facilities, 6 of them in Idlib and three in Eastern Ghouta, were hit by recent air strikes, he said.World Bulletin
Egypt launches military operation in Sinai, Nile Delta
Egypt has launched a "comprehensive" security operation against "terrorists and criminal elements" across the country, a military spokesman said. Colonel Tamer Rifai announced on Friday the implementation of a plan to push out armed groups in the Sinai Peninsula, parts of the Nile Delta and the Western Desert."Law enforcement forces began this morning implementing the plan of comprehensive confrontation against the terrorist and criminal elements and organisations in the north and central Sinai and other areas in the Delta of Egypt and the desert back in the west of the Nile Valley," Rifai said in an urgent televised statement."This comes in addition to training and other operations on all strategic directions in order to tighten control of the ports of the Egyptian state," he added.The army has already ordered hospitals to be placed on high alert, preparing extra beds and personnel, to deal with emergencies and medical evacuations. aljazeera
‘Opposition in 'worst condition ever in Egypt'
Egypt's presidential election is a "referendum with guaranteed results" for President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, according to a leading opposition figure.In an interview with Al Jazeera, Abdul Moneim Aboul Fotouh said he encouraged citizens to boycott the "absurd" vote, expected to take place between March 26 and 28, saying "no sane Egyptian would accept" the poll.A former member of the Muslim Brotherhood and leader of the centrist Strong Egypt Party, Aboul Fotouh ran as an independent candidate in the 2012 presidential elections, gaining nearly a fifth of the vote in the first round. aljazeera
Activist detained after questioning Saudi-Israel ties
A Saudi activist, who questioned the normalisation of ties between Saudi Arabia and Israel, has been detained in her home country, and could face up to five years in prison, a UK-based rights group said. Noha al-Balawi has reportedly been under detention in the northwestern region of Tabuk for more than two weeks, ALQST, a group advocating for human rights in Saudi Arabia, said on Thursday.According to ALQST, al-Balawi was asked to report to a police station in Tabuk on January 23, only to be arrested, and has been detained ever since.Authorities reportedly questioned al-Balawi about her social media activities, including posts questioning the normalisation of ties between her country and Israel, the rights group said. In one video clip widely circulated on social media, Balawi declared, "Normalisation means accepting the occupation", in reference to Israel's continued control of Palestinian land."Let me make it clear; we will never recognise Israel no matter what it will cost us.aljazeera

Bound together, shot to death: Myanmar massacre report prompts calls for independent probe
A Reuters investigation into the killing of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar has prompted demands for a credible probe into the bloodshed there and calls for the release of two journalists who were arrested while working on the report.The special report, published overnight, lays out events leading up to the killing of 10 Rohingya men from Inn Din village in Rakhine state who were buried in a mass grave after being hacked to death or shot by Buddhist neighbours and soldiers.On Friday, the UN described the details of the report as "alarming.""This once more attests to the need for a full and thorough investigation by the authorities of all violence in Rakhine State and attacks on the various communities there," UN spokesperson Farhan Haq told reporters. Reuters
No prayer room for visitors at 2018 Winter Olympics
Gangneung:Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) has cancelled plans for a mobile prayer room in Gangneung for tourists at the 2018 Winter Olympics after strong opposition by anti-Muslim campaigners, the city tourism department's chief said.While just 0.2 percent of South Korea's population of 51 million is Muslim, the KTO decided to build a prayer room to promote a "Muslim-friendly Korea" during the Winter Olympics, which start on Friday and increase the number of Muslim tourists.But after "strong opposition" from some groups, city officials in Gangneung cancelled the plans."We had strong opposition from some religious groups who opposed the installation and threatened protests during the Winter Olympics," Gangneung city government tourism division chief Kang Suk-ho told Al Jazeera."We sat down with them for talks, but in the end, we had to cancel the plans," he added. Aljazeera
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