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10 March ND: Religious orders conflicted by SC ruling on living will, passive euthanasia/ Justice Loya may have died due to poisoning: CPIL to SC



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10 March 2018:21 Jamadiul-2 1439:Vol:9, No:138
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Religious orders conflicted by SC ruling on living will, passive euthanasia
New Delhi:Supreme Court judgment allowing passive euthanasia and living wills appeared to have left the otherwise argumentative India largely quiet with many among the chattering classes wondering what to do if faced with a decision on withdrawing medical care to a near and dear one.Religious orders appeared to be the most conflicted as they tried to reconcile their basic belief in the sanctity of human life with an individual's right to choose, which is integral to freedom to practise a religion of one's choice.Even among those who supported the judgment, there was concern over the right being exercised responsibly.Kerala Catholic Bishops' Council was categorical in terming the judgment "unfortunate and condemnable". Council president Archbishop Soosa Pakiam said the verdict would have disastrous consequences and could be misused. "The right of life is in the hands of God. It is not acceptable to anyone who believes in humanity to kill out of sympathy a person suffering from old age or sickness."Catholic Bishops' Conference of India is yet to take a view on the judgment, but priests said caring for the sick and those with no hope is a basic tenet of Christianity.People who are old and sick should be taken care of and protected till God decides to end their life, said a priest who did not want to go on record in view of the Kerala Catholic Bishops' Council taking a position on the issue.According to Raziul Islam Nadvi, secretary of the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, active euthanasia is forbidden but some scholars allow "the withdrawal of ventilator, etc, if it is not affordable and the doctors confirm that the patient is surviving only because of this equipment". Nadvi added:"The idea of a living will - a written document by way of which a patient can give his explicit instructions in advance about the medical treatment to be administered when he or she is terminally ill or is no longer able to express informed consent - would go against the principles of Islam."Zafar Mahmood of Zakat Foundation of India welcomed the judgment, saying it had put so many conditions that it was not just the family which could take the call. telegraphindia
SC’s passive euthanasia decision hailed by Jain monks, slammed by Catholic priests
Justice Loya may have died due to poisoning: CPIL to SC
New Delhi:An NGO, which had sought an independent probe into the alleged mysterious death of special CBI judge B H Loya today claimed in the Supreme Court that he might have died due to poisoning as he had complained of chest congestion.It said that Loya's ECG and histopathology report indicate that he did not die due to a heart attack which means that he may have died of poisoning.A bench of CJI Dipak Misra and justices A M Khanwilkar and DY Candrachud was told by advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for CPIL, an intervenor in the case, that reports were shown to the doctors and forensic experts, who were of the opinion that there was no sign of heart attack."If there was no sign that Loya suffered a heart attack, then what made the judges who were accompanying him believe that he had a heart attack," Bhushan asked.He said the two judges of the Bombay High Court in their statement have said that Loya had complained of chest pain in the wee hours of Dec. 1, 2014, when he had gone to attend the wedding of a colleague's daughter."Does this not mean that he may have died due to poisoning? Because in poisoning also there are similar symptoms of chest congestion and blood flow stops to the heart," he said.Bhushan said that two sitting judges of the high court have given their statements regarding the death of judge Loya and this indicates that they are witness to the case."If this is the case, then two judges of bench (referring to Justice AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud) who have served in Maharashtra and know these judges (HC judges), may not hear the case,"Bhushan added.This argument prompted Justice Khanwilkar to say, "Bhushan, we will be more than happy if the high court hear this matter. Justice Chandrachud also interfered and said, "If that is your argument then we will deal with it the way we deal a case. We must tell you, we ask ourselves in every case whether we should consider hearing the matter or not especially when the matter comes from high court. Bhushan replied that he has not filed any application seeking recusal of judges from the bench but all he is saying is that two of the judges in this bench knows the Bombay High Court judges who have become witnesses in the case.Bhushan said he had personally met many cardiologists who had seen these reports and had ruled out that judge Loya had died of a heart attack.He pointed out expert opinion of Dr Upendra Kaul, ex-professor of cardiology at AIIMS and Padma Shri awardee, who had virtually ruled out a heart attack as the cause of death, on basis of the histopathology and ECG reports. He further pointed out that doctor at Dande Hospital and Meditrina Hospital in Nagpur had noted tall T-waves in ECG, in their statements filed with the State.IANS 
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Investigation into Judge Loya’s death will ruin judiciary’s credibility; Maharashtra govt
Maharashtra Govt  has urged the Supreme Court not to order an investigation into the death of CBI Judge Brijgopal Harkishan Loya, saying it would “destroy the credibility” of the judiciary forever, the Economic Times reported.“It has been alleged that the entire system is dancing to the tune of one man,” state Govt ’s counsel Harish Salve said. “If that is true, we might as well wind up the judiciary. Four district-level judges and two High Court judges have stated that they were present with judge Loya when he passed away. Is it being suggested that they are conspirators in the murder?” scroll
Govt blocking appointment of most deserving judge to SC: Justice AP Shah
Ex-Chief Justice of Delhi High Court AP Shah said the central Govt was blocking the appointment of “most deserving judge” Justice KM Joseph to the Supreme Court as recommended by collegium.He added MoP for the appointment of judges to the SC will be a “crucial test of office” for CJI Dipak Misra. indianexpress
Hundreds of Bhim Army supporters protest in Muzaffarnagar, threaten to convert Islam
Muzaffarnagar: Hundreds of Bhim Army supporters gathered at Muzaffarnagar collectorate on Friday demanding release of their jailed leader Chandrashekhar Azad. The agitators said that they were not afraid of being arrested and will convert to Islam in case their demand is not met by march 19. This comes a day after scores of the Dalit outfit followers protested in Haridwar, Shamli and Saharanpur.On Friday, over 200 supporters of Bhim Army and Shaheed Udham Singh Sena, a lesser known Dalit outfit, reached Muzaffarnagar collectorate and raised slogans against Govt and UP police.Teekam Baudh, in-charge of Bhim Army in Muzaffarnagar, said, “This is heights of injustice. Chandrashekhar Azad completed three months in jail on November 2 last year and even the high court ordered his release. But the UP Govt  slapped NSA on him for another three months. HC will again hear the matter on March 19 and if the Govt does not release him on that date, all of us will convert to Islam.” The local head of Shaheed Udham Singh Sena, Vikas Medhia said, “Our patience is running thin. If our leader is not freed, Dalit women in large numbers will get their heads tonsured and send the hair to PM  Narendra Modi.”On Thursday, close to 1000 Bhim Army supporters reached Saharanpur collectorate as part of their 'Jail Bharo Andolan' in support of their leader Chandrashekhar Azad who is currently lodged in prison. Shamli and Haridwar also witnessed Bhim Army protests, with the outfit’s supporters courting arrest.TOI
Soon, shirts, trousers as uniform for Uttarakhand Board madrassa students
Dehradun: Uttarakhand Madrassa Education Board (UMEB) is introducing a dress code for all students in Govt -aided madrassas in what is being touted as the first-of-its-kind move in the country. Male students at madrassas would have to wear trousers and shirt while the attire chosen for female pupils is salwar kameez.At present, 26,000 students in 297 Govt -aided madrassas across the state do not follow a particular dress code. Traditionally, boys at madrassas wear kurta pajama.A proposal has been recently forwarded to the Centre seeking funds under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) for the uniforms.Director of minority welfare board and chairman of UMEB, Captain (rtd) Alok Shekhar Tiwari, told TOI, “We are yet to make a formal announcement in this regard but it has been decided that just like Govt  schools, madrassa students would also follow a dress code. Boys will be asked to wear trousers and shirt while girls will wear salwar kameez. The initiative is being taken under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan to allow madrassa students to get free clothing.”Under the SSA, students in Govt  schools in the state get Rs 400 each to buy two sets of uniforms. Nearly 7 lakh Govt  school students are benefiting from the scheme at present.TOI
Fake madrasas costing UP govt Rs 100 crore annually: UP Minister
Lucknow; Fake madrasas costing the state exchequer over Rs 100 crore per year have been detected by the UP  Govt  during its drive to register such minority institutions online."Online registration of madrasas was started in the state in a bid to bring in transparency in their functioning. But even after increasing the deadline for the same a number of times, 20 mini ITIs (run by madrasas) out of a total of 140 mini ITIs failed to register themselves."Over 2,000 madrasas in the state also failed to join the Govts online registration drive.A grant of Rs 100 crore is given to such minority institutions by the state Govt  every year," state Minority Welfare Minister Lakshmi Narain Chowdhury told PTI."It seems these madrasas are fake and are run only on papers. We are probing the matter further,"he said.There are 19,213 madrasas recognised by the State Madrasa Board in UP. Of these only 17,000 madrasas have submitted their information on the website of the board, the minister said. Chowdhary said the aim of the state Govt  with the drive is to ensure proper education system in the the madrasas, where there is no exploitation of teachers and staff, and the scholarship is directly transferred to the accounts of students.A senior Govt official said a majority of fake madrasas were covered under the madrasa modernisation scheme under which teachers are given honorarium by the Govt  to teach subjects like Mathematics, Science, Hindi and English.A total of 8,171 madrasas are at present covered under the scheme.PTI
After TDP minister Raju resigns, Suresh Prabhu gets additional charge of civil aviation ministry
After TDP leader Ashok Gajapathi Raju resigned as Civil Aviation Minister, Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu has been given the additional charge of Civil Aviation Ministry. A few days ago, Raju along with fellow TDP leaders quit NDA Govt cabinet after CM  announced that both of their party’s leaders will quit the Modi Govt over unfulfillment of AP’s demand of Special Category Status (SCS). Suresh Prabhu had also served as Railways Minister in the Modi Govt.Following the Prabhu resign, Piyush Goyal was appointed as the Railways Minister. The decision has come amid the process of disinvestment of Air India and its subsidiaries. The central Govt is also trying to expand the affordable regional flying scheme UDAN. NewsX
TDP closely watching national political scene after ‘talaq’ with BJP
AP CM  Nara Chandrababu Naidu, speaking in state capital Amaravati, asserted that the alliance with the BJP had fetched nothing for his TDP in the 2014 elections. At a meeting with party leaders and in his regular teleconference with party MPs, Naidu took stock of the situation after TDP quit the Modi Govt  on Thursday after accusing it of failing to grant special status to Andhra Pradesh. On Friday, President Ram Nath Kovind accepted the resignations of TDP union ministers P Ashok Gajapathi Raju and YS Chowdary.Naidu is said to have pointed out that TDP had polled a good percentage of votes when it contested alone in the local bodies elections in Andhra Pradesh in 2014. IANS
Twitterati backs AIMPLB spokesman Sajjad Nomani in sedition case
Lucknow: 2 days after UP Shia Waqf Board chief Waseem Rizvi lodged a sedition FIR against AIMPLB spokesperson Maulana Sajjad Nomani, Twitterati came out in Nomani's support on Friday.A special hashtag "WeRwithSajjadNomani" came up that had even AIMPLB tweeting Nomani's innocence in the sedition complaint.Tweet from AIMPLB's official handle said, "Sajjad Nomani did not give the speech that Waseem Rizvi referred to in his FIR in any of the sessions of the Board in Hyderabad". The hashtag had received thousands of tweets from across the world by Friday night.The national president of BAMCEF (All India Backward and Minority Communities Employees Federation), Waman Meshram, also supported Nomani. He tweeted: " Nomani is striving to build unity between all downtrodden communities and people of the country. To stop him from doing this service, a baseless FIR has been lodged but we stand with him." Terming the charges as baseless, Nomani said that for the past 30 years he has been working to strengthen patriotism and national integration through his articles and speeches. "I will take up the matter in the right way unlike Rizvi who has made a mockery of himself and the Shia Waqf Board by making such irresponsible statements every day. All allegations are 100% false," he said.timesofindia
Defer SC decision on Ram Temple till after LS poll in 2019: Owaisi
Mumbai:AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi has demanded deferment of the Supreme Court’s verdict on Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi title suit till after the Lok Sabha polls in 2019 as the issue will get “heavily politicised”. Speaking during a panel discussion at the India Today conclave, Owaisi said the Ayodhya dispute was over land and had nothing to do with religious faith.“Ram temple issue is a land title case. It has nothing to do with faith. It is about the rule of justice and secularism. Each one has to accept the Supreme Court’s decision. However, issue should not be decided before the parliamentary elections as it will be heavily politicised,” Owaisi said.The discussion also involved Congress spokesperson Sanjay Nirupam and his BJP counterpart Sambit Patra. Nirupam, while slamming BJP said the party was not interested in actually constructing the temple but only in politicising the issue.PTI
If RSS mediates, Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi dispute could be solved: Dr Zafarul Islam
New Delhi: Dr Zafarul Islam Khan Chairman Minority Commission Delhi believes that if RSS mediates, Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi dispute could be solved. While Maulana Salman Nadwi has disassociated himself from Ayodhya issue, now Dr Islam seems to be following the same path. Dr Zafar also thinks that there is no harm if masjid is shifted from one place to another.Dr Islam expressed his views during talks on Hindi ‘News 18’. He clearly said ‘the world knows that RSS is a powerful organisation. It tops the Hindu organisations of India. So no one will object to it. Hence if RSS intervenes in the dispute a solution can be sought.On the question that the case is pending with the court, Dr Islam said the case is pending with the court for 70 years. Riots, violence and volatile situation prevailing in the country due to the dispute. So while waiting for Court’s decision we should also try to seek other solutions.siasat
J&K: pro-freedom slogans at Sri Sri conference in Srinagar
Mumbai: Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar had to face major embarrassment during an event in Srinagar, as several attendants raised pro-freedom slogans and Zakir Musa slogans, walked out of his much-touted peace meet ‘Paigam-e-Mohabbat’.Sources said, the conference was organized by lesser-known J&K Coordination Committee. Sri Sri, who is mediating to resolve the Babri issue between Hindus and Muslims, said that he was invited by common people of Kashmir. Sri Sri asked people of Kashmir to forget past and think about future.“If New Delhi is ready to give me a role vis-à-vis Kashmir I will play it. Where ever and whenever New Delhi requires my service I am ready to offer it,” Sri Sri said while addressing a press conference here in Srinagar city.He also said I am not so close to BJP. He declined to comment over Babri Masjid row while he condemned the killings of civilians in Syria. At the event which was organised at SKICC in Srinagar, Sri Sri had to cut his speech short after the participants alleged they were brought there for some other purposes. Some of them raised slogans and left the venue in a huff.“We were told that a Muslim cleric is a speaker and a NGO would distribute cricket kits,” Mohammad Altaf said. Meanwhile, MLA Langate Er.Rasheed has termed today’s incident at SKICC as an eye opener for New Delhi. Er. Rasheed said, “Before asking Kashmiris to forget past Sri Sri should have advised New Delhi also to forget its arrogance of past and come forward for a realistic and honourable settlement to resolve Kashmir dispute. Kashmiris would have appreciated had Sri Sri raised voice for Kashmiris who have been butchered by security forces and other central agencies since 1989, at various forums all over India.”Mumbai Mirror
Jama Masjid was Yamuna Mandir: Hindutva ‘Thinker’
New Delhi: To huge laughter of the audience in a TV program with the anchor holding his head down, a Hindu right ‘thinker’ claimed that Jama Masjid of Delhi was not built by Shah Jahan, it was actually a Hindu temple and its name was Yamuna Mandir.In a program anchored by eminent journalist Vikram Chandra, the saffron ‘thinker’ had put his hand on Jama Masjid after turning Taj Mahal and even Red Fort into Hindu structures.“Taj Mahal was not built by Shah Jahan. It was a Hindu Temple. Red Fort was also not built by him,” said the man to the huge laughter of the audience. Vikram held his head down with both hands saying ‘Oh My God’.Unperturbed,Hindu ‘thinker’ continued: “Taj Mahal was built in 1000 AD. It can be proved.There are symbols of Hinduism all over place.Red Fort was built by Tomar dynasty.”CaravanNews
All this happened because I embraced Islam: Hadiya after SC restores marriage
Kozhikode:On her first visit to her home state Kerala after the Supreme Court upheld her marriage with Shafin Jahan, Hadiya on Saturday said “all this happened as I embraced Islam”.“The Constitution gives all the freedom to choose their religion, which is a fundamental right of every citizen and all this happened because I embraced Islam,” said Hadiya while interacting with the media. Hadiya and her husband arrived here on Saturday from Salem and drove to the office of PFI where she briefly interacted with reporters.“With the SC upholding our marriage, we feel we have got freedom,” Hadiya said here.“It was only PFI that supported us all through our troubled times and what’s more surprising is that 2 Muslim organisations whom we approached refused to help us,” added Hadiya who will be in Kerala for 3 more days before returning to Salem in Tamil Nadu where she is studying. HT
Only PFI stood by my side, says Hadiya on first visit to Kerala after Supreme Court verdict
Islamic seminaries welcome SC allowing Hadiya to live with husband
Bareilly: A day after Supreme Court set aside a Kerala High Court order and allowed Hadiya to live with her husband Shafin Jahan, Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband welcomed the decision on Friday.Mohatmim (rector) Abdul Qasim Nomani told TOI, “We welcome the SC decision in which a married adult couple has been allowed to live together. The court pronounced the decision in light of the Constitution that guaranties the right to choose life partner.”Meanwhile, Barelvi sect of Sunni Muslims also welcomed the SC decision. The national vice-president of Jamat Raza-E-Mustafa of Aala Hazrat, Salman Hasan Khan Qadri said, “Everyone should respect the SC order. As far as the matter of love jihad is concerned, if any such thing exists, the culprits must be exposed by the NIA.”“Supreme Court’s verdict has come on the basis of evidence, facts and the statements that the girl had recorded before the court. Love jihad is a quite fake concept. We often witness Hindu boys getting married to Muslim girls. This is not considered love jihad. But when a Muslim boy weds with a Hindu girl, it is branded as love jihad, which is completely wrong. The term has been coined only to defame Islam,” Nomani said.timesofindia
Kerala: NIA finds only 11 out of 89 ‘love-jihad’ cases to be true
New Delhi: According to the investigation ordered by Supreme Court probing Hadiya’s Marriage, NIA, found 4 of 11 cases of ‘love-jihad’, involved Hindu men converting to Islam to marry Muslim Women, which was objected by the couple’s families.Out of 89 cases speculated, 11 cases of love jihad were confirmed said Kerala Police Chief Loknath Behera which was further sent to NIA and Hadiya’s case was among 11 confirmed love-jihad case.“In all these cases, NIA found that similar set of persons and institutions associated with the PFI were involved in efforts to convert these four boys and seven girls,” said a home ministry official adding that of these cases efforts of conversion failed in three cases.While lawyer KP Muhammed Shareef appearing for PFI denied the allegations of love-jihad made against the organization and said it does not involve any of those conversion acts.He said that ‘love jihad’ is a term coined by fringe Hindu groups, a conspiracy against Muslims adding these allegations were planned against PFI. “Presently NIA is not an impartial body (but) still good and honest officers are serving in it who I personally know,” said Shareef, HT reported.siasat
Activists, intellectuals call upon Jharkhand govt to lift ban on PFI
Activists and intellectuals drawn from different corners of the country have called upon the Govt  of Jharkhand to immediately lift the ban on Popular Front of India (PFI).In a joint statement, they said the ban order scoffs at the laws of the land and opens doors to the violation of fundamental rights respected by the Constitution. It is reported that the ban was imposed on the specious and baseless allegation that PFI was influenced by the so-called ISIS of the Middle East, they continued.“They understand that PFI is a neo-social movement actively involved in developmental work like literacy campaign, prevention of malnutrition and comprehensive empowerment of poor and the downtrodden, especially Muslims”,statement said.The signatories also pointed out that the Hindutva Govt of Jharkhand and its police have been unhappy with the activists of PFI for highlighting the multiple lynching cases in the state.TCN
Islam is the religion of peace, not a religion of terrorism: Mufti of Masjid-e-Nabwi
New Delhi:Markazi Jamiat Ahle Hadeeth Hind is organizing a 2-day conference, at Ramleela Grounds under the title “Restoration of World Peace and Protection of Humanity.” Several prominent social, religious and spiritual figures from across the world addressed on the first day of the conference.“Islam is a religion of peace. It is not a religion of hatred and terrorism. It not only propagates the safety of mankind but also guarantees the safety of all the creatures”, said Mufti of the Masjid-e-Nabwi.Addressing on the occasion Jamiat chief Maulana Asghar Ali Imam Mahdi said “the greatest challenge of the present time is the propagation of world peace and safety of mankind. The youth should work as messengers of peace and should not be enticed by the anti-social elements, he said, adding that they should work for humanity and brotherhood..siasat
Islam preaches love, peace, not hatred: Ahle Hadees
BJP made people believe Congress is muslim party, but we have always been to temples: Sonia Gandhi
Former Congress president Sonia Gandhi today hit out at BJP, accusing the ruling party of dispersing the voice of opposition and promoting a 'regressive vision' for the country. She castigated the ruling party, accusing it of spreading falsehoods to 'deliberately' subvert the idea of India, and Congress party. "Was India really a giant black hole before 2014? Is it not an insult to the intelligence of our people (to suggest so)? This is a deliberate unwillingness to look at India's strengths over the past decades,"she said while addressing an audience at India Today Conclave.On Congress' defeat in the 2014 elections, Gandhi admitted said there was a definite 'anti-incumbency'. "We were in Govt for 2 terms and definitely there was certain amount of anti-incumbency(But) we were out-marketed in 2014. We could not really compete with kind of (election campaign) that they went under Modi," she said. Corruption charges had marred the Congress' prospects of winning the crucial Lok Sabha polls in 2014.Congress leader said it was an issue but an exaggerated one. "For instance 2G, the previous CAG came out with some humongous amount of money but there was a problem there. Now I think everyone realises that it was not just highly exaggerated. How come a person who was in-charge was given a cushy job just after retirement?"Accusing the BJP of spreading lies against the Congress party, Gandhi said the BJP managed to persuade people that Congress is a 'Muslim party', even though 'we have always been to temples.' outlookindia
Bihar BJP chief says if RJD's Alam wins in Araria LS bypoll, constituency will become ISI hub
Patna: Bihar BJP chief Nityanand Rai sparked a row by saying at a rally that if RJD wins the Muslim-dominated Araria Lok Sabha seat in the bypolls slated for Sunday, the constituency will turn into a hub of ISI, the much-maligned Pakistani intelligence agency.“Friends, I want to tell you clearly that this battle here is serious. If Sarfaraz secures a victory, then Araria will become a hub of ISI. If Pradip Singh wins, this place will remain a hub of patriots,” said Rai, MP from Ujiyarpur, in his address at a campaign rally at Narpatganj in the northeastern constituency.newindianexpress
2 people from Bhatkal attacked in Honnavar for transporting cattle, four arrested
A wave of anger spread among Muslims of Bhatkal after two local men were beaten black and blue by a group of alleged right-wing activists in Honnavar for allegedly trafficking cattle on the night of March 7. Police after receiving the information took four people into custody while a case against more than hundred assaulters has been booked in Honnavar police station.According to Mohammed Ismail, a relative of one of victims, Ismail, Nur-ul-Ameen Mukhtasar (40) and Ghufran Pothe (35) were returning to Bhatkal on Wednesday night at around 11:30 pm after purchasing two buffalos and a bull from Akola. A group of more than hundred right-wing activists forcefully stopped their Bolero pickup vehicle near Karki NH-66 and assaulted them causing severe injuries to the body. As per Karnataka laws, the sale of beef is not illegal and consequently, 3 animals were being brought to Bhatkal for a wedding, locals confirmed. According to Ismail, instead of admitting the victims Nur-ul-Ameen and Ghufran to Bhatkal or Mangaluru hospital, they were taken to Karwar hospital with the intention to keep things under wraps and away from the limelight. Ameen was beaten in such a way that his one hand was fractured and also sustained grievous head and body injuries. Another victim Ghufran too was beaten badly and he received multiple injuries on his back and stomach.TCN
Pune: Muslim women to protest against talaq bill 
Pune: Muslim women of the city would particpate in a protest rally on Saturday against the triple talaq bill, passed in the Lok Sabha last year.The protest would conducted under the umbrella of Kuljamati Tanjim Sanghatana with guidance from AIMPLB.The rally, to be started at 4pm, will commence from Jama Masjid on MG Road and end at Azam campus. The protest rally will be conducted under the guidance of Asma Jahra, a member of the AIMPLB.Addressing a news conference, Nazma Saeed Shaikh said, “We are opposed to the triple talaq bill and are staging the protest to voice our opposition. There are many technical flaws in it. First, no Muslim organisations from the country, no Muslim women’s group or even the personal law board was consulted while drafting the bill. It was then hastily passed in the Lok Sabha.”TOI
Rajasthan Govt  approves bill to award death penalty for raping girls under 12 years of age
Rajasthan Govt has approved a bill under which those convicted of raping girls under 12 years of age, will be given a death penalty. The amendment bill was tabled in the Rajasthan assembly on Wednesday and was cleared on Friday. According to this bill, anyone who commits rape on a woman up to 12 years of age, should be punished with death or rigorous imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than fourteen years.“Punishment for rape on a woman up to twelve years of age. Whoever commits rape on a woman up to twelve years of age shall be punished with death, or rigorous imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than fourteen years but which may extend to imprisonment for life which shall mean imprisonment for the remainder of that person’s natural life, and shall also be liable to fine,” the Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Bill, 2018 states, while seeking to add section 376-AA in IPC.financialexpress
Gauri Lankesh murder case: Hindu Yuva Sena member Naveen Kumar arrested
Bengaluru: SIT arrested K.T. Naveen Kumar alias Hotte Manja - member of Hindu Yuva Sena (HYS), Maddur in the Gauri Lankesh murder case. Kumar was reportedly arrested on Feb.18 in the Arms Act case by CCB in the Upparpet police station limits, when he was allegedly found selling contraband live cartridges at the KSRTC bus stand, Majestic. SIT had taken him into police custody on March 2.Confirming his arrest in Gauri murder case, DCP, West, MN Anuchet said that the "evidences collected so far confirm Kumar as an accused in (Gauri) case but in the interest of protecting the witnesses and investigation we cannot at this point reveal his role. SIT has taken him into custody for 5 days," said DCP.Deccan Chronicle
Dabholkar, Pansare case: Kin want agencies to rope in ‘special interrogators’
Mumbai:The lawyer appearing for family members of rationalists Narendra Dabholkar and Govind Pansare submitted an affidavit in the Bombay High Court, seeking directions to authorities, probing both the killings to seek the assistance of “special interrogators”. Their lawyer Abhay Nevagi submitted an affidavit stating that though CBI, that has been probing the killing of Dabholkar, had arrested some people in connection with the case, it had not been able to extract any confession or crucial information from them.The petitioners told the bench that the services of such interrogators were frequently sought by probe agencies in Western nations.They have special skills and guidelines for interrogating the accused in tough cases, petitioners said. They also said that NIA has such special interrogators. The bench directed both CBI, and the SIT, which is probing the killing of Pansare, to examine the suggestions made by Nevagi, which included details about how radicalisation takes place and use of technology while conducting such investigations. It also directed both agencies to file progress reports on their respective probes by April 19, the next date of hearing in the case. indianexpress
Aircel files to bankruptcy; SBI, other banks could be robbed off staggering Rs 15000 Cr by the insolvent telecom entity
New Delhi:The financial sector of the country has been in doldrums ever since PNB, the nation's second largest public sector bank, unearthed  fraudulent banking transactions to the tune of over Rs 12000 crore allegedly committed by billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi.At the time when the Indian Govt  is coming up with a new set of guidelines to prevent future banking frauds and working towards recovery of loan amounting in thousands of crore from various Indian businessman, a Malaysian company Aircel Maxis has filed for bankruptcy with National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT), which means India’s largest bank State Bank of India (SBI) and other banks are going to lose at least RS 14,300 crores which they had lended to the company. Aircel and its subsidiaries Aircel Cellular Ltd and Dishnet Wireless Ltd together owe around Rs 50,000 crore towards financial creditors and operational creditors at around Rs 35,000 crore.Senior journalist Manoj Gairola said, “On investigating the case we have have learnt that alleged loan debt fraud by Aircel is larger than bank fraud committed by Nirav Modi and Vijay Mallya.”“The way Aircel-Maxis owner Ananda exploited our system, it is no less than fraud,” added Gairola.newsnation
India, France sign strategic pact on use of each other’s military bases
New Delhi:Reflecting a growing depth in defence ties, India and France inked a strategic pact providing for the use of each other’s military facilities including opening naval bases to warships, an agreement that comes amid China’s growing military expansionism in the Indo-Pacific region. PM Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron held wide-ranging deliberations during which they also decided to create an annual defence dialogue at the ministerial level to explore ways to further deepen defence and strategic ties.The two countries signed a pact on exchange and reciprocal protection of classified or protected information which came in the backdrop of Indian Govt refusing to divulge details of the multi-billion dollar Indo-French Rafale fighter jet deal. On ties in the maritime security sphere, French President said both the countries will have “unprecedented” level of cooperation to ensure peace and stability in the Indian Ocean and in Pacific. He said space agencies of both countries will have joint monitoring mechanism for developments in the maritime sphere, while navies of the two nations will share intelligence and call their respective military bases for any requirement.PTI
For second day, Pakistan raises Kashmir at UN; India hits back at 'failed state'
UN: Responding to Islamabad's bid to raise the Kashmir issue for a second day yesterday at UN Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva, India denounced Pakistan as a "failed state" where terrorists thrive and Osama Bin Laden received protection, and demanded that it bring the perpetrators of Mumbai, Pathankot and Uri attacks to justice."Mini Devi Kumam, a second secretary at the India's UN Mission in Geneva was responding to Tahir Andrabi, Pakistan's UN Deputy Permanent Representative in Geneva, who earlier on Friday invoked Jawaharlal Nehru to make his case for a plebiscite in Kashmir.Andrabi said that at the heart of the Kashmir problem is the right to self-determination which was conceded by "the first PM  of India, one of the founding fathers of India" and by the UN Security Council through a plebiscite.Andrabi also accused India of "crimes against humanity" in Kashmir and of escalating ceasefire violations along the line of control and the border with his country as a diversionary tactic.IANS
After Shopian killings, J&K Police advisory to people: Stop when signalled at checkpoints
Srinagar:After the killing of 4 civilians on the highway near Pohano Pinzoora in Shopian, the J&K police have now issued an advisory for the people driving vehicles on different highways especially during night and asked them to stop when signaled by the forces personnel.For area dominance across the Valley, Army, police and paramilitary forces have been patrolling various highways and roads across Kashmir, even at times Mobile vehicle checking points are established in the rural areas in the late hours. Killing of 4 civilians who were first termed as overground workers by the army and police had raised many questions about the way they (civilians) were killed on the road where the army had set up a Mobile vehicle checking points (MVCP) in the Shopian district.The family members and relatives of youth killed blamed the army for killing these youths in a cold blood and said that they all were innocent civilians. J&K CM, Mehbooba Mufti and PDP MLA from Wachi Shopian, Ajaz Ahmad Mir also termed the slain youth as civilians. Legislator Mir also demanded a fair and judicial probe that led to the killing of the civilians.indianexpress
Bhaiyyaji Joshi re-elected as RSS general secretary
Nagpur: Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha, highest body for decision making and policy formulation for RSS re-elected Bhaiyyaji Joshi as General Secretary of RSS for the next 3 years at its annual meeting in Nagpur. Manmohan Vaidya, RSS Akhil Bharatiya Prachar Pramukh (communication in charge) made the announcement at a press conference outside RSS Smriti Mandir in Nagpur where the meeting is going on.Ashok Sowani, central India Sanghchalak of RSS, was made the election officer (for election of General Secretary). Jayant Bhadesia, sanghchalak to west region  referred to the achievements (of RSS) during Bhaiyyaji Joshi's tenure and proposed his name for re-election.thehindu
Sena supports to anti BJP Govt farmers march
Mumbai : Shiv Sena has extended support to the farmers’ ‘long march’ currently underway against the BJP Govt , organisers said today.Ajit Nawale of All India Kisan Sabha, which has organised the march, told PTI that senior Sena leader and PWD Minister Eknath Shinde met protesting long march leaders when it entered neighbouring Thane earlier. PTI
Gujarat: Muslim community organises mass prayer for Syria victims
Surat: Versatile Minorities Forum organised a mass prayer for the people who were killed in Syria. A programme was organised to offer prayers near Sir J.J. School in the city.Hundreds of people offered prayers for return of peace in the war-torn country, Syria.Protesting against this mass killing of the Muslims in Syria, they prayed for the safety of Syrians.siasat
Proud of my decision: Actress Dipika Kakar says after converting to Islam
Mumbai: TV Star Dipika Kakar, now Faiza Ibrahim, after converting to Islam said she was proud of her decision which also had the sanction and support from her family."Definitely, it is true and I am not denying it. I am very happy and proud that I have done it for myself and my happiness. My family was with me in this decision. My intentions were not to hurt anyone. This is my decision", Dipika aka Faiza Ibrahim said.ummid.com
WORLD
Palestinians reject US invitation to Gaza 'stakeholder' summit
Palestinian Authority (PA) has rejected an invitation by the White House to attend a Gaza 'stakeholders' summit next week, a senior official of the self-Govt  body said. Ahmad Majdalani told the Voice of Palestine radio on Friday that the PA would not attend the meeting, saying that the issue in Gaza was "political par excellence"."[...] The US is well aware that the real cause of the tragedy of the Gaza Strip is the unjust Israeli siege. What is needed is a political solution to this issue, not a humanitarian," he said.Jason Greenblatt, an assistant to President Donald Trump, said that the meeting on March 13 will be a brainstorming session devoted to solving the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip and to improving life in the besieged enclave."In response to the burgeoning humanitarian situation in Gaza, key countries and stakeholders are preparing to act: There was a meeting in Cairo on Thursday, and there will be a brainstorming session at the White House next week to find real solutions to the problems that Hamas has caused," Greenblatt wrote. Gaza Strip's collective of charitable organisations recently said more than 1,000 Palestinians have died as a result of the ongoing Israeli blockade on the coastal enclave. aljazeera
Israeli forces kill mentally disabled Palestinian
Bethlehem:Israeli forces have killed a mentally disabled Palestinian man during clashes in the Bab al-Zawiya area of Hebron city in the occupied West Bank, according to a family member and officials. The Palestinian health ministry identified on Friday the slain man as Mohammad Zain al-Jabari.24-year-old was shot in the chest by Israeli forces earlier in the day during protests against US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. aljazeera
Syria army 'splits rebel-held Eastern Ghouta in three'
Syrian forces have captured the largest town in Eastern Ghouta, effectively splitting the rebel-held enclave in three, a monitor told Al Jazeera.Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said that Govt  forces had captured the town of Mesraba, which lies 10km east of Damascus, and had begun advancing into its surrounding farms. UK-based monitor said that Eastern Ghouta had been divided into three parts - Douma and its surroundings, Harasta in the west, and the rest of the towns further south.Syrian state television reported earlier that army operations were intensifying in the central part of Eastern Ghouta, with opposition activists also reporting that roads connecting the towns were covered by army fire. Govt's latest offensive on Eastern Ghouta, which began on Feb.25, has seen at least 976 people killed, according to Observatory.aljazeera
Syria's E. Ghouta targeted as aid convoy enters
Syrian rebels in eastern Ghouta agree to evacuate imprisoned Nusra fighters
Beirut:Syrian rebel group Jaish al-Islam said on Friday it had agreed to evacuate Nusra Front fighters being held in its prisons in besieged eastern Ghouta to rebel-held Idlib province.In a statement published on Twitter on Friday, the group said the decision had been made in consultation with the UN, a number of international parties and civil society representatives from eastern Ghouta. “After our meeting today with the delegation which entered Ghouta accompanying the aid convoy, an agreement was reached to evacuate the first batch of (Nusra Front) members present in the prisons of Jaish al-Islam who had been detained during security operation that Jaish al-Islam began on 28 April, 2017,” read the statement from the group’s leadership, dated Friday.On Friday, an emergency aid convoy crossed front lines into eastern Ghouta and delivered its supplies. The deal to evacuate members of Tahrir al-Sham, an alliance of jihadist factions linked to the Nusra Front, mirrors previous evacuation deals across Syria.In many cases, rebels have surrendered terrain in return for safe passage to other opposition areas for themselves as well as relatives and other civilians loath to fall back under Assad’s rule.Reuters
Syria: Surprise rebel evacuation from E. Ghouta
Syrian ex-prisoners recall rape, 417 girls still held
Syrian women who once languished in Govt -controlled prisons speak about torture and rape at the hands of Govt  guards and investigators, pleading for help hoping to raise awareness of what is going on in Govt  prisons. Assad's Govt , however, denies allegations of systemic torture.AHY, who was imprisoned for six months from 2015 through 2016 in a prison in Homs run by the Syrian Govt , told the Anadolu news agency that she faced torture and as a nurse was prevented from providing medical assistance to those who opposed the Govt .
S.Lanka Buddhist monks denounce anti-Muslim riots
Colombo: Hundreds of Buddhist monks and activists staged a demonstration in Sri Lankan capital Friday to condemn anti-Muslim riots that have killed three people and forced the Govt  to declare a nationwide state of emergency. National Bhikku Front said they organised the silent protest against what they called "communal clashes destroying national unity".Moderate Buddhist leaders have also denounced the riots concentrated in the central city of Kandy, 115 kms east of the capital Colombo. Several Sri Lankan users also posted photos on Twitter of Buddhist monks visiting mosques during Friday prayers to express solidarity.Sinhalese and Muslim civil society groups had staged a joint protest in Colombo on Thursday calling for tough action against the perpetrators of the riots.A group of radical Buddhists monks are facing prosecution for their alleged role in anti-Muslim violence in 2014 that left 4 people dead.AFP
UK politicians brand Saudi arms deal a 'national disgrace'
Politicians from the UK's main opposition party have called for an end to arms sales to Saudi Arabia, calling the sale of 48 Eurofighter Typhoon jets to the kingdom a "national disgrace".Kate Osamor, the shadow international development secretary, denounced a provisional agreement signed between the two countries on Friday, as the kingdom remains embroiled in a bloody bombing campaign in Yemen that has killed thousands of civilians and precipitated a humanitarian crisis." Theresa May implied she would lobby Mohammad bin Salman to stop bombing civilians and end the use of starvation as a weapon of war," Osamor told the Guardian newspaper.aljazeera
Muslim Brotherhood will not disappear:Saudi exile
A Saudi writer now living in the US has said that the Muslim Brotherhood is not simply going to disappear. Jamal Khashoggi made his assertion during an interview on Al-Jazeera TV. Despite all the pressure on the movement, he insisted, its ideology will remain influential. The journalist went on to explain that the movement will not be dissolved. Instead, he said, the talk should focus on the political role of the Brotherhood. Khashoggi stressed that what Brotherhood was exposed to during the time of former Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser from 1956 to 1970 was no more than what it is exposed to today. He pointed out the Nasser’s regime came to an end but the Brotherhood remained. This was a victory of sorts for the Islamist ideology adopted by the movement since its founding by Hassan Al-Banna in 1928.“ Brotherhood won without knowing,” he suggested, adding that there was a project for the abolition of the Islamic group by Western liberal forces and by the communists who tried to abolish religion. According to Khashoggi, the Brotherhood succeeded in confronting this threat with the help of the late Saudi King Faisal Al-Saud, who was assassinated in 1975. In the end, he said, the Islamic ideology was established in Arab societies. “At any time that elections are held,” he claimed, “the Islamic faction — whatever its name is — will win.” middleeastmonitor
Qatar informs UN of more UAE, Bahrain airspace violations
Qatar has informed UNSC of yet more airspace violations committed by aircraft of the UAE and Bahrain, the third such violation in four months.In a letter sent the UNSC on Friday, Qatari authorities said a Bahraini military aircraft overflew the exclusive economic zone of Qatar on Feb. 28.aljazeera
Chinese Official Warns Against Creeping Islamisation:Reuters
Beijing:Chinese Muslims need to guard against creeping Islamisation, including mosques that copy foreign styles, and strive to practice their faith in a more Chinese way, a senior Chinese Islamic official said on Saturday.China is home to roughly 20 million Muslims, many living in the western part of the country, from the Uighurs of Xinjiang who speak a Turkic language to the largely sinified Hui people.While China officially guarantees freedom of religion, it has in recent years tightened controls in heavily Muslim areas, nervous about the possibility of radicalisation and violence.Speaking to the largely ceremonial advisory body to China's parliament, Yang Faming, head of the Govt -linked China Islamic Association, said Islam had a long and glorious history in the country.But Yang warned of problems he said had become apparent in recent years which could not be overlooked, according to a copy of his speech carried by the official Xinhua news agency."For example, some mosques' construction style blindly imitates foreign models. In some areas the concept of halal has become common, and religion interferes in secular life," he said."Some people set great store on religious rules and much less on national law, only knowing what it is to be a believer and not what it is to be a citizen," Yang added. "We must certainly remain on high alert."
Declaration of faith compulsory before seeking public office: Pakistani high court
Islamabad: A Pakistani high court today ordered that anyone seeking public office should declare his religious belief, a verdict said to be a major victory for hardliners in Muslim-majority country.Islamabad High Court (HC) judge Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui announced the verdict in a case about controversial changes in Khatm-i-Nabuwwat (finality of prophethood) oath in the Elections Act 2017. Judge ruled that it was compulsory for all Pakistanis to take an oath regarding their faith if they seek to join the civil service, the armed forces or the judiciary.PTI
UN: 2 million children risk starvation in DRC
Over 2 million children in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are at risk of starvation if they do not receive the aid they need, UN has warned.The comments come in advance of a meeting between Mark Lowcock, UN humanitarian chief, and potential donors willing to commit aid money to help the country in its dire situation."We have a great responsibility in the DRC ... Now is the time to stay the course," Jens Laerke, UN spokesman, said during a briefing in Geneva.aljazeera
No direct talks with Taliban unless it engages with Afghan: US
US on Saturday ruled out a recent request from the Taliban for a direct talk with the White House, unless it engages with the elected Govt of Afghanistan.This comes a day after Trump administration surprised the world by agreeing to a North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s invitation for a meeting with President Donald Trump.“Obviously there is no comparison between North and South Korea and the Afghanistan situation. I would note that North and South Korea have spoken to each other in advance of the president’s offer to also engage in the conversation,” senior US diplomat for South and Central Asia, Alice Wells, told a Washington audience at the US Institute of Peace, US-Congress supported top American think-tank.PTI
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