Sunday, 11 March 2018

11 March ND: Maharashtra farmers protest continues on day 6: Nearly 35,000 farmers enter Mumbai; to protest tomorrow outside assembly/ Consensus on Ayodhya difficult, but temple will be built: RSS



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11 March 2018:22 Jamadiul-2 1439:Vol:9, No:139
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Maharashtra farmers protest continues on day 6: Nearly 35,000 farmers enter Mumbai; to protest tomorrow outside assembly
After covering about 180 km from Maharashtra’s Nashik district, anguished 35,000 farmers have finally reached state’s capital Mumbai. Before reaching their destination, farmers camped at the Thane-Mumbai border this morning. After the break, farmers will head towards KJ Somaiya Ground in Sion, a neighbourhood in Mumbai. Police have made all security arrangements and issued a traffic advisory to avoid jams in the most populous city in the state. Protesting farmers have planned to encirclement state Assembly to compress BJP government led by Devendra Fadnavis. Farmers are unhappy with the attitude of the state government towards the condition of their community in the state.They are asking for complete loan waiver and transfer of Adivasi land to farmers who have been tilling it for years. Many Adivasis have termed this movement as their matter of life and death. Talking about the matter, Ashok Dhawle, president of AIKS, say they have met Maharashtra minister Girish Mahajan who had assured that he would take farmers demand to Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister of state. Dhawle added that I want to assure people of Mumbai that they will not face any inconvenience due to farmers protest. He said, “We started with 25000 and today our strength touched the 50,000 mark. Even if our numbers get increased it will not disturb the city. Keeping in mind the board exams of Class 10, we will begin our rally after 11 km.”The farmers have begun their protest 6 days ago, on Tuesday evening. We have covered the whole distance by continuously walking, short breaks and slept under the open sky. The farmers are demanding longstanding implementation of the Swaminathan Committee report, which says that farmers should be paid one and a half times the cost of their production and Minimum Support Prices (MSP).Many parties are now openly supporting the farmer’s protest to pressurise the state government. Many farmers leaders said that it should not be considered as a communist protest as it is for the betterment of the farmers. Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde visited the protesters late night after party chief Shiv Sena insistence. I have not come here as the representative of the state government. Sharad Pawar led NCP has also offered its support to farmers.NewsX
Maharashtra farmers’ march gets Sena, PWP, MNS, AAP support
35,000 Farmers Reach Mumbai, Plan To Protest Outside Assembly Tomorrow
Consensus on Ayodhya difficult, but temple will be built: RSS
Nagpur: RSS on Sunday said building a consensus on the Ayodhya dispute was not going to be easy, but stressed that a Ram Temple - “and nothing else” - would be constructed in the UP town.RSS general secretary Bhaiyyaji Joshi also stressed that the matter was sub judice.“It is certain that the Ram Temple will be constructed at that place (Ayodhya) and nothing else can be built there, this is also decided,” Joshi told reporters here on the sidelines of the RSS’s all-important Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha meeting.Confident of a favourable judgment from the Supreme Court on the matter, Joshi said the construction of temple would begin after the court’s order and it would be built on the basis of its verdict on the ownership of land.Replying to a question on spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravishankar’s efforts at developing consensus between the different parties on the issue, Joshi said consensus building was not going to be easy.“We have always maintained that a temple should be constructed with mutual agreement but our experience tells us that building a consensus on this issue is not easy,” Joshi said.Though he said he welcomed Sri Sri’s efforts at negotiations, he pointed out that there were different groups in society with varied outlooks, and to build a consensus among them would be difficult.Joshi was also asked about a demand for a minority religion status for Lingayat community in Karnataka.“We do not support that,” he said.thehindu
Babri Masjid: I Did Not Say RSS Could Resolve Dispute, Clarifies Dr. Zafarul-Islam Khan
Delhi Minorities Commission Chairman Dr. Zafarul Islam Khan has said that the media “grossly misrepresented” what he had said regarding an out-of-court settlement of the Babri Masjid-Ram Mandir dispute.Some TV channels, papers and news portals had reported that Dr. Khan counted RSS as the No. 1 authority to bring a lasting solution to the dispute. However, Dr. Khan, in a clarification, termed the reports as “misleading.”“The reports grossly misrepresent what I said during my interview on News18. I had placed RSS at the third position of authorities which could facilitate an out-of-court settlement of the vexed Babri-Ram Mandir dispute. The first was the SC and the then Chief Justice of India Justice Khehar himself had offered to mediate in March 2017. The second authority was the Central government and the third I mentioned was RSS because it controls all militant Hindu organisations agitating for the Mandir,” said veteran journalist and author Dr. Khan. He further said that Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has no enforcing power as enjoyed by the three mentioned above.“I added that these authorities have enforcing power while Sri Sri does not have enforcing power and some Hindu organisations have already started objecting to his dabbling in the issue.”Dr. Khan also said that though he supported an out-of-court settlement of the dispute, he did not oppose the ongoing trial of the case in the Supreme Court.caravandaily
After triple, petitions land at SC to end polygamy
7 months after the Supreme Court quashed triple talaq,  petitions are now landing at the Supreme Court to end polygamy. Subaida (name changed on request) and Sameena Begum, 2 Delhi-based women - former, a TV journalist, and the latter, a social worker - have become the first 'victims' of polygamy to knock on SC door demanding its ban.Subaida who approached the SC through BJP leader and advocate Ashwini Upadhyay, said she was distraught after her husband remarried without legally ending their relationship. Sameena's plight is even worse as she had endured triple talaq twice in her life.A postgraduate in Mass Communication, 37-year-old Subaida had married on June 5, 2008 and is a mother of two. "She had a deeply disturbed married life that included repeated dowry demands, various forms of torture and harassment at the hands of her husband as well as her in-laws," says the plea.Ultimately, on Jan.26, her husband married another woman without informing her or taking a legal divorce. She approached the police and requested that a complaint be lodged against her husband for bigamy under section 494 of the Indian Penal Code.Under the bigamy law, a man who remarries without divorcing his first wife can be sentenced to up to seven years in prison. The guilty is also liable to a fine.However, the police refused to file a complaint, saying under the Muslim Personal Law, a husband can have up to 4 wives.Subaida's advocate Upadhyay himself has filed a petition challenging both polygamy as well as nikah-halala. indiatoday
Nanded: Muslim women stage stir against Triple talaq bill
Nanded: Thousands of Muslim women hold a rally on Sunday here protesting against the central government’s  Triple talaq bill.As per the order issued by the Muslim Personal Law Board the morcha was taken out in a disciplined manner and participants staged a demonstration in front of the collectorate office. Maulana Qazi said that the Act was against the provision of right of freedom of expression and religion enshrined in the Indian Constitution and blamed the central government for polarisation of the Muslim community.It was also alleged that the Act was drafted without taking the Muslim community in confidence.UNI
Triple talaq Bill injustice to Muslim women, oppose it: Owaisi
Pune:The triple talaq Bill is an “injustice” to Muslim women and they should stand up against it, MIM leader and Lok Sabha MP Asaduddin Owaisi said in Pune on Saturday. Owaisi, who was in Pune to attend the Tahffuje Shariyat Conference, addressed a huge gathering at the Azam Campus ground. Earlier in the day, hundreds of Muslim women had participated in a rally against the triple talaq Bill, called by AIMPLB and the Kuljamati Tanzim Sanghatna, Pune.They held boards with slogans that stated ‘We abide by Shariyat only’, ‘We reject triple talaq Bill’, ‘Hukumat badal sakti hain, Shariat nahi’ (The govt may change, but Shariat won’t). The rally started from Jama Masjid on Mahatma Gandhi Road in Pune Camp area around 5 pm. The Bill was passed by the Lok Sabha in December and is pending before the Rajya Sabha.During his speech later in the evening, Owaisi said it was the “beauty of India” that people from different faiths lived here together and the Constitution allowed everyone to follow their faiths. While the BJP-led government at the Centre “claimed to care about the rights of Muslim women, it had come up with the triple talaq Bill, which is an injustice against Muslim women,” he said.indianexpress
Complaint filed against Wasim Rizvi for inciting communal feelings
Deoband: Islamic Academic director Mehndi Hasan Qasmi filed complaint against Uttar Pradesh Shia Waqf Board Chairman Wasim Rizvi for giving inciting speech, displaying feelings of hate and promoting communalism. Investigative Officer Pankaj Tyagi said that case will be filed after investigations as probe was underway. SSP Bablu Kumar was reported about the matter, he said. In his complaint Qasmi said that Rizvi was giving absurd statements in news channels from past few months which can disturb our communal harmony. If actions would not be taken against Rizvi, violence can erupt, Qasmi said adding that to save democratic values actions should be taken against him.UNI
UP by-elections: Lower-than-expected turnout, EVM malfunctioning mark Phulpur, Gorakhpur bypolls
Lucknow: 43 percent voters cast their mandate in the Gorakhpur parliamentary constituency on Sunday while Phulpur recorded an even lesser 37.39 percent turnout as the crucial bypolls to the two Lok Sabha seats were held peacefully, the state election officials said.Polling began at 7 am and passed off peacefully at 5 pm, the state election officials said."Gorakhpur recorded a turnout of 43 percent and Phulpur 37.39 percent," it added.There were complaints of EVM malfunctioning at a few booths, but the machines were promptly replaced without affecting the polling, an election official said.The reason behind the lower than expected turnout in the high-stakes polls in the country's electorally most significant state was said to be a lack of enthusiasm among voters who are now looking forward to the general elections which are barely a year away.PTI
Bihar bypolls: Till 5 pm Araria Lok Sabha seat records 57% voter turnout
New Delhi :Bypolls to Araria Lok Sabha seat recorded a voter turnout of 57%, Bhabua recorded 54.03 per cent while Jehanabad witnessed 50.06 per cent voter turnout till 5 pm, said Ajay V Nayak Chief Electoral Officer of Bihar, reports news agency PTI.The contest is mainly between the late RJD MP’s son Sarfaraz Alam and BJP’s Pradip Singh.indianexpress
Include religious books, moral science classes in school curriculum: Maneka Gandhi tells HRD Min
Union minister Maneka Gandhi has suggested the HRD ministry to include books of all religions in the school curriculum as well as provide moral science classes to promote greater religious tolerance among the students.The child and development minister made the suggestion at the 65th meeting of the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) recently. It is the highest decision making body in the education sector.“To promote greater tolerance among students belonging to different religions, the minister (Gandhi) suggested moral science classes and religious books of all religions so that students can start appreciating other religions,” an official documentation of the meeting read.Odisha’s Education Minister Badri Naryan Patra, also present at the meeting, suggested modifying the curriculum in a way so as to “endorse the feelings of religious tolerance and patriotism”.Having vegetarian menu for mid-day meals served in schools, saying ‘Jai Hind’ instead of ‘present mam or sir’ during school attendance and remodelling of the NCERT syllabus to ensure value and culture-based education were among the other suggestions made during the meeting.PTI
Hadiya case: BJP leader V Muraleedharan wants probe into terror links
Thiruvananthapuram: BJP national executive member V Muraleedharan has called for a comprehensive probe into the alleged terror links of Hadiya’s husband Shefin Jahan. With Hadiya’s statement that it was only PFI that supported them when they faced a crisis following their marriage, it has come to the fore that their relationship is based on more than love, he said.He pointed out that the Supreme Court had set aside only the High Court order annulling their marriage and no case related to terror links was quashed. Soon after reaching Kerala, Shafin and Hadiya visited the PFI office in Kozhikode. The PFI has been involved in several terror-related incidents, he said.“The Left parties and the Congress have been arguing that Shefin and Hadiya have no terror links and it was a love marriage. But their first visit was to the PFI office. newindianexpress
PFI-run centre used hypnosis on converts in ‘love-jihad’ cases: NIA
New Delhi: A religious facilitation centre run by PFI— under investigation for its role in cases of alleged “love jihad”—is understood to have used “hypnotic counselling” to indoctrinate neo-converts undergoing an ‘Islamic learning’ course there, that other faiths were inferior, according to a NIA probe.The centre, Sathyasarini, claims to impart Islamic religious lessons and NIA is understood to have found that preachers at the institution believe in targeting the sub-conscious mind, to drum in propaganda that is intended highlight the “doomed” fate of alleged non-believers.Persons converted or attempted to be converted allegedly by PFI activists were sent to the Sathyasarini Islamic learning centre for a 2-month religious course that included self-suggestion or auto-suggestion techniques, sources said. PFI, however, denies the allegations. “The agency is wilfully maligning and tarnishing the image of a peaceful and law-abiding organisation striving hard for social upliftment of weaker sections in the country and justice. NIA is appeasing its masters by deviating from the path of truthful investigations,” Mohammad Shamoon, director (public relations) in PFI told TOI.
National Commission for Minorities frowns at harassment of minority educational institutions
New Delhi: Officials of minority-run educational institutions in Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha live in fear because they refuse to heed requests for admission in their institutes from local authorities.The officials are “harassed” and often booked under “false” charges, according to the 2016-2017 annual report of the National Commission for Minorities (NCM), that is expected to be tabled in Parliament soon.Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh are BJP-ruled, while BJD is in power in Odisha, which has a poor track record of safety of minorities, particularly Christians. In 1999, Australian missionary Graham Staines and his two sons were burnt to death on January 23, 1999, by the Bajrang Dal in Manoharpur village in Odisha.The commission urged the state governments to take “immediate action” saying violation of the rights of minorities was totally unacceptable. “Mostly, these are national and at times international organisations, and harassing them in this manner affects the reputation of the state as well as that of the government of India. NCM regularly receives representations complaining of undue interference and harassment by government agencies in the day-to-day functioning of minority run educational institutions,” the report said.newindianexpress
Kamran Yousuf case: CM Mehbooba Mufti requests Rajnath Singh to ‘save life of budding journalist’
Srinagar;J-K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has sought the intervention of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh for the release of photojournalist Kamran Yousuf. “Spoke to Home Minister @rajnathsingh ji to look into Kamran Yousuf’s case. I’ve requested him to intervene so that the life of a young budding journalist doesn’t get ruined,” Chief Minister Mufti tweeted on Sunday.Kamran,20-year-old photojournalist, was arrested by NIA on September 4 last year allegedly for colluding with stone throwing protestors.In its charge sheet against Kamran, NIA had said he is not a ‘real journalist’ because he didn’t cover “any developmental activity of any Government Dept/ Agency, any inauguration of Hospital, School Building, Road, Bridge, statement of political party in power or any other social/developmental activity by state government or Govt of India.”While the NIA has questioned Kamran’s credentials as a photojournalist, Chief Minister Mufti has taken a contrary view and called him a “young budding journalist” of the valley. CM Mufti’s call for intervention from Union Home Minister has come as the voices are growing shriller for release of Kamran.indianexpress
Acquitted of terror charge, Mufti Abdul Qayyum hunts for space for his school
With a whopping 425 students in just two years, Akshardham terror attack case acquit, who had started a school, with a unique model that provides Madrasa with modern education, is running from pillar to post, to get them accommodated in a bigger campus.A year after being exonerated by the Supreme Court in the 2002 Akshardham terror attack case, Mufti Abdul Qayyum Mansuri opened a school in Kalupur in 2016. Suffah English school, located in Karoda's pol in Panchpatti, until now was being run in an eight-room building belonging to a nearby mosque; however, due to an increase in the number of students and number of parents who visit the school often, the management is facing difficulty operating there.Putting students, their parents and residents of the locality in inconvenience, the school approached Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) last year, requesting them to allot one of their schools located in Bakar Ali ni Pol and shut since Gujarat riots. However, while the communication between the AMC and the Jamiyat Welfare Foundation Trust went on for quite some time, there has not been any decision on the case.dnaindia
CBI expels 20 officers from Vyapam special investigative team in one day
In a shocking decision, CBI has decided to withdraw at least 20 investigative officers from Vyapam team. While investigating the matter, the central investigative agency had set up its Vyapam team in 2016 at Bhopal’s Professors Colony office. CBI comes up with its new team after as many 50 people connected with Vyapam scam were killed in mysterious circumstances. According to a national daily report, in last 6 months, CBI had removed around 70% of its officers from the investigative team. Opposition parties are criticising government’s decision to and calling it an attempt to influence the investigation.KK Mishra, MP Congress’ spokesperson said. “Congress had demanded a CBI investigation into the Vyapam Scam with a lot of hope, but it ended up giving a clean chit to many of those who controlled the scam. I think they should close this branch.” However, CBI has defended its decision by saying that its decision to withdraw 20 officers from Vyapam team will not impact its investigation. One of the CBI officials said, “In more than 100 cases, people have been charge sheeted and trials are on. Some officials will be transferred as a matter of routine. There’s no reason to shut down the branch.”   NewsX
If neglected, south India will declare separate country: TDP MP's old comments stir row
A video of TDP MP M Muralimohan triggered off a row, after the actor-politician was seen saying that the day would soon come, when south India would declare itself as a separate country.“There is a feeling in the south that it is being neglected. Don’t force the five south Indian states to declare freedom as a separate country,” Muralimohan was seen saying in the video.According to reports, the video surfaced from a press conference that was held in Rajahmundry on February 12 but went viral after 2 TDP ministers at Centre resigned from cabinet of BJP-led Central government.thenewsminute
AMU research scholar wins reward in JNU workshop
Delhi: On the occasion of two-day Indian Sign Language Workshop titled ‘Sign and Learn: The Differential Modes of Language Communication’ held at JNU.Momin Ali, student of Aligarh Muslim University with his group has adjudged best poster making winner. Ali is pursuing his PhD (English Language Teaching) under the supervision of Dr Vibha Sharma, Associate Professor , Department of English, AMU. Workshop was organized by the Linguistic Empowerment Cell, JNU.timesofindia
WORLD
Battles rage in Eastern Ghouta, as 'toll tops 1,000'
Syrian army and rebel groups early on Sunday engaged in fierce battles in Eastern Ghouta, where fighting has killed at least 1,099 civilians over the past 21 days, a war monitor said. The death toll, recorded by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) - a UK-based war monitoring group - included 227 children and 154 women. At least 4,378 others were wounded."Warplanes covered the sky in Eastern Ghouta yesterday," Abdelmalik Aboud, an activist in the town of Douma, told Al Jazeera on Sunday. "The shelling was focused on the underground shelters and mosques and the places that people have tried to hide in, due to the constant bombardment," he added. The rising toll comes amid claims of yet another chemical attack overnight on the town of Arbin in Eastern Ghouta, a suburb of the capital, Damascus. The Syrian Civil Defence, a volunteer rescue group also known as the White Helmets, said the Syrian government hit Irbin with chlorine gas, phosphorus bombs and napalm. aljazeera
Morsi's son: Egypt fears British visit to my father
Abdullah Morsi, the son of the former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has said that the Egyptian government will not allow the outside world reach his father for fear of being exposed. Earlier this month, a group of senior British MPs, ranging from the governing Conservatives to the opposition Labour and Liberal Democrats, petitioned the Egyptian govt to allow them access to former President Mohamed Morsi, but they were denied. The petition came amid growing concern over the deteriorating health of the former president and reports emerged that he has been denied access to basic medical treatment while in jail. Abdullah Morsi said that the Egyptian authorities are directly responsible for the inhumane condition in which his father is subjected to and that they are worried that this would be revealed if Morsi was to receive visitors. Abdullah said that "logic and reason dictate that the regime should allow the British delegation to do its work if it is serious in refuting the accusations made against it, but the regime fears of being exposed in front of the world, that is why it looks for justifications." aljazeera
Egypt court sentences 10 Muslim Brotherhood supporters to death on terror-related charges
Cairo: An Egyptian court has sentenced 10 people to death and 5 others to life in prison for forming a "terrorist cell" to plot attacks on security forces and other institutions. The state-run MENA news agency says the defendants are affiliated with the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group and are accused of aiming to assault security personnel and state institutions, target Egypt's Christian minority and disrupt public order.Today's verdict comes after consultation with the Grand Mufti, Egypt's top religious authority, over preliminary death sentences handed to the defendants earlier.The consultation is a formality followed by courts in the cases of capital punishment.MENA says three of the 15 defendants were sentenced in absentia.Life sentences in Egypt are equal to 25 years. All of the sentences are subject to appeal.AP
China scraps 2-term limit, makes Xi Jinping president for life
Beijing;National People’s Congress on Sunday cleared an amendment to its constitution that will remove a clause limiting the presidency to two 5-year terms. This will allow President Xi Jinping to continue as president beyond his term limit of 2023.Initial reports of the closed door voting process suggest that of the 2980 deputies, only two gave a dissenting vote while three others abstained. The current version of Chinese constitution was adopted by the 5th National People’s Congress on December 4, 1982. indianexpress
Fresh violence erupts in Lanka as Muslim-owned restaurant comes under attack
 Colombo:Fresh violence erupted in Sri Lanka after a Muslim-owned restaurant was attacked in an alleged hate crime incident in the north western province today, a day after President Maithripala Sirisena appointed a commission to probe a spate of anti-Muslim riots in the violence-hit Kandy district that prompted him to impose a nationwide state of emergency.The restaurant located in Puttalam district's Anamaduwa city,130 kilometres from Colombo, was targeted early morning even as police are keeping a tight vigil following eruption of communal clashes on Monday that have left two persons dead and damaged several homes, businesses and mosques in the scenic Kandy district."Anamaduwe Muslim restaurant was attacked at 4 am (local time) this morning," the Colombo Telegraph reported.Tensions remain high across Sri Lanka after the violence broke out following the death of a man from the mainly Buddhist Sinhalese majority last week.outlookindia
Counterterror police investigate 'punish a Muslim' day letters
Counterterrorism police in the UK are investigating a possible hate crime after several people received letters calling on them to attack Muslims on April 3, termed in the leaflet as "punish a Muslim" day.Several Britons in London, the West Midlands and Yorkshire said they received the printed letter through the post, according to reports.Some uploaded images of the document on social media.The leaflet says: "They have hurt you, they have made your loved ones suffer. They have caused you pain and heartache. What are you going to about it?"It goes on to offer rewards for attackers, from 10 points for verbally abusing a Muslim and 50 points for throwing acid in the face of a Muslim, to 1,000 points for bombing a mosque and 2,500 points to "nuke Mecca". There are more than 2.5 million Muslims in Britain, where Islam is the second-largest religion.aljazeera
Arson attack on mosque in Berlin
A mosque in Berlin has been set on fire by masked assailants in the early hours of Sunday morning.  "Witnesses told us that three assailants with covered faces threw burning material and immediately ran away," said Bayram Turk, the head of the mosque association. This attacks comes only a few days after another mosque frequented by the Turkish community in Germany was attacked on Friday. A website linked to the PKK group posted a video of the Friday mosque attack. On Friday, Aksemsettin Mosque - belonging to the Muslim-Turkish association Islamic Community National View (IGMG) - in the town of Lauffen am Neckar was also attacked.aljazeera
Myanmar hardline nationalist monk returns to preaching after ban, denies fueling violence
Myanmar Buddhist monk Wirathu said on Saturday his anti-Muslim rhetoric had nothing to do with violence in the western state of Rakhine, as he emerged from a one-year preaching ban. Wirathu is the most prominent of Myanmar’s hardline nationalist monks, who have emerged as a political force since the country’s transition from full military rule began in 2011.Violence has hit Muslim communities across Buddhist-majority country, but the nationalists’ sharpest vitriol is reserved for the Rohingya Muslim minority in Rakhine, who many see as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, or “Bengalis”.Nearly 700,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since insurgents attacked police and army posts on Aug. 25, sparking a furious military-led response the United Nations has said constituted ethnic cleansing and possibly genocide.Rakhine was experiencing “terrorism of Bengalis”, Wirathu said on Saturday, dismissing claims he had “created” conflict there. He cited the relative peace of his hometown, Mandalay.saudigazette
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