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21 March ND: Jharkhand lynching: 11 cow vigilantes including BJP leader get life sentence for killing Muslim trader/Centre opposes Jamia Millia Islamia’s minority status in Delhi High Court


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21 March 2018:02 Rajjab 1439:Vol:9, No:147
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Jharkhand lynching: 11 cow vigilantes including BJP leader get life sentence for killing Muslim trader
Ranchi:A special fast track court in Ramgarh district on Wednesday awarded life terms to 11 cow vigilantes, including a local BJP leader, for lynching a Muslim trader accused of transporting beef in his vehicle last year. It is yet to take a decision on a twelfth convict, who is supposedly a juvenile.The court of additional district judge Om Prakash had held all the accused guilty under Section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code, among other offences, on March 16. They were accused of murdering Alimuddin Ansari alias Asgar Ali, a 55-year-old trader.11 convicts were identified as Santosh Singh, Deepak Mishra, Vicky Saw, Sikandar Ram, Uttam Ram, Vikram Prasad, Raju Kumar, Rohit Thakur, Chottu Verma, Kapil Thakur and local BJP leader Nityanand Mahto. They were also slapped with a fine of Rs 2,000 each.Additional public prosecutor Sushil Kumar Shukla said this was the first case of cow vigilantism in the country where the accused were convicted and severely punished. “However, the court is yet to decide on the defence counsel’s contention that the twelfth convict is a juvenile. We have opposed it on the grounds that he is over 16 years of age,” he added.Defence lawyer DN Singh said he will file an appeal petition against the conviction in the Jharkhand high court. The deceased’s wife, Mariam Khatun, welcomed the judgment. A mob of over 100 people – including Bajrang Dal activists –lynched Ansari at Bazartand in Ramgarh on June 29 last year. They then proceeded to set his car afire.HT
Lynching: 11 cow vigilantes get life imprisonment for killing Alimuddin Ansari; know about tragic case
Centre opposes Jamia Millia Islamia’s minority status in Delhi High Court
New Delhi: Reversing the previous govt’s stand, the Centre has filed a revised affidavit in the Delhi High Court this month opposing order of the National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions (NCMEI) that declared Jamia Millia Islamia(JMI) as a religious minority institution.On August 29, 2011, the HRD Ministry, under then minister Kapil Sibal of the UPA-II Govt , had submitted an affidavit in court stating that the Govt  “respects the declaration made by NCMEI”.The fresh affidavit, filed by the BJP-led Govt  on March 5, cites the Supreme Court’s decision in Azeez Basha Vs Union of India case of 1968 to justify the change in stand. It states that the first affidavit did not take note of the Azeez Basha case, in which the apex court said that a university incorporated under an Act of Parliament cannot claim the status of a minority institution.“In any event, Board of Jamia Millia Islamia is elected and need not necessarily consist of majority belonging to Muslim religion. The question of it being a minority institution therefore does not arise,” states the new affidavit that was taken on record by the Delhi HC on March 13.“Treating a central university as a minority education institution is repugnant to law besides undermining its status and is against the basic tenet of a central university…By no stretch of imagination, Article 30(1) could be read to mean that even if an educational institution has been established by a Central Act, still the minority has the right to administer it,” says the affidavit.The affidavit concludes that JMI “is not a minority institution, having been set up by an Act of Parliament and funded by central Govt , and also that it was not set up by a minority sect”.According to Section 2 (o) of JMI Act, the University was established by Muslim nationalist leaders in 1920 at Aligarh in response to Mahatma Gandhi’s call to boycott all educational institutions supported or run by the colonial regime. It eventually shifted to Delhi and was run by a registered society called Jamia Millia Islamia society. In 1962, JMI became a deemed university. In 1988, it got the status of central university through a central law University V-C Professor Talat Ahmad could not be reached for a comment on Tuesday. indianexpress
JNU: Sexual harassment complainants allege Prof Johri enjoys backing of BJP, RSS
6 out of 8 complainants from JNU, who have alleged sexual harassment at the hands of Professor Atul Johri, say they are from the RSS-affiliated student group ABVP.At a press conference on the JNU campus on Wednesday, the eight woman research scholars claimed that they were being “pressured” by supporters of Professor Johri, who they claim enjoys the backing of the Bharatiya Janata Party and the RSS.“The accused, who is a vocal supporter of BJP/RSS, has said that we are Left supporters and it is a political conspiracy. While the truth remains that many of us are registered members and supporters of the ABVP,” a press statement issued by the complainants on Wednesday says.The academic was granted bail in all eight cases of sexual harassment by Delhi’s Patiala House court on Tuesday, a day after the scholars approached Delhi’s Vasant Kunj Police Station with the complaints.“Delhi Police did not even seek remand of the accused for further interrogation. The JNU administration has so far not taken any action against him. They even have not acknowledged the fact that we have already approached them to suspend him as well as that FIRs have been lodged and Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) has sent them notices,” the press statement says.A complainant informed reporters at the press conference that they would seek their lawyer’s advice on when they will appeal the Patiala House ruling in the High Court.8 complainants have further alleged that the “excuse of attendance” was being given to give the issue a “political colour.” In his bail plea, the academic has reportedly alleged vendetta from girl students since he communicated to them their unsatisfactory attendance in classes.nationalheraldindia
“We are Not Left But Registered Members of ABVP, Johri Is A Serial Harasser”: JNU Complainants
Attacks against minorities: I’m PM of all Indians, Narendra Modi reassures archbishop
Mumbai: Archbishop of Bombay Oswald Cardinal Gracias met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Tuesday and conveyed the community’s anxiety over sporadic attacks against minority institutions and personnel in the country.The cardinal met PM as newly-elected president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI). Msgr Joseph Chinnayan, deputy secretary general of CBCI, stated, “(cardinal said) If the message goes out that these acts of violence are against the law, harm the country and will not be tolerated, it will go a long way in allaying fears of the community and discourage misguided people from creating mischief.” Modi responded to Cardinal Gracias that he was the prime minister of all Indians, irrespective of caste and creed, and that if any specific instance was brought to his notice, he was always available and willing to look into the matter.The cardinal also discussed the possibility of a visit by Pope Francis to India. PM reportedly reacted positively to the proposal.TOI
No trust motion not taken up, Lok Sabha adjourned for the day
New Delhi;The Lok Sabha on Wednesday could not take up a no-confidence motion for a fourth consecutive day amid din even as the Govt  said it was prepared for it.The notices for the Motion of No Confidence had been given by Thota Narasimham of the TDP and Y.V. Subba Reddy of YSR Congress.After the papers were laid on the table of House amid the din, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar requested the members sloganeering near the Speaker’s podium to go back to their seats.“I request all honourable members to go back to their seats and allow the conduct of normal business. We are ready to discuss everything including the no-confidence motion,” Kumar said.“Our Govt  has confidence in House and outside as well,” he said.IANS
Bihar Opposition demands action against BJP leaders for “inciting communal strife”
Patna: Opposition in Bihar demanded action against Union Ministers and BJP leaders Giriraj Singh and Ashwani Choubey for allegedly “inciting communal strife in different districts after the bypoll results”.“Is this the politics BJP wants to pursue in Bihar? It seems BJP has gone into panic mode after the results and the party leaders are desperate to foment communal disharmony in society for electoral gains in 2019,” Leader of Opposition Tejaswi Yadav said.Earlier, Bihar BJP chief Nityanand Rai had said that “if RJD candidate Sarfaraj Alam wins the bypoll, Araria would become a hub of terror”.Soon after the result, Singh seconded Rai saying, “Araria would now become a place of traitors”. Yadav took a dig at Chief Minister Nitish Kumar who, on Monday was, obliquely, expressing his displeasure over controversial comments of BJP.“He (Nitish) should walk the talk and act against people like Choubey, Singh and Rai who are trying to create communal rift in the society”, he said, while adding, “we’re sure his (Kumar’s) claim of being against divisive politics is as much of a sham as his anti-corruption posturing”.A video which allegedly shows Singh inciting a crowd to raise slogans against a local police official who belonged to the minority community went viral.Opposition also demanded the immediate arrest of BJP arrest Arijit Shashwat as well as his father,  Choubey.thehindu
Congress never hired Cambridge Analytica, BJP a factory of fake news: Randeep Surjewala
New Delhi: Congress on Wednesday denied the party or its president Rahul Gandhi ever used or hired Cambridge Analytica after information technology minister Ravi Shankar said they “roped in” the British data analytics firm, accused of misusing Facebook user data to target US voters, to run their 2019 electoral campaign.“It is a fake agenda and white lie being dished out by Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad,” Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said at a press conference.“BJP’s factory of fake news has produced one more fake product today. It appears fake statements, fake press conferences and fake agendas have become an everyday character of the BJP and its ‘lawless’ law minister Ravi Shankar,” Surjewala added. Congress leader, in turn, accused the ruling BJP and JDU of using Cambridge Analytica’s services in 2010.“The firm’s Indian partner Ovleno Business Intelligence (OBI) is being run by the BJP ally’s MP’s son. OBI company’s services were used by Rajnath Singh in 2009,” Surjewala said.HT
Congress shows how BJP used Cambridge Analytica to influence elections
Ravi Shankar Prasad says Cong has hired Cambridge Analytica, warns Facebook against interfering in polls
SC verdict on SC/ST Act must be reviewed, rise in atrocities against Dalits: Congress
New Delhi:Alleging a rise in atrocities against Dalits under the BJP-led Govt , the Congress today expressed serious concern over the Supreme Court judgement that diluted provisions related to immediate arrest in the SC/ST Act and demanded a review of the same or an amendment in the law.Congress senior spokesperson Anand Sharma asked the Govt  to clarify its stand on the issue, claiming there was a “sense of insecurity” among Dalits and other oppressed classes after the apex court verdict.“There is serious concern over yesterday’s decision of the Supreme Court. If it is not reviewed, it will be very unfortunate. There is a feeling on insecurity among the SC/STs and other oppressed classes. We feel there should be a review of this decision which will be in national interest.PTI
PCI seeks report from UP govt on media ban during Gorakhpur bypoll
New Delhi:The Press Council of India (PCI) has sought a report from the Uttar Pradesh Govt  on the restrictions reportedly imposed on media in the counting centre of the Gorakhpur parliamentary constituency recently. Media was reportedly not allowed inside the centre on March 14, the day counting of votes took place for the parliamentary constituency.“PCI chairman Justice Chandramauli Kumar Prasad has taken note of report of restriction imposed on media at the counting centre of Gorakhpur parliamentary seat in Gorakhpur on March 14 by the district magistrate as prima facie, impinging on the freedom of the press,” it said in a release.PTI
India not considering any proposal to sign NPT as precondition to join NSG: Govt
India is not considering any proposal to sign the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Treaty (NPT) as a precondition for joining the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), the Lok Sabha was told Wednesday.Replying to a written question, minister of state for external affairs VK Singh also said India’s application for NSG membership remains under consideration of the group.The Govt  continues to engage with the NSG and its members at appropriate levels for a decision on India’s application, he said. HT
2 jawans, 2 policemen killed in Kupwara encounter
SRINAGAR: Two Army jawans and two policemen lost their lives in a fresh exchange of fire between militants and security forces in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday.Another security personnel wounded in the gunfight is undergoing treatment at a hospital. His condition is stated to be stable, a police spokesperson said.An encounter broke out in the Arampora area of the district on March 20 after security forces launched an operation in the wake of militants opening fire at an Army patrol party. 4 militants were killed in the operation.The spokesperson said the anti-militancy operation, which continued overnight, was going on when reports last came in.PTI
Sikh youth being trained at ISI facilities in Pak: Govt
New Delhi:Home Ministry has conveyed to a parliamentary panel that Sikh youths are being trained at ISI facilities in Pakistan to carry out terror activities in India, and members of the community who are settled in Canada and other places are also being instigated against the country with false and malicious propaganda. Top officials of the Home Ministry, led by the Union Home Secretary, told the Committee on Estimates, headed by senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi, that radicalisation of youths by terrorist groups through the misuse of internet and social media has emerged as a big challenge.According to the report of the Committee — ‘Central armed police forces and internal security challenges-evaluation and response mechanism’ — which was tabled in Parliament on March 19, there have been some developments on the Sikh militancy front.The “commanders” of terror groups based in Pakistan are under pressure from ISI to further the Pakistani spy agency’s terror plans not only in Punjab but also in other parts of the country, it said.PTI
Broken limbs, beleaguered students, a death: Chhatral is at heart of communal tension in Gujarat
Communal tension is simmering in Chhatral village in Kalol taluka in north Gujarat since last four months.The death of a 32-year-old this month has left the village divided. Villagers allege the incidents are politically motivated. However, police believes them to be typical crime incidents which are being investigated as such.The tension began when a 32-year-old was killed and his mothers fingers were chopped.On the other hand, children go to the local school in a police van under protection to appear for board exams.On March 5, Farzan Saiyed was attacked when he and his mother went to milk their buffalo outside their ghetto. Farzan died a few days later in a hospital in Ahmedabad. His mother, whose fingers were chopped off, is still recovering.Roshanbiwi Saiyed, the victim whose fingers were chopped claims her attackers were local boys who she recognizes. "I told the attackers that we have not done anything, please don't hurt us. One of them chopped off my thumbs. The rest were beating up my son. We don't know why we were attacked. We have no enemies," she said.Haroon Saiyed, another villager who was attacked in February claims local boys of the village were sloganeering and waving saffron flags when he was attacked."The local VHP and Bajrang Dal boys have been spreading hatred in the area since December. In the recent past they have had a meeting where trishuls were distributed. They take out rallies using anti-Muslim sloganeering. Their social media pages are full of hatred for Muslims," Haroon said.indiatoday
UP: Police stop renovation of room ‘used as mosque’, 14 Muslims held
Lucknow;Tension prevailed at Nehta village in Sambhal on Monday after police stopped the renovation of a room allegedly being used as a mosque and a madrasa. Claiming that it was being done without the permission of the district administration, police arrested 14 Muslims allegedly involved in the construction. Heavy police force was deployed at Nehta village, where Hindus form the majority of the population.Chandausi police Circle Officer (CO) Omkar Yadav said that on Monday, they had received a complaint from a “member of the Hindu community” that a “mosque” was being renovated in Nehta without obtaining permission from the district administration. A team of police and district administration officials rushed to the spot and stopped the construction. Room is a single-storey structure.Sub-Inspector Ramender Singh, in-charge of Narauli police outpost, said: “Following renovation of the structure, tension prevailed in the village. We arrested 14 local residents belonging to the Muslim community under CrPC Section 151 (preventive arrest). Those arrested were involved in the construction work. Later, they were produced in court, which sent them to judicial custody.”When contacted, Chandausi SDM Om Veer Singh said: “It was a large room belonging to a private person, which was being initially used as madrasa. Later, some people started offering prayers at the same place. There was no permission from the Govt  to use the space as a mosque, so, we have stopped the construction.”indianexpress
Thousands of Muslim women protest against 'Triple Talaq Bill' in Nagpur
Nagpur:  Thousands of Muslim women on Tuesday took out a massive rally here to protest against the Triple Talaq Bill. The morcha was organised by AIMPLB. Prof. Monisa Bushra Abida, board member of AIMPLB, while addressing the women said the Triple Talaq Bill is harassment to women. It is unconstitutional, which is a conspiracy hatched to end the Muslim community.Nearly 25,000 Muslim women dressed in burkha (veil) participated in the morcha , carrying placards saying ' We are safe in 'Sharia law'.The speakers exhorted the audience to rise against any 'conspiracy to impose uniform civil code'. Banning 'triple talaq' was termed as the first step towards bringing in an uniform civil code in the country. It was also dubbed as a means to curb women's freedom . Even threats were issued that the ruling party may have to bear the consequences of hurting Muslim sentiments.Monisa said Muslims ruled the country for a thousand years. That was the time, when Islamic law governed the country. After the British came, the law was limited to governing our personal affairs, through the Sharia Application Act of 1937. Now, the Govt  wants interference in our personal laws in the name of bringing gender equality but it is unwarranted as Islam ensures the highest degree of priority to women. She claimed that only 2,000 odd Muslim women have been divorced as against 24 lakh Hindu women abandoned by their husbands.UNI
After talaq goes, uniform civil code may be in: Nagpur rally
Aurangabad :Muslim women's silent morcha on Friday against Triple Talaq
Aurangabad;Thousands of Muslim women will carry out a silent March on Friday to protest against the 'Triple Talaq'.Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, the coordinator of women protesting Committee, Mrs Fahimunnisa said ,'' the preparations are in full swing since last one month with 'women get together' and awareness programmes throughout the city''.''We have been getting support from every nook and corner for a common cause''.''For the success of the protest, we have been using social media, hoarding and other means of advertisements,'' she said.''The protest march will begin from Aam khas ground to the divisional commissioner office on Friday in a disciplined manner in which a large of number of women across from the city will participate,'' she said.UNI
Mangaluru:Minority youths thrashed by Saffron activists
MANGALURU: Right-wing activists allegedly thrashed two youths from minority community after they were found with girls from majority community, at Karinja, Bantwal taluk, about 30kms from here. The incident took place on Monday evening, when two Muslim youths, working as auto rickshaw drivers took five girls, including two Hindu girls, for a stroll at the Karinja Temple.Police said the girls were attending tuitions every day in Madanthyar and auto driver Irfan used to ferry them to and fro. However, on Monday, he went along with girls to the temple premises along with one of his friends.After reaching temple premises, they were clicking selfies and activists from right wing noticed it. They later questioned and thrashed them. After which, they took them including girls to Punjalakatte police station.timesofindia
Karnataka minority schools free to admit 25 per cent kids from any minority community
Bengaluru: From the academic year 2018-19, minority educational institutions will be allowed to admit 25% students belonging to religious as well as linguistic minority communities, and they can hail from any of these minority communities. The state Govt  has recently amended the rules in the Karnataka Education Act 1983, which has been published in the state gazette.  As per the new amendments brought in, the education institutions (primary and secondary) established in the state by minority communities have no need to admit 25% of children belonging to the same community. Instead, the 25% of students can come from all religious and linguistic minority communities, said state primary and secondary education minister Tanveer Sait. He said “Our intention of bringing amendments to the act for minority institutions is to put the rights provided in the Constitution in place.”newindianexpress
Jamia administration bows down to women hostellers; accepts all their demands
Delhi: Administration of Jamia Millia Islamia accepted all six demands made by the women hostellers on March 19 after more than 5,000 women protested at the main hostel gate against the harsh and biased rules of the hostel. The protesting students gathered at the old hall of residence (Girls) with a joint resolution, wherein the protestors proclaimed that they will not let the gate shut until all their demands are accepted.The six demands included extension of the curfew deadline from 8 to 10:30 pm, installation of street lights in the vicinity of the hostel, improvement in the quality of food, free movement of hostellers inside the vicinity of the hostel, removal of the 24-hour rule prior permission for taking leave, processing of promised refunds and no actions to be taken against the students involved in the protest.The admin.has accepted all the demands and ensured its implementation in the shortest possible time.TCN
Delhi kids highly affected by Type 1 diabetes; out of 1 lakh children, 32 are suffering from this disease
India is host to 97,000 children who suffer from Type 1 Diabetes with near about 32 per lakh affected in Delhi. It is a disease where the immune system in a person destroys the insulin-producing cells living in the pancreas which leaves the child dependent on insulin injections for survival. News agency ANI, in its report, stated the Senior Consultant at Apollo & Fortis Hospital, Noida, Dr IPS Kochar who said that Type 1 diabetes is usually referred to as juvenile disease and doctors receive nearly ten to twenty patients every week. Children affected by the disease are reluctant to the idea of getting their blood sugar levels checked and also deny taking insulin owing to social stigma with friends. Due to this, they usually miss out on the insulin doses while they are with friends. They feel insecure and inadequate in comparison with peers due to having diabetes.Since the exact cause of the disease is still unknown, myths have spread around the disease affecting the treatment of the patients. Doctors are eager to bust these myths and look forward to spreading awareness on the various methods available on managing Type 1 diabetes. Glucometers and insulin pumps are some of the modern therapies that doctors advise to their patients to live a healthier life.financialexpress
Complaint filed against Zee TV's 'Ishq Subhan Allah' serial for wrongful religious representation
Mumbai :Ishq Subhan Allah, even before it could witness its first week ratings, has found itself in a mess. Indianexpress.com has exclusively learnt an Islamic association based in Mumbai, Raza Academy has filed a case against Zee TV show for wrongful representation of religious facts and maligning the image of the religion. The lawyer handling the case Hitesh C Soni, said, “Visual media is very effective and affects children a lot. So it’s not only about one community but we are concerned about the perception of the general public. The show is very provocative in nature and we demand a ban of the same.”The committee that deals with education and welfare of Muslims in its complaint states that the daily “shows Islam in a bad light, the scripts of the entire serial is made to understand that Islam religion needs a lot of changes, revival, amendments. (sic)” The members have further defined their objections in 20 other pointers ranging from dialogues to certain visualization and characterization. When we further asked if this can be a way of gaining publicity, Hitesh shared, “Well, this can be better answered by my clients but we have a strong case and looking towards a positive judgment. And if the show is not banned, which would be prejudiced to our allegations, script does need major modifications.”When we reached out to the channel on the matter, Deepak Rajadhyaksha, Deputy Business Head, Zee TV, shared with us, “Yes, we have heard about this, but are yet to receive any official intimation from authorities.”indianexpress
WORLD
Saudi revamping its school curriculum to purge any influence of Muslim Brotherhood :AFP
Saudi Arabia is seeking to purge its school curriculum of any influence of the Muslim Brotherhood and dismiss employees who sympathise with the banned group, the education minister said.The Govt  will "fight extremist ideologies by reviewing school curricula and books to ensure they are free of the banned Muslim Brotherhood's agenda", Ahmed bin Mohammed al-Issa said in a statement.It also seeks to "ban books attributed to the Muslim Brotherhood from all schools and universities and remove all those who sympathise with the group", he added.The statement comes after Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told CBS TV in an interview that elements of the Muslim Brotherhood, designated as a "terror group" by the kingdom, had infiltrated Saudi schools.The prince, who has vowed to return the country to "moderate Islam", has cut back the political role of hardline clerics in a historic reordering of the Saudi state.The Islamists were widely employed in the education and public sectors, putting aside their proselytism and submitting to Saudi Arabia's official Wahabi ideology that requires obedience to the ruler.
Trump asks Saudi crown prince to share wealth through investments
US President Donald Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have discussed military deals, investment in the US, and security cooperation, during the prince's first visit to the White House.Referring to the political shake-up that Saudi Arabia has witnessed in recent months, Trump on Tuesday praised the 32-year-old crown prince, popularly known as MBS, in his new role."[...] the relationship, now, is probably as good as it's really ever been, and I think will probably only get better. Tremendous investments made in our country. And that means jobs for our workers, jobs for our people," Trump said in a press briefing after the meeting. Trump held up charts to show the depth of Saudi purchases of US military hardware, ranging from ships to missile defence to planes and fighting vehicles."Saudi Arabia is a very wealthy nation, and they're going to give the United States some of that wealth, hopefully in the form of jobs, in the form of the purchase of the finest military equipment anywhere in the world," he said.aljazeera
US denies reaching deal with Turkey over Manbij
The United States has denied Turkish claims that the two sides reached a deal over the city of Manbij in northern Syria, where US troops are present.Turkey seeks to expand its operation in Syria's northwestern Afrin region to other Kurdish-held areas further east, including Manbij, prompting fears for a possible confrontation with US troops stationed in the area. Turkish presidential spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin said that Ankara and Washington had reached a general agreement on Manbij and that the Turkish side is now waiting for its NATO ally to implement the deal.aljazeera
Israel confirms bombing 'Syria N- reactor' in 2007
After more than a decade of secrecy, Israel has confirmed it has conducted a 2007 military raid on what was believed to be a Syrian nuclear reactor.The Israeli army said a total of eight F-16 and F-15 fighter jets bombed a Syrian nuclear facility in Deir Az Zor, 450km north of Damascus, in a stealth operation that lasted four hours overnight on September 5 to 6, 2007.The attack, dubbed "Out of the Box" by Israel's military command, was long known to have occurred but was kept under an 11-year gag order forbidding Israeli media to publish details on the operation.aljazeera
Israel moves to strip 12 Palestinians of Jerusalem residency
Under a recently enacted law, Israel's Interior Minister Aryeh Deri has expressed his intentions to strip the residency status of 12 Palestinians in Jerusalem, accusing them of being involved in "terror".The law, passed two weeks ago, gives the interior minister the power to strip the residency documents of any Palestinian on grounds of a "breach of loyalty" to Israel.It will also apply in cases where residency status was obtained on the basis of false information, and in cases where "an individual committed a criminal act" in the view of the interior ministry.aljazeera
PA: Hamas must transfer control of Gaza Strip
Palestinian Authority (PA) has called on Hamas to transfer control of the Gaza Strip to Ramallah saying it was prepared to assume its full responsibilities there, as tensions between the two factions continue to rise, according to the Wafa news agency.“[The Govt ] called on Hamas to hand over the Gaza Strip all at once and affirmed its readiness to take full responsibility [for it],” the official PA news site reported.The statement came a day after PA President Mahmoud Abbas suggested he would cut all budgets allocated to Gaza, estimated to amount to some $100 million, if the PA was not awarded full control of the coastal enclave.middleeastmonitor
HRW urges UN action over Israel’s ‘discriminatory’ system
HRW has urged the UN to take action over Israel’s expanding illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), part of what the global rights group described as an inherently “discriminatory” system.As the UNHRC met in Geneva, HRW released a statement on Tuesday, noting that “in the last six months, settlement expansion has continued unabated, in violation of Israel’s obligations as an occupying power and to detriment of Palestinian residents”. Palestinians, the statement added, “live under a discriminatory, 2-tiered system”.Reaffirming that “settlements are unlawful under IHL, and transfer of the occupying power’s civilian population to the occupied territory is a war crime”, HRW noted that “settlements are established on land unlawfully seized and rendered off limits to Palestinians”. “They stunt Palestinian economic development and trigger crippling restrictions on the right to freedom of movement, access to health and education and a host of other rights.”HRW also addressed the issue of accountability, observing that “businesses operating in settlements or facilitating settlement activity cannot do so without contributing to serious abuses.”MEMO
Israel, UAE take part in joint air force drills in Greece
UAE is currently taking part in an aerial drill organised by Greece alongside Israel, the US, Italy, UK and Cyprus, Arab48 reported on.Though Israel’s participation in the exercises was kept secret, footage from the events showed staff with flags raised above them.In addition, the organisers of the exercise circulated video footages of the aerial equipment, including Israeli F-16s.This is not the first time UAE has taken part in military exercises with Israel in spite of the two countries having no official diplomatic relations.middleeastmonitor
Boko Haram free abducted Dapchi schoolgirls in Nigeria
Boko Haram jihadists have released 76 of the 110 schoolgirls who were abducted from the northeastern town of Dapchi in Feb., Govt  said in a statement on Wednesday.Information Minister Lai Mohammed said "76 are those who have been documented", adding that the release of the abducted students "is ongoing".The schoolgirls were returned to Dapchi by Boko Haram Wednesday following negotiations between the Nigerian Govt  and the militant group.The number of freed girls may increase "because the girls were not handed over to anyone but dropped off in Dapchi," he said.AFP
Iraq holds more than 19,000 on IS, militant links
Baghdad; An analysis by AP has found that Iraq has detained or imprisoned at least 19,000 people accused of connections to the Islamic State group or other terror-related offenses, and sentenced more than 3,000 of them to death.The mass incarceration and speed of guilty verdicts raise concerns over potential miscarriages of justice and worries that jailed militants are recruiting within the general prison population to build new extremist networks.AP count is based partially on an analysis of a spreadsheet listing all 27,849 people imprisoned in Iraq as of late Jan., provided by an official.Thousands more are believed to be held by other bodies, including the Federal Police, military intelligence and Kurdish forces.outlookindia
Facebook summoned for questioning over Cambridge Analytica leaks
A US privacy watchdog is investigating Facebook over a potential breach of user confidentiality. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), an independent Govt  body charged with ensuring companies abide by their own privacy policies, is looking at whether the social media giant violated a 2011 consent decree after media reports emerged alleging it had handed the data of millions of users to a political consultancy.The commission will be sending Facebook a letter requesting the social-media company provide answers about the data acquired by Cambridge Analytica, Rob Sherman, Facebook's deputy chief privacy officer, said."We remain strongly committed to protecting people's information. We appreciate the opportunity to answer questions the FTC may have," Sherman said.If Facebook is found to have violated the terms of the consent decree, the FTC can fine the social network more than $40,000 a day per violation.The UK's privacy regulator, the Information Commissioner's office said on Monday it would request a warrant to search the offices of the political consultancy. Cambridge Analytica stands accused of using data mined from Facebook in the voter research it conducted for President Donald Trump during the 2016 elections campaign.A former employee at the consultancy, Chris Wylie, signalled the breach and told reporters the company harvested "millions of people's profiles" to develop software that targeted potential swing voters.aljazeera
FLASH: VIEWS & NEWS
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Junaid Lynching Case: Will My Son Ever Get Justice, Asks Father Seeking CBI Probe:Tarique Anwar
Civil Servant Files Complaint Against Zee Hindustan for Pushing Communal Agenda: THE WIRE
Meet Sanjay Nishad, the Man Who Upset Adityanath's Apple Cart in Gorakhpur:thewire
Why India Needs a Proportional Representation System:Vivashwan Singh
How did BJP make inroads into the North East despite its anti-minority agenda?Ram Puniyani
Burqa is akin to Mangal Sutra, Not Trishul: Sharjeel Ahmad
Bihar: AIMPLB’s planned ‘Deen Bachao, Desh Bachao’ meet suits BJP: SOROOR AHMED
And Now, UP Govt Plans To Package And Sell Cow Urine As A ‘Health Drink’:SHIV NAIDU


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