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Monday, 5 March 2018

5 March ND: Petition in SC for declaring polygamy as unconstitutional, Halala as rape/ India will turn into Syria if Ram Mandir issue is not resolved: Sri Sri




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5 March 2018:16 Jamadiul-2 1439:Vol:9, No:134
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After triple talaq, petition in SC for declaring polygamy as unconstitutional, Halala as rape
After the triple talaq, advocate-activist Ashwini Upadhyay has filed a petition in the Supreme Court declared urging that provisions of Muslim Personal Law which validates practice of polygamy and nikah halala be declared unconstitutional. Upadhyay has, in his petition, prayed that Section 2 of the Muslim Personal Law (Shariat) Application Act be declared unconstitutional and violative of Articles 14, 15 and 21 of the Constitution, insofar as it seeks to recognize and validate the practice of polygamy and nikah-halala. Upadhyay seeks a declaration that provisions of the IPC are applicable on all Indian citizens and triple-talaq is a cruelty under Section 498A of the IPC, nikah-halala is rape under Section 375 of the IPC, and polygamy is an offence under Section 494 of the IPC. He has also sought directions to the Centre to take appropriate action against the person, institution and organizations, running Sharia courts to decide the cases related to marriage, divorce, inheritance and succession or other similar matters besides a direction to the Law Commission of India to consider the civil laws of developed countries, particularly the civil laws of France, Japan and China and publish its Report in spirit of Article 44 of the Constitution within 3 months. “It is well settled that Common Law has primacy over the Personal Laws. Hence, the court should declare that – “Triple Talaq is cruelty under Section 498A of the IPC, 1860, Nikah-Halala is Rape under Section 375 of the IPC,1860, and Polygamy is an offence under Section 494 of the IPC,1860”, said Upadhyay. “The Constitution has primacy over the Common Law and Common Law has primacy over Personal Laws.So, India doesn’t need another personal law on talaq, polygamy and halala,” he said. livelaw.in
PIL filed in Supreme Court to declare Nikah Halala as 'rape', polygamy as 'unconstitutional'
Women protest against Triple Talaq Bill in UP
Moradabad;All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) women members staged protest against Triple Talaq Bill in Jama Masjid Park of Moradabad. The speakers of the organisation shunned the bill. They said that the bill has been forcefully imposed on Muslim women. AIMPLB members said they will not accept this bill that is against the Muslim women.ANI /ETV
India will turn into Syria if Ram Mandir issue is not resolved: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
New Delhi: In a statement that will add further fuel to the contentious Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi controversy, the Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar today said India will turn into Syria if the Ram temple issue is not resolved soon.In an interview with India Today, Ravi Shankar, who has been holding parleys with the various parties involved in the Ram Mandir issue for a long time, said, "If Ram Mandir issue is not solved, we will have a Syria in India."Sri Sri invoked the Syrian civil war to say that Muslims should "give up" their claims on Ayodhya. "Muslims should give up their claim on Ayodhya as a goodwill gesture... Ayodhya is not place of faith for Muslims." He said Islam does not allow worship at a disputed site. "We cannot make Lord Rama to be born in another place," he said.Ravi Shankar also rubbished suggestions that a public utility like a hospital should be built at the disputed site, where a Mughal-era mosque was demolished by a Hindu mob on Dec.6, 1992. In the past one year, Ravi Shankar has interacted with more than 500 leaders in Ayodhya, Bangalore, Lucknow, Delhi, Hyderabad, and Chennai personally or through video conferencing for an out-of-court settlement to the Ayodhya dispute.Sri Sri said, "Some people are opposing my efforts because they thrive on conflict. All people will never agree with the court verdict."There were also allegations Ravi Shankar had given money to Syed Salman Hussain Nadvi, an allegation denied by Sri Sri in his interview with India Today. "I never gave money to Nadvi," he said. india today
Ayodhya issue: Nirmohi Akhara denies meeting Sri Sri for peaceful negotiations over Ram temple
Nirmohi Akhara on Monday denied AoL founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's statement that they had met him for peaceful negotiations on the Ram Mandir issue, media reports said. On Monday morning, Sri Sri said: "Nirmohi Akhada were the first people to approach me, they are with me. I have tremendous support from the people of Ayodhya. I am not looking for any credit. I have enough from the world," CNN-News 18 reported.On Monday afternoon, Sri Sri was seen appealing that the country should not be in a state like Syria. The AoL founder even said that he does not need politics to resolve the Ayodhya issue.firstpost
Babri Masjid case row: Another Muslim scholar backs shifting of mosque
Mumbai: A day after senior cleric and sacked member of All India Muslim Personal Law Board Maulana Salman Nadvi said he would not push for an out-of-court settlement to the Ayodhya dispute, another senior Islamic scholar and Delhi Minority Commission chairman Dr Zafrul Islam Khanhas supported Nadvi’s views on an out-of-court settlement, and on shifting of the mosque away from the disputed site in Ayodhya. He, too, is in the eye of the storm since a few Urdu news portals carried his opinion on Saturday.Delhi-based Khan, who is a former president of All India Muslim Majlise Mushawarat, an umbrella body of over 40 Muslim organisations, in a piece he penned on Saturday, backs Nadvi for making efforts to end the dispute but disagrees that Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravishankar could have convinced Hindu organisations to accept the formula. “Maulana Salman Nadvi’s suggestion is logical but who will listen to Sri Sri Ravishankar? Involve the govt, the SC or the RSS and take parties on board,” he said. Defending Nadvi, he said he has known him for the last three decades as a learned person. “I have differed with him but never doubted his integrity,” he said. “Maulana Nadvi capitulated to pressure but I will not,” he added. When told that AIMPLB has repeatedly reiterated its stand that Muslims would wait for the SC verdict and ‘once a mosque always a mosque’, Khan, an alumnus of the Cairo-based famous Islamic seminary Al-Azhar explained: “There is no textual (Quran or Hadith) to support this claim.” timesofindia
Nadwi’s statement on Ayodhya dispute is correct and logical, Dr Zafarul Islam Khan backs shifting of mosque
Shopian gunfight: Protests rage in Kashmir after Army kills 6
Srinagar:More than a dozen protests erupted across Kashmir on Monday, with government forces firing tear gas and demonstrators hurling rocks as tens of thousands of protesters poured into the streets after the army killed four civilians and two suspected militants.In south Kashmir, hundreds attended the funeral of a slain LeT commander despite authorities restricting people’s movement across the Valley.While security forces claim that all those killed were militants or their over-ground workers, separatist leaders and local residents alleged that four of them were civilians.The trouble began late Sunday night, when officials say a car refused to stop at a checkpoint outside a Shopian military base and militants inside fired at the soldiers.Indian army spokesman Col. Rajesh Kalia said a rebel and three civilians were killed when soldiers fired back. A fourth civilian’s body was recovered from a nearby car, officials said, and the body of another rebel was found a few kilometers (miles) away. Authorities said he’d been injured in the shooting and died later.Four persons were confirmed dead on Sunday night and two more bodies were recovered on Monday morning, police said.While the police have not identified the three youths killed on Sunday, locals identified them as Suhail Ahmad Wagay , Nawaz Ahmad Wagay and Shahid Khan.
Fresh Wave of Protests And Violence Engulfs Kashmir After Shopian Shoot Out
J&K CM contradicts Army’s claim, calls those killed in Shopian civilians
J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti has referred to those who died in an encounter in Shopian on Sunday as “civilians caught in the crossfire”. Indian Army had claimed that a terrorist and 3 of his accomplices – “overground workers” of militant groups – were killed in the firing. Two more bodies were found on Monday morning, and the police said that one of those was that of a militant. However, unlike the Army, the police had referred to the four people killed on Sunday as “a militant and three individuals who were accompanying him”.“Deeply distressed by more deaths of civilians caught in the crossfire in Shopian,” Mufti tweeted. Local residents too have claimed that the other three men were civilians who were only travelling in the car with the militant, Greater Kashmir reported.scroll
Shopian attack: Situation tense as death toll reaches six, CM upset over killing of civilians
PDP demands judicial probe into Shopian firing
Jammu; Senior PDP leader and MLA Mohammad Yousuf Bhat on Monday demanded a “judicial probe” into the firing incident in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district, saying the culprits should be booked and brought to justice.Six people, including two militants, were killed in the March 4 night’s shootout in Shopian’s Pahnoo area.The Shopian MLA on Monday took to the official PDP Twitter handle and said, “My solidarity and my sincere condolences go out to the bereaved families. I demand that a judicial enquiry be ordered to look into the circumstances under which such killings have taken place and the culprits of this heinous crime are booked and brought to justice swiftly.”PTI
Supreme Court blocks further probe against army major by J&K Police
 New Delhi: The Supreme Court has restrained the J&K Police from carrying out any investigation in pursuance to FIR registered against Major Aditya Kumar in the wake of the death of three civilians as army tried to disperse a stone-pelting mob in Shopian district in Kashmir. Restraining the J&K Police from carrying out further investigations, a bench of CJI Dipak Misra, Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud directed the further hearing on the petition by Lt. Col. Karamveer Singh on April 24. Lt. Col. Karamveer Singh -- a serving army officer and father of Major Aditya Kumar -- is seeking the quashing of the FIR against his son. At the outset of the hearing, Attorney General K.K. Venugopal told the court that the mere filing of the complaint against an army personnel serving in the disturbed area was barred under Section 7 of AFSPA without the prior sanction of the Centre. Attorney General cited top court judgements of 2006 and 2014 in support of his contention that without Centre's sanction even a complaint against a serving army officer operating in disturbed area was prohibited under the law. However, this was opposed by senior counsel Shekhar Naphade, who is appearing for J&K, saying that the registration of FIR and even filing of chargesheet did not amount to taking cognizance of the offence and thus no prior permission of the Centre was required.IANS
Kathua rape: BJP ministers attend rally in support of accused
Srinagar:In what is turning out to be a major embarrassment for the Jammu and Kashmir government and BJP, two serving state ministers were seen attending a rally organised in support of the accused in the rape and murder of an 8-year-old girl from Kathua.Minister for forest Chaudhary Lal Singh and minister for commerce and industries Chander Prakash Ganga, both from BJP, attended the event organised by Hindu Ekta Manch, an outfit that has been protesting against the arrests in the case.The development has lead to a controversy even among the alliance partners."Deplorable that divisive politics is being played by some over the most reprehensible act of rape and murder of an innocent girl. Dangerous attempts of polarizing situation in otherwise tolerant and inclusive Jammu region over a dastardly act need to be discouraged," said Naem Akhtar, senior PDP leader.indiatoday
Chorus in Jammu for Rohingya eviction, ads in newspapers: indianexpress
Jammu :Nearly a year after Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industry threatened to “identify and kill’’ Rohingya Muslims and Bangladeshi nationals settled in the area if they were not deported within a month, various organisations have started attempts to mobilise public opinion against their stay.Advertisements calling for eviction of Rohingya have started appearing in local papers. Some of these advertisements, issued by leaders of organisations like Chamber of Commerce and Industry and National Panthers Party, read, “Rohingyas: a ticking time bomb. Evict them to save Jammu’’, and “Threat of Rohingyas loom large over the heads of peace loving Jammuites. Let us unite to save Jammu’’. Panthers Party has held demonstrations, demanding that Rohingya be deported.The issue gained momentum after attacked family quarters inside Sunjuwan military station on Feb.10. A large number of Rohingyas live in civilian areas near the military station. During her visit to Jammu after the attack, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said “demography of the cantonment and adjoining areas indicates the possibility of local support to the terrorists’’. Hours after the military station attack, BJP MLA and Assembly Speaker Kavinder Gupta had named migrants from two countries, holding them responsible for such attacks — his remarks on the communities and countries were expunged later.Panthers Party president Balwant Mankotia said they were “getting in touch with like-minded outfits so that they can pressure the government to shift the illegal immigrants outside the state”.indianexpress
After BSP, RLD Extends Support to SP candidates in for Phulpur and Gorakhpur Bypoll
Lucknow: RLD has announced that they will support Samajwadi Party candidates against the BJP in the upcoming Phulpur and Gorakhpur by-elections in UP.  This comes a day after the BSP officially extended support to SP candidates for the upcoming bypolls.RLD spokesperson Anil Dubey said, “National president of RLD, Chaudhary Ajit Singh, has taken this decision to curb the BJP from spreading communalism and due to non-fulfilment of the promises made by the central government to the farmers of the country.”“RLD is taking this step also as it wants to strengthen the opposition in the state. Not just by elections but also in upcoming Rajya Sabha and Legislative Council elections the RLD will support the candidates of SP and BSP,” he added. SP has tied up with Nishad party and has fielded Pravin Nishad as its candidate for Gorakhpur by elections. Apart from this, NCP and Pragatisheel Manav Samaj Party has also announced their support in favour of SP. On Sunday, BSP chief Mayawati stated that her party will be extending support to SP candidates in by elections and said that the understanding between the two parties would only extend to ensuring victory for the strongest non-BJP candidate, and hence, the BSP has not floated any candidate for bypolls in Phulpur & Gorakhpur. news18
BJP-RSS trying to trigger riot by throwing meat at religious places in Bengal: Mamata
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee on Monday accused the ruling BJP and RSS of trying to inflict a communal riot in the state by secretly throwing meat in religious places. Warning people of such mischief mongers in the community, TMC supremo said, “They have started a new conspiracy recently. They are giving money to some people and asking them to throw meat in temples and mosques. This is a conspiracy, a deliberate attempt to inflict a communal riot by the BJP and RSS.”“They are doing this to start a riot between the two communities. I am sure they would try the same trick during Ram Navami. I do not need to see who is Hindu and who is Muslim. I am in favour of everyone. An offender is an offender,” CM said during an administrative meeting in Jhargram.indianexpress
Both Houses of Parliament adjourned amid uproar over PNB fraud and special status to AP
Both Houses of Parliament, the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha, were adjourned on Monday, March 5 soon after they met, on the first day after the recess for the second part of the Budget session of Parliament, amid Opposition protests over the Punjab National Bank fraud and special status to AP.The session got off to a stormy start, two days after the election results in the northeast were announced that saw the BJP triumphing in Tripura and improving its performance in Nagaland and Meghalaya. apnlive
PM should make statement on bank scams: Cong
Riyas Moulavi Murder Case: Kerala HC stays trial as wife asks why UAPA wasn’t invoked against accused
Kerala High Court has stayed the trial in the case of Madrasa teacher Riyas Moulavi’s murder after his wife petitioned that the trial in the matter without incorporating provisions of the UAPA would be denial of justice to her and send a wrong message to the society.Justice B Kemal Pasha stayed the trial in the matter pending before a Sessions court in Kasaragod, which was likely to start the trial from Tuesday. Saida’s husband Mohammed Riyas, 34, was murdered in Old Choori inside Old Juma Masjid allegedly by RSS workers on March 20 last year. Police had arrested 19-year-old Nitin, 20-year-old Ajesh and 25-year-old Akhilesh in connection with the murder and charge sheet has already been filed before the trial court. livelaw
Mobile phones, cameras banned from AMU convocation
AGRA: Amid controversy over the proposed visit of the President of India, Ramnath Kovind, to AMU for its annual convocation on March 7, the UP government banned the use of mobile phones and cameras at the venue during the event. Even journalists haven’t been spared. Only DD will be allowed to record the visuals and a transcript of the President’s speech will be provided by AMU staff.Confirming the move, member in charge of public relations office, AMU, Shafey Kidwai said that no invitee will be allowed to carry mobile phones or cameras at the venue. He added that UP chief secretary Rajiv Kumar had given the directions at a video conference. Also, polyester tents will not be allowed for the pandal as they could catch fire. Twenty fire exits have been planned in case of an emergency.According to a senior administration official, UP dairy development and religious affairs minister Laxmi Narayan Chaudhary has been nominated by the state government as the “minister in waiting” for the President’s visit.Controversy had erupted over the President’s visit, with a section of the AMUSU demanding that Kovind retract a statement that he allegedly made in 2010 about Islam and Christianity being alien to India. The group had “advised” the President to stay away from the event if he didn’t apologize for the remark. timesofindia
In new NCERT books for Class VII, Maharana Pratap, more Shivaji
New Delhi: NCERT has introduced material on Rajput king Maharana Pratap and added more information on Maratha ruler Chhatrapati Shivaji in its Class VII history textbook ‘Our Past – II’.The previous version of the textbook was criticised by Shiv Sena and Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS), which is based in Maharashtra, for “glorifying Mughal emperors” and “ignoring Hindu kings”.The changes, The Indian Express has learnt, are part of the textbook review — the first since 2007 — undertaken last year by the NCERT, an autonomous organisation that advises the HRD Ministry on school education.When contacted Sunday, NCERT director Hrishikesh Senapaty said he was out of town and could not comment on the changes without seeing the textbook. Senapaty said that all the revised textbooks have been dispatched to the printers and the new versions are expected to reach the market this month-end. Last year, the Shiv Sena and the HJS had submitted separate petitions to the Maharashtra govt reiterating their longstanding demand for a revision in ‘Our Past – II’. They alleged that this segment had insufficient or no information on Shivaji and Maharana Pratap, respectively, but several pages on Mughal rulers.indianexpress
SC set for busy week with Shopian, Loya, Hadiya, Mahatma assassination cases
New Delhi;The Supreme Court is set for a busy week with a bunch of important cases, including that of a military officer accused of killing civilians in Shopian, the apparently mysterious death of special CBI judge BH Loya, a vexed verdict on land acquisition, the so-called “love jihad”, and the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi.A bench led by Chief Justice Dipak Misra will take up on Monday a petition filed by the father of Major Adithya Kumar of 10 Garhwal Rifles, who is facing criminal prosecution after soldiers gunned down three men in Shopian for allegedly throwing stones at a military convoy this January.An FIR was registered against the soldiers, including Major Kumar, for murder and attempt to kill under the Ranbir Penal Code, the equivalent of the Indian Penal Code in Jammu and Kashmir.HT
UIDAI asks telcos to provide service by March 15 for users to know if SIMs are linked to Aadhaar
New Delhi: UIDAI has directed all telecom operators to provide a facility that will enable their subscribers to check if the mobile SIMs are linked with their Aadhaar number, a step to guard against any unauthorised use.The decision was taken after the UIDAI came to know about some retailers, operators and agents of telecom companies allegedly misusing Aadhaar authentication facility to issue new SIMs or for re-verification of numbers other than that of the Aadhaar holder.Warning telecom operators to ensure that their retailers and agents do not indulge in any fraudulent activities, the UIDAI has directed telcos to make the new facility available to subscribers by March 15.PTI
Caste discrimination a reality in Himachal schools
Shimla:Caste discrimination continues to leave a bad taste among students savouring their midday meals in almost every rural government school of Himachal Pradesh, a state where the literacy rate is at a high of 82.8 per cent. Lower caste students face social discrimination in all school activities, including partaking the midday meal. Even the chefs employed in 15,000-plus government schools for cooking meals are largely from the higher castes. The latest instance of segregating Dalit students in a government school in Kullu district during a live telecast of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's programme has hogged the headlines. But, claim social activists, that was not a stray incident. They say centuries-old caste-based attitudes persist in almost every rural school despite India banning discrimination in 1955. The midday meal is a nationwide school programme of the Indian government to improve the nutritional status of school-age children.IANS
UP: Sabji Mandi Mosque in Aligarh covered to prevent damage due to Holi colours
Days ahead of Holi, Sabji Mandi Mosque in Aligarh was covered with different types of clothing in order to preserve the decades-old building from damaging due to Holi Celebrations which is playing with colors.Earlier this year, UP CM Yogi Adityanath had directed the officials to ensure peaceful Holi celebrations since it was on Friday to avoid any clash between the two communities and directed the authorities to cover historic structures to prevent damage due to harmful effects of Holi colors.Holi is one of the popular and widely celebrated festivals throughout India but the harmful synthetic chemicals used in colors have been proven to be dangerous which can damage eyes, skin and lungs.Earlier spring flowers, berries and other plants were used for making coloured Gulal which is now made using synthetic chemicals reported Abp.siasat
Vijayawada Muslims decry demolition of 400-year-old Nidumolu mosque
Vijayawada: Muslim organisations in the city are up in arms against the government’s decision to demolish Panisa mosque at Nidumolu under Movva mandal in Krishna district. As the Machilipatnam–Vijayawada highway is being expanded, the authorities have proposed the removal of the mosque as it runs parallel to the road.Central waqf board member, Hamid Engineer visited the mosque on Saturday. He observed that the plan appears to have been altered to intentionally remove the 400-year-old Tanisha Masjid. He said the officials have made a designing error and this is nothing but an attempt to provoke the Muslims.Hamid further said Krishna district collector and national highways authority officials should take stock of the situation and should make necessary changes to the alignment plan of the highway keeping in view of the sentiments of the people. It is not fair to demolish historical structures in the name of construction of national highways. He faulted the district officials as they did not respond even after the locals complained against the demolition of the mosque.TOI
Iraq pips Saudi to become India’s top crude oil supplier
New Delhi: Iraq has overtaken Saudi Arabia by a wide margin to become India’s top crude oil supplier, meeting more than a fifth of the country’s oil needs in the current financial year.Saudi Arabia traditionally has been India’s top oil source but in the April-January period of 2017-18, Iraq dethroned it, supplying 38.9 million tonnes (MT) of oil, Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said on Monday.In a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, Pradhan said Saudi Arabia supplied 30.9 MT of crude oil in the first 10 months of the current fiscal.India imported 184.4 MT of crude oil during the period as compared to 213.9 MT in the entire 2016-17 fiscal, and 202.8 MT in 2015-16.PTI
China building helipads, other infrastructure in Doklam area: Defence Minister Sitharaman
:Indian and Chinese troops have “redeployed” themselves away from the face-off site in Doklam, and China has undertaken construction of helipads, sentry posts and trenches for its army personnel there, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Monday.“Post disengagement from the face-off in 2017, troops of both sides have redeployed themselves away from their respective positions at the face-off site. The strength of both sides have been reduced,” she said replying to a question on the issue in Lok Sabha.“In order to maintain these troops during the winter, People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has undertaken construction of some infrastructure, including sentry posts, trenches and helipads,” she said.PTI
Alwar killing: Mahapanchayat warns upper castes over Dalit’s death
Bhiwadi :A JATAV mahapanchayat held here on Sunday, drawing people from 18 villages near the Alwar-Haryana border, threatened to cut off association with upper castes over the killing of a 16-year-old boy on Holi.Addressing the assembly of more than 300 people, former BSP leader Omprakash Jatav said, “Till how long will we tolerate this? Pagdi unke bandhte ho, samman unka karte ho, sab chodh do (You tie the turban of upper caste people, give them respect, stop doing all this).” Jatav is the state secretary of the Ambedkar Mission Sanstha, which is active in Bhiwadi. Dharamveer Jatav, whose wife is a Congress councillor from Bhiwadi’s Ward 31, said, “It was decided at the mahapanchayat that if, even for a moment, we feel the administration is not supporting us and there are efforts to shield accused, we will take to the streets.” Mahapanchayat also warned police against any action against the community members who blocked roads and demonstrated after the death of the 16-year-old.indian express
Yogi claims no riots took place in UP for last 11 months, forgets Kasganj
UP CM Yogi Adityanath has said no riots took place in Uttar Pradesh in the last eleven months - that is, in the time that has elapsed since the BJP came to power last year. Adityanath's remarks came at a public meeting in Allahabad, just months after a young man, Chandan Gupta, was killed in communal clashes that broke out on Republic Day in Kasganj, a town located in western UP.IndiaToday
WORLD
UN rights body orders probe of Eastern Ghouta siege in Syria
The UN Human Rights Council on Monday ordered an immediate probe into the situation in Syria's besieged rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta, as aid arrived there for the first time in weeks.The council approved a resolution calling on war crimes investigators to "urgently conduct a comprehensive and independent inquiry into recent events in Eastern Ghouta."With 29 votes in favour, 14 abstentions and four opposed, the UN's top rights body instructed the UN-backed Commission of Inquiry for Syria to probe alleged atrocities in the area, battered by a Russia-backed regime assault that began on February 18.The resolution, tabled by Britain, specifically condemned "the indiscriminate use of heavy weapons and aerial bombardments against civilians, and the alleged use of chemical weapons in Eastern Ghouta".But the commission of inquiry, set up in 2011 shortly after the Syrian conflict began, must first survive a vote later this month on extending its mandate.If the probe goes ahead, the commission was asked to report back on its findings during the next council session in June. The resolution, first tabled by Britain during an emergency council session last Friday, initially met with so much opposition that the final vote needed to be postponed until Monday.AFP
Syria: Aid convoy enters besieged Eastern Ghouta
A 46-truck convoy carrying humanitarian aid has begun entering Eastern Ghouta through the government-controlled Wafideen checkpoint for the first time in nearly a month."At last ... A convoy ... carrying desperately-needed aid for tens of thousands is on its way to Eastern Ghouta, Syria," Robert Mardini, the head of the Middle East operations for the International Committee of the Red Cross, said in a tweet on Monday.The convoy includes surgical and medical items, as well as 5,500 food and flour bags enough for 27,500 people, a spokeswoman from the ICRC said.Ali al-Za'tari, a senior UN official with the convoy, told Reuters news agency that it would take "many hours" to offload the aid in the rebel-held enclave and that it might be "well after nightfall" before it could leave Eastern Ghouta. More than 700 civilians have been killed during an aerial offensive that began on Feb18. Aljazeera
Palestine slams Guatemala embassy move to J'lem
Ramallah-based Palestinian govt has slammed a decision by Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales to transfer his country's Israel embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. In a Monday statement, govt called on Arab and Muslim countries to adopt a “firm stand” in opposition to the move. “Guatemalan decision violates the rules and principles of international law and resolutions adopted by the international community,” statement read. Earlier Monday, Morales announced his intention to relocate Guatemala’s Israel embassy to Jerusalem sometime in May. Anadolu
Israel issues demolition orders in Palestinian village
Arab residents of the Bedouin village of Umm Al-Hiran, located in Wadi Atir area of the Negev desert, received Israeli demolition orders yesterday, Arab48 reported. The website said that the demolition orders were issued for the unlicensed houses in the village, which are not recognised by the Israeli occupation.Speaking to Arab48, the head of the Popular Committee in Umm Al-Hiran Raed Abul-Qi’an said: “This decision comes following a number of orders and arrangements made by the Israeli occupation, which has become a military ruler in the Negev.”“The demolition orders were issued against a number of houses in the village, but we will stand up together against the Israeli projects planning to force us out of our homes.”MEMO
China Accused of Arresting Dozens of Muslim Women Married to Pakistani Men:Voice of America
China has allegedly detained dozens of Muslim women in its restive Xinjiang province for marrying men in a northern border region of neighboring Pakistan.The issue was addressed in a unanimously passed resolution of the legislative assembly of the Gilgit-Baltistan region, known as GB, that was revealed by the Pakistani lawmakers Sunday. The resolution demands Pakistani govt take urgent steps to secure the release of more than 50 Chinese wives, who it says were taken into custody last year while they were visiting relatives in their native towns in Xinjiang. The deputy speaker of the assembly was quoted as saying the women were rounded up during a Chinese anti-terrorism crackdown on ethnic Uighur Muslin community in Xinjiang.
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