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01 April ND: Kapil Sibal, Abhishek Singhvi, Vivek Tankha barred from practicing in CJI’s court by Bar Council



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01 April 2018:12 Rajjab 1439:Vol:9, No:155
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Kapil Sibal, Abhishek Singhvi, Vivek Tankha barred from practicing in CJI’s court by Bar Council
 In a dramatic development, the Bar Council of India has passed a resolution barring Kapil Sibal, Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Vivek Tankha from practicing in the court of Chief Justice of India. All three Supreme Court lawyers are also the Congress Rajya Sabha MPs.The resolution was passed on 18 March, but released on Saturday. Speaking to reporters, Bar Council of India chief,  Manan Kumar Mishra, said, “BCI has come to a final conclusion that we cannot stop or ban MPs from practising in the courts but there is an exception to it. The lawyer-MPs or MLAs, if they start any motion of impeachment or a removal proceeding against any high court or Supreme Court judge, they will not be allowed to practise in that particular court. This is the majority view of the council.” This came just days after the 3 Congress MPs reportedly signed a petition seeking CJI Misra’s impeachment in an alleged medical scam case. Mishra, however, said that the decision was taken to to stop the “misuse of powers” and “privileges” of a lawyer and not of an MP. BCI chairman had joined the BJP on 25 Jan. 2014, just months before the saffron party won a historic mandate in the Lok Sabha polls. Incidentally, a BJP leader, Ashwini Upadhyay, had written to Mishra asking him to debar MPs and MLAs from practicing as advocates in Dec.last year. “Many MPs and MLAs appear as advocates even during the Parliament and Legislative Assembly sessions and participate in matters that affect financial interests of the country as well as financial interests of their spouse/children/blood relatives/ partners/ organisations in which they serve as officer/ director/ trustee/ partner or employee, and person with whom they have an arrangement concerning prospective employment,”Upadhyay was quoted by IANS. jantakareporter
Kapil Sibal, Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Vivek Tankha Barred From Appearing Before CJI's Court
Asansol imam & killied boy's father, asks followers to campaign against rumours
Asansol:2 days after announcing that he will leave the mosque, and Asansol itself, if there is any retaliation to the killing of his son, Imdadulla Rashidi, a popular imam of Noorani Mosque in city’s Chetladanga Nadi Par area, asked followers to ignore rumours and start a campaign against false news spreading alarm.“I am just doing my duty as an imam. Before every prayer, I talk to the people (and) I asked them to start a campaign against rumours.I told them not to pay heed to rumours,” Rashidi said.“I told everyone — if you cannot see it or verify it, consider the rumour false,” Rashidi said, sitting in a second-floor room in Noorani Mosque and surrounded by a large number of local people — both elderly and young. “There are so many baseless rumours — this has happened, that has happened, this area attacked, that house burnt….Such false words spread tension at a time when things are slowly getting back to normal here.” Through Friday and Saturday, tens of common people kept visiting Rashidi,some to pay respect and share their condolences, others to congratulate him on his stand after the riots.Rashidi’s son Sibtulla, 16, who had written Class X Board exams this year, was reported missing after the communal clashes in Rail Par area of Asansol on Tuesday afternoon. His body was recovered late Wednesday night and identified on Thursday.He is suspected to have been beaten to death. On Saturday, police officers said that they have detained several people in connection with Sibtulla’s death and are interrogating them.Soon after his son’s burial on Thursday, Rashidi had addressed a congregation of nearly 30,000 people and said,“I want peace. My boy has been taken away. I do not want any more families to lose their loved ones. I do not want any more houses to burn….I will leave Asansol if there is any kind of retaliation. If you love me, you will not raise a finger.”
Videos of Rajasthan violence: ‘Allah has forgotten them today’, ‘their lanka is burning’
Jaipur: At least two dozen shops and several vehicles including a bus and a tractor were set on fire by miscreants in the Jaitaran town of Rajasthan’s Pali district on Saturday. Violence erupted during a Hanuman Jayanti procession.The district administration immediately swung into action and imposed Section 144 prohibiting assembly of people, public meeting, communal sloganeering and display of arms in the affected area. The administration successfully controlled the violence from spreading.“Members of one community were taking out a procession, and preliminary reports suggest that some people allegedly started chanting inflammatory slogans outside a mosque. This resulted in stone-pelting by people from another community,” Additional DGP (law and order) NRK Reddy was quoted as saying by Indian Express. “The miscreants burnt around 20 or 25 shops and set fire to a bus and a motorcycle. There were some 1,000 or 1,500 people who were involved in the clashes,” Reddy said.At least 8 people were reported injured in the violence.“During Shobha Yatra of Hanuman Jayanti, law and order situation was created. There is high tension in the area. It is necessary to ensure law and order and communal harmony,”DM Sudhir Kumar Sharma said in a press statement on Saturday while announcing imposition of Section 144.Images and videos from the Jaitaran town showed several vehicles including a bus and a tractor besides motorcycles burning on the roads.Some videos, apparently captured by individuals from their homes who were not part of the procession, showed smokes billowing out from the background of residential or market areas.A short video shows a bus burning at the Jaitaran bus stand with shops in the area closed and road almost deserted. Meanwhile, Azaan is heard from a nearby mosque (apparently for noon prayer). Then a boy’s voice is heard on the video saying “Hey, Allah has forgotten you today.”Caravan Daily
Shops, vehicles burnt in Rajasthan’s Pali in riot following religious procession
BJP leader among 11 arrested for ‘inciting violence’ in Samastipur
Patna; 11 people, including a state-level BJP leader, have been arrested so far after police in Bihar’s Samastipur district filed cases against 54 people for allegedly inciting communal violence by attacking a mosque in Rosera town on Tuesday.The violence came a day after a slipper was allegedly thrown at a Ram Navami procession in the town.Samastipur SP Deepak Ranjan said, “We studied video footage to identify the offenders. Mohan Patwa and others have been arrested on the basis of evidence.”Patwa is general secretary of the BJP state weavers’ cell.On Saturday, prohibitory orders continued to remain in place. Internet services also remained discontinued.indianexpress
Bhagalpur communal clashes: BJP minister’s son arrested a week after warrant was issued
Arijit Shashwat, the son of Union minister Ashwini Kumar Choubey, was taken into custody late Saturday in connection with communal clashes in Bhagalpur district. While the Bihar Police said they arrested him, Shashwat’s family claimed he had surrendered, News18 reported.He was taken into custody in Patna hours after a Bhagalpur court rejected his anticipatory bail petition.“We had got information of his whereabouts and began our surveillance,”ASP Rakesh Dubey said. “Bhagalpur police were also here with an arrest warrant for Arijit. We arrested him near a police station here outside Hanuman Mandir. As per routine procedures, we will now begin interrogating him.”scroll.in
Karnataka: BJP MP Prahlad Joshi booked for allegedly saying ‘weapons are stored in mosque’
Mysuru: An FIR has been filed against BJP leader and Lok Sabha MP Prahlad Joshi for making offensive remarks against Muslims. Joshi had allegedly told media that weapons are being stored in a mosque.The complaint was lodged by Mohammed Hanif at Kasba police station in Karnataka’s Hubli district, where Hanif accused BJP leader of inciting remarks against Muslims on March 25. BJP is currently campaigning in poll-bound Karnataka.During his visit to Sadarsofa, Joshi had reportedly said that “Sadarsofa had become a ‘mini Pakistan’ and that weapons were being stored in the local mosque”. Joshi reportedly made the statement while he was at Guru Sidappa’s house, a resident who was murdered this month, said a daijiworld report. Prahlad Joshi was in limelight recently after he mistranslated BJP president Amit Shah’s speech in Kannada saying, “Narendra Modi will not do anything good for Dalits. He will destroy the nation”.siasat
Madarsas are creating hardliner mentality against Hindus, Shias, claims Waseem Rizvi on Bihar communal violence
Lucknow:UP Shia Central Waqf Board Chairman Syed Waseem Rizvi on Sunday reacted on Bihar communal violence and blamed Madarsas for creating hardliner mentality in Muslim youngsters against the Hindu and Shia community. “Hardliner mentality being created in Madrasas against Hindu & Shia community is the cause behind recent incidents of communal violence. In Darul Uloom & other Madrasas situated at the border areas in India, some foreign hardliners are teaching students,” said Waseem Rizvi.ANI
2002 Naroda Gam riots case: Arraignment plea erroneous, delaying tactic, says ex-IPS officer
Ahmedabad; Former IPS officer Rahul Sharma, in response to the special court hearing the 2002 Naroda Gam riots case, has said that “a criminal contempt” case should be lodged against the defence lawyer who wants him to be arraigned as an accused for allegedly destroying evidence in the form of CDs containing call detail records (CDR) that revealed the location of the accused, Govt functionaries, among others, during the 2002 post-Godhra riots. Sharma has told the SIT court that the application was “erroneous”, an attempt to “delay the trials” and “deserves to be dismissed”. Sharma filed this reply on March 28 before the court and defended himself. Sharma, who is cited as a witness in the case by SIT which probed the case, has stated in the reply the application (to arraign him as accused), “seeks to overawe and influence a witness, who has actually helped investigating agency by preserving important telephonic data by attempting to arraign him as an accused.”A group of accused in the case other than former BJP minister Maya Kodnani had moved the application to arraign Sharma and investigating officer P L Mal, currently SP, Bhavnagar, as accused in the case, alleging that the original CDs were misplaced and reportedly destroyed. The application accused Mal of abetting “criminal acts of Sharma by not charging him for destruction of evidence”. Sharma, as a DCP, police control room in Ahmedabad, was assisting investigation of the case when he procured CDs in 2002. Responding to the application of the defence, Sharma has stated that it was nothing but an attempt to “delay the trial on pretext or the other” and, therefore, the application should be dismissed with exemplary costs.indianexpress
Ishrat encounter court sets aside summons issued to 2 IB officers
Ahmedabad:In a major relief to 2 IB officers, accused in Ishrat Jahan encounter case, a special CBI (sessions) court Saturday set aside summons issued to them by a special CBI (magisterial) court. The court, while allowing the pleas of Rajeev Wankhede and Tushar Mittal, said that the magisterial court didn’t apply its mind while issuing the summons to the accused applicants under section 302, among other charges.Special court ordered to set aside the magisterial court’s issuance of summons while upholding the arguments of the applicants that in the absence of prosecution, sanction under section 197 of CrPC by MHA, the court couldn’t have taken the cognizance of the chargesheet.indianexpress
Communal peace in India is attributable to Muslim’s refusal to react to hatred: Sanjiv Bhatt
 New Delhi: Applauding Imam of Asansol Masjid peace appeal, Sanjiv Bhatt, Ex-IPS Officer tweeted, “If the Nobel Peace Prize could be awarded to an entire community, my vote would go to the Indian Muslims. Whatever semblance of communal peace we see in India today, is wholly attributable to their deliberate refusal to react to the vilest form of prejudice and hatred possible”.It may be mentioned that Congress President, Rahul Gandhi on Saturday also praised the Imam and Yashpal Saxena from Delhi.siasat
Hyderabad: Community leaders to combat ‘divisive forces’
Hyderaba:Noted activist Prakash Ambedkar, Lingayat community leader Basavaraja Pattadaraya Maha Swamy, Jamiat-e-Ulama Hind secretary Maulana Mahmood Madani and others joined hands to form a pressure group to fight what they said were forces trying to divide the country.Speaking at ‘The Country at Crossorads - The Way Ahead’ conference on Saturday, the Lingayat leader said India was a diverse country comprising different religions and castes which were united by the Constitution. He said communal forces in the country are trying to divide people on lines of religion and caste, but expressed hope that this would soon end.Kancha Ilaiah, balladeer Gaddar and Jamaat-e-Islami Telangana-Odisha president Hamed Mohammed Khan also spoke.thehindu
Communal riots: Jamiat appeals Muslims to tackle the situation with forbearance and tenacity
Maulana Mahmood Madani, General Secretary of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind while expressing deep concern over communal riots in West Bengal and Bihar has demanded the state and central Govt s must take every possible steps for restoring peace and amity in disturbed areas.Madani maintained that if required action would have been taken against Arjit Shaswat, son of Union Minister who is accused of Bhagalpur riots, for ensuing, communal flare-ups would not have spread in Nalanda, Aurangabad, Samastipur, and other nearby areas.
Yashwant Sinha-led front to launch pan-India stir against ‘misplaced’ policies of Modi govt
MUMBAI:Rashtra Manch, led by rebel BJP leader Yashwant Sinha, will soon launch a nationwide agitation against ‘misplaced’ policies of the Modi Govt . At a chintan baithak in Mumbai on Saturday, strategy was also finalised for a pan-India movement, senior leaders said.The meeting was attended by ex CM Prithviraj Chavan, Congress Rajya Sabha MP Kumar Ketkar, senior Trinamool Congress leader Dinesh Trivedi, several NCP leaders and former BJP leaders including Nana Patole and rebel MLA Ashish Deshmukh. Among the issues discussed were farmer suicides, farm loan waivers, communal tension and a ‘general atmosphere of fear which has escalated under the Modi regime’. Nana Patole, who was till recently BJP MP from Gondia before joining the Congress, said, “This is a movement against the misplaced policies of the Modi Govt , which has destroyed the livelihood of famers, traders and others since coming to power four years ago. There is a general sense of fear in the country because of the autocratic rule of the Govt .”Another leader said, “This is a non-political movement and we will announce our plans for our agitation soon.”thehindu
Subramanian Swamy claims Centre’s proposal to sell Air India could be ‘another scam in the making’
BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Saturday claimed that the Centre’s proposal to sell national carrier Air India was “potentially another scam in the making”. “Selling family silver is not divestment,” Swamy wrote on Twitter. “I am watching who is doing what and will, if I see culpability, file a private criminal law complaint.”The Centre on Wednesday issued a preliminary information memorandum on the strategic disinvestment of debt-ridden Air India. Govt has invited bids to divest 76% stake in the airline through transfer of management, control, and sale of equity share capital.The minimum net worth requirement to bid for the state-run airline is Rs 50 billion. The last date for bidders to show interest is May 14 while the bidders who will be shortlisted will be intimated on May 28.scroll.in
Thousands of Burqa-clad Muslim women march in Mumbai for roll-back of Triple Talaq' Bill
Mumbai;Thousands of Muslim women, most attired in the black 'burqa' staged a silent protest march at Azad Maidan here on Saturday, demanding withdrawal of 'Triple Talaq bill' passed by Lok Sabha.Organised by the All India Muslim Personal Law Board's (AIMPLB) Women Wing, and described as the "first, exclusive Muslim women's protest rejecting the Bill and supporting the Sharia Laws" it elicited huge response from Muslim women across the country.Though the march was silent, the women carried placards loudly proclaiming their demands with slogans opposing the Bill,and expressing their support to protect the Shariah."Our demand is very clear. Take back the Triple Talaq Bill. It is anti-women, anti-gender justice, anti-children, will destroy families, push Muslim husbands into jail and damage the Muslim society," said AIMPLB Women Wing President Asma Zehra. She added that so far, more than 5 crore women have joined a signature campaign supporting the AIMPLB's stand on the issue and submitted it to the Law Commission, on the Bill, currently pending before the Rajya Sabha."This Bill is an attempt to interfere with the personal laws which we cannot accept. The protest is also aimed at the handful of women who distributed sweets after Govt passed the Bill hurriedly in the Lok Sabha," she said.Zehra said the Bill is "legally defective, puts women in legal-social complications, focuses on jailing Muslim men without helping women in any manner" and has been opposed legal experts, womens rights groups and Muslim women across India.He further alleged that the Triple Talaq Bill not only criminalises Talaq, but moves a step towards the Uniform Civil Code which the RSS seeks to impose.AIMPLB executive member Monisa B. Abidi said that instead of bringing in a law that criminalises 'Triple Talaq', the Govt  should have asked the community to bring in changes and internal reforms. Lawyer Munawwarai Alware said Muslim women "strongly favour Shariah Laws" and cannot be cheated with hollow slogans.Jamat-e-Islami Hind's Arshia Shakeel pointed out that the Islam is "a complete way of life, Muslims are blessed by Sharaih Law which is a complete code in individual and social matters and the community is satisfied with it.Other prominent women who addressed the gathering included AIMPLB's Sumaya Sajjad Nomani, Zakiya M. Farid Shaikh, Ishrath Shahabuddin Shaikh, Saleha Sohel, Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamat's Aaeen Raza, SNDT University's Prof Shabana Khan, Shia Jamaat's Farah Jafri, and Moballigha Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat's Salma Rizvi. Later, the gathering adopted 4 resolutions: "1. We strongly oppose 'Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017' and demand that the Govt  must take it back, 2. We support Muslim Personal Law and will not tolerate any changes in the Muslim Personal Law matters. 3. We oppose all moves to bring in Uniform Civil Code, in India. 4. 99% Muslim women have full faith in the leadership of AIMPLB."Procession coordinator and media in-charge Maulana Burhanuddin Qasmi said around 200,000 women from all over India joined the protest while convenor Salamat Ullah Nadvi said that they highlighted the fact that the Bill, instead of protecting Muslim women, would deprive them of even the rights which they are currently entitled to and be detrimental to their interests.Various political parties like AIMIM and Muslim leaders from different parties have supported the Muslim women's demands raised in today's protest.IANS
20,000 women join silent rally to raise voice against instant triple talaq bill:TOI
Ayodhya solution lies in building a ram temple, a humanity centre:world peace centre, Ayodhya  sects
Pune:In order to find an amicable solution to the Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid dispute, Pune’s MIT World Peace Centre along with various sects from Ayodhya have decided to write a letter to the PM .In a press conference held in the city on Saturday, founder of MIT World Peace Centre Vishwanath Karad and Mahant Ramdas of Nirmohi Akhada, Ayodhya announced that the Indian Govt  should release a land of 67 acre to build a humanity centre. This centre to be built in Ayodhya will have a presence of all the religions from across the country.Karad said, “MIT World Peace Centre has already sent a proposal to the Supreme Court to build Ram Mandir in Ayodhya. In addition to the same, I along with other experts in India feel that there should be a humanity centre there and it will represent each religion in the country. There should be library, museum, among others, and the facility will talk about world peace.” Ramdas, who is also a litigant in Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit, added, “We appeal the Indian PM  to give a land of 67 acres for the humanity centre. Similarly, Ram Mandir can be built on 20-acre land. Apart from this, every religion should be given land to construct their holy places.”Ramdas further said that the humanity centre will set a good example on an international level, too.Pune Mirror
Jharkhand Police arrest ‘ABVP leader’ for CBSE papers leak, RSS student body faces public ridicule
Jharkhand Police on Saturday confirmed that it had arrested three people and detained another six in connection with the CBSE papers leak case. Among those arrested is also an individual, who’s being identified as Satish Pandey.Pandey, who’s being described as a district coordinator of the ABVP in Jharkhand’s Chatra, is also believed to have been running a coaching centre, Study Vision. Taking a dig at the fresh revelation, the Congress attacked PM  Narendra Modi by asking ‘his own people are responsible for destroying the future of young students.’ It added, “If you look at the BJP’s history, this appears to be true.” Pandey, according to police, had sent the 28 March paper to students on 27 March via WhatsApp. Mocking ABVP’s recent statement expressing concern over the papers leak, the Congress-affiliated student body tweeted, “Now that the name of ABVP member Satish Pandey is involved, we are eager to see whether @ABVPVoice will take action against this ‘culprit’. Time for them to prove their real ‘concern'”jantakareporter
CBSE papers were leaked from Patna, Abvp leader arrested
UP’s encounters: 1,000 & counting, 49 killed, over 370 injured in crackdown
Lucknow:Over a thousand encounters in a year. That’s the record in Yogi Adityanath’s Uttar Pradesh. Since March 2017, 49 persons have been killed in over 1,100 encounters, more than 370 have been injured and over 3,300 arrested across the State.Most of the incidents have taken place in districts close to the national capital such as Meerut, Shamli, Muzaffarnagar, Baghpat, Saharanpur, Bulandshahr, Ghaziabad and Noida.In eastern U.P.’s Azamgarh, notorious for its gangs, five suspected criminals have been shot dead. Five policemen have also died in these encounters and more than 200 have been injured.The Opposition parties have not only criticised the encounters, calling them fake, but also questioned why most of the dead were Dalits, Muslims or members of Backward Classes. NHRC has issued notices to the State on several occasions and the SHRC is probing four cases of alleged encounters, including three in Azamgarh.thehindu
11 militants, 2 civilians and 2 Army jawans killed in 3 encounters in Kashmir
11 militants, 2 civilians and as many Army jawans were killed during 3 encounters in South Kashmir on Sunday. At least 25 people were injured in the violence. In an encounter in the Dialgam area of Anantnag district, security forces killed a militant and arrested another after an exchange of fire before dawn, Director General of Police SP Vaid told ANI. 2 Army jawans were also killed in the encounter, which is now over.The arrested militant was reportedly newly recruited. Both belonged to the Hizbul Mujahideen, according to police. Their identities are being ascertained, PTI reported. Some arms and ammunition were recovered from the encounter site.In Draggad in Shopian district, seven militants, including “top commanders”, were killed in an encounter, Vaid said. All seven men were identified as locals after their families claimed the bodies, The Greater Kashmir reported. Vaid said this encounter had also ended. One civilian died in the violence.The third encounter, however, is still under way in Shopian’s Kachdoora area. The exchange of fire began after suspected militants fired at an Army vehicle, ANI reported. Security forces then cordoned off the area and began a search operation. Three militants were reportedly killed in this encounter, News18 reported.A civilian also died. The encounter is in an “advanced stage”, police said.scroll
8 militants, 2 jawans, 2 civilians killed in south Kashmir encounters
318 Children Killed in 15 Years of Kashmir Strife, Not A single Conviction
Srinagar: At least 318 children have been killed in last one and half decade of turmoil but the alleged perpetrators were not held accountable even in a single case, exposing the ‘systemic’ rot in the system of justice and accountability in the violence-wracked Kashmir.For the first time, Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society, a human rights group which has extensively researched cases of rights abuses in the turmoil-hit state, has documented cases of violence against children in the age group of one year to 17 years since 2003.“No one among the perpetrators of these heinous crimes has been brought to justice till date,” the report titled ‘Terrorized: Impact of Violence on the Children of J&K ’ which was released by JKCCS today, states.The report, which contains data on arrests, mass violence, killings and sexual violence, blames the authorities for “targeted violence” against children who “have not been viewed differently by armed forces and have been targeted and victimized as part of the state’s offensive against the general population,” it states. thecitizen
NHRC report out, backs torture claims of SIMI men in Bhopal jail
Bhopal:After alleged 2016 Bhopal jailbreak and SIMI activists' alleged encounter, 21 other SIMI men in the prison were subjected to torture by officials, a NHRC team has found.The prisoners had alleged they were kept in solitary confinement, made to chant slogans like Jai Shri Ram while their Quran was thrown away, and being denied basic needs like adequate food and sleep, following the October 31, 2016, encounter near Bhopal. 21 SIMI prisoners in the jail include one convict, Abu Faisal, and 20 undertrials. Their family members had also alleged harassment during visits.After their case was taken up by activists and taken to the NHRC, it had sent a team to the Bhopal Central Jail in June 2017 to investigate. Commission had sent a second team in Dec. 2017, after allegations that mental harassment and physical torture had resumed after a brief respite. NHRC team interacted with prisoners, family members, jail authorities, lawyers and social activists before submitting its 24-page report, which has only how become available.At an interaction with the media here Saturday, Shama Mohamed Javed, Ambreen Mohammed Zuber and Farzana Mohammed Adil, the family members of the SIMI prisoners, repeated the allegations, including how jail staff made them remove their veils to took their photographs on their phones.In its report, NHRC has recommended action against jail authorities directly or indirectly involved in the beating, torture, criminal intimidation and denial of basic human rights to the 21 prisoners; sought appropriate action against jail doctor Premendra Sharma, for not mentioning the mode of injury to the SIMI men; asked the Govt  to show cause why suitable compensation should not be granted to their family members; asked for a high-level probe into the grievances of prisoners; and called for guidelines to jail authorities, including relaxation of solitary confinement as far as possible.NHRC report says that the prisoners testified to being kept in solitary confinement in 5X8 feet cells without fans, from where they were let out for only a few minutes a day for filling water and cleaning the area outside. This had led to behavioural disorders like anxiety, depression and frustration, resulting in some of them turning aggressive, they said.SIMI activists said they were held aloft by hand and legs in a “helicopter position”, and beaten using flour mill belts, lathis and strips of rubber. They said they were woken up at night just to ask their “khairiyat (wellbeing)”, so as to deny them sleep.Regarding the prisoners’ complaint about inadequate food, NHRC report says that food was being served as per the jail manual but the inmates could not buy eatables from the canteen like before. This had affected their health, NHRC says, with the problem compounded by lack of proper treatment. NHRC also finds the prisoners’ allegation that they were forced to shout slogans against their religious beliefs and beaten up if they refused to do so as credible. It points out that the prisoners had themselves said the staff did not harass them during Ramzan. “This admission makes it even more probable that they are not making false allegations or exaggerating their ill-treatment.”Instead, it notes, “Jail staff seems to harbour a sense of religious antagonism against these 21 prisoners, which is reflected in inhuman treatment… forceful pulling out of beard is a form of torture alleged by prisoners Abdullah and Iqrar….”indianexpress
Bhopal: 2 SIMI activists sentenced to life imprisonment in 2010 looting gold jewellery case
Bhopal: A special court on Saturday sentenced two SIMI functionaries, including Abu Faisal, to life imprisonment for looting jewellery from a gold finance company in Bhopal. 6 SIMI activists had carried out the robbery in the office of Manappuram Finance Limited in old Bhopal in Aug.2010 and escaped with 12-kg mortgaged jewellery worth Rs 1.46 crore and Rs 41,000 in cash.4 other accused, Zakir Hussain, Shaikh Mujeeb Ahmad, Mohammed Alsam and Mohammed Aijazuddin, were killed in an ‘encounter’ with Bhopal police on Oct.31, 2016, after they escaped from Bhopal Central Jail. Additional district prosecution officer Vikram Singh said that additional district judge Girish Dixit observed that all six accused were members of SIMI. Faisal had escaped from Khandwa jail in 2013 and was arrested later.The police had arrested Sharad Singh and Shailendra Mahto in connection with the robbery and claimed that they had confessed to the crime. However, ATS, after the arrests of SIMI activists in June 2011, had said that the 6 SIMI activists were involved in the robbery.ADPO said Singh and Mahto were released on bail. He said the 2 escaped after jumping bail and have been declared absconding. He said the 2 are still accused in the case, and a separate trial will be conducted for them.indianexpress
Rajasthan: Family wants girl married Muslim back
Jaipur: In yet another alleged case of 'love jihad', a family in border district of Barmer in Rajasthan has filed FIR to bring back its 18-year old daughter who converted to Islam and married a Kashmiri boy in Dec.last year. However, Ritu alias Zeenab kept her family in the dark about the marriage and continued to live with her parents until March 16 when she left home on the pretext of going to her sister's house in Varodara instead she reached Kashmir.Her parents filed the missing person's report on March 19. The police traced the girl in Kupwara district in J&K. A police team had gone to Kupwara but found that the couple had sought protection from J&K high court, which directed the police in Kashmir and Barmer not to act against them. As per the documents received with HC order, Ritu Khandelwal converted to Islam on her own will and became Zeenab.Deccan Chronicle
UP: Dalit couple alleges discrimination, threatens to embrace Islam
Kanpur;A Dalit woman has alleged she was not allowed to offer prayers during a ‘Bhagwat Katha’ programme at Narkhurd village by some upper caste men and has threatened to embrace Islam along with her husband, police said on Saturday.Woman, identified as Jai Devi (in her mid-30s) has also alleged that the youths throw her ‘Aarti Thali’ away as they denied her the opportunity to offer prayers on March 22, Deputy IG Ratankant Pandey said.Devi has filed a complaint with Rasoolabad police station against 5 people — Narendra, Ajay, Rohit, Ambika and Chandrashekhar — accusing them of throwing away her ‘Aarti Thali’ and disallowing her from performing the ritual, Pandey said.The women has also alleged that youths manhandled her and passed abusive and casteist slurs when she resisted them, which led to a sense of resentment among Dalits, according to DIG. Woman’s husband has lodged an FIR under relevant sections of IPC and SC/ST Act against the organiser and his 4 aides, he said, adding investigations are on. Devi said she and her husband have decided to embrace Islam if action was not taken against the culprits soon.PTI
‘Am I not a Hindu? Don’t I have same Constitution?’ asks UP Dalit groom
Kasganj: “Am I not a Hindu?” asks Sanjay Kumar. Over the past few months, the 27-year-old Dalit youth, from Basai Babas village in Hathras district of western Uttar Pradesh, has shot off letters to every Govt  office-bearer, from the local police inspector to the state DGP, the CM  to the SC/ST Commission, approached local dailies to media outlets, and released videos on social media, seeking help to take out his baraat through his bride’s Thakur-dominated village. On March 15, he moved the Allahabad High Court.“When the Constitution says we are all equal, and CM Yogi Adityanath says we are all Hindus, and he heads a Hinduvadi party, why am I facing such a situation?” asks Kumar, a Block Development Council member. “Am I not a Hindu then?…There cannot be separate rules for people governed by one Constitution.”The wedding is now just 20 days away, and there is no breakthrough. Last week, Kasganj District Magistrate R P Singh, along with Superintendent of Police Piyush Srivastava, visited bride Sheetal’s village Nizamabad, in neighbouring Kasganj district, and combed its roads to check the routes sought by Kumar for the baraat. Finally, Singh ruled out the use of paths flanked by Thakur houses, citing the drains, garbage along one of the roads and the narrow width of the others. He also checked for any precedents of a grand Jatav (the caste to which Sheetal and Kumar belong) wedding in the village over the past 20 years and “found none”. So, he advised Sheetal’s family that the baraat take the usual road taken by Dalit wedding processions in the village, and asked the Thakurs to ensure that this road was kept clean.indianexpress
Dalit youth hacked to death for owning, riding horse in Gujarat, 03 detained
Bhavnagar: Gujarat Police late in night Friday detained 3 persons after a 21-year-old Dalit youth was found murdered merely because he owned and rode a horse. "A Dalit man was killed in Gujarat's Bhavnagar district by some higher-caste persons for keeping and riding a horse", police has said."3 suspects have been detained from a nearby village regarding this matter. Also, we have sought the help of Bhavnagar Crime Branch for further investigations", local police is quoted as saying by ANI.The deceased identified as Pradeep Rathod, was objected and threatened by some of his co-villagers to not ride the horse a few days back."Pradeep had intended to sell the horse following the threats but I had convinced him of not doing so. When he did not return home till late yesterday night, we got worried and started looking for him. We found him lying dead on the road leading to our farm. The horse was also lying dead at a little distance," victim's father Kalubhai Rathod told ANI. On Friday, following protests from the family of youth, Pradeep Rathod, and other residents of Timbi village in Umrala taluka, police said they were questioning three men in connection with the murder.All the 3 are from the Kshatriya community, police said. ummid.com
ISRO loses contact with GSAT-6A, one of India's biggest communications satellites
Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) much-anticipated GSAT-6A was launched on Thursday, but India's premier space agency confirmed that it has lost communication with the satellite on Sunday. After a successful launch of GSLV-F08 ion Thursday, the satellite finished its first orbit raising operation on Friday morning.“The second orbit raising operation of GSAT-6A satellite has been successfully carried out by LAM Engine firing for about 53 minutes on March 31, 2018 in the morning. After the successful long duration firings, when the satellite was on course to normal operating configuration for the third and the final firing, scheduled for April 1, 2018, communication from the satellite was lost. Efforts are underway to establish the link with the satellite,” ISRO said.thenewsminute
Petrol price hits 4-year high, diesel at highest level
New Delhi: Petrol price on Sunday hit a four-year high of Rs73.73 a litre while diesel rates touched an all-time high of Rs64.58 in the national capital, renewing calls for the Govt  to cut excise tax rates.State-owned oil firms, which have been since June last year revising auto fuel prices daily, on Sunday raised petrol and diesel rates by 18 paise per litre each in Delhi, according to a price notification. Petrol in the national capital now costs Rs73.73 a litre, the highest since 14 September 2014 when rates had hit Rs76.06.PTI
RSS book claims freedom fighter Rajguru was a swayamsevak
New Delhi:Freedom fighter Rajguru, who was sent to the gallows with Bhagat Singh and Sukhdev for the assassination of British police officer JP Saunders in Lahore in 1928, was associated with RSS, a new book written by former RSS pracharak (functionary) and journalist Narendra Sehgal claims.The assertion made in the book Bharatvarsh ki Sarvang Swatantrata (Complete freedom of India), copies of which were circulated at the Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha held in Nagpur in March, is an attempt by the organisation to “clear the air” on its role during the freedom struggle, said its author.HT
Indian Scientists Led by Muslim Woman Succeed in Making Hydrocarbons with Microbes
new delhi: A team of scientists at the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), New Delhi has successfully experimented with the use of microbes in making hydrocarbons.The scientists “have succeeded in engineering the metabolic pathway of Escherichia coli in such way that it would synthesise hydrocarbons of carbon chain length 15 and 17, which are the fundamental components of diesel,” says a report in The Hindu.The results of the study, conducted by four researchers of microbial engineering – Shriessh Srivastava, Syed Shams Yazdani, Zia Fatma and Tabinda Shakeel – were recently published in the Journal of Metabolic Engineering.Caravan News

Despite Govt directive union minister, congress, Arunachal CM wife at dalai lama’s “thank you India’
 Dharamsala: Despite an official instruction issued by the Indian Govt  to Ministers and officials to stay away from the “Thank You India” function organized by the Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama in order not to annoy China, the Union Minister of Culture, Dr.Mahesh Sharma, attended the function held here on Saturday.According Central Tibetan Administration, the BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav; Congress party Member of Parliament Satyavrat Chaturvedi; and Ms Tsering Dolma, wife of Shri Pema Khandu, CM  of Arunachal Pradesh, were among the 4000 gathered here to mark 60 years since the Dalai Lama arrived in India seeking refuge after the Chinese took over Tibet in 1959.It is significant that a representative of the CM  of Arunachal Pradesh attended the function because China claims Arunachal Pradesh saying that it is “Southern Tibet”A special guest at the event was Naren Chandra Das, the lone surviving soldier of the Indian army battalion which received the Dalai Lama when he first stepped into Indian territory in 1959.Das was felicitated at the function by the Dalai Lama with an Ashoka Chakra ,India’s national as well as a Buddhist emblem.Addressing the gathering, the Dalai Lama said that he views his flight from Tibet with a mixture of sadness and happiness.“Under difficult circumstance, I fled Tibet. It’s been a time of mixed feelings of both sadness and happiness. We had no idea what would happen in the next 40 or 50 years. But today, we can see to a certain extent what will happen in the near future.”thecitizen
WORLD
US blocks UNSC statement on Israel's use of force on Land Day
US has blocked a draft statement by the UN Security Council that called for an investigation into the killing of 17 unarmed Palestinian protesters near the Gaza Strip's eastern border. The statement, which was proposed by Kuwait, demanded an "independent and transparent investigation" under international law into the bloody events on Friday's Land Day protests.The statement also expressed "grave concern at the situation at the border" and stressed "the right to peaceful protest". However, the US blocked the statement on Saturday, with US representative to the UN Walter Miller saying "bad actors" were using the "protests as a cover to incite violence" and to "endanger innocent lives." Hanan Ashrawi, a member of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee, condemned the US' decision, describing US and the UK as being complicit in Israel's persistent violations and violence."Israeli army used unbridled violence, unleashing more than 100 snipers and firing live ammunition, tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets against the protestors before the very eyes of the entire international community," Ashrawi said in a statement on Saturday. "Yet, UN Security Council failed to agree on a statement condemning the egregious violations that occurred at the hands of Israel. Meanwhile, Israel's minister of defence Avigdor Lieberman rejected calls for an inquiry into the actions of the Israeli army. More than 1,500 others were wounded on Friday's protest when Israeli forces fired live ammunition at protesters to push them back from Gaza's border area, according to the Palestinian health ministry. The mass protests, called the Great March of Return, were organised by civil society groups and supported by all political factions to call for the right of return of Palestinian refugees.aljazeera       
UN, EU call for independent probe into Palestinian deaths on Gaza border
UN and the European Union have called for an independent investigation into the action of Israeli forces against a march by thousands of Palestinians along the Gaza border on Friday. Sixteen Palestinians were killed and more than 1,400 injured in clashes with Israeli forces, which involved live ammunition, rubber bullets and tear gas.The military accused protestors of rolling burning tyres and throwing rocks and fire bombs towards them, while Palestine claimed the protests were peaceful. Friday was the deadliest day in Gaza since 2014. 70 more people were wounded when the Israeli military shot at them on Saturday, Reuters reported, quoting Palestinian officials.
World condemns Israeli attacks on Palestinians
Turkey says France sending troops to Syria would be 'invasion'
Ankara:Turkey has warned France against increasing its military presence in Syria, saying it would be an "invasion", as tensions between Paris and Ankara remained high.Temperatures were raised after French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday met a delegation of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) made up of Kurdish and Arab fighters.Kurdish officials said afterwards that France was planning to send new troops to Manbij -- a northern Syrian town held by the Kurdish YPG militia -- which Paris denied."If France takes any steps regarding its military presence in northern Syria, this would be an illegitimate step that would go against international law and in fact, it would be an invasion," Turkish Defence Minister Nurettin Canikli said. "Especially if they intend to support terror group elements or give direct or indirect protection with armed forces, this would be a really calamitous step," he added during a visit to the northeastern province of Giresun.AFP
Erdogan recites Muslim prayer at the Hagia Sophia
ISTANBUL: Turkey's president recited an Islamic prayer on Saturday in the Hagia Sophia, a historic Istanbul landmark that has become a symbol of interfaith and diplomatic tensions. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on guests attending the opening of an art festival to join him in silently reciting the first verse of the Quran. Erdogan dedicated the prayer to the "souls of all who left us this work as inheritance, especially Istanbul's conqueror."The Hagia Sophia was built during the 6th century Christian Byzantine Empire and served as the seat of the Greek Orthodox Church. It was converted into an imperial mosque with the Ottoman conquest of Istanbul in 1453.Kamal Ataturk made the structure a museum in 1935, but there have been discussions by Erdogan's Islamic-leaning Govt  about turning it back into a mosque.Thousands of Muslim Turks have prayed outside the Hagia Sophia over the years to demand that it be restored as a place of worship.AP
Release Khaleda Zia for medical treatment: Bangladesh Jamaat
Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami has called on the Govt  to release BNP Chief Khaleda Zia so that she can receive medical treatment wherever she wants. The party, an ally of the BNP-led 20-party alliance, made the demand in a statement on Saturday.“We are concerned over the news that Khaleda Zia has fallen ill in jail,”party’s acting chief Maulana ANM Shamsul Islam said in the statement. “Ministers are creating confusion by making numerous statements on Khaleda Zia’s illness. This is unfair and unexpected. She returned home a few months ago after receiving treatment abroad,” he said.The Jamaat leader alleged the Govt  was trying to create mental pressure on the 73-year old BNP leader. “That is why she has fallen sick again.”He said the Govt  has violated human rights by not allowing better treatment for Khaleda Zia.“Since she is a former PM , she has constitutional right to get better treatment abroad. Govt is violating the constitution by not releasing her,” said the Jamaat leader.dhakatribune
Pakistan army chief visits Maldives, underlines need for strengthening ties between ‘brotherly Muslim nations’
New Delhi:Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Sunday became the first foreign dignitary to visit the Maldives after the 45-day emergency was lifted last month. Bajwa paid a “courtesy call” on President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom today morning at the latter’s office.Noting that Pakistan and the Maldives are two “brotherly Muslim nations”, Bajwa underlined the need for further cultivating existing ties of friendship and deepening cooperation in all fields.President Gayoom welcomed Bajwa to the Maldives and conveyed his greetings and good wishes to Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain and PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.indianexpress
Syrian rebel group begins to leave last bastion in eastern Ghouta
A group of Syrian rebel fighters began on Sunday to leave their last bastion in eastern Ghouta to head to insurgent-held Idlib in northwestern Syria, state media said.The move is the first such withdrawal of Failaq al Rahman fighters from besieged Douma, where the dominant rebel group Jaish al Islam is still negotiating a deal with Russia over surrender terms that gives them the option of leaving the enclave or making peace with the Syrian authorities.A deal was reached last night by a negotiating committee to evacuate wounded Jaish al Islam civilians and fighters to northwestern Syria, but it was not clear if it was part of a broader deal that includes in later stages the pullout of fighters.Reuters
Saudi Crown Prince warns of war with Iran within 10 yrs
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince has warned of “potential war” with Iran within the next 10 to 15 years, Anadolu reported on Friday. Mohammad bin Salman called on the international community to put more political and economic pressure on Tehran in order to avoid “direct military confrontation.”“Sanctions put more pressure on the [Iranian] regime,” Bin Salman told the Wall Street Journal last Monday during his current trip to Washington. “We must achieve this in order to avoid a military conflict. If we fail to do this, we will probably have a war with Iran in 10-15 years.”Saudi Arabia accuses Iran of carrying out an expansionist project in the region and of meddling in the internal affairs of the Arab countries. Tehran rejects all of these accusations. middleeastmonitor
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