Monday, 2 April 2018

02 April ND: Bharat Bandh: 4 Killed in MP, 2 in UP as Dalit Protests Turn Violent against SC ruling on SC/ST Act / Won’t name anyone as suspect, says imam whose son was killed in Asansol clashes


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02 April 2018:13 Rajjab 1439:Vol:9, No:156
INDIA
Bharat Bandh: 4 Killed in MP, 2 in UP as Dalit Protests Turn Violent against SC ruling on SC/ST Act
New Delhi: A nationwide bandh (shutdown) by various Dalit organisations which was called to protest against the Supreme Court’s ruling on amendments under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act 1989 turned violent as 6 people lost their life in different parts of the country.  In mp’s Gwalior and Morena, four people were killed during the violent protest.A student leader, identified as Rahul Pathak, died in firing in Morena district, SDM Umesh Shukla told PTI. Pathak was allegedly shot during protests by agitators and he succumbed to injuries en route to hospital, he said. Two protesters were killed in Gwalior and one in Bhind. Several policemen were also wounded. Addressing media, IG (law &order), MP confirmed the casualties and said,”4 people have died, can’t confirm number of people injured as yet. Police officials have also got injured. Police is still on field and is trying to restore peace, once that’s done we’ll file cases and begin inquiry on people who’ve caused disruption.” Meanwhile in UP , one person was killed and another left injured  during firing by protesters in Muzaffarnagar district. A new born baby who was on his way to Sadar hospital from Mehnar PHC in Hajipuralso lost his life due to the ongoing protest across the country. Reports claimed that the ambulance of the child got stuck in a jam due to the bharat bandh, following which he could not survive and died before reaching Sadar hospital.On the other hand, in wake of the Bharat Bandh call, CBSE postponed exams of class 10 and 12 students scheduled for April 2.Initially, Bharat Bandh call was given by Dalit group Sanvidhaan Bachao Sangharash Committee and later was backed by All India Adi Dharam Mission and All India Adi Dharam Sadhu Samaj.BSP supremo Mayawati also extended her party’s support to the protests saying,”I support the protest against SC/ST Act. I have got to know that some people spread violence during the protests, I strongly condemn it. Our party is not behind the violence during the protests.” However, she assured strict action against those who spread violence during the protests.india.com
Bharat bandh: 6 killed in clashes in MP, Rajasthan; internet services suspended in several places
Live: 5 killed in MP, one in Rajasthan during Bharat bandh, northern states witness violent protests
SC/ST Act: Centre files review petition in SC, Ravi Shankar says verdict needs to be reconsidered
New Delhi: Centre on Monday filed a review petition in the Supreme Court against its verdict that laid down stringent ‘safeguards’ before registering a case under Act. Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the Govt  will argue the matter with full authority in the top court and appeal for reconsideration.“Today, we have filed a review petition in the Supreme Court. On behalf of Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, every comprehensive review has been filed and the Govt , with due respect, does not agree with the reasoning given by the top court,”minister told reporters. He added, “Surely senior lawyers of the Govt in the SC will argue this matter with all their legal preparations and authority that this judgment needs to be reconsidered.”While stating that the Govt and BJP were committed to the welfare of the SCs and STs, the minister said, “It is also important to note that the Govt was not a party in the proceedings at all.”Union minister also claimed that the Centre and BJP Govt s across states were working for the upliftment of the backward community. “Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment under Thawarchand Gehlot has taken a lot of initiatives for their welfare. A very respected Dalit leader was made President of India by BJP-led Govt. This is our commitment to the Dalits,” he said.He added, “We wish to emphatically say that the provision of reservation for the Dalits in the said Act is firm and will remain firm. Modi Govt  has no idea at all of tampering with it, which Congress is seeking to campaign in most vicious manner.”indianexpress
SC Order Banning Automatic Arrest in Minority Harassment Cases Will Dilute SC-ST Act: Govt
BJP MP Savitri Bai Phule slams govt over quota, attacks on Dalits
Lucknow:BJP MP Savitri Bai Phule on Sunday attacked her own Govt  at Centre over reservations. Dalit MP from Bahraich also targeted Govt over the recent incidents of desecration of BR Ambedkar’s statues and rise in crimes against her community at a massive rally in Lucknow. Claiming that she was not afraid of the consequences, Phule said she would ensure that reservation was implemented as per Indian constitution.indianexpress
‘Bharat bandh’ live updates: Rahul says RSS, BJP are responsible for plight of Dalits
Congress president Rahul Gandhi has said the RSS and the BJP were responsible for the plight of Dalits and that he saluted “brothers and sisters” from the community who have hit the streets to demand ''protection of their rights from the Modi Govt .''"It is in the DNA of the RSS/BJP to keep Dalits at the lowest level in Indian society. Anyone who challenges this thought is crushed with violence. Our Dalit brothers and sisters are today on the streets demanding protection of their rights from the Modi Govt . We salute them," he said on Twitter.PTI
Won’t name anyone as suspect, says imam whose son was killed in Asansol clashes
Asansol: Fearing that innocent people might be booked, the imam, who lost his 16-year-old son in the Asansol riots three days ago and stopped local Muslims from retaliating, has decided not to name any suspect before the police.Imam of Nurani Mosque, Moulana Imdadul Rashidi, has made headlines by emerging as a messenger of peace in Asansol. The body of his son, Sibtullah, was recovered on Wednesday.“I did not witness my son’s murder. He disappeared after the riots broke out in Asansol and I filed a missing complaint with the police. Police started a case of homicide after his body was identified 4 days ago,” Imam told HT.“I have decided not to name anyone as suspect in my son’s murder since I was not a witness. I cannot let any innocent person land in trouble. Let the police investigate and find out who is guilty,” Rashidi said. Speaking to HT in the mosque premises after the zohar (afternoon) namaz, Rashidi said some of his people are misinterpreting his views as his reluctance to cooperate in the investigation. “Let them speculate. My stand is justified,” he said.After Sibtullah’s body was recovered, Rashidi displayed great courage and resilience by calming down an agitated Muslim mob that was baying for blood. He even announced that he would leave Asansol for good if his followers resorted to violence. He even offered sermons after last Friday’s prayer and told people to maintain peace in Asansol.“I have lost my son. But that cannot be the reason for peace being disturbed and people of two communities killing each other. Anyone who fears Allah and loves Allah cannot call for revenge. Forgiving is a lesson of Islam,” said the imam. He had no regrets that the team of BJP MPs that visited Asansol on Sunday did not come to his neighbourhood. “If they do not want to come here it is their wish. If anyone comes to meet me I will meet him. But I will not allow anyone to gain political mileage through such meetings,” he said.Meanwhile, inspired by Rashidi’s sermon, local Muslim youths have started guarding shops and property belonging to the handful of Hindu families that reside at Shitla Dangal area where Nurani mosque is located.“After Sibtullah’s body was found some youths got furious. But we calmed them down. Not a single house, shop or the lone Shiva temple was attacked,” said Mehtab Alam, a local resident and an avid follower of Rashidi.Another local resident, Md Kalam, said Muslims are keeping a close watch on properties owned by Hindus so that no outsider can create fresh trouble. “We will stop a riot- like situation from recurring,” he said.hindustantimes
Asansol: West Bengal Governor visits riot areas, stays off Muslim localities
WEST Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi on Saturday visited the riot-affected areas of Asansol and Ranigunj, meeting victims and officials. 4-and-a-half-hour tour ended without a halt at any of the minority-dominated areas, with police officers saying “he never asked to go” and “if he had, it would have been difficult to take him there”.Asked about this at a press conference he held after his visit, the Governor did not reply.In the riots that broke out on March 26, a day after Ram Navami, Mahesh Mondol and Sibtullah Rashidi were killed in Ranigunj and Asansol in West Burdwan district respectively, while many people were injured. Over a dozen houses were burnt and shops ransacked. The state Govt had earlier dissuaded Tripathi from visiting the riot-hit areas a day after the violence. At his press conference at the Asansol Circuit House, the Governor said he had talked to IGP, district magistrate and officials to get an update and was satisfied with what he had been told. “I have come here with a message of peace and I appeal to all the people to be in harmony and respect each other,” Tripathi said.“Everybody should respect each other’s religious festivals.” Tarik Anwar, a schoolteacher of Muslim-dominated Chelidanga that saw clashes, said, “We heard that the Governor was coming. We expected him to meet us. He is the head of the Govt , not any community. He came so close but did not visit our areas. At least he should have visited the imam who lost his child.”Sibtullah, who was killed, lived near a chowk in Asansol that Tripathi visited.Nadim Reza, 16, also from Chelidanga, said, “My friends and I wanted to tell him that we couldn’t appear for our higher secondary examinations because of the current situation, that if he could do something to allow us a re-test. We had studied hard. There are around 200 students who could not take the exam.”“We do not know why, but our respected governor did not visit any minority areas in Asansol. We expected he would come and listen to us too,” said Md Nasim Ansari, TMC Councillor of Ward No. 25, which includes areas that were hit by the clashes.indianexpress
UP: One killed in communal clash in Fatehpur over disputed land
Lucknow:Security in Nai Basti area of Fatehpur district was increased after a 45-year-old man was killed in a clash between two communities over a disputed land, on Sunday evening. No one has been arrested so far.Fatehpur SP Rahul Raj said the issue flared up around 6.30 pm after a group called in revenue officials to measure the disputed land. SP Raj said some Hindus claimed it was a place to keep their animals, while some Muslims claimed it was a kabaristan (cemetery). He couldn’t confirm who called in the revenue officials.When the revenue officials were measuring the land, people from both communities arrived at the spot and entered into arguments.“They started throwing stones on each other. In the ruckus, someone opened fire. A bullet hit Ram Narayan Yadav and he died. His brother Ram Singh too was hit by a brick. Irked over it, some Hindus set four motorcycles ablaze,” said SP Raj.CM also announced an ex-gratia of Rs 20 lakh to the next kin of deceased. ASP, Fatehpur, Vinod Kumar said, local residents protested demanding arrest of the accused. He added that the police were still in the process of identifying people involved in the incident.indianexpress
Ram Navami violence: Near clash zone, blind Muslim couple made to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’
Kolkata: “My only fault was that I am a Muslim and I entered a Hindu-dominated area,” Abul Bashar, 67, who is blind and begs for a living, said Sunday. Bashar and his wife Bedana Bibi, 61, also blind, were forced to chant “Jai Shri Ram” and “Jai Maa Tara” — and allegedly assaulted — by a group at Chitadanga area of Andal in West Bengal’s West Burdwan district. A video of Bashar being forced to chant the words has gone viral. It was not immediately clear whether anyone in the group belonged to any Hindu outfit.Bashar said this happened Tuesday. The day before, communal clashes broke out in Raniganj and Asansol, in the same district. Andal is 32 km from Asansol and 18 km from Raniganj. Bashar says he did not know of the clashes when he went out to beg. “We go to various places in Birbhum and Burdwan. In Andal, some people came and snatched my cap. They said they will kill us because we are Muslims and had entered a Hindu-dominated area.Then they started beating me and my wife. My wife begged for my life and pleaded that we will never come to this area if they let us go. But they did not listen,” Bashar said.He added: “I told them that we are blind and we had gone there to beg and not to cause any trouble. Rather than let us go, they asked us to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and ‘Jai Maa Tara’. I told them that Bhagwan and Allah are the same and people have the right to freedom of religion. I asked them why they were forcing us to chant Jai Shri Ram. As we feared for our lives, I agreed to do what they wanted,” Bashar said over the phone.In the video, voices are heard asking Bashar to chant the words. He is seen holding a saffron flag with “Om” written on it as he chants. “I had no idea of the previous day’s communal violence. Had I known,I would have avoided that area. I have earned my living through begging all my life but never faced such a situation before,” he said.indianexpress
Judge Loya’s autopsy document was manipulated by doctor related to a minister: Caravan report
The post-mortem examination of former CBI Judge Brijgopal Harkishan Loya at Nagpur’s Govt Medical College was “directed” by a doctor who has until now managed to keep his name out of all medical and court documents related to the case, a report in The Caravan has alleged.At the time of his death on Dec.1, 2014, Judge Loya was handling the Sohrabuddin Sheikh case, in which BJP National President Amit Shah was an accused. Suspicions about whether Loya’s death was natural were raised after The Caravan published a report in Nov.2017. A Supreme Court bench of CJI Dipak Misra and justices AM Khanvilkar and DY Chandrachud is now hearing petitions demanding an independent probe into Loya’s death. Maharashtra govt, however, maintains that the media reports questioning the circumstances of Judge Loya’s death were “blatantly incorrect and imaginary”.However, a new investigation by The Caravan magazine has now alleged that while official records showed Loya’s post-mortem was conducted by Dr NK Tumram, who was a lecturer in the forensic medicine department of the Govt  Medical College at the time, it was led by a Dr Makarand Vyawahare, then a professor in the dept. Vyawahare was later investigated by the institution for manipulating several other post-mortems, the report said.Vyawahare is the brother-in-law of Sudhir Mungantiwar – finance minister in BJP govt in Maharashtra. He is also a member of the powerful Maharashtra Medical Council and is currently the head of the forensic department at another institution in Nagpur. Magazine’s report is based on the testimonies of 14 current and ex-employees of the hospital, including some people who had direct knowledge of Loya’s autopsy. All their statements point to Vyawahare’s role in dictating what should be included in Loya’s post-mortem report.One employee claimed there was an injury “on the back, towards the right side” of Loya’s head.scroll.in
Death Of Judge Loya: Post-Mortem test Manipulated Under Directions Of Doctor Related To Maharashtra Minister:Caravan magazine
Communal tension in Surat for 3rd day
Surat: For the third consecutive day, tension gripped the city after Udhna and Amroli when groups belonging to two different communities came face to face with each other at Limbayat in the early hours of Sunday.There was tension in the area after few men in a procession being taken out to mark Hanuman Jayanti climbed on the wall of a mosque with flags in their hands. Trouble started after locals decided to take out a procession in Limbayat at around 8pm on Saturday. The procession stopped near Mecca Mosque where many youths began to dance to film music being played on high frequency sound system.Meanwhile, 2 men from the procession climbed on to the wall of the mosque and started to dance there while others with swords and flags in their hands cheered them on. The duo got down from the wall when the procession stared to move ahead.Entire incident was captured on CCTV camera installed in the area where now heavy police security has been deployed.“We have arrested 28 people who were involved in the incident at Limbayat. Police security has been tightened in the area. I have cautioned the officers to ensure peaceful situation in the locality,”city police commissioner Satish Sharma said. Meanwhile, a rumour began making rounds that some people had damaged the minarets of the mosque. Police immediately called some community leaders for inspection but they were attacked by a group of local residents. Police have booked Sagar Dogre, who had taken out the procession without police permission in Limbayat.TO
FIR against 28 for rioting in Surat
Kashmir shuts down to protest Shopian encounters
Srinagar:Kashmir valley today witnessed a complete shutdown, amid security restrictions and curfew-like situation, over the coordinated multiple operations in Shopian and Anantnag on Sunday.13 militants and 4 civilians were killed on Sunday in multiple encounters in Shopian and Anantnag in south Kashmir.All 13 militants were locals. Authorities imposed curfew-like restrictions in areas under 7 police stations in Srinagar. There were strict restrictions on the movement of vehicles in Shopian and Kulgam. Security personnel were deployed in large numbers in the areas that were civilians were injured in the clashes on Sunday.Separatists had called for a shutdown on Monday, which affected the normal life. All educational institutes, markets, banks and petrol pumps remained closed. There was skeletal traffic on the roads. At many places security forces barricaded the routes with concertina wires and police vehicles in the city. Meanwhile, separatist JKLF chief Yasin Malik was arrested on Monday morning. Other senior separatist leaders, including Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, were placed under house arrest.There were reports of protests on the campus of Kashmir University by the students.However, no violence was reported there. A traders’ body, Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF), also held a protest demonstration at Lal Chowk.thehindu
24 Hours In Kashmir: 4 Civilians+3 Soldiers+11 Militants Killed, Dozens Wounded
Srinagar: Tensions are on the rise in Kashmir after a major offensive against militants left four civilians dead and dozens wounded in deadly clashes going on since today morning. Three Army soldiers and eleven militants have been killed while one militant was arrested from an encounter site.A partial to total shutdown is being observed across the Valley following the separatists’ call, with clashes breaking out between protesters and Govt  forces in parts of the restive south Kashmir where the militants were killed in 3 separate gunfights.The latest gun-fight in Kachdoora village of Shopian district where three army soldiers were killed, ended today evening with the killing of three suspected militants who were hiding in a cluster of residential houses, DG of J&K Police, SP Vaid said, adding that a mopping operation is going on in the area.Witnesses said locals pulled out two suspected militants from the debris of the house where the encounter raged and they were taken to an unknown place. Another civilian identified as Iqbal Bhat, a resident of Shopian, who was critically injured in alleged firing on protesters, succumbed at a hospital in Srinagar, sources said.2 civilians identified as Zubair Bhat and Mehraj Bhat were killed in Kachdoora encounter where hundreds of locals even from adjoining villages marched towards the encounter site to help the trapped militants in breaking the cordon. Clashes broke out when forces tried to stop them with at least 50 civilians suffering injuries.thecitizen
Kashmir encounters: Pakistan accuses India of ‘brutal crackdown’ on protesters
Islamabad: Pakistan has accused India of carrying out a “brutal crackdown” on protesters in Kashmir and said the Indian security forces are “deliberately and systematically” targeting them.Foreign Office said,“There were reports of continuing brutal crackdown especially the use of pellet guns on protesters and the suspension of Internet services, in an attempt to subjugate and further repress the innocent Kashmiris.” “We have repeatedly pointed out that Kashmiri youths are being deliberately and systematically targeted with a view to breaking the will of Kashmiri people,” FO said.PTI
Of 34, 33 hit by pellets: In Srinagar hospital, encounter injured mostly have pellets in eyes
On the second floor of Srinagar’s Shri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital, Naaza Shah sat in a corner outside the emergency operation theatre unsure of her son’s future. Basit, a Class X student from Shopian, wept quietly in another corner waiting to hear if his cousin will be able to see again.On a day when two civilians were among those killed in three encounters, 34 patients were referred to the hospital from Shopian.Of 34, 33 had pellet injuries, ‘mostly in the eye’, while one was brought with a bullet injury, medical superintendent Salim Tak said. Alam, 14, lay on a stretcher outside on the same floor awaiting his turn into the operation theatre and holding his bandaged left eye in his hand. His neighbour Faahid and a cousin had rushed him to the district hospital in Shopian after which he was referred to SMHS. He said Alam was “walking home from the shop and found himself next to the procession when he was attacked by a shower of pellets.”Next to him, Adil stood with his eyes fixed towards the OT as his 16-year-old brother was stretchered in.“We left the darsgah together after we heard that tension was building up. When he reached the main road, my brother received pellets on the left side of his body. Both his left arm and left leg were riddled with pellets.” Adil had not called his parents yet and waited to hear the doctor’s opinion before he could beak the news.Indian Express
Excesses Bring Out Joint Pandit-Muslim Protest Against Army
Srinagar: Perhaps for the first time, the Kashmiri Pandits and Muslims jointly protested against ‘excesses’ committed by Security Forces during CASO (Cordon and Search Operation) a few days ago in the Kashmir Valley.A group of Kashmiri Muslims and Pandits came together on Thursday at Srinagar’s Pratap Park , carrying placards which read “Harassment Thy Name is CASO’, Harassment of Pandits, Muslims and Sikhs, We are One’. The protesters criticised the Govt  for giving a “free hand” to military personnel and allowing them to target civilians and damage public property during search operations. They said that they have joined together to raise their voice against the unabated harassment to the people of Kashmir.“We are one and want to convey a message to the Govt  that it should stop harassing people and vandalizing property during Cordon and Search Operations in Kashmir Valley,”said Amit Wancho, a Kashmiri Pandit.“Both majority and minority communities have suffered since 1990s,we have been part of human tragedies since decades, we are here to share the pain collectively and will raise our voice collectively,” he said.thecitizen
In Azamgarh, Dalit pradhan seeks justice for his brother
Azamgarh:For around 6 months now, Dinesh Saroj of Jiyapur village in Azamgarh of eastern UP has ploughed a lonely furrow, seeking justice for his dead brother. Ramji Pasi, 32, was gunned down by police near the Sriramganj Bazar in Gambhirpur on September 14, 2017. Police have described Pasi as a dreaded criminal with a bounty of ₹15,000.However, Saroj, Dalit pradhan (headman) of Jiyapur, says his brother was killed in a “fake encounter”. Over 45 suspected criminals have been killed in alleged police encounters in the State since Yogi Govt came to power in March 2017. 5 of them were in Azamgarh.Ramji’s case is one of the 4 that SHRC is looking into after complaints from families of victims that FIRs of all encounters recorded a similar sequence of events. According to FIR, Ramji and his partner Rajesh Pasi were intercepted and surrounded by a special police team and forces from two police stations who waved at the duo to surrender. However, the two accused fired at the police who shot back. While constable Vinod Saroj survived a bullet injury to the left side of his stomach, Ramji was hit by bullets and later died in hospital.A .32 bore county-made pistol was shown recovered from him. According to the police, Rajesh Pasi managed to escape from the scene on a stolen motorbike after taking cover amid a crowd of schoolchildren.Saroj contests the police account, asking how Rakesh Pasi managed to escape despite being surrounded while his brother was shot dead. As proof that his brother was assaulted before being shot, he cites the post-mortem report that said Ramji’s ribs were fractured. He alleges that police were concocting similar stories to explain the illegal deaths of suspects.thehindu
VHP demands ban on cow slaughter in Tripura, threatens stir
Agartala: VHP has demanded a ban on cow slaughter in Tripura and threatened to launch an agitation otherwise.A group of VHP activists, accompanied by Bajrang Dal workers, staged a protest at South Joynagar in Tripura West district, which shares a border with Bangladesh. “Cow slaughtering is done by a section of Bangladeshis who have intruded here in the Marxist regime. We want this practice to be stopped immediately, or else we will go for agitation,” said VHP, organisational secretary, Amal Chakraborty.The protest was withdrawn after the police intervened, but no complaint was lodged.Soon after, a group of minority community people gathered in front of local BJP MLA, Surajit Datta’s residence in Ramnagar and raised the matter of protest by VHP men.Datta promised to look into the issue and sent them away.After BJP formed the Govt  in Tripura last month, party’s state in-charge, Sunil Deodhar had said that his Govt  would not implement ban on beef consumption as a large percentage of north-eastern people consume beef regularly.HT
Conspiracy being hatched to rebuild Babri mosque, Modi govt ignoring developments: Togadia
Launching a scathing attack on the Modi Govt , VHP International Working President Praveen Togadia alleged that a conspiracy was on to build Babri mosque at the Ram Janambhoomi land through the Supreme Court order. Talking to media in Moradabad on Sunday, Togadia charged BJP Govt at the Centre with turning a blind eye to a conspiracy being hatched to re-build Babri mosque at the land belonging to Ram Janambhoomi through the Supreme Court order.Togadia’s statement is being viewed as an indication that the Hindu litigants fear losing the land dispute case pending before the Supreme Court. Unlike the Allahabad High Court, the Apex Court had made it clear in the beginning that it will treat the case as a land dispute and religious faith will not come into play in deciding the case.dnaindia
Teesta Setalvad booked for ‘fraudulently’ getting funds worth over Rs 1 cr for NGO
Ahmedabad: Social activist Teesta Setalvad has been booked for allegedly securing central Govt  funds worth Rs 1.4 crore fraudulently for her NGO Sabrang between 2010 and 2013, the police said Sunday. A case has been filed against Setalvad and Sabrang trustees by Ahmedabad Crime Branch on Friday night on the basis of a complaint lodged by her former close associate Raees Khan Pathan, police said.“We had received a complaint alleging that Setalvad and the trustees of her NGO, Sabrang Trust, used fraudulent means to get funds of Rs 1.4 crore from Union HRD Ministry between 2010 and 2013. Based on that, we registered an FIR against her and trustees of NGO,” said Additional DCP Rajdeepsinh Zala.According to complainant, Setalvad’s NGO, which was given the grant for educational purposes,also distributed printed materials that could cause communal disharmony, Zala said.
Mamata to meet Mayawati, Akhilesh in UP for federal front
Motivated by the response she received from Opposition party leaders in Delhi and her subsequent meetings during her four-day stay in the national capital, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee now plans a grand show for the proposed federal front in Lucknow. CM of West Bengal has already drawn up her national plans.Following her Delhi trip, Banerjee will travel to Chennai to meet DMK chief M Karunanidhi and then to Hyderabad to hold a reciprocal meeting with Telengana CM K Chandrashekhar Rao, who had come down to Kolkata to discuss the Opposition’s front with Banerjee. However, political observers are betting on her meetings in Lucknow. According to sources in TMC ranks, Banerjee will hold a highlevel meeting with SP chief Akhilesh Yadav and BSP chief Mayawati to seal the electoral alliance between the leaders in UP.TOI
Now, Kejriwal, 3 of his AAP colleagues apologise to Jaitley; he accepts
New Delhi: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal continued his apology spree, now saying "sorry" to Union finance minister and BJP leader Arun Jaitley in a defamation case he has filed against him. Jaitley has accepted the apology, reported ANI quoting sources.Joining Kejriwal in the apology were 3 of his AAP colleagues Sanjay Singh,Raghav Chadha and Ashutosh. All 4, in a joint letter, apologized to BJP leader."In the civil case, we'll agree to a decree in matter based on apology and the acceptance thereof,"said M Dogra, Jaitley's counsel.TOI
Indians killed in Iraq: Aircraft carrying 38 bodies lands in Amritsar
New Delhi:A special aircraft carrying the bodies of 38 of 39 Indians, who went missing in Mosul in June 2014 and whom Govt recently declared dead, landed in Amritsar on Monday. Of the 39 who died, 27 were from Punjab, 4 from Himachal, two from West Bengal and 6 from Bihar. One body is not being brought back for now as DNA testing had only provided a 70%  match; the others have had more than 95% match.Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh, who had left for Iraq on Sunday, returned with the mortal remains of those killed by IS militants in Iraq. From Amritsar, Singh is expected to go to Patna, followed by Kolkata, to hand over the bodies to relatives of dead, official sources said.indianexpress
Mosul victims’ remains to be brought home today, kin told not to open coffins
If awqaf is set right, Muslims of the country will become prosperous: K Rahman Khan
New Delhi: Discussing current situation of country and Muslims,ex-Union Minister for Minority Welfare Rahman Khan, said if the awqaf are set right, the situation of Muslims will improve and they will lead a prosperous life. Rahman Khan who represented the community in Rajya Sabha for 24 years narrated his experiences to the press persons. He said they tried to make amendment in Awqaf law and passed Waqf amendment act 2013, which has many benefits, many of them community is not aware of. He said, earlier there was no Waqf lease system, people would do whatever they wish, but now lease would be according to market value. If the lease contract comes to an end, tenant has to vacate the property, if he doesn’t, legal action could be taken against them under criminal offence. If anyone grabs the Waqf land, non-bailable warrant could be issued against him. Rahman said we have awqaf, if we set it right, all the problems of the community will be solved. siasat
Shibli Academy elects Hamid Ansari as its President
Darul Musannefin Shibli Academy, in its annual management committee meeting, elected Mohammad Hamid Ansari, the former Vice-President of India, as its President.Hamid Ansari agreed to serve Shibli Academy and said, “I deem it a great honour to be invited by the Managing Committee of the Academy to assume the high office of its President and it shall be my endeavour to assist the Committee in its work of continuing the good work that the Academy and its scholars have done over decades.”In the past, President’s position at Shibli Academy was held by Maulana Hamiduddin Farahi, Prince Imadul Mulk Syed Husain Bilgirami, Prince Mehdi Yar Jung Bahadur, Dr. Syed Mahmood and Mir Nawab Karamat Ali Khan Mufakkham Jah.twocircles
Ahmedabad: Toilet construction adjoining ASI monument protected mosque stalled
Ahmedabad: After protests from city-based activists, construction of a toilet adjoining Rani Sipri mosque, a monument protected by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), was stalled. The toilet was allegedly commissioned by Khadia police for its Astodia Police Chowky. According to Shamshad Pathan, a city-based activist, he came to know about the issue from two locals. “I was surprised to know about this as any construction within a radius of 100 metres of the protected monument has to be approved by ASI.There was no such permission sought in this case. Thus, we decided to take up the issue with Khadia police and seek answers,” he said.City-based activists had decided to hold a protest but by Sunday afternoon the workers had started dismantling the construction.ASI has already filed multiple complaints for encroachments around protected monuments in the city.TOI
Won’t conduct Nikah if there are dance and music in ceremony: Darul Uloom Deoband
New Delhi: Darul Uloom Deoband, has said that it would not conduct Muslim weddings where dance and music are incorporated before the ceremonies. The seminary noted, if the cleric is unaware of such practices then that will be considered a different matter, reported ANI.“We won’t conduct ‘Nikah’ in weddings where music and dance are happening and where there is a DJ. This is against Islam, (we) will boycott such weddings. If the music and dance happened before the ‘nikah’ ceremony and Qazi (cleric) didn’t know then it’s different,” said city Qazi Mufti Azhar Hussain. The seminary has given many verdicts since the beginning of this year such as about buying life insurance policies or getting property insured, and Islamic dress for women.“Life and death are in the hands of Allah and no insurance company can guarantee a man’s longevity. These insurance companies invest the premium paid by the purchaser of the policy and earn interest on the same, later distributing some of it among their clients. And any income earned through interest is haram (forbidden),” said a clutch of Deoband clerics.siasat
WORLD
Israeli army deploys more Iron Dome missile defence systems
Israeli sources revealed on Sunday that Israel Defence Forces (IDF) has deployed more Iron Dome defence systems in the Jewish settlements near the Gaza Strip, fearing an escalation of violence, Quds Press has reported.Senior army officers have announced the IDF’s readiness for any potential escalation on the Gaza front. This might include rockets being launched from the beleaguered territory as Palestinians prepare for more right of return demonstrations in the days and weeks ahead.In what some observers are suggesting is scaremongering, IDF is also going to check the border fence in Gaza in case explosives have been planted during the demonstrations. One critic of the Israeli operation said that he would not be surprised if a false flag operation “discovered” or even blew up some explosives to give the Israelis some justification for their brutal response to Friday’s peaceful Great March of Return, in which 16 Palestinians were shot and killed, and hundreds more were wounded, including women and children.Meanwhile, Yedioth Ahronoth reported Israeli security fears of revenge attacks by Palestinians after the “Bloody Friday” incidents. The paper reported that Israeli officials expect Hamas to allow other Palestinian factions to launch rockets or plant explosives near the border.middleeastmonitor
Israel banned call to prayer at Ibrahimi Mosque more than fifty times in March
Israel’s occupation authorities prevented the call to prayer being made at Hebron’s Ibrahimi Mosque at least 52 times in March, a Palestinian Authority official said on Sunday. Religious Endowments Minister Yousef Edees pointed out that the Israelis blocked the adhaan on the pretext of reducing noise affecting the illegal Jewish settlers living in the occupied city.“[Israel] continues to harass Muslims and prevent them from performing prayers at the honoured mosque through tightening military measures at its entrances and frequent raids,” said Edees. “These measures are a violation of the right to freedom of worship guaranteed by world law.”MEMO
Iraq keen to maintain strong relations with Saudi
Iraq is keen to maintain strong relations with Saudi Arabia due to the latter’s “honourable” role in fighting terror and supporting the issues in the region, the Saudi newspaper Okaz reported on Sunday.The source for the report was a statement issued by the media office of the Speaker of the Iraqi Parliament, Salim Al-Jabouri, following his meeting with Abdul Aziz Al-Shammari, the Saudi ambassador in Baghdad.Iraq hailed the “positive” Saudi role regarding the rebuilding of Iraq and helping Iraqis and others displaced by Daesh terrorism. The Saudi ambassador stressed that his country is looking to have an investment role in the rebuilding of the country.
Israel-Gaza violence: Christians,Muslims attend vigil
Orthodox Christians and Muslims in the Occupied West Bank have joined a march to remember those who were killed by Israeli forces in Gaza.Palestinian Orthodox Christians have limited their celebrations on Palm Sunday, restricting occasion to religious rituals to mourn the deaths of 17 Gazans killed in a protest.aljazeera
Turkey calls Netanyahu 'terrorist', Israel 'terrorist state'
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has slammed Israeli PM  Benjamin Netanyahu over his comments targeting Turkey's ongoing military operation in the northwestern Syrian region of Afrin.His remarks on Sunday came in response to Netanyahu's earlier comments rejecting Ankara's "moral lessons" over the Israeli army's killing of Palestinian protesters in Gaza, and labelling Erdogan as someone who "bombs Kurdish villagers"."He says our soldiers are oppressing people in Afrin. Netanyahu, you are very weak, very poor," Erdogan told the ruling AK Party congress in the southern Adana province.aljazeera
Reports of Douma evacuation deal 'not true': council member
A council member of Douma in Eastern Ghouta has said reports of a deal to surrender the opposition-controlled town to the Syrian Govt  are not true.Iyad Abdelaziz was quoted as saying by AP on Sunday that there was no agreement reached to have the Jaish al-Islam rebel group leave Douma for north Syria and hand over the town to Govt forces.He added, however,that "humanitarian cases" would be allowed to evacuate on Monday.Earlier on Sunday, Syrian state news agency had reported that Jaish al-Islam, which controls Douma, the largest city in Ghouta, had reached a deal with the Syrian Govt  to leave for rebel-held areas in northern Syria. However, Jaish al-Islam has yet to confirm the report and only said on Saturday that it had agreed to evacuate the wounded to Idlib in northwestern Syria.Also on Sunday, Hezbollah media said that an agreement had been reached with the rebel group to evacuate fighters to Jarablus, a town in northern Syria near the border with Turkey.Jaish al-Islam has been in Russian-brokered negotiations with Syrian Govt for several days now.Govt has threatened to storm the city if rebels did not agree to surrender the last patch in the enclave in exchange for safe passage to Idlib.Hamza Berakdar, spokesperson for Jaish al-Islam, said on Saturday that the armed opposition in Douma refused to leave in what he called a forced displacement. "Our position is consistent and clear," he said. "We refuse to be forcibly displaced and demographic change in Eastern Ghouta." Later on the same day, head of Jaish al-Islam's political office, Yaser Dilwan, said that negotiations were ongoing and seemed optimistic, but did not offer any details other than to say that different options were suggested.The comments came on the same day Syrian army had declared "victory" against rebel groups in Eastern Ghouta. An estimated 140,000 people remain inside Douma, with limited access to food, water and medical supplies.At least 1,600 people have been killed following the launch of an aerial and ground offensive by Syrian forces and their ally, Russia, on Feb.18, to recapture what was once known as Damascus' breadbasket.aljazeera
19 regime fighters killed in eastern Syria by IS: Monitor
Beirut:Jihadists from the Islamic State group have killed at least 19 pro-Govt  fighters in a spate of attacks in eastern Syria, a monitoring group said on Monday. Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the attacks over the past 24 hours struck in and around the town of Albu Kamal, near the border with Iraq.Albu Kamal was a long-time stronghold of the jihadists that they lost in the face of a Russian-backed offensive at the end of 2017. Observatory says the group now holds less than 5 % of territory in Syria, mainly pockets in the deserts of eastern and central regions.But the group managed to launch a surprise strike in capital Damascus last month that saw them capture the Qadam district. Observatory said the death toll among pro-regime fighters in the strike had risen to 116 after more bodies were discovered in the rubble.AFP/PTI
African: 30 al-Shabab fighters killed in Somalia
African Union troops in Somalia killed at least 30 al-Shabab fighters as they repulsed an attack by the armed group on their base, the AU mission said.Heavily armed al-Shabab fighters attacked the base belonging to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) early on Sunday, blowing up 2 vehicles and engaging the African troops in a gun battle that lasted several hours."The militants were dealt a heavy blow, with at least 30 of them put out of action, following intense fighting," AMISOM said in a statement on Monday." aljazeera
UK teachers’ union warns against hijab ban
London: UK’s largest teaching union has warned against pressuring schools into banning hijab for very young girls for fear of increasing backlash from the local communities. National Education Union (NEU), which is debating the issue at a meeting in Brighton over the weekend, criticised the country’s schools watchdog for interfering in the matter.Chief of the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted) Amanda Spielman has spoken out about her concerns over Muslim girls as young as five wearing the headscarf and suggested that school inspectors explore why they are doing so.“I think it is a problem that Amanda Spielman, Her Majesty’s chief inspector [of schools], speaks out on this in a way which I think is frankly very political,” said Kevin Courtney, joint general secretary of the NEU, at opening of NEU’s annual conference.PTI
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