Thursday, 3 May 2018

03 May ND: For Jinnah portrait hanging since 1938, Hindutva activists attack AMU students; over 65 students injured /Live : At least 109 people killed in deadly dust storm; UP, Rajasthan badly affected/ Delhi Minority Commission to certify madrassas in National Capital


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For Jinnah portrait hanging since 1938, Hindutva activists attack AMU students; over 65 students injured
Aligarh: Scores of students at AMU were injured Wednesday afternoon after armed activists from the Hindu Yuva Vahini descended on the campus with police backing to violently demand that a portrait of Mohammad Ali Jinnah – which has been hanging inside the students’ union hall for 80 years – be taken down.After JNU, Hyderabad University and Delhi University’s Ramjas College,  AMU has thus become the latest university to come under the radar of Hindutva groups protesting what they claim are “anti-national” activities on campus.Jinnah was active in the Indian freedom struggle until his Muslim League developed the ‘two nation theory’ that eventually led to the partition of India and the creation of Pakistan.Hours before the former vice president of India, Hamid Ansari, was to visit AMU for an event, some 30 activists of Hindu Yuva Vahini, accompanied by uniformed policemen, came to Bab-e-Syed – the central gate of AMU. They shouted slogans like ‘We will not let such respect for Jinnah pass in India”, “If you want to remain in India, you must say Vande Mataram’, “Vande Mataram, Jai Shri Ram!’The policemen made a pretence of trying to stop the march some 50 yards from the gate. HYC activists then waved pistols and other weapons in the air, endangering the lives of students.As students’ union office bearers and other students came to the gate, a mild altercation ensued and six of the HYV activists were handed over to the police. The police reportedly did not file an FIR, and released the accused.Soon, a large gathering of  students collected at the gate to protest what they said was the unwillingness of the police to uphold the law. The police, in turn, returned with reinforcements, as did the Hindu Yuva Vahini, and what followed, say students, was a lathi charge on the AMU community with HYV activists pelting stones as well. The students ran as the police chased after them inside the campus. More than 65 students were severely injured, including the president of AMUS, Maskoor Ahmed Usmani, secretary Mohammad Fahad, and former vice president Mazin Zaidi, who were taken to hospital.The reality, as Mohammad Sajjad, a professor of history at AMU, explains, is that the portrait has been in the Students’ Union Hall since 1938, when Jinnah was awarded life membership of AMUSU.thewire
Many injured as armed Hindutva goons enter AMU campus hours after Swamy’s tweet ‘Somebody needs to teach
Tension as members of saffron outfit try to forcibly enter AMU; students come out protesting
AMU Attack: Students Protesting Aggressive Hindu Yuva Vahini Mob Entry Injured in Police Action
Amid row over ‘missing’ Jinnah portrait, AMU says temporarily removed for cleaning purposes
Amid the ongoing outrage over the presence of a portrait of Pakistan’s founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah inside AMU, reports have emerged claiming that his picture has gone missing from the student union’s hall. Reports said that the portrait at the centre of a row went missing on Wednesday just ahead of a ceremony to bestow lifetime membership of the student union on ex Vice President Mohd Hamid Ansari. The development comes in backdrop of Hindu Yuva Vahini’s 48-hour ultimatum to the AMU to remove Jinnah’s image. While AMU student’s body expressed shock over the development, university authorities said that the portrait was removed from the student union’s hall temporarily for ‘cleaning purposes’. financialexpress
Amu VC demands arrest of Hindu Vahini members
 AMU has strongly condemned the trespassing of University boundary and raising of objectionable and intimidating slogans by a group of Hindu Yuva Vahini youths Wednesday afternoon. While appealing to the students for peace, AMU VC Prof. Tariq Mansoor demanded the Aligarh district administration to arrest the culprits.“University expresses sympathies with the injured students and has asked the District Administration to nab the culprits and take strict action against the youths of Yuva Vahini for disturbing peace in the campus,” VC office said in a late night press statement.Meanwhile, VC has apprised the state and central authorities “about the situation on the campus and the sentiments of AMU community.”caravan daily
Yogi Adityanath on AMU row: Cannot accord respect to Jinnah in India, says UP CM
Breaking his silence in the ongoing controversy related to the presence of Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s portrait inside AMU, UP CM Yogi Adityanath said that the man who was behind the partition of India can’t be given a place of respect in India. CM said that he has sought a detailed report from the university management and assured that he will look into the matter. CM said that it has to be investigated that under what circumstances it was done.He said that AMU is a central university and that the matter shall be probed thoroughly. He said that the report is expected to be submitted to him by today or tomorrow.financialexpress
Eerie silence descends on AMU campus, heavy police deployment
Live : At least 109 people killed in deadly dust storm; UP, Rajasthan badly affected
At least 109 people have been killed and more than 130 injured in the deadly dust storm which hit several parts of western and northern India on Wednesday. While as many as 64 people have died and at least 38 injured in different parts of Uttar Pradesh, the toll in Rajasthan due to high-intensity squall and thundershowers has gone up to 27 till now. Nearly 100 have been injured in Rajasthan. As per the latest figures, the death toll in Uttar Pradesh has reached 64 and 47 injured in the dust storm in different parts of the state.  At least 160 animals have also died due to the calamity.  Other affected districts include Bijnor, Bareli, Saharanpur, Pilibhit, Firozabad, Chitrakoot, Muzaffarnagar, Mathura, Kanpur, Sitapur, Mirzapur, Sambhal, Banda, Kannauj, Rae Bareli and Unnao.Hemant Kumar Gera,Secretary, Disaster Management and Relief in Jaipur said, "So far, 27 people have died due to the disaster, including 12 in Bharatpur, 10 in Dholpur and 5 in Alwar. The squall was reported mainly in three districts."indianexpress
Delhi Minority Commission to certify madrassas in National Capital
In an attempt to bring standardised education to the students at madrassas in the national Capital, Delhi Minority Commission (DMC) is set to certify them. The move will allow them to avail Centre’s several schemes for minorities, including the Scheme for Providing Quality Education in Madrassas (SPQEM). SPQEM has been on papers in Delhi ever since the process was started by the Sheila Dikshit government in 2012.The commission will soon start the process of inviting madrassas to apply for the certification. It will set some selection parameters like infrastructure, teacher-student ratio and level of degree being issued by them.Presently, there are around 3000 odd madrassas operating in the Capital and majority of them offer religious subjects along with basic Hindi, Urdu and primary-level Mathematics.In the absence of any specific board for madrassas, they neither have a standardised syllabus nor can they avail the benefits from Centre’s SPQEM scheme, for which it is mandatory to be certified by the state board or the govt.According to Delhi Minority Commission chairperson, Dr Zafarul Islam Khan, the move will help the madrassas avail the benefits under SPQEM, including trained teachers for subjects like Mathematics, Science and Computer. It will also help in strengthening libraries, establishing computer and science labs, among others.“Handful of madrassas offer these facilities and subjects to the students in Delhi. But, they will start getting funds for all these facilities once they will be certified,” he said.Khan said that the then Sheila Dikshit-led Congress govt had asked the commission to commence the process in a bid to implement SPQEM in Delhi in 2012, however, it could not take off due to administrative reasons. “We are finally starting the process so that over 3 lakh students studying in these madrassas are not left behind,”he said. “Bringing madrassas under some organised system will help them flourish as they will start getting funds from the government instead of being dependent on donations,”said activist Firoz Bakht Ahmed.DNA
After protest against namaaz by Hindutva group, Muslims in Gurgaon grow anxious as Friday draws near
“When did it become an offence to pray in the open?” asked Hafeez Junaid before he kick-started his motorbike and zoomed off in the direction of the market in Gurgaon’s DFL Phase 5 on Tuesday. 30-year-old was in a hurry. His friends were waiting for him and he had an urgent message for them – this week, Friday prayers were unlikely to be held at the usual spot in Sector 53.This was because of what had happened on April 20 and after. As around 500 Muslim men had gathered for namaaz in a field owned by the Haryana government in Sector 53, several Hindu residents from the neighbouring villages of Wazirabad and Kanhai disrupted their prayers, shouting “Jai Sri Ram”. A video of the incident had later surfaced on social media, following which 6 persons were arrested for hurting religious sentiments. They were later released on bail.Then, on Monday, a Gurgaon-based Hindutva group called the Sanyukt Hindu Sangharsh Samiti protested outside the district collector’s office demanding that the authorities put a stop to prayers organised by Muslims in open spaces in the vicinity of Hindu-dominated neighbourhoods. The Samiti is an umbrella body of the local units of 12 Right-wing groups, according to its members.“We have two problems here,” said Rajeev Mittal, national coordinator of Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Kranti Dal. “First is that Muslims encroach government lands by this method. And second, Hindu boys had been arrested for fighting for their religious rights.”Subeh Singh Vohra, a former sarpanch, participated in Monday’s protest as a representative of the two villages from where the 6 men were arrested. All of the other protestors came from elsewhere in Gurgaon. “Boys from the village went to stop the namaaz in the open ground because they felt something wrong was happening,” said Vohra, who is in his 60s. “They did nothing wrong. It is the Muslims who are in the wrong. Why should they pray in an open ground when they have mosques for that?”But according to Junaid, an Urdu teacher who organises the Friday namaaz in Sector 53 and at another ground in Gurgaon, the community cannot do without these open spaces.There are 22 mosques in Gurgaon, the biggest one being a half-constructed structure in Sector 57 that is now tied up in a legal dispute. Gurgaon’s Muslims also gather for Friday prayers in an estimated 106 open spaces, said Junaid.Speaking of the ground in Sector 53, he said, “There are two mosques in the vicinity – one is around 5 km away and the other around 8 km away. It becomes difficult for people who do not have vehicles to commute.But don’t they have right to pray?”He added,“Where would people go?”scroll.in
Tension in Hyderabad as miscreants place idol in Mosque
Mild tension prevailed at the historic Shaikpet Mosque situated close to the Golconda fort, after unidentified miscreants allegedly placed an idol of Ram, inside the structure on Tuesday morning.The incident came to light after a few local youth found the idol and immediately informed the police. While the police said that they had posted a picket at the spot to ensure communal harmony, a police official removed the idol placed inside the masjid.“The religious structure is not being used now. We reached the spot immediately and took the situation under control. No untoward incident was reported. We are verifying the miscreants behind the act,” the police was quoted as saying. According to FIR, the accused have been identified as Beer Singh, Yogender Singh, Kirpal Singh, Naveen Singh and Maya Bai. The police said that they “trespassed into the said Wakf institution and put religious idols in the mosque and tried to start doing a puja with mala fide intention to grab the property.” "We are putting in our best efforts to take complete control of the Masjid by raising the compound wall and securing boundaries. I have also spoken to officials of Wakf Board and urged them to construct a boundary wall. Officials have assured me that they will start the work in 2 to 3 days," SAIDKarwan MLA Kausar Mohiuddin.thequint
Govt expands minority development plan to 308 districts from 196
New Delhi: BJP-led central government is expanding the reach of a scheme to improve socio-economic infrastructure for minorities in education, health and skill development from 196 to 308 districts of the country. From 27 states and UTs, the programme, which was last year allocated Rs 3,972 crore to be spent over three years, will now be implemented in districts across 32 states and UTs.“Between 33% and 40% of resources under PMJVK  would be specifically allocated for women-centric projects,” said the ministry of minority affairs, adding, “It is an attempt to reduce the gap between the national average and minority communities on backwardness parameters”. Put together, additions represent a 57% increase in the coverage area.The states with the highest number of districts which will benefit from the PMJVK are UP (43), Maharashtra (27), Karnataka, Bengal and Rajasthan (16 each), Gujarat, AP, Kerala (13 each), Tamil Nadu (12), MP(8), Haryana and Manipur (7 each) and Punjab (2). TOI
SC Collegium puts off full review of Justice Joseph file to next week
The Supreme Court’s 5-member collegium on Wednesday met briefly but adjourned for next week its discussion on the Centre’s rejection of the candidature of Chief Justice of Uttarakhand High Court K M Joseph for elevation to the highest court.It was also learnt that the collegium did not discuss any specific names of other high court chief justices for elevation to the Supreme Court.Contrary to speculations, sources confirmed that though the agenda was to examine the government’s response to Justice Joseph’s elevation, during the brief meeting they agreed to discuss it at length early next week when the collegium will meet again.At the end of the meeting, the Supreme Court registry put out the agenda for the meeting,  signed by all members of the collegium – Chief Justice Dipak Misra and justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Kurian Joseph and Madan B Lokur.newindianexpress
SC questions private companies using Aadhaar, says it goes beyond mandate of law
New Delhi:Supreme Court on Wednesday questioned the use of Aadhaar by private companies, saying that if the 12-digit biometric number was meant for disbursing welfare benefits to the underprivileged, to allow non-state entities to utilize it for offering services to citizens would be beyond the mandate of the underlying law, the Aadhaar Act .A constitution bench led by chief justice Dipak Misra made the remarks during the hearing of petitions challenging the validity of Aadhaar Act and around 40 government notifications. Other judges on the bench are justices AK Sikri, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan. The remarks do not constitute a final opinion of the top court in the case.in sync with the objective of the law. “The area of concern is section 57 (of the law),” the judge told Attorney General KK Venugopal, who defended the passage of the Aadhaar law as a Money Bill in 2016.The top court cited the Aadhaar Act to say the law is meant for disbursing welfare measures to the underprivileged, and allowing private entities to utilise it would go way beyond the legal mandate.Supreme Court on Wednesday questioned the use of Aadhaar by private companies, saying that if the 12-digit biometric number was meant for disbursing welfare benefits to the underprivileged, to allow non-state entities to utilize it for offering services to citizens would be beyond the mandate of the underlying law, the Aadhaar Act .HT
Kashmir: Teen killed, 4 injured in clashes near Shopian encounter site
Srinagar:A teenager was killed and at least 4 people were injured in clashes between protesters and government forces near the scene of a gunbattle at Turkwangam village in south Kashmir’s Shopian district on Wednesday.Shopian CMO Dr Abdul Rashid Najar said Umar Kumar, a boy aged between 15 and 16 years, was declared dead on arrival at the district hospital.“The boy had a bullet wound in his chest. He was already dead when they brought him to the hospital,” Najar said. Another youngster with eye injuries was referred to the SMHS hospital in Srinagar, he added. The incident occurred after security forces cordoned Turkwangam village after receiving intelligence reports regarding the presence of militants there. The encounter had barely begun when local residents came out in protest, forcing security personnel to retaliate.A police spokesperson said Kumar succumbed after sustaining injuries in the crossfire. HT
HC pulls up CBI in Unnao case, says unhappy with probe
Allahabad high court on Wednesday pulled up CBI for its work in the Unnao rape case, faulting the agency for not recording the statement of the victim.“We are unhappy with the progress in the case. We asked for a status report just to see what you are doing. Why do you wait for our orders to proceed?” the court said.“Do whatever you can by using your power. The court cannot direct you at every stage of investigation,” the court told CBI’s lawyer.CBI took over the case from the Uttar Pradesh Police on April 12 after allegations that the state’s BJP government was shielding party lawmaker Kuldeep Singh Sengar, the main accused.On Wednesday, the CBI filed a status report in a sealed cover before the court which fixed May 21 as the next date of hearing.HT
Communal clash in UP’s Ballia , 9 injured
Ballia:9 persons were injured in a communal clash in Sikriakala village in Gadwar area here, police said on Wednesday. The incident took place on Tuesday night when a youth belonging to a particular community allegedly pushed and misbehaved with a girl of another community at a marriage ceremony in the village, they said.After this both communities came face to face and indulged in stone pelting in which 9 persons were injured. Cross FIRs have been registered by both groups in this connection. 6 persons have been arrested in this connection, SP Sriparna Ganguly said. Heavy force has been deployed in the village to check any untoward incident.PTI
Loudspeaker at temple sparks communal tension in Bijnor
Bijnor:Tension prevailed in Garvpur village of Bijnor on Wednesday over the installation of a loudspeaker at a local temple. Officials said the temple didn’t have a loudspeaker earlier and according to govt directions, “no new tradition” is allowed when it comes to installation of loudspeakers. Situation turned explosive when a man from the minority community was assaulted by 6 people late on Tuesday night after he filed a police complaint in the matter. On Wednesday morning, police registered an FIR against 6 attackers and heavy force was deployed in the village to avoid any untoward incident. According to officials, the dispute over the loudspeaker started on Tuesday after some members from minority community, which constitutes nearly 50% of the village population, raised an objection about the noise coming from the temple. They told police that the shrine didn’t have a loudspeaker earlier and that this was a “new tradition” and they would not allow it.Police arrived at the spot and removed the loudspeaker from the top of the temple on the same day. Soon after this development, several right wing outfits jumped into the fray and the mandal coordinator of Hindu Yuva Vahini, MP Singh, reached the village along with his supporters.On being asked about the matter, circle officer Mahesh Kumar said, “It is also a case of a land dispute between the two communities.”TOI
After Koregaon violence, residents of Dalit basti allege they are being forced to leave village, removed from their jobs
Sada Kamble (name changed) and his wife Savita, who stay in the second house from right after one enters the Dalit hamlet in Bhima Koregoan, are jobless and forced to sit at home. Earlier, they worked in the small factories lined along the Pune-Ahmednagar road which connects to Bhima Koregaon. However, on 10 Jan., a few days after the Bhima-Koregaon riots broke out in which Dalits were targeted by upper castes, their contractor told Sada that he needs to shift to Chakan to another branch of the same factory. While Savita was told that the position she was working in was no longer available.They had no luck at other factories in the area as well and now Sada works occasionally as a labourer at construction sites even though he is no longer fit to do such arduous work.Kiran Gadre, a 20-year-old who has studied only till Class 8, would work as a fitter at a private company. But he met the same fate. Post-January, his contractor told him that his job was no longer available. Later. he visited many factories in the area but to no avail. And just like Sada, he now spends his days hanging around the basti (hamlet) or helping his mother.A local senior citizen, on the condition of anonymity, said, “Seven to eight men who had been working for many years as helpers, fitters or assisting with packaging at nearby factories have suddenly lost their jobs. He further said, “Contractors most of whom are from upper castes hire these youth. Thus, Dalits work for contractors and not for factories. After the riots, suddenly contractors started giving these young people from the basti different reasons for taking away their jobs. Those with families were asked to relocate to other branches of respective factories at Chakan or Rajangoan which are about 100 to 200 kilometres away. But since they cannot shift their houses and families, they leave the job."firstpost
Kasganj police lists ‘rioters’ as witnesses
The chargesheet filed by SIT on the murder of Chandan Gupta during Republic Day communal clashes in Kasganj lists persons accused in the riots as government witnesses against those who have been accused of the murder. Police is now investigating this matter.Anukalp Chauhan and Saurabpal who surrendered in court after the riots have been made witnesses although they have been charged under serious sections of IPC.SIT chargesheet, compiled and filed by crime branch inspector Rameshchandra Yadav for FIR number 60 which was lodged by Sushil Gupta against 24 men including Saleem Javed, Wasim, Nasim and others, mentioned 23 government witness including Anukalp Chauhan and Saurabpal.TOI
Black flags inscribed with ‘IS NE’ seized in Assam
Guwahati:Residents of Assam’s Goalpara town on Wednesday found black flags inscribe with the words “IS NE” on a tree on the Brahmaputra river resulting in fear and panic that it was of the Islamic State terror group.“I come to this area regularly for walks. I spotted three black flags flown atop a tree with ‘IS NE’ inscribed on it. I called up the police immediately,” said a resident. The police however, said the flags do not resemble those of the terror group.“The flags do not resemble those of the IS. What we seized are black flags. The words were hand painted. There are also some Urdu or Arabic words inscribed on it,” Goalpara SP Amitabh Sinha told IANS.“It is a miscreant activity and we have started our investigation to catch the culprits,” he added. IANS
Muslim Student Stabbed to Death in Kathua, Police Say He Was Not Real Target
Srinagar: A stabbing to death of a student from minority community in Jammu's Kathua district, which was caught on CCTV, has further flared up the tension in the district that is already reeling under the rape and murder of a minor Bakerwal girl.SSP Kathua Sridar Patil told News 18 that the youth killed was not the actual target, but he happened to be a wrong person at a wrong time. "We have arrested the suspects within hours of the crime and seized the vehicle in which they had come to carry out the attack,” Patil said. 3 people have been arrested in the case.Patil said prima facie it appears the assailants were looking for someone else but ended up stabbing Liyaqat over some love affair but clarified it certainly was not “love jehad or any inter community relationship"."It was Abishek’s brother-in-law (Khajuria) who stabbed the person," said Patil.Another police officer said the slain youth and some of the assailants are students of some colleges in the same vicinity. The officer said the accused came in a Swift Dzire car and were looking for another student Abid over some rivalry."It appears Liyaqat intervened to save Abid's life. Abid managed to escape, but they stabbed Liyaqat," the officer said.News 18
Bikaner: Hindu Woman's Family Kill Muslim Man Ahead of Her 'Arranged' Marriage
Jaipur: Two weeks ahead of a Hindu woman’s arranged marriage, her family members on Tuesday night allegedly assaulted her Muslim friend, who had come to meet her at her relative’s place in Rampura Basti in Rajasthan’s Bikaner. The police took 22-year-old Saif Ali Khan to the hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries a few hours later, early on Wednesday morning.According to locals, the woman’s male cousin began hitting Khan when he saw him entering their locality. “She was staying with her relatives in Rampura Basti where her friend came to meet her. The family objected to Ali’s presence in their locality and her cousin Bunty started beating him in front of everyone in the basti. As the crowd gathered, they put him in a car and took him to a deserted area,” said Mohammad Yunus, a resident of Rampura Basti.Khan, who worked as a fruit vendor near Bhutto ka Bass, is said to have known the woman from before, and the woman’s family, after getting her marriage fixed within their own community, sent her off to their relative’s place to stop her from meeting Khan.“She lives in Ranisar Bagh, about two km away from Rampura Basti. Ahead of her wedding this month, she was sent to stay with her uncle so that the boy couldn’t meet her, but when he reached there, her relatives thrashed him badly because of which he died,” Hanuman Ram, another resident of the Rampura Basti, told The Wire.The police was informed about the incident by the local people immediately, but when they found Khan, he was in a critical condition.thewire
Why Khagrabari's Khatun is Still Scared of Living at Home
Unlike hundreds of students of Adarsha Vidyalaya in Barpeta district in the north-eastern state of Assam, Ramena Khatun, a ninth standard student, doesn’t want to go home during holidays and summer breaks. Ramena lost her three siblings and mother in a gory incident on May 2, 2014 near her village in Khagrabari. In one of the deadliest mass killings in the recent past in this part of the country, 42 villagers were gunned down by armed militants belonging to National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB).As the incident completes the fourth year, the victims are still crying for justice. “We seem to be the most unfortunate citizens in the country. My wife and children were killed for no reason. My neighbours were killed, but there’s no justice,” Ramzan Ali, Ramena’s father, told this writer on the fourth anniversary of the incident.thewire
India’s military expenditure fifth largest in the world in 2017: Report
India spent $63.9 billion (more than Rs 4.2 lakh crore) on its military in 2017, 5.5% over its expenditure in 2016, Stockholm International Peace Research organisation said in a report released on Wednesday. India now stands fifth on the world’s biggest military spenders list, behind the US , China, Saudi Arabia and Russia.Global military spending rose to $1.73 trillion (more than Rs 115 lakh crore) in 2017, an increase of 1.1% since 2016. 5 biggest spenders in 2017 together accounted for 60% of the total, according to the report.scroll.in
Pakistan raises Kashmir issue at UN Committee on Information; India objects
Pakistan has raked up issue of alleged human rights violation in Kashmir at UN’s Committee on Information to which India raised strong objection, saying it was irrelevant to the work of the panel. Pakistan’s delegate Masood Anwar, addressing a session of Committee on Information yesterday, raised the issue of Kashmir alleging that human rights violations are taking place against the people of Kashmir.“The world we live today is marred with conflict and strife while we maintain unity in fighting terrorism and extremism. Countering the narrative of this twisted ideologies is imperative,” Anwar said during a General Debate on Committee on Information.PTI
Pictures of Hindu idols on a Muslim wedding card
Lucknow: A Muslim family in Sultanpur district has printed pictures of Ram and Sita on a wedding card.Mohammad Salim, a resident of Baghsarai village, got the cards for his daughter’s wedding, printed in the form of a scroll with picture of Ram and Sita printed on them. The card also has pictures of  a kalash, diya, banana leaves and even a pooja thali filled with coconut, flowers and fruits.According to Salim, he has friends in equal numbers in the Hindu as well as the Muslim community.“I wish to bridge the gap between the religious beliefs of Hindus and Muslims. It is a goodwill gesture for my Hindu brothers who also respect our religion with their heart. If we respect their gods, they will definitely show respect for the Muslim community”, he said.ASIAN AGE
WORLD
Guatemala embassy in Israel opens in Jerusalem
Guatemala opened its new embassy to Israel in occupied Jerusalem on Monday ahead of its official inauguration later this month, Haaretz reported .The embassy was moved to the Israeli Malha Technology Park and the Guatemalan flag was raised there. The official opening ceremony will take place two days after the US embassy is inaugurated in the city on 14 May.middleeastmonitor
Medics in Gaza report Israel forces using devastating ‘butterfly bullet’
Medics on the ground in the occupied Gaza Strip have reported Israeli forces’ use of a devastating “butterfly bullet”, according to a report by Al Jazeera.Twenty-four Palestinians “have had their limbs amputated since the March of Great Return mass protests started on March 30”, according to Al Jazeera.All 24 amputees were shot by Israeli snipers with a “single explosive bullet”, including journalists Yaser Murtaja and Ahmad Abu Hussein, both “shot in the abdomen”.“All of their internal organs were totally destroyed, pulverised,” said Ashraf Al-Qidra, Gaza’s health ministry spokesperson. The bullets are the deadliest the Israeli army has ever used, he added.middleeastmonitor
Morsi offered to have Palestinians settled in Sinai, claims Abbas: Egypt Today
CAIRO: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said that the ousted president Mohamed Morsi had offered the Palestinians a piece of the Sinai Peninsula during his rule. Abbas’ statements came during a speech he delivered at the National council’s 23rd session held on Monday at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah. “When the Brotherhood ruled during Morsi’s tenure, we were offered a part of Sinai but we turned down the offer,” Abbas said. Seemingly, this is not the first time Abbas mentions Morsi’s Sinai offer. He had revealed details of this proposal four years ago in a press conference held in Egypt.Plans to resettle Palestinians in Egypt had also been reported in 2017 by UK based media outlet, BBC which alleged that Egypt’s former President Hosni Mubarak allowed the resettlement of Palestinians in Egypt in response to US request in the 1980s. It was stated in these documents that Mubarak said he would accept the American request only if it came within a proper framework to end the Arab-Israeli conflict. This information was revealed by the former Egyptian president during a meeting with the then-British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in 1983. Moreover in 2014, Israel media outlets claimed that Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi proposed during his meeting with his Palestinian counterpart to give a piece of the Sinai Peninsula to establish a Palestinian state; Both Palestinian and Egyptian officials denied these claims. Israel Army Radio reported that Sisi had offered for Abbas, during their meeting Sunday, to establish a Palestinian state on Gaza territories with a 1600 km sq tract of land from neighboring Sinai, which would increase the land of Gaza to fivefold of its current size. In return, the radio reported Abbas would give up the demand of establishing a state with the 1967 borders. Abbas paid a three-day visit to Cairo to meet Sisi and attend the 142nd session of the Arab League Foreign Ministerial meeting, and they discussed Sunday the latest developments, stated the Egyptian Presidential spokesperson Ibrahim Badawi Sunday. egypttoday
Over 60%of refugees worldwide are Muslims: Report
Ankara: The Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC), based in the Turkish capital Ankara, has revealed that 61.5 percent of the world’s displaced people, whose number is estimated at more than 25 million, are from the member states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).In addition to the displaced persons, SESRIC report has found that 67 percent of the world's refugees settle in the OIC member states, as well as 71 percent of the people around the world who need necessary assistance (89 million persons) also live in the OIC countries.OIC General Secretariat said Tuesday, in a statement, that it will hold a brainstorming session on the humanitarian dimension and relief operations of the member states in the Islamic world, especially those related to the addressing of the protracted Rohingya crisis. The brainstorming session will be held on the sidelines of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers, to be held in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on May 5-6.ummid.com
Pak Govt steps back to pass opposition’s holy Quran teaching bill in PA
LAHORE: Avoiding to adopt an opposition’s private member bill regarding compulsory teaching of holy Quran in every public and private educational institute of all levels including schools and colleges, the government itself pointed out the quorum of the Wednesday session of Punjab Assembly. The bill with the title of Punjab Compulsory Teaching of the holy Quran Bill 2017 was moved by an opposition member from Jamaat Islami Pakistan Dr Wasim Akhtar in the House last year that was later referred to the Standing Committee on Education of Punjab Assembly for further considerations.The standing committee has recommended the bill after long discussions and on Wednesday as a Private Members’ Day, it was set on the agenda of the Day after completion of an hour long Question Hour session and before taking up Resolution of Public Interests from the private members. Daily Times
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