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06 May ND: Jamaat-e-Islami Hind questions 'rationale' behind demand for Jinnah’s portrait removal/Jamaat expresses concern over row over appointment of SC judges


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06 May 2018:19 Shaban 1439: Vol:10, No:14
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 Jamaat-e-Islami Hind questions 'rationale' behind demand for Jinnah’s portrait removal
Kochi: A leading Islamic body on Saturday jumped into the ongoing controversy over the demands for removing a portrait of Muhammad Ali Jinnah from the AMU. Joining the issue, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind today questioned the rationale behind the demands to remove the portrait of Pakistan founder from the AMU history."What is the rationale behind such a demand after it has been there in public view for the past 80 years? Even if someone has such a demand, they can move courts for the same...Why such a row over it?" its head Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Umari asked.Umari said that it was a small issue that has been blown out of proportion. Siding with the AMU students, Umari said that it has long been the practice in AMU to display portraits of its lifetime members of the students' union in the campus.''Jinnah's picture has been in the campus since 1938.In all these years, no one had raised any objections or put forward any demand for its removal,'' he said.JIH chief claimed that even some senior BJP leaders had not disputed Jinnah's role in the freedom struggle and called for resolving the matter through talks with students.Umari also flayed the policies of the BJP-led Govt  at the Centre and alleged that democracy, secularism and the fundamental rights of the citizens were in danger.JIH president said that he would extend support to those forces that fight the saffron party. zeenews
JIH comes out against portrait controversy
Clerics support removal of Jinnah’s portrait from AMU; Muslim Mahasangh chief announces Rs 1 lakh reward
Lucknow:In the wake of AMU row, a few prominent Muslim clerics on Saturday came out in open against the presence of Jinnah’s portrait on AMU campus and sought its immediate removal. Member of AIMPLB, Maulana Khalid Rashid Phirangi Mahli condemned Jinnah and claimed that the Muslims of India had nothing to do with him. “Jinnah’s portrait should be removed from the walls of AMUSU hall,” he said while talking to media persons in Kanpur on Saturday.He, however, chose to disagree with the manner the protest against the portrait was spearheaded. He claimed that those who wanted its removal should have taken the proper channel and approached V-C.Another Muslim leader, Maulana Mehmood Madani had endorsed demands for removing the portrait from AMUSU hall, saying that Indian Muslims had long back rejected him, his ideology and partition of India and Pakistan. newindianexpress
Muslim Mahasangh announces Rs 1 lakh reward for destroying Jinnah posters
Amidst the row over the presence of Muhammad Ali Jinnah's portrait in the student's union office of AMU, head of All-India Muslim Mahasangh has announced a reward of Rs 1 Lakh for destroying Jinnah's posters.Farhat Ali Khan said that no organisation in Pakistan must be having photos of Indian leaders who fought for independence, and the vice versa should be followed in India."I appeal everyone to tear and burn down posters of Jinnah and people like him. I announce a reward of Rs 1 Lakh cash for the one who burns down the poster," Khan said.dnaindia
Controversy over Jinnah portrait in AMU unnecessary: Union minister Athawale
Union minister Ramdas Athawale on Saturday described the controversy over the portrait of Pakistan’s founder, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, in AMU as unnecessary and suggested it could be removed keeping in mind “public sentiments”.“Portrait of Jinnah was installed before independence in AMU and so there is nothing wrong in it, but it can be removed if the public sentiments are against it,” the minister of state for social justice said here.On BJP leaders visiting Dalit houses and sharing meal with them, Athawale said, “Although having dinner will not benefit Dalits, but this is a good initiative for strengthening relations between Dalits and upper castes.”PTI
Now AMU founder Sir Syed's photo under attack
Even before the controversy over Muhammad Ali Jinnah's portrait in AMU could end, a fresh incident of removing the portrait of AMU's founder Sir Syed Ahmad Khan has come to the fore.A portrait of Sir Syed that donned the wall of the state PWD guest house in Khair town along with pictures of Mahatma Gandhi, Dr Ambedkar and Lal Bahadur Shastri was found removed. Neither any official nor the security guard of the guest house have any knowledge about who removed the portrait of Sir Syed.The portrait reportedly went missing on Wednesday when the security guard went home to have food. Reportedly, in a recent meeting of local BJP leaders in Aligarh, questions were raised on the portraits of Sir Syed in various state-owned buildings. The meeting had also deliberated on having pictures of CM  Yogi Adityanath and PM  Modi in all such buildings.dnaindia
Mani Shankar Aiyar lauds Jinnah, calls him 'Qaid-e Azam'
New Delhi: Suspended Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar on Saturday made headlines after he appreciated Mohammad Ali Jinnah and called him Quaid-e-Azam, which means, the great leader at an event held in Pakistan. His statement raised many eyebrows as tension boiled over Jinnah’s portrait at AMU. Aiyar said that Hindus discriminated Muslims and the goons had teared down apart the portrait of Jinnah. He added that since they had not been able to convert the Muslims, they indulged in such kind of actions. He had further said that looking at the large Muslim population of India, it is impossible to conceive India without Islam and vice-versa.India.com
AMU portrait row: 'Jinnah, Mahatma Gandhi contributed equally to India's freedom,' says SP MP from Gorakhpur
Aligarh: Even as tensions continue to simmer at the AMU over the row over the portrait of Pakistani leader Muhammad Ali Jinnah at university campus, Samajwadi Party MP from Gorakhpur, Praveen Nishad, compared Jinnah’s contribution to India’s freedom struggle to that of Mahatma Gandhi, and called the whole issue “unnecessary”.Slamming BJP over playing politics over the issue, Nishad said, “BJP is playing a dirty game over Jinnah’s name, which is highly condemnable. Nehru and Gandhi contributed to the nation’s freedom but it can’t be denied that Jinnah contributed equally to our independence,” TOI reported. He further said,”Jinnah contributed in India's freedom, whether it was Nehru, Mahatma Gandhi Ji or Veer Savarkar, people from all religions & communities played a role,” as per ANI. timesnownews
Situation peaceful at AMU as student protests continue
Situation at AMU remained peaceful today, days after protests rocked the campus over a portrait of Muhammad Ali Jinnah which hangs at the student union office.The indefinite dharna and boycott of academic activities by students, however, continued for the third day today. Police on Wednesday resorted to lathicharge, lobbed teargas shells to disperse AMU students demanding the arrest of protesters who had barged into the campus, agitating over the portrait of the Pakistan founder. Meanwhile, the president of Delhi's JNU Students' Union, Geeta Kumari, today asked RSS and different saffron groups to "stop interfering in the internal affairs" of different educational institutions in the country.Addressing the protesting AMU students at their dharna site, Geeta Kumari said, "AMU and all other universities are autonomous institutions and we will not accept attacks by such organisations in the affairs of different educational institutions." Among other prominent visitors to the dharna site was parliamentarian Pappu Yadav. He told student protestors that the issue of police "lathicharge on AMU students on Wednesday will be taken up by opposition parties because what took place was not a lathicharge but a premeditated attack on unarmed protesters".mid-day
Hindu Vahini had planned attack on Hamid Ansari: AMUSU
Aligarh: Expressing concern over the breach in the security of former Vice President of India Mohammad Hamid Ansari, AMUSU alleged that the members of Hindu Yuva Vahini (HYV) had barged into AMU campus on Wednesday with “deliberate intention to attack” him. Demanding a judicial probe into the incident, AMUSU has warned BJP and its parent organisation RSS, to not drag AMU into any controversy just for political mileage in the 2019 general polls. Caravan Daily
Centre should take a call on AMU Jinnah portrait:governor
UP governor Ram Naik on Saturday said since AMU is a central university, it was for the Centre to take a call on the issue of having a portrait of Jinnah at the institution.TOI
Jamaat expresses concern over row over appointment of SC judges
New Delhi:Jamaat-e-Islami Hind has expressed deep concern at the reports about the open friction between the senior most judges of the Supreme Court and the variance of the apex court with Govt  of India on the issue of appointment of judges. Addressing to media persons today at its monthly Press-Meet here, Secretary General of JIH, Muhammad Salim Engineer said:“Jamaat is also perturbed at some of the recent judgments delivered by the judiciary which seemed to go against common perception about the guilty, leaving the victims deprived of justice in those cases. Legacy issues like lack of speedy justice due to huge backlog of pending cases and the increasing unaffordability of pursuing justice continue to plague the Indian judiciary. theindianawaaz
Jamaat raises concern over judiciary
Jamaat demands death penalty for every rapist irrespective of age
New Delhi:Welcoming the Govt  ordinance awarding death penalty to those convicted of raping girls below the age of 12 years, Jamaat-e-Islami has demanded death penalty for every rapist irrespective of victim age.Secretary General of JIH, Muhammad Salim Engineer said:“Jamaat supports the Ordinance as it allows the setting up of new fast-track courts and installation of special forensic kits in all police stations and hospitals to expedite investigation in rape cases. Jamaat feels that capital punishment is necessary to deliver justice to the victim and also act as a deterrent for such heinous crimes. It has been demanding death penalty for every rapist irrespective of the age of the victim”.Jamaat also demanded a complete ban on alcohol and pornographic videos, as they too aid and abet the growing incidents of crime against women.” Responding to a question on the ongoing trouble in AMU, the JIH Secretary General said: “it is a ploy by fascist elements to polarize society on communal lines. They hope to divert people’s attention from the real issues and hide the failure of Govt on all fronts”.On the issue of some anti-social elements not allowing Friday namaz in public places in Gurgaon, he said:”It is another brazen attempt to polarize society and vitiate the peaceful atmosphere of the country. Those who remained calm in the face of such provocation should be lauded and police must crackdown on these anti-social elements’. Salim Engineer condemned the attack on civilians in Syria,Palestine and Afghanistan. Theindianawaaz
JK:5 militants including professor killed in gunfight
Srinagar: 5 militants including an assistant professor of Kashmir University were killed in a gunfight with security forces early Sunday in Shopian district while a civilian succumbed to a bullet injury in clashes with the forces.Mohammad Rafi, who taught sociology at the university and went missing on Friday was among the dead. Rafi was a resident of central district of Ganderbal. He was missing on Friday after he informed his family that he would be visiting home but didn’t turn up. Police suspect he might have joined militants.Early Sunday morning, security forces cordoned Badigam, a village in Shopian, after inputs about presence of militants. Police said that the hiding militants opened fire triggering an encounter.“Rafi called his family at around 5 in the morning and told them he is with militants. The family told us at 6 and we got his parents to ask him to surrender. Till then he had switched off his phone. We made multiple efforts for his surrender but it went in vain. It appears others did not allow him to come out,” said inspector general of police, S.P. Pani.HT
Muslims stopped again from offering Friday  Namaz at 10 locations in Gurugarm
Ever since the first incident of open Namaz disruption happened in Gurugram last week, there has been a growing concern among those from the Muslim community about more such incidents, especially after the Sanyukt Hindu Sangharsh Samiti, a collective of Hindutva outfits openly threatened to disrupt Friday prayers.On Friday, they actually stopped people from offering 'open' namaz at several parts of the city. Hindutva outfits went around the city shouting slogans like 'Jai Shri Ram' and 'Bangladeshi wapas jao'.Such scenes were reported from at least ten locations on Friday, where people offering namaz had to get up midway and run from the francy mob.The Sanyukt Hindu Sangharsh Samiti, a collective of 12 outfits including Shiv Sena, Bajrang Dal and VHP, etc, have threatened more such disruptions if the Muslims continue to offer open Namaz without permission from authorities.indiatimes
Hindutva Group Disrupts Namaz: Thrice in 3 Weeks
Namaz should be offered in mosques rather than public spaces: CM Khattar
Breaking his silence on the rise in incidents of right-wing groups preventing Muslims from offering namaz in open spaces in Gurugram, Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar on Sunday said such congregations should be restricted to mosques or Idgahs rather than public areas.“In our point of view, namaz should be offered at their designated places. Namaz should be offered at mosque and Eidgah. If there is shortage of place for namaz, then it should be offered at personal place. These are not such issues which should be displayed at public places,” Khattar said while speaking to journalists in Chandigarh.CM, who will leave for Israel and UK on Monday, however, acknowledged that it was the state’s duty to maintain law and order while saying there had been an increase in instances of namaz being offered in the open. “Its alright till no objections are raised on (offering namaz at public places). But if there are objection from any department, then we have to be carefull. So, we are keeping watch on it. It (namaz offering practice) was going well earlier but meantime there is increase in the issues of (offering namaz) at open places. So, we are taking care of it…We are counseling all that namaz should be offered at appropariate places not at public places,” he added.indianexpress
MP: Tribal woman, Muslim man’s nikah cancelled after VHP protest
Bhopal:Mandla district administration has cancelled the nikah between a tribal woman and a Muslim man at a Govt  mass marriage event after VHP raised objection to it, alleging that it amounted to illegal conversion. Saraswati Shivram, 22, and Saddam Sikandar Hussain, 23, both from Mandla, were among 1,001 couples who got married on April 26 at Mandla. Under the Mukhyamantri Kanyadan Yojana and Mukhymantri Nikah, marriages and nikahs are performed at the same venue.VHP leader Awadhesh Singh said the revocation was an admission that the administration had goofed up. He said the nikah was illegal because the bride had not converted to Islam. Singh said that VHP did not highlight case of a Hindu boy marrying a Muslim girl under the Kanyadan Yojana. Chief Municipal Officer of Mandla Nagar Palika said the couple had registered under the Kanyadan Yojana but chose to go for a nikah ceremony at the last moment. He said he was not present during the ceremony and it would have been difficult for Govt employees to keep an eye on so many couples.indianexpress
JK:Restrictions imposed amid protest call by separatists
Srinagar:Authorities on Sunday imposed restrictions in parts of Srinagar as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order in view of a strike called by separatists over the killing of militants during an encounter and the death of a civilian in a clash here.Restrictions under Section 144 of CrPc have been imposed in seven police station areas of the city here, a police official said. He said strict curbs have been imposed in the police station areas of Nowhatta, Rainawari,Safakadal, MR Gunj and Khanyar, while partial restrictions were in force in the Maisuma and Kralkhud areas.Curbs were put in place as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order, official said.
Bangladesh advocates OIC reforms for India's entry as observer in group
New Delhi: Bangladesh on Saturday advocated reforms of Organisation of Islamic Conference or OIC inferring entry of countries with large Muslim populations like India as observers in the grouping.  "A number of countries – not OIC members, have large number of Muslims as their citizens. The Muslims may be minority in those countries, but in terms of number – they often exceed the total population of many OIC member countries," Bangladesh Foreign Minister AH Mahmud Ali said in Dhaka on Saturday at the inaugural of OIC Foreign Ministers meet. "There is a need to build bridges with those non-OIC countries, so that a large number of Muslim populations do not remain untouched by the good work of OIC. That is why, reforms and re-structuring is critical for OIC," Ali said indicating entry of India as OIC observer. Islam is second largest religion in India and based on that Delhi has been advocating its entry into OIC for decades. economictimes
Call to challenge Mecca Masjid blast verdict
Hyderabad: Several organisations have demanded that the State Govt  challenge the acquittal of the five persons in the Macca Masjid blast by NIA special court. At a round table conference held here on Saturday, Lateef Mohd Khan, general secretary of Civil Liberties Monitoring Committee, pointed out that there is a trend across the country to liberate “Hindu radicals” who are involved in inhumane crimes. “All those involved in persecuting the minorities, dalits and adivasis are being given a clean chit by the courts. In all cases, the Govt  is influencing the investigation agencies and ensuring that the culprits are released. A national-level mass movement will be taken up to demand justice for the victims of all right wing purpotrated violence,” said Khan. deccanchronicle
Medieval-era tomb was converted into temple, confirms govt report: caravandaily
New Delhi: A Delhi Govt inquiry has confirmed the illegal conversion of a Tughlaq-era tomb into a temple in the heart of the city in mid-March this year. The report submitted to Deputy CM Manish Sisodia Saturday evening said that a fresh complaint was lodged to hand it back to Govt for restoration. The first complaint to remove the encroachments was filed with the Police on 14th March.“From being the tomb of an unidentified person dating back to the Tughlaq dynasty (1320-1413) to becoming Shiv Bhola temple two months ago, Gumti — a small, domed tomb in Safdarjung Enclave’s Humayunpur village — is facing an identity crisis. The state-notified monument built on a mound, amid buildings and a park, was painted white and saffron in March, and idols placed inside it,” said the daily in its report.On Friday itself, Deputy CM Sisodia ordered an inquiry to be carried out by the Art, Culture and Language Department of Delhi Govt. He had sought report by Saturday evening.An official in the know of the development told IANS on Saturday that the inquiry report was prepared and sent to the Deputy CM by Saturday evening. The official, however, refused to be named.“It is fundamental duty of ASI to act and restore the tomb,” Navaid Hamid, President of All India Muslim Majlis-e Mushawarat, told Caravan Daily.Taking note of the media report, the Delhi Minorities Commission has also issued a notice to Delhi Police and ASI.Delhi minority panel chairperson Dr.Zafarul IslamKhan said:“We have already issued a notice to police, Delhi Archeology Dept and ASI.”
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Imam Bukhari draws a veil over Jama Masjid facelift plan
New Delhi: The plan to give a makeover to the Jama Masjid area has once again run into fresh trouble. This time it is the Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid, Syed Ahmed Bukhari, who has objected to the redevelopment plan submitted to the Delhi Govt .Bukhari recently wrote to Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal opposing the proposal that seeks to ‘redevelop’ the Jama Masjid area along with the relocating of the iconic Meena Bazar,citing “lack of understanding of the religious process”. “Jama Masjid Precinct Redevelopment Plan, proposed by the private architecture consultant appointed by PWD offers no solution to the real issues. Rather, it would unnecessarily displace Meena Bazaar shopkeepers, which would lead to more chaotic situation and congestion,” Bukhari said in his letter to Baijal. He further stated that the plan “will be affecting adversely the visits for prayers in Jama Masjid, business of Meena Bazaar and tourism”.newindianexpress
Ishrat Jahan’s mother to oppose discharge pleas of Vanzara, former SP Amin: indianexpress
Ahmedabad:A special CBI court hearing Ishrat Jahan encounter case adjourned the hearing on discharge pleas of ex-IPS DG Vanzara and ex SP NK Amin and granted separate dates for arguments. On May 12, Amin will be arguing his case while on May 24, court will hear the arguments of Vanzara’s lawyer VD Gajjar.Meanwhile, Ishrat’s mother Shamima Kauser is likely to file her response, opposing discharge applications in the court next week, her lawyer told this paper outside the court. He said that Kauser is also going to challenge the order discharging ex-DGP PP Pandey from the trial. CBI has not challenged order in the HC yet. Vanzara and Amin have sought discharge on several common grounds such as not having prior Govt sanction under section 197 of CrPC for prosecuting them, parity with the discharge order of Pandey, many of the witnesses who were present at the scene of offence having been turned into prosecution witness, among others.
Clashes erupt among BHU students, security heightened
Varanasi:Clashes were reported from Banaras Hindu University after a student filed a complaint with the police alleging that he and his friends were attacked inside the University premises this morning. Police have started their investigation after the complaint was raised by the student. It is also reported that the security at BHU campus has been increased. The student who was attacked by the unknown people recounted the horror of the incident. “I was going for semester exams with my friends when around 10 people attacked us near Hindi Dept with hockey sticks,” said the student who was attacked today.The student further said,“They stabbed me and hit at my neck with a country-made gun. Some were juniors, we didn’t identify others.”financialexpress
After 2 beaten up, Dalits desert Baghpat village
48 hours after members of the Gujjar community attacked two Dalit teenagers of Kamala village in Baghpat, about a third of its Dalit homes stood deserted. All the young women had been sent away “as precaution”.Akash Khondwal, 19, a BA student, is on ventilator support at Meerut Critical Care Hospital. Doctors said that apart from a fractured leg and other injuries, his kidneys had been damaged in the assault, and his nails had been pulled out. The other victim, his 16-year-old nephew Manish, bears injuries all over his body.Dalit villagers alleged that the attacks followed an order by the pradhan, Pramod Rana, at a panchayat in Gujjar-dominated village. Of the village population of 5,100, Dalits number around a hundred. Both the pradhan and the police deny the allegation. Police also claimed that the situation was calm after the arrest of 7 accused in the case, including Rajveer, Rajpal, Rameshwar, Pappu, Birendra and Raj Singh. The police believe the attacks stemmed from an affair between an 18-year-old Gujjar woman and a 20-year-old Dalit man of the village. Villagers say that on April 15, woman’s parents married her off to a member of the community to break their relationship. But on April 27, the woman got together with Dalit youth and eloped.indianexpress
Order to inform cops about Dalit weddings in MP town revoked
Ujjain:Authorities of a town in Madhya Pradesh’s Ujjain district withdrew an order on Saturday that had asked functionaries of village panchayats to intimate the police about any weddings in Dalit families three days in advance.The order, issued on April 16 in Mahidpur town, 244km from Bhopal, came two days after a wedding procession of a Dalit groom was allegedly stopped by upper-caste men. The man belonged to Scheduled Caste Balai community, said an official.In the order, the SDM of Mahidpur, Jagdish Gome, had directed the secretaries of all village panchayats within his jurisdiction to inform the police three days in advance about any weddings being organised by families belonging to the SCs, STs and Other OBCs.HT
MP BJP MLA says child marriage will put an end to elopement, ‘love jihad’
Bhopal:Holding late marriages responsible for elopement and “love jihad”, a BJP MLA from Madhya Pradesh on Saturday said that he supports early marriages because child marriages, including those involving grooms and brides who never saw each other before, used to last “forever”, unlike divorces that are commonplace today.“Earlier girls and boys used to marry before they turned 18 and 21. Marriages were fixed when they used to be of tender age, and did not go astray…or (they did not) think of anyone else. Now they meet at coaching classes and some fall prey to vices like ‘love jihad’,’’ BJP MLA from Agar, Gopal Parmar, said while defending the comments he made at a Govt  function in Agar town.Linking late marriages to “love jihad” — a term used by Hindutva forces for marriages between Hindu women and Muslim men — BJP leader said girls are “emotional” and that they “get carried away” when someone offers to help them by changing name and identity. “I married as a child, and I ensured that marriages of my children — two daughters and a son — were fixed before they attained the legal age of marriage,” Parmar, 53, said. “They are all happy.”Parmar stated that no one had heard of divorces when child marriages were practised.indianexpress
Maharashtra plans to bring law to encourage inter-caste/ inter-religion marriages
Maharashtra Govt is planning to enact a law to encourage intercaste and inter- religion marriages and focus on giving protection to such couples, in the backdrop of instances of honour killing.The couples - where spouses are from different religions or castes - have to face various problems, including social boycott and the threat of honour killing, state social justice minister Rajkumar Badole said."Hence, besides other aspects, the law will focus on what kind of protection can be given to the couples who are facing threat to their lives," he said.According to NCRB, Maharashtra ranks fourth in the list of honour killings in the country.outlook
ATMs run out of cash in Arunachal, Nagaland, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram
The cash drought in most of the ATMs of the northeastern states has caused a lot of inconvenience for the people in the past few days.Senior bank officials said that the delay in supplying of remittances by RBI in Guwahati caused the note crisis in most of the ATMs.“We should put fresh notes in ATMs to run the apparatus smoothly. Currently, the bank has old notes and we have asked RBI in Guwahati to supply fresh notes of different denominations urgently,” SBI Regional Manager Dipak Chowdhury told IANS.IANS
BJP fields 850 Muslim candidates for W. Bengal rural polls
BJP has fielded more than 850 Muslim candidates — its highest so far in West Bengal — for the upcoming rural elections which will be held on May 14. In 2013, BJP had less than 100 Muslim candidates contesting in the previous rural elections. State BJP president Dilip Ghosh told PTI, the party would have fielded more than 2,000 minority candidates had the nomination process been peaceful. “Our party has expanded its base in Bengal by leaps and bounds and Muslims too think that BJP believes in development of all. We are running Govt at the Centre and in over 20 states, Muslims are living in peace and there are no problems.”indianexpress
WORLD
6 killed by Gaza Strip blast: Palestinian Ministry of Health
At least 6 people have been killed by an explosion in the Gaza Strip, according to Palestinian health ministry in Hamas-administered territory.At least 3 others were wounded by Saturday's blast, the cause of which remains unclear, the ministry said.The explosion took place in Deir el-Balah, in central Gaza Strip, Palestinian WAFA reported.Hamas' military wing has said Israel is responsible for the explosion, which it said took place during a "complex security and intelligence operation", AFP reported.This blast follows weeks of protests along the Israeli-Gaza border as part of the Great March of Return movement.aljazeera
Israel wounded 8000 protesters since 30 March
Israeli occupation soldiers have wounded around 8,000 unarmed Palestinians taking part in the Great March of Return activities along the eastern border of the Gaza Strip, local medical sources have revealed.According to Ministry of Health in Gaza, the Israeli troops had wounded 6,793 protesters by Thursday, including 24 who have each had one of their limbs amputated as a direct result of their injuries.On Friday, ministry spokesman Ashraf Al-Qidra announced that a further 1,143 protesters had been wounded, bringing the total since 30 March to 7,936. With no fatalities recorded on Friday,total of those killed by the Israelis since the end of March stands at 45.
Israel sources: Trump to ask Israel to withdraw from 4 East Jerusalem neighbourhoods
While US administration is yet to release details of what Donald Trump has called the “deal of the century”, Israeli sources have claimed that the American President will ask Israel to withdraw from 4 Palestinian neighbourhoods in occupied East Jerusalem.According to the Jerusalem Post, Trump will demand that Israel make this “painful concession” and transfer control of the 4 neighbourhoods – Jebl Mukabar, Issawiya, Shuafat and Abu Dis – to the Palestinians so that the territory could become the capital of a future Palestinian state. The demand, according to the Post, was communicated by US officials to Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman during his visit to Washington last week. The news comes as the US prepares to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on 14 May, a decision that has been universally condemned. Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel threatened to jeopardise the entire peace process. Following the decision, which was seen as an endorsement of the Israeli narrative, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said he would refuse any offer made by the Americans.MEMO
UAE prevents Yemen PM from leaving island
Yemeni Govt sources said on Friday that UAE has occupied an island in the Red Sea and prevented PM  Ahmed Bin Daghr from leaving, Anadolu has reported. A senior Saudi delegation has apparently arrived on Socotra in an effort to sort out the crisis between UAE and the internationally-recognised Yemeni Govt. Yemeni sources say that the UAE occupied the port and airport on the island just one day after deploying more than 100 troops there. Ben Daghr was on Socotra along with a Govt  delegation in order to prepare for and open a number of development projects. Saudi delegation arrived after contacts between Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi and Govt in Riyadh. According to the sources, UAE troops removed the Yemeni staff from the airport and port on Socotra and imposed their control over the 2 facilities.middleeastmonitor
Jordan’s Muslim Brotherhood loses control of powerful union after 26 yrs: arabnews
Amman: The switch of control after 26 years of Brotherhood dominance of the union follows a series of losses, including control of the main teachers union and a poor showing in the student council elections. The Muslim Brotherhood has lost control of one of Jordan’s largest labor unions in the latest blow to the movement.Members of the powerful Engineers Union voted for a coalition of Arab nationalists, liberals and independents instead of the Islamist list, according to the final results announced early on Saturday.The switch of control after 26 years of Brotherhood dominance of the union follows a series of losses, including control of the main teachers union and a poor showing in the student council elections. It comes two days after Zaki Bani Irshid, a controversial senior figure in the Muslim Brotherhood, lost the leadership fight in Islamic Action Committee, movement’s political arm in Jordan.
Lebanon holds general election for first time in 9 years
Polls have opened in Lebanon, kicking off the country's first parliamentary elections in nearly a decade.Sunday's vote sees 583 candidates compete for 128 seats in parliament through 77 rival lists, spread across 15 districts.Under the terms of a new electoral law that introduced proportional representation, voters will be casting two votes; one for a list of candidates and one for a single preferred candidate.There are up to 3.8 million registered voters in the country. Over 700,000 voters will be casting their ballots for first time.aljazeera
Tunisia votes in first municipal elections since uprising
Tunisians are heading to the polls on Sunday to vote in the country's first free municipal polls since removal of President Zine El Abidine’s Govt  in 2011. While Tunisia has since voted in parliamentary and presidential elections, municipal polls have been delayed 4 times due to logistic, administrative and political hurdles."This Sunday will not be like other days. For the first time, the Tunisian people are called to participate in municipal elections, something that seems simple but it is very important," Tunisian President Caid Essebsi said. Aljazeera
Bangladesh opposition leader Zia's fraud conviction flayed
Jailing of the leader of Bangladesh's main opposition party, currently serving a 5-year sentence for fraud, is a "political" ploy without adequate evidence to justify prosecution, a senior UK lawyer has said.Lord Alex Carlile QC, a member of the legal team of Khaleda Zia, chairperson of BNP, says he had "not seen any evidence whatsoever that could justify prosecuting Zia, let alone convicting her" following a review of all the "relevant" documents."I have seen absolutely nothing to suggest that this client has been involved in any fraud,"Lord Carlile said."There is going to be an election at the end of year. It seems plain to me given that there is no evidence against her, there must be a reason for her to be arrested in this way and the only one that could be produced, beyond there having been a rather major and inexplicable mistake, is that Govt doesn't want her to be campaigning during the election."Aljazeera
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