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20 May: Cracks in Naga People’s Front as Manipur unit defies diktat to pull out of BJP-led govt/ Kathua rape accused’s signatures don’t match with exam attendance sheet: Lab report/ MP: Riyaz lynched, Shakeel injured, booked for cow slaughter, families deny charge; 4 'attackers' also arrested


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20 May 2018:04 Ramazan 1439: Vol:10, No:25
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Cracks in Naga People’s Front as Manipur unit defies diktat to pull out of BJP-led govt
Guwahati: Cracks are appearing in the Naga People’s Front (NPF) with its Manipur unit saying that it has no problems with BJP-led Manipur Govt and will continue to be a part of it despite NPF president and ex-CM of Nagaland Shurhozelie Liezietsu’s diktat to withdraw support on Friday. Manipur unit of NPF has said that it has not received any official communication from party president.In another clear sign of division in the party’s ranks, NPF’s Manipur leaders will also take part in Sunday’s North East Democratic Alliance or NEDA(BJP-led umbrella of regional parties) conclave in Guwahati even as senior NPF leaders from Nagaland have decided to stay away.BJP president Amit Shah attended the conclave along with other senior leaders of regional parties, including Nagaland CM  Neiphiu Rio, Manipur’s N Biren Singh, Arunachal CM  Pema Khandu, Meghalaya’s CM  Conrad Sangma, Biplab Deb from Tripura. Sikkim CM  Pawan Kumar Chamling didn’t turn up at the conclave and deputed state’s lone MP Prem Das Ray.“We have read it in the papers. But there is no official communication,” said Awangbow Newmai, who heads the NPF in Manipur and is one of the 4 NPF MLAs who have lent support to the N Biren Singh-led coalition Govt .BJP has 21 seats in the 60–member house, NPF and National People’s Party have four each. LJP and Trinamool have once each and there is one Independent MLA. Congress is the largest party with 28 seats.On Friday, Shurhozelie Liezietsu had said that there was no reason for NPF Manipur to continue with the Govt .The statement came after former CM  and leader of Opposition TR Zeliang, citing the political drama in Karnataka, came out against the Nagaland governor and asked why NPF was not allowed to form the Govt  even when it emerged as the single largest party with 26 MLAs. Zeliang is expected to stake claim to form the Govt  in Nagaland on Monday.  “We are busy with by-polls. But we will approach the governor on Monday and ask him to invite us to form the Govt since we are the single largest party,” Sebastian Zumvu, NPF spokesperson said.He also confirmed that the party president has asked the Manipur MLAs to withdraw support.HT
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Nagaland: 1 lakh students to abstain from voting in Lok Sabha bye-election on May 28
Nearly one lakh students will abstain from voting in the Nagaland Lok Sabha bye-election on May 28, reported The Morung Express. The All Nagaland College Students’ Union said their move was a mark of protest against the failure of the state Govt  to improve the education sector.“We have written to the CM  [Neiphiu Rio] multiple times and even sought appointments with him, but he has not yet given a positive response,” union president Katho P Awomi said at a press conference on Saturday. “So we were compelled to come out with a resolution in our first presidential meeting that the ANSCU with its 42 affiliated colleges will abstain from participating in the bye-election Lok Sabha seats in Nagaland.” The students may also hold protest rallies on the day of voting. Awomi said the Govt  has not come up with any new policy for the education sector. “We are talking about change, but there is no change,” he said. “They are not listening to our multiple appeals. We are not even asked to sit around the table to discuss the possibilities.”scroll.in
Protests against Citizenship Bill ahead of Amit Shah’s Assam visit
Guwahati:Protests against New Delhi’s bid to push Citizenship(Amendment) Bill, 2016 preceded the visit of Bharatiya Janata Party national president Amit Shah for the third conclave of North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) here on Sunday.NEDA is a BJP-led group of regional parties that have traditional had Congress as a political adversary in the Northeast.Activists of Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) and other NGOs opposed to the citizenship bill lined up with black flags along street near Guwahati’s Lokapriya Gopinath Bardoloi International Airport and outside the NEDA conclave venue — Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra — before Mr. Shah arrived by a special flight around 10:30 am.But police rounded up the protestors an hour before his arrival and arrested KMSS chief Akhil Gogoi and other leaders. “We will never allow BJP to pass this anti-Assam bill. Our democratic protests will continue,” Gogoi said before he was herded into a bus. CMs of 6 of 8 northeastern states where BJP is ruling on its own or in coalition are attending the conclave. thehindu
Congress, JD(S) meet today to discuss alliance details; Kumaraswamy to call on Sonia and Rahul tomorrow
Congress and JD(S) MLAs will meet in Bengaluru on Sunday to chalk out the details of the alliance, a day after BJP’s Yeddyurappa resigned as Karnataka CM after an emotional speech without facing the floor test in the assembly as BJP fell short of numbers.The post-election alliance of the JD(S) and Congress, which claims the support of 117 members, has already staked its claim to form the Govt  and said it would be headed by Kumaraswamy, son of ex PM HD Deve Gowda.New CM will take oath at Kanteerava stadium on May 23, tentatively between 12 noon and 1.50pm.The incoming CM, who faces a delicate balancing act in allocating portfolios in his coalition Govt, may keep the finance portfolio with himself. People familiar with the matter said Congress leader G Parameshwara is likely to become the deputy CM  and home minister, reports ANI. After a meeting with Congress leaders on Saturday, Kumaraswamy said they also discussed moving the confidence motion on May 24.He said he would meet Sonia Gandhi and Rahul on May 21 to extend his gratitude to them. “I will also discuss how many Congress and JD(S) MLAs will become ministers,” said Kumaraswamy.HT
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Kathua rape accused’s signatures don’t match with exam attendance sheet: Lab report
The signature of Vishal Jangotra, an accused in the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua in January, does not match the one which he claimed to have signed in an exam attendance sheet in Meerut to claim he was not at the crime scene, according to a report of forensic experts. The report by Central Forensic Sciences Laboratory (CFSL), detailing this conclusion, has been submitted to the crime branch of J&K  police, according to officials in the probe team.The crime branch, meanwhile, issued notices to all the three friends of Vishal for appearing before it for questioning tomorrow after the Supreme Court gave a go ahead on May 17 for their further examination.The officials said the report has stated that Vishal had not put the signature on the attendance sheet and it was done by someone else.“Questioner of Examined Documents” (QED), who is an expert on examination of handwriting samples, opined that the signatures on the attendance sheet did not match with that of Vishal, son of Sanji Ram, the alleged mastermind of the murder, the officials said.Police wanted to again question his three friends -- Sachin, Neeraj and Sahil -- but they had approached the Supreme court earlier this month alleging harassment by the crime branch.In its charge sheet, crime branch had mentioned that some officials of the university had allegedly received “huge amount at kickback from accused Sanji Ram”.Vishal is among eight people who have been charge sheeted by the crime branch in the rape and murder of the girl.HT
BJP leader Lal Singh leads march for CBI probe into Kathua rape and murder case
Jammu: Former state minister and senior BJP leader Choudhary Lal Singh on Sunday led a march in J&K ’s Kathua district, seeking CBI probe into Kathua rape and murder case. Lal Singh walked barefoot for nearly five hours after which his supporters urged him to get into a vehicle as he developed blisters in his feet.The march was organised to mount pressure on the state Govt to have the Kathua rape and murder case investigated by the CBI. Singh and another senior BJP leader Chander Prakash Ganga resigned from the state cabinet following their participation in a rally organised by Hindu Ekta Manch in Hiranagar area in January this year.IANS
BJP MLA Sengar booked for conspiracy to frame Unnao rape victim’s father in arms case
Lucknow: CBI has booked BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar for allegedly being part of a conspiracy to falsely implicate the Unnao rape victim’s father in an Arms Act. The rape victim’s father died on April 9 in judicial custody. A CBI official said call records of the complainant and policemen posted at the police station where the case was lodged suggested they were in touch with the MLA on April 3, the day the case was lodged.A CBI court Saturday sent the Bangarmau MLA to two days’ police remand and the agency plans to question him with evidence they have gathered and the two policemen arrested earlier, said the official.On Wednesday, CBI arrested former Makhi police station officer Ashok Singh Bhadauriya and SI Kamta Prasad Singh for allegedly framing the rape victim’s father in an Arms Act case and forging Govt  records. They are in a 3-day police custody, which ends Monday.indianexpress
Dalit agitation: Bail plea of 34 including BSP, Bhim Sena leaders rejected; NSA invoked against chief
Muzaffarnagar:A sessions court has rejected the bail plea of 34 accused, including BSP district president Kamal Gautam and Bhim Sena district chief Upkar Bavra, in connection with the violence during the ‘Bharat Bandh’ on April 2.Turning down the bail plea, Additional District Sessions Judge Gaurav Srivastava said there was no case of bail. According to the Govt ’s lawyer Jitender Tyagi, the police had registered a number of cases against the accused under different sections relating to violence and rioting.e BSP leader was arrested on April 5, while Bavra surrendered in a court in Muzaffarnagar on April 13. Both were sent to judicial custody. The stringent NSA  has been invoked against Bavra.PTI
MP: Riyaz lynched, Shakeel injured, booked for cow slaughter, families deny charge; 4 'attackers' also arrested
Bhopal: A Muslim tailor died of injuries in hospital after a mob allegedly attacked him and a friend in MP’s Satna district on suspicion of cow slaughter, the police said on Saturday. Police identified the tailor as Riyaz, 45. His friend, Shakeel, 38, was injured in the alleged assault and admitted in a hospital in Jabalpur.They were allegedly beaten up by attackers armed with sticks un Amgara village, about 28km from their home in Purani Basti neighbourhood of Maihar town, in the early hours of Friday.Tension gripped Satna, about 485km northeast of the state capital Bhopal, following the incident and police stepped up security. Union home minister Rajnath Singh is scheduled to visit Satna on Sunday.Riyaz died at the district hospital in Satna a few hours after the alleged assault.In his complaint to the police, Shakeel said a mob attacked him and Riyaz around 3am on Friday.Police said Shakeel denied engaging in cow slaughter.Police arrested 4 residents of Amgara village on charges of murder and assault.The suspects were identified as Pawan Singh Gond, Vijay Singh Gond, Phool Singh Gond and Narayan Singh Gond.One of the accused, Pawan Singh Gond, lodged a complaint with the police against Riyaz and Shakeel, accusing them of slaughtering cows in the village. Police registered FIR on the basis of Gond’s complaint against Riyaz and Shakeel under sections of MP Cow Slaughter Ban Act.“On the basis of FIR lodged by the villager, Shakeel will be arrested after he is discharged from the hospital,” Satna SP Rajesh Kumar Hingankar  said.Shakeel’s father Ismail Khan denied the charge against his son.“All I know is he had gone out to collect some dues from some person,” said Khan. HT
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Ludhianvi:5 Muslims injured in clash as 'mob attacked them opposing construction of mosque'
Ludhiana: A day after 5 people were injured in a clash between members of the Muslim and Valmiki communities in Preet Vihar village here, a contingent of the Rapid Action Force was rushed in to the locality to quell any kind of violence in the wake of the brawl.The additional force was sent as Preet Vihar had become tense after the clash had taken a communal colour. While the police claimed that the clash was the result of an old enmity, Naib Shahi Imaam Maulana Usman Ludhianvi said a mob attacked about 15 members of Muslim community as they were opposing the construction of a mosque in the area. “They attacked the Muslims at the time they were offering Tarawi,” he said.“It was unprovoked and 200 metres from the under-construction mosque.”Even as the preacher cried foul, Meherban police station SHO Davinder Kumar said they had registered a case against unidentified persons for the attack. “Clash was not over the construction of a mosque. The injured persons received minor injuries; they are fine now,” he said, but admitted to the mosque’s proximity to scene of the clash.On Friday evening, alleged Ludhianavi, members of the Muslim community were getting ready for prayers when the mob of around 20-30 persons from the other community attacked them at Preet Vihar in Kailash Nagar.He claimed that the attackers were armed with weapons. “They didn’t even spare women,” he said. TOI
Issue of Muslims offering prayers being politicised: CM
Chandigarh: Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar said the issue of Muslims offering prayers at open places was being “politicised” by some people.“The matter of offering prayers at open places by Muslims, which is a social, not political, issue is being politicised by some people and taken in the wrong direction.No one has the right to hurt religious sentiments…and such matters can be settled only through peaceful dialogues,” he said at an event in Chandigarh.Khattar said that population is increasing, including the number of people belonging to the Muslim community.“With the number of people offering prayers increasing, the number of places available for offering prayers has become small,”he said according to a state Govt  release. Namaz, jaagran and other forms of prayers are religious matters and it is “quite okay” to offer prayers at public places until anyone raises objection, Khattar said, adding when someone objects, Govt has to take cognizance of it and step forward to maintain law and order.As far as the ‘Bhagavad Gita’ is concerned, he said it is a way of life and the Supreme Court has also given judgment that ‘Gita’ is a way of life, that is, the art of living.People around the world are willing to follow the ‘Gita’, he claimed. Khattar also said that the Gayatri Mantra is a part of people’s faith and if anyone wanted to recite the mantra, he can. Govt has not issued any mandatory orders in this regard, he added.PTI
My only son was murdered, we want justice, demands Dr Faiyaz Alam family
New Delhi:Family of Dr Faiyaz Alam, who was found dead in suspicious circumstances in the Boys hostel of Katihar Medical College & Hospital, Bihar on March 20th this year demanding a high level probe into the matter. Dr Alam’s family has been running from pillar to post for justice alleging Police have been soft-pedalling the investigation apparently under the pressure of Dr Ashfaque Karim, Managing Director, of the College and also a Rajya Sabha MP.Recalling the last call that Dr Alam made to his family, his wailing mother Sitara Begum said at a Press conference here on Saturday: “On March 19th around 10pm Faiyaz called me to tell me ‘Ammi, you don’t know how many enemies are after me.’ When I asked him about them he said you don’t know about them. Then I started weeping and did not call him again thinking he might have slept. Next day around 9am, Faiyaz’s senior named Nihal called me saying that Faiyaz was not well. As I reached there I found my son was lying dead in Emergency Ward of the college.”“Now I don’t have any reason to live. My son left this world. I have knocked many doors for justice. Nobody from the College management informed us about my son’s death. I had handed over my son to Ashfaque Karim. He has not told us what happened to my son and who killed him. What did my son do? My only son has been killed. I want justice for my son!” she pleaded.Nahas Mala, president of Students Islamic Organisation of India said, “Police is under pressure in this matter, so, has not investigated the case while it is clear that Faiyaz was murdered.”In the press conference AMU Students’ Union president Maskoor Ahmad Usmani said, ” It has been 2 months but nothing has happened."Caravan Daily
No Hindutva outfit supported Sena’s rally against police, claims BJP
BJP on Saturday claimed that no Hindutva outfit worth its name has extended its support or participated in the rally organised by the Shiv Sena on Saturday.“Instead, BJP workers are focusing on rehabilitation of the affected people and visited many areas to identify such beleaguered residents instead of indulging in further waste of time. People particularly in few old city areas have suffered due to the riots for no fault of theirs. It was a trivial thing that triggered the riots and some people saw it as opportunity to do politics over it,” Boralkar said. He added that almost all the Hindutva organizations refrained from being part of the rally dubbed as ‘Hindu Shakti Pradarshan morcha’ by the Sena.“A few religious leaders from outside the city may have participated in the rally, but most of the locals turned their back towards the rally that was not at all in the interest of the city. There were around 5,000 people who responded to the call and most of them were from outside the city,” Boralkar said. “Shiv Sainiks from outside also arrived in the city to attend the rally, but participation of locals was also sizeable. Many Hindutva outfits, including followers of Asaram Bapu, participated in the morcha,” Sena district unit chief said. TOI
11 yrs of Mecca Masjid blast: Civil rights group accuses NIA of “non-serious” probe
Civil Liberties Monitoring Committee (CLMC) express its deep distress on the occasion of 11 years of Mecca Masjid bomb blast and subsequent police firing in which many people died and more than hundreds were injured. “It should be remembered that on May 18, 2007 a powerful bomb exploded by the Hindutva terrorists in Mecca Masjid during the Friday prayer, immediately after that police started firing on unarmed people with the intention to kill them and within minutes Telugu electronic media started scrolling news blaming that Muslim youths are responsible for blast and then started stories that a Muslim youth exploded the bomb by operating it from Bangladesh,” said CLMC’s statement released today. It further said, “Mecca Masjid bomb blast and subsequent police firing and propaganda against Muslims, implicating Muslim youths in terror charges and acquittal of Hindutva terrorists from the court by stating lack of evidence, and the immediate resignation of the presiding judge made this terror attack as a strange case of terrorism and an unholy nexus can be seen in-between state and non-state factor which resulted in the denial of justice to the Makkah Masjid blast victims.”TCN
12 years on, no justice for Makkah Masjid victims
Kerala: Muslim Leaders complaint CM about anti-minority’ approach of a section of police
Kozhikode:Leaders of major Muslim organisations has complained to CM  Pinarayi Vijayan about what they termed ‘anti-minority’ approach of a section of the police in the State.At a meeting with the CM  here, they alleged that a section of the force was behaving in a hostile manner towards members of the community while handling law and order issues.They claimed that several community members had been illegally arrested in connection with the recent WhatsApp hartal call and remanded in judicial custody.Some of the cases in which expatriates were held as accused too were brought to the attention of CM. Jamaat-e-Islami leaders were among those who criticised and aired concerns over the functioning of the police. CM said the issues would be addressed by the Govt  at all possible levels. At the same time, Vijayan justified the police action against those involved in organising the WhatsApp hartal. “Action taken by the police helped in maintaining peace and prevented communal clashes,” he said. CM claimed that those arrested had some role in the incidents and police would verify it again.Another grievance raised at meet was the delay in getting permission for constructing new mosques.thehindu
Pinarayi reaches out to Muslim community

MP university: Students from J&K ordered to disclose bank details
Bhopal: Earlier this month, the Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Mass Communication, popularly known as MCU, had started collecting personal details of students hailing from J&K , Bihar and Jharkhand, supposedly on the orders of state police HQ (PHQ).  However, PHQ authorities have denied issuing any such order.The letter, purportedly issued from the PHQ, dated May 10, and addressed to the registrar of the university, had demanded 14 personal details of students from abroad and from J&K , Bihar and Jharkhand under a “special confidential inquiry for security reasons”.The letter was received by MCU administration the next day and an order for collecting the desired information was issued by the assistant registrar (academics) Girish Joshi to all HoDs and directors of University’s campuses located in Rewa, Gwalior, Amarkantak and Khandwa.PHQ, however denied having made any such request to the university.The information that the purported letter sought to seek included the caste, religion, father’s name, permanent address, current address, mobile number, passport details, institute name, course and its duration, admission documents and even bank details. DB POST(Danik Bhaskar Group)
Railways’ plans veg-only menu for Gandhi Jayanti
New Delhi :If a proposal from the railways is approved, Oct. 2 will not only be celebrated as Rashtriya Swachhta Diwas, but also as ‘Vegetarian Day’ as a mark of respect to Mahatma Gandhi, India’s most-famous ambassador for vegetarianism. Railway Board has proposed that no non-vegetarian food will be served to passengers on railway premises on Oct.2 in 2018, 2019 and 2020 when the central Govt  has planned a special commemoration of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi,according to a blueprint prepared by it.Besides observing ‘Vegetarian Day’, the railways plans to run a ‘special salt rake’ from Sabarmati on March 12 to commemorate the Dandi March and ‘swachhata express’ trains from Sabarmati to various stations connected with Gandhiji. National transporter will also issue tickets with watermark of Mahatma’s image.PTI
Kashmir ceasefire: PM Modi calls for peace, CM praises the ‘difficult decision’
Arriving in J&K days after the announcement of a ceasefire for Ramzan,PM  Narendra Modi on Saturday appealed to youths to return to the mainstream, calling himself “a disciple of Kashmiriyat”. Welcoming the ceasefire as a sign of the Centre’s “big heart”, CM Mehbooba Mufti assured PM that the people would respond to the gesture. Inaugurating the 330 MW Kishanganga Hydel Power Project, Modi said in Srinagar, “Whether it is the withdrawal of thousands of cases against students or the decision of ceasefire taken in this holy month of Ramzan, the thought behind it is that every citizen of Kashmir gets stability and development. Friends, this is not just a ceasefire, this is also a medium to highlight those who spread terror in guise of Islam.”Speaking after CM Mufti, who again called for dialogue to find a solution to the Kashmir issue, PM said, “PDP-BJP coalition Govt,under the leadership of Muftiji, and NDA Govt  at Centre, is continuously trying to bring such youth into the mainstream who, influenced by false propaganda, are attacking their holy land.”indianexpress
PM Modi, Putin to discuss fallout of US sanctions at informal summit in Sochi
New Delhi:The global fallout of US sanctions on Russia and Iran will dominate PM  Narendra Modi’s informal meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at Sochi on Monday even as New Delhi will try to make its position clear that it would like Moscow to invest much more in the bilateral relationship with India rather than in Europe.South Block officials familiar with the forthcoming Sochi dialogue said that PM  Modi’s focus will be to exchange notes with Russia, which, along with France, Germany and EU, wants to pursue 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran after US walked out of the agreement and imposed sanctions on the West Asian country earlier this month.HT
Modi govt wants to change how civil service entrants are allocated IAS, IPS, IFS, IRS
New Delhi: Modi Govt  is considering a significant change in the existing rules to allocate the service as well as the cadre or state to those qualifying in the prestigious All India Civil Services Examination.PMO has sought the opinion of the cadre-controlling ministries on a proposal to allocate the cadre and the service to probationers only after they complete their three-month foundation course.At present, qualifying candidates are immediately allocated the service as well as the cadre based on the ranks they secure in the examination, conducted by UPSC, for 24 all-India services including the premier IAS, IPS, the IFS, and the Indian Revenue Service, among others. If the proposal does come through, those cracking the prestigious exam may now have to endure a nerve-wracking three-month wait, until they complete their foundation course, to know about the service and cadre they are being allocated.Although senior officials in the know claimed PMO had not explained the rationale behind the proposal, they pointed to other efforts by Modi Govt  to finetune and mould the civil services by getting new recruits to work in the national capital.theprint
Jamat-e-Islami urges Muslims to boycott Israeli dates
Hyderabad: President of Jamat-e-Islami Hind Telangana Hamed Mohammed Khan appealed Muslims to boycott Israeli products especially Israeli dates to record their protest against oppression and atrocities against Palestinians in Gaza. He said Israel, under the patronage of US, has restarted atrocities against Palestinians. More than 60 Palestinians were killed by Israeli firing and thousands were injured. Khan said the main culprit is the US which has shifted its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. He said despite protest by Islamic countries and the Arab world, the wrongheadedness of US is condemnable. He further said that the meeting of Security Council of United Nations also failed to stop the oppression of Palestinians by Israel.Khan said Jamat has formally passed a resolution to boycott Israeli products. He urged Muslim traders not to sell Israeli dates as the profit earned by selling Israeli products is used against Palestinians.siasat
Gorakhpur doctor Kafeel Khan seeks his job back
Lucknow:Out on bail after spending seven months in jail in connection with the deaths of 30 infants at the BRD Hospital in Gorakhpur, Dr. Kafeel Khan on Saturday applied for the restoration of his job. He was serving as an assistant lecturer in Department of Paediatrics when he was suspended on August 22, 2017, days after the tragedy.On Saturday, Dr. Khan wrote to the principal of the college requesting the revocation of his suspension order.thehindu
AMU ranked second in US News Education, Best Global Universities Rankings
US News Education, Best Global Universities Rankings that has ranked AMU the second best among Indian universities and its Department of Mathematics is 129th in the world.“US News Education has also ranked AMU on 305th rank in the world for studying biology and biochemistry and on 460 rank for studying physics,”said AMU’s press statement released after the rankings.AMU V-C, Professor Tariq Mansoor said, “University is proud to claim the top spot in US News Education Rankings.” He added that these rankings reveal that AMU is one of the most prestigious universities with very high entry standards. “AMU attracts students from all over country and the world,” said V-C.Meanwhile, Prof M Mursaleen (Chairperson DRS-SAP-II Programme) said that Dept.of Mathematics has a unique achievement as it is only mathematics dept from an Indian University in top slots.TCN
Rohingyas survive on little, but their hearts are full of hope this Ramzan
New Delhi: “Month of Ramzan shows us how to be graceful, thankful and have the patience to find contentment in our circumstances,” said Bashir Ahmed. Incredible that Rohingya Muslim refugee should express such optimism when all that he had in his claustrophobic shack as the iftar meal were slices of water melon for himself, his wife and three children to quench their thirst, and afterward a humble meal of rice and vegetables and a cucumber and onion salad.At iftar on the first Friday of the holy month of Ramzan, family ate in silence under the glow of the white light that highlighted the claustrophobic interiors of their plastic and bamboo shelter. As the sun went down, the same scene played out in the other tents at Kalindi Kunj, where 48 Rohingya families were trying to come to terms with their already burdened lives facing, on April 15, another trial by fire, literally, when their huts were destroyed by a blaze.TOI
China’s gold mine at Arunachal border may become another flash point with India
China has begun large-scale mining operations on its side of the border with Arunachal Pradesh where a huge trove of gold, silver and other precious minerals valued at about USD 60 billion has been found, a media report said on Sunday. Mine project is being undertaken in Lhunze county under Chinese control adjacent to the Indian border, the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported. China claims Arunachal Pradesh as part of southern Tibet.Projecting the mining operations as part of China’s move to take over Arunachal Pradesh, the report said “people familiar with the project say the mines are part of an ambitious plan by Beijing to reclaim South Tibet”. “China’s moves to lay claim to the region’s natural resources while rapidly building up infrastructure could turn it into ‘another South China Sea’ they said,” it said.PTI
6 policemen killed, one injured in Chhattisgarh as Maoists blow up police vehicle
Nagpur: 6 policemen were killed and one suffered serious injuries when Maoists blew up a vehicle, carrying 7 policemen, in the Dantewada district of south Chhattisgarh on Sunday. IED blast took place near Cholnar village, around 20 kms from Kirandu, Dantewada.Dantewada DIG Police,P.Sunder Raj gave confirmation that 5 out of the 7 policemen who were travelling in the vehicle died on the spot of the incident.Thehindu
Shocking! Gurugram man rapes 12-yr-old daughter for 6 months, finds it to be normal!
Yet another heinous act came to light when a 37-year-old father was arrested by the Gurugram police for repeatedly raping his 12-year-old daughter for six months. According to police, the victim who is a class 5 student was told that it is normal to have a relationship with father and threatened her to disclose the crime. The man was identified as Bhoge Ram from Bihar’s Madhubani, works as a labourer in a factory in Pataudi. While his second wife lived with him and worked as a domestic help in the area, his first wife lives in their native place. According to inspector Poonam Singh, SHO, women police station Manesar, “The man was arrested on Friday night at 10 pm. He was questioned in detail about the matter, but he seems to have no regret or guilt. He behaved normally and what is shocking is that he had manipulated the girl into believing that such sexual abuse happens in every house.”The victim narrated the entire incident to her stepmother but the woman refused to believe her. However, she returned home early on Friday and was in shock to witness her husband forcing the child, said police.Newsx
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Banned worshippers pray at Al-Aqsa Mosque gates in defiance of Israeli policy
In an attempt to counter Israel’s policy of depriving them of their right to pray at Al-Aqsa Mosque, Palestinians banned from doing so by the occupation authorities are resorting to standing at the nearest access points to the Noble Sanctuary gates, Quds Press has revealed. The Israelis want to keep Palestinian visitors away from the Sanctuary as part of their Judaisation plan for the occupied city of Jerusalem.Those prevented from having access to Al-Aqsa include not only Palestinians from across the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, but also natives of Jerusalem itself. Men and women alike are affected.Hanadi Halawani — Umm Mahmood — recalled to Quds Press the atmosphere in Al-Aqsa Mosque during the month of Ramadan in previous years with great pain and sorrow. “This year,” she explained, “the occupation has spoiled the most important ritual of the holy month of Ramadan, which is spending time with my family and friends in Al-Aqsa.” She lives in Wadi Al-Joz neighbourhood, which is the nearest point to the mosque after the Old City. “Painfully, I have to watch buses which pass in front of my house every day loaded with hundreds of worshippers coming to Al-Aqsa, while I am deprived of that opportunity because of an order by the Israeli occupation.”middleeastmonitor
Demonstration to support Palestinians held outside UN
Geneva;Hundreds gathered on Saturday for a peaceful demonstration outside the UNO in Geneva in solidarity with Palestinians who suffered Israeli aggression in the Gaza Strip. The demonstration was organized by non-governmental organizations International Alliance for Human Rights and Development (IAHRD) and Association des Victimes de Torture en Tunisie (AVTT) and supported by over 20 nonprofits including Cojep International in Switzerland.The demonstrators condemned the massacres and called on the UN and other international organizations to act against Israel and criticized the countries that have remained silent over the human rights violations. They carried placards saying "Free Palestine" and "Terrorist Israel".The protesters also called for an end to Israeli occupation and an independent probe into Gaza killings.Anadolu
3 more Gazans die of wounds, death toll rises to 65
GAZA: 3 Palestinian on Saturday succumbed to wounds they sustained during protests against the decades-long Israeli occupation earlier this week, according to the Health Ministry. The ministry identified the martyrs as Moeen al-Saei, 58, Mohammed Olayyan, 20, and Ahmed al-Abd Abo Samra, 21. The new deaths bring to 65 the number of Palestinians martyred by Israeli gunfire during Monday’s protests on Gaza Strip’s eastern border. Hundreds more were injured.Anadolu
Palestinians reject Ramadan meals provided by UAE
Jerusalemite activists have launched a hashtag on Twitter – #we are not hungry – as a rejection of Ramadan meals provided by UAE for visitors to Al-Aqsa Mosque. They argue that Gulf State is consorting with the Israeli occupation of Palestine, having sent a team to cyclists to participate in the international Giro d’Italia cycle race which passed through occupied Jerusalem on 70th anniversary of the Nakba. Palestinian Olympic Committee has condemned participation of UAE riders in the race.It described such participation as a precedent of such gravity that it is treason against the great struggle of the Palestinian people.According to Hebrew-language radio in Israel, the normalisation of relations between the occupation state and the UAE is such that Minister of Communications Ayoob Kara has received an official invitation to visit the Emirates. The Israeli minister added that he is also expecting Gulf officials to visit Israel soon.middleeastmonitor
Israel shells Hezbollah positions in southern Syria
Israeli tanks in Syria’s Golan Heights on Saturday shelled Hezbollah positions in southern Syria, according to local sources. The shelling targeted the village of Tulul al-Humur, south of Quneitra, the sources said. Meanwhile, explosions were heard in Deir Ez-zour military airport in eastern Syria. No further reports were available about casualties. Local sources in the area said the explosions were believed to have been caused by Israeli attacks in the area. There was no comment from Syria or Israel on the report. Anadolu Agency
US withdraws military,financial aid from northwest Syria
Trump administration has withdrawn all assistance from northwest Syria, CBS News reported on Friday, a move it said demonstrated that the US intends to leave Syria quickly once Daesh is fully defeated.Citing unnamed administration officials, CBS said tens of millions of dollars will be cut from previous US-backed efforts including projects for “countering violent extremism, supporting independent society and independent media, strengthening education, and advocating for community policing.”The decision was made over the last few weeks after Donald Trump asked for a review of all US assistance to Syria, CBS said.“US assistance in the northwestern region is viewed as not having a great impact on Syria in the long-term,” CBS said.The White House and State Dept did not immediately respond to Reuters requests for comment.middleeastmonitor
Syrian Observatory: IS fighters leaving last Damascus enclave
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a group of Islamic State fighters had been evacuated from the last insurgent enclave near Damascus on Sunday in a withdrawal that will restore state control over the area.Syrian state media made no mention of a deal to allow the militants to leave the enclave centred around the Palestinian Yarmouk refugee camp. On Saturday, a Syrian military source denied that any agreement had been reached, state media said.With the recovery of the Yarmouk enclave, the Syrian Govt  will have crushed the last besieged rebel enclave in western Syria, though swathes of territory at the borders with Turkey, Iraq and Jordan remain outside its control.The Observatory said buses had entered the enclave after midnight to take out fighters and their families. They had departed in the direction of the Syrian badia, a sparsely populated area to east of the capital.MEMO
10 Palestinians killed in beleaguered Yarmouk camp
Damascus, (PIC) 10 unarmed Palestinian refugees were killed in the unabated shelling on Yarmouk refugee camp in war-torn Syria, a London-based human rights watchdog reported.A Sunday report by the Action Group for Palestinians of Syria (AGPS) kept record of the death of 10 Palestinian refugees, among them five members of the Nabulsi family.The list of casualties also includes three family members, killed in air strikes launched by the Syrian government fighter jets and their Russian war abettors on a civilian shelter.
French soldiers give artillery support to YPG/PKK
DEIR EZ-ZOR:French special forces have established six artillery batteries in a terror group YPG/PKK-held area near Syria's border with Iraq, according to local sources.The sources said French troops, which support the terror group in Syria, have established artillery batteries in the north of Baguz village of Deir ez-Zor province. They also fired some shots, added the sources.French troops have recently increased their presence in some YPG/PKK-held areas in Syria, including Manbij, al-Hasakah, Ayn Issa and Raqqah.Listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU, the PKK has waged a wide-ranging terror campaign against the Turkish state since the mid-1980s, in which an estimated 40,000 people have been killed.Anadolu Agency
Trial of Badie, other Muslim Brotherhood leaders in 'Rabaa sit-in' case adjourned till Tuesday
Cairo: Cairo Criminal Court has adjourned until Tuesday the trial of Muslim Brotherhood (MB) guide Mohamed Badie and 739 others including leaders and members of the group in the Rabaa el Adawiya sit-in case. The court made the decision to continue hearing the pleadings in the case. The defendants are accused of scheming a terrorist plot that aimed at vandalizing vital Govt  facilities and places of worship. They also face charges of forming an operations room to direct MB members to defy the Govt  during the crackdown on Rabaa protest camp and to spread chaos in the country.egypttoday
Iran says oil export drop not expected if EU saves N-deal
Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said on Saturday that US President Donald Trump’s decision to quit a multinational nuclear deal would not affect Tehran’s oil exports if the EU could salvage the pact.“Every new decision in OPEC needs unanimity… I believe that if the European Union helps us… the level of the oil exports of Iran will not change,” Zanganeh told reporters after a meeting with the EU’s energy chief Miguel Arias Canete.Following Trump’s decision on May 8, the US Treasury said Washington would reimpose a wide array of Iran-related sanctions after the expiry of 90 and 180-day wind-down periods, including sanctions aimed at Iran’s oil sector and transactions with its central bank.middleeastmonitor
Abadi, al-Sadr call for quick formation of Iraq gov’t
Baghdad:Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi and Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr on Sunday called for speeding up the formation of the new government following the country’s parliamentary election. According to the final results of the parliamentary election, al-Sadr’s Sairoon coalition won 54 seats in parliament, followed by the Hashd al-Shaabi-led coalition with 47 seats and al-Abadi’s Nasr (Victory) coalition with 42 seats. Al-Sadr’s coalition did not win the majority needed to form a government alone but will play a primary role in selecting the next prime minister. According to a statement released by al-Abadi’s office, the prime minister met Sunday with al-Sadr in the capital Baghdad. Anadolu Agency
Pak Punjab govt releases Rs 20 million for expansion of Krishna temple
Punjab province Govt in Pakistan has released Rs 20 million for renovation and expansion of a Krishna temple in Rawalpindi city in an effort to ensure accommodation of more Hindu worshippers on festivals and during religious events. The work for the makeover of the only functioning Hindu temple in the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad is expected to begin soon, Dawn reported.Mohammad Asif, Deputy Administrator at Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB), told Dawn the Govt  has released Rs 20 million to reconstruct the temple at the request of a Member of Provincial Assembly. indianexpress
Pakistan: Student Sabika killed in Texas school shooting
 Pakistan;Sabika Sheikh, a 17-year-old Pakistani student on a foreign exchange programme in the United States, was among those killed in the Sante Fe school shooting, her family and the programme have confirmed.Sheikh was among at least 10 schoolchildren killed when a gunman opened fire at the Sante Fe High School, about 50km southeast of Houston, on Friday morning. A 17-year-old boy, identified by police as Dimitrios Pagourtzis, has been taken into custody following the attack, the 22nd school shooting in the US this year.aljazeera
Saudi releases 1,000 Ethiopian prisoners
Saudi Arabia has agreed to release 1,000 Ethiopian nationals who have been in prison in the Gulf state for a variety of offences, Ethiopian state affiliated media said on Saturday.The decision was made following a request by Ethiopian PM  Abiy Ahmed, who was in Riyadh on an official visit this week, Fana Broadcasting Corporation reported.The agency said among the detainees were 100 women. It did not disclose what the charges were. Hundreds of thousands of Ethiopian nationals live in the Gulf region, mostly in Saudi Arabia.MEMO

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