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Monday, 4 June 2018

04 June ND: Centre asks states, confine Rohingyas to designated camps, record their personal & biometric details/ Congress complains about 6 million ‘fake’ voters in MP, Election Commission to probe


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04 June 2018:19 Ramazan 1439: Vol:10, No:37
INDIA
Centre asks states, confine Rohingyas to designated camps, record their personal &  biometric details
New Delhi: Centre has asked J&K and other states to confine illegal Rohingya settlers to pre-identified locations within their respective jurisdictions, record their personal particulars, including biometric details, and not to issue them Aadhaar number or any other identity proof. The meticulous preparation of their personal particulars has been sought so that these details can eventually be shared with Myanmar for likely repatriation, said a Govt  source. This indicates the Govt ’s intent to prevent a wider diffusion of Rohingya in India beyond the camps, and the Centre’s concern over possible presence of radical elements among them and their involvement in crime.In a letter to the chief secretary of J&K Govt  on Saturday, the home ministry highlighted the “security risks posed by some of those Rohingya/foreigners who entered India illegally and were involved in illegal activities such as fraudulent procurement and/or fabrication of Indian identity cards — PAN, voter IDs etc — money laundering, crimes and other anti-national activities”, sources told TOI. Some of the Rohingya refugees, it added, are also vulnerable to radicalisation. A home ministry officer said that similar letters had gone to other states as well. According to estimates put together by the intelligence agencies last year, there are around 40,000 Rohingya Muslims illegally settled across the country.Of these, 7,096 are in J&K(Jammu), 3,059 in Hyderabad, 1114 in Mewat (Haryana), 1,200 in western UP , 1,061 in Delhi (Okhla) and 400 in Jaipur.“Of late, some attempts by Rohingyas to move to states like Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu have come to notice. There has also been new influx of immigrants into Jammu, Hyderabad, and Andaman & Nicobar Islands,” said an intelligence officer. Advisory seeking confinement and monitoring of Rohingyas follows up on a 2017 advisory that had asked the states to detect Rohingyas and report them to Centre for likely deportation.TOI
Take steps to prevent entry of Rohingyas, Centre to states
Centre awaits AAP report to continue ban on SIMI
New Delhi: Union home ministry is awaiting status report from AAP Govt  on the activities of the SIMI  to decide  whether the 5-year-ban on it should be further extended.Govt  had declared Simi as an unlawful association  and placed it  under a ban  under the provisions of UAPA till Jan.31, 2019. In compliance of UAPA Centre constituted a tribunal  for adjudicating whether there was sufficient cause for declaring Simi an unlawful association under the provisions of the same Act.tribunal through its July 30, 2014 order had confirmed the ban. And subsequently, under the same Act, the ban became effective for a period of 5 years till Jan.31, 2019.In a communication  to Delhi chief secretary Anshu Prakash, MHA said since the ban was coming to an end in 2019, it was for the state to find out if SIMI continued to indulge in unlawful activity so that a fresh ban could be imposed on it.The letter said: “If its (SIMI) membership continues, then ipso facto a case of unlawful activity under the Act is made out. If this organisation and/or its members commit offences in furtherance of their aims and objectives, then the charge sheet would have to contain reference to such violations of the Act.”ASIAN AGE
TV channel pulled up for calling Delhi residents 'rohingya, bangladeshis'
New Delhi: A TV channel has been served a notice by the Delhi Minorities Commission (DMC) for airing a report which allegedly referred to some locals of North Delhi's Bawana area as "Rohingya" and "Bangladeshis", panel's head has said.The channel had aired a programme on May 11 that "dubbed" residents of the area as "Bangladeshis" and "Rohingyas" although these Indian citizens had been officially settled there by Govt  agencies after their relocation from various areas of Delhi over the decades, chairman of the body Zafarul Islam Khan said.The managing director of the channel was directed to reply by June 12 with proof to show that the Bawana residents were "Bangladeshis" and "Rohingya", Khan said.PTI
Justice KM Joseph’s elevation to Supreme Court in limbo as top court goes on holiday
Uncertainty over the elevation of Uttarakhand High Court Chief Justice KM Joseph to the Supreme Court continues with the collegium headed by CJI Dipak Misra failing to meet to discuss the issue despite a resolution on May 16 to convene a meeting “at the earliest.”The high-powered panel of first five judges, which approves candidates for judgeship to the top court, last met on May 16, two days before the court was to shut down for the 43 day-long summer recess. The resolution uploaded on the top court website stated the “meeting stands deferred to be held at the earliest.”More than a fortnight later, the CJI has not convened any meeting. Officials familiar with the process also said that there is no likelihood of a meeting in the coming week either because at least three of the five judges will be out of the capital during that period. Judges are expected to be in Delhi in the second week of June.And if the collegium fails to meet before Jun 22, when Justice J Chelameswar demits office, then the recommendation for Justice Joseph could be further delayed because the panel will have to be reconstituted. HT
Congress complains about 6 million ‘fake’ voters in MP, Election Commission to probe
New Delhi:Alleging manipulation by BJP-led Madhya Pradesh Govt  in the revision of electoral rolls in the state, the Congress petitioned the Election Commission (EC) on Sunday and said that nearly 12% or six million of the state’s approximately 50 million voters are fake “and fraudulent”.A Congress delegation led by its Madhya Pradesh unit president Kamal Nath and campaign committee chief Jyotiraditya Scindia met EC officials on Sunday morning and submitted a petition giving details of the allegedly “bogus and fraudulent” voters based on its surveys in 101 constituencies, Nath said after the meeting. The petition was accompanied by a presentation listing out examples of fake voters. He said the number of voters in the state has gone up by 40% in the last five years while the state’s population had increased by 24% .Congress pointed to a large number of instances of individuals with multiple voter registrations in the rolls published by the EC on Jan. 1. In one case, Scindia pointed out that a woman resident of Betul was registered under 26 different names with the same picture at the same polling booth. “It is shocking. The present Madhya Pradesh Govt  is behind this,” he said.An EC official said on condition of anonymity that two teams are being deputed to probe the allegations of errors in electoral rolls. HT
Mehbooba urges JK separatists to take part in dialogues
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J&K  CM  Mehbooba Mufti said mainstream parties had laid the groundwork for the Centre’s decision to halt security operations in the state during Ramzan and urged separatists to come forward for talks in order to end the “bloodshed” in J&K. Addressing a rally in Srinagar, Mehbooba said that those who are “out of the mainstream” have been given a chance to stop the bloodshed in strike-hit state.“An army man, a cop or a CRPF jawan can’t find solution to this issue. It needs a political solution. If there has been an invitation of talks from the Centre, I request all to save J&K  and come forward. We can’t force you or dictate you. We can only request you,” she said. Separatist leaders Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik, have said they were ready for dialogue provided there was clarity on what would be the agenda for the talks.HT
Local recruits & Burhan Wani’s killing: Security officials map militancy’s new patterns in the Valley:indianexpress
New Delhi: Killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 8, 2016, marks a watershed in militancy in the Valley because it is directly linked to a cycle of recruitments to this day, says a confidential report prepared by security agencies and accessed by Indian Express.The report, tracing the antecedents of as many as 35 young men who became militants after Wani’s death — most of them have been killed in encounters — tracked their networks, friends and family, and pored over interrogation reports to find how each was “influenced” by the killing of Wani.Their killing in encounters, in turn, has pushed others into militant ranks, the report finds. The result: a steady supply of local young men who have kept the Valley on the boil.This has significant implications for any counter-insurgency effort, said a top security official involved with the report, adding there was a need for “suspension of operations” to go in for an “immediate course correction”. Earlier, the entire recruitment of a local youth into militant ranks was a secret process. With rare exceptions, new entrants would begin as “upper ground workers” and then would be sent for arms training across LoC for a minimum period of three months, return with arms and ammunition. These men would operate with aliases and hide their identities. Though these men had varied motivations to become militants in post-1990 Kashmir, they had an almost similar background.This has changed. Indian express
J&K : Latest militant recruit could be brother of IPS officer
Srinagar : 2 months after 7 militants were killed at their ancestral house in Shopian, the brother of an IPS officer from South Kashmir has gone missing, and is feared to have joined militant ranks. Shams ul Haq Mengnoo, a student of BUMS, has been missing since May 26, and police sources say he may have joined Hizbul Mujahideen. Shams is the younger brother of a 2012-batch IPS officer currently posted outside the state. The family has not filed any missing person complaint with police.While the rest of the family members remain tightlipped on the matter, IPS officer told Indian Express he had no knowledge of it. “I don’t know what you are saying,” he said.Unlike other recent militant recruits, Shams has not uploaded any gun-wielding pictures on social networking sites. Police sources say that of late Hizb militants have desisted from posting pictures of new recruits, and this could be the reason his picture has not been posted.On April 1, seven militants had been killed in a fierce encounter at the family’s ancestral home in Draggad, including a cousin of Shams, Zabir Ahmad Turray. An ex Tehreek-e-Hurriyat activist, Turray had been repeatedly booked under the Public Safety Act before joining militancy. In a video that emerged after the encounter, Turray had blamed police for his joining Hizbul.There were 3 other militants present at Draggad house that day, who had escaped. Among them was top Hizbul commander Zeenat-ul-Islam. Sources say Zeenat is a childhood friend of IPS officer, and the 2 families have close relations.The same day, in another village in Shopian, Kachdora, 5 militants had been killed in an encounter. Since that day, at least 30 youths have left homes to join militancy in South Kashmir.indianexpress
JK court cancels bail granted to Andrabi, 4 others in terror-related case
Srinagar: J&K  High Court cancelled the bail granted to banned Dukhtaraan-e-Milat’s chief Aasiya Andrabi and four others in a terror-related case, saying the trial court had exercised the discretion to grant bail in an “erroneous manner”.on Saturday, the division bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Alok Aradhe and Justice MK Hanjura quashed the order of Aanantnag Additional Sessions Court, granting bail to Andrabi and four others last month.They had been arrested by Anantnag Police in April this year for allegedly planning to organise a large-scale demonstration and stone-pelting in South Kashmir.PTI
Will be constrained to revoke Ramzan ceasefire if Pakistan doesn’t mend ways: Union minister
Yavatmal:Union minister Hansraj Ahir on Sunday said the Govt  would be “constrained” to revoke the Ramzan ceasefire it had announced last month if Pakistan continued to indulge in cross-border firing and terrorism.Ahir  said, “We had decided to suspend operations in view of Ramzan. However, there is no respite in cross-border terrorism and ceasefire violations on the part of Pakistan.”“We will be constrained to revoke the ceasefire agreement,” the minister said at a press conference at the Govt  Guest House in Yavatmal on Saturday.PTI
Shillong unrest: Curfew imposed across city till tomorrow, MHA sends team of central forces to restive areas
New Delhi :With Shillong remaining tense for the fifth straight day, a curfew has been imposed across the city from 4pm today to 5am tomorrow as the administration struggles to maintain law and order in the restive parts of the city.In view of the prevailing situation, a joint team of CRPF and BSF battalions has been dispatched to Shillong to help the state government control the ongoing crisis, said the Home Ministry. However, no report has been sought so far from the Meghalaya government on the present situation.Shillong has been on the edge since Thursday following a clash triggered by an altercation between a Khasi boy and a Sikh woman in a Punjabi settlement with around 350 households in Them Iew Mawlong. Clashes between stonepelting protesters and security forces continued in Shillong the previous night, with teargas shells fired in the area where the standoff had begun.indianexpress
Security threats to Dalit Sikhs: 4-member team from Punjab to visit Meghalaya
Chandigarh: Seriously concerned about reports of security threats to the Dalit Sikhs in Shillong, Punjab CM  Capt Amarinder Singh has decided to rush a 4-member team, headed by Cabinet Minister Sukhjinder Randhawa, to the Meghalaya capital.The team will make a ground assessment of the situation in the troubled areas of Shillong and extend all possible help to Sikh community there, an official spokesperson said on Sunday. Amarinder has directed the team, which has MPs Gurjit Aujla and Ravneet Bittu and MLA Kuldip Singh Vaid as its other members, to leave for Shillong on Monday morning.Amarinder has also sought the Meghalaya CM  Conrad Sangma’s cooperation in facilitating the team’s visit, and ensuring their access to the areas from where reports of tension or trouble are coming in, said an official. Amid reports of simmering tension, Amarinder has urged Sangma to provide full protection and safety for the Sikh community and their religious institutions in the state, said an official.Amarinder has offered all possible help to Meghalaya Govt  in ensuring the security of Dalit Sikhs, whose ancestors were reportedly brought to Shillong during British era.newindianexpress
Dalit murders show cruel face of caste in this TN village
Kachanatham:It’s hard to believe that a couple of persons from a dominant community can prevail over a village of mostly Dalit households. But that is what appears to have happened at Kachanatham village in Sivaganga district. On May 28 night, the village witnessed one of the worst caste clashes in the district.Sources say that despite provocations in the form of insults and intimidation by caste Hindus, the Devendra Kula Vellalars (listed as as Scheduled Caste-Pallars) of the village would remain quiet, partly in fear and partly to avoid trouble.The Pallars, almost all of whom own farmland, depend on agriculture for their livelihood.They cultivate paddy, sugarcane and banana when it rains, and when water is released from the Vaigai dam. They fear the dominant community could block irrigation to their fields or destroy their crops, P. Kannusamy, 65, a farmer,said on Saturday. “This is the cruel face of the dominance of caste Hindus in this area, which we have borne for several years,” he lamented.“We do not have the wherewithal to confront the caste Hindus,” says N. Muthukannu, 51, another resident of the village. “Their pangalis [clansmen] join hands to unleash terror on us when we question their dominance.”told The Hindu
Muslim organisations too promoted cause of Telangana
Hyderabad:At a time when the Telangana sentiment was at its peak, several Muslims and Muslim organisations jumped into the movement. Be it the 1969 agitation or, for that matter, more recently, in 2008 and 2009. And with the anniversary of the formation of the State on Saturday, some of those involved in the movement share their experiences.Jamaat-e-Islami Hind Telangana and Odisha president Hamid Mohammed Khan says that it was in 2008 that the socio-religious organisation jumped in to the fray. Jamaat, he says, was aware of the region’s backwardness and its causes which is why the decision was taken to join the movement.“We formed an advisory committee to study these injustices. We analysed a lot of Govt released data, Planning Commission reports and the distribution of resources to Telangana region. We analysed Govt employment patterns too.In 2008 we decided to wholeheartedly support the movement,” Khan says.Jamaat, he says, was a part of Telangana Joint Action Committee, and its organs supported the cause.“We organised Telangana garjanas in all districts and used our established units to further the cause of Telangana,” he says.While the Jamaat formally took part movement in 2008, All India Majlis-e-Tameer-e-Millat (AIMTM), another socio-religious organisation was active during the 1960s.According to its vice-president Ziauddin Nayyar, it was in 1969 that the then general secretary Laiq Ali Khan was actively associated with Telangana Praja Samithi, co-founded by then CM of erstwhile AP M. Chenna Reddy. “Several of the Tameer-e-Millat’s leaders were even jailed for being a part of the agitation. Our ties were so close with the movement. Another member, Tahir Osmani, was well known for his renditions of poetry and slogans for Telangana statehood,” Nayyar recalled.thehindu
Modi is fooling the nation: Congress slams PM for visiting mosques when abroad
New Delhi:Congress party has hit out at PM  Narendra Modi for allegedly refusing to wear skull caps and visit mosques in the country but happily do so during foreign visits. Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi made the attack in a tweet, in which he posted a supposed conversation between a reporter and senior Congress leader Kamal Nath during a press conference.As per Singhvi, Kamal Nath was asked about PM Modi having ‘problem’ in wearing skull caps and visiting mosques in the country, but happily visiting mosques, wearing caps and offering chadar during visits abroad. Kamal Nath replied, as per Singhvi’s tweet: “For a man who has fooled the nation, it doesn’t matter whether he wears the cap or not.”times now
BJP clears pitch for 2019 Lok Sabha battle: No Hindutva and Mandir, ‘only Vikas’
Panaji: Ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha Elections, Union Minister for Minorities Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Sunday cleared that BJP will fight the upcoming polls on one issue only - “development, development and development”. He further said that there was no space for Hindutva as well as temple issues.Union Minister was in Goa to underline the achievements of PM  Modi-led NDA Govt since it came to power in 2014. Hoping that NDA Govt  will again win next year’s Lok Sabha polls, Naqvi further said that there was no vacancy for PM post in 2019. "The people of the country are with the development agenda of the Modi-led Govt . But there are some people who want to hamper it," he said.timesnownews
Nitish to be face of NDA in Bihar for 2019 Lok Sabha polls
JD(U) has said that Bihar CM  Nitish Kumar would be the face of NDA for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in Bihar.“Nitish Kumar will be the face of NDA in Bihar for Lok Sabha polls,” K C Tyagi, JD(U) national general secretary, said , apparently admitting that the ground realities had changed since 2014, when Narendra Modi had single-handedly steered the NDA to victory in Lok Sabha polls, both in the state and the country.HT
UP minister blames BJP’s bypoll losses on anger over Maurya not being made CM
New Delhi:UP  minister Om Prakash Rajbhar Monday blamed voters’ disenchantment over the BJP’s choice of UP CM  for the loss in the recent bypolls in the state.Rajbhar claimed backward classes were unhappy that Keshav Prasad Maurya wasn’t made the CM  after the state polls.“BJP contested assembly polls with Maurya (a OBC) as its face but later Yogi Adityanath was made CM . Backwards supported the BJP in the hope that Maurya will become CM. The result of this anger reflected in the defeat of the BJP in bypolls,” Rajbhar told PTI over the phone.indianexpress
RSS spreads rumours, wants to convert country into Hindu state: Ram Puniyani
Hyderabad: RSS is a rumour spreading society and its motto is to convert the democratic country into a Hindu state by implementing Manu Smriti Doctrines. These are the people who instead of fighting for India’s independence, preferred the slavery of the British. Their main objective is to spread hatred among the Hindus and the Muslims so that Manu Smriti is implemented.Noted social activist, Ram Puniyani expressed these thoughts while addressing a meeting here on ‘Journey of Democracy’ organized by United Citizens’ Forum.Congress spokesman, Abhishek Pratap Singh, Gujarat MP, Dr. Amee Yajnik, Rights Activist, Dr.Lenin Raghuvanshi, Advocate Waseem Ahmed Khan also addressed the gathering.Dr. Amee Yajnik, MP of Gujarat mentioned the lapses of Modi Govt in respect of women and said that by changing the label of the schemes started by the previous Govt , BJP is beating the trumpet. Congress Spokesperson, Abhishek Pratap Singh said that BJP claims that it is following the ideology Shyama Prasad Mukherjee who was Dy. CM during the Muslim League Regime in West Bengal in 1942. Dr. Raghuvanshi said that RSS is working on the lines of ISIS to divide society. He further said that Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) made Hazrat Bilal a Muazzin who was a slave and he implemented the constitution in Makkah. He announced clemency after the conquest of Makkah. These are the two incidents which promoted Islam and eradicated misconceptions about Islam. Hiding these incidents, people are associating terrorism with Islam so as to tarnish the image of Islam.Siasat
Mumbai: Iftar party by Sangh Parivar's Muslim body faces flak for using state property
RSS' Muslim body Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM) has planned to host an iftar party. However, trouble surfaced after objections were raised against the use of the state Govt  owned Sahyadri Guest House at Malabar Hill for the purpose. RSS functionary, MRM's patron Indresh Kumar is scheduled to attend the event to be hosted on Monday. "Govt  rules bar any activity other than official meetings and workshops (sic) from being held at the guest house. Even such events can only be scheduled by the senior-most elected officials (the CM , deputy CM , ministers and ministers of state) and the senior-most bureaucrats (the state's chief secretary, additional chief secretary, secretaries and officials of similar rank). The rules do not permit events of hosting Iftaar party, which is a religious event," noted Advocate Adil Khatri and RTI activist Shakeel Ahmed Shaikh, in a written application to CM Devendra Fadnavis about the "unauthorised use" of the guesthouse for the event. They demanded an inquiry into the role of sanctioning officers from the protocol department. However, a protocol department official said the venue had been allotted to the minority development department for a meeting.dnaindia
RSS ‘No’ to iftar at RSS founder's memorial - Smruti Mandir Nagpur
Nagpur: Amid the series of iftar parties held throughout the country by Sangh Parivar’s Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM), their request to hold one inside RSS founder Dr Keshav Hedgewar’s memorial — Smruti Mandir at Reshimbagh, has gone unheeded. As the venues were finalized, Smruti Mandir did not feature in the list, which has left MRM activists miffed. They are alleging step-motherly treatment by their parent organization, RSS. Recently, state Govt had given Smruti Mandir the status of a tourist spot. “ However, after keeping the proposal on hold for some days, the request was finally turned down by senior functionaries whom we met,” said Mohammed Farooq, state chief of MRM.“The gesture has left MRM activists disappointed. It appears that we are getting secondary treatment. If the RSS indeed wants to bring Muslims closer, then why not hold the event at Smruti Mandir. It would be the ideal venue to host an iftar dinner,” he said.Farooq said he had also assured that only vegetarian food would be served, but to no avail. Not only this, a senior member also turned down the request to hold an Eid milan get-together inside premises.TOI
Delhi: Honour killing victim photographer Ankit Saxena family host iftar party
 New Delhi:Nearly 4 months after Raghubir Nagar in west Delhi lost one of its residents to what police said was a case of “honour killing”, when the clock stuck 7.15 pm on Sunday evening, over hundreds of people gathered at a lane in the area to partake in an iftar party. They wanted to spread the message of peace by remembering the local Hindu boy who was killed because of his relationship with a Muslim woman.Ankit Saxena, 23, a freelance wedding photographer, was murdered in front of his family in Feb.by the relatives of a woman he was courting since they were opposed to the inter-faith affair.5 months after the incident, his father Yashpal organised the iftar on Sunday with the help of their neighbour Mohammad Izhar Alam. Alam’s family, Ankit’s friends and neighbours pitched in to cut fruits, make roohafza (a cool drink) and distribute food among people who gathered to attend the iftar outside their home.In attendance were not just their neighbours, but also former bureaucrat and activist Harsh Mander and Gorakhpur doctor Kafeel Ahmad Khan. A poster with several photographs of Ankit Saxena, including one wherein he is seen wearing a skull cap, and another in which he is seen wearing a turban, adorned a wall in the lane.“Alam is like my brother and he suggested we can do this. I really liked the idea but I did not know how to do it so he said he would arrange everything. We hope this will help spread the message of peace and harmony,” Yashpal said, adding, “I thought we should do this as it would be an auspicious start to the trust that I have set up in Ankit’s name.”Yashpal said, “I want them (the accused in Ankit’s murder) to be hanged. But I won’t hate everyone from their community just because they belonged to it. There should be love and peace. My only child is gone but I want his name to live forever.”Meanwhile, while eating their meal, neighbours recalled what a happy-go-lucky man Ankit was. Pushpa Otwal, a neighbour, said she knew Ankit since his childhood and that she had come to attend the iftar in his memory. “I have never attended an iftar in my life and I didn’t know what it is like. But Yashpal ji explained it is just like how we fast during navratras. This is a very good step,” she said. Mander said, “This is a message for humanity... many of us are not fasting but when we sit together and eat, it sends a message that we are brothers and sisters,” he said.Kafeel, suspended paediatrician of BRD Medical College, said Ankit’s father has set a big example.HT
Thousands of People From Different Religions Iftar Together at Jama Masjid of Delhi During Ramadan
New Delhi:Every year during the month of Ramadan, Asia’s largest mosque, Jama Masjid of Delhi becomes instrumental in uniting the people of different faiths and cultures who converge here for Iftars and depart with unforgetable experience of love and harmony that transcends religion, culture and political boundaries.It is a little known fact that a few Muslim families of Old Delhi have been organising open joint Iftars since several generations which people from all over the country (and abroad) attend along with their families and friends.Canadian food blogger Trevor James is at Jama Masjid with his friend Anubhav Sapra on this day. He feels he is fortunate that he is visiting India during Ramadan.caravandaily
Ahmedabad: 39 men of Hindu Jagran Manch detained for holding march against Muslim occupants in residential society
Ahmedabad:Police detained 39 persons who tried to march under the banner of Hindu Jagran Manch against what they call “taking over” of a residential society by Muslim occupants. Police said that the protesters were detained as they had not been given permission to hold the protest march in the area. “They had sought permission on Saturday. It cannot be given on such a short notice. Since permission was given to them earlier for a bike rally, today’s rally was also to be carried out on bikes. So, we rejected it. Later, when they planned to go ahead with the programme, we detained 39 of them. They were released after three hours,” Paldi station officer B S Rabari said.indianexpress
Ghaziabad shocker! Skeleton of 4-year-old Zaid found after 18 months in wooden box
Ghaziabad: A skeleton, reportedly of a 4-old-boy who was missing for the past 18 months, has been recovered from a wooden box lying on the terrace of a house in Garima Garden area of Sahibabad on Monday, the police said. On December 1, 2016, Mohammad Zaid went missing from his house. A few days later, his father received a call demanding a ransom of Rs 8 lakh for the release of his son, a police officer said.Even though two persons were arrested for their alleged involvement in making the ransom call, the missing boy could not be traced, he said.Today, some children playing in the street went to the terrace of a building to search for their missing ball and noticed the skeleton in the wooden box on the roof of the adjacent building, the police officer said. They informed the locals, following which Zaid's father reached the spot and identified it by his the clothes, he said, adding the skeleton has been sent for autopsy and DNA test. timesnownews
Scientific study will be conducted to determine the exact colour of Taj Mahal: Centre
Union Minister of Culture and Environment Mahesh Sharma on Sunday said that a scientific study will be conducted to determine the exact colour of the marble of Taj Mahal.A scientific study called colour stereography will be carried out. It is a technique by which two almost identical pictures are used to create a single three-dimensional image. It allows people to perceive both variations in colour and variations of light. “We have original photographs of the monument that are over 100 years old and the same will be compared with pictures taken after cleaning of the monument to measure the changes,” said Sharma, according to The TOI.scroll
3 cops arrested for their role in murder of cattle trader Hussainabba in Karnataka
The Udupi Police on Sunday arrested three personnel for their alleged role in the murder of a cattle trader in Shenarbettu on May 29, TOI reported. SP Laxman Nimbargi identified the arrested personnel as Hiriyadka Police Station Sub-Inspector DN Kumar, driver constable Gopal and constable Mohan Kothwal, The Hindu reported.Of the three, Kumar was suspended for dereliction of duty on May 31.The deceased’s brother had filed a complaint alleging that 61-year-old Hussainabba was assaulted by Bajrang Dal activists before he died. 2 other occupants in the car in which Hussainabba was travelling had purportedly escaped from the site.Accused police personnel were reportedly present at the scene of the murder.Nimbargi said the victim died in a police vehicle and on finding him dead, the accused left his body a kilometre away from the site where his vehicle was waylaid. The police officials then registered a case of unnatural death while citing that he may have died of a cardiac arrest while fleeing from the police.
Jharkhand: 58-yr-old woman allegedly dies of starvation, son says no food at home for 3 days
Ranchi;A 58-year-old woman allegedly died of starvation at a village under Dumri Block of Giridih district in Jharkhand. District officials said the woman’s family did not have a ration card but are probing whether a formal application for the same had been submitted.According to officials, Savitri Devi, a resident of Mangargaddi village in Dumri, died on Saturday. However, they were only informed about the death after her younger son, Hulas Mahato, reached home on Sunday. An investigation is underway to probe Devi’s death, they said.Mahato claimed that his mother has not been receiving pension in the last three years despite being selected under a scheme for widows in 2014.  He said that after his father’s death in 2010, the little produce they got from a small family-owned farm barely lasted for two-to-three months. indianexpress
More boys dropping out of madrasahs in Bengal: thehindu
On June 1, when results of West Bengal Board of Madrasah Examination were declared, an unusually high number of girls had made it to the merit list. From Mehbuba Yesmin of Kaliachak in Malda district, who stood second, to Napisa Khatun of Murshidabad district, who ranked 10th, there were five girls who made it to the merit list.A close look at students who took High Madrasah Examination in 2018 reveals that almost 70% are girls. Of the 52,502 students who took the examination this year, 36,565 are girls and 15,937 are boys. Madrasah Board authorities said schemes promoting girls education such as Kanyashree, conditional cash transfer scheme, and Sabuj Sathi, the scheme of providing bicycles to school-going girls, are some of the reasons. But there is more to this phenomenon than encouraging girls to attend schools.
Process for establishment of JK madrasa board underway: Minister
Jammu :A process is underway to establish a board to run the affairs of madrasas in J&K , Minister for Hajj and Auqaf Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali has said.He announced this at a meeting with ulemas in Rajouri district last evening, an official spokesman said.The minister said the Govt  under the leadership of CM  Mehbooba Mufti was keen to give due recognition for their services and it could be achieved by giving them an institutional set up.PTI
WORLD
Iran denies negotiating with Israel over Syria
Secretary of Supreme National Security Council of Iran, Ali Shamkhani yesterday denied media reports claiming that Iran and Israel have held talks over the Iranian presence in Syria in the Jordanian capital, Amman.“Reports of talks between representatives from Iran and Zionist entity aim to legitimise the Zionist entity and weaken the axis of resistance,” Shamkhani said in a press statement.“Syria’s response to Israeli aggression against the T4 airbase has enhanced the Syrian force’s confidence and made the Zionist entity understand that it will pay for any new aggression.”Last week, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Bahram Qassemi, denied reports that Iranian and Israeli officials have held indirect talks over the Syrian conflict.Saudi Elaph newspaper reported yesterday that Iranian and Israeli security officials held security talks in a hotel in Amman. According to the paper, as a result of the talks, Tehran pledged not to involve Lebanese Hezbollah or any Iranian militia in battles in Western Syria;specifically in Daraa and Quneitra, against Syrian opposition. The paper added that Israel has agreed in return not to interfere in the course of the fighting there.middleeastmonitor
Camp David: Saudi secretly backed landmark negotiations
Documents released by the US State Dept.have revealed secret Saudi backing for the Camp David negotiations between Egypt and Israel, contrary to the kingdom’s very public condemnation for the controversial 1979 peace accords. Saudi Arabia officially cut ties with Cairo after Egypt’s President Sadat signed the peace deal with Israel, calling him a traitor of the Arab states.According to a report by The New Arab, the files, classified until their release on Friday, reveal Riyadh’s duplicitous dealings in which it gave Washington its private support for the US-led peace process in the Middle East, while publicly rejecting the “unilateral Egyptian solution” with Israel.A telegram from Jeddah dated 10 August 1978 reveals a meeting between the US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia and the Saudi Foreign Saud al-Faisal in Taif. In the telegram, the kingdom gives its backing to US President Jimmy Carter’s invitation to Egypt’s President Sadat and Israel’s PM  Menachem Begin to Camp David for peace negotiations following decades fighting between the two countries.middleeastmonitor
Israel minister wants to build settlement near Gaza in response to missile attacks
Israel’s housing minister is planning to build a new settlement close the blockaded Gaza Strip in relation to mass protests and the worst flare-up since a 2014 war.Yoav Galant, who is also a Security Cabinet member, will submit plans on Sunday to build the settlement to house at least 500 families just seven kilometres from Palestinian enclave, Israel Hayom reported. Galant hopes the settlement will be set up near the religious Kibbutz Saad, which has been the target of numerous rocket attacks from Gaza.The report comes after more than 120 Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire during protests along the border with Gaza.middleeastmonitor
Israel forces dig up Palestinian graves in Jerusalem
Officers of Israel’s Nature And Parks Authority (INPA) reportedly resumed excavation work yesterday at the Palestinian Bab Al-Rahma cemetery, just outside the walls of the Old City in occupied East Jerusalem, according to the Wafa news agency.Wafa reported that INPA staff began digging up graves and land in the cemetery around 20 days ago. Officials returned yesterday to continue digging, which Wafa noted was in order to build “a national [Israeli] park on parts of the cemetery’s land”.Last month, Israeli authorities placed metal fences around the parts of the cemetery that it intends to annex. Wafa added that the parts of the cemetery which are subject to confiscation and destruction contain the centuries-old graves of Muslim leaders.middleeastmonitor
Report: Israel imposes $28,100 fines on Palestinian kids
Israeli courts have imposed fines of more than 100,000 shekels ($28,100) on Palestinian children detained in Ofer prison, near Ramallah in the central occupied West Bank, a new report revealed.Palestinian Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs said that as many as 32 Palestinian minors were arrested and brought to the prison’s children’s section, 12 of them were arrested from their homes, 18 from the streets and one child was detained at a military checkpoint while another was arrested for not possessing a permit.MEMO
Jordan's King Abdullah to ask PM to resign amid protests: sources
Jordan's King Abdullah II is expected to ask PM  Hani al-Mulki to resign amid widespread anger over price hikes and an income tax reform bill, sources told Al Jazeera.For a fourth consecutive day, hundreds of Jordanians converged in the capital, Amman, demonstrating on Sunday night against IMF-backed price increases and a tax reform bill sent to parliament last month.The protests, which also took place in main provincial towns, are the biggest the kingdom has seen in years. Demonstrators have been convening near the cabinet office, chanting and calling for the removal of Jordanian PM  Hani al-Mulki, whose Govt  proposed raising income tax by at least five percent.Al Jazeera
Bashar al-Assad to visit North Korea
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad is set to visit North Korea in what would be the first visit by an international head of state to the country since Kim Jong-un came to power, North Korean state media reported.Assad is said to have told the North Korean envoy to Damascus, Mun Jong-nam, that he would make the trip during a meeting on May 30. aljazeera
Nearly half of Afghan children out of school: UN
Kabul :Nearly half of Afghanistan's children are not attending school because of worsening security, poverty and sex discrimination, according to a new UN report.The number of children deprived of schooling is at its highest rate since 2002 -- the year after US-led ouster of the repressive Taliban regime, which had banned girls from the classroom.Girls remain more likely to miss out on a formal education, making up 60 % of the 3.7 million children aged between seven and 17 not at school.The figure rose as high as 85 %  in some of the worst-affected provinces, reflecting pervasive gender-based discrimination in parts of the deeply conservative Muslim country.AFP
46 migrants drown after boat sinks off Tunisian coast
At least 46 migrants drowned when their boat sank off Tunisia's southern coast while dozens of others were rescued by the coastguard.The rescue operation was ongoing, the defence ministry said on Sunday."The coastguard and the navy continue their search with the support of a military plane," the interior ministry said.aljazeera
Anti-immigration party wins Slovenia elections
The anti-immigrant SDS party of veteran right-wing leader Janez Jansa won Slovenia's parliamentary election, but now faces a difficult task in courting a coalition partner to govern.The centre-right Slovenian Democratic Party secured 25 % of the vote, the State Election Commission said late on Sunday.The anti-establishment LMS party of comedian-turned-politician Marjan Sarec had 12 percent, followed by the centre-left Social Democrats with 10 percent, and the SMC party of outgoing PM  Miro Cerar at 9 percent.aljazeera
Facebook allowed phone makers to access users’ data, says New York Times
After a New York Times report claimed that Facebook allowed about 60 device makers, including Apple and Samsung, to access personal information of users and their friends, the social network has defended the pacts saying that these partnerships do not raise privacy concerns.Even before Facebook apps were widely available on smartphones, Facebook had data-sharing partnerships with the device makers, the report said citing company officials, adding that most of the deals remain in effect.Facebook said that the partners signed agreements that prevented people's information from being used for any other purpose than to recreate Facebook-like experiences.IANS
White House slams group for attacking its senior official as an Islamophobe
WASHINGTON: The White House has come out strongly in support of recently appointed Chief of Staff of the national security advisor Fred Fleitz whose views on radical Islam have sparked controversy in the past.Fleitz, national security adviser John Bolton's new chief of staff, has drawn scrutiny for his past work with the Center for Security Policy, a conservative think-tank, that has been accused of promoting anti-Muslim messages.PTI
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