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7 June ND:Pranab Mukherjee to address RSS today, his daughter sends reminder: by going to Nagpur, you are giving BJP,RSS full handle to plant false stories/ New PIL claims Judge Loya died while on ‘official duty’/ Haj pilgrims are not consumers, can’t claim refund, says apex consumer panel



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07 June 2018:22 Ramazan 1439: Vol:10, No:40
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Pranab Mukherjee to address RSS today, his daughter sends reminder: by going to Nagpur, you are giving BJP,RSS full handle to plant false stories
On the day former President Pranab Mukherjee landed in Nagpur and was received by RSS Sahsarakaryavaha V Bhagaiah, his daughter Sharmistha Mukherjee took to Twitter to remind him that “by going to Nagpur, you are giving BJP/RSS full handle to plant false stories…”.Mukherjee will be chief guest at an RSS event Thursday.Her remarks on Twitter were in response to reports that she might leave the Congress and contest elections from West Bengal on a BJP ticket.ABP News had first run the report citing BJP sources. Sharmistha, who is president of the Delhi Congress women’s wing, took to Twitter to deny the report. In her first tweet, she said: “In the mountains enjoying a beautiful sunset and suddenly this news that I’m supposedly joining BJP hits like a torpedo!Can’t there be some peace and sanity in this world? I joined politics because I believe in Congress. Would rather leave politics than leave Congress.”Soon after, came two more tweets addressed to her father, who has Twitter handle @CitiznMukherjee.In the first, she wrote:“Hope @CitiznMukherjee realises from today’s incident, how BJP’s dirty tricks department operates. Even RSS wouldn’t believe that you are going to endorse its views in your speech. But the speech will be forgotten, visuals will remain and those will be circulated with fake statements.”Then, she wrote: “By going to Nagpur, you are giving BJP and RSS full handle to plant false stories, spread false rumours as today and making it somewhat believable. And this is just the beginning!”Ex-President is set to address a programme of RSS as a chief guest today, a decision that has been questioned by some in Congress, including M Veerappa Moily, who feel the move will give credence to Sangh’s ideology.Indian Express
Pranab Mukherjee's daughter says his speech in Nagpur will give BJP, RSS "full handle to plant false stories"
New PIL claims Judge Loya died while on ‘official duty’:National Herald Exclusive
Citing an official letter from the Maharashtra state govt, Nagpur-based lawyer Satish Uike has petitioned the Bombay High Court for directions to pay appropriate compensation for the death of late CBI Special Judge BH Loya, who apparently died ‘on duty’, the petition claims. This is contrary to earlier reports which said that Judge Loya has travelled to Nagpur to attend a wedding.Late Judge Loya had died in Nagpur on Dec.,2014, days after reprimanding the counsel of BJP national president Amit Shah, and after Judge Loya had ordered Shah to be present in court on the next date during the hearing of his discharge petition in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh alleged fake encounter case.But while the family members of the deceased as well as the state govt had maintained that Judge Loya had travelled to Nagpur to attend the wedding of a colleague’s daughter, Uike has now claimed that a letter booking a VIP suite in Ravi Bhawan state guest house in Nagpur, had stated that the judge would be visiting Nagpur on ‘govt duty’.The letter, a copy of which is in possession of National Herald, is dated Nov.27, 2014 and is signed by a Desk Officer Shrimati EM Bhargav in Dept.of Law, Govt of Maharashtra.The letter reads:"Sir, in accordance to the above subject it is informed to you that from Mumbai, Honourable Shri BJ (sic) Loya and Honourable Shri Vinay Joshi, these both District and Session Judges Mumbai, will be staying from the early morning of 30.11.2014 till 7 am of 01.12.2014 for the government work. It is requested that for their stay one VIP Air -conditioned suite with two cots be reserved."nationalheraldindia
Haj pilgrims are not consumers, can’t claim refund, says apex consumer panel
Haj pilgrims are not consumers, apex consumer commission has observed while denying relief to a man and his son who claimed a refund for being provided lower category services by Haj Committee of India in 2008 despite paying for a higher category.National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC)said that Haj Committee renders services without any profit motive.“It would thus be seen that Haj Committee is rendering services without any profit motive and is collecting only the actual expenses incurred by it on making arrangements for the Haj pilgrimage,” the commission said.“No fee or service charges are being collected by Haj Committee of India from the pilgrims, for rendering its services to them. Therefore, complainants cannot be said to be the consumer of Haj Committee of India within the meaning of Section 2(1)(d) of Consumer Protection Act,” NCDRC said.The apex consumer commission was hearing an appeal filed by the Haj Committee of India against Rajasthan state commission order asking it to compensate Abbas Ali and his son Faiyaz Hussain, who had applied for the pilgrimage in 2008 and chose Green Category which was a higher bracket for pilgrims.They claimed that they had deposited Rs 96,940 each for the pilgrimage but when they reached Saudi Arabia, they were not accommodated in the green category and were kept in lower category – Azizia’.They approached the district forum seeking refund of Rs 22,362, the excess amount allegedly charged from them for green category, but their plea was dismissed.The complainant then moved the state commission which allowed their appeal and directed refund along with compensation of Rs 10,000 and Rs 5,000 as cost of litigation. Haj committee challenged this order in NCDRC.indianexpress
Haj pilgrims are not consumers:disputes redressal body
Israel agents trained India commandos leading Sikh temple raid:MEMO report
Commandos who conducted one of India’s most controversial military raids against a militant Sikh group were trained by Israeli Mossad agents, an Indian paper has reported.Writing for India Today to mark the raid on one of the most sacred sites in the Sikh tradition, Prabhash K Dutta claims that the attack known as “Operation Blue Star” was conducted by Indian commandos trained by Israeli agents when India refused to have any diplomatic ties with Israel. Commandos who entered the Golden Temple on 6 June 1984, Dutta says, were part of Special Group of the 56th Commando Company of the Indian Army.They were the only unit of the Indian forces to have received specialised training.SpecialGroup or SG commandos, as they were called in those days, had been trained by an expert team of Mossad, Israeli intelligence outfit.34 years on, the operation which led to clashes between Sikh militants and Indian commandos, continues to divide the nation.Official reports put the number of deaths among the Indian army at 83 and the number of civilian deaths at 492, though independent estimates ran much higher. middleeastmonitor
Israel’s invisible hand behind Operation Blue Star of 1984:Prabhash K Dutta
J&K: Stone pelting cases against minors to be withdrawn, says Rajnath
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who is on a 2-day visit to J&K , Thursday said cases against minor stone pelters in the Valley will be withdrawn. While addressing a Sports Conclave at SK Indoor Stadium in Srinagar, he said, “Sports can bring a change in your lives. Children can be misguided easily but we know the truth that is why we have withdrawn all stone-pelting cases against them.”CM  Mehbooba Mufti, who was also present on the occasion, echoed similar sentiments. “Children from J&K  should also be given atmosphere and opportunity to develop like that of the other parts of the country. So that stone pelting, bombing and gunning stop and these children get a chance to grow,” she said.Singh, who is in Kashmir to review the suspension of anti-militancy operations, said the “fate and face of Kashmir will be changed”, even as he unveiled a list of projects related to creating employment opportunities and sports infrastructure to attract youths.“We will help the youth to be recruited in armed forces. The centre will help the youth of J&K in finding their way. But I appeal to the young generation of the state to not indulge in any kind of wrongdoings,” he said. Singh’s visit comes amid an offer for talks with the Hurriyat Conference. indianexpress
In J&K , Rajnath says Centre will change 'face and fate' of Valley, help misguided youth find their way
New militant recruits not driven by ideology, most attended govt schools: J&K police
 New Delhi:“The new age militant comes from a middle-class family with all the ingredients of a normal Kashmiri family. He has Hanafiya inclination and not Salafi (or Wahabi), has been educated in Govt  schools and not madrasas. This militant is not a child from a broken family. His age is between 15 and 25 years, is unmarried, has no substantial criminal antecedents and has behaviour as normal as a guy next door. There is hardly any early indication of him being drifted towards armed militancy.”This is how a 74-page confidential report — based on a detailed study conducted by the J&K Police’s CID — has profiled local youths in the Valley who have become militants.Titled “Radicalisation and Terrorism in J&K — A Study”, CID says that the aim of the study was “to gauge the existence and extent of radicalisation in the youth of Kashmir”. The report is based on an elaborate study of “156 local youths of the Valley who have joined militancy between 2010 and 2015”.The report says that its findings are based on the CID’s “extensive intelligence database along with detailed interviews of family members, friends, neighbours, acquaintances” conducted by a group of field officers.The report has also debunked the traditional understanding of Kashmir’s militancy and sought a rethink. “One noticeable outcome of this study is that this wave of fresh recruitments is not based or driven by ideology as the surge is only seen in South Kashmir and there too in identifiable areas. If it would have been ideology driven, then pan-Kashmir footprints would have been seen,’’ says the report.The report says that opting for guns “is a youth phenomena” and youngsters “join militancy because of thrill seeker attitude”.indianexpress
Centre’s unilateral Ramzan ceasefire shows upward trend in violence:TOI
Srinagar: Centre’s unilateral ceasefire against terrorists during the holy month of Ramzan has no desired impact as terror-related violence continued unabated and showed an upward trend in the last 20 days.The data shows an upward trend in the killing of civilians and security men compared to last year during the same period. In the last 20 days, militants killed more than three dozen people including cops and security forces’ men and threw over 18 hand grenades at various places across Srinagar city and in parts of south Kashmir, leaving more than two dozen persons and security men injured, according to official figures.At least 143 people including 37 civilians, 71 militants and 31 security personnel were killed since Jan.this year. Out of 143, over 3 dozen people were killed only during Ramzan ceasefire. Around 40 odd Kashmiri youth joined militant ranks in the name of Jihad, an official source said.TOI
J-K sex scandal: Ex-BSF DIG among 5 to get 10 yrs in jail
Chandigarh :A CBI court Wednesday sentenced to 10 years imprisonment five men, including ex BSF DIG K C Padhi and former J&K Police DSP Mohammad Ashraf Mir, convicted in 2006 J&K  sex abuse scandal case. Rejecting the plea for leniency, the court said that the rape of a minor by senior officers could not be condoned as “public kept faith on them as protectors”. 5 five were taken into custody and sent to the Burail jail in Chandigarh.Padhi and Mir were fined Rs 1 lakh each, while the others — Shabbir Ahmad Laway, Shabbir Ahmad Langoo and Masood Ahmad — were fined Rs 50,000 each. They were sentenced to imprisonment under Section 376 (rape) of the Ranbir Penal Code by Additional District and Sessions Judge Gagan Geet Kaur.indianexpress
Bhima-Koregaon violence: Left leader D Raja terms arrests as 'State's terror against Dalits'
New Delhi: CP) leader and Rajya Sabha MP from Tamil Nadu Duraisamy Raja termed the arrests made by Pune Police of 3 Dalit activists Sudhir Dhawale, Rona Jacob Wilson and Surendra Gadling    for inflammatory and provocative speeches at the Elgar Parishad in Pune’s Shaniwarwada fort in January that allegedly led to Bhima-Koregaon violence as State’s terror against Dalits.Left leader said, “Dalit leaders have been demanding their due rights in Maharashtra and everywhere. Instead of understanding their concerns, the state is unleashing terror against Dalits.” He also added that Prakash Ambedkar, Dalit leader, has been demanding to withdraw the cases against the activists and they be released. timesnow
Koregaon-Bhima violence: Arrest of activists, lawyers denounced
Nagpur ;A group of activists and lawyers has denounced the arrest of activists Shoma Sen, Mahesh Raut, Sudhir Dhawale and activist-lawyers Surendra Gadling and Rona Wilson in connection with Koregaon Bhima Elgar Parishad. Addressing a press conference here, the activists said, “The fascist RSS Govt s at the Centre and the state have targeted the activists deliberately to protect the real culprits in the violence following Elgar Parishad namely Milind Ekbote and Sambhaji Bhide.”Group included Sandip Nandeshwar, Ratinath Mishra, Akshay Samarth, Dinanath Waghmare, Wahid Shekh, SP Tekade, Jagdis Meshram, Vikrant Narnaware, Anil Kale and NA Vaidhya.indianexpress
Shillong unrest: National minorities commission against re-locating Sikhs, says move 'unfeasible'
Shillong: National Commission for Minorities member Manjit Singh Rai has described as "unfeasible" the move of the Meghalaya Govt  to re-locate Sikh inhabitants from the Sweepers Lane in Shillong.Sweepers Lane, known to the local people as Them Metor, is located in the commercial area of Shillong near Iewduh — one of the busiest markets in the northeast.Deputy CM  Prestone Tynsong, however, said the Govt 's intention is clear as it wants to find a solution and resolve this issue permanently in the best interest of all concerned.IANS
Jamaat-e-Islami Hind expresses concern over anti-Sikh violence in Shillong
New Delhi: One of the leading Islamic body Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) has expressed concern over violence against the Sikh community in Shillong, Meghalaya. In a press statement, Mohammed Salim Engineer, Secretary-General at JIH said, “We are deeply concerned over the reported violence against the Sikh community in Shillong. The flare-up in violence against the Sikhs, which are a minority community in Meghalaya, over a trivial street brawl is highly condemnable and shows that some anti-social elements have been infected by the communal virus and are trying to divide people and instigate violence.”“In a multi-ethnic and multi-religious country like India, it is the responsibility of the majority community to protect the minorities,’’ said Engineer.He further said, “We wish to remind the Meghalaya Govt  of their moral and constitutional responsibility. It is their foremost duty to protect the lives and properties as well as the honor and dignity of the citizens.” Jamaat demanded that the culprits behind the violence in Shillong should be arrested and punished. “We appeal to the citizens of Shillong not to fall prey to any rumors and appreciate the role of Sikh community which has contributed significantly towards the development of Meghalaya. Peaceful coexistence is the only way ahead and should be respected and protected by all,”he made an appeal.twocircles.net
Sunni Clerics Say Darul Uloom Fatwa Against Iftar at Shia Houses 'Fake, a Conspiracy'
Lucknow: A top Sunni cleric has dismissed media reports that claim Darul Uloom Deoband issued a fatwa for Sunni Muslims, asking them to refrain from having Iftar at Shia Muslim houses.Maulana Khalid Rasheed Farangi Mahali claimed the reports were part of a ‘mischief’, while Shia clerics said such fatwas could be part of a conspiracy to hamper brotherhood between both communities.Maulana Rasheed said, “Deoband never issues such fatwas. It seems to be a case of mischief to disturb the communal harmony among Shias and Sunnis. Both communities can have Iftar together, there is absolutely no doubt about that. Deoband is closed during the holy month of Ramzan, so this raises more doubts about this fatwa. The matter should be probed thoroughly. Muslims should not pay any heed to such fatwas.”Noted Shia Cleric Maulana Yasoob Abbas also spoke to News18 and said, “Such things hamper brotherhood. It seems this was done as a part of a conspiracy to disturb peace between the two communities. Darul Uloom should probe the matter and punish the guilty.”Sikandar Ali, the man who claims to have asked Darul Uloom the question on Iftar at Shia Muslim houses, says he received the fatwa as a response at the institution.Vice Chancellor of Darul Uloom, Mufti Abul Qasim Nomani, refused to comment on the issue.news18
Fatwa asking Sunni Muslims to refrain from Shia parties, part of international conspiracy: scholars
New Delhi: The recent controversial fatwa allegedly issued by Darul Uloom Deoband drew flak from all quarters. Imam and Khateeb of Fatehpuri Shahi Jama Masjid Dr Mufti Mukarram Ahmed, ex-MP Mohammed Adeeb and Prof Dept. of Urdu Ali Ahmed Fatimi strongly condemned the fatwa.Mufti Mukarram Ahmed sensed international conspiracy behind the fatwa and termed it as part of US, Israel and Saudi Arabia planning to hamper brotherhood. He said, in my opinion, it is not a religious issue but a political game which is being played to disturb communal harmony among Sunni Shia Muslims and to promote sectarianism.Ex-MP Mohammed Adeeb threatened to leave Deobandi sect if such fatwas continue. siasat
Ram Mandir will be constructed in Ayodhya: Mahant Suresh Das after meeting with CM Yogi
Lucknow: A group of priests who met UP  CM  Yogi Adityanath on Thursday said the latter has assured that a Ram Temple will be built in Ayodhya.We had a dialogue with the CM  (Adityanath) about the development of Ram temple and he has assured us that it will be constructed soon,” Mahant Suresh Das told reporters here after meeting the CM .Prior to the meeting, Das had claimed that if the matter of constructing the Ram Temple was not taken up seriously, there may be a subsequent impact on the 2019 general elections.“Matter of the (Ram) temple will have to be taken seriously. If this isn’t taken up, we’ll see what to do in 2019,” he told ANI.freepressjournal
Minorities are suffering in India, Arundhati Roy slams PM
In an interview with BBC’s Evan Davis, award-winning author Arundhati Roy has slammed Narendra Modi-led Govt  and said minorities in India are suffering under his leadership.She had appeared on BBC’s flagship show Newsnight on Monday to talk about her new book Ministry of Utmost Happiness. Referring to Roy’s book The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, Davis had asked, “You mention Modi, you’re not a fan. He (Modi) does not come out of the book well. Has he been as bad as you would have feared?”Roy replied, “Yes, because today you’re looking at a situation where the Muslim community has been ghettoised. You’re looking at people being lynched on the streets. You’re looking at them being pushed out of economic activity they participated in earlier, you know meat shops, leather work, handicrafts, all of this is under assault.”“In India we are looking at the violence of a community trying to form itself into a nation, a Hindu nation, and somehow everyone else is a second-class citizen,”said Roy. nationalheraldindia
Archbishops’ letters not directed at any party, says Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India
Pune:Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India – the apex decision making body of the Indian Catholic Church – has said that letters written by the Delhi and Goa Archbishops were not directed at a certain party and only called for prayers for the country.“They are not directed at voting for a certain party or against a certain party and are just calls for the country and its democratic set-up. While political leaders have contacted me, including those from the ruling party, I have explained to all of them that there is nothing political about these letters and that we do not wish to indulge in politics. We are only thinking and praying for the good of the country,” Father Theodore Mascarenhas, Secretary General of CBCI, said.Anil Couto, Archbishop of the Delhi Archdiocese, had in a letter in May called for a prayer campaign for the nation saying that the Constitution is under threat. Weeks later, a communique by the Goa Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao spoke of apprehension among the minority community.indianexpress
Churches in India are conspiring with the Vatican to destabilise the Govt , claims VHP
VHP has claimed that churches in India were conspiring with the Vatican as “contract killers” to destabilise elected Govt s and “prop up puppet ones”, PTI reported.Hindutva organisation’s remarks came after the Archbishop of Goa and Daman, Father Filipe Neri Ferrao, wrote a letter to churches saying the Constitution is in danger. In May, Archbishop of Delhi Anil Couto had said in a letter to parishes in the national capital that there was a “turbulent political atmosphere” in the country, and asked them to “pray for the country”. “Churches in India are in collusion with the Vatican, and are trying to create an atmosphere of distrust against the present Govt ,” said Surendra Jain, VHP joint general secretary. scroll.in
Junaid Khan lynching: Faridabad court denies bail to main accused
A Sessions Court in Faridabad has dismissed the bail plea of main accused in the Junaid Khan murder case while stating that the allegations against him are of serious nature and “there is every possibility for pressurising of the prosecution witnesses” in case he is granted bail.“The accused cannot take the ground of parity for the reason that he has been shown as the main accused and the causing of injuries with sharp edge weapon have been attributed to the present accused,” Additional Sessions Judge Narendra Sharma said in his order while dismissing the bail plea of Naresh Kumar, who is facing murder charges in the case.The judge in the order also mentioned that he has found substance in the prosecution argument that mere long custody does not make the accused entitled to bail.indianexpress
No love lost between BJP and Shiv Sena as the latter vows to go solo in 2019 Lok Sabha elections
Hours after Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray’s meeting with BJP president Amit Shah, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said that the party has passed a resolution on contesting all upcoming elections on their own. BJP President Amit Shah, in Sampark for Samrthan campaign, had met Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray in a bid to garner support for the party.A few hours before the meeting, an editorial was published in Shiv Sena’s mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ saying that the ruling party has lost touch with the public and it should introspect to find reasons for it. The editorial mocked BJP’s ‘Sampark Abhiyan’ and had said that party would contest 2019 polls solo. It added that Palghar bypoll results have shown Sena’s strength to the BJP and that was the reason behind Amit Shah’s outreach mode.The strongly worded editorial had claimed that BJP was losing grounds and winds of change were blowing in Rajasthan and MP, adding that change of Govt was imminent in Maharashtra. The editorial remarked that BJP makes calculations like a businessman about whom to stay touch with and whom not to.”BJP President’s outreach is seen as an effort to gain the trust of allies back after major setbacks in recent bypolls. According to political experts, BJP is trying to move against a possible united Opposition, which has been able to defeat BJP in regional elections, Karnataka being the latest.newsx
Hopeful after SC/ST quota ruling, no ordinance on atrocity law: Govt
New Delhi:A day after the Supreme Court ruled that the Govt  “is not debarred from making promotions in accordance with law” till it decides petitions before it, the Govt  said this will not only ensure quotas in promotion for its SC/ST employees but also allow all such employees, whose promotions had been reversed in recent years, to be reinstated to the posts. Thaawarchand Gehlot, Union Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment, said following consultations with the Ministry of Law and Department of Personnel Training on the implications of the SC ruling, it is clear that “promotion mein reservation ka raasta khul gaya hai”.“Even though this is just an interim order, and the matter will be decided by a larger Constitutional Bench, we will immediately implement it so that reservation can be made applicable to promotions also. Also, if any of the promotions granted to SC/ST employees post 1997 were reversed, then they too will get the benefit of this order,” he said, adding that they will have to be reinstated to their erstwhile posts.indianexpress
Return journey of NRIs from Saudi begins; exodus signals grim times
Hyderabad: The trickle of Indian workers sending away their families from Saudi Arabia is giving rise to fears that it could turn into a tide in the near future. No official figures are available on how many non-resident Indians are returning home, neither in India nor in Saudi Arabia. But, several schools in Hyderabad have reported sudden spurt in the numbers of admissions of the wards of Gulf NRIs, who have come back from Saudi in the last few weeks.MA Lateef, Chairman, MS Group of Schools, said so far over 200 students, mostly girls, who have returned from Saudi, have been given admission. "Parents are saying that living in Saudi Arabia with families is becoming increasingly expensive, so many of them are sending them to India,"Lateef said. Authorities of many other schools concur with Lateef. They said this year there is a marked spurt in admissions of Gulf NRI children, especially from Saudi.Head of another chain of schools, Springfield, reported admission of over 150 Gulf NRI children.Humaira Hyder believes that the admissions would continue for a few more weeks. "In fact, we are expecting more students. The parents are in disarray. They say they have little or no savings. Getting education is a priority which cannot be put off," Hyder said.Mohammad Ziauddin Nayyar, a social activist who is associated with a number of schools in the city, said, "What is going on is forced separation of families which will have a negative impact on the social and economic fabric."Nearly 30 lakh Indians are engaged in various sectors in Saudi.Of these, people from Kerala form the largest chunk of 40%, followed by 20 to 25% from Telangana. TOI
All NRI marriages to be registered within 48 hours or passport won’t be issued, says Maneka Gandhi
New Delhi:All NRI marriages solemnised in India would have to be registered within 48 hours, Union Minister of Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi said on Wednesday. As of now, there is no time frame to register marriages in India. However, a Law Commission report has recommended that the time limit to register marriages should be restricted to 30 days after which a penalty of Rs 5 per day could be imposed.“NRI marriages have to be registered within 48 hours, else the passport and visas would not be issued,” Gandhi said, adding that the WCD Ministry is in the process of issuing orders to the registrars that details of such marriages should be provided to it so that a central database can be maintained.PTI
SBI says husband can't use wife's debit card, court agrees
Bengaluru:A casual act of letting your spouse or a close relative/friend withdraw money from an ATM using your debit card could prove costly. This is what a Benglauru woman on maternity leave recently learnt, albeit the hard way.Banking rules categorically state that an ATM card is non-transferable and no other person apart from the account holder should use it. On Nov.14, 2013, Marathahalli resident Vandana gave her debit card with PIN to her husband, Rajesh Kumar, to withdraw Rs 25,000 from a local SBI ATM. Rajesh went to the ATM and swiped the card; the machine delivered a slip showing the money was debited, but the amount was never released. SBI cited the ‘non-transferable’ rule and said the account holder was not the ATM user and turned down the money claims.TOI

Maldives leader Ahmed Nihan denied entry, Male raises issue with New Delhi
New Delhi:A prominent leader from the ruling party in Maldives, Ahmed Nihan, who is considered to be a close aide to President Abdulla Yameen, was not allowed to enter India earlier this week, prompting Male to raise the issue with New Delhi. This incident comes amid the strain in bilateral ties between India and Maldives over the political situation in the island nation.Describing the incident which took place Monday night as “unfortunate”, Maldives envoy to India Ahmed Mohamed said, “Maldives foreign ministry has taken up the matter with Indian ambassador in Male Akhilesh Mishra on Tuesday, while I have raised it with officials in Ministry of External Affairs in Delhi Wednesday.”Nihan, who is the parliamentary group leader of the ruling PPM and majority leader of the current parliament, had to come to Chennai for medical consultations on Monday night, but was not allowed to enter the country.indianexpress
Barkha Dutt Threatened; Rana Ayyub, Ravish Kumar Have Already Received Threats
New Delhi: Days and weeks after two noted journalists Rana Ayyub and Ravish Kumar received threats and abuses, renowned TV journalist and writer Barkha Dutt has also received “chilling veiled threats.” The 3 are among few top media personalities in India who have been vocal against the politics of BJP and policies of the Modi Govt .“Received chilling veiled threats and “messages” from powerful people in the Establishment today that my family and I are under surveillance – and that I will be smeared & maligned to stop me from starting any new projects,”Dutt tweeted Thursday noon.As she has been advised to debug her house over the threats, she wondered if she is living in her own country. “Was advised to get my house debugged. Is this my country?” she asked.Caravan
Govt Earns Rs 150 Cr Annually From top 5 monuments built by Muslim rulers
New Delhi: Even though it is top in Hindutva groups’ list of ‘symbols of slavery’, Taj Mahal, the Mughal-era marvel, is the highest earner among centrally-protected monuments in the country.In 2017-18, the centrally-protected monuments generated Rs 271.8 crore. More than half of the amount i.e. Rs 146.05 crore came from top 5 monuments built by Muslim rulers, four of them by the Mughal emperors.While Taj Mahal alone generated the revenue worth Rs 56.83 crore, Govt  earned Rs 30.55 crore from Agra Fort, Rs 23.46 crore from Qutub Minar, Rs 19.04 crore from Fatehpur Sikri and Rs 16.17 crore from Red Fort.Except the Qutub Minar, which was built by rulers of the Delhi Sultanate, the rest were constructed by the Mughals.caravandaily
NEET 2018: Urdu Was Ahead Of Marathi, Kannada As Medium
NEW DELHI: More students chose Urdu as medium than Marathi, Kannada and Oriya at the NEET 2018, results of which were announced on Monday. English was on the top and Oriya at the bottom in the list of 11 Scheduled languages in which 12.69 lakh students wrote the national medical entrance test.CBSE conducted NEET for admission to MBBS/BDS courses in Medical/Dental colleges in India.According to CBSE, 13,26,725 students had registered for NEET 2018 but 12,69,922 of them appeared for the test. More than 10.6 lakh students had chosen English as medium of examination while 1.46 lakh students chose Hindi and it was followed by Gujarati which had 57,000 students.Some 1,711 had chosen Urdu as their medium, followed by Marathi with 1169 students and Kannada had 818 students.caravandaily
Mumbai: Young inter-faith couple found dead in car, cops suspect suicide
MUMBAI: A Muslim youth and his Hindu girlfriend who had gone missing from their homes four days ago were found dead in a car outside the Mulund metropolitan magistrate’s court early on Wednesday.Although no suicide note was found in the vehicle or on their persons, based on circumstantial evidence and statements of their close relatives, prima facie, police suspect it to be a case of suicide. Salman Afroz Khan (26), a Thane resident, dabbled in the garments business and the girl, Manisha Narayan Negi (21), who lived on Thane -Belapur Road in Navi Mumbai, worked as a salesgirl in a mall.TOI
Chidambaram: India set to lose Rs 2.3 lakh crore due to loan write-offs
With Union Minister Arun Jaitley declaring all those who owed money to banks have been declared insolvent and removed from their companies under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, Congress leader P. Chidamabaram said that only Rs 1.7 lakh crore is expected to be recovered out of Rs 4 lakh crore loans involved in the proceedings."Out of Rs 4 lakh crore loans involved in Insolvency & Bankruptcy proceedings, only Rs 1.7 lakh crore is expected to be recovered," Chidambaram said.
WORLD
Afghanistan announces week-long ceasefire with Taliban for Eid
Kabul:Afghanistan announced Thursday a week-long ceasefire with the Taliban for Eid, the holiday that caps off Ramadan, though operations against other groups including Islamic State will continue.The ceasefire will last “from the 27th of Ramadan until the fifth day of Eid-al-Fitr,” President Ashraf Ghani tweeted from an official account, indicating it could run from June 12-19.It was not immediately clear if the Taliban had agreed to the ceasefire, which would be the first for Eid since the US invasion in 2001.“We are checking with our officials regarding the ceasefire announcement,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told AFP. The surprise move comes days after a gathering of Afghanistan’s top clerics in the capital Kabul called for a ceasefire and issued a fatwa against suicide bombings and attacks.“The Govt  of Afghanistan not only supports the unanimous fatwa announcement by the ulemas (scholars), but also backs the recommended ceasefire,” he said in a statement released by his office.“(At) the same time, the Afghan Govt  directs all the security and defence forces of the country... to stop all the attacks on the Taliban, but the operation will continue against Daesh (Islamic State), Al-Qaeda and other international terrorist networks.”A ceasefire would bring welcome relief to civilians in the war-torn country, nearly 17 years after the Taliban regime was toppled.AFP
Afghan Prez announces temporary ceasefire with Taliban
11 persons, including 5 children killed in US-led coalition air strike in Syria
An air strike on an area in northeastern Syria still held by the Islamic State group has killed at least 11 civilians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.Britain-based monitor said the strike was conducted early Monday in the south of Hasakeh province by US-led coalition, which has been battling IS jihadists in the region since 2014.There was no immediate confirmation by the coalition of the strike, the latest in a series to have reportedly caused civilian casualties in the area in recent weeks.The strike “resulted in the death of 11 civilians, including five children,” Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP. “Bodies were only pulled out on Tuesday due to continuous bombardment.” He said the area targeted was near the village of Jizaa, one of the very last pockets still controlled by IS in eastern Syria’s Euphrates Valley.AFP
IS kills 45 pro-regime fighters in east Syria assault:Monitor
Beirut:An offensive by the Islamic State jihadist group in eastern Syria has left at least 45 pro-regime fighters dead, a monitoring group said Tuesday.IS fighters launched the operation Sunday against Euphrates Valley villages seized last year by Govt  forces and their allies, and have retaken four of them, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.The villages are located on the road between the provincial capital of Deir Ezzor and the city of Albu Kamal, which lies further south on the border with Iraq.Near those villages is the small town of Hajin, the single largest populated hub still under the control of IS jihadists.Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said at least 26 IS fighters were also killed since “fierce” fighting started on Sunday.Observatory said the casualties on the pro-regime side were mostly fighters from Shiite militias present in the area, including groups from Iraq, Afghanistan and Lebanon’s Hezbollah.AFP
Hezbollah and Iran 'to stay in Syria until it is liberated'
Iran and the Lebanese Hezbollah movement will not leave Syria until it is "fully liberated from terrorists", the Lebanese parliamentary speaker said.Nabih Berri said that Hezbollah's presence in Syria had stopped the ISIL from reaching Lebanon."If it had not been for Hezbollah there [in Syria], Daesh would have been here [in Lebanon]," Berri said, referring to ISIL by its Arabic acronym.aljazeera
Popular Gurdwara, Mosque Set on Fire in UK; Hate Crime Probe Launched
London: A popular Gurdwara and a Mosque were set on fire in arson attacks at the same time in English city of Leeds with the police treating them as hate crimes.Jamia Masjid Abu Huraira Mosque in Hardy Street, Beeston, was attacked, along with the Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha Gurdwara in Lady Pit Lane, BBC reported on Wednesday.The main door of the mosque in South of the city centre had been set on fire at about 3.45am (local time) on Monday. A few minutes later, the door of the Gurdwara was also set on fire, the report said.Sikh Press Association said a bottle filled with petrol had been set alight at the doorstep of the Gurdwara, triggering a smoke alarm. Residents called the fire brigade and the police and the fire was quickly dealt with, they said.Nadeem Murtuja, interim director of Just Yorkshire which promotes racial justice, human rights and equality, said such "acts of hate" were worrying.PTI
Report: Attacks against Muslims rise in France
Hostilities against Muslims in France have increased including shootings, sexual assaults, arson and the desecration of places of worship during the holy month of Ramadan, the head of the country’s National Observatory Against Islamophobia has said.Speaking to Algeria’s APS news agency, Abdallah Zakri explained that attacks against Muslims are not new.The organisation revealed in a report last month that the rate of attacks against Muslims increased by 15 %  in the period from 1 January to 31 March.middleeastmonitor
Amnesty: Gulf families face uncertain future due to Qatar blockade
The blockade imposed by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt has torn the social fabric in the Gulf Arab states, hurt families and individuals and cast a dark shadow over the region, Amnesty International said in a report on Tuesday.The lives of thousands of families and individuals in the Gulf is no longer the same, the human rights group said.“In a region where the social fabric is made up of inter-marriages and ties across all countries, families from mixed nationalities were ripped apart, students had to cut short their education, others lost their jobs, and pilgrims from Qatar were banned from accessing holy sites in Saudi Arabia,” the report said.MEMO
Data: Israel arrested more than 600 Palestinians in May
Israeli occupation forces arrested more than 600 Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian territories and besieged Gaza Strip in May, including 94 children and nine women, human rights groups have said.middleeastmonitor
Israel-Palestine ministerial meet held in Jerusalem:report
Israel’s Minister of Finance, Moshe Kahlon, and his Palestinian counterpart Shukri Bishara, as well as Palestinian Minister of Civil Affairs Hussein Al-Sheikh held a meeting on Tuesday, according to the Hebrew Kan Radio.The officials discussed the recent escalations in the besieged Gaza Strip and Tel Aviv’s intention to support “humanitarian” projects in the Strip in Kahlon’s office in occupied Jerusalem.They also debated the Israeli Govt ’s decision to deduct part of the taxes Tel Aviv collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority and transfer them directly to the Gaza Strip if President Mahmoud Abbas continues his policy of not transferring the salaries of civil servants in the enclave.According to Kan Radio, the Palestinian Bank governor joined the meeting to discuss financial matters.middleeastmonitor
W. Bank Palestinians hurt in clashes with Israel troops
7 Palestinians have been injured in clashes with Israeli forces in the northern West Bank,Palestinian Red Crescent (PRC) reported today. “Our crews provided medical assistance to seven Palestinians who had been injured near Nablus, including one in serious condition,” PRC said in a statement. Eyewitnesses said that Israeli forces had tried to conduct an arrest campaign in the area, triggering clashes between dozens of Palestinian youths and Israeli troops who used rubber bullets and teargas to disperse them. According to the Israeli army, 11 Palestinians were rounded up in overnight raids carried out across the West Bank. Anadolu
UN slams 'chronic' arbitrary detention in Egypt
There has recently been a "significant escalation" in Egypt's crackdown on social dissent, the UN said yesterday, warning that arbitrary detention in the country had become a "chronic problem".Since 2013, international human rights groups have criticized President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi's Govt  for cracking down on secular and left-wing activists, as well as those close to the banned Muslim Brotherhood.But UN rights office warned yesterday of a "renewed campaign of arrests, interrogations and detentions of activists, bloggers and journalists in Egypt" in recent weeks. This "appears to indicate a significant escalation in the crackdown against the rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly in the country," spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani told reporters in Geneva. She said a long line of prominent bloggers, journalists, lawyers and activists were among those who had been detained in the weeks since Egypt's General Prosecutor in Feb.ordered prosecutors to monitor social media sites that "spread lies and fake news."AFP
UN: 46 migrants drown on Yemen’s shores, 16 missing
UN migration agency said that 46 migrants have drowned and 16 others are being presumed dead as they are still missing in Yemen’s shores.“Tragedy struck migrants trying to cross from the Horn of Africa to find employment in Yemen and the Gulf, when their vessel capsized in high waves as it approached its destination in the early hours of 6 June,” IOM said.MEMO
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