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15 July ND: Muslim engineer beaten to death, Qatari among injured after child lifting rumour leads to lynching in Bidar/ BJP-RSS doing politics on Shariat courts: AIMPLB


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15 July 2018:01 Ziqada 1439: Vol:10, No:65
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Muslim engineer beaten to death, Qatari among injured after child lifting rumour leads to lynching in Bidar
Bidar:A 32-year-old software engineer was beaten to death and three others, including a Qatari national, critically injured by a mob in Bidar district of Karnataka which suspected they were a group of “child lifters”.Officials said that Mohammed Azam Ahmed of Malakpet in Hyderabad, who works with as a software engineer, died on the spot, while a Qatari national, Salham Eidal Kubaisi(38), and Noor Mohammed and Mohammed Salman from Barkas in Hyderabad suffered critical injuries and were admitted to the Bidar Govt  hospital initially before being shifted to Hyderabad. An official from the Aurad Police Station, in whose area the lynching took place, said that 3 WhatsApp administrators who circulated the photos and messages that the 4 men were child kidnappers have been arrested. “We have also arrested 30 people who were part of the mob,’’ the official said.Kubaisi’s wife Zaibunnisa said that the 4 had set off from Hyderabad Friday morning to meet a relative at Bidar and attend a social function. After the function, they were en route to see a piece of land which they were interested in purchasing.“When they stopped for tea near a school at Murki village in Aurad taluka at about 4.30pm,they saw school children heading home. Salham started handing out foreign chocolates, which he was carrying, to students. However, someone raised an alarm that strangers were luring kidswith chocolates and people started gathering immediately,” she said.She also said that the 4 men, sensing danger, fled in the Toyota Innova they were travelling in but by that time some people had taken photographs of them and circulated it on WhatsApp that they were kidnappers and should be stopped. The photos and the messages soon went viral.“According to the victims, in the next village, villagers blocked the road with a felled tree. To avoid the blockade, Azam, who was driving, tried to go around it at high speed but ended up jumping over a culvert and the vehicle fell into the ditch. The mob pulled them out and beat them mercilessly,” said Ahmed Balala, MIM MLA.“I met the victims and they said that two policemen reached the spot but could not prevent the mob from beating them up.” He also said that it was still not clear whether Azam died due to injuries sustained when the vehicle went off road or because he was beaten to death.indianexpress
Family refuses to believe mob mistook Hyderabad techie for child lifter
Hapur lynching: Police shielding accused at behest of Yogi, says survivor
Police are trying to weaken the Hapur lynching case at the behest of BJP and Yogi Adityanath Govt , said the witness and survivor of the June 18 murder allegedly by cow vigilantes after he was discharged from a hospital here on Saturday. Samiyuddin also sent his first statement detailing about the incident to IG Meerut Range Ram Kumar, expressing his distrust on local police and asking for a judicial investigation into the murder of cattle trader Qasim in Hapur district.On the fateful day, as he intervened to save Qasim, Samiyuddin was thrashed and is yet to recover from several injuries including fractures of both arms, right leg and ribs."I have no faith on Pilkhua police station which deliberately failed to stop the bail granted to main accused Yudhishtir Singh. I have written to IG Meerut Range requesting him for a true judicial enquiry," Samiyuddin said.He recalled how he was mercilessly beaten up by the group that lynched Qasim at Bajhera village in Hapur district of UP , 75 km east of New Delhi."There is not a single place on my body where they did not hit me. I was sure to die like Qasim but God saved me. The local police is now trying to weaken the case by giving a distorted version, of some motorcycle accident, because of BJP and Yogi Govt ."The killers should get strictest punishment. And, immediate action should be taken against Pilkhua police station Circle Officer Pawan Kumar Singh and other staff who forced my brother Yaseen and family-friend Dinesh Tomar to file a false and incorrect FIR," he said.Samiyuddin said he was attacked after he intervened the mob that lynched Qasim alleging him of killing a cow when there was neither a cow nor any axe or knife to kill any animal. Soon he was bleeding from head to toe and was semi-conscious.When the police took him and Qasim to nearby GS Medical College, he remembers somebody saying "Probably Qasim is dead".He also remembers being given injections at the hospital and his thumb prints taken on some papers of which he has no idea.His brother Yaseen and family-friend Dinesh Tomar, who also spoke to IANS, said police kept misleading about his whereabouts till 5-5:30 in the evening when they were forced to write and sign a false FIR. They agreed as they were afraid of the police and also were more concerned about getting Samiyuddin timely treatment.IANS
Hapur attack survivor, witness write to Meerut I-G: Local cops threatened to file fake complaint
Gau Rakshaks not listening to Modi is a matter of concern: Hamid Ansari
New Delhi: There has been a rise of vigilantism in the country and if "gau rakshaks" (cow vigilantes) are not listening to even PM  Narendra Modi, then it is a matter of concern, says former Vice President Hamid Ansari."Modi is a strong leader. He is the unquestioned leader of his party. If his words are not being listened to, that's a matter of serious concern. No need to say that there are people in his party who are defying him. I am not drawing that conclusion," Ansari said in an interview with IANS ahead of the release of his latest book "Dare I Question".This book is a compilation of speeches that Ansari made on different occasions on different themes. He said he has explored various issues in the book such as what is it to be an Indian, what is Indian nationalism or why do we call ourselves plural,secular,democratic.While asserting that intolerance is indeed rising in society, he underlined that it cannot be said that the communal divide emerged only after Modi Govt came to power as it has been there for very long.IANS
Never pitched for Shariat courts across country, BJP-RSS doing politics on the issue: AIMPLB
New Delhi: All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) today clarified that no proposal was made to set up Shariat courts in all districts across the country."We have never talked about setting up Shariat courts in all districts across the country. Our motive is to set them up in places where it is required and where people want them," Zafaryab Jilani, member of AIMPLB said.Jilani further clarified that Shariah boards were not courts, adding that BJP and RSS were politicising the matter."Shariah Board is not a court. BJP-RSS is doing politics in the name of Shariat courts," he said at a press conference here.Jilani also said AIMPLB was working with full responsibility and would hold workshops across the country to create awareness regarding the matter.ANI
Sharia courts ‘anti-national’, they exploit women:UP minority minister
Assam's first deputy speaker's extended family
Tribunal slapped foreigners' tag
Moulavi Muhammad Amiruddin was the first deputy speaker of Assam. His family members have now been slapped with notices from Foreigners' Tribunal, and are now struggling to prove their nationality. Habikul Islam, Amiruddin's nephew, told a national daily, "Since 2012, nearly 100 people of 400-strong extended family of my late uncle have been issued foreigners' notice. All of them are descendants of my late uncle's 5 brothers."The Tribunal has already declared one grandson and one great-grandson of the freedom fighter as foreigners. Amiruddin had played a pivotal role in preventing Assam's inclusion in Pakistan during the partition. After independence, he acted as an active politician and contested elections as an independent MLA from the then Nowgong Mohammedan East constituency.He served as the deputy speaker between April 1937 and 1946. Amiruddin along with three other Jamiat Ulema E Hind-backed Muslim legislators had also backed Assam's first CM  Gopinath Bordoloi during his struggle to keep Assam a part of India.During that time Premier Syed Muhammad Saadulla of the Muslim League headed the Assam assembly till 1946. Bordoloi again became Premier in 1946 and with the backing of Amiruddin, he kept Assam within India. "My uncle used to tell us how he and 3 other Muslim legislators, all backed by Jamiat, rejected the Muslim League's plan to club Assam with Pakistan. They supported Bordoloi so that Assam remained within India. Look at the irony today. My uncle's descendants have been issued notices," saidIslam, according to TOI. As per reports, all the 174 families of Amiruddin's ancestral village Kalikajhari, which is located 10 km from the Marigaon town, has received notices and some others have been declared as foreigners.Abu Taher, son of Amiruddin's nephew Abdul Mannas shared his ordeal with the media and said, "I got the notice in 2016. I have been visiting Tribunals with all the relevant documents since.But my case was pending. Even my wife and daughter were served notices the same year."The state of Assam is presently struggling to define "indigenous Assamese". Assam Govt’s first NRC draft included names of 1.90 crore people out of 3.29 crore applications. The state cabinet sub-committee is scheduled to meet on July 23 to finalise the fate of these people. ibtimes.co.in
Extended family of Assam’s first deputy speaker given foreigner tag, told to prove nationality
35 lakh people facing exclusion from NRC due to biased process after BJP came to power: fact-finding report
New Delhi: Thanks to the bias that crept into the process for update of National Register of Citizens (NRC) after BJP came to power in Assam in March 2016, around 35 lakh Bengali-speaking people, both Muslims and Hindus, are facing the threat of exclusion from the list of bona fide citizens, said a civil fact-finding team while releasing its report here on Friday. That team, under banner of civil rights group United Against Hate, was led by S.R. Darapuri, retired IG, Police, UP.Other members included social activist Nadeem Khan and journalist Amit Sen Gupta.“Up till March 2016,verification process was deemed to be fair and objective, according to widespread perception, including within the civil society. Its rules and guidelines were apparently being followed. Post April 2016 elections, with BJP coming to power, difficulties, problems and accusations of bias began to stalk Assam,” the team said in its report.NRC is being prepared under supervision of the SC.However, at various verification centres, local NRC officials are not accepting documents with minor typo errors and even some of the genuine and accepted documents of citizenship. Moreover, many are not getting notice in time to submit the documents. The SC has set 30 July as deadline for release of final draft of NRC.Addressing a press conference in Delhi on Friday while releasing the fact-finding report, S.R. Darapuri said there are several lapses in issuing the notice process to the people. “They don’t get notice in time,” he said.“People are in favour of NRC but the process is faulty and biased. So, people feel that they are not getting justice and are being deprived of their rights. People who have been declared as D-Voters (doubtful voters) have already no rights.”caravandaily
Govt  trying to leave out names of genuine citizens from NRC: Tarun Gogoi
Nagaon:“BJP-led State Govt  wants to create panic instead of solving problems in Assam and as a part of that, the State Govt  is trying to leave out the names of thousands of genuine citizens of the State from NRC,” alleged ex-CM  Tarun Gogoi on Saturday during a press conference held at Nagaon Rajiv Bhavan.Gogoi further said that the NRC authority in the State was trying to leave out the names of thousands of minority people and even linguistic minority Indian citizens were under the constant pressure of BJP Govt s at the Centre and the State. Expecting an unpleasant situation in the entire State, the Sarbananda Sonowal Govt had called in 150 additional paramilitary companies.sentinelassam
RSS Temporarily Shelves Citizenship Amendment Bill After Widespread Protests in Assam
Guwahati: Rattled by widespread protests in Assam against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016, RSS has temporarily shelved the plan to support granting citizenship to a section of non-Muslim citizens from neighbouring countries.In the last two months, a series of meetings held in New Delhi among the organisation’s top echelon and functionaries from Assam has reportedly convinced the leadership about the pitfalls of tabling the Bill in parliament.Informed sources in the RSS claimed that there was no scope for the Bill to come up in any of the parliament sessions ahead of the general elections next year.“If tabled in parliament, the situation in Assam could take a turn for the worse, with adverse consequences for the elections next year. Moreover, the majority of activists from the Brahmaputra valley in the state have voiced their opposition to the Bill,” a senior functionary of RSS’s Guwahati chapter said. However, he added, there was overwhelming support for the Bill from the functionaries in the state’s Bengali-dominated Barak valley.In an interview to The Hindu last month, JPC chairperson Rajendra Agarwal ruled out the possibility of submitting the report during the monsoon session of parliament.  He made a case for further discussions on Bill and seeking advice from legal and constitutional experts.thewire
This isn't Pakistan, AMU must provide quota:National commission for scheduled castes
As AMU has been facing flak for non-implementation of the reservation policy, National Commission for Scheduled Castes Chairperson Ram Shankar Katheria said "this isn't Pakistan" adding that "the university has to follow the rules".BJP MP added that the varsity is doing injustice to the students belonging to the weaker section by not providing reservation. "Not providing reservation to Schedule Caste, Schedule Tribe, and Other Backward Classes students in AMU is an injustice. AMU is not a minority institution and it receives grants from the Centre," Katheria said."This is not Pakistan, here all systems work as per the Constitution of India,"he added.ANI
Scheduled Castes panel asks Centre: Why fund AMU when it does not allow quotas?
Muslim Personal Law Board will not contest if SC scraps Section 377
New Delhi:All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has decided not to contest if the Supreme Court scraps Section 377 of IPC that criminalises homosexuality. The board has also decided to no longer be part of the court hearings in the matter that resume Tuesday. on Friday, AIMPLB member and senior advocate Yusuf Muchhala said: “We are not going to appear in the matter leaving it to the court to decide.”Muchhala added: “Whether section 377 is unconstitutional or not should be read down by the court so that the people indulging into same-sex relationships are not criminalised. Let it be clear that it is only on the decriminalisation issue that we are not participating, and not beyond that, let the court decide (on it), whichever way it goes.”The SC is hearing a batch of petitions challenging Section 377 while also reviewing its earlier verdict banning IPC section.AIMPLB has earlier voiced opposition when the Delhi HC had struck down Section 377 in 2009.indian express
Court case against vice president of JK Law Board
 https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/court-case-against-vice-president-of-j-k-muslim-personal-law-board-1286027-2018-07-15                                       
Kolkata:A fresh petition has been filed against Azam Nasir ul Alam, vice president of Muslim Personal Law Board, J&K.Nasir made a statement on Jan.30, 2018.His statement was a comment on Muslims in the country on the pretext of intolerance and persecution by Hindus.Petitioner Sharad Singh filed a complaint against the political leader's statement."In a country where Muslims are the second largest community, these statements may lead to civil war," Sharad said.Nasir at a press conference in Kashmir said, "Either Shariat Law should be implemented or the country should be partitioned based on its population."He also added his concerns on the 'pathetic' conditions of the Muslims."He should not make such statements sitting in Kashmir, he should come and see how all Indians are living together", the petitioner added.indiatoday
Govt wants to tap WhatsApp texts, it will be like creating a surveillance state, says Supreme Court: Indian express
New Delhi:Taking a strong note of I&B Ministry’s decision to set up a social media hub for monitoring online data, the Supreme Court on Friday said the Govt  wanting to tap citizens’ WhatsApp messages is “like creating a surveillance state”, according to PTI. The top court has sought Govt’s response in the matter within 2 weeks.The SC issued notice to Centre on a plea by TMC MLA Mahua Moitra and sought Attorney General KK Venugopal’s assistance in the matter. “Govt wants to tap citizens’ WhatsApp messages.It will be like creating a surveillance state,” a bench of CJI Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud said.Senior advocate AM Singhvi, who appeared for Moitra, said the Govt  has issued a request for proposal and the tender will be opened on August 20. “They want to monitor social media content with the help of this social media hub,” PTI quoted Singhvi as saying.The court listed the matter for further hearing on August 3.On June 18, the Supreme Court had refused to accord urgent hearing on the plea seeking to stay a central Govt  move to set up a ‘Social Media Communication Hub’ that would collect and analyse digital and social media content. Counsel for Moitra had said that the Govt  is trying to monitor social media content of individuals by tracking their social media accounts such as those on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and their e-mails.
Divide within Malaysian Govt  as Indian origin ministers raise Zakir Naik issue
Delhi:A week after Malaysian PM  Mahathir Mohamad had declared that Zakir Naik will not be deported, members of his own cabinet have differed from this decision.On Friday, one of parties, DAP, of the alliance Govt, Pakatan Harapan (Alliance of Hope), raised the issue of Zakir and his extradition request by India during the cabinet meeting with the Malaysian PM.Malaysian Human Resources Minister M Kula Segaran, in a press statement, said that he alongwith fellow ministers Gobind Singh Deo and Xavier Jayakumar had also raised the issue at the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday.Raising the issue of legality and rule of law, the minister said that they will ask the Attorney General if there is any formal request from India. If a request has been made then they will follow rule of law. Sweeping statements and unilateral decisions will not be acceptable is what the minister hinted at directing his comment to Mahathirs decision to not deport Naik. This is the right way of doing things, it is not right for the Govt  nor one man to decide this matter, it should be decided by law in the courts as they have the duty to dispense justice, the statement by Kula Segaran said.Kulasegaran also is seeking details on whether India has made a request with the Malaysian authorities or not. Let the Indian Govt  make the necessary deportation order and we will follow the rule of law, but the bottom line was that the Indian Govt  must make that request, said Kula Segaran. Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo who had also raised the issue with the PM  said if India makes a case against Zakir which warrants him to be sent back then Malaysia has to act accordingly.Of course as the Govt , once a case is put forward, the Govt  has to decide whether to send him back, Gobind said at a press conference after launching the Integrated Parcel Centre (IPC) Expansion Project on Thursday.All the 3 ministers are of Indian origin. india today
Hindutva is a big threat to Hinduism: Ashok Vajpeyi
New Delhi: Poet, critic, art lover and institution builder, Ashok Vajpeyi, while warning against the rise of Hindutva politics, said it is a big threat to Hinduism and needed to be fought by Hindus to protect their religion.Hindutva is nothing but a big threat to Hinduism and if the leaders of Hindus have to protect their religion then they have to fight the Hindutva forces", Ashok Vajpeyi said in New Delhi on Saturday.Ashok Vajpey was speaking at a function held at Constitution Club, New Delhi to launch "Dismantling India– A 4 Years Report". Comprising of 24 articles by eminent writers who questioned the current Govt ’s actions, policies, and directives.The Report is supported by a series of tables which has recorded four years of "mis-rule" by the Modi Govt , including the list of hate speeches he and his party members delivered in these four years.Talking about the rise of Hindutva in these years, Subhash Ghatade said, that the right-wing which used to work covertly has now started working openly and defiantly."The trishuls have changed into Swords. The hatred seeded deep inside the common man is at its height. In Ranchi, RSS was meeting to devise various mechanisms to win 2019 election via social media", he said.Prof Karen Gabriel while addressing the event explained how the Govt  has silently introduced many things in Higher education."Sanskrit department has been asked to teach history through Vedas, distorting the history, introducing their re-writings of history covertly", he added.Usha Ramanthan speaking on ADHAAR said that the ruling party when in opposition strongly advocated against Adhaar but when they came into power they not only took a u-turn but implemented ADHAAR in such a way that created havoc in the country.Vijoo Krishnan said that the BJP had said that farmers' land will be protected but within 6 months the Govt  brought Land Ordinance. "Massive protests were organized and they had to pull back the ordinance", Vijoo said.Kavita Krishnan said the worst kind of attacks on Women Autonomy and rights happened in the present Govt .Gauhar Raza, said that this Govt  is attacking the scientific institutions in such a way which will be irreversible and the country will be taken back many years. Souradeep Roy speaking on "Unmaking Indian Culture" said that the attacks on culture is not only on artists and writers but on the common man of India, every single person living in this country is attacked.Vidya Bhushan Rawat talked about cow-politics, which has created a huge problem for the small and medium farmers; this fear of cows and its protectors has disturbed the village economy.Harsh Mander gave first hand information on the horror account of Mob Lynching across India which he visited during Caravan-e-Mohabbat. Mani Shankar Aiyar spoke on the issues of the neighbourhood policies with the present Govt , and how the situations with the neighbours got adverse during this regime.ummid.com
Non-residents of Agra detained for praying at Taj Mahal mosque after SC order
Agra: In violation of the Supreme Court order that bars “outsiders” (non-residents of Agra) from offering namaz at a mosque in the Taj Mahal monument complex, two Muslim youths from Maharashtra offered prayers there on Friday. On July 9, the Supreme Court had upheld the order of the Agra administration which said that non-residents of Agra would not be allowed to enter the mosque for offering customary prayers on Friday due to security concerns. According to information, 2 Muslim youths, Aasif Yusuf Khan, 27, and Mukhtar Ali Noor Ali Syed, 27, who hail from Jalgaon city of Maharashtra, reached the West Gate of Taj Mahal today, at the time of the namaz around 1:30 pm.In a written statement, the two men said that they saw many Muslims entering the Taj Mahal complex for offering prayers and they followed them.Security personnel at the West Gate checked them thoroughly but no one asked them for their identity cards.They further clarified that they were not aware of any order banning entry of outsiders from prayers. But when the two men were coming out from the Taj Mahal after offering prayers, some security personnel noticed them due to their different outfits and appearance and inquired about their identity cards. The men then apologised and pleaded ignorance about the apex court’s order.TOI
Lawyer tells Supreme Court that Babri Masjid was demolished by ‘Hindu Taliban’
Shia Waqf Board told the Supreme Court that it wished to settle the matter of Babri Masjid-Ram Temple dispute in Ayodhya amicably. However, a lawyer for one of the appellants reportedly argued that the board had no locus to speak in the case.Senior Advocate Rajiv Dhawan, appearing for M Siddiq — an appellant in the suit who has died but is represented through his legal heir — argued that just as the Taliban had destroyed the Buddha statues in Bamiyan in Afghanistan, the ‘Hindu Taliban’ had destroyed Babri Masjid, reported ANI.The matter is being heard by the bench comprising of CJI Dipak Misra, Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice S Abdul Nazeer.The SC will continue hearing the matter on July 20.In its submissions, the Shia Waqf Board said they wished to settle the dispute amicably. The board also stated that the custodian of the Babri mosque was the Shia and the Sunni Waqf Board, and no one else represents India’s Muslims. indianexpress
Shia board offers 1/3rd of Ayodhya land for temple
New Delhi: Central Shia Waqf Board on Friday informed the Supreme Court that it was the real claimant of the one-third Muslim share of land in the disputed structure at Ayodhya as the Babri Masjid was built by Mir Baqi, a Shia. Senior counsel SN Singh, appearing for the Shia Board, said: “We want to donate one-third land granted to Muslims by the Allahabad high court to Hindus for building the Ram temple. For the unity, integrity, peace and harmony of this great country, the Shia Waqf Board is in favour of donating the Muslim share of land to the Hindus for Ram temple.”In a brief affidavit, the Shia board said a mosque could be built in a Muslim-dominated area at a reasonable distance from the revered place of birth of Lord Ram in Ayodhya.In a statement issued in Lucknow, Shia Waqf Board chairman Wasim Rizvi asked the Sunni Waqf Board to give up its claim on the Shia property in Ayodhya and instead play a positive role in amicably resolving the temple-mosque disputes in Kashi and Mathura. Appearing for M. Siddiq, the main petitioner, senior counsel Rajeev Dhavan said in the SC that Shia Waqf Board had no locus standi in the case.AsianAge
BJP denies Amit Shah made 'Ram temple' statement in Hyderabad
Hyderabad: BJP on Saturday denied that party president Amit Shah said that the construction of Ram temple at Ayodhya will begin before 2019 Lok Sabha elections. It was reported earlier that Shah made the statement in a meeting of party leaders in Hyderabad. Shah told the gathering that steps will be taken to ensure the construction of the temple before 2019 Lok Sabha polls, reported IANS. Hitting back, MIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi asked if Shah will write the judgement even when the Supreme Court is deciding the title dispute and whether Masjid is an essential feature of Islam. He even suggested that the judgement should be given after 2019 elections to ensure free and fair elections. “AShah in Hyd says Mandir will be built b4 the Parl elections. Qs is Shah going to write the judgment when the SCourt is deciding the Title dispute,& whether Masjid is essential feature of Islaam. It is better if the issue/Judgment given after Parl Elections for free & fair Elec”, Owaisi tweeted. BJP, however, denied the statement saying no such statement was made by the party president while in Hyderabad. The saffron party said in a statement on Twitter that no such agenda figured in the meeting.timesnownews
Notes spiked instantly, why Ram Mandir decision still hangs: Thackeray
Pune: Launching a fresh salvo at ruling ally BJP, Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday asked if the demonetization decision could be taken so quickly, why is the decision on building Ram Temple in Ayodhya still pending.“The demonetization decision was taken instantly, but the work on Ram Mandir has yet to begun. They (BJP) had said it would happen before the elections – which elections, 2019 or 2050?” Thackeray asked sarcastically.Talking to media persons here on a pre-election preparatory visit, the Sena chief said the same was the status of BJP’s other major policies like Uniform Civil Code, or abrogation of the Constitution’s Article 370. “There is no discussion on these important issues now, they are almost forgotten. You have the majority and should have implemented these… what happened?” he asked.IANS
UP not to provide free NCERT books to aided madrassas
Bareilly: Months after making NCERT books compulsory for all affiliated madrassas from this academic session, the state Govt  has now said that it will not be providing free books to aided minority institutes. There are 560 Govt -aided madrassas in UP and their students or managements will have to personally bear the expense of NCERT textbooks. Rahul Gupta, registrar of UP Board of Madrassa Education, said, “Students and managements of 560 aided madrassas will have to purchase these books at their own expense. It has already been made clear that question papers will be set from NCERT books for modern subjects and Urdu. These books can be downloaded from NCERT website or can be directly bought from vendors.”From this academic, NCERT books have been made compulsory for modern subjects like mathematics, science, English, computer science and social science. A letter issued by Monika Garg, principal secretary, UP Minority Welfare Department, on May 30 to all district minority welfare officers, said that the UP Board of Madrassa Education has included NCERT books in the syllabus from 2018-19 academic session “to improve quality and bring uniformity in modern education among minority institutions”. Meanwhile, the Govt -aided madrassas will continue to receive free books for class 1-8 from basic education council. However, teachers say that these books are of hardly any use as exam papers will be based on NCERT syllabus. Deewan Saheb Jaman Khan, state general secretary of Teachers’ Association Madaris-e-Arabia UP , said, “After NCERT books were made compulsory, we thought that the Govt  will provide these textbooks for free. There is no point of providing basic education council books to students when exam papers will be set from NCERT books. Majority of students in madrassas come from BPL families and cannot afford expensive books.” TOI
In Muzaffarnagar village, police arrest 10 Muslim youths after Hindu families allege harassment; kin cry foul
Muzaffarnagar: The nondescript village of Nirana in UP's Muzaffarnagar district is in the news for all the wrong reasons. Police complaints have been filed over some strange reasons — on Muslim boys hitting balls into people's homes while playing cricket in a cemetery and then entering the premises to fetch them, and also on people claiming that motorcycle-borne youths were disrupting marriage baraats.In the first case, the families whose homes were being "invaded" claimed that there was more to the Muslim boys coming into their houses than just game. A few families claimed other forms of disturbance. An FIR was filed over these incidents two weeks ago. While the police asked the complainants to talk and settle the issues amicably, it has deployed a sizable number of officers in Nirana as a precaution.Muzaffarnagar is a communally sensitive region, which witnessed deadly riots in 2013. It was in this district that the issue of migration of people from one community — allegedly for communal reasons — became a critical issue in 2017 Assembly elections. Muzaffarnagar is now witnessing a similar situation, with about 10 families belonging to one community claiming that they have been threatened with consequences unless they leave the village.The walls of a few houses in Nirana bear the message "yeh makaan bikau hain (this house is for sale)"."We have asked the gram pradhan (village head), Mohammad Istikaar, to speak with everyone and ensure that communal harmony is restored.The issue also seems to be politically motivated, and we are taking strict action against everyone named in FIR."Istikaar told the media that there had been a minor scuffle around 10 days ago."The incident occurred while people were dancing during a marriage procession," he said. "Muslim boys claim that Hindu boys were dancing in a vulgar manner and teasing the Muslim women who were watching from their terrace. I personally went to talk to those people. But they were not ready to listen to anything and called the brother of ex BJP MP Sanjeev Baliyan. What can I do when no one is listening to us?"Sachin Johri, firstpost
Kerala: IS suspect denies allegations
Kozhikode: Thasleem Abdurehman KOP, a youth from Kannur who is suspected to be the ‘finance agent’ of the Islamic State (IS) has denied the allegation levelled against him by the investigating agencies. In a Facebook post on July 9, Thasleem who was working in the Gulf, said he collected the money from Manaf and handed over to Shajil, the IS cadres from Kannur who are believed to have been killed in Syria, without knowing the actual intention. Police had said that Thasleem had arranged money for Shajil to help him travel to Syria. In the post, Thasleem agreed that Manaf had handed over a few US dollars to him while he was in Dubai in August 2016. Manaf had asked him to handle the money as per his instruction. In October, Manaf sent a message asking him to give 4,000 USD to Shajil, who will arrive in Dubai. Thaleem said he handed over 800 USD to another friend of Manaf while he was in Kannur. “I transferred the remaining Rs 40,000 to an account after I returned to the Gulf. I would not have done the transaction using my ID if I realized that I would land in trouble. There are numerous illegal money transaction channels in the Gulf,” Thasleem said in his post. Thasleem also denied the police’s charge that there is a case against him in a police station in Fujairah for illegally collecting money for building a mosque. “Which NRI would donate money without the letter pad or receipt of the mosque committee?” he asked. Referring to his connection with PFI, Thasleem said he was ousted from the organization in Nov.2016. TOI
Govt conscious and alive to Islamic radicalisation: BSF
Shillong: DG of BSF KK Sharma has said the central Govt   is very conscious and alive to the situation of Islamic radicalisation in country.Radicalisation of Islam is a worldwide phenomenon....and the Govt  of India is very conscious and alive to the situation and all necessary steps have been taken to counter radicalisation in India. BSF is prepared to deal with any misadventure from other side on the border,” he told reporters here in Meghalaya."It (radicalisation) is not confined to Iran, Iraq or to some other small place. Every country which has got a Muslim population is faced with the problem of radicalisation because of the misuse or greater use of the social media", he said.UNI
PM Modi Asks Congress if it Caters Only to Muslim Men While Ignoring Issues of Triple Talaq, Halala
New Delhi: Gearing up for 2019 general polls, PM  Narendra Modi launched a direct attack on Congress on Saturday over its stand on triple talaq, asking if the opposition party belongs only to the Muslim men. PM Modi said, “If Congress is a party meant for Muslims, it’s up to them. But is it a party meant only for Muslim men? Because you don't stand with the Muslim women on issues such as triple talaq and nikah halala.”PM Modi was speaking at an event in Azamgarh to lay the foundation stone of the Purvanchal Expressway. Azamgarh has a significant number of Muslim voters, who will prove to be a crucial vote bank in the Parliamentary elections where UP has the highest representation in the House. Speaking on the triple talaq issue, PM Modi further added that the Congress have been stalling the triple talaq bill in the Parliament and don't allow discussion on the same.news18
Share your secret info about plans to ‘incite riots’ with Home Minister: Chidambaram to Sitharaman
New Delhi:A day after Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman accused the Congress of spreading communal disharmony in the country ahead of the Lok Sabha elections in 2019, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram took a jibe at the minister saying she has all the time in the world to inquire into the religious affiliations of parties and persons. Chidambaram took to Twitter to counter her accusations and said, “After taming Pakistan, eliminating terrorism, stopping infiltration and acquiring Rafale aircraft, Defence Minister has all the time in the world to inquire into the religious affiliations of parties and persons!”In another tweet, Chidambaram asked the defence minister to ‘share the secret info on plans to incite riots’ with the Home Minister.He was responding to Sitharaman’s remarks on Friday blaming Congress of playing up the religion card ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha polls. BJP leader had quoted a report from Inquilab, alleging that Congress chief Rahul Gandhi had in an interaction with Muslim intellectuals on Wednesday told the gathering that “Congress is a Muslim party”. Meanwhile, historian Syed Irfan Habib, who was present at the gathering of Muslim intellectuals on Wednesday, denied that the Rahul Gandhi made any such remark. “There was no issue of this nature raised, neither by the people present over there nor by Rahul Gandhi himself. It is just a figment of imagination of all those who want to give it a twist because they are doing it for their own political advantage. There is nothing at all.There is no basis at all,”Habib had said. indianexpress
Minister Naqvi's sister to be ostracized from Islam: cleric
New Delhi:A prominent Muslim cleric from Bareilly has said that 2 Mulsim women, who raised voice against triple talaq practice, will be ostracized from Islam. Farhat Naqvi, sister of Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Nida Khan, daughter-in-law of the Aala Hazrat family, will be ostracized from Islam, Mufti Khurshid Alam said during Friday sermon.Reacting to the 'firman' against her, an undeterred Nida hit out at the cleric saying where was he when Muslim women were victimised in the name of triple talaq, halala and polygamy. Maintaining that she is not afraid of such threats, Nida said she will continue her fight for the justice and Muslim women. "Islam prohibits both, committing oppression and tolerating the crime. Now thousands of Nidas have emerged and their voice cannot be suppressed," she said.Nida said the All India Muslim Personal Law Board was created under the British rule and it should not be authorised to pass rulings on Muslims.Slamming the Aala Hazrat family for threatening her, Nida said the family has 14 cases of triple talaq.Both Nida and Farhat run 2 separate organisations to help Muslim women get justice. abplive
Gujarat mosques step in to emphasise importance of vaccination
Vadodara:In an attempt to counteract messages circulating on social media warning Muslim families against getting their children vaccinated, mosques in Gujarat are creating awareness in the community about the importance of the vaccines. Mosques in Vadodara and central Gujarat joined hands with doctors on Friday to deliver a message in their sermons about the need to administer vaccines to children. Baroda Muslim Doctor’s Association and Muslim trust Majlis-e-Ulama came together for this purpose.Some messages on social media —- claiming that vaccinations for measles and rubella being administered by the Govt  to children between 9 and 15 years of age can leave them impotent —- have left many Muslim families in doubt. Darul-Uloom Deoband took notice of the messages and issued circulars asking local mosques across the country to allay the unfounded fears of community members.An appeal from Jamia Millia Islamia says, “Measles is a highly infectious, potentially fatal disease caused by the measles virus. Measles causes sickness like diarrhoea, blindness, encephalitis and pneumonia, which can lead to death. In India, more than 95% cases of measles are among children below 15 years of age.”indianexpress
JNU professor accused of sexual harassment Johri removed from pollution control body
New Delhi: Centre has removed a professor of JNU accused of sexual harassment from SC-empowered Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA), which is tasked with taking various measures to tackle air pollution.Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change announced the removal of Atul Kumar Johri from EPCA, a professor at JNU's School of Life Sciences, in an order issued on 4 July.Johri was arrested in March for allegedly sexually harassing several female students. He is currently out on bail.PTI
Research scholars can’t hold jobs:JNU circular
New Delhi:As registrations for the next semester at JNU begin Monday, research scholars applying will be required to sign an undertaking declaring that they are not employed. The information was revealed in a circular dated July 11, signed by Deputy Registrar (Evaluation). The move has drawn the ire of a section of students and teachers, who said the decision is against the university ordinances.“All Deans of Schools of Studies/Chairpersons of Special Centres/ Chairpersons of Centres are requested to take an undertaking from each student at the time of his/her registration with their School/Special Centre/Centres concerned for any programme of study stating that he/she is not employed in any Govt /public/private sector. This is issued with the approval of the competent authority,” circular stated. indianexpress
Committed to speedy return of Rohingyas to Myanmar, Rajnath tells Bangladesh PM
India on Saturday told Bangladesh that it was “committed to helping in the safe, speedy and sustainable return” of Rohingya Muslims to their homes in Myanmar while lauding the neighbouring country for addressing the security concerns of New Delhi.Union home minister Rajnath Singh, who is on a 3-day visit to the neighbouring country, told Bangladesh PM  Sheikh Hasina that for return of Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar, India is working on a project to construct prefabricated housing in Rakhine State so as to meet the needs of the displaced persons.“India will also continue to provide relief material and supplies to help Govt  of Bangladesh deal with the needs of those in the relief camps,” a Govt  statement quoted Rajnath Singh as saying while calling on Hasina in Dhaka on Saturday.Rajnath Singh and Sheikh Hasina noted that “much has been achieved by India and Bangladesh by working together to counter the menace of terrorism and radicalisation”. “They agreed that all countries in the region that are afflicted by this menace should proactively join hands to effectively tackle it. The home minister also thanked the PM  for the cooperation extended by Bangladesh in addressing India’s security concerns,” said the statement.HT
'Bridge course' to open doors for formal education: Naqvi
New Delhi:Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has said the motive to introduce the 'Bridge Course' is to open the doors for formal and mainstream education for dropout students.Union Minister clarified that the agenda is not to shut down the Madrasas, but to provide an opportunity to every student to get better jobs."Central Govt  does not want to shut down the doors of Madrasas, it only wants to open the doors for formal and mainstream education," Naqvi said.He further praised the steps taken by PM  Narendra Modi Govt  to improve the education system for the marginal sections, so that they get better job opportunities."School dropout rate among Muslim girls has considerably decreased. It has come down from 70%to 35%, due to our awareness and educational empowerment programmes,"Naqvi said.The course aims to get school dropouts and madrasa students into the mainstream.A total of 260 students were trained in the 'Bridge Course', and 182 of them successfully completed the course.Ministry, in collaboration with Jamia Millia has also been organising a residential training programme for madrasa teachers.ANI
RSS Ideologue Among 4 Nominated to Rajya Sabha by President
New Delhi: Ex-MP Ram Shakal, RSS ideologue Rakesh Sinha, classical dancer Sonal Mansingh and stone artist Raghunath Mohapatra were on Saturday nominated to the Rajya Sabha.The nominations were made by President Ram Nath Kovind on the advice of PM  Narendra Modi, PMO said.“Ram Shakal is an eminent people’s leader and public representative from UP, who has devoted his life for the welfare and well-being of the Dalit community. A farmers’ leader, he is widely respected for championing the cause of farmers, labourers and migrants,” it said.He has also been a three-time member of the Lok Sabha, representing the Robertsganj constituency of UP .RSS ideologue Sinha is the founder and honorary director of the Delhi-based think-tank India Policy Foundation.PTI
Solve PDP’s internal conflicts before threatening Centre in name of terror: Ram Madhav tells Mehbooba
 New Delhi:BJP general secretary Ram Madhav has assailed ex-J&K CM  Mehbooba Mufti for threatening the Centre to create more ‘Salahuddins’ if there were attempts to split PDP and said she should solve her party’s internal conflicts before blaming the saffron party. Calling Mufti’s remarks ‘unfortunate’ and one based on ‘lies’, Madhav denied allegations that BJP was trying to create a rift within PDP. “What Mehbooba ji said is unfortunate and based on lies. No one in Delhi is trying to break their party (PDP). Instead of solving their internal conflicts,they’re blaming Delhi and threatening in name of terrorism. As far as BJP is concerned, we aren’t trying to break any party,”ANI quoted Madhav as saying.On the ‘Salahuddin’ threat, Madhav sternly said the Centre and security forces had the necessary strength to neutralise all terrorists in the valley and also those who might join militancy. “Central Govt  and security forces have the power to neutralise all the terrorists who are in the valley and those might turn to terrorism due to Mehbooba ji,”BJP leader said.indianexpress
NIA Questions Journalist Who Interviewed Andrabi
 Srinagar: A Kashmiri journalist is set to face questioning by the National Investigations Agency for the second day in the national capital today in connection with a case filed by the agency against the hardline separatist leader Aasiya Andrabi. Auqib Javeed, who works with Srinagar-based English daily Kashmir Observer, arrived in New Delhi yesterday where he was called to appear for questioning in connection with a case filed against Dukhtaraan-e-Millat (DeM) chief Andrabi.thecitizen
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Israeli air raids kill two Palestinian teens in Gaza
At least 2 teenagers in the Gaza Strip have been killed by Israeli air raids, according to Palestinian health officials, as Israel carried out the largest daylight attack on the besieged enclave since the 2014 war.Amir al-Nimri, 15, and Luay Kaheel, 16, died of their wounds on Saturday shortly after an air strike targeted al-Kutaiba, an area in western Gaza, the health ministry said.12 others were wounded by the attack.The al-Kutaiba square is adjacent to a park frequently visited by families over the weekend, especially during the summer months, witnesses told Al Jazeera. "That's why so many civilians have been hurt in the latest strike," Maram Humaid, a journalist in Gaza, said. In a Twitter post, the Israeli military confirmed it targeted a "high-rise building" and said it had "warned" residents to evacuate prior to the attack.Witnesses told Al Jazeera that the two teenagers who lost their lives were playing on the roof of the semi-abandoned building and described a scene where "there was glass everywhere".At least 30 people have been wounded in the raids, which targeted several neighbourhoods in Gaza. Following the attack on al-Kutaiba, a ceasefire agreement was reached through international and regional mediation efforts, Palestinian officials said on Saturday.In a Twitter post, Hamas, the group governing the Gaza Strip, said the efforts of "several parties" including neighbouring Egypt succeeded in implementing a lasting ceasefire. Earlier in the day, it said it attacked several Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip, as dozens rockets and mortars were fired towards  Israel from the besieged enclave. "Israeli army says over 90 mortars and rockets have been fired over the last 24 hours, most of them causing no damage. Some rockets hit a synagogue, also a car and we understand four Israelis were lightly injured," said Al Jazeera's Stefanie Dekker, reporting from Jerusalem.aljazeera
Egypt sentences 24 MB members to life in jail
Cairo:An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced 24 members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood to life imprisonment over charges of inciting violence and terrorizing citizens, official news agency MENA reported.Life sentence in Egypt is 25 years in prison.The case dates back to 2014, when 27 people affiliated to the Muslim Brotherhood organized a march in the Delta province of Sharqiya. They were accused of throwing incendiary bottles, committing sabotage, hindering the traffic and distributing booklets against the armed forces and the police. 3 others were sentenced to three years in prison over the same charges.Xinhua  
Activists circulate new details about arrest of Saudi imam
Details about Saudi Arabia’s arrest of the prominent Islamic scholar Safar Al-Hawali and 3 of his sons have been revealed by activists on social networking sites. Al-Hawali was detained on Thursday, just a few days after the publication of his book, Muslims and Western Culture, in which he attacks the policies of the current Saudi Govt , especially its rapprochement with the US, UAE and Egyptian regime of Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi. Twitter account operated by “Prisoners of Conscience” explained that the officers who arrested Al-Hawali at dawn on Thursday arrived at his home in the village of Hawala with an ambulance. This proves, they insisted, that the authorities were well aware of his critical health condition — he suffered a brain haemorrhage in 2005 and still suffers from its effects — but still took him to prison.At the same time, the Saudis also arrested Al-Hawali’s brother, Shaikh Saadallah, in what was described as a “barbaric” manner, which frightened his family. He was taken by masked officers to an unknown destination; nothing has been heard about him since.Quoting unspecified sources, the account on Twitter claimed that the authorities separated Shaikh Safar Al-Hawali from his sons in prison. He was transferred to Riyadh, while his sons were taken to Jeddah.In his book, the 68-year-old scholar discussed the internal differences between the members of the ruling Al-Saud family, which are in the public domain and, he argued, pose a threat to the Kingdom. He also criticised the Saudi participation in the siege of Qatar.Publication of the book sparked widespread controversy on social networks. While his son attributed the book to his father, others who know Al-Hawali well are sceptical about the claim, not least because of the words attributed to him.Safar Al-Hawali came to prominence as a member of the Sahwah movement, which is close to the MB. During the 1991 Gulf War he surprised everyone with his courage and unconventional political rhetoric. He publically opposed the intervention of US forces and their presence on Saudi soil. Having disagreed with Govt of the then monarch, King Fahd, and the religious institutions led by Shaikh Abd Al-Aziz Bin Baz, he was imprisoned for many years. EMO
Death toll in Balochistan suicide bombing reaches 130
Peshawar:The toll from the deadliest attack on a campaign rally in Pakistan's restive Balochistan reached 130 today as the country's security establishment was under pressure to improve security and intelligence gathering to avoid further election carnage.At least 20 of the injured among over 200 people are reported to be in critical condition. Militants yesterday targeted a gathering of Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) leader Siraj Raisani in the Mastung area in troubled province, killing at least 128 people and injuring over 200 others. Raisani, who was a candidate from PB-35 (Mastung), was among those killed in the attack.With 2 more deaths, the number of casualties mounted to 135 in the yesterday's twin attacks in Balochistan and KP provinces. Normal life remained disrupted and business activities suspended in various parts of the Balochistan city as security has been put on high alert in the area. Meanwhile, there was a growing demand to improve security situation across Pakistan as the people of country are due to exercise their franchise on July 25.In an hard-hitting editorial today, the Dawn paper wrote, "this sudden upsurge in terrorist incidents calls for several urgent responses. First, state protection must be extended to all candidates who ask for it without delay".""Every effort must be made to ensure that the election is not derailed by elements hostile to the democratic process, for that is what the perpetrators of these attacks are," it said.Yesterday's attack in Balochistan came hours after a bomb hit a rally of Akram Khan Durrani of MMA, an alliance of religious party, including Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazal and Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan, in Bannu area of KP province. 5 persons were killed and over 37 other in attack.On Monday, a suicide bomber had killed ANP leader and candidate in the general elections, Haroon Bilour, and 19 others after striking at a corner election meeting in Peshawar.PTI
Maryam refuses prison comforts, Nawaz gets ‘A-Class’ jail
Islamabad :Maryam Nawaz, daughter of Pakistan’s disgraced former premier Nawaz Sharif, who was imprisoned with her father, has rejected an offer for better facilities in jail.Sharif, 68, and Maryam, 44, were taken into custody in the Avenfield corruption case, shortly after their arrival at Lahore airport from London last night.They were flown to Islamabad on a special aircraft and then were taken to the Adiala Jail in separate armoured personnel carriers escorted by police convoys. Coming from a rich family, Maryam is entitled to a ‘B-Class’ jail, which lists facilities like a mattress, table and chair, ceiling fan, 21-inch TV and a newspaper, all at personal cost.However, she refused and her handwritten and signed letter is widely circulated on media. It reads, “I was offered better class facilities by the superintendent of the jail, as per the rules, that I refused of my own will. This is purely my own decision, taken without any pressure from anyone.”PTI
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