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25 July ND: SC will first decide role of mosques in Islam, then hear plea seeking Hindus right to pray’ at Ayodhya/Don’t take any action based on NRC final draft, MHA advises Assam govt/ Pakistan general Elections marred by violence as Quetta blast kills 31: counting begins


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SC will first decide role of mosques in Islam, then hear plea seeking Hindus right to pray’ at Ayodhya
New Delhi: The Supreme Court today asked BJP leader Subramanian Swamy to mention his plea, seeking enforcement of his fundamental right to pray at the disputed site in Ayodhya, after it pronounces its verdict on question of whether mosques are integral to Islam. On 20 July, the special bench headed by CJI Dipak Misra reserved its order on a plea by Muslim groups of the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute seeking reconsideration by a larger bench on the observations made by it in a 1994 verdict that a mosque was not integral to Islam.M Siddiq, one of the original litigants of the Ayodhya case who has died and is being represented through his legal heir, had assailed certain findings of the 1994 verdict in the case of M Ismail Faruqui holding that a mosque was not integral to the prayers offered by the followers of Islam.The bench, which also comprised Justices A M Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud, asked Swamy to seek listing and urgent hearing of his plea on right to pray after the pronouncement of verdict in the main matter.Swamy had moved the SC seeking enforcement of his right earlier as well.Swamy, at whose instance the sensitive land dispute case in Ayodhya was fast-tracked, had filed a separate petition stating that he had a fundamental right to offer hassle-free prayer at the birthplace of Lord Ram.The special bench of the SC has a total of 14 appeals filed against the high court judgement delivered in four civil suits. PTI
Mention Ayodhya plea after verdict on whether mosques integral to Islam: SC to Swamy
Don’t take any action based on NRC final draft, MHA advises Assam govt.
Home Ministry has advised the Assam Govt that no action should be initiated by the administration or the police based on the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) that is to be published on July 30.“There is no question of referring the persons whose names do not figure in the draft NRC to the Foreigners’ Tribunal as people are entitled to file claims and objections and due opportunity has to be given to them before final publication. The question of referring any person to a detention centre based on NRC exercise also does not arise. State Govt has been asked to issue clear instructions in this regard to all administrative and police functionaries,” Home Ministry said on Wednesday.As per directions of the Supreme Court, Registrar General of India (RGI) is to publish the final list on July 30 to segregate Indian citizens living in Assam from those who had illegally entered the State from Bangladesh after March 25, 1971.MHA has asked the Assam Govt and neighbouring States to ensure maintenance of law and order in the run up to and post-publication of draft NRC.“State Govt of Assam has been advised to set up a State-level coordination committee under chairmanship of Chief Secretary to ensure coordination among State agencies, NRC authorities and Central agencies. Round the clock control rooms at the State capital and district headquarters are to be activated to receive complaints and coordinate prompt response,” Home Ministry said.RGI has been asked to use all means of communication including websites, toll-free numbers, SMS etc, to provide information to public about draft NRC. An intensive public awareness campaign has been launched to disseminate information regarding NRC process, options available for individuals whose names do not figure in the draft NRC, the procedure and timeline for filing claims and objections so as to address the concerns of people left out of the draft list, Home Ministry added.Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had in a statement earlier assured that every individual will get justice and will be treated in a humane manner.thehindu
No action to be initiated by administration or police based on draft NRC: MHA
Assam gets central nod for new detention camp for ‘declared foreigners’
Guwahati: Assam Govt has got go-ahead from Centre to build a new detention facility for holding people who were unable to prove their citizenship at the Foreigners’ Tribunals (FTs) in the state, officials said. 6 existing camps — in jails at Goalpara, Kokrajhar, Tezpur, Jorhat, Dibrugarh and Silchar — hold 1,000-odd ‘declared foreigners’. Overall, FTs in Assam have declared over 85,000 people as ‘foreigners’.The new centre, with a capacity to hold 3,000 people, is seen as an effort to reduce overcrowding and related problems in the existing camps. It is planned in Matia area of Goalpara district at an estimated cost of Rs 47 crore. District administration officials in Goalpara said that 20 bighas of land was sanctioned last year for the purpose.indianexpress
India invites Interpol officials to New Delhi over Zakir Naik, Nirav Modi
New Delhi:In a crucial development, the Indian officials will meet the officials of Interpol to raise their concerns over the delay in issuance of Red Corner Notice.India Today has learnt that the Govt of India had raised the issue with Interpol a few days back.An officer, who is part of this development, told India Today that India had invited Interpol to come here and understand the legal system to which Interpol has agreed. India is likely to make Interpol understand the judiciary system. Sources have also told India Today that the decision to invite Interpol came after a delay in issuing a Red Notice in Nirav Modi case and Zakir case. An RCN request against Zakir is pending since last few months.However, according to sources, this meeting is not for any individual case but Nirav and Zakir case will also be brought during the meeting which is expected in a few days.In case of Nirav Modi, an RCN was eventually issued by the Interpol but before that several rounds of communication between the Indian agencies and Interpol took place due to which it was delayed and Modi was travelling from one country to another country till June 12.indiatoday
Interpol to consider India's request to issue red corner notice against Islamist preacher Zakir Naik
Malaysia police confirm India has not sought Zakir’s extradition
On social media rumors, CJI Dipak Misra says citizens must check themselves:PTI
New Delhi: CJI Dipak Misra has said the blatant reliance on social media needs to be checked by citizens themselves in order to ensure peace and order in the society.CJI said there was a surge in mob lynching incidents recently based on "viral texts on social media" leading to "mobocracy".CJI was delivering speech at a function organised by ILA, where eminent jurist NR Madhava Menon delivered a lecture on "Courts, Media and Fair Trial Guarantee"."There is a recent surge in mob lynching, please don't misunderstand me because I have authored the judgement,there is a recent surge in mob lynching based on viral text on the social media and this leads to mobocracy and loss of individual life, in certain cases."The blatant reliance on social media needs to be checked by the citizens themselves; to ensure peace and order in the society,"CJI said.He said that citizens need to be more responsible and filter the information before relying and acting.
Centre asks states to appoint nodal officer, task force to check lynching
New Delhi: To check incidents of lynching, Centre has asked all states to appoint a superintendent of a police-level officer in each district, set up a special task force for gathering intelligence and closely monitor social media content, so that no one is attacked on the suspicion of being child-lifters or cattle-smugglers. Union home ministry also said wherever it is found that a police officer or an officer of the district administration has failed to comply with the directions to prevent, investigate and facilitate expeditious trial of any such crime of mob violence and lynching, it should be considered as an act of deliberate negligence and misconduct, and strong action must be taken against the official concerned.The advisory has been sent to the states and union territories following a Supreme Court directive issued in this regard on July 17. “All state governments, UT administrations and their law enforcement agencies are requested to implement the directions of the Supreme Court in letter and spirit. A detailed report on the action taken in the matter may please be sent to the ministry at earliest,” advisory sent to chief secretaries and DGPs of states and UTs said.This is the second advisory on the issue, within a month.PTI
Rajasthan Bill to exclude buffalo from bovine Act before Union Home Ministry
New Delhi:Amid a series of incidents of mob violence related to cow vigilantism in Rajasthan, Union Home Ministry is considering a proposal from Vasundhara Raje Govt to amend Rajasthan Bovine Animals(Prohibition of Slaughter and Regulation of Temporary Migration or Export) Act. “We have received Bill from the Rajasthan Govt and it is under process. Views have been sought from the ministries concerned,” a home ministry spokesperson said. Sources said the proposal would seek the exclusion of buffaloes and its progenies from the list of bovine mentioned in the Act. It would also empower the state to seize vehicles used in the illegal transportation of cows and make arrests.Rajasthan Bovine Animals Act was first enacted in 1995. Since then, there have been several amendments, such as banning the slaughter and transportation of bovine.Home ministry officials said the suggestion to exclude buffaloes and its progenies from the list of bovine was made after legal opinion pointed to a central law that makes a distinction between cows and buffaloes, and excludes buffaloes from the list of bovine. It clarifies that ‘bovine animal’ means and includes cow, calf, heifer, bull and bullock, a senior Govt official said.The state Act makes no distinction between cow and buffalo, so the move to amend it may bring relief to meat traders in Rajasthan from cow vigilantes, officials said. Rajasthan Assembly had cleared the Bill in March this year and sent it to President Ram Nath Kovind for assent. Assembly had also approved amendments, incorporating provisions of arrest and seizure of vehicles carrying cow progeny.As many as 20 states have various regulations on slaughter or sale of cows. Slaughter of buffaloes is banned in 15 states.indianexpress
Alwar lynching: Judicial inquiry ordered under CrPC section dealing with custodial death
Jaipur:A judicial inquiry has been ordered into the death of Haryana resident Rakbar alias Akbar, 31, who was allegedly caught by cow vigilantes and handed over to the police, even as Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria and DGP OP Galhotra reached Alwar on Tuesday to take stock of the situation.Rajasthan Govt on Tuesday made a requisition to CJM Alwar for a judicial inquiry, and the CJM appointed ACJM Rajgarh to conduct the probe. The request was made under Section 176 of CrPC, which deals with custodial death.The decision comes after a visit by police officials under Special DG of Rajasthan Police, NRK Reddy, to Alwar on Monday. Akbar’s autopsy revealed that he had 13 injuries and died as a result of those injuries. The post-mortem was conducted by Dr Rajiv Kumar, Dr Amit Mittal and Dr Sanjay Gupta, who observed: “We… are of opinion the cause of death in this case is shock as a result of ante mortem injuries sustained over body mentioned in PMR.” The post-mortem was done at 12.45 pm on July 21 and the doctors noted that “all injuries are of about 12 hours prior to duration”.indianexpress
Jamaat’s top leadership visits Alwar lynching victim’s family in Haryana
New Delhi:A high-level delegation of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind visited the family of Alwar lynching victim Akbar Khan in Haryana on Tuesday and assured them all possible help. Jamaat leaders expressed solidarity with deceased Khan’s family and met with his kin and lawyers for collecting the details. Condemning the incident, the delegation expressed condolences and guaranteed every possible help to his family. The delegation, comprising Vice President of Jamaat, Maulana Nusrat Ali, Secretary General Mohammad Salim Engineer and others also expressed grave concerns over the increasing incidents of lynching particularly in this area.The delegation demanded the Govt to nab all the culprits of this heinous crime as soon as possible.It also demanded for an impartial probe in the case and reasonable compensation for Akbar’s kin. The delegation called for strict action against the policemen who were involved of excesses in this case.Caravan Daily
Jamaat delegation visits Alwar lynching victim Akbar Khan’s village, meets family:the Indian awaaz
Jamaat Leaders visit family of Akbar Khan:india tomorrow
Lynching: Relatives rebut Govt version on Rakbar death
Jaipur/Nuh:Rajasthan Home Minister GulabChand Kataria said investigation into the death of a Haryana farmer, Rakbar Khan, who was severely assaulted with sticks and firearms by a group of 7 men in Alwar district last week, suggested that he died in police custody.Rakbar’s family, however, rubbished the reports as an attempt to shift the blame for his death onto the police and shield the cow vigilantes responsible for the murder. Dismissing Minister’s statement of police complicity in Rakbar’s death, his uncle Noor Ahmed said the reports were an attempt to protect the cow vigilantes. “There could be negligence on the part of the police in delaying medical aid to him, but he was not beaten up by them,”said Ahmed.President of All-India Mewati Samaj Ramzan Chaudhary, said both police personnel and cow vigilantes were responsible for Rakbar’s death.thehindu
PM Modi asked states to deal sternly against cow vigilantes indulging in violence: Centre tells Rajya Sabha
PM Narendra Modi has asked state govts to take strong action against cow vigilantes who indulge in violence, Rajya Sabha was informed on Wednesday. Written reply of Union minister of state for home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir came in response to Samajwadi Party MP Javed Ali Khan's question on whether Govt has taken cognisance of the statements made by PM on Aug.6, 2016, June 30 and July 16, 2017."Hon'ble PM has stated that the state govts must deal sternly against anti-social elements that create violence in the name of cow protection," he said.Ahir said 'police' and 'public order' are state subjects under Seventh Schedule to the Constitution and state govts are primarily responsible for prevention, detection, registration and investigation of crime and for prosecuting the criminals through their law enforcement agencies.PTI
We need a clear signal from the top to stop mob lynchings:Shashi Tharoor
In a wide-ranging conversation, Congress leader and Lok Sabha MP Shashi Tharoor spells out Congress party’s idea of secularism, explains how Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s hug in Parliament “shifted the media narrative”, and speaks of the abetment to suicide case against him. Comenting his remarks that 'it is safer to be a cow than a Muslim in India', he said,"We need a clear signal from the top. Taking refuge behind the idea that law and order is a State subject and therefore is not Central govt’s concern is appalling. It is beyond debate that the forces that have been emboldened by the victory of BJP, that are loosely described as the Sangh Parivar, are behind all this. The violence is committed in the name of protecting the cow, which itself is an idea that has been unleashed by the leadership that is in power today. [Ex- US President Barack] Obama, soon after a high-school shoot-out, was on national TV to reassure the public, express his anguish and share the pain of the victim. I have never seen our PM  doing anything of this sort, even though there have been incidents after incidents."thehindu
Mob attack in UP, cops to rescue. 4 men assaulted over dead buffalo
In the middle of a huge backlash over the death of a man attacked by cow vigilantes in Rajasthan, 4 men transporting a dead buffalo were assaulted by a mob in UP  in the early hours today. The men, accused of stealing the buffalo, were saved from the mob by policemen who reasoned with the militant crowd for over half an hour and persuaded them to let the law take over. The incident took place before dawn in the Hathras district.Villagers alleged that they caught the men taking away the dead buffalo in a pick-up van. The buffalo had been poisoned by the men, they alleged. The men, 2 Hindus and 2 Muslims, were beaten, dragged and abused.A mobile video shot by a villager and circulated online shows the aftermath of the assault; the men are seen on the ground, surrounded by villagers.One of the men pleads with the villagers and is heard saying over and over that he is not a cattle thief and that he had gone to the village to pick up a dead buffalo on the instructions of a contractor he works for. The man says he was asked to take the buffalo to a designated spot given to him by the contractor. The crowd refused to believe him.Another mobile video in circulation shows a police officer asking the angry villagers to let the police take the men into their custody. The officer stays calm as villagers shout at him. At one point, he asks for the mobile recording to be stopped.The police finally managed to rescue the 4 men from the mob. ndtv
Assistant Sub-Inspector lynched by criminals in MP
An Assistant Sub-Inspector who had gone to arrest a wanted criminal was brutally done to death by a group of criminals and their supporters in Chhindwara district of Madhya Pradesh, police said on Wednesday.Eight persons have been taken into custody in the case.Umreth police station ASI Dev Chand Nagle had gone to Jamunia Jethu village to arrest Johar Singh, against whom an arrest warrant had been issued, when the group of 8-10 persons armed with axes and batons attacked him on Tuesday night, Additional Superintendent of Police Neeraj Soni said.ASI was accompanied by another police official, apart from a revenue official. However, the police personnel were unarmed.IANS
Waseem Rizvi  backs RSS leader's advise to 'stop eating beef', says its 'haram' in Islam
New Delhi: UP  Shia Waqf Board chief Waseem Rizvi has come out in support of RSS' Indresh Kumar who said that people should stop eating beef to curb mob lynching incidents. Rizvi said that Muslims should stop eating beef as it is 'haram' (forbidden) in Islam. "I think Indresh Ji's statement has a point. Religious sentiments should not be hurt. If law is made to stop killing of cows, lynching will stop. You can't kill someone who is given the status of mother by a community," Rizvi told ANI. "Muslims should stop eating beef. Killing of cows should stop. Meat of cows is 'haram' in Islam as well," he added.oneindia
Stop eating beef, give cow status of ‘Rashtra Mata’; say some RSS and BJP leaders to end mob lynching
Muslims being killed even if spotted with a cow they rear: Azam Khan
Lucknow: Samajwadi Party leader Mohd Azam Khan has said the safety and security of minorities in the country was in danger, adding that post independence this was by far the worst period for Muslims. He charged BJP govts at the Centre and in the state with being mute spectators to mob attacks in the name of cow vigilantism."For the sake of certain Hindu votes, innocent Muslims are being targeted and killed," he said."Muslims are being killed even if they are spotted with a cow which they rear,"he said, alleging that even the apex Court's serious observations had failed to prompt BJP govts to stop the mob frenzy.IANS
Attacks in country seem directly or indirectly state-sponsored: Swami Agnivesh
New Delhi:Social activist Swami Agnivesh Tuesday alleged that there was a “pattern” to the attacks taking place in the country, whether it was on him or the lynching in Alwar. He said the attacks seemed “directly or indirectly state-sponsored”. Agnivesh was attacked in Jharkhand’s Pakur on July 17, allegedly by youths who have links to BJP-affilated groups or RSS.The activist said, “This is a pattern. It’s not just about Alwar or Jharkhand. If you see the last 2 years, these incidents seem to be directly or indirectly state-sponsored. There has been no action in any of these cases.” He alleged that attacks were being carried out against “Minorities, Dalits and Adivasis” and activists who spoke up for these sections.indianexpress
Dismiss Centre plea against minority status: Jamia Millia to Delhi HC
New Delhi: Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) Tuesday opposed in the Delhi High Court the Centre’s stand opposing the order of the National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions (NCMEI), which declared the varsity as a religious minority institution. Seeking dismissal of the Centre’s revised affidavit on the issue, JMI said in a reply that the Centre’s stand on “arbitrary altering of written pleadings in the matter is against the provisions of the law”. It said that the Centre’s application in court, to take new affidavit on record, be rejected with “punitive damages”.JMI said that the Union of India had filed an affidavit in Aug.2011 categorically and unequivocally admitting that it respects the declaration made by NCMEI, which declares the university to be a minority educational institution.“Now the Centre sought to replace the existing affidavit on record with a new affidavit through which an absolute contrary stand is sought to be taken. After almost seven years the UOI is trying to alter its written pleadings, admissions on oath by way of its affidavit… and deny Jamia the minority educational institution status that has been rightfully declared by NCMEI,” the affidavit said.JMI also said that the Centre’s prayer to replace the previous affidavit on record is “categorically and unequivocally objected” as it “will cause prejudice and injustice to the parties”. JMI response came after a bench headed by Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal recalled its April 13 order, allowing the Centre to withdraw their affidavit filed in Aug.2011 that granted Jamia minority status, and had taken on record their new reply on pleas seeking to quash NCMEI’s Feb.2011 verdict.“Granting this prayer will also set a bad precedent for future judicial procedures where the parties will vacillate and change their written pleadings according to their whims and fancies,” the affidavit said.The bench had issued a notice to parties involved in the case and sought their stand on Centre’s application to withdraw the original affidavit filed in 2011 and substitute the present one in its place.It had observed that it was “unfair and unjust” in not giving parties the opportunity to put their stand and fixed the next date of hearing on August 14.indianexpress
Delhi HC asks JNU not to take away hostel facilities of five students
New Delhi : Delhi High Court on Tuesday directed JNU to allow submission of thesis and hostel facility for five students who were penalised in connection with a 2016 campus event in which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised.JNU had also imposed varying fines on these students. Justice Siddharth Mridul told the varsity to ensure the students in question are allowed to submit their thesis, continue in their hostels and their application for registration for the next academic year is accepted.While issuing the direction to JNU, the court told the students that “there should be no hubris that you have an order from the high court”.“It should not turn into the aftermath of an English-France soccer match. You cannot take the law into your hand,” the judge said.indianexpress
Islamic practice cited to justify bar on women in Sabarimala
New Delhi: The Travancore Devaswom Board on Tuesday cited the Islamic practice of barring women from entering mosques to justify the prohibition on women in the age group of 10 to 50 years from entering the famed Sabarimala temple in Kerala. Calling it a “bonafide belief”, senior counsel Abhishek Manu Singhvi told the 5-judge Constitution bench headed by CJI Dipaak Misra that women were not allowed to enter mosques and cited other places of worship where women were barred from entering during their menstruating period.Singhvi, appearing for the Devaswom Board, described the Sabarimala temple as a denominational temple whose practices could not be called into question.Asserting that the practice of barring women from entering the temple was not discriminatory, Singhvi said: “The maximum number of devotees are women.”“Maximum number of devotees at Sabarimala temple are women. It is not something that the male chauvinistic society has imposed on women,” said Singhvi.Apparently unimpressed by the argument, Justice D.Y. Chadrachuud, referring to the predominantly male chauvinistic patriarchal society, said that right from the birth, woman were made to go through social conditioning on how to behave, what to say, what to do.Can a public temple practice prohibition, asked CJI Misra. Once again making a comparison with th Muslim Shia practice of self-flagellation during Muharram mourning procession, Singhvi said: “My belief may be fickle, irrational. There is a practice of self-flagellation by the Shias. Many will call it barbaric, others will say it is religious.”The Constitution bench is hearing an Oct.13, 2017 reference by a 3-judge bench which had framed four questions to be addressed by it.IANS
Islamic culture promoted in govt schools during SP regime: BJP
Lucknow:Alleging that Islamic culture was promoted in Govt schools during Samajwadi Party regime,UP BJP spokesperson Shalabh Mani Tripathi said Govt has taken the issue seriously and CM  Yogi Adityanath has instructed to take stringent actions against culprits.Tripathi said that education department officials were instructed to conduct investigations in their districts if Islamic culture is being followed in Govt schools. In same reference it was instructed that Deoria education department officials should take actions against persons who tried to impose Islamic culture in Govt primary schools. Tripathi said that under vote appeasement policy SP Govt enforced such orders which were against the state.UNI
India in talks with Bangladesh on Rohingyas refugees’ deportation
New Delhi:India is in talks with Bangladesh for deportation of Rohingyas refugees illegally staying in India, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Wednesday in the Rajya Sabha.Singh’s deputy Kiran Rijiju also said that as many as 52 illegal Bangladeshis will be deported on July 30 from Assam. “There has been discussion with Bangladesh on this issue,” Singh said during Question Hour in the Rajya Sabha.He also said that External Affairs Ministry, if the need arises, will talk to both Bangladesh and Myanmar so that Rohingyas refugees are deported.Home Minister further said the Centre has sent an advisory to state govts to identify illegal immigrants and take their biometric and ensure that they don’t have any such document to claim Indian citizenship in the future.PTI
Rohingyas will not be allowed to reside in India: Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Rijiju

Gauri Lankesh murder case: Seized diary shows two hitlists, Lankesh was Number 2 on one
Bengaluru: Name of Gauri Lankesh was No. 2 on one of 2 lists with a total of 34 names, who were marked in 2016 for murder in a diary recovered from a key suspect linked to a radical Hindutva group, SIT of Karnataka Police has found. Lankesh was shot dead outside her house a year later, on Sept.5, 2017. All the other persons based in Karnataka named in the diary, including theatre legend Girish Karnad whose name was No. 1 on the Lankesh list, have been provided state security. A majority of names from the two lists are from Karnataka and Maharashtra, sources told the Indian Express, adding that security agencies in other states have been alerted.The diary was among documents found in the possession of Amol Kale, 37, a resident of Pune and ex convenor of Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS). It shows that the name of Lankesh and 33 others from all over India were drawn up allegedly by the suspect in August 2016.Kale is suspected to be a key figure in a covert unit linked to the Sanatan Sanstha and its affiliate, the HJS. He was arrested from the Davangere region of Karnataka on May 21 and has been identified by the SIT probing the Lankesh murder as the head of operations of the group that killed her.The probe has also found that the 55-year-old journalist activist, like the others on the list, was chosen as a target for the strong stance she took against radical Hindutva in her speeches and articles over the years.In documents validating the seizures made following the arrest of Kale and filed in a court in Bengaluru, the SIT has stated that a sheet with eight names in English — including Nidumamidi Swamiji, a seer opposed to superstition, at No. 8 — were found in the diary in Kale’s possession.indianexpress
Hardik Patel sentenced to 2 years in jail in Visnagar rioting case, gets bail
Ahmedabad:Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti leader Hardik Patel was on Wednesday sentenced to two years imprisonment and fined Rs 50,000 by a Visnagar court for vandalism during the 2015 Patidar protests.Patel and two others were found guilty of resorting to arson and creating a ruckus at the office of BJP legislator Rushikesh Patel in Visnagar. Fellow Patidar leader Lalji Patel was also awarded a similar sentence.All the convicts were later granted bail.The Patidar leader was, however, acquitted of conspiracy charges.“Hardik Patel, Lalji Patel and AK Patel have been convicted under IPC section 147,148, 149. They have been awarded 2 years sentence and Rs 50,000 penalty to each’’, said public prosecutor Chandrasinh Rajput.Patel, one of the most prominent faces of the Patidar reservation movement, had spearheaded the 2015 Gujarat protests.
Congress is 'Open to Backing Mamata or Mayawati as PM in 2019'
New Delhi: Days after announcing that party president Rahul Gandhi will be its PM ial candidate in the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha election, Congress sources told journalists on Tuesday that they will support any candidate who isn’t backed by the Sangh parivar or BJP.They were responding to a journalist’s question about whether the party will back Mamata Banerjee or Mayawati as PM  next year.The sources attacked BJP and RSS attitude to women and said that the Congress will soon have more women in decision-making roles.thewire
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Pakistan general Elections marred by violence as Quetta blast kills 31: Vote count begins: Pak paper
Karachi: Counting has started across Pakistan after a daylong polling in the landmark parliamentary elections, marred by a deadly terrorist attack in Quetta, where 31 people were martyred in a suicide attack. Preliminary and unofficial results are expected to be out in an hour. Barring the suicide attack in Quetta, the polling process concluded peacefully in rest of the country amid heightened security. More than 350,000 troops were deployed to maintain law and order on the polling day. Around 105.95 million eligible voters were expected to exercise their right of franchise in the country’s eleventh general election. More two dozen parties were in the race but a close contest is expected between Imran Khan’s PTI and Shebaz Sharif-led PML-N in most constituencies. PPP is also expected to retain its seats in Sindh, where it is facing a stiff challenge from a grand alliance of opposition parties. In Karachi, MQP-Pakistan, PTI, MMA, PPP and PSP were in tight race.In Khyber Pakhtunkhaw, pre-poll surveys showed that PTI was expected to return to power but some reports suggest that Imran Khan’s party was facing tough contest from Muttahida Majlis-e-Ammal, an alliance of religious parties.Various political parties, including PML-N, PPP and AML, demanded an hour-long extension in the polling time which closed at 6pm. But their request was turned down by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) which maintained that it had already extended the polling duration by an hour.According to reports, queues outside the polling stations surged gradually with the passage of time where enthusiastic voters including senior citizens, male and female stood firmly to fulfill their national obligation by casting vote in favour of their candidates.The nation is electing 270 members of the National Assembly and a total of 570 members of four provincial assemblies for the next five-year term (2018-2023). Over 12,500 candidates are vying for national and provincial assembly seats.the news
Pakistan General elections Updates: Aljazeera
Pakistan election: Dozens killed as voters go to polls:bbc
Trump says didn't take calls before Jerusalem decision
President Donald Trump claimed Tuesday that he did not pick up the phone when he was called by world leaders seeking to sway him against unilaterally declaring Jerusalem to be Israel's capital.Trump said he was "inundated" by calls from foreign leaders "imploring me, even demanding" that he change course."I was getting calls from kings and presidents and dictators. I was getting a call from everyone," Trump told supporters at Veterans of Foreign Wars Convention in Kansas City, Missouri."And when I knew what it was about, I'd say, 'Tell them I'll call them next week.' Then I called them and I said, 'Oh, I didn't know you felt that way. Well, it's too late.'"Trump's December recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital was a move widely seen as undercutting longstanding arrangements underpinning Palestinian-Israeli peace process.Anadolu
Israel authorities move stone from Al-Aqsa’s Buraq Wall
Jerusalem:Israeli construction crews on Wednesday moved a large block of stone that fell from the Al-Buraq Wall earlier this week to a nearby area in the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex, according to the Israeli Antiquities Authority.Known to Jews as the “Western Wall”, the Al-Buraq Wall is the western portion of East Jerusalem’s iconic Al-Aqsa Mosque complex, which for Muslims represents the world’s third holiest site.In a statement, the Antiquities Authority said it would look into whether the stone -- which reportedly fell from the wall earlier this week, raising concerns for the wall’s structural integrity -- “can be returned to its original place”.Using a large crane, the authority has since transferred the fallen block of stone to a nearby area close to the wall.In its statement, the authority offered no reason or speculation as to why the stone may have fallen. Jerusalem’s Jordan-run Religious Endowments Authority, meanwhile, has said it is investigating the incident.Anadolu
UN refugee agency to sack dozens of Gaza employees
Gaza:UN refugee agency UNRWA will not renew the contracts of around 113 employees in the Gaza Strip, a spokesman said on Wednesday. “UNRWA will not renew the temporary contracts for 113 Gaza-based employees in the agency’s emergency program,” Sami Mshasha told Anadolu Agency. He said the contracts of those employees are already set to end by the end of this month.  “UNRWA will not sack them. Rather, it will not renew their contracts,” the spokesman said. Last Monday, UNRWA employees staged an all-day sit-in inside UNRWA headquarters in Gaza City and outside the office of UNRWA Director of Operations Matthias Shamali. According to the UNRWA's Staff Union, the Agency has closed its mental health program, which was providing direct services to Palestinian refugees and employing about 430 staff. Anadolu
Fearful of Bin Salman, wealthy Saudis look to invest abroad
Wealthy Saudis are uneasy about investing their millions in the Kingdom due to the policies of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.The purge ordered by the de facto ruler last year and the jailing of political opponents has frightened the very sector which 32-year-old needs to woe in his ambitious plan to wean Saudi of oil.According to bankers contacted by the Financial Times, private businesses have resorted to sitting on their cash, while some are looking for ways to shift funds offshore, instead of investing in the country. Some wealthy Saudis are said to fear their financial affairs, especially attempts to transfer money, are being monitored to prevent them moving assets overseas, the bankers say.The lack of appetite for investing in the Kingdom, said FT, risks undermining Bin Salman’s efforts to overhaul the oil-dependent economy and create 1.2 million private sector jobs for Saudis by 2020.middleeastmonitor
Saudis, UAE Paid Extras to Protest Qatar in Attempt to Spoil Emir’s UK Visit:  media reports
London:Saudi Arabia and UAE have been accused of paying extras through a talent agency to protest the London visit of the emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, in an attempt to depict the Gulf country’s ruler as a figure loathed by the British public.The emir is hoping to promote ties with friendly countries amid a bruising yearlong blockade by neighboring Arab states Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt and Bahrain.According to emails sent to prospective members of the “rent-a-mob” by a company called Extra People, participants would be paid $25 to protest from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm outside the gates of Downing Street during a meeting between the Arab ruler and U.K. PM  Theresa May.On Monday, Twitter users began to circulate the email on Twitter, where Extra People said:"This is NOT a film or TV production. The company are looking for a large group of people to fill space outside Downing Street during the visit of the president of Quatar (sic). This is an ANTI-Quatar even[t] – You will not have to do or say anything, they just want to fill space. You will be finished at 12:30.”New media site Gizmodo UK, which first reported the story on Monday, quipped:"That’s right – if you want to turn up and look like a supporter of a cause you probably know nothing about, you could probably walk away with a twenty English pounds. Maybe if you’re lucky, it’ll get you enough visibility to get that gig as a dead body in Holby City.”By Monday evening, the advertisements were the subject of mocking media reports speculating the involvement of Doha’s neighbors, causing Extra People to halt further booking, stating that “on reflection and discussion” it would no longer “be involved in such a project.”The company told Qatari broadcaster Al Jazeera that it had been contacted by a public relations agency called Neptune PR Ltd, which asked for 500 people to stand outside Downing Street.Extra People company director Tom Walker said:"As soon as we as a company became aware that it was a political demonstration, we immediately withdrew wanting no further part in this…We have never or will never supply artistes for any event that could be deemed racist or xenophobic and regret that we have even been caught up in this.”Media outlets in Riyadh and the UAE have devoted significant coverage to the protests, veering far from the top-line angle prevailing in the British press about paid demonstrators and instead choosing to depict the event as a grassroots “barrage of protests” against “terrorism” and the “controversial circumstances” surrounding the visit.Speaking to The Guardian, a Qatari diplomat said:"The blockading countries have a long history of using paid protesters to try and discredit those who do not agree with their views…Despite their latest attempts to spread lies about Qatar, the visit of HH [His Highness] Emir has further strengthened the historic and strategic partnership between Qatar and UK” According to Abu Dhabi-based English-language newspaper The National, vans decorated with the slogan “Qatar is a terrorist state” also circled London in the days leading up to the visit. Such mobile van displays can easily be purchased by phone or by email from promotional agencies or outdoor advertising companies. Other advertisements around London have addressed Qatar’s poor treatment of migrant workers, its maintenance of an absolute monarchy, and violently discriminatory laws against LGBTQ people.On Tuesday, Riyadh-based paper Arab News published a column from Majid Rafizadeh – an Iranian-American supporter of the Iran-derived, Western-backed cult Mujahedin-e Khalq – who urged PM  May to demand that Doha “must stop buttressing Iran’s position and discontinue their casual attitude towards activities that support and sustain terrorism. If they refuse, then the emir should not be invited back again.”Social media was also transformed into a field of battle between the Gulf Arabs, as thousands of tweets originating in Saudi Arabia flooded Twitter. The alleged bots, or fake accounts, posted similar tweets carrying the hashtag “#OpposeQatarVisit,” according to Qatari-owned, U.K.-based media outlet Al-Araby Al-Jadeed.Elliott Gabriel, mintpressnews
IS makes comeback in Iraq with switch to guerrilla tactics
Iraq:Months after Iraq declared victory over Islamic State, its fighters are making a comeback with a scatter-gun campaign of kidnap and killing.Children hold pictures of their fathers, who were killed by Islamic State militants at Kirkuk road, in Kerbala, Iraq July 5, 2018. With its dream of a Caliphate in the Middle East now dead, IS has switched to hit-and-run attacks aimed at undermining the Govt in Baghdad, according to military, intelligence and Govt officials interviewed by Reuters.Iraq has now seen an increase in kidnappings and killings, mainly in the provinces of Kirkuk, Diyala, and Salahuddin, since it held an election in May, indicating the Govt will come under renewed pressure from a group that once occupied a third of the country during a three-year reign of terror.REUTERS
Dozens killed in IS attacks in southwest Syria: state media
A series of suicide bombings and attacks in southwest Syria have killed dozens of people, with state media blaming ISIL for the violence. head of Syria's health authority on Wednesday put the number of fatalities from the blasts at 50 after initially claiming that 38 had been killed in the attacks while the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which relies on a network of sources on the ground, put the death toll to 56.A suicide bomber detonated his explosives at a busy vegetable market in the city of Sweida, some 120km south from the capital Damascus, early on Wednesday, as ISIL fighters mounted attacks on several villages to northeast, state news agency SANA said. Bomber drove through the market on a motorcycle and blew himself up, TV station said.Fighters from ISIL reportedly attacked 3 villages northeast of Sweida city, killing and wounding a number of people, SANA added.aljazeera
2 districts in southeastern Afghanistan fall to Taliban
Kabul:Taliban fighters have overrun two districts in the southeastern province of Paktika, on the border with Pakistan, officials said on Tuesday as heavy fighting continued across Afghanistan. Local officials said Taliban fighters began attacking security checkpoints and the centres of Omna and Gayan districts in Paktika on Sunday, forcing Afghan security forces in the area to pull out leaving large quantities of weapons and equipment.“After almost two days of heavy fighting, Taliban captured both district centres,” provincial council member Fazel Rahman Katawazi, said, adding that three members of the Afghan security forces were killed and a number of others injured.Taliban have taken a series of district centres so far this year, many of which have been subsequently retaken by Afghan security forces, which control areas with around two thirds of country’s population.Reuters
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