Thursday, 26 July 2018

26 July ND: Pakistan election: Imran Khan claims victory as his party leads in early counting/ Law Commission set to recommend simultaneous polls, says it won’t hurt India’s federalism


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26 July 2018:12 Ziqada 1439: Vol:10, No:75
PAK POLLS
 Pakistan election: Imran Khan claims victory as his party leads in early counting
Early results from Pakistan's election suggest ex-cricket star Imran Khan is on course to become PM. With nearly half the votes counted from Wednesday's parliamentary election, Khan's PTI party is in the lead. It is expected to fall short of an overall majority and to seek coalition partners. Officials deny claims of vote rigging made by Khan's rivals.With votes counted in 49% of stations, Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) party was leading in 119 of the 272 National Assembly constituencies being contested, Pakistan's Dawn paper reported, citing election commission figures.A total of 137 seats is required for a majority.This election will mark only the second time that a civilian government has handed power to another after serving a full term in Pakistan.The turnout has been estimated at between 50% and 55% out of 106 million registered voters, AFP reports. Parties standings according to Dawn:PTI: 120, PML-N: 61, PPP:40, MMA: 8, MQM: 8. The Dawn reports over 24 hours after polling ended yesterday, Pakistan awaits an official announcement from the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) regarding the general election's outcome. While vote counting ─ amid allegations of fraud by PML-N and other political parties ─ has been tediously slow, preliminary results indicate that the PTI has obtained a clear edge over other parties.  According to PTV News,  quoting the Eelection Comission of Pakistan, has so far released the final results of 147 National Assembly constituencies, according to which PTI is in the lead with its candidates winning 74 seats; PML-N has secured 30 seats; PPPP 22; Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan 3; Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) 2; Awami Muslim League 1; Balochistan National Party 2; Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid 2; Awami National Party 1; and Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) 4. 6 seats have been secured by independent candidates. In the states elections, in Punjab, with preliminary results from 50pc polling stations available with ECP, PML-N is currently holding its lead on 129 provincial seats but PTI is closing in with a lead on 122 seats.Meanwhile, PTI is clearly steering ahead in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with a lead on 64 seats against MMA, which is currently leading on 12 seats, as per reporting from 35pc polling stations in the province.The preliminary results from 37pc polling stations in Sindh show PPP-P leading on 75 seats, followed by PTI on 22 seats.In Balochistan, Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) is leading on 12 provincial seats, followed by Balochistan National Party (BNP) on 9 seats, based on unofficial results from 35pc polling stations.BBC/ DAWN
Ready to take 2 steps towards India, if New Delhi takes one: Imran Khan’s ‘victory speech’
Pakistan PM -elect Imran Khan said that he has seen that the ties between India and Pakistan have not progressed because the two countries have always indulged in blame game which further stagnated the bilateral relations. "If India takes a step towards us, we are ready to reciprocate by walking two steps. But the step should at least come from them. Right now it is one sided where India is constantly just blaming us. ," Khan added.Imran Khan said that the new Pakistan under the leadership of PTI will focus on policy, governance, transparency and foreign policies. Imran slammed the Indian media when he started speaking about its eastern neighbour and said that the media portrayed him as a "Bollywood villain" when the two nations should focus on furthering better ties with each other. Imran said the blame-game between India and Pakistan must stop. "Kashmiris have suffered significantly. India and Pakistan must take steps to improve trade relations and the situation in Kashmir."Imran mentioned China and said that there are lessons to be learnt from Beijing too. "We will strengthen and improve our relations with China. We want to work towards success of CPEC. We also want to send teams to learn poverty alleviation from China.How to lift our most poor who can’t even eat two meals a day." Lauding China's zero tolerance policy for corruption, Imran said, "The second thing we can learn from China is how they curbed corruption and set the example that corruption does not pay."first post
After Struggle, Allah Gave Me A Chance:Imran Khan
Imran Khan advocates talks on Kashmir after claiming victory in Pakistan polls
Pak political bigwigs including Fazal ur Rehman, Sirajul Haq face major upsets in polls: Pak tv
General polls took place in Pakistan on 25th July. With unofficial results still coming in, Pakistanis witnessed a fairly-close contest in almost all major seats in the country. Some bigwigs, however, were not able to secure their position in the National Assembly even though they were predicted to do so by major political analysts of Pakistan.Results of the Elections 2018 came as a surprise to these prominent political leaders who were completely ousted out of the polls by the candidates of the opposing political parties.Here is a list of 8 prominent political personalities who suffered major setbacks yesterday. Chief of religio-political parties' alliance -Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal (MMA) and leader Jamiat Ulema Islam (JUI-F) Maulana Fazal ur Rehman suffered a major shock as he was ousted by rookie candidates of the Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf on 2 seats in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He contested the general elections as a candidate of MMA from two seats in KPK, losing both by a fair margin. MMA’s Vice President and Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan's chief Siraj ul Haq suffered a shock defeat from NA-7, Lower Dir by approximately 17000 votes. PTI’s Muhammad Bashir Khan bagged a total of 62,416 votes. Former Foreign Minister of Pakistan and prominent candidate Pakistan Mulsim League Nawaz, Khawaja Asif lost the elections against PTI’s Usman Dar in his home town of Sialkot. Khawaja Asif was up against Usman Dar in NA 73 where he was ousted by the 43-year-old.Former PM  of Pakistan, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi also lost both the seats he was contesting from. The senior politician and ex minister lost NA 53 and NA 57 by approximately 48000 and 12000 votes respectively.ANP leader and prominent political worker, Ghulam Ahmed Bilour lost against PTI’s Shoukat Ali from NA 31 – Peshawar. Shoukat Ali won the polls convincingly bagging 88000 votes.Ex-Interior Minister and renowned party worker, Chaudhry Nisar suffered a huge shock when he lost from both provincial and national seats in the elections. The ex-minister lost against PTI’s Ghulam Sarwar by a margin of nearly 16000 votes in Rawalpindi. This is the first time since 1985 that the ex-minister has lost his seat in Rawalpindi. Pakistan Sar-Zameen Party leader Mustafa Kamal also lost the elections from both his National Assembly seats. Former Minister for Water and Power, Abid Sher Ali also lost his seats in an upset defeat. He lost his seat from Faisalabad which was previously considered as a stronghold of PML N by only a margin of 1200 votes.
Pak polls: Fazl, Siraj losing in initial count
Pak: Experienced Politicians Losing in KPK
Union Minister RK Singh calls Pak elections rigged, MoS Ahir expresses hope
New Delhi: Union Minister RK Singh, who also served as the Home Secretary between 2011 and 2013, on Thursday termed the Pakistan elections as rigged. Speaking to , Singh said, "The policy is decided by the military there (in Pakistan) and they will do it now as well. The only difference is - those who tried to take an independent stand against the military, they used to remove that person and install another one.""The military has audited the election, which is their own creation," Singh said, adding that "You ensured that Nawaz Sharif and his daughter land in jail and do not get a chance to campaign. They were not granted bail as well. You also ensured that disturbances were created wherever (Pakistan People's Party chairman) Bilawal Bhutto travelled for his meetings." Minister of State (MoS) for Home Affairs Hansraj Ahir expressed hope that India would strive to maintain good and cordial relations with the new government in Pakistan.Ahir told , "Whosoever government would be formed (in Pakistan), we will maintain good relations with them. I express my best wishes to the new government that they maintain peace there. Neighbourly relations should be good. We have high hopes."He stated that the people of Pakistan did not help 26/11 attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed to win in the general elections and rejected terrorism.Ahir further said, "It is a good thing that the people of Pakistan rejected a ferocious terrorist like Hafiz Saeed. I hope that Pakistan will now reject terrorism and finish their old habits."ANI
India should be ready to break Pak into 4: Swamy
With Imran Khan tipped to be the next PM  of Pakistan, senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, on Thursday, expressed apprehension that Pakistan may now carry out a war against India.Swamy said, "Let us (India) prepare for the possibility that Pakistan may carry out war by miscalculation. We should be ready to finish Pakistan and break it into four and look for that opportunity."PTI party of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan is surging firmly ahead after Wednesday's elections, but the results are being disputed by candidates and politcal observers as rigged in favour of Khan. Swamy said, "It's good because he (Imran Khan) is a puppet. It's better to be known as a puppet than pretend not to be a puppet like Nawaz Sharif. They are all puppets. All civilian politicians in Pakistan are puppets of ISI, military and the Taliban."ANI
HOME NEWS
Law Commission set to recommend simultaneous polls, says it won’t hurt India’s federalism
New Delhi: Holding simultaneous elections will not undermine the federal structure of India, since federalism is not applied in the strict legal sense of the term here — that’s what the Law Commission is set to recommend in its final report on simultaneous polls.“We are examining if, by any means, it (simultaneous polls) tinkers with the country’s federal structure, as contested by some political parties,” a senior official of the commission told ThePrint.In India, federalism is applied only to ensure the division of legislative powers and administrative exigency, and not in the strict legal sense of the word, the official said. “So there is no question of violating federal principles through simultaneous polls.”Legally speaking, federalism refers to an arrangement when two or more independent units or states form a confederation or federation — which is not the case in India. The country follows both unitary and federal forms of Govt , with supremacy given to the Centre, the commission is likely to emphasise.theprint
Beef-eating countries treat their cows better than India: Goa MLA
Panaji:India treats its cows worse than countries that consume beef, former Goa CM  Pratapsingh Rane said in the state legislative assembly on Wednesday.“We may love cows, but it is still the worst-treated animal in India. Countries that consume beef look after their cattle in a much better way. Our cows are just cast off, forced to eat garbage and plastic and fall victim to road accidents,”Congress MLA said, suggesting that farmers be given the option of profiting from unsustainable cattle.Rane received support on the issue from unexpected quarters. BJP MLA Michael Lobo, who represents Goa’s Calangute constituency, questioned his Govt  over its failure to protect the legal beef trade. “Some so-called cow protectors are standing at the border (of Karnataka) and blocking the beef being brought into the state. Some of them even throw phenyl on the beef,” he said. Goa relies on neighbouring Karnataka for the bulk of its beef supply despite having a certified Govt -run slaughterhouse, Goa Meat Complex, which is lying idle.“Goa Meat Complex has been shut. There are many meat eaters in Goa. Many tourists come to Goa to eat beef. There is a shortage of beef during our feasts. Why is the Goa Meat Complex not functioning? If we do not want beef to come from Karnataka and Maharashtra, then certified cattle in Goa should be slaughtered at the complex. It has to start,” Lobo said. “There are many people in Goa who eat beef. You cannot stop that.”Rane said cows were being mistreated because farmers lack the means to dispose of unsustainable cattle. “What do you do once a cow becomes barren? Do you leave her on the road? This is what many farmers are doing, and they (the cattle) are then run over by vehicles,” he added.HT
Goa: Deputy speaker hits out at govt for failing to check cow vigilantes



Mughal emperor Humayun, on his deathbed, told Babur to respect cows: Rajasthan BJP chief Madan Lal Saini
Jaipur: Rajasthan BJP president Madan Lal Saini has stoked up a controversy by saying that when Mughal emperor Humayun was on his deathbed, he summoned Babur and told him to respect cows, Brahmins and women if he wanted to rule India.The statement is factually incorrect as Babur, who was the father of Humayun, had died in 1531, around 25 years before the latter’s death in 1556.Saini said this on Tuesday while he was speaking to reporters in Jaipur on the issue of the alleged killing of Rakbar Khan in Alwar while he was transporting cows to his village in Haryana.“People should respect the points of belief of any country, society or religion. I remember, when Humayun was dying, he summoned Babur. And he had said that if you want to rule Hindustan, you should keep three things in mind,” Saini had told reporters on Tuesday.“And I want to make you remember that even the most fundamentalist, during Aurangzeb’s time, cow slaughter was banned. Muslim emperors never allowed cow slaughter. How these people are their followers, and the person who is documented, that he was a cow smuggler, he also had case against him in this regard,” said Saini.However, Saini added that the death of Rakbar was unfortunate.indianexpress
Vigilante fringe needs to be terrorised rather than them terrorising India: Leader of BJP’s ally
New Delhi: Naresh Gujral, leader of BJP ally Shiromani Akali Dal, has blamed the “fringe in the ruling party” for going out of control, and has asked for strong action to be taken against it for spreading divisive rhetoric.Rajya Sabha MP said he was alarmed that despite PM Narendra Modi sending out a strong message against this, the fringe still needed taming.“I feel very perturbed that the fringe in the ruling party sometimes goes out of hand. I have seen them being warned, and I’ve been saying time and again that ‘take strong action’ so that others are restrained from saying so,” Gujral told ThePrint.Asked if the BJP was doing enough to rein in this fringe, he said: “I think you should ask someone in BJP. I’m an alliance partner, and I’ve made my views very clear. I feel more needs to be done. This environment is not healthy for the nation, we need to come down very strongly on these divisive forces.”theprint
UK urges India to allow human rights official to visit J&K
London: Theresa May Govt  has reiterated its position that the Shimla Agreement should be the basis for talks between India and Pakistan, but said it “encourages” both countries to allow the UN high commissioner for human rights to visit Jammu and Kashmir. Responding to demands in the House of Lords that London condemn alleged human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir in light of the June 14 report of the UN high commissioner for human rights, Foreign Office minister Tariq Ahmed recalled his last visit to India. He told Qurban Hussain (Liberal Democrats), who initiated the brief debate: “I assure the noble Lord that we continue to raise the importance of the issues in Kashmir with the Indian Govt . In one of my visits towards the end of last year, I raised the issue of Kashmir and the need for Pakistan and India to find a resolution to this long-standing issue”.“Equally, with reference to the report and the importance of some of its findings, we encourage all states, including India and Pakistan, to respond positively to the request by UN—in this case, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights—to a right to visit”.Swraj Paul, who is a non-affiliated member, questioned the utility of raising the Jammu and Kashmir issue in the house: “My Lords, both India and Pakistan are very active members of UN. Will the Govt  say what purpose it will serve to discuss this point here?”Ahmed recalled his roots in India and Pakistan,while reiterating that the Jammu and Kashmir issue was a matter to be resolved by the two countries:“They are countries tied together by history, culture and families. Indeed, my parents herald from India and my wife’s parents herald from Pakistan.Communities and families can come together.Perhaps I am living proof of that”.HT
Despite ban on news channels, Valley mainstream, separatist parties track Pakistan polls
Srinagar:Notwithstanding the recent ban on the airing of 10 Pakistani news channels in J&K, both separatists and mainstream leaders on Wednesday remained glued to internet-backed gadgets and private dish TVs to watch polls live from across LoC, which could impact both separatist politics and militancy in coming days in the State. Former CM  and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti was first to tweet on the polls. “Hoping today’s election in Pakistan leads to a stable Govt  as a democratic Pakistan is in the best interests of its neighbourhood especially India,” she wrote on Twitter.Sources said Ms. Mufti and many PDP leaders were glued to their iPads and television sets to track the polls. “The results will be significant for J&K. In case Army backs Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf candidate Imran Khan to become next PM , there might be hard days for Indo-Pak relations. We expect PML(N) Shahbaz Sharief to continue to build on the goodwill between the two countries in case he becomes next PM ,” said a senior PDP leader.Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who closely watched the polls on his cellphone, sees “a neck to neck fight between PML-N and PTI. Whoever wins, my suggestion is that Pakistan needs to unite on Kashmir and press for Kashmir being a prime stakeholder in the Kashmir issue and of any dialogue process initiated on it,” said the Mirwaiz.Another Hurriyat faction chairman Syed Ali Geelani said he wish “to see a stable and prosperous Pakistan. I appeal to all religious and political parties to join hands against terrorism there,” said Geelani.thehindu
China quietly resumes its activities in Doklam area: US official
China has quietly resumed its activities in Doklam area and neither Bhutan nor India has sought to dissuade it, a top US official has said while comparing Beijing's actions in the Himalayan region with its manoeuvres in the disputed South China Sea. China claims sovereignty over all of South China Sea.Vietnam, Malaysia, Philippines, Brunei and Taiwan have counter claims. China is engaged in hotly contested territorial disputes in both the South China Sea and the East China Sea. Beijing has built up and militarised many of the islands and reefs it controls in the region. Both areas are stated to be rich in minerals, oil and other natural resources and are also vital to global trade."I would assess that India is vigorously defending its northern borders and this is a subject of concern to India,"Alice G Wells, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia told lawmakers during a Congressional hearing while replying to a question on China's increased road building activities along Indian border. PTI
Zakir Naik's extradition request sent to Malaysia in Jan, no further Interpol communication yet: MHA
New Delhi: A request for provisional arrest and extradition of Zakir Naik was sent to Malaysia and a fresh Red Corner Notice (RCN) request sent to Interpol in Jan.this year against him is still unanswered, Govt  told parliament on Wednesday.In a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir said Malaysian Govt  was requested on Jan.19 following a fresh RCN issued on Jan.3 to the Interpol against Naik, who fled India on July 1, 2016."A request for issuance of RCN (against Naik) was sent to the Interpol on May 19, 2017.Clarifications sought by the Interpol on Aug.10, 2017 and Oct.6, 2017 were also provided.However, during 102nd session of Interpol Commission from Dec.24-27, 2017, the organisation opined that at that stage of the proceedings, the issuance of RCN for Naik's arrest with a view to his extradition was pre-mature, since the charge sheet has not been filed till the sending of the original request for RCN to the Interpol."In view of Interpol opinion, a fresh warrant was issued by Ld. Court against Naik on Nov.24, 2017 and a fresh request of RCN was sent on Jan.3, 2018.No further communication has been received so far from the Interpol," Ahir said.IANS
Interpol fails to issue RCN against Zakir:Centre
Zakir Naik’s fans in Pune to initiate signature campaign: Pune Mirror
The Federation of All Muslim Organisations, Pune, which comprises 24 other organisations and over 100 smaller groups, have launched a massive signature campaign in support of Dr Zakir Naik, who is presently facing multiple probes over his alleged provocative speeches.The campaign aims to collect a minimum of 50,000 signatures and submit a memorandum to the district collector tentatively on July 22, when a protest march may also be held against the alleged vilification of Naik and denigration of Islam. Federation consists of organisations like Jamiat e Ulama Hind, Jamaat e Islami Hind, Pune Muslim Lawyers Association, Maharashtra Action Committee, All India Imams Council and Chhatrapati Shivaji Muslim Brigade among others.A message on WhatsApp is also being circulated, which reads, ‘Dr Naik is just an excuse; their targets are Muslims and Islam. Azhar Tamboli, spokesperson of federation, informed, “While the federation condemns the ruthless terror attacks on innocent lives whether in Bangladesh or elsewhere, we also vehemently condemn the section of media for consistently linking Naik to terror attacks, despite getting a clean chit from the intelligence agencies. He is one of the most influential Muslim orators and he is being victimised through negative portrayal without any substantial proof or investigation.”
Nagaland may follow Assam in NRC update
Guwahati:Nagaland may be the next State in the Northeast to update 1951 National Register of Citizens after studying how the first-of-its-kind exercise in Assam pans out.Assam undertook the exercise in Sept.2015 and published the first draft with names of 19 million people on December 31 last year. 2nd draft for remaining 13.9 million people is scheduled to be published on July 30.“We are contemplating an exercise to undertake NRC. We will initiate after seeing its success in Assam. Illegal migrants are becoming a major issue for the State,” Nagaland Chief Secretary Temjen Toy told said today. Officials said NRC exercise,though challenging, would be easier to handle with Assam having laid the foundation for digital updating of records.Toy said Nagaland Police would be deploying forces to areas bordering Assam to “check and prevent” influx of undocumented migrants from Assam.thehindu
No cause for worry; affected people can file claims after release of draft NRC: Rajnath
New Delhi:Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said affected people will get adequate opportunities to register their claims and objections after the release of the draft National Registry of Citizens (NRC) in Assam next week and there was “no cause for worry”. Part draft of NRC was published on the intervening night of Dec.31 and Jan.1, wherein the names of 1.9 crore of the 3.29 crore applicants were incorporated.On July 30, the fate of all 3.29 crore applicants will be decided. “No one should be worried about it (release of draft NRC). People will get adequate time to register claims and objections and if someone is not satisfied, they can also approach the foreign tribunal.PTI
Slamming both Centre,UP for neglect of Taj Mahal, SC asks what if UNESCO withdraws world heritage title
Slamming both the Central and UP  Govt  for the neglect of Taj Mahal, the Supreme Court on Thursday wondered what if Unesco was to drop the 17th century Mughal monument from its list of world heritage site."It is a world heritage site. What will happen if Unesco say that we withdraw the world heritage title," asked the bench of Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice Deepak Gupta.The court asked if the authorities concerned have filed the management plan for the protection and preservation of the heritage site."It is very very difficult to understand something that is happening. Something is said on affidavit, something is said orally and something otherwise. It is unacceptable," Justice Lokur said pointing the variations in what was being said in the affidavit and what was being submitted orally before the court.Coupled with this, the court also wanted to know which was the authority responsible for the protection and preservation of Taj as it found that the three affidavits filed before it by the UP  Tourism Department, the second by the Union Environment and Forest Ministry and third by some other authority.As senior counsel ADN Rao told the court that the Archaeological Survey of India was responsible for the Taj,the court expressed surprise that the it has been kept out of the consultation process for preparing the draft vision document for the protection and preservation of Taj.Ordering that a copy of the draft vision document be made available to ASI and asking its to share it with INTACH, Agha Khan Foundation, ICOMS and other similar entities who have expertise in protecting and restoring the historic monuments, the court also directed the UP Govt  to give a copy of the vision document to petitioner M.C.Mehta for his comments.IANS
How can you save Taj Mahal without consulting ASI, SC asks UP govt
No proposal to set up university for minorities: HRD Ministry
There is no proposal under consideration of the HRD Ministry to set up a university for minorities, Parliament was informed today. Information was shared by Minister of State for HRD Satya Pal Singh in response to a written question in the Rajya Sabha. "There is no proposal under consideration in the Ministry of HRD for setting up University of Minorities," Singh said. HRD minister said that Ministry of Minority Affairs has informed that a committee was constituted by Maulana Azad Education Foundation to go into modalities for establishment of institutions in different parts of the country with a view to facilitate educational development of minorities.PTI 
Change your mindset, don’t obstruct inter-faith marriage: Punjab and Haryana HC to officials
Chandigarh :Ruling on an inter-faith marriage case of a Hindu-Muslim couple, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has said that officialdom must not be seen “raising eyebrows and laying snares and landmines” in such cases. The procedure for a court marriage, it has said, “must reflect the mindset of the changed times in a secular nation promoting inter-religion marriages”.In his July 20 order released Wednesday, Justice Rajiv Narain Raina, ruling on the plea of a couple who had approached High Court against court marriage rules framed by the Haryana Govt , said Court Marriage Check List (CMCL), issued by the Haryana Govt , largely violates the couple’s right to privacy.The couple — one from Gurgaon, and the other from Faridabad — wanted to legalise their marriage under the Special Marriage Act without change of religion.“The provisions appear particularly offensive and excessive executive action beyond the purview of the (Special Marriage) Act,” the judge stated in his order.“It is suggested to the State of Haryana to suitably modify and simplify the CMCL to bring it in line with Act by minimal executive interference. It may restrict the list to conditions which account for fundamental procedure avoiding unwarranted overload of obstructions and superfluity,” he ruled.The petitioners had sought directions that the District Marriage Officer in Gurgaon should desist from sending notices of their intended marriage to their parents, and not publish anything regarding it in a national paper.indian express
Mangaluru medical college wants to admit only Sunni Muslim students, Karnataka HC says no
Bengaluru: The high court on Wednesday dismissed a petition filed by Kanachur Islamic Education Trust, Mangaluru, which had sought allotment of only Sunni Muslim students to their institution for MBBS course under the management quota. A division bench comprising Justice AS Bopanna and Justice Mohammed Nawaz observed that if such requests are allowed in other religious and linguistic minority institutions, the entire process of admission would be affected. The right of a meritorious candidate belonging to Muslim community who opts for the petitioner college cannot be denied just because he/she doesn’t belong to Sunni sect, it noted. The court pointed out that the certificate issued in Sept.2015 by National Minority Commission stated that Kanachur College of Medical Sciences is a Muslim minority institution and even the undertaking in consensual agreement states that not less than 66% seats be filled by minority community students. The trust, which runs Kanachur Institute of Medical Sciences in Mangaluru, had challenged the July 4, 2018 decision of the department of medical education, rejecting its plea to admit only Sunni Muslim students. According to the trust, it’s not only a declared religious minority institution, but also an institution managed by Sunni Muslims and has every right to choose its students.The trust had written to the Govt  in May for making mandatory religion certificate issued by the Govt  along with a certificate issued by Sunni Jam Iyyathul Ulama, Mangaluru, for admission to management quota seats. College has an intake of 150 students of which 25% come under the Govt  quotaTOI
Mumbai: High Court allows minority colleges to surrender in-house quota seats
Mumbai:First year junior college (XIth)admissions hit yet another roadblock Wednesday after Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court allowed minority colleges to surrender in-house quota seats under Central Admission Process.This partly overturns a July 16 ruling by a bench of justice BP Dharmadhikari and ZA Haq that asked Govt  to return all vacant quota seats — minority (50%),management (20) and in-house (5%) — to the minority colleges, which could admit students to these seats at their levels.The list of vacancies will now be released on Friday morning and candidates can fill their choices on Friday and Saturday. The third merit list will be out on July 31, according to education department. Suvarna Kharat, deputy secretary, school education department, said: “With this judgment the seat count will increase and allotment has to be done on merit. So, we will first open the link for minority colleges to surrender their in-house quota seats and then release the vacancies. After that we will allow candidates to change their preferences again.”indianexpress
BJP leader says children are 'prasad' from God, every Hindu should have at least 5
Ballia:A child is a gift from god and every Hindu should have at least five, two for the man, two for the woman and one surplus, Surendra Singh,BJP MLA from UP,has said.Hindus will become a minority if there is “no balance” in population control, MLA from Bairia, who earlier this month said rape cannot be curbed even if Lord Ram descends on earth, told reporters last night.“Hindus should have at least 5 children. 2 for the man, two for the woman and one surplus. Giving birth to a child is ‘prasad’(gift) from God.India can become strong, when Hindus are strong. When Hindu is weak, India is weak...,”he said. According to him, Hindu community should be concerned that they will become a minority if there is “no balance in population control” and have more children.“Hindus will be a minority, not due to terrorists but due to themselves,” he said.HT
Savarkar replaces Nehru in Goa’s Class 10 history book: NSUI
Panaji:A photograph of former PM  Jawaharlal Nehru has been dropped and replaced by freedom fighter Vinayak Savarkar in Class 10 Social Science books, NSUI Goa chief said here on Wednesday.“It is very sad that the BJP has removed the photo of Pandit Nehru from the text book and Savarkar’s photo has been included in the books of the Goa Education Authority,” Ahraz Mulla said.“Tomorrow, they will remove the photo of Mahatma Gandhi and question what Congress has done in 60 years,” the Congress’ student wing leader said.“They have to ensure they do not change history, which our ancestors have given us and the fight which the Congress has carried out for Independence,”NSUI’s Goa head said.IANS
Another sex scandal hits BJP in Gujarat
Ahmedabad:A rape case by a 21 year old woman from Surat against former BJP lawmaker Jayanti Bhanushali is escalating as a major sex scandal involving two former lawmakers trading charges and allegations against each other.The whole episode and it’s 24/7 coverage on local media and social media platforms have become a major cause of embarrassment for the ruling party.The state BJP said Mr. Bhanushali has already resigned from post as Vice President of Gujarat BJP.On Tuesday, the 21-year-old complainant in Surat appeared before media and alleged that despite her complaint, the local police have not yet arrested Mr. Bhanushali, an influential BJP leader from Kutch. She again narrated a series of incidents in which she was subjected to rape and sexual harassment by the accused, who promised her admission in a private college and a job.Based on her complaint, Surat police have lodged an FIR naming Bhanushali, who has been summoned to appear before police.thehindu
LJP warns of fierce Dalit protests, wants Justice Goyal removed as NGT chairman
New Delhi : BJP ally Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) has cautioned the Govt  that protests planned by the Dalit groups on August 9 could be sharper and far more aggressive than the April protests. LJP’s Parliamentary Party chairman Chirag Paswan has written to PM  Narendra Modi to this effect, seeking the removal of Justice A.K. Goyal as the National Green Tribunal chairman.Justice Goyal was the judge who ruled against the SC/ST Act.The letter to Modi also reiterated the LJP’s demand to immediately bring an ordinance to ensure that status quo is maintained in the SC/ST Act.“This time the protests could get fiercer and sharper. Justice AK Goyal’s judgement in Supreme Court rendered SC/ST ACT ineffectual. After his retirement, he has been appointed as chairman of National Green Tribunal. This has sent out a message to SC/ST community that our Govt has awarded Justice Goyal for his judgement,” Paswan wrote.Justice Goel was one of two judges of the Supreme Court Bench which, on March 20, laid down stringent safeguards, including provision for anticipatpory bail and a preliminary enquiry before registration of a case under the Act. The judgement noted that there had been instance of abuse of the Act.thehindu
Gujarat cop’s deposition in Tulsiram ‘fake’ encounter case: ‘Was not informed about prisoner’s escape’
Mumbai:In the Tulsiram Prajapati alleged fake encounter case, a Gujarat police officer told the court Wednesday that he had not been informed about a prisoner having escaped from police custody in his jurisdiction in 2006. The officer was the then SP in Sabarkantha district, from where Prajapati was shown to have allegedly escaped from a train in 2006 and subsequently killed in an encounter.While the accused policemen in the case claim that Prajapati had escaped from the train in Sabarkantha district when he was being taken to Udaipur central jail after a court hearing in Ahmedabad, CBI claims that the escape and the encounter were both staged. The witness Wednesday told the court that he was the SP from Dec.2006 to Sept.2007. “I did not receive any message regarding escape of a prisoner from police custody. I did not get any message regarding nakabandi on Dec.27-28, 2006 in my jurisdiction. I did not receive or give any orders for nakabandi,” the witness told the court. During cross-examination by defence advocates, the witness told the court that when he became a supervisory officer in the case of Prajapati’s alleged fake encounter, he did not ask any of the authorities in his jurisdiction regarding not being informed about the escape. “I did not ask either the Superintendent (railways) or the state control room or the control room of my district regarding why I was not informed about the escape,” he told the court.indianexpress
Shujaat Bukhari killing: Must think why a thinking citizen was snatched away, says Hamid Ansari
New Delhi:After Shujaat Bukhari was shot dead on June 14, the staff at Rising Kashmir, the paper he edited, worked all night to ensure the paper came out the following morning. At a remembrance meeting in Delhi on Wednesday, amid the condolences and the sadness was a question: why are honest voices being silenced?Speaking at the meeting, former Vice President Hamid Ansari said, “A thinking citizen snatched away so brutally. And we all have to think why? Someone said many many years ago, that when freedom is in peril, the first symptoms are found in those who carry the voice of the people…to a larger audience. And his death is an example of it.” He said that there were other instances, of “those who speak honestly” being “punished in the most brutal manner possible”, indicating the instance of Gauri Lankesh’s murder without naming her. “He stood for sanity…sanity in very difficult conditions, knowing fully well that whatever he said was disliked by someone or the other.” Noting the difficulties of reporting from Kashmir, Congress leader Manish Tewari said that “perhaps it’s coincidental that the meeting is being held on a day that Pakistan is voting to elect its Govt ”. He said, “Shujaat believed, as do I, that destiny of over 2 billion people in south Asia is being held hostage to a very unfortunate zero sum game between India and Pakistan.”indianexpress
VVPAT delivery delayed, but on track for 2019 Lok Sabha polls: Election Commission
New Delhi:ELECTION Commission (EC) on Wednesday admitted that the delivery of 16 lakh VVPAT machines has been delayed, but reiterated its commitment to procure everything in time for the Lok Sabha elections next year. Responding to a report in the Indian Express based on an RTI application, the Commission issued a statement, saying, “While all required EVMs will be delivered by 30th Sept.2018, VVPAT deliveries are delayed as the Technical Experts Committee on EVMs appointed by the Commission analyses the technology stabilisation issues in the initial batches and incorporates essential design improvements.” EC is now expecting deliveries of all paper trail machines before November, which is almost two months after the deadline the Commission had set for itself.A VVPAT produces a printout of the vote cast using an EVM, which can be shown to the voter to dispel doubts. This printout is then deposited in a box and can be used to resolve any dispute regarding the poll results. indianexpress
Delhi minorities commission issues notice to city police over distribution of Trishuls by Hindutva outfit
New Delhi: Delhi Minorities Commission has issued a notice to the police over the distribution of trishuls (tridents) by a Hindutva outfit in the National Capital. The tridents were distributed after hateful and provocative speeches allegedly by members of a saffron outfit named “Hindu United Front” at two separate events earlier this month in Delhi.On 1st July, the group had distributed 251 trishuls in Sonia Vihar area. Then on 15th July, it distributed 371 trishuls on Gokalpur Nahar Road in East Delhi. It has a plan to distribute one lakh more trishuls in the city.“This outfit, which operates from B-437 Mukhya Chowk, Shahdra, is planning to distribute one lakh trishuls in the near future. All this activity takes place in the open on public land amid hate-filled speeches promoting hate and violence in society,”said minority panel in its notice.caravandaily
Articles, Videos of Hate Speeches by BJP Leaders Being Removed from Internet: Activists
New Delhi: At several occasions in the last four years of BJP-led NDA Govt  of PM  Narendra Modi, articles or stories that go against the interests of the Govt  or ruling party or its politicians have been taken down from the internet by the media. But a latest research by some eminent civil rights activists has made a shocking revelation that lots of content, whether videos or news articles, particularly on riots and hate speeches, derogatory comments against Muslims, Christians and other minorities allegedly made by BJP leaders have also been removed from internet.The team that recently launched “Dismantling India, A Four Year Report” on the Modi Govt  has claimed that during data search for compiling the report, they found that most of the news articles that went against the Govt  are also no longer available on the internet.According to them, online videos and articles pertaining to hate speeches by BJP leaders have mysteriously disappeared from the websites or video streaming portals where they had once been. They particularly pertain to riots, hate speeches or derogatory comments against Muslims, Christians, Dalits and women by BJP leaders.The team of civil rights activists discovered this while they were researching for a report on 4 years of Govt  performance. The report called Dismantling India has recently been launched.On the occasion of report release, renowned civil rights activist and founding member of ANHAD Shabnam Hashmi said, “There is very organised cleansing process of the internet which is happening. You wouldn’t find those speeches of Mr Modi in YouTube because they were removed even before 2014 general elections. What he spoke during Gaurav Yatra which is full of venom has been removed. Now they are removing articles, editorials which are against Modi, BJP and RSS.”The team claimed that most of news articles that went against BJP including those that they had mentioned in their two earlier reports launched after 100 days and one year of Modi Govt respectively are also no longer available on the internet.Caravan Daily
Delhi: 3 girls die of starvation in Mandawali, AAP Govt  orders probe
In national capital Delhi’s, three children died due to starvation on Wednesday, triggering a debate over Govt policies for eradicating poverty. According to a doctor of LBS Hospital, 3 minor girls – aged 8, 4 and 2 – died due to malnutrition. According to media reports, the minor girls were from east Delhi’s Mandawali. The national capital police have filed a case under Section 174 of the CrPc. The post-mortem report has confirmed that deceased girls died to starvation.Speaking on the matter, Amita Saxena, MS, Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital, said that there was no trace of fat on their bodies, adding that postmortem showed the stomach was absolutely empty. The doctor made it clear that it’s a case of gross malnutrition.“Gave immediate financial aid of Rs 25,000their mother will be admitted to hospital & will make sure that she gets best treatment. Once their father returns we’ll provide more financial help,”ANI quoted Dy CM Manish Sisodia as saying. Delhi Govt  has ordered an inquiry into the matter. NewsX
Complaint lodged against Swami Agnivesh, his supporters for allegedly assaulting BJYM activists
Pakur:A BJP Mahila Morcha leader in Jharkhand has lodged a police complaint alleging that social activist Swami Agnivesh’s supporters had assaulted BJYM activists at Pakur on July 17, a police officer said today. On the same day, Agnivesh was allegedly slapped, kicked around and verbally abused here by a mob, which he said belonged to BJP-affiliated youth groups who accused him of speaking against Hindus.According to the police, the complaint against Agnivesh and his supporters had been filed by Shila Alizabeth Hembrom alias Shila Rani Hembrom, general secretary of BJP Mahila Morcha Jharkhand, at the Pakur town police station on the day of the incident.PTI
WORLD
Palestine elected presiding country of Group of 77 at UN
The state of Palestine has been elected as presiding country of the Group of 77, the biggest bloc of developing countries at the United Nations, a move that has irked Israel.The Group of 77 was established in 1964 by 77 countries and was designed to promote their collective economic interests, as well as to enhance their joint negotiating capacity on all major international economic issues within the UN.Over the years, the bloc has expanded to include 135 members today, which represents 80 percent of the world's population. The bloc also speaks as one voice at the General Assembly.Palestine will take over from the current presiding country Egypt in Jan 2019. In a telephone interview with NYT, Palestine's UN ambassador Riyad Mansour confirmed the move, and said Palestine "will be negotiating on behalf of 135 countries."The move is widely regarded a progressive on behalf of Palestine, which holds an observer non-member state status at the UN. However, Israel has already voiced its strong opposition.aljazeera
US envoy to UN: Arab states do not really support Palestine
US ambassador to UN Nikki Haley has blamed Middle Eastern countries for not doing enough to financially help the Palestinians and assist them with moving the peace process forward. "Where are the Arab countries when it comes to supporting compromises that are necessary for peace?" Haley said in remarks on Tuesday during a UN Security Council meeting."It is time for the regional states, in particular, to step up and really help, instead of just making speeches thousands of miles away," Haley said at UNSC's monthly meeting on the Middle East."Where are the Arab countries when it comes to encouraging reconciliation between Palestinian factions, which is essential to peace?" Haley highlighted US assistance to the Palestinians, saying that Washington provided $300m in bilateral aid last year, and "over six billion dollars in bilateral assistance to Palestinians" since 1993.She also mentioned US aid to UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA)-but without mentioning that total has been significantly reduced.
Saudi suspends oil exports through Bab al-Mandeb
Saudi Arabia, world's top oil exporter, temporarily suspended all oil shipments through the Bab al-Mandeb Strait after attacks on 2 crude-carrying vessels by Houthi rebels in Yemen. Saudi's Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said today the kingdom would halt all oil shipments through the strait immediately.The suspension will last "until the situation becomes clearer and maritime transit through Bab al-Mandeb is safe", al-Falih said in a statement.Houthi rebels targeted Saudi tankers in the Red Sea, causing minor damage to one, Saudi-Emirati coalition fighting the group in the war-torn country said.aljazeera
Israeli air raids kill 3 Palestinians in Gaza Strip
At least three Palestinians have been killed in an Israeli air strike east of the Gaza Strip, according to Palestinians health officials.Wednesday's air raids also injured one person who is in critical condition, Gaza Health Ministry spokesperson, Ashraf al-Qudra, said.Ahmed al-Bsous, 28, Ubadah Farawneh, 29 and Mohamed al-Aareer, 27, died of their wounds shortly upon arriving at the al-Shifa hospital in Gaza. In a Twitter post, the Israeli military said it targeted seven Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip in response to a "shooting attack" that was fired towards soldiers at the border.aljazeera
Israel mulling ‘broad’ assault on Gaza Strip: Official
GAZA:Israeli Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan said Thursday that Israel could launch another wide-scale military operation against the Hamas-run Gaza Strip.In an interview with the Kan Radio channel, Erdan said Israel was being “dragged into a broader campaign” against Hamas, which has governed the Gaza Strip since 2007. “Israeli settlers living near the Gaza Strip now find themselves in an unbearable situation, similar to what they faced four years ago [before Israel’s devastating 2014 onslaught on Gaza],” he said.“If Hamas does not understand [this]… we will have to engage in a broad military operation that will exact a high price -- at least as high as [the 2014 assault] if not higher,” Erdan added.Anadolu
UN supports creation of Syrian constitutional committee
UN Security Council has called on Damascus to work with UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura on the creation of a constitutional committee.“Members of the council have reiterated their full support for his leadership to facilitate a viable enduring political solution to the Syrian conflict,” Olof Skoog, Sweden’s UN Representative, said in informal comments to the media after a Security Council briefing by de Mistura on the situation in Syria.The briefing included mention of UN Resolution 2254, which calls for a ceasefire along with a political settlement in Syria.The next meeting on the crisis in Syria will take place from July 30-31 in Russia’s Black Sea resort of Sochi between Russia, Iran and Turkey, where de Mistura will be discussing the constitutional committee as well as the Syrian conflict in general.Asked whether the committee would be formed before the UN General Assembly convenes in New York in September, Skoog said "that would be an extremely useful timeline to have".Anadolu Agency
Deaths as Taliban targets Afghan intelligence convoy
A suicide bomber blew himself up near an Afghan intelligence convoy on Thursday, killing at least five people and wounding six, police said, in the latest deadly attack.Kabul Security Commandment spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai said the attack took place in the vicinity of Bagh Daud area in the 5th police district of Kabul.At least five people were killed, including four members of the National Directorate of Security (NDS), while five NDS personnel and a civilian were wounded.The attacker was "most likely" driving a vehicle carrying explosives, Stanikzai added.Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which police spokesman Stanikzai said happened at 5:00am (0030 GMT) on Thursday.Gafoor Azizi, a district police chief in western Kabul, said two vehicles caught fire.aljazeera
Tribunal sends  ex-MP of Bangladesh Jamaat Hamidur Rahaman Azad to jail
Bangladesh's tribunal ICT sent the central assistant secretary of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, Hamidur Rahaman Azad, also a former MP, to jail after he surrendered before it on Wednesday. A 3-member bench led by judge Md Shahinur Islam passed the order after rejecting his bail application. Earlier on 9 June in 2013, Crimes Tribunal sentenced Hamidur Rahaman for three months jail on charge of contempt of court as he delivered speech criticising the tribunal and its judgments during a public rally at Shapla Chattar in the capital on 4 February of the same year.Hamidur remained absconding since then.Hamidur Rahman Azad was elected to parliament in 2008 from Cox's Bazar-2 as a Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami candidate.Prothom Alo
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