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16 Aug ND:SC asks Assam NRC to submit district-wise percentage of excluded people/ Jamaat-e-Islami Hind to train volunteers to help NRC inclusion in Assam/ Attack on Umar Khalid: ‘Wanted to give gift on Independence Day,’ says 2 men who claim responsibility


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16 Aug 2018:04 Zilhajja 1439: Vol: 10, No:89
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SC asks Assam NRC coordinator to submit district-wise percentage of excluded people
New Delhi:The Supreme Court today asked Assam National Register of Citizens (NRC) coordinator to place before it the data of district-wise percentage of population excluded from the NRC draft in the state. A bench comprising justices Ranjan Gogoi, Navin Sinha and K M Joseph sought the response of all the stakeholders including All Assam Students Union, All Assam Minority Students Union on the Centre’s Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) on the NRC issue.It directed the state NRC coordinator Prateek Hajela to make available the copies of draft NRC at all panchayat offices so that public can access it easily.The apex court said that the claim and objection forms on the Assam NRC issue will be made available to the general public from August 20.It also said that the receipt of claim and objection forms from the public will commence on August 30.The court posted the matter for further hearing on August 28.On August 14, the Centre had told the apex court that distinct IDs will be created by collecting biometric details of 40 lakh people filing claims and objections with respect to the NRC.It said that after the publication of the final list of NRC, those people whose names will figure in it will be given usual Aadhaar number as applicable to legal residents in the country.Names of 40,70,707 people do not figure in the list. Of these, 37,59,630 names have been rejected and the remaining 2,48,077 are on hold. PTI
Objections over missing names will be taken up in NRC final draft from August 30, says Supreme Court
Jamaat-e-Islami Hind to train volunteers to help NRC inclusion in Assam
In order to assist people of Assam who had been left out of the National Register of Citizens, the Assam chapter of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) will train 250 volunteers with legal and IT expertise.“We are waiting for the August 16 verdict of the Supreme Court before initiating the training process. There are about 3.5 lakh people from south Assam who have been left out from the NRC and in the first phase we intend to help at least one lakh people getting their documents straight for reapplication,” said Noorul Islam, zonal president (south Assam), JIH.He said that they had intended to train 130 volunteers for the work but so far had received over 300 applications for the work. “We are screening them and the chosen ones would be readied for a workshop on August 19 where they would be trained by legal and IT experts. Some of the NRC employees – present and past – have themselves agreed to train these people up,” Islam said.JIH will also pay an honorarium of Rs 7000 to each of these volunteers for their services.There had been cases where people have been excluded from the list for simple mistakes in their documents – clerical and otherwise. Many have also been victims of circumstances as their birth certificates had been detected to be fake ones. “The person is there physically which proves he had been born and that someone handed the family fake certificates against some money. Now they need to be told how to make a new, original birth certificate,” Islam added. He also said that there was a format of application which these people need to be taught and that many people who had been excluded on the flimsy ground would easily be included in the list. The services will begin on August 20.Sources also said that there were also some technical experts brought on board because some of the work could be done online which the people needed to be assisted with and some could also be taught the process. “We have about 37 lakh people from north Assam. In all, of the 40 lakh, people excluded there are 15 lakh Muslims. There will be several camps put up at different places and we are aiming at including at least 20 lakh people from this zone. We are also in talks with different human rights organisation which have extended helping hands. In the first phase we will engage 100 volunteers,” said Abdul Basit, zonal president (north Assam), JIH. He said that all eyes were on the Supreme Court ruling on Thursday about the NRC and then the next course of action would be prepared.DNA
Jamat-e-Islami Hind to train volunteers in assisting those left out of NRC
Every third person in Assam’s Hojai district out of NRC, maximum in the state
Hojai: The pot holed road, ravaged by rain, which leads to the sleepy town of Hojai in central Assam is lined with billboards and posters about philanthropic work done by its most famous resident - perfume baron and Lok Sabha MP Badruddin Ajmal who heads AIUDF. He runs a hospital, a public school among other things.While Ajmal’s name figures in the complete draft of NRC, almost every third applicant’s name in Hojai district does not. A total of 3,36,789 applicants or 33% of the total applicants have been excluded from the draft, maximum in the state, a senior district administration official said on condition of anonymity. Shamsuddin, a cleric who works as a vice president in one of the organisations connected to Badruddin Ajmal, is clueless why he and five others in the family do not figure in the complete draft.“I submitted copies of my land document from 1966 which I got from Bihar,” said Shamsuddin (62), who moved to Hojai from East Champaran to work as a teacher in a local madrassa.Like Shamsuddin, Nanigopal Debnath, too, moved to Hojai town in 1970s. He first left his home in Jamunamukh, a neighbouring town in 1960 when violence erupted between Bengalis and Assamese. Debnath says the families, which had returned had to leave again in 1972, when there was renewed violence. Debnath, is unemployed, distraught and claims that despite the documents, the whole family has been left out of the draft. Debnath claims that in Shanti Ban, where the family lives, over 30% Bengali Hindus have been left out of the draft.HT
38 lakh Bengali-speaking men left out of draft NRC: Mamata
Kolkata: Upping the ante on her opposition to the draft NRC in Assam, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee has claimed that 38 lakh Bengali-speaking persons - both Hindus and Muslims- were left out of the list."Unfortunately, most Indian citizens left out of the draft NRC in Assam speak Bengali (language)... Out of over 40 lakh persons left out, around 25 lakh are Hindus and 13 lakh Muslims who speak Bengali," she told reporters here."People not included in the list are being branded as either infiltrators or refugees by BJP leaders and harassed," Trinamool Congress chief said, adding that people's freedom cannot be snatched in the name of NRC. IANS
Assam boy who saluted tricolour in chest-deep flood water not in NRC draft
Guwahati: A 9-year old boy, whose photograph of saluting the tricolour in chest-deep flood water in an Assam school on Independence Day last year had gone viral, has failed to find a place in the final draft of NRC.Tajen Sikdar, the head teacher of the primary school in Dhubri district, who had stood in the flood water with Haider Ali Khan and 2 others, told PTI on Wednesday that Haider’s name was not in the draft NRC that was published on July 30, though those of his family members were there.The eligible documents, including Haider’s linkage and legacy data drawn from his great grandfather Sukur Ali, who was in the 1951 NRC, his birth certificate, family land records and a certificate from his school were submitted in 2015 for the inclusion of his name in the NRC, Sikdar said.HT
Attack on Umar Khalid: ‘Wanted to give gift on Independence Day,’ says 2 men who claim responsibility
New Delhi: Delhi Police Special Cell Thursday launched a manhunt to nab 2 young men who claimed they have attacked JNU student Umar Khalid. In a 4-minute video being circulated on WhatsApp, the two young men, one of them holding the Indian flag, said they would surrender at the house of Sikh revolutionary Kartar Singh Sarabha on Aug.17.They claimed, “by attacking Khalid we wanted to give a gift to the people on the occasion of Independence Day.”  The two men identified themselves as Sarvesh Shahpur and Naveen Dalal and appealed to the police not to “harass” others for the attack.“If their claim found to be corroborative, they will be arrested,” a police officer from the Special Cell said.Police said that they would take the help of their counterparts in Haryana and Punjab to track down the two men. Police suspect the video was recorded somewhere in Haryana or Punjab.The police is also trying to match the photo of 2 persons with the attacker seen in CCTV footage recovered from the spot.indianexpress
Umar Khalid tweets photo of 'shooter', who tried to kill him, with editor of Noida-based Hindi news channel
Umar Khalid tweeted a photo of the shooter, who allegedly fired at him in New Delhi recently. Umar identified the alleged shooter in a photo, where the accused, he claimed, is standing next to the Editor in Chief of a Noida-based TV news channel. Tweet comes after the alleged shooter and his accomplice, identified as Naveen Dalal and Darvesh Shahpur, uploaded a viral video claiming responsibility for the attack.firstpost
Attack on Umar Khalid: 2 claim responsibility on camera
Right-Wing Terror: ATS to probe arrested trio's link to letter bomb incidents
Maharashtra ATS will now probe if there is any link between the arrested suspects and the letter bomb incidents that took place earlier in Ahmednagar and Pune.ATS sources said the material Vaibhav Raut, 40, and Sharad Kalaskar, 25, held from Nalasopara, and Sudhanva Gondhalkar, 39, held from Pune, used along with the circuit hints at a link. 3, who are in ATS custody till Aug.18, will be questioned about it.In a blast at Ahmednagar in March, 3 courier firm employees were injured after a parcel bomb went off. Parcel was meant to be delivered to Sanjay Nahar, chief of Pune-based NGO Sarhad, which works for Kashmiri children. Nahar told mid-day over the phone that he had got a call from a security agency in Delhi asking if the ATS had informed im of any links with the 3. He clarified that no such communication had happened.In May 2016, a letter bomb was found on the premises of the Film TV Institute of India in Pune. The letter warned against support to Kahaiya Kumar of JNU. Another one was found a few days later at Department of Communication and Journalism in Pune. A senior ATS officer said the probe is wide open and it was also being investigated if the three played a role in the murders of rationalists Narendra Dabholkar and Govind Pansare.midday
Mumbai terror plot: With 'Gau Rakshak' Vaibhav Raut Behind Bars, Nalasopara Breathes Easy
Nalasopara has heaved a big sigh of relief after the arrest of suspected Sanatan Sanstha member Vaibhav Raut,  who had allegedly terrorised his neighbourhood with his activities. According to the police, Raut, who called himself a gau rakshak, has been involved in a series of attacks on butchers in the area every Bakri-eid. Raut allegedly tried to create communal tension, particularly in the neighbouring Sopara village, by harassing locals and carrying out illegal raids on mutton and beef shops.Sopara village's Muslim community, especially the butchers, lived in fear and insecurity due to Raut's activities — even when beef hadn't been banned by the government, he would go around conducting 'raids' on meat shops and harassing the owners, said a local, Anis Qureshi. Speaking to mid-day, he added, "In 2014, Raut forcibly stopped my tempo in his area and assaulted the driver. The driver called me and I went to the spot, but Raut and his colleague abused and assaulted me too, saying I was smuggling cow meat. They forcibly took me and my tempo to Nalasopara police station. I have never carried or supplied cow meat; after I showed all the relevant documents to the cops, they let me go and registered a case against Raut and his colleague."Large numbers of Muslims as well as gau rakshaks had gathered outside the police station that day... he had succeeded in creating communal tension; clashes could have erupted anytime. Huge police bandobast was then deployed in the area, for the first time in the history of Nalasopara."mid-day
Hindutva hardliners Raut, Gondhalekar , Kalaskar had planned to blow up 6 theaters, Ganapati mandaps in Maharashtra:indiascoops
150 pistols, 100 bombs, 3000 bullets were on the shopping list of arrested Sanatan Sanstha, HJS activists Raut and Gondhalekar :indiascoops
Suspect in Gauri Lankesh killing confesses to involvement in Kalburgi murder
New Delhi: Confirming speculation that the same group of people were behind the assassinations of rationalists and anti-Hindutva writers, one of the suspects arrested in the killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh has confessed to the SIT that he was also involved in murder of professor M.M. Kalburgi. According to Bangalore Mirror, Ganesh Miskin, who was arrested for ferrying suspected Lankesh shooter Parashuram Waghmare to her home, confessed he was one of the people who arrived at Kalburgi’s home and knocked on the door to shoot him dead.A SIT is probing Lankesh’s murder, while the CID is investigating the killing of Kalburgi. SIT had already established that the same gun was used for both the assassinations. Kalburgi was shot dead at his residence on August 30, 2015, while Lankesh was also killed at her doorstep on Sept.5, 2017.thewire
Mob kills one, injures 3 in Assam over suspicion of cow theft
Guwahati:One person was killed and 3 others seriously injured in an attack by a mob over suspicions that they were cow thieves in Biswanath district of upper Assam, police said on Thursday. According to the police, the incident took place at Diplunga tea estate, nearly 230km from the state capital, early on Wednesday.“4 persons from Sootea were travelling in a tempo van when they were attacked by a mob at 4:00am. Locals allege the victims had stolen cows,” said a police official from Sootea police station on the condition of anonymity.The police said two stolen cows were recovered from the van. While the driver of the vehicle escaped from the scene, a mob of nearly 20 people attacked the four men with sticks and clubs.A video of the incident captured on a mobile phone, which is doing the rounds on social media, shows the victims sitting on the ground and pleading to be spared with folded hands while others rained blows on them.“We were on our way to buy pigs from Diplunga tea estate early on Wednesday morning when a mob armed with sticks, iron rods etc. stopped us and started attacking, accusing us of being cow thieves,” one of the injured victims told local television channels.The police, however, maintain that the victims had stolen cows and were transporting them.“A case of cow theft has been registered. We have no information about the victims going to buy pigs. Since they are injured we are yet to record their statements,” said the official.The injured victims were taken to a private nursing home in Biswanath Chariali town where one of them, Deben Rajbongshi, died. The other three, Phoolchand Sahu, Bijoy Nayak and Pujen Rajbongshi, who sustained injuries on their heads, legs and arms, are undergoing treatment.All the victims belong to the ‘adivasi’ community who are mainly employed in the tea gardens of the area.“We have launched an operation against those responsible for the attack on the victims. No one has been arrested yet,” Biswanath SP Diganta Kumar Chowdhury said.HT
Vajpayee dead; former prime minister was 93
New Delhi :Atal Bihari Vajpayee, former prime minister and BJP stalwart, passed away on Thursday. He was 93. Vajpayee was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in June. Vajpayee, who had been ailing for long, retreated from active public life over the last decade following the deterioration of his health and remained restricted to his residence.In a medical bulletin, AIIMS said: “It is with profound grief that we inform about the sad demise of former prime minister of India, Atal Bihari Vajpayee at 5.05 pm on 16.08.2018.Vajpayee was admitted in AIIMS on 11.06.2018 and was stable in the last 9 weeks under the care of a team of AIIMS doctors. Born in 1924 in Gwalior, Vajpayee was first exposed to the political sphere during the Quit India movement in 1942. Within 5 years since then, he became a full-time RSS Pracharak and, due to his oratory skills, he soon became the face of the Jana Sangh (which is today known as BJP).indianexpress
Reservation in promotion: Benefits given under SC/ST quota cannot be taken back, Centre tells Supreme Court
New Delhi:In its reply to the Supreme Court on the removal of creamy layer concept from promotion in government jobs, the Centre on Thursday stated that once backwardness is presumed and benefits are given, it cannot be taken back. Attorney General K K Venugopal told the bench headed by CJI Dipak Misra that only the President and the Parliament, not the judiciary, have the power to exclude a certain class of SC/ST from such benefits.Venugopal said that though some people from the SC/ST community have risen from poverty, the stigma of caste and backwardness is still attached to them. Therefore, those affluent among the community cannot be denied benefits of quota in promotions in government jobs, PTI quoted him telling the bench which also comprises Justice Kurian Joseph, Justice R F Nariman, Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice Indu Malhotra.“They have to marry from their own caste. Even a well-off person of SC/ST community cannot marry from a higher caste. The fact that some persons have become affluent does not take away the imprint of caste and backwardness,” PTI quoted Venugpal as saying.The five-judge bench is examining whether its 2006 verdict in the M Nagaraj Vs Union of India judgement, which nullified the creamy layer concept in the promotion of SC/STs in government jobs, requires reconsideration.indianexpress
India-Israel missile defence system to be procured by Israeli Navy
Jerusalem: The multi-purpose Barak 8 missile defence system, jointly developed by India and Israel, will be procured by the Israeli Navy to protect its economic zones and strategic facilities from diversified threats and the sales for it have exceeded$5 billion, a top Israeli aerospace company has said. The missile system has been jointly developed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), India's DRDO, Israel's Administration for Development of Weapons and Technological Infrastructure, Elta Systems, Rafael and some other Indian defence companies.Barak-8 is an operational air and missile defense system used by the Israeli Navy as well as by the Indian Navy and air forces.Israeli Navy's Sa'ar-6 corvettes will be using the system to protect Israel's exclusive economic zone and strategic facilities which are faced with diversified threats in the marine arena, the IAI said in a statement."Barak-8 system was chosen after it was demonstrated to meet the operational requirements and future challenges faced by Navy," the company said."Barak-8 is one of IAI's leading systems and a growth engine for IAI in sales to its customers. The new deal adds to several Barak-8 contracts entered over the past few years with total value of more than USD 5 billion, which is another feather in the system's glorious cap," said IAI's CEO and President Joseph Weiss. Designed to defend against a variety of short-to-long-range airborne threats, including fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters, drones and projectiles, Barak-8 incorporates a state-of-the-art phased array multi-mission radar, 2-way data link, and a flexible command and control system,enabling users to simultaneously engage multiple targets day and night and in all weather conditions.The successfully operational system will help provide broad aerial and point defence against a wide range of threats to the marine arena from the air, sea or land.TOI
1st ‘Hindu court’ set up on lines of Sharia system
Meerut: Members of Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha announced on Wednesday that it has set up the country’s first ‘Hindu court’, on the lines of Sharia courts. Set up with an aim to make decisions exclusively on Hindu affairs, and have an equivalent court-like system in place just like Darul Qaza (Sharia courts) — which resolves issues/disputes according to Islamic laws —the first Hindu court also got its first judge in a ceremony that was held at party’s office in Meerut. “We had challenged the establishment of Sharia courts a few days ago because there should be one Constitution for all. We had told the government in a letter if our demands are not met, we will set up a similar court for Hindus. Since no action was taken in our favour, we set up the first Hindu court here,” said Pandit Ashok Sharma, the national vice-president of Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha. Sharma is also the head of the five-member sangrakshak mandal of the Hindu court. Members of the outfit plan to declare the bylaws of their court on October 2 and appoint a total of five judges in different parts of the country on November 15. Pooja Shakun Pandey, national secretary of Mahasabha, who has been appointed as the first judge of the Hindu court, said, “We will deal with matters related to Hindus only and the issues will range from harassment of Hindu women, Hindu marriages, disputes of property or money We will have proper jails and our maximum punishment will be death.” timesofindia
Independence Day speech: In big reach out for 2019, Modi says will ensure Muslim women don’t suffer due to triple talaq
New Delhi:Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that he will leave no stone unturned in enacting a law that that promises justice to the victims of the centuries-old practice of triple talaq by Muslim men. In his last Independence Day speech as the Prime Minister of India ahead of the 2019 general election, Modi said that triple talaq has caused great injustice among Muslim women and it must end.He also took the opportunity to target the opposition parties for stalling the passage of the Triple Talaq Bill in the Rajya Sabha where the BJP-led NDA lacks majority. “I will leave no stone unturned to ensure that Muslim women do not suffer due to triple talaq,” Modi said today from the ramparts of Red Fort.“There are still some people who do not want triple talaq law to be passed in the Parliament,” the PM said, in a veiled reference to opposition parties led by the Congress for not allowing the passage of the legislation in the Upper House.financialexpress
India known as place where communal riots and rapes take place:Kejriwal
New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday lamented the lack of development in the country and said if Delhi can achieve success in health and education sectors, why other states cannot replicate the same.He said the country these days is known as a place where "communal riots and rapes with women" take place. In his Independence Day speech at a Delhi government function held at Chhatrasal stadium here, he claimed "unprecedented" development has happened in Delhi during AAP's over three-year rule.The initiatives of AAP government like improvements in school education and health sector scheme such as Mohalla Clinic are being discussed all over the world. Former secretary general of United Nations Kofi Annan will come to India with a delegation to visit Mohalla clinics on Sept.6, he claimed."The question is why India is backward. If Delhi can achieve success in education, health, supply of water and electricity in three years, why it could not take place in rest of India," Kejriwal said.PTI
Independence Day celebrations mandatory in madrasas: UP Minority Affairs Minister
It is mandatory to hold Independence Day celebrations across all madrasas in Uttar Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh's Minority Affairs Minister Laxmi Narayan Chaudhary said. The minister said that action will be taken by the government in case anyone violates the order."Last year clear instructions were issued to all state-funded madrasas to hold Independence Day celebrations. Hoisting of the national flag, reciting of the national anthem is mandatory. The students should also be made to chant Bharat Mata ki Jai," the minister said.indiatoday
UP: Madarsa teachers stop children from reciting national anthem, case filed
Mahrajganj (up):A case of treason has been filed against 3 teachers of a madrasa here after a video purportedly showed them stopping children from singing the national anthem during the Independence Day function, the police said Thursday.The video of Maulana Zubaid Ansari of madrasa Arbia Ahle Sunnat stopping the children from singing the national anthem during the Independence Day function after unfurling of the national flag went viral in the district on Wednesday.DM Amarnath Upadhaya ordered an inquiry by district minorities officer Prabhat Kumar and a case was lodged against three teachers under various sections of the IPC, including treason.One of the teachers has been arrested and a hunt was on to nab the remaining two, police said.PTI
BJP leader tries to enter Delhi’s Jama Masjid to hoist tricolour on Independence Day
NEW DELHI: In a bizarre drama, senior BJP leader and former state minister in the Uttar Pradesh government, IP Singh tried to enter Jama Masjid on Wednesday, minutes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi hoisted the national flag at the Red Fort, just stone’s throw from the historic mosque, and tried to unfurl the national flag inside the mosque premises.Leading a group of BJP members, Singh marched towards Jama Masjid gate and started raising slogans like “Bharat Mata ki Jai”, “Vande Mataram”, “Sabsey Payara Desh Humara”.The group entered through Gate No. 1, went upstairs but were stopped just a few steps before the main entrance leading to the huge courtyard of the mosque. Local people had also gathered there and stopped them to enter the mosque and avoided aggressive confrontation with BJP workers to maintain peace. Hence BJP leader failed to ignite violence.The incident took place around 10 AM when there was highest security arrangements in the area for the Independence Day event at the Red Fort. It is said that there was not a single policeman deployed at the mosque which has a police station near its Gate No. 3 and a police post at Gate No. 1.When asked, BJP leader said, “We don’t need any permission for unfurling the flag anywhere”.After they failed to enter the Jama Masjid they waved the National Flag outside the gate of the mosque. IP Singh also shared the video of the whole drama on social media and tweeted:“After 71 years, trampling over the chest of Jama Masjid, we along with our workers unfurled national flag, Vande Mataram”Caravan News
Police boosts security near Mosques and Madrassas in the Muslim areas
Pune: As the Muslims are gearing up to celebrate Eid-ul-Zuha on August 22, an elaborate security is provided of 59 mosques and 22 madrassas in the Muslim-dominated area in Pune. This came after the Maharashtra ATS has recovered eight country-made bombs and other explosives from the house of Sanathan Sanstha worker Vaibhav Raut which were supposed to be used during the Eid-ul-Zuha to spoil the atmosphere in the country.Instructions have been given to all mosques and madrassas by police to install CCTV cameras, appoint volunteers for managing crowd during Eid, check visitors’ bags, set up metal detector doors and be alert about abandoned vehicles and articles.siasat
Violence in UP's Auraiya after 2 'Sadhus' killed inside temple
Lucknow:2 ‘sadhus’ were stabbed to death and another injured inside a temple premises by unidentified persons on Wednesday triggering mob violence in the Bidhuna area of Auraiya district, police said.Enraged at the killings, a mob set some shops ablaze and pelted stones forcing the police to fire in the air, they said. The situation was brought under control even as there was heavy deployment of security personnel to maintain law and order, they said.The exact motive behind the crime was not immediately clear, police said, adding that they suspected the victims’ opposition to cow slaughter to be one reason.Chief minister Yogi Adityanath directed top officials including the principal secretary (home) and the state DGP to ensure the case was worked out within 48 hours and strict action was taken against the culprits.Additional DG (Kanpur range) Avinash Chandra said the priests were found lying in a pool of blood with multiple stab wounds on their necks and other body parts inside the Bhayanak Nath temple in Kudarkot area under Bidhuna police station.Infuriated by the killings, a mob attacked shops and set some of them afire and hurled stones and bricks, prompting police to open fire in the air, an official said, adding that the situation was soon brought under control with heavy deployment of police to prevent any untoward incidents.The deceased were identified as Lajja Ram (65) and Halke Ram (53), residents of Bakewar, Etawah. Another monk, Ramsharan (56), received serious injuries, police said. A resident of Bidhuna, he was shifted to Saifai hospital, they said.“People were generally complaining that the area where the murders took place was witnessing cases of cow slaughter and the victims were opposing it. That could be a possible motive behind the attack,” the IG Alok Singh said, adding that station house officer Akhilesh Mishra was placed under suspension on charges of negligence.thewire
Murder of 2 Hindu seers in Uttar Pradesh sparks off communal tension
Kerala’s worst flood in history: 80 dead, 1.5 lakh in relief camps, 35 dams brimming
The flood situation in Kerala worsened on Thursday with the number of casualties going up to 80 and rail, road and air services paralysed as the state reeled under the worst natural disaster in its history.Here are the top updates on Kerala floods:Kochi metro services have been suspended. Train services have been disrupted at many places. Thiruvananthapuram and Kanyakumari trains suspended after main bridges were swept away.Kochi airport has suspended operations till Saturday. More than 1.5 lakh people are in relief camps. For the first time authorities were forced to open shutters of 35 of its 39 dams. In Malappuram, a family of nine was washed away as their house collapsed on Wednesday. Idukki, Ernakulam and Pathanamthitta districts are worst affected. Weather office has forecast two more days of rains for the state.HT
Kerala floods LIVE: Death toll touches 75, Cochin airport to remain closed till August 26 afternoon
How a Madrasa in Kozhikode Turned into a Shelter for 400 Kerala Flood Victims
Kerala has been hit by one of the worst floods in almost 90 years. The situation is grave, with at least 115 deaths and mass displacement of people.In these tough times, a madrasa in Kozhikode has decided to lend their roof to those rendered homeless by the deluge.Located in Kozhikhode district’s Perambra, Cheruvannur village area, Hujjathul Islam Madrasa has turned its spacious interiors into a home for the ravaged.According to locals, the madrasa which generally acts as a school for teaching the Quran, has suspended classes and started providing shelter. Almost 120 families including 470 men, women and children are currently lodged in the makeshift relief camp.Run by a trust called Muslim orphanage Organisation under the guidance of Ahmad Musliyar, the madrasa is leading a communitarian effort to provide relief and in about four days has become one of the largest relief camps in Kozhikode. It is also using an adjoining school building to house evacuees, who have fled the rising water levels in nearby village or Cheruvannur and others.News18
Madhya Pradesh: 8 swept away during I-Day picnic at waterfall, 45 rescued
New Delhi : The state and central rescue teams rescued all 45 people stranded at the Sultangarh waterfall in Shivpuri district of Madhya Pradesh early Thursday morning, PTI quoted an official as saying. Eight people are still missing, the official said. The men, who went there for a picnic on Wednesday afternoon, were stranded due to a sudden surge of water level in the stream.“We have rescued 40 people and five people were rescued earlier by a helicopter. All these 45 people are safe now,” PTI quoted SP Rajesh Hingankar on rescue operations in Shivpuri.A search operation was on to trace the missing persons, the SP added.indianexpress
92-year-old Habib Khan released for 20 days on first parole after 23 years in jail
Lucknow: 92-year-old Dr. Habib Ahmed Khan has reached his home in Rae Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh from the Jaipur Central Jail in Rajasthan. He was released from the jail for 20 dyas after the Rajasthan High Court granted his first parole after the elderly person having spent full 23 years behind the bars.Dr. Habib was arrested in 1994 in connection with a series of train blasts in 1993. He was convicted along with two others in 2004. The elderly man had tried several times to get a parole but his requests were rejected by the state and central govts. At last his parole petition was accepted by the Rajasthan High Court on 2nd August. He reached home earlier this week. The HC bench of Justices Mohammad Rafiq and Goverdhan Bardhar ordered his release for 20 days upon his furnishing one personal bond in the sum of Rs.1,00,000/- with two sureties in the sum of Rs.50,000/- each.The court has also asked him to report to the concerned police station every third day and will have to surrender before the jail authorities immediately after expiry of stipulated period of 20 days.caravandaily


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Egypt spy chief reportedly in Tel Aviv as Hamas-Israel deal draws near
Egyptian intelligence chief Abbas Kamil reportedly flew to Tel Aviv on Wednesday to meet Israeli officials in an attempt to broker a ceasefire deal between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, according to pan-Arab newspaper al-Hayat.Al-Hayat said Kamil and the Israeli officials discussed the possibility of a prisoner exchange deal between Israel and Hamas, as well as ongoing talks between Hamas, the de facto ruling party in Gaza, and Fatah, the leading party in the Palestinian Authority. Since July, Egypt has been attempting to negotiate a long-term ceasefire between Hamas and Israel while simultaneously trying to reconcile Fatah and Hamas.Israeli forces have killed at least 169 Palestinians in Gaza since the beginning of the Great March of Return on 30 March, as Palestinians demand the right to return to homes their families fled or were expelled from in 1948 during the establishment of the state of Israel, in addition to a lift of the siege.One Israeli soldier was shot dead by a Palestinian sniper in July. There have also been three major military flare-ups between Israel and Hamas since July, sparking concerns that a larger conflict could yet break out and prompting efforts by UN officials and Egypt in recent weeks to secure a long-term truce between Israel and Hamas.On Wednesday, Israel reopened its only goods crossing with Gaza after over a month of punitive closure. Israeli officials have nonetheless denied any “arrangement” had been reached with Hamas, while Palestinians have expressed serious scepticism over what the one-day reopening means with regards to any long-term agreement.Kamil was also reportedly due to head to the occupied West Bank on Thursday to meet with PA President Mahmoud Abbas, al-Hayat wrote.A Hamas source told MEE that the United States has reportedly given Egypt the green light to mediate between Hamas and Israel regardless of whether a Palestinian unity deal is achieved - a move which has angered the Palestinian Authority.middleeasteye

Anger as Israel clears soldiers over deadly 2014 attack: Hamas decries Israeli decision to end 'Black Friday' probe
Hamas has condemned an Israeli decision to close a military investigation into an assault on August 1, 2014, in which 135 Palestinians were killed in Rafah, in the southern part of the besieged Gaza Strip.In a report on Wednesday, the Israeli army cleared itself of wrongdoing and said it would not prosecute commanders who were involved, claiming its investigation found no reason to suspect criminal misconduct. The attack, referred to as "Black Friday", was part of a seven-week assault on Gaza, which has been under an Israeli-imposed siege - aided by neighbouring Egypt - since 2007. Hamas' spokesperson Hazem Qassem said the investigation had no "legal or political basis"."How can the offender be the judge of the very assault they committed?" Qassem told Al Jazeera. "This was an attack that the whole world witnessed, and this is an attempt by the Israeli army to escape legal punishment."International rights groups such as Amnesty International had said the Israeli army indiscriminately and deliberately targeted civilians during "Black Friday".aljazeera
Israel’s ‘loyal’ Druze move into open revolt
Israel’s small Druze community, long seen as “loyal” to the state, is on a collision course with the right-wing government of Benjamin Netanyahu over a new law guaranteeing superior citizenship rights for Jews, according to analysts.Israel has traditionally cited the Druze, a secretive religious sect whose men serve in the Israeli army, as proof that non-Jews can prosper inside a self-declared Jewish state. However, recent days have seen an unprecedented outpouring of anger from large segments of the Druze community over a nation-state law passed last month by the Israeli parliament.The new legislation has been widely criticised for making explicit the privileged status of the Jewish majority while omitting any reference to “democracy” or “equality”. One Druze scholar, Rabah Halabi, said his community’s response had been like a mini-“intifada” – the word Palestinians used for two lengthy uprisings against the occupation.middleeasteye
Israel military storms Hebron, injures Palestinians
Israeli occupation forces stormed the occupied West Bank city of Hebron yesterday shooting sound bombs and tear gas canisters at Palestinians in the city.Locals who witnessed the incident stated that the Israeli soldiers began stopping and searching Palestinian residents and vehicles.Occupation forces fired tear gas in to a local shopping centre causing many Palestinians to suffer from suffocation.According to the Palestinian Red Crescent, dozens of Palestinians were injured in the attack, including six who suffered from tear gas inhalation and one who was hit on the head with a tear gas canister and was rushed to hospital suffered major head injuries.middleeastmonitor
Corbyn says he was 'standing up for democracy' by making hand gesture linked to Muslim movement branded 'counter to British values and democracy'
Labour has insisted Jeremy Corbyn was just 'standing up for democracy' by making the salute of a Muslim movement. Corbyn was seen making the Rabbi'ah 4-fingered gesture popularised by the Muslim Brotherhood – the political movement condemned as 'counter to British values and democracy'.The shot, which emerged in the Daily Telegraph, shows Corbyn standing alongside a man in a Muslim Association of Great Britain badge at Finsbury Park Mosque in the MP's Islington North constituency.The paper said the picture was believed to have been taken in Feb.2016, after he became party leader.The sign rose to prominence after the Aug.2013 massacre of 600 protesters in Cairo's Rabaa-al-Adawiya square who were supporting the deposed Egyptian government of Muslim Brotherhood member Mohammed Morsi.The sign is regulary used on social media by Muslim Brotherhood members to identify one another. However other experts insisted it is simply a sign of solidarity with the peaceful protesters killed in the square.daily mail
Egypt arrests 13 Brotherhood members for encouraging protests
Egyptian Interior Ministry yesterday announced that 13 people affiliated with the banned Muslim Brotherhood were arrested for inciting “demonstrations and chaos”.The ministry said in a statement that six members of the Muslim Brotherhood were arrested inthe governorate of Sohag, while seven others were arrested while riding a bus in Beheiragovernorate.According to the statement the detainees planned to hold “organisational meetings toimplement a scheme to spread rumours to provoke the citizens and urge them to demonstrateand create a state of chaos, coinciding with the anniversary of the Rabaa Al-Adawiya sit-in”.It added that “the detainees had documents and electronic devices with them which containedthe orders issued to them to implement their plans as well as large sums of money in differentcurrencies.”Yesterday was the fifth anniversary of the Egyptian army and police forces’ violent dispersal ofthe pro-democracy sit-ins organised in Rabaa Al-Adawiya and Al-Nahda Squares to supportdeposed President, Mohamed Morsi. Thousands of activists were shot, burnt alive orsuffocated with tear gas at the scene.middleeastmonitor
Afghanistan: 52 Killed In Taliban Attacks on Security Forces
In two different Taliban terror attacks on security forces in Afghanistan, at least 52 security personnel were killed on Wednesday. Of them 45 were killed in northern Baghlan province  in the evening while 7 were killed in Zabul province in the morning hours. Kabul based TOLO News, quoting security sources, reports that Taliban insurgents attacked Allahuddin base in Baghlan-e-Markazi district of the province, adding that “35 army soldiers and 10 local policemen were killed.” The district police have confirmed the attack but have not given details about casualties.  However, security officials have not yet commented about the attack.In another Taliban attack at least seven police personnel were killed and two injured  in a clash with Taliban insurgents on Tuesday on the Kabul-Kandhar highway in Zabul province, local officials told on Wednesday. A group of armed Taliban attacked police check posts on the highway near Qalat city. At least 7 Taliban insurgents were also killed in the clash.In the past two days, two large military bases have come under Taliban attack in the country killing dozens of security personnel.apnlive.com
Ex-CIA Boss Brennan says won't be scared into silence after Trump slap
Washington: Former CIA director John Brennan fired back at President Donald Trump on Thursday with an op-ed published in the New York Times one day after the president revoked the Obama-era official’s security clearance, saying he would not be scared into silence.The Republican president said in a statement on Wednesday that he was evaluating whether to strip clearances from other outspoken former top officials.Trump said he revoked Brennan’s authorisation for making what he called “a series of unfounded and outrageous allegations” about his administration and engaging in “frenzied commentary” that sought to “sow division and chaos”. Brennan has been a sharp critic of Trump.Reuters
Turkey 'ready to talk about everything' with US to solve disputes
Ankara: Turkey has said it is willing to speak with the US to resolve an ongoing dispute between the two NATO allies, as the White House appeared to ratchet up pressure on Ankara.Speaking to a group of foreign ambassadors in Ankara on Wednesday evening, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu appeared to extend an olive branch to US President Donald Trump's administration."Despite everything, we are ready to talk about everything to solve the existing problems as equal partners," he said. "I speak openly but only on one condition - no threatening, no dictating."aljazeera
Qatari emir vows $15bn Turkey investment after Erdogan meeting
The Turkish lira rallied from record lows on Wednesday after Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani said Qatar was standing by its "brothers in Turkey" as he announced a $15bn investment into the country's financial markets and banks.The emir's comments came after holding talks with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara, Turkey's capital.After falling by more than 45 percent against the US dollar, the Turkish lira firmed as far as 5.75 against the dollar on Wednesday - a more than five percent gain - and stood at 5.90 on Thursday morning.Turkey is currently grappling with a currency crisis and heightened tensions with the United States, its NATO ally.Sheikh Tamim is the first foreign head of state to visit Ankara since the standoff with Washington began last week.aljazeera
US NSA broke into secure network of Al Jazeera and others: report
National Security Agency (NSA), a US intelligence agency tasked with collecting data for foreign and counter intelligence operations, broke into the encrypted network of the Al Jazeera Media Network and several others in 2006, according to a report by US media.A document provided to The Intercept by NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden shows that the NSA cracked Al Jazeera's Virtual Private Network (VPN), an encrypted tunnel used to secure internet traffic."Recently, NSA has decrypted a number of interesting targets ... deemed by product lines to have high potential as sources of intelligence," the document states, which is then followed by a list of targets. That list includes Al Jazeera, the Iraqi Ministry of Defence and Interior, the Iraqi state internet provider and four airlines from Russia, Paraguay and Iran. Network that was broken into is a so-called VPN network, a digital tunnel of sorts which all internet traffic gets sent through to protect it from prying eyes.aljazeera
Libyan court sentences 45 to death over protest killings
A Libyan court has sentenced 45 people to death by firing squad for killings committed in the capital, Tripoli, during the 2011 uprisingThe statement published by the Ministry of Justice on Wednesday did not give any further details about the case.However, an official said the sentences were linked to killings perpetrated by forces loyal to former ruler Muammar Gaddafi shortly before he was toppled.A further 54 people were sentenced to five years in prison over the deaths of at least 20 people, while 22 others were acquitted.Rights group Amnesty International, in its latest annual report, described Libya's court system as "dysfunctional."The group said many suspects had been held since 2011 with no judicial oversight or means to challenge the legality of their detention.aljazeera
UNICEF: 66,000 Yemen children die annually from preventable diseases
UNICEF said yesterday that as many as 66,000 Yemeni children under the age of five die every year from preventable diseases.UNICEF resident representative in Yemen, Meritxell Relano, said on Twitter that half of these children die during childbirth or in the first month of life, while others die from preventable diseases such as diarrhea, pneumonia and malnutrition.She added that children in Yemen continue to be killed in several provinces, stressing on the need to end the war.middleeastmonitor
Mali: Ibrahim Boubacar Keita wins re-election as president
Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has been re-elected as president after beating opposition candidate, Soumaila Cisse, in a runoff vote.The Ministry of Territorial Administration on Thursday declared Keita the winner of the repeat poll held on Sunday with 67 percent of ballots cast.Cisse, a former finance minister, who also ran against Keita in 2013, secured 32 percent of the votes.Keita will serve his second five-year term as Malian leader.aljazeera
Mehreen Faruqi: the First Muslim Woman to Be Appointed to Australia's Senate
Melbourne: A Muslim woman was on Wednesday appointed as a member of the Australia's Senate, becoming the first female from the minority community to achieve the position amid a bitter row over racism in the country.Mehreen Faruqi, the Pakistani-origin Greens Party MP for New South Wales, was selected by the legislative council to fill a vacant senate seat. Faruqi, who will sworn in next week, became the first Muslim to hold any political office in Australia when she was elected to the state parliament in 2013, the BBC reported.She had migrated from Pakistan to Australia in 1992 with her young family. Prior to entering politics she held a distinguished career as an academic and has a doctorate in environmental engineering.PTI
Asad Qaiser elected as Pakistan’s National Assembly Speaker
Pakistan’s Asad Qaiser is known for the grassroot activism, has been  elected the speaker of the National Assembly. He began his political journey with the Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan’s student wing. Qaiser was nominated by the PTI as speaker of the National Assembly. Unlike other PTI leaders, Qaiser is known for his cool temperament and advocacy of political harmony.He was born in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s Swabi district. Today, he is the owner of an expansive network of private schools.Qaiser entered politics as a student by registering as a member of the the Islami Jamiat Talaba. After finishing his studies, he joined the Jamiat’s parent party, Jamaat-e-Islami. He worked as an active member of the party and was soon elected president of the Tanzeem-e-Pasban’s Mardan division. The Tanzeem-e-Pasban was a youth-based organisation affiliated with the JI.The party head at the time, Qazi Husain Ahmed, had established the Tanzeem. It was very popular among young people across the country. Later, the JI replaced the Tanzeem with the Shabab-e-Milli. Last year, the Shabab-e-Milli was renamed the JI Youth.Qaiser was one of the founding members of the PTI in 1996. He left the JI to set up the party with Imran Khan. Initially, he worked as a general member. Soon he was elected president of the party’s Swabi division. He retained the position for quite some time.In the 2013 election, Qaiser emerged victorious from Swabi on both the national and provincial seats. He gave up his National Assembly seat to retain his provincial seat. The PTI formed the government in alliance with the JI in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. It was expected that Qaiser would be nominated as the CM, given that he was a founding member of the party. However, Khattak was fielded for CM while Qaiser was elected the speaker of the provincial assembly.In the recent election, Qaiser has once again emerged victorious on Swabi’s NA-18 and PK-44 seats. This time it was expected that Qaiser would be rewarded with the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa CM’s post for his loyalty to the party. However, the PTI has nominated Mehmood Khan. Qaiser was fielded as the party’s candidate for the speaker and was elected on Wednesday with the most votes.
Facebook 'too slow' in removing anti-Rohingya hate speech
Facebook has been "too slow" to address hate speech in Myanmar and is acting to remedy the problem by hiring more Burmese speakers and investing in technology to identify problematic content, according to a company statement.In Thursday’s statement, posted online, Facebook said it was using tools to automatically detect hate speech and hiring more Burmese-language speakers to review posts, following up on a pledge made by founder Mark Zuckerberg to US senators in April."The ethnic violence in Myanmar is horrific and we have been too slow to prevent misinformation and hate speech on Facebook," Facebook said.aljazeera
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