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Tuesday, 28 August 2018

28 Aug ND: Pune Bhima Koregaon case: Police arrests 5 rights activists, raids 4 others' homes across India / NRC row: SC orders re-verification of 10% people excluded from the draft


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28 Aug 2018:16 Zilhajj 1439: Vol: 10, No:94
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Pune Bhima Koregaon case: Police arrests 5 rights activists, raids 4 others' homes across India
Mumbai/New Delhi:Pune Police is reported to have launched simultaneous raids at the homes of several people in Mumbai, Delhi, Ranchi, Goa and Hyderabad, including activists, priests, writers and lawyers.Human rights advocate Sudha Bharadwaj’s home was raided and she was taken into custody this morning, sources told The Wire. According to the panchama, Bharadwaj has been charged under Sections 153a, 505, 117 and 120 of the IPC and several sections of UAPA. Orders for the arrest came from Swargate police station, Pune, according to the police, and 5 policemen from Pune were part of the team that went to her house. The police were at her home from 5:30 am today and all electronic devices were seized.Sources told The Wire that the police took away Bharadwaj’s laptops, mobiles and a pen drive, as well as a diary with empty pages, and Bharadwaj expressed concern that these could be tampered with. Bharadwaj’s daughter said that the police asked both of them to write down their email and social media passwords. When Bharadwaj’s daughter later tried to access her social media accounts, she reportedly found that they had been blocked. Vernon Gonsalves has also reportedly been arrested. Gonsalves’s family has claimed they don’t yet have clarity on why he has been taken into custody. Varavara Rao was arrested from his home in Hyderabad this afternoon and taken to Nampally court. His family has alleged that their house was ransacked by a team from the Pune police.Rao’s nephew Venugopal, editor of Veekshanam Telugu magazine, told TV channel Sakshi, “This is an attempt to stifle voices that talk about murders of Dalit and Adivasis in areas like Gadchiroli. There is a cooked up story that V.V. Rao was connected with an assassination attempt on PM Narendra Modi. There is no truth to it. Apart from V.V. Rao, his two daughters and son-in-laws have been targeted. They do not have any connection with V.V. Rao’s politics. Central Govt , Maharashtra Govt , aided by the Telangana Govt , are engaging in intimidation to stifle democratic voices.”Gautam Navlakha was arrested from his home in Delhi at around 2 pm today. The police wanted to transfer him to Pune, but a habeus corpus petition was filed in the Delhi high court. The high court has said that it will hear the case tomorrow morning, and placed Navlakha under house arrest till then.Arun Ferreira was arrested from his home at around 3:15 pm. “I am been arrested in the same case as [Sudhir] Dhawale and [Surendra] Gadling. I will be taken to Pune now,” he said while being arrested.Police constables had been stationed outside Ferreira’s house in Thane. Around 15 officers from the Pune police landed up at Arun Ferriera’s place around 6 am. Ferreira, who stepped out briefly around 2 pm, told The Wire that he was then still under interrogation. “The police is inquiring and the process is still on. I can’t say anything concrete right now,” Ferreira said. Ferreira, his wife Jennifer, his son and mother-in-law were home when the Pune police reached their residence.According to Ferreira’s family, the police told him to cooperate and said that they would only be carrying out search raids. Only around 3 pm, he was told that he would be taken to Pune. His wife’s laptop and pen drives have been seized, and the entire family’s bank details have been noted, they told The Wire.The panchnamas say that the arrested individuals will be taken to Pune later today. Among those whose residences were raided, according to sources, were Susan Abraham, journalist Kranthi Tekula, Father Stan Swamy and Anand Teltumbde. A relative of Varavara Rao confirmed that his daughter Anala and son-in-law K.V. Kurmanath’s house had also been raided, and their laptops and hard drives seized. A relative of Abraham’s said, “Susan and Arun are defending accused in Bhima Koregaon violence of last Jan.” Dipak Nikam, inspector, crime branch Pune, led a team of eight Maharastra police accompanied by the local Ranchi police to the residence of Father Stan Swami with a search notice written in Marathi. Nikam said there is an organisation called Elgar Parishad which is suspected to have links with the Dalit movement in Maharastra, and the Vishambagh police suspects that Swami has links with Elgar Parishad.When The Wire spoke to Swami, he said he has never heard of, let alone have links with, any organisation called Elgar Parishad.Those arrested for the Bhima Koregaon violence included human rights lawyer from Nagpur Surendra Gadling, Dalit rights activist and journalist Sudhir Dhawale, former PM  Rural Development fellow Mahesh Raut, Rona Wilson and associate professor from Nagpur University Shoma Sen.A number of activists and political leaders including Swami Agnivesh, Teesta Setalvad, Jignesh Mevani, Shehla Rashid and Sanam Sutirath Wazir had issued a statement condemning the police action.”The arrests should be seen in continuation with the recent attacks on pro-justice voices such as Swami Agnivesh, Umar Khalid and many other student activists from Delhi to Lucknow. A BJP lawmaker from Karnataka even advocated the murder of “intellectuals.” The wire
Bhima-Koregaon Clash: Police raid activists
5 held in connection with Bhima-Koregaon violence
Elgaar Parishad event: Raids at homes of activists with ‘Maoists links’ across India, several arrested
Maoist plot to kill PM Modi: Varavara Rao, Gautam Navlakha and others arrested
Delhi HC stays transit remand of Gautam Navlakha
New Delhi:Activist Gautam Navlakha who was arrested by Maharashtra Police from his residence in South Delhi’s Nehru Enclave on Tuesday afternoon, got a reprieve from the Delhi High Court.The court rejected the transit remand of the activist, sought by Delhi Police (Special Cell) SWAT team. Navlakha moved the Delhi HC soon after the police obtained orders from the local court.The HC said he will be put under house arrest till it hear the case on Wednesday morning.“The situation in this country is such that anyone can be arrested for speaking against the establishment’, she said.Navlakha’s associate, said Sahba Hussain, an associate of Navlakha. thehindu
Govt  creating atmosphere of fear: Amnesty on  arrests
New Delhi;Amnesty International, a rights group, has urged the Centre to protect freedoms instead of "creating an atmosphere of fear", in response to arrests made across India in connection with the Bhima Koreagaon probe." Maharashtra police have launched raids on rights activists across the country," Amnesty India said. "This crackdown raises disturbing questions about whether these people are being targeted for their activism." Amnesty also said the five people who were arrested in June in connection with the violence in Bhima Koregaon "have a history of working to protect the rights of some of Indias most marginalized people".India Today
‘BJP Govt s resort to repressive methods to suppress all voices of dissent’: Ex-Jharkhand CM
Former Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren was among the first politicians to condemn the police raids at the homes of human rights activists in multiple cities across the country on Tuesday. “As the General Elections 2019 draws closer, [BJP Govt ] at the Centre and respective BJP state govts [Govts] have now resorted to repressive and unconstitutional methods to suppress all voices of dissent,” Soren wrote on Twitter. “This is condemnable and displays their dictatorial nature.”
UN spl officer on freedom of expression to visit India next yr
 UN Special Rapporteur on promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, is planning to visit India next year and has written to India’s Permanent Representative to UN in Geneva. Kaye, a professor of law at University of California, Irvine, School of Law, has been UN Special Rapporteur since August 2014. He has asked Modi Govt for a visit in keeping with the mandate of his office, and communicated his intention on July25, according to information. An expert on international human rights law, his research and writing focus on accountability for serious human rights abuses and the law governing use of force. He has collaborated with local and national Govts, major international NGOs as well as those at grassroots, international organisations, and academic institutions around world.
NRC row: SC orders re-verification of 10 %  people excluded from the draft
New Delhi:Raising doubt over Centre’s proposal to allow a claimant to change his legacy document for inclusion in the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC), the Supreme Court on Tuesday sought a detailed report from the NRC co-ordinator, Prateek Hajela, as to why those who want to be included in NRC draft list have to give fresh additional documents.The SC also ordered re-verification of 10% of people excluded from draft NRC in Assam. The court said that the re-verification will be a sample survey for its satisfaction. The court also deferred the scheduled date of August 30 for receipt of claims and objections to the draft NRC, as it pointed out certain contradictions in the Centre’s Standard Operating Procedure for the filing them.Out of 3.29 crore applicants, 2.89 crore were found eligible for inclusion in the complete draft of NRC, that was released last month. indianexpress
Assam NRC: Supreme Court defers receipt of claims, objections from August 30
Jharkhand HC quashes ban on Popular Front Of India
Jharkhand High Court has quashed State Govt’s notification passed under section 16 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1908 declaring the Popular Front of India (PFI) unlawful.Justice Rongon Mukhopadhyay opined that the notification seemed to have been issued in “haste and in an imprudent manner being totally oblivious to the absence of congealed materials to declare PFI as an unlawful association”. The Court noted that the State had issued the notification on the basis of inputs that some PFI members had left for Syria to join ISIS. It, however, opined that the allegations were vague and therefore quashed the notification, observing, “The State has faulted on the decision-making process itself. Sound reasoning and rational basis should have formed the backbone of the impugned notification. Even if in the interest of security the reasons were not mentioned the State was not prevented to apprise this Court of any substantive material, investigating agency may have collected indicating the involvement of PFI in subversive activities. Neither has such material been brought to the notice of the Court not the counter affidavit highlights such instance which would be supportive of the decision of the State Govt  for issuing the Notification dated 21.2.2018.”The Court was hearing a petition filed by Abdul Wadud, general secretary of PFI, challenging the notification as well as the proceedings initiated against him and other members of the organization pursuant to the notification.He had submitted that the aim and object of PFI is to “protect national integration, communal harmony, peace, progress and prosperity amongst the people, irrespective of the community to which they belonged, as also to establish social order, freedom and justice for all, to work for the welfare and progress of the weaker sections of the society, to protect dignity and life of the members of marginalized part of the society, to check the menace of casteism and communalism and to rain voice against the violation of human rights and to protect the unity and solidarity of different social groups.”He had then asserted that PFI had raised its voice against the leader of a political dispensation of the State, which resulted in several members of the organization being arrested and assaulted. He had, therefore, challenged the notification issued by the Home Department on Feb.21, 2018, declaring the PFI as unlawful under section 16 of the Act. Livelaw.in
HC quashes ban on Popular Front of India in Jharkhand
timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ranchi/hc-quashes-ban-on-popular-front-of-india-in-jharkhand/articleshow/65564588.cms
Iraq's top Shia cleric Ali al-Sistani issues fatwa over Ayodhya dispute,says 'Waqf land can't be used for temple'
Lucknow: 26-year-old Ayodhya land dispute has now reached the world forum. Iraq's top Shi'ite cleric Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, who is considered a religious authority among Shias around the world, has issued a fatwa, pointing out that the Waqf properties can’t be handed over for construction of temple or any other shrine.Al-Sistani, who heads one of the most revered Shia seminary at Najaf in Iraq, was replying to a query posed by an educationist Dr Mazhar Naqvi from Kanpur.Sistatni’s opinion assumes significance in the wake of repeated statements by UP Shia Waqf Board Chairman Waseem Rizvi to hand over the disputed land at Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya for the construction of a temple. The cleric has argued that the mosque was constructed by a Shia ruler, and hence, the Waqf property belongs to the community.News18.com
Maldives calls India envoy after tweet by Swamy to invade
 New Delhi :With barely a month to go for elections in Maldives, tension between New Delhi and Male has escalated following a tweet by BJP Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy, calling for “invading” the island nation if the polls are “rigged”. Sources said that Maldives Foreign Secretary Ahmed Sareer summoned Indian High Commissioner Akhilesh Mishra Sunday and conveyed Male’s “displeasure” at Swamy’s tweet. The Maldives Govt  has also submitted a demarche to the Indian Govt , where it expressed shock at the statement.The meeting between Sareer and Mishra took place at around 11 am local time in the Maldives foreign ministry. This was followed by a meeting with ambassadors from seven countries, who were briefed by Govt about the upcoming elections in Maldives on Sept.23.On Aug. 24, Swamy had tweeted: “India should invade Maldives if rigging of election takes place”.IndianExpress
Genital Mutilation Causes Irreparable Physical, Emotional Damage to Dawoodi Bohra Girls: Supreme Court
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday said the female genital mutilation (FGM) of minor girls of the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community leaves a "permanent emotional and mental scar" on them and the practice may be held as violative of dignity of women as prescribed in the Constitution.A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud referred to constitutional schemes as interpreted by the apex court over a period of time and said "the fact that the practice is essential religious practice does not make it constitutional"."You just cannot inflict any kind of injury to another person," the bench said, adding that for husbands, young girls should not go through all this.  "This kind of mutilation leaves a permanent emotional mental scar on small girls. You snip her genitalia," the bench said. Senior advocate A M Singhvi, appearing for a Dawoodi Bohra Muslim group, said if this practice, which is an essential religious practice, is questioned then somebody may challenge the male circumcision in Muslims and there would be no end to such judicial scrutiny.He said the petition be referred to a larger Constitution bench as it pertained to religious practice as was the case with the Sabarimala temple where menstruating women are denied the entry.He also referred to the triple talaq judgment and said the present petition also raised the "substantial question of law" pertaining to Articles 25, 26 and 29 of the Constitution which deal with the freedom of religion and protection of religious rights of the minorities.PTI
SC Allows Girl To Stay With Her Parents While Hearing “Husband’s” Habeas Corpus Plea
In an inter-faith marriage case, the Supreme Court bench headed by CJI Dipak Misra on Monday while hearing the habeas corpus plea of a man, who claimed to have converted his religion from Islamism to Hinduism to marry a Hindu girl, allowed the 22-year-old Hindu woman to stay with her parents after she expressed her desire not to stay with her husband.To a court’s query whether she is under any pressure from her parents, Anjali Jain categorically answered that she was not willing to stay either with her husband or in the hostel, but wanted to go with her parents.She even admitted that she had married 33-year-old Mohd Ibrahim Siddiqui in February this year.She told the bench that she married him after he induced her to take the step and now she is not willing to stay with him.After recording her statement, the bench, also comprising Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud, allowed Anjali to go with her parents and modified the Chhattisgarh High Court order directing her to be lodged in a hostel in Bilaspur.On the issue for annulment of marriage, the court left the issue to the girl saying as she is a major and could take a decision and the marriage issue is not before the court.The counsel for Siddiqui requested the court to send her for examination of mental status which was declined by the bench.The petition filed by Siddiqui challenges a judgment passed by the high court on 30 July, when the high court had refused to allow his plea for reuniting him with Anjali.livelaw.in
Murder case of Unnao rape victim’s father: Autopsy of witness fails to ascertain cause of death, viscera sent for testing
Lucknow:Unnao police on Monday sent 32-year-old Yunus Khan’s viscera samples to the Lucknow Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) for testing after a post-mortem could not ascertain the cause of death.Yunus was a witness in the murder case of the father of a teenage girl who was allegedly raped in the district last year. BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar had been arrested on April 13 this year on charges of raping the girl at his residence in June 2017. The girl’s father had died in judicial custody on April 9. CBI had chargesheeted the MLA’s brother Atul Singh and four others on charges of murder.On Saturday evening, the Unnao district administration had exhumed the body of Yunus, who was buried on August 18, amid protests by his family and some local residents who claimed it was against Sharia law.“After the body was exhumed, it was sent for post-mortem Saturday night. Autopsy was conducted by a panel of three doctors. The procedure was videographed. Doctors could not ascertain the cause of death. They have preserved the viscera for further examination,” said SDM, Hasanganj (Unnao), Suraj Kumar Yadav.“After autopsy, the body was again buried at the same place following all rituals on Sunday. Yunus’s family members were present. No one protested over it,” added Kumar.indianexpress
Moradabad: Truck with remains of sacrificed animal set ablaze, driver assaulted
Lucknow: A mini-truck carrying the remains of slaughtered animals was set ablaze and its driver beaten up allegedly by a group of men in Moradabad on Sunday, police said. “On Sunday evening, the truck carrying bones and other remains of animals sacrificed on Bakrid was attacked at Bholanath colony in Moradabad. At around 9 pm, we were informed by local residents that a group of men on motorcycles had attacked the truck and beaten up the driver. We rushed to the spot to find the truck on fire. The flames were doused by a fire tender,” informed SHO of the Katghar police station, Sanjay Garg. “Driver, Wasim Ahmad, had run away after being rescued by some local residents. The assailants too had escaped after seeing the police team.The driver later came to the spot and informed us about the matter. He claimed that the assailants had initially entered into an altercation over the truck hitting a motorcycle and later got angry after finding that the truck was carrying animal remains.”Katghar Circle Officer, Sudesh Gupta, however, claimed, “According to our investigation so far, the mini-truck was damaged and the driver was attacked over an altercation between them after the truck hit one of their bikes. An FIR has been lodged against unidentified accused under.”He said they have sent the animal remains to the veterinary department for testing.indianexpress
Muslim women in burqas tie rakhis to cows in a BJP-organised event in Lucknow
While the country is celebrating Raksha Bandhan in their usual way, by tying rakhi onto their brother’s wrist, BJP leader Bukkal Nawab from UP has announced totally different plans for this Raksha Bandhan. As per the announcement made by BJP leader Bukkal Nawab, all the Muslim women from the district will celebrate Gau Rakhsha Bandhan on Sunday.In the following event, BJP leader said that the women belonging to Muslim community will be tying rakhis to cows at Lord Shiva temple near Kudiya Ghat in Rumi gate area in Lucknow.The following event is particularly aimed at encouraging Muslims to protect cows. Commenting on the Gau Raksha Bandhan, BJP’s Bukkal Nawab said that for him, cow protection is important and his top priority. He further added that the time to save their holy cows has come.newsx
Women tying rakhis to police officers un-Islamic: Cleric
timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/meerut/women-tying-rakhis-to-police-officers-un-islamic-cleric/articleshow/65567833.cms
Meerut: A day after UP police officials got women residing in their areas to tie rakhis to them under the #RakhiWithKhaki campaign, which was launched on Raksha Bandhan in the state, a Muslim cleric held it against the girls, saying the act of tying the threads on wrists of cops was against Islam. “It is compulsory for Muslim women to wear a purdah and even if they don’t want to do that, it is against Islam for any woman to touch a man, which she has to, while tying a rakhi. Hence, I condemn this act of Muslim women tying rakhis on the wrists of police officers,” said Ahmed Goud, a cleric and a resident of Deoband. “Raksha Bandhan is a festival of Hindus and is celebrated with great enthusiasm in the country. The festival became the talk of the town after women tied Rakhis on the wrists of police officers here. I believe that in spite of taking steps for the progress of the country, we are treading on a path which is controversial. As far as religion is concerned, each individual should follow his own. Trying to follow some other person’s religion is unacceptable and will result in a clash of thoughts,” added Goud. TOI
Jamiat take up relief works on war-footing in Kerala
New Delh: Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind (JUH) has begun relief work on a large scale in Kerala which was severely hit by the worst flood of the century.Relief materials and food-kits were distributed to the affected-people of Kerala. Maulana Madani leader of JUH announced Rs 10 million as an interim relief from Jamiat and its units. He also announced Rs 15 lakhs for the flood-hit  coastal district Kodagu (Korag) in Karnataka.A meeting with office bearers was also conducted wherein extensive plans were made to carry out the relief work regarding the repairing  of damaged houses, removing mud, restoring electricity and plumbing etc.It was also decided to distribute household requirements including utensils to those 2,000 families once the survey was done. Relief work for the second phase would be to restore electricity and water supply by hiring electricians, plumbers and carpenters. Maulana also informed that 100 volunteers from Karnataka, 50 each from Tamil Nadu and Bihar would reach the Kerala state soon and begin the relief work. Besides Maulana Mahmood Madani, the delegation was comprised of office-bearers of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala Jamiat units and other members.twocircles
Kerala floods: Telangana Jamat-e-Islami targets to collect Rs. 5 crore for the victims
Hyderabad: Jamat-e-Islami of Telangana region has fixed a target of collecting Rs. 5 crore to be given to the victims of Kerala floods. So far, it has collected Re. 1 crore from the Masajid on last Friday.It may be mentioned that Jamat-e-Islami has been attending to relief work in Kerala in a phased manner. The organization lamented the attitude of the Central Govt.for allocating meager funds and also for refusing to accept foreign donations. The decision not to accept foreign funds is against human values. Organization also condemned the propaganda of various other organizations for not helping the flood victims of Kerala on the pretext that they consume beef. It said that such feelings are inappropriate. It may be mentioned that a team of doctors under the banner “DARE” is actively helping flood victims in Kerala. The organization appealed to philanthropists to send in their donations to its head office located at Chattabazar, Hyderabad.siasat
In flood ravaged Kerala, people from all faiths celebrated Eid in Alappuzha church
Mangaluru: Even as Kerala was reeling under intense floods, members of a church cooked and shared meals with those stranded in rehabilitation camps to mark Bakrid celebrations. Not that communal amity was missing in Kerala but the floods further united even religious institutions and people from different faiths.A doctor, originally from Mangaluru, who is part of the rehabilitation operation explained to TOI the underlying beauty of life that the flood ravaged state brought out."There were people from all faiths in the church premises, a relief camp at Chengannur in Alappuzha district, who despite all the tension celebrated Eid with utmost joy," said Dr Prathvimraj B U, who has specialised in community medicine.Dr Prathvimraj said there were a few Muslims in the relief camp, including one of his students Neswin who described this year’s Eid the best of his life. "Though kanji and payar (gruel and bean) and not biryani made for the feast meal, this was my best Eid ever," Neswin said. timesofindia
Half a dozen injured in Baghpat communal clash
timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/meerut/half-a-dozen-injured-in-baghpat-communal-clash/articleshow/65567861.cms
Meerut: 2 days after similar clashes in Muzaffarnagar, Baghpat witnessed communal violence late on Sunday night, in which six people got injured, one of them seriously. Incident occurred in Kashiram colony of Baraut region of the district. As a result, many residents had to take refuge in other localities. Heavy police force was rushed to the spot to contain the spread of violence. “There is a park in the locality where a few families of a particular community stay and offer their prayers. On Sunday night, a few youths from another community were passing through the area and one of them stepped onto the mat while a person was offering prayers. This led to altercation that escalated into stone pelting,”said Ismail, an eyewitness. According to Baraut CO,“Timely intervention of police prevented further escalation of the violence. The situation is under control and force is deployed in the area. Both groups have lodged police complaints against each other.”TOI
Communal tension in Cuttack district
Bhubaneswar: A heated altercation between 2 youths over a trivial matter triggered communal tension at Narendrapur under Nemala police station in Cuttack district on Monday.The local administration deployed police forces in the area to prevent the situation from worsening further after locals and workers belonging to the Bajrang Dal blocked the road by burning tyres. Sources said the two youths of two communities had the heated argument over overtaking of motorbikes on the road. One of them approached a few youths at Kakudiapada and they attacked another youth at his home injuring a woman and a minor boy.Soon after the news spread, locals along with the Bajarang Dal workers blocked the road and gheraoed the minority community slum at Kakudiapada.Later, police forces led by DSP Alok Ranjan Ray rushed to the spot and tried to bring the situation under control.dailypioneer
Internet services suspended in Shahjahanpur after communal violence
Shahjahanpur:Following the violence between 2 communities in Banda area of Shahjahanpur on Saturday, the district administration suspended internet services in the district on Monday from 6 am to 2 pm.DM Amrit Tripathi said, “Internet services were suspended as a preventive step to maintain peace in the area. Provocative audio and video messages were getting shared on social media sites. The rumour about the death of an injured girl could have disrupted the peaceful environment.”A WhatsApp group adminisrator was also booked along with 2 group members by police for sharing provocative messages. Earlier, police had booked 300 people for rioting and other offences after communal clashes.A peace committee meeting was held between people of both the communities under the leadership of DM and senior superintendent of police S Chinappa, where both the parties were advised to maintain peace and ignore the rumours on social media sites.Rapid action force, PAC and local police officials were marching in Banda on Monday. Several shops in the market opened but people mostly preferred to stay at home.TOI
W Bengal: Muslim youth lynched in Cooch Behar
Cooch Behar: Despite the Centre’s advisory and the state police’s claim of an increased vigil, the lynching of strangers is continuing on one pretext or the other.In the latest case in Bengal, a Muslim youth has been beaten to death by a mob on the suspicion of being a thief. His friend, who too has been assaulted severely, is battling for his life in the hospital bed. This latest lynching has taken place at Chilkirhat village in Cooch Behar district. The village is barely 1-km south of the district HQ.Every Monday, a haa is held at Chilkirhat. Traders and people from nearby villages come here to buy and sell their produce, etc. During the haat today, some of those present nabbed two youths on the suspicion that they were planning to steal bicycles from the market.In no time, a mob assembled at the spot and started assaulting the two youths. The assault went on for nearly 30-minutes until a police team from Cooch Behar town rushed in.Police rescued the 2 youths in a critically injured state and admitted them to MJN Hospital in the district headquarters. There one of youths succumbed to the injuries.By speaking to his injured friend Musa Rehman, police found out that deceased was Abu Sajad. newsmen.in
2 persons sentenced to life imprisonment in Lucknow blast case
Lucknow: A special court in Lucknow has given life imprisonment to two men for their role in bomb blast in court premises of Lucknow in 2007.On August 23 Special Judge Babita Rani found guilty Mohammed Tarique Qasmi and Akhtar Wani for their role in the blast. The quantum of punishment was announced Monday.Tarique Qasmi is a resident of Azamgarh and Akhtar is from Ramban in J&K . Both men were charged with 115, 120B, 121, 122, 124A and 307 of Indian Penal Code, 3, 4, 5 sections of Explosive act and section16, 18, and 20 of UAPA. Defence lawyer Mohammed Shoaib told IndiaTomorrow.net over the phone that he is yet to receive the judgment and the verdict will be challenged in High court after going through it.IndiaTomorrow
Bombay HC: Conclude 2008  IM e-mail case in one year
Mumbai: Bombay high court (HC) has directed the sessions court to conclude Indian Mujahideen 2008 e-mail sending case in one year. 23 accused were arrested in 2008 Ahmedabad blast under charges of criminal conspiracy including Techie Mansoor Peerbhoy. A division bench of Justice S.S. Shinde and Justice Mrudula Bhatkar was hearing an appeal filed by the state against the order of MCOCA court.asian age
SC Judge recuses from hearing plea of Malegaon blast accused Purohit
New Delhi:  A Supreme Court Judge on Monday recused from hearing a plea by Malegaon bomb blast case accused Lt Col Prasad Shrikant Purohit for a judicial probe into his alleged abduction and torture by investigating agencies.As the matter was called, a bench comprising Justice Abhay Manohar Sapre and Justice Uday Umesh Lalit directed for the listing of the matter before another bench as Justice Lalit recused himself. Blaming the then UPA Govt  for his implication in an alleged terror plot and eight-year-long incarceration for "personal political gains", the petitioner contended that as a consequence a "source network developed meticulously by him and other officers of the Indian Army was demolished".IANS
No Maharashtra proposal to ban Sanatan Sanstha: MoS
New Delhi : Days after the arrest of members of the fringe Hindu group by Maharashtra ATS, the Union Home Ministry said that neither has the Devendra Fadnavis Govt  sent any fresh proposal for a ban on Sanatan Sanstha so far, nor has it sought transfer of the probe to the NIA.It is alleged that members of the Sanstha had links to the recently busted terror plot that had plans to carry out attacks in Mumbai, Pune, Satara, Solapur and Sangli. Some of their associates were allegedly behind the murders of Narendra Dabholkar and journalist Gauri Lankesh.Minister of State (Home) Hansraj Gangaram Ahir said, “Maharashtra Govt  has not sent us any proposal for any ban on the group (Sanatan Sanstha). Nor has the state Govt  sought central help or transfer of investigation to NIA. However, we are aware about the developments and a close watch is being maintained.”indianexpress
Delhi govt reconstitutes Waqf Board; AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan named as member
New Delhi : Delhi Govt  reconstituted the Delhi Waqf Board and AAP MLA and its former chairman Amanatullah Khan is among those named as its members.Speculations are rife that Khan may make a comeback as the chairman of the board. Delhi govt’s revenue department today issued a notification reconstituting the Board with the approval of Revenue Minister Kailash Gahlot.Last year, Khan, MLA from Okhla, was elected as the member of the board, but the lieutenant governor’s approval for his appointment was awaited. According to the notification, Khan was appointed as a member of board. Also, Himal Akhtar, a member of the Delhi State Bar Council, was also appointed as member of the board.The notification also said Choudhary Shareef Ahmed has also been appointed as an elected member.Those who have been appointed as nominated members of the Board are Razia Sultana,Naeem Fatima Kazmi and Amjad Tak.“Members of the Delhi Waqf Board shall meet on Sept.4 at 5pm in the conference hall of the office of secretary (revenue)…to elect one member, amongst themselves as the Chairperson of the said Board,”notification stated.Delhi Waqf Board had been dissolved in 2016 over allegations of corruption. financialexpress
Land allotted for rebuilding minority school demolished 40 yrs ago: HC told
New Delhi: Delhi High Court was today informed by the DDA that it has allotted land to the AAP Govt  for constructing building for a minority school which has been functioning from tents since its demolition over 40 years ago during the Emergency. A bench of Acting Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V K Rao was told that a plot of 4,000 square metres has been allotted by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) for the construction of the school in Old Delhi.It noted that the competent authority had in principle granted approval for constructing the secondary school at Eidgah at Quresh Nagar in the walled city.The bench disposed of the petition after the petitioner expressed satisfaction over development. The court, which was hearing a PIL seeking reconstruction of the school building, had expressed concern after it was told that the minority institution has been functioning from tents since its demolition on June 30, 1976 during the Emergency. PIL filed by civil activist Firoz Bakht Ahmed had contended that the state of affairs at the Qaumi School was "sad and pitiable" as it was functioning from the ground of the Eidgah at Quresh Nagar in Old Delhi after its building was demolished.PTI
Hyderabad: Waqf land attached to 400-year-old masjid encroached
Hyderabad: Around 14 acres of valuable waqf land attached to a 400 year-old Masjid and graveyard in the heart of the city is slowly eating up by illegal encroachers. Residents said to inform Mohammed Saleem, the Chairman of Waqf Board that acres of land has already been encroached upon at the graveyard at ImamPura near Ziaguda and have been increasing over the years in the area.The Telangana State Waqf board officials were informed many a times and become an ongoing problem but the board failed to safeguards the land which is under encroachment.The land is being registered under waqf borard.The graveyard organizing committee approached the local MLA for the construction of a boundary wall. A letter is also forwarded to the Minority Welfare but no concrete action has been taken yet.Telangana State Waqf Action Committee Minority Welfare demanded stringent action against these encroachments. siasat
SC extends stay on Gujarat HC order on minority schools
Ahmedabad: In a relief for schools run by minority educational institutions in Gujarat, the Supreme Court on Monday extended the stay on the Gujarat high court's order that all schools must obtain certificates for minority status from a competent authority. The HC last month had also ordered that such minority schools must give admission to poor children in class 1 on 25% of seats under the provisions of Right to Education (RTE) Act. The schools cannot deny admission under RTE without a certificate of minority status from a competent authority, which is National Commission for Minority Education Institution(NCMEI) or the state education department. Some of nearly 400 litigant schools had approached the apex court against the HC order. During the hearing, the SC bench of Justice S A Bobde and Justice L Nageswara Rao commented that NCMEI Act provides that it's not mandatory for a minority institution schools to obtain declaration certificates. It is only in the case of a dispute that the school is required to obtain such a certificate from NCMEI, said petitioner schools' advocate Saurabh Patel. After extending the stay earlier granted by HC on its own order, the SC has posted final hearing on Sept. 6. There is likelihood that similar matters from Karnataka and Orissa may be attached to this case, advocate Patel said. TOI
Dr Hamid Fayaz elected chief of J&K Jamaat-e-Islami
Jamaat-e-Islami J&K has elected Dr. Abdul  Hamid Fayaz as Ameer-e-Jamaat of the largest socio-religious party of the state. Sources in the party said that Fayaz got 79 votes out of the total 160 casted, “ Ghulam Mohammad Bhat the present Amiri Jamaat got 35 votes,” he said. Born in 1957 Fayaz has a PHD in Islamic studies and hails from south Kashmir’s Shopian district. He joined the Islami Jamiat-e- Talaba in 1978 and served as Ameer- Zillah for district Shopian, he has also been General secretary of Jamaat-e- Islami. the kashmirwala
Mumbai: Muslim doctor leaves home citing debt, untraceable after 3 days
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Mumbai: 3 days after he left home citing financial crisis and debt, Dr Irfan Matiyat, a well-known medical practitioner from Bhendi Bazar, remains untraceable.JJ Marg police said it had formed three teams to track him. Police said Matiyat had left behind a note threatening to end his life.Matiyat's family, which resides in Bhendi Bazar, is distraught. "My father left home around 4 am on Saturday while we all were asleep," said Uzma, Matiyat's second daughter, who is studying to be a dietician at SNDT Women's Univeristy.Matiyat is known for his generosity toward the poor. In his note, Matiyat states he is unable to face people who might come asking for money."He would give small loans to the poor without charging anything extra. However, some people who took money have delayed payment causing a financial crisis," said a source. "Abbu has left behind his Aadhar card, passport, mobile phone and Pan card at home," said Uzma. TOI
Taj Mahal: Supreme Court asks pollution control board, UP Govt  for steps to preserve monument
The Supreme Court sought detailed suggestions from Central Pollution Control Board, UP Govt and petitioner MC Mehta on steps that can be taken to preserve the Taj Mahal, ANI reported. UP  Govt  had earlier submitted a list of polluting industries, but withdrew the list, calling it incorrect. However, Justice Madan Lokur criticised the Adityanath Govt, observing that if their information about the industries was incorrect, their vision document could also be wrong.scroll.in
Punjab Assembly clears bill making sacrilege of religious text punishable with life imprisonment
New Delhi:Amid uproar over Justice Ranjit Singh commission report that indicted ex CM  Parkash Singh Badal in the 2015 Guru Granth Sahib sacrilege case, the Punjab Assembly on Tuesday passed a bill allowing amendments to CrPC and IPC to make sacrilege of all religious texts punishable with life imprisonment. This comes a year after the same bill was returned by the Centre on the plea that it could not single out a religion. The new bill provides for insertion of Section 295AA to IPC to provide that “whoever causes injury, damage or sacrilege to Sri Guru Granth Sahib, Srimad Bhagwad Geeta, Holy Quran, and Holy Bible with the intention to hurt the religious feelings of the people, shall be punished with imprisonment for life.”Earlier on Monday, Justice Ranjit Singh (Retd) Commission of Inquiry, which probed incidents of desecration of Guru Granth Sahib and the related police firing at Kotkapura and Behbal Kalan, indicted Shiromani Akali Dal patron and former Punjab CM  Parkash Singh Badal for being “in the loop” about the decision taken to use force on the protesters in Kotkapura.indianexpress
SP walks out from UP Assy over BJP dismissing cases against Muzaffarnagar riot accused
Lucknow:The principle opposition Samajwadi Party members on Tuesday staged a noisy walk-out from the UP  Assembly protesting BJP Govt 's move to withdraw cases against the accused in the Muzaffarnagar riot cases.The treasury bench also faced some embarrassment when the members drew the Chair's attention to the discrepancies in the reply of the Minister on the number of communal incidents in the state. While replying to a question of SP member Sanjay Garg during Question Hour, State Parliamentary Affairs Minister Suresh Kumar Khanna said that communal riots were reported only from Bijnore and Etah between Jan. 2017 to July 31, 2018.UNI
Aadhaar cards misused to carry out big ration scam in UP, finds probe
Lucknow:A massive scam in Public Distribution System (PDS) has surfaced in UP  revealing that the owners of ration shops have been misusing Aadhaar Cards to siphon off subsidized ration meant for the poor and selling it on high rate in open market.  A probe found out that hundreds of Aadhaar cards have been used over 1.80 lakh times to carry out a very large-scale corruption in the state.The probe ordered by Alok Kumar, Commissioner,Food and Civil Supplies, revealed that hundreds of tons of ration, meant for distribution among the card holders, was sold by PDS shops owners in open market. Alok kumar said that so far the department has detected anomalies in ration shops in 43 out of total 75 districts in the state.“Orders have been issued to register FIRs against PDS shops owners involved in the ration scam. The probe is still on and many more PDS shops are under the scanner. We will cancel licences of PDS shops after registering criminal cases against those involved in the scam,” Kumar quated as saying by DNA. Probe reveals that PDS shop owners hired technical operators to change registered data. They used to change the Aadhaar details of ration cards holders in Point of Sale (PoS) electronic machines which are used for biometric authentication and fed new Aadhaar numbers of people who they wanted to be benefitted. After conducting transaction from unregistered Aadhaar card the shop owners used to restore the original data so that no corruption can be easily detected.caravandaily
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UN accuses Saudi-UAE alliance of possible war crimes in Yemen
 United Nations has accused the Saudi-UAE military alliance of committing possible war crimes in Yemen, adding there was "little evidence of any attempt...to minimise civilian casualties. "In a damning report on Tuesday, the UN said air attacks had caused the most direct civilian casualties in the war, and a blockade of Yemeni ports and airspace may have violated international humanitarian law.The alliance, which has been at war with Houthi rebels since March 2015, has repeatedly denied allegations of war crimes, and claims its attacks are not directed at civilians.However, data collected by Al Jazeera and the Yemen Data Project, has found that almost one-third of the  16,000 air raids carried out in the country have hit non-military sites.The attacks have targeted weddings and hospitals, as well as water and electricity plants, killing and wounding thousands.The charity Save the Children has estimated that an average of 130 children die every day from extreme hunger and disease - a crisis brought about by the conflict."The group of experts has reason to believe the Govt  of Yemen, Saudi Arabia, and UAE, are responsible for violations of human rights,"said Kamel Jendoubi, the chair of Group of International and Regional Eminent Experts on Yemen.aljazeera
Report: Saudi's King blocked public listing of Aramco
For the past two years, Saudi Arabia has prepared to place up to 5% of its national oil company on the stock market. Officials talked up the Saudi Aramco initial public offering (IPO) with international exchanges, global banks and US President Donald Trump.The planned listing was to be the cornerstone of the kingdom’s promised economic overhaul and, at a targeted $100bn - the biggest IPO ever. It was the brainchild of 32-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, also known as MBS, the heir apparent of world's largest oil exporter.But after months of setbacks, international and domestic legs of the IPO were pulled.The reason: MBS's father King Salman stepped in to shelve it, 3 sources with ties to Govt  insiders told Reuters news agency.The decision came after the king met with family members, bankers, and senior oil executives, including a former Aramco CEO, said one of the sources, who requested anonymity. Those consultations took place during Ramadan, which ended in the middle of June.King's interlocutors told him IPO, far from helping the kingdom, would undermine it. Their main concern was an IPO would bring full public disclosure of Aramco's financial details, the sources said.aljazeera
Hamas: Between unity with Fatah and a deal with Israel
On Saturday, a Palestinian Authority (PA) delegation departed for Egypt to discuss reconciliation with Hamas and the ongoing negotiations with Israel for de-escalation in Gaza. This visit comes after weeks of tensions between Ramallah and Cairo, marking the lowest point in relations between the two in recent years. Reports have been circulating that President Mahmoud Abbas has become increasingly angered by the Egyptian Govt, fearing its alleged role in the "deal of the century" and its disregard for Ramallah's interests in Gaza. Egypt has been given the green light by the US and Israel to lead efforts to reconcile Fatah and Hamas and form a unity Govt meant to usher the PA back into power in the Gaza Strip. It has also been mediating in de-escalation negotiations between Israel and Hamas, which Fatah views with suspicion. But given the increasing hostility and intransigence in relations between the 2 main Palestinian factions, it paradoxically appears that the Palestinians are more ready to conclude a truce with the Israelis than reconcile with each other. aljazeera
Catholic priest calls for civil disobedience against PA
Senior Roman Catholic priest Monsignor Manuel Musallam has called for resistance against the Palestinian Authority and the Israeli authorities in occupied Palestine and abroad, Shehab.ps reported on Monday. He called specifically for acts of civil disobedience in the occupied West Bank.The veteran activist and member of the Islamic-Christian Committee to Protect Holy Sites told Shehab that the Palestinian resistance should establish an army and announce obligatory service across Palestine and in the diaspora. Protest tents, he added, should be erected in front of the office of PA President Mahmoud Abbas to “scream” in his face.“He [Abbas] must not be let go while Gaza is suffering,” explained Monsignor Musallam. “He and PLO must be compelled to lift their sanctions on Gaza.” This, he suggested, could not be achieved peacefully, but through massive demonstrations and civil disobedience. “The problem which Fatah does not recognise is that the Palestinian people are not ruled by a single faction. Palestinians must choose their leadership from all Palestinian factions.”MEMO
Iranian parliament refers Rouhani to judiciary
Iran's parliament has referred President Hassan Rouhani to the country's judiciary after he failed to impress legislators with his explanation of his Govt's handling of Iran's economic struggles. Rouhani was summoned by parliament on Tuesday for the first time since taking power five years ago to answer questions on a range of economic issues, including unemployment and inflation.In voting after the session, which was broadcast live on state television, MPs expressed dissatisfaction with four out of five of Rouhani's responses. The leader has been under intense pressure since US President Donald Trump withdrew from a landmark nuclear deal between Iran and several world powers, worsening an economic crisis and sparkings a series of domestic protests.In Tuesday's session, he blamed Iran's economic woes on an "American conspiracy" and urged parliament to support his cabinet."There is an anti-Iran group sitting in the White House that is planning a conspiracy against us," Rouhani said. "But together we will tackle this phase. Parliament has already impeached Rouhani's labour and economy ministers this month and the president replaced the head of the central bank, amid concerns about the sharp depreciation of the national currency, which has  lost more than half of its value since April.aljazeera
Khamenei’s aid issues death threat against Rouhani
A close ally of Iranian Leader Ali Khamenei has accused President Hassan Rouhani of “treason” and threatened to traitors, Arabi21 reported.According to the site, Iranian news group said the threat had come from Mansour Ardi. Ardi spoke at a gathering in Tehran prior to Eid Al-Adha and described Rouhani and the late Iranian president Ali Akbar Hashem Rafsanjani as “traitors”,threatening to kill traitors.MEMO
Ennahda rejects plans to amend inheritance law
Tunisia’s Ennahda movement has rejected the initiative of President Beji Caid Essebsi regarding equality of inheritance between females and males, Anadolu has reported. The announcement came in the closing statement of 21st session of Ennahda’s Shura Council held in Hammamet over the weekend.“Ennahda rejects any project which is incompatible with the Constitution and the Qur’an,” said Council Chairman Abdul Karim Al-Harouni.President Essebsi plans to submit a draft law to parliament covering equal inheritance between men and women. It is an initiative that has caused sharp divisions within Tunisian society. According to Al-Harouni, the movement views such a change as being incompatible with the Tunisian Constitution and the country’s Muslim identity.“Tunisia is a civil Muslim state, which adheres to the instructions of the Constitution and Islamic provisions,” he explained.MEMO
Egyptian opposition calls for release of ex diplomat
An opposition coalition of left-leaning and secular parties in Egypt has called for the immediate release of a former diplomat who was arrested after calling for a referendum on President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi's Govt .Maasoum Marzouk was arrested on Thursday along with two others and ordered to remain in custody for 15 days pending an investigation into terror-related charges. Marzouk and the other detainees - economist Raied Salama and Yehia al-Qazzaz, a geology professor - were accused by state-run media of cooperating with the banned Muslim Brotherhood group, which Govt designated as a "terrorist" group in 2013. aljazeera
Pakistan condemns blasphemous Dutch cartoon contest
Pakistan's senate has unanimously passed a resolution condemning an anti-Islam cartoon contest planned by a far-right Dutch politician - one of the first actions taken by the assembly since last month's general election. Senators in the upper house of parliament formally protested on Monday the announcement by Dutch opposition MP Geert Wilders to hold a Prophet Muhammad caricature competition in the Netherlands later this year. In his first address to the senate in the capital, Islamabad, newly elected PM Imran Khan vowed to take the issue to the UN General Assembly in September, calling it a "collective failure of the Muslim world". "Very few in the West understand the pain caused to Muslims by such blasphemous activities," said Khan."Our Govt will raise the matter in the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and get the countries there to come up with a collective policy that could then be brought up at international forums. This should have been done a long time ago."I understand the Western mindset as I have spent a lot of time there. They do not understand the love Muslims feel for the Prophet." aljazeera
Blasphemy incidents collective failure of Muslim world:PM
Russia postpones Afghanistan peace conference
Russia has postponed a multilateral Afghanistan peace conference that was scheduled to take place in Moscow next month.The meet was scheduled to take place on September 4. Russia invited 12 countries to the conference. While Kabul and the US turned down the invitation,Taliban said they were willing to attend.On Monday, President Ghani spoke with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov "to iron out the differences and ensure talks with the Taliban happen in presence of the Afghan Govt ", senior Afghanistan president official said. aljazeera
Facebook bans Myanmar's Military Chief, Others
 Facebook has said that it was removing several Myanmar military officials from the social media website and an Instagram account to prevent the spread of “hate and misinformation” after reviewing the content.It is the first time a country’s military or political leaders have been banned, according to Facebook spokeswoman Ruchika Budhraja. Facebook also said it removed dozens of accounts for engaging in a campaign that “used seemingly independent, news and opinion pages to covertly push the messages of the Myanmar military.”Reuters
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