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7 Aug ND: SC raps Bihar govt for funding NGO running Muzaffarpur shelter, says women being raped ‘left, right and centre’/Hapur Lynching : SC to Hear Plea After Accused Admits to State Support in NDTV Exposé


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SC raps Bihar govt for funding NGO running Muzaffarpur shelter, says women being raped ‘left, right and centre’
New Delhi:Voicing concern over the rising incidents of rapes in India, the Supreme Court on Tuesday said women were being raped “left, right and centre” in the country. The top court, referring to NCRB data, said a woman is raped every 6 hours in the country. “What is to be done? Girls and women are getting raped left, right and centre,” PTI quoted a bench comprising Justices MB Lokur, Deepak Gupta and KM Joseph as saying. According to NCRB data, 38,947 women were raped in India in 2016.The SC, while taking suo moto cognizance of the Muzaffarpur shelter home sexual abuse case last week, had issued notices to the state Govt  and Union Ministry of Women and Child Development.The incident came to light in April following an audit of the shelter home by TISS, which said many girls had complained of sexual abuse.Till now, police have arrested 11 people in the case, including the prime accused Brijesh Thakur, who is the owner of NGO Seva Sankalp Evam Vikas Samiti that ran the shelter home. Surprisingly, a month after TISS report was submitted, the state social welfare department sanctioned another project to NGO on the same day police lodged an FIR against outfit.indianexpress
Govt should protect women instead of worrying about cows:Sharad Yadav
Jaipur:LJD leader Sharad Yadav has demanded a Supreme Court-monitored CBI probe over the sexual exploitations of minors at a shelter home in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur. Yadav lashed out at BJP Govt  at centre and states over lynching by cow vigilantes and increasing crimes against women.LJD leader, who was in the city on a 2-day visit, said the Govt  should lodge separate FIRs in each case of sexual abuse of minors at Muzaffarpur’s shelter home and the guilty should be hanged. Recommended By Colombia “Govt in the country needs to protect our mothers and daughters, instead of worrying about cows. For centuries, farmers in this nation have been taking good care of the cows, so the Govt  need not worry about them,” Yadav said, while talking to reporters at Khasa Kothi on Monday. He added that in the light of Muzaffarpur incident, a commission be constituted to investigate the workings of shelter homes for girls all over the country.TOI
NRC: SC severely reprimands Assam coordinator, registrar for speaking to
New Delhi:Supreme Court today severely reprimanded NRC Assam's state coordinator an its registrar for speaking to the media about the process that will be adopted for finalisation of NRC draft. The SC Justices Ranjan Gogoi and RF Nariman were referring to state coordinator Prateek Hajela and registrar Shailesh. "Get down to work for finalisation of NRC and never speak to media on this issue without SC's prior permission...How can officers appointed by the SC talk about something which is to be finalised by us," the SC fumed.The apex court said it would have initiated contempt proceedings against Hajela and Shailesh had the task o finalisation of the NRC not been urgently at hand. "Get down to work for finalisation of NRC and never speak to media on this issue without SC's prior permission,' it warned. Hajela spoke to ANI on Sunday, and said, among other things, that those whose names don't make it to final NRC will have the right to appeal to the foregn tribunals. "After we will publish the final NRC list post the completion of Claims and Objections, people will still have the right to appeal in the Foreigners Tribunal if they are not satisfied with the result of the process. 64 Foreign Tribunals are currently working here. They have already declared few people as foreigners in the past," said Hajela. NRC coordinator further said that no legal action would be taken against people whose name are not in the list. The SC bench asked the Centre to place the standard operating procedure to deal with claims of those excluded from NRC before SC on August 16.TOI
Kathua rape case: SC to hear plea alleging torture of witness Talib Hussain tomorrow
The Supreme Court will tomorrow hear a plea alleging that Talib Hussain, a key witness in the sensational Kathua gang rape and murder case, is being tortured by the J7K  police in a fake rape case.A bench comprising CJI Dipak Misra and Justices DY Chandrachud and Indira Banerjee considered the submission of a close relative of Hussain, seeking urgent hearing on the plea. A habeas corpus (produce the body) writ petition has been filed by the cousin of the witness. It alleges that Hussain has been kept in illegal detention and being subjected to custodial torture. Hussain’s family alleged that he is being tortured in police custody in a fake rape case.Senior advocate Indira Jaising, counsel for the petitioner, later said Hussain has been subjected to torture in Sambha in the state and they are seeking “judicial intervention” in the matter. SC has transferred the trial in the Kathua gang rape and murder case to Pathankot after taking note of the plea of the father of the victim apprehending threat to the family.Hussain is a key witness in the Kathua gang rape case, in which an eight-year-old girl from a minority nomadic community disappeared from near her home in a village close to Kathua in the Jammu region on January 10. Her body was found in the same area a week later.PTI
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Justice Joseph takes oath as SC judge amid seniority row,Sibal says black day in history of court
Justice KM Joseph, along with former Madras High Court Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and former Orissa High Court Vineet Saran, took oath as judges of the Supreme Court on Tuesday, with opposition parties continue to criticise Govt over his downgrade. Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Tuesday launched a scathing attack on Modi Govt over Justice KM Joseph’s downgrade. He said Justice KM Joseph’s downgrade in his elevation to the SC today will be marked as a black day in the history of the Court.Kabil Sibal further said, “Smacks of the arrogance of the Govt  and capitulation by the court. The Judiciary needs to do some soul-searching.” The remark by senior Congress leader and Supreme Court leader comes a day after some judges of the SCmet Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and expressed their disappointment over the Govt ’s decision to downgrade Justice KM Joseph.The standoff between the Judiciary and SC apparently ended last week after the Union Govt  accepted SC’s Collegium decision to elevate Uttarakhand High Court Chief Justice KM Joseph to the SC. Later, the President Ram Nath Kovind issued a warrant for his appointment to the SC.NewsX
Justice Joseph’s downgrade: AG met CJI Dipak Misra, Govt claims it followed all-India seniority

They killed cows, i killed them, lynching accused brags: NDTV Expose
Hapur,Alwar: An NDTV investigation involving hidden cameras has revealed disturbing accounts of those accused of lynching in the name of the cow.An NDTV team, posing as a researchers doing field work on RSS and other Hindutva outfits, visited the accused in two lynching cases in two states.The first report was on a lynching in Hapur, in UP . It is here that on June 18, when a 45-year-old Qasim Qureshi, a meat trader, was lynched by a mob, while 65-year-old Samiuddin, a farmer, was badly injured.The police arrested 9 men, charging them with murder, attempt to murder and rioting. Four of the nine are currently out on bail.NDTV travelled to Bajedha Khurd village in Hapur to meet one of the accused, Rakesh Sisodia, who is out on bail. Sisodia, in a written statement to court, said that he had no role in the attack and wasn't present at the spot. But on hidden camera, he bragged about the crime, saying he even accepted it before jail authorities. Sisodia had spent 5-weeks in jail."I told the jailer that they [the victims] were slaughtering cows so I slaughtered them," Sisodia told NDTV."I wasn't scared to go to jail. I caught the attention of the jailer, who asked me what my case was," he said.Sisodia went on: "I said section 302 and 307, full and half murder, they slaughtered cows, I killed them."Sisodia explained how he got a hero's welcome after he got bail in the last week on July. "3-4 cars had come to pick me up from jail. People were raising slogans in my name. People welcomed me with open arms, I felt very proud," he said."My army is ready. If anyone slaughters a cow, we will kill them and go to jail a thousand times" he said.He also went on to speak about police support. "The police is on our side because of the Govt . Otherwise, nothing would've happened if Azam Khan was in power," he said.  In the video of the attack, bystanders can be heard asking Qasim to be given water. Sisodia's account of this moment is chilling. "I said he has no right to drink water, he slaughtered a cow. My army will kill him by every minute," he said."I thought Qasim would die, but that Samiyuddin was bleeding," he added.From Hapur, we travelled to Behror town in Alwar, nearly 3 hours from Jaipur.Pehlu Khan, a dairy farmer was beaten to death by cow vigilantes in Alwar. Police arrested and charged 9 men; all of whom are out on bail.One of them is Vipin Yadav, who, like the other accused,claimed they had no role in the killing. Here again, posing as research scholars from the US, NDTV spoke to Vipin. "We kept beating him up for 1.5 hours. First there were 10 people then the crowd swelled," he said while our hidden cameras recorded him.Vipin also states a key detail about his role in the crime."They weren't stopping their trucks, so I had to overtake them and take their keys to catch them,"he said."He [Pehlu] was badly beaten up,while that happened I had forgotten that the keys to his truck were left in my pocket."NDTV
Hapur Lynching Case: SC to Hear Plea After Accused Admits to State Support in NDTV Exposé
New Delhi: An undercover investigation by NDTV in which the accused in the Hapur lynching case not only admitted to the crime on a hidden camera but also bragged about it, has led the Supreme Court to urgently take up the matter.In a mob attack in UP ’s Hapur on June 18, a 45-year-old cattle trader, Qasim Qureshi, was lynched and a 65-year-old farmer Samiuddin was brutally beaten. The entire episode was caught on videos which were widely circulated on social media. Lawyers for Samiuddin, who were planning to petition the apex court, requested an “urgent hearing” following the airing of the sting operation and according to an NDTV report, CJI Dipak Misra agreed to hear the petition on Aug.13. Victim and survivor of the attack has requested for a court-monitored SIT probe and demanded that the case be moved out of UP for a fair trial. Samiuddin has further demanded cancelling the bail for the accused.thewire
Govt eyes ways to block Facebook, WhatsApp
New Delhi: Govt has asked telecom operators and internet service providers to suggest ways to block social media apps such as Facebook and WhatsApp during emergencies, a move the industry says will be difficult to enforce and violate the fundamental right of speech and expression.In an 18 July letter, department of telecommunications (DoT) wrote to companies including Bharti Airtel Ltd, Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd, Vodafone India Ltd, Idea Cellular Ltd, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd, and industry associations, requesting them to “explore various possible options and confirm how Instagram/ Facebook/WhatsApp/Telegram and such other mobile apps can be blocked on internet.” Mint has seen a copy of the letter.They were asked to submit inputs by 20 July.“In our submission, we have said such an exercise would be extremely difficult to do. In this day and age, how can you shut down the internet especially as many travel bookings and financial transactions etc. are on the internet,” a person aware of the development said, requesting anonymity.livemint
2 terror arrests from migrant labourer camps confirm NIA’s worry about Kerala
Kochi: NIA has nabbed Mustafizur Rahman, 35, of Birbhum Village, and Abdul Karim of Murshidabad of West Bengal, who were posing as migrant labourers, from Kottakkal in Malappuram. They are the prime accused in a blast and IED planting case at Bodhgaya in Bihar on Jan.20, 2018 and allegedly belong to Jama’at-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB). NIA sources told Express Mustafizur has been staying with a group of migrant labourers in Kottakkal doing various jobs. Though NIA was on the tail of the suspects involved in the crime, terrorists’ plan to hole up in Kerala as migrant labourers got exposed when intelligence agencies traced certain leads through a coordinated effort.The incident has come a shocker to Kerala Police as central intelligence agency suspects  Mustafizur planned and executed the operation while staying in Kerala.It was only three months ago that Mustafizur brought Abdul Karim to Kottakkal. According to NIA sources, the duo were working in small industrial units located in Kottakkal. After recording their arrest, both were produced before NIA Judge M Nandakumar at his residence in Kochi on Saturday night and were taken to Patna by flight on Sunday.newindianexpress
NIA carries out searches in Hyderabad in ISIS case
Hyderabad: NIA carried out searches at seven places in the old city here in connection with a 2016 case related to ISIS, an agency spokesman said.The spokesman said during the searches at the premises of suspects in Hyderabad, the agency seized digital devices and incriminating material.He said further investigations were on in the case and refused to share any further details. NIA had registered a case in 2016 based on "credible information" that some youths of Hyderabad and their accomplices have entered into the criminal conspiracy to wage war against the state by collecting weapons and explosive materials to target public places including religious sites, sensitive Govt  building, etc. in various parts of the country.NIA had completed investigation in the case and filed a charge sheet against 11 people, of whom three were absconding.PTI
Gun battle claims lives of 4 Army men, 2 militants gunned down
Srinagar: 4 Army men, including a Major, lost their lives and 2 militants were gunned down in a gunfight near LoC in north Kashmir’s Bandipora on Tuesday.According to initial reports, three soldiers and the Major, were hit by bullets when they challenged a group of infiltrators in Gurez Valley's Bakhtor sector in the morning.The soldiers belonged to the Army's 36 Rashtriya Rifles. "2 militants were killed but the bodies are yet to be traced in the area," said an official. Further reinforcements were rushed to the encounter site.The deceased have been identified as Major K.P. Rane, hawaldars Jamie Singh and Vikramjeet and rifleman Mandeep.the hindu
Ishrat fake encounter: CBI court rejects discharge pleas of ex-cops DG Vanzara, NK Amin
Ahmedabad:A Special CBI court Tuesday rejected the discharge applications of DG Vanzara and NK Amin who are accused in the Ishrat Jahan alleged fake encounter case. Vanzara, who is out on bail, is accused of planning the encounter that was allegedly staged by a joint team of the Gujarat Police and officers of the Intelligence Bureau. Retired SP NK Amin is co-accused in the case. The duo had moved the discharge plea after their then superior officer, retired DGP PP Pandey, was discharged. The court refused to discharge Vanzara and Amin on the ground of parity with Pandey. The court held that the role of these two accused is “greater” than the retired DGP.The court asked the CBI whether it wanted to obtain sanction from the state Govt  for prosecuting these two former officers or not. The court said if CBI can’t get sanction under Section 197 of CrPC — required for prosecuting a Govt  servant–it should inform the court accordingly. CBI has not sought the state Govt ’s sanction in this.indianexpress
In Meerut, people – including children – were arrested for being Dalit: the wire
Meerut: In a house in Sarai Kaji in Meerut, some light has been brought back. Amar*, a 14-year-old boy, is back home after spending 2 months and 17 days in jail.We sit in a room that opens into the backyard as Amar begins to tell us what happened to him. “I went to buy medicine for my mother on April 2, but the shop was closed.There was a big crowd around Chaudhary Charan Singh University.The police was running after them,” he narrates. “They asked me my jati, and when I told them I was a Dalit, they got hold of me and took me to the jail. I tried to tell them I don’t have a father and my mother is disabled. I cried and cried.”On April 2, various Dalit groups had called for a nationwide Bharat Bandh to protest against a Supreme Court order they believed would dilute SC and ST(Prevention of Atrocities) Act.The bench removed restrictions on allowing anticipatory bail, and decreed that a public servant could be prosecuted only after permission from higher authorities. During the protests, nine people lost their lives in clashes with the police in different parts of the country, and hundreds of protestors were detained in UP .“Can these children shoot guns? How can you ask little children their caste? How can you jail them without informing their families?” asks Amar’s mother. She sits in the corner of the room – she cannot stand or move her legs much. “We searched for him for three days. My young child, in jail for over two months – what will happen to his future?” She asks us to write a good report, a report which will get her family’s problem noticed.The case against Amar is not over, and neither is the family’s distress. “I wish for a quick end to the case so that I can focus on my studies,” he says. “I had to miss a lot of school when I was in jail.I hope this doesn’t cause more trouble in my education.”His mother proudly tells us that he is a good student.Nearby, in Kaliya Garhi, there is another distraught family.15-year-old Sagar* is still in jail. Though he is a minor, he is being tried as an adult.
2019 Polls: RSS unhappy with Modi’s single-personality cult 2019 Polls
Days before it is to be formally released on Aug.17, an authoritative new book ‘RSS: A view to the Inside’ on RSS is already stirring up a storm within the extended Sangh Parivar, both in India and abroad.The book’s co-author is Walter Anderson, a distinguished American scholar and political scientist who has been closely monitoring the growth of RSS for more than 40 years and whose first book ‘The Brotherhood In Saffron:The RSS and Hindu Revivalism’ published as far back as 1987 is widely regarded as most detailed examination of RSS, tracing its early growth in pre-Independence period, its organisational structure and the evolution of its ideology. Even before that, Anderson, who at one time was the head of the US State Department’s South Asia Division, had made his mark as an RSS-watcher by writing an in-depth 4-part series of articles on the Sangh in Economic and Political Weekly in 1972.With such credentials, Anderson’s forthcoming book is bound to be taken seriously.  He and his co-author, Shridhar Damle are currently on a pre-release book tour in India and are giving a series of interviews and talks to promote the book. True to its name, RSS: A view to the Inside’, published by Penguin, provides a deep insight into the thinking of the RSS in the current political situation—an insight which is already causing a great deal of consternation and churning in political, academic and social circles.Many of the revelations are startling and brutally frank,  indicating that the Sangh leadership is currently wrestling with a deep dilemma—about whether RSS should continue to support BJP led by Narendra Modi in the coming Lok Sabha elections.The new book categorically asserts that RSS cadres will not be involved in the 2019 election campaign with the same intensity as in 2014As Damle said in a recent book promotion discussion:“RSS leaders feel deeply hurt by the high-handedness of the political leadership of the BJP. They have typically been suspicious of single-personality cults. Mohan Bhagwat himself has on several occasions hinted that there is a growing cult for Modi and it’s not a good thing. It’s not that he’s against Modi but he’s against the idea of a cult. These are things one could keep in mind”.nationalheraldindia
Mistaken for a child lifter, man beaten to death in MP
Bhopal:MP Police have arrested 10 men for allegedly beating to death a 27-year-old youth in Singhwar village under Samnapur Police Station in Dindori district suspecting him to be a child lifter. The incident took place on July 28 but came to light on Aug.1 after the body of an unidentified man surfaced in a farm well on Aug.1. Before dumping the body, the alleged killers had tied the man’s hands and legs with ropes and also tied stones to his neck and waist.Investigations later revealed that four villagers, who were consuming liquor around 9 pm on July 28, had found Mukesh Gond, a resident of Kui village in Anuppur district, loitering near the village school. When they asked his name he reportedly hid behind the school. Two of the four accused caught him and at least 6 more villagers later joined them carrying sticks.Mistaking him for a child lifter they beat him and strangled him.indianexpress
Mayawati wants quota for poor upper castes, Muslims
BSP supremo Mayawati batted for reservation in Govt  jobs for the economically weaker upper castes and Muslims and other minorities.She said if the Modi Govt  brought a Bill to give 18% or more reservation to the poor from the upper castes, Muslims and other minority groups, her party will be the first to support it.IANS
Muslims raise the pitch for quota after Marathas
Mumbai:A meeting of Muslim civil society was organised in Mumbai on Monday to put forward demand of reservation for the community.Meeting was held at Islam gymkhana in Mumbai and was attended by politicians and activists from the community.Congress MLAs from Mumbai Arif Naseem Khan, Amin Patel and Aslam Shaikh were present for the meeting. AIMIM MLA Waris Pathan, Samajwadi party MLA Abu Azmi and office bearers of All India Ulema Council were in attendance as well.The purpose of the meeting was to draw road map for making demand for reservation to Govt. It is likely that a delegation will meet Governor of Maharashtra and give him a memorandum requesting him to look the matter."We are demanding 10% reservation in jobs and education,"said Maulana Mehmood Daryabadi, general secretary of Ulema Council.indiatoday
From Nehru’s stenographer to Indira’s man Friday, R.K. Dhawan  passes away
New Delhi: There was a time when R.K. Dhawan’s words carried the aura and authority of PM Indira Gandhi herself. The senior Congress leader, who passed away Monday at the age of 81, was her closest confidant and adviser, and finds regular mention in books about her era.One such book is India: The Crucial Years by T.V. Rajeswar, former chief of the Intelligence Bureau and another close confidant, which provides many examples of how important Dhawan really was in the Indira years.Dhawan started his career as a stenographer in Jawaharlal Nehru’s office and grew to become the closest confidant of Indira Gandhi, who was not occupying any office then. He also served 2 terms in Rajya Sabha.After Justice Jagmohanlal Sinha declared her election null and void and barred her from public office for six years (which led to the declaration of the Emergency), pro-Indira protests became a routine affair in Delhi. Rajeswar writes “R.K. Dhawan, Mrs Gandhi’s close confidant and personal secretary, played an important role in organising these demonstrations.” Rajeswar writes that Dhawan functioned as PM’s ‘gatekeeper’ in the Emergency era, often conveying instructions to various ministers and CMs.theprint
Delhi Minorities Commission gives clean chit to Delhi school over alleged confining kids
New Delhi: Delhi Minorities Commission has given a clean chit to Rabea Public School, accused of confining a group of primary students to the basement for nearly four hours over non-payment of fee. The incident had earned the ire of the Delhi Govt . DMC, too, had sent a notice to the school. In a statement on Sunday, the commission said:“The school has replied with photos of the alleged basement, saying the said room cannot be described as a basement as claimed by some newspaper reports. Rather, it is the school’s activity room full with toys and fitted with several exhaust fans, therefore it is not correct that the students were subjected to cruelty (sic).”TOI
40 girls of madrassa suffer food poisoning:TOI
Rajkot: Around 40 girls in the age group of 8 to 12 years suffered from food poisoning at a madrassa in Sanjognagar area of Bhuj on Sunday. “The girls complained of stomachache and nausea after they woke up on Sunday morning. They were taken to GK General Hospital where they were diagnosed with suffering from food poisoning,” said madrassa warden Abdul Latif Odecha. He claimed that the girls contracted water-borne infection. A team of Bhuj health department officials visited the madrassa and took samples of water and food the girls had consumed.TOI
"We don't give flats to Muslims": Colonel tells tenant; Delhi girl's Facebook post goes viral
Taniya Hassan, a girl living in Delhi, was left stunned when she was asked to vacate her flat by the landlord, an Army Colonel, as she belonged to the Muslim community. The incident took place on 4 August in Delhi and her Facebook post condemning the actions of the Colonel have now gone viral. "I was totally shaken and taken aback. The landlord is a colonel. Despite showing him my Aadhaar card and all such documents he uttered such words. It is an utter shame that persons with such beliefs are in service of this country," Taniya wrote on her Facebook post. "This is not the first time that I have been treated differently for being a Muslim. And that is when I'm not visibly a one- I don't wear a burka, I don't cover my head, even my first name sounds appeasingly Hindu. The older I grow, the more I'm shown the ugly fissure of religious differentiation," she further added.She further claimed that the landlord had allegedly told her that he does not rent out flats to Muslims as she might be related to a terrorist organization. Several Facebook users have condemned the actions of the Colonel and have even apologised to Taniya on his behalf. ibtimes
Parliament passes Criminal Law Bill, providing death sentence for raping girls below 12-yrs
The Parliament passed the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2018 with the Rajya Sabha clearing it by a voice vote. The Lok Sabha had passed the bill last month. The bill replaces the Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance promulgated on April 21 this year. The bill stipulates stringent punishment for perpetrators of rape, particularly of girls below 12 years and death sentence has been provided for rapists of girls under 12 years. Replying to a debate on the bill, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said, gangrape of a girl under 12 years of age will invite punishment of jail term for the rest of life or death.He said, in case of rape of a girl under 16 years, the minimum punishment has been increased from 10 to 20 years, extendable to life imprisonment. The punishment for gangrape of a girl below 16 years will invariably be imprisonment for the rest of life of the convict. AIR
FIR filed against legal activist fighting Gujarat riots victims' cases for ‘spreading disharmony
Ahmedabad: An FIR has been registered at Gaekwad Haveli police station in Ahmedabad against activist Shamshad Pathan for allegedly spreading religious disharmony on July 25 through an SMS. Pathan, who has been fighting legal battles for victims of 2002 riots and alleged fake encounter cases, said that he has received a notice from the police station.However, he denied the charges and claimed that FIR was lodged to “silence him”.He claimed that he had gone to Gaekwad Haveli police station to appeal to the police to lodge an FIR against one Chirag Kapadia for abetment to suicide. It is alleged that Kapadia was in a relationship with a girl in Jamalpur area. When the girl, a Muslim, came to know that Kapadia was already married, she allegedly committed suicide.indianexpress
WORLD
Iran: 'Psychological warfare' as US sanctions kick in
US sanctions against Iran took effect on Tuesday, a move certain to worsen the lives of ordinary Iranians, as President Hassan Rouhani described the controversial reimposition as "psychological warfare". In defiance of the US, the EU urged its companies to continue and even bolster trade with Tehran, despite American threats of sanctions against them for doing business. EU diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini said the bloc, as well as Britain, France and Germany, deeply regretted Washington's move."We are determined to protect European economic operators engaged in legitimate business with Iran," she said. "We are encouraging small and medium enterprises, in particular, to increase business with and in Iran."Mogherini noted the Iranian Govt  had fully lived up to its commitments under the landmark 2015 nuclear agreement, which administration of US President Donald Trump pulled out of in May. Rouhani praised Europe for "resisting the Americans" in its call "to join the regime of sanctions". But many large European firms are leaving Iran for fear of US penalties, after Trump warned of "severe consequences" against companies and individuals that continue to do business there. Rouhani told state TV on Monday night that Iran had no intention of negotiating a new deal with the US. "If you're an enemy and you stab the other person with a knife, and then you say you want negotiations, then the first thing you have to do is remove the knife," he said. "They want to launch psychological warfare against the Iranian nation. Negotiations with sanctions doesn't make sense."Trump issued a statement as the clock ticked down on Monday saying Tehran must curb its missile programme and end its "support for terrorism".aljazeera
Malaysia shuts down Saudi-backed anti-terrorism centre
Malaysia's new govt ordered the immediate closure of a Saudi-backed anti-terrorism centre less tha  13 months after it was launched. No reason was given.King Salman Center for International Peace (KSCIP) in Kuala Lumpur will cease operations immediately and its functions will be absorbed by the Malaysian Institute of Defence and Security, Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu said on Monday.While Sabu didn't give a reason for the closure, Hishammuddin Hussein, Malaysia's former defence minister, defended the centre when it was launched in March 2017, saying it was crucial to curb the spread of "violent extremism" by armed groups, including ISIL. Sabu also told parliament he planned to pull Malaysian troops out of the kingdom. In June, Sabu announced a review of Malaysia's military presence in Saudi, saying it "indirectly entraps Malaysia in Middle East conflicts".In 2015, ex-PM  Najib Razak sent troops to Saudi to facilitate the evacuation of Malaysian nationals in Yemen.According to Sabu, Malaysian soldiers were never involved in any attacks on Yemen, where a Saudi and Emirati-led coalition has fought since 2015.aljazeera
Saudi expels Canadian ambassador over criticism of arrests
Saudi Arabia's state airline has said it is suspending flights to and from Toronto, the latest in a series of measures announced by the kingdom in its diplomatic dispute with Canada.The move on Monday came hours after Riyadh expelled Canada's ambassador over alleged interference in Saudi domestic affairs after Ottawa's foreign ministry rebuked Riyadh for jailing human rights activists. Canadian Ambassador Dennis Horak was given 24 hours to leave the country, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.The kingdom also froze new trade and investment with Canada worth billions of dollars and recalled its envoy to the country.Saudi state television later reported that the Education Ministry was coming up with an "urgent plan" to move thousands of Saudi scholarship students out of Canadian schools to take classes in other countries.The Saudi state airline, Saudia, meanwhile said in a statement on its official Twitter account that it would suspend all flights to Toronto starting next Monday, August 13.aljazeera
Shocking details revealed about ‘Bashar’s slaughterhouse’
Syrian-Turkmen opposition leader, Tarik Solak, described suffering in Sednaya Military Prison in Rif Dimashq, known as the “Human Slaughterhouse.” He mentioned that at least half a million Syrians are still in the regime cells under inhumane detention conditions.This revelation came during his interview with Anadolu Agency on the situation of detainees in the prisons of Bashar Al-Assad’s regime and the fate of Idlib Governorate (north) and Turkmen Mountain in the northern countryside of Lattakia, Syria.Solak, who leads the third coastal division of Turkmen Mountain, said that the issue of detainees is one of the most critical issues in the Syrian crisis. He explained that the decision of the pilot project for the release of prisoners during the tenth meeting of the Guarantor States held in the Russian city of Sochi on July 30-31 created a kind of hope for them.Solak said that more than 500 thousand Syrian prisoners in the regime’s prisons are subjected to the most severe types of torture, especially those in Sednaya Military Prison in Rif Dimashq, which Amnesty International described as the “human slaughterhouse”. He added that he was among those arrested at Sednaya Military Prison, where he remained for nearly two and a half years.Solak talked about the way he was arrested in 2011. When he was a member of Syrian Armed Forces, He and a group of his colleagues were about to split when they were arrested and placed in prison mentioned above as a result of the news that reached authorities.MEMO
Indonesian imam calmly recited prayers through an earthquake & people are all praises for him
When calamity strikes, people are often left bewildered about their next course of action. They don't know where to run, how far to run and who to take along. Yet, time and again, many people have chosen to stay, only for the benefit of others. The footage of an Indonesian imam who stoically recited evening prayers in Bali as a deadly earthquake struck neighbouring Lombok. His video has now gone viral, with internet users praising him for his unwavering faith.white-robed Islamic leader was preaching on Sunday night at a mosque in Denpasar on the holiday island of Bali when the shallow 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck. Footage of the imam, recorded on a cell phone, showed him supporting himself against the wall as the room shook violently around him and as some congregants fled the building.The powerful quake killed at least 91 people and damaged thousands of buildings in Lombok.indiatimes
A string of Taliban attacks in Afghanistan have left at least 12 people dead: officials
Kabul:A string of Taliban attacks in western and eastern Afghanistan have left at least 12 people dead, including four women who died in the crossfire during a shootout between insurgents and the military, Afghan officials said on Tuesday.In western Farah province, Taliban attacked a military checkpoint, killing four troops and wounding 6, according to Mohammad Naser Mehri, the provincial governor’s spokesman.The attack in Bala Buluk district started late on Monday night and lasted until around dawn on Tuesday. Mehri said the Afghan air force was called in and airstrikes later killed 19 Taliban fighters and wounded 30.“Taliban were pushed back and the situation is under control now,” he added.In eastern Logar province, four women were killed and 4 children were wounded in the crossfire during a shootout between insurgents and the military.The fighting took place near Puli Alim, the provincial capital, on Monday afternoon, said Hasibullah Stanikzai, a provincial council member. He added that “an investigation is underway to determine which side caused the civilian casualties.”Also on Monday night, Taliban attacked a police checkpoint in eastern Ghazni province, killing four policemen and wounding five, said Arif Noori, spokesman for the provincial governor. He said the battle in Jaghatu district lasted for three hours.AP
Bangladesh criticised for student and media crackdown
Bangladeshi authorities are "unlawfully attacking" student protesters in a crackdown after days of demonstrations while locking up people for "peaceful criticism", a human rights group said.Numerous witnesses claimed individuals linked to ruling Awami League party have attacked protesters with machetes and sticks, according to a statement released on Monday by Human Rights Watch."Yet again, Bangladesh authorities seem determined to take abusive shortcuts to problems, and then denounce those who criticise,"Brad Adams, Asia director at HRW, said in the statement."The authorities should immediately release anyone...they have locked up for peaceful criticism."Adams urged authorities to "prosecute those, including members of the ruling party's youth supporters, who are attacking children with sticks and machetes". One protester told the rights group, however, that on Sunday several young men on motorcycles threatened about 500 mostly female students in Uttara area of the capital, Dhaka."They said, 'You must leave. PM has asked us to come and sort you out'." The unidentified demonstrator reported the women and girls then fled but the men, who wore helmets to shield their identities, started beating them. Tens of thousands of students joined the demonstrations demanding safer roads, which began after a speeding bus killed two teenagers on July 29.aljazeera
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