Sunday, 23 September 2018

23 Sept ND:Rafale row: Congress accuses Modi of violating oath of secrecy by revealing details of deal to private firm/ UP: Dr Kafeel arrested for ‘creating nuisance’ at Bahraich hospital, released on bail


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Rafale row: Congress accuses Modi of violating oath of secrecy by revealing details of deal to private firm
New Delhi: Intensifying its attack over the raging Rafale controversy, Congress on Sunday accused PM Narendra Modi of violating the oath of secrecy by revealing details of the new deal to an industrialist who subsequently became an offset partner instead of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).Hours after Finance Minister Arun Jaitley again came out in defence of the deal for purchasing 36 French fighter jets, Congress Spokesperson Anand Sharma demanded that the PM respond to the allegations directed at him."The question to the PM is - how this information came out that he will go go to France and reverse the deal?" said Sharma referring to Modi's April 2015 announcement of an interGovt al deal to purchase 36 jets instead of 126 being negotiated during the erstwhile UPA regime."Then Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar had said that the Rafale deal was not on the agenda during Modi's visit to France. Nobody knew as to Modi's visit to France and the announcement of a new deal. Even the Cabinet Committee on Security, Indian Air Force, the Cabinet or the Foreign Secretary were not aware about the decision."Direct allegations are against the PM that he violated his oath of secrecy. Only he and no one else could have revealed to the private company that he will reverse the deal," said Sharma while pointing to the incorporation of Reliance Defence Limited just days before Modi visited France in April 2015."It's a conspiracy, only one (Modi) person with knowledge about the new deal - without telling anyone in the Cabinet, or the Ambassador etc. revealed the details to the industrialist and asked him to form a company," alleged Sharma.Sharma said that there will be global ramifications of the 'scam of the century'. "We had warned the PM that this scam will have global ramifications. It will not be limited to geographical boundaries of India but resonate in the world capitals, and that is what is happening," said Sharma.The Congress leader was referring to French media reports on former France President Francois Hollande's claims regarding a private Indian firm becoming an offset partner in the interGovt al deal for the fighter jets. Congress leader dismissed as "repeated lies" the latest defences and justifications given by Jaitley and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on the matter.IANS
'Hollande Called India's PM a Thief, Modi Must Accept or Say He is Lying': Rahul on Rafale Deal
Rafale deal is the 'largest defence scam' in India, says Prashant Bhushan, demands JPC probe
Senior Supreme Court advocate Prashant Bhushan Sunday said the Rafale deal was the "largest defence scam in India" and urged Centre to initiate a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the matter. Addressing reporters here, he questioned how Anil Ambani's Reliance Defence, the Indian offset partner of French firm Dassault Aviation, could be involved in the project as "most of his companies are in debt.""This is not only the largest defence scam in India, but is one where national security has been severely compromised. While the IAF wanted 126 flights, it was reduced to 36," Bhushan said.Lashing out at Modi and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Bhushan charged the Centre with making IAF officials "lie" about the deal."You have severely compromised national security, broke the IAF's back, looted people's money and defamed a public sector unit (HAL)," he said. "Govt  should immediately agree for a JPC probe and put all the papers before it. There is no (element) of national security (as being claimed by the Govt ). They only want to hide the huge scam in defence purchase,"he said.He further suggested that Ambani's company could not have entered the deal without the defence minister's approval.PTI
Rafale deal broke backbone of IAF: Bhushan
UP: Doctor Kafeel Khan arrested for ‘creating nuisance’ at Bahraich hospital, released on bail
UP Police on Saturday arrested Dr Kafeel Khan for allegedly creating nuisance at a district hospital in Bahraich, Indian Express reported. A magistrate later ordered his release on bail along with 2 of his associates, Suraj Pandey and Mahipal Singh.Adeel Ahmed Khan, the doctor’s brother, claimed that Kafeel Khan had visited the Bahraich hospital after he was informed about the deaths of children caused by an unknown disease. “He [Kafeel Khan] wanted to know if the deaths were caused due to encephalitis,” Adeel Khan told Indian Express. “While he was speaking to the family members of the patients, a police team arrived and forcibly took him with them.”Medical superintendent at Bahraich District Hospital Dr DK Singh said 71 children had died between August 1 and September 16. The hospital official claimed that six of the children had died of encephalitis. “Khan and his associates started questioning the families of the patients in the paediatric department without obtaining any permission from the authorities which created problem in the ward,” Dr Singh said. ASP Ajay Pratap said Dr Kafeel Khan was arrested for “arguing with doctors and disturbing staff who were treating the patients”, PTI reported.In Sept.last year, Khan was arrested in connection with the death of 63 infants at the Baba Raghav Das Medical College and Hospital in Gorakhpur, UP, in August allegedly because of a lack of oxygen. He was released on bail in April.
Dr Kafeel released on magistrate’s order after arrest
Bhima Koregaon riots: 1000s suffered losses, but compensation ‘inadequate’, reached 260 families at most
When thousands of people had been victimised in Bhima Koregaon riots, the compensation of Rs 7.97 crores sanctioned by the Maharashtra state Govt seems to have reached only 260 families at most.Firstpost accessed the list of beneficiaries of the Govt  compensation from the Pune district administration. The administration has categorised it into 14 heads based on type of property loss a person suffered, and includes subheads like houses, hotels, shops, vehicles and so on. For example, Rs 1.83 crores is to be distributed between 138 vehicle owners. Rs 1.69 crores is to be distributed between the owners of 47 shops which were found to be vandalised in the riots. Twenty houses which were damaged will receive Rs 64.5 lakh in total. And Rs 10.3 lakh is to be disbursed for the damage caused to a hospital owned by two people. The total number of properties listed under these 14 heads is 260, meaning the families that would get compensated are 260 in number or less, for one family could have incurred losses under two heads like Seema Kamble, 35, whose house and hotel were burnt to ashes in Bhima Koregaon on 2 January.Seema’s husband, Babasaheb Kamble, 42, said panchnama (recording of evidence during investigation) was conducted on the same day, and it says the properties have been reduced to rubble with black smoke coming out of it. "We had rented the plot and built the hotel on it around seven years back," he said. "We had spent around 1 lakh rupees. Seema ran the hotel, and I work as a truck driver. Our joint income provided for the household."House Kamble family stayed in for 10-15 years was also a rented one, and now they have found another house in the same village for which they pay Rs 5000 per month. "We would get Rs 15,000 a month from the hotel," said Babasaheb. "The past seven months have been difficult. I had to borrow money from people to pay my son's school fees. We have not received a paisa as compensation yet."Every year, on 1 January, tens of thousands of Dalits across Maharashtra gather at the war memorial of Bhima-Koregaon — 40 kilometres from Pune. It commemorates the historic victory of the British army, that had a significant Dalit contingent, over the Peshwas. This year, it was the 200th anniversary of the battle. Therefore, it was an even larger crowd, which was allegedly attacked by the radical Hindutvawadi upper caste mobs, in which several got injured and one person died.firstpost.com
Sitting MLA, ex MLA shot dead allegedly by Maoists in Visakhapatnam
Visakhapatnam:In the first major strike in many years in Andhra Pradesh, the outlawed CPI (Maoists) on Sunday shot dead a sitting MLA and a former MLA, both from the ruling TDP, in Araku area in Visakhapatnam district, police said.The incident occurred at Lippitiputta village under Dambriguda mandal when Araku sitting MLA Kidari Sarveswara Rao and ex MLA Siveri Soma went to take part in a ‘grama darsini’ (village visit) programme, they said.“A group of Maoists came along with the villagers and blocked the MLA’s car. As the personal security officers of the legislator and the ex-legislator got down, they snatched the AK-47 rifles from them and shot Sarveswara Rao and Soma dead,”Visakhapatnam Range DIG Police Ch Srikanth said.He said the exact number of Maoists involved in the attack and the reasons for shooting down the MLA were being ascertained. Police sources, however, suspect that a group of about 50-60 outlaws led by Maoists Andhra-Odisha Border Committee secretary Ramakrishna could be involved in the deadly attack.They reportedly engaged MLA in a conversation for some time before shooting them dead, the sources added.PTI
Aligarh ‘encounter’: rights group writes to up  DGP, asks 11 questions
Lucknow;Eminent human rights group Rihai Manch has demanded a high-level probe into the police ‘encounter’ in which 2 alleged criminals were shot dead on the camera of ‘invited’ media in Aligarh district of UP . Citing the videos of the shootout and the x-ray reports of the deceased, Manch has raised 11 questions over the authenticity of the ‘real encounter’. Hours after the Police shot dead Naushad, 17, and Mustakeem, 22 in probably country’s first ‘encounter-on-camera’ on Thursday, families of the two had addressed a press conference in Aligarh and made strong charges against the police. Contrary to the police version that the duo opened fire at a patrolling police team Thursday morning but were killed in retaliatory fire from the police, the families told mediapersons that both Naushad and Mustakeem were picked up by the police from their home on Sunday, four days before the shooting.Prima facie, Rihai Manch said, the Aligarh incident looks like an “extension of the state-sponsored encounter politics.” It appealed to the Supreme Court to take suo motu cognizance of the videos of the shootout and order a probe. caravandaily
Jaswant Singh's Son Manvendra Quits BJP Ahead Of Rajasthan Polls
barmer: Ahead of state elections in Rajasthan,BJP veteran Jaswant Singh's son Manvendra Singh today quit the party, saying him joining the BJP was a mistake."Kamal ki phool hamari bhool thi (choosing the Lotus flower was my mistake), said the lawmaker at his Swabhiman rally in Rajasthan's Barmer, who has been campaigning vigorously in his constituency ever since he announced a rally for "fight for self-respect" of voters. "There have been many rallies on Gaurav (pride) and Sankalp (determination) but today's rally is the biggest - it is rally for Swabhiman (self-respect), said Manvendra Singh, adding that "swabhiman is our right and we are committed to it."Manvendra Singh's ties with BJP have been strained ever since his father was denied a ticket in the last Lok Sabha elections in 2014 and going back to the issue today he said, he is "running out of patience" and now it's "time for him to speak out."The miffed sitting lawmaker from Sheo alleged that PM Narendra Modi had called him in 2014, after his father Jaswant Singh, was denied a ticket. PM Modi told him "we have old relations and whatever has happened about the Barmer ticket is very sad" claimed Manvendra Singh.ndtv
BJP MLA says Modi Govt  has failed to create jobs
Disgruntled BJP MLA from Maharashtra Ashish Deshmukh said that BJP-led Govt s at the Centre and in Maharashtra have failed to provide jobs to the youth. Deshmukh, who had organised a 'Yuva Sansad' (youth parliament) in his constituency Katol, claimed that the BJP had promised to create two crore jobs per year, but only 2.2 lakh jobs were generated in the country in the last four years.He also questioned local BJP leaders' claim that over 50,000 youths have got jobs in MIHAN (Multi-modal International Hub Airport at Nagpur) and the surrounding industrial area.No new factory is seen in the area, nor is there any service industry, he said. Deshmukh questioned local BJP leaders’ claim that over 50,000 youths have got jobs in MIHAN (Multi-modal International Hub Airport at Nagpur) and the surrounding industrial area. No new factory is seen in the area, nor is there any service industry, he said.PTI
UP  BJP MLA beats school inspector as BJP MP, officers look on
A BJP MLA allegedly roughed up a district inspector of schools (DIOS) during a review meeting in Ballia district of eastern UP, reportedly in presence of BJP Ballia Member of Parliament Bharat Singh, DM and many senior officers in the auditorium of the collectorate on Saturday. Those who were supposed to protect the DIOS tried their best to hush up the scandal, but it went viral on social media sites.After Education Department officers across UP watched the clipping of the incident and were agitated over the manhandling of the school inspector, Bairia MLA Surendra Singh, who had left the meeting hall after thrashing Narendra Deo, came to the bungalow of the District Magistrate Bhawani Singh Khangarot after two hours and apologised to the Deo. The lawmaker also reportedly ensured that the video of him standing before the officer and apologising was circulated on social media sites.nationalheraldindia
Pak Army responds to Rawat’s remarks, says ‘ready for war but choose peace in interest of people’
New Delhi:In a response to Indian Army chief Bipin Rawat’s call for “stern action” to “avenge the kind of barbarism” carried out against Indian soldiers, Pakistan Army on Saturday said it is “ready for war” but chooses peace in the interest of its people and neighbours. In an interview to Dunya TV, Pakistan Army spokesperson Asif Ghafoor said Pakistan has a long-standing record of fighting terrorism and “we know the price [that is paid] for peace.” “Pakistan’s desire for peace should not be mistaken for weakness…War is imposed when you are not ready for it. But we are a nuclear nation and ready,” he said.Rejecting India’s claim of killing and slitting the throat of one of its jawans in Jammu, the Pakistan Army spokesperson said, “We are a professional army. We never engage in such acts. We have struggled to achieve peace in the last two decades. We can never do anything to disgrace any soldier. They have in the past as well laid the blame on us for mutilating the body of a fallen soldier,” reported Dawn.Pakistan’s Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry also accused the Indian Army of making “irresponsible” statements to divert attention from its domestic issues. “The Indian Govt  is facing graft scandals at home. And in a bid to divert attention from their domestic issues, the Indian army is hurling irresponsible statements of war,” he said. “Indian army chief needs to understand that he is not a BJP leader,” Chaudhry remarked, adding that “the world stands witness to who wants war and who wants peace. As a peace-loving nation, Pakistan desires peace [with India].”indianexpress
Army man among fresh arrests in Haryana’s Rewari gangrape case
New Delhi :Haryana Police Sunday arrested Manish and Pankaj, two of the three accused who went absconding after being accused of gangraping a 19-year-old girl in Rewari. DGP BS Sandhu said 30 police teams were formed to nab Pankaj, who is an Army man, and college student Manish.The prime accused, Nishu, who was held last week, has been sent to judicial custody for four days. All three accused are from a village in Rewari district.Two others, Deendayal and Dr Sanjeev, who were on five-day police remand were also sent to judicial custody. While Deendayal is the owner of the tubewell where the sexual assault took place, Sanjeev was summoned by the accused to administer first-aid to the victim after the gangrape but did not inform the police about it.indianexpress
Illiterate Muslim laborer uses Tiranga to protect family’s ‘Izzat’, arrested, sent to jail in up
Muzaffarnagar;Being illiterate, poor porter Shahrukh didn’t know the rules and laws about use of the national flag Tiranga. Returning from the local railway station in the night of Independence Day this year, he found a flag lying on the way. He picked it and began using it as ‘purdah’ of his door-less half-built one-room rented house wherein he lived with wife, two children and ailing elderly parents. He had no idea he was disrespecting the national flag.Couple of weeks later, instead of telling him about the respect of Tiranga and helping the poor daily wage earner to buy a door or even a curtail so that he could protect the honour of his family, a group of Hindutva hyper-nationalists living in the neighbourhood reached the local police station and came back with a huge posse of policemen, including senior officers, and a battery of TV cameras and got the man arrested.The only earning hand of his six-member family, Shahrukh was sent to jail on 5th September. He was released on bail a week later – on 11th September. The case lodged against him for disrespecting the Tiranga will continue in the court. The concerned law – the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971 has a provision of up to three-years jail term and a fine.The photo of his arrest shows members of the local unit of Shiv Sena walking along with 33-year-old Shahrukh as a ‘big catch’ and a police team following them.caravandaily
Nrc: SC allows 40 lakh excluded people to re-apply, BJP chief vows to strike them off voters’ list
Jaipur;Just 3 days after the Supreme Court allowed around 40 lakh people excluded from Assam’s National Register of Citizens to re-apply for inclusion, the national president of India’s ruling party BJP has called them “illegal immigrants” and vowed to strike them off the electoral roll.Addressing a pubic rally in the Sawai Madhopur district of the poll-bound Rajasthan where BJP is in power, Amit Shah on Saturday said: “BJP Govt  brought NRC and prima facie identified nearly 40 lakh illegal immigrants.” He also said that Bangladeshi migrants are like “termites” and each one of them will be struck off the electoral roll.“BJP Govt  will pick out each and every infiltrator and remove their names from the voters’ list,"said Shah in his bid to polarize the electorate in Rajasthan where BJP Govt  and CM  Vasundhara Raje are facing popularity deficit and have lost all by-polls of Assembly and Lok Sabha in the last two years. The saffron party is facing tough fight from the Opposition Congress.caravandaily
Centre says no to Muslim quota in Telangana
Hyderabad:Centre has returned state Govt’s legislation enhancing reservation for Muslims in education and jobs from 4 to 12 % , without giving approval. Interestingly, less than a week ago, when BJP President Amit Shah visited the state to launch the party’s poll campaign, he had said the Act was unconstitutional. Assembly had passed the Act in April 2017 and referred it to Centre for approval. CM  K. Chandrasekhar Rao met PM Narendra Modi several times and sought the Centre’s approval but in vain. Centre had raised certain queries stating that Act provided for reservations based on religion, which was unconstitutional. It said 12 %  reservation would violate 50 %  quota limit prescribed by the Supreme Court and affect reservations earmarked for BCs, SCs and STs. Act was returned to TS govt by the Ministry of Social Justice and the Ministry of Law and Justice which stated, “The state has not brought out any facts or grounds on the basis of which this Act deserves approval.” These remarks were forwarded to Telangana Govt and clarifications sought within a week.The main objection raised by both the Union ministries was that the provisions of the Telangana legislation were in violation of a 1992 Supreme Court order that capped overall reservations quota at 50%, while the overall reservations in Telangana would reach 62%, if this Act were approved. Deccan Chronicle
Women's wing of AIMPLB wants Centre to withdraw Triple talaaq ordinance
Hyderabad: Women’s wing of All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) demanded immediate withdrawal of Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017 — popularly known as the ‘triple talaaq’ ordinance, which was passed by the Union Govt  recently. Dr Asma Zehra, member of the board questioned the urgency of the BJP Govt  in passing the triple talaq ordinance in haste in an ‘undemocratic’ and ‘unconstitutional’ manner. “It is a political stunt. A man who is imprisoned for three years cannot be expected to come back and live again with his wife. It is injustice against human rights,” she said.She said that to emerge as a crusader and champion of women’s rights, the Union Govt  spread a false propaganda to show that the Bill was necessary. “More than five crore Muslims had sent signed representations to the Law Commission against any interference in the Muslim Personal Law. More than 250 protest meetings and rallies were organised across the country in which about 2 crore Muslim women participated,” Dr Asma said. AIMPLB demanded the Govt to take back the ordinance if they are really interested in protecting the rights of the Muslim women in the country.TelanganaToday 
Barelvi clerics plan to move SC against talaq ordinance
Bareilly: Days after the Union Cabinet passed an ordinance making instant divorce a punishable offence with a three-year jail term, Syed Noori, chairperson of Mumbai-based Raza Academy, said his outfit has planned to move Supreme Court against criminalisation of triple talaq.Noori, who came to Dargah Aala Hazrat in Bareilly, said, “When the SC had declared triple talaq invalid, there was no need for the Centre to bring an ordinance proposing three-year jail term. We are against jail term and are taking legal opinions from our lawyers on the matter. We will soon move the Supreme Court against criminalisation of the practice. If any woman goes to the police station and claims that her husband has given triple talaq, the man will be arrested even if he has not uttered the three words. We feel that the ordinance can be misused.” Though the ordinance has a jail term of three years, it also has the provision of bail by magistrate after the victimized wife has been heard. Maulana Shahbudin Razvi, national general secretary, Tanzeem Ulama-e-Islam, a Sunni Barelvi organisation, said, “The ordinance will create differences among people who follow the Islamic law and the law of the land. Sunni Barelvis will contest it in the court.”TOI
Triple Talaq Ordinance a 'Simplistic, Vacuous Law': Hyderabad Muslim Women’s Forum
New Delhi:In a strongly-worded statement, Hyderabad Muslim Women’s Forum has criticised the Union cabinet’s move to clear an ordinance that criminalises the offence of ‘triple talaq’. According to the ordinance passed this week, giving instant triple talaq has been made illegal and void, and will attract a jail term of three years for the husband. Seeking to allay fears that the law could be misused, Govt  has included certain safeguards in it such as adding a provision of bail for the accused before trial.Questioning “thoughtlessness” of the ordinance, the forum has slammed Govt  for trying to  “score with the majority, for whom ‘rescuing Muslim women’from the imagined terrors of ‘patriarchal husband and religion’ has become a favourite past time”.“We appeal to the Muslim community to strongly oppose this spurious and opportunistic ordinance that does not address issues that Muslim women face in the family.At the same time, we also appeal to the community to rise to the occasion to address the threat and practice of instant talaq from within,” the statement reads. thewire
 Quran combined with computers in UP's modern madrassa-cum-schools: TOI
It is one of the many madrassas-cum-schools that have come up in UP in recent years. Unlike the traditional madrassa where kurta-pyjama-clad students sit on the carpet and learn the Quran, Urdu and Persian as their main subjects, the focus here is on English, science, math, social studies, computer science and extra-circular activities. Dressed in his uniform — a blue-and-white striped shirt and blue trousers — Zunaid Khan watches raptly as the laptop screen plays a movie about how pollution is affecting the environment. The 10-year-old is a Class V student of Gulshane Rizwan madrassa, where little children are regularly shown educational movies and videos of nursery rhymes so they pick up the right English pronunciation.
Telangana father wanted to ‘find his daughter & kill her’ after she married a Dalit
Hyderabad: When Madhavi, 20, was brought to Yashoda Hospital here on Wednesday, her left forearm was attached to her body by just 3 inches of skin. She had deep cuts to her neck and face, and she was fighting for her life.Madhavi, who belongs to the other backward classes, had been attacked with a sickle that afternoon by her father, a week after she married her Dalit boyfriend Sandeep, 21, at an Arya Samaj temple.“Her father, Manohar Chari, could not believe she had married without his knowledge or permission,” assistant commissioner of police (Banjara Hills) Vijay Kumar told ThePrint.The attack came five days after a Dalit man named Pranay Kumar was hacked to death with a machete by a contract killer in Miryalaguda town of Nalgonda district, three hours from Hyderabad.Pranay was allegedly murdered on the instruction of his upper-caste wife’s powerful father Maruti Rao, who has since been arrested along with six other suspects.Although Chari is believed to have been “inspired” by Rao, police say the intended target of Chari’s wrath wasn’t his lower-caste son-in-law, but his daughter.theprint
Agitating sanitation workers of Delhi Municipal Corporation threaten to convert to Islam
New Delhi: Agitating sanitation workers of Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) threaten to convert to Islam if their demands are not met. They said they will change the religion on October 5 by reaching Jama Masjid. However, some union leaders have opposed it saying the matter will not resolve this way.During the demonstration at East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC), founder of MCD Swachata Karamchari Union R B Utwal and sanitation workers union president of Delhi Municipal Corporation J Bhagwan Charan announced that if their demands are not met they will be forced to change the religion. They said they will reach Jama Masjid in thousands of numbers and will accept Islam.Before that, they will demonstrate at Rajnivas on Oct.3. Union leaders say that the officers and leaders are misleading them for the past 20 years. Every time they are given assurance but no action is taken. They demand regularisation of jobs and health security. Sanitation workers suffer serious ailments due to the nature of their work.siasat
Mamata blames RSS, BJP for student deaths, accuses them of creating communal disturbance
West Bengal CM  Mamata Banerjee blamed RSS and BJP for the death of 2 students during a protest against the appointment of Urdu teachers in a school and accused them of trying to create a communal disturbance.Banerjee, who is in Milan, Italy, on an official tour, also came out in support of providing Urdu teachers to Daribhita School in Islampur in North Dinajpur where a clash between protesters and police claimed the lives of the two students. BJP has called a 12-hour shutdown in the state on September 26 to protest against the death of the 2 students.Warning saffron organisations "not to play with fire by doing politics on the issue", she appealed to the people of the state not to pay heed to the politics of BJP and RSS and foil the shutdown."BJP and RSS should say why the two students were killed," she said while interacting with journalists from the city who were accompanying her."They (BJP, RSS) are like vultures waiting for a death and then start doing politics over it. They do politics even with death of students. First they commit a murder and then play holi with the (dead person's) blood."PTI
Maharashtra Minority dept directs action against members involved in
Aurangabad;The minority department of state Govt  has directed the chief executive officer to take action against the seven members who were involved allegedly in 'irregularities' in Wakf Board. In this regard, instructions has been issued by the department on September 14 through a letter by the Govt . A complaint in this regard was filed in November 2017 to the minority department by the all Indian Muslim OBC organization president Shabbir Ansari with evidence. The circular issued by the additional secretary M S Chaukekar, states that it was found that the section in Wakf Act 1995 was violated by the members.The order also instructed to take independents criminal action against all of them.UNI
Hindu seers’ panel to meet on Ram temple strategy
New Delhi :The Ram temple issue is set for a fresh round of debate as several states near elections, with a high-power committee of Hindu seers set to meet in New Delhi on October 5 to draw the strategy for future course of action in the matter. The decision comes in wake of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat earlier this week demanding the construction of a grand Ram temple in Ayodhya at the earliest. The high-power committee of Ram Janmabhoomi Mukti Sangharsh Samiti was formed decades ago to supervise Ram Janmabhoomi movement. Nearly 50 seers from prominent mutts and shrines will participate in the meeting to discuss the status, including legal, and draw future course of action. VHP international general secretary Milind Parande said that seers associated with the Ram Janmabhoomi movement since long will meet in Delhi on October 5 to discuss various issues, including the Ram temple. Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas chairman Nritya Gopal Das will chair the meeting.indianexpress
Alcohol intake in India doubles in 11 years: WHO
New Delhi: Per capita alcohol consumption in India has more than doubled from 2005 to 2016, according to a report by World Health Organisation (WHO).The consumption of alcohol has increased from 2.4 litres in 2005 to 5.7 litres in 2016 with 4.2 litres being consumed by men and 1.5 litre by women, the report said.The total alcohol per capita consumption (15+ years) is expected to increase in half of WHO regions by 2025 and the highest increase is expected in the South-East Asia Region. An increase of 2.2 litres is expected in India alone which represents a large proportion of the total population in this region, the report highlighted.However, increases, although smaller, are also expected in Indonesia and Thailand (with 2nd- and 4rth-largest largest populations).The second-highest increase is projected for the populations of the Western Pacific Region, where the population of China is the largest, with an increase in per capita consumption of 0.9 litres of pure alcohol by 2025.Total alcohol per capita consumption has increased globally after a relatively stable phase between 2000 and 2005. Since then, total per capita consumption rose from 5.5 litres in 2005 to 6.4 litres in 2010 and was still at the level of 6.4 litres in 2016, the report stated.The harmful impact of alcohol is one of the leading risk factors for populations worldwide and has a direct impact on many health-related targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including those for maternal and child health, infectious diseases (HIV, viral hepatitis, tuberculosis), non-communicable diseases and mental health, injuries and poisonings.In 2016, the harmful use of alcohol resulted in some three million deaths (5.3% of all deaths) worldwide and 132.6 million disability-adjusted life years (DALYs). Mortality resulting from alcohol consumption is higher than that caused by diseases such as tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and diabetes.Among men in 2016, an estimated 2.3 million deaths and 106.5 million DALYs were attributable to the consumption of alcohol. Among women 0.7 million died and they experienced 26.1 million DALYs attributable to alcohol consumption.thehindu
AMU declared fifth best India University in India Today-Mudra Survey
Aligarh: National competition for a place at one of India’s best universities is fierce, but AMU has again been chosen as one of the best public universities of the country. India Today-Mudra Survey, 2018 has ranked AMU as the fifth best Indian Govt University.“It is a moment of pride and joy for the whole AMU fraternity,” said AMU Vice Chancellor, Professor Tariq Mansoor while congratulating the University faculty members, students and researchers.Expressing happiness on the achievement, the V-C further said that AMU’s rank proves that the University is producing the best of research, quality publications,IPR and patents.TCN
WORLD
Israel gives Palestinians 8 days to leave Khan al-Ahmar village
Israeli Govt has told Palestinians living in a Bedouin village in the occupied West Bank to demolish their homes within the next eight days and leave.The warning on Sunday comes just weeks after Israel's Supreme Court rejected appeals against demolition.The Israeli defence ministry unit that oversees civilian affairs in the West Bank said in a statement: "Pursuant to a Supreme Court ruling, residents of Khan al-Ahmar received a notice today requiring them to demolish all the structures on the site by October 1st, 2018."If you refuse, the authorities will enforce demolition orders as per a court decision and the law."Israel's plan to demolish the village, which is home to 180 people, and relocate its residents has been criticised by Palestinians and drawn international condemnation.Earlier this month, Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain renewed their call for Israel not to demolish the village, warning of the consequences for residents, as well as "the prospects of the two-state solution"."No one will leave. We will have to be expelled by force," village spokesman Eid Abu Khamis told Al Jazeera, adding that a residents' meeting would be held later on the issue."If we wanted to take these incentives we would have taken them 30 years ago, the incentives kept coming but all of us refused."We are staying on our land we will not leave only by force."aljazeera
Spain ‘ready to recognise Palestinian state’, urges EU to join
Spain is to spearhead a move within the European Union to recognise Palestine as an independent state, the country’s foreign minister said on Thursday, adding that if the initiative fails Govt is ready to recognise Palestine individually.If EU “is not able to reach unanimous decision – each to their own,” Spain’s Foreign Minister Josep Borrell said at a conference of European Union leaders in Austria Tuesday, according to Haaretz. Newly appointed Borrell added that an alternative option of Spanish recognition of Palestinian state is “on the table.”Borrell told reporters that he plans to launch an “intensive” consultation process with his fellow European leaders to set in motion the process to reach a unified position on the issue.MEMO
Ireland may ‘recognise’ Palestine if talks keep failing
Ireland may recognize Palestine as a state if talks over a two-state solution with Israel keep failing, the Irish foreign minister said Saturday.Simon Coveney made the remarks during a joint press conference in Dublin with visiting Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki, who was accompanying President Mahmoud Abbas.“We have made a choice not to officially recognise the state of Palestine just yet,” the Irish Times quoted Coveney as saying.“But if this hopelessness continues in terms of the dialogue working we will be forced to review that for obvious reasons, as I think a lot of other countries in Europe will too,” he added.He said Ireland has already committed to recognising a Palestinian state as part of a peace process; however, if negotiations between Palestine and Israel continue to prove fruitless, “we may have to forget the second part of that.”middleeastmonitor
Maldives extends voting in high-stakes Prez election
Male;Maldives' elections commission has extended polling in the country's presidential election by 3 hours because of "extraordinary high turnout", according to an official. Voters in the Indian Ocean island nation complained on Sunday of long delays as they queued in snaking lines across the country to cast their ballots. Some reported waiting periods of more than six hours. The vote, seen as a referendum on democracy, will decide whether the country's President Abdulla Yameen will win a second term."Voting has been extended for three hours across all polling stations, in and outside the country, because people are still queued up to vote," said Ahmed Akram, deputy head of the national electoral body. "There are long queues because of an extraordinary high turnout." Sunday's vote pits Yameen, who has presided over a wide-ranging crackdown on dissent, against opposition figure and long-time Member of Parliament, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.aljazeera
Swiss to vote on regional 'burqa ban'
A referendum in Switzerland's northeastern St Gallen region is considering introducing a "burqa ban" that would prohibit all face-covering garments in public spaces in the area.Voters will go to the polls over the proposed law on Sunday and the region is expected to follow the example of the southern canton of Ticino, where a law was introduced two years ago targeting face veils and other items of clothing that hide the face.A text stipulating that "any person who renders themselves unrecognisable by covering their face in a public space, and thus endangers public security or social and religious peace will be fined" was adopted by legislators in St Gallen late last year. The text, first drafted following an uproar in the canton over a girl who wore a face veil to school, is problematic, according to Fredy Fassler, a socialist in charge of security and justice in St Gallen. It does not define when a woman wearing a face veil constitutes a danger, and critics "worry the sanctions will be unpredictable and arbitrary", he told the daily, Le Temps.The law passed the regional parliament with support from populist parties.Now the issue is going up for public approval after Green Party and Young Socialists demanded a referendum. Switzerland's Govt  last year opposed an initiative aimed at creating a nationwide "burqa ban",saying it should be up to regions to determine if such measures are appropriate.aljazeera
China and Vatican agree to landmark deal on bishop appointments
Vatican and Beijing have reached an historic agreement over the appointment of bishops in China. The provisional accord could lead to a rapprochement between the Catholic Church and China, following decades of tensions since Chinese authorities broke off relations in 1951.Beijing's insistence that it must approve all bishop appointments in China had been a major obstacle to relations with the Vatican, which for its part insisted bishops could only be appointed with the consent of the pope.There are an estimated10-12 million Catholics in China, split between a Govt -run association whose clergy are picked by Beijing and an unofficial, underground church that is loyal to the Vatican.aljazeera       
Egypt: Court upholds Mubarak, sons' corruption convictions
The highest appeals court in Egypt rejected a motion by former president Hosni Mubarak and his two sons to overturn their corruption convictions related to his nearly 30-year rule. Egypt's Court of Cessation denied Mubaraks' appeals. Mubarak, 90, Gamal, and his third son Alaa were sentenced in 2014 to 3 years' imprisonment each for using funds originally intended for the maintenance of presidential palaces to build and upgrade private residences.Sons were released in 2015 and Mubarak was freed last year. Alaa and Gamal are currently on trial for insider trading. aljazeera
Iran holds US, allies accountable for terror attack
Tehran :Top Iranian officials have said the US and its regional allies are responsible for the terror attack in the Iranian city of Ahvaz on Saturday.At least 25 people were killed and 60 others injured in a terror attack on a military parade in Iran’s southwestern city of Ahvaz, IRNA news agency quoted Ali Hossein Hossein Zadeh, political deputy of the Khuzestan governor, as saying. Military forces and citizens who had gathered to watch the parade were among the killed, the report said.“This crime is the extension of the plots by the US allies in the region, seeking to create insecurity in Iran,” Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a statement, Xinhua news agency reported.IANS
Afghan officials ready to meet Taliban in Moscow: Report
Moscow/Kabul:Afghanistan's Govt officials have expressed readiness to meet Taliban's representatives in a meeting hosted by Russia in its capital, the media reported. The meeting was earlier scheduled for Sept.4. However, Kabul refused to participate in it just days before, Afghanistan's TOLO News reported on Friday. According to TASS news agency, diplomats continued to hammer out all the details for the new meeting in Moscow on the Afghan settlement.  "Kabul is upbeat on participating in the upcoming conference", Russia's Special Presidential Envoy for Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov told Izvestia daily, following a discussion with Afghanistan's Deputy Foreign Minister Nasir Ahmad Andisha on Thursday. Afghan minister said that details of the conference were being worked out. The exact date of the meeting is still unknown, but Afghan officials declared their readiness to meet with representatives of the Taliban movement, according to the Russian official.  "Kabul is determined to participate in the Moscow-hosted meeting. Now we are in the process of developing modalities for this participation. Currently, the main thing is not the date, but the content, so this is the part that we are working on," he told Izvestia. In August, a delegation from the Afghan Taliban met Uzbekistan officials during a five-day trip to the country. Issues including transport, power lines and peace in Afghanistan were discussed, the movement's political office said.   IANS
Trump administration’s proposal to deny green cards to aid recipients bad news for Indians in US
Washignton:Trump administration may deny green cards to immigrants who have availed or may avail Govt  benefits including food and cash assistance under new rules which could affect hundreds of thousands of Indians living in US.The proposed rule signed by the Homeland Security Secretary on Sept.21 and posted on the website of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was slammed by the Silicon Valley-based tech industry and political leaders.According to the rule, foreign immigrants who “seek adjustment of status or a visa, or who are applicants for admission, must establish that they are not likely at any time to become a public charge” unless determined by Congress. Public charge means receiving Govt  benefits. The latest move to crack down on immigration comes days after the Trump administration told a federal court that its decision to revoke work permits to H-4 visa users, a significant majority of whom are Indian-Americans, is expected within the next three months, a move which will have a major impact on Indian women as they are the major beneficiary of the Obama-era rule.PTI
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