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Thursday, 4 October 2018

4 OCT ND: In a first, India deports 7 Rohingya immigrants to Myanmar; UN slams move/PM Modi has assured us that NRC-excluded people won't be deported to Bangladesh: Hasina’s Adviser / Up conversion: police, Hindutva activists camping at converts’ home, Muslim fact-finding team returns


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04 OCT. 2018: 23 Muhram 1440: Vol: 11, No:18
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In a first, India deports 7 Rohingya immigrants to Myanmar; UN slams move
New Delhi:In a first, India today deported 7 Rohingya immigrants to Myanmar. 7 illegal immigrants, lodged in Assam jail since 2012,were handed over to the Myanmar authorities in Moreh border post in Manipur today.Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court refused to intervene and stop their deportation. Those deported are Md Jamal, Mohbul Khan, Jamal Hussain, Md Yonus, Sabir Ahmed, Rahim Uddin and Md Salam, all in the age bracket of 26-32 years, a Cachar district official said.They were apprehended in July 2012 for violating the Foreigners’ Act and were placed in detention at the Silchar Central Jail since then.The nationality of the immigrants was confirmed after the Myanmar govt verified their addresses in Rakhine State, another official said,India’s decision to send back 7 immigrants has drawn criticism from UN. “Indian govt has an international legal obligation to fully acknowledge the institutionalised discrimination, persecution, hate and gross human rights violations these people have faced in their country of origin and provide them with the necessary protection,”UN’s Special Rapporteur on racism, Tendayi Achiume, said.Rejecting the plea to stop the handover process, a 3-judge bench headed by CJI Ranjan Gogoi said the seven were found as illegal immigrants by the court earlier and that Myanmar has already accepted them as its nationals. Arguing for the petitioners, senior advocate Prashant Bhushan said it was responsibility of the court to protect Rohingya.He alleged that the worst kind of genocide has taken place in Myanmar in which over 10,000 people were killed. indian express
7 Rohingya deported to Myanmar after SC refuses to intervene
 India deports 7 Rohingyas to Myanmar
Forcing Rohingyas’ return violates international law: UN expert
As Govt prepares to deport 7 Rohingya Muslims back to Myanmar, a UN expert on Wednesday said forcing their return could “constitute refoulement which violates international law,” ANI reported.“Indian Govt has an obligation to refer Rohingyas under their custody to the UN refugee agency so their protection needs can be assessed and proper information provided to them about their rights,” the expert added.indianexpress
PM Modi has assured us that NRC-excluded people won't be deported to Bangladesh: Hasina’s Adviser
Bangladesh today said that it has received assurance from PM Narendra Modi that people excluded from National Register of Citizens exercise in Assam would not be deported to the country."PM  Modi has personally assured our PM  Sheikh Hasina that those not on NRC list of Assam would not be sent to Bangladesh in the near future," said H T Imam, Political Adviser to Bangladesh PM  Sheikh Hasina.Speaking to a global media delegation in Dhaka, influential Political Adviser to Hasina said that Dhaka has also been repearedly assured on similar lines by other Indian dignitaries including by the High Commissioner of India Harsh Vardhan Shringla. Imam declined to share the details about when precisely the Indian leader assured his Bangladesh counterpart but emphasised, "Assurance was given to our PM. Whatever is happening in Assam regarding NRC is internal to India.During 1947 large number of people including high profile leaders had migrated to India. It is not possible (to displace people) now. thehindu"
Up conversion: police, Hindutva activists camping at converts’ home, Muslim fact-finding team returns
Baghpat:Day after a Muslim family of Jogi community allegedly converted to Hinduism with the support of a local Hindutva outfit to “secure justice” for the death of their son, a fact-finding of a Muslim organization tried to reach the family to know the truth but they couldn’t because both the local Police and members of the Hindutva outfit were camping at the home of the family. The alleged conversion, felicitated by a little-known outfit Yuva Hindu Vahini-Bharat (YHV-B), took place at Badarkha village of Baghpat district on Tuesday.Despite registration a case of murder, the death of his son being shown as suicide and no arrest so far by the police, said a Muslim man Akhtar Ali who along with 12 members of his family allegedly converted to Hinduism.After changing their religion,family said they are now expecting that police may “properly investigate” the matter and they will get “justice for our new community”. “My name was Ali, I have changed my religion because the police did not investigate our case in a fair manner, even the Muslim community did not stand in our support. In Modi’s India, Muslims not treated fairly. I demand justice.” Dharam Singh (new name) told ANI. Akhtar told media that he felt the change might impact police to “properly investigate his son’s murder”.Claiming voluntary conversion, family also submitted an affidavit to SDM. Baghpat DM Rishirendra Kumar also confirmed that the family members said they had changed their religion because they were not satisfied with the police probe into the death of Akhtar’s son Gulhasan.The family changed their religion with the help of a local right-wing group — YHV-B by performing formal Hindu ritual a ‘hawan’ in the presence of YHV-B members in a local temple. A team from a prominent Muslim outfit tried to reach the family of Akhtar to get first-hand information about the issue but they could not reach the village as both the police and members of Hindutva outfit were camping there in large number, said a member of the team on the condition of anonymity. However, the team talked to some people in the neighbouring areas to know about the family.Team came to know that the family that has allegedly converted to Hinduism comes from Jogi community. The community is almost illiterate. In the past, male members of the community would generally wear saffron dress, hold a violin and visit door to door reciting folk songs to earn a living.The member of the fact-finding team also claimed that the affected family might have been induced for conversion.caravandaily
Malayalam writer Kamal Chavara embraces Islam to protest against ex-naxal leader Babu's cremation
Chennai: Malayalam writer Kamal C Chavara embraced Islam to protest against the cremation of the mortal remains of ex-naxal leader Najmal Babu, also known as TN Joy, who passed away on Tuesday. Sources said that Babu's body was cremated by his kin, despite protests from his friends, and in contrast to the last wish of the activist.In a back drop to Chavara's conversion, Babu had reportedly embraced Islam in 2015 to protest against the increasing hate crimes faced by the Muslim community in the country. Following his conversion, he changed his name from TN Joy to Najmal Babu. It was his wish that his mortal remains should be interred in the compound of Cheraman Juma Mosque. However, his kin claimed his body and cremated it at a family property in Kodungallur. Police had to use force to gain possession of the body as Babu's friends insisted that his body be interred according to the activist's last wish.Chavara reportedly noted in a Facebook post that to be a Muslim in today's India is a revolutionary act. The writer further said that he is sticking his neck out to receive the first slash aimed at a Muslim. Ultimately it is an affront to live as an Hindu,he opined.Bangalore Mirror
Ahead of SC's hearing, Ayodhya seers begin indefinite fast, Bhagwat says none opposing Ram temple construction openly
The long-standing Ram Mandir matter is pending before the Supreme Court for its final resolution. Meanwhile, various supporting and non-supporting groups are further trying to heat up the environment as the next hearing on the long-standing Ram Mandir matter will take place on Oct.29. The SC for yet to announce its final verdict on the matter.Ahead the final resolution by the apex court, RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat said leaving aside a few, most of the people who are against the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya are not opposing it openly as the deity is worshipped by the country's majority. "Even those who are in the parties that oppose Ram Mandir, cannot oppose it openly. Because they know that they are in power and crores of Hindus and a huge section of the nation are devotees of Ram," Bhagwat said.Bhagwat said while addressing a gathering on Monday, "Leaving aside a few people, those, who belong to the party opposing the construction of Ram Temple, cannot do that openly in the country because they know that whatever they will say, the majority Hindu community of the country considers Lord Ram as their deity. That's why they will not speak against Ram Temple."On the other hand, Mahant Paramhans Das of Tapasvi Chavni, on Tuesday, began an indefinite fast to mount pressure on PM  Narendra Modi to declare the date for construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya. Mahant sat on dharna outside the Tapasvi Chavni and said that he was ready to lay down his life for the sake of the temple.abplive
‘Frog’s cry’: Congress on RSS chief’s remark on Ram temple
Congress has compared RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s statement on early construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya with noise made by frogs during rains and accused RSS-BJP of sending Lord Ram to “exile” after every elections.Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said the BJP and RSS were like “Kalyug’s Kaikeyi” who remember Lord Ram four months before every election and then send him to exile after it.“During the season of rains and elections, a number of frogs make noise and every noise does not become a reality. Lord Ram is everywhere and in the country,” Surjewala told reporters. “At one time in Satyug, Kaikeyi had got Lord Ram banished to a 14-year exile. In today’s Kalyug, ‘Kaikeyi BJP and RSS’ have sent Lord Ram to exile of 30 years.“After every election, they send Lord Ram to exile and remember him four months before every election. What is the character of BJP and RSS? Ram in their speech and Nathuram in their thought. This is the truth of the BJP,” he said.PTI
Uddhav Thackeray meets chief of Ram Janmabhoomi Trust, to visit Ayodhya after Dussehra
New Delhi: Chief of Ram Janmabhoomi trust, Janmejay Sharanji Maharaj, met Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday. The trust chief invited Thackeray to visit Ayodhya which was accepted. After the recent hearing on Ayodhya Shiv Sena upped the ante on Ram Temple construction and said that Modi Govt  should immediately start with the construction.“Chief of Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas came and met Uddhav ji, he was of the belief that its only Shiv Sena's effort and nothing else which can help build the Ram Temple. Uddhav ji will go to Ayodhya soon,” said Sena leader and MP Sanjay Raut. According to Raut, Thackeray is planning to visit Ayodhya and Varanasi after the party's annual Dussehra rally. "Date will be announced soon," Raut added. According to a report,trust chief needs Sena's assistance in the reconstruction of the temple at Ayodhya.Shiv Sena’s posters of 'Chalo Ayodhya, Chalo Varanasi' were seen in many areas of Mumbai.Times Now
Will accept whatever the SC decides: Agra Muslims meet on Babri Masjid case
A meeting of the Muslim community was held in Agra recently, where several Muslim clerics and intellectuals tried to reassure the Hindu community that Islam was a religion of peace and whatever the Supreme court  decides on the temple issue, will be acceptable to the Muslims. Chairing the meeting, Mufti Mudassar Khan Qadri said that when we were in mother's womb, we were not aware of the religion, caste or colour we belonged to. All such differences were created by the mankind for selfish motives. God never distinguished people created by him on such criteria. We should thank the almighty for blessing us with a human life. To utilise this opportunity in a positive aspect we should work for the welfare of the society we live in. For Muslims in particular, every Muslim should aim at adhering to the advice of the Quran and Hadith to enrich our social living.Hafiz Ikhtiyar Jafri said that even Bhagvad Gita says that the almighty will send his representatives to this earth whenever it is felt that the normal functioning of this universe is disturbed and there is a need to set the people back to the right path of life. The latest example of such saints has been Prophet Muhammad who always preached that a true Muslim should go ahead in the path defined in Quran, without disturbing others and respecting the feelings and sentiments of all people.Bhartiya Muslim Vikas Parishad Chairman Sami Aghai said that when we exercise brotherhood without any bias, then only the reformation of our society is possible.Senior Advocate Amir Ahmed Jafri said there is no wrong in following a religion of one's own choice, but the problem arises if a person develops over-possessiveness about his own religion and begins to hate others. indiatoday
Big turn in Malegaon blast case: court accepts victims as intervenors
Mumbai:In a big turn in the decade-old Malegaon blasts case, the special court has accepted a plea from affected people to recognize them as intervenor in the case. Members of saffron outfits facing trial in the case and NIA had opposed plea.Jamiat Ulama Maharashtra that is providing legal aid to affected people termed the development as “a big setback for saffron terror accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, Col. Purohit and others and NIA”.To present their view before the court, affected people had to seek permission from the court every time and saffron terror accused and counsels of NIA would oppose it, said Gulzar Azmi, head of legal cell of Jamiat.Counsel for Jamiat Sharif Shaikh told the special court that in this case, the Supreme Court and High Court have allowed affected persons to participate in the hearing as intervenor,so the lower court should also accept them as intervenor. He said that affected persons want to help the court and prosecution so that those killed in the blasts could get justice. He further told the court that as the prosecution has begun changing its stand, the court should allow the affected persons to intervene.Opposing the plea, counsels for saffron terror accuse and NIA told the court that the investigating agency was doing its job honestly and by allowing affected persons to intervene in the case, the court proceeding could be affected, so their pela should be rejected.However, after hearing both sides, the court on Wednesday accepted the plea of affected persons. Azmi said that the petition was filed on behalf of Syed Nisar whose son Syed Azhar was killed in the blast. 6Commenting on the new development, Azmi said that if NIA had executed its duty honestly, victims would not have to knock the doors of the court.He alleged that since after the change of power at the centre and in the state of Maharashtra, the prosecution has helped the saffron terror accused and if victims had not intervened at important occasions, the saffron terror accused would have been freed much earlier.caravandaily
Supreme Court dismisses plea by wife of former IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt challenging his arrest
New Delhi:The Supreme Court today dismissed a petition filed by the wife of arrested former IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt challenging his arrest in a 22-year-old case of alleged planting of drugs to arrest an advocate.A bench of CJI Ranjan Gogoi and Justices SK Kaul and KM Joseph said the petition can be moved before the Gujarat high court.The petition had also alleged that Bhatt was not being allowed to sign any document in custody to enable him approach the apex court.Bhatt and seven others, including some former policemen attached with Banaskantha Police, were initially detained for questioning in the case. Bhatt was the Banaskantha district superintendent of police in 1996.As per police, Banaskantha cops under Bhatt had arrested one Sumersingh Rajpurohit, an advocate,in 1996 on charges of possessing around one kg of drugs. At that time, Banaskantha Police had claimed that the drugs were found in a hotel room occupied by Rajpurohit in the district’s Palanpur town.However,a probe by the Rajasthan Police had concluded that Rajpurohit was allegedly falsely implicated by the Banaskantha Police to compel him to transfer a disputed property at Pali in Rajasthan. It had also claimed to have found that Rajpurohit was allegedly abducted by the Banaskantha Police from his residence at Pali in Rajasthan.HT
HC reserves verdict on PIL urging CBI to challenge Amit Shah discharge in Sohrabuddin case; report
Legal news website Bar & Bench has reported that the Bombay High Court has reserved judgment in a public interest petition filed by Bombay Lawyer’s Association in January this year, which urges that CBI must challenge a 2014 order discharging BJP President Amit Shah in relation to Sohrabuddin, Kauser Bi and Tulsiram Prajapati alleged encounter killings.Sohrabuddin Shaikh, who Gujarat police claimed was a terrorist, was killed in an alleged fake encounter by the Gujarat and Rajasthan police in 2005. His wife Kausar Bi disappeared, and was alleged to have been eliminated by police. Shaikh's associate Tulsi Prajapati was also later killed in an alleged fake encounter.CBI took over the probe in Feb.2010 and filed a chargesheet in July the same year against 23 accused, including Amit Shah, who at that time was the minister of state for home in Gujarat. The trial court, over a period of time, discharged several accused in the case, including Shah and three IPS officers. In its petition, according to the report, the petitioners have said that the BLA chose to challenge the discharge of 3 accused police officers—Rajasthan police sub-inspectors Himanshu Singh and Shyam Singh Charan and senior Gujarat police officer NK Amin—in the case in 2014, but failed to challenge the discharge of BJP chief Amit Shah, and contended that this was “arbitrary” and “mala fide”.nationalheraldindia
Sohrabuddin case: CBI justifies in HC its decision not to challenge Amit Shah’s discharge
SC denies relief from arrest to journalist Abhijit Iyer-Mitra, says ‘your comments incite religious feelings’
New Delhi:The Supreme Court on Thursday denied relief from arrest to Delhi-based journalist Abhijit Iyer-Mitra who is facing charges of making derogatory remarks on the Konark Sun Temple.3-judge bench of the Supreme Court, headed by CJI Ranjan Gogoi, said,“Your comments incite religious feelings. How are you entitled for bail,” reported ANI.Mitra was earlier arrested on Sept. 20 by the Odisha police.He was then granted bail by a Delhi court. The court had also asked Mitra, to furnish a bail bond of Rs 1 lakh and one surety of the like amount on a plea moved by him.Odisha police had earlier told the court that Mitra “gave unpalatable and irresponsible remarks on Konark Sun Temple by uploading his views on social media with an intention to outrage and to wound religious feeling which may create communal fraction”. Police said the “accused took his photograph along with some portion of Konark Sun Temple and he tweeted against the Odiya people”. The tweets were made on Sept. 14.indianexpress
‘CM Yogi is powerful, I feel unsafe’: petitioner in case involving UP CM says she is being threatened
Lucknow:Congress leader Talat Aziz, a petitioner in the 19-year-old murder case in which her security officer Satya Prakash Yadav was gunned down, has alleged that she and her family are being threatened ever since a sessions court ordered notice against UP  CM Yogi Adityanath, then MP from Gorakhpur.Aziz, who was a Samajwadi Party leader when the incident happened, on Wednesday said her husband is also being implicated in false cases. Speaking to media at UPCC Office in Lucknow,Aziz said, “My family members and I have been receiving threat calls since the case was reopened. I have been fighting against Yogi Adityanath since the time he was an extremely powerful MP. Now that he has become CM, his influence has grown manifold. From having connections in Govt, Yogi is now Govt  himself, I feel unsafe,” she added.“I am fighting for the justice of Satya Prakash Yadav who gave his life for his duty and saved my life. Incident is still vivid in my mind.”news18
Yashwant Sinha, Arun Shourie, Prashant Bhushan Move CBI for Rafale Deal Probe
New Delhi: Upping the ante on the controversy over the Rs 60,000 crore Rafale fighter jet deal, ex BJP Union ministers Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie, and eminent advocate Prashant Bhushan, today formally moved CBI with a complaint against PM  Narendra Modi and ex Union defence minister Manohar Parrikar. The charge:abuse of authority, under the Prevention of Corruption Act.The development comes on the heels of the trio’s persistent campaign against the aircraft deal over the past few months. In press conferences and writings, the 3 have alleged that Modi Govt violated several clauses of the defence procurement procedures to unilaterally announce the inter-Govt al contract with France to purchase 36 Rafale fighter jets in April 2015. They have accused Union Govt  of nullifying the ongoing process to purchase 126 aircraft from Dassault Aviation, the French company which manufactures Rafale jets, in order to divert the offset benefits worth Rs 30,000 crore to Anil Ambani-owned Reliance Defence Limited – an accusation that even Congress has been making.thewire
Arms deal with Russia ‘focus area for sanctions’: US warns India ahead of Putin visit
Washington:US has said the Russian S-400 air and missile defence system is a “focus area” for significant transactions that could attract indirect sanctions against nations that enter into a military purchase with Moscow. India and Russia are likely to sign a missile deal, estimated at more than $5 billion, during Russian President Vladmir Putin’s visit for annual summit talks with PM  Narendra Modi beginning on Thursday in New Delhi, a Kremlin aide said.The US sanctions are part of law – Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanction Act – that seeks to punish Russia for interference in the 2016 US presidential election, its role in the Syrian conflict, and the annexation of Crimea. US’s stance could put a spanner in India’s reported plans to buy 5 S-400s during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Delhi that begins today.“The administration has indicated that a focus area for the implementation of CAATSA Section 231 is new or qualitative upgrades in capability – including the S-400,” a US state department spokesperson said.“We urge all of our allies and partners to forgo transactions with Russia that would trigger sanctions under CAATSA.”HT
BJP set to sweep J&K civic polls amidst NC, PDP boycott
Srinagar: With PDP and National Conference out of contest, BJP is set to score big in the municipal elections in J&K, polling for which begins on Oct.8 amid heightened security. According to officials, BJP, which failed to win a single seat in the 2014 assembly polls in the state, is likely to gain control of at least seven municipal committees in the Kashmir Valley without facing a contest.Elections for 624 wards in Kashmir are to be held in 4 phases between Oct.8 and Oct.16.There are 79 municipal bodies in J&K, including two municipal corporations in the twin capital cities, 6 municipal councils and 71 municipal committees.Yesterday was the last date for filing nomination papers, and officials said not a single candidate had filed nomination papers for 177 wards in Kashmir, while 215 wards have only one contestant.“At least 60 candidates from BJP won their seats without even a contest, and the majority of them fall in south Kashmir, where out of 20 municipalities only four are likely to go to polls,” an official in the state’s election commission said.In the volatile Shopian district, which has witnessed widespread violence and civilian and militant killings this year, all migrant Kashmir Pandit candidates won the wards without contest on BJP tickets, as no local resident filed their nomination papers.Officials said the Hindu right wing party’s candidates in the Sopore area of north Kashmir won unopposed, as the Congress could not find candidates to contest amid fears of militant attacks. Sopore is the hometown of veteran Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Geelani.the citizen
Special police officers withdrawn from security of protected persons in J&K
Srinagar:In the aftermath of special police officer decamping with 7 rifles and one pistol from the official residence of assembly member and later joining militancy, the police have withdrawn SPOs who were performing duties with protected persons in J&K.ADG of police, law and order, Muneer Ahmad Khan has directed all the SSPs to withdraw SPOs performing personal security officers(PSO) duties of protected persons. “It has been observed that some special police officers are performing personal security officers duties with the protected persons which is not in accordance with the security norms as SPOs are not trained to perform PSO duties. It is hereby ordered that henceforth no unit/district SSP shall deploy any special police officer to personnel security officer duties and all SPOs except SPO drivers presently attached with protected person be immediately withdrawn. Repeat, immediately withdrawn,” reads the order.Last week, SPO Adil Bashir who was attached with assembly member Wachi, Ajaz Ahmad Mir decamped with seven Ak rifles and a pistol from the official residence of the legislator.A day after his escape the picture of SPO was posted along with Hizbul Mujahideen militants carrying guns.The director general of police Dilbagh Singh told reporters that SPO was already in touch with militants.HT
Wakf property report: Karnataka HC summons Minority Dept Principal Secretary in contempt of court case
Karnataka High Court has directed Principal Secretary of the Minority Welfare Dept.to personally appear before it on Oct.9 to show cause why the official should not be punished for wilfully disobeying an undertaking given to court in 2015 for placing before State legislature a report on encroachment of wakf properties in the State.A Division Bench comprising Justice Raghvendra S. Chauhan and Justice B.M. Shyam Prasad issued the direction in a contempt of court petition filed by S.K. Kantha. During earlier hearing on the contempt petition, Govt had claimed that report, submitted by the then chairperson of Karnataka State Minorities Commission in 2012, had already been placed before Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council during Feb.2016 legislature session as per undertaking given in this regard to the court on Sept.10, 2015 in a PIL petition.Later, it came to the court’s notice that the report was not placed before both Houses of the legislature but Govt had “resolved not to accept the recommendations of the special report of then chairperson of the commission” when a copy of Govt’s proceedings was submitted to the court.thehindu
West Bengal: Muslims body demands Rs 2 lakh aid each to all madrasas
Kolkata:All Bengal Minority Youth Federation, a body comprising Muslim clerics and scholars from across the state, on Wednesday demanded an aid of Rs 2 lakh each to all the madrasas on the line of fund provided by the state Govt  to the local clubs. They also sought a hike in the stipend of Imams from Rs 2,500 they are getting at present.The gathering referred to the Mamata Banerjee Govt ’s decision to pay Rs 10,000 each to 28,000 Durga puja committees throughout the state and sought enhancement in stipend of Imams similarly.“We do not have any problem if money is given to the Durga Puja committees but imam’s’ stipend should be increased,” Furfura Sharif’s leader Toha Siddiqui said addressing the gathering. “All the Madrasas should be given financial aid of Rs two lakhs like that is provided to the local clubs,” he added.The state Govt  provides Rs 2 lakh each annually to clubs for infrastructure development. Siddiqui also sought at least 16 seats from the ruling TMC for minorities in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections scheduled next year. “We demand tickets for at least 16 seats from the ruling TMC for next Lok Sabha elections,” Siddiqui said.PTI
RSS slams Kerala Govt for Implementing SC's Sabarimala verdict
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RSS has criticised the Kerala Govt for rushing to implement the Supreme Court verdict on entry of women into the Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala, Kerala.A statement issued by Suresh Bhaiyyaji Joshi, RSS general secretary, said that while the Supreme Court’s judgement must be honoured, “It is an issue of a local temple tradition and faith to which sentiments of millions of devotees, including women, are attached. These sentiments of the devotees cannot be ignored while considering judgement.”RSS also slammed Kerala Govt for implementing judgement immediately. “Unfortunately, Kerala Govt has taken steps to implement the judgement with immediate effect without taking the sentiments of the devotees into consideration. There is an obvious reaction to the same by the devotees, especially women, who are protesting against the forceful breaking of the tradition.”The organisation called upon stakeholders, including spiritual and community leaders, to address the issue through judicial options. “They must convey their concerns on their right to worship in a manner which best suits their faith and devotion, to the authorities in a peaceful manner,” the statement said.thewire
Meerut: 6-yr-old, 5 others hurt in Dalit-Gurjar clash over tiff between two youths
Meerut:6 persons including a 6-year-old boy were injured in stone-pelting and exchange of fire between members of the Dalit and Gurjar communities in Meerut’s Rithani village late Tuesday evening. Krishna (6) sustained a pellet injury while standing outside his house, while Gajendra (20) was shot at during the clash that lasted around half an hour.According to the police, two Dalit youths — identified as Vikas (23) and Vipin (21) — were returning to the village when they were allegedly intercepted by Gajendra, a Gurjar, and other members of the community, at the main market. Both youths were thrashed, after which the group fled. Police said Vikas had had a row with Gajendra on Sunday over parking of their vehicles, during which Vikas had allegedly overpowered Gajendra, for which the latter wanted to take revenge.When news of the Tuesday encounter spread, dozens of Dalits hit the streets. They first took Vikas and Vipin to the Partapur police station and then admitted them in a local hospital. Meanwhile, an alleged Bhim Army volunteer— identified as Ravi— allegedly sent messages to people in nearby villages through WhatsApp. By 8 pm, hundreds of Dalits, raising slogans like ‘Bhim Army Zindabad’ and carrying guns and lathis, assembled there, said a local police officer. Police further said that members of Dalit community then attacked the homes of Gurjars in Rithani village, as well as women and children. There was exchange of fire and both groups flung bricks at each other. As a result, the main market was shut down and personnel from 3 police stations rushed to the spot to control the situation.indianexpress
Love jihad case: Notice to police on allegations of ‘submitting false status report’
Chandigarh:Chandigarh district court issued a notice to Chandigarh Police after the defence moved an application alleging that it (UT police) submitted a false status report in the ‘love jihad’ case, in which an underage Srinagar resident has been charged for criminal intimidation and rape of Chandigarh-based girl. The court also sought a reply on an application moved by the defense counsel to register a case against sub inspector Upwinder Singh in case.The court had sought status report from police on the complainant’s age, acid attack and rape. Cops submitted the report on Wednesday, stating that the accused was trying to “save his skin”. The defence alleged that the police officer submitted the status report without conducting fair investigation. The matter will come up for hearing on Oct.9. Defence counsel Terminder Singh moved an application against SI Singh, of Sector 34 police station, who submitted the report, alleging that it was “false” and no investigation had been conducted. Timesofindia
Bihar: Woman dragged out of Ganga and gangraped, accused circulate video
A 45-year-old woman, who was bathing in the Ganga in Patna district in Bihar, was allegedly dragged out and gangraped by 2 men on Monday.The accused men, Shivpujan Mahto and Vishal, have been arrested, NDTV reported.The police said the accused had filmed the crime and circulated the video on Whatsapp. In the video, the news channel reported, the woman is heard telling the men that she was observing a fast for her children and begs them to take into account the sanctity of the river.Hindustan Times reported that she had referred to the Ganga as her mother in the video.Locals have accused the police of refusing to register an FIR when the woman went to file complaint. Instead, the police acted only when the video went viral. News 18 reported that the woman did not file a complaint. Mahto, a 45-year-old bus driver, was the one who allegedly dragged her out of river. Vishal, 28, who is unemployed, filmed and circulated the video on Whatsapp. Mahto had reportedly a minor girl, who was accompanying him, HT reported. She too was rescued. Huffingtonpost
Delhi Govt  schools facing shortage of Punjabi, Urdu language teachers
New Delhi:Delhi Minority Commission (DMC) recently issued as many as 6 notices to directorate of education (DoE) after complaints from Govt  school students that they have not been provided Urdu and Punjabi as third language options. According to DMC chairperson Zafarul Islam Khan, officials at several Govt schools, including Yamuna Vihar, Sarai Kale Khan and Shahdara, said Urdu and Punjabi languages are not being taught there.“Some students told us that the heads of their schools asked them not to opt for Urdu or Punjabi as their third language because they are not scoring and it might affect their results. But the major reason is the lack of teachers for the disciplines,” he said.In response to a notice to a Sarai Kale Khan school, DoE told the commission last week there was no teacher for the languages and promised to allot one.The commission has compiled a report through RTI on the status of Urdu and Punjabi languages in Delhi Govt schools. Of the 1,100 Govt schools in Delhi, Urdu and Punjabi languages are being taught in 284 and 282 schools, respectively.The report said that of 1,028 sanctioned posts of trained graduate teachers (TGT) in Urdu language, 883 posts are lying vacant. Similarly, 780 out of 1,023 sanctionedTGT posts in Punjabi language are yet to be filled.TGTs are eligible to teach up to class 10.“The situation is still better for class XI and XII students. Only 5 and 8 vacancies are there for Punjabi and Urdu, respectively,”said Manzar Ali,member of DMC’s advisory committee who has compiled the report.Sanjay Goel,DoE director, cited “lack of demand” as the reason for the vacant posts. “Wherever there is no teacher there is no demand for the subjects and when there is a demand, we make all possible arrangements to allot a teacher. We are trying to appoint one permanent teacher for both languages in all Govt schools,” he said.The commission members, however, said despite being taught in fewer schools, a large number of students are opting for these subjects. HT
WORLD
Saudi-UAE alliance 'interfered' in UN panel's work in Yemen
Head of a UN-mandated team of investigators on Yemen has accused Saudi Arabia and the UAE of interfering in his panel's work, which accuses all sides of the conflict in Yemen of rights abuses. Kamel Jendoobi said that his team presented a list of human rights abuses to the UN.These were based on a report his panel published in Aug, which said that it had "reasonable grounds to believe that the parties to the armed conflict in Yemen have committed a substantial number of violations of international humanitarian law".Many of these violations may amount to "war crimes", the report said, pointing to widespread arbitrary detention, rape, torture and the recruitment of children as young as eight to fight."I did not expect such a harsh reaction, we've done a professional, neutral and objective job," Jendoobi said."All we did was report based on allegations and actions we collected during our visits, from testimonies and reports ... It's a normal process for any experts," he said.The report said air attacks by the Saudi Arabia and UAE-led military coalition 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 2015, has repeatedly denied allegations of war crimes, and claims its attacks are not directed at civilians.Data collected by Al Jazeera and Yemen Data Project has found almost one-third of the 16,000 air raids carried out in the country have hit non-military sites.aljazeera
Saudi insists Khashoggi left its Turkey consulate
Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul insisted on Thursday that a missing Saudi dissident had left its premises before disappearing - directly contradicting comments by Turkish officials who say they believe he's still inside.The comments further deepen the mystery surrounding what happened to Jamal Khashoggi, who had been living in a self-imposed exile in the United States while writing columns critical of the kingdom and its policies under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Khashoggi's disappearance also threatened to further deteriorate relations between Turkey and Saudi, which are on opposite sides of an ongoing four-nation boycott of Qatar and other regional crises.In a statement carried by the state-run Saudi Press Agency, consulate did not challenge that Khashoggi disappeared while on a visit to the diplomatic post." The consulate confirmed that it is carrying out follow-up procedures and coordination with the Turkish local authorities to uncover the circumstances of the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi after he left the consulate building,"it said without elaborating. Statement comes after a spokesman for Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan told reporters Wednesday night that authorities believed journalist was still there."According to the information we have, this person who is a Saudi citizen is still at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul," Ibrahim Kalin said. "We don't have information to the contrary."Aljazeera
Turkey: UNSC should have permanent Muslim member
Turkish Parliament’s Speaker, Binali Yıldırım, said that United Nations Security Council must have a permanent Muslim member State.Yıldırım explained during an event organized in Istanbul that the number of UN member states is 194 countries while there are 57 members of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation. Yıldırım said one in four of the UN’s member states has a Muslim majority.According to Yıldırım, the veto was granted to the Security Council five permanent members after the Second World War, to prevent the outbreak of new wars and achieve global stability. “But today we see that the veto has moved away from its objectives and became a tool to start wars,” he added.middleeastmonitor
Hamas delegation rounds off meetings in Egypt
A senior Hamas delegation, headed by Deputy Chief Saleh Al-Aruri, has ended its visit to Cairo, the movement announced yesterday.Hamas said:“During 4-day visit, Hamas officials held several discussions with the Egyptian intelligence, rounding off with a meeting with the Egyptian Intelligence Minister Major General Abbas Kamel.”“The meetings were open and serious and tackled all issues related to the Palestinian cause, bilateral relations, and current and future political developments.” According to the statement,“both parties reciprocated trust and understanding about all issues being discussed.”Hamas said that “Egyptian officials stressed they would continue their efforts at all levels, especially lifting Israeli siege and achieving Palestinian reconciliation.”Meanwhile, Hamas “welcomed and appreciated the Egyptian efforts and stressed on their importance for the Palestinian people.”MEMO
Fatah seeks full disengagement with Israel
Secretary of Fatah’s Central Council Jibreel Al-Rajoub said on yesterday that his movement “has a strategic decision” to disengage with Israel, stressing “this is the time to implement PLO’s National Council and Fatah’s Central Committee,” Al-Wattan Voice reported.Speaking to Palestine TV, Al-Rajoub said:“We, Fatah movement, are heading towards a full disengagement with the occupation in order to persuade the international community to protect Palestinian people.”He stressed that his movement’s vision keeps up with those of Popular and Democratic Fronts for the Liberation of Palestine. The senior Fatah official also said that his movement is to propose a partnership with the Palestinian factions based on ending the occupation, establishing a Palestinian state, reiterating the popular resistance, having one weapon and one law through elections. Al-Rajoub called for Hamas to stop its “incitement campaign” against Fatah and PLO President Mahmoud Abbas, stressing: “We will never allow anyone to insult out leadership or national symbols on top of whom is Mahmoud Abbas.”middleeastmonitor        
Morsi’s espionage trial adjourned to Nov
A Cairo court has adjourned the retrial of ex Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and a number of other Muslim Brotherhood members to 24 Nov.Egyptian paper Youm7 reported that retrial was adjourned as the court is still waiting for information from the interior ministry, is looking into the evidence.Early this week, the Cassation Court cancelled death sentences against Morsi and 18 Brotherhood leaders and members. Morsi, first ever freely elected Egyptian president, was ousted in July 2013 in a military coup that was led by current President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi who was the country’s defence minister at the time. Since the coup, Morsi and scores of Brotherhood members and supporters, as well as pro-democracy activists, have faced trials, many of which have been described by international watchdogs as “politically motivated” as part of a wider crackdown on opponents of the coup Govt.MEMO
Morsi vows never to recognise Sisi's coup, says son after prison visit
Deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi told his family in a rare visit that he “would never, ever recognise the coup” that ousted him from power in 2013, his son has said.Morsi’s family visited him on 19 September in their third visit since the 3 July 2013 coup led by then-defence minister Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who is now president. 2 other visits were on 6 Nov.2013 and 4 June 2017.On 5 Dec.2017, Morsi’s lawyers submitted a petition to the administrative court requesting regular visits for his family.Details of the visit - the first in which Morsi's three sons were allowed to see him - were recounted by Abdullah Morsi to London-based news site Arabi21.According to the report, Morsi’s son Abdullah said he and his two brothers and sister, along with their mother Najlaa, saw Morsi last month. Visit lasted only 25 minutes and no lawyer was present, he said.Morsi told his family that “out of respect for the Egyptian people and their choices” he would not recognise the legitimacy of Sisi Govt, despite the ongoing crackdown against him and his supporters. Morsi was sentenced to death and various jail terms totalling 48 years in 5 separate cases, on charges including espionage with Hamas, Hezbollah and Qatar, and insulting the judiciary. He is currently appealing all of sentences against him.middleeasteye
HRW calls for release of missing Egypt rights defender
Egypt must “immediately reveal” the whereabouts of prominent human rights defender and lawyer, Ezzat Ghoneim, HRW said .Ghoneim has been in custody since March and his release was ordered by a court on 4 Sept.,however, his whereabouts remain unknown. “Forcibly disappearing a lawyer in the face of a judge’s order explicitly authorising his release reflects Egyptian security forces’ contempt for the rule of law,”HRW’s Deputy Director for Middle East and North Africa, Michael Page, said.“The Egyptian authorities should immediately reveal Ghoneim’s whereabouts, set him free, and investigate and punish those who disappeared him,” Page demanded.The rights organisation pointed out that it had contacted Egyptian authorities several times since 24 September to enquire about Ghoneim, explaining that the State Information Service, a Govt al agency dealing with foreign correspondents, informed them that “it was going to send a written response. HRW has received no responses yet.”middleeastmonitor
Pak religious leader agree to host Taliban peace talks: arabnews
Islamabad: Maulana Sami-ul-Haq says he has offered his religious school in Pakistan as a venue for possible talks between Taliban and Afghan Govt-sponsored peace council and religious scholars to find a peaceful solution to the conflict in Afghanistan.Afghan scholars, who were in Pakistan this week to meet Pakistani religious leaders about holding conferences of clerics in Islamabad and Kabul on the war in Afghanistan, met Sami-ul-Haq in Islamabad on Sunday.Many Taliban leaders studied in Sami-ul-Haq’s religious school, “Darul Uloom Haqqania,” in the northwestern town of Akora Khattak, and he is believed to have a certain degree of influence over Taliban.7-member Afghan delegation, comprising members of the High Peace Council and the ulema council, met Sami-ul-Haq, chief of his own faction of Jamiat ulema-e-Islam party, and sought his help in restoring peace in the war-ravaged country.“Taliban and the Afghan ulema should hold closed-doors meetings and I offer my madrassa Haqqania for their face-to-face talks. They should first sit, pave the way for removing mistrust and address each other’s concerns,” Haq told Arab News. He said that he had a 2-and-half hour meeting with the Afghan clerics about this on Sunday. “They sought my mediation with the Taliban and empowered me to make a decision. I told them that this is a complicated issue and foreign powers are involved and they will not accept this. But I assured them to convey their opinion to the Taliban and the Taliban’s response to them. I will make efforts to broker your meeting,” JUI-S leader told the Afghan delegation. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid refrained from commenting when a query was posted about whether the Taliban would accept Sami’s mediatory role.Afghan embassy also refused to provide on-the-record comments about whether the Afghan side offered mediation to Sami-ul-Haq. However, a source close to the talks confirmed that the mediation was part of the discussion. “Sami-ul-Haq told the delegation that the Taliban want an impartial mediator and our people then told him you should come forward and mediate,” source told Arab News. Taliban wrote a letter to Pakistani scholars last week to stay away from the meeting and later issued a statement to dismiss the move as a “plan of the Americans to exert religious pressure on the Taliban.” Experts believe that Haq is irrelevant as the Taliban have new fighters and the Taliban leaders have long been out of his religious seminary’s clout.Afghan scholars held detailed discussions with Pakistan’s religious scholar Maulana Taqi Usmani, chief of Ansarul Ummah Fazal ur Rehman Khalil, Maulana Iderees, Hanif Jhalandari and chairman of the Council of Islamic Ideology Dr. Qibla Ayaz. The Afghan delegates also had a breakfast meeting with Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan chief Siraj-ul-Haq in Islamabad on Monday and a statement issued by the Haq’s seminary said that the party leader backed intra-Afghan dialogue.arabnews
Drinking alcohol 4 times per week increases the risk of early death, says Study; Indian express
A glass of wine has been linked to various health benefits earlier but the latest research on the subject published in the journal ‘Alcoholism:Clinical and Experimental Research’, has shown that consuming alcohol on four or more days of the week increases your risk of early death by 20%.“It used to seem like having one or 2 drinks per day was no big deal, and there even have been some studies suggesting it can improve health. But now we know that even the lightest daily drinkers have an increased mortality risk”, said first author Sarah M Hartz, MD, PhD, an assistant professor of psychiatry. After analysing more than 400000 American adults between the age group of 18 and 85, researchers from the Washington School of Medicine recorded that there was a 20% high risk of dying early when people drank liquor on four or more days of the week compared with drinking three times a week or less. The increased risk of death was consistent across all age groups.
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