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19 Nov. ND:CBI feud: Modi govt minister was bribed, claims CBI DIG; accuses Doval of interventions/SC to Look into Application for Making Setalvad Co-Petitioner in Zakia Jafri’s Plea

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19 Nov. 2018:09 Rabiul-I 1440: Vol: 11, No:58
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CBI feud: Modi govt minister was bribed, claims CBI DIG; accuses Doval of interventions
CBI feud took an unexpected turn today when CBI DIG MK Sinha filed an application in the apex court and sought to expose a number of top officials of the Modi govt including NSA Ajit Doval and Central Vigilance Commissioner KV Chaudhary, for their alleged intervention in the functioning of CBI.In his plea, CBI’s DIG MK Sinha has mentioned alleged instances of intervention by National Security Advisor, MoS for Coal and Mines Haribhai Chaudhary and Union Law Secretary Suresh Chandra. Sinha’s lawyer said that there are some shocking details in the application. CJI Ranjan Gogoi replied saying, “nothing shocks us.”On Oct.28, National Herald had reported that “NSA Ajit Doval, on instructions from the PMO, had personally asked CBI Director Alok Verma to withdraw his request to investigate the controversial ₹60,000 crore Rafale fighter jet deal, sources close to the benched CBI chief have confirmed.” MK Sinha said that if contents of the statements made by businessman Satish Sana are proved to be true it would “reflect very poorly on our criminal justice delivery system in general and the CBI in particular.”Satish Sana had accused CBI Special Director Asthana of corruption in Moin Qureshi case. DIG MK Sinha said that the conspiracy in Qureshi case hints at a much larger problem.MK Sinha was transferred to Nagpur in a midnight move on Oct. 23.Here are some of the extracts from Sinha’s plea:On interference in investigation“ The manner, timing and the speed with which overnight, in a single stroke, the investigation team was disbanded without assigning any formal reason, and all the main team members of the team were thrown out to remote places in a punitive and stigmatic manner, itself portends very ominous signals, not only for the professional career of investigating officers but also the investigation of the entire case. It further reflects that how levers of CBI is controlled by powerful persons just to fit it into their personal objectives of exonerating or implicating certain individuals, irrespective of the merit of the case.” “It is beyond the capability of any agency to do a fair and just work in this case under the present circumstances unless benevolent protection of Hon’ble Court is extended. Investigation was not allowed to take its course and pace.The efforts of the agency to get evidences through secret operations were negated. The persons involved were cautioned. Crucial evidence could not be secured. Investigation, going forward, is certainly a daunting and an uphill task. In fact, the Investigation of this case appears derailed and doomed unless this Hon’ble Court pro-actively intervenes.”On NSA Ajit Doval “On the morning of 16.10.2018, the accused Manoj Prasad (alleged middleman) was intercepted at Delhi Airport on his arrival from Dubai and brought to CBI HQ. During the first few hours of his arrival at CBI HO, Manoj was garrulous and arrogant, both at the same time, and in equal measure. He was interviewed by the applicant and others. He tried his best to ward off the investigation by dropping names of ‘high and mighty’ and mentioning his ‘top contacts’ to create fear in our mind.“The relevant conversation of his initial outburst is being placed on record here. As per Manoj Prasad, Dineshwar Prasad, father of Manoj and Somesh, retired as Joint Secretary, R&AW and has close acquaintance with the present NSA Ajit K Doval. This was one of the first things Manoj claimed on being brought to CBI HQ and expressed complete surprise and anger as to how CBI could pick him up, despite his close links with NSA Doval.“He started bragging and claimed that his brother Somesh is very close to an officer at Dubai (name withheld) and to Samant Goel, presently Special Secretary, R&AW and he can get us ‘finished off’/ “kicked out’.“Manoj taunted us that you people have no standing whatsoever and therefore should “stay in limits” and let him free. He claimed that recently his brother Somesh and Samant Goel, helped NSA Doval on an important personal matter. He further claimed that India opted out of a contest from INTERPOL.Regarding genuineness of this claim of Manoj, no attempt was made to verify the claim regarding the NSA Shri Doval.” “Ultimately, the proposal seeking permission to search was put on record by the IO on 22.10.2018. However, the same was not allowed and a query was raised by Director as to why the searches are to be done.” nationalheraldindia
Minister accepted bribe, NSA Doval interfered in Asthana case: CBI joint director’s petition in SC
NSA Ajit Doval interfered in Asthana probe, stalled searches: CBI DIG to SC

CBI officer probing FIR against Asthana moves SC, challenges transfer to Nagpur
CBI Director Verma files response to CVC report after SC grants him additional time
New Delhi :CBI Director Alok Verma on Monday submitted his response to the report by CVC, which is probing corruption charges against him, after the Supreme Court granted him additional time to make the submission. Earlier today, the apex court granted him additional time till 4 pm to file his response, adding that it would not adjourn the next hearing in the case on Tuesday. Gopal Sankaranarayanan, who had appeared on behalf of Verma, had sought more time to file the response.indianexpress
Hope Urjit Patel and team ‘have a spine’, show PM Modi his place: Rahul Gandhi on RBI Board meet
New Delhi :Ahead of RBI Central Board meeting in Mumbai today, Congress president Rahul Gandhi hoped RBI Governor Urjit Patel and his team “have a spine” and resist Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s alleged attempts to “destroy” every independent institution in the country. Gandhi said: “Modi and his coterie of cronies, continue to destroy every institution they can get their hands on. Today, through his puppets at the #RBIBoardMeet he will attempt to destroy RBI. I hope Patel and his team have a spine and show him his place.”Today’s board meeting is crucial given the differences between the RBI and Finance Ministry on several contentious issues including the transfer of additional surplus from the central bank to the govt.It is learnt that the government has sought a discussion on governance in the RBI and an appropriate economic capital framework during today’s meeting. Both sides, sources said, have covered considerable ground in addressing two issues: ensuring relief and more credit to small and medium firms, and easing restrictions on state-owned banks to boost lending.Indian Express
Amritsar grenade attack: Maybe Army Chief has got it done to prove himself correct, says AAP MLA
Chandigarh:AAP MLA and former Leader of Opposition in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha, HS Phoolka, Sunday kicked up a controversy with his statement over the grenade blast in Amritsar. “Army Chief made a statement recently. Maybe he has got it done himself to prove his statement correct. Maur Mandi blasts also took place during elections and these were later found to have been orchestrated by Ram Rahim. These were backed by the Congress. But the blame was laid at the door of Khalistanis. Therefore there is no need to jump to any conclusions now before investigating this fully,” Phoolka told television reporters when they sought his reaction to the blast. AAP MLA said that no one should jump to any conclusions regarding the blast and raised questions about it taking place when the general elections were due in some months time.Army Chief Gen. Bipin Rawat on November 3 had said that attempts were being made again through “external linkages” and “external abetment” to revive insurgency in Assam and Punjab.Indian Express tried to reach Phoolka on this issue but he did not respond to phone calls. However, in a late night tweet, he clarified: “An inadvertent statement made standing on road is being blown out of proportion. I have stated that history is evidence of that fact that governments in the past have caused violence to further their interest. Like in last year’s Maur blast..No one should reach a conclusion without detailed impartial investigation.Even a moderate person like me who has always been against Khalistan-think so.I regret statement that may have purported to be against the Army Chief.” indianexpress
Purohit to get copy of photos, videos of Malegaon blast site
Mumbai: A special NIA court here on Monday directed that a copy of photographs and videos pertaining to the 2008 Malegoan blast be provided to Lt. Col. Prasad Shrikant Purohit, who is one of the accused in the case. Purohit, in an application filed last week, had asked the special NIA court to give him copies of photographs and videos related to the incident to prepare his defence. During the argument on Monday, the prosecution objected to his plea, saying no other accused had asked for these documents and that this was a delay tactic. However, special judge VS Padalkar directed the court registrar to provide a copy of the photographs and videos of the incident to Purohit. The matter was then adjourned till November 21. The photographs and videos are part of the charge sheets submitted by the prosecution in the case. PTI
Malegaon blasts: Supreme Court asks Bombay High Court to hear Purohit’s petition
SC to Look into Application for Making Setalvad Co-Petitioner in Zakia Jafri’s Plea
New Delhi:The Supreme Court of India on Monday agreed to look into a plea to make civil rights activist Teesta Setalvad co-petitioner in Zakia Jafri case. Last week, Zakia, widow of slain former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri, had challenged the Gujarat SIT’s clean chit to then chief minister Narendra Modi and others in the 2002 riots case.On Monday, SIT objected to social activist Teesta Setalvad being the second petitioner in the Zakia Jafri’s plea, says news agency PTI. The SC said it will look into the application for making Setalvad as co-petitioner in the case, tweeted @LiveLawIndia quoting PTI. The SC deferred the hearing till Nov 26.On 13th November, Zakia had filed a petition in the top court challenging the Gujarat High court order upholding the clean chit to the then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and others for the alleged larger conspiracy in the 2002 post-Godhra riots.Setalvad has been working for justice to Gujarat riots victims for last 16 years.caravandaily
Riots: SC adjourns hearing on Jafri’s plea, next hearing on Nov 26
Sabarimala protests LIVE: Travancore Devaswom Board moves SC seeking time to implement verdict
Travancore Devasam Board, which manages the Sabarimala shrine has moved the Supreme Court seeking more time to implement its verdict allowing women of all ages entry into the temple.Following protests by the Kerala BJP and RSS workers against the detention of several people at the Sabarimala temple, the party’s youth wing, Yuvamorcha, will launch a daylong state-wide agitation on Monday.“We have organised state-wide protest against this emergency like situation in the state,” Yuvamorcha state president Prakash Babu said.On late Sunday night, several BJP and RSS workers protested outside the official residence of Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan protested against “police high handedness”. At least 72 pilgrims were arrested shortly after midnight for carrying a ‘namajapa’ (prayer) protest outside Sannidhanam. According to the police, these are activists from right wing outfits who aim to create trouble outside the temple. The arrests were made as protesters refused to follow instructions issued by the police to leave the premises after the temple was closed. They have been charged for violating Sec 144 orders and interfering in the work of a police duty.indianexpress
Man who funded Palwal mosque had been to Pakistan thrice:NIA
New Delhi :NIA investigations into a Palwal mosque, allegedly built with funds received from the Hafiz Saeed-led LeT, have found that the man who contributed the funds had travelled to Pakistan thrice and was in touch with 2 LeT men in Pakistan and UAE. As reported first by Indian Express on October 15, NIA had found that Nizamuddin resident Mohammed Salman contributed Rs 70 lakh to the building of Khulafa-e-Rashideen mosque in Palwal, Haryana. This money, according to NIA, had been allegedly received by Salman from LeT’s front NGO Falah-e-Insaniyat Foundation (FIF).The development had alerted intelligence agencies which are now probing if LeT has designs of creating influence or establishing sleeper cells by investing in religious activities in India.“We have strong evidence to connect Salman with both the money and Pakistan-based LeT operatives. There is electronic evidence in the form of emails and chats where he is discussing about funds with Pakistani nationals connected to FIF. There are two such communications in Pakistan and Dubai.We have also found he travelled thrice to Pakistan,” an NIA officer said. The agency, however, has not been able to establish the financial trail completely since the payments were made through hawala. indianexpress
Puja at Taj mosque: Local Muslims say they won’t file police complaint for ‘sake of peace’
Agra: A day after three women activists of a local right wing outfit performed puja at the 400-year-old mosque in the Taj Mahal complex, local Muslims said they will not file a police complaint for the sake of “peace in the area”.Taj Mahal Masjid Intezamiya Committee president Ibrahim Hussain Zaidi told TOI, “We don’t want communal riots in the peaceful city of the Taj. That is the reason why we are not filing any police complaint against the women who performed puja at the mosque.” He, however, added that the entire Muslim community was hurt with this deliberate attempt of the right wing groups to disrupt communal harmony and the ASI’s “inaction”.Three women belonging to Antarrashtriya Hindu Parishad, a local right-wing outfit, offered puja at the mosque in the Taj Mahal complex on Saturday. The women lit ‘dhoop batti’ and poured ‘ganga jal’ inside the premises as a video of the incident went viral on social media.Later, the outfit’s district president, Meena Devi Diwakar, said, “If Muslims are being allowed to offer namaz on all days, then even we can offer puja at our Tejomahalaya (the term used for Taj Mahal by right wing activists).” When contacted, ASI superintending archaeologist (Agra circle) Vasant Swarankar said, “We had sent the ASI staff on the spot after we were informed. But no dhoop or any other puja material was found on the spot.” He added, “Local police has been informed of this and CISF has been asked to provide the CCTV footage whose authenticity will be checked.” Meanwhile, Congress city chief Haji Jamiluddin Qureshi said that the puja inside the Taj Mahal mosque was a “well-planned and deliberate attempt to vitiate” the peaceful atmosphere of the city. timesofindia
Bajrang Dal women allegedly hold ‘aarti’ in Taj Mahal to protest namaz
AMU shows map of India without Jammu and Kashmir; AMU PRO defends
Aligarh: At the campus of AMU, a map of India minus the state of Jammu and Kashmir was displayed on a banner. The incident sparked off a controversy, with university defending the drawing of the erroneous map as a mistake committed inadvertently by the drama society for an anti-partition drama which was supposed to take place at the university."The poster was made by the drama society for an anti-partition drama. As soon as the teacher-in-charge got the information, the university took action. We pulled down the posters and postponed the drama," AMU PRO Shafey Kidwai said. The university further said that the banners have nothing to do with the politics of the country. However, the banners have been pulled down ever since the controversy erupted. As per reports, the skewed maps were also put up on the main gate of the university.  The posters were also doing rounds in the entire university campus. As per reports, the map of India in the poster included parts of Pakistan while the region of J&K was also depicted wrongly. PRO of AMU claimed that the drama which was supposed to take place was based on Asghar Wajahat's 'Jis Lahore Nai Dekhya...O Jamya Nai'.The play was written in 1989 and the drama is about the brutal Partition of India that created Pakistan. It is purportedly against communalism. The drama was to be staged at the university. The posters were prepared by the society and when the teacher was informed of the error in the posters, they were taken down," AMU PRO added. Times Now
Govt enhances Ayodhya case litigant Ansari's security
Lucknow:Uttar Pradesh Government on Saturday enhanced the security of Iqbal Ansari, a litigant in the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi case, after he apprehended threat to the life of minorities living in Ayodhya in the coming days.Sources said the local administration in Ayodhya provided a sub-inspector and four constables for extending the security of Ansari. The security personnel will remain with him till further orders.Ansari had said that a huge gathering would be witnessed at the 'dharma sabha' being organised by Vishwa Hindu Parishad in Ayodhya on November 25 and it was possible that a mob of people attending the conclave could attack the minorities living in Ayodhya.He had asked the Government to ensure security and safety of the minorities and also that the gathering in the name of 'dharma sabha' would not involve in any kind of unlawful activity.dailypioneer
Citizenship bill: Most JPC members want to keep non-Muslims from Bangladesh out
Guwahati: Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill will place the draft before it on Tuesday with majority of members seeking an amendment to the preamble of the bill to omit the word Bangladesh, which would not make non-Muslims from Bangladesh eligible for citizenship. "We have no problem in giving citizenship to non-Muslims coming from the other 2 countries - Pakistan and Afghanistan. Granting citizenship to people from Bangladesh is a major issue in Assam and West Bengal,"said a member of the committee.Section 2 of the amendment bill brought by the Centre seeks to insert in the Citizenship Act of 1955 the provision that 'persons belonging to minority communities, namely, Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists,Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, who have been exempted by the Central Government by or under Clause(c) of sub-section (2) of Section 3 of Passport (Entry into India) Act, 1920, or from the application of the provisions of the Foreigners Act, 1946 or any order made thereunder, shall not be treated as illegal migrants for the purposes of this Act.". "We have to see how the draft report is adopted in the Nov.20 meeting. We have submitted our amendment and we are looking at tabling the final report in Parliament in the coming winter session next month," the member said. He added that opposition members of the multi-party committee are aware of BJP's plans to bring in an ordinance to this effect if JPC fails to table its report in the last session of this Lok Sabha. "We have sought the opinion of the law ministry on the constitutional validity of this bill and what we could gather from the ministry in private discussions that it is not in favour of this bill. Even MHA and MEA do not seem to be interested but they are part of the government and political decisions overrule executive decisions," the member said. He added that the bill would not last even a single day in court if challenged. "It violates the Constitution by seeking to grant citizenship on the basis of religion," he said. TOI
Minorities Front quits Rajasthan Assembly polls, supports Congress
Jaipur: All India Minorities Front (AIMF) on Sunday decided to withdraw the nominations of its candidates in the upcoming Assembly polls in Rajasthan to help the "secular forces" defeat "communal elements" led by BJP.At a meeting of the party's Parliamentary Board chaired by National President SM Asif, it was felt that fielding candidates may result in a division of secular votes. So, the party decided to extend support to the Congress. AIMF chief appealed to the voters to defeat "fundamentalist and communal forces".The party underlined that minorities, SCs, STs and OBCs had suffered the most under BJP government. It also cautioned the members of the SC and ST communities against the designs of BJP that was aiming at splitting SC and ST votes in the reserved constituencies.IANS
Rajasthan polls: Congress state minority president Nizam Qureshi resigns, says party ignored minority community
Rajasthan polls: BJP MLA Gyan Dev Ahuja quits party after he is denied ticket
Rajasthan BJP MLA Gyan Dev Ahuja, who claimed in 2016 that 3,000 used condoms and 3,000 liquor bottles are found daily at JNU, quit the saffron party on Sunday. Ahuja’s resignation came after his name did not figure in the BJP’s second list for the Assembly elections in the state.Ahuja told TOI that the distribution of tickets showed that there was “clear dictatorship and favouritism” in the BJP. He said he would contest as an independent from Sanganer constituency as “a large number of people have gathered at my residence and urged me”. “I have sent my resignation to Madan Lal Saini [BJP’s state president], and will file my nomination on Monday,” Ahuja added.scroll.in    
BJP Changes Challenger Against Pilot at 11th Hour, Fields Its Lone Muslim Candidate Yoonus Khan
Jaipur: In a change of strategy, the BJP on Monday fielded Transport Minister Yoonus Khan against Rajasthan Congress chief and CM aspirant Sachin Pilot in the Muslim-dominated Tonk Assembly constituency, replacing sitting MLA Ajit Singh Mehta.Mehta’s name had been included in the in the first list issued on November 11.Khan is a sitting MLA from Deedwana constituency of Nagaur district whose name was kept reserved by the party till the last moment.BJP released its fifth list of six candidates on Monday morning in which the party dropped two candidates, Mehta and Shankarlal Kharadi, who were earlier given tickets from Tonk and Kherwara seats, respectively.Party gave ticket to Nanala Aahri from Kherwara in place of Shankarlal.news18
After quota for Marathas, what about Muslims, Dhangars, asks Opp
Mumbai:Opposition Congress and NCP on Sunday set an aggressive tone for the winter session of the Maharashtra Legislature beginning here on Monday, by rooting for reservations to Muslims, Dhangars, Lingayats and other socio-economic backward communities along the lines of Marathas and a compensation of Rs 50,000 per hectare to drought-affected farmers in the State. On a day when CM Devendra Fadnavis announced that his Govt would grant reservations to Marathas in jobs and education under a new Socio-Economic Backward Class (SEBC) category, the Opposition parties gave foretaste of their belligerent mood by boycotting the customary tea hosted by Fadnavis on the eve of the winter session of the State Legislature.Addressing a news conference after a joint meeting of the group leaders of various Opposition parties held a day ahead of the start of the winter session of the State Legislature, leader of the Opposition in the State Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil dubbed the BJP-Shiv Sena Government in the state as the “Thug of Maharashtra” which had failed to fulfil all its promises during the last four years of its rule. “Chief Minister has asked the Maratha community to prepare themselves for celebrations on December 1 (over grant of reservations). While we are for the State Government according reservations, what about the reservations for Muslims, Dhangars, Lingayats and other socio-econ0mic backward communities?,” Vikhe-Patil asked.dailypioneer
Elgaar Parishad case: Activist Varavara Rao taken to hospital after complaints of breathing difficulties
A day after he was sent to police custody, writer and poet Varavara Rao was taken to Sassoon Hospital in Pune on Monday after he complained of difficulty in breathing, news agency ANI reported.Earlier, a Pune court on Sunday sent Rao to police custody till November 26 in connection with the Elgaar Parishad case. The activist was taken into custody after the duration of his house arrest granted by the Hyderabad High court ended.Read | Activist Varavara Rao sent to police custody till Nov.26. indianexpress
UP: 20-year-old thrashed, burnt to death for dowry
Pilibhit: In a shocking incident, a 20-year-old Muslim woman was allegedly thrashed and then burnt to death by her husband over dowry dispute in ward number 6 of Puranpur city under Puranpur Kotwali police station at 3 PM on Saturday. The woman was rushed to the local community health center by her neighbours. Sonam Bi, who had sustained 80 percent burn injuries, was then referred to a private hospital. She was again referred to a higher medical facility in Bareilly. However, despite all attempts to save her, Sonam succumbed to burns before she could be taken to Bareilly.A written complaint in the matter was filed to police by Sonam’s father Sitar Shah on Sunday afternoon. According to a complaint filed by her father, Sonam’s husband and in-laws had harassed her for failing to fulfill their demand for a motorbike in dowry.Sitar Shah, a resident of ward number 6 in Puranpur city, had married his daughter, Sonam Bi, to Sartaj Shah in village Dhaka under the same police station on Sept.18 last year.TOI
UP Madrassa student stabbed following altercation
Muzaffarnagar: A Madrassa student was seriously injured after he was stabbed by a fellow student following an altercation between them, a police official said on Sunday.The incident occurred on Saturday.The victim has been rushed to the hospital and is stated to be in a serious condition.One of the accused has been taken into police custody and an investigation is underway, the official said. Newindianexpress/PTI
WORLD
All GCC countries to attend Riyadh summit: Kuwaiti minister
All member countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which includes Qatar, are expected to attend its next summit in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, according to Kuwait's Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Al-Jarallah."I am optimistic that the level of representation is expected to be high and reflects the keenness of GCC leaders to maintain this pioneering experience," the minister said in press statements carried by Kuwaiti news agency KUNA.Jarallah said the summit, scheduled to be held in December, offers a ray of hope in reviving efforts to resolve more than one-year-old Gulf dispute.Kuwait has been mediating between Qatar and Saudi-led bloc, which imposed a land, sea and air blockade on the country last year.In June 2017, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, along with non-GCC member Egypt, cut off all diplomatic relations with Qatar.The four nations accused Qatar of supporting "terrorism" and "extremism" - allegations that Doha has repeatedly denied, calling the boycott a challenge to its sovereignty. GCC is a political and economic alliance of 6 countries in the Arabian Peninsula: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE.aljazeera
Jamal Khashoggi case: Germany imposes Schengen-wide entry ban on 18 Saudis
Germany's foreign minister says Berlin has banned 18 Saudi nationals from entering Europe's border-free Schengen zone because they are believed to be connected to the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Heiko Maas told reporters in Brussels that Germany issued the ban for 26-nation zone in close coordination with France, which is part of the Schengen area, and Britain, which is not.He says "as before, there are more questions than answers in this case, with the crime itself and who is behind it".Maas says 18 are Saudis who are "allegedly connected to this crime" but gave no further information.In Berlin, his office said they can't release the names due to German privacy protections.aljazeera
Houthis ready for ceasefire if Saudi-UAE alliance wants 'peace'
A senior leader from Yemen's Houthi rebels says his group will halt all rocket and drone attacks on Saudi Arabia and the UAE, and is ready to institute a ceasefire - if Saudi-UAE alliance battling his movement is prepared to do the same."We are willing to freeze and stop military operations on all fronts to reach a just and honorable peace if they really want peace for the Yemeni people," Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, the head of the group's Supreme Revolutionary Committee, said in a statement on Twitter.Al-Houthi called on the group's forces to refrain from carrying out attacks and said in a gesture of goodwill, the movement would halt all missile and drone attacks on Saudi Arabia, UAE and their Yemeni allies.aljazeera
Israel: Embattled Netanyahu warns of 'irresponsible' snap vote
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has urged his coalition partners not to bring down the government, saying holding snap elections now would be "irresponsible". Netanyahu made the remarks in a TV statement on Sunday, after meeting Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, a key coalition partner.The meeting was seen as a last attempt to prevent the collapse of the coalition - which currently has a one-seat majority in parliament - but ended with no conclusion. Netanyahu's government was thrown into crisis earlier this week when hardline Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman resigned over a ceasefire agreement with Hamas, group administering the besieged Gaza Strip. Naming himself as defence chief, Netanyahu said in his televised address that "there is no place for politics or personal considerations" when it comes to Israel's security.aljazeera
Key Israel minister slams Netanyahu, but won't quit govt
Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett has said he will keep his party in government, making an early election less likely.In a dramatic press conference on Monday, Bennett, who heads the far-right, pro-settler Jewish Home party, slammed the record of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, but stopped short of resigning."Something bad is happening to us from within," said Bennett. "For quite a few years, including the last decade of the government headed by Netanyahu, that the state of Israel stopped winning.""I tell the prime minister here: we are withdrawing right now all of our political demands and will stand to help you in this great mission of getting Israel to win again," he said.aljazeera
Dozens of human rights activists, lawyers arrested by Egypt: HRW
Egyptian authorities have arrested at least 40 human rights advocates, lawyers and political activists within the last 30 days and held them in "undisclosed locations", Human Rights Watch has said."Many of those arrested were people who provided humanitarian and legal support to families of political detainees,"HRW said, calling on the govt to reveal their whereabouts."Egyptian security agencies' repression now extends to disappearing those brave men and women who have been trying to protect the disappeared," said Michael Page, HRW deputy director for the Middle East and North Africa region."Government apparently wants to quash what remains of Egyptian civil society."Rights group spoke with a lawyer and three activists who had been "in direct touch" with the families of those arrested. One source told HRW that as many as 80 people had been arrested, but the rights group said it could verify only 40 names.aljazeera
Turkey academic jailed after raids on professors, activists
A court in Turkey has jailed an Istanbul academic pending trial following raids on professors and activists deemed to have links to an imprisoned prominent financier of civil society activities.US and the European Union had expressed concern over Friday's detentions, which targeted academics and activists said to have ties to philanthropist and businessman Osman Kavala. Turkish prosecutors had issued arrest warrants for 20 people, with 14 suspects rounded up in the raids. Twelve of the suspects were released after giving testimony to police, while one was still being questioned, according to state media.However, Yigit Aksakoglu, a staff member of Istanbul's private Bilgi University who specialises in education research, was remanded in custody before trial, Turkish media reported.aljazeera
Known Bangladesh Jamaat affiliates seek nominations from BNP-led alliance, as independents: Dhaka tribune
Men with Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami ties have collected nomination papers from BNP to contest the upcoming general election in two northern districts, after the Election Commission said anyone, even men or women from unregistered parties, can run for office with another party’s ticket or as independent candidates.Last week, the commission’s Secretary Helaluddin Ahmed said persons affiliated with the political party Jamaat-e-Islami, which has lost its registration, can contest in the upcoming election as independent candidates or with another party’s nomination. “Even they can run with the symbol of any registered party, provided that they get the nomination from that party. A registered party can give anyone their nomination,” he said.“So if a registered party wants, they can give their nomination to the members of an unregistered party as well,” Helaluddin added.Quoting Jamaat sources, our correspondent in Bogra reported that the party is fully prepared to field candidates in at least three constituencies of the district.If BNP wants to field its own candidates in those constituencies, Jamaat will still a launch full-scale election campaign in at least two constituencies with independent candidates, the sources added.dhakatribune
Powerful sheikh steps aside from IOC after forgery charge
Geneva:World sport power broker Sheikh Ahmad al-Fahad al-Sabah said he was “temporarily” stepping aside from his International Olympic Committee duties on Monday after the Kuwaiti was charged with forgery in Switzerland.The Kuwaiti, one of the most influential figures in international sport, said he “strenuously denies any wrongdoing”, calling the allegations “maliciously motivated by political factions within Kuwait.”Sheikh Ahmad said he would put his work with the IOC on hold until he had been investigated by the body's ethics commission.“Sheikh Ahmad has today decided to step aside temporarily from his roles and responsibilities as an IOC member and chairman of Olympic Solidarity Commission, pending the outcome of an IOC Ethics Commission hearing,”said a statement from his office.AFP
Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn arrested in corruption case: Report
Nissan Motor Co Ltd’s chairman, Carlos Ghosn, has been arrested in a corruption case, the Yomiuri daily said on its website on Monday. The Japanese automaker said that Ghosn had used company money for personal use and that it had been investigating possible improper practices of Ghosn and Representative Director Greg Kelly for several months.The news comes as a shock in Japan where Ghosn, a rare foreign top executive, is well regarded for having turned Nissan around from near bankruptcy. Ghosn is also chairman and chief executive of France’s Renault.The Japanese automaker, Nissan Motor Co Ltd, said that based on a whistleblower report, it had been investigating possible improper practices of Ghosn and Representative Director Greg Kelly for several months, and that it was fully cooperating with investigators.Reuters
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