13 April 2019

13 April ND: Anil Ambani’s French company got tax waiver of 143.7 mn euro at time of Rafale deal:Le Monde report/ Jharkhand: Old ox dies, mob kills man, three injured are booked for bovine slaughter/ 22 days after attacked, Gurgaon Muslim family withdraws complaint

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13 April 2019: 06 Shaban 1440:Vol: 11, No:174
Anil Ambani’s French company got tax waiver of 143.7 mn euro at time of Rafale deal:Le Monde report
New Delhi:Le Monde reported that Anil Ambani’s France-based telecom firm ‘Reliance Atlantic Flag France’ was given tax waivers worth 143.7 million euros by local authorities just a few months after PM Narendra Modi announced the procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets from Dassault.In fresh revelations that are bound to further fuel the controversy around Rafale deal, France’s Le Monde reported on Saturday that French government waived tax liability worth 143.7 million euro for Anil Ambani’s French-based company, Reliance Atlantic Flag France, barely 6 months after Prime Minister Modi announced a government to government deal for 36 Rafale fighter jets in Paris.According to the report, French authorities had raised a demand of 151 million euros from Ambani’s company after tax audits for the period between 2007 and 2012, including default interest and penalties. Ambani’s firm had offered a settlement for 7.6 mn euro in 2013 which was rejected by the French tax authorities. However, on Oct.22, 2015, French authorities accepted 7.3 million euros as a settlement from Ambani’s company for the period between 2008 and 2014. Coincidentally, it was on April 10, 2015 that PM Modi had announced deal for buying 36 Rafale aircraft from France during an official visit to Paris. Soon after the announcement, Anil Ambani’s Reliance Defence had emerged as the lead offset partner for the deal. The total offsets for the deal worth 7.87 bn euro to be discharged in India were valued at Rs 30,000 crore. Ambani’s Reliance group said that it “denies any favouritism or gain from settlement.Reliance Flag settled disputes as per legal framework in France available to all companies operating in France”.In late April 2015, a few days after Modi’s announcement, Anil Ambani firm Reliance Aerostructures LTD formed a joint venture with Dassault. The production unit of joint venture, called Dassault Reliance Aviation Limited was inaugurated in Nagpur in 2016 in the presence of top Indian and French ministers.MoU for the deal was signed between the Indian and French defence ministers in Delhi on Jan.25, 2016 and the deal was signed on Sept.23, 2016.As reported by Indian Express, days before MoU was signed in Delhi, another of Ambani’s firms, Reliance Entertainment had invested in a French film produced by then French President Francois Hollande’s partner,Julie Gayet. Hollande had subsequently denied any connection with the deal but told AFP that giving offsets to Ambani was part of a ‘new formula’ for buying 36 Rafale aircraft which was put forth after BJP government under PM Modi assumed power in May 2014. Govt has denied these charges.indian express
Anil Ambani firm got €143.7 mn tax relief from France after Rafale announcement: Le Monde report
PM Modi acted as middleman for Anil Ambani, Congress alleges after Le Monde report on Rafale
New Delhi:Alleging that Narendra Modi acted as a “middleman” for Anil Ambani, Congress on Saturday got fresh fodder to attack PM over the Rafale issue after French newspaper Le Monde reported that authorities waived off taxes worth 143.7 million euros in favour of Ambani’s telecom firm ‘Reliance Atlantic Flag France’. The taxes, according to the report, were waived a few months after PM Modi announced the deal to procure 36 Rafale jets from Dassault Aviation.“PM Modi is acting as middle man for Anil Ambani. How many other companies in France have got a tax benefit? Is this not a quid pro quo for the purchase of aircraft? It is clear ek hi chowkidar chor hai (Only one watchman is the thief),” Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said.Citing the Le Monde report, he said layers of corruption and money trail have been unveiled in Rafale saga and cited a timeline of events to buttress his claim.indian express
Jharkhand: Old ox dies, mob kills man, three injured are booked for bovine slaughter
Gumla (jharkhand) :When Adranish Kujur told the village of Jhurmo in Jharkhand that his 20-year-old ox had died in his field, at least 35 villagers went to carve it up. Minutes later, a mob, armed with rods and sticks, attacked them, claiming they had slaughtered a cow. While most managed to flee, Prakash Lakra was killed and 3 others injured in the assault.2days after the mob violence, as Jhurmo still recovers from the shock of the lynching, Jharkhand police Friday booked the three injured men, who are currently undergoing treatment at hospital, under the state’s bovine slaughter Act. And 2 of 7 men charged with Lakra’s murder have been arrested. On Wednesday, the mob had attacked the four men in a field between Jhurmo and the neighbouring Jairagi village and then took them to Dumri police station. Police rushed 4 — all tribal Christians — to the Community Health Centre in Dumri block of Gumla where Lakra was declared dead.3 injured have been identified as Peter Phuljans (50), Belasus Tirkey (60) and Janriush Minz (40) and are now being treated at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences in Ranchi.Dr Roshan Khalkho said that Phuljans, Tirkey and Minz suffered lacerated wounds, abrasions and bruises. “All 3 had difficulty walking and were writhing in pain. They were beaten up on their arms, shoulder, scapula region and seems that blunt force was used.”Dr Khalko also alleged that police had tried to “coerce” him to violate procedure. “When a person is brought dead, we don’t make an entry in the register but send the body directly for postmortem. However, the police put pressure and asked me to make an entry in the register. This can indicate that he died during treatment,” he said.Police said a case was registered against those injured after a complaint by the accused villagers. We have registered a case against the 3 injured under Jharkhand Bovine Animal Prohibition of Slaughter Act,”said ML Meena, ADG.indian express
22 days after attacked, Gurgaon Muslim family withdraws complaint
Gurgaon:22 days after a mob armed with rods and sticks barged into Mohammad Sajid’s home in Gurgaon’s Bhoop Singh Nagar and allegedly beat up him and his relatives, the family and the accused claimed to have reached an “understanding”.The complainant in the case, Dilshad, Sajid’s nephew, had submitted affidavits in court earlier this week, stating that the men arrested for the crime are “innocent”.While the first affidavit was submitted on April 8, the others were submitted in subsequent days. In the first affidavit, Dilshad stated that the accused, Rajsingh alias Amit, “has not done any violence with us” and in fact “saved” the family from the perpetrators and helped them reach the hospital.“Now we have no objection to the case against Rajsingh… being dismissed and his bail granted,” affidavit states. Confirming the development, Sajid said, “We have agreed to an understanding because if we want to stay in this society, we have to listen to the society too. We would like the families and households of both sides to remain intact.”Inspector Surender Kumar, SHO of Bhondsi police station, said, “They have reached an oral agreement.”Sources said both parties have agreed to withdraw the FIRs registered in the matter.indianexpress
 SIMI case: Kerala HC acquits 5 convicted by NIA court
Kochi: A Division Bench of the Kerala High Court on Friday acquitted 5 persons convicted and sentenced by the Special Court for NIA in a case relating to holding a secret meeting of the outlawed SIMI at Panayikulam in Aluva in 2006.NIA court had sentenced the first and second accused to 14-year rigorous imprisonment, while three other accused were sentenced to 12 years of jail term under various sections of IPC, including 124A (sedition), and provisions under the UAPA. As many as 11 accused were acquitted by the special court.Those acquitted by the Division Bench headed by Justice A.M. Shaffique are Shaduly, alias Haris Abdul Karim, a native of Erattupetta (first accused), Abdul Rasik of Erattupetta (second accused), Anzar Nadvi of Aluva (third accused), Nizamuddin of Panayikulam (fourth accused) and Shammas of Erattupetta (fifth accused).The prosecution allegation was that a secret meeting of SIMI was arranged by them at Panayikulam on Aug.15, 2006, which was attended by the other accused.According to the prosecution, they had brought pamphlets containing seditious and inflammatory writing.The accused in their appeals contended that there was no evidence to prove the meeting was convened by SIMI. the hindu
Telangana : UMF want punishment for Assam Muslim trader attackers
Charminar: Days after a Muslim trader was beaten up for selling beef, the United Muslim Forum Telangana and Andhra Pradesh on Friday demanded immediate action against the perpetrators.Shaukat Ali, 68, was beaten and forced to eat pork as punishment by a mob for selling beef in Assam last week.The attack however triggered anger and many organisations, including Hindus and Muslim criticised the attack. United Muslim Forum (UMF) deplored the assault and said there were no restrictions on selling beef in Assam. The UMF sincerely made an appeal to Election Commission of India to intervene in this matter, as the attack took place just ahead of polls."The attack deeply hurt the Muslim sentiment across the country. Instead of breaking silence and taking note of the attack, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been maintaining silence,'' said Syed Muneeruddin Ahmed Muqtar, UMF general secretary.Holding the Assam government responsible and accountable for such attacks, the UMF called on Muslims to use their vote against communal forces and parties.TOI
 ‘You will not let country live in peace’: Supreme Court dismisses plea to offer puja at Ayodhya
The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a plea seeking permission to conduct a puja at the 67-acre plot surrounding the disputed land in Ayodhya. The court also pulled up the petitioner for attempting to get sanction to offer prayers at the site.“You will not let this country live in peace...Somebody has to always poke,” Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi told the petitioner, reported Indian Express. The petitioner said he wanted access to the “undisputed part” of the land, added the publication.The petitioner had moved court after the Allahabad High Court junked his plea and imposed a penalty of Rs 5 lakh. The Supreme Court upheld the penalty.The petitioner was Amarnath Mishra, an Allahabad resident, News18 reported.
Fight RSS ideology that is trying to divide India: Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson
Porbandar :Stating that Gandhians’ only loyalty can be towards the India envisioned by Mahatma Gandhi, his great-grandson Tushar Gandhi has called for fighting the ideology of RSS, which he said was trying to divide India. Addressing an event to commemorate 150th birth anniversary of Kasturba Gandhi, Mahtma’s wife,in Porbandar,Tushar made a distinction between Gandhiwadi (believers in Gandhian philosophy) and what he called Gandhi ke karykarta (workers). Tushar Gandhi, who is son of Mahatma’s grandson Arun, said that Gandhiwadis can remain neutral, but those who call themselves Gandhi’s workers cannot in the present era as RSS was threatening the very ideals espoused by Gandhi.“I do note hate the RSS functionaries. But I oppose RSS… that idea, which is dividing the country… I do not say that others have not done this. We oppose them as well. We will have to protest, otherwise we don’t deserve to be called Gandhi’s workers,” he said.He added that Gandhians will have to play their role in protecting the democracy. “People will come and go. Symbols do not scare me because we are a strong democracy. We had even sent Indira Gandhi home when she had set out to become a dictator. That strength is not dead even today. But the idea underpinning that strength has weakened. We will have to make it strong,” he said.Tushar alleged RSS, a right-wing organisation whose headquarters is in Nagpur, was behind Mahatma’s murder. “In my book Let’s Kill Gandhi, I have exposed the allegations that Nathuram Godse had levelled against Mahatma to assassinate him and which Sangh even today is trying propagate. They need to be countered. In my every speech, I say that while Godse might have been Bapu’s assassin, the assassination was ordered by RSS,” he said. Historian Narottam Palan also alleged that Gandhians has veered off their path and therefore lost their influence in the society, calling for soul-searching among those associated with Gandhian institutes.indianexpress
Stop Parties from Using Armed Forces to Further Their Political Agendas: Veterans Write to President
New Delhi:More than 150 veterans from India’s Armed Forces have written to President of India, as Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, urging him to direct all political parties that “they must forthwith desist from using the military, military uniforms or symbols, and any actions by military formations or personnel, for political purposes or to further their political agendas.”Among the 156 signatories to the joint letter are three former Army chiefs - General (retired) SF Rodrigues, General (retired) Shankar Roy Chowdhury and General (retired) Deepak Kapoor, four former Navy chiefs and former Air Force chief NC Suri.In the letter, the veterans have mentioned several recent remarks or acts of some political leaders, mostly form the BJP, related to the Armed Forces or their operations, including UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s infamous “Modiji ki Sena” remark.India Tomorrow
Maneka Gandhi Says if Muslims Don’t Vote for her She Won’t Work for Them
Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi on Friday appeared to have threatened the Muslim community in Sultanpur, Uttar Pradesh, to vote for her if they wanted jobs.Addressing an election rally in Turab Khani village, she said that she would not give jobs to Muslims if they did not vote for her. She also said that she would not like it if she won without the support of Muslims, reports IANS.A video is being shared on social media in which Maneka Gandhi is addressing a gathering of Muslims in Uttar Pradesh’s Sultanpur conveying this threat. She is heard saying that they should vote for her or else she may not be inclined to their requests.Maneka Gandhi said: “This is important. I am winning. I am winning because of the love and support of people. But if my victory is without Muslims, I won’t feel that good. Dil khatta ho jayega (things will become sour). Then when a Muslim comes to me for work, I think let it be, how does it matter. It’s all give and take, isn’t it? We aren’t all sons of Mahatma Gandhi, are we? (laughter). It’s not that we keep on giving and then losing in the election. This victory will happen with or without you.”“This is your chance to lay the foundation. When the election comes and this booth throws up 100 votes or 50 votes, and then you come to me for work we will see… I don’t see any divides, I see only pain, sadness and love. So it is up to you,” she added.
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BJP will make sedition law so strong it will send shivers down spine: Rajnath
Ahmedabad :Taking on the Congress over its promise to remove the law on sedition if voted in, Union Home Minister and senior BJP leader Rajnath Singh on Friday said that a BJP-led government will instead make the law stronger — so stringent, in fact, that even the very thought of the provisions will “send shivers down the spine”.Addressing an election meeting in Gujarat’s Kutch district,Singh also praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for giving Indian scientists the “go-ahead” to conduct the anti-satellite missile test, and pointed out that the country had this capability since 2007.indianexpress
Congress moves poll panel for action against Smriti Irani’s ‘false’ info on degree
New Delhi:Congress on Friday filed a memorandum with the Election Commission of India (EC) and sought an “urgent and necessary intervention against deliberate, corrupt and wilful falsification of fact” by Union Minister Smriti Irani on her educational qualification. Party asked the EC to initiate “appropriate proceedings” against the BJP leader. Reacting to Congress’s attack, Irani said, according to PTI, “I have a message for them…as much as you try, I will work for Amethi against the Congress. No matter what you say, the more you harass me, the harder I’ll work.”In its memorandum, the Congress told EC that Irani, who filed her nomination from Amethi on Thursday, stated in her affidavit that after school, she had enrolled with Delhi University’s Open Learning School for a correspondence Bachelor of Commerce degree, which she did not complete.indianexpress
West Bengal:In Birbhum, Muslims tend to prefer BJP over its rivals
Bolpur: Muslims in Birbhum keep flocking under the BJP’s umbrella, defying the party’s grand polarisation plank in West Bengal. Only a few days ago, about 200 Muslims from Sainthia led by a former panchayat pradhan took up the saffron flag. This explains why BJP’s Birbhum Lok Sabha poll candidate, Dudhkumar Mandal, took time off his busy campaign schedule and paid a visit to Patharchapri mazar, raising eyebrows among Hindu brigade.According to residents, Birbhum BJP’s Muslim connect isn’t a recent phenomenon. In fact, BJP’s first casualty in the run-up to 2014 Lok Sabha polls was a Muslim from Ilambazar called Sk Rahim. Villages that rose against the administration soon after were all minority-dominated hamlets under Panrui and Makhra blocks, 15km from Tagore’s Santiniketan. BJP victim in the 2018 rural polls in Suri too was a Muslim, called Dildar Sheikh. All 5 injured in a clash between Trinamool and BJP in Mohammadbazar only 4 days ago were Muslims. Keeping in mind BJP politics with Birbhum characteristics,Dudhkumar Mandal has been touring areas with a heavy Muslim presence such as Nalhati, Murarai and Khayrasole. TOI
34 Criminal Cases Registered in his Name, Sakshi Maharaj Claims to be Saint
Lucknow:With 34 criminal cases registered against him, BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj claims that he is a saint and curse will befall all those who do not vote for him.“A saint has come to your door. When a saint comes to beg and is not given what he asks for, he takes away all the happiness of the family and in turn curses the family.“This I am not saying, but I am quoting from sacred scriptures. I am not asking for money or land. Those who do not vote for me will face divine displeasure,” he said on Friday while addressing an election meeting in Unnao in Uttar Pradesh.A look at the affidavit filed with his nomination papers, gave detailed account of criminal cases registered against him. The list makes him look less of a saint and more of a criminal.According to his own admission, Sakshi Maharaj has cases ranging from promoting enmity, four cases related to criminal intimidation, robbery, dacoity, murder, forgery, cheating and criminal breach of trust.IANS
Must remove Modi, Shah for well-being of country: Raj Thackeray
Mumbai :In his first election rally on Friday, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray launched a scathing attack on PM Narendra Modi while maintaining that for the well-being of the nation, it was imperative to remove the Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah from the country’s political landscape. Speaking at a rally in Nanded, from where state Congress Chief Ashok Chavan is contesting, Thackeray also questioned the timing of the Pulwama terror attack and the Balakot air strikes, reminding his supporters of his prediction that Modi would create a war-like situation in the run-up to the elections.indian express
Chandrababu Naidu: Election Commission has no credibility, it’s functioning on PM Modi’s instructions
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday said the Election Commission has lost its credibility as it functions on the instructions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his office.Raising questions on the poll panel's independence and impartiality, Naidu told reporter outside the EC headquarters in New Delhi that the level playing field -- an essential attribute of democracy -- "now stands disturbed".The Chief Minister was speaking after his meeting with Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora.IANS
AAP still open to alliance with Congress in Delhi, Haryana, Chandigarh: Sisodia
New Delhi :AAP leader and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia Saturday said his party is still ready to form an alliance with the Congress in Delhi, Haryana and Chandigarh but it would not agree for a tie-up just in the national capital.He said the priority of the Aam Aadmi Party is to stop the Modi-Amit Shah duo which, he said, is proving to become very “dangerous” for the country.“We wanted to form a united opposition against the BJP and were ready to ignore our differences because right now the priority is to stop the dangerous Modi-Shah duo,” he said.“In last one week, meetings were held between the AAP and the Congress and we proposed alliance on 33 seats in Delhi, Goa, Chandigarh, Haryana and Punjab seats, out of the 23 seats is with NDA,” he said.He said a tie-up between the two parties could have caused a “damage” to the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) on the 23 seats.“But the Congress purposely wasted time to take a decision on alliance and now it says it can tie up with the AAP only in Delhi. Forming an alliance in Delhi alone would not solve the problem,” he said.“We still saying that an alliance can be formed (with Congress) in Haryana, Delhi and Chandigarh if they are ready then we are ready too but alliance cannot be done alone in Delhi,” he added.The uncertainty over alliance between the AAP and the Congress has been continuing for weeks now. The talks between the two sides derailed after they failed to reach an agreement over seat-sharing in Delhi and Haryana.indianexpress
Outrage after Dubai-based ‘Chowkidar’ gynecologist allegedly justifies ethnic cleansing of Muslims and Christians; Dubai Police asked to act
Social media has erupted with huge protests after a Dubai-based gynecologist, also a BJP supporter, allegedly posted a justification for the ethnic cleansing of Muslims in India. Dr Nishi Singh’s profile says that she has lived in Dubai for nearly 25 years and she ‘speaks to you as a mother, as a daughter, a wife, a sister, an aunt, a niece, a physician and a woman.’However, her social media profile is replete with support for the Hindutva ideology. One of her social media posts that appeared to cause a huge outrage was posted on 12 April in response to a post by another Twitter user, who expressed his fear for the ethnic cleansing of Muslims in India.Reacting to BJP President Amit Shah’s recent controversial threats that his government in future will remove every single ‘infiltrator’ except Buddhists, Hindus and Sikhs, one Twitter user wrote, “Ethnic cleansing of Muslims and Christians is a poll promise in Indian elections. Dr Singh replied with no sense of remorse, seemingly to lend credence to his interpretation of Shah’s controversial remarks. She wrote, “And conversions(sic) is a single point agenda of All Abrahamical faiths aided by unlimited funds from undeclared sources carefully camouflaged as community service.”Not only did her hate tweet, now deleted, condone the planned ethnic cleansing of Muslims and Christians, it also attacked Islam and Christians. No sooner did she post her tweet, social media platforms particularly Facebook was inundated with angry reactions with users contacting the Dubai Police to take action against her for her bigotry.jantakareporter
Supreme Court’s Interim Order on Electoral Bonds Inconsistent with Two Laws:thewire
New Delhi: Supreme Court’s interim order issued on Friday directing political parties to inform the Election Commission the details of donors and the amount they received through the electoral bonds in a sealed cover is inconsistent with at least two legal provisions, namely, Section 13A (b) of Income Tax Act and the Proviso to Section 29C of the Representation of the People Act, 1951.Section 13A of Income Tax Act, interim order rightly notes, is a special provision relating to the incomes of political parties. Under this provision, any income of a political party, which is chargeable under the head “income from house property” or “income from other sources”, or any income by way of voluntary contributions received by a political party from any person shall not be included in the total income of the previous year of such political party.This is provided that­ (a) such political party keeps and maintains such books of account and other documents as would enable the assessing officer to properly deduce its income therefrom;(b) in respect of each such voluntary contribution other than contribution by way of electoral bond in excess of Rs 10,000, such political party keeps and maintains a record of such contribution and the name and address of the person who has made such contribution.The provision makes it clear that the political party concerned is not expected to “keep and maintain a record of such contribution and the name and address of the person who has made such contribution” if the amount is in excess of Rs 10,000, and by way of electoral bond.thewire
Pakistan Finance Minister says FATF judging his country with rigged jury, demands India’s removal as co-chair
Pakistan cries foul over FATF action: Pakistan Finance Minister Asad Umar on Thursday evening expressed apprehensions over his country being judged by a rigged jury at the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) for failing to curb anti-terror financing and money laundering activities. Earlier, Islamabad had submitted a 26-point action plan to the FATF to choke the funding of terrorist groups, including Mumbai attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed-led JuD and its affiliates, and launched a concerted diplomatic effort to avoid being blacklisted by it.Responding to a question about what actions the FATF might take in Pakistan’s case, Asad Umar said his country has made significant improvements since the last review. The next review would take place in the middle of May and the deadline for Pakistan to send a report for the review is April 15, but the country would send the report on time and then the review team would visit Pakistan in May but the actual deadline for the final decision is in September, he said.Newsx
Elgaar Parishad case: Prosecutor cites letters, booklet to oppose bail pleas of six accused
The prosecutor in Elgaar Parishad case has opposed the bail pleas of six accused. District Government Pleader Ujjwala Pawar cited letters and a booklet to argue that there was a conspiracy to wage a war against the country. Pune City Police submitted a copy of a booklet – “Maowadyanvirodhat Ladha Kashasathi Va Konasathi” – allegedly written by activist Sudhir Dhawale. They argued that its contents promoted “hatred and disaffection” towards the elected governments. The booklet was said to have been seized from another accused, Mahesh Raut, during searches conducted at his residence in 2018. scroll
Savarkar to be taught in JNU? Proposal has been put forth, administration feigns ignorance
In what is seen as yet another attack on the prestigious JNU, a proposal to set up a study centre in the name of Hindutva ideologue, Vinayak Damodar Savarkar has been put forth by Savarkar Rashtriya Smarak (SRS) and ABVP.Working president of the Swatantryaveer Savarkar Rashtriya Smarak, Ranjit Savarkar confirmed to National Herald that a proposal to set up Savarkar Adhyayan Kendra (Savarkar Study Centre) has been submitted to V-C office on March 14.“And the discussion is on the final stage,” he revealed.However, when asked the same, the JNU administration feigned ignorance. We called Vice-Chancellor, Jagadesh Kumar at his mobile number but he did not answer.Registrar of the University, Pramod Kumar, also denied having received any such proposal. Talking to NH he said, “We have not received any proposal about setting up of a Centre in the name of Savarkar. As far as ABVP is concerned, being a student organisation, they are free to propose anything.”When contacted, president of JNU Students’ Union (JNUSU), N Sai Balaji downplayed the report saying, they (ABVP and the BJP government or any Right-wing organisation) would not dare to put forth such proposal till election is over.nationalheraldindia
Najma Akhtar becomes Jamia Millia first woman V-C
National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration Professor Najma Akhtar was on Thursday appointed V-C of New Delhi’s Jamia Millia Islamia, becoming the first woman to head 99-year-old university. Akhtar’s appointment was approved by President Ram Nath Kovind, who also cleared the appointments of Sanjiv Sharma as V-C of Mahatma Gandhi Central University in Bihar and Rajneesh Kumar Shukla as V-C of Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi Vishwavidyalaya in Maharashtra. Some reports said Akthar is also the first woman vice chancellor of any central university in Delhi.Akhtar said her dream is to establish a medical college at Jamia during her tenure.She said she will interact with the students of the university, besides the deans, heads of departments, the executive council and the Academic Council. She said there are some courses that are not needed and some where new courses are needed.“Either we replace them or we modify them or we modernise them. Jamia needs new courses and I feel many areas have old-fashioned courses,” she added. She also stressed on the need to have more international students in the university. Manipur Governor Najma Heptulla is the university’s
Pulwama aftermath: Mumbai shop told to pay Rs 2 lakh for newspapers, journals from Pakistan
Mumbai:Mohammed Asif, the 50-year-old owner of the well-known Naaz Book Depot on Mohammed Ali Road in south Mumbai, has been working at the shop ever since he was a child.Set up over 70 years ago, the shop was opened by his late father Abdullah Haji Ali Mohammed, and its unique selling point was that it stocked Pakistani newspapers and journals, both English and Urdu. The publications had a diverse clientele — Muslims with family connections in Pakistan, Urdu newspapers which scanned it and picked up some of its content to reproduce in their publications and Pakistan-watchers, including students and researchers.But that USP is in danger now. Until Feb, there was no import duty on newspapers and magazines from Pakistan. However, following the Pulwama attack, India on Feb.16 hiked import duty on Pakistani goods to 200 per cent. When Asif reached the airport on Feb.19 to pick his regular monthly consignment of Pakistani literature sent to him from Karachi via a flight from Dubai, he had not foreseen what was to come.“One consignment comprising a few bundles — each bundle weighing nearly 5 kg, and the total about 40 kg — used to cost us around Rs 5,000. But since newspapers and magazines were also included in the recent import duty hike, I was asked to pay Rs 2 lakh. How could I have afforded that? Would the customers ever buy a magazine worth Rs 450?” he asks.Asif was forced to return empty-handed, but he regularly visited the customs office for 10 days hoping that the policy had been changed. He was told that things might return to normalcy after elections are over. But one cannot say for sure.indian express
Ahmedabad: In a modern Madrassa, women network and socialize: dnaindia
Muslim women from across Ahmedabad are using their afternoons to build a network, learn and share. An initiative by a 50-year-old Taskeen Sareshwala, director of Shama group of schools in Ahmedabad, called ‘Discover yourself through Islam’, is bringing them on a platform to not just understand the religious texts but also learn and unlearn issues that they face involving many fun activities.Nazia Bhavnagri, who studied clinical psychology and a mother of 3 children, said, “While we have read our religious texts during the childhood, understanding The Quran in real life makes me more relatable. Only now, I understand how beautifully Islam is related to science. We want to pass it on to our children that core values of Islam are rooted in science.”The sessions are held at Taskeen’s residence in Paldi where she involves women in games, quizzes, role plays, etc. The gatherings are not just to socialize but to learn and do something constructive, said another participant. The sessions have evolved around topics like how relevant is todays education, global food dishes, gratefulness, relationships, families, etc.“I also run an initiative called ‘Happy Homes’ where I teach ways of life through Islam including how to adjust, how to behave, moral values, how to live in the society in best way, how to maintain good relation with people around you, etc,” she said.“The misconception of a madrassa needs to be changed. Education and religious beliefs can go hand in hand. I do go to gym and swimming but wearing a Hijab. A hijab does not stop me from doing any activity,” Nazia said.Another participant, Aasiya Kankoriwala, said, “This madrassa that she runs also has sessions on teenagers. So take care of the psychology otherwise it will just remain a session of religious fanaticism. They have their own set of questions, so once they cross age of 10, these kidswho attend such sessions remain very sound.”
Sudan after military coup: 16 killed by stray bullets at protests and sit-ins
At least 16 people were killed and 20 others wounded by stray bullets at protests and sit-ins on Thursday and Friday, a Sudanese police spokesman said in a statement on Saturday as the nation waited to hear from its newly appointed leader. Government buildings and private property were also attacked, spokesman Hashem Ali added.The transitional military council said on Saturday head of the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS), Salah Abdallah Gosh, has resigned from his post."The chief of the transitional military council, Abdel Fattah Burhan, has accepted the resignation of ... chief of NISS," the council said. Gosh had overseen a sweeping crackdown led by NISS agents against protesters taking part in four months of mass demonstations.The spy chief's resignation comes less than 24 hours after the Sudanese military replaced the country's transitional leader who had been in power only one day.Thousands of jubilant protesters celebrated in the streets of Khartoum on Friday, after Defence Minister General Awad Ibn Auf, announced he was stepping down as head of the ruling military council.He had been named the de facto leader after President Omar al-Bashir was forced out of office on Thursday after 30 years of rule.Ibn Auf said he would be replaced by General Abdel Fattah Burhan, general inspector of the armed forces, as head of the transitional council, which will rule the country for two years until elections."This is for the benefit of our nation ... This country has great people and a great army," Ibn Auf said in a brief TV statement, adding that he hoped the civilians and the military would work together.Burhan, who was appointed as al-Bashir's chief of staff and head of the ground forces in February, is expected to speak to the nation on Saturday. Al Jazeera's Hiba Morgan, reporting from Khartoum, said the demonstrators "have been very clear that their desire is to see Sudan led by a civilian govt. Not one led by the military". While it's not clear whether Burhan will hand power to a civilian leader, she said protesters might be more receptive to Burhan than his predecessors. "Most people are hopeful because Abdel Fattah [Burhan] is not from the ruling party. He also does not have any political affiliation. He doesn't have the same tainted history as Omar al-Bashir and Awad Ibn Auf. Both were accused of war crimes in the region of Darfur," she said. Hajooj Kuka, an activist, said removing al-Bashir and his allies was the first step to meeting the demands of the protesters.Earlier on Friday, the military council had assured the country that they had "no ambitions" to permanently rule the East African nation..But the protest's main organisers reacted by vowing demonstrators would stay on the streets until they got a civilian govt. Aljazeera
New gay sex laws preventive, says Brunei:Reuters
Brunei said new laws imposing the death penalty for gay sex and adultery were designed more for “prevention than to punish” in response to the UN condemnation of the measures.UN said Muslim-majority former British protectorate violated human rights on April 3 by implementing Islamic laws which punish sodomy, adultery and rape with the death penalty, including by stoning, and theft with amputation.But Erywan Yusof, Brunei’s second minister of foreign affairs, defended the new laws in a letter to the UN, saying the move was focused more on “prevention than punishment”. “Its aim is to educate, deter, rehabilitate and nurture rather than to punish,” Yusof wrote to the UN.In the letter Yusof said the offences would not apply to non-Muslims in Brunei, which has has been at the centre of a media storm since it announced the rollout of more Sharia laws in March.Its UN letter said the “criminalisation of adultery and sodomy is to safeguard the sanctity of family lineage and marriage of individual Muslims particularly women”.
Saudis 'gave Libya's Haftar millions of dollars before offensive'
Days before Libya's renegade General Khalifa Haftar launched an offensive on the country's capital, Tripoli, Saudi Arabia offered tens of millions of dollars to help pay for the operation,Wall Street Journal has reported. The offer came during a visit by Haftar to Saudi capital, Riyadh, ahead of his April 4 military campaign, the Journal said.Citing senior advisers to Saudi government, the Journal said the offer of funds - accepted by Haftar - was intended to buy the loyalty of tribal leaders, recruit and pay fighters, and other military purposes. Aljazeera
Libya: Hafter forces strike military camp in Tripoli
US 'urged MBS to cut ties' with aide linked to Khashoggi murder
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to cut ties with a former close royal adviser linked to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, Guardian reported, citing unnamed sources. According to the Guardian, Pompeo has privately raised concerns about MBS's contact with Saud al-Qahtani, who is accused of masterminding Khashoggi's murder. Khashoggi was killed on October 2, 2018, after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain documents for his upcoming marriage. After initially offering several contradictory statements, the Saudi kingdom confirmed the journalist was killed inside its consulate in Turkey. US intelligence agencies have reportedly concluded that MBS was involved in Khashoggi's killing - a conclusion the kingdom denies. aljazeera
Police use tear gas, arrest scores of protesters in Algeria
Police have fired tear gas and arrested scores of protesters in Algiers as massive crowds gathered for the first Friday demonstrations since the announcement of presidential elections to succeed deposed leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika.Police said in a statement on Friday that 108 people were arrested after clashes with "infiltrators" among the protesters, who injured 27 policemen. Witnesses said police in anti-riot gear fired tear gas in the evening to disperse a crowd of several hundred young people in the city centre after an otherwise largely peaceful demonstration which was joined by families throughout the day.The crowd size on Friday was estimated at hundreds of thousands of people, although there was no official count. The demonstrators were chanting for the overhaul of the government following Bouteflika's removal.aljazeera
Syria says Israeli air attack injures six soldiers
Israeli planes targeted a military position near the Syrian province of Hama wounding six soldiers, but the country's air defences intercepted and downed some of the rockets, Syria's state news agency reported.Citing military sources, SANA news agency and state television said that Israeli aircraft using Lebanese airspace targeted "one of our military positions towards the city of Masyaf" and that several buildings were destroyed. "The enemy missiles were dealt with and some of them were shot down before reaching their target, resulting in the damage of a few buildings and the injury of three fighters," SANA added.aljazeera
18 Killed, 48 Injured as Bomb Rips Through Vegetable Market in Pakistan’s Quetta
A bomb ripped through an outdoor Pakistani market on Friday, killing at least 18 people, half of them ethnic Hazaras, officials said, in an attack apparently aimed at minority Shi'ite Muslims.Some 48 people were wounded in the blast in the southwestern city of Quetta, capital of resource-rich Baluchistan province, officials said. Balochistan is the focus of $57-billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor, a transport and energy link planned between western China and southern deepwater port of Gwadar.The blast took place at Hazar Ganji, a fruit and vegetable market on the outskirts of Quetta. No group immediately claimed responsibility.Reuters
'Scared' Muslims Avoid Christchurch Mosques a Month After Attacks
Christchurch: 4 weeks on from the New Zealand mosques massacre, the Christchurch Muslim community was struggling to get worshippers to overcome their fears and return to Friday prayers. "They are still very scared," Linwood mosque Imam Ibrahim Abdelhalim told AFP. "Normally we would expect around 100, but now it's about 30."  A 28-year-old Australian, Brenton Tarrant, a self-avowed white supremacist, has been charged with 50 counts of murder and 39 of attempted murder after opening fire at Linwood and Al Noor mosques on March 15.The Muslim community was further shaken this week when a 33-year-old man, wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with the name of US President Donald Trump, shouted abuse at worshippers at the Al Noor mosque. AFP
Assange should face justice in Sweden: British MPs
More than 70 British members of parliament have signed a letter urging the home secretary to ensure that WikiLeaks cofounder Julian Assange is extradited to Sweden if a case there is reopened against him. The letter, signed late on Friday by mostly Labour Party MPs, urged UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid to "stand with the victims of sexual violence" and ensure the rape claim against him can be "properly investigated"."We do not presume guilt, of course, but we believe due process should be followed and the complainant should see justice be done," it said. 47-year-old Australian activist was arrested by British police on Thursday and forcibly removed from the Ecuadorian embassy in London after his asylum was revoked, bringing to an end more than six years in the building.aljazeera
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