16 May 2019

16 May ND: Jammu: Curfew imposed in Bhaderwah as protests erupt after alleged cow vigilantes kill a man

16 May 2019: 10 Ramazan 1440:Vol: 11, No:203
Jammu: Curfew imposed in Bhaderwah as protests erupt after alleged cow vigilantes kill a man
Curfew was imposed in Bhaderwah town in Jammu and Kashmir’s Doda district on Thursday after violence erupted over killing of a man by alleged cow vigilantes earlier in the day. The incident took place when the victim, identified as Nayeem, and another person were travelling in a vehicle near Nalti area, some eight kilometres from Bhaderwah town. Nayeem died on spot but his companion received splinter injuries.Local reports alleged that some cow vigilantes shot at Nayeem with a country-made weapon. “Nayeem was working as a cattle trader. It’s being said that he was carrying some cattle in his vehicle at the time of the incident,” a local journalist said. “When the news of his killing reached his village, his relatives and other locals attacked Bhaderwah police station and pelted stones at some parked vehicles there.” 7 people have been detained in connection with the case, PTI reported. Internet services have also been suspended.Bhaderwah Additional DCP Ravi Kumar Bharti said the situation is currently under control. “We will issue an update on the situation in the evening,” Bharti added.Another district administration official, who did not want to be identified, said Army has been deployed in the communally-sensitive town to prevent any untoward incidents and added that the movement of civilian vehicles has been restricted.When contacted, SHO of Bhaderwah police station, refused to comment. Jammu IGP MK Sinha did not respond to calls.
Man killed in midnight firing in Jammu's Bhaderwah for cow vigilantism; curfew imposed in valley
Tension in 2 Vadodara villages after man assaulted by members of minority community
Vadodara :Tension prevailed in two villages of Vadodara on Wednesday after a Hindu man from Hansjipura was attacked by a group of men – all belonging to the minority community – from Dhaniyavi. The incident was first reported on Saturday when an altercation had broken out between them. Lakshman Babubhai, had filed a complaint accusing nine people of rioting and criminal intimidation.As per his complaint, 2 main accused Imran and Nizam used to empty their poultry farm waste into a pond that is shared between 3 villages including Dhaniyavi and Hansjipura with the latter relying on the pond water as a source of drinking water as well.On Saturday, while returning from his farm, Lakshman,on witnessing this, raised an objection to the duo emptying their poultry farm waste. This soon led to an altercation between 3 and Lakshman alleged that he was slapped and assaulted.He had filed a complaint against the 2 and the duo was arrested and later released on bail. However, on Tuesday evening, according to Lakshman’s complaint, the duo accompanied by seven others from their village, armed with sticks and sharp-edged weapons, assaulted him and threatened to kill him.The minority community, on the other hand, has alleged that the Thakor community is targeting them by falsely implicating them in the case. They have alleged that the police was pressured to file a complaint against 9 people when the entire community members of Thakor community had landed up at the Varnama police and pressured them to file a complaint. The community members will also be submitting a memorandum in this regard to SP and the district collector in the afternoon today. indian express
Tihar undertrial with ‘om’ branded on back tells court: Being pressured to withdraw charge or compromise
New Delhi :A Tihar Jail undertrial, who had alleged that an ‘Om’ symbol was branded on his back by the jail superintendent, Tuesday told a Delhi court that jail authorities were pressuring him to “either withdraw his allegations or compromise”.“Jail authorities are pressuring me to either withdraw my charges or compromise,” undertrial Nabbir told the magistrate. Metropolitan Magistrate Richa Parihar did not respond to the accusations levelled by Nabbir against jail officials, saying she has not yet gone through the status report filed by Tihar and that she will need time till May 24 to do so.The jail had filed its report in a sealed cover on April 30, after a Delhi court pulled up authorities for failing to respond to the charges levelled by the undertrial. Nabbir had alleged that the ‘Om’ symbol was branded on his back, and that it was the handiwork of a jail superintendent who had used a hot metal for the carving.Outside the courtroom, Nabbir’s advocate Jagmohan Singh said he has not been given a copy of the status report and expressed apprehensions over the jail’s findings.The matter came to light when Nabbir, who was then lodged in the High Risk Ward of Jail No. 4, filed an application alleging that on April 12, jail authorities had thrashed him, carved the symbol with hot metal and forced him to fast. Following this, the court had ordered jail authorities to inquire into the matter and submit a report. “Allegations raised by the accused are of serious nature and require immediate intervention,” magistrate had said.indianexpress
Assam: Defying curfew, Muslim man drives auto to take pregnant Hindu woman to hospital
Hailakandi:With prayers on his lips, a Muslim man drove his auto-rickshaw as fast as he can in a curfew-hit town so that a Hindu woman who was in an advanced stage of labour could reach the hospital on time.They made it and a boy, aptly named 'Shanti', was born on Sunday when the curfew was in force in Hailakandi following communal clashes just 2 days ago.Accompanied by DSP Mohneesh Mishra, Hailakandi DCP Keerthi Jalli visited the residence of Rubon Das and Nandita, parents of the new-born, on Wednesday and said,"We need more such examples of Hindu-Muslim unity and amity." She also congratulated Maqbool, Rubon's neighbour, for helping his friend at the time of distress, overriding the communal tension prevailing in the district. 2 days later, Rubon was frantically calling his near and dear ones for help. He needed an ambulance to take Nandita to hospital as she was writhing in labour pain. In between the calls, Rubon said, "I was trying to calm my wife down saying someone will surely come to take us to hospital in Hailakandi town."However, no help came for them in the curfew affected area and, in the meanwhile, Nandita's pain increased.At that time,Rubon's friend and neighbour Maqbool heard his predicament and rushed to his residence with his auto-rickshaw.As Maqbool was driving the vehicle, speeding along the deserted roads, the only thing haunting him was whether he would make it on time to the hospital."I was trying to comfort them.... telling them everything will be fine. But I myself was praying," said Maqbool. His timely help paid off and Nandita delivered a healthy boy at 5.30 pm.india today
Uttar Pradesh: Violence before Modi’s rally in Chandauli, BJP activists beat up Dalits
When Prime Minister was addressing a rally in Chandauli today proudly saying that he considers the party more important than himself and the country more important than the party, was he aware of the bitter fact that some Dalits in Chandauli were thrashed ruthlessly by his party’s supporters just because they refused to attend the rally?According to sources, the BJP activists allegedly bashed up some Dalits hours before Prime Minister Modi's rally in Chandauli district in UP.As per information emerging from the ground, BJP supporters in Bisundhari village asked Dalits to participate in Modi's rally that was scheduled to take place in a nearby Dhabapur village on Thursday afternoon. However, when the Dalits, who happened to be BSP supporters refused to attend the prime minister’s rally, BJP activists resorted to violence and attacked BSP supporters with iron rods and sticks.As per sources, as many as 10 people belonging to the Dalit community have received injuries. After initial denial, the police registered the FIR under against the unknown people under the section 154 of the IPC.nationalheraldindia
Behind Gujarat boycott: Dalits won’t pick carcasses, want equal treatment
Lhor :Around 6 months ago, a buffalo belonging to Vikram Thakor died. He dragged the carcass to an uninhabited place on the outskirts of Lhor village in Mehsana with a tractor.“We have to do it on our own,” Vikram said, “Dalits in the village stopped picking up carcasses two years ago. Some months back, a dog died near my house, and I had to dispose it in a similar manner.”Accusing the upper castes in the village of discrimination, Dalits in Lhor decided to stop disposing animal carcasses as part of their “customary” service saying it was a “filthy and unpaid for” job that was thrust upon them.And this refusal is among the main reasons, they alleged, that the upper castes in the village called for a social boycott of Dalits on May 8, after a Dalit groom took out the first wedding procession in Lhor on a horse. Based on a complaint, police have registered an FIR against 5 upper caste men, including the sarpanch and deputy sarpanch of village, for ordering the social boycott.Thakors form the majority in Lhor, which has a population of over 1,600. Vikram and several other Thakors in Lhor indicate that though they do not like the Dalits’ assertion in not disposing of carcasses, they cannot force them. Thakors denied the accusation that the issue is connected to the alleged boycott.But most Dalits believe otherwise. “Our old generation used to lift the carcasses of animals and the tradition has continued for hundreds of years. We (the Dalits) were not getting any remuneration for it and the service was imposed on us as a custom for long. They think Dalits have to do it,”said Mukesh Shrimali.indianexpress

‘No Communal Angle’, Says Daughter of Man Murdered in West Delhi
Days after a 51-year-old businessman was stabbed to death, allegedly for resisting youths who passed lewd remarks at his daughter in West Delhi, his family told The Quint that the matter should not be made communal.There was no communal angle, the four just happened to be Muslims, they say.The murder took place on 12 May, when Dhruv Raj Tyagi confronted the accused men who allegedly sexually harassed his 26-year-old daughter Sheela (name changed) on the road. Sheela’s 19-year-old brother Anand (name changed) also sustained injuries in the brawl.Sheela, at whom the lewd remarks were allegedly directed, says,“It is true that those who attacked my father and brother are Muslims, but there were other Hindus who watched and did nothing to save them.”While Sheela accused onlookers of inaction, her uncle Tapreshwar Tyagi called the communal spin given to the incident,“The handiwork of the WhatsApp university, who have nothing better to do [...] The man who took my brother and his son to the hospital is a Muslim.”Riyaz – Dhruv’s neighbour who took him and his son to the hospital – says those attempting to communalise the incident must remember that no one came forward to help the family on the night that it really mattered.Soon after the incident in the wee hours of 12 May, certain posts and messages claimed it was a communal attack. Some even branded the accused “jihadis” and “terrorists”.thequint
Soldier, civilian die as militants open fire, 3 of them killed in retaliatory action
Srinagar: 3 militants were killed in a gunfight after they shot dead a soldier and a civilian on May 16 in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir, Army said. The slain militants included the mastermind Lethpora 'fidayeen' attack. Three soldiers suffered injuries in the gun battle.Incriminating material, including ammunition, were recovered from the encounter site, a police spokesman said.“On a credible input, a cordon and search operation was launched in the early hours of the day by police and security forces at Delipora area in district Pulwama,” he said.When the security forces were evacuating civilians from the neighbourhood of the target house, the hiding terrorists fired indiscriminately. “In the process, Sepoy Sandeep attained martyrdom and civilian Rayees Dar lost his life,” the spokesman said.In the retaliatory action by security forces, three terrorists were killed and their bodies retrieved, he said.“They were identified as Naseer Pandith of Kareemabad Pulwama, Umar Mir of Shopian and Khalid from Pakistan.”thehindu
UGC warns against taking admission in PoK institutes
Srinagar:University Grants Commission has warned students against taking admission in educational institutions in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) stating it is an integral part of India and under illegal occupation of Pakistan.“Since Pakistan-occupied Jammu and Kashmir (PoJK) is an integral part of Union of India and the educational institutions including universities, medical colleges and technical institutions and other education institutions situated in PoJK are neither established by Government of India nor recognized by statutory authorities such as UGC, AICTE, MCI, etc,” states the May 8 UGC notification issued by Secretary Professor Rajnish Jain.“Therefore, students are cautioned/ advised against taking admission in any college/ university/ technical institution in any territory under illegal occupation of Pakistan including the so-called AJK and Gilgit Baltistan, which are currently not recognized in India,” notification said.Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Chairman of the Hurriyat Conference, described UGC directive as “politicisation” of education and said it “violates” the fundamental right of students to take education anywhere in the world. “It is unfortunate politicisation of education, which violates the fundamental right of students to seek education anywhere in the globe. It (UGC notification) has put the career of those studying there in jeopardy and uncertainty.”indianexpress
2 J&K students leave Baghpat college after tension
Ghaziabad:A day after Kashmiri students of a college in Baghpat, Uttar Pradesh, sought transfer to their native State, Aquib and Younis, 2 students from Doda district of Jammu have left the campus. The issue spiralled after some locals thrashed Aquib over allegations of harassing a girl.According to the college management, the matter has been resolved after their intervention while the police say it was a scuffle between students and outsiders and it should not be linked to the ethnicity of the students.Aquib denied the charges of harassment to the local media on Wednesday.His classmate Mohd. Irfan said that “it was a case of misunderstanding.” “I think he inadvertently brushed the girl the wrong way. He apologised but people asked him about his ethnicity. When he said that he was from Jammu and Kashmir, they started thrashing him. It was wrong and should not have happened. They chased him to the hostel. It created panic among students. It was only after senior police officers and the management assured us of safety that we decided to stay on.”Irfan added that the students were keeping fast during Ramzan and participating in temple festivities as well.The incident occurred at Syadwad Institute of Higher Education and Research during a college function.thehindu
Bofors: CBI does a u-turn, says it doesn’t want to pursue case
NEW DELHI: CBI on Thursday informed a Delhi court that it did not want to pursue its application for further probe into the ₹64-crore Bofors bribery case.Making submission before the court at the Tis Hazari district courts, counsel for the CBI said it would decide the future course in the matter later. But at the moment, It did not want to pursue the application for permission to further probe the case, counsel said.Advocate Ajay Agarwal, who had also moved an application for a further probe into the matter, also moved an application for withdrawing his plea. But when the court threatened to impose costs on him for wasting its time, he said he would argue on it.The court agreed to his submission. Last year, the CBI moved the trial court seeking permission for further probe into the case, saying it had come across fresh material and evidence.thehindu
Evidence in a case, Rs 2 lakh cash stolen from inside Delhi CBI court
New Delhi:A wad of currency worth Rs 2 lakh, which helped CBI trap an accused in a corruption case, ended up getting stolen from one of the safest places possible: the courtroom. The cash, part of evidence in a case being heard in the court, was allegedly stolen by a court staffer and was recovered by police from a room adjacent to the chamber of the judge.The rare crime unfolded as special CBI judge Vimal Kumar Yadav was presiding over a corruption case at the newly inaugurated Rouse Avenue court near the Income Tax Office in central Delhi on May 1.HT
India joins global war on online terror
 India became one of the signatories to the Chirstchurch Call for Action to remove extremist and violent online content. The global document, spearheaded by French President Emmanuel Macron and New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern, signed in Paris on Wednesday brought together governments and technology giants to commit to action that would weed out such content from online spaces like etc. The idea, which germinated during Macron’s visit to Wellington in April, culminated in the release of a global document on Wednesday at an event attended by leaders of Britain, France, Canada, Ireland, Senegal, Indonesia, Jordan and the European Union as well as tech giants like Twitter, Google, Microsoft among others. India was represented by Ajay Prakash Sawhney, secretary in the ministry of electronics and information technology. TOI
SC to hear plea of Muslim woman against talaq notices:TOI
New Delhi: Anticipating that her husband, who has already given two talaq notices, might take illegal and unconstitutional route of triple to end the marriage, a Muslim woman on Thursday approached the Supreme Court to restrain him. Appearing before a bench of Justices Indira Banerjee and Sanjiv Khanna, her advocate M M Kashyap mentioned the petition and pleaded for an urgent hearing. He said that the husband had sent two talaq notices one on March 29 and other on May 7 and third notice might be sent any time to complete the process of triple talaq. Referring to SC’s verdict, the petitioner pleaded the court to declare the process adopted by her husband as illegal. She contended that the Centre had also brought Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Ordinance, 2019 making triple talaq an offence. Under the Ordinance, divorcing through instant triple talaq is illegal, void and would attract a jail term of three years for the husband.She alleged that she was subjected to dowry harassment by her husband and was thrown out of her matrimonial home after not meeting the demand. She also pleaded for registration of criminal case against her husband for resorting to triple talaq. The apex court will hear her plea on May 20.
Supreme Court agrees to hear Muslim woman’s petition challenging talaq notices issued by husband
Muslim Educational Society in Kerala told to withdraw hijaab ban
IUML, a constituent of Congress-led United Democratic Front, on Wednesday asked Muslim Educational Society (MES) to withdraw its circular banning face-covering veils (hijaab) on its campuses.In a statement, IUML chief Panakkad Hyderali Thangal said it was a student’s individual choice to cover the face or not and it was not proper to ban it. He said covering the face was part of the religion and it was the duty of religious scholars to take a decision on this. He asked the MES to withdraw its circular immediately.Two weeks ago, the MES had issued a circular citing a recent Kerala high court order to ban the hijaab, which covers the face of women, in all its institutions. MES is a progressive educational group that runs 150 institutions and educates more than 100,000 students. Samastha Kerala Jemiayathul Ulema president Muthukoya Thangal criticized the MES move: “MES has no right to dictate terms to believers. Burqa is the identity of Muslim women and nobody can deny it,” he said. Samastha, a prominent section of the Sunni sect, has threatened to boycott MES institutions if it goes ahead with its decision.HT
RSS people have infiltrated Election Commission: Mamata
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday launched a tirade against the Election Commission of India accusing it of functioning at the behest of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah. A visibly angry chief minister told reporters in Kolkata that RSS workers had infiltrated the national election body.Questioning the Election Commission’s decision to impose Article 324 and cut short the campaigning period in the state by 24 hours, Banerjee said, “There is no such law and order problem in West Bengal that Article 324 can be clamped. It is unprecedented, unconstitutional and unethical. It is actually a gift to Modi and Amit Shah.”Banerjee said that if there was a problem of violence in West Bengal, then the national poll body ought to have stopped campaigning from Wednesday. “But they would never do that because tomorrow (Thursday) there is a rally of Modi. So once his rally ends, the campaign ends? Unfair, unconstitutional, unprecedented…,” she said. Mamata also called Shah a ‘goon leader’ and asked how his son Jay Shah’s income had risen so much since the BJP formed its government at the Centre. Banerjee also targeted Modi for not being able to take care of his wife, adding that how he will ‘take care of democracy in India?’ Banerjee said that some emergency situation had ‘arisen due to some directions of Election Commission.’ “I don’t consider these as Election Commission’s decision. These have been taken as per the direction of the BJP, Modi and Amit Shah,” she said.Banerjee said that the Election Commission’s decision to impose Article 324 came hours after Shah held a press conference on Tuesday’s violence during his road show. “In the morning, Shah held a press conference in Delhi, where he threatened the Election Commission. Is this a fallout of that?” she asked. Banerjee said that her voice could not be stifled.West Bengal chief minister also complained that even the Supreme Court was not listening to her. She said, “What kind of democracy is this? The Supreme Court is not listening to us. The Election Commission is listening to BJP. Where will we go? Where will our people go?”
EC ends campaigning in W.Bengal: Mamata says such madness did not take place during Babri demolition
EC lost its independence, time to review process of its appointment: Congress
NEW DELHI: Accusing the Election Commission of losing its credibility and independence, the Congress on Thursday said time has come to review the process of the poll panel's appointment. "Election Commission has completely abdicated its Constitutional duty under Art 324 to ensure level playing field, besides negating the due process under Article 14 and 21 of India's Constitution," he told reporters. "The time has come to review the process of appointment of Election Commission," he said, calling for a national debate on the issue. The Congress, a responsible political party, has never cast unwarranted aspersions on the actions of Constitutional bodies, Surjewala said.PTI
Godse a ‘deshbhakt’, says Pragya Thakur; BJP condemns remark, asks her to apologise                                               
New Delhi ;In yet another controversial remark, BJP Bhopal Lok Sabha candidate Pragya Singh Thakur Thursday described Nathuram Godse, who killed Mahatma Gandhi, as a “patriot” and said those calling him a “terrorist” will be given a befitting reply when the election results are announced.“Nathuram Godse was a deshbhakt (patriot), is a ‘deshbhakt’ and will remain a ‘deshbhakt’. People calling him a terrorist should instead look within, such people will be given a befitting reply in these elections,” Thakur, an accused in the Malegaon blast case, said.Launching a scathing attack on the BJP, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said “India’s soul is again under attack by the current ruling BJP dispensation” and that Thakur has crossed all limits by describing Godse as a “true nationalist”.“BJP leaders are describing the murderer of father of the nation as a true nationalist while declaring those who sacrificed their lives for nation like Hemant Karkare as anti-nationals,”Surjewala said. “Pragya crossed all limits today and committed the unpardonable sin of describing Nathuram Godse as a true nationalist.”BJP quickly scrambled into damage-control mode and said Thakur should publicly apologise for her statement. indianexpress
Health centres in Rajasthan play Gayatri Mantra in labour rooms; Muslim activists oppose practiceIn Focus
Jaipur:The government health centres in Rajasthan have been playing Gayatri Mantra in labour rooms, saying it gives relief to woman during labour pain. Meanwhile, Muslim activists have protested the practice of playing the hymns from Rig Veda citing religious reasons. According to a report in TOI, chief medical and health officer of Sawai Madhopur has confirmed that health centres are playing the Gayatri Mantra.“We are playing Gayatri Mantra in the labour room of our district hospital. We will soon expand it to all our 20 labour rooms at other health centres in the district.If a woman listens to Gayatri Mantra, she does not feel pain of labour," the report quotes Dr Tejram Meena, CMHO of Sawai Madhopur as saying. In Udaipur too, senior officials in the state health department said they are planning to extend the practice  in the labour room of government-run medical college.Dr Ratan Grover, Principal medical officer in Sirohi district, said they have been playing both bhajans and Gayatri Mantra in their our labour room for more than a year as it relived stress of pregnant women.However, Special secretary (health) in Rajasthan govt said, there has been no instructions from health department to play Gayatri Mantra.timesnownews
Assam High Madrassa result declared; 58.18% pass
In Assam High Madrassa (AHM) examination, results of which was declared on Wednesday along with the High School Leaving Certificate (HSLC) examination, Selim Ahmed of Rakhaldubi High Madrassa, Goalpara topped the exam by scoring 561 out of 600 marks.Abdul Aziz of Pipirakuchi Anchalik High Madrassa brought laurels to Darrang district securing second rank in the AHM examination, while Ilias Ali from Ambari Kartimari High Madrassa, Goalpara stood in the third position. TOI

Saudi-UAE coalition carries out deadly air raids on Yemen's Sanaa
At least six civilians, including women and children, have been killed and dozens wounded in Saudi-UAE-led coalition air raids on residential areas and Houthi rebel military targets in Yemen's capital, Sanaa.The coalition carried out 11 attacks on the capital in all, out of a total of 19 across rebel-held territory on Thursday, the Houthi-run Masirah TV channel reported. It blamed "aircraft of the (Saudi-led) aggression".Saudi-owned broadcaster Al Arabiya quoted a coalition statement as saying the coalition had launched an operation aimed at "neutralising the ability of the Houthi militia to carry out acts of aggression."Masirah quoted the Houthi health ministry as saying six civilians, including four children, had been killed and 52 wounded, including two Russian women working in the health sector.aljazeera

Austria MPs approve law banning headscarf in primary schools
Austrian MPs on Wednesday approved a law aimed at banning the headscarf in primary schools, a measure proposed by the ruling right-wing government.To avoid charges that the law discriminates against Muslims, the text refers to any "ideologically or religiously influenced clothing which is associated with the covering of the head".However, representatives of both parts of the governing coalition, the centre-right People's Party (OeVP) and the far-right Freedom Party (FPOe), have made it clear that the law is targeted at the Muslim headscarf. FPOe education spokesman Wendelin Moelzer said the law was "a signal against political Islam" while OeVP MP Rudolf Taschner said the measure was necessary to free girls from "subjugation". The government says the patka head covering worn by Sikh boys or the Jewish kippa would not be affected.Austria's official Muslim community organisation IGGOe has previously condemned the proposals as "shameless" and a "diversionary tactic". IGGOe said that in any case only a "minuscule number" of girls would be affected.Almost the entire opposition voted against the measure, with some MPs accusing the government of focusing on garnering positive headlines rather than child welfare.The government admits that the law is likely to be challenged at Austria's constitutional court, either on grounds of religious discrimination or because similar legislation affecting schools is normally passed with a two-thirds majority of MPs.aljazeera
Sri Lanka Reimposes Curfew after Arresting Over 100 People For Anti-Muslim Riots
Colombo: Sri Lanka's police reimposed night curfews in vulnerable areas on Wednesday and arrested over 100 people in connection with the communal riots which targeted Muslim-owned businesses in the aftermath of the Easter bombings.The police announcement came hours after authorities lifted the nationwide restrictions on people's movements and assembly."We have already taken measures to obtain aerial photographic evidence of those involved in such activities and to direct such evidence for legal action against lawbreakers," police spokesperson SP Ruwan Gunasekara said.Meanwhile, Sri Lankan authorities said that there is no requirement to bring in armies of other countries in the island nation. On ongoing violence, the spokesman said at least 78 people were arrested from the worst-affected North-Western Province (NWP) for the anti-Muslim violence. Rest of the suspects were arrested from other parts of the country, he said.The majority Sinhala community mobs vandalised Muslim-owned properties in NWP and adjoining Gampaha district in the Western Province, a senior police officer said, adding that the mobs even defied the curfew to attack Muslim properties which resulted in the death of one person.Police said among the arrested were state and private sector employees. Muslims said that rioters went about destroying their properties and setting fire to them even after curfew hours. They accused the security forces and the police for becoming silent watchers to the rioting. Muslim political parties said at least one person was killed in the riots.The attacks come during the Muslim holy month of Ramazan.PTI
Violence against Muslims by political and not religious elements: Sri Lanka Cardinal
Colombo:Head of the Catholic church in Sri Lanka, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, told newspersons here that the clashes in the North Western Provinces have no religious nuances and that the attacks on Muslim properties appear to have been carried out by political and not religious elements.“What we see is a more a political crisis where certain political parties and their agents at the base level run out of control and they go and attack unnecessarily these people. I don’t think there are religious nuances,” the Cardinal said.siasat
Taliban attack leaves 10 soldiers dead in southern Afghanistan
A Taliban attack on two military checkpoints has left 10 Afghan army members dead in southern Zabul province, officials said.The attack in Shamulzayi district of the province also wounded at least four soldiers, provincial council member Dur Mohammad Qiam said on Thursday.Another councillor, Asadullah Kakar, while confirming the details, added that Afghan security forces have technically retreated from the checkpoints in the district.According to officials, Taliban control a vast part of the province, with the government trying to retake lost areasaljazeera
Sudan military rulers suspend talks with protesters for 72 hours
Sudan's pro-democracy protesters said on Thursday the ruling military council's suspension of talks was a "regrettable" setback to efforts to forge a new democratic era following the overthrow of long-time leader Omar al-Bashir.Transitional Military Council (TMC) and protest leaders had been expected to come to an agreement on Wednesday over the make-up of a new body to govern Sudan for three years.But in the early hours of Thursday, the chief of Sudan's ruling military council, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, announced the talks had been suspended for 72 hours as the security in the capital had deteriorated.The Alliance for Freedom and Change, the group that is leading the protest movement and negotiating the transfer of power with the army rulers, said the move was "regretable"..aljazeera
UN calls on Qatar to reform workers rights, abolish death penalty
Geneva:United Nations member states have called upon Qatar to reform its domestic workers' rights policy and ban capital punishment.Qatar is one of the 14 states currently undergoing a Human Rights Council assessment, a UN-led process known as Universal Periodic Review (UPR) involving all 193 member states.Since its last review in 2014, the Gulf country has taken a number of initiatives to bring its national legislation in line with international human rights covenants, said a Qatari official at the country's review on Wednesday.

Free speech concerns in Bangladesh as writers, activist arrested
Police in Bangladesh arrested three people, including two writers and an activist, in the past week under the country's controversial Digital Security Act (DSA) and the Information and Communication Technology Act (ICTA).The arrests have once again raised fears of a crackdown on freedom of expression in the South Asian country and have drawn criticism from activists and international rights groups. Both the laws seek to curb free speech, mainly in press, and carry a maximum punishment of 14 years each.Henry Sawpon, 48, a prominent poet living in the southern district of Barisal, was arrested under DSA on Tuesday for allegedly hurting the religious sentiments of Bangladesh's minority Christian community. He was released on bail on Thursday morning.Writer Imtiaz Mahmud, 61, was arrested under the ICTA in capital Dhaka on Wednesday over a Facebook post in which he wrote about the rights of the minorities in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) region.aljazeera

Flash: views & NEWS
Modi claims “Hindu terror” is an insult, but home ministry probes “Islamist & Sikh terrorism”:NIKITA SAXENA, caravanmagazine
Interview | Mamata Banerjee: We Want a Political Fight, Not Communal Riots and Division:
Siddharth Varadarajan and Himadri Ghosh
Giving wings to a dream: Muslim IAS aspirants are being coached for free at Haj House:Jyoti Punwani , Mumbai Mirror
Mamata primed for national role after boxing with Modi in Bengal:S N M Abdi
Election Commission has a lot to answer: four questions on Bengal to start with
A fact-check of claims made by BJP about Vidyasagar college violence  :Pooja Chaudhury/altnews

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