Wednesday, 29 May 2019

28 May ND: SC refuses to direct UP police to further probe Hapur lynching case/ PIL filed by BJP leader in Delhi HC for population control in India


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28 May 2019: 22 Ramazan 1440:Vol: 11, No:212
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SC refuses to direct UP police to further probe Hapur lynching case
NEW DELHI:The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to direct the Uttar Pradesh Police to file a supplementary charge sheet in the 2018 Hapur lynching case.A Vacation Bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, however, allowed the petitioner, Samaydeen, who survived the mob attack by cow vigilantes, to approach the trial court and bring to the court's attention any evidence or further witnesses who wish to make crucial statements under Section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.The court’s order came on a petition filed by Samaydeen, who was brutally assaulted by a mob accusing him of transporting and butchering cows. Qasim Qureishi, a 45-year-old meat trader, died of his injuries after he took a severe beating along with Mr. Samaydeen from the mob on June 18, last year. Samaydeen had moved the apex court for a direction to the State Police to file a supplementary charge sheet. He had alleged that the probe was not going on in a proper manner.In August last year, while admitting the petition, the Supreme Court had refused to buy the Uttar Pradesh Police’s version that the Hapur lynching of two men by cow vigilantes, leading to the death of one of them, was a “road rage” incident which turned fatal.Instead, a Bench led by then CJI Dipak Misra had ordered the Inspector General of Police, Meerut division, to conduct a separate enquiry into the incident and file a report with the SC.thehindu
Hapur lynching: SC asks victim's brothers to place statement before trial court
PIL filed by BJP leader in Delhi HC for population control in India
New Delhi :A PIL was moved in the Delhi High Court on Tuesday seeking directions to the Centre to implement population control measures on the ground that population explosion was the root cause behind rise in crimes, pollution and dearth of resources and jobs in the country. The petition by BJP leader Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay, who is also a lawyer, has sought implementation of recommendations for population control made by the National Commission to Review the Working of the Constitution (NCRWC) headed by Justice Venkatchaliah.“ NCRWC, after making immense efforts for two years and elaborate discussion, had suggested addition of Article 47A in the Constitution and formulation of Population Control Law.“Till now the Constitution has been amended 125 times, hundreds of new laws have been enacted, but population control law, utterly required for country, is not made, though it will curtail more than 50 per cent problems of India,” the petition said.It also sought an order from the court declaring that the Centre “may set two-child norm, as a criteria for government jobs, aids and subsidies, and, may withdraw statutory rights viz. right to vote, right to contest, right to property, right to free shelter, right to free legal aid”, for not complying with it.The plea claims that the population of India has “marched ahead” of China, as about 20 per cent our population does not have Aadhaar and therefore not accounted for, and there are also crores of Rohingyas and Bangladeshis living illegally in the country.indianexpress
BJP MP Giriraj Singh supports Baba Ramdev’s remark on population control
New Delhi :Union minister and firebrand BJP MP from Begusarai, Giriraj Singh, on Tuesday endorsed Yoga guru Baba Ramdev’s statement on population control whereby voting rights and other government services should be made unavailable to third or higher children. Coming out in support of Baba Ramdev, BJP MP thanked the yoga guru for raising voice on population control legislation. Taking to Twitter, Singh further said that population control laws are necessary for growth and development of the country.indianexpress
Hijab-clad student in Bengal college 'harassed' by Jai Shri Ram chanting men
A 23-year-old hijab-clad student of a medical college in north Bengal was allegedly threatened and intimidated by a group of 10-12 men chanting 'Jai Shri Ram' inside the institution campus on Saturday."I along with a friend around 10 PM were returning from the canteen after dinner when we saw a group of 10-12 men standing on the road. We were walking on our own but after noticing my attire they started shouting 'Jai Shreei Ram' while pointing fingers at us. Later they started thumping their feet to intimidate us. We immediately ran away to save ourselves," said the final-year medical student.The student maintained that she had never seen the accused in the college campus earlier. The local police initially refused to take her complaint but later asked her to remove the word 'threatened' from FIR, she said. FIR, though, was finally filed the next day with word added."I am a hijab-wearing Muslim, I always wear this attire.I have never faced such harassment in my life. There was no one in the street that day to save us. Is this how we have to live now?"she added.new indian express
Eminent Pune doctor Gadre accosted by gang in New Delhi, asked his religion, forced to say ‘Jai Shri Ram’
Pune: Eminent gynaecologist and noted author Dr. Arun Gadre was reportedly surrounded by a gang of youths in New Delhi’s Connaught Place area and asked his religion while being forced to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’.While the Pune-based Dr. Gadre did not file a police complaint regarding the incident which occurred on the morning of May 26, he confided to a close friend of his.“He [Dr. Gadre] was staying at YMCA near Jantar Mantar as he was due to deliver a lecture organized by Indian Medical Association at Bijnor the next day. When he left for his morning stroll, he was accosted by a gang of five-six youth near the Hanuman Temple in Connaught Place. They surrounded him, asked him what religion he was and finally demanded that he chant ‘Jai Shri Ram,” said senior journalist, Anant Bagaitkar, to whom Gadre later narrated the incident. Bagaitkar further said that Gadre, who had a bypass surgery recently, was “shocked and scared”. Issuing a late evening response on reaching Pune on Monday,Gadre downplayed the incident as “trivial”.Dr. Gadre, who has worked with the renowned Dr. Prakash Amte, has worked for the promotion of the patient’s rights, universal healthcare and social regulation of the private medical sector.the hindu
Post-poll survey:when Left moved right in West Bengal
It took almost 40 years since its inception in 1980 for BJP to truly reach West Bengal. In the 17th Lok Sabha election, BJP not only arrived in West Bengal but almost conquered it. The result is spectacular for BJP. In the 2014 Lok Sabha election, it won only two seats and secured about 17% of the votes. In the 2019 election, besides bagging 18 parliamentary seats out of 42, it also raised its vote share to 40%. On both accounts it closely matched the ruling Trinamool Congress, which secured 22 seats (a loss of 12 seats compared to 2014) with a vote share of 43%. The Trinamool managed to maintain its south Bengal bastion while the BJP made big inroads into the northern and western parts of the State. Since BJP is a relatively new entrant in the map of competitive politics in West Bengal, the saffron mandate raises a number of pertinent questions. Lokniti’s post-poll survey data might hold some answers.It appears to be a highly polarised verdict; since the Trinamool and BJP almost equally shared a mammoth 83% of the votes polled, they relegated the Congress party and the Left to the point of near irrelevance. Such moments often imply churning and volatility. The survey shows that about two-fifths of the traditional Left voters shifted to BJP and about one-third to TMC. Similarly, 32% of old Congress voters moved to BJP and 29% moved to TMC.The moot question, however, pertains to the nature of polarisation. Given the much-publicised Hindutva agenda of BJP and the alleged Muslim appeasement of the Trinamool, the issue of communal polarisation immediately crops up. This gets bolstered by the fact that among the sampled Muslim electorate, there was overwhelming support for the ruling Trinamool. And not just Hindu upper castes, but also OBCs, SCs and STs voted for BJP in large proportions. thehindu
Rahul Gandhi’s offer to resign will be suicidal for forces battling Sangh Parivar: Lalu
RJD President Lalu Prasad Yadav has said Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s offer to step down from the post will be suicidal for the party and the social and political forces battling the Sangh Parivar, The Telegraph reported. Sangh Parivar is an umbrella term used for associations affiliated to the Hindu nationalist movement.The former Bihar chief minister is a prisoner and is undergoing treatment at a hospital in Ranchi at present.Yadav said BJP will distort Gandhi’s resignation if it happens. “It will amount to falling into BJP’s trap,” Yadav said. “The moment someone else beyond the Gandhi-Nehru family replaces Rahul, the Narendra Modi-Amit Shah brigade will paint the new leader as a ‘puppet’ remote-controlled by Rahul and Sonia Gandhi. This will play on it till the next general election. Why should Rahul give such an opportunity to his political detractors?”He said Opposition parties need to introspect on their failure against the “communal and fascist forces”.“The reason for the defeat is not far to seek,”Yadav said, pointing out that Opposition had failed to build a national narrative.Lalu said the Opposition parties were at a disadvantage because they failed to project one leader. “All across northern, eastern and western India, they fought it as though it were a state election,”Yadav added.“They failed to synchronise their strategy and actions.Ppeople were looking for a national alternative, which the Opposition parties – fighting in a disoriented manner in their respective states – failed to provide.”He said Opposition parties should have nominated Gandhi as their PM candidate, considering Congress’s nationwide presence. “There was nothing wrong for the regional parties to bargain for more seats but they should not have done the strategic blunder of not projecting someone who has a national perspective as the Prime Minister candidate.” Yadav said the Opposition failed to present a united picture. “It was not the battle of Modi versus Mamata didi or Modi versus Mayawati and Akhilesh or Modi versus Tejashwi,” the veteran politician added. “It was the battle between a fascist order and the marginalised people, unemployed youths, distressed farmers and persecuted minorities all across India.”He advised the Opposition to keep working on strategies in their respective states.scroll.in
Gujarat: More than 15 MLAs will leave Congress soon, claims Alpesh Thakor
Thakor Kshatriya Sena founder and Gujarat MLA Alpesh Thakor on Tuesday said more than 15 state legislators will quit the Congress soon, reported ANI. “Wait and watch, more than 15 MLAs are leaving Congress, everyone is distressed,” he said. “More than half of the MLAs are upset.”Congress and its allies won 77 seats in the Gujarat Assembly election in 2017 while BJP bagged 99 out of 182 seats. However, the Opposition’s tally dropped to 74 after Thakor and two other lawmakers quit the Opposition party on April 10, a day before the first phase of the Lok Sabha elections.“It was our decision and the voice of my conscience that we don’t want to be here,” Thakor told ANI. “My organisation voiced their opinion that we need not be there where we don’t have respect and there’s no talk of their rights.”Thakor’s comments come at a time when speculations are rife that he might join the BJP.scroll.in
Just the first phase: BJP after defection of MLAs, councillors from Trinamool Congress
3 MLAs, 2 from Trinamool Congress and one from CPI(M), joined BJP at the party’s headquarters in New Delhi on Tuesday. According to BJP’s national general secretary Kailash Vijayavargiya, apart from these 3, around 50 to 60 councillors, are slated to join the saffron brigade during the day, adding that such joinings will continue in future too.“Like the elections were held in seven phases in West Bengal, joinings in BJP will also happen in seven phases.Today was just the first phase,” said Vijayvargiya. MLAs who joined BJP include Subhranshu Roy, son of BJP leader Mukul Roy, and Tushar Kanti Bhattacharjee, both from TMC. The third leader who joined BJP is Devendra Roy from CPI(M).BJP leader Mukul Roy said 17 out of 24 members of the Kachrapara Municipality,17 out of 24 members of Halisahar Municipality and 29 out of 31 members of Naihati Municipality also joined BJP.indianexpress
Rajasthan's Troubles Reach Rahul Gandhi's Doors, State's Top 2 In Delhi
Jaipur: Rahul Gandhi may be insisting that he wants to quit as president of the beleaguered Congress - but that isn't buying him any me time.Several Congress leaders including Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and his deputy Sachin Pilot went to Rahul Gandhi's home this morning but reportedly could meet only his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. The Congress had wrested the desert state from the BJP in December, only to see its gains being purged in the general election that has just concluded.The results, declared on May 23, marked a phenomenal re-election for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and a 52-seat crisis for the Congress. On Saturday, Mr Gandhi told his party's top leaders at a session of the Congress Working Committee (the CWC) that he is done with chief-ing it. Ms Vadra, his younger sister, spoke ardently in his defense, stating it was unfair to hold one person responsible for the party's downward spiral. Mr Gandhi, dissecting the Congress' nationwide clang, spoke sharply of party leaders who put their sons' interests first, choosing to campaign for their children and ignoring the needs of the party in key states.ndtv
Ghulam Nabi Azad, Venugopal rushed to Karnataka amid Congress-JD(S) rift
New Delhi :Congress on Tuesday rushed senior party leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and AICC general secretary in-charge of the state KC Venugopal to Bengaluru to quell discontent within the Congress-JD(S) coalition. This comes amid speculation over the continuation of the year-old fledging JD(S)-Congress government in Karnataka. Amid reports that two Karnataka Congress MLAs, Ramesh Jharkiholi and K Sudhakar, met BJP leader S M Krishna on Sunday at his residence, PTI reported that Azad and Venugopal were sent to Karnataka to placate the disgruntled state leaders. Azad and Venugopal are likely to hold discussions with the top leaders of the party in the state in order to sort things out.Jharkiholi and Sudhakar are among the seven-eight MLAs identified in the Congress as being opposed to JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy continuing as the Chief Minister of Karnataka.The duo was among the six Congress MLAs who had travelled to Mumbai in February, allegedly at the behest of the BJP and its state chief B S Yeddyurappa, in an attempt to topple the coalition government.indianexpress
OBCs, STs and upper caste Hindus swayed it for NDA: IANS-CVOTER Analysis
New Delhi :NDA got maximum support from the OBCs, followed by Scheduled Tribes (STs) and Scheduled Castes (SCs), according to the IANS-CVOTER analysis of the voting pattern in the General Election 2019.Among the social groups, 47.1 per cent of OBCs voted for the NDA against 43.2 per cent STs and 39.5 per cent SCs. NDA got overwhelming support across broad spectrum of social strata.In comparison, UPA got maximum 30.1 per cent of ST votes followed by 29.8 per cent of SC and 25.4 per cent of OBC votes.A dissection of religion-based voting pattern show that the NDA's largest support base was upper caste Hindus as 51.6 per cent of the community voted for the Modi-led coalition. The UPA, on the other hand, got 40.8 per cent share of the Muslim votes. Data shows that 45.7 per cent Christians and 38.2 per cent Sikhs voted for the NDA.IANS
NDA likely to get Rajya Sabha majority by Nov 2020; Manmohan set to lose his seat next month
NEW DELHI: The BJP-led NDA is likely to get majority in Rajya Sabha by November next year which will complete BJP’s domination of Parliament and clear the way for the Narendra Modi government to push some key legislations which have been stalled in the upper House where the numbers favoured the opposition benches in NDA’s first term. At present, NDA has 102 members in Rajya Sabha while Congress-led UPA has 65. Parties not aligned to either block have 73 in the House where support of 123 is needed to cross the half-way mark. Ten seats will fall vacant in 2019 and 72 in 2020. Fifty-five of the 72 seats will fall vacant in April, five in June, one in July and 11 (including 10 from Uttar Pradesh) in November next year.
Pak downplays India's decision not to invite Imran for PM Modi's inauguration; pitches for dialogue
Pakistan has tried to downplay India's decision not to invite Imran Khan for Narendra Modi's swearing-in on Thursday, saying the Indian Prime Minister's "internal politics" does not permit him to extend an invitation to his Pakistani counterpart.The government on Monday announced in New Delhi that it has invited leaders from BIMSTEC countries to Prime Minister Modi's inauguration, leaving out Pakistan, which is not a member of the regional grouping.BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) comprises Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan and Nepal. Reacting to reports that India has not invited Pakistan Prime Minister Khan to Prime Minister Modi's inauguration, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said a meeting for the sake of dialogue to find a solution to the Kashmir issue, as well as Siachen and Sir Creek disputes, would have been a significant measure instead of attending the swearing-in ceremony."His (Modi's) entire focus (during the election campaign) was on Pakistan-bashing. It was unwise to expect that he can get rid of this narrative (soon)," Qureshi was quoted as saying by Dawn news."India's internal politics did not permit him to extend an invitation," he said.PTI
Bangladesh PM Hasina will not attend Modi’s swearing-in ceremony
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will not attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony on May 30 as she will be on a three-nation visit at the time, Dhaka Tribune reported. Bangladesh President Mohammad Abdul Hamid will attend the event. Hasina had missed Modi’s oath-taking ceremony in 2014 too as she was travelling.Hasina will be visiting Japan, Saudi Arabia and Finland this week. However, she may stop over in Delhi for a few hours to meet the prime minister on her way back to Bangladesh.scroll.in
Gautam Gambhir defends statement condemning alleged attack on Muslim man in Gurugram
BJP MP from East Delhi Gautam Gambhir has defended his statement condemning an alleged attack on a Muslim man in Gurugram on Saturday. The cricketer-turned-politician faced severe criticism on Twitter for his comments. “It is easier to say the truth rather than hide behind the froth of falsehood,” Gambhir said.Earlier, the BJP leader called the alleged attack deplorable and sought exemplary action from Haryana authorities. Gambhir’s tweet generated more than 4,500 comments. Many asked him why he was “being selective” by responding to an attack on member from a minority community. “My thoughts on secularism emanate from honourable PM Narendra Modi’s mantra ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas [development for all, with all, and earning everyone’s trust]’,” responded Gambhir. “I am not limiting myself to Gurugram incident alone, any oppression based on caste/religion is deplorable. Tolerance and inclusive growth is what idea of India is based on.”scroll.in
10 die after drinking hooch in UP
Lucknow:At least ten people, including four of a family, died after drinking spurious liquor in Uttar Pradesh’s Barabanki district late on Monday night, locals and police said, following the death of 66 in a similar incident in the state.The district administration has, however, confirmed the deaths of only five people, including four members of the same family in Raniganj village. Locals claimed five others have died in Amrai, Tatehra and Akohara villages of the district as well.Villagers also said the victims drank country-made liquor from an authorised shop of the excise department.Several people have been admitted in the Barabanki district hospital after their condition deteriorated.HT
Jharkhand: 15 security personnel injured in attack by suspected Maoists
15 security personnel were injured after suspected Maoists detonated an improvised explosive device buried under a dirt track in Kuchai block in Jharkhand’s Seraikela Kharsawan district on Tuesday morning, PTI reported. After the blast, the suspects opened fire at the personnel.IGP Ashish Batra said 2 of the injured are in a serious condition, PTI reported.The security personnel were on a special anti-Maoist operation when the incident took place. The area where the attack occurred has been cordoned off and a search operation has been initiated to search for the suspects who fled the site.
J&K: Hindutva groups protest against arrests of two youths after violence in Bhaderwah town
Activists of BJP and Hindutva organisations staged a protest in Bhaderwah town in Jammu and Kashmir’s Doda district on Monday, demanding the release of two youngsters who were arrested for their alleged involvement in a stone-pelting incident, PTI reported.The police had arrested the two people – a barber and an autorickshaw driver – on Monday afternoon after they were found to be allegedly involved in the violence that broke out on May 16 following the death of a man in a shooting incident.Shopkeepers in Seri Bazaar in Bhaderwah town downed shutters by 6 pm and gathered at Laxmi Narayan Chowk to protest against the arrests, reported Greater Kashmir. The protest was jointly called by activists of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, RSS and the local BJP unit.A curfew was imposed in Bhaderwah town on May 16 after a man identified as Nayeem died after he was shot by alleged cow vigilantes.scroll.in
Poor Muslim Boy Dies in UP Allegedly After Hospital Denies Ambulance
Lucknow:A 9-year-old poor Muslim boy died in the lap of his helpless parents who was carrying him to home after district hospital allegedly denied him an ambulance in Uttar Pradesh’s Shahjahanpur.Afroz was brought to the district hospital in Shahjahanpur with high fever, where he was referred to Lucknow for special treatment. But his parents were denied the ambulance for carrying him to Lucknow hospital.Boy's paraents alleged that even they offered all money what they had at that time yet they were not provided with the ambulance. “We told the ambulance driver and other staff to take all the money we have but they refused to provide us with the facility. There were three ambulances parked in the premises. I do not know why we were denied one,” Afroz’s father said.Unable to afford a private cab, Afroz’s parents began walking carrying their child. The boy’s mother said he died on the way home.Caravan News
Jharkhand: People Continue to Die of Hunger, Officials in Denial Mode
Ranchi: While Digital India, bullet trains and space missions make news in Delhi, Jharkhand has a different problem — hunger. Starvation, an unfortunate reality of the 21st century, has emerged as a silent killer in the state. But, for the government, there is nothing called starvation deaths.As the administration continues to deny the starvation deaths, NewsClick travelled across Jharkhand to understand how starvation has afflicted the entire state. From Giridih to Godda to Dumka to Rajmahal, hunger destroying families was clearly visible.Motka Majhi, a tribal belonging to the Maal Pahadia community breathed his last in the state allegedly because of hunger on May 22. Maal Pahadia is one of the 75 tribal groups which has been categorised as Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs). The PVTG are the most marginalised sections of the Scheduled Tribes in India.Majhi, a 50-year-old daily wage labour, was residing in Uper Rengani village in the Jama block of Dumka. According to Hindi daily Dainik Jagran, he had not been getting work since the implementation of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC).For a fortnight, Majhi had been surviving on Taadkun (toddy palm) fruit. Following his death on May 22, Manjhi’s wife Alawati Devi and son Sunil Manjhi performed his last rites. Majhi is survived by two other sons, who are poor daily wage labourers.The Hindi daily also quoted villagers as saying that there was no ration in his house when Majhi died.newsclick.in
7 Men Charged For Allegedly Raping Dalit Teen, Setting Her On Fire In UP
Muzaffarnagar:A 14-year-old Dalit labourer was allegedly raped and set on fire at a factory in Muzaffarnagar. Police on Tuesday said the owner of the brick kiln and 6 others were charged for the incident.The girl, who worked at the brick kiln at a village in Muzaffarnagar district, was found dead on Saturday. Her parents filed a complaint in the matter at Kotwali police station, SHO Anil Kapervan said.The officer added that seven people, including the owner of the factory, were charged for allegedly raping the girl and setting her afire.The post-mortem report suggests that the girl died due to burn injuries and suffocation, the SHO said.PTI
AMU VC Should Resign If He Can’t Curb Dissent Against BJP on Campus, Says BJP MP
New Delhi: Just days after being re-elected as BJP MP from Aligarh, Satish Gautam, has sparked a controversy by stating that if people continue voicing opposition to BJP at AMU, Vice Chancellor Tariq Mansoor will have to resign.Speaking to Hindi newspaper, Amar Ujala, Gautam said: “This is not fair that while crores of voters have stamped approval on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s skilled leadership, students of the university make derogatory remarks against him. Those who use inappropriate words against BJP leaders and target Smriti Irani were being welcomed in the varsity. It will be not tolerated any more. Either the Vice Chancellor puts an end to these activities or resigns.”Last week a symposium on the ‘Role of AMU in Nation Building’ was held on the varsity organised by AMUSU, where Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad alias Ravan was invited to attend as a guest speaker. It has been alleged that derogatory slogans against Modi were raised during the programme. Reacting over the BJP lawmaker’s remark, AMUSU president Salman Imtiaz told Newsclick, “BJP MP Satish Gautam is a habitual offender who thrives on anti-Muslim rhetoric. This is unfortunate that he is threatening the Vice Chancellor of AMU for not stopping people from expressing dissent against Modi. He must know that AMU is a Central University and not an RSS shakha. AMU, like all Indian universities, will continue to teach students democratic means of opposing authoritarianism and fake ‘nationalism’.”Soon after winning the election, Satish Gautam said on May 25 that the Jinnah portrait continued to be hung in the students’ union hall and his first priority after taking oath would be to remove the portrait from the university and that it would be to sent to Pakistan.Newsclick
Kerala Muslim body calls May 30 a 'black day', retracts statement later India
 Kerala Muslim Jamaath Council on Monday said that the May 30 -- when Narendra Modi will take oath as the prime minister for his second tenure -- will be marked as a "black day" across the state, only to retract its statement later in the day.Jamaath Council president M Pookunju had said that the body has decided to call for a state of mourning on the day when Modi takes oath to become the prime minister of the country. Pooknuju further said that the Muslims of the state are now in danger and their security is in question. However, when his remarks kicked up a major storm, Pooknuju retracted his statement and told Times Now that the council has only passed a resolution to offer prayers every day during the holy month of Ramadan. Times Now
"Seniors Humiliated Her On WhatsApp": Husband Of Doctor Who Killed Self
MUMBAI: Protesters including the parents of a 26-year-old doctor, who was allegedly driven to commit suicide by her seniors, staged a demonstration today outside a state-run hospital in Mumbai where she had worked.Payal Tadvi, who worked a Gynacologist at BYL Nair Hospital, allegedly ended her life after facing caste slurs from three of her senior colleagues. Ms Tadvi's husband Salman and mother Abida Salim demanded "strictest action" against three women doctors -- Ankita Khandelwal, Hema Ahuja and Bhakti Mehare."She was picked on for being lower caste and was ragged quite a bit by her seniors. The seniors said they will not let her study. They used to humiliate her on WhatsApp too," her husband Salman said. Members of the Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi and other Dalit and tribal organisations are also taking part in the protest."We want the government to intervene. The police are not taking any action. It is possible that Payal was murdered by 3 women doctors," Salman was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.Expressing solidarity with protesters, Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad said he would visit Maharashtra if needed to "fight for justice for our younger sister.ndtv
Kolkata: 3 mosques to make provisions for women
Kolkata:Two heritage mosques in Kolkata are making provisions, including separate entries, special halls and washrooms, for Muslim women to offer namaz on the premises through the year.Authorities of the Nakhoda mosque and Tipu Sultan mosque are creating separate halls and washrooms for women after a written request by the Bengal Imam Association.Imam Shafique Qasmi of Nakhoda Masjid — popularly known as Badi Masjid — confirmed the letter and said plans were afoot. “Yes we have received the letter. Many women still come and offer namaz at one corner of the masjid but now the managing committee is making better arrangements for women. There are three entrances to Nakhoda Masjid and none of them is exclusive for women. A separate place for women to perform ablutions, offer namaz and take rest are planned within the masjid,” said Qasmi.indianexpress
WORLD
Iran hits out at US after Trump nuclear weapons comment
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has hit out at the United States after President Donald Trump said Washington was not looking for "regime change" in Iran but was only interested in preventing Tehran from getting nuclear weapons.In a Twitter post on Monday, Zarif insisted Iran was not seeking nuclear weapons and accused the US, which has recently beefed up its military presence in the Middle East, of causing regional tensions and "hurting the Iranian people".Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei "long ago said we're not seeking nuclear weapons - by issuing a fatwa (edict) banning them", Zarif tweeted. aljazeera
Nechirvan Barzani elected head of Iraq's Kurdish region
Iraqi Kurdish parliament has elected Nechirvan Barzani, the nephew and son-in-law of veteran leader Masoud Barzani, as president of the autonomous region.The deputy leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) won 68 votes from the 81 members present in the 111-seat chamber on Tuesday, an AFP news agency correspondent reported.Last year, the KDP emerged as the largest bloc in the parliament following the September 30 election with 45 seats.The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) of late Iraqi president Jalal Talabani, a bitter rival of the powerful Barzani clan, had called for a boycott of the vote, along with the New Generation Movement.aljazeera
Israel moves towards election rerun as coalition talks stall
Israel has moved closer to holding a new general election despite a national vote last month, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu struggles to form a coalition government ahead of a Wednesday deadline. The parliament on Monday passed a preliminary motion to dissolve itself. If the bill gets final approval in a vote scheduled on Wednesday, then Israel would be forced to hold a new election.Netanyahu, who heads the right-wing Likud party, has until 21:00 GMT on Wednesday to put a government together, after being delegated the task by President Reuven Rivlin following the April 9 election.In a televised address following the initial vote in parliament, Netanyahu pledged to continue pursuing coalition talks and said a new vote would be unnecessary and costly."A lot can be done in 48 hours," he said. " Voters' wishes can be respected, a strong right-wing government can be formed." aljazeera
Israel and Syria exchange fire amid soaring regional tensions
Israel has carried out a rocket attack in Syria's Golan Heights region, according to Syrian state news and the Israeli military."An Israeli missile targeted Tel al-Shaar in Quneitra," the Syrian news agency SANA said, adding that a "military vehicle was targeted and there are wounded."Israel's military confirmed the attack in a statement posted on social media on Monday, saying it had been in retaliation for anti-aircraft fire at an Israeli fighter jet earlier on Monday. aljazeera
Egyptian security forces commit war crimes in Sinai: HRW
CAIRO:Egyptian security forces have committed widespread abuses against civilians in restive northern Sinai peninsula, some of which amount to war crimes, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Tuesday, urging other nations to halt military assistance.Egypt’s ground and air forces have been fighting Islamist insurgents in Sinai for years, in a conflict fuelled by wider Middle East dynamics and a history of state neglect and oppression of the poor and isolated region.The report accused security forces of arbitrary arrests including children, disappearances, torture, extrajudicial killings, collective punishment and forced evictions.While there was no immediate reaction from the Egyptian government, it has in the past responded to accusations of rights abuses by saying strong security measures were needed to curb Islamic State and other jihadists on its soil.New York-based HRW said its 134-page report was researched from 2016-2018 and based on interviews with 54 North Sinai residents and former government and military officials, as well as official statements and satellite images.Reuters
Sajid Javid, son of bus driver, bids to be UK PM
London:Sajid Javid, who entered politics in 2009 after giving up a lucrative career in banking and rose fast in the Conservative party, on Monday announced his candidature in the election for the next party leader and prime minister, joining eight others in the race.Son of a Pakistan-origin bus driver, Javid, 49, is the home secretary in the Theresa May government. He previously held the role of Culture secretary, and later as Business secretary interacted with leading Indian companies, including the Tata group.Announcing his bid on twitter, Javid referred to the party’s poor performance in the European elections and said they made it “all too clear” that the government “must get on and deliver Brexit to ensure there is renewed trust in our democracy”.He said: “We must bridge divides to heal communities, reminding us of our shared values as a United Kingdom, and we must strengthen our society and economy so that everyone can benefit from the opportunities which a prosperous nation provides.”Former foreign secretary Boris Johnson remains the favourite to win the election. Besides Javid and Johnson, the other 7 contenders so far, all current or former cabinet ministers, are: Andrea Leadsom, Esther McVey, Michael Gove, Dominic Raab, Rory Stewart, Jeremy Hunt and Matt Hancock.HT
Sudan protesters begin two-day strike to pressure military
Protesters in Sudan started a two-day general strike on Tuesday to pile pressure on the ruling army to hand over power to a civilian government.The strike left hundreds of airline passengers stranded at Khartoum airport on Tuesday morning after opposition group Alliance for Freedom and Change requested Sudanese pilots to participate.Leaders of the umbrella protest movement and army generals who seized power after ousting President Omar al-Bashir last month, have so far failed to iron out differences over who should lead a new governing body - a civilian or soldier. Aljazeera
UK Muslim body urges for probe into Tory Islamophobia
LONDON :Britain’s largest umbrella body of Muslim organizations has urged the country’s equality watchdog to formally investigate alleged Islamophobia within the leading Conservative Party.“We have today written to the EHRC to formally request an investigation into whether the Conservative Party has breached its Equality Act obligations Islamophobia,” the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) said on Twitter.The MCB’s call for a probe came following the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) said it has launched an investigation into whether the opposition Labour Party “unlawfully discriminated against, harassed or victimised people because they are Jewish.”The MCB previously wrote two letters to the Conservative leader and Prime Minister Theresa May to probe the Islamophobia allegations within her party.AA
EU leaders to meet in Brussels to decide on top EU jobs
BRUSSELS;EU leaders are set to meet in Brussels on Tuesday for an informal summit to discuss the outcome of the European Parliament elections and start the nomination process for the top EU jobs.Top jobs to be filled this year include president of the EU Commission and Council, high representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and president of the European Central Bank.There is disagreement between member states on particularly how to elect the new president of EU Commission.Each of the eight political groups in the European Parliament nominated candidates for the presidency of the EU Commission.The Spitzenkandidat process was implemented after the last European Parliament elections.AA
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