Thursday, 13 June 2019

13 June: Netanyahu thanks Modi after India votes to keep Palestinian NGO out of UN/After PM Modi’s invitation, Chinese Prez to visit India this year/ Amnesty International denied permission to release report on Kashmir


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13 June 2019: 07 Shawal 1440:Vol: 11, No:220
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Netanyahu thanks Modi after India votes to keep Palestinian NGO out of UN
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has thanked Narendra Modi for supporting his govt’s decision to oppose a Palestinian group’s request for consultative status in UN institutions. “Thank you Narendra Modi, thank you India, for your support and for standing with Israel at the UN,” Netanyahu tweeted, a week after the draft decision was introduced during a meeting of the UN body. This is the first time India has supported a UN resolution perceived to be pro-Israel.Israeli foreign ministry said on Wednesday that UN Economic and Social Council had “overwhelmingly rejected” Palestinian non-Govtal organisation Shahed’s request for observer status at the world body, HT reported. The group had allegedly not revealed its ties with militant group Hamas. Israeli resolution was passed in a 28-14 vote on June 6, and was supported by countries such as India, US, UK, France, and Japan.India’s support to Israel came to light on Tuesday when Deputy Chief of Mission at Israeli embassy, Maya Kadosh, thanked India for its support. “Thank you India for standing with Israel and rejecting the request of terrorist organization ‘Shahed’ to obtain the status of an observer in UN,” she said. “Together we will continue to act against terrorist organisations that intend to harm.”According to Israel, though Shahed claims to deal with human rights and humanitarian matters, in practice it is a “terrorist organisation” and operates as “an arm of the Hamas terror organisation” from Lebanon.In 2015, New Delhi did not vote on a resolution on the violence in Gaza at the UN Human Rights Council.scroll.in
After PM Modi’s invitation, Chinese President Xi to visit India this year
New Delhi:Along the sidelines of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Kyrgyz capital Bishkek, PM Narendra Modi and China’s President Xi Jinping engaged in delegation-level bilateral talks Thursday, during the course of which Jinping confirmed his readiness to visit India this year.In a statement to the media, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said that while PM Modi welcomed the Chinese leader to visit New Delhi, Jinping assured the PM about his plans to visit India this year. “PM specifically conveyed to President Jinping & he agreed that both sides need to raise our expectations from the relationship. PM welcomed him to India for next informal summit, President Xi confirmed his readiness to visit India this year,” Gokhale was quoted as saying by ANI.In his interaction with Chinese President, PM Modi also had a brief discussion about Pakistan. He asserted that India made peace efforts with its neighbour but the efforts were derailed. “PM recalled that he has made efforts and these efforts have been derailed, that Pakistan needs to create an atmosphere free of terror and at this stage we do not see this happening. We expect it to take concrete action,” said Gokhale. SCO summit is PM Modi’s maiden multilateral interaction with the world leaders after winning a second term in the recently concluded elections.indianexpress
After PM Modi Chooses Oman Route to Bishkek, Pakistan Opens Airspace as 'Goodwill Gesture'
Hope PM Modi uses ‘big mandate’ to improve relations with Pak: Imran Khan
Pakistan PM Imran Khan has said he hopes his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi will use the big mandate he won in the recent elections to improve relations between the two countries and usher in peace in the region. The two countries should focus on peace and resolving their differences through dialogue, and even issues such as Kashmir can be resolved if the two Govts decide to tackle it, Khan said in an interview with Russia’s state-run Sputnik.“And so our emphasis should be peace, resolving our differences through dialogue. And our main difference with India is Kashmir. And if the heads of 2 countries resolve, if two govts decide, this issue can be resolved,” Khan said.“But, unfortunately, we have not had much success from India so far. But we hope now that the current PM has one big mandate, we hope that he will use this mandate to develop better relationship and bring peace in the subcontinent.”Khan said Pakistan had tried to improve relations even before India’s polls in April-May but had not made headway during the electoral campaign.“We actually tried before elections, but unfortunately we felt that before the elections, Modi’s party was building up this hysteria, unfortunately, anti-Pakistan feeling among its people, appealing to its right-wing Hindu nationalists, and so there was no chance of peace before the elections,” he said.With the elections over, Pakistan is hoping the Indian leadership will “avail this opportunity that Pakistan is offering — that let’s resolve all our differences through dialogue”, he added. Khan said the two nuclear-armed countries cannot think of resolving differences through military means. “It is madness. So we hope that now we can progress, use dialogue to resolve our differences,” he said.HT
Amnesty International denied permission to release report on Kashmir
Amnesty International India was denied permission to hold a press conference in Srinagar on Wednesday to release a report on the controversial Public Safety Act in J&K.The district administration cited the “prevailing law and order situation” to deny permission. The decision was conveyed verbally by some officials at the Srinagar deputy commissioner’s office, Nazia Erum, who manages media and advocacy for Amnesty International India, told HuffPost India.The report, titled “Tyranny of a Lawless Law: Detention without charge or trial under J&K Public Safety Act”, was released online globally. In it, the global human rights body has called for a repeal of the controversial J&K Public Safety Act. “This Act is contributing to inflaming tensions between the state authorities and local populace and must be immediately repealed,”said Aakar Patel, head of Amnesty International India.The law allows detention of up to two years if a person acts in a manner “prejudicial to the security of the state.” It allows detention of up to one year when a person may act in a manner “prejudicial to the maintenance of public order.” Authorities need not disclose any fact while detaining a person.Between 2007 and 2016, over 2,400 PSA detention orders were passed, The Wire reported, citing Govt data. However, 58% of those were quashed by courts. scroll.in
Cabinet approves extension of Prez Rule in J&K for 6 months
Union Cabinet has approved an extension of President’s Rule in J&K for a period of six months, starting July 3. In a press release, the Govt said that the decision to extend President’s Rule was taken due to the “prevailing situation” in the state, as reported by J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik. scroll.in
5 CRPF men killed in Kashmir Valley: Militants target securitymen in Anantnag
Srinagar:5 CRPF men were killed and three other security personnel including a local police officer were injured in a sneak attack in J&K’s southern Anantnag district on Wednesday evening.A militant was also killed in the security forces’ retaliatory fire whereas a woman resident received a bullet injury in her foot in the shooting incident, the officials said.“From the materials recovered, it is found that the militant was a foreigner,” said a statement issued by J&K police here.The officials said that two motorcycle-borne militants targeted a joint party of J&K police and the CRPF’s 116th Battalion at a makeshift security barrier laid along the Khanabal-Pahalgam Road, about 60 kilometres south of summer capital Srinagar, at 4.55 pm. The assailants, they said, also hurled a hand grenade at the security forces’ naka party.  In the militant firing and ensuing brief encounter, 5 CRPF personnel received grievous injuries. They were rushed to Anantnag’s district hospital where 3 of them were declared dead on arrival. 2 others succumbed to their injuries later. 3 other injured CRPF jawans have been admitted to Srinagar’s 92-Army Base Hospital, a report said.The slain jawans have been identified as Assistant Sub-Inspector Neeru Sharma and Ramesh Kumar and Constables Santinder Kumar, MK Kushwa and Mahesh Kumar.Deccan Chronicle
India’s GDP grew 4.5% between 2011-’12 and 2016-’17, not 7%, says former chief economic adviser
Former Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian has said that India’s growth has been overestimated by 2.5% points per year between 2011-’12 and 2016-’17, a period that was led by both UPA and NDA govs. Subramanian wrote in Indian Express on Tuesday that official estimates pegged average annual growth during this period at about 7%, whereas actual growth may have been 4.5%, according to his new research paper published at Harvard University.The Govt in May announced that India’s growth rate in its GDP had declined to 5.8% in the last quarter of the financial year 2018-’19. This was the slowest pace of growth in 17 quarters. The Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation also revised the GDP growth for 2018-’19 downwards to 6.8% from the earlier estimated 7%.“My new research suggests that post-global financial crisis, the heady narrative of a guns-blazing India – that statisticians led us to believe – may have to cede to a more realistic one of an economy growing solidly but not spectacularly,” he wrote.scroll.in
PM advisory body refutes Arvind Subramanian’s claim that GDP growth was overestimated
Economic Advisory Council to PM has rejected former Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian’s claim that GDP numbers have been inflated.The prime minister’s advisory body said Subramanian had made “strong claims”.The advisory body also claimed that a country’s GDP should be measured in nominal terms, not in terms of real growth rates.scroll.in
India planning to have its own space station: ISRO
A day after announcing the launch date of Chandrayaan-2, chief of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) K Sivan said Thursday that India is planning to have a space station of its own. “We have to sustain the Gaganyaan programme after the launch of (the) human space mission. In this context, India is planning to have its own space station,” PTI quoted Sivan as saying.He added that the project will be an extension of the Gaganyaan mission. On Wednesday, Sivan announced that ISRO’s second spacecraft to the moon, Chandrayaan-2, will be launched on July 15 this year. The spacecraft will attempt to make its first-ever soft landing on the moon on September 5 or September 6, 52 days after its launch. ISRO chief added that Chandrayaan-2 will explore the southern part of the celestial body, making India the first country to do so. He also said that this is the most complex mission ever undertaken by the organisation.indianexpress
Hate Crimes Against Minorities, Dalits Should be Tackled at Social Level: Jamaat-e-Islami Hind
New Delhi:In the wake of spiraling incidents of mob-lynching and hate crimes, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) on Wednesday said it will try to address the menace at various levels including social level and if the need arises will also contact the Govt. It also condemned the attempt of communalizing crimes by saffron outfits. Jamaat also termed Home Minister Amit Shah’s order of allowing district magistrates to set up tribunals to identify a “foreigner” as part of ruling party’s political agenda.At a monthly presser here at JIH HQRS, Jamaat president Syed Sadatullah Hussaini said the growing hate-crimes in the country should be a matter of concern to each peace-loving and law-abiding citizen. “There is a disturbing trend of increasing hate crimes against the minorities, even as a new Govt is formed at the Center after the general elections.”When asked by this correspondent whether only issuing statements of condemnation would be enough to solve this problem, the Jamaat chief said we will tackle this problem at every level, and if the need arises will also meet the prime minister.“Besides pursuing legal action against the perpetrators and pressurizing Govt to take strict action against these anti-social and criminal elements, these hate crimes against minorities and Dalits also need to be addressed at the social level. People to people contact, inter-faith meetings, sadbhavna forums is the need of the hour,” Jamaat chief said.He also said that Jamaat appreciates the PM’s call to his lawmakers to win the confidence of the minorities and wished the effect of this appeal must be seen and felt on the ground. The Jamaat is ready to extend its hand of support and cooperation for any beneficial and meaningful step taken by the Govt to improve the lot of the nation and its minorities but at the same time it would not hesitate to criticize the Govt for its mistakes or wrong policies, he added.He said Jamaat viewed with deep concern over the spate of rape and murder cases of minor girls in different parts of the country and urged the Govt, judiciary, and law enforcement agencies to ensure that these growing incidents are immediately controlled by swift prosecution of the culprits. Jamaat chief was also critical of TV channels saying some of them not following the norms of the profession. Speaking on the occasion, Engineer Mohammad Salim, Vice-President JIH said the tendency to view incidents of crime through the communal prism and to provoke violence and hatred against a particular community is highly deplorable and should be stopped herewith. The Jamaat has endorsed the demands of SIO that MHRD should extend the date for filing suggestions and feedbacks, and translate Draft National Education Policy (NEP) 2019 in non-Hindi state languages. Jamaat also expressed concern over the volatile and unfolding situation in Sudan.Caravan Daily
Communalization of Crimes Highly Deplorable, Must be Stopped, says  Jamaat: indiatomorrow
Jamaat expresses concern over hate crimes against minorities: theindianawaaz
‘Challenge of hate crimes against minorities, Dalits should also be addressed at social level’
India to continue to pursue Zakir Naik's extradition request with Malaysia, judicial system is fair: MEA
 India has said it would continue to pursue with Malaysia its request for extradition of Zakir Naik, two days after the Malaysian PM had said that his country has the right to not extradite Naik as the fugitive evangelist claims he will not get a fair trial back home. Spokesperson of the External Affairs Ministry Raveesh Kumar also asserted that the fairness of the Indian justice system has never been in question."India has extradition arrangements with many nations. In the past, there are numerous cases of successful extradition to India. The fairness of the Indian justice system has never been in question," Kumar said."India has made a formal request for the extradition of Naik. We would continue to pursue the matter with Malaysia," he added, in response to queries on the status of Naik's extradition from Malaysia. Asserting that Malaysia has a right to not extradite Naik, Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad said on Monday that "Zakir in general feels that he is not going to get a fair trial (in India)." PTI
NIA searches 7 places in Coimbatore
 Chennai:NIA has searched 7 places in Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu, including the residence of a social media friend of the Sri Lankan bombings suspect.The searches are part of a NIA probe into a new Islamic State module in India, officials said.An NIA official in New Delhi told IANS that the case was registered on May 30 against Mohammed Azarudeen, 32, Akram Sindhaa, 26, Y. Shiek Hidayathullah, 38, Abubacker M, 29, Sadham Hussain, 26, and Ibrahim alias Shahin Shah, 28-- all residents of Coimbatore.The case was registered after information was received that the accused and their associates were propagating the ideology of IS on social media with the intention of recruiting vulnerable youth into the group and carrying out attacks in South India, especially in Kerala and Tamil Nadu.Official said one of the persons whose premises were searched was Mohammad Azarudeen, who was a Facebook friend of Sri Lankan bombings suspect Zahran Hashim.Last month, NIA searched 10 places in Tamil Nadu in connection with investigation into Islamic State module where some people allegedly conspired to raise funds to wage war against the state.NIA officials visited Sri Lanka this month in connection with their investigation.IANS
Haryana mosque funding: NIA arrests Gujarat man
NIA has arrested a man from Gujarat for his alleged involvement in allegedly terror funding of a Haryana mosque. Mohammad Arif Ghulambashir Dharampuria (44) was arrested by NIA at IGI Airport in Delhi after his arrival from Dubai where he worked.“The accused was evading his examination and arrest by hiding himself in Dubai, UAE for long. Accordingly, a Look Out Circular was issued by NIA and he was detained at International Airport, New Delhi on his arrival from Dubai,” an NIA statement said.This is the fifth arrest in this case related to receiving of terror funds being sent by “Falah-e-Insaniyat Foundation (FIF) operatives to their associates through hawala operators to further their nefarious activities to create unrest in India”, NIA claimed. Salman was arrested with Mohammed Salim and Sajjad Abdul Wani on Sept.26, 2018. indianexpress
Govt to provide 100% funding to develop schools, hospitals on waqf properties: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi
New Delhi:All waqf properties across India will be geo-tagged and digitised and Govt will provide 100 per cent funding to develop educational institutions and hospitals on such properties for the welfare of society, Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said.Naqvi, while chairing the 80th meeting of the Central Waqf Council here, said there are around 5.77 lakh registered waqf properties across the country and their geo-tagging and digitalisation will ensure transparency and safety of records.The Centre has decided to start a programme on a war footing to utilise waqf properties across the country for educational empowerment and employment-oriented skill development of the needy, especially economically backward girls in those areas which were deprived of these facilities since Independence, the minority affairs minister said.Modi-led Govt has decided to provide 100 per cent funding to develop schools, colleges, ITIs, polytechnics, hospitals, multi-purpose community halls "Sadbhav Mandap" on waqf land under Pradhanmantri Jan Vikas Karykram (PMJVK), he said.A report of a five-member committee constituted to review waqf properties lease rule, headed by Justice (Retd) Zakiullah Khan, has been submitted, Naqvi said.The recommendations of the committee will ensure that waqf rules are made easy and effective for better utilisation of waqf properties and to free these properties, several of which are entangled in disputes for several decades, from disputes, he said.PTI
50 Million Scholarships for Minorities A ‘Cruel Joke,’ Says Former Minority Minister Rehman Khan
New Delhi:Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that his ministry will provide scholarships to 50 million students from the minority communities in the next 5 years.However, his predecessor and senior Congress leader K Rehman Khan termed announcement as nothing but a ‘cruel joke’ with the minorities saying, it requires over 50 times increase (Rs 50,000 crores) in the budget to meet this target. Currently, the ministry’s total budget is Rs 4,700 crores while out of this Rs 2,456 crores are earmarked for all the 7 types of scholarships, including pre-matric and post-matric scholarship, merit-cum-means scholarship, Maulana Azad National Fellowship, Interest Subsidy on Educational loans for Overseas Studies, and Free Coaching and Allied Schemes for minorities. Since its formation in 2006, the ministry has always been getting a paltry sum in the union budget. Caravan Daily
Uttarakhand: Madrassa board chief appointment brews dissent in BJP
Dehradun:With speculation of a ‘parachute’ candidate for the state madrassa board chairman becoming rife, uneasiness is prevailing in state BJP camp. Sensing the disappointment among party’s minority members over reports of Bilal-Ur Rehman, a Delhi-based minority leader, getting the post, Ajay Bhatt, BJP state president and Nainital MP, on Wednesday said that he would not let any ‘outsider’ take the post. “I would ensure that a local party worker, who has a clean image, gets to head the madrassa board in Uttarakhand. In elections, our minority wing tirelessly worked for the party’s success on all the five seats.” Notably, Nainital constituency has a substantial population of minority voters. In March this year, the saffron party cleared over a dozen political appointments in state boards, councils and commissions but skipped the appointment of Uttarakhand Madrassa Board chairman. Questioning Rehman’s appointment, a party member said, “How can someone who owns a huge mining business and who is not based in Uttarakhand be appointed as the chairman of the state madrassa board?” He added that Rehman was “using his connections with RSS and BJP leaders to secure the post.” Meanwhile, Rehman defended himself. TOI
Cabinet approves bill against triple talaq, to replace ordinance
New Delhi: The Govt will introduce a Bill in the coming session of Parliament against triple talaq to make it an offence punishable with imprisonment of up to three years and fine.Union cabinet on Wednesday approved the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019. The Bill will replace the ordinance promulgated in February this year.Talking to reporters here, I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar said that the bill could not be passed in the Rajya Sabha earlier and an ordinance had to be brought every time. He hoped it will get the necessary support in the Upper House also.An official release said that the Bill would ensure gender equality and gender justice to Muslim women.It would also help in protecting the rights of married Muslim women and prevent divorce by the practice of 'talaq-e-biddat' by their husbands.IANS
Cabinet approves Aadhaar amendment, talaq bills
Will oppose Bill on triple talaq, says Congress
New Delhi:Congress has said it will oppose the triple talaq Bill in Parliament, saying a debate was needed on some of its provisions.Congress Rajya Sabha member and spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said: “On triple talaq, we have raised some fundamental points. The Govt has agreed on many points.“A lot of time would have been saved if the Govt had agreed on our points earlier.“Still one or two points are left... and debates are required on those points and we shall oppose it (Bill),” Singhvi added.IANS
Will oppose Talaq Bill in Rajya Sabha: JD(U) leader
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s party and BJP ally JD-U today said it will not support the BJP-led NDA Govt at the centre on the issue of Triple Talaq in the Rajya Sabha.Senior JD-U leader and Bihar minister Shayam Razak said: “JD-U is opposed to it and we will continue to stand against it.”JD-U leader said Triple Talaq is a social issue and it should be resolved by the society at the social level. Razak said it was the JD-U that voted against Triple Talaq Bill in Rajya Sabha.IANS
Oral triple talaq complaints dip but Muslim woman activists call for review of existing law
Mumbai : 2 years after it was formally outlawed in India, instances of oral triple talaq complaints have come down drastically as per Muslim women’s groups. With the new Cabinet led by PM Narendra Modi likely to take up the Bill to criminalise triple talaq once again in the coming Parliament session, Muslim women’s groups have asked for changes in the existing law in order to make it more effective.While there is no pan India figure available in the public domain over the total number of cases registered under new law, Muslim organisations claim that there is evidence that the number of instances of triple talaq have gone down drastically.Bhartiya Muslim Mahila Andolan, which had played a pivotal role in the campaigns against oral triple talaq, has said that the number of complaints that it used to receive from women who were victims of triple talaq has come down substantially.In 2016 the BMMA’s Mumbai chapter had received 31 complaints from women who had said that they had been given oral triple talaq. In 2017 when it was made illegal the number came down to 6. In 2018 the number was two and till June 2019 the number was pegged at one.“There has been a dip in the number of women who have come to us complaining that they have been given triple talaq. In that way the law seems to have been effective in putting a rein on this practice. However there are still a lot of lacunae in the existing law which need to be addressed on a priority basis for it to be more effective,” BMMA co-founder Noorjehan Safia Naiz said. A section of Muslim activists also feel that the existing law in its present form is not beneficial for Muslim women as triple talaq has already been deemed to be illegal by the Supreme Court.indianexpress
Focus on crimes against women, Dalits and minorities, Adityanath tells police
Lucknow: UP CM Yogi Adityanath has ordered the state police to focus on crimes related to Dalits, women and minorities, UP DGP OP Singh said.The instructions come in the backdrop of a series of incidents involving women and Dalits. The most shocking case in the recent past is that of a three-year-old girl who was brutally murdered in Aligarh's Toppal village. The minor was missing since May 31 and her body was discovered by locals in the village. Post-mortem report revealed that she was strangled to death. The men allegedly killed her due to personal enmity with family.Besides, according to reports, at least three more cases of crime against women were reported in the state in the recent past.A 12-year-old Dalit girl was allegedly gang-raped in Kushinagar district by 6 men. In another case, a 15-year-old was allegedly raped by her teacher inside a Kanpur seminary. On Sunday, the body of a seven-year-old was found outside Bijbaha village in Jalaun.Times Now
UP: A Madrassa Chief Arrested after Complaint to CMO Alleging Triple Talaq, dowry
Agra: The director of a madrassa here in Uttar Pradesh has been arrested after his in-laws approached Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's office with a complaint that he had used triple talaq against his wife besides beating her up and demanding dowry.Zikru Rahman was arrested on Tuesday evening on the basis of an FIR lodged by his wife Tarranum at the Malpura police station, officials said.Initially, the Malpura police station showed no interest in the case and were trying to pressure Tarrunum, a mother of three, to compromise.The victim's brother Javed Ali then complained to the Chief Minister's Office which promptly intervened and FIR was lodged and Rahman arrested. 6 others named in FIR are absconding.Javed, in his complaint, said Rahman and his family members had beaten up his sister, demanded dowry and then her husband divorced her.In her original complaint, Tarrunum said her husband, who ran a madrassa, had married a 22-year-old teacher who came to teach at madrassa and wanted to get rid of her (Tarrunum). When Tarrunum did not yield, dowry demands for a car and cash were made, the complaint said.She also alleged that undue pressure was applied by the police and some resourceful persons close to her husband's family tried to make her withdraw the case and settle for a compromise.According to lawyers here, this appears to be a unique instance of a case being filed for triple talaq, though FIR makes mention of only dowry harassment and beating.IANS
Modi’s Madrasa modernisation push gets mixed response
The Centre’s decision to connect madrasas to mainstream education has come in for appreciation from clerics who have welcomed the move as a much-needed step for the upliftment of minorities. On Tuesday, Minority Affairs minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that madrasas across the country will be connected with formal education and mainstream education so that children in madrasas can also contribute to the development of the society.“Madrasa teachers across the country will be given training from various institutions in mainstream subjects such as Hindi, English, Maths, Science, Computer etc. so that they can impart mainstream education to the Madrasa students,” he said in a statement. While the Centre’s plan is winning laurels from across sections, SP leader Azam Khan has objected to the move saying if the Govt really wants to help madrasas, they should improve their standards. Speaking on the issue, Khan defended the current pattern of education being imparted in madrasas and said that besides religious teachings, subjects like English, Hindi, and Maths are already being taught at madrasas.“This has always been done. If you (Govt) want to help, improve their standard. Build buildings for madrasas, provide them furniture and midday meal facility,” Khan added. He further politicised the issue by saying Madrasas don’t breed personalities like Nathuram Godse or Pragya Thakur. “…announce that those propagating thoughts of Nathuram Godse will be declared enemies of democracy, those convicted for terror activities won’t be rewarded,” he said while speaking to ANI.Jamiat Ulema General Secretary Mahmood Madani welcomed the initiative saying, “All the sections of the society should be provided with equal opportunities especially in education for the benefit of the country. We will always welcome such initiatives.”He further said that Muslims should have a part in nation building and it will only be possible through the capacity building which isn’t possible without education. “If this isn’t just an announcement and will be turned into actions, it’s Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas in the true sense,” Madani added. financialexpress
Madrassas don’t produce Godse, Pragya Thakur, says Azam Khan
UP: Lawyers halt work a day after first woman state bar council president was shot dead in Agra
Lawyers in courts across western Uttar Pradesh on Thursday halted work to protest against the killing of the state bar council chairperson, reported PTI. Judicial work was affected in Baghpat, Bijnor, Muzaffarnagar, Meerut, Saharanpur and Shamli districts.Darvesh Singh Yadav, the first woman to head the Uttar Pradesh Bar Council, was shot dead on the civil court premises in Agra on Wednesday during a welcome ceremony organised for her. She was elected to the post on June 9. The attacker, a fellow colleague of Yadav, shot her thrice. After the murder, Manish Sharma tried to kill himself, the police said. He is in hospital at present.Yadav was cremated at Chaandpur village in Etah district on Thursday. Uttar Pradesh Law Minister Brijesh Pathak was present at the funeral, which was attended by a large number of lawyers and the public.Opposition criticised the state Govt over the incident.scroll.in
Journalist Prashant Kanojia, arrested for video about Adityanath, released from jail
Journalist Prashant Kanojia, who was arrested from Delhi for his comments about Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath on social media, was released from jail. The Supreme Court had ordered the release of the journalist on bail on Tuesday. Chief Judicial Magistrate (in-charge) in Lucknow, Sanjai Kumar, had earlier in the day directed the release of the journalist on furnishing of two sureties of Rs. 20,000 each and a personal bond for the same amount.scroll.in
Uttar Pradesh cops lock up reporter, beat him unconscious: FIR
Shamli ;A Station House Officer and a constable have been suspended for allegedly assaulting a journalist in Shamli Tuesday night. Rakesh Kumar, the SHO of Govt Railway Police (GRP) Shamli, and constable Sanjay Pawar faced action after a purported video of them attacking the journalist, Amit Sharma of News 24, became public. Sharma, who was covering the derailment of a goods train, claimed he was stripped and beaten up by police officers at Shamli GRP station, and also alleged that an officer urinated in his mouth.Police said Sharma has filed an official complaint and an FIR had been registered. “We have come across a video where a journalist has been assaulted and put up in lock-up. DGP, Uttar Pradesh, O P Singh has ordered immediate suspension of SHO Rakesh Kumar and constable Sanjay Pawar. Strict punishment shall be accorded to policemen misbehaving with citizens,” the UP Police said in a statement.indianexpress
Bhima Koregaon case: Gautam Navlakha’s protection from arrest extended by Bombay HC
Bombay High Court has observed that prima facie there is no evidence against activist Gautam Navlakha, who has been accused by the police of having links with Maoists. The activist is being investigated in connection with the Bhima Koregaon case. The court extended Navlakha’s protection from arrest till June 18, when the matter will be heard again.Navlakha and activists Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves, Sudha Bharadwaj and Varavara Rao were arrested on August 28 for their alleged involvement in an event that preceded the violence between Dalits and Marathas at Bhima Koregaon near Pune on Jan.1, 2018. They were subsequently placed under house arrest.scroll.in/
Elgaar Parishad case: Pune police search activist Stan Swamy’s house in Jharkhand
Pune :A Pune police team has searched human rights activist Father Stan Swamy’s residence in Ranchi in connection with the Elgaar Parishad case.This is the second time Pune police conducted raids at the activist’s residence.A senior police officer in Ranchi said Pune Police had taken some electronic material and some documents. Swami, 83, was not taken into custody.The case pertains to the Elgaar Parishad conclave in Pune district on Dec.31, 2017.indianexpress
Accused in murders of Dabholkar, Lankesh, Sanatan sympathiser held in Pansare case
Pune : SIT of the Maharashtra Police, probing the 2015 murder of Communist leader Govind Pansare, has taken custody of Sharad Kalaskar, who has earlier been made accused in murders of Dr Narendra Dabholkar and Gauri Lankesh.The name of Kalaskar (26) — who according to the investigators is a Sanatan Sanstha sympathiser — first came up in the investigation of the Maharashtra ATS into the Nallasopara arms haul case in August last year. He was then arrested in Dabholkar murder case and subsequently in the murder of Bengaluru-based journalist Gauri Lankesh. CBI, which is probing the Dabholkar case, has claimed that Kalaskar and Sachin Andure had allegedly shot at Dabholkar.indianexpress
Encephalitis Toll Rises to 43 in Bihar, Nitish Kumar Govt Claims Children Died of Low Blood Sugar
Muzaffarpur: The death toll from the outbreak of brain fever in Bihar's Muzaffarpur district has risen to 43 after two children died on Wednesday. However, top state health official maintained that the casualties were not related to outbreak but were caused by hypoglycemia. Hypoglycemia causes abnormally low level of sugar in the blood or deficiency of sodium or potassium in the body, the official said.According to Sunil Kumar Shahi, medical superintendent of Muzaffarpur's Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital, most of the deaths are due to the lower level of sugar in the body. Shahi has denied any case of encephalitis. Sources said that 70% of children who died were girls.News18
Cyclone Vayu: Power supply disrupted in 560 Gujarat villages; 3.1 lakh people evacuated
Bringing relief for Gujarat, Cyclone Vayu Thursday began moving away from the state coast, even as the danger of heavy winds and rainfall continued, officials said. State authorities have already evacuated 3 lakh people from low-lying areas near the coast to safer places, an official said.Heavy rains which lashed the coastal areas were likely to continue, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said.Power supply has been disrupted in nearly 560 villages of Gujarat due to cyclone and all efforts are on to restore it, an official said on Thursday.indiatoday
Special Report: ‘My life is ruined,’ says Muslim man cleared of terror charges after 4 years in jail
Pusad town in eastern Maharashtra made headlines in Sept.2015 when news emerged that a young Muslim man had stabbed three policemen with a kitchen knife, allegedly in rage over the beef ban introduced that year. 20-year-old Abdul Malik’s arrest was followed a month later by 2 other men in the region being arrested: Shoaib Khan, 28, from Hingoli and Maulana Mujeeb-ur-Rahman,30, from Yavatmal.All 3 cases were transferred to Maharashtra’s ATS.Soon, reports appeared in newspapers describing Khan, Malik and Mujeeb-ur-Rahman as radicalised youth involved with Islamic State or ISIS. TOI described their arrest as the “crippling” of a “terror module-in-the-making”. Nearly 4 years later, the 3 men have been cleared of all terror-related charges.On May 21, a special court in Akola acquitted Khan and Mujeeb of charges linking them to SIMI. Malik was also cleared of charges under UAPA, but sentenced to 3 years in prison for injuring the 3 policemen with a knife. Since Malik had spent 3 years and eight months in jail as an undertrial, he was released along with Mujeeb-ur-Rahman and Khan. The local media’s reaction to the 3 men’s acquittal has been starkly different from the coverage of their arrests in 2015. Marathi newspapers reported the news with such headlines as, “ATS’ mistaken investigation ruined three and a half years of youth’s life!” and “Will govt compensate innocent Shoaib?” Rehman Khan, Shoaib’s father said: “My son is being targeted only because he is young and Muslim.”The families of 3 men acquitted say the govt needs to do more than just express consideration. At a press conference in Pusad, Khan’s family demanded compensation from the Govt for the acquitted men.Back home, the men have frightening stories to tell about the custodial torture they allegedly faced during two weeks of police interrogation. “There was a lot of torture during the custody period and a lot of pressure from ATS to make false statements in court,” Khan told Scroll.in over the phone from his Balapur village in Hingoli. “They said if I made those statements in front of the magistrate, they would release me, give me money and stop harassing my family.” “They told me that when Bangladesh got independence, it had 4% or 5% Hindu population, which had dropped to 1%,” he recalled. He added: “Then they asked me what had happened to the rest of the Hindus in Bangladesh. How on earth would I know that? They also said if Hindus have decreased in number in Bangladesh, Muslims should decrease in number here.” Mujeeb-ur-Rahman too claims to have been tortured in custody and pressured to make false statements. “Govt agencies have hatched a big conspiracy to target the Muslim community like this,” alleged Mujeeb, who is relieved to be back home with his family in Pusad.The arrests of Khan and Mujeeb hurt their lower-middle-class families socially as well as financially.“My construction business shut down because I became ‘the terrorist’s father’,” said Mujeeb’s father Sheikh Mehboob.Their family – Mujeeb’s parents, brother, wife and young son – faced unspoken ostracism in Pusad, including from members of their own community. Mehboob says he is willing to fight the Govt in court to ensure his son gets compensation for being falsely accused and imprisoned for almost four years. “I spent 4 years proving I was innocent but people in my village and even in my community still see me as a criminal,” Khan complained. “My marriage prospects are ruined. My life is ruined. Who is going to give me back my four years?”scroll.in
Occasional social-media users believe India belongs to only Hindus
Data from Lokniti-CSDS on the rise of social media in the past 5 years throws up some interesting facts. Like in other spheres, the social media space too has always been upper caste dominated and continues to be so. Data suggest that upper castes are nearly twice as likely to have high or moderate exposure to social media as Dalits and tribals.While 15 per cent upper castes were found to have high social media usage, among Dalits and tribal communities high usage was at 8 per cent and 7 per cent overall, respectively. Nine per cent OBC communities reported high usage of social media which is greater than Dalits and tribals but lower than the upper castes.The Muslim community, a large section of which is said to be educationally and economically as backward as Dalits and tribal communities, performs rather well when it comes to social media usage. The minority community's exposure to social media was found to be second only to that of the Hindu upper castes. About one-fifth of them were found to be exposed to social media either strongly or moderately, which is even greater than the exposure recorded among Hindu OBCs.This overall pattern of upper castes being most frequent in social media usage followed by Muslims can in fact be seen across all social media platforms when we look at each of them individually. Upper castes are most likely to be highly active on Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram compared to other communities and this has remained consistent for the past five years. Muslims have fared second best in this regard, and Dalits and tribals the worst.Data show that the occasional users of social media believe that "India belongs to only Hindus". This belief is higher in two categories of social media users --weekly users of Facebook and WhatsApp; and rare users of Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and Instagram -- compared to the daily users and the respondents who have never used these mediums.A weekly/rare user of WhatsApp and a rare user of Twitter or WhatsApp or Instagram is also less likely to believe that India belongs to all religions equally. Now these are the people who believe in the Hindu-majority country idea. On the other hand, when user's interaction with these mediums is low, he/she tends to believe on the limited information that they are exposed to.Data suggest that while social media usage has grown many folds in India, parallelly, newspaper readership and TV news viewership seem to have declined.indiatoday
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Sudan opposition, military council to resume negotiations
Sudanese opposition and the Transitional Military Council have agreed to resume dialogue to resolve the current political crisis, a day after the suspension of civil disobedience in the country, the Ethiopian envoy to Sudan said.Ethiopian Prime Minister’s special envoy to Sudan, Mahmoud Drir said that talks on the formation of a Transitional Governing Council “will begin soon”, explaining that the Sudanese military council has agreed to release political prisoners “as a confidence building step” after the opposition agreed to suspend protests.In the early hours of 3 June, the Sudanese security forces stormed a sit-in in central Khartoum, forcibly removing it, according to opposition forces. Sudanese Central Committee of Doctors reported that the death toll had reached 108.middleeastmonitor
Israel attacks Gaza after rocket 'intercepted' from territory
Israeli warplanes have attacked a Hamas target in Gaza following a Palestinian rocket strike, the Israeli military said, in the first serious cross-border escalation since a surge in fighting last month.In a statement today, Israel's military said fighter planes attacked "underground infrastructure" in a compound belonging to Hamas group that rules the Gaza Strip after Israeli air defences intercepted a rocket launched from the besieged territory. There were no reports of injuries or casualties. The latest hostilities followed Israel's closure of offshore waters to Gaza fisherman on Wednesday in what it said was a response to incendiary balloons launched across the frontier that caused fires in fields in southern Israel this week."Due to the continuous launching of incendiary balloons and kites from the Gaza Strip towards Israel, it has been decided tonight [Wednesday] not to allow access to Gaza's maritime space until further notice," COGAT, Israeli defence ministry department responsible for Palestinian civil affairs, said.aljazeera
Israel carries out large-scale demolition campaign north of Jerusalem
Israeli occupation authorities yesterday carried out a wide-scale demolition campaign against Palestinian facilities in the Qalandia refugee camp, north of Jerusalem, Quds Press reported.According to the news site, the Israeli occupation demolished the Palestinian facilities, most of them commercial shops closest to the illegal Israeli checkpoint at the entrance of the camp.The facilities were demolished, Quds Press reported, under the pretext that they were built without the impossible to obtain building licenses.The Palestinian Authority’s foreign ministry condemned the demolitions and accused the Israeli occupation of targeting the livelihood of the Palestinians, calling for the international community to stop “these Israeli crimes”.MEMO
Israel arrests head of Al-Aqsa’s construction dept
Israeli police this morning arrested the director of the restoration and reconstruction department of the Islamic Waqf, which cares for the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem.Bassam Al-Hallaq was detained along with Taha Oweidah, an engineer, and Mohammad Hidra, a member of the compound’s staff.No reason was given for the arrests. Based on previous incidents, however, the cause most likely involves a dispute between Palestinians and the occupation forces on renovations taking place in the mosque compound.            MEMO
Israel bans Palestinians from fishing off Gaza coast
Israeli army imposed a naval siege on the Gaza Strip which will last “until further notice”, according to an army statement. This move comes after Israeli occupation authorities further restricted the Gaza fishing zone to six nautical miles on Tuesday. Israeli authorities had reduced the fishing zone from 15 to ten nautical miles last week. The army cited incendiary balloons as the reason for the siege. According to Israeli news agency Haaretz, helium balloons carrying flammable materials from Gaza led to 8 fires in southern Israel. Palestinians have been take part in Great March of Return protests since 30 March 2018 near the Israel-Gaza fence calling for an end to 12-year siege and their right to return to homes from which their families were forced out in 1948 to make way for the creation of the state of Israel.middleeastmonitor
Key Arab states have yet to confirm their attendance at Bahrain Conference
Just two weeks away from the long-awaited Bahrain Conference on Israel-Palestine, key Arab nations have yet to confirm their participation. The conference is set to take place in Manama, the island Kingdom’s capital, on 25-26 June, as US begins to roll out its vision for peace in the region.Under the banner “Peace to Prosperity”, the conference aims to “encourage investing capital in the West Bank, Gaza, and the region,” according to a senior US official. Washington is preparing to reveal the economic portion of its peace plan for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict — dubbed the “deal of the century” — during the Manama meeting.Thus far, Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE have confirmed their attendance, along with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and other financial institutions. UN has agreed to send Deputy Special Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator and Resident Coordinator Jamie McGoldrick from the UN Special Coordinator’s Office to represent the organisation at the conference, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General said.Palestinian businessmen and officials, though, have refused to attend, as have Russia and China. Iraq will join the Palestinians in boycotting the conference because the rights of the Palestinian people “must be protected,” Iraqi spokesman said. Nor will Lebanon be attending, according to a series of tweets this week by Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil.MEMO
Orthodox Church rejects Israel court over Jerusalem property sales
Greek Orthodox Patriarchate in Jerusalem rejected an Israeli Supreme Court ruling against an appeal it filed to annul the sale of a property agreed in 2004.The deal is related to the church’s property in Jaffa Gate in Jerusalem as well as the Muslim Quarter in the occupied holy city. When the affair was made public in 2005, then-GreekPatriarch Irenaios was forced from office by Greek Orthodox officials and replaced by the current Patriarch, Theophilos III. His successor has since waged a legal campaign to see the lands returned, arguing that the transactions were the result of corruption in the Patriarchate at that time and that a bribe was paid by Ateret Cohanim to employees of the Patriarchate to advance the sales.The sale of the three sites transferred the properties to Ateret Cohanim, a right-wing settler organisation which buys houses and land for illegal Jewish settlement.middleeastmonitor
Syria refugees in Lebanon ordered to demolish homes
Thousands of Syrian refugees in a remote, mountainous region of northwest Lebanon have been ordered to demolish their homes by 1 July on the grounds that they are “illegal”, France 24 has reported.Up to 25,000 Syrian refugees in the city of Arsal, which is not far from Syria, could be affected. Amidst fears that up to 15,000 children are at risk of homelessness, rights groups have called on the Govt not to go ahead with the plan.The move comes as Lebanese authorities move to enforce a ban on the construction of “permanent” houses in refugee camps it fears will become permanent settlements.The families will be moved into temporary accommodation made of plastic shelters which families fear could be deadly, particularly during Lebanon’s freezing winters and hot summers, which regularly top 45 degrees.middleeastmonitor
Explosions reported on two tankers in Gulf of Oman
Two oil tankers have been evacuated in the Gulf of Oman following reported attacks on the vessels, prompting international alarm and sending oil prices spiralling upwards.Scores of crew members from the Marshall Islands-flagged Front Altair and the Panama-flagged Kokuka Courageous abandoned the ships on Thursday after sending out distress calls amid explosions on board. The cause of the blasts was unclear, but one operator said it suspected its ship had been hit by a torpedo..aljazeera
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