Saturday, 15 June 2019

15 June:Modi, Imran briefly exchange pleasantries at SCO Summit/ India must assure palestinians of unstinting support, re-look at its pro-Israel decision: Jamaat


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Modi, Imran briefly exchange pleasantries at SCO Summit
New Delhi:After appearing to avoid each other at more than half a dozen events during the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit in the Kyrgyzstan capital of Bishkek, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan briefly exchanged pleasantries on Friday.People familiar with developments were quick to point out that there was no “pull aside” or formal meeting between the two leaders, who have spoken on phone and exchanged letters since Khan’s party won Pakistan’s general election last year. Ahead of the SCO Summit, Indian officials had insisted that there would be no formal meeting between Modi and Khan at Bishkek.This didn’t prevent Pakistani side from making overtures for an engagement. India’s lack of desire to engage was signalled by Modi on Thursday, when he said Pakistan is yet to act on India’s concerns and create an atmosphere free of terrorism. On Thursday and Friday, Modi and Khan were together at two photo ops, a concert, a dinner hosted by the Kyrgyz president, a formal lunch, and two sessions of the SCO leaders but chose not to engage. While six of the eight visiting SCO leaders were hosted at Ala Archa State Residence, the official home of the Kyrgyz president, Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin opted to stay at other venues.HT
India hasn’t come out of its poll mindset, Pakistan will engage on ‘basis of equality’, says Qureshi
New Delhi :Asserting that Pakistan would hold talks with India on the “basis of equality” and in a “dignified manner”, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said the ball was in India’s court to engage with Islamabad and resolve all outstanding issues. “So India has to make this decision, we are neither in haste nor troubled. When India prepares itself, it would find us prepared, but we will hold talks on the basis of equality, in a dignified manner,” Qureshi told Geo News on the sidelines of SCO Summit.When asked about the demand by some people that Pakistan should not repeatedly invite India for talks, Qureshi said, “Neither we need to run after anyone, nor we need to demonstrate stubbornness. Pakistan’s approach is very realistic and well thought-out.” Pakistan foreign minister also accused the Indian government of being in the “election mindset” to keep their “vote bank intact”. “India has not come out of its election mindset and the extreme position they had taken to influence their constituency and to keep their vote bank intact. It is still confined in that,” Qureshi said.Qureshi was the first to confirm on Friday that PM Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan exchanged pleasantries and a handshake in the leaders’ lounge. Indianexpress
India must assure palestinians of unstinting support, re-look at its pro-Israel decision: Jamaat
New Delhi:Jamaat-e-Islami Hind has  denounced India’s vote in favour of Israel and against Palestine at the United Nations, saying that its vote favouring Israel “will be construed as a departure for India from its stated decades old policy of supporting the Palestinian cause.”Syed Sadatullah Husaini, National President of Jamaat, has called upon the government of India to assure the Palestinians of its unstinting support. “We express our disappointment at the stand taken by the government of India in favor of Israel in UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), over Israel’s objection to grant consultative status to a Palestinian human rights NGO. This positive vote favoring Israel will be construed as a departure for India from its stated decades old policy of supporting the Palestinian cause. This shift in our approach towards endorsing Israeli hardline policy aimed at crushing all voices of dissent and criticism that expose Israel’s continued occupation and human rights abuses will be a huge setback for the Palestinians who bank on India for supporting its struggle for an independent state,” said Husaini in a press statement.In what could be seen as the first sign of departure from its decades-old stand on Palestine, India voted in favour of Israel against a Palestinian human rights body that was seeking observer’s status at UN. The voting took place at the UN on June 6.JIH leader said that India’s support for Israel may affect India-Arab economic relations and appealed to Indian government to assure Palestinians of its continued unstinted support.“It may also hamper our improving ties with oil-rich Arab countries.The govt of India must assure Palestinians of its continued unstinted support and re-look at its decision to support Israel in diplomatic and international forums. India has always fought imperialist powers and supported countries in their struggle against imperialism and apartheid,” said Husaini.He also appealed to people of India to support the just cause of Palestinians. India Tomorrow
Palestine honours Indian-origin man with 'Star of Jerusalem' award
Jerusalem: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has conferred Indian-origin Sheikh Mohammad Munir Ansari with the Star of Jerusalem medal - one of the highest honours given to foreign nationals by the Palestinian Authority - for strengthening Indo-Palestine ties. At an event organised to honour 91-year-old Ansari Thursday evening, Abbas thanked him for serving Palestine and Jerusalem with distinction.Ansari, 91, is the Director of Indian Hospice, a unique and historic monument in the heart of Jerusalem, which has become a symbol of India's heritage and presence in the third holiest city for Muslims going back to over 800 years.Abbas said the Ansari family's presence in the old city of Jerusalem reflects the strong traditional ties between Indian and Palestinian people. He called upon for strengthening people-to-people contact between the two sides. Abbas plans to send Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh to India soon to boost tourist inflows from there which can contribute to strong bonding between the two people. Representative of India, Sunil Kumar, who was present at the event, also appreciated the role played by the Ansari family in strengthening Indo-Palestine ties. Indian hospice has been under the direct supervision of a representative from India since 1924. Ansari's father, Sheikh Nazir Hassan Ansari, was appointed the first Sheikh of the Hospice from whom the mantle passed on to the incumbent who was born in Jerusalem in 1928 and has spent his whole life here. freepressjournal
Centre constitutes UAPT to decide ban on JeI
Srinagar:Unlawful Activities Prevention Tribunal (UAPT), constituted by the Centre to decide whether there is sufficient evidence for declaring J&K Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) as an unlawful association, will hold sittings here for three days from June 19. UAPT will hold sittings at the High Court Complex in Srinagar on June 19, 20 and 21, an official spokesman said.He said the tribunal is being presided over by Justice Chander Shekhar of the Delhi High Court.Accordingly, all those interested in giving evidence may file their affidavit (in duplicate) with the registrar of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Tribunal, Delhi High Court building in New Delhi and shall remain present in person on the aforementioned dates for cross-examination, if any, before the tribunal, the spokesman said.Centre had constituted a tribunal headed by a Delhi High Court judge to decide whether there is sufficient cause for declaring JeI as an unlawful association.PTI
Malegaon blast case: Court allows Thakur's plea for exemption from appearance
A Mumbai court has allowed the application of Bhopal MP Pragya Singh Thakur for exemption from appearance on Saturday in connection with the 2008 Malegaon blast case.The court had on June 3 directed Thakur and all other accused in the case to appear before it once a week.Thakur's lawyers had on Friday sought exemption for her from appearing before the Special NIA court today. Her application was transferred to a Mumbai court since the regular Special NIA Judge Vinod Padalkar was on leave today. It was allowed after her counsel JP Mishra told the court that he had asked her not to appear as Special NIA judge was on leave. Besides the Bhopal MP, the other accused are Lt Col Prasad Purohit, retired Major Ramesh Upadhyay, Sudhakar Dwivedi, Ajay Rahirkar, Sameer Kulkarni and Sudhakar Chaturvedi.ANI
Malegaon blast case: Bombay High Court grants bail to all accused
Bombay High Court has granted bail to 4 accused - Dhan Singh, Lokesh Sharma, Manohar Narwaria and Rajendra Chaudhary, in Malegaon blast case.The division bench of Justice Indrajit Mahanty and Justice AM Badar read out the operative part of the judgment and ordered that the four should furnish Rs 50,000 bail bond and 2 sureties of same amount to get the bail. Also, the court ordered the accused to be present in trial court until exempted."Petitions are allowed. The applicants shall be released on cash bail of Rs 50,000. They shall attend the special court on each day during the trial and shall not tamper with evidence or contact witnesses, "bench said.The 4, who are in jail since their arrest in 2013, had approached the high court in 2016 after a special court rejected their bail pleas in June that year.Advocate Prashant Maggu and Advocate JP Mishra had argued the case for all the accused, stating that they had been arrested in 2012 and the trial in the case has not yet started against them even after seven years. After the judgement, Maggu said,this case is fabricated and specially coined to propagate the idea of Hindu terrorism. We told court that NIA probe was a defunct investigation. Petitions for bail had been opposed by Malegaon resident Shafique Ahmed Mohamad Saim who had lost his sons in the incident.indiatoday
NIA arrests one more Coimbatore resident in IS- case; Muslim outfits say NIA targeting Muslims
Coimbatore: NIA arrested another Coimbatore resident, Sheik Hidayathullah, 38, in an IS-related case linked to Easter attacks in Sri Lanka.Earlier his associate, Muhammed Azharudheen, a Facebook friend of Zahran Hashim, Sri Lanka’s attack mastermind, was arrested by the NIA.Hidayathullah was detained along with 4 others 2 days ago. The accused is also a former member of the SIMI, an NIA official said. NIA had registered a case on May 30 against 6 accused for propagating IS ideology on social media with the intention of recruiting vulnerable youth for carrying out attacks in South India, especially in Kerala and Tamil Nadu.On June 12, the NIA conducted searches at 7 locations in Coimbatore and incriminating material including books and documents were seized from the houses and work places of the accused, the NIA said.He will be produced before the Special Court for NIA cases in Ernakulam seeking his custody.The Coimbatore City police on Friday detained 3 persons for propagating IS ideology on social media platforms and allegedly planning to conduct attacks in the city. On Thursday, Mohammed Hussain from Ukkadam, A. Shajahan from Anbu Nagar and Sheik Safiullah from Karumbukkadai were booked under UAPA, said a release issued by the police.On Friday, various Muslim outfits met Sumit Sharan, Commissioner of Police, and submitted a petition alleging that NIA was targeting Muslims.According to a release, various Jamaat and Islamic outfits, including Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam, Popular Front of India and Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, met with the Commissioner.
Coimbatore: Ukkadam residents upset over locality being labelled IS sympathizers’ hideout
Coimbatore:Upset with their area being in the news for all wrong reasons in recent years, residents of Ukkadam see it as a move to suppress the minority community in the city. The residents fumed over their locality being labelled as a hideout for IS sympathizers. “It took a lot of time to resume the cordial relationship between Hindus and Muslims in the area after 1998 bomb blast. It is only in the recent times, people have started coming to Ukkadam region without any hesitation. But the recent police actions could affect the relationship. Because of the continuous raids both by NIA and local police, people living in the locality are being looked down upon,” said a resident on condition of anonymity.“Some outsiders are reluctant to come to Ukkadam region as it is being treated as a hub for IS sympathizers. They hesitate to speak with us once they know that we are from Ukkadam,” he said. Another resident said searches and picking up residents for inquiry have been exaggerated this time both by the city police and NIA. Coordinator of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind K Raja Hussein said this time, officials have entered the houses during odd-hours and disturbed the normal life of the public. The raids have created a tense situation in the city and brought a bad opinion among the public, he added.Hinting that there could be possible political influence in the issue, he said it might be a move to suppress the minority community.TOI
Court Sends Kashmiri Separatists to Judicial Custody Till June 12 in Terror-funding Case
New Delhi: A Delhi court sent Kashmiri separatist leaders Shabir Shah, Masrat Alam Bhat and Asiya Andrabi to judicial custody till July 12 in connection with a terror funding case.They were presented before Additional Sessions Judge Anil Antil, on expiry of their 10-day NIA custody. NIA requested the court to send them to judicial custody.Citing poor health, Andrabi requested the court to appear before it through video conference for the next hearing. The court asked the defence counsel to approach the concerned court after vacation.IANS
FIR against Srinagar Deputy Mayor, J&K Bank, officials
Jammu and Kashmir Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Saturday registered an FIR against Deputy Mayor Sheikh Imran, officers of J&K Bank and govt officials for misappropriation of subsidy worth crores of rupees to illegally benefit Sheikh's firm, Kehwa group. Sheikh Imran is also the Deputy Mayor of the Srinagar Municipal Corporation. A statement issued by the ACB said: "FIR number 3/2019 under Prevention of Corruption Act has been registered in ACB police station Anantnag against Sheikh Imran, director of M/S Kehwa Square Private Limited, officers of J&K Bank and other government officials for illegal appropriation of subsidy with inflated project cost for establishment of a cold storage at Lassipora, Pulwama."IANS
Ayodhya on high alert after intelligence agencies warn of possible terror attackIndia
Ayodhya: Temple town Ayodhya has been put on high alert after intelligence inputs hinted at a possible terror attack in the holy city. Citing top security officials, IANS reported that terrorists were likely to enter Uttar Pradesh from the northern borders facing Nepal. According to reports, the security agencies searched incoming trains and buses and also combed hotels, lodges and guests houses. Commercial accommodations in the city have been put under scanner in light of the alert. "We are taking security measures because the verdict in the 2005 terror attack in Ayodhya is scheduled to be delivered on June 18," IANS quoted a source as saying.  The latest intelligence inputs come ahead of the visit by Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray who is scheduled to visit the temple town on June 18. Thackeray will be accompanied by 18 Shiv Sena MPs.timesnownews
‘If needed, a law would be brought for Ram temple’: Keshav Maurya in Ayodhya
Lucknow:Deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya on Saturday reiterated that if required, a law will be enacted for construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya. Maurya was in Ayodhya to attend the closing ceremony of the nine-day birthday celebrations of Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, head of the Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas. Speaking on the occasion, Maurya said: “There are two ways to resolve the Ram Mandir issue. One is through court and another is by dialogue between the parties (Hindu and Muslim litigants).”Both the processes were underway at present, he added.HT
CBI, CID tell Bombay High Court there is some commonality between Dabholkar, Pansare killings
CBI and Maharashtra CID told the Bombay High Court on Friday that they have established some commonality between the murders of rationalists Narendra Dabholkar and Govind Pansare.The court was hearing a plea filed by families of Dabholkar and Pansare seeking court supervision of the investigations into their murders. Dabholkar, an anti-superstition activist, was shot dead in Pune on August 20, 2013. scroll
UP: Sans burial ground, Muslims in this 'village of graves’ bury their dead inside homes
Lucknow:Agra's name is synonymous with Taj Mahal, the mausoleum dedicated to eternal love. Ironically, in its backyard, families are forced to bury their dead in their homes due to the lack of a burial ground. In the small village ‘Chhah Pokhar’ in Kirawali tehsil of Achnera block, some 30 km away from proper Agra along Agra-Jaipur Highway, there are close to 50 Muslim families. Whenever anyone dies in a Muslim family in the ‘village of graves', the person is buried in his own house. It is not a tradition but a compulsion, say the villagers.The village has over 50 Muslim families with a population of over 300 but there is no identified permanent place to bury the dead. Majority of these Muslim families are landless and the menfolk work as labourers in the city. Those who have land or farms can afford to bury their dead in the cities.Noor Mohammad, a resident of Chhah Pokhar, lamented: “I have my wife and daughter buried in my house itself."As per local sources, in many houses, the graves are adjacent to the kitchen, or bedrooms. Women are sometimes forced to cook beside a grave.Some graves are located right outside the main entrance of the houses. “The bigger the families, the more the graves in the house,” says Firoz, another villager.Moreover, as the corpses decompose in the graves, the families have to bear the stench as well as the threat of contamination, in addition to the mental trauma and social ostracisation. The residents of adjoining villages (mainly dominated by Nishads) and the Hindu community, avoid visiting the Muslim locality in the village.newindianexpress
National Education Policy: Student Body SIO Demands Extension For Filing Suggestions
New Delhi: Students Islamic Organisation or SIO, a student body, demanded Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) to extend the deadline for filing suggestions towards the recently released draft National Education Policy (NEP). The draft policy is prepared by Dr K Kasturirangan Commission and government invited the public and civil society participants to submit their inputs by July 1. The organisation had also asked the Union Government to translate and release the NEP draft in other non-Hindi state languages as well so as to give the Indian citizens in those states an equal opportunity to take part in the process."Given that the document is almost 500 pages long and the time given to the public to review, prepare and submit their feedback and suggestions is less than a month, it is not right of the Union Government to serve the notice to the public at such short notice," Labeed Shafi, National President, SIO  said. "The importance and implication of NEP 2019 for the nation as a whole is tremendous and it will be creating lasting impact. Hence the government is required to give public appropriate time to peruse and prepare their response," Shafi added.Noting further that NEP 2019 draft has only be released in Hindi and English, Shafi added that given the important of the document, Union Government should translate and release NEP 2019 draft in other non-Hindi state languages as well so as to give the Indian citizens in those states an equal opportunity to take part in the process. SIO will be shortly writing to the MHRD to address these issues, Shafi added.  ndtv
Congress Government Revises Rajasthan Textbooks, Removes Right-Wing Content
Jaipur: Rajasthan board of secondary education (RBSE) textbooks, rewritten under the Vasundhara Raje-led BJP in 2017 to glorify the Narendra Modi government and enforce its Hindutva ideology, have been revised once again under the state’s Congress government.While the new textbooks have not eliminated all mentions of the Modi government, several controversial sections have been dropped or rewritten. These include the parts on demonetisation, Vinayak Savarkar, battle of Haldighati, Article 370, a uniform civil code, the ‘appeasement’ of the minorities, religious conversions and right-wing Hindu nationalist groups.The revised textbooks have removed demonetisation from the chapter on corruption for Class 12 political science students. Earlier, textbook said demonetisation is known as ‘kale dhan ki safai (cleaning black money)’ in the history of economics. It also said that this was a ‘historical decision’ by the Modi government to bring back black money from abroad, fight corruption, stop the financing of terrorist organisations and curb the usage of black money in elections. Savarkar, a RSS ideologue who was given a lot of space in the previous textbooks and called ‘Veer’ or ‘the brave one’, is now referred to by his given name, Vinayak Damodar Savarkar. The new textbook has also omitted an introductory paragraph on Savarkar. Haldighati battle and the pro-Maharana Pratap narrative used by top BJP leaders time and again has been meticulously dealt with in the revised textbooks.While the previous textbooks had stated that Maharana Pratap had an edge in the battle, new textbooks have attempted to strike a balance by not mentioning who had an upper hand and explaining why the battle cannot be called a religious war.The chapter on casteism and communalism in Class 12 political science textbook has undergone major changes. The Hindu Mahasabha, a right-wing Hindu nationalist political organisation, has been added to the list of other political outfits that propagate separation for vested interests. Earlier, only Muslim organisations like Jamaat-e-Islam, MIM and the SIMI were mentioned. thewire


AMU students union remove 'dharna site' board from the campus
A couple of hours after the AMU designated the varsity's duck point as a "dharna site" by putting a board there, members of the Students' union members removed the same on the plea that it was a "symbol of tyranny".The university authorities had designated the dharma site after Allahabad high court restrained protests at the varsity's main gate and within 100 meters of the administrative block and the vice chancellor lodge. The president of students' union uploaded photographs of students removing the board on social media claiming that the symbol of tyranny had been removed from the campus.In his Facebook post, president Salman Imtiaz said that AMU authorities cannot impose a place of protest for the students. He said, "I, as the president of AMUSU and I have already rejected this authoritarianism of the university officials. We have the legitimate right to question the university authorities in a peaceful manner, whenever anti-student policies are framed or corrupt practices are found". He further added that protests in a democratic country are a legitimate right and powers that be cannot act in a tyrannical manner. Talking to TOI, Imtiaz, said that several protests have been held in the campus in a peaceful manner, but the administrative authorities portray the current protest as an "obstruction" in academic and administrative functioning, which is absolutely incorrect. AMUSU's Vice President Hamza Sufyan said, "We are not satisfied with the decision of administrative authorities designating the dharna site in the campus. To protest is our fundamental right and we can do it wherever we want". He added that they will file a review petition in the court and if it is not accepted, they would challenge the HC order in the SC. TOI
AMU  will celebrate International Yoga Day in a big way: Registrar
Aligarh :AMU will celebrate International Yoga Day in a big way on June 21, registrar Abdul Hamid Friday said. Giving details of the event, he said, “AMU has been observing International Yoga Day since 2015, but this year it will be done in a big way. The celebrations will be marked by a series of events beginning June 15…some prominent yoga exponents have been invited to deliver lectures and hold workshops.”“A special feature of this year’s event will be a 4-day-long training programme, especially for girls. It will be organised by Department of Physical Education,”he added.The week-long programme is being organised by the Department of Physical Education of AMU. PTI
Malaysian Muslim NGOs launch '1m signatures' campaign to back Dr M on Zakir Naik
Malaysian Islamic Organisation of Consultative Council (Mapim) and other Muslim NGOs have launched a one million signatures campaign to support Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on the extradition of Zakir Naik. Mapim's president Mohd Azmi Abdul Hamid said the campaign is for Mahathir not to cave in to pressure from certain quarters.“Malaysian government has resisted so far and not bowed to pressure from India and certain quarters in Malaysia...“However, the political climate of late has been worrying.“So we decided to state our stand and support the government, failing which, Islam would continue to be a tool for those deliberately stirring religious hate,” he told a press conference, according to Harian Metro.Therefore, Mohd Azmi urged Muslims in Malaysia to unite in defence of the government's right not to extradite Zakir.He said as a Muslim intellectual acknowledged all over the world, Zakir's lectures do not incite or belittle other religions as alleged by certain quarters.He is also convinced that Zakir would not be accorded a fair trial in India, where he is sought for alleged money laundering.Mohd Azmi said despite the preacher having explained the sources of the funds and financial procedures numerous times, India is still seeking his extradition.“All documents on the flow of funds and payment of taxes have been submitted to the relevant authorities in India. There is also pressure from within Malaysia from certain social activists, media organisations and politicians for the govt to expedite the extradition process.malaysiakini
After protests, Southern Railway withdraws circular asking staff to use only Hindi or English for official communication
Chennai:Following protests by DMK leaders and workers, Southern Railway on Friday withdrew a circular to station staff and train operation controllers instructing them to avoid using regional languages while communicating officially. The circular, issued on Wednesday (June 12), said only English or Hindi should be used to communicate. This was to avoid any miscommunication, it said. “Objective of this exercise to ensure that communication is improved between controllers and head offices,” it said.The circular came a few weeks after the Centre’s three-language policy caused an uproar in Tamil Nadu. On Friday, DMK cadre staged a protest outside Southern Railway's office in Park Town against the circular alleging that it was a move to impose Hindi on the state. Party leaders, led by Dayanidhi Maran MP, met Southern Railway general manager Rahul Jain. After the meeting, Jain said the circular would be withdrawn. TOI
West Bengal:Mamata says government has accepted all demands, urges doctors to rejoin service
As the doctors continued to protest in Kolkata,West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee urged them to resume the work and said that the attack on doctors is unfortunate, in a press conference at Nabanna on Saturday. Banerjee further added that she wanted to meet with the doctors to negotiate the matter but they refused.Urging to the doctors West Bengal chief minister said ESMA won’t be invoked against the agitating doctors.She also assured that government will be taking every necessary steps to prevent any violent incident against the doctors and will ensure security for the doctors. She claimed,the protesters have misbehaved with the government representatives.West Bengal Chief Minister also added, that the police hasn’t arrested a single person.The team of 5 senior doctors are on their way to meet West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee in Nabanna. newsx
Bengaluru's 'Islamic banker' has fled India: Cops
Bengaluru: Around 23,000 complaints had been filed against Md Mansoor Khan, founder-owner of I Monetary Advisory (IMA) and its officials by Thursday evening and estimates of the money swindled in the ponzi scam targeted at Muslim investors, ballooned to over Rs 1,500 crore. IMA proprietor, the prime accused, flew out of the country last Saturday, June 8, a day before the first complaint was filed against him, police sources told TOI . Bengaluru city police have issued a lookout notice for Khan. All complaints so far have been attached to the first complaint made by Khalid Ahmed, Mansoor's close friend and business partner, sources said, who accused Mansoor of cheating him of Rs 4.8 crore. Barely 24 hours after Khalid's complaint, an audio clip, purportedly of Khan claiming he was on the verge of committing suicide , was widely circulated on WhatsApp. The clip blew the lid off the scam and thousands of investors rushed to Commercial Street police to file complaints. By then, Khan was long gone, police said. "Khan was alone when he cleared immigration around 6.40pm. His flight to Dubai took off at 8.45pm," sources in state secretariat said. "His associates recalled how Khan was tense since central agencies were communicating with the state, prodding why no action had been taken against him and his firm. Earlier on Saturday, he himself drove his favourite Jaguar to the Kempegowda Airport." TOI
'Halal' Ponzi scheme Monetary Advisory leaves investors in the lurch
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Iran renews ultimatum over nuclear deal amid tanker tensions
Iran will continue scaling back compliance with its commitments under the nuclear deal unless other signatories show "positive signals", the Iranian president told a meeting of Russian, Chinese and other Asian leaders in Tajikistan.Iran stopped complying in May with some commitments in a 2015 nuclear deal that was agreed with global powers, a year after the United States unilaterally withdrew from the accord and tightened sanctions.Tehran said in May that Iran would start enriching uranium at a higher level unless world powers protected its economy from US sanctions within 60 days. "Obviously, Iran cannot stick to this agreement unilaterally,"President Hassan Rouhani told the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia."It is necessary that all the sides of this agreement contribute to restoring it," he said, adding that Iran needed to see "positive signals" from other signatories to the pact, which include Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany.He did not give details on what actions Iran would take or say what positive signals Tehran wanted to see.France and other European signatories to the deal, which aimed to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions, have said they wanted to save it, but many of their companies have cancelled deals with Tehran under financial pressure from US.Western powers have accused Iran of seeking to develop nuclear weapons, a charge Tehran denies, saying it wants nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.aljazeera
UK: Corbyn says no evidence of Iran role in attacks
The leader of Britain’s opposition has said there is no “credible evidence” that Iran was responsible for attacks on two oil tankers on Friday, urging the government to refrain from escalating tensions in the region, as reported by Anadolu Agency. Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn said late Friday that the government’s response risked increasing the threat of war with Iran following the foreign office’s conclusion that Iran is almost certainly behind the attacks. “Britain should act to ease tensions in Gulf, not fuel a military escalation that began with US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement,” Corbyn said on Twitter, warning that “without credible evidence about the tanker attacks, the government’s rhetoric will only increase the threat of war.”middleeastmonitor
Conservative Muslim leader compares Boris Johnson to Adolf Hitler
Boris Johnson has been compared to Adolf Hitler by the leader of a Conservative Muslim Forum.Mohammed Amin, chairman of the forum, said he would quit the Conservative Party after more than 3 decades as a member if Mr Johnson was chosen as the next Tory leader.His comments come after the former Foreign Secretary became the frontrunner in the Conservative leadership race, winning the backing of 114 MPs.Asked about Mr Johnson’s popularity, Mr Amin told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “There are many horrible people who have been popular. Popularity is not the test. The test is, is this person sufficiently moral to be prime minister, and I believe he fails that test.”He added: “A lot of Germans thought that Hitler was the right man for them.”When it was put to him that such a comparison was shocking, Amin said: “Yes. I am not saying Boris Johnson wants to send people to the gas chamber, clearly he doesn’t. He’s a buffoon.“But he, as far as I’m concerned, has insufficient concern about the nature of truth for me to ever be a member of a party that he leads.” He said: “I am not prepared to be a member of a party that chooses him as its leader. I would resign after 36 years.”Amin went on:“We don’t expect our politicians, our prime ministers, to be saints. But we do require a basic level of morality and integrity.” Yahoo News
'Deep concerns' over UN official's trip to China's Xinjiang
United States and other western countries have objected to a visit by the United Nations counterterrorism chief to China's remote Xinjiang region, where UN experts say about one million ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims are held in detention centres.Vladimir Voronkov, a veteran Russian diplomat who heads the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT), is in China at the invitation of Beijing and is due to visit Xinjiang's capital Urumqi, according to an email sent by his office to countries that raised concerns.Diplomats said that along with the US several other countries, including Britain, have also complained.US Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan spoke with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday "to convey deep concerns" about Voronkov's trip because "Beijing continues to paint its repressive campaign against Uighurs and other Muslims as legitimate counterterrorism efforts when it is not".aljazeera
Sudan's ex-President Omar al-Bashir 'to appear in court soon'
Sudan's toppled President Omar al-Bashir will appear in court next week to face charges of corruption, the country's acting prosecutor general has said, while announcing the opening of criminal cases against dozens of former officials accused of graft. Al Waleed Sayed Ahmed made the announcement on Saturday, two months after the military overthrew and arrested al-Bashir following mass protests against his 30-year rule. The former president "will appear in court next week following charges of corruption and possessing foreign currency," Ahmed said, without specifying a date. The trial referral would be made after a one-week period for objections expires, Ahmed said. He added that 41 other former officials were under investigation for corruption. He did not name the others accused but said most of the charges were related to "possession of land".Ahmed's announcement came days after the official SUNA news agency said al-Bashir faced several charges, including "possessing foreign funds, acquiring suspected and illegal wealth" as well as ordering a state of emergency in response to protests in Feb. Al-Bashir, who has not been seen in public since his arrest, had already been charged in May with incitement and involvement in the killing of protesters. Prosecutors had also ordered his interrogation on suspicion of money laundering and financing "terrorism". Shams, a Sudanese protester, told Al Jazeera the move against al-Bashir was aimed at "distracting" from the generals' recent bloody crackdown on a protest camp outside the military headquarters in the country's capital, Khartoum. aljazeera
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