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2 June ND: Centre to Help Assam Govt Set up 1,000 Foreigners Tribunals for Locals Left Out in Final NRC List/Nitish inducts 8 JD-U members in Cabinet, leaves out BJP/Maharashtra: NCP rules out merger with Congress, firm on alliance


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02 June 2019: 27 Ramazan 1440:Vol: 11, No:216
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Centre to Help Assam Govt Set up 1,000 Foreigners Tribunals for Locals Left Out in Final NRC List
New Delhi:Centre will help the Assam government in setting up 1,000 foreigners tribunals by July 31 when the final list of National Register of Citizens (NRC) will be published, officials said Sunday.Those left out in the final NRC can challenge their exclusion in these tribunals to be set up across Assam. Secretary(Border Management) in Home Ministry BR Sharma recently held a meeting to discuss proposal of the govt of Assam for creation of e-Foreigners Tribunals and creation of 1,000 additional Foreigners Tribunals, a home ministry official. The central govt is also in the process of giving its approval to the state govt's proposal to set up e-Foreigners Tribunals for those who were declared illegal immigrants. The tribunals will be required after the publication of final NRC, a list of Assam's residents, on July 31.When the draft NRC was published on July 30, 2018, there was a huge controversy over the exclusion of 40.7 lakh people from it. The home ministry will help the Assam govt in setting up 1,000 foreigners tribunals, the official said.The move came after the Supreme Court recently questioned the state govt's plan to set up 1,000 foreigners' tribunals, pointing out it would be difficult to find 1,000 legal officers to preside over them. The state govt, along with home ministry and other agencies,have been tasked to identify retired judicial officers for the purpose. New tribunals would ease burden of 100 existing tribunals as cases of those languishing in detention centre will be disposed of faster.PTI
Nitish inducts 8 JD-U members in Cabinet, leaves out BJP
Patna :Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday inducted eight JD-U MLAs as Cabinet Ministers, leaving out his ally BJP and fuelling speculation of a rift between the two parties. The Cabinet expansion came two days after JD-U chief decided that his party won't join PM Narendra Modi's new govt because it was offered just one seat -- a "symbolic" representation. There are now 33 Ministers in the Nitish Kumar Cabinet, up from 25. The newly appointed Ministers are Ashok Coudhary, Shyam Rajak, Narendra Narayan Yadav, Sanjay Jha, Ramsewak Singh, Lakshmeshwar Rai, Neeraj Kumar and Bima Bharti. Bharti is the only woman. Governor Lalji Tandon administered the oath of office and secrecy to the Ministers at a simple ceremony held at the Raj Bhavan. 5 of the 8 are first-time Ministers. Nitish clarified that there was no split in NDA. "BJP has decided that induction of their quota in the Cabinet would be done later," he said.But some JD-U leaders, who did not want to be named, said the Chief Minister was upset by the way BJP had offered "symbolic representation" in the Modi govt though JD-U won 16 of 17 Lok Sabha seats it contested."The timing of the Cabinet expansion and induction of only JD-U MLAs are clear signs that Nitish Kumar is unhappy with BJP leadership," a senior JD-U leader said.Nitish, his supporters believe, has sent a message to the BJP that the JD-U is the "big brother" in Bihar and his face would be the face of NDA in the next Assembly polls. BJP leaders have tried to downplay the development. Senior BJP leader and Deputy CM Sushil Modi said that there was no dispute over the Cabinet expansion.BJP gave only one ministerial berth to each of its allies in the new Modi government.IANS
'Will never be a part of NDA-led Union Cabinet', says JD(U)’s K C Tyagi
Patna: Calling it a "final decision", Janata Dal (United), a crucial ally of BJP in Bihar, on Sunday decided that the party will never be a part of NDA-led Union Cabinet. JD(U) secretary general and chief spokesperson K C Tyagi told ANI that the proposal of one Cabinet berth given by the NDA was unacceptable by the party, hence, they took this decision.ANI
Maharashtra: NCP rules out merger with Congress, firm on alliance
Mumbai :Dismissing speculations of a merger with the Congress,NCP has indicated that it will push for an equal share of seats from the Congress during negotiations for Maharashtra Assembly polls, scheduled held later this year.On Saturday, NCP president Sharad Pawar held discussions on the party’s Lok Sabha defeat and the plan for the state polls with party’s office-bearers in Mumbai.The review meeting comes two days after Pawar’s discussion with Congress president Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi. Speculations of a possible merger of NCP with the Congress have been doing the rounds since that meeting, even as Pawar had himself clarified that they had discussed only the state polls and drought conditions.Addressing NCP workers, Ajit Pawar, the party chief’s nephew and NCP’s state legislative party leader, said: “There is no question of a merger. The NCP will retain its independent identity… The Opposition is trying to spread a canard. Therefore, everyone (in the party) should say that there is no truth in it.”State NCP president Jayant Patil later told the media, “The question of a merger does not arise. There is no such discussion. Who is spreading false news?”indianexpress
Congress faces situation similar to British Raj:Rahul
NEW DELHI:Congress President Rahul Gandhi has told party MPs that the situation faced by the party workers was similar to that in the British period when it had no institutional support but it fought and won and is going to do so again.Addressing the first Congress Parliamentary Party meeting here after Lok Sabha polls, Gandhi said the verdict was an opportunity to introspect, look inwards, try and see as to what went wrong and rejuvenate the party.“I have no doubt that the Congress Party is going to rejuvenate,” he said.Congress chief said that 52 Congress MPs, who won the Lok Sabha elections, had done so facing all adversities as all the institutions were against them.Targeting BJP without naming, Gandhi said people opposing the party in Parliament use hatred and anger in their fight and these tendencies can be fought by the Congress.“There is not one institution in this country that is going to support you. It is like during the British period, when not a single institution supported the Congress party, yet we fought and won and we are going to do it again,” he said.  “The people who won the Lok Sabha this time need to understand exactly what they fought. You are probably the first people in this country’s independent history, who have fought an election not against a political party but against every single institution in this country,” Gandhi said. IANS
Draft education policy: ‘Hindi not in the blood of people of Tamil Nadu,’ DMK’s Stalin tells Centre
DMK chief MK Stalin has attacked the Centre over the emphasis on Hindi in the draft New Education Policy, and said such a “greedy and wrong thing” will cause a disaster, ANI reported.A panel of experts led by ex ISRO chief Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan has recommended that students in non-Hindi speaking states learn a regional language, Hindi and English, while students in Hindi-speaking states learn Hindi, English and a modern Indian language from other parts of the country.“BJP government should not even think about the three-language policy in Tamil Nadu,” Stalin said, according to ANI. “BJP is trying to throw a stone at it [the two-language policy] by inflicting a three-language policy again. BJP should not even think about it in their dreams.”“Imposing Hindi on Tamil Nadu would be similar to throwing stones at a beehive,” the DMK president said, according to India Today. He claimed that “Hindi is not in the blood of the people of Tamil Nadu”. Stalin added that the DMK will “wage a war” against BJP-led government at the Centre if any attempt was made to impose Hindi on Tamil Nadu.scroll.in
‘Hindi will not be imposed,’ says Centre after draft education policy faces criticism in Tamil Nadu
Muslim Trinamool MLA’s Inclusion Sparks Discontent in Bengal BJP
There is rising discontent in West Bengal BJP against the induction of Trinamool Congress’ Labhpur legislator Monirul Islam, with a key district level functionary even threatening to quit with his supporters if the leadership did not show the door to MLA.Islam, said to be a prominent Muslim face of Trinamool, had crossed over to BJP in Delhi on Wednesday.But his inclusion sparked off protests in the BJP, with a large section of workers and supporters taking to micrblogging site Twitter to express their dismay at Islam’s inclusion. They recalled Islam in 2015 publicly threatened to behead a Congress functionary from Birbhum and went on to claim how he had “squashed” 3 people under his feet for committing atrocities against women. “Ashamed”, “bad decision” were some of the comments posted by Twitterati.“Do you know he is a triple murder accused? All garbages are joining BJP. Bengal BJP will die on this own very soon,”said a dismayed supporter.IANS
Nadda, Bhupendra, Mathur among contenders for BJP chief's post as Amit Shah takes charge of home ministry in NDA-II
Amid congratulations for the Cabinet Ministers of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's second term, speculations are rife about who will take charge of the BJP as president after Amit Shah. Shah was named the home minister in the NDA-II Cabinet, and is likely to resign from the post soon in keeping with the 'one-person-one-post' principle of the ruling party.BJP leader JP Nadda emerged as the front-runner for the post of BJP president after he was left out of the Union Council of Ministers. Nadda, a leader from Himachal Pradesh, is reportedly trusted by the party's top brass and RSS — the party's ideological parent — and is known for a 'clean' reputation. He was the health minister in Modi's first tenure.firstpost
OIC backs legitimate rights of people of J&K
Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has reiterated the grouping's support for the legitimate rights of the people of Jammu and Kashmir in accordance with the UN resolutions, the Pakistan Foreign Office said here Saturday.OIC is an international organisation consisting of 57 member states, with 53 countries being Muslim-majority nations. 14th OIC summit was held in the holy city of Makkah on Friday and several leaders of Muslim countries attended.PM Imran Khan represented Pakistan at the Summit.Foreign Office said in a statement that the Summit in Makkah reiterated the Conference's principled support for the legitimate right to self-determination of the people of Jammu and Kashmir in accordance with UN resolutions.India has made it clear that there is no scope for any third party role or mediation in Kashmir. The Conference approved Yousef Aldobeay of Saudi Arabia as OIC's special envoy for Jammu and Kashmir. The Conference called for adoption of a comprehensive strategy to combat Islamophobia, building on proposals made by Pakistan in OIC Ministerial Executive Committee meeting in March 2019.Prime Minister Imran Khan in his address articulated Pakistan's views on the situation in Kashmir, Palestine, Islamophobia and the need for science, technology and innovation for Muslim countries, the statement said.Prime Minister Khan held meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and other leaders on the sidelines of the summit, according to the statement.PTI
Geelani expresses concern over plight of Muslims in China
Srinagar: Expressing serious concern over the plight of Muslim in Uighur China, chairman of hardline Hurriyat Conference said the media reports are not only disturbing but alarming also as thousands of Muslim have been imprisoned and made captive for years together in large camps and godowns.He said Muslims, who should have been united and acted as one, is fragmented in the name of sects, sub sects and geographical boundaries, making themselves an easy prey and a testing species for the deadly weaponry and artilleries of the anti-Muslim forces.He said, although international media is almost silent about what is happening in Uighur community of China, but whatever little information, trickles down through social media and a few media houses, is not only disturbing but alarming as well. Thousands of Muslim have been imprisoned and made captive for years together in large camps and godowns and are deprived of any humanely treatment, Geelani alleged.UNI
Gujarat: To stop animal slaughter during Bakrid, Vadodara group buys goats and sheep
Vadodara:A group of “animal rights activists” in Gujarat’s Vadodara has decided to purchase all goats and sheep from animal markets in the state in order to “rescue them from being slaughtered during Bakrid”. The group, which calls itself “Sarvadharm Jeevdaya Samiti”, had earlier launched a campaign to ban export of goats and sheep to the Middle East.“We are not against any religion nor is this campaign against any religion. We strive to increase awareness about animal rights and want to get more people voluntarily join our cause. We are animal lovers who are appalled by the inhuman treatment meted out to these silent creatures,” said Rajeev Shah, secretary of Shri Vadodara Panjrapole, which manages two animal shelters in the city. According to Shah, who is also an honorary member of All India Animal Welfare Board, the group has purchased close to 100 sheep and goats from an animal mandi in Surat as of now, and plans to buy livestock from other places, too.“Since Bakrid is still away, we were able to purchase goats at a very low cost. We got 94 goats for about Rs 1.5 lakh. As Bakrid will draw closer, one goat will cost about Rs 15,000-20,000. At the moment, the traders are willing to sell at a lower cost.”The group’s next halt will be the weekly animal market at Goghamba in Panchmahal district.The group, which had launched a signature campaign in the city earlier this month to urge the BJP government in the state to ban export of goats to the Middle East, said, “We have received support from our patrons to the extent that one of them issued a cheque of Rs 15 lakh to us and said we must use the money to buy as many goats as we can to stop the mindless slaughter during Bakrid.”“We are a group mostly comprising of Jain trusts. There are others also.There is a principle in Jainism that if you kill one living being, it is like killing many. And the corollary — if we save even one, we earn blessings. We are going by this principle,” said Rajendra Shah, Director, Animal Welfare Board, Govt of Gujarat.Muslim community leaders said that while animal activists have always been vocal about their opposition to Bakri Eid, the move to purchase goats and sheeps from the markets will only hamper their availability in some parts of the state.“Following some incidents in the past and also a consistent opposition from animal rights groups across the world against the practice of sacrifice on Bakri Eid, community leaders and even Darool Uloom issued circulars last year advising members of the community to refrain from sharing videos of the sacrifice on social media or making a show of it. The ritual of sacrifice is meant to be an inherent, but an extremely private practice, and the restrain is necessary to make sure that the sentiment of other communities are not hurt in the process,” said Zuber Goplani, social activist. Meanwhile, local animal breeders said that Muslims prefer to purchase goats for sacrifice from breeding farms instead of mandis.indianexpress
SIT identifies Kalburgi killers; links to Lankesh, Padmaavat attacks
Bengaluru:A 27-year-old youth arrested earlier this year for an attack on a theatre screening the film Padmaavat in Belagavi in Jan.2018, and a 27-year-old from Hubli accused in 2017 murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh, have been identified as the two men who killed Kannada scholar M M Kalburgi in August 2015.Praveen Prakash Chatur alias Masalawala, 27, had been arrested in April by the Belagavi police for the attack on Prakash Theatre, allegedly by a right-wing extremist group linked to the Sanatan Sanstha. He was taken into custody on Friday by an SIT probing Kalburgi case. SIT identified second man involved in the killing of Kalburgi, who was shot on the doorstep of his Dharwad home, as Ganesh Miskin. Earlier, in its Nov.2018 chargesheet in the Lankesh case, Karnataka SIT had identified Miskin as the one who drove the motorcycle carrying shooter Parashuram Waghmore to Lankesh’s residence. Miskin’s links with the Kalburgi case had emerged last year, after which the Karnataka CID had arrested him. Indianexpress
People like Owaisi responsible for terrorism, bringing bad name to Islam: Temple priest
"Disgraced" people like Asaduddin Owaisi are responsible for terrorism, raising of anti-India slogans and bringing a bad name to Islam, Chhawani Temple priest Pramhans Das on Saturday said."There are some disgraced people like Owaisi in the society who help extremism to grow. Aatankwadiyon ka agar kahin network milta hai to usme kahi na kahi usme Owaisi ka hath hai (Owaisi is, somehow, responsible for the terrorism.) People like Owaisi are behind the raising of anti-India slogans. People like him bring a bad name to Islam," Das said.He slammed Owaisi for his statement that Muslims need not fear by Modi returning to power and said that every citizen is respected in the country. "There was never. It seems Owaisi wants to say that Muslims lived in fear ever since," the priest said.ANI
Shopian Rape-Murder: 10 Years on, Family Still Awaits Justice:Caravan Daily
Shopian (J&K)Shakeel hasn’t given up, nor have the people here, the tragedy of Shopian rape and murder is still etched in the collective memory of the people.  On May 30 every year, the district shuts down in civil protest in their memory.Unlike, the “Wall of Memory”– a hoarding with the names of all the victims of rape and murder in the Kashmir Valley, installed after the incident, reduced to an iron frame on the periphery of their graveyard, the memories are still etched in the collective memory of the people of Shopian and Kashmir.On May 30 in 2009, in the gentle sunshine of the morning, people filled the streets to protest, what they called the “rape and murder” of the two women, their dead bodies were carried in blankets. What happened to them?The answers elude even after ten years and so is the justice for the family, who moved from pillar to post for justice. The travails not standing, the family hasn’t given up, even in the face of “state institutions going against them”. Previous afternoon, around 4 to 5 pm, Asiya Jan, 17, along with her sister-in-law, Neelofer Jan, had gone to their recently purchased orchard for work. Nearly 2.5 kilometer from their home in Bongam area of the district. They didn’t return, forcing the family members to search for them.“After offering Friday prayers, I had lunch at home and returned to my shop. Around 4-5 PM, they went to work, after Asiya returned from the school,” remembers Shakeel, Asiya’s brother.caravandaily
Army Offers Legal Help to Retired Subedar Declared a Foreigner
New Delhi: Indian Army’s Directorate of Sainik Welfare has offered to provide legal assistance to its retired subedar Mohammad Sanaullah, who was declared a foreigner by a special tribunal in Assam on May 23. Sanaullah, 52, has been lodged in the detention centre set within the Goalpara district jail since May 29, after he was taken into custody by the North Kamrup Police. The news has caused a flutter across the state and elsewhere, leading the Assam unit of the directorate to contact Sanaullah’s family. According to local news reports, the directorate has approached the state police to meet Sanaullah at the detention centre, besides contacting two Gauhati high court lawyers to defend him in an appeal.In a statement issued to the press, the head of the directorate said:"It appears that there is confusion on his identity and also the record held with the NRC. Therefore, the individual was guided by DSW, Assam, to approach the Honourable Gauhati High Court against the Tribunal order. In this connection, the undersigned (director, DSW) immediately contacted 2 good advocates and their help/assistance is being taken."It added, “This office is in continuous touch with his family members for any assistance and legal support.”thewire
Nowhera Shaik: Police to Attach her Properties Worth More than Rs 400 Crore
Hyderabad:City Police, after getting permission from the State government, is going to attach 30 properties of Nowhera Shaik, Founder of Heera Group in different cities of India including one 5-star hotel in Kochi.These properties, worth more than Rs 400 crore, are in Kerala, New Delhi, and Maharashtra. These include a five-star hotel in Kochi, a house in New Delhi, 20 flats in Pune and commercial complexes in Thane, Bandar, Kurla, and Mumbai.With the consent of the court, properties would be sold and the revenue generated from the sale of properties would be disbursed among depositors, an official said.In all, the Detective Department (DD), which is investigating the case, has identified 80 properties owned by Shaik. The total worth of these properties would be around Rs 1,500 crore. In the first phase, the police got permission to attach 30 properties in Kerala, New Delhi, and Maharashtra.Concerned sub-registrar in Kochi, New Delhi, Mumbai, and Pune will be asked to stop any transaction related to the properties.caravandaily
Tension in Karimnagar after youngster beaten up by mob
Karimnagar: Tension prevailed at the Karimnagar rural police station around midnight on Friday, when a group of people gathered, alleging a Muslim youth was beaten by a mob and forced to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’. However, the youngster later confessed that it was not a communal incident, but he was thrashed over an affair he had with a girl, the police said.On Saturday, a Twitter account under the name of former corporator of GHMC Amjed Ullah Khan, of the MBT, shared a video of people at a police station, alleging BJP/RSS workers were behind the attack on the youngster.Commissioner of Police VB Kamalasan Reddy responded by tweeting a video in which the attacked youngster was seen saying he was beaten up over personal issues and it was not a communal incident.Youth had allegedly been harassing a teenage girl over the last few days.Police registered a case against 5 persons who beat him up.newindianexpress
Militancy in Kashmir: Over 100 militants killed, 50 new recruits in 2019
Srinagar:Over 100 militants, including 23 foreigners, have been killed in Kashmir in the first 5 months of 2019, but what is keeping the security establishment worried is the large number of new recruits, officials said on Sunday.According to them, 50 youngsters have joined various terror outfits since March and the security establishment needs to find a better way to cut off the supply chain and can consider educating families on radicalisation of the youth.The officials said 101 militants -- 23 foreigners and 78 local militants -- were killed in 2019 till May 31. They include top commanders such as Zakir Musa, the chief of so-called Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind, a group affiliated with Al-Qaeda. However, there is a sudden surge of militants from Hizbul Mujahideen joining Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind, especially after the elimination of Musa on May 23, they said.The officials, many of whom are engaged in either fighting militancy on the ground or formulating strategy, believe there is a need for having a relook at the policy.thehindu
In Kashmir, hundreds of pellet gun victims face a hazy future
Srinagar:Memories haunt Zuhaib Maqbool,32, a photojournalist, even two years and eight months after the incident. He sleeps next to his father and gets up in the middle of the night to escape the recurrence of traumatic memories, like hundreds of other restless pellet victims who live in all major towns and villages in Kashmir.They find it hard to cope with the trauma of being hit by pellet shotguns.It was on Sept.4, 2016, when Zuhaib, like hundreds of others, was hit by a volley of pellets in his left eye. In his case, he was covering a protest in Srinagar’s Rainawari area, when hot metal balls pierced his left eye and the upper body. It was dark for 15 seconds, and thereafter, his life stands changed from being a storyteller to becoming a sad story himself. “I have a handicap to nurse all my life now. The world has grown hazy for me. I have to live behind shades. Every time I am alone in the bathroom or bedroom, I cry. It’s hard to be alone now,” Maqbool said.thehindu
Hundreds of Fasting Muslims Brave Hot Sun in Delhi, Protest in Solidarity with Palestinians
New Delhi:After the Friday prayers, in the hot waves, hundreds of fasting Muslims gathered at Jantar Mantar near the Indian Parliament in New Delhi to show their solidarity with the Palestinians, to condemn the ‘Deal of Century’ proposed by the United States and to raise the demand of freedom of ‘Baitul Muqaddas’. It was the International Quds Day celebrated across the globe annually on the Jumatul wida - the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan.Besides men, women and children also took part in this annual gathering. The governments of Israel and America were condemned for the conditions of the Palestinians. An effigy of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was also burnt amidst slogans like “Ek Se Badh Kar Ek Zaleel, America-Israel” and “Israel Murdabad”. Addressing the gathering, Intezar Naeem, Assistant Secretary, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind said “We should try to feel the pain of Palestinians who are in the trouble for the last 70 years. Their children, youth, women are facing atrocities.” President of Muslim Political Council of India Dr. Tasleem Rahmani said “justice loving people of the world should ask as to what is the wrongdoing of the Palestinian people and if there is punishment without crime then definitely it is injustice."Prominent Shia Muslim cleric and Imam of Kashmiri Gate mosque Syed Mohsin Ali Taqvi said, “If you put the history of Israel in consideration and try to understand how this country has reached this position, you will see that whenever Israel takes steps of expansion, then the Western countries condemn it. But this condemnation remains just to show the international community and on the other hand Israel never takes its step back and continues its actions of expansion. In between there have been some peace conferences organized, some treaties have been done and they try to show the world this issue is going to be resolved."At the end of the event, Joint Secretary of Majlis Ulama-e-Hind Maulana Jalal Haider read the demands that included freedom of Baitul Muqaddas, rejection of ‘Deal of Century’ treaty.india tomorrow
Mumbai IAS Officer's Anti-Gandhi Tweet Sparks Row, NCP Calls for Suspension
Mumbai: A Mumbai woman IAS officer's tweet virtually making a call to erase Mahatma Gandhi from everywhere in the world, including Indian currency notes, sparked a controversy on Saturday, forcing her to backtrack on the earlier comments. Nidhi Choudhari, currently Deputy Municipal Commissioner in Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), wrote the tweets on May 17. They have since been deleted. "What an exceptional celebration of 150th birth anniversary year is going on... High time, we removed his face from our currency, his statues from across the world, rename institutions/roads named after him! That would be a real tribute to all of us! ThankU #Godse for 30.01.1948." Terming IAS officer's tweets as "derogatory to Mahatma Gandhi", NCP MLA Jitendra Awhad demanded that she should be immediately suspended for glorifying Godse. "We seek immediate suspension of IAS officer for her derogatory tweets against Mahatma Gandhi. She has also glorified Godse. This is shocking and such things should not be tolerated," Awhad told mediapersons today.Under fire from various quarters, Choudhari said on Friday she had deleted her controversial tweet.IANS
Guests at Indian envoy’s Iftar event complain of harassment by Pakistan security agencies
A controversy broke out between India and Pakistan after guests at an Iftar event organised by the Indian High Commission in Islamabad on June 1 complained of harassment by Pakistani security agencies. On June 2, a relative of Indian envoy confirmed the incident on social media.“All those guests last evening fasting and expecting to break their roza with Indian High Commission; many stood for almost an hour on the road in the searing heat, famished. So unfortunate. Somehow at home we never let a guest go hungry,” said Bharati Chaturvedi, spouse of Indian envoy Ajay Bisaria on her Twitter. Similar comments were put out by noted Pakistanis who were among the invitees. Politician and activist Farhatullah Babar and journalist Mehreen Zahra-Malik, among others, called out security forces of Pak for “unprecedented level of harassment” at Iftar and dinner organised by Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad. Zahra-Malik pointed out that apart from police,Pakistan’s anti-terrorism teams were also stationed at the gates of the hotel.Babar said that the Indian envoy conducted himself “with great grace”.thehindu
Mumbai mosques to serve as community's nerve centre: timesofindia
In the last 2 weeks or so several mosques in the city have witnessed a different kind of activity post-tarawih, the nightly special prayer in the holy month of Ramzan. After the tarawih namaz, activist and Association of Muslim Professionals (AMP) president Aamir Idrisi rises to speak. Idrisi discusses many crises afflicting the community-illiteracy, dropout, unemployment, drug menace, disunity. And before the community finds cures to the multiple malaises, Idrisi says, it must come under a recently umbrella body called Pasban e Millat. Mosques seldom see speakers discuss anything except religion and the rituals prescribed to fulfil religious duties. These Islamic places of worship have traditionally been used to offer namaz five times a day, deliver Friday sermons or occasional discourses by local or visiting clerics and preachers. Now role of the mosques in the community's life is set to enhance. "Almost every Muslim Mohalla has a mosque. We will soon have a unit of the Pasban in each Mohalla and the imam or another person attached to that Mohalla's mosque will be the in-charge of the Pasban unit," says Idrisi. Some mosques in the country have lately opened their doors for groups of non-Muslims under the "visit our mosque" initiative. MA Khalid, trustee of a mosque in Dongri, wants to popularise this initiate. "It helps change perceptions when non-Muslims visit our mosques. They know what is inside and what happens there. It helps remove many misunderstandings," says Khalid who wants to launch this campaign more vigorously after Eid.
India heatwave: Mercury hits 50.6°C in Rajasthan; IMD warns of severe heat over week, issues red alert in Delhi
New Delhi: Temperatures passed 50°C in northern India as an unrelenting heatwave triggered warnings of water shortages and heatstroke.The thermometer hit 50.6°C in the Rajasthan desert city of Churu on Saturday, the weather department said.All of Rajasthan suffered in severe heat with several cities hitting maximum temperatures above 47°C.IMD said severe heat could stay for up to a week across Rajasthan, Maharashtra, MP, Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh states.Several deaths from heatstroke have already been recorded.A red alert severe heat warning has been issued in New Delhi as temperatures passed 46°C, and residents were advised not to go out during the hottest hours of the day. Even in the hill state of Himachal Pradesh, temperatures reached 44.9°C in Una. Several major cities, led by Chennai, have reported fears of water shortages as lakes and rivers start to dry up.AFP
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Hundreds of Israeli forces and settlers enter Al-Aqsa Mosque compound
Israeli forces have entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound along with hundreds of Jews whom they allowed to access the compound on Jerusalem Day - when Israelis celebrate the anniversary of their occupation of East Jerusalem at the end of the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.Israeli forces fired tear gas and detained a number of Palestinians on Sunday who were attending prayers after protests erupted in the mosque compound following an announcement that Jews would enter the holy site.It was the first time in about 30 years that Jews were allowed into the site during the final days of the fasting month of Ramadan, which coincided this year with the Israeli national holiday commemorating control over the city.Earlier in the morning, Israeli police had deployed hundreds of their forces around the mosque compound and across the city as hundreds of Jews waited at the compound gates to enter.Reporting from West Jerusalem, Al Jazeera's Harry Fawcett said: "What had been announced was that Jews would not be allowed into the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound because of the sensitivity coming up to the end of Ramadan.""But what actually took place was that hundreds of what we would expect to be right-wing settler and religious nationalists assembled at the gate demanding entrance. Thousands of Jews have also flocked to the nearby Western Wall to mark the occasion ahead of celebrations and marches that will be held around the city in the afternoon and in the evening.The annual march through the city, including the Muslim quarter of the Old City forcing Palestinians to shutter their businesses, often sparks clashes.In a separate incident on Friday, a Palestinian man was shot dead by Israeli police after an alleged stabbing attack on two Israelis in the Old City of East Jerusalem.Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, referred to as the Temple Mount by Jews, is the third-holiest site for Muslims.aljazeera
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Israel launches attacks in Syria; 3 killed
Israeli warplanes struck Syrian military targets after rocket fire from Syria, according to the military early Sunday.In a statement, the army attacked Syrian artillery and aerial defense batteries after two rockets were fired from Syria at Israel-occupied Golan Heights. “We hold the Syrian regime accountable and will firmly operate against any attempt to harm Israeli civilians,” the army said. Syria’s official SANA said 3 soldiers had been killed and seven others injured in the Israeli attacks, which targeted some sites in southwestern Damascus and Quneitra. SANA, citing a military source, said Syrian air defenses intercepted several missiles fired by Israel from Golan Heights. Anadolu Agency
Airstrikes kill 4 in Syria’s de-escalation zones
IDLIB: 4 civilians were killed in airstrikes by Bashar al-Assad regime forces and Russia on de-escalation zones in northern Syria on Sunday, according to the White Helmets civil defense agency. An airstrike targeted the town of Khan Shaykhun in the Idlib province, leaving two civilians dead, the White Helmets said. One civilian was also killed in another airstrike in the village of Fleife, and another in the village of Sheikh Dames, it said. According to the Syrian opposition, the attack on Khan Shaykhun was carried out by a Russian warplane that took off from the Khmeimim airbase in Latakia. Turkey and Russia agreed last September to turn Idlib into a de-escalation zone in which acts of aggression would be expressly prohibited. Anadolu Agency
US would talk with Iran 'with no preconditions': Pompeo
Washington is willing to speak with Iran "with no preconditions", US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday, but stressed his country would continue working to rein in what he called Iran's "malign activity"."We are prepared to engage in a conversation with no preconditions. We are ready to sit down with them," Pompeo told a joint news conference in Switzerland with Swiss Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis."The American effort to fundamentally reverse the malign activity of this Islamic Republic, this revolutionary force, is going to continue," Pompeo added.aljazeera
UN bodies sign MoU with Myanmar for Rohingya return
Dhaka:2 UN bodies have given Myanmar government one more year, to establish a framework for the voluntary return of ethnic Rohingya Muslims to their homes.UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) on Tuesday signed extension of a MoU with Myanmar for one year.But, the rights groups are up against the MoU, calling it "unacceptable."Interestingly, the full text of the MoU was not made public. It has not even been shared with Bangladesh, which is housing over one million Rohingya refugees in the Cox’s Bazar region, since August 2017.The MoU is aimed at to create conducive condition for voluntary and sustainable repatriation of Rohingya from neighboring Bangladesh, according to the UNDP release.MoU was first signed in Naypyidaw on June 6 last year, which has now been extended for one more year.Anadolu Agency
Tunisian premier elected leader of new party
Tunis:A newly-founded Tunisian party has elected Prime Minister Youssef Chahed as its leader, months before the parliamentary and presidential election. Chahed was elected president of the Tahya Tounes Party, the party confirmed in a statement on Sunday. The secular party was founded in January after months of wrangling within the ruling Nidaa Tounes Party, resulting in the resignation of dozens of leaders. Chahed was appointed as prime minister in 2016. His government has been struggling to pass economic reforms amid worsening economic conditions in the North Africa country. Anadolu
West causes Muslim world pain when they ridicule Prophet, link ‘terrorism’ with Islam: Pak PM Imran
Makkah: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday said that the western world must respect the sentiments of Muslim nations and that West has brought “tremendous pain by ridiculing the Prophet”.Speaking at the Organization of Islamic Cooperation forum, Khan said, “OIC, we, have a responsibity to the Muslim world. When anyone in the western world blasphemes our Prophet, it is a failure of the OIC that we have not been able to explain to West that the love and affection that we feel for our holy Prophet, how he lives in our hearts... It was up to us to explain it to the western countries the pain when they ridicule our Prophet.”Pakistan PM also hurt Indian sentiments by saying that the people of Kashmir have been “carrying our their political struggle for freedom but post 9/11, that was also dubbed as Islamic radical terrorism”, He said.He implored the OIC to take it upon itself to tell the western world “what it means to us and how we love and respect our Holy Prophet”.“We live our religion. The western world has completely different attitude towards religions. In forums like the UN and European Union, we must explain to them that they cannot hurt the sentiments of 1.3 billion people under the garb of freedom of expression. The Jews have very succesfully explained to the world that any misinterpretation of the Holocaust gives them pain...This forum must take it upon itself to tell the western world what it means to us and how we love and respect our Holy Prophet,” Khan said.Times Now
Hinduism not blamed for LTTE bombings, then why link Islam to terrorism: Imran Khan
US now seeking social media details from all visa applicants
US State Department is now requiring nearly all applicants for visas to submit their social media usernames, previous email addresses and phone numbers.In a move that has just taken effect after approval of the revised application forms, the department says it has updated its immigrant and non-immigrant visa forms to request the additional information, including “social media identifiers,” from almost all US applicants.The change, which was proposed in March 2018, is expected to affect about 15 million foreigners who apply for visas to enter the US each year.“National security is our top priority when adjudicating visa applications, and every prospective traveller and immigrant to the United States undergoes extensive security screening,” the department said. “We are constantly working to find mechanisms to improve our screening processes to protect US citizens, while supporting legitimate travel to the US.”AP
Beijing Says War with US Would be a Disaster Amid Rising Tensions Over Taiwan, South China Sea
Singapore: China's Defence Minister Wei Fenghe said on Sunday that a war with the United States would be a disaster for the world while issuing a warning to Washington not to meddle in security disputes over Taiwan and the South China Sea.China has been incensed by recent moves by US President Donald Trump's administration to increase support for self-ruled and democratic Taiwan, including US Navy sailings through the Taiwan Strait that separates the island from mainland China.Speaking at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, Asia's premier defence summit, Wei said China would "fight to the end" if anyone tried to interfere in its relationship with Taiwan, which Beijing considers a sacred territory to be taken by force if necessary.Reuters
Women across world wear hijab to fight Islamophobia
Thousands of women are wearing a hijab during the Muslim’s holy month of Ramadan to raise awareness about the head covering and educate people on fighting Islamophobia, according to the founder of the World Hijab Day Organization.From Belarus, Brazil, Canada, Germany Malaysia, New Zealand, UK the US and all over the world, women are participating in the group’s Ramadan Challenge for the second straight year, Nazma Khan told Anadolu Agency.“By inviting women of different faiths and backgrounds to wear the hijab, it normalizes the hijab,” she said. “Thus, it no longer stays something ‘unknown’ which some might ignorantly fear or see it as a threat.”But some women have been so inspired they have taken it upon themselves to take the challenge a step further and decided to fast for 29 or 30 days as required by the Islamic faith.“For me, participating in 30-day hijab challenge and fasting is taking a walk in someone else shoes,” World Hijab Day Ambassador Ashley Pearson told Anadolu Agency. “I wanted to learn what's is like to for others and understand what they may go through,” said Pearson who lives in Arkansas.Anadolu Agency
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