Tuesday, 25 June 2019

25 June : Jharkhand lynching:Tabrez would have been alive if given minimum medical attention says family;11 held/ Nationwide protest tomorrow


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25 June 2019: 20 Shawal 1440:Vol: 11, No:229
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Jharkhand lynching:Tabrez would have been alive if given minimum medical attention says family;11  held
Saraikela:Distraught and inconsolable, yet Shehnaz Begum, mother-in-law of 24-year-old Tabrez Ansari, victim of Jharkhand mob lynching, could gather all her strength to speak.“My son-in-law would have been alive had the administration showed a little bit of sympathy and given the minimum medical attention,” said Ms. Begum holding her teenage widowed daughter tight. “First it was the religiously motivated mob that meted out instant justice, and secondly, the administration committed cold-blooded murder by letting Tabrez die of excruciating pain. To save his life, the police at least could have admitted him in any hospital,” she said.The non-descript Kadamdia village, 15 km from the district headquarters town of Saraikela, where Tabrez’s family lives, has been receiving media and political attention. 3 days after Tabrez’s death,Collector of Saraikela-Kharasawan Chhabi Ranjan and Superintendent of Police Karthik S reached Kadamdia late on Monday evening to assure the family of justice, while another group of district officials landed in the village early Tuesday morning. And hordes of media professionals and rights activists have been thronging the place.“My son-in-law did not deserve such death,” Begum kept saying to everyone. Tabrez,who had lost both his parents at a very early age, had migrated to Pune to eke out his livelihood eight years ago. In April, he returned to his village to get married. On April 27, his marriage was solemnized with Sahista Pervez, 19. The couple would have gone back to Pune in few days.According to his extended family members, he was returning after meeting his aunt from Jamshedpur on June 17 night when some people of Dhatkidih village caught hold of him and branded him a thief.“Tabrez could have been let off with a few slaps.All hell broke loose when he revealed his name. He was tied to an electric pole and beaten up the whole night.Later, he was dragged to nearby bushy areas and another round of thrashing started. He was also forced to chant ‘Jai Sriram and Jai Hanuman’,” said Md Mansoor Alam, Tabrez’s uncle, who had gone to meet him at the police station after his rescue. Tabrez’s family members got the shock of their life when they met him at the Saraikela police station. “Initially, I was not allowed to enter the police station. Then I heard someone saying ‘Ab tak yeh mara kyon nahin? [why did he not die till now?]’. When inquired, I found that it was Papa Mandal, the main accused, who was shouting right inside the police station. I could not hold myself back. I entered the police station forcibly only to find Tabrez having bruises all over his body and blood stains on his face, hands and legs,” Ms. Begam said. His young wife fainted then and there.After a day, the family members again met him in jail. “His condition was even worse. I pleaded with the authorities to admit him in hospital, but nobody paid any heed to my request,” said Ms. Begum.Tabrez was admitted in the District Headquarters Hospital only when his condition suddenly deteriorated on June 22.After the video of the lynching went viral on the social media and Tabrez was heard chanting ‘Jai Sriram and Jai Hanuman’, as directed by the mob, media started taking note of the incident. Only then, police swung into action.“We have so far arrested 11 persons, including main accused Papa Mandal. Investigation is going on and more people will be rounded up if their complicity in the crime is established,” said  Karthik.When his attention was drawn to the alleged administrative bias in handling Tabrez’s case, especially his poor health condition,  Karthik said, “We are not the authority to give medical certificate. Doctors carried out medical tests on him. Tests such as x-ray and ECG were carried out multiple times.”
Tabrez Ansari’s lynching: After inaction and denying communal angle, Police arrest suspects
 Nationwide protest tomorrow for justice to Tabrez
New Delhi:In order to press the govt to put a check on the menace of mob lynching, which is claiming lives of people at regular interval and claimed the life of 22-year-old Tabrez Ansari in Jharkhand 3 days ago, civil rights activists are going to hold protest demonstration in around 50 cities across the country on Wednesday.With different hashtags like #JusticeForTabrez and #India AgainstLynchTerror, a campaign is running on social media for tomorrow’s protests.“People are being killed in mob lynching. Govt is not taking them seriously. People are angry.They will be holding protest demonstration to put pressure not only on the govt but also on the Opposition and elected representatives of their areas to check the menace,” said eminent civil rights activist Nadeem Khan.He said that no organizing is holding these protests. Rather, individuals and activists are holding them on their own because they think “enough is enough”.Besides eminent members of civil society, Congress party are alsotweeting with the hashtag #IndiaAgainstLynchTerror. “It's been 1 month and 14 hate crimes since BJP took to power for their second term. The government should admit that hate crimes have sky rocketed under their rule and must come up with a plan to put an end to such barbarianism. #IndiaAgainstLynchTerror pic.twitter.com/ gHiUgrqPQx,” tweeted Congress Tuesday evening. Journalist Aditya Menon tweeted:“Mob lynching represents the highest form of radicalisation in a society. If killings like that of #TabrezAnsari don't anger you, then you are part of the problem.#IndiaAgainstLynchTerror”. Umar Khalid tweeted: “In Delhi tomorrow, 26th June, 5 pm. Candle light vigil for #TabrezAnsari. Join in numbers. Come with your own placards. Join for Justice. Join Against Hate. #IndiaAgainstLynchTerror”.Besides Delhi, protests will be held in Ranchi, Patna,Lucknow, Bhopal, Jaipur, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad,Aligarh and Muzaffarnagar. Indiatomorrow
Jharkhand mob attack: ‘Jai shri ram’ can be chanted by embracing people, says Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi
Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Tuesday said slogans like “Jai Shri Ram” can be chanted by embracing people and not by throttling them, PTI reported. Naqvi’s comments are in reference to the mob attack on 24-year-old Tabrej Ansari in Jharkhand. According to FIR, mob had forced Ansari to chant “Jai Shri Ram” and “Jai Hanuman”.“Jai Shri Ram can be chanted by embracing people and not after throttling them,”said Naqvi during a programme in Delhi, according to PTI. “Such incidents cannot be justified. We have committed that we won’t let the destructive agenda dominate the development agenda. People who are involved in such incidents have only one motive – to spoil positive atmosphere created by the govt.”scroll.in
Setback to Congress as SC refuses to interfere with Gujarat bypolls
New Delhi:In a setback to the Congress, the Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to entertain its plea against the Election Commission’s decision to hold separate bypolls for 2 Rajya Sabha seats in Gujarat necessitated by election of BJP chief Amit Shah and party leader Smriti Irani.A Vacation Bench headed by Justice Sanjiv Khanna said, “You can file an election petition later...But we can’t stall the election process at this stage.”The Bench said it was open to the defeated candidate to file an election petition before the Gujarat High Court after the results were declared.Gujarat Congress leader Pareshbhai Dhanani had challenged Election Commission’s decision to hold separate bypolls to two vacant Rajya Sabha seats in the state.But the Bench was not convinced with submissions of the petitioner’s counsel, Vivek Tankha, regarding its intervention in the bypoll process.The EC had contended that there was no violation of any fundamental rights involved as contesting polls was only a statutory right. It had also pointed out that courts couldn’t interfere in an ongoing election process.One of the BJP candidates for the July 5 bypolls is External Affairs Minister Jaishankar. Tribune
No terror camps in Bangladesh, says envoy as he cautions against regional elements wanting trouble
Guwahati: Even as Bangladesh High Commissioner to India, Syed Muazzem Ali, claimed that there was no terror camp in Bangladesh and the border with India was completely secure, he cautioned against elements in the region who might want to exploit the situation to create problems.“There are no militant camps in Bangladesh. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed, since the time she took over in 2009, has shown zero tolerance toward all terrorist activities. She has refused to give shelter to any such elements. There has not been a single terrorist activity in the last 10 years. We have, rather, handed over a number of terrorists to the authorities concerned,” said Ali.However, he admitted that Bangladesh being a transit route had been struggling to deal with the drug menace along with India, with contraband consignments entering the two countries regularly from southeast Asia via Myanmar.Regarding the Rohingya issue that has become a major concern in northeast India as well, the commissioner said Bangladesh was planning to discuss the matter with China.News18
Academics urge Centre to drop all charges against NGO Lawyers Collective in FCRA violation case
Several academics on Tuesday issued a statement expressing “deep dismay” at the Centre’s alleged harassment of non-governmental organisation Lawyers Collective. CBI had earlier this month filed a first information report against the group in a case of alleged violation of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act.The academics sent their statement to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, among others.The academics, who included Akeel Bilgrami, Amrita Basu, Jean Dreze, Massoud Karshenas, Shefali Chandra and others, demanded that the Centre drop all charges against Lawyers Collective. They alleged that the government is determined to “shrink democratic spaces and silence voices of dissent, particularly among members of the legal fraternity, the media and academia”, and therefore has “sought to defame the Lawyers Collective on the flimsiest of charges”.scroll.in
Kerala High Court allows screening of Anand Patwardhan documentary on religious fundamentalism
The Kerala High Court on Tuesday allowed the screening of filmmaker Anand Patwardhan’s documentary Vivek/Reason at the ongoing International Documentary and Short Film Festival in Thiruvananthapuram. Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting had barred the screening, claiming that it may cause law and order problems.The High Court said that the Centre’s claim cannot be upheld, and that the screening is permissible even according to the guidelines framed by the ministry itself. However, Justice Shaji P Chaly, who passed the order, added that the documentary cannot be screened elsewhere.scroll.in/l
India entitled to US waiver for Russia’s S-400 missile system deal: Sources
Terrorism, H1B visas, trade and the situation arising out of US sanctions on buying oil from Iran, will be among a host of issues on the table when External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar holds talks with his American counterpart Mike Pompeo on Wednesday.The US Secretary of State’s visit starting Tuesday night is the first high-level visit from any country following the Lok Sabha polls. The two leaders will hold talks on Wednesday -- their first meeting after Jaishankar assumed office last month.Pompeo’s visit comes ahead of a meeting between US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the G20 Summit, which will be held in Osaka, Japan from June 28-29.During his visit, Pompeo will also have a working lunch with Jaishankar and call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.PTI
Cabinet approves proposal that allows NIA to designate suspects as terrorists
New Delhi: Union Cabinet is learnt to have approved a proposal to amend two laws to give more teeth to the NIA in probing terror cases in India and abroad, sources said Monday.Separate bills will be introduced in Parliament in the coming days to amend NIA Act and UAPA, they said. The amendments will also allow the NIA probe cybercrimes and cases of human trafficking, sources aware of the proposal said.Amendment to Schedule 4 of the UAPA will allow the NIA to designate an individual suspected to have terror links as a terrorist. As of now, only organisations are designated as ‘terrorist organisations’.The NIA was set up in 2009 in the wake of the Mumbai terror attack that had claimed 166 lives.Since 2017, the Union Home Ministry has been considering the two laws to give more power to the NIA to meet fresh challenges, the sources pointed out.PTI
Mehul Choksi will lose citizenship and will be extradited to India, says Antigua and Barbuda
Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne has said that his government will revoke the citizenship of fugitive businessman Mehul Choksi and extradite him to India after he has “exhausted all his legal options”, local newspaper The Daily Observer reported on Monday.“His citizenship was processed; he got through but the reality is his citizenship will be revoked and he will be repatriated to India; so there is recourse,” Browne said. “It’s not a case that we are trying to provide any safe harbour for criminals, for those who are involved in financial crimes.”scroll.in
Sohrabuddin encounter Case: Bombay HC Admits Appeal Challenging Acquittal of 22 Accused
New Delhi: Bombay high court has  admitted the appeal filed by brothers of Sohrabuddin Shaikh challenging the acquittal of all 22 accused in the alleged fake encounter case. Among the accused are police officers from Gujarat and Rajasthan who were acquitted by a special Central Bureau of Investigation court in Dec2018.The court had observed in its verdict that the prosecution had failed to establish a cogent case to suggest that there had been any conspiracy to kill Sohrabuddin, his wife Kausar Bi and his associate Tulsi Prajapati – and that the accused had any role in it.According to LiveLaw, Sohrabuddin’s brothers, Rubabuddin Shaikh and Nayabuddin Shaikh had in April appealed that either the judgment be quashed and set aside or that the sessions court be directed to conduct a re-trial.Rubabuddin had earlier also requested the home minister, CBI director and the cabinet secretary to file an appeal against the verdict of special CBI Judge S.J. Sharma.thewire
Delhi Minorities Commission Forms Panel to Probe BJP MP's Charge of Mosques on Govt Land
New Delhi: Delhi's Minorities Commission has set up a five-member fact-finding committee to probe West Delhi BJP MP Parvesh Verma's claims that mosques are "mushrooming" on government land in the city.Verma recently wrote a letter to Lt.Governor Anil Baijal claiming there were around 100 such mosques located on government land and roadside and had sought action in this regard.The fact finding committee formed by Delhi Minorities Commission (DMC) will be headed by social activist Owais Sultan Khan."Delhi Minorities Commission has set up a fact-finding committee to probe the claim of BJP MP from West Delhi, Parvesh Verma, about mushrooming of mosques on government land in Delhi, especially in his constituency."Another BJP MP from Delhi Manoj Tiwari has made similar allegation about other areas of Delhi," said DMC chairman Zafarul Islam Khan.Members of the fact finding committee are Gurmindar Singh Matharu, Dr Denzil Fernandes, Ankur Otto and Raees Ahmad.The committee will visit various areas, specially West Delhi and complete its report within ten days, Khan said."Illegal construction on government land is an old problem in Delhi but making it an issue of a certain religious community is wrong," he said.The way this issue has been raised it appears to be an effort to build an atmosphere "against a certain community" which is not acceptable, he added.news18
Amid row, JNU defers discussion on compulsory Hindi for UG programmes
Amid reports that the administration was likely to propose to make Hindi a compulsory subject for undergraduate courses in the university, JNU Tuesday said a discussion on the matter had been deferred.JNU said such “irresponsible” statements were “undesirable and condemnable” and clarified that varsity administration had not taken any such decision, PTI reported. It was earlier reported that the JNU administration, in its upcoming Academic Council meeting scheduled on June 28, would propose an agenda to make Hindi a compulsory subject for undergraduate courses — a move that has invited criticism from both student and teacher bodies.“The university has recently conducted a workshop to discuss various issues related to the Draft National Education Policy. Therefore, the discussion on the agenda item in the Academic Council has been deferred,” JNU Registrar Pramod Kumar said.indianexpress
Telangana: ‘Will behead Muslim youths’ BJP MP threatens minority community
New Delhi: Bold threats, statements have always been a part of the saffron party with a fresh controversy erupted after BJP MP threatened to behead Muslim youths.BJP MP Soyam Bapu’s bold statement to behead Muslim youths involved in harassing Adivasi women in tribal district in Telangana was made today, India today reports. Several Minority leaders immediately approached the police for Soyam Bapu’s objectionable remarks and filed a complaint regarding the same. Congress minority cell district president Sajid Khan along with Adilabad ASP Kancha Mohan filed the complaint against Bapu.The leaders demanded an apology from Soyam.Telangana Rashtra Samithi’s M Krishank took a jab at PM Narendra Modi after Soyam Bapu made the remark.“Even though PM Modi says Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Visshwas, his own MP has made such a comment in a desperate bid to enter Telangana.”siasat
Fake posts with communal overtones flooding social media space in UP
Meerut: Raj Kumar (name changed) shared the post with her just for its sensational value-- a cabbie murdering 250 people in UP’s Meerut. And then, his sister-in-law sent it across to her close friend. The fake WhatsApp message went on and on from one smart phone to the other, till it became “viral” and attracted the glare of police brass, which termed it another striking example of fake post “especially-designed” to malign people of minority community. “Perpetrators in most of these fake posts are people from minority community,” a senior police officer said on condition of anonymity. The trend is more conspicuous in UP’s troubled western part. Police in the region has now decided to crack the whip against such messages. Police in UP, assisted by its “ill-equipped” cyber cell, is fighting hard to check communal flare ups and mob attacks fuelled by such fake posts on social media platforms, like WhatsApp and Twitter. Last year, alarmed by over 20 deaths, Union home ministry had sought a report on social media rumours from police chiefs of all the states. Several other such posts, mostly fakes, including that of vandalisation of statues of deities and also that of Dalit icon BR Ambedkar, are regular features of WhatsApp groups, meant to keep communal pot boiling. TOI
Azam Khan hits out at govt for attacks on minorities, Owaisi says India can't be $5 trillion economy if issues not addressed
New Delhi: Samajwadi Party leader Mohd Azam Khan on Monday hit out at the govt in Lok Sabha on the issue of attacks on members of the minority community over recital of Vande Matram even as AIMIM's Assaduddin Owaisi warned that alleged lynchings would prevent India from becoming a $5 trillion economy.Participating in the debate on the Motion of Thanks to the President's address, Khan said Muslims had a choice to go to Pakistan during Partition."Our forefathers decided to stay here. They said this is our country. Graves of our forefathers are here .. You (BJP) never had this choice (of going to Pakistan)," he said.He said it hurts when Muslims are forced to recite 'vande matram'. "If the Constitution says one has to recite from a religious book, I will be the first one to do so," he said.Owaisi said if Muslims are lynched in the name of cow slaughter and wearing skull cap every month, then India would not be able to become $5 trillion economies as planned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.On the issue of the bill on banning the practice of instant triple talaq, Khan said he will follow what is mentioned in the Holy Quran and "nothing else". He said if the practice is criminalised, then the youth will lose faith in the institution of marriage and go for live-in relations.Khan alleged that 77,000 families in and around Rampur were not allowed to cast vote in the Lok Sabha elections. He said if he is proved wrong, he was ready to face consequences.News18
'Give Us Back Our Old India': Azad in Rajya Sabha Raises Concern Over Communal Violence
New Delhi: Reacting to the recent incidents of lynchings and violence against minorities, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad on Monday said Jharkhand has become a factory of lynching and violence. He asked the ruling BJP to keep with it the 'New India' and give back an 'Old India' where love and culture prevailed.The creation of a 'New India' found frequent mention in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's election rallies in the run-up to the Lok Sabha polls.“In 'Old India', there was no hatred, anger or lynching. 'New India' is one where humans are enemies of each other. You won't be scared of animals in a jungle, but you'll be scared of humans in a colony. Give us an India where Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and Christians live for each other,” Azad said in the Upper House.Raising concerns over the rising incidents of communal hatred, the Congress leader asked the BJP to keep its 'New India' to itself. “Hindus used to feel pain when Muslims and Dalits used to get hurt (in old India). When something used to get into the eyes of Hindus, Muslims and Dalits used to shed tears for them,” he added.Referring to the President's speech on Mahatma Gandhi's 150th-anniversary celebrations, Azad said, unfortunately, a candidate of the ruling party called the killer of the Father of Nation a patriot and no action was taken and the candidate was a parliamentarian now.News18
BSP, SP begin race for number 2 position in UP; Mayawati eyes minority votes
With former chief minister Mayawati’s decision to go it alone in all future electoral battles, it's now the start of a race between BSP and SP for the “number 2” position in the politically crucial state of UP.BSP supremo's announcement came on Twitter on Monday, a day after she held a meeting with workers to review the party's performance in the recent Lok Sabha polls. "In the interest of the party and the movement, the party will contest all small and big elections on its own strength," she tweeted.In the Lok Sabha elections, BSP won 10 seats, up from the zero in 2014, but SP just managed to maintain its tally of five seats.BSP, to begin with, apparently wants to emerge the principal challenger to the ruling BJP in the byelections to be held soon for 12 assembly seats in the state. These bypolls have been necessitated following the election of 11 MLAs to the Lok Sabha, and the disqualification of one MLA from Hamirpur.For that BSP has plans to woo voters from the Muslim community, who constitute one of the main support bases for Samajwadi Party in UP. In her speech at the party’s national convention on Sunday, she tried to send out the message that BSP is a better political platform for minority voters.A source in BSP pointed out that Mayawati’s decision to select Danish Ali as leader of her party in the Lok Sabha was a step in this direction. "It clearly indicated she is desperate to eat into SP’s minority support base. Danish would be in a position to place BSP’s views on different issues in the Lok Sabha as the leader of his party,” the source said. BSP sources also said Mayawati has given top priority to a good show in the upcoming Assembly byelections.economic times
J&K: Talks with Hurriyat a retrograde step, setback to ongoing operations against terror, says BJP
Jammu :A day after Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said “there will be a positive response” if “meaningful” talks are initiated by the Centre, the BJP in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday said any talks with the separatists at this stage would be counter-productive and a retrograde step.“The Joint Resistance Leadership (a body of separatists groups) should publicly acknowledge the indisputable status of Jammu and Kashmir and it being an integral part of India. They should also commit their loyalty to Constitution of India and seek talks only under its ambit,” state BJP spokesperson Anil Gupta said in a statement. Any talks with the JRL or Hurriyat at this stage without them publicly accepting these “pre-conditions” will be “counter-productive and a retrograde step”, he added. The reaction from the saffron party after Farooq called for a tripartite talk between the Kashmiri leadership, New Delhi and Islamabad for resolution of all issues, including Kashmir. “As the most affected party with daily killings of our young men, we would naturally want a peaceful resolution of the issue,” he had said.indianexpress
WORLD
US has closed ‘path of diplomacy’ by imposing sanctions on Ayatollah Khamenei, says Iran
Iran on Tuesday said US sanctions on its Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and other senior officials has permanently closed the “path of diplomacy”. US President Donald Trump had imposed the “hard-hitting” financial sanctions on Khamenei on Monday, holding him “ultimately responsible” for the Islamic republic’s alleged destabilising activities.“Imposing useless sanctions on Iran’s Supreme Leader [Ayatollah Ali Khamenei] and the commander of Iran’s diplomacy [Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif] is the permanent closure of the path of diplomacy,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi tweeted. “Trump’s desperate administration is destroying the established international mechanisms for maintaining world peace and security.”The sanctions are aimed at cutting off Iranian leadership’s access to financial resources, and barring them from using the United States’ financial system or having access to assets in America, according to Reuters.Iran’s Ambassador to the United Nations Majid Takht Ravanchi said the country would not go into discussions with the United States while it is still under the threat of sanctions.scroll.in
Russia accuses US of being 'reckless' with new Iran sanctions
Russia accused Washington of being reckless with new sanctions on Iran, saying Moscow stood in solidarity with Tehran."US authorities should think hard about where this reckless course of action can lead," the foreign ministry said in a statement. "It is capable of not only destabilising the Middle East but undermining the entire system of international security."By introducing sanctions against Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and top military chiefs, Washington is seeking to "punish those who are not going to submit to American diktat," Moscow said."Russia stands in complete solidarity with the friendly people of Iran and its government," it added. aljazeera
Kushner: Arab Peace Initiative no basis for Israel-Palestine deal
White House senior adviser Jared Kushner said it will not be possible to solve the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict with a deal "along the lines of the Arab Peace Initiative".Kushner made the comments during an exclusive interview with Al Jazeera shortly before his departure for a Washington-sponsored "workshop" in Bahrain's capital, Manama, where officials and businesspeople from the United States, Israel, and several Arab states will discuss on Tuesday and Wednesday the economic part of the long-delayed US Middle East peace plan."I think we all have to recognise that if there ever is a deal, it's not going to be along the lines of the Arab peace initiative," said Kushner, who is also US President Donald Trump's son-in-law and has been tasked by him to lead the Middle East peace process."It will be somewhere between the Arab peace initiative and between the Israeli position," he added.aljazeera
Palestinians say Kushner peace plan won't solve their problems
US President Donald Trump calls it the "deal of the century", but Palestinian leaders have already rejected his plan for ending the Israel-Palestinian conflict.The first part of the plan will be discussed at a conference in Bahrain later on Tuesday; it aims to secure a $50bn investment for the region over the next 10 years.But Palestinians say Israeli restrictions on their ability to do business and use their own resources must be lifted in order for any progress to happen. Aljazeera

UN: Yemen's Houthi rebels blocking food for tens of thousands
Yemen's Houthi rebels blocked a food shipment earmarked to feed 100,000 families in the impoverished nation that has been pushed to the brink of starvation by more than 4 years of war.A World Food Programme (WFP) spokesperson, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said on Tuesday the aid was prevented from reaching civilians after the UN body partially suspended relief efforts last week, accusing the rebels of looting it. The suspension follows a dispute over control of biometric data that WFP uses to ensure food aid was not being diverted from its intended recipients.The Houthis, who control northern Yemen, said the WFP's insistence on controlling the data breached Yemeni law and launched a fierce media campaign against UN organisation, accusing it of sending spoiled food.Aljazeera
'Back at square one': Sudan's opposition plans new mass protests
Sudan's opposition announced plans for more mass demonstrations after the country's ruling generals rejected an Ethiopian proposal for a transitional government.Ismail al-Tag, a spokesman for the Sudanese Professionals' Association, called on Monday for marches next week to demand the handover of power to civilians."We are calling and preparing for mass demonstrations on June 30 to make sure the military council hears the people's voice in the streets and the Sudanese people will continue their revolution until it meets their demands and reaches a civilian country," Tag said.The demonstrations are planned to mark the 30th anniversary of the coup that brought former president Omar al-Bashir to power in 1989, toppling Sudan's last elected government. Aljazeera
Sri Lankan Buddhist monk calls for stoning on Muslims after Easter bombings
Colombo: Muslims in Sri Lanka say they fear new attacks after a top Buddhist monk called for violence against members of the religious minority, claiming a Muslim doctor had sterilised thousands of Buddhist women.Activists, politicians and members of the Muslim minority said Warakagoda Sri Gnanarathana Thero's speech last week was to instigate communal tensions after the recent Easter bombings in Sri Lanka. This came weeks after Buddhist mobs attacked scores of Muslim homes and businesses, as reported by Aljazeera. 
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