02 July 2019

2 July ND: India pledges to contribute $5 million in 2019 to UN Palestine refugee agency/ UN warns India of loss of productivity due to global warming/ Malegaon: Over 1 lakh Muslims protest, seek anti-lynching law

02 July 2019: 28 Shawal 1440:Vol: 11, No:235
India pledges to contribute $5 million in 2019 to UN Palestine refugee agency
UN:India has pledged to contribute US $5 million in 2019 to the UN Palestine refugee agency, even as it voiced concern over the agency's difficult financial situation due to voluntary contributions from a limited donor base and called for ensuring sustained fiscal support for its work.  India's Deputy Permanent Representative to UN ambassador K Nagaraj Naidu said Govt of India has increased its annual financial contribution fourfold to the UNRWA core budget, from US $1.25 million in 2016 to US $5 million in 2018. He was speaking last week at a meeting of the General Assembly Ad Hoc Committee for Voluntary Contributions to UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) that as a mark of India's solidarity with Palestine refugees.  "We pledge to contribute US $5 million in 2019, at the same level as in 2018," Naidu said. He noted that there is a projected shortfall of more than US $200 million against a funding requirement of approximately US $1.2 billion for UNRWA this year, causing concerns in the Agency about its ability to provide essential services to the Palestine refugees.As part of India's ongoing assistance programmes in Palestine to strengthen capacity-building efforts focused on institutions, services and training personnel, it is providing 150 places for Palestinian professionals every year under the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation programme. PTI
UN warns India of loss of productivity due to global warming
UN :India is projected to lose 5.8% of working hours in 2030, a productivity loss equivalent to 34 million full-time jobs, due to global warming, particularly impacting agriculture and construction sectors, a report by the UN labour agency said. International Labour Organization (ILO) released its report ‘Working on a Warmer Planet – The Impact of Heat Stress on Labour Productivity and Decent Work’ which said that by 2030, the equivalent of more than 2% of total working hours worldwide is projected to be lost every year, either because it is too hot to work or because workers have to work at a slower pace.“Projections based on a global temperature rise of 1.5°C by the end of the twenty-first century, and also on labour force trends, suggest that, in 2030, 2.2% of total working hours worldwide will be lost to high temperatures – a productivity loss equivalent to 80 million full-time jobs,” the report said.It said that the accumulated global financial loss due to heat stress is expected to reach USD 2,400 billion by 2030.PTI
US Senate passes legislative provision to give India NATO ally-like status
New Delhi :In a move that will further boost collaboration between the 2 countries in defence, the US Senate has passed a legislative provision that brings India at par with America’s NATO allies like South Korea, Australia and Japan.National Defense Authorisation Act or NDAA for the fiscal year 2020 was passed by the US Senate last week. Act provides for increased US-India defence cooperation in Indian Ocean in the areas of humanitarian assistance, counterterrorism, counter-piracy and maritime security. House of Representatives is expected to take up its version of NDAA sometime in July before legislators adjourn for the month-long Aug recess on July 29. US recognised India as a “Major Defence Partner” in 2016, a designation that allows India to buy more advanced and sensitive technologies from America at par with that of the US’ closest allies and partners.
Yogi govt’s caste certificate order ‘unconstitutional:Centre
New Delhi:Centre today directed the UP  Govt to stop issuing Scheduled Caste certificates to 17 OBC castes. Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Tawar Chand Gehlot, speaking in Rajya Sabha, said UP Govt’s move is “not appropriate” and “unconstitutional”. Making a short statement in the Upper House of the Parliament, Gehlot said including OBC castes in the SC list is in the domain of Parliament and asked the state Govt to follow proper procedures.Citing a 2017 observation of the Allahabad High Court, the BJP Govt in UP had directed officials to issue SC certificates to 17 OBC castes “after examination and based on documents in accordance with the rules”.indianexpress
Lathicharge on people protesting lynching, over 24 hurt; police says 850 booked, situation normal
Meerut :A day after the police resorted to lathicharge in Meerut Sunday evening to disperse hundreds of protesters demanding martyr status for Tabrez Ansari, a victim of mob lynching in a Jharkhand jail on June 21, police had to wield batons once again in Mawana town, to break up a crowd outside a mosque Monday. The protesters at Mawana was also demanding that Tabrez be declared a martyr and that adequate compensation should be given to the family members of the deceased. The local administration in Meerut suspended Internet services for the whole day on Monday to curb rumour mongering following Sunday evening’s tension. Police registered cases against nearly 850 persons (50 named, 800 unidentified) in 5 police stations of Meerut while the police in Mawana town has filed FIR against dozens on Monday.In Mawana,hundreds gathered at a mosque on Mill Road Monday morning where Shahr Qazi, Maulana Nafis Ahmed, also condemned the Jharkhand incident. The crowd then wanted to go out as a procession to present a memorandum in this connection but the police denied permission.The mob protested violently and the police used force to disperse the crowd, sources said.In Meerut, chief of a local outfit, Yuwa Sewa Samiti, Badar Ali, had sought permission for taking out a peace march Sunday evening to pay homage to Ansari from a college on Dehi Road but was denied permission on the plea that assemblage may lead to trouble as section 144 CRPC has already been promulgated (assembly of more than four persons at a point unlawful). However, the outfit went ahead with programme.Shahr Qazi, Zainus Sajjidin and Badar Ali have addressed a crowd of several hundred people in the college Sunday. “Mob lynching incidents which started from Dadri, followed by Rajasthan are on the rise and now Ansari has died in Jharkhand.Govts in these states should ensure adequate security for the people,” said Zainus Sajjidin while demanding Jharkhand victim be given the status of a martyr and that adequate compensation should be given to his family.indianexpress
Malegaon: Over 1 lakh Muslims protest, seek anti-lynching law
Malegaon :On Monday, 97 years after 7 freedom fighters were hanged by the British, Malegaon’s “Shahidon ki Yaadgaar” (martyrs’ memorial) monument witnessed an equally important historic event, according to organisers, with at least 1 lakh people from the Muslim community congregating at the historical site in response to a call for a law against mob lynching.Calling it the first rally by the community to protest mob lynching, the organisers said the killing of Tabrez Ansari, 24, from Jharkhand, was the final trigger.Clerics of Jamiat Ulema, umbrella NGO which called for the silent protest, urged Govts to take note that on a “weak call” the entire textile town had “come out to safeguard the Constitution”. They said, “We do not seek revenge, and don’t believe in violence. We believe in the rule of law.”The rally had people merging at Malegaon fort before making their way to the martyrs’ monument. The speeches were fiery, and often emotional, with appeals made to police administration and state and Central govts to pay heed to the Constitution. The crowd was also asked to spread the message among Muslims that the “victims of lynchings should not show helplessness in chanting Jai Shri Ram; instead, they should die by taking the Sahadat”.Maulana Umrain Mahfouz Rahmani, secretary, All-India Muslim Personal Law Board, said:“The issue (lynching) has pierced our hearts; there seems to be no end. Now it’s unbearable…Muslims are unlike other communities. If any other community was the target, they would have responded by now. Largely, the entire faith responds to the elders and clerics.”He said, “We are doing our best and holding them together, convincing them, asking them to show restraint, praying with them. But now even we are being tested. In Pehlu Khan’s case, the way the Govt machinery behaved was heart-breaking —- in most cases there are no FIRs and then our community has to watch photographs and videos of the lynching; then see the accused being garlanded by ministers..”At the protest venue, Rahmani delivered a fiery speech: “Today’s historical rally is enough to tell the entire country that Muslims will not tolerate oppression for long. We say it clearly: mob lynching is a mobilised murder and is being spread according to a well-devised plan. This is state and non-state terrorism, and it is obligatory on all citizens to stop terrorism. In the pure land of Sita, we can hear footsteps of Ravan, and it is our collective responsibility to stop this.”In a letter submitted to administration, the community has urged the President to write to all state Govts and UTs about lynchings and remind state heads of their constitutional duties. Malegaon’s Mufti Mohammed Ismail Qasmi evoked the words of poet Fayaz as he said, “if today we are being targetted others should not be happy about that)”Clerics decided to hold a rally on Friday with the campaign messages reaching through social media.indian express
Tabrez's Lynching: Jamiat Moves Jharkhand HC Seeking Action against Guilty Cops, Doctors
Ranchi:Jamiat Ulama-I-Hind has filed a criminal writ petition in the Jharkhand High Court, on behalf of the family of Tabrez Ansari, seeking registration of criminal cases against policemen and doctors in the lynching case. In the write petition, a CBI inquiry under watch of a retired judge of the High Court has been demanded. The petitioner has also demanded that CBI report be submitted in the HC.Gulzar Ahmed Azmi, head of Jamiat’s legal cell, gave details about the petition to media persons in Mumbai on Monday.He said that it has been demanded that guilty policemen and doctors in the Tabrez Ansari case be tried in a fast-track court and an FIR should be registered against Jail Superintendent and jail doctor. Cases should also be lodged against doctors present at the district civil hospital because both doctors did not give timely proper medical care to Tabrez otherwise he could be saved, said Azmi.The petitioner has also urged the HC to order the state Govt to set up fast-track court according to the July 2018 order of the Supreme Court and the case should be tried as early as possible. Not only Tabrez’s case, but all cases of mob lynching and mob violence should be transferred to fast-track court and they should be disposed of within six months.The writ petition has been filed on behalf of Tabrez’s younger uncle Maqsood Ahmed through the legal cell of Jamiat. India Tomorrow
Jharkhand lynching victim Tabrez Ansari’s kin move High Court for CBI inquiry
Congress under fire as Rajasthan Govt charge sheet lynching victim Pehlu Khan’s kin
New Delhi:Congress-led Rajasthan Govt came under sharp criticism on the charge sheet filed against mob-lynching victim Pehlu Khan’s sons with the political and social groups asking Congress President Rahul Gandhi to explain his party’s stand on mob-lynching menace which has now blown to gargantuan proportions.They said Congress cannot revive by playing soft Hindutva or soft secularism as it must take a firm stand on the issue of  Hindutva communalism.Welfare Party of India has condemned the Rajasthan police for framing the victims as accused in the mob-lynching case. The charge sheet proves that there was no change of Govt in Rajasthan as BJP and Congress are two sides of the same coin, Dr SQR Ilyas, president of WPI said. Congress must clear its stand on Hindutva and secularism and desist from appeasing the right-wing constituency for the sake of vote, he demanded.  Asserting that whatever seats won by the Congress in the recent elections is because of Muslim votes, Dr Ilyas warned the grand old party that it should not make a mistake of taking Muslims for granted.Echoing his view, SDPI also said the Rajasthan Govt should withdraw the names of Pehlu Khan’s sons from the charge sheet.SDPI president MK Faizy said hardly a month passed since the Modi Govt returned to power, as many as 13 mob-lynching incidents have taken place.It is deplorable that Congress is also adopting lenient attitude towards the perpetrators of such heinous crime, he added.Calling the charge sheet as the vindictive step, All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS), a joint platform of dozens of workers and peasants organizations, has strongly condemned the Congress Govt of the state.AIKS general secretary and former MP Hannan Mollah said, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi should explain party’s position on “hate” politics against Muslims in the name of the cow.  Caravan Daily
Protest over Jharkhand lynching turns into communal flare-up in Agra
Agra: Police and PAC personnel had a tough time controlling a mob of over 500 men who forced traders to shut their shops in Agra's communally-sensitive Sadar Bhatti on Monday to protest lynching of Tabrez Ansari in Jharkhand a few days ago. The incident occurred at around 10.45am after nearly 2500 residents of Mantola, Nai Ki Mandi and Kotwali police jurisdiction offered prayers at Jama Masjid and took out a protest march over the lynching incident without getting permission from the local administration. Senior police officials at the spot that witnessed a communal flare-up on Monday. After intervention of ADM(city) KP Singh, city magistrate Prabhakant Awasthi and CO Kotwali Abdul Qadir, organisers of protest presented a memorandum to them in this regard. According to the eyewitnesses, while the district administration was engaged with members participating in the protest march, a group of about 50 men from Nai Ki Mandi and 500 from Kotwali police jurisdiction, started forcing traders shut their shops. However, when the businessmen resisted, unruly mob started pelting stones and tried to vandalise shops. 3 FIRs were filed against 600 unidentified men in Agra.TOI
Muslim women’s body that backed Modi govt on triple talaq slams ‘inaction’ on lynchings
New Delhi: A leading national Muslim women’s group, which had backed the Modi Govt’s decision to bring in a law banning triple talaq, has now questioned the Govt’s inaction in the face of lynchings and mob violence against Muslims.In backdrop of the most recent killing of Tabrez Ansari, Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Aandolan (BMMA) has demanded “clear-cut action on the ground” to prevent communal violence against Muslims in the country. In a statement released Monday, BMMA  pointed out that it had supported the Modi Govt’s “efforts to ensure gender equality for Muslim women” despite accusations that it was “playing into the hands of the right-wing majoritarian Govt”.It goes on to add that it is anguished that instead of ensuring more inclusivity, the situation for the Muslim community has only worsened in the country.“PM has talked about gaining sabka vishwas (everybody’s trust) but sadly there is no change in violence and lynchings by vigilante groups,” it added. “We hope those sitting in Govt understand that Muslim women also get impacted by these lynchings.theprint
Delhi communal tension: 3 arrested, including a minor, for vandalising temple in Chawri Bazar
New Delhi:Delhi Police has made 3 arrests in connection with the communal clashes that rocked an area in central Delhi on Sunday night. Among the three arrested is a minor.The clashes had broken out late on Sunday night in Hauz Qazi area in Chawri Bazaar’s Lal Kuan locality between groups belonging to two communities over a parking issue. The issue took a communal turn after a temple was vandalised.The police had appealed to the people to maintain peace and restore normalcy in the area.As per PTI, incident happened on Sunday night when a person named Aas Mohammad (20) was parked his scooter outside a residential building. Sanjeev Gupta, who owns a house in the building and runs an eatery stall there, raised objections, eye-witnesses said.According to Gupta's wife Babita, Mohammad left the site immediately but then came back with more men. Babita said men appeared to be "drunk" and thrashed her husband.However, another local Saqib (27),a software engineer by profession, narrated a different version of the events and said it was Mohammad who was beaten up.He said, “When Mohammad was beaten up, he and his other family members went to police station and filed a case." Later, a video emerged on social media that purportedly showed a man allegedly being thrashed by some people, who appeared to be drunk, over a parking matter."When Mohammad parked his scooter, Gupta asked him to move it somewhere else or he will set it on fire. Thereafter, a quarrel broke out and Gupta, along with some other person, took Mohammad inside the building and beat him up," Aqib Hassan (25), another local, was quoted as saying by the news agency.As the two indulged in a fight, locals called the police and both Mohammad and Gupta were taken to police station." When Mohammad and Gupta were at the police station, some unknown people gathered outside the temple and vandalised it. This led to tension in the area," Saqib claimed.The temple is situated near Gupta’s residence, on Durga Mandir Street.In total, police filed 3 separate cases. While one was filed basis Mohammad's statement, other case is based on Gupta’s statement. Third case was registered against unknown persons for rioting.Times Now
Hauz Qazi incident: A fickle normalcy undone by Hindutva elements
Not a fatwa: How media misrepresented a Muslim cleric’s statement about Trinamool MP Nusrat Jahan
“Fatwa issued against MP Nusrat Jahan by Darul Uloom for marrying non-Muslim, applying Sindoor.” Headlines to this effect kept the print and television media busy over the weekend. The items referred to a fatwa against the newly-elected TMC MP who had taken an oath last month wearing sindoor after her marriage to businessman Nikhil Jain.The news led to an uproar, with politicians and social media users coming out in support of Jahan and condemning Darul Uloom. The controversy was widely reported by all major news outlets and was a topic of debate on television. India Today referred to the Islamic seminary as the “fatwa-happy Darul Uloom”, while New Indian Express referred to it as the “fatwa-loving Darul Uloom”. However, no one with the Darul Uloom whether it had actually issued such a fatwa. None of the media reports carried a copy of the fatwa.Alt News found that the controversy did not start with a fatwa but a statement that was reportedly given by Asad Qasim.On the morning of June 28, ABP News quoted the cleric as saying: “I found through the media that Nusrat Jahan, who was recently elected as an MP from Bengal, wore sindoor and mangalsutra in the Parliament. After investigating, I found that she married in the Jain community. In Islam, a Muslim can marry only a Muslim. She works in movies and actors don’t care about customs do it’s pointless to talk about the matter. I am only stating to the media what Sharia says.”Soon after this, some journalists contacted BJP politician “Sadhvi” Prachi for a statement. This is when the cleric’s opinion was transformed into a fatwa.The earliest report of the alleged fatwa that Alt News found had been published by News18 Hindi on June 28 at around 4 pm. The media outlet reported BJP leader Prachi’s statement against a fatwa issued by a Deoband Mawlawi or religious scholar. However, News18 did not mention the Mawlawi’s name. The news subsequently gained pace across mainstream media outlets.Times Now featured Asad Qasim on a TV broadcast and promoted it with the Twitter hashtag #NusratVsClerics.Asad Qasim’s statement does not contain any mention of a fatwa. Though he was explaining his opinions on Sharia law, the Times Now’s broadcast flashed the word “F-A-T-W-A” on TV screens. After this, other news reports added “Darul Uloom” to the story.When Alt News contacted Asad, he clarified that he is not associated with Deoband in any manner but used to be a student in the institution. He said that he was approached by journalists from Aaj Tak and ETV to explain Sharia perspective on Jahan’s choice to apply vermilion and wear a mangalsutra. He gave them his opinion and not a fatwa. Alt News
2016 RSS worker murder case: SC dismisses PFI member’s plea against framing of charges
New Delhi:The Supreme Court has dismissed a plea by PFI Asim Shariff against the framing of charges against him for the alleged murder of RSS worker Rudresh in Bengaluru in Oct.2016.A bench of Justices A M Khanwilkar and Ajay Rastogi which rejected the plea said it had gone through the records and it showed that Shariff was the President of Bengaluru unit of PFI and the other accused are also members of the outfit.“It reveals from the charge­sheet that there was frequent telephonic/mobile conversation between appellant (accused no. 5) with other accused persons (accused nos. 1 to 4) prior and subsequent to16th Oct., 2016 (alleged date of incident) which persuaded the Court to arrive to a conclusion that there is a prima facie material of conspiracy among the accused persons giving rise to sufficient grounds of subjective satisfaction of prima facie case of alleged offences of conspiracy being hatched among the accused persons and truth & veracity of such conspiracy is to be examined during the course of trial”, the court said.According to the complaint in the case, Rudresh was hacked by the accused who was riding pillion on a motorcycle near Srinivas Medical Stores in Shivajinagar at around 12.40 pm. The accused fled the scene after that Rudresh was taken to a hospital where he was declared brought dead. indianexpress
160 IS suspects held: Govt tells Lok Sabha
New Delhi: As many as suspected 160 members and sympathisers of Islamic State (IS) have been arrested so far from different parts of the country, the Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday. Union minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy said intelligence inputs on terror threats are regularly shared with the state Govts and agencies concerned with the advice to take appropriate steps and sensitise their field formations to prevent any untoward incident. "NIA and the states police have registered cases against IS members and sympathisers and have arrested 160 accused so far all over the country," he said replying a written question. PTI
2019 Lok Sabha Polls 'least free and fair in 3 decades': Group Of Ex Civil Servants to ECI
A group of former civil servants has written to the Election Commission of India (ECI) expressing concerns over the irregularities in the conduct of the recently concluded Lok Sabha Elections.The letter says the 2019 General Elections were "one of the least free and fair elections that the country has had in the past three decades." It has been signed by 64 former civil servants and endorsed by over 80 veterans from armed forces, academics, and concerned citizens."So blatant have been the acts of omission and commission by ECI that even former Elections Commissioners and CECs have been compelled, albeit reluctantly, to question the decisions of their successors in office," letter read.The group also charged the ECI with allegations of "blithely" ignoring "hate speeches and communally loaded statements by candidates, primarily of the BJP," just by saying that it "had no power to take actions."The letter further mentioned that the ECI didn't even send a show-cause notice to PM Narendra Modi, despite the latter's "blatant misuse of the Pulwama and Balakot issues to whip up nationalistic, or more correctly, jingoistic fervour and channel it in favour of BJP".Referring to the case of IAS officer Mohammed Mohsin, who was suspended for checking PM Modi's helicopter "for any non-permissible cargo", the group said it was the most "glaring" example of "ECI's bias". outlookindia
 ‘Misbehaviour unacceptable’: PM Modi after assault on official by BJP MLA Akash Vijayvargiya
New Delhi:PM  Narendra Modi today sent a clear message to party members that “misbehaviour” by anyone that brings down party’s name is “unacceptable”, BJP MP Rajiv Pratap Rudy told reporters outside Parliament. The message was delivered during a BJP parliamentary party meeting this morning days after the assault on an official by Indore BJP MLA Akash Vijayvargiya.“PM  said that any kind of misbehaviour that brings down party’s name is unacceptable,” BJP MP Rajiv Pratap Rudy was quoted as saying to news agency ANI. “He conveyed a clear message to all the party members that such behaviour is not acceptable.” According to sources, he told the BJP parliamentary party meeting that “Whoever it may be, whoever’s son he may be… such arrogance, misbehaviour cannot be tolerated”. indianexpress
Bengal unfairly being singled out for discussion on violence, what about UP: Mahua Moitra
New Delhi : TMC MP Mahua Moitra Tuesday said West Bengal is unfairly singled out in Parliament for discussion about violence in the state, while violence in states like UP  goes unnoticed.Speaking in Lok Sabha, the Krishnanagar MP said Parliament is becoming a forum to raise West Bengal issues and that things are being generalised.Last week, Moitra delivered a fiery maiden speech in Parliament in which she warned that India was moving towards fascism..indianexpress
NaMo not interested in knowing my views, I might as well go to China: Subramanian Swamy
New Delhi :Senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has lamented that PM  Narendra Modi is not interested in listening to his views and that he might as well “go to China” where he has been invited to address a gathering of scholars later this year. In a cryptic tweet targetting PM, the senior leader said, “China’s famous Tsinghua University has invited me to address in September a gathering of scholars to speak on “China’s Economic Development: A Review Of Last 70 years.” Since Namo is not interested in knowing my views I might as well go to China,” he tweeted on Sunday.His tweet invited mixed reactions on social media. While some took his tweet as a threat to leave the country and urged him not to leave, others asked him the reasons behind it.Swamy has been known to be a firebrand leader and was vocal in his criticism of Govt on economic issues even when Arun Jaitley was the Finance minister during PM Modi’s first term in office. Swamy, who also had deep knowledge of economy is invited regularly by a numer of institutions across globe to deliver speeches.financialexpress
SC declines to hear plea for increasing reservation for Muslims in Kerala
New Delhi: The Supreme Court has declined to entertain a petition seeking an increase in the percentage of reservation for Muslim community in public employment in Kerala and revision of the state's backward community list. However, a bench comprising Justices S A Bobde and B R Gavai granted liberty to the petitioner Minority Indians Planning and Vigilance Commission Trust (Trust) to approach the Kerala High Court.The trust had sought a direction to the state Govt to revise the backward community list in accordance with the Kerala State Backward Classes Act, 1993.ANI
Plea to revise Backward Community list, raise Muslim reservation in Kerala: SC directs Petitioner to approach Kerala HC
UP:2 die as slab falls on them in Hapur mosque
Meerut: As many as 10 people were trapped after a concrete slab of a mosque under repairs in Hapur.After police and administration were alerted, four JCBs were pressed in service to remove the debris and rescue the trapped people. 2 people, Major Hasan (65) and Majid (22), succumbed to injuries. Two injured, Mohammed Ali and Aas Mohammed, were rushed to local hospital. Their condition is stable, police said. "A new wall was being constructed alongside a dilapidated one which crumbled. Two people have died while two were injured in varying degrees,” said SDM Jainath Yadav. TOI 
Muslim delegation meets Telangana home minister
Hyderabad: A group of heads of religious organisations and Muslim scholars on Monday met Telangana home minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali and submitted a memorandum demanding that they be allowed to offer prayers at a place of worship in Amberpet. The various organisations under the leadership of Tahreek Muslim Shabban demanded that the minister direct police officials not to obstruct devotees from offering prayers at the place of worhsip that was demolished by the GHMC on May 1 this year. Muslim scholars have also asked the Govt to bring those responsible for the alleged illegal demolition to book. “We are constantly demanding that Govt allow people to pray there but there continues to be a police picket at the site.The minister has assured us of arranging a meeting with the CM  very soon,” said Mushtaq Malik of Tahreek Muslim Shabban. TOI
Why no outrage against BJP Mahila Morcha statement against minority women: Mehbooba
Former CM Mehbooba Mufti has wondered why was there no outrage against BJP Mahila Morcha leader who urged Hindus to gangrape Muslim women.She was responding to reaction against her earlier tweet that Indian cricket team lost to England because of wearing orange jersey.'My tweet about India’s performance (all in good humour) got more traction than a BJP leader asking Hindus to gangrape Muslim women. Are such appalling statements intentionally being brushed under the rug? An innocuous tweet evokes strong reactions but why no outrage against this', Mehbooba said.UNI

Mumbai rains LIVE: 24 dead in wall collapse incidents, two more drown near Malad
Mumbai :At least 26 people have died in rain-related incidents in Mumbai as heavy rains lashed parts of the city Tuesday. In Malad East, a wall collapsed on hutments early this morning in Kurar’s Pimpripada area, leaving 21 people dead. The death toll is expected to increase as many are feared stuck under debris. In Kalyan, the wall of a school collapsed on an adjoining residential structure, killing three persons. Two men died in a closed car in Malad, after the car drowned near a subway. Maharashtra Govt declared a public holiday in Mumbai Tuesday after IMD predicted heavy to extremely heavy rainfall in the city. Schools and colleges will remain closed today, and officials have advised people to avoid leaving their homes. indianexpress
OIC condemns Israel's tunnel opening in Jerusalem
world's largest Islamic grouping has strongly condemned the opening of an Israeli tunnel south of East Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. Israeli officials opened the tunnel Sunday under the Silwan neighborhood in East Jerusalem, with the attendance of US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman and Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt. In a statement on Tuesday, Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) said the tunnel opening "aims at changing the historical and legal status of the city of Jerusalem". "These actions are in violation of international law and relevant resolutions of international legitimacy,"Jeddah-based organization said.Anadulu
Arab League warns of dangerous results of Israel excavations in Jerusalem
Arab League has also warned of dangers consequences which may result from Israel’s excavations under the Old City of Jerusalem.This warning came after official opening of a tunnel running under Jerusalem’s village of Silwan towards Al-Aqsa Mosque. The tunnel is referred to by Israeli occupation as “Road of Pilgrims”.MEMO
Israel to open diplomatic mission in Oman: Mossad chief
Israel is renewing formal relations with Oman and plans to open a diplomatic mission in the Sultanate, Yossi Cohen, head of Israel’s intelligence agency Mossad, has claimed. Cohen claimed that “just recently, renewal of formal relations with Oman was declared and the establishment of a representative office of the foreign ministry in that country”.He added that the move “is only the visible tip of a much broader secret effort,” presumably referring to Israel’s efforts to normalise relations with Arab and Muslim states. Cohen claimed that though “we [Israel] do not yet have with [other Arab states] official peace treaties, […] there is already a communality of interests, broad cooperation and open channels of communication”.middleeastmonitor
Israel asks UK to ban Hamas, BDS
Israel has asked UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid to outlaw Hamas and Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.Sajid, who is in Israel at the moment, met with Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan in Tel Aviv before going on to meet PM Benjamin Netanyahu. In 2001 UK proscribed Hamas’ military wing, the Izz Ad-Din Al-Qassam Brigades, as a “terrorist organisation” however recognises its political arm as the body which governs the besieged Gaza Strip.During his 2-day trip to Israel, Javid visited the Western Wall (Al-Buraq Wall) in occupied East Jerusalem and placed a note between its stones. He also made a “deeply moving and emotional” visit to the national Holocaust memorial and museum at Yad Vashem.He also became the first UK cabinet minister to pray at Al-Aqsa Mosque, Islam’s third holiest site.middleeastmonitor
Israeli ‘solution’ for Gaza includes massive military offensive and move to Sinai
2 Israeli officials have proposed a “solution” for the Gaza Strip which includes another massive military offensive against the enclave and moving the Palestinians to Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, reported on Sunday. The end of the Govt led by Mahmoud Abbas is also suggested in a report published by the Jerusalem Institute for Public and State Affairs.The purpose of the proposal is to make humanitarian crisis in Gaza even worse, prompting a military confrontation. Its authors are Shimon Shapira, a former military secretary to Israel’s PM , and Shlomi Fogel, an official who has proposed numerous initiatives related to the Arab world. The phase which would follow the offensive would be based on economic and commercial development for Sinai backed by Egypt.According to Shapira and Fogel, Gaza is still a crisis issue for Israel and the international community. They refer to a report issued by International Bank in 2018 which said that Gaza’s economy is failing. Saving Gaza will not be easy, the report claims, because Hamas, which controls Gaza, is seen by US, EU and Israel as a “terrorist group”, while its ideological parent, the Muslim Brotherhood, is also regarded as a “terrorist” movement by a number of Arab states. Furthermore, the Gaza Strip and its residents have faced three massive Israeli military offensives against the largely civilian population since Hamas won the last Palestinian elections in 2006 and took full control of the coastal territory a year later.middleeastmonitor
Israel bans call to prayer 300 times at Ibrahimi Mosque
Israeli occupation forces banned the call to prayer 294 from the Ibrahimi Mosque in occupied Hebron during the first six months of this year, the Ministry of Awqaf and Religious Affairs has said.In addition to this, settlers cut down an ancient olive tree outside the mosque in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron.The Islamic holy site has also been closed to Muslim worshippers to allow Jews to mark Passover on its grounds in April. Israeli occupation authorities banned the prayer 294 hours during the last 6 months of this year, under pretexts and pretexts.middleeastmonitor
Rights group begins legal action after Israel park bans Palestinians
Legal Centre for Arab Minority Rights in Israel – better known as Adalah – has begun legal action against the northern Israeli city of Afula, after it banned non-residents from using a local park in a bid to prevent Palestinian citizens of Israel from using the facility.Two of Adalah’s lawyers, Fady Khoury and Sari Arraf, submitted an administrative petition to the Nazareth District Court last night, demanding the court rule as null and void the Afula municipality’s ban on the entry of non-residents to the park.The municipality announced the ban last week “following an explicit election promise made by Afula Mayor Avi Elkabetz to act against what he designed the ‘conquest of the park’ by residents of surrounding Arab communities,” Adalah’s press release explained.middleeastmonitor
'Seriously?': Zarif mocks US, insists Iran has not violated deal
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said Tehran had not violated its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers after its stockpiles of enriched uranium breached a limit set in the landmark accord.Iran on Monday announced its reserves of enriched uranium had surpassed the 300kg cap and said its next step would be to enrich uranium above the 3.67 % limit in the accord, unless European powers did more to protect the Iranian economy from harsh US sanctions.Last year, US unilaterally withdrew from the deal, which set limits on Iran's nuclear activity in return for removing international sanctions on its economy. After leaving the accord, the US reimposed sanctions on Tehran.In a statement on Monday, White House said there was "little doubt that even before the deal's existence, Iran was violating its terms".Making light of the US reaction on Tuesday, Zarif tweeted a screengrab of the statement, with the question: "Seriously?" foreign minister, who has been personally targeted in the latest round of US sanctions, said the Iranian move did not violate the accord, whose remaining signatories include China, Russia, Germany, France and the United Kingdom.aljazeera
Taliban, Afghan rivals 'set to meet' in fresh bid for peace
Rival Afghans will meet starting on Sunday in Qatar, officials said, in a fresh attempt to make political headway as US seeks a peace deal with the Taliban within three months.The international efforts to bring warring Afghan sides to the negotiating table comes as the Taliban, which has been fighting the West-backed Kabul Govt, killed 16 in the latest attack in the capital. US special peace envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad has been holding a seventh round of peace talks with Taliban in Qatar, aimed at bringing the 18-year-old war to an end.On Monday, US President Donald Trump said in an interview that he wants to withdraw US forces from Afghanistan, but will leave a strong intelligence presence in the country to counter what he termed the "Harvard of terrorists."The Taliban have refused to negotiate with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, and a previous attempt to bring the armed group together with Govt officials in Doha collapsed in April in a dispute over attendees.Germany,a key player in international support for post-Taliban Govt, and Qatar, which maintains contacts with the armed group, said that they jointly extended invitations for a dialogue in Doha on Sunday and Monday.Afghans "will participate only in their personal capacity and on an equal footing," Markus Potzel, Germany's special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, said in a statement released on Monday by the US."Afghanistan stands at a critical moment of opportunity for progress towards peace," he said. But the Taliban spokesman insisted that they would not to talk to the Kabul govt.The meeting comes after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo paid a previously unannounced visit last week to Kabul where he voiced hope for a peace deal with the Taliban "before Sept.1." aljazeera
Yemen's Houthis attack Saudi's Abha airport
A Yemeni rebel attack on a civilian airport in southern Saudi Arabia wounded nine civilians on Tuesday, a Riyadh-led coalition said, the latest in a series of attacks on the airport."The terrorist attack on Abha airport  ... led to the injury of 9 civilians, including eight Saudi citizens and one carrying an Indian passport," the military coalition said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency.Earlier, the Iran-aligned Houthi rebels said they "launched a wide operation aimed at warplanes at Abha international airport" with drones, according to their Almasirah television channel.aljazeera
Algeria parliament president Bouchareb resigns - TV
Algerian parliament President Mouad Bouchareb has quit, Ennahar TV reported, after prolonged demands for his removal by protesters who saw him as a pillar of the ruling elite.Bouchareb bowed out on Tuesday, 3 months after longtime President Abdelaziz Bouteflika resigned under pressure from sustained protests seeking root and branch reform and an end to systemic corruption and cronyism.Authorities postponed a presidential election, previously planned for July 4, because of a lack of candidates, with no new date set for the vote.aljazeera
Niger: Attackers kill 16 soldiers in Inates military camp attack
Unidentified attackers have killed 16 soldiers in a car bomb attack on a military camp in western Niger near the border with Mali, local residents and security sources said on Tuesday.The raid occurred on Monday near the town of Inates in the same region where an ambush by the West African branch of the ISIL armed group killed 28 soldiers in May.Zakari Insa, the brother of one of the soldiers killed in Monday's attack, and Souley Marou, a local villager, said that 16 soldiers had died.aljazeera
Turkey seeks to arrest scores over Gulen links
Turkey has ordered the arrest of 152 people over suspected links to the network blamed by Ankara for orchestrating a failed military coup, state media said on Tuesday.Prosecutors in the Istanbul, Konya and Izmir provinces issued dozens of arrest warrants for suspects including military personnel, some of whom are still on active duty and some already sacked, according to the state-run Anadolu agency.The agency said more than 40 suspects had been caught so far and operations were ongoing in various provinces of Turkey.aljazeera
Actor Riz Ahmed says racial profiling kept him off a flight, feels present times 'super scary' for Muslims
Washington:Actor Riz Ahmed has claimed he was racially profiled on a flight in April, which caused him to miss a 'Star Wars' celebration convention in Chicago. The actor also opened up about the discrimination he faces because of his race, saying the current times are "super scary".Ahmed made his comments last week at CAA Amplify conference, reported Fox News. Homeland Security stopped him from boarding a flight in April, causing him to miss a scheduled appearance at the Windy City's 'Star Wars' Celebration.The 'Star Wars' actor described being checked for explosives and questioned at an airport in the United States, claiming that it wasn't a rare occurrence for him and he is frequently stopped and searched when he travels."With all my privilege and profile, I often wonder if this is going to be the year they round us up, if this is the year they're going to put Trump's Muslim registry into action, if this is going to be the year they ship us all off," he told the crowd.  He also pointed out that the success of other A-list Muslim stars hasn't helped the plight of other Muslim people in the US. "Hasan Minhaj could win a Peabody, I could win an Emmy, Ibtihaj Muhammad could win the Olympics, but some of these obstacles are systemic, and we can't really face them alone," he said.ANI
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