Saturday, 27 July 2019

27 July ND; Centre all set to abrogate Article 35A in J&K, will move 10,000 additional troops: Sources/Whats App assures India of 'prompt action' on tracing of 'rogue' messages/ HC reserves order on activist Gautam Navlakha plea to quash FIR

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27 July 2019: 23 Dhul Qadah 1440:Vol: 11, No:255
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Centre all set to abrogate Article 35A in J&K, will move 10,000 additional troops: Sources
The countdown for the removal of Article 35A in J&K has started, according to top sources in the govt. 2 days after NSA Ajit Doval returned from a visit to the Valley, the Centre has decided to move 10,000 additional paramilitary troops there to address the likely fallout of the move on the ground, sources said.During his 3-day tour, Doval had held detailed discussions with senior officers of state administration, police, paramilitary forces, army, state and Central intelligence agencies, they said."An elaborate contingency plan has been worked out to take care of even the minutest details. How the law and order situation would behave, the response of the overground and underground separatist cadres and also the response of the mainstream political leadership."It is clear that nothing is being left to chance. The orders seem to be clear, violence and attempts to disrupt peace by anti-national elements, in the garb of a public outcry to oppose the abrogation of Article 35A, has to be contained and controlled so that the common man is put to least inconvenience."The entire operation to deal with the law and order fallout in aftermath of the abrogation of Article 35A has even been code-named," these sources said.The arrival of additional companies of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) has started in Valley over past 3 days.Special flights carrying CAPFs have landed at the Srinagar airport during the last three days, while convoys carrying additional companies of these forces are reaching the Valley through Jammu-Srinagar national highway.This is reportedly intended to augment an already overwhelming component of these forces in Kashmir. Over 450 companies of CAPFs (40,000 troops) are already deployed for security of the ongoing Amarnath Yatra and other security related duties in the Valley at present."This number does not include strength of counter insurgency Rashtriya Rifles, which carries out anti-militancy operations in hinterland, and also provides peripheral assistance to the state police and CAPF in difficult situations.J&K Police said the troops will be deployed in north Kashmir where security situation is still seen as a challenge."All sensitive installations,including airport, radio station, DD Kendra and essential services are getting additional paramilitary deployments for security cover. Sources say lists of elements who might try to stoke public outcry have already been prepared. Interestingly, lists of anti-national and anti-social elements prepared by the state and Central intelligence agencies are not restricted to the separatist cadres."Some local politicians who see the ground slipping from under their feet are also on the radar so that they are not able to take political mileage out of the likely situation," sources said.IANS
After NSA returns from JK,Centre moves 10k  troops
'Creating Fear': Mehbooba Mufti Lambasts Centre Over Decision to Send More Troops to Kashmir
Former J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti claimed that "Centre's decision to deploy additional 10,000 troops to Valley" has created "fear" among residents."Centre's decision to deploy additional 10,000 troops to the valley has created fear psychosis amongst people. There is no dearth of security forces in Kashmir. J&K is a political problem which won’t be solved by military means. GOI needs to rethink & overhaul its policy," she tweeted.News18
Anyone picking up gun in Kashmir will go to grave: Army Chief Bipin Rawat
On 20th Kargil Vijay Diwas on Friday, Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat said that anyone who picks up the gun in the Valley will go to the grave.“Any local militant who is picking up the gun against security forces, he will no longer be a militant, that is one strategy that anybody who picks up the gun against the Army will no longer be a militant. The gun and the man will be separated. The man will go to the grave and the gun will be with us. But this is not the end of everything,” he said during a media interaction in Drass.indianexpress
‘Chinese official’s Masood Azhar dig firmed up resolve to amend UAPA’
A Chinese official’s comment during diplomatic negotiations over listing Masood Azhar as a UN-designated terrorist had firmed up Govt’s resolve to usher in amendments to UAPA, Home Ministry sources said.In the past, when India was pushing hard for Azhar’s listing with China, a Chinese official pointed out that Azhar had not been banned by India. “Chinese told us point blank that when you have yourself not banned Azhar, why are you pushing us to help you,” a Home Ministry official said even as he argued why adding “individuals” to provision of Act banning and declaring an organisation as “terrorist” was necessary. Lok Sabha passed UAPA amendment Bill this week,further enhancing powers of NIA.A key amendment in the Bill, which gives powers to Govt to designate individuals as terrorist,has led opposition parties to express concern that it could be misused.“It’s not that people will be randomly branded as terrorists. It is meant for people like Saeed and Azhar. In fact, they are the first people we plan to proscribe once the amendments become part of the Act,” official said. indianexpress
India ready to help Pak fight terror: Defence Minister
India has offered to help Pakistan eliminate terror on its soil following PM Imran Khan's glaring admission that his country housed "30,000 to 40,000" jehadists. Defence Minister, Rajnath Singh maintained that any future talks with Islamabad would focus solely on PoK.Singh, however, regretted that Imran Khan Govt has displayed no sincerity in taking action against Hafiz Saeed and other terrorists."Khan has accepted this. If you are sincere about controlling terror but are unable to do it, you can take your neighbour India's cooperation should you like," the Defence Minister offered. "Why not act against terrorists together?"indiatoday
US clears $670 million arms-related sales to support India’s C-17 aircraft, sop for Pakistan
US has announced it had cleared the sale of support equipment and services related to C-17 heavy-lift transport planes to India worth $670 million and $125 million for Pakistan to pay a technical support staff of American personnel based on its soil for end-use monitoring of its F-16s.The twin announcements, made three minutes apart Friday afternoon (C-17 at 1:13 pm and about F-16s at 1:10 pm), were not a coincidence, but there was no clarity on their links to Pakistani PM Imran Khan’s recent meeting with President Donald Trump during his 3-day tour during which he tried to reset Islamabad’s relationship with Washington.“Govt of India has requested to buy equipment for C-17 follow-on support, to include spares and repair parts; support equipment; personnel training and training equipment; publications and technical documentation; support and test equipment; US Govt and contractor engineering, technical and logistical support services; and other related elements of logistics and program support,” the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said in a statement.“The total estimated program cost is $670 million.”India will pay that money while the US will pay Pakistan, a diplomatic source said, to pay Americans — Govt officials and representatives of F-16 manufacturer Lockheed Martin — stationed at Pakistan Air Force Air Bases Mushaf and Shahbaz to support and monitor Pakistan’s F-16s. hindustantimes
Whats App assures India of 'prompt action' on tracing of 'rogue' messages
New Delhi:IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has  said the gvot will insist on WhatsApp developing a mechanism to trace origin of messages in cases where the platform is misused by terrorists and 'rogue' elements.The minister, who met WhatsApp Global Head Will Cathcart, said the top official had assured him of prompt action in these issues of "concern"."On the issue of traceability, I have conveyed to them traceability shall be their job. But in the event WhatsApp platform is sought to be abused by rogue, terrorists and extremist elements by repeating, recirculation of messages, then there must be a mechanism where those could be traced to enforce law and order, safety and security of the country," Prasad said after the meeting.Cathcart said that WhatsApp had reiterated its support for encryption and how important it is for its product.Facebook-owned company, which has over 400 million users in India, has so far resisted demands from Indian Govt for identifying message originators stating that doing so will undermine end-to-end encryption and affect privacy protection for users."This I have told them clearly the mechanism shall be developed by them. And request for that will also come from appropriately high level, so that there is no tinkering in between. I am happy to note that CEO has assured me that he will take prompt action in these matters and address it," Prasad said.PTI
Bhima Koregaon case: HC reserves order on activist Gautam Navlakha plea to quash FIR
Bombay High Court has reserved its orders on a petition filed by activist Gautam Navlakha, seeking to quash the FIR lodged against him by the Pune Police last year in connection with a public meeting held in Pune on the eve of 200th anniversary of Battle of Bhima Koregaon. Navlakha was among several prominent activists charged by Pune police in the case, and accused of having links with the banned naxalite group, CPI-Maoist, which, police claim, had organised the public meeting, named Elgaar Parishad, in Pune on Dec.31, 2017. It’s almost been a year since Pune Police tried to arrest Navlakha from his New Delhi home along with 6 other prominent activists. Navlakha is the only one who has not been arrested till now, thanks to intervention of the courts. A division bench of Justice Ranjit More and Justice Bharati Dangre refused to quash FIR but continued the interim protection order from arrest given to Navlakha till the final order was pronounced. “We’ll apply our mind and pass an order,”the bench said. Advocate Yug Chaudhry,appearing for Navlakha, argued that his client could not be booked under UAPA based on the evidence produced by the Pune Police in the form of letters allegedly recovered from laptops of Navlakha and other co-accused.The bench,however, questioned this premise. Referring to Section 13 of UAPA, which penalises the advocating, abetting and advising of unlawful activities, Justice Dangre said: “Is it necessary that when someone drops a bomb only then you’re liable for such charges? There are abettors and conspirators too.”Justice Dangre added that Pune Police had produced additional material as part of evidence, and under such circumstances, it was difficult to conclude that there was no case to be made out and FIR quashed. Justice More said that documents presented by the police show material against Navlakha. “How do we pretend that prima facie no offence has been committed at all?” he asked.indianexpress
Prevention of lynching: SC notice to Centre, 10 states on implementing guidelines
New Delhi :The Supreme Court on Friday issued notice to the Centre and 10 states on a plea seeking directions for them to implement the court’s guidelines on preventing mob lynching incidents.A bench of CJI Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Deepak Gupta issued the notice on the plea by a trust, Anti Corruption Council of India.The petition, filed through its authorised representative, said it was moving the court “to stop the increasing of mob lynchings basically targeting the minority community of the country”.It referred to some instances of alleged lynchings and said “cow related violence/attacks is on rise within the country in the recent past. The cow vigilante group, claiming to be protective of cattle, has taken the lives of lot of innocent Muslims and Dalits merely upon the suspicion of cow slaughtering and cattle trading…”indianexpress
‘Go to Moon if you can’t tolerate Jai Shri Ram chanting’: Kerala BJP leader
A controversy erupted after Kerala BJP spokesperson B Gopalakrishnan suggested that renowned filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan should consider migrating to the Moon if he was unable to tolerate those chanting “Jai Shri Ram”.“If you are not keen to hear it (Jai Sri Ram), please register your name at Sriharikota and you can go to the moon,” Gopalakrishnan told Adoor in a Facebook post, adding it will be better if he changed his name. BJP leader’s outburst came a day after a letter was sent to PM Narendra Modi on incidents of lynchings across the country. Gopalakrishnan was among 49 signatories who had voiced their concerns against cases of mob violence. CM Pinarayi Vijayan and the Malayalam film fraternity threw their weights behind Adoor and condemned BJP leader’s comments.Hitting back Gopalakrishnan, Adoor said their letter voicing concern was neither against Govt, nor against those chanting ‘Jai Sri Ram’, but against incidents of lynching using the “chant as a war cry”. The filmmaker also claimed to have received threat calls over the letter. Indianexpress
'No Question of Maligning Ram's Image': Shyam Benegal After Backlash Over Letter to PM Modi
New Delhi: Dismissing allegations that a letter written by 49 noted personalities to PM Narendra Modi was an attack on Hinduism, noted film director Shyam Benegal on Friday said the communication did not malign the image of Ram in any way. Benegal was one of the signatories to the letter.“ Ram is the foundational figure of our country. Where is the question of maligning the image?” Benegal said.In respond, 61 noted citizens on Friday wrote another letter to Modi criticising “selective outrage and false narratives”. The latest letter has been signed by actor Kangana Ranaut, classical dancer and MP Sonal Mansingh, instrumentalist Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri, among others.Benegal clarified that ‘Jai Shri Ram’ slogan had got a certain 'colouring' during the Ayodhya Ram temple agitation.“Then it got a certain kind of colouring and became a call to action,” he said. “We are a democratic nation and we should bring down tension,” Benegal said, adding that communities should not be pitted against one another and the law should protect all.news18
62 Celebs Who Sent Counter-Letter Are Govt Stooges: Yogendra Yadav
“I am afraid the letter we have seen today clearly belongs to artists as courtiers. As they used to say in our traditional vocabulary, ye darbaari hai, bhaand hai. (They are working for Govt),” political analyst and Swaraj India founder Yogendra Yadav said.thequint
Jharkhand: 'Ram Bhakt' BJP Minister Asks Muslim MLA To Chant 'Jai Shri Ram' On National TV
After unrestrained 'Ram bhakts', a BJP minister in Jharkhand was on Friday seen on national TV brazenly asking a Muslim MLA to chant 'Jai Shri Ram', insisting he was a "Ram wala" and that "Babur or Timur Lang", medieval era Muslim conquerors,were not his ancestors. It all started on a lighter note, when CP Singh, the state's urban development minister, and Irfan Ansari, a Congress MLA, were standing outside the Legislative Assembly surrounded by cameramen.Singh was seen wrapping his arm around Ansari's shoulders and asking him to chant the slogan hailing the Lord."Ek baar zor se Jai Shri Ram boliye (say Jai Shri Ram vigorously," Singh told Ansari, who smilingly showed the red 'Mauli' tied on his right hand. PTI
Singer who threatened to send Muslims to qabristan for not chanting ‘Jai Shri Ram’ arrested with 3 others
UP Police have arrested the singer, who boasted about the Hindutva pride and threatened to send Muslims to qabristan (graveyard) if they refused to chant Jai Shri Ram slogans. Police have arrested four people including the singer Varun Upadhyay alias Varun Bahar, owner of the YouTube channel, where the controversial song was uploaded, Rajesh Kumar Verma, Santosh Kumar Yadav and Mukesh Pandey, who penned the lyrics.The video had gone viral on social media evoking widespread outrage. The song threatened to send Muslims to their graveyards if they refused to chant the new war cry Jai Shri Ram by invoking the name of Hindu god Ram.The outrage against the song prompted the cyber cell of Lucknow Police to dig deeper into the controversy. A senior Police officer said that the 4 people were taken into police custody.The owner of YouTube channel and 2 lyricists are believed to the residents of Gonda, while singer hails from Lucknow.jantakareporter
Delhi:Suspected of theft, 16-yr boy beaten to death
New Delhi :A 16-year-old boy was allegedly beaten to death over suspicion of theft in Delhi Friday. The incident took place around 8 am, when the boy allegedly entered a home and was caught stealing by the owner, police said. DCP (North West) Vijayanta Arya said, “Minor was in the house and was caught by the owner, Mukesh (23), who beat him up.After some time, neighbours too gathered and beat up the boy.” The victim was rushed to a hospital, where he died during treatment, said police. Arya said that 6 people, including Mukesh, have been arrested. A case has been registered. Police said efforts are being made to identify more people who might have been involved in the incident. The victim was not known to the accused. “He was kicked and beaten up… around 8 am, a PCR call was made by the accused, Mukesh,” said Arya.indianexpress
2 Congress leaders among 3 beaten up on suspicion of being child-lifters in MP
Bhopal:MP Police have arrested 5 persons on the charge of thrashing three persons, including 2 local Congress leaders, on July 26 night on the suspicion of being child-lifters. Armed with lathis,20 residents of Nawal Singhana village, 35 km from Betul town, blocked a road towards Shahpur, waiting for a vehicle approaching from Chicholi police station area, said Karthikeyan K., Betul SP.“They mistook its three occupants for child-lifters and started attacking them. But, when they realised they were local leaders, they ran away,” he said.Betul district Congress general secretary Dharmendra Shukla, party leader Dharmu Singh Lanjiwar and tribal leader Lalit Baraskar suffered minor injuries, while their vehicle was damaged.thehindu
Ahmedabad: 18-yr-old Muslim ‘beaten to death for affair with tribal girl’
Surat:Tension gripped Jhagadia taluka in Bharuch district after a Muslim youth died on Friday, a day after he was allegedly beaten up by the family members and relatives of a tribal girl whom he was said to have been in a relationship with.Police on Friday rounded up 4 accused identified as Ajay Vasava, Vijay Vasava, Akshay Vasava, and Dinesh Vasava, all residents of Boridra village.Police said that 18-year-old youth of Dharoli village was in a relationship with a girl from the neighbouring Boridra village. The girl’s parents and her relatives were allegedly against the relationship and put pressure on her to end it. DSP LK Zala said, “We have rounded up four accused and they will be arrested soon.” Speaking about the alleged relationship between the youth and the girl, the official said, “In the past one month, the girl had stopped meeting the boy, and this might have driven him to go to Boridra village to meet her. Her relatives found him in the village and beat him up with wooden sticks and iron rods.” indianexpress
Lawyer Pracha holds camp at Lucknow mosque to educate people about obtaining gun licenses
Lucknow: Delhi based lawyer Mehmood Pracha on Friday conducted a training camp at a Lucknow mosque here to provide people with assistance into filing up gun license forms.The training took place at the city's Teele Wali Masjid before Friday prayers and was also attended by the Imam of the mosque.Addressing media after the event, Pracha said, "Today we gave training to thousands of people and for detailed training will come again after 15 days. We told them about the provisions of arms act. It is right of SC/ST to apply for an arms license."Elaborating about the training given by him he said, "I have taught them what reasons they need to write. People from SC/ST and minorities have a general reason that they are in danger. If the form is rejected they should seek legal help. But we should not cross our boundaries otherwise we will become culprits."He also stated that mob lynching is an act of terrorism and relevant sections should be imposed on people indulging in such crime.Pracha also claimed that he has received an invitation from six cities of UP apart from Delhi, Jaipur, Mumbai and Kolkata to organise such camps. Imam of Teele Wali Masjid Maulana Syed Fazlul Mannan Rahmani also addressed the media briefing and demanded strict law against mob lynching.ANI
Why Muslims in Jharkhand are Up in Arms Against Hindi Newspapers
Ranchi: Muslims, along with Adivasis, Dalits, and other minorities have launched a campaign to boycott the popular Hindi Newspapers – Dainik Jagran and Prabhat Khabar in Jharkhand. They have urged the people to boycott the newspapers as well, burnt their own copies and held a signature campaign against the Hindi dailies.  At the centre of this controversy against the aforementioned dailies is a report on mob lynching that was published on the front page of Dainik Jagran’s Jharkhand edition, on July 12. According to the report, there was an attempt to lynch a child kidnapper, in Jamshedpur’s Azadnagar on July 11.The accused, Ashish Mukhi alias Ramesh Mukhi, was apparently beaten up by a mob in Muslim-concentrated area and stones were pelted on the police.But locals and eyewitnesses said that the incident was misreported by the Dainik Jagran. A child kidnapper was trying to kidnap a kid. But his uncle caught the culprit red-handed and handed him over to the police without causing any harm on either side. However, after the incident came to light, people gathered at the local police station and raised slogans to punish the culprits. The only objectionable thing that happened during the protest was that when the protesters were going back, a person pelted a stone towards the police station. caravandaily
Sadhvi Prachi asks Hindus to shun 'kawars' made by Muslims, triggers row
Meerut: VHP leader Sadhvi Prachi has asked 'kawarias' to boycott 'kawars' made by Muslims, triggering a controversy. Prachi made the controversial appeal while inaugurating a transit camp in Daha village under Baghpat district near here.She said Hindus should boycott 'kawars' made by Muslims in the interest of the people of their own faith. Baghpat district administration has ordered a probe into the alleged statement by the VHP leader.VHP leader said in Haridwar 99% 'kawars' in Haridwar are made by Muslims.PTI
Aligarh District Administration Bans Namaz, Recitation of Aarti and Hanuman Chalisa on Streets
The district administration in Aligarh has banned all religious activities on roads after reports emerged that some right-wing groups were organising aarti and Hanuman Chalisa recitations on roads as retaliation against Muslims offering namaz on streets.“No religious activities will not be allowed on roads without prior permission. I spoke to people involved in such activities and told them about the sensitivity of the issue. The law and order situation can get affected by such activities, especially in communally sensitive areas,” said CB Singh, District Magistrate, Aligarh, adding that the ban is also applicable on offering namaz, except for on occasions like the festival of Eid.While BJP leader Manav Mahajan questioned the administration’s decision, Sunni cleric, Maulana Khalid Rasheed Farangi Mahali, urged people to not politicise the issue.news18
Maybe Modi meant meditate and Trump heard mediate: Salman Khurshid
Mumbai:Confusion between ‘mediate’ and ‘meditate’ might have led US President Donald Trump to believe that India wanted him to intervene in the Kashmir issue, senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid quipped. India has denied Trump’s claim that PM Narendra Modi requested him to mediate between India and Pakistan for resolving Kashmir issue.Khurshid was speaking at the launch of his book Visible Muslim, Invisible Citizen:Understanding Islam in Indian Democracy. Referring to the controversy, the he nister said in a lighter vein,“May be PM Modi wanted to say why don’t you meditate for Yoga, and he thought Modi was asking to mediate.It was a problem of communication. But diplomacy is all about communication and if you are not able to communicate properly, what kind of diplomacy you are having,” he added.  PTI
Akshardham attack accused held in J&K
Ahmedabad:Gujarat ATS has arrested Mohammed Yasin Gulam Moiuddin Butt, allegedly a key accused in 2002 Akshardham terror attack, from Anantnag in J&K.  Butt was brought to Ahmedabad under tight security on Friday evening. He will be handed over to Ahmedabad crime branch which has been the prosecuting agency in this case, said ATS officials. TOI
Top Jaish commander among 2 militants killed in Shopian encounter
Srinagar:2 militants were killed in an encounter between militants and security forces in south Kashmir’s Shopian district on Saturday.“Two militants were killed in the operation launched at Shopian’s Bonbazar area. The bodies have been retrieved,” an army spokesman said. The police said one of the slain militants was a topmost Jaish commander of south Munna Lahori from Pakistan. “Lahori was responsible for car blast attacks on security forces’ convoy on March 30 at Banihal and at Arihal Pulwama on June 17,” said the police.thehindu
5 Yrs After FB Post on Modi, UP Man Arrested And Charged With Sedition
New Delhi:5 years after a man from Meerut in UP posted a morphed photo of PM Narendra Modi on Facebook, he was arrested by the police and charged with seditio.n This is not the first case where a person has been arrested under the sedition law in UP. Ever since the Adityanath-led BJP Govt came to power in UP in March 2017, at least 150 cases of sedition have been reported across the state and half-a-dozen persons arrested in Saharanpur, Meerut, Gautam Buddh Nagar, Varanasi, Pratapgarh, Ballia, Bahraich, Basti and Ghaziabad. In most of these cases, the ‘crime’ is the same — sharing “offensive’, “objectionable”, "inflammatory" and “defamatory” content on social media, including criticisim of late PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee, or ridiculing Modi, Adityanath or RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat. According to media reports, Faham Azim Siddiqui, a native of Incholi village of Meerut, was arrested under IT Act and Section 124 A (sedition) of IPC.A relative of Siddiqui's, rubbished the police allegations. He said, "Faham has not shared anything objectionable against PM Modi in recent times. It is an old case of 2014. He had shared a picture of Modi with objectionable content on Facebook in 2014 but Meerut police arrested him on Thursday after 5 years,” alleging that Siddiqui was arrested due to “huge pressure” on police by few local BJP leaders.newsclick.in
Higher Education Grants to Minority Students Saw Significant Dip in Last 5 Years, Govt Data Reveals
New Delhi:The allocation of scholarships to minority students pursuing higher education has seen a significant decline in last 5 years while allocation to primary education was increased, Govt data reveals.The data accessed by News18.com through RTIs and Govt reports show that there has been a dip not only in the funds disbursed by the govt but there has also been a decrease in the number of beneficiaries for higher education. However, allocation of pre-matric scholarship has increased in last 5 years. News18.com
Triple talaq in varsity syllabus draws ire
The contentious issue of triple talaq  has been included in the syllabus of sociology at Lucknow University. The decision, however, invited sharp criticism from the Muslim clerics, who said that it would "paint a wrong picture" of the Shariat among the students and must be "dropped"."Triple talaq has ignited a serious debate in the society... the students need to be taught about the effects of such a system on the society... there is nothing wrong in its inclusion in the syllabus," said a varsity official.All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) member Maulana Khalid Rashid Firangimahali, however, decried the decision. Another senior Muslim cleric also echoed similar sentiments and demanded that the topic be "dropped" from the syllabus immediately.deccanherald
Sena MP compares PM Modi with Lord Krishna for bringing Triple Talaq Bill
Shiv Sena MP Vinayak Raut has compared PM Narendra Modi to Lord Krishna, saying that he has proved himself to be a saviour who is guarding Muslim women from the menace of Triple Talaq. "Like Lord Krishna came to save Draupadi from Duryodhana and Dushasana, Muslim women have found a brother in Narendra Modi. He is intent on providing justice to them,"Sihv Sena MP said in the Lok Sabha.Raut, MP also slammed previous Govts for not doing anything to clamp down on the practice."Previous Congress Govts did not dare to touch this subject because they cared more about their vote bank," he said.newsnation
From calling it barbaric to supporting it: AIADMK's U-turn on triple talaq bill
In a U-turn on its position on the controversial Triple Talaq Bill, AIADMK came out in support even as the sole MP from party praised PM Narendra Modi for championing the cause of women’s equality. In a brief speech in support of the Bill , Theni MP Raveendranath Kumar said that this was an effort by the PM to 'give equal power to women in our society and give them opportunity to reach the highest position in social arena.' “But right now, this Bill seeks to provide equal rights to all women irrespective of their religion. I, therefore, want to know whether they [Opposition] accept this piece of legislation or not.Finally, I would say that given the right opportunities, women will achieve great successes and reach heights. Social practices like these should not be forced on them as they become impediments to their development.” he said. In an apparent reference to those opposing the Bill, MP asked, “Will they agree if the same Muslim law is adopted for Hindus also?” He also claimed that Vedic period saw women in the country being treated with respect but this deteriorated in the Middle Ages 'because of various bad practices against women in the society.'Just over 6 months ago,party had staged a walkout over Bill, terming it ‘barbaric’. thenewsminute
After talaq bill, RSS opens help centre for Muslims in Hyderbad
Hyderabad: A day after the Lok Sabha adopted the bill to ban instant triple talaq, Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM), an arm of RSS, opened Telangana’s first family counselling centre for Muslims in Hyderabad. Soon after Friday prayers, MRM opened the alternative disputes redressal centre, ‘Parivar Sulah Kendra’, at its office in Afzalgunj in the Old City. Centre was inaugurated by Reshma Hussain, national convener of MRM’s women’s wing.It is first RSS-linked counselling centre for Muslims in south India. As of now there are 5 such centres in Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Delhi and UP.  Centres are seen as an attempt to counter Sharia courts and local mosque committees in Hyderabad and parts of Telangana, where many Muslims appear for redressal of family disputes related to marriage, divorce, and sharing of property. The concept of Sharia court was mooted by AIMPLB.TOI
Petition Equating 'Vande Matram', National Anthem Dismissed by Delhi HC
Delhi High Court has refused to entertain a petition seeking treatment of 'Vande Matram' at par with National Anthem."We see no reason to entertain the petition," said a Division Bench presided by Chief Justice D.N. Patel and Justice C. Harishankar while dismissing the petition. Petition filed by BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay also sought directions to Govt to take appropriate steps to ensure that 'Jana Gana Mana' and 'Vande Mataram' were sung in all schools on every working day.IANS
BJP reaches out to Muslims of riot-hit M’nagar with party membership drive
Muzaffarnagar: BJP has started reaching out to several Muslim dominated regions across the state, including parts of 2013 riot-hit Muzaffarnagar, through its party’s membership registration programme with the aim to shed its anti-minority image.Muslim volunteers from the party’s minority cell claimed that it has already received a favourable response from thousands of people in minority-dominated areas of Muzaffarnagar which was hit by communal riots in 2013.According to sources in BJP’s minority cell, the campaign started on July 6 and is likely to continue till August 11. Workers from the party’s minority cell are installing camps across Muzaffarnagar district in minority dominated areas such as Khalapar, Ladhawala, Sarwat and Kidwai Nagar.TOI
‘Cow only animal that exhales oxygen’, says Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat
Dehradun:Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat has kicked up a row by claiming that cow is the only animal which inhales and exhales oxygen, and has asserted breathing problems can be cured by massaging it. A video went viral showing Rawat extolling the medicinal properties of cow milk and urine at a function here.In the video, he said cows not only inhale oxygen but also exhale it.CM also said that massaging a cow can cure one of breathing problems, while living in close proximity with the animal can cure one of tuberculosis.PTI
Man held for daring Hindu outfit leader to attack him for eating beef
An activist was arrested in Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore on Friday for an alleged social media post, challenging a Hindu Makkal Katchi leader to attack him for eating beef, police said.Nirmal Kumar, a functionary of DVK was arrested Saturday on charges of attempting to provoke religious enmity by his controversial post about beef-eating, police added. He had in a Facebook post on July 12 had challenged Hindu Makkal Katchi president Arjun Sampath to beat him for eating beef, referring to the attack on a man in Nagapattinam for posting a picture of himself having beef soup. PTI
Moin Qureshi Case: ED Arrests Business Man Whose Allegations Led to CBI Crisis
Enforcement Directorate has arrested Hyderabad-based businessman Sana Satish Babu, whose allegations triggered a war among the CBI top brass last year, in connection with a money-laundering probe against meat exporter Moin Qureshi and others, officials said on Saturday.The businessman was earlier called in as a witness in the ED money laundering case but with the latest development, he becomes an accused.PTI
Naxals killed in Chhattisgarh encounter
Raipur:The encounter took place in a forest near Tiriya village under Nagarnar police station limits in Bastar district.7 Naxals including three women were killed in an encounter with security forces in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar district today, police said. PTI
Iran grants India consular access to 18 crew of detained British vessel
Iran has granted India consular access to 18 Indian crew members of the detained British vessel Stena Impero, Govt said in Delhi.Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan tweeted, “Received an update on ‘Stena Impero’. Our Embassy availed consular access today evening. All 18 Indian crew members on board are safe and doing fine. Will continue to push for their early release.”Earlier in the day, the Iranian ambassador to Britain said, “Indian Embassy in Tehran was granted consular access to meet 18 Indian crew of the detained British ship Stena Impero. Similar access is underway to other 5 crew from other nationalities. Indian embassy has reported to find the crew being very calm with no sense of panic.”indianexpress
17 parties write to Venkaiah Naidu: Ensure Opposition’s voice is not smothered in Rajya Sabha
The face-off between Govt and Opposition over passage of Bills without scrutiny deepened on Friday with 17 parties writing to Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu and asking him to ensure that the voice of the Opposition is “not smothered” in Upper House. The letter came a day after the Govt, with the help of some fence-sitters, thwarted an Opposition bid to force referral of RTI amendment Bill to a select committee.indianexpress
Send RTI amendment bill back to Parliament for reconsideration: ex-CIC
New Delhi:Former Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi has urged President Ram Nath Kovind to return RTI Amendment Bill to Parliament for reconsideration to “defend the citizen’s fundamental right”.Kovind was a member of the standing committee which finalised the RTI Bill, 2004, suggesting parity of information commissions with the Election Commission to ensure that they perform their duties “independently and with complete autonomy”.PTI
Choppers, Boats Rescue Hundreds From Train Stuck Near Mumbai After Rain
Mumbai: 2 military helicopters and six boats of the National Disaster Response Force were sent in to rescue as many as 900 people stranded on board a passenger train about 60 km out of Mumbai on Saturday after heavy rain paralysed the city and its surrounding areas.Hundreds of passengers on the Mumbai-Kolhapur Mahalaxmi Express, stuck on the train near Vangani in Thane district since Friday night, appealed for help with videos shot on cellphones on social media.Passengers said  that they had no drinking water or food in the last 15 hours and no way to get leave as the train was cut off with five to six feet water on all sides.ndtv
CM BS Yediyurappa to prove majority on July 31, rebel MLAs likely to be inducted in state Cabinet
BS Yediyurappa took oath as CM of Karnataka for the 4th time on Friday. Governor Vajubhai Vala administered the oath of office and secrecy to the BJP state chief Yediyurappa at a ceremony at the Raj Bhavan. Governor had asked CM Yediyurappa to prove majority on the floor by July 31 at 10 am. Reports said the rebel MLAs have assured complete support to the newly appointed CM. BJP which emerged as the single-largest party in 2018 Assembly elections has again successful in coming to power.Yediyurappa-led Govt has assumed the office just three days when the Congress-JD(S)-led Govt collapse after former CM HD Kumaraswamy failed to prove majority in Assembly.Reports said Yediyurappa was sworn-in alone. He has said the Karnataka Assembly session will be called on July 29 for moving confidence motion and the finance bill.Earlier, the senior BJP leaders from Karnataka unit met top brass in the national capital. After a series of meetings, the final call was taken later after a day when CM Yediyurappa met the Governor on Friday in the morning and requested him to administer the oath of office and secrecy on the same day itself. Later, Governor invited him to form the Govt.Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar has disqualified 3 of the rebel MLAs making them ineligible to be immediately inducted in the Yediyurappa Govt. However, the decision on 14 others is pending. newsx
CBI summons Trinamool MP Derek O’Brien in connection with funding of party’s mouthpiece
CBI has asked Trinamool Congress MP Derek O’Brien to come in for questioning next month in connection with the funding of the party’s mouthpiece Jago Bangla, the lawmaker said in a tweet on Friday.“We are probing certain transactions recorded in the bank accounts of the party’s [Trinamool Congress] mouthpiece, Jago Bangla,” an unidentified official said. “That’s why Derek O’Brien has been asked to join investigation and provide clarifications.” However, MP pointed out in his tweet that the timing of the summons coincided with TMC’ motion to oppose amendments to RTI Act in the Parliament.
AzamKhan to get ultimatum: tender apology or face action
New Delhi :Pressure mounted on SP MP Azam Khan to tender an unqualified apology for his objectionable remarks against senior BJP member Rama Devi in Lok Sabha, as a meeting of leaders of different parties on Friday authorised Speaker Om Birla to take action if Khan fails to do so on floor of the House.
Remove 10% customs on newsprint: INS to govt
Executive Committee of Indian Newspaper Society at its emergency meeting urged Union Govt to withdraw the 10% customs duty imposed on newsprint, uncoated paper used for printing of newspapers and lightweight coated papers used for magazines.The duty was announced by Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman during the budget speech on July 5.In a statement issued on Friday, the society pointed out that the total consumption of standard newsprint in India is 2.5 mn tons and the indigenous mills have a capacity of 1.0 mn tons. “It appears that Indian newsprint manufacturers have misrepresented to the Govt that they are in a position to meet the entire requirements,” it said. Domestic manufacturers of newsprint had welcomed the move to impose duty, pointing out how it would help indigenous production.HT
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Israel unveils details of railway connection to Saudi, UAE
Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs revealed details of a proposed railway project that will connect the port of Haifa to Saudi Arabia and UAE.Unveiled in UAE by Israeli Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz the project was introduced as being a way to “promote regional peace” and link the Mediterranean Sea to the Arabian Gulf to allow for increased trade and improve local economies. The initiative relies on the use of Israel as a land bridge, and Jordan as a regional transportation hub. A regional rail network will eventually also be open to passengers. “In the future, the network will also transport passengers between the UK, Europe and the Mediterranean to the east, and between the Gulf states, Saudi Arabia and Iraq to the west,” the ministry pointed out.The ministry claimed that this initiative “will create shorter, faster, cheaper and safer regional trade routes and will contribute to strengthening of the Jordanian, Palestinian, Saudi, Gulf and even the Iraqi economies in the future.” It also pointed out that the currently existing infrastructure in Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the Gulf states will enable the implementation of “this initiative within a relatively short period”.middleeastmonitor
Hamas hails China for stance on Jerusalem demolitions
Gaza:Hamas has praised China for its stance on the Israeli demolition of Palestinian homes in the holy city of Jerusalem.Hamas said Beijing once again demonstrated its commitment to peace and stability in the Middle East. The group called on the Chinese administration and leading international organizations to play a stronger role at UN so Israeli occupation would end.Wu Haitao, China’s permanent representative at the UN, on July 23 called for the immediate halt of the demolitions in the Sur Baher area and criticized the violence against civilians.At dawn on Monday, bulldozers accompanied by hundreds of Israeli soldiers moved into the neighborhood of Wadi Homs in East Jerusalem and began razing several buildings in the area.Anadolu Agency
Abbas declares suspension of all deals with Israel
Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority (PA), has announced the suspension of all agreements signed with Israel. 84-year-old's declaration came after an emergency meeting of the PLO in the wake of Israel's demolition this week of several Palestinian buildings in Sur Baher village - a move Abbas described as an act of "ethnic cleansing"."We announce leadership's decision to stop implementing the agreements signed with the Israeli side," Abbas said at a speech in Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank.He added that a committee would be set up in order to implement the decision but did not offer additional information."We will not bow to dictates and imposing a fait accompli by force in Jerusalem and elsewhere," Abbas said.Abbas said the move comes as Israeli authorities "ignore" all the signed agreements with PA. 2 sides work together on matters ranging from water usage, electricity, economic relations and security.On Monday, bulldozers accompanied by hundreds of Israeli soldiers moved into the village's Wadi al-Hummus neighbourhood and razed several buildings.aljazeera
Israeli army kills Palestinian in weekly Gaza protest
A Palestinian man has been killed by Israeli army fire during a weekly protest in the Gaza Strip, according to the health ministry in the besieged enclave. The ministry said today that Ahmed al-Qarra, 23, died "as a result of wounds sustained (from) Israeli occupation forces' fire" the previous day.He had been shot in the stomach during demonstrations along Israel's fence east of Khan Younis.Another 38 Palestinians were hit and wounded with live ammunition, health ministry said.aljazeera
Hezbollah's chief rejects Israeli arms-smuggling claim
Head of Lebanese political and armed movement Hezbollah has denied using Beirut's seaport to import arms in response to an accusation by Israel's UN envoy. "I completely deny the claim of the Israeli representative in the Security Council that Hezbollah uses the Beirut port to transfer weapons or weapon components into Lebanon," Hassan Nasrallah said.He added that Israeli comments were aimed at bringing multinational forces to impose controls over Lebanon's sea, air and land borders. On Tuesday, Israel's ambassador to UN, Danny Danon, said that in 2018 and 2019, "Israel found that Iran and the Quds forces have begun to advance the exploitation of civilian maritime channels".aljazeera
Over 100 killed in Syria air raids in past 10 days: UN
Air raids by the Syrian Govt and its allies in the country's last rebel-held enclave have killed more than 100 civilians in the past 10 days, according to the UN, which said the three-month campaign has displaced more than 400,000 people. 103 dead from the recent air attacks on schools, hospitals, markets and bakeries included at least 26 children, UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said on Friday, adding that the rising toll had been met with "apparent international indifference".The targets of the attacks were "civilian objects, and it seems highly unlikely, given the persistent pattern of such attacks, that they are all being hit by accident," she said in a statement. Backed by its main ally, Russia, Syrian Govt began its offensive against the rebel enclave in northwest Syria - last area of active opposition to President Bashar al-Assad - at the end of April, saying it was responding to violations of a ceasefire.Since then, "more than 400,000 people have been displaced," David Swanson, spokesman for UN office for the coordination of humanitarian affairs (OCHA), said.aljazeera
Syria's war: Child casualties on the rise
Amnesty: Saudi cleric Ouda faces possible death penalty for peaceful activism
Amnesty International is calling on Saudi Arabia to drop plans to seek the execution of cleric Salman Al-Ouda and release him without condition.In a press release issued, Amnesty International revealed that Al-Ouda will probably be handed a death sentence tomorrow. Amnesty said Al-Ouda once advised the Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman on possible reforms in Saudi. 61-year-old was subsequently arrested in 2017 and is currently facing numerous charges connected to his peaceful activism, Amnesty said. Amnesty added: “He is on trial at Saudi’s notorious anti-terrorism Specialised Criminal Court, and Saudi Public Prosecutor recently called for the cleric to be sentenced to death.”MEMO
Bahrain executes 3, including Shia activists
Bahrain executed on Saturday 3 men convicted in two separate cases, one involving the killing of a police officer and the other the killing of a mosque imam, the public prosecutor said in a statement, reports Reuters. Rights groups identified two of the men as Shia activists Ali al-Arab and Ahmed al-Malali, who were sentenced to death last year in a mass trial along with another 56 men convicted and given jail terms on “terrorism crimes”.MEMO
20 members killed in protests: Nigeria's Shia body
A Nigerian Shia organisation said at least 20 of its members have been killed this week during a series of protests in the capital, Abuja, against the detention of its leader. 2 more members of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN)died in detention on Wednesday from bullet wounds they sustained, group spokesperson Ibrahim Musa said in a statement on Friday, raising the toll to 20 since Monday. No official death toll has been released by the police. Members of the IMN have been marching in the capital demanding the release of their leader Ibrahim el-Zakzaky, in detention since 2015, following reports that both he and his wife - who is held along with him - are in poor health. Nigerian police met the protests with gunfire and tear gas. A journalist and a senior police officer also died after Monday's march."More might die in police custody, because there are at least 15 people who are in the detention centre with various degrees of bullet wounds and without medication," said Musa, adding that the detainees include women and a 10-year-old boy with a leg shot wound.aljazeera
Myanmar officials hold repatriation talks with Rohingya leaders
A high-level delegation from Myanmar is in Bangladesh's southern Cox's Bazar district to hold repatriation talks with Rohingya refugees. The purpose of Saturday's visit was "to talk with Rohingya refugees in order to convince them to return to their home country," said Md Delwar Hossain, DG at Bangladesh's foreign ministry. 15-member delegation from Nay Pyi Taw, led by permanent secretary of Myanmar's foreign ministry, Myint Thu, held a 4-hour meeting with community leaders, including women, from the refugee community. Aljazeera
Oman's top diplomat in Iran for talks amid mounting Gulf tensions
The foreign minister of Oman has arrived in Tehran for talks with Iranian officials, in a visit that comes amid mounting tensions in the Gulf between US and Iran. Iran's state television said on Saturday that Yusuf bin Alawi would meet his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, and other officials to discuss the latest developments in the region.aljazeera          
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