Monday, 29 July 2019

29 July ND: 1st RSS ‘Army’ school from next April; Ist batch to have 160 students/Big setback for govt; Interpol again refuses to issue Red Corner notice against Zakir Naik/ Yediyurappa wins trust vote, Speaker resigns; Siddaramaiah calls govt unconstitutional


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29 July 2019: 25 Dhul Qadah 1440:Vol: 11, No:257
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1st RSS ‘Army’ school from next April; Ist batch to have 160 students
New Delhi:RSS is set to open an ‘Army’ school next year that will train children to become officers in the armed forces.The school, which will be run by RSS’ education wing Vidya Bharti, will be its first such initiative and will be named after ex RSS sarsangchalak Rajendra Singh, alias Rajju Bhaiya.Rajju Bhaiya Sainik Vidya Mandir will come up in Shikarpur in UP’s Bulandshahar district, where ex RSS chief was born in 1922. Construction of the residential school for boys is now on and it will follow the Central Board of Secondary Education syllabus. It will have students from Class VI to Class XII and classes will begin from April.“This is an experiment we are doing for the first time in the country and the model can be replicated to other places in future,” says Ajay Goyal, regional convener of West UP and Uttarakhand for Vidya Bharti Uchha Shiksha Sansthan. Vidya Bharti runs over 20,000 schools across the country.The prospectus for the first batch of students is almost ready and we will invite applications from next month,”Goyal, who is working on the education side of the project, told ET. “We will take 160 students for Class VI for the first batch.” Children of martyrs will get 56 seats under a reservation scheme. Retired Army officers are expected to meet and offer suggestions for improvements in Sept.“A number of Army officers across the country are in touch with RSS or affiliate outfits. The date of the meeting will be finalised within a week,” Goyal said.RSS has strongly advocated Army education and training at the school level. In fact, the Bhonsala Military School, founded in 1937 by BS Moonje in Nasik, is run on a similar model. Moonje was RSS founder KB Hedgewar’s mentor. Although RSS leaders attend events at school, the organisation is not directly involved in running it; that is done by Central Hindu Military Education Society. Construction, which is spread over 20,000 square metre donated by former Army man and farmer Rajpal Singh, began on August 24 last year. ET/TOI
Big setback for govt; Interpol again refuses to issue Red Corner notice against Zakir Naik
New Delhi: In yet another setback for NDA govt, Interpol has for the third time refused to issue a Red Corner Notice against Dr Zakir Naik.The global police body cited lack of evidence and any proof of wrongdoing as the reasons behind its decision to not issue the notice. Interpol has further instructed all its offices to delete all data on Dr Naik from its files.The decision was taken by Commission for Control of INTERPOL's Files in its 109th session, which took place from July 1-5, 2019. In a letter dated July 22, Interpol said Naik is “not subject to an Interpol Red Notice or diffusion”.In a letter addressed to Naik, Interpol’s Commission Secretariat stated that “after a thorough examination of the elements before it, the Commission found that data (read “charges”) challenged raised questions as to compliance with applicable rules”. The statement implies that the charges and allegations against Naik were unsubstantiated and vague, and Indian authorities had failed to follow the due process of Interpol’s rules of charges and proof submission. India had on June 12 formally requested Malaysia to extradite him, who is wanted in India in many cases.TimesNow/DNA
Govt eyes non-NDA parties, walkouts to clinch triple talaq bill in Rajya Sabha
New Delhi:Govt and the opposition are gearing up for a fresh test of will and numbers in Rajya Sabha over the bill to make triple talaq or instant divorce among Muslims punishable, with ruling side banking on possible abstentions, walkouts and support of a few non-NDA, non-UPA parties. Govt has been bolstered by its success in overcoming its "hoodoo" in Rajya Sabha, where a lack of majority has allowed the opposition to repeatedly stall legislation, with the passage of amendments to RTI Bill last week with the help of parties like BJD, TRS and the YSRCP.  But the challenge is steeper for the triple talaq bill with NDA partner JD(U) not supporting the bill and other parties likely to have reservations over a legislation that has drawn the ire of Muslim clergy and political leaders. Govt managers feel that a walkout by JD(U), like it did in Lok Sabha, will serve their purpose. Among parties that backed RTI amendments, YSRCP has said its 2 MPs will vote against the bill. BJP floor managers are looking at several scenarios, including walkouts or abstentions by parties like AIADMK and TRS. The parties did not oppose the bill in Lok Sabha, but their numbers were of little consequence. The support of BJD is more likely and could well prove to be the tipping point. The numbers in the House, however, are slowly tilting in favour of the Modi Govt aided by defections such as 4 TDP MPs who recently joined BJP. Timesofindia
 Karnataka:Yediyurappa wins trust vote, Speaker resigns; Siddaramaiah calls govt unconstitutional,
 Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa today won the trust vote in the Vidhana Soudha. Yediyurappa-led BJP emerged victorious after the party managed to cross the majority mark in a special Assembly session. On the occasion, BJP state chief urged all the legislators to support him in hs work for the development. He said that he will not break the trust of lawmakers. As the newly-elected CM moved a confidence motion in assembly today, ex CM Siddaramaiah came down heavily on Yediyurappa and his party. Congress leader hoped that Yediyurappa would be CM but cast doubt on his future, saying there is no guarantee, referring to his past 3 terms as CM. Siddaramaiah said that since Yediyurappa is with rebel MLAs, he cannot provide a stable Govt to the state. He said that BJP leader has never been CM with people’s mandate. Opposing the confidence motion, he termed BJP Govt as unconstitutional and immoral.NewsX
2 disqualified MLAs move SC against their ouster
2 disqualified Karnataka MLAs today moved the Supreme Court against their ouster from the Assembly under anti-defection law, saying the Speaker’s decision was made in “hot haste” at the behest of the Congress party. Ramesh Jarkhiholi and Mahesh Kumathalli said Speaker Ramesh Kumar, spurred by elements in Congress, revived a Feb.2019 disqualification proceeding against them in a bid to subvert a decision on their pending resignation letters of July. thehindu
Muslim boy set on fire in UP's Chandauli for refusing to chant 'jai shri ram'; Police dismiss the angle
A Muslim boy in Chandauli district of UP was allegedly set on fire by 4 persons after he refused to chant ‘Jai Sri Ram’.The police, however, after investigation, dismissed the theory, saying he actually set himself on fire and concocted the story after being egged on by “anti-social elements.”Boy suffered 45% burns, police said.The incident took place under the Sayad Raja police station area.According to victim, identified as 17-year-old Khalid Ansari, he had gone for a stroll to Dudhari bridge in the early hours of Sunday when 4 persons, who had their faces covered,“kidnapped” him and sprayed kerosene on him and set him ablaze.“2 of them caught hold of my hands. They had their faces covered. One of them said ‘Sunil, spray kerosene on him and light a match. He will die on his own,” boy said from his hospital bed in Varanasi where he is admitted. Asked why he was attacked, he said:“They were asking me to say ‘Jai Sri Ram’. I did not say it.”Chandauli SP Santosh Kumar Singh said “anti-social elements” had tutored the youth and his mother to add ‘Jai Sri Ram’ chant part so that the issue gets more mileage. “It is a fake story,” Singh said. According to Singh,his statements over the incident have been inconsistent.The incident could have been done to falsely implicate somebody as part of a planned conspiracy or out of superstition,he added.thehindu/IANS
Instead of calling mob-lynching a crime, RSS chief Bhagwat calls it an attempt to ‘defame’ Hindus
Instead of reprimanding and criticising those encouraging mob lynching, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat chose to make it about defaming Indian culture. Refusing to acknowledge that several of these anti-social elements were part of the Sangh Parivar, Bhagwat said that some anti-social elements were trying to spread hatred through mob lynching. And he asked the members of Sangh Parivar to “be cautious”.“There is a deep conspiracy of defaming Hindu religion and culture in the name of mob violence in the country nowadays,” added Bhagwat, while inaugurating Akhil Bharatiya Samajik Sadhbhav Samiti (All India Social Harmony Committee) at Vrindavan.Attempting to divert the issue, Bhagwat said, “In some sections of the society, religious conversions are being done according to a plan. In some places, hatred is being spread in the name of mob lynching and in other cases, in the name of the cow.”Bhagwat asked his audience to only ‘try to end the discrimination between castes and sections in the society” and didn’t ask them to do it compulsorily. “To protect the Hindu religion, people of different castes and sects worship together and try to end the discrimination between castes and sections in the society. When this happens, maybe problems will be solved at a social level,” highlighted Bhagwat.nationalheraldindia
Lynching of Minorities in BJP-ruled States Continue with Impunity: Yechury
CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury on Sunday alleged that lynching of minorities in BJP-ruled states "continue with impunity", reacting to reports of a retired Army captain beaten to death by unidentified assailants in UP.64-year-old retired Army officer, Amanullah, was beaten to death on Saturday night in Godiyan ka Purva village in Amethi district, according to police."Lynchings of minorities in BJP ruled states continues with impunity. That the victim was a retired army officer only bears testimony to the level of hatred being fuelled by this political ideology where those responsible for punishing lynchers protect them," he tweeted.PTI
No harm if Muslims chant Jai Shri Ram: Assam BJP leader
Guwahati: Amid reports of Muslims being harassed and forced to chant Jai Shri Ram, BJP spokesperson and Assam Minorities Development Board chairperson Syed Muminul Aowal on Sunday sought to downplay the controversy, saying "there is no harm" if Muslims chant the religious slogan. "Ram Chandra is the epitome of the ideal king. Ramrajya is the ideal kingdom. There is no harm in Muslims chanting Jai Shri Ram. No one should prevent a Muslim from chanting Jai Shri Ram," Aowal said at a BJP minority morcha meeting here. The statement is on the same lines as the one made by Union minority affairs minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi recently. "You should not force anyone to do anything. But you can't refuse to sing Vande Mataram. There should be no rigidity on either side," he had said. TOI
Namaz should not cause inconvenience to others: AIMPLB member
Reacting to controversy over namaz on roads, All-India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) member Khalid Rasheed Farangi Mahli on Sunday said prayers should not be offered by causing inconvenience to anyone. “Namaz is a prayer before Allah. It is not right to offer the prayer by causing inconvenience to anyone,” Farangi Mahli told PTI. However, he said namaz on roads was not a daily affair and seen only on Friday. “In some mosques, when there is no space left for people, they offer prayers on the road on Friday.But if anyone has any objection to it, then namazis should make an extra effort to reach the mosque in time for it,” he added. The general secretary of AIMPLB, Maulana Wali Rehmani, however, said that it was not wrong according to the shariat to offer namaz at an open place. He refused to elaborate on it when told that roads were not open spaces. “Let people read into what I have said,” he said, adding that it had become a habit of some “saffron-clad people” to behave in an arbitrary manner against Muslims. In Hathras, some Hindutva organisations had objected to namaz on roads and had organised the recital of Hanuman Chalisa outside Hanuman temple in Sikandararau area and had said it should be done every Tuesday. In Aligarh too, some right-wing Hindutva organisations had decided to recite Hanuman Chailsa but the district administration took prompt action and banned all religious acitivities on roads.PTI
Intellectuals should come out of negative mentality: 14 personalities counter artistes’ letter to PM Modi
Gandhinagar:14 noted personalities today joined 62 others in condemning an open letter signed by 49 artistes against incidents of lynchings and intolerance.In their counter-statement,signatories expressed their disagreement with the open letter addressed to PM Modi, adding that such statements cause an adverse effect on the harmonious atmosphere of the country. 7 of 14 personalities, who have issued the statement, are from Gujarat. They include Padma Shri historian Vishnu Pandya, ex VCs of Saurashtra University Kamlesh Joshipura & Kalpak Trivedi, Padma Shri cancer surgeon Devendra Patel, journalist Tarun Dattani, media academician Shirish Kashikar and noted danseuse Smita Shastri.The other 7 persons on the list are noted Gastroenterologist Dr Chandrashekhar from Chennai, ex V-C of Himachal University ADN Bajpai, V-C of Chennai-based Vinayak Mission University VR Rajendran, noted gynecologist from Varanasi Shipra Dhar, gastroenterologist from Varanasi Hemant Gupta, leading lawyer from Allahabad High Court Rajendra Pande and senior lawyer at Delhi High court RP Luthra.Vishnu Pandya confirmed that they have issued the statement adding that they may do some meeting of like-minded people on the issue in future. Indianexpress
Murder charges against BJP MLA after Unnao rape survivor’s accident
New Delhi :In a fresh setback to Kuldeep Singh Sengar, an FIR was registered against the BJP MLA and nine others Monday on charges of murder after the Unnao rape survivor’s family alleged a conspiracy behind Sunday’s car accident in which two women were killed. “FIR has been registered against 10 named persons, including BJP MLA, and 15-20 others,” a police officer said.The complaint, which was filed by the victim’s uncle, who is lodged in Rae Bareli jail, also accused Sengar’s supporters of making calls to the survivor’s family and building pressure on them to change their statement in court.“I am sure that the car was hit for killing all of them by the BJP MLA and his men,” the uncle said.FIR came hours after the rape survivor’s mother termed the incident a conspiracy to “wipe out her family”. The rape victim is in critical condition and undergoing treatment at the trauma centre of King George’s Medical University in Lucknow.“It was not an accident but a conspiracy to eliminate all of us,” victim’s mother said.“The son of a co-accused in the case, Shahi Singh, and another youth of the village had threatened us. They said that they will deal with us,”she added.On Sunday afternoon, the Unnao rape victim, who had accused BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar of sexually assaulting her in 2017, and her lawyer were critically injured and two of her aunts were killed when the car in which they were travelling collided with a truck in Gurubakshganj area of Rae Bareli. Police said they were going to Rae Bareli district jail, where the rape victim’s uncle is lodged.UP DGP OP Singh said Govt is ready to transfer the case to CBI.indianexpress
UP: Family of Unnao rape survivor claims accused MLA planned accident that killed her aunts
‘Systematic attempts to eliminate Unnao rape survivor’: Leaders allege conspiracy
Several political leaders on Monday alleged a conspiracy behind the road accident involving Unnao rape survivor in Rae Bareli district of UP. Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi said the accident was shocking. “Where has the CBI probe in this case reached?” she asked on Twitter. “Why is the accused MLA still in BJP? Why is there laxity in the security of the victim and the witnesses? Can you hope for any justice from BJP Govt without an answer to these questions?”Mayawati alleged a conspiracy behind the accident. “Her two aunts have died and she along with her advocate are grievously injured,” Mayawati said on Twitter. “Supreme Court must take cognisance of the issues and ensure strict action against the accused.” Akhilesh Yadav demanded an inquiry by CBI. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal also alleged a conspiracy.Sitaram Yechury said: “Beti Bachao! This slogan is a grim warning in this context, which involves a BJP MLA and party’s state govt [Govt].” scroll.in/ANI
Israel: Modi features in Netanyahu’s poll campaign
Ahead of the snap polls in Israel, an election advertisement banner, featuring PM Narendra Modi with his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu has been seen in Tel Aviv. Similar banners featuring US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin have also been put up to lure support for Netanyahu.The banners have been put up on Netanyahu’s Likud party HQRS in Tel Aviv. The top text in Hebrew reads, Netanyahu (in a) “different league”.Israel is due to hold snap elections on Sept.17, and Netanyahu’s campaign is focused on bringing out his close chemistry with the world leaders and trying to project him as a leader of unmatched stature in Israeli politics which is crucial for the country’s security.Netanyahu, who is longest-serving PM in Israel’s history, faces a tough re-election bid this time. Israeli MPs in May voted 74-45 in favour of dissolving 21st Knesset and hold unprecedented re-election on Sept.17 after Netanyahu failed to form a coalition govnt after April 9 polls.Trump and Putin had announced major concessions for Israel to support Netanyahu’s campaign which some analysts saw as an attempt to intervene in Israeli elections.indianexpress
Trump’s offer to mediate in Kashmir is ‘more than expected’: Pakistan foreign minister
Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that US President Donald Trump’s offer of mediation in the Kashmir dispute with India was “more that Pakistan expected”, Radio Pakistan reported. “I was with PM Modi two weeks ago and we talked about this subject and he actually said ‘Would you like to be a mediator or arbitrator’,”Trump said. “I said: ‘Where?’ He said: ‘Kashmir’. Because this has been going on for many many years. I was surprised how long it has been going on.”India immediately rejected Trump’s claim. Qureshi said that India’s adamant attitude about Kashmir can cost it heavily as the situation in the state is deteriorating, Radio Pakistan reported. He also claimed that India had initiated US mediation in Kashmir, but the Modi-led Govt was now backtracking due to protests in political circles.Qureshi also claimed that Imran Khan made the US realise that Kashmir is a “flash point” which needs an early resolution. Qureshi said that Khan had told Trump that Pakistan is a peace-loving country that desires peace in the region, including with India.scroll.in
J-K Police seeks details of mosques in Srinagar, calls it ‘routine exercise’
Srinagar: J&K Police ordered its 5 SPs in Srinagar to immediately submit details of mosques falling in their respective areas. Police officials added it was a “routine exercise”. The letter has been sent to all the SPs of Srinagar.“Please provide details of mosques and their management falling within your respective jurisdictions as per enclosed proforma immediately for onward submission to higher authorities,” reads the order issued by SSP, Srinagar, Haseeb Mughal.“It is an exercise only to update the basic beat book of the police stations. This exercise is done periodically,” SSP said. He, however, maintained that “timing of letter is wrong”.indianexpress
Letter alerts Railways staff on ‘emergency situation’ in Kashmir Valley, officials say ‘no basis’
New Delhi:A letter purportedly issued by the office of the Senior Divisional Security Commissioner, Railway Protection Force (RPF), Srinagar, asking employees to stock ration and drinking water, not to keep their families in Kashmir, and to restrict leave due to the “emergency situation” has added to the fear and speculation in the Valley.Ministry of Railways immediately “revoked” the letter and said the officer “was not authorised to issue such a letter and did not have the approval of the competent authority to do so either”.According to a clarification issued by the ministry, the Senior Divisional Security Commissioner of Firozpur Railway Division had proceeded on one-year study leave last week. The officer who issued the letter was “next in line” to  occupy that post.According to the letter,a “precautionary security meeting” was held on July 27, by Sudesh Nugyal, Assistant Security Commissioner (ASC), RPF, Budgam, after inputs from “different security agencies” regarding “forecast of deteriorating situation in Kashmir Valley and issue of law and order for a long period”.indianexpress
Mehbooba urges Farooq to convene all-party meet
Srinagar:Ex-CM and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti has asked rival NC chief  Dr. Farooq Abdullah to convene an all-party meeting to discuss the developments concerning J&K. “In the light of recent developments that have caused a sense of panic amongst people of J&K, I’ve requested Dr. Abdullah sahab to convene an all- party meeting. Need of the hour is to come together and forge an united response. We the people of Kashmir need to stand up as one,” she said. Mufti's suggestion comes days after the Ministry of Home Affairs came out with a slew of security related measures, including additional deployment of 10000 troops in the State.J&K Peoples Movement chief Shah Faesal asked Dr. Abdullah and Mufti to organise a meeting meet in Srinagar and invite all political leaders from Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh, “who have an interest in protecting the special status of J&K”.thehindu
After Shashi Tharoor, Amarinder Singh backs Priyanka for Congress chief
Chandigarh:Punjab CM Amarinder Singh has backed Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to take over the party reins, who according to him was “a good bet to replace Rahul Gandhi as the new leader.” “Priyanka would be a perfect choice to take over the party reins but it would all depend on Congress Working Committee (CWC), which alone is authorised to take a decision in the matter,” he said. Singh regretted the decision of Mr. Gandhi to step down from top party post.“India is a young nation, and will respond to a young leader,” he said, while reacting on Congress leader Shashi Tharoor’s remark that Ms. Vadra would be a good choice for being chosen as party chief. Claiming that Congress needed a dynamic young leader to rebuild it after the recent election loss, Singh said: “She has the intelligence and instinct to understand and relate to the needs of the nation, and also has the courage to take on any challenge and take the fight to victory.” thehindu
Maharashtra minister: At least 50 MLAs of Congress, NCP in touch with BJP
At least 50 Congress and NCP MLAs are in touch with the BJP to switch over ahead of the assembly elections, senior BJP leader and Maharashtra Water Resources Minister Girish Mahajan claimed.“Some 50 MLAs of Congress and NCP are in touch with BJP. Senior NCP leader Chitra Wagh had expressed her desire to join BJP a month back, claiming she had no future left in her parent party. MLAs are requesting that they wanted to join the BJP ahead of the assembly elections…Congress is in the shambles and in the next couple of weeks, the NCP will look weaker,” Mahajan said.Mahajan’s comments came at a time when a string of NCP leaders had deserted Sharad Pawar-led party.indianexpress
Azam Khan apologises for objectionable remarks against BJP leader Rama Devi
New Delhi :Warned of strict action for his objectionable remarks in Lok Sabha, Samajwadi Party MP Azam Khan Monday apologised to senior BJP member Rama Devi.“I did not have any wrong feelings towards the Chair. The whole House is aware of my conduct. Despite all this, if the Chair thinks my statements were derogatory, I apologise,” Khan said.His apology, however, triggered an uproar in the House during zero hour. Speaker Om Birla accepted Khan’s apology and asked him not to repeat it. Birla said, “Azam Khan has tendered an apology and all members must maintain decorum so that no such incident takes place in future.”indianexpress
Take back cows from Muslims’ houses, it’s love jihad too, says BJP leader Ranjit Srivastava
Politics in the name of cow in UP doesn’t seem to top. BJP leader Ranjit Srivastava of Barabanki, has now stirred a controversy by first ‘identifying’ the religion of a cow and then objected to the burial of cow’s carcass and suggested that it should burnt.He then went a step ahead and said that cows living in Muslim houses should be taken back because their living in Muslim household also amounts to “love Jihad’.“Cows at the houses of Muslims should be taken back. When we consider girls from our homes going to their homes 'love jihad', shouldn't we consider 'gau mata' going to their homes 'love jihad' too? Cows should be taken back from them at any cost,” said Ranjit. Ranjit Srivastava, ex chairman of Barabanki Municipality said that a cow is never a Muslim, but a Hindu, and its funeral should also be performed by Hindu rituals.“The cow last rites are being done according to the Muslim method, and they are buried, I have a great objection on this. According to our Vedic religion, the funeral should be done only by burning it.”nationalheraldindia
Kerala: Youth Cong workers ‘purify’ PWD office with cow dung water after Dalit MLA’s protest
In a bizarre incident, Youth Congress activists sprinkled cow dung water to allegedly purify a PWD office, where a CPI Dalit MLA Geetha Gopi had staged a protest recently. Gopi, who is an MLA from Nattika constituency, had held a sit-in protest on Saturday in front of the PWD office against the poor condition of the roads in her area.She stopped her demonstration after the officials had assured to intervene in the matter.After Gopi left the office, the Youth Congress activists performed “purification” rituals by sprinkling cow dung water.The MLA has filed a complaint with the police alleging that she faced caste-based discrimination and abuse from the Youth Congress members.Reacting to the incident, Youth Congress president Dean Kuriakose said on Monday that strict action will be taken against those doing caste-based discrimination.HT
 ‘These Brahmins should be killed,’ says Assam singer Zubeen Garg; cases filed
Guwahati:Popular singer from Assam Zubeen Garg has landed in a fresh controversy after he stated at a cultural event that Brahmins should be killed.Several cases have been lodged across Assam against the singer for his statement against the community at an event here. During the programme, Garg who was also promoting his upcoming movie ‘Kanchenjunga’ told the audience that he had been consuming liquor and working 18 hours a day for film for past three days.“I am Brahmin, but I have snapped my ‘lagun’ (a sacred thread worn by Brahmins) in the movie. I had removed the thread earlier, and still don’t wear it. These Brahmins should be killed,” Garg said.HT
Maharashtra sociology textbook includes single-parent, same-sex families:HT
A few years ago if sociology students were asked about what types of families existed in India, a textbook response was guaranteed: two types, joint families and nuclear families.But this may soon be changing. Maharashtra Govt has revised its Class 11 sociology textbook, which now lists a number of families seen across the country now: single-parent families, live-in relationships, families with same-sex parents, and those with step parents.The textbook published by the state’s publishing bureau, Balbharti, has been introduced from the current academic year (2019-20) as part of the curriculum revision exercise for Class 11.The book talks about same-sex marriages, gender equality and the blending of different cultural influences -- a phenomenon known as cultural hybridisation -- in the age of social media.“In a historic verdict, the Supreme Court of India on Sept.6, 2018 decriminalised Section 377 of IPC and allowed gay sex among consenting adults in private…,” reads a line from the chapter.“The concept of cultural hybridisation is explained with an illustration of a hijab-clad Barbie doll “These are the images that children see all around them which interests them in knowing the underlying concepts,” said Vaishali Diwakar, chairperson of the subject committee that framed the new curriculum. 
Govt sets 100 % digitization target of all Waqf properties in its first 100 days
Govt has set a target to achieve 100 % digitization of waqf properties across the country in its first 100 days. Addressing the national conference of State and Union Territories waqf boards in New Delhi today, Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi Minister said, Geographic Information System mapping is being used on a war footing to achieve the target.Naqvi said, this move is aimed at improving the infrastructural and financial conditions of waqf boards so that waqf properties can be used for the welfare of the Muslim community,and encroachment of such properties be prevented. He said, Govt is providing 100 % funding to waqf boards for various educational and developmental programmes.He also gave away national awards to waqf boards for excellence in management. AIR correspondent reports that the national conference of State and UTs waqf boards was organised by the Central Waqf Council, Ministry of Minority Affairs to review the progress of waqf related activities.AIR
Imposition of Central Civil Services rules is to harass and intimidate teachers:JNU teachers’ body
A day after, JNU administration issued charge-sheet to 48 teachers for participating in a protest in July 2018, JNU Teachers’ Association (JNUTA) condemned the move and said that they were being “selectively and vindictively targeted”. Responding to this charge-sheet against 48 teachers, JNUTA has said that imposition of Central Civil Services rules is being initiated against individual teachers with the sole goals of harassment and intimidation.In a statement, the teachers’ body said that JNU administration was targeting teachers for “raising their voices against the misdeeds and mismanagement of the university”.JNUTA noted that the imposition of CCS rules in one university will lead to reverberations in all others and will have an adverse impact on higher education.JNUTA vowed to resist any attempt to impose CCS rules on JNU teachers, saying “they are antithetical to the idea of a university and are thoroughly unsuited and inapplicable to activities that involve teaching and research”.nationalheraldindia
Synthetic milk powered meteoric rise of Chambal traders
Bhopal: 7 years ago, two brothers from a village in MP’s Morena district would be seen supplying milk on a motorcycle to a nearby dairy. Today, they are said to be owners of a Rs 2 crore milk chilling plant, milk tankers, three bungalows, SUVs and agricultural land, according to police.It’s not a magic wand that has changed the fortunes of Devendra Gurjar(42) and Jaiveer Gurjar (40), who live in the village Dhakpura of Morena district, some 465 km from Bhopal. Rather, it is their illegal business of manufacturing synthetic milk and its by-products that are slow poison for consumers, an investigation of Madhya Pradesh police’s STF has revealed.Along with Devendra Gurjar,a few other dairy owners in Chambal whose names appear in an FIR became rich in just five-seven years by allegedly selling synthetic milk not only in MP but also to renowned companies in Haryana, Delhi, UP and Rajasthan, investigation has shown.Synthetic milk is manufactured by mixing glucose, urea, refined oil, milk powder and water. Other chemicals, including hydrogen peroxide, are also used. Some of the by-products manufactured are synthetic cheese and mawa. Rajesh Bhadoria, STF SP, said, “During investigations, we found that six of the main persons -- Devendra Gurjar, Jaiveer Gurjar, Ramnaresh Gurjar, Dinesh Sharma, Santosh Singh and Rajeev Gupta – had amassed huge wealth.Their standard of living has changed totally in just a few years. They covered the journey from being small dairy owners to millionaires very fast. We are investigating the economic aspects and will forward the case to the income-tax department too.”All six have been booked under section 420 (fraud) of the Indian Penal Code and relevant sections of the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act, Bhadoria said.HT
India's tax rise for high earners may trigger fund flight: ex-RBI governor
Ex-RBI governor, Bimal Jalan, has warned that the higher income taxes the Govt introduced in its budget could lead to a flight of funds from the country.“In theory if tax rates are very high, obviously people look for other countries, which have lower interest rates, and also exemptions from income tax,” said Jalan who is chairing a central bank panel deciding on how much of RBI’s reserves should be transferred to Govt.Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, in her budget this month, raised taxes on people earning more than 10 million rupees ($145,000) a year to at least 42.7%.That included foreign portfolio investors registered as trusts.Reuters
Dwindling Gulf opportunities prompt Muslim youths in Kerala to prepare for civils
Darul Quran Academy at Alathiyur, in Malappuram, offers a slew of courses such as Islamic moral studies, Quran memorisation and Quran recitation training, as expected from the religious educational institution run by Mujahideen group. The odd one out is civil services examination coaching.What does civil services have to do at a Quran learning academy? Well, that speaks about the fast-changing preference of Muslim community in the state.Dwindling fortunes in Gulf are prompting more and more youth in the Muslim community in the state to give importance to education, with eyes mainly on civil services and Kerala Administrative Service.newindianexpress
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Israel prepares $14m plan to help foreign embassies move to Jerusalem
Israel’s Foreign Ministry is preparing a plan worth 50 million shekels ($14.2m) to help countries move their embassies from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Israel Hayom reported.Described as a “national diplomatic and strategic goal of first order”, plan’s implementation is important to encourage countries to move their embassies to Jerusalem.It is set to be presented to the cabinet for a vote in the coming weeks, Israel Hayom continued. It comes as the Foreign Ministry found that a number of countries would be willing to move their embassies in exchange for development assistance or help improving their relations with US.Other countries, the report said, such as Honduras and El Salvador, which agreed to open embassies in Jerusalem, asked Israel to open embassies in their capitals in return.Foreign Minister Israel Katz said that Israel’s sovereignty “must” be reinforced in Jerusalem, noting that the goals set by moving the US and Guatemalan embassies to Jerusalem have not been achieved.MEMO
PA: US, Israel disregard for international law strips UN of its role
US and Israel’s disrespect for international law strips the UN of its role, Quds Net News reported the Palestinian Foreign Ministry saying.The ministry warned the wolrd of the effects of its silence regarding American and Israeli actions, stressing that they encourage the expansionist Israeli projects which undermine all prospects of peace.The ministry also called for the international community to urgently move and fulfil its commitments towards the Palestinians and to rein in Israeli occupation forces and the armed settler militias. It went on to call on the world to preserve the credibility of UN and quickly afford international protection to Palestinians. Meanwhile, ministry renewed its call for the International Criminal Court to “quickly” open an investigation into the Israeli crimes and hold perpetrators accountable.MEMO
UAE proposes to host next ‘deal of century’ meeting
UAE has proposed that it hosts the second “deal of the century” meeting, Al-Khaleej Online reported.Citing Arab sources, site said Abu Dhabi sent a message to US President Donald Trump through his son-in-law Jared Kushner that it is ready to host the second meeting of its peace plan the deal of the century.Despite the American reservations related to the “weak” UAE role in the region compared to other countries like Saudi Arabia and Egypt, US initially agreed to have UAE host the meeting. Arab sources said that UAE is to take up all the responsibilities related to the preparations for the meeting and sending invitations to Arab, American, Israeli and Palestinian officials.middleeastmonitor

Israel right-wing unites for election, ultra-nationalist factions announce merger
New Right (Hayemin Hehadash) party and Union of Right Wing Parties (URWP) have announced formation of a technical bloc to contest Israel’s September election, while ultra-nationalist Otzma Yehudit (Jewish Home) party will merge with a newly-formed extremist party, Noam.Ex-Justice Minister and New Right party head, Ayelet Shaked, was yesterday announced as the leader of the as-yet-unnamed bloc, replacing current head of URWP Rafi Peretz. Peretz will now take second place on the new bloc’s slate, followed by Transport Minister Bezalel Smotrich and ex Education Minister Naftali Bennett in fourth place.The remaining positions will be declared this week, with the deadline for announcing party slates set for Thursday.Shaked has pushed for an alliance of all factions to the right of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party since the New Right failed to pass the minimum 3.25 per cent voting threshold in April. Polls show that the new bloc could gain as many as 12 seats, significantly more than the five URWP currently holds.middleeastmonitor
Israel's Arab parties join forces to make gains in upcoming polls
Israel's 4 Arab political parties have formally announced a decision to join forces in September's election, in a move aimed at boosting turnout among the minority that comprises a fifth of the country's population.4 parties are the Democratic Front for Peace and Equality (known as Hadash-Ta'al), Arab Movement for Renewal, United Arab List and the Palestinian nationalist Balad.Balad was the last party to announce late on Sunday night that it would join the reunited Joint List of Arab parties, months after infighting fragmented the political alliance.
Trial of Saudi scholar al-Awdah postponed: son
Trial of Saudi Muslim scholar Salman al-Awdah was postponed until December as it was set to begin in an antiterrorism court after nearly two years of pre-trial detention, his son said.Al-Awdah, who faces the death penalty, was expected to appear in the Criminal Special Court in the capital, Riyadh, on Sunday.But his son, Abdullah, said on Twitter the session was postponed for 5 months."Update in regard to the trial of my father in which Saudi attorney general is seeking death penalty against him because of his activism. The session has been postponed for several months from today," he said.It was the second such postponement this year in the case of the cleric, who was arrested in Sept.2017 as part of a widening crackdown on dissent in the ultraconservative kingdom. The cleric also faces charges for alleged ties with the Muslim Brotherhood in addition to his public support for imprisoned dissidents, according to a State Dept.document on the country's human rights practices for 2018.According to Amnesty, al-Awdah was arrested a few hours after posting a tweet welcoming reports of a possible reconciliation between Saudi and Qatar. His family have said Saudi authorities demanded al-Awdah and other prominent figures publicly back the kingdom in the blockade, but he refused. 2 other arrested Saudi scholars, Awad al-Qarni and Ali al-Omari, also face the death penalty.aljazeera
Trump replaces US intelligence chief Dan Coats
President Donald Trump has announced that he would replace the country's Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats next month, after a 2-year tenure marked by clashes between 2 men over Russian interference in the 2016 US election.Trump announced on Sunday that Coats would leave the job on Aug. 15, and thanked him for his service."I am pleased to announce that highly respected Congressman John Ratcliffe of Texas will be nominated by me to be Director of National Intelligence," Trump said on Twitter.Ratcliffe, a Republican, has often defended Trump and during last week's congressional hearing, fiercely questioned ex special counsel Robert Mueller, who led a 2-year investigation into Russian election interference and potential obstruction of justice by the president.aljazeera
Sudan's Military Council leader meets el-Sisi before resumption of power talks
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has met in Cairo the deputy head of Sudan's ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC), General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, whose forces have been accused of carrying out a brutal crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators in June. Dagalo, who is widely known as Hemeti and is seen as the most powerful of the generals now running Sudan, "presented latest developments on the current situation", the Egyptian presidency said after Monday's meeting in the capital.El-Sisi, a former army chief, reiterated Egypt's "strategic support" in maintaining "the stability and security" of its neighbour, Sudan, the presidency added. Egypt's Govt has been a strong backer of the TMC after the military overthrew longtime President Omar al-Bashir in the wake of months-long mass protests against his 3-decade autocratic rule.aljazeera
Egypt renews detention of Brotherhood minister
Cairo Criminal Court on Sunday renewed the detention of former justice minister Ahmed Soliman for 45 days, pending investigations into charges of joining an unlawful group and disseminating false news on Egypt’s political and economic situation to disturb the peace. Soliman held his former post under the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood.The police arrested Soliman in Dec. 2018.Prior to the arrest, lawyer Samir Sabry had filed a report with the State Security Emergency Prosecution accusing Soliman of holding interviews with hostile satellite channels financed by Qatar and Muslim Brotherhood.Al-Masry Al-Youm
20 killed in blast, gun battle at Afghan VP candidate's office
The death toll from an attack targeting Kabul office of Afghan president's running mate and former chief of the intelligence service has climbed to at least 20 people, according to an official.Nasrat Rahimi, an interior ministry spokesman, said on Monday that about 50 other people were wounded in the attack against the Green Trend party HQRS the previous day in Afghanistan's capital.He added that several gunmen were killed by security forces during an hours-long operation which included a gun battle with the attackers who were holed up inside the building. The attackers' potential target, vice presidential candidate and former intelligence chief Amrullah Saleh, was "evacuated from the building and moved to a safe location", Rahimi said.About 85 other civilians were also rescued from inside.There was no immediate claim of responsibility. aljazeera
US-backed forces torture, urinate on Arabs in Syria
Shocking video footage has emerged showing militants from the Kurdish YPG beating, torturing and urinating on an Arab family in the city of Manbij which it occupies in northern Syria.The group, which controls large swathes of territory in the north and east of the war-torn country along with other Kurdish militant groups such as the SDF, is backed, funded and armed by US. MEMO
Newton was wrong: Scientists dismiss Newton's theory of gravity and warn Einstein is next
More than 100 years after Albert Einstein published his iconic theory of general relativity, it is beginning to show signs of age. Now, following the most comprehensive test of general relativity yet near the monstrous black hole at the centre of our galaxy, University of California’s Professor Andrea Ghez has announced that Einstein’s theory of general relativity holds up – for now. Professor Ghez said:”Einstein’s right, at least for now. We can absolutely rule out Newton’s law of gravity.“Our observations are consistent with Einstein’s theory of general relativity.“It cannot fully explain gravity inside a black hole, and at some point we will need to move beyond Einstein’s theory to a more comprehensive theory of gravity that explains what a black hole is.” German-born theoretical physicist Einstein is, alongside Max Plank, considered one of the two pillars of modern physics.His 1915 theory of general relativity holds that what we perceive as the force of gravity arises from the curvature of space and time.The scientist proposed celestial objects such as the Sun and the Earth change this geometry. Einstein’s theory is the best description of how gravity works, said Professor Ghez, who has made direct measurements of the phenomenon near a supermassive black hole – research dubbed “extreme astrophysics.”The laws of physics, including gravity, should be valid everywhere in the universe, said Ghez, who added that her research team is one of only two groups in the world to watch a star known as S0-2 make a complete orbit in three dimensions around the supermassive black hole at the Milky Way’s centre. The full orbit takes 16 years, and the black hole’s mass is about four million times that of the Sun.The researchers say their work is the most detailed study ever conducted into the supermassive black hole and Einstein’s theory of general relativity.express.co.uk
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