Wednesday, 3 July 2019

3 July ND: It’s official: Rahul Gandhi quits as Congress chief/ No plans to scrap sedition law, need provision to fight anti-national elements: Govt/ MHA’s terror alert: Bengal Govt says Centre trying to insult Muslims, demeaning madrasa education/ SC issues notice to Centre on plea over cattle law


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03 July 2019: 29 Shawal 1440:Vol: 11, No:236
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It’s official: Rahul Gandhi quits as Congress chief
Ending speculations about his continuance as Congress president, Rahul Gandhi todqay made his resignation letter public, in which he held himself accountable for the 2019 Lok Sabha loss.On May 25, he informed the Congress Working Committee (CWC) that he would step down as the party chief but would continue to work for the organisation as a 'disciplined soldier'. Though the CWC unanimously turned it down, Mr Gandhi has been firm about his position and called it 'non-negotiable'.“Rebuilding the party requires hard decisions and numerous people will have to be made accountable for the failure of 2019. It would be unjust to hold others accountable but ignore my own responsibility as President of the party,” he said in the letter. Gandhi also rejected demands from his party colleagues that he should decide his successor and stated that the CWC was empowered to do so.“While it is important for someone new to lead our party, it would not be correct for me to select that person. Ours is a party with a profound history and heritage, one of struggle and dignity that I deeply respect. It is woven into the fabric of India and I trust the party will make the best decision regarding who can lead us with courage, love and fidelity,” he said.Commenting on party’s 2019 campaign, he said the party had fought a strong and dignified election. “I personally fought the Prime Minister, RSS and the institutions they have captured with all my being. I fought because I love India. And I fought to defend the ideals India was built upon. At times, I stood completely alone and am extremely proud of it,” he stated.thehindu
No plans to scrap sedition law, need provision to fight anti-national elements: Govt
New Delhi :Union Home Ministry today said there was no proposal to scrap the sedition law under IPC. Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai told Rajya Sabha that the provision was required “to effectively combat anti-national, secessionist and terrorist elements”. In reply to a written question by TRS MP Banda Prakash who had asked if the Govt was mulling to scrap the colonial-era law, Rai said, “There is no proposal to scrap the provision under IPC dealing with the offence of sedition. There is a need to effectively combat anti-national, secessionist and terrorist elements.” Section 124A, which defines sedition, says, “Whoever, by words, either spoken or written, or by signs, or by visible representation, or otherwise, brings or attempts to bring into hatred or contempt, or excites or attempts to excite disaffection towards the Govt shall be punishable with life Imprisonment”.The sedition law, which provides for a minimum three-years jail and a maximum life term, has been invoked several times. Congress, in its manifesto released before the Lok Sabha elections, had promised to remove the sedition law from the statute if the party was voted to power. “Omit Section 124A of IPC(that defines the offence of ‘sedition’) that has been misused and, in any event, has become redundant because of subsequent laws,” the manifesto had said. The BJP had criticised the Congress for making the promise.indianexpress
B’deshi terror group using Bengal madrasas for recruitment: Union Home Minister Amit Shah
New Delhi:Union Home Minister Amit Shah has said Bangladeshi Terror Outfit Jamaat-Ul-Mujahideen is using West Bengal madrasas to recruit and radicalise the locals.Shah said this in his reply in Parliament on whether there are reports that madrasas in West Bengal are preaching religious extremism and helping the terrorist organisations. He said there are some inputs on Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen using some madrasas in the state for "radicalisation and recruitment activities".As per Ministry's reply to questions put up by BJP MPs — Khagen Murmu and Sukanta Majumdar of Maldaha Uttar and Balurghat Parliamentary constituencies respectively — several madrasas in Burdwan and Murshidabad are being used for terror-related activities. MHA further added that relevant inputs in this regard are shared with the state Govt.dailypioneer
MHA’s terror alert: Bengal Govt says Centre trying to insult Muslims, demeaning madrasa education
Kolkata: West Bengal minorities affairs and madrasa education ministry has called for a meeting to examine the educational details and backgrounds of madrasa heads, a day after ministry of home affairs revealed that some madrasas in the state are preaching religious extremism and helping the terrorist organisations.The meeting will take place on July 9 and 10.Giasuddin Molla, minister of state for minority affairs and madrasa education, said: “On the coming Wednesday, I will have a review meeting with the heads or representatives of all the madrasas in West Bengal. We will reexamine the biodata of those heading the madrasas, both govt and private.” Molla said that the state Govt is on alert and working on the issue. “There were some incidents related to Madrasas during Khagragarh blast (Burdwan). But there is no new information over the involvement of madrasas in terror related activities in Bengal. But I would like to stress that Govt is very active and serious about this issue and we will once again have a review based on MHA inputs.”He also blamed Modi Govt of indulging in divisive politics. “Central Govt and Amit Shah are intentionally trying to malign the image of Bengal by claiming such reports. This is not true. They are trying to insult the Muslims in Bengal and demeaning the madrasa education. People are aware that nearly 25% students studying in Govt-run madrasas are non-Muslims. Madrasa education in Bengal is the best in the country and students are scoring good marks, especially those living in the bordering areas.”“Our state became first in India to have smart classes in 469 out of total 627 Govt-run madrasas.We have 12 English medium madrasas and the education here is at par with all other schools in Bengal,”he added.He further claimed that there are over 2000 private madrasas in Bengal and Govt keeps a vigilant eye on their functioning.news18
Why target Madrassas when there are other areas?: Bengal's Minister  Partha Chatterjee on MHA's claim
TMC Education Minister Partha Chatterjee rejects MHA claims on Madarassas, says 'It is wrong to generalise the issue and target Madrassas and if there are bad elements than action will be taken against them but the party at the centre is known to be unfair to a certain community'. timesnownews
Delhi: 4 Muslims arrested in case of weapons supply to ISIS-inspired group gets bail
New Delhi : A Delhi court Tuesday granted bail to 4 persons arrested for allegedly providing weapons to members of a suspected ISIS-inspired terrorist group busted after a multi-city swoop.Special Judge Rakesh Syal enlarged Zaid Malik, Mohammed Azam, Raees Ahmad and Mohammed Irshad on bail on a personal bond of Rs 70,000 with two sureties of like amount. Advocate MS Khan, appearing for the accused, argued that no charge sheet has been filed against his clients despite passage of mandatory period of 90 days and hence they are liable to be released on bail. The accused were arrested after raids in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh at six places in Amroha, two in Lucknow, two in Hapur and two in Meerut.The agency said it had recovered 25kg explosive materials potassium nitrate, ammonium nitrate and sulphur after the raids.ISIS-inspired group 'Harkat ul Harb e Islam', which loosely translates into war for the cause of Islam, allegedly had purchased remote control cars and wireless doorbells to use their circuits in assembling remote-controlled improvised explosive devices.PTI
NIA summons, English daily editor, Geelani's grandson in terror funding case
New Delhi:NIA questioned the editor-in-chief of a prominent English daily from Kashmir for the second consecutive day on Tuesday in connection with a case related to funding of terror groups and separatist organisations in J&K, officials said here Tuesday.NIA has also summoned Anees-ul-Islam,grandson of firebrand separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, to appear before it on July 9. The questioning of the journalist is expected to continue, the officials said. Journalist was issued summons last week.Earlier, the general manager of the newspaper was summoned and questioned by the agency, which has registered a case to probe funding of separatist and terror groups in 2018 and carried out raids and arrested 14 people.The editor-in-chief of the daily was being questioned about certain articles that had appeared in the newspaper during the agitation in 2016 after the poster-boy of Hizbul Mujahideen Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter, they said. Besides funding, the scribe was being quizzed about his visits abroad, including those made to Dubai, they said.In a related development, Anees-ul-Islam, grandson of Geelani, who heads hardline faction of Hurriyat Conference, has been asked to appear before the agency on Tuesday next week.Anees's father Altaf Shah alias 'fantoosh' is Geelani's son-in-law and has been in Tihar jail for over a year now.timesnownews
Mukhtar Ansari, others acquitted in BJP MLA murder case
New Delhi :Uttar Pradesh politician Mukhtar Ansari, his MP brother Afzal Ansari and 5 others were acquitted by a special CBI court on Wednesday in connection with murder of BJP MLA Krishnanand Rai. Mukhtar Ansari, who has over 50 criminal cases registered against him, has been lodged in jail since 2005.BJP MLA Krishnanand Rai was murdered along with six others in Ghazipur in Nov. 2005. CBI later charged gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari with planning the murder.Ansari has been elected five times from the Mau Assembly constituency. His first victory came in 1996 when he fought on a BSP ticket. In 2010, Ansari was expelled by BSP for criminal activities.indianexpress
Cattle traders move Supreme Court against rules that allow seizure, forfeiture of livestock
New Delhi:An association of cattle traders and transporters has approached the Supreme Court against rules notified in 2017, which is being used as a tool to seize and forfeit their cattle.A Bench led by Justice S.A. Bobde ordered the Govt to respond to a petition by the Buffalo Traders Welfare Association, represented by advocate Sanobar Ali Qureshi, on threats faced by them. They said they were being forcibly deprived of their cattle, which are then sent to gaushalas.The traders told the court on Tuesday that the seizure and forfeiture of their livestock, a means of livelihood for many families, was happening on the strength of the 2017 rules against animal cruelty and cattle slaughter.  2 years ago, the Centre had promised the top court that it would amend and re-notify these rules. Its notification had led to public furore. But nothing had been done so far, and the rules were being employed to seize and forfeit cattle from their rightful owners, the association said.The rules' existence had emboldened “anti-social elements” to take matters into their own hands and loot cattle traders. It had become a cause for polarisation of society.“It is pertinent to mention that these frequent lootings are also threatening the rule of law and generally emboldening groups of persons to take the law into their own hands. Moreover, these incidents are acting as triggers for communal polarisation of society, and if not halted effectively and immediately, will have disastrous consequences on the social fabric of the country,” the association said.2017 rules allow a magistrate to forfeit the cattle of an owner facing trial under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. The animals are then sent to infirmaries, gaushalas, pinjarapole, etc. Authorities can further give such animals for “adoption”. In short, a farmer or a traders loses his cattle even before he is adjudged guilty of cruelty under 1960 Act."Rules introduce substantive rights and obligations. None of these were envisaged by the parent Act," it said.thehindu
SC issues notice to Centre on plea over cattle law
Talaq notices: SC refuses to entertain Muslim woman’s plea
New Delhi :The Supreme Court Wednesday refused to entertain a Muslim woman’s plea challenging two notices of Talaq given by her husband saying it cannot entertain a writ petition on the issue.A bench of Justices R Banumathi and AS Bopana disposed of the plea saying that it is not a court where Talaq notices could be challenged, granting her liberty to move an appropriate forum for relief. Advocate MM Kashyap, appearing for the woman said the process of Talaq-e-hasan under the personal law was not followed.The bench said it cannot go into the merits of the plea and the petitioner should approach the appropriate forum. The woman, who claimed to have been married to the man for 9 years, has also sought registration of FIR against husband for giving her the notices — the first on March 25 and the second on May 7.The woman, a Delhi resident in her plea has said that her husband and in-laws started harassing and assaulting her after the marriage for want of additional dowry and a car. PTI
Soon, SC judgments in Hindi, Telugu, Assamese, Kannada, Marathi and Odia
New Delhi :The rulings of the Supreme Court will soon be available in 6 regional languages. The apex court’s website will provide translations of judgments in Hindi, Telugu, Assamese, Kannada, Marathi and Odia by July-end. CJI Ranjan Gogoi has given formal clearance to an indigenously developed software for this purpose. The software was developed by Court’s “in-house” electronic software wing.Initial phase of multi-lingual judgments will come in the above 6 regional languages. These languages have been chosen on the basis of the volume of appeals that comes in from the High Courts of the states where these languages are spoken.A similar exercise will be undertaken in the second phase as well, the report added.indianexpress
SC fixes plea challenging Maharashtra CM’s election for final disposal on July 23
New Delhi :The Supreme Court Wednesday fixed for final disposal a plea challenging the election of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to the state assembly for alleged non-disclosure of pending criminal cases against him in the nomination papers.A bench comprising CJI Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose said that it will list the plea for final disposal on July 23.The bench was hearing a petition filed by one Satish Ukey seeking annulment of Fadnavis’s election to the Maharashtra Assembly on the ground of alleged non-disclosure of all pending criminal cases against him.Earlier, the apex court had issued a notice to the chief minister on an appeal by Ukey against a Bombay High Court order which had dismissed his plea challenging the election of Fadnavis.PTI
Direct cash transfer schemes, freebies on eve of polls comes under SC scanner
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has issued notices to the central Govt and half a dozen states on a petition that sought to ban any direct cash transfers to voters just ahead of polls. Rolling out of any such scheme, the public interest litigation argued, should happen at least six months before elections.A bench led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi issued the notices on a plea by a contestant in the recent elections, from the Eluru parliamentary constituency in Andhra Pradesh. Pentapati Pulla Rao claimed that he had witnessed first-hand misuse of public money to bribe voters under the guise of welfare schemes.He cited Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi, which offers Rs 6,000 a year to farmers, and the cash-transfer schemes of 6 state Govts and said those were announced just before polls.ET
Jaipur minor rape: CCTV footage emerges, 3 rapes in 15 days point to serial rapist on loose
CCTV footage showing a 7-year-old girl being taken away on a motorbike has emerged in Jaipur days after the rape of the girl heightened tensions in the city.The seven-year-old girl was allegedly abducted and raped by an unknown person in Jaipur's Shastri Nagar area on Monday. According to the police, the girl was abducted by a motorcycle-borne man and taken to a nearby place where she was raped.The suspect pretended to be the girl's father's friend and picked her up from her home in Shastri Nagar. He took her to the nearby Amanishah ka Nullah where he raped the girl before abandoning her near her house in a bloody state.Now, CCTV footage has emerged showing the child being taken away on a motorbike by the accused.Also adding a twist to the case are new details that suggest that the rape may have been a part of a series of sexual crimes against children in the area, all of which may have been committed by the same person.Three cases of rapes of minors have been reported from the Bhatta Basti area of Shastri Nagar in Jaipur in the past fortnight.The incidents took place on June 21, June 22 and July 1.All three crimes were carried out in the exact same manner. A bike-borne man would approach children in the evening, claiming to be their father's or grandfather's friend, take them away and rape them. He would then abandon the children and flee. Police has not yet officially confirmed if the suspect in all the three cases is the same man.India Today
Rape emerges as key reason for school dropouts: DCPCR
New Delhi: "Rape is the key reason emerging for school dropouts," reveals a study conducted on 100 child rape victims by Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR). According to child rights body, the study found that 52 per cent of the total child victims are currently studying in schools and the corresponding shares of school goers among girls and boys are 51 per cent and 67 per cent respectively. "There is, however, a huge gap in educational attainment, as could be noticed in the share of dropped out children, who form 42 per cent of the total sample," revealed report.millenniumpost
Modi govt goes for corporatisation of Railways production units; workers protests fall on deaf ears
As soon as the second Modi Govt was sworn in, almost every ministry put out their 100-day plan.Railway minister Piyush Goyal also did. In the list of items to be implemented by August 31 was corporatisation of production units and offer two trains to private passenger train operators.But, what has irked most workers is the corporatisation of 7 production units – Chittaranjan Locomotive Works, Integral Coach Factory in Chennai, Diesel Locomotive Works in Varanasi, Diesel Modernisation Works in Patiala, Wheel and Axle Plant in Bangalore, Rail Coach Factory in Kapurthala and the Modern Coach Factory in Rae Bareli.In the Prime Minister’s constituency Varanasi, protests have been on since June 25, but hardly any attention has been given to the protesting workers. On Monday, July 1, workers observed a Black Day.Workers of the Rae Bareli MCF have been protesting as well for more than 10 days. All of Rae Bareli employees, around 2,500 of them, have been protesting along with their families near the office. According to reports, the Rae Bareli MCF will be the first unit to be corporatised.nationalheraldindia
Mission 2024? RSS Muslim wing opens units across Telangana
Hyderabad: At a time when BJP is trying to consolidate its presence in Telangana, RSS’s Muslim arm – the Muslim Rashtriya Manch – has for the first time opened district units across the state. The Manch had opened its office in Hyderabad about four years ago with just two members. Today, its office-bearers claim that they have about 3,000 members in Hyderabad. They are now targeting 10,000 members across the state by the end of this year. The Manch will also be opening offices in Andhra Pradesh next month. Unfolding its Mission 2024 plan, RSS has lined up a series of programmes to connect with Muslims in the two Telugu states. Senior RSS leader and MRM patron Indresh Kumar even addressed a meeting in the city on Sunday. He is expected to visit Telangana again later this month while Andhra Pradesh is on his itinerary for next month. In 2010, Kumar had been questioned by CBI in the Mecca Masjid blast of 2007. RSS leader had consistently maintained that he was being falsely implicated in the case as part of a political controversy. Though RSS has been holding interactive sessions with Muslims through MRM in north India, it is the first time that it has focused its attention on minorities in the two Telugu states. The MRM headquarters for Telangana and AP is located in Afzalgunj in Hyderabad and its area of operation is mainly in Hyderabad Lok Sabha constituency, which has been represented by Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM for over three decades. At Sunday’s meeting held in Old City, considered an MIM citadel, a couple of Muslim religious scholars, including Moulana Shaik Moinuddin Shah Qadri rubbed shoulders with Kumar. Though the meeting raised many an eyebrow and invited criticism from local Muslim leaders, MRM state convener MA Sattar told TOI that the response to the meeting addressed by ‘bhai saheb’ (Indresh Kumar) was “tremendous and unexpected”. RSS leader from Nagpur Virag Pachpore was also present. TOI
RSS to set up ‘shakhas’ in J&K, southern states
In order to consolidate its footprints on a pan-India basis, RSS has decided to set up more ‘shakhas in the southern states and, most importantly, in Jammu and Kashmir.The ongoing meeting of RSS in Jhansi has decided to penetrate into the territories where it does not have a strong presence.Apparently preparing for the upcoming Assembly elections as well as the 2024 Lok Sabha polls, the RSS will increase its activities in southern states such as Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and even Kerala."We will be holding ‘shakhas' in these states to enlist popular support. We want to reach out to the non-Hindi speaking population and clear misconceptions, if any, about the RSS. We are determined to break the language barrier and use our volunteers in these states to increase the number of ‘shakhas'," said a senior RSS functionary.IANS

RSS media arm honours group that branded citizens anti-national
New Delhi :A group of men who went after those they called “anti-national” and claim they got them arrested, suspended and, in one case, fired from a job won an RSS affiliate’s badge of honour — for social media journalism.Indeed, the proof of the achievement they flaunt is telling. These include a letter from a Guwahati college suspending an assistant professor; a letter from a Rajasthan university suspending four Kashmiri students, all girls; a Twitter post that led to an arrest in Jaipur; a letter from a Greater Noida engineering college suspending a Kashmiri student; and a Facebook post that led to the arrest of an undergraduate student in Katihar, Bihar.When contacted authorities and officials, some said they had withdrawn their action since no criminal case was made out.These men and women were singled out for social media comments in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack and the air duel between Indian and Pakistani warjets after the Balakot air strike. Following the Pulwama attack, Kashmiri students in several colleges were targeted by angry mobs and many had to leave campuses fearing a backlash.Last Saturday, Clean The Nation (CTN), group which went after them, was honoured with Social Media Patrakarita Narad Samman, instituted by RSS-affiliate Indraprastha Vishwa Samvad Kendra (IVSK).indianexpress
Indore house, next to building at centre of Vijayvargiya row, collapses
New Delhi :A dilapidated house about 200 metres away from the building at the centre of the Akash Vijayvargiya controversy collapsed on Tuesday night in Indore. The house, which did not have any occupants, was not in the list of buildings to be demolished by the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC).The development comes a day after the Indore bench of MP High Court allowed the municipal corporation to demolish the building in the Ganji compound area that had been declared a public safety hazard.The HC, in its direction, asked the IMC to make temporary arrangements for the only family still living in the building, within two days for a period of three days to “tide over rain” — the family had moved court against the demolition.On June 26, Akash, BJP MLA and son of party general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, was sent to jail after assaulting an IMC official with a bat who came to demolish the building. 34-year-old was released on bail Sunday and garlanded by BJP workers in Indore when he walked out. In a video that surfaced on social media, Akash is seen chasing IMC official and assaulting him with a cricket bat.indian express
Tripura man beaten to death on suspicion of cattle lifting
Agartala:A 36-year-old man was killed in Tripura’s Dhalai district by a mob that suspected him of stealing cattle late on Tuesday, police said on Wednesday.The man identified as Budhi Kumar Tripura was lynched in Noarampara of Raishyabari, on Tuesday night.“ Incident occurred at nearly 11:30pm. He died in the hospital early this morning . Post mortem will be done. After that, we will take a case,” Suleman Reang, officer-in-charge of Raishyabari police station, said.Quoting local residents, police said Budhi entered the cowshed of a resident of the area. When he was about to flee, members of the house raised a hue and cry. Hearing their shouts, the villagers reached the spot, caught him and beat him. Raishyabari Police rushed to the spot at around 12am and rescued Budhi and took him to a local hospital.HT
Jharkhand: Elderly Man Assumed as Muslim, Asked to Chant 'Jai Shri Ram'; Goons Fled When He...
Ranchi:In another incident of growing thuggery in the name of Ram, an elderly Hindu street vendor near Masjid Mod area in Jamtara district of Jharkhand was asked by car-borne youths to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’. He chanted. But assuming him a Muslim as he was wearing kurta-lungi and standing near a mosque, the miscreants again and again asked the elderly man to chant the slogan. As he refused and instead recited a part of Ram Charitra Manas that teaches love and harmony the goons fled the scene.According to a report in Hindi daily Bhaskar, the incident took place on Sunday.The youths were in a black car and crossing Masjid Mod locality where street vendors were selling fruits and daily items on both sides of the road. While other vehicles were passing through the lane, the youths in the black car asked the elderly street vendor Lal Mohan Yadav (whom they didn’t know) to keep his cart away from the road for smooth passage. The elderly man told them that all other vehicles are passing easily and their car will also pass through. At this, they got angry and came out of the car and got engaged in heated argument with the elderly. He was speaking politely. They then asked him to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’. He recited it once. They threatened him and asked him to repeat the chanting. He refused and instead began reciting a quatrain from Ram Charitra Manas.As soon as he finished quatrain,goons fled the scene.India Tomorrow
Iran sanctions: India ‘under pressure’ but Tehran ready to protect its energy security, says envoy
The Iranian envoy to India on Tuesday promised that his country would act as a “protector” of India’s energy security even as the country was “under pressure” to not buy Tehran’s oil.Iran faces renewed sanctions amid tensions with UP. India, once one of biggest customers of Iranian oil, has cut down significantly in the face of American sanctions. On a visit to India last week, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had said India had made “hard choices” to cut oil imports from Iran.scroll.in
Chandni Chowk communal flare up: Amit Shah summons Delhi Police Commissioner Patnaik
Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik was Wednesday summoned by Union Home Minister Amit Shah to take stock of the situation in Old Delhi’s Chandni Chowk area where an argument over a parking spot elevated into a communal clash between two groups.4 people have been arrested so far, Patnaik informed Shah, assuring him that the situation in Hauz Quazi area is now normal. “I have briefed him about the situation here. Things are now normal in the Hauz Qazi area. Four people have been arrested,” ANI quoted Patnaik as saying after his meeting with the Home minister.At least 800 Delhi Police and CRPF personnel were spread across the 800-metre stretch Tuesday. For two days in a row, shops remained shut in Hauz Qazi’s Lal Kuan area where the temple is located.indianexpress
Fake messages on whatsapp create communal tension in Lal Kuan, Delhi
UP: Cops arrest villager for alleged cow slaughtering, locals protest
Bareilly: Police arrested one Mohammed Anees Qureshi alias Anni, a local butcher, from Bareilly’s Faridapur Chaudhary village on charges of alleged cow slaughter on Monday. The arrest in the Muslim dominated Bareilly village led to a brawl between some local villagers, who were opposing Qureshi’s arrest, and the visiting police team. Corporator of ward 28, Faridapur Chaudhary, Aqeel Guddu, also a resident of the village, said, “police during a random raid on Monday arrested Qureshi from his residence. Though I was not present at the place, I later enquired about the development and learnt from some villagers that few of Qureshi’s relatives and family members were engaged in an argument and then a brief brawl with the police team who had arrived on the spot with SHO Izzatnagar, KK Verma. Qureshi has been booked under several cases earlier as well and is known for his mischievous behaviour.” TO
Congress bags 39 of 74 Panchayat Samiti seats in Rajasthan bypolls
Jaipur:After a drubbing in the Lok Sabha elections, ruling Congress in Rajasthan bagged a majority of seats in the panchayat samiti and zila parishad bypolls, held in 26 of 33 districts in the state.Of the 74 panchayat samiti seats, Congress won 39. BJP was pushed to the second spot with 29 seats.6 independents also emerged victorious. 15 candidates -- eight from the Congress, two from BJP and 5 independents -- were elected unopposed.In the zila parishad bypolls, Congress won 7 of 9 seats. BJP could win only one seat. The remaining one seat was bagged by an independent candidate.No nomination was filed for Udaipur's Jhadol panchayat samiti due to which the seat remained vacant.PTI
WORLD
40 Killed, 70 Injured In Strike On Libya Migrant Centre: Officials
TRIPOLI: Nearly 40 migrants were killed in an air strike Tuesday night on their detention centre in a Tripoli suburb blamed on Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar, who has been trying for three months to seize the capital.At least 70 were also wounded in the raid on Tajoura, an emergency services spokesman said."This is a preliminary assessment and the toll could rise," said spokesman Osama Ali.He said 120 migrants were detained in the hangar which was directly hit by the strike.Bodies were strewn on the floor of the hangar, mixed with the belongings and blood-soaked clothes of migrants, an AFP photographer said.Rescuers were searching for survivors under the rubble, while dozens of ambulances rushed to the scene. Internationally recognised GNA based in Tripoli denounced the attack as a "heinous crime" and blamed it on the "war criminal Khalifar Haftar".Haftar, who controls much of eastern and southern Libya, in early April launched an offensive to take the capital.GNA accused pro-Haftar forces of having carried out a "premeditated" and "precise" attack on the migrant centre.No one has so far claimed responsibility but pro-Haftar media reported Tuesday night a "series of air raids" in Tripoli and Tajoura.AFP
Libya migrant centre attack may amount to war crime: UN envoy
United Nations envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salame, has condemned an air raid on a migrant detention centre in Tripoli that killed dozens of people, saying that the attack "clearly could constitute a war crime".The air attack in the early hours of Wednesday intensified concerns about the European Union's policy of teaming up with Libyan militias to block refugees and migrants from crossing the Mediterranean, which often leaves them at the mercy of brutal traffickers or stranded in horrible conditions inside squalid detention centres near the front lines.aljazeera
US adds Balochistan Liberation Army to terror list
New Delhi:United States on Tuesday added Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) to its Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) list.US Department of State accused Balochistan Liberation Army of "targetting Chinese engineers in Balochistan" and Gwadar terrorist attack.The Department of State has designated the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) and Hizballah operative Husain Ali Hazzima as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs) under Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, according to a State Department notification issues on Tuesday.BLA is an armed separatist group that targets security forces and civilians, mainly in ethnic Baloch areas of Pakistan. Pakistan has welcomed the move and hoped that "designation will ensure that BLA’s space to operate is minimized". indiatoday
Pakistan: Hindu temple reopens in Sialkot for worshippers after 72 yrs
Lahore: An ancient Hindu temple has once again opened its doors to worshippers after a long gap of 72 years. Shawala Teeja Singh Temple, located on Circular Road in Sialkot, has now been opened for worship. Reportedly, the temple, which covers an area of one kanal, has not been opened since Pakistan’s independence. On directives of Evacuee Trust Property Board (EPTB) Chairman Dr Amir Ahmed, Shrines Deputy Secretary Syed Faraz Abbas met the Sialkot deputy commissioner in this connection.Following this meeting, the temple was opened and inaugurated according to Hindu traditions. Hindu Leader Dr Munawar Chand, Amarnath Randhawa and Pandit Kashi Ram were also present during the ceremony.Express Tribune
'Spectacular progress', says Taliban as US talks enter fifth day
The ongoing seventh round of negotiations between Taliban representatives and US officials in Qatar has made "spectacular progress" on a draft agreement aimed at ending the 18-year-long conflict in Afghanistan, a spokesperson for the armed group has said.Speaking to Al Jazeera on Wednesday, Suhail Shaheen, the Taliban's political spokesman in Doha, said that "80-90 percent work on peace agreement is finished". "Spectacular progress made in this round. The meeting will continue today as well," he added, without giving further details. The talks in Doha, which began on June 29, are aimed at finalising a draft agreement on the potential withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan. US has said it will not agree to the withdrawal of troops until the Taliban put in place security guarantees, implement a ceasefire across the country and commit to an "intra-Afghan" dialogue with the Kabul Govt.But the Taliban insists that the precondition of any agreement is the timeline for the withdrawal of the troops.aljazeera
Possible new war crimes in Myanmar: UN investigator
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