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Saturday, 3 August 2019

03 AUG. ND: Kashmir on alert: Tourists, including pilgrims, foreigners all set to leave; Governor says no knowledge of changes to constitutional provisions/ Cong votes in favour of UAPA bill after opposing it in LS, Left accuses party of ‘betraying’ people/ Leaders of both parties hail SC decision to start day-to-day hearing Babri Masjid case from 6 Aug


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03 AUG. 2019: 01 ZilHajj 1440:Vol: 11, No:261
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Kashmir on alert: Tourists, including pilgrims, foreigners all set to leave; Governor says no knowledge of changes to constitutional provisions
Kashmir Valley is fuelled with uncertainty and is in panic mode after the govt, in a security advisory on Friday, suspended the Amarnath Yatra, and asked tourists to leave the state at the earliest fearing a major militant strike. The unprecedented move is the latest in a series of govt actions in the state including enhanced troop deployment.An estimated 11,000 tourists, including yatris and over 200 foreign visitors, are currently in the Valley, govt officials said.On Saturday, Governor Satya Pal Malik Administration suspended the annual Machail Mata pilgrimage in hilly Kishtwar’s Paddar area adjoining Kashmir Valley. Later in the day, Malik met a delegation of political leaders led by NC Chief Omar Abdullah.Malik said that the state has no knowledge of any changes to constitutional provisions. Therefore, no panic should be created by unnecessarily linking this security matter with all kinds of other issues. On the other hand, Omar said, “More than what Governor tells us publicly, I definitely would like to hear from Govt of India publicly that there is nothing people have to worry about.”Meanwhile, Congress condemning advisory said that the people in J&K, Leh and Ladakh are in a state of perpetual fear. “There were terror-related incidents during Congress rules as well followed by similar situation during the Atal Govt, but even then an advisory asking the tourists to leave Kashmir and yatris to curtail the pilgrimage was not issued,”Gulam Nabi Azad said. Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh said that BJP should tread carefully in the restive J&K, a day after Centre issued an advisory asking Amarnath pilgrims and tourists to leave the Valley as soon as possible.Singh said a forceful decision in the state could inflict a massive loss on the country."Have the heavens fallen that you (Centre) have called off the Amarnath yatra? A force of 20,000 (troopers) has been sent there (J-K). It is an indication of a big exercise," he told reporters. Ministry of Civil Aviation has advised airlines to rein in the surging airfare, for pilgrims returning from Amarnath Yatra. Pilgrims of Amarnath yatra and tourists prepare to leave J&Kafter a directive issued by the govt."British High Commission in New Delhi is monitoring the situation. If you're in J&K, you should remain vigilant, follow the advice of local authorities and keep up to date with developments, including via this travel advice," FCO update note said.VHP today announced cancellation of upcoming annual Budha Amarnath yatra, citing threat posed by Pak-sponsored terrorists to pilgrimage. Students of Kashmir Polytechnic College have been asked to vacate hostel.indian express/pti/ani/newsx
11,000 tourists, including yatris, foreigners all set to leave Kashmir, airlines advised to fly extra flights
Kashmir: Cong wants Modi to make statement, Karan Singh says “unprecedented situation”
Amid growing apprehensions and uncertainty over the deployment of extra troops in the Valley, the Congress party hit out at the Modi Govt in the Centre, pressing for a statement from PM Modi on the issue.Condemning the govt’s decision to curtail the Amarnath Yatra, Congress said that PM Modi should make a statement in Parliament over the current situation in J&K. Last Sadr-e-Riyasat of J&Kand a senior politician, Karan Singh also addressed the conference and termed the situation in the valley as “unprecedented”.nationalheraldindia
Days ago, J-K Governor said no need to panic but series of orders did just the opposite
UK updates advisory for British nationals to be “vigilant” in J&K
Any discussion on Kashmir will ‘only be with Pak, and only bilaterally’, India tells US after Trump repeats offer to mediate
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has said he had told the US that any discussions on the Kashmir dispute will only be directly with Pakistan. His statement came hours after US President Donald Trump reiterated his offer to help India and Pakistan resolve the decades-old dispute “if they wanted”.Jaishankar said he had wide-ranging discussions with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on regional matters. “Have conveyed to American counterpart this morning in clear terms that any discussion on Kashmir, if at all warranted, will only be with Pakistan and only bilaterally,” Jaishankar wrote on Twitter.Jaishankar met Pompeo on the sidelines of 9th East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers meeting in Bangkok. On Thursday Trump said: “Well, that’s up to – it’s really up to PM Modi. And I met with PM Khan; I got along great with – I think they’re a fantastic people, Khan and Modi. I mean, I would imagine they can get along very well.”“But if they wanted somebody to intervene or to help them – and I spoke with Pakistan about that, and I spoke, frankly, to India about it,” he added. “But that’s been going on, that battle, for a long time.”When asked how he wanted to resolve the dispute, Trump said: “If I can – if they wanted me to, I would certainly intervene. Yeah.”scroll.in
India expresses disappointment over UN chief mentioning it in report on children,armed conflict
UN:India has strongly expressed its disappointment over UN chief Antonio Guterres, in his recent report, including situations in India that are neither armed conflicts nor a threat to international security, saying such attempt to “expand mandate in a selective manner” to certain situations only politicises the agenda.In the ‘Annual Report of Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict’,, Guterres said children continued to be affected by incidents of violence between armed groups and the Govt, “particularly in J&K and in the context of the Naxalite insurgency.”India was mentioned under a section of the report titled “Situations not on the agenda of Security Council or other situations.”Paulomi Tripathi, India’s first secretary at the UN General Assembly, speaking at a Security Council open debate on Children and Armed Conflict on Friday, pointed to the “importance of credible, impartial and transparent implementation of the mandate given to UN system.”“In spite of the clear mandate by the Council, we are disappointed that Report of Secretary-General includes situations which are not armed conflicts or of threat to maintenance of international peace and security,” she said.The report noted that UN received reports of child recruitment and use in J&K. The report also cited the rape and murder of an 8-year-old girl in Kathua district.PTI
Cong votes in favour of UAPA bill after opposing it in LS, Left accuses party of ‘betraying’ people
New Delhi:Congress has voted in favour of the passage of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill, 2019 in the Rajya Sabha after it had opposed it in the lower house and demanded that the amendment be sent to a select committee. Clearing that the party is not against the law but some amendments, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram said “an individual who commits a terrorist act is punishable.But there is no clear differentiation driven out between punishing an unlawful association and punishing the member of the unlawful organisation.”Questioning the introduction of the amendment, Chidambaram asked why an individual be named a terrorist when the organisation he belongs to has already been banned. The amendment in UAPA bill allows the Centre to designate individuals as terrorists and seize their properties. Accusing the Congress of “betraying” the people of the country and having “lost” its vision,Left parties hit out at the grand old party for supporting govt on UAPA Bill.“Congress backstabbed democracy. They betrayed the minorities. They betrayed the people of India by voting in favour of the draconian UAPA Bill in Rajya Sabha,” CPI(M) leader Elamaram Kareem said.“The way the Congress conducted itself was highly condemnable.Congress party has also lost all its vision.“It is a new situation. A right-wing, fascist party has captured power.There are increased attacks on democratic and constitutional rights, people do not feel secure and mob lynchings have become the order of the day. In this situation, how can the Congress party side with such a draconian law,” D Raja said.indianexpress
Individuals from Telangana,AP under UAPA lens
Hyderabad:With Rajya Sabha passing UAPA Bill, which enables the Govt to designate individuals as terrorists, NIA is finalising the initial list of “most wanted” persons who will be officially designated as terrorists. The list is likely to include the names of individuals from Telangana state and Andhra Pradesh who are said to be involved in terror cases and Maoist activities.It is still unclear whether the Centre intends to set up a tribunal for individuals designated as terrorists to contest the claim of the govt.Sources said that while the names of Mazood Azhar,Hafiz Sayeed, Syed Salahuddin and Dawood Ibrahim, will top the list, there are several others from J&Kwhose names will figure in it.There are five individuals from Hyderabad who are accused of terror cases and are ‘most wanted’, and an equal number of Maoists. Those wanted in terror cases from Hyderabad include Mohammed Farhatullah Ghori alias Abdul Sufiyan; Mohammed Bhai alias Abdul Bari alias Abu Hamza of Yakutpura; Furqan alias Abu Saad also from Yakutpura; Mohammed Abdul Majeed of Moosarambagh and Siddique Bin Usman of Talabkatta. Among Maoists, most wanted are Akkiraju Haragopal alias Ramakrishna who hails from Guntur in Andhra Pradesh, Gajarla Ravi from Warangal; Jalumuri Srinu Babu of East Godavari district of AP and Madhavi of Warangal. Speaking from Azamgarh,UP, ex-president of SIMI, Shahid Badr Falahi, said UAPA was brought in by Congress in 1967 and the then leader of the opposition was Atal Behari Vajpayee against it, saying it would kill the meaning of the word freedom. “Thereafter, Congress amended UAPA several times and even our organisation was banned under this Act in 2001. But now that NDA has amended it to enable it to designate individuals as terrorists, it is bound to be misused,” said Falahi.Deccan Chronicle
Delhi High Court tribunal upholds 5-year ban on SIMI
A tribunal of the Delhi High Court has upheld the ban imposed on SIMI and validated a Central Govt notification, issued in Feb.this year, extending the ban for another 5 years.Govt describes SIMI as a terrorist organisation and had banned it in 2001, for 2 years. The ban was since extended from time to time. 5-year ban was first imposed in 2014.The ban was lifted in Aug.2008 by a special tribunal, but was reinstated by the Supreme Court on Aug.6, 2008.The tribunal, headed by Justice Mukta Gupta, on July 29 had dismissed SIMI’s contention that the Govt had no fresh evidence against it to extend the ban for another 5 years and held that there were valid reasons to ratify the ban imposed by the Govt under UAPA.indianexpress
NIA wants media gag in trial against Pragya, cites 'communal harmony'
Mumbai: Claiming that media coverage in the ongoing Malegaon bomb blast trial will “have a direct bearing on the communal harmony, national security and public order”, NIA has moved an application before the special trial court seeking a blanket ban on media reporting.BJP MP Pragya Thakur, lieutenant colonel Prasad Purohit, and 10 others have been facing trial in this 11-year-old blast case which had killed six persons and had left over 100 injured. In an application moved before the special NIA court, presided by judge V.S. Padalkar, the agency has claimed that the case is sensitive as the accused had allegedly executed the bomb “to take revenge against the Muslim jihadi activities and to create the rift between the 2 communities (Hindus and Muslims)”.“As per the prosecution, for causing the bomb blast, Malegaon was chosen, because it is a Muslim dominated area.…for maintaining harmony in the society, it is necessary to conduct an in-camera hearing and restraint on the publication of court proceedings,” NIA plea states.While Sameer Kulkarni, one of 12 accused, opposed NIA’s move to gag media, other accused will be responding to it on Aug.5. The court is likely to pass an order on the same day.thewire
Leaders of both parties hail SC decision to start day-to-day hearing Babri Masjid case from 6 Aug
Lucknow: Welcoming the Supreme Court’s decision to commence day-to-day hearing in Babri Masjid title suit, leaders of both the communities, especially, those who are a party in litigation, felt the apex court’s decision had rekindled hope of a logical verdict.Claiming that the mediation exercise failed, CJI Ranjan Gogoi on Friday said that case would now be heard by the Supreme Court from Aug.6, on day-to-day basis. Earlier, a 5-judge SC Constitution bench had set up a 3-member mediation panel on March 8, 2019, headed by Justice (Retd) F.M.I Kalifulla.Now, as the SC acknowledged that the mediation efforts could not be successful, noted lawyer Zafaryab Jilani, who is also representing the Muslim parties in the case, said that failure of mediation process was a foregone conclusion. “Why would the Muslim side take back their claim? Now the Supreme Court will hear it and whatever be the outcome, we will abide by it,” said Jilani who is also the convenor of Babri Masjid Action Committee and member All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB).One of the main Muslim litigants in the case, Iqbal Ansari, representing his father late Hashim Ansari, appreciated the SC decision. “Whatever will be the SC decision, we will abide by it,” he said. Similarly, the saints of Ayodhya, including litigants Ram Lala Virajman and Nirmohi Akhada welcomed SC decision with a pinch of salt. Mahant Dharam Das of Ram Janmabhoomi Nirman Samiti, also a party, hailed courts’ Friday decision.The saints were of the opinion that 5 crucial months were lost in the mediation process with zero results.newindianexpress
Muslim Board Welcomes SC’s Day to Day Hearing Decision on Babri Masjid Title Suit
RSS supports SC's decision in Ayodhya case
RSS General Secretary Bhaiyyaji Joshi has welcomed the Supreme Court's decision of holding daily hearing in the Babri Masjid land dispute case.In a series of tweets, Joshi said "We were hoping that mediation would be successful in removing the obstacles in the construction of Ram Janmabhoomi temple but it did not work out.UNI
Muslim body moves Supreme Court against triple talaq law, claims Act violates Articles 14, 15 and 21
New Delhi:The newly-enacted law which makes the 'triple talaq' a punishable offence was challenged in the Supreme Court.'Samastha Kerala Jamiathul Ulema' moved the SC seeking to declare it as unconstitutional. "Act has introduced penal legislation, specific to a class of persons based on religious identity. It is causative of grave public mischief, which, if unchecked, may lead to polarisation and disharmony in society," plea said.The organisation, claiming itself largest Muslim organisation in Kerala, submitted that legislation is class specific to Muslims and the intent behind the Act is not abolition of triple talaq, but punishment of Muslim husbands."Section 4 imposes a maximum sentence of 3 years in jail when a Muslim husband pronounces triple talaq. The offence is cognisable and non-bailable as per Section 7," the plea said.It said that Act is violative of Articles 14, 15, and 21 of the Constitution and thus, is liable to be struck down. The plea said that if the motive was to protect a Muslim wife in "an unhappy marriage", no reasonable person can believe that the means to ensure it is by putting an "errant husband in jail for 3 years and create a non-bailable offence for merely saying 'talaq talaq talaq'".It said there are statutorily prescribed procedures for divorce in other religions, too, and non-compliance of this procedure for divorce is not a punishable offence for members of other religions."There is no reasonableness or constitutional logic for making the procedural infirmity in effecting divorce a punishable offence for members of Muslim community alone and such legislation cannot withstand the test of Article 14," it said. PTI
Kerala Muslim Body Moves SC Against New Law Criminalising Triple Talaq; Another Plea in Delhi HC
-Demonetisation showed fake currency was myth:HC
Bombay High Court has said the govt’s demonetisation exercise showed that it was a myth that fake currency was in circulation.While hearing hearing a PIL seeking to make currency notes and coins easily identifiable for vision-impaired people, the court asked the RBI why it kept changing the sizes and features of currency notes. “You [govt] keep saying it is because of fake currency,” a bench of Chief Justice Pradeep Nandrajog and Justice NM Jamdar said. “I doubt that reason. Demonetisation showed that it was a myth that Rs 10,000 crore were taken away by Pakistan.”“What is the compulsion of RBI to change features of notes from time to time,” it added. “What is the compulsion of RBI to change the size of the notes?”court directed RBI to file an affidavit explaining its reasons within 2 weeks. Scroll
What compulsion behind demonetisation, HC asks
India drops in GDP rankings, now 7th-largest economy, shows World Bank data
World Bank figures for 2018 show that India has fallen in GDP rankings and is now the seventh-largest economy. UK and France have overtaken India.In 2018, India’s GDP was $2.72 trillion, while that of the UK was $2.82 trillion and France was $2.77 trillion. Top 4 economies in the world were US, with a GDP of 20.5 trillion in 2018, followed by China ($13.6 trillion), Japan ($4.9 trillion) and Germany ($3.9 trillion). Scroll
RSS blames RBI for economic slowdown, defends Modi govt policies
Swadeshi Jagran Manch, economic wing of RSS has hit out at RBI for not lowering rate of interest even when the inflation is down to 2%, holding it responsible for the current slowdown in the economy."RBI has been the major reason for the slowdown. Monetary Policy Committee of RBI has been working on the wrong model and faulty framework. All over the world the rates of interest come down as inflation comes down, but in India it does not happen," said Aswini Mahajan, head of the Swadeshi Jagran Manch.IANS
Too much of reforms has led to slowdown: NITI Aayog CEO
A spate of reforms undertaken by Govt has led to the current slowdown in the country, Amitabh Kant, the CEO of policy think-tank NITI Aayog, said. This came as a note of caution from senior official as he was advocating a series of policy decisions to revive economy.thehindu
India seeks unimpeded consular access to Jadhav
India has sought an unimpeded consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav, death row prisoner in Pakistan. This comes a day after Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) declared that it was evaluating Pakistan’s proposal to grant diplomatic access to him.Pakistan was asked yesterday to provide unimpeded consular access to Jadhav, in an environment free from the fear of intimidation and reprisal in the light of the orders of ICJ [International Court of Justice].Their response was awaited, said a source familiar with the discussion conducted through diplomatic channels. While Pakistani reports suggested that consular access was to be granted to Indian diplomats at 3 pm on Friday, India had declined to confirm the time and date of the meeting. Sources said India had not yet set a deadline for Pakistan’s response. “They offered us consular access to Jadhav on Friday. In response, we have sent a note verbale conveying our position,” said the source hinting that the negotiation on securing normal consular access is expected to continue.the hindu
Kathua rape-murder case: J&K seeks death penalty for 3 main convicts in HC
Chandigarh :J&Kadministration has filed an appeal in Punjab and Haryana High Court, seeking death penalty for the three main convicts in the gangrape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua, contending that the case was “rarest of rare” and deserves capital punishment. In 2 other appeals, the state sought conviction of the accused acquitted, Vishal Jangotra, and setting aside of acquittal of 3 police officials from the charge of conspiracy.The appeals are expected to come up for hearing on August 7 along with other appeals filed by convicts and complainant.“It is not a case of any spur of the moment provocation or even a case where the accused gets overcome by lust. This is a case where a calculated and meticulously planned conspiracy was hatched, the victim was identified and targeted, and what disturbs the moral fibre of the society is that the same was done due to the enmity between the 2 communities, of which an innocent girl of 8 years paid the ultimate price,” reads an appeal filed through Jammu Crime Branch.indianexpress
Need to mend Hurriyat Conference, J&K Jamaat-e-Islami to control terrorism: Ram Madhav
Srinagar: BJP's national general secretary Ram Madhav has hit out at separatist groups in J&Kand said there is a need to mend non-political groups like Hurriyat Conference and J&K Jamaat-e-Islami to control terrorism in the state."There are 3 reasons that make a terrorist in Kashmir. First, the politics of some political parties, who indirectly or directly support terrorism for their own interests. Also, political and non-political groups like Hurriyat Conference and Jamaat-e-Islami need to be mended," Madhav said here at an event. ANI
Maharashtra: Opposition parties plan signature campaign, protest march against EVMs on Aug 21
Mumbai:All parties in the Opposition rank are planning to undertake a statewide signature campaign and hold a protest march on August 21 to demand a switch from EVMs used in elections to the ballot paper system.MNS chief Raj Thackeray, along with leaders from various Opposition parties, on Friday announced a statewide agitation.Among other prominent leaders who attended the gathering on Friday,included state Congress head Balasaheb Thorat, senior NCP leaders Ajit Pawar and Chhagan Bhujbal, PWP’s Jayant Patil and Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana leader Raju Shetti.“When I met Election Commission, I asked where are these EVMs made. EC told me that the chips of EVMs are made in Japan, US and the Netherlands. None of these countries use EVMs during their elections. My questions is then why are they being used only in India,” said Thackeray, who was instrumental in getting the Opposition leaders united on a stage.indianexpress
Govt to prepare National Population Register to lay foundation for pan-India NRC
In order to lay the foundation for rolling out a citizens’ register across the country, the Govt has decided to prepare a National Population Register (NPR) by Sept.2020. NPR will be a list of usual residents of the country. Once it is completed and published, it is expected to be the basis for preparing National Register of Indian Citizens (NRIC), a pan-India version of Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC), an official was quoted as saying by PTI. For the purpose of NPR, a usual resident is defined as a person who has resided in a local area for past six months or more or a person who intends to reside in that area for the next 6 months or more.indianexpress
Congress accuses Assam govt of contempt of court after minister releases NRC data in assembly
Opposition Congress in Assam has claimed that detailed figures of the district wise break-up of National Register of Citizens draft inclusions and exclusions released by a cabinet minister in state assembly amount to contempt of a Supreme Court order.Leader of Opposition in state Assembly Debabrata Saikia said that he would write to the Supreme Court to initiate contempt proceedings.“On behalf of my party I am going to write to the SC. The way the minister released detailed data including how many people are excluded, how many are included, how many are on hold in every district is in violation of the SC order which said no information is to be shared without the leave of the court,” said Debabrata Saikia as he cited a SC order of Sept.19, 2018. Saikia questioned how the state Govt got access to the figures.HT
Assam’s NRC: The registry test of citizenship
After skipping Finance Minister’s dinner, journalists boycott briefing
Relations between Finance Ministry and journalists covering it has been uneasy after entry restrictions were imposed by the former but it came several notches down on Friday with correspondents boycotting a press briefing of senior officers. This is considered a big embarrassment for the Govt as just weeks back, most of the journalists covering Finance Ministry in the North Block stayed away from post-budget dinner hosted by Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.On Friday, journalists walked away from the conference hall at the National Media Centre(NMC) after they were told that the officials addressing the media would only read out a statement and not take any questions. The event turned even more dramatic when Finance Minister's CEA K.Subramanian went out of the hall to apparently seek advice from top bosses on whether questions can be taken from the media but did not come back. Later, he could not be found anywhere near conference hall.nationalherald
SC gives Centre until August 14 to decide on Justice Kureshi’s elevation pending for 3 months
The Supreme Court has asked the Centre to decide by Aug.14 on the pending appointment of Justice Akil Kureshi as the chief justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court. Centre had in June named another judge as acting chief justice, ignoring the collegium’s recommendation of Kureshi’s name.The top court’s collegium had recommended Bombay High Court judge for the post on May 10. All the other three judges recommended for elevation on that day were approved by Centre within days and have taken charge as chief justices of their High Courts. However, Kureshi’s appointment remains pending.scroll.in/PTI
Delhi Minorities Commission rejects BJP MP's claim that illegal mosques, mushrooming
New Delhi: Chairman of Delhi Minorities Commission Dr Zafarful Islam has said that the report claiming that "54 illegal mosques mushrooming on Govt land" in the city was found 'incorrect'. A month ago, a five-member committee was set up to look into the issue of "illegal mushrooming of mosques on Govt land" in the national capital. "We formed a fact-finding committee a month ago after BJP MP Parvesh Verma claimed that mosques were being built in Delhi illegally. He also gave a report to Delhi LG about 54 such mosques. Those reports are found to be false by fact-finding committee", Zafarful Islam said in a press conference.The fact-finding committee has given 8 recommendations to Commission and asked lodge an FIR against BJP MP Parvesh Sharma for spreading rumours against a particular community."We have given 8 recommendations to Commission, one of them to start legal proceedings and lodge an FIR against BJP MP Parvesh Verma for spreading rumours against a particular community and trying to disturb peace and harmony in Delhi", the fact-finding committee said. Chairman had earlier claimed that mosques are being targetted in the wake of upcoming elections in the national capital.His response came after Verma demanded an inquiry into the illegal mushrooming of mosques.ANI
3 Muslim Boys Allegedly Thrashed by 6 Men for Refusing to Say 'Shri Ram' in Godhra
Godhra: 3 Muslim boys were allegedly thrashed by 6 unidentified men for refusing to say "Shri Ram" in Gujarat's Godhra town, police said on Friday.Siddique Bhagat, complainant, claimed that six unidentified men on 2 motorcycles stopped his son Samir (17), and his friends Salman Gheeteli and Sohail Bhagat when the trio were returning home on motorbike on Thursday night."The accused asked my son and his friends to chant 'Shri Ram'. When the boys refused, they started thrashing them. One of them hit Samir with a bicycle chain on forehead while another man hit Salman on head with a blunt object," he said."Before leaving, the assailants threatened to kill them if they were seen again in the area," stated the FIR registered at Godhra Town police station.Samir and his friends who were injured were taken to the civil hospital by some local people, said police inspector HC Rathva. "As the victims are not in a position to speak right now, we do not have more details.We have registered an FIR against six unidentified persons," Rathva added. Incidents of members of the minority community being assaulted for refusing to say `Jai Shri Ram' have been reported from several parts of the country recently.PTI
‘Chant Jai Shri Ram with fervour,’ says suspended Kerala DGP Jacob Thomas
Kerala’s suspended DGP Jacob Thomas has said people should chant the slogan “Jai Shri Ram” more vociferously, ANI reported. Thomas made the comments on Thursday while addressing a “Ramayana Fest” event in Thrissur district. He asserted that Ram, a Hindu deity, was not hailed anymore. “Is Lord Ram really in our land now?” Thomas asked. “Did we reach a situation where we cannot hail Lord Ram? If our minds have reached a state where we cannot hail Ram, then we must think if we have become evil. Time has come for us to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ with more might.”scroll.in
UP: Muslim man beaten for participating in Kanwar Yatra in Baghpat
Baghpat:A Muslim man hailing from a village in Baghpat, was allegedly beaten black and blue by a group of people for taking part in Kanwar Yatra to Haridwar with his Hindu friends. Apart from him, his family was attacked as well. A police complaint has been filed against the attackers and investigation in the matter is underway. According to reports, Irshad took part in the Kanwar Yatra with a couple of his Hindu friends to Haridwar and returned to a Shiva temple in his village to offer the holy water he had gathered and brought from river Ganga. This was not the first time he had done this as locals have confirmed that he has been taking part in Kanwar Yatra from a long time now.However, Irshad's participation in the Yatra this time enraged a couple of people from his own community. On Wednesday night, a group of men reached Irshad's house in Barka village and began assaulting him. Times Now
Palwal incident: 'Where are those people now who stand up for minorities' asks Haryana minister
Palwal:Weeks after a cow vigilante was allegedly shot dead by cattle smugglers, Anil Vij, Minister in the Haryana cabinet on Friday hit out at people who create an uproar when a person from the minority community is attacked and questioned their absence.However, pointing out that attacks on people from minority community should not happen, the minister said that "Everyone comes together when a person from the minority is attacked, where are they today?" "People like this are creating tensions and trying to divide the two communities," he further added.A cow vigilante was shot dead by cattle smugglers on July 30 while he was chasing their vehicle on a bike after being tipped off about cows being smuggled using the said vehicle. The deceased has been identified as Gopal and is a member of 'Gau Raksha Dal'.ANI
Muslim MLAs seek protection for cattle transporters ahead of Bakrid
Bengaluru: With cow vigilantism on the rise and Bakrid just around the corner,Muslim MLAs have petitioned BJP Govt, urging it to ensure adequate protection for cattle traders and transporters of sheep, goat, oxen, buffaloes and other animals. Acting on the petition, CM BS Yediyurappa directed DG&IG Neelamani Raju to initiate necessary steps. In a letter to the CM, 6 Muslim MLAs — Tanveer Sait, Raheem Khan, NA Haris, CM Ibrahim, Nasir Ahmed and Abdul Zabbar — urged Yediyurappa to direct police and district administrations to ensure vehicles carrying animals for sacrifice and slaughter were not obstructed. The legislators stated Bakrid, which will be observed on Aug.12 this year, is a sacred festival of Muslims and the tradition is to sacrifice animals to God on festival day. The request came in the wake of increasing incidents of attacks on vehicles transporting cows, besides cattle transporters being lynched across the country. TOI
BJP leader sympathises with Unnao rape-accused MLA, says Kuldeep Sengar is having a difficult time
BJP MLA Ashish Singh Ashu expressed his support for rape-accused MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar on Friday. “Kuldeep Singh bhai could not be here among us today as he is going through difficult times,” Ashu said, NDTV reported. “Out best wishes are with him. We hope that he will overcome the bad times, fight through it and come out of it and be with all of you. Wherever we are, our best wishes are with him.” MLA from Hardoi constituency was speaking at a panchayat event near Unnao district, which is also Sengar’s home.scroll.in
AMU, Jadavpur, Azim Premji Universities among universities denied Institute of Eminence tag
UGC has rejected a proposal by a govt-appointed committee to grant Institute of Eminence(IoE)  tag to a number of well-known private and public institutes. AMU, KREA University, Jadavpur University and Azim Premji University are among institutes denied the prestigious tag on the grounds that they are not ranked under world QS rankings orNational Institutional Ranking Framework. UGC has, however, said the status will be given to Jadavpur University, Kolkata,and Anna University, Chennai — both state universities — if the states agree to pay 50 % of Rs 1,000 crore grant promised to govt institutions under the initiative.newindian express
AMU V-C warns of strict action against rumour mongers
AMU’s V-C Tariq Mansoor has appealed to students not to believe in rumours and warned of strict action against people indulging in rumour mongering to disrupt the peaceful environment of the campus.V-C’s remarks came after four student leaders of the university were arrested 2 days ago for allegedly creating unrest at the campus, following which police personnel and RAF were deployed at all the entry points of the campus as a precautionary measure.In an open letter to students, Mansoor said some of them were spreading rumours over establishment of a police chowki in the university campus.“I urge students to be reasonable and rational to cross check before believing in such baseless rumours,”he wrote in his letter.indianexpress
Maharashtra 1st to establish trilateral Waqf Tribunal
Mumbai:Maharashtra is the first state in the country to establish a trilateral tribunal. Since all the districts had to come to Aurangabad for hearing, but now the establishment of a trilateral tribunal has helped citizens. The State Govt has taken care that the land belonging to the religious community will not be misused by the judgment of the Trilateral Tribunal. The second survey of Waqf properties in the state is being done in Pune and Parbhani districts and the survey is in the final phase. The remaining areas will be surveyed on the basis of actual experience and findings. In order to safeguard and encroach on these properties, a survey of Waqf properties is underway by Commissioner of Jamabandi, State Govt in a release said.Information about waqf assets will be recorded in the computer system developed by the central Govt, the waqf management system of India. All relevant Waqf properties are being surveyed by making direct visits and inspecting the records, it added.Minister for Minority Development Vinod Tawde said that for the second survey, additional district collectors of all the districts have been appointed as additional survey commissioner of Auqaf for their respective districts.Accommodation Times
Flare-up in UP’s Aashiana village: Hindu neighbours junk sedition charge
Lucknow:Hindu residents of Salehnagar village in Aashiana have come out in support of their Muslim neighbours, dubbing the sedition case against 60 minority community youths as fabricated and "an attempt by right-wing groups" to drive a wedge between 2 communities living peacefully in the area for decades. The show of solidarity has been spurred by the tragic death of Zakir Ali (55) whose 20-year-old son Akram is among the accused.Ali, allegedly humiliated by policemen during the raid following Tuesday's clash, succumbed to cardiac arrest in the small hours of Friday. Saurabh Kashyap, a friend of Akram, said they were childhood buddies. "We grew up together. None of us ever made any derogatory remark against each other's religion. All the accused, including Akram, have been framed. I don't believe anyone from here will ever raise pro-Pakistan slogans," he said. Ajay Singh a neighbour of Ali, underscored that Hindus and Muslims had peacefully coexisted in Salehnagar for generations. "An ego clash between youths of Salehnagar and adjoining Ruchi Khand is being given communal colour by right-wing outsiders,"he added. Ankur Lodhi, echoed that right-wing people "are trying to drive a wedge between Hindu and Muslim brothers. Dukhi Rawat said,"Muslims and Hindus in Salehnagar have lived like family. Zakir was a friend of mine. His death has left us all shocked and deeply saddened." TOI
MP: Man from right wing group covers eyes on seeing Muslim anchor, sparks outrage online
The founder of a fringe right wing is being widely criticised after he covered his eyes during a televised debate when a Muslim anchor participated in it. The incident comes days after a customer refused to take accept a delivery from a ‘non-Hindu’ man in MP. Incidentally, the debate on the channel was about the incident in MP, where a customer rejected the order because of the delivery person’s religion. Ajay Gautam, founder of the right wing group called Hum Hindu, was among those debating the incident and the questions raised by it.However, when a segment featured another anchor named Saud Khalid, Gautam was shown covering his eyes. This happened right after the anchor moderating the debate announced his fellow anchor’s name. It wasn’t clear for how long Gautam kept his eyes covered and the video was tweeted from the official handle of the channel.Many criticised the man for what they said was an obnoxious gesture, while others questioned why Gautam was invited in the first place. The channel later announced that it had decided not to invite Gautam to its studio in future, saying his actions were “inappropriate and condemnable”.indian express
Odisha BJP MLA apologises for making anti Muslim women remarks in Assembly
An Odisha BJP MLA has apologised for his controversial remarks about Muslim women made during a discussion in the state Assembly on triple talaq a day earlier.Bishnu Charan Sethi, also BJP’s Odisha vice-president and the party's deputy leader in the Assembly, was forced to retract his comments after hundreds of workers of the Opposition Congress staged a protest rally and a demonstration in his home district of Bhadrak.With Sethi tendering an apology, stalemate in the Assembly on the issue ended. Congress MLAs had created unruly scenes in House on both days demanding that the MLA withdraw his “anti-women” statements.news18
Ravish Kumar wins 2019 Ramon Magsaysay Award
NDTV journalist Ravish Kumar is one of 5 winners of 2019 Ramon Magsaysay Awards, the foundation that gives the honour announced on Friday. The awards will be presented in Manila, the capital of the Philippines, on Sept. 9. Kumar, who hosts NDTV India’s Prime Time show, won the award for “harnessing journalism to give voice to the voiceless”, said the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation. The foundation said Kumar was being recognised for “his unfaltering commitment to a professional, ethical journalism of the highest standards; his moral courage in standing up for truth, integrity, and independence; and his principled belief that it is in giving full and respectful voice to the voiceless, in speaking truth bravely yet soberly to power, that journalism fulfills its noblest aims to advance democracy”.scroll.in
Muzaffarnagar riots: Court asks authorities to seize accused's land
A sessions court has directed the district authorities to seize the land belonging to an accused in the Muzaffarnagar riots case, officials said. CJM Rakesh Gautam issued the order to prevent the accused- Ravinder Singh from selling the piece of land, they said. Singh along with 5 others-Prahlad, Bishan Singh, Tendu, Devender and Jitender - had allegedly killed a man named Shahnawaz at Kawal village in Jansath area on Aug.27, 2013. 5 of the 6 accused, barring Singh who is still absconding, were arrested by police. Shahnawaz's death and that of 2 other youths, identified as Gaurav Sachin, in another incident were said to be the trigger behind the communal clashes in Muzaffarnagar. PTI
7 Maoists killed in Chhattisgarh, arms recovered
Bhopal:7 Maoists were gunned down by the police on Saturday in Rajnandgaon district of Chhattisgarh.Based on intelligence inputs, DRG personnel, part of a special operations team of the Rajnandgaon police, at around 7 a.m. fired at 40 Maoists in Sailpar forest in Sitagota village, close to the Maharashtra border, said DIG  Sundarraj P.thehindu
Former Maldives vice president deported a day after seeking political asylum in India: Reports
Former Maldives Vice President Ahmed Adeeb, who was detained in Tamil Nadu’s Thoothukudi district 2 days ago, was deported late on Friday by the Coast Guard. 9 crew members of tugboat “Virgo 9” that Adeeb had used to enter the country were also handed over to Maldivian authorities at International Maritime Boundary Line.scroll.in /PTI
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Sudan protesters, army agree on constitutional declaration
Sudan's military rulers and the main opposition coalition have reached an agreement paving the way for a new transitional Govt, African Union said, after lengthy negotiations following the toppling of long-time ruler Omar al-Bashir.Mohamed Hassan Lebatt, AU mediator for Sudan, said today that two sides "fully agreed on a constitutional declaration" outlining the division of power for a three-year transition to elections. The document, which outlines the powers and the relationships between the branches of the transitional Govt, comes after weeks of protracted negotiations brokered by AU and neighbouring Ethiopia amid sporadic bouts of violence in the capital, Khartoum, and other cities.The main opposition coalition, the Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC), welcomed the agreement as a "first step with more to follow" and pledged to complete the journey to "freedom, peace and justice" in Sudan.FFC said both sides were expected to sign it on Sunday.As news of the agreement emerged, people began gathering on Nile Street, the main avenue in the capital Khartoum, honking car horns and ululating in celebration.aljazeera
Israel officials met with Iraq counterparts: media
European diplomats revealed to Israeli newspaper Haaretz that Israeli officials have been holding secret meetings with Iraqi Govt officials.In a long report published by the newspaper yesterday, Zvi Bar’el – Haaretz’s Middle Eastern affairs analyst – said that some of the meetings were even held in Israel.In his report Bar’el speculated that Iraq is a new front or a secret partner for Israel, questioning two recent Israeli attacks on Iranian targets in Iraq, on which the Iraqi Govt remained silent. Israeli journalist said that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo paid a hasty visit to Iraqi capital Baghdad in May to tell Iraqi PM, Adel Abdul-Mahdi, to stop letting Iran bring missiles into the country and to remove those Iranian missiles already there.He continued: “According to several reports, including one that cited ex Iraqi PM Ayad Alawi, Israel gave Pompeo photographs of the missiles and launch pads, and said in no uncertain terms that it would take action against them if Iraq didn’t remove them itself.”MEMO
Rohingya activists slam ASEAN's call for dialogue with Myanmar
Efforts by Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to encourage "dialogue" between Rohingya refugees and Myanmar Govt have sparked fierce criticism from Rohingya activists, who accuse the bloc of whitewashing Myanmar military's crimes and legitimising deeply flawed repatriation plans.A team from the humanitarian arm of 10-member trade bloc joined a Myanmar delegation on a visit to camps in Bangladesh last week in a bid to launch fresh repatriation talks with Rohingya leaders and activists. aljazeera
8th round of US, Taliban peace talks starts in Doha today
A fresh round of US-Taliban peace talks will start in Qatar's capital Doha today, officials said, describing it to be “most crucial” phase of negotiations to end 18-year war in Afghanistan. Senior officials privy to the talks said a peace agreement could be expected at the end of the eighth round of talks and would enable foreign forces to be withdrawn from the war-torn country. Zalmay Khalilzad, US peace envoy for Afghanistan who has held a series of meetings with Taliban leaders since last year, reached Doha on Friday night.“Just got to Doha to resume talks with the Taliban. We are pursuing a peace deal not a withdrawal agreement,” Khalilzad wrote on Twitter.“A peace agreement that enables withdrawal. Our [US] presence in Afghanistan is conditions-based, and any withdrawal will be conditions-based,” he said, adding the Taliban are signaling they would conclude an agreement.2 sources with knowledge of the talks said an agreement on the withdrawal of foreign forces in exchange for security guarantees by the Taliban is expected before Aug.13. Reuters
‘2,761 women tortured,degraded since Egypt coup’
An international rights platform has documented thousands of violations against women in Egypt since 3 July 2013, a turning point in the regime’s treatment of females, which was considered a red line by previous govts. We Record has documented enforced disappearances, physical and psychological torture, threats of rape and exposure to sexual harassment by members of the national security and police personnel, over the six years since the coup.The regime has carried out 312 extrajudicial killings against women, according to their research, forcibly disappeared 396 women and 16 girls and referred 115 to terrorism courts.Arab Organisation for Human Rights has said that as many as 3,185 civilians have been extrajudicially killed by Egyptian security forces since 3 July 2013.Rights groups have accused the Egyptian authorities of carrying out punitive measures against the opposition to silence dissenting voices.MEMO
Saudi women won’t need male guardian’s approval to travel
Saudi Arabia’s new laws, issued early on Friday, will allow women to travel without the approval of a male guardian, bringing to end a decades-old policy.In a series of royal decrees, Saudi Arabia announced that a Saudi passport should be issued to any citizen who applies for it and that any person who is above 21 years of age will not need permission to travel. Women were also granted the right to register child births, marriages and divorces. They will be issued official family documents and be eligible as a guardian to minor children.scroll.in/ AP
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