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Sunday, 4 August 2019

4 AUG. ND: India foils Pakistan’s BAT infiltration bid: Pak Army denies charge as ‘mere propaganda’/J&K: 10,000-15,000 tourists moved out; Classes suspended, hostels closed, hospitals tell staff to ‘be stationed’/ 2 lakh jobs cut in last 3 months across automobile dealerships: Industry body FADA


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04 AUG. 2019: 02 ZilHajj 1440:Vol: 11, No:262
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India foils Pakistan’s BAT infiltration bid: Pak Army denies charge as ‘mere propaganda’: Times Now
New Delhi: Hours after Indian Army announced that an infiltration bid by a Pakistan's BAT (Border Action Team) squad across LoC had been thwarted in J&K’s Keran sector, Pakistan Armed Forces’ spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor took to Twitter to claim that no such cross LOC action had been taken by Pakistan In a statement on Saturday,Ghafoor claimed that “allegations of cross LOC action by Pakistan” and “possession of bodies are mere propaganda.” Alleging that the development at LoC was Indian Govt’s strategy to divert attention from issues of J&K, Ghafoor said, “Indian allegations of cross LOC action by Pakistan and possession of bodies are mere propaganda. Such blatant lies/ staged dramas are Indian disinformation manoeuvre to divert world attention from increased atrocities by Indian Forces inside IOJ&K.”  Meanwhile, Indian Army said on Sunday that they had offered Pakistan Army the option to retrieve the bodies of 5 to 7 intruders by approaching LoC with a white flag.Army said, "Have offered Pakistan Army to take over the dead bodies(of 5-7 Pak BAT army regulars/terrorists). Pakistan Army has been offered to approach with white flag and take over the dead bodies for last rites. They are yet to respond." Times Now
Army Asks Pak To Take Back Bodies of J&K Intruders, Islamabad Scoffs
J&K: 10,000-15,000 tourists moved out; Classes suspended, hostels closed, hospitals tell staff to ‘be stationed’
Srinagar:Even as J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik warned against “unnecessary panic”, a slew of new orders, by educational institutes, hospitals and govt departments, added to the uncertainty across the Valley on Saturday. About 950 outstation students of NIT in Srinagar were sent home on Saturday, a day after it announced that classes had been suspended “till further orders”. “This is for information of all the students of the institute that the class work for all courses stands suspended till further order. The above notice stands issued in accordance with the instructions received from district administration, Srinagar,” said a circular issued by the NIT Registrar’s office on Friday evening.Professor Rakesh Sehgal, director of NIT-Srinagar, said about 950 students living in the hostels had been sent home. “The administration gave instructions… We don’t take action on our own. I am in touch with HRD ministry as well,” he said. But Srinagar Deputy Commissioner Shahid Chaudhary said there was a “miscommunication”.“In the wake of unstoppable rumours, heads of all institutions were advised to remain careful. (There was) no advice/ instruction for shutting down any institution.This NIT notice is apparently a miscommunication,” he tweeted. Sources said about 30 SRTC buses took NIT students to Jammu. “The administration facilitated these buses,” said Sehgal.Meanwhile, tourists and Amarnath pilgrims began leaving the Valley on Saturday. “About 10,000-15,000 tourists were moved out, by air and road, today,” Tourism Director Nisar Wani said. “There are only a few hundred tourists left in the Valley, and they will be sent back by Sunday morning,” he said, adding that IAF was also roped in to airlift the tourists.Srinagar airport saw a huge rush of passengers.Migrant labourers have also started leaving the Valley. indianexpress
Global travel alerts, Opposition urges caution: Valley still grapples with what next
The question mark on what next continues to hang over the Valley. As tourists and Amarnath Yatra pilgrims started leaving the region Saturday, a day after the state Govt, citing security concerns, ordered them to leave immediately, at least 6 countries issued advisories against travelling to J&K. Anxiety within the diplomatic community, too, was visible as 6 countries from UK to Australia, Canada to Singapore issued travel advisories with more expected to follow suit.While Germany, Canada, Singapore and Australia, too, issued similar alerts, New Zealand was categorical, saying “Do not travel to J&K (with exception of Ladakh via Manali, or by air to Leh) due to the threat of terrorist activity and ongoing violence which remains high.” indianexpress
Amit Shah Meets Intelligence Chiefs Amid Tension Over J&K Troop Build-Up
 Union home minister Amit Shah is meeting NSA Ajit Doval, Intelligence bureau chief Arvind Kumar, RAW's Samant Goel, Union home secretary Rajiv Gauba and other officials today amid a massive security build-up in Kashmir.There have been intelligence reports that terrorists have made multiple infiltration attempts to launch an attack similar to the one in Pulwama in Feb. In view of that, a huge number of security personnel have been deployed in the state and tourists and pilgrims on Amarnath yatra have been asked to leave immediately. Intelligence sources said terrorists were making multiple attempts to cross the Line of Control and infiltrate into India between July 29 and July 31. NDTV
Home Ministry’s nod for terror prosecutions peaked in June: the hindu
New Delhi:Union Home Ministry sanctioned prosecution of more than 400 terror suspects in the past three years, with the maximum number granted in June this year.An analysis of the Ministry’s sanction of prosecutions under the UAPA between June 2016 and June 2019 shows that on average 11 sanctions were given every month. The sanction is given to file a charge sheet against suspects in terror offences. Under UAPA, the investigating agency can take up to 180 days after the arrest to file chargesheet and seek a further extension from the court.The maximum number of sanctions in a month, 44, was in June, followed by 38 in July 2016. Amit Shah took charge as Home Minister on June 1.Shah informed Rajya Sabha on Friday that the nodal counterterrorism agency, NIA, registered 278 terror cases since its inception in 2008, of which charge sheets were filed in 204 cases. He said 221 persons were convicted and 92 acquitted by the courts in these cases. Of 204, as many as 131 charge sheets have been filed since June 1, 2014.Opposition parties have raised concerns about the new law saying it could also be used against political opponents and that civil society activists, who speak against Govt, may be branded as “terrorists”.
Doubt clouds anti-terror bill as oppositon, experts question arbitrary provision
New Delhi: India’s key terror investigation body – NIA – now has more teeth to deepen its probe in terror cases with the passage of UAPA Bill 2019 in Parliament in the ongoing Budget session.However, the bill has caused a stir with one of the proposed amendments empowering the Centre to now label an individual a "terrorist," if the Centre "believes" that the individual is involved in terror activities.The amendment has caused outrage among not just the opposition MPs but has raised the heckles of experts as well, who question the arbitrary nature of the amendment. "How will you decide at what stage a person will be named? Naming an organisation is one thing, naming an individual is another. If they name me, I can go to a review committee. But my livelihood, my reputation, my social standing are all damaged. It is one thing if there is a 'preview' committee. But when will you name him? The home minister has not allayed any fears and he does not answer the question -- on what basis will you name an individual?" senior Congress MP and ex home minister P. Chidambaram told Mint."In areas such as Kashmir, there is huge scope of misuse of this law. There are ongoing crackdowns already. But in addition, this law will have the power to indict even someone the security forces don't like purely on the basis of suspicion. There is significant potential to misuse this without any provision to safeguard the interest of the individual," said Nisar Ali, a member of the state finance commission of the J&K govt.livemint.com
2 lakh jobs cut in last 3 months across automobile dealerships: Industry body  FADA
New Delhi:Around 2 lakh jobs have been cut across automobile dealerships in India in the last 3 months as vehicle retailers take the last resort of cutting manpower to tide over the impact of unprecedented sales slump, according to industry body FADA.With no immediate signs of recovery, the Federation of Automobile Dealers Associations (FADA) feared that the job cuts may continue with more showrooms being shut in the near future and sought immediate Govt  intervention such as reduction of GST to provide relief to the auto industry .“The majority of job cuts have happened in the last 3 months. It started around May and continued through June and July,”FADA head Ashish Harsharaj Kale said.He further said, “Right now most of the cuts which have happened are in front-end sales jobs but if this (slowdown) continues, then even the technical jobs will be affected because if we are selling less then we will also service less, so it is a cycle.”When asked how many jobs have been cut across the dealerships in India, he said, “Close to about two lakh.”“It is a guesstimate that our members have already cut 7-8 per cent of jobs in most of the dealerships as the degrowth has been very high,”he added.Around 2.5million people were employed directly through around 26,000 automobile showrooms operated by 15,000 dealers. Another 2.5 million are indirectly employed in dealership ecosystem, he added. 2 lakh jobs cuts in the last 3 months are over and above 32,000 people who lost employment when 286 showrooms were closed across 271 cities in 18-month period ended April this year, he added. Elaborating on reasons for taking the drastic step of cutting jobs, he said the ‘margin of error’ in the business in the past few years has really gone down with cost almost doubling in the last 3 to 4 years. However, he said, “The way the first quarter has panned out despite good election results and the Budget, the degrowth continued. It is clear now that a proper slowdown has hit us. Now dealers have resorted to cutting manpower.”PTI
Swamy gets support from rivals to replace Sitharaman as FM amidst reports of slowdown
BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy has never hidden his desire to head the country’s finance ministry in the Centre’s Narendra Modi Govt . Speculations over his possible appointment as the new FM gained momentum after Arun Jaitley, who held the portfolio during the first of PM Modi, announced that he was bowing out of active politics due to poor health. However, PM Modi decided to appoint Nirmala Sitharaman as Jaitley’s successor, leaving Swamy’s supporters dejected.A few months later, Swamy appears to have found plenty of support to replace Sitharaman as India’s economy slowing down considerably. Much to Swamy’s excitement, even his political rivals are demanding his appointment as the new finance minister. Rajya Sabha MP and known Congress leader, Abhishek Singhvi, tweeted recently, “A lot of people in my mentions talk about Subramaniam Swamy as an ideal BJP candidate for Finance. In fact a lot of BJP core supporters think so too. What stops BJP from listening to the people if they work as per where the heart of the people is?”His subsequent tweet read, “Sources tell me about a rift in BJP. Current Finance Minister doesn’t have many fans within the party so expect a lot of mud slinging against her (much like the earlier Sushma Ji trolls). That Lobby believes someone else should be FM.” Sitharaman has been facing flak from experts and political adversaries after NITI Aayog Chief Executive Officer Amitabh Kant on Friday officially confirmed the current slowdown in the Indian economy. Kant, however, said that this was due to a spate a wave of reforms undertaken by the Modi-led Govt .jantakareporter
Now national anthem, tricolour hoisting must at madrassas in Uttarakhand everyday
Dehradun: Chairman of Uttarakhand State Madrassa Board, Bilal Rehman, said on Saturday that a series of decisions have been taken by the body like making the singing of national anthem and hoisting tricolour a part of the daily morning assembly routine in all madrassas with immediate effect. The decisions were taken at the board meeting held on Saturday, Rehman said. “It has been made mandatory for all madrassas to get an approval valid for 2 years and the renewal of the madrassa board would take place after a special audit on the quality of education and results of the students.” He added that biographies of the freedom fighters would be incorporated in the syllabus for inculcating a nationalistic feeling among students. “A great emphasis will be put on sports and NCC for students of the madrassas and for this, I am working out a detailed engagement calendar,” said Rehman. The state has over 700 madrassas and of these, only 300 are registered with the state Govt . “We are planning to register all the madrassas in a phased manner to bring an overall improvement in the education scenario of Uttarakhand,” said Rehman. TOI
BJP govts either insincere or incapable of producing NRC: Ex-Assam CM Gogoi
Guwahati :Former Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi on Saturday alleged that the BJP Govt s in the state and Centre were either insincere or incapable of producing the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and expressed doubts that the final NRC — scheduled to be published on August 31 — will not be correct.“We had seen that the state Govt  was happy with the NRC process and now it is the opposite. This opposite narrative is creating doubts in our minds now. Today it has been proven that in producing a correct NRC, the BJP Govt  is either not sincere or incapable… this shows even the Central Govt  is not able to produce an NRC, and if they are so incapable then how will they detect foreigners, leave alone deportation. And this ‘foreigners’ issue was the primary issue of elections. We will ask Modi how many ‘foreigners’ have you identified and deported?” Gogoi said at a press conference in Guwahati.indianexpress
Govindacharya wants live streaming of Ayodhya trial
New Delhi: RSS ideologue K.N. Govindacharaya has moved the Supreme Court seeking live streaming of the hearing on Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case relating to the ownership of the disputed 2.77 acres of land at Ayodhya. Seeking the implementation of the top court’s Sept.26, 2018, judgment, the petitioner RSS ideologue has said that there was a large scale interest in the proceedings of the case across the country.  Govindacharya in his PIL has said that the devotees of Rama — whose deity at the disputed site is one of the petitioners before the Supreme Court — are interested in knowing as to “how an individual can represent Ram before the Supreme Court.”The top court by its Sept.26, 2018, judgment had accepted the plea for the live streaming of the cases of constitutional and national importance being argued for final hearing before the Constitution Bench. Initially it was to be a pilot project starting with Chief Justice’s court.ASIAN AGE
Adityanath in Ayodhya: Even before Mahabharat, mediation attempts failed
A day after the Supreme Court said the mediation efforts on the Ayodhya dispute had failed, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath Saturday said he already knew that the mediation attempt would not reach any conclusion.Addressing a gathering in Ayodhya, Yogi said that from August 6, the case would be heard daily and expressed confidence that the Supreme Court would respect public sentiments. Earlier in the day, Yogi paid tribute to Paramahamsa Ramchandra Das and inaugurated a guesthouse in Digambar Akhara.He also met local akhada seers who are demanding that a Ram temple be built on the disputed site in Ayodhya. The CM reached the banks of Saryu river and inspected the proposed site for construction of the world’s tallest statue of Ram at Meerapur Doaba.“Now the matter has to be heard daily from August 6 and we are confident that the Supreme Court will respect public sentiments. Ayodhya should get what it deserves,” he said.indianexpress
Sanjiv Bhatt pens an emotional letter to wife from prison; says India is at a tipping point
Gujarat-cadre IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt who took on PM Narendra Modi over the 2002 Godhra riots and in June was sentenced to life imprisonment in n a 30-year-old custodial death case, has penned down an emotional letter to his wife Shweta Bhatt and children. In his letter, Sanjiv thanked his family for helping him "become everything that I needed to be for serving a cause that was larger than all of us". "Whatever I am today is only because of you. You have been my strength and my inspiration. You have been the fuel that kept the furnaces of my passion and idealism burning against all the odds," Sanjiv Bhatt wrote.Bhatt, had several run-ins with BJP over Godhra riots, alleging that Narendra Modi, then CM of Gujarat, was complicit in the affair. PM Modi has never been found guilty and has denied any role in them.Sanjiv also faces charges in a drug-planting case from 1996,  in addition to the 1989 custodial death case.“Friends, India is at a tipping point. The choices we make today will determine our fate for the next few decades. None of us can afford to be in the stands anymore. We've got to be in the fight. Politics is not a spectator sport. We may avoid politics, but politics will not avoid us. We must resolve to fight these thugs at all levels. Thuggery should never be allowed to itself into a technique of governance. The thugs-in-power will have to be faced down - whatever the price. We will have to make some difficult choices… but in the end, we're only the sum of the choices we make,” he wrote to his wife Shweta Bhatt.nationalheraldindia
Farmers ‘struggling’ after land ‘seized’ by varsity, Azam Khan denies charge
Rampur :Spread on a 300-acre campus, Mohammad Ali Jauhar University lies approximately 7 km from Rampur city, in the district of the same name in UP. The university’s chancellor is Azam Khan, Samajwadi Party leader and the Lok Sabha MP from Rampur, who faces 27 FIRs, lodged between July 13 and July 20 this year, over alleged land grab for university’s expansion. One of those FIRs has been lodged by the district administration over allegations of “usurping five hectares of river land”.While Khan denied the allegations and maintained that the farmers have already received payments for the land they now claim is theirs, DM Aunjaneya Kumar Singh said SP leader has forcefully acquired around 12 hectares belonging to farmers and around 5 hectares of public land near Kosi river. 25 of these FIRs have been lodged by local farmers,who allege that Khan and ex Circle Officer, City, Aaley Hasan forcibly took away their land in 2004 and made it part of the university campus. Hasan is now chief security officer of the university. Denying the allegations, Azam Khan said: “This land is around 3.75 bighas. The university has bought 350 acres in all. I have not taken the land, the Jauhar Trust has. A trust that buys 350 acres will not cheat for 3.75 bighas of land.”He claimed that the allegations are coming since he won Lok Sabha polls.“These farmers lodged complaints earlier as well. They did not stand in court. Later, they submitted an affidavit apologising for the complaint,”he added.indianexpress
Man lynched on suspicion of child lifting, 2 others injured in Patna
Patna: A man was beaten to death by a mob on suspicion of child-lifting in Patna's Danapur area on Sunday. The incident took place near Rupaspur area under the Danapur Police Station limits.The locals caught hold of three youths who were strolling in the area, started thrashing them brutally which resulted in the on-spot death of one person. The other two sustained grievous injuries.As per sources, hundreds of locals rushed out of their homes upon hearing alarms that child lifters were loitering in the vicinity.After being alerted, the police rushed to the spot and admitted the injured two in the subdivisional hospital, while the body of the lynched person was sent for the postmortem. Earlier on Saturday, two Sikh pilgrims were thrashed by a mob who suspected them to be child-lifters in Danapur. However, the police reached swiftly on the spot and rescued them from mob fury.They got admitted to a local hospital later.newindianexpress
32 people held for mob lynching in Bihar’s Danapur
Hours after a man was beaten to death in Danapur near Patna, Bihar Police on Sunday arrested 32 people, including six women. The man was lynched while two others were beaten up on suspicion of child theft in the area. They have been arrested after a case of murder was filed. The case is also registered against several unidentified persons.The incident had occurred on Saturday, when a physically handicapped person was beaten to death. .zeenews
Jharkhand: 4 ‘routine’ lynchings  after being accused of witchcraft
Silence Hangs over Nagar Siskari Tola in Jharkhand’s Gumla district, with most houses locked and lanes empty but for policemen, 5 days after four people were lynched on the charge of practising witchcraft here. “Koi baat nahin karega (Nobody will talk),” a policeman tells you, keeping guard at the local akhara (meeting point), where the 4 were dragged to and killed in the wee hours of July 20.All 4 were known to be “ojhas” or healers, villagers believing they could cure small ailments through their supernatural powers.Many in Nagar Siskari would turn to them, with the nearest health sub-centre 5 km away. Mukhiya Ravi Oraon says even at that sub-centre, a doctor is rare. “If there is no doctor, what does one do? The village has to rely on quacks and ojhas. If the ailing person improves, they feel obliged to the ojhas. But if the patient deteriorates, conspiracy theories abound.” Sunday Express visited sub-centre at 4pm on a weekday, and it was locked because of it being the village market day. Jitendra Munda, who works at a medical store in Sisai, some 15 km away, sat outside distributing medicines. “There are no doctors here and I realised people needed help. So I give them medicines for a minimum consultancy charge of Rs 10,” says Munda, admitting that he didn’t have any degree.Locals say even the auxiliary nurse mid-wife is available only for three hours a day, 10 am to 1 pm. About the killing of Suna Oraon, 65, Champa Oraon, 79, Fagni Oraine, 60 and Piro Oraine, 74, the mukhiya admits there was no shock as there had been a “similar killing” four years back. This time, he says, the killings were triggered by a couple of deaths that had occurred. “An ojha from a far-off place said somebody was practising witchraft. So the villagers decided to take matters in their own hands.” Villagers, who claim they saw nothing, similarly dismiss the killings as “routine”.Between Jan.2017 and July 2019, 88 people have been lynched on suspicion of witchcraft in the state, according to data compiled by the Jharkhand Police. Police have arrested eight people of Siskari Tola in this case, as well as Suhila Nayak, also an ojha, from another village.indianexpress
Kerala IAS officer Venkatiraman arrested for killing journalist Basheer  in road accident
New Delhi:Hours after a journalist working with a Malayalam daily was killed after his two-wheeler was hit by a car driven by an IAS officer, administrator Sriram Venkataraman was arrested on Saturday. Sriram is currently undergoing treatment in a hospital in Thiruvananthapuram.33-year-old IAS officer, who was appointed Survey Director by state cabinet on Thursday, was arrested. He was travelling with a woman at the time of the incident.Confirming that Venkataraman was behind the wheels, Deputy Police Commissioner Kori Sanjaykumar Gurudin said, “According to eyewitnesses and as per evidence collected, it is confirmed that Venkataraman was driving the car in a drunken state.” KM Basheer (35), bureau chief of Siraj, died on the spot after his bike got sandwiched between Venkataraman’s car and a roadside wall, just a few metres away from the Museum police station in the city.indianexpress
Delhi Waqf Board plans English medium schools
New Delhi: Delhi Waqf Board has decided to open English-medium schools for under-privileged Muslim children in a bid to provide them with quality education and help them enter the mainstream. Sixteen schools which will have classes up to 8 will be opened in Muslim-dominated areas, such as Matia Mahal, Ballimaran, Okhla, Nizamuddin, Seelampur and Mustafabad in the ongoing academic session, according to Waqf Board officials. The target is to open 250 such institutions across the city in the next few years. Board has finalised the buildings in which the schools will be run and conducted interviews to hire principals, teachers and support staff. Admission will be given to children belonging to the lowest economic strata, according to Board member Himal Akhtar "Muslim children belonging to the economically weaker section are deprived of quality education. They either don't get privilege of going to schools or drop out within a few years," he said. TOI
BJP is growing because of its ideology and not the legacy of any family, Modi tells BJP MPs
PM Narendra Modi has told BJP  parliamentarians to always stay connected with the party workers who helped them win, PTI reported. PM  also stressed that the party was growing because of its legacy and not because of a single family, in apparent reference to the Congress, which has often been described as a “dynastic party”.“Modi described BJP as a family and categorically told party MPs that it is growing because of its ideology and thoughts and not because of the legacy of a family,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi told PTI. “[Modi added that] The team BJP is an organic entity not an assembled entity.”scroll.in
‘Priyanka Gandhi as Congress president will be a unifying force’, says Karan Singh
New Delhi:Amid growing voices calling for Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to lead the Congress following Rahul Gandhi’s resignation, veteran leader Karan Singh has said she will be a “unifying force” and will enthuse cadres if she takes on the mantle of party president.He also said the Congress has “definitely been harmed” due to the indecision over the leadership issue and cautioned that remaining “headless” can be “seriously detrimental” to the party going forward.In an interview to PTI, Singh agreed with Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor’s views aired recently that a young leader will be more suitable as a replacement of Rahul Gandhi.“Baffled” over the “state of indecision” in the party, Singh on Saturday said there are some very senior people in Congress Working Committee (CWC) and they should have come together earlier and done something about the situation arising out of Rahul Gandhi’s resignation.PTI
3 booked in different States for triple talaq
Mumbai:A day after President Ram Nath Kovind gave assent to the Triple Talaq Bill passed by Parliament on Tuesday, three men have been booked under the new law. Maharashtra on Thursday registered its first case, with the Mumbra police booking a Vikhroli resident for allegedly sending his wife a triple talaq message on WhatsApp. The other two cases were in Uttar Pradesh and Haryana.Mumbra police said Jannat Patel on Thursday filed a complaint against her husband Imtiaz Gulam Patel, alleging that he had an extramarital affair and married his mistress after sending a triple talaq message on WhatsApp.  Police in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, registered a case against Ikram for pronouncing triple talaq on his wife, Jumirat.Police said Ms. Patel, an MBA, married Imtiaz in 2015. In her complaint she has alleged that her husband also pronounced triple talaq on phone. She claimed that Mr. Patel, his mother and his sister had repeatedly harassed her for dowry for three years, even assaulting her when she refused.In the second incident, Ikram, a resident of Haryana’s Nuh district, had married Jumirat about two years ago and was demanding ₹1 lakh as dowry from his in-laws, who are residents of Mathura.the hindu
On Friendship Day, Israel tweets ‘yeh dosti hum nahi todenge’ on PM Modi, Netanyahu friendship
On International Day today, Israel greeted India in a unique manner. Israel Embassy in India tweeted:“Happy #FriendshipDay2019 India! May our ever-strengthening friendship & #growingpartnership touch greater heights.” Along with the tweet, the Israel embassy attached a video clip that shows several photographs of PM Narendra Modi and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu shaking hands and greeting each other. The background song in the video is the ‘Yeh dosti hum nahi todenge’ song from Bollywood film.HT
Jalandhar: Quran ‘desecration’ case cracked
Jalandhar:After a man was arrested for allegedly desecrating the Quran at a mosque in Nakodar a fortnight ago, he was found innocent in the case by the police which arrested the real culprit today.Shaukat Ali, a resident of Khanpur Dhadda village, who the police said was the real culprit in the case was arrested by the Jalandhar rural police today. The police said Shaukat had admitted to committing the crime.SSP (Rural) Navjot Singh Mahal said during investigation, it was also found that no religious books were burnt at the mosque, when the incident occurred a month ago.Shaukat has been remanded to 2 days in police custody.Meanwhile, Sharif Mohammed, alias Vicky, who is the caretaker of a mazar (tomb) of the same mosque — who was earlier arrested by the police for desecration – has been cleared of all charges. Sharif remained in jail for 10 days. The police said personal enmity and jealousy were seemed to be the motive behind the incident.On July 6, an arson took place at mosque in Khanpur Dhadda village. Mukhtiar Ali, a resident of Khanpur Dhadda, told the police that on July 6, when he reached the main gate of the mosque at 5 am, he found the outer gate opened and the lock of the entrance gate broken, which frightened him. Rather than entering the mosque, he went to his brother Shaukat Ali and both of them, along with others, entered the mosque and found that all 3 religious books, along with mats and bed sheets, were lying burnt on the floor.The police said Mukhtiar, along with his brothers Ali, Sahil Mohammad, Sabar Ali, all residents of Khanpur Dhadda, misled the police by blaming Sharif Mohammed (their distant cousin) for the incident.Following SIT probe, Shaukat Ali was found to be the real culprit. SSP said the Quran Sharif was not in the mosque and Shaukat had handed it to his nephew. The books burnt in the mosque were of physics and English, which accused brought from his home. Tribune
Maharashtra Police deradicalisation project: Safety net, skills training, bank loans
Mumbai:Soon after he had undergone the deradicalisation programme of the Maharashtra ATS 2 years ago, the 33-year-old father of four from Aurangabad faced a daunting question: what next?He had lost his job as a seller of mobile phones in 2016. And ATS officers knew that without a secure future, there was a danger of him sliding back into the jihadi slipstream. They had a solution, though.They got him to enrol at a rural Govt skill development centre and learn how to repair mobile phones. Next, they arranged for a public bank to give him a loan to set up a small shop in Aurangabad. Soon, he was back on his feet.At least 120 youths, including six women, have undergone ATS’s deradicalisation programme — the only one in India to be run by a state police force — over the last three years to return from the brink of jihadi recruitment.ATS officers said the key factors behind their success, which has drawn the attention of other states, are the contribution of alert family members and a calibrated approach to counselling. But a vital component, they said, is ensuring that these youths have a safety net to go back to — either through employment or assistance to set up businesses.The senior officer said the real challenge is to build a counter-narrative to the one that was being offered online by propagandists. indian express
Delhi: Sunday book market at Daryaganj shuts down
For Asharfilal Varma (60), selling books every Sunday to students, teachers and aspirants of competitive examinations was the only source of income.This weekend, however, for the second time, in a row he will not be setting up his stall at the historic and popular Sunday book market at Daryaganj in the Walled City.The Sunday book market has been shut down following a July order by the Delhi High Court.According to the court directive, no weekly market would be permitted on Sundays at Netaji Subhash Marg (NS Marg) near Jama Masjid. The order came in response to Delhi traffic police submitting a report to the court suggesting that the NS Marg is a very busy road which sees high traffic volumes at all times and that book sellers occupy footpath, leaving no space for pedestrians.“We are merely going by the Delhi High Court order. The court has declared the Netaji Subhash Marg a ‘no-squatting and no-hawking’ zone, so the book market cannot operate out of there,”Veditha Reddy, deputy commissioner of te ‘City Sadar-Paharganj’ zone of the north Delhi municipal corporation, said.The decision is expected to cause huge financial strain on more than 250 book sellers, the weekend market being the only source of income for a majority of them.HT
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US: Hours after Texas killing of 20 people, shooting rampage in Ohio; at least 9 dead, 16 injured
Hours after 20 people were killed in a shooting at a Walmart store in Texas, at least 9 people were killed and 16 injured in a shooting rampage in Ohia, AP reported. Ohio’s Dayton Police said that the gunman has been killed.Dayton police tweeted that the shooting began in the Oregon District at 1:00 a.m., but that officers nearby were able to “put an end to it quickly.” “The shooter is deceased. There are nine others also deceased. At least 16 others went to area hospitals with injuries,” Dayton Police said on Twitter, adding that the FBI is on the scene, assisting in the investigation.Miami Valley Hospital spokeswoman Terrea Little said 16 victims have been received at the hospital, but she couldn’t confirm their conditions. Kettering Health Network spokeswoman Elizabeth Long said multiple victims from a shooting had been brought to system hospitals but didn’t have details on how many.Oregon District is a historic neighbourhood near downtown Dayton that’s home to entertainment options, including bars, restaurants and theatres. Police have not said where in the district the shooting took place.Earlier in the day, 20 people were killed and more than 25 were injured in a shooting at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas. The gunman, identified as a 21-year-old male, has been arrested. The rampage comes six days after a teenage gunman killed three people at a food festival in Northern California.Both the shootings come six days after a teenage gunman killed three people at a food festival in Northern California.indianexpress
Iran 'turned down' Trump's invite to Zarif for White House talks
Iran's Govt has confirmed turning down an offer of talks from US as tensions between the two countries show no sign of abating.The comments by Govt spokesman Ali Rabiei on Sunday came after New Yorker magazine reported that US Senator Rand Paul, acting with permission from President Donald Trump, had extended an invitation to Iran's foreign minister during his visit to New York last month for meetings at the UN. Mohammad Javad Zarif told Paul it was up to the Iranian Govt in Tehran to decide on accepting or rejecting the invitation to the White House, the New Yorker reported, with the foreign minister also expressing concern that any meeting might end up as little more than a photo opportunity. Iran's leaders did not approve a meeting, the magazine said.The invitation for talks came just days before the US imposed sanctions on Zarif for "reprehensible" behaviour, for having links to Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps and for functioning "as a propaganda minister, not a foreign minister".aljazeera
Sudan turning page on MuslimBrotherhood rule:UAE
UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said on Sunday Sudan was turning over the page of being ruled by the Muslim Brotherhood.“Sudan is turning the page of the rule of al-Bashir and the Muslim Brotherhood into a new era in its political history by turning to civil rule,” Gargash said on Twitter. “The path to a state of institutions, stability and prosperity will not be filled with roses, but our confidence is in the brotherly Sudan and its people.”Reuters
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