11 September 2019

11 SEPT. NEWS: Kashmir issue: UN says mediation only if both India, Pak ask for it, urges them to resolve tensions via dialogue/ MHA update on J&K: All landlines restored, schools, health institutions fully functional/ Post Assam NRC, Nagaland issues advisory on illegal immigrants/ SC agrees to hear plea to live-stream Babri Masjid title dispute hearings

11 SEPT. 2019: 11 MUHARRAM 1441: Vol: 12, No: 10
Kashmir issue: UN says mediation only if both India, Pak ask for it, urges them to resolve tensions via dialogue
A day after UNHRC secretary Michelle Bachelet expressed concerns over the Kashmir crisis and urged BJP-led Centre to ease restrictions in the erstwhile state of J&K, UN spokesperson St├ęphane Dujarric has asserted that the international body won’t be mediating between India and Pakistan on Kashmir during UN General Assembly session due later this month. When asked over mediation possibility between India and Pakistan by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, the spokesperson said Guterres has reiterated that tensions between two nations can be resolved through dialogue only. He added that UN’s position on mediation has always remained the same and it would mediate only if both India and Pakistan asked for it.UN General Secretary has also raised concerns over the escalating tensions between India and Pakistan, added the spokesperson. He added that the Kashmir crisis should be resolved in line with the protection of human rights. The comment has come ahead of 74th UN General Assembly session that will perhaps see biggest showdown between India and Pakistan with the premiers of the two countries scheduled to speak on Sept.27. UN has maintained that it was concerned over the mounting tensions between the two countries, however, it wanted both the sides to resolve the issue through talks.The international body has made it clear that its office was available only if both sides ask for it. NewsX
UN chief wants India, Pakistan to resolve Kashmir issue through dialogue, says spokesperson
At UNHRC, China opposes ‘any unilateral actions that complicates situation in Kashmir’
Geneva: China has said it opposes any 'unilateral actions' which could complicate the situation in J&K and called upon India and Pakistan to exercise restraint and avoid further escalation of tensions."With regard to the Kashmir issue, China opposes any unilateral actions that complicate the situation and give rise to new tensions. It hopes that the relevant parties will exercise restraint and avoid further escalation of the situation," said the Chinese representative at 42nd session of UNHRC. Referring to OHCHR reports on the situation in Kashmir, the representative further said that China believes that the human rights of the Kashmiris should be "respected and guaranteed.""China also took note of two reports of OHCHR of the human rights situation in Kashmir.The human rights of the people of Kashmir should be respected and guaranteed," added she.ANI
US media showing one-sided perspective on Kashmir: Indian envoy
Washington:Harsh Vardhan Shringla said New Delhi’s move to abrogate J&K’s special status last month was done for the “benefit” of the people. Top Indian diplomat called Article 370, which gave special status to the state, an “anachronistic provision” that was “stifling the economy and encouraging inflow of Pakistani terrorism”. “Unfortunately, some of the media in US— particularly the liberal media—have,for reasons of their own, chosen not to provide this perspective, which is very important,” Shringla said. “Instead (they have) focused on a perspective that has been pushed forward by those who are inimical to our interest.” Shringla said he and the Indian Embassy here had started a massive outreach to the members of the Congress, senators and the think-tank community about the factual positions on India.PTI
MHA update on J&K: All landlines restored, schools, health institutions fully functional
New Delhi Over a month after Centre revoked J&K’s special status under Article 370, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) today indicated that situation in the state is returning to normalcy with the easing of restrictions.In an update on J&K situation, MHA said all landline connections have been restored, while schools and health institutions are fully functioning. All banks and ATMs are also functional and over 1.08 crore have been withdrawn from J&K bank, it said.indianexpress
Imran Khan to hold rally in Muzaffarabad in solidarity with Kashmir on Friday
Pakistan PM Imran Khan today said he will hold a “big jalsa” (public gathering) on Friday in Muzaffarabad in PoK in support of Kashmiris. In a tweet, Khan added that the rally will send a message to the world about the “continuing siege” of Kashmir by the Indian security forces and to show the people of Kashmir that Pakistan “stands resolutely” with them.The rally is a part of the Pakistan Govt’s campaign of holding an event every week to show solidarity with the Kashmiris. Last Friday, Khan had asked all Pakistanis to come out on roads for half an hour for the people of Kashmir.indianexpress
MDMK chief moves SC to allow Farooq Abdullah to travel to Chennai
New Delhi: MDMK chief and lawmaker Vaiko today filed a habeas corpus petition in the Supreme Court seeking a direction to allow former J&K CM Farooq Abdullah to travel to Chennai.Abdullah has been under preventive detention in Srinagar from the past one month.Vaiko, in his petition, asserted that Abdullah was to attend 111th birth anniversary celebration of ex Tamil Nadu CM CN Annadurai in Chennai on Sept.15, but could not be contacted as he is under the house arrest following the Centre's decision to revoke Article 370. The petition seeks a person under arrest to be brought before a court, especially to secure their release, unless lawful grounds are shown for their detention. ANI
Ram Madhav: ‘Preventive arrest part of political act… Sheikh Abdullah was in jail for decades’
New Delhi : Preventive arrest is a part of political activity and political leaders in Kashmir cannot argue that standing by the Indian Constitution or holding the Indian flag by themselves should be a reason for not keeping them in preventive custody, according to BJP general secretary Ram Madhav. He said, "political leaders are kept in preventive detentions in certain situations. Preventive arrest is a part of political activity. There is a particular situation in Kashmir Valley which needed, for the sake of law and order, certain preventive measures to be taken by the law and order machinery, which the state machinery has taken.Such measures had been taken in the past too. I am not comparing, but let me remind you that Sheikh Abdullah was arrested in 1953, was in jail for decades. Why was it done? Because there was a need for it." indianexpress
Doctors write to Amit Shah for permission to assess healthcare situation in J&K
Doctors from across the country, belonging to Alliance of Doctors for Ethical Healthcare, have written to Home Minister Amit Shah, requesting permission to visit Kashmir to review the healthcare situation. The doctors cited media reports emerging from the region that contradicted the position of the authorities, and said it was important to assess the exact situation in different parts of the Valley.“When an abnormal situation prevails in any place for a long time, this restricts people’s activities and healthcare is likely to suffer,” they said in the letter.
Post Assam NRC, Nagaland issues advisory on illegal immigrants
Guwahati: Nagaland home department has issued an advisory against possible influx of illegal immigrants to the state. The advisory issued as a “preventive measure” follows publication of final NRC for Assam, which had excluded 1.9 million applicants.“All entry points/check gates manned by police should be suitably strengthened to prevent any possible influx of illegal immigrants and mobile patrolling in vulnerable should be activated,” said the advisory. Nagaland is one of 3 states in northeast where people from outside the state need to obtain inner line permit (ILP) to enter—Dimapur, the commercial hub, is kept outside its purview. Other 2 states are Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh. The advisory added that non-locals should not be allowed to enter the state without valid documents issued by the district administration and any unusual influx of “outsiders” should be brought to the knowledge of Govt authorities. All village, town and municipal authorities have been instructed to take measures to strictly monitor influx of people from outside the tate in violation of existing rules. Police and district administrations have been asked to verify antecedents of new tenants in their areas and also to strictly monitor regulation of ILP, especially in border areas. HT
Assam: Final NRC status of individuals to be put online from Saturday 
Guwahati :The status of every individual of a family in the final NRC can be seen online from Sept.14, NRC state coordinator Prateek Hajela said. The time-frame for excluded people to get the rejection order will be “announced shortly”, he added. “Whereas final NRC publication on Aug.31, consisted only of supplementary lists, queries are being received about publication of results of all members of a family irrespective of their involvement in the Claims and Objections process. The results for the complete family will be available for display online from Sept.14. This display will be available only online,” Hajela said. indianexpress
Govt to soon issue exclusion certificates for those not in NRC
Guwahati: People excluded from final Assam Citizens list NRC will get certified documents regarding rejection of their names at the earliest so that they can file their appeals, office of NRC state coordinator announced.The dates regarding distribution of exclusion certificates will be announced soon, NRC State Coordinator's office tweeted. Process of collection of exclusion certificates from NRC Seva Kendras are on, the notice added.PTI
High-level enquiry should be constituted against Foreigners' Tribunals: Man whose 30 family members excluded from NRC
New Delhi:Shajahan Ali Ahmed helped thousands of people in filing NRC forms and submitting the documents in the last four years but when the final list of Assam’s citizens register was released on August 31 this year, 30 out of 33 members of Ahmed’s family, including Ahmed himself, found their names missing from the list. In all, 19 lakh people have been excluded from NRC. Talking to India Tomorrow on the sidelines of a public tribunal on NRC Assam in New Delhi on Sunday, Ahmed who hails from the Baksa district in Assam, demanded a high-level enquiry against Foreigners’ Tribunals which, he said, has declared even genuine Indians as foreigners. After the publication of NRC list, the Govt has asked 19 lakh excluded people to prove their bona fide citizenship of India before Foreigners’ Tribunals within four months. However, Ahmed is not sure people will get justice from these tribunals.India Tomorrow
Supreme Court agrees to hear plea to live-stream Babri Masjid title dispute hearings
New Delhi: The Supreme Court today agreed to hear on Sept.16 a plea to live-stream the Ayodhya title dispute hearings. Appearing before the 5-judge Bench led by CJI Ranjan Gogoi, senior advocate Vikas Singh, for activist K.N. Govindacharya, said the hearings concerned an issue of social and constitutional gravity.Govindacharya petition has reminded the SC of its own judgment of Sept.2018 that ordered live-streaming of hearings in momentous cases of national importance. The judgment is yet to be implemented.The petitioner said the case “famously known as the Ayodhya Ram Mandir matter” has created large-scale interest across India.thehindu
Babri demolition case: Allahabad HC asks CBI to submit report on Kalyan Singh's governorship
Prayagraj:Allahabad high court today asked CBI to submit a report stating that BJP leader Kalyan Singh is no longer UP governor.The order by Special Judge Surendra Kumar Yadav came after CBI filed an application in the court seeking Singh be made to stand the trial in the Babri Masjid demolition case, weeks after he completed his tenure as the governor of Rajasthan, a post which had accorded him immunity. Singh was the CM when Babri Masjid was razed on in 1992. Besides Singh, LK Advani, Uma Bharti, and Murli Manohar Joshi are accused in the case.ANI
Babri Masjid demolition unexpected, result of explosion of Hindu feelings suppressed for centuries: Kalyan Singh
 Former UP CM Kalyan Singh, during whose tenure Babri Masjid was demolished, has said that the mosque was demolished as a "result of an explosion of feelings of crores of Hindus that were suppressed for centuries" and there was no conspiracy in it."What happened was unexpected ...The incident of Dec.6, 1992, in which that structure collapsed, was the result of an explosion of feelings of crores of Hindus that were suppressed for centuries," he said. ANI
Ram temple will be constructed because 'Supreme Court is ours': UP BJP Minister
New Delhi: An UP minister and BJP leader has said that there is no question of a Ram Temple not being constructed at the disputed Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya – because “the SC is ours”.“Construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya is our resolve. The SC is ours. The judiciary, this country and the temple [are] ours too,” Mukut Bihari Verma, UP cooperative minister, has been quoted as saying. Later, after backlash, Verma said that he did not mean that the SC belonged to the Govt – he meant that Indians believe in the court.The Wire
SC to study if under-18 Muslim girl can marry on attaining puberty
New Delhi: The Supreme Court has agreed to examine the plea of a "minor" Muslim girl, who has been ordered to stay in a shelter home for women in UP, after her marriage was found to be void by the Allahabad High Court. The SC was hearing an appeal filed by the girl, who is 16-years-old as per a medical report, against the high court's July order which dismissed her petition against a trial court directive sending her to a shelter home at Ayodhya. The HC had rejected her plea against the trial court's order observing that since she was a "minor" her case would be dealt with in accordance with Juvenile Justice Act, and as she did not want to join her parents, the order sending her to the shelter home was correct.The girl, in her plea in the top court, has said that as per Mohammedan Law, once a female attains the age of puberty, that is 15 years, she is independent to take decisions for her life and is competent to marry any one of her own choice. A bench comprising Justices N V Ramana, Indira Banerjee and Ajay Rastogi has agreed to examine her plea and has issued a notice to UP Govt seeking its response. The girl, through her lawyer Dushyant Parashar, has said that the HC failed to appreciate the fact that her 'nikah' is in accordance with Mohammaden Law. The plea, which said that her right to life and liberty may be protected, contended that she is in love with a man and they performed 'Nikah' in accordance with Mohammadan Law.PTI /TOI
Hijab-clad Muslim girl students sent back from a college in UP’s Firozabad
Lucknow:Muslim girl students at a college in Firozabad town of UP are being prevented to enter the college premises if they are in `hijab’ or `burqa’, a form of Muslim dress used by Muslim women all over the world to cover themselves from head to toe.The situation aggravated on Monday when principal Bhaskar Rai of SRK College wielding stick in his hand stood at the main entrance of the institution and drove away the `hijab’-donning girls. He is also alleged to have used humiliating language while asking the Muslim girl students not to enter college premises in `hijab’. Principal and college administration is, however, defending its undignified action behind the pretext of implementing the dress code. When confronted by mediapersons, the principal said a drive to check dress was going on and only those Muslim girls who were not wearing dress were sent back. However, he did not say anything about why was he wielding stick in his hands and what was the need to use crude language for the Muslim female students even if they were not wearing dress.Even DM Chandra Vijay Singh tried to brush the matter under the carpet and avoided to act on the matter, saying ``it is internal matter of the college’’. However, he said that he would ensure that the management was questioned on this issue.A city resident Qazi Ishaq Gora, expressing anger, told media that the action of the college management ``is not acceptable’’.India Tomorrow
Malegaon blast: Accused Kulkarni opposes NIA's plea of in-camera proceedings
Mumbai: Samir Kulkarni, one of the accused in Malegaon blast case, has opposed the application filed by NIA seeking an in-camera trial in the case. Such a trial would allow the accused, counsel and judge to be present during the court proceedings and bar media from covering it. “To the best of my knowledge, in no blast case has NIA ever sought for in-camera proceedings, except one in Ahmedabad court, which was rejected ultimately,” he told judge Vinod Padalkar in the special NIA court. Last month, a group of journalists moved special NIA court seeking intervention in the NIA's application. Kin of the deceased had also moved the court in support of the plea filed by the agency.ANI
Dara Shikoh, Sangh's icon for Muslim outreach
New Delhi: RSS is set to embark on a nation-wide ideological movement to bring harmony among Muslim and Hindu communities through shared historical and cultural heritage. In an ideological outreach programme being initiated for the first time, Sangh has chosen Dara Shikoh, a liberal face of Mughal dynasty in India and a promoter of inter-faith dialogues to reach out to the Muslim community. Finding common spiritual grounds between Hindus and Muslims, RSS is counting on liberal historical Muslim icons like Shikoh to promulgate the confluence of common knowledge, tradition, and heritage. Sangh has decided to bring the two religious communities closer by discussing and bringing forth the contribution of eminent historical figure Shikoh. Mughal Prince would be presented as the real forebearer of the common heritage of two communities. First among these events to connect the two communities would take place today at Constitution club of India which will be addressed by RSS Sah Sarkaryawah Krishna Gopal. Also scheduled to speak on the issue are minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, JNU professor Syed Ainul Hasan and Advocate and ideologue Ehtesham Abidi. The importance of the dialogue process can be gauged from the fact that RSS has deployed its top leadership to participate and discuss with participants.ANI
'Filmed, blackmailed, raped': Student's charge against BJP's Chinmayanand
New Delhi: A law student in UP has alleged that she was filmed, blackmailed and raped repeatedly by Chinmayanand, a senior BJP leader and ex union minister who has not been questioned by the police so far. No complaint has been registered against the politician either.Sources say in a statement to Delhi police and magistrate, 23-year-old woman has described what she alleges was a year of sexual assault by the politician, who runs several ashrams and educational institutions. She has reportedly repeated the allegations before a Supreme Court-appointed SIT, which has questioned her for some 15 hours and has seen videos given by woman.In her 12-page complaint, say sources, woman has said she first met Chinmayanand in June last year for admission in a law course at a college in Shahjahanpur he runs. She alleges that he took her phone number and arranged her admission.He allegedly called her and also offered her a job at the college library for a salary of Rs.5,000. She says she worked alongside her classes since her family was poor. ndtv
Chidambaram Approaches Delhi HC for Bail, Challenges Trial Court Remand Order
Ex-Union minister P. Chidambaram who was arrested in the INX Media corruption case approached the Delhi high court seeking bail today.Chidambaram also challenged a trial court’s Sept.5 order remanding him to 14 days judicial custody in the case till Sept.19.The trial court had earlier said that the allegations against Chidambaram were found to be serious, therefore, he was remanded to police custody.PTI
‘You can’t control us’: Chandrababu Naidu, under house arrest, tells YSRC govt
Ex-CM of AP Chandrababu Naidu and his son N Lokesh Wednesday were placed under house arrest in Vijayawada just as they were about to leave to lead a rally to Atmakur in Guntur to protest against alleged attacks by YSRCP workers against TDP workers. AP DGP D Gautam Sawang issued a statement, through CMO, that Naidu was taken into “preventive custody” as “his actions are increasing tensions and creating disturbance to law and order in the Palnadu region of Guntur.” Krishna District Police locked the gates of Naidu’s residence and did not allow his convoy to move out of the house. Lokesh who tried to leave in another vehicle was also detained and sent back into the house. Several TDP leaders and workers were also taken into preventive custody.indianexpress
D.K. Shivakumar arrest: Bengaluru roads choke as protesters gather for rally
Bengaluru :Motorists travelling through the central parts of Bengaluru are having a harrowing time, as several thoroughfares face gridlocks owing to a rally organised by several organisations representing Vokkaliga community in protest against the arrest of former Minister and Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar.As thousands of protesters thronged the National College grounds from where the rally is set to start towards Freedom Park, Mysuru Road — one of the main arterial roads leading to the City centre — saw slowing down of traffic.Parts of Basavangudi, Mysuru Road, J.C. Road and roads around National College witnessed sluggish traffic movement due to the surge of people.According to Vokkaliga Sangha office-bearers, protesters from across the State had converged in the city.Police have put up barricades from National College grounds to Freedom Park, a distance of around 5 km, to enable smooth movement of traffic. While a number of Congress leaders, including KPCC chief Dinesh Gundu Rao, ex Ministers Krishna Byre Gowda and Ramalinga Reddy, have joined protest, rally has also seen participation by JDS workers from Vokkaliga heartland.thehindu
‘It’s this mindset…’: Congress’ Kapil Sibal jabs Lok Sabha speaker over ‘Brahmin’ remark
New Delhi :Taking a swipe at Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla for stating that “Brahmins are held in high regard in society by the virtue of their birth“, Congress leader Kapil Sibal Wednesday said, “it was this mindset that caters to a caste-ridden unequal India”.“Om Birla: Speaker Lok Sabha said: ‘Brahmins are held in high regard by virtue of birth’. It is this mindset that caters to a caste-ridden unequal India. We respect you Birlaji not because you are a Brahmin but because you are our Speaker in Lok Sabha,” the Congress leader tweeted.indianexpress      
Bhima Koregaon: Rights group condemns action against DU professor, calls out ‘state terrorism’
PUCL has condemned the police action against Delhi University professor Hany Babu, saying that the range of legal provisions invoked suggest that the Govt is on a “fishing expedition”, hoping to incriminate him “one way or the other”.On Tuesday, Pune Police had searched Babu’s home in Noida, UP, in connection with the Bhima Koregaon case, allegedly without a search warrant. Babu was allegedly in contact with GN Saibaba, another professor convicted in March 2017 for Maoist links. He was also in contact with all those arrested earlier in the Bhima Koregaon case, police claimed. Jamia Teachers’ Solidarity Association said Babu’s home was searched with no regard to lawful procedure. “Koregaon case has become both a symptom and a symbol of how a range of laws from sedition, to speech to unlawful activity to terrorism, are invoked to silence, intimidate and incarcerate activists and dissenters,” group
Move to fabricate evidence, to intimidate and to silence, says Prof Hany Babu
WB: Man lynched on suspicion of being child lifter
Kolkata:A man was lynched in of Asansol in Bengal’s West Burdwan district today on suspicion that he was a child lifter. The incident happened in Salanpur area of Asansol.“Police have started investigation to find out the culprits. The man was declared dead on arrival at the hospital. We are trying to establish the identity of the victim,” said Abhishek Gupta, deputy commissioner, Asansol Durgapur police.The incident was the second instance since state assembly passed West Bengal (Prevention of Lynching) Bill 2019, where the victim died. 3 other victims of attempted lynchings managed to escape death.Today, police rushed to the spot, about 225 km away from Kolkata, but the victim died on the way to the hospital.The locals even attacked the police when they went to rescue the victim. On Tuesday night, a mentally challenged man was tied up to a tree and beaten up in a village in Cooch Behar. However, he was rescued by the police.HT
Car in RSS chief Bhagwat’s convoy hits motorcycle, kills boy in Rajasthan
A boy was killed and a man injured after their two-wheeler was hit by a car in the cavalcade of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat in Alwar of Rajasthan, police said.Bhagwat was returning from a programme in Tijara area when the incident happened and there were 8 to 10 cars in the cavalcade, police said."One of the cars in the cavalcade hit a motorcycle leaving a boy dead and a man injured," said Ramswaroop Bairwa, SI of Mandawar police station. The car involved in the accident is yet to be seized, police said, adding that a case is being registered.PTI
Rajasthan truck owner fined Rs 1.41 lakh under new Motor Vehicles Act in Delhi
A truck driver from Rajasthan was asked to pay Rs 1,41,600 as penalty under amended Motor Vehicles Act after traffic authorities in Delhi caught him for several offences, including overloading.The truck’s owner, Harman Ram Bhambhu from Bikaner, said that his driver was caught on Sept.5, after which the vehicle was seized. It was released four days later as he took time to arrange the amount, Bhambhu claimed.scroll/HT
Under amended MV Act:Truck drivers in lungi to invite Rs 2,000 fine in UP
Lucknow: The humble lungi, the arguable “comfort attire” of truck drivers across India, is under serious glare in UP.Drivers and helpers of all commercial vehicles in the state will have to cough up Rs 2,000 if caught wearing lungi and vest, the steep penalty under new provisions of Motor Vehicles (MV) Act meant to strictly implement a dress code that has been in existence for decades, but never enforced.The drivers will have to sport full-length pants paired with shirts/tees and also wear shoes when behind the wheel. The new provisions also push for uniforms for drivers of all school vehicles. ASP (Traffic), Lucknow, Poornendu Singh said that the dress code was part of MV Act since 1939 and when the act was amended in 1989, a penalty of Rs 500 was introduced for violation of the same. “Now, a fine of Rs 2,000 will be imposed for dress code violation,” Singh said, adding that the rule and penalty were applicable on school vehicle drivers as well.TOI
Aligarh man gets e-challan for not wearing helmet while driving car
Aligarh:A man here on Saturday claimed that he has started wearing a helmet while driving his car.Piyush Varshney said that he received an e-challan of Rs. 500 on August 27 for not wearing a helmet while driving his four-wheeler."Due to fear of getting challan again, I am wearing a helmet while driving the car. On challan issued, there was my car number," he said.The police said that it could be a mistake which would be rectified after the challan's verification.ANI
RSS' labour wing BMS opens front against Modi Govt's economic policies
New Delhi:At a time when Modi Govt has been facing criticism over the state of economy and job losses, Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), India's largest labour union affiliated to RSS, is all set to protest against what it said are the "wrong" policies of the Govt.In the coming days, BMS has planned to protest against decision to allow 100% FDI in coal mining, rising unemployment and the economic slowdown, particularly the crisis in the automobile sector. BMS President Saji Narayanan accused that the Modi Govt of working in a "different" paradigm and things would change only after the Govt comes out of it."Those in Govt are own people but the problem is that it is working in a different paradigm. Now our attack is mainly on LPG (Liberalisation, Privatisation and Globalisation) reforms. It is working in this framework only which is wrong. Govt has to come out of LPG paradigm," he said. BMS leader said trade unions affiliated to BMS across the country would conduct a week's nationwide awareness programme from Sept.25 to Oct.2 on the current economic slowdown amid crisis in various sectors including in automobile sector.ANI
#BoycottMillennials trends after Finance Minister says ‘mindset of millennials’ affecting auto sales
New Delhi :Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said the “mindset of millennials” was a factor behind the slowdown in vehicle sales. At an event in Chennai, she said Govt was “seized of the problem” and is trying “to solve it”.“Now that’s why I periodically remind that the automobiles in particular and the components together, have been affected by several things, inclusive of BS-VI movement, inclusive of that registration fee related matter, which we have deferred till June, inclusive of the mindset, some studies do tell us, the mindset of the millennials who are now preferring not to commit an EMI towards buying automobiles, but would consider taking (cab aggregators) Ola, Uber and everything else or take the Metro. So, (a) whole lot of factors are influencing the automobiles sector,” she said.Her comments went viral and resulted in the hashtag #BoycottMillennials, which people used with jokes and memes. indianexpress
Be a ‘great lover’: SC to Muslim man who married Hindu woman
A controversial case of an inter-faith marriage from Chattisgarh was taken up for hearing in the Supreme Court on Wednesday.A Hindu woman had married a Muslim man who admitted that he converted to Hinduism in order to be accepted by the woman’s family. Woman’s family has disputed the man’s conversion to Hinduism, calling it a sham.A bench headed Justice Arun Mishra said: “We are only concerned only about her future. We are not against inter-religious or inter-caste marriage.”The court observed that man should be a “loyal husband” and a “great lover”.IANS
Words like Om and cow not a taboo: PM Modi hits out at critics of Govt's cow policies
PM Narendra Modi today hit out at critics of the Centre saying those slamming the Govt over its cow policies are only destroying the country."When some people hear the words Om and cow, they scream that the country is back to the 16th century. Such people are only destroying the nation," PM Modi said in Mathura.India Today
Startups in cow dung and urine business could soon get up to 60% Govt funding: Report
Startups that intend to commercialise cow dung and urine are likely to soon get up to 60% of their initial funds from Govt, TOI reported, quoting Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog, or the national cow commission.Commercial use of such “by-products” would encourage people not to discard cows that have stopped giving milk, the commission’s chairperson Vallabh Kathiria said. “We will encourage youths to go for cow-based entrepreneurship and earn not only from products like milk and ghee, but also by-products like urine and dung that can be used for medicinal and agricultural purposes,” he said.“We will also encourage research on the medicinal value of cow by-products,” Kathiria was quoted as saying.
Violence, Arson Mar Muharram Procession in MP's Shajapur; Police Intervene to Disperse Mob
Shajapur:Violence and arson marred a Muharram procession in Shajapur in MP, police said. The incident occurred late night on Monday when stones were hurled in direction of the procession in Nathwada area of the city.Amidst pandemonium, some people set at least three two-wheelers on fire, prompting the police to use mild force to disperse mob, said Shajapur SP Pankaj Shrivastava. Details of injuries to anybody, if any, are not available. The procession was held peacefully after the police brought situation under control.A case or arson and rioting has been registered against unidentified persons and investigation is on,SP added. PTI
'Ashamed and Sorry': Archbishop of Canterbury Expresses Grief at Jallianwala Bagh Massacre
Amritsar: Archbishop of Canterbury reverend Justin Welby visited Jallianwala Bagh, site of British colonial era massacre, and said it was a “deeply humbling” experience and provoked “feelings of profound shame”. The massacre took place at Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar during Baisakhi festival in April 1919 when British Indian Army under command of Colonel Reginald Dyer opened fire at crowd staging pro-independence demonstration, leaving scores of people dead.PTI
PK Mishra is PM Modi’s new Principal Secretary in big change at PMO
PM Narendra Modi today elevated retired IAS officer Pramod Kumar Mishra as his Principal Secretary and appointed former cabinet secretary PK Sinha as Principal Advisor to PM.HT
Israeli PM announces post-election plan to annex Jordan Valley; Palestinian, Arab leaders denounce it
Palestinian and regional leaders have sharply denounced Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu's pledge to annex large parts of the occupied West Bank if he wins next week's snap election. Netanyahu, who is fighting for his political life after an inconclusive vote in April, said on Tuesday Israel will "apply Israeli sovereignty to the Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea immediately" if he secured a fifth term in the Sept.17 polls. Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea make up 30 %of the West Bank. They lie in Area C, which means they are mostly under Israeli military and civil control. Approximately 65,000 Palestinians and 11,000 Israelis residing in illegal settlements live in that area, according to Israeli human rights group B'Tselem. Main Palestinian city is Jericho, with about 28 villages and smaller Bedouin communities.After Netanyahu's announcement, Arab foreign ministers meeting in Cairo called his election promise a "dangerous development and a new Israeli aggression by declaring the intention to violate the international law.""Arab League regards these statements as undermining the chances of any progress in the peace process and will torpedo all its foundations." In a series of separate statements, Qatar criticised "Israel's continued contempt of international law"; Turkey slammed the annexation pledge as "racist"; Jordan called Netanyahu's plan a "serious escalation"; and Saudi Arabia called for an emergency meeting of OIC. UN, meanwhile, warned that Netanyahu's plan would have "no international legal effect".During his televised announcement, Netanyahu also reaffirmed a pledge to annex all of the Jewish-only settlements Israel has established in the West Bank.Palestinians swiftly reacted to Netanyahu's statements by saying he was destroying any hopes of peace. aljazeera
Israel strikes Gaza after rocket sirens force Netanyahu off stage                                      
Israeli aircraft struck in Gaza today hours after rockets from Palestinian enclave triggered sirens that forced PM Benjamin Netanyahu off stage at an election rally in Israel. Israeli military said 15 targets were hit, including a weapons manufacturing facility, a naval compound used by militants and tunnels belonging to Hamas in Gaza. There were no immediate reports of casualties. Hours earlier, bodyguards rushed Netanyahu to shelter in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod when the sirens sounded during a Tuesday evening rally, a week ahead of a general election.Netanyahu was unhurt and several minutes later he continued his speech, which was broadcast live by his right-wing Likud party.MEMO
Amid international and Arab escalation, Libyan GNA moves to punish UAE
Internationally recognised Libyan Govt of National Accord (GNA) is seeking Arab and international support for its efforts to stop the violence in the capital Tripoli and force the supporters of retired Field Marshall Khalifa Haftar, mainly UAE, to stop interfering in the internal affairs of the Libyan state. GNA stressed that  UAE is behind the bloodshed, describing it as “a flagrant violation of UNSC resolutions”, reached highest Arab and international actors in less than 24 hours.MEMO
Trump fires John Bolton as national security adviser
US President Donald Trump has forced out John Bolton, his hawkish national security adviser with whom he had significant disagreements on Iran, Afghanistan and a cascade of other global challenges.2 men offered opposing accounts on Bolton's less than friendly departure, a leave-taking example of what had been a fractious relationship almost from the start."I informed Bolton that his services are no longer needed at White House. I disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions, as did others in Admin," Trump tweeted. 
US-Taliban deal would have been disastrous for Afghanistan: Diplomats
New Delhi:Criticising US for having carried out talks with Taliban without involving the Afghan Govt or regional players, Iranian Ambassador to India said here that Tehran is “worried” about the prospect of a Taliban-led Govt in Kabul. Iran’s worries matched Indian concerns over the deal, which Indian diplomats said would have “thrown Afghanistan under the bus.”“Taliban doesn’t recognise a Republic of the people; it wants to establish an ‘Emirate’, where all orders will come from one centralised non-elected power. We hope that will not happen,” said Iranian Envoy Ali Chegeni at an interaction organised by Indian Association of Foreign Affairs Correspondents (IAFAC). Reacting to Donald Trump’s decision to cancel the deal with the Taliban that was reportedly in its final stages, Chegeni said the main problem with the deal being negotiated between US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban representatives in Doha was that Ashraf Ghani’s Govt was not at the table for the talks.Iran was invited to regional talks on Afghanistan peace process in Beijing, attended by China, Russia, US and Pakistan, but had declined to attend because Ghani Govt was not represented. India has yet to formally respond to the dramatic turn of events, which led to US cancelling a planned meeting with Taliban leaders. Officials said they would prefer to take a cautious approach, in the event Washington tried to salvage talks with Taliban again.“I don’t think the deal has been completely jettisoned yet,” said ex Ambassador to Afghanistan Amar Sinha, who is now a member of NSA Board, and represented India in a “non-official capacity” at the Moscow talks with the Taliban.“I think India should be happy that Afghanistan has been saved from being thrown under a bus for the moment. The deal would have put a question mark over everything from the Govt and constitution to the election process in Afghanistan,” Sinha said. Ex-diplomat Rajiv Dogra warned that talks had only been put on “pause” and not cancelled as yet. thehindu
Support direct talks between Taliban, Afghan govt: India
After US President Donald Trump ended a nearly year-long effort to reach a peace deal with Taliban, India’s Permanent Representative to UN Syed Akbaruddin today said that India supports UN Secretary-General’s call for direct talks between Taliban and Govt. He also said that international community needs to continue its commitments made to Afghan security forces in their fight against scourge of terrorism.indianexpress
Will Cooperate With US If It Ends its Destructive Afghan Policy: Taliban Spokesperson
Even as US President Donald Trump abruptly called off peace talks with the Taliban, its chief spokesperson said the dialogue had been satisfactory for both parties.In an interview, chief spokesperson Suhail Shaheen said discussions had concluded satisfactorily before Trump's last-minute move, adding that there is no military solution to the Afghanistan situation. He said, "the tweets by President Trump were very astonishing for us. It was surprising, because we had already concluded the peace agreement with the US negotiation team and it was initialed by the heads of both teams and then the copy was handed over to their side to keep till the day of the signing ceremony, where we would ink the peace agreement...Our delegation met them and there was no sign of any kind that they were cancelling or cutting off the negotiations, because they were happy. Everything was done. We were only waiting for the signing ceremony to take place."He said,"Americans and their domestic supporters, had started military operations on our territory in different provinces of Afghanistan like Badakhshan, Kunduz, Farah and Helmand. There were night raids in which they killed whole families and also burnt down shops. So, that of course provoked retaliation. And operations took place while negotiations were underway in Doha. So, because there was no ceasefire, one cannot say “we have the right to attack you but you do not have the right to defend yourself or to attack”. The actual ceasefire will start after the signing of the peace agreement and that had not taken place. How can he say that while they themselves are carrying out attacks against our people?" CNN-News18
Saudi scholar 'held' after criticising entertainment authority
Authorities in Saudi Arabia have arrested a prominent scholar after he criticised the policies of General Entertainment Authority (GEA) as a threat to the kingdom's culture, according to a prisoners' rights group. In a Twitter post, Prisoners of Conscience group said Sheikh Omar al-Muqbil, a professor of Islamic law at Qassim University, was detained after a video resurfaced in which he described GEA's actions as "erasing the original identity of society"."This is a continuation of the arbitrary arrests that have taken place in the kingdom for the past two years, which are aimed at leading scholars, sheikhs and other free thinkers," Prisoners of Conscience group said. Over the past year, GEA has hosted a number of music stars including Mariah Carey,Janet Jackson and Sean Paul, in an attempt to boost the image of Saudi globally.aljazeera
Egypt Arrests 16 Suspected Brotherhood Members
 Egypt said police have arrested 16 suspected Muslim Brotherhood members for allegedly smuggling currency out of the country and plotting militant attacks in Egypt. Interior Ministry said the suspects were collaborating with wanted Brotherhood members in Turkey to help smuggle wanted Islamists from Egypt to Europe. AP
Egyptian activist says Sisi should apologise to Morsi’s widow
Egyptian activist and icon of Jan.25 revolution Wael Ghoneim has posted a video of himself urging the Egyptian president to prove “he has a heart” by apologising to Mohamed Morsi’s widow for having lost her husband and now her son. Ghoneim was a key figure in the 2011 Egyptian uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak. In 2010 he set up the Facebook page “we are all Khaled Said”, for the 28-year-old who was tortured to death by police, and called for nationwide protests which eventually became the revolution.middleeastmonitor
US to impose new sanctions on Hamas, Iran's IRGC among other groups
 US said it was imposing sanctions on a "wide range of terrorists and their supporters," including the Palestinian group Hamas and Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, on the eve of 18th anniversary of Sept.11 attacks. The sanctions targeted 15 leaders, individuals and entities affiliated with groups including Hamas, al Qaeda, Islamic State and Iran's IRGC, the US Treasury Department said in a statement.Reuters
UK court rules Boris Johnson’s suspension of Parliament unlawful
PM Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend Parliament less than 2 months before Britain is due to leave the EU was unlawful, a Scottish court ruled on Wednesday though it said Britain’s top court must make the final decision. Judges at the Court of Session in Edinburgh said the Govt’s action was illegal “because it had the purpose of stymieing Parliament”.The judges said the suspension was “null and of no effect,” but referred the matter to Britain’s Supreme Court for resolution. After the ruling, Opposition politicians urged Govt to scrap the suspension and recall lawmakers to Parliament.A group of about 70 Opposition lawmakers challenged the Govt’s decision to prorogue, or formally shut down, Parliament, for 5 weeks until Oct.14 just over 2 weeks before Britain is due to leave the EU.AP
Million-man march in Sudan to call for judicial changes
Sudanese opposition group known as Alliance for Freedom and Change is planning to hold a million-man march tomorrow in front of Presidential Palace in Khartoum to call for changing judicial authority.Alliance’s Field Work Committee said that it would request the palace choose a head for the judicial authority and a public prosecutor based on an agreed timeframe in order to achieve “the goals of the revolution”.The Alliance is holding an awareness campaign which started yesterday and will last until tomorrow. It includes protests in the Govt institutions to remove the remnants of the regime of ousted military President Omar Al-Bashir.Sudan, this month, approved 14 civilian members of cabinet, the first to be appointed since Al-Bashir’s was removed from power in April.middleeastmonitor
2 Muslim teachers fired from Canadian schools for refusing to remove headscarves
2 Muslim teachers in Canada's second-largest city Montreal were fired from their jobs after refusing to remove their headscarves at work over a recent controversial law to ban public employees from wearing religious symbols, local media reported Monday.The proposal to ban such symbols was introduced in the Canadian province of Quebec last June and prohibited civil servants, teachers, nurses, bus drivers, lawyers and other people who interact with the public from wearing religious symbols while at work, including Sikh turbans, Christian jewelry and Jewish kippahs, but the focus of the controversy has been on headscarves worn by many Muslim women living in the province. Daily Sabah

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