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Thursday, 12 September 2019

12 Sep NEWS: India's 1st mass illegal immigrant detention camp size of 7 football fields/ Conduct NRC exercise across India; let’s find out how many intruders are there: Mahmood Madani/ Faizan / Face-off between India, China soldiers in Ladakh ends after meeting: Army sources


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12 Sept. 2019: 12 Muharram 1441: Vol: 12, No: 11
INDIA: NRC ISSUE
India's 1st mass illegal immigrant detention camp size of 7 football fields
Goalpara:About 150 kms west of Guwahati, construction is on in full swing to build India's first detention centre for those declared foreigners after the publication of the contentious Assam NRC last month.The mass detention centre in Goalpara district's Matia can house 3,000 people and is being built over an area of 2.5 hectares, about the size of seven soccer fields. It will have 15 four-storey buildings to keep the detainees. The Govt expects the massive complex to be ready by Dec.this year though rain had delayed the construction. It will also have a hospital, an auditorium, a common kitchen and 180 toilets and washrooms. There will also be a primary school just outside the detention centre.A red-painted boundary wall encircles the upcoming camp, with the outer wall at 20 feet and the inner wall at 6 feet. The detention centre will also have watchtowers. But officials are quick to point out that the Goalpara detention centre will not be as rigid as a regular jail. A senior police officer in Assam said there will be hostel-type rooms, each of which can accommodate 4 to 5 detainees. Rooms, the officer said, will have regular doors, proper lighting and ventilation. Women with children and nursing mothers and will get a special care facility within the detention centre. The construction project for the mega detention centre, that costs Rs.46 crore, began last year and is being done by Assam Police Housing Corporation Limited. If those who have been left out of the crucial list are not able to prove their citizenship before the deadline ends, they will be taken to the detention centre which is India's first fully-fledged detention centre. 10 such centres have been proposed in Assam.NDTV /Reuters
Conduct NRC exercise across India; let’s find out how many intruders are there: Mahmood Madani
New Delhi: A senior leader of Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind (JUH) today batted for the implementation of the controversial NRC across the country.Mahmood Madani, general secretary of the leading Muslim group JUH, said the exercise would help find out the number of intruders in the country.Madani, who was asked about ‘what if the Govt decides to implement NRC in the entire country’, said he would not have any problem if such a step is taken as these days even "genuine citizens" are also looked down upon as intruders.“I feel that I should demand the NRC exercise should be conducted across the country, then we will find out how many intruders are there. Today, even the genuine citizens are accused. I have no problem with the exercise being conducted across the nation,” Madani said.Madani had recently called on the Muslim community to look at "correction" and "inclusion" of names in the voter list as their religious as well as a national duty. Separately, he had also met RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat.timesnownews
NALSAR University V-C Faizan  Mustafa says NRC violates Citizenship Act, calls Foreigners Tribunals Kangaroo courts
New Delhi:The basis on which NRC was created in Assam is a violation of Citizenship Act of 1955, the prevailing law of the land, according to Prof Faizan Mustafa, V-C of NALSAR University of Law, and a leading authority on the Indian Constitution. In an interview to The Wire, Prof Mustafa said, “NRC is a clear violation of Section 3 of the Citizenship Act. I am clear about it.” He said NRC has 24 March 1971, as the cut-off date to determine citizenship of India. However, Section 3 (1) (a) of the Citizenship Act says that “every person born in India on or after the 26th day of January, 1950 but before the 1st day of July 1987 shall be a citizen of India by birth”.Prof Mustafa said NRC coordinator Prateek Hajela had told the Supreme Court that “Citizenship purely by birth and not by descendance is not eligible for inclusion in NRC.” His grounds were that one parent of such persons could be a ‘doubtful voter’, a ‘declared foreigner’ or someone ‘whose claim for citizenship is pending before a Foreigner’s Tribunal’, the professor said. He dismissed Hajela’s arguments as “laughable”.Prof Mustafa said the refusal to include in NRC those born in India between Republic Day 1950 and 30 June 1987 was “a self-inflicted wound in which the SC is also a party…I would say that in this matter what was expected from the Court has not been delivered. Our expectation from the Court was that they would ensure that people are not denied citizenship if they have genuine documents. Instead people are becoming stateless because of this strict timeline set by the Court”.Criticising the Foreigner’s Tribunals, Mustafa called them “kangaroo courts”. Mustafa claimed that they were not independent of the govt.He pointed out that their members served at the govt's pleasure and those tribunal members who did not declare enough people as foreigners are often dispensed with. He called the Foreigners Tribunals "citizenship exclusion entities".He also said that keeping people in detention centres for a long time “violates international conventions”. Citing nuances of the Citizenship Act, he argued, "We cannot be denying citizenship to anybody or deny inclusion in NRC."Citing legal problems, he asserted that final NRC list was unconstitutional.The Statesman/ IANS
‘Will teach you a lesson’: Mamata dares BJP to implement NRC in Bengal
New Delhi :Leading a protest march in Kolkata over the exclusion of over 19 lakh people from the Assam NRC list, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee cautioned BJP to not play with fire in the name of NRC and said she would not allow the exercise to be implemented in Bengal. “Those trying to divide people in the name of NRC are playing with fire. If BJP touches even one person in Bengal in the name of NRC, we will teach them a lesson,” she said.indianexpress
J&K ISSUE 
Face-off between India, China soldiers in Ladakh ends after meeting: Army sources
New Delhi:Soldiers of India and China were engaged in a face-off near Pangong Tso lake in eastern Ladakh on Wednesday, which ended after a local delegation-level meeting, Army sources said.“An Indian Army team that was on patrol near Pangong Tso was objected to by the Chinese side. Our soldiers held ground as they were on our territory,” an Army source said.A delegation-level meeting was immediately called at Border Personnel Meeting (BPM) point in Chusul, after which the issue was resolved, the source explained.Bilateral relations between India and China have been tense after New Delhi revoked special privileges to J&K under Article 370 last month. Beijing had specifically objected to the conversion of Ladakh into a Union Territory and also supported Pakistan’s diplomatic moves at the United Nations.Transgressions are a common feature along the unsettled Line of Actual Control (LAC) and the two sides have instituted several mechanisms to resolve such issues. BPMs by local commanders at designated points along the LAC are called by either side.thehindu
Indian army always ready for action in PoK: Rawat
Amethi: Army Chief General Bipin Rawat today said forces are always ready for action in PoK."Army is always ready," Rawat told ANI when asked if his force is ready for action in PoK.However, the Army Chief made clarified that a decision in this regard has to be taken by the Govt."This has to be done by Govt. The other institutions will act as Govt directs them in this regard," he said.On situation in J&K, Army Chief said, "It is necessary for the people of J&K to understand what is happening there is for them only. When Govt has given certain instructions... Article 370 has been scrapped... all this has been done to integrate J&K with India."ANI
India's reply as Pak Denies second consular access to Kulbhushan
New Delhi: Hours after Pakistan said that it would not give second consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav, the former Naval officer who was sentenced to death in Pakistan, India said it will keep trying that the judgement of International Court of Justice (ICJ), which was in India's favour, is fully implemented."The judgement of ICJ was in our favour. We will keep trying that the judgement is fully implemented. We would like to remain in touch with the Pakistani side through diplomatic channels," said External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar.Earlier today, Islamabad said that there would be no second consular access to Jadhav.On Sept.2, India's Deputy High Commissioner to Pakistan Gaurav Ahluwalia met Jadhav in the presence of Pakistani officials. It was a recorded meeting.ndtv
US Lawmakers including Indian origin Jayapal urges Pompeo to press India into ending J&K blockade
Indian-American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal along with another American lawmaker has asked US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to press India to immediately end the communications blockade in Kashmir and release those who have been detained.In a letter to Pompeo, Jayapal, the first and the only Indian-American Congresswoman in House of Representatives, and Congressman James P. McGovern said international media and human rights observers must immediately be allowed into J&K to investigate reports of abuse. “We urge you to work across the Administration to press the Indian Govt to immediately end its communications blackout of Kashmir, expedite the process of reviewing and releasing individuals ‘preventatively’ detained, ensure hospitals have access to life-saving medicines and protect the rights of the Kashmiri people to freedom of assembly and worship,” reads the letter. The two lawmakers told Pompeo that they have significant concerns about the humanitarian and human rights “crisis” in Kashmir. “In particular, we are concerned about credible reports from journalists and advocates on the ground that Indian Govt has detained thousands of people with no recourse, imposed de facto curfews and cut off internet and telephone access on the region,” they said. thewire
Nearly 300 from valley detained in UP jails: Separate barracks, families wait
Agra:Last Friday, Pulwama resident Ghulam reached Agra to meet his son, a 35-year-old preacher who has been lodged in the Central Jail since the first week of Aug. But the long journey via Srinagar and New Delhi ended in disappointment for Ghulam, who says he did not have a verification letter from J&K Police that jail officials wanted.Ghulam’s son is among 285 persons who have been arrested from the Kashmir Valley and detained in UP — 85 in Agra alone — after the central Govt scrapped J&K’s special status under Article 370 on Aug.5. The latest batch of 29 persons was shifted to the Agra jail Friday.According to jail officials, most of the prisoners are aged between 18 and 45, while a few are over 50. Sources said they hail from diverse backgrounds, and include NC and PDP politicians, college students, PhD aspirants, preachers, teachers, top businessmen and even a Supreme Court lawyer known for representing Kashmiri youth. Sanjeev Tripathi, DIG (Prisons), Agra Zone, said: “Prisoners have been brought to various jails from Kashmir. Currently, 85 prisoners are lodged in the Agra Central Jail. They were transferred under high-security observation, and traffic route diversions were made. It is possible that more prisoners could be brought in.” indianexpress
J&K India's integral part: Mahmood Madani’s Jamiat backs Modi Govt's Art 370 move, condemns Pak
New Delhi: Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind (JUH), a top Muslim body in India, has now ratified the Centre's decision to abrogate Article 370, which gave special status to the state of J&K. A resolution adopted by the body said that Kashmir is "an integral part of India".The body also condemned separatists who have repeatedly accused India of illegally annexing Kashmir."As such it [Jamiat] can never support any separatist movement, rather it considers such movements harmful not only for India but for the people of Kashmir as well," the resolution added. While supporting the Modi govt's Kashmir policy, the body also noted that the wishes of the Kashmiri people can't be ignored. The body added that "the welfare of the people of Kashmir lies in getting integrated with India." Jamiat also condemned Pakistan and said that "the enemy has made Kashmir a battlefield using Kashmiris as a shield which makes it the biggest huddle in rescuing the people from the impasse."Mahmood Madani of the Jamiat Ulama said, "Pakistan is trying to project on the international forum that India Muslims are against India, we condemn this act of Pakistan." Finally commenting on clampdown issued in Kashmir, Jamiat said that the Govt should restore normalcy in the region using every possible constitutional means. indiatoday
Kashmir integral part of India, welfare lies in integration with country: Jamiat Ulama
Punjab: Farmers hold protest march, want restoration of J-K status
Bathinda:Various farmer organisations on Tuesday held a massive rally at the grain market in the city against the Union Govt’s move to abrogate Articles 370 and 35-A and dividing J&K into UT. Demanding rollback of the same, they took out a protest march from the grain market to Gol Diggi in the city.While addressing the protesters, BKU Ekta Ugrahan senior vice-president Jhanda Singh Jethuke, Harvinder Bindu, Shingara Singh Mann said, “Kashmiris should be given freedom and right to take their own decision. Freedom given to the corporate houses to loot people should end. The restrictions imposed in Kashmir should be removed. Army should be called back, AFSPA should be repealed and those arrested should be released.”Other leaders Mothu Singh Kotra, Harjinder Singh Bagga, Zora Singh, Sewak Singh, Tirath Singh Kotguru and Ashwani Kumar said, “For the last 72 years, the ruling parties have tried to suppress the Kashmiri people. While sending Army, it was promised that after restoration of normalcy, Kashmiris will be given right to choose the country they want to join or formation of a separate country.” They alleged that BJP-led Union Govt had captured Kashmir using force.They also said that Dalit and minorities were been targeted by the RSS, Bajrang Dal and other like-minded organisations. They alleged that Govt wanted to give freedom to corporate houses to loot the Kashmiri people.It is pertinent to mention that in view of the protest, a huge police force was deployed at the entry points of the city since morning.tribuneindia
Hamid Ansari on Kashmir: simplistic ideas of unity do more harm than good
New Delhi:In a subtle manner, former vice-president of India, Dr. Hamid Ansari, on Wednesday criticised the “unilateral” abrogation of Article 370 and Article 35A by BJP-led NDA Govt at Center. He said. “In the past too, cherry-picked and selective approach was followed on Kashmir to suit the rulers (interests). Ansari was speaking after the launch of a book titled “Kashmir: Land of Regrets” here. He said, “The most recent happenings in that unfortunate land (Kashmir) are in the public domain, selectively for our own public and more truthfully for a global audience.”Caravan Daily
Shah Faesal withdraws habeas corpus plea challenging detention from Delhi HC
New Delhi: Bureaucrat-turned-politician Shah Faesal this morning withdrew his habeas corpus plea challenging his detention before the Delhi High Court.A bench of Justices Manmohan and Sangeeta Dhingra Sehgal allowed Faesal to withdraw his plea after his wife filed an affidavit in this regard.Faesal's wife told the high court that she recently met him in custody and has received instructions to withdraw the plea.PTI
INDIAN ECONOMY
Manmohan suggests 5 ways to tackle growth slowdown; blames note ban, faulty GST for crisis
Former PM and economist Manmohan Singh has pitched for structural reforms to tackle the economic challenges the country is facing. In an interview to The Hindu BusinessLine, Singh said the Govt first had to acknowledge the crisis.“Already, a lot of time has been lost,” he said. “Instead of wasting its political capital by adopting a sector-wise piecemeal approach, or on monumental blunders like demonetisation, the time has now come for the Govt to carry out the next generation of structural reforms.”Singh said the crisis was of a different kind. “…a prolonged economic slowdown that is both structural and cyclical,” he added. “Govt must instil confidence in the people and send a message to world. Unfortunately, I do not yet see such a focussed approach from Modi Govt.”Singh said the “blunder of demonetisation, followed by the faulty implementation of GST” triggered the slowdown. Echoing former chief statistician Pronab Sen, Singh said demonetisation had caused a liquidity crunch. “India has a substantial informal economy that runs on cash,” Singh pointed out. “A large portion of this involves legitimate activities that are below the tax threshold and therefore should not be thought of as part of ‘black’ economy.”scroll
Maths never helped Einstein discover gravity: Piyush Goyal over GDP
Days after Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman attributed slowdown in the auto sector to millennials using Ola and Uber, Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal has said that we should not be concerned with GDP maths, since “maths never helped Einstein discover gravity”. He was speaking to reporters following a meeting with the Board of Trade and sought to instil confidence that the country was on track to meeting the $5 trillion target in five years.“Don’t go by all these calculations you see on TV, that if the country has to become a $5 trillion economy, it will have to grow at 12% but right now it is currently growing at 6-7%,” Goyal said. “Don’t get into those maths. Those maths have never helped Einstein discover gravity.”
Industrial output growth drops to 4.3% in July
India’s industrial production growth slowed to 4.3% in July, dragged mainly by manufacturing sector’s poor show, according to a Govt data released today. Factory output, as measured by Index of Industrial Production (IIP), had expanded 6.5% in July 2018.The industrial output growth was recorded at 1.2% in June and 4.6% in May this year.According to the data released by Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, industrial output grew at 3.3% in April-July period this fiscal, down from 5.4% growth in the same period a year ago.PTI
Retail inflation inches up to 10-month high of 3.21% in Aug
Retail inflation inched up to a 10-month high of 3.21% in August mainly due to higher prices of food items like meat and fish, vegetables and pulses, Govt data showed on Sept.12.However, retail inflation is still within Reserve Bank’s target range, thus keeping hopes of another rate cut alive.Inflation based on Consumer Price Index (CPI) stood at 3.15% in July and 3.69% in August 2018. The previous high was 3.38% in Oct 2018. Inflation in the food basket was 2.99%, up from 2.36% in July.The retail inflation in health was 7.84%, recreation and amusement 5.54% and personal care and effects 6.38%.Price rise in the ‘education’ segment was recorded at 6.10% in Aug. According to the Index of Industrial Production data, the expansion in the power generation sector stood at 4.8% in July 2019, compared to 6.6% a year earlier.Inflation in meat and fish basket was 8.51%, pulses and products 6.94% and vegetables 6.9%.PTI
Auto sector slump: Facing decline in demand, Ford Motor going to sell Gujarat factory?
Ford Motor Co. plans to sell off one of its twin factories to at least one global automobile company in the purview of its struggles in this intensely competitive market, two people who are aware of this development told Livemint. Ford motors is most probably selling its newer Gujarat factory, reported Livemint. Ford’s moves are related to the company’s likely understanding that it may not require two factories in India in the future.“The Sanand plant is a more than feasible option for any existing or new original equipment manufacturer looking for setting up capacity, as it is a very modern facility and close to the port. Hence, the logistics cost can also be reined in," a source from Ford told Livemint. “It is very difficult to predict the final outcome at this level since these kinds of transactions take a long time."nationalheraldindia
OTHERS
Hindu body had no right to inner courtyard, idols were illegally placed in Babri Masjid: Sunni Board to SC
New Delhi: Stressing its claim to the disputed site in Ayodhya, the Sunni Waqf Board on Wednesday told the Supreme Court that Nirmohi Akhara had been worshiping on the Ram Chabutra in outer courtyard and was never possessed the inner courtyard."Nirmohi Akhara had been worshiping on Ram Chabutra in the outer courtyard. They were never in the inner courtyard," senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan said while arguing for the board.Raising a question on how Nirmohi Akhara had come there into the inner courtyard, he said that it was done by an illegal act in 1949. He said that when the idols were "illegally" placed under the central dome, then Faizabad DM placed the site under the custody of the state."Can we go to the magistrate and say 'Give it to me, you owe me a duty'. The only duty he owes is to law," Dhavan argued saying that land does not belong to the Akhara.Describing the ten days when the Hindus parties entered the central dome of the disputed site and claimed their right, he said that Akhara has to prove their possession their right beyond that.IANS
On Babri Masjid Case, UP minister calls SC 'ours'. CJI criticises as Muslim parties lawyer rues atmosphere of fear
The Supreme Court today deprecated statements by UP minister Mukut Bihari Verma, who said temple will be constructed in Ayodhya since "Supreme Court is ours".A Constitution Bench, headed by CJI Ranjan Gogoi, said: "We deprecate such statements". The judge added: "This should not be happening in the country. Both sides are free to put their arguments before court without any fear."The Bench took a grim view of such statements and issued a caution against irresponsible conduct. Senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, arguing for Muslim side, today raised the issue before the Bench, and rued atmosphere of fear and threat being developed around the proceedings in the SC on the bunch of civil suits relating to the disputed land in Ayodhya. Dhavan complained that his clerk was now at the receiving end and was assaulted in the court premises. He also alleged that he has received another threat message on Facebook. The lawyer referred to the statement by the minister in the Yogi Adityanath govt, and added that even his law clerk has been issued a threat by some others since their "boss" — Dhavan, appears for Muslim side. "I can't go on filing contempt after contempt. I have already filed a contempt against an 88-year-old man for cursing me," said he.At this, CJI offered personal security to Dhavan but the lawyer replied words of the court are good enough at this stage to assuage his feelings. Dhavan argues for some of the parties in the case, which is being heard on a day to day basis by 5-judge bench. news18/ indianexpress
Ayodhya case: After Rajeev Dhavan gets threat messages, his clerk ‘assaulted’ in court premises
All political parties are Hindu-appeasing, says ex-IAS officer and author Madhav Godbole
All political parties are Hindu appeasing and this can be seen in their cooperation with Liberhan Commission, which investigated Babri Masjid demolition, retired IAS officer Madhav Godbole said. Godbole, who has written a new book titled Babri Masjid Ram Mandir Dilemma: An Acid Test for India’s Constitution, said it is unfortunate that even 27 years on, not one person has been held responsible for the demolition of the mosque. “There is no information in public domain about any inquiry. As a country, what kind of a face do we present to the world when we say that we are a secular country?” Godbole said. Ex civil servant quit as union home secretary in March 1993, soon after the demolition of the mosque, and 18 months ahead of his retirement.theprint
'Ganga Jamuni Tehzeeb': AMU's proposal  to Institute a 'Dara Shikoh' Chair
New Delhi: Academic Council of AMU has passed a proposal instituting a Dara Shikoh Chair to encourage studies around the topic of peace as was propounded by Akbar and later by the philosopher Dara Shikoh.On Wednesday, the V-C Tariq Mansoor talked about the move in New Delhi during a symposium on Shikoh that had been organised by “Academics for Nation”. The event also saw the attendance of RSS leader Krishna Gopal and Union Minister of Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.“This is a unique and timely initiative and Shikoh can be used to project as an example of composite culture. With this a new beginning can be made. AMU gives assurance of taking this message forward project and cooperating with Krishna Gopal. Academic Council of AMU has cleared the proposal of Dara Shikoh chair,” Mansoor said in his address. Krishna Gopal also concurred with Masoor's view and further called Dara a "true Muslim who tried to be a good Hindustani". “His father understood that Dara has got the idea of India well and will be able to rule better, but Aurangzeb created a hoax around him that if he succeeds Islam would be in danger,” Gopal said.“Shikoh completed the translation of fifty Upanishads from their original Sanskrit into Persian in 1657. Europeans knew Persian and not Sanskrit, with this they got to read the texts. He believed in the commonality of all religions” added Mansoor. Dara’s translation is called Sirr-e-Akbar, in which he has stated that the work referred to in the Qur'an as the “Kitab al-maknun” or the hidden book, is Upanishads. Nadeem Rezavi chairman and coordinator of AMU History department told News18, "Dara Shikoh was much preferred as after Akbar it is Dara who is responsible for developing the ganga jamuni tehzeeb. The idea of Dara Shikoh Chair was based on that there should be "study of the policy of sule qul, (absolute peace), cultural religious exchange between the communities and how cultures started developing."In this definition, "one of the best figures that fit is of Dara Shikoh. He took forward Akbar's 'Sule Qul' policy, he represented the secular credentials of the country, as opposed to the religious views of Aurangzeb.”news18
'If Other Minorities Feel Safe, Why Not Muslims?': RSS Leader Blames Aurangzeb for 'Divisive Mindset'
Islamic Relief Committee Gujarat Hands Title Suit of Houses to 70 Gujarat Riot Victims
Ahmedabad:Islamic Relief Committee (IRC), Gujarat, an organization that provided relief to the victims of 2002 riots, on Wednesday, handed over the title suit of the houses to 70 displaced people living in Ahmedabad’s Batwa colony. IRC bought land in various parts of the state and established several small colonies with houses built for the settlement of the displaced people. Though the riot victims were living in these colonies for the last 17 years, they were not in possession of the title suit of the houses.Now that they have got the title suits they can retain or sell these houses according to their needs. Demands were being made in the past to hand over the title suits.Mohammed Umar, secretary of the IRC, told the Caravan Daily that they have given tile suit of the houses to 70 of the 90 people whose documents were found in intact. He said though there was no bar on living in the houses even without title suits, they decided to hand these to the residents as it was creating some hurdles in their jobs and other requirements.The IRC, which is being run by Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Gujarat, has provided all basic amenities including water, electricity and sanitation to households in the colony established to shelter victims of Gujarat riots.Caravan Daily
Constitution-drafters included not just Hindu gods but also Tipu, Akbar: Asaduddin Owaisi
Constitution drafters celebrated India's diversity by adding not just Hindu gods but important historical figures like Tipu Sultan, Akbar, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, and others, said AIMIM MP Asaduddin Owaisi. "Sir, you are the law minister. Ravi Shankar Prasad at least you could have OPENED the text to see how our constitution drafters celebrated our diversity. Not just Hindu gods but also Tipu Sultan, Shivaji, Akbar, Guru Gobind Singh and Gandhiji were also illustrated. But you just saw Hindu gods?," Owaisi's tweet read. Prasad had reportedly said in Ahmedabad on Wednesday that if a BJP Govt had illustrated the Constitution with Hindu iconography, there would have been a hue and cry but it was not taken wrongly in 1950.Owaisi, in his tweet, also shared the images of the list of illustrations in the Constitution of India and the illustrations of other rulers he mentioned in his tweet.ANI
Right-wing Leaders Allegedly Seek Ban on Burqas, Skull Caps in AMU, Students Lodge Complaint
A group of AMU students have complained to the local administration after some right-wing leaders allegedly asked a college here to ban burqas and skull caps.In a memorandum handed over to the chief proctor of Dharm Samaj Degree College on Wednesday, right wing student leader Amit Goswami and others warned that if the college authorities failed to take steps in this regard within next 72 hours, they would launch a drive among students for wearing saffron outfits while attending classes.They said the practice encouraged divisiveness and was a gross violation of the official dress code of the college.Meanwhile reacting to it, a group of students at AMU today handed over a memorandum to the additional city magistrate, seeking action against the right-wing leaders.They termed the demand for a ban "a step for spreading religious discord".They said the veil and skull cap were part of their "cultural identity" and should not be viewed merely as a "religious symbol".PTI
‘Smart’ classes proposed at 4 govt-aided madrassas in Bareilly
Bareilly: A state-level committee has sent a proposal to the Centre to launch smart classes at four Govt-aided madrassas in Bareilly under PM Jan Vikas Karyakaram (PMJVK).PMJVK is a centrally-sponsored scheme which seeks to provide better infrastructure to minority communities to address development deficiencies in minority areas. Under it, 517 primary and upper primary schools in minority dominant areas of the district have already started ‘smart’ classes this year. Now, even madrassas will start getting projectors, laptops, cameras, speakers and voice boards to impart education using AV means, at a budget of Rs 2.54 lakh.District minorities welfare officer Jagmohan Singh said, “The state-level committee has approved the proposal for ‘smart’ classes at 4 state-aided madrassas in Bareilly. The proposal has now been sent to the Centre for approval and funding under PMJVK. As Bareilly has over 400 madrassas, including aided and non-aided ones, we’re conducting a survey to identify more madrassas that can be adopted under this project.”TOI
Nagaland: NSCN(IM) says Nagas will not merge with India, but will coexist as two entities
National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isaak-Muivah) said on Wednesday that the Naga community will not merge with the Union of India, but will coexist with India as two entities. It also called upon the Nagas to “seize the opportunity” for a solution to the Indo-Naga political problem, and said every possible way must be explored for such a solution,Morung Express reported.“The Nagas will not merge into Union of India, but they will co-exist with Union of India as two entities,” a press release from NSCN (IM) said. “Nagas are a recognized entity. Nagas do not accept Indian Constitution, but Nagas and Indians will share sovereign powers based on competencies.” The Indian Govt had signed a ceasefire agreement with NSCN (IM) in 1997. In 2015, the Centre and the rebel group began negotiations for a solution. However, a joint team of Assam Rifles and the Indian Army destroyed three NSCN(IM) camps in June 2018, during an operation in Motongsa village of Arunachal.scroll
Didn’t quit because of MHA notice on ‘misconduct’, asserts IAS Kannan Gopinathan
IAS officer Kannan Gopinathan who had resigned from service last month apparently in protest against the Kashmir clamp down, has said that the reports of his quitting in the face of a show cause notice by Union Home Ministry (MHA) were false, and underlined that he was given the additional charge of MD of 2 smart cities after he had replied to the notice.IANS had reported citing “sources” that the officer was to be sacked for his alleged dereliction of duties and was served a notice on July 8. He resigned from job on August 21.In a response on Twitter, Kannan shared the clarifications that he had earlier mailed to the authorities. nationalheraldindia
Delhi High Court seeks CBI’s response on Chidambaram’s bail plea
Delhi High Court sought CBI’s response on the bail plea of former Finance Minister P. Mr. Chidambaram, lodged in Tihar Jail in INX Media corruption case.Justice Suresh Kait issued a notice to CBI on  Chidambaram’s bail plea in which he has claimed that the criminal proceedings against him were “mala fide” and borne out of “political vendetta”.The court asked the CBI to file a status report on the plea within seven days and listed the matter for further hearing on September 23.PTI
Chinmayanand case to get murkier as more videos tumble out
 Chinmayanand case seems to be getting murkier day by day with several video clips related to both the accused ex Union Minister and the survivor getting viral, with either claiming victimhood.SIT probing the case has got the woman medically examined and her hostel room has been sealed after investigations. So far, no major breakthrough has been made, instead the question that now hangs -- what will be the future of the senior BJP leader? The veracity of the videos still has to be forensically established and then it will depend upon the Court to take the cognizance of the videos into account. Retired senior police official R.K. Chaturvedi said that at present the woman's case is strong in view of the first video which shows Chinmayanand getting a massage from the woman, but the second video shot in a car in with 'extortion'-related talks could spell gloom for the accuser, as the woman seen sitting in the car looks much like the law student, -- this could go a long way in tipping the balance.IANS
FIR against Muslim man quashed in Pak-Sikh girl case
 Police in Pakistan's Punjab province have quashed FIR against a Muslim man and others for allegedly abducting a Sikh teenage girl and converting her to Islam after both families signed a written agreement, a senior official said on Wednesday. Jagjit Kaur, 19-year-old daughter of a Sikh priest of Nankana Sahib, was allegedly abducted by Mohammad Hasaan of her locality in Nankana Sahib, some 80kms from Lahore in August. He allegedly married her later."Families of Kaur and Hassan have signed a written document agreeing to resolve the matter between them. Kaur's family has withdrawn all charges against Hassan and his family members and friends, thereby, FIR against them stands quashed," a senior police officer said.He said Hassan and a couple of his other family members have also withdrawn their protective bails in the wake of the agreement.PTI
Gujarat to Karnataka, BJP states lead charge against new traffic fines
Days after the Govt prescribed steep penalties for traffic offenders under an amended law, a number of states have decided to slash them in their respective jurisdictions on "humanitarian" grounds. Ironically, leading the charge are BJP-ruled states.Gujarat's Vijay Rupani Govt was the first to reduce the fines prescribed under the amended Motor Vehicles Act, bringing it down to as low as 10% of the actual amount for some offences. Other BJP-ruled states such as Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka came up with similar announcements soon afterwards, indicating that they may also consider making drastic changes at their end if the Govt did not reconsider - or at least scale down - the newly prescribed penalties that they say could become a burden on the people. While opposition-ruled states such as MP, Kerala and Delhi have also hinted at taking similar steps, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee has flatly rejected any possibility of the people in her state being forced to cough up such "harsh" penalties.https
No Lashkar militants in Coimbatore: Police
 2 weeks after intelligence inputs were received that 6 Lashkar-e-Taiba militants had entered Coimbatore, Commissioner of Police Sumit Sharan has said that the law enforcement officials had not found any terrorists in the city so far. Sharan said the police took preventive steps following the alert. “What they [intelligence agencies] are following up [on], I am not aware. We are doing our part,” he said.The city police are currently maintaining a “normal level of alertness”, Sharan said. On Aug.22, intelligence inputs from a Central agency stated that six LeT militants had intruded into Tamil Nadu via Sri Lanka for setting up a base in Coimbatore. For the subsequent few days, the police were on high alert, with nearly 1,500 personnel deployed across the city. Security blanket was eased a week later. thehindu
Lone Muslim MLA in TRS all set to join BJP
Mohammad Shakeel, the lone Muslim MLA of Telangana Rashtra Samithi may soon to join BJP.Shakeel, who represents Bodhan assembly seat in Nizamabad district, sprang a surprise on his party by meeting local BJP MP Dharmapuri Aravind today for over an hour.HT
WORLD
UN chief: West Bank annexation would violate international law
UN chief Antonio Guterres has warned that Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu's plan to annex a key part of the occupied West Bank would violate international law."Such steps, if implemented, would constitute a serious violation of international law," Guterres' spokesman Stephane Dujarric said. "They would be devastating to the potential of reviving negotiations and regional peace, while severely undermining the viability of the two-state solution,"he said.Netanyahu's controversial pledge involves extending Israel's sovereignty over the Jordan Valley and northern Dead Sea, which account for one-third of the West Bank, if he wins next week's elections.It would not include however annexing any Palestinian cities such as Jericho.AFP
Netanyahu, Putin to meet as Russia condemns annexation plan
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu is set to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Russian coastal city of Sochi for talks on Thursday after Moscow condemned the Israeli leader's pledge to annex parts of the occupied West Bank.Russia's foreign ministry warned on Wednesday it was concerned over the Israeli leader's plan, saying its implementation could lead to a "sharp escalation of tensions in the region [and] undermine hopes for establishment of long-awaited peace between Israel and its Arab neighbours".Moscow pointed out that Netanyahu's pre-election pledge drew a "sharp negative reaction" in Arab world and reiterated its call for direct talks between Israel and Palestinians.aljazeera


Avi Berkowitz from Orthodox Jewish home, new face on US Middle East peace team?
One of the main architects of US President Donald Trump's long-delayed Middle East peace plan is resigning and one of the individuals set to take his place is a 30-year-old aide with little to no major foreign policy experience.US officials announced last week that Jason Greenblatt, US special envoy to the Middle East, will leave the Trump administration after US peace plan for the Israelis and Palestinians is released, which is expected after the Sept.17 Israeli elections.Taking on at least some of his duties will be Brian Hook, State Department's special representative on Iran, and Avi Berkowitz, a little-known young aide of Jared Kushner who, until his promotion, reportedly handled everything from ushering foreign officials around to attending to his boss's phone calls while he was in meetings. White House officials said the pair will "take on an increased role in the team".Greenblatt's decision to leave the White House was announced only days ahead of the firing of Trump's national security adviser John Bolton, a hawk on Middle East policy. Both of these departures add to the great uncertainty for the Trump administration's Middle East peace plan, often referred to as the "Deal of the Century".While the economic portion of the plan reached the public in June - drawing significant criticism from Palestinian officials and analysts as fundamentally unactionable - it is unclear if the rest of the plan, once released, will lead to substantive negotiations. Regardless, Berkowitz will likely play a significant role after the plan's release but, with minimal experience beyond attending to Kushner's day-to-day needs, some analysts argue the young aide's appointment means very little apart from ensuring that negotiations surrounding Middle East peace remain firmly within the grasp of Trump's son-in-law and adviser.Berkowitz's relationship with Trump family began during his undergraduate years at New York City's Queens College, when he travelled to Phoenix, Arizona, to take part in a Passover celebration, according to Business Insider.There, he met Jared Kushner, soon-to-be Donald Trump's son-in-law and, reportedly, the two quickly became good friends.Kushner and Berkowitz appear to have a lot in common. Both were raised in Jewish homes outside New York City, Kushner in New Jersey, and Berkowitz in Long Island. Both have strong lifelong ties to Israel.Kushner, an Orthodox Jew whose father was a real estate developer and a major donor to pro-Israeli causes, once slept in his family's basement as a teenager in order to let Benjamin Netanyahu sleep in his bedroom. Berkowitz was also raised in an Orthodox Jewish home, speaks fluent Hebrew, and lived in Israel for 2 years as a teenager.
Bolton was fired after disagreeing with Trump on Iran: Report
The sacking of John Bolton, US President Donald Trump's former NSA, is tied to a fundamental disagreement over the possible easing of US sanctions on Iran, Bloomberg reported, citing three people familiar with the matter. Trump announced via Twitter on Tuesday that he had fired Bolton, saying he had "strongly disagreed" with many of Bolton's hawkish positions. Taking aim at Bolton, Iran said the US should distance itself from "warmongers".aljazeera
Trump pledges to hit Taliban 'harder' as peace talks 'dead'
US President Donald Trump has pledged to hit Taliban "harder than they have ever been hit before", as US marked the 18th anniversary of the Sept.11 attacks."And if for any reason they come back to our country, we will go wherever they are and use power the likes of which the United States has never used before - and I'm not even talking about nuclear power. They will never have seen anything like what will happen to them," he said.After the peace talks collapsed, fighting has picked up in several areas of northern Afghanistan with the Taliban on Tuesday pledging to continue fighting against US forces in the country.On the eve of Sept.11 attack anniversary, a rocket exploded at the US embassy in Kabul just after midnight, with no injuries reported. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said Washington would regret turning its back on talks spearheaded by high-level officials from both sides. "We had two ways to end occupation in Afghanistan, one was jihad and fighting, the other was talks and negotiations," Mujahid said. "If Trump wants to stop talks, we will take the first way and they will soon regret it," he said.aljazeera
Afghan V-P candidate  Amrullah: Without Pakistan support, Taliban would fade away in 6 months…
Mumbai:Hours before the deal reached between US and Taliban for withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan collapsed, Amrullah Saleh, vice-presidential candidate and running mate of President Ashraf Ghani in the uncertain Sept.28 presidential election, had said that (then imminent) deal was “not a deal for or of the Afghans”. Saleh, a former chief of Afghan intelligence service National Directorate of Security, had said in an email interview (conducted before President Donald Trump called off the peace talks with Taliban) that “the key is for Taliban to realise they can’t subdue a nation by guns and bombs provided by Pakistani ISI and the army”. Amrullah said, "The key is for the Taliban to realise they can’t subdue a nation by guns and bombs provided by Pakistani ISI and the army. The issue of Pakistan’s interference and backing of terrorism against the Afghan people is now so obvious that the Taliban can’t hide behind any mask. They have lost politically." Talking about Taliban, "all their politbureau are based in Pakistan and are not showing their faces. They can’t face the reality of new Afghanistan which is no longer buying the notion of armed struggle to solve political issues. Without Pakistan’s support, the Taliban would fade away in six months."indian express
Controversy in Iraq after Sadr Joins Khamenei, Soleimani at Iran Ceremony
The appearance of Iraqi cleric Moqtada Sadr next to Iran’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei Khamenei and the commander of the Quds Force of the Revolutionary Guard Corps, Major General Qasem Soleimani, has stirred controversy in Iraq.The Iranian Fars news agency published a photo showing Sadr, who has been critical of pro-Iran groups in Iraq, joining Iran's supreme leader during a rare visit to Tehran to mark the Shiite holy day of Ashura.Websites linked to the Sadrist Movement also released photos of Sadr distributing food in the Iranian city of Qom, adding that the visit had a personal and not a political motive.However, Sadr’s trip to Iran sparked controversy with some analysts supporting the visit, and saying Sadr was acting as a national leader who protects the interests of Iraq. Others criticized his visit and said they believe the Iraqi cleric has become pro-Iran, similar to other Iraqi political leaders.Sadr’s office did not comment on the cleric’s visit. However, Iraqi Shiite MP and member of Sadrist Movement Hakem al-Zameli said on Wednesday that Sadr was attending a ceremony in Tehran, which coincided with the presence of Khamenei and Soleimani. However, former Sadrist Movement activist Ghaith al-Tamimi, who is known for his public criticism of Iran, criticized Sadr, saying he can no longer be regarded as a national leader.Asharq Al-Awsat

Brisbane's Holland Park mosque vandalised with swastika, accused Christchurch shooter's name on walls
Brisbane mosques are on high alert after the Holland Park mosque was vandalised with spray-painted right-wing symbols and a reference to Christchurch shooter. Among the symbols plastered on the exterior walls was a Nazi swastika and the words "St Tarrant" and "Remove Kebabs". Holland Park mosque president, Ali Kadri, said he was devastated but not surprised by the attack."Obviously St Tarrant is a reference to Brenton Tarrant, the terrorist who killed people in Christchurch," Kadri said. "And 'Remove Kebabs' was written on his gun when he was shooting people at the mosques." Queensland Police confirmed they were investigating an incident of "wilful damage" at the mosque. Labor MPs Terri Butler — who represents the Brisbane electorate of Griffith — and opposition multicultural affairs spokesperson Andrew Giles released a joint statement condemning the graffiti.Kadri said vandalism was a "regular occurrence", which meant the mosques always had additional security on site during prayers.ABC Radio
Water found for first time on potentially habitable planet, says astronomers
Astronomers have for the first time discovered water in the atmosphere of an exoplanet with Earth-like temperatures that could support life as we know it.K2-18b, which is eight times the mass of Earth, is now the only planet orbiting a star outside Solar System, or ‘exoplanet’, known to have both water and temperatures that could be potentially habitable, according to the study published in journal Nature Astronomy.The planet orbits cool dwarf star K2-18, which is about 110 light years from Earth in Leo constellation, researchers said.PTI

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