Sunday, 15 September 2019

15 Sep NEWS: Stick to 2003 ceasefire agreement, India tells Pak/ Imran Khan on possibility of nuclear war with India: ‘If Pakistan is losing…’/ Day after SC remarks, minority bodies say UCC cannot be implemented in country with so much diversity


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15 Sept. 2019: 15 Muharram 1441: Vol: 12, No: 13
INDIA:J&K ISSUE 
Stick to 2003 ceasefire agreement, India tells Pak
India has urged Pakistan to adhere to 2003 ceasefire agreement and maintain peace at Line of Control. A Govt source said that Indian military response has been restrained so far despite over 2,000 ceasefire violations by Pakistan.“This year they have resorted to over 2,050 unprovoked ceasefire violations in which 21 Indians have died. We have repeatedly called upon Pakistan to ask its forces to adhere to 2003 ceasefire understanding and maintain peace and tranquility along LoC and International Border,” said a source mentioning that India had not responded to unprovoked provocations and attempted terrorist infiltration. The statement came even after Pakistan summoned Indian Charge d’Affaires Gaurav Ahluwalia and conveyed Islamabad’s condemnation of alleged ceasefire violations by Indian forces on Sept.14 in Nikial and Jandrot sectors of LoC. Pakistan claimed that Indian firing claimed the life of one civilian of Balakot village near LoC. Pakistan urged India to allow UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan to look into the incidents of firing.thehindu
Imran Khan on possibility of nuclear war with India: ‘If Pakistan is losing…’
There is “every possibility” that India and Pakistan could end up fighting a nuclear war over Kashmir — “a potential disaster that would go way beyond Indian subcontinent”, Pakistan PM Imran Khan said in an interview to Al Jazeera.Warning that a nuclear-armed country fighting to the death has consequences, Khan said: “If say Pakistan, God forbid, we are fighting a conventional war, we are losing, and if a country is stuck between the choice: either you surrender or you fight ’til death for your freedom, I know Pakistanis will fight to death for their freedom.”Reiterating his earlier claim that Pakistan would never “start” a war with India, Khan added, “I am clear: I am a pacifist, I am anti-war, I believe that wars do not solve any problems,” however adding, “When two nuclear-armed countries fight, if they fight a conventional war, there is every possibility that it is going to end up into nuclear war. The unthinkable.”He said it was high time that UN should act to avoid such a disaster. “So that’s why we have approached the UN, we are approaching every international forum, that they must act right now because this is a potential disaster that would go way beyond Indian subcontinent,” Khan was quoted by Al Jazeera as saying. He also accused India of allegedly trying to divert attention from their “illegal annexation and their impending genocide on Kashmir” by “blaming Pakistan for terrorism”.“Eight million Muslims in Kashmir are under siege for almost now six weeks. And why this can become a flashpoint between India and Pakistan is because what we already know India is trying to do is divert attention from their illegal annexation and their impending genocide on Kashmir. They are taking the attention away by blaming Pakistan for terrorism,” he told Al Jazeera.indianexpress
SC to hear on Monday pleas against abrogation of Article 370 provisions, curbs in J&K
New Delhi: The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear on Monday pleas challenging abrogation of provisions of Article 370 - which gave special status to J&K, validity of imposition of President's rule and the related restrictions imposed in the state.A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices S A Bobde and S Abdul Nazeer will be also hearing a bunch of fresh petitions, including the one filed by Ghulam Nabi Azad seeking permission to visit his family members and relatives. Azad, who had tried to visit the state twice after the abrogation of Article 370 provisions in J&K but was sent back from the airport by authorities, has sought a nod from the top court to visit his family members.J&K People's Conference party led by Sajjad Lone has also challenged the abrogation of provisions of Article 370 and validity of the state Re-organization Bill.Child right activists Enakshi Ganguly and Professor Shanta Sinha have also filed a plea against alleged illegal detention of children in J&K since the revocation of special status.A plea of MP and MDMK founder Vaiko is also listed for hearing, in which he has sought a direction to the Centre and J&K to produce former CM Farooq Abdullah, allegedly under detention following abrogation of Article 370, before the court.The plea of CPM Sitaram Yechury who had moved the SC seeking to see his ailing party colleague Yousuf Tarigami is also among the batch of petitions listed for hearing. Plea of Kashmir Times editor Anuradha Bhasin seeking removal of media restrictions imposed in the valley after the abrogation of Article 370 will also be taken up along with some other petitions.PTI
'Urgent, Disturbing': PIL in SC on Kashmir Children 'Illegally Detained, Maimed'
Ghulam Nabi Azad moves SC to visit his home state
Ground Report: Kashmir's blackout is triggering a new wave of mental health issues
Srinagar: She sat in a corner, beside the door of the doctor’s office, hidden by papers and medicine boxes on the compounder’s table. “I feel frustrated thinking about the future, I feel there is no future for us,” 24-year-old Zahra, told IndiaSpend. Zahra is a law graduate, who is now preparing for state civil services (judicial) exam.A patient of depression, she had not required medicines for three years until the removal of Article 370 marked a return of anxiety. “I can’t focus on my studies anymore,” she said.Zahra was one of 15 patients waiting to see neurophysicist Akash Yusuf Khan at his clinic in Baramulla, 55 km from Srinagar. Housed in a poorly maintained municipal complex, the clinic is open only on Sundays; on other days, he consults at the district hospital. Doctors predicted a rise in the number of cases presenting with stress and anxiety, as a consequence of the removal of Article 370 and the accompanying communications blockade that has prevented many from talking to their families, or stepping out of home for fear they will be unable to contact their families when out.IndiaSpend reported on the health crisis that has ensued, as well as the impact on Kashmir’s economy, of the events following August 5.IndiaSpend.com/ thewire
Kashmir: Haemophilia Patients at Risk as Life-Saving Drugs Run out at SMHS Hospital
Punjab police stop protest against Centre's Kashmir decision
Chandigarh: A group of protesters tried to defy prohibitory orders imposed by Punjab’s Mohali administration to enter the city on Sunday for holding a protest against the withdrawal of J&K’s special status but were sent back by police.A few Punjab-based outfits under banner of Kashmiri Kaumi Sangharsh Samarthan Samiti were to hold a protest at the Dussehra Ground with support from some farmers organisations.The authorities had imposed Section 144, and police had sealed all entry points. Those who arrived at Mohali railway station and a group of students who tried to reach the protest venue were stopped and sent back by police in buses arranged by the district administration .Meanwhile, reports said a group of people under the banner of the Samiti protested against the abrogation of Article 370 provisions in Sangrur district.PTI
Kashmir has seen 20 daily anti-India protests despite crackdown, source says:AFP
Kashmir has seen an average of nearly 20 protests per day against India over the last 6 weeks despite a security lockdown to quell unrest, a senior Govt source said. Tensions remain high in the disputed Himalayan region after New Delhi's decision to revoke the territory's decades old semi-autonomous status.Despite a curfew, movement restrictions and severe curtailment of internet and mobile phone services, public demonstrations against India — mostly in the largest city Srinagar — have been constant, source told AFP late Saturday.AFP
J&K: Shopian villagers line up at DC’s office to ask about their young men
Won’t Contest Elections Until J&K’s Statehood Is Restored, Says NC MP
Srinagar: A senior National Conference leader has said the party will not take part in any electoral politics until the Govt of India restores J&K’s statehood and special status.MP from North Kashmir Mahammad Akbar Lone said that the party will devise a strategy with its political opponents to fight for the restoration of the state’s special position in the Union of India.the wire
Minorities in India were safe, are safe and will remain safe: Rajnath Singh
Surat: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has asserted that minorities in India were safe, are safe and will remain safe, adding that the country does not divide people on the basis of caste or religion. Singh hit out at Pakistan saying that the country which is not able to provide security to the minorities on its soil, talks about the human rights.Singh also said while the population of minorities in India has increased after Independence, human rights violations keep taking place in Pakistan against Sikhs, Buddhists and others.Asserting that Pakistan did not like the development and progress of India, he said, "Article 370 was abrogated but Pakistan did not digest it well. It went to UN and started lying to deceive international organisation. Pakistan is talking about human Rights Commission when it could not protect minorities in its own land."ANI
Pakistanis are hospitable and do not want war with India, says Sharad Pawar
NCP President Sharad Pawar has said Pakistanis were hospitable towards Indians, and alleged that the “ruling class here” was spreading rumours for political gains, ANI reported.“People here say Pakistanis are facing injustice and are unhappy but it is not true,” Pawar told party workers in Mumbai. “Such statements are being said only for political gains without understanding actual situation in Pakistan.”Pawar said he had visited the neighbouring country during his tenure as the president of the cricket board, and had witnessed the hospitality of Pakistanis. “They don’t want a war with India,” HT quoted NCP leader as saying. “However, in India, a narrative is being created against Muslims and Pakistan for political gains and we must fight against it.” NCP chief said the progress of the country can be ensured through brotherhood but ruling BJP does not consider it an option. “People are being attacked in the country, but no action is taken against them,” Pawar added. “Certain publications are working towards spreading unrest in the country. A completely different environment has been created in the country.”The veteran politician also challenged the Centre to revoke Article 371 that provides special status to northeastern states. “Why are they [BJP] doing it in Kashmir where minorities are in a majority?” Pawar asked.“They are showing that they are taking decisions against minorities.”scroll
J&K: Malala asks UN to help Kashmiri students go back to school
Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has urged UN to help children in Kashmir go back to school. “I am asking leaders, at #UNGA and beyond, to work towards peace in Kashmir, listen to Kashmiri voices and help children go safely back to school,” tweeted Pakistani education activist.Malala said she was deeply concerned after reports said that students have not been able to attend school for more than 40 days while people have been arbitrarily arrested. “I wanted to hear directly from girls living in Kashmir right now,” said 22-year-old. “It took a lot of work from a lot of people to get their stories because of communications blackout. Kashmiris are cutoff from the world and unable to make their voices heard. #LetKashmirSpeak.”However,Malala’s comments did not go down well with a BJP MP from Karnataka. Shobha Karandlaje said Malala should instead raise her voice against the “forceful conversion and persecution of minority girls in her own country”.scroll
‘Spend time with minorities in Pakistan’: BJP MP to Malala on J&K tweet






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Day after SC remarks, minority bodies say UCC cannot be implemented in country with so much diversity
New Delhi:A day after Supreme Court's strong observations on the Uniform Civil Code, members of prominent Muslim minority organisations said that a UCC was "neither practical nor possible to implement" in a country with so much diversity.Cutting across organisations they questioned the idea of UCC citing different personal laws and diverse cultural backgrounds of communities even within one religion.Prominent members of the Minority organisations like All India Muslim Personal Law Board and Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind also cited the Law Commission’s consultation paper on family laws released last year on Augu.31. AIMPLB had then welcomed the Law Commission’s assertion that a Uniform Civil Code is neither necessary nor desirable at this stage. AIMPLB had reiterated its position that it was not open to changes in the personal law and reform as suggested by the commission will happen only through the “social framework”.“Even the law Commission in its consultative paper concedes that UCC is neither necessary nor desirable at this stage. I am of the view that enforcing a UCC in India is impractical,” AIMPLB general secretary Maulana Syed Wali Remhami said. AIMPLB had welcomed the Law Commission’s assertion on August 31 that a UCC is neither necessary nor desirable at this stage. The AIMPLB had reiterated its position that it was not open to changes in the personal law and reform as suggested by the commission will happen only through the “social framework”.Over a year later, the debate on UCC is once again in the limelight. The Supreme Court on Friday frowned on the failure of govts to heed Article 44 of the Constitution to promulgate a UCC for the entire country despite the lag of 63 years since the codification of Hindu law in 1956.“We have so much diversity in personal laws. How can one UCC apply to all? If the Govt at some stage does manage to bring in a UCC using its majority power in Parliament it will open a Pandora’s box of troubles in terms of on-ground implementation,” member of AIMPLB Kamal Faruqui added. Jamiat’s senior functionary Niaz Ahmed Farooqui too said that UCC was impossible to implement.TOI

Building of Ayodhya temple to start after Nov: Subramanium Swamy
Ayodhya: Senior BJP leader Subramanium Swamy has claimed that the construction of the grand Ram temple in Ayodhya will commence by Nov.He also stated that the decision of the Supreme Court, which is hearing the Babri Masjid title suit, will be in favour of Ram temple. Swamy, who was in Ayodhya on a two-day visit, further said that the right to worship is a fundamental right and cannot be taken away by anyone."The temple which is at the spot of Lord Ram's birth cannot be removed," he said.The remark by BJP leader comes just days after NDA constituent Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray called for action by PM Narendra Modi-led central Govt to enable speedy construction of the grand Ram temple in Ayodhya.He added that after the Article 370 move, it was now time for construction of Ram Mandir and introduction of uniform civil code."We had said before the elections that the Kashmir issue would be resolved. The opposition was saying we would not let Article 370 go. I am proud of you Modiji," Thackeray had said even as he advocated the cause of Ram temple.IANS
Fundamental rights of Hindus above property rights of Muslims: Subramanian Swamy
16 tourists rescued, 40 missing as boat capsizes in Godavari river in AP
Vijayawada:A frantic search is on as more than 40 persons went missing when a private boat carrying tourists overturned in Godavari river in East Godavari district on Sunday. 10 boat staff are also missing as the river was in spate.14 people, who wore life jackets, were saved by villagers. East and West Godavari district officials, NDRF, SDRF and the police rushed to the spot. According to sources, Royal Vasista boat carrying 61 tourists left for the scenic Papi hills and capsized after an hour at Katchuluru village.thehindu
Before UNGA, Trump may come for Modi Houston show
New Delhi:US President Donald Trump may travel to Houston, the energy capital of the world, for a meeting with PM Narendra Modi on Sept. 22, Sunday Express has learnt. Modi has mainly 2 engagements in Houston — addressing the NRI community at a stadium and a roundtable meeting with CEOs and top executives of US energy companies.Before arriving in New York for UN General Assembly, Modi is scheduled to address the Indian diaspora in Houston on Sept.22. “Howdy, Modi!”, the Indian-American community summit, will be hosted by the Texas India Forum, a Houston-based non-profit.New Delhi and Washington are exploring the possibility of Trump attending both these events or at least one of them. If he attends the diaspora event, which is expected to be a gathering of about 50,000 people, it will be a first for an American President.It is expected that some members of the US Congress are also likely to attend the event this time in Houston as well. Modi will address the annual UNGA session on Sept.27 and Pakistan’s PM Imran Khan is expected to follow hours later.indian express
US Prez candidate Tulsi Gabbard’s links with RSS condemned
Tulsi Gabbard, Hawaii representative from Democratic Party who will be running for the post of President of USA in 2020 polls is also associated with the Hindutva group RSS from a long period.Her link with the fascist group that has primarily been actively spreading hate and promoting hate crimes against the marginalized sections of Indian society has been criticized and condemned by a large group of likeminded individuals such as writers, research scholars, activists, lawyers, students and professionals from different fields.They have issued a statement condemning the silence of the Democratic Party that is fielding Tulsi Gabbard despite knowing that she is associated with the Hindu-militant organization, RSS, and its American affiliates.The statement mentions that Gabbard has been funded by members of groups like – VHP of America, Overseas Friends of BJP, Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh and Ekal Foundation, which have direct links with RSS.Tulsi Gabbard projects herself as a progressive and a champion of inclusive politics but she has been filler her coffers with their blood tainted money which is why she never once condemned any of the heinous acts of the RSS and its affiliate groups, says the statement.The group of citizens from India who has issued the statement to Democratic party condemning the silence of the party also stated that It would be a moral failure of members of Democratic Party to have within their ranks a person like Gabbard who has supported and is backed by a network under whose rule India has witnessed increasing violence against Christians, Muslims and Dalits, disenfranchising of minority groups, illegal detention and clampdown on human rights of Kashmiris, and crushing of rational and progressive voices.TCN
Nick Clegg of Facebook: ‘China way or democracy? India will decide Net fate’
New Delhi :India, US and Europe will be architects of the new rules of the Internet and these “three planets” will determine if the world will head for an open or closed Web, former Deputy PM of the United Kingdom Nick Clegg said. Now the Vice-President for Global Affairs and Communications at Facebook, Clegg was speaking at the Express Adda here Friday evening (detailed transcript will be published soon).Clegg joined Facebook last year against the backdrop of the social media giant facing immense pressure over issues like bypassing of Govt regulation, data protection and fake news. His visit to India comes at a juncture when law enforcement agencies are pressing for social media companies to keep data within the country and share encryption keys to help track content that can be a threat to national security.Clegg was deputy PM between 2010 and 2015, having led the Liberal Democrats into a coalition with David Cameron’s Conservative party. In 2017, he lost his seat in the general elections and moved to Silicon Valley in Jan.2018. indianexpress
Amit Shah's Hindi Pitch Is a 'War Cry': Kerala CM
 Slamming Union home minister Amit Shah for his Hindi language pitch, Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan on Sunday said it was a “planned attempt” to stir up controversy and divert attention from pressing problems in the country. He termed it as a ‘war cry’ against the mother tongues of non-Hindi speaking people.The CM, in a Facebook post, said that despite protests erupting in many places on the issue, Shah was not prepared to withdraw from the “Hindi agenda”, which are signs to show that the Sangh parivar was getting ready to open a new “agitational platform”.However, Kerala governor Arif Mohammed Khan welcomed the move.PTI
‘Final’ NRC not final, names can still be removed
Even a name included in the final NRC published on Aug.31 can still be excluded anytime under certain conditions, NRC authorities said Saturday, as they published a consolidated family-wise list of applicants on their website. “Any fact of misrepresentation of particulars/documents discovered by the authorities rendering person ineligible will lead to exclusion/deletion of the person from NRC,” the note said. It added, “Discovery at any point of time of a person being ineligible for inclusion in NRC on account of being a Declared Foreigner (post-1971 illegal migrant or FRRO unregistered of 1966-71 stream) or a person with a case Pending at Foreigners Tribunal or D (Doubtful) Voter or descendant of such person (as per eligibility prescribed), will lead to exclusion/deletion from NRC.”indianexpress
Will implement NRC in Haryana: CM Khattar
Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar on Sunday said NRC will be implemented in Haryana.“In Haryana we will implement NRC along the lines of Assam. I spoke to retired judge H.S. Bhalla over the ongoing the NRC issue,” Khattar told reporters here, after meeting Justice (retired) H.S. Bhalla, former chairman of Haryana Human Rights Commission.“Apart from this, the formation of a Law Commission in the State is also being considered,” he added.thehindu
Why JNU'sAfreen can't be cowed down by Left,Right
The famed JNU held its student union election early last week and the formal declaration of the results are awaited amid a legal wrangle. Though the results are withheld, the whole campus and the larger world know who are likely to win as the trends of the counting got leaked.Meanwhile, various colleges that are part of JNU also held their own polls to elect their student unions and the winners may include future political leaders. One such prospect is Afreen Fatima who was elected as a councillor from School of Language and Cultural Studies on the panel of the political alliance named Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students' Association–Fraternity Movement, popularly known as BAPSA-Fraternity. BAPSA, which had its birth on JNU campus in 2014, avowedly works for student rights and the issues affecting Dalits, Adivasis and other minority groups. It is in alliance with the Fraternity Movement, which is linked to the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, as they set to challenge the Left Unity and ABVP, the students' organization of the right-wingers. Afreen shares her experiences and views with Onmanorama. She said, " I wholeheartedly thank my voters and congratulate them for ignoring the Left's fear-mongering rhetoric of 'vote for us or ABVP will win'. With such a campaign it has been maintaining its position on the campus for the past many years.The main issue here is about asserting one's identity. If you stand behind the Savarnas (caste Hindus) it is fine but as soon as you assert your identity outside their group, they start labelling you and branding you. Dalits who are the victims of casteism are labelled casteists and Muslims who often become victims of communal violence are labelled communal."manoramaonline
In Tamil Nadu, Hindus observe ‘Allah Festival’ on eve of Muharram
Muharram is first month of Islamic New Year. This month holds special place for the Muslims all over the world due to killing of Imam Husain in the battle of Karbala (Iraq) on the 10th day of Muharram. Muslims mourn the first 10 days of Muharram month and this mourning is observed in different ways in different parts of the world. However, in a sleepy village of Tamil of Tamil Nadu, Muharram is observed as ‘Allah Festival’ by the Hindu residents with equal fervor as Muslim brethren do so in other places of the world.The residents of Kasanadu Pudu, in Thanjavur district who are predominantly Hindus except for a handful of Muslims, start preparation for festival 10 days in advance. They clean the vicinity of Allah temple (Koil) near the public square of the village. They paint and decorate Koil with new green flags, flowers and decorative lights. On the eve of Muharram, Hindu women of the village take out a procession from each street that ends at ‘Allah Koil.’ They carry a large pot filled with sweetened water atop their heads with a small pot over the larger pot that has puffed rice and jiggery inside.  Members of Muslim families also conduct some rituals and offer puffed rice and jaggery to Allah Koil. While women take out the procession with pots, the men of the village take out another procession with hand symbol with 5 fingers, tied to a pole and call it “5 finger Allah.” This is followed by some carrying 4, 3, 2 and single finger symbols. twocircles
Kerala's Nadapuram: Where Muslim babies were breastfed by Hindu women and vice versa
Kozhikode:In his Facebook post, Delhi University assistant professor and Nadapuram native Yasser Arafat elaborates on how Muslim babies were breastfed by Hindu women in his home town. Arafat came out with the Facebook post in the wake of a video of a Muslim religious speaker Simsarul Haq Hudavi appearing on social media in which he exhorts his community members to desist from taking part in Onam-Christmas celebrations as it amounted to polytheism. Though the video is old, it resurfaced on social media ahead of Onam. “I first heard of this unique ‘milk kinship’ from my grandmother. Different anecdotes over the same were heard from my mother, father and his friend Kalarikkal Narayani,” said Arafat who had submitted a research paper on the topic, Transcending breasts: Milk kinship, Identities and Communal living in Malabar. “My father was breastfed by two Hindu women. Many of my uncles were breastfed by Hindu women. There were Hindu children who were breastfed by Muslim women as well. All these wonderful people shared a unique camaraderie transcending religious differences,” said Arafat. According to him, there were multiple reasons for this unique kinship.“There were many Hindu women working as domestics in affluent Muslim households. During that time, irrespective of religion, women had many children and often the kids were breastfed by domestics or neighbours belonging to another community. Also, kids who lost their mothers were breastfed by women often belonging to another community. I have a relative named Poyil Abdulla who was breastfed for years by a Thiyya woman,” said Arafat. According to him, caste was not a factor as both Nair and Thiyya women breastfed Muslim kids.  newindianexpress
‘No job crisis, North Indians lack qualifications’: Union minister Santosh Gangwar
Bareilly:Amid a debilitating economic slowdown, Union minister Santosh Gangwar has claimed that there was no dearth of job opportunities in the country but North Indian candidates lacked qualifications.“I want to say that there is no dearth of job opportunities in the country. Those who come for recruitment in north India often complain that they are unable to find the quality in candidates required for the post they are hiring for,” said Gangwar, MoS (Independent Charge), Ministry of Labour and Employment said at a press conference in Bareilly on Saturday, according to ANI.“I am looking after the same ministry and I monitor the situation on a daily basis. There is no dearth of employment in the country. We have employment exchanges for a purpose and we have also developed a separate system. Our ministry monitors the situation,” Gangwar said.HT
Chinmayanand case: Law student says she has 35 videos implicating BJP leader accused of rape
A 23-year-old law student who has accused BJP leader Chinmayanand of raping and sexually harassing for more than a year has claimed that she possesses about 35 videos that will implicate him, Indian Express reported on Sunday. The woman from Shahjahanpur district told the newspaper that she used to wear glasses with a hidden camera when she used to be called to the former BJP MP’s residence to give him “a massage”.“After searching through pens, bracelets and pendants on the Internet with hidden cameras, I decided to go in for the spectacles,” said the complainant. “I was not allowed to take in mobile phones, and I thought if I wore the spectacles no one would suspect anything.” However, the law student said the spectacles, which she had purchased earlier this year, were stolen from her hostel room. Chinmayanand is the president of the college administration.23-year-old alleged Chinmayanand’s men used to keep a constant watch on her, and refused to allow her to interact with classmates. The woman alleged that apart from her an undergraduate law student and a male teacher used to be periodically called to BJP leader’s residence for massages.scroll.in
Chinmayanand Case: How the hapless student was caught in torturous trap of harassment
No Aryan DNA traced among Harappans: Ex-VC of Deccan College
Pune :A team of researchers led by Vasant Shinde, a former V-C of Deccan College in Pune, has claimed that its new study using DNA analysis presents fresh evidence to question the existing knowledge about the Harappan civilisation. Shinde, who led a study that was recently published in Cell journal, said his team’s findings not only go against the Aryan Invasion Theory but also confirms that agriculture and rearing of animals were practiced by the indigenous people of South Asia. “We have archaeo-genetic evidence suggesting that there has not been any genetic changes in South Asians for the last 12,000 years. If the Aryans had invaded, their genetic traces would have been detected, which has not happened. This simply means that South Asians, ranging from Afghanistan to West Bengal and J&K to Andamans, share common ancestry,” Shinde said while speaking at a session organised by Pune Union of Working Journalists (PUWJ) on Saturday. He said that while the study showed that Harappans interacted with numerous people, mainly for trading purposes, it was the Harappans who could have spread agriculture practice, knowledge of traditional medicine and exchanged shells and similar valuable items with people hailing from Central or East Asia (including Aryans). “There were movements of people to Central and East Asia, even via sea routes, but there was never migration into South Asia and the Harappans are indigenous people,” added Shinde. While the researchers are yet to get scientific evidence on the languages that were commonly spoken by the Harappans, Shinde and his team found strong possibility of influence of Sanskrit on the languages.He said that Harappans were highly advanced people with sound knowledge of Sanskrit. “We cannot rule out the influence of Sanskrit on other Indo-European languages, but we still do not have any evidence in the form of scripts analysed yet.” Shinde, along with 2 dozen researchers from across the globe, recently published a paper titled ‘An Ancient Harappan Genome lacks DNA from Steppe Pastoralists or Iranian farmer’ in Cell journal.indianexpress
Motor Vehicles Act: Auto-driver fined for not wearing “seat-belt” in Bihar
In Muzaffarpur, on Saturday an auto-rickshaw driver from Saraiya was fined for not wearing a seat belt reported NDTV.It is strange because the vehicle does not come with a seatbelt. Driving an auto-rickshaw without a seat-belt ended up costing the driver a 1,000 bucks, so auto rikshaw drivers are cautioned to get seat belts installed!Under the new rules, as per the Motor Vehicles Act, the fine for driving without a seat-belt has been increased 10 times from Rs. 100 to Rs. 1000. This was very recently changed by the Centre earlier this year and large sums of fines are being imposed on non-abiders of the new act’s rules.nationalheraldindia
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Saudi Arabia shuts down about half of its crude production after drone strikes
Coordinated drone strikes on the heart of Saudi oil industry forced the kingdom to shut down about half of its crude production on Saturday, Wall Street Journal and other media reported, potentially roiling petroleum prices and exposing threat to critical Saudi infrastructure. The attacks cut production by about 5.7 million barrels per day (bpd), Reuters cited Saudi Aramco as saying in a statement, or more than five percent of the world’s daily output. WSJ said officials hoped to restore production to its regular level of 9.8 million bpd by Monday.Huge clouds of smoke rose into the sky after the pre-dawn attacks on Abqaiq and Khurais, 2 key Aramco facilities, as the state-owned giant prepares for a much-anticipated stock listing.middleeasteye
Iran rejects US accusation over drone attacks on Aramco plants
Iran has dismissed accusations by US that Tehran was behind drone attacks that set ablaze two major Saudi Aramco oil installations, as Saudi Arabia raced to restore operations at the damaged facilities.Yemen's Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for Saturday's assault on Abqaiq - the world's largest oil processing plant - and the Khurais oilfield. The pre-dawn strikes knocked out more than half of crude output from the world's top exporter.US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blamed Iran, saying it "has now launched an unprecedented attack on the world's energy supply"."There is no evidence the attacks came from Yemen," Pompeo said on Twitter, referring to Houthis' claim of responsibility. He did not provide any evidence to support his claim.In response, Iran's foreign ministry on Sunday called the US allegations "meaningless" and said they were meant to justify actions against Iran. "Such remarks ... are more like plotting by intelligence and secret organisations to damage the reputation of a country and create a framework for future actions,"spokesman Abbas Mousavi said. aljazeera
MBS tells Trump Saudi 'willing and able' to respond to attacks
Saudi Arabia's crown prince has told US President Donald Trump the kingdom was "willing and able" to respond to the latest attacks claimed by Yemen's Houthi rebels on its oil facilities, state media reported."The kingdom is willing and able to confront and deal with this terrorist aggression," Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) told Trump during a phone call on Saturday, according to the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA).MBS was referring to drone attacks earlier in the day on two state-owned Saudi Aramco oil facilities, which triggered enormous fires and disrupted global energy supplies.According to a statement by the Saudi embassy in Washington, DC, Trump told MBS that the US was ready to cooperate with the kingdom to protect its security in the wake of the drone attacks.In the phone call, Trump also told the crown prince the attacks hurt US and global economies, the SPA said in an Arabic-language statementaljazeera
Iran says US bases and aircraft carriers within range of its missiles
An Iranian revolutionary guards commander said on Sunday that all US bases and aircraft carriers in the Middle East were within range of Iranian missiles after a US official accused Tehran of being behind Saturday's attacks on Saudi oil facilities. middleeasteye
Medical mistakes cause 2.6 mn deaths yearly: WHO
More than 138 million patients are harmed every year by doctors' errors, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned, just a few days before celebrating the first World Patient Safety Day, with which it seeks to raise awareness of this ongoing tragedy.Errors in diagnosis, errors in medicine prescriptions and treatments, and the inappropriate use of drugs are the three main reasons why so many patients harmed, WHO patient-safety coordinator Dr. Neelam Dhingra-Kumar told a press conference on Friday, Efe news reported.IANS
Tunisians voting in unpredictable Prez contest
Voters in Tunisia are casting their ballots in the country's hotly contested presidential election.It is second presidential vote since longtime ruler Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was removed during revolution in 2011. Sunday's election was brought forward by the death in July of 92-year-old president Beji Caid Essebsi, who had served as head of state since 2014.More than 7 million people are eligible to choose among 24 challengers, including some of Tunisia's most prominent politicians. Tunisia's president has limited powers - in charge of foreign policy, defence and national security - and governs alongside a PM chosen by Parliament who has authority over domestic affairs.Candidates must secure 50 percent of the vote to win outright on Sunday, but if none of the hopefuls obtains a majority, the two with the most votes will advance to a second, decisive round.
Israel’s Ethiopian community denounces racism ahead of election
Netanya: More than 2 months after 19-year-old Solomon Teka was shot dead by an off-duty policeman, members of the Ethiopian-Israeli community continue to hold protests across Israel demanding racial equality."Justice for Solomon and all those killed," chanted a dozen protesters in the northern city of Netanya on Saturday night, as they lit candles and waved colourful posters. Teka's killing in June in Kiryat Haim, near the port city of Haifa, sparked outrage among Ethiopian-Israelis. Days of anti-racism demonstrations, in which tens of police officers were injured, shook the country and blocked major highways in Tel Aviv.Despite the swift arrest of the police officer involved in the killing, and PM Benjamin Netanyahu issuing a video to mourn Teka's death at the time, protesters say not enough has been done.aljazeera
'We're doomed anyway': Palestinians on Israeli election
Occupied West Bank - For Abdel-Fatah Abu Ahmad, Israel’s upcoming general election means business as usual.The 50-year-old owner of a small roadside car accessories shop is among 2.8 million Palestinians who live under Israeli military control in the occupied West Bank.Living in Area C, which comprises 60 percent of the West Bank and falls under Israeli security and civil control, Abu Ahmad faces restrictions on movement and access to resources and building permits.His hometown of Hizma is cut off from Jerusalem by Israel’s separation wall to the west, and from other areas of the West Bank by a series of illegal Israeli settlements to the east.Most of Abu Ahmad’s customers are Jewish settlers, who can cast their ballots in election which pits Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, leader of the right-wing Likud party, against Benny Gantz, who heads centre-left Blue and White party.aljazeera
Trump's secret Israeli-Palestinian peace deal in doubt
 The White House says it will unveil its plan to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict after Tuesday's vote.It has been in the pipeline for more than 2 years.But now that the man leading that mission has quit, many are asking if the blueprint will ever be released.aljazeera
Palestinian refugees protest to demand asylum in Lebanon
Palestinian refugees in Lebanon say they do not have enough money to live and are protesting to demand humanitarian asylum there.Protesters say a recent Govt crackdown on foreign workers is adding to their plight.aljazeera
Malaysia's top opposition parties UMNO, Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party  form alliance
Malaysia's 2 oldest political parties have formed an alliance, presenting arguably the largest political platform for the majority Malay Muslims at a time of simmering racial and religious tensions.PM Mahathir Mohamad led an alliance to a landmark victory at the polls last year, removing a corruption-plagued coalition which had been in power over six decades.The main party in the former ruling coalition, United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), has since sought to bolster its position by forging closer ties with one-time rival, the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS). On Saturday, the parties signed a pact to cooperate in what analysts described as a bid to win backing from the ethnic Malay-Muslim majority ahead of the next election, due by 2023.UMNO president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi insisted the move would not deepen racial and religious divides."The confusion within the Govt now is because of the absence of brave and worthy Malay leaders," Hamidi said at the signing of the charter, attended by thousands of members from both parties."UMNO and PAS will ensure that this cooperation will not separate, distance or make enemies of any race or religion in this beloved nation."aljazeera

Taliban lifts self-imposed ban on Red Cross in Afghanistan
Kabul:Taliban on Sunday lifted a self-imposed ban on the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) in Afghanistan, after months of embargo that started from April this year.''The ICRC consented to follow the old agreement on top of new promises in humanitarian aid and those aid workers were permitted to "resume their activities, said the Taliban spokesperson, cited by Deutsche Welle."We welcome the acknowledgement of our humanitarian principles and renewal of security guarantees," Schaerer Juan-Pedro, head of ICRC in Kabul, said on Twitter.In April, Taliban banned ICRC from operating in Afghanistan regions under the Islamist militia's control and revoked guarantees of security from free movement.Earlier, the Taliban had accused the ICRC of "suspicious" activities during vaccination campaigns and of failing to monitor conditions in Afghan jails and provide medical aid to Taliban prisoners.ANI

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