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Sunday, 22 September 2019

22 SEP. PM Modi promises 'New Kashmir' to Kashmiri Pandits in US as Valley remains muzzled/'Howdy Modi!': Indian PM's supporters, critics to gather in Texas/Rajasthan: Dalit man beaten to death for ‘stealing water pump’ in Jhalawar/ NRC-excluded gurkhas not to approach Foreigners’ Tribunals


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22 Sept. 2019: 22 Muharram 1441: Vol: 12, No: 19
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PM Modi promises 'New Kashmir' to Kashmiri Pandits in US as Valley remains muzzled
PM Narendra Modi claimed that “winds of change” were blowing in Kashmir as he met with a 17-member delegation of Kashmiri Pandits in Houston and promised them a new Kashmir. This comes even as it is close to two months since the Valley has been under lockdown, political leaders of the state are under house arrest and Kashmiri news from Kashmir continues to be muzzled. “Kashmir mein naee hava bah rahee hai (New winds are blowing in Kashmir) and we will all build a new Kashmir together that will be for everyone,” Modi told delegation even as Kashmiris continue to be calculatedly kept out of the narrative of the state being portrayed by the Govt. PTI reported that the Kashmiri Pandit diaspora has supported the Modi Govt and have hoped that they can return to their homeland. “Modi Ji brought smiles to the faces of our Kashmiri Pandit delegation, by promising a new Kashmir that we will build together, for everyone,” Rajiv Pandit, who was part of the delegation, told PTI.  Surinder Kaul, who led the delegation, told PTI, “PM told us you have suffered a lot and together we have to build a new Kashmir.” Lalit Kaul, from Boston, said, “It was gracious of PM Modi to meet us and acknowledge that our community has suffered a lot! His assurance that he is on the job and things will improve gave all of us a renewed hope.”Another Kashmiri Pandit delegate from New Jersey, Rakesh Kaul said that meeting Modi during was important to give him (Modi) unequivocal support at the global level for revoking Article 370.However, reports from Kashmir paint quite a different picture.Huffpost India had earlier reported that Kashmiris are pushing back against the Modi Govt’s narrative that everything was absolutely normal in Kashmir. Hayat Ahmed Butt, the Srinagar district president of J&K Muslim League, said, “Indian Govt is talking about development, but we don’t care even if they put gold on the streets of Kashmir,” he said. “We want azadi.”“It’s not just the men, but women, children and the elderly are coming out and marching in the protests,” Butt said. PM also met a delegation of Dawoodi Bohra community. Members of Sikh community too met Modi.huffingtonpost/ PTI 
We will build a 'new' Kashmir for everyone, says PM Modi to Kashmiri Pandits in Houston
Trump to share stage with two world leaders in pair of battleground events
'Howdy Modi!': Indian PM's supporters, critics to gather in Texas: Aljazeera
Tens of thousands of people are expected to gather in Houston, Texas, on Sunday to hear Indian PM Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump address a rally dubbed "Howdy Modi".Organisers say more than 50,000 people - many from the Indian-American diaspora - have registered for the event, which the White House labelled "a great opportunity to emphasise the strong ties between the two countries" and "reaffirm the strategic partnership between the world's oldest and largest democracies".The rally, hosted by the Texas Indian Forum, is set to kick off around 8:45am local time with cultural performances before Modi and Trump take the stage at NRG Stadium around 10:00am."There is unprecedented synergy between our region and the aspirations of a 'New India' that PM Narendra Modi represents. American dream shares many similarities with emerging Indian dream, and an event of this scale suggests an opportunity to build bridges across 2 great democracies," Jugal Malani, the event's chair, said in a statement announcing the event.But human rights organisations are also expected to draw more than 15,000 people to counter-rallies outside the stadium, aiming to raise awareness of the alleged human rights violations in Kashmir, as well as other parts of India, including Assam state."Most of us try to defend human rights violations no matter where they happen," said Mohammed Nasrullah, of International Humanitarian Foundation, one of main organisers of the protests."It's extremely important for us to raise our voices whenever there are any civil rights violations or human rights violations or any atrocities against minorities or the oppressed," he said. Sunita Viswanath, cofounder of Hindus for Human Rights, urged other Hindus to "wake up, and find out what's going on" in India."Hindus in the world, Hindus in America are not awake to the horrors taking place," she told Al Jazeera. "I do not believe that most of the Hindus that are supporting Modi really, truly, understand the extent to which the [Hindu nationalist] forces are aligned with fascism."Viswanath, whose organisation is part of Alliance for Justice and Accountability, which consists of Hindu, Muslim, Dalit, Sikh and Christian groups, said the protest was not just against Modi, but also Trump."Both are nationalist, both suppress minorities in their countries, both seem to have no regard for law and order process. Both seem to be absolutely destroying the fabric of very important democracies in the world," she said.Gurpatwant Pannun, who is the legal adviser of the Sikhs for Justice group, warned US politicians against fostering close relationships with Modi Govt."I really want to let US lawmakers know that this is a time that they should not trade the economic benefits with the blood of the minorities," he said before Sunday's event.
Modi, Trump and protesters converge on Houston’s NRG Stadium: Houston Chronicle
You are our special guest: Saudi crown prince gives Imran his private jet to travel to US for UNGA meet
Pakistan PM Imran Khan reached US on a "special aircraft" of Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammad bin Salman. Dunya News quoting sources said Khan was barred from using a commercial flight by Crown Prince, who said: "You are our special guest and you would be going to US on my special aircraft."Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said, "PM Khan has reached US. 7-day visit is aimed at drawing the attention of the world towards what is happening in Kashmir."Before arriving in US, Khan was on a 2-day visit to Saudi to muster support on Kashmir issue.In Saudi, Khan met King Salman bin Abdulaziz and discussed Kashmir apart from trade, investment and economic relations. Khan on Saturday left for New York from Saudi to participate in 74th session of UN General Assembly.He is scheduled to address the UNGA on Sept.27. ANI
UP too hot for Kashmiri inmates, seek transfer to valley
Lucknow: Suffering from depression and unable to bear the hot and sultry weather in the plains, a large number of Kashmiri prisoners lodged in jails in UP have sought a transfer back to their state.A senior jail department official said, "Many of them have said that the weather in UP does not suit them. They have lost their appetite and are suffering from depression." Kashmiri prisoners have also complained of abdominal pain and were made to undergo ultrasound tests before receiving treatment from the doctors.Some of these prisoners, mostly accused of being pro-independence protesters or termed "potential stone-throwers", have underlined they faced no prior police cases in their state and should therefore not be considered habitual troublemakers.A total of 285 prisoners were moved from Kashmir to jails in Agra, Lucknow, Varanasi, Naini (Allahabad), Bareilly and Ambedkar Nagar after the revocation of J&K''s special status on Aug.6.Currently, an advisory board formed by J&K High Court is hearing their cases via a videoconferencing link with their jails, official said.IANS
'We hugged and cried' say Families struggle to meet jailed Kashmiris: aljazeera
Professor fights for Kashmir, armed with pamphlets
New Delhi: On Sept. 9, retired IIT Delhi professor Vipin Kumar Tripathi took a long walk from his home in south Delhi’s Sarvodaya Enclave with a bagful of Hindi and English pamphlets.71-year-old frequently stopped to distribute pamphlets, titled “Disquiet of Kashmiri Masses and Jubilation in Rest of India Test Our Soul”.He walked for around 5km, handing his pamphlets to passers-by near Hauz Khas Metro station, on the leafy sidewalks of August Kranti Marg, and outside the Kamala Nehru and Gargi Colleges. A short way from Moolchand Flyover, a car pulled up beside him and the driver asked for a pamphlet. Before Tripathi could respond, the man snatched a bunch of 150 pamphlets from his hand. “He shouted at me, ‘Are you a Pakistani? You are committing treason! If you were not an old man I would have hit you hard’. I replied, ‘You can do that right now if you want, but tell me what your problem is. What is wrong with my pamphlet?’”Tripathi said. “A few policemen arrived and tried to calm the situation. The man asked them to arrest me. I said I want to bring understanding between the people of Kashmir and the rest of India. People in one state are uneasy, and those in other states are rejoicing. Pamphlet promotes national unity.”Tripathi has been writing pamphlets for 27 years and has travelled as far as Assam, MP,Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Haryana to distribute them, often meeting with abuse. But this was the first time he had pamphlets snatched from him and was threatened with violence.telegraphindia
Islamic nations have not protested 370 abrogation: Union minister Pradhan
Hyderabad: Union minister for petroleum and natural gas Dharmendra Pradhan on Saturday said that Islamic countries realised that Kashmir is India’s internal issue and that it is being dealt with ingeniously. Interacting with India co-ordinator of Islamic Development Bank and secretary of Sultan-ul-Uloom Education Society (SUES) Zafar Javeed, Pradhan said: “Islamic countries are neither against nor have they protested against the situation in J&K after the abrogation of Article 370.”The minister, who had recently visited Gulf said that of Muslim countries, only Pakistan tried to politicise the issue while countries such as UAE and Qatar had not raised the issue.“There were no political rights for people in J&K and now they have civil liberty, transportation and communication. The situation is peaceful in Kashmir,” Pradhan said and added that states such as Nagaland, Assam, Manipur and Mizoram are covered under Article 371 which is permanent unlike Article 370 which had temporary provisions.TOI
'No power in world can protect Pak from getting divided': Rajnath raises rights violations against Balochs, Pashtuns
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh today criticised Pakistan for its human rights violations against certain communities and claimed that if the current trend continues "no power in the world will be able to protect Pak from getting further divided into pieces." "If they (Pak) repeat it, then they should think what will become of PoK...Human rights violations are committed against Balochs&Pashtuns there. If it continues, no power will be able to protect Pak from getting further divided into pieces," Rajnath said at an event in Patna. Rajnath also warned Pakistan of waging a war-like situation with India by reminding Pakistan that they "should not commit 'the mistake of repeating 1965 and 1971.""You can see they're already getting discouraged. Pak PM comes to PoK and says 'countrymen don't go to India-Pak border'. I said it's good because if they do, they'll not be able to go back to Pakistan. They should not commit the mistake of repeating 1965 and 1971," he said.He also cited that Article 370 and Article 35A were the major reasons for terrorism in Valley and chastised Pakistan for enabling terror activities in the valley.Further, minister said Article 370 and Article 35A were the biggest cause behind the birth of terrorism in Kashmir. dnaindia
Amit Shah blames Nehru for PoK’s existence
New Delhi: Blaming India’s first PM Jawaharlal Nehru for allegedly allowing to Pakistan to occupy parts of Kashmir, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday said Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir would not have come into existence had Nehru not declared ceasefire with the neighbouring country. He also said the country’s first home minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel should have been allowed to handle Kashmir issue instead of Nehru. Targeting Nehru over “non-integration” of Kashmir with India, Shah said:“PoK wouldn’t have come into existence had Nehru not declared untimely ceasefire with Pakistan. Article 370 was the reason why every Indian had to say and prove that Kashmir was an integral part of the nation. It was a barrier in the unity of India and the integrity of the nation.”indian express
BJP raising Art.370 to divert attention from 'monumental failures' in Jharkhand: JMM leader
New Delhi: BJP is raising the issue of abrogation of Article 370 provisions in the run up to the Jharkhand Assembly polls as a "ploy" to divert people's attention from "monumental failures" of Raghubar Das Govt, JMM working president Hemant Soren alleged on Sunday.The former Jharkhand CM's sharp attack comes days after PM Narendra Modi and BJP head Amit Shah referred to Article 370 abrogation while listing achievements of NDA Govt 2.0 in their public addresses in poll-bound state. Soren said Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) will raise people's issues in the campaign and promised that if voted to power, his Govt will ensure 75% reservation for youth of Jharkhand in private jobs. He said if JMM forms Govt, it will ensure 5 lakh jobs within 1 year, unemployment allowance to those who are jobless, reserve Govt tender up to Rs 25 crore for people from the state, implement 50% reservation for women in jobs and 27% quota for OBCs.Asked about BJP aggressively raising the abrogation of Article 370 in J&K and the nationalistic fervour around it, Soren said a Govt which fails to address economic and social crises and key issues that affect everyday lives of citizens, resorts to "creating sharp polarisation in the society". timesofindia
OTHERS
Rajasthan: Dalit man beaten to death for ‘stealing water pump’ in Jhalawar
Kota : A 40-year-old Dalit man was beaten to death for allegedly stealing a water pump in Rajasthan’s Jhalawar district, police said on Sunday. The incident took place in Ghatoli area on Saturday morning, when a 60-year-old man, his two sons, and some other unidentified people thrashed Dhulichand Meena of Mewakheda village, alleging that he stole a water pump from their fields,SHO Nainuram Meena said.When Dhulichand was on his way to a nearby village, Purilal Tanwar, his sons, Devi Singh (23) and Mohan (20) and the other men confronted him, SHO said.He said a heated exchange between Dhulichand and the group of men over the stolen hand pump soon turned violent and he was beaten up badly.Dhulichand’s father reached the spot and took his injured son home.Later, Dhulichand’s condition deteriorated and he was rushed to a hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead, the SHO said.PTI
NRC-excluded gurkhas not to approach Foreigners’ Tribunals
Guwahati:Gurkhas excluded from Assam’s updated NRC will not go to Foreigners’ Tribunals to prove their citizenship, an umbrella organisation of the community said today.Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangha (BGP), representing 10.5 million members of the community across India, justified its stand saying the Govt had no right to try Indians in such tribunals meant for foreigners.“Gurkhas of Assam will not go to Foreigners’ Tribunals to prove their citizenship, as being tried in such tribunals is an insult to their identity as Indians. We can file defamation cases against the system of challenging the citizenship of gurkhas and Nepali-speaking people,” organisation’s president Sukhman Moktan said.Based on data provided by its local units across the 33 districts of Assam, BGP said more than 1 lakh gurkhas had been excluded from the final NRC. Moktan said BGP leaders had been touring Assam to meet the NRC victims and those marked D or doubtful voters and their descendants. “NRC guidelines say the gurkhas whose citizenship has been challenged need to go to the Foreigners’ Tribunals despite a notification of exemption by Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). This is an attempt of a few vested interests within the system to disrespect Indian gorkhas who are actually original inhabitants as is proved by our historically and mythologically recorded presence since centuries,” Moktan said.thehindu
Babri Masjid demolition case: Special CBI court issues summons to Kalyan Singh
Lucknow:A special CBI court has issued summons to former UP CM and BJP leader Kalyan Singh here, directing him to appear before it on Sept.27 in connection with Babri Masjid demolition case.The court is conducting the trial of accused persons, including BJP leaders LK Advani, MM Joshi, Uma Bharti, and others for allegedly conspiring to demolish Babri Masjid mosque in Ayodhya.Taking note of the information given by the members of a bar association that Singh's term as Rajasthan governor expired in the first week of this month, special judge SK Yadav passed the order on a pending application that CBI had moved on Sept.9. PTI
‘By 2047, Sangh would become indistinguishable from Indian society’
New Delhi:“What will be the state of our nation in 2047 (centenary of Independence)? After deliberating with RSS functionaries, the common answer I could gather was that India… Sangh would become indistinguishable from Indian society. Sangh would become coterminous with all of Indian society and the need for it to exist as a distinct entity would be obviated.”This is what RSS pracharak Sunil Ambekar writes in his forthcoming book “RSS Roadmap for the 21st Century”.The book, to be released on Oct.1 by RSS sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat in Delhi, throws light on several issues pertaining to RSS.In the book, Ambekar —Sangathan Mantri of ABVP, an RSS affiliate working among students — advocates the Ram temple in Ayodhya, uniform civil code and constitutional amendment. “Constitutions are not frozen in time; they are dynamic texts. Uniform Civil Code is not only necessity for Ekatmata, but also a preventive against the exploitation that Muslim women have had to endure due to their religious laws,” it says. While the book was being released for printing, the Govt decided to scrap special status of J&K and bifurcate the state.In the chapter “The History of Bharat”, Ambekar narrates the RSS’s efforts to revise history and calls renaming of cities like Faizabad to Ayodhya and Allahabad to Prayagraj as “an important part of the reclamation (of History) project”. He also demands that Aurangabad in Maharashtra “be renamed as Sambhajinagar”.indian Sexpress
RSS expresses concern over growth rate of Muslims outstripping Hindus growth rate
RSS is dividing the country: AAP leaders during meet with Delhi imams
New Delhi: In a bid to woo Muslim voters in the national capital, Delhi CM and AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal in January this year declared that the salaries of imams and helpers in mosques in Delhi would be increased. It's the first time ever that Delhi govt also announced that it would be paying salaries to imams outside the purview of the Delhi Waqf Board.Today AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan in a meeting with imams handed over cheques of Rs 14,000 to imams and Rs 12,000 to Moazims.During his speech, Khan also minced no words to attack RSS. He pointed out that AAP is looking at ways to provide for people. "RSS is busy dividing and lynching people in the name of religion, caste, and cow. It is only in India where 85 % of the population has been forced to go against the 14 % and 14 % of Muslim are now living in fear and have been voting for BJP and they have to realise what is better for them," he added.Sanjay Singh also reiterated the same, pointed out the injustice happening in the case of Pehlu Khan, Aqhlaq and Tabrez."Today the BJP talks about Hinduism and in the name of it, they are busy making people fight over temples and making brothers fight. The BJP is waiting to pounce on any comments made by any Muslim leader, Especially Amanatullah Khan or Asaduddin Owaisi and that will help them divide the country all over again," said Sanjay Singh. Shahi Imam of Fathepuri mosque along with MP Sanjay Singh was present at the event. Times Now
Muslims in India luckier than those in Islamic countries: Mark Tully
New Delhi:Muslims in India are “much luckier” than those in the Islamic countries as they can worship in any Islamic tradition here, says veteran journalist Mark Tully. Citing an example, he says that in Delhi’s Nizamuddin area, where he resides, there is the Tablighi Jamaat’s headquarters and they are “very strict and orthodox”. Next to it, there is the Sufi tradition where people pray at the tomb of Nizamuddin Auliya and sing qawwalis, he adds.“India’s spirit of tolerance is its strength which makes a harmonious environment for different religions to exist side by side,” Tully is quoted as saying in the latest issue of The Equator Line magazine. The issue is titled “Home and The World”.PTI
Hindu outfits seek Constitutional amendments for equal rights to majority
New Delhi: VHP and other Hindu outfits have sought amendments to Articles 28, 29 and 30 of the Constitution in order to emphasise the civilisational development of the Hindu culture and tradition and mainstreaming of Hindu literature into the educational system.The outfits, which have grouped under the banner of Hindu Charter Team, made these demands at a national conference that sought "Equal Right for Hindus" and pitched for non-interference of the state in maintenance of the majority community's temples and religious institutions.IANS
Harassed, Threatened by ABVP for Being a Muslim Woman: JU Student
A post-graduate student at Jadavpur University in Kolkata was subject to harassment and trolling on social media after her Facebook display picture was falsely circulated as that of a female student confronting Union Minister Babul Supriyo on campus. An image of Supriyo, allegedly manhandling a female student during Thursday’s showdown at the university, was shared widely on social media throughout Friday and Saturday. The student in the image was misidentified as Shilpi Afreen along with posts claiming she was ‘sexually frustrated’ and ‘she had other plans’ with the minister. The Quint reached out to Afreen, who confirmed that the woman in the image was not her: “My Facebook pictures are being circulated along with image of Babul Supriyo and another woman.” student, who is a member of Arts Faculty Students Union (AFSU), said that she started receiving ‘filthy comments’ after she uploaded images of a ransacked students’ union room.thequint
Youth who tried to kill Hindu girl in Jharkhand isn’t ‘Muslim’, as viral video claimed
A video has gone viral on social media, falsely claiming that a Hindu girl has been saved by a Hindu mob from being killed by a ‘Muslim’ man.A user named ‘Saffron Lion’ shared the video on Twitter Thursday, claiming that a Hindu girl was rescued by “Hindu brothers” in Patratu Valley in Ramgarh district of Jharkhand. The user further wrote that a ‘shantidoot’ (messenger of peace) had brought the girl to Patratu with the motive to kill her. The word ‘shantidoot’ is often used on social media as a euphemism to describe Muslims.The video shows a girl, whose face and neck have deep cut marks, telling the mob that she has been hurt. At the end of the video, the mob is seen beating up a youth. The video had over 1,500 retweets, more than 2,000 likes and 16.3K views at the time of publishing this report. It has also been shared widely on Facebook with the same false claims. A Facebook user, Ratan Modi, shared the video Thursday, and it now has over 60,000 views and more than 1,000 shares. Video relates to an incident that took place in Ramgarh district on 15 September. The girl, who appears in the video, was indeed injured, not by a Muslim youth, but allegedly by her own Hindu boyfriend, identified as Arvind Kumar. theprint
SC collegium recommends appointment of Justice Ali as permanent judge of Allahabad HC, Govt extends his tenure as additional judge
The central Govt has extended the tenure of Justice Irshad Ali of Allahabad High Court as Additional Judge of the same court for next 6 months. Govt took this decision two weeks after the Collegium of the Supreme Court recommended his appointment as the permanent judge of the same court. 3-member Collegium of the Supreme Court had made recommendations about three judges of Allahabad High Court on Sept.5. The Collegium had recommended that Justice Irshad Ali and Justice Neeraj Tiwari, Additional Judges, be appointed as Permanent Judges of the Allahabad High Court against the existing vacancies. It had also recommended that Justice Rahul Chaturvedi be appointed as an Additional Judge for a fresh term of six months w.e.f. today . However, through its order on Sept.20, the central Govt extended the tenure of Justice Irshad Ali and Justice Rahul Chaturvedi as Additional Judges of the Allahabad High Court. And according to legal website barandbench.com, the Govt appointed Justice Neeraj Tiwari as permanent judge of the same HC as recommended by the SC Collegium.India Tomorrow
Six alleged SIMI activists acquitted in Bihar
Patna: A local court today acquitted six people allegedly involved in the unlawful activities of Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI).UNI
Jharkhand ATS arrests madrasa owner Kalimuddin Muzahiri as Al Qaeda suspect from Jamshedpur:HT
Jamshedpur:Jharkhand police’s ATS has arrested a suspect of Al Qaeda in Indian Sub-continent (AQIS) Kalimuddin Muzahiri, who had been absconding for more than 3 years, officials said in Ranchi on Sunday. The most wanted terror suspect, a madrasa owner, was picked up by a special team of ATS from Tatanagar railway station in Jamshedpur late on Saturday night and rushed to Ranchi.“He has been changing locations and appearances continuously to dodge the police. We had formed special teams which have been keeping an eye on him and tracing his possible locations,” Murari Lal Meena, ADGP, operation, said. “As soon as we got a tip-off that Kalimuddin had come to his home in Azad Nagar, Jamshedpur, our team arrested him from Tatanagar station last night,”Meena said.“He was absconding for the last 3 years and this (his arrest) will help us in cracking the AQIS network in Jharkhand and also other parts of the country,” he added. Kalimuddin and his son Huzaifa were believed to have fled to Bangladesh or Nepal after being released by Jamshedpur city police in 2016. They were released after some local leaders in Mango area of the city assured the police that they will produce them in a police station whenever required. Meena claimed, "“He has close links with arrested Abdul Rahman Ali Khan Katki alias Haider alias Masood and Jamshedpur-based Abdul Sami alias Ujjair alias Hassan.” Syed Md Zeeshan Ali Haider, also from Mango, was arrested in Delhi on Aug.10, 2017, after being deported from Saudi Arabia. Katki, Sami and Zeeshan are lodged in Tihar Jail. Kalim is the ninth in the list of suspected AQIS operators in India and fourth from Jharkhand against whom proclaimed absconder order was issued by the courts so far.ATS had attached the property and belongings of Kalimuddin in Sept.2017 in Azad Nagar and his madrasa Jamia Mohammad Bin Abdullah Madrassa. HT
Limits crossed when FIR mentioned Azam Khan's late mother as accused, says Akhilesh Yadav
 Ex-UP CM on Sunday said that limits were crossed when the name of Azam Khan's late mother was included as an accused in a case.An FIR was registered on Saturday against Samajwadi Party MP Azam Khan, which also included the name of his late mother as an accused in a case related to a Govt land. Yadav said, "Cases against him are politically motivated. Cases are registered against his family members but the limits were crossed when his mother's, who passed away a long time back, name was also included in the case."ANI
Woman BJP leader attempts self-immolation, accuses party MLA of harassment
A woman BJP leader in UP’s Deoband on Saturday attempted to immolate herself in front of the residence of local BJP legislator Kunwar Brijesh Singh, accusing the MLA of harassing her and having false police cases lodged against her family.The woman, Shashi Tyagi, is a member of the Zila Panchayat.She sprinkled kerosene over her body but was prevented from setting herself on fire by the police personnel and a few party workers present there. She, however, later consumed kerosene and has been hospitalised. The incident happened around 10 am.Deoband chief medical officer Inder Raj confirmed that Tyagi had consumed a copious amounts of kerosene and looking at her serious condition, she has been referred to district hospital in Saharanpur.At a press conference on Friday, Tyagi had alleged that MLA Brijesh Singh had been using his clout to get false police cases registered against her family members to pressurise her. She said that the police were raiding her house under MLA’s pressure. nationalheraldindia
WORLD
Clashes in Egypt's Suez on second day of protests against el-Sisi
Security forces in Egypt have clashed with hundreds of protesters in the port city of Suez, according to media reports, firing tear gas and live rounds to disperse crowds calling for President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to quit. The unrest on Saturday came a day after thousands of people took to the streets in several Egyptian cities in a rare show of dissent against el-Sisi, who has overseen a broad crackdown on dissent including the jailing of thousands of dissidents and the effective banning of protests.A protester in Suez told the AFP about 200 people headed to the city's central area for a second night in a row, where they were met by security forces and armoured vehicles."They [security force] fired tear gas, rubber and live bullets and there were injuries", the man who declined to be named told the AFP.  Another resident, who also preferred to remain anonymous, said the tear gas was so thick it had reached her apartment block a few kilometres away."My nose started burning up. The smell was seeping through the balcony. I also saw some youth run and hide in our street", the woman said.Protests were also reported in Giza, capital Cairo's twin city, and in the northern town of Mahalla. Meanwhile, a heavy security presence was maintained in Cairo's Tahrir Square. Videos on social media showed dozens of Egyptians demonstrating in front of el-Sisi's residence in New York, where he is scheduled to speak at UN General Assembly this week.. aljazeera
Egypt activist Ghonim's bro ordered to remain in custody
Prosecutors have ordered the brother of a US-based Egyptian activist to remain in detention amid an ongoing investigation into allegations against him that include joining an outlawed group and spreading false news, according to a lawyer.Mohammed el-Baker said today that Egyptian prosecutors had ordered Hazem Ghonim to remain in custody for 15 days.Hazem is the brother of Wael Ghonim, who led a Facebook page that helped ignite  2011 Egyptian uprising that toppled former President Hosni Mubarak.In a series of posts published on his Twitter account, Wael Ghonim said security forces raided his family's home in Cairo and took the passports and cellphones of his relatives before arresting his brother on Thursday and taking him to an unknown location. Wael Ghonim accused el- President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi's son- Mahmoud el-Sisi - who was appointed deputy head of the general intelligence directorate last year, of leading what he described as the "kidnapping" of his brother. aljazeera
UN welcomes Houthi offer to halt attacks on Saudi
UN envoy for Yemen has welcomed an offer from the country's Houthi rebels to halt all attacks on Saudi Arabia, saying it could bring an end to years of bloody conflict.In a statement, Martin Griffiths said the implementation of the initiative by the Houthis "in good faith could send a powerful message of the will to end war".  Houthis, who control the capital Sanaa and other parts of Yemen, have been fighting against a Saudi-led coalition that supports the country's internationally recognised Govt in a devastating 5-year war.aljazeera
Iran to present regional security plan at UNGA
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said his country will present a regional cooperation plan to create security in Gulf when he attends UN General Assembly this week.In a televised speech marking the anniversary of the start of Iran-Iraq war in 1980s, Rouhani said Iran extends its "hand of friendship and brotherhood" towards countries in the region willing to cooperate in the Tehran-led effort to oversee security in the Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, a vital gateway for global oil industry.aljazeera
Israeli forces injure 6 Palestinians in West Bank
Israeli forces on Saturday wounded at least six Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, according to the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS), Anadolu Agency reported.The Palestinians were injured after confrontations broke out between Israeli forces and locals in Azzun town of Qalqilya city, the society said. According to eyewitnesses, Israeli forces targeted Palestinians with live and rubber bullets and they also used tear gas to disperse the locals.middleeastmonitor
Crackdown on Islam is spreading across China:NYT
In China’s northwest, the Govt is stripping the most overt expressions of the Islamic faith from a picturesque valley where most residents are devout Muslims. Authorities have destroyed domes and minarets on mosques, including one in a small village near Linxia, a city known as “Little Mecca.”Similar demolitions have been carried out in Inner Mongolia, Henan and Ningxia, the homeland of China’s largest Muslim ethnic minority, the Hui. In the southern province of Yunnan, three mosques were closed. From Beijing to Ningxia, officials have banned the public use of Arabic script.This campaign represents the newest front in the Chinese Communist Party’s sweeping rollback of individual religious freedoms, after decades of relative openness that allowed more moderate forms of Islam to blossom. Harsh crackdown on Muslims that began with Uighurs in Xinjiang is spreading to more regions and more groups. It is driven by the party’s fear that adherence to the Muslim faith could turn into religious extremism and open defiance of its rule. Across China, the party is now imposing new restrictions on Islamic customs and practices, in line with a confidential party directive, parts of which have been seen by New York Times.The measures reflect the hard-line policies of China’s leader, Xi Jinping, who has sought to reassert the primacy of the Communist Party and its ideology in all walks of life. The campaign has prompted concerns that the repression of Uighur Muslims in the western region of Xinjiang has begun to bleed into other parts of China, targeting Hui and other Muslims who have been better integrated than Uighurs into Chinese society. New York Times
'Complained as Crew Noticed Him Flush Twice': American Airlines 'Cancels' Flight of 2 Muslim Men
Dallas: 2 Muslim men from Texas say American Airlines profiled them and cancelled their flight after crew members said they "didn't feel comfortable" flying with the pair.Abderraoof Alkhawaldeh and Issam Abdallah said they filed a complaint with the US Department of Transportation against Fort Worth-based airline, asking the federal agency to investigate the incident.The men say American Airlines discriminated against them Saturday for appearing Muslim and Middle Eastern during a flight from Birmingham, Alabama, that was headed to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.The pair says flight attendants reported them because a crew member noticed Abdallah flush the toilet two times while in the airplane restroom, according to a letter the men's attorney sent to DOT. The men also waved to each other on the plane."It was the most humiliating day of my life," said Abdallah, who spoke at Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of Council on American-Islamic Relations.The passengers were put on a later flight.  AP
Pakistan: 26 killed as bus collides against mountain
26 people were killed when a passenger bus rammed into a mountain on Babusar Pass in Diamer district of Gilgit-Baltistan in Paksitan on Sunday, Dawn reported. More than a dozen people, including Army personnel, have been injured, said spokesperson of Gilgit-Baltistan Govt Faizullah Firaq.scroll.in

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