Tuesday, 3 September 2019

3 SEPT. NEWS DIGEST: Idols installation inside Babri Masjid in 1949 a ‘surreptitious attack’: Muslim parties' lawyer tells SC/ Netanyahu cancels planned day-long visit to India on Sep 9 / Assam: Excluded in NRC, Army soldiers ask should they fight enemy or prove citizenship


NEWS DIGEST, EVENING 
03 SEPT. 2019: 03 MUHARRAM 1441: Vol: 12, No: 03
INDIA:
Idols installation inside Babri Masjid in 1949 a ‘surreptitious attack’: Muslim parties' lawyer Dhavan tells SC
New Delhi:The installation of Ayodhya idols inside the Babri Masjid in the intervening night of Dec.22-23 of 1949, which marked the beginning of heightened tensions and legal battle, was a “surreptitious attack”, senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan claimed before a Constitution Bench today.5-judge Bench led by CJI Ranjan  Gogoi heard  Dhavan argue for the Muslim parties that appearance of the idols inside the mosque was not a “miracle” but a “planned attack”.He referred to documents, saying how then PM Jawaharlal Nehru had expressed grave concern about the incident. Dhavan alleged that then Faizabad DM K.K.K. Nair and his fellow local official Guru Dutt Singh did not act to remove the idols despite instructions from then Chief Secretary Bhagwan Sahay and Inspector General of Police B.N. Lahiri.In his submissions, Dhavan said inscriptions of the word “Allah” were seen inside the mosque at the arches. Dhavan referred to records about aggression shown by the local populace towards worshippers coming to the mosque. He said the disputed land may have been a “composite place of worship”. He compared it to religious sites in Jerusalem like “Wailing Wall”. Referring to the Hindus' argument that the Ramjanmabhumi itself is a juristic person, Justice D.Y. Chandrachud asked if Ayodhya deity is accepted as a juristic person, then the place of worship would not be just the exact spot where he is born (under the dome of mosque) but also places appurtenant to it. Dhavan compared Dec.22-23, 1949 incident with the demolition of Babri Masjid on Dec.6, 1992 by kar sevaks.“This show can't go on, My Lords...No more rath yatras,” he said. Yesterday, contesting the claims of Hindu parties for ownership of the land in Ayodhya, Muslim parties told the SC that the case could not be decided on the basis of Hindus' belief and faith that Ram was born at the disputed site by glossing over recorded historical facts since 1934 about a 'living' mosque.Dhavan said the SC's decision in this case would have grave impact on the future of India, its secularism and the secular character of the Constitution. "What is to be determined and how in this case? How will the court determine the exact location of Ram's birthplace?" he asked.The Hindu/ TOI
Don't decide Ayodhya case on Hindus' belief,SC told
Babri Masjid litigant Ansari says he was attacked, asked to withdraw case
Ayodhya:Iqbal Ansari, one of the main litigants in the Babri Masjid dispute, was today allegedly physically assaulted at his house here by two people who, he claimed, threatened to kill him if he did not withdraw the case. His security personnel intervened and saved him from the attackers who were detained by police.Ansari said that today afternoon, a man and a woman reached his residence. “The woman introduced herself as Vartika Singh and claimed that she was an international shooter. They asked me to withdraw my claim from the dispute, threatening that she would otherwise shoot me,” he said.“They then attacked me but I was saved by my security personnel,” Ansari said, adding that he did not sustain any injuries in the attack. Faizabad SP(City) Vijay Pal Singh said, “We have detained them.”PTI
Babri Masjid case: SC notice to 2 for ‘threatening’ advocate Rajeev Dhavan
New Delhi :The Supreme Court today issued notices to 2 persons for allegedly threatening senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, who is representing Muslim parties in the Babri Masjid land case. The court had taken up the matter based on a contempt plea filed by Dhavan. “Notice,” said 5-judge Constitution bench headed by CJI Ranjan Gogoi at the start of hearing on 18th day. Dhavan, who represents lead petitioner M Siddiq and Sunni Waqf Board in the case, has said that he received a letter on Aug.14, from N Shanmugam, a retired education officer, threatening him for appearing for Muslim parties. He also alleged that he has been accosted both at home and in the court premises by several people. Dhavan had also filed contempt petition against a Rajasthan resident, Sanjay Kalal Bajrangi, for allegedly threatening him.indianexpress/PTI
Israel PM Netanyahu cancels planned day-long visit to India on Sep 9
PM Benjamin Netanyahu today cancelled a planned day-long visit to India on Sept.9 to meet his counterpart Narendra Modi, citing scheduling issues due to an unprecedented repeat polls in Israel. A statement issued by PNO said the two leaders spoke over phone and they “agreed that due to scheduling constraints, the PM’s visit will take place after (Sept.17) elections.”This is the second time this year that Israeli leader has cancelled a planned visit to India, doing so earlier before the April polls.Netanyahu’s planned visit was widely seen in Israel as an effort by him to project his acceptance worldwide and prop up his campaign just days before Sept.17 repeat polls.In July, Netanyahu’s Likud Party put banners featuring his pictures with Modi, Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin to lure support by presenting him in a “different league”.His campaign has focused on bringing out his close chemistry with the world leaders and trying to project him as a leader of unmatched stature in Israeli politics which is crucial for the country’s security.PTI
INX Media Case: SC Extends CBI Custody of Chidambaram Till Thursday
New Delhi: The Supreme Court todaysaid that CBI custody of former finance minister P. Chidambaram would continue for another two days, until September 5.A 2-judge apex court bench comprising Justice R. Banumathi and Justice A.S. Bopanna said it would on Thursday hear Chidambaram’s plea in which he has challenged the non-bailable warrant issued against him as well as the trial court’s orders that sent him to CBI custody. In the meantime, media reports noted that Chidambaram’s counsel submitted that they would not press for bail at the special CBI court till Thursday.On Tuesday, the SC bench comprising Justice R. Banumathi declined to hear Chidambaram’s bail petition and said that it would be listed on Sept. 5.thewire
Watch: Chidambaram mocks Modi govt outside Delhi court, says ‘5%…GDP is 5%’
 P Chidambaram today mocked Modi-led Govt over the economic slowdown, saying “5 %…GDP is 5 %” after he stepped out of the Delhi court which is hearing INX Media case. Chidambaram made the remarks when he was questioned by the media over his prolonged CBI custody outside the court premises. indianexpress
NRC ASSAM FINAL LIST
Assam: Excluded in NRC, Army soldiers ask should they fight enemy or prove citizenship
Barpeta:Saruharid village of Barpeta district in Assam is known as the Fauji Gaon (village of defence personnel) in the locality. Almost 200 families live here, which send over 20 soldiers to Indian Army and paramilitary forces. Ironically, many of these soldiers are facing an identity crisis as their names didn't appear in the final NRC list which was published on August 31. The village is now dwelling under the shadow of great grief.Family of Dilbar Hussain is in such league. He along with his younger brother Mizanur Ali have been declared ineligible for Indian citizenship as per the final NRC list. His elder brother Saidul Islam is a serving Subedar in the Indian Army who has fought in Kargil war. Dilbar himself is in the Indian Army while Mizanur Ali is posted with the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF). Luckily Subedar Saidul Islam cleared the list. Speaking about the matter, Dilbar Hussain said, "We fight with enemies. We regard our Army family first. But, we are deeply disheartened after the release of the final NRC list. There we are Indian Army jawans, but here at home we are fighting to get Indian citizenship."indiatoday
Out of NRC: Retired teacher, NSUI leader, staff at NRC Seva Kendra
Guwahati :Abdus Subhan, a former Grade IV employee in the state education department in Mohimari village of Assam’s Kamrup district, died on August 17, a fortnight before his family was left divided by the final NRC published. Subhan’s eldest son Zubair Hussain (28), a data entry operator at an NRC Seva Kendra in the neighbouring Majortop village, found on Saturday that his name and that of his brother Ariful (25) and sister Yesmin (22) were out of NRC. But their elder siblings Fazail (35) and Salma (30) were in, and so were there parents.“Our grandfather’s name is in the 1951 NRC. We don’t know why the exclusion happened. If my parents and elder siblings are Indians, how can I be a foreigner?,” says Zubair.Over 100 km away, Ahmed Toweb (28),resident of Jogighopa in Bongaigaon district, is the only member of his family to be excluded. His parents and 5 other siblings are in. Toweb is a secretary of the state committee of NSUI, Congress’s students’ wing.“My grandfather is in 1951 NRC. We have land documents dating back to 1944 and 1962. My entire family is in but I am out. Now what? I have to go to the Foreigners’ Tribunal,” says Toweb.“The reason for exclusions which have left families divided could be mere negligence of ground officials, technical problems or personal agenda of officials,” he adds. In Tezpur town of Sonitpur district, Parimal Bhattacharjee (77) is worried over the exclusion of his wife Rina Bhattacharjee (71). Rina is a retired teacher while Parimal was a college lecturer. indian express
NRC : ‘Thought India was safe?’ Anger abounds in a Hindu settlement of Assam’s Barak Valley
Silchar Minutes after NRC was published, Ramakanta Biswas ran across the road from his mithai shop to the computer shop. In Chotodudhpatil, a “100 % Hindu Bengali” village on outskirts of Silchar in Cachar district, many others milled around the shop. The nearest NRC Seva Kendra (NSK) was quite a distance away, and even involved a short, but slow, boat ride.Ramakanta did not have time for that. In 2018, a 3-year-long case had culminated in their favour — when Ramakanta, his brother Khitish, and their mother Basanti had successfully been able to prove their Indianness in a Foreigners’ Tribunal after years of being marked as D-Voters. But that morning, to Ramakanta’s shock, not only were he and Khitish out of NRC, so was his youngest brother Lakhikanta. Only Basanti and another brother, Kalikanta, had made it. “We thought India was safe. But what safety is this?” Ramakanta says, angrily. As dusk falls at Chotodudhpatil, its residents gather at Ramakanta’s mithai shop as is their daily evening ritual. 50-year-old Bidhan Shankar, whose wife and mother are out, says “I know Assam has a migration problem but why are we getting involved in this mess? We are Hindus.” While Ramakanta and his brothers were all born in Chotodudhpatil, their father had crossed over the border from Bangladesh (then East Pakistan) “to make a life in India” in 1956. Basanti, their mother, had crossed over with her family even before that. Over years, many Biswas family members have tried to make this journey — aunts, uncles and cousins — to “flee terrible things that were happening in Bangladesh.” indianexpress
Assam’s neighbouring states on the lookout for people excluded from NRC entering their areas
A number of political outfits in states neighbouring Assam have stepped up patrolling to ensure “doubtful citizens” excluded from NRC do not enter their regions, The Hindu reported.On Monday, Khasi Students’ Union verified the papers of 26 non-tribal people at an industrial estate in Meghalaya’s West Khasi Hills district after finding them working in some factories.“Some of the workers said they were in the NRC but did not carry the documents,” said KSU leader Wanbhakupar L Nonglait.“Managers of the mills have assured us that the non-tribal people will be sent back to Assam and allowed to work only if they produce proof of their inclusion.”scroll
J&K ISSUE
No bodies on streets doesn’t mean all normal, says Mayor of Srinagar, slams Modi govt
Junaid Azim Mattu, Mayor of Srinagar said that while there may not be any dead bodies lying on the streets of Kashmir, assuming that it has returned to normal would be highly unrealistic.According to a report in NDTV, Mattu said, "Containing a sentiment in the aftermath of a radical decision by enforcing a clampdown doesn't mean that the situation is normal. BJP govt's policy of detainment seems to be a purely operational one.” Mayors of Jammu and Srinagar were given equal status to MoS through a central Govt order last month after its decision of scrapping of special status given to J&K. However, Mayor of Srinagar has remained critical of Modi govt's handling of the situation in J&K, reported NDTV. Srinagar’s Mayor is also the spokesperson of J&K People's Conference (JKPC). Mattu also condemned the Modi Govt decision of putting mainstream political leader under arrest."Over the years, political activists in Kashmir have braved threats and violence by terrorist elements to survive in the mainstream. But today, they are hunted and hounded," he said.JKPC chief Sajjad Lone was among those taken into custody ahead of centre's move on J&K.Srinagar’s Mayor also slammed clampdown imposed on Kashmir. "There are still a lot of families that haven't been able to communicate with their loved ones," Mattu said."We have always lived with a very palpable threat of violence, that's not a new scenario. But to use that to justify the withdrawal of fundamental rights... that's at the very core of alienation in Kashmir," said Mattu.nationalheraldindia
Srinagar Mayor Junaid Mattu: ‘Political mainstream faces existential question in J&K’
Investor summit on cards, Valley business leaders in detention
Srinagar :It’s not just politicians, at least eight business leaders from the Kashmir Valley have been placed under detention by J&K administration following the removal of special status to the state. Ironically, their detention comes when the administration is preparing to host a Global Investment Summit in the state, with an official saying they expect investments worth Rs 10,000 crore. The summit was expected to be held from Oct.12-14 but the dates are likely to change.Among those detained are prominent business leaders: Mubeen Shah, ex chairman of the J&K Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Yaseen Khan, president of Kashmir Economic Alliance; and, Shakeel Qalandar, former president of Federation of Chamber of Industries Kashmir.Shah and Khan have been detained in Agra and Qalandar in Srinagar. Indian Express tracked down their families to find “shock” and a sense of bewilderment at the detentions — two of them said they plan to challenge the move legally.Shah is in detention along with Khan and J&K High Court Bar Council president Mian Qayoom. According to a family member, when Shah was arrested from their residence at 1 am on August 5, he had a catheter fixed to his body — he has chronic diabetes.indianexpress
Tribunal confirms ban imposed on J&K Jamaat: PTI
New Delhi:5-year ban imposed on Jamaat-e-Islami J&K, by the Centre for the outfit's active support to terror and secessionist activities has been confirmed by a tribunal headed by a Delhi High Court judge. Tribunal, presided over by Justice Chander Shekhar, after going through innumerable evidence and deposition by witnesses observed that "inescapable conclusion" is that JeI, its office-bearers and members have been actively indulging in unlawful activities."From the aforesaid discussion, it is apparent that the activities of the respondent association, its office bearers and members have been disruptive in character, which threaten the sovereignty and territorial integrity of India. They have been acting in collusion with other similar organisations in India as well as in other countries against their stated objectives in their constitution."Central Govt had sufficient credible material and grounds for taking action under sub-Sections (1) & (3) of Section 3 of UAPA  for declaring 'JeI' as an 'Unlawful Association'. Accordingly, it is held that there is "sufficient cause" to confirm the notification under sub-Section (3) of Section 4 of the Act declaring 'JeI' to be an "Unlawful Association", tribunal observed. During the intervening night of Feb.22 and 23, police had carried out a crackdown on Jamaat cadre and arrested 100 across the Valley, including its chief Abdul Hamid Fayaz and advocate Zahid Ali.PTI
Kashmir Press Club accuses authorities of using ‘pressure tactics’ on journalists
3 Kashmiri journalists have been asked to vacate the Govt accommodations as soon as possible, the Kashmir Press Club said in a statement on Monday. The three journalists are Aijaz Hussain who works for Associated Press, Fayaz Bukhari of Reuters and Nazir Masoodi from NDTV.The press club condemned the Govt’s actions and called it a pressure tactic. “At least 3 senior Kashmiri journalists Aijaz Hussain, Fayaz Bukhari & Nazir Masoodi were asked to vacate the Govt accommodations as soon as possible, which is nothing but harassment aimed at coercing journalists to toe a particular line,” it said. The press club’s statement was tweeted by several journalists.       scroll.in
Mobile phone services in Valley to be restored in 20 days: Amit Shah to J&K delegation
New Delhi :Mobile phone services in J&K would be restored in next 15-20 days, Home Minister Amit Shah told a delegation of sarpanch (village head) and panch (panchayat member) from the state who met him today.“Home Minister told delegation that mobile phone services in J&K will be restored in the next 15-20 days,” PTI quoted Zuber Nishad Bhat, a sarpanch from Harvan in Srinagar district, as saying.indianexpress/PTI
Maharashtra govt plans to build tourist resorts in J&K, Ladakh
Maharashtra minister Jaykumar Rawal today said the state Govt plans to build two tourist resorts in J&K, and Ladakh.Rawal, who holds the tourism portfolio, said a letter will be sent to J&K Governor through his Maharashtra counterpart and CM Devendra Fadnavis seeking land for the purpose, a move which comes ahead of Assembly polls.The state Govt’s decision to build the resorts through the Maharashtra Tourism development Corporation (MTDC) comes in the wake of the Centre last month abrogating provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution, which gave special status to J&K. With the revocation of these provisions, the bar on outsiders from buying land in J&K, a major tourist destination, is expected to cease to exist.PTI
OTHERS
DMs asked to finish inquiries into illegal mosques, graveyards in Delhi
New Delhi:  With DMs failing to submit reports on illegal mosques, graveyards, and madrasas on Govt land in the stipulated time, the revenue department has sent reminders urging them to send their findings soon.  DMs were asked to complete the inquiries and forward the details of their findings to the headquarters by the second of week of August.“They were supposed to finish their investigation within a week and intimate the HQRS. The inquiry needs procuring land records and checking of ownership of plots where structures are built, which is a cumbersome process.Moreover, district revenue offices don’t have adequate staff. Most of them are busy with the process of mapping unauthorised colonies, the priority of Govt at present,” said a senior Delhi Govt official, aware of the development, explaining for the delay. Instructions to DMs to look into the status of mosques, graveyards, and madrasas were issued after Delhi L-G forwarded, through the chief secretary, a list of 54 structures in question, which was handed over by Bharatiya Janata Party MP from west Delhi Parvesh Verma in July.The revenue department asked the Delhi Wakf Board (DWB) to send a detailed status report about the mosques, graveyards, and mazaars etc, which were mentioned in the list.“The district magistrates have been told again and they should submit their reports soon,” said an official. On June 18, Verma wrote to Baijal seeking an inquiry into the “mushrooming of mosques on Govt land” in the national capital. Later, he submitted a list of 54 mosques, graveyards, and madrasas that had been allegedly built on Govt land in an unauthorised manner. He also met Baijal and gave him the list. Delhi Minorities Commission (DMC) set up a 5-member panel to look into his allegations. The panel submitted its report on July 30, dismissing BJP leader’s claim.DMC denies  MP’s claim Delhi Minorities Commission set up a 5-member panel to look into BJP MP Parvesh Verma’s allegations. newindianexpress
Ravidas temple: Muslim groups support Dalit community demand, joint protest on Sept 15
New Delhi:Representatives of several Muslim organizations on Monday supported Dalit community's demand for reconstructing a Ravidas temple in Tuglakabad forest area and said they would organize a joint protest in the national capital on Sept.15.(DDA had demolished the temple on Aug.10 on the orders of the Supreme Court.On Aug.21, a massive protest in the national capital on the issue turned violent, following which Dalit group Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad and 95 others were arrested on the charge of rioting.At a press conference here, Mulana Fazlul Manan Shahi, Imam of Teele Wali Masjid in Lucknow, said, "We feel the pain caused by the temple's demolition as we have gone through a similar experience. We share the grief of our Dalit brothers. We will be there to rebuild the temple."Mufti Aeyaaz Arshad Qasmi, member of All India Muslim Personal Law Board, said, "If Govt does not rebuild the temple, we will hit the streets on September 15. We will do all that we can. We will take legal recourse too." Syed Bahadur Abbas Naqvi, general secretary of Anjuman-e-Haideri, alleged that "Govt misled the apex court by furnishing fake documents about acquisition of the land where the temple stood."
UP: Mentally challenged woman, youth lynched in separate incidents
Lucknow:A mentally-challenged woman and a youth were lynched in separate mob attacks in Sultanpur and Amethi districts of UP on Saturday night.According to sources, local residents in both cases have claimed that the assaults were triggered by suspicion that the victims were child-lifters. Senior police officers have denied this.In Sultanpur incident,35-year-old unidentified mentally challenged woman was beaten up at Pero Sariya village in the early hours of Sunday.While senior police officers said villagers assaulted the woman on the suspicion that she was a thief, it is learnt that local residents told the policemen who had gone to the spot that mob suspected her to be a child-lifter.Circle Officer Dalveer Singh said the woman reached Pero Sariya village on Saturday night and approached Mohammad Kayam’s residence. Kayam and with his family members, including his 10-year-old son, were sleeping outside. One of them saw the woman and raised an alarm. Others woke up and they started beating her up, said CO. By the time police reached, the woman had lost consciousness and was seriously injured. She was taken to the district hospital where she died Sunday evening, CO said. A case of murder was lodged against 10 people. 4 persons, including Kayam, have been arrested, said Sultanpur SP Himanshu Kumar. .In Amethi, residents of Haripur village gathered after hearing rumours that a gang of child-lifters was trying to abduct a youth after he confronted them.Villagers beat up the group with sticks, leaving one dead and seven others injured. Police resorted to lathicharge to bring the situation under control. The deceased has been identified as Siyaram.indianexpress
Indians protest against serving of beef in Germany, police say this is not your country to hold protest
Indian Consulate in Germany which organises Indian Fest faced a controversy when some north Indians came out protesting against serving of beef dishes by Kerala Samajam in the fest, reported Kaumudi online.The problem began when north Indians spotted Porotta and Beef in the food menu of the fest.Several north Indians soon gathered and demanded to shut down the beef stall. Consequently, this forced the Indian consulate to ask the Kerala Samajam to shut the stall.Later, many food enthusiasts intervened and informed the police about this incident. On reaching the place,German police stated that Germany does not forbid anyone from eating what they like. Police also reportedly told the protesters that it is not their country to hold protest against the consumption of beef. After this, the protesters dispersed. Malayali community in Germany then severely criticised north Indians over the incident. Several social media users have taken up the incident as an invasion in their freedom of choice regarding food.nationalheraldindia
Malayalis in Germany protest after Hindu groups object to serving of beef at Indian food fest
Only one party has access to 90% poll funds: Manmohan Singh
Addressing birth centenary celebrations of CPI Indrajit Gupta, exPM Manmohan Singh said that the time has come to rethink State funding of elections, considering that only a single party has access to 90% of resources. Referring to report on electoral funding published by a parliamentary committee headed by Gupta, Singh applauded Gupta’s contribution as a parliamentarian, reported ANI.“I was privileged to be a member of the committee headed by him. He argued for the role of State funding in the election.Today, when only one party has access to 90%of the election fund, such ideas need to be discussed and deliberated.”THE QUINT
Pune: American woman allegedly attacks, abuses doctor after asking her if she is Muslim
Pune Police registered a case of non-cognisable offence against an American woman for allegedly attacking a doctor after asking her if she was Muslim, HT reported. American national was identified as 43-year-old Jaime Lynn Lewis, resident of Montana in US. Lewis allegedly attacked some burqa-clad students on August 24, and assaulted the doctor on Sunday.Doctor Qaseema Khan filed a complaint after the incident. Khan, who has a clinic in Pune’s Kondhwa area, said Lewis stopped her when she was on her way to a shopping mall and asked her about her religion. On finding out that she was Muslim, Lewis verbally and physically assaulted her, Khan said in the complaint.scroll.in/HT
ONGC Fire: 5 dead, several injured in major fire at ONGC’s Navi Mumbai plant
A major fire broke out on Tuesday morning at the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC)’s Uran oil and gas processing plant in Navi Mumbai on Tuesday. Reports say as many as five people died on the spot while more than eight people received serious injuries in the incident. After being informed, several fire tenders rushed to the spot and firefighters from JNPT, ONGC, Navi Mumbai and Panvel worked together and brought the fire under after two hours.newsx

WORLD
Afghanistan war: US-Taliban deal would see 5,400 troops withdraw within 20 weeks:BBC
US would withdraw 5,400 troops from Afghanistan within 20 weeks as part of a deal "in principle" with Taliban militants, Washington's top negotiator has said.Zalmay Khalilzad revealed details of the long-awaited deal for first time in a TV interview after briefing Afghan leaders on the agreement.But he said final approval still rested with US President Donald Trump.The militants now control more territory than at any time since 2001 US invasion and have so far refused to talk to the Afghan Govt, whom they deride as American puppets.The deal outlined by Khalilzad in an interview with Tolo News is the product of 9 rounds of peace talks that have been held in the Gulf state of Qatar.In exchange for US troop withdrawal, Taliban would ensure that Afghanistan would never again be used as a base for militant groups seeking to attack the US and its allies."We have agreed that if the conditions proceed according to the agreement, we will leave within 135 days five bases in which we are present now," Khalilzad said. US currently has about 14,000 troops in the country. A Taliban spokesman confirmed in a text message to BBC that the details of the troop withdrawal as outlined by Khalilzad were correct.A pullout of the remaining forces would depend on conditions, including the start of peace talks between the Afghan Govt and the Taliban as well as a ceasefire, reports the BBC's Lyse Doucet from Kabul. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani will study the deal before giving any opinion, his spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said earlier on Monday. He said the Govt still needed proof the Taliban were committed to peace.bbc
US, France, Britain may be complicit in Yemen war crimes: UN
US, UK and France may be complicit in war crimes in Yemen by arming and providing intelligence and logistics support to a Saudi-led coalition that starves civilians as a war tactic, UN has said.A UN panel announced today that investigators compiled a secret list of possible international war crimes suspects, drawn from their latest report into violations during the four-year conflict between a coalition of Arab states and Houthi movement that controls Yemen's capital.Investigators found potential crimes on both sides, while also highlighting the role Western countries have played as key backers of the Arab states and Iran has played in support of the Houthis.The report accused the anti-Houthi coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the UAE of killing civilians in air raids and deliberately denying them food in a country facing famine. Houthis for their part have shelled cities, deployed child soldiers and used "siege-like warfare", it said. UN report said its independent panel had sent a secret list to UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet, identifying "individuals who may be responsible for international crimes".aljazeera
'Genocide card': Myanmar Rohingya verification scheme condemned
Bangladesh: National Verification Card (NVC) scheme targetting Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims is part of a systematic campaign by Myanmar authorities to erase their identity, according to a new report by Fortify Rights published today.The human rights organisation says NVC process and denial of citizenship fall within the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court in its probe into crimes against minority group, which was initiated last year."Myanmar Govt is trying to destroy the Rohingya people through an administrative process that effectively strips them of basic rights," Matthew Smith, Chief Executive Officer of Fortify Rights, said in a statement by email."This process and its impacts lie at the root of the Rohingya crisis, and until it's addressed, the crisis will continue."The report: Tools of Genocide: National Verification Cards and the Denial of Citizenship of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar examines the series of alternative identification documents given to the Rohingya in Myanmar over the past few decades, alleging "citizenship scrutiny" processes have progressively limited their rights including freedom of movement, access to education and livelihoods and freedom of expression.aljazeera
Bangladesh bans mobile phone access in Rohingya camps
Bangladesh ordered telecommunications companies to stop selling SIM cards and shut down mobile phone services to almost one million Rohingya refugees living in sprawling refugee camps. The order resonated across the camps on Monday, where it threatened to disconnect Rohingya from several settlements that stretch for kilometres in border district of Cox's Bazar. The communication blackout will also isolate Rohingya from family still in Myanmar from where they fled a brutal military crackdown. Telecommunications operators have seven days to submit reports to the Govt on the actions they took to shut down networks in the camps, said Zakir Hossain Khan, spokesman for Bangla Telecom Regulatory Commission. "Many refugees are using mobile phones in the camps. We've asked the operators to take action to stop it," Khan said, saying decision was made on "security grounds".aljazeera
Erdogan's party seeks expulsion of ex PM Davutoglu
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party has unanimously agreed to send ex PM Ahmet Davutoglu to a disciplinary board for dismissal.The decision on Monday to consider expelling the 60-year-old, along with three other members, came after a meeting of the central executive committee of AK Party, which is chaired by Erdogan.A leading AK Party figure who also served as a foreign minister, Davutoglu became PM in 2014 but fell out with Erdogan in 2016. He was later replaced by Binali Yildirim, who kept the position until Turkey's parliamentary system was substituted by an executive presidential system last year.In recent months, Davutoglu has accused AK Party of deviating from its core principles, hitting out at the Govt's economic record and Erdogan himself.His criticism included the party's insistence on a rerun of the Istanbul vote after the AK Party lost Turkey's largest city to the opposition in March local elections, as well as the recent removal of three newly-elected mayors in the east of the country over claims related to "terrorism". aljazeera
Algeria army chief demands Prez election by Dec
Algeria's army chief Lieutenant General Ahmed Gaid Salah has said the date of the country's long-delayed presidential election should be announced by mid-Sept- a move that would result in polls being held before the end of the year. Official APS quoted Gaid Salah - a key powerbroker since longtime President Abdelaziz Bouteflika resigned in April in the face of mass protests - as saying that an independent body "for the organisation and surveillance of the election" should be quickly installed. Angry at unemployment, corruption and an elderly elite seen as out of touch with young, Algerians have been relentless in taking to streets since Feb to protest, initially against the ailing Bouteflika's plans to remain in office, and then for the removal of all remnants of a secretive political and military establishment that has dominated the country for decades.aljazeera
Boris Johnson loses majority in parliament after lawmaker defects to Liberal Democrats
PM Minister Boris Johnson lost his working parliamentary majority ahead of a crucial Brexit vote on Sept.3 after Conservative MP Phillip Lee defected to the pro-EU Liberal Democrats.“The Liberal Democrats are delighted to announce that Bracknell MP Phillip Lee has joined the party,” Lib Dems said. Johnson was braced for a showdown in parliament on September over his Brexit plan in a vote that could derail Britain's exit from the European Union in Oct.Members of . Johnson's own Tory party, including Mr. Lee, have worked with opposition lawmakers to draft a bill to force him to delay Brexit if he cannot agree divorce terms with the EU in time. Johnson has warned he will prevent any Tory MPs who support the bill from standing for the party in any upcoming election, which is looking increasingly likely. “This Conservative govt is aggressively pursuing a damaging Brexit in unprincipled ways,” said Mr. Lee. “It is using political manipulation, bullying and lies. And it is doing these things in a deliberate and considered way,” he added.Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinso n said she was “delighted” by defection. “He shares our commitment to prevent a disastrous No Deal Brexit, and to stop Brexit altogether,” she said.AFP
Brexit showdown: British lawmakers bid to block PM leaving EU with no deal
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