Saturday, 7 September 2019

7 SEPT. NEWS DIGEST: Setback to moon mission as link to lander lost: Did Vikram lose control, crash land on to Moon after tumble? / Concerned over J&K detentions… govt should hold polls at earliest: US/ ‘India needs a booster dose, not Russia’: Opposition attacks India’s $1-billion aid


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07 SEPT. 2019: 07 MUHARRAM 1441: Vol: 12, No: 06
INDIA
Setback to moon mission as link to lander lost: Did Vikram lose control, crash land on to Moon after tumble?
Chennai: Did India's first moon lander Vikram crash on to lunar surface resulting in the sudden snapping of communication link with Chandrayaan-2 Orbiter? Officials of ISRO agree to the possibility of such an event as the lander had tumbled and regained its posture minutes before it was supposed to set its legs on the lunar surface.All was going well with the 1,471 kg Vikram that had begun its descent at about 1.38 a.m. on Saturday from an altitude of 30 km at a velocity of 1,680 metres per second.The lander was coming down smoothly, making the ISRO officials applaud at regular intervals with their faces beaming with pride, as they were glued to their computer monitors.The lander successfully completed its rough braking phase with its descent speed going down well.On the telemetry screen at ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) centre in Bengaluru, it was noticed that Vikram had slightly veered away from its plotted path but had immediately come back.Soon after, Vikram again shifted from its planned path and then communication link got snapped. Announcing snapping of communication links, ISRO Chairman K. Sivan said the performance of the lander was as per the plan till it was 2.1 km away from its designated landing spot on the Moon's South Pole.The communication link got snapped after that. The data is being analysed, he added. At an altitude of about 5 km from the lunar surface, lander slightly veered off its plotted path and came back to its original path immediately."Just before loss of communication link, lander tumbled but recovered immediately. And after that the communication signals snapped. That means the lander in its trajectory lost its position," an ISRO official told IANS on the condition of anonymity."As per landing sequence, the liquid apogee engine would be firing. When the lander is in an upside down position, if the engine is on fire then its descent will be faster," he added.To a question as to why Vikram had tumbled and was it due to the uneven functioning of its throttleable engines, the officials did not rule out the possibility.Speaking to IANS on condition of anonymity, another ISRO official said: "Lander could have lost its control when its thrusters were switched off during its descent and crash-landed, snapping the communication links. The vehicle will lose its stability if the thrusters do not work in unison." Meanwhile, all is not lost as far as Rs 978 crore Chandrayaan-2 mission is concerned."Only 5 % of the mission has been lost -- Vikram the lander and Pragyan the rover -- while the remaining 95 % -- that is the Chandrayaan-2 orbiter -- is orbiting the moon successfully," an ISRO official, who did not wish to be named, told IANS.
India lost contact with its moon lander, an astronomer thinks it crashed into lunar surface
J&K ISSUE
Concerned over J&K detentions… govt should hold polls at earliest: US
A month after political leaders were detained and communication restrictions put in place in J&K, US has expressed concern over the “widespread detentions” and “urged” Indian authorities to “respect human rights”. Washington has also asked Indian authorities to “resume political engagement with local leaders” and hold “elections at the earliest”. This is the strongest statement by Trump administration so far on the Centre’s move to scrap J&K’s special status. It comes after Donald Trump had said on Aug.26 that he had discussed the issue on Aug.25 over dinner and had said that PM Narendra Modi “really feels he has it under control”. There was no official statement from New Delhi in response to US State Dept’s comments. Responding to questions, State Dept.spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said: “We continue to be very concerned by widespread detentions, including of local political and business leaders, and the restrictions on the residents of the region. We are also concerned about reports that Internet and mobile phone access continues to be blocked in certain regions.”“We urge authorities to respect human rights and restore access to services such as Internet and mobile networks. We look forward to Indian govt’s resumption of political engagement with local leaders and the scheduling of promised elections at the earliest opportunity.”This is a clear evolution of US administration’s position,especially weeks before PM is scheduled to travel to US for UNGA. Friday’s comments – released by US embassy in Delhi – indicate that this approach is very different from the US position on Aug 6, when it had said that they “take note” that Indian govt has described these actions as strictly an internal matter. Indianexpress
US State Department stand at variance with Trump’s remark on Kashmir
US tells Muslim bodies it backs direct Indo-Pak dialogue
A delegation of US Council of Muslim Organisations (USMCO) that met a senior State Department official dealing with Pakistan to raise the Kashmir issue has been told that Washington backs direct talks between New Delhi and Islamabad on Kashmir." US continues to support direct dialogue between India and Pakistan on Kashmir and other issues of concern -- a message stressed in Deputy Assistant Secretary Massinga's recent meeting with USCMO leadership," Acting Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asia, Alice G. Wells, tweeted. Erwin Massinga is in-charge of Pakistan Affairs within the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs.PTI
Kashmir situation will be on agenda during talks with Prez Kovind: Swiss govt
Ahead of President Ram Nath Kovind’s visit to Switzerland, European country has said situation in Kashmir and other regional matters will be among the issues that will be discussed during the meetings that Indian leader will have with the top Swiss officials. Kovind will embark on a three-nation tour next week, covering Iceland, Switzerland and Slovenia, from Sept.9 onwards and will be back in Bern on Sept.13.PTI
Pakistan denies President Kovind’s request to use its airspace for his flight to Iceland
Pakistan had refused a request by India to allow President Ram Nath Kovind to use its airspace for his flight to Iceland, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Saturday. The decision was approved by PM Imran Khan in view of the tense situation in Kashmir, the Minister said.PTI
Open to talk terror without ‘gun pointed at my head’: EAM S Jaishankar on dialogue with Pakistan
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has said that India was open to talks with Pakistan provided it is done in a “civilised manner”, PTI reported. He said the talks must be done “without having the gun [of terrorism] pointed at my head”. Jaishankar said most countries viewed India’s recent decisions with regard to J&K as an internal matter and accepted that countries make such changes.“They think it’s an Indian issue,”HT quoted him as saying. “They are aware, in part from reactions, that Pakistan is saying some pretty strong things about it. The general sentiment is that if there are issues at all, India and Pakistan should sit down and sort it out.”scroll.in
Pak will give ‘fullest possible response’ to India over Kashmir, world responsible for catastrophic aftermath: Imran Khan
Pakistan will make the fullest possible response to India’s actions in disputed Kashmir and global community would be responsible for any “catastrophic” aftermath, PM Imran Khan, said.The rhetoric on the annual Defence Day remembrance of Pakistan’s fighters in a 1965 war with India underscores rising tension between the nuclear-armed foes after New Delhi last month revoked the autonomy of its part of disputed Kashmir.“I have informed the world that Pakistan does not want war, but at the same time, Pakistan cannot remain oblivious to the challenges posed to its security and integrity”, Khan said in a statement on the website of state-run Radio Pakistan.“We are prepared to give the enemy the fullest possible response. Failing, the world community will be responsible for the catastrophic aftermath”, he added. This week Khan had said war between South Asian neighbours was a risk, but Pakistan would not act first. Pakistan will never abandon Kashmir, Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa told a defence function in the city of Rawalpindi. “We are ready to give sacrifice for our Kashmiri brothers, will fulfill our duty till last bullet, last soldiers and last breath”, he said in a televised speech. “And we are prepared to go till any extent”, he added.Reuters
Pak fighters in biggest ‘real-combat level’ drill with China months after post-Balakot dogfight with India
Beijing:Over 50 Chinese and Pakistani fighter aircrafts completed most comprehensive and “confrontational” 2-week long joint exercises in northwestern China on Friday, a drill described by a military observer as “real-combat level”.15-day drill was the biggest joint air force exercise involving the Chinese and fighter aircrafts from a foreign country, the Chinese military said, adding it was also the most comprehensive in terms of equipment used and involved the most “complete combat unit”.The large-scale Sino-Pak air exercise was held at an undisclosed location in northwestern China months after Indian and Pakistani air forces engaged in a dogfight near LoC following Indian air strikes in Balakot. The annual joint training drill code-named “Shaheen (Eagle) VIII” was kicked off on Aug 23 and ended Friday with both sides practicing “…air superiority, suppression of ground targets, air attack and joint air defense training,” a Chinese air force statement carried by news website Thepaper.cn said. Though an annual drill, this edition was the most comprehensive ever.“This joint training has realised the integration and unification of all forces and various types of troops….They (the personnel) feel that the two sides are constantly working together, the command planning capability is getting stronger and stronger, and the actual combat atmosphere is more intense,” the statement said.HT
Amid tension at LoC, India-Pak armies join hands for war games in Russia
New Delhi:Amid growing hostility between India and Pakistan, the armies of the 2 counties will be participating in war games in Russia along with several other nations, including China starting Sept.9.TSENTR-2019 strategic measures will focus on evaluating the level of troop preparedness, the acquisition of the required skills and raising the level of inter-operability and demonstrate the readiness of the participating armies, an Indian Army statement said. 2-week exercise scheduled between Sept. 9 and Sept.23, called Exercise TSENTR 2019, is part of the annual series of large-scale exercises that form part of Russian Armed Forces' annual training cycle.indiatoday
4 journalists injured while covering Muharram procession in Srinagar
 4 journalists were injured after police charged against media professionals in Srinagar’s Hassan Abad locality here on Saturday. One of the journalists also received pellet injuries during the incident.The journalists entered the area to cover Muharram procession, a yearly rally carried out by Shia Muslims across the world. The mourners, however, this year have been banned to carry out these processions.Among the injured, Shahid Khan said, “We were caught unawares when police started beating us without any provocation.”Khan, who works for a Jammu-based daily, has received severe bruises on his back.Another journalist, who wished not to be named, was fired at with pellet gun. “I received pellets on my back and in the head from behind,” he says. The journalist says he was lucky enough to save his eyes from the pellets.Also, among injured are 2 freelance photojournalists who claimed they were beaten up by police despite being outside the procession. During the incident, the camera of Yasrab Khan, a video journalist with ANN news channel, was also broken during the commotion, he said.NewsClick
'Pathetic Attempt to Silence Me': Shehla Rashid Booked For Sedition Over Kashmir Tweets
New Delhi: J&K People’s Movement leader Shehla Rashid has been booked for sedition over her tweets in which she alleged that Armed Forces tortured civilians and ransacked houses in the Valley after J&K’s special status was revoked, police said on Friday. Rashid has called the charge “frivolous, politically motivated and a pathetic attempt to silence” her.The case was registered barely a day after reports emerged of the Delhi govt having that it will not be granting police sanction to prosecute former JNU students – including Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid and 9 others – who were charged with sedition after an event on campus in Feb. 2016. Like Kumar and Khalid, Rashid was a prominent student leader in the University and was, at that time, JNU students’ union vice-president.The state’s home department said that students should not be prosecuted because their activities “do not amount to sedition against the state”.Rashid has also been charged with spreading “fake news” with the intention to “malign the image of Indian Army”, police told PTI on Friday. thewire
AMU issues show cause notices to four Kashmiri students for holding protest on campus
Aligarh: 4 Kashmiri students at AMU have been served show cause notices by the authorities for holding a protest at the campus, official sources said on Friday. The action comes a day after a group of Kashmiri students had taken out a march from the AMU library to the Bab-e-Syed gate and raised slogans against the alleged atrocities by the security forces in J&K during the past one month.In separate notices to the students, AMU proctor Afifullah Khan has asked them to submit their replies within the next 48 hours or else they could face disciplinary action for having organised the "illegal gathering".The protesters had also said they had still not been able to contact their families. PTI
Fully convinced that most Kashmiris support Article 370 dilution: NSA Ajit Doval
NSA Ajit Doval Saturday said that he is “fully convinced” that a majority of Kashmiris support the abrogation of Article 370, and affirmed that restrictions in Kashmir are aimed at preventing Pakistan from creating more mischief through proxies and terrorists, reported PTI. He also said that at least 92.5% of the geographical area of J&K is free of restrictions.In a wide-ranging interaction with a select group of journalists, Doval said, “In the removal of Article 370, “they (Kashmiris) see greater opportunities, a better future, more jobs for youths. There is a vocal minority that opposes it. It appears to people that that is the voice of the people. That is not necessarily true.”On the situation in the Valley, Doval said landline connections are fully operational in the state and restrictions eased. “Restrictions have anyway been eased progressively, and only 10 of 199 police districts in Kashmir, Jammu and Ladakh now still have prohibitory orders, while land-line telephones have been restored fully in all 3 areas.”indianexpress
OTHERS
2001 hate speech case: Gujarat Police arrests SIMI ex-chief Shahid Badr in Azamgarh; local court grants bail
Lucknow: A team of Gujarat Police arrested 49-year-old Dr Shahid Badr Falahi, ex president of SIMI, from his residence in Azamgarh district Thursday, in connection with a case of alleged hate speech registered against him in Kutch district in 2001. Gujarat police produced Shahid Badr before a local court of Azamgarh that granted him interim bail and also directed him to appear before a court in Kutch by Sept.13. Falahi was released Friday evening after he completed legal formalities by depositing 2 sureties as directed by the court. In 2001, the case against Badr was lodged at Bhuj police station in Kutch under IPC sections 353  and 143 (unlawful assembly), said the in-charge of Bhuj police station MN Chauhan, adding that a local court in 2002 had issued a warrant against him.“A team of Gujarat Police had gone to Azamgarh to arrest Shahid Badr,” said Chauhan.SHO, City Kotwali police station, Anil Singh said the team reached Azamgarh on Thursday and arrested Badr from his residence in the evening. He was brought to the police station and on Friday morning produced before a local court, added Singh. Badr’s lawyer Abdul Khaliq said, “Gujarat police had sought transit remand of my client and we objected on ground that charges levelled against Shahid Badr is a bailable offence. Shahid Badr was not aware about the case and why they did not execute the court for the past 7 years.” Shahid Badr, a unani doctor, is a resident of Manchuba locality in Azamgarh and used to run a clinic in the city.“Shahid Badr’s lawyer raised an objection stating that charges on which he was booked was bailable offence. The court granted him interim bail and asked to deposit 2 sureties of Rs 1 lakh each. The court also directed him appear before a court in Gujrat by Aug.13. Till then, he would be under the watch of district police,” said govt counsel, Azamgarh, Ved Prakash Verma. “Shahid Badr has been asked to report to the police station daily till he has to go to Gujarat for appearance before a local court in the case,” said Abdul Khaliq. When contacted, Badr said, “I had gone to Kutch in 2001 to address a meeting. I was not aware that a case was then filed against me. I got to know about it when police team reached my house Thursday.”He claimed that of the total 7 cases against him, he was acquitted in 4 – 3 cases in Delhi and one in Bahraich. indianexpress
Icons of 2002 communal discord Qutubuddin Ansari,  Ashok Mochi now a picture of religious harmony
Ahmedabad :Marking a fresh start, Ashok Parmar alias Ashok Mochi, (45), a photo of whose saffron-bandana-clad, iron-rod-wielding self after 2002 Godhra train burning had become a photographic reminder of the carnage, opened a shoe shop in the city Friday. Cutting the ribbon to mark the inauguration of the shop was Qutubuddin Ansari, a tailor recognisable for his photo seen pleading for help on Feb. 28, 2002 during the riots. Mochi has been repairing shoes for over 25 years on the footpath near the Delhi Darwaza. “With the Metro construction, whatever little I used to earn, even that was affected. Say from Rs 300 per day, I could barely make Rs 150 per day,” he told this paper on Friday. Funds for Mochi’s shop, named ‘Ekta Chappal Ghar’, as well as initial funding for carrying out his business, have been provided by CPI (M) in Kerala.For now, Mochi will be selling ready-made shoes, bought from the wholesale market of Ahmedabad. There isn’t any specific vendor tie-up but subsequently Mochi expects to find one, including vendors from Delhi, which has a more expansive wholesale market.Qutubuddin Ansari, who was the guest of honour at Mochi’s shop opening, had temporarily settled in West Bengal in the aftermath of the riots. Ansari, a tailor, was caught on camera pleading to RAF personnel for help, from his home on Narol-Naroda road on Feb.28, 2002, when the riots were at its peak in Naroda Patiya area of Ahmedabad. Picture of his blood stained shirt and his tear-filled eyes became the image that spoke for the victims of Gujarat riots.Ansari is wary of disclosing when he returned to the city but says he came back after “things became normal”.Ansari continues to work as a tailor with a workshop set up at his home, procuring ready-made cloth from cloth markets. “I do the stitching and sewing labour and then sell it at the same market. I get the labour wages,” says Ansari.Mochi had joined Dalit Azaadi Kooch in Gujarat in 2017 to fight for the rights of his community after the public flogging of Dalits in Una. Seen cutting a busy figure of a warm host at the inauguration of his shop, Mochi points out, “This is the Hindu varna system that continues to keep me stuck as a cobbler. They don’t let us move ahead.”indianexpress
Gujarat riots: State govt to table final part of Nanavati panel report in budget session
The state govt Friday told Gujarat High Court that it will table Justice G T Nanavati and Justice Akshay Mehta Commission’s final report on 2002 Gujarat riots during the Assembly’s budget session. The final report was handed over by the commission to the then CM Anandiben Patel in Nov.2014, months after Narendra Modi became the PM. The statement by the state govt through advocate general Kamal Trivedi was submitted in response to a public interest litigation filed by retired DGP R B Sreekumar on Aug.30. Advocate General Kamal Trivedi’s statement before the high court said, “While categorically denying all the averments and allegations of the petitioner, it is stated that Part-I of Report of Justices Nanavati-Mehta Commission has already been tabled on 25.09.2009 (sic) in Assembly and it has already been decided to table Part-II of the said report in the ensuing budget session of the legislative assembly.” The first part of the report that mainly dealt with the case was handed over by Justices Nanavati and Mehta to then CM Narendra Modi in Sept.2008, and was tabled in the state assembly immediately. This report gave a clean chit to Modi and his govt.indian express
Muzaffarnagar riots: Absconding accused turns himself in after 6 months
 Ravindra Singh, who is one of 6 accused in Shahnawaz murder case which had triggered Muzaffarnagar riots in 2013, surrendered before a court on Friday. A local court has already framed charges against five other accused and they are in jail. Ravindra is the father of Gaurav, one of the two cousins who were killed in retaliation to Shahnawaz’s murder in August 2013.  25-year-old Shahnawaz was stabbed to death allegedly by a group of eight persons following a tiff over some issue in Kawal village. Soon after the murder, a crowd caught 2 of the attackers, Gaurav and Sachin, and lynched them. On Friday morning, Ravindra surrendered before chief judicial magistrate court, from where he was sent to prison.The court had booked all the accused for murder, rioting and several other stringent sections of IPC. In June last year, the district court had rejected the clean chit given by SIT to the accused. TOI
SC to review amendments in Anti-Terror Law
The Supreme Court on Friday sought Centre’s response on a PIL urging it to declare unconstitutional UAPA Act, 2019, notified by Centre to designate an individual as a terrorist.The top court today said that it will examine the constitutional validity of the amendment and issued notice to the Centre. The bench was headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi. PIL, filed by a resident of Delhi, Sajal Awasthi, said that the Act is in violation of the fundamental rights guaranteed under Article 14 (right to equality), 19 (right to free speech and expression) and 21 (right to life) in the Constitution.The petition contends that the new section 35 of UAPA Act allows the Centre to categorise any individual as a terrorist and add the person’s identity in Schedule 4 of the Act. Therefore, this leads to the accumulation of huge powers which is unfettered and unbound and antithesis to Article 14 of the Constitution.thestatesman
Malegaon Blasts: SC rejects plea against Bombay HC order holding appeals of accused maintainable
The Supreme Court  has dismissed a plea challenging a Bombay High Court order that held that appeals of various accused including Lt. Col. Prasad Purohit and Pragya Singh Thakur against framing of charges in the 2008 Malegaon blast case were “maintainable”.The HC on March 5 had rejected the statutory plea of NIA that it cannot hear appeals of the accused under section 21 (1) NIA Act as an order of framing of charges was an interlocutory or an interim order and not a final one.It rejected NIA’s plea that special court’s order of framing of charges against Purohit and others was an “interlocutory” one and hence, the appeals of accused under the specific provision were not maintainable before the high court.PTI
Counting of votes for JNUSU polls begins
JNUSU polls began on Saturday after an 11-hour delay due to a deadlock between the students and the administration, the varsity's Election Committee said. After the Delhi high court on Friday restrained JNU from notifying the election results till Sept. 17,it was decided at a meeting between student-run Election Committee (EC) and all the parties around 10 pm to go ahead with the counting, it said.The counting process began at 11:55 pm, JNU EC chairman Shashank Patel said. However, it had to be put on hold due to a deadlock between student community and JNU's Grievance Redressal Cell (GRC) over the latter's demand that the counting agents give a written undertaking stating they would not disclose the results, he said." EC tried its best to convince GRC to change its stand based on the demands of the student community," Patel said, adding that the deadlock led to an 11-hour delay in counting process.When a consensus could not be reached even after so many hours, the EC decided to resume the counting of votes anyway with declaration of trends, EC chairman said. Result, however, will be put on hold, he added.TOI
As BJP protests, Kejriwal says no decision on JNU sedition case yet
New Delhi: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal today clarified that the Delhi govt has not taken a decision on whether it would grant sanction or not for the prosecution of former JNU  Student’s Union president Kanhaiya Kumar and others in a 2016 sedition case.The announcement came within hours of multiple media reports claiming that the Delhi govt had decided to not grant sanction – news that led BJP to protest outside Kejriwal’s home.It was reported by the media that Delhi govt has stated that it would not allow the prosecution of JNU students in connection with a protest demonstration which was held in the university campus in Feb.2016.On the reasons behind the refusal for sanction, a report by Indian Express stated, was that the home department believes that the students – Kanhaiya, Umar and 8 others – should not be prosecuted as their activities “do not amount to sedition against the State”.It also noted that the department found the evidence on record to be “flimsy” and filled with “gaps”.The report said govt had taken advice from standing counsel (criminal) Rahul Mehra. It also reached conclusion that prosecution may “jeopardise life of the chargesheeted persons, who are all students”.Quoting from a file noting, another report, in HT, said the Delhi govt decided that: “The case does not amount to sedition against the state and an attack on the sovereignty of the nation by inciting violence and no case for prosecution under Section 124A of IPC made against the 10 accused persons chargesheeted in the instant case.”Though the next hearing of the case is on Sept.18 and there was no need to issue a clarification on the subject just yet, Kejriwal chose to address the issue upfront as political pressure was mounted on him by the BJP, which even held a protest demonstration outside his residence. thewire
NRC coordinator was not efficient in updating final list, Congress leader Tarun Gogoi writes to CJI
Senior Congress leader Tarun Gogoi has written to CJI Ranjan Gogoi, complaining that National Register of Citizens coordinator Prateek Hajela had not discharged his duty efficiently. This came days after 2 cases were filed against Hajela for allegedly excluding bonafide Indians from the updated citizens’ list deliberately.“Now the question arises about the fates of several lakh people who have been left out of the NRC and have to move to foreigners’ tribunals to prove their citizenship and face harassment, not due to their faults but due to the callousness and inefficiency of NRC authority,” Gogoi said in his letter. scroll.in
 Man proves he is a citizen twice in court, yet his name dropped from NRC
“This Goalpara detention centre is being built for people like me. The officials will ensure that I will be picked up and detained even if I have all the documents,” explained Surman Ali, a businessman who is currently on run.NRC is exclusionary and was made to discriminate against the citizens of the country. Even if you are on the NRC list or even if you have all the documents, if an objection is filed against your citizenship, you have to go back to the foreign tribunal and prove your citizenship again. It is an endless process draining you of funds and energy.The first ‘foreigner’ case was filed against Ali in 2001. “It was filed by the border police and I believe it must have been vendetta. I have a hardware store in new Matia market and our family has owned most of the land in and around the market,” highlights Ali.He went to the local civil court and with the existing documents, he was able to prove that he was an Indian citizen. Local court then declared that he was not an illegal immigrant.nationalheraldindia
Concerns raised at RSS meeting over Hindus being left out of NRC
Pushkar :Concerns were raised at the RSS’ meeting with its affiliates on Saturday over several genuine citizens being left out of the final list of NRC in Assam, majority of whom they claimed are Hindus, sources said. A detailed briefing was held by RSS affiliate ‘Seema Jagran Manch’ on the final list of the NRC in Assam, published on August 31, that left out over 1.9 million people, the sources said.Over 200 delegates of 35 RSS affiliates attended the coordination meeting, first such meeting after Lok Sabha elections. BJP working president JP Nadda, general secretary (organisation) B.L. Santhosh and general secretary Ram Madhav were present.PTI
AFSPA in Assam extended for 6 months from Aug 28
 AFSPA has been extended for 6 months in Assam, effective from August 28, after reviewing the law and order situation in the State, a govt release said.The Act that empowers security forces to conduct operations, arrest anyone anywhere without prior notice has been continuing in Assam since Nov.1990. The declaration was made under Section 3 of the AFPSA by the State Home and Political Department, the release said.PTI
‘India needs a booster dose, not Russia’: Opposition attacks India’s $1-billion aid
Opposition on Friday attacked the govt for PM Narendra Modi’s announcement to extend a line of credit worth $1 billion (nearly Rs 7,100 crore) to Russia for development of country’s Far East region. PM made the announcement at Eastern Economic Forum summit in Vladivostok. Opposition leaders questioned Centre on why India would help finance projects in a country that has ample resources, especially after fall in growth and during a current economic slowdown in the country. This is reportedly the first time India has extended a line of credit to another developing country. Earlier such assistance was given only to developed countries.“India needs a booster dose, not Russia,” said Congress leader and MP Jairam Ramesh. Kerala Finance Minister TM Thomas Isaac also attacked the govt for the decision. “India’s per capita income is only one tenth of that of Russia,” the minister said. “What is the rationale of India extending a loan is $ 1 billion for development of Russian Far East while our country cannot find sufficient resources for stimulus package?”scroll.in
For US investment, India needs policy stability, coherence: US-India Business Council head Biswal
Months after PM Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump announced in Osaka that US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal should meet and resolve the trade impasse, there has been no meeting thus far, but US-India Business Council President Nisha Biswal says she is hopeful they will meet before Modi travels to US this month. Nisha said, "The biggest issue is that for India to attract the kind of investment it needs, it has to project policy stability and policy coherence. Everyone recognises that as India grows, its policy framework needs to evolve, but it should be done in a way that is stable and coherent. There must be a consultative process, certain predictability and when positions are adopted, there must not be contradictory interpretations of them in different govt departments. On e-commerce and data protection, India has indicated it will take its time, and our industries are saying that they feel the process is more consultative now."thehindu
CJI to hear plea seeking live streaming of Ayodhya case on Sept 11
 CJI Ranjan Gogoi will on Sept.11 hear a petition seeking live streaming of the Babri Masjid land dispute case.After the petition came up for hearing today, a bench of the apex court, headed by Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman, said, "We would request CJI to hear the matter on Wednesday."The SC observed that it is a "very sensitive matter".The SC is presently conducting day-to-day hearings into Ayodhya dispute case.ANI
Unnao rape case: SC gives CBI 2 more weeks to complete probe on accident
New Delhi :The Supreme Court on Friday gave the CBI two more weeks to complete the probe in the road accident case involving the Unnao rape victim and for filing a chargesheet in the gangrape case lodged by her mother.The SC also gave the sessions judge, to whom it had transferred the five cases related to the rape victim, more time as sought by him to complete the trial.In a report to the bench of Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose, the judge had sought separate period of extension in each of the cases. Accepting this, the SC said the sessions judge “has acted with great efficiency and alacrity” and that he may approach it again “if he finds it realistically impossible to complete (trial) even in extended time”.The trial court judge conveyed to the top court that it had written to the Delhi HC seeking permission to hold court in AIIMS,  to examine the rape victim. On this, the bench asked the High Court to take a decision at the earliest.indianexpress
UP: Dalit official hangs self, suicide note cites humiliation at farmers’ outfit meet
Lucknow :A 23-year-old village development officer has allegedly committed suicide at his residence in Lakhimpur Kheri district of UP, days after he allegedly faced casteist remarks and humiliation at a meeting of a farmers’ outfit.In a suicide note recovered by police, Trivendra Kumar has reportedly accused “Kisan Union” and family members of 2 village pradhans of harassing him and hurling casteist abuses. Kumar’s family has alleged that he was humiliated when he went to collect a memorandum at a meeting BKU-L at Gola block of Lakhimpur Kheri on August 28.Hailing from Lakhimpur Kheri, Kumar joined as village development officer around eight months ago. He was unmarried and lived with his family at Shiv Sagar colony.indianexpress
Parents boycott Mirzapur school after journalist, pradhan’s aide booked: indianexpress
Lucknow :Days after a journalist and a representative of the pradhan of Seur village were booked for allegedly conspiring to make a video of students being served roti and salt at a govt primary school, parents have stopped sending their children to the institution in protest against the district administration.On Thursday, only one student reportedly attended the school.The district administration had lodged a complaint against local journalist Pawan Jaiswal and representative of the pradhan, Rajkumar Pal, on the basis of which police booked them for criminal conspiracy and “maligning the image of the state govt”.
Elgaar parishad case: Gadling says he doesn’t want to depose before inquiry panel
Pune :Surendra Gadling, an accused in Elgaar Parishad case, on Friday appeared before the Koregaon Bhima Commission of Inquiry for a scheduled deposition, but instead submitted an application stating that he didn’t want to depose “as it will cause prejudice to him in his defence” before trial court.Gadling and activist Sudhir Dhawale, a co-accused in the same case, had last year filed their applications before the commission through advocate Siddharth Patil, stating that they should “be called upon to depose before the commission so as to bring to light certain facts” that they were privy to. Gadling and Dhawale were among activists arrested in June last year by Pune Police over their alleged links with CPI-Maoist, a banned outfit. They are currently lodged in Yerwada Central Prison.indianexpress
IAS officer quits: ‘Unethical to continue when building blocks of democracy being compromised’
Chennai :S Sasikanth Senthil, a 2009-batch IAS officer of Karnataka cadre, resigned, citing that it is “unethical” for him to continue as a civil servant when the “fundamental building blocks of our diverse democracy are being compromised”.This comes after Kannan Gopinathan, 2012-batch IAS officer from Kerala, resigned last month, citing curbs on the “entire state” of J&K.39-year-old Senthil, who was posted as deputy commissioner of Dakshina Kannada since Feb, said,” The (political) framework that has come to our country now is very easy to spot in history. It has all the ingredients of what happened in Poland, Germany, Burma; even Russia. any sort of such fascist approaches…I need to come out to talk about it.” He said the decision was not taken in a day. “Kashmir…was one of check boxes in that framework I mentioned, absolutely one of triggers for my decision….”indianexpress
‘There is a clear fascist onslaught’: Senthil who quit IAS
US historically black colleges,universities are similar to minority institutions in India:Advisor to JMI VC
New Delhi:Prof. M Asaduddin, Advisor to V-C, Jamia Millia Islamia, delivered the Keynote address in the 2-day national seminar on "A Comparative Study of African American and Dalit and Minority Literature" organized by Dyal Singh College recently.Prof. Asaduddin in his address pointed out that "just as we have minority institutions in India, in the USA they have what they call 'Historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) spread across the country.He alluded to his personal experience in teaching in such a university, Winston Salem State University, in North Carolina, USA. Profiles of students in the almost all-back American classroom were similar to the profiles of students in some minority institutions in India, he said. Discussing broad similarities between Afro-American literature in US and Dalit literature in India, he pointed out 2 major differences that should be kept in mind.First, he said, 'Blackness' inscribed on skin. Afro-American individuals, however, empowered they are, cannot escape the stigma wrongly associated with his/her skin colour.indiatoday
Tell judges in Kerala that they are part of India: SC
New Delhi: "Tell judges in Kerala that they are part of India," the Supreme Court said on Friday while taking strong exception to the state high court's tinkering of its 2017 verdict on right to conduct administration and prayers in churches in a dispute between 2 factions. The SC set aside the Kerala high court order that prayer services at the churches should be performed alternately by 2 rival factions of Malankara Church. The SC in 2017 said that prayer services have to be performed in consonance with the 1934 Malankara Church Constitution and guidelines.It had also said that 1,100 parishes and their churches under the Malankara Church should be controlled by the Orthodox faction as per those guidelines.A bench of Justices Arun Mishra and M R Shah on Friday got furious after coming to know about the high court order and said, "It is a very objectionable order. Who is this judge? The high court has no right to tinker with our decision. This is the height of judicial indiscipline. Tell judges in Kerala they are part of India".It was hearing matter related to the implementation of the SC order on giving control of 1,100 parishes and their churches under Malankara Church to Orthodox faction.PTI
AIMIM calls-off alliance with Prakash Ambedkar-led VBA over seat allotment
Hyderabad: Much talked about Muslim-Dalit alliance between AIMIM and the Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) has hit an impasse with AIMIM backing out of the partnership over allotment of seats. A statement from AIMIM member of parliament Imtiyaz Jaleel on Friday, rejected VBA’s offer of just eight out of 288 assembly seats for the upcoming Maharashtra state polls and termed it “unacceptable and unjustified".“AIMIM informs that after prolong discussions lasting for near two months with Balasaheb (Prakash Ambedkar), president of Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi, we could not reach at a comfortable and respectable figure of seat distribution between both presidents. VBA conveyed that they could allot only eight seats out of the 288 assembly seats in the Maharashtra assembly to AIMIM as alliance partner. This is simply unacceptable and unjustified as the list does not include the sitting seat of AIMIM in Aurangabad central," said Jaleel’s statement. livemint.com
3 injured in Bihar communal clash
Kishanganj:Aclash between 2 groups left 3 persons injured here, following which security was beefed in the communally sensitive town ahead of Muharram festival next week, police said on Friday.Madhavnagar Mahadalit Tola area witnessed heavy stone-pelting on Thursday night after local people raised objection to a religious procession passing through the locality, Kishanganj SP Kumar Ashish said."FIRs have been lodged by both sides at Sadar police station in connection with the stone-pelting which left 3 persons injured. No arrests have been made so far," SP said.Intense patrolling is underway by police personnel at various areas and places of worship, he said.PTI
Tweets on MJ Akbar aimed at highlighting his ‘sexually-coloured behaviour’: Ramani
New Delhi :Journalist Priya Ramani on Saturday told a Delhi court that through her tweet, which former Union Minister M J Akbar has termed “defamatory”, she was trying to highlight his “sexually-coloured behaviour” that she faced in 1993 from him.Ramani made submission while deposing as a witness in her defence in the criminal defamation complaint filed by Akbar against her.“Seeing all these women (who accused Akbar of sexual harassment), I felt compelled to speak up about my experience with Akbar in 1993 and so I removed the anonymity that I had given to Akbar in my Vogue article and named him as the editor who had sexually harassed me,” deposed Ramani.“I said I never named him because he didn’t ‘do’ anything. I used inverted commas to denote sarcasm. Sexual harassment can take any form. It can be physical or verbal. By saying that he didn’t ‘do’ anything, I was honestly disclosing that there was no overt act but that didn’t excuse Akbar’s sexually coloured behaviour,” she added.PTI

WORLD
US in talks with Houthis to end Yemen war
US has started talks with the Houthis in a bid to resolve the ongoing conflict in Yemen, an official has said.The confirmation came yesterday during a visit to the Prince Sultan Air Base near Saudi city of Al-Kharj by the Assistant Secretary of Near Eastern Affairs, David Schenker. Schenker told reporters the US is holding talks “to the extent possible with the Houthis to try and find a mutually acceptable negotiated solution to the conflict”. He gave no further details.The negotiations represent the first known contact between the US govt and the Houthi movement in four years. The last occasion was under the Obama administration in June 2015 which led to failed peace talks in Geneva.Senior Houthi official Hamid Assem told AFP that US “talking to us is a great victory for us and proves that we are right.” He did, however, refuse to confirm or deny US official’s statement.middleeastmonitor
Hamas hails decision of EU court to remove it from world blacklist
Hamas has hailed a European court decision to remove it from the world’s terrorist list, a statement confirms. Hamas spokesman, Hazim Qassim, declared that the decision “is positive and a right step in the right direction.” Qassim added “we hope that this decision will lead to completely remove the name of the movement from any unjust list.”Meanwhile, he insisted that “resisting the Israeli occupation is legal according to the international conventions and laws.”He stressed that “classifying Hamas or any of Palestinian resistance factions as terrorist organisations is completely unjust and not fair for the legal struggle of Palestinian people against the occupation.” Hamas official reiterated that this movement “will continue practicing its right to defend the Palestinian people and protect them until the achievement of their freedom and the right to establish an independent Palestinian state.”MEMO
Hamas: US envoy quitting shows failure of Mideast plan
Hamas has said the quitting of Washington’s special envoy to the Middle East was a new proof of “failure” of the long-delayed US peace plan for Israel and Palestinians. The resignation is “a new evidence of the failure of the Deal of the Century and an indication of the administration’s confusion in its options on the Palestinian issue,” said Wasfi Qabha, Hamas leading member. On Thursday,Donald Trump announced Jason Greenblatt will leave his post. Greenblatt will stay in his role until US peace plan for Israel and Palestinians is unveiled. MEMO
2 Palestinian teenagers shot dead by Israeli army
2 Palestinian teenagers have been killed by Israeli gunfire during a protest along the Israel-Gaza border fence.Gaza's health authorities said Ali al-Ashqar, 17, and Khaled al-Ribie,14, were shot in the chest by Israeli police on Friday while thousands of Palestinians held protests at several sections of fence.Ashraf al-Qidra, a spokesman for Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza, said that 76 people were also wounded by Israeli fire, 45 of whom were targeted."Most of the victims suffered upper-body wounds which shows an intent to kill,"he said.Over 5,000 Palestinians participated in Friday's march, according to people who took part.aljazeera
Sheffield becomes first UK city to recognise Palestine
Sheffield has become the first UK city to recognise the State of Palestine, a move it hopes will pressure other cities and ultimately UK govt to follow suit.Sheffield City Council on Wednesday unanimously passed a motion to formally recognise the sovereign state of Palestine, making it the first city in UK to do so. The motion “noted that the current UK Govt appears to have no intention of recognising Palestine,” a stance which “is in contrast to the Labour Party’s commitment to recognise Palestine as a full state as part of the United Nations and under UK law.”Sheffield City Council, like most city councils in the north of UK, consists predominantly of Labour Party councillors. It now hopes its action will increase pressure on the Conservative-held UK govt to follow in its footsteps.The passing of the motion was preceded by a ceremony during which the Palestinian flag was raised outside the city’s Town Hall by Palestinian Ambassador to UK, Husam Zomlot.MEMO
President Aoun warns: ‘Israel will bear consequences of any attack on Lebanon’
Lebanese President, Michel Aoun, warned on Friday that Israel would bear the consequences of any attack on his country, declaring that “any attack on the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country will be met with legitimate self-defence, and Israel will bear all of its resulting consequences.”This occurred during Aoun’s meeting at Baabda Palace, east of Beirut, with UN secretary-general’s representative in Lebanon, Jan Kubis.“Aoun told Kubis that the recent Israeli attack on the southern suburbs of Beirut represents its violation of the Rules of Engagement, reached after the issuance of UNSC Resolution 1701,” the statement explains.MEMO   
Egypt: Aisha Al-Shater transferred to prison hospital after health deteriorates
Aisha Khairat Al-Shater has been transferred to Al-Qanater Prison hospital after her health continues to deteriorate in the one metre square cell in which she is being held in solitary confinement.The daughter of the deputy leader of the Muslim Brotherhood Khairat Al-Shater began an open hunger strike in mid-August in protest against her prison conditions.MEMO
Did Egypt authorities kill Abdullah Morsi?MEMO
Egyptian authorities are to blame for the death of the youngest son of late President Mohamed Morsi, social media users have said.24-year-old Abdullah died of an alleged heart attack while driving with a friend in Cairo on Wednesday. Twitter user Salma Ashraf, expressed her fear for the Egyptian youth “who could die of injustice, oppression and feeling helpless like the strong man #AbdullahMorsi” adding that authorities are to blame for the injustices they continuously face.Some said that Abdullah was investigating his father’s death leading authorities to target him. Others, such as Twitter user Ahmed Nazim, described Mohamed Morsi and Abdullah as “martyrs”, suggesting that they died fighting for justice and liberation.
Despite human rights violation, US releases $1.3 billion in aid to Egypt
 US State Department has decided to release $1.3 billion in military aid to Egypt, despite continuous human rights violations and thousands still being detained on political grounds.The American news website, Al-Monitor, cited a human rights violation exemption waiver in reporting the release of the $1.3 billion in aid.middleeastmonitor
Iran activates advanced centrifuges in latest N-move
Iran has begun injecting gas into advanced centrifuges to increase its stockpile of enriched uranium, an official has announced, warning that time is running out for other signatories to save a multilateral 2015 nuclear deal. Behrouz Kamalvandi, spokesman for Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation, said on Saturday the agency had started up advanced centrifuges at Iran's enrichment facility in Natanz as the third step by Tehran in scaling back its commitments under the crumbling pact following US' unilateral withdrawal last year."We have started lifting limitations on our research and development imposed by the deal ... it will include development of more rapid and advanced centrifuges," Kamalvandi said. "The capacity of these machines is many times more than the previous machines. This started as of yesterday (Friday)," he continued, adding that "all these steps are reversible if the other side fulfils its promises".aljazeera
African Union lifts suspension of Sudan
African Union  has lifted its suspension of Sudan's membership in the bloc, ending a three-month freeze that had been in place pending the installation of a civilian-led govt after the removal of long-term President Omar al-Bashir.The move on Friday came after Sudan's newly appointed PM Abdalla Hamdok formed his first cabinet as part of a 3-year transitional power-sharing deal between Sudan's military, civilian parties and protest groups. AU's Peace and Security Council said in a tweet that pan-African body has decided "to lift the suspension of the participation of #Sudan in the activities of #AU, now that #Sudan established a civilian-led Govt".On Thursday, Hamdok formed the country's first cabinet since April, when al-Bashir was unseated by the military.aljazeera
India business forum: ‘Turkey a haven for investors’
Amid winds of stagnant global growth, Turkey provides a safe haven for investors, said a financial expert on Friday.“There is no history of controlling or seizure of deposits in Turkey,” Levent Topcu told businessmen from Turkey and India at an event in Istanbul, Turkey’s commercial capital.Addressing the third India Business Forum, Topcu, who works as a strategic analyst with financial advisor EY, ruled out any further devaluation of the lira saying: “Turkish market has a history of fast turnaround.”India’s Envoy to Turkey Sanjay Bhattacharyya said that over 151 Indian companies were registered in Turkey with a bilateral trade volume of over $8.6 billion.Manish Mohan, representative of CII, said that as Turkey and India are two big economies and part of the G20, “there is a huge potential bilaterally and in third-party countries for boosting trade.”“Turkey is a gateway for energy-rich central Asia and the vibrant markets of Europe for India,” Mohan said.Anadolu
UK's Labour says no election unless PM Johnson abides by law blocking no-deal Brexit
 Britain’s opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn said the Labour Party will not support a general election until PM Boris Johnson says he will adhere to new legislation blocking a no-deal British departure from the European Union on Oct. 31.“We need a clear statement from the PM that he is going to abide by that act of parliament,” Corbyn told the BBC.Asked when he would allow an election to take place, Corbyn added: “When we’re absolutely clear that there will be an end to the danger of a no-deal crashing out (of EU) on 31st (of Oct.).”Reuters
Zimbabwe ex-President Robert Mugabe dies aged 95
Former Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has died at the age of 95, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said.
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