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20 OCT. NEWS : 6-10 Pak soldiers, terrorists killed in counter-fire, says Army chief; Rejecting it, Pak says can arrange visit P-5 nations to area to expose 'Indian falsehood'/ Yogi looked neither serious nor concerned: Kamlesh Tiwari’s mother after meeting CM


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20 OCT. 2019: 20 Safar 1441: Vol: 12, No: 41
INDIA: J&K ISSUE & SOUTH asia
6-10 Pak soldiers, terrorists killed in counter-fire, says Army chief; Rejecting it, Pak  says can arrange visit P-5 nations to area to expose 'Indian falsehood'
New Delhi :Hours after Indian Army destroyed terror launch pads and Pakistan Army posts in PoK in a retaliatory attack against ceasefire violation, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat today said around 6 to 10 Pakistani soldiers and as many terrorists have been killed in the action.“Last evening an attempt was made in Tangdhar to infiltrate terrorists, we retaliated, Pakistan carried out attack firing at our post in which we did suffer, but before they could attempt the infiltration it was decided that we target that terror camps across,” ANI quoted Rawat as saying.“So far, as per the information available with us, 6-10 Pakistani soldiers have been killed and nearly as many terrorists. 3 terror camps have been destroyed and on fourth one also, we have caused severe damage,”PTI quoted Rawat as saying.Pakistan, however, has rejected reports that Indian Army targeted their terror camps in PoK and said it can arrange a visit of diplomats from P5 nations to the area to expose Indian “falsehood”. Rejecting reports, Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal said, “Pakistan categorically rejects Indian media reports about alleged launchpads being targeted by India along LoC.”Foreign Office said that Pakistan has called upon P-5 countries (permanent members of UNSC ) to ask India to provide information about the terror launchpads. It said Pakistan is willing to arrange a visit of the P5 diplomats to those locations to expose “Indian falsehood”.Pakistan Army spokesman Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor also rejected the reports saying the Indian media is “falsely claiming” targeting of alleged terror camps.Meanwhile, Pakistan summoned Indian envoy Gaurav Ahluwalia to condemn the firing by Indian troops that it said killed five civilians along LoC in Jura, Shahkot and Nausehri Sectors.indian express
Terrorist camps opposite Tangdhar, Keran sectors destroyed, says Army Chief
Congress leader questions timing of Army strikes in PoK, asks why such attacks occur before polls
A Congress leader has questioned the timing of Indian Army’s attack on terrorist camps in Pok, pointing out they came a day before Assembly elections in Haryana and Maharashtra, ANI reported.“There is a pattern of the surgical strike which takes place whenever there are elections in major states in the country,” Bihar Congress leader Akhilesh Singh told reporters in Patna. “Now, the politics of this country will be done on surgical strikes.” Ex-MP alleged that BJP wanted to divert people’s attention from “real issues”.Singh said he came to know about the retaliatory attacks from the media. “And if it is the case, then it is directed towards Maharashtra and Haryana elections,” he alleged.The ruling BJP’s campaign in the two states focussed on national security. Both PM Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, in their recent rallies in Haryana, drew the attention of voters to the matter of revocation of Jammu and Kashmir’s special constitutional status. They claimed BJP govt had accomplished what previous governments had failed to do in 70 years.scroll.in
Under Modi govt, surgical strike happens just before elections: Congress
Pak Army claims to have killed 9 Indian soldiers in exchange of fire along LoC:ANI
 Pakistan Army on Sunday claimed to have killed 9 Indian soldiers, injured several others and destroyed two Indian bunkers in an exchange of fire along LoC. Claiming the same on Twitter, Pakistan Army spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor also said that one Pakistani soldier and three civilians were killed in the exchange of fire, while 2 soldiers and 5 civilians suffered injuries."Indian unprovoked CFVs in Jura, Shahkot and Nousehri Sectors deliberately targeting civilians. Effectively responded. 9 Indian soldiers killed several injured. 2 Indian bunkers destroyed. During exchange of fire 1 soldier & 3 civilians shaheed, 2 soldiers & 5 civilians injured," he said.ANI
India, Pakistan trade barbs over deadly Kashmir clash:aljazeera
Over 380 Ladakhi-origin police personnel to be transferred from J&K to Ladakh
New Delhi:Over 380 police personnel belonging to Ladakh and working in different places in Kashmir and Jammu regions will soon be transferred to Ladakh and posted under the administrative control of the new Union Territory, officials said today. The new Union Territory of Ladakh will come into existence on Oct.31.  Ministry of Home Affairs has given the nod for the transfer of police personnel working in different wings of Jammu and Kashmir Police. “Approval has been given for transfer of about 385 Ladakhi-origin police personnel to Ladakh and they will function under the new UT which will come into existence on Oct. 31,” a Ministry official said. Police personnel will work with Ladakh UT Police, which will be under the direct control of the MHA.PTI
Kashmiris feel betrayed: Sheikh Abdullah’s granddaughter
New Delhi: Kashmiris feel betrayed by India, one of Sheikh Abdullah’s granddaughters said at a protest meeting here against the 75-day-old clampdown in Jammu and Kashmir. Alia Mubarak, born to Sheikh Abdullah’s daughter Khalida and former chief minister GM Shah, first explained the legal position of Articles 370 and 35A at the meeting, called by several communist and civil society groups.She said the Instrument of Accession was conditional and that if the special status granted to Jammu and Kashmir by Article 370 went, so did its relationship with India.“And I also protest the number of times I heard Kashmiris are traitors. We are not traitors,” the niece of former chief minister Farooq Abdullah said.“We have been betrayed since 1953 by Centre, first by Congress and now BJP. It’s only the people from all 3 divisions of Jammu and Kashmir who can decide their destiny—not India, not Pakistan.”She added: “The revocation of Article 370 has to be reversed and all the people who have been arrested and detained, especially minor children, need to be set free immediately and all means of communication restored.”Her father, one of the early leaders of National Conference, split and toppled the Farooq Abdullah govt in 1984 with the support of Congress. He later formed Awami National Conference.Historian Mridula Mukherjee, who attended the gathering, told this paper: “I don’t recall such a total shutdown of communications for such a long time --- any time in the past ---- in India.”The Telegraph
Pakistan to open Kartarpur Corridor on November 9: Imran khan
Pakistan will open the much-awaited Kartarpur Corridor on November 9, Prime Minister Imran Khan announced on Sunday.The proposed corridor will connect Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur with Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district of Punjab and facilitate visa-free movement of Indian pilgrims, who will have to just obtain a permit to visit Kartarpur Sahib, which was established in 1522 by Guru Nanak Dev."Pakistan is all set to open its doors for Sikhs from all across the globe, as the construction work on Kartarpur project enters final stages and will be open to public on Nov.9," Khan said in a Facebook post, clearing the air on whether the corridor will be open on the occasion of 550th birth anniversary of Sikh faith founder Guru Nanak next on Nov.12.PTI
J&K shutdown, Internet ban take toll: Projects stuck, govt work hit
Srinagar :In the days following its August 5 decision to scrap the special status to J&K, Centre had said that the move would “usher in a new era of development” and bring private investment to the region. The shutdowns post-Aug.5 have, however, meant that the administration is struggling to meet these promises.The communication shutdown, particularly the suspension of Internet, has been among the biggest roadblocks. Given that most government work is now mandated to be either tendered online or has procedures that mandatorily require online work, most of these projects are stuck. Though landlines andpost-paid mobile phones have been restored, over 20 lakh prepaid mobile phones and mobile and other Internet services remain deactivated in the Valley.While infrastructure projects have come to a grinding halt because of paucity of labour, the uncertain law-and-order situation and the communication blockade, projects to be undertaken by the panchayats have not even taken off in most districts. Sources in the J&K administration said the government has disbursed over Rs 500 crore to all panchayats in Kashmir. However, most sarpanches Sunday Express spoke to said no work had begun on the ground.indianexpress
Anyone harming peace process, development in J&K will be jailed: Ram Madhav
New Delhi :In the party’s first political event in Kashmir following the scrapping of J&K special status and bifurcation of the state, BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav warned that whoever tried to harm the peace and developmental process in the state would be jailed.Addressing a convention of the party’s youth wing at Tagore Hall in Srinagar, Madhav said, “Till now everything used to be done for a few families or a few leaders in Kashmir, but now whatever is happening, is happening for lakhs of families of this state… for the common Kashmiri.”“There will now be only two paths for J&K– peace and development and whosoever comes in between will be dealt with sternly. There are many jails in India for those,” BJP leader said.indianexpress
Another Kashmir protest in London on Diwali day
London: London mayor Sadiq Khan has called on organisers of another Kashmir-related protest on October 27 to cancel it in view of concerns of the Indian community and violence at similar events since August 15, which led to a diplomatic row between New Delhi and London.The day-long protest march is scheduled to begin from Downing Street and conclude outside Indian high commission, which was the scene of violence on Aug.15 and Sept.3. Anticipating nearly 10,000 people, Scotland Yard has a ‘robust’ policing plan in place. Khan and his Labour party have been at the receiving end of ennui from large sections of the Indian community over the violence as well as for adopting an emergency resolution on Kashmir at the party’s annual conference that was rejected by New Delhi as ‘unfounded’. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on Friday reiterated the party’s ‘grave concern’ over what he called ‘ongoing human rights crisis’ in Kashmir.Insisting that as the mayor he has no power to ban such protests, Khan wrote to Navin Shah, member of the London Assembly, to “absolutely condemn” the protest plan “on the auspicious day of Diwali,” and called on organisers to think again and cancel it.Reports say British Kashmiris and others from various parts of the country have been invited to attend the protest march and travel to London on coaches arranged by organisers. Meanwhile, Corbyn reiterated his party’s human rights-focussed view of Kashmir in a response to last week’s letter by over 100 Indian community organisations, expressing dismay over emergency resolution adopted at the conference. He wrote: “Labour party is an internationalist party, and is committed to ensuring the human rights of all citizens of Kashmir are respected and upheld. That remains our priority and I agree that we should not allow the politics of sub-continent to divide communities here in Britain”. “Labour party is gravely concerned at the ongoing human rights crisis in Kashmir, as well as the media and communications lockdown imposed on the region”. “There is an urgent need for India and Pakistan to work together on a bilateral basis, with the support of the international community, to reach a peaceful political solution with protects the human rights of the Kashmiri people and respects their rights to have a say in their own future”, Corbyn added.HT
ASSEMBLY POLLS ON MONDAY
Kashmir Plank Falls Flat, Haryana Polls may Spring a Surprise?
Mahendragarh:“Do we have to buy land in Kashmir?". This caustic remark, made by Balbir Singh, a tea vendor in Mahendragarh town in Haryana, reflects that BJP nationalism plank it was expecting in the light of abrogation of Article 370 in the neighbourinng sate has failed to whip up support for the ruling party in this agrarian state. Assembly elections for the northern state along with Maharashtra on October 21 may spring surprise provided that they are held in free and fair manner. Out of the blue, Congress may bounce back to power. The party had failed to win even a single parliamentary seat in the May 2109 general election.From educated urban youths to voters from rural hinterland, all are yearning for change. This correspondent felt groundswell against the party in power while interacting with a cross section of the people in both urban and rural areas of the state. Anti- incumbency wave seemed to be sweeping every segment of the society.When reminded about Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking vote in the name of Kashmir, tea vendor Balbir said what happened there is not going to eliminate the miseries of the people in the state. His views were shared by many others reflecting a general refrain among the people of Haryana that (BJP-led) government has done nothing in the last five years. Parmal Singh, another respondent, said in the parliamentary elections people voted to the BJP in the wake of Pulwama attack and Balakot airstrike. But this time around, he said the nationalism plank can’t work in this election as it has lost its relevance.Concurring with Parmal’s views, a fellow traveller, Hari Singh, pointed out that in the name of development, not a single work had been done by this government.“You can see for yourself potholed roads everywhere. Despite being represented by Ram Bilas Sharma, the second most powerful cabinet minister in the Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar Government, the constituency bears no trace of development. Even the road leading to the residence of Sharma is full of potholes, Hari Singh explained.Vipin Shaukin, 28, an educated youth, supports the revocation of Article 370 but is in no mood to vote for the ruling party this time. He told Caravan Daily that the rising unemployment rate is a major issue in the ensuing elections. He used to run a real-estate business which crashed in the aftermath of demonetisation.Article 370 won’t provide us bread and butter, he said adding “People are dying due to joblessness. Like me, thousands of youths are facing dire future in the absence of job opportunities as hundreds of small-scale industrial units are closed in the last five year.”The voter’s mood in the state can be gauged from the Mahendragarh seat which is considered a bell-weather constituency. It is part of the Ahirwal region where Yadavs are dominant with 75, 000 out of 1.90 lakh voters. In the 2014 elections, Ram Bilas Sharma, a Brahmin, was elected by a margin of 40, 000 votes defeating Congress candidate Rao Daan Singh, a Yadav. Sharma is once pitted against Singh as a rival contender.People told Caravan Daily that many powerful ministers in the Manohar Lal Khattar‘s cabinet faced the ire of public but the media chose not to report these incidents. They say cabinet ministers, Om Prakash Dhankar, and Anil Vij, were barred from entering many villages by the people.Besides rising unemployment, stray cattle (cow and its progeny) is a major issue for the farmers and common people. Unemployment rate at 28.7% is very high in Haryana. It is almost four times higher than that of the national average, he added.Caravan Daily
BJP looks to retain power, Congress eyes comeback as Haryana goes to polls on Monday
Haryana's Muslim-dominated Nuh takes BJP's NRC push in its stride
Haryana BJP candidate claims to have rigged EVMs, gets EC notice
Election Commission has served a notice to BJP candidate from Assandh in Haryana over his video remark that they (BJP) had tampered EVMs and every vote would go to his party.Taking cognizance, the poll panel has appointed ex Deputy Election Commissioner Vinod Zutshi as a special observer for the constituency in the Karnal district, according to Joint Chief Electoral Officer Inder Jeet.In the video, Bakshish Virk was heard saying he and his supporters had tampered EVMs in a way that every vote would go to the BJP, irrespective of the button the voters pressed. He said they would also come to know who they cast their vote for."We have sought a reply from the BJP candidate," District Election Officer Vinay Pratap Singh said.nationalheraldindia
Shiv Sena: Why so many rallies by Modi-Shah if there’s no opposition?
New Delhi :A day after the high-spirited campaigning for the Maharashtra Assembly polls came to an end, the Shiv Sena on Sunday sought to know why there were so many BJP rallies with leaders like PM Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah addressing them, when CM Devendra Fadnavis feels that there is no opposition left in fray to challenge his party-led alliance.“Chief minister has been asserting that the opposition ‘does not exist’ any more in the poll campaign. The question then arises about the motive behind some 10 rallies of  Modi, 30 of Amit Shah, and Fadnavis himself holding 100 rallies across Maharashtra,” Sena leader Sanjay Raut wrote in a column in the party’s mouthpiece ‘Saamana’. “Though Fadnavis said he is not facing any opposition challenge, in reality there is electoral challenge, which forced the BJP leaders to hold so many rallies,” Raut wrote in the column titled ‘RokhThok’.The polling for 288-Assembly seats will be held on Monday, the results of which will be declared on Thursday.indianexpress
Kamlesh Tiwari murder
Yogi looked neither serious nor concerned: Kamlesh Tiwari’s mother after meeting CM
Kusuma Tiwari, mother of the slain leader of Hindu Samaj Party Kamlesh Tiwari said she was not happy after meeting Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath because he “did not look serious and concerned” about their plight and his reaction was not “sympathetic”.The family of Kamlesh Tiwari, who was killed two days ago at his residence, met Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Tiwari’s mother, wife and three sons met the Chief Minister at his official residence of 5, Kalidas Marg, and stayed there for over 30 minutes.“We were forced to go to Lucknow and meet the Chief Minister. The local administration was after us saying CM wants to meet us. As per Hindu rituals, the bereaved family does not move out of the house before ‘tehravi’. Yet we were forced to go there,” Kusuma Tiwari told reporters in Sitapur on Sunday.She said if the family does not get justice, she will raise talwar (sword) against the government.“I wanted to ask Yogi ji why my son’s security was scaled down. But I was not allowed to ask this question,” she said.In a video that surfaced online on Saturday, Kamlesh Tiwari is seen castigating “RSS-BJP people” and Chief Minister for “withdrawing” his security.Sources say Chief Minister had assured the family of all help and assured that police is doing its job and the guilty will not be spared.Tiwari's mother said, "I told the chief minister I want justice for my son and strict punishment should be given to the killers. We have been assured but the words sounded hollow.”An officer privy to the meeting told NH that the family demanded a government job for Tiwari's son, security to the family and an arms licence to them for security purpose. nationalheraldindia
"Not Up To Expectation" says Kamlesh Tiwari's Mother after Meeting Yogi Adityanath
 ‘Talks not as per our wish’: Kamlesh Tiwari’s mother meets Yogi Adityanath
Tiwari’s mother shuts up ABP anchor for turning son’s murder into ‘Hindu-Muslim issue’, says ‘stop playing this game’
Kusum Tiwari, the mother of slain Hindu leader Kamlesh Tiwari, has lashed out at an anchor working for ABP News for allegedly trying to turn her son’s murder into a Hindu-Muslim issue. The video of her interview with ABP News anchor Sumit Awasthi has now gone viral on social media.In the viral video, the grieving mother is heard lashing out at Awasthi during an interview, “I have a question for you. You listen to me first. You raised the Hindu-Muslim issue first, I didn’t. Why are you misleading people? Then you say I want to cause Hindu-Muslim riots. Do you think we are mad?”A visibly red-faced Awasthi denied giving a communal angle to Kamlesh Tiwari’s murder. The slain Hindu leader’s mother shows remarkable composure as she continues, “Did I talk about the Hindu-Muslim angle? You raised this issue. First you ask me (about Hindu-Muslim issue) then put me in the dock. Stop playing this game. We have learnt about you guys. You guys can’t talk against the government but can only ask questions to common people. Your channel will shut down if you speak against the government.Another video clip of Awasthi’s interview with the deceased’s mother shows the ABP anchor making a passionate plea to not make Kamlesh Tiwari’s murder a Hindu-Muslim issue without any context. After Kusum Tiwari said that Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister was jealous of her slain son and had him killed, Awasthi was heard saying, “I want to tell you with folded hands. Please don’t utters things that will cause tension among people of different faiths. I know that you are disturbed but we don’t want Hindu-Muslim riots.”Kusum Tiwari was perhaps referring to this part of her interview when she asked Awasthi to not play games over her son’s murder.jantakareporter
Tiwari murder: ‘3 accused held from Surat not linked to ISIS’ or any terror outfit
Gujarat ATS and Uttar Pradesh Police, in their initial probe, have not found any link between the three accused arrested from Surat in connection with the murder of former Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha leader Kamlesh Tiwari in Lucknow and and ISIS or any known terror outfit.Gujarat ATS arrested Faizan Shaikh, Rashid Pathan and Maulana Mohsin Shaikh from Surat on Friday night for their alleged involvement in the murder of Tiwari in Lucknow on Friday. The accused were brought to ATS HQRS in Ahmedabad on Saturday after which multiple teams of UP STF, UP ATS along with UP Police officers interrogated them.On Oct.24, 2017, Gujarat ATS arrested 2 suspected ISIS members, Kasim Stimberwala and Obaid Mirza from Ankleshwar in Bharuch, for allegedly planning a lone wolf terror attack on a local synagogue in Ahmedabad and in Maharashtra.ATS filed a 1,500-page chargesheet against the duo in April 2018, where the officers clearly mentioned that the accused duo had claimed in front of two witnesses that they wished to “murder Tiwari” for his objectionable comments made against the Prophet. Stimberwala worked as a lab technician in Ankleshwar while Mirza was a practicing lawyer in Surat.3 sources within Gujarat ATS and UP Police confirmed to Indian Express that till now they have not found any link between arrested accused with ISIS or any organisation. Since murder of Tiwari, a message on WhatsApp and other social media began circulating that an unknown terror outfit by the name of ‘Al Hind’ Brigade has claimed responsibility for the murder. However,DIG, ATS Gujarat Himanshu Shukla denied the claim stating, “message circulating is not true.We have also questioned Maulana Mohsin Shaikh if he was connected to any terror outfit but so far nothing has come up.”indianexpress
BABRI MASJID CASE
Babri Masjid Order Should Reflect Constitutional Values, Muslims Remind Court
New Delhi: The verdict in the Ayodhya title suit will have impact on future generations and it should uphold the "multi-religious, multi-cultural values of the country", Muslim petitioners have reminded the Supreme Court.  5-judge bench that heard the arguments over 40 days, is expected to deliver a verdict the decades-long temple-mosque dispute in less than a month.As the daily hearings came to an end on Wednesday, the court had asked the respondents to say what issues they wanted the judges to focus on.The respondents, however, pushed the ball the to judges' court, saying, "Moulding the relief is the responsibility of this Court, which itself is the sentinel of our Constitution".In its response submitted in a sealed cover - a departure from norm - the respondents said: "Since the judgement of this Court will have far reaching implications, it is for the Court to consider the consequences of its historic judgement by moulding the relief in a fashion that will reflect the constitutional values that this great nation espouses. We hope that the Court, in moulding the relief, upholds our multi-religious and multicultural values in resolving the issues confronting it.""When moulding the relief, this Court must also consider how future generations will view this verdict," affidavit further read.NDTV
Ayodhya dispute: Deity’s lawyers seek disputed, acquired land for ‘convenience of devotees’
Deity Ramlalla Virajman, one of parties in the Ayodhya land dispute case, on Saturday told the Supreme Court that the land adjacent to the site that was acquired by Centre in 1993 would also be required for the “convenience of devotees” when a “grand temple” is built, Indian Express reported. The deity’s counsel said that both the disputed site and the area acquired by the government were important for the Hindus, and asked the top court to not provide any relief to disturb the plan. Lawyers K Parasaran, CS Vaidyanathan and PV Yogeswaran submitted that “the small area which is the subject matter of the suit is one integral unit and is indivisible”. “…there are no good ground for moulding the relief in any manner which will impact the entire acquired area including the disputed area being utilised in accordance with the wishes of the Hindus, if they succeed in these proceedings”.The lawyers said that the basis of the suit filed by the deity is to build a “grand temple of Lord Ram” in proportion to the deity’s stature. They said that if equity was exercised in the case then it would affect the “sacredness of the place” which also has several other holy sites. Lawyer, representing the government, reiterated that the disputed land was vested at present and said their action will be in support of the side that succeeded in the hearings.The lawyers of the deity said the Muslim parties were no longer entitled to the land or equitable relief as the Babri Masjid did not exist anymore. They also said Nirmohi Akhara should not be given the land as it had questioned whether the deity’s birthplace can be considered a juristic entity, according to NDTV.Akhara also filed its written submission on Saturday.Muslim parties submitted a relief to the SC on Saturday in a sealed cover, to which the lawyers for the Hindu side objected. scroll
No compromise in Ayodhya case, hope verdict will be based on evidence and not faith: Arshad Madani
New Delhi: Prominent Muslim body Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind's chief Maulana Arshad Madani has said no compromise will be acceptable in Babri Masjid land dispute case, and hoped that the Supreme Court verdict would be based on evidence and not faith.At the meeting of the central executive committee of the Jamiat, Madani also claimed that "people from Kashmir to Kanyakumari are scared" and there is a feeling of "mistrust" prevailing due to the current situation.There is an attempt to end the constitutional traditions so that new history can be written, he was quoted as saying by a Jamiat statement. Referring to the Babri Masjid case, Madani said that Jamiat has full faith that the judiciary's decision will be based on evidence and witnesses, and not on faith.At the meeting, Madani opposed the statement of Home Minister Amit Shah in connection with NRC that Indian citizenship will be granted to Hindu, Sikh, Jain and Buddhist refugees beforehand with the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.Referring to Article 370, Madani said the matter is in court and "we have full faith that justice will be done to Kashmiris".PTI
Inter-faith peace meet in Jaipur before Ayodhya verdict
Jaipur:To prevent escalation of communal tension ahead of Supreme Court judgment on Babri Masjid dispute, Muslim bodies here on Saturday decided to hold inter-faith dialogues and peace meetings to create an environment for all to gracefully accept the verdict.The verdict is likely to be out between November 4 and 17. Muslim organisations have decided to initiate peace meetings in association with the majority community in the communally sensitive Walled City areas after Diwali. The views emerged during a day-long consultation programme ‘Challenges ahead for Muslims’ held at Muslim Musafirkhana here on Saturday.All India Milli Council (AIMC), Rajasthan Chapter, a social awakening group, will run a campaign and hold a march with like-minded organisations. “The matter is in the final stages and the Supreme Court verdict will resolve the matter forever. It is time to show mutual respect for each other irrespective the judgment,” said Mujahid Naqvi, spokesperson, AIMC, Rajasthan.Jamat-E-Islami Hind’s social wing head Naim Rabbani is holding a series of interfaith dialogues involving heads of all religious shrines in Jaipur. “It is the time that all peace-loving citizens of Jaipur and the country act responsibly. I have shared the idea with heads of some religious shrines who have happily agreed to become a part of the dialogue. It is a time to reclaim and re-nourish the centuries old Ganga-Jamuni tehzeb of Jaipur,” said Rabbani.TOI
Get ready for Ayodhya verdict, buy swords, not gold on Dhanteras: BJP leader
New Delhi :A BJP leader in Uttar Pradesh asked people to buy “iron swords instead of gold jewellery and silver vessels” on Dhanteras.“The Supreme Court verdict on the Ayodhya issue is expected soon and we are confident that it will be in favour of the Ram temple. However, this could vitiate the atmosphere, so it is advisable to stock iron swords instead of gold jewellery and silver vessels. These swords will be useful for our own protection when such a time comes,” BJP’s city president for Deoband, Gajraj Rana told reporters. However, BJP leader clarified that his statement was “a suggestion” and that “nothing more should be read into it”.“Even in our rituals, we worship weapons and our Gods and Goddesses have used weapons depending on circumstances. My statement was in reference to the current changing environment and a suggestion to the members of my community. Nothing more should be read into it,” he said.indianexpress
NRC
Death of declared ‘foreigner’ in Assam: NHRC registers case
Guwahati:NHRC has registered a case involving the death of a 65-year-old man in detention as a declared ‘foreigner’ in Assam as members of his family refused to receive his body for the eighth day today. Dulal Paul, who required regular check-ups at a mental asylum, died of diabetes and renal complications at the Guwahati Medical College and Hospital on Oct.13 after undergoing treatment for 15 days. He was lodged at the Tezpur detention camp in north-central Assam on Oct.11, 2017, after a Foreigners’ Tribunal in Sonitpur district declared him a foreigner. “I received an acknowledgement from NHRC on Oct.18 regarding registration of the case,” Guwahati-based activist Manas Roy said today.“Dulal Paul was thrown to Tezpur detention camp in 2017 despite showing proof of Indian citizenship. He was denied proper medical treatment and subsequently died... His rights as a citizen of India were breached by the authority,” Roy’s complaint read.Other organisations too have slammed the State government for a “serious error” leading to the death of Dulal, a resident of Alisinga village near Dhekiajuli town in Sonitpur district. “He was a genuine Indian and the government was wrong in sending him to a detention centre. Since he was branded a foreigner through a legal process, the law says that the body should be sent to Bangladesh or whichever country he came from,” said Aabhijeet Sarma, chief of Assam Public Works, NGO whose petition in the Supreme Court in 2009 resulted in the exercise to update NRC. “This is a serious human rights issue and the government must fix responsibilities besides providing adequate compensation to the family. Many such Indians, whether Bengali, Bihari or Assamese, are languishing in the detention camps,” he said. the hindu
In Assam’s Muslim-majority Jania, NRC is on everyone’s mind
Barpeta :Hafizur Rehman, a farmer at Kalgachia in Assam’s Barpeta district, is a Doubtful Voter (D-Voter) and hence has not been included in the final NRC published in August. He won’t be able to vote in the upcoming Jania bypolls, but believes that AIUDF candidate Hafiz Rafiqul Islam is the strongest contestant. Rehman’s neighbour Abu Salem Yusuf agrees. “AIUDF is the only party which is committed to speak up for people facing the brunt of the citizenship tangle.” Firdous Ali, a student leader in Kalgachia, says, “Here, the biggest discussion going on is about the NRC and how lakhs of genuine Indians have been excluded from it. People who have all papers and documents have been left out. And we know which party is committed to helping the poor and illiterate people in solving their citizenship issues.”Jania, a Muslim-majority constituency, is among four Assembly seats scheduled for bypolls on October 21. Historically a Congress stronghold, in 2016 state elections, Congress’s Abdul Khaleque defeated Islam by around 30,000 votes, garnering 56.4 per cent of the vote share. Khaleque would go on to win the recent Lok Sabha elections, necessitating the bypoll.Monday’s bypolls are the first elections in Assam following the publication of the final NRC, and much of the political narrative in the state currently is driven by conversation around the list. In Assam’s Brahmaputra valley, where Barpeta lies, a large number of Muslims of Bengal-origin are supposed to have been excluded from the NRC, although an official break-up is not available.However, Congress’s star is on the wane, and many in Jania are seemingly looking at AIUDF’s Islam as a viable candidate.indianexpress
Islamic Clerics to Educate UP Muslims on 22 Documents in Preparation of Nation-wide NRC
Lucknow: 150-year-old Idara-e-Sharia at Firangi Mahali will now tell Muslims in UP to keep 22 documents required for NRC.The documents include certificates of inheritance, birth, education and bank, refugee registration, as well as family ledgers among other identity proofs.Union Home Minister Amit Shah has already said that that NRC will be implemented in the entire country and UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has also indicated a phased rollout of NRC in the state."After NRC programme in Assam, there is a definite fear among Muslims about its consequences if implemented in Uttar Pradesh," said Maulana Affan Atiq Firangi Maheli, General Secretary, Idara-e-Sharia. "Muslims are usually careless about maintaining their documents and need to be pushed. Nobody had even imagined that they would, one day, have to prove their nationality. But we have to be prepared and keep the community prepared."Printed handouts in Hindi and Urdu with details of the NRC history, the Indian Citizenship Act of 1955 and the performa will also be floated in social media for maximum coverage.Mosques, madrasas and clerics will disseminate this information within the community.The appeal from Maulana Abul Ifran Firangi Maheli will also request the poor and uninitiated in the Muslim community to keep the 22 documents ready but also make any changes required to be taken up in their voter cards and voter lists, Aadhar cards and other documents of identification.IANS
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Naga talks: Political solution without Naga flag, Constitution is inconclusive:NSCN(IM)
National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah) has reasserted its demand for a separate Naga national flag and Constitution, The Imphal Press reported. This came a day after the Centre dismissed the insurgent group’s demands, and said they were delaying peace negotiations.“Indian authorities who deal with the talks are also well informed that the Indo-Naga political solution without Naga flag and constitution is not conclusive and that will create a room for [a] future headache,” NSCN(IM) Chairman Q Tuccu said in a statement, according to Hindustan Times. “We are looking for a lasting solution.”Tuccu said the Nagas were “the aggrieved”, and that their movement began when “Indian and Burmese aggressor-states” had allegedly intruded into their land, which gave rise to the resistance movement and led to armed confrontations. The group accused Centre of “creating fear psychosis in Nagalim” with the deployment of thousands of security forces. “If Government of India chooses military option to dictating the negotiating team, that will not be the end of the matter,” the statement read, according to Imphal Press. “The issue will remain alive and kicking. Nagas are always for a negotiated settlement based on the doctrine of mutual consent and recognition of rights.”NSCN(IM) also clarified that the framework agreement, signed in 2015, was the meeting point for the two sides – Indians and Nagas – and the “rallying point for the divided Nagas”. NSCN(IM) General Secretary Thuingaleng Muivah and Governor RN Ravi had signed the framework agreement in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 3, 2015.scroll
Stray cattle turning ‘non-veg’, eating chicken, fried fish, sent for treatment: Goa minister
Panjim :Veterinary specialists are being called to treat stray cattle, who have been “eating chicken and fried fish”, and “turn them into vegetarian once again”, Goa minister for waste management Michael Lobo has said. The move, he added, came after 76 stray cattle from Calangute Village, who have now been sent to a gaushala (cow shed), refused to eat gram or other vegetarian food.“We have lifted 76 cattle from Calangute and taken them to the gaushala where they are being looked after. The cattle had turned non-vegetarian cattle here. We always say cattle are vegetarian. But cattle from Calangute are non-vegetarian. They (gaushala operators) are facing this issue now. These cattle do not eat grass. They neither eat gram nor special feed which is given to them,” Lobo said in North Goa on Saturday. “The cattle at the gaushala are being medically treated. Veterinary specialists have been roped in to treat them with medicine. It will take 4 to 5 days to turn the cattle into vegetarians once again,” he added.The minister said it has been found that the cattle have been eating chicken and fried fish from the garbage and from villagers feeding them. “Due to the consumption of such non-veg food, their system has become like that of humans. Earlier, they were vegetarians, pure vegetarians. They would smell non-vegetarian food and move on, but now, they eat only non-veg (food),” he said.indianexpress
UP: A 16-yr-old, citing Muslim law, moved SC over her right to marry
About 200 km from Lucknow, in a remote village in Terai region of Uttar Pradesh, a 16-year-old girl is fighting to uphold her “marriage” to a 20-year-old against families and the government, all the way up to the Supreme Court. 3 months after girl and 20-year-old got married in the verandah of his house, the youth says he has left everything up to her. “She is adamant and I trust and believe that she will not change her statement. We have married as per Islam and in front of elders. The rest is on Allah.” The village dominated by upper-caste Muslims, mostly Sheikhs and Pathans, agrees that under the Shariah law that allows marriage on attaining puberty, their wedding is valid, but adds that it is the first such case in their memory.On June 22, around 11 pm, the couple are said to have summoned a maulvi from a neighbouring village to conduct the nikah. The maulvi was known to them as he held classes in the village. The next day, the girl’s father lodged an FIR against 20-year-old, his father and their neighbours, under IPC sections covering kidnapping and inducement of a woman to compel marriage. Sub-Inspector Shailendra Yadav, Investigating the case, says, “We produced the girl before a magistrate. She refused to go back to her family and, since she was a minor, she was sent to the Nari Niketan on July 3 on the orders of the magistrate.”Youth went to the high court, alleging that the girl was being detained against her will. “After the court rejected their plea saying the girl is a minor, they approached the Supreme Court,” S-I says. As per general law, a girl has to be at least 18 and the groom 21 to be eligible for marriage. Senior advocate and AIMPLB secretary Zafaryab Jilani says, “If a girl and boy are minors, then the consent of parents is required. But if they are major, then they can decide to continue or end their marriage. However, the definition of ‘major’ or being ‘baalig’ is different here (in Muslim law) as it is linked to puberty.”Cases like these arise when a marriage takes place without the consent of parents, Jilani says, adding that whenever these have been taken to court, it has generally ruled in favour of the girl. In tears, the girl’s mother accuses her of bringing “bad name” to the family and leaving her father in shock. indianexpress
Bombay HC sets aside conviction in a case registered during 92' Mumbai riots
Bombay High Court set aside conviction of one Abdul Gani Mulla, a man sentenced to 7 years in prison for allegedly ransacking the house, assaulting the wife and children of another man Balkrishna during the Bombay riots of 1992. Justice SS Jadhav heard the criminal appeal filed by Mulla, who was lodged at Yerwada jail in Pune at the time of the judgment which was pronounced in June but was uploaded recently.livelaw
BJP's personal criticism is upsetting: Nobel Laureate Abhijit Banerjee
New Delhi: BJP’s personal criticism is upsetting, this year’s Nobel laureate for economics Abhijit Banerjee, has told The Wire.He was responding to the disparaging comments made by commerce and industry minister Piyush Goyal and BJP national secretary Rahul Sinha after he won who won the coveted prize along with with his wife, the noted economist, Esther Duflo and the Harvard economist Michael Kremer.Goyal called Banerjee “totally Left leaning” and said “the people of India have rejected his thinking”, while Sinha said, “Those people whose second wives are foreigners are mostly getting the Nobel prize. I don’t know whether it is a degree for getting the Nobel.”In a 47-minute interview with Karan Thapar, Banerjee said the over-centralisation of power in the Prime Minister’s Office has played a role in causing the current economic crisis in the country, while also blaming demonetisation and the hastily-introduced GST.However, Banerjee added that the problems that the new tax regime created were inevitable and that no other government could have handled GST better.With regard to corporate tax cuts, he said that these are unlikely to fuel investment and spur growth unless steps are first taken to stimulate demand. This, he says, is best done not by the way of income tax cuts but by putting money in rural pockets through schemes like PM Kisan.thewire
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Banking services likely to be hit as employee unions threaten strike on Oct 22
New Delhi :Banking services are likely to be hit next week as two bank unions have threatened to go on a 24-hour strike on October 22 in protest against the recently announced bank mergers, falling deposit rates and outsourcing of jobs, IANS reported.All India Bank Employees’ Association (AIBEA) and Bank Employees Federation of India (BEFI) have notified Indian Banks’ Association (IBA) that they will go on strike from 6 am on October 22 to 6 am on October 23.indianexpress
WORLD
Kurdish forces agree to withdraw from Turkey-Syria border
A senior Syrian Kurdish official has said his forces will pull back from a border area in accordance with a US-brokered deal after Turkey allows the evacuation of its remaining fighters and civilians from a besieged town in northeast Syria. Redur Khalil, a senior official of the Kurdish-led SDF, said the plan for evacuation from the town of Ras al-Ain was set for Sunday if there were no delays.SDF largely consists of fighters from the Kurdish YPG, a group Ankara considers "terrorists" linked to Kurdish separatists on its soil. A five-day ceasefire, reached in negotiations between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and US Vice President Mike Pence, was largely holding along Turkey's border with Syria on Saturday, despite accusations of violations from Turkish-allied forces and Kurdish fighters.According to the deal, Turkey agreed to give Kurdish forces 120 hours to pull back from the Turkey-Syria border to allow Ankara to form a so-called "safe zone". The agreement has not specified the area of its pullback.Khalil, SDF official, said his force would withdraw and move back 30 kilometres  from the border after the planned evacuation. He said only after that would his force pull back from a 120km area between the towns of Ras al-Ain and Tal Abyad. This is the first time the Kurdish force has publicly acknowledged it will withdraw from the border, saying it has coordinated with the Americans. aljazeera
Afghan preliminary vote results delayed due to 'technical issues'
The preliminary results of Afghanistan's presidential election expected on Saturday have been delayed, the election commission has said, without specifying a date for the announcement.Awa Alam Nuristani, head of the Independent Election Commission (IEC), said the delay was to assure "fairness, transparency and accountability of the final vote". "Unfortunately, because of some technical issues and for transparency, we could not announce the results based on the election timetable," Nuristani said at a on Saturday.She did not say how long the vote count will be delayed.aljazeera
US defence chief in Afghanistan as US aims to restart peace talks
US Defense Secretary Mark Esper has arrived in Afghanistan where stalled peace talks with Taliban and persistent attacks by armed groups have complicated Trump administration's pledge to withdraw more than 5,000 American troops.Esper told reporters travelling with him that he believed US could reduce its force in Afghanistan to 8,600 without hurting the counterterrorism fight against al-Qaeda and ISIL group. But he said any withdrawal would happen as part of a peace agreement with Taliban.US has about 14,000 American troops in Afghanistan as part of US-led coalition.aljazeera
Lebanon's anti-austerity protests enter fourth day
Tens of thousands of demonstrators have gathered in Lebanon's streets on Sunday for a fourth day of anti-government protests that have led to the resignation of a Christian party from the government.Demonstrators, who have been on the streets since Thursday, have pledged to continue marching despite the resignations late on Saturday of four government members from the key political party, Lebanese Forces.Labour Minister Camille Abousleiman, one of the four to quit the government, told Al Jazeera shortly after the decision that they had "lost faith in the government’s ability to effect change and address the problem".Lebanese citizens have been suffering from tax hikes and dire economic conditions in the heavily indebted country.aljazeera
Britain is going to leave EU by Oct 31: UK minister Michael Gove
London:Brexit will happen by October 31, British government minister Michael Gove said on Sunday, despite lawmakers forcing Prime Minister Boris Johnson to send a letter on Saturday to the EU requesting a delay. Parliament thwarted Johnson’s attempt to secure backing for his EU divorce deal on Saturday, withholding their approval in order to trigger a law passed last month to force him to send a letter to the bloc asking to push back the deadline to Jan. 31.The move was designed to remove any risk that Britain could leave without a deal on Oct. 31.“We are going to leave by October 31, we have the means and the ability to do so,” Gove, minister in charge of no-deal Brexit preparations, told Sky News.“That letter was sent because parliament required it to be sent (..) but parliament can’t change the prime minister’s mind, parliament can’t change the government’s policy or determination.”Johnson sent a letter to the European Union requesting a delay as the law required, but he did not sign it and he added another note saying he did not want a “deeply corrosive” Brexit extension.Gove said the risk of leaving without a deal had grown.The president of the European Council Donald Tusk said he would consult EU leaders before responding to Johnson’s letter. However, it was unlikely that the EU’s 27 remaining member states would refuse Britain’s delay request.Reuters
Bangladesh says thousands of Rohingya agree relocation to island
Bangladesh's refugee commissioner has said thousands of Rohingya living in Bangladesh refugee camps have agreed to move to an island in the Bay of Bengal despite fears the site is prone to flooding.Some 740,000 Rohingya fled Myanmar in August 2017 in the face of a military crackdown, joining 200,000 refugees already in makeshift tent settlements at Cox's Bazar.Dhaka has long wanted to move 100,000 refugees to the islet, saying it would take pressure off the overcrowded border camps where almost a million Rohingya live. "Approximately 6,000 to 7,000 refugees have already expressed their willingness to be relocated to Bhashan Char [the island]," the Bangladesh official Mahbub Alam told AFP from Cox's Bazar, adding that "the number is rising".He did not say when the refugees would be moved, but a senior Navy officer involved in building facilities on the island said the relocation could start by December, with some 500 refugees sent daily. aljazeera
Bangladesh: 4 killed, 50 injured as protesters clash with police over blasphemous FB post
Dhaka :At least four people were killed and 50 others injured as Bangladesh police on Sunday opened fire on hundreds of Muslims protesting against an alleged blasphemous Facebook post by a Hindu man. Violence erupted in the morning after hundreds of Muslims gathered in southwestern Bhola district, 116 kilometers from Dhaka, for a protest rally under the banner of ‘Muslim Tawhidi Janata’, demanding action against the Hindu man for his social media comments against Prophet Mohammed.  Hindu man, who is in police’s protective custody, has denied making the comment, saying his Facebook account had been hacked. Following a complaint by him, police detained three people for allegedly hacking his Facebook account. According to reports, village elders were holding a meeting with local authorities on Sunday to try to defuse the tensions that began on Friday after the Facebook post went viral. But the protesters started attacking security officials, prompting them to retaliate.PTI
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