Wednesday, 13 November 2019

13 NOV. NEWS : Karnataka: As SC clears path to contest bypolls, all 17 disqualified MLAs to join BJP tomorrow;‘BJP morally bankrupt’: Congress calls for dismissal of Yediyurappa govt/Ayodhya Mandir Trust: Split wide open among different mahants, Akharas


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13 NOV. 2019: 15 Rabiul Awwal 1441: Vol: 12, No: 56
INDIA
Karnataka: As SC clears path to contest bypolls, all 17 disqualified MLAs to join BJP tomorrow
New Delhi:After the Supreme Court upheld the disqualification of 17 Congress-JD(S) MLAs in Karnataka but paved the way for them to contest the December 5 bypolls, disqualified MLA Ramesh Jharkiholi said all of them would join BJP on Thursday at the party headquarters in Bengaluru. “All 17 of us will join the BJP in the party HQ in Bengaluru on Thursday at 10.30 am,” Jharkiholi said.Earlier, Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister Ashwathnarayan CN said the disqualified MLAs were welcome to join BJP. “They (disqualified legislators) have expressed interest to join BJP and have met our senior leaders. They have been welcomed to join the party,” PTI quoted Ashwathnarayan as saying. The Supreme Court today upheld then Karnataka Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar’s decision disqualifying 17 MLAs, which eventually led to fall of Congress-JD(S) government. However, the SC set aside the portion of the order by the then Speaker by which the legislators were disqualified till the end of 15th Karnataka Assembly’s term in 2023.The verdict is of high importance to the politicians as byelections to their 15 of their respective seats – except Rajarajeshwari Nagar (N Munirathna) and Maski (Pratapgouda Patil) – have been scheduled for Dec.5. Earlier, Karnataka Congress president Dinesh Gundu Rao said, “If BJP has any morality left, they should not give tickets to disqualified MLAs to contest.”indianexpress
‘BJP morally bankrupt’: Congress calls for dismissal of Yediyurappa govt after SC verdict
Congress has sought the dismissal of BS Yediyurappa-led BJP government in Karnataka after the Supreme Court upheld ex Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar’s decision to disqualify 17 MLAs belonging to Congress and JDS in July. State Congress leader and former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah welcomed the top court’s judgement, saying it proves that the MLAs had defected with ulterior motives. “The defection is not voluntary and not genuine,” he added. “Once an MLA is elected in a democratic setup, they can’t switch parties as they wish.”The verdict “exposes the moral bankruptcy of BJP leaders and the disqualified MLAs”, he added. “Operation Kamal is now a proved act and there is nothing more shameful than this.”“Supreme Court’s decision upholding the disqualification of ‘defector MLAs’ has burst the bubble of BJP’s ‘Operation Kamal’,” tweeted Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala, echoing Siddaramaiah. “It is now proved that BJP brazenly and illegally brought down an elected JD(S)-Congress government in Karnataka. Yediyurappa government is an illegitimate government and should be dismissed.”Surjewala also called for an inquiry into the “sinister conspiracy of the BJP to bring down an elected government by misusing ‘money power’”. Congress leader said the ball was in PM Narendra Modi’s court and wondered if he will “show the courage of conviction to dismiss Yediyurappa government”.Senior national Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi also said the Yediyurappa government had no moral right to continue in office, PTI reported. scroll.in
Office of CJI to come under RTI: SC
New Delhi :Upholding the 2010 Delhi High Court verdict, the Supreme Court today ruled that the office of CJI was a public authority under RTI. While cautioning that RTI cannot be used as a tool of surveillance, CJI Ranjan Gogoi-led bench held that judicial independence had to be kept in mind while dealing with transparency. In 3 separate but concurring judgments, the Supreme Court bench, also comprising justices NV Ramana, DY Chandrachud, Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna, dismissed the 3 appeals filed by the Secretary General of the SC and Central Public Information officer of the SC.The Supreme Court’s Central Public Information Officer had appealed against a January 2010 ruling of the Delhi High Court that held that the Supreme Court and CJI are “public authorities” under RTI.The SC said only names of judges recommended by Collegium could be disclosed and not the reasons, holding that method of appointment had an impact on the independence of the judiciary.indianexpress
Rafale, Sabaramila review petitions: CJI-led bench to pass judgment tomorrow
New Delhi :The Supreme Court will tomorrow pronounce its judgment on review petitions challenging its order in the Sabarimala and Rafale cases. After the Ayodhya verdict, these are the next set of high-profile cases that will be signed off by CJI Ranjan Gogoi, who is retiring on Nov.17.In the Sabarimala case, a five-judge bench including CJI will review the Supreme Court’s Sept.2018 ruling that had lifted a ban on menstruating women from entering the Sabarimala temple.On Sept.28, 2018, a 5-judge bench headed by then CJI Dipak Misra had delivered a landmark 4:1 ruling setting aside decades-old restrictions on the entry of women of menstrual age at the temple. Temple custodians argue that women of menstrual age are prohibited from offering prayers as the deity there, Ayyappa, is a celibate.indianexpress    
Shiv Sena does not mention plea in SC challenging governor's refusal to give it more time
New Delhi:Shiv Sena today did not mention in the Supreme Court its plea challenging the governor's decision to deny it three days' time to get the letter of support to form the govt in Maharashtra.Ahead of the SC judges commencing the hearing in the courtroom, lawyers representing Shiv Sena told PTI that the party has preferred not to mention the petition as there was change in political situation in the state after the imposition of President's rule.Advocate Sunil Fernandes, who had filed the petition on behalf of the Sena, said on Tuesday that the Supreme Court had asked them to mention the writ petition at 10:30 am on Wednesday.The lawyer said another petition challenging the imposition of President's rule in the state was being readied.However, Fernandes said: "We are not filing the fresh petition on behalf of Shiv Sena today (Wednesday). The decision when to file the petition is yet to be taken."Advocate Dev Dutt Kamat said that since the President's rule has been imposed in the state, "there is no hurry to file a fresh petition".There is no urgency now and lawyers will wait for the instructions, he said.PTI
After meeting Congress leaders, Uddhav says talks ‘in the right direction’
Pune:Emerging from a meeting with Maharashtra Congress leaders in Mumbai today afternoon, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said their discussions were “progressing in the right direction” and a final decision would be taken soon.“The discussions are in the right direction…will convey the decision to everyone at the right time,”Sena chief said, as he came out of the meeting around 2:20 pm.Last night, Uddhav had met senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel for around 30 minutes.This morning, he held his first round of discussions with state Congress leaders.Before meeting Uddhav, the clutch of Congress leaders, including state party chief Balasaheb Thorat, former chief minister Ashok Chavan and former MPCC chief Manikrao Thakare, met Sena leader Sanjay Raut at Leelavati hospital, where he had been admitted.Raut, who underwent an angioplasty, was discharged from the hospital this afternoon. On his way home, he said a Sena CM would soon take charge in the state. He also denied the possibility of a mid-term poll.  Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP — had on Tuesday decided to hold discussions on a common minimum programme before staking claim to form the govt.indianexpress
BABRI MASJID VERDICT
Ayodhya Mandir Trust: Split wide open among different mahants, Akharas
Mahants and sadhus connected with the Ayodhya Ram temple movement have expressed differing views over the composition of the trust for Ram Mandir in Ayodhya to be set up by the union government. President of Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas Mahant Nritya Gopal Das said there is no need for forming a new trust by the government as one trust (Nyas) already exists for the construction of Ram temple.Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas is run by the VHP.Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, in a statement, said: "The trust (Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas) already exists, we can give a big shape to it, new members would be added as per need."Mahant Suresh Das, mahant of Digambar Akhara, who has a long association with the Ram temple movement, said: "The court has very clearly said that the new trust is to be formed and it is the responsibility of the Union government to form the Trust, not of Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas, though representatives of Nyas should be in the Trust "Mahant Dinendra Das the chief of Nirmohi Akhara, whose claim was turned down by the apex court, said the government must take representatives of the Nirmohi Akhara in the trust. "The trust must be formed as per the directions of the Court," Das said, adding, "the court has clearly mentioned that a new trust has to be formed by the government."Dinendra Das, however, expressed his reservations over joining a government trust. He said: "Our Nirmohi Akhara is also a trust, so our trust members will decide on joining a government trust."Triloki Nath Pandey, who represented the deity, Lord Rama, in court as "friend of Ram Lalla" and won the title, said: "The trust must be formed by the government and must have members from the government."He said: "The government should appoint Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, president of VHP's Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas as president of the government's trust."Pandey said, "The grand Ram temple must be build according to the model that was proposed by VHP and all the carved stones prepared by VHP must be used in the construction of Ram Mandir."IANS
Ayodhya verdict: Mahasabha may file review over 5 acre land for mosque
Lucknow :Days after the Supreme Court, deciding the title suit of Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid, ruled that the entire disputed land be handed over to a trust to be constituted for construction of a Ram temple and that Muslims be given 5 acres of either the acquired land near the site or at “a suitable prominent place in Ayodhya” for building a mosque, Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha (ABHM), one of appellants in the apex court, has raised an objection over the direction to provide 5-acre land to Sunni Waqf Board.Hindu Mahasabha said they are studying the judgment to decide on filing a review petition against the order.“We have strong objections over the court direction to provide Sunni Waqf Board 5 acres of land near the site or a suitable prominent place in Ayodhya. If it has been proved that a temple was there, then why any land should be given to them. We are presently studying the Supreme Court judgment and will decide later on filing a review petition,” said advocate Shishir Chaturvedi, the present president of ABHM. ABHM appeal in the Supreme Court against 2010 Allahabad High Court judgment was filed in 2011 by its then president Kamlesh Tiwari who was murdered at his residence in Lucknow last month. Chaturvedi, who is now also a “pairokar” on behalf of Tiwari in the Supreme Court appeal, added that Tiwari got down from ABHM president’s post over a year ago.“I had applied for a power of attorney on behalf of Kamlesh Tiwari in the Supreme Court in the title suit case,” said Chaturvedi. ABHM had formed a high-power committee and nominated Tiwari, the then president, to be an appellant in the title suit case on behalf of the outfit against the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgment.indianexpress
Muslim community mulls rejecting offer of alternative site for mosque in Ayodhya
New Delhi: With prominent voices joining in, a view is gaining ground within Muslim community that it should not accept land for building a new mosque anywhere else in Ayodhya. In order to articulate the sentiments of its members and the community, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board will on Sunday spell out its view on the offer of 5 acres of land for a new mosque as per the Supreme Court judgement in the Ram Mandir- Babri Masjid case.The Board at a special meeting of its working committee on Sunday in Lucknow will also decide whether it is in favour of filing a review petition against the judgement or not.While AIMPLB meeting is being seen among Muslim organisations as critical to put forth a public statement, the fact remains that the decision whether or not to accept the land is going to be the prerogative of UP Central Sunni Waqf Board. UPCSWB on the day of the judgement issued a statement welcoming the SC verdict and made it clear that it was not going to file a review petition. UPCSWB was also one of the petitioners in the case.However, the community voices over the way forward have started growing with Jamiat Ulama -i- Hind president Arshad Madani saying, “While it is up to the UPCSWB to take the land or not in my view they should not take it. The reason is that the case was about Babri Masjid and that it existed on the site that was under dispute. It was never about seeking an alternate site. We don’t need five acres land like a compensation. We have lost the case and we accept the top court’s verdict with dignity. However, building a mosque elsewhere does not make any sense to me,” Madani said.A prominent member of the AIMPLB, Kamal Faruqui, said, “There is a sentiment within the community that land should not be accepted. I also feel if a new mosque is built at an alternate site it will be a reminder of Babri Masjid and the associated developments ever since it was demolished. Therefore a new mosque should not be built at an alternate site.”Jamaat -e- Islami Hind national secretary Malik Mohtashim Khan too said that there was a sentiment within the community that 5 acres of land should not be accepted by those at the helm of affairs.TOI
Sikhs are angry for referring Sikhism as 'cult' in Ayodhya verdict, showing them as idols worshippers
As it attempted to sort out a century-old Hindu-Muslim issue with its 1045-page judgment on the Ayodhya land dispute, the Supreme Court has inadvertently riled Sikhs. It has described their religion as a ‘cult’ and seems to have relied on the testimony of someone who Sikhs believe has “misinterpreted the purpose of Guru Nanak Dev’s visit to Ayodhya in 1510-1511”. The court relied on the testimony of one Rajinder Singh, ‘a person having interest in the study of religious, cultural and historical books of Sikh cult’ who had been fielded as a witness by Hindu parties to strengthen their claim to the disputed site. The SC further noted on Rajinder Singh’s evidence, “In his examination-in-chief, he has referred to several books about Sikh cult and history.”Kendri Guru Singh Sabha in Chandigarh has publicly criticised the judgment and described it as an “affront” to the Sikh community. “The court has called us a ‘cult’ — a word which bears a definite negative connotation. The learned judges should have consulted experts before doing so,” said professor Gurdarshan Singh Dhillon, a Sikh historian associated with the Sabha. Neena Singh, a Delhi lawyer, has written to the SC registrar that she and a group of Sikh lawyers will be submitting a representation to CJI soon, asking for a correction of the portion of the judgment that refers to Sikhism as a cult. “It is derogatory and goes against all that Sikhism stands for. The judges should have rebuked the witness for using such language against a peaceful and independent religion like ours. The community is shocked and hurt by the false submissions of the witness and the judgment of the Supreme Court,” Singh said. Sikh intellectuals are also angry over the allegedly false janam sakhies or biographical writings about the Guru that have been taken on record by the SC from the evidence presented before the Allahabad high court. These state that Guru Nanak went to the alleged Ram Janambhoomi in Ayodhya for ‘darshan’.“Guru Nanak went to religious places like Mecca or Ayodhya to preach and spread the message of one formless God. He did not go for ‘darshan’ at any place. There is no place for idol worship or ritualism in Sikhism and the Guru, in fact, preached against it,” said Singh. Gurpreet Singh, head of Kendri Guru Singh Sabha said, “Instead of relying on an unknown person, the court should have asked for opinions from Sikh historians or the Akal Takht or the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee who would have produced authentic ‘janam sakhies’ written by renowned Sikh writers and not a ‘fictitious’ account that has been presented before it.”thewire
Post Ayodhya verdict, Adityanath meets top Muslim clerics, assures safety of minority community
Lucknow:Post the Ayodhya verdict, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath met top clerics in Lucknow on Monday and assured them that strict action will be taken in case people belonging to minority community are harmed anywhere in the state.UP Minority Affairs Minister Mohsin Raza said "CM met renowned Sunni and Shia clerics. CM Adityanath told them that in case people belonging to the minority community are harassed by anyone in any part of the state then strict action will be taken. CM also discussed steps taken for the modernisation of madrasas and how to improve the education system.""CM informed them about the flagships schemes of Narendra Modi government like Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, Ujwala Yojana, Saubhagya scheme and others. He urged the clerics to publicise these schemes so that more and more people belonging to the minority community can be benefited," Raza said.Speaking after the meeting, Salman Nadvi said "Our meeting with CM Yogi was very positive. He pitched for communal harmony and peace across the state. I believe that a university along with a mosque should be constructed on the 5-acre land which the Supreme Court has ordered the government to provide to the Muslim community in Ayodhya. This will send a good message to society."Another cleric, Maulana Hamidul Hasan said "CM in the meeting told us in detail about the schemes of both central and state government for minority welfare. We spoke about peace and brotherhood after the Ayodhya verdict."Maulana Yusuf Husaini, Maulana Shah Fakhre Alam Hasan, Maulana Younus Husain Nadvi are other clerics who met the Uttar Pradesh CM on Monday evening at his residence in Lucknow.India Today
Owaisi on Ayodhya verdict: Don’t need ‘khairat’, our fight was for Babri Masjid:
Expressing his dissatisfaction with the Supreme Court verdict on Ayodhya issue again, AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi has said his party was not in favour of the five acres of land proposed in the judgment for building a mosque.“I speak for my party, we do not want this ‘khairat’ (donation or charity). Our fight was for a legal right, for a Babri Masjid. Our fight was not for, to get this piece of land,” Owaisi said. He said the struggle for so many years was not for a piece of land. “Why did we have this patience so much. We went to the court, if it was a piece of land we could have accepted it somewhere else. But, from last 50 years, we have been fighting this case in a court of law with all the patience,” he said.He also claimed that with this decision, the country has furthered on the path of “Hindu Rashtra”. “How attempts are being made to make Muslims in Imdia as second class citizens. Keep watching. Political disempowerment is happening. Nobody can deny this..bring NRC, citizen amendment bill, what message you are giving. My regret is that all the secular parties, their mouths are shut,” Owaisi said. indianexpress
Fight was not for land but for rights and principles: Arshad Madni on Ayodhya verdict
New Delhi: Maulana Arshad Madni, president of Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, the leading Muslim organization that is a party in the Ayodhya Ram Temple and Babri Masjid case, has said that the decision of the Supreme Court is beyond comprehension, but we respect it. Madani said that a decision will be taken in the meeting of the working committee of the Jamiat on Thursday on filing a review petition against the decision of the Supreme Court. Maulana Madani said in an encounter that the status of Babri Masjid in terms of Sharia is not more than other mosques located in the country, but it was a fight, which we fought for 70 years. newstracklive
Forget closure, Muslims can’t even say how unhappy we are: Rana Ayyub on Ayodhya verdict:
India’s Muslims have been silent after the Supreme Court’s Ayodhya verdict because they are afraid of what will happen if they speak up, said journalist Rana Ayyub. There is a lot of anger and sadness in the community over the Babri Masjid demolition, but people are scared that “anything they say or do will only make things worse for them,” Ayyub told HuffPost India in phone interview. “This silence is of fear, not happiness. It’s only when you are intimidated that you are silent. We have been asked to shut up. Muslims are numb right now. The community has gone into a cocoon. People are just going about their routines because they don’t want to think anymore. They don’t know what is going to happen next,” she said. Ayyub’s opinion was shared by other Muslim leaders and activists this reporter spoke to after a five-judge bench of the Supreme Court ruled in favour of the Hindu parties last week, granting the disputed land in Ayodhya to a Hindu trust for the construction of a temple devoted to Ram, and offering an alternative five acres to the Muslim parties to build a mosque. huffingtonpost
OTHERS
J&K police not only detaining minors but making them pay for food in custody:families
Srinagar: The families of juveniles being detained by the Jammu and Kashmir Police in Srinagar have alleged that authorities are not only picking up their children but are also making them pay for the meals that are served to their wards while in custody.At least five families in a Srinagar locality claimed that police personnel in civilian clothes are picking up children, aged 14 to 16 years, bundling them into private vehicles before driving them to police stations.The police, the families alleged, are driving around the residential neighbourhoods of Srinagar in the private vehicles to scout for juveniles roaming around their homes. 3 of the juveniles ThePrint spoke to after they were let off said not only were they detained for over a week but also thrashed during their time in the police lock-ups.The police, however, have so far maintained that they have been picking up the juveniles, ever since the Modi government’s 5 August decision to scrap J&K’s special status, to maintain law and order in the newly-created union territory.Police has also claimed that the minors are released on the same day they are detained and are only questioned.Haseeb Mughal, SSP, Srinagar, denied most of the allegations levelled against the force. He, however, admitted that police are picking up youngsters in 14-24 age group but added that in 99 per cent of the cases, they are let off after brief questioning.theprint
Jammu and Kashmir: After snowfall, power supply still affected, fruit industry hit
Srinagar: 6 days since heavy snowfall threw life out of gear in the Valley, electricity supply in North Kashmir districts continues to be affected. Meanwhile, preliminary assessment by J&K’s horticulture department has shown that Kashmir’s fruit industry has been hit, with snowfall damaging 35 per cent of the orchards.Lt Governor G C Murmu held a review meeting in Jammu on Monday regarding the situation, but has not visited the Valley since the snowfall — which occurred on Nov 6-7.On Tuesday evening, Power Development Dept officials in Srinagar said that power supply has been restored in North Kashmir. “As we speak, we have restored electricity in North Kashmir,” Hashmat Qazi, Chief Engineer(Kashmir) of the dept,said. He said the snowfall had damaged 4,000-5,000 electricity poles and the department has replaced 2,500 poles so far.indianexpress
Kulbushan Jadhav case: Pak Army refutes claims of amending Act to implement ICJ verdict
Pakistan Army today refuted claims that a special amendment is being brought to allow Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav to file an appeal in a civilian court and said that "various legal options" for review and reconsideration of the case are being considered. "Speculations for amendment in Pak Army Act to implement International Court of Justice (ICJ) verdict regarding convicted Kulbushan Jadhav are incorrect. Various legal options for review and reconsideration of the case are being considered. Final status shall be shared in due course of time,"Pak Army spokesperson Asif Gafoor tweeted.Earlier in the day, quoting sources, Pakistan-based Ary News reported that Islamabad is planning a special amendment under the Army Act for Jadhav in view that the existing act forbade individuals or groups being tried under Military courts from filing an appeal and seeking justice from the civilian court.. ANI
Muslim Girl Commits Suicide at IIT-Madras; Family Alleges of Discrimination
Kollam:Days after 19-year-old Muslim girl, a first-year student of IIT-Madras, committed suicide in the hostel room, her family members have alleged that religious humiliation and caste discrimination by a faculty member had forced their Fathima to take the extreme step.A suicide notes shared by her parents to the media named two faculty members as cause of her death.“In the case of my death, This should be considered as my last non nuncupative statement. I never realised that I would miss my home so much. I abhor this place. How I yearn for my home, to be suspended in that delicious inertia like an interminable sleep from which I can never be roused. In the case of my death, the whole of blame will be unremittingly upon Hemachandran Karah and Milind Brahme,” the suicide notes was quoted by the en.maktoob,com as saying.Fathima’s family members, who hail from Kerala’s Kollam, have alleged that the faculties taunted her for belonging to the Muslim community.“My daughter faced casteist and religious discrimination from her faculties. Earlier she said that her name (Muslim name) itself is a problem there”, Abdul Latheef told MediaOne TV.caravandaily
UP man held for terror funding, his father says hang him if he is guilty
Muzaffarnagar: NIA has arrested a Muzaffarnagar man from Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi for his role in fund management on behalf of the terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba. Javed Ali, 40, was arrested just after he arrived from Saudi Arabia, where he has been working as a carpenter for several years, at the Delhi airport on Friday.The national agency was looking for him for the past 2 years for his role in terror funding. According to sources, he was operating through hawala channels. Reacting to the development, his father, Imran Ali, told TOI that Javed was innocent and if at all he was guilty, he should be hanged. He acknowledged his own questioning by NIA several times in Feb.last year but every time he was let off."My son earns well as carpenter in Saudi Arabia and sent us money to pay off debts and for his sister’s wedding. We came under the NIA scanner in Feb.2018 when my son sent Rs 3 lakh for his two sisters' marriage. Later, I was called by NIA and they asked me a lot of questions,” Imran told TOI.“I told the agency that my son sent me money by an unknown person who had called me once before handing over the money. Thereafter, I was called several times and I answered to all their questions,” he said, adding “I think I think my son is innocent and he is being framed. But if he is at all supporting terrorists, he should be hanged from a tree or shot dead.”According to sources, NIA is investigating a case filed in 2017 about raising funds for LeT. NIA has already arrested 5 accused, including Adish Kumar Jain and Anki Garg, two Muzaffarnagar-based jewellers in 2018.TOI
Justice Kureshi to take over as Tripura HC CJ on Nov 16: Sources
New Delhi: Newly-appointed chief justice of Tripura high court Akil Kureshi will take charge on November 16 and Justice Subhasis Talpatra has been asked to officiate as acting chief justice till then, sources said on Wednesday. Justice Sanjay Karol, who was heading the Tripura High Court, was recently appointed to the Patna High Court as chief justice.Days later,Justice Kureshi was appointed as chief justice of the Tripura High Court on November 8. "Since Justice Kureshi (of Bombay HC) will take over on Nov 16, Justice Talpatra, the senior-most judge of the Tripura HC, has been asked to officiate as chief justice," a senior government functionary explained.PTI
Gujarat govt aiding traders, not farmers, says RSS kisan wing
Gujarat chapter of Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (BKS), a RSS-affiliated farmers’ outfit, on Tuesday slammed the state government over its “poor” data collection on cultivation and the subsequent crop loss the farmers faced in Gujarat. It said that the farmers in the state are “Ram Bharose” (left to their fate).At a press event organised in Ahmedabad on Tuesday, BKS Gujarat president Vitthal Dudhatra said, “They (govt) have a good system in place but unfortunately failed in its implementation. There is a system under which the Talati is supposed to keep track of which kind of crop is cultivated in each farmland under their jurisdiction. But for the past 10 years, there is no record of this data. When the government doesn’t have the data on cultivation, how is it expected to have data on crop loss,” said Dudhatra. BKS state president alleged that the state government was busy creating an “illusion of numbers” in order to assist the traders of the state, but not the farmers.indianexpress
Retail inflation jumps to 4.62% in Oct due to higher food prices
Retail inflation surged to 4.62%in Oct, mainly on account of higher food prices, according to government data released today.The inflation based on Consumer Price Index (CPI) was 3.99% in Sept and 3.38% in Oct 2018.The inflation in food basket spiked to 7.89% in Oct 2019 as against 5.11% the preceding month.RBI has been asked to keep the retail inflation at around 4%.PTI
‘India, China dumping garbage into sea that floats into Los Angeles’: Trump
US President Donald Trump has said countries like China, India and Russia are doing “absolutely nothing” to clean up their smokestacks and industrial plants and the garbage that they drop in sea floats into Los Angeles.Terming climate change as a “very complex issue”, Trump said he considers himself to be, “in many ways, an environmentalist, believe it or not”.“So …I’m very much into climate. But I want the cleanest air on the planet and I want to have — I have to have clean air — water,” Trump said in remarks at the Economic Club of New York on Tuesday. Trump told the audience that the US withdrew from the “one-sided, horrible, horrible, economically unfair, ‘close your businesses down within three years,’ ‘don’t frack, don’t drill, we don’t want any energy’ — the horrible Paris Climate Accord that killed American jobs and shielded foreign polluters.”PTI
Goa CM reading Quran in Hindi, says curious to know what’s in it
anaji: Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has said that he is currently reading a Hindi translation of the holy book Quran as he was “curious”.“I wanted to know what it is there in the Quran. I had a curiosity to read it. I told Nadir Bhai to give me a copy which is translated in Hindi. I am trying to read it,” said Sawant during an Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi function organized in his Assembly seat, Sanquelim, on Sunday.The chief minister also cited the lessons taught in the holy book. He said that the book teaches that its religion is superior but other religions should also be respected.“In the Quran humans are ranked above all (species). The Quran says that just as our religion is superior to most, the other religions should also be respected,” he said.Sawant said that he is also in the process of reading the Holy Bible which has been gifted to him.“I am also trying to read the Bible. Neither the Quran, or Bible or Bhagwat Gita say that other religions should be defamed,” Sawant said.siasat
Narada tapes case: CBI court rejects SMH Mirza’s bail plea
Kolkata :A special CBI court today rejected the bail plea of suspended IPS officer SMH Mirza, who was arrested by the central agency for corruption in connection with the Narada tapes case, extending his judicial remand till November 26.Mr. Mirza’s counsel pleaded before the Kolkata court that his client is in no manner connected with the scandal but has been in custody for 49 days.He prayed to the court to grant Mirza bail as there’s been no progress in the case since his arrest. CBI lawyers pleaded that  Mirza’s appeal be rejected as his custodial remand was needed further for interrogation.PTI
After massive protest, JNU to partially roll back hostel fee hike
The executive council meeting of JNU has decided to partially roll back the hike in hostel fees. As per the revised decision, the room rent for single occupancy will be Rs 200 while for double, it will be Rs 100. The caution deposit will be Rs 5,500. The service charges will continue to be fined at Rs 1,700. The varsity will also provide assistance for the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) students.Earlier, the fee was hiked from Rs 20 per month to Rs 600 per month for single, and Rs 10 per month to Rs 300 per month for double sharing hostel residence. Further, a fee of Rs 1,700 would also have been charged. JNU student union (JNUSU) protested against the same on Monday.indianexpress
Delhi pollution level close to emergency mark, Kejriwal says odd-even scheme could be extended
New Delhi: As pollution levels in the national capital hovered close to emergency levels, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said the odd-even scheme could be extended, if the need arises.The road rationing scheme started on Nov 4 and is expected to end on Nov 15.“If the need arises, we will extend it (odd-even scheme),” Kejriwal said in response to media queries on whether the road rationing initiative, aimed at curbing vehicular pollution, will be further extended.PTI
 WORLD
Palestinian death toll climbs to 24 as Israel bombards Gaza for a second day
At least 24 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli air strikes on Gaza, including a father and his two sons, as the military continued its air campaign for a second day today.The latest flare up was triggered by Israel's assassination of a top member of the Islamic Jihad on Tuesday morning, and is showing little sign of easing. The enclave's ministry said 69 people had also been wounded during the bombardment.Some of the bodies of those killed in Gaza City were brought into Shifa hospital in taxis and ambulances early on Wednesday, as relatives wept and screamed, Reuters reported. Medics and witnesses said they were civilians who lived in densely populated neighbourhoods.A father and his two sons were killed by an air strike while on a motorcycle, an eyewitness told Middle East Eye, adding that they had just reached their home when the attack took place.The father was a farmer with no political affiliations and was coming back from his field, the eyewitness said. They started this, we did not want war," said one grieving relative.Islamic Jihad confirmed that two of its fighters were killed in separate strikes south of Gaza City during the morning. It identified one of the men as Khaled Farraj.Israel launched deadly strikes against commanders of Islamic Jihad early on Tuesday, triggering a wave of tit-for-tat rocket salvoes and air strikes.Israeli military said it had carried out a series of strikes on Islamic Jihad targets on Wednesday in response to new rocket fire from Gaza. Abu Musaab al-Breem, spokesman of Al-Quds Brigades, armed wing of Islamic Jihad, said: What’s going on is retaliation for the assassination of Abu al-Atta and is coordinated by all Palestinian factions.Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu, who ordered the assassination, on Tuesday accused Abu al-Atta of masterminding recent attacks against Israel and planning more in near future.middleeasteye
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Point Blank: Egypt, Russia and UAE sent arms to Libya's Haftar
An Al Jazeera investigation has uncovered Egyptian, Russian and UAE arms support to Libya's renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar.The commander has - since April 4 - waged a months-long offensive against UN-recognised, Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA).The Point Blank investigative programme incorporated exclusive documents and interviews with GNA leaders who spoke about the complex workings of the three countries' support for Haftar and his self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA).According to GNA Interior Minister Fathi Bashaga, Haftar's "biggest support lies in the fact that [Haftar-controlled] eastern region directly borders Egypt," making the border crossing with Egypt the main channel for military supplies.The hour-long Arabic language documentary revealed the existence of secret Egyptian foreign ministry documents dating back to May 26, 2017, implicating Cairo in the facilitation of Sudanese militia deployment to Libya.aljazeera
Congress and White House at odds as Erdogan and Trump set to meet
When Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan visits the White House on Wednesday, he will likely receive a relatively warm, but conflicted, reception from President Donald Trump, but a hostile one from members of the United States Congress.The visit comes just a month after Turkey launched a military offensive against Kurdish YPG forces in northeast Syria.YPG is viewed by Turkey as an offshoot of the armed Kurdistan PKK, considered by Ankara and several Western nations a "terrorist" organisation whose campaign for autonomy has killed tens of thousands over the past decades.aljazeera
China running hundreds more camps: Uighur activists
Uighur activists said they have documented nearly 500 camps and prisons run by China to detain the ethnic group, alleging China could be holding far more than the commonly cited figure of one million people. East Turkistan National Awakening Movement, a Washington-based group that seeks independence for mostly Muslim region known to China as Xinjiang, said on Tuesday it assessed images from Google Earth and found 182 suspected "concentration camps" that it listed by coordinates.The group, which said it matched its findings with on-the-ground information, said it also spotted 209 suspected prisons and 74 suspected labour camps, which it would share later."In large part, these have not been previously identified, so we could be talking about far greater numbers" of people detained, said Kyle Olbert, director of operations for the movement.aljazeera
Saudi hands jail terms to 38 on terror related charges
Saudi Arabia’s Specialist Criminal Court in Riyadh has sentenced 38 defendants to prison terms ranging from six months to 25 years on charges of financing terrorism and declaring other Muslims as non-believers, state-run Al-Ekhbariya channel reported.The channel said one of the convicts set up a terrorist outfit while in prison and recruited prisoners, without giving further details. According to channel, defendants were accused of “financing and committing acts of terrorism with the aim of disturbing internal security, and preparing, storing and sending material that would prejudice public order”.It quoted a source as saying that court has also ordered to non-Saudi defendants to be deported after the end of their trial, without specifying their number.MEMO
Saudi authorities backtrack on description of feminism as extremism
Saudi Arabia’s state security agency distanced itself on Tuesday from a promotional video that categorized feminism and atheism as extremist ideas, blaming it on an action by individuals, reports Reuters.The animated clip was posted on Twitter at the weekend by a verified account of the State Security Presidency which reports directly to the king. It has since been removed.In a statement published by state television, the security agency said the video contained a number of mistakes in defining extremism, and that the individuals who made the video did not do their job properly.In a separate statement, the state-affiliated Saudi Human Rights Commission said feminism was not a crime and that the kingdom “accords the utmost importance to women’s rights.”Neither statement referenced feminism and atheism – which have long been illegal and punishable by death in the absolute monarchy.middleeastmonitor
Egypt seeks to parry rights criticism after mass arrests
Egypt has been trying to deflect criticism of its human rights record and prison conditions ahead of a UN review in Geneva today that comes in the wake of thousands of new arrests, reports Reuters.The crackdown, which rights activists say was the most intensive campaign of arrests for years, came after rare protests against President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo and other cities in late Sept.More than 4,400 were detained, among them prominent activists, lawyers, academics and political figures, according to the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms. Around 3,000 are still being held under charges including using social media to spread false news, joining a banned terrorist group, and protesting without a permit, ECRF said.middleeastmonitor
Sikhs third most targeted religious group in US after Jews, Muslims: FBI report
Sikh community is third most commonly targeted religious group after Jews and Muslims in US, according to an annual report released by FBI.According to a press release issued by FBI, 2018 data shows the largest number of hate crimes based on religion were reported against Jews (835), followed by Muslims (188) and Sikhs (60). There were 64 offences against Sikhs with 49 known offenders and 69 victims. Another 91 hate crimes were reported against other religions, including 12 against Hindus and 10 anti-Buddhist crimes. Data, submitted by 16,039 law enforcement agencies, provides information about crimes motivated by bias toward race, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender, and gender identity.In total, at least 7,120 hate crimes were reported by law enforcement agencies across the US, slightly down from 7,175 in 2017, report states. Sikh Coalition, a New York-based think tank that defends Sikh civil rights, said that it remains a “disheartening” fact that hate crimes remain systematically underreported across US. indianexpress
Shafiqur Rahman made ameer of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami
Dhaka : Shafiqur Rahman has been elected the ameer of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami. Previously, he was the secretary-general of the party.Jamaat's member elected him through direct voting held from between 17 October and 10 November. The election commission confirmed the result on Tuesday announcing him as the Ameer, said a press release.Shafiqur Rahman was born in Kulaura upazila of Moulvibazar district on 31 October 1958. He passed MBBS from Sylhet Medical College in 1983. He was the president of Sylhet city unit of Islami Chhatra Shibir. He became the Majlis-e-Shura member of central Jamaat-e-Islami in 1985.Rahman is the chairman of a private medical college and a high school's management committee.prothomalo.com
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Why Indian Muslims Reject Extremist Doctrines:Talmiz Ahmad
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