Sunday, 3 November 2019

3 NOV. NEWS: CJI Gogoi says NRC a base for future, not a document of the moment/WhatsApp had said 121 Indians were snooped on in 2nd alert/ WhatsApp informed Priyanka Gandhi her phone could have been hacked: Congress


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03 Nov. 2019: 05 Rabiul Awwal 1441: Vol: 12, No: 52
INDIA
CJI Gogoi: NRC a base for future, not a document of the moment
New Delhi :CJI Ranjan Gogoi Sunday said the final draft of NRC in Assam was not the document of the moment but a base for the future.Speaking at the launch of book ‘Post Colonial Assam’, Gogoi said NRC exercise only attempted to ascertain with some degree of certainty the number of illegal migrants.“This is an occasion to put things in proper perspective, NRC, as it may finally emerge, is not a document of the moment. 19 lakh or 40 lakh is not the point. It’s base document for future,” ANI quoted Gogoi as saying.Gogoi also lashed out at few media outlets over irresponsible reporting, saying it only worsened the situation.“Irresponsible reporting by a few media outlets only worsened the situation. There was an urgent need to ascertain with some degree of certainty the number of illegal migrants, which is what the current exercise of NRC had attempted, nothing more nothing less,”CJI further said.CJI’s remark come nearly 2 months after the final draft of NRC was published. indianexpress
NRC is not a new idea, we have only updated 1951 list: CJI
AICC delegation in northeast to assess NRC
A Congress delegation led by former union minister and Rajya Sabha member Jairam Ramesh on Sunday begins their visit to four northeast states - Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya and Tripura - to gather opinions of people and party leaders on NRC (National Register of Citizens), a party leader said here.Senior Congress leader Gopal Roy said that 5-member AICC (All India Congress Committee) delegation arrived in Manipur capital Imphal on Sunday and they would go to Assam, Meghalaya and Tripura."During their visit, the AICC delegation would gather opinion on NRC from the people, party leaders and concerned stakeholders. AICC team after visiting the northeast region would submit a report to the party President Sonia Gandhi," Roy told IANS.The other members of the AICC delegation include former union minister Jitender Singh, Member of Parliament and AICC Secretary Manickam Tagore, senior lawyer Mohammad Ali Khan and AICC General Secretary and former union minister Mukul Wasnik.IANS
 In name of NRC, people are being kept in fear for electoral gains: WPI's national convention
New Delhi:Community leaders, legalists and human rights activists have expressed deep concern on the proposed updation of NRC at national level, saying this is just a ploy to keep a section of the society in fear for electoral gains. They were speaking at a national convention on “NRC – Myth and Catastrophe” organized by WPI at the Constitution Club here on Saturday.When they began process of NRC updation they had planned and had belief that they would be able to identify lakhs of Muslims as infiltrators and throw them out of the country but they failed to do so. Later, BJP leaders including Home Minister Amit Shah clearly said that Hindus and all religious minorities except Muslims need not fear NRC or Citizenship Bill, said eminent human rights activist and Christian leader Dr. John Dayal. “There is deep fear in people in Assam about missing of even a single document because they fear about the future of their family members. Fear is so palpable that it is difficult to find a human rights activist to go with you for a fact-finding work,” said Dr. Dayal who has visited Assam several times to document human rights issues. Supreme Court lawyer Sanjay Hegde said “NRC process is a bad idea. It was started to resolve a local problem but now it is threatening to go out of hand.”Maulana Arshad Madani, President Jamiat Ulama-I-Hind called upon the Muslim community across the country to correct their documents and keep them intact.“Whether NRC is done across India or not, everyone should correct their documents of citizenship. NRC issue has been for long in Assam and this pushed the Muslims in the state to keep their documents intact. I ask people to keep documents free from spelling errors,” said Maulana Madani.“Foreigners Tribunals do not have judges, they are people hired by BJP government, so fear is still hanging over head,” said Maulana Madani. Giving an example of how some officials have communal attitude, he said: “A Muslim man was standing in the queue with all documents. When the time for Juma prayers approached, he requested the officer to allow him to go to offer namaz and he will join the queue after that. The officer became so irritated that he declared him D-voter and got him arrested and sent him to jail.” Condemning the Kolkata statement of Home Minister Amit Shah about citizenship and NRC, Madani said Muslims have not come from outside, they are original residents of the country.“NRC has 3 basic aspects – political, social and communal – and the last one has assumed dangerous proportion,” said Mohammad Salim Engineer, Vice President of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind.The central government and some states under the rule of the same party are hiding their failure by pushing such things,” he said. WPI program was presided over by its president Dr. SQR Ilyas. Other eminent persons who spoke on the occasion included Supreme Court lawyer Prashant Bhushan, Lok Sabha MP Kunwar Danish Ali and rights activist Ravi Nair. indiatomorrow
J&K ISSUE
Govt releases new map, PoK’s Muzaffarabad in UT of J&K; Pakistan rejects it
Pakistan government on Sunday rejected the latest political maps issued by India, which showed the entire Kashmir region as its part, calling them “incorrect and legally untenable”.India on Saturday released fresh maps of newly created Union Territories (UTs) of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh and the map of India depicting these UTs.In the maps, Pok is part of the newly created Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, while Gilgit-Baltistan is in the UT of Ladakh.In a statement on Sunday, the Pakistan Foreign Office said, “(political maps) displaying Jammu and Kashmir region and seeking to depict parts of Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir within the territorial jurisdiction of India, are incorrect, legally untenable, void and in complete violation of the relevant UNSC Resolutions”. “Pakistan rejects these political maps, which are incompatible with the United Nations’ maps,” the Foreign Office said.Pakistan said that no step by India can change the “disputed” status of Jammu and Kashmir, which has been “recognised by the United Nations”.It said such measures by the Government of India cannot prejudice the inalienable right to self-determination of the people of Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir. Foreign Office said Pakistan would continue supporting the legitimate struggle of the people of Indian-occupied J&K for exercising their right to self-determination in accordance with the relevant UNSC Resolutions. The fresh maps were released after Indian government bifurcated Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday into 2 union territories — Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.PTI
Govt releases new map, PoK’s Muzaffarabad in UT of J&K
As Ladakh becomes UT, Kargil protests ‘discrimination’
Srinagar :As Leh celebrates Union Territory status given to Ladakh, Kargil observed a 3-day shutdown ahead of the official bifurcation of the state of Jammu and Kashmir into two UTs.Following the government’s decision, there have been protests in Kargil —Muslim-majority district of Ladakh region — alleging discrimination. 2 religious schools of Kargil, Imam Khomeini Trust and Islamiya School Kargil, several religious and political parties have also formed a joint action committee (JAC) on the issue.“We want equal distribution between Leh and Kargil, whether it is in finance, administration or employment or setup. We also want land protection. There should be a separate public service commission in Ladakh. Ladakh UT should be renamed UT of Leh and Kargil,” Congress leader and secretary of JAC Nasir Munshi said .“Office of L-G is now in Leh. The IG office is in Leh. The administrative secretary’s office too is in Leh. What is there for us? Nothing.” Kargil district observed a shutdown from Oct.29 to 31. While there has been no shutdown since, JAC said protests would continue until their demands are met.Political activist Sajad Kargili said,“We have always faced discrimination. We are against scrapping of special status of the state and bifurcation. In the new UT, Kargil has been again discriminated against…”One of the main reasons for their resentment, according to Kargili, is lack of political representation that comes with the change in status for Ladakh.“Until now, even if we were a small region, we were stakeholders in J&K state. Our MLAs could question the CM in the Assembly. Now, we will be under one man’s rule and have no political representation,” he said.“Kargil is facing injustice and discrimination, and if it continues, the anger and sadness among the people can explode…” said Asgar Karbalai, a political figure in Kargil. “In Ladakh, attempts are made to appease one community only.”indianexpress
Waiting to leave: Truckers in Kashmir live in fear as attacks on non-Kashmiris rise
With J&K under lockdown, Centre has tasked the National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Ltd (NAFED) to procure this season’s apple crop in the Valley.Mohammed Hashim, 26, has woken up at 7 am, an hour later than usual. It was the first time in days that Hashim, a truck driver from Mewat in Haryana, and his co-driver Mustaqeem Khan slept right through the night, curled up in the cabin of the truck, one of 10 that are parked inside the compound of the Deputy Commissioner’s office in Shopian, South Kashmir.The previous day (October 29), Hashim and the other truckers had been told the good news — after days of waiting on the road leading to Shopian, they would finally get to go to the fruit mandi in Shopian to load their trucks with apples.With J&K under lockdown, the Centre has tasked the National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Ltd (NAFED) to procure this season’s apple crop in the Valley. While J&K’s Directorate of Horticulture, Planning & Marketing will do the actual procurement, NAFED is to take delivery of the apples. Truckers like Hashim are meant to take the apples to the designated NAFED delivery points.indianexpress
Massive anti-encroachment drive on cards in Srinagar
Srinagar:A massive anti-encroachment drive is on cards in Srinagar as over 200 identified encroachments have been finalised for land retrieval proceedings, officials said today.The district’s Revenue Department has also identified more than 1,000 hectares of encroached land and is initiating relevant action as part of the first-phase of the drive, they said. According to officials, Srinagar administration has issued instructions to concerned departments to take “serious and definite” action involving initiation of criminal proceedings and eviction of encroachments and illegal constructions on government land and in water bodies in the district.PTI
 POLITICS 
Maharashtra people to know soon if Shiv Sena will be in power: Uddhav Thackeray
Pune :Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray Sunday said people of Maharashtra will come to know in the coming days whether his party will be in power or not.  “You will come to know in the coming days if the Shiv Sena will be in power,” PTI quoted Thackeray as saying in reply to a reporter’s query at a press conference in Maharashtra’s Aurangabad.Thackeray, who was in the district to take stock of crop losses due to unseasonal rain in last month, also said that Rs 10,000 relief package announced by the state government for the damages to the crops was not enough. Taking a dig at the relief at the current state leadership,he said, “Review of damages cannot be done from helicopter. Rs 10,000 crore for crop losses due to unseasonal rains is very less.” Thackeray said the affected farmers should get a compensation of Rs 25,000.He also demanded that the central government should explain benefits of Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). “What are the terms and conditions we are agreeing before signing the agreement tomorrow and how it will benefit the country. I think the issue hasn’t been discussed in Parliament,” he remarked. RCEP consisting of 10-member ASEAN bloc and six other countries — India, China, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand, is engaged in negotiations for a free trade pact.Even as the BJP continues to adopt a “wait and watch” approach before making any moves for government formation, the Shiv Sena has come up with what it said was the best option and “in the interest of Maharashtra.” The option in the current situation, the party said, was the possibility of Shiv Sena joining hands with Congress, NCP and others to form the government.indianexpress
‘Will take positive view if Sena forms govt minus BJP’: NCP chief spokesperson Nawab Malik
Mumbai: NCP has said it will take a “positive view” if the Shiv Sena is ready to form a “people’s government as envisaged by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj” minus the BJP.NCP chief spokesperson Nawab Malik said alternatives can be available if Uddhav Thackeray-led party takes any decision in this regard in the interest of the people.NCP president Sharad Pawar had, however, on Friday said his party will occupy opposition benches in the Assembly.“NCP will definitely take a positive view if the Shiv Sena is ready to form people’s government as envisaged by Shivaji Maharaj, minus BJP.Alternative will be available if any decision is taken in the interest of the people to form govt,” Malik tweeted. Malik, however, said the initiative should come from the Shiv Sena.PTI
ECONOMY
Adani firms’ coal imports: DRI to move SC against High Court order
Mumbai : Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has informed a court that it will move the Supreme Court against the Bombay High Court order that quashed all Letters Rogatory (LRs) sent by it to foreign countries in connection with the alleged overvaluation of Indonesian coal imports from 2011 to 2015 by 2 Adani Group firms.In an affidavit filed on November 1, DRI said it “is considering to take appropriate legal remedies available to it and therefore is likely that SLP (special leave petition) would be filed with honorable Supreme Court to claim appropriate reliefs”.A Letter Rogatory is a formal request between two countries party to a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT), seeking judicial assistance in accessing information on an offshore entity in connection with an ongoing probe.The DRI, in its affidavit filed with the Delhi High Court, also apprised the court on the status of its investigation into the overvaluation of coal imports to India by several companies.Delhi High Court had directed DRI to file an affidavit as it is hearing a PIL filed by senior advocate Prashant Bhushan on the alleged over-valuation of Indonesian coal and power equipment imports by about 40 firms in the country to the tune of Rs 29,000 crore. indianexpress
Congress questions rise in income of Jay Shah’s company, alleges he delayed filings till after polls
 Congress has said the dramatic rise in the income of Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s son Jay Shah was because he allegedly delayed the mandatory filing of statement of accounts of his business firm with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs for the past two years, The Hindu reported. Jay Shah was recently made the secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India.The Congress said Jay Shah filed the statement after the Lok Sabha elections in May to hide the increase in the fortune of his company Kusum Finserv Ltd.scroll.in
OTHERS
WhatsApp had said 121 Indians were snooped on in 2nd  alert
121 Indians were targets of a massive snoop through an Israeli spyware that broke into phones through WhatsApp, Facebook-owned company had informed Indian authorities in the last week of Sept, as first reported by Indian Express and confirmed by sources to NDTV. This was the second alert after May, according to sources, which was sent by the messaging platform to Indian authorities about the privacy breach.All 121 users were reportedly alerted about the security breach.The centre on Thursday demanded an explanation from the social networking app after it admitted that Indian journalists and human rights activists were among those globally spied upon by unnamed entities using an Israeli spyware Pegasus.The spyware Pegasus gets into the user's phone when the person gets a video call. As the phone rings, the attacker transmits a malicious code and the spyware is installed even if the user does not answer the call at all. By taking over the phone's systems, the attacker gets access to the user's WhatsApp messages and calls, regular voice calls, passwords, contact lists, calendar events, phone's microphone and camera.It can even turn on the camera and mic to track and hear what is happening around the user. India is WhatsApp's biggest market with 400 million users. ndtv
WhatsApp informed Priyanka Gandhi her phone could have been hacked: Congress
Congress today claimed that party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was among those notified by WhatsApp that their phones could have been compromised by operators using Israeli spyware ‘Pegasus’.“I want to tell that Priyanka Gandhi also received a similar message from WhatsApp around the same time,” Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said while addressing the media in the national capital.He also accused the BJP government of spying on several people in the run-up to 2019 general elections. “Shocking facts in #WhatsAppSpygate – Was BJP Government spying on citizens and political leaders in the run-up to 2019 elections,” he tweeted.“Did Government know of the illegal spyware since May 2019? Are those sitting in echelons of power guilty of criminal offences,” Surjewala asked. He also alleged that the Israeli spyware was sold only to the government and no one else.“A perusal of the website of NSO Group reflects that ‘Pegasus’ spyware and all NSO products are exclusively sold to Government only. In fact, NSO Group has written to ‘Citizen Lab’ (Munk School of University of Toronto) stating clearly that, ‘Our product is licenced to government and law enforcement agencies for the sole purpose of investing and preventing crime and terror. It is, thus, clear that Government of India and its agencies brought the spyware. It could neither be bought nor deployed by any private operator,” he said.On Saturday, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had claimed that her phone was also tapped and urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take note of such incidents of alleged surveillance.indianexpress
Narasimha Rao rejected MHA report on Ayodhya in 1992: Ex-home secretary
New Delhi :The Babri Masjid could have been saved if there was political will to act and the then Prime Minister P V Narasimha Rao did not accept a comprehensive contingency plan of the Home Ministry prepared before the demolition, claims Madhav Godbole who was Union home secretary that time.“If political initiative had been taken at the prime minister’s level, the Mahabharata of this Ramayana could have been avoided,” he says in his new book on the Ayodhya dispute.Seeking to draw a cogent picture of the events which transpired during the critical period before and after the demolition, Godbole says as prime minister, Rao “played the most important role in this crucial test match, but, unfortunately, he turned out to be a non-playing captain”.In “Babri Masjid-Ram Mandir Dilemma: An Acid Test for India’s Constitution”, the author claims that besides Rao, former prime ministers Rajiv Gandhi and V P Singh also failed to take timely action when the mosque was under serious threat.He says that when Rajiv Gandhi was prime minister, some workable compromise solutions were suggested to resolve the dispute, before positions had hardened on either side but no steps were taken.V P Singh remained firm after promulgating an ordinance vesting the specified area in and around the Babri Masjid in the central government, he says.PTI
Hyderabad: Police chief holds talks with Muslim leaders
Hyderabad: Control TV debates and social media videos was the suggestion given by leaders of the Muslim community who were called for a meeting with police commissioner Anjani Kumar ahead of the Supreme Court judgment on Ayodhya that is expected later this month. Over 20 leaders attended the meeting and they were very keen that there must not be provocative videos circulated on Youtube channels and vitriolic debates on television. The desire is to maintain peace and it is very important that everyone participates in it.Kumar had met with the leaders of the Hindu community a day before, stressing on the same issue of maintaining peace after the verdict. “It is our city and we must ensure that there is no untoward incident,” Kumar stressed at the meeting on Saturday.While all members agreed that they are for peace and were willing to co-operate, Amjedullah Khan of Majlis Bachao Tehreek said, “We are going to maintain peace but we also conveyed that the government must allow us to have dharnas. Protest is the right of democracy.” Abdul Allam Khan Ameen of Jamat-e-Ahle-Hadees mentioned that those involved in communal issues earlier should be kept under watch. Mr Syed Hamid Hussain Jaffery of Shia Youth Conference suggested that certain areas with mixed communities of Shahinayathgunj, Begum Bazaar, Nampally and Asifnagar should be closely monitored.Deccan Chronicle
Fate of Muslim writers in India can be judged by fear they have: Kashmiri novelist Shahnaz Bashir
New Delhi:Shahnaz Bashir, who is a Kashmiri novelist and academic based in Srinagar, on Saturday said that the fate of a Muslim writer in India can be judged by the fear he/she carries while going to other states.While speaking at Sahitya AajTak 2019, Shahnaz Bashir said that he was scared of words like "Are you a Muslim"."I am scared of words like 'Are you a Muslim', Shahnaz Bashir said.He said, "People set up decrees as soon as you start talking about it [being a Muslim]. It all boils down to the Muslim-ness."When asked about who can be classified as a good Muslim, Bashir said that Islam discourse has taught him that one can be a good Muslim by valuing human life.India Today
Minorities commission seeks report from AMU on action against student union leaders
National Commission for Minorities (NCM) has sought a detailed report from V-C of AMU and the district administration, after the secretary of the outgoing students’ union blamed varsity administration of dictatorial and oppressive approach in dealing with students. The commission has asked the authorities to submit their report within ten days.Earlier, AMU administration had lodged an FIR against its own students, rusticated one of them and suspended several others, after they allegedly created a ruckus at the office of the VC and registrar some three months ago. The ex-secretary of AMU students’ union, Huzaifa Amir, alleged that attempts are being made to intimidate union leaders, and that the situation on campus is dismal because of negative attitude of university authorities, as well as because of uncalled for involvement of political parties. He alleged that the university administration was being authoritarian with students and suppressing the latter’s voice to impose a reign of fear and surveillance. He said, “Both myself and Hamza Sufyan, the ex-vice president of students union, are being vilified as hardcore criminals. 7 criminal cases have been filed against us under serious sections of the IPC. We were lodged in jail for 52 days without any major fault of ours.”Narrating the sequence of incidents that occurred in end-July and continued till August this year, he said that as being elected representatives of the students union, they had approached the registrar regarding a proposed police check post at university circle, which was a cause of concern for students, as in the past, there never was any direct presence of police on campus. But registrar Abdul Hamid refused to meet them, instead threatening them of dire consequences. When contacted, registrar Abdul Hamid said the university will send a detailed report to NMC to apprise them of the action taken against students and circumstances behind it.TOI
We will work for nation’s integrity: Arshad Madani
Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind has been trying for several years to build a strong social bond with other communities. The organisation believes that the fate of Muslims in India is intertwined with the fate of their fellow countrymen and that the struggle against Hindutva forces has to be waged by all communities. Jamiat, which has entered its 100th year, continues to believe in the power of persuasion, prayer and petition. Its president Arshad Madani spoke to Frontline about the organisation’s accomplishments in the past hundred years. Madani said, "Before the Congress was formed in 1883, a fatwa was issued on the formation of the Congress and Muslim participation in it. People asked if it was proper for Muslims to join Congress. Hazrat Rashid Ahmed Gangohi remarked that just as Muslims worked in partnership in business, Muslims and Hindus could join hands as long as their faith was not affected. The fatwa, known as Nasratul Abrar, was shared widely. Interestingly, ulama gave a fatwa for participation in Congress, but did not join Congress. Ulama had fought against the British earlier. On the other hand, Congress did not aspire for complete Independence. It sought to bring about greater cooperation with the British in the initial years. For Jamiat, nothing short of Independence was worth aspiring for."When asked that in 20th century, we are told that when the Simon Commission came, Congress opposed British but Jamiat is not mentioned anywhere, Madani replyed,"it was part of a larger conspiracy to undermine the contribution of Jamiat. It will not be fair to blame BJP alone for ignoring the contribution of Muslims. Congress, too, has been guilty. In fact, for long, Congress has had members with a Hindutva mindset. They kept striking at the roots of Congress. From the inception of Congress to its burial—yes, Congress is dead and buried for all practical purposes—the same mindset is at work." Madani said, "after Independence, we were advised by Maulana Azad to avoid politics. We feel that if the country had not been divided on communal lines, we could have continued to be in politics, but after the unfortunate Partition on the lines of religion, it was best to confine ourselves to social work. If at that time the Jamiat had retained its political character, it would have been finished. If the organisation is still alive, it is because it is non-political." He further said, "those in power today have done nothing for the nation. Their policy is similar to the policy of the Muslim League. League made Muslims mad with the thought of an Islamic state.BJP is following exactly the same policy today, with respect to Hindus." frontline
Muslim outfits join hands to educate community on triple talaq
Bareilly: Concerned with the number of triple talaq cases in Sambhal district, several Muslim outfits have joined hands to educate the community on Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act, 2019. Despite the government’s efforts to spread awareness, there is little respite in Sambhal since as many as seven cases of instant talaq have been registered under the new Act within a month. The minority outfits involved in the awareness effort are Muslim welfare society, Ulema Mashaikh Board, Muslim Ekta Sangh, Tafule Sunnat and Jamiatul Quresh. They held a panchayat meeting in Sambhal on Saturday, and chalked out a plan on how to refrain married couples, especially married women, from taking their family dispute to police station.Expressing his concern, Shahar Qazi of Chandausi Mohammad Magrub said such incidents of booking Muslim men on charges of giving triple talaq were nothing less than a blot on the community. “It seems that highest number of triple talaq cases in UP has been registered in Sambhal so far and there is no pause on that,” he said.TOI
UP man, accused of murdering wife, beaten to death by villagers
A man accused of murdering his wife was beaten to death by villagers in UP's Fatehpur district.Identified as Naseer Qureshi, 40, he was attacked by at least 6 men wielding lathis and iron rods as attempted to escape after taking an axe to his wife, Afsari, 35. Local police denied knowledge of the incident until a video of the man being thrashed surfaced online. Police now say they have identified 5 of the people seen in the disturbing video and have arrested three of them."This man was accused of murdering his wife yesterday. When he was trying to escape he was cornered by villagers and they pelted stones at him and also assaulted him. He died," Shripal Yadav, DSP said." We are investigating the video too now," he added.NDTV
BJP, Congress Spar over Tipu Sultan in Karnataka
With Karnataka government banning the celebration of 18th century Mysore ruler Tipu Sultans 270th birthday on November 10 and mulling to drop history lessons on him from school text books, ruling BJP and the opposition Congress have begun sparring over the controversial king.“As Tipu was a tyrant and a religious bigot who forcibly converted hundreds of Hindus into Muslims, his birthday should not be celebrated any year as a mark of tribute to all those who suffered or died because of him and his heinous crimes,” the Bharatiya Janata Party’s state unit spokesman G. Madhusudan told IANS here .Accusing BJP of being anti-national and communal to ban ‘Tipu Jayanthi’ across the state, the Congress said the ruling party was insulting a great ruler who fought the British for protecting his kingdom.“Tipu was the first freedom fighter who not only fought against the East India Company troops, but also laid down his life in the fourth battle of Srirangapatna near Mysore in 1799 than surrender to the invading Englishmen,” Congress spokesman Raju Gowda told IANS.IANS
Dera violence: Court drops charges against 40 accused
Panchkula:A sessions Court here has discharged at least 40 accused including Dera Sacha Sauda Chief Gurmeet Singh’s close aide Priyanka Taneja alias Honey Preet of the offence of waging war against the government as Haryana Police failed to prove its allegation that the rioting caused by Dera followers after Ram Rahim’s conviction in the rape case in 2017 was also aimed at overthrowing Government of India and Haryana government.“…The primary object was to gather the devotees in large numbers for favorable decision for Baba and in case the decision was given against Baba, it was allegedly planned to carry out rioting, arson and to attack the police to get the Baba freed from police custody. The object was thus confined to the interest of the Dera followers/devotees and not common to the whole community and the object sought to be attained was not of a great public nature,” said Additional Sessions Judge Sanjay Sandhir.indianexpress
Ahmedabad: Property sales hit as Viramgam comes under Disturbed Areas Act
Viramgam:Tailor Jagdish Solanki (60) has been desperately trying to sell his ancestral home and move away from his Muslim neighbours in Mandaliya Fali area of Viramgam town of Ahmedabad district for the past 6 months. His plans to shift to a Hindu neighbourhood has got stuck after Viramgam was brought under the ambit of Disturbed Areas (DA) Act, which restricts buying and selling of real-estate without a nod from the govt. “The government has locked the stable after the horses have bolted. If they wanted to bring in DA Act, they should have done it 2 years ago,” says Solanki whose house in Mandaliya Fali overlooks a Balaji temple that stands next to a Jumma Masjid.“It was then that Muslims had started purchasing houses in this locality. But it is too late now as 60 per cent of the houses in this 150-odd house Hindu neighbourhood have been bought by members of Muslim community.In the past,Viramgam has been ruled by both the Mughals and the Marathas. Indianexpress
Delhi-NCR gasp under choking smog as AQI breaches 999-mark in several areas; schools shut, flights diverted
Delhi and its surrounding areas were enveloped in heavy, toxic smog on Sunday - the worst levels in recent years - with flights diverted or delayed and schools in most places being shut even as politicians blamed each other for failing to tackle the crisis.The reading on the Air Quality Index in most places breached the 999 mark far beyond the "hazardous" zone. Concentrations of particles measuring less than 2.5 microns hit the highest level of this season, exacerbated by light rains late Saturday, India's state-run System of Air Quality Weather Forecasting and Research(SAFAR) said. According to government air quality monitor, the air quality index(AQI) in Bawana was recorded at 999 in Jahangirpuri, Rohini, Sonia Vihar, Shahdara, Okhla, Major Dhyan Chand Stadium, Anand Vihar, Punjabi Bagh, Pusa, Mandir Marg, Mundka, Sriniwaspuri and JNU. Other places also crossed 900-mark."Pollution has reached unbearable levels,"Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal tweeted Sunday.Visibility was so poor that major carriers Air India and Vistara said flights were being delayed or diverted to and from Delhi's airports.37 flights have been diverted to Jaipur, Amritsar and Lucknow.news18
Odd-even scheme in Delhi: Check dates, fines, timings, rules, exemptions
Delhi odd-even rule: After almost three years of gap, the Odd-even scheme will be back in Delhi from November 4 to Nov. 14. Under 'odd-even scheme', vehicles with odd registration number (ending with 6781, 7863 etc) will be allowed on odd days. And on even days, only vehicles with even number (eg 2238, 7400 etc) would be allowed. It will be the third time that the odd-even scheme will come into force in Delhi. Odd-even was first implemented for 15 days from January 1-15 and then from April 15-30 in 2016.If anyone violates odd-even rule then a fine of Rs 4,000  would be charged. Earlier, the penalty was Rs 2,000 for the violation. The hike in penalty has been suggested by the Transport department as per the amended Motor Vehicle Act.The odd-even scheme will be applicable in Delhi from 8 am to 8 pm, except on Sundays. Exempted vehicles during odd-even scheme: Two Wheelers, Women drivers alone or with child up to 12 years of age, Private vehicles with school children in uniform (only during school timings), Vehicles with person/s with physical disabilities. The following will not be exempted from the odd-even scheme in Delhi: 4-wheeled vehicles driven by men, private CNG vehicles, Non-Goods vehicles from other states and MLAs of other states. Businesstoday
Tis Hazari court clash: Delhi police register four cases
New Delhi :A day after a major clash broke out between Delhi police officers and lawyers inside the Tis Hazari court premises allegedly over a vehicle parking issue, the Delhi Police on Sunday registered a total of four FIRs in the case, said a police officer.Apart from two cross FIRs, the third case is based on the complaints of the District Judge of the Tis Hazari court over the entire incident. And the fourth case is on the complaint of a woman lawyer who alleged that she was molested during the incident, added the officer.thehindu
 WORLD
Iraqi protesters block roads, shutting offices and schools
Demonstrators have shut down major streets in Iraq's capital, intensifying a weeks-long protest movement calling for an overhaul of the political system amid growing anger over poor governance and lack of economic opportunity.In a move that appeared to follow a tactic adopted by protesters in Lebanon, where similar demonstrations have been under way since Oct.17, demonstrators in Baghdad on Sunday blocked key roads, highways and intersections."Roads closed by order of the people," read a banner in a road that was blocked with burning tyres and barbed wire.University-age demonstrators, meanwhile, stopped traffic by parking cars in the middle of main thoroughfares, as police officers manning nearby checkpoints looked on without intervening. aljazeera
UN chief 'deeply concerned' over Rohingya crisis
United Nations chief Antonio Guterres has expressed "deep" concern over the plight of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees, urging Myanmar to assume responsibility by dealing with the "root causes" of their flight and work towards their safe repatriation.A brutal army campaign in August 2017 forced more than 740,000 members of the mostly-Muslim minority to flee Myanmar's Rakhine state, most seeking refuge in overcrowded camps across the border in Bangladesh. During its crackdown, which was launched in response to attacks by an armed group, the military carried out mass killings and gang rapes with "genocidal intent", according to UN-mandated investigators.Speaking at the start of a meeting in Thailand with the leaders of ASEAN, Guterres said on Sunday Myanmar was responsible to "ensure a conducive environment for the safe, voluntary, dignified and sustainable repatriation of refugees". aljazeera
Algeria presidential poll: 5candidates announced
Algeria's electoral authority has said the country's presidential election next month will be contested by five candidates - all part of the political establishment that has drawn the ire of months-long protests demanding the departure of the ruling elite.The contenders are former PMs Abdelmadjid Tebboune and Ali Benflis, former Culture Minister Azzedine Mihoubi, former Tourism Minister Abdelkader Bengrine and Abdelaziz Belaid, head of the El Mostakbal Movement party. Mohamed Chorfi, the head of electoral body, told reporters in the capital, Algiers,       today that the final list of candidates for the December 12 poll will be passed to constitutional council for final validation.aljazeera
'Punitive': Palestinian rights activist slams Israel's travel ban
A Palestinian human rights campaigner struck with a travel ban by Israel has described the government's rationale as "completely false and ridiculous", terming the move "punitive measure" against the work of his employers Amnesty International.Laith Abu Zeyad, who works as Amnesty's campaigner on Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories, was stopped by Israeli authorities at the King Hussein/Allenby border crossing on October 26 while on his way to attend a relative's funeral in Jordan.After being held for four hours, he was told he was banned from travelling abroad for what Israel's internal security service, the Shin Bet, called "serious security considerations"."The Israeli authorities' decision… is another chilling indication of Israel's growing intolerance of critical voices," Abu Zeyad said from city of Ramallah in occupied West Bank.aljazeera

Bangladesh grants bail to Nobel laureate Yunus
DHAKA:A court in Bangladesh’s capital granted bail on Sunday to micro-credit pioneer and Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus over the firing of three employees by Grameen Communications, where he is chairman.Acting Chairman of the 3rd Labor Court in Dhaka, Zakia Parveen, granted the bail when Mr. Yunus appeared before the court.AP
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