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Tuesday, 4 February 2020

4 Feb. NEWS FLASH: No decision yet on nationwide NRC: Home Ministry clarifies in Parliament/ Seattle City Council becomes first US legislative body to pass anti-CAA, NRC resolution; says law 'meant to disenfranchise Muslims'/‘I want her to come back’: Bidar student on her mother's arrest over an anti-CAA play


 04 Feb.  2020: 09 Jamadi-2, 1441: Vol: 12, No: 123
*anti-citizenship act stir*
No decision yet on nationwide NRC: Home Ministry clarifies in Parliament
Home Ministry in Parliament today clarified that the government has not yet decided on implementing NRC across the country. In a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Home Affairs, Nityanand Rai, said, “Till now, the government has not taken any decision to prepare (NRIC) at national level.” The clarification comes amid protests against CAA– the new law, which the government had said, will be followed by NRC.The remark is a departure from comments made by senior ministers and party leaders, including Home Minister and BJP president Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and BJP working president J P Nadda. BJP’s manifesto for 2019 Lok Sabha elections also promised NRC in “other parts of the country in a phased manner”. But Prime Minister Narendra Modi, at a rally in Jharkhand, had said his government had not discussed pan-India NRC exercise. Prime Minister had also denied that there are any detention centres in the country, saying these were lies being spread by the “Congress, its allies, some educated Naxals and urban Naxals”. Prime Minister’s statement was reiterated later by Home Minister Amit Shah in interviews given to ANI and ABP news channel, who said that NPR data would not be used for NRC. indianexpress
Opposition trying to create a Shaheen Bagh inside Parliament too, says BJP leader
New Delhi: Amid protests by the Opposition over the amended Citizenship Act in both Houses of Parliament on Monday, BJP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Shiv Pratap Shukla said that some leaders are trying to create "a Shaheen Bagh even inside Parliament". "Till now they (Opposition) had not got the opportunity. They are behind the Shaheen Bagh (protests) as well, and now they are trying to repeat the Shaheen Bagh even inside Parliament as well," Shukla, a former Union minister, told ANI here.ANI
BJP leader seeks urgent SC hearing for removal of Shaheen Bagh protestors, says stir causing difficulty to nearby residents
New Delhi: The Supreme Court asked a Delhi BJP leader on Tuesday to approach its mentioning officer to get an early date for the hearing of his plea seeking the removal of hundreds of anti-citizenship law protestors occupying a road-stretch in Delhi's Shaheen Bagh area.BJP leader Nand Kishore Garg has urged the top court for an urgent hearing, considering the difficulty faced by residents due to the nearly-two-month-long protest on a road connecting Delhi and Noida. Also, various other arterial roads of Delhi have been facing traffic congestion due to the protest."You go to the mentioning officer," the SC bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde told Garg.PTI
Punjab farmers to extend support at Shaheen Bagh protest
"Amit Shah Wants To Fight Delhi Polls On Shaheen Bagh": Kejriwal
New Delhi: Home Minister Amit Shah wants to fight the entire Delhi election on the Shaheen Bagh protests, Arvind Kejriwal said today, questioning, "He is so powerful. Can he not open a road?" In an interview to NDTV ahead of the Saturday vote in the capital, Delhi Chief Minister said no other party lies more than BJP and a "great man like Amit Shah" also peddled lies. The Shaheen Bagh protest against the citizenship law, in which hundreds of women and children have spent nights sitting on the road, had been targeted by critics because of the traffic blocks and inconvenience to people travelling through south Delhi towards Noida, Kejriwal remarked.ndtv
Delhi polls between Shaheen Bagh and Modi’s nationalist gang: Amit Shah


Mansa farmers join Shaheen Bagh stir, more from Sangrur to go today
BATHINDA: Activists of Punjab Kisan Union left for Delhi from Mansa on Monday to support the ongoing protest against CAA at Delhi's Shaheen Bagh.Another group of farm activisits is expected to leave for the national capital on Tuesday and stay there till February 8. Also, in continuation of protests against CAA, NRC and NPR, farm organisations are continuing to mobilise support for a protest planned in Malerkotla town of Sangrur on February 16. An indefinite protest is also expected to start in Mansa from February 12. "We left for Shaheen Bagh to support the protest against CAA, NRC and NPR today," Punjab Kisan Union president Ruldu Singh Mansa said.On Tuesday, hundreds of farmers are expected to eave for Shaheen Bagh in buses from Sangrur. "We will take along ration to organise langar for protesters till February 8. We feel it is our ethical duty to stand by our Muslim brothers and sisters," farmer organisation BKU (Ekta Ugrahan) general secretary Sukhdev Singh Kokri.TOI
Punjab Kisan Union reaches Shaheen Bagh to extend support

Not bothered who wins Delhi elections, say Shaheen Bagh protesters
NEW DELHI: A day after the area witnessed its third shooting in a week, women of Shaheen Bagh intensified their protests, amid heavy policing and security checks, even as volunteers checked the background of speakers and asked them to avoid ‘separatists’ or ‘unconstitutional’ language in speeches.Since Saturday, the organisers have made people sign a disclaimer which states that views expressed are personal, before they are allowed to speak. They have been also directed to touch only on CAA-NRC, primarily, and steps needed for women safety, rising cost of commodities, increasing unemployment and poverty and asked not to raise inflammatory or provocative slogans that could hurt religious sentiments of any community, not to refer to separating any part of the country or denigrate any leader associated with any religion and not to support any political party.economictimes

'Had Govt Not Brought CAA, NRC...': Infant Of Shaheen Bagh Protester Dies After Catching Cold

Panic at Jharkhand’s Shaheen Bagh
Panic prevailed at Kadru, where women have been on a continuous sit-in protest in front of the Haj House since January 20 against the new citizenship matrix, on Monday morning when word got around that a procession by saffron groups was headed to the area.Around 11am the women, who are protesting against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), the National Register of Citizens and the National Population Register, began calling up their near and dear ones frantically, scared that the pro-CAA procession headed their way would endanger their security.Within an hour, men outnumbered the women who have been on a continuous protest like Shaheen Bagh in Delhi. Police came to know and rushed to the area.telegraphindia

The voice of Ahmedabad’s Shaheen Bagh
Ahmedabad: At the anti-CAA protest venue at Ajit Mills the microphone goes to Safia Pathan, 10, who keeps raising slogans for nearly half an hour without any fumble. The younger of two siblings, Safia, a Class-4 student and daughter of an autorickshaw driver, is seen resting her back on a big replica of the Constitution placed at the protest venue when she shouts slogans and also raises her left hand like a seasoned activist while shouting Azadi slogans. When asked how she learnt shouting slogans, Safia said she observed some activists and for last 10 days she has been raising slogans against CAA, NRC and NPR.TOI


Centre tells Delhi HC that investigation into Jamia violence at 'crucial stage'; bench grants govt till 29 April to file report
New Delhi: The investigation into the incident of violence at Jamia Millia Islamia during an anti-CAA protest was at a crucial stage, the Centre told the Delhi High Court on Tuesday.The submission before a bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar was made by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta while seeking more time to file a report regarding the probe.Taking note of the submission, the bench granted the Centre time till 29 April to file a reply.During the hearing, senior advocate Colin Gonsalves, appearing for some students of Jamia, said 93 students and teachers filed complaints about alleged attacks on them by police but no FIR has been filed against the agency till date.The other lawyers for the petitioners alleged that the government has not complied with the court order to file a response within four weeks of the last date of hearing on December 19.The bench, however, declined to pass any interim order and granted time till 29 April to the government to file a reply.PTI

 

Seattle City Council becomes first US legislative body to pass anti-CAA, NRC resolution; says law 'meant to disenfranchise Muslims'
Seattle: A coalition of Seattle-area South Asians celebrated the passage of Seattle City Council Resolution 31926  opposing India’s NRC and CAA, after hundreds of people rallied and attended a midday City Council vote to express their support. The resolution, introduced by Council member Kshama Sawant, affirmed Seattle as a welcoming city, and expressed City Council’s solidarity with Seattle’s South Asian community regardless of religion and caste.Hundreds of South Asians stood in support of the anti-CAA, NRc resolution passed by Seattle City Council.“We welcome the Seattle City Council’s resolution denouncing the divisive and draconian CAA and NRC. These acts are unconstitutional and designed to disenfranchise several million Muslim, Dalits and other minorities in order to create a fascist state.” said Javed Sikander, spokesperson for the Seattle chapter of Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC).Seattle City Council became the first legislative body in US to take a stance on India’s CAA and NRC. firstpost

Anti-CAA protest held at UN headquarters in Geneva
Indian community across Europe came together and held a peaceful protest outside the UN headquarters in Geneva on February 1. Despite inclement weather, they held banners, sang songs and recited poetry to register their opposition against the CAA and (NRC, according to a press release.Former IAS officer Kannan Gopinathan spoke to the people gathered there via a live call-in facility and Bhim Army Chief Chandrashekar Azad’s audio message was then later played at the protest.In his statement, Chandrashekhar Azad said, “In India, black laws like the CAA are being passed as an attempt to turn Dalits, Adivasis, Backward Classes, Muslims, and other minorities into second-class citizens. It is an attempt to deprive them of their constitutional rights, to make them slaves in their own country. This law is discriminatory and violates our fundamental right — the right to equality. To everyone at the UN, to Indians all over the world, to all citizens who ask for and believe in social justice, I appeal to you, keeping Baba saheb’s liberty, equality and fraternity in mind, raise your voice against this black law.”thehindu
European envoys could visit J&K before vote on Kashmir, CAA resolution and India summit
New Delhi: Modi government is likely to take ambassadors from the European Union (EU) nations on a tour of Jammu and Kashmir in the aftermath of the European Parliament’s joint draft resolution on J&K and CAA, multiple sources told ThePrint.The government had taken 15 foreign diplomats, including US Ambassador to India Kenneth Juster, for a visit to the erstwhile state last month. The EU leaders had declined the government’s invite at the time. Speaking to ThePrint, a diplomatic source said the EU envoys’ visit is expected to take place before the EU-India Summit scheduled to be held in Brussels on 13 March.While the Modi government hasn’t yet invited the diplomats officially, EU envoys say they are ready for the visit now.ThePrint
 

Bidar : School ‘sedition’ arrests: 9-yr-old waits for mother to be freed, police seize slippers, question children
Bidar : 9-year-old breaks down when asked where her mother is. It’s been three days since Najumunissa, a single parent, was put in jail on sedition charges after the Class 5 student spoke against CAA in a school play, and said she would hit anyone who asked for documents with shoes.Apart from Najumunissa, police have held the school headmistress, Fareeda Begum, on sedition charges. It has also seized the slippers held up by a student as Najumunissa’s daughter said “joote marenge” as “evidence”.Since police have been dropping in daily to question students at Shaheen Urdu Primary School since the arrests, parents have been coming to ensure they are around when that happens.On Monday, D N Nagesh took over as Bidar SP after T Sreedhara was suddenly transferred on January 31, a day after the two women were arrested.In between sobs, Najumunissa’s daughter manages to say “bhabhi”, referring to their landlord’s wife who has been taking care of her with Najumunissa in prison.Lodged at the Bidar District jail, Najumunissa, 35, who has no WhatsApp on phone, says she knows little about CAA or NRC except what they had heard on TV and “once on someone’s mobile”. Her daughter was selected by the school along with 6 others to prepare a play on the Act, and Najumunissa says 9-year-old decided to repeat what she had heard on TV. “We rehearsed the lines several times at home,” she says. The government-aided Shaheen Urdu Primary School has 254 students. Shaheen Group of Institutions and Allama Iqbal Educational Society have over 50 branches in 13 states. CEO Thouseef Madikeri says 45 per cent of their over 2,000 students, including in Shaheen English Primary and Secondary School and Junior College branches in Bidar, are Hindus.Questioning the police interrogation of students, a school official said, “They are taking aside all students who participated in the play and those who saw it and questioning them. They don’t let any teacher or management official to be present. The students are scared.”indianexpress
‘I want her to come back’: Bidar student on her mother's arrest over an anti-CAA play





Kutch traders who supported bandh against CAA allege boycott, threats
Rajkot :Some traders and residents of Kutch district, who supported a bandh call in protest of CAA on January 29, have alleged that they have been facing boycott from those supporting the new citizenship law.While no complaints have been filed with the police, purported videos and messages calling for a boycott are doing the rounds of social media.In Ratnal, a village in Anjar taluka of eastern Kutch, a group which identified itself as Akhil Bharat Desh Rakshak Samiti allegedly put up a hoarding that read “Jai Shri Ram: Anti-national elements shall not stop or park their vehicles and rickshaws in Ratnal village.” While the hoarding has been taken down, police said there is no organisation by that name. Parikshita Rathod, SP, Kutch (East), said: “The banner was against ‘anti-nationals’. It does not require any action from our side.”“Ratnal is only 3 km from our village, but people have stopped going there as they have put up banners which prohibit halt there,” said Juma Para, sarpanch of Chubdak village.indianexpress

Women, girls take centrestage in anti-CAA protests in AMU
ALIGARH: Women and girl protesters have taken centrestage in the ongoing protests against CAA over the past few days at AMU as well as in the old city.A large number of girls blocked all traffic within AMU campus on Monday, forming a human chain at the main crossing near the university guesthouse, while at Shahjamal under the Delhi Gate police station, hundreds of women from the neighbouring localities continued with their round-the-clock sit-in that is going on for three days.On January 30, when a large number of women held their first protest at the Eidgah grounds, police had slapped cases against about 250 people, most of them unidentified, for violating prohibitory orders.Despite this, they have continued with their indefinite "dharna" and are spending the nights under the open sky.Despite attempts, no senior police official is willing to comment on the ongoing dharna.At AMU, girls in large numbers resumed their protest on the main road leading to the campus from the Baab-e-Syed gate on Monday.PTI




In Aligarh, police issue notices to 153 people: Face action if violence erupts
Lucknow :ALIGARH police on Monday issued notices to 153 people, including women, to sign a bond with a warning that they may face legal action if any untoward incident occurs outside Shahjamal Eidgah in the city, where women have been on a sit-in protest for the last six days against CAA and NRC.The police said notices have been issued to men who are said to be providing logistic support to the protesting women.Taking note of two incidents of firing at Delhi’s Jamia Millia Islamia and Shaheen Bagh, the epicentre of anti-CAA protest now, Aligarh police have put up two door metal detectors on the road leading to the protest site, officials said.Officials said the police began the exercise after they failed to convince people to withdraw the protest. SSP Kulhary said no one has been arrested since the amount of sentence in charges they have been booked under are less than 7 years. A chargesheet would be filed in the case soon, he added.indian express

Lawyers submit memo against NRC, CAA and NPR in Surat
Surat :Criticising NRC, CAA and NPR for being against the spirit of the Constitution, over a hundred lawyers on Monday submitted a memorandum to Surat District Collector urging the Central Government to not implement them.“Indian Constitution calls for equality, it doesn’t discriminate on the basis of caste, creed or religion, but the aim of NRC, CAA and NPR is to divide the society on these lines and this will fuel communal hatred. Seven states have already opposed CAA. This has already caused a lot of violence in Assam and many people have lost their lives,” the memorandum reads.It further added that those SC/ST, OBC and Muslims who don’t have documents to prove their citizenship will be left nowhere if Central government goes ahead with its plan of implementing it across the nation.indianexpress
Pakistan will ‘compensate’ Malaysia by buying more palm oil after India withdraws: Imran Khan
Pakistan will do its best to buy more palm oil from Malaysia after top buyer India put curbs on such imports last month amid a diplomatic row with the Southeast Asian nation, Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Tuesday.India has put general restrictions on refined palm oil imports and informally asked traders specifically to stop buying from Malaysia, the world's second-biggest producer and exporter of the edible oil, in retaliation for Malaysia's accusation that recent Indian policies discriminate against Muslims.India is a Hindu-majority country while Malaysia and Pakistan are mainly Muslim. Neighbours India and Pakistan have been mostly hostile to each other since the partition of British India in 1947, and have fought two of their three wars over competing territorial claims in Kashmir.REUTERS
India Palm Oil Import Curbs "Temporary": Malaysia Amid CAA Criticism Row
Malaysia said on Tuesday that India's move to cut back on palm oil purchases is "temporary" and will be resolved amicably between the two nations.Last month, India restricted imports of refined palm oil and asked importers to avoid purchases from Malaysia after its criticism of actions in Kashmir and a new citizenship law."Having long-standing bilateral ties, the two nations will overcome the current challenges, and prevail towards mutual and beneficial outcomes," Malaysian Palm Oil Council said in a statement, citing Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok.Reuters

"It's Not Rajiv Feroze Khan's Govt": BJP MP Banned From Campaign
New Delhi: Undeterred by a 96-hour ban imposed by the Election Commission for making communally divisive remarks, BJP MP Parvesh Verma on Monday termed the ongoing protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act at New Delhi's Shaheen Bagh as "anti-national" and said that the law won't be rolled back because India is "not ruled by Rajiv Feroze Khan"."Shaheen Bagh protest against CAA is anti-national because they are demanding the separation of Assam and Jammu and Kashmir from India. They want Jinnah's azadi... This is not Rajiv Feroze Khan's government. This is Modi's government... CAA will not be rolled back," he said amid an outcry by opposition leaders in parliament on Monday. West Delhi MP made the reference to "Rajiv Feroze Khan" in an attempt to portray former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi's father as a Muslim called Feroze Khan.ndtv


SDPI bid to foment communal hatred: CM Vijayan to Kerala House
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan Monday told the Assembly that SDPI, the political wing of PFI, tried to foment communal hatred by intruding in peaceful protests against the amended citizenship law.Replying to a question by a Congress legislator on arrests related to anti-CAA demonstrations, the Chief Minister said the SDPI has been trying to infiltrate into protests against CAA conducted by various mahallu committees. “Extremist outfits are trying to divert the issue on account of the protest (against CAA). Several mahallu committees had staged protests in a peaceful manner. However, SDPI is thinking on extremist lines. Those belonging to SDPI have intruded into the protests and created troubles. What is going on is an attempt to foment communal hatred on behalf of the protest which cannot be tolerated. There are attempts to divert the protest over CAA and divide society. The government would take stringent actions against such attempts,” he said.indianexpress

Actress Sonam Kapoor trolled for her tweet about Shaheen Bagh gives befitting reply to journalist
Actress Sonam Kapoor Ahuja is again in the middle of a Twitter controversy after a journalist questioned her father's links with underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, the ever outspoken daughter slammed the reporter for insinuating and uselessly accusations.The issue arose after Sonam shared a post from an English daily about the shooting that took place near Jamia."This is something that I never imagined would happen in India. Stop this divisive dangerous politics. It fuels HATE. If you believe yourself to be a Hindu then understand that the religion is about Karma and dharma and this is not either of those."IANS

Citing CAA Protests, AASU Opposes Assam's Decision to Host Filmfare Awards
Guwahati: Filmfare Awards, Bollywood’s iconic black lady statuette, for the first time in its sixty-fifth year of its existence, will make its journey to Assam. Far from Maximum City Mumbai, she will be in Guwahati on February 15 with her usual entourage of matinee idols and the razzle-dazzle that defines her show.But she hasn’t generated much fanfare, especially with AASU. One of its leaders has demanded a white paper on why the event is being organised in Assam with the state’s exchequer involved and the state being severely flood-prone.thewire

CAA protests: women allege assault by police in Govandi
MUMBAI:A group of women who had gathered at Govandi to protest CAA and NRC alleged that they were assaulted and illegally detained on Sunday night.According to local residents, around 70 women gathered at a corner of the service road near the Shivaji Nagar signal around 8.30 p.m. to protest. Shortly thereafter, personnel from Shivaji Nagar and Deonar police stations reached the spot and allegedly surrounded them with their vehicles.Dr. Pooja Chinchole, a protester, said they started shining their torches and speaking rudely to the women before female police personnel reached the scene. When the protesters started raising slogans, the police allegedly started roughing them up.thehindu
‘Detained, Not Deterred,’ Say Anti-CAA Protesters in Mumbai’s Deonar

Anti-CAA stir: 2 BJP workers among 3 held for attacking Union minister Rameswar Teli's house in Assam
Dirbrugarh: 3 persons, including two BJP activists, have been arrested for allegedly attacking the residence of Union minister Rameswar Teli during anti-CAA protests in Assam, police said on Monday.The house of Teli, Union Minister of State for Food Processing, in Upper Assam's Duliajan town was attacked on December 11 during the statewide stir against the contentious CAA. "Based on CCTV footages, Debajit Hazarika, Vicky Sonar and Arup Kahar were arrested. We had picked them up on Sunday," Dibrugarh Superintendent of Police, Sreejith T told PTI.PTI


Won't inform Kiran Bedi in advance about anti-CAA resolution: Puducherry CM
New Delhi :Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy on Monday said his government will not inform Lt. Governor Kiran Bedi in advance about the proposed anti-CAA resolution to be adopted in the upcoming session of the legislative assembly.Talking to PTI over phone, he said the resolution would be adopted in the assembly session that is scheduled to begin on February 12.Congress-ruled Puducherry would be the fifth dispensation to adopt the course after West Bengal, Kerala, Punjab and Rajasthan assemblies passed resolutions against CAA.PTI
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Godhra riots: SC hearing of Zakia Jafri's plea challenging SIT decision to give clean chit to Modi set for 14 April
New Delhi: Saying the matter had been adjourned many times and will have to be heard someday, the Supreme Court on Tuesday fixed 14 April for hearing a plea by Zakia Jafri, wife of slain MP Ehsan Jafri, challenging the SIT's clean chit to then Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi in the 2002 riots.A bench comprising Justices AM Khanwilkar and Dinesh Maheshwari posted the matter for hearing in April after Zakia's counsel sought an adjournment and urged the court to post it after the Holi vacation.When advocate Aparna Bhat, appearing for Zakia Jafri, told the court the issue in the matter is contentious, the bench said, "It has been adjourned so many times, whatever it is, we will have to hear it someday. Take one date and make sure you all are available."PTI
Karnataka High Court pulls up cops for eviction after Bangladeshi tag
Bengaluru :A division bench of Karnataka High Court Monday came down heavily on the Bengaluru Police for facilitating the eviction of people living on a private property on the city outskirts last month after labelling them as illegal Bangladeshis without investigation. A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Sreenivas Oka and Justice Hemant Chandangoudar directed the state government to provide a plan to rehabilitate those who were evicted.Several people living in tenements on a private property in Bellandur area were evicted through a demolition drive carried out on January 12, 18 and 19 by the authorities on the basis of a police notice on January 11 about the presence of illegal immigrants. Around 200 sheds on the property, which housed around 5,000 people, were demolished. A petition was filed in court by PUCL on behalf of the affected migrant workers — several of whom were from different parts of Karnataka.indianexpress

Muslim woman seeks right to offer namaz in mosques 5 times a day
NEW DELHI: Discounting AIMPLB's ambivalent stand which appeared to support entry of women into mosques, a Pune-based Muslim couple asked the Supreme Court on Monday to direct mosque managements to allow women to offer namaz 5 times a day in masjids after making provision for separate enclosures.AIMPLB had told the SC last week, "A Muslim woman is free to enter masjid for prayers. It is her option to exercise her right to avail such facilities as available for prayers in masjid. AIMPLB does not want to comment on any contrary religious opinion on this issue."Refusing to join issue with others in the community who believe Muslim women should not enter mosques, AIMPLB had said, "Islam has not made it obligatory on Muslim women to join congregational prayers nor is it obligatory for women to offer Friday namaz in congregation though it is so for Muslim men." But the petitioners — Yasmeen Zuber Ahmad Peerzade and her husband Zuber Ahmad Nazeer Ahmad Peerzade from Pune — said in an affidavit that they had written to the president and trustees of Mohammadiya Jama Masjid, Jamatul Muslimeen, Bopodi, Pune, seeking permission to enter the mosque and offer namaz five times daily as well as other namaz like 'Juma namaz', 'taravih namaz' and 'Eid namaz'.They also said the mosque management should provide "facilities for offering of namaz while being allowed to maintain their purdah, that is in a segregated place screened from men".TOI
AAP to win 54-60 out of 70 seats, BJP may bag 10-14: Times Now poll
NEW DELHI: AAP is poised to sweep the Delhi assembly elections winning between 54 and 60 seats in the 70-member house, a poll released by Times Now on Monday said. BJP is projected to get 10 to 14 seats and Congress at best two.Interestingly, the same poll shows that if a Lok Sabha poll were to be held now, BJP would win all seven seats in the Capital, just as it did last year. The poll, conducted by Ipsos, gave AAP a 52% vote share against BJP’s 34%, an 18-point lead in an essentially bipolar contest that would prove crushing. These vote shares represent a minor shift from the 2015 assembly polls, with AAP losing 2.5 percentage points and BJP gaining 1.7 percentage points.For the hypothetical Lok Sabha polls, 46% picked BJP and 38% AAP, but even this relatively smaller gap was enough for a clean sweep by the saffron party. Narendra Modi remains the clear favourite for the PM’s post, with 75% of those surveyed picking him. Rahul Gandhi came a distant second with 8%.TOI

JD(U) leader dies in communal clash in Bihar, 4 held: Police
Patna : 4 people were arrested on Monday for allegedly indulging in stone-pelting on Saturday during a clash between two communities, leading to the death of a local JD(U) leader, police said.According to the police, clash broke out between a procession headed for Saraswati idol immersion and some local Muslim youngsters. JD(U)’s Sheikhpura block president Amit Kumar Biswas was hurt in the stone-pelting and later succumbed to his injuries, police said. On Sunday, protests broke out in the area where several shops belonging to Muslims were torched and a shrine was vandalised, they said.On Monday, police lodged a case against eight people for Saturday’s violence and later arrested four of them under IPC sections for murder, attempt to murder, criminal intimidation and causing injury. The accused were identified as Ismail Khan, Saiful Khan, Istiyaq Khan, Shehanshah Khan, Ashraf Khan, Asif Khan, Akbar Khan and Irfan Alam. Aslam, Shehenshah, Asif and Akbar.indian express
Ram Temple Trust to be announced this week amid rumblings among stakeholders
LUCKNOW: With the three-month deadline set by the Supreme Court for the Centre to constitute the Ram Temple Trust to facilitate the construction of a temple in Ayodhya just 6 days away, a notification in this connection by the Union Home Ministry is expected this week.Meanwhile, rumblings over model of the temple are on among various stakeholders. As per the sources, the temple construction may commence between March 25 and April 2, the auspicious days of Chaitra Navratri which culminates in Ram Navami, the birth date of Lord Ram.The proposed trust has to be set up before Feb.9 in compliance with the Supreme Court’s verdict.If sources are to be believed, a separate ‘Ayodhya desk’ at the Union Home Ministry is already working out the modalities of the trust and the broader blueprint on the acquisition of land and the model of the temple is in the final stages.newindianexpress


WB: Day after attack on mass marriage event, VHP alleges police inaction
VHP on Monday accused police of inaction during an alleged attack on its mass marriage event in Malda district and demanded strong action against miscreants.As part of its regular programmes in SC/ST and tribal belts, the VHP had on Sunday organised a mass wedding ceremony for poor couples at a Malda village. However the right-wing outfit alleged that miscreants of Jharkhand Desam Party disrupted the event in police presence. “We had taken permission from the authorities for the programme, and policeman were present at the venue. Despite this, the ceremony was attacked by henchmen of the Jharkhand Desam Party.indianexpress




Zaira Wasim: Kashmir continues to suffer and see-saw between hope and frustration
New Delhi :The Sky Is Pink actor Zaira Wasim took to social media on Tuesday to share the plight of residents of Kashmir. In her long post, she mentioned how “Kashmiris continue to exist and suffer”.She wrote, “Kashmir continues to suffer and see-saw between hope and frustration There’s a false and uneasy semblance of calmness in place of escalating despair and sorrow Kashmiris continue to exist and suffer in a world where it is so easy to place restrictions on our liberty. Why do we have to live in world where our lives and wills are controlled, dictated and bent? Why is it so easy to have our voices silenced? Why is it so easy to curtail our freedom of expression? Why aren’t we ever allowed to voice our opinions, let alone our disprovals to decisions that are made contrary to our wishes? Why is it that instead of trying to see the cause of our view, our view is just condemned ruthfully? What is so easy to curb our voices so severely? Why can we not live simple lives without always having to wrestle and remind the world of our existence. Why is that life of a Kashmiri is just about experiencing a lifetime of crisis, blockade and disturbance so abundantly that it has taken away the recognition of normalcy and harmony from the hearts and minds?”indian express




Govt doing exact opposite of what’s needed to revive economy: Jayati Ghosh
Jayati Ghosh, professor of economics at JNU in New Delhi, is one of the world’s leading development economists. A fierce critic of the near-universal obsession with ‘fiscal discipline’, Ghosh believes that India cannot revive its economy without increasing public spending. In an exclusive chat with the Magazine, she spoke about, among other things, the looming global recession, the situation at JNU, and what’s in store for the next generation of Indians. Ghosh said, "The government has to step in and create demand — this is basic economics! Increase your MGNREGA, spend more on infrastructure, put more income in the hands of farmers. They will buy more. They will spend the money. That will have a positive multiplier effect — it will generate more income, more production, more employment, more investment, and all that. But for some reason, the government is doing the opposite. Not only is it not spending more – it is spending less."thehindu




10% Indians to develop cancer, 1 in 15 will die of disease: WHO
Pune :One in 10 Indians will develop cancer during their lifetime, and one in 15 Indians will die of cancer, according to a latest WHO report.February 4 is World Cancer Day and WHO has released two global reports on the occasion. There are an estimated 1.16 million new cancer cases, 7,84,800 cancer deaths, and 2.26 million 5-year prevalent cases in India’s population of 1.35 billion, said WHO report on cancer burdens and patterns in India in 2018, released on Monday. The report aims to set the global agenda on cancer, mobilise stakeholders and help countries set priorities for investing in cancer control and universal health coverage.According to the report, the six most common cancer types in India are breast cancer (1,62,500 cases), oral cancer (1,20,000 cases), cervical cancer (97,000 cases), lung cancer (68,000 cases), stomach cancer (57,000 cases), and colorectal cancer (57,000). Together, these account for 49 per cent of all new cancer cases, the report notes.indianexpress

From China to Chhawla: Indian Student Documents Flight from Coronavirus
The Wire got exclusive access to photographs taken by an Indian medical student, Sahil Shandilya, evacuated in the second flight from Wuhan, the city at the centre of the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak.

From China to Chhawla: Indian Student Documents Flight from Coronavirus
New Delhi: With the 2019 novel coronavirus spreading and killing more people in China as well as around the world, India has thus far evacuated 640 of its citizens from China’s Hubei province in two waves. The province appears to be the epicentre of the potential pandemic: the first case of the virus’s infection was reported from its capital city, Wuhan, i December 2019. All of the evacuated Indians have since been admitted to specialised hospitals in India with a strict quarantine period of two weeks.The Wire got exclusive access to photographs taken by an Indian medical student, Sahil Shandilya, evacuated in the second flight from Wuhan. He has been taken to a special quarantine camp set up by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) at Chhawla, a village in the southwest part of the district of Delhi.Yichang 1 – 3 – Indian students boarding the buses at Yichang that would transport them to Wuhan, where the Indian government had sent a second Air India flight to evacuate nationals from China’s Hubei province. The first Air India flight brought back Indians living in Wuhan; the second one has been earmarked for other cities in Hubei.Yichang, a large city around 300 kilometres west of Wuhan, had scores of Indian students enrolled in the city’s medical university. Following a nerve-wracking period of waiting for their evacuation fight, the students were told they would be informed about the bus pick-up timings only after the Indian government’s plan was cleared by its Chinese counterpart.thewire
*WORLD*
Coronavirus death in Hong Kong, as China admits 'shortcomings'
Hong Kong reported its first death from the coronavirus on Tuesday - only the second outside China - as the death toll from the outbreak rose to at least 425 and China admitted "shortcomings and difficulties" in its response to the flu-like infection. Hong Kong victim was a 39-year-old man from Wuhan, where the virus first originated, who had underlying health problems, the authorities said. It was the second death recorded outside China - the first was in the Philippines on Sunday.Meanwhile, China's National Health Commission reported 64 new fatalities as of midnight on Monday - the biggest daily increase since the virus was first detected late last year. Wuhan, and the surrounding province of Hubei, have been effectively sealed off from the rest of the country for more than a week.aljazeera
Ireland's biggest parties vow to ban goods made in illegal Israeli settlements
Two of Ireland's biggest political parties have said that if they win Saturday's general election they will implement a ban on purchase of goods and services from illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.Sinn Fein and Fianna Fail have both indicated in their manifestos that they wish to see the Occupied Territories Bill enacted.The legislation, first tabled in 2018, would prohibit imports from territories where there is a clear international legal consensus on the status of the occupation.As it stands, only the occupied Palestinian territories have been confirmed as occupied by International Court of Justice.According to its manifesto, Sinn Fein has said it will "ban goods from Israel's illegal colonial settlements in Palestine from entering the Irish market by implementing the Occupied Territories Bill".Meanwhile, Fianna Fail has said it would "progress the Occupied Territories Bill" in government.If passed, the law would make Ireland the first European Union country to criminalise commercial activity in the settlements.middleeasteye

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