Wednesday, 5 February 2020

5 FEB. FLASH NEWS: Uttar Pradesh: Anti-CAA protesters in Azamgarh's Bilariyaganj lathi charged by police, women and children injured/ Shaheen Bagh Shooter's Family Denies Police Claim, Says No Link With AAP/ Bidar school sedition case: Police probe raises questions of religion-based profiling/From Parliament Floor, PM Announces 15-Member Trust for Ayodhya Ram Temple; 5 Acres Allotted for Masjid


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 05 Feb.  2020: 10 Jamadi-2, 1441: Vol: 12, No: 124
*anti-CAA,NRC-NPR stir*
Uttar Pradesh: Anti-CAA protesters in Azamgarh's Bilariyaganj lathi charged by police, women and children injured
The anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protesters in Bilariyaganj area of Azamgarh district in east Uttar Pradesh have alleged that the police lathi-charged on them in the wee hours of Wednesday, leaving at least 10 of them injured.“The police also fired tear gas and later filled with water Jauhar Ali Park in Bilariyanaj area, where we were on dharna since Tuesday afternoon against the CAA, National register of Citizens and National Population Register, which were intended to ostracise the Muslims in their own India”, said a woman, requesting to conceal her identity.“We were there till 2:30 AM as the women of our families were participating in the sit-in. We left the place at that time to prepare for Morning Prayer and received the call from the Park at 4 AM that the police have been beating them. We rushed to the spot and found that the women and some children, who accompanied them were running for safety and the police were chasing and beating them”, said a local resident, whose wife was in the dharna.He claimed that injured women were under treatment in private hospitals.Triveni Singh, SP blamed the women and some men for pelting stones on the police.“They had organised dharna without taking permission from the administration. Later in the night, they pelted stones on the police. Having little option left with us we used mild force to disperse the crowd. The police have detained some men and women and grilling them to find out who provoked them to organise dharna and defy rules”, the officer told local reporters.He said force has been deployed at the park and the protesters have vacated the area.
Azamgarh Police Crackdown on Anti-CAA Protest, Women Protesters Lathi-Charged
Shaheen Bagh Shooter's Family Denies Police Claim, Says No Link With AAP
The family of the Shaheen Bagh shooter has denied the claims of the Delhi Police that they are associated with AAP, thus, adding another twist to the case.The twist in the Shaheen Bagh shooting emerged on Tuesday evening when Delhi Crime Branch claimed they had retrieved photos from Shaheen Bagh attacker, Kapil Gujjar's, phone and that "established" he was affiliated with AAP.The photos recovered from phone of the Gujjar show him and his father Gaje Singh with AAP leaders such as Atishi and Sanjay Singh and are allegedly from 2019 on the day when the father-son duo joined AAP.Soon after the police's claim, BJP launched a series of attacks on AAP and blaming it for inciting violence and indulging in "dirty politics".AAP on its part accused the Delhi Police of working on the behest of BJP and said that the photos found on the phone of Gujjar "do not mean anything".The case took a fresh turn when the family of Gujjar dismissed the Delhi Police's claims and said they had nothing to do with AAP.outlookindia
AAP Says Cop "BJP Spokesperson" After His Claim On Shaheen Bagh Shooter
New Delhi: Photos of Shaheen Bagh shooter with senior AAP leaders raised a political storm late on Tuesday evening, with BJP claiming it proved the ruling party's complicity in the protests against the contentious CAA. AAP said it was all a BJP conspiracy and the police was acting under the orders of Union home minister Amit Shah. Senior AAP leader Sanjay Singh said they would send a legal notice to the officer who made the claim and also complain to the Election Commission.With just 3 days to go before the Delhi assembly elections, the Delhi Police claimed that the shooter had confessed to being a primary member of the AAP.NDTV
'DCP Should Wear Lotus On Shirt': AAP After Police Claim On Shaheen Bagh Shooter
How Did Manoj Know About Kapil Gujjar Before Police, Asks AAP
ours after the Delhi Police claimed that Kapil Gujjar, the Shaheen Bagh shooter, was a member of AAP, the party asked in a Twitter post how BJP’s Delhi President Manoj Tiwari had claimed to know there was a report about this– “at 9 AM, 11 hours before the official statement by Crime Branch, Delhi Police”.AAP was referring to Tiwari’s interview with ABP News which had aired in the morning, in which he can be heard saying that “he (the shooter) is the son of the AAP’s district president... we are not making this claim, there’s a report on this.”thequint
Kejriwal blames Amit Shah’s ‘petty conspiracy’ for police claim of Shaheen Bagh shooter’s AAP link
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday accused Union Home Minister Amit Shah of resorting to “petty conspiracies” by getting the police to find links between a man who opened fire in the Shaheen Bagh protest area and the Aam Aadmi Party.“48 hours before the polling, Amit Shah is using police to do such petty conspiracies,” Kejriwal told ANI in an interview. “The entire country knows they are doing a political stunt.”scroll
BJP Supporter Gunja Kapoor, Followed by PM on Twitter, Caught in Burqa at Shaheen Bagh
NEW DELHI,:BJP supporter and political analyst Gunja Kapoor was caught at Shaheen Bagh protest site Wednesday noon. She was wearing Burka and making videos of the protesters. She was taken away by the police. She is followed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Twitter.“हिन्दू महिला @gunjakapoor बुर्के में कैमरा लगाकर शाहीन बाग में पकड़ी गईं पुलिस पकड़ के लेकर गई। She is YouTuber of Right Narrative channel @right_narrative  & followed by our PM,” tweeted organizers of the Shaheen Bagh protest.“As election is inching closer, RW goons trying all means to attack on us,” they also said.Only yesterday, she had slammed AAP for “sending” its alleged worker to open fire at Shaheen Bagh, referring to the shooter Kapil Gurjar whose photos with AAP leader appeared yesterday, three days after he was caught at Shaheen Bagh after opening fire near the protest site.“Did Arvind Kejriwal & Sanjay Singh want to kill women & children protesting at #ShaheenBagh,” Gunja had tweeted on Tuesday.indiatomorrow
‘Suspicious’ Woman Caught at Shaheen Bagh, Identified as ‘Political Analyst’ Gunja Kapoor | Watch
Complaint to EC says BJP’s campaign songs target minorities, promote hatred between communities
BJP’s campaign songs for the Delhi Assembly elections are a clear violation of the Model Code of Conduct and several other rules, a group of filmmakers, advocates and an author have told the Election Commission of India in a complaint filed on February 4. Delhi is set to vote on February 8, and the results will be out on February 11.Observing that these videos promote hatred between communities and different classes, 5 signatories have asked the Election Commission to direct the BJP to “remove the offending videos from all its social media portals...and issue directions to them to refrain from releasing any further such or other videos in the public domain”.scroll
Bidar school sedition case: Police probe raises questions of religion-based profiling
Bidar police on Tuesday questioned minor students of the Shaheen Primary School for the fifth time in connection with the sedition case registered against the school’s management and one parent. The sedition case was slapped after students staged a play, which was against the CAA and NRC on January 21.On January 26, the sedition case was registered. Ever since the police have questioned the children multiple times. This has raised several questions over why investigators have not shown restraint while handling the case; and also whether the government is influencing the police in clamping down on the rights of the minority community.Over a month ago, a school in Karnataka’s Dakshina Kannada district, owned by RSS leader Kalladka Prabhakar Bhat was in the spotlight after students staged a play regarding the demolition of the Babri Masjid. A video of the play shows at least a hundred children on stage rushed towards a huge poster of the Babri Masjid, as a narrator said on a loudspeaker: “They start demolishing the structure with anything they can get their hands on. With enthusiasm, Hanuman bhaktas with Hanuman’s anger, they bring down Babri structure. Bolo Shri Ramachandra ki, Jai!” As the proclamation of Ram’s name came on the loudspeaker, the poster of Babri Masjid was brought down by the students, and the children on stage cheered and jumped in excitement.In the case of Shaheen Primary and High School, the management and parent of one little girl were booked for sedition. While the police showed restraint and did not subject children to interrogation in the school in Dakshina Kannada, the same restraint was not offered to the students of Shaheen Primary and High School.As the Karnataka government and the police came under the spotlight and have been accused of harassing the children in the school, the Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights has issued a notice to Bidar SP, the officials of the Department of Public Instruction in Bidar and also the Disctrict Child Protection Officer regarding the repeated questioning of the children.thenewsminute
‘Kids Can’t Do a Play Under BJP’: Parents Slam Bidar Sedition Row
Amid cries of ‘Bidar Police down, down’, several angry parents, activists and citizens of Bengaluru came together to raise their voices against the ‘inhuman’ behaviour of the Bidar police. Over the last week, cops have turned up at a local primary school almost everyday, to interrogate minors for hours on end, over charges of staging a ‘seditious’ play at a school function.Two women, the headmistress and a single mother have been in jail since 30 January after their arrest. Bearing placards, chanting slogans and holding a large banner that said, ‘Humanity is the only religion,’ citizens called out the inaction of the state government as well as the insensitivity of local cops on their stringent action.Demanding immediate withdrawal of the case, several citizens said that they feared for their own kids, claiming that ‘there is no freedom for the kids to stage a play under this government.’thequint
Hoping sedition case is withdrawn, Bidar school students offer prayers
Even as 11-year-old Ayesha* (name changed) waits to hear the fate of her mother’s bail petition in the Bidar District and Sessions court, students in Shaheen Primary and High School on Tuesday evening gathered at the courtyard of their school to break their fast and offer prayers, in the hope that the recent controversy over a play staged in the school tides over. “Around 1,000 hostel students in the school gathered inside the school premises to pray and break their fast. This has been happening for the last three days after the police arrested the mother of a student and a teacher of the school,” Touseef Madikeri, CEO of Shaheen Primary and High School in Bidar, told TNM. Police officials in Bidar district continued to question Ayesha’s batchmates at Shaheen Primary and High School on Tuesday after they turned up at the school for the fifth time. Police officials in plainclothes, led by Basaveshwara Hira, Bidar Deputy Superintendent of Police, questioned students involved in a programme organised in the school on January 21.


Sharjeel Imam case: TISS tense as students grapple with sedition case against Urvashi Chudawala and others
An uneasy silence permeated Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) on Tuesday, as students woke up to the news that their peer, Urvashi Chudawala, had been booked for sedition. Chudawala – a member of the TISS Queer collective who now goes by the name Kris – and 50 others, whose identities are not yet known, were charged after a video of them raising slogans in support of Sharjeel Imam during Queer Azaadi Mumbai Pride March last Saturday was circulated on social media.The police’s actions have shocked the usually articulate students of the institute – many of whom are in the midst of project and dissertation submissions – into silence. There are, however, murmurs of discontent all around. “Most of us don’t know all the details [of the case]. We are waiting for more information, but the campus is tense,” said a student, who did not wish to be named. Another added, “Students are definitely upset. Everyone is talking about it in the dining hall and canteen. Those who have fired bullets at Jamia protesters are going free while and students are being booked for statements.” The students’ union went into a huddle on Tuesday to decide what stand it should take. “We are still in discussion. We will let you know if we issue a statement,” president Bhatta Ram said.mumbaimirror
Sharjeel Made Anti-CAA  Pamphlets To Mobilise People: Police
Delhi Police claims that it has found an “inflammatory” pamphlet from the laptop of Sharjeel Imam, the incarcerated research scholar of Jawahar Lal Nehru University, that appealed people to mobilise against the CAA and the NRC and was shared through WhatsApp, mail and messenger with groups of students of the AMU and other varsities, an official said.A senior Crime Branch official related to the probe told IANS: “The pamphlet that we recovered from the laptop of Imam talking about Muslims being on the radar of the government and Muslims being killed in Assam.“During questioning, Imam told us that he made the pamphlet on December 3 and it was circulated to the WhatsApp groups of the AMU and other universities.”caravandaily
Shaheen Bagh infant death case: Bravery award winner writes to CJI
New Delhi:The case of the death of a four-month-old infant in Delhi''s Shaheen Bagh, which is the epicentre of the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protests, has reached the Supreme Court.A girl, who received the prestigious bravery award from the President, has written a letter to Chief Justice of India S. A. Bobde seeking guidelines from the Court not to include children in the protests.She has also sought investigation from the authorities into the matter, as the death certificate did not mention the reason of death as per the media reports.Zen Gunratan Sadavarte, a class seven student from Mumbai, said the involvement of children in protests amounts to torture.IANS
CAA protest: Meerut cops cite youth’s killing to block bail to riot accused
Meerut:On Dec.20, 26-year old Mohsin sustained bullet injuries during an anti-CAA protest in Meerut. He was declared brought dead at a hospital the same day. His grieving family protested when they were denied the post-mortem report. Meerut police are now flagging the findings of the post-mortem report, linking Mohsin’s death caused by a firearm injury to the rioting that took place. In fact, police used this to oppose the bail plea of a man booked in a case of rioting and attempt to murder which was registered at Brahmpuri police station in Meerut — 5 persons were killed during the protests in Meerut and families of the victims alleged excessive police action.FIR stated: “At around 3.30 pm, near Hapur adda, there were 400-500 people armed with sticks, country-made pistol and pistols. Police explained to the crowd that prohibitory orders under Section 144 CrPC have been imposed… however, with intention to kill the policemen, they started pelting stones at the police vehicles. The police arrested four people — Aasif, Samir, Mohammed Ikrar and Shehzad — from the spot. They were arrested from Lisadi gate at 6.10 pm.”Ikrar’s bail plea was rejected on January 1 with sessions judge Gurpreet Singh Bawa recording in his order: “The prosecution has argued that officials were injured after all the accused attacked them sticks, bricks, rods, stones and petrol bombs… the case diary shows that police officials Imran, Satendra, Udham Singh, Manoj Kumar, Ajay Kumar, Nazim Khan, Adhesh Pundir, Sudhir, Jitender Saxena, Dhanveer, Shabab, Santosh, Veerpal, Satish Chandra, Ajay Kumar, Bijendra Singh, Pinku, Raghuraj Singh, Mahaveer Singh and Raj Singh were medically examined and found to have red contusion and red abrasion. In case of Sudhir and Jitendra Saxena, the doctor recommended them for an X-ray examination. The examination reveals that there was no fracture of any bone.”indianexpress

Rajinikanth makes his stance clear: CAA not a threat to Muslims, NPR essential
Chennai :Actor Rajinikanth Wednesday said political parties with ulterior motives in Tamil Nadu were instigating the public on CAA, NPR, and NRC. Speaking to the reporters at his Poes Garden residence in Chennai, the actor said he would be the first to raise his voice if there was any threat to Muslims in the country.“There is no threat to Muslims. Political parties are spreading fear over CAA for their political gain, and religious heads are also siding with them. This is very wrong. The Centre has clearly stated CAA does not affect Indian citizens. It is about providing citizenship to the residents of neighbouring countries,” Rajinikanth said.indianexpress

India under Modi Akin to Hitler’s Germany: Owaisi on NPR
NEW DELHI:Calling the BJP-led government’s NPR exercise the next step towards a NRC, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Tuesday accused it of creating an atmosphere in the country, similar to that created by Adolf Hitler in Germany and Benito Mussolini in Italy.Participating in the debate in the Lok Sabha on the Motion of Thanks on President Ram Nath Kovind’s address to Parliament, the Hyderabad MP said: “It is a fight for our (Muslims) survival” as there is no difference between NPR and NRC and if “we lose this fight, we will finish”.Referring to the census conducted by Hitler in 1933 and by Mussolini in 1938, the AIMIM President said the country’s current atmosphere is similar to that.IANS

Madhya Pradesh: BJP leader slams CAA, says it will affect SC, ST’s along with Muslims
Bhopal :Days after a BJP leader opposed the new citizenship law in Madhya Pradesh, another leader from the party ranks has slammed CAA, arguing that not only Muslims but even scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and OBCs will be affected by it.In a Facebook post, BJP leader Ajit Borasi said, “NRC and CAA won’t affect only Muslims, but also SCs, STs, and OBCs. Read it once and you will understand. I don’t have a herd mentality. I won’t endorse what’s wrong.”However, a few weeks ago he had backed the CAA, saying as far as he understood, it was not against any “Hindustani”.indianexpress
No need to pass resolution against CAA in assembly, will not allow implementation of NRC: Uddhav Thackeray
Mumbai :Backing CAA with some riders, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday said that there is no need to pass a resolution against the CAA in the state assembly stating that the law is to give citizenship and not to remove anyone from the country. Thackeray’s statement comes after the Congress-ruled states were asked to pass a resolution against CAA. However, Thackeray has said that he will not allow the implementation of National Register of Citizens (NRC) in the state.
*OTHERS*
Cabinet clears Trust for construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya, to include trustee from Dalit Society
New Delhi :Union Cabinet has cleared the formation of a trust for the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced in Lok Sabha on Wednesday.Urging all members of the House to support the construction of grand Ram Temple, the prime minister, sporting a saffron muffler said, “after the verdict on the Ram Janmabhoomi issue came out, the people of India displayed remarkable faith in democratic processes and procedures. I salute 130 crore people of India. ”In a rare occasion, Modi spoke in the Lok Sabha before the Zero Hour and said that the government is moving forward with ‘sabka sath sabka vikas’ policy so that everyone is happy. “In India, be it Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Christian, Buddhist, Parsi or Jain, everyone is a part of one family. Development must take place for every member of the family,” he said.The trust, named as Shri Ram Janambhoomi Teerth Shetra, will include 15 trustees out of which one trustee will always be from Dalit society, said Union Home Minister Amit Shah.  Congratulating Modi, Shah in a tweet also added that the trust will be independent to take every decision related to the temple and 67 acres of land will be transferred to it.indianexpress
From Parliament Floor, PM Announces 15-Member Trust for Ayodhya Ram Temple; 5 Acres Allotted for Masjid
Uttar Pradesh govt allots 5 acres of land to Sunni Waqf Board to build mosque in Ayodhya
In accordance with the Supreme Court verdict in the Ayodhya land dispute case, the Uttar Pradesh government Wednesday allotted a 5-acre plot to the Sunni Waqf Board for the construction of a new mosque in Ayodhya district.UP Cabinet Minister Shrikant Sharma said the land was in Dhannipur village along the Lucknow-Ayodhya highway, about 18 kilometres from the district headquarters. He said the area was good not just from a connectivity point of view, but also communal harmony and law and order.

One Lakh LIC Employees Stage Countrywide Walk-Out Against Proposed IPO
Mumbai: Nearly one lakh employees of Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) staged an hour-long walk-out on Tuesday against the government’s decision to sell a part of its stake in the life insurance major through an initial public offering.There are 13 unions in LIC, and employees and officers affiliated to 11 unions were on protest.In the Union Budget announced on Saturday, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that the government, which holds a 100% stake in LIC, will sell a part of its holding through an initial public offering (IPO).“Today’s walk-out was completely successful. Of around 1.08 employees and officers at LIC, close to one lakh staged walk-out across the country,” All India LIC Employees Federation (AILEF) General Secretary Rajesh Kumar told PTI.PTI

Davinder Singh Row: NIA Raids Homes of BJP Sarpanch & IPS Officer
Investigating the DSP Davinder Singh’s links to the outlawed Hizbul Mujahideen, NIA has carried out raids on the residences of a BJP sarpanch and an IPS officer whose militant brother was killed by security forces in South Kashmir’s Shopian district in January last year. The investigators are understood to have learned that the Hizbul Mujahideen group, linked to the detained police officer, had simultaneously maintained liaison with the former independent MLA, Engineer Rashid, who has already been arrested by NIA in a terror-funding case, and is lodged in Delhi's Tihar Jail.

Jammu & Kashmir: Sajjad Lone, Waheed Para released from detention, under house arrest
New Delhi :People’s Conference leader Sajjad Lone and PDP youth wing president Waheed Parra were Wednesday shifted from the MLAs hostel to their residences, where they will continue to remain under house arrest. Both leaders were placed in detention in the wake of the abrogation of Article 370 in August.They were among several politicians, lawyers, businessmen, and activists in the Valley who were placed under detention after Centre revoked Article 370 and scrapped the special status to Jammu and Kashmir. After the release of Lone and Parra, 13 political leaders now remain detained at the MLA hostel here which has been temporarily converted into a subsidiary jail.The Jammu and Kashmir administration had on Tuesday released two leaders — former PDP MLA from Wachi in south Kashmir Aijaz Ahmad Mir and trade leader Shakeel Ahmed Qalandar, who is former president of the Federation Chamber of Industries, Kashmir. Since Sunday, a total of eight leaders have been released from preventive custody.indianexpress


‘Is India still a democracy?’: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on J-K ex-CMs detention
New Delhi :Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Wednesday lashed out at the Narendra Modi-led BJP government over the continuing house arrest of two former chief ministers in Jammu and Kashmir, asking if “India is still a democracy”.In a tweet this morning, Priyanka Gandhi wrote, “It’s been six months since 2 Ex-Chief Ministers have been incarcerated without any charges and millions of people were locked down in J&K. 6 months ago we were asking how long this will carry on? Now we are asking whether we are still a democracy or not.” Politicians, social activists, lawyers and businessmen in the Valley were detained since August 5. While few local politicians were released, Omar Abdullah, along with 2 other chief ministers – his father Farooq Abdullah and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti – remain under arrest.indian express
Anurag Kashyap refuses to fly IndiGo in support of Kunal Kamra
Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap has lent support to comedian Kunal Kamra by not flying in IndiGo Airlines. He chose Vistara instead.“No @IndiGo6E.. on @airvistara .. in solidarity with @kunalkamra88,” Kashyap tweeted.Kashyap came out in support of Kamra after the latter was banned from four airlines including IndiGo, Air India, GoAir and SpiceJet. Kamra was banned after his in-flight encounter with news anchor Arnab Goswami during an IndiGo flight a few dats ago.IANS
After ABVP Blames Left for JNU Student Mandriya's Injuries, He Claims ABVP Attacked Him
January 5 attack on JNU left 36 people injured, among them was Kamlesh Mandriya, a first-year MPhil student at the Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, JNU. Photographs of Mandriya with head injuries went viral on social media with the claim that the Left attacked him.On January 16, Delhi resident Pranav Sawhney posted pictures of billboards that displayed images of injured students. The hashtag #LeftAttackstudents adorned the billboard. Swahney’s Instagram post said that the images were clicked by an Instagram user @hameenasto. “Tax-funded propaganda at North Campus, University of Delhi. If you are wondering where your tax money is going. This government is engaged in declaring students of your country as terrorists. Images by and @hameenasto,” read the caption.thewire


Dec 16 gangrape case: Delhi HC rejects Centre’s plea against postponing execution of convicts
Delhi High Court on Wednesday rejected the Centre’s plea against a trial court decision postponing the execution of death warrant issued against the four convicts in December 16 gangrape-murder case.Last week Friday, a trial court had postponed the execution of death warrants issued against the four convicts, saying the country cannot afford to discriminate against a death row convict in pursuit of legal remedies.Appearing for the Centre, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta had told Justice Suresh Kait that there was a deliberate, calculated and well thought of design by the death row convicts to “frustrate mandate of law” by getting their execution delayed.indianexpress


Male troops won’t accept women commanders: Government to SC
NEW DELHI: The Centre has told the Supreme Court that women may not be suitable for command posts in the Army as male troops are not yet prepared to accept women officers. It also cited greater family demands and the danger of them being taken prisoner of war to oppose the plea of a few women officers for command posting after getting permanent commission.“The composition of rank & file being male, and predominantly drawn from rural background, with prevailing societal norms, the troops are not yet mentally schooled to accept women officers in command,” it said.It also said male and female officers cannot be treated on a par in the matter of postings because of their different physical standards and exposures, and reservations over exposing women officers to combat situations.Senior advocate R Balasubramanian and lawyer Neela Gokhale told a bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and Ajay Rastogi that induction of women to such posts would change the dynamics of the armed forces. They contended physiological limitation is further accentuated by the “challenges of confinement, motherhood and childcare”.Opposing the Centre’s plea, Meenakshi Lekhi and Aishwarya Bhatti, representing the women officers, told the court that many of them displayed exceptional bravery in adverse situations.TOI

Over 5 crore farmers yet to get 3rd instalment of PM-Kisan scheme, reveals Govt data
Over five crore farmers were yet to get the third instalment of money under the Centre's ambitious PM-Kisan scheme, aimed at providing direct support of Rs 6,000 annually to them, according to the latest Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers' Welfare data.The total amount of the scheme, which came into effect on December 1, 2018, is to be paid in three equal instalments of Rs 2,000 every four months.The data showed about 2.51 crore farmers have not got even the second instalment and 5.16 crore of them were yet to get the third instalment.Over 9 crore farmers have registered themselves under the scheme between December 2018 and November 2019, it said.Of these, 7.62 crore or 84 per cent of farmers have received the first instalment.PTI
Plea before Delhi HC challenges appointment of Dr Najma Akhtar as Jamia VC
A petition has been filed before the Delhi High Court challenging the appointment of Dr Najma Akhtar as the Vice-Chancellor of the Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.A Single Judge Bench of Justice AK Chawla had sought a response to the petition from Najma, Central Government, Central Vigilance Commission, University Grants Commission and the University.The petition has been preferred by an Advocate M Ehtesham-ul-Haque.barandbench.com

Soldiers in Siachen, Ladakh short on essential gear, clothing and rations: CAG report
Soldiers deployed in high-altitude areas such as Siachen and Ladakh lack sufficient essential gear, clothing and rations, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India told Parliament on Monday.During the audit period of 2015-’16 to 2017-’18, troops had to use old items instead of being given new improved ones, while lack of special rations compromised their calorie intake by as high as 82%, the auditor found. Procurement of high-altitude clothing and equipment was delayed by up to four years, leading to acute shortage of such items, the audit report said.scroll
Dalit Activist Ravichandaran, Once Anti-Muslim, Becomes Raees for Self-Respect
CHENNAI :Dalit Activist Ravichandaran who manages the YouTube channel Dalit Camera has converted himself to Islam in his search for “self-respect and equality”. He found these in the Muslim community, joined its ranks and changed his name to Mohammed Raees. The conversion happened in Tamil Nadu’s Ooty on January. 30Talking to Caravan Daily about the response of his Dalit community to his action, Ravichandaran said that, as of now, they were neither supporting him nor opposing him. “They are not opposing my action because they don’t oppose what is purely an attempt to gain self-respect.”He said the Dalit community is anti-Muslim in general and he was himself anti-Muslim. He used to believe that Muslims were a dirty people and they were encouraging terrorists. After engagement with some members of Student Islamic Organization at EFLU, his views about Muslims changed.“My life has been 24X7 about caste for the last 15 years. It took a long time for me to reach this point. I was very anti-Muslim. I used to carry in my mind some stereotypes about Muslims, or what people used to say about them. I could change my idea after a long relationship of 4-5 years with my SIO friends,” said Raees.Caravan Daily
*WORLD*
Trump Peace Plan: Draft UN Resolution Condemns Israeli Annexation
Washington: A draft United Nations Security Council resolution on Tuesday condemned an Israeli plan to annex its settlements in the West Bank in a rebuke of President Donald Trump’s pro-Israel peace proposal.The draft text, circulated to council members by Tunisia and Indonesia, would seemingly face a US veto, but nonetheless offered some members’ dim view of the peace plan that Trump rolled out last week with great fanfare.Diplomats said negotiations on the text would likely begin later this week. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is expected to speak to the council next week about the plan, possibly coinciding with a vote on the draft resolution.Reuters

EU Denounces Trump's Middle East Peace Plan, Israel Responds With Anger
The European Union slammed US President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace plan on Tuesday, arguing that it “departs from” international agreements on the Israel-Palestine conflict.Last week, US President Donald Trump presented a proposal to address the conflict. The plan, which Trump dubbed the “deal of the century,” would give Israel control over Jewish settlements on the West Bank and Jordan Valley, while also calling for a Palestinian state. It was rejected by Palestinian leadership both prior to and after its unveiling. EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said that the plan does not adhere to “internationally agreed parameters.”thewire
Saudi seeks to buy missiles from Israel company
Saudi Arabia intends to buy weapons from Israel’s Rafael company which is known for its precision missiles, Hebrew news sites have reported.Israel Defence Magazine has said that Saudi Arabia has expressed a desire to purchase equipment from Rafael and if permission is obtained from Israeli authorities, arms can be supplied to the kingdom through its European representative, Euro Spike.The magazine indicated that allowing the company to provide Saudi with advanced combat weapons has “problematic ramifications”, noting that the Israeli Security Ministry may not allow the export of missiles to Saudi Arabia, fearing that they might one day be used against the occupation army. However others have speculated that a deal would be allowed to pass because missiles have a lifespan of ten years, a period during which no confrontation is expected with Saudi Arabia.middleeastmonitor
Egypt raises price of cooking gas exported to Gaza
The besieged Gaza Strip has suffered a greater shortage in cooking gas over the past three weeks as a result of Egypt’s price increases, Arab48 reported.Daily consumption of cooking gas in Gaza is about 250 tonnes in winter and between 200 and 220 tonnes in summer.Director of Public Relations and Media Officer in Gaza, Bayan Baker, said the shortage was a response to the Egyptian attempt to raise the price of cooking gas.The Palestinian government in Gaza stopped importing gas in protest against the attempts to raise its price; however, it reached a compromise with the Egyptian authorities to make a very symbolic rise, according to Baker, who did not say how much prices would increase by.
Israeli warplanes strike Hamas targets in Gaza
Israel said Wednesday that it launched airstrikes targeting positions of the Palestinian resistance group Hamas in the Gaza Strip, reports Anadolu Agency.Positions belonging to the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas’ military wing, in the southern city of Khan Yunis were hit by missiles launched from Israeli warplanes, said sources on the ground.There were no casualties according to initial assessments by local sources.The Israeli military claimed the airstrikes were carried out in response to rockets launched from Gaza into Israel
Novel coronavirus outbreak: Toll in China nearly 500, confirmed infections soar to 24,300
The total number of deaths from the novel coronavirus outbreak in China rose to 490 on Tuesday, up 65 from the previous day, PTI reported. The number of total confirmed infections in China soared 24,324, China’s National Health Commission announced on Wednesday. The global toll is 492, with deaths of a person each from Hong Kong and the Philippines.All 65 deaths reported on Tuesday were from Wuhan city and Hubei province. The novel coronavirus is said to have emerged late last year in a Wuhan seafood market in Hubei province that was illegally trading wildlife. It can cause pneumonia and spreads between people in droplets from coughs and sneezes. Studies suspect that bats are the origin of the disease.scroll
Saudi Arabia reports H5N8 bird flu on farm: OIE
 Saudi Arabia has reported an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu virus on a poultry farm, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Tuesday.The outbreak, which occurred in the central Sudair region, killed 22,700 birds, the OIE said, citing a report from the Saudi agriculture ministry.The other 385,300 birds in the flock were slaughtered, it said.The case was the first outbreak of the H5N8 virus in Saudi Arabia since July 2018.Reuters

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