03 June 2020

03 JUNE NEWS: New Charge Sheet Links Tablighi Jamaat, Deoband to Delhi Riots; Umar Khalid Says ‘Not an Iota of Truth’ in Police Charge Against Him. Student bodies hold virtual protest to demand release of anti-CAA agitators. Lt Generals to lead military talks on Ladakh, Rajnath confirms large Chinese presence


03 JUNE 2020: 10 Shawwal 1441: Vol: 12, No: 223


New Charge Sheet Links Tablighi Jamaat, Deoband to Delhi Riots

Delhi Police on Wednesday filed another set of chargesheets in connection with the communal violence that took place in Northeast district in Feb. 2 chargesheets filed deal with murder of IB employee Ankit Sharma and the violence near Rajdhani School in Shiv Vihar respectively.There are 2 broad aspects to chargesheet filed in Rajdhani School case: violence that took place and the alleged criminal conspiracy. The violence at Rajdhani Public School in Shiv Vihar took had taken place on 24 Feb. The case has been registered on the complaint of owner of DRP Convent Public School, located adjacent to Rajdhani School.According to a press note released by Delhi police after filing the charge sheet, “The rioters had camped inside and fired bullets from the terrace of Rajdhani School. They also threw petrol bombs, acid, bricks, stones and other missiles using an improvised large iron catapult, specially installed for the purpose, from the terrace of Rajdhani School. The rioters had used ropes to climb down from the terrace of Rajdhani School into the compound of DRP Convent School and then the mob had set the school on fire.”The police further alleges that, “The mob had looted the computers and other expensive items from DRP Convent School. They had also burned down a building belonging to Anil Sweets, which stood right in front of Rajdhani School, on the other side of the road. Dilbar Negi, an employee with Anil Sweets, was trapped inside and his charred dead body was found later by the police”. 18 persons, including Faisal Farooque, who is owner of Rajdhani School, have been arrested in this case..According to the police’s theory, “ On his (Farooque’s) instructions, the adjacent and rival DRP Convent School, 2 parking lots run by other party and building of Anil Sweets was systematically destroyed by the mob. This is evident from the statement of witnesses, which include the guard at DRP School and his own guard at Rajdhani School”.The police has accused Farooque of “hatching a conspiracy” to conduct the violence. As part of this theory, the police has claimed that Farooque is linked to a number of organisations such as Tablighi Jamaat Markaz, Pinjra Tod, Jamia Coordination Committee and Darul Uloom Deoband.“His call detail analysis and links with prominent members of PFI, PinjraTod group, Jamia Coordination Committee, Hazrat Nizamuddin Markaz and some other fundamental muslim clerics including Deoband also show the depth of the conspiracy. In fact, it has been found that Faisal Farooque had visited Deoband just one day before riots started, i.e. on 23.2.2020,”police has claimed .Reacting to the name of the Hazrat Nizamuddin Markaz’s in the police note, Tablighi Jamaat’s legal counsel Fuzail Ayubbi said that no one has officially communicated with them.The police further alleges that on the day of violence, Muslim children left the school early. However, when The Quint had spoken to locals in vicinity of the school, they said that not just Muslim children but even Hindu children left early that day and that this happened even in the neighbouring school as well. Police had filed 2 more chargesheets in connection with Delhi violence on Tuesday.thequint

Delhi school owner was in touch with radical Muslim clerics, Pinjra Tod to plan riots: Police

Anti-CAA Jafrabad sit-in forced other community to raise voice: Chargesheet

Delhi Police chargesheet accuses AAP Councillor Tahir Hussain of being instrumental in northeast Delhi riots

Deep-rooted conspiracy behind killing of IB man during Delhi riots, police tell court

 Delhi Violence: Umar Khalid Says ‘Not an Iota of Truth’ in Police Charge Against Him

Delhi police, in one of its chargesheets filed in the North East Delhi riots cases, accused former JNU student Umar Khalid of being a part of a larger group in organising protests and riots in the city.Khalid has denied the charges. Talking to The Wire, he said that “there is not even an iota of truth in this”.Khalid’s name has figured in one of the charge sheets – filed in Karkardooma courts – in which the police have named suspended AAP councillor Tahir Hussain of playing a “pivotal role” during riots.However, Hussain’s lawyer Javed Ali charged that the councillor was being “falsely implicated”. He claimed there was no recovery, and planted goods and manipulation was being used to implicate him. Responding to police charges, Khalid said: “I have not read the chargesheet. But going by what has appeared in the media, and in case it has reported the truth about the charges, I can only say that there is not even an iota of truth in this.”


Student bodies hold virtual protest to demand release of anti-CAA agitators

New Delhi:Student bodies across country on Wednesday held a virtual protest to demand release of activists arrested for staging protest against CAA earlier this year. Carrying placards which read ''Sab Yaad Rakha Jaayega' and 'Down with CAA-NPR-NRC', students and activists took to Twitter and posted images expressing solidarity with Jamia Millia Islamia students Meeran Haider and Safoora Zargar and Pinjra Tod activists Devangana Kalita and Natasha Narwal, who have been accused of being involved in the conspiracy behind Delhi riots and arrested. Members of JNU Students' Union, Left-affiliated AISA, women's collective Pinjra Tod and others participated in the protest on Twitter. 'Stop Arresting Students & Activists! Stop charging fabricated cases on anti-CAA protestors! Repeal draconian UAPA! Release all political prisoners! Arrest the real perpetrators of Delhi Riots - likes of Kapil Mishra & Anurag Thakur!' AISA tweeted. The left outfit also shared pictures of how students, not only in India, but also abroad expressed solidarity with the protest.The student bodies had given a call for protest asking participants to maintain social distancing and carry placards and posters in their locality and share videos and pictures on social media.PTI


Delhi Police Threatened Legal Action for Protesting Against Arrests, Allege DU Student Activists

The student activists of Delhi University received a message from Delhi Police threatening them with legal action if they went ahead with a protest to condemn series of arrests of student activists made by Delhi Police in connection with their alleged role in Delhi riots. The message, which manifested the irony in brute terms, stands testimony to fact that the activists are being hounded for their participation in Anti-CAA protests in various parts of the country last year, the activists alleged.The message sent by SHO, Maurice Nagar read, “Information was received through Social Media that Pinjra Tod, AISA, SFI, DSU, KYS, PACHHAS, DISHA, AIDSO are organising a protest at 12 PM dated 03/06/2020 at gate No 4 Arts Faculty DU. WHO has declared COVID-19 a global pandemic and subsequently Govt of India has enforced Lockdown to stop the spread of COVID-19. As per guidelines of Govt of India, Govt of NCT of Delhi & NDMA, no social/political gathering is allowed. Thus, you are directed vide this massage not to hold any protest as in circulation in social media. Otherwise necessary legal action will be taken as per law.” One of the organisers said, “We had explicitly made it clear that the protest would be conducted in strict compliance of social and physical distancing measures advised by WHO. But we have also made it clear that we will not relent and will continue to protest against these illegal arrests violating all norms of human rights in midst of a pandemic. The officials of Delhi Police are aware that no legal help will be easily available and it could silence all dissenting voices who opposed unconstitutional CAA.”Protest was later organised in another vicinity near Delhi University where activists of SFI and AISA gathered and flashed placards with slogans “Free Political Prisoners” and “Stop Arresting Students”. Newsclick


Forensic expert in Gujarat riots case, SC lawyer among 6 who handed Shah Delhi riots report

New Delhi: A leading forensic pathologist — who has assisted the CBI in high-profile cases such as Gujarat riots and the Ishrat Jahan encounter — and a ‘public prosecutor for NIA’ were among 6-member group that presented a fact-finding report, on Delhi riots, to Union Home Minister Amit Shah last Friday.  The members, part of the NGO ‘Call for Justice’, blamed the “Tukde-Tukde Gang”, and “radical groups such as Pinjra Tod, Jamia Coordination Committee, PFI, and the local politicians from AAP” for the violence that killed 53 people in national capital in Feb. Other members of the fact-finding team included a group of retired civil service officials and a retired high court judge. The team is the first to secure an audience with Amit Shah though there have been other fact-finding reports on the riots — by civil rights groups, lawyers and even the Congress party.   The only other fact-finding group that the home ministry has acknowledged with regard to the riots is a Group of Intellectuals and Academicians (GIA) led by RSS ideologue and lawyer Monika Arora. The group had met with junior Home Minister G. Kishen Reddy in March to present a report titled ‘The Shaheen Bagh Model in North-East Delhi: From Dharna to Danga’. “We have ways,” said Chandra Wadhwa, the trustee of the Call for Justice group on how its team was able to secure an appointment with Shah. “When you are a group of such reputed individuals, you have contacts. So it wasn’t that difficult to meet him.”


UP Police Horror: Vandalise Muslim Houses, Loot Jewellery, Cash; Allege Villagers;-allege-villagers

Taprana Village(SHAMLI): This village with a population of about 3,000, eighty per cent of them being Muslims, saw the worst kind of horror in its recent history in intervening night between May 26 and 27 when police and personnel of PAC descended on the village, allegedly beat up all those whoever came within their sight and vandalized more than three dozen houses, damaging and destroying everything from flower pots to wash basins to toilet seats, kitchen wares, steel almirahs, fridges, washing machines, air coolers, bikes and cars etc. The broken goods are a testimony to the vandalism and brutality of the police and PAC. It looks like a war-ravaged village. The destruction of household goods and other properties indicates that one of the aims was to cause as much economic damage as possible to the villagers. Electric meters, electric switches and power inverters as also water pipelines and overhead water tanks in almost all the houses targeted by the cops were also destroyed.Some of the villagers alleged that the security personnel also broke their safe and almirahs and looted jewellery and cash, together running into several lakhs of rupees. Many of the houses were seen locked as all the family members, including male and females, have escaped to their relatives in other villages for fear of police action if they continue to stay in the village.indiatomorrow


‘Corona Karmayodha’ award to anti-CAA protester sparks row; BJP leader writes protest letter to UP CM

The decision of Lucknow Nagar Nigam to felicitate an anti-CAA activist with ‘Corona Karmyodha’ certificate and a cash award has sparked a row with BJP corporators  questioning the parameters under which such awards are given to a person who allegedly ‘spewed venom’against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and UP CM Yogi Adityanath.The person in question – Sayed Uzma Parveen, who had led anti-CAA protest in Lucknow – has threatened to return the award if people question her dedication to serve people.BJP leader Dilip Srivastava, Corporator from Maithlisharan ward in Lucknow, has written a letter to CM requesting him to order a probe into the matter. “It is disgusting to know that Nagar Nigam has given a certificate signed by Municipal Commissioner to Syed Ujma Praveen who had led anti-CAA protest and levelled baseless allegations against PM Narendra Modi and CM Adityanath. Corporators want to know what are the parameters under which she was felicitated while hundreds of Nagar Nigam workers who are working tirelessly are ignored,” Srivastava said.He said that the lady, who claims to be social worker, was given a cash prize of Rs 11,000 and a sodium hypochloride machine.“No rules were framed to felicitate workers nor any permission taken by Nagar Nigam Executive Board. The Nagar Nigam works under Nagar Nigam Act, 1959 under which the Commissioner is bound to take permission from the Executive before taking any decision,” Srivastava said.


8 Workers Dead In Blast At Chemical Factory In Gujarat, 40 Injured

New Delhi: An explosion at a chemical factory that sparked a big fire killed eight workers and left some 40 workers injured at the plant in Gujarat's Dahej, a mainly industrial area. Ten fire trucks came to the site. People in villages near the plant have been taken to safer areas as the chemical fire is poisonous, a district official told news agency Press Trust of India."Eight workers died in the boiler blast at the chemical factory," police inspector Vipul Gagiya told PTI.In visuals, a long plume of black smoke is seen rising from the plant that is located on an open area.

Odisha probes death of 15 tribals in Malkangiri due to ‘mysterious diseases’

Bhubaneswar:Officials of Maoist-affected Malkangiri district are investigating the alleged mysterious deaths of 15 adult Koya tribals in a village over past 3 months amid allegations that villagers did not get proper healthcare.In last 3 months, 15 persons from Kenduguda village, having population of about 400, under Malkangiri block of the same district have died with many of them complaining of swollen legs and swollen stomach. Local villagers said that most of those who died didn’t have the strength even to walk or stand properly and suffered acute respiratory problems.“As the village is a little remote and accessibility is difficult, many of the villagers consult a local witch doctor. Though a village sub-centre was located some 4-5 km away at Padmagiri and primary health centre at Pandripani, villagers did not go there for treatment of their ailments,” said Dasharath Padiami, a member of Malkangiri zilla parishad.


Subramanian Swamy demands public apology from BBC for claiming he said 'Muslims are not equal to Hindus'

BJP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy has never shied away from speaking his mind. However, one recent comment continues to stir controversy. On Tuesday, Swamy said that he had asked advocate Ishkaran Singh Bhandari to send a notice to BBC a public apology over the same."I have asked Ishkaran Bhandari to send notice to BBC demanding a public apology for the lie I had said “Muslims are not equal to Hindus” in our Constitution, and also broadcast it," he wrote on Twitter, calling the media organisation a "fake news specialist".Swamy added that it was time to bring the organisation "to book".freepressjournal



Allahabad HC stays process to appoint 69K teachers in UP

In a jolt to Yogi Adityanath government, the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court on Wednesday stayed the appointment process of 69,000 assistant basic teachers in Uttar Pradesh.The court fixed July 12 for further hearing in the case.Justice Alok Mathur's order came on dozens of writ petitions that raised questions on the process.The court directed the petitioners to submit their objections regarding answersheets to the state government within a week. The government will then refer the same to UGC  to decide on the objections.IANS


People do have right to criticise Supreme Court for not addressing migrants’ issue earlier, says Kapil Sibal

Former Law Minister and senior advocate Kapil Sibal says it is a matter of opinion whether or not the Supreme Court should have intervened earlier on the migrant workers’ issue but people can criticise the top court for not addressing the issue earlier.  Sibal said, "First of all, I welcome the suo motu notice by the Supreme Court on the issue of the plight of migrant workers, many of whom are still waiting to reach their homes along with those who are still walking hundreds of kilometres in the hope of joining their families. That the Supreme Court should have taken note of their plight earlier and intervened is a matter of opinion.Retired Judges have suggested that the concerns of migrant workers, the conditions in which they found themselves pursuant to the Prime Minister announcing a lockdown on March 24, 2020 should have persuaded the court to take up issues brought to their notice by public-spirited citizens. That there could not have been any private motivation in moving the Supreme Court is clear.Even though no political party had moved the court, I believe that all stakeholders concerned, in the light of a brewing humanitarian crisis, do have the right to bring facts to the notice of the court. It is for the court to then apply its mind and decide whether or not to proceed further. The decision not to interfere earlier and to have accepted Solicitor General’s statement that there were no migrants on the road is certainly a decision that is open to criticism. There is nothing untoward in making that criticism. People do have the right to criticise the court for it not to have addressed the issue earlier."thehindu


Tarn Taran Blast Case: NIA court dismisses bail plea of accused

Mohali:A special NIA court has dismissed the bail application of one of the accused in Tarn Taran blast case. The accused Malkit Singh alias Shera had applied for the bail on health grounds. His plea was rejected Monday.While the defence said that he was falsely implicated, it also added that the applicant was a patient of diabetes. Public Prosecutor appearing on behalf of NIA submitted that there was more than sufficient evidence against the accused. He submitted that during course of investigation incriminating role of accused had emerged and he was highly radicalised towards Khalistan movement. Prosecution added that the accused was part of gang that had planned terrorist activities.


Justice for Mohsin Demand Storms Twitter on Sixth Anniversary of First Mob Killing

New Delhi; A storm with #JustForMohsin swept Twitter on Tuesday demanding justice for the victim of hate crime. Mohsin Shaikh, a techie, was murdered on this day (June 2) six years ago in Pune, Maharashtra. He was the first victim of the mob lynching in the country.Mohsin was killed by a mob reportedly instigated by Hindu Rashtra Sena chief Dhananjay Desai.Prior to fateful day, there was communal tension in the area over some derogatory photographs of Shivaji and Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray uploaded on social media. Some people were arrested for vandalising public transport buses. The uploads were made through foreign proxy servers traced to sources in India.The then Home Minister R R Patil said authorities knew the identity of those who uploaded the offensive images. But Mohsin turned out to be an unassuming victim who paid a price with his life. It has been six years now, but the family is still struggling for justice.Clarion India


Social media creating communal divide: HC grants bail to Muslim men arrested over viral video

Karnataka High Court Friday granted bail to two Muslim men who were arrested after a video allegedly showing them picking up watermelons from a drain went viral on social media. 19-year-old Rihan and 20-year-old Shahbaz were arrested in April.They had applied for bail at the Belagavi sessions court, but their application was rejected.They then approached the high court and their petition was heard by Justice R. Devdas.Justice Devdas blamed social media for creating a communal divide, while emphasising on the submission made by the two men that the watermelons had fallen into an open drain which had no stagnant water or running drainage water, and that they were merely taking them out.As per the court order, the duo had admitted that they were the two people in the video clipping, but denied indulging in any activity that would have caused danger to those who bought the watermelons.


Suspected Bangladeshi cattle thief beaten to death in Assam

Karimganj:One Bangladeshi national succumbed to his injuries after he was physically assaulted by locals here in Karimganj for allegedly lifting domestic cows on Tuesday, police said. Karimganj SP Kumar Sanjit Krishna informed on Wednesday that deceased has been identified as Ranjit Munda.As per police, on May 1, three unknown suspected to be Bangladeshi nationals along with one Indian National illegally entered into Putin Tea Garden near Champabari Broken Orange Pekoe (BOP) just adjacent to Indo-Bangladesh Border with a view to the lifting of domestic cows from the garden.ANI


SC junks plea to rename India as Bharat, asks Centre to consider it as representation

 There were 2 petitions in the Supreme Court on Wednesday regarding change in names –one that of the country and the other of a high court. Dismissing the plea to replace India with Bharat in the Constitution, the apex court chose to send the petition to the Centre for consideration. In the second matter - to rename Bombay High Court as the High Court of Maharashtra – it issued a notice to the central government seeking its response.In the two petitions, filed by separate individuals, there was one common thread: The names being sought to be changed - India and Bombay HC – were relics of British Raj, according to petitioners.Namah, the petitioner in the first case, asserted that the name “Bharat” instilled national pride while the “India” is of Greek origin.


Cyclone NisargaUpdate: 3 Killed in Maharashtra as Cyclone Moves Inwards; Mumbai Spared Brunt

 At least 3 casualty was reported in Maharashtra after a 58-year-old man died when an electricity pole fell on him in Alibaug area of Raigad today as Cyclone Nisarga hit Maharashtra, said Raigah District Collector Nidhi Choudhari. Officials said two people died and three others were injured in two cyclone-related incidents in Pune district.While 65-year-old Manjabai Anant Navale, a resident of Vahagaon village in Khed tehsil, died as a wall of her house collapsed and tin sheets on the roof were blown away in the wind, Prakash Mokar (52), a resident of Mokarwadi in Haveli tehsil, also died after the roof of his house was blown away and he was injured while trying to catch the tin sheets, said an officer from the District Disaster Management Cell. As many as 20 teams of the NDRF have been deployed in Maharashtra. Of these, 7 are in Mumbai, 7 in Raigad, 2 in Palghar, 1 in Thane, 2 in Ratnagiri and 1 in Sindhudurg. Severe Cyclonic Storm ‘Nisarga’ weakens into a Cyclonic Storm over coastal Maharashtra. Light to moderate rainfall at most places, heavy to very heavy falls at isolated places very likely in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh during next 24 hours: India Meteorological Department

Cyclone Nisarga: 3 dead, trees uprooted



Lt Generals to lead military talks on Ladakh, Rajnath confirms large Chinese presence

New Delhi :Stepping up efforts to de-escalate the situation along LAC in Ladakh, India and China will start a fresh round of military talks on June 6, bringing senior commanders to the table.Army sources indicated this even as Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said he had been informed about the talks, and that the Chinese presence along the LAC was in “achhi khasi sankhya” (sizeable numbers). The next meeting, sources said, will be between Lt General-level officers from both sides, with the Indian delegation being led by Corps Commander of Leh-based XIV Corps.Rajnath Singh told News18 TV: “In today’s situation, military talks are going on, and possibly on June 6, talks are going to happen at the level of senior military officers. I spoke to (Army) chief and others today, and they have informed me.”indianexpress

India, China Top Military-Level Talks On Saturday Amid Border Tension


Can govt confirm no Chinese soldier has entered India, asks Rahul Gandhi

Amid a border standoff with China, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday asked government to make it clear whether or not Chinese soldiers have entered India. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had on Tuesday said that there was a “sizeable number” of Chinese troops alon LAC and that the government has taken all necessary steps to deal with the situation. Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday took to Twitter to ask, “Can GOI  please confirm that no Chinese soldiers have entered India (sic).”indianexpress


Situation at Sino-India border stable, no need for ‘third party’ intervention: China

China on Wednesday emphasised that there was no need for the intervention of a “third party” to resolve its current standoff with India as the two neighbours have full-fledged border-related mechanisms and communication channels to sort out their differences through dialogue.Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a media briefing here that China’s position on the border issue with India was “consistent and clear” and both countries have “earnestly” implemented the important consensus reached between their leaders.Zhao was replying to a question about the phone call between PM Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump on Tuesday during which the two leaders also discussed the border standoff between India and China.PTI


Constructive relationship between India and China key for regional stability: Russia

As Indian and Chinese troops remained engaged in a high-altitude standoff in eastern Ladakh, Russia on Wednesday hoped that India and China will resolve the dispute soon, noting that a “constructive” relationship between the two countries was important for regional stability.Russian Deputy Chief of Mission Roman Babushkin said Russia was hopeful of a “positive development” on the border row in eastern Ladakh.PTI


PLA holds ‘infiltration drills’ in Tibet amid border stand-off

China’s official media reported on Wednesday that the Chinese military in Tibet has held night-time high-altitude “infiltration exercises behind enemy lines” amid on-going border tensions with India. Communist Party-run Global Times reported that “PLA Tibet Military Command recently sent troops to a high-altitude region at an elevation of 4,700 metres at night for infiltration exercises behind enemy lines and tested their combat capability under a harsh environment.”Reports indicated that the drills were held in the Tanggula Mountains, which is not close to the border but in the central Tibetan plateau, near the eastern border of Tibet and Qinghai province.The newspaper’s report noted, “China and India share borders at the high-altitude area, and incidents have recently occurred between the two countries’ troops, and both sides reportedly reinforced deployments.”


Lt Gen-level talks between India, China on June 6 a significant step: Top expert

New Delhi: A meeting on June 6 between Indian and Chinese military officials, led by lieutenant generals from both armies, will be a significant step towards resolving the weeks-long row along LAC, said NSA Board member Lt Gen (retired) SL Narasimhan.The general officer commanding of Leh-based 14 Corps, Lt Gen Harinder Singh, is expected to meet his Chinese counterpart almost a month after tensions between India and China began building up along the disputed border. The row has already taken bilateral ties to a new low.This is perhaps the first time that lieutenant generals from both sides will meet in a sensitive sector to defuse border tensions – the highest talks between India and China at the tactical level have so far usually involved major generals.


In break from past, Delhi says Modi, Trump discussed India-China border situation

New Delhi:In a departure from precedent, New Delhi Tuesday said US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi discussed the “situation on the India-China border”.Ministry of External Affairs, said the border situation figured in the phone conversation between two leaders when Trump called up Modi, two days after he said he would like to include India in the expanded G7. Inviting Modi to the next G7 Summit to be held in US, he conveyed his desire to “expand the ambit of the grouping beyond the existing membership, to include other important countries including India”.Last week, Trump claimed he had spoken to Modi about the India-China border, but sources in New Delhi said there had been “no recent contact” between the two leaders. In a tweet earlier, he had called the LAC situation a “raging border dispute”.indianexpress

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US ‘seeking a clique’ to target Beijing, says China on Donald Trump’s G7 invites to India, Russia

China on Tuesday hit out at US President Donald Trump for inviting India, Australia, South Korea and Russia to the G7 summit, and said that the attempt to form a group against Beijing would prove to be an unpopular move. The remark came amid escalating tensions between China and US over the coronavirus pandemic.“China believes all international organisations and conferences should be conducive to mutual trust between countries to upholding multilateralism, promoting world peace and development,”Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian said. “Seeking a clique targeting China is not a popular move, and it doesn’t serve the interests of countries concerned.”


J&K administration revokes PSA against Shah Faesal, two PDP leaders

After nearly 10 months in detention, former bureaucrat-turned politician Shah Faesal and two senior members of the People’s Democratic Party — Peer Mansoor Hussain and Sartaj Madani — were released on Wednesday after the Jammu and Kashmir administration revoked Public Safety Act against them. Shah Faesal, who started a political outfit – Jammu and Kashmir People’s Movement – in March last year, had been under preventive detention since August 2019. He was subsequently booked under the Public Safety Act, 1978, in Feb.2020. His detention was extended on May 13 for three months. Faesal was being held at Srinagar’s MLA hostel before being transferred from the Sher-e-Kashmir International Conference Centre. The two PDP leaders Peer Mansoor Hussain and Sartaj Madni were also booked under PSA amidst the crackdown on the political leadership in J&K after special status to the erstwhile state was revoked on August 5 last year.


Srinagar Locals Collect Rs 3 Crore in 7 Days to Rebuild Houses Damaged in Nawa Kadal Encounter

Srinagar: Bashir Ahmad Darzi, a daily wager, had lost all hope. On May 19, his two-storey house in a densely populated area in downtown Srinagar had been severely damaged after an encounter. Two Hizbul Mujahideen militants, one of whom was Junaid Ashraf Khan ‘Sehrai’, whose father is the chairman of the separatist conglomerate Tehreek-e-Hurriyat (a part of the composite All Parties Hurriyat Conference), were killed on the morning of May 19 after a 15-hour-long gun battle with security forces.For Darzi, the encounter had meant an expensive reconstruction effort.But just 12 days after the encounter, Darzi along with his son Adil Bashir, were discussing the intricacies of the construction process with a bricklayer. To Darzi’s aid had come locals in the area, who had started an online campaign to raise money for the reconstruction of the houses. In no time, money had started to flow in.


J&K: 5 Jaish Militants Killed In 24 Hours In Pulwama

In second gun battle since yesterday, security forces on Wednesday killed 3 militants in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district. 2 militants were killed on Tuesday in the same district. 3 JeM militants, including a top commander, were killed in an encounter with security forces at Kangan village of south Kashmir's Pulwama district on Wednesday, officials said.A soldier is reported to have sustain injuries during the gun battle.A joint team of Army, police and CRPF cordoned off the village on a specific intelligence input about the presence of militants in that area.The gunfight began at dawn when security forces closed in on the house where militants were present. they fired at the security forces, triggering the encounter.IANS


UN report says LeT, JeM active in Afghanistan, MEA expresses concern: indianexpress

New Delhi :India on Tuesday expressed “serious concern” at a United Nations report which said a large number of foreign terrorist fighters, including up to 6,500 Pakistan nationals, are operating in Afghanistan.A report submitted by UNSC’s Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team concerning individuals and entities constituting a threat to peace, stability and security of Afghanistan, also said that UN-designated entities like Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed, operating from Pakistan-controlled territories, are facilitating trafficking and imparting training to other terrorists in Afghanistan. indianexpress



Fadnavis targets Uddhav on PFI helping BMC bury Muslim Covid victims

Mumbai:Objecting to an order issued last month by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), allowing Popular Front of India (PFI) to facilitate burial of Muslim victims of Covid-19, former Maharashtra chief minister and senior BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday asked Uddhav Thackeray government to clear its stand on the decision.Fadnavis tweeted BMC order, dated May 18, entrusting PFI with the task.The civic body’s order states, “Whenever there is a suspected Covid-19 death of a Muslim person, all hospitals should inform coordinators of the PFI. Task force team of PFI will facilitate burial…”  “Does Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray agree with the decision…,” Fadnavis asked in his tweet. “If CM is not in favour of promoting anti-national organisations, he should immediately make his stand clear and initiate strong action,” he added. A group of volunteers affiliated to PFI have been working with civic bodies across the state to help with burials of Covid-19 patients, especially since Muslim families are facing opposition from community graveyards for burial of coronavirus patients. The group has helped bury 200 bodies across the state till date, none yet in Mumbai. PFI volunteers pointed out that BJP-ruled Pune Municipal Corporation was the first to rope them in for such burials. Saeed Choudhary, a PFI volunteer, said, “In April, they (PMC) asked us to help with burials. We wanted to help, as there were a lot of problems around Muslims burials. In Pune we have buried 103 bodies.” Additional municipal commissioner, BMC, Suresh Kakani said, “They (PFI) approached us to offer help…. Relatives are not willing to touch the bodies…We need help in disposing the bodies.”MLA Rais Shaikh said it is “unethical for politicians to politicise issues related to pandemic”. “These people are stepping forward and doing good work. There was no need to raise this issue,” Shaikh said.BMC corporator Ashraf Azmi said, “It is a risk these PFI volunteers are taking in burying dead bodies. They must be appreciated.”indianexpress


Pune local body distances itself from PFI after Fadvanis slams BMC for engaging it in Covid work

Pune Municipal Corporation's decision to allow PFI to facilitate the burial of Muslim victims of Covid-19 has turned into an embarrassment for BJP in Maharashtra.Pune local body is ruled by BJP and its decision with regards to PFI came to light soon after Devendra Fadnavis slammed Shiv Sena-ruled BMC for doing just that. But soon after Fadnavis raised the issue, it came into light that the BJP-ruled Pune Municipal Corporation had also issued similar orders appointing PFI for the burial work.Given the opposition by its tallest leader in the state, Pune corporation had to withdraw its order.But, by then, Congress had already lapped up the opportunity to target BJP. "This clearly shows the double standards of BJP. In Mumbai, they oppose the same PFI and in Pune, their party gives the same work to the same organisation. They just want to politicise everything, but their hypocrisy stands exposed," Congress corporator Avinash Bagwe said. "In fact, the order had to be withdrawn only after pressure from Fadnavis,"Bagwe alleged.indiatoday


Telangana Wakf Board sets up help desk for burials

Rattled by a recent incident in Hyderabad in which the dead body of a Muslim was buried in a Hindu cremation ground after it was denied burial in five graveyards, the Telangana Wakf Board has set up a help desk to receive such complaints and take action against the caretakers of graveyards refusing to allow burials. Help desk has been formed to receive and act on the complaints about the caretakers refusing to allow burial or demanding money. During last two days, the help desk arranged the burial of 10 bodies. Wakf Board also released Rs 5,000 for the last rites of a poor man. This 24X7 helpline has eight employees of the Wakf Board. It has so far received 100 telephone calls about caretakers of various graveyards and dargahs for refusing to provide resting place for the deceased.IANS


Family Of Covid-19 Victim Flees With Half-burnt Body After Mob Attacks Them In Jammu

A mob on Tuesday disrupted the last rites of a Covid-19 victim and forced his family members to flee with the half-burnt body in Jammu, prompting intervention by the administration which later ensured cremation at another place as per protocol.A 72-year-old man, hailing from Doda district, became fourth victim of coronavirus to die in Jammu region. He breathed his last at Govt Medical College (GMC) hospital on Monday.“We had set out for funeral along with a revenue official and a medical team, and had lit the pyre at a cremation ground in Domana area when a large group of local residents appeared at the scene and disrupted the last rites,” son of deceased said.Only close relatives of the deceased, including his wife and 2 sons, were present during the cremation. They had to flee with the half-burnt body in an ambulance to save their skin from the mob which pelted stones and attacked them with sticks.“We had sought permission from the government to take the body to our home district for the last rites, but we were told that all necessary arrangements were in place, and that we would not face any trouble during the cremation,” the victim’s son said.He also alleged that the security officials present at the scene were of no help.PTI


No Tablighi members in quarantine centres, UP govt tells Allahabad High Court

In a submission to Allahabad High Court, Uttar Pradesh govt has stated that there is no Tablighi Jamaat member at any of its quarantine centres in the state at present, and all have been released and sent home.The government furnished the details on a PIL filed by a lawyer, Shaad Anwar, who had sought the court’s intervention in seeking the release of Tablighi Jamaat members who had visited the Nizamuddin Markaz in Delhi that emerged as a Covid cluster. At least 2,728 Tablighi Jamaat members and their contacts have tested positive till Tuesday, according to a state health bulletin.Additional Advocate General Manish Goyal, who represented the government, said the court was informed a total of 3,001 Indian Tablighi Jamaat members were quarantined in UP, out of which 21 were sent to jail for alleged violation of visa laws and spreading of the viral disease, while, 2,979 were released and sent home.indianexpress

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38 Tablighi Jamaat members will donate convalescent plasma for treatment of COVID-19 patients: Owaisi

Hyderabad:AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Tuesday said that 38 Tablighi Jamaat members including 25 from Telangana, who had earlier recovered from COVID-19, will donate their convalescent plasma to help in the treatment of other patients."We encouraged recovered Tablighi Jamat members to donate convalescent plasma so as to help the other patients in their fight against coronavirus. Earlier, I had submitted 32 names of recovered Tablighi Jamaat members to the Government of Telangana, who had come forward to donate their plasma," Owaisi told media persons."The Jamaat has been demonised as 'super spreader' and even been accused of 'corona jihad' by some sections of the media. However, members of the Jamaat have been seen donating blood plasma and helping other COVID patients in this collective fight against coronavirus," he added.ANI


Condition of village quarantine centers ‘pitiable’, says Uttarakhand HC; asks govt to take remedial measures

Uttarakhand High Court has expressed deep concern over the "pitiable condition" of quarantine centers at the village level in the state and directed the concerned District Magistrates to take necessary steps to ameliorate the situation, legal news website has reported.A direction is also made to submit a report regarding "rapid testing" in the state.On a perusal of the reports submitted by various District Legal Services Authorities in the state, the bench of Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia and Justice Ravindra Maithani observed, "The sense which we are getting after studying these reports is that the quarantine centers which have been established at village level are the worst of the lot. These quarantine centres in villages are mostly functioning in Government Primary Schools and Secondary Schools. Their condition, as per the reports is pitiable."


Must donate to PM CARES Fund: Patna HC’s precondition to bail applicant

The Patna High Court has granted bail on the condition that the bail applicant pay Rs.15,000 towards the PM CARES Fund set up for COVID-19 relief, legal news website has reported.Justice Anjani Kumar Sharan directed that bail applicant be enlarged on furnishing a bail bond of Rs. 25,000 with two sureties of the like amount. After recording that the bail applicant had agreed to donate to PM CARES COVID-19 relief fund, judge also added," The bail bond of the petitioner shall be accepted by the learned court below on showing receipt of deposit of Rs.15,000 in the PM Cares fund," Patna High Court said.


COVID-19 likely to hit 70 per cent of population, need Wuhan data to develop antidote: Doctors’ body in SC

A PIL has been moved by a Doctors' organization, Doctors For You in the Supreme Court urging it to direct Government of India to make a representation to China and seek information on COVID-19 to facilitate the development of an effective antidote for the same, legal news website has reported.PIL notes that while the pandemic put the lives of all the people around the world at stake, China was successful in controlling and restricting the virus to Central city of Wuhan. This allowed the authorities to direct for reopening of the wet markets based on certain statistics and indicators.In light of this, the PIL says that government of India needs to make a representation to China and call upon this neighbouring nation to share the epidemiology, evolution, clinical data and full data on COVID-19 as well as the indicators and statistics. The plea stresses that the petitioner is not for encouraging a blame-game, but for ensuring assistance to researchers to come up with an effective antidote against the virus.


Centre relaxes visa restrictions for foreigners, allows entry on select purposes

New Delhi:Almost 3 months after it suspended visas granted to foreigners, the central government has finally allowed arrival of foreigners for purposes of business, healthcare, engineering and technical works. It has said they would be allowed to fly into India on non-scheduled chartered flights.In an order issued on Monday, MHA said, “Foreign businessmen coming to India on a Business visa (other than on B-3 visa for sports) in non-scheduled commercial/ chartered flights would be permitted.”The ministry said certain other category of foreigners who could avail of this relaxation included “foreign healthcare professionals, health researchers, engineers and technicians for technical work at Indian health sector facilities, including laboratories and factories”.indian express


Now, Farmers Can Sell Produce Outside States as Cabinet Approves Amendments to Essential Commodities Act

Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved amendments to Essential Commodities Act, 1955, that will now allow farmers to sell produce outside their own states.Often blamed for indulging in unfair trading practices. farmers will no more need to sell crops only to state-run decades-old Agricultural Produce Market Committees (APMCs). Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said, "Today is a historic day for farmers. India got independence in 1947, but farmers got it today." With few buyers in their local markets outside of which farmers were not allowed to sell their produce, the glut often forced them to dump products at throwaway prices to clear up a piling mount of harvests. Farmers often find themselves at the mercy of a buyers’ group that dictate prices. While briefing the media, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said, "Farmers have been freed from the constraints of the APMC."



Mosques and nursery schools reopen in Gaza

Mosques have reopened for daily prayers and children returned to nursery schools in an easing of coronavirus restrictions in Gaza Strip.The enclave, whose borders are tightly controlled by Israel and Egypt, has recorded 61 confirmed infection cases, all in quarantine facilities, and one death during the health crisis. 2 million Palestinians live in Gaza.



US: Over 9,000 arrested as Floyd protests continue

At least 9,300 people have been arrested across US amid the ongoing protests over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man who died last week in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and police brutality nationwide.US President Donald Trump has outraged faith leaders and protesters for walking to a historic church near the White House and creating a photo opportunity, just minutes after police used chemical smoke canisters and flashbangs on peaceful protesters to clear the way for rare walk.Protesters are demanding all four officers involved be charged in Floyd's death. So far, only one - white officer, Derek Chauvin, who knelt on Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes as he pleaded "I can't breathe", has been arrested and charged on Friday with third-degree murder and manslaughter. Medical examiners have ruled the death a homicide. Those protesting against police brutality have been met with, at times, excessive force by authorities. Journalists have also been targeted by police. Officers have also been injured in the protests. Protesters have remained undeterred by curfews and the presence of the US National Guard in some cities. Largely peaceful protests have turned violent, with looting and vandalism as the night raged on. aljazeera

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US defence chief opposes use of military to quell unrest

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Wednesday that he does not support invoking the Insurrection Act to deploy active-duty forces to quell civil unrest, and added that he regretted using the word "battlespace" to describe areas gripped by protest.Esper also said he was unaware that he would be part of President Donald Trump's politically-charged photo opportunity on Monday when law enforcement forcibly cleared a park outside the White House of peaceful protesters so the president could take a picture in front of a church while holding a Bible.


China warns UK 'interfering' in Hong Kong affairs will 'backfire'

China has warned the United Kingdom about interfering in Hong Kong's affairs after the former colonial power promised to give sanctuary to locals who may flee the city if a controversial security law is passed.British Prime Minister Boris Johnson wrote in an opinion piece on Wednesday that he would offer millions of Hong Kongers visas and a possible route to UK citizenship if China enacted its planned national security law that was approved by the parliament last week.


Tony Blair: Ties between Gulf, Israel are ‘game changer’

Tony Blair has cast doubt over the chance of a Palestinian state ever emerging in an interview with a Rabbi from the United Synagogue, a union of British Orthodox Jewish synagogues, representing the central Orthodox movement in Judaism. During the online interview reported in the Jewish Chronicle the former British prime minister spoke gushingly about relations between Israel and the Gulf states. “That is the single biggest game-changer for the Middle East”, Blair is reported saying while describing the relationship as ”the biggest reason for hope in the Middle East.”His optimistic reading of the region’s future however did not extend to the Palestinians. Blair, who was appointed special envoy of the Quartet – a foursome of nations and international and supranational entities involved in mediating Israeli-Palestinian peace process – all but gave up on any hope of a Palestinian state emerging with Israel’s ongoing annexation.


US’ Kushner told Israel’s Netanyahu to ‘slow process’ of annexation

Senior US Presidential aide Jared Kushner reportedly warned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to “greatly slow the process” of unilateral annexation of large parts of the West Bank and Jordan Valley, according to a report on Israel’s Channel 13.Kushner reportedly wanted to “downplay the enthusiasm” for annexation while US struggles to contain coronavirus outbreak and faces nationwide protests over the death of an unarmed black man, George Floyd, in Minneapolis.Floyd, 46, died after then-police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, despite the victim repeatedly telling law enforcement he could not breathe. His death has sparked protests across the US, some of which have turned violent.According to the Channel 13 report, Kushner called for a slowdown of annexation plans during a conference call with Netanyahu, Israel’s Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer, US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman and White House special representative for international negotiations Avi Berkowitz.


Israel escalates arrests in West Bank to silence anti-annexation voices

As part of military measures aimed at holding back growing indignation among Palestinians who reject the occupation’s intention to annex large swathes of West Bank, occupation forces have escalated arrest campaigns, detaining 15 Palestinians yesterday, in parallel with ongoing demolition operations of Palestinian homes and facilities.Two young men from town of Kifl Haris, north of Salfit, were arrested yesterday. Local sources said that the security forces arrested Khalil Abu Yaqoub, 24, and Ali Al-Qaq, 22, after storming and searching their parents’ homes.The occupation forces also arrested five young men in Nablus, after raiding several neighbourhoods in the city, where they arrested Ahmed Youssef Awwad from Al-Makhfia area, and Dawoud Khaled Saleh from Al-Ain camp.


Ex-Hamas chief calls on Gaza Freedom Flotilla to resume

The former head of Hamas’ Political Bureau, Khaled Meshaal, called on the organisers of Freedom Flotillas to resume their journeys in an effort to break the Israeli siege on the Gaza Strip.Speaking during a virtual meeting organised by the Turkish Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) on 10th anniversary of the pro-Gaza Freedom Flotilla fleet, Meshaal stressed that the fleet’s goal should be breaking the Israeli siege, defending Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque and releasing Palestinian prisoners and detainees.


Ghannouchi: Neutrality in Libya is senseless

“Duty and necessity” force Libya’s neighbours to take action and they “cannot be indifferent” while the country remains in unrest, Tunisian Parliament Speaker Rached Ghannouchi stressed.In an interview with Anadolu Agency, Ghannouchi said: “In the midst of events in Libya, the neighbouring countries cannot be indifferent. If a fire breaks out in your neighbour’s house, you cannot stay neutral. Duty and necessity will urge you to help him to extinguish the fire, so is this case in which negative neutrality is meaningless.”He continued: “We call for positive neutrality based on pushing all parties toward a political and peaceful solution (…). Our vision is that a political solution in Libya is the most viable way to overcome insecurity and chaos.”


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