31 August 2016

31 Aug. 2016: 27 Dzulqa'dah 37: Vol:7, No:151
Book Zakir Naik under anti-terror laws, Solicitor General writes Home Ministry; ‘IRF FCRA record almost clean’

A 16-page letter written by Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar to Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) could spell trouble for Islamic preacher Zakir Naik and his IRF. Ranjit Kumar has told the MHA that Naik's ideology is divisive and against India's pluralistic and secular social fabric.The letter reportedly recommends action against the renowned preacher under anti-terror law.Naik may soon be booked under the stringent anti-terror law and IRF may face legal action. Sources said the home ministry had sought a legal opinion on the possible action to be taken against Naik for his controversial activities, including alleged hate speeches.Legal opinion is understood to have conveyed to the home ministry that Naik's statements in different forums allegedly promoted enmity and hatred between religious groups and inspired and incited terrorists.Legal opinion suggested that there is a "conscious intention" on Naik's part to spread enmity among religious groups. Apart from Naik, cases should be registered against IRF, legal advice said to have suggested. Meanwhile, Zakir Naik and his NGO IRF are likely to face ban in India. However the govt officials digging into accounts of IRF could not find any anomaly barring one. IRF was served a notice by MHA on Aug.8 for allegedly violating the FCRA.“He has been particular about filing all FCRA returns in a proper format and prima facie all the foreign funds have been accounted for. There is only one particular donation received from Dubai, around Rs. 93 lakh in 2014 that has not been accounted for, the enquiry is yet to be completed,” an official in the North Block was quoted as saying by the Hindu. However the spokesperson of the IRF Arif Malik refuted the charges and said that all the foreign funds have been accounted for. Malik said that Home Ministry officials had checked each and every accounts and donations of the IRF in 2014, the same time when the registration of 10,000 NGOs were cancelled en masse for various violations. “Home Ministry officials had parked themselves in the office of IRF for 3-4 weeks and went through each and every book of account. They did not find any violation then, so what suddenly changed in one-and-a-half years? All the foreign funds have been accounted for,” Malik said. Daily Mail /India.com
Book Zakir under anti-terror law: Solicitor General to MHA
Book Naik,IRF under anti-terror law:Legal opinion to MHA
'Gag Zakir Naik': Solicitor General tells home ministry to book preacher and IRF under anti-terror law
Zakir Naik NGO's FCRA record may be clean
Govt may ban Naik’s NGOs under UAPA
MHA likely to book Zakir Naik under anti-terror law
MHA likely to book Zakir Naik under anti-terror law:DD
IRF files complain with Mumbai Police for morphed videos
After crying foul over morphed videos, Islamic Research Foundation has filed a complaint with the Mumbai Police saying that the videos of Dr Zakir Naik are still available on YouTube. According to the complain, these videos are being used to promote enmity between religions. detaIled complaint was filed on Aug. 9 giving links of articles carried by Hindu Jagruti Samiti with reference to Naik's comment on Ganesh idol. The complaint said that his speeches have been doctored and quoted out of context. Such clips should be removed from the web and necessary action should be taken against the person who uploaded it on the web.This complaint has been forwarded to Cyber Crime Cell of Mumbai police. A source close to IRF said,"We have received acknowledgement that our complaint has been forwarded to Cyber Cell. "Defending IRF, their lawyer Mobin Solkar said,"In our copies we have attached acknowledgement of our complaints filed in 2009. All these complaints were also marked to the then Mumbai Police Commissioner, Satyapal Singh and cyber crime cell of Mumbai Police. If we IRF had any malafide intention why would we raise a red flag on these speeches and video."indiatoday
IRF files police complaint over Hindu Jagruti Samiti articles on Zakir Naik comment of Ganesh idol
Kashmir: 15-boy killed in Sopore in fresh clashes
Srinagar: A 15-year-old boy was killed on Wednesday in clashes between security forces and violent protesters in Sopore area of north Kashmir Baramulla district, taking the death toll in the ongoing unrest in the valley to 69. Danish Manzoor and 6 other persons sustained injuries when security forces allegedly opened fire at stone-pelting protesters in Lodora in Sopore area, a police official said.He said Danish succumbed to injuries while being shifted to a hospital in Sopore town. The fresh clashes occurred even as authorities lifted curfew from all areas of Kashmir on Wednesday after 53 days. Schools, colleges and other educational institutions and shops remained closed. The attendance in govt offices and work in banks has witnessed improvement since Monday, the official said. Meanwhile, mobile internet continued to remain suspended in the entire valley, where the outgoing facility on prepaid mobiles remained barred.TOI
Kashmir: Police, Army raid north Kashmir’s Ladoora village, youth killed
Kashmir unrest: Valley on the brink after killing of class 12 student Danish Mazoor
Teenager killed in firing as fresh Kashmir violence touches toll 72
Kashmiri journalist quits IBN7 after ‘forced to do fabricated’ stories on Kashmir
Srinagar:A Kashmiri Journalist working for an Indian news channel has resigned, alleging that the channel was “forcing” him to prepare “fabricated anti-Kashmir” reports. Journalist Naseer Ahmed who was affiliated with Zee News Network for 16 years had joined Noida based IBN7 Hindi news channel in Nov.2014. “I resigned on moral grounds as the Channel operators were forcing me to prepare anti-Kashmir reports only. They are biased and were refusing to air my reports reflecting ground reality of Kashmir,”Naseer Ahmed told news agency CNS adding that Channel is least bothered about civilian killings and has an agenda to twist facts about Kashmir and malign its image across globe.“After the killing of Hizb Commander Burhan Wani in July, Editorial Board of IBN7 asked me to prepare a fabricated report against Burhan. When I refused, they contacted their Jammu reporter who did it for them from Jammu,” Naseer said and claimed that the channel always twist facts about Kashmir and mislead people of India through lies and distortion.He said that he was shocked when the Channel refused to air a story about ATM Guard from old Srinagar city who was put to death by CRPF after they pumped pellets into his body when he was on way to his home. “Instead of airing this story, the Channel people asked me to find an injured Security Man anywhere in Kashmir Valley and prepare a story on him. Every time I send them a story based on facts, they distorted it and presented it from the prism of terrorism,” he said. “I resigned from the job in protest against the role this ‘fanatic’ channel played in kindling and then promoting a campaign of blind nationalism.This Channel is doing disservice to its own people and misleads them about Kashmir.This Channel runs fabricated stories on Kashmir to appease a section of people. My conscience didn’t allow me to report false stories for them,” Naseer said and added that IBN7 has no transparent and stringent system and it follows blind nationalism when it comes to Kashmir. Rising Kashmir
NIA team returns to Delhi without questioning Geelani son
Srinagar: NIA team, which was camping in Srinagar, to probe an alleged “suspicious” funding case, left for New Delhi on Tuesday—day after questioning senior Hurriyat Conference (G) leaders Muhammad Ashraf  Sherai and Pir Saifullah. The team however didn’t question Dr Nayeem Geelani—the son of Syed Ali Geelani—despite sending a notice to him, sources said, saying “he would be interrogated in next round.”NIA team was camping in Kashmir for the past one week to carry out investigation into alleged flow of funds into some “suspicious” bank accounts in J&K  which they allege were used to “financially support the ongoing uprising” in the region. Dr Nayeem was asked by the NIA to present himself for questioning in a case re-registered in 2011 by the anti-terror agency, officials said.A senior J&K Police official said Dr Nayeem reached Shivpora office of the NIA, but the team had left for New Delhi in the morning. “Later he was asked to report at Police Station Sadder where he was told to present himself before NIA team for questioning when it comes to Srinagar next time,” a senior J&K Police official, in know-how of things, told Greater Kashmir. “We don’t have any-more details. We do not know when they will come again.” Greater Kashmir
Geelani’s son presents himself before NIA, but officers left for New Delhi
Govt bribing people to snub separatists: Shah Geelani
Srinagar: With the tense valley hobbling back to a semblance of normalcy on Tuesday, an upset Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani said authorities were "bribing" people to violate the separatists' calls for continuing with the strike, and warned them saying they are under watch.Traders, transporters and factories are united in their resolve, Geelani said, but "India by its nefarious designs and wicked conspiracies is paying Sumo and auto drivers hefty sums to run their vehicles empty. They're encouraging their famous departmental stores to run their business under police cover in civvies. Some SRTC buses are plying on roads and carry the passengers free".
Muslim clergy urges govt to put best face forward with Kashmiri youth: Economic Times
New Delhi: 3 groups of eminent Muslim clergy, intellectuals have met home minister Rajnath Singh thrice in the last one month, urging the govt to put forward "its best human face while dealing with Kashmiri youth." In the last two meetings held in the last week of August, the groups have made a strange request to govt asking it to consider shifting its entire "free higher education scholarship to Kashmiri youth" now applicable in all major states to South Indian States alone. The group has said that Kashmiri youth face a lot of apathy, discrimination and violence in north Indian States because of a "prevalent anti kashmiri feeling that is not seen in south Indian States." Ex-UGC member, CIC and interlocutor on J&K MM Ansari was also part of the delegation. The meetings were facilitated by MJ Khan, agriculture consultant, associated with the Peace Party and BJP.  "Giving them more scholarships in States of Tamil Nadu,AP and Karnataka will help them become goodwill ambassadors of the Indian State," the delegation has told the home minister. In their 30 point agenda, there is also a request that BJP tones down the language of its spokespersons on TV and asks them to speak in the language of "love and care" rather than "punishment and violence."
‘All party delegation members free to interact with anyone’
New Delhi: The members of the all-party delegation during their two-day visit to J&K , beginning September 4, will be free to meet any leader or individual or groups "including separatists", the govt  said.A formal decision to this effect was taken at a high-level meeting on Tuesday in the Union Home Ministry wherein Home Minister Rajnath Singh reviewed the preparedness for all-party delegation visit and he was briefed by senior officials including from security agencies on various pros and cons of such meetings."The members of all- party delegation to J&K, which is likely to include senior leaders like Ghulam Nabi Azad (Congress), Sitaram Yechury (CPI-M) and Sharad Yadav (JD-U) will be given a presentation on Sept.3 about the related pros and cons of the tour," a source said. Rajnath Singh, Parliamentary Affairs Minister HN Ananth Kumar and Minister of State in PMO Jitendra Singh are also expected at presentation.According to sources, among others SP leader Ram Gopal Yadav and BSP leader Satish Chandra Mishra are also likely to be part of the delegation. IANS
2 sons killed, 75-yr old Kashmir Jamaat leader booked under PSA: greaterkashmir
Baramulla:Police have booked senior J&K Jamaat Islami leader Muhammad Yousuf Sheikh of Sopore under controversial Public Safety Act for his alleged role in participating in pro-freedom protests and the accused has been shifted to Kupwara jail.Sheikh, as per dossier prepared by Sopore police, “is an active member of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat and has been leading unruly and violent mobs at least on three occasions in Sopore during the present crisis.” He has been also accused of propagating anti-India sentiments and instigating youth against state.Two other cases framed against Muhammad Yousuf Sheikh are for leading violent mob and instigating them for stone pelting on police and security forces on July 24 and 30.When contacted, superintendent of police Sopore Harmeet Singh said the detained person was involved in ‘instigating’ youths for stone pelting and ‘propagating’ anti-India sentiments in the area. “Sheikh is associated with Jama’at Islami and is close to Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani. He has returned some six months back from Pakistan visit and since then his activities were being closely monitored.” Yousuf is an influential person in Sopore because of his social and religious contribution and has been associated with Jamaat Islami for past 52 years.The family has passed through turbulent times after its two sons were killed during the ongoing turmoil in Kashmir. Altaf Ahmad Sheikh, the elder son of Sheikh Muhammad Yousuf, a govt employee in health department, was killed by unknown gunmen last year. His younger son Rouf Ahmad Sheikh, PhD in Islamic Studies was killed by armed forces in the year 2000 at Srinagar.
Will welcome back Kashmiri Pandits, says Hizbul Mujahideen commander in a video
Srinagar:In a new video message, top Hizbul Mujahideen commander Riyaz Naikoo has said they are ready to welcome Kashmiri Pandits back to the Valley but won’t give up the fight for “self-determination”.“We will welcome them (Kashmiri Pandits) warmly and there is always place for them in our hearts. They are part of our nation. We are their protectors and not their enemies…,” Naikoo said in the video.He said development alone will not solve the problem in Kashmir. “(Even) if India spends all its resources on Kashmir we will still not forget the blood of the martyrs,” he said.“We are not terrorists. We are true Mujahideen fighting hard for right to self-determination,” he added. indianexpress
India can do a lot, Modi will be remembered: Balochistan leader in self-exile
Cardiff: A decade after he left Pakistan and went into self-exile in Britain, the scion of the ruling family of one of the country’s largest princely states says his sole aim is regaining independence for Balochistan, which was annexed at the point of a gun.Like other Baloch nationalists, Mir Suleman Dawood Jan Ahmedzai, the current holder of the title of “Khan of Kalat”, welcomed Indian PM Narendra Modi’s “brave and long-awaited” remarks on atrocities allegedly committed in Balochistan by Pakistan.Now, he said in an interview with HT at his home in a quiet suburb in the capital of Wales, the Baloch people are “looking forward to work with the Indians and others for peace, prosperity and security in south Asia”.HT
Coming soon: AIR news in Balochi
 All India Radio is all set to broadcast news bulletin in Balochi language, for the benefit of people living in Pak Balochistan province.Bulletin will be produced by Radio Kashmir. thehindu
Can't grant divorce as Omar Abdullah failed to prove wife Payal's cruelty: Court
New Delhi: Ex-J&K CM Omar Abdullah's plea seeking divorce from his estranged wife Payal Abdullah was rejected by a trial court which said that the politician failed to prove "irretrievable breakdown of the marriage".Dismissing Omar's plea, the court said there was not even an iota of evidence to prove that Payal committed "cruelty" upon him, as was alleged by the former CM. The court held that he "failed to prove his case for divorce on the ground of cruelty." It said he also could not prove his claim of "desertion", which was one of the main grounds cited by Omar for seeking divorce. "Petitioner(Omar) has not been able to explain a single circumstance to show that the supervening circumstances have erupted which has made it impossible for him to continue his relationship with the respondent (Payal). Rather, evidence shows that they were in continuous contact till the filing of the divorce petition...there is not an iota of evidence in regard to the circumstances which have prevailed to prompt the petitioner to file the divorce plea," Principal Judge Arun Kumar Arya said. timesofindia
327% rise in agrarian riots in 2015, NCRB report shows
New Delhi: Incidents of rioting remained almost the same in 2015 as compared to 2014, but as communal riots decreased, big increases were seen in other categories — agrarian, sectarian and student riots and caste conflicts, data from the “Crime in India” report for 2015 released by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) on Tuesday show.Recorded incidents of agrarian riots jumped 327% from 628 in 2014 to 2,683 in 2015.The number of people arrested increased from 3,540 to 10,353. Sectarian riots — defined as violence between sects of the same religion not considering caste conflict — showed a significant jump in incidents and convictions from a low base in 2014.Much of these incidents occurred in UP.The decrease in communal riots recorded by NCRB — from 1,227 in 2014 to 789 in 2015 — however does not mesh with data released by the Ministry of Home Affairs in July 2016. Ministry data showed a slight increase from 644 incidents in 2014 to 751 in 2015. 20% of the overall 65,255 riots were reported in Bihar followed by Maharashtra (8,336) and UP (6,813). Kerala tops the crime rate list, with 16.3 riot cases per lakh people, followed by Bihar (12.9) and Karnataka (10.6).Over half of the total 1,960 political incidents occurred in Kerala.UP had the maximum number of caste conflicts (724) followed by Tamil Nadu (426). the hindu
Incidence of riots rose by 330% in 1-yr in Karnataka:NCRB
Bengaluru:Karnataka stands 2nd in the country in communal clash cases. In the last few months of 2015, State saw a spate of communal incidents. In Sept-end, a Ganesh idol procession turned violent in Bagalkot district, leading to scores of vehicles, shops and two houses being torched by rioters, apart from 10 policemen sustaining injuries. As many as 69 people were arrested. 2 months later, Kogadu and Mysuru districts saw clashes over State govt’s decision to celebrate Tipu Jayanti. These incidents and the police action following the clashes has seen State come second in the National Crime Records Bureau’s (NCRB’s) tabulation of communal riots in the country, released on Tuesday. Moreover, with 163 cases recorded in 2015, Karnataka has seen a drastic rise of 330% in the incidence of clashes. the hindu
Karnataka is 3rd-most communally sensitive state with 291 cases in 3-and-a-half years
1 out of every 4 crimes in India take place in Delhi: NCRB
NCRB data: 25% of children raped were targeted at work by their employers and co-workers
Caste runs riot in Gujarat: NCRB
Ahmedabad: Una flogging incident in July has brought issues of scheduled castes (SCs) in Gujarat under sharp focus.As reported by the state police, there has been a 122% rise in number of dalit vs non-dalit riots in 2015 as against 2014.This was revealed by report of the NCRB 'Crimes in India 2015' published on Tuesday.The report of the central agency shows that caste-based riots involving SC/STs more than doubled in the spat in the span of a year.The National Crime Records Bureau report also showed Gujarat stood fourth in the number of riot cases in which rival groups were identified as 'SC/ST' and 'Non SC/ST'. timesofindia
Jains have highest percentage of literates: Census data
New Delhi:Jains have the highest percentage of literates above 7 years of age among India's religious communities, with Census India 2011 finding 86.73% of them as literate and only 13.57% as illiterate.Muslims, on the other hand, have the highest percentage of illiterates aged beyond 7 years at 42.72%, as compared to 36.40% among Hindus, 32.49% among Sikhs, 28.17% among Buddhists and 25.66% among Christians.As per the latest Census 2001 data released on 'education level by religious community for age 7 and above" by the govt, other minority communities score over both Hindus and Muslims in literacy levels. As compared to 63.60% of 7 years-plus Hindus and 57.28% Muslims in 'literate' category, percentage of literates among Christians is 74.34%, among Buddhists 71.83% and among Sikhs 67.51%. The good news is that literacy levels (for those above 7 years) have gone up since 2001 for all religious communities.Percentage of these literates among Hindus is up from 54.92% in 2001 to 63.60% in 2011, while corresponding rise for Muslims is from 48.05% to 57.28%, for Christians from 69.45% to 74.34%, for Sikhs from 60.56% to 67.51%, for Buddhists from 62.16% to 71.83%.TOI
Villagers worried as man embraces Islam
Mangaluru: The decision of a 24-year-old man to embrace Islam has created controversy in Mandekolu village in Sullia taluk of Dakshina Kannada.A former gram panchayat president has called for a protest on Wednesday seeking action against those who influenced him to embrace Islam, as the villagers are worried that the man, Sathish M, could have been influenced by radical Islamists.The villagers came to know that Sathish M. had embraced Islam following a message on WhatsApp that showed the image of a discharge certificate issued by the Therbiyathul Islam Sabha of Kozhikode in Kerala. The certificate issued on April 15, 2015 said that Sathish has changed his name to Muhammed Mustakim following his four-month stay at the sabha.Though Sathish denied his conversion initially, the family member said, he admitted to voluntarily embracing Islam. Thehindu
Spreading the message of peace and harmony is a national responsibility: Peace conference
Patna: A committee of various religious and social workers organized a grand conference here with an aim to purify the atmosphere of hatred and disgust from the society and to make an environment of love and brotherhood.The conference was organized here on Saturday where scholars from different religions and sects expressed their views on how to develop an atmosphere of love and peace in the society.Nusrat Ali, vice president, Jamaet-e-Islami Hind said that Bihar was an epitome of unity in diversity. He called for a sustained movement to strengthen the peace and humanity campaign initiated by Jamaet. He further said that the social and religious organizations of Bihar have reshaped the peace campaign into a public movement. Husan Ahmed Qadri, general secretary Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind Bihar said that process of restoration of peace must begin from our own homes. “Being the descendents of Adam and Eve, we are all bound in a same relation”, he said.TCN
Dalit outfits to draw up 'negative list' of PM Modi's mantris
New Delhi: As Dalit organisations across the country gear up to take on the ruling BJP at the Centre and RSS against alleged atrocities, a convention has been planned for Sept.16 in the Capital, where they will announce a "negative list" of Dalit ministers in Modi govt and those from the community who have anything to do with saffron outfits. Names for the negative list are being worked out."Dalit organisations from many states will be represented at the convention where we are going to make some announcements,"Prakash Ambedkar, head of Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh and grandson of BR Ambedkar, said. The convention, likely to be held at Parliament Street,will see announcement of Dali ministers who, these outfits say, have failed to take up the Dalit cause."That is a negative list," explained Ambedkar,who has been travelling across the country to bring Dalit organisations together. timesofindia
Singur Tata plant: Supreme Court quashes acquisition, orders Bengal govt to return land in 12 weeks
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/singur-tata-plant-sc-strikes-down-land-acquisition-orders-govt-to-return-land-in-12-weeks-west-bengal-govt -3005867/
New Delhi:The Supreme Court Wednesday quashed the land acquisition in West Bengal’s Singur by CPM govt  in 2006 for allotting it to Tata to set up its Nano car factory. The court held that the acquisition could not be said to be for a “public purpose” and hence the land should be remitted back to farmers within 12 weeks. Farmers who got compensation from the govt will not return it because they were deprived of their livelihood for the last ten years, the court said. Court order signifies a major victory for Mamta Banerjee and the TMC, which had led the protest against allocation of land for the Tata factory. While setting aside Calcutta HC order of upholding the acquisition process, the SC bench ruled that the acquisition was bad in law on several grounds and that acquiring the land from the farmers for giving it to a company for a car plant could not come under the ambit of “public purpose”. Indianexpress
Notification on Waqf Tribunal to be issued soon:Delhi govt
A notification for setting up a 3-member Waqf Tribunal would be issued as soon as the name of its third member is finalised, AAP govt told Delhi High Court.Govt informed a bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal that names of 2 members of the Tribunal have already been finalised and the process of nominating the third member was going on.It said that Mukesh Kumar, an officer of the Delhi Higher Judicial Services, and Rajeev Shukla, ADM in Delhi govt, have been nominated as members of the Tribunal. "For nomination of third member of the Waqf Tribunal, a person having knowledge of Muslim Law and jurisprudence, the file has been submitted to govt for seeking approval..," it said. PTI
16 ‘guilty’ students barred from voting in JNU students’ union elections
New Delhi:16 of 21 JNU students who were found guilty by the university-appointed enquiry committee in connection with the Feb.9 incident on campus have found their names missing from the voters’ list for the students’ union polls. Students have been informed by the university administration that they will not be allowed to participate in the polls unless they pay the fine the appellate body had imposed on them. thehindu
SIMI trial:Safdar Nagori, aids presented in Indore court
Indore: SIMI activist Safdar Nagori on Tuesday was presented before the special CBI court along with his 6 associates in a case registered in Pithampur 8 years ago. Hearing of the trial will continue for 4 days till Sept.2. Nagori was brought to the court amidst heavy security. On Tuesday, a witness named Maqsood Khan from Khandwa recorded his statements.The defence on Tuesday also moved an application in court regarding clicking of pictures of the accused and its publication in the media."7 witnesses have to identify the accused before the court in the next hearings. In such a case, if the photographs of the accused will be published by the media before the hearings, it may affect the proceedings. We have put forward this plea before the court so that during the argument stage this factor may also be taken into account, "Chandan Airen, defence advocate said.Nagori along with 10 other SIMI operatives were arrested by the MP ATS on March 28, 2008.On Wednesday, police officers Narendra Singh, BS Parihar and BPS Parihar will get their statements recorded, after which, Ajay Kaithwas, Shehnaz, Shamlal and PB Murlidharan are scheduled to record their statements on Thursday.On the last day of the hearing, Ashutosh, Kailash, Atul Pathak and Virendra Singh will record their statements.For all the 4 days, the 8 SIMI activists will be brought to the court. They were brought to the city from Ahmedabad's Sabarmati jail late Monday. A total of 11 people are being tried in the case, out of which 8 were produced before the court, one is out on bail and 2 others were scheduled for attending court hearings in other courts. Safdar Nagori, Amil, Kamruddin, Sabuli, Ansar, Kamran, Dr. Ahmed Baig and Yasin were brought before the court for the hearing. Times of India
Delhi paralysed by rain: John Kerry's visit to Jama Masjid and Gauri Shankar temple cancelled
US' Secretary of State John Kerry's scheduled visits to Sisganj Gurudwara, Jama Masjid and Gauri Shankar temple in Delhi were cancelled on Wednesday because of heavy rainfall that brought the Capital to a standstill. Water logging was reported from several parts of the city, including Lodhi road, Vijay Chowk, Sector 4, Ring Road, Dhaula Kuan and Bhairon road, among others, reported ANI.On Wednesday, Gurugram Police issued advisories on Twitter that read,"Heavy rains in Gurgaon, please be advised. Be patient and maintain lane discipline, we are on the job to facilitate your movement." scroll.in
If hell exists on Earth, it's Delhi: Why John Kerry's boat remark after rains is justified: firstpost
John Kerry’s joke on Delhi rain at IIT Townhall: ‘Have you come here in boats?’
Gruesome murder, rape in Nuh leaves residents shocked
 Nuh: Hundreds of people from dozens of nearby villages under Tauru police station in the newly-carved Nuh district of Haryana are gathered in front of the two small one-room houses of the 65-year-old Zahuruddin, whose family lost all during the terrible night of 24-25 Aug.2016.That night, about half a dozen men entered the room where Zahur’s son Ibrahim and his wife Raseedan were sleeping. They tied Ibrahim (40) and Raseedan (36), took all their belongings and then mercilessly beat them to death. Hearing their cries, Zahur’s son-in-law Zafaruddin and his wife, rushed. Both of them were thrashed severely. Zafar is in a critical condition, and has been shifted to the Trauma Centre of the AIIMS. Zafar’s 2 girls –between the age 10 and 19 were not only beaten and stabbed but are also repeatedly gangraped.The news of the ghastly incident spread by the morning and people from the surrounding villages of Nuh and other districts of Mewat throng the spot of the crime, shell-shocked.But the news remains unreported in the national media even after four days.TCN
Turkey denies reaching ceasefire with Kurdish forces
A Turkish minister has said that his country does "not accept" US claims that its military has reached a ceasefire deal with Kurdish fighters in northern Syria.The statement came after US officials said that Turkish-backed Syrian rebels and Kurdish forces had agreed on a temporary pause in fighting in northern Syria."We do not accept in any circumstances ...a 'compromise or a ceasefire reached between Turkey and Kurdish elements', "Omer Celik, EU affairs minister,said on Wednesday.US officials had claimed on Tuesday they received assurance that all parties involved were going to stop shooting at each other and focus on ISIL threat."It is a loose agreement for at least the next couple of days and we are hoping that will solidify," Colonel John Thomas, spokesman for US Central Command, was quoted as saying by AFP. White House also praised the apparent halt in fighting between anti-ISIL forces in Syria.aljazeera
Turkey rejects cease-fire claims with PKK/PYD
Turkey, Kurdish forces 'reach ceasefire deal': US officials
Turkey waiting for US to fulfill commitment on PYD/YPG
IS spokesman, senior leader Abu Muhammad Al-Adnani dies in Syria: Washington Post
Islamic State reported the death of its chief spokesman, Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, on Tuesday, potentially signaling the loss of a senior militant who has steered the group's campaign to bring violent operations to the West. Pentagon said that Adnani, a Syrian national who has been one of the militant group's most experienced and well-connected figures, had been the target of an airstrike near the Syrian city of al-Bab, but officials said it was too early to be certain he had been killed.If confirmed, Adnani's death would damage the IS in two areas that have made the terrorist organization particularly dangerous: its sophisticated use of social media to reach a global audience and its willingness to employ the crudest forms of violence in scattered attacks outside Iraq and Syria.It would be a significant blow at a time when the group is already fending off attacks from Western-backed forces on the ground and a two-year air campaign that has deprived it of territory and resources.In a tweet, the Amaq news agency, IS media arm, said Adnani was killed while inspecting troops in Aleppo, Syria. It did not say exactly when, where or how Adnani died. Hours later, the Pentagon confirmed that it had launched a "precision strike" against Adnani in northern Aleppo province. "We are still assessing the results of the strike, but Al-Adnani's removal from the battlefield would mark another significant blow" to IS, Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said. Adnani's death has been rumored several times before.Even after announcing Adnani's death, Amaq boasted of the group's resilience. "The blood of the sheikhs will only make it more firm on the path of jihad and determination to take revenge and assault," the agency said in a statement on Telegram, according to a statement from the SITE Intelligence Group."He was their most prolific and public spokesman," said Will McCants, an ex-State Dept.official and expert on the IS. In statements announcing Adnani's death, IS described him as a descendant of the tribe and family of the prophet Muhammad, a clue that Adnani was possibly being groomed as a replacement for Baghdadi if the ISIS leader were to be killed, McCants said. US military claims to have killed 45,000 militants, including a number of senior leaders, in air and long-range rocket attacks since 2014. Washington Post
Key Islamic State leader Abu Muhammad al-Adnani killed in US strike in Syria: Reuters
ISIL's Al-Adnani 'dead in Syria's Aleppo':Aljazeera
Daesh spokesman killed in Syria: Anadolu agency
Anti-Daesh fight in critical, ‘tough’ stages: US
Washington:US-led anti-Daesh fight is entering a pivotal stretch, Washington’s Middle East commander said Tuesday while cautioning a “tough fight” ahead.“We are really into the heart of the caliphate,”Central Command commander Army Gen. Joseph Votel said.“We are moving into Mosul. We are moving towards Raqqah here, very, very soon,” he said. Daesh “is going to defend what he has taken and held for a long period of time. And so we should expect that there will be hard and difficult fighting there,”Votel said.Anadolu
UN divided on action over Syria chemical-weapons use
Calls have been made for sanctions against Syria following findings by a UN team that govt forces twice used chemical weapons in the ongoing civil war.UN investigators also found evidence that the ISIL group used mustard gas at least once in the conflict.However, UNSC failed during closed-door session on Tuesday to agree on any action, with Russia questioning the evidence from the independent commission. aljazeera
Onus on UN for action after Syria chemical report
UN state aid delivered to Assad regime
Muslim body slams 'hijab ban on nurses' in Nigeria town
A Muslim advocacy group has slammed the alleged maltreatment of hijab-wearing female nurses at govt  hospitals in southwest Nigeria.Muslim nurses, especially those who work at a psychiatric clinic in southwestern Abeokuta town, are reportedly being barred from their wards because of their head coverings.The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) said in a statement on Tuesday that authorities at the psychiatric hospital had repeatedly ignored calls to allow Muslim nurses to wear their hijab as allowed under the country's law and a govt  circular. World Bulletin
Khaleda should also face trial for making war criminals ministers, warns Hasina :  bdnews24.com

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