10 August 2016

10 Aug. 2016: 06 Dzulqa'dah 37: Vol:7, No:134
Report on Dr Zakir Naik:Ex-IPS officer hints at political involvement
Mumbai: With the Mumbai Police indicting Zakir Naik after finding him to be allegedly involved in unlawful activities with possible terror links, ex-IPS officer YP Singh today alleged this report by the men in uniform is extraneous to the provisions of law and deviates from the prescribed procedure of filing FIR in such matters. Singh said if such conspicuous deviations are happening then obviously this is being governed by some invisible hand, which could be very much political in nature. Pointing out that nothing of such legal procedures are complied with, ex IPS officer said these things clearly indicate that there are inherent contradictions in the entire matter, adding the police should not deviate from such legal procedures unless and until there is an invisible political hand."153A, 295A means that you are speaking something which is inimical to national integration, communal harmony. This is a criminal offence, but such offences are very difficult to prove in the court of law because in this country we have freedom of speech and expression," said Singh."If somebody wants to extol his own religion, in that case it doesn't mean that he has committed an offence. Almost all religious leaders of every religion come out with such exaggerated statements, but this doesn't mean that they are committing a criminal offence," he added.ANI
Dr Zakir Naik calls allegations made by Mumbai Police report that Naik speeches pro-terror, IRF paid money to lure youth for conversion, false and baseless
Mumbai:In a 71-page report on Dr Zakir Naik, Mumbai Police have said his IRF paid anything between Rs 25,000 and Rs 50,000 to lure a youth to convert to Islam. On Monday evening, the Mumbai Police commissioner submitted a report prepared by Special Branch, the intelligence wing of the Mumbai Police, to the state home department. In response to reports, a statement released on behalf of Dr Naik called the allegations false and baseless. “Dr Zakir Naik or IRF has not received any notice from the MHA or any govt al agency as of now, and hence we’re unable to comment on it. IRF is a research body that promotes greater awareness of Islam and its tenets…Dr Zakir Naik emphasises on teachings of Islam, which is not unconstitutional, and preaching and propagating one’s religion is allowed by Article 25 of the Indian Constitution.” Sources said the SB studied speeches, sermons and literature prepared by the IRF and the report found these to be “pro-terror” and “influencing vulnerable minds”. An officer said the SB’s inquiry concentrated on speeches made by Naik, as available on the Internet. No member of the IRF or any other NGO run by Naik was questioned. “As the mandate of the probe was to find out if the speeches were influencing the youth to join terror, we only concentrated on the speeches,” said a source.“It will not be wrong to say that Muslim youths are being attracted towards the ideology promoted by Dr Zakir Naik, or his religious teaching have fanned religious sentiments of Muslim youths,” says the report in Marathi. “Prima facie certain comments by Dr Naik justifies terrorists and terrorist activities of some organisations,” it adds.The report also observes that Naik “promoted religious conversions” through his oratory on the supremacy of Islam. “By way of his oratory skills, Dr Naik creates prejudices in the mind of people by asserting how other holy books of the other religions and their beliefs are wrong… His statements are against religious harmony and peaceful coexistence…His focus is on to prove how Islam is the only supreme religion…He spreads religious animosity. Once listeners are attracted towards him, he justifies terrorism and fans religious sentiments of Muslim youths with the help of his oratory skills,” the report reads. It also states that the law and judiciary department should be consulted to find out if his speeches could be banned.“Some statements are certainly against religious tolerance and promote chauvinism and Islamic supremacy.Hence,prima facie it is certain that his speeches should be banned in Maharashtra,” it report.Indianexpress
Home Ministry begins inquiry against Zakir Naik’s NGO Islamic Research Foundation
Maharashtra set to book Zakir Naik for hate speech
Naik 'involved' in unlawful activities: Mumbai Police report
Home Ministry inquiry against Zakir Naik's NGO begins, questionnaire sent
Arshi Qureshi never forcefully converted anyone, says IRF
Police Probe Links Zakir Naik’s Irf To Hafiz Saeed
Economic Offences Wing scans IRF’s funds
In Bharuch, a family with links to Zakir Naik’s S. African mentor Sheikh Ahmed Deedat
Bharuch:A village in Gujarat’s Surat district has hit the spotlight for being the birthplace of late Sheikh Ahmed Deedat, the mentor of Zakir Naik. Tadkeshwar in Surat district is home to a famous Mahadev temple and has one of the oldest madrasas, Darul Uloom Falah-e-Darain. It is here that Deedat was born in 1918, before he migrated to South Africa at the age of 9. Naik has acknowledged the role of Deedat in his life and has admitted in interviews that he was “trained by him”. Naik’s official website lists the deceased Deedat as an “international orator” at IRF in India.About 40 km from Tadkeshwar, seated in their luxurious bungalow at Ankleshwar in Bharuch, Deedat’s extended family — grandnephew Ghulam Ali, 68, and his son Mohammed, 42, who is a local BJP functionary — are discreet about their association with the preacher, but speak with pride about their family patriarch’s brush with fame in the Middle East and US.They say they are not in “regular” touch with Deedat’s family that has moved to South Africa, although Mohammed met Ahmed Deedat’s son, Yousuf, who is a preacher himself, during his last visit to Durban. indianexpress
Take strict action against Zakir Naik, make evidence against him public: Congress to Maha Govt
AP:2 Dalits tied to tree, stripped, beaten by cow vigilantes
Vijayawada:  2 Dalit brothers were allegedly tied to a coconut tree, stripped and thrashed for skinning a dead cow in Andhra Pradesh, in a redux of the outrageous attack last month in Gujarat that has pivoted protests and a huge political controversy for the central govt. On Monday in Amalapuram, Mokati Elisa and his brother Lazar were hired to skin a cow that had died of electrocution, the police said. While they were on the job, the brothers were attacked by around 100 "gau-rakshaks" or cow vigilantes who arrived at the spot accusing them of stealing and killing the animal. Cow was electrocuted while grazing, said a senior police officer. Its owner, a vegetable vendor, had hired the brothers to skin it.The brothers are in hospital; one of them is reportedly critical.NDTV
'Gau-rakshaks' beat up 2 Dalits for skinning dead cow in AP: Police
2 Dalit men tied to a tree, stripped and beaten in Andhra for skinning a cow
7 arrested for beating up 2 Dalits in Andhra, 4 absconding
Dalit girl attacked by priest in UP for trying to draw water from temple well
Amid reports of atrocities against the Dalit community, a minor girl and her father were beaten up by a temple priest in Gunnaur in UP's Sambhal district when the girl tried drawing water from the temple well. 13-year-old was denied water by the priest due to her Dalit status. After the father confronted the priest over the issue, he was attacked with a trident. A few followers of the priest also joined in the attack against the family. The police have launched an investigation and also arrested the accused. A case was registered against the priest under SC and ST Act after family protested. This is the 2nd incident against Dalits since PM Modi's speech when he first broke his silence against the self-styled gau rakshaks. firstpost
UP: Priest stops Dalit girl from drinking water in temple, attacks father
Dadri lynching: FIR against Akhlaq’s family a conspiracy? The Quint investigative report
FIR against Akhlaq and his family for cow slaughter has raised several questions. This FIR was registered almost 10 months after Akhlaq’s murder. To find out more about the complainant and the witnesses mentioned in the FIR, The Quint revisited Bisada village in Dadri. Our investigation reveals that the complainant did not witness the incident. He filed FIR on the hearsay of 3 villagers. Moreover, the eyewitness Prem Singh, who allegedly saw Akhlaq and his family slaughtering a calf, is the uncle of Sanjay Rana and the father of Vishal Rana, one of the accused arrested for Akhlaq’s murder. Not only this, Sanjay Rana – who claims to be a former BJP worker – has the upper hand, since he controls the witnesses and the complainant.The Quint in its earlier report mentioned Rana’s alleged personal grudge against Akhlaq and his involvement in the latter’s murder. So did Rana orchestrate this FIR against Akhlaq’s family with the help of his relatives/neighbours? Did he concoct a cow slaughter complaint to save his son from indictment?
Gujarat: Forced out, Dalits are refugees 15 km from home
Sodapur: Priyanka Meghwa was in Class X when she was forced to give up school in her village in Ghada. At her new home 15 km away, with nothing much to do, the 15-year-old spends time watching television. Ghar Ki Lakshmi Betiyaan, a soap celebrating daughters, and Sapne Suhane Ladakpan Ke are her favourite shows, she says.Two years ago, Priyanka’s family was among the 27 Dalit families who were forced to move to Sodapur from Ghada, both villages in the Deesa taluka of Banaskantha, the potato capital of Gujarat. All of them victims of untouchability, now refugees in their own state, which saw Dalit anger boiling over last month following the public flogging in Una of youths for skinning dead cattle.At the entrance to Deesa,near Agriculture Produce Market Committee building, a huge potato installation welcomes you. Deesa is also where Canadian food giant McCain sources its potatoes from. Large potato cold storages dot the way to Sodapur. On one side of the road that cuts through the village, stand rows of shacks covered with asbestos and lined with tarpaulin. This is the home of the Dalits from Ghada. Across the road, lives the rest of the village.The practice of “extreme untouchability”, the Dalits claim, led to the murder of one of them nine years ago, forcing them to first sit in protest outside the local revenue official’s office for five years after which they came to Sodapur, leaving behind 100 bighas of land where they grew potatoes, castor, wheat, groundnut, bajra and rapeseed. indianexpress
Don't tolerate cow vigilantism, punish those who take law in their hands, Centre tells states
New Delhi: Govt has indicated it meant business by issuing an advisory to all states following PM's Narendra Modi call for action against cow vigilantism. The advisory emphasizes that though cow slaughter+ is a crime in most states, no person or group can take law into their own hands in the name of protecting cows as Section 39 of CrPC makes them liable to report such offences to the police or nearest magistrate. TOI
Punish those who take law in their hands: Home ministry on cow vigilantism
Cow vigilantes to intensify cow protection campaign
PM Modi’s remark that 80% gau rakshaks are fake should have been avoided: RSS
Nagpur: A day after its general secretary Bhaiyyaji Joshi echoed PM Narendra Modi in condemning activities of “a handful of opportunistic people who in the name of cow protection” are trying to “poison social harmony”, RSS said Modi should have avoided the remark that such people constitute 80% of gau rakshaks in the country.It also said the “RSS has always espoused the cause of gau raksha”. PM had asked state govts to prepare a dossier on “those who consider themselves great gau rakshaks” and then said that “70-80% are involved in activities which have no place in society and they, therefore, don the mantle of gau rakshaks to hide their ills”. A day later, speaking in Telangana, Modi again referred to “fake cow protectors” but this time he called them a “handful”. RSS spokesperson Manmohan Vaidya said:“80% remark should have been avoided but the PM later made amends at Hyderabad, saying only a handful of so-called gau rakshaks were fake. And as regards why issue a statement after the Dalit flogging, it should not be seen as a caste or religion issue. RSS has always espoused the cause of gau raksha.”Asked about the angry response of the VHP to the PM’s remark, Vaidya said: “All RSS-inspired organisations are autonomous and are free to express their own assessment and opinion.”The wording of Joshi’s statement Sunday highlights the RSS dilemma. On the one hand, it wants to be seen to be with the PM on the issue and, on other, it tries to echo the sentiments of swayamsevaks by striking a different tone on the number of “fake” gau rakshaks. indianexpress
In damage control exercise, RSS meets BJP's Dalit MPs to discuss atrocities against Dalits
Haryana: Alleged cow smuggler shot dead, 3 policemen injured
New Delhi:One person was shot dead and three police personnel received injuries during firing between alleged cow smugglers and police at Mahendragarh district in Haryana late Tuesday night. Police got a tip off about alleged smuggling of cows and intercepted the vehicle. As soon as the police reached close to the vehicle, they were faced with firing.As the police fired, one of the alleged smugglers died while the others managed to escape.  incidents of cow vigilantism are also rampant in the state as 2 people were forced to consume ‘panchgavya’, cow dung concoction, after they were allegedly caught transporting beef in Faridabad.indianexpress
Vasundhara Raje admits to problem: Gau rakshak shops asking for more
Hundreds of Dalits sit on hunger strike in Amreli to protest against police atrocities, 1 sent to judicial custody
Rajkot: Hundreds of Dalits sat on relay hunger strike in Amreli for the second consecutive day on Tuesday to protest “police atrocities” against them for allegedly stoning a policeman to death during the violence following the Una incident in which seven members of a Dalit family were beaten up for skinning a dead cow. Out of the 16 Dalits named in the FIR for the alleged murder of a head constable named Pankaj Amreliya, seven have been arrested. Kanti Vala, the main accused in the case according to police, was sent to judicial custody by a local court as his two-day police custody ended Tuesday. As police did not seek his further remand, he was sent to judicial custody by the court.Vala was arrested by Amreli police from outside PDU General Hospital on Saturday. He was also injured in the violence on July 19 and had been undergoing treatment since. Six persons, including two women, were arrested earlier. All of them are in judicial custody. indianexpress
Work out solution to allow Dalits perform temple rituals: Madras HC
Chennai: The Madras high court has observed that the authorities are under statutory and moral obligation to permit Dalits to worship and perform rituals in connection with Aadi festival at Sri Badrakaliamman temple at Kallimedu village in Nagapattinam district. When a petition filed by M. Shanmugavelu and 2 others of the village came up for hearing on Tuesday, Justice M. Sathyanarayanan hoped the petitioners will be alive to the said situation and work out some compromise, so that at least next year during ‘Aadi’ month, the temple festival is performed without any problem.Recently, a section of Dalits had threatened to convert to Islam if the govt  failed to get them the right to host mandagapadi.deccanchronicle
Madras HC says authorities obliged to allow Dalits to perform worship in Aadi
Pak army, LeT behind Kashmir protests, unrest confesses nabbed Pak terrorist: NIA
New Delhi: NIA said on Wednesday that Lashkar-e-Taiba and the Pakistan army are fuelling large scale protests in Kashmir in the wake of killing of Burhan Wani. "LeT is being helped by Pakistan army in spreading unrest in the Kashmir valley," NIA IG Sanjeev Kumar said in a press briefing in Delhi. "Pakistan army officers in civilian clothes visit LeT facilities and are referred to as Major Saheb and Capt Saheb," Kumar added. NIA said this was one of many revelations made by Bahadur Ali, a LeT terrorist who was caught by security officers on July 25. NIA also released a video of Ali's confession. Ali, aka Abu Saifullah, was captured in Kashmir. NIA said he was recruited by Jamaat-ud-Dawa and was subsequently radicalised by the LeT. After that, Ali underwent 3 rounds of training with the LeT at Manshera, Aksa and Muzaffarabad. timesofindia
Pak Army helping LeT in spreading unrest in Kashmir: NIA
Whatever is happening in Kashmir is Pak-sponsored, Rajnath tells Rajya Sabha
Home Minister Rajnath Singh addressed the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday over the ongoing crisis in Kashmir, and said that the problem was sponsored by Pakistan, ANI reported. Singh said there will be an all-party meeting in J&K  on August 12, which PM  Narendra Modi will also attend.The minister said he knew the people of Kashmir were not “leading a normal life”, ANI reported, but that the People’s Democratic Party-led govt  in the state was doing its best to provide them facilities and improve the situation. Parts of the state have been under curfew-like restrictions since July 8.
Kashmir is our problem, stop blaming Pak: Aiyar to PM
New Delhi:Congress veteran Mani Shankar Aiyar on Wednesday asked PM Modi-led govt  to stop blaming Pakistan for Kashmir unrest as it is India’s problem and advised the ruling dispensation to initiate a parallel dialogue with both Pakistan and the separatist leaders.“Kashmir is our problem, we cannot keep saying Pakistan is causing it. They will keep doing what they are doing with regard to Kashmir. The talks should continue between both the countries. And also with all leaders be it Hurriyat or Mufti ji or separatist leadership,” Aiyar told ANI.“There is a need to understand that it is not enough to just have Kashmir, we have to ensure Kashmiris are ours. We will have to initiate dialogue process with the people of Kashmir so that not just Kashmir but Kashmiris are ours,” he added.ANI
All-party meeting on Kashmir unrest on August 12, PM Modi will be in attendance: Rajnath Singh
Pak rejects India’s claim of cross-border infiltration
Islamabad: Pakistan has rejected India’s charge of infiltration in Kashmir, after its envoy Abdul Basit was summoned and handed over a “strong demarche” over Pakistan’s continued support to cross-border terrorism.“We strongly reject Indian claim of any cross-LoC infiltration. Pakistan remains committed to the policy of not allowing its territory for any terrorist activity against anyone,” Foreign Office said last night when asked about India summoning Pakistani High Commissioner. It said that it is necessary to establish “veracity of the Indian claim”.“Details in this regard will be gathered,” it said. Amid growing strain in ties, India on Tuesday summoned Basit and handed him a “strong demarche” over Pak’s continued support to cross-border terrorism by pushing in trained terrorists to carry out attacks, particularly in Kashmir.PTI
Kashmir: Cops launch crackdown against stone pelters; arresting over 1,000 youths
Srinagar: In a bid to end over a month-long unrest in Kashmir, security forces have started a major crackdown against stone pelters and separatists by arresting more than 1,000 youths. Sources said most of the arrests have been made in the worst hit districts of south Kashmir’s Anantnag, Kulgam, Pulwama and Shopian. “Over 500 youths have been arrested from these districts in the past one month,” they said, adding the police raids have forced hundreds of youths to go into hiding, while people across Kashmir stay awake during the night to foil the arrests. On Sunday, Kashmir’s Inspector General of Police Syed Javed Gillani admitted in an official handout that more than 1,000 youths have been arrested in a month. Independent sources, however, said over 1,300 youths have been lodged in police stations so far. At least 60 people were injured in fresh clashes in Kashmir as protests continued across the Valley on Tuesday, DHNS reports from Srinagar. Curfew and restrictions continued for the 32nd day in a row. Reports said in the evening that men and women were simultaneously holding protest demonstrations in Vesu and Qazigund in Anantnag district when security forces appeared on the spot and fired pellets to break the demonstrations. Deccan Herald
Burhan Wani more dangerous dead than alive:TMC MP
New Delhi: TMC MP Derek O’Brien on Wednesday said in Rajya Sabha that slain Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani was more dangerous ‘dead than alive’. The statement was made while the House was discussing the current situation of unrest in Kashmir.Earlier, the House had agreed to discuss Kashmir after a notice was given by Congress party. Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad first spoke on the issue followed by other leaders from across parties.
Humane touch missing in J&K, key to curb unrest: SC
New Delhi: Supreme Court has expressed concern over the situation and said there was lack of a humane approach towards the month-long unrest in the valley.A bench of Justices P C Ghose and Amitava Roy said: "There must be a humane approach towards the problem and it is now missing. People should be treated with love and affection but it is lacking at present and it must be ensured by the govt ."The court passed the observation while hearing a plea of the state seeking stay of contempt proceedings initiated by a local court against Srinagar's Senior SP for not registering an FIR against a DSP who had allegedly shot down a 22-year old youth, Shabir Ahmad Mir, by barging into his home on July 10. timesofindia
33rd  day of lockdown paralyzes life in Kashmir
Srinagar: Authorities continued curfew and restrictions in Kashmir Valley on Wednesday for the 33rd consecutive day as separatists did not relent on shutdown and protests."Curfew will remain in force in Anantnag town while restrictions shall continue in Shopian, Kulgam and Pulwama towns," a senior police official said here.IANS
Family of officer Geelani named goes to say sorry, he snubs them
Kashmir continues to bleed, but PM Modi believes it is an economic issue: TCN
Doctors stage protest in J-K against civilian deaths in Kashmir unrest
Communal tension in Poonch, shops shut
Jammu: Tension erupted in border Poonch town on Tuesday afternoon with majority Muslims closing their business establishments in protest over alleged scuffle between 2 persons including a shopkeeper belonging to different communities. Both of them have been identified as Molvi Anwar Hussain Shah, 45, and Ankur Bali, 30. While the former was a teacher at the Jamia Zia-ul-Uloom, Poonch, and the other was dealing in the sale of watches and mobile phones. Trouble erupted when Molvi visited him for replacement of a watch purchased from him a few days ago saying it was not working properly and the latter refused to oblige him saying that it had been broken. After heated arguments, both came to blows. During scuffle, the glass at the counter of the shop also got broken.Local people intervened and rushed Molvi to the hospital after he complained of pain in the stomach and the head. From there, he was rushed to Govt Medical College Hospital at Jammu for specialized opinion of neurologist.
UP: 4 Muslim MLAs join BSP
Lucknow:  A day after BSP stalwart Swamy Prasad Maurya joined the BJP, 4 Muslim MLAs -3 from Congress and 1 from Samajwadi Party, walked over to the BSP on Wednesday. BSP leader Naseemuddin said that Nawab Qazim Ali and Mohammad Muslim, MLAs from Rampur district and Amethi, had joined BSP unconditionally.They are likely to get BSP ticket to contest assembly elections due next year. Dilnawaz Khan, a Congress MLA from Bulandshahr, SP MLA from Muzaffarnagar Nawazish Aalam Khan and ex BJP minister Avdesh Verma have also joined BSP, Naseemuddin said.IANS
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Indian population growth less dependent on religion, more on development: study
Fertility rates in India are more closely related to education levels and the socio-economic development within a state, than to religious beliefs, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of govt  data and research evidence.The evidence we analyze shows that richer families, states with better health facilities and higher female literacy have lower fertility rates in India. Globally, there is little evidence to link religion and fertility rates, with poorer, conflict-ridden states and countries with lower female empowerment reporting higher population growth rates. When the office of the Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India released fertility rates for the Indian population last year, the conversation was hijacked by the difference in population growth rates across religions.Several papers emphasized that the data showed that Muslim women had higher fertility rates than non-Muslims, and that the percentage of Muslims in population was steadily growing.IANS
Indian Population Growth Dependent On Development Not Religion: Study
‘I want to kill off Muslims one by one’: Photographer Kabir Ahmed wgo hid identity relates Islamophobia experience
Bengaluru: Bengaluru-based photographer Kabir Ahmed on Wednesday shared an incident on his Facebook account which could reveal a very worrying mindset among sections of Indian society. According to a report, Ahmed was at the receiving end of anti-Muslim hatred when he interacted with a few people at a hotel on Tumkur Road in Karnataka.On his way back from Hampi, Ahmed stopped at the hotel to relieve himself, and was joined in the loo by 3 men. One of the men looked at him with ‘utter disdain’ and asked him about the style of his beard. “No style, and all guru..i simply let it grow,” he responded. The guy didn’t stop at that and questioned him further about his beard. Ahmed still tried to continue in his jocular vein, making up a story about wanting to go to ‘sanyaas’. Not satisfied, the man asked Ahmed his name, says the report. Ahmed, sensing the man’s mindset, replied that his name was Ragul – a Hindu name. Ahmed then asked the man why he was so angry. The response was shocking.“He said because they have ruined everything and continue to, the bastards…and every time I see a Muslim, I want to beat them black and blue, without mercy…kill them off one by one. The 2 other men hanging around the mirror, vehemently agreed,” Ahmed said. asianage
White House cites clause to keep mum on Bhopal gas tragedy plea
White House on Tuesday refused to respond to a petition regarding the Bhopal gas tragedy filed by civil rights activists from India and across the world. Petition demanded that the US govt take action against Dow Chemicals, arguing that US Department of Justice had not summoned company to explain the present state of Union Carbide Corporation, the company responsible for the gas tragedy. Dow Chemical bought UCC in 2001.The petition, which surpassed the required signature count of 100,000, read: “31 years of US protection of UCC and Dow must end. We insist that US govt meet its obligations under Treaty & international law by immediately serving notice upon Dow to attend court in Bhopal on July 13, 2016.”In their response to the petition, White House declined to comment on the request, quoting its Terms of Participation. indianexpress
Andhra govt official detained for asking Muslim family about pigs
An official on enumeration duty under the Andhra Pradesh govt 's unique smart pulse survey of households was detained by some Muslim families in a village panchayat office in Anantapur for asking if they own pigs.The official was set free only after minorities minister Palle Raghunadha Reddy intervened and assured them that the official would be shifted out of the village. But, the official insisted he had only followed the govt -provided questionnaire.The incident took place in T Kuntlapalli village of Obuladevacheruvu block. Village secretary Mallikarjuna went to a house and was filling the printed questionnaire. One of the questions was whether the the family owned a pig. When he read this this out, Haseena, who was answering him, started shouting for offending her with an "irrational" question. Mumbai Mirror
On top job in AMU, HRD has a rethink
New Delhi:Days after it sought to assert that AMU was not a minority institution but a central university, HRD Ministry has decided not to support the UGC in holding that the AMU was bound by its regulations like other central universities.An affidavit filed by the ministry in the Supreme Court has countered the submission by UGC on whether AMU was obligated under law to abide by UGC Regulations, 2010, which prescribed minimum qualifications for appointment of teachers and academic staff.UGC had told the court that its regulations, once notified in the gazette, had the force of law and were “statutorily mandatory” for all central universities irrespective of whether state govt s or universities had formally adopted them or not.But  HRD ministry, in its affidavit filed last week, has stated that state govt s and central universities were required to formally adopt the regulations and that there could not be an automatic amendment because UGC had come up with new rules. The differences between the ministry and UGC came to the fore as they responded to a petition that sought a direction to quash the appointment of AMU V-C Lt Gen Zameer Uddin Shah in May 2012. indianexpress
Citizens forum meets Lalu over Bihar communal tension
Patna : Following communal tension in Bihar's Saran district, a citizen's forum for communal harmony and peace on Tuesday met former CM  Lalu Prasad, whose RJD is a major ally of the ruling Grand Alliance.Lalu Prasad assured the forum members that the state administration will take action against anti-social elements involved in the communal trouble, according to Satish Kumar, a member of the delegation. IANS
On I-Day, pupils of madrassas will sing paeans to freedom struggle
Mumbai: Wearing kurta-pyjama and skull caps, young pupils at Malad's Madrassa Jamia Tajwidul Quran are readying to do a new task, apart from learning the usual set of Islamic subjects. As Independence Day approaches, these students are honing their skills at reciting tales from the freedom movement. Unlike the school manager in Allahabad who objected to singing the national anthem on Aug.15, the madrassa in Malad and other Islamic seminaries in the city will sing it after hoisting the national flag.HRD ministry's instructions to schools to observe 'Freedom Fortnight' (Aug.9-23) and celebrate Aug.15 with much fanfare don't apply to these non-govt -aided madrassas. Nevertheless, most madrassas will voluntarily mark the occasion with gaiety and a string of shows. timesofindia
RSS Muslim body to hoist tricolour at madrassas:TOI
Nagpur: Amid controversy sparked after manager of a private school in Allahabad refused to allow singing of national anthem in its premises on Independence Day, RSS promoted Rashtriya Muslim Manch has planned flag hoisting functions at some madrassas across the country. Incidentally, even RSS did not have the tradition of unfurling the tricolour until a few years ago.At the HQRS in Nagpur, Indresh Kumar, RSS core committee member and president of the Muslim outfit, will be addressing a programme in a madrassa at Binaki Mangalwari.
Another link to Old Delhi: Jama Masjid Metro station to open later this year
New Delhi:Walking into the Jama Masjid Metro station of the Heritage Line will be akin to a heritage walk. Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is installing panels, showcasing the architecture of the mosque -- arches, minarets, jharokas, domes and marble inlays that form the imposing red sandstone building.“Panels will depict the mosque both in its historical and present context,” said a DMRC spokesperson.HT
Indians missing in Iraq: Will move privilege motion against Sushma Swaraj, says Bajwa
 Congress MP Partap Singh Bajwa said he would move a privilege motion against Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj for “misleading” the nation and families of 39 Indians who were abducted in Iraq, in the next session. Indianexpress
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Terror suspect linked to Deendar Anjuman held 15 years after B'luru, Hubballi blasts
Bengaluru: CID sleuths have arrested a fugitive terror suspect, who allegedly played a vital role in planting explosives in a Bengaluru church and in Hubballi in 2000.Suspect,Sheikh Amir Ali, aged around 50, is wanted in 4 blast cases in Karnataka and Maharashtra, police said. Blasts were triggered by men owing allegiance to Deendar Anjuman, banned in 1948.TOI
13/7 Mumbai triple blast case: 3 accused approach MCOCA court for separation of their trial
Mumbai: 3 Accused in the 13/7 Mumbai triple blasts have approached the special MCOCA court seeking separation of their trial from the other 4 accused, including Yasin Bhatkal. Their plea stated that the trial has been delayed with charges yet to be framed against them. “Since the 4 accused are lodged in Hyderabad and not produced before the trial court in Mumbai, the other accused have sought for their trial to be separated,” said advocate Sharif Shaikh, representing the three accused who have made the plea. Special MCOCA court will hear arguments on the plea on August 25. indianexpress
Turkey, Russia have similar views on Syria ceasefire: Turkish foreign minister
Turkey and Russia have similar views on the need for a ceasefire in Syria, the provision of humanitarian aid, and a political solution to end the crisis, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told the Anadolu agency on Wednesday. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan discussed the Syrian conflict at a meeting in St Petersburg on Tuesday.A Turkish delegation including foreign ministry, military and defence officials will travel to Russia for follow-up talks on Wednesday, Cavusoglu also said.In an earlier report, Putin said that restoring trade ties with Turkey will take time and work, after his first meeting with counterpart Erdogan since Ankara shot down a Russian warplane in November 2015.Putin insisted that he wanted to see relations with "our Turkish friends" return to previous levels but stressed that it would take time for Moscow to roll back a series of economic sanctions against Ankara.Reuters
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Turkey, Russia determined to boost ties: Erdogan
EU making 'serious mistakes' over failed Turkish coup: Turkish minister
Ankara - European Union is making serious mistakes in its response to Turkey's failed coup and is losing support for EU membership from Turks as a result, Turkey's foreign minister said on Wednesday.  Mevlut Cavusoglu said Turkey's rapprochement with Russia was not meant as a message to the West. However, he said if the West "loses" Turkey it will be because of its own mistakes, not Ankara's good ties with Russia, China or the Islamic world.Reuters
Pak blast toll touches 93; Baloch minister blames RAW
The deafening blast that ripped through scores of mourners in a Quetta hospital on Monday has killed at least 93 people, mainly lawyers, in this year's bloodiest terror attack in Pakistan even as a Balochistan minister blamed the Indian intelligence agency RAW for the incident. Balochistan CM Sanaullah Zehri blamed the Indian intelligence agency RAW, saying it was responsible for incidents of terror in Quetta. Massive explosion occurred when nearly 100 lawyers and some journalists reached the Civil Hospital with the body of Bilal Anwar Kasi, president of the Balochistan Bar Association who was killed earlier. Police officer Zahoor Ahmed Afridi said most of the dead were lawyers. Several lawyers, including Baz Mohammad Kakar, the former president of the Balochistan Bar Association, were injured, Dawn reported.IANS
Bangladesh sentences ex-MP of Jamaat-e-Islami Sakhawat Hossain to death in 1971 war crimes case
New Delhi:A special tribunal dealing with war crimes committed during Bangladesh’s independence war against Pakistan in 1971 on Wednesday sentenced a former lawmaker to death and 7 others to life in prison for murder and other crimes.The tribunal sentenced Sakhawat Hossain, ex-parliament member belonging to the Jamaat-e-Islami party, to death on Wednesday. He and one of the other defendants were present in the court. The six others were tried in absentia.AP
War criminal Mir Quasem Ali’s son picked up by 'law-enforcers', family says
War crimes convict Mir Quasem Ali’s son has been picked up by men identifying themselves as law-enforcers, claims his family.Mir Ahmed Bin Quasem, a lawyer in profession, was whisked away late on Tuesday by men in plainclothes from his home at Dhaka’s Miprur.Quoting wife Tahmina Akhter, the house’s caretaker Mafidul Islam told bdnews24.com, “5 men took him away in an unmarked white microbus.”Police, however, said they have no information over detaining the Jamaat-e-Islami leader’s son.bdnews24.com
BNP’S Khaleda Zia gets bail in 9 cases including sedition
Dhaka: In a relief to Bangladesh's ex PM and opposition leader Khaleda Zia, a court today granted her bail in 9 cases, including one for sedition. Metropolitan Sessions Judge Kamrul Hossain Mollah granted Zia bail in the sedition case filed by a Supreme Court lawyer over her remarks against liberation war martyrs. Zia had "expressed doubts" about the casualty figures of 1971 liberation war with Pakistan. ndtv
Indian envoy meets Bangladesh's main opposition chief Khaleda Zia; offers support in fight against terror
Indian High Commissioner Harsh Vardhan Shringla today met Bangladesh's main opposition BNP chief Khaleda Zia and and conveyed that India stands firmly with the country in its fight against terrorism. This was Shringla's first meeting with ex-PM Zia since he took charge here in January this year.PTI
Google Maps ‘removes Palestine’, says petition – but truth is far more complicated : Independent UP
Over 150,000 people have criticised Google for removing Palestine from Google Maps. problem is that it never happened. Palestine, like other contested territories, has had a difficult time on the world’s most popular mapping tool. But it hasn’t just been removed – it never really existed on there in the first place.The recent outrage was sparked by a petition and a hashtag – #PalestineIsHere – that said that Google was “making itself complicit in the Israeli govt’s ethnic cleansing of Palestine” by removing it from the map. independent
Hamas denies receiving funds from UNDP
Hamas has denied it received funds from the UNDP, warning of Israel’s plan to distort facts in order to undermine the work of international aid bodies in Gaza. Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said: “Israeli claims regarding the international aid organisations are in line with the Israeli scheme to tighten the siege on the Gaza Strip by undermining the flow of funds to these organisations.” middleeastmonitor
Israeli NGO warns of fresh tensions at Al Aqsa compound
An Israeli NGO has expressed concern over recent actions by the authorities at Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, citing in particular “police actions taken against Islamic Waqf employees.” According to Ir Amim, which focuses on Israeli policies in East Jerusalem, Israeli authorities have harassed, obstructed, or detained Waqf employees on a number of occasions over recent weeks. middleeastmonitor
Israel approves it stole Palestinian land to build settlement
Israeli authorities have recognised illegally expropriating Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank in order to expand the illegal settlement of Ofra, Haaretz reported.According to the paper, state has admitted to the Israeli High Court of Justice that it “mistakenly” expropriated 45 dunams (0.05 square km) of privately owned Palestinian land to expand the settlement of Ofra near the Palestinian neighbourhood of Silwad, east of Ramallah.It also said that the Israeli govt  is currently preparing a new plan that excludes the Palestinian land on which a number of settlement units were built. middleeastmonitor
‘Israel prepares for Hamas victory in local polls’
Israel is preparing for a “big victory” by Hamas in the local elections, referring to it as the “October surprise”, Israel’s Maariv paper wrote. middleeastmonitor
Palestinian MP and activists banned from Canada
 US-backed SDF retakes almost all of Manbij from ISIL
US-backed opposition fighters have almost recaptured all of Manbij, a Syrian city northeast of Aleppo, from the ISIL.With the support of air strikes, Syrian Democratic Forces, or SDF, an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters, has taken control of 90% of the city from ISIL. Manbij has been the main front in a US-led anti-ISIL coalition's ground war for months.Al Jazeera filmed exclusive aerial footage that shows extensive damage in the city, with many homes and other buildings either partially or completely destroyed. At least 400 people have been killed in the area in the past 2 months.Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a group that uses a network of contacts in Syria to track the war, said at the end of July that those killed included 98 children. The apparent victory in Manbij came as the UN called for urgent aid access to Aleppo, warning that civilians there were at grave risk from severe water shortages and disease after fighting intensified for Syria's second city. Fears are growing for trapped civilians before what is expected to be an all-out battle for control of the city, a focal point of the five-year war.Rebels and fighters loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have sent reinforcements to Aleppo in anticipation of the fighting, after opposition forces broke a govt  siege at the weekend and vowed to capture the entire city. Hundreds of thousands of civilians remain inside Aleppo, once Syria's economic heart.UN agencies said on Tuesday that up to two million people had gone without running water for four days, raising the risks of disease in a city already devastated by years of fighting.UNICEF said children and families were facing "a catastrophic situation" after fighting damaged electricity networks needed to pump water. aljazeera
Syrian rebels deny losing ground in Aleppo
Syrian rebels have rejected claims that govt  forces and allies, including fighters from the Lebanese Hezbollah movement, have taken back parts of Aleppo recently captured by rebels. Hassan al-Eshra, a fighter in the Jaysh al-Islam armed group, said that it and other rebel groups were still in control of the flashpoint neighbourhood of Ramosa on Tuesday evening, despite govt  attempts to recapture it. aljazeera
Church group to drop 1000s of Bibles over IS-held areas
A Swedish Evangelical church group is planning to drop small, electronic bibles onto Islamic State group-held areas of Iraq, it has claimed.“The Bibles are the size of pill boxes and have a display,” Christian Akerhielm from the Livets Ord (Word of Life) group told Sweden’s national broadcaster SVT.middleeasteye
CIA: Destroying democracy worldwide since 1953 writes  Mustafa Kirikçioğlu for dailysabah
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