02 August 2016

2 Aug. 2016: 27 Shawal 37:Vol:7, No:128
India’s nuclear policy aimed at China, has lesser warheads than Pakistan: Report
New Delhi: So how many nuclear warheads does India have and how does it stack up against its rivals in the Asian arms race? Threat Assessment Brief for Asia put out by the Arms Control Association, has some interesting insights, most interesting of which is that Pakistan has more nuclear warheads than India.So while India has 118 warheads, Pakistan has 130. And China, the giant across the Himalayas has 180 — 263 if we include the DF-26 waiting dismantlement. The report, written by Greg Thielmann and David Logan of the Princeton University, speaks about an interesting arms race vortex that is gripping the world. “While Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal is designed to counter India’s conventional and nuclear forces, New Delhi measures its own nuclear weapons program against that of China. Beijing, in turn, judges the adequacy of its nuclear arsenal against the threat it perceives from the US’ strategic offensive and defensive capabilities. And in its efforts to mitigate the ballistic missile threat from North Korea, the US and its allies in the region are expanding their strategic and theater missile defense capabilities,” it says. indian express
Aurangabad arms haul case: Zabiuddin Ansari, 6 others sentenced to life till death
Mumbai: A Special MCOCA Court on Tuesday sentenced Sayed Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal and 6 others to life imprisonment till death in the 2006 Aurangabad arms haul case. 2 others have been sentenced to life imprisonment and three others were awarded eight years jail term. All those convicted were fined Rs.20,000 each. 7 sentenced on Friday to undergo life imprisonment till death are Abu Jundal, Mohammed Amir Shakil Ahmed, Bilal Ahmed Abdul Razaq, Sayyed Akif S. Jafruddin, Afroz Khan Shahid Pathan, Faisal Ataur-Rehman Shaikh and M. Aslam Kashmiri. 2 other convicts – M. Muzafar Mohammed Tanveer and medico M. Sharif Shabbir Ahmed – have been sentenced to serve 14 years in jail. 3 other convicts have been slapped with eight-year sentences: Afzal K. Nabi Khan, Mushtaq Ahmed M. Isaf Shaikh, Javed A. Abdul Majid.Of the convicts, Faisal had earlier been sentenced to death in the 2006 Mumbai serial blasts in suburban trains case. Of the total 22 accused, 8 were acquitted. However, the stringent charges under MCOCA were dropped against all the accused and they have been punished under various sections of Indian Penal Code, UAPA, Explosives Act and Arms Act.IANS
Aurangabad arms case: All 7 accused to challenge life imprisonment in HC
Mumbai: Abu Jundal, who was awarded life imprisonment in the 2006 Aurangabad arms haul case, will today appeal against the verdict in the Bombay High Court. Jundal's lawyer Asif Naqvi said that his client was not happy with the verdict." He said there is nothing against him which directly connects to the said crime. We will appeal against the order before the High Court," Naqvi said."All the accused will file an appeal against the judgement on August 5 once they receive the copy of the rulings," defence lawyer Wahab Khan told the media.ANI
Supreme Court to re-examine who is a ‘terrorist’
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to examine whether mere membership of a banned organisation will make a person a “terrorist”, if he does not resort to violence or incites people to violence or creates public disorder by violence. A 3-judge bench of Justices J.S. Khehar, V. Gopala Gowda and Arun Mishra, decided to have a relook at the definition of a “terrorist” under the UAPA and anti-terror laws, after Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar informed that the 2011 judgment had wide ramifications and all the High Courts are following the same. In 2011, the apex court had held that mere membership of a banned organisation will not make a person a terrorist unless he resorts to violence or incites people to violence or creates public disorder by violence or incitement to violence. The SC had set aside a judgement of the Designated Court, Assam at Guwahati convicting Arup Bhuyan under Section 3 (5) of the TADA for being a Member of Ulfa.The court held mere advocacy or teaching the duty, necessity, or propriety of violence as a means of accomplishing political or industrial reform is not per se illegal. It will become illegal only if it incites to imminent lawless action. Centre filed a petition seeking to recall this judgement saying police could not wait for banned outfit members to carry out acts of terror. It said such a judgement defies logic as any member of a terrorist organisation could open an office anywhere and start recruiting people and police would not be able to do anything. Asian Age
Modi govt concerned over High Courts freeing members of terror outfits
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UN will continue to monitor Kashmir situation: Ban Ki-moon’s office
UN on Tuesday said it will continue to monitor the tense situation in Kashmir even as the world body again called on both India and Pakistan to “work constructively” to resolve the issue. “UN has repeatedly…put out the message to both sides (India and Pakistan) about the need for them to work constructively with each other on this issue. And we will continue to monitor the situation including, of course, through our monitoring group on the ground, the UN Military Observers Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP),” UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said. He was responding to a question by a Pakistani journalist on the ongoing unrest in Kashmir in the aftermath of the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani. When asked if UN rights are being violated by Indian forces, Haq alluded to the work of the world body’s Human Rights Council. Haq was also asked if the UN has any plans to ban the use of pellet guns that have been used by security forces to quell protests in Kashmir. Deputy spokesman said he has nothing to add except reiterating the UN’s stand on Kashmir.PTI
Kashmir protests: Treat them as your own people, High Court tells Centre
Srinagar: J&K  High Court has asked the Centre to treat protesters in the Valley as “their own”, and the CRPF to explain why most of the injured had been wounded above the knees and in the eyes.“They are your own people. They are not aliens. They have not descended from outer space with their own pellets,” a division bench of the High Court said during the hearing of a PIL. “Treat them as your own people. You are not treating them as your own people.”Division bench, comprising Chief Justice N Paul Vasanthakumar and Justice Muzaffar Hussain Attar, said, “It is a problem for the state. They use pellet guns, their own people suffer and they have to get doctors from outside.” HC asked the govt to think about the use of pellet guns in the light of the statement of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.“Why don’t you think about it (use of pellet guns)?Your own Home Minister said avoid its use… Why don’t you find alternative methods,” it asked.Indian Express
Kashmir:Curfew, protest shutdown continues for 25th day
Srinagar: Authorities continued curfew and restrictions on Tuesday as Kashmir remained shut for the 25th consecutive day.Police said the curfew would continue in some areas of south Kashmir while restrictions under section 144 of the CrPc  will remain in force in Srinagar city and other districts.Overnight protests occurred in Shopian district.Despite clashes at some places on Monday, some semblance of normal activities of life was noticed in parts of Srinagar city as private vehicles and pedestrian movement was seen almost after three weeks.Train services, educational institutions, banks, post offices and govt  offices except essential services like health, water supply, electricity, food supplies, police and fire services are shut here for the last 24 days.IANS
Kashmir: Doctors protest killings of civilians in Valley
Srinagar: Doctors and paramedics took to the streets in Srinagar on Monday to protest against the killings of civilians, even as curfew and restrictions continued in Kashmir for the 24th day.The staff of SKIMS Medical College here held a demonstration to protest against the killings as well as alleged harassment of hospital staff by the paramilitary. Holding placards, the doctors marched from the hospital to the Jammu-Baramulla national highway, where they were made to disperse. Protests were also recorded at other places, especially south Kashmir. 3 civilians were wounded when police and paramilitary forces opened fire at protesters in Qazigund on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway.In Shopian district, thousands of people marched towards the district HQRS while youths organised a bike rally. indian express

Biased coverage of Kashmir unrest in mainstream media leading to attacks on local journalists in Valley
Srinagar: Local journalists from Kashmir have often alleged biased reporting of mainstream Indian media as the main reason for frequent attacks on them by the locals. While security forces have shown their ruthlessness when journalists cover their excesses on the people, the people are attacking journalists for being pro-govt ‘agents’ and reporting the Kashmir unrest in biased and distorted manner.On July 24, Syed Ali Safvi, a correspondent and producer for Iranian News channel, Press TV was ruthlessly assaulted by group of youth at Tengpora, Srinagar.“After seeing Press sticker pasted on the front mirror of the car, protestors turned violent and started hitting the car from all directions. They manhandled and damaged my car beyond repair. We work under extremely difficult conditions but still we have always tried to uphold the principles of free and fair journalism,” said Safvi.Another valley-based senior photojournalist, Dar Yasin, working for an international news agency, was thrashed by people near the SHMS Hospital on Friday last week.Bilal Bisharat Bhat, Editor of valley based news portal, OnlyKashmir.in said, “The biased reportage of Kashmir by the Indian electronic media is the main reason of public anger . When dozens of youths were dying in Kashmir, they were busy in presenting hyper local news.”TCN
Error or terror: Deleting posts, banning accounts, is Facebook acting as a Censor Board on Kashmir?
As tension continues in Kashmir, Syed Ali Shah Geelani writes 'Go India Go Back' on walls
Srinagar: As tension continues in Kashmir over Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani's killing by the security forces, hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani has attempted to flare up the ongoing protest by writing 'Go India Go Back' slogans on the walls of houses here. Geelani is long known for his anti-India and pro-Pakistan sentiments. At numerous occasions in past, Gilani has openly advocated for Kashmir's integration with the hostile neighbouring country. The separatists have tried to play with the sentiments of people over Wani's death and continue to enforce bandh in the Kashmir Valley over his encounter.Zee Media
Indian origin US teenager's open letter to PM Modi on Kashmir unrest
Now, cow vigilantes thrash Dalits in Lucknow
Lucknow: Dalits in Lucknow, who skin dead cows for a living, have refused to lift carcasses after "vigilantes" thrashed two of their community members on suspicion of cow slaughter in Takrohi area on July 28.A contractor reported the matter to Lucknow Municipal Corporation on Monday, following which the civic body assured security to its workers, and filed a police complaint. Dalits said number of attacks on their community had increased in the past six months. "I have not been able to sleep since July 28," said Vidyasgar and Chhotey, recalling how cow vigilantes thrashed them. They are 2 of the 18 Dalits who work for Mohammad Iliyas, the contractor who reported the attack. Vidyasgar and Chhotey were transporting a dead cow on the civic body's call when a gau rakshak group thrashed the two, accusing them of slaughter. "They also threatened to kill them if they carried on with their job," said Iliyas. "We will not lift dead animals. We will let them rot in front of people's houses," said contractor Deepak. timesofindia
Punjab: Not cow but buffalo, say cops day after 2 Dalits held for ‘cow slaughter’, search for 3 accused on
Chandigarh:A day after the arrest of 2 Dalits for allegedly slaughtering a cow that the police later said was a buffalo, a senior member of the Punjab state BJP sought to distance the party from cow vigilante groups. On Sunday, two men were arrested for allegedly violating the State’s cow protection law in Malaut town of Muktsar following protests by members of a group called Sri Shram Mitr Mandal- Bhartiya Gau Kranti Dal. Police confirmed on Monday that the animal was a buffalo but are still looking for 3 others booked in the case. 5 Dalits had been called on Saturday by residents of Amrudan Wala Bagh to dispose of a dead buffalo that had got electrocuted in the electrified fencing of an orchard and was stuck in the barbed wire. The carcass had started spreading a foul smell.Pankaj Bansal, who lodged the FIR, alleged the men were cutting and skinning the animal right there. Bansal is BJP member and Ravinder Mittal, head of the group is vice-president of Muktsar district BJP unit. Most of its members are BJP members, Bansal said.Subhash Kumar, an acquaintance of Ramesh, one of the arrested men, said all 5 were employees of a licensed contractor for picking up carcasses from roads and gaushalas.There were 5 other cattle carcasses in their tempo and each one of them had been picked up from the road. Subhash said the men had no choice but to cut the buffalo in order to free its body from the barbed wire.IndianExpress
Muzaffarnagar mob attacks Muslim family over cow slaughter, 2 days on no police case filed yet: indian express
Kadali:2 days after a mob attacked the house of a Muslim family at Kadali in UP’s Muzaffarnagar district on suspicion of cow slaughter, local police is yet to lodge a case against those who were part of the mob. On Monday, Khatauli Police arrested Saddam (28), the nephew of house owner Zeeshan, who was earlier arrested.A local court has sent both Zeeshan and Saddam, who have been arrested under the state’s Prevention of Cow Slaughter Act, to judicial custody for 14 days. Police is still looking for Saddam’s brother Parvez (24) and Zeeshan’s wife Shehnaz (50).Asked why they were yet to lodge a complaint against those who attacked Zeeshan’s residence, SHO, Khatauli police station, Pankaj Tyagi said they are still probing the incident.“The damaged wall was not a pucca wall. When 30-odd people gathered outside, the cattle at Zeeshan’s residence panicked. We suspect the movement of the cattle, and not the protesters, caused the damage to the wall. However, we will examine the footage available and accordingly take action,” he said.Asked if police had identified the people suspected to have attacked Zeeshan’s house, Tyagi said, “According to informers, some local residents were present. But, most of them were from neighbouring village Mandwadi.” On Monday, local BJP leader Dr Nirbhaya Sharanshank said that “Bajrang Dal” members were present outside Zeeshan’s house during the protests. “I cannot identify them, but people from Bajrang Dal were present,” he said.
Gau Rakshaks taught Una Dalits a fitting lesson by flogging them: BJP MLA Raja Singh
Hyderabad: Even as Gujarat is on the boil over Dalit thrashings, there are still some people who are hell bent on stoking the flames of casteism, BJP MLA Raja Singh is one of them. The lawmaker from Goshamal Assembly constituency in Telangana, justified the thrashings, saying that what the ‘Gau Rakshaks’ did was to teach the ‘vile’ Dalits a lesson. He openly supported the action of the culprits and even warned of similar actions against ‘cow slaughterers’. He made these controversial statements in a video that was posted on his Facebook page. Video was posted on Raja Singh’s Facebook page, on Saturday and it has over 66 thousand views and has received over a thousand shares. In the video, he made an appeal to the ‘vile’ Dalits who were up and about carrying skins and meat of cow to stop defiling the name of those Dalits who were ‘good’ and ‘patriotic’ and those who were dedicated in the service of protecting the cow. He also hailed those who were responsible for intimidating, flogging and brutalising cow traders, telling them to continue their work, without fearing anything. “Whatever happened with the Dalits who were beaten up by ‘gau rakshaks’ was a good thing. It is because of a few dirty Dalits, who eat cow meat, that other Dalits get a bad name”, Singh said in the video. Singh, who is known as Raja Bhaiya in his constituency, claims that cow protection his ‘life mission’. “I extend my full support to all those who take it upon themselves to teach those few Dalits a valuable lesson…We must carry on the good work and should not stay silent till the cow mother is revered as Mother India,” Singh said. india.com
BJP MLA backs cow vigilantism
BJP Dalit MP Udit Raj demands expulsion of party legislator Raja Singh for justifying Una flogging
Una Dalit flogging: Ahmedabad hospital discharges 4 victims, but they refuse to leave
Ahmedabad:4 victims of the Una flogging incident on Monday refused to leave Ahmedabad Civil Hospital despite being declared “fit” and discharged.While the four continued to “occupy” the hospital’s trauma centre, their relatives claimed the hospital withdrew the discharge orders after protests. Dalits alleged that the 4 victims were being “forcibly” discharged and they need further treatment.“In the morning, hospital authorities told us that the four patients were being discharged…we objected to it as they are yet to recover and need further treatment. After repeated requests from us and activists who gathered outside the trauma centre, the hospital authorities allowed us to stay and withdrew the discharge orders,” said Kevalsinh Rathod, a relative of victims attending them since their arrival at the hospital on July 27.Contrary to the claims of withdrawal of the discharge orders, hospital superintendent Dr MM Prabhakar said, “They have been discharged, but they are not leaving the hospital.” indian express
Centre’s only job is to divide people, conduct cow census: Mamata
Kolkata: Lashing out at the Centre for pursuing “divisive politics”, CM  Mamata Banerjee on Monday urged the minority community not to “fall prey to it”.“BJP govt  is disturbing the communal harmony of the country through various means. It’s only job is to divide people, conduct cow census and spread fundamentalism. It is not only about attacks on the Muslim community, but also on Christians and Dalits. They (BJP) are not interested in development of the communities but want to divide them,” said Mamata while addressing a minority affairs programme, in Kolkata. indian express
Dalit fire, Patel ire and land mire force Gujarat CM Anandiben Patel to retire
Ahmedabad: Gujarat's first woman CM, Anandiben Patel, dramatically quit on Monday, posting her resignation letter on her official website, linked to Facebook and Twitter. Her exit, which had been anticipated for some time, could help the BJP leadership's efforts to repair the political damage in the party's stronghold of Gujarat ahead of the assembly polls, scheduled for end-2017.She announced her resignation at around 5pm before proceeding to meet governor OP Kohli at Raj Bhavan in Gandhinagar.She was under pressure for almost a year following a strident quota agitation by the Patels - BJP's main votebank in Gujarat. Subsequent allegations of land scams involving her family members and latest protests over flogging of Dalits by 'gau rakshaks' in Una added to her woes, amid growing realisation within the BJP that she may not be able to ensure victory for the party in the assembly elections.TOI
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Gujarat: Hindutva thugs thrash Muslim youths, force them to abuse Allah, chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’!
Surat: A shocking video of self-proclaimed custodians of Hindu culture and Hindutva ideology, brutalising Muslims, has created furore online. The video shows several men thrashing and terrorising what appears to be two Muslim youths, who are seen cowering in a corner. The goons are shown slapping the youths repeatedly, forcing them to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and abuse Allah, using the choicest Hindi cuss words. The chilling video was uploaded by a Twitter user Gaurav Pandhi on Monday. Pandhi tweeted directly to the Twitter handle of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, imploring him to act against the goons. According to the Janta Ka Reporter, the man seen in the video is Amit Singh Rathod. Rathod is seen slapping the hapless Muslim youths, and is joined in by his associates, one of who is also recording the video in question. All the thugs are seen having a laugh by driving the youths to humilation, by forving them to abuse their own God, while chanting praises of Hindu Gods. At one point, Rathod is heard asking, “Ayodhya mein kya banegaa” Another man is heard prompting, “Say Ram Mandir. Say Ram Mandir, or we’ll beat you up.” The video was also uploaded on Facebook by Pratik Sinha, who also runs the website truthofgujarat.com. India.com
Bahraich: Clash after man asks about Hindu girl
Lucknow: Tension broke out in Qazi Katra area of Bahraich district after a Muslim youth inquired about a girl belonging to the Hindu community. Following this, both groups clashed, leaving three persons injured on Sunday evening. On Monday, police registered an FIR on charges including rioting and criminal intimidation at Dargah police station. 4 persons, belonging to Muslim community, have been arrested. Raids are being conducted to trace other accused.Heavy police force have been deployed at Hindu-dominated Qazi Katra and the adjoining Mansoorganj, where the Muslim community has considerable presence.Bahraich SP Salik Ram Verma claimed situation was under control.“A Muslim youth from Mansoorganj had gone to Qazi Katra and inquired from a boy about a girl, who is a dance teacher. The boy went on to call others from the area and they all assaulted the youth,” he said.“The youth later returned with others. Both groups clashed and indulged in brick-batting. The police rushed to the spot and used force to disperse the troublemakers,” he added.indian express
Baghpat: Kanwariyas clash with locals from another community, block road
Agra: Tension prevailed in Baghpat district after a group of kanwariyas clashed with locals belonging to different community on Delhi-Yamunotri Highway (State Highway-57) late Sunday evening. Irate kanwariyas also torched a vehicle and damaged several others.While the police lodged an FIR against unnamed accused for indulging in the clash, kanwariyas sat on dharna blocking the highway on Monday morning threatening not to move or drink water till the people from other community were arrested.According to police, a group of kanwariyas travelling in a tractor-trolley was on its way to a Shiva temple in Baghpat’s Karta village in Khekada police station area. The pilgrims entered in heated exchange with some locals who were standing on the road and allegedly refused to move aside for the vehicle to move ahead. The heated exchange soon turned into a scuffle as a some of the kanwariyas allegedly manhandled some locals.indian express
SC orders additional compensation to victims of 2008 anti-Christian violence in Kandhamal
New Delhi:The Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered payment of additional compensation to the victims of anti-Christian violence in Kandhamal, Odisha in 2008.The bench headed by Chief Justice TS Thakur and Justice Uday Umesh Lalit ruled that the compensation paid to the victims was not adequate and ordered additional amount to be paid.A petition was filed by Archbishop Rachel Cheenath on which the verdict has been pronounced. Violence had erupted in August 2008 in 10 districts of Odisha including Kandhamal when a local leader and VHP member Swami Lakhmananda Saraswati was assasinated by unknown assailants on August 23.indianexpress
No English-medium madrasas as yet, Rs 294.5 crore spent on modernisation
New Delhi: A sum of Rs 294.50 crore was spent for modernisation of madrasas in 2015-16 under the Scheme for Providing Quality Education in Madrasas (SPQEM), but the govt has no plans to open English-medium madrasas under the scheme, parliament was told on Monday. "There is no provision of opening of madrasas under SPQEM. However, funds are provided under the scheme for appointment of English teachers," Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar told the Lok Sabha in a written reply to questions by AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi.This is the highest spending by the govt  in a financial year ever since the scheme was introduced in 2009-10, he said. In 2014-15, the spending was just Rs 107.89 crore, down from Rs 182.73 crore in 2013-14, according to the ministry figures.Under the scheme, financial assistance is provided to encourage madrasas and maktabs to introduce modern education in subjects such as science, mathematics, social studies, Hindi and English in their curriculum through support for teachers, books, teaching learning materials and computer labs, he said.IANS
Boys in chains at madrasa; father, teacher in prison:TOI
Bangalor: Like most parents, 35-year-old Siraj Wahaab wanted his 3 sons (aged 10, 8 and 7) to study hard so they wouldn't have to endure the struggles he had to. Unfortunately for him, all three wanted to come home as soon as they reached the madrasa in which they were studying. It was a daily battle to get them to study.Frustrated over their refusal to study, Wahaab decided to scare them into toeing the proverbial line. It was a decision that was to backfire catastrophically for him. Wahaab took up the matter of his sons' perceived delinquency with Mubarak Moulasaab, 25, the teacher at the madrasa.The teacher, a native of Arasikere in Hassan, lives on the Madrasa premises and decided to scare the brothers by giving them a 'mild punishment'.Moulasaab took all the three brothers to a mosque at Parangipalya in HSR Layout and tied their legs using an iron chain. All three were kept under the mosque's staircase, next to the main entrance.Bangalore Mirror /TOI
Mother from Bihar held on way to Kabul to join Kerala youth, claims Police: Indian Express
New Delhi: A 28-year-old woman from Bihar, who was on her way to Afghanistan to “lead a true Islamic life”, was detained on Sunday morning at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, along with her 5-year-old son, before they were to board a flight to Kabul, police sources said.The woman, identified as Yasmeen Muhammed, had reached the capital with the child from Patna and was planning to join one of the 21 youths from Kerala who had gone missing last month, with some of them believed to have tried to join the Islamic State, said sources.Yasmeen, a divorcee, was detained by immigration officials “during security check” amid tense scenes after she “started screaming at officials for harassing her”, they said.”She was handed over to Delhi Police’s special cell and later taken into custody by a team from Kerala Police, which had issued a Look-out Circular (LOC) for her,” said sources.On Monday, Yasmeen was produced in a court in Kasaragod and charged under various sections of the UAPA and remanded in judicial custody.Indian Express
In Maharashtra, spl cell to counter ‘negative’ news
Mumbai: Maharashtra govt  has decided to form a special media monitoring cell in the state secretariat to track content on news channels round the clock and counter news that it feels is negative. There is also a plan to set up a dedicated ‘social media wing’ to comb posts and feedback uploaded on various social media platforms, blogs and web portals of media houses. Senior govt  officials said the objective was to keep a tab on the narrative across digital platforms and launch an instant counter to defend the govt ’s version every time the establishment felt that it was being portrayed in a negative light.CM  Devendra Fadnavis appears to have modelled the initiative on the Centre, which has an independent Electronic Media Monitoring Centre (EMMC) that monitor feeds of 600-plus media channels round the clock. Central govt also has a New Media Wing that monitors news-related web traffic to gauge public opinion. In fact, the Modi govt  has also proposed a dedicated analytics centre — the New Media Analytics Centre — to analyse news and web feeds.Indian Express
Mumbai 1993 blasts: SC rejects plea for shorter jail term of actor Sanjay Dutt's friend Yusuf Mohsin
New Delhi: The Supreme Court Monday dismissed a petition by 1993 Mumbai blasts case convict Yusuf Mohsin Nullawala, seeking a reduction in his jail term for destroying an AK-56 rifle at the behest of his friend and actor Sanjay Dutt. A bench of Justices SA Bobde and Ashok Bhushan declined to entertain his plea that was based on a new theory that the gun he had destroyed at Dutt’s instance was not a “prohibited” firearm and hence his five-year jail term could be reduced.Possessing a firearm defined as “prohibited” under the Arms Act entails a minimum five years in jail whereas the maximum punishment is three years for a non-prohibited weapon.Both Dutt and Nullawala were sentenced to 5 years in jail under the same provisions of the Arms Act for possessing an AK-56 rifle. Seeking reduction of jail term, Salve claimed Nullawala was convicted for possessing an automatic gun, described as a “prohibited” weapon under the Arms Act, but the forensic reports have now showed that the gun was a semi-automatic one and hence not a “prohibited” weapon.Indian Express
Padgha blast: No terror angle but revenge after love affair went wrong, say police: indian express
Mumbai: The ‘mysterious’ blast at Padgha village in Thane on July 28, which caused alarm bells to go off in the security establishment, turned out to be a love affair gone wrong and had nothing to do with any terrorist activity. Thane rural police Monday arrested 3 youths, including 2 brothers, for allegedly planting an explosive in a bottle to kill a man who had asked one of them to stay away from a girl in Padgha village. In the blast at a residence on July 28,one woman was seriously injured. SP (Thane rural) Mahesh Patil said they arrested 3 persons — Pramod Dalvi, Siddesh Dalvi and Roshan Shelar. Trio allegedly placed a bag containing the bottle — giftwrapped — on the two-wheeler of one Abhijit Gharat on July 26. “Gharat took the parcel inside his house, but kept it aside as a foul smell was coming from it,” said Patil. However, Gharat’s mother Rekha opened the bottle out of curiosity on July 28, triggering the explosion.
After TimesNow, Dr. Zakir Naik to send legal notices to other media houses:TCN
Mumbai: Days after sending a Rs. 500 crore defamation notice to Editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami and four other office bearers of Times Now, Dr. Zakir Naik will be sending a similar legal notice to other news channels and media houses.Dr Naik is also mulling to file civil suit against Times Now before Bombay High Court very soon. Advocate Mubeen Solkar who last week sent defamation notice on behalf of Dr Naik, confirmed the developments and said Dr Naik has instructed him to send similar defamation notice to other IndianNews Channels for running defamatory programs against him without verifying facts and without having any positive and/or cogent evidence in support.“We are in a process of initiating legal action against several other electronic and print media publications for defaming my client who happens to be an international orator on Islam and comparative religion”, he said.
HC stays demolition of mosque in Vijayawada
Hyderabad: Justice MS Ramachandra Rao of Hyderabad High Court on Monday ordered that there shall be no demolition of the masjid and burial ground near Kaleswara Rao market in Vijayawada. He was dealing with a petition filed by the Muslim Youth United Front which complained that in the ongoing demolition drive of the administration for road widening, due process of law was not being followed.the hindu
Jiah Khan case: CBI rules out murder, mother demands SIT probe
Bulandshahr gangrape could be a political conspiracy: Azam Khan
France shut around 20 mosques since December
Paris: French authorities have shut down around 20 mosques and prayer halls considered to be preaching radical Islam since December, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said on Monday."There is no place ... In France for those who call for and incite hatred in prayer halls or in mosques, and who don't respect certain republican principles, notably equality between men and women," the minister said."That is why I took the decision a few months ago to close mosques through the state of emergency, legal measures or administrative measures. About 20 mosques have been closed, and there will be others."Cazeneuve was speaking after a meeting with leaders of the French Council of the Muslim Religion.AFP/PTI        
Assad regime drops chlorine bombs on Syrian city
Idlib: A Syrian regime aircraft bombed the opposition-held city of Saraqib in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province with barrel bombs laced with chlorine gas late Monday, local medical sources have said. “10 people, including children, suffered temporary asphyxia from the attack,” a medical source said. He said the victims suffered symptoms of chlorine exposure as vomiting and breathing difficulties.In April, opposition negotiator Mohamed Alush accused the Syrian regime of carrying out 43 chemical attacks and 13 chlorine attacks in Syria.AnadoluAgency
US fighter jets target ISIL in Libya for first time
US fighter jets have carried out air raids on positions of the ISIL in the Libyan city of Sirte for the first time, according to the country's unity govt."The first American air strikes on precise positions of the Daesh (ISIL) organisation were carried out today, causing heavy losses ... in Sirte," PM  Fayez al-Sarraj said in a speech on television on Monday.The Pentagon said the raids were launched in response to a request from the unity govt , known as the Govt  of National Authority (GNA).aljazeera
7 troops, militiamen killed in Iraq bombing
Baghdad: At least 7 govt  forces and allied Shia militiamen were killed in a bomb explosion on Tuesday in western Iraq, according to a local police officer. A device planted by Daesh militants exploded at a convoy of govt  forces and members of the Hashd al-Shaabi militia in Albu Shihab, east of Ramadi, the officer said. “7 troops and militiamen were killed and 13 others injured in the blast,” he added anonymously due to restrictions to speaking to media. Anadolu Agency
Turkey again requests US to arrest Fetullah Gulen
Turkey has sent a second request to the US for arrest of Fetullah Gulen, the Pennsylvania-based preacher who is accused of masterminding the July 15 coup attempt, the justice minister announced Tuesday. Anadolu Agency
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