17 October 2016

17 Oct. 2016: 15 Muharram 1438: Vol: 8, No:13
INDIA: PERSONAL LAW & uniform civil code
Interference in personal law will not be tolerated’: All Muslim sects - Sunni, Shia, Barelvi, Deobandi, Ahlehadis   warn govt on Uniform Civil Code
Mumbai: Scholars and clergymen from different Muslim sects, under the banner of All India Muslim Majlise-e-Mushawarat, on Sunday registered their protest against the Law Commission's consultation on triple talaq and the Uniform Civil Code (UCC).In a rare display of solidarity, Islamic scholars and clerics of all Muslim sects on Monday attacked the government for trying to introduce a Uniform Civil Code. The scholars and clerics from Sunni, Shia, Barelvi, Deobandi and Ahlehadi sects registered their protest against what they termed was "the government's interference in personal laws".The meeting in Mumbai was chaired by Maulana Sayed Mohamed Khalid Ashraf, the president of Daruloom Mohamdiya.Prominent among those who attended the meeting were All India Ulema Council president Maulana Zaherudin Khan, Mushawarat president Naveed Hamid and general secretary Mujtaba Farooq, All India Muslim Personal Law Board executive committee member Maulana Sayed Athar Ali, Jamiat Islami Hind vice president Maulana Nusrat Ali, internationally-famous Haji Ali Dargah's Imam Maulana Mohd Islam, noted Shia scholar Maulana Asgar Imam Salfi (Ahlehadis) Maulana Asgar Haideri and others."Any interference in Muslim Personal Law will not be tolerated. Any efforts to impose a Common Civil Code in the name of social reform and gender justice will prove counter- productive," they said in a joint statement here."The government should respect this position of Muslims instead of conspiring to put an end to it. The government cannot force Muslims to follow other communities in issues related to personal laws as it would amount to an infringement of their fundamental rights."Those clamouring against triple talaq and demanding a ban on polygamy are a minuscule minority and are not representative of the Indian Muslim community," said Maulana Sayed Mohamed Khalid Ashraf.All India Ulema Council president Maulana Zaherudin Khan said the move of banning triple talaq is a conspiracy to impose a Uniform Civil Code.All India Ulema Association president Maulana Sayed Athar Ali said the government should not interfere in the belief and religion of any citizen.PTI/IANS
All Muslim sects unite to decry 'interference' in personal laws
Muslim clergy decries debate on triple talaq, UCC
Muslim sects come together against Centre's move on triple talaq: UNI
Govt raising issue of uniform civil code to divert public attention from its failures: Maulana Tauqeer Raza
Bareilly: Amid the raging controversy over uniform civil code and triple talaq, Barelvi cleric Maulana Tauqeer Raza Khan said the issue is being raised to divert public attention from the government's "corrupt practices and failures on many fronts". Khan said, "The issue of uniform civil code is being raised to divert the attention of citizens from corrupt practices of the govt and its failures on many fronts." Clerics have taken exception to Centre's stand to oppose triple talaq before SC. Barelvi sect of Muslims have said the twin moves mark an infringement on personal laws and rights of minorities under the Constitution. Meanwhile, different organizations of Sunni Barelvi clerics have left for Delhi to stage a protest at Jantar Mantar today against uniform civil code and affidavit submitted by the Centre in the Supreme Court opposing triple talaq.TOI
'Muslims won't tolerate interference in personal law'
Govt will reach out to Muslims before taking decision on triple talaq: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi
New Delhi: Centre will reach out to Muslim organisations to build a consensus on the issue of triple talaq over the next few months, Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi told ET on Sunday. He also said it was wrong to conflate this with talk of a uniform civil code and the two were unrelated. ET
Centre’s stand on triple talaq based on gender justice: Ravi Shankar Prasad
New Delhi:Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said the Centre’s affidavit on the triple talaq issue, which is being heard in the Supreme Court, was based on the principles of assuring gender justice, gender equality and dignity. Minister stressed that the right to freedom of religion did not enjoin “every pernicious practice” as being integral to it.In an interview,Minister, who has been deeply involved in the framing of the govt’s response to the Supreme Court on the matter, said the Law Commission’s wider consultation on the question of a Uniform Civil Code (UCC) was separate from the triple talaq issue.“You have to understand that certain victims of triple talaq from the Muslim community had gone to the Supreme Court challenging its validity. The Court had asked for a response from the government. Ours is a well thought-out response. It is fundamentally based upon gender justice, gender equality and gender dignity. All these three flow directly from the fundamental values of our Constitution,” Prasad said. Minister said All India Muslim Personal Law Board’s assertion, that the Modi government was intent on interfering with Islam rather than any other minority community, including the Jains, in terms of religious practice, was “baseless.”Prasad denied that uniform civil code was part of the ideological core of the BJP. Minister stressed that the government had taken this stand. Explaining the Centre’s stand in court recently over the issue of the triple talaq, Prasad said,“We stated our view when asked by the Supreme Court, in the case of religious practices of other communities, if there is a challenge in court, we will state our position,” he said. the hindu
Triple talaq affidavit has nothing to do with UP elections, says Ravi Shankar Prasad
Attempt to brand Muslims anti-nationals: Minority panel chief on triple talaq
Hyderabad;Chairman of State Minorities Commission serving AP and Telangana sees the Law Commission’s questionnaire asking the public for responses on Uniform Civil Code and ‘triple talaq’ as an “attempt by the govt to brand Muslims as anti-nationals”.“Govt is trying to create a sort of atmosphere where the Muslim community gets agitated and does something which is not desirable and, in turn, they are branded as anti-nationals…those who do not follow the Constitution of India and all that,” Abid Rasool Khan said.PTI
Hyderabad emerges as hub of campaign against Uniform Civil Code
Hyderabad: This historic city with a rich Muslim past has been at the forefront of most national campaigns on issues related to the community. And with the movement against a discussion on the Uniform Civil Code by the Law Commission gathering strength, it once again finds itself in the lead. Many muslim organisations here feel the Law Commission’s move is the thin edge of the wedge in the attempt to impose a uniform personal law on the community. A call given by AIMPLB for a country-wide signature campaign against the Uniform Civil Code is receiving good response, with groups belonging to various sects working together. Various organisations are collecting signatures of both men and women to oppose any move “to interfere with Muslim personal law”. The campaign has been taken up at various mosques in the city with men and women signing a proforma prescribed by AIMPLB, said to be apex body representing muslims in the country.The proforma for women in part reads: “We the undersigned Muslim women do hereby declare that we are fully satisfied with all the rulings of Islamic Shariah, particularly Nikah, inheritance, divorce, khula and Faskh (dissolution of marriage). We deny that these need any reform or there is any scope for change therein.” The proforma also says the signee “firmly stands” with the AIMPLB to “safeguard Sharia law”.Imams at mosques, in their sermons, are speaking about what they see as a first step toward imposing the Uniform Civil Code by the government at the Centre. They are exhorting Muslims to unite to defeat the proposal.On Oct.19, Muslim United Forum is organising a protest meeting at Darussalam, the HQRS  of AIMIM to show unity on the issue. AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi and leaders of other constituents of the forum representing various sects will address the meeting.Owaisi has said he would respond to the Law Commission’s questionnaire, although he says a uniform code for personal matters would not be good.IANS
Any personal law contradicting constitution must be reviewed: Union Minister   Pradhan on Triple Talaq
New Delhi: Following Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s Facebook post dwelling on the ongoing debate over ‘triple talaq’, Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan Monday said that any personal law which contradicts constitutional rights must be reviewed.“Any personal law such as ‘Triple Talaq’ which contradicts the set of fundamental rights guaranteed by our constitution must be reviewed,” wrote Pradhan in one of a series of tweets. indian express
What was need to convert 'triple talaq' into UCC in affidavit, asks Ex NCW member Shamina
New Delhi: Criticising the Central Govt for politicising the 'triple talaq' issue, ex-member of the national Commission for Women (NCW) Shamina Shafiq on Monday said it is a very serious matter for the Muslim women, but it is unfortunate that the Centre has given a different dimension to the petition.ANI
BJP raking up talaq issue to communalise UP polls:JDU
Patna: JD(U) has accused the BJP of raking up the triple talaq issue “just to communalise” UP Assembly polls, adding that it could also attempt a “shila poojan” even though the Ayodhya temple and Babri Masjid dispute was before the Supreme Court.Speaking to the media after the first day’s session, JD (U) national spokesperson KC Tyagi said: “We want to ask why the BJP has been discussing triple talaq. There are ways to discuss it internally among the AIMPLB, clerics and cultural and social bodies. Why is the BJP discussing it now? They just want to communalise UP elections.” indian express
Triple talaq against Quranic principle, UCC misunderstood:Film scriptwriter  Salim Khan
Muslim personal law: Shayara Bano case outcome may be far greater than that of Shah Bano case
Govt bid to divert attention from failures: Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad
Signature drive begins against UCC:TOI
PM Modi's estranged wife Jashodaben takes centre stage as debate on triple talaq heats up
Mumbai: PM Narendra Modi's marital life and his estranged wife Jashodaben once again took centre stage - this time in Urdu press and social media, as the debate on reform in the Muslim personal law, especially a ban on concurrent talaq and polygamy, heated up citing women's rights and gender equality.ummid.com
PM Modi should ‘look after’ his own wife than to worry about Muslim women: Azmi
New Delhi: A prominent Muslim leader Obaidullah Khan Azmi, joined Congress party at its national headquarter in Delhi on Sunday.Speaking to Janta Ka Reporter, Azmi sarcastically advised Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ‘look after’ the interests of his wife than to worry about Muslim women.siasat
Muslim Board indulging in propaganda: RSS on UCC
 RSS on Monday alleged that the AIMPLB was indulging in propaganda over the Uniform Civil Code and blamed the successive governments for institutionalizing majority and minority. RSS ideologue Rakesh Sinha backed Arun Jaitley's assertion that personal laws must be constitutionally compliant, adding there cannot be two laws in this country. ANI
BJP slams Nitish for asking Centre to leave triple talaq issue to Muslims
Modi bumps into Xi, Prachanda on sidelines: The Hindu
Goa: An unusual trilateral meeting took place here on Saturday evening, which highlighted the significance of Nepal in India’s ties with China. The unscheduled meeting reportedly began when PM Narendra Modi walked in when President Xi Jinping of China was meeting with Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ of Nepal.Nepali sources confirmed that 15 minute-long meeting was unscheduled and unplanned and took place after Nepal and China held a bilateral discussion on the sideline of the BRICS summit here. Prachanda’s son, Prakash Dahal was also present in the venue. Immediately after the meeting Prime Minister Modi and President Xi left for a photo session for BRICS leaders. However, sources said that the meeting was held in a cordial atmosphere with all 3 seeking more cooperation on issues of mutual interest.Following the meeting Prakash Dahal placed several photographs of the meeting on his Facebook page. Writing in Nepali, he said, that the meeting was “coincidental”. “With the help of right support from these major countries, Nepal’s prosperity is possible,” he wrote on his Facebook page.Earlier, President Xi and Prime Minister Prachanda held a bilateral meeting. During the meeting President Xi described China and Nepal as countries that are connected by rivers and mountains.
China defends Pakistan after PM Modi's 'mothership' of terror remark
Beijing: A day after PM Narendra Modi called Pakistan a "mothership of terrorism", China on Monday strongly defended its all-weather ally, saying it is against linking any country or religion with terror and asked the world community to acknowledge Pakistan's "great sacrifices". In a sharp reaction to a question about Modi's characterisation of Pakistan at the BRICS Summit in Goa, spokesperson of the Chinese foreign ministry Hua Chunying said China is opposed to linking any country to terrorism."It is the same way we oppose linking terrorism with any specific country or religion," she said."We oppose linking terrorism with any specific ethnicity or religion. This is our long-standing position. China and Pakistan are all-weather friends.Noting that India and Pakistan are "all victims of terrorism", she said Islamabad has made "great sacrifice to combat terrorism and this needs to be recognised by the international community".PTI
China defends Pakistan after Modi’s ‘mothership’ remark, says it’s against linking terrorism with ethnicity or religion
As BRICS summit begins in Goa, Chinese, Paki flags waved in Kashmir Valley
Srinagar: On the eve of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Goa for BRICS summit, Chinese and Pakistani flags were waved by some protesters who took to the streets after Friday prayers in Baramulla. This is the first time that Chinese flags have been seen in the Valley protests since the killing of Hizbul militant Burhan Wani.Soon after the Friday prayers ended at the idgah in Baramulla old town, a demonstration was staged and the flags were waved. Residents said the protesters, who were chanting slogans, had inscribed a message on one of the flags that sought help from China.“4 or 5 Chinese flags were displayed by youths who had masked their faces during the protest that began soon after the Friday prayers,’’ a Baramulla resident said. Police used tear smoke shells to disperse the protesters after they began hurling stones at policemen on duty. indian express
China impedes India’s attempt to mention Pakistan-based JeM, LeT in Goa Declaration:TOI
Goa: Given China's presence, a specific mention of cross-border terrorism was never going to be possible but India was expecting the declaration to mention India-specific groups like Jaish-e-Muhammed and LeT. However, as MEA secretary Amar Sinha said, Brics nations couldn't arrive at a consensus on the issue."Pakistan-based outfits are focused on India. It doesn't concern them (other Brics nations) really, it affects us," Sinha said. This was disappointing for India because international groups like the Islamic State and Jabhat-al-Nusra found mention in the declaration. Without mentioning the Uri attack, the declaration merely condemned "the recent several attacks, against some Brics countries, including that in India.
BRICS Summit: Why China & Russia did not name Pakistan on terrorism: Praveen Swami's write up
"PM (Modi) proclaimed, in his closing statement at the summit, that BRICS member-states were “agreed that those who nurture, shelter, support and sponsor such forces of violence and terror are as much a threat to us as the terrorists themselves”. BRICS 109 paragraph summit declaration, however, doesn’t have a single sentence reflecting this purported consensus—not even the words “nurture”, “shelter” or “sponsor”. Worse, from India’s optic, the summit declaration calls for action against all UN-designated terrorist organisations which include Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Muhammad but names only the Islamic State and al-Qaeda’s proxy, Jabhat al-Nusra—both threats to China and Russia but not to India. China’s President Xi Jinping, said success against terrorism made it imperative to “addresses both symptoms and root causes”—a stock-phrase Islamabad often uses to refer to the conflict over Kashmir. Russian President Vladimir Putin made no mention of terrorism emanating from Pakistan at all. Add to this, the United States’ studied refusal to be drawn into harsh action against Pakistan and there’s a simple lesson to be drawn: less than a month after it began, the PM’s campaign to isolate Pakistan is not gaining momentum..." Indian Express
India violated ceasefire 90 times: Pakistan
Islamabad:Pakistan on Monday accused India of violating the 2003 ceasefire in J&K more than 90 times. “During 2016, India violated the ceasefire more than 90 times. This must stop,” Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakria tweeted. He said India was the main hurdle to regional peace and accused it of vitiating the atmosphere through blame games, hostile statements and propaganda in order to malign Pakistan.IANS
India financing terror, has no moral ground to talk about counter-terrorism efforts: Sartaj Aziz
Islamabad: Strongly reacting to PM Modi’s remarks that Pakistan is the “mothership of terrorism”, Premier Nawaz Sharif’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Sunday accused the Indian leader of “misleading” the BRICS countries over the issue. “Modi is misleading his BRICS and BIMSTEC colleagues,” Aziz said. He also alleged that the Indian leadership is “desperately trying to hide its brutalities” in J&K. Pakistan Foreign Office (FO) said that Aziz reacted strongly to Modi’s statement during his address at the BRICS summit in Goa in which he called Pakistan a “mothership” of terrorism world-wide.Aziz said Pakistan joins all the members of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) and BIMSTEC in condemning terrorism and reaffirms its full commitment to fight the menace of terrorism without discrimination, “including against the Indian state-sponsored terrorism on Pakistani soil”. Aziz said the UNHRC in Geneva and the Secretary General of OIC have called for sending a fact finding mission to Kashmir. He said UN and OIC have “rejected Indian attempts to equate Kashmiris’ movement for self-determination with terrorism.”He said the UN has repeatedly emphasised that people fighting for their self-determination cannot be categorised as terrorists by the occupying state. Accusing India of “terror financing”, Aziz said “India has no moral ground to even talk about counter-terrorism efforts let alone do the finger pointing.”PTI
Pakistan isolated due to its policies, India has no role:MEA
Why boycott of Chinese-made products is not a feasible idea
Surgical strikes: Parrikar gives credit to RSS teachings
Ahmedabad: Giving credit to the teachings of RSS, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said Monday that a Prime Minister from the land of Mahatma Gandhi and a defence minister from Goa were a “different kind-of combination” that backed the Indian Army in carrying out surgical strikes across the LoC.
Army threatened me for Kashmir coverage: Shekhar Gupta
Srinagar: Noted Indian journalist, Shekhar Gupta has said he would often receive threats from the Indian Army and other government establishments for covering Kashmir.“We got a lot of flak for covering Kashmir,” he said speaking at the book release function of Aina Numa, a collection of writings of the ex MP and editor of ‘Aina’, late Shamim Ahmad Shamim. Gupta, who remained the editor-in-chief of Indian Express for 19 years and also served as the vice chairman of the India Today Group for a while, was the chief guest on the occasion.“When we broke the story of Pathribal fake encounter in Indian Express, and did a number of investigative follow up stories, I was getting phone calls from the Indian Army who would tell me, ‘What type of stories are you covering,’” he said.Gupta, a recipient of Padma Bhushan award for his contribution to journalism, writes a weekly column ‘National Interest’ for India Today magazine and hosts an interview-based television show ‘Walk the Talk’ on NDTV news channel.He said Kashmir was inextricably woven in the national security story and had been covered as a problem not as a place or people.“National media sees it purely through the paradigm of that story – Line of Control, infiltration, gunfights, militants, and so on,” Gupta said. “This type of journalism has bedeviled the concept of Kashmir in India.”Gupta, an author of Assam: A valley divided and India redefines its role, said it was unfortunate that journalists with very little knowledge of Kashmir were parachuted to the Valley to cover Kashmir. Rising Kashmir
Arnab Goswami to get Y category security cover over threat from Pak-based terror groups: Report
New Delhi:Times Now editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami will receive “Y category” security cover from the government after IB perceived a threat to his life from “Pakistan based terrorists groups”, the HT reported. The journalist will get 24-hour protection from around 20 security personnel, including two personal security officers, who will guard him from close distance.“Goswami is being given security on the basis of a threat-perception analysis by the IB. We will go by IB recommendation. He faces threats from Pakistan-based terrorist groups due to his comments against them on Times Now,” a Union Home Ministry official, who did not want to be identified as he is not authorised to speak to the media, told the HT. Apart from Arnab Goswami, other journalists who receive similar covers include Zee News’s Sudhir Chaudhary (’X’ category), Samachar Plus’s Umesh Kumar (’Y’ category) and Ashwini Kumar Chopra (’Z Plus’ category). indianexpress
On Mumbai surgeon’s plea, J&K agrees to train its eye doctors
Normal life continues to remain affected in Kashmir:PTI
Day 101: Kashmir continues to remain shut
Inspector Zia-ul-Haque facing RSS ire: ‘They have ensured police won’t touch them again’
Bhopal:“I think their ego was hurt. But now they have succeeded in setting an example so that police officials won’t dare touch them again,” said 37-year-old Town Inspector Zia-ul-Haque, who has been on the run since the arrest of zila pracharak Suresh Yadav from the RSS office in Baihar town of Balaghat district on Sept.25. Haque, since suspended, was in-charge of the Baihar police station. Accused of beating Yadav at RSS office and in custody, he and seven other police officials have been charged with attempt to murder, rioting, criminal intimidation and robbery. Nearly 90 per cent of the staff at the police station was Hindu, but it was his religion that got highlighted, Haque said, speaking from an undisclosed location. Given his religion, he had got used to observing caution while dealing with communal situations over the years, he added. He had once been accused of supporting a Muslim candidate in a local poll, Haque said.On Sept.24 and 25, Muslims came to the Baihar police station complaining about an “anti-Islam” WhatsApp message by Yadav. A cautious Haque spoke to the superintendent of police before proceeding towards RSS office. ASP Rajesh Sharma led the team. The claim that police were accompanied by Muslim complainants was a lie, he said.Pained at the charge that he kept assaulting Yadav, who repeatedly fell unconscious, Haque said, “Police team booked Yadav only after confiscating his mobile from which the WhatsApp message was sent.” Yadav’s first medical report did not speak of any serious injury at all, he said. Haque recalled spending the night cowering in a room above the police station after it was surrounded by hundreds of slogan-shouting Hindu activists following Yadav’s arrest. They demanded that he be handed over to them, Haque said, called him names and said he should be sent to Pakistan.Lashing out at his seniors for “deserting” them, Haque, who joined the police force in 2007, said, “Police department did not stand by us while ministers called on Yadav… I don’t have faith in the SIT (which is probing the incident) or the police force.”RSS leader, who is admitted in Jabalpur Hospital since the alleged beating, has been visited by three ministers, including Home Minister Bhupendra Singh.Even after the row broke out, Haque said, he thought the worst that would happen was he would get suspended. “I never thought I would have to go through something like this.”Indian Express
Bengal: Homes ransacked in communal clash,people flee
Hazinagar: Communal clashes at Hazinagar and Halisahar in North 24 Parganas district since Wednesday have left several people injured while an estimated 30 homes and several shops, apart from four vehicles, have been ransacked or set on fire. Police said the situation is under control now but many people have fled their homes. “We are ascertaining how many people were injured in the violence,” an official said. “But it is spread over a large area, which is very densely populated. The figure will not be less than 20. At least 30 homes and shops have been damaged, while at least four vehicles have been gutted.”The trigger was a low-intensity bomb allegedly thrown at a Muharram procession Wednesday, police said. While no one was injured then, it resulted in violence with a number of Hindu homes being allegedly attacked by mobs, and Muslim mobs allegedly retaliating.The initial violence was localised around Hazinagar’s Naihati Jute Mill area where the Jama Masjid is situated, and the neighbourhood around Nelson Road that has homes of both Muslims and Hindus. By Thursday, the violence had spread to nearby Patterson Road, a Hindu-majority area adjoining the Muslim-dominated colony around Hazinagar Chhoti Masjid. indianexpress
Communal violence in Bengal: how the (social) media helps trigger incidents: Indian express

JNU student Najeeb missing after altercation with ABVP activists
New Delhi: A JNU student and AISA activist has gone missing under mysterious circumstances, police said Sunday. Najeeb Ahmad, pursuing MSc and resident of room 106 of Mahi /Mandavi hostel, has been missing since Saturday allegedly after an altercation with a few students on Saturday night, they added.A case under section 365 of IPC has been registered at Vasant Kunj North police station on the basis of a complaint by his parents, police said. An AISA activist said Najeeb, who joined the hostel a fortnight ago, had an altercation with some ABVP activists on Saturday night when they were holding a door-to-door campaign at the hostel for mess committee election. Najeeb allegedly slapped a student following which residents of the hostel asked him to vacate his room. However, activist alleged, “It all started with a scuffle between two groups of students, but then an entire group of ABVP activists came to avenge it and beat him up,” the activist said.PTI
Declared ‘missing’ in 2013 riots, two ‘victims’ found living with their family in Muzaffarnagar
Lucknow:2 persons, including a woman, believed to have gone “missing” after the riots broke out in Muzaffarnagar and its adjoining districts in 2013 have been found safe and living with their respective families. Their respective families had filed missing complaint with the police. The cases were later turned into that of kidnapping.Police already had filed closure reports in both the cases stating that the “victims” could not be traced.  While collecting the names of the beneficiaries, a team from district administration reached the houses of Asima (70) and Gulfam (30) at Khalapur locality in City Kotwali police station area and Shorum village in Shahpur police station area, respectively, in Muzaffarnagar. indian express
SC extends stay on Bombay High Court’s Haji Ali order
New Delh: The Supreme Court on Monday extended the stay granted by Bombay High Court to facilitate an appeal against its decision to lift the ban on entry of women near the sanctum sanctorum of the famous Haji Ali Dargah till October 24, when it will hear the matter. As the case did not reach the board for hearing, the counsel for the Haji Ali Dargah Trust urged the bench comprising Chief Justice TS Thakur, Justice AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud to extend the stay until the next date of the hearing.The bench accepted the oral plea of senior advocate Gopal Subramaniam in this regard.PTI
Ex- MP Obaidullah Khan Azmi recruited in Cong, says will oppose uniform civil code
New Delhi:Congress on Sunday sought to downplay the triple talaq issue, saying the “matter is in Supreme Court”, while ex-Rajya Sabha MP Obaidullah Khan Azmi, a new recruit in the party, asserted that he will oppose any “wrong move” on the issue by the government. Azmi, who had vehemently opposed the Supreme Court judgment in Shah Bano case, said, “I am an office-bearer of All-India Muslim Personal Board. If the govt tries to misuse it or make any wrong move on the issue then I will fight against it. I will oppose it in my individual capacity.” he said this when asked about his stand on the triple talaq issue in the presence of Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad.However, Azad tried to play it down saying, “since the matter is in the Supreme Court, there will be no discussion on it.” indianexpress
Congress to host ‘minority conventions’ across UP in month-long campaign
Pune: 2 booked for death of cattle, illegal transport
Pune: Pune police have booked two men for allegedly transporting 10 cows in a truck without feeding them or taking “proper care” resulting in the death of three. The cattle were being transported from Amreli in Gujarat to some undisclosed location in Maharashtra when the police intercepted the vehicle at Moshi on a tip off. Truck driver Siraj Razzak More, 28, a resident of Amreli in Gujarat, and his help Yunus Khalifa, 30, have been booked under Section 11 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 for forcing the cows into a condition that led to their death. indianexpress
Gujarat: Kejriwal meets family of Ayyub killed by cow vigilantes
Vadodara: Family members of a Muslim youth, who was allegedly killed by cow vigilantes on the suspicion of carrying a calf for slaughter, on Sunday met Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in Vadodara. Mhammad Ayyub was beaten on SG Highway on the night of September 13 after his car met with an accident and a calf he was carrying died. Some people allegedly beat him up suspecting he was carrying the calf for slaughter, according to the police. He died at civil hospital in Ahmedabad three days later. Mohammad Arif, his brother, on Sunday travelled to Vadodara from Ahmedabad with his two sisters to meet Kejriwal. “We met Kejriwal at the circuit house and sought his help to get justice for our brother. He assured us that he will help us in getting justice and also took our mobile number and said he will meet us when he is in Ahmedabad next time,” Arif said. “We asked for his help in getting the three main culprits, all cow vigilantes, arrested. Police have arrested (other) eight persons. We also sought his help in getting compensation. Government never cared to contact us to find out about our plight,” he said.PTI
United they stand: Muslims, Sikhs support Marathas as lakhs rally in Thane
Thane:Following the massive protest in Kolhapur on Saturday, lakhs of Marathas in Thane and Palghar held a silent protest in Thane on Sunday. Members of Sikh and Muslim communities supported the march by serving the protestors water and cold drinks. Organisers said nearly 10 lakh people joined silent protest. However, the actual figure has not been verified. Residents aged two to eighty years joined the march.The state had announced several schemes for helping Marathas gain admission to professional courses, hoping to ease tension among the community. However, the community refused to compromise on their prime demands, including reservation for the community, justice for the Kopardi rape victim and amendments to the Atrocity Act. Hindustantimes
‘I am a dalit,’ asserts Rohith Vemula, in video shot days before he hanged himself: indianexpress
New Delhi:In a video that has surfaced this week, PhD student Rohith Vemula, who committed suicide earlier this year, asserted that he belongs to Dalit community.Video was shot by friends days before Vemula hanged himself in his hostel room at Hyderabad Central University.“My name is Rohith Vemula…I’m a Dalit from Guntur district,” the PhD scholar was seen saying in the video.This was in stark contrast to the observation made by the one-man judicial commission set up by the HRD Ministry on Jan. 28, which raised questions about his Dalit status. You can read more about the report, here.
Don't send children to schools, Salafi preacher tells followers:TOI
Kozhikode: A Salafi preacher has asked Muslims not to send their kids to the mainstream schools that are "conspiring to wean students away from their religion" and exhorted the community to set up home schools where the wards can be taught in the pure Islamic way. The speech by Abdul Mohsin Aydeed, an extreme Salafi in the group of Shamsudeen Fareed, surfaced on Sunday when the row over the textbook of Peace International School was raging outside. Though the exact date of the speech, uploaded in edawa.net, is not known it has some veiled reference to the Peace school controversy.
UN ‘extremely concerned’ for 1.5 million civilians in Mosul as offensive begins: AFP
UN: UN deputy Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief voiced grave concern Sunday at risks faced by civilians as operations to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul began.“I am extremely concerned for the safety of up to 1.5 million people living in Mosul who may be impacted by military operations to retake the city from ISIL,” Stephen O’Brien said, referring to the Islamic State jihadist group.He warned that “families are at extreme risk of being caught in cross-fire or targeted by snipers.”Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi has said only government forces will enter Mosul, a Sunni-majority city that IS seized with relative ease partly amid local resentment towards the Shiite-dominated security forces.
Iraqi army begins Mosul operation':Aljazeera
Israeli rights group vows to fight against settlements
An Israeli human rights group has vowed to continue its battle against Israel's settlements built on occupied lands sought by the Palestinians, rejecting a harsh rebuke by PM Benjamin Netanyahu. Israeli leader accused B'tselem of joining a "chorus of slander" against Israel, after the rights group urged the UNSC to take decisive action against settlements. Aljazeera
Rise of Prince Mohammed bin Salman rattles Saudi: NYT
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