02 December 2016

02 Dec.2016:01 Rabiul Awwal 1438: Vol:8, No:51
Army deployment at toll plazas in WB: Govt trying to create ‘fear psychosis’, say Opposition parties, TMC
New Delhi:Opposition parties led by Trinamool Congress on Friday charged the govt with trying to create a ‘fear psychosis’ in West Bengal by deploying army units at toll plaza without informing the state administration. Rajya Sabha witnessed noisy scenes on Friday morning after West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee spent the night at govt secretariat in Kolkata, alleging that there was an attempt to dethrone her by an army coup.The Centre clarified that the army was only performing a routine duty of collecting data about trucks and other vehicles that can be used during public emergencies. The government also maintained that the West Bengal govt had been informed about this exercise that happens at routine intervals. But the Opposition was not convinced.TMC leader Partha Chatterjee, accused the Modi govt of using the Army for politics and said that the situation is very unfortunate. “The manner in which Modi government is using the Army for politics has never happened before. We have the highest respect for the Army, but the situation is very unfortunate.” Speaking on the Army’s statement that the state was informed he said, “We were not informed. We had not given permission to Army.”“Army was deployed at 19 places in West Bengal without the information of the state administration. There is an attempt to create a fear psychosis amongst the people. I must remind this government that the people of Bengal have fought against the British and they are ready to fight against (PM Narendra) Modi’s autocracy as well,” Sukhendu Shekhar Roy of the Trinamool Congress said in the Rajya Sabha.Before him, leader of Opposition in the House, Ghulam Nabi Azad of the Congress had also raised the issue, wanting to know why army’s deployment at some of the toll plazas in the state had become necessary.“Strange things are happening in this country. Something like this has never happened before. It is very surprising. It is also the first time that a chief minister of a state has had to spend the night in the secretariat. I would like to the government to clarify on this,” Azad said.TMC’s Derek O’Brien said he would challenge the Defence Minister’s version of events and place documentary evidence to this effect on Monday. Indianexpress
Row over Army deployment in Bengal echoes in Parliament
TMC dares Centre to show documents proving WB Govt gave permission for Army deployment
Army out on streets, civil war likely: Mamata
Kolkata: Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee escalated her eyeball-to-eyeball confrontation with the Narendra Modi govnt on Thursday , accusing it of trying to intimidate the state by stationing Army trucks on national highways and at toll posts and raising the spectre of a "civil war".Banerjee dug her heels in, saying she would not leave Nabanna, Bengal secretariat, till the Army trucks moved off the road, even as several of these trucks stayed at the toll post on Vidyasagar Setu, less than a kilometre from the CM's office, around 11pm. Banerjee insisted that the "interference" in a state's affairs was worse than what happened during the Emergency ."This move is undemocratic, unethical, unconstitutional and politically motivated. I head an elected government and I am guarding democracy in Bengal. I won't hand it over to the Army ," she added."An alarming news has reached me. I have cross-checked with police. They (the Army) are checking vehicles on national highways. How can they do it without informing us? The road belongs to the state. The state needs to be informed before even running a mock drill.This only happens in an emergency situation," the CM said. "What they have done in Bengal today may be repeated in Bihar and Punjab tomorrow. And, in the process, the country is heading towards a civil war," Banerjee said. She later asked state chief secre tary Basudeb Banerjee to write to the Centre. "This is a matter against which all states should protest. I will call on the President if I get an opportunity," she said.TOI
Mamata leaves office after 36 hours, says exploring legal options against Centre
Army says exercise to continue; Mamata warns of legal action
Explaining the Army exercise that has created uproar in West Bengal
Explain steps taken to ease suffering of rural people after demonetisation, SC tells Centre
NEW DELHI:The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Union government to spell out the steps taken to ease the suffering and inconvenience of people in rural areas, who are mostly dependent on cooperative banks, post demonetisation.A bench of Chief Justice T.S. Thakur and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, while hearing a batch of pleas challenging various aspects of demonetisation, said all the parties should sit together and prepare a list of categories of cases that could be referred to High Courts and those that could be heard by the apex court. Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi said the government was aware of the situation in cooperative banks, which lacked proper infrastructure and mechanism, compared to scheduled banks.“Entire chapter in the additional affidavit filed by the Centre is dedicated to the issue of cooperative banks. It is not that we are not aware of the situation but these [the cooperative banks lack proper facilities, mechanism and proper infrastructure as compared to scheduled banks,” he said.The government deliberately kept cooperative banks out of the drive as these did not have the expertise to detect fake currency.Senior advocate P. Chidambaram, appearing for cooperative banks, questioned the government’s decision, saying the rural economy is almost paralysed due to non-inclusion of cooperative banks.Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for one of the petitioners, suggested that they will sit together and file the list of categories by Monday.The bench then posted the hearing on the matter to Dec. 5.PTI
SC adjourns demonetisation matter till Dec 5
82% ATMs dry because government used that money to pay its own employees
New Delhi:The central government's decision to pay its 42 lakh Group C and D employees Rs 10,000 each in cash has one shocking fallout: a whopping 1.66 lakh ATMs, 82 per cent of India's total cash machines, could have used that money to ease the serpentine queues before them.As November ended and salaries were supposed to be paid, the government decided to pay its Group C and D staff Rs 10,000 in cash to ease pressure on the banks, already reeling for more than three weeks after demonetisation was announced on November 8.Pay Commission figures say Group C and D employees constitute nearly 89 per cent of the 47 lakh government employees. If each is paid Rs 10,000, the total payment in cash sucked out of the system comes to over Rs 4170 crores.IndiaToday
Bengaluru: In India's biggest seizure since Nov 8, Rs 5.7 crore found - all in new Rs 2000 notes
In the biggest single cash seizure of the new currency, an Income Tax raid on the premises of two engineers and two contractors in Bengaluru found a whopping Rs 5.7 crore of cash, all in the recently-introduced Rs 2000 notes.About Rs 90 lakh was also found in old notes, which were banned after demonetisation came into effect from November 9.Income Tax sleuths added that 7 kg gold and about 9 kg of jewellery was also found in the raid, all valued at nearly Rs 5 crore. Several property documents have also been found and seized.The major haul was from a posh flat of Public Works Department engineer SC Jayachandra at upscale Sanjaynagar in the city's northwest suburb.The sleuths also attached a Lamborghini and Porsche limousines of Jayachandra, parked in the basement of his multi-storey apartment.
21-yr-old Make In India awardee arrested with fake Rs 2,000 notes worth Rs 42 lakh
Mohali:A young engineer, whose innovation was appreciated by PM Narendra Modi at Indian Science Congress last year, was arrested on Thursday for printing fake Rs 2,000 notes worth Rs 42 lakh in Punjab's town of Mohali.Abhinav Verma was arrested along with accomplices -- his cousin Vishakha Verma and Ludhiana-based property dealer Suman Nagpal -- by Punjab Police in Mohali and adjoining Chandigarh. The trio was duping people by exchanging the demonetised Rs 500 and 1,000 notes for fake Rs 2,000 notes printed by them. 3were even charging a 30% commission for the exchange. Mohali SP (City) Parminder Singh said the fake currency was recovered on Wednesday from a brand new luxury Audi SUV the trio were using. The vehicle had a red beacon -- allowed only for VVIPs -- on it.The police have been conducting raids to arrest two more members of the gang who slipped away."The currency given by the gang (to their customers) even after charging commission was fake," Singh said.IANS
Punjab: 'Make in India' awardee arrested for running fake note racket
India: Changes to demonetisation policy sparks anger
Every day is a new negotiation: Demonetisation is a cruel joke on India: Kaveree Bamzai
Nitish govt starts probe into BJP land deals in 23 districts of Bihar
PATNA: The grand alliance government in Bihar has started investigating the purchase of several land parcels in 23 district of the state by BJP leaders in weeks leading up to the demonetisation move announced by PM Narendra Modi on Nov.8.“We have called for all documents related to these land purchases from the registry offices in the districts. We have already received documents from seven districts. A review of all these land deals will take place before appropriate action is taken,” said Abdul Jalil Mastan, the minister for registration, excise and prohibition on Thursday. new indian express
Months before demonetisation, many ministers had large amount of cash in hand: Report
New Delhi:With the Central government demanding transparency from its own MPs and people being forced to stand in serpentine queues before banks in the wake of demonetisation move, a report has emerged that a number of ministers had large cash holdings in their possession as on March 31, 2016.As per the data assembled by the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, only 40 out of 76 Ministers have divulged details regarding the amount of cash they had in hand. The Code of Conduct for Ministers requires them to declare their assets and liabilities in addition to other financial dealings with PM‘s office annually.According to the CHRI report, the biggest amount of cash in hand in the Council of Ministers was declared by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley (more than Rs. 65 lakh). Shripad Yesso Naik , Minister of State (Independent) and Hansraj Ahir, MoS (Home) followed him with Rs. 22 lakh and Rs. 10 lakh respectively, The Hindu reports, adding that 23 of them had under Rs 2 lakh in cash while 15 had cash above 2.5 lakh. indianexpress
Businessman declares Rs 13,000 crore under disclosure scheme, fails to pay tax
Constitutional compulsion to roll out GST from September next year: Arun Jaitley
Citing constitutional compulsion, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday sought to drive home the point that the Goods and Services Tax has to roll out before September 16 next year as the existing indirect taxes will come to an end by then and it would not be possible to run the country without revenue collection. He made a pitch for widening the tax base, saying efforts are on to make taxation process far simpler and make rates more reasonable. indianexpress

Activism going haywire, SC order on anthem should not be confirmed: Soli Sorabjee
New Delhi: A day after the Supreme Court ruled that all cinema halls shall play the national anthem before a film starts and that all present should stand up, eminent jurist and ex-Attorney General Soli Sorabjee questioned the order terming it as an example of judicial over-reach.“In my opinion, the order is per incuriam (an order that is passed in disregard of a binding authority),” he said. He hoped the bench would modify its order at the next hearing.Asked why, Sorabjee said: “Is it the court’s function to go into such issues? People must stand up…is it the only criterion for showing respect to the national anthem? People may not be able to stand up for physical reasons, people may not stand up for intellectual or religious reasons because they may consciously believe that their religious beliefs, consciously held, prevent them from standing up. The other thing is that they (the bench) have not referred to the landmark judgment in Bijoe Emmanuel case. Bilkul refer hi nahin kiya. Also, how will this order be implemented? Who will count (how many people are standing and how many are sitting while the anthem is playing)? Who will see if one can’t stand up due to physical problems or some other reasons. And then, close the exit doors… what if there is an emergency? What if somebody urgently needs to go to the washroom?”In the Emmanuel case, the SC ordered a school in Kerala to take back three children it had expelled for not singing the national anthem. The children didn’t sing the anthem because of their conviction that their religion did not permit them to join any rituals except in their prayers to Jehovah. The court had ruled that there is no legal provision that obliges anyone to sing the anthem.Saying that while the “intent” of the court may be “good”, he said “but the method is not good”.Indian Express
National Anthem and the Supreme Court’s Popcorn Nationalism: BHAIRAV ACHARYA, lawyer
Resurrection of the National Anthem and rising weight of moral pressure:Radhika Iyengar
Supreme Court refuses to entertain plea to play national anthem in courts
Enraged at son’s murder over conversion, Hindu mother too embraces Islam
56-year old Meenakshi had lived all her life as a devout Hindu, but not anymore. Since Monday, she has been faithfully doing ‘niskaaram’ (Muslim prayer) 5 times a day. She now responds to her new name: Jameela.  Her son Faisal P alias Aneesh Kumar was hacked to death on 19 Nov.in Malappuram. Faisal had converted to Islam a year ago. The police have arrested 8 persons including Faisal’s brother-in-law Vinodh -affiliated to RSS- in this regard. According to the police, these people had threatened Faisal for converting to Islam and had killed him out of anger.Jameela who is mourning the death of her 32-year-old son told The News Minute that she converted to Islam to avenge her son’s killing. “My son lost his life for no fault of his. Faisal, his wife and their three children converted to Islam by their own volition. They never harmed anyone by doing so. Yet he was killed…brutally. This is my way of getting even with his killers. I too have converted to Islam exercising my own free will. I will now spend the rest of my life with my son’s wife and children,” Jameela avers. She goes on to explain that when Faisal was alive, he and his family lived at the family homestead along with his parents. He continued to do so even after converting to Islam. Both his father and mother had no issues with their only son’s conversion.Jameela left the house home the day Faisal’s body was brought home. She now stays at a relative’s -who converted to Islam a few years ago- house a few kilometers away, along with Faisal’s wife and children. Though her husband Ananthan Nair chose to stay back, he did not object to her conversion.“Though Faisal and his family used to do ‘niskaaram’ at home, it never bothered us. I found no reason to intrude into their lives. I now ask his kids to instruct me in their religious ways. When they pray, I observe and follow suit. I have started covering my head,” shares Jameela.“All that can wait. For now, let this act of mine be taken as my reply to my son’s killers. They killed him for converting to Islam. I now choose to tread the same path,” she says. thenewsminute
Mother adopts Islam after son was killed for converting into Islam, changes her name to Jameela
RSS poster boy Tarek Fatah thrashed by students in Punjab
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Chandigarh: Tarek Fatah the Canadian citizen of Pakistani origin who is the darling of certain Indian news channels was thrashed by students from Panjab University after he made derogatory comments on few students here on Thursday.Fatah a known Muslim basher had been invited to deliver a talk on Balochistan. After the fracas, the organisers called off his talk, scheduled for Thursday.Gagandeep Singh Dhillon, a PhD scholar in geography, was quoted by Indian Express, “I was sitting at the physics canteen when Tarek came and began an informal interaction with students. We were discussing yesterday’s Nagrota terror attack. When he was talking to us, the department librarian came. When the students rose to show respect, Tarek told them, ‘Indians need to stop giving such treatment to their seniors’.Dhillon said Tarek mocked at the librarian and asked him to tell the students to sit. Immediately, an altercation ensued. Among those arguing was Mustafa, a PhD scholar from Kargil. “Tarek was saying, ‘He would not stand up for his own father, why are you all standing up for this person’. When I objected, he told me, ‘Hey you gori chamdi, where are you from?’ When Mustafa replied, Tarek allegedly responded with ‘You’re a Pakistani terrorist, you’re an anti-national’.” Also, Tarek allegedly told Dhillon, “You are a Khalistani.”Another PhD student Ganeshwari said when she asked Tarek his opinion about her, he said, “You are the real patriot because of your religion.” thenewsminute
Tarek Fatah ‘beaten up’ by students for ‘Khalistani’ and ‘terrorist’ name calling
Kerala youth calls up mother, says he is in Afghanistan following ‘true Islam’, didn't joined IS: Indian Express
Mumbai: Ashfaque Majeed, one of the 21 Kerala youths believed to have left the country to join IS, has told his mother that he has not joined the organisation and has gone to Afghanistan, along with other Kerala-based youths, to follow ‘Salafi’ Islam, according to sources.In a phone conversation which lasted for a little over 5 minutes,Ashfaque reportedly told his mother, Ayesha, last week that they were all safe and were following “true Islam”. He said a local contact was helping him to open a medical store, and he would not return to India. The details of the phone conversation were communicated by his family to NIA, sources said.“The call was received by his mother on her cellphone. Ashfaque told his mother not to believe news reports claiming that he has joined the IS…He told her that he was staying in a remote village in Afghanistan where the mobile network is weak and that he had travelled to a town just to speak to her. He also informed her that he and the others had fled India as they were unable to follow ‘true Islam’ back home. He claimed he had not joined any terrorist outfit but has become a Salafi and was about to start a medical store along with his cousin Dr Ijaz (who also left India with his wife and child),” said an official. indian express
Didn't join ISIS, practicing Salafi Islam: Kerala youth tells mother
Rakesh Asthana, the officer who investigated Godhra arson is the new CBI chief
The Central government on Friday appointed a Gujarat cadre 1984 batch IPS officer, Rakesh Asthana, as the new in-charge of CBI. He is considered to be close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP leader Amit Shah.The decision has come a day before the current CBI Director Anil Sinha demits office. He was appointed Asthana as additional director in CBI in April this year.Asthana, who was the first to declare the Godhra train fire of February 2002 as a “carefully planned and meticulously executed criminal conspiracy” was made in-charge of the premiere investigation agency, after the government could not finalise the name for the new CBI director on time.Besides the Godhra probe, when he was on deputation as a Superintendent of Police (SP) in Patna and had arrested RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav in the fodder scam. In his capacity as the Additional Director of CBI, he had led SIT probes into Vijay Mallya's alleged bank fraud and the Rs 3,726 crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam.The panel that chooses the CBI director from among eligible IPS officers has not met yet. It comprises the PM, leader of opposition and the Chief Justice of India. Southlive
No Full-Time CBI Chief, For The First Time In 10 Years; Rakesh Asthana Takes Additional Charge
 For the first time in 10 years and only the second time in the agency's history, the Central Bureau of Investigation or CBI will have no full time chief. Rakesh Asthana, a Gujarat cadre officer will hold additional charge after CBI chief Anil Sinha retired today. Rakesh Asthana is said to be the Modi government's top choice for the post having been handpicked for the agency as soon as the BJP-led government took office in 2014. But the Indian Police Service or IPS officer of the 1984 batch is not even on the panel of about six officers in line to be the next chief. The frontrunner based on seniority, Special Director RK Dutta, was removed from the race in a sudden transfer on Wednesday night to another department in the Home Ministry.That made Mr Asthana, who is an additional director in the CBI, the number 2 in the agency after Anil Sinha. Mr Asthana is in charge of investigating important cases like the AugustaWestland chopper deal and CBI cases against liquor baron Vijay Mallya. ndtv
IRF school row: Parents threaten legal action
Mumbai: Parents of the Islamic International School, Mazgaon, founded by Zakir Naik, who is under investigation, have threatened legal action if the school is taken away from the IRF and handed over to another organisation. The school’s parents-teachers association (PTA) wrote to education minister Vinod Tawde on Thursday, opposing the proposed change in management. They demanded time until April-May — when the academic year ends — to decide the school’s fate. The petition was a response to education officials on Monday asking parents to withdraw their children from the school because it does not have the required permits. Tawde has given students a choice between shutting down the school altogether or handing over its management to a trust like Anjuman-i-Islam, which runs 100 educational institutes in Maharashtra. But parents are worried the studies will be disrupted if the department shuts the school or changes management mid-term. “Both these actions will disturb our children’s education. We will move court challenging the government’s decision,” said Mustafa Shaikh, a parent, whose three children study in the school. Parents complained the government is targeting them. “There are hundreds of schools that don’t have registrations or NOC from the government, but only our school is facing action,” said Mouzan Armar, another parent from Tardeo. Armar said handing over the school to another Muslim management will not assure the same quality of education. “We chose this school because of its management. If the management changes, we won’t want to continue with the school,” said Armar. School principal Imran Qureshi said even though parents might be looking for other schools, they have not received any applications for withdrawal yet. “It will be a cultural shock for students to shift to other schools,” said Qureshi. Meanwhile, Zahir Kazi, president of Anjuman-I-Islam, said they are open to acquiring the school if the government approaches them. “As of now, the department hasn’t asked us anything. We have a lot of experience in running educational institutes so the quality won’t be compromised,” said Kazi.HT
Jamiat Ulema calls triple talaq un-Islamic: Seema Chishti's report
New Delhi: 33rd session of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, held in Ajmer last month, held triple talaq as un-Islamic while opposing any proposals for a uniform civil code. While even the Ahl e Hadith, one of the most reclusive sects among Indian Muslims, has said the same thing, the stand taken by Maulana Mahmood Madani’s organisation is significant as the Jamiat is the largest organisation of imams in India. The Ajmer session was attended by imams of the many madrasas run by the organisation. The SC is hearing a bunch of petitions questioning the validity of triple talaq. Quoting the resolution passed at the Ajmer gathering, Madani said, “The session condemned  talaq at one go and appealed to every section of Muslim society to make strides to eliminate it.”The resolution added, “We have to wage jihad against the wrong practices prevalent in nikah and talaq. We have to spearhead the movement to give proper rights to women in accordance with Islam. We will strive to insert such clauses in the nikahnama that will resolve any disputes in martial life.”Admitting that a Law Commission questionnaire on “reforms” in personal laws had provoked fears of an attempt to push a uniform civil code, Madani said, “PM has spoken on this and his credentials on this are suspect. So we are not concerned about what he has said. But we feel women in Islam have been given their due and we must ensure that happens practically. That is central to Islam.”Madani said the Jamiat had started persuading people to adopt the kabin nama, which is like a pre-nuptial agreement. Muslim personal law also provides for “khula”, where a wife can unilaterally ask for divorce. indian express
Codify Personal law in 2 to 3 year;Bharatiya Muslims Mahila Andolan
Mumbai: Buoyed by the success of having equal rights access restored at the Haji Ali Daargah in the sense that both men and women will be allowed to the same point, the Bharatiya Muslims Mahila Andolan (BMMA) which had filed a public interest litigation demanded codification of personal law in two to three years and pledged to renew their fight to ban instant triple talaq and nikah halala. The group has also filed a PIL on the same with the Supreme Court.dna
Naroda Gam Riots: Further statement of 7 accused to begin on Dec 5
Ahmedabad: The Special Designated court hearing Naroda Gam massacre of 2002 post-Godhra riots on Thursday ordered seven accused to remain present before it for recording their further statements. From Monday onwards accused will be recording their further statements one by one.There are 82 accused in the case, including former BJP minister Maya Kodnani, Bajrang Dal leader Babubhai Patel alias Babu Bajrangi. Kodnani and Bajrangi have been convicted in Naroda Patiya massacre case in 2012 for life imprisonment. indianexpress
RSS agenda is not against any religion: Bhagwat
New Delhi: Calling the RSS a unique organisation, its chief Mohan Bhagwat claimed on Thursday that the saffron fountainhead has survived various challenges due to its deep-rooted beliefs in tradition and with its sole agenda of shaping "good human beings"."People often ask about Sangh agenda.... Sangh has no agenda, rather, we intend to groom good human beings with high moral values, that makes it different and unique in the world," Bhagwat said at the unveiling of a collector's edition of RSS-inspired weeklies "Organiser" and "Panchjanya" commemorating 90 years of the founding of the organisation. timesofindia
Take over landed property: WPI to Kerala govt
KOZHIKODE: Welfare Party of India national secretary P.C. Hamsa has demanded that the Left Democratic Front government take over the landed property in the State which are still under the control of corporate companies even after the expiry of their lease period and distribute them to the landless people.the hindu
Wakf board CEO requests Telangana government to allow him to quit
Hyderabad: CEO of the Telangana State Wakf Board, Mohammed Asadullah, has written to the government to relieve him of the post with immediate effect.Asaduallah was was appointed as the CEO in March 2015. He was reappointed after the bifurcation of the board in October in the same year. The move comes as his term came to an end last October."It is true that I have asked that I be repatriated to my parent department which is the Revenue Department. I do not wish to continue here. This is why I have written a letter with the request to the deputy chief minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali who holds the revenue portfolio," the CEO said. In the past, a letter was sent to Minorities Welfare Department secretary Syed Omer Jaleel, he added.TOI
Bombay HC suggested youth to voluntarily clean mosque, to get FIR quashed
Mumbai: Bombay High Court on Wednesday suggested to 3 youngsters to voluntarily clean a mosque in their area. The court asked them to do some community service if they wanted a FIR registered against them quashed.The suggestion came from a division bench presided over by Justice Vidyasagar Kanade and Justice Nutan Sardesai in response to an application moved by three youngsters seeking quashing of the FIR against them. The youngsters were booked for assaulting and grievously hurting their relative outside a mosque over a petty issue.The counsel appearing for the youngsters informed the bench that his clients have made an attempt to settle the matter with the complainant. He also tendered a copy of the settlement between both the parties which spelt out the conditions. Free press
SIMI activists' encounter: Disturbing mindset in India of justifying killing of terror suspects:By Monobina Gupta

Vladimir Putin reaches out to Donald Trump
President Vladimir Putin says Russia wants to normalise ties with the United States and join efforts in the fight against international "terrorism".Speaking in a live state-of-the-nation address, Putin said on Thursday that Russia was ready to take part in tackling global challenges - if its interests are respected."We don't want confrontation with anyone," he said in a speech before officials and lawmakers in the Kremlin."Unlike our foreign colleagues who are seeing Russia as an enemy, we have never been looking for enemies - we need friends," Putin said."But we won't allow any infringement on our interests and neglect of them." Aljazeera
New UN tally shows spike in casualties in Iraq:Aljazeera
Close to 2,000 members of the Iraqi security forces were killed in November across the country, along with hundreds of civilians, UN said on Thursday.According to the UN mission in Iraq's monthly tally, 1,959 Iraqi forces were killed last month and at least 450 others wounded.The toll includes members of the army, police engaged in combat, Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, interior ministry forces, and pro-govt paramilitaries, it said.Halgord Hekmat, a spokesman for the autonomous Kurdish region's Peshmerga ministry in Iraq, said on Thursday a total of 1,600 Peshmerga soldiers have been killed since the start of the offensive to retake the ISIL-held Iraqi city of Mosul on Oct.17.UN statement said at least 926 civilians were also killed, bringing to 2,885 the number of Iraqis who have died in acts of "terrorism", violence, and armed conflict last month.
War on ISIS leads to 'living nightmare in Syria,' 300,000 children without water in Mosul: Unicef
Children are turning out to be the biggest sufferers in the continued war against the Islamic State group. When they are not being targeted by ISIS militants for either execution or to be inducted into their ranks, they are suffering from lack of basic needs, like a playground. Now, the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) has detailed how children in Iraq and Syria are suffering as efforts go on to end ISIS presence in these two countries. The situation, it says, is dire in Syria, where 84 schools have been bombed in 2016 alone. It is probably much worse in Iraq, or more specifically Mosul, where the UN body claims 300,000 children have lost access to water. ibtime.co.in
Gen Raheel Sharif offered to join Pak Jamaat for ‘dry-cleaning politics’ 
LAHORE: Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan (JI) has offered General Raheel Sharif - the retired chief of the army staff - to join the party for holding an 'operation' in politics like the successful Zarb-e-Azb military action against terrorism during his tenure in the Pakistan Army. This offer was formally given by Dr Waseem Akhtar, the only legislator of the Jamaat-e-Islami in the Punjab Assembly from Bahawalpur during the assembly proceedings on Thursday. Highlighting the political situation on a supplementary question during Question Hour in the House, the Jamaat leader said that he formally invited General Sharif to join them as a politician after two years as per national laws and rules and regulation for the army officer. Paying rich tribute to General Sharif, he said that the former army chief had maintained law and order by holding a successful military operation against terrorists in the country so such an act was also needed in politics. For such a purpose, he should join the Jamaat. Interestingly, when Dr Waseem tabled his offer to a retired general to join Jamaat against the party's political hierarchy and procedure of joining, the ruling PML-N lawmaker Nadeem Kamran questioned the presence of a general in the party. daily times
Pakistan is a country of fantastic people, says Trump
New York:  Donald Trump, US president elect Trump, prime minister Nawaz Sharif, Nawaz Sharif, US, pakistan, US-Pakistan, world news, indian express news US President-elect Donald Trump.US President-elect Donald Trump has said that Pakistan is a fantastic country of a fantastic people and he would love to visit the place. Trump made these remarks in a telephone conversation with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday. “Please convey to the Pakistani people that they are amazing and all Pakistanis I have known are exceptional people, CBS new quoted Trump, as saying.ANI
Gambia's Yahya Jammeh loses election to Adama Barrow
Yahya Jammeh, Gambia's long-time ruler, has lost the presidential election to the opposition leader, according to the electoral commission.Adama Barrow's victory in the West African country may bring to an end Jammeh's 22-year rule.Jammeh, who came to power in 1994 as a 29-year-old army officer following a military coup, had won four previous polls. aljazeera
New Israeli envoy arrives in Turkey after rapprochement
Israel's new ambassador to Turkey has arrived in the capital Ankara, to serve as the first official envoy since 2010 as the two countries advance with their rapprochement since a six-year spat put diplomatic relations on ice.Eitan Naeh, upon his arrival at the Esenboga Airport on Thursday, said that the two countries "have a history of helping each other in times of need," referring to Turkey's help while handling wildfires in Israel last week.  aljazeera

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