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Tuesday, 29 November 2016

29 Nov. 2016: 28 Safar 1438: Vol: 8, No:48
Jammu: 2 officers, 5 jawans killed after militants attack Army post in Nagrota
New Delhi:2 officers and 5 jawans were killed on Tuesday after militants in police uniform attacked an army artillery unit in Nagrota on the outskirts of the city, said Lt Colonel Manish Mehta, Defence PRO. He said all three militants were killed in the encounter. There was also a hostage crisis after the militants stormed the 166 artillery unit. Till the last report came in, however, all the hostages have been rescued. A senior Army officer said that heavily-armed militants in police uniform stormed the 166 artillery unit, opening indiscriminate fire. An army officer and two other personnel were killed while several others were injured in the attack, senior officer said.Nagrota is the headquarters of the Army’s 16 corps. In view of the attack, the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway has been closed for traffic in the area.The district administration has closed all schools in Nagorta tehsil as a precautionary measure. “We have ordered closure of all schools and education institutions in Nagrota tehsil in view of the terror attack”, Deputy Commissioner, Jammu, Simrandeep Singh said.indian Express
Attack in Nagrota, Jammu Live Updates: 7 Indian Army men killed, combing operations underway
Nagrota attack: Casualty rises to 7 as 5 jawans 2 officers killed; Army guns down three militants
Bajwa takes over as Pak army chief; promises to improve LoC situation; Raheel warns India against 'aggressive stance' in Kashmir
Rawalpindi: General Qamar Javed Bajwa today took over as Pakistan's new army chief succeeding Gen Raheel Sharif and promised to improve the tense situation at the LoC soon.Gen Raheel handed over the command of world's sixth- largest army by troop numbers to 57-year-old Bajwa at a ceremony held in Army Hockey Stadium, close to General HQRS (GHQ) in Rawalpindi. After taking charge as the COAS from Raheel, Bajwa spoke to reporters."The situation at the LoC will improve soon," he was quoted as saying by Geo News. Bajwa sought support from the media to play a role in the keeping the morale of troops high.Analysts believe Bajwa's announcement that the LoC situation would improve might be a reconciliatory gesture towards India.However, Gen Raheel was not so conciliatory in his final speech as the army chief, as he cautioned India against adopting an aggressive stance in Kashmir. Raheel, 60, said in recent months "India's increasing terrorism and aggressive stance" in Kashmir have "endangered" the region."India should know that mistaking our policy of patience for weakness would be dangerous," he said."This is reality,that in South Asia, lasting peace and progress is impossible without solution of Kashmir issue. For that, international community's special attention is necessary," he said. He also stressed the need for institutions to work together for nation's progress.PTI 
Pak ready for talks on fringes of Afghanistan meet:Basit
New Delhi: Pakistan high commissioner Abdul Basit sought to put the ball in India's court for any bilateral engagement on the sidelines of Heart of Asia conference as he said on Monday that the onus is on India, the host nation, to propose a dialogue with Sartaj Aziz, Pakistan's de facto foreign minister. timesofindia
SC questions criteria to select AMU VC
New Delhi:Supreme Court today took exception to the submission of AMU that an eminent person can be appointed its vice-chancellor, saying did it mean that "a singer, a sportsman or a musician" can also selected for the coveted assignment. "Can anybody, unconnected with academics, be also appointed? What is the criteria? There is no qualification, no eligibility criteria, no search committee... who proposes the appointnment? Can anyone become VC," bench comprising Chief Justice TS Thakur and justices D Y Chandrachud and L Nageswara Rao said. The bench took strong note of the submisison of senior advocate Raju Ramachandran that an eminent person can be shortlisted and appointed as the VC. Buttressing his argument, Ramachandran also referred to Vice President Hamid Ansari, a career diplomat, and said that being an eminent person, he was appointed the VC of the university during 2000-02. "Distinguished civil servants, army generals, diplomats have held this post at the central university under the criteria of eminent person," he said.  Does it mean "a singer, a sportsman, a musician," can be selected as the V-C, bench asked. AMU said there has been tradition to appoint eminent persons to the post. The bench then adjourned the hearing to Dec.6 as sought by the counsel for a party in the case. PTI
SC asks Centre to take a decision on framing national yoga policy
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Centre to take a decision within three months on pleas seeking framing of a national yoga policy and making yoga compulsory for students of Class I-VIII across the country.A bench headed by Justice MB Lokur asked the Centre to treat the petitions filed on the issue as a representation and take a decision.The court was hearing the pleas filed by Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay, a lawyer and Delhi BJP spokesperson and J C Seth on the issue. Upadhyay has sought a direction to the Ministry of Human Resources Development, NCERT, NCTE and CBSE to "provide standard textbooks of 'yoga and health education' for students of Class I-VIII keeping in spirit various fundamental rights such as right to life, education and equality."PTI
SC mulls shifting RJD leader Shahabuddin to Tihar jail
New Delhi:Supreme Court has mulled shifting RJD strongman Mohd. Shahabuddin, facing trial in 45 criminal cases, from Siwan jail in Bihar to Tihar Central Jail in the national capital saying it is test case for the "concept of fair trial and witness protection"."This is a case which gives a test for criminal jurisprudence on concept of fair trial and witness protection," a bench of justices Dipak Misra and Amitava Roy said while also favouring all the pending criminal cases in Bihar to Delhi.PTI
Families of terror suspects arrested by NIA call them innocent
Madurai:NIA and Tamil Nadu Police arrested 3 al-Qaeda suspects - Sulaiman, Samsum Raja and Abbas Ali after questioning them for a day in Madurai. Mohammed Ayub, a fourth suspect is still being questioned.NIA said that the men were allegedly involved in the Court Complex bombings in Chittoor, Nellore, Kollam, Mysore and Malapuram. The men were also suspected to have made threat calls to 6 different embassies as well.Meanwhile, family members of the arrested suspects have claimed that there is some confusion and the agencies have made a mistake.Thagapan Nachiyar, mother of Mohammed Ayub said she was shocked to hear that her son was detained by the NIA. "My son went out on Sunday evening around 6:30 pm to offer prayers but didn't return home. Then he called me saying that he has to go to office for some work and will return soon. But after 11 pm his phone went offline. We didn't know that he got arrested."Mohamed Taslim, Ayub's father said, "This is a false case against him. He can never be involved in such things. I have raised him well and it is very hurtful to see him taken away like this."Abbas Ali, another suspect worked as a painter was also arrested by the NIA. His brother Mohamed Ismail said that around 1.30 pm his brother was taken away from home for questioning. Since then his family was searching for him and filed a complaint with Madurai P1 Police station. "We were searching for him everywhere. We did not know who it was or where he was being taken. After sometime, we saw news running that my brother has been arrested along with two other men and they had explosives with them. We don't know what happening." india today
TCS techie who 'plotted' to target PM Modi held:TOI
Crackdown on 'Base': NIA nabs 2 more suspects
Family of Kalyan youth who ‘joined ISIS’ shares call details with NIA:HT
Mumbai:The family of Aman Tandel, one of the four youth from Kalyan who went to Iraq in May 2014 to reportedly join the Islamic State (IS), told NIA that they received a call from Iraq informing them about Tandel’s death in an air strike.Tandel family received a call from an unidentified caller on Saturday night, telling them that Aman was “martyred”.Tandel parents said, “We have told the NIA about the call’s details. The caller spoke to us in English, but was fumbling on the phone.”His family hopes that the news is false. “We want our son to return home as soon as possible. We were tired of answering questions about our son and even changed our residence as relatives and others would keep asking us about his whereabouts,” said his parents, adding, “We have given the NIA officials all the details we are aware of.”HT

Firms linked to IRF under NIA scanner
Mumbai:NIA will begin inquiries this week into the affairs of several private firms with which the now banned IRF has been found to have had dealings over the last few years.NIA sources said investigations so far had identified few private companies in India which had close connections with IRF. They include real estate and construction companies. “Searches will be conducted at the offices of these firms so that we can find out more about their association with the IRF,” said an officer. “Searches at the IRF premises have turned up documents which indicate there was a significant flow of money between the IRF and these firms and our searches will focus on finding corresponding documents as well as other evidence.” the hindu
Naik terms Modi govt ‘anti-Muslim’,says will challenge ban
New Delhi:Zakir Naik has lashed out at the Modi govt  terming it ‘anti-Muslim’ and alleged ban on his NGO IRF is ‘politically motivated’. Naik, however, emphasized that he has repeatedly offered his cooperation to Central agencies in their investigations and has justified his decision to steer clear of India saying that he was an NRI and that his work kept him away mostly, a report said. “I’ve repeatedly offered my cooperation to govt al agencies in their investigations. Till a few days ago, no agency bothered to contact me, ask me questions, send me any notice or even lodge an FIR against me. Till date there’s been no contact and the only FIR lodged against me was done after the ban,” Naik said.Speaking to ANI, Naik said that he will challenge the ban even as his legal team in Delhi and Mumbai has been considering all options possible. Responding to a query as to why he accused the PM Modi govt for the ban and not British PM  Theresa May, Naik said, “I am not banned in the UK, I have been ‘excluded’, which means I cannot enter UK A ban would have meant banning my speeches on television, my NGO as well as my books, audio and video CDs. None of that has happened. My organization and my published materials are very much in circulation in UK and doing some commendable work in spreading the message of peace in Islam.”Rejecting reports that he was granted Malaysian citizenship, Naik said he has neither been banned in Malaysia nor does he have its citizenship. “Indian media has repeated hundreds of times in the last 4 months that I was banned in Malaysia.I’m neither banned in Malaysia nor do I have its citizenship,” he said.ANI /FE
‘Anti-Muslim’ Modi govt’s decision to ban my NGO ‘politically motivated’: Zakir Naik
Zakir Naik Hits Back: If I’d Promoted Terror There Would Have Been Millions of Terrorists!
Trillions of dollars from Gulf to enter India through Islamic Banking: ICIF
Mumbai: RBI's proposal to open up "Islamic window" in conventional banks will lead to trillions of dollars from Gulf nations getting invested in India, said an organisation pushing for Islamic financial banking.Indian Centre for Islamic Finance (ICIF) said if the RBI proposal becomes a reality, huge investments from countries like UAE, Qatar and Bahrain will flow into India."There are various sovereign funds in Gulf countries with trillions of dollars waiting to invest in India. Introduction of Islamic banking will give a green signal to people in nations like UAE, Qatar and Bahrain to invest here," ICIF General Secretary H Abdur Raqeeb told PTI.  "In 2008, when Raghuram Rajan (who later became RBI Governor) headed a high-level committee on financial sector reforms, we met him and conveyed our concern about exclusion of Muslims from financial system."We pressed for their inclusion in the sector. According to the Sachar Committee report, Muslim-majority areas are described as 'negative zone' by banks," said Raqeeb, whose organisation is  spearheading campaign for introduction of interest-free Islamic financial banking in the country. Citing various studies, he said Muslims prefer to invest in real estate, gold, spending lavishly or even depositing in banks without withdrawing the principle amount to avoid interest. He said no amendments would be required in the existing Act for introduction of Islamic banking and a notification by the Centre would suffice.PTI
Islamic Banking: Is govt warming up to vast investment opportunity in Shara’i bonds?Wajahat Habibullah
Accounting meets religion in challenge for Islamic banks: Reuters
'Islamic window' in banks would attract huge Gulf money:ICIF
Bahrain-based Islamic finance body approves standard for gold-based products
No plan to extend Dec. 30 deadline for old notes: Govt -116112900935_1.html
New Delhi: Govt is not considering extending Dec.30 deadline for depositing the demonetised Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, whose demonetisation was announced on Nov.8, Parliament was informed on Tuesday."No such proposal for extension of deadline beyond December 30, 2016, is presently under consideration of the govt ," Minister of State for Finance Arun Ram Meghwal told the Rajya Sabha in a written reply.IANS
LS passes Bill to tax money deposited in banks after demonetisation
New Delhi:As per the proposed amendment, those caught illegally converting money will have to cough up 60 %  tax plus penalties, which will come to 85 % .Amid din, a Bill that seeks to tax money deposited in banks post demonetisation was passed in Lok Sabha on Tuesday within minutes without any debate. Amid fierce shouting of slogans by Opposition, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the Taxation Laws (2nd Amendment) Bill, 2016 was brought after it came to the govt ’s notice that some people were trying to illegally exchange the demonetised Rs. 1000 and Rs. 500 notes.He said as per the proposed amendment, those caught illegally converting money will have to cough up 60 %  tax plus penalties, which will come to 85%Those who disclose black money to banks will have to pay 50%  tax, including surcharge and penalty. While they will get back 25 %  immediately, the rest 25 %  will be returned after 4 years.The Bill was later passed by a oice vote amid din.PTI
Tax Dept won’t ask for source of funds deposited in banks from 10 Nov: revenue secretary Adhia
PM Modi Asks BJP Lawmakers To Submit Their Financial Details To Amit Shah By 1 Jan
New Delhi:PM  Narendra Modi on Tuesday asked all BJP MPs and MLAs to give details of their bank accounts to party head Amit Shah from 8 31 Dec.Sources said that he also instructed all lawmakers and legislators to submit their financial details by 1 Jan., 2017. Modi earlier in the day attended a BJP parliamentary party meeting to discussCentre's demonetisation move and strategies to counter the opposition. huffingtonpost
Why not ask for BJP lawmakers' bank transaction details from before Nov. 8, Kejriwal asks
New Delhi: After PM Narendra Modi said today that BJP lawmakers need to submit their bank transaction details since the currency ban, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal said PM should ask for their transaction details of the last six months. Timesofindia
Among political parties, BJP has largest amount of unknown income
BJP, the main partner of the ruling NDA, reported an income of Rs 977 crore from unknown sources in two years 2013-14 and 2014-15,, a data-journalism portal,reported on Nov.22, 2016.The main opposition party – Congress – reported income of Rs 969 crore during 2013-14 and 2014-15.Political parties in India receive contributions from various sources. As per the existing law, they need not disclose/report the identity of contributor if the contribution is less than Rs 20,000, Factly standard
RBI eases withdrawal limits for retailers
Nudging retailers such as malls and shop owners to deposit their daily collections with banks, the RBI has said they would be allowed to withdraw the deposited sum in Rs 2,000 and Rs 500 notes, irrespective of the existing withdrawal limits.PTI
Mamata : ‘I’ll die or live but will remove PM Modi from Indian politics’
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee today pledged to remove PM Narendra Modi from Indian politics. Banerjee took this pledge while taking part in a protest march against demonetisation in Kolkata. financialexpress
Respond to 'notebandi' with 'votebandi':Mamata at UP rally
Opposition miserably failed to make BharatBandh success
'Park benches are empty, coffee mugs, morose': Watch Ravish Kumar on 'Love in the time of Notebandi'
Modi govt says demonetisation strikes black money; RBI data says it's a damp squib
Modi's ads cost the taxpayer Rs 1100 crore. Twice as much as Mangalyaan
Union govt has spent over Rs 1,100 crore in two and a half years on advertisements featuring PM  Modi, a RTI query revealed.This expenditure was between 1 June, 2014 and 31 August, 2016, according to information provided by the Union Information and Broadcasting Ministry in reply to an RTI application filed by activist Ramveer Singh. catchnews
Rs 500 Note Printing Halted, Operation Will Shift to Mysuru Press
Demonetisation: Myanmar, China demonstrate how good intentions can have disastrous results: Avinash Tripathi
Hardest hit, most invisible:  Harsh Mander
Note Ban May Exacerbate India’s Public Health Crisis
DD journalist who alleged Modi's note ban speech was pre-recorded faces death threats
Why BJP is using the nationalism card to justify demonetisation: Sidharth Bhatia
Fundamental Rights Violated in Note Ban, but Will SC Take on Modi?
After Bypoll, BJP Sweeps Maharashtra,Gujarat Civic Polls
If bypolls and civic polls are a referendum on demonetisation, then it looks as if PM Narendra Modi's gamble is paying off despite the chaos and suffering unleashed due to shoddy execution. Tens days after Modi announced that his govt  was scrapping the Rs.500 and Rs.1000 notes in order to curb black money and corruption, BJP scored major victories in MP, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, while performing well in West Bengal and Tripura. 3 weeks into demonetisation, BJP has swept the civic polls in Maharashtra and Gujarat, and once again its leaders are saying that these results prove that public sentiment is behind the BJP. Out of the 126 seats being contested in the Gujarat civic polls, the BJP has won 109 seats, taking 40 seats from the Congress Party, which managed only 17 seats. In Maharashtra, BJP won 52 out of 147 municipal councils followed by the Shiv Sena (25), the Congress Party (22) and NCP (17).In Maharashtra, the BJP seat tally went up from 396 in the 2011 civic polls to 851, the Congress Party's tally went down from 1,111 to less than 700, according to local reports."Opposition is observing Aakrosh Diwas and Bharat Bandh, on the other hand BJP is winning elections everywhere," BJP President Amit Shah said at a political rally in Maharganj in Uttar Pradesh. huffingtonpost
BJP wins local body polls in Gujarat
Hindu Mahasabha calls Tina Dabi’s decision to marry Kashmiri youth ‘love jihad’, suggests ‘ghar-wapsi’
New Delhi:Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha is vexed again — this time over 2015 UPSC topper Tina Dabi’s announcement on Facebook about her decision to marry second topper and Kashmiri youth Athar Aamir-ul Shafi Khan. The right-wing outfit has termed the decision as ‘love jihad’ and has even offered help to Dabi family for Khan’s ‘re-conversion’ or ghar-wapasi.In a letter addressed to Dabi’s father, outfit’s ‘s national secretary Munna Kumar Sharma has said that they should  reconsider their decision and refrain from promoting ‘love jihad’. The letter, which is published on Hindu Mahasabha’s official website, reads: “I would like to inform that foreign elements and Muslim extremists are working to promote ‘love jihad’ in the country on a big level. Through this, an effort is being made to Islamise the whole country.” indianexpress
Gujarat HC lets Hindu girl live with Muslim boyfriend
Ahmedabad: Gujarat high court permitted a 19-year-old Hindu girl to live-in with her Muslim boyfriend, who is just 20 years old and is currently ineligible for marriage.While allowing this reunion to take place on the wishes of the girl in a remote town of Dhanera in the border district of Banaskantha, a bench of Justice Akil Kureshi and Justice Biren Vaishnav observed, "Our society puts considerable stress on the institution of marriage and its sanctity. Instances of live-in relationship are largely confined to metro cities and other urban centres. Despite this, we must recognize our legal limitation in forcing an adult person of sound mind to stay at a place she does not want. Correspondingly, we also must recognize that we do not have the power to prevent the girl who is 19 years of age and is of sound mind from exercising her choice and joining the petitioner (her boyfriend), if she so desires." timesofindia
Women Activists Enter Haji Ali Dargah:PTI
Mumbai:Marking a victory for campaign for gender equality in places of worship, a group of women activists on Tuesday entered the sanctum sanctorum of Haji Ali dargah in Mumbai and offered prayers. Entry by members of Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA) into the mausoleum came more than a month after the Haji Ali Dargah Trust told the Supreme Court it will allow women inside the inner sanctum of the shrine. Women devotees' entry into it was banned a few years ago."Around 400 women from BMMA today went to dargah. We also offered a 'chaadar' (shawl) there and paid our respects to the saint,"saidZakia Soman, co-founder.PTI.
Iran may invite India to nuclear technology event
New Delhi: Iran, whose nuclear program was opposed by India at UN 4 times in the past, in a significant move is planning to approach Delhi to learn from its long standing experience on nuclear safety to prevent accidents in the region. Iran will also invite India to participate at a nuclear technology forum being hosted by Tehran in 2017.With Delhi-Tehran relations on upswing since 2015 following the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, Iran is hoping to work with India to enhance nuclear safety and knowledge management in the region to prevent “accidents”. Iran also plans to invite India to participate in the annual VVER ( Wa t e r- Wa t e r Energetic Reactor) Technology Forum next year. timesofindia
Son has no legal right in parents' house, can stay at their mercy: Delhi high court
New Delhi: A son, irrespective of his marital status, has no legal right to live in the self-acquired house of his parents and can reside there only at their "mercy", the Delhi high court has said.The court also said that only because parents have allowed the son to live in their house as long as their relations are cordial does not mean they have to bear his "burden" throughout his life."Where the house is self-acquired by the parents, son whether married or unmarried, has no legal right to live in that house and he can live in that house only at the mercy of his parents up to the time the parents allow," Justice Pratibha Rani said in an order.PTI
Tipu Sultan misunderstood, victim of false info, says litterateur Bhagawan
Mysuru: Rationalist and litterateur KS Bhagawan said a section of people without any knowledge about Mysuru ruler Tipu Sultan is making a rumpus in society by deliberately spreading false information.After inaugurating the seminar on 'Tipu Sultan - A Thought' organized by the Karnataka Dalit Welfare Trust , he said Tipu is more misunderstood than understood."A section of people is deliberately creating a rumpus and spreading fallacious opinions on Tipu, due to false notions. If he was a religious fanatic, the farmers of Srirangapatna would not have remained farmers. If he had such a narrow mind about converting people to Islam, he would have first converted the farmers of Srirangapatna," he said. timesofindia
Govind Pansare murder case: SIT files chargesheet against Hindu group member Virendra Tawde
SIT, probing the Govind Pansare murder case, filed a chargesheet against Dr Virendra Tawde of Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS), an offshoot of right wing group Sanatan Sanstha. According to sources, based on the statement given by CPI leader Pansare’s wife Uma, the SIT has identified two members of Sanatan Sanstha as the assailants. Indianexpress
In Sangrur, Dalit face ostracisation, death and Jail for demanding land
For the past few weeks, most of the attention towards Punjab has been regarding the upcoming elections, and whether the incumbent Badal govt  will win another term or not.But for the Dalit residents of village Jaloor, district Sangrur, election talk can wait for now. For the past few years, the Dalits of this village have been trying, to claim what is rightly theirs but it seems that the authorities are also hell bent on denying them to same.This village has in total 600 families out of which 200-250 families are Dalits. Even though the village land constitute os 2,300 acres, all Dalit families are landless.There is a land of 50 acres, categorised as Panchayat land.TCN
MP CM Chouhan Just Said You Could Term Someone Terrorist Based On Perception: huffingtonpost
Madhya Pradesh CM  Shivraj Singh Chouhan has suggested that the 8 under-trials who were killed in an encounter in the city last month were termed "terrorists" because of the "perception" of their guilt.When asked why he termed the 8 SIMI men killed in the encounter at Acharpra as "durdant aatankwadi" (dreaded terrorists) when their trial was still on and they had not been held guilty by the court, Chouhan said: "...because of acts, perception is formed... acts in the past are known to society and the nation...."Without naming SIMI, he further said that "such people from whom there is is the duty to warn society and save people from them." The jailbreak in which a security personnel was killed and the encounter a few hours later, had hit national headlines.
Harminder Singh Mintoo arrested but Muslims youths killed in Bhopal encounter
AMU: Prof. Iqtidar Siddiqui passes away
Gujarati sandals in Baghdad: Challenging a centuries-old text about how Islam came to India: Syed Nomanul Haq
Afghan Taliban offers 'security' for copper, gas projects
The Taliban has offered to protect major govt  projects such as the mining of a big copper deposit and an international natural gas pipeline project to assist the development and prosperity of war-torn Afghanistan. The insurgents have been behind much of the violence over the last 15 years that has frightened off investors, leaving Afghanistan unable to tap its vast natural resources and build the infrastructure necessary to wean itself off foreign aid.The armed group, which calls itself the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, maintains its fight is against foreign military forces and the foreign-backed govt , not ordinary Afghans."Islamic Emirate not only backs all national projects which are in the interest of the people and result in the development and prosperity of the nation but are also committed to safeguarding them," the Taliban said in a statement."Emirate directs all its mujahideen to help in the security of all national projects that are in the higher interest of Islam and the country."The fighters identified the $3bn Mes Aynak copper deposit in Logar province, near Kabul, as one project they would protect.A Chinese company was awarded the mining contract nine years ago, but has yet to start production because of poor security and a lack of transport infrastructure.Taliban also mentioned the $10bn Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India (TAPI) gas pipeline project, and a regional electricity-generation effort linking Central Asia and South Asia, known as CASA-1000.Taliban statement came a day after the official launch of a railway link with neighbouring Turkmenistan."We are waiting to see the Taliban turn their statements into practice," said palace spokesman Shah Hussain Murtazawi. Reuters
Exodus as Syria rebels lose northeast Aleppo
Syria's rebels lost all of the northern neighbourhoods of their stronghold in east Aleppo on Monday, as the army made significant advances in its offensive to recapture the entire city.The govt  gains have prompted an exodus of thousands of desperate civilians, some fleeing to districts held by the govt  or Kurdish forces, others heading south into areas still under opposition control."The situation is disastrous," said Ibrahim Abu Al-Leith, a spokesman for the White Helmets rescue group in the Ansari neighbourhood."There is mass displacement and morale is in the gutter," he said, his voice cracking with emotion."People are sleeping in the streets. They don't have anything to eat or drink, but neither do we," he told AFP.UN humanitarian envoy Stephen O'Brien said on Tuesday initial reports indicated that up to 16,000 people have been displaced by fighting in the city over the past few days. aljazeera
Regime strikes kill 25 in Syria’s Aleppo: Local sources
Turkmen areas of Syria’s Aleppo ‘totally destroyed’
Turkish Air Force kills 11 Daesh terrorists in Aleppo
Israel won't allow IS to open new border front: Israeli PM
Jerusalem:Israeli PM  Benjamin Netanyahu warned that Israel will not allow a new "front of terror" in the Golan Heights, a day after IS militants clashed with Israeli soldiers."There have been attempts to attack our forces," Netanyahu said on Monday, referring to the shooting and mortar attack launched by IS militants near the Israeli-Syrian border on Sunday."We will not allow radical Islam to open a front against us in the Golan Heights. Israel will not allow any drizzle of assaults, and will attack if necessary," Xinhua quoted Netanyahu as saying.IANS
IS arrests shopkeepers for hiking prices in nearly besieged Mosul: Reuters
Mosul: IS has arrested dozens of Mosul shop owners accused of raising food prices in the nearly besieged city, to tamp down discontent as a US-backed offensive closes in on the group's last major stronghold in Iraq, residents said on Monday.The arrests took place on Sunday morning in Bursa, a commercial district in the western part of the city, said a witness who asked not be identified as Islamic State punishes with death those caught communicating with the outside world.About 30 shop owners in the area were arrested and taken away blindfolded to unknown destinations, he said.Most of the people executed previously in Mosul were former police and army officers, suspected of disloyalty or plotting rebellions against the militants' rule. The arrest of the shop owners is meant as a warning to retailers to refrain from price hikes that would cause unrest in the city. Some 100,000 Iraqi govt troops, Kurdish security forces and mainly Shi'ite militiamen are participating in the assault on Mosul, with air and ground support from a US-led international military coalition.
Iraqi forces say 1,000 IS fighters killed in Mosul:Reuters
Iraq could split if Shi'ite militias enter Mosul - Sunni politician
Myanmar: UN agency calls for help for women of Rakhine
Yangon:A United Nations agency has called for urgent help for women and girls recently uprooted by conflicts in Myanmar’s Rakhine State saying they risk sexual violence and lack access to healthcare. Since nine police officers died in Oct. 9 attacks in an area of Rakhine predominantly inhabited by the country's Rohingya Muslim population, soldiers have been accused of numerous human right violations -- including sexual assaults.
Malaysia wants Myanmar meet over violence in Rakhine
Muslim,Somali leaders denounce Ohio University attack
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) condemned an attack at Ohio State University on Monday that injured at least 9 people and asked the public to avoid rushing to judgment about the suspect's motives."Like all of our fellow Columbus citizens we are saddened and heartbroken by this senseless act of violence and we want to condemn in the strongest possible terms this and any other kind senseless violent act," Jennifer Nimer, Legal Director for the Ohio Chapter of CAIR, said at a news conference late Monday.The suspect, who police identified as a Somali man named Abdul Razak Ali Artan, allegedly struck pedestrians with his vehicle when he drove onto the university's campus in Columbus, Ohio, before using a weapon to cut several people. businessinsider
Muslim community fears backlash after Ohio attack
Hijab-clad US univ student struck in face with glass bottle
San Francisco: A Hijab-clad Muslim student was allegedly struck in the face with a glass bottle in broad daylight at a university campus in US, the latest in a series of hate incidents in which headscarf-wearing women have been targeted following Donald Trump's win.The Council on American Islamic Relations has offered a reward of $ 5,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of whoever assaulted Nasro Hassan, a 19-year- old a Somali American student, on the campus of the University of Washington, Seattle.PTI
Colombia plane crash: Chapecoense team among 81 onboard: aljazeera
A plane carrying players from a Brazilian football team headed to Colombia for a regional tournament final, has crashed on its way to Medellin's airport, killing at least 76 people.Police officials said that 5 passengers had survived, 1 died in hospital and that the rest of the passengers were killed in crash.
Austrian trade union suggests Muslims should be denied Christmas bonuses
A right-wing trade union has caused controversy in Austria by suggesting Muslim workers should not be entitled to Christmas bonuses on account of their religion.The ‘Free Workers of Upper Austria’ group conducted a poll on its Facebook page with the title, “Soon new Christmas bonuses will come into force. Muslims will also be eligible, who deny Christian festivals and traditions. What do you think of this?” independent
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