03 January 2017

03  Jan.2017: 4 Rabius Sani 1438: Vol:8, No:79
Modi govt exploring law on banning beef & cow slaughter
New Delhi: Setting the ball rolling for a possible law banning beef and cow slaughter, the Union environment ministry has asked the agriculture ministry to explore the option of enacting a national law to prohibit slaughtering of cow, selling of beef or beef products. Anil Madhav Dave-led ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) sent a letter to this effect to Union agriculture ministry’s Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries (Cattle Division) on 23 Dec. Mint has reviewed a copy of the letter.It is not the first instance when protection of cow, considered holy by a section of Hindus, is in news. Since May 2014, when the NDA govt led by BJP assumed power, there have been several occasions when the issue of cow protection has been in the limelight.MoEFCC letter seems to be in response to a July 2016 judgment by the Himachal High Court asking the Central govt to, “enact the law prohibiting slaughtering of cow/calf, import or export of cow/calf, selling of beef or beef products, in its wisdom, at national level”.“In view of the fact that slaughtering of cow/calf, import or export of cow/calf, selling of beef or beef products and related matters fall under the administration of Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries (cattle division), it is required that necessary action in the matter may kindly be taken,” said the MoEFCC letter.Meanwhile, there have been demands to declare cow as India’s national animal replacing tiger. The home ministry has discussed ways to check cattle (mainly cows) smuggling to Bangladesh. The environment ministry has also asked the Animal Welfare Board of India to assess the cost of building new cow shelters and maintain existing ones to house stray cattle across India. livemint
End of Modi-Obama bonhomie? After Israel, Russia, outgoing US admin. meddles in Indus Waters dispute
New Delhi: Fabled Narendra Modi-Barack Obama friendship may have been just for the cameras. For the outgoing US administration led by President Obama has started something that won’t be appreciated by PM  Modi as the best parting gift from the former. According to a report in Pak newspaper Dawn, the US has started the process for “peacefully” resolving the Indus Waters dispute between India and Pakistan. The report says the US has taken the initiative on its own without “waiting for an invitation to do so”.Meddling in the Indus Waters Treaty dispute is latest act of the outgoing US administration to unsettle bilateral relationship with “friendly” countries.Last week, US Secretary of State John Kerry had irked his country’s all-weather ally Israel by suggesting a “2-state” solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict and claiming that the Jewish state was ruled by “most right-wing govt” in its history. Kerry had attacked Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu for settlement-building, accusing the latter of dragging Jewish state away from democracy. A week before Kerry’s speech, US had abstained from an anti-Israel UNSC resolution. Kerry said US abstention helped preserve the 2-state solution.Financial express
Re-promulgation of ordinances is 'fraud' on Constitution: Supreme Court
New Delhi: The Supreme Court has held that re-promulgation of ordinances without being placed before the legislature was constitutionally impermissible as it amounted to bypassing the legislative body which was the primary source of lawmaking authority in a parliamentary democracy. A 7-judge constitution bench held that govt's decision to bring ordinance can be reviewed by judiciary and said that it was obligatory on the govt to place the ordinance before the legislative body for its approval. Failure of govts, at the Centre as well as states, to place ordinances before Parliament and state legislatures would itself constitute a fraud on the Constitution.The majority verdict, by Justices AK Goel, UU Lalit, DY Chandrachud and L Nageswara Rao, held that "re-promulgation defeats the constitutional scheme under which a limited power to frame ordinances has been conferred upon the President and governors". "The danger of re-promulgation lies in the threat which it poses to the sovereignty of Parliament and the state legislatures which have been constituted as primary law-givers under the Constitution. Open legislative debate and discussion provides sunshine which separates secrecy of ordinance-making from transparent and accountable governance through lawmaking," it said.Chief Justice TS Thakur, who was heading the bench, also agreed with majority verdict on the issue but differed on one aspect. "I am in complete agreement with the view expressed by my esteemed brother Chandrachud,that repeated repromulgation of the ordinances was a fraud on the Constitution especially when the govt  of the time appears to have persistently avoided the placement of the ordinances before the legislature." CJI, however, questioned whether it is mandatory for the govt to place the ordinance before legislative body saying that the matter should be examined in a separate proceeding. The court said that SC's `hope and trust' that lawmaking through re-promulgated ordinances would not become the norm had been belied by successive govts.TOI
SC bans religion, caste in poll campaigns: Kancha Ilaiah says inclusion of caste in judgement was "unfortunate".
Kancha Ilaiah, a prominent writer and political scientist based in Hyderabad, told Al Jazeera that the inclusion of caste in the Supreme Court judgement was "unfortunate". "Verdict said mobilising voters on the basis of caste, race, language and religion amounted to corruption," he said. Ilaiah, who belongs to the Dalit caste, India's so-called lowest caste, said the judgement undermines the ability of his social class to use politics as a means for their upliftment."The SC now says we cannot use the caste issue for our liberation, for our equality. If they say that, then how do we achieve our liberation? What about the right to speak about my oppression?" Ilaiah said. "It is as if the SC has said [our enslavement] cannot be used as an instrument to fight back," he added.However, Ilaiah believes the judgement means that parties like BJP could no longer openly intimidate minorities or use "Babri [a demolished mosque] or beef as part of their electioneering". Aljazeera
Dissent on SC ruling on religion,caste : Curbs free speech, negates history of prejudice
New Delhi: Differing with the majority, 3 judges on the Constitution Bench invoked “histories of discrimination and injustice” on the basis of religion, caste, community to argue that candidates should not be barred from addressing their “legitimate expectation” that deprivation due to these “immutable characteristics” will be remedied through the electoral process.Stating that issues of religion, caste, etc. “are crucial to maintaining a stable balance in the governance of the nation,” the minority view in the 4-3 judgment said that “the spirit of discussion, debate and dialogue sustains constitutional democracy” and “a sense of inclusion can only be fostered by protecting the right of citizens freely to engage in a dialogue in public spaces”.Deliberation on religion, caste, etc. is the affirmation of “constitutionally protected values and…an intrinsic part of the freedom of speech and expression”, held the minority view, and warned that imposing a prohibition on electoral discourse on issues pertaining to caste, race, community, religion or language might reduce democracy to “an abstraction” apart from restricting the fundamental right of freedom of speech and expression of candidates.Describing caste, race, religion and language as “matters of constitutional importance,” the minority judgment, authored by Justice D Y Chandrachud on behalf of himself and Justices Adarsh K Goel and Uday U Lalit, said that discussion of matters relating to these identities which are of concern to the voters is not an appeal on those grounds. Indian express
SC verdict on misuse of religion jolts poll-bound Punjab
The Supreme Court verdict on the misuse of religion and caste by political parties has sent ripples among the political parties in poll-bound Punjab, where sacrilege is an issue, and radical Panthic outfits have also decided to field candidates.While the Congress called the judgment a blow to the ruling party, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), the latter sought to downplay it by saying they had never used religion to seek votes.Referring to the SC verdict that politicians can’t use religion, caste, creed or language for seeking votes, state Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh said the order has far reaching implications for Punjab where the Akalis have always misused religion to seek votes. He said even today, Akali leaders were taking people to gurdwaras and making them swear their support to the SAD.Amarinder alleged that many Akali leaders were holding ‘ardaas’ outside gurdwaras to influence people to cast their vote on basis of their religion. He also accused the Akalis of misusing Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) for electoral purposes.The SAD, however, put up a brave front on the issue. “There is no doubt that the SAD is a party for which Sikhism is a core value and politics and religion in Punjab are in a way inseparable. But it is a disciplined party and has never used religion, caste, etc for elections. We never seek votes in the name of religion. And there will be no impact of the SC judgment on our politics or on Punjab elections,” said Akali MP Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa. hindustantimes
SC decision may clash with justice Verma’s ruling: Owaisi
Aurangabad: AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi expressed fears that Monday's ruling by the Supreme Court banning seeking of votes by using religion, caste or community would clash with its earlier decision.MIM chief, who was in the city to assess the performance of party corporators, was referring to the 1995 ruling by justice J S Verma of the SC that Hinduism is a way of life and not a religion."The parties contesting elections on the Hindutva plak would use it (justice Verma's ruling) as a defence and claim that they are seeking votes on the basis of way of life and not religion," said Owaisi.Replying to a question, he said that he is not disappointed by Monday's judgment but was expecting that the bench would consider and review the justice Verma ruling. timesofindia
SC ruling ‘clashes’ with Hindutva verdict: Owaisi
BJP moves EC against Owaisi for 'spl Muslim budget' remark
Mumbai:BJP has filed a complaint against AIMIM President and MP Asaduddin Owaisi over his controversial speech at a public meeting in Mumbai saying that the speech sought to provoke communal tension in the city. Owaisi had stated if people support the AIMIM, he would try to approve special budget for Muslims worth `6,770 crore. “Owaisi’s speech was aimed at inciting communal tension and to disturb the law and order situation in the city. The demands made in the speech are completely illegal. They are also against the principles that the Supreme Court ruling has set on Monday and is also detrimental for the Muslim community,” the letter given to state election commission by Mumbai BJP General Secretary Sumant Ghaisas said.  new indian express
Why, 22 yrs on, SC’s ‘Hindutva judgment’ remains elephant in room: indian express
SC verdict a double-edged sword with wide ramifications
Support SC ban on invoking religion, caste during elections: Rajnath
SC verdict on separating religion and caste from politics is sadly unrealistic: Sandip Roy, Editor, HuffPost India
SC's verdict delinking religion from politics is good for BJP and bad for others: By Srinivasa Prasad
SC verdict on religion is excellent one, all should welcome it: Congress
JNU notice to student union chief over protests
New Delhi: Continuing with its spate of show-cause notices, JNU administration has now issued a notice to student union president Mohit Pandey warning him of action if the protests at the administrative block are not stopped. Following chaos in Academic Council (AC) meeting, the administration has also sought police presence for the Executive Council (EC) meeting scheduled today. 9 students were suspended for allegedly "disrupting" the AC meeting along with a teacher who was served notice for addressing them."The series of show-cause notices and suspensions are just an attempt by the administration to attack the student unity and destroy the protest culture at the varsity. The suspended students have refused to appear before the enquiry committee and we will protest outside the EC meeting venue as well," Pandey.PTI
Retired JNU professors condemn JNU admin.for suspending 10 students
Following the recent tension that has been enveloping JNU, pertaining the issue of students protest against the Academic Council meeting wherein 10 students were suspended, several retired professors expressed concerns over it. Students were protesting against the council decision for making interview marks the sole criteria in determining admission to research studies and M Phil.As many as 15 retired JNU professors, including the renowned historian, Romila Thapar, condemned the university administration for suspending 10 of its students and slammed the varsity of alleged connection with the Academic Council. The group of retired professors termed the action of the varsity "supreme contempt for the dignity and freedom of the faculty and students". india today
JNUTA to protest authorities’ ‘undemocratic’ conduct
JNU protest: Administration threatens students union president of disciplinary action
Ex- JNU faculty expresses shock over Council meet
AMU students protest against police brutality
Agra: Students of AMU took out a protest march on Monday against what they termed as a "brutal attack" on them by police during their rail blockade programme on Dec.31. Raising slogans against UP police and carrying placards "AMU stands against injustice" and "UP police murdabad", the students submitted a memorandum to CM  Akhilesh Yadav, through local administration demanding action against the police personnel.Nabeel Usmani, secretary of AMU, said we were proceeding towards the railway platform peacefully to protest against the failure of the police in tracing missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmad, when police resorted to unprovoked lathicharge, leaving several students injured.Dubbing the police action as "unjustified and undemocratic", Usmani said such treatment is not acceptable. He said the AMU students' union expects the CM to initiate action against the guilty police personnel. Students' union also demanded that CM direct the police and the administration to behave.TOI
Sinha seeks meeting with PM Modi to talk Kashmir
Noida: Ex-Foreign Minister Yashwant Sinha, who recently led a group of concerned citizens to Kashmir, was hopeful of resumption of a formal dialogue between Kashmir and New Delhi soon and has sought an appointment with PM Narendra Modi to deliberate on the issue. The senior BJP leader claimed that he had meetings with several senior functionaries in the NDA govt  and is doing ‘front ground work’ to resume a formal dialogue process soon. Even though Sinha was tightlipped about the meetings, sources said he has met Home Minister Rajnath Singh and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and discussed his visit to Kashmir. Sinha believes in ex-PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s doctrine of ‘Insaniyat, Jhamooriyat and Kashmiriyat’ on Kashmir and is advocating and lobbying for immediate resumption of ‘unconditional’ dialogue process with all stakeholders in J&K, including Hurriyat. And for Pakistan to make the ‘triangular talks’ possible at latter stage, Sinha said they have to abide by the commitment of not “exporting violence and terror.” economictimes
Minority status in J&K;SC seeks response in 2 weeks; imposes fines to Centre, JK Govt.
Jammu: In the much publicized PIL related to setting up of Minority Commission in J&K for extending benefits available to minorities, the Centre and State Govt  suffered a major blow when the Supreme Court of India on Monday imposed costs of Rs 15,000 each for not filing their reply in time.The apex court has directed payment of Rs 30,000 to the petitioner Ankur Sharma. It gave two weeks’ time to the Union and the State govt s to file their responses.On Monday, when the much publicized matter in WPPIL No. 489/2016 titled Ankur Sharma V/s Union of India and Ors. seeking identification of religious and linguistic minorities in the state of J&K, came up for hearing, Advocate Sharma (petitioner-in-person) strongly pressed for the suspension of minority schemes illegally being implemented in the State for the reason that the Central NCM Act is not applicable to the state of J&K and the majority community of the state is illegally reaping the benefits of more than 50 minority schemes. State Times News
HC admits plea of five convicted for Dilsukhnagar twin blasts
Hyderabad: High Court on Monday admitted the appeal filed by the 5 convicts of the Dilsukhnagar bomb blast and would hear it along with the reference proceedings of the Special NIA Court for confirmation of the death sentence awarded to the convicts.While admitting the matter, the bench comprising Justice C V Nagarjuna Reddy and Justice M S K Jaiswal said that it will hear the appeal along with the case records and the file referred by the NIA Court for confirmation of the sentence. On Dec 19, the special court imposed death sentence on the convicts - Yasin Bhatkal, Asadullah Akhtar, Zia Ur Rahman, Mohammed Tahseen and Aizaz Saeed Shaik - who were found guilty of carrying out the blasts. newindianexpress
Office-bearers untraceable, cops fail to send tribunal notice to IRF
Mumbai: With the office-bearers of banned IRF untraceable, the Mumbai Police has not been able to serve a notice on it to appear before a judicial tribunal that was formed to look into the ban. After the Central govt notified the UAPA comprising Delhi High Court Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal to adjudicate whether there was a just cause to declare IRF as an ‘unlawful association’, the tribunal issued a notice to the IRF to appear before the tribunal on Feb.6. Tribunal has given televangelist Zakir Naik’s IRF 30 days to provide its written objections to the ban.However,Mumbai Police has only been able to paste a copy of the notice at the IRF office on Tandel Street in Dongri. The office has been shut ever since the organisation was banned by Union Ministry for Home Affairs in Nov.Officers at the Dongri police station have spent the last week tracing home addresses of IRF’s office-bearers after the tribunal was not satisfied with its initial efforts. “At first, we served a copy of the notice on IRF’s lawyer Mubin Solkar. But the tribunal has instructed us to serve copy only to the office-bearers,” said a polcie officer. Since then, the local police have been making announcements on loudspeakers in Dongri hoping to gain attention of the organisation’s members. Officer added that copies of the notice had also been sent to the Mumbai City Collector. indian express
2 men held in Goa do not have terror links: police
Panaji: 2 persons, who were arrested after they were found distributing pamphlets about a programme by NGO of Zakir Naik, do not have terror links, Goa police said on Tuesday. Abdul Nasir and Iliyaz Ismail were held last night at Dona Paula beach in Goa as they were distributing pamphlets about a programme by Naik’s NGO in Mangalore.“We have interrogated the two over the night. We have found that they have no terror links. They had come to Dona Paula beach with their family,”SP (North) Umesh Gaonkar said.He said the duo was in possession of the pamphlets canvassing for a convention of Salafi Muslims to be held in Mangalore from Jan.9-16. Ismail is a resident of Margao where he has been living for over a decade, while Nasir is his brother-in-law, who is from Kasargod (a village in Kerala), the SP said.He said ATS, IB and Special Branch teams interrogated accused while Margao police was also asked to get details about them.PTI
Goa: 2 detained for circulating anti-ISIS leaflets
2 held for distributing pamphlets about Naik's NGO in Goa
2008 Malegaon blasts: Court allows NIA to use copies of missing documents as evidence
Mumbai: A special court has allowed NIA to use available copies as secondary evidence in place of papers that have gone missing in the 2008 Malegaon blasts case. In April last year, the special NIA court had been informed that some original documents that were part of the evidence were untraceable. These included 13 witness statements recorded by Maharashtra ATS under Section 164 of Criminal Procedure Code and two statements of the accused recorded under the MCOCA.In Sept., NIA, which took over the probe in 2011, had approached the court seeking permission to use photocopies of the original documents. The accused, including Lieutenant Colonel Prasad Purohit, had opposed the plea, stating they had been provided truncated copies, and their authenticity was not verified.Special public prosecutor Avinash Rasal said the court observed that among the documents were various statements available with the investigators, including the ATS and the NIA. Case is at the stage of framing of charges against the 11 accused, including Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, Major Ramesh Upadhyay, Sameer Kulkarni and others.indianexpress
SP ‘cycle’ symbol war: Akhilesh meets father Mulayam, Azam Khan tries for truce; 10 latest developments
Lucknow: In middle of a war as to who will control the Samajwadi Party, Akhilesh Yadav today visited father Mulayam Singh Yadav at his home in Lucknow hours after the phone call between the father and son this morning.  Mulayam Singh Yadav took a chartered flight from Delhi to Lucknow this morning. With support of thousands of party members, Akhilesh Yadav replaced his father as party chief, report by NDTV stated. The Yadav family has dragged their party into a crisis just when UP gears up for the upcoming 2017 elections. The relationship between father and son has soured to the extent that it has Election Commission ahead of the crucial assembly elections in the state. It looks unlikely that the Election Commission will be able to solve the feud in the family in time for UP elections. The Samajwadi Party may come up with a new attempt at finding a truce after the father and son phone call this morning. As per report, Mulayam Singh has so far not expelled the CM  from their party.
The two factions may come together, says Azam Khan
Netaji should allow SP to contest UP polls under Akhilesh: Abu Azmi
Development not Ram Mandir will be BJP's agenda in UP assembly polls 2017: Naidu
New Delhi: Senior BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu has said party will fight election in UP on developmental agenda and not on issues like Ram Temple and ruled out projecting any CM ial face. "Real alignment" is in favour of PM  Narendra Modi, who he described as the "mascot of development" and a "bigger face". Information and Broadcasting Minister said the anti-black money campaign has attracted people, especially from the lower sections of the society, towards BJP and it will further get momentum with the "fruits" of the ban getting "visible"."We have reports coming from UP, newer sections and people who were keeping a distance from BJP earlier, particularly sections of the lowest strata, they are all moving towards BJP after the demonetisation or remonetisation."This will I am sure gain further momentum as the fruits of anti-corruption vaccine administered by Modi become visible," he told PTI.PTI
10 Yrs of Sachar Report: Some Critical Observations
New Delhi: With no significant changes in the socio-economic conditions of the Muslim community even 10 years after Sachar Committee report accepted by the central govt , social groups, community leaders and academicians say the intention of Govts is the main factor behind the backwardness of Muslims in the country. At a program titled “10 Years of Justice Sachar Committee Report - A Review” held here, they urged the govt to implement the Sachar Committee recommendations with honest intention to uplift the community and other minorities. Prof. Manoranjan Mohanty of Delhi University said:"There were two major recommendations (of Sachar Committee). First, diversity index to be applied in all public and private organizations. This is still on paper only. Unless we really apply this index we don’t realize whom we are missing out. Second was to set up a National Data Bank. We still don’t know whether govt has any policy about this yet.The present govt has in fact almost dropped Right to Education Act. This was strongly recommended to be implemented with special emphasis in Muslim concentration areas. ”Mohammad Salim Engineer, Secretary General of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, stressed on implementation of Equal Opportunity Commission. “Sachar Committee report is the most realistic and important as it presents the real image of Muslims and other minorities. But it is the most politically exploited report also,”he said.IndiaTomorrow
Don't split your vote, Mayawati tells Muslims
Lucknow: BSP chief Mayawati on Tuesday cautioned Muslims in UP  not to split their votes and said Dalits won't be swayed by hollow words.Mayawati told the media here that Muslims would have to be extra cautious in the coming assembly elections and not waste their vote on the Samajwadi Party which she said was on the verge of splitting."Samajwadi Party has been divided into two. Muslims have to be very careful. They should not divide their votes," she said.She rubbished accusations that she believed in caste-based politics.IANS
Women ‘straying away’ from Indian culture reason for Bengaluru mass molestation, says Abu Azmi
New Delhi: Samajwadi Party Mumbai unit chief Abu Azmi courted controversy on Tuesday as he suggested that the reason behind ‘mass molestation’ of women in Bengaluru during new year’s eve celebrations was because of them ‘straying away’ from Indian culture.“In these modern times, the more women are naked, the more fashionable, modern and educated they are considered. And this is increasing in the country. This is a blot on our culture,” NDTV quoted him as saying. Thousands of revelers assembled at Bengaluru’s MG Road for new year celebrations. Taking advantage of this, miscreants groped and molested women as they ran for their safety. Around 1,500 policemen and women were also posted to ensure robust security arrangements but the crowd that grew in several thousand became hard to control for the police.
Girl converts over talaq torture, faces threat: dailypioneer
Ghaziabad: A Muslim girl who converted to Hinduism on Dec.30, 2016, over tortures following triple talaq is alleged to have been facing threat to life. Worried for her 3-month-old son’s safety, she has gone into hiding. After 3 months of the marriage to painter named Feroz in 2006, her husband started beating her on trifles, she alleged. During 8 years of her marriage, she was forced to undergo three abortions. Her husband beat to death their two months old daughter. After a few months of talaq, her husband rued that he had divorced her. Then he asked her to complete iddah of four months 10 days and Halala with his friend to make her able to remarry him. But when she completed these conditions, he refused to accept her. Rather she confined her into a room and started offering her to other men. Unable to bear the torture, she decided to fight for her rights. dailypioneer
Leave by March 31, northeast rebel groups tell Hindi speakers, Bengalis
Guwahati: 3 lesser known northeast rebel outfits mentored by hostile-again National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang (NSCN-K) and the Paresh Barua faction of United Liberation Front of Asom (Ulfa-Independent) have set March 31 as deadline for Hindi speakers and Bengalis to quit Tripura and parts of Assam and West Bengal.These outfits are Kamatapur Liberation Organisation (KLO), National Liberation Front of Twipra (NLFT) and People’s Democratic Council of Karbi-Longri (PDCK). They have been provided a new lease of life by the Myanmar-based United Liberation Front of Western South East Asia, a front helmed by NSCN-K and Ulfa-I. Hindi speakers, seen as representatives of ‘colonial New Delhi’, have been pet targets of major extremist groups in the Northeast. Bengalis have been added to their hate list in reaction to BJP’s plan to grant refugee status to persecuted non-Muslims from neighbouring countries, primarily Bengali Hindus from Bangladesh.
Modi, Putin, Erdogan are anti-Muslim,claims a IS video clip
Damascus: A chilling video released by the Islamic State says that leaders like Narendra Modi, Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Vladimir Putin, among others, work against the interest of Muslims and Islam. In a gory 19-minute clip, which is filled with bloodshed and devastation in Syria, has a voice over in Arabic and Turkish. The video is titled--The Cross Shield. In the video, the IS speaks about how these leaders are to be blamed for the bloodshed in Syria. The main focus of the video is around Erdogan who is blamed for the war in Syria. In the 19-minute clip, there is a picture of Modi with Erdogan, which was clicked at the G-20 Summit in Turkey in November. Apart from Modi and Erdoğan, the video goes on to blame US President Barack Obama, Russian President Putin, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Pope Francis for working against the interest of Muslims and Islam.Video also makes references to the situation in Afghanistan.Video which was posted on several jihadi websites also speaks about the air strikes in Syria.oneindia
PM Modi should be arrested, will seek justice in court: Mamata on Sudip Bandyopadhyay’s arrest
AFSPA in Nagaland extended for 6 months
Disabled may get 5%  quota in colleges from next session
Demonetisation Fallout? Investments Fall by over 50%
RBI’s refusal to reveal info on demonetisation is ‘blatant subversion of the law’: Shailesh Gandhi
Russia to host internal Palestinian reconciliation talks
Russia is to host a meeting for the major Palestinian factions on 15 January, local news agency TASS reported. Russian news agency said that senior PLO official Wasel Abu Yousef told the Israeli newspaper the Jerusalem Post about this planned meeting.Quds Press also reported a senior Palestinian official discussing the meeting. The news organisation did not name the official but said the meeting would discuss the reorganisation of Palestinian institutions.“The Russians will host a meeting of Fatah, Hamas and other Palestinian officials in Moscow in the middle of January to discuss reconciliation,” Abu Yousef said.TASS reported the Deputy Russian Foreign Minister and Special Presidential Envoy for the Middle East and North Africa Mikhail Bogdanov saying on 3 June 2016 that, in addition to Israeli settlements, “the split among Palestinians is another negative factor hampering the peace progress”. “Russia fully supports efforts on soonest restoration of inter-Palestinian unity on the basis of PLO and the Arab Peace Initiative, holds dialogue with representatives of the whole range of Palestinian forces, first of all Fatah and Hamas, in the interests of achieving appropriate agreements.”But Palestinian political analyst Ahmed Awad told Quds Press that this meeting would not be more than a show of public relations for Russia, which has been seeking bigger role in the region.“Moscow maintains good relations with many of the Palestinian factions,” he said, “however, it is weaker than mediating an internal reconciliation which needs financial and security guarantees that Russia is unable to fulfil.” middleeastmonitor
Syria rebels freeze negotiations, saying truce violated
Syria's main rebel groups say they have frozen their participation in preliminary peace talks planned for Kazakhstan later this month due to several "violations" by the regime of a five-day-old truce.Sources said the groups were freezing their participation in negotiations being prepared by Russia due to a govt-led assault on Wadi Barada, a rebel-held area near Damascus that is key to the capital's water supply.The groups suspending their participation included the Free Syrian Army, one of the biggest coalitions fighting against President Bashar al-Assad, and the Army of Conquest, another coalition of anti-govt  groups. Aljazeera
US-led strikes in Iraq, Syria have killed at least 188 civilians -US military
Turkish, Russian aircraft destroy IS targets in Syria: Army
18 IS militants killed in clashes in Syria: Turkish military
Recapturing Mosul is ‘a matter of weeks not years’: French President Hollande
 Baghdad: The battle to recapture the city of Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city and the last major Daesh stronghold in the country, is likely to take weeks, the French President Francois Hollande said on a visit to Baghdad on Monday. He vowed to continue supporting Iraq in its fight against Daesh militant group and to help in the reconstruction efforts of damaged cities.“France will actively participate in the reconstruction efforts in Mosul after defeating the Daesh there”, Hollande said during a joint news conference with Iraqi PM  Haider Al-Abadi.“Everything that contributes to reconstructing Iraq is an additional step to avoiding Daesh strikes on our own territory,” he added. He was due to meet PM  Haider al-Abadi, of Iraq’s main Shiite political group, President Fuad Masum, a Kurd, and Parliament speaker Salim al-Juburi, a prominent Sunni politician. middleeastmonitor
ISIL ramps up fight with weaponised drones: Aljazeera
Mosul;As fighting raged in eastern Mosul on a recent afternoon, a black Humvee arrived at an Iraqi army command post with a collection of plastics, electronics and rotor blades lashed to its back.Soldiers leaped to unload the cargo, which comprised the remnants of the latest tool in ISIL's armoury: drones.The haul included a number of small devices of the kind favoured by filmmakers and hobbyists, costing a few hundred dollars apiece. But there were also larger, fixed-wing craft fashioned out of corrugated plastic and duct tape, apparently made by the fighters themselves. Aljazeera
56 killed, many beheaded, in grisly Brazil prison riot
Sao Paulo:A prison riot in the Brazilian Amazon has left at least 56 people dead with some bodies decapitated and burned, officials said.The riot erupted on Sunday afternoon and lasted for 17 hours in Anisio Jobim Penitentiary Complex in Manaus, the capital of Amazonas state. Rioters took 12 guards hostage and a still unconfirmed number of prisoners escaped.aljazeera
Deputy leader of Libya’s UN-backed govt resigns
https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20170103-deputy-leader-of-libyas-un-backed-govt -resigns/
A deputy leader of Libya’s Govt of National Accord (GNA) announced his resignation on Monday, saying the UN-backed administration had failed to tackle urgent problems arising from years of conflict and political disarray.The resignation of Musa al-Koni casts doubt on the future of the govt  in its current form, just over a year after it was launched under a UN-mediated deal that had only partial support from Libya’s rival factions. Western powers backed the GNA to tackle Daesh, boost Libya’s oil production, and help stem the flow of sub-Saharan migrants from Libya to Europe. middleeastmonitor
Israeli forces demolish 11 Bedouin residential structures, 87 left homeless: middleeastmonitor
Israeli PM questioned for graft
US store displays racist window signs about Obama, Muslims
Alcohol abuse increases risk of heart disease
Hilarion Capucci, priest of Palestinian resistance, dies
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