04 January 2017

04  Jan.2017: 05 Rabius Sani 1438: Vol:8, No:80
UP elections to be held in 7 phases between 11 Feb-8 March; Punjab-Goa to go to polls on 4 Feb, Uttarakhand on 15 Feb, Manipur on 4 & 8 March 
The high-stakes Assembly elections in UP will be held in 7 phases between 11 Feb.and 8 March, while Punjab and Goa will go to the polls together on 4 Feb., Uttarakhand on 15 Feb.and Manipur in 2 phases on 4 and 8 March.  Addressing the media on Wednesday, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Nasim Zaidi said counting of votes in all 5 states will take place on 11 March. Zaidi added that the Model Code of Conduct becomes effective immediately. Announcing the poll schedule for 5 states, CEC Nasim Zaidi said the 7-phased UP Assembly polls for 403 constituencies will be held on 11, 15, 19, 23, 27 Feb.and 4 and 8 March. The main players in the 5 states include Samajwadi Party, BSP, BJP, Congress, AAP, Shiromani Akali Dal, and Manipur People's Party. CEC flanked by the two election commissioners AK Joti and OP Rawat announced that the poll process will commence with the issue of notification on 11 Jan.for Punjab and Goa polls where candidates can start filing their nominations."Model Code of Conduct will come into immediate effect and will apply on political parties and state govt s concerned, besides the central govt in terms of announcements in these states," Zaidi said. CEC said candidates will have to open a fresh bank account for all election expenses and all expenses above Rs 20,000 will be made through cheques from their respective accounts. He added that all donations will also be accepted through cheques.Maximum limit for expenses for each candidates in UP, Punjab and Uttarakhand is Rs 28 lakh, while that in Goa and Manipur is Rs 20 lakh, he said. He added that electronic voter machines will be used in all states. CEC added that candidates will be required to file a no demand certificate. The rules have also been changed. Candidates will have to fix a photograph on nomination paper. They will have to declare that they are citizens of India, not sought foreign citizenship. first post
UP, Punjab, Manipur, Uttarakhand, Goa to go to polls between Feb. 4 and March 8
Election Commission committed to abide by SC order on Hindutva case: CEC Zaidi
Union budget being presented just before state polls is 'wrong': AAP
New Delhi: AAP is unhappy with the poll dates announced by the Election Commission (EC) today, saying they violate the model code of conduct principles because the Union budget is scheduled to be announced right before the 5 state assemblies' polls. AAP is particularly irked because the two states it is contesting in, Punjab and Goa go to the polls the earliest, on Feb.4, and the Union budget is expected to be announced Feb.1.In addition, AAP had earlier said that dates for the Punjab and Goa polls should not be the same. Today the EC announced that both states' polls will indeed take place on the same day. timesofindia
Union Budget could be used to influence voters: Mayawati
BSP list: Muslims get 97 tickets, 10 more than Dalits
Lucknow: Playing the Muslim card to the hilt, BSP chief Mayawati gave the most Assembly poll tickets to candidates from the minority community: 97, up from 61 in 2007 and 85 in 2012. Dalits, who Mayawati considers her most trusted vote bank, are in second position on BSP's list with 87 seats, 2 more than the 85 seats reserved for SCs in the state.TOI
In western UP, Muslim loyalty shifts to Akhilesh: TOI
Tawli (UP): The unending 'dangal' or bout in Yadav parivar has forced everyone associated with the Samajwadi Party to pick sides. Sitting near his home in the heart of West UP's sugarcane country and dragging deep on his hookah, Yaqub Chowdhury talks unhesitatingly about his choice. 75-year-old, better known as Yaqub Mukhia, left Congress about two decades ago and joined Samajwadi Party. He liked its founder Mulayam Singh Yadav ("garibon ka saathi"), canvassed for the party, acted as a polling agent, and when required, loaded buses and tractors with supporters to MSY rallies in nearby Muzaffarnagar and in faraway Lucknow.But that was then. In recent times, Yaqub has switched allegiance and become a firm supporter of Mulayam's son and CM Akhilesh Yadav, describing him "as good as Charan Singh" — the founder of Lok Dal, from Baghpat, now his son Ajit Singh's constituency.
Akhilesh, not BSP, our best bet:Muzaffarnagar victims:TOI
Muzaffarnagar: At a time when all political parties are trying to woo Muslim voters in UP, in Muzaffarnagar where riots displaced more than 50,000 and left 62 dead three years ago, Muslims said their best bet to stop BJP is still CM  Akhilesh Yadav. Not dismissing the possibility of a substantial chunk of Muslim votes going to BSP in the event of a split in SP, Muslims here said that among large sections of those who suffered in the riots there is an element of resentment against Mayawati as "BSP leaders, especially Mayawati, never came to even find out how we were coping after being uprooted by the communal violence."Idrees Ahmad, a native of Kutba village that witnessed the exodus of close to 200 families during the 2013 violence who is currently living in Shahpur in Muzaffarnagar, said,"We have reasons not to vote for Mayawati tand instead go with Akhilesh Yadav. Be it the Muzaffarnagar riots or any other incident where Muslims have been at the receiving end, the BSP never goes beyond tokenism. How do we know she cares about us? On the contrary, Akhilesh has started various welfare schemes that somewhere benefited us too. Besides, he is very vocal about his sympathy with our community. We can relate to him."TOI
From Muzaffarnagar to Delhi, talk of revenge and illegitimate children: indianexpress
UP Polls: BJP wants note ban as poll issue; Ram Temple, Kairana not ruled out
New Delhi: BJP feels demonetisation has been welcomed by the masses in UP despite the hardships and wants it to become a poll issue in the forthcoming assembly elections. The party has, however, not ruled out polarisation on the twin issues of Ram temple at Ayodhya and the alleged exodus of Hindus from some districts due to pressures from the minority community. Timesofindia
Shiv Sena, Muslim League may lose names post SC order: two Ex-CECs
New Delhi: Some political parties like the Shiv Sena and Indian Union Muslim League may have to change their names following the Supreme Court ban on religion in politics, former Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswami has said, even while raising doubts on how the order could be implemented. Gopalaswami said party names bearing "heavy religious words" will have to be changed to avoid violating the SC order.“There are parties like Akali Dal, AIMIM, Shiv Sena, and Indian Union Muslim League who may have to change their names after the SC verdict,” he told News18 on Tuesday.Ex- CEC SY Quraishi echoed Gopalaswami’s views, saying the need for changing names is high after the SC verdict. news18
Justice Khehar takes charge today: Some of Thakur’s comments avoidable, says Law minister
New Delhi:A day before Chief Justice of India TS Thakur is to retire, Union Minister for Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad said here today that some of Thakur’s comments as CJI were avoidable. Prasad also mentioned that despite a “whisper campaign,” there was never any doubt about Justice JS Khehar succeeding Justice Thakur.Speaking at The Indian Express Idea Exchange, Prasad said that his govt has the highest regard for Thakur “but some of the public observations by him were avoidable.”Thakur had expressed his disappointment with PM Narendra Modi’s speech on Independence Day, saying, “I heard the popular PM  for one and a half hours… I expected some mention about justice also, about appointment of judges.”Prasad said that it was “unheard of” for the PM to talk about judicial appointments in such an address. Indian Express
In a first, India to attend international conference on Israel and Palestine
NewDelhi:India is set to attend for the first time an international conference that will seek to revive peace talks between Israel and Palestine, a development that comes at time when the Modi-led govt  is trying to expand its political presence in West Asia as part of efforts to dispel its "anti-Muslim image". People familiar with the matter have told ET that India plans to send a high-level team for the Jan.15 conference being hosted by France. The conference has acquired added importance amid Israel's attempts to act at the UN against countries that recently opposed its plan for new settlements in disputed territories. France, however, views the conference as part of its deradicalisation initiatives following a spate of terror attacks on its soil, informed sources said. But it not just Palestine that India wants to assist. India is also eyeing major reconstruction projects across housing, power, textile and food sectors in Syria as the embattled country attempts to return to normalcy. Delhi will host a series of Syrian ministers and senior officials in the coming months to discuss reconstruction proposals. "Delhi wants to stay ahead of the curve," noted an official. ET
China’s double standards are self-defeating events to recite, says M J Akbar on Masood Azhar: indianexpress
New Delhi: Minister of State for External Affairs MJ Akbar on Wednesday lamented about China’s refusal to recognise and list Jaish-e-Muhammad chief Maulana Masood Azhar as a global designated terrorist at the United Nations. Akbar was speaking at Ministry of External Affairs’ mid-term press conference in the national capital on Wednesday. “Hope China as responsible nation understands double standards are simply self-defeating events to recite. 14 out of 15 UNSC members want action against Masood Azhar. There is 1 hold out. We hope this is the year that the hold out disappear,” said Akbar.
Now, women protest against Nida Khan for lodging fake case of tipple talaq to defame Aala Hazrat's family
Bareilly: In yet another twist to Nida Khan episode, scores of protesting women submitted a memorandum to the DM and the DIG police to launch a fresh probe into the matter. They also demanded that legal action be taken against Nida for lodging a fake case against her former husband's family, who belong to family of Aala Hazrat here. Nida, however, claimed that the protest was stage managed at the behest of her former husband's family.The protesting women claimed that Nida has defamed the family of clerics and that she was married by her parents against her wishes with a man "wearing skull cap and sporting a long beard". The women who gathered at the collectorate said that they are followers of Aala Hazrat and that the false allegation levelled by Nida against her former in-laws has hurt their sentiments. The protesting women claimed that they do not belong to the family of clerics but have decided to take up the matter with senior govt officials as they were tired of reading "misleading" media reports about the family of clerics. Sabra, a resident of Biharipur, said,"I was Nida's neighbour and had seen her many times alone on the terrace of their house and talking on her mobile phone. It was evident that she never wanted to marry a man with a long beard and wearing a skull cap, but her family forced her to get married. She levelled false allegations against her in-laws to end her marriage." A resident of Shehdana, Saba Khan said, "We all are followers of Aala Hazrat family, which provide food to the poor and also helps in solemnising marriage of poor girls. We cannot believe that such a family will keep their daughter-in-law hungry and misbehave with her. She had wrongly accused her in-laws of assaulting her and causing miscarriage."Nida, however, claimed that her former husband's family staged the protest to prove her wrong. Nida was divorced by Sheeran Raza Khan, nephew of the head of the seminary Subhan Raza Khan. Nida, however, claimed that she was not given a divorce in her presence and that the family used triple talaq to dodge the criminal case.TOI
Ex-Union Minister CM Ibrahim allegedly forced daughter to abort foetus: Reports
New Delhi:Congress leader and ex-Union Minister CM Ibrahim was accused of forcing his daughter, 22-year-old Iffa, to abort her foetus, The News Minute reported on Wednesday. Iffa was four-and-a-half-months pregnant at the time of her abortion. A complaint was filed by Ibrahim’s brother CM Khader with the Cubbon Park police in Bengaluru, accusing him of forcibly feeding her fruit juice laced with a medicine so that she would have a miscarriage. Khader’s son CM Faizal married Iffa against the wishes of her family in August 2016. According to The News Minute, Khader’s complaint stated that Iffa complained to Faizal that her siblings had forcibly fed her with a foul-smelling juice that lead to stomach pain and bleeding. He further alleged that his son Faizal was beaten and tortured by Ibrahim’s family when he went to their house last year. Reacting to the allegation, Vikram Hospital issue a press statement stating that a young female who was 15 weeks pregnant was brought to the hospital on Jan.2 by her family with “profuse vaginal bleeding.” She was diagnosed with “incomplete abortion of unknown cause and underwent emergency evacuation procedure”. indian express
‘Take my husband back to jail,’ wife of Naroda Patiya convict pleads with Gujarat HC: indianexpress
Ahmedabad: The wife of a Naroda Patiya convict has once again approached the Gujarat High Court, pleading to take her husband, who was released on temporary bail for a week but has not surrendered for nearly two months, back to jail. The court rejected her petition and directed special public prosecutor to alert the concerned authorities. Minalben Rathod had moved the HC last month, requesting the court to direct the police to take custody of her husband Navab alias Kalu Harisingh Rathod.Rathod was granted temporary bail on Sept.27 for 7 days on the ground of his children’s ill-health.Bail petition was moved by Minalben herself. Till Tuesday, Rathod had not surrendered.On Dec.23, a division bench of Justices Harsha Devani and AS Supehia rejected her petition and stated, “If the convict after being enlarged on temporary bail has not surrendered to the jail authorities, it is for concerned authorities to take necessary action in that regard.Direction as prayed for in the present application cannot be issued.”
Asadullah is not a terrorist. He’s my son: Top doc of Azamgarh Javed Akhtar
Azamgarh: Dr Javed Akhtar is a top orthopaedic surgeon in Azamgarh. His clinic in the Brahmasthan locality of this chaotic town in eastern UP is always packed with patients, over 85% of them Hindus. He is a tall, well-read man with a silver mane and a cautious spoken manner. On the 19th of Dec,Dr Akhtar’s son Asadullah Akhtar was convicted by a court in Hyderabad for carrying out, along with four others, the Dilsukhnagar terror blasts in that city back in 2013. The day the death sentence was pronounced, Dr Akhtar was in his practice attending to patients. He left early. When he reached his house in Jalandhari mohalla in Azamgarh, relatives, friends and well-wishers had already gathered to commiserate. Dr Akhthar cannot believe it. In his eyes Asadullah cannot have been a terrorist. “I did not raise my son to be an anti-national,” says the father. “I have always believed in Hindu-Muslim unity and taught the same to my children. My son had several Hindu friends to whom he was very close. Do you think he would kill our Hindu brothers? He has been implicated.”Asadullah Akthar is 31 years old. To Dr Akthar, his son’s appearance on the security agencies’ anti-terror radar was a colossal coincidence. After the Batla House encounter took place in New Delhi in 2008, he says, the police found his son’s phone number in the pocket of one of the two men killed in the incident.“That’s it. My son was also labelled a terrorist,”says Dr Akhtar. The orthopaedician insists there never was a thorough enquiry conducted into the Batla House encounter and the truth never came out. “Entire Muslim community in Azamgarh is doubtful about such arrests and convictions. Our boys have been falsely implicated since that case,” he says. new indian express
Qateel Siddique's, murdered in Yerwada Jail, kin get Rs 5L compensation
Pune: 7 years after the Germany Bakery bomb blast rocked the city, as victims continue to wait for justice, the family members of terror accused Qateel Siddiqui on Tuesday received acompensation of Rs 5 lakh as per the direction of the NHRC. Yerwada jail authority handed over the cheque to Qateel’s cousin Afroz Siddiqui. The amount will be given to Qateel’s wife Fatima, 2 daughters, mother Gulshan and father Jafir, who reside in Barh Samila village of Darbhanga district, Bihar. Afroz, who resides in Mumbai, said, “This amount will give some relief to the family of my deceased brother. The family was completely dependent on him because he was the sole breadwinner. He had the responsibility of two daughters and two unmarried sisters.”This is the first-ever case in Maharashtra in which an accused facing terror charges was killed inside a high security jail and received compensation from the state govt . Qateel was lodged in the high security cell of Yerwada Central Jail. On June 8, 2012, Qateel was allegedly strangled to death by gangster Sharad Mohol and his aide Alok Bhalerao. The murder trial is still pending before the Pune sessions court. The city-based Mulniwasi Muslim Manch had pursued the issue to provide compensation to Qateel’s kin through senior advocate Mohammad Pracha before the NHRC.Anjum Inamdar, president of the Mulniwasi Muslim Manch, and state leader of MIM, had filed a complaint with the NHRC in May 2016, demanding Rs 25 lakh as compensation. Subsequently, on Sept.17, 2016, NHRC had issued an order to the state govt to pay the sum. Qateel’s wife Fatima spoke to Pune Mirror from Bihar. She said, “This will be useful in taking care of our two young children. We are still waiting for justice as the killers are yet to face trial.”Pune Mirror
Ansari, who acquitted in Mumbai attacks case, visited Pak, got passport with ISI’s help, claims Vohra, ex-envoy to Pak 
Rampur: Mohammad Faheem Ansari, an Indian national who was alleged to be a member of Lashkar-e-Taiba, who was recently acquitted in the 2008 Mumbai attacks case, and is now being tried for his role in 2007 attack on CRPF camp in Rampur, visited Pakistan and obtained a passport there on fake papers, Manpreet Singh Vohra, then ambassador to Pakistan, told the court of additional district and sessions judge here.Vohra, who is now ambassador to Afghanistan, said he obtained this information with officials in Pakistan at that time. Public Prosecutor Dalwinder Singh told the court that Pakistan's ISI had helped Ansari get the passport.According to Singh, after the Mumbai attack, both India and Pakistan govt s had exchanged the information through dossiers where it was revealed that Faheem Ansari had managed to get the Pakistani passport on fake identities. Ansari had been earlier accused of conducting reconnaissance for the Mumbai attacks of 2008 but was subsequently acquitted of those charges.According to Dalwinder Singh, all CRPF camp attack accused — Imran Shahzad, Mohammad Farooq (both Pakistan nationals) Shahabuddin alias Saba, Jang Bahadur, Mohammad Sharief, Gulab Khan, Mohammad Quasar and Faheem Ansari - were produced before the trial court under tight security. The hearing was carried out and the defence counsels appearing for the accuseds were also allowed to cross examine Manpreet Vohra. The next hearing of the case is on Jan.16.TOI
Case of calling terrorist to prisoner: No further direction needed in matter involving media: MP HC bench
In the matter related to petitioner claiming relief before the court to direct the respondents President, Press Council of India to direct all electronic media and print media to restrain them to call terrorist to any prisoners till he has been declared/convicted by the competent court of law in the interest of justice, the division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising of Acting Chief Justice, Rajendra Menon and Justice, Anjuli Palo has said that it sees no reason to give any further direction into the matter for causing an inquiry into the matter, as the inquiry has already been conducted under the Inquiry of Commission Act. Accordingly, with the aforesaid observations and directions, this petition stands disposed off. The division bench heard the petition filed by Shamshul Hasan from Bhopal against Secretary, Dept. of Telecommunication, New Delhi, President, PCI and NHRC. The Hitavada     
Berth dilemma for Abdul Bari Siddiqui - Deprived minister ready to give up seat for cricket post
Patna: Being deprived of a key department has spurred Bihar finance minister Abdul Bari Siddiqui to profess his preference for cricket should it come to making a choice between being an administrator of the sport or a politician, sources in RJD said.Siddiqui, who heads the Bihar Cricket Association, had made his preference clear almost three months ago that he would like to stick to cricket and give up his ministerial berth once the R.M. Lodha Committee report is implemented. He has now left it to the party to make the decision for him. "I still hold the same view. But it is my political party (RJD) which has made me what I am. So I leave it to them," Siddiqui told The Telegraph a day after the Supreme Court removed Indian cricket board (BCCI) president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke for failing to implement administrative reforms within the body.Siddiqui welcomed the decision and said the apex court should also fix an age limit for contesting elections for politicians also.RJD sources said Siddiqui's preference for cricket is understandable. telegraphindia
No entry for non-Hindus in temple against Sanatana Dharma: RSS leader Indresh Kumar
 A prominent RSS leader today said it was against the true spirit of 'Sanatana Dharma' to prevent non-Hindus from entering temple in Kerala. "Everyone is equal before the God,'' RSS National Executive member Indresh Kumar told UNI here today. The RSS leader, who was in the city to attend a function at the Major Archbishop House in Pattom, said opposing the entry of non-Hindus to temples was just like restricting them to understand their own culture and tradition.  UNI
Hindi links to ministry's portal, Urdu misses from Modi govt's 'trilingual' Haj website
Mumbai: Launched with much fanfare, Modi govt's 'trilingual' Haj website does not have the Urdu pages whereas the link to supposedly Hindi section takes visitors to Ministry of Minority Affairs regular portal though well designed English pages are online and accessible to the visitors. ummid
VHP activists in Bhopal tried to stop a Hindu wedding because groom played guitar at a church event
VHP  is not a big fan of inter-religious marriage. And they have left no stones unturned to prove that time and again. However, this time, a bunch of VHP activists in Bhopal are opposing a marriage where both the bride and the groom claim to be Hindu.The reason? They believe that 28-year-old Vishal Mitra is a Christian and 27-year-old Ritu Dubey have "mentally converted to Christianity".They apparently have solid reasons for these beliefs too.In 2013, Vishal had played guitar at an event in a church in Bhopal. Therefore, according to their logic, he follows Christianity. Meanwhile, Ritu has reportedly stopped wearing bindi and refused to pray to Hindu Gods since she met Vishal. So, she has shown signs of being "mentally converted to Christianity". huffingtonpost
Ranchi University to make moral science mandatory to stop violence in the campus
Ranchi: In a bid to check growing violence and disrespectful behaviour among college students, Ranchi University (RU) has decided to include moral science lessons and classes on manners for its more than 2.5 lakh students.The varsity has prepared a proposal to make moral science and etiquettes a part of the curriculum for all students and will submit it to Jharkhand governor Droupadi Murmu, RU vice chancellor Ramesh Pandey said. HT
Science Honour for ‘Partisan’ Hyderabad University VC Charged With Plagiarism Triggers Row
Appa Rao Podile, V-C of the University of Hyderabad, has been felicitated with a Millennium Plaque of Honour at the ongoing Indian Science Congress in Tirupati. On the first da of what has already become a well-attended event, Appa Rao received the award from PM Narendra Modi. Millennium Plaques of Honour have been awarded to two scientists by the Indian Science Congress Association every year since 2003 for eminent work, though its current name was assumed in 2005. Deccan Chronicle reported Dontha Prasanth, a member of the university’s Ambedkar Students’ Association, as saying, “BJP has rewarded him by overlooking several eminent scholars. This was clearly done to suppress Dalit students on the campus.”News18 spoke to a student who had been suspended along with Vemula, who said, “He is just not a plagiarist but also a criminal accused under SC/ST atrocities act.”In 2016, the office of Appa Rao – as V-C of a state university – was rocked by the suicide of Rohith Vemula, exacerbated by Appa Rao’s clumsy handling of the student protests that followed. The Wire also reported that he had plagiarised in many of his research papers, for which he admitted responsibility. the wire
PM Modi gives award to Hyderabad univ V-C embroiled in Rohith Vemula row
10 of a Muslim family hacked to death in Amethi
Amethi: A man allegedly hacked to death 10 of his family members and then committed suicide in Mahona locality of Amethi, police said on Tuesday.45-year-old Jamaluddin first fed pesticide to 12 family members and later hacked to death 10 of them. He then hanged himself, Superintendent of Police, Santosh Kumar Singh said.All the 11, including Jamaluddin, died on the spot.His wife, the lone survivor, has been admitted to a hospital in Jagdishpur.Ppolice are waiting for her to regain consciousness to ask her about the sequence of events.TOI
National Conference MLC sparks controversy, describes Burhan Wani as ‘martyr’
Jammu:In yet another controversy after insult to national anthem, National Conference MLC Shauqat Hussain Ganai described in the Legislative Council the Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani as a “martyr”, triggering protests from the ruling PDP and BJP. During a debate on Kashmir situation, Ganai said Burhan was a “martyr” and that he had “given up his life for the cause of J&K ”.His remark drew protests from BJP and PDP members. PDP member Firdos Tak said such words should not be spoken on the floor of House. However, Ganai stood by his remarks and added, “Kashmir is political problem and youth have taken to guns.”PTI

Maharashtra: Muslims ask govt to clarify stand on quota
Aurangabad: Muslim organizations on Tuesday said that BJP-led govt  in Maharashtra should clear its stand on reservation for its community members.Stating that the govt  has already cleared its stand on reservation for the Marathas considering political equations, the organizations alleged that ruling parties were deliberately silent on the demand for reservation to Muslims.To press its demand for 15% reservation in jobs and education, Muslim organizations have announced a silent march in the city on Jan.6.TOI
Telangana: Muslim quota Bill set to land in Centre court
Hyderabad: The stage is set to introduce and pass the Muslim Reservation Bill in the current Assembly session. The newly appointed Backward Class Commission has been asked to submit its report to the CM  within the next few days.According to sources, CM  K. Chandrasekhar Rao has decided to introduce and pass the Muslim Bill before the end of the current session i.e. Jan.11. DECCAN CHRONICLE.
CBI files charge sheet against Teesta Setalvad, husband for FCRA violations
CBI has filed a chargesheet against social activist Teesta Setalvad, her husband Javed Anand and a company run by them for alleged violation of foreign funding rules.  The charge sheet, which has listed the firm Sabrang Communications and Publishing Private Limited and a man named Sushma Raman, was filed on Saturday in a court in Mumbai,CBI spokesperson RK Gaur said today. The probe agency had in July 2015 registered a case against Setalvad, who was at the forefront of campaign for 2002 Gujarat riot victims, and others for alleged violation of FCRA in receiving funds from abroad without taking prior permission from the Home Ministry. india tv news
JNU Executive Council approves UGC notification on Entrance Exam amid students, teachers protest
JNU Executive Council (EC) has approved UGC notification making entrance exam to research courses including MPhil and Ph.D. as mere “qualifying” tests, even as sections of students and teachers protested the decision.UGC notification was passed earlier, on Dec.26, by Academic Council of JNU, in its meeting which was allegedly “disrupted” by students resulting in the suspension of 9 of them by the university administration.EC meeting passed all the items on its agenda that were approved by the Academic Council, said a senior JNU official. JNUSU protested the passage of UGC notification by EC and the notice against its president Mohit Pandey. JNUSU as well as teachers association (JNUTA) held the protest outside EC meeting venue demanding re-convening of Academic Council meetings, held on Dec.23 nd 26, charging that rules were “not followed” in passing notifications. JNU administration has decided to form a committee which will give recommendations on the issue. TI
100% weightage to interview for admissions to mphil, phd: Amid protests, JNU clears all items on its agenda
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400,000 Yemeni babies missing in Israel
Israel last week made public a database of 400,000 Jewish Yemeni children that have disappeared since the 1950s, Times of Israel reported.When mass migration from different parts of the world into Israel began in the 1950s, there were many cases of babies being kidnapped from hospitals and refugee camps. This was especially common amongst Yemeni Jews. Babies were usually put up for adoption either inside Israel or abroad.Israeli authorities usually refused to investigate further and dismissed the cases. It was very common that the Israeli authorities would claim the kidnapped babies died in the hospital and close the case. Middle east monitor
Israel soldier Elor Azaria found guilty of manslaughter
A military court has found an Israeli soldier guilty of manslaughter over the killing of a wounded Palestinian last year.The court convened at the defence ministry building in Tel Aviv on Wednesday to issue the verdict in the high-profile case that raised questions over rules of engagement towards perceived threats by Palestinians.A judge read out the court's decision for more than two hours before announcing the verdict. The soldier, 20-year-old Elor Azaria, could now face a maximum 20 years in prison.The March 24 shooting of Abed al-Fattah al-Sharif, 21, as he lay overpowered on the ground was filmed by activists from the Israeli B'Tselem human rights group.The judges went through every shred of evidence the defence put through for Azaria, the 20-year-old who maintained throughout the trial that he is innocent as charged.In the video, a combat medic, later identified as Azaria, raises and aims his rifle, then a shot is heard. The Palestinian's head jolts, and he suddenly has what seems to be a fresh head wound.
Turkey to Iran: Stop Syria truce violations
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu called on Iran to exert pressure on Shia-backed militias and the Syrian regime of President Bashar Al-Assad to stop violating a ceasefire in Syria, warning it was putting planned peace talks in peril. Turkey is working with Russia on the question of sanctions for those who violate the ceasefire deal, which was brokered by Ankara and Moscow, Cavusoglu said in a televised interview with the state-run Anadolu news agency.
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UN: Almost 7,000 Iraqi civilians killed in 2016
Almost 7,000 Iraqi civilians have been killed throughout 2016 as a result of continued violence and turmoil in the war-ravaged country, the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) said yesterday.UNAMI revealed that their data showed that at least 6,878 civilians had been killed last year, and stressed that their figure was “to be considered as the absolute minimum” as they could not acquire reliable civilian death figures in conflict areas around the country.Since 17 Oct.2016, the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), allied Kurdish Peshmerga and Shia jihadists have been engaged in a US-backed offensive to dislodge the Daesh militant group from the northern city of Mosul.Apart from the Mosul offensive, the ISF has been engaged in military operations against Daesh since 2014, fighting in over a third of Iraq’s 18 provinces, including the expansive western Anbar desert, Iraq’s largest province dominated by the Sunni Arabs.Due to persisting instability and insecurity even after Daesh was expelled from all of Anbar’s main towns and cities, UNAMI has stated that their civilian casualty figures also do not include any data for four months of 2016, including December. Iraqi civilians have often borne the brunt of fighting between US and Iran-backed govt forces and militant groups, particularly Daesh.
UN: At least 6,878 civilians killed in Iraq in 2016
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Philippines: Armed men free more than 150 in jailbreak
More than 100 suspected Muslim rebels have stormed a jail in the southern Philippines, killing a guard and allowing 158 inmates to escape, officials said.Six of the inmates were killed in firefights with pursuing police and army troops, while eight others have been caught and were being returned to the facility, said Senior Inspector Xavier Solda, spokesman for the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology.Initial reports suggested that the gunmen responsible for Wednesday's jailbreak were linked to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), officials said. aljazeera
Myanmar commission’s report on Rakhine ‘flawed’: HRW
Yangon: Human Rights Watch (HRW) has slammed an investigation commission appointed by Myanmar’s govt  for claiming that most reports accusing security forces of rights abuses against Rohingya Muslims are “fabricated”.After the commission submitted an interim report Wednesday on its findings related to fatal Oct. 9 attacks on police in troubled Rakhine State and a subsequent military crackdown, HRW called it “methodologically flawed” and “a classic example of pre-baked political conclusions”. Anadolu agency
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