05 February 2017

05 Feb.ND: Govt may take major step to ban triple talaq after assembly polls: Union minister/Malegaon blasts accused Ramesh Upadhyay permitted to go to UP for a month for campaigning

05 Feb.2017: 07 Jamadiul Awwal 1438: Vol:8, No:108
Govt may take major step to ban triple talaq after assembly polls: Union minister
Lucknow: Centre is likely to take "a major step" to ban triple talaq after the ongoing assembly polls, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said and dared SP, Congress and BSP to make their stand clear on the contentious issue. Insisting that the issue is not related to religion but involves respect and dignity of women, he said the government "respects faith but worship and social evil cannot co-exist".He said the tradition of triple talaq denies respect for women and the central govt is committed to end the "evil social practice". "Govt may take a major step to ban triple talaq after the UP Assembly polls," he said while addressing a press conference in Ghaziabad.Asserting that "every pernicious practice" cannot be part of a religion, the minister, who is a lawyer himself, said the Centre would raise the issue in the Supreme Court on three points -- justice, equality and dignity of women."We are the only party which respects women. Neither do other parties offer a good place to women nor do they respect them," said Prasad, a senior BJP leader."Govt respects faith but worship and social evil cannot co-exist," he said.He said, "I want Akhilesh Yadav, Rahul Gandhi and Mayawati to clarify their stand on the issue of triple talaq. Our (BJP's) stand is very clear. The issue is not related to religion but involves respect and dignity of women."PTI
Centre may ban triple talaq after UP polls: minister
After UP elections, BJP aiming to ban triple talaq
Smriti Irani questions SP, Congress on Triple Talaq
Union Minister Smirti Irani on Saturday questioned Samajwadi Party and Congress to debate on triple talaq. She asked UP CM Akhilesh Yadav and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi to come together and discuss the issue."We all agree on women's respect and all of us should come up and discuss triple talaq. We should not talk about it only when seem convenient but always," said Irani. Union Minister also asked Akhilesh's wife Dimple Yadav and Rahul's sister Priyanka Gandhi to share their views on triple talaq.Times Now
Malegaon blasts accused Ramesh Upadhyay permitted to go to UP for a month for campaigning
Mumbai:A special court has given interim permission to retired Major Ramesh Upadhyay, an accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case, to travel to UP  to fight the upcoming elections. Upadhyay was allowed to contest the polls last month after he expressed his desire to stand from Bairia constituency in his native town Ballia in eastern UP as an independent candidate. Upadhyay had sought permission from the special NIA court to be allowed to travel to UP for a month for campaigning. Special Judge SD Tekale has allowed Upadhyay to travel from Feb. 6 to March 6 along with a police escort party. Upadhyay will have to bear the cost of the escort party team, the court said. Special public prosecutor Avinash Rasal said the court had also set other conditions for his release, including informing the court about where he would stay in UP and details about the people he would live with. indianexpress
Malegaon blast accused granted bail to campaign in polls
Ulema & Mashaikh Board to rally in support of Mayawati in western UP
Lucknow:All India Ulema and Mashaikh Board, a body representing Indian Sunni Muslims, scholars and clerics has decided to hold public meetings in all districts of UP  to align minorities in favour of Mayawati-led BSP ahead of UP assembly elections. AIUMB president Syed Mohammad Ashraf Kichhouchhwi said, "In the first such meeting in Sambhal road area of Moradabad on Sunday, we will seek people's support for BSP." AIUMB happens to be a representative body comprising 'Sajjada Nasheen' (patrons-in-chief) of dargahs, imams of masjids. According to their website, board advocates rejection of radical Islam. Support to BSP comes at a time when Mayawati is stepping up her Muslim outreach in western UP and spreading it across the state ahead of the crucial assembly polls. Kichhouchhwi said the board was disappointed in the ruling Samajwadi Party for not fulfilling promises it made to the community in 2012. "I was one of the few Muslim clerics who got points like reservations for Muslim, Dargah act and inclusion of Urdu in PCS(J) examination, incorporated in SP's manifesto in 2012 assembly elections. We pursued the state govt  but to no avail and now, the party has removed the points from its current manifesto," he said, adding that the community had been at the receiving end because of poor law and order in the state. The cleric said in Mayawati's regime law and order situation was robust.The board does not have much influence in communally sensitive West UP where Mayawati eyes a strong Dalit-Muslim combine to help her come back to power. Member of Central Haj Committee, Arshad Mian, however, said board may not have presence in Saharanpur where Darul Uloom Deoband is situated, or in Meerut, Baghpat and Bulandshahr but it set up has offices in almost all districts from Agra and to Gorakhpur in the east.TOI
If you don’t vote, you have no right to blame govt: SC to activist
http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/if-you-don-t-vote-you-have-no-right-to-blame-govt -says-sc/story-1x94nFr2CwUFjUiclIhLcM.html
New Delhi:If you don’t vote, then you have no right to question or blame the govt, the Supreme Court has observed.The candid admission of an activist seeking a blanket order to remove encroachments in the country and saying he has never cast his vote, did not go down well with the SC leading it to make the observation. Observing that the court cannot pass a sweeping order on encroachments in a matter involving all states, the bench headed by chief justice JS Khehar said, “One can’t blame the govt  for everything. If a person does not cast his vote, then he has no right to question govt.”The bench, which also comprised justices NV Ramana and DY Chandrachud, said it was not possible for it to look into encroachments sitting in Delhi and asked the petitioner to approach different high courts wherever he saw such encroachments on roads or pavements.PTI
Sasikala to be Tamil Nadu CM, Panneerselvam resigns
Chennai: VK Sasikala - longtime companion of J Jayalalithaa who became the party chief after her death - has been elected the chief of AIADMK's legislature party, clearing the decks for her takeover as the CM of Tamil Nadu. O Panneerselvam, the current incumbent of the post who proposed her name at the party's internal meeting this afternoon, announced his resignation soon after. Sources said Ms Sasikala may take oath tonight or tomorrow, depending on the availability of Governor C Vidyasagar Rao, who is in Maharashtra.NDTV
100% penalty for cash transactions over ₹3 lakh from 1 April: Revenue Secretary Adhia
New Delhi : In a bid to check generation of black money, a steep penalty awaits those accepting cash in excess of ₹3 lakh, beginning April 1, to settle any transaction.A ban on cash transaction of more than ₹3 lakh has been proposed in the Budget for 2017-18. Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia said the penalty for doing cash transaction will be steep and the receiver will have to pay an amount equivalent to the cash received. “Supposing you do a transaction of ₹4 lakh in cash, then the penalty would be ₹4 lakh. If you do a transaction of ₹50 lakh, penalty would be ₹50 lakh,” he said, adding that the penalty will be levied on the receiver.So, if someone buys an expensive watch for cash, it is the shopkeeper who will have to pay the tax, he said, adding that the provision is to deter people from doing large cash transactions.People with large sum of unaccounted money usually spend it on holidaying or buying luxury items like cars, watches and jewellery. The new cash curbs will mean that such spending avenues are curtailed, disincentivising people from generating black money. Adhia said that the previously notified rule of quoting PAN for any cash transaction above ₹2 lakh stays. However, the restrictions will not apply to the govt , any banking company, post office savings bank or co-operative bank.PTI
Gujarat HC paves way for quick divorces as woman asks court to consider ‘consensual’ triple talaaq as divorce
Gujarat high court has asked a family court to decide expeditiously the application of a Muslim woman who wanted a formal divorce deed saying that her husband had given her ‘triple talaaq’.While the couple opted for triple talaaq consensually, the lower court denied a deed of divorce to the applicant Rashidaben Rassiwala under the Civil Procedure Code, saying this kind of talaaq was not legally valid.Justice Sonia Gokani quashed family court’s order and directed it to decide the application afresh in eight weeks.Rashidaben married Abbas Latiwala in 2002. From 2010 they began to live separately, with Abbas marrying another woman.In 2015, Rashidaben filed a suit for a deed of divorce to formalise the ‘triple talaq’ given by her husband. Abbas endorsed her claim that they were divorced by mutual consent, using the triple talaaq procedure under the Sharia law.The family court, however, rejected the application saying the ‘triple talaaq’ had no legal validity, and she had not furnished a clear proof of divorce. Rashidaben then moved the HC, which in its order on Jan.25 set aside the family court’s order.“The petitioner lady is educated and is working as a teacher. The husband has already remarried after they separated. There is no dispute with regard to the fact that word ‘talaq’ has been thrice uttered,” the HC said, also noting that it had spoken to the couple to ascertain their wishes.“They both needed this decree for the purpose of preparation of official documents. In absence of any provision like section 13-B of Hindu Marriage Act when decree by mutual consent is permissible...they adopted this (course of action),” HC observed.The woman's advocate Aliasghar Zabuawala said, "With this judgment, Muslims can also avail of speedy court processes, otherwise they have to wait for years together to get a divorce decree, without which people are handicapped in applying for govt  documents."PTI /TOI
HC paves way for quick divorces in triple talaq cases
Rajasthan human rights panel turns to people for views on live-in relationships
Rajasthan state human rights commission chairperson Justice Prakash Tatia on Saturday sought public views on the rights of women and children under live-in relationships.He has allocated two months for receiving the views and suggestions of the people on the issue.“I believe that this was an important issue affecting the society and opportunity should be given to the people to provide their suggestions and opinions on this issue,” he said.Suggestions and opinions can be submitted either on the commission’s website or send by post to its Jaipur office. The panel will proceed with a detailed report on the basis of these suggestions and submit the same to the central govt to help it in policy decisions or formation of a law.PTI
We are enforcing law: Delhi Police to HC on PIL seeking decriminalisation of beef consumption
New Delhi:The police are merely a law enforcing agency having nothing to do with the constitutional validity of any statutory provision, the city police has told the Delhi High Court hearing a PIL seeking decriminalisation of beef consumption in the national capital. The Delhi Agricultural Cattle Preservation Act provisions prohibit slaughter, transport or export and consumption of cattle meat and beef and provide punishment for a term which may extend to five years and fine up to Rs 10,000.“We (Delhi Police) are a law enforcing agency and we do not deal with the constitutionality of the provision under challenge before this court,” the counsel for the police told a bench headed by Chief Justice G Rohini while responding to the plea seeking decriminalisation of beef consumption in New Delhi. The court was hearing the plea by a law student and an NGO seeking setting aside of the provisions of the Delhi Act which criminalise possession and consumption of beef. Meanwhile, Delhi govt has sought time to respond to the plea by May 8, the next date of hearing.The plea claimed that the provisions of the Act were “a case of legislative over-reach”. It has contended that “prohibition on possession and consumption of beef per se as under the Act is in violation of the fundamental rights of the petitioners and other similarly situated persons, as it infringes on their personal liberty” and causes “hostile discrimination having no nexus with the objects of the Act”.“ Right to eat the food of one’s choice is an integral part of the Right to Life and Liberty,” PIL said,adding that Constitution “mandates state not to make law towards enforcement of a particular religious practice”.PTI
‘India, with 180million Muslims,has produced almost no jihadisMuslims here see stake in political system’
Bernard Haykel, professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University and a leading expert on the Middle East and Islamic political movements, interprets the developments.  Haykel warns against the rise of xenophobic nationalism in Europe, dismisses America’s “monocausal” theory for the rise of global jihad, argues terrorism is not an “existential threat”, and says countries are looking at President Trump to support them against their regional enemy. In an interview with Indian Express journalists, Professor Haykel said, “You have 180 million Muslims in India which is the second largest population of Muslims in the world after Indonesia. And yet, statistically speaking, you have produced almost no jihadis — I am talking about global jihadis — and that begs an explanation. Maybe one answer is that Indians outside of Kashmir feel that they have a stake in the political system, that even though they are discriminated against and don’t feel that they get enough share of the pie, they nonetheless are engaged in it and, therefore, don’t feel the need to become radical, unlike Muslims maybe in other countries whose frustration can only be addressed through violence. The other interesting thing about the Indian Muslims is that they haven’t joined the fighting in Kashmir.”
If a Muslim speaks against BJP, he is terrorist; if a Hindu does it, he is a Naxal: Dr Suresh Khairnar
New Delhi: Social and human rights activist, Dr Suresh Khairnar on Saturday criticized Modi govt of polarizing different communities and choking freedom of speech in the country.He was speaking at the NCHRO Mukundan C Menon Award – 2016 which was conferred to him for his active involvement in social and human rights related issues.Dr Suresh in his address said, “If a Muslim speaks against BJP, he/she is tagged as terrorist and if a Hindu speaks against them, he is called a naxalite. How activists and intellectuals who hold contrary views to the ruling party are treated, we all are aware of that,” Dr. Khairnar said. Further, he shared his experience about his visit to Kashmir. He castigated Govt  of perpetrating atrocities on people in the valley and called for proactive role of civil societies.The award was given by Kuldip Nayar, veteran journalist & writer in an elegant function organized by NCHRO at Indian Law Institute, near Supreme Court of India, India.TwoCircles
 ‘How many times in a day should I prove my patriotism?’ Kerala delegate’s refusal to stand up for National Anthem
Bengaluru: A delegate from Kerala was evacuated from a cinema hall on Saturday night for refusing to stand up when the National Anthem was played at one of the shows of the ongoing 9th edition of Bengaluru International Film Festival (BIFFES).There was commotion for some time because of the heated argument between the delegate and organisers.The delegate refused to stand up when the National Anthem was played during the screening of Train Driver’s Diary by Serbia’s Milos Radovic. The screening commenced an hour late when organisers succeeded in sending the delegate out of the hall, acceding to the objections raised by some in the audience. According to eye witnesses, the delegate had said that he had stood up for National Anthem before every show since the morning. “I have stood up 4 times for the anthem so far and cannot stand again one more time. How many times in a day does an Indian have to prove his patriotism? Is patriotism a thing of exhibition?” he had argued. According to sources, a journalist and writer also refused to stand up when the National Anthem was played on Saturday during one of the shows. But that did not lead to any arguments. Thehindu
CIC asks PMO to furnish historical details about national anthem, song
New Delhi: Central Information Commission has directed the PMO to “initiate fresh efforts” to find out the historical facts about the national anthem and national song after the latter refused to answer an RTI query on the same, claiming that the information did not pertain to it. The query was filed by Harinder Dhingra who wanted the PMO to “certify if ‘Jana Gana Mana’ was the national anthem and ‘Vande Mataram’ the national song, besides completing the file noting on declaration of Rabindranath Tagore’s poem as the national anthem.”PTI
All minorities in India should unite: Radhika Vemula
Kochi: Communists, Dalits, Adivasis and Muslims should join hands to counter attacks against the marginalised sections of society, said Radhika Vemula, mother of Rohith Vemula, the JNU student who committed suicide last year.Addressing a seminar on ‘Discrimination and Disparity in India’, at the 10th national conference of DYFI here on Saturday, she deplored the alleged attacks on Dalits and Muslims by the SFI.“The ostracism being faced by autorickshaw driver Chitralekha, a Dalit woman from northern Kerala, from her male counterparts is continuing. It is sad that Dalits and Adivasis are still fighting for land in Kerala,” she said.“An Adivasi leader who was once a powerful and progressive voice, has been forced to join the BJP,” she said, referring to C K Janu, but without mentioning her name. She alleged the Left parties did not support the Dalit leaders and campaign for them in elections in various universities, including JNU, and called for an open discussion to settle the differences.“Being Ambedkarites, we follow the Communist principle of fighting against inequality. Dalit movements are different from Muslim movements, which differ from women’s movements, and all these movements are different from Communist movements. If these forces combine, nobody could even think of challenging equality, liberty and fraternity in India,” she said. newindianexpress
Unite against fascist forces: Radhika Vemula
Despite admission policy roll-back, JNU students continue indefinite strike
Delhi: Members of the JNUSU continued with their indefinite hunger strike on Saturday, a day after the varsity’s steering committee said it was going back to its old rules for admission for MPhil and PhD.Members of JNUSU, on the fifth day of their hunger strike on Saturday, claimed that the change in admission rules was released as a press note without proper deliberation and approval by members, as per protocol.They added that they will continue to fight the UGC gazette notification that proposed seat cuts and gave 100% weightage to viva voce under a new set of admission rules.On Saturday, JNUSU president Mohit K Pandey and general secretary Satarupa Chakraborty said that students’ body also concerned about the fact that the new admission guidelines do not mention anything about the relaxation of 50% in entrance exams for people who are eligible for reserved quotas. HT
JNU professor Nivedita Menon gets backing
After a university in Jodhpur filed a police complaint against JNU professor Nivedita Menon over her alleged remarks against Indian Army and on Kashmir, Menon Saturday said her lecture was “utterly patriotic” as it was “anti-RSS and anti-Hindutva”. She also got support from teachers and students who said she was attacked for “standing up against right-wing forces”.JNU professor Rajat Dutta, said, “She is the latest among a long list of women scholars, activists and thinkers who have been attacked for their opposition to the govt.” Professor Ayesha Kidwai said, “As a friend and colleague, I am distraught and frustrated…” indianexpress
'My lecture was anti-RSS and anti-Hindutva. Therefore, I hold it was in fact utterly patriotic...':Menon
AMU Court recommends 3 names for new VC
Aligarh: A special meeting of the AMU Court, the supreme governing body of the Aligarh Muslim University, has recommended a panel of three names to the President of India, in his capacity as Visitor of the University, for the appointment of next V-C.The meeting of the Court recommended Professor Tariq Mansoor, Principal and CMS, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College and Hospital; Dr Abusaleh Shariff, Executive Director and Chief Scholar, US-India Policy Institute, Washington and Dr Shahid Jameel, CEO, Welcome Trust and DBT India Alliance. Prof Tariq Mansoor secured 94 votes, Dr Abusaleh Shariff secured 90 votes and Dr Shahid Jameel secured 86 votes while Prof Javaid Akhter, AMU Registrar secured 84 votes and Prof Mazahir Kidwai, VC of IIMT University, Meerut secured 36 votes. A total of 130 votes were polled by AMU Court Members.TCN
AMU Court recommends panel of 3 names for new VC
Govt clueless about Sadhvi Pragya transfer to Mumbai
Mumbai : Even after being acquitted from the Sunil Joshi murder case, the process to transfer the Hindu right wing terrorist Sadhvi Pragya to Mumbai for the pending trial of 2008 Malegaon blast case, is yet to begin.Sadhvi, the prime accused in the Malegaon blast case, was acquitted on Wednesday from the murder of RSS leader Sunil Joshi. She is currently admitted in a hospital in Bhopal due to poor health.NIA has been pulled up during the bail application by the Mumbai Sessions court for failing to produce evidence against her. Earlier, advocate Rohini Salian had also accused the NIA of pressurising her to go slow on the Hindu accused in the case. The indicators are more than evident that the investigating agencies have failed to bring Sadhvi to jail in Mumbai. freepressjournal
Terror conspiracy case: Accused held after 14 years
Gujarat ATS today nabbed a person allegedly involved in hatching a conspiracy to spread terror in the state to avenge attacks on Muslims during the 2002 post-Godhra riots.Based on a specific tip off, a team of the squad officials nabbed one Javed Chauhan (38) from a village in Chhota Udepur district, an ATS release said.Chauhan, accused of supplying arms to spread terror, was on the run for the last 14 years after he was named as one of the accused in that case, registered by City Crime Branch in November 2003, it said.PTI
NSG ignored plea to rescue 2 guards during Pathankot attack: Air force officer
New Delh:NSG “didn’t pay heed” to pleas for rescuing defence guards under fire from gunmen during last year’s Pathankot airbase attack, an air force officer’s statement to the NIA has revealed.“I heard an RT (radio transmission on a wireless set) in which some DSC (defence security corps) personnel was yelling ‘one is dead and two are wounded, please somebody come (to) evacuate us, else we would die.”I then asked Brigadier (Gautam) Ganguly (NSG officer leading the commando team) to get one team prepared for rescue to which he didn’t paid (sic) heed to,” said the officer, wing commander Abhijit Sarin, who was asked to guide the NSG team sent to neutralise the attackers.DSC is under the administrative control of the defence ministry and guards installations under it.HT
Religious leaders, especially the Muslims play major role in promoting harmony: Dalai Lama
New Delhi: Religious leaders in India, especially the Muslims, have a major role in promoting religious harmony, Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama said on Saturday. “Indian religious leaders, especially the leaders of Muslim community, have a major role in promoting religious harmony,” elderly Buddhist monk said while addressing over 400 Indian students and scholars at a teaching session organised by Vidyaloke here. He said in India, concepts such as ‘ahimsa’ have existed for more than 3000 years. “It’s time for Indians to activate these principles for the benefit of the entire human family.” “Indians should take more active role in promotion of inner values, as it is a part of the ancient Indian tradition,”he said.IANS
Info. panel: Come clean on Mecca Masjid firing report
Hyderabad: State Information Commission has directed the Telangana govt  to come clean on the status of the report which the V Bhaskarao Rao Commission had filed in connection with the police firing in the aftermath of the Mecca Masjid blast.The commission was dealing with an appeal filed by Right to Information activist S Q Masood who had sought documents such as the terms of reference of the commission, a copy of the report and in case this is not possible, a physical inspection of the documents. In its order, the commission noted that the respondent —General Administration (Law and Order) Department — had not sent its representative to a hearing. TOI
Jamaat-e-Islami Hind urges Modi govt to set up Equal Opportunities Commission
New Delhi: PM Narendra Modi‘s slogan Sab Ka Saath Sab Ka Vikas cannot be implemented on the ground in letter and spirit without a robust statutory mechanism to prevent deep-rooted discrimination and ensure equal opportunities to all. In the wake of the latest report of Delhi Minorities Commission on actual representation of minorities in govt departments, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind has demanded the BJP-led NDA govt  of PM Modi to set up Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) whose draft was approved by the Cabinet of Congress-led UPA govt  in Feb 2014.In its annual report 2015-16, the Delhi Minorities Commission has revealed that the representation of minorities is very small in almost all departments of Delhi.  Commenting on the report, Nusrat Ali, Vice President of Jamaat said the negligible presence of minorities is not only in Delhi govt  departments but in every field in every state across the country.“This (imbalance) is not just true for Delhi but it is fact that at ground level across the country, the representation of minorities is very less in every field from politics to education and other areas,”he said and stressed that Equal Opportunities Commission, a recommendation made by Sachar Committee in 2006, could be a remedy.“Sachar Committee recommended that an Equal Opportunity Commission should be formed.So that minorities get representation in various departments according to their population. We have also been demanding for this commission since then,”said Ali while interacting with media here on Saturday.Jamaat demanded that the bill should be presented in Parliament and passed, and only then minorities will be able to get their share.india tomorrow
Pakistan should conduct referendum to check if its citizens want to be part of India: Rajnath
Haridwar:Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said that a referendum must be conducted in Pakistan to check whether their citizens want to remain there or want to merge with India. Singh also asserted that Kashmir was always with India and will remain a part of it. “Now Pakistan wants referendum on Kashmir but one thing is clear that Kashmir was with India and will be with India and no power can change that. There should instead be a referendum in Pakistan, asking whether its people want to remain in the same country or want to merge with India,” he said while addressing a public rally in Haridwar.ANI
‘Kashmir a core dispute’: Nawaz Sharif asks India to end ‘bloodbath’
Islamabad:Upping the ante, PM  Nawaz Sharif on Sunday said Kashmir was the core dispute between India and Pakistan and the dream of peace and prosperity of the people of the region will remain elusive without resolving the issue.Describing Kashmir issue as an unfinished agenda of partition and the oldest dispute in the UN security council, Sharif said, “for the last seven decades India has denied the people of Kashmir the right to self-determination promised to them by the international community through numerous UN security council resolutions”. He was speaking on the occasion of Kashmir Solidarity Day. “The people of Pakistan join their Kashmiri brothers and sisters in observing Kashmir Solidarity Day today to reaffirm our moral, diplomatic and political support to the legitimate struggle of the Kashmiri people for their basic human rights, especially the right to self determination enshrined in the relevant UN Security Council resolutions,” Sharif said.PTI
Burhan Wani’s death a ‘turning point’ in Kashmir: Aziz
The killing of Burhan Wani was a “turning point” for Kashmir, Pakistan’s top diplomat Sartaj Aziz on Saturday claimed in as he termed the ensuing violence in the Valley an “indigenous youth-led movement” triggered by India’s “misguided efforts” to change the state’s demography.PTI
Kashmiris prisoners facing worst kind of ‘political vengeance’: J&K Jama’at
Srinagar: Jama’at-e-Islami J&K has said that Kashmiri youth were facing the “worst kind of political revenge for raising voice against human rights violations and youth with religious bent of mind are the main targets”.It also termed the continuous detention of Muslim Deeni Mahaz chief Dr Muhammad Qasim, who despite spending 24 years in prison has not been released, as a “glaring example of lawlessness”.Jama’at spokesperson Advocate Zahid Ali said, “To suppress the just voice of the people, the govt  machinery is utilised in a brutal way and such activists are taken into custody and implicated in baseless cases to make their release impossible. By tactical mechanisation, they are sentenced to various punishments by the courts. Hundreds of Kashmiri youth are languishing in local as well as outside state jails.”kashmirreader
Kerala Nadvathul Mujahideen leader resigns over differences in view on black magic: TOI report
Kozhikode: Giving a rude jolt to the unified Mujahid movement, A Asagar Ali, the organizing secretary of the Kerala Nadvathul Mujahideen (KNM) has relinquished the post.Sources said that Asgar Ali offered to step down after a section of the organisation blasted him in the social media following the publication of an article in Vichinthanam, the official organ of the KNM.Asgar Ali, a senior leader of Markazu Dawa faction, authored the article in collaboration with Abdul Rehman Salafi, an important figure in rival TP Abdulla Koya Madani group.The two groups had announced the merger at a public meeting held on December 20. There were allegations that the two groups hurriedly decided to merge without solving basic ideological issues. One of the issues that remained unaddressed was the question on 'Sihr' (black magic) on which there are divergent opinions within the Muslim community. Markazu Dawa faction held that the belief in 'Sihr' was a superstition that needs to be opposed but the rival group maintained that 'Sihr' will have an impact on human beings. Meanwhile, Wisdom Global Islamic Mission, another splinter group of Mujahids that was outside the purview of the merger, has intensified the campaign against the 'unity without ideology' of the two Mujahid groups.
US court rejects bid to immediately restore travel ban
A US appeals court in San Francisco has denied an emergency motion filed by the justice department to reinstate President Donald Trump's halted immigration ban. The decision from the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit means the ban will remain frozen throughout the weekend, and that a decision on a further request to restore the ban will be put off until at least Monday afternoon. The justice department filed an appeal on Saturday to reinstate an executive order barring citizens from seven mainly Muslim countries and temporarily banning refugees, even as travellers raced to enter the country while the ban was lifted. Appeal aimed to reverse a federal judge's Friday order that lifted the travel ban, warning the decision posed an immediate harm to the public. aljazeera
Appeals Court Rejects Justice Department Request to Immediately Reimpose Muslim Ban
Judge mocked by Trump for lifting 'Muslim ban' has fostered numerous immigrant children
Thousands protest in US, Europe over Trump travel ban
From London and Paris to New York and Washington, thousands of people took to the streets to protest US President Trump’s travel ban amid a fierce legal battle over the order.The biggest demonstration by far yesterday took place in the British capital, where an estimated 10,000 people turned out, chanting “Theresa May: Shame on You” to denounce the British PM’s support for the new US leader. Brandishing placards declaring “No to scapegoating Muslims” and “Socialism not Trumpism,” protesters marched from US embassy toward May’s Downing Street office.AFP
Trump’s top strategic adviser Bannon Described US Jews as 'Enablers' of Jihad: Israeli paper
In a proposal of a documentary on a purported Islamic plan to take over America, Steve Bannon, US President Donald Trump’s top strategic adviser, described the “American Jewish community” as among unwitting “enablers” of Jihad.Bannon, ex-banker who transitioned into a career as an ultranationalist propagandist, culminating in his becoming a top adviser to the Trump campaign, made several right-wing documentaries in the 2000s. The Washington Post reported Friday on a 2007 proposal for a documentary that was never made called “Islamic States of America.” It would be comprised of interviews of people who, like Bannon, believe that the threat posed to the West is broader than Islamist extremist terrorists, embracing an array of Muslim advocacy groups. Haaretz
Thousands rally in Tel Aviv against ‘racist’ Israeli state and home demolitions
Thousands rallied in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv on Saturday evening in protest of home demolitions targeting Palestinian citizens of Israel, with demonstrators calling the Israeli state’s demolition campaign “racist” and an act of “incitement” against Palestinian citizens.Protesters reportedly called on Israeli Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan to resign for “lying” to the Israeli public, saying they held him responsible for the killings that took place during a raid to evacuate the Negev region Bedouin community of Umm al-Hiran last month.Local math teacher in Umm al-Hiran Yacoub Abu al-Qian was shot dead on Jan.18th b police before Israeli authorities demolishes more than a dozen structures in the village, with authorities claiming he was carrying out a deliberate vehicular attack, in contradiction to numerous eyewitness reports and video evidence that attested his car spun out of control only after Israeli police opened fired on him.Some 5,000 Palestinian and Jewish citizens joined the march Saturday night, travelling from Jerusalem and across Israel to protest the demolitions and the Israeli state’s discriminatory policies against Palestinian citizens in general. middleeastmonitor
Protest in Austria over possible ban on full-face veil
Vienna: Nearly 1,000 people demonstrated in Vienna against the Austrian govt’s plans to bar people from wearing the Islamic full-face veil in public places. The march on Saturday, in which the protesters carried signs with slogans denouncing the proposed ban, proceeded through the centre of Vienna and ended in front of the square where the Foreign Ministry building is located, Efe news reports..IANS
Turkey 'detains hundreds' in major anti-ISIL operation
Turkish police have detained hundreds of suspected ISIL members in nationwide raids, according to state media, in the biggest roundup to target the armed group in Turkey.More than 400 suspects, most of them foreign nationals, were arrested during operations conducted in at least 18 provinces, Anadolu news agency reported on Sunday.At least 60 people were held in the capital, Ankara, while 150 were arrested in Sanliurfa in the southeast and a further 47 in the nearby city of Gaziantep close to the Syrian border. aljazeera
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