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Tuesday, 28 March 2017

27 March. 2017: 27 JamadiulAkhir 1438:Vol:8, No:151
Petitions against Muslim Personal Law not maintainable, Board files reply; SC likely to hear on March 30
Opposing PILs against triple talaq, All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) told the Supreme Court that the petitions filed against the Muslim Personal Law are not maintainable. In the latest reply filed before the apex court, the Muslim body has claimed that any order against triple talaq would be an infringement on their right to follow and profess any religion. "Protection guaranteed by Articles 14, 15 and 21 is intended to be available against the- Legislature and the Executive and not against private individuals," AIMPLB said, adding that "in the present case, the Petitioners are seeking judicial orders which are completely outside the purview of Article 32. Private Rights cannot be enforced against individual citizens under Article 32(1)."The board also contended that the petitions against the practice are based on an incorrect understanding of Muslim Personal Law."Present petitions are misconceived as they are based on incorrect understanding of the Muslim Personal law as followed by 4 schools of Sunni Persuasions, namely Hanafi, Shafi'i, Maliki and Hanbali," the board said.It said that changes in other countries must not be applied in Indian context. "It is important to note that changes in other countries, with a distinct socio- cultural and even legal back ground must not be applied in Indian context, without appreciating the distinct nature of the Indian society, as doing so shall not only destroy the democratic legislative process underlined in the Constitution of India but it shall also be great injustice to the followers of Islam in our nation," it said.  The next hearing in this case is likely to be on March 30."Article 25 of Constitution, guarantees freedom of conscience and freedom to profess, practice and propagate religion. Article 25 guarantees individual freedom of conscience subject to public order, morality and health and to the other provisions of the third part of Constitution. Article 26 of the Constitution grants freedom to every religious denomination or any section thereof to manage its own affairs “in matters of religion"," it said. indiatvnews
Petition against Muslim Law Board not maintainable, Board; SC likely to hear issue on March 30
SC asks Centre, J&K to sit and decide Muslim minority status
New Delhi: The Supreme Court has asked the Centre and the J&K  govt  to "sit together" and decide contentious issues including the question whether Muslims can be treated as minority in the state.A bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justices D Y Chandrachud and SK Kaul asked both the govt s to resolve the issue and submit a report to it within four weeks."This is a very very important issue. You both sit together and take a stand on it," the bench said.Last month, the apex court had imposed a cost of Rs 30,000 on it for not filing its reply to a PIL alleging that minority benefits are being enjoyed by majority Muslims in J&K .It had accorded a last opportunity to the Centre to file its reply, saying the matter is very important.The court had, however, allowed the counsel for the Centre to file the response after depositing the cost and had also noted that a fine of Rs 15,000 was also imposed last time also for the same reason.PTI
SC gives Centre 2 weeks time to consider alternatives to pellet guns in Kashmir
New Delhi:The Supreme Court has told the Union govt  that it had 2 weeks to consider alternatives to the use of pellet guns in J&K. The court also asked the govt  to devise ways which ensure that both the sides are protected.The apex court was hearing a plea filed by Kashmir High Court Bar Association (KHBA) which sought directions for use of pellet guns in the valley.The debate surrounding use of pellet guns grew in the wake of protests following killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani. Several people, including youngsters and children, were injured by pellets used by security forces. Some also lost their eyesight. Indian express
Move tabled in UK House against Pak occupation of Gilgit-Baltistan
London:A motion has been tabled in the UK Parliament condemning Pakistan’s “arbitrary” move to declare the strategic Gilgit-Baltistan region, bordering disputed Pakistan occupied Kashmir, as its fifth province.Bob Blackman, a Conservative Party MP, who regularly speaks out in support of the rights of Kashmiri Hindus in the House of Commons, tabled the Early Day Motion (EDM) titled ‘Annexation of Gilgit-Baltistan as by Pakistan as its fifth frontier’ on March 23.EDMs are formal motions tabled in the House of Commons as a means of drawing attention to a particular issue or cause.PTI
Aadhaar cannot be made mandatory for welfare schemes:sc
New Delhi: The Supreme Court has refused to grant an early hearing in the Aadhaar case. A bench headed by chief justice of India J.S. Khehar, however, observed that the govt  cannot deny benefits to citizens for not producing Aadhaar. “Aadhaar cannot be pressed for social welfare schemes by the govt ,” the court observed orally.Senior advocate Shyam Divan, appearing on behalf of petitioner K. Puttaswamy, sought listing of the case before a constitution bench that is supposed to look into whether Aadhaar violates a citizen’s right to privacy.livemint
Aadhar meant for tracking PDS, not prying into activities of others: Kapil Sibal in Rajya Sabha
New Delhi:Expressing displeasure over making Aadhar mandatory for filing tax returns and linking it to the PAN card, senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal, speaking in the Rajya Sabha on Monday, said the Govt  has violated the Supreme Court orders and has sought an explanation from Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over the issue. Saying that this would have “huge consequences”, Sibal claimed that Aadhar data can be hacked and be used to make bank transactions. “Banking transactions can be hacked, can track people using travel records, when the Pentagon can be hacked why can’t this be?” Sibal said. indianexpress
Yechury on Aadhar: If you want to make it compulsory, bring a bill, don’t use backdoor
New Delhi:Joining the opposition chorus against govt’s move to make Aadhar card mandatory, CPM general secretary and MP Sitaram Yechury said that Unique Identification scheme is leading to a surveillance state in the country and is impinging on the fundamental rights enshrined in the constitution. “I don’t have an Aadhaar card, if you want to make it compulsory, bring a bill. You have a govt  that doesn’t have the courage to come forward and say ‘I’m abolishing this Constitution’,” he said during a debate over The Finance Bill. indianexpress
As Aadhaar becomes mandatory for driving licences, hilarious #AadhaarMemes flood Twitter
No ban on cow slaughter in Northeast if party comes to power next year: BJP
Delhi: BJP clarified has that ban on cow slaughter would not be imposed in 3 Northeastern states which go to polls next year if the party comes to power.“Ban on cow slaughter like the one in UP won’t take effect in Nagaland if our party comes to power next year. The reality here is very different and our central leaders are aware of that,” Nagaland BJP chief Visasolie Lhoungu said.On the other hand,BJP’s Meghalaya unit general secretary David Kharsati issued a statement blaming “groups with vested interest” for spreading rumours.Meghalaya BJP chief Shibun Lyngdoh was quoted as saying by the Daily, “Even in UP, action is being taken on slaughter houses operating without proper license. While there would be no ban on cow slaughter, we would like the govt to ensure killing and sale of animals is done legally and in a hygienic manner.” And Mizoram's BJP president JV Hluna said, as per HT, “There would be no ban on cow slaughter in Mizoram and other states in the region where there is a majority Christian population.” Christian majority in Meghalaya, Mizoram and Nagaland widely consume beef. zee news
No beef ban if we come to power in poll-bound Northeast states, says BJP:HT
Rs 4,000 cr cumulative loss, 6.5 lakh jobs at stake: Adityanath's 'meat ban' rattles exporters: indiatvnews
New Delhi:The crackdown on illegal slaughter houses by the BJP govt  in UP  has left genuine meat traders in the state worried. While the govt  has maintained that its action is limited to those abattoirs running illegally in the state, the actions by the Yogi Adityanath-led govt  threaten to derail the revenue generated through meat exports as well as the employment of many in the unorganised sector, feel meat traders.With the govt  prioritizing illegal slaughter houses as their target, meat has virtually vanished off menus in small dhabas and restaurants across the state. Supply is hit and the scarcity of meat has left eateries with no other option but to shut shop temporarily and wait for the situation to improve or look for other business to earn a livelihood.The situation is alarming, claims the All India Meat and Livestock Exporters Association, adding that accumulated losses in the last two months since the BJP manifesto promised closure of illegal slaughterhouses runs into a staggering Rs 4,000 crore. The members of the trade body met Adityanath in the state capital and requested his intervention to safeguard legitimate business entities.
UP slaughterhouses: All you need to know about Rs 15,000-cr industry that employs 25 lakh people
UP abattoir drive sparks clashes, death
Lucknow: UP  cops' haste to enforce the stated and surmised elements of CM Yogi Adityanath's agenda has led to embarrassment, public discontent and mob violence, prompting the state police chief to try and rein in the eager beavers. Police tried to close half-a-dozen goat and buffalo slaughterhouses last evening at Basahiya village in Kushinagar, prompting a mob attack on their jeeps, teargas retaliation and eventual paramilitary deployment.Around the same time as the Kushinagar clash, a debate at a roadside eatery in Kasaulia village in Etah led to Mohammad Javed being shot dead and 3 people suffering serious injuries. Two men have been arrested. telegraphindia
UP meat sellers go on strike: ‘Adityanath should fight for nation, not gosht’
Lucknow: Meat sellers across UP  launched an indefinite strike on Monday against an ongoing crackdown on illegal slaughterhouses as the govt  moved to reassure traders that legal businesses wouldn’t be targeted. Many cities in India’s largest state saw total shutdown by mutton and chicken sellers, who say they are being harassed by officials though they follow all norms.“Meat sellers are worried about the irrational crackdown on slaughter houses as officials have started harassing the slaughter houses which are operating legally and are following all the rules of NGT,”said Mubeen Qureshi of Lucknow Bakra Gosht Vypar Mandal.“We want the state govt to initiate a dialogue with us and so that we can report our problems to them.”Supply of meat – especially buffalo – has run dry across the state after a week-long crackdown on illegal abattoirs,a key pre-poll promise of the BJP that won a landslide victory in the state. Several abattoirs have been closed down and more than 50 people arrested. Meat sellers’ organisations say the crackdown had created a fear psychosis among the traders and even licensed slaughter houses are being targetted.They have also cited loss of livelihood of thousands of people associated with the business. Several mutton and chicken shops have been set on fire, allegedly by Hindu right-wing activists.Many butchers say they are afraid of opening shops. “Adityanath should fight for the nation, not for gosht (mutton). Many people are dying without food. It has created chaos. If he (Adityanath) fights for gosht, we will raise our voices,” a meat seller in Lucknow told ANI. Traders say the crackdown has led to a severe shortage of all kinds of meat, even of buffalo, one of the most preferred choice for lakhs of people who cannot afford the costlier mutton and chicken. The shortage of buffalo meat has forced many eateries including the famous Tunday and Rahim’s to shift to mutton and chicken dishes.As the mouth-watering kebabs went off the platter, the owner of another famous eatery said the situation might force the hoteliers to get mutton from Delhi which will in turn push up prices. There are fears that the shortage of buffalo meat will deprive the economically weak section of the much needed protein in their diet. There are reports of shortage of meat for animals in Lucknow and Kanpur zoos.HT
'BJP punishing Muslims': UP's crackdown has meat industry panicked, scared
UP meat sellers launch indefinite stir, closure affects livelihood of lakhs
Job loss fear looms over UP’s biggest slaughterhouse where Hindus outnumber Muslims
Aligarh;Vishwanathan Pillai has never before felt so insecure about his job at an abattoir. His anxiety comes in the wake of on-going action that has been described by the Yogi Adityanath-led govt  in UP  as a crackdown on illegal slaughterhouses.Pillai, 40, who works as production head at Frigerio Conserva Allana Limited -- one of country’s biggest, and legal, slaughterhouse-cum-meat processing units – said the factory has seen 50% reduction in buffalo stock due to the crackdown and fears the “worst is yet to come”.“The traders have stopped transporting animals from local mandis for us because they fear they would be attacked on the way. Farmers do not want to sell their spent animals because the rates have come down. I do not know who will give us jobs if they close our plant too,” said Pillai.A father of two children who live with his wife back home, Pillai draws a salary of Rs 30,000 a month.Spread over 45 acres in Talaspur Khurd village of Aligarh, 150 kms from the national capital, the abattoir provides employment to 2,100-odd workers, most of them Hindus. The high-pitched crackdown has found support of Hindu right-wing groups and this has made the workers, like Pillai, foresee a bleak future.“Except butchers, who are specialised in ‘halal’ (Islamic) slaughter, the rest of the workers in almost all abattoirs are Hindus,” said an office-bearer of the All India Meat and Livestock Exporters’ Association. He did not want to be named.“All our three units in Sahibabad, Aligarh and Unnao have all the clearances. But still administration officials come to harass us,” said Ayaz Siddiqui, a general manager who recently joined Allanasons after quitting a job at a 5-star hotel.In Sambhal, three slaughter houses, declared legal by the owners, were sealed on Saturday, because of some technical fault in the CCTV cameras, rendering 6,000 people jobless.“There has to be no compromise with the hygiene and health of the buffalo,” said Dr Amarjeet Singh Sidhu, the veterinary facility head of the Allana slaughter house.HT
Govt can give time to blackmoney hoarders, why can't it give time to slaughterhouses for regularisation: Owaisi
New Delhi: AIMIM President Asaduddin Owaisi on Monday said the UP govt  should give time to illegal abattoirs for regularisation instead of just recklessly sealing them. "It is the fault of the previous Samajwadi govt  that did not regularise the slaughterhouses. Now, the govt  should give them time for regularisation instead of sealing them," Owaisi said outside Parliament.According to him,not just the illegal abattoirs which were being sealed, but the legal ones also."If the govt  can give time to black money hoarders to declare their money and regularise it, why can't it give time to slaughterhouses for regularisation? It means they are targeting a particular community." Owaisi said India's buffalo meat exports are valued at Rs 26,000 crore and around half of the exporting units are based in UP."Such reckless step by the govt will result in economic disruption. Does the govt want to stop these exports? Around 5 to 10 lakh people will be rendered unemployed by this step," Owaisi said.IANS
Azam Khan calls for nation-wide ban on slaughterhouses, asks Muslims to not eat meat
New Delhi:Demanding uniformity in laws, Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan has stated that there should be a nationwide ban on slaughter of animals."Cow slaughter should be banned across the country. Why is it so that it is legal in states like Kerala, West Bengal and Tripura but not in other states? I am not only in support of banning slaughter but for very long I have been saying this that we should stop slaughter. No one should be slaughtered. What is legal and illegal slaughter? I want all slaughter houses to be banned. No animals should be cut," Khan told ANI. Questioning the logic behind the UP Govt's move to allow only legal slaughterhouses to function, Khan said, "This means it is ok if the animals are butchered in legal slaughterhouses and not ok when they meet the same fate in an illegal place.""All slaughterhouses should be shut. No animal should be slaughtered," he added. He also advised Muslims to stop eating meat."I appeal to the Muslim fraternity that they think upon it. It is not mandated in Islam that Muslims should eat meat. I appeal to the people that they should stop eating meat," he said. huffingtonpost
UP: Muslim family denied use of beef after ban on illegal slaughterhouses
Moradabad:After newly elected UP  CM  Yogi Adityanath banned illegal slaughterhouses in the state, the police denied permission to a family seeking use of beef in their function. Sharfaraz, who sought permission for use of beef in his daughter’s engagement, was denied permission by the police after the recent ban on illegal slaughterhouses.“We have got permission for use of Chicken only,” Sharfaraz told ANI.ANI
Telangana collector slams beef ban; Asks Dalits, Tribals to eat what they’ve eaten for centuries
Hyderabad: A District Collector in Telangana on Friday said that beef ban due to “bad Brahminical culture” is affecting the health of people, especially Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes and advised them to eat what they had been eating for centuries to remain physically fit.Jayashankar Bhupalapally Collector A. Murali made the controversial remarks while addressing a rally at Eturanagaram to mark World Tuberculosis Day.“I am telling you because this is a fact. A bad Brahminical culture has come in which is saying we should not to eat beef. This is all nonsense,” he said.IANS
Jharkhand goes UP way, pressure mounting for ban on slaughter houses
Ranchi:Jharkhand is gradually moving the UP way.The actions of UP CM  Yogi Adityanath’s are also impacting the tribal state. After UP’s Anti-Romeo squad model, there is now demand for closure of slaughter houses in Jharkhand.About half a dozen right wing organizations, including Hindu Jagran Manch (HJM), Bajrang Dal and Jharkhand Gau Raksha Dal have started campaigns across the state demanding immediate ban on illegal slaughter houses and cattle smuggling in the state.The organizations jointly organized a signature campaign at 8 places of the capital city and took out a torchlight procession on Sunday evening to garner people’s support on closure of illegal slaughter houses.“We will observe fast on Monday in support of our demand. If the state does not take any action on illegal slaughter houses, we will intensify our agitation,” said Sujit Kumar, Ranchi president of Hindu Jagran Manch (HJM). As per the Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC) officials no contract of slaughter house has been given in the city in last 7 years. There were two slaughter houses in Ranchi’s Kanta Toli and Doranda areas but they are not operational. Corporation has issued 47 licenses to sell meat.RSS and VHP officials held two different meetings in Ranchi urging the state govt  to put a ban on the illegal slaughter houses in the state. hindustantimes
Slaughterhouse crackdown: Adityanath left many questions unanswered before taking hasty decision
UP police raid Muslim weddings parties serving mutton or chicken, threaten ‘strict action’: Inquilab report
Long before Adityanath, a Congress CM banned cow slaughter in UP against Nehru's wishes
Top Army commander Ranbir Singh pays visit, offers prayers at makeshift Ram temple
Faizabad: Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, who as director general military operations had announced Indian Army's surgical strikes in Pakistan, on Sunday offered prayers at the makeshift Ram temple in Ayodhya.Lt Gen Singh is the first Army commander to visit the site of Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute. According to sources in the local administration, Lt Gen Singh reached the site with other top Army officials from the Dogra Regiment in a convoy of Army vehicles.The vehicles were allowed access to the 'red' security zone till the 'Rang Mahal' barrier, the first security check point of the disputed site.Lt Gen Singh and the other Army officials were allowed entry through the narrow path covered with an iron cage to offer prayer 20 mt away from the idol of Ram Lalla.Now general officer commanding of Strike 1 Corps, Lt Gen Ranbir Singh also visited the stone-carving workshop run by VHP in Ayodhya. He observed stones being carved for the proposed Ram temple on the disputed site. TOI
Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid issue: SC should let the matter lie, rather than mediate on it: Nalini R Mohanty
No out-of-court settlement with Modi, Yogi at helm: Babri Masjid Action Committee
Lucknow:Babri Masjid Action Committee (BMAC) said an out-of-court settlement of the Ayodhya dispute was not possible with PM  Narendra Modi and UP  CM  Yogi Aditya Nath at the helm of affairs.“With PM Narendra Modi and UP CM  Yogi Aditya Nath at the helm of affairs, there is no hope that justice will prevail with the Muslims. Both of them have been BJP workers and supporters of Ram temple movement,” BMAC Convenor Zafaryab Jilani said after a meeting of its office bearers here.Earlier PM s used to be “neutral” on the contentious issue, he said.Jilani said the solution to the Babri Masjid title suit can be arrived only through the Supreme Court. BMAC meeting was held against the backdrop of the apex court recently asking parties involved to sit together and arrive at a consensus on the issue, which has been dragging on for decades.“Efforts were made in the past for out-of-court settlement, but proved to be futile,” Jilani told the meeting. BMAC office bearers were also of the view that if the CJI or any other judge took an initiative to find a solution to the issue, the Muslims would certainly support the move.PTI
Ghaziabad:Kanwar pilgrims to get building near Haj house
A week after Yogi Aditya Nath govt  took oath of office in the state, work is all set to begin for a massive boarding and lodging facility for Kanwar and Kailash Mansarovar pilgrims at a site near the newly built Haj house in Ghaziabad. Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation had allotted nearly 10,000 square yards of land for the purpose in July last year. timesofindia
GST draft bills tabled in Parliament; peg peak rate at 40%
New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today introduced in Lok Sabha four bills on Goods and Services Tax, providing for a maximum GST rate of 40%, an anti- profiteering authority and arrests for evading taxes. With this, rollout of GST - the biggest tax reform since independence - has entered the last lap and its passage by Parliament will pave the way for integrating India as one market with one rate of tax replacing multiple state and central levies. Jaitley introduced a CGST bill which will amalgamate all the indirect central govt levies like sales tax, service tax, excise duty, additional customs duty (Countervailing Duty), special additional duty of customs, surcharges and cesses. CGST provides for a maximum tax of 20%. PTI
Mental health bill decriminalising suicide passed by House
New Delhi: Mental Healthcare Bill 2016, that decriminalises suicide and provides for mental healthcare and services for persons with mental illness, was passed in the Lok Sabha on Monday. “Notwithstanding anything contained in section 309 of the IPC, any person who attempts to commit suicide shall be presumed, unless proved otherwise, to have severe stress and shall not be tried and punished under the said Code,” the bill said. Mental Healthcare Bill’ also has a provision to protect and restore the property right of the mentally ill people, Health Minister J P Nadda said in the Lok Sabha, just before it was passed by the House by a voice vote. All the amendments moved by opposition members were defeated.indianexpress
SC likely to hear EVMs tampering issue after eight weeks
The Supreme Court on Monday said it would likely hear the EVMs petition filed by lawyer Manohar Lal Sharma, seeking a direction for a thorough check into the machines alleged tampering issue after 8 weeks. Earlier, the court had not fixed any date of hearing for the case.ANI
Who will be India's next President? RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat a good choice, says Shiv Sena MP
As political corridors are abuzz with talks of who's going to be the next President of India, several names are doing the rounds, ranging from BJP veteran LK Advani to even superstar Amitabh Bachchan.Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut has added yet another name to list of probables--RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat. Raut said Bhagwat will be good choice to make India a 'Hindu Rashtra'.Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena has a knack for not always voting the same way as rest of BJP allies.  indiatoday
Gujarat clash: Mob came thrice, bigger each time, says survivor
Vadavali(patan):On Saturday, like any other, Amzad Belim (19) returned from the fields to lunch with his brother Imran (21) in the afternoon, when he heard a group of boys from neighbouring Sunsar marching towards the village shouting “we will kill you all Muslims”. “But after elders of our village calmed them down, they left,” said Amzad. This was first of the three angry groups, mostly comprising the Thakors from Sunsar, that had reached Vagjipara — an extended colony of nearly 1,500 Muslims — at Vadavali on Saturday following a clash between school students In the subsequent violence, Amzad’s father Ibrahimkhan Lalkhan Belim (45) lost his life, 20 were injured, five of them seriously. All were residents of Vagjipara. Nearly 25 vehicles were gutted, homes set afire, cattle taken away and grains burnt. indianexpress
Gujarat communal clash: 13 arrested in violence that lead to one death, six injuries
Zakir Naik’s foreign assets now part of probe
Mumbai: Having attached properties worth Rs 20 crore of the controversial Islamic preacher and televangelist Zakir Naik in Mumbai, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has brought his overseas assets in three countries — UAE, Saudi Arabia and United Kingdom — in its money-laundering probe against him and his IRF. The investigators suspect that Naik allegedly “invested heavily in real estate” in the three countries under the scanner out of the donations given to him by his followers after his sermons and fiery speeches.Asian Age
Zakir case: Chennai School likely to be shut down
Chennai: As agencies including the ED and NIA turn up the heat on Zakir Naik for money laundering and possible terror links, a school in Chennai that the preacher opened now faces the prospect of closing down in April, at the end of this academic year, due to a lack of funds.Officials of the Islamic International School (IIS), Injambakkam, are hoping against hope that a minority trust will offer to take charge of the school's finances and management. timesofindia
Arrests of BJP activists for Imam’s murder shows how party is looking to replicate “UP Model” in Kerala:TCN
Bhopal-Ujjain passenger train blast case: 3 prime accused produced by NIA sent to judicial custody
NIA has produced 3 allegedly accused in the Bhopal-Ujjain passenger train blast case in Bhopal court. All accused Syed Mir Husain, Mohammed Danish and Atif Muzaffar are now sent to judicial custody till April 10. financialexpress
Muslims should be allowed to have just 2 children:VHP
Speaking at Virat Hindu Sammelan in Ahmedabad on Sunday, Pravin Togadia, a cancer surgeon and the working president of the VHP, called for a "Hindu-first policy on matters concerning welfare, development and prosperity."Togadia called on the Centre to pass laws for the construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya and to ensure population control across communities, the newspaper reported. He said that those who have more than two children should be barred from availing welfare schemes and from voting. "Just like Hindu couples, who now don't opt for more than two children, Muslims should also be allowed to have just two kids," he said. huffingtonpost
Adityanath’s appointment beginning of Hindu State? Jurist Fali Nariman asks PM Modi
Adityanath to be BJP's star campaigner in Modi's Gujarat
Adityanath’s army: Hindu Yuva Vahini gets set for Hindutva agenda in UP

In west Mosul, 'nowhere is safe for civilians'
The Iraqi army on Sunday resumed operations against ISIL in Mosul after a one-day pause, amid growing concerns over an escalating civilian death toll as fierce fighting spreads to the city's most densely populated areas.The offensive was briefly put on hold after local officials and residents in west Mosul said suspected US-led coalition  air raids last week had killed scores of civilians at the ISIL-held al-Jadida  district. Security forces on Saturday did not permit journalists to get to where the strikes were said to have taken place, but the  coalition admitted that it had struck the area on March 17, and said it was investigating the reports of civilian deaths.  Details about what exactly happened on March 17 are difficult to confirm as Iraqi forces battle with Islamic ISIL fighters to recapture the heavily populated parts of the western half of Mosul, the armed group's last stronghold in Iraq.Witnesses and local officials said that more than 200 bodies were pulled from a collapsed building after a coalition air raid.But in a statement on Sunday, the Iraqi army said there was no sign that the destroyed structure had been hit by a strike - blaming its collapse on booby traps set by ISIL instead. aljazeera
Coalition strikes killing civilians in Mosul: Officer
Nineveh, Iraq: At least 43 civilians, including women and children, were killed Monday by airstrikes carried out by U.S.-led coalition aircraft in western Mosul, according to a senior Iraqi military officer."Coalition warplanes at dawn Monday struck a Daesh position in Mosul’s central Bab Sinjar district," the officer, who holds the rank of brigadier in the Interior Ministry’s rapid-reaction forces, told Anadolu Agency."The airstrike led to the death of 23 civilians -- including women, children and elderly people -- while also destroying the intended target and killing the militants holed up inside," the officer, who spoke anonymously due to restrictions on speaking to media, said. Anadolu Agency
Israeli forces order Palestinian families to evacuate homes in occupied Jerusalem
Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) forced on Sunday nine Palestinian families to temporarily evacuate their homes in the northern Al-Aghwar area in the eastern side of occupied West Bank, Palestinian news agency Wafa reported today.The occupation authorities claimed the orders came following plans by the Israeli army to start military drills in the Jordan Valley region.Moataz Basharat, a senior official who monitors Israeli settlement activities, told Wafa on Sunday that the Israeli Civil Administration notified nine Palestinian families in the Ras Al-Ahmar area northeast of Tubas to evacuate their homes staring Wednesday until end of Thursday, in preparation for military exercises that are scheduled take place in the area.The Israeli forces have announced earlier that a series of military drills would take place in several areas of the occupied West Bank starting from Sunday to Thursday this week. middleeastmonitor
No changes to Arab peace plan in offing: Palestinian FM
Dead Sea, Jordan:Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki says there is no plan to modify a 2002 Arab initiative aimed at achieving peace with Israel.The Saudi-proposed initiative offers Israel full diplomatic recognition from the Arab states in return for an Israeli withdrawal from Arab land occupied in 1967 and the establishment of a Palestinian state.Anadolu
Low expectations as Arab League chiefs gather in Jordan
Foreign ministers of the 22-member Arab League are holding preparatory meetings in Jordan amid low expectations over the bloc's annual heads of states' summit on Wednesday.This year's conference comes as the region faces a series of pressing challenges, including violent conflicts, rising youth unemployment and millions of children deprived of the right to education.Ayman Safadi, Jordan's foreign minister, on Monday painted a grim picture as he called member states to come together and urgently confront crises. aljazeera
Russian opposition leader Navalny jailed
Ankara;A Russian court on Monday jailed opposition leader Alexey Navalny for 15 days on charges of resisting arrest following street demonstrations in several major cities on Sunday.Navalny appeared in court after having been detained during the high-profile anti-corruption protests. He was also fined 20,000 rubles ($350)."Hello to all from the Tver court. There will come a time when we will judge them (only honestly)," Navalny, the founder of the Anti-Corruption Foundation and chairman of Russia’s opposition Progress Party, tweeted earlier on Monday. Anadolu Agency
A third of all imprisoned journalists are in Turkey
A third of all imprisoned journalists are in Turkey according to human rights organisation Amnesty International, which has called on the Turkish govt  to stop its crackdown on the media and begin their release.Globally, one third of all imprisoned journalists, media workers and executives are in Turkey’s prisons, with the vast majority among them waiting to be brought to trial.The Turkish govt  responded to last year’s failed coup attempt by crackdown on individuals and entities it believes are part of the Gulen movement, which it says is behind the plot to overthrow the govt . Tens of thousands of teachers and civil servants were fired, besides many military officers, journalists and activists that were imprisoned. middleeastmonitor

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