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Thursday, 7 September 2017

7 Sept. 2017: 15 Zilhajja 1438:Vol:8, No:273
Gauri Lankesh murder: Pistol of same make as one used in killing of rationalists
Bengaluru: 3 of 4 bullets fired on journalist and activist Gauri Lankesh Tuesday night outside her residence in west Bengaluru by an unidentified assailant pierced her body while a fourth missed and its fragments were found in a wall of her home, investigations by Bengaluru police have revealed. A preliminary analysis of the four empty cartridges found at the site of the shooting of 55-year-old Lankesh has determined that a countrymade 7.65 mm pistol, which is commonly available, was used in the killing. A post-mortem examination carried out Wednesday morning by doctors at the Victoria Hospital has revealed three entry and three corresponding exit wounds on the body, sources associated with the forensic investigations said. “One bullet entered the body from behind the shoulder region and two bullets hit the abdomen from the front. There are entry wounds and corresponding exit wounds for each of the three bullets,’’ sources at the hospital said. 7.65 mm countrymade weapon used for the killing of the journalist is of the same kind as the weapons used in the killing of rationalist and Kannada scholar M M Kalburgi, 77, on Aug.30, 2015 at Dharwad, and those used in the murder of Maharashtra rationalists Govind Pansare, 81, in Kolhapur on Feb. 16, 2015 and Narendra Dabholkar in Pune on Aug.20, 2013.Forensic investigations of the cartridges and bullets recovered from the unsolved murders of Kalburgi, Pansare and Dabholkar have revealed that 7.65 mm pistol used to kill Kalburgi in 2015 was the same gun that was used to murder Pansare the same year. The forensic probe also revealed that one of two guns used to shoot Pansare was used to kill Dabholkar in 2013.indianexpress
HRW demands prompt probe in Gauri Lankesh’s murder
New York:A leading human rights organisation has called for prompt investigation into the killing of outspoken Indian journalist Gauri Lankesh, saying the “possibility” that it is a “politically motivated” shooting needs to be fully probed. Lankesh, known for her left-leaning outlook and forthright views on Hindutva politics, was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Bangalore.Human Rights Watch said Indian authorities should promptly act on the announced investigation into the killing by unidentified gunmen of Lankesh, an “outspoken journalist” who “campaigned for democracy, secularism, and civil liberties” and was a vocal critic of the Hindu nationalism. “The motives for Lankesh’s killing are not yet known, but the possibility of a politically motivated shooting needs to be fully and promptly investigated,” said Meenakshi Ganguly, South Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “Authorities in India need both to bring Lankesh’s killers to justice and to protect media freedom and the right to free expression,” she added.PTI
Gauri Lankesh murder: UNESCO condemns journalist's death, calls it an attack on freedom of expression
 UNESCO has deplored the killing this week of journalist and activist Gauri Lankesh, calling it "an attack on the fundamental right to freedom of expression" and urging the killers be brought to justice."I condemn the murder of Gauri Lankesh," UNESCO director general Irina Bokova said."Any attack on the media is an attack on the fundamental right to freedom of expression of each member of society," she added.IANS
CBI SP probing Dhabolkar murder, AAP leader Ashish Khetan on Sanatan ‘hit-list’
Mumbai: Between June 2016 and July this year, AAP leader and former journalist Ashish Khetan allegedly received two threat letters from Hindu group Sanatan Sanstha. Khetan had earlier filed a writ petition in the Delhi court seeking uniform guidelines or Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) that could be followed by law enforcement agencies in the country whenever a citizen is threatened by any extremist group.Now, sources have told Indian Express that the investigating officer in the Pune-based rationalist Narendra Dabholkar’s murder case is also on the “radar” of the right wing group.Nandakumar Nair, the Superintendent of Police with CB) who arrested Sanatan Sanstha’s Dr Virendra Tawde, an alleged western commander of Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS), an offshoot of the Sanatan Sanstha, in June 2016 for being the conspirator in the Dabholkar murder case has been identified as a “rakshasa” (demon) by the Sanstha.In its chargesheet against Tawde filed last year, the CBI had stated that “rakshasa” was a code used by Sanstha members to address people on their “hit-list”.With the Karnataka Police probing if the murder of senior journalist Gauri Lankesh had any link to the murder of three rationalists — Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare and MM Kalburgi — these threat perceptions have gained prominence. “Recently, when Sanatan Sanstha lawyer Sajeev Punalekar was questioned by the CBI in connection with the case, a Sanatan functionary informed Nair that they were aware of his recent trip to the Guruvayur Sri Vishnu temple in Kerala. This clearly indicates that the group is monitoring his movements,” said an official.When asked if the officer has sought any protection from the Maharashtra police as his office is located in Navi Mumbai, the official said that from the very beginning, Sanatan addressed him as a “demon”.Indian Express
Ravi Shankar Prasad trolled by RSS supporters after he condemns PM Modi’s followers on Gauri Lankesh’s death
Union IT and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad took an extraordinary step on Twitter to condemn those Hindutva supporters, who were expressing happiness over the gruesome killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh.In his 2 tweets, Prasad minced no words when he said that ‘Expressing happiness on the killing of anyone is shameful, regrettable and totally against Indian traditions.’He wrote, “Expressing happiness on the killing of anyone is shameful, regrettable and totally against Indian traditions. Social media is not for that. I strongly condemn & deplore the messages on social media expressing happiness on dastardly murder of #Gaurilankesh.” Both his tweets were shared and liked for thousands of times in no time. His condemnation earned him plenty of plaudits from even BJP’s critics. jantakareporter
#BlockNarendraModi: PM following Twitter trolls abusing Gauri Lankesh prompts hashtag in protest
New Delhi:The anger over the killing of Gauri Lankesh is evident on Twitter where a large number of users have started blocking PM  Narendra Modi's personal handle in protest against him following abusive trolls, including one who called the Kannada journalist-activist "a bitch" who deserved to die. Nikhil Dadhich, who claims to be a garment manufacturer on his Twitter profile, posted a tweet shortly after the Tuesday night murder that used an abusive reference to the slain journalist. "Ek kuttiya kutte ki maut kya mari, saare pille ek sur mein bilbila rahe hain" (It took a bitch to die a dog's death, for all pups to howl in the same tune)," he said.Dadhich's Twitter account is followed by many political leaders from the right-wing BJP including Modi, which prompted many to ask why he was following such people, and demanded an unfollowing and apology. Since Wednesday however, #BlockNarendraModi appeared on the microblogging site and was the top trend when this story was written.Most users, while blocking the PM, tagged one Dr Rakesh Parikh (@drrakeshparikh) who they said came up with the idea. Dr Parikh's bio on Twitter says he is a "Diabetologist, Clinical Researcher, Blogger, Social Activist. Ex-Politician - have been active in Anti Corruption movement and then founder member of AAP".IndiaToday
Photo of man, who called journalist Gauri Lankesh ‘bitch,’ with Smriti Irani goes viral
I regret my association with this rogue organisation: Ex-Republic journalist on channel’s Gauri Lankesh coverage
A journalist formerly working with Republic TV has expressed her disgust over her association with Arnab Goswami’s channel because of its coverage on the gruesome murder of Gauri Lankesh.In a sensational Facebook post, Sumana Nandy, who previously worked as a news coordinator with Republic TV, wrote, “I have always been proud of the organisations I have worked with in my extremely small career in journalism. But today I am ashamed! An ‘independent’ news organisation is now batting for a rogue Govt . And openly so.
1993 Mumbai blasts case: Abu Salem spared the gallows by extradition laws; Tahir Merchant, Feroz Khan get death
24 years after the deadly Mumbai blasts that left 257 people dead, a special TADA court on Thursday awarded death penalty to two convicts, life sentences to two others — including gangster Abu Salem — while giving 10 years in jail to one accused in the 1993 case.Special Judge GA Sanap pronounced the death verdicts on convicts Mohammed Tahir Merchant and Feroz Khan for their role in the blasts, said Special Public Prosecutor Deepak Salve.Besides Salem, the Special Court awarded life sentence to Karimullah Khan and 10 years rigorous imprisonment to the fifth convict, Riyaz Siddiqui.A special TADA court had in June convicted six persons, including mastermind Mustafa Dossa and Salem, in the blasts case. It, however, let off accused Abdul Qayyum, for want of evidence. This was the second leg of the trial.The attacks were allegedly carried out by one of India's most wanted men, Dawood Ibrahim, and his accomplice Tiger Memon to avenge Muslim deaths during the Hindu-Muslim riots that had rocked Mumbai a few months earlier.Tiger was awarded the death penalty by a TADA court on 27 July, 2007. He, however, is still in Pakistan as media reports suggest and India is still clueless about the whereabouts of Dawood. All the 7 accused faced multiple charges which included criminal conspiracy, waging war against the Govt  of India and murder. The trial of Salem, Mustafa Dossa, Karimullah Khan, Feroz Abdul Rashid Khan, Riyaz Siddiqui, Tahir Merchant and Abdul Quayyum was separated from the main case as they were arrested subsequently. firstpost
Ranchi Rajdhani Express derails near New Delhi station, 3 accidents in one day
Passengers on board Ranchi-New Delhi Rajdhani Express had a narrow escape on Thursday after the train got derailed barely 200 metres away from the New Delhi station.Railway officials said that there were no reports of any injuries or casualties as the train had slowed down to less than 10km per hour before entering the station. None of the compartments were affected as only the engine, luggage brake and generator car were went off the track.It was the third train accident on Thursday. Earlier in the day seven coaches of the Howrah-Jabalpur Shaktipunj Express derailed near Sonbhadra in Uttar Pradesh and two coaches of a goods train derailed near Khandala, Maharashtra, news agency ANI reported. No one was hurt. hindustantimes
Hours apart, Ranchi-Delhi Rajdhani and Shaktipunj Express derail
Triple-talaq option taken away, man chops off first wife’s nose after remarriage:HT report
Kolkata: A few weeks ago, Hasu Sheikh would have had no problem telling his first wife to clear out of their house at Sultanganj in Malda district after marrying another woman from the same locality. However, with the Supreme Court closing that avenue on Aug. 22 through a verdict against triple talaq, he found himself resorting to a simpler – albeit more brutal – way of ensuring that she doesn’t become an obstacle on his path to renewed marital bliss. Sheikh chopped off 38-year-old Meno Bibi’s nose with a sickle on Wednesday night, 15 days after he entered into a marital alliance with his second wife. A complaint was lodged against Sheikh and six others at the Kaliachak police station soon after the incident. Bibi was admitted to the Malda Medical College and Hospital, where she is recuperating.According to Nakibuddin Gazi, a neighbour, Sheikh had entered into an extra-marital relationship with another woman from the same area about a year ago. Late last month, he married the woman and brought her to his house much to Bibi’s indignation.The quarrels intensified as the days passed, with Bibi flatly refusing to give in to their demands that she and her children leave the house. Sheikh and Afel – the son of his new wife – even beat her up on a few occasions. “My husband didn’t divorce me. He simply went ahead and married a woman, ignoring my objections,” she said from her hospital bed. “He doesn’t want to take care of my children anymore. I want stringent punishment for him and the others who attacked me.”
Triple talaq case petitioner proposes Muslim Family Law on lines of Hindu, Indian Christian marriage acts
New Delhi: A petitioner in the triple talaq case, Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA), on Thursday came out with a proposal for a Muslim Family Law to govern marriages and divorces in the community on the lines of the Hindu and Indian Christian marriage acts.The proposed legislation is aimed at ending the practices of polygamy and giving divorce unilaterally. It also describes 'nikah halala' and 'muta' marriages as "invalid" and seeks to make 'nikah halala' a punishable offence.PTI
Muslim leaders’ move to nullify impact of SC verdict on triple talaq
Hyderabad:Social and religious bodies of several Islamic schools of thought converged on the city on Wednesday under the banner of Sharia Faisla Board to reject Supreme Court verdict of triple talaq. The board will hold a meeting on Thursday to decide its future course of action to “nullify the impact of SC verdict”.The meeting which was attended by 75 religious leaders was of the opinion that the “Supreme Court judgment on triple talaq was an open interference in the Shariah”. The board also commented that the judgment, “had raised several questions on the protection and continuity of Muslim Personal Law in India”. In a written statement to the media, Tahreek Muslim Shabaan president and board convener Mohammed Mushtaq Mallik asserted, “Islam has total clarity on all issues and no one should have doubts about them”, adding those not following the direction of the religion’s holy book and teachings of the Prophet will automatically be expunged from Islam.“One cannot oppose Islamic principles and also be a Muslim at the same time,” Ms. Mallik explained, adding Union Govt  should consult “recognised Muslim clerics and institutions to understand the essence of Shariah”.thehindu
Telangana Waqf Board  advises qazis to be careful while processing talaq cases
Hyderabad: Telangana State Waqf Board (SWB) on Wednesday advised qazis to be careful while processing cases of divorce (talaq) even as it requested them to counsel the couple so that there are chances of reconciliation.Both hereditary and Govt -appointed qazis and board officials discussed the issue at a consultative meeting at the office of the board in Haj House. Timesofindia
Hindu-Muslim couple move HC alleging harassment by Bajrang Dal activists, Nagpur police
Nagpur :A Hindu-Muslim couple moved Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court alleging harassment by Bajrang Dal activist and Nagpur police despite having a legal marriage on Aug.17. A bench comprising Justice Vasanti Naik and Justice Murlidhar Giratkar has issued notices to Nagpur police and Principle Secretary (Home) and asked them to submit their replies within seven days.The petitioner, Mohammad Arif Dosani, a resident of Vasmath in Hingoli district, has alleged in his petition that his marriage with Monica Ingle, now Aayat after conversion, had entered into wedlock following love-affair but the police officers from Imamwada police station PSI Amol Jadhav and PI Ramakant Dhurve constantly harassed them as well as his relatives at the instance of Bajrang Dal men, who had gheraoed the police station on September 1 calling the marriage as love jihad. The petitioner also alleged that the police would barge in the house of his aunt Akida Dosani, a resident of Hasanbagh locality of the city and brother-in-law Zakir Mohammad, a resident of Pinjar in Akola district and sought to harass them over the marriage.The bench, after hearing the petitioner, issued notices to the officials concerned, including Nagpur Commissioner of Police K Venkateshan seeking their response to the allegations made by the petitioner. Indian express
Muslim outfits demand resignation of Manipur Deputy CM
Imphal:Muslim organisations in Manipur have demanded the resignation of Deputy CM  Yumnam Joykumar on moral grounds after his son posted a message on Facebook on Eid-ul-Adha ridiculing the ‘qurbani’ (sacrifice).Political sources said CM  N. Biren Singh, who arrived here on Thursday, may take some concrete steps since “it is a very serious matter”.A demonstration was also held in Imphal on Wednesday demanding action against Y. Debajit who wrote “the killings of animals in the name of qurbani is nothing but a practice to kill human beings”.Debajit’s post has hurt the religious sentiments of the Muslims, the activists said.Abdullah Pathan, President of the Manipur Muslim Welfare Organisation, said: “We had demanded arrest of Debajit within 48 hours.”IANS
Ram Mandir dispute: Modi Govt  to decide if it wants to stay with Ram or Babur, says VHP leader Pravin Togadia
Agra: Taking a radical stand on Ram Mandir issue, VHP  leader Pravin Togadia announced the organisation's resolve to build the temple, and said the courts cannot resolve the dispute.While a recently-concluded 3-day RSS meet in Vrindavan saw the Sangh not pursuing the Ram Mandir issue, VHP leader Togadia spoke on the subject at a seminar in Agra. Togadia, who is the international working president of Vishwa Hindu Parishad, addressed a seminar on 'Shri Ram Janma Bhoomi--Rashtriyata ka Aadhar Stambh', and said courts could not resolve the Ram Mandir issue in 100 years as this was a matter of faith for over 100 crore Hindus globally.Pravin Togadia said the Ram Mandir can be built only when a law is enacted on the same and this is possible when the Govt  agrees to it. indiatoday
Those against resolving Ayodhya dispute are working for Pakistan: Shia Central Waqf Board
A prominent Shia leader alleged those creating hurdles in the settlement of the Ayodhya land dispute were working at the behest of Pakistan which was trying to destabilise India by exploiting religious sentiments over the issue."This (Ayodhya) dispute is not getting addressed because Pakistan has the biggest hand in it. Those representing the Muslim community in the Supreme Court on the issue have direct links with Pakistan and want bloodshed to destabilise the country," Syed Waseem Rizvi, chairman of the Shia Central Waqf Board, UP, said.PTI
Yogi Adityanath Govt  to spend Rs 2,500 crore on Ardh Kumbh mela preparations
Uttar Pradesh Govt  led by Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday announced it will spend a massive fund of Rs 2500 crore for the preparations of Ardh Kumbh mela shceduled to be held in 2019, reported All India Radio, the Govt  broadcaster.Speaking in Allahabad, Adityanath said “We are preparing for this event. The land of Prayagraj is important to us. We want to dedicate this Kumbh Mela to the farmers.” jantakareporter
UP govt asks madrasas to recommend names for teachers’ award
Lucknow:The Uttar Pradesh Govt  has asked madrasas to recommend names for the State Teachers’ Award 2016-17. Applications can be submitted to minority welfare officers in districts from September 11 to September 29. Minorities Welfare Director NP Pandey said teachers with an experience of 15 years can send applications for the Rajya Adhyaapal Puraskar. Differently abled teachers need to have an experience of 10 years.BJP leader Romana Siddiqui said the party “never discriminated on the basis of caste, creed or religion. We do not believe in divisive politics”.“A teacher is a teacher, irrespective of his or her religion. And it is unfair to drag such a noble profession in the narrow lanes of caste, creed and religion,” she said.UP minister for minority welfare Laxmi Narayan Chaudhary said: “We want to improve the standard of education in Islamic schools. The Govt  is taking various steps to modernise madrasas by integrating them with ITIs and the skill development mission.”PTI
West Bengal BJP chief asks party workers to beat up cops
West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh has asked party workers to beat up policemen if they refused to lodge complaint against Trinamool Congress workers. Addressing a public meeting in Howrah, Ghosh said it was a “democratic right in West Bengal” to assault policemen. A clip of his speech has gone viral on social media.“If TMC workers can get away by assaulting the police, then why cannot we do the same? There is no wrong in doing that because it is one of the democratic rights in West Bengal. Here if you beat up policemen, then you will come to power,” Ghosh told party workers. indianexpress
Manmohan's pledge to Jama Masjid Imam under HC Lens
New Delhi: Ex-PM  Manmohan Singh’s personal “assurance” to the Shahi Imam of Delhi’s Jama Masjid in Oct. 2004 that the mosque would not be declared a protected monument has come under Delhi High Court’s scanner.A protected monument cannot be used for meetings, receptions, parties, conferences or entertainment programmes except with special permission from the Centre.Seeking to inquire into what led to Singh writing a letter to the Shahi Imam and UPA-1’s decision that the mosque will not be declared a protected monument, the HC has summoned the entire record of the communication. This is for the first time that the HC has summoned the entire record from Ministry of Culture, regarding the decision. The ministry has been directed to produce the original file in the court pertaining to the decision. The order passed by the HC also specifically mentions the letter Sigh wrote to Shahi Imam on Oct. 20, 2004.The court’s directions were passed during the resumed hearing of a petition filed by one Suhail Ahmed Khan who has demanded that the masjid be declared a protected monument.TOI
Bhagwat backs PM Modi in condemning cow vigilantes
New Delhi: RSS Sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat firmly backed the Narendra Modi-led Union Govt  in its efforts to condemn violence in the name of the cow, at the coordination meeting with the BJP held last week, despite voices from the organisation demanding that the Centre should do more to control cow slaughter.Bhagwat patiently heard RSS members speak on deaths of people in the hands of those involved in illegal transport of cows and running slaughter houses and complain about the Govt  repeatedly threatening cow vigilante groups with stern action or going after them with a firm hand. Some of those present in the meeting told ET that Bhagwat told them it was not right to suspect the intent of the Govt  and that, at times, political situations demanded certain things of leaders.“He was clear that those at the helm of the Govt  want the best for the country and as members of the same organisation, we must trust them and not question their commitment to the country or its culture,” a participant told ET.
Strong criticism of govt isn’t defamatory or seditious, says SC, underlines 1962 verdict
New Delhi : The Supreme Court has asserted that “making a strong criticism of the Govt ” is not even defamatory, let alone seditious. The court also directed all authorities, including police and trial judges, to follow its Constitution Bench ruling which stated that only incitement to violence and public disorder could form the basis of a sedition charge.A bench of Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Uday U Lalit maintained that it would not be within the fold of criminal jurisprudence to issue uniform guidelines for registration of FIRs under sedition charge, but underscored that a larger bench has already provided necessary safeguards that should be followed by all authorities.“Suppose somebody makes a strong criticism of the Govt … even a case of criminal defamation cannot be filed, let alone a case of sedition. Every magistrate is bound by what we said in the Kedar Nath (case),” said the bench. Indian Express
Indian Army will breach LoC and strike whenever needed: Lt Gen D Ambu
Jammu: Lt. General D Ambu, who heads the Northern Command, on Thursday said that the Indian Army will breach the Line of Control (LoC) and strike against enemies whenever the need arises in future.When we want to we will be able to breach it (LoC), go across and strike when we need, Lt. Gen D Ambu was quoted as saying by ANI.Reacting to the last year's surgical strikes by the Indian Army, he said, ''It was a point we wanted to drive home across that LoC is not a line that cannot be breached.''Through Army's unprecedented action, we sent a subtle message that we wanted to convey, he added.Justifying the surgical strikes by the Indian Army, Lt. Gen D Ambu said, ''A large number of terrorist camps and launch pads exist across south and north of Pir Panjal, they have not decreased, so this kind of action is needed.''Praising the efforts of the armed forces in checking incidents of cross-border infiltration, Lt. General Ambu said, ''While a lot of attempts are made by terrorists (to infiltrate) every year, but most are not successful, there has been a sharp decline.''Our brave soldiers have been foiling their (terrorists) attempts to infiltrate into Kashmir Valley and elsewhere in the Jammu region, Ambu said.Lt Gen Devraj Anbu was appointed as new chief of strategically important Northern Command in place of Lt. Gen. DS Hooda, who retired on November 30, last year. zee news  zee news
Will repeat Surgical Strike When We Need to:Lt General
Bipin Rawat’s remarks contrary to views expressed by Xi, Modi: China
New Delhi:A day after Army chief General Bipin Rawat said that ‘warfare lies within the realm of reality,’ China on Thursday said that his remarks were contrary to the views expressed by PM  Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping during their meeting in Xiamen earlier this week. Rawat, while speaking at a seminar organised by the Centre for Land Warfare Studies in New Delhi, had said India should be prepared for a two-front war, insisting that China had started “flexing its muscles”, while there seems to be no scope for reconciliation with Pakistan whose military and polity saw an adversary in India.Reacting to his comments, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said, “We have noted the statement by relevant people in India, also we noticed some Indian press remarked that the reports are shocking. As reported by Indian press…we don’t know whether he was authorised to speak those words or it was just his spontaneous words or whether his words represented the position of the Indian Govt .” Indian express
Pak army chief slams US, India; says will continue to support Kashmir
New Delhi:Days after BRICS declaration condemning Pakistan-based terror groups, the country's army chief Qamar Bajwa said Pakistan would "continue to extend political, moral, and diplomatic support for Kashmiris' right to self-determination", reported Pakistani media.Bajwa said, on the one hand, that "Kashmir does not need interference from Pakistan", and then on the other hand, that Pakistan would continue to support the people of the northern Indian state.His comments came days after India issued a demarche to Pakistan over the infiltration of a group of Pakistan-based terrorists from the Jaish-e-Muhammed who killed eight security personnel in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district last month. The Jaish-e-Muhammed was one of the terror groups the BRICS countries named.Still, Bajwa said Pakistan will continue to support Kashmir."India should realise that the peaceful struggle of hundreds of thousands of youth in Kashmir does not need interference from Pakistan or Azad Jammu and Kashmir. It is in India's favour that they prioritise political and diplomatic solutions for sustainable resolution of the Kashmir issue instead of insulting Pakistan and using force against Kashmiris," said Bajwa, in an address on Pakistan's Defence Day. Pak army chief then said, referring to India, that "a neighbouring high on power". He also blamed India for going nuclear.TOI
NIA carries fresh raids in Kashmir; total raids now reach at 20 places
Srinagar:NIA on Thursday raided the houses of two prominent separatist leaders, Agha Hassan Budgami and Ghulam Nabi Sumji, in Budgam and Anantnag districts of J&K. Agha and Sumji are prominent leaders of Hurriyat (Geelani). Officials said that teams of NIA along with local police and CRPF raided the house of Agha Hassan, a prominent Shia leader and also the leader of Hurriyat led by Syed Ali Geelani. The teams are conducting thorough searches in the house. Agha is also the head of Anjuman-e-Shariaan-Shai. The other raid was carried out in the house of Ghulam Nabi Sumji at Bijbhera in South Kashmir.For the past 3 days NIA has carried out dozens of raids on the houses of cross-LoC traders, stone pelters and business men. NIA also arrested a freelance photographer Kamran Yusuf from Pulwama. While NIA says Yusuf is a stone pelter, his family and friends have termed the allegations baseless. The raids, termed by separatists as part of political vendetta, were conducted at 20 places.NIA, today, is conducting searches at 10 locations — Kashmir Valley: 8, Jammu: 1 and Gurgaon: 1. The eight locations of Kashmir Valley where searches are being conducted are in North, South and Central Kashmir.
Journalists protest in Srinagar after Yousuf’s arrest by NIA
Srinagar :Journalists from South Kashmir held a protest demonstration at Press Colony on Thursday against the arrest of Kamran Yousuf by NIA in stone pelting related cases. Yousuf, a freelance photo journalist, used to cover every incident that took place in south Kashmir. Meanwhile, his family has denied that he was a stone pelter.The protesting journalists carried banners of “Kamran Yusuf is a Journalist, not a stone pelter”, “Free Kamran Yousuf”, “Fair Journalism persecuted in Kashmir by NIA” and demanded his release. “Kamran was working as a freelance journalist for three years and was associated with several news organizations. He was the first to report news from south Kashmir,” said Shah Irshad, also a journalist from south Kashmir. “At times even police in south Kashmir had to react to his news stories which would appear on local TV channels and other media platforms,” Shah added.Shah said that the arrested journalist was the first to reach any spot whether it was an encounter or a stone pelting incident. His passion for journalism was such that he would travel even at night to cover any incident. Indian express
‘Operation all out’, an offensive to flush out militants to continue till there is complete peace: J-K DGP
‘Operation all-out’, an offensive launched by the security forces to flush out militants would continue till there is complete peace in Jammu and Kashmir, DGP SP Vaid said here today.Speaking to reporters, the DGP said that the situation in J&K was “much better” now compared to last year. Yes, the operation will continue, till we get complete peace in Kashmir, Vaid said when asked whether the ‘operation all-out’ would continue.Asked whether the militants had changed their strategy in the aftermath of ‘operation all out’ and in the wake of a suicide attack on district police lines Pulwama recently, he said that if the militants change tactics, so would the security forces. “In a situation like this, every one changes their tactics. We will also change, do not worry,” he said.PTI
MP: 24 more newborns die in Vidisha district hospital
Bhopal:A hospital in Vidisha in Madhya Pradesh has reported death of 24 newborns -- adding to the recent spate of infant deaths that took place in different parts of the country.This is the second such case reported from the state in a week. At least 36 newborns died in a government hospital in Shahdol in August, according to officials on Monday.96 newborns were admitted to the Special New Born Care Unit (SNCU) of District Hospital in August, of whom 24 have died, hospital authorities said. The infants were “afflicted with several problems”.IANS
Raghuram Rajan: Demonetisation put new interest burden on RBI as people found ways to convert black money
New Delhi:The failure to stop dodgy cash coming back into the banking system after demonetisation has likely burdened the Reserve Bank of India with additional interest payments running into tens of thousands of crores, former central bank governor Raghuram Rajan said on Thursday.Latest RBI data shows that all but 1% of the high-value bank notes demonetised have returned to the banking system, meaning black money hoarders found ways to legitimise their cash that now earns interests. Rajan estimates this burden could be as high as Rs 25,000 crore a year.“One of the costs which people haven’t paid enough attention to is (that) this was money sitting, if you believe it was black money, it was sitting in people’s safes or in their basement. It wasn’t earning any interest,” Rajan said, referring to short-term economic costs of demonetisation. hindustantimes
Uzbek woman gang raped in South Delhi
An Uzbek woman was allegedly raped by two men in a moving car in south Delhi's Vasant Kunj on Monday evening. Police have registered a case on the basis of the complaint filed by the woman. Officers said that they have detained a few people and are questioning them.A PCR call was made at 11pm on Monday, soon after which police reached the spot and took the woman's statement. The woman told police that she went to a mall in Saket and left at 9.30 pm. She boarded an auto from the mall. Auto, however, broke down when it reached Vasant Kunj and the driver asked her to board another vehicle. The woman was waiting for another vehicle when -almost 10 minutes later -three men came in a white car and stopped the vehicle next to her. They pulled her inside the car and two of the occupants took turns to rape her, she alleged. Indiatimes
Maharashtra minister’s daughter, secretary’s son get state scholarship to study abroad
A Maharashtra minister’s daughter and the son of an IAS officer in his department have made the cut for a special state scholarship to study abroad, triggering accusations of fund misuse and questions over conflict of interest.Social justice minister Rajkumar Badole’s daughter, Shruti Rajkumar Badole, will study at University of Manchester in UK, while department secretary Dinesh Waghmare’s son, Antariksh Dinesh Waghmare, will study at the University of Pennsylvania in US.Incidentally, it is the social justice and special assistance department that administers the scholarships instituted in 2003 for post-graduate and PhD courses. hindustantimes
Genocide of Rohingya Muslims
Violence could lead to exodus of 300,000 Rohingya: UN
As many as 300,000 Rohingya Muslims could flee violence in northwestern Myanmar to neighbouring Bangladesh, UN officials say, warning of a funding shortfall for emergency food supplies for the desperate refugees.According to estimates issued by UN workers in Bangladesh's border region of Cox's Bazar, arrivals since the latest bloodshed started two weeks ago have already reached 146,000.Numbers are difficult to establish with any certainty because of the turmoil as Rohingya escape operations by Myanmar's military.However, UN officials have raised their estimate of the total expected refugees from 120,000 to 300,000, said Dipayan Bhattacharyya, who is Bangladesh spokesman for the World Food Programme (WFP)."They are coming in nutritionally deprived, they have been cut off from a normal flow of food for possibly more than a month," he told Reuters news agency. "They were definitely visibly hungry, traumatised."The surge of refugees, many sick or wounded, has strained the resources of aid agencies and communities that are already helping hundreds of thousands displaced by previous waves of violence in Myanmar. Many have no shelter, and aid agencies are racing to provide clean water, sanitation and food.aljazeera
Rohingya crisis: 365,000 sign petition calling for Aung San Suu Kyi to be stripped of Nobel Peace Prize
Thousands of people have signed an online petition calling for the Nobel committee to revoke Aung San Suu Kyi's peace prize over the Myanmar Govt 's treatment of its Rohingya Muslims. But the Norwegian Nobel committee has ruled out any such move, saying only that the work which led to the awarding of the prize was taken into account.The Change.Org petition has gathered over 365,000 signatures as of Thursday, reflecting growing outrage over a massive security sweep in Rakhine state by Myanmar forces after a series of deadly ambushes by Rohingya militants."De facto ruler of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi has done virtually nothing to stop this crime against humanity in her country," the petition says.In Oslo, Olav Njolstad, head of the Nobel Institute, said it was impossible to strip a Nobel laureate of an award once it has been bestowed."Neither Alfred Nobel's will nor the statutes of the Nobel Foundation provide for the possibility that a Nobel Prize - whether for physics, chemistry, medicine, literature or peace - can be revoked," he said."Only the efforts made by a laureate before the attribution of a prize are evaluated by the Nobel committee," he said,and not any subsequent actions.
CPM says Rohingyas living in India are refugees, urges Centre to not deport them to Myanmar
New Delhi: CPM on Thursday said the Rohingya who have crossed over to India should be treated as refugees and not be pushed back or deported.The party also said the Govt  should immediately take it up with Myanmar and Bangladesh to resolve Rohingya issue."The expectations that PM  Narendra Modi during his visit to Myanmar would take up the issue of Rohingyas was belied. Unfortunately, the issue...did not find place in the talks between Indian PM and the Myanmar leaders," it said in a statement."The matter should be taken up with the UNHRC and the International Red Cross and the issue should be raised in other international fora as well,"it said.IANS
Jamaat urges Govt of India, UN to help Rohingya Muslims
New Delhi: India's largest socio-religious Muslim organization has urged the central Govt  of the country,UN and international human rights organizations to help Rohingya Muslims who are facing persecution in Rakhine area of Myanmar. While expressing deep concern over reported killings of Rohingya Muslims, Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Umari, President, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind on Wednesday demanded the United Nations, the OIC and various human rights organizations "to pressurize the Burmese Govt to stop killing their own countrymen, to restore their citizenship, to remove all restrictions on their travel and to focus on their social and economic upliftment."Maulana Umari also urged the Govt  of India to talk to the Burmese Govt  on this issue and pressurize them to restore the constitutional and citizenship rights of the Rohingya Muslims.Regarding the Rohingya Muslims who have taken refuge in India, President of Jamaat said:"Indian Govt  should continue allowing them to stay in India as refugees till as time their constitutional and citizenship rights are not restored in Myanmar."Jamaat leader expressed surprise over the silence of State Counsellor of Burma and Nobel Peace prize winner, Aung San Suu Kyi over killings of Rohingya Muslims.IndiaTomorrow
Plea in SC Demanding Immediate Expulsion of Rohingyas in National Interest
New Delhi: A plea was filed in the Supreme Court on Thursday, stating that "accommodating Rohingyas in India is equivalent to inviting wretchedness, turbulence and disturbance on Indian soil”. Chennai-based group 'Indic Collective' sought to intervene and argue the matter pending before a bench led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra. News 18
Kolkata: Students body stages protest over deportation of Rohingyas Muslims
Kolkata:Islamic Students Organisation has staged a protest here over the deportation of Rohingyas Muslim refugees living in India.A large number of people took to the street, holding placards and raised slogans against the deportation.‘Suu Kyi break your silence’, ‘Burma killing, worlds most silent genocide,’ ‘Stop Brutal killing of Rohingyas’ were few of the slogans written on the placard people carried during the protest.ANI
Sadhvi Prachi:Rohingya Muslims 'more dangerous' than IS
Controversial saffron leader Sadhvi Prachi has asked the Govt to take immediate notice of the entry of Rohingya Muslims into the country from Myanmar and take steps to send them back to their country.''Rohingya Muslims are more dangerous than even the Islamic State (IS) terrorists.....they pose grave danger to our security,'' Sadhvi Prachi said in an informal chat with reporters at Muzaffarnagar, about 500 kilometres from here, on Wednesday evening.She expressed serious concern over what she termed ''infiltration'' by 40 thousand Rohingya Muslims in the country. ''About 15 thousand of them have already reached Kashmir,'' she claimed. deccanherald
Manipuri Muslim body calls for India’s intervention for Rohingya in Myanmar: nagalandpost
Imphal:  A Muslim body in Manipur Wednesday called for India Govt ’s intervention in stopping reported mass killings and human right abuse against Rohingya Muslims in neighbouring country, Myanmar.Addressing a news conference at its office in Imphal’s Hatta Golapati president Jalal Sheikh of All Manipur Muslim Organisations’ Co-ordinating Committee (AMMOCOC) insisted that India Govt  should ask its counterpart Myanmar Govt  to stop violation of human rights in the country.India Govt  should condemn the inhuman act and atrocities being meted out to the Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar, he demanded.
Persecution of Rohingyas: Activists Try to Protest at Myanmar Embassy in Delhi, Detained
New Delhi: Around 50 people, mostly members of the Social Democratic Party of India, were detained while trying to stage a protest demonstration outside the Myanmar Embassy here in New Delhi on Thursday. They wanted to protest against the recent killing of Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine state of Myanmar.The protesters were taken to the local police station as no public protest is allowed in the high-security area of embassies in the national capital.The protesters demanded the United Nations to take action to save Rohingya Muslims. Some of them also demanded withdrawal of Nobel Peace Prize from Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi.IndiaTomorrow
Suu Kyi on Rohingya crisis: Our biggest challenge, unreasonable to expect us to solve it in 18 months
New Delhi:Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi said Thursday that it is a ‘little unreasonable’ to expect her Govt  to solve the crisis in conflict-prone Rakhine state in just 18 months. In recent weeks, Suu Kyi and her administration has been chastised by human rights advocates and global media for merely watching on as over 1 lakh Rohingya Muslims fled Rakhine for neighbouring Bangladesh in the event of an army crackdown.“This is the biggest challenge we have had to face. It is a little unreasonable to expect us to solve the issue in 18 months…the situation in Rakhine has been such since many decades. It goes back to pre-colonial times,” Suu Kyi told news agency ANI.Suu Kyi said her administration’s resources are ‘not as complete and adequate as we would like them to be.’“It is our duty to take care of our citizens and we will try our best…we want to make sure that everyone is entitled to the protection of the law,” Suu Kyi told ANI. “We have to decide how to differentiate terrorists from innocents. You in India would be well versed with this.”In her first public comments on the crisis, Suu Kyi was quoted Wednesday saying in a call with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan that global sympathy for the Rohingya was being fuelled by “a huge iceberg of misinformation calculated to create a lot of problems between different communities and with the aim of promoting the interest of the terrorists”. But she said her Govt was committed to protecting all the people of the western state. indianexpress
Turkey first lady visits Rohingya refugee camp
Turkey's first lady and foreign minister are visiting Bangladesh to learn why about 164,000 ethnic Rohingya Muslims have fled from neighboring Myanmar in the past two weeks.First lady Emine Erdogan and Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu visited a refugee camp housing more than 50,000 people and talked with residents, including a young person with a bullet injury, about ongoing violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state. Bangladesh officials also briefed them on how they are attempting to provide shelter, food and health care to the huge numbers of refugees. The first lady told reporters that Turkey will do everything possible to help the Rohingya, and that her husband, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, would take up the issue at this month's UN General Assembly meeting.Many of Rohingya have said they are fleeing violence by Myanmar soldiers and Buddhist mobs in Rakhine.UN refugee agency says 164,000 Rohingya have flooded into Bangladesh since violence erupted in Myanmar on Aug. 25.The revised refugee number confirmed Thursday by UNHCR spokeswoman Vivian Tan was likely to go up further, with thousands still crossing the border every day.New fires are burning in a Myanmar village that had been abandoned by Rohingya Muslims, and where schoolbooks with text from the Quran were seen ripped and left on the ground. That intensifies doubts about Govt  claims that members of the persecuted minority have been destroying their own homes.Journalists on a Govt -controlled trip saw the fires Thursday in Gawdu Zara village in northern Rakhine state, from which some 146,000 Rohingya have fled since ethnic violence erupted about two weeks ago.AP
Iran prepares aid for Myanmar Rohingyas
Tehran: Iran’s Red Crescent said today it has prepared an aid package for Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims as they flee a crackdown by security forces.“An emergency, food, life support and hygiene package has been prepared by the Red Crescent to be sent to Myanmar,” said head of the organisation Morteza Salimi, according to the ISNA news agency.PTI
Children, teenagers among wounded Rohingya in crammed Bangladesh hospital
Bangladesh:Mohammed Idrees, a 10-year-old Rohingya boy, does not remember how he landed at the hospital in Bangladesh with a part of his right ear blown off.But he says he won't return to his home country, neighbouring Myanmar, until there is peace.Idrees is one of around 60 badly injured Rohingya Muslims admitted to the hospital in Chittagong since violence flared in Rakhine state in the northwest of Myanmar in late August.Around a third of the total injured are teenagers or younger, including a six-year-old boy.Reuters
Israeli authorities set to triple size of settlement in East Jerusalem
Israeli authorities are set to advance plans to triple the size of a settlement in the heart of occupied East Jerusalem, according to reports Thursday.The Jerusalem Planning and Building Committee will consider on Sunday a plan to approve 176 new housing units for Nof Zion, a Jewish settlement in Jabel Mukaber.The news was first reported by Israel’s Channel 1 on Wednesday night. According to Israeli media reports, “the agenda item was not listed in publicly available filings, though authorities may be seeking to avoid attracting attention to the issue”. Nof Zion currently consists of seven apartment buildings containing 91 residential units, and was first established in 2004. middleeastmonitor
Al Jazeera Israel head banned from seminar on freedom of speech: middleeastmonitor
Israeli PM  Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered the removal of Al Jazeera‘s Jerusalem Bureau Chief Walid Al-Omari from a panel of speakers at a state-sponsored event on freedom of speech.  Govt  Press Office (GPO) announced the decision in a Facebook post yesterday, stating: “PM  instructed that legal steps be taken to deny press passes of all Al Jazeera journalists working in Israel and to close their offices in Israel.”
Syrian opposition has not won the war, insists UN envoy
The UN Special Envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, said on Wednesday that the Syrian opposition has not won the war against Bashar Al-Assad. Speaking to reporters, he added that while the Syrian opposition “must accept it has failed to win the civil war… the Govt  cannot simply announce victory.”According to de Mistura, “For the opposition, the message is very clear: if they were planning to win the war, facts are proving that is not the case. So now it is time to win the peace.”Asked if he was implying that Assad had won, he said that he is not the one who records the history of the conflict. “Victory can only be if there is a sustainable political long-term solution. Otherwise instead of war, God forbid, we may see plenty of low intensity guerrilla activity going on for the next 10 years, and you will see no reconstruction, which is a very sad outcome of winning a war.” middleeastmonitor
Catalonia passes law for October 1 independence vote
Catalonia's parliament has passed a law paving the way for an October 1 referendum on whether to declare independence from Spain - a vote fiercely opposed by the central Govt  in Madrid. The so-called "referendum bill" was adopted on Wednesday by the regional parliament, which is controlled by pro-independence parties, with 72 votes in favour and 11 abstentions. Politicians who oppose independence for the wealthy northeastern region of Spain left the chamber before the vote.After the law passed, separatist legislators sang the region's anthem, "Els Segadors", which recalls a 1640 revolt in Catalonia against the Spanish monarchy.Xavier Garcia Albiol, the head of Catalan branch of the conservative Popular Party, accused the separatist politicians of wanting to cause Spain's "biggest institutional crisis" since a failed coup attempt in 1981 when armed civil guards took over parliament. Aljazeera
Mansour, 14-year-old Indian boy in UAE is youngest pilot to fly single-engine plane
Dubai: A 14-year-old Indian-origin schoolboy in the UAE has become one of the youngest pilots to fly a single-engine aircraft, according to a media report.Mansour Anis, a class IXth student at Delhi Private School in Sharjah, received a certificate for his first solo flight from an aviation academy in Canada last week, Gulf News reported.His solo flight was about 10-minute-long during which he taxied the aircraft from the parking bay to the runway, took off for a flight of about 5 minutes and landed back, the report said.PTI
PM Modi concludes Myanmar trip with visit to Bahadur Shah’s grave, puja at temple
Centre must lead fight to protect what the killings have violated:Rights to life, belief, expression:RajmohanGandhi
The killing of Gauri Lankesh is the silencing of a free, unafraid voice:Nandana Reddy
Institutions must uphold the rights of citizens against society and state:Apoorvanand
The murder of Gauri Lankesh:Mrinal Pande
This is the moment, perhaps, to ask why India’s world ranking on press freedom is falling:Shailaja Bajpai
In India, Another Govt  Critic Is Silenced by Bullets:Jeffrey Gettleman, Hari Kumar,  New York Times
Behind BJP’s Pursuit of a Uniform Civil Code Is a Deep-Rooted Resentment of Minorities:Sten Widmalm
One Murder Has Revealed the Faces of Many Murderers: Ravish Kumar
Modi did in Myanmar what he used to do in India: Deplores ‘violence’ against security forces, no word on plight of Rohingyas
There is Method in the Targeted Murders of Regional Free Thinkers: Sidharth Bhatia
Uniform code will hurt harmony, minorities argued to make a case for personal law:Vaibhav Purandare,TOI
‘Chinese like to tell us: Remember, our GDP is five times yours’: Shyam Saran, India’s foremost diplomats

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