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10 Sept. 2017: 18 Zilhajja 1438:Vol:8, No:274
Genocide of Rohingya Muslims
Jamaat-e-Islami Hind asks UN to restore Rohingya Muslims' rights, condemns Gauri Lankesh's murder
New Delhi:The Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) today condemned the acts of violence being committed against Myanmar's Rohingyas and appealed to the UN to pressurise Yangon to restore their "constitutional and citizenship rights. Jamat-e- also appealed the Govt of India to allow Rohingyas to stay in the country till their “constitutional and citizenship rights” are restored in Myanmar, reported PTI. “We appeal to the Indian Govt  to continue allowing the Rohingya Muslims who have taken refuge in India to stay as refugees till the time their constitutional and citizenship rights are restored in Myanmar,” the JIH president Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Umari said in a statement. Umri also urged the Govt to talk to Myanmar and “pressurise” it for restoration of the constitutional and citizenship rights of the Rohingyas. The JIH vice president, while asking for intervention of India to stop violence against Rohingyas, alleged that the Govt was maintaining “silence” over the humanitarian “catastrophe”. “We feel that India should use its influence over Myanmar to stop the violence. India’s silence on such a humanitarian catastrophe is quite puzzling,” he said in the statement,reported PTI. "The terrible acts of violence against the Rohingyas still media is rife with videos showing the horrible acts of crimes against them. More than 2 lakh people of that community have been displaced so far," JIH Secretary General Mohammed Salim Engineer said."We appeal to the UN and all major human rights groups to pressurise the Burmese Govt to take steps for stopping the persecution of Rohingyas and restore their constitutional and citizenship rights."Engineer also appealed to Govts of nations where Rohingyas have taken refuge, to take care of them. "Jamaat-e-Islami Hind also condemned the murder of Kannada journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh, 55, who was gunned down by unknown assailants at her Bengaluru home on Sept. 5.Calling her a strong voice against the casteist and communal forces, Jamaat termed her murder "a chilling message to all journalists" committed to create a "climate of fear"."The murder is a direct assault on the freedom of expression... The cowardly attack is threat to freedom of press and rule of law in the country... We condemn it," Engineer said. The Jamaat welcomed the Supreme Court's directive to the states to appoint a senior police officer as nodal officer in all districts to stem the menace of cow vigilantism." The Jamaat hopes this will serve as a dire warning to the cow vigilantes who take law into their hands. It will also make the states take action against the communal and bigoted who spread violence in the name of religion," said Engineer. india today /PTI/ IANS

Allow Rohingyas to stay, says Muslim outfit
Jamaat Hails SC Directives to Check Cow Vigilantism
Rohingya crisis: Jamaat-e-Islami Hind appeals to UN for citizenship rights of community: firstpost
Jamaat asks Govt of India to help Rohingya Muslims: theindianawaaz
Restore Rohingyas' citizenship rights: Jamaat-e-Islami Hind: business standard
Restore Rohingyas’ citizenship rights, says Jamaat-e-Islami Hind: financialexpress
Jamaat-e-Islami Hind questions silence of Indian govt on Rohingya Muslims: sahilonline
Jamaat-e-Islami Hind urges Myanmar to restore “constitutional,citizenship rights” of Rohingyas: dailypost
‘Restore Rohingyas’ citizenship rights’, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind condemns violence against Muslims: southlive
Rohingya crisis: After Dhak asked New Delhi to put pressure on Myanmar, India calls for ‘restraint’ in Rakhine
New Delhi:3 days after PM  Narendra Modi expressed concern over “extremist violence” in Rakhine but did not mention the persecution of the minority Rohingya Muslim community, Dhaka, in an unusual move on Saturday, asked New Delhi to put pressure on the Myanmar Govt to take steps for peace and stability, and to stop the flow of Rohingya refugees into Bangladesh.This prompted New Delhi to say in the evening that India urged that the situation in Rakhine state be handled with “restraint and maturity”, with focus on the “welfare of the civilian population alongside those of the security forces”. “It is imperative that violence is ended and normalcy in the state is restored expeditiously,” MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said. Earlier, Bangladesh High Commissioner Syed Muazzem Ali met Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar at South Block on Saturday afternoon to explain his country’s position on the issue. Ali, sources said, went to visit Jaishankar on the instructions of Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina.“We explained our difficulties to the Indian Govt  about the present crisis. Rohingyas are coming in thousands to Bangladesh… they are a huge burden to us economically. We hardly have enough land to provide shelter to the refugees,” a top Bangladesh Govt  source said.Ali explained to Jaishankar that Bangladesh was “under tremendous strain”, sources said. The 40-minute meeting was part of Bangladesh’s outreach to the international community to “put pressure on Myanmar to do something to restore peace and stability” and “stop the flow of refugees”, they said.This was the first meeting the Bangladeshi envoy had with a top Indian official in New Delhi since Rohingya refugee crisis erupted. Indian envoy in Dhaka, Harsh Vardhan Shringla, too has been apprised of Bangladesh’s concerns, the sources said.Hasina has raised the issue with other countries, including with the visiting Turkish First Lady Emine Erdogan and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. Bangladeshi officials in Dhaka told the paper over the phone that Dhaka is now making diplomatic efforts to request the UN, Germany and the International Committee of the Red Cross, besides India, to set up a “safe zone” in Myanmar to ensure safety, security, food and shelter for the thousands of Rohingya fleeing violence and possible death. “A safe zone will also help to stop further influx of Rohingya refugees into Bangladesh, which is already overburdened with an exodus of 1,64,000 Rohingyas in the last two weeks,” said an official in Dhaka. Indian express
Show restraint, maturity in handling Rohingya situation in Rakhine state: India urges Myanmar
Muslim bodies tells Centre not to deport Rohingyas
Hyderabad: Islamic organisations are holding meetings to condemn the “genocide” of the Rohingyas in Myanmar and are asking the Centre to drop plans to deport them. On Saturday, a conference was organised by Jamiat-e-Ulema at the Madina Education Centre. The representatives of Tameer-e-Millat, Jamaat-e-Islamic and some other organisations participated and asked the UN to intervene. Hafiz Peer Shabbir Ahmed, the president of Jamaat-e-Ulema of TS and AP, said they might approach courts to stop the deportation of Rohingyas. Another meeting was held at Hussaini Alam. Rohingyas staying in the city requested the Centre not to deport them. A protest rally was organised in Old City by the Telangana Minorities Welfare Association. On Sunday, Majlis Bachao Tehreek has planned a rally in Yakutpura. Another protest is being organised in Nampally by Jamiat-e-Islami. A prayer meet is also being organised on Sunday at the Punjagutta mosque.DeccanChronicle
.Muslim Clerics: Centre should rehabilitate Rohingyas
Jamiat to move SC against centre move to deport Rohingyas
Hyderabad: Jamiat-e-Ulama Hind chief, Maulana Arshad Madani, on Friday said that the Muslim panel will knock on the doors of the Supreme Court to challenge the Centre's decision to deport Rohingya Muslim refugees. The noted Muslim cleric said that his lawyers have been busy preparing grounds to seek the apex court's intervention. "We will approach the court on Monday . We have competent lawyers on board. The Rohingya Muslims have come here after fleeing from the catastrophic violence in Burma (Myanmar). They should not be deported," Madani said. timesofindia
Don’t think govt will give relaxation to Rohingya Muslims in the country: Union Minority  Naqvi
Patna:It would be difficult for the Govt  to offer any relaxation to Rohingya Muslims, who have fled Myanmar, Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said here on Saturday. The matter is pending before the Supreme Court and the Govt  is also looking into it, Naqvi said at the ‘Parliamentarian Conclave’ here.“But I do not think we will be able to give any relaxation to them (Rohingya Muslims) when their nation has refused to keep them,” he said.On Uniform Civil Code, Naqvi said the Govt  believes in moving ahead on the issue after evolving a consensus.The Constitution has clearly stated that State should evolve a consensus for the implementation of the UCC, he said, adding that the Law Commission had also sought the opinion of various stakeholders on the issue.He said the appeasement policy had hijacked the empowerment of minorities in the last several decades and that the Centre had adopted policy of “empowerment without appeasement”.PTI
J&K erupts against ‘genocide’ of Rohingya Muslims
Srinagar:Outraged at the ‘genocide’ of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, people across J&K staged protests on Friday, even as several areas in Downtown Srinagar were placed under curfew.  The call for protests was given by Mutahida Majlis-e-Ulema, a conglomerate of all the religious organisations of Kashmir, and was supported by the joint separatist leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik.Police imposed curfew in Downtown areas falling under jurisdiction of five police stations including Khanyar, Rainawari, Mahraj Gunj, Khanyar and Nowhatta. Greaterkashmir
Massive  protest in Pak against 'genocide' of Rohingyas
Thousands of protesters took to the streets of major cities on Friday to condemn a crackdown on Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, with many carrying placards that read, "Shame on Aung San Suu Kyi".The largely peaceful rallies were spearheaded by the Jamaat-i-Islami Pak (JI), but other political parties and members of the civil society also joined in.Political leaders, including JI chief Sirajul Haq, called for an end to the "genocide" of Rohingya and for Pakistan to break off relations with the Govt  in Myanmar. Govt has previously expressed "deep anguish" at the violence.Many protesters also slammed Suu Kyi, Myanmar's de facto leader, over her silence.APP/AFP
Pak summons Myanmar envoy over violence : HT
Pakistan summoned Myanmar envoy and lodged a strong protest over the ongoing violence against the Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine state.Foreign secretary Tehmina Janjua summoned Myanmar’s ambassador to Pakistan U Win Myint and sought effective measures to prevent recurrence of such violence, providing security to Rohingya Muslims, the foreign office said.She conveyed “a strong protest of Govt  and people of Pakistan at the ongoing violence against the Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine state in Myanmar”, it said.
Protests across Asia over Myanmar treatment of Muslims
Indians march in solidarity over Rohingya atrocities
ARSA fighters declare truce amid Rohingya crisis
Rohingya fighters in Myanmar have declared a month-long unilateral ceasefire in their fight against the army to enable aid groups to address a humanitarian crisis in Rakhine state.The ceasefire announced on Saturday in a statement by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) is scheduled to start today. "ARSA strongly encourages all concerned humanitarian actors resume their humanitarian assistance to all victims of the humanitarian crisis, irrespective of ethnic or religious background during the ceasefire period," the group said. The statement also called on Myanmar's military to also temporarily lay down arms.Witnesses say entire Rohingya villages have been burned to the ground since the security forces'operation. The impact of ceasefire declaration is unclear. The group does not appear to have been able to put up significant resistance against the military force unleashed in Rakhine. aljazeera
Critics circle Aung San Suu Kyi over Rohingya crisis
Erdogan to Muslim countries: ‘use every means available’ to stop ‘cruelty’ against Rohingya
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Sunday urged Muslim countries to “use every means available” to stop the “cruelty” perpetrated against Myanmar’s Rohingya.“We want to work with the Govt s of Myanmar and Bangladesh to prevent the humanitarian plight in the region,” he told the opening session of an Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit in Kazakh capital Astana. “International organisations,  and we as Muslim countries in particular, should fight together by using every means available to stop that cruelty,” he said. Erdogan had previously promised to raise the Rohingya issue at the annual meeting of UNGeneral Assembly later this month. A final statement was agreed on at Sunday’s OIC summit –first such summit on Science and Technology. Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev said it was thanks to the efforts of the Turkish delegation that such a statement was prepared. Erdogan called on “brothers around the table” to follow and implement the decisions.middleeastmonitor
Myanmar 'to provide aid' to displaced Rohingya inside country
Rakhine: Camps will be set up to provide aid for displaced Muslims inside Rakhine state, state-backed media said Saturday, first time in a 16-day crisis Myanmar's Govt has offered any relief for Rohingya scattered by violence, many to Bangladesh.2 weeks after violence scorched through the country, Govt  has said it will establish three camps in north, south and central Maungdaw -- the epicentre of the violence and a Rohingya majority area."Displaced people who are currently spread out will be able to receive humanitarian aid and medical care" distributed by local Red Cross workers, the Global New Light of Myanmar reported on Saturday.The report did not refer directly to the Rohingya but mentioned village clusters where the minority lived until the unrest. Branded 'Bengalis' -- shorthand for illegal immigrants from Bangladesh -- the Rohingya have long been subjected to discrimination in mostly Buddhist Myanmar.AFP
Rohingya face systematic atrocities in Myanmar: Malaysia
Malaysian PM  Najib Razak has said Rohingya Muslims face systematic violence including torture, rape and murder in Myanmar.Predominantly Muslim Malaysia has spoken out strongly against mostly Buddhist Myanmar over its treatment of its Rohingya minority since violence erupted last Oct.“Based on the reports we have received, (the Rohingya) are discriminated and no mercy is accorded to them,” he told reporters at the Subang Airforce base on the outskirts of the capital Kuala Lumpur.“Actually, it is done in a planned manner so that they are tortured, discriminated, killed and raped,” he added.AFP
Rohingya exodus to Bangladesh nears 300,000: UN
Nearly 300,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar's Rakhine state into Bangladesh in the 15 days since new violence erupted and the UN is braced for a further surge, officials said."Some 290,000 Rohingya arrived in Bangladesh since August 25," Joseph Tripura, a spokesman for the UN refugee agency, told AFP.Officials said the UN has found more Rohingya in Bangladesh villages and areas which were previously not included by relief agencies."We started with planning for an influx of 120,000. Then we made a resource planning for 300,000. The current influx has almost now reached 300,000." Bhattacharyya said. Aljazeera
Desperation spreads in Rohingya camps as resources scarce
Buddhist Monks stage anti-Rohingya march in Myanmar
Hundreds of Buddhist monks in Myanmar have staged a rally in support of President Thein Sein's proposal to send the members of the Rohingya minority group to another country. Sunday's rally in Mandalay, the country's second largest city, is the latest indication of deep-seated sentiment against the Rohingya after violence with ethnic Rakhine Buddhists in June. The monks held a banner saying, "Save your motherland Myanmar by supporting the president", while others criticised UNHRC envoy Tomas Ojea Quintana, who has faced accusations that he is biased in favour of the Rohingya. The leader of the march, a monk named Wirathu, told AFP that the protest was to "let the world know that Rohingya are not among Myanmar's ethnic groups at all". aljazeera
US urges Myanmar to give access to Rakhine crisis area
Dalai Lama expresses grief over Rohingya violence
AIMPLB to constitute committee to study SC verdict on Triple Talaq
Bhopal: All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) on Sunday decided to constitute a committee that will study the Supreme Court verdict on triple talaq in detail and find a solution to the conflict between the judgment and Shariat.  Zafaryab Jilani, a member of AIMPLB and counsel for the board, said  that the idea was floated in board's first round of meeting today, and the committee will have lawyers and religious scholars, who will scrutinize the verdict from the legal as well as Islamic perspective. All 45 members attending the meeting agreed to the formation of this panel, he added. The committee will submit its detailed report to the board in ten days' time based on which the board will take the future course of action, Maulana Wali Rahmani said. Earlier in the day, Syed Qasim Rasool Ilyas, AIMPLB member and member of Jamaat Islami said, “We are considering filing a review petition against the verdict. We need to check the points the judges have made in our favour and what is held against us and then accordingly approach the apex court with a review petition.”During a precursory meeting on Saturday, AIMPLB refuted the observation made by the Supreme Court that since triple talaq is sinful, it can’t be lawful. The board further claimed that they will continue to practise Shariat, which provides for instant triple talaq.Drawing a comparison with adultery and robbery, Maulana Wali Rahmani, General Secretary of the AIMPLB, expressed surprise that "how educated people draw such conclusions"."Nullification of triple talaq is a very small part of the verdict. We follow Shariat and Shariat provides for instant triple talaq. We believe in triple talaq and it must and will go on. The fact remains that whoever still practices triple talaq will still continue to severe ties with his wife and it will not change. How to implement it, is a headache of the court and Govt ," said Rahmani on Saturday. Syed Jalaluddin Umri, secretary of AIMPLB, said:“In a democracy, we cannot oppose the verdict of the court, but we cannot welcome it. We have to safeguard our personal laws. The court thinks by this verdict they will save women. I am yet to understand how it will happen.”The board also cited crime records on domestic violence and stated that the communities which do not have the quick form of divorce often witness a higher number of suicide and domestic violence cases.
AIMPLB meet post SC 'triple talaq' verdict beins in Bhopal
‘AIMPLB neither supports nor criticises SC on triple talaq decision’: Mohammad Wali Rahmani
What's Sinful Can be Lawful, Can't Suffer for 'Saat Janam': AIMPLB on Triple Talaq
No Polygamy, Nikah Halala in Mahila Andolan's Proposed Muslim Family Law
New Delhi: After winning a hard-fought battle against instant triple talaq, the Bhartiya Muslim Mahila Andolan is now ready with its draft of "Muslim Family Law, 2017," which, if debated and enacted by the parliament, would bring an end to acts of polygamy and Nikah Halala, too. The draft, written over the past 9 years and in consultation with women from over 15 states, looks beyond triple talaq, taking into consideration other issues such as inheritance and adoption, Zakia Soman, one of the founding members of the movement said.News18
'Next step after triple talaq victory is not uniform civil code, it's Muslim family law banning polygamy, halala'
Jaipur Burns: Police Vs Muslims, One Shot Dead
JAIPUR: It started with a very small incident but blew into a major confrontation with a frightened and angry mob burning vehicles, and the police firing to disperse the crowd in which one person was killed on the spot. Curfew has been imposed in four police stations, and even as we report, legislators, police, people's representatives are meeting to form peace committees and ensure that the tension is contained, and the violence does not spread.Some women were purchasing clothes from a street vendor at Ramganj market place, when the local cops came to remove the thelas. Wielding lathis, the cops started hitting all in the vicinity. A lathi blow fell on the woman. She objected, whereupon the cops hit her again, according to eyewitnesses. Unconfirmed reports suggest that she suffered a fracture. The woman and her son went to the police station to lodge a report. Again reports suggest that the police refused to file a FIR, a charge that the cops now deny. However, since the couple took a longer than expected time inside the police station an agitated crowds started gathering outside. The mob became restive and angry, fearing the worst with rumours of all kinds circulating within, and soon turned violent setting an ambulance and vehicles on fire before pelting stones at the police.The cops resorted to firing and one person was killed on the spot. Local activists maintain that the situation could have been contained without bullets, that the police did not go through the drill but resorted to firing as the first option.The police, according to locals again, wanted the family to bury the body without a postmortem. This created further resentment, the people refused, and the stand off continued through the night. The post mortem is being done now (12:30 )with news awaited. The people are still agitated, and the Police along with legislators and others are trying now to calm the situation for fear of the anger spreading to impact on other areas.Kavita Srivastava, a wellknown activist of the PUCL, said categorically that the violence is not between Hindus and Muslims as some sections might like to report, but a straight confrontation between the police and the minorities in what is the old city of Jaipur.The Citizen
Curfew in Jaipur after scuffle escalates, 1 killed
Jaipur top cop denies death in police firing: ‘Not even part of protests, he was felled by police bullet’
Jaipur:Mohammad Raees, who was killed during Friday night’s violence between protesting locals and some police personnel in Jaipur’s walled city area, was just passing by when he was hit by a bullet. The youngest of three siblings, Raees, a college student, was on way to get some supplies for a function the family was holding to observe the 40th day since the death of his aunt – called “chaaliswan” — when he fell to a police bullet, family members said on Saturday.While several locals agreed with the family, the police have denied the charge. Police Commissioner Sanjay Agarwal said, “The cause of his death will be ascertained only once we have the postmortem report.” Mohammad Haneef, eldest of the 3 brothers, claimed: “Of course, he died in police firing. How else (could he have died)? Who else was there firing bullets?”Waiting outside the mortuary, where his brother’s body was kept, Haneef said, “We demand an FIR against the errant policemen and suspension of the entire (force in) Ramganj police station. Unless that happens, we will not allow his postmortem — no matter how long it takes.”Umar Daraaz, local councillor from nearby Eidgah locality who said he was witness to the incident, alleged that the police used force hastily. “I went inside the police station to talk to the police and the woman (who, along with her husband, was allegedly manhandled by local police during a traffic clean-up on Friday evening). There were some 400 people gathered outside. Barely three or four minutes later, when we had resolved the situation, I asked the woman to show the FIR to the crowd outside to convince them she was all right, and defuse the situation. But soon as we came out, we saw the police had started a lathi-charge,” Daraaz claimed.indianexpress
 Jaipur Residents demand judicial probe into police firing
Jaipur: Eminent personalities from various civil organizations have demanded a judicial probe into the Friday night police firing which claimed life of one civilian. They alleged that the police firing was unwarranted as the crowd was peacefully protesting outside the police station. "We condemn the Sep 8 firing by Ramganj police station on a crowd of 400 people. We hold the Ramganj police fully responsible for the incident. If the police had immediately registered FIR of the injured couple, the crowd would not have assembled outside the police station," the civil leaders said in a joint statement on Saturday. Signatories to the joint statement include:Kavita Srivastava (PUCL), Sumitra Chopra (CPI-M), Harkesh Bugalia (Kacchi Basti Federation), Nisha Sidhu (NFIW), Nishat Hussain (National Muslim Welfare Society), Pyare Lal (Dalit Soshit Mukti Manch), Nazimuddin (JIH), Komal Srivasta (Bharat Vigyan Samiti).IndiaTomorrow
Muzaffarnagar riots: UP  Govt  yet to compensate 190 families, says Amnesty -yet-to-compensate-190-families-says-amnesty/story-rZ3dYj5lIl5mcxJNEGQfQM.html
Human rights watchdog Amnesty International has criticised the UP  Govt  for not giving compensation to over 190 families displaced after 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots even 4 years after the communal flare-up.“Communal riot survivors (190 families) are yet to receive compensation and continue to stay in squalid conditions in resettlement camps,”Amnesty International said in a 19-page report released on Friday. Official records show that 1800 families have been compensated. Report alleged that inconsistent definition of a family was laid down by the authorities in an attempt to deny people compensation. According to the report, many families were denied compensation because authorities claimed they were part of a larger joint family which had already received money. The state Govt  defined ‘family’ as a group of people who live together and use a common kitchen. This constitutes one household. But even in cases where families were able to prove that they lived in separate households, the report claims that they did not receive any financial aid. This was in the form of separate kitchens or Govt  identification documents such as ration cards that stated different addresses from their joint family members. Despite this evidence, the report says that they have been denied compensation from the state.Four years down the line, many of these families still continue to live in temporary camps, with little access to water and electricity. In Oct.2013, the state Govt declared that it will provide one-time compensation of 5 lakh to families from nine surrounding villages that were identified as the worst affected. Between Aug 2016 and April 2017, rights group visited 12 resettlements and found that over 190 displaced families from the 9 villages were yet to receive compensation. Among them were Imrana and Tahir Zahid, their children.Amnesty report said they were threatened, attacked and forced to leave their home in Kakra village, and abandon every single possession they ever owned. “Even if you can’t give us 500,000, we urge the Govt  to give us at least two or three lakhs,” pleads Imrana. hindustantimes
200 Muzaffarnagar riot-hit families still await compensation
Muzaffarnagar faces fresh set of violence as Rajputs attacked Dalits leaving 18 injured
A day before the anniversary of infamous Muzaffarnagar riots, violence erupted in Bhoopkheda village as upper caste Rajputs attacked Dalits in the region leaving at least 18 Dalits injured. The police force has been deployed in the region and senior administration officials are camping in the village which is tense since last two days.The incident occured in Bhoopkheda village which is situated along the border of Muzaffarnagar and Meerut. On the eve of September 6, Dalits of the village were gathered at a local Ravidas Ashram to celebrate the birthday of their guru Saman Das.While Dalits were immersed in the ‘Satsang’, about four Rajput boys came into the Ashram and started teasing some Dalit girls who were present there.As the siblings and other few Dalit men protested against the act, clash erupted between the Rajput boys (whose ages ranged between 17 to 22) and Dalits.Amit Kumar, 22, was beaten up by the Rajputs when he tried to protest Rajputs who were also teasing his sister. Amit told, “What Thakurs were doing here? They were constantly teasing and molesting the girls here. When I protested, they struck me with a Talwar on the head.”Meanwhile, police reached and the matter got settled at the spot.But this settlement left Rajput side angry.TCN
Saharanpur Dalits and Thakurs clashed : NSA invoked against 3 accused in prison
Lucknow: 3 months after Dalits and Thakurs clashed in Bargaon area of Saharanpur, police have invoked the NSA against three accused from the Thakur community. They are lodged in the Saharanpur District Jail since June 4. The violence had led to the death of two persons and left several injured. Besides, incidents of arson and damage to Govt  properties had also been reported. A special investigation team, set up by the state Govt , is probing the cases. Residents of Ambehta Chand village, Sompal alias Sonu (25), Sudhir (28) and Vilas alias Raju (24), face charges under the NSA in connection with the murder of a Dalit youth and injury to 13 others after BSP chief Mayawati took part in a rally at Shabbirpur village on May 23. The deceased was identified as Ashish Meghraj, a resident of Sarsawa. indianexpress
Pune: After outrage, India Meteorological Dept  scientist withdraws caste case against cook
Pune: Medha Khole, a scientist with the India Meteorological Department (IMD) who had filed a complaint of impersonation against Nirmala Yadav (60), on Saturday submitted an application to the Pune City Police, seeking to withdraw her complaint.  In her earlier complaint, Khole had claimed that Yadav pretended to be a married Brahmin woman to get a job as a cook in her house.The complaint by Khole, a deputy director general (weather forecasting) at the IMD, had triggered outrage, with several organisations condemning it. Khole submitted an application to ACP Shivaji Pawar on Saturday, saying she wanted to withdraw the complaint. She stated that “her dispute with Yadav was a personal issue and she never wanted to hurt the sentiments of anybody”. Police officials said the FIR registered by Khole would be withdrawn following due legal process.In her complaint, Khole, who lives with her sister at Sitapark Society in Shivajinagar, had alleged that Yadav had contacted them when they were looking for a woman who was a Brahmin and a ‘suvasini’ (a married woman whose husband is alive) to cook food at their house during religious events, including a ritual called ‘sowala’, in May 2016.Khole said she came to know from a priest that Yadav was not a Brahmin, and this hurt her religious sentiments, so she went to the latter’s home on September 6 and questioned her about “hiding her caste”.Yadav had rejected Khole’s allegations and lodged a cross-complaint on Friday, alleging that Khole abused and manhandled her at her Raikar Mala residence. indianexpress
Mob lynching: Mander targets Modi govt.
Mangaluru:Human rights activist Harsh Mander on Saturday said 97% of mob lynching in India since 2010 happened during the Narendra Modi regime.He was speaking at a programme on ‘Mob lynching and collective silence’ organised by Samarasa, when his Karawan-e-Mohabbat arrived in Mangaluru on Saturday. Karawan started from Assam on Sept. 4 and visited Jharkhand before arriving here, he said. thehindu
In Clean Sweep, Left Alliance Trounces ABVP In JNU Students' Election
New Delhi:  United Left alliance has retained all 4 seats in JNU students union election, defeating the RSS-backed ABVP by considerable margins.United Left candidate Geeta Kumari won the president's post by defeating Nidhi Tripathi of ABVP by 464 votes. Shabana Ali of BAPSA (Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students' Association) polled 935 votes, election panel officials said. Out of the total 4639 votes polled, 4620 were valid as 19 votes were discarded after voters put their slips in wrong ballots, they said.For the vice president's post, AISA's Simone Zoya Khan got 1,876 votes out of total 4,620 votes. Ms Khan defeated Durgesh Kumar of ABVP who got 1028 votes. Duggirala Srikrisha (Left) won the General Secretary's post by polling 2082 votes. He was followed by ABVP's Nikunj Makwana with 975 votes.The post of Joint Secretary has gone to Shubhanshu Singh (Left) who got 1755 votes. Pankaj Keshari of ABVP got 920 votes.Geeta Kumari said, "The credit for mandate goes to students because people still believe that democratic spaces should be saved and right now, the only resistance is from students."She also promised to take up the Najeeb Ahmad issue, JNU seat cuts, new hostels, saving the autonomy of JS-cash and deprivation points.PTI
DMK-led Opposition urges TN Governor to order floor test
Opposition parties will move court if the Tamil Nadu Governor does not convene the Assembly within a week and order the Edappadi K. Palaniswami Govt  to seek a floor test, DMK working president M.K. Stalin said in Chennai on Sunday.A delegation of Opposition leaders from the DMK, the Congress and IUML, led by  Stalin, called on Governor Ch. Vidyasagar Rao at Raj Bhavan on Sunday evening.After meeting the Governor Mr. Stalin said, while the Palaniswami govt had the support of only 114 MLAs, 119 MLAs are against him.If the Governor refuses the demand of the Opposition to convene the Assembly to ascertain the Govt 's present strength, then we will have to go to the courts, Mr. Stalin added. thehindu
Day 1 of J-K visit: With focus on ‘political solution’, Rajnath Singh meets 20 delegations
Srinagar :Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday met representatives of more than 20 delegations of various organisations on the first day of his four-day visit to J&K. Among the delegations that called on Singh were those of trade, travel, business, the youth, and a team of Sikh minorities. Singh stressed the need for resolving the state’s “political situation” in order to help restore peace during his meetings.Singh began his visit with a one-on-one meeting with CM  Mehbooba Mufti. The two are learnt to have discussed the overall situation, implementation of the Agenda of Alliance (AoA) and execution of the PM’s development package in the state.“CM impressed upon the need to reach out to all sections of the society in the state which has been duly recognised in the AoA,” according to a Govt  statement. Singh later met Governor NN Vohra. Home Minister reviewed implementation of the PM’s development package (PMDP) to the state. After his meeting, Singh tweeted, “I have asked the authorities to expedite the implementation of the PMDP in a time-bound manner. It will create jobs for the people of J&K.”indianexpress
 ‘Rajnath Singh visit to overshadow Congress effort’
Srinagar:Congress has blamed Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who is on a four-day trip to J&K, for “sabotaging and trying to overshadow” the visit of a Manmohan Singh-led five-member policy planning group of the Congress that will arrive in Jammu on Sunday for 2 days. Congress had announced the visit last month with an aim to meet people in all three regions of the state. Delegation will include P Chidambaram, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, J&K AICC in-charge Ambika Soni and Rajya Sabha member Karan Singh, besides party representatives from state regions.indianexpress
‘Rajnath will solve Kashmir problems by talking to people’
J&K: Militants kill cop near Rajnath meet venue
Srinagar:Even as Home Minister Rajnath Singh met several delegations in Srinagar, militants attacked a police post in South Kashmir’s Anantnag town, killing one police constable and injuring two others. The attack took place close to the venue where Singh is scheduled to meet policemen on Sunday. Militants fired on a police post near the bus stand, injuring the three policemen on duty, local sources said. They were rushed to hospital, where one of the policemen succumbed to his injuries. The deceased policeman has been identified as Imtiyaz Ahmad of Palpora, Srinagar.indianexpress
Restrictions imposed in Srinagar
Srinagar:The authorities in J&K imposed restrictions in parts of Srinagar city on Sunday to prevent separatist-called protests. Separatist leaders, including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Yasin Malik have called for the valley-wide protest shutdown against the killing of two civilians and two militants in Anantnag district on Saturday. IANS
My son is being implicated in a fabricated case, says mother of arrested Kashmiri photographer
Pulwama: Family members of a freelance photojournalist from South Kashmir, Kamran Yousuf, who was arrested by NIA on Tuesday on charges of stone pelting have contested the NIA claims that he was a ‘stone pelter’ and was mobilising others to ‘pelt stones on Govt  forces’.Kamran a resident of Tahab village of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district has been accused of ‘inciting youth to pelt stones by NIA’.Rubeena, mother of the Kamran denied that his son was a stone pelter, saying that he was carrying his professional duties and that he has no links with stone pelting. TwoCircles
W. Pak refugees in J&K move SC challenging Article 35A
New Delhi;Some refugees of West Pakistan, who had migrated to India during the 1947 partition, have moved the Supreme Court challenging Article 35A of the Constitution relating to special rights and privileges of permanent residents of J&K.The petition said there were around 3 lakh refugees from West Pakistan but those settled in J&K have been denied the rights gauranteed under Article 35A which are given to the original residents of the state. PTI
Now, army chief says China, Pakistan not a threat to India
Army chief General Bipin Rawat has said neither China nor Pakistan is an imminent threat to the country in a departure from his earlier statement wherein he had dubbed the two neighbours India’s northern and western adversaries respectively and that the country needed to be prepared for a two-front war.“None of the country (China or Pakistan) is a threat,” he said on the sidelines of an event in Uttarakhand’s capital Dehradun on Saturday in response to a query.HT
Artists should ‘shut up’ on politics: A R Rahman
New Delhi;Academy-award winning composer A R Rahman on Saturday said he did not know the murdered journalist Gauri Lankesh or her work, but was taken aback by the “cruelty” of her murder. Rahman also said he had no idea that his reported statement on Friday — that “if these things happen in India, then it is not my India” — would create a storm on social media.“I didn’t know her. I saw the news in the middle of a recording and my musician heart was just shocked. We come from the nation of Gandhi. I was taken aback to see the cruelty, that something like that could take place in my country,” Rahman said on Saturday.“India”,he said, “is a perfect example to the world, it’s a miracle how the country has faith. I think we should complement each other and find the next level of that faith rather than destroying it. Some of us are destroying it.”
No specialist in Nashik civil hospital where 187 babies died in 5 months
Nashik:On Saturday, Jamal Shaikh undertook an arduous 90-km trip from Maharashtra’s Yeola town to Nashik Civil Hospital, fervently hoping his seven-day-old, prematurely born, underweight son would survive. His wife, who had visited a Govt -run primary healthcare centre at Yeola for the 7 months of her pregnancy, was never told about the complications that would arise, claims Shaikh. “If my wife had been treated properly at the PHC, this day would have never dawned on us,” says farmer.While Shaikh says doctors have assured him his baby would pull through, over the past five months, since April, 187 infants admitted to Nashik Civil Hospital’s Sick Newborn Care Unit (SNCU) have not been so lucky. Hospital authorities said a majority of the 187 deaths were of newborns who were brought to the hospital in critical condition from rural areas or municipal hospitals in the district. “In month of August, 346 children were admitted to our SNCU. Most of them were in a critical condition and we, being a Govt  hospital, can’t turn them away,” said Nashik District Civil Surgeon Dr Suresh Jagdale. Officials say 740-bedded civil hospital, which caters to nearly 60 lakh residents of the district, is severely overburdened. Nashik, a district with a large tribal population, has 106 primary healthcare centres, 592 sub-centres, 26 rural hospitals and one civil hospital. With heath centres in poor shape, patients usually travel long distances to get to civil hospital.Like all other depts in the hospital, the newborn unit is short of both manpower and equipments. SNCU ward, which has 54 beds, has three paediatricians, but no specialised neonatalogist. “newborn care unit is supposed to have six doctors but only has three. It has no ventilator either,” said Rizwan Shaikh of Star Bahuuddeshiyha Sanstha, which provides counselling and help to poor patients at the hospital. indianexpress
Raghuram Rajan flags India's biggest worry that could cost Modi a win in 2019 elections
Among all things Raghuram Rajan has been talking about for the past few days, the one thing that should strike some resonance for PM  Narendra Modi would be the state of jobs in the country. Speaking at his book launch, the former governor of the Reserve Bank of India stressed on boosting growth to provide enough jobs for what will be world’s biggest workforce. "Remember that we have what we call the population dividend. A million new people entering the labor force every month," Rajan said. "If we don’t provide these jobs that are required, you have a million dissatisfied entrants. And that could create a lot of social mischief." Rajan is right in this aspect. India will have the world’s biggest labor force by 2027 and the millennial generation is crucial to anchor one of the fastest paces of economic growth. However, fresh employment opportunities are scarce and the administration has lagged in training workers to help them survive the threat of automation. Modi’s jobs record is even poorer than that of the much-maligned Congress Govt that he has replaced. India needs to create as many as a million new jobs every month just to keep up with the growing population. Under Modi, just over 10,000 jobs a month are being created instead, according to Govt figures from 2015. The scale of this failure is enormous -- especially since it will add to an angry army of already underemployed young Indians. Questions are increasing about Modi’s ability to fulfill his 10-million-jobs-a-year campaign pledge with less than 2 years to go before he faces re-election.Economictimes
Gauhati HC Chief Drives Sri Sri Ravi Shankar To Airport, HC Lawyers Say CJ Violates Rules
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, who was in Guwahati for the North East Indigenous People’s conference on 5 September, was driven to the airport by Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court Ajit Singh himself. The act has sparked outrage among the members of the Bar Association of the High Court, claiming that the Chief Justice has violated High Court rules. In fact, the members of the Gauhati High Court Bar Association have decided to discuss the issue in the upcoming general meeting. According to reports, they may also approach the Chief Justice of India to complain against Justice Singh.LIVELAW
Kerala: Muslim outfits flay govt’s liquor policy
Kozhikode: A meeting of the Muslim Coordination Committee, a joint platform of various Muslim organisations, has termed the State Govt ’s liquor policy “unscrupulous” and a violation of promises made by the LDF ahead of the Assembly elections.A t a meeting here on Saturday, leaders of the organisations said the decision to reduce the distance between liquor shops and schools and places of worship to 50 metres was a threat to future generations.The meet also condemned the alleged attempt towards the racial elimination of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.P.K. Kunhalikkutty and E.T. Mohammed Basheer (Indian Union Muslim League), T.P. Abdullakkoya Maudany (Kerala Nadvathul Mujahideen), and Shaik Mohammed Karakkunnu (Jamaat-e-Islami) were present.thehindu
Construction of Ram Mandir will start on or before 2018: Katiyar
Faizabad:Bajrang Dal founder-president and BJP member Vinay Katiyar has said the construction of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya will start on or before 2018.Khatiyar said the land solely belongs to Lord Ram and no one else."If any Muslim community has supported the building of the Ram Mandir, then it is welcome news and,if more people come out in support of building the temple, I will be very happy," said Katiyar.ANI
Ryan student murder: Victim’s father requests for parallel CBI probe, Haryana minister says not averse to it
New Delhi:2 days after a 7-year-old class II student of Ryan International School in Gurugram was brutally murdered, the demonstrations took a violent turn on Sunday as protesters set ablaze liquor shop close to the school in Gurugram. Haryana Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma said on Sunday that action has been taken against the management of the school. “Under Section 75 Juvenile Act, action will be taken against school management. Accused will be presented before court within a week. Action has been taken against management and owner of Ryan International School,” he said.Earlier in the day, people gathered in large numbers in front of the school demanding a CBI probe in the murder. Police lathicharged people protesting outside the school. Following the incident, father of the deceased student requested to maintain peace. “Want to request all parents who are supporting us that please do not get involved in violence,” Varun Thakur was quoted as saying by ANI. “Police is doing its job, request a parallel CBI inquiry so that every detail related to the case is revealed,” added Thakur.“We demand a CBI investigation, we want justice for Pradyuman,” said the parent of a child studying at the school. “We are not satisfied with ongoing investigation. Bus conductor being framed. School management must take responsibility of students’ safety,”a parent present at today’s protest was quoted as saying by ANI. As per reports, window panes were also broken during the protest.indianexpress
Delhi govt orders magisterial inquiry after 5-year-old girl allegedly raped in school, CM Kejriwal says ‘shameful’
New Delhi:Just 2 days after the gruesome murder of a 7-year-old boy from Ryan International School in Gurugram, a 5-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a security guard inside the premises of Tagore Public School on Saturday in Gandhi Nagar area of Shahdara. DCP Shahadra Nupur Prasad said the accused, identified as Vikas (40), has been arrested. Meanwhile, Delhi Govt  has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the alleged rape, CM Arvind Kejriwal said. The report will be submitted within 3 days. He also said that a protocol would be chalked out for all city schools to ensure the safety of students. “Shameful. Won’t be tolerated. Police doing its job. Ordered magisterial enquiry. Will develop protocol 4 all schools 2 ensure children safety (sic),” tweeted Kejriwal. indianexpress
HC rejects Rs 35 cr compensation claim by Jamia student
New Delhi:Delhi High Court has rejected a Jamia Millia Islamia University student’s plea claiming a compensation of Rs 35 crore on various grounds including that the re-evaluation result for an exam that he had failed, was not declared on time. The HC upheld the single judge’s order observing that the “claim for damages on this account is clearly unsustainable and ill-founded.”“As per the result declared in April-May, 2013, the appellant had failed. It was for the appellant to prepare himself for re-examination to be held in Jan.2014, even if he had applied for re-evaluation. The appellant could not have assumed that he would clear the first year examination held in Jan.2013 solely because he had applied for re-evaluation. Attending the second year classes would not confer any right to be promoted to the second year,” the bench said.PTI
AMU, dubbed by RSS as ‘nursery of terrorists’, is India’s top university in world ranking
AMU has been ranked top Indian university in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2018, which lists more than a thousand institutes worldwide.AMU, which placed itself in the 601-800 slot is followed by University of Delhi, Banaras Hindu University. Commenting on the achievement, AMU VC, Professor Tariq Mansoor said that the varsity is proud to claim the top spot in the rankings and added that it suggets AMU is one of the most prestigious universities with very high entry standards. southlive
3 including 2 minors detained in Hyderabad for alleged links with IS
Hyderabad: Police have detained 3 persons here on suspicion of links with the terror group Islamic State (IS), informed sources said.The suspects, including two minors, were picked up from Toli Chowki area in the city and were being questioned about their alleged links with the IS.They were also being questioned about their alleged involvement in a terror plot in UP .Police officials including those from UP  were questioning them at an undisclosed location, according to sources.IANS 
NIA cites 4 terror probes against PFI, MHA mulls ban:TOI
New Delhi: In sync with home ministry's efforts to build a fresh case for banning Popular Front of India over alleged involvement of its cadres in terror cases, NIA has shared details with the ministry of 4 terror probes where cadres of PFI and its political arm SDPI were chargesheeted or convicted under UAPA.The 4 cases relate to chopping of a professor's palm in Kerala's Idukki district; holding of a training camp in Kannur from where NIA allegedly seized swords, country-made bombs and ingredients for making IEDs; murder of RSS leader Rudresh in Bengaluru and the Islamic State Al-Hindi module case in which attacks were plotted in south India.Based on its probe findings, NIA has claimed that PFI pursues a strategy aimed at communalising Indian polity, enforcing Taliban brand of Islam, heightening existing social divisions and maintaining a trained bank of volunteers for physical actions. PFI leader P Koya denies NIA's reported observations. "PFI believes in identity politics but does not work on sectarian lines. In our 20-25 years, there have been just a couple of cases of sedition/UAPA linked to PFI," he stated.Koya said the outfit had condemned and disowned cadres behind the Professor's palm-chopping. "Even in Kannur training camp case, the high court set aside conviction of 21 PFI cadres. There were no bombs there but only wooden structures aimed at depicting human physiology for our fitness workshops," he said. said. "PFI only trains its cadres in fitness and self-defence," he said.On SIMI roots of PFI leaders, Koya reminded that the association preceded SIMI ban. On Sathya Sarini, he said it was only imparting Islamic education to the willing who were free to decide on converting to Islam.TOI
'Eat Beef In Your Country Before Coming to India,' Quips New Tourism Minister:NDTV
 KJ Alphons, the new Tourism Minister, has advised visitors to "eat beef in their own countries" before travelling to India, just three days after asserting that there is "no food code" for states and beef will continue in states like Kerala and Goa.On Thursday, the minister confronted questions about the impact on Indian tourism of recent incidents of cow vigilantism and the tight restrictions on beef in several states."They (tourists) can eat beef in their own country and come here yaar," Alphons quipped, replying to reporters on the sidelines of a convention of Indian Association of Tour Operators in Bhubaneswar.
Jethmalani announces retirement, terms NDA's governance a calamity
 Noted jurist Ram Jethmalani on Saturday announced his retirement from over seven-decade-long career as an advocate. Referring the present status of governance as the calamity, 94-year-old ex-BJP leader said that the country is not in a good shape.  "I am here just to tell you I am retiring from the profession but I am taking on a new role as long as I am alive. I wish to combat the corrupt politicians that have been brought into the position of power and I hope the condition of India will take good shape," PTI quoted him. zeenews
Saudi says plans to hold talks with Qatar suspended after reports of Qatari emir spoke to Saudi crown prince
Saudi Arabia says plans to hold talks with Qatar have been suspended, shortly after the emergence of reports that a phone call between Qatar's emir and the Saudi crown prince hinted at a potential breakthrough in a major diplomatic crisis in the Gulf. The call on Friday between Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was the first official contact between Doha and Riyadh since the start of the crisis more than three months ago. In the phone call, which was reported by state media from both countries, the 2 leaders expressed a willingness to discuss an end to the rift. However, there seems to be a dispute over protocol - with some reports pointing out to Qatar News Agency's (QNA) apparent failure to mention that it was Doha that had initiated the call.In its report about the two leaders' call, QNA said that phone conversation had been coordinated by US President Donald Trump.In the phone discussion, Sheikh Tamim and Mohammed bin Salman "stressed the need to resolve this crisis" through dialogue "to ensure the unity and stability" of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), said QNA. Qatari emir welcomed a proposal by the Saudi crown prince to assign two envoys to resolve the dispute "in a way that does not affect sovereignty of states",Qatari news agency added. Aljazeera
Russia urges dialogue to solve Gulf crisis
Arab countries and Qatar should enter into direct talks to solve a diplomatic dispute, Russia’s foreign minister said on a trip to Saudi Arabia on Sunday, urging all parties to restore regional unity.  “We have confirmed our position (that we are) in favour of settling the disagreements by means of negotiations, by directly expressing concerns and achieving solutions which would take into account the concerns and the interests of all parties,” minister, Sergei Lavrov, said  in Jeddah.middleeastmonitor
Saudi embassy may have funded 9/11 'dry run': report
New evidence in a 9/11 lawsuit against the Govt  of Saudi Arabia alleges the kingdom's embassy in Washington, DC may have funded a test run for the deadly attacks in 2001, according to a US paper report.The evidence was submitted as part of a class action lawsuit against the Govt  of Saudi Arabia, the New York Post reported on Saturday.It alleges the embassy paid for 2 Saudi nationals to fly from Phoenix to Washington 2 years before planes hit the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and slammed into a field in Pennsylvania as part of a "dry run" for the attacks.Saudi Arabia has always denied any involvement in Sept.11, 2001 attacks.The victims' lawyers, however, have said the evidence suggests "a pattern of both financial and operational support" for the 9/11 conspiracy from official Saudi sources, according to the Post. Waleed Nassar, an international disputes attorney who represents two Saudi charities that are defendants in 9/11 litigation alongside Saudi Arabia, said "the evidence, along with much of what has been submitted, is innuendo and circumstantial". aljazeera
Israeli PM son criticized over ‘anti-Semitic’ imagery on FB
From an argument over dog poo to an alleged anti-Semitic caricature he posted on Facebook, Yair Netanyahu,Israeli PM’s 26-year-old son, is courting controversy with his social media activity.The criticism of Netanyahu in Israel is turning into a sideshow to more weighty events: criminal investigations into corruption allegations against his father and mother.They both deny any wrongdoing.The young Netanyahu is widely seen in Israel as being groomed by his parents as a future political leader and Facebook posts have attracted particular public interest. On Saturday, he posted a cartoon using what the Anti-Defamation League, which monitors anti-Semitism worldwide, described as anti-Semitic imagery in a Facebook post mocking some of his father’s critics.It included a depiction of US billionaire George Soros at the top of a food chain, dangling the world in front of both a reptile and ex-PM Ehud Barak,frequent critic of Netanyahu.Jewish financiers controlling the world is a well-known anti-Semitic theme.Soros supports left-wing and human rights bodies that have been highly critical of Israel and its treatment of Palestinians.In further Facebook posts following criticism for posting the cartoon, Yair Netanyahu, who is a university student, condemned the Israeli left for being 2-faced in trying to silence him.middleeastmonitor
Criminal indictments loom large for Israeli PM
Bahrain-Israel links ‘go back to 1994’
The latest comments by Benjamin Netanyahu about relationships with a number of Arab countries highlight the links between Bahrain and Israel, which “go back to 1994”, said on Friday.The secret relationship started when former Israeli Environment Minister Yossi Sarid met with Bahrain’s Foreign Minister, Mohamed Ben Al-Mubarak, and Health Minister Jawad Al-Arid. The 3 agreed that Israel could open a representative office in Manama.In 2009, the late Israeli President Shimon Peres and former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni met with the King of Bahrain in New York on the fringe of a religious dialogue conference. Last year, American rabbi Marc Schneier visited Manama on a mission to reinforce relations between Israel and Bahrain. Middleeastmonitor
Hamas leader in Cairo to discuss Gaza blockade
Gaza:The new chief of Palestinian Islamist group Hamas Ismail Haniyeh arrived in Cairo on Saturday to hold talks with senior Egyptian officials on his first such visit as leader, a Hamas spokesman said.In the past few months Hamas has sought to mend relations with Egypt.Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said the talks with Egypt will focus on alleviating the blockade and mending a longstanding rift with rival group Fatah, headed by Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.There was no immediate comment from Egyptian officials on the talks.Reuters
Egyptian forces kill 10 suspected militants in Cairo
Cairo:Egypt’s security forces killed 10 suspected militants on Sunday in a shootout during a raid on 2 apartments in central Cairo, 2 security sources said. 3 policemen were injured after one suspected militant detonated an explosive device to block their entry into the building and two other policemen were injured during the exchange of fire that followed. One source said authorities received a tip off about the hideouts of the individuals, who they suspect of being members of Hasm, a group which has claimed several attacks around the capital targeting judges and policemen since last year. Reuters
China, Pakistan take swipes at Trump's Afghan policy
Beijing:The top diplomats from China and Pakistan took swipes at President Donald Trump's newly unveiled Afghanistan policy on Friday as they called for new talks with the Taliban to resolve the 16-year conflict.Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi said Beijing stood firmly behind its "ironclad friend" Pakistan, even though "some countries" did not give Islamabad the credit it deserved in fighting terrorism, a pointed reference to US.Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif's first trip abroad to Beijing this week appeared to highlight how ties between the two all-weather allies have grown even closer while Pakistan's critical relationship with the US is disintegrating amid mutual recriminations and distrust.Wang and Asif announced that China, Pakistan and Afghanistan will hold a new series of three-way talks later this year in China to push forward settlement negotiations with the Taliban while the US doubles down on its military campaign."It's our firm view that there is no military solution in Afghanistan, the focus should be on a politically negotiated settlement," Asif told reporters in Beijing. "China is playing a very constructive role in this regard."AP
Islam is an intellectual and scientific religion: OIC
Jeddah: Ministerial meeting preparations for the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) for Science, Technology and Innovation Summit were held in Kazakhstan’s capital of Astana.The relevant ministers from the organization’s member states adopted the working document of the OIC for Science and Technology 2026 to be discussed and considered for adoption among member states’ leaders, who will be meeting for the first time to discuss science and technology matters. OIC Secretary-General Yousef Al-Othaimeen,said: “The summit is unique, since it emphasizes that Islam is an intellectual and scientific religion seeking to liberate people from delusions and fantasies and fight against extremism.”He further announced the development of the organization’s document, following intensive discussions with 157 scholars and technical experts from 20 member states.ARAB NEWS
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