21 November 2017

21 Nov.ND: Law to ban triple talaq; govt may move in Winter Session/After note ban, will Modi govt now ban cheque books

21 Nov.2017: 01 Rabiul Awwal 1439:Vol:9, No:53
Law to ban triple talaq on anvil; govt may move Parliament this Winter Session
New Delhil:  Modi Govt plans to bring in legislation to ban instant triple talaq, or talaq-e-biddat, in the Winter session of Parliament, providing a legal framework to prosecute Muslim men calling off marriages using a custom outlawed by the Supreme Court. Govt sources said on Tuesday that Govt had set up a ministerial panel and will either bring a new law or amend existing provisions to ban talaq-e-biddat and punish those practising it. Talaq-e-biddat involves Muslim men divorcing their wives by mentioning the word ‘talaq (divorce)’ 3 times in one go, sometimes over email, WhatsApp messages or letters.  “Even police are helpless as no action can be taken against the husband in the absence of punitive provisions in the law,” the sources said. Govt’s proposed move could help plug that loophole.“It is to this end that the positive step being taken by the Govt  of enacting a legislation will go a long way in deterring the Muslim husbands from divorcing their wives…,” the sources added. They said the reason behind the new cases of triple talaq could be lack of knowledge about the SC decision, or the absence of legal punishment.Muslims organisations reacted to the Govt’s decision with caution. Maulana Khalid Rasheed Farangi Mahli, who is a member the AIMPLB, said the Govt  should consult all stakeholders before introducing a legislation in Parliament. “Whatever the present Govt  is doing it is sync with the apex court verdict,” he said. Siddiqullah Chowdhury, minister in charge of library and mass education in the West Bengal Govt, said “quashing” Muslim law through legislation will be wrong. “Govt can certainly table a Bill on the basis of the Supreme Court judgement. But I think the right to talaq comes under the purview of Muslim personal law, and quashing it through legislation may tantamount to interfering with fundamental rights,” said Chowdhury, who is the head of  Jamiat Ulema, Bengal.Mohammad Kamruzzaman, general secretary of All Bengal Minority Youth Federation, too wanted Govt to consult Muslims. “Interference of Govt in this matter is not desirable,” he said. hindustantimes
Triple Talaq; Govt  Ready With New Plan
Muslim father can act as legal guardian of minor daughter to alienate immovable property: Kerala HC
Referring to tenets of Muhammedan law, the Kerala High Court has ruled that Muslim father can act as the legal guardian of his minor daughter so as to alienate immovable property. The ruling was given by dismissing the appeal suit of a Muslim daughter who had sought for partition of property, ignoring the alienation effected by her father in capacity of her legal guardian. The subject-property was initially purchased on behalf of the daughter and her siblings by their father as the legal guardian. Later, the father executed a sale deed by acting as the legal guardian of the daughter in order to alienate her share in the property in her favour of her brother.The daughter filed suit for partition, claiming her share on ground that the alienation effected by her father on her behalf was invalid. The suit was filed almost 28 years after the daughter became a major. The division bench of Justice V Chitambaresh and Justice Satish Ninan made extensive reference to the ‘Principles of Muhammedan Law’ as codified by M Hidayattullah and Arshad Hidayattullah. Livelaw.com
So far 88 women want to go to Haj without Mehram:Govt
So far, 88 women have filed applications to go for Haj without Mehram, with most coming from Kerala.Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas said, “22 groups of 4 women each have applied for Haj-2018 under non-Mehram category”.UNI
Centre will talk to Saudi Arabia for increasing Haj quota:
After note ban, will Modi govt now ban cheque books for its digital push?
New Delhi : After deciding to revoke the legal tender of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes in Nov. last year, Modi Govt might now be working on another disruptive step to boost digital transactions — banning the cheque book. A senior functionary of the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) on Nov.16 said Centre might withdraw the bank cheque book facility in the "near future" to encourage digital transactions. CAIT Secretary General Praveen Khandelwal said the Govt  needed to encourage the use of debit and credit cards. "In all probability, the Centre may withdraw the cheque book facility in near future to encourage digital transactions," he said. Demonetisation was a big disruption for most Indians, right from poor labourers to big industrialists. Now, withdrawal of the cheque book facility could have a massive impact as well. Most business transactions are conducted through cheques. According to experts, 95% transactions currently take place via cash or cheques.Since cash transactions have declined, transaction by cheque might have increased after note ban. Cheques are fairly popular in SME payments. By taking a PDC (post-dated cheque) against the delivery of goods, a supplier secures payments due in future from its customer. People pay by cheques while buying land and house, too.Many landlords now take rent from tenants via cheque. Since Nov.8, 2016, digital payments like BHIM have grown. However, their sweet spot has been small-value payments (2 to 3 figures). The retail and commercial payment usage strongly suggests that cheque is a very compelling method of payment for large-value payments (4 figures and above). business
Aadhaar’s new frontier: Linking with real estate soon? Good idea, says Housing Minister
Housing Minister Hardeep Puri has said that it was a great idea to link Aadhaar with property purchases and he does not doubt that it will not be done in future. In an interview with ET Now, Hardeep Puri said, “It’s a great idea to link Aadhaar to property purchases but I am not going to make an announcement on that. It is being linked to banks accounts etc. We can take some additional steps also. It is headed there in any case.”Upon being asked if linking Aadhaar with properties was logical, Housing Minister said, “Absolutely, that’s the way it’s heading anyways. I have no doubt that it will happen.”“Look no one can absolutely enforce that transactions between two individuals complies with check and balance, but what you can ensure is that large value transactions like buying property air ticket etc, those are monitored, rest are… I mean there is no economy in the world which is entirely cashless. In stable economies people don’t feel the need to carry a large amount of cash,” Hardeep Puri explained. financialexpress
Demonetisation turned people into beggars:Shiv Sena
Mumbai :Taking a dig at BJP leaders who called PM  Narendra Modi ‘God’s gift to India’, ally Shiv Sena said citizens were god but the Govt  had turned them into beggars after demonetisation. Many people termed British rule “divine dispensation’ during the colonial era, the Sena recalled in an editorial in its mouthpiece Saamana. But British rule was not god’s gift as it only looted the people, it said. “They survived here for 150 years using ‘divide and rule’ methods. Those who feel the current regime is divine dispensation should stop insulting god. Citizens are god and they have become beggars because of the demonetisation decision,” it said.PTI
Amit Shah-Sohrabuddin killing Case: ‘Chief Justice Mohit Shah offered Rs 100cr bribe to CBI for favourable verdict’
Shocking statements have been made by the family of late Judge Brijgopal Harikishan Loya of the Special CBI Court in Mumbai, who met with an untimely and “suspicious” demise in 2014. In Nov. 2014, Justice Loya was presiding over only one trial – the alleged staged encounter of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and his wife Kauser Bi in 2005. The prime accused in the case was Amit Shah. Judge Loya’s sister Anuradha Biyani has alleged that Loya had been offered a bribe of Rs 100 Crores by Mohit Shah – Chief Justice of Bombay High Court from 2010 to 2015 – to provide a favourable judgement in the case. Amit Shah was minister of state for home (Gujarat) at the time of Sohrabuddin’s killing in 2005, and the national president of BJP at the time of Loya’s death in 2014.An investigative report by Niranjan Takle published in The Caravan on Monday uncovered glaring inconsistencies relating to the circumstances of Loya’s death and the events following it. The article reports conversations with members of Loya’s family and Govt  servants in Nagpur who witnessed the procedures followed with the judge’s body after his death, including the post-mortem.In a follow-up article published on Tuesday, Nov. 21, the late judge’s sister Anuradha Biyani told Caravan that Loya had been approached by Chief Justice Mohit Shah to provide a favourable judgement in the case for a bribe of Rs 100 crore.The article adds that according to Biyani, Mohit Shah “would call him [Judge Loya] late at night to meet in civil dress and pressure him to issue the judgment as soon as possible and to ensure that it is a positive judgment.”Biyani states in the report, “My brother was offered a bribe of 100 crore in return for a favourable judgment. Mohit Shah, the chief justice, made the offer himself.”Biyani also claims that Mohit Shah told her brother that if “the judgment is delivered before 30 Dec., it won’t be under focus at all because at the same time, there was going to be another explosive story which would ensure that people would not take notice of this.”Judge Loya’s father Harkishan also spoke to Caravan. Harkishan revealed that his son had also confided in him about the bribery. indusdictum
A Family Breaks Its Silence: Shocking Details Emerge In Death Of Judge Presiding Over Sohrabuddin Trial
Chief Justice Mohit Shah Made An Offer Of Rs 100 Crore To My Brother For A Favourable Judgment In The Sohrabuddin Case: Late Judge Loya’s Sister
Family Questions ‘Suspicious Death’ of Judge Who Heard Sohrabuddin Fake Encounter Case
Uttarakhand HC asks state to make law to curb conversions
Calling religious conversions “a sham”, Uttarakhand High Court on Monday suggested that the state Govt formulate a Freedom of Religion Act to “curb this tendency” of religious conversions which in a “few” cases were done “only to facilitate the process of marriage”.“… It needs to be mentioned that the court has come across a number of cases where inter-religion marriages are being organised.However, in a few instances, the conversion from one religion to another religion is a sham conversion only to facilitate the process of marriage,” the order given by the single Bench of Justice Rajiv Sharma stated.“… The state Govt  is expected to legislate the Freedom of Religion Act on the analogy of Madhya Pradesh Freedom of Religion Act, 1968, as well as Himachal Freedom of Religion Act, 2006, without hurting the religious sentiments of citizens,” the order said.The court order came against the backdrop of a marriage between one Urja Sharma, an 18-year-old Hindu girl from Rudrapur in Uttarakhand’s Udham Singh Nagar district, and Atul Sharma, a 24-year-old boy from UP ’s Bijnor district, who claims to be currently working in New Delhi.Prior to being issued a Shuddhi certificate by a priest on August 28 as a proof of his conversion from Islam to Hinduism, Atul’s name was Adil Hussain Ansari. On Sept. 28, Atul married Urja, who had allegedly fled home to marry him. indianexpress
A few inter-religious marriages see sham conversion only to facilitate process: Uttarakhand HC
Hadiya’s father moves fresh application in SC for in-camera proceedings on Nov 27
New Delhi:Father of Hadiya has moved a fresh application in the Supreme Court seeking direction for in-camera proceedings on Nov. 27 when his daughter will be produced before the court, in connection with the Kerala case. Hadiya is at the centre of a nationwide controversy after her conversion to Islam and marriage with a Muslim man. The marriage was nullified by the Kerala High Court.Hadiya is in the custody of her parents following an order of the Kerala High Court. The court had annulled her marriage with Shafin Jahan after her parents argued that he was a radicalised person.indianexpress
Kerala Women's panel denied permission to meet Hadiya
 Kerala women's commission says it has once again been denied permission to visit 25-year-old Hadiya, at the centre of a nationwide controversy after her conversion to Islam and marriage with a Muslim man.Hadiya's movements are being strictly monitored and restricted by her parents since the Kerala High Court annulled her marriage to a Muslim man last year. According to Hadiya's statement before the court, she had willingly converted into Islam and married a Muslim man while she was still a student.Kerala State Women's Commission chairperson M C Josephine visited Hadiya's home today to ensure her safety during her journey to Delhi.Ms Josephine had already requested Hadiya's family to travel to Delhi by air and offered to pay for the tickets on behalf of the commission."However Hadiya's father declined this offer and said that the details regarding the travel cannot be revealed... Currently only people permitted by her father can visit the girl. This is unacceptable in the case of a 24-year-old woman. This has to change", Ms Josephine said. Ndtv
SC defers hearing in Rohingya deportation case to Dec.5
New Delhi;The Supreme Court on Tuesday deferred its hearing in the case seeking directions against Centre’s move to deport Rohingya Muslims to Dec. 5, reported news agency ANI. The petition has been filed by two refugees. In the last hearing, the apex court had said it would give the matter a “holistic hearing” today, as the refugee crisis throws up an “extraordinary” situation.During its earlier hearing, the SC said there was a need to strike a balance between national interests and human rights. 3-judge bench, led by Chief Justice Dipak Misra and comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, said, “It is a large issue. A issue of great magnitude. Therefore, the state has a big role. The role of the state in such a situation has to be multipronged.”“We will not permit any emotional arguments. We are not going to be swayed. We will go by the letter of the law… We know the problem of the nation. We also know the problem of the people. We are only striving how to strike a balance,” the court had added. indianexpress
Plea to protect rights of Rohingya refugees
Don’t allow use of ‘catastrophe’, ‘refugee’ to describe Myanmar: MEA to MPs:HT
New Delhi:The foreign ministry has advised Indian lawmakers participating in an Iran-sponsored parliamentary forum to tread cautiously on issues related to Myanmar.It asked MPs to try to avoid terms such as catastrophe and refugees in the context of Rohingya Muslims facing persecution in Myanmar. India has avoided taking a position on the recent exodus of the Rohingya from Myanmar and is wary of allowing refugees to enter its soil. hindustantimes
Rajnath dismisses Islamic State's presence in Kashmir, says Indians Muslims will never be misled by terror group
Varanasi: Dismissing reports of the Islamic State gaining a foothold in Kashmir, Union home minister Rajnath Singh said that Indian Muslims would never allow the terrorist outfit to have a base in the country.Singh also said he has complete faith in the Indian youth that they would not let Islamic State misled them. "Any Indian Muslim who believes in Islam would not allow any opportunity to the Islamic State to have a base in the country," he said.His remarks came in wake of claims that the global terror outfit was involved in an attack on security forces in Srinagar on 17 Nov.PTI
No authoritative info on presence of IS in Kashmir: Govt
J&K: Over 4,500 cases against youths involved in stone-pelting for first time to be dropped
New Delhi: Taking the suggestion of the Centre's special representative Dineshwar Sharma forward, over 4,500 cases against youths involved in stone pelting for the first time will be dropped in a bid to win hearts in the Kashmir Valley, officials said.Sharma, who visited the Valley earlier this month, was flooded with requests from various individuals and groups for withdrawing cases against youths who were booked by the police for indulging in stone pelting.Over 11,500 cases against stone pelters were registered from July last year when unrest broke out in Kashmir following the death of Burhan Wani in an encounter, they said.Out of these, over 4,500 cases were registered against youths who were found indulging in stone pelting for the first time, the officials said.When contacted, Sharma refused to comment on it but said "my attempt was to change the narrative in the state to peace and for that I need support of youths and students."The officials said after seeing the response of the step, the Centre was keen to review the remaining cases against stone pelters in consultation with the PDP-BJP state Govt in the state.The Centre may also consider rehabilitating locals who have joined terrorist groups but have not indulged in any heinous crime, they said.PTI
Security forces in Kashmir to offer militants amnesty for first time in a bid to encourage surrenders
Govt may offer amnesty to Kashmir stone-pelters, withdraw cases against first-time offenders
Delhi Court refuses to pass order against Farooq Abdullah over PoK remark
New Delhi: Delhi High Court today refused to pass any order on a PIL seeking action against NC leader Farooq Abdullah over his alleged remarks on PoK. A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar directed the petitioner to approach the ministry concerned, which will decide the issue on merits.The court was hearing a plea filed by Delhi-based Maulana Ansar Raza, who claims to be a social activist, seeking "immediate investigation" and "arrest" of the Srinagar lawmaker alleging that he has favoured Pakistan and insulted India. The bench disposed of Raza's plea, saying it was not expressing any opinion on the petition and asked the Centre to take an independent view on the matter.PTI
Kashmiri Muslims Step in to Perform the Last Rites of Their Hindu Neighbour
Ganderbal: Wussan village in J&K’s Ganderbal district witnessed a moment of communal amity on Sunday when Muslims performed the last rites of their Hindu neighbour.Moti Lal Razdan of Wussan, passed away on Sunday.Having a scarce Hindu population, Muslims in the area saw to it that his last funeral rites were conducted as per religious norms and customs.Razdan was amongst the few Hindus still residing in the village while most others had migrated to Jammu and other parts of north India in 90s during the height of militancy.Locals prepared food for the mourners and were seen carrying firewood for the cremation."We carried his coffin and arranged wood for his cremation. He was one of our own. This is our duty to help our neighbour,” a local said.CNN-News18
Ayodhya: Shia Board submits ‘settlement’ before SC
Lucknow: Shia Waqf Board chairman Syed Waseem Rizvi has moved the Supreme Court for permission to place on record a settlement worked out by UP  Shia Central Waqf Board in Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute.The application comes ahead of the scheduled hearing of the dispute in the Supreme Court on Dec.5.Under the settlement, Ram temple could be built on Ayodhya site while a mosque would be constructed in Lucknow. thehindu
Ram temple construction may begin before next Diwali: Swamy
Jaipur: BJP MP Subramanian Swamy expressed optimism that the construction of Ram temple would begin in Ayodhya by next Diwali. He said an atmosphere in favour of Ram temple was being created. Ruling out the possibility of any compromise solution to the Ayodhya dispute at this stage, he said, "A court verdict is the ideal solution to the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi dispute at this stage." timesofindia
Najeeb case: Court rejects CBI plea to make nine students take a polygraph test
The Patiala House Court on Tuesday dismissed CBI’s plea to conduct lie-detector tests on nine students of Delhi’s JNU, who are suspected to be behind the disappearance of fellow student Najeeb Ahmed, ANI reported.The court had reserved its verdict at the last hearing on Nov. 15. scroll
Raising a unified voice against hate, communal fascism, mob lynching, following recent killing of Umar
New Delhi: Members of the United Against Hate campaign held a public meeting on Monday to voice their protest against communal fascism and mob lynching, following the recent killing of Mohammad Umar Khan and the attacks on Tahir and Jabba on Nov.10 in Rajasthan.The organisers said they have come together against “the impunity enjoyed by cow terrorists” and “the need to rise against Hindutva terror”.Banu Joshna, a member of the group, said it was important to have organised and channelised responses to the killings, which are “organised as part of a larger propaganda”. The meeting was addressed by family members of Junaid, Umar and Tahir, victims of the recent mob attacks in Haryana and Rajasthan.“Communal attacks did not begin in 2014, however, they are receiving State patronage since 2014. Words like “secular” and “socialist”, which are used in the Preamble of the Constitution have become a joke. India is on the path to becoming a fascist country,” said Urmilesh Singh, senior journalist.“Muslims are being subjugated in this country, but the message is one of terror which is meant for everyone,” said Hartosh Singh Bal, political editor, Caravan magazine. He questioned the acquittal of Amit Shah from Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Tulsiram Prajapati fake encounter case. “The roots of fascism in India can be traced back to the year 1948 when Gandhiji was assassinated. The only change since 2014 is that these communal and hate forces which were earlier in power through the police and bureaucracy are now a part of the Govt ,” said Mohammad Salim Engineer, Secretary General, Jamaat-e-Islami. He further added that the issue at hand is not just to punish the accused “but to end the political impunity enjoyed by such terrorists.”“The whole politics of lynching is an art in Rajasthan. Even the Panchayat does not raise these issues because they’re all serving the purpose of the govt,” said Kavita Srivastava, member PUCL.“Dairy farming is our only source of income and now we are scared of continuing with this profession. The police are party to this crime and have still kept Tahir behind bars while the murderers are still free men,” said Abdul Wahid, brother of Tahir. thehindu
Farmer protest Day II: Agrarian crisis is policy, politics driven:Yogendra Yadav
New Delhi;Swaraj Abhiyan leader Yogendra Yadav on Tuesday said that the “prevailing agrarian crisis in the country is not by accident but is policy and politics driven”. Speaking to indianexpress.com during a farmers’ protest in the national capital, Yadav said, “We are witnessing a crisis which is built into our agrarian policy because our policies have been oriented towards production and not towards producer. Every year we come and say that production has gone up but we never say what has happened to the producer.”He underlined that the country’s agrarian policies are an attempt to replicate a model of agriculture that was formed in a different land, in a different historical and economic situation. “They are not meant or suited for our conditions. There is no doubt that the present crisis is policy driven… it is also politics driven because there is a lack of political will to do anything about the farmer. In a sense what the farmers are questioning is policy and politics underlying the systematic neglect of the farmers,” added Yadav.The protesting farmers are demanding implementation of Swaminathan Committee’s recommendations, lower input costs, farm loan waiver and fair price for farm produce among other things.Besides Yadav, social activist Medha Patkar and CPI national secretary Atul Kumar Anjan are also participating in the protest. Indian express
Zafar Sareshwala Explains ‘Zero Result’ By Maulana Azad Urdu Varsity’s UPSC Coaching Centre
Hyderabad:Since it was established in 2010, the Residential Coaching Academy of the centrally-funded MANUU has spent around Rs 9 crore for coaching civil service aspirants. But none of the candidates coached at MANUU have been able to crack the UPSC exam.When contacted by Caravan Daily, MANUU Chancellor Zafar Sareshwala said the Academy “has had a real start only this year” as till now it didn’t even have a permanent director.Residential Coaching Academy of MANUU has received a grant of Rs 8.45 crore from the UGC since 2010 and spent an additional Rs 58 lakh, says a TCN report. But none of the hundreds of students coached here for UPSC exam have tasted success.Explaining the reason for their zero result, Chancellor Zafar Sareshwala told Caravan Daily: “UPSC academy has had a real start only this year.Till now there had been no permanent appointment to look into the affairs of UPSC academy.”He further said:“Dr Ameerullah Khan has joined as full time Director Only in May 2017, and has revamped the whole system there. This year we received 6000+ applications from students and we have selected 120. They will need at least two years of thorough training, which we already have started, we are also lining up with current Civil Servants as guest lecturers.”Caravan daily
BJP’s Bihar chief: Fingers, hands raised against PM Modi will be broken, chopped off
Patna: Bihar BJP president and Lok Sabha MP from Ujiyarpur Nityanand Rai said here Monday that PM  Narendra Modi had overcome huge odds to lead the country. This should be a source of pride for all, he said, and if any “finger or hand was raised” against him, it would be broken or chopped off. Rai was speaking at a function called by the Vaishya and Kanu (OBC) communities.Recalling PM  Modi’s journey from his humble past to the post of PM, Bihar BJP president said: “When Modi’s mother would serve food to him, neither she would see her son in that plate nor the son would see the mother. From such circumstances, he has grown to be PM — the son of a poor, each individual should be honoured by this.” indianexpress
BJP is wooing Muslim voters ahead of Gujarat election?
BJP always had its share of success in polls with major emphasis on Hindu votes. However as Gujarat poll campaign is heating up with Congress and Hardik Patel-led PAAS giving a formidable challenge to the ruling party, BJP is trying to woo Muslim voters. This was evident when members with saffron scarves around their shoulders met those with skull caps in Limbayat, near Surat. According to the Indian Express, during the conversation, BJP minority leader Dr Azam Raza, who approached Muslim community, asked them to chose between Congress and BJP. Constituency is communally sensitive. BJP has sent its minority leaders to woo a large Muslim population, who make up about 30% of the electorate in Limbayat. The area had seen arson and rioting last Jan. after a severed head of a calf was found on the road.Also, around 100 members of BJP’s minority morcha unit from Mumbai left for Surat on Sunday under leadership of its national vice-president Irfan Ahmed for campaigning.According to The Hindu, BJP is also trying to woo the Muslim voters via the Rashtriya Muslim Manch, an arm of RSS, and an assortment of nearly 50 Muslim clergy is expected to arrive in Gujarat from the various BJP-ruled States in the run-up to the polls.Indian Express
BJP candidate Girish Parmar in Muslim-dominated Jamalpur: You are family, not voters
Rahul could be Congress chief before Gujarat polls
Congress set the ball rolling on Monday for a generational change in the party by announcing the election schedule for the post of party president, which is set to be occupied by Rahul Gandhi in the midst of the Gujarat campaign. The schedule, approved by the Congress Working Committee, fixed the date of nomination and scrutiny of candidature for Dec. first week.If Rahul is the only aspirant to file nomination, he is likely to be declared elected on Dec. 5. This would mean Rahul would go into the Gujarat first phase of voting on Dec. 9 as Congress chief, a politically significant development. Rahul is spearheading the party campaign in a bid to unseat BJP in PM  Narendra Modi's home state and his elevation further frames the tough contest as a "Modi vs Rahul" face-off. timesofindia
Madani remark: Assam police grill Kuldeep Nayar in Delhi
Guwahati: Assam police on Monday grilled veteran journalist, writer and former MP Kuldeep Nayar in New Delhi in connection with eight cases registered against Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind president Arshad Madani for his controversial  provocative remark on the ongoing process of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) updation in Assam, which triggered massive protests in the north eastern Indian state in the past week.A special team of Assam police led by Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Pranjal Bora grilled Nayar at his house, who sent a letter to the speaker of Lok Sabha to allot him for using the speaker hall of constitution club of India on Nov 13 last where Madani made his controversial provocative comment during a seminar organized by Delhi Action Committee for Assam (DACA).The police team also grilled Madani’s private secretary Fajlul Rehman for second time for the controversial remarks row.India Blooms News Service
Journalist shot in Tripura, 2nd scribe killed in 2 months
Guwahati: Yet another journalist was killed in Tripura on Tuesday noon, the second in two months. Sudip Datta Bhaumik was allegedly shot by a jawan of the 2nd Tripura State Rifles (TSR) at RK Nagar, about 20 km from Agartala. Nandagopal Reang, TSR constable has been arrested by the police.The incident occurred two months after another journalist, Shantanu Bhowmik was killed by a mob allegedly in the presence of the police at Mandai, about 40 km from Agartala.“He (Sudip Datta Bhaumik) was shot by one Rifleman Nanda Reang inside 2nd Bn Tripura State Rifles headquarters following some arguments. While a forensic team has visited the spot, post-mortem examination of the deceased has been conducted on camera,” Abhijit Saptarshi, SP of the West district informed The Indian Express from Agartala. The SP also said that while investigation was underway, other details including what had actually transpired leading to the constable firing upon Bhaumik was still under investigation. The constable has been detained, he added.Indian Express
3,000 madrassas in Delhi, just 124 covered by RTE
New Delhi: Madrassas stress on concentration and discipline from an early age, so those of their students who simultaneously enroll at regular schools can do well at academics. Lakhs of these students could have gained from a Delhi Govt  scheme that allowed recognised madrassas to send their students to Govt  schools, but so far only 124 of the city's 3,000-odd madrassas have come on board."A lot of Govt  schools want to get associated with these madrassas because their students are usually very good at academics. They have been trained from an early age to concentrate and learn, and if they manage to continue their schooling, they become well-scoring students," said an Urdu teacher at a Govt  school.HT
Limiting madrassa education to Arabic,  Islamic studies violates "human rights, NHRC should take note: NGO
New Delhi: Middle school students in private schools code and make phone apps these days; Govt  schools are raising their game too, but in the 3,000-odd madrassas of Delhi the teaching is stuck in 18th century. The Quran, Urdu and Persian remain main subjects, limiting the job prospects of their roughly 3.6 lakh students."They are churning out vast numbers of maulvis, only some of whom can be absorbed into the system," social activist Firoz Bakht Ahmed told TOI. "Others turn into a burden on Muslim society because they have not been trained in such a way as to be an asset to the community."Although there is no standardised madrassa syllabus, Ahmed said most follow some form of the Dars-i-Nizami pattern developed by a Lucknow scholar, Mullah Nizamuddin, in the early 1700s. It was designed to impart learning needed for Govt  service at the time but is out of sync with today's needs. It needs a "radical overhaul," he said.Author and activist Sadia Dehlvi said madrassas will always focus on Islamic education but their modernisation is necessary to make students competitive. "We have students coming from the Mewat region of Haryana, from UP and as far as Bengal," said Munshi Basheer Ahmed Qasmi, a senior cleric at Madrassa Husain Baksh, founded in 1856 and one of Delhi's oldest."Religious education should not be looked at through the prism of job guarantee. Students are encouraged to pursue other lines while attending the madrassa. Many have gone on to clear competitive exams and got admission to institutes like Jamia Hamdard and Jamia Millia Islamia where options are available to them." The reformers say limiting madrassa education to Arabic, Persian, Urdu and Islamic studies violates the "human rights" of students."They come from far-flung areas to acquire knowledge so that they can be part of the mainstream and earn their living. Simply making them learn the Quran, Urdu and Persian won't benefit them. NHRC should take note of how these students are being deprived of modern education," said Asad Ghazi, president, Nawa-e-Haque Welfare Association, an NGO which works in the field of education. timesofindia
Appoint Urdu officers in 40 days: Telangana CM draws deadline
Hyderabad: CM  K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Monday directed officials to appoint 66 Urdu officers within 40 days in important Govt  offices starting from Assembly, the CM ’s Office and the offices of Cabinet ministers and collectors to encourage Urdu correspondence and to reply in Urdu to petitions received from the public in the language.Mr Rao asked Deputy CM  Kadiam Srihari to visit Maharashtra to study system and recommend measures to be taken for the promotion of Urdu. He asked Deputy CM Mahmood Ali to visit Rajasthan to speed up of construction of the rubaat in Ajmer for the benefit of pilgrims from Telangana state visiting famous dargah.DeccanChronicle.
Rana Ayyub’s “Gujarat Files’ wins Citation of Excellence at Global Investigative Journalism Conference
Johannesburg (SA): Journalist-turned-author Rana Ayyub received a Citation of Excellence in the 2017 edition of the Global Shining Light Award for an undercover investigation revealing India’s top officials’ complicity in the 2002 Gujarat Riots in her book, “Gujarat Files: Anatomy of a Coverup.”The citation was given at the Global Investigative Journalism Conference on Saturday, Nov. 18 in Johannesburg, South Africa.The prize honours investigative journalism conducted in a developing or transitioning country, done under threat, duress, or in the direst of conditions.TwoCircles
UP: 2 Muslim youths held for posting objectionable photo of Adityanath on social media
Muzaffarnagar: 2 youths have been arrested in Muzaffarnagar district for allegedly posting an objectionable photograph of UP CM Yogi Adityanath on social media, a police official said. Shah Nazar and Danish have been charged with making statements that promote enmity between groups and for publishing obscene material in electronic form, Sub-Inspector at Jansath police station Vikram Bhati said.duo, residents of Kawal village, had allegedly circulated a photograph of Adityanath on WhatsApp and wrote objectionable comments against a religion.They were produced before CJM Jitender Singh, who sent them to judicial custody until Dec 4.PTI 
Dalveer Bhandari elected to ICJ: PM lauds Sushma for 'diplomatic win'
New Delhi: PM  Narendra Modi credited on Tuesday the efforts of external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and foreign ministry officials for the re-election of Dalveer Bhandari to the International Court of Justice.Amit Shah, the president of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, described Bhandari’s re-election as a “huge diplomatic win” and applauded PM Modi and Swaraj. Congratulating Bhandari, Shah said his win was a reflection of a “strong and decisive” leadership.Bhandari sailed through after Britain withdrew its candidate from a hard-fought race to the World Court. Bhandari and UK’s Christopher Greenwood were locked in a neck-and-neck fight for re-election, as UN could not decide between them after electing four out of five judges to the ICJ.PTI
Congress slams BJP for claiming Dalveer Bhandari's re-election to ICJ as its victory
TN: Hasini’s father threatened by daughter’s alleged killer
“I was just outside the court. I saw him standing there, he was speaking on the mobile. Suddenly, he came towards me. He whispered that I should not come to court again. And if I do, he would kill me and my son.” Babu’s voice was quivering as he told TNM this over the phone.For Babu, the father of Hasini, a 7-year-old sexually assaulted and murdered in Chennai in Feb. this year, the tribulations seem to be never-ending.After much delay in a police chargesheet and then the accused getting bail, the father has now filed a police complaint against Dhasvanth, the accused in the case on Monday.Alleging that Dhasvanth threatened him and his family in court, CDS Babu filed a complaint with Chengalpattu town police.Chengalpattu Mahila Court, which is hearing the Hasini murder case, had framed charges against Dhasvanth and announced that the trial will begin on Dec.5.Following Hasini’s death, Babu had shifted his family to Andhra as he was allegedly threatened by Dhasvanth’s family. thenewsminute
'Shocked': US ends protected status for 55,000 Haitians
Haitian community in the US is "shocked" and "speechless" after President Donald Trump's administration announced that it was ending its humanitarian protection for Haiti. The move, announced on Monday, gives nearly 60,000 Haitians, who hold Temporary Protected Status (TPS), 18 months to return to Haiti or find other ways to legalise their status in the US. "I have 18 months to get my life together ... to try to navigate my life as an undocumented immigrant," Lys Isma, a 22-year-old Haitian living in Miami, Florida said.Isma is one of about 55,000 Haitians who has received TPS since Haiti was given the humanitarian protections after an earthquake in 2010 ravaged the country, killing 316,000 and displacing more than 1.5 million. "I have no memories of Haiti," said Isma, who first arrived in the US when she was nine months."A lot of my life is going to be taken away," she said. "I am overwhelmed."Isma said her future in the US is now unclear after the Dept.of Homeland Security announced that it was terminating TPS for Haiti.The department said in a memo late on Monday that it was ending the humanitarian protection for the country after "a review of the conditions upon which the country's original designation were based and whether those extraordinary, but temporary conditions prevented Haiti from adequately handling the return of their nationals". Memo said that Acting Secretary Elaine Duke "determined that those extraordinary, but temporary conditions caused by the 2010 earthquake no longer exist". The dept. added the protections for Haitians will end in July 2019.Despite the department's assessment, supporters of the Haitian community in the US say Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, is not ready to take back 55,000 immigrants as the country continues to face political and security uncertainty. A UN report from earlier this year found that 2.5 million Haitians were still in need of humanitarian aid. The unstable recovery was exacerbated by Hurricane Matthew in 2016, according to UN. The report also notes that there has been a resurgence of sicknesses like diarrhoea and cholera. The health and infrastructure challenges were echoed by the US Dept.of State in Sept.of 2017, when it issued a travel warning for Haiti. "Dept.of State warns US citizens to carefully consider the risks of travelling to Haiti due to its current security environment and lack of adequate medical facilities and response," the state department said in the warning, which remains in effect. Al Jazeera
Assad to Putin: Thank you for 'saving our country'
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad thanked his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, for "saving" his country and for Russia's support in Syria. 2heads of state met for talks in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi on Monday, the Kremlin said in a statement on Tuesday.They discussed the fight against "terrorism" and the possibilities for a political settlement in Syria, which has entered its seventh year of war. The statement added that Assad had expressed his readiness to hold discussions with parties interested in resolving the conflict.In response, Putin commended Assad's cooperation. According to RIA news agency, which cited Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov, the meeting lasted for about four hours.The visit was believed to be only the second time al-Assad has left Syria since the war broke out in 2011.In Oct.2015, a month after Russia began its campaign in Syria, Assad and Putin convened in Moscow. AL JAZEERA
Siege of Eastern Ghouta: A blot on world's conscience
Gaziantep, Turkey:It was an exhausting surgical operation, but for the nurses at the Damascus Specialist Hospital in Eastern Ghouta, the work was still not done.After the procedure was over, workers came over to collect used tubes, syringes, gloves and sundry medical supplies from the operating theatre that would be considered medical waste in any other hospital.On this day, they had already collected more waste from the hospital's different wards.Damascus Specialist Hospital, located in Eastern Ghouta's Douma area, is one of the few medical centres still able to provide limited medical services to some of the 400,000 inhabitants of this suburb of Syria's capital, Damascus."We clean the single-use medical supplies because they're not available here, and UN's aid isn't bringing it," says Omar Mohammed, who is the manager of this facility. He says the hospital had to stop some medical procedures because of a lack of anaesthetics.Doctors say the Govt  of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is blocking surgical equipment and supplies as part of a punitive siege of rebel-held Eastern Ghouta that has entered its fourth year.Doctors in Douma are angry and frustrated because they have been forced to decide who must live and who must die. They try to save the patients who have the maximum chances of survival. Medicine is being rationed, and people are dying of complications due to the limited availability of simple procedures like dialysis.The doctors are also unhappy with the UN because the medical evacuation of 452 people from the besieged enclave has been held up by bureaucratic delays.Since July, 9 people on that list have died, and medical workers fear many more will follow.They have identified 29 patients with a 100% chance of survival, but they too will die if they do not receive medical care soon. aljazeera
Syria opposition in Riyadh aims to form united front
Baghdad;Syria peace talks have become a parallel saga to the suffering and violence that continues in the country, where 6.3 million people remain internally displaced, and more than 470,000 have lost their lives in more than seven years of fighting.The issues surrounding negotiations are complex and multi-layered, with a major sticking point that opponents of President Bashar al-Assad - the Saudi-backed High Negotiation Committee (HNC), and the Cairo and Moscow platforms - have failed to form a united front to challenge his Govt . Staffan de Mistura, UN envoy for Syria, has previously sought to unite the opposition.A new meeting in Riyadh on Wednesday hopes to bring them together, but the odds of success are not high. aljazeera
Riyad Hijab quits as head of Syrian opposition's HNC
Riyad Hijab, the head of Syria's main opposition bloc, has resigned before a conference scheduled in Saudi Arabia aimed at "unifying" various groups opposing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.A former PM  under Assad who defected following the 2011 uprising, Hijab has been the face of the Saudi-backed High Negotiations Committee (HNC) since Dec.2015. He announced his decision to step down on Monday, without explaining the reasons for his move." aljazeera
Myanmar's discrimination against Rohingya Muslims is 'apartheid': Amnesty International
Myanmar's policies that restrict ethnic Rohingyas from travelling, visiting a hospital or going to school amount to apartheid, Amnesty International says.The organisation released a report in Bangkok titled Caged Without A Roof, which detailed widespread discrimination in place even before the violence that has driven 600,000 Rohingyas to Bangladesh."The Myanmar authorities are keeping Rohingya women, men and children segregated and cowed in a dehumanising system of apartheid," said Anna Neistat, Amnesty International's senior director for research.Rohingyas wanting to travel to another township and sometimes just the next village must apply for permission, pay fees and risk shakedowns at checkpoints, where the paramilitary Border Guard Police  see them as "walking cash machines". abc
Myanmar, Bangladesh to implement plan to end Rohingya crisis: China proposal
Beijing: China onsaid Bangladesh and Myanmar have accepted Beijing’s mediatory role and agreed to implement a three-phased solution proposed by its Foreign Minister Wang Yi to resolve the Rohingya refugee crisis. Wang travelled to Dhaka where he met with Bangladesh PM  Sheikh Hasina on Saturday. He then flew to Nay Pyi Taw and met with Myanmar’s top leaders on Sunday.“Wang Yi proposed initiatives including three phased solution so as to fundamentally resolve this (Rohingya) crisis,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said. “His initiative won approval from Bangladesh and Myanmar. We hope it would resolve the issue and contribute to addressing this crisis,” Lu told said.
Myanmar hopes for deal with Bangladesh on Rohingya refugees: Aung San Suu Kyi
Rohingya activist: Suu Kyi is denying our existence
Rohingya activists have accused Aung San Suu Kyi of "denying their existence", after Myanmar's leader failed to mention a humanitarian crisis that has seen the exodus of more than half a million refugees to Bangladesh since August.In a speech on Monday, Aung San Suu Kyi said the world is facing new threats partly because of illegal immigration and the spread of "terrorism", drawing criticism that she is trying to divert attention away from the Rohingya crisis. "Today we are facing a new period of global uncertainty and instability," Suu Kyi said at 13th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) of foreign ministers in Naypyidaw. "Conflicts around the world are giving rise to new threats and emergencies: illegal immigration, spread of terrorism and violent extremism, and even the threat of nuclear war." Reacting to Aung San Suu Kyi's speech, Ro Nay San Lwin, a Rohingya activist based in Germany, said her statement was nothing but a "denial of our existence"."Rohingya were recognised as citizens after independence in 1948. Our citizenship was snatched in 1982 by the military regime," he told Al Jazeera."When Suu Kyi's party, National League for Democracy (NLD), was established in 1988, many Rohingya supported her," he added. " NLD issued IDs that mentioned the word Rohingya," he said, adding that four Rohingya stood in the 1990 parliamentary elections on the ticket of Aung San Suu Kyi's party. Aljazeera
Kerry: Israel has no interest in peace with Palestinians
Former US Secretary of State, John Kerry, launched another attack on Israel by claiming that the Govt  in Tel Aviv has no interest in fostering peace with the Palestinians.The comments made by the former US presidential hopeful came to light in a recording published by Israeli Channel 10 yesterday in which Kerry praises the Palestinians for showing “extraordinary” restraint against Israeli provocations.“ Palestinians have done an extraordinary job of remaining committed to non-violence. And in fact when the intifada (2015) took place they delivered non-violence – in the West Bank,” said Kerry. middleeastmonitor
Israel officials prepare for mass demolition in occupied East Jerusalem
Israeli officials from the Jerusalem municipality and police examined five buildings in the Kafr Aqab neighbourhood of occupied East Jerusalem yesterday, in preparation for their demolition.The buildings, erected without the almost impossible to obtain “permit”, are currently home to some 138 Palestinian families.According to the Jerusalem Post, the apartment blocks are to be demolished in order to build a public road next to the Separation Wall.The paper reports that out of some 60,000 residents in Kafr Aqab, about 52,000 are living in “illegal” buildings.Mounir Zghayer, chair of the neighbourhood’s local committee, said that contrary to claims made by the municipality, local residents had never requested the road in question. middleeastmonitor
Israel minister: It’s time to recognise the West Bank ‘as Israel’
Israeli minister Naftali Bennett has reiterated his call for the occupied West Bank to be formally annexed, speaking yesterday evening at an event organised by pro-settler news site Arutz Sheva.Education Minister and Diaspora Affairs Minister, Bennett declared that Israel has “a very rare opportunity now”, referring to US President Donald Trump.“[There is] a President who thinks different, who thinks open,” Bennett told the audience. middleeastmonitor
Hamas rejects designation of Hezbollah as ‘terrorist’
Hamas rejected a resolution by Arab League foreign ministers designating Lebanon’s Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.“Hamas strongly rejects the designation of the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah as terrorist,” it said.“We were shocked to see that the joint Arab statement was free from referring and designating the Israeli occupation and its crimes as terror acts,” it said.During the emergency meeting Sunday, it was stated that the ministers had decided to condemn Hezbollah.In another written statement late Monday, Hamas also criticized Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir’s request for Qatar to cut ties with Hamas.“We express our dismay at the Saudi foreign minister’s request for Qatar to cut ties with Hamas in order to achieve a national Palestinian reconciliation,” the statement said adding the request is highly unacceptable. middleeastmonitor
Gazans worried as Rafah crossing to close: aljazeera
A temporary opening of Gaza's Rafah crossing on the border with Palestine and Egypt may be extended by two days. Hundreds have passed into Egypt since the crossing opened on Saturday, but there is frustration among many more who have not yet crossed, many of them students trying to reach universities abroad.Israel and Egypt's blockade of Gaza has meant crossing has been closed for most of the last decade.
Dutch police officer 'may wear headscarf with uniform'
Police in the Netherlands are discriminating against a Muslim female officer by not allowing her to wear a headscarf with a uniform since her contact with the public is limited, the country's Commission for Human Rights has ruled.According to Dutch law, police officers are banned from wearing visible religious symbols while on duty on the grounds that they need to appear "neutral". Sarah Izat, the Rotterdam-based administrative officer who brought the case to the council, lodged a complaint in May, saying the ban was discriminatory against her and hindered her from progressing in her career.While Izat's non-Muslim colleagues were allowed to be dressed in uniforms, 26-year-old officer could only be in plain clothes if she wanted to wear her headscarf.On Monday, the Commission ruled that, in Izat's case, the headscarf ban could not be justified, mainly because she was doing a desk job that required her taking statements over the phone or sometimes via a video projection system."When she is on the phone, civilians can't see her. Prohibiting her [from wearing the scarf] therefore does not add to the intention of being neutral", the council said, adding that the police had made a "forbidden distinction on the basis of religion".Al Jazeera
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