26 November 2017

26 Nov.ND: Bhagwat's remarks on Ayodhya case challenge to SC, he has Gujarat polls in mind: Muslim outfits/

26 Nov.2017: 06 Rabiul Awwal 1439:Vol:9, No:57
Bhagwat's remarks on Ayodhya case challenge to SC, he has Gujarat polls in mind: Muslim outfits
Lucknow: Muslim organisations reacted sharply to RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat's strong pitch for building a Ram Temple on the disputed site at Ayodhya, terming it as a direct challenge to the SC before which the matter wass pending, and demanded action against him. They also alleged that RSS chief was trying to help the BJP in the upcoming Gujarat elections by diverting the attention of voters from "real" issues with such statements. "The All India Muslim Personal Law Board has faith in the judiciary and will try to implement its order... by issuing this statement Mohan Bhagwat has taken law into his hands," the spokesman of AIMPLB, Maulana Khaild Saifullah Rehmani, said. He demanded that the government take action against "such people who are openly showing disrespect to the courts and taking law into their hands". Bhagwat has issued "a one-sided statement that only a temple will be constructed at the site and this is unacceptable to us", Rehmani said, adding this amounts to showing disrespect to the court. The convenor of Babri Masjid Action Committee and member of the Board, Zafaryab Jilani, alleged that such remarks "challenging" the apex court are a threat to democracy. Jilani, who is also a senior counsel, said that it appears that Bhagwat has tried to help BJP in the Gujarat Assembly elections through his statement. "Bhagwat has given an open challenge to the SC....As per the Constitution, the SCis supreme and its orders have to be implemented in the country...it has asked for maintaining status quo on the site...through this statement Bhagwat has given a direct challenge to the SC and this is also a threat for democracy," he said. PTI
Muslim law board says RSS chief’s remarks on Ram temple a challenge to SC
RSS playing with fire on Ayodhya dispute: Owaisi
AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi accused the RSS of "playing with fire" on the issue of Ram temple with its "obnoxious" statements. Reacting to Mohan Bhagwat's comments that "only Ram Mandir and nothing else" will be built at the disputed site in Ayodhya, AIMIM chief said: "This is a very delicate matter and RSS is playing with fire on this issue."The obnoxious statement by RSS chief clearly gives a message that RSS is assuming to be the SC. RSS is trying to give a message that they know what the judgment of the SC will be, and that would be on the basis of ‘aastha' (faith) but not on evidence or Constitution," he added.IANS
RSS chief, other leaders disavow violence in the name of 'cow vigilantism' at Hindu Dharma Sansad
RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat and several other leaders disavowed violence in the name of 'cow vigilantism' at 3-day Hindu Dharma Sansad at Udupi, which culminates on Sunday. However, he reiterated that there was nothing wrong with protecting the cow and that scientific approaches to harnessing the benefits of cow products should be considered."Cow protection is a must, but we have to operate in peace," Bhagwat said.On the other hand, Pravin Togadia, International Working President of VHP, compared the US legal system which prohibits the slaughter of horses to that of India and questioned why a similar legislation for cows cannot be passed in India. Pejawar seer Vishwesha Teertha also extended his support for a nationwide legislation on cow slaughter, and added, "It is not the responsibility of the Union govt alone. The state governments must also support such a legislation and impose a ban on cow slaughter."The comments come in the wake of several attacks by 'cow vigilantes' or 'gow rakshaks' across India, and amidst attempts by the central government to bring in a ban on cattle slaughter by making the sale of cattle for slaughter illegal.The statements were made at the Hindu Dharma Sansad in Udupi, a 3-day festival that culminates with the Vishwa Hindu Samajotsava on Sunday. Organised by VHP, the Sansad is aimed at "reforming the Hindu community", and this year, participants spoke about cow protection, state control over temples, religious reforms, etc. Multiple discussions revolved around the seeming demise of 'Hindu Dharma' with leaders expressing concerns over the lack of reforms within the religion to adapt to current times. During his speech, Dharmasthala Dharmadikari Veerendra Heggade emphasized that the ‘Hindu Dharma’ has become stagnant and urged people to look upon the works of Mahatma Gandhi and BR Ambedkar to reform the Hindu society which could lead to its empowerment. thenewsminute
Untouchability, caste discrimination hurdles for Hindu brotherhood, says Togadia
Udupi: On the second day of the Dharma Sansad here, VHP International Working President Pravin Togadia said, "Though caste discrimination has come down in our country, it hasn't gone away completely. For its eradication, Hindus should be treated equally. Entry should be given to all temples of India without caste discrimination. Eat food without pankthi bheda (food served separately for Brahmins), have the same water for all castes and the dead should be buried in one place."He added, "We unknowingly discriminate between castes and there we should have reconciliation. We have to respect and love each other. The poor are denied education and famers are dying due to the loan burden. We envision a povertyless Hindustan. We want peace, united and prosperity here."TOI
Hadiya mentally unstable, NIA report more important: Father’s SC strategy
Heavily guarded and barricaded gate of Kerala House in New Delhi is proof of the palpable tension inside the building.It is in this building that Hadiya, 25-year-old Muslim convert from Kerala is being housed for a day, before she goes before the Supreme Court on Monday to give her testimony.For her father, who has been making every attempt to thwart Hadiya’s freedom to choose how she lives her life, this seems to have done little to change his mind. On Sunday, Ashokan has come up with his latest strategy: He is going to argue in court that the SC must consider NIA report in the case before they hear Hadiya.Ashokan's lawyer Raghunath claimed that Hadiya was heavily indoctrinated and that she was mentally unstable."We will argue that the NIA report that has enough proof of indoctrination, should be first considered before listening to Hadiya's side. Whatever it is that she will say in court, we will tell the court that more weightage must be placed on NIA report and not on Hadiya's statements. Just like the Kerala HC did not give much importance to Hadiya's statement, we will ask the SC to do the same.” Thenewsminute
Suspended Gorakhpur’s BRD doctor Dr Kafeel Khan cleared of graft charges
Lucknow:Suspended paediatrician at Gorakhpur’s BRD Medical College and Hospital (BMCH), Dr Kafeel Khan, has been cleared of corruption charges after police failed to find any evidence. Dr Khan is one of the nine people arrested after a spate of child deaths, allegedly due to lack of oxygen and other medical reasons, at the hospital in August this year. After receiving prosecution sanction from the state govt, police chargesheeted him and ex-BMCH principal Dr Rajiv Mishra under various sections of the IPC, including criminal conspiracy and attempt to commit culpable homicide. Gorakhpur SSP Satyarth Aniruddha Pankaj said Dr Khan has not been chargesheeted under Prevention of Corruption Act and the Information Technology Act. However, he has been chargesheeted under IPC sections 409, 308 and 120-B.Dr Mishra, in addition to the same charges, is also accused under Prevention of Corruption Act.On Oct.27 police had filed chargesheet against 6 other suspended BMCH staff, including Dr Rajiv Mishra’s wife Dr Purnima, and Manish Bhandari, proprietor of Pushpa Sales Private Limited that had won the contract to supply liquid oxygen. They were chargesheeted under IPC Sections 308 and 120-B, and Prevention of Corruption Act. All accused are lodged in Gorakhpur jail.2 days ago, the Food Safety and Drug Administration also filed a complaint in a Lucknow court against Pushpa Sales Private Limited for allegedly supplying medical oxygen without a wholesale license.Meanwhile, a retired BMCH principal is now under investigation over awarding the contract to Pushpa Sales Pvt Ltd in 2014. indianexpress
Gorakhpur BRD Hospital Child Deaths:Some charges dropped against Dr Kafeel Khan
Govt has no intention of introducing Islamic banking: Naqvi
Hyderabad:India has a wide network of different banks to meet the financial needs of people and hence the government has no intention to consider introducing Islamic banking, Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said. Islamic or Sharia banking is a system of finance in which interest is not charged.“In India, the government will not allow Islamic banking, because India is a secular and democratic country,” the minister told PTI here. “There are different government and scheduled banks and the existing banking system is for all. Hence, the government is not thinking of introducing the concept of Islamic banking,” he said.“Some organisations and some people had made a suggestion on this issue (to introduce Islamic banking), but we do not have any such intention,” he said. PTI
TV journalist Rohit Sardana in trouble over his derogatory tweet on revered women in Islam
New Delhi: Hundreds of Muslims on Friday held a protest against TV journalist Rohit Sardana on Friday in New Delhi for his derogatory tweet referring to women in Islam and Christianity including Prophet Muhammad's wife Ayesha, daughter Fatima and Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ. Protesters took out a candle vigil from Batla House to Jamia Nagar police station and filed complaint with police against Sardana.Addressing the protest gathering Maulana Jinan Asghar said:“Rohit Sardana has made offensive comments about the revered personalities in Islam. We will continue our protest till the government of India takes strict action against him. We can’t tolerate such attempts to insult these pious personalities.”“This country has a rule of law. Every citizen of each faith has a responsibility to respect the sacred personalities in respective religion. We will not tolerate insult of any revered personality of any religion in this country,” he averred.Condemning Sardana's tweet Maulana Asghar said, “TV Channel he works for needs to take right step in the matter."Protesters said that they will hold a massive protest outside Police Headquarters in Delhi if FIR against him not lodged soon. Raising slogans against Sardana, they also demanded his arrest.Several groups of Muslims in various other cities also took out protest march on Friday against Rohit Sardana and filed police complaints. The complainants alleged that Sardana’s derogatory tweet was aimed at causing communal disharmony.On the complaint of Muslims’ Association of Peace and Harmony a FIR against Rohit has also been lodged at Mumbai’s Mira Road police station under.2 other FIRs were filed at Dabeerpura Police Station in Hyderabad and Faizabad. On 16th Nov. Sardana was reacting to a similar tweet posted by his India Today colleague and TV journo Gaurav Sawant, who wrote similar kind of tweet on the revered women in Islam.IndiaTomorrow
UP Police dismiss reports of fanfare over Hafiz Saeed’s release
Lucknow:Lakhimpur Kheri administration has dismissed reports that members of a community in the district celebrated the release on Friday of JuD chief Hafiz Saeed from house arrest in Pakistan.After his release, there were reports that some members of the community at Begum Bagh Colony in the Shivpuri area decorated their homes with “green flags,” burst crackers and shouted slogans in support of Pakistan and Saeed.Both the police and the DM have dismissed the report as a rumour.DM Akash Deep said the police reached the area after the matter came to the notice of officials.The flags were put up for an upcoming festival, and the police removed them, he told The Hindu.“The model code of conduct is in force for the municipal elections. Only the flags on government polls were taken down,” Deep said. Thehindu
UP civic polls: Second phase of local body elections marred by faulty EVMs, names missing from voter lists
The second phase of local body polls in Uttar Pradesh ended on Sunday with about 52 percent of the electorate exercising their right to vote. However, reports of malfunctioning EVMs, names missing from electoral rolls, and bogus voting continued to mar the polling process.Polling took place in 25 districts on Sunday: Varanasi, Muzaffarnagar, Ghaziabad, Gautam Budhnagar, Amroha, Rampur, Pilibhit, Shahjahanpur, Aligarh, Mathura, Mainpuri , Farrukhabad, Etawah, Lalitpur, Banda, Allahabad, Lucknow, Sultanpur, Ambedkarnagar, Bahraich, Shrawasti, Sant Kabirnagar, Deoria, Ballia and Bhadohi.Issues regarding EVMs were reported across the state, especially in Lucknow and Ghaziabad. Authorities ordered replacement of faulty EVMs at several places. Early morning reports claimed that EVMs at booth numbers 254 and 255 in Lucknow's Sarojini Nagar were malfunctioning. As a result, polling began late at this booth.Several such reports also came from Ghaziabad. According to reports, the display on the machines did not show the date and time, and information like ballot unit number and control unit number were also missing.Instances of bogus voting were also reported across the state. The Varanasi Police detained eight women and two men on charges of alleged bogus voting. In Ghaziabad, 5 men have been detained by the police for bogus voting. firstpost
UP civil polls: Voters irate after names struck off the list
Muzaffarnagar case:Court to frame charges against BJP MP Baliyan
Meerut: The local court in Muzaffarnagar will frame charges against BJP MP Sanjeev Baliyan and other accused on Dec.15 in the case of hate speech before the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots.Baliyan and six others, including BJP MP Bhartendra Singh, party MLA Suresh Rana and VHP leader Sadhvi Prachi, are accused of inciting violence through their speeches in a Mahapanchayat in Nagla Mandaur on August 30, 2013, ahead of the Muzaffarnagar riots. thehindu
2007 Gorakhpur dargah burning case: HC to hear petition against Yogi as ‘fresh’
Allahabad: Allahabad high court on Friday directed to put up as ‘fresh’ a petition challenging an order of additional district judge (ADJ), Gorakhpur that was in favour of Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath and 6 others in the ‘dargah burning case’ of Gorakhpur of 2007. ADJ had set aside the order of the chief judicial magistrate (CJM), who had taken cognizance of the charge sheet filed against Adityanath and the six others in the case.Hearing an application by Rasheed Khan, manager of the dargah and another person, Justice Rahul Chaturvedi directed to put up the matter on Dec.13, 2017 in the list of freshly filed cases.The petitioner had lodged an FIR on Jan.28,2007 at Gorakhpur’s Kotwali police station, alleging that the then MP Yogi Adityanath and 6 others had burnt the dargah and looted its cash box.Thereafter, the state govt had granted sanction to prosecute Adityanath and others.HT
Hijab row: Thousands of Muslim girls have passed out without a single complaint, says principal of Christian school in Barabanki:TOI
New Delhi:A day after the Imam-e-Juma of Shia central mosque in Barabanki lodged a complaint with the basic shiksha adhikari (BSA) that his daughter, a student of class VII in the town's famous Christian missionary school, Anand Bhawan, was not allowed to wear hijab (headscarf) inside the premises, school principal Archana Thomas said the row was the first of its kind in the 70-year-old institution's history.In his complaint, Maulana Mohammad Raza had said that wearing hijab was their "right and choice" and their fundamental rights had been violated."Our prospectus makes it clear that students have to adhere to our uniform. Our school was set up in 1948 and although more than half of our students are from that community, we never had a controversy like this," Thomas told TOI over phone.The principal said several hundreds of Muslim girls have passed out of the school without any complaints. "They take off the hijab once they enter the premises and may cover themselves again once they step out," she said."The girl's father has told reporters that I forcibly took off her scarf, which is not true. The girl has been our student since nursery and she never faced any problems here till last week," Thomas added. Lily Fernandes, president of registered society of Maids of the Poor, the body that runs the school said, "The row is both unnecessary and sad. We have Muslim teachers too in our school. Many of them cover their heads, some of them until their ankle. But as a rule, they enter classrooms without any of these things." Saharanpur sheher qazi Nadeem Akhtar, who attended a convent school and earned an MBA later, said the imam should not have sent his daughter to that school if he was so particular about hijab. "However, the school should also consider that Sikh men and Muslim women have been allowed to cover their heads even in armies of several countries. A place of learning should be the last place for clash of egos," Akhtar added.TOI
UP: School principal bars student from wearing headscarf, govt orders probe
Boy posted some photo of PM Modi. Is it such a big crime that he should be jailed?:Shaqib’s kin
Fatehabad: 5 months ago, Shaqib, 19, went without food for about six days, demanding that his parents buy him a smartphone. He is now in jail in Hisar, Haryana, 270 km from his home in Khera Mewat village in UP’s Saharanpur district, for allegedly sharing on WhatsApp a morphed photograph of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Shaqib was picked up on Nov. 18 after Mukesh Kumar, a ‘BJP worker’ in Tohana, in Haryana’s Fatehabad district, complained about the photograph. A police team from Tohana had travelled to Shahpur-Kalyanpur village in Uttarakhand, where Shaqib worked as a tailor. He is now serving a 14-day judicial remand in Hisar jail.“He had gone without food for 6 days, insisting that we buy him a touchscreen phone,” says Shaqib’s mother Julekhan, 45.For the residents of Khera Mewat, a village with a population of about 8,000, a smartphone is a rarity. “Most of the villagers are uneducated and work as daily wagers, hardly earning Rs 100-200 a day. How can we afford smartphones,” says Mehboob Hasan, 44, a neighbour who has dropped by to console the family. He points to Jule’s phone, an Intex set that the family bought for about Rs 1,000.Julekhan says that when Shaqib stuck to his demand, four months ago, his father Salim, 47, who earns about Rs 6,000-8,000 a month working as a daily-wage labourer, borrowed money to buy Shaqib the phone he wanted for Rs 7,500. Shaqib, a Class 3 dropout, is the fourth of Salim and Jule’s 5 children.Consoling Julekhan as she breaks into sobs, Shaqib’s paternal aunt Fareeda, 35, says, “He sent some photo of the prime minister on his phone and he was arrested for it? Is it such a big crime that the boy has to be put behind bars?” indianexpress
Padmavati row:  Saini burdened with debt; police probing 'communal angle'
Jaipur/New Delhi:  Chetan Kumar Saini, the man whose body was found hanging at Jaipur's Nahargarh Fort, was burdened with loans on his head. 40-year-old was a resident of Jaipur's Shastri Nagar who reportedly ran a jewellery and handicrafts business. Reports say Saini had to repay a total of Rs 10 lakh to various persons including money lenders. On Thursday, his wife had received a phone call asking Saini to clear the debt.It has also been found that Saini had borrowed Rs 7 lakh sometime ago for his sister's marriage.The death of 40-year-old in mysterious circumstances has put in the investigators in the tizzy. Police have not ruled out the 'suicide' angle.Prima facie reports say Saini did not suffer from internal or any major external injuries except for some bruises on his face. Along side his body were scribbled messages written on rocks relating to the controversial film 'Padmavati'. Saini's hands were stained with coal, which was apparently used to scribble the notes.Police Sources say Saini was killed and the messages written were to spark communal tension in the region. The murder had nothing to do with the "Padmavati" row and the messages were put up to divert investigation into the murder. The message, scrawled on rocks nearby, read, "(We don't burn effigies, we hang them”.Police are quizzing 6 persons in connection with the case.ABP
AP: Jagan Mohan Reddy promises funds totemples, mosques, churches
Kurnool: Opposition leader Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy on Saturday promised a monthly honorarium of ₹10,000 to masjid imams and assured ₹15,000 a month for maintenance of all the temples, mosques and churches.Addressing Muslim minorities in an “atmeeya sadassu“ at Putlur in Pathikonda constituency in Kurnool district, Jagan said his father Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy had extended 4% quota to Muslims, but CM N. Chandrababu Naidu ditched them after promising 8%.
Dawood’s son is a maulana, moves into mosque:The Hindu report
Mumbai:India’s most-wanted gangster Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar is reported to be suffering from depression as his 31-year-old son Moin Nawaz D. Kaskar has become a maulana, a religious master.“Moin is reportedly against his father’s illegal activities,” Thane Anti-Extortion Cell head Pradeep Sharma told The Hindu. Sharma said the information regarding his son — gained from questioning Dawood’s brother Iqbal Kaskar, who is in judicial custody in an extortion case — has been included in the charge sheet submitted in the designated court by the Thane AEC. Sharma said the interrogation also revealed other “nuggets of internal strife in the family”. Iqbal Kaskar, was arrested in September in connection with 3 cases of extortion. Sharma said, according to Iqbal a deeply worried Dawood is afflicted with bouts of depression over who would handle his underworld empire. Dawood also has 2 daughters — Mahrukh, who is married to Junaid, son of Pakistani cricketer Javed Miandad, and, Mahreen, who is married to a US-based businessman’s son.“His son is practically estranged from the family, but it is not clear if he is on speaking terms with his father,” said Sharma.Moin, according to Iqbal Kaskar, is now a respected and qualified maulana, and has moved out of the family’s palatial bungalow in Clifton, Karachi, and is staying in a nearby mosque. His wife and 3 children are also living with him in quarters provided by the mosque management.The Hindu
Minority members in Delhi police under 4%
New Delhi: Delhi Police, which has a strength of around 80,000 personnel, employs less than 4% of members from minority communities in its ranks, according to a report by the Delhi Minorities Commission (DMC).The annual report, released by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday, also shows that Muslims, the largest minority group in Delhi, form less than 2% of the police force here.The report said the force has 1,388 Muslim personnel and 697 Christian personnel. It said the Delhi Police employs 856 Sikh personnel.“The Delhi Police has 1.79% personnel from the Muslim community. In total, it has 3,035 personnel from minority communities who form 3.91% of the total strength of the force,” the commission said in its report.In the report, the DMC has identified 12 departments and corporations of which members of the minority communities are a part. Apart from the police, the Delhi Fire Service (DFS) has a total of 26 members from minority communities which is the lowest among 12 departments and corporations.PTI
BJP did what ISI could not in 60 years: Kejriwal
New Delhi:Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said that by dividing India on the Hindu-Muslim line, BJP has done in three years what Pakistan and its ISI could not do in 60 years. "Pakistan's biggest dream is to divide Hindustan on the lines of Hindus and Muslims," he said. "Those people who're dividing the country on the lines of Hindus and Muslims are ISI agents." "Under the veils of patriots, they're anti-nationals. They want to weaken the country. That dream that Pakistan has been seeing, which ISI could not do in 60 years, BJP has done in three years," Kejriwal said at Aam Aadmi Party's National Conference held here on the occasion of the party's fifth anniversary, which saw participation of representatives from 22 states. PTI
3-day grand Tableeghi Ijtema begins in Bhopal
Bhopal :Namaz is the foundation of Islam and it is the identity of a Muslim said  Maulana Aliqadar of the city at the first day of the 3 days World Islamic Congregration— Ijtema at Ghasipura in the outskirts of the city on Saturday.Maulana described the importance of five pillars which are five obligations for a Muslim.He said after listening Azaan (call to offer Namaz) offers Namaz develops a direct connect with the Almighty. Inside a Mosque one keeps following orders of Almighty and the same should be followed outside the Mosque with equal obedience.He said that through Tableegh (Conveying of message of Islam) Muslims are working on Islam across the world.Several preachers of Bangle wali Masjid Delhi reached the city on Saturday. Member of organising committee Ateequllah Islam said that Maulana Saad,  Maulana Shaukat, Maulana Jamshed, Maulana Shehzaad and Maulana Inam have reached the city and would attend Ijtema. Dailypioneer
Hariri: Hezbollah's regional positions 'unacceptable'
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri has warned Hezbollah against interfering in regional conflicts, saying he postponed his resignation to discuss ways to disassociate Lebanon from wars in neighbouring countries.Speaking during a meeting with the Higher Islamic Council, the official body for the country's Sunni Muslims, on Saturday, Hariri stressed that Lebanon was being targeted and that it risked being dragged into chaos."The postponement [of resignation] at the request of President Michel Aoun was to give an opportunity to discuss and negotiate our principal demands to make Lebanon neutral and keep it away from the conflicts and the wars in the region, and to implement the policy of disassociation …and commit to the Taif Agreement," Hariri said."As we have previously announced on several occasions, we will not accept Hezbollah's positions that affect our Arab brothers or target the security and stability of their countries," he added. aljazeera
Syrian opposition 'serious' on transition without Assad
Ankara:A senior member of the Syrian opposition has said that they are “serious” about forming a transitional governing body without the leader of the country’s regime. Syrian opposition is “serious about establishing a Transitional Governing Body (TGB) without the head of the regime, Bashar al-Assad,” Nasr al-Hariri, head of the opposition’s delegation,High Negotiations Committee (HNC) said. Hariri’s comments came late Friday in Saudi capital Riyadh after he was selected as chief negotiator for Syrian National Coalition ahead of Syrian peace talks in Geneva. He called on the UN to supervise any talks to resolve the seven-year conflict in Syria.“Upcoming round of negotiations in Geneva should be direct and serious, as well as follow a clear agenda,” Hariri said. He urged all parties to “put all issues on the negotiations table”.A total of 36 members of HNC will attend Syrian peace talks in Geneva next week.Anadolu
Erdogan, Saudi king talk summit, Syria on phone
Istanbul:Turkey's president and the Saudi monarch spoke on the phone Saturday about this week’s Sochi summit,bilateral relations, and the Syria crisis, according to a Turkish presidential source.The phone call between Recep Tayyip Erdogan and King Salman bin Abdulaziz came 3 days after Erdogan met the Russian and Iranian presidents, Vladimir Putin and Hassan Rouhani, in Sochi, Russia for talks on Syria. Erdogan and Salman also discussed bilateral ties and regional issues, said the source, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media. Anadolu
‘Trump passed sensitive intelligence about Israel to Russia’
US President Donald Trump has passed Russia some sensitive intelligence information about Israel’s mission in Syria, Huffington Post has reported. Quoting an article in Vanity Fair, it claimed that Trump passed the information to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador to Washington, Sergei Kislyak, in May.An article in Times of Israel explained the details of the Israeli intelligence mission, which was carried out by the Mossad and another intelligence unit. It cited an Israeli official describing Trump’s move as a “stab in the back for the system of sharing intelligence information between Israel and the US.”The sources for the Vanity Fair article, said Huffington Post, were “experts in the Israeli intelligence operations.” It added that the information related to an espionage operation against Daesh, with plans to plant explosives in laptop computers.According to the Times of Israel, the Israeli government shared intelligence information with the Americans despite warnings by officials in Washington that Trump, under Russian pressure, might pass details to Moscow.Anadolu claimed that Trump did not name Israel when he passed the information to Russia, but did give key details about the operation against Daesh.The concern in Israel is that information given to Moscow could be passed on to Russia’s ally Iran, which Israel considers to be its most dangerous enemy.middleeastmonitor
Over 24,700 women killed in Syria since 2011: NGO
More than 24,700 women have been killed in Syria since the outbreak of the country’s civil war in 2011, according to a London-based NGO.In a new report, the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) said a total of 24,746 women have lost their lives in Syria since March 2011.The Syrian regime was responsible for the death of 20,919 women, making up around 84.5 percent of the overall death toll, the NGO said. Anadolu
3,613 Palestinians killed in Syria since 2011: NGO
A total of 3,613 Palestinians have been killed in Syria since the outbreak of the country’s civil war in 2011, according to a London-based NGO.The Action Group for Palestinians of Syria (AGPS) said 463 women were among the victims.The group said over 1,642 Palestinian refugees, including 105 women, remain in detention by Syrian regime authorities.According to the NGO, some 204 Palestinian refugees died due to the lack of nutrition and medical care.Approximately 85,000 Palestinian refugees fled Syria to Europe by the end of 2016, group said. According to UN estimates, around 450,000 Palestinian refugees still live in war-torn Syria. Anadolu
Syria: Secret underground hospital to treat injuries
Saudi Crown Prince: 95% of those arrested agreed to return funds
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman revealed that 95 per cent of those arrested on corruption charges in Saudi Arabia agreed to a settlement and to return state funds.In an interview with the NYT, Bin Salman pointed out that about one per cent of the detainees were proven innocent and their cases have been closed, while four per cent denied corruption charges and expressed their desire to go to court.Authorities arrested over 200 individuals on 4 Nov. This included 11 princes, four current ministers and dozens of former ministers and businessmen on corruption charges. They are being detained in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. Saudi public prosecutor, Saud Al-Mojib, said on 10 November that the number of people arrested on corruption charges reached 208 people, seven of whom were released “for lack of sufficient evidence”. He added that investigations indicated that at least $100 billion was siphoned in corruption and embezzlement operations.In response to a question by Thomas Friedman, who conducted the interview, about what is happening at Ritz and whether the campaign against corruption was a power play to eliminate his family and private sector rivals before his father King Salman hands power over to him, he said. “It’s ludicrous to suggest that this anticorruption campaign was a power grab.”He pointed out that many prominent individuals detained in the Ritz had already publically pledged allegiance to him and support his reforms, and that “a majority of the royal family” is already behind him. middleeastmonitor
Saudi denies including Tunisia’s Ghannouchi on ‘terrorist list’
Saudi Arabian Embassy in Tunis has denied reports that the President of Tunisia’s Ennahda Movement has been included in a new “terrorist list” announced by the four countries besieging Qatar, of which the Kingdom is one. The embassy condemned the publication of such “false news” without having it verified first.BBC Arabic TV apologised for reporting the inclusion of Ghannouchi on the list, which includes 2 organisations and 11 individuals who have received support from Qatar.High-level sources in Ennahda revealed that Shaikh Rached Ghannouchi is considering legal action against a number of media outlets which published the claim that he is on the list. The movement is part of the govt in Tunisia. “Contrary to what some media are discussing,” explained Ennahda in a press statement, “President of Ennahda, Rached Ghannouchi, has nothing to do with the recent terrorist list issued by some countries.” The mention of Ghannouchi’s name in this regard is a desperate attempt to defame his ideas and his long struggle for freedom and democracy, as well as resistance to tyranny, extremism and terrorism, the movement said. “Ennahda reserves the right to sue the parties that promote such libellous claims.”Furthermore, Ennahda expressed surprise at the inclusion of the International Union of Muslim Scholars in the latest terrorist list. Such groups, it insisted, are neutral and known for their honesty, tolerance and attachment to the spirit of diligence required when involved in disputes and conflicts. middleeastmonitor
Dubai security chief calls for bombing of Al Jazeera
A senior security official in the UAE has sparked outrage after calling for the bombing of Al Jazeera, the Qatar-based media network.In a series of posts on Twitter on Friday, Dubai Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan launched a scathing attack against Al Jazeera, accusing it of provoking a bomb and gun assault on a mosque in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula earlier in the day."Alliance must bomb the machine of terrorism ... channel of ISIL, al-Qaeda and the al-Nusra front, Al Jazeera the terrorists," ex-police chief and now head of security in the Emirate told his 2.42 million followers on the social media site."For how long will they [Al Jazeera] continue to tamper with the security of Egypt and Arab world?"he tweeted.Al Jazeera
Will the GCC summit be held next month as planned? aljazeera
A prominent Kuwaiti journalist has said that the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit will be held on schedule next month with Qatar's participation, despite increasing indicators that the annual meeting will be postponed due to the regional diplomatic crisis. In an interview with the German Deutsche Welle (DW) broadcaster on Friday, Ahmed al-Jarallah, who has close ties to Kuwaiti policymakers, said that a solution to the Gulf crisis is imminent. Jarallah, an editor of several newspapers and magazines in Kuwait, made the comments to DW during his visit to the Saudi capital Riyadh as part of a Kuwaiti delegation. He said leaving Qatar out of the group would make the country "vulnerable to other agendas".
US did not propose peace plan, it is blackmailing us, claims PLO’s Erekat
Secretary General of Palestinian Liberation Organisation Executive Committee has claimed that Washington has not proposed a peace plan and is actually “blackmailing” the Palestinians, Safa news agency reported on Friday. “We have continuous meetings with US administration, but have not received anything official to date,” explained Saeb Erekat in a televised speech broadcast from Washington. “All that is being said by the media are not leaks, but expectations. Unlike its predecessors, the current American administration has not announced that it is adopting the two-state solution and opposing [Israeli] settlements.”The veteran official noted that the Palestinians told the Trump team that they would only accept the two-state solution and work out the final-status issues according to international resolutions as the basis for any future agreement. middleeastmonitor
Abbas denies investigations into aide’s alleged corruption
Palestinian Authority President has denied that investigations are taking place into corruption allegations made against his close aide Mahmoud Al-Habbash, Safa news agency reported on Friday.Al-Habbash is the Chief of the PA’s Judges and Mahmoud Abbas’s adviser on religious and international Islamic relations. He is accused of graft and using his positions to further his own objectives.Several Palestinian sources and mass media also revealed Habbash’s wealth over the past few days and how he used his position to recruit close relatives and give them senior positions within the authority. The reports gave details of how he has bought villas, apartments and other real estate across the occupied West Bank, and allege that he has “faked” ownership documents. middleeastmonitor
Palestinians fight for marriage, residency in Jerusalem
Israel's occupation has curbed the freedom of movement for many Palestinians and split families in some areas. Thousands are crammed into what's effectively no-man's land in Kufr Aqab, which falls inside the municipality of Jerusalem, so it's governed by Israel; but, it's on the Palestinian side of the separation wall.At least 12,000 people mainly from the occupied West Bank are affected by Israel's ban on family reunification. aljazeera
Morsi: Take me to the hospital, my health is worsening
Take me to hospital immediately because my health situation has become serious and deteriorates day after day, ex-Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi demanded in court.“I did not refuse the court’s decision to undergo a medical examination,” he stressed during a court session.“At my own expense, I request to undergo a medical examination under the supervision of specialised doctors,” he said.“I need to be transferred to a private hospital immediately, I can’t see with my left eye,”Morsi reiterated.Responding to his demands, judge stressed that the medical examination request must be signed off by the prison doctors first to decide on whether the defendant requires the medical check.MEMO
Pakistan: 6 dead, over 200 injured as anti-blasphemy protestors clash with police in Islamabad
At least six people were killed and around 230 injured after police and security forces tried to clear anti-blasphemy protestors in Islamabad late on Saturday, AFP reported.After the deaths, top civil and military officials on Sunday decided to not use force to disperse the protestors and negotiate with them, instead, Dawn reported, citing unidentified officials. By evening, the Pakistan Rangers took control of the area occupied by anti-blasphemy protestors in Islamabad, and the police and Frontier Corps troopers were deployed in other parts of the city, Radio Pakistan reported.The Tehreek-i-Labaik – a little known hardline group that began a sit-in on November 6 – has been leading the protests since the Pakistan government amended the oath election candidates must take while they are sworn in.The change was called a mistake and was quickly reversed, but the demonstrators have linked it to blasphemy. They have demanded that Law Minister Zahid Hamid’s resignation for overseeing the amendment. By Saturday, the protests spread and clerics from the Tehree-i-Labaik began calling for Pakistanis to come and defend the “honour of the Prophet”.The sit-in blocked major roads and caused traffic jams, prompting the judiciary to pull up officials for not acting. On Saturday, 8,500 armed security personnel, including the police and paramilitary forces confronted the protestors. The two sides hurled rocks at each other, and demonstrators blocked more roads and set vehicles on fire.On Sunday, the Pakistan Rangers also cordoned off four main thoroughfares of Islamabad, the HT reported, citing local media sources.Meanwhile, private television broadcasts were blocked and use of social media sites were restricted. scroll
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