08 December 2017

07 Dec.ND: Arabs, Europe, UN condemn Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital/India dissociates itself from US move /UNSC to meet today

07 Dec.2017: 17 Rabial Awwal 1439:Vol:9, No:67
Arabs, Europe, UN condemn Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital
 Arabs and Muslims across Middle East condemned the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital as an incendiary move in a volatile region and Palestinians said Washington was abandoning its leading role as a peace mediator. The European Union and United Nations also voiced alarm at U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to move the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and its repercussions for any chances of reviving Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking.Major US allies came out against Trump’s reversal of decades of US. and broad international policy on Jerusalem.France rejected “unilateral” decision while appealing for calm in the region. Britain said the move would not help peace efforts and Jerusalem should ultimately be shared by Israel and a future Palestinian state. Germany said Jerusalem’s status could only be resolved on the basis of a 2-state solution.British PM Theresa May disagreed with Trump’s embrace of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital before a final-status agreement as this was unlikely to help nurture peace in the region, her spokesman said. Reuters
World leaders chastise US over Jerusalem 'escalation'
World leaders condemn Trump's Jerusalem decision
Arab countries denounce US Jerusalem move
India dissociates itself from US move to recognize Jerusalem as Israel capital
New Delhi: India has dissociated itself from a US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel stating that it would take an independent stance on the subject.“India’s position on Palestine is independent and consistent. It is shaped by our views and interests, and not determined by any third country,”an Indian foreign ministry statement quoting spokesman Raveesh Kumar said.According to Pinak Chakravarty, formerly secretary economic relations in India’s foreign ministry and who was posted in Israel at the time India opened an embassy in the Jewish country in 1992, it was clear from the response that New Delhi “would not support the Trump administration’s policy on this.”India’s comment comes at a time when it is readying for a visit by Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu in Jan. as the 2 countries mark 25th anniversary of the establishment diplomatic relations. Livemint
India reacts to Jerusalem move, says 'our views not determined by any third country'
UN Security Council to meet Friday on Jerusalem
United Nations Security Council will meet on Friday at the request of eight states on 15-member body over US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, diplomats said.The request for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to publicly brief the Security Council meeting was made by France, Bolivia, Egypt, Italy, Senegal, Sweden, Britain and Uruguay, said diplomats.  Trump abruptly reversed decades of US policy on Wednesday, generating outrage from Palestinians and defying warnings of Middle East unrest. “UN has given Jerusalem a special legal and political status, which the Security Council has called upon the international community to respect. That is why we believe Council needs to address this issue with urgency,” Deputy Swedish UN Ambassador Carl Skau said on Wednesday. middleeastmonitor
Protests across Mideast after Trump move
Jerusalem:Clashes between hundreds of Palestinian protesters and Israeli troops erupted across the West Bank on Thursday while demonstrators in Gaza burned posters of President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as Israeli and US flags.In the West Bank, crowds of protesters set tires on fire and hurled stones at anti-riot troops. In the biblical town of Bethlehem, troops fired water cannons and tear gas to disperse a crowd, in clashes that could cloud the upcoming Christmas celebrations in the town of Jesus' birth. In Ramallah, the seat of the Palestinian government, protesters set tires on fire, sending a thick plume of black smoke over the city.AP
Saudi slams Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, calls it 'irresponsible'
Riyadh: Saudi Arabia on Thursday slammed US president Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, calling the move "unjustified and irresponsible"."The kingdom expresses great regret over the US president's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel," said a Saudi royal court statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency. The decision goes against "historical and permanent rights of the Palestinian people", the royal court said, calling on Trump to reconsider his decision."The kingdom has already warned of the serious consequences of such an unjustified and irresponsible move," the statement said.AFP
Erdogan: Jerusalem move could plunge the region in endless crisis
Turkey's president has warned the US decision would cause public unrest across the Muslim world.Recep Tayyip Erdogan was speaking at a press conference with Jordan's King Abdullah, who said Jerusalem is key to the stability of the entire Middle East.Jordan has called for an emergency meeting of the Arab League, while Turkey hosts an Organisation of Islamic Cooperation summit next week. Aljazeera
Israeli PM sees 'many' following US on Jerusalem
PM Benjamin Netanyahu has said more countries have indicated their willingness to recognise the city of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a day after the United States formally announced that it does.US President Donald Trump on Wednesday, ignoring warnings from the international community, broke with decades of US policy and said Washington would recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and move the US embassy there. aljazeera
Jerusalem's Christian Leaders to Trump: Recognition Will Cause 'Irreparable Damage'
Patriarchs and heads of local churches in Jerusalem penned a special letter addressed to U.S. President Donald Trump to express their concern over his intention to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and possibly relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.The letter, sent hours ahead of the expected announcement by Trump, asks the president to walk back on the potential unilateral recognition of the city as solely Israeli. "Our solemn advice and plea is for the US to continue recognizing the present international status of Jerusalem. Any sudden changes would cause irreparable harm," the clerics pleaded with the president.Calling on Trump not to change the status quo of the city that bears historic and religious significance to Christians, Muslims and Jews alike, the clerics told Trump that "the Holy City can be shared and fully enjoyed once a political process helps liberate the hearts of all people, that live within it, from the conditions of conflict and destructiveness that they are experiencing." heads of churches implored Trump to take more time to reconsider the significant change in American policy on the contested city, and shared with him that they have been "following, with concern, the reports about the possibility of changing how US understands and deals with the status of Jerusalem."The thirteen signatories on the letter all represent a diverse variety of churches affiliated with Catholic, Evangelical, Orthodox and Apostolic religious sites.Haaretz
Palestine’s Islamic Jihad calls on Arabs to shun Israel
Gaza:Palestinian resistance group Islamic Jihad on Thursday urged Arab and Muslim countries to stop normalizing relations with Israel.The appeal came in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s announcement one day earlier that Washington planned to move its Israel embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and recognize the latter city as Israel’s official capital. Palestinian group also called on Arab and Muslim states to "end their alliance and friendship with the US""We implore Arabs and Muslims to stop taking America as a friend and ally after it chose to stand entirely on Israel’s side,” group spokesman Dawoud Shehab said in Gaza City.Anadolu
Hamas: US decision on Jerusalem is a war declaration
Hamas leader Ismail Haniya has said the US decision on recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is a "war declaration against Palestinians", and called for a new "Intifada", or uprising.Haniya said in a speech in Gaza City on Thursday that US President Donald Trump's recognition "killed" the Israeli-Palestinian peace process."This decision has killed the peace process, has killed the Oslo [accord], has killed the settlement process," he said." US decision is an aggression, a declaration of war on us, on the best Muslim and Christian shrines in the heart of Palestine, Jerusalem.""We should work on launching an intifada in the face of the Zionist enemy," Haniya said.He stressed the fact that the Palestinians see Jerusalem as united and the capital of their future state."Jerusalem, all of Jerusalem, is ours," he said. aljazeera
Social media reaction: Arabs helpless and hopeless
Mahmoud Abbas lambasts Trump's decision on Jerusalem
Mahmoud Abbas lambasted the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, saying the Palestinian leadership refuses to acknowledge Donald Trump's contentious move.
Palestinians in Jerusalem: Trump's move is no surprise
Iraq militia threatens US forces after Jerusalem move
Baghdad:An Iranian-backed militia in Iraq threatened on Thursday to attack US forces in the country in retaliation for President Donald Trump recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.“The decision by Trump on Al-Quds (Jerusalem) makes it legitimate to strike the American forces in Iraq,” Al-Nojaba militia chief Akram al-Kaabi said in a statement.The group, established in 2013 and supported by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, numbers around 1,500 fighters and is part of the Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation) auxiliary force that has fought alongside the army against the Islamic State group.The US has thousands of troops stationed in Iraq to help in the fight against IS. hindustantimes
Amnesty slams Trump’s announcement on Jerusalem as ‘reckless and provocative’
Amnesty International slammed Trump’s announcement that Washington is officially recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and will be relocating the embassy from Tel Aviv.“This is a reckless and provocative decision by the Trump administration that further undermines the human rights of the Palestinian people and is likely to inflame tensions across the region,” Raed Jarrar, Amnesty International USA’s Middle East Advocacy director, said. middleeastmonitor
Omar Abdullah criticises India’s stand on Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, calls it ‘wishy-washy drivel’
New Delhi;Reacting to India’s stand on Jerusalem being recognised  as the new capital of Israel by the US, National Conference leader  Omar Abdullah said it is a “wishy-washy drivel” and added such a move in the past would have drawn strong condemnation from the country.Taking to Twitter, Omar said, “There was a time when the Trump Administration move to overturn decades of US policy WRT #Jersualem would have provoked a strong condemnation from India. Now all you get is some wishy-washy drivel about India’s position determined by our self-interest & not what other countries do. There was a time India stood for something.”
Jerusalem: Separatists call for peaceful protests in JK
Srinagar:The separatists have called for peaceful protests after the Friday prayers tomorrow against the decision of US President Donald Trump, recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel." US decision to declare this sacred land (Jerusalem) as the capital of Israel points towards the political bankruptcy of the fascist Trump regime."Kashmiris across the valley will stage peaceful protests against the US decision after the Friday prayers tomorrow," the separatists, under the banner of the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), said in a statement.JRL, comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik, said Jerusalem represented the religious emotions and aspirations of more than a billion Muslims across the globe.PTI
After Trump Jerusalem move, Swamy says India should shift embassy from Tel Aviv
Senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has called for shifting of India’s embassy in Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.Taking to Twitter, BJP MP said, “Israel has international recognition of a part of Jerusalem as its territory, hence India should shift its embassy to this part of the city.”The tweet comes hours after US President Donald Trump's Jerusalem move. hindustantimes
Rajasthan: Muslim Labourer hacked, Burned Alive and Recorded  Video Over alleged 'Love Jihad'
Rajsamand: A Muslim labourer in Rajasthan’s Rajsamand district was hacked and then burnt alive over alleged ‘love jihad’. The man accused of the murder can be seen in a viral video beating up the victim and then setting him on fire. Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria set up a SIT on Thursday to investigate the killing and look at a possible communal angle. Kataria said, "The main accused Shambhulal Regar has been arrested."The victim, identified as Mohammed Afrazul, was a migrant from West Bengal’s Malda district and was working in Rajsamand as a contract labourer. The man seen as the attacker in the video has been identified as Shambhulal Regar, a local. According to police, Regar, had first lured the victim to the spot promising some work, only to kill him brutally. The killer got a friend along to record the video that shows the entire incident in vivid detail. Afrazul is seen pleading with his murderer and crying for help while the accused keeps clobbering him with an axe and later burns him alive.The presence of a young girl in the video has fuelled rumours that it could be a case of love jihad and that the labourer was in an alleged illicit relationship with the accused’s sister.The police have recovered the half-burnt body from the spot along with other items such as an axe, and a scooter. “Afrazul worked in Rajsamand as a labourer and his family also lived with him. While the motive behind the murder is not clear, we will get there as soon as we apprehend Regar. Several police teams are on the lookout for him,” said Ramsumer Meena, SHO of Rajnagar police station.News18
Muslim Migrant Labourer Hacked, Burnt to Death in Rajasthan; Workers’ Unions Demand CM’s Resignation

'Love Triangle', Not'Love-Jihad' Behind Brutal Murder of Man in Rajasthan?
Jaipur: A video showing a man being hacked and later burnt alive in Rajasthan went viral on Thursday. Reports claimed that it was a case of  ‘love jihad. However, a twist has now emerged in the case. According to reports, it was a case of ‘love triangle’ rather than ‘love jihad’.With the new reports, the case has been labeled as a love-triangle-jealousy one rather than ‘Love-jihad’, like the accused wished people to believe. In the video, the accused is seen announcing that he was saving a girl from the trap of the victim and declared  that ‘all jihadis’ will meet the same fate.However, India Today reported the accused, Shambhunath Raigar’s act seems like a personal one. It stated that the victim, Mohammed Bhatta Shaikh, who is from West Bengal, was living with a woman with whom Raigar was in relationship with earlier. And contrary to how Raigar wanted to portray the incident,  the whole incident has reportedly nothing to do with any claims of ‘Love jihad’.The video which went viral shows Raigar repeatedly hitting Shaikh with a plough and then with another sharp equipment. While initially Shaikh pleads for his life, in the later parts of the video he lies on the ground. Raigar, then is seen pouring some flammable on Shaikh and setting him on fire before making his announcement about ‘Love-jihad’.According to India Today, in a second video, Raigar confessed to the crime and said he is ready to surrender.Police have tightened vigilance to curb any tension in the area and said cause of death will be found only after the forensic report arrives. Raigar was arrested by the district police from Kelva region in Rajsamand.india.com
Labourer hacked, burnt alive in Rajasthan: Political leaders condemn killing, express shock
New Delhi:A day after a Muslim labourer hailing from Malda in West Bengal, Afrazul Khan (47), was hacked and then burnt alive in Rajasthan over an alleged affair, leaders from several political parties condemned the inhuman and heinous murder. A video of the gruesome incident was uploaded on social media in Rajasthan’s Rajsamand district.West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee condemned the killing and termed the incident “inhuman”. Banerjee took to Twitter saying, “We strongly condemn the heinous killing of a labourer from Bengal in Rajasthan. How can people be so inhuman. Sad.”In another tweet, CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury said, “This killing is a result of the atmosphere of hate and communalism fostered by the ideology of the Sangh Parivar. Modi govt and BJP state govts refuse to act and their inaction patronises such barbarity.”His party also tweeted saying, “CPIM strongly condemns the horrific incident of a Migrant worker from Bengal burnt alive in Rajasthan yesterday in the name of Love Jihad. Killing is a result of the environment of hate & communalism fostered by Hindutva forces. RSS-BJP answerable for such shocking hate crimes. Asaduddin Owaisi tweeted, “He was only killed because he was a Muslim” wife of poor labourer who was hacked and burned who was to return to his village to get his daughter married.”Expressing shock lawyer Prashant Bhushan tweeted, “Shocking! Another Muslim burnt alive in Rajasthan. These ghastly murders in the name of ‘Gauraksha’ & ‘love Jihad’ by goons are abetted by a complicit State machinery, esp in BJP ruled States.” Indian express
Mother of man axed, burnt in Rajasthan says she’s seen video, wants guilty punished
Mother of Afrazul, 50-year-old labourer from West Bengal who was allegedly axed and burnt in Rajasthan, has demanded punishment for the accused. A video of the act was circulated on social media.“I spoke to my son in the morning before he was killed. I don’t know the reason behind his murder. I have seen the video, guilty should be punished,” she told ANI.
Those who butchered my father should suffer in the same manner: Rajasthan victim's daughter
We demand guilty be hanged: Family members of labourer hacked, burnt alive in Rajasthan
Rajasthan murder caught on video: CM Raje, home minister should quit, say rights groups
Jaipur: Several rights groups demanded on Thursday the resignation of Rajasthan chief minister and home minister for failing to prevent a series of hate crimes targeting Muslims, including the murder of a migrant labourer in the state’s Rajsamand district.In a joint statement, the organisations said chief minister Vasundhara Raje and her home minister Gulab Chand Kataria were allegedly giving impunity to the accused of targeted attacks on Muslims.The organisations which issued the statement include the Peoples’ Union for Civil Liberties, Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan, National Federation of Indian Women, All India Democratic Women’s Association and National Muslim Women Welfare Society. hindustantimes
Rajasthan: Shootout between police and alleged cow smugglers leaves one dead in Alwar
A man who was allegedly smuggling cows in a pickup truck was killed in a shootout in Rajasthan’s Alwar district, the HT reported quoting the police.The incident took place on Wednesday night when the police had intercepted a mini-truck in which cows were reportedly being smuggled, district Superintendent of Police Rahul Prakash told TOI. The police had set up barricades to stop the truck. However, the smugglers drove past one of the check points.“When we asked them to stop the truck, the smugglers opened fire on us,” Prakash said. “We also resorted to trigger in which one of their accomplices was killed.” The other smugglers managed to escape, NDTV reported.The police said there were five cows in the truck. The animals were also injured in the firing, and a veterinarian had to be called in.Alwar has reported several incidents of cow vigilantism in the recent past. scroll
A woman does not mortgage herself to man with marriage, she retains her identity, including religious identity: CJI
New Delhi: A woman does not mortgage herself to a man by marrying him and she retains her identity, including her religious identity, even after she exercises her right to marry outside her community under the Special Marriage Act, Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra orally observed while heading a five-judge Constitution Bench on Thursday.Special Marriage Act of 1954 is seen as a statutory alternative for couples who choose to retain their identity in an inter-religious marriage. “Special Marriage Act confers in her the right of choice. Her choice is sacred. I ask myself a question: Who can take away the religious identity of a woman? The answer is only a woman can choose to curtail her own identity,” Chief Justice Misra said on the first day of a hearing of a petition filed by a Parsi woman who was barred by her community from offering prayers to her dead in the Tower of Silence for the sole reason that she married a Hindu under the Special Marriage Act.Nobody can presume that a woman has changed her faith or religion just because she chose to change her name after marrying outside her community, the Chief Justice of India observed.The Bench, also comprising Justices AK Sikri, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan, is deciding the question whether a Parsi woman can keep her religious identity intact after choosing to marry someone from another faith under the 1954 Act.The very fact that Golrookh M. Gupta, the petitioner, married under the Special Marriage Act and did not choose to convert shows that she had intended to retain her religious identity as a Zorastrian.The petition is against the Gujarat High Court’s March 23, 2012 judgment which held that Goolrokh Adi Contractor ceased to be a Parsi as she had married Mahipal Gupta, a Hindu, under the provisions of Special Marriage Act.
‘What about Ambedkar, Abdul Kalam…’: Prakash Raj slams Hedge for linking nationalism with Hindutva
Actor Prakash Raj Thursday slammed Union Minister Ananth Kumar Hedge for linking nationalism with religion. In an open letter to the Karnataka BJP leader, Prakash Raj asked Hedge to clarify what he meant when he said “nationalism and Hindutva” are one and mean the same.He also shared a 39-second undated video clipping of Hedge speaking in Kanada at a press conference, where he had purportedly said Hindutva and nationalism are not separate identities. indianexpress
Babri demolition case should have been heard first: Left parties
New Delhi: Left leaders said the timing of the government's push for daily hearings of the Babri masjid-Ram temple title case was suspect and alleged it was meant to polarise the Gujarat elections on communal lines.Citing the principles of natural justice, CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury said, "In our opinion, the case that should have been taken up first was the litigation related to the demolition of the Babri masjid. This has been pending for 25 years and the chargesheets and all related documents are in place. It is only after the case around the crime that was committed — Babri demolition — is resolved that the Ayodhya title case should be heard."On Twitter, Yechury also posted: "Remembering Dr BR Ambedkar. Let us not forget: those who demolished the Babri Masjid chose his death anniversary to attack the foundations of the secular constitution given to us by the drafting committee headed by him."Leaders of six Left parties also led a protest in the national capital on Wednesday, urging the government to punish those responsible for the demolition of the mosque in Ayodhya. Observing Dec.6, the day 16th century mosque was demolished 25 years ago, as a "Black Day" for democracy, CPM, CPI, CPML, Yechury also said the Left parties have pledged to launch a struggle against the alleged "communal polarisation" being encouraged by RSS and BJP.CPI secretary D Raja said, "How can the BJP put the contruction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya in its manifesto? It is nothing but a blatant attempt to influence the judiciary and to divide the country on communal lines. The only supreme power is the Indian constitution— it is the only gideline the court will follow. There is no space for theocracy in the Constitution of India."TOI
Intolerance Centre’s biggest programme… my duty to protect minorities: Mamata
Kolkata:Targeting BJP on 25th anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee alleged that “intolerance is the biggest programme of the government at the Centre”. She asserted that it is her duty to protect the minorities, even if people call it appeasement.She was speaking at a public meeting at Mayo Road in Kolkata, organised by the Trinamool Congress youth wing to observe ‘Communal Harmony Day’.“Intolerance is the biggest programme of the government at the Centre and a party. I am also a Hindu, but that doesn’t give me the right to hate Muslims or Christians. What one will eat or wear is one’s own choice, and no one has the right to intervene. It is a bigger problem than an emergency situation,” Mamata said. indianexpress
BJP MP Vinay Katiyar now claims Delhi’s Jama Masjid was ‘Jamuna Devi temple’ after Taj Mahel
New Delhi: Amid the ongoing debate over the Ayodhya dispute, BJP MP Vinay Katiyar Thursday claimed that close to 6,000 places have been razed by invading Mughal forces in the past. Katiyar, who had previously claimed that Taj Mahal was a temple, added that Delhi’s Jama Masjid was known as “Jamuna Devi Temple” before the capital was sacked by Mughals. The 17th-century mosque was built by Shah Jahan, who had also built Taj Mahal and Red Fort. “There were about 6000 places that were broken down by the Mughal emperors. Delhi’s Jama Masjid was originally Jamuna Devi temple, similarly, Taj Mahal was Tejo Mahalaya,” ANI quoted Vinay Katiyar as saying.Earlier, when the Uttar Pradesh government left out Taj Mahal from its tourism brochure, Katiyar claimed the Mughal mausoleum was, in fact, a Hindu temple which housed an idol of Lord Shiva. indianexpress
Can you be arrested for comparing a place to Pakistan? It happened to this Muslim cleric
New Delhi:A Muslim cleric who was seen comparing a Hubballi neighbourhood to Pakistan in a viral video, was arrested and sent to judicial custody for 14 days.At an Eid-Milad event, Abdul Hameed Khairati was filmed saying that this neighbourhood - Ganesh Peth - looked like Pakistan, reports said.There were calls for action against the cleric, and "several BJP activists and Hindu leaders" said he should be taken into custody, the Kannada newspaper Vijaya Karnataka reported.In an apology, Khairati said what he really wanted to communicate was that Muslims in Ganesh Peth celebrated Eid-Milad "more enthusiastically than Pakistan, but wrongly made the statement likening Ganesh Peth to Pakistan," the report added. Deccan Herald quoted DCP Renuka Sukumar as saying a case was filed against Khairati "under IPC Section 153A, which includes promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, etc, and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony."india today
Deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar will be extended to March 31 next year, Centre tells SC
New Delhi: The Centre on Thursday informed the Supreme Court that it will extend till March 31 next year the deadline fixed for mandatory linking of Aadhaar + for availing various services and welfare schemes.A notification to this effect will be issued on Friday, the government told the top court.Petitioners who have challenged the validity of Aadhaar on the ground that it violates right to privacy urged the top court for an early hearing to decide whether Aadhaar should be stayed.CJI Dipak Misra told petitioners that a five-judge constitution bench may sit next week to decide their plea for interim stay on Aadhaar. timesofindia
Online petition against Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance,FRDI Bill gets thousands of signups
New Delhi:An online petition against the bail-in provision in the FRDI bill has got thousands of signatures even as the finance ministry said that the proposal, under consideration of a joint parliamentary committee, is depositor friendly and provides more protection. An online petition on Change.org against the Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance (FRDI) Bill, 2017, has gone viral on social media, seeking public support against what it terms as an attempt to "allow a government entity to use depositors' money to save a bank on the verge of bankruptcy". The petition was started by a Mumbai-based individual, Shilpa Shree, with a single signature and has got over 40,000 signups within 24 hours, supporting her appeal to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to not let this bill pass with the 'bail-in' provision. "Our hard earned money that we have saved for our children and for our future will be used to bail-in the banks," the petitioner said. "This bill gives power to a government entity to use depositors money to save a bank on the verge of bankruptcy. This government entity can declare the bank doesn't owe you any money though you have deposited your hard earned money with it," petition said. Meanwhile, finance Ministry today said that FRDI Bill is depositor friendly and provides more protection to them compared to existing provisions. FRDI bill, introduced in the Lok Sabha on August 11, 2017, is under consideration of the joint committee of Parliament. The panel is consulting all the stakeholders on the provisions of the legislation. PTI
RTI Response Raises Serious Questions About Security, Handling of EVMs
New Delhi: The response by Election Commission (EC) and 2 EVMs– Electronics Corporation of India Limited and Bharat Electronics Limited – to an RTI query relating to a petition filed following the Uttarakhand polls has revealed administrative and security protocol violations as several machines were apparently handled by unqualified staff. RTI responses have also revealed divergence in EC and Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL) data on number of ballot units and control units that have been manufactured over the year. Further, it has indicated that proper records on disposal of the EVMs were not available.Additionally, while 70 cases of thefts and loot of EVMs have been reported, no convictions have happened so far. Incidentally, all these cases were reported from states which are now under BJP rule.This assumes significance since various parties have alleged EVM tampering in the assembly elections to five states held earlier this year and civic body elections held in Uttar Pradesh recently. thewire
EC cited model code and flood relief to delay Gujarat polls — but for J&K, took another line
New Delhi: In Oct. Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) A K Joti cited “flood relief” while delaying the announcement of Gujarat polls. He said the Gujarat Chief Secretary had written to the Election Commission (EC) seeking more time before the declaration of poll dates as the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) would hamper flood relief work.“We have received a representation from them (Gujarat government) that there have been unprecedented floods in July and relief work could only start in September….They have suggested that Model Code of Conduct should be imposed for a reasonable time, so that they do not face problems in carrying out relief and rehabilitation work,” he said at the press conference on Oct. 12 announcing the poll schedule for Himachal Pradesh.The delayed announcement came in handy to the ruling BJP in the state — a slew of financial sops were announced, big-ticket projects were launched across the state and several Central ministers and BJP Chief Ministers travelled to address election rallies.While the EC found merit in Gujarat’s request, records accessed by Indian Express under RTI Act show that relief and rehabilitation work in Jammu and Kashmir which was hit by floods barely three months ahead of Assembly elections in Nov.2014 wasn’t affected by the Model Code. indianexpress
Gujarat elections: 'Fake' poster urges Muslims to support Ahmed Patel for CM post
A poster has been put up by unidentified by people in Surat calling for Muslims to unite and support Congress party for Ahmed Patel to be made Chief Minister of Gujarat. Gujarat is going to polls in two phases on December 9 and 14.The poster, written in Gujarati urges Muslims to support Rajya Sabha MP Ahmed Patel to be made 'Wazir-e-Alam' of Gujarat. Ahmed Patel, who is also political secretary to Congress President Sonia Gandhi, called it 'misinformation campaign by the BJP', reports ANI."They (BJP) know they are going to lose. I was never the CM candidate and neither will I ever be," said Ahmed Patel.Patel tweeted, "The moot issue is that BJP is trying very very hard to divert the narrative from its performance of last 22 years to a divisive agenda. Hence their reliance on lies & propaganda. But people of Gujarat have made up their mind this time." oneindia
Macron backs Kuwaiti efforts to end blockade of Qatar
French President Emmanuel Macron has backed mediation efforts led by Kuwait to end a six-month blockade imposed on Qatar by Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain."With regards to situation in the Gulf, I want to see a promise of reconciliation between its members, as I have said since the beginning of the crisis," he said on Thursday at a joint press conference in Doha with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani. aljazeera
US to maintain military presence in Syria ‘as long as necessary’
US said on Tuesday that it would maintain a military presence in Syria “as long as necessary,” a Pentagon spokesman told AFP. “We will keep our commitments as long as necessary, to support our partners and prevent the return of terrorist groups,” explained Eric Bahon. He added that the US forces in Syria would have no timetable to remain or withdraw.There are about 2,000 US troops in Syria, including Special Forces. They support the Syrian Democratic militants in their fight against Daesh.According to Bahon, the US withdrawal from Syria will be decided according to facts on ground. middleeastmonitor
Russian air strikes against Islamic State kill 24 civilians, including 10 children, in eastern Syria
Beirut: Russian air strikes killed 24 civilians on Wednesday in a village held by Islamic State group near the Euphrates River in eastern Syria, a monitor said.Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the bombing raids hit the village of Al-Jerzi on the eastern bank of the river, which cuts across Deir Ezzor province. After reporting earlier Wednesday that the strikes killed 21 civilians, the Britain-based monitor said the toll had risen."More people died and more bodies were found," Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said."10 children and 4 women are among the dead in the Russian air strikes targeting residential buildings in Al- Jerzi," he told AFP.AFP
Human rights report: Israel punishes Palestinian prisoners and their families by paying arbitrary fines

Why Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel: Zena Tahhan, Farah Najjar
Hadiya has been denied the right to choose her faith: Harsh Mander
Centre Wants to Curb People’s Power to Seek Information, Allege RTI Activists:GAURAV VIVEK BHATNAGAR
Is This Sickening Crime Worth Not Even a Word of Condemnation from the BJP Top Brass?THE CITIZEN
In 2016, NCRB Recorded 869 Communal Riots; Home Ministry Says 703:Rakesh Dubbudu, Factly.in
10 villains of the Babri Masjid demolition and subsequent riots:Girish Shahane
Modi govt's FRDI bill may take away all your hard-earned money:IndiaToday
Not Sunni Waqf Board lawyer, PM should check facts: Sibal
In 25 Years Since Ayodhya Massacre, No FIR Lodged, No Cases Registered:ARSHAD AFZAAL KHAN
Babri demolition had a sub-text: Muslims should know their place, that of second-class citizens:Harsh Mander
Crime rate in Malegaon far less than Nashik, Baramati, and even Manmad: DySP City

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