14 January 2018

14 Jan. ND: Netanyahu in India : Israeli PM, Modi promise to take relations to ‘new heights’/ Teen Murti Chowk renamed after Israeli city Haifa/Ex-Top Judges Join Criticism of CJI

14 Jan.2018: 26 Rabial Aakhir 1439:Vol:9, No:97
ISRAELi pm’S 6-DAY india tour
Netanyahu in India : Israeli PM, Modi promise to take relations between two countries to ‘new heights’
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in India on Sunday for a 6-day visit with the intention of strengthening bilateral relations “even more”. Netanyahu is being accompanied by the largest business delegation that has travelled with an Israeli Premier on an overseas tour.The visit marks 25 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries and takes place about 6 months after PM Narendra Modi’s trip to Israel, the first by an Indian PM to the Jewish state. Netanyahu will hold meetings with President Ram Nath Kovind and external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, apart from Modi. Netanyahu called meets external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi. hindustantimes
Fraud and bribery-accused Israeli PM Netanyahu visits India amidst protests
As Netanyahu visits India, Delhi’s Teen Murti Chowk renamed after Israeli city Haifa
PM Narendra Modi on Sunday personally received his Israeli counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu, as he arrived in India to begin a six-day visit that will take him to Gujarat and Mumbai. The two leaders attended a ceremony at the Teen Murti Memorial in New Delhi to mark the renaming of Teen Murti Chowk as Teen Murti Haifa Chowk. The decision was taken to give a fillip to 25 years of diplomatic ties between Indian and Israel.“Thank you to my good friend, Indian PM Narendra Modi, who surprised me with a personal welcome at the airport upon my arrival in India. Together we will bring the relations between our countries to new heights!” tweeted Benjamin Netanyahu, the PM of Israel. PM Modi and Netanyahu laid a wreath at the memorial and also signed the visitor’s book. 3 bronze statues at Teen Murti represent the Hyderabad, Jodhpur and Mysore Lancers who were part of 15 Imperial Service Cavalry Brigade that carried out the attack on Israel’s Haifa city on Sept.23, 1918, during World War 1 and liberated the city from Ottoman. A large number of Indian soldiers were killed during the battle to free the city and nearly 900 were buried in Israel. As Netanyahu and his wife Sara stepped on the red carpet, a smiling Modi embraced the Israeli leader and then shook hands with the couple. “Very much appreciate the gesture,” Jerusalem Post quoted Netanyahu as saying. Before embarking on the flight, he had said:“We are strengthening the relationship between Israel and this important world power. This helps us with security, the economy, trade, tourism and many other aspects. “It is a very great blessing to the state of Israel.”External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar underlined that Modi had departed from protocol to receive Netanyahu.“The visit is a fitting culmination to the silver jubilee year of the formal relationship (between India and Israel).”Netanyahu and Modi are expected to discuss a variety of subjects related to bilateral relations and the global situation. Israeli leader, accompanied by dozens of Israeli businessmen, will visit the Centre of Excellence in Agriculture at Vadrad in Gujarat and interact with business leaders in Mumbai. He will also go to the Taj Mahal city of Agra. News X
Delhi’s Teen Murti Chowk renamed Teen Murti Haifa Chowk for Bejnamin Netanyahu’s visit
Netanyahu India visit: PM Modi breaks protocol, receives personally his Israeli counterpart with a hug
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday broke protocol to personally receive his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu with a hug as he arrived here to begin a six-day visit that will also take him to Mumbai and Gujarat. As Netanyahu and his wife Sara stepped on the red carpet, a smiling Modi embraced the Israeli leader and then shook hands with the couple. “Very much appreciate the gesture,” the Jerusalem Post quoted Netanyahu as saying. newsx
Netanyahu in India Live: Modi, Israeli PM recall sacrifice of Indian soldiers for liberation of Haifa
Congress mocks PM Modi's hugplomacy in video
New Delhi: Congress today mocked PM  Narendra Modi's "hugplomacy", or his fondness for giving hugs to heads of state while on diplomatic visits.In a video released on the day Israel PM  Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in New Delhi, Congress lampoons Modi's now famous hugs with several world leaders by describing them with droll epithets punctuated with reaction gifs.Notable amongst these are PM Modi's "Titanic hug" with former French President Francois Hollande, the "Let me love you hug" which engulfed Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, and "That's enough hugs" with US President Donald Trump. Video also dubs his interactions with female diplomats "awkward", as exhibited by cherry-picked footage showing his missed handshake with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and stilted courtesy to Japan's first lady Akie Abe.Congress president Rahul Gandhi had called Modi's relationship with Donald Trump a failed hugplomacy after the US president tweeted that he was working on bettering ties with Pakistan in October last year. timesofindia
Protests in New Delhi on Netanyahu's trip: mehrnews
Muslims in New Delhi held protest rallies on the eve of Netanyahu's trip to India and called for cutting ties of India with Israel. Muslims took to streets and burned Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu's effigy, who arrives in India today.The protesters chanted "Down with Israel" and "Down with Netanyahu" and called Indian Govt  to cut ties with the Zionist regime.
Protesters burn Netanyahu effigy in New Delhi ahead of ‘historic’ visit
Netanyahu Visits India: Muslims Burn Israeli Effigies in Protest : sputniknews
Largest Muslim students group urges President to cancel Netanyahu’s visit
New Delhi: India’s largest Muslim students’ group has urged President Ram Nath Kovind to cancel the upcoming India visit of Israeli PM  Benjamin Netanyahu “to prove sincerity in India’s sense of solidarity towards Palestine struggle.”In a letter to President Kovind, the Students Islamic Organisation of India (SIO) has expressed “strong discontent” over the upcoming visit of Netanyahu. By welcoming the Israeli PM, “India has compromised its values of humanity and fraternity.” “As you know Israel under his leadership has been crushing down innocent lives majority of them kids and women, in the Palestinian territories. The brutal assault on the Palestinians with no concerns about their rights has been continuing for decades,” SIO President Nahas Mala said. Caravan News
Put sensitive cases before constitution bench of 5 senior-most judges: 4 retired judges write to CJI
New Delhi: A former SC judge and three retired judges of High Courts have written an open letter to the CJI asking him that all sensitive and important cases including pending ones, be dealt with by a Constitution Bench of the 5 senior most Judges of the Court.This comes in wake of revolt by top four judges of the Supreme Court against the functioning of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra in assigning of cases,.The letter has been written by former SC judge PB Sawant, former Delhi HC Chief Justice A.P. Shah, Justice K. Chandru, former Judge of Madras High Court and Justice H. Suresh, former Bombay HC judge.The retired judges have expressed grave concern that cases are not being allocated in a proper manner in SC and are being allocated arbitrarily to particular designated benches, often headed by junior judges, in an arbitrary manner."We agree with the four Judges that though the Chief Justice of India is the master of roster and can designate benches for allocation of work, this does not mean that it can be done in an arbitrary manner such that, sensitive and important cases are sent to hand picked benches of junior judges by the Chief Justice," they said."This issue needs to be resolved and clear rules and norms must be laid down for allocation of benches and distribution of cases, which are rational, fair and transparent. This must be done immediately to restore public confidence in the judiciary and in the SC," the letter said." However till that is done, it is important that all sensitive and important cases including pending ones, be dealt with by a Constitution Bench of the 5 senior most Judges of this Court. Only such measures would assure the people that the SC is functioning in a fair and transparent manner and that the power of the Chief Justice as master of roster is not being misused to achieve a particular result in important and sensitive cases. We therefore urge you to take immediate steps in this regard," the letter said.T.OI
Former Top Judges Join Criticism of Chief Justice
Former judges write open letter to CJI in support of 4 dissenting senior SC judges
Supreme Court crisis: PM Modi’s Principal Secy Nripendra Misra drops by CJI Dipak Misra’s home
New Delhi:In a move which triggered allegations of “interference” from the Congress, Nripendra Misra, Principal Secretary to PM  Narendra Modi, turned up at Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra’s residence on Saturday morning, but could not meet him. While there was no official word from the PMO, Govt  sources said the Principal Secretary was on his way from his residence at APJ Abdul Kalam Road to his office at South Block, when he stopped by at CJI’s house on Krishna Menon Marg. But, Nripendra Misra had to turn back from the gate, as the CJI was not receiving visitors. He remained seated in his car for some time, and then returned, after handing over a New Year greetings card to the staff at CJI’s residence, said a source who was present at the spot.While the Congress questioned the reason for the visit, the Govt chose to play it down.“There is no ban on social meetings between individuals. And when no meeting took place, what is there to speculate,” said a Govt source. “It was not a structured meeting at all. It was a social meeting. He just wanted to pay a friendly visit to the CJI,” said another Govt  source.Congress leader and former Law Minister Veerappa Moily said:“This has to be resolved within the judiciary, without any outside interference. The very fact that Nripendra Misra visited CJI is a very wrong signal. Wrong signal that a third force is intervening. And that will create further cleavage in the collective wisdom of the judiciary.”He said, “What business does Nripendra Mishra have with this kind of a conflict. You should leave them alone to resolve their problems. They (judiciary) will. They are capable. Our judiciary is capable of resolving this conflict among themselves. They will have to collectively demonstrate that today… that is what is called for.”He suggested that the suspicion of executive interference may have contributed to the four judges going public on Friday. “It (Nripendra Misra’s visit) has sent a totally wrong signal. This is not the way the Govt of the day should have tackled things,” said Moily.indianexpress
Congress questions PM Modi for sending his Principal Secretary to CJI
'Please don't harass us. we don't want to be victims of politicisation of the issue': Anuj, son of Justice Loya
Anuj Loya, son of late Justice BH Loya, has urged everyone to refrain from politicising the issue of his father's death.While addressing a press conference, Anuj said,"Our family is pained with the chain of events in past few days. Please don't harass us," reported ANI."I don't have any suspicion. There was some suspicion before but now it is clear," Anuj said on the speculations surrounding his father's death.Anuj's lawyer Ameer Naik said that there is no controversy while terming the death Justice Loya as "tragic"."There is no controversy. No need of politicising the issue. This is a tragic event. We do not want to be victims of politicisation of the issue. Let it remain the way it is, non - controversial," Naik said.On Friday, the Supreme Court termed the issue of alleged mysterious death of special CBI judge B H Loya as a "serious matter" and sought response from Maharashtra Govt on pleas seeking an independent probe into it.The top court said, "This matter requires bi-party hearing rather than exparte".Justice Loya was hearing the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case. He had died of cardiac arrest in Nagpur on December 1, 2014, when he had gone to attend the wedding of a colleague's daughter.A bench of justices Arun Mishra and M M Shantanagoudar asked Maharasthra Govt  counsel Nishant R Katneshwarkar to file reply by January 15.Senior advocate Indira Jaising, appearing for one of the petitioners Maharashtra-based journalist B R Lone, said that she has also instructions from Bombay lawyers association that this matter should not be heard by the top court.The bench, however, said it will look into the petitions but will also consider the objections raised. Advocate Varinder Kumar Sharma, appearing for another petitioner Congress leader Tehseen Poonawala, said this is a case where a mysterious death of a judge has taken place on Dec. 1, 2014 and it needs to be investigated. Outlookindia
'Re-open case against Amit Shah after comments of SC judges'
Panaji: The criminal case against BJP president Amit Shah should be re-opened in view of Friday's press conference by four senior Supreme Court judges, Goa Congress state president Shantaram Naik demande.Naik also said, that the case related to the death of Special CBI judge Brijgopal Harkishan Loya should also be re-visited."The criminal case in which the national president of BJP, was one of the accused, should be re-opened in view of the press conference held by the four judges of the Supreme Court," Naik said.  IANS
CJI-headed constitution bench to hear petitions challenging validity of Aadhaar on Jan 17
New Delhi:A five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra will begin hearing on Wednesday petitions challenging the validity of the 12-digit biometric identification number Aadhaar, says a Supreme Court registry notice issued on Saturday.The notice does not specify the composition of the bench, but the other four judges are likely to be AK Sikri, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan. They were part of the bench that extended on December 15 the deadline for linking Aadhaar with mobile phone numbers and new bank accounts to March 31 this year.The court had said people can open accounts by submitting the application number for Aadhaar, but it had to be furnished to the banks by March 31.The notice lists three more cases to be heard by the constitution bench. These are petitions against Indian Penal Code (IPC) provision that makes adultery an offence against a man and not a woman; Section 377 of the IPC that criminalises homosexuality; and a ban on the entry of women between 10 and 50 years in Kerala’s Sabarimala temple.HT
India, Pak. NSAs met 4 times, keep phone links live: officials
New Delhi:Indian and Pakistani National Security Advisors Ajit Doval and Gen. (Retd) Naseer Janjua have been meeting and speaking on telephone more regularly than they have officially confirmed. They held at least 3 meetings in Bangkok, and one in Russia, sources in Delhi and Islamabad told The Hindu. According to the sources, the NSA’s have been meeting in Bangkok, as it is a convenient hub for flights from both countries, and speaking “regularly” over the phone.They also held talks on the sidelines of an international security summit in the Russian town of Zavidovo in the Tver region during May 25-26, 2017. Engagements for contacts this year are still being worked out, but diplomatic sources said the upcoming Davos World Economic Forum on Jan. 22-23, which PM  Narendra Modi and Pakistan PM  Shahid Khaqan Abbasi are scheduled to attend, could be the next venue for the NSA or other foreign office officials to meet.The talks in Russia were particularly significant as they came days after India moved International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav, the former Indian Navy commander arrested and sentenced to death by Pakistan, who has been denied consular access. The last known meeting between the NSAs took place on December 26, 2017 a day after Mr. Jadhav was allowed to meet his wife and mother in Islamabad. While Jadhav family reunion turned into an acrimonious issue between India and Pakistan, and New Delhi expressed outrage over the insensitive treatment of his kin, NSA meeting in Bangkok was held in a “friendly and positive” atmosphere, Pakistani officials said. Pakistani side was unhappy over the public statements in India, as it viewed the granting of visitation to Jadhav’s family as a “constructive and humanitarian” gesture.India accused Pakistan of violating its commitments on access to Mr. Jadhav and of humiliating his family by making them change clothes and remove their jewellery. India’s subsequent decision to cancel grant of visas to Sufi pilgrims from Pakistan to attend the urs at Nizamuddin shrine was seen as a response to Pakistan’s actions on the Jadhav case.The Hindu
India welcome to test our resolve: Pakistan on General Rawat’s ‘nuclear bluff’ remark
New Delhi:Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif said that Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat’s remarks about Pakistan amount to “invitation for nuclear encounter”.Asif was reacting to Rawat’s Friday remark when the latter said the Army is ready to call Pakistan’s “nuclear bluff” and cross the border if the situation arises.“We will call the (nuclear) bluff of Pakistan. If we will have to really confront the Pakistanis, and a task is given to us, we are not going to say we cannot cross the border because they have nuclear weapons. We will have to call their nuclear bluff,” Rawat had said at a press conference on Wednesday.The reaction came after General Bipin Rawat had dismissed Islamabad’s assertions that its tactical nuclear weapons had prevented India from waging a military war on Pakistan.Reacting to the statement, Asif wrote on Twitter: “Very irresponsible statement by Indian Army Chief, not befitting his office. Amounts to invitation for nuclear encounter. If that is what they desire,they are welcome to test our resolve. General’s doubt would swiftly be removed, inshallah.”indianexpress
Fertility rate of households fall from 3.4 to 2.6
New Delhi:The total fertility rate among women-which indicates the total number of children born to a woman during her lifetime-(15-49) has dipped below replacement other than Hindus and Muslims- it has emerged.The fertility rate of Hindu households is 2.1 declining from 2.8 in the last survey in 2004-05, a level at which a population is said to be able to replace itself from generation to generation without migration, as reported by TOI. The fertility rate of Muslim households also fell from 3.4 to 2.6. National Family Health Survey (NFHS) of 2015-16 revealed the data in the latest religion-wise data. The community with the lowest fertility rate is Jains, 1.2, was the one with the highest level of education. This was followed by Sikhs (1.6), Buddhists or Neo Buddhists (1.7) and Christians (2). India's overall TFR was 2.2- the report said.The low-income segment group has a high fertility rate of 3.2, compared to the high-income level segment at 1.5. Scheduled tribes, the least developed among social categories, had the highest fertility rate of 2.5, followed by 2.3 for scheduled castes and 2.2 for other backward classes. The upper castes had the lowest fertility rate of 1.9, cites the report. Age factor too plays a role in fertility pattern in women. The younger the women, the lower the mean number of children born to them- the report suggests, indicating overall progress over the last two decades in bringing down the total fertility rate. TFR for Muslim women aged 40-49 was the highest at 4.2 and it was the lowest for Jain women of the same age at 2.2. Hindu women of this age group had the second highest TFR of 3.1.The median age at first birth among women aged 25-49 years is lowest for Muslim and Hindu women, 21.3 years and 21.6 years respectively. It was highest among Sikhs at 23.8 years. Among the different wealth quintiles, the median age at first birth was lowest among the poorest women at 20.3, steadily rising with rising affluence to touch 24.4 years among women in the richest one-fifth of the population.The survey showed that almost 30% women with one child had got sterilized, suggesting that they had decided they did not want any more. Almost 84% of women with 2 children had got sterilized.timesnownews
Sharp fall in number of children in Muslim households: Govt Report
Worry mounts for Assam's Bengali-speaking Muslims ahead of second NRC list
Guwahati: Kazi Neel doesn’t go to Jumma, the Friday prayers. 25-year-old youth from Assam’s Barpeta district calls himself an atheist. None from Kazi's family made it to the first draft of the updated National Register of Citizens (NRC), published on Dec. 31 midnight, that included 1.9 crore people.“My grandfather’s name is mentioned in the 1951 NRC and the 1966 Voters’ list. My father cast his first vote in 1983. But both my parents were declared D-Voters in 1997. My father proved his citizenship, but our names still remain missing in the updated NRC list,” he said.Shahjahan Kazi’s story is known to many. Despite working as a polling officer over eight elections, he wasn’t allowed to vote because he was a D-voter. In May 2017, Foreigner’s Tribunal cleared him of the ‘Doubtful’ status, but he still awaits his name in the voter’s list.But Kazi and his family are only among the countless others whose names are missing from the updated NRC. For the Bengali-speaking Muslims of Assam or the Muslim minority of East Bengal origin, this could be their last chance to prove their citizenship and live a life with dignity.Farhad Bhuyan, a resident of Bahari village in Barpeta, is proud of his community – working people, soldiers, police officers, business leaders, doctors and teachers. But he lives in fear and worries he might not be able to stay in this country, the only home he has ever known.He points to the name of his grandfather, Iman Bhuyan, barely visible in blue ink enlisted in 1951 NRC. “I have submitted my Legacy Data – documents from 1951, 1965 and 1971.My grandfather was marked as ‘1. INDIAN’. We lived in a village called Tarabari in 1961, but it was completely washed away in erosion, after which my family shifted to Bhogdiya in Barpeta district itself,” he informed.Bhuyan still has faith in the judiciary and wants no political party to hamper the Supreme Court’s decision-making procedures. “Genuine Indian Muslims have very often been harassed as illegal migrants from Bangladesh. The Govt  first came up with ‘D-Voter ‘tags, what if they now come up with a D-NRC class?” Bhuyan said.Aman Wadud, a Guwahati-based Human Rights lawyer who has been working closely in the NRC case, said there will be opportunities for claims and objections after the second NRC list is published and before the final list as well.Currently, about 2,000 Bengali-speaking Muslims languish in six detention centres in Assam after the Tribunal declared them as ‘Foreigners’. news18
By 2024, Muslims who assimilate into Hindu culture can stay in India: BJP MLA
Ballia :In a controversial remark, a BJP MLA from Ballia district in UP  has said that once India becomes a “Hindu rashtra”, only those Muslims who assimilate into the Hindu culture will be able to stay in the country.“There are a very few Muslims who are patriotic. Once India becomes a Hindu rashtra (Hindu nation), Muslims who assimilate into our culture will stay in India. Those who will not are free to take asylum in any other country,”Bairia MLA Surendra Singh said.He also claimed that by 2024, India would become a Hindu nation.Describing PM  Narendra Modi as an “avatar purush” (reincarnation of a deity), Singh said, “As RSS completes 100 years in 2025, by 2024, India will become a Hindu rashtra. By the grace of god, India is going to be a global superpower thanks to the leadership of Modi and UP CM Yogi Adityanath. Not only will India become a ‘vishwa guru’, it will also become a Hindu rashtra by 2024.”PTI
We’re not seeking reform in Islam, Shariat, but there must be reform of evil social practices: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi
Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi calls Congress’s argument against triple talaq “confused”, dismisses appeasement allegations, claims that the Govt  did not want to take credit for relaxing Haj rules, and says that the issue of SC judges criticising CJI must be resolved internally. Naqvi said, “a few people have said that the law should not ‘criminalise’ triple talaq. They argue that if the husband goes to jail, how will he give compensation to his family. But why go to jail? If you commit a crime, you will go to jail. That is why we are saying don’t commit that crime and go to jail.Secondly, murder is illegal, unconstitutional and a crime as well. If you murder someone you will go to jail. It is the same for robbery. If we don’t make a law on triple talaq, the practice will not end. We have to make a law to give women their rights.”He said, “We are not asking for reform in Islam or the Shariat, but there needs to be reform when it comes to evil social practices. There have been many positive changes in the Muslim community. We should welcome this and encourage them to continue on the path of reform.” Indianexpress
UP: Right-wing workers thrash 3 men in court premises, cry 'love jihad'
Baghpat, UP: Hindu Yuva Vahini workers on Sunday thrashed 3 men in Baghpat court premises alleging 'love jihad'.The trio, accompanied by a woman, had come from Punjab for a court marriage between the woman and one of the 3 men. On knowing that, the men belonged from a different community, Hindu Yuva Vahini caught them at the lawyer's chamber itself and beat them up.District leader of Hindu Yuva Vahini, Roopak Kumar alleged 'love jihad' and said they are going to file an FIR against the men, while the district vice president, Kuldeep Thakur added on to the allegation saying that the case had links in Kashmir.Police soon reached the spot and after rescuing the trio from the angry workers took them in the jeep. 4 people had allegedly run away from Punjab and a case is registered against them in Barnala. However, Baghpat Police refrained from tagging the label of 'love jihad' to the case.ANI
Reject ‘Hindutva’ that is causing violence: N. Sahgal
Kolkata: Describing the current political situation as “not conducive for anybody”, veteran writer Nayantara Sahgal has called for rejecting the idea of “Hindutva” which is “creating violence” and has “nothing to do with Hinduism”.“Right now, it is a very different situation. In the present political situation, the forces are trying to stamp out all dissent and disagreement. People who disagree with them are being killed. The last person was Gauri Lankesh.“Not only writers, people who are transporting cattle have been killed. On suspicion of storing beef, people are being killed,” the writer told IANS.IANS
As Bhima Koregan violence raged, this family sheltered over 100 Dalits from the mob's fury
An iron fence is coming up around the Nalanda Buddha Vihar at Sanaswadi, Pune, one of the epicentres of Bhima-Koregan riots that took place earlier this month. The Vihar already had an iron fence;it was, however, vandalised, when a mob attacked the structure on hearing that 100 Dalits had taken shelter within, to escape the 1 Jan.riot. This was why Sudamrao Pawar, who owns the Vihar, was compelled to rebuild the fence. The new fence will be taller (and presumably stronger) than the previous one.On the first day of every new year, thousands of Dalits gather by the War Memorial Pillar (aka Vijay Stambh) at Bhima Koregoan to commemorate the victory of the British Army against Peshwas in a battle dating back to 1 Jan.1818. The skirmish was part of Anglo-Maratha Wars; it has particular significance to Dalit community because the section of the British Army that was involved in the battle mainly comprised Mahars. This being the 200th anniversary of the event, lakhs of Dalits had travelled to the memorial — and this was when the riots broke out.Over 100 Dalits — mainly women and children — sought refuge in the Vihar, after the riots began. When the attacking mob got to know that there were Dalits hiding in the Vihar, they tried to force their way in (as well as into Pawar’s home, which adjoins the Vihar) by vandalising the surrounding fence. By then, the Pawar family had called the police, and the mob had to disperse. firstpost
Mandatory Aadhaar threat to basic rights: Amnesty
New Delhi: Govt’s mandatory biometric identification project Aadhaar could lead to millions of people being denied access to essential services and benefits in violation of their human rights while also raising serious concerns about violations of the right to privacy, Amnesty International India and HRW said.They said Govt should order an independent investigation of the concerns raised about Aadhaar, and cease targeting journalists and researchers who expose vulnerabilities in security, privacy, and protection of data.Last week, the Tribune paper reported that unrestricted access to the personal details of people enrolled in Aadhaar could be purchased for Rs 500 from racketeers. The UIDAI responded by filing a criminal complaint, naming the reporter and the newspaper, prompting widespread condemnation by civil society groups.In a joint statement, the two organisations said that as per Aug.2017 Supreme Court ruling, right to privacy was part of the constitutional right to life and personal liberty and is also protected under International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), to which India is party. “Govt’s push for mandatory enrolment and its efforts to link the Aadhaar number to a wide range of services raises grave concerns that it could disproportionately interfere with the right to privacy for millions of people.Amnesty International India’s executive director Aakar Patel said:“Making Aadhaar card a prerequisite to access essential services and benefits can obstruct access to several constitutional rights, including the rights of people to food, health care, education and social security.”IANS
Banks impose restrictions on cash withdrawals:reports
New Delhi:According to the report published in an English daily, banks put an undeclared restriction on the withdrawals from accounts. The reasons behind such restrictions are less cash deposit in the past three months, rumours about FDRI Bill.It is also reported that bank customers are preferring premature withdrawal of term deposit. In the normal situation, banks receive 60% of the total cash disbursals in the form of deposits which has fallen down to 20%.It may be mentioned that India’s central banking institution, RBI also cut the cash supplies.Adding to all these issues, huge withdrawals due to Sankranti created a shortage in the banks.Unofficial restrictions on withdrawals in semi-urban and rural areas are Rs 5,000 per day whereas, in urban areas, the limit is between Rs 10,000 and Rs 30,000.An official of a bank said that every bank branch maintains cash reserves of Rs 60 lakh per day. However, now, they do not have cash reserves of even Rs 20 lakh, he claimed. As it is difficult to meet daily withdrawals with this cash reserves, banks stopped loading cash in ATMs, he added. (etemaaddaily.com) caravandaily
Waseem Rizvi Alleges Death Threat Call From Dawood
Lucknow: UP Shia Waqf Board chairman Waseem Rizvi said Sunday he had received a threat call from a man, claiming to be an aide of fugitive mafia don Dawood Ibrahim, who threatened to blow up him and his family.Following Rizvi’s complaint, the Lucknow police has lodged an FIR and initiated a probe.“I received the call last (Saturday) night in which caller took the name of Dawood and threatened to blow me up and my family for my stand on madrassa education and other issues,” Rizvi said.The caller refused to identify himself but asked me to seek pardon from ‘maulanas’ claiming Dawood Ibrahim was annoyed, Rizvi said. PTI
Govt  treating Indian migrant workers as 2nd class citizens: Rahul on changes in passport
 Congress president Rahul Gandhi today accused BJP of harbouring a "discriminatory mindest" and treating the Indian migrant workers as "second class citizen" following the Govt's decision to introduce changes in the Indian passport."Treating India's migrant workers like second class citizens is completely unacceptable. This action demonstrates BJP's discriminatory mindset", he said in a tweet. On Friday, the Govt  had decided to change the colour of the passport to orange for people with Emigration Check Required (ECR) status. timesofindia
NCM not in favour of minority tag to Vedic Brahmans, Sindhis
New Delhi:National Commission for Minorities (NCM) is not favour of granting minority status to Vedic Brahmans and Sindhis.It has also said that if the request of World Brahman Organisation and Purbouttar Bahubhashiya Brahmin Mahasabha is agreed to by the Govt , other castes like Rajputs and Vaishyas would also make similar demands leading to "manifold and unwarranted fragmentation" of the Hindu community."Vedic Brahmans are part and parcel of the Hindu religion. Merely claiming that Vedic Brahmans are only a select few does not warrant a view that they should be declared as a minority community by the Govt  of India," the Commission said in its annual report for 2016-17.It also said that the community's claim that they are committed to protect their tradition and culture does not add any further weight to their claim for minority status. UNESCO urging to protect the Vedas and Vedic vulture is also not supporting their case to declare them as a separate minority community, it added.PTI
MP High Court Pulls up Central Govt. For Delay In Medical Care of Bhopal Gas Victims, Non-utilisation of Funds
Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh High Court has snubbed the Central Govt  for making procedural delay in appointment of specialist doctors at Bhopal Memorial Hospital & Research Centre, the dedicated hospital set up for the treatment of victims of the 1984 Bhopal Gas Tragedy. More than Rs 430 crore was available in August 2012 “but even after a span more than 5 years, the victims of the Bhopal Gas Leakage Disaster are still deprived of proper medical care and attention,” said the Jabalpur Bench of the High Court on Tuesday (Jan.9).The Bench headed by Chief Justice Hemant Gupta and Justice Vijay Kumar Shukla was angry that even about one year after this court ordered central Govt to frame rules for appointment of staffers at the hospital, the Govt  has not done nothing.“This Court has been passing orders from time to time, considering the quarterly reports submitted by the Monitoring Committee, Bhopal Gas Tragedy Relief & Rehabilitation, chaired by Shri Justice V.K. Agrawal (Retd.). A detailed order was passed on 15-02-2017 in respect of framing of rules for appointment under the proviso of Article 309 of the Constitution of India. The Govt. of India sought a year’s time to frame rules. The Court granted a month’s time. But even after almost a year, the rules have yet not been finalised…” said the court.Caravan News
Nirbhaya-Like Incident In Haryana: Minor's Private Parts Mutilated, Liver Ruptured
The mutilated body of a minor girl was recovered from Haryana's Jind district on Friday. The girl's private parts were completely mutilated and her liver was ruptured.Hindustan Times reported that the girl’s brutalised body was found near a canal in Budhakhera village on Friday night. A report was lodged at the local police station after the girl went missing on January 9."The body was found without any clothes in the lower parts. It was sent to Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS), Rohtak, immediately for postmortem," said the Jind police officials. "The victim had injuries on her face and inside the mouth, suggesting that she was kidnapped by multiple persons who prevented her from making noise," Dr SK Dhattarwal, head of the forensics department at PGIMS told the newspaper.“The autopsy suggests this was an act of frustration. All the damage to her private parts seems to have been done after she was drowned and murdered. This was the work of more than one person who failed to sexually assault the victim while she was alive,” she added.In the meantime, the Jind police have constituted two SIT under two DSP-rank officers to probe the incident."Doctors have confirmed that the minor was murdered 24-48 hours back. We are investigating the matter and have also formed special SIT's for the same," Jind police officials quoted as saying.This comes barely a month after the barbaric rape and murder of a six-year-old girl in Hisar, whose private parts were mutilated by inserting a wooden stick. Outlookindia
Govt plans to auction ‘enemy’properties worth Rs 1 lakh cr
New Delhi: Over 9,400 ‘enemy’ properties, worth more than Rs 1 lakh crore, are set to be auctioned with the home ministry starting the process of identifying all such estates, officials said. The properties were left behind by people who took citizenship of Pakistan and China. The move came after the amendment of 49-year-old Enemy Property (Amendment and Validation) Act which ensured that the heirs of those who migrated to Pakistan and China during Partition and afterwards will have no claim over the properties left behind in India. At a recent meeting, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh was informed that the survey of 6,289 enemy properties has been completed and that of the remaining 2,991 properties which are vested with the custodian will be completed, a home ministry official said.Singh directed that those properties which are free from encumbrance should be disposed of quickly for monetisation. Among 9,280 properties left behind by Pakistani nationals, highest 4,991 properties are located in UP  followed by West Bengal which has 2,735 such estates.There are 487 such properties in Delhi.After Indo-Pak War of 1965, Enemy Property Act was enacted in 1968, which regulates such properties and lists the custodian’s powers. Govt  amended the Act in the wake of a claim laid by the heirs of Raja Mohammad Amir Mohammad Khan, known as Raja of Mahmudabad,on his properties spread across UP  and Uttarakhand. Indianexpress
Govt resumes coin production, but mints to work at slow pace:PTI
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Kolkata: Govt has gone back on its decision to halt production of coins entirely and has asked all the four mints in the country to restart production, albeit at a slower pace, industry sources said on Saturday. Govt has directed the state-run Security Printing and Minting Corporation of India Ltd (SPMCIL), which runs the four Govt mints in Kolkata, Mumbai, Noida and Hyderabad, to work on single shift, instead of the usual two, and keep minting coins of different denominations."We have started minting of coins from yesterday. We have been asked to produce coins of all denominations," said Bijan Dey, vice-president, Calcutta Mint Employees Association.The official said that RBI had given an indent of 7,712 million coin pieces to Govt mints for 2017-18 of which 5,900 million units have already been produced.The mints are expected to meet the target in the remaining two-and-a-half months of the current fiscal.RBI picks up the coins and banknotes from the mints for distribution in the market. Govt had halted coin production from Jan.9 owing to a glut in the market and lack of storage space.

Thousands of Israelis Protest Corruption, Chant Against Netanyahu's Son Over Stripper Scandal: haaretz
Thousands of Israelis are taking to the streets in Tel Aviv in a mass protest against Govt  corruption, targeting in particular PM  Benjamin Netanyahu and his family.This week audio was leaked of the premier's son, Yair, speaking disparagingly about women while attending stripper clubs with his friends. Hundreds also protested in northern Israel.The young Netanyahu came under fire after it was revealed that he was followed on his debaucherous journey by a bodyguard and a driver, both provided to him through the state. The young Netanyahu was heard in the tape telling his friend, the son of business tycoon Kobi Maimon, not to argue with him over 400 shekels (approximately $118) meant for a prostitute when his father received $20 billion from Netanyahu.Kobi Maimon is a real estate mogul and shareholder in Isramco, which owns Israel's offshore Tamar gas fields. The PM 's son was referring to the natural gas deal that his father signed in 2015. Haaretz
Thousands rally over Netanyahu corruption, son’s stripper scandal
Israel angry over exclusion from official meetings in Egypt
Israel’s Ambassador in Cairo has complained to the Egyptian Govt  about his exclusion from diplomatic briefings and press releases, Quds Press reported on Friday.David Govrin sent his complaint in a letter to the Foreign Ministry in Cairo. “In spite of the strategic relations between the two countries,” he fumed, “representatives of embassies in Egypt are invited except the representative of Israel’s Embassy.”Govrin expressed his particular disappointment that he was not invited to a meeting held by Foreign Ministry concerning the war on terror. He said that nobody from his embassy was invited even though the Israeli air force had hit ISIS targets in the Sinai Peninsula. A source at the ministry refused to comment about the issue, and pointed out that the Israeli complaint is being reviewed.MEMO
Palestinian unity in doubt before summit on Jerusalem
Palestinian leaders are set to hold a crucial summit in response to the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, but political movements Hamas and Islamic Jihad are boycotting the event, raising questions about unity as President Mahmoud Abbas ramps up the campaign for statehood.Hamas had announced it would not participate in the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) Central Council meeting on Sunday and Monday, saying it objected to Abbas' decision to hold the meeting in the occupied West Bank. "Hamas will not take part in the upcoming meeting," Hussam Badran, a Hamas spokesman, said in a statement on Saturday, urging that it be held "outside the occupied Palestinian territories to escape from Israeli pressure". News of the Hamas boycott comes as Israel announced on Sunday the closure of Gaza's only commercial border crossing of Karam Abu Salem, and Israeli warplanes bombed a site near the Rafah crossing. On Sunday, the Israeli PM 's office confirmed the bombardment of the crossing that connects Gaza with Egypt.Islamic Jihad had earlier announced that it would not participate in the meeting in Ramallah, and later urged the Palestinian National Council (PNC) - the highest decision-making body of the PLO - "to end relations" with the US, and accelerate internal reconciliation, the Palestinian news agency Wafa reported. Hamas and Islamic Jihad are both based in Gaza, and the former governs the besieged Palestinian enclave. While both organisations are not part of the PLO, they are regularly invited to observe its meetings. PNC head Saleem al-Zanoon will preside over the meeting of the Central Council, the second-highest Palestinian legislative body after the PNC.In a statement posted on the PNC website on Saturday, Zanoon urged "unity" among all Palestinian factions, saying "the situation is very delicate and the challenges and risks are increasing."As long as Israel chose aggression and refused to recognise our rights and our state with Jerusalem as its capital, it is our right to reconsider and choose alternatives that will achieve our legitimate national goals," he said. He added that the council meeting will go ahead, saying he hopes the leaders will come up with resolutions "that protect our national rights in establishing our independent state with Jerusalem as its capital".Among the statements being considered by the PLO Central Council is the declaration of the areas liberated by Israel in 1967 as "a state under occupation", according to Palestinian news agency Wafa, quoting Azzam al-Ahmad, a member of the Fatah Central Committee. Other diplomatic actions are also being considered for the UN General Assembly, UN Security Council and the International Criminal Court.Diana Buttu, a Palestinian human rights lawyer and former PLO spokeswoman, however, said the Hamas and Islamic Jihad boycott raises more questions about the council's legitimacy.  "This is a council that has not had elections in two decades, and whose legitimacy, like the legitimacy of Mahmoud Abbas, went away a long time ago," Buttu told Al Jazeera on Sunday. "What they should be focused on is having elections, and creating a new council that is representative of people and their political views, rather than just holding a meeting, just for the sake of holding a meeting," she added.The boycott by Hamas also exposes conflicts with Fatah, the PLO's political arm led by Abbas. In October last year, the two parties signed a reconciliation deal in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, as part of an effort to end a decade-long rift and present a united front for Palestinian statehood. The agreement raised hopes that it would bring relief to the humanitarian situation in Gaza, made worse by the Israeli blockade. However, talks have since broken down. aljazeera
'Abdullah was just catching fish': Gazan fisherman killed by Egypt laid to rest
Gaza:Since dawn on Saturday morning, hundreds of young people were seen streaming through the alleys of Gaza's impoverished al-Shati refugee camp, heading to the home of fisherman Abdullah Zeidan. But they were not curious as to the size of his latest catch, a common boast from 33-year-old Zeidan. They were there to pay respects to his family, after he died early in the morning, succumbing to his wounds after being shot off the coast of Gaza a day earlier. In front of his house, in the largest of Gaza strip’s eight camps, neighbours set up a condolence tent and put out rows of chairs to accommodate the mourners. The fishermen's family watched the crowds through upstairs windows, stunned.While Gazan fishermen are often attacked and killed by the Israeli navy, Zeidan was targeted by the Egyptian army, according to local Palestinian authorities. When fishing near the southern border between Gaza and Egypt on Friday night, Zeidan was hit in the chest by a bullet, Gazan Health Ministry said."What was his sin?" asked his grieving mother, Maryam Zeidan."He was just trying to be the breadwinner for his 4 children." middleeasteye
Saudi Prince Alwaleed in settlement talks with Govt: Sources
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Dubai:Saudi Arabia's billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, detained for over two months in an anti-corruption crackdown, is negotiating a possible settlement with authorities but so far has not agreed on terms, a senior Saudi official said.Prince Alwaleed, whose net worth has been estimated by Forbes magazine at $17 billion, is chairman and owner of international investment firm Kingdom Holding, and one of the country's most prominent businessmen."He offered a certain figure but it doesn't meet the figure required from him, and until today the attorney-general hasn't approved it," the official said on condition of anonymity under Govt briefing rules.A second source familiar with Prince Alwaleed's case told Reuters on Saturday that he had offered to make a "donation" to the Saudi Govt , which would avoid any admission of wrongdoing, and to do so from assets of his own choosing. But the Govt  refused those terms, the source said.Since early November Prince Alwaleed has been held, with dozens of other members of Saudi Arabia's political and business elite detained in the crackdown, in Riyadh's opulent Ritz Carlton hotel as authorities seek to reach settlements with the detainees.Saudi officials say they aim to claw back some $100 billion of funds that rightfully belong to the state. Crown Prince bin Salman, who launched the crackdown, has indicated he wants to close existing cases quickly and expects most suspects to cut a deal.Reuters
Burning Iranian oil tanker sinks, 32 crew presumed dead
An Iranian oil tanker that caught fire after colliding with a freighter in East China Sea more than a week ago has sunk, with some 30 crewmen still missing, Chinese state media said on Sunday.The stricken tanker, registered under Panama and named the Sanchi, had been adrift and on fire since January 6 collision. China Central Television (CCTV) reported that large amounts of oil were burning where the tanker went down. "Currently, ithas already sunk,"CCTV said, citing Shanghai Maritime Search and Rescue Centre. It showed a video of a tower of billowing black smoke and flames on the surface of the water. The ship sank before 5 pm, CCTV said.At the time of the accident, ship had 32 crew members on board: 30 Iranians and 2 Bangladeshis.A rescue team from China has recovered three bodies and retrieved the 'black box'.aljazeera
US cannot undermine Iran nuclear deal: Rouhani
US has failed to undermine the nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in a statement broadcast on state TV.His comments on Sunday came just days after US President Donald Trump threatened to withdraw from the deal if its "disastrous flaws" were not fixed. " American administration has failed to undermine the nuclear deal ... Trump, despite his repeated efforts, has failed to undermine the accord," Rouhani said in his speech, according to a report from the Reuters news agency. Iranian president further hailed the deal as "a long-lasting victory for Iran". On Friday, the White House said that Trump would waive sanctions against Iran to keep the deal alive, but it would be the "last time" unless the US and Europe reach an agreement in the next 120 days to strengthen the landmark deal.Aljazeera
Iran N-deal not derailed, pledges constructive role: China
China on Saturday pledged to continue playing a constructive role in maintaining and implementing the Iran nuclear deal, after US President Donald Trump set an ultimatum to fix “disastrous flaws” in a deal.Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif by phone that implementation of the deal had not been “derailed” but would face “some new complicating factors”, the state news agency Xinhua reported.Continuing to implement the nuclear deal was the responsibility of all parties concerned and the common wish of the international community, Wang was quoted as saying during the call, which took place on a visit to Rwanda.The deal would help uphold the international non-proliferation regime, maintain regional peace and stability and solve “other hot issues” around the world, he said.
Syria's Ghouta: 'Nearly 180 killed' in two weeks
The number of people killed in the Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta has reached 179 after a little over two weeks of Govt  and Russian bombardment, according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).Govt  forces backed by Russian warplanes began a campaign to take the rebel-held district on December 29, relying mainly on artillery barrages and air attacks. SOHR, which gathers details of casualties from a network of sources inside the country, said on Friday that those killed in the latest escalation in violence include 51 children and 38 women.aljazeera
Regime forces launch chlorine gas attack in E. Ghouta
Syrian regime warplanes carried out a chlorine gas attack in the Eastern Ghouta suburb of Damascus on Saturday, according to a Syrian paramedic group.The attack targeted residential areas in the Duma district in Eastern Ghouta, the Syrian Civil Defense, know as White Helmets, said on Twitter. It said civilians affected in the attack were taken to nearby hospitals for treatment.Meanwhile, two people, including a child, were killed in an artillery shelling by regime forces in several districts in Eastern Ghouta, according to White Helmets.Home to some 400,000 people, Eastern Ghouta has remained under a crippling siege by the Bashar Assad regime since late 2012. middleeastmonitor
Syria: Manbij civilians protest PKK/PYD killings
Manbij:Hundreds of civilians in Syria's northern Manbij city have protested the killing of two young people by the PKK/PYD terrorist organization.Hannan Al-Jarivah, 25, and Abbud Al-Minkhan, 23, were tortured to death by PKK/PYD terrorists on Friday. The bodies of the two young men, with one’s head cut off, were found in a village some 20 KMS east of Manbij. Tension escalated into a gun battle between the PKK/PYD terrorists and angry civilians after families of the two victims recognized the bodies of their children after activists shared their photos on social media. Hundreds of people took to the streets of the city following the weekly Friday prayer to demonstrate the killings, amid calls for PKK/PYD to immediately leave the city.Anadolu agency
India Stands On The Wrong Side of History As Modi Embraces Netanyahu:Urvashi Sarkar, thecitizen
Bilkis Bano's plea for exemplary compensation highlights how the judiciary failed her by ignoring state's responsibility: Deya Bhattacharya
Nazia Erum's Book, Mothering A Muslim, On Segregation Faced By Muslim Kids Creates Shockwaves
Triple talaq bill: Govt did not follow the set procedure:A G Noorani
As World Bank Reviews Ease Of Doing Business Rankings, Will India Be Affected?THE WIRE
Of course, madrasas need to improve, but let education be apolitical: Fayaz Ahmad Rashidi, runs Jamiat-us-Salihaat madrasa in Handwara, north Kashmir.
India revives deal for Israeli missiles battle-tested on Gazans
Amit Shah’s speedy acquittal is what SC should inquire: Uttam Sengupta, nationalheraldindia

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