28 January 2018

28 Jan. ND: PM Modi must speak up, act against perpetrators of hate crimes against minorities: 67 Retired Civil Servants/ 'Kasganj violence erupted after mob trying to hoist saffron flag along with tri-color': 112 held so far; 20 accused in murder of Gupta

28 Jan.2018:10 Jamadiul-1 1439:Vol:9, No:109
PM Modi must speak up, act against perpetrators of hate crimes against minorities: 67 Retired Civil Servants
New Delhi: Around 70 eminent retired civil servants of the country have sought from PM Narendra Modi “a clear response” now and without delay on unchecked violence against minorities in the country. In an open letter to PM Modi, they have also demanded “immediate and firm action against the perpetrators of such hate crimes against minorities.”Retired officers’ letter appeared on Sunday – the day when PM addressed the nation through his first “Mann Ki Baat” radio program and touched everything but hate crimes and attacks on minorities. He also remained silent on the recent widespread mob violence of Karni Sena against a film.The retired civil servants belonging to different Services and batches expressed their deep concern at the “continuing incidents of mindless violence in the country, especially those targeting the minorities, and the lackadaisical response of the law enforcement machinery to these attacks.”“The killing of Afrazul, a migrant worker from West Bengal in Rajsamand, Rajasthan, on the 25th Anniversary of the demolition of the Babri Masjid has deeply shaken each of us. The recording of the brutal act on video and the circulation of the justification for the killing over the internet cuts at the roots of an inclusive and pluralistic society drawing its inspiration from the teachings of Buddha, Mahavira, Ashoka, Akbar, the Sikh Gurus, Hindu Sages and Gandhi. The violent incidents in Udaipur in support of the alleged killer are a pointer to how deep the sectarian poison has spread among the population of this country,” 67 former civil servants wrote in the joint open letter.They talked about various such incidents that took place in the last nine months including the killing of dairy farmers Pahlu Khan and Mohammad Umar in Alwar of Rajasthan and lynching of Junaid in running train in Haryana.Following massive public outcry against this incident, PM Modi had said that “killing people in the name of ‘Gau bhakti’ is unacceptable” and asked the state govts to take action. However, the killings have continued without any check.Apart from violence, the former civil servants also expressed their deep concern on “the acceleration of a process of ghettoization through organized resistance to sale of properties to Muslims, or refusal by owners to have them as tenants…” They also wrote that the “love-jihad” campaigns of right-wing Hindu groups are “symptomatic of the efforts by extremist elements of the majority religion to interfere in the basic constitutional rights of citizens to enter into marriage with a partner of their choice.” They expressed concern on increasing targeting of Christians around the observation of Christmas and mentioned some recent incidents that took place in MP and Rajasthan in December last year.They urged PM Modi to speak up and act immediately against hate crimes because these incidents “undermine our Constitutional values and weaken the rule of law to create a new normal in society.”They also called upon the silent civil society “to stand up, oppose and publicly condemn the communalization of our society and our country.” caravandaily
Retired civil servants ask PM to take ‘firm action’ against perpetrators of hate crimes,  violence against minority
‘We need pm to speak out, Govt to act, and hate crime against minorities to be stopped’: Indian civil servants
Protest outside India's High Commission in London against Hindutva violence
London: Instead of hosting and participating in festivities, the Indian diaspora on Friday marked their Republic Day by organising a massive protest against Hindutva attacks on minorities and Dalits in India. Braving chilly wind and freezing cold weather several activists gathered outside India House and shouted anti-Hindutva slogans.They carried large portraits of the victims of Hindutva including Gauri Lankesh, Akhkaq, Pehlu Khan, Junaid, Rohith Vemula and others along with their names, date and place of their lynchings. The caption on Justice Loya portrait, however, simply read: “Who killed Justice Loya?” The protest was organised by rights organisation South Asia Solidarity Group (SASG). In her speech SASG’s spokesperson, writer and activist Amrit Wilson said, “We were here last Saturday in the pouring rain. There were about a thousand of us. We had a letter for PM and for the President. We were told by the Indian High Commission that they would not take our letter in. They had instructions from the Indian Govt  to refuse this letter. They don’t have to take our letter but we are telling the world and the world is watching what’s happening in India.”Rutuja Deshmukh of SOAS India Society said, “From the lynchings of Muslims in the name of the cow, to the attack on a school bus over a film, and Justice Loya's mysterious death, there are more than enough reasons to conclude that the Indian state is turning into a fascist regime sooner than anyone imagined. It is our duty as responsible citizens to resist this advent of fascism.”ummid/tcn
Govt to push for talaq bill passage in Budget Session
New Delhi;The Govt  will make a fresh push for the passage of the contentious triple talaq bill in Parliaments Budget Session starting tomorrow but is likely to meet strong resistance from the Opposition, which had stalled it in the last session, political leaders here said.The session will open with the customary address of the president to a joint sitting of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha. Following the address by President Ram Nath Kovind, the economic survey will be tabled in the two Houses.Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will present the current BJP-led NDA regimes last full-fledged budget on Feb. 1.The first spell of the session will end on February 9. Parliament will meet again between March 5 and April 6.Besides the triple talaq legislation, Govt is also likely to make a pitch for the passage of the OBC bill, which seeks to give a constitutional status to the OBC commission.PTI
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'Kasganj violence erupted after mob trying to hoist saffron flag along with tri-color': 112 held so far; 20 accused in murder of Gupta
Agra: Post afternoon on Sunday, normalcy returned to Kasganj - where tension had prevailed since Republic Day - after local residents, traders, political leaders, police officials and local administration held a peace meeting in the district.The meeting, headed by Aligarh divisional commissioner Subhas Chandra Sharma, was attended by ADG Agra zone Ajay Anand, BJP Sadar MLA Devendra Singh Rajput, BJP district president Purendar Singh Solanki, former Samajwadi party MLA Hasrat Ullah Sherwani, former Kasganj Nagar Palika chairperson Chaudhary Nural Hasan and traders' leader Amit Paltani along with 40 other local residents.Sherwani said, "Kasganj has always been a peaceful district and we will again build up the relationship of brotherhood, no matter how much deliberate attempts are made to create a divide between us. On Republic Day morning, a group of youths attempted to instigate a particular community by hurling verbal abuse, while they were hoisting national flag. But police have now identified them and arrested them to reinstate normalcy."Inspector General of police Aligarh, Sanjeev Gupta said, "Total 112 men have been arrested so far and a country-made pistol and crude bomb was recovered from the home of accused".According to police, out of 20 named accused in the murder of Chandan Gupta, 3 were from the same family, and are yet to be arrested.TOI spoke to a witness to the Republic Day incident that flared up into violent clashes. "Around 200 youths on motor-bikes were using abusive language and were emphasising to hoist saffron flag along with tri-color to prove the nationalism spirit. This lead to heated argument and clash," he said.TOI
Kasganj violence: Section 144, rnet shutdown continue in UP district; accused identified, say cops
Kasganj Riot: I Don’t Want Anyone to Do Politics Over My Son’s Death, Says Victim’s Father
Lucknow: Father of the young man killed during the violence in the Kasganj town of UP on Friday has denied his son was associated with Bajrang Dal or any political party and said that no one should do politics over the death of his son. Chandan Gupta was killed in firing by some unidentified persons while two youths of minority community sustained bullet injuries during a clash between groups of two communities here on the Republic Day. His father Sushil Gupta said he would take part in the Tiranga yatra every year.“Every year he would take part in the bike rally on Republic Day. He was not associated with any organization. Main nahi chahta ki mere bete ki maut per koi rajnaitik rotiyan seken (I don’t want anyone to take political benefits out of my son’s death),” Chandan’s father told media.When asked if thinks the incident was spontaneous or planned, he said: “I don’t know if the incident was spontaneous or pre-planned.It is the job of the administration to probe.”“They were going on bikes shouting Bharat Mata Ki Jai and Vande Mataram. I was told that some Muslims objected to their slogans and attacked them and my son was killed.“I appeal to people and to all his friends to maintain peace. My son has gone. I don’t want anyone to lose his son.”caravandaily
Muslim man attacked by rioters in Kasganj loses eye
Kasganj, UP Riot: Trouble Began When Hindutva Men Tried Disrupting Flag Hoisting By Muslims
Kasganj residents wanted to finish flag hoisting, VHP, ABVP wanted to be allowed through immediately
Kasganj tense: Auto parts shop torched on Day 3, over 150 arrested
Kasganj violence due to ‘criminalisation’ of BJP:Mayawati
Lucknow:Blaming BJP Govt  for communal violence in Kasganj district of UP , BSP chief Mayawati said such incidents were taking place all over the country due to the “chaos, crimes and violence” caused by the “criminalisation” of BJP and its related outfits.Ms. Mayawati said “jungleraj” prevailed in the States currently ruled by the BJP, especially UP. “The dismal state of crime-control and law and order as well as development and welfare in BJP-ruled States shows us that the ruling BJP has been criminalised at all levels,” she said.
Cong demands judicial probe into Kasganj violence
New Delhi: Congress demanded an independent judicial probe by a sitting high court judge into violence in UP s Kasganj that erupted after a boy was killed in clashes following stone-pelting on a motorcycle rally taken out to celebrate Republic Day. Congress leader Pramod Tiwari alleged callousness and mismanagement on part of UP Govt and local administration led to clashes between two communities in Kasganj.PTI
Muzaffarnagar: 8 injured in communal clash over eve-teasing
Muzaffarnagar: A clash between members of two communities over an alleged eve-teasing incident in Sambhalheda village here left at least eight people injured, police said Sunday. The clash took place last evening in an area under the Miranpur police station, following which a case was registered against six people, of whom two were arrested, CO S K S Partap Singh said.The officer said that a 17-year-old girl was allegedly harassed by a youth belonging to another community. Members of the girl’s community confronted them and a clash ensued, he said. They threw stones at each other and at least eight people, including two women, were injured, he said. The injured were admitted to a hospital. Security at the village has also been tightened, the CO said.PTI
Communal clash after girl molested in Muzaffarnagar

Probe after Hindu Yuva Vahini leader talks love jihad at Republic-Day event
Lucknow :Muzaffarnagar police have ordered an inquiry after a video surfaced in which a Hindu Yuva Vahini (HYV) leader purportedly made objectionable comments during a Republic Day function in Bhudhana area on Friday.Referring to “love jihad”, HYV state secretary Nagendra Tomar was purportedly heard in the video telling his supporters that “if they take one, then prepare to bring at least 10 (women)”.“Jo mere kunware ladke hain…jo mere mitra hain yuva… Bhaiyo, taiyyaar raho majbooti se… Love jihad ka jawaab yahin hai … Agar wo ek lekar jayein toh kam se kam 10 ko laane ki taiyyari rakho (my young friends who are bachelors, be prepared. This is the only answer to love jihad… if they take one, then prepare to bring at least 10),” Tomar is heard saying.Tomar, a lecturer at a Govt -aided college in Meerut, had spoken at Shankar Palace in the area after a Tiranga Rally by HYV workers, the outfit’s Budhana’s media in-charge Abhishek Singhal confirmed. UP CM Adityanath is founder of HYV.indianexpress
UP governor puts efforts to shift slaughterhouses outside city
Lucknow:UP Governor Ram Naik has promulgated two ordinances to shift abattoirs outside city limits which will effectively ban slaughtering of animals within the municipal limits of the urban areas. Govt   had said the slaughterhouses were being shifted out of cities for the sake of environment and hygiene. On Jan.18 the state cabinet had approved the draft of the amendment in the Act to shift all slaughterhouses outside city limits. However, the ordinance allows animal slaughter within the city for religious purposes.State Govt  had forwarded the draft ordinances, Rs Rs UP Nagar Nigam (Amendment) Bill 2018’’ and the Rs Rs UP  Nagar Palika (Amendment) Bill 2018’’ to the Governor. The municipal corporations (Nagar Nigams) and municipal boards (Nagar Palikas) were stripped of powers to construct and run slaughterhouses and will now merely “regulate” them.All India Jamiatul Quresh, body of Qureshis, traditional Muslim butcher community, has said the decision will not only lead to a rise in prices but also lead to disruption in the business.dailypioneer
Chandrababu Naidu Hints at Breaking Alliance With BJP, Says Will do 'Namaskaram' And Leave
New Delhi: Days after Shiv Sena decided to break alliance with the BJP and go solo in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, AP CM and TDP President N Chandrababu Naidu also hinted at breaking alliance with the ruling party. “If they don’t want an alliance, we will do the ‘namaskaram’ and chart our own course,” Naidu remarked.He was addressing a press conference and responding to a question on the critical remarks made by some BJP leaders against his Govt over the last few days.“I am controlling my people as well and I will continue to control them. I even warned one of our leaders yesterday when he tried to raise Tadepalligudem issue (related to dispute between Endowments Minister P Manikyala Rao of BJP and local TDP leaders),” Naidu asserted.TDP is coalition partner of BJP. The state leaders of BJP have been criticising TDP on various issues.
Naidu for Surya Namaskar at temples, churches, mosques
Vijayawada: CM N Chandrababu Naidu appealed to people from all walks of life, irrespective of caste, creed and religion, to participate in statewide ‘Suryaaradhana’ programme, intended to promote a healthy lifestyle in the society, on Sunday morning. Naidu, himself will offer Surya Namaskar at IGMC Stadium here at 7am. CM said directions had already been issued to the endowments department, Walk Board, educational institutions and district collectors to organise Suryaaradhana at all the temples, mosques and churches. “Irrespective of religion and caste, all should pray to the Sun as all of us benefit from sunlight,” he stressed. Describing the Sun as Justice Chakravarthy, he said the celestial body does equal justice to everyone without discrimination and expecting anything in return. “Sun is a big attraction not only spiritually but also scientifically. Sunlight gives us Vitamin D. Amid scores of stars, Sun is our centre of energy.... we can produce power and reduce pollution,” he explained, adding that worshipping the Sun God bestows not only physical but also mental health and wealth.newindianexpress
Kashmir tense after Shopian civilian killings
Srinagar: Kashmir valley remained tense on Sunday, a day after the killing of two civilians in the Army firing in Shopian.The authorities imposed restrictions in parts of the Valley as separatists’ shutdown call against the killings. DM, Srinagar, Syed Abid Rasheed Shah has ordered restrictions under Section 144 “in territorial jurisdictions of Srinagar’s Khanyar, Rainawari, Nowhatta, Safakadal and MR Gunj police stations”. Partial restrictions were also imposed in Maisuma and Kralkhud police stations. “The restrictions have been imposed as a precautionary measure to avoid any untoward incident,” he said. Train and internet services were suspended in south Kashmir for the day.Meanwhile, all shops and business centres remained close in the Valley. There was a thin traffic on the roads. Separatists leaders, which includes Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik, had called for a Valley-wide shutdown over the killings.In Shopian, the 2 civilians, who died when the Army opened fire on stone-throwing protesters at Ganowpora village on Saturday afternoon, were buried in their local graveyards in Balpora and Ganowpora villages. Hundreds of locals offered funeral prayers. There were reports of minor clashes after the funerals.CM  Mehbooba Mufti has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the killings and sought a report within 20 days. She also spoke to Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday evening and sought her intervention.thehindu
Mobile net blocked in parts of Kashmir, tense over army firing deaths

NIA takes over J&K terror financing case from Delhi Police
New Delh: NIA has taken over from Delhi Police the case of Nasir Safi Mir, who is accused of funding Hurriyat leaders and is believed to have fled the country after jumping bail, officials said.The officials said the case was re-registered by the NIA recently and it has initiated investigations into it.The NIA probe is likely to ascertain how Mir, alias “Babul”, managed to secure a passport from a southern state which he allegedly used in Nepal in October 2008 to leave for Europe.PTI
Video of man in army uniform boasting of bloodshed goes viral, slammed as ‘drunken banter’
Srinagar:A video showing a man in military uniform boasting about bloodshed and worship of weapons was widely shared on social media in the Kashmir Valley on Sunday when tension was already running high over the killing of two men by security forces.Authenticity of the clipping could not be independently verified and the officer was not identified either, but it appears to have been shot in a hilly place much like Kashmir in winter. “We were falling for the things like peace. It has been my record wherever I have gone, there has been bloodshed. So I am not satisfied till there is bloodshed,” the man with a drink in his hands says in the video. A maroon beret — standard with military paratroopers — lies on a table in front of the man. HT
After Oppn, BJP, PDP leaders also want J&K panchayat elections to be pushed back: indianexpress
Srinagar :As incidents of violence continue in the Valley, senior leaders and legislators of ruling alliance partners PDP and BJP are learnt to have told J&K  CM  Mehbooba Mufti that the time is not feasible for the panchayat elections and the polls should be deferred at least up to autumn.Opposition NC and the Congress have already said that the situation on ground is not right to hold the local body polls now.While the Govt  had earlier announced Feb.15 as a possible date, poll notification for that should have been issued on January 17 – it has not been issued so far. There is also no preparatory activity by state Govt for holding the elections.CM  Mehbooba Mufti is likely to travel to New Delhi next week to present the case for postponing the polls to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, top political and administrative sources said.
Army concerned about human rights, but time hasn’t come for any rethink on AFSPA: General Rawat
Army Chief General Bipin Rawat has dismissed the contention that time has come to repeal the controversial AFSPA, which gives the security forces special rights and immunity in carrying out operations in “disturbed areas” like J&K  and the northeast. “I do not think time has come to even rethink on AFSPA at the moment,”he was quoted as saying by PTI.He, however,insisted that Army has been taking adequate precautions in protecting human rights while operating in such areas. indianexpress
Inequality more in India, equality keystone of Constitution: SC Judge
Supreme Court Justice J. Chelameswar on Sunday said that though inequality is prevalent in all countries of the world its prevalence was more in India, adding that equality of all was the keystone of the Indian Constitution. “Inequality is there in all countries in different forms and due to various reasons. (But) In this country it is more,” he said while delivering a lecture. Justice Chelameswar, the second senior-most Judge of the apex court, said that inequality exists in terms of religion, caste, language and region and there are historical reasons for the same.He said India was not the only country where inequality exists. “It is there everywhere, even in the US, which is seen by many as a heaven on earth and the model of democracy.” The SC Judge said that the Indian Constitution shows the way on how to remove inequality.”Equality is the keystone of the Indian Constitution,” he said pointing out that Articles 14 to 18 of the Constitution direct the Govt  to ensure equality in all spheres of life. “The Constitution is not another book or collection of few articles. It’s an expression of the way of life a nation, a society, chooses to live.”IANS 
Disclose names of delegation members accompanying PM on foreign visits, CIC tells PMO
New Delhi:The names of delegation members accompanying PM  Narendra Modi on his foreign visits should be disclosed, Chief Information Commissioner R.K. Mathur has directed the PMO. Mathur rejected the objection by the PMO in disclosing the information on grounds of “national security”. Deciding two separate cases, Mathur, however, exempted PMO from disclosing the names of security personnel and people linked to the security details of the PM .“Commission is of the view that the name/list of non-Govt  persons [having no connection with the security] who had accompanied the PM  on his international visits...should be provided to the appellant,” he said. The cases came before the Central Information Commission — the final appellate authority in matters related to RTI — after applicants Neeraj Sharma and Ayub Ali did not receive a proper response to their applications seeking details of delegation members accompanying the PM  on his foreign visits.Mr. Sharma had sought the list of CEOs of private business, owners or partners, private business officials etc. who accompanied Mr. Modi on his international visits.Mr. Ali wanted to know the details of monthly expenses of Mr. Modi’s residence and office; procedure for meeting him; number of meetings held by the PM  with public at his residence and office; number of electoral public meetings addressed by him and the Govt  expenditure on them.PTI
PM to embark on 4-day visit to Palestine, UAE, Oman on Feb 9
PM  Narendra Modi will embark on a 4-day state visit to Palestine, Oman and the UAE on Feb. 9, during which he will hold talks with the leadership in the countries on "matters of mutual interest".This will be the first-ever visit by an Indian PM  to Palestine, and Modi's second visit to UAE and first to Oman.During the visit, the PM  will hold discussions on matters of mutual interest with their leaders, apart from participating in other events.During his Palestine visit, the PM  will hold a meeting with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, who had visited India last May during which PM Modi had reassured him of India's "unwavering" support towards the Palestinian cause. During his UAE visit, apart from holding talks with leadership on key issues of defence, security and trade, the PM  would be addressing the Sixth World Govt  Summit. The summit is being held in Dubai and India has been extended 'Guest of Honour' status.In Oman, PM Modi's focus would be on intensifying cooperation in key sectors such as trade and defence.DD
Modi to visit West Asia between 9-12 Feb; will be first Indian PM to visit Palestine
‘Clerical mistake’: K’taka govt does U-turn on move to drop cases against minorities
In a significant U-turn on its decision to drop criminal proceedings against minorities involved in communal cases, the Congress-led Karnataka Govt has now decided to consider the case of every “innocent” individual.Defending the move, Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy said that the earlier order signed by Additional Inspector General of Police Shivprakash Devraj and sent to 22 Superintendents of Police and Police Commissioners was withdrawn because of a typographical error which led to some confusion.He said in the new order “innocent minorities” has been replaced with innocent persons on Saturday.Deccan Herald quoted Minister Reddy saying, "The words, 'all innocent minorities', were added by oversight. It should have been innocent people,'' the Minister said. "It was a clerical mistake to print the word ‘minorities’. However, the Rajendra Sachar Committee says there are many innocent minorities on whom false cases have been booked. Though the reminder (letter) talks about minorities in particular, our Govt  is open to all. Any person booked wrongly during any mob violence, including communal, can approach us, seeking removal of his or her name," Home Minister was quoted as saying by TOI.The move to drop cases against minorities had been slammed by BJP, who accused ruling party of “minority appeasement” ahead of the Elections.thenewsminute
After backlash, govt drops 'minorities' from circular -drops-minorities-from-circular/articleshow/62679805.cms
Hindu Maha Sabha to contest Karnataka polls, says BJP has abandoned its Hindutva ideology
Mangaluru: Akhil Bharat Hindu Maha Sabha has said it will contest in the forthcoming assembly elections in Karnataka from 150 seats.The first list of candidates will be announced by the end of February, its state president N Subrahmanya Raju told reporters here Saturday. Maha Sabha did not consider the BJP as its ideological or political ally as the saffron party had long abandoned its Hindutva ideology, he said.He alleged that CM  Siddaramaiah was desperately wooing the minority communities to come back to power.PTI
Stop imposing Hindi or be ready to face stir like 1965:DMK
Chennai:Hitting out at both BJP-led Govt Central Govt  and the AIADMK Govt  in the state, and making it clear that he is ready for elections, DMK’s working president and Leader of Opposition in the Assembly M K Stalin on Friday night said that the Centre’s policies are forcing the DMK to warm up for a 1965-type situation to protect the people of Tamil Nadu and the Tamil language.Taking the gathering of nearly 10,000 people at the rally by surprise, he called political rivals “poromboku”, a word usually meant for landless and outcasts.indianexpress
Nayantara Sahgal: Hindutva mentality has divided us into Hindus and others
Jaipur:Speaking about the current atmosphere in the country, veteran writer Nayantara Sahgal said she identified herself as a half Muslim owing to her north Indian background and went on to emphasise the difference between Hindutva and Hinduism.“When India had to decide official languages after Independence, the list was of 13 languages. The list did not have Urdu, and my uncle Jawaharlal Nehru questioned that,” she said. The official said to him, ‘Sir, Urdu is nobody’s mother tongue’. To which he said, ‘It is mine’.”“We refused a religious identity when we attained Independence because we’re a deeply religious country with many religions. My problem is with Hindutva because I’m a Hindu myself and it makes me sad that the Hindutva mentality has divided us into Hindus and others.Hindutva is a complete distortion of Hinduism,” she said.
Bengaluru temple hosts Muslim body’s R. Day programme
In a glowing show of communal harmony, a temple in Bengaluru turned venue for the Republic Day celebration of Samastha Kerala Sunni Students Federation (SKSSF). Ganapati temple at Sudhamma Nagar hosted Manushya Jaalika, a human chain by SKSSF activists and allocated its flag post to hoist the national flag.On Jan.25, SKSSF functionaries were in search of a place where the national flag could be hoisted ahead of forming a human chain. Manushya Jaalika, a decade-old programme of SKSSF, is aimed at strengthening communal harmony and celebrating togetherness. Incidentally, federation functionaries came to notice the flag post of the temple on a street.Following a request extended by Malabar Muslim Association (MMA) functionary P P Siraj, temple authorities welcomed their Muslim brothers to hold the programme. Besides, temple functionaries and priest Pandit Narayana Swami came forward to attend the programme and join hands for national integration.“Previous years, the programme was held at premises of MMA mosque. This year, we decided to shift the location,” said SKSSF Bengaluru district president Aslam Faizy.The incident, according to Faizy, will help strengthen the relations between the Muslims and Hindus here. MMA president Dr AA Mohammed hoisted the national flag.TwoCircles
Yemen: Separatists take over govt HQRS in Aden -headquarters-aden-180128073439998.html
Yemen's PM Ahmed bin Dagher has accused separatist forces backed by the UAE of staging a coup in the southern city of Aden, after they took over Govt  HQRS. "In Aden, legitimacy is being overturned. What is happening in Aden is very dangerous and affects its security and the stability and unity of Yemen," Bin Dagher said in a statement on Sunday. PM  also called on the Saudi-led military coalition to intervene in Aden, stressing that the UAE was the "decision-maker" in the city.  Clashes broke out on Sunday between the army of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who is supported by Saudi Arabia, and UAE-backed forces seeking separation from the country's north.  Sunday's clashes unfolded after presidential guard forces blocked supporters of Yemen's Southern Transitional Council (STC) from holding a sit-in demonstration. Witnesses said there was heavy security deployment, and that schools, Govt  service buildings and most shops remained closed. This comes after the internationally recognised Govt  of President Hadi banned public gatherings on Saturday, before an ultimatum given by the separatist movement, which demanded from Hadi to dismiss his cabinet or face an overthrow.Aidarous al-Zubaidi, leader of Southern Transitional Council (STC), said Yemen's parliament would be barred from convening in Aden or anywhere else in southern Yemen unless Hadi replaced PM  Ahmed bin Dagher and his entire cabinet. Al-Zubaidi accused Hadi's Govt of "rampant corruption" and of "waging a misinformation campaign against the southern leaders using state funds".Secessionist leader's announcement underscored rising tensions between Hadi's Govt, which is supported by Saudi Arabia, and the southern separatists. aljazeera
Turkey urges US to withdraw from Syria's Manbij
Turkey has called on the US to withdraw its military personnel from northern Syria's Manbij region after announcing Ankara's plan to push Syrian Kurdish fighters from the area, according to local media.Mevlut Cavusoglu, Turkey's foreign minister, said on Saturday that it was "necessary for them [US] to immediately withdraw from Manbij" as well as take "more concrete steps rather than words" to end its support for the Syrian Kurdish YPG armed group."US must cut ties with the terrorist organisation," he told reporters in Turkey's Mediterranean province, Antalya, Hurriyet reported.The remarks came a day after, according to the Turkish presidency, US National Security Advisor HR McMaster assured Ankara in a phone call on Friday that Washington would no longer give weapons to YPG.According to a statement published by the Turkish armed forces on Saturday, about 394 fighters were "neutralised" since the start of the Afrin operation.It also said that three Turkish soldiers and 13 members of the allied FSA were killed in the operation.aljazeera
8  killed in Eastern Ghouta despite ceasefire
Military bombardment and shelling have continued overnight, killing at least 8 people in the besieged Syrian enclave of Eastern Ghouta, despite the supposed ceasefire brokered by Russia, according to monitors.Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Sunday that in the last 24 hours, the victims were killed following Govt bombardment across Eastern Ghouta, including in the city of Douma.Govt  shelling and attacks were also reported in five other districts, including Harzma and Nashabiyah, it said.aljazeera
Friendly fire of  US-led coalition kills 10  Iraqi soldiers
Friendly fire from the US-led coalition fighting Daesh killed 10 members of the Iraqi security forces and a local official in an air strike west of Baghdad on Saturday, Reuters reports Iraqi officials saying. Early investigations indicated that Iraqi forces had called in an air strike against a local police force in the town of al-Baghdadi, 170 km north-west of Baghdad, assuming that they were militants, military and security officials said. The local police group hit by the strike had come to the area without coordinating with an Iraqi army detachment that had been sent there to arrest an Daseh suspect, an Iraqi military spokesman said in a statement.The strike was called in after the army detachment arrested the suspect and withdrew from the area, he added.A spokesman of the US-led international coalition said all its air strikes are carried out at the request of the Iraqi security forces.middleeastmonitor
Revolutionary Guards clash with Daesh in western Iran
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards clashed with Daesh militants in the western part of the country on Saturday, according to Sepah News, the official news site of the Guards.A team of 21 Daesh fighters crossed Iran’s western border and were placed under surveillance before the Guards, the most powerful military force in the Islamic Republic, attacked them on Saturday morning, Sepah News reported.Most of the militants have been arrested, the report said, but there was no mention of the number of people killed or wounded in the clash.middleeastmonitor
Gunmen kill at least 14 Mali soldiers in attack - army
Bamako: Unidentified gunmen killed at least 14 soldiers in central Mali, an area targeted by a growing wave of attacks by Islamist militants, when they overran a military camp early on Saturday, two army officers said.  The camp in the town of Soumpi, near the southern boundary of Mali's Timbuktu region, came under attack at around 6 am. "The provisional toll is 14 dead, 17 wounded and two enemies killed. The search is still on for those missing," one of the sources said. Reuters
Egypt's presidential hopeful Anan held in military jail
The former Egyptian chief-of-staff, who recently announced his bid to run for presidential elections, is being held at a military prison, according to his lawyer.Lawyer Nasser Amin said on Saturday that he was able to visit General Sami Anan, who was arrested last week. Executive director for Anan's election campaign, Ahmed Abed Rabbo, said the arrest and detention of Anan was politically motivated and that Egyptian President was obstructing any chance for genuine presidential elections.
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