17 April 2018

17 April ND : Cash crunch: ATMs go dry in some states; opposition attacks PM Modi, saying terror of demonetisation is back / Mecca Masjid Blasts: acquittal of Aseemanand & co travesty of justice, say Muslim leaders

17 April 2018:29 Rajjab 1439:Vol:9, No:167
Cash crunch: ATMs go dry in some states; opposition attacks PM Modi
New Delhi:ATMs in several states, including AP, Telangana, and poll-bound Karnataka have run out of cash, creating a panic among people. While the Centre has argued that the grim situation is a result of “unusual spurt” in demand for cash, the Opposition is leaving no stone unturned to attack the Modi government over the current crisis.As many as 6 states–Gujarat, eastern Maharashtra, MP, Bihar,AP and Telangana–have complained of cash shortage with ATMs going dry. There have been reports of non-availability of cash in Delhi too–a stark reminder of the post-demonetisation phase. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the “temporary shortage” in certain states is being “tackled quickly” and that there is “more than adequate” currency in circulation. Jaitley said he has reviewed the currency situation in the country. The government is checking with banks and the Reserve Bank of India to ensure adequate supply of currency. Economic Affairs Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg said that the government will step up printing of Rs 500 notes by five times in order to meet an “unusual spurt” in demand for cash. According to the government, the demand for cash has gone up from the monthly average of Rs 19,000-20,000 crore in the country to about Rs 40,000-45,000 crore per month, in the first 13 days of April itself. This unusual spurt in demand is seen in states including AP, Telangana, Karnataka, MP and Bihar, where many of the ATMs are running dry and bank branches short of cash.According to Economic Affairs Secretary, govt currently has Rs 1.75 lakh crore of currency in reserves, which is sufficient to take care of the increased demand. The government says its stock preparation is enough to tackle any kind of cash crunch arising at any point of time. In the last few days, the govt has stepped up currency printing. As against Rs 500 crore worth of notes being printed per day, it is now being increased to Rs 2,500 crore per day. Though the govt has halted printing of Rs 2,000 notes recently as about Rs 6.7 lakh crore worth of Rs 2,000 notes have already been pumped into the market, it has no plans immediately to restart production of Rs 2,000 notes.indianexpress
Cash crunch:Govt blames ‘shortage mentality’ for increased demand
Cash crunch: Rahul says terror of demonetisation is back
Amethi:  With ATMs suddenly running dry in several states, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said the "terror" of demonetisation has returned to haunt the country, slamming PM Narendra Modi for what he described as destroying India's banking system.He took to Twitter to take a poetic dig at the Prime Minister and also spoke to reporters here, alleging that Modi has assured "acchhe din" for fugitive jewellers Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi, leaving the poor of the country high and dry."Understand the deceit of demonetisation, your money goes into the pocket of Nirav Modi. Modiji's fascination for (Vijay) Mallya, the terror of note-bandi spreads again. The ATMs of the country are empty again, what is the condition of banks," Gandhi asked on the second day of his two-day visit to his parliamentary constituency.He criticised Modi for his silence on the banking frauds allegedly committed by the diamond merchants who have fled the country."Modiji destroyed the banking system. Nirav Modi fled with Rs 30,000 crore and the Prime Minister didn't utter a word," Gandhi said. "We were forced to stand in queues as he snatched Rs 500-1,000 notes from our pockets and put them in Nirav Modi's pocket."He was replying to reporters' questions about the current cash crunch with ATMs running out of notes across the country.Gandhi dared Modi to allow him to speak in the Lok Sabha for 15 minutes, saying the Prime Minister was scared of speaking in Parliament during the second half of the just concluded Budget Session which was completely washed out in protests."Had we been allowed to speak in Parliament on Rafael (jets) issue, Nirav Modi matter, the Prime Minister won't be able to stand," he said.-IANS
Rahul Gandhi attacks PM on currency shortage, says country in grip of 'note ban' terror again
Parliamentary panel calls RBI Governor to answer queries on bank scams
New Delhi:A parliamentary committee had called RBI Governor Urjit Patel on May 17 to answer queries on the banking scams unearthed in the last few months, sources said. Standing Committee on Finance, headed by Congress leader M. Veerappa Moily, on Tuesday raised several queries related to the banking sector with Financial Services Secretary Rajiv Kumar.“We have invited RBI Governor on May 17. We will be asking him about the scams and other banking regulations,” said a source.Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who is member of the committee, attended the meeting.Mr. Patel recently said the RBI doesn’t have adequate powers to deal with the public sector banks.“We would like to know what kind of powers the RBI Governor needs,” another source said, adding that regulation was an important part and that was why the Governor had been called.When asked if the PNB fraud and ICICI Bank loan issues figured in the meeting, the source said, issues related to “all commercial banks, including ICICI Bank” were discussed.Finance Ministry officials gave part replies to queries of the lawmakers and they have been given three weeks time to file a complete report on the questions.PTI
Mecca Masjid Blasts: acquittal of Aseemanand & co travesty of justice, say Muslim leaders
New Delhi:Several Muslim leaders have termed as “travesty of justice” acquittal of former RSS pracharak Swami Aseemanand and four others from Hindu-right groups by a special NIA court in Hyderabad in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blasts case. The blasts had rocked the historic mosque during the Friday prayers, killing nine people and wounding around 50 others.“It’s not only unfortunate but also travesty of justice and an open politically influenced decision,” said Navaid Hamid, President, All India Muslim Majlis-e Mushawarat (AIMMM), an umbrella body of eminent Muslim organizations.Commenting on this turn of event, AIMMM president Navaid Hamid said that the development is result of political intervention “to save the Hindutva terrorist and wash away the open secret that Hindutva and hate organisations have nothing to do with terror activities.”Delhi Minorities Commission chairman Dr. Zafarul Islam Khan said Aseemanand’s acquittal shows justice is not possible in BJP’s rule.“It is a dark day in India’s political and legal history. The long line of acquittals of Hindutvites accused in terror, encounter and riot cases during these past decade and a half means that justice is not possible under their rule,” he told Caravan Daily.Dr. Khan further said: “They have already damaged a lot of civilised India and if they get another term, the India they will leave behind will not be recognizable.”  “Is the NIA working under pressure from those in power? After Sadhvi Pragya and Colonel Purohit, another group of right wing terrorists acquitted due to lack of evidence. Incident like this will weaken our fight against terrorism,” said AIUDF chief and Lok Sabha MP Maulana Badruddin Ajmal.caravandaily
Blast verdict: Judge's resignation casts doubt over acquittal
Hours after acquitting 5 people being probed by the NIA in the 2007 Mecca blast case, NIA special court judge K Ravinder Reddy on Monday tendered his resignation, leading to the speculations that his resignation might be connected with the acquittal. Reddy, who is also the President of the Telangana Judges Association, cited "personal reasons" for his resignation and claimed this decision had nothing to do with Monday's verdict. Media reports suggested that he had been considering resignation for quite some time.business-standard
Mecca Masjid: Case got weaker as witnesses dropped out
The biggest setback for the NIA in the Mecca Masjid blast probe were the witnesses. A majority of the witnessed turned hostile as the trial began. Moreover, in the pre-trial stage, several witnesses were dropped.Out of the 226 witnesses, 66 turned hostile after they had deposed in court. When the case started out there were 304 witnesses, but as many as 28 of them had been dropped.NIA is yet to examine the judgment and once this is done it would find out how the case weakened. The biggest problem, however, appears to be the witnesses turning hostile. These witnesses told the court that they did not support the prosecution's view.In addition to the witnesses turning hostile, Swami Aseemanand who had issued a confessional statement retracted the same before the court. NIA had relied heavily on this statement. However, with him retracting and the witnesses turning hostile, NIA failed to secure a conviction in this case.oneindia
Mecca Masjid blasts: Acquittal due to lack of evidence indicates botched up investigation, nothing more: apnlive
NIA was misused: Former MHA official
Mecca Masjid blast case: Mystery red shirt found with unexploded IED at site never reached NIA
New Delhi:Lack of evidence was cited as the main reason for the acquittal of the 5 accused in 2007 blast at the Mecca Masjid. Yet one article, which was considered part of the evidence, never reached NIA when the case was transferred to the agency from CBI in 2011.A red shirt, suspected to have belonged to one of the persons who placed the bombs, was recovered from the blast site by the local police. But at some point during the probe, it disappeared, sources said.Former NIA special director NR Wasan, who supervised the case in its later stages, confirmed the existence of the red shirt and the fact that it never reached the NIA. He said he did not know what actually happened to the shirt or who was responsible for its safekeeping.The accused had left behind two bomb-laden bags at the Mecca Masjid on May 18, 2007. But only one exploded. Police recovered an unexploded IED from the second bag along with a key and a red shirt.The investigation was handed over to CBI which filed a chargesheet in the case. In 2010, the case went to NIA which filed three chargesheets subsequently, and named seven persons —- Swami Aseemanand, Devendra Gupta, Ramchandra Kalsangra, Sandeep Dange, Rajendra Chowdary, Bharat Ratishwar and Lokesh Sharma.NIA sources said that though all evidence and case papers came to the NIA from CBI after the transfer of the case, the red shirt never arrived. The key found in the bag was suspected to be part of the IED and perhaps used to trigger it. “However, a forensic examination of the key and IED revealed that it did not fit the device it was meant to be part of. That key still remains a mystery,” an NIA officer said.indianexpress
Mecca verdict has shaken confidence of Muslim community from judiciary: CLMC
Civil Liberties Monitoring Committee (CLMC), Hyderabad based organization, has strongly condemned the special NIA court’s verdict in connection of Mecca Masjid blast case, where all the Hindutva terrorists have been acquitted by stating that charges are not proved by the investigating agencies. It said, “It is a matter of fact that it is a very open case and everyone knows who carried out the blast; even the main accused Assemanand had admitted carrying out the blast.” It further alleged, “Ths committee strongly believes that from day one of the Mecca Masjid blast, police and other investigative agencies are not serious, instead they were trying maximum to divert and dilute the investigation by blaming and implicating Muslim youth in Mecca Masjid blast case.”TCN
Mecca Masjid verdict has shaken the confidence of Muslim community: NGO

Acquitted in two cases, Aseemanand still faces Samjhauta case trial
Nabakumar Sarkar alias Swami Aseemanand, acquitted by a NIA court on Monday in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast case, now faces trial only in the 2007 Samjhauta Express train blast case since he was earlier acquitted in the Ajmer Dargah blast case of the same year.Apart from these cases, Aseemanand's name also cropped up in the Malegaon blast cases of 2006 and 2008.IANS
Kathua rape and murder case: Supreme Court rules out CBI Inquiry
The Supreme Court today did not favour handing over the investigation into the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua from the crime branch of Jammu and Kashmir Police to CBI as her father expressed satisfaction over the investigation carried out so far.“In the absence of any allegation, why should we enter into this as to who should investigate,” a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Mishra said, adding that it was “the primary duty of the state police to investigate a case”.The father expressed satisfaction with the probe conducted so far by the state police, while vehemently opposing the plea of senior advocate Bhim Singh and Delhi-based lawyer Anuja Kapur that the investigation be transferred to CBI.“Be that as it may, we do not intend to enter into this sphere (transfer of case to CBI) at this stage,” the bench said, noting the submission of the victim’s father.freepresskashmir
Unnao Rape Case: ‘MLA’s aides warned villagers not to give statements against him’
Lucknow:An uncle of the 17-year-old girl, who has accused BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar of rape, on Sunday alleged that the lawmaker’s associates had threatened people in their village — Makhi in Unnao district — against giving their statements in the case. “I have come to know through my relatives in the village that associates of the MLA on Saturday visited the village in two SUVs and threatened people not to give statements against the MLA,’’ the uncle said. “They also made videos of villagers. One of the persons among them is jail warder. Locals residents of Makhi village know him (jail warder) because he used to visit the MLA’s house regularly.’’He said that he had asked one of his relatives to file a complaint with the Makhi police station as the girl’s family has been staying at a guest house away from their village. Makhi SHO Rajendra Singh said no complaint had been filed in this regard. “There is a police force deployed in the village. So, there is no chance that such an incident could happen.”indianexpress
Gujarat scans 8,000 missing girls’ data to identify rape victim
Surat/Gandhinagar: Gujarat Police have scanned the data of as many as 8,000 missing girls to identify a nine-year-old girl in Surat whose body was found with 86 injury marks, including on her private parts, Minister Pradeepsinh Jadeja said on Monday.She is believed to have been kidnapped, tortured and raped before being dumped near a cricket ground in Bhestan area of Surat on April 6. Her autopsy, which went on for several hours, revealed that the girl was raped and tortured for at least eight days.Minister of State for Home Jadeja told reporters in Gandhinagar: “She was strangled to death and the post mortem indicated that the girl was tortured and raped for at least eight days.”The girl has not been identified and nobody has come forward to claim the body.He said the Surat Crime Branch was leaving no stone unturned to establish her identity. “The police have scanned details of 8,000 missing girls and it seems she is from outside the state and was dumped here after committing the crime.”IANS
Raj Thackeray bats again for Shariah like punishment for rapes
MUMBAI: Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) president Raj Thackeray on Sunday said that stringent Sharia-type law should be imposed to tackle heinous crimes like rape against women and minors as people have no fear of the law.He also hit out at the members of BJP who stood out in support of the accused in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua rape case.“[BJP] could not do anything of worth in the last four years to show voters, and now they only want to instigate riots to win elections. These BJP leaders created Hindu Ekta Manch in Jammu which held a rally shouting slogans of Bharat Mata ki jai , waving the tricolour in favour of rapists. How can you even think of doing so? The eight-year-old innocent child was not even aware of her religion and had to undergo such a pain. Here we have a party which is protecting the rapists,” said Thackeray, reported The Hindu.This is not the first time, the MNS chief gave bats for Sharia-type law.Earlier in 2016, Thackeray gave the similar statement when a 14-year old schoolgirl was kidnapped, gangraped and her body badly mutilated in Kopardi village in Ahmednagar district. siasat
Verdict in rape case against Asaram to be pronounced on jail premises: Rajasthan HC
Jodhpur:Rajasthan High Court today allowed a plea by the state police for pronouncement of trial court verdict in a rape case against self-styled ‘god-man’ Asaram on premises of Jodhpur central jail, where he is lodged, and directed the authorities to deploy adequate security personnel to ensure that his followers do no create any law and order problem in the city. The high court directed the court of special judge SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, Jodhpur to conduct proceedings for pronouncement of judgment in the case against Asaram on the jail premises on the fixed date of April 25.A bench of justices Gopal Krishna Vyas and Ramchandra Singh Jhala also directed the Superintendent of Jodhpur Central Jail and the police and district administration to make all arrangements for the proceedings in the central jail. “It cannot be said that (Asaram’s) followers will not create hurdle or unhealthy atmosphere which may create not only hardship and inconvenience to the public at large of Jodhpur city, but also law and order problem,” the court said in its order.PTI
7-year-old raped and murdered during wedding ceremony in Etah
AGRA: Even as outrage continues to mount over the Kathua and Unnao incidents, a seven-year-old girl was allegedly raped and murdered in Etah district during a wedding ceremony by a youth who was hired to set up the tent for the occasion.The incident took place in Sitalpur village, two km away from Kotwali Nagar police station early Tuesday morning. The victim’s body was found abandoned at an under-construction home, close to the wedding venue. Following the incident, the accused identified as Sonu Jatav fled, but was later apprehended by the police.According to sources, the victim, a resident of Sitalpur, along with her parents had come to attend the wedding ceremony of a local journalist’s sister. The girl went missing during the garland exchange ceremony, even as her parents kept searching for her whereabouts. “Later at around 1:30 am, the unconscious girl was found in a semi-naked condition, with strangulation marks on her neck. Her abdomen also had blood stains,” the source said.Tthe girl was declared brought dead at the government hospital of Etah.timesofindia

Sexual intercourse in the course of long-term relationship not ‘rape’, says SC
NEW DELHI: Sexual intercourse in the course of a long-term relationship cannot be classified as rape, the Supreme Court has held.A Bench of Justices S.A. Bobde and L. Nageswara Rao said this was especially true if the complainant-woman herself alleges that she and the accused had lived as man and wife.The Bench was hearing an appeal against an order of the Karnataka High Court, which refused to quash a rape case.The woman alleged that she had lived with the man for a period of eight years.The court order records how the woman stated that the man had “pretended to have loved her on the promise of marriage, that he applied the ‘kumkum’ on her forehead, and tied the ‘arishina’ thread to her neck”.“She further stated that she has been treating the appellant as her husband for the past eight years, and now he is trying to escape from her and cheat her,” the apex court order said.The court said it would not go into whether they were actually married, but, “we have no doubt that they lived together like a married couple even according to the complainant (woman)”.Ordering the quashing of criminal proceedings against the man, the court concluded that it was “difficult to sustain the charges levelled against the appellant who may have possibly, made a false promise of marriage to the complainant”. thehindu
Pick Up Courage, Speak Up Before Modi, Shah: Yashwant Sinha to BJP MPs
New Delhi: Senior BJP leader and former Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha has appealed to party MPs, especially LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi to “pick up courage, and speak up” before the party “bosses” to “save democracy and the country.”Through an article published in The Indian Express on Tuesday, Sinha told the BJP Members of Parliament that “the situation demands that you speak up in the national interest.”“I am glad to note that at least five Scheduled Caste MPs of the party have expressed their disenchantment with the government for not delivering on the promises made to the community. I am urging you to also express your opinion frankly before the bosses on all issues confronting us. If you remain silent now you will do a great disservice to the country. Future generations are unlikely to forgive you.”“It is your right to demand accountability from those who are in government today and are letting down the country. The interest of the country supersedes that of the party, just as the interest of the party supersedes the interest of an individual. I am appealing specially to Advaniji and Joshiji to take a stand in the national interest and ensure that the values they have made such unparalleled sacrifices to uphold are protected and preserved for future generations and corrective steps are taken in time,” said Sinha.Sinha highlighted the failures of the Modi government in the centre on all fronts in the last four years.“We all worked very hard for the victory of the party in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections…We were delighted with the results of the 2014 elections and expected that the unprecedented victory would mark the beginning of a new and glorious chapter in our country’s history. We backed the prime minister and his team to the hilt, and in full faith. The government has now completed nearly four years in office, presented five budgets and used up all the opportunity available to it to show results. At the end of it, however, we seem to have lost our way and the confidence of the voters.”Caravan News
Dear friend, speak up:Yashwant Sinha
Burning  alive to a Muslim family: No proper evidence, 9 accused in Adilabad's Vatoli case too walk free
Adilabad: Adilabad district sessions court judge Aruna Sarika on Monday quashed the sensational Vatoli case, in which six persons of a Muslim family were burnt alive when they were sleeping in the house, by holding that there was no proper evidence against the nine accused in the case. The Vatoli incident took place in the Vatoli village in Bhainsa mandal on October 12, 2008. There were strong allegations that some individuals belonging to a particular community had hatched a plan to eliminate the Muslim family from the village. Communal tension erupted following the incident and curfew was also imposed in Bhainsa town and its surrounding areas for a few days. The accused were Kunchel-war Chandrabhanu, Jadhav Vi-nod, Adabagi Chandrakanth, Jadhav Avadooth, Jadhv Baga-vathrao, Suryavamshi Raman-and, Jadhv Vinayak, Kuncha-lwar Nagnath and Shinde Diganbar. The court investigated 60 pieces of evidence out of a total 80 produced in the court. The court said there was no proper technical and scientific evidence produced by the CBCID in the case. It is learnt that the CBCID will file an appeal in the High court. Samajwadi Party (SP) President, Mulayam Singh Yadav, MPs actress Jayaprada, Amar Singh and MIM president Asaduddin Owaisi visited Vatoli and Bhainsa town and interacted with the members of the family in Nov. 2018.One of the family members, Imran, expressed shock at the judgement.  “We waited for 10 years for justice. We had also demanded for a CBI inquiry into the incident but only the CBCID and state police conducted an inquiry into the incident. He said they will approach High Court against the judgement.Deccan Chronicle
AIMPLB vice- president Maulana Kalbe Sadiq health deteriorates; airlifted to Medanta in Gurgaon
Vice-president AIMPLB Maulana Kalbe Sadiq, who was undergoing treatment at a city hospital here, was today shifted to Medanta hospital in Gurgaon.The noted Shia cleric was rushed to the Medanta hospital in Gurugram by air ambulance after his condition deteriorated, his son Kalbe Hussain told PTI on phone."He had fallen ill in February but had recovered ... he again fell ill about a week ago", Kalbe Hussain said.He added that doctors suspect stomach cancer and that tests are being carried out to decide on the future course of treatment.PTI
For the first time, Muslim doctors of Gujarat to come together for a seminar on medical practices
Vadodara: Two not for profit organisations are organising the 1st state-level seminar for all Muslim doctors of Gujarat to enhance their knowledge and skills for day to day practice in perspective of Islam and science. The event will see all the Muslims doctors in the state coming on a single platform for the very first time.The seminar is being organized by Millath Foundation for Health, Research & Development, Banglore and Baroda Muslim Doctors Association run by Zain charitable trust.Seminar on “Medical Practice Our Goals and Responsibilities” is scheduled for April 22nd at Parul Institute of Medical Science and Research Auditorium in Waghodia Taluka, Vadodara district. According to the organisers, the event will take place against the backdrop of hue and cry from all the quarters that the medical profession is no longer the “the noble profession” it used to be, but has instead become a business.“Both the disease and cure are in the purview of the Almighty. This is realized when we are spiritually enlightened and we practice only to please him,” said the organizers.TCN
VHP Cries 'Land Jihad', says Muslims taking over homes owned by Hindus in this Ahmedabad locality
Ahmedabad: The redevelopment of a building in Paldi locality of Ahmedabad has brought to the fore the sharp divide that exists between communities on religious lines. Vishwa Hindu Parishad has jumped into the fray, putting up banners in neighbouring societies and terming the redevelopment of one particular building in the area as "land jihad".The building in question is Varsha Society in Paldi area of Ahmedabad, where a Muslim builder is said to have taken up redevelopment on a four-storeyed building that stood there.VHP alleges that this is an attempt to make Hindus migrate out of the area. Both Hindus and Muslims have been staying in societies adjacent to each other in the area for decades now.news18
Won’t stake claim to Taj Mahal: Sunni Wakf Board tells Supreme Court
New Delhi:The Uttar Pradesh Sunni Wakf Board on Tuesday told the Supreme Court that it won’t stake claim to the ownership of the Taj Mahal.Asking senior counsel A.D.N. Rao appearing for the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) to take instructions, a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud said that once the Board pressed its right over the monument then it has to adjudicate the issue.“Once you have registered the monument as a Wakf property, your statement that you will not be staking claim will not help,” said the bench. The court directed the next hearing of the matter on July 27.In its earlier hearing on April 11, the apex court had asked the Wakf Board to produce an original title document bearing the signatures of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan to prove its claim.IANS
Appointment of 9 Delhi govt advisers cancelled on Union home ministry's recommendation
Appointment of nine advisers to ministers in Delhi government was today cancelled on the recommendation of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). The nine posts are not on the list of posts approved for the ministers and chief ministers of the government of NCT of Delhi, an order from the General Administration Department of the Government of National Capital Territory, Delhi said quoting a letter from the MHA.TOI
Israel court rules Jews can chant patriotic slogans in Al-Aqsa Mosque
An Israeli court has ruled that Jewish visitors storming Al-Aqsa Mosque can chant patriotic slogans as they did not count as religious prayers, according to the Times of Israel.Under the status quo, Israelis are not permitted to enter the site to conduct prayers, but a Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court ruled in favour of right-wing Jewish activist and lawyer Itamar Ben Gvir, who was detained for several hours in 2015 for chanting “The people of Israel will live” in Hebrew.Ben Gvir was touring the compound with a number of other Jews and responded with the slogan to a Muslim woman who told the group “God is great” in Arabic.Ben Gvir sued for wrongful detention by security forces and the judge ruled in his favour, writing in his decision: “During the tour [of Al-Aqsa Mosque] and afterward, cries of ‘Allah is the greatest’ were heard, and there is nothing wrong with saying ‘the people of Israel live’.”The judge went further and criticised police for taking no action against the Muslim woman who protested the group’s presence in the Muslim holy site.The attorney had also attempted to sue the Waqf administration that regulates the mosque for alleged discrimination against the Jewish group, but the judge dismissed that aspect of the case.middleeastmonitor
Israel demolishes Negev village of Al-Araqeeb for 127th time
Israeli bulldozers demolished the Arab village of Al-Araqeeb in the Negev for the 127th time this morning.The move comes a day after the postponement of the appeal hearing against the decision to detain village leader Sheikh Sayah Al-Turi for 10 months. In December last year, the Magistrate’s Court in Beersheba in the Negev fined Sheikh Sayah Al-Turi $10,300 after finding him guilty in 18 cases filed in November 2013 including trespassing on state property, in reference to land which belongs to the village.The appeal has been adjourned indefinitely with no reason being given as to why.“The Israeli authorities are exerting pressure on Al-Araqeeb in every way, they demolished Al-Araqeeb for the 127th time today, and the appeals session in the case of my father, Sheikh Sayah Al-Turi, was cancelled,” 48-year-old Aziz Al-Turi said.middleeastmonitor

Israel hosts 20% of UN ambassadors to show ‘historic’ link to land
Israel is currently hosting a fifth of all ambassadors to the UN in an effort to change the country’s image among the international community, according to the Jerusalem Post.Israeli Ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, is acting as a guide to 40 of his fellow envoys in the run up to the country’s Independence Day which is marked on Nakba Day when nearly a million Palestinians were forced to flee their homes by Jewish militia to make way for the creation of Israel.Officials from Serbia, Jamaica, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Hungary, Liberia, Ukraine, Uganda, Slovenia, Malta, Mozambique and Ethiopia are currently on a tour of Israel with Danon, the newspaper reported.“I have brought groups of ambassadors here before, but never a delegation this large,” Danon said.middleeastmonitor
Chemical weapons inspectors  enter Syria's Douma to probe gas attack allegation
Chemical weapons inspectors have entered the Syrian town of Douma to probe an alleged poison gas attack, according to the state-run SANA news agency.The delegation from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) entered the town near the capital, Damascus, alongside the Syrian health minister on Wednesday, a source close to the government told Germany's DPA news agency.The reported toxic gas attack on Douma on April 7 sparked joint missile strikes by the United States, France and Britain on Syrian military installations.The punitive strikes early on Saturday were launched before a fact-finding team from the OPCW was able to enter Douma and begin its field work.aljazeera
Diplomatic leaks: UAE dissatisfied with Saudi policies: aljazeera
Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed (MbZ) is working on breaking up Saudi Arabia, leaked documents obtained by Lebanese newspaper Al Akhbar revealed.Al Akhbar said that the leaked documents contained secret diplomatic briefings sent by UAE and Jordanian ambassadors in Beirut to their respective governments.One of the documents, issued on September 20, 2017, disclosed the outcome of a meeting between Jordan's ambassador to Lebanon Nabil Masarwa and his Kuwaiti counterpart Abdel-Al al-Qenaie."The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed is working on breaking up the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia," the Jordanian envoy quoted the Kuwait ambassador as saying.A second document, issued on September 28, 2017, reveals meeting minutes between the Jordanian ambassador and his UAE counterpart Hamad bin Saeed al-Shamsi.The document said the Jordanian ambassador informed his government that UAE believes that "Saudi policies are failing both domestically and abroad, especially in Lebanon"."The UAE is dissatisfied with Saudi policies," the Jordanian envoy said.aljazeera
Egypt court removes 299 names from terror list
The highest court in Egypt has accepted an appeal by 299 defendants who had their names placed on the country’s terror list.The suspects were accused of the 2015 targeting of the Egyptian army’s Battalion 101 in northern Sinai with mortars and carrying out terrorist attacks against the army and the police in the Sinai Peninsula.They were subsequently barred from travel, had their assets frozen and had their names placed on the terror list for three years.Wilayat Sinai, a Daesh affiliate, claimed responsibility for the violence.The Court of Cassation yesterday accepted the defendants’ appeal and ordered a retrial.middleeastmonitor
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