15 May 2018

15 May ND: Karnataka polls result: BJP-104, Cong-78, JDS-38, 7 Muslim MLAs win/Both BJP,Cong-backed Kumaraswamy Stake Claim, Ball in Governor's court/Palestinians mark Nakba with new catastrophe as Israeli forces killed at least 60 protesters

15 May 2018:27 Shaban 1439: Vol:10, No:21
Karnataka Results LIVE: Both BJP and Congress-backed Kumaraswamy Stake Claim, Ball in Governor's court
 BJP's CM candidate BS Yedyurappa and Congress-backed Janata Dal (Secular) leader HD Kumaraswamy met Karnataka Governor Valubhai Vala and staked claim to forming the govt in the state. While Yeddyurappa said BJP should be given the chance to prove majority first as it is the single largest party, HD Kumaraswamy said the JDS-Congress combo should be invited first as they have the numbers. The ball is now in the Governor's court and he can decide which side to invite first. While the convention has been to invite the single-largest party to form the government first, in Goa and Meghalaya, the Congress was not invited despite being the largest party. BJP has won 104 seats out of 222, falling short of the halfway mark, while the Congress-JDS combo has 118 seats, including the support of two independents. The Congress has said that if the Governor does not invite the JDS-Congress combo to form govt, they would move the court. "We are extending our full support to JDS to form the government in Karnataka. We have submitted our letter to the governor to stake claims to form the government. Now, the governor has to decide, we will proceed from there. Rest of the modalities will be decided later," says state Congress chief G Parameshwar, with Siddaramaiah and Kumaraswamy by his side.JDS has won 38 seats and Congress has 78 seats. Together, they have 116 seats to themselves and the support of 2 Independents.news18
 Congress-JD(S) enter alliance to keep BJP out of power
 7 Muslim MLAs Win, 9 Others finish at no. 2
 Muslim representation in the new Karnataka Assembly will be smaller than that in the outgoing house. Only 7 Muslims could win in the Assembly polls held on 12th May. In the 2013 polls, 11 Muslim candidates had won.Muslim share has slipped as BJP’s strength went up from 40 seats in the 2013 polls to 104 seats in this poll. Among the Muslim winners are Congress veteran Roshan Baig and woman candidate Kaneez Fatima. Baig won from his stronghold Shivajinagar, Fatima won from Gulbarga Uttar.All the Muslim candidates have won by defeating BJP candidates as nearest rivals.All the 7 winning Muslim candidates are from the Congress. Caravan News
Karnataka results: 7 Congress candidates in Dakshina Kannada file complaints about EVMs
7 Congress candidates in Karnataka’s Dakshina Kannada district on Tuesday filed complaints with returning officers of the respective constituencies about electronic voting machines. The candidates who filed the complaint are K Vasantha Bangera (Belthangady), K Ramanatha Rai (Bantval), BA Mohiuddin Bava (Mangalore City North), JR Lobo (Mangalore City South), K Abhayachandra (Modabidri), Shakunthala T Shetty (Puttur) and B Raghu (Sullia). They would file a detailed complaint with a deputy commissioner later in the day or on Wednesday, Deccan Herald reported.
1000 postal ballot covers ‘recovered’ from hotel owned by BJP leader in Badami in Karnataka
In a shocking development, over 1000 postal ballot covers have been found at a hotel in owned by a BJP leader in Badamai in Karnataka, reported News18. It added that that the ballot covers were in possession of BJP workers.A flash by News18 said that the BJP workers were reportedly opening the postal ballots.jantakareporter
Muslim women can seek relief under Domestic Violence Act, rules HC
Mumbai: In a significant ruling, Bombay High Court held that a Muslim woman can seek reliefs like monthly maintenance, custody of children and also accommodation under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act (DV) of 2005. The HC ruled that the fact that Muslim marriages are governed by their personal laws, but the same do not bar a woman to seek reliefs under the DV Act.The ruling was delivered by a single-judge bench of Justice Bharati Dangre, earlier this month, while hearing a matrimonial dispute of Muslim couple. The bench was seized with the plea filed by Ali Abbas Daruwala challenging the orders of Family Court, Bandra directing him to pay Rs 20,000 each to his 2 minor children and Rs 25, 000 to his wife, every month.According the husband he divorced his wife way back in March 2017 by pronouncing talaq. However, the wife later on refused to accept the said talaq and approached the Family Court seeking divorce under Dissolution of Muslim Marriage Act, 1939. Further, she also moved a plea seeking monthly maintenance and accommodation under DV Act. The said plea was opposed by the husband, who argued that they are governed by the Muslim personal laws and the provisions of DV Act cannot be invoked in their matter.Trashing the contentions of Daruwala, Justice Dangre said, “A bare perusal of the provisions of the DV Act would reveal that it is an enactment to provide more effective protection for rights of women guaranteed under the Indian Constitution who are the victims of the violence. The enactment no way intends to restrict its application to any particular category of women but it intends to protect the women aggrieved, who are victims of DV.” freepressjournal
Woman Governed By Muslim Personal Law Can Invoke Provisions of Domestic Violence Act and Seek Relief: HC
Hadiya re-run? Uttarakhand man wants wife ‘freed’ from parents
New Delhi:The Supreme Court has asked the Uttarakhand Police to produce in the court on Wednesday a 20-year-old woman who converted to Islam to marry after her husband sought her “release” from her parents’ custody, in what appears to be a re-run of the Hadiya case. Requesting the court to reunite him with his wife, 23-year-old Mohammad Danish on Monday told a bench-led by CJI Dipak Misra that he was arrested for the abduction of his wife, Aisha alias Shweta Bhist, and was lodged in the Haldwani jail since April 20. “We want to talk to the girl and know what she wants. Does she want to stay with her parents or otherwise,” CJI Misra said, ordering Aisha be in the court on Wednesday.Danish and Aisha, who both hail from Haldwani, were pursuing bachelors in business administration in Bheemtal when they fell in love. Aisha’s parents were opposed to the relationship so they eloped and got married in Delhi on April 19 as per Islamic customs, the petition says.Bisht took the name Aisha after converting to Islam of her own free will and they got the marriage registered in Ghaziabad, it says.HT
Mosque in Allahabad HC complex: SC asks UP govt to explore possibility for relocating -to-explore-possibility-for-relocati-1814672.html
New Delhi: The Supreme Court has asked UP Govt  to explore the possibility of granting a piece of land to relocate an illegal mosque situated inside Allahabad High Court complex.A bench of CJI Dipak Misra and justices A M Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud asked the counsel for UP Govt to obtain instructions on the relocation of the mosque to "solve the problem". The SC was hearing Waqf Board's plea challenging the Nov.8, 2017, order of the Allahabad HC which gave it 3 months to move the mosque out of the premises. Additional Advocate General, appearing for UP Govt, said that the administration would try to find out an alternative piece of land for relocation and if that cannot be done, it will apprise the court of the reasons on July 3, the next date of hearing.Waqf Board had contended that the structure had been there for several decades and it can't be just asked to move out.PTI
SC agrees to examine plea seeking inquiry into Adityanath’s role in 2007 Gorakhpur riots
The Supreme Court has agreed to examine a plea challenging an Allahabad High Court order that rejected a petition seeking an inquiry into UP  CM  Adityanath’s alleged role in the riots in Gorakhpur in 2007, PTI reported. A bench of CJI Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud asked the petitioner to serve a copy of the plea to all parties. HC bench in Feb.had said that the court found no material irregularities in the investigation and in UP’s govt’s refusal to grant sanction to prosecute
Kerala SIMI Camp: Setback for NIA as court gives 7-yrs rigorous imprisonment for 18, but most have served 10-yrs
Kochi:  In what could be seen as a setback for NIA, its special court in Kochi on Tuesday awarded 7 years Rigorous Imprisonment (RI) to 18 accused and set off their remand period in the 2007 Wagamon SIMI Camp case at a time when most of them have completed 10 years in custody.However, since the accused persons are facing trial in Ahmedabad serial blast case, they won't be set free now.The Court ordered the accused to face the sentence concurrently and set off the remand period from the sentenced imprisonment. Hence, apart from Abdul Sathar, Habeeb Falahi, Manzar Imam and Alam Jeb Afridi all other accused have completed the sentence as they were in remand period for over 7 years now.However, the persons who completed the sentence period would not be released as they are facing trial in serial blast case in Ahmedabad and some are facing life imprisonment for similar SIMI camp case in Indore.Last day, the court had acquitted 17 accused persons in the case. Camp case is first in India in which trial is carried out using multi-point video conferencing system. System connected NIA Court in Kochi with jails in Ahmedabad, Bhopal, and Bengaluru. Newindianexpress
Gender bias kills 239,000 girls in India every year: Study
An estimated 239,000 infant girls younger than five die in India every year because many parents prefer boys over girls, according to a study published on Tuesday. Scientists found India has a massive deficit in the number of women. More than 63 million women are "statistcally missing" across the country, according to the government's annual economic survey.One of the common reasons cited for high female morality in India is sex-selective abortion, but the study found there is a "postnatal discrimination against girls in India," which means the problem lies beyond prenatal care and carries on after a girl is born. "Gender-based discrimination towards girls doesn't simply prevent them from being born, it may also precipitate the death of those who are born," said study co-author Christophe Guilmoto of the Paris Descartes University.aljazeera
2.39 lakh girls under 5 die in India every year because of gender discrimination, finds study
‘1 in 3 teenage girls fears sexual assault in public places’
 One in 3 adolescent girls in India is concerned about sexual harassment in public places while one in five fears physical assault, even rape, according to a new study.The data was collected in a survey-WINGS 2018: World of India's Girls- a study on perception of girls' safety in public spaces, conducted by NGO 'Save the Children.Report also found that more than two-thirds of adolescent girls from urban and rural areas said they would confide in their mother if they face harassment in a public space.Nearly two out of five said that if their parents found out about an incident of harassment in a public space, they would restrict their movement outside of home.PTI

Hyderabad: Muslim groups protest against US Embassy in Jerusalem
Charminar: Muslim groups protested against the United States and Israel on Monday over moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Protesters attempted to march towards the US Consulate in Begumpet, but police made several arrests. Jamat-e-Islami Hind, Telangana and Odisha, along with Darsgah Jihad O Shahadat (DJS) registered their protest by burning Israeli flags and sought immediate closure of the American Embassy in Jerusalem. They planned to submit a memorandum to the US Counsel General. But, south zone police took them into preventative custody. The Jamaat state president Hamid Mohammed Khan said that the US President Donald Trump’s move has hurt Muslims sentiments.“US decision is strongly deplorable. We wanted to submit a memorandum to the Counsel General, but were not allowed to proceed by police. What the state Govt has done is also inexcusable,” said Hamid Mohammed Khan. Darsgah Jihad O Shahadat (DJS) activists sought immediate intervention by Muslim countries and urged the United Nations to break it’s silence on the US embassy in Jerusalem.The Jamat-e-Islami Hind took strong exception against the police action taken against them and said it was antidemocratic.“We strongly condemn the actions of US President Donald Trump. His move to open an American Embassy in Jerusalem hurts Muslims sentiments and the decision must be withdrawn forthwith,’’ added Hamid Mohammed Khan.TOI
Muslim leaders held while protesting against US move to shift embassy in Jerusalem at US Consulate in Hyderabad
Aurangabad riots: Video shows cops walking with mob; probe ordered
MUMBAI: A purported video of some police personnel walking with rioters during violence in Maharashtra's Aurangabad district has surfaced, prompting the state police to order an inquiry into it.The video, purportedly showing policeman walking with the mob that was setting vehicles and property ablaze in the Aurangabad city on Friday night, has gone viral on social media.The official did not divulge further details, saying as of now it would be premature to comment on the video.2 persons - a 65-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy - were killed in clashes between groups of two communities over illegal water connections in Aurangabad on Friday.PTI
Aurangabad riots: Tense but under control, internet services restored
Nagrota land deal can hurt party image,admits Jammu BJP
As J&K Legislative Assembly Speaker Nirmal Singh’s wife Mamta Singh continued with the construction of her multi-storey bungalow near the ammunition depot near Nagrota despite Army’s serious objections, BJP here on Monday said that “it (issue) has potential to damage the image…and dent the stated position of the party.”Asking its senior leader to resolve the issue by “rectifying” himself, chief spokesperson of the state BJP Sunil Sethi said: “Normally, the party is not concerned about personal issues. The present issue also pertains to Dr Nirmal Singh and he should have resolved it.” “However, the party is taking serious note of the issues…It will be appropriately reported to leadership,” he added.I.Express
Cabinet reshuffle: Smriti Irani removed as I&B minister, Piyush Goyal gets finance till Jaitley recovers
New Delhi:DAYS before the Govt  marks its fourth year, PM  Narendra Modi reshuffled portfolios of his ministers, “temporarily” assigning Finance Ministry and Corporate Affairs to Piyush Goyal during the “period of indisposition” of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley who underwent a renal transplant surgery on Monday. And removing Smriti Irani from the I&B Ministry and assigning it to Minister of State (Independent Charge) Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore who has been MoS in the Ministry since Nov.2014.While Goyal will continue with his charge of Railways and Coal Ministries, the reshuffle made two lateral shifts as well: Alphons Kannanthanam was relieved of his duties as Minister of State in the Ministry of Electronics and IT. He has been replaced by SS Ahluwalia who will assist Cabinet Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in the ministry. While Kannanthanam retains his duties as MoS (Independent Charge) in Ministry of Tourism, Ahluwalia has been relieved as MoS in charge of Drinking Water and Sanitation to take charge as MoS in the Ministry of Electronics and IT.indianexpress
Modi Govt deprived me of ministership for raising Dalit voice: BJP MP Udit Raj
Nagpur: Another ‘sulking’ BJP MP has raised his voice and targeted the PM  Narendra Modi. The party’s Dalit MP Dr Udit Raj has alleged that he was not made minister only because he raised voice against atrocities against the Dalit community members in 4-year rule of Modi Govt .Raj aired his grievance while addressing 2-day regional conference of scheduled caste and tribes organised by Akhil Bharatiya Parisangh at Jawahar Students’ Hostel in city. He is also National chief of Akhil Bharatiya Parisangh of SCs and STs. Head of National OBC Mahasangh Dr Babanrao Taiwade and Muslim Personal Law Board’s Abdul Wahab Parekh were chief guests.nagpurtoday
In a first, ‘shariah compliant’ apartments to come up in Kerala
Kochi: With the realty market currently in limbo, a Kerala-based builder willing to experiment has embarked on ‘shariah compliant’ apartments, aimed at devout Muslims who also have faith in money power to make room for their religious beliefs. High-end apartments coming up in West Kochi – to be replicated elsewhere in the state and outside if successful -- will have flats facing Mecca, prayer and washrooms as prescribed by shariah law, installation of clocks showing prayer timings, a layout that enables azan from nearby mosques to be heard clearly in all apartments, separate ablution areas and toilet spaces, hand bidet in toilets for ablution etc, all of which are being apparently implemented for the first time in the country.“In such spaces, people share the same faith, food habits and attire. They will not be criticised for who they are or what they eat,” said Dr Fathima Nilufer, a medical professional, recounting the difficulty she encountered while trying to rent an apartment in Kochi. “It is natural that people want to feel respected,” she said.V Sunil Kumar, founder and managing director, Asset Homes, which is building the shariah compliant apartment complex, took pains to clarify that this project was simply catering to a widespread need..TOI
Aadhaar not mandatory for getting pension: Govt
New Delhi: Aadhaar card is not mandatory for central Govt  employees to get their pension, Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh said on Tuesday.In 30th meeting of Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies here recently, he said Aadhaar was an additional facility to enable the use of technology for submission of life certificate without the need for visiting banks.His assertion assumes significance as there were reports of some retired employees facing difficulty in getting the pension in the absence of Aadhaar linkage with their bank accounts.PTI
Official site on electrification publishes Aadhaar details of several residents: Report
The official website detailing PM Narendra Modi’s efforts to electrify all rural areas across states published Aadhaar details of several residents last month, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday.The leaked data included the names of villages, identity details of residents, and their photographs. However, access to the data was blocked later.The chairperson of Rural Electrification Corporation, PV Ramesh, told Bloomberg that the organisation had ordered the data to be taken down as soon as it was identified during a “routine verification”.The data was collected as part of information to authenticate a village’s electrification, he added. Ramesh said the information was gathered and uploaded by local distribution
World’s largest id database exposed by Indian Govt errors -errors
PNB-Modi chargesheet: Named in Nirav Modi case, Allahabad Bank CEO, 2 PNB directors face axe
CBI probing alleged Rs 13,400-crore fraud involving diamantaires Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi has named 25 accused including Usha Ananthasubramanian, MD & CEO of Allahabad Bank, who was a former CEO of PNB; 2 Executive Directors of PNB Brahmaji Rao and Sanjeev Sharan, and a General Manager, Nehal Ahad, besides Nirav Modi’s three firms Stellar Diamonds, Solar Exports and Diamond R’ US in its chargesheet filed in CBI Special Court.indianexpress
Mumbai terror suspect's kin claim he has been framed
Mumbai:The family of a Mumbai man arrested last week by the Maharashtra ATS on charge of terror links on Monday claimed they were clueless about his foreign trips and that he had been framed in the case.Faisal Hasamali Mirza, 32, of Jogeshwari suburb was arrested on Friday for allegedly planning terror strikes in Mumbai, Gujarat and UP , besides targeting prominent personalities.Mirza, an electrician by training, was later remanded in police custody till May 21 by a Mumbai court."We have absolutely no idea. He merely told us he was going to Dubai for better job prospects. Beyond that, we have no information," said his brother Asif Mirza, a driver.Asif said that Faisal, who is married and has a 9-month-old daughter, earned around Rs 600-Rs 800 daily, while their third brother Fawad is a driver in Mumbai."We feel he has been implicated by someone... last week, police came and took all of us to their office and informed us about the charges against Faisal," Asif said, breaking down before mediapersons.IANS
Storm kills 9 in Bareilly district, 5 of family buried under mosque’s minaret
Bareilly: 9 people were killed in the district in the thunderstorm on Sunday night. According to officials, 5 persons of a family were killed in Sheeshgarh after a mosque’s minaret collapsed on them. 4 more casualties were reported from Sadar tehsil area. Officials said that in the village under Sheeshgarh police station area, minaret of an under construction mosque collapsed on an adjacent house following burying 9 people under the debris. 5 family members, including 2 children, died while 4 others sustained serious injuries. The deceased were identified as Raima, 3, Alija, 4, Parveen, 40, Rafi Ahmed, 18, and Mobin Jahan, 30.TOI
HC declines to extend interim bail granted to Suhaib Ilyasi
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court today declined to further extend the four-week interim bail granted to former TV anchor and producer Suhaib Ilyasi, serving life term for killing his wife 18 years ago, to take care of his ailing second spouse.PTI
Palestinians mark Nakba with new catastrophe as Israeli forces killed at least 60 protesters
Palestinians on Tuesday mark 70 years since the Nakba, or catastrophe, the day on which the state of Israel was established on May 15, 1948, as Gaza is reeling from Monday's violence in which Israeli forces killed at least 60 protesters.  More than 2,700 wounded as the Israeli army fired live ammunition, tear gas and firebombs at protesters assembled along several points near the fence with Israel. Tuesday's commemorations highlight the campaign that led to the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their villages.Throughout the last seven weeks, Palestinians in Gaza Strip have been protesting as part of a weeks-long movement calling for the right of return for Palestinian refugees to the areas they were forcibly expelled from in 1948.Since the protests began on March 30, Israeli forces have killed at least 109 Palestinians in the coastal enclave and wounded about 12,000 people. Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas called on residents across the occupied West Bank to hold a general strike on Tuesday in honor of those killed in the Gaza Strip.Laila Anwar al-Ghandour, an eight-month-old baby, died of tear gas inhalation at dawn on Tuesday, according to Gaza’s ministry of health.White House spokesman Raj Shah has accused Hamas' leaders of making a "gruesome and unfortunate propaganda attempt" after the killing of at least 55 Palestinian protesters by Israeli forces.aljazeera
Infant dies in Gaza from Israel tear gas, number of casualties hits 59, and 2,771 injured
Palestinians: 'Jerusalem is not Trump's city to give'
Gaza braces for more protests and violence on Nakba Day, after 60 killed
Gaza: 9 journalists wounded by Israeli gunfire in protests
Gaza, (PIC) 9 Palestinian journalists was injured by Israeli gunfire on Monday as they were covering the massive March of Return protests that were staged in the eastern border of the besieged Gaza Strip, according to the ministry of information in Gaza.In press remarks, spokesman for the ministry Salama Maarouf condemned Israeli soldiers’ targeting of unarmed citizens and journalists on Monday as “a massacre committed in full view of the entire world.”
UN condemns Israel's use of force on Palestinians
UN human rights office condemned Monday’s “appalling deadly violence” by Israeli security forces in Gaza and said it was extremely worried about what might happen later on Tuesday, while calling for an independent investigation.UN human rights spokesman Rupert Colville told a regular UN briefing in Geneva that Israel had a right to defend its borders according to international law, but lethal force must only be used a last resort, and was not justified by Palestinians approaching the Gaza fence.Reuters
World reacts to US embassy relocation to Jerusalem
US administration has officially relocated the country's embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, fulfilling one of Donald Trump's key promises during his election campaign.A special US delegation attended the inauguration ceremony on Monday, which coincided with 70th anniversary of Israel's founding.The move infuriated Palestinians and sparked international condemnation. Arab League urged international community to oppose what it considers an "unjust decision" and the ongoing "Israeli occupation" of Jerusalem. Egypt's al-Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, UN high commissioner for human rights, called for the immediate stop of Israeli live fire targeting dozens. A statement read on Twitter: "Shocking killing of dozens, injury of hundreds by Israeli live fire in Gaza must stop now. The right to life must be respected. Those responsible for outrageous human rights violations must be held to account. International community needs to ensure justice for victims." Earlier, Antonio Guterres, secretary-general of UN, expressed concern about "the high number of people killed" in Gaza. UN chief said that the Gaza bloodshed showed the need for a political solution."There is no Plan B to a two-state solution in which Israelis and Palestinians can live in peace," Guterres said.Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif called US embassy opening in Jerusalem "a day of great shame". Lebanese PM Saad Hariri wrote on Twitter that he regrets "this decision that is igniting the anger of millions of Arabs, Muslims and Christians".Kuwait called for an emergency UNSC meeting for Tuesday. Pakistan's foreign ministry said in a statement that the embassy move to Jerusalem violates international law and several UNSC resolutions, in particular resolutions 476 and 478. Federica Mogherini, EU's foreign policy chief, called on Israel to respect the "principle of proportionality in the use of force" after Israeli soldiers shot and killed dozens of Palestinians in Gaza.aljazeera
S. Africa withdraws its envoy to Israel
The South African Govt  has  condemned in the strongest terms possible the latest act of violent aggression carried out by the Israeli armed forces along the Gaza border, which has led to the deaths of 52 peaceful protesters against the provocative inauguration of the US embassy in Jerusalem.A statement issued by the Dept. of International Relations and Cooperation said, “This latest attack has resulted in scores of other Palestinian citizens reported injured, and the wanton destruction of property.”It added, “Given the indiscriminate and gravity of the latest Israeli attack, the South African Govt  has taken a decision to recall Ambassador Sisa Ngombane with immediate effect until further notice.middleeastmonitor
Turkey recalls ambassadors to Israel and US
Turkey has recalled its ambassadors to Israel and US following the killing of dozens of Palestinian protesters by Israeli forces amid the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem. Diplomats, currently stationed in Washington, DC, and Tel Aviv, will return to Turkey for "consultations", Deputy PM  Bekir Bozdag said on Monday, adding that three days of national mourning had been declared in solidarity with Palestine.Ankara also called for an emergency summit of the OIC to be held this week - possibly on Friday - and a UN General Assembly meeting over Israel's use of force, Bozdag added.South Africa also recalled its ambassador to Israel on Monday." aljazeera
UNSC to hold emergency meeting on Palestinian isse
54 ambassadors boycott Israeli US Embassy celebration
OIC to impose political and economic sanctions on supporters of US Embassy move
Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has said that it will impose economic and political sanctions on countries, officials, parliaments, companies or individuals who support the US Embassy move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. OIC condemned “in the strongest terms” the illegal US decision.MEMO
Hamas welcomes withdrawal of S. Africa envoy to Israel
Egypt: Israel will target Hamas leaders if Gaza security situation worsens
Israel will assassinate Hamas’ leaders if the security situation on its border with Gaza continues to deteriorate, Egypt warned. Delivering a message from Israeli authorities, Egypt’s intelligence agency warned Hamas’ leaders that any deterioration in the situation on the Gaza border could lead to its leaders being targeted. middleeastmonitor
Muslim Brotherhood:Palestine, Jerusalem are Arab,Islamic
Palestine and Jerusalem are Arab and Islamic and we will never waive an inch of their soil, Muslim Brotherhood spokesperson, Talaat Fahmi, said yesterday.“Palestine will remain an Arab and Islamic country, and we won’t give up on any inch of its soil,” Fahmi said in an official statement.He hailed the Palestinians’ Great March of Return which called for mass protests along the Palestinian-Israeli border to support the rights of the Palestinian people.middleeastmonitor
Egypt puts 278 on trial on ‘terrorism’ offences
Egypt’s prosecutor general referred 278 suspected militia members to military trial on Sunday on “terrorism” charges, a judicial official said.Defendants are facing charges including joining militant groups, carrying out 12 “terrorist operations” including targeting and killing police officers and security personnel and providing financial and logistical support to militants. Of the 278 people referred for trial, 141 are already in detention.Egypt’s civilian and military courts have held successive trials for defendants accused of “terrorism” since the country’s first democratically elected civilian president was ousted in a military coup in 2013.Military leader, now president, Abdul Fattah Al-Sisi has since put in place a number of laws which ban opposition groups – in particular the Muslim Brotherhood, from which his predecessor emanated.MEMO
Palestinians in Iraq: 27,000 fled death
The suffering of Palestinian refugees in Iraq has not stopped since the US invasion in 2003. Their situation is getting worse day by day, as revealed by the head of the Palestinians in Iraq Association, Thamer Mishinish, as the sectarian targeting of Palestinians has increased recently, bringing the number of refugees down to 3,000.Mishinish noted in a special interview with PIC that only 3,000 Palestinian refugees live in Iraq now, out of a total of 30,000 in 2003, distributed in the provinces of Baghdad, Mosul and Kurdistan. Baghdad has 2,000 refugees, while 800 others live in the city of Mosul, and 200 live in Kurdistan region. The suffering of the remaining Palestinian refugees in Iraq has doubled, especially after the enactment of a law that deprives the Palestinians of the privileges they enjoyed for 70 years and repeals a previous law issued in 2001 that affirmed these privileges. Palestinian refugees in Iraq became foreign residents without any privileges. They were denied their right to free education, free treatment and food stamps, in addition to the removal of employees from Govt departments and institutions.PIC
Families in Xinjiang ‘forced’ to host Chinese officials for social stability: HRW
Families living in the predominantly Muslim region of China’s Xinjiang are required to accommodate Chinese officials as part of Govt’s Strike Hard campaign, HRW reported on Sunday. Authorities said that the initiative was designed to “safeguard social stability”.During these visits or “home stays”, families are required to provide officials with information about their lives and political views, and are even subjected to political indoctrination. “Muslim families across Xinjiang are now literally eating and sleeping under the watchful eye of the state in their own homes,” said Maya Wang, senior China researcher at HRW. “Latest drive adds to a whole host of pervasive and perverse controls on everyday life in Xinjiang.” Since 2014, nearly 2 lakh cadres from Govt  agencies, state-owned enterprises and public institutions have regularly visited families in the region. Earlier this year, Xinjiang authorities extended the “home stay” programme wherein cadres would spend at least five days every two months with the families. Human Rights Watch reported that there was no evidence to suggest families could refuse to host the
Malaysia: Anwar Ibrahim's release postponed tomorrow
The release of Malaysia's ex-Deputy PM  Anwar Ibrahim has been postponed, after the country's pardons board moved its meeting to Wednesday to discuss the royal pardon. According to a statement issued by the office of Malaysia's king, Yang Di-Pertuan Agong, it was satisfied with all the procedures for Anwar's release, but the office of the PM  requested that the meeting be "postponed" to May 16, Malaysia Kini news portal reported."Yang Di-Pertuan Agong has consented to the request for the matter to be finalised on May 16, Wednesday, in conjunction with Ramadan," royal official, Wan Ahmad Dahlan, was quoted as saying. Anwar's wife, Deputy PM -designate, Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, has discussed the issue with PM  Mahathir Mohamad, the report said.aljazeera
Ex-FBI agent caught teaching police Islamophobic ideas
An Islamophobic ex FBI agent, who provides counterterrorism training to members of US law enforcement, has been secretly filmed telling police officers that Muslim students at American universities pose a threat of "jihad" and that a prominent civil rights group is a front for "terrorist" organisations.During the training event, John Guandolo - a conspiracy theorist who has stated publicly that Muslim Americans should not have the same rights as other citizens- also told our reporter that he was in direct and regular contact with Attorney General Jeff S.

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