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Monday, 21 May 2018

21 May ND: Bombay Lawyers Association moves SC seeking review of Loya order/ Dalit man beaten to death in Gujarat factory/ Siraj lynched in MP for ‘bull slaughter’: ‘Can’t believe he could slaughter an animal, he was scared of blood’/Delhi eatery owner Shahbuddin killed for refusing to serve food for free

21 May 2018:05 Ramazan 1439: Vol:10, No:26
Bombay Lawyers Association moves SC seeking review of Loya order
 New Delhi:Bombay Lawyers Association has approached the Supreme Court seeking review of its judgment dismissing its plea for an independent probe into the death of CBI special judge BH Loya. The petition settled by senior advocate Dushyant Dave also sought deletion of the court’s findings in the judgment that the petitions were a “veiled attempt to launch a frontal attack on the independence of the judiciary and to dilute the credibility of judicial institutions”. It contended that the “judgment has resulted in miscarriage of justice if not complete negation of justice on the facts of the case”.A 3-judge bench of CJI Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud had on April 19 dismissed the petition along with certain others with similar prayers. The court ruled that “documentary material on the record indicates that the death of Judge Loya was due to natural causes”. Association had originally filed its petition seeking a probe before the Bombay HC. The SC subsequently transferred the plea to itself. The lawyers’ body said its attempt was not to “sensationalise the subject matter nor make a veiled attempt to launch a frontal attack on the independence of the judiciary or to dilute the credibility of judicial institutions”. “On the contrary, the whole attempt of the Petitioner Association was to reassure the entire judiciary that the Association would stand behind every Judge in times of challenge in his or her life. The effort was for an independent enquiry to reassure all Members of Judiciary and nothing more. If the enquiry was ordered as prayed for and if it found that Judge Loya had indeed died of heart attack it would have set all doubts to rest but it would have sent a strong message to the Judiciary and to the country that individuals are willing to stand up for the judiciary and not desert it in time of challenge. As against that if enquiry had found some foul play it would have truly been a great service to the independence and impartiality of Judiciary and its Members.Either way the efforts of the Petitioner Association were to uphold the dignity and independence of judiciary and not otherwise,” it said. The review petition said the Association was only questioning the veracity of the discreet enquiry report prepared by the Commissioner of Intelligence, Maharashtra Police, on the death and that was in no way to malign the dignity of the judges whose statements formed part of the report.indianexpress
Judge Loya’s death: Mumbai lawyers file plea seeking review of 19 April apex court order
Dalit man beaten to death in Gujarat factory, Jignesh Mevani says incident worse than Una flogging
Police in Gujarat arrested four people on Monday for allegedly beating a Dalit man to death near Rajkot city on suspicion of theft, an official said.State legislator Jignesh Mevani identified the victim as Mukesh Vaniya, sharing a purported video of the torture on social media sites. He said the victim’s wife too was “brutally beaten up”.Vaniya, 40, his wife, Jaya, and another person, Savita, were collecting trash near a factory on the outskirts of Rajkot when they were attacked on Sunday, police said.Vaniya, who was from the Limbdi area in Surendranagar district, had shifted to the industrial belt of Shaper last week.“A case of murder and atrocity has been registered against five persons,” DSP  DM Chauhan said.Police arrested Chirag Vora, Divyesh Vora, Jayshukh Radadiya and Tejas Zala, who work at the factory. Fifth accused, who is a minor, too was detained. The suspects also hit the women, who managed to escape from the spot, police said. They returned with others to rescue Vaniya, who died on the way to a hospital in Rajkot, which is about 200km from Ahmedabad.Mevani, a Dalit leader, said on Facebook the incident was “far more gruesome” than the public assault of 4 Dalit men by self-styled cow vigilantes in Una.HT
Dalit ragpicker held captive, beaten to death in Rajkot   
Siraj lynched in MP for ‘bull slaughter’: ‘Can’t believe he could slaughter an animal, he was scared of blood’
“I cannot believe he could slaughter an animal because he was scared of blood. We never even performed qurbani on Eid because of his fear,” claimed Shahidunnisa, the wife of Siraj Khan who was lynched near Amgar village late on Thursday night. Siraj stitched clothes for a living and his wife too has picked up the skill. The couple and their 4 children moved to their small rented house in Purani Basti in Maihar only a month ago.Before that, they stayed on rent in a part of a house belonging to a right wing Hindu outfit member Munna Lakher. “We had no problems there. In fact, the 2 families enjoyed a rapport,” said Shahidunnisa. Munna Lakher’s son Saurabh said, “He (Shiraj) was my father’s friend. He was a good man. I don’t think he could be involved in cattle slaughter.”indianexpress
Delhi eatery owner Shahbuddin killed for refusing to serve food for free
New Delhi:A 30-year-old food stall owner was stabbed to death near his shop in east Delhi’s Gandhi Nagar on Friday after he refused to serve free food to local goons. One of the accused was arrested from the spot, police said.The victim’s, Shahbuddin, family said they had informed the police five days back about the incident when the accused had harassed him over food and had left without paying. The incident happened at 10.30pm when Shahbuddin was on his way to meet a friend after shutting his stall at Ajeet Nagar. He was waylaid by four men, two of whom were identified as Mohit and Sunil Pandey. He got into an argument with them following which they called in two others, and together stabbed Shahbuddin seven times on the chest and abdomen.Hearing Shahbuddin’s cries, his family which lived nearby, rushed out and took him to a hospital where he died. Shahbuddin’s cousin Mohammad Arshad, who ran the food stall along with him, alleged that earlier as well, the youths had visited their shop, had food and left without paying.Shahbuddin had registered a complaint with the local police following which the youths were called to the police station and the issue was resolved. TOI
Kathua rape: We can’t tolerate it if anybody calls Dogras rapists, criminals, says BJP MLA Lal Singh
Linking the apprehension of eight people by Crime Branch in connection with the rape and murder of an eight-year-old Bakerwal girl with the honour and dignity of Dogras, BJP MLA from Basohli and ex-Forest Minister Choudhary Lal Singh on Sunday threw a challenge to politicians in Jammu to take care of the aspirations of the people.Singh, who led a 25,000-strong march over nearly 35 km from Lakhanpur to Kootah morh in Hiranagar area of Kathua district, asked the state Govt to mend its ways. “This is only a trailer,” he said, referring to the march, “If they do not mend themselves, then our next step will be an entire Jammu bandh.”“We will soon call a meeting of prominent people of Jammu and thereafter, we will give them a design,” he said. “If someone in your Assembly constituency does not support you or go with you in your struggle, then it will have to be planned what shall be done with them,’’ he said in an apparent reference to sitting MLAs.indianexpress
Govt’s refusal to condemn Israel’s violence shameful: Mani Shankar Aiyer
Kozhikode: Hundreds of people sat in a day-and-night stir even while observing Ramadan fasting at Muthalakkulam in Kozhikode on Sunday to express solidarity with Palestinians and to condemn the recent Israeli human rights violations in Gaza.Protest organized by Solidarity Youth Movement was held to mark the 70 anniversary of the Nakba, during which lakhs of Palestinians were expelled from their homes during the course of Israel’s creation in 1948. People sporting head bands inscribed with the slogan ‘Return to Palestine’ chanted slogans against Israel. Inaugurating the programme, ex-Union minister Mani Shankar Aiyer said that the refusal by the Govt of India to condemn the killing of around 60 Palestinians during demonstrations at Gaza last week was utterly shameful.“Even as British PM  and the French President strongly condemned the violence by the Israeli forces at Gaza border, the Modi Govt is refusing to say anything on the atrocities being committed by Israel against Palestinians. It is utterly shameful and against even the principles of Hindu ethics, against principles of Muslim and Christian ethics and even against the Jewish ethics,” Aiyer said.Taking dig at the the central government, Aiyer said that instead of condemning violence happening in Gaza, they are conducting ‘Al Naqba’ in Karnataka where they were trying to form a Govt without having a clear majority.“There is no greater evil than not speaking up when there is injustice and cruelty,” Aiyer added.Aiyer said that it is even sadder that Arab countries are not demonstrating the kind of solidarity that they ought to have extended to Palestinians when fellow Arabs are mercilessly mowed down by the Israelis, he said. “Palestinian cause is not a Muslim cause. It is a secular cause and it is a cause of justice and peace,” he added. Solidarity state president PM Salih presided.TOI
Karnataka: Congress claims it set tape trap, BJP walked in
Behind the string of audio recordings of BJP leaders allegedly trying to lure Congress MLAs to switch sides, are an alleged middleman and a Congress operation to “trap BJP in the act”, claim party sources.In 24 hours before BS Yeddyurappa resigned as CM in Karnataka Assembly, Congress released 6 audio recordings of BJP leaders, among those the recording of a purported conversation between Bellary mining baron and BJP leader Janardhan Reddy and Congress MLA Basanagouda Daddal on Friday night, and 2 more on Saturday — while MLAs took the oath of office — allegedly involving Yeddyurappa and BJP general secretary and Karnataka-in-charge Muralidhar Rao.Congress sources said plan to record conversations began 3 days ago, when an alleged middleman for BJP approached state leadership.“The middleman told us that he had been asked to find MLAs for BJP and that senior leaders would personally talk to members willing to switch sides. We discussed this with senior party leaders and decided to use the information to trap BJP leaders in the act of negotiating with our MLAs,’’ said a senior Congress leader, who played a central role in the release of the audio clips.“We decided to pick MLAs who are capable of carrying out the pretence of a negotiation with the BJP leaders without them realising they were being trapped,” he said.indianexpress
Delhi Minorities Commission issues notice to police, RWA on alleged assault on Kashmiri woman
New Delhi: Delhi Minorities Commission has issued notices to police and a resident welfare association (RWA), seeking reports about alleged assault on a Kashmiri woman and her relatives earlier this month.Commission's chairman, Zafarul Islam Khan said notices were issued in the recent incident on May 10 when four women were allegedly roughed up by a mob of around 30 to 40 people. A police case was registered following the complaint from one of the victims.The police also registered a case against the victims family members on a complaint by residents of the locality. Khan, during his visit to the area, met the victims and locals, and also spoke to the police officer concerned. A video of the incident had surfaced leading to the reaction from different quarters.Delhi police commissioner, however, had told the home secretary that the incident was a local issue involving feeding of dogs and was not related to origin of the woman.Khan said the RWA members have been directed to desist from making unfounded allegations against the woman.Mail Today
UP: Minority institutions not admitting 50% minority students; govt orders probe
Bareilly: The state Govt has ordered DMs of all 75 districts to probe minority technical and management institutes for not enrolling 50% students from the minority community. A large number of these institutes were alleged to have admitted students from the SC category in place of minority students. An inquiry into the scholarships awarded to students at these institutes has also been ordered. Manoj Singh, principal secretary, UP social welfare dept, said, “We had received a complaint on IGRS portal that several minority institutions in UP have not followed the set norms and have instead admitted students from other communities. We have asked the DMs across UP to conduct a probe into the matter and submit a report to us. Institutions found guilty will be blacklisted.’’ DMs have been asked to probe scholarships given to students in 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 academic years.TOI
Constitutional provisions Ambedkar made for Dalits being trampled upon, says BJP MP Savitri Phule
BJP MP from Behraich Savitri Bai Phule said constitutional arrangements that were introduced by BR Ambedkar for the upliftment of Dalits were being trampled upon in recent times. “Provisions for the upliftment of Dalit in the constitution have not been implemented fully, and has constantly been tinkered with,” Phule alleged.BJP MP also commented on issues like caste-based reservations and civil rights for weaker sections of the society. “The day reservations to Dalits are denied, all the rights of the community will effectively cease to exist,” she said. Recently, Phule stirred a controversy after commenting on Mohammad Ali Jinnah’s portrait in AMU. BJP MP had hailed Jinnah as a mahapurush (great man). “Jinnah was a great personality. He contributed to freedom struggle. He was, is and shall always remain a great person,” Phule was quoted as saying by ANI.The BJP MP has slammed her own Govt over atrocities on Dalits in the past as well.  indianexpress
Centre should enact law to check cow slaughter: VHP leader Sadhvi Saraswati
Centre should enact a law with a provision of life imprisonment to check cow slaughter,VHP leader Sadhvi Saraswati said at Jamshedpur.The sadhvi, president of Sanatan Dharma Prachar Seva Samity, said though some states have enacted legislations to prevent cow slaughter, a law should be framed and implemented properly at the national level. VHP leader said she will carry on with her activities despite being booked under the non-bailable sections of the IPC on April 30.PTI
Documentary on Mecca Masjid blast to be released
Hyderabad: In view of the recent acquittals of all the accused in the Mecca Masjid blast case, a documentary film being produced jointly by SIO (Students Islamic Organisation) with Couch Potato Productions will be released soon. It will be exploring as to who were behind the blast, as neither the HuJI militants nor Abhinav Bharat was found to be involved by the probing authorities. According to film makers, ‘Here Lies the Tort Law’ the expository documentary will be clearing the shadows shrouded upon the case. It will be released soon to the public seeking the ground-breaking facts and answers to dramatic twists in the case. “The documentary will be also representing the relevant bomb blast cases since 2004 with the subjects covering lawyers, journalists, social activists, police officers, politicians and victims of the case,” said Abdul Mannan one of the directors. The Bhaskar Rao Commission report is yet to be made public which probed the police firing on that day. THE HANS INDIA
Aligarh: Youth converts to Islam for love, arrested
Aligarh: A 21-year-old Aligarh youth who converted to Islam was arrested on Sunday after his family members and some right-wing organisations created a ruckus outside the Kwarsi police station in the district. He has been arrested under section 151 of the CrPC (arrest to prevent the commission of cognizable offences). A complaint filed by his family members has alleged that “their son was influenced by a Muslim girl and forced to convert” even though the youth said that he has embraced the religion of his own free will.According to police, Ved Prakash, who has now taken the name of Aadil, had left Hinduism around 8 months ago while he was employed at a furniture shop in the district’s Nagla Patwari locality. The matter came to light on Saturday evening when he had allegedly expressed his desire to marry a Muslim girl who lives in the same neighbourhood. Aadil is a resident of Baraula Jafrabad area of the district. On Sunday, members of his family along with some right-wing groups lodged a complaint against the girl’s relatives alleging them of “forceful religious conversion”. Rejecting allegations of his family, Aadil said, “No one forced me to convert. I have embraced Islam and have no regrets about it. What is wrong in that?”SSP, Aligarh, Ajay Kumar Sahni said, “The youth has admitted to conversion without any pressure. Following the religion’s tenets, he even underwent circumcision.”Meanwhile, police have arrested another person named Khurram, one of Aadil’s acquaintances, on charges of forceful conversion. In his statement to officers, Khurram said, “I have known Aadil for only a fortnight. We had offered namaz together a couple of times in the past.”TOI
UP: Ganna trumps Jinnah in this bypoll when sugarcane arrears pile up
Kairana:“Uth gaya ganna, dab gaya Jinnah (Sugarcane has displaced Jinnah),” says Jitender Hooda as he interprets the upcoming bypoll to the Kairana Lok Sabha constituency.For this 48-bigha (8.1 acres) farmer from Kheri Bairagi village of Shamli district and tehsil, the main issue in the election scheduled on May 28 — necessitated by the death of BJP MP Hukum Singh — is sugarcane. Kairana constituency has six sugar mills: four private (the Shamli factory of Sir Shadi Lal Enterprises, Rana Sugars’ factory in Unn, Bajaj Hindusthan’s in Thana Bhawan and Uttam Sugar’s in Shermau) and two cooperative (in Sarsawa and Nanauta).In current 2017-18 season (Oct-Sept.), 6 mills have, as on May 18, bought sugarcane worth Rs 1,778.49 crore at the UP government’s State Advised Price (SAP) of Rs 315-325 per quintal. Of this, they were to pay Rs 1,695.25 crore within 14 days of purchase, but have so far disbursed just Rs 888.03 crore. That translates into Rs 807.22 crore in arrears – for a single constituency.“How does it matter whether or not AMU has a photo of Pakistan’s founder? Our only concern today is cane payment,” says Hooda, who supplies to the Shamli factory, which alone has cane dues of Rs 190.33 crore. The other 5 mills, too, have sizable arrears: Unn (Rs 182.84 crore), Thana Bhawan (Rs 182.80 crore), Nanauta (Rs 115.66 crore), Shermau (Rs 80.79 crore) and Sarsawa (Rs 54.79 crore).Brahm Pal Singh, who grows sugarcane on 34 out of his 45-bigha holding in Laprana village of Shamli’s Unn tehsil, is more direct. “Their (BJP) manifesto stated that we will get full payment for our cane within 14 days of sale.Minister for Sugarcane Development Suresh Rana is himself the MLA from Thana Bhawan. Yet, there been no payment after Dec.31 and this Govt is even allowing sugar imports from Pakistan,” he alleges (the Commerce Ministry has clarified that only 13,110 tonnes was imported in 2017-18 and another 1,908 tonnes in the current fiscal till May 14).indianexpress
Days before bypoll, Balyan rakes up Muzaffarnagar riots to target Grand Alliance
: In a strategic shift from the issue of development, BJP MP Sanjeev Balyan, an accused in the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots, on Sunday said that the grand alliance had made Azam Khan, a “key conspirator in riots”, as its start campaigner.Balyan claimed that he was “instigated” to raise the issue after a senior RLD leader blamed BJP for “masterminding the riots”. Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party retaliated with another scathing attack.“Azam Khan hasn’t yet campaigned in Kairana. He never came here during the riots. All this hate mongering is unfounded. Balyan is himself an accused in riots cases,” Sanjay Lathar, SP’s in-charge for Kairana bypoll, said.TOI
China says gold mine operation in Tibetan county close to Arunachal is its sovereign right
Beijing:China has defended its large-scale mining operations in a mineral-rich Tibetan county adjacent to the border with Arunachal Pradesh, asserting that the area belongs to it and Beijing enjoys full sovereignty to conduct such geological activities there.China has begun large-scale mining operations in Lhunze county under its control adjacent to Arunachal where a huge trove of gold, silver and other precious minerals valued at about $60 billion has been found, the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post had reported on Sunday.“I have also noted the report mentioned by you. The area mentioned by the report totally belongs to China,” Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Lu Kang told a media briefing here.“China conducts regular geological and scientific research on its own territory. It is completely within China’s sovereignty.China always attaches importance to protecting ecological environment. We hope relevant media can refrain from hyping up based on groundless report,” he said.PTI
Doval hasn’t changed policy, just more hardline, says ISI ex-chief General Durrani: indianexpress
Indian NSA Ajit Doval’s experience in Pakistan affected him in a manner that he believes that the country must be dealt with an iron fist, according to ex chief of Pakistan’s ISI, Lt General Asad Durrani (retd).This is part of a new book, “Spy Chronicles: RAW, ISI and the Illusion of Peace”, which has been co-authored by Durrani and ex R&AW chief AS Dulat, along with journalist Aditya Sinha. The book is set to be launched in Delhi this week, but Durrani will not be able to attend the event as he has not been given a visa by New Delhi so far.About Doval, who served in India’s intelligence agencies before retiring in 2005, Durrani says, “He hasn’t changed policy. He’s just a little more hardline but it’s still what I believe has been Indian policy for a long time. He shouts more, like Trump does, a lot of hot air. He provides that masala.”“The upshot is he’s just doing what his boss wants done. Maybe more muscularly, more vocally,”Durrani adds.Durrani attributes Doval’s attitude to his stint with the Indian High Commission in Islamabad in 1980s, saying that “In Ajit Doval’s case it probably affected him in a way where he felt, ‘Oh God, this country must be dealt with an iron fist’.”Dulat, however, argues about “his colleague and good friend” and “Modi’s henchman” Doval that “As far as his capabilities go, he’s one of our outstanding operational guys. He’s a field man.” “The trouble, though, with people who are so much into themselves, is that they’re lonesome and they stay aloof. In A Legacy of Spies there’s a relevant line that says, the trouble with spooks is that they find it difficult to invest in trust,” he adds, “Ajit is a guy who won’t trust anybody.”Dulat goes on to say that Doval is “not necessarily a hardliner” on Pakistan, arguing that “He toes Modi’s line. He also toed Mani Dixit’s line. He at one point-toed [M K] Narayanan’s line…I’ll tell you something. He is convinced that Modi is the greatest thing that has happened to India. That I can vouch for.”In turn, Durrani says that Doval “matters nowadays, as Modi matters. I agree he is smart and would not miss an opportunity for another spectacle.” indianexpress
Trolling PM Modi for extending Ramzan greetings in Urdu smacks of bigotry
New Delhi: Last week PM  Narendra Modi greeted people on the start of the holy month of Ramzan.PM  first tweeted his greetings in Urdu and later in English. He also posted a sound clip of his last 'Mann ki Baat' programme in which he had extended his greetings in advance.He said that the holy month stood for the virtues of harmony, kindness and charity. However, the message got lost on many trolls, with many attacking him for tweeting in Urdu.timesofindia
Mumbai: Civic body lends a helping hand to ensure a ‘cleaner’ and ‘smoother’ Ramzan
Mumbai: Muslims across the city are celebrating the holy month of Ramzan and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is lending a helping hand, like every year, to ensure that there are no problems to the smooth flow of festivities in the community strongholds.Corporators, from the civic body, have sought more water and garbage picking vans for Muslim dominated areas and also asked the corporation to prioritise pothole filling in these regions as the community has started celebrating the month of Ramzan from Friday. The corporators in the Muslim-dominated wards claim people come in huge numbers for celebration and festivities during the period and hence those wards and areas need more attention. Udaykumar Shiroorkar, Assistant Commissioner of B ward, where falls Mohammed Ali Road, the area which sees maximum footfalls during the month, said the corporation held meetings with all the stakeholders and have directed them not to encroach the road.“We have already instructed the corporators and other workers to ensure that the vendors do not extend their shops over the footpath and road, as this will hinder the smooth flow of traffic,” said Shiroorkar. Civic body’s other departments,like Solid Waste Department and the health department, have also ensured that waste is properly collected and maintain the hygiene of food, respectively.freepressjournal
Kozhikode: 11 die of suspected Nipah virus infection, medical officials say no need to panic
Kochi:Barely 12 hours after the deaths of 3 members of a family near Perambra in Kozhikode district of Kerala were confirmed as a result of Nipah virus infection, eight more people died after showing similar symptoms in Kozhikode and Malappuram, sparking panic among locals in the region. “We got the report from National Institute of Virology, Pune, on Sunday, confirming Nipah virus infection in the blood samples of the three persons who had died initially. Now, four more persons who were allegedly in contact with the deceased have died at the Medical College,” Kozhikode district medical officer Jayasree V confirmed.One of persons who died late Sunday was identified as a nurse named Lini who worked at the taluk hospital, reportedly in close contact with those who were infected.indianexpress
Madhya Pradesh releases caste-based Class X, XII results
MP  CM  Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who is in a spree to woo the voters especially from the Dalit community in the election year, was handed another blow as MPBSE released matriculation and intermediate results on basis of caste.On May 14, MPBSE had declared the Class X and XII results on the basis of caste at CM’s house in the state capital where Chouhan had even awarded the toppers.The issue has sparked a controversy in the state.Opposition party, Congress and its newly appointed chief Kamal Nath, took to Twitter to take a dig at Govt on the issue. Even Chouhan’s school education minister, Deepak Joshi, criticised this move and said such data should not be released in public and demanded action against wrongdoers. According to the declared Class X results, of 13,004 students belonging to SC category 6,669 passed, while 13,385 students of ST category out of 75,839; 30,166 OBC students out of 1,41,128 and 84,559 general category students out of 3,16,942 have passed the board exams. nationalheraldindia
JNU students protest launch of controversial course on ‘Islamic terrorism’
New Delhi:JNU decision to introduce a controversial course named ‘Islamic Terrorism’ has been strongly protested by Students Union. The controversial course was approved by the Academic Council (AC). The decision to introduce the controversial course with a highly objectionable name came as part of setting up of the new Centre for National Security Studies at the university.JNUSU has condemned the move as a grotesque Islamophobic propaganda in the name of academic courses that is being implemented by the ruling BJP & RSS to ‘destroy education’ by promoting ‘hatred against religious minorities’.“In a deeply problematic and shocking move JNU V-C allowed the tabling of a course on ‘Islamic Terrorism’ under the proposed National Security Studies special center.This grotesque propaganda of Islamophobia in the name of academic courses is deeply problematic. It seems RSS-BJP’s election propaganda material will be prepared through these courses rather than studying the nature of terrorism in general.  A university committed to excellence and social inclusion is being openly destroyed before the public. Agendas of saffronisation and privatisation is being pursued at any cost,” JNUSU said in a press note.caravandaily
Anger grows against BJP in Assam over Centre's proposed move to grant citizenship to non-Muslim immigrants from Bangladesh
Members of North East Women's Front, a pressure group based in North East India, have launched a protest in Delhi against Centre's move to pass Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, which will make illegal migrants who are Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, eligible for citizenship in India.The protest is seen as an extension to the ongoing movement across the Brahmaputra valley of Assam and other parts of North East India against the proposed amendment.A vast majority of tribal bodies and ethnic groups across Assam have registered their opposition against the bill in the hearing of Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) that was recently held in the state. "Apart from raising our voice against the citizenship amendment bill, we are also collecting signatures from people in Delhi. We will finally submit signatures to JPC," said Sumitra Hazarika, a women's rights activist from Assam. Protest on Parliament Street attracted large crowds, with many saying they will sign up to register their complaint against bill. firstpost
Paraguay Prez inaugurates Israel embassy in Jerusalem
Paraguay opened its Israel embassy in Jerusalem, the second country to follow the United States in making the politically sensitive move from Tel Aviv.Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu attended the inauguration ceremony on Monday. US relocated its embassy to Jerusalem a week ago, drawing Palestinian and international anger, and was followed by Guatemala on Wednesday. Palestinian leaders see East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state and have said that US President Donald Trump's move disqualifies the US as a peace mediator.aljazeera
Israel rejects international commission of inquiry into Gaza massacres
Israeli Foreign Ministry announced, Sunday, its rejection of UN Human Rights Council’s decision to establish a commission of inquiry into the massacres of the Israeli occupation forces against civilians in the Return Marches in Gaza Strip.In response to the Israeli position, Hamas stressed that the Israeli occupation’s refusal to form an international commission of inquiry into the recent massacre is proof of its involvement in a war crime. A spokesman for Hamas movement said in a brief press statement that the refusal of the occupation to form the committee emphasizes its brutality and persistence in terrorizing and killing our people, as well as flouting UN and international institutions and disregarding its decisions.MEMO
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas admitted to hospital
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has been admitted to hospital in Ramallah, a Palestinian official said, providing no further details on his condition.It was the third time Abbas, 82, had been admitted in a week.He underwent minor ear surgery on Tuesday and was released a few hours later and admitted to hospital briefly again on Friday, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA said.Abbas had failed to attend the extraordinary OIC summit in Turkey on Friday, which was held to discuss the opening of US Embassy in Jerusalem.aljazeera
Controversial hidden camera programme reveals Tunisian links with Israel
A private Tunisian TV channel has gone ahead with broadcast of a controversial hidden camera exposé programme. “Shalom” tackles the issue of normalisation with the Israeli occupation, Quds Press has reported.Tunisna Channel explained that the programme shows a scenario whereby a politician or public figure is supposedly invited for an interview with CNN. It turns out, though, that “interviewer” is actually an Israeli official offering the guest the opportunity to deal with Israel in exchange for financial and political support. According to producer Walid Zribi, “guests” have been putting pressure on Tunisna not to broadcast “Shalom”. Media expert explained that the programme “aims to expose Tunisian political figures who are willing to deal with Israel.”The channel denied allegations that it was under pressure not to broadcast the programme and pointed out that the broadcast material does not meet the normal quality standards. MEMO
Israel segregates Arab, Jewish women in maternity wards
In at least 4 Israeli hospitals, Arab women are separated from Jewish women in maternity wards, Haaretz newspaper reported.In a report based on testimonies collected from the 4 hospitals, the paper said the segregation policy has become the norm, explaining that the hospitals segregate the mothers either at their request of because they deem it right.MEMO
Bernard Lewis, prolific Mideast scholar, dies at 101
Historian Bernard Lewis, whose influential books shaped generations of scholars on the West Asian region but whose views stirred fierce passions, died at an assisted living facility on Saturday,The Washington Post reported. He was 101.Mr. Lewis, who was born in London and was a long-time professor at Princeton University, was a Cold War hawk, a strong pro-Israel Jew, and influential among White House and Pentagon planners of the US-led 2003 invasion of Iraq. His books included The Arabs in History (1950), The Emergence of Modern Turkey (1961), and The Crisis of Islam (2003).Critics, however, derided what they said was his Eurocentric “clash of civilisations” view of West Asia.Edward Said slammed  Lewis as “active policy scientist, lobbyist and propagandist” in a 1982 reply to Mr. Lewis in New York Review of Books. Mr. Lewis in turn accused Mr. Said — author of the influential book Orientalism (1978)— of unleashing an “unsavoury mixture of sneer and smear, bluster and innuendo.”Israeli PM  Benjamin Netanyahu called him "one of the great scholars of Islam and the Middle East in our time." AP/AFP
Netanyahu eulogizes Bernard Lewis as ‘great scholar, robust defender of Israel’
After meeting Abadi, Sadr says new Govt will be 'inclusive'
Muqtada al-Sadr, Shia leader whose bloc beat expectations to come out on top in Iraq's parliamentary vote, has held separate meetings with rival political leaders, ushering in what could be an extended period of negotiations over the formation of a new government.Al-Sadr first met incumbent PM  Haider al-Abadi late on Saturday, before holding talks with Hadi Al-Amiri, the leader of the pro-Iranian Fatah bloc, a day later.The meetings in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, came after the Iraqi electoral commission announced the official results, which saw al-Sadr's Sairoon coalition taking 54 out of 328 seats in the May 12 vote.Al-Amiri's bloc came in second with 47 seats, while al-Abadi's Nasr Coalition disappointed by finishing third with 42.With no bloc winning the 165 seats required for an outright majority, negotiations to form a coalition Govt are expected to drag on for weeks, if not much longer - such talks in the past have lasted up to nine months.Al-Sadr cannot become PM  himself, because he did not run as a candidate. However, as head of the majority coalition, he is expected to play a central role in the coalition negotiations. aljazeera
Pakistani 17-year-old  girl who died in Texas shooting ‘wanted to experience American culture’
A 17-year-old Pakistani girl was among the 10 killed in Texas after a gunman opened fired in a high school on Friday. Sabika Sheikh, who was in the US under a foreign exchange program and wanted to “experience a new culture”, had often talked about becoming a diplomat in the future. Hundreds of members of Houston’s Muslim community attended a service for Sabika. Her host mother, Joleen Cogburn, recalled Sabika saying that she wanted to experience American culture and also wanted to introduce Pakistan’s culture among Americans.indianexpress

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