02 June 2018

02 June ND: : I&B ministry to snoop on emails and profile Twitter users/ Citizens’ register: Bangladesh not keen on accepting deportees from India

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02 June 2018:17 Ramazan 1439: Vol:10, No:35
I&B ministry to snoop on emails and profile Twitter users
With less than a year to go for the general election, the Union Ministry of Information & Broadcasting is setting up a social media monitoring hub. The tender inviting bids by Broadcast Engineering Consultants India Ltd. closed on May 31.Bids have been invited from Indian companies with the capability of developing analytical tools in order to:Create digital profiles of citizens,Monitor digital platforms like Twitter, YouTube, Google+, Instagram, Linkedin, Flickr, blogs and email among others,Listen to email conversations,Create a ‘conversation archive’ of users,Create a geographical analysis with exact locations,Classify Internet info as positive, negative and neutral,Produce actionable analytical data on users and,Produce predictive analysis of potential headlines in media channels and newspapers across the globe. BECIL tender document also calls for 20 social media analytics executives to produce six reports every day for the ministry. The document says that each of the 716 districts in the country will have a social media executive to track local news and events.While the I&B Ministry has maintained a Sphinx-like silence on the issue, cyber experts have rung alarm bells. Listening to emails, profiling social media users, they say, point to possible misuse of such data in elections. In the absence of a law to ensure data protection or prescribe the process of obtaining consent from users, the attempt to monitor social media and profile users would amount to invasion of privacy, they said.The Government is behaving like the Orwellian Big Brother, says Congress leader and lawyer Dr Abhishek Manu Singhvi. While nine judges of the Supreme Court has upheld the fundamental right to privacy and despite Articles 19 and 21 of the Constitution, the Information Technology Act etc. protecting the citizen’s privacy and human rights, he added, the Government appears determined to turn the country into a surveillance state.In the entire tender document of 66 pages, he points out, there is not a single safeguard mentioned. In fact the document says that the vendor would have to supply the Meta Data as well.nationalheraldindia

Home ministry launches an online tool to monitor foreign contributions
New Delhi:Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Friday launched an ‘Online Analytical Tool’ to facilitate closer monitoring of the flow and utilisation of foreign contributions received by non-governmental organisations registered under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, 2010, also known as FCRA.According to an official statement, the web-based tool enables “decision-makers in various departments of government to scrutinise source of foreign funds and their actual use in India”.“The tool gives them capacity to take data-driven and evidence-based decisions regarding the compliance of the provisions of the FCRA, 2010. It has analytical features to conduct big data mining and data exploration,”an MHA official said.HT

Modi govt trying to invade people’s privacy by creating social media hub: Congress
New Delhi:Alleging that the Modi government was “acting like a big brother” and trying to invade the privacy of people, the Congress on Friday claimed that the Information and Broadcasting ministry had floated Rs 42-crore tender to “snoop and put on surveillance” the social media activities of the users.Addressing a news conference, Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi accused the government of “flouting the Right to Privacy with brazen impunity.” “We find a very curious Rs 42-crore tender under which bids are invited from private agencies. This is the worst example of using the taxpayers’ money to snoop on them. The tender is for so-called social media communication hub creation,” he said.“It is the habitual, perennial, repetitive, and ingrained tendency of this government to act as a ‘Super Big Brother’ and to watch you and intrude every aspect of your life, body, and every aspect of your privacy.”

Citizens’ register: Bangladesh not keen on accepting deportees from India
Bangladesh would ask for local identity documents from persons who India would deport once the second list of the National Register of Citizens is made public on June 30, Dhaka's High Commissioner to India, Syed Muazzem Ali, said on Thursday."The deportations, as we exercise it, are for people who have crossed the border and could give us some verification regarding their identity," Ali said during his interaction with mediapersons at the India Women Press Corps in New Delhi.The envoy said that Dhaka and New Delhi had a "peaceful understanding" on Bangladesh's citizens who are in India illegally."We have a peaceful understanding regarding people who have lost their documents, who are either over-stayers or they have committed any trespassing. We carry out a verification of those people," he said.A freedom fighter who played a role in the 1971 Bangladesh War of Liberation, Ali went on, "This is being done in various parts of India. Sometimes, consular officers travel to cities like Kanpur, Nagpur and Chennai to verify migrants."Bangladesh's envoy, however, refused to make a detailed comment on the NRC issue, saying that he would make a statement once the process of deportations start.Approximately 48 lakh residents of Assam, many Muslims living in districts bordering Bangladesh, couldn't make it to the first list of NRC which was released on Dec.31 last year."Most of the people whose names didn't figure in the NRC live in the districts of Barpeta, Duburi, Nagaon, South Cachar, Morigaon and Sonitpur," said Syed Azharuddin, Secretary of Students Islamic Organisation of India, who is leading a fact-finding mission in Assam.National Herald

Shillong: Cop injured, shop torched, house and vehicles damaged in night-long violence
Shillong:Curfew continued in parts of Shillong for the second day on Saturday after night-long violence during which a mob torched a shop, a house and damaged at least five vehicles besides injuring a senior police officer.SP(City) Stephan Rynjah sustained injuries after he was hit by a rod and has been admitted to the Shillong Civil Hospital, a senior police officer on duty said.At least 10 people, including policemen, have been injured in the violence, which has triggered demands that the government take action against alleged illegal settlers in the area.State police personnel were attacked by stone pelters in the restive Motphran area of the city.Teargas shells were used to disperse rioters but people in other parts mistook it for police firing, the officer said.The clashes had begun after a bus handyman was allegedly assaulted by a group of residents of Them Metor area on Thursday afternoon.PTI

Farmers’ agitation: Stir enters second day, vegetable prices surge over dwindling supplies
New Delhi:Demanding remunerative prices for their produce, implementation of the Swaminathan Commission recommendations and farm loan waivers among other things, farmers across the country continued their agitation Saturday as part of a 10-day long nationwide strike.In the wake of the dwindling fresh supplies of farm produce in mandis, vegetable prices at various cities in Punjab and Haryana soared even as the farmers dumped vegetables, milk on roads and blocked supplies to cities. On Friday, agitating farmers stopped supply of vegetables, fruits, milk and other items to various cities against the alleged anti-farmer policies of the Centre.Though the impact of farmers’ stir on price of farm commodities was not visible yesterday, the retail prices of vegetables in several cities climbed in the range of Rs 10-20 per kg on the second day, forcing consumers in cities to pay more for buying vegetables.indianexpress     

CRPF Vehicle, Attacked By Protesters, Runs Over 3 In Kashmir; Police Cases Filed
NEW DELHI/SRINAGAR:  A CRPF vehicle targeted by protesters in downtown Srinagar ran over 3 people in an attempt to get away, triggering a fresh wave of protests and criticism for the government. One of the three who had received serious injuries, later died.The police have filed two First Information Reports or FIRs against the CRPF and unidentified stone throwers. While the stone throwers have been charged for attempt to murder and rioting, the CRPF driver has been charged with rash driving.The incident in Srinagar's Nowhatta area, just a few days before Home Minister Rajnath Singh is to visit the valley, could dampen the centre's renewed efforts to reach out to Kashmiri youth after announcing the Ramzan truce with terrorists.Singh had planned to use his visit to not only review preparations for the Amarnath Yatra due to begin on June 29 but more importantly, signal his intent to engage with all stakeholders including the Hurriyat leaders. The outrage over the latest incident could overshadow the outreach.A police officer said the incident took place when CRPF vehicle, on its way back after dropping a senior officer, ran into a street protest.The outrage over the latest incident could overshadow the outreach.A police officer said the incident took place when the CRPF vehicle, on its way back after dropping a senior officer, ran into a street protest.The sequence of events isn't very clear yet.But video footage that has emerged shows the vehicle encircled by a mob, people trying to force their way into the vehicle and the driver trying hard to get away.Another clips shows the vehicle driving through the hostile group of people who are throwing stones and bricks from close range, and people removing one of the injured.A couple of photographs that made its way to social media showed the vehicle just before it ran over a youth.National Conference leader Omar Abdullah was unsparing in his attack on Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who has not spoken on the incident. "Ceasefire means no guns so use jeeps," he tweeted, asking Ms Mufti if this was the standard operating procedure of dealing with protesters.
Protests erupt in Kashmir after CRPF jeep runs over man in Srinagar 
Srinagar clashes: Youth dies after being run over by CRPF vehicle
SRINAGAR:A civilian, hit by a CRPF vehicle during clashes outside Srinagar's Jamia Masjid, succumbed to his injuries on Friday night, becoming the first casualty since the Centre announced halting of operations in Kashmir 18 days ago.Kaiser Bhat, from Srinagar's Fateh-a- Kadal, succumbed to his injuries at SKIMS hospital, according to hospital officials. He came under the wheels of the CRPF vehicle that was negotiating its way through the protesters hurling stones at it outside the mosque after Friday prayers. "He had suffered a serious chest injury and fractures," according to the hospital.The incident took place on a day when the police decided to keep their men away from the mosque for "peaceful congregation" and "to avoid confrontation after previous Friday's deadly clashes".thehindu

Ayodhya a National Heritage? HC Asks Petitioner to Talk to Centre
A petitioner who demanded that the disputed Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri masjid site at Ayodhya be declared a national heritage was on Friday, 1 June, asked by the Delhi High Court to file a representation in this regard before the Centre.A bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar did not issue notice on the PIL and instead asked petitioner advocate Anu Mehta to make a representation before the Union Ministry of Culture in this regard.The bench said that the Centre may consider the representation and take a decision within three months.PIL has sought a direction to the government to notify and acquire the disputed site and the monument under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act and declare it as the national heritage.It further sought a direction to the Centre to preserve and protect the site, take necessary action "to preserve the monuments -- the ancient temple as well as the mosque -- independently".PTI
Declare Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site a national heritage, says PIL before Delhi HC

Haryana: 3 days after mosque vandalised, villagers say all is well now after 'Muslims agree to use loudspeakers at low volume'
THREE DAYS after a bunch of Hindu youths allegedly disrupted evening namaz at the mosque in Newal village, Karnal, resulting in tension, both the sides have reached a ‘panchayati raazinama’ (compromise). The police have also put any further action on hold against six youths of the village, who were booked in connection with the incident. However, officials said, “a probe was on”. Objecting to the ‘high volume’ of loudspeakers during evening namaz, a group of youngsters of the village had allegedly damaged loudspeakers on the mosque premises Wednesday.The village, with a population of around 4000, is located barely 10 km from Uttar Pradesh’s border, is dominated by Hindus. There are only 10 Muslim families living in the village since Partition. A few Christian families are also settled in the village and a church is being constructed.“This is the first time such an incident has happened. Peace and harmony had always prevailed in our village,” says Yakub Ali, a blacksmith.“We reached a compromise as the village panchayat was held and both the sides gave in writing that the village’s peace and harmony would not be disrupted”, Yakub told The Indian Express. However, he added, “Yesterday, a slanderous video was uploaded by somebody on Facebook. In the video, villagers were passing inflammatory remarks at Muslims inviting reactions from the viewers. We have informed the police about it”, Ali added.“There is a temple and gurdwara in the village, where loudspeakers are used in morning and evening hours. Nobody objects to high volume there. There are some miscreants who incited a group of youth to disrupt namaz. Police know about those people”, Ali said.Imam of the mosque, Ahmad Ashfaq, said, “Nearly two months ago, a villager who was apparently drunk asked me to remove the loudspeaker from the mosque. He also used foul language. But I took it lightly.”Recalling the Wednesday’s incident, a 14-year-old boy, Mohammad Usama, who has come to the village from Uttar Pradesh to deliver a religious lecture, said, “It was scary… the manner in which 15-20 persons entered the mosque, went to the rooftop and damaged loudspeakers.”Haryana DGP BS Sandhu, said, “I have learnt that a compromise has been reached between the 2 parties.”Village’s sarpanch Harbhajan Singh, said, “Peace prevails in the village. It was an unfortunate incident”. Former sarpanch, Pintu Naik, said, “They [Muslims] have agreed to use loudspeakers at low volume”.indianexpress

Praying Muslim men beaten up, mosque vandalised in Haryana's Karnal
Muslims offering Namaz thrashed inside Haryana's mosque

PM Modi visits Hindu, Buddhist temples and mosque in Singapore
Singapore:Prime Minister Narendra Modi today visited Hindu and Buddhist temples and a mosque in Chinatown here, demonstrating the age-old people-to-people contact between India and Singapore.PM, who is here on a 3-day tour, visited Sri Mariamman Temple and participated in prayers.He also visited Chulia mosque which was built by Chulia Muslim merchants from India's Coromandal Coast under the leadership of Anser Sahib. This is one of the earliest mosques in Singapore. The mosque was established in 1826.Modi was presented a green shawl at the mosque.After the mosque, Modi visited the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum. PTI

Azamgarh: Several injured in Dalit-Muslim clash; 3 arrested
Lucknow: 3 persons were arrested on Friday over a clash between Dalit and Muslim groups at Bakhra village in Azamgarh the previous evening. Clash was allegedly sparked over a motorcycle mishap. The three accused, all Muslims, were arrested on the basis of a complaint lodged by a Dalit. At the time of filing this report, police said no complaint was lodged by the Muslim group. While several persons were injured the clash, the condition of one man is said to be critical. According to police, the clash took place after a 17-year-old boy on a motorcycle accidentally hit a 10-year-old Dalit boy. Village head Mohammad Shahid said the Dalit boy was at his uncle’s house on Thursday. “At 6 pm, the boy was playing outside along with other children when the mishap happened. People in the area caught the motorcycle rider and assaulted him,” said Shahid. “They later let him off.”10-year-old and 17-year-old suffered minor injuries. “Some time later, a group, including the motorcyclist’s family members, reached the house leading to the clash,” Shahid said. CO, Phoolpur, Ravi Shankar Prasad said both sides threw bricks at each other. Later, police arrived and cane-charged the crowd to bring the situation under control, he added.ASP, Rural (Azamgarh), Narendra Pratap Singh said around 9 Dalits and 4 Muslims were injured. indianexpress

2 arrested for terror links, remanded to judicial custody
Mumbai: A special MCOCA court on Thursday remanded Faisal Mirza and Allahrakha Mansuri to judicial custody. The Maharashtra ATS had arrested the duo for suspected links with terrorists in Dubai.Advocates Sharif Shaikh and Abhishek Pandey, who appeared for Mirza on behalf of Jamiat-e-Ulema Hind, filed an application before special MCOCA judge V.P. Awhad, alleging that ATS officers during police custody took Mirza’s signature on some blank papers. The lawyers also claimed that the accused was apprehensive that ATS would misuse these signatures. “Mirza is innocent and he has not given any confessional statement. If the investigating officers come up with any confession, it would not be that of Mirza,” said advocate Shaikh.ASIAN AGE

Terror funding: HC dismisses plea of Salauddin’s son
NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court today rejected a plea by Syed Shahid Yousuf, son of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen founder and a ‘specially designated global terrorist’ Syed Salahuddin, challenging an order dismissing his bail in a terror funding case. A bench of Justices S Muralidhar and I S Mehta upheld two orders of a trial court, including one by which his plea for statutory bail was rejected, saying there was no illegality in them.dailyexcelsior

Kerala HC allows young Muslim couple to continue live-in relationship
Kochi: In a landmark verdict, the Kerala High Court on Friday declined to separate a 18-year-old boy and 19-year-old girl who were in a live-in relationship, saying it cannot close its eyes to the fact that such relationships have become rampant in society.A division bench of justices V Chitambaresh and K P Jyothindranath pronounced the judgment while dismissing a habeas corpus petition filed by the girl's father.In his petition, the girl's father alleged that his daughter was in the illegal custody of the boy.Both the girl and the boy are Muslims and hail from Alappuzha district.Dismissing the plea, the bench said it cannot close its eyes to the fact that live-in relationships have become rampant in society and such partners cannot be separated by the writ of habeas corpus.PTI
Mumbai : Muslim groups to boycott RSS iftar party
MUMBAI: Some Muslim groups have called for a boycott of RSS-sponsored iftar party on June 4. Community leaders and activists said the iftar by Rashtriya Muslim Manch (RMM), a wing of the RSS headed by Indresh Kumar, is hypocrisy as the main outfit backs anti-Muslim campaigns of love jihad, mob lynching in the name of cow vigilantism. They said this iftar was a "ploy" to garner Muslim votes in the 2019 elections. This will be RSS's first iftar in Mumbai being hosted at Sahyadri Guest House. "Muslims in the name of love jihad and cow vigilantism. Muslims should stay away from such dinners till the time the RSS drops its anti-Muslim policies," said M A Khalid of All India Milli Council.TOI

17 killed, 11 injured as dust storm hits Uttar Pradesh
Lucknow:Uttar Pradesh was hit by another deadly dust storm that claimed 17 lives and left 11 persons injured on Friday evening.A UP government spokesperson on Saturday said that most of the deaths were caused due to falling of trees and house collapse.Moradabad bore the brunt of the storm, with as many as seven deaths reported from the district, followed by three deaths from Sambhal, the state government spokesman said.Two deaths were reported each from Muzaffarnagar and Meerut, while one death was reported from Amroha.Four persons were injured in Amroha, three in Moradabad and two in Muzaffarnagar, spokesperson said.PTI

Uttar Pradesh: Now BJP MLAs and minister call Yogi’s govt corrupt
Voices of dissent have started emanating from within the Bharatiya Janata Party in Uttar Pradesh, after the party suffered ignominious defeats in the Kairana Lok Sabha and Noorpur assembly bypolls. BJP law makers and ministers in the state government have attacked Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, saying he has failed to end corruption.Two BJP MLAs, one from Ballia and another from Hardoi districts, praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi but blamed Yogi and his government for failing to control corruption, which they say led to this defeat.Suheldeo Bharatiya Samaj Party president and UP cabinet minister Om Prakash Rajbhar too continued to raise his voice against the BJP-led state government government over misgovernance and prevailing corruption.nationalheraldindia

Gauri Lankesh murder case: Suspects hid behind code words, fake names
Bengaluru :From maintaining notes on surveillance to using fake names, feature phones and multiple SIM cards and handsets. The four men arrested in connection with the murder last year of journalist Gauri Lankesh, and for plotting the murder of Kannada writer and critic K S Bhagwan this year, made elaborate efforts to hide their identities, investigations have revealed.The four, who are linked to a radical Hindutva organisation, were taken into custody Thursday by a SIT of Karnataka Police, which is probing the shooting of 55-year-old Lankesh outside her home in Bengaluru on September 5, 2017.indianexpress

BENGALURU: Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) on Friday signed an agreement to smoothly run their coalition government in Karnataka. They have also agreed, in written, to fight the next Lok Sabha elections as pre-poll allies.In the recent Assembly elections for the 224-member House, BJP had won 104 seats, Congress 79 and JD-S 37. At the invitation of the Governor, BJP formed the government but failed to prove majority in the house, leading to the formation of coalition government of Congress and JD-S. Congress supported JD-S chief H.D. Kumaraswamy as Chief Minister and one of its leaders as his Deputy to keep the BJP away from the power. Kumaraswamy was sworn-in as CM and G. Parameswara of Congress as Deputy Chief Minister on 23rd May and the coalition government proved its majority in the House on 25th May. After Friday’s agreement, the cabinet is likely to be expanded in a day or two.caravandaily

Exclusive: Congress-BSP Alliance for MP Polls Nearly Done and Dusted, Says Kamal Nath
In a historic first, the Congress party will have an electoral pact with Mayawati’s BSP in the upcoming Madhya Pradesh polls. The Congress and BSP are also planning a similar tie-up in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh.amal Nath, the newly-appointed Congress chief for MP, confirmed this to The Wire and said he was the one negotiating with Mayawati.The alliance with BSP is done and dusted in principle and the Congress has already got the Gondwana Gantantra Party – which has a tiny hold in eastern MP – on board with the alliance.For the past 20 years, Mayawati has polled a steady 7% vote share across Madhya Pradesh. If you add the Congress vote share in the last elections – 37% – then the Congress and BSP alliance is likely to give the BJP a jolt. The BJP polled 45% of the votes and is facing huge anti-incumbency in MP after being in power for three terms. A recent Lokniti-CSDS survey suggests that anti-incumbency in MP is much worse than in Rajasthan.thewire


US vetoes UNSC resolution on Palestinians; Security Council rejects draft resolution to condemn Hamas for violence
NEW YORK:US on Friday vetoed a UN Security Council resolution on the protection of Palestinians.10 countries voted in favor, while the UK, Poland, the Netherlands and Ethiopia abstained.The draft resolution, submitted by Kuwait on May 18, condemned Israeli violence and called for the "protection of the Palestinian people" in Gaza and the West Bank.The resolution, which was revised three times and was said to have been “watered down”, previously called for international protection for Palestinian people.The final draft called for “the consideration of measures to guarantee the safety and protection of the Palestinian civilian population in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including in the Gaza Strip”.Speaking ahead of the voting, Nikki Haley, the US's UN ambassador, said the resolution Kuwait submitted to the Security Council was unilateral and did not mention Hamas.Later, the Security Council rejected a US proposal calling for condemnation of Hamas for violence in Gaza.The US resolution was opposed by Russia, Kuwait and Bolivia while 11 countries abstained from voting.The US resolution called for condemnation in the strongest terms of the May 29 rocket attacks from Gaza on Israel which harmed its civilian infrastructure. Since March 30, at least 118 Palestinian demonstrators have been martyred and thousands more injured by Israeli army gunfire near the Gaza-Israel security fence.Anadolu Agency
UNSC rejects US draft resolution on Gaza

US veto a ‘moral blunder’: Palestinian foreign minister
RAMALLAH:Palestine’s foreign minister on Saturday blasted the U.S. veto of a UN resolution calling for the protection of Palestinians as a “moral blunder”.The U.S. veto “is another moral blunder … and political blindness,” the official Wafa news agency quoted Riyad al-Malki as saying. “It ignores the international consensus on the crimes and practices committed by Israel and is completely biased.”Anadolu Agency

OIC slams Israel’s approval of new settlement units
CAIRO :Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Saturday condemned Israel’s approval of the construction of 2,070 settlement homes in the occupied West Bank.“The continuation of the illegitimate settlement policy represents a blatant violation of international law,” OIC Secretary General Yousef al-Othaimeen said in a statement.  He said the Israeli settlement building “was a challenge to the international community and relevant UN resolutions”. He went on to call on international stakeholders to “shoulder their responsibility toward enforcing UN resolutions and bringing Israel to accountability over its continuing assaults and violations of Palestinian rights”.  Anadolu Agency
Israeli forces kill nurse running to treat Gaza wounded
Razan al-Najjar was killed by Israeli live fire during the protests east of the south Gaza city of Khan Younis, according to Palestinian health officials.21-year-old volunteer paramedic died of a gunshot wound to the chest, the Palestinian health ministry said.A witness said she was shot while running towards the fortified fence to help a casualty.Wearing a white uniform, "she raised her hands high in a clear way, but Israeli soldiers fired and she was hit in the chest", the witness told Reuters news agency. Palestinian medical sources say more than 100 other protesters were wounded, 40 of them with live fire.For more than two months, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have been protesting along the fence with Israel demanding their right to return to the homes and land their families were expelled from 70 year ago.Al Jazeera's Harry Fawcett, reporting from the rally in Gaza, said the demonstrations "showed no signs of ending"."These protesters have once again been met with live fire from Israeli forces and repeated, very heavy use of tear gas as well," he said.aljazeera
Israeli forces shoot dead Palestinian in occupied West Bank
Israeli forces have killed a Palestinian man in the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron. Residents identified the man as construction worker Ramy Sabreen, 36, who was working on a site in the old city of Hebron when he was shot on Saturday, according to the Palestinian news agency WAFA.Citing eyewitnesses, WAFA reported that Sabreen was shot after he did not hear the Israeli soldiers' commands to stop his vehicle, which was being used at the construction site. The witnesses told WAFA that Sabreen did not pose a threat to the soldiers.  The Israeli army said in a statement that the man was shot after he attempted to "run over" soldiers with his vehicle. It added that no soldiers were injured.  aljazeera

Saudi threatens military action against Qatar over S-400: report
Saudi Arabia, one of the countries blockading Qatar, has threatened military action against its Gulf neighbour if it acquires the Russian-made S-400 air defence system, French daily Le Monde reported on Friday.In a letter addressed to President Emmanuel Macron of France, Saudi King Salman expressed his "profound concern" with talks under way between Moscow and Doha for the sale of the advanced anti-aircraft weapon system.Saudi monarch, who asked that France increase its pressure on Qatar, said he was worried about the consequences of Doha's acquisition of the mobile surface-to-air missile system which he said threatened Saudi security interests.  "[In such a situation], the Kingdom would be ready to take all the necessary measures to eliminate this defence system, including military action," King Salman was quoted as saying in the letter, whose content Le Monde obtained via a source close to Elysee Palace.aljazeera

Catalonia government sworn in, ending Madrid's direct rule
Nationalists regained control of Catalonia's regional government as a new cabinet was sworn in, automatically ending just over seven months of direct rule from Madrid by Spain's central government.The cabinet led by Quim Torra, a close aide to former Catalonia leader Carles Puigdemont, took over on the day Socialist Pedro Sanchez, who has said he wants talks on Catalonia but opposes any independence referendum, was officially sworn in as new Spanish prime minister. aljazeera

Egypt's Sisi sworn in for second term in office
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has been sworn for a second four-year term in office as the country faces major economic and security challenges. Sisi took the oath on Saturday in front of members of his government, after winning 97 percent of valid votes in the March presidential election.Sisi, who as army chief ousted Egypt's first freely-elected president Mohamed Morsi, won his first term in 2014 with less than half of the eligible voters casing their ballot. The former military commander received 96.9 percent of the votes.aljazeera

Denmark passes law banning burqa and niqab
Denmark has joined several other European countries in banning garments that cover the face, including Islamic veils such as the niqab and burqa, in a move condemned by human rights campaigners as “neither necessary nor proportionate”.In a 75-30 vote with 74 absentees on Thursday, Danish lawmakers approved the law presented by the centre-right governing coalition. The government said it is not aimed at any religions and does not ban headscarves, turbans or the traditional Jewish skull cap.But the law is popularly known as the “burqa ban” and is mostly seen as being directed at the dress worn by some Muslim women. Few Muslim women in Denmark wear full-face veils.The justice minister, Søren Pape Poulsen, said it would be up to police officers to use their common sense when they see people violating the law, which comes into force on 1 August.theguardian

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Gujarat Riot Literature: The Narrative Tool of Surveillance and Its Mystical Aftermath
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