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21 June ND: Demonetisation: Bank with Amit Shah as director collected highest amount of banned notes among DCCBs/ 69% youth feel communalism, jingoistic politics major threats

21 June 2018:06 Shawwal 1439: Vol:10, No:48
Demonetisation: Bank with Amit Shah as director collected highest amount of banned notes among DCCBs
Mumbai:A district cooperative bank, which has BJP President Amit Shah as a director, netted the highest deposits among such banks of old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes that were abruptly demonetised on November 8, 2016, according to RTI replies received by a Mumbai activist.Ahmedabad District Cooperative Bank (ADCB) secured deposits of Rs 745.59 crore of the spiked notes — in just 5 days after PM  Narendra Modi made the demonetisation announcement. All district cooperative banks were banned from accepting deposits of the banned currency notes from the public after Nov.14, 2016, — 5 days after demonetisation — on fears that black money would be laundered through this route. According to the bank’s website, Shah continues to be a director with the bank and has been in that position for several years. He was also the bank’s chairman in 2000. ADCB’s total deposits on March 31, 2017, were Rs 5,050 crore and its net profit for 2016-17 was Rs 14.31 crore.Right behind ADCB, is Rajkot District Cooperative Bank, whose chairman Jayeshbhai Vitthalbhai Radadiya is a cabinet minister in Gujarat CM  Vijay Rupani’s govt.It got deposits of old currencies worth Rs 693.19 crore. Interestingly, Rajkot is the hub of Gujarat BJP politics — PM  Modi was first elected from there as a legislator in 2001.Incidentally, the figures of Ahmedabad-Rajkot DCCBs are much higher than the apex Gujarat State Cooperative Bank Ltd, which got deposits of a mere Rs 1.11 crore.“The amount of deposits made in State Cooperative Banks (SCBs) and District Central Cooperative Banks (DCCBs) — revealed under RTI for first time since demonetisation — are astounding,” Manoranjan S. Roy, RTI activist who made the effort to get information, told IANS.RTI information was given by Chief General Manager and Appellate Authority, S. Saravanavel, of National Bank for Agriculture & Rural Development (NABARD).It has also come to light, through the RTI queries, that only 7 public sector banks (PSBs), 32 SCBs, 370 DCCBs, and a little over 3-dozen post offices across India collected Rs 7.91 lakh crore — more than half (52%) of total amount of old currencies of Rs 15.28 lakh crore deposited with RBI.IANS
 Bank with Amit Shah as director collected highest amount of banned notes among DCCBs
Panama Papers: Among new names, telecom czar’s son, a business couple
New Delhi: 3 weeks before Panama Papers were published in April 2016, internal email exchanges in Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca revealed names of UBOs (ultimate beneficial owners) of some previously registered companies, new records show.Among them is KBM Global Limited, a company registered in British Virgin Islands (BVI) by Mossack Fonseca in December 2008. Email exchanges between March 16 and March 17, 2016, show that the BO (beneficial owner) of the company is Kavin Bharti Mittal, founder and CEO of Hike Messenger and son of telecom czar Sunil Bharti Mittal. His Amrita Shergill Marg, New Delhi address is mentioned in the email exchanges where the name of the BO has been inserted. While KBM Global Limited figures in International Consortium of Investigative Journalists’s’database as a Mossack Fonseca company listed in the Panama Papers, there is no “officer” named. The only details available until April 2016 (when Panama Papers were published) is that the Secretary or the intermediary of the company was Minerva Trust Company Limited and its shareholder was Minerva Nominees Limited, holding 94 shares.A second company, Anten Resources Incorporated, was shown as another shareholder of KBM Global Limited.In the new records, there are 2 other sets of documents linked to Mittal and KBM Global Limited. The first shows that on October 31, 2016 — 6 months after the Panama Papers — a notice was published by British Virgin Islands Financial Services Commission with the information that the registered agent of the company had been changed from Mossack Fonseca to Harney’s Corporate Services Limited, both located in Tortola in the BVI.indianexpress
69% youth feel communalism, jingoistic politics major threats
Mumbai: A majority of Indians in the working-age feel that the world has become more divided in the past 3 years, with religious differences and nationalist politics being the biggest threats, says a survey."Nearly 69%  millennials in the country say the world is more divided now than it was in 2015. More than five in ten believe it will be more divided by 2030," a survey conducted by remittances player Western Union said today.The millennials, or those born between 1980 and the late 1990s, feel religious differences and nationalist politics are the biggest threats to global citizenship and borderless societies, followed by the fear of immigrants and racism, says the survey. Survey comes at a time concerns over divisive politics and social polarisation which are visible in instances like lynching and other hate crimes, hog national and international headlines.The survey says worldwide, the millennials point out to racism and a fear of immigrants as the biggest threats to globalization, but in India, religious differences and nationalist politics trump other threats.To achieve global citizenship and eradicate social discrimination, the millennials seek a respect for diversity as the top most priority, followed by adaptability, being socially responsible and cross-cultural awareness or the ability to embrace new cultures.PTI
PM turns a blind eye as corruption-asana grips yoga institute under AYUSH ministry? National  herald
His real age is not known to anyone but he changed his name at least 15 times. His biodata describes him as  a person who loves music, dramatics and science fiction. He has trained more than 80,000 people in yoga. According to his own claim, he has delivered 1,000 lectures in 320 national, international seminars on Yoga. He was also the master of ceremonies on the first International Yoga Day on June 21, 2015, when PM  Narendra Modi had quipped that Rajpath had turned into Yogapath. He has taught yoga for 28 years now, but he began his career as a part-time yoga instructor in Karnataka University, Dharwad, and has ended up becoming the lifetime director of the premier institute of yoga in India, Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga (MDNIY). As many as 200 complaints have been sent against him to various ministers in the Modi Govt , yet nothing seems to have touched him.He is Ishwar V Basavaraddi, the director of (MDNIY) which comes under Ministry of AYUSH.Established in 1998 with the purpose of promoting yoga across the country, the institute has become “Bhrashtachar ka adda” (hotbed of corruption) under Basavaraddi, alleged a whistle-blower, who did not wish to be named. Whistle-blower, who worked as an assistant professor of Yoga with MDNIY for over 5 years, said Basavaraddi not only promoted corruption and favoritism in the institute, but also he bagged the post of the director using corrupt means. Basavaraddi, who is considered to be close to AYUSH Minister Shripad Naik, had used fake degrees and educational certificates at the time of his appointment, claimed the whistle-blower.A copy of his degrees and RTI reply which substantiate the claims is in the possession of National Herald. According to information obtained through an RTI query, Basavaraddi’s service book is also missing from the records. “AYUSH minister knows about all of this, but nothing has been done so far,”alleged whistle-blower, adding that many complaints were sent directly to PM but to no effect. nationalheraldindia
JD(U) to keep distance from Yoga Day event
Patna: JD(U) distanced itself from International Yoga Day celebrations in Bihar today.The state health dept, headed by BJP functionary Mangal Pandey, has organized a mass yoga session in association with art, culture and youth affairs department at Pataliputra Sports Complex in Patna today. Governor Satya Pal Malik, deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi and a number of state and Union ministers, including Ravi Shankar Prasad and Ram Kripal Yadav, will attend the event. But there is no official announcement of JD(U) national president Nitish Kumar's participation in any event being organized in the state on the occasion.JD(U) state chief Bashishth Narayan Singh said yoga is also practised indoors and it should not be associated with "someone's participation". "People have been doing yoga in their homes as well. Yoga has been a part of India's culture and PM Modi's appeal is also appreciable. However, yoga can be done anywhere," he said.TOI
Muslim Man ‘beaten to death’ in Jharkhand over ‘beef rumours’
Ramgarh: The death of a Muslim man under mysterious circumstances at Rajrappa on Tuesday could rake up yet another controversy over beef in Ramgarh.Touhid Ansari (45), a resident of Karma village, allegedly met with an accident, after which meat, reported to be beef, fell out of the dickey of his bike. A few hours later, he was found dead metres away from the site.“Around 9am, a bike met with an accident. 3 hours later, we received information that a body had been found,” officer in-charge of Rajrappa police station Sachida Prasad Singh said.The body was identified by Touhid’s family, who came across gruesome images of the body on social media and got in touch with police.Touhid’s father Khalil lodged an FIR at the Rajrappa police station on Tuesday night, saying that his son had died after he was “mercilessly beaten up”. The family alleged the body bore severe bruises and even acid burns. Touhid is survived by his wife, 2 daughters and a son. His family said he used to do odd jobs for a living and suffered from facial paralysis.Asked how the events played out, Singh said, “Our investigation indicates that the two incidents are separate and unrelated.” However, in FIR, Khalil mentioned the registration number of the bike Touhid was on and it was the same as that of the bike the police had confiscated from the accident spot.Singh added the bike belonged to one Mohd Hamid. Touhid’s family said the bike’s ownership had been transferred to Touhid in an agreement. “The death of my brother Touhid Ansari is one of conspiracy. If the bike was hit by a vehicle, shouldn’t the police try and trace it? I think his murder was pre-planned, that he was allowed to leave the site of the accident and then killed. His body was dumped in broad daylight. Given the atmosphere now, we think he might have been lynched,” his brother Naushad Alam Ansari said.TOI
Muslim Man Brutally Thrashed to Death Over Beef Rumours, Meat Seized Sent For Examination
‘Will die to save cows’: Lynching exposes fault lines in Hapur
“If police implicates our husbands in false cases, we women will go and protect our cows. We can sacrifice our lives for gau raksha,” says Santosh Sisodia, as the other women gathered in her courtyard nod along in agreement.Santosh’s husband, Rakesh Sisodia, is one of the two men who were arrested on charges of lynching 39-year-old Qasim and critically injuring 65-year-old Samiuddin in Hapur, UP .Rakesh and Yudhisthir Singh were arrested on the basis of an FIR filed at the Pilkhuwa police station by Samiuddin’s brother, Yasin.The police claim that the incident is a case of “road rage” and that Qasim and Samiuddin had a fight with unidentified bike-borne men, following a minor bike accident.However, residents of the two villages – the Thakur-dominated Bajhera Khurd and the neighbouring Muslim-dominated Madapur – insist that the brawl broke out over cattle.Samiuddin's niece, Arifa, alleged that the “Hindu men deliberately left the cows stray into the field so they could accuse our men of planning to slaughter them”. She said: “The Hindu men were saying our men were slaughtering cows. But these are elderly men, how can they slaughter cows?”“There was no cow involved,” Qasim’s younger brother, Mohammed Salim, insists.Salim said that Qasim, a cattle trader from Saddikpura village, visited Bajhera Khurd for the first time that day.He said Qasim left the house at around 11 am that morning after he received a phone call. “He often used to go to nearby villages to sell cattle, so none of us paid attention that day. A few hours later, the police informed us that he has been rushed to a hospital after being brutally assaulted by a mob in a nearby village”.This is a matter of "communal enmity," Salim alleged.“Hindu men gathered and killed my brother because he was a Muslim.There was no cow involved.They are bringing up the cow issue to hide their crime. Even in the video, you can hear that they refused my brother water because he was Muslim.”The Quint
‘Humiliated’ inter-faith couple get passports after narrating their ordeal on Twitter
Lucknow:A Noida-based couple were issued passports today, a day after they narrated on Twitter how they were subjected to humiliation by an official at Regional Passport Office in Lucknow.The passport official who allegedly shamed and humiliated the inter-faith couple asking woman to adopt a Muslim surname and her husband to convert to Hinduism while rejecting their passports, has been transferred from his post, after the issue took social media by storm. A show cause notice was also issued against the official identified as Vikas Mishra, said regional passport officer Peeyush Verma, promising action against him.The issue came to light when Tanvi Seth reached out to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday through Twitter, complaining that she has faced harassment at the passport office for having a Muslim husband and was chided for not changing her surname after marriage.While Ms. Seth had gone there for a new passport, her husband Anas Siddiqui wanted to renew his.“I type this tweet with immense faith in justice and in you and ironically with a lot of anger/ hurt and agony in my heart because of the way I was treated at the Lucknow passport office at Ratan Square by Vikas Mishra the reason because I married a Muslim and not changed my name ever. He spoke to me very rudely and was loud enough for others to hear while discussing my case,”Ms. Seth’s Twitter post read. Siddiqui said the passport official asked him to change his name into a Hindu one and also take “pheras.”“It is my personal choice to choose a name I want to after marriage. This is our family matter and last thing I expected to hear at the passport office was it is your duty to change your name after marriage,” Ms. Seth wrote tagging Ms. Swaraj.The couple have been married for 12 years and they have a 6-year old daughter.According to Ms. Seth, the official not only rejected her application but also put her husband’s application on hold. “He spoke very loudly. I did not have that big a problem that my passport was being rejected, the way he spoke to me, his hand gestures were very attacking,” she said. She also claimed another official told her husband that her papers were complete.After the matter escalated, the couple’s applications were processed and passports were issued on Thursday.the hindu
Passport Officer Rejects Hindu-Muslim Couple's Application, Asks Man to Convert to Hinduism
Lucknow Passport Officer Defends Treatment of Hindu-Muslim Couple, Cites 'National Security'
Regional passport officer Vikas Mishra, who was transferred to Gorakhpur for harassing an inter-faith couple, claimed on Thursday that the questions asked were a part of his duty as difference in documents could pose a “danger to national security”.The accused superintendent said, “I asked the lady about why she has not endorsed her name in the nikahnama, and asked her to use the she had mentioned in the Islamic marriage certificate. Anyone can up with such documents and it can be a danger to our national security. I am a secular person and do not hold any grudges against anyone.” Expressing regret over the inconvenience faced by Lucknow couple, RPO Peeyush Verma said that they should not have been subjugated to such harassment.News18
Rohith Vemula’s mother blames PM Modi for his death
Hyderabad: The mother of Rohith Vemula, a research scholar at the University of Hyderabad who committed suicide two years ago due to alleged caste-based discrimination, on Wednesday blamed PM Narendra Modi for her son’s death and refuted allegations that she was offered money to speak against him.“It is absolutely false that I was paid by IUML to speak against Modi. What is the need for it? I would anyway speak against him as he killed my son,” said Radhika Vemula. “This is how the Sangh forces try to defame us. I am ready to support anyone who fights against BJP.”Her statement came hours after BJP accused “opposition parties” of “using Vemula family for political gains”. She clarified that IUML had promised to help them with funds to build a house but it had nothing to do with her campaigning for the party in Kerala. “My support was based on their ideology and their fight against the BJP,” she said. IUML took a dig at BJP saying it was playing cheap politics and trying to defame Muslim league.TOI
IUML not trying to convert my son: Radhika Vemula
Tension prevails in Bihar's Kishanganj after communal flare-ups; 10 taken into custody
Patna: After 2 incidents of violence between groups of people belonging to different communities over the past two days, tension prevailed in Bihar's Muslim-dominated Kishanganj district on Wednesday and ten people were taken into custody. Kishanganj SP Kumar Ashish said exchanges on the social media were being strictly monitored and that the administration is taking all care to prevent the flare-ups from turning into a major communal incident."Efforts were made by some anti-social elements to disturb communal amity at two places, but the situation was swiftly brought under control at both the places. Magistrates and policemen, including RAF jawans, deployed at sensitive sites are keeping a vigil, and normalcy is returning," said Ashish. A clash between two communities was reported in Himmatnagar area under Kochadhaman police station on Monday evening. Police said the clash first erupted over a song being played at a wedding party. As many as 10 people, including 2 women, were injured in the clash. It is unclear if this clash had a link to the incident on Tuesday morning. 10 injured people being treated at a local hospital were taken into custody as they were named in an FIR registered after the clash.New Indian Express
Communal violence rocks Vadodara again, cops lob teargas shells to disperse rioters
Vadodara: Communal violence rocked the walled city areas yet another time late on Tuesday night when mobs of two different communities pelted stone at each other.Trouble first broke out in Panigate area and soon it spread to Yakutpura and Fatehpura where the rioting mobs even attacked the cops. One state reserve police (SRP) man received injuries while a citizen too was attacked near Sarasiya Lake by some unidentified persons. No arrests have been made yet.“Mobs of different communities first pelted stones at each other in Panigate. The cops reached there and took the situation under control but after some time trouble broke out in Yakutpura and Fatehpura too. Our teams reached Yakutpura where they came under the attack from the mob,” said DG Sosa, police inspector, City police station. A SRP jawan, Sanjay Rao, who was on duty, suffered injuries after someone pelted a stone at him. The police lobbed three teargas shells to disperse the mobs. Eight residents of Yakutpura have been booked in connection with the incident. Also, a separate complaint of attempt to murder has been registered at the City police station against about 4 unidentified persons who attacked and injured Kapil More near Sarasiya Lake when he was on his way to his home.When asked the reason behind the communal clashes, Sosa said that it was a fallout of the communal riots that happened near Nyay Mandir on June 16 during Eid. TOI
Top Opposition leaders attend Jamiat Eid Milan in Delhi
An Eid Milan reception hosted by Jamiat-e-Ulema Hind faction led by Maulana Arshad Madni on June 20 in Delhi, turned out be an occasion of gathering of top Opposition leaders of North Indian states. The reception at Hotel Ashok became more significant as leaders from all the major political parties ensured their attendance. Every year, leaders of political parties attend Jamiat’s annual Eid Milan reception, but this year it was important for non-BJP political parties as this was the last Eid Milan reception before the next general elections in 2019.Maulana Arshad Madni said “Unity in diversity is the spirit of our country and we need to uphold it in true spirit”. He urged everyone to safeguard the communal harmony of this country. Ex-Vice President of India Hamid Ansari attended the reception along with leaders and representatives from different walks of life. Also present were ex-CM  of UP  Akhilesh Yadav, ex Deputy CM  of Bihar Tejashwi Yadav, CM  of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal, CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, BSP leader Satish Chandra Mishra, Trinamool Congress leader Dinesh Trivedi, JD(S) leader Danish Ali and AAP leader Sanjay Singh.Several senior Congress leaders including Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ahmed Patel, Ashok Gehlot, Deepender Hooda, Haroon Yusuf, Chaudhary Mateen, Hasan Ahmed, Meem Afzal, Nadeem Javed, Mirza Javed, Tariq Siddiqui and others were present.The President of Jamat-e-Islami Hind Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Umri, Asghar Imam Mehdi of Jamiat Ahle Hadees, Tauqeer Raza of Barelvi, Acharya Pramod Krishan, Swami Agnivesh, Sirajuddin Qureshi, President of Mushawarat Naved Hamid, activist Shabnam Hashmi, senior journalist John Dayal and other senior journalists and social activists attended the Eid Milan reception.nationalheraldindia
Kejriwal, Akhilesh, Tejashwi Attend Jamiat’s Eid Milan
Meet with IAS officers delayed, Kejriwal attends Jamiat's ‘Eid Milan Reception’ day before leaving for Bengaluru
Jamiat enraged over offensive posts on Prophet, threatens stir
Muzaffarnagar:Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind has threatened to launch statewide agitation if police and administration do not take stringent action against people posting objectionable content on social media about Prophet Muhammad. The outfit’s west UP secretary, Qari Zakir, has met SSP and demanded that the accused in such cases must be booked under NSA.In the last one week, three incidents of inflammatory social media content have been reported in the communally sensitive district, creating tension and unrest among communities. In 2 of these cases, police have arrested the accused.“There is clear indication that some forces are hell-bent on disturbing communal harmony in the region. If strong action is not taken against such forces, we will launch a large scale agitation,” said Zakir. “These are preplanned incidents. There are people who want to hurt the community’s sentiments and police must not allow them to do so. We met SSP on Monday to demand imposition of NSA on those who are posting such messages on social media. SSP has assured us that strong action will be taken against such elements. If police do not keep their word, we will first launch a statewide agitation and will then extend it to the entire country,” Zakir said. TOI
UN rights report on Kashmir: 6 countries back India, isolating Pak
UN: 6 countries have joined India in rejecting the report prepared by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).They are:Bhutan, Afghanistan, Mauritius, Belarus, Cuba and Venezuela. During th 'General debate on the overall update of the High Commissioner on the situation of Human Rights worldwide and on the activities of his office' at the Human Rights Council, the Kashmir report was discussed, these 6 nations rejected the report authored by Zeid Raad Al Hussein.While Pakistan's permanent representative to UN in Geneva, Farukh Amil, made an ardent appeal on behalf of his own country to establish a commission of inquiry in J&K , he did not have much to add when he spoke on behalf of OIC (Organisation of Islamic Cooperation).OHCHR report on J&K  also points to a grave situation in Indian Administered Kashmir and needs appropriate follow up by this council," said the Pakistan envoy on behalf of OIC.In its first-ever human rights report on Kashmir, UNHRC has called for international inquiry into multiple violations in the undivided J&K .UNI
Pakistan welcomes UN rights report on Kashmir dubbed by India as ‘motivated’
Pakistan has welcomed the recommendation by UN High Commissioner on Human Rights to establish a Commission of Inquiry (COI) to investigate alleged human rights violations in J&K . Foreign Office (FO) in Islamabad said that Pakistan’s Permanent Representative at UN Office at Geneva Ambassador Farukh Amil made the statement at UN Human Rights Council.He stressed that excessive use of force, indiscriminate killing of civilians and blindings by pellet guns in J&K  must be investigated, the FO said.Referring to the UN human rights report, he stated that Pakistan had long sought the UN’s sustained focus on J&K  and the latest report reaffirms Pakistan’s well known position on J&K .“COI is consistent with Pakistan’s several calls to this effect since 2016, even as India has continued to ignore legitimate demands for a credible probe mechanism,” Amil said.He also endorsed the UN’s call for a final political solution of the J&K  dispute through meaningful dialogue in accordance with the aspirations of the Kashmiri people.He said that the UN had a key role to play in the resolution of the J&K  dispute and within the ambit of peace and security, the UN Security Council remains seized of its numerous resolutions on the dispute.The latest UN report is a reminder of this internationally recognised dispute and the urgency of its settlement, both to protect human lives and promote peace, the FO said.PTI
US backs India, dismisses third-party role in resolving Kashmir dispute
Dismissing the possibility of any third-party playing a  role in resolving the Kashmir dispute, US on Wednesday reiterated that it is for India and Pakistan to determine any discussion on the issue. US response assumes significance in the wake of Chinese Ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui’s suggesting trilateral cooperation between India, China and Pakistan under the aegis of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation. Responding to a question, a State Department spokesperson made it clear that the US has not changed a policy on Kashmir.“We believe the pace, scope and character of any discussion on Kashmir is for the two sides to determine,” he added.India TV News
Looks like BJP doesn’t want a popular govt in J&K: Wajahat Habibullah
New Delhi: 2 days after the BJP pulled out of the alliance with PDP in J&K,ex-chairman of National Minorities Commission and a one-time J&K IAS cadre officer Wajahat Habibullah said that it looked like BJP did not want a popular Govt . “Democratic interests demand that elections be held as soon as possible, but then it is quite possible that the central Govt  keeps on extending the Governor’s rule. It looks like they don’t want a popular Govt ,” he told News18. News18
Anti-terror operations in Kashmir under BJP caused more civilian deaths than of militants: Ghulam Nabi Azad
A day after BJP snapped their alliance with PDP in J&K  and promised intensified action against militancy in the state, senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad made an allegation saying that anti-terror operations in the Kashmir Valley under the BJP Govt  have resulted in more civilian deaths than of militants.On Wednesday, CNN-News18 quoted Azad as saying, "They take action against 4 terrorists and also kill 20 civilians. Their action is more against civilians than terrorists. For instance, they killed 13 civilians in Pulwama and just one terrorist," Azad said in an interview. "No civilians were killed during UPA Govt."He also said that 'Operation All-Out', which was a joint offensive launched by Indian security forces in 2017 to flush out militants and terrorists from Kashmir, was just another name for a "full-fledged" massacre.firstpost
BJP was greedy for power in J&K, but decamped after spreading anarchy, says Shiv Sena
Attacking BJP over its exit from J&K  Govt , Shiv Sena said the party had spread anarchy in the state before opting out.In an editorial in its mouthpiece ‘Saamana’, Sena said BJP formed the Govt  with PDP only for “greed” of power, and compared its exit to British decamping from India in 1947.Sena slammed BJP for pinning the blame of rising violence solely on PDP. “BJP opted out of power after spreading anarchy in the Valley. The situation has never before deteriorated to this extent, rivers of blood have never flown so extensively, and never have so many soldiers lost their lives before,” Sena alleged.HT
Yasin detained, Mirwaiz placed under house arrest
SRINAGAR: JKLF chief Yasin Malik was today detained while moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was placed under house arrest to prevent the separatists from leading protests, police said.Malik was taken into custody from his Maisuma residence this morning, a police official said.Hardline Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani continued to remain under house detention.PTI
With Snipers, Radars, NSG Commandos Reach Kashmir For Anti-Terror Ops
New Delhi:  At Border Security Force camp at Humhaha near Srinagar, now seen training are commandos of elite National Security Guard, a special forces unit under the Home Ministry. Wearing their trademark black uniform, these special commandos perform drills along with other security forces to build synergy. About two dozen snipers from NSG's house intervention teams (HIT commandos) have been training here since the last two weeks. In some time, the Home Ministry hopes to have 100 NSG men positioned at the BSF station. "Since they specialise in anti-hijack drills, they have been placed near the airport," a senior officer disclosed.NSG commandos, whose presence in Kashmir was cleared last month by the Home Ministry, will soon be deployed in anti-terror operations in the Valley.ndtv
Bukhari murder:Suspect held, no link with killers found
Srinagar:J&K  Police have detained a suspect in the assassination of senior journalist Shujaat Bukhari and his 2 personal security officers. Police sources, said they have not been able to find any tangible link between him and the attackers so far.Police sources said Abdul Majeed Zargar, a resident of Saderkote Payeen in Bandipore, has been detained for questioning. Sources said that on the day Bukhari was shot, Zargar was with Zubair Qadri, another suspect who has been arrested, for the whole day.Police sources, however, claimed that the suspect is a drug addict and doesn’t seem to have any link with the assailants.indianexpress
India bans offshoots of al-Qaeda, IS under UAPA:PTI
Centre has banned new offshoots of the al-Qaeda and the Islamic State under the anti-terror UAPA, according to an official order.Both al-Qaeda in Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) and the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham-Khorasan (ISIS-K), an Afghanistan-based affiliate of IS, have been declared unlawful by Union Home Ministry as they were found to be radicalising Indian youths for “global jihad” and encouraging terror acts on Indian interests, it said.ISIS-K is also known as Islamic State in Khorasan Province (ISKP)/ISIS Wilayat Khorasan,order said.
Campaign to provide clothes to Dalit Adivasi children in Maharashtra during Ramadan a huge success
TCN last month published a story which showed a unique attempt to bring a smile to the faces of Dalit and Adivasi children during Ramadan. Since that day, the phone of Subhan Ali, the man behind the mission, has not stopped ringing. Even though Ramadan is over, he is still getting phone calls from people who are eager to donate. Ali says, “Our target was to provide new clothes to 10,000 Dalit and Adivasi children but we never thought it would be achievable. But after your news report, we have received so much media coverage and support from people. We have already provided clothes to about 3,000 people and we are confident we will meet our target.”Since the beginning of Ramadan, the volunteers working with Subhan Ali have nearly covered 20 districts till date. “This activity will be running next 10 to 15 days in parts of Maharashtra, with the highest activity visible around Pune. We will achieve the target of ten thousand Inshallah,” Ali added.According to Ali, taking care and providing timely assistance to marginalised section is humanity. “Our religion Islam and beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) taught us the same,” he added.A. Latif Shaikh, a volunteer from Nasik, told TCN that they visited an Adivasi village to distribute clothes among their children. “It was really a memorable experience…Adivasi people were surprised and asked about our generosity. We replied that Prophet (PBUH) taught us that Muslims should share the happiness of Eid with downtrodden by gifting or feeding them,” he said.TwoCircles
Togadia’s plan to launch new outfit irks RSS
At a time when Bajrang Dal and VHP are very upset over being labeled as “militant religious organisations” in CIA world fact-book, Sangh Parivar leadership is annoyed by ousted VHP chief Pravin Togadia’s plans to launch a new "religious cum social" activist organisation on June 24.Ever since he was unceremoniously ejected in April from VHP of which he had been the international working president since 2011, Togadia has been on the radar of RSS for his irritating, and often bizarre, efforts to whip up support for his proposed parallel Hindutva movement from the numerous fringe outfits and groups which form part of the Sangh Parivar.Although neither BJP nor RSS leaders expect Togadia to make any significant impact, they are getting exasperated by his capacity to create confusion at the grassroots level particularly among groups of karyakartas in small towns and rural areas who still regard him as a major Hindutva figure who has been associated with the VHP for more than three decades.nationalheraldindia
People will defeat BJP-RSS agenda to change Constitution: Sharad Pawar
Mumbai:NCP chief Sharad Pawar has said the agenda of BJP and its political mentor RSS is to “change the Indian Constitution, but the people of the country will not allow it to happen”. Stressing that the Indian Constitution will not be allowed to change, Pawar said, “NCP has taken the lead in saving the Constitution and would oppose all those forces who are trying to tamper with it.”Ex-PM, Indira Gandhi’s leadership and upliftment of the poor gave India a global identity, yet her decision to impose Emergency went against the public sentiments. The people of this country taught her a lesson. Along with Congress Govt, Indira Gandhi lost the elections, Pawar said.indianexpress
Mamata Banerjee says BJP has tampered EVMs in the past and will do so in future
Kolkata:West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee warned her party leaders and workers that the BJP has tampered with EVMs in the past and can do so again in future. Cracking a whip against indiscipline, the chief minister also stated that those who undermine the party may leave.“If any of our party leaders think that he is bigger than the party, he may leave, the door is open. I have been getting reports that a section of leaders is busy in infighting and corruption. Some are paying no heed to party orders. I will not tolerate this,” said Banerjee. Addressing the party’s extended core committee meeting at the Netaji Indoor stadium in Kolkata, Banerjee told MLAs, MPs, civic body chiefs, winning candidates of gram panchayat, panchayat samiti and zilla parishad, to be prepared for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. In her speech, she said, “Beware. The BJP has tampered with EVMs in the past and can do so again in the future…..In recent polls in Mahestolla, 30 machines (EVMs) mysteriously broke down. In future polls (Lok Sabha) they will use such tactics to win.”indianexpress
Jashodaben snubs Anandiben over PM’s marriage remark
Gandhinagar:In an apparent snub to MP Governor Anandiben Patel over her remark that PM  Narendra Modi was not married, Jashodaben, the estranged wife of the PM , said that “she was shocked at Anandiben’s statement.”“It’s shocking what she said about our marriage,” Ms. Jashodaben said, adding that Modi himself had mentioned about his marriage in his election affidavit in 2014.“He has declared in his affidavit that he is married and has mentioned my name in the document as spouse,” she said while reacting to Ms. Anandiben’s statement reported in media.thehindu
Likely to depute aircraft for Haj flights: Air India suspends Chandigarh-Bangkok bookings from July 13 to Sept-end
Chandigarh:National carrier Air India has temporarily suspended bookings for Chandigarh-Bangkok flights for travel dates starting July 13 to September end as the airline is planning to depute the aircraft for Haj flights. Officials said if the airline announces the suspension of the flight, the passengers who have already booked their tickets on the dates will be provided flights from New Delhi.As on Wednesday evening, on the Air India website, booking for the Chandigarh-Bangkok-Chandigarh flight was unavailable after July 13. No direct flight to Bangkok is available from Chandigarh till September end. Sources in the Air India confirmed to Chandigarh Newsline that the bookings have been temporarily suspended because the aircraft used for Chandigarh-Bangkok sector may be shifted for Haj operations.A Delhi-based Air India official told Chandigarh Newsline on Wednesday that the headquarters are yet to take a final call on the temporary suspension of the Chandigarh-Bangkok-Chandigarh flight for the period. Official, however, said that bookings have been suspended.indianexpress
Dalit Women Rights Activists Present Report on Atrocities at UNHRC
 New Delhi: Dalit Women Rights Activists today presented witness accounts of the state of affairs of caste based violence faced by women and girls in India, to UNHRC, in its 38th session in Geneva.The report aims to find recommendations for policy and implementation, within the UN and beyond and ‘forge new alliances and partnerships and agree on international level strategies to help fight caste based violence and impunity in India’. A panel of experts hearing the testimonies at Geneva, include Ms Rita lzsak-Ndiaye, member of UN CERD Committee, who presented her first her first comprehensive report on caste based discrimination as a global phenomenon to the UNHRC in 2016, Ms Dubravka Simonovic,UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women and Ms. Vrinda Grover, Senior Advocate Supreme Court of India.The report states how dalit women are protesting against impunity in connection with a spate of rapes and violence against Dalit women in Haryana, UP, Bihar, Orissa and Maharashtra, and believe that the police is involved.‘Girls, their families and people from their community have been camping out and protesting in New delhi for months - demanding justice. They are afraid to return to their village in fear of violent reprisals from the dominant castes.’ it states.thecitizen
Celebrated Urdu satirist Mushtaq Ahmed Yousufi dies
Karachi:Mushtaq Ahmed Yousufi, celebrated Urdu satirist and humourist of the Indian subcontinent, has died after a protracted illness in Pakistan's port city of Karachi. He was 94. He was admitted to a private hospital few days back after contracting pneumonia and later put on a ventilator as his health deteriorated.Yousufi died yesterday. A large number of people including top literary figures attended his funeral today. Born in Jaipur in 1923 and educated at the AMU, Yousafi migrated to Pakistan in 1956 and became a career banker.PTI
Trump reverses course on separation of migrant families
US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that would keep families together after they get detained crossing the border illegally.The order was drafted by Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in an effort to end what has become a major crisis for Trump administration. "We're going to have very strong borders but we are going to keep families together," the president said, adding that he doesn't like seeing children separated from their families. However, he also said that the 'zero tolerance' policy on illegal immigration will continue.The order marks a dramatic departure for an administration that has been insisting, wrongly, that it has no choice but to separate families apprehended at the border because of law and a court decision.aljazeera
UN: Syrian forces committed war crimes in E. Ghouta
Forces loyal to Syria's Govt committed what amounted to crimes against humanity, including deliberately starving civilians, during the siege of Eastern Ghouta, UN investigators said on Wednesday.5-year siege, on the outskirts of the capital, ended in April when Damascus regained control of the rebel enclave."Following the end of the longest running siege in modern history, the UN Commission of Inquiry [on Syria] has condemned this method of warfare in Syria as barbaric," the UN investigators said in a statement.The commission, tasked by UN Human Rights Council in March to urgently investigate recent events in Eastern Ghouta, released a 23-page report filled with horrific details of civilian suffering.The investigators slammed the widespread use of sieges throughout Syria's 7-year conflict, which has killed over 350,000 people."Hundreds of thousands of Syrian women, men and children countrywide have suffered for too long the perverse and long-lasting effects of this medieval form of warfare," the report said.aljazeera
Israeli law criminalising publishing video of Israeli soldiers passes first reading
A draft Israeli law that criminalised filming Israeli soldiers engaged in activities including confrontations with Palestinians passed its first reading in the Knesset.“For many years already the state of Israel has witnessed the troubling phenomenon of the documenting IDF soldiers…by anti-Israel and pro-Palestinian groups”,bill’s explanation stated. “Documentation (of soldiers) is biased and edited in a one-sided way with one purpose: To undermine the morale of IDF troops and residents of Israel”. Bill was passed in its first reading by a 45-42 vote. 3 readings are required to pass into law.MEMO
Israeli army carries out punitive demolition of Palestinian prisoner’s family home
Israeli occupation forces carried out a new punitive house demolition overnight, destroying the family apartment of Palestinian prisoner Alaa Kabha in Bartaa village near Jenin. Kabha is accused by Israeli occupation authorities of having carried out a car-ramming attack at an occupation army post near a West Bank settlement on 17 March, killing 2 Israeli soldiers.According to reports, some 20 Israeli army vehicles invaded Bartaa, with the demolition carried out by soldiers from the army’s Menashe Regional Brigade, officers from the Border Police and officials of Defense Ministry’s Civil Admin.MEMO
Libya clashes at oil ports cut output by nearly half
Libya's oil output has dropped by nearly half following clashes between rival groups in the country's key oil export ports, the head of National Oil Company said on Wednesday. "Production has seen a reduction by 450,000 barrels per day, plus 70 million cubic feet of natural gas, equivalent to $33m in sales based on market prices," Mustafa Sanalla told AFP.The Ras Lanuf and Al-Sidra terminals have been closed since last Thursday when armed groups attacked oil facilities held by forces loyal to renegade general Khalifa Haftar in eastern Libya. Haftar's self-styled Libyan National Army has since launched an offensive to push the militias out of the area, with the violence causing "catastrophic damage", according to the state oil company.aljazeera
UN: 5,200 families flee fighting in Hudaydah
UN announced on Tuesday that the ongoing fighting and air strikes in the Yemeni city of Hudaydah since the beginning of this month have led to 5,200 families fleeing their homes.“Our humanitarian colleagues report that heavy fighting and air strikes are continuing in several locations in Hudaydah City and districts south of city,” said Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for UN Secretary-General. “An estimated 5,200 families have fled the fighting since 1 June, moving to safer areas within their home districts or neighbouring areas.”middleeastmonitor
‘UN rejected offer of supervisory role in Hudaydah,’ claims Houthi leader
UN was offered a supervisory role to monitor the port of Hudaydah but rejected the proposal, the leader of the Houthi rebels claimed in a live broadcast on Al-Masirah TV yesterday. “We welcomed a supervisory, technical and logistical role of the UN at Hudaydah,” said Abdul Malik Al-Houthi, “but they are liars, they just made baseless justifications.”The broadcast came after more than a week of fighting by the Saudi-led coalition for the Houthi-controlled port. The coalition continues to accuse the Houthis of using Hudaydah to smuggle weapons from Iran despite, its warships monitoring the Bab El-Mandeb Strait. There has been no evidence to suggest that the Houthis are receiving arms via the port.UN envoy Martin Griffiths arrived in Houthi-held Sana’a last Saturday to meet with leaders of the group and convey the conditions laid down by the UAE regarding the ongoing fighting at Hudaydah. However, on Monday, sources close to the discussions in the Yemeni capital told Anadolu that the talks had failed to achieve any tangible breakthrough.middleeastmonitor
32 ‘armed extremists’ killed in Sinai: Egyptian army
At least 32 militants have reportedly been killed in a wide-ranging security operation carried out by the Egyptian army in the northeastern Sinai Peninsula.“Operations in recent days have led to the elimination of 32 armed extremists in two separate incidents in north and central Sinai,” the army said in a statement without providing further details.Anadolu Agency
Afghan official says Taliban kill 8 police
Taliban killed 8 police in two separate attacks in Afghanistan on Thursday, officials said. Arif Noori, a spokesman for the governor of the southern Ghazni province, says 6 police were killed and 4 were wounded in an attack on security posts early Thursday. He says at least 7 insurgents were killed in the hours-long gunbattle.In the northern Baghlan province, the Taliban killed two police and wounded another 3, according to police spokesman Zabiullah Shuja.AP
Qatar used a pro-Israel businessman to pay Zionist Organization of America $100,000: Haaretz/JTA
A pro-Israel businessman doing public relations work for Qatar donated $100,000 to the Zionist Organization of America out of money Qatar paid him to engage in “community engagement.” Joseph Allaham, an owner of kosher eateries, said his donations to ZOA, a conservative pro-Israel group, came out of $1.45 million intended by Qatar to woo Jewish and other leaders to its side in its dispute with Saudi Arabia, Mother Jones reported. Allaham disclosed the payments in a filing last week to register as an agent of a foreign Govt.Morton Klein, the ZOA president, told Jewish Insider on Wednesday that he had been under the impression that the money came from Allaham’s own pocket. Klein said that if he determined the funds came from Qatar, he would return them.Klein, in the past a sharp critic of Qatar, visited the country earlier this year at its invitation. He has said he used the visit to express his concerns about the country’s support for Hamas, its closeness to Iran and the hostility to Israel on Al Jazeera. He has insisted multiple times, including to JTA, that he received no compensation for the visit beyond travel expenses.Allaham in his filing said he also gave $100,000 to Our Soldiers Speak, a group that organizes US speaking tours for Israeli military personnel, as well as $50,000 to Mike Huckabee, who visited Qatar. Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas, is an evangelical preacher who is prominent in the Christian pro-Israel community.haaretz/JTA
Iran's elite Guards warn against compromise with US                                  
An Iranian military chief cautioned that reaching any understanding with Washington, as suggested in a letter signed by a group of political activists, would spell the end of the Islamic republic."Today everybody knows that striking an understanding with US means the death of Islamic republic," said General Mohammad Ali Jafari, commander of the elite Republican Guards, quoted by ISNA."While we are not saying that it (letter) amounts to treason, we must say that it opens the way to making concessions to the enemy," he said.A pro-reformist newspaper, Etemad, on Sunday ran an article on a joint letter addressed to "senior authorities" from around 100 Iranian activists calling for Tehran to make "a gesture" towards direct negotiations with its longtime enemy.AFP
Ending Alliance With PDP May Not Help BJP in 2019:Soroor Ahmed
Governors Rule: The Reasons Are Not Simple But As Complicated as Kashmir Itself;Seema Mustafa
Article 370: Can Modi revoke it before 2019 and will it heal or hit Kashmir’s ties with rest of India?theprint
'Bangladeshis – Hindu or Muslim – Staying Illegally in Assam Post-1971 Will Have to Go':Sangeeta Barooah Pisharoty
The Yoga Sutra Is Incompatible With Modern Postural Yoga, and Science:S.K. Arun Murthi
Fear and Loathing in New India: Assam Lynching and Its Aftermath:Sampurna Bordoloi and Pinak Pani Datta
Every time Governor’s Rule has been imposed in J&K, situation has worsened, alienation has grown:Firdous Tak
Farmers were marketing props in the PM’s self-promoting ‘interaction’: VIVIAN FERNANDES
Tamil Nadu on boil again over land acquisition for Chennai-Salem Highway ASHLIN MATHEW

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