24 September 2018

24 Sept ND:SC asks 8 states, 1 Union Territory to file replies on mob lynchings within 2 weeks/ 'Wrong to brand everything concerning Islam anti-women': Lawyer Flavia Agnes hails darul qaza/ Day after bail in hospital case, Kafeel Khan, brother Arrested in 9 yr old Bank Fraud Case, Family Says Charges False

24 Sept. 2018: 13 Muhram 1440: Vol: 11, No:10
SC asks 8 states, 1 Union Territory to file replies on mob lynchings within 2 weeks
The Supreme Court today asked 8 states and one union territory, who have not complied with the apex court’s earlier order on mob lynchings and cow vigilantism, to file their replies within two weeks, reports said. The SC has taken a serious note of the fact that only nine of the 29 states and two of the seven UTs have so far complied with its July 17 order giving a slew of directions to deal with mob violence and cow vigilantism incidents across the country.On July 17, the SC, while decrying incidents of lynchings, had asked the Parliament to come up with a law to deter such crimes and warned that if the reports are not filed then home secretary of defaulting state will have to appear in person before the court.A bench headed by CJI Dipak Misra condemned cases of mob-lynching and called the incidents “horrendous acts of mobocracy” which cannot be allowed to become a new norm and asked states and union territories to give wide publicity to its orders and to put it up on their websites so as to spread the awareness. Senior Counsel Indira Jaising, appearing for one of the petitioners Tushar Gandhi, requested that the SC to direct the states to disclose the names of the organisations accredited by them as the Societies for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals under Rule 3 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals  Rules, 2001, livelaw.in reported.While hearing a plea by activist and Congress leader Tehseen Poonawala, who is pressing for an anti-lynching bill or Masuka  (Manav Suraksha Kanoon) and Tushar Gandhi, the court also directed the Rajasthan Govt  to file an affidavit explaining the action it had taken against police personnel facing allegations in the case of lynching of one Rakbar Khan in Alwar on July 20.newsx
SC asks states, union territories to comply with its order on cow vigilantism, lynchings
SC refers plea against female genital mutilation to Constitution Bench as Bohra Women body says  female circumcision is not FGM
New Delhi:The Supreme Court on Monday referred to a 5-judge Constitution Bench petitions seeking a declaration that the practice of female circumcision or ‘khafz,’ prevalent in the Dawoodi Bohra sect, amounts to “female genital mutilation” and is a violation of women’s right to life and dignity. A 3-judge Bench of CJI Dipak Misra, Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud observed that the issue deserved to be examined by a Constitution Bench.Earlier, during hearings, Justice Chandrachud had observed that circumcision leaves a permanent, emotional and mental scars in a young girl.CJI had orally observed that the Constitution does not allow a person to cause injury to another. The Bench had said that the practice should be tested in the light of constitutional morality.However, senior advocate A.M. Singhvi, appearing for 70,000 Bohra Muslim women under banner of Dawoodi Bohra Women’s Association for Religious Freedom (DBWRF) in favour of ‘khafz,’ said the practice was essential to religion and has been continued since 10th century.DBWRF secretary Samina Kanchwala said, “The SC has today upheld the voice of a large section of Dawoodi Bohra women in India... we have maintained that female circumcision is not FGM and we will continue to clear the misconceptions that the two practices are the same.”More recently, Nafisa Vahanvati, the widow of former attorney general of India Goolam Vahanvati had approached the SC in support of female circumcision and the right of the Dawoodi Bohra women to practice their religion.The Hindu
Triple talaq ordinance challenged in Bombay HC
Mumbai: Central Govt’s ordinance criminalizing instant Triple Talaq has been challenged in the Bombay High Court. The petition says the provisions of the ordinance are “illegal, null, void, unreasonable and arbitrary”.As per a report in LiveLaw.in, a former municipal councillor, a city-based NGO and an advocate jointly approached the Bombay High Court on Friday challenging provisions of the ordinance.The petition was moved by a former municipal councillor and social worker Masood Ansari, NGO ‘Rising Voice Foundation’ and advocate Devendra Mishra.“The very construction of the ordinance shows that it selectively targets men from the Muslim religion. The provisions of the ordinance are violative of fundamental rights of Muslim men,” the petitioners’ lawyer, Tanveer Nizam, said.caravandaily
'Wrong to brand everything concerning Islam anti-women': Lawyer Flavia Agnes hails darul qaza
To dissect the uproar and shed light on the reality of how darul qazas operate, IndiaSpend spoke with Flavia Agnes, a leading women’s rights lawyer and co-founder of Majlis, a legal and cultural resource centre that campaigns for and provides legal representation to women and children. Studies have shown that the main beneficiaries of Islamic alternative dispute resolutions largely consist of women, agitating for divorce, land and other family disputes. With each court visit costing litigants on average Rs 350 per day (25 % of earnings for those with a household income of less than Rs 100,000 per annum), many lower-income and subsequently disempowered individuals can feel financial barriers block their path to justice.In an email interview, Agnes explains why at a time of heightened Islamophobia, we must avoid politicised readings of darul qazas in order to fully understand how the communities themselves are using and potentially benefiting from their work. Agnes said, "An impression seems to have been created that this move to set up darul qazas in every district is driven by an objective to undermine the impact of the recent constitutional bench ruling in the triple talaq (Shayara Bano vs Union of India) case, which had declared triple talaq invalid last August. But this premise has no basis since darul qazas have been functioning in India for a long time.For instance, Imarat-e-Sharia in Patna,which has a well-oiled alternate dispute resolution mechanism, was set up in 1920 and has a broad network of darul qazas across many north Indian states.At that time, there was no controversy around the setting up of this institution. Additionally there are also darul qazas run by muftis who are not affiliated to any darul qazas. In fact, the AIMPLB does not have the monopoly of setting up darul qazas. Any learned mufti who is socially conscious may set up a darul qaza to help resolve family disputes." She continued,"Right now, there is so much Islamophobia and fear of ‘the other’, because we do not know about the traditions, customs and practices of Muslims. Through our ignorance, we are branding everything concerning Islam as anti-women. We can all visit a darul qaza and find out for ourselves how disputes are resolved before making erroneous and invalid presumptions about them. This might help to clear the air."She added, "I have visited around 8 that are functioning and each one said more women approach them than men. A few of these stated that around 95 % are women. This is because when a Muslim woman faces domestic violence she often prefers to go to a darul qaza to dissolve her marriage rather than the family court. In a darul qaza, women feel more comfortable since they are familiar with the culture, understand the language. Also, darul qazas offer expeditious and cheaper options to resolve family disputes, than civil courts."Indiaspend.org /FIRSTPOST
Day after bail in hospital case, Kafeel Khan and Brother Arrested in 9 yr old Bank Fraud Case, Family Says Charges False
Dr Kafeel Khan, who was out on bail in a case related to the death of infants at a state-run hospital in Gorakhpur last year, and his elder brother Adeel Khan were arrested on Sunday in a 9-year-old fraud case.A case of forging documents was registered against Adeel and Kafeel Khan at the Rajghat police station by Gorakhpur resident Muzaffar Alam in 2009. Complainant accused Adeel Khan and Dr Kafeel Khan of opening a bank account in Union Bank of India in 2009 under his name using fake documents and forged signatures.The matter is being investigated by SSP Shalabh Mathur.“We found the complaint to be true as the bank account was opened in the name of Mohammad Faizan using the photograph of the complainant Muzaffar Alam. As per the complaint the accused also made transactions of Rs 2 crores from the same account,” said SSP Mathur.Local police sources in the Rajghat police station told The Citizen, “Both brothers have been arrested, but we are not aware of the location where they are being held.”Dr Khan’s re-arrest comes two days after he was released on bail after being arrested on charges of creating a disturbance and ruckus at a district hospital in Bahraich. According to the police Dr Khan was arrested on Saturday allegedly for arguing with doctors and causing a hindrance in the treatment being given to patients at the hospital. He was later released on the orders of the magistrate. Khan’s family shared posts on Facebook relating to his arrest and that of his brother, accusing the UP police of framing false charges. The statement by the family states that Khan was going to organise a press conference about the wrongdoings of Baharich district hospital authorities,and to explain the cause of death of 79 kids.But, he was arrested from the hospital even before press conference could be organised.thecitizen
Day after bail in Bahraich case, Dr Kafeel, brother arrested in another  case
Sanjiv Bhatt not allowed to move court, says his wife; SC terms allegations serious
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday termed as "serious" the allegations made by the wife of arrested former IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt that he was not being allowed to sign any document in custody to enable him approach the SC.A bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and Navin Sinha said the Gujarat Govt  should file a reply to the allegations levelled by Shweta Sanjiv Bhatt in her petition, on or before Oct4."Before we go into the merit of the case, we would like Gujarat Govt  to respond to the allegations. According to us, the issue raised is serious as it pertains to allegation made against the state that it is preventing a citizen to approach us," the bench said.Advocate Divyesh Pratap Singh, appearing for Shweta Sanjiv Bhatt said they have also challenged the remand of Bhatt, who was arrested by the Gujarat CID on Sept. 5 in connection with a 22-year-old case of alleged planting of drugs to arrest an advocate."We are not on remand at present. We are not on individual hardship. If a citizen is not allowed to come to court and his wife has to come before us, then it's a very serious issue," the bench said.At the outset, the bench asked Bhatt's lawyer to read the averments made in the petition and said it had taken note of it.Singh said Bhatt was not allowed to sign any documents including Vakalatnama for filing an appeal against the high court order.PTI/UNI
Amit Shah: 100 crore infiltrators entered country, eating it like termites
Raising the issue of National Register of Citizens (NRC) ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, BJP president Amit Shah Sunday said “infiltrators have entered the country” and are “eating it like termites”.Hitting out at Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and Delhi CM  Arvind Kejriwal at a rally in Ramlila Maidan, Shah said the 2 speak out in favour of illegal immigrants because they care only about vote-bank politics. He also asked them to clarify their stand on NRC, which is being updated in Assam. Addressing Purvanchal Mahakumbh event, organised by Delhi BJP, Shah said, “Are you bothered because of illegal immigrants in Delhi or not? Should they be thrown out or not?100 crore infiltrators have entered our country and are eating the country like termites. Should we throw them out or not? But as we start talking about uprooting them,Rahul Gandhi and others start to crow.They (illegal immigrants) enter here, throw bombs and kill innocent citizens of the country.Should we not protect human rights of our people?”He also hit out at Kejriwal, saying that he lies and has not done any work for the city. Kejriwal promptly responded on Twitter and challenged Shah to a debate at the same venue. “I challenge you, come let us have a public debate at Ramlila Maidan before the people of Delhi,” he tweeted.indian express

BJP trounced in Punjab local polls: Congress wins 2682 seats, BJP 65
Chandigarh:BJP of PM  Narendra Modi faced almost a rout in the local body elections in Punjab, with the party winning only 65 out of 3252 seats that went to poll. Its local ally Akali Dal also received a drubbing as it could win 371 seats. On the other hand, the ruling Congress party won 2,682 seats.AAP also made a poor performance. While it could not win a single seat in Zila Parishad, it won 20 seats in Panchayat Samiti.The elections were held for 353 seats of Zila Parishads and 2899 seats of Panchayat Samitis across the state.Out of 353 seats of Zila Parishad, Congress won 331 seats and 2351 seats out of 2899 of Panchayat Samitis. BJP won 2 and 63 seats in the 2 layers respectively.The humiliating defeat of BJP, amidst a controversy manufactured around the Pakistan visit of Congress leader and minister in the state Navjot Singh Siddhu. Lots of TV debates were conducted in bid to brand Siddhu and his party ‘unpatriotic’, but they left little impact on the ground.Just months ahead of Assembly polls in four states, the defeat could not be a good news for the saffron party.caravandaily
After massive Congress victory in Punjab civic polls, Lok Sabha sweep expected
MP: Minister in Shivraj Govt quits BJP, will join Congress; report
ABP News has reported on Monday  that Padma Shukla, a minister in the Madhya Pradesh BJP Govt  led by Shivraj Singh Chouhan, has quit the BJP and will join the Congress party.Shukla, who is the Madhya Pradesh Public Welfare Board chief, will meet state Congress President Kamal Nath Chhindwara today and take membership of Congress party, said ABP News.A minister quitting the party with just two months to go for assembly elections, will come as a huge blow to the BJP and affect party worker’s morale.nationalheraldindia
Dadri-Lynching Accused to Contest Lok Sabha Polls From Noida on Navnirman Sena Ticket
New Delhi: Just days after Shambhulal Regar, accused of killing and setting a Muslim man on fire in Rajasthan, was offered a ticket to contest Lok Sabha elections by UP ’s Navnirman Sena, the political outfit has courted fresh controversy with its decision to field the Dadri-lynching accused Rupendra Rana from Noida.Rana, one of the 19 accused of killing Mohammad Akhlaq in UP’s Dadri, who spent two-and-a-half years in jail, is currently out on bail. He will contest 2019 polls from the Gautam Budh Nagar constituency in Noida.Confirming the move, Amit Jani, president of the UP  Navnirman Sena, was quoted by Times of India as saying: “Rana is the perfect person to protect cows as he has spent two-and-a-half years in prison for the respect of gaumata [cows].“ Referring to Akhlaq’s role in mob lynching over suspicion of consuming cow meat, Jani added that instead of making “false promises” on cow protection, Rana had “proven his commitment to cows in 2015.”thewire
M.M. Joshi-Led Panel Asks PMO for 'Rajan List' of High-Profile NPA Fraud Cases
New Delhi: PM  Narendra Modi,currently battling allegations of crony capitalism over the selection of inexperienced billionaire Anil Ambani as an offset partner in the Rafale deal, is in the midst of another big crisis.PMO has been issued a notice by the estimates committee of the Lok Sabha to depose before it and share with the parliament the “Rajan list”, a note that red-flags a list of high-profile fraud cases of non-performing assets for “coordinated investigation” and was given to PMO by the former governor of RBI.The notice to PMO was sent ten days ago by the chairman of the estimates committee, veteran BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi. The notice also asks the PMO to share what action has been taken by the Modi Govt  in terms of coordinated investigation into corporates committing frauds with bank funds. Ex-RBI chief Raghuram Rajan had told the PMO that it should set an example and act as a “deterrent” if a “high profile fraud NPA was made an example of”.Significantly, Rajan, in his note to the committee, says he was “unaware” of action taken, if any, on those who he had listed as his term as RBI governor was not renewed by the Modi Govt .The Wire reached out to Joshi seeking his comments over several days but he refused any comment.The Wire
Rafale Deal: Congress seeks probe, moves CVC
Continuing its battle against the Modi Govt  over the controversial Rafale deal,a Congress delegation on Monday met the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) seeking a probe into the alleged corruption in the inter-Govt al defence deal to procure 36 fighter jets.An 11-member delegation led by Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad, met CVC KV Chowdary and submitted a memorandum claiming that the Rafale deal has emerged as India's "biggest defence scam". Accusing the Govt  of causing loss to the public exchequer and endangering national security by bypassing state-run HAL in favour of some businessman “friends” for the lucrative offset contract.The delegation comprised senior Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ahmed Patel, Anand Sharma, Kapil Sibal, Randeep Singh Surjewala, Jairam Ramesh, Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Manish Tewari, Vivek Tankha, Parmod Tiwari and Pranav Jha.nationalheraldindia
Aligarh 'Encounter': Cops Trying to 'Implicate' Deceased in Kasganj, Muzaffarnagar Riots
After killing 2 Muslim youths in an alleged encounter on September 20 morning, the Aligarh police has now detained women folk of their families and is likely to declare them as "fugitives" from West Bengal and "implicate" the two in the Kasganj and Muzaffarnagar communal riots.It may be noted that the police had received a lot of flak for inviting the media to shoot and witness the live 'encounter'. This is probably the first shootout case in the country where the media was asked an hour earlier to reach the spot and film the entire episode. According to the Pravesh Rana, SHO of Atrauli police station, the police have found enough evidence that the family had fled from Balrampur in Purulia,West Bengal, a few years ago and the two who have been gunned down by the police were involved in recent Kasganj and Muzaffarnagar riots. "Family members are not cooperating with the police in the investigation. They are also not providing us any document related to their address proof nor are they letting us talk to another family member Nafees," Rana said, claiming that family member stopped Nafees from speaking every time he tried to say something.20The family, however, says that Nafees is mentally unstable.newsclick
India at UN: Pak’s ‘one-trick pony’ act on Kashmir has no resonance on multilateral platforms
Amid an escalation of tensions between India and Pakistan, India said “one-trick pony (Pakistan)” can continue to rake the Kashmir issue at the high-level 73rd UN General Assembly session that begins Tuesday, but “single act plays” have no resonance on multilateral platforms like UN.Addressing a press conference, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin said UN General Assembly session is a global platform to address global issues, yet each country is sovereign and can do what they feel is in their best interests. “If somebody else would like to be a one-trick pony, it is for them to regurgitate and act. We have handled this act many times in the past and are confident that we will do so again. Single act plays have no resonance in such matters. Anybody can try and be a solo player. However solo players in a multi-lateral context have neither the past or a future.”indianexpress
‘Not all of them are terrorists’: Pakistan on Burhan Wani postal stamps
After India cited the release of postal stamps by Pakistan “glorifying” slain Kashmiri militant commander Burhan Wani as one of the 2 reasons for cancelling of ministerial-level talks, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said, “hundreds of thousands of people are fighting in Kashmir, not all of them are terrorists.”Addressing a news conference on Sunday at the Pakistan Embassy in Washington, Qureshi said India’s reluctance to hold talks with Pakistan will not stop Islamabad from closing doors on its peace efforts. “Hiding away from issues will not make them disappear. It will not improve the situation in Kashmir,” he was quoted as saying by the ‘Dawn’ paper.Qureshi also alleged that Sushma Swaraj’s “language and tone was unbecoming of a foreign minister”, the report said.“We did not use a non-diplomatic language in our rejoinder. Our response was matured and measured. They adopted a new approach, and moved back,” he said.Asked if tensions between India and Pakistan could lead to a war between the 2 countries, Qureshi said “Who is talking of war? Not us. We want peace, stability, employment and improving lives. You identify where is the reluctance”. Qureshi said that Pakistan’s desire for peace should not be mistaken for a sign of weakness. “We want peace. It does not mean, we cannot defend ourselves against aggression. We can but we do not have an aggressive mindset,” he said.The foreign minister also reiterated Pakistan’s offer to open the Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara corridor for allowing Sikh pilgrims from India to visit the historic gurdwara on the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak.indianexpress
J&K: A soldier , 3 militants killed in anti-infiltration operation in Kupwara
New Delhi; A soldier was killed and 3 militants were gunned down Monday by security forces in an ongoing anti-infiltration operation in Kupwara district of J&K  along the LoC. 2 militants were killed last night in the same operation.“3 more terrorists have been killed today as the Army foiled an infiltration attempt along LoC in Tangdhar sector (Kupwara district),” PTI quoted an Army spokesman as saying. “One gallant soldier has been martyred in the operation,” the spokesman said, adding the operation is in progress.indianexpress
Maulana Khursid Ansari shot dead in Nepal, assailants flee to India
Kathmandu: A man was shot dead on a broad daylight in southeast Nepal by four unidentified assailants who escaped to India, police said Friday.The assailants were suspected Indian criminals, they said.The deceased has been identified as Maulana Khursid Ansari, a social worker and the chairman of a local school management, police said.The incident took place Thursday at Harinagar area, 14-km from Indo-Nepal border, in Sunsari district.The assailants came in a motorcycle and shot dead Ansari before escaping to India, police said, adding that the reason behind the murder is not known yet.As the gunmen were fleeing to India, they also shot at a police constable, Shiva Poudel, who had tried to stop them at Ghuksi Bazaar, according to Kathmandu Post.The injured constable was taken to Dharan for treatment, it said.Meanwhile, the local people took to the street to protest the killing. The protestors said they will not allow police to collect the dead body until the culprits are arrested. Ansari was also the vice-chairman of the Nepal Muslim Society.PTI
Maulana Ansari shot dead in Nepal: Indian Express
Dalit activist’s murder exposes toxic caste divide in Himachal
“Anth to ek din Raavan ka bhi ho gaya tha (Ravana was also killed eventually). This is what a resident of Dubor village in Shillai block had to say about the murder of Kedar Singh Jindan, a dalit lawyer, a BSP politician and RTI activist on Sept. 7.The murder has brought to the fore a toxic caste divide in Himachal, where incidents of caste violence are rare. In Dubor, members of the Rajput caste can barely hide their joy at what they described as “good riddance” to a man “known for encouraging Koli (a dalit caste) men to marry Rajput women”. At the same time they are vehement it was not a murder but an “accident”. The scene of the alleged crime is Bakrash, a village 20 kms off the Paonta Sahib-Shillai road, close to Paab, Jindan’s native village, but in several villages of Shillai,responses were similar.Police have registered a case of murder and under the SC/ST(Prevention of Atrocities) Act, and arrested three persons – deputy sarpanch of Barkash Jai Prakash, and 2 more suspects, Gopal Singh and Karam Singh aka Kaku.Jindan was allegedly beaten up at Block Primary Education Office in Bakrash, and then run over by a Scorpio driven by Jai Prakash, better known in the area as JP.In June, Jindan held a press conference in Shimla, alleging that Jai Prakash’s brother Rajeev Chauhan had managed to get a Govt  job on the basis of a “fake BPL card” with the help of Jai Prakash. indianexpress
W.Bengal:2 killed in Islampur: BJP leader held for ‘inciting violence’ against policemen
Kolkata : North Dinajpur BJP chief Shankar Chakraborty was arrested on Sunday, hours after he addressed a public meeting in the violence-hit Daribhit area, where he called on people to “retaliate” against the police and “tie them to trees”.2 men had died of bullet injuries on the grounds of Daribhit high school after a clash between police and local residents on Sept.20 over appointment of teachers. Polytechnic college student Rajesh Sarkar and Islampur college student Tapan Burman — both 19 years old and former students of Daribhit high school — died on Sept.20 and 21 respectively. “If policemen come here, tie them to a tree. If policemen are thirsty and ask for drinking water, give water to the dogs but not to them. If you see injured policemen on the road, take injured cows and buffaloes to hospital but not them. If you see children of policemen lying on the road, do not take them to hospital. Do not allow police to enter this area. Socially boycott the police,” Chakraborty had told people during the meeting.“Keep sticks, bamboo poles ready and women should have bontis ready. Thwart the police,” Chakraborty added.Later, Chakraborty defended his remarks.indianexpress
Gujarat: Fight over DJ music snowballs into communal riots near Borsad
Vadodara/ Anand: A verbal spat over loud DJ music between two groups snowballed into clashes between mobs of two communities in Pipli village of Anand’s Borsad taluka during Ganesha immersion procession on Sunday.Sources said that the groups resorted to stone pelting clashed after dispute over playing music and bursting fire crackers near a mosque located in the village. The processions were going on peacefully in the morning. Earlier, in the day, two mandals had already taken out immersion processions from the same route that passes from the heart of the village. But fight erupted when a Ganesha mandal, with youth from the Darbar community, took out a procession from near the masjid.There was a heated altercation the mandal members and a group from the minority community standing outside the mosque. Soon, a group allegedly started abusing members from the minority community. Situation turned ugly when some members of the procession threw stones on the mosque, police said, adding this led to heavy stone pelting.The stone pelting which had started at around 12 noon continued for nearly 30 minutes. It was only after teams from local crime branch, special operations groups and additional force rushed to the spot that the situation was brought under control.TOI
Gujarat: Man lynched over suspicion of theft, 5 held
Gandhinagar:A 50-year-old unidentified man was lynched by residents of Harigadh village near Danta in Gujarat’s Banaskantha district on Saturday night over suspicion that he stole jewellery. 5 persons have been arrested on murder charges in this connection.Those arrested have been identified as Amrat Prajapati, Shiva Prajapati, Dashrath Prajapati, Jayanti Prajapatiand Babu Prajapati.“Last night, around 10 pm, I got a call from Babu that they had caught a person attempting theft in the house of Amrat. When we reached the spot, 50-year-old man was dead as he had been beaten up after being tied to a tree. There was a mob of around 40-50 villagers. We detained the 5 present at the spot. They were arrested today by Local Crime Branch which is probing case,”said police official BK Goswami.indianexpress
UP: 6 killed in Moharram-related incidents
Lucknow:With law-enforcing agencies having a tough time averting clashes during Moharram processions, at least six people were killed and around 50 others injured in separate incidents related to Moharram across the state in the last 24 hours.There were around 6 incidents in which tazias caught fire that left several people with burns while some youths suffered injuries while doing aerobics during the procession.In Ballia, Moradabad, Allahabad and Amroha, tazias were reduced to ashes after catching fire on coming in contact with overhead electric wires.dailypioneer
8 Killed, Schools Closed as Heavy Rains Cause Havoc in Himachal, Punjab
8 people were killed and hundreds, including school students, remained stranded across Himachal Pradesh on Monday after incessant rainfall for third consecutive day triggered landslides and snapped over 200 road links, officials said, adding that a 'high alert' had been issued for Kullu.3 people were washed away near Manali late on Sunday night when their vehicle fell into the swollen Beas River. Two were washed away in the Parbati River in the Manikaran Valley, while one girl died near Bajaura. Both incidents occurred in Kullu, one of the worst-affected by flash floods.Meanwhile, schools in most districts of the state were closed as a precautionary measure due to continuing moderate to heavy rains. People residing in low-lying areas, especially in Kangra, Chamba, Kullu and Mandi districts, are being evacuated, officials said. They are also being asked to remain alert due to rising water levels in rivers and streams.Punjab Govt , too, has issued a ‘red alert’ in the wake of heavy rains in the state.news18
Himachal news: Heavy rains continue, 8 killed; five faculty members of IIT-Mandi go missing
Maldives Opposition candidate Solih wins Prez poll, India calls it ‘triumph of democratic forces’
New Delhi: India has congratulated Maldives’ Opposition candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih after provisional results released by Election Commission showed that the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) leader won the presidential elections by 38,484 votes.“Welcome the successful completion of presidential election process in the Maldives which, according to preliminary information, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has won.We heartily congratulate him on his victory and hope that Election Commission will officially confirm the result at the earliest,” Ministry of External Affairs said.This comes as a possible blow for China which has invested millions of dollars in projects under the outgoing administration. Incumbent Abdulla Yameen, who had cultivated ties with both Beijing and Saudi Arabia, conceded defeat after the Election Commission said Solih had won Sunday’s election by a margin of 16.7 percent. Stating that the election, which took place amidst a Govt  crackdown and Opposition fears of rigging, was a triumph of democratic forces, MEA said New Delhi was looking forward to deepening its partnership with Male under its “Neighbourhood First” policy. “This election marks not only triumph of democratic forces in the Maldives, but also reflects the firm commitment to democracy and rule of law. In keeping with our ‘Neighbourhood First’ Policy, India looks forward to working closely with Maldives in further deepening our partnership,” the statement said. Tensions between New Delhi and Male had escalated a month before the elections following a tweet by BJP MP Subramanian Swamy, calling for “invading” the island nation if the polls were “rigged”. After the tweet, Maldives had summoned Indian High Commissioner Akhilesh Mishra.Solih declared victory early on Monday in a surprise defeat for Yameen and requested the outgoing president to respect the verdict and begin the smooth transition of power. In his victory speech, Solih called the election results “a moment of happiness, hope and history,” but said that he did not think the election process had been transparent.Solih became the Maldivian Democratic Party’s presidential candidate after its other top figures were jailed or exiled by Yameen’s Govt. MDP leader and former President Mohamed Nasheed, in exile in Sri Lanka, had hoped to run again but was disqualified because of an outstanding prison sentence in the Maldives.Maldives has emerged as the latest theatre of the geopolitical tussle between India and China, and Male has been carefully using its closeness to Beijing to make New Delhi wary. indianexpress
Yameen concedes defeat in Maldives election
Maldives' President Abdulla Yameen has conceded defeat after a surprise election win for the opposition in a poll that was billed as a test for democracy in the troubled island nation." Citizens of the Maldives had their say ... and I accept that result," Yameen said in a televised speech. 59-year-old, who presided over a five-year crackdown on dissent, said he met with president-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih at the president's office in Male shortly before his speech.aljazeera
Egypt court sentences Brotherhood chief,65 others to life in prison;upholds death sentences for 20
An Egyptian court has sentenced 66 people to life in prison, including Muslim Brotherhood chief Mohammed Badie, over an Aug.2013 attack on a police station in Minya.Death sentences were meted out to 183 people over the deadly attack on the police station in the southern province before a retrial was ordered.On Sunday, around 700 people were tried again in this case, defence lawyer Abdel Moneim Abdel Maqsood told AFP. Badie, 75, was on Sunday convicted of inciting his supporters to violence in the Minya case following the ouster of president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013. Badie, on trial in 35 cases related to the Brotherhood, has been sentenced to death in several of them but the verdicts have been overturned by the court of cassation. He got life sentences in more than 5 cases. A court in Cairo has also upheld the death sentences for 20 Egyptians convicted of killing 13 policemen during violent unrest after the military overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi in 2013. "The verdict is final and cannot be appealed," a judicial official said on Monday.The case involves 156 defendants, all of whom had received either death or lengthy imprisonment sentences in the first trial on charges of storming Kerdasa police station in Giza in August 2013.The same court on Monday sentenced 80 other defendants to 25-year prison terms, another 34 defendants to 15 years, and a minor to 10 years. 21 defendants were aquitted.middleeasteye/aljazeera
Court upholds death sentences for 20 Egyptians
Iran warns US,Israel of revenge after parade attack
The deputy head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards warned US and Israeli leaders on Monday to expect a "devastating" response to an attack on a military parade in the city of Ahvaz.Tehran blames "US-backed regimes in the region" for the attack and sees it as part of a "plot". "You have seen our revenge before... You will see that our response will be crushing and devastating and you will regret what you have done," Hossein Salami said in a speech before the funeral of the victims broadcast live on the state television.Thousands of people packed the streets of the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz to mourn the victims of Saturday's assault, which killed 25 people, including 12 members of the elite Revolutionary Guards.Many chanted "death to Israel and America". The coffins, wrapped in the flag of IRAN, were carried by the mourners. Many held pictures of a four-year-old boy killed in the attack, one of the worst against the most powerful military force of Iran.middleeasteye
4 yrs of coalition strikes on Syria kill 3,300 civilians: Monitor
Beirut: Over 3,000 civilians have been killed in US-led coalition air strikes against the Islamic State group in Syria since they began four years ago, a monitor said on Sunday.The Washington-led alliance puts toll at just over 1,000 civilians in both Syria and neighbouring Iraq, and says it does all it can to prevent civilian deaths.The coalition began bombing IS targets in Iraq in August 2014 after the jihadist group seized swathes of territory straddling the 2 countries, proclaiming an Islamic "caliphate".The coalition extended its strikes to Syria on Sept.23,2014.Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitoring group, said on Sunday those Syria strikes had since killed 3,331 civilians. The monitor relies on a network of sources inside Syria and tracks flight patterns, aircraft involved and ammunition used to determine who carries out raids."Among those killed are 826 children and 615 women," said Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman.The coalition says it takes every possible precaution to prevent civilian deaths.In its latest civilian casualty report published last month, the coalition said its strikes had unintentionally killed 1,061 civilians in both Iraq and Syria up until July 30, 2018.It is still assessing a further 216 reports of civilian casualties, some of them in strikes dating back to 2014.AFP
Russia says Israeli role in Syria plane downing was premeditated
Kremlin has accused Israel of "premeditated actions" over the downing of a Russian plane in Syria last week, warning it will harm relations between the two countries."According to information of our military experts, the reason [behind downing] were premeditated actions by Israeli pilots which certainly cannot but harm our relations," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists on Monday.Peskov's remarks followed an announcement by Russia's Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu that Moscow will be sending an advanced S-300 air defence system to the Syrian military as well as jamming communications of any military planes that attack Syria from over the Mediterranean.aljazeera
Russia to send S-300 missile defence systems to Syria
Moscow will bolster Syria's air defence following the downing of a Russian plane last week by sending a modern S-300 system to the Syrian army within two weeks, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said.In a televised statement on Monday,Shoigu said the decision to "transfer the modern S-300 air defence system to the Syrian armed forces within two weeks" was taken by President Vladimir Putin and is one of the "response measures".On the same day, the Kremlin accused Israeli pilots of "premeditated actions" over the downing of a Russian plane in Syria last week, warning it will harm relations between the two countries.aljazeera
Egyptian delegation tells Hamas Israel wants an end to demonstrations
Israeli news website Wallah revealed yesterday that the Egyptian delegation which visited Gaza on Saturday passed a message from Israel to Hamas, Al-Wattan Voice reported.The Egyptians, the news website said, told Hamas that Israel is asking for an end to the demonstrations taking place near the fence along the eastern side of the Gaza Strip and to halt flying incendiary balloons.According to the Israeli website the Egyptian intelligence delegation met with the Hamas leadership in Gaza and passed on the Israeli demands. Meeting, the website said, concentrated on the issues of truce and reconciliation, noting that the Egyptians presented a new proposal regarding reconciliation. Israeli news website reported Israeli estimations that Hamas would expand demonstrations, pushing Israel to put more pressure on Egypt and the Palestinian Authority in order to lift the siege and the punitive measures imposed on Gaza.MEMO
Own up to mass Muslim detentions in Xinjiang: Amnesty tells China
Beijing: China must come clean about the fate of an estimated one million minority Muslims swept up in a "massive crackdown" in far western region of Xinjiang, Amnesty International said in a new report Monday. Beijing has ramped up restrictions on Muslim minorities to combat what it calls Islamic extremism and separatist elements in the far western province. But critics say the drive risks fuelling resentment towards Beijing and further inflaming separatist sentiment.In a new report, which included testimony from people held in the camps, Amnesty said Beijing had rolled out "an intensifying Govt  campaign of mass internment, intrusive surveillance, political indoctrination and forced cultural assimilation". Uighurs and other Muslim minorities are punished for violating regulations banning beards and burqas, and for the possession of unauthorised Korans, it added.AFP
Treason case: Pakistan court summons Nawaz Sharif for 26/11 Mumbai attack remark
Lahore :Lahore High Court Monday summoned Nawaz Sharif on Oct. 8 during the hearing of a petition seeking action against the deposed PM  for claiming that those involved in 2008 Mumbai attack belonged to Pakistan. Sharif, for the first time in May, publicly acknowledged in an interview to Dawn that militant organisations are active in Pakistan and questioned the policy to allow the “non-state actors” to cross the border and “kill” people in Mumbai.In the exclusive interview, he had also criticised the apparent delay in the conclusion of the Mumbai attack trial.Lahore High Court’s 3-member bench headed by Justice Syed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi also issued non-bailable arrest warrants for Dawn journalist Cyril Almeida and ordered placing his name on the Exit Control List.“Justice Naqvi expressed anger over non-appearance of Almeida in the court, directing the Deputy Inspector General of the Police Punjab to present him in the court on next hearing (Oct.8),” a court official told reporters.Judge, before summoning Sharif on Oct.8, also inquired from Sharif’s counsel Naseer Bhutta as why his client did not appear before the court today.PTI
16 Killed In Pakistan Anti-Terror Operation
Pakistan Army has announced that nine militants and seven soldiers were killed in an anti-terror operation carried out in North Waziristan district bordering Afghanistan. Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) in a statement late Saturday said the security forces launched the operation in Gharlamai and Spera Kunar Algad, reports Xinhua news agency. ISPR said a group of terrorists was reported to have infiltrated into Pakistan and was hiding in a compound in the district.IANS
Saudi human rights activists awarded 'alternative Nobel prize'
3 jailed Saudi human rights activists have been named winners of "the alternative Nobel prize" award, along with two anti-corruption activists, a farmer, and an agricultural scientist.Abdullah al-Hamid, Mohammad Fahad al-Qahtani and Waleed Abu al-Khair were jointly awarded a $113,400 cash award by Right Livelihood Award Foundation "for their visionary and courageous efforts ...to reform the totalitarian political system in Saudi Arabia."Created in 1980,Right Livelihood Award honours efforts that prize founder Jacob von Uexkull felt were being ignored by the Nobel prizes. aljazeera
Turkey arrests 61 soldiers over alleged Gulen links
Turkish authorities have ordered the arrest of 61 soldiers from the navy and land forces, including senior officers, on terrorism charges, according to the state media. 18 of those ordered detained were on active duty, Anadolu said, adding the suspects included 13 majors and 12 captains from the land forces and 24 first lieutenants from the navy.They were arrested for suspected links to a US-based religious leader who Ankara says orchestrated a July 2016 failed coup.aljazeera
‘Through our ignorance, we are branding everything concerning Islam as anti-women’:Flavia Agnes
Facts do not back govt’s assertions about economic recovery:Yashwant Sinha
After Mallya, Lalit & Nirav Modi, new billionaires on fugitive row — Sandesaras of Gujarat:RUHI TEWARI
Modi's Hindu nationalism is stumbling:Uday Chandra,aljazeera

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