08 September 2018

8 Sept ND:SC gives states a week to implement mob lynching order/ Trump wants to stop subsidies to India, China/ Egypt sentences 75 including senior leaders of Muslim Brotherhood to death over Rabaa protests

08 Sept. 2018: 27 Zilhajj 1439: Vol: 10, No:102
SC gives states a week to implement mob lynching order
Taking a serious note of the fact that only 9 of the 29 states and 2 of the 7 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, the Supreme Court on Friday gave one week time to the remaining states and UTs to file compliance reports.A bench of CJI Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said no further time will be granted to the states and UTs for filing the report and also warned that respective Home Secretaries would be summoned if it was not filed within that period.On July 17, the apex court while decrying incidents of lynchings had asked the Parliament to come up with a law to deter such crimes, saying “the horrendous acts of mobocracy cannot be permitted to inundate the law of the land”.Attorney General KK Venugopal, appearing for Centre, informed the court that it has constituted a Empowered Group of Ministers “for considering the nature of the legislation to be passed” to comply with the court’s direction. The bench 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.While hearing a plea by Congress worker Tehseen Poonawala, 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. indianexpress
SC warns States on compliance with order on lynchings, cow vigilantism
Alwar lynching: 3 accused charged with murder, no mention of police officials in chargesheet
The police in Rajasthan’s Alwar city have charged three men, who were arrested after the death of a man beaten up on suspicion of cow smuggling, with murder, NDTV reported on Friday. However, the police have claimed that Rakbar Khan’s murder was not a case of mob lynching. The police have filed a 25-page chargesheet before Additional CJM in Ramgarh. It says four men were responsible for the attack on Khan on July 20. One of the accused is yet to be arrested. The police also said that an investigation was pending against two others, including Naval Kishore who informed them about the incident. “There is a 25-page chargesheet and many supporting documents,” Ashok Chauhan, a police officer in Alwar, told NDTV. “There are three main accused – Paramjit, Dharmender and Naresh. Against the other accused, the investigation is pending.”However, the police have not filed a chargesheet against any of these personnel, on the grounds that a judicial inquiry is under way in the case, News18 reported.
Bihar's Begusarai lynching: 3 men were killed in presence of 5,000 people, say police
Begusarai: Bihar Police have claimed that the lynching of three people in Begusarai on Friday took place in the presence of 5,000 people. SP (Begusarai) Aditya Kumar who is probing the case said there were 5,000 people present on the spot when the trio was lynched.On Friday, 3 men--Mukesh Mahto, Hira Singh and Shyam Singh--tried to barge into a school with the intention of kidnapping a 5-year-old girl. The matter pertains to Navshrijit Prathmik Vidyalaya in Pansalla village under Chaurahi police station of Begusarai district. School principal, Nima Kumari who saw the kidnappers tried to stop them but she too was beaten up. However, the altercation between the kidnappers and principal led to chaos, following which locals gathered at the school and attacked the kidnappers.The mob first thrashed Mukesh with sticks until he fell unconscious. The other kidnappers who hid themselves in a room were dragged out and beaten up. All three were beaten to death after being attacked with bricks, stones and sticks.All 3 men killed in the attack had criminal records, police said. indiatoday
Lynching not law and order problem but command-hate crime: Harsh Mander
New Delhi:Writer-activist Harsh Mander, who works with survivors of mass violence and hunger, has said that lynching is not a law and order problem but is a result of “bigotry” which is legitimised by top affiliates of a section of people.Mander was speaking at the launch of “Reconciliation: Karwan-e-Mohabbat’s Journey of Solidarity through a Wounded India”, a book authored by him, along with John Dayal and Natasha Bhadhwar.At the book launch former IAS officer Mander said: “Lynching should not be seen simply as a law and order problem. It is what I call ‘command-hate crime’. It is attacks on people because of hatred due to their religious and caste identity. He further added that people “need to question” (those in power) for “failing to speak out, and to intervene, when murderous hate is unleashed on innocent lives”.caravandaily
After SC ruling, now cries for same sex marriages grow; govt likely to put its foot down:report -likely-to-put-its-foot-down-2771927.html
New Delhi: After the verdict on Section 377, there has been a debate on whether or not to allow same sex marriages.While the Centre in the Supreme Court had said it had no opposition to partially striking down the section, it was silent on the issue of same sex marriages.The Centre has indicated that it is likely to oppose same sex marriages.The govt feels that decriminalisation of same sex acts was alright, but there would be opposition to same sex marriages.It may be recalled RSS had said that same sex marriages are not compatible with the norms of nature. The Bharatiya society does not have the tradition of recognising such relations, RSS spokesperson Arun Kumar had said.  The verdict which ran into 493 pages is however not clear on same sex marriage. While there have been a few instances of same sex marriage, under the current law registering the same is not permitted. Unless the laws are amended, same sex marriages cannot be registered. There is also a question mark on other aspects such as inheritance, guardianship and adoption.Legal experts say that the SC verdict is silent on these aspects and has only gone into specifics. For instance, civil and personal laws do not provide for same sex marriages. This means an amendment to the Special Marriages Act is required.oneindia
Section 377: all religious leaders join the cause against the verdict
New Delhi:The Supreme Court ruled that consensual gay sex is not a crime among adults. Following the verdict, Hindu Muslim Sikh and Christian religious leaders joined the cause against the verdict. They have urged Govt to pass an ordinance in the parliament to overturn a Supreme Court order. Hindu Muslim, Sikh and Christian religious leaders lamented upon the decision and said that it would promote indecency, immodesty and crimes. Muslim clerics termed it against Islam and Sharia laws. President Hindu Mahasabha declared it a sinister campaign to ‘destroy Indian ethos and values’.UP  president of Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha, Yogendra Kumar Verma termed the judgment a conspiracy to destroy Hindu culture. He said the values of our culture is important for us we should not accept what is unnatural. He echoed the thoughts of Muslim cleric that God has created men and women for each other. Hence homosexuality should be considered a crime.Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha president Swami Chakrapani asked Govt  to pass an ordinance in parliament against the verdict. He said the verdict of Supreme Court in favour of homosexuality is not in the interest of society and nation. It will only promote evils and tarnish the image of the country.All India Sikh Conference present Gurcharan Singh Babar said SC’s judgment is against all religions. Father of Church Ramesh Pathak strongly condemned the decision declaring it is against the Bible laws.siasat
Kerala: Muslim, Christian groups come out against Section 377 order
Kerala: Several Muslim organisations have publicly come out against the Supreme Court ruling on homosexuality. Responding to the question on Supreme Court’s ruling on section 377, prominent Sunni leader and president of the Kerala Muslim Jamaat Kanthapuram A.P Aboobacker Musliyar said: “If required we will meet the PM  as well as approach the Supreme Court itself”. He said this while addressing a press conference here on Friday.According to the Markazu Saqafathi Sunniyya, the order will result in an increase in crimes.While the Sunni Yuvajana Sangham said that homosexuality was a grave sin in Islam, the Ittehadul Subbanil Mujahideen declared it against human nature.Even Christians were not left behind in condemning the ruling.Kerala Catholic Bishops’ Council (KCBC) Family Commission has termed the Supreme Court verdict as “unfortunate”.siasat
 Supreme Court won’t stay SC/ST Act changes
New Delhi:The Supreme Court has refused to stay the recent amendments to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.The Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Bill of 2018 had restored the legislative intent of the original Act, which barred anticipatory bail to a person accused of insulting or hurting a Dalit.The amendments were meant to nullify the effect of a March 20 judgment of the court. The verdict removed the bar on accused persons seeking anticipatory bail. It led to widespread protests and loss of lives. Admitting the petitions challenging the amendments, a Bench led by Justice A.K. Sikri directed Govt  to reply to allegations that the amendments were meant to appease the Dalits ahead of the 2019 general election.The petitions urged the Govt  to quash the amendments, which were introduced and passed in Parliament even as the Govt ’s petition to review the March 20 verdict was pending in the Supreme Court.thehindu
SC notice to Centre on plea challenging immediate arrest under SC/ST law
At 2+2 talks, India seeks US help in new bid to enter the Nuclear Suppliers Group
New Delhi:India has sought increased US involvement in facilitating its entry into Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) at the inaugural 2-plus-2 dialogue between defence and foreign ministries of the 2 countries in New Delhi on Thursday.India is making a renewed push for membership of the NSG, an elite club of 48 countries that deals with trade in nuclear materials and technology.NSG works on the principle of consensus for admitting new members.Unlike other existing NSG members, India has not signed nuclear NPT. New Delhi has maintained that it has impeccable non-proliferation credentials that have enabled India to win a waiver from the grouping to operationalise the India-US nuclear deal and enter nuclear commerce. A recent decision by US to put India in the list of countries eligible for Strategic Trade Authorization Tier-I License Exemption,which eases the export of high-tech items to it, is seen as another validation of India’s robust and responsible export control policies.“In our meeting we also agreed to work together to secure India’s membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group at the earliest,”union minister Sushma Swaraj said. Barring NSG, India is a member of all 3 export control regimes, namely the Australia Group, the Wassenaar Arrangement, and Missile Technology Control Regime.HT
Trump wants to stop subsidies to India, China
Washington: US President Donald Trump has said he wants to stop the subsidies that growing economies like India and China have been receiving as he wants the US, which he considers as a “developing nation”, to grow faster than any other nation. Addressing a fundraiser event in the Fargo city of North Dakota, he also accused the WTO of allowing China to become a “great economic power”.“We have some of these countries that are considered growing economies. Some countries that have not matured enough yet, so we are paying them subsidies. Whole thing is crazy. Like India, like China, like others we say, ‘oh, they’re growing actually’,” Trump said.He said that they call themselves developing nations and “under that category they get subsidies.”“We have to pay them money. This whole thing is crazy, but we’re going to stop it. We’re going to stop it. We have stopped it.“We are a developing nation, too, OK? We are. As far as I’m concerned, we are a developing nation. I want to be put down in that category because we are growing, too. We are going to grow faster than anybody,” Trump said amidst applause from the audience. Attacking the WTO, Trump said he thinks that the World Trade Organization was probably the worst of all. “But a lot of people don’t know what that is, that allowed China to become this great economic power”.PTI
India: Chabahar port hand-over on track
New Delhi:India has said Iran has stuck to the agreed timeframe in its plans to hand over the operational responsibility of a part of the Chabahar port to an Indian entity in Oct. The smooth movement regarding the strategically important port came a day after official sources indicated that the United States would give a ‘carve out’ to India’s investment in the project.“They have moved as per schedule so far and we hope the handover will happen as agreed,” said an official informed of the matter. The positive observation came a day after Iran’s Transport Minister said here that Tehran would proceed with handing over responsibility of running the port to an Indian company in a month.thehindu
‘Will boycott assembly, LS polls too’: NC threatens Centre to take steps on Article 35 A
Srinagar:Days after the National Conference announced its decision to not participate in the panchayat and urban local bodies (ULB) elections, the party on Saturday threatened to boycott the assembly and parliamentary polls too if the Centre does not take effective steps for protection of Article 35-A.Article 35-A, which was incorporated in the Constitution by a 1954 Presidential Order, accords special rights and privileges to the citizens of J&K  and bars people from outside the state from acquiring any immovable property in the state. It is facing legal challenge in the Supreme Court.“How can we go to our workers and ask them to come out to vote? First do justice to us and clear your (Centre) stand (on Article 35-A). If your plan is that (weakening J&K ’s special position), then our ways are separate. Then we cannot have elections. Not only these (urban local bodies and panchayat) polls, but we will also boycott the assembly and parliamentary elections then,” NC president Farooq Abdullah said here.He was addressing party workers at a function here to mark the 36th death anniversary of his father and NC founder Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah.The former CM  said his party was not running away from polls, but wanted the Centre to do justice with the people of J&K  first and take effective steps for the protection of the state’s special position.“On one hand they (Centre) want to conduct polls here. On the other hand they want to revoke Article 35-A, Article 370 has been weakened and there are also attacks on the (J&K ) Constitution,” Abdullah said.PTI
J&K Police disguise as stone pelters to catch real culprits
Srinagar:J&K  Police adopted a fresh strategy of nabbing stone pelters by planting its men among them at historic Jama Masjid downtown to arrest the real culprits in action. After the Friday prayers, a mob started pelting stones at police and CRPF personnel but there was no retaliation this time and not even a single teargas shell was lobbed or baton charge initiated by the law enforcing force.As the crowd swelled to over 100 people and two chronic stone pelters started leading the agitation, the first tear gas shell was lobbed at the mob dispersing them. owever, to the surprise of the 2 stone pelters,who were leading the mob, they were grabbed by policemen, covertly placed in crowd, and whisked away in waiting vehicles.The policemen, who disguised as stone pelters, brandished toy guns to scare others while the duo were taken to the police station.PTI
Student shot dead in Kashmir hours after Hurriyat activist gunned down
Srinagar:A student was shot dead in Srinagar on Saturday afternoon, hours after a Hurriyat activist was killed by unidentified gunmen in Sopore, police said.Ishfaq Ahmad, a student of Islamic University, was shot in Hazratbal area of the city this evening, said a police officer.“The victim died on the spot. An identify card recovered from the slain person, he was Ishfaq Ahmad, a student of the university. However, the identity is being confirmed,” the officer said, reported IANS.Srinagar’s senior superintendent of police Imtiaz Ismail Parray told ANI that they were trying to ascertain the identity of the victim. “We have even recovered a pistol from his possession,” he said.The incident took place near Naseem Bagh in the area and security forces have cordoned off the area to nab the attackers.Earlier on Saturday, Hurriyat activist, Hakeem Rahman, was shot at close range near his house at Bomai area of Sopore.“He was immediately shifted to a hospital where doctors declared him dead on arrival,” a police official said.  The activist was affiliated with the group led by Syed Ali Geelani and had been recently released from jail.HT
J&K  HC dismisses plea to set aside Masarat Alam’s detention under PSA
 J&K  High Court Friday dismissed a petition for setting aside the detention of J&K  Muslim League chairman Masarat Alam under Public Safety Act (PSA), saying that secessionist, terrorist and radical activities in different states including J&K were a challenge to the whole nation and these cannot be equated with a usual law and order problem within a state.Alam was re-arrested by the police last November, soon after he was released Jammu’s from Kot Bhalwal jail. The high court had then quashed his detention under PSA on the ground that he was not apprised of his right to make a representation to the detaining authority. The separatist leader, who was first arrested in June 1990, has spent more than 18 years in jail. He has been detained under PSA three dozen times.indianexpress
No large-scale influx of Rohingyas into India: BSF DG
New Delhi : DG of BSF KK Sharma has asserted that there has not been any large-scale influx of Rohingyas into India. Sharma, while speaking at the ongoing 47th DG level talks between the BSF and Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) in Delhi, said that there were attempts by small groups to enter into the Indian territory but security forces stopped them."There has not been any large-scale influx of Rohingyas in India. Rohingyas who are already in the country, are also under pressure at some places. So they are going to West Bengal, that is slightly friendly with them and has created camps for Rohingyas coming from within the country, not from Bangladesh," he said.e DG BSF stated that smuggling of fake Indian currency has also come down considerably after demonetisation."The quality of the (fake) currency is not good so they can easily be detected. We find that Bangladesh territory is mostly being used as a transit. This year the seizure was Rs 11 lakh only," he added.ANI
Sushma’s visit to Syria postponed due to country’s internal situation
New Delhi:External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s visit to Syria, scheduled for next week, has been postponed, a senior official said on Saturday.“EAM’s visit to Syria has been deferred due to the prevailing situation in that country,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in response to a query.“Fresh dates will be decided in mutual consultation with the Syrian side,” Kumar said.This would have been the first high-level visit from India to Syria since civil war broke out in that West Asia nation in 2011.Sushma Swaraj was supposed to lead a delegation to hold a joint commission meeting with the Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Al Moualem.HT
3 Muslim youth killed in firing between 2 groups in UP
Lucknow:  3 persons of a group were shot dead in a firing between two groups in Sadar Bazar area of Shahjahanpur district of UP  on Thursday night, according to Police. Another youth from the other group has been seriously injured. The incident happened at the Aawas Vikas Colony around 8:30 p.m., police said, adding the firing took place after an altercation between two groups near the Kallu Miyan’s Dargah, IANS reports.As the firing stopped, 4 people were seen bleeding profusely. Two brothers identified as Israr and Imran died on the spot while another youth, Musheer, died later, police added.Musheer is relative of the district Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Tanveer Khan.Another youth Rahul aka Sonu was critically injured. He is being treated at a local medical facility. The reason behind the firing is not known yet.As the probe is under way to find out the reason behind the incident, acording to police.According to India TV an old dispute creating tension between groups was behind the incident. caravandaily
Mosque loudspeaker row: Muslim leaders meet Gurugram deputy commissioner over complaints
Tension ran high in Gurgaon's Sheetla Mata Colony after complaints were filed against the use of loudspeakers at the mosque in the area. Representatives of the Muslim community met with District Commissioner on Thursday, to address the issue.The members of the Muslim community alleged that a letter was submitted regarding the loudspeakers in the mosque being too loud. They went on to say that volume was lowered but they complainants were not satisfied.In a letter filed to District Commissioner, Muslim Ekta Manch said, "2-3 days ago, some anti-social elements came to the area and submitted a letter against us to the Commissioner of Police. SHO of Sector 5 police station called both sides on Sept.5 and asked to keep the volume of the loudspeaker low," according to Indian Express.Haji Shehzad Khan, the leader of the Muslim Ekta Manch said, "They said they did not like the presence of a mosque in the locality, and that they would not allow us to pray there. They also indulged in sloganeering and threatened to kill us and burn our homes."ibtimes
Loudspeaker in mosque: Outfits meet SDM
Elgaar Parishad case: How can Maoists give us funds, says Retired judge Kolse-Patil who organised meet
Kolkata:Dismissing police claims that Maoists funded Elgaar Parishad meet, Justice (retired) BG Kolse-Patil, one of the organisers, said there was a “conspiracy to link the event with Maoists”. The retired judge of the Bombay High Court said, “There is a conspiracy to link Elgaar Parishad with the Maoists. They are trying to tarnish our names. I work with my own money. They are saying Maoists funded the programme. Justice (PB) Sawant (retired judge of Supreme Court) and I were the organisers. Maoists cannot give us any money. Any way, how can they give funds? Those poor people live in jungles. The question does not arise.”He made the comments while speaking at an event titled ‘public meeting against fake encounters and war on people’, in Kolkata on Friday. Elgaar Parishad was organised in Pune on December 31 last year to mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Koregaon. On the basis of a complaint by a Pune resident, Tushar Damgude, the Pune City Police had arrested five activists and lawyers on June 6 this year, another five prominent activists on August 28 for their alleged links to banned organisation CPI-Maoist. Apart from other things, the police had accused the first set of five people arrested in June of having channellised money from CPI-Maoist for the outfit of Elgaar Parishad.Justice Kolse-Patil claimed that from the beginning, there had been “an attempt to foil the conference”. “All we wanted to have is a programme for the unification of Muslims, Dalits and tribals. We contacted Dalit organisations for our programme.We wanted to speak against communal forces… We are against Manu-vad and Brahman-vad. They tried to foil our meeting from the beginning. But the audience was determined to come there,” he said.He also questioned the lack of action against Hindutva leaders Sambhaji Bhide and Milind Ekbote, who are facing charges of inciting violence at Bhima Koregaon on Jan 1. While Ekbote was arrested and later released on bail, police said they don’t have sufficient evidence to arrest Bhide.indianexpress
Arrest of activists: Maharashtra cops name 7 groups, only one is banned
New Delhi Only one of seven alleged “front” organisations named by Maharashtra police in its probe into Bhima-Koregaon violence this Jan.has ever been classified as “unlawful”. Barring Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF) which, official sources said, was declared “unlawful” by Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Odisha under respective state public safety laws, none of the remaining six — Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners, Committee for Protection of Democratic Rights, Indian Association of People’s Lawyers, People’s Union for Democratic Rights, Republican Panthers and Visthapan Virodhi Jan Vikas Andolan — was ever banned.Of the ten activists arrested since June, Pune police said eight were linked to these seven organisations — P Varavara Rao (RDF), Sudha Bharadwaj and Surendra Gadling (Indian Association of People’s Lawyers), Gautam Navlakha (People’s Union for Democratic Rights), Rona Wilson (Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners), Sudhir Dhawale (Republican Panthers), Shoma Sen (Committee for Protection of Democratic Rights), and Mahesh Raut (Visthapan Virodhi Jan Vikas Andolan). Official sources said the remaining two, Vernon Gonsalves and Arun Ferreira, were said to have been formerly associated with the Maharashtra State Committee of CPI (Maoist) which was banned in 2009.indianexpress
Missionary held in Kathua for ‘running illegal orphanage, abusing girls’
Jammu:A Christian missionary from Kerala was arrested by J&K  Police Friday for allegedly running an illegal orphanage in Kathua town and sexually exploiting girls living there. Identifying the missionary as Antony Paster, Assistant Commissioner (Revenue) Jitender Mishra told Indian Express that 20 children, including eight girls, were rescued. The administration is looking for their parents, he said.According to Mishra, Kathua Deputy Commissioner Rohit Khajuria had, following a complaint from a local resident, set up a five-member team of officials from different departments to inspect the orphanage in a densely populated area of Kathua town. Led by Mishra, the team members along with police found that the missionary was running the orphanage without permission from authorities. On questioning, it claimed to be affiliated with Pentecostal Mission, an NGO. However, the NGO denied having any link with the orphanage, Mishra said. indianexpress
Marathi  Muslim body breaks away from BJP in Maharashtra, looks at Congress for support
Mumbai: 4 years ago, Maharashtra Muslim Sangh (MMS), an umbrella organisation of 100 NGOs run by Marathi Muslims in Maharashtra, was received with a warm welcome at BJP's state HQRS in Mumbai.The body, which represents around one crore Muslims in the state, helped BJP secure 14 %  votes of the community in the Lok Sabha as well as Assembly elections in 2014, giving it an edge over other parties.As the 2019 Lok Sabha election approaches, MMS head Fakir Muhammad Thakur expressed that he feels cheated by BJP. On Sept.6, he called on Bharip Bahujan Mahasangh president Prakash Ambedkar to discuss "future alliance" in view of the elections.Ambedkar, who has emerged as a new rainbow in the state's Dalit politics, was keen to accommodate the MMS in a grand alliance against BJP. "Let us join hands and rally behind the Congress," Ambedkar told Thakur. His frustration with BJP is so high that Thakur also has initiated talks with the Maratha Mahasangh leader Purushottam Khedekar, a staunch critic of the BJP, for planning the election strategy. The MMS is upset with the BJP's neutral stand on the issue of Wakf Board properties. BJP had promised the MMS to get the Wakf properties free from the clutches of encroachers. Thakur says the promise has not been kept.indiatoday
Muslim outfit joins hands with Prakash Ambedkar
2 Kashmiri youth held in Delhi
NEW DELHI:Delhi Police said on Friday that they had arrested two Kashmiri men, alleged to be associated with the nascent Islamic State in J&K  (ISJK). P.S. Kushwaha, DCPSpecial Cell), said Parvaiz Rashid Lone, 24, and Jamsheed Zahoor Paul, 19, of Ganopura town in Shopian of South Kashmir were held here on Thursday. Lone is pursuing an M.Tech. in a college at Amroha in UP  and Paul was studying engineering in Pulwama district of Kashmir. enior officials in the J&K police told The Hindu that the two had been missing for the past six days.  Paul’s father, Zahoor Ahmed, a retired J&K policeman, had lodged a missing complaint with the Shopian police last week. The official said there were no cases lodged against the duo in Kashmir. Kushwaha said the arrested persons were following instructions of Omar Ibn Nazir and Aadil Thoker, ISJK leaders, through encrypted messaging applications.thehindu
Ujjain: SIMI activists awarded rigorous imprisonment
Ujjain: SIMI activists Mohammad Shafi son of Abdulbari Ansari resident of Fazalpura and Mohammad Akil Qureshi son of Rafeek Qureshi have been convicted by the district court on Friday. Pronouncing the verdict the court commented that article 25 of Indian constitution allows religious freedom to the countrymen but not allowed to interfere or hurt the sentiments to followers of any religion, or any type of extremism in the country.The court exonerated Mohammad Naeem and Mohammad Imran. The main accused and SIMI chief Safdar Nagori who was convicted in many cases earlier, was also produced before the court, he was brought from Gujarat from special police lorry for recording his statements in regard with case.JMFC (judicial magistrate of first class) Vivek Jain pronounced the verdict in a stuffed court under a heavy deployment of police force.  Shafi was held convicted under Section 153-A and awarded 3 year rigorous imprisonment with a cash penalty of Rs 2000 while the other Qureshi was held convicted under Section 153-A,467,468 and 471  and was awarded rigorous imprisonment for 3 years with a cash penalty of Rs 5000.According to deputy director prosecution Dr Saket Vyas, Qureshi is an activist of banned organisation SIMI and was fanning religious sentiments of people. freepressjournal
NIA files charge sheet against five in Pune ABT case
New Delhi:NIA has filed charge sheet in the Mumbai NIA Special Court against five Bangladeshi accused for aiding and harbouring members of a Bangladesh based terrorist organisation Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) in Pune City. The 5 accused Mohammed Habibur Rahman Habib alias Raj Jesub Mandal, Ripen Hossain alias Rubel, Hannan Anwar Khan alias HannanBaburliGazi, Mohd. Hassanali, Md Amiraliand and Azarali Subhanalla Islam were chargesheeted under sections 120 B and 471 of the Indian Penal Code, sections 17, 19 and 20 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, and section 14 of the Foreigners Act. These 'illegal' Bangladeshi nationals were earlier arrested by the ATS, Pune for 'aiding' and 'harbouring' members of a ABT in Pune City.UNI
Kerala nun rape case: Catholic organisations stage demonstration against ‘police inaction’
Kochi :Members of various catholic reformation organisations took to the streets in Kochi Saturday to protest the alleged laxity in the probe into a complaint of rape filed by a nun against a Roman Catholic church bishop.Five nuns from a convent in Kottayam, to which the victim belonged, also took part in the demonstration and alleged that the victim had been denied justice by the church, police and the Govt  as no action has been initiated against accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jalandhar diocese.“We are fighting for our sister. She has been denied justice by the Church, Govt  and the police. We are ready to go to any extent for ensuring justice to our sister,” a nun told protesters here, who held placards demanding arrest of Bishop Franco.PTI
Rajput girl, Muslim youth commit ‘suicide’ in UP
Meerut : Heavy police deployment has been made in a village near Meerut after a minor Rajput girl and a 21-year-old Muslim youth, who were reportedly in a relationship, allegedly committed suicide by consuming poison on Thursday.“The incident occurred in a village near Sardhana. It seems that the girl and the youth were having an affair and felt they would face opposition from their families. They consumed poison and were taken to separate hospitals where they died. Post-mortems have been conducted and last rites performed,” said ASP (rural) Rajesh Kumar. Police said a group of Rajput men later vandalised the clinic of Kamaal Khan, a doctor who had examined the girl. “A group of 15-20 boys who felt the girl could have been saved if he treated her on time went to the doctor’s home and broke the windshield of his car and glass panes of his clinic. Khan was shifted outside the village by police,” said Kumar.The girl’s family denied that she and Khalid were in a relationship. “Khalid’s family lives nearby and we know each other, but my daughter was not even friends with him. Khalid poisoned my daughter,” said her mother.Her brother said he found Khalid at their home on Thursday. “When I saw him, I abused and drove him away. My sister was not saying anything. She would have been given the poison till then,” he said.Khalid, who belonged to Teli community, is said to have been preparing to get into defence forces. On Friday, the house where he lived with his parents was empty. At least five other homes of Teli Muslims also appeared to have been abandoned.According to Amit Rana, the pradhan and a Rajput, the village has 12,000 people, of whom about 300 are Muslims. The others are mostly Rajputs, he said.indianexpress
Rizvi is stoking communal tension: Maulana Kalbe Jawad
LUCKNOW: Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawad has demanded action against UP Shia Central Waqf Board chief Waseem Rizvi for his alleged controversial remarks. Jawad said Rizvi’s remarks will lead to tension between Hindus and Muslims. Jawad claimed he had met CM Yogi Adityanath earlier in the day and told him that the Govt  and the administration would be responsible if Rizvi’s statements led to any communal tension in UP. The cleric also warned of a joint protest by Shias and Sunnis if no action was taken against Rizvi’s alleged corruption in Shia waqf properties. “Rizvi enjoys political patronage and thus makes controversial statements. One day he speaks against madrassas, next day he shows disrespect to Ayatullah Sistani. Shias have got nothing to do with this man who is sitting on the post of Shia Waqf chief,” said Jawad. TOI
Sidhu: Pakistan set to allow ‘visa-less entry’ to pilgrims headed for Kartarpur Sahib
Chandigarh :Under attack for over a fortnight for hugging Pakistan Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa, Punjab Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu Friday announced that Pakistan was set to allow pilgrims from the Indian side to Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara across the border a “visa-less entry” even as his Govt  remained silent on his claim.Sidhu made the announcement to the media at his official residence after referring to a TV interview of Pakistan’s Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry saying “Kartarpur border was being opened.”Showing a video clip of Chaudhry to the Indian Express, Sidhu said, “Mera janam safal ho gaya.”indianexpress
Amit Shah's Tenure as BJP chief to Extend Till 2019 Parliamentary polls
New Delhi: BJP, in a national executive meeting, has deferred its internal polls, which effectively means that party president Amit Shah, whose 3-year tenure ends in Jan.2019, will continue to steer the party in the parliamentary polls next year.Shah took over Rajnath Singh as the party president in July 2014 when the latter joined Modi’s cabinet. By appointing Shah to finish the remainder of Singh’s term, the party stuck to its convention that the president would not assume any role in the Govt . In the parliamentary polls, Shah had guided the party to an unprecedented win – 73 out of 80 seats – in UP , making a compelling case for himself to assume the top job.In 2016, he was elected unopposed as the party president again for a full three-year term. The decision of deferment was almost a foregone conclusion, given that the duo of Amit Shah and Narendra Modi has practically been taking all the strategic and tactical decisions in the party. Many BJP insiders see this centralisation as a significant departure from the way the party functioned before Modi-Shah started to pull all the strings. However, since the duo has also turned the saffron party’s electoral fortunes under its leadership, intra-party democracy has dropped a notch low in the party’s priority list.thewire
Egypt sentences 75 including senior leaders of Muslim Brotherhood to death over Rabaa protests
An Egyptian court has sentenced 75 people to death, including senior leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, over a 2013 sit-in protest in Cairo that ended with the killing of hundreds of protesters. Senior Brotherhood leaders Essam el-Erian and Mohamed Beltagi were sentenced to death, while Mohamed Badie, the Brotherhood's spiritual leader, was handed a life sentence. Prominent photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid, also known as Shawkan, was handed a 5-year sentence but should walk free for time served. He was arrested in Aug.2013 while covering the killings in Cairo.Lawyers for Shawkan said he would be out in a "few days".In addition to Badie, 46 people were handed life sentences, while 612 other defendants received prison terms ranging from five to 15 years after a mass trial in Cairo.Those sentenced on Saturday are accused of security-related offences, including incitement to violence and organising illegal protests.Amnesty International condemned the mass sentences as a "disgrace"."The fact that not a single police officer has been brought to account for the killing of at least 900 people in the Rabaa and Nahda protests shows what a mockery of justice this trial was," said Nadia Bounaim, Amnesty's North Africa director, in a statement.On Aug.14, 2013, police dispersed a mass sit-in protest in Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya Square. The security forces killed more than 800 people in a matter of hours, in what HRW concluded "likely amounted to crimes against humanity". Govt  forces moved in with armoured vehicles, bulldozers, and hundreds of security forces moving in the early hours.According to HRW, about 85,000 protesters joined the sit-in, which extended for over 45 days and grew larger and more organised with time.The protest was staged by supporters of Mohamed Morsi, Egypt's first elected president and Muslim Brotherhood leader, who was overthrown by the military a few weeks earlier.aljazeera
Egypt adjourns Morsi’s espionage trial
A Cairo criminal court has adjourned the trial of former President Mohamed Morsi, who was ousted in a military coup in 2013, until 13 Sept.Prosecutors accuse Morsi and 23 other defendants of spying for foreign organisations and plotting to carry out terror attacks in the country, leaking Egyptian defence secrets to foreign countries and entities, funding terror and threatening Egyptian “independence, unity, and security”.MEMO
Saudi calls for executing anther cleric Awad Al-Qarni
Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor has demanded the death penalty be issued against cleric Sheikh Awad Al-Qarni, Prisoners of Conscience Twitter page reported. “Sheikh Al-Qarni had appeared before the Kingdom’s Specialised Criminal Court in a private trial, during which the prosecution issued a list of false charges against him and demanded his execution,” the page added.The Kingdom’s demands came a day after a similar request was recommended against the Saudi clerics Sheikh Salman Al-Oudah and Ali Al-Omari.Al-Qarni was arrested, along with Al-Omari and Al-Oudah, by the Saudi authorities in Sept. 2017 over “terrorism charges”. The three clerics were believed to have been arrested because they did not back Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s policy towards neighbouring Qatar.There are currently at least 58 people on death row in Saudi Arabia, according to the European Saudi Organisation for Human Rights. Amnesty International recently said that Saudi Arabia was “one of the most prolific executioners in the world,” beheading at least 100 people in 2017 alone. middleeastmonitor
Saudi king's bro is considering self exile:Middle EastEye
Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz, the brother of King Salman of Saudi Arabia is considering not returning home after comments he made to Yemeni and Bahraini protesters outside his London home earlier in the week in which he distanced himself and the rest of the Al Saud family from the actions of his brother and his nephew, the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), a senior source close to the prince told Middle East Eye. Challenged by protesters chanting "Down, down Al Saud. Criminal Family," the prince turned to them and asked: “Why are you saying this about Al Saud?“ Ahmed began. “What does the whole of the Al Saud family have to do with this? There are certain individuals who are responsible. Don’t involve anyone else.”Asked by the protesters who was responsible, the prince replied: “King and the crown prince, and others in the state.”
Yemen's Geneva talks fall apart after Houthi no-show -delegation-leaves-180908082941894.html
Geneva, Switzerland - Yemen's foreign minister has harshly criticised UN diplomats for not putting pressure on the Houthi rebel group to attend peace talks in Geneva, dooming them to failure.Minister Khaled al-Yamani, who was heading the Yemeni delegation, said that Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths was providing the Houthis with "excuses" after the UN diplomat blamed their failure to attend to logistical problems. "The special envoy's words are unfortunately accommodating the coup-plotters and giving them excuses,”said al-Yamani, referring to Houthi group, officially known as Ansar Allah."The lack of pressure on this group of coup-plotters has encouraged them to continue blackmailing the international community …When was a special envoy given such flexibility as to disregard a UN resolution?" minister said, referring to UN resolution 2216. Resolution calls on all parties in the conflict, in particular the Houthis, to end violence and refrain from unilateral actions that threaten political transition.aljazeera
As Idlib offensive looms, residents fear chemical attacks
For Ahmad, a father of two in Idlib, the last rebel stronghold in Syria, there is not much he can do to protect his young family. Like many others across the northwestern province, the 29-year-old is fearful of a chemical weapons attack in the event of a large-scale Syrian Govt  offensive. "People here are afraid that chemical weapons would be used to put pressure on the armed groups and to facilitate the advance [Govt forces]," said Ahmad, who is from the village of Sararif and asked that his real name not be used in this article.That growing fear has led locals to start taking precautionary measures, added Ahmad."Some people bought face masks, others [bought] heavy-duty gas masks that can protect against poisonous gases."But Ahmad possesses just one gas mask he bought for $40 a while back. The only other thing he has been able to do to provide at least some protection to his family was to seal off the bathroom of their house and transform it into an improvised shelter.More than 60 % of the people in his village, in the south of the province, have already fled to the areas near the border with Turkey, fearing imminent offensive, says Ahmad.aljazeera
Putin, Erdogan and Rouhani fail to agree on Idlib ceasefire
The presidents of Turkey, Iran and Russia on Friday failed to agree on a ceasefire that would forestall a Syrian Govt  offensive in the rebel-held Idlib province which the UN fears could cause a humanitarian catastrophe involving tens of thousands of civilians.Turkey's Tayyip Erdogan, Russia's Vladimir Putin and Iran's Hassan Rouhani, meeting in Tehran for a summit of key foreign players in Syria's war, agreed in a final statement that there could be no military solution to the conflict and it could only end through a negotiated political process.The Turkish leader said he feared a massacre and Turkey could not accommodate any more refugees flooding over its border.Damascus has every right to take back all its territory, Russian President Vladimir Putin has told his Iranian and Turkish counterparts."The legitimate Syrian Govt  has a right and must eventually take under control of all its national territory," Putin told Erdogan and Rouhani.middleeasteye
Idlib: Turkey's ceasefire call rejected by Russia, Iran
US weighs 'options' if chemical weapon used in Idlib
The top US military official has said he is involved in "routine dialogue" with the Trump administration to discuss the military options available if chemical weapons are used in an expected assault on the Syrian rebel-held province of Idlib.Marine General Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said on Saturday that no decision had been made by the United States to employ military force in response to a future chemical attack in Syria.aljazeera
Syria:11 regime soldiers killed in clashes with YPG/PKK
11 Syrian regime soldiers were killed on Saturday in clashes with YPG/PKK group in Syria’s Al-Hasakah province, according to local sources. Seven YPG/PKK terrorists were also killed in the violence, the sources said on condition of anonymity due to security concerns.  According to the sources, fierce clashes erupted between the two sides in Qamishli city occupied by YPG/PKK after the Syrian regime erected a checkpoint on the road connecting Al-Hassakah and Qamishli and arrested a number of youths from the city. Anadolu Agency
Iraqis protesting poor public services burn Iranian Consulate in Basra
BASRA/IRBIL:Protesters stormed the Iranian Consulate in Iraq’s southern city of Basra on Friday, turning their wrath on Iraq’s powerful neighbor after five days of deadly demonstrations in which Govt  buildings have been ransacked and torched.Demonstrators broke in and began damaging the offices, shouting condemnation of what many Iraqis perceive as Iran’s sway over Iraq’s political parties. Security sources said the consulate was empty when the crowd burst in. The storming came hours after Iraq’s most revered Shiite cleric called for a political shake-up in Baghdad and a halt to violence against the protesters.Ayatollah Ali Sistani, the ultimate authority for devout members of Iraq’s Shiite majority, placed blame for the unrest with political leaders and said a new Govt  should be formed, “different from its predecessors.”At least 10 protesters have died, mostly in clashes with the security forces, since Monday in Basra, a city of 2 million people. Residents say they have been driven to the streets by corruption and misrule that allowed infrastructure to collapse, leaving no power or safe drinking water in the heat of summer.Reuters
9 killed in Iranian attack in northern Iraq
Erbil:9 people were killed and 30 others injured on Saturday in an Iranian attack on a camp of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan in northern Iraq, according to local media. The attack targeted a meeting by leading members of the Iranian opposition party in the town of Koy Sanjaq, a security source told Anadolu on condition of anonymity. Party Secretary-General Mustafa Mawludi was among those injured in the attack, which was carried out by drones and rockets. Anadolu
International Criminal Court to investigate crimes against Rohingyas
International Criminal Court (ICC) has jurisdiction to investigate the crimes that have been committed against the Muslim minority Rohingya community in Myanmar's Rakhine state, the court ruled."The Court has jurisdiction over the crime against humanity of deportation allegedly committed against members of the Rohingya people. The reason is that an element of this crime -- the crossing of a border -- took place on the territory of a State party [Bangladesh]," the court said in a statement, reported Anadolu.The Hague-based court further noted that it may, "exercise its jurisdiction with regard to any other crime set out in article 5 of[ICC Rome] Statute, such as crimes against humanity of persecution and/or other inhumane acts."ANI
Myanmar rejects ICC ruling to probe Rohingya deportations
Myanmar has "resolutely" rejected a ruling from the International Criminal Court (ICC) which said that the body had jurisdiction over alleged deportations of Rohingya to Bangladesh as a possible crime against humanity.In response, the office of Myanmar's President Win Myint on Friday dismissed ICC ruling, calling it "the result of faulty procedure and of dubious legal merit" and saying the country was "under no obligation" to respect it."Furthermore, allegations consisting of charged narratives of harrowing personal tragedies which have nothing to do with the legal arguments in question were permitted, thereby putting emotional pressure on the Court," the president's office added in a statement.aljzeera
Pakistan, China renew commitment on economic corridor
The new Govt in Islamabad on Saturday assured Beijing that the multi-billion dollars economic corridor project will remain a priority for the country."China-Pakistan Economic Corridor [CPEC] is vital for socio-economic development of Pakistan and it will prove to be a game changer to the region," Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said, during a joint news conference with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Islamabad.Wang arrived on a three-day official visit to Pakistan on Friday, two days after U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo visited Islamabad.Qureshi said the two sides have decided to initiate a strategic dialogue and further enhance bilateral economic relations.Wang, for his part, said China would support Pakistan’s socioeconomic progress and development.The Chinese foreign minister also appreciated Pakistan’s sacrifices in war on terror.Anadolu Agency
Pakistan will not fight any other country's war: PM Khan
 Pakistan will never fight any other country's war in future, PM  Imran Khan said on Thursday, asserting that he was against the war from the very beginning and his Govt 's foreign policy will be in the best interest of the nation. PM Khan was addressing the Defence and Martyrs Day ceremony organised by the army at its headquarters in Rawalpindi and attended by parliamentarians, diplomats, sportspersons, artists among others. Talking about the devastation and sufferings caused due to the war on terror, Khan said, "I was against this war from the very beginning.” "We will not become part of a war of any other country (in future)...Our foreign policy will be in the best interest of the nation," he said. Khan, however, praised Pakistani armed forces for combating terrorism. "No other nation has fought the war on terror like the Pakistan army," he said. He said role of security forces and intelligence agencies in making the country safer against all threats was unparalleled. Khan also talked about investing in human capital by sending children to schools and building hospitals and system of merit so that everyone is treated equally on the pattern of first Muslim state of Medina.PTI
Imran removes Ahmadi man from Pak economic council
Islamabad: A spokesman says the Govt of Pakistan’s newly elected PM  has removed a minority Ahmadi from a recently set up economic council because of opposition from hard-line Islamists. The move indicates PM Imran Khan bowed to religious elements who opposed the appointment of Atif Mian to the Economic Advisory Council because of his faith. Khan set up the council recently to seek guidance for improving the country’s ailing economy.AP
US cuts aid to hospitals in East Jerusalem
US has cut funding for hospitals that mainly serve Palestinians in the occupied East Jerusalem, Israeli daily Haaretz reported on Saturday. The Donald Trump administration cut more than $20 million in aid to hospitals in Israel-occupied city, according to the newspaper. The cut is part of the administration’s broader approach of cutting aid to the Palestinians, a U.S. State Department official told Haaretz. On Thursday, Trump said that he stopped paying money to the Palestinians until they reach a peace deal with Israel. "I stopped massive amounts of money that we were paying to the Palestinians and the Palestinian leaders. We were -- US was paying them tremendous amounts of money," he said. "And I'd say, you'll get money, but we're not paying you until we make a deal. If we don't make a deal, we're not paying." Anadolu Agency
Israel: Palestinian Tamimi 'banned from travelling abroad'
Israel has banned Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi and her family from travelling abroad, her father said, citing Palestinian authorities.Basim Tamimi told Anadolu on Friday that he and his family had planned to travel to Europe via Jordan, to participate in events and discussions on the Palestinian resistance movement and the experience of being detained in Israel. But he said his family were informed by Palestinian authorities that Israel had banned them from travelling abroad. There was no immediate comment from Israeli authorities on the matter. The Tamimi family had planned to leave Friday morning, Basim said, adding that neither the Palestinian nor the Israeli authorities provided a reason for the ban.aljazeera
5-yrs on, Muzaffarnagar victims still await compensation
5 Years On, the Continuing Tragedy of Muzaffarnagar Is our  Collective Failure:Mariya Salim, The Wite
As Fuel Prices Hit Record Highs, Are Oil Politics Placing the Centre on a Sticky Wicket?Noor Mohammad
Dalit Question Is One That Govt  Wants to Tame Under Draconian Laws:Carmel Christy
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