03 October 2018

03 OCT ND:Upset over police probe in kin death, 20 members of Muslim family embrace Hinduism in UP; later 7 revert back/ Assam sends 7 Rohingya Muslims to Manipur to be deported to Myanmar/ UN chief asks India to work with Bangladesh, Myanmar to solve Rohingya crisis

03 OCT. 2018: 22 Muhram 1440: Vol: 11, No:17
Upset over police probe in kin death, 20 members of Muslim family embrace Hinduism in UP; later 7 revert back:media reports
Meerut: 13 members of a Muslim family on Tuesday converted to Hinduism in Baghpat with the help from a little-known rightwing group — Yuva Hindu Vahini-Bharat. The reason behind their decision to convert, they claimed, was the lack of support from their community after the “murder” of a family member. The police claimed it to be a suicide. They said that they now expect “justice from our new community”. In January, 22-year-old Gulhasan’s family, natives of Badarka village in the district shifted to Navada village in search of better prospects. “We shifted because several of our relatives lived there, it is Muslim-dominated and because it is closer to Delhi, we expected better fortune,” said Gulhasan’s brother Dilshad (34). “We purchased a house and Gulhasan rented a shop to run a clothing store.”On July 22, Gulhasan was found dead, hanging from the roof of his store. The family claimed he was killed by business rivals in the village. “We had found injury marks on his body,” said Dilshad.Gulhasan’s eldest brother Naushad said, “We told police that it (Gulhasan’s death) was a planned murder but they were told us that he committed suicide.” Dilshad said they received no support from village residents or their relatives there.“On July 11,our cousin Rajudeen had scuffled with local residents. No FIR was lodged in connection with the scuffle. Since we supported Rajudeen, people in the locality did not like us,” said Dilshad. They moved a local court seeking an FIR into the death. “Under the court’s direction a murder case was registered against 4 residents of Navada village on Aug.28,”said Dinesh Kumar, Kotwali SHO, adding that no one has been arrested in the case so far. “Autopsy cleared it as suicide. After FIR was lodged,we sent the autopsy report to medico legal experts in Lucknow for their opinion. After obtaining that, we will proceed further.” Navada village head Sarwar Rana said Gulhasan’s family was making false allegations. “Gulhasan had a dispute and was upset. That led him to taking his own life. Among the 4 persons named in FIR is a cousin.” In Aug, family returned to Badarka village. “Almost ostracised by our community, we decided to come back and also to convert. We will continue to fight for justice,” said Naushad. Dilshad said that they approached the Yuva Hindu Vahini-Bharat a month ago. “Our father gave in writing that all 20 members of our family of 4 brothers, their wives and children will convert and adopt new names. My youngest brother’s wife and my elder brother Zakir and his family backed out. But 13 of us, including my parents and brothers’ families, converted,” he said.Asked if by switching religion, he hoped for “justice” in the case, Dilshad said, “We converted because our community did not support us. By embracing Hinduism we are expecting justice from our new community.”“Our outfit was formed in Lucknow and we are taking out programmes in various states for welfare of our Hindu brothers.We also help those who want a ghar wapsi and this was why our activists in Baghpat have helped a Muslim family in conversion,” said Sivraj Singh Chauhan, head of Yuva Hindu Vahini-Bharat, which claims CM Yogi Aditynath as its “prerna stotra (source of inspiration)”.“Family has given an affidavit that they wanted to convert as per their will.They are not happy with the probe in the case involving death of a member. The issue will be taken up with SP (City),”said Baghpat DM Rishirendra Kumar.SP Shailesh Pandey said he met the family and assured them a probe if they move a fresh plea for the same. indianexpress
Muslim family in up converts to Hinduism to ensure probe into kin's death                                          
Assam sends 7 Rohingya Muslims to Manipur to be deported to Myanmar
Guwahati:Assam Govt  on Wednesday sent 7 Rohingya refugees from detention camp in Silchar to Imphal from where they would be deported to Myanmar, a top Govt  official said. “7 had left the detention camp this morning for Manipur from where they will be sent back through a border post,” deputy commissioner of Cachar district, S Lakshmanan said. Myanmar border at Moreh, is about 50 km south of Imphal. 7 Rohingya Muslims had been held at the Silchar central prison in Cachar district since 2012 on charges of illegal entry.The deportation came after a last ditch effort by advocate Prashant Bhushan for an urgent hearing of a PIL in the Supreme Court to restrain the Govt  from deporting Rohingya refugees failed.“It is a routine process. We sent back a Pakistani, an Afghani and 52 Bangladeshis recently,” said Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta, additional director general, Border Organisation of Assam Police, which deals with detection of foreigners. According to an intelligence reports, there are about 32 Rohingya refugees in detention camps in Assam. At least 15 of them including seven minors are in Tezpur. According to documents of the detention camp that HT has accessed, they are from Rakhine state in Myanmar and were apprehended in 2014 by Govt railway police. Last week, Centre had asked all states to take biometric details of Rohingya refugees and other illegal immigrants living in their jurisdiction as part of a country-wide security exercise. UNHCR which had requested access to detained Rohingya refugees in Assam, have not been given permission by Govt  so far.Ahead of the deportation, a UN human rights expert had expressed alarm at Gov ’s deportation plan saying returning the seven Rohingya refugeesto Myanmar could violate international law. “Given the ethnic identity of the men, this is a flagrant denial of their right to protection and could amount to refoulement,” said UN Special Rapporteur on racism, Tendayi Achiume.“Indian Govt has an international legal obligation to fully acknowledge the institutionalised discrimination, persecution, hate and gross human rights violations these people have faced in their country of origin and provide them the necessary protection.HT
India prepares to deport 7 Rohingya men even as SC refuses urgent hearing of plea seeking stay
UN chief asks India to work with Bangladesh, Myanmar to solve Rohingya crisis
United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has urged India to support Bangladesh in providing humanitarian assistance to the Rohingya community and influence Myanmar to bring about reconciliation, reported PTI.“What can India do? Support Bangladesh in helping these people because there is a huge humanitarian problem,” said Guterres, who is currently in India on a three-day visit. “Second, to pressure on Myanmar, the military in Myanmar for reconciliation and create conditions for these people to go back. These people will not go back in present circumstances.”Last month, Bangladesh PM  Sheikh Hasina accused Myanmar of using delaying tactics to block the return of Rohingya refugees to their homes in Rakhine state. Hasina had said her nation was already reeling from the responsibility towards its 160 million population and could not provide a permanent refuge for the Rohingyas who were forced across the border.Guterres said keeping people in such a “discriminatory situation” could lead to terrorist groups exploiting the situation. “There should be accountability to those crimes,” he said, describing the Rohingya as one of the most discriminated communities in the
Maharashtra moves SC against release of activist Navlakha arrested in Bhima Koregaon violence case
Maharashtra Govt  Wednesday moved the Supreme Court challenging the Delhi High Court order allowing Gautam Navlakha, one of the five rights activists arrested in connection with the Koregaon-Bhima case, to be freed from house arrest. The plea has been filed in the apex court registry Wednesday morning challenging the Delhi High Court order, Nishant Katneshwar, counsel for the Maharashtra govt said. Delhi HC had on Monday freed Navlakha from house arrest, five weeks after he along with four other rights activists were arrested in connection with Koregaon-Bhima violence in Maharashtra. Granting relief to Navlakha, the high court had also quashed the trial court’s transit remand order which he had challenged before the matter was taken to the Supreme Court.HT
Junaid Khan lynching: Main accused granted bail by Punjab and Haryana HC
The main accused in the Junaid Khan lynching case was granted interim bail by the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday. With the latest order, all the accused in the case are now out on bail.Naresh Kumar, the accused, has been in judicial custody since July 8, 2017.According to the order passed by Justice Daya Chaudhary, the interim bail has been granted only in view of the stay ordered by the Supreme Court on the proceedings of the case before the trial court. His lawyer had argued that the accused has remained in jail for more than one year and should be granted an interim bail.On June 7, a Sessions Court in Faridabad had dismissed the bail plea of Naresh while stating that the allegations against him are of serious nature and “there is every possibility for pressurising of the prosecution witnesses” in case he is granted bail.“The accused cannot take the ground of parity for the reason that he has been shown as the main accused and the causing of injuries with sharp edge weapon have been attributed to the present accused,” Additional Sessions Judge Narendra Sharma had said in his order.The judge in the order had also mentioned that he has found substance in the prosecution argument that mere long custody does not make the accused entitled to bail.While granting bail to another accused in the case on April 17 this year, the Punjab and Haryana High Court had stated that the initial dispute between the victims and the accused was “only regarding the seat sharing and abuses in the name of castes and nothing more”.indianexpress
Junaid lynching: last accused also get bail; victim family disappointed
Pehlu Khan lynching case: Rajasthan cops claim complaint of firing on witnesses fake
Rajasthan Police claimed on Wednesday they had found no evidence of firing on the witnesses of the Pehlu Khan lynching case and termed the complaint fake. Witnesses in the lynching case, including Khan's 2 sons, had alleged on Saturday, they were fired upon by unidentified men while they were on the way to appear in a court in Behror town.“There was no firing and no one fired at the witnesses and the complaint was fake. There was no circumstantial evidence of firing and no such vehicle, as described by the complainant, is seen in CCTV footage,”said Circle Officer Behror Kushal Singh.“ Complaint was posted on social media about the alleged incident but they did not inform the police control room. They went to the SP office instead of approaching a nearby police station which had raised doubts,” he said.Khan's son Irshad had lodged the complaint in the matter at the Neemrana Police Station.PTI
Complaint of firing on witnesses of Pehlu Khan lynching case fake: Police
Farmers end protest after Delhi Police allows entry, midnight march to Kisan Ghat
New Delhi:Farmers, who were stopped on UP Gate-Delhi border Tuesday, were allowed inside national capital around midnight following which they marched to the memorials of Chaudhary Charan Singh at Kisan Ghat and Mahatma Gandhi. The farmers ended their protest after reaching Kisan Ghat, concluding the ten-day long Kisan Kranti Yatra that had started from Haridwar on Sept.23.On Tuesday, farmers had planned to march to Delhi from the UP border to reach Kisan Ghat on Gandhi Jayanti. The border was, however, sealed and fortified by the Delhi Police along with RAF and RRF personnel.As the farmers tried to break through the barricades, the police lobbed tear gas shells and used water cannons and baton charged them.The clashes left at least 14 injured, including policemen. The march then turned into a sit-in under the Ghazipur flyover, waiting for news from a delegation that went to meet Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Union Minister of State for Agriculture Gajendra Singh Shekhawat.indianexpress
Bombay HC dismisses petition challenging talaq ordinance
Mumbai :Bombay High Court has dismissed a petition filed by five persons challenging the constitutional legality and validity of Muslim Women(Protection of Rights on Marriage) Ordinance 2018, published on Sept.18.The counsel of Union of India informed the court that there is a similar petition pending before the Supreme Court and another petition on the same issue was filed before Delhi High Court, which was dismissed. A division bench of Justice BR Gavai and Justice AM Dhavale, dismissed the matter and said that they are not inclined to hear the petition as a similar petition is being heard by Supreme Court. The petition was filed by Masud Ansari, businessman, ex-Municipal Councilor and social worker, NGO Rising Voice Foundation and its president Nasibullah Khan, Afreen Bano Ansari, a practicing lawyer Devendra Mishra.indianexpress
Students Hold Awareness Campaign To Eradicate Misunderstood Notions About Islam
In order to eradicate misunderstood notions about Islam, the Students Islamic Organisation (SIO) started a campaign called Islamic Knowledge Test (IKT) in Sept– which will continue till Oct.15 – across city colleges, to give a basic understanding of the religion which promotes humanity, peace and harmonious living. As part of it, SIO is not only holding awareness programs, but is also taking a small test to help participants gauge their understanding of the religion. For promoting better understanding of Islam, information kiosks were arranged at several college campuses by SIO representatives, and in some colleges, informal talks were also held with students who might have questions regarding Islam."This campaign is SIO's way of taking small steps to eliminate the misconceptions about Islam, by trying to give basic knowledge and understanding of the faith, to let people know that Islam is like any other religion promoting humanity, peace and harmonious living," said Simab Khan, SIO campus secretary for Mumbai.He added,"We thought this will be an opportunity for people of all faiths to understand Islam and its basic teachings.The purpose behind keeping a test at the end of it was to give everyone the motivation to learn about the religion.At the end of campaign, we'll be giving out prizes and certificates."The campaign has till now been held in around 50 colleges, with more than 2,000 students visiting the kiosks. Around 250 candidates appeared for the test held last Sunday at 8 centres. "Over 70 % of the participants were of non-Muslim faiths," added Khan.mid-day
UP govt’s plan to modernize madrassa education falls flat in Bijnor
Bijnor: BJP-led UP Govt’s ambitious plan to modernize madrassa education remained on papers in Bijnor as over 80,000 students of 615 madarssas are still following the old syllabus due to absence of NCERT books in the market. Yogi Adityanath Govt had introduced NCERT books in English, Hindi and Urdu in Madarsa Board in May this year. Madrasas were also asked to follow NCERT curriculum and introduce subjects like Science, Mathematics and Social Science.  Later, in July, the Govt had also promised to provide free NCERT books to 560 aided minority institutes across the state.All other recognized seminaries were asked to purchase books from market. However, absence of NCERT books in the market forced thousands of students in the district to fall back on old books. Mohammad Kamruddin, a teacher at Hakikatpur Gangwali madarssa, said:“NCERT books were made compulsory for all madarssa students. The direction came in July while session had begun in April. When we contacted publishers, they told us that we will have to apply online to procure NCERT books. There is shortage of books in local market. Most of the students have purchased books of old syllabus.” When contacted, district minority welfare officer Praveen Mishra also confirmed that there is a crunch of NCERT books in the market. Several madrassa managements tried to procure book but could not. TOI
World-class varsity for minorities in pipeline, Naqvi lays foundation stone
Jaipur:Union minister for minority affairs, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, on Monday laid the foundation stone of a world-class institute for minorities, poor and the weaker sections in Alwar. The estimated worth of the university is worth Rs 1,000 crore which was similar to the central universities established during the UPA-II regime. CM Vasundhara Raje has allocated 15 acres of land in Alwar for the varsity. Naqvi said that 40% seats in this university will be reserved for girls. He said,“University which is expected to start its academic year in 2020 will provide quality education to minorities, poor and weaker sections.” Explaining the need for this varsity, aqvi said that the country has several good varsities but due to merit and financial constraints they are out of the reach of this section. “This university will bridge the gap by providing quality education,” said Naqvi. He credited PM Narendra Modi’s efforts for reducing school dropout rate among Muslim girls.“The concerted efforts have proved results by reducing the drop out from 70 % to about 35-40 percent,” said Naqvi. Sources said that university in different phases will provide education in job-oriented courses in fields of technical, medical and Ayurveda.“University will be state-of-art with all facilities for boys and girls.Hostels will be constructed to accommodate a good number of students,” said a source. TOI
BSP chief Mayawati lashes at ‘arrogant’ Congress, rules out tie-up for Rajasthan and MP elections
New Delhi :Ruling out an alliance with the Congress in the upcoming assembly elections in Rajasthan and MP, BSP supremo Mayawati today said the party will contest on its own and alleged that some Congress leaders are against a tie-up despite Sonia and Rahul Gandhi’s ‘honest’ intentions.“They (Congress) are getting arrogant and are under misconception that they can defeat BJP on their own but the ground reality is that people haven’t forgiven Congress party for their mistakes and corruption…They don’t seem to be ready to rectify themselves,” she told ANI.Mayawati said BSP loses out more than it would gain from an alliance with the Congress. “In Rajasthan, the Congress was offering us only nine seats out of 200 assembly seats, in MP 15-20 (out of 230 seats in the state),in Chhattisgarh only 5-6 seats out of 90.We have noticed that whenever we have contested an election in alliance, all our votes get transferred to Congress,” she said. Congress, like BJP, is conspiring to finish off BSP, she alleged.indianexpress
MP behind BJP-ruled Rajasthan,Haryana in protecting its cows
Bhopal:Madhya Pradesh, which has just announced plans to form a cow ministry, is playing catch-up with other BJP-ruled states that have taken the lead in promoting bovine welfare.The Govt  allocated Rs 4.5 per cow (per day) housed in Govt -run cattle shelters in the state in 2017-18. That’s 50 paise more than the allocation in the previous year.“The money is not sufficient,” said MP Gau Samvardhan Board executive committee chairman Swami Akhileshwaranand. The board, set up in 2004, received Rs 25 crore in the 2017-18 budget , Rs 5 crore more than the previous year, to look after 1,53,000 cows housed in 614 functional cow shelters. About half of the 1,296 cow shelters registered with the board have shut down due to paucity of funds.As per the state Govt  documents, the board utilised the entire allocation. “We need at least Rs 96 crore every year to run cow shelters...,” Akhileshwaranand said. On Sunday, Chouhan announced plans to set up a cow ministry that would replace the Gau Samvardhan Board, in a bid to outdo the Congress in wooing cattle-loving voters ahead of the state elections.CM’s announcement came days after Congress MP head Kamal Nath promised to set up cow shelters in every village panchayat for he had been pained by cow deaths.HT
Owaisi, Ambedkar inaugurate alliance at massive rally in aurangabad
Aurangabad: AIMIM and Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh (BBM) formally announced their electoral alliance at a grand public rally here on Tuesday. Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi and BBM president Prakash Ambedkar addressed the people. Marking a new dimension in Maharashtra politics, the AIMIM and BBM had last month announced to jointly fight the upcoming Lok Sabha and state Assembly elections.Owaisi’s AIMIM has already made inroads in the Maharashtra Assembly and several civic bodies in the state in the last few years. AIMIM’s MLAs in Maharashtra – Waris Pathan and Imtiaz Jaleel were also present at the rally.caravandaily
NCP Muslim leaders split on Tariq Anwar
Mumbai: A section of minority leaders in NCP has slammed MP Tariq Anwar for quitting the party on September 28 on the grounds that party chief Sharad Pawar gave a “clean chit” to PM Modi on the Rafale deal. Pawar and other senior NCP leaders have clarified he did not do so. “NCP’s Muslim cadre is intact and backs Pawar Sahab as the party chief. After Anwar’s resignation, we spoke to the minority members of the party and, except a few, all have reposed faith in Pawar,” said advocate Syed Jalaluddin, ex chairman, NCP’s minorities department. NCP spokesman Nawab Malik said there was no support for Anwar.“Our minority cadre in Maharashtra is unaffected because nobody buys the excuse which Anwar used to quit,” said Malik.Munaaf Hakim, ex minorities panel chief and close aide of Anwar, claimed a chunk of Muslims back Anwar. “A huge number of Muslim workers of the party are awaiting his next move. We are not telling anyone to quit yet because right now we don’t have a platform to rehabilitate them,” said Hakim. TOI
No peace until Islam is made equal: Rtd. Chief Justice of Delhi HC  AP Shah
Hyderabad: Setting the ball rolling for the annual Manthan Samvad conclave in the city on Tuesday, retired Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court, Ajit Prakash Shah, known for his bold judgements, declared scathingly, “Republic of Intolerance that India has turned into in the last few years reflects and confirms to us our collective psychological malady, where we have lost sensitivity to the pain of our fellow citizens, and have become numb to the increasing loss of rights as citizens.” Tracing the roots of intolerance to Sangh Parivar, Justice Shah confessed that his own roots were seeped in saffron: “My grandfather was one of the founding members of the Hindu Mahasabha in pre-Independent India. I grew up reading the poems of Veer Savarkar.”It is the deep-rooted psyche of the RSS and all its affiliates with their idea of Hindu Rasthra and Akand Bharat, that compels them to view Muslims and Christians as not Indians, he said.“The recent reconciliatory speech of Mohan Bhagwat is perfunctory. Until the day RSS declares that Islam and Christianity are equal to Hinduism and other religions born in India, there will be little scope for social harmony.”deccanchronicle
Innocent Muslim acquitted due to Marandi’s efforts: Jamiatul Quraish
New Delhi: Former Jharkhand CM Babulal Marandi held a special meeting with President India Islamic Cultural Centre.On the occasion officials of Jamiatul Quraish Jharkhand and Delhi hailed Babulal Marandi and informed him about the problems confronted by Quraish community. Babulal Marandi assured that he will talk to the officers and resolve the problems faced by Quraish community.On the occasion officials of Jamiatul Quraish told that though he is not the CM, Babulal Marandi has helped troubled Muslims. They told that police had arrested Dr Intezaar Ali on false charges of terrorism but Babulal Marandi investigated on his own and put the facts before the high officials.They told that Muslims of Jharkhand will always remember Babulal Marandi for the fact that an innocent man was acquitted from false charges due to his efforts.siasat
AMU student approaches Minority Commission for inquiry into Aligarh encounter
 AMU’s student, Faizul Hasan, who was booked on charges of kidnapping the family members of the 2 alleged criminals killed in an encounter on Sept.20, has urged UP State Minority Commission to order a judicial inquiry into the case.In a letter to the Chairman of the Commission, Hasan also demanded removal of SSP Aligarh Ajay Kumar Sahini for the alleged fake encounter. The letter states that the family members of the deceased have given statements that the slain youths were picked up by the police with malafide and malicious intentions and the entire story of the encounter had been cooked up for unknown reasons. It is alleged that the two were taken to a secluded spot four days after they were picked up and shot in cold blood and the entire incident was projected as an encounter. He stated that it is a matter of grave concern as the police administration has covered up the entire matter by killing the innocent civilians in presence of media. They had no history of criminal background. Their dead bodies were also not handed over to the families for the last rites and were buried without performing Islamic rituals.TOI
No names, no faces, no campaign: Secrecy drapes J&K local polls
Srinagar:The first phase of local body elections in J&K starts October 8 but there’s no campaigning, no door-to-door canvassing, no poll rally in the Valley.Even the names of candidates who have filed nomination papers or their political affiliations are not being disclosed.Officials cite “security reasons” for the veil of secrecy over the conduct of the “faceless” poll process, especially in the troubled south of the Valley. They say disclosure of candidate details will make them vulnerable to threats, even endanger lives.So far, 851 candidates have filed nomination papers for seats in 598 wards and 40 municipal bodies in the Valley. Across J&K, 1145 seats are up for grabs in 79 municipal bodies and a total of 3005 candidates are in the fray. PDP and NC, two big parties in the state, are boycotting the polls while BJP, Congress and Sajad Lone’s Peoples Conference are in the fray. In the Valley, there will probably be no contest for 60% of the seats.indianexpress
Terror funding: NIA conducts search at Kashmiri businessman's residence
Srinagar:NIA has conducted a search at the residence of a businessman here in connection with a case related to busting of a terror-funding module linked to Pakistan-based terrorist Hafiz Muhammad Saeed in New Delhi last week, officials said. The raid, which was scheduled last week but postponed due to law and order situation, was carried out at the residence of Ajaz Ahmad Hakak, who deals in medical items, in downtown Srinagar early Tuesday.Local police and paramilitary men accompanied NIA officials during the raid.PTI
S-400 missile deal to be signed during Vladimir Putin’s India visit this week: Moscow
New Delhi :Ahead of Vladimir Putin’s two-day visit to India starting Thursday, his top foreign policy aide Yury Ushakov Tuesday said that the Russian President will oversee the signing of the S-400 air defence systems deal.This is the first official confirmation from the Russian Govt  on the signing of the deal with India. Putin and PM  Narendra Modi will meet for bilateral talks on Oct. 5. S-400 deal has been caught in diplomatic crossfire between US and Russia, with Washington threatening Delhi and other partners with sanctions if their defence deals with Russia go through.In Moscow, Ushakov told reporters that the “President is leaving for India on October 4” and would oversee the signing of the agreement. “Value of the contract will be more than USD 5 billion,” news agencies quoted him saying. In New Delhi,Govt sources said that deal is “under discussion” and its signing during Putin’s visit is “quite likely”.On Monday, Russian news agency TASS reported that Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov had confirmed that the theme of military technical cooperation will be on the agenda. “Putin is going to India on an official visit. A package of agreements is to be signed. It is true that the theme of military-technical cooperation will be on the agenda,” Peskov had said, responding to questions on the S-400 deal.indianexpress
Centre extends AFSPA in 3 districts in Arunachal for 6 months
New Delhi :In view of the activities of banned insurgent groups of the north east, the Centre has extended the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act in three districts of Arunachal Pradesh and its eight police station areas bordering Assam by another six months. A home ministry official said the decision was taken after a review of law and order situation in the three districts and eight police station areas concerned.According to a home ministry notification, released Oct.1, Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts of Arunachal and eight police stations bordering Assam were declared “disturbed” areas under AFSPA, 1958.“Now, therefore, Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts in Arunachal Pradesh and the areas falling within the jurisdiction of the following eight police stations in the districts of Arunachal, bordering the State of Assam, are declared as ‘disturbed area’ under Section 3 of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 up to March 31, 2019 w.e.f. Oct.1, 2018, unless withdrawn earlier,” the notification said.indianexpress
Muslims are descendants of Ram, should help in construction of Ram Temple: Union Minister Giriraj
New Delhi: Union Minister Giriraj Singh made shocking statements in his appeal to Muslims to help in the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya. He claimed that they should help since they were also “descendants of Lord Rama, and not Babur”,as per ANI. Urging Muslims to help in the construction of the temple, he said that he would be “anguished” if they didn't, because Muslims “hail from the descendants of Lord Ram and not from Babur or his lineage”. Further, he said that Hindus would take over Mathura, Ayodhya, and Kashi if they ran out of patience. Giriraj Singh, Minister of State for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, also accused Congress chief Rahul Gandhi of suspending party workers who worshipped Lord Shiva and for chanting, “Har Har Mahadev”. “If you are true Hindus, then stop having beef in your parties and stop visiting temples just before the elections,” he said further as he launched a scathing attack on the Opposition. Timesnownews
 ‘Funds for Durga Puja clubs, not Imams’ – Kolkata clerics accuse Mamata Banerjee of betrayal, organise rallyIndia
West Bengal: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday faced her first big minority challenge as imams in Kolkata came out in streets to stage their protest. The All Bengal Minority Youth Federation, a body comprising Muslim clerics and scholars from all across the state, is calling for an increase in the stipend, which is Rs 2,500 at present, of Imams and Muezzins.Some of the Imams and scholars participating in the rally are reported to be close to Banerjee. West Bengal CM had in 2011 courted controversy when she had declared to give the stipend to Imams. Blaming Banerjee for betraying them, the clerics are questioning the West Bengal Govt’s decision to pay Rs 10,000 to each 28,000 Durga pujo clubs across the state.Accusing Banerjee of majority appeasement, a section of the Muslim community demanded that if Hindus can be given money for pujo, imams’ stipend should be increased. Reminding Banerjee of her promise she made in 2011, the Imams said the WB Govt  should give aid for at least 10,000 Madrasas across the state. At present, the state funds are given to just over 200.The protesters also demanded a Muslim police commissioner in Kolkata and more representation in police forces. Notably, the rally was held without permission from the police. It is interesting to note that this is the first time in the last seven years that a Muslim rally has been denied permission in West Bengal.Times Now
New parameters for urgent mentioning and hearing of cases will be worked out: CJI
Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi Wednesday said new parameters will be worked out for urgent mentioning and hearing of cases. Gogoi, who was sworn in as the 46th CJI this morning, refused to allow urgent mentioning of cases, and said cases that are filed will be listed as per the schedule.In a ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhawan’s Darbar Hall, Justice Gogoi was administered the oath by President Ram Nath Kovind. PM  Narendra Modi and Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan were among the dignitaries who were present for the ceremony. Justice Gogoi, the first CJI from the northeast, will hold the post till November 17, 2019.indianexpress
Delhi tuition teacher shot dead for ‘affair’ with Muslim student
New Delhi: A 31-year-old teacher of a private coaching institute was shot dead by two unidentified assailants in northwest Delhi’s Mahindra Park area Monday.According to preliminary reports, the assailants are believed to be the family members of a Muslim student with whom the teacher, Ankit Garg, was allegedly having a relationship. However, police are yet to comment on this.Sources said the couple planned to get married, but the girl’s family was fiercely opposed to their relationship on religious grounds.Sub-inspector Ranvir Mahindra said the attack took place between 8 am and 8.30 am inside a coaching centre, where Garg, who used to teach political science, arrived to take the first class of the day.Citing eyewitness accounts, police said Garg was shot at the back of his head by a masked gunman, who was believed to be waiting by the stairwell leading to an entrance of the institute for 25 minutes. According to eyewitnesses, the woman’s brother was at the scene of the crime. However, police told ThePrint that the matter is still under investigation. Police are believed to have questioned 9 members of the girl’s family in connection with the alleged murder, but a clear motive is yet to be determined.The two gunmen fled the scene shortly after the attack and they have not been identified yet. Theprint
Would not suggest demonetisation to any country: New IMF chief economist Gita Gopinath
New Delhi: Newly-appointed chief economist of International Monetary Fund, Gita Gopinath, was a vocal critic of the Modi Govt’s demonetisation move, but called the GST a ‘real reform’.In a Walk the Talk conversation last year with ThePrint, Gopinath said no macro-economist would recommend this prescription (demonetisation) for any developing or advanced economy. Modi Govt’s demonetisation drive shook the Indian economy on 8 Nov.2016 by sucking out 86%  of the cash in circulation overnight.In Walk the Talk, 46-year-old economist called the drive unprecedented.“Not only unprecedented in terms of practice, it is also unprecedented in terms of theory. Because pretty much every single macro-economist colleague of mine, whom I have spoken to, would say that this is something that we probably do not recommend to any developing country,” said Gopinath.“Even in an advanced economy, you wouldn’t do that,” said the John Zwaanstra professor of International Studies and Economics at Harvard University.However,Gopinath added that India could move towards a less-cash economy, leaving more money in the banks, as a positive impact of the demonetisation drive.theprint
Trump: Saudi king wouldn't last 2 weeks' without US support
US President Donald Trump said close ally Saudi Arabia and its king would not last "for two weeks" without US military support at a rally in Mississippi on Tuesday."We protect Saudi Arabia. Would you say they're rich? And I love the king, King Salman. But I said 'King - we're protecting you - you might not be there for two weeks without us - you have to pay for your military,'" the president said to cheers at the rally.Trump did not say when he made those remarks to the Saudi monarch, but they come amid increasing oil prices in the US.Saudi Arabia is the world's top oil exporter and the de facto leader of the oil-producing bloc, OPEC, which has been criticised by Trump for high oil prices.Trump called King Salman on Saturday to discuss efforts to maintain supplies to ensure oil market stability and global economic growth, according to Saudi state news agency SPA.Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman travelled to Kuwait last weekend to speak with Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber Al Sabah, reportedly about increasing oil production.No further developments have surfaced from the Kuwait meeting but media reports said the Gulf crisis was also on the agenda of the talks.aljazeera
Saudi economist who criticised Aramco IPO charged with treason
Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor has charged a prominent economist who once criticised a Govt  plan to privatise the kingdom's oil company Aramco with treason, local media and activists say.Accusations against the man, who was not identified by the media, include joining the banned Muslim Brotherhood group, communicating with neighbouring Qatar, as well as inciting protests and unrest in the kingdom.The head of ALQST, a London-based Saudi rights group, confirmed to Al Jazeera Zcharges and revealed the identity of businessman. "They meant Essam al-Zamil," Yahya Assiri, head of ALQST and a close friend of al-Zamil, said.A Saudi Govt  media office did not immediately respond to a request for comment when approached by Reuters.Al-Zamil has been in custody since September 2017, along with dozens of intellectuals and scholars,in a Govt  crackdown on potential opponents of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, whose ambitious economic reform programme centred on selling up to 5% of state-owned oil giant, Aramco, Reuters reported.In a series of social media posts before his arrest, al-Zamil said $2 trillion valuation for Aramco suggested by bin Salman would require the authorities to include the company's oil reserves in the sale.Aljazeera
Saudi writer Khashoggi 'disappears after consulate visit'
Friends and colleagues of prominent Saudi dissident and journalist Jamal Khashoggi fear he's been taken while visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul after not being seen since. Khashoggi, who has been living in self-exile in the United States, entered the consulate's premises at around 1pm in what seemed to be a routine visit to sort out paperwork, before disappearing, the Arabic-language Arab21 news website reported on Tuesday, quoting his fiance.According to 2 Turkish officials the journalist remains inside the consulate, Reuters reported on Wednesday. "According to the information we have, Khashoggi is still in the Saudi Arabian Consulate in Istanbul," one of the Turkish officials said.The prominent columnist for the Washington Post has long criticised the Saudi govt's reform programme under the auspices of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.aljazeera
Pakistan takes u-turn on Saudi; says Riyadh won't be part of key project
In a U-turn, Pakistan has announced that its close ally Saudi Arabia would not join the over-$50 billion so-called 'China-Pakistan Economic Corridor' or 'CPEC', days after Islamabad said Riyadh will be the third "strategic partner" of China's flagship Belt and Road Initiative project.'CPEC' is the flagship project of the multi-billion dollar Belt and Road Initiative or BRI, a pet project of Chinese President Xi Jinping. 'CPEC', which passes through PoK, is aimed at connecting China's Xinjiang region with Balochistan's Gwadar Port.BRI aims to increase China's influence around the world through infrastructure projects funded by Beijing.Pakistan's Minister for Planning and Development Khusro Bakhtiar told his country's media on Tuesday that the cash-rich kingdom's proposed investments would fall under a separate bilateral arrangement, Pakistan's Dawn news reported."Saudi Arabia is not to become a collateral strategic partner in CPEC.This impression is not true," he said.PTI / media reports
Saudi reduces its financial support to Jerusalem
A Jerusalemite official told Al-Khaleej Online that during the past two months, Saudi Arabia has started reducing all humanitarian, educational, and relief projects it used to oversee in the Holy City. He suggested that this reduction is part of “Riyadh’s penalty for their objection of the Deal of the Century”. Islamic Development Bank, based in Jeddah, also decided to reduce its financial support to the city to $7 million from $ 60 million.The official pointed out that they tried to inquire about the reason for this sudden decline in the Saudi role in Jerusalem. They were told it was because of the “financial crisis Saudi Arabia is currently facing.”According to the same official, the people of Jerusalem considered that an “unconvincing” justification, considering that funds have been already allocated to the projects overseen by Riyadh and funded by the Islamic Development Bank.middleeastmonitor
International Court of Justice orders US. to lift sanctions on humanitarian goods' import by Iran
United Nations’ highest court today ordered the US to lift sanctions on Iran that affect imports of humanitarian goods and products and services linked to the safety of civil aviation. Ruling by International Court of Justice (ICJ) is legally binding, but it remains to be seen if the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump will comply.Trump moved to restore tough U.S. sanctions in May after withdrawing from Tehran’s nuclear accord with world powers. Iran challenged the sanctions in a case filed in July at the ICJ.In a preliminary ruling, the court said that Washington must “remove, by means of its choosing, any impediments arising from” the reimposition of sanctions to the export to Iran of medicine and medical devices, food and agricultural commodities and spare parts and equipment necessary to ensure the safety of civil aviation.AP
France Freezes Iranian assets after attempted terror attack
 French Govt imposed sanctions on 2 Iranian individuals and Iran’s interior security intelligence service for what it said was an attempted attack against a meeting of an Iranian opposition group near Paris.In a joint statement issued Tuesday by the foreign, interior and finance ministries, France said, “an act of such gravity planned on our territory can’t be left without response.” It named the individuals as Assadollah Asadi and Saeid Hashemi Moghadam. The office was identified as the Direction of Internal Security at Iran’s Intelligence Ministry. The French are accusing the Iranian intelligence ministry of ordering the attempted attack, AFP reported, citing diplomatic sources. On Monday, AFP reported that Germany extradited to Belgium an Iranian diplomat suspected of being part of a plot to bomb a June 30 gathering by about 25,000 of Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, at Villepinte near Paris. That same day, two Belgians of Iranian descent were arrested near Brussels with explosives that inspectors believe were being brought to the rally, and an Iranian diplomat posted to Vienna was arrested in Germany on suspicion of directing the operation.Bloomberg
In Iran, illegally brewed alcohol has killed 42, blinded dozens, landed hundreds in hospital
Poisonous batches of bootleg alcohol have killed at least 42 people, blinded more than a dozen others and sent hundreds to the hospital across Iran in recent weeks, the country’s Health Ministry said.The police are said to have raided at least one underground distillery and arrested dozens of people in connection with the tainted drinks. The youngest victim was a 19-year-old woman, the BBC reported.It was not clear what was in the concoctions. In the past, authorities have blamed high levels of methanol — a simple alcohol used as an antifreeze and for biofuels — for contaminating drinks.NYT
Iraq names new President, PM, ending months of deadlock
Iraq‘s parliament has elected as president Kurdish politician Barham Salih, who immediately named Shi’ite Adel Abdul Mahdi PM -designate, ending months of deadlock after an inconclusive national election in May. Presidency, traditionally occupied by a Kurd, is a largely ceremonial position, but the vote for Salih was a key step toward forming a new Govt , which politicians have failed to do since the election.Under Iraq‘s constitution, Salih–a British-educated engineer who has held office in both the Iraqi federal and Kurdish regional Govt s – had 15 days to invite the nominee of the largest parliamentary bloc to form a Govt . He chose to do so less than two hours after his election.Since Saddam Hussein was toppled in a 2003 US-led invasion, power has been shared among Iraq’s 3 largest ethnic-sectarian components.Reuters
Brotherhood in Algeria warns of collapse of state institutions
Head of the Society for Peace Movement in Algeria has warned that state institutions in the North African country are gradually collapsing. The move by loyalist deputies to force the President of National People’s Congress, Said Bouhadja, to resign is a realistic example of this collapse, explained Abderrazak Makri.Makri also drew attention to state President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s health condition.“The president is absent and no one knows who and how decisions are taken. Photographs of him are being circulated with no respect for his position and privacy, which is a sign of the state’s weakness.” He suggested that this exposes Algeria to international ridicule but some people still want to maintain the status quo. “It’s as if Algeria is sterile and there is nobody to do the job except the current president; as if the people have no power and cannot take care of themselves unless the president appoints his successor.” middleeastmonitor
Canada revokes Suu Kyi honorary citizenship
Canada's parliament formally stripped Aung San Suu Kyi of her honorary Canadian citizenship for complicity in the atrocities committed against Myanmar's Rohingya.Aung San Suu Kyi became the first person to have her honorary Canadian citizenship revoked on Tuesday.Senate voted unanimously to strip Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar's civilian leader, of the symbolic honour bestowed on her in 2007.The upper house's move follows a similar unanimous vote in the House of Commons last week.A UN fact-finding mission reported last month Myanmar's military has systematically killed thousands of Rohingya civilians, burned hundreds of their villages, and engaged in ethnic cleansing and mass gang rape.It called for top generals to be investigated and prosecuted for genocide. The Senate has also followed the lead of the Commons in recognising that the crimes against humanity committed by Myanmar military against the Rohingya constitute a genocide."We must recognise this atrocity for what it is,"said Senator Ratna Omidvar, who introduced the motion to revoke Suu Kyi's citizenship on Tuesday.aljazeera
China: 'Arabic-sounding' river renamed to curb Islamic influence: aljazeera
In yet another move aimed at reducing Islamic influence in China, authorities there have renamed a river because it had an "Arabic-sounding name".The name of river "Aiyi" has been changed to "Diannong" by the autonomous Govt  of Ningxia, home to the mainland's largest number of Muslims, a report by the Global Times said."'Aiyi', the old Chinese name for the river … sounds to some people like the Arabic name 'Aisha',"Wang Genming, a researcher at the Ningxia University Institute of Hui Studies told the Chinese daily.Aisha was one of the wives of the Prophet Mohammad."Diannong" derives from the old Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD) name for Ningxia's capital city, currently named Yinchuan, according to Global Times.
 Israel claims to arrest Hamas cell over attack plot
Israel’s internal security agency, Shin Bet, said today that a 3-member Hamas cell was arrested in the occupied West Bank for allegedly plotting attacks. In a statement, Shin Bet said Issa Shaladeh, 21, and Omar Mas’ud, 20, had been detained on suspicion of being recruited by the Qassam Brigades, Hamas’ armed wing.It claimed that the pair had planned to carry out attacks against Israelis and to aid in the transfer of funds to the Palestinian group. A third Palestinian, who was identified as 24-year-old Hazem Hamayel, a resident of the northern West Bank, was also arrested for allegedly contacting a Hamas official in Gaza “to organize terror attacks in Israel”, statement said. There was no comment from Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, on the Israeli claim.Every now and then, Israeli authorities announce arrest of Hamas-linked cells for alleged attack plot against Israeli targets in the West Bank. Anadolu
Israeli army wounds 7 Palestinians in Gaza
Gaza:At least 7 Palestinians were injured Tuesday when the Israeli army fired on peaceful demonstrators in Gaza.The victims were wounded by live bullets, according to information gathered from a local hospital.4 of them were injured in the eastern part of Jabalia camp while the other 3 were wounded in eastern Gaza. Anadolu
Canada suspends, fines ISNA-Canada over 'funding' Hizbul Mujahideen in India; Islamic charity denies charges
Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) has suspended the Islamic Society of North America-Canada (ISNA-Canada) for funding groups allegedly linked to Hizbul Mujahideen.CRA has banned the Mississauga-based Islamic charity organisation for a year starting from 12 September and has also ordered it to pay a fine of $5,50,000.Canadian Govt  auditors have alleged that ISNA-Canada “failed to conduct any meaningful due diligence” when it transferred $1,36,000 to India's Kashmir region where groups like Hizbul Mujahideen have been in an armed conflict with the Indian forces. CRA said that the Islamic charity has acted as a ‘conduit’ for many organisations which supports terrorist activities in other countries. “It is the CRA’s view that the society’s resources may have, directly or indirectly, been used to support the political efforts of Jamaat-e-Islami and/or its armed wing Hizbul Mujahideen,” CRA has stated, according to an India Today report. However, according to report, the Charities Directorate has not revoked ISNA-Canada’s charity status but the group was required to enter a compliance agreement whereby it must “cease its overseas operations”. According to a Global News article, ISNA Islamic Services of Canada was stripped of its charitable status for “non-compliance,” according to records obtained by Global News. Authorities also revoked a related charity, Canadian Islamic Trust Foundation. Both are former affiliates of ISNA-Canada, and shared its Mississauga,Ontario, address.However, ISNA-Canada has denied all the allegations levelled against it by CRA. “We are saddened by this outcome," ISNA-Canada said in a written statement, another Global News article said. According to the report,ISNA-Canada has also denied any links to terrorism and has said that it has in fact made "progressive and important changes” to its governance and in "how it operates as one of the largest Muslim organisations in Canada".“We remain politically impartial and are not in any way linked to any political or extremist group,” said the organisation, adding,“We will continue our operations and remain committed to always striving to be the best possible organisation we can be in service to Canadians."According to the Global News report, in a letter addressed to community members, ISNA-Canada chair Katherine Bullock said:"We have spent the last decade rectifying these mistakes and reforming our organisation to ensure that we have a robust governance structure in place so that the mistakes made are not repeated."firstpost
Russia: Syria regime ready to reopen Quneitra border crossing with Israel
Russian Ministry of Defence said that Syrian regime is also ready to reopen the Quneitra border crossing with Israel.“The border crossing is ready for opening and for launching operations. This comes due to a great effort carried out by the Armed Forces of Syrian Arab Republic with the assistance of the Russian Aerospace Forces,” said Lieutenant General Sergei Kuralenko, deputy commander of Russian forces in Syria. Last month, Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that Israel was ready to reopen the border crossing which has been closed since 2014.middleeastmonitor
Merkel threatens Israel over demolition of Khan Al-Ahmar
German Chancellor Angela Merkel threatened to cancel her visit to Israel if the planned demolition of Palestinian village in occupied West Bank took place before her trip.Israel’s Army Radio is reported to have been instructed by Merkel’s office that if the Bedouin village of Khan Al-Ahmar was evacuated before her trip, she would cancel her visit which is expected to begin tonight.The residents of Khan Al-Ahmar were given an 1 October deadline after which Israeli bulldozers were expected to demolish their homes.middleeastmonitor
Yemen: Islah leader found dead after being kidnapped
The head of the branch of the Islah Charitable Society for Social Welfare, Mohammed Al- Shujainah was found dead yesterday afternoon hours after he was kidnapped by gunmen outside his home in the district of Attawahi.Local sources said Al-Shajainah’s body was found inside a car in the KhorMaksar district. Sources said he was blindfolded and had been tortured.Days earlier social media users had circulated a video clip showing the assassination of prominent Imam in Aden, Sheikh Abdulrahman Al-Omrani, in broad daylight.MEMO
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