26 November 2018

26 Nov.ND: SC seeks Centre’s response on the amendment to Anti-Corruption Act/ #ImplantFiles – Big medical device bazaar: Faulty implants, basement surgeries, lives at risk/ Seers Reject Yogi Adityanath’s Proposal to Build Ram Statue in Ayodhya

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26 Nov. 2018:17 Rabiul-I 1440: Vol: 11, No:64
SC seeks Centre’s response on the amendment to Anti-Corruption Act
The Supreme Court has sought Centre's response on plea challenging constitutional validity of amended section 17A of Prevention of Corruption Act on Monday.PIL, filed by NGO Centre for Public Interest Litigation’ (CPIL), challenged the validity of a provision of the anti-graft law which mandates prior sanction before starting a probe against a Govt servant in a corruption case.A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Ajay Rastogi issued notice to the Centre on PIL against the validity of amended section amended section 17A of Prevention of Corruption Act.Lawyer Prashant Bhushan, representing NGO, said amended provision makes the prior sanction of appointing authority essential to launch investigation against Govt servants in corruption cases.“We think that you are entitled to a hearing and so we have issued the notice,” said the bench.nationalheraldindia
Aircel-Maxis case: CBI informs Delhi court it has procured sanction to prosecute Chidambaram
 CBI today informed a Delhi court that it has procured the requisite sanction from the authorities concerned to prosecute former Union minister P Chidambaram in the Aircel-Maxis case.The court, however, extended till Dec.18 the protection granted to Chidambaram and his son Karti from arrest after CBI said it needed two weeks to get sanction against other accused in the case.  CBI is probing alleged irregularities in grant of FIPB approval in Aircel-Maxis deal, while the ED is probing alleged money-laundering related to the deal. PTI
Rafale:Ambani files 6000 cr suit against The Wire
Media portal The Wire has been sued by Anil Ambani’s Reliance Group after it conducted a video discussion on the Rafale deal, the news website announced on Monday, 26 November. MK Venu, founder-editor of The Wire, tweeted:"The Wire just got a fresh Rs.6000 cr civil suit from ADAG group for doing a video discussion on Rafale, largely raising questions on govt non-transparency in deal. We now have several civil/criminal suits from the likes of Adani & Anil Ambani on questions asked of the govt!". Speaking to The Quint, MK Venu said, "We are not targeting any organisation – Ambani or Adani. We are just asking questions of the government: Why are they being so generous to specific organisations?Where is the public money going?"“These suits are nothing but harassment. They are the classic cases of SLAPP,” he added.“Ever since two months ago when the controversy about Rafale came into the limelight, they have been trying to silence the press. We are doing this in public interest... we will continue to fight,” Venu said.thequint
Karnataka govt doing nothing & just fooling around in Kalburgi probe, says Supreme Court
The Supreme Court today pulled up Karnataka Govt for “doing nothing and just fooling around” in the investigation of killing of noted scholar and rationalist MM Kalburgi in 2015 at Dharwad.The top court indicated that it may transfer the case to Bombay High Court for supervision of investigation after looking into the status report of Karnataka Govt.A bench of Justices RF Nariman and Navin Sinha asked Karnataka Govt to file its status report in 2 weeks on the investigation done so far in the case.“What have you (state Govt) done so far? Nothing. You are just fooling around. How long will you take for completing the investigation? Tell us or we will pass orders,” the bench said.Advocate Devadatt Kamat, appearing for Karnataka govt said that he will have to take instructions on the time period for completing the investigation.“You take instruction. Then we will send the matter to Bombay HC where a similar matter is pending. You people are just doing nothing,” the bench said.PTI
#ImplantFiles – Big medical device bazaar: Faulty implants, basement surgeries, lives at risk
The last 4 times it has been a benchmark investigation, including the Panama Papers and the Swiss Leaks, into how the global rich park and move their money in offshore tax havens. This time, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) with news organisations in 36 countries, including Indian Express in India, has put under scrutiny effectively every medical device that goes into the human body.The result is Implant Files – and the findings are startling. From coronary stents and pacemakers to breast and knee implants, from pelvic meshes to intrauterine devices — almost every medical device is advertised, sold, surgically implanted in a regulatory system that, effectively, doesn’t exist; in a market where global pharma majors do the hardsell via a dubious nexus with hospitals and doctors, a 10-month-long investigation by The Indian Express has found.Breast implants are done in basement Operating Theatres in DDA flats; at AIIMS, there is an ever-swelling crowd of patients with botched-up device surgeries. Clearly, the faulty Johnson & Johnson hip implants, which affected over 4,000 people in India and are now the subject of a case in Supreme Court, is just one symptom of a much larger malaise.Indian Express reporters attended medical device trade expositions in Mumbai, Chennai and New Delhi to get a measure of the booming scale and the key influencers of the industry.Indian Express
Seers Reject Yogi Adityanath’s Proposal to Build Ram Statue in Ayodhya
Lucknow:In a setback to UP  CM Yogi Adityanath, Param Dharm Sansad has opposed installation of a Ram statue in Ayodhya and called move ‘inappropriate’. On the second day of Dharm Sansad in Varanasi, Ram Mandir issue was discussed at length, but Hindu seers rejected the Adityanath Govt’s proposal to install a 221-metre statue on the bank of the Saryu. The seers unanimously said that installation of Lord Ram’s statue would be against their faith.They also suggested that statues of great men and women had been put up across the country whereas Ram was their lord and a grand temple should be built at the disputed site so that ‘puja’ could be performed. Swami Avimukteshwaranand said, “idol of Ram can only be installed after ‘pran pratishtha’ following which ‘puja’ can be performed.”On Sunday, Shankaracharya Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati hit out at VHP, saying its Dharm Sabha in Ayodhya was purely political.“We want Ram temple should be built without disturbing communal harmony. We do not want any dispute with anyone. Dharm Sabha in Ayodhya by VHP was purely political. They want to build a memorial while we want to build a place for worship. Our existence is not based on hatred for Muslims. Those, who are organising Dharm Sabha in Ayodhya, are political people,” he said.news18
Constitution in Hand, Bhim Army's Chandrashekhar Azad Marches to Ayodhya
New Delhi: Calling VHP’s ‘Dharma Sabha’ in Ayodhya ‘an attempt to whip up communal frenzy and instigate violence’, Bhim Army founder Chandrashekhar Azad plans to visit the disputed site on Monday.At a press conference in New Delhi on the eve of Constitution Day, he announced that he will personally hand over a copy of the constitution to the district magistrate of Ayodhya to remind him of his duty to maintain law and order.“What is happening in Ayodhya right now is nothing but another attempt by the BJP and the Sangh parivar to whip up communal frenzy, instigate violence and then use the bloodshed to polarise voters to benefit the party in the 2019 elections,” he said.Azad also alleged that the Sangh parivar was trying to divide and polarise the Bahujan community through this movement.Referring to a petition filed by Vineet Kumar Maurya seeking to bring recognition to the Buddhist antecedents of Ayodhya, Azad said since BJP govt liked changing names, the town should be rechristened ‘Saket’. The city of Ayodhya is in the same region that was called Saket, and was the capital of Kosala. Gautam Buddha is believed to have lived in Saket for some time.Accusing the Sangh parivar of trying to erase Dalit history, Azad said, “Dec.6 is Mahaparinirvan Divas (death anniversary) of Babasaheb (BR Ambedkar) and Nov.26 is Constitution Day. It (Babri Masjid demolition of Dec.6, 1992) was done deliberately to make people forget Babasaheb.”Azad also expressed support for Mayawati and BSP. “If the Congress calls itself a well-wisher of Dalits, then give leadership to honourable Behenji (Mayawati) and fight elections all over the country under her leadership,” he said.thewire
Bhim Army chief visits Ayodhya; says VHP event to distract voters, incite 'communal frenzy'
Ayodhya: Salman Nadwi makes another emotional appeal to Muslims, says mosque can be shifted elsewhere
New Delhi: In another emotional appeal to the Muslim community, former AIMPLB member Salman Nadwi reiterated his stand for an out-of-court settlement of the decades-long Ayodhya dispute, which according to him has turned into cancer for the country. Nadwi said there were provisions in Islam under which a mosque can be shifted or transferred to another place, and cited examples for the same from the Islamic history."There are provisions, and precedents in the Shariah whereby a mosque, for different reasons, may be transferred to another property.A host of arguments and pieces of evidence exist which support these provisions," Nadwi said. Pointing to one such example, Nadwi said Umar, the second caliph of Islam, had shifted a mosque to another location and established a market of dates on its place. "Strongest evidence in favour of this is the example set by the Second Caliph. Hazrat Umar transferred a mosque in Kufa to another place and set up a dates-market at the place of the mosque," he said. Nadwi said after 1947, the conditions within India started acquiring a certain direction and indications of this shift were found in 1949 when deities were placed within the premises of Babri Masjid to convert it practically into a temple, where Namaz has not been possible in the last 69 years."These events unfolded when great personalities of the Independence Movement were still alive. The movement to build a permanent temple in its place was initiated in 1990, eventually leading to both the demolition of Babri Masjid and the tragic loss of thousands of Muslims’ lives. Situation has turned into cancer for the country," he said."In these circumstances, merely waiting for the judgment of the SC is neither a comprehensive nor a satisfactory solution.ABP live
'Will wait for SC hearing in Jan': BJP chief Amit Shah on Ram Temple construction in Ayodhya
New Delhi: As the debate over Ram Temple construction on the disputed land in Ayodhya heats up, BJP chief Amit Shah has reiterated that the party's commitment to the construction is "non-negotiable". While answering a question about the delay in bringing a legislation for Ram Mandir in Ayodhya, Shah said that the matter is currently pending in the Supreme Court. "Let's wait until it is heard in January," Shah said. Times Now
Temple decision by PM after Dec. 11: Religious Leader In Ayodhya
Ayodhya:A decision on the Ayodhya Ram temple will be taken by PM Narendra Modi and his ministers after Dec.11, one of the religious leaders attending VHP's mega rally in Ayodhya claimed on Sunday. Swami Rambhadracharya said he had the assurance of senior a union minister, whom he met on Friday. He, however, did not name the minister.Quoting the minister, he said, "I am hopeful that a legislation will come for temple construction. Govt will respect our sentiments -- this is what a seniormost minister told me. He has asked me to keep patience".The religious leader, who heads a Chitrakoot-based organisation also said he had been assured of action from Mohan Bhagwat, chief of BJP's ideological mentor, RSS.ndtv
Athawale for Buddhist temple in Ayodhya
Pune: Ramdas Athawale, the Union minister of state for social justice, on Sunday raised a demand for construction of a Buddhist temple adjacent to the disputed land in Ayodhya.While saying that he supported the construction of Ram Mandir, Athawale said it should be built only after the court issues the directives. “An amicable solution to issues should be found. Solution should make all the communities — Hindu, Muslim, and others — happy,” Athawale said during a press conference on Sunday. Minister who is planning to visit Ayodhya, said there was a strong case for a Buddhist temple, considering the roots of the religion can be found in Ayodhya and the areas surrounding it. “All this was Buddha Bhumi. Buddhism had a strong presence all over the country 2,500 years ago, so, space should be allotted for the ‘Buddha Mandir’,” Athawale said.  He added that sentiments of the Muslim community too should be respected, and said the authorities could even consider the construction of a mosque at the spot. TOI
From Ayodhya to Nagpur, for RSS, VHP, target is SC, goal is temple
Ayodhya, Nagpur :RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat regretted that “Ram temple was not a priority for the Supreme Court” as speakers at VHP meetings in Ayodhya and Nagpur on Sunday criticised the court for putting off the Ayodhya case till January, and called upon PM Narendra Modi to enact a law to end the delay.Speaking at the VHP’s ‘Humkar Sabha’ at Nagpur, Bhagwat said, “It has become obvious that Ram temple is not a matter of priority for the Supreme Court.” Adding that “Hindus have always abided by the law and shown enough patience”, he said, “Though law is necessary, can society run only on the basis of law? Can any question be raised against matters of faith? Will you continue to evade the truth and the feelings of people?”Bhagwat added that the time for “patience” was over. “About one year ago, I had said dhairya rakho. Today I say let’s create public awareness, andolan nirnayak ho (what’s needed is a decisive struggle). We have to take up the task of organising whole Hindu society for it.”Calling upon the Modi Govt to think about “how it can bring a law to build the temple”, Bhagwat urged society to put pressure for this. “Sometimes, such pressure can lend strength to Govt.” Incidentally, BJP has avoided direct reply to the demand for a legislation on Ram temple, referring to the SC hearing, while adding that the issue was a matter of faith for it and not political.indianexpress
Ram Temple BJP’s Agenda, Not Ours: Paswan
New Delhi:BJP ally LJP-led by Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Monday made it clear that the construction of a grand Ram temple in Ayodhya in UP  is not on the party’s agenda.After similar statements by the Nitish Kumar-led JD-U, which is part of the BJP-led NDA, the LJP too, categorically said the construction of the temple is the “BJP’s agenda, not of LJP’s”.LJP MP Chirag Paswan, son of Paswan, said here that all should wait for the Supreme Court verdict on the construction of the temple.JD-U has repeatedly made it clear that the party was not with the BJP on Ram Janmabhoomi issue.IANS
Congress’ Kapil Sibal asks: ‘Does PM Modi have courage to make statement against judiciary?’
New Delhi: Hours after PM Narendra Modi accused the Congress party of interfering in the Supreme Court's proceedings on Ram Temple-Babri Masjid case, Congress leader Kapil Sibal countered his claim and said that he is representing a stakeholder and not the Congress party. Talking to ANI, Sibal said, “PM alleges Congress was responsible for the matter not being heard in SC, I being representing one of the parties, the Congress party. Which also he doesn't know because Congress isn't a party in it, nor is BJP.”Stepping up his attack on the PM, Sibal further said that he has not appeared in the SC between January and November. The veteran Congress leader further said that the PM is not courageous enough to make a statement against the judiciary. “This only shows PM wants to rake this up for purposes of the election, for making political capital out of it,” Sibal said.Times Now
Ayodhya: Modi Interfering with Court Proceedings is Dangerous, Says Yechury
Agartala:After weakening the Election Commission, CBI, CVC and other Constitutional bodies, PM Narendra Modi is now interfering with court proceedings which is extremely dangerous, CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury said on Monday.“PM alleged that the Supreme Court is under pressure, that Opposition parties are interfering with the court proceedings. By saying this, PM himself and the Govt are interfering with the court proceedings. This is a very dangerous trend,” Yechury said.He said: “PM, during his election campaign, has threatened to subvert the legal process on the Ayodhya dispute. Out of frustration, Modi is making such undemocratic and unconstitutional comments.IANS
Amarinder warns Pak Army chief: Both of us are Punjabis, dare not vitiate atmosphere at Kartarpur Sahib
 Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh today warned Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Bajwa not to vitiate the atmosphere at Kartarpur Sahib. While laying the foundation stone for the construction of the Dera Baba Nanak-Kartarpur Sahib road corridor ahead of the groundbreaking ceremony in Pakistan on November 28, the Punjab CM criticised Bajwa for using terror groups to launch attacks on civilians and the Indian Army in the country. On the eve of the anniversary of 26/11 attacks, Amarinder Singh termed Pakistan Army’s heinous act as “cowardness”. Mentioning about the recent terrorist attacks at Pathankot air base and Amritsar, Amarinder said that no army sends its people to launch terror attacks on foreign soil.Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu laid the foundation stone for the construction of Dera Baba Nanak-Karatarpur Sahib road corridor on Monday. Punjab CM Amarinder Singh, Governor VP Badnore, Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Food Processing Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Hardeep Puri were also present at the ceremony. Amarinder Singh on Sunday, November 25, had declined Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s invitation to attend the opening ceremony of Kartarpur corridor as a mark of protest against cross-border terror attacks in Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir. In a letter to Qureshi, the veteran Congress leader expressed gratitude to the historic occasion, which he described as a long-time cherished desire of the Sikh community. However, he cited two reasons behind his rejection of the event — infiltration of Pakistan trained terrorists in J&K and the involvement of Pakistan’s spy agency ISI in terror attacks.NewsX
Kartarpur corridor: Congress minister puts black tape on CM Amarinder Singh, others’ names on foundation stone
Gurdaspur, Punjab: A war to take the credit for the Kartarpur corridor intensified with Congress, BJP and SAD to score brownie points over the Kartarpur corridor that will help Indian pilgrims to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur – believed to be the final resting place of Sikhism’s founding sage Guru Nanak Dev.Congress minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa on Monday put black tapes on the foundation stone blocking his, CM Amarinder Singh and other Punjab ministers’ names.  'I did this in protest against Parkash & Sukhbir Badal's names on stone. Why is their name here? They are not part of executive, its not BJP-Akali event'The Punjab minister also charged Badals of selling religion for their vested political interests and lashed out at BJP and SAD of hijacking the official function and making it political in order to take credit for same.Times Now
Sidhu Does it Again, Gives 'Real Credit' for Kartarpur Corridor to Imran Khan , His '24-Year Struggle'
New Delhi: Lauding Pakistan PM Imran Khan, Punjab local bodies minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Monday said that the "real credit" for initiation of the Kartarpur corridor goes to the former cricketer."The real credit for the corridor goes to Imran Khan, and also to the people, who prayed for several years for its construction," Sidhu told News18.Requesting people to not indulge in politics over the corridor, the minister said, "The entire world is happy. Religion should be kept away from politics. Let people like Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Ghulam Ali reduce differences."Further heaping praises on Khan, Sidhu said, "This man has struggled for 24 years from one seat to the chair of Pakistan PM." News18
Mufti rules out going to court against Governor’s decision
Srinagar: PDP president Mehbooba Mufti on Monday ruled out approaching the court against J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik’s decision to dissolve the State Assembly. Assembly was abruptly dissolved on Nov. 21, hours after the PDP staked claim to form a Govt with backing of rival National Conference and the Congress, followed by another bid from the two-member People’s Conference which claimed the support of BJP and 18 MLAs from other parties. Some sincere suggestions from well wishers for me to go to court against Governor's dissolution of assembly. PDP, NC, INC had come together to safeguard state interests. It is my considered opinion that we must go to people's court which is superior to any other forum. Ms. Mufti in a tweet said, “Some sincere suggestions from well wishers for me to go to court against governor’s dissolution of assembly. PDP, NC,INC had come together to safeguard state interests. It is my considered opinion that we must go to people’s court which is superior to any other forum.”Governor had justified the decision, saying it was necessary to stop the use of money and horse-trading in Govt formation. PTI
Bilal Lone says his path different, set to change name of his Peoples Conference: Indian Express
Srinagar:Elder brother of Peoples Conference leader and BJP ally Sajad Lone is planning to change the name of his party to “end any confusion”. A senior separatist leader, Bilal Lone represents his Peoples Conference (PC) in the Hurriyat Conference. His brother Sajad Lone, who switched over to mainstream in 2009. too is heading his Peoples Conference. Bilal said he will “permanently stay in pro-freedom politics” because that is “the right path” and “the true legacy of his late father Abdul Gani Lone”.He said he had called a meeting of his people “to take a decision to end this confusion about two PCs”, and that it is for those who comprise the party to decide whether to go with the mainstream or stay with him. “I can tell them my point of view. I can’t force anybody. I have a very strong group of followers who are with me and will hopefully continue to be with me,” he said.“Sajad and I have separated politically a long time ago…For all practical purposes, these are two parties now with two different and distinct political ideologies,”Bilal said.He said that Sajad had invited him once to also join the mainstream. “He told me why don’t you join me so that together we would be stronger as a political force. I said thanks a lot, I am fine where I am. It was a very brief conversation…He never asked me again.”Bilal said for him, decisions such as being part of the Hurriyat were a “lifelong commitment”. “I am nothing in front of my father. He died for his beliefs and principles, I will try in my way to carry his legacy forward…I am on the right path, the path my father had chosen for himself and his party.”
20-month-old girl hit in eye by pellet in Shopian, might lose sight
Srinagar :On bed number 4 at SMHS Hospital’s ophthalmology department in Srinagar, Hiba Nisar is crying continuously even as her parents try to distract her with chocolates and sweets that visitors are bringing for her. Barely 20 months old, Hiba was hit by a pellet on her right eye on Sunday inside her home in Shopian and underwent an immediate surgery. Doctors, however, say the injury is grave and fear she might lose sight in one eye. Clashes broke out between civilians and security personnel in Shopian following an early morning encounter on Sunday. According to reports, a civilian was killed and over 50 people were injured in the protests that led to Hiba’s injury.Marsala Jan, Hiba’s mother, said, that she was home with her two kids when the protests broke out. “We were inside our home and intense tear gas shelling was going on outside. At one point, my 5-year-old son began complaining of trouble in breathing. I decided to take my children out but as soon as soon as I opened the door, three men (security personnel) fired pellets on us directly,” she said while holding Hiba in her arms at the hospital. Family lives in Kaprin – Batgund area of Shopian district- the same village where the Sunday encounter took place. Hiba was taken to a hospital in Shopian from where she was referred to Srinagar.indianexpress
SC refuses to hear new petition challenging Article 370
The Supreme Court today refused to hear a petition challenging Article 370 of the Constitution, saying the points raised in it are already part of pending pleas, PTI reported. The law grants special, autonomous status to J&K.The bench asked the petitioners – advocates Vijay Mishra and Sandeep Lamba – to instead file an application for impleadment.scroll.in
Centre's handling of J&K situation in experimental manner pushed state several years back: Omar
New Delhi: NDA Govt's handling of the situation in J&K in an ad-hoc and experimental manner has pushed the state several years back, ex CM OmarAbdullah claimed on Monday.After a hectic political week, Omar feels BJP is yet to answer many questions, including "why it entered an alliance with the PDP and why it withdrew all of a sudden?"Another question which the people of the state will definitely be asking is why despite having 26 MLAs, BJP decided to lend support to a 2-member party (led by Sajad Lone), he said.With his National Conference already into election mode, Omar criticised the BJP over its handling of the political turmoil in Kashmir. "Keeping in mind the 2019 elections, the BJP keeps changing its goalposts, confusing people. They have pushed the state several years back," he claimed. Commenting on the alliance of 'conflicting and contrasting' ideologies, Omar said, "When BJP and PDP united, it was stated that the north pole and the south pole had come together and an 'Agenda of Alliance' had been stitched. Has any of promises been fulfilled by them? Now see what has happened in J&K... Look at the present political crisis in the state."PTI
2 Chhattisgarh police personnel, 9 Maoists killed in an encounter in Sukma
9 Maoists and 2 personnel of the state police were killed in a gun battle in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district on Monday, officials said.Encounter is taking place near Saklar village under Kistaram police station area.“We have recovered the bodies of total 9 Maoists till now and the number can increase,” said special DGP (anti-Naxal operations) DM Awasthi.HT       
BJP won’t allow Muslim quota: Amit Shah in Telangana
Hyderabad:BJP president Amit Shah said BJP will not allow TRS Govt to implement 12% quota for Muslims. Addressing a public meeting at Parkal near Warangal, Shah said the party was opposed to providing quota on the basis of religion and will not allow anyone to implement such a decision.Telangana Govt has passed a Bill in Assembly to provide 12 per cent reservation to minorities in the state. Shah said the state Govt’s decision has no constitutional validity because the Supreme Court has fixed the quota ceiling at 50 per cent. “Quota cannot exceed 50%. Can KCR explain whose quota he is going to cut to accommodate 12 per cent reservation to minorities? We will not allow anyone to cut the quota of SCs, STs and backward classes,”Shah said.Criticising TRS for seeking support from AIMIM, Shah said BJP would provide a stable Govt in the state without being dependent on AIMIM. “Do you want a Govt that is dependent on MIM? Akbaruddin Owaisi fancies himself as kingmaker. BJP will never depend on MIM,’’ Shah said.“KCR has thrust the financial burden of conducting elections on Telangana by calling for early polls. KCR is afraid of the impact Narendra Modi will have on the Assembly elections if they are held along with the Lok Sabha polls next year, as per schedule. He wants to promote his son and daughter and family members,” the BJP chief said.
Owaisi slams Adityanath over Ali remark
Hyderabad: AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi has assailed UP CM Yogi Adityanath for his remark about a revered figure in Islam, calling the silence over it "unfortunate". Hyderabad MP also wanted to know who gave Adityanath the authority to make such a statement."UP CM crossed all limits at a rally in MP.'Aap Ali ko rakh lo...Hamare liye Bajrang Bali kafi hain'. It is unfortunate that nobody condemned his statement. "Certainly, you can follow Bajrang Bali, no one will object to it. Ali is the custodian of the whole universe. Ali is ours and will remain ours. Is there no permission in this country to follow Ali and to take his name?" he told an election rally on Sunday.Owaisi said Adityanath's comment was an "insult" to Muslims. PTI
Kerala: School play depicts girl performing ‘azaan’, SDPI protests citing ‘insult to Muslim way of life'
Kozhikode: A school play has triggered a controversy in Kozhikode district in Kerala, after Muslim organisations objected to a play, in which a girl performs azaan, which is a ritual call to prayer in Islam which is generally given by a male mukri or meuzzin, as per traditions. Protesters claimed that the play, called 'Kithab', "insulted the Muslim way of life." Angered over the depiction of a female mukri, members of SDPI took out a protest march to the festival venue, the Times of India reported. Students of Memunda Higher Secondary School performed the play at the district school arts festival at Vadakara on Wednesday. The play, which is based on a story by writer R Unni called ‘Vaang’, has the daughter of a mukri as the central character who wants to perform azaan just like her father. Initially, her father disapproves of his daughter's wish and refuses to allow her to perform azaan. However, he later relents gives her his permission to do the azaan. Asserting that the play was an "insult to the Muslim way of life," Salim P Azhiyur, who is a local SDPI leader, told the daily, "Play cannot be considered social criticism. It amounts to insulting the Muslim way of life. We have submitted a complaint to the deputy director of education."He even alluded to a political conspiracy behind the play, claiming that since Memunda school was managed by CPM, "the party's agenda was clear in this play." He said, "It will send the wrong message about the Muslim community.”TimesNow
Kerala Minorities Development Finance Corporation faces fresh charges of nepotism
Kozhikode:Kerala State Minorities Development Finance Corporation (KSMDFC) which is already in trouble over nepotism charges has courted yet another controversy following fresh allegation of nepotism against its  chairman Abdul Vahab over the appointment to a deputy manager post.INL (Democratic) state general secretary Karim Puthuppadi has come up with an allegation that M K Shamsudeen, a relative of Abdul Vahab, was appointed as deputy manager in KSMDFC without following the norms.“Corporation had prepared a rank list consisting of eight candidates for filling the five posts of deputy manager. As per the norms, if further vacancy is reported, appointment should be made from the list based on the rank.But, the Corporation appointed MK Shamsudeen, who was in 8th position in the list, instead of selecting CH Shamsad who was in 6th  position,” alleged Karim. INL(D) leader urged the state Govt to ask Abdul Vahab to step down from the post. Abdul Vahab termed all the allegations as ‘baseless’.“In fact, MK Shamsudeen has not been appointed as deputy manager. The post is still vacant. It was just a work arrangement in which the said person, who is already a staff at the institution, was given additional charge of deputy manager,”he said. newindianexpress
Gauhati HC Issues Directions For Registration Of Muslim Marriages Only By Licenced Registrars
 Gauhati High Court recently issued a slew of directions in order to ensure that only those duly authorised by the Govt under the Assam Moslem Marriages and Divorces Registration Act, 1935 issue marriage registration certificates for Muslims in the State.In doing so, Justice N. Kotiswar Singh emphasised on the importance of maintaining the sanctity of marriage certificates issued by licensed registrars and observed, “…Assam Moslem Marriages and Divorces Registration Act, 1935 is a self-contained Act dealing with most of the facets of registration of a marriage.Thus, registration by the licensed Moslem Registrars is an important statutory process which cannot allowed to be trivialised and this function cannot be allowed to be usurped by unauthorised persons.These unlicensed persons may devise their own methods of registration and issuing certificates unknown to law and thus not accountable under the law, yet these certificates may resemble or can be mistaken to be certificates issued by the licensed Moslem Registrars. Since, no one else has been authorised to register any Muslim marriage or to issue any marriage certificate, to that extent, no one else can perform these exercises.”The court was hearing petitions relating to the Assam Moslem Marriages and Divorces Registration Act, 1935,which has been enacted for registration of Muslim marriages and divorces in the State of Assam. Section 3 of the Act provides that State Govt may grant licence to any person being a Muslim, authorizing him to register Muslim marriages and divorces.The court now noted that several unauthorised people were issuing registration certificates for Muslim marriages in the State. It then reiterated an earlier ruling to explain that only Govt appointed persons under Section 3 of the Act are entitled to register marriages and issue certificates of registration of Muslim marriages. However, it clarified that any other person will be competent to solemnise a marriage and keep records.Additionally, the court observed that such unauthorised Kazis can be prohibited from issuing such certificates of performance of marriage, which are indistinguishable from marriage certificates issued by the authorised persons under Act.“Thus, if marriage performance certificate issued by the unauthorised person bears close resemblance to marriage certificate issued by the authorised person under the Act, the unauthorised persons can be prohibited from issuing such closely resembling certificates, though touted to be marriage performance certificate,” it observed. livelaw.in
Future of JNU Could Be at Stake as Teachers, VC Headed for a Battle
New Delhi: JNU Teachers Association (JNUTA) and university administration are headed for a long-drawn fight in the days to come. A letter by the administration, faculty members say, indirectly warned them against participating in a hunger strike that JNUTA had planned for Nov. 26.JNUTA, on 19 Nov., in its general body meeting had decided to sit on a one-day hunger strike to protest against alleged “autocratic” handling of academic matters.The teachers’ union says that the decision to protest was taken after the vice-chancellor M. Jagadesh Kumar turned down multiple requests to meet JNUTA’s elected members. The teachers’ association has been seeking to raise concerns over a series of procedural violations under the VC’s tenure.The violations, faculty members say, have compromised JNU’s academic autonomy and integrity and have been the primary reason for a worsening relationship between the academic community and the administration over the last few years. The panel raising such issues was elected with almost an absolute majority in the recent JNUTA elections.In its last week’s GBM, JNUTA drew an action plan against the administration. The hunger strike was supposed to be the first in a series of such protests. However, on the eve of the strike, most faculty members received a letter by the administration asking them to desist from any such action. The letter also said that the administration believed that it could resolve problems through a “mutual dialogue”.  thewire
Delhi: 5 held as groups clash outside mosque, cops try to keep peace
New Delhi: At least 5 persons were injured when two groups clashed in northeast Delhi’s Kabootar Bazar on Friday evening. Both the sides pelted stones and glass bottles at each other. Senior police officers visited the area and additional forces were deployed to maintain law and order.  DCP (northeast) Atul Kumar Thakur said that cross FIRs have been registered under various sections at the Welcome police station. 5 people have been arrested so far, with more likely to be caught. A preliminary probe revealed that the incident happened outside a mosque in the afternoon. Police said that the argument emanated when the imam of the mosque went to a function of an opposition group. Soon, a scuffle ensued with more than a dozen men from each side pelting stones and glass bottles at each other. Jamshed, a shopkeeper in Kabootar Bazar, said that he had gone to mosque to offer namaz when the incident happened. He saw the two groups attacking each other.TOI
SC, ST, OBC people should fight against the communal forces:Prof Kancha Ilaiah
Tirupati: Prof Kancha Ilaiah renowned social activist and analyst gave a call that SC, ST and OBC people should fight against the RSS and its communal forces in country for protecting their panda mental rights which were given by the Indian constitution. A 2 day national level seminar was begun on Dalith Rights and Implementation of Reservations” by the KulaVivaksha Vayathireka PorataSamithi (KVPS) on the occasion of its 20th anniversary here in SV University arts black auditoriam. In the meeting Prof Ilaiah addressing the social activists said that in present situation there was no guarantee for oppressed class people in the country. At many parts in the country in the name of Govada few forward casts people continuing their attacks on Daliths. But Govts have not asked such forward castes atrocities and did not take stringent action against on them for comitting grave crimes, he added.Ilaiah stressed that Govt of India and all the state Govts should encourage the inter caste, similarly he demanded the Govts RS 5 laksh rupees as financial aid to the inter caste married couple.Hans India
US offers reward of $5 mn for info on those responsible for 26/11 Mumbai attacks
Offering a new reward for up to $5 million for information all those responsible for 26/11 Mumbai attacks in 2008, US has issued a statement asking Pakistan "to implement sanctions against the terrorists responsible" for the atrocities that led to 166 deaths.US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, expressing solidarity with people of India and the city of Mumbai on the 10th anniversary of the attack, said: "We stand with the families and friends of the victims, whose loved ones were lost in this act of barbarism, including 6 American citizens. The barbarity of 26/11 shocked the entire world."It is an affront to the families of the victims that, after ten years, those who planned the Mumbai attack have still not been convicted for their involvement.""We call upon all countries, particularly Pakistan, to uphold their UN Security Council obligations to implement sanctions against the terrorists responsible for this atrocity, including LeT and its affiliates.nationalheraldindia
American tourist killed: Body retrieval team returns after spotting armed tribals on shoreline
Port Blair :After several days of failed attempts to locate and retrieve the body of American national John Allen Chau, who is believed to have been killed by the protected Sentinelese tribe on the North Sentinel Island in Andaman and Nicobar earlier this month, a joint team of Andaman police, forest officials and tribal welfare department made a second round of the island with two of those arrested in connection with the death. However, they had to return after spotting armed Sentinelese tribes along the shore line.DGP Dependra Pathak was part of the expedition, which took place on Nov. 23, with the help of Indian Coast Guard. Police are questioning 3 of accused and trying to re-create the sequence of event and the route taken to North Sentinel Island. indianexpress
Centre puts cap on weight of school bags, bans homework for Class 1 and 2 students
No homework for students of classes I and II and prescribed weight limit of school bags for each class are part of the fresh directives issued by the HRD ministry to states and union territories across the country.According to the official order, the HRD ministry has "instructed all the states and Union Territories to formulate guidelines to regulate the teaching of subjects and weight of school bags in accordance with the Govt of India instructions". As per these instructions, which the schools have been asked to comply with, institutions cannot assign homework to students of classes I and II."Schools should not prescribe any other subjects except language and mathematics for classes I and II and language, EVS and mathematics for classes III to V students as prescribed by NCERT," the order said.Students should not be asked to bring additional books, extra materials and the weight of a school bag should not exceed the prescribed limit, the order added.The weight of school bags for students of classes I and II should not exceed 1.5 kg, while the school bag of students of class III to V should weigh between 2 kg to 3 kg. PTI
Israel moving rapidly towards annexation: UN envoy
Hebron: Ewaiwe family home in Hebron's H2 district has been heavily fortified to protect them against the settlers living just next door in the illegal Avraham Avinu settlement.Rubbish thrown by settlers hangs on the wire mesh that shields the open courtyard in the centre of their home, set up by Hebron Rehabilitation Committee (HRC) four years ago. Prior to that, their settler neighbours would push large water tanks from the roof of their three-story building into the open stairwell of their home, which could have seriously injured or killed someone if they had been standing there.Other times they would throw large rocks from the same spot above, which on one occasion hit their sink, splintering it into pieces."I wish I could remove this mesh wire. I'm sick of it. It blocks the air, the sun," Basma Ewaiwe said, looking at her plants lined up inside the dark stairwell."But at least the big stones can't go through."aljazeera
Israel seeks to establish diplomatic ties with Bahrain
Israel is seeking to establish official relations with Bahrain, Israeli media has reported. According to Israeli Channel 2, PM Benjamin Netanyahu announced his willingness to open diplomatic relations with Bahrain, during an unannounced visit of the Chadian President Idriss Deby to Jerusalem on Sunday.In a news conference with Deby, Netanyahu said they had discussed the changing attitudes of some Arab countries towards Israel."This was a manifest in my recent visit in Oman," he said, referring to his trip last October, where he met Sultan Sayyid Qaboos at the royal palace in the coastal city of Seeb near the capital, Muscat."There will be more such visits in Arab countries very soon," the Israeli PM added.Netanyahu's trip was followed by the attendance of Israeli Transportation and Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz at an international transport conference in Oman earlier this month, where he pitched a railway project that would link Gulf countries to the Mediterranean via Israel.Hani Marzouk, spokesperson for the PM 's Office for Arab media, said in remarks to the Israeli Broadcast Authority last Friday that it was "the beginning of new relations and an indication that we are on the right track to correct history", without giving further details on the visit." Kingdom of Bahrain is next destination for Netanyahu," Marzouk said."Israel sees the Arab world is large, diverse and has rich human potential and it wants to establish great relations with it at scientific and academic level," he added. Meanwhile, Bahrain has invited Israel's economics minister, Eli Cohen, to an economic start-up conference next April,organised by World Bank.aljazeera
All options are open for cooperation with Israel:Chad Prez
President of the Republic of Chad said that “all options are open” for cooperation with Israel. Idriss Deby made his comments in a press conference with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu during the Chad leader’s historic visit to the Zionist state.Renewed ties with Israel, insisted Deby, does not mean that Palestinian problem has been removed. He acknowledged that cutting diplomatic ties with Israel in the 1970s did not prevent there being good relations between the two states. He pointed out that Israel had supplied weapons to his country during its war with the northern rebels.“We have a shared struggle against the sickening evil of this century, which is terrorism.” President said that he hopes Israeli-Palestinian conflict ends with a peaceful solution, and stressed that talking together is the basis for such a positive result.MEMO

Israel demolishes 30 Palestinian buildings in Jerusalem this month alone
Israel has demolished 30 commercial and residential Palestinian-owned properties in occupied Jerusalem since the start of Nov, a report from the Palestine Liberation Organisation revealed on Saturday.The report was issued by the Negotiations Department of PLO. Israeli occupation authorities apparently demolished 17 commercial facilities on 21 Nov.in Shuafat. According to Al Jazeera, the shops used to serve 23,000 Palestinian refugees in the refugee camp.Palestinian owners, said the PLO, received evacuation and demolition orders just 12 hours prior to the buildings being destroyed. As a result, there was simply not enough time to remove all of the goods inside, most of which were lost.MEMO
Israel arrests more Palestinians in occupied West Bank and Jerusalem
Israeli occupation authorities carried out a number of dawn arrests on Monday as part of a major campaign against the Palestinians living in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem, local sources have revealed.It was claimed that the targets of the campaign were mainly activists from Fatah following their peaceful protest on Sunday against the arrest of Adnan Gheith, an official of the secular movement in Jerusalem.Meanwhile, the Israelis also arrested Palestinian journalist Ahmed Al-Khatib in a raid on his house in the neighbourhood of Bitonya near the West Bank city of Ramallah. Al-Khatib has been summoned several times previously by the occupation forces and the Palestinian Authority security services.MEMO
UAE releases British scholar Matthew Hedges after pardon
UAE has freed British scholar Matthew Hedges, who was sentenced to life in prison last week for spying. Hedges, 31, was released on Monday, after he received a presidential pardon, Emirati officials said.The scholar was among more than 700 people pardoned by UAE President Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan on Monday, the country's national day.The scholar will be permitted to leave the UAE "once formalities are completed", an official statement said, ahead of his release. Daniela Tejada, Hedges' wife, said on Twitter that the pardon was the "best news we could've received".aljazeera
Afghanistan: Taliban kills 20 police officers in raid
At least 20 police officers have been killed in a Taliban ambush in Afghanistan's western Farah province, an official said.Dadullah Qaneh, a member of the provincial council in Farah, said four policemen, including the deputy provincial police chief, were wounded in the attack on the police convoy on Sunday afternoon near Lash wa Juwayn district.Qaneh said the newly appointed chief of the district was also killed.Another council member, Abdul Samad Salehi, said the convoy was on its way to the district to introduce the new district police chief when it came under attack. The Taliban, which in recent years has taken nearly half of Afghanistan, claimed responsibility for the attack.aljazeera
Somalia: Sufi scholar, followers killed in al-Shabab attack
At least 15 people have been killed, including a controversial religious scholar, and 10 others wounded after a car bomb exploded followed by heavy gunfire in central Somalia, police and officials said. Attackers of the armed group al-Shabab stormed into the religious centre of Sheikh Abdiweli Ali Elmi Yare in the north-central city of Galkayo in Mudug region, attacking the Sufi leader and his followers."The attackers used a vehicle loaded with explosives to make their way into the compound before shooting indiscriminately at people inside," Abdirahman Mohamed, a security officer, told AFP news agency."The targeted cleric was killed in the attack together with some of his followers," Mohamed said.Captain Nur Mohamed, a police officer, told Reuters that the security operation is now over. Aljazeera
Activist: Bin Salman asked for Khashoggi’s fingers to be brought to Riyadh
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman is said to have asked the hit squad who assassinated Jamal Khashoggi to bring his dismembered fingers back to Riyadh, a Saudi activist said.Renowned Saudi whistleblower Mujtahidd told Al-Khaleej Online site that assassination team carried Khashoggi’s fingers back to Riyadh at Bin Salman’s request, stressing that the prince followed up on the assassination before, during and after it had taken place.According to Mujtahidd, the hit squad members received rewards ranging from between 2-5 million Saudi riyals after the execution.MEMO
Govt action will exacerbate insecurity of Muslims in Guj:Sharik Laliwala
SC has relied on sealed cover proceedings in several cases – Gujarat riots, 2G, coal scam, CBI & Rafale
Bill to provide reservation to minorities is against Dalits, Adivasis & OBCs: Amit Shah
“If Assam is for Assamese and Bihar for Biharis, then India is for whom? Topodhir Bhattacharjee
RBI ‘must disclose’ list of fraudulent defaulters:Uttam Sengupta
Bihar: JD(U)’s efforts to woo the Muslims has run into rough weather: Soroor Ahmed
How CBI is controlled by NSA, Doval:Uttam Sengupta
With the mosque gone from the disputed site, what is left for the Hindutva brigade to exhibit their might?Naim Naqvi
18 Month Old Hiba Jan, Kashmir’s Youngest Pellet Victim:Jehangir Ali

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