26 March 2019

26 March ND: Unemployment single biggest issue in India: survey/ Govt's performance below expectations on jobs, health care, agri: Survey/ Raghuram Rajan raises doubts about India growing at 7%/ J&K HC notice to Centre on plea challenging ban on Jamaat

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26 March 2019: 18 Rajab 1440:Vol: 11, No:160
Unemployment single biggest issue in India: survey
 At least 19% of the respondents say that unemployment is the single biggest problem in the country today. Development, growth and poverty is at 15%, of which poverty alone is stated by 11% of those surveyed. Politics and Society between Elections (2019) is a survey released by Azim Premji University (Bengaluru) and Lokniti (CSDS, Delhi) on public opinion relating to politics, society, and governance between elections across 12 states including Assam,J&K, Kerala, Mizoram, Nagaland, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, UP , Uttarakhand, West Bengal, and National Capital Region of Delhi.Of 12 states surveyed, 6 (Uttarakhand, Delhi, UP, Tripura, Punjab and J&K) stated that unemployment was the most important issue. But, amongst these states, unemployment issue was most predominant in Uttarakhand where the figure was 17% points higher than the average. In J&K too, biggest issues were unemployment and development, growth and poverty. The report states that, “Unemployment as an issue finds more support when one moves from non-literate voters to highly educated voters. For the college-educated respondents, unemployment is an issue for 26% of the respondents. The corresponding figures for the matriculate, the primary educated and the non-literate were 19, 13 and 12% respectively. The biggest issue clearly differs across education.” Interestingly among the non-literates, the predominant issue was of growth and development (18%), for primary educated respondents, it was physical infrastructure (19%) and for the matriculate and college educated voters it was unemployment(19% and 26% respectively).As expected, unemployment is the biggest issue for younger voters, and it declines as they survey those above 36 years. Lack of jobs is a constant source of worry for those belonging to the age group of 18- 35 years and this issue takes a back seat for those respondents above the age of 36 years. The only significant difference with regard to gender on the most important issue facing India is in the case of unemployment where more men state it as an issue than women.nationalheraldindia
Govt's performance below expectations on jobs, health care, agri: Survey
Mumbai:A voter survey by Association for Democratic Reforms suggested disappointment with the Govt’s performance on key issues, including jobs, providing healthcare and drinking water.All top-3 priorities had an average rating of 2.15-2.55, indicating below average performance. Other priorities include better roads and public transport, agricultural issues, and law and order matters. The Govt fared poorly on these indicators as well.The survey was conducted between Oct. and Dec.2018. It covered 534 Lok Sabha constituencies and 270,000 respondents participated in it. A total of 46.8% of respondents put employment as their top priority. Another 34.6% cited healthcare as the most important issue. Drinking water was third with 30.5%.“Govt’s performance score on top-10 voters’ priorities is below average… On Better Employment Opportunities, which is the topmost voters’ priority, the performance of the Govt has been rated as one of the worst (2.15 out of 5),” the survey said.Defence and military issues were low on the list of both urban and rural voters. A total of 44.21% of rural voters saw‘ Better Employment Opportunities’ as their biggest priority. A “strong defence/military” was a priority for 3.02 % of rural voters, while terrorism got 3.34%. The percentage of urban voters who identified military issues and terrorism as key issues was 5.18% and 4.1%, respectively. Voters rated the Govt’s handling of both issues as below
People Unsatisfied with Govt Performance: Survey
Raghuram Rajan raises doubts about India growing at 7%, says cloud over GDP data needs to be cleared
Former RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan today expressed doubts over Indian economy growing at 7% when not enough jobs were being created and said the current cloud over GDP numbers must be cleared by appointing an impartial body to look at the data.Rajan, who has also served as Chief Economist at IMF, said he had no idea what statistics are pointing at currently and “a revamp” was needed “to really figure out what India’s true growth rate is”.“I know one minister (in Modi Govt) has said (that) how can we be growing at 7% and not have jobs. Well, one possibility is that we are not growing at 7%,” he told CNBC TV18.He did not name the minister.On doubts being raised by some over economic data after revision in growth rate, he said a cleanup act is needed and an impartial body appointed to look at the numbers.“I just think that we need now to essentially clean up, find out what in fact is the source of confusion with the new GDP numbers, with the revisions etc. I would say setting up an impartial body to look at it is an important step to resorting confidence,” he said.HT
Consulted Raghuram, top economists for income scheme: Rahul
Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said that the Congress had consulted leading economists, including Raghuram Rajan to check the feasibility of the minimum income scheme that was announced on March 25.While addressing a meeting of the booth workers in Jaipur, he said that the Congress wanted to tranfer money directly to the people’s accounts and in line with that, they discussed the plan with many economists.He said that the Congress party wanted to make PM Modi’s promise of Rs 15 lakh in every account come true.“We began work six months ago. We thought of the PM’s plan to transfer money directly into the bank accounts. But he lied about the Rs 15 lakh to be put in the accounts. We decided to make it come true,” he said.HT
Telephonic interceptions carried out in national interest: MHA to Delhi HC
New Delhi : Ministry of Home Affairs has told the Delhi High Court that telephonic interceptions by the Law Enforcement Agencies are carried out in the “interest of the sovereignty and integrity of India”.The submissions were made in the backdrop of a petition alleging illegal phone tapping of NSA Ajit Doval, then Law Secretary Suresh Chandra, and some senior CBI officers.The ministry further informed the bench headed by Chief Justice Rajendra Menon that Rule “419A of the Indian Telegraph (Amendment)Rules 2007 adequately provides for constitution of a Review Committee by the Central Govt and the State Govt, as the case may be, to review the directions for interceptions”.The ministry said in its affidavit, “Review Committee within a period of sixty days from the issue of directions shall suo motu make necessary enquiries and investigations and record its findings whether directions issued… are in accordance with the provisions of Section 5 (2) of the Indian Telegraph Act.“When the Review Committee is of the opinion that the directions are not in accordance with the provisions referred to above, it may set aside the directions and order for destruction of the copies of the intercepted message or class of messages.”The affidavit said that records pertaining to such directions for interception and of intercepted messages shall be destroyed by the relevant competent authority and the authorised security and Law Enforcement Agencies every six months unless these are required for functional requirement.It further said that the “requirement of giving justification with each proposal for interception has already been incorporated in Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs in May 2011 and concerned law enforcement/security agencies have been sensitised from time to time to follow these guidelines”.The court is scheduled to hear PIL on Tuesday, which has also sought a direction to the CBI for framing comprehensive guidelines regarding tracing, tapping and surveillance of phone calls along with preparation of stocks and accountability of officials.
Phone Calls Of NSA Doval, Asthana Were Not Intercepted: CBI
Adityanath hate speech case: HC found no illegality in denying prosecution sanction, UP Govt tells SC
New Delhi :Defending its decision to deny sanction for prosecuting UP  CM Yogi Adityanath in a 2007 hate speech case, the state Govt on Monday told the Supreme Court that the Allahabad High Court had found there was no illegality in the decision.“The High Court has observed after going through the original records that… there is no illegality,” the state said in an affidavit filed in the apex court.The affidavit said the case was investigated by the Crime Branch CID and that “after analysing complete records and in the light of the legal opinion received, the Home Department, Govt of UP reached the decision that there is no justification to grant sanction for prosecution. Accordingly, the CBCID closed the case.”“The order of the sanctioning authority”, the Govt said, “was based upon opinion received by the Law Department stating that in the absence of the evidence, there is no justification to grant prosecution…”The top court was hearing a petition by Parwej Parvaz, a UP resident, challenging the February 2018 High Court order upholding the state’s decision to deny sanction to prosecute Adityanath. It was on Parvaz’s plea that an FIR was lodged in 2008 against Adityanath, who was then a member of Parliament.indianexpress
SC adjourns pleas challenging amendments in SC/ ST Act again
The Supreme Court today deferred the hearing to April 30 on petitions challenging the constitutional validity of amendment in SC/ ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. Earlier on Feb.19, the top court deferred the hearing to March 26.At that time, the central Govt and other parties were given three days time by a bench of Justices UU Lalit and Indu Malhotra in the case for arguments.Earlier the apex court had said that the petitions against the amendment and review pleas against the March 20, 2018 judgement will be heard together.newdelhitimes
Muslim law board discusses content of submission to panel
New Delhi:In an emergency meeting on the Ayodhya issue held on Sunday, the executive committee of All-India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) discussed contents of its submission to the Supreme Court-appointed mediation committee later this week. Sources said the committee members resolved that contents of the submission should be carefully framed to deter any political party from making it an election issue. The AIMPLB will make its submission to the 5-member mediation committee led by former SC judge F M Ibrahim Kalifulla on March 27.Committee members remained tight-lipped about the submission and cited the apex court’s order stressing on confidentiality to ensure success of the mediation process. AIMPLB executive committee member Kamal Farooqui said, “We have (always) maintained that we are very positive about mediation – only the resolution should keep in mind the dignity of both parties and uphold justice. We are positive. Now it is for the other side to make a proposal.” Zafaryab Jilani, another member, said, “The court’s order is very clear: no party can disclose (to the media) either their own stand before the mediation panel, or the proceedings before the panel,”In its March 8 order, the top court had held, “Court-monitored mediation proceedings will be confidential.”Jamiat-Ulama general secretary Mahmood Madani, who is a member of the executive committee but was not present in Sunday’s meeting, said: “Islam does not allow a mosque to be built on the ruins of a temple – it does not even allow construction of a mosque in a personal property even if that person is a Muslim. So all that really needs to be done in this case if to prove in court that a temple existed there before the masjid, and that the masjid was built on its ruins.indianexpress
Ayodhya case: Nirmohi Akhara files plea in SC to shift mediation to neutral place
New Delhi: Nirmohi Akhara on Monday filed a plea in the Supreme Court, seeking modification in the Ayodhya title suit mediation order.In the plea, Nirmohi Akhara said that it wants the SC to move the mediation out of Faizabad and shift it to a neutral place.The plea demanded the judges to be appointed as the mediators in Ayodhya title suit.On March 13, 25 litigants in Babri Masjid land case, including Nirmohi Akhara's Mahant Dinendra Das, appeared before 3-member mediation panel on Avadh University premises.india today
J&K HC notice to Centre on plea challenging ban on Jamaat-e-Islami
Srinagar:J&K High Court has issued a notice to the Union Home Ministry for a response on the ban of Jamaat-e-Islami J&K (JeI), after an ex-Jamaat member plea challenged the Centre’s move. Justice Tashi Rabstan, after hearing the petition, sought a response from the Union Home Ministry “within 3 weeks”.Mehraj Azeem, petitioner, pleaded before the court in Srinagar that the ban declaration made on Feb.26 by the Centre “was effected without seeking confirmation from the tribunal as mandated from the Act and in absence of such compelling reasons available permitting such immediate declaration”.Claiming that JeI existed for more than 6 decades “with sole intent of socio-religious well being of society, Azeem pleaded before the judge to “consider the organisation’s social work, like during the floods of 2014, and contribution in the education sector”.“JeI has contested elections, both Parliamentary as well as Assembly, and has a registered election symbol,” Azeem said.JeI was banned after invoking UAPA. The lawyer, Syed Musaib, representing the petitioner, said, “By invoking bans, an unnecessarily larger threat is created as the same ideas gain greater currency once they are pushed underground, a point well recognised by the relevant Act itself.”Around 200 JeI activists and its leaders have been rounded up since the ban. The authorities also sealed several properties of the organisation, including the main headquarters in Srinagar’s Batamaloo area. the hindu
HC notice to centre to explain ban on Jama’at
Palatial bungalows, mills acquired through terror funding operations identified in Kashmir : agencies
Intelligence agencies have identified 19 properties including palatial bungalows, huge plots of land, nursing homes and plywood mills linked to terror funding operations and owned by individuals associated with Kashmiri separatists.This includes 10 properties in the name of Zahoor Ahmed Shah Watali, businessman currently serving term in Tihar jail on allegations of terror funding.Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has put together a dossier with details of properties acquired through terror financing in Kashmir by several individuals.Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Sallaudin's house in Islamabad, Pakistan is also on the list.As part of a crackdown on terror funding, Govt has been seizing properties belonging to terror financiers.In total, properties of 13 persons have been identified by NIA in this connection.In a separate action, ED has already zeroed in on proceeds of such crime and has begun action to freeze and seize such assets."Money obtained through these channels is also being used by major secessionist formations, particularly Hurriyat Conference. These funds are used for maintaining top APHC leadership and also massive propaganda machinery being used to instigate hatred among the people of J&K  towards the Govt of India. It is also being utilised to sustain the spreading of false information through media contacts, newspapers and social media,"report says."Extensive use of such funds is also being made to finance institutions focussed on subverting the local population including through selected mosques, madrasas and organisations like recently banned Jamat-e-Islami J&K. These then form a fertile pool of vulnerable young minds, which can be poisoned and exploited as gun fodder for violent activities aimed at destabilisating the state," the report added.indiatoday
Son was framed: father of Sajjad Ahmad Khan
New Delhi:The father of Sajjad Ahmad Khan, 26, an alleged JeM militant, who Delhi police said was arrested last week, alleged that his son was picked up by police as early as Feb. 22. The special cell of the Delhi police had said in a press release that Sajjad Khan was arrested on March 21, on charges of criminal conspiracy, waging war and under relevant Sections of the UAPA.The accused was later handed over to NIA, which claimed that the police made the arrest based on specific information provided by it. “Sajjad Khan was specially sent to Delhi to set up hideouts in Delhi. This was done to select specific targets and also to radicalise and recruit Muslim youths to further terror activities,” a press release by NIA had said. However, on Monday, both NIA and Delhi Police distanced themselves from the arrest. NIA said the Delhi police should answer on Sajjad Khan’s arrest, while the latter refused to comment.Contesting the claims of the police and NIA, Ghulam Nabi Khan said his son, a shawl vendor, had left for Delhi in Nov, as he had done for the past 4 years.“We came to know that the Delhi police’s special cell picked up my son and 6 other people from Delhi Gate around Feb.22.It was published even in local newspapers. I rushed to Delhi and met the police officials at Lodhi Road.Police confirmed his arrest and promised to release him soon,” Khan, a carpenter and a small farmer, said. “I reached home with hope he would be released. Within days, I saw he being framed with an attack in Kashmir. How can he be a part of any attack when he has been in Delhi from Nov.and in police custody since Feb?” he asked.the hindu
Delhi,Mumbai,Goa on alert as agencies warn attack
The police in Delhi, Mumbai and Goa have been alerted by the intelligence agencies about twin threats from Islamic State and al-Qaeda, reported TOI, on quoting sources. The report, on Monday, warn of terrorists avenging the New Zealand incident and a possible strike on Jewish establishments."We have taken all precautions regarding our intelligence inputs, all SPs been alerted, and ATS put on alert," Goa IGP Jaspal Singh told ANI. Delhi Police too said that they were "keeping a close watch on the developments.”The Quint
Goa put on terror alert due to fear of possible attack on Israeli tourists
Pak: 7 held for alleged abduction of 2 Hindu girls, however they refute claims of forcible conversion
Police in Pakistan have detained at least 7 people for their alleged involvement in the purported abduction and forced conversion of two Hindu girls to Islam and their underage marriage in Sindh province, Dawn reported on Monday. However, 2 girls and the men they were reportedly married to have sought the Islamabad High Court’s protection and refuted the claims that they were forcibly converted.On March 24, PM Imran Khan had ordered an investigation into the matter after two videos about the case surfaced on social media. In one video, the father and brother of the girls claimed that they were abducted and forced into converting to Islam. In the other video, the girls claimed they had converted of their own free will.Girls’ video also showed a cleric marrying them to two older men. The cleric claimed that the girls were influenced by Islam much before and converted to the religion of their own accord. He alleged that their family was spreading “false propaganda”. Nikah Khwan, who officiated the weddings, and relatives of the men who married the girls were among those arrested and handed over to the Sindh
UP suspends 7 school teachers for social media posts critical of Pulwama, Govt  
New Delhi:From questioning Pulwama attack to praising Pakistan PM Imran Khan, from criticising the effectiveness of the Balakot strike to making “political” statements against the ruling establishment — at least seven state Govt school teachers have been suspended by the UP  Govt for posts like these on their Facebook page or WhatsApp groups, Also suspended is a Basic Shiksha Adhikari (BSA), a Group-A education service officer. While two suspensions were for allegedly violating the Model Code of Conduct after polls were announced on March 10, the Govt has also ordered an FIR against a private school teacher.Prabhat Kumar, UP Additional Chief Secretary (Basic Education), said a proper inquiry was conducted before BSA was suspended. “I have no information about teachers (suspended). BSAs of respective districts must have done this,” he said.Those facing action:Dinesh Yadav, BSA, Muzaffarnagar, Surendra Kumar, primary school Headmaster, Barabanki, Amrendra Kumar, primary school teacher, Sultanpur, Ravindra Kanojia, primary school teacher, Rae Bareli, Ravi Shankar Yadav, primary school Headmaster, Mirzapur, Nandji Yadav, primary school teacher, Azamgarh, Satya Prakash Verma, primary school teacher, Shravasti, Nirankar Shukla, primary School Headmaster, Rae Bareli, Rajesh Shukla, primary school teacher, Rae Bareli and Dileep Singh Yadav, teaches without salary in a private Inter College, Shahjahanpur. Indianexpress
Delhi man arrested for spying for ISI: report
Jaipur :Rajasthan Police Monday arrested a 42-year-old man from Delhi for allegedly spying for Pakistan’s intelligence agency ISI, officials said.Mohammed Parvez was already arrested by NIA for anti-national activities and was in judicial custody since 2017. He was brought here on Monday for interrogation, following which the state police arrested him, Additional Director General (Intelligence) Umesh Mishra said.Parvez allegedly honey-trapped Indian Army soldiers through fake identity to collect confidential and strategic information and passed those to ISI, which gave him financial support, the officer said.During questioning Pervez revealed that he was in contact with ISI handlers and had travelled to Pakistan 17 times in the last 18 years, he said.PTI
After Kartarpur, Pakistan looks at opening pilgrim corridor to Sharada Peeth in PoK
New Delhi :After Kartarpur, Pakistan is proposing to open a corridor to the 5,000-year-old Sharada temple, which was once a centre of learning believed to have been established by Emperor Ashoka. The site, also known as Sharada Peeth, is located on the banks of the Neelum river over 100 km from Muzaffarabad in PoK.Pakistani media reported Monday that Islamabad has given the green signal for the move. TV channel Express News quoted sources in the Pakistan Govt to report that India’s foreign ministry had already sent a proposal to open this corridor. “After Kartarpur, a piece of big news is in the offing for Hindus. Some of the Govt officials will visit the area and will later submit a report to the prime minister,” said a report in Express Tribune, a leading English daily in Pakistan, citing sources in the Pakistan foreign ministry.indianexpress
Attackers threatened to bulldoze our house if we didn't vacate it in 24 hours: Gurugram Muslim Family
Gurugram:Muslim family, whose male and female members were brutally assaulted by a mob of 40-50 people on Holi day  for playing cricket on road, told a civil fact-finding team on Monday that the attackers threatened to demolish the house of the family if they did not vacate it in 24 hours.  Narrating the Thursday incident to a fact-finding team of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (Delhi & Haryana zone), a member of victim family said: “Our children were playing cricket. 2 people came on bikes and passed provocative remarks. Our children returned to home thinking it was not a big issue because the two were drunk. They were sitting on the ground floor. The two had gone threatening to return in five minutes and teach us a lesson. Very soon, a mob of 40-50 people came and went on rampage. While leaving they asked us to vacate the house, otherwise they would demolish it with bulldozers tomorrow.”“They were asking us to go to Pakistan. This is our country India – county of peace and tranquility. I request media and politicians not to give it a communal or religious angle and maintain peace,” said the family member.While male members were being beaten up, young women ran upstairs and saved themselve. One of them narrated the incident.The family said that they dialled 100 but police did not turn up to help them.India Tomorrow
Jamiat to fight the case of Gurugram attack victims
New Delhi: Expressing deep concern over the attack on Muslim family in Gurugram, Jamiat Ulama- General Secretary Maulana Mahmood Madani demanded Govt action against the spate of such incidents occurring one after another.Madani wrote a letter to Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khar inviting latter’s attention towards the incident which has created unrest among the people of the country since the incident came to light after the video was uploaded on social media. He demanded stringent action against the culprits and justice to victims.Maulana Madani also informed that a delegation of Jamiat met the affected family at Dhamaspur Gururam and announced to fight the case for them. siasat
Former civil servants urge EC to delay release of Modi biopic, say it violates Model Code of Conduct
47 retired civil servants on Tuesday urged the chief election commissioner to stall release of PM Narendra Modi’s biopic till May 23, once the results of the Lok Sabha elections are declared. In a letter, they pointed out that the release would be a violation of the Model Code of Conduct.PM Narendra Modi will be released on April 5, less than a week before elections begin on April 11. The last phase of the elections will be held on May 19 and results will be declared on May
BJP asked me not to contest Lok Sabha polls: Murli Manohar Joshi
BJP has asked veteran leader and one of the party founders Murli Manohar Joshi not to contest in the upcoming Lok sabha elections.Dr. Joshi has issued a brief statement for voters in Kanpur, from where 85-year-old leader had won in 2014.The statement said BJP general secretary Ram Lal,a RSS appointee,had conveyed Joshi the party leadership’s decision that he should not be contesting the elections.BJP leaders said the party has taken a “principled decision” that veterans should make the way for younger leaders.The Hindu
BJP fields State Minister from Kanpur, Maneka Gandhi swaps seat with Varun Gandhi
Lucknow:BJP has fielded UP  Cabinet Minister Satyadev Pachauri from Kanpur replacing veteran BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi. Pachauri is an MLA from Govind Nagar seat and currently holds the Khadi Village Industries, Sericulture, Textile, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Export Promotion portfolios.Jaya Prada, former Samajwadi Party MP, will contest the Lok Sabha election 2019 from Rampur as a BJP candidate. The new BJP entrant and yesteryear actor replaces Nepal Singh, and will go head-to-head against senior SP leader and her bete noire Azam Khan. Union Minister Maneka Gandhi, who was Pilibhit MP, has swapped seats with her son Varun Gandhi,who had won Sultanpur in 2014.Releasing a list of 29 names from UP, the BJP also made changes on other seats, replacing incumbents or shifting them elsewhere. Ashok Dohre was replaced by Ram Shankar Katheria in Etawah, a reserved seat. Another State Cabinet Minister Rita Bahuguna Joshi has been fielded from Allahabad, from where she was once a Mayor. Sitting BJP MP Shyama Charan Gupta recently changed sides to the SP and is fielded from Banda in Bundelkhand.In another reserved seat in Bahraich, where BJP MP Savitri Bai Phule quit the party and joined Congress, BJP has fielded a sitting MLA Akshayvar Lal Gaud. A sitting MLA Upendra Rawat from Zaidpur has also replaced Priyanka Rawat as the candidate in Barabanki, adjoining Lucknow. Virendra Singh Mast, who won from Bhadohi in 2014, has been shifted to Ballia in place of Bharat Singh.Union Minister Manoj Sinha will once again defend his constituency Ghazipur while BJP State head Mahendra Nath Pandey will contest from Chandauli this time too.thehindu
Kanhaiya mocks Giriraj Singh's 'reluctance' to contest from Begusarai
Union Minister Giriraj Singhs "reluctance" to contest Lok Sabha polls from Begusarai was comparable to a kids refusal to attend school in the event of failing to complete his homework, CPI candidate from seat Kanhaiya Kumar has said."Watched the news on TV and learnt that BJP minister known for sending off people to free of cost Pakistan tours is not ready to come to Begusarai for contesting the polls", Kumar said. dnaindia
BJP Leader Says 2 Gujarati Thugs' Have Been Fooling People, Gets Expelled
After a former spokesperson of the BJP dubbed the party's top leadership as "Gujarati thugs" and asked if the BJP has chosen a 'pradhan mantri' (PM) or a prachar mantri (advertisement minister), party expelled senior Lucknow-based leader.While attacking BJP's top leadership in a series of tweets, I P Singh also hailed SP chief Akhilesh Yadav's candidature from Azamgarh and offered him his residence for use as his poll campaign office."I P Singh has been expelled from the party for six years on directions of the BJP state president," said a party release in Lucknow.The expulsion followed after Singh attacked BJP leadership in a series of tweets from his official Twitter account having a prefix "usuldaar" (principled) to his name."I belong to a principled 'kshatriya' family. 2 Gujarati thugs have been befooling Hindi-speaking people for the last five years after capturing the country's Hindi heartland, while we are silent," he said in one of his tweets Friday.outlookindia
Confirmed: Shatrughan set to join Congress on March 28
After some initial hiccups, BJP rebel Shatrughan Sinha is all set to join Congress on March 28 in the presence of Congress president Rahul Gandhi, National Herald has learnt.A reliable source has confirmed to Herald that Sinha who has been on the forefront of PM Modi’s critics in the BJP, has finally made up his mind after the saffron party announced Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad as its candidate for Patna Sahib LS seat last week.Angry with his party’s decision, Sinha tweeted:“I am capable of paying back”.nationalheraldindia
Bihar Police arrested two Bangladeshi nationals
A team of Bihar Police arrested two Bangladeshi nationals, who were travelling on fake Indian identifications and seized documents related to various terror groups including ISIS, police said on Monday. The duo, identified as Khairul Mandal and Abu Sultan of Chapatalla, Jhenauda in Bangladesh, are allegedly members of ISBD. dnaindia
Activists in Elgar case can’t be tried for terror acts: Lawyer
Pune: Defence lawyer Rohan Nahar on Monday said the activists arrested in the Elgar Parishad case cannot be tried for terrorist acts under the stringent UAPA because no blast or firing on mob had taken place in the Koregaon Bhima riots on Jan.1, 2018, a day after Parishad was organised at Shaniwarwada. Arguing for regular bail pleas of activists P Varavara Rao and Rona Wilson, Nahar submitted before a special court that Section 15 of UAPA (terrorist act) was not applicable to the case as the chargesheet of the Pune police was silent on the alleged terrorist acts committed by the activists.It is the police’s case that the Maoists supported and funded the Elgar Parishad in Pune on Dec.31, 2017, as a part of a larger conspiracy to create social unrest and overthrow the Govt. According to the police, the alleged provocative speeches and inflammatory statements at Parishad contributed to the caste clashes at Koregaon Bhima. Special judge K D Vadane would hear Raut’s bail plea on March 29. timesofindia
2002 Best Bakery riots case: Trial begins against 2
Mumbai:Trial against two accused being tried separately in the 2002 Best Bakery riots case commenced Monday with two cops deposing as witnesses. The cops were assistant sub-inspectors in 2002 and had noted information received from the hospital in the station diary. On March 1, 2002, two days after the Godhra carnage, a mob had attacked Best Bakery in Vadodara, killing 14 people. Last month, the court had framed charges against Mafat Gohil and Harshad Solanki under several IPC sections, including murder, destruction of evidence and attempt to murder. TOI
Acquitted After 8 Years in Jail, 10 Years in Courts: “I Just Want My Children To Be Able to Live In Dignity”
Lucknow: In a remote village in district Sidharthnagar, 46 year old terror accused Abdul Mobeen is trying to pick up the threads of his remaining life and weave a fresh narrative.He owns a small patch of agricultural land where he has started rearing goats for living a life of dignity free from the stigma of being labelled a terrorist 19 years ago.More than half of his life has been spent either in jail or fighting the legal battle which began after he was arrested from AMU on a slew of charges ranging from "waging war against the state" to spreading ill will between two religious groups.Mobeen spent eight years in jail. After finally succeeding in obtaining bail from the Allahabad High Court in 2008, he spent last 10 years in fighting legal battles to prove his innocence in 4 different cases of a similar nature filed against him in Agra,Kanpur,Barabanki and Lucknow.He has been exonerated in all 4 cases by sessions court. thecitizen
China destroys 30,000 ‘incorrect’ world maps showing Arunachal not part of Chinese territory
Customs officials in China have destroyed 30,000 world maps printed in the country for not mentioning Arunachal Pradesh and Taiwan as part of its territory, according to a media report.China claims the north-eastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh as part of South Tibet. China routinely objects to Indian leaders visiting Arunachal Pradesh to highlight its stand.India says the State of Arunachal Pradesh is its integral and inalienable part and Indian leaders visit Arunachal Pradesh from time to time, as they visit other parts of the country.2 countries have so far held 21 rounds of talks to resolve the border dispute covering 3,488-km-long LAC.China also claims the estranged island of Taiwan as its part.PTI
Two children die in Delhi's Jamia Nagar fire
New Delhi: Two children died in a fire at their apartment in Abul Fazl Enclave in south Delhi. Fire officials say that they were trapped inside a room when the fire broke out and had died out of suffocation. The fire department said a few others who were trapped in other apartments were rescued by the locals and the firemen.The incident broke out around 1pm when locals reported about a fire at the first floor of the four-storied house. Five fire tenders were pressed into service and the flames were controlled within an hour. The two children were shifted to the Holy Family Hospital in Jamia Nagar where they were declared dead.TOI
US officially declares Israeli sovereignty over Golan
US President Donald Trump has formally recognised Israeli sovereignty over the Israel-occupied Golan Heights, reversing decades of United State's policy. The announcement came as Benjamin Netanyahu visited the White House in a trip the Israeli PM said he cut short after an early morning rocket, allegedly fired from the besieged Gaza Strip, struck a home in central Israel, wounding seven people.Monday's decree formalised Trump's statement last week, saying it was time for the US "to fully recognise" Israeli sovereignty over the Golan. The move appeared to give Netanyahu a boost before the closely contested April 9 Israeli elections. "This was a long time in the making," Trump said alongside Netanyahu in White House."Today, aggressive action by Iran and terrorist groups in southern Syria, including Hezbollah, continue to make the Golan Heights a potential launching ground for attacks against Israel - very violent attacks," Trump said. "This should have been done numerous presidents ago." Israel seized much of the Golan Heights from Syria during the 1967 Six-Day War and then effectively annexed it in 1981, a move that was never recognised by the international community.Syria's foreign ministry called the US decision to recognise Israeli sovereignty over the Golan a "blatant attack on the sovereignty and territorial integrity" of Syria.Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said it was impossible for Turkey to accept US decision on the Golan Heights. He added that action would be taken against the US over the move, including at the UN. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was "clear that the status of Golan has not changed," UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said on Monday. "UN's policy on Golan is reflected in the relevant resolutions of the Security Council and that policy has not changed," Dujarric said. A UNSC resolution adopted unanimously by 15-member body in 1981 declared that Israel's "decision to impose its laws,jurisdiction and administration in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights is null and void and without international legal effect". It also demanded Israel rescind its decision.Qatar also issued a statement rejecting the US move and saying the Golan Heights are occupied Arab land. Arab League condemned the move saying that "Trump's recognition does not change the area's status."aljazeera
World rejects illegal US Golan Heights move
The international community has condemned the unilateral and illegal action by the U.S. administration on Monday to formally recognize Israel’s sovereignty over occupied Golan Heights. UN said: ''The status of Golan has not changed. The UN’s policy on Golan is reflected in the relevant resolutions of the Security Council."AA
Top US diplomat saddened by global Golan reactions
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday he is "saddened, but not surprised" by the world’s refusal to follow Washington's lead in recognizing the occupied Golan Heights as Israeli territory."We are simply recognizing facts on the ground," Pompeo said one day after Donald Trump signed a proclamation recognizing Israel's sovereignty over Golan Heights.Trump's decision was roundly rejected by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Turkey, Canada, Russia, most Arab nations, as well as the European Union."We hope those nations will join us to understand how important that is, how right it is," Pompeo said of the unilateral U.S. decision.AA
Saudi denounces US recognition of Golan Heights as Israeli territory
Saudi Arabia denounced US President Donald Trump's recognition of Israel's 1981 annexation of the Golan Heights.“Attempts to impose fait accompli do not change the facts,” the statement said. It said the Golan Heights was an “occupied Syrian Arab land in accordance with relevant international resolutions”.“It will have significant negative effects on the peace process in the Middle East and security and stability of the region,”it said.Reuters
Israel-Hamas ceasefire holds amid tense calm in Gaza
Gaza City - A fraught quiet has settled over the Gaza Strip after a night of Israeli air raids on the besieged coastal enclave following a rocket strike on a home in central Israel. An Egyptian-brokered ceasefire, announced around 19:00 GMT on Monday, was confirmed by a Hamas spokesperson, but the exchange of fire between armed groups in Gaza and the Israeli military continued until just before dawn on Tuesday, residents in the strip said.The latest flare-up took place after a long-range missile was fired from Gaza into the Israeli community of Mishmeret - 20km north of Tel Aviv - early Monday morning, wounding seven people.No group from Gaza has claimed responsibility, but Israel blamed Hamas, the movement that rules the strip, and deployed tanks and reservists at the Israeli fence east of the Gaza Strip.Throughout Monday night, Israeli warplanes targeted Hamas and Islamic Jihad positions with air raids. Hamas leader Ismail Haniya's office was destroyed in the attack, as well as several residential buildings.Israeli army confirmed that its warplanes had carried out 15 bombardments in the Gaza Strip.According to Gaza Ministry of Health, seven Palestinians were injured.Sameh al-Ghazali, a Gaza resident, lost his home in Gaza City overnight. "We were shocked when we received a phone call from the Israeli army last night telling us to evacuate our home within seconds," the father of one said.The residential building he lives in, which consists of three floors, is owned by four Ghazali families and also hosts the al-Multazem Insurance Company. All the families living in the area evacuated their homes as well. An F-16 missile levelled the building in a cloud of dust.The ceasefire was announced after Gaza's armed groups launched a barrage of rockets towards Israel but, in a joint statement, the armed factions said they would stop firing rockets if Israel ceased its air raids."We affirm our response to the Egyptian mediation of the ceasefire and declare our commitment to calm if the Israeli occupation does as well," the statement said.Yair Levin, a minister from Netanyahu's Likud party told Israeli news outlet Ynet:"It is clear there is no ceasefire. We are responding to every attack." So far, today, both Israel and armed factions in Gaza Strip have stopped firing. aljazeera
Hamas announces Egyptian-brokered ceasefire with Israel
Jordan MPs call for cancelling gas deal with Israel
Jordanian lawmakers today called for the cancellation of a gas purchase agreement signed with Israel in 2016.Describing the deal as a form of economic “normalization” with Israel, MPs urged Govt to seek alternative sources with which to meet the country’s natural gas needs. After debating the issue today, MPs are now expected to vote on whether to request that Govt cancel deal or refer it to Jordan’s constitutional court to decide. Despite widespread popular opposition to normalizing relations with Israel, Jordan has been extending a pipeline since last year to facilitate planned import of Israeli natural gas.Anadolu
Palestinians protest abuse of detainees held by Israel
Hundreds of Palestinians on Tuesday demonstrated in the occupied West Bank to show solidarity with Palestinians languishing in Israeli prisons.Separate demonstrations were held simultaneously in the West Bank cities of Al-Bireh, Tulkarm, Jenin and Salfit.Some protesters held photos of incarcerated relatives, demanding their immediate release.“Inmates are subject to frequent abuses by the Israeli authorities,” Qadura Fares, head of the Palestinian Prisoners Association, an NGO, told Anadolu Agency.Anadolu Agency
US officials vow support for Israel at AIPAC conference
US officials including Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo with more than a dozen US lawmakers appeared on stage on the second day of AIPAC's annual conference to vow support for Israel as it responded to an alleged rocket attack by Hamas with air strikes on Gaza.Pence listed the policy moves President Donald Trump had taken to support Israel, drawing applause from about 18,000 attendees at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee gathering." Under President Donald Trump, if the world knows nothing else the world knows this: America stands with Israel," Pence said.Trump meeting Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House, signed a declaration recognising Israeli control of the Golan Heights. "President Trump also promised to shut down PLO office in Washington if the Palestinian Authority didn't promise to take immediate steps to stop funding terrorists who murder innocent Israeli civilians with American tax dollars and when PLO refused, President Trump shut their office down," Pence said."When President Trump promised to cut off funding to anti-Israel agencies at the UN, he meant it. And last year, US ended all US contributions to UNRWA," vice president said."Beyond all that, the president promised to stand up to the world's leading state sponsor of terror, and he withdrew the United States of America from the disastrous nuclear deal with Iran. There will be no more pallets of cash to the mullahs in Iran," Pence said.aljazeera
Pentagon authorises $1 billion for Trump's border wall
Acting Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan said Monday he had authorized $1 billion to build part of the wall sought by President Donald Trump along US-Mexico border. Department of Homeland Security asked the Pentagon to build 57 miles of 18-foot fencing, build and improve roads, and install lighting to support Trump's emergency declaration as concerns the border. Shanahan "authorized the commander of the US Army Corps of Engineers to begin planning and executing up to $1 billion in support to the Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Patrol," a Pentagon statement read.AFP
Top Chinese leader backs crackdown on Uighurs
Xinjiang needs to "perfect" stability maintenance measures and crack down on "religious extremism", the ruling Communist Party's fourth-ranked leader said on a tour of the Chinese region where members of the Uighur community have been put in internment camps.Critics say Uighurs and other Muslims who live in Xinjiang are being held in detention centres, though the Govt calls them "vocational training centres".Authorities say it has a genuine need to prevent "extremist thinking" and violence.During a March 20 to March 25 visit to Xinjiang, including Kashgar and Tumxuk in the Uighur southern part of the region, Wang Yang said the situation in Xinjiang was "continuing to develop well", the official Xinjiang Daily said on Tuesday.Authorities "must perfect stability-maintenance measures, and maintain high pressure on the 'three forces'," the paper cited Wang as saying, referring to "terror,extremism and separatism".aljazeera
French Muslims sue Facebook, YouTube over Christchurch footage
One of main groups representing Muslims in France is suing Facebook and YouTube, accusing the media companies of inciting violence by allowing the streaming of footage of the Christchurch massacre on their platforms.The French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM) said the companies had disseminated material that encouraged terrorism and harmed the dignity of human beings. There was no immediate comment from either social media company.The shooting at two mosques in New Zealand on March 15, which killed 50 people, was livestreamed on Facebook for 17 minutes and then copied and shared on social media sites across the internet. Facebook said it raced to remove hundreds of thousands of copies.However, footage could still be found on Facebook, Twitter and Alphabet Inc's YouTube a few hours after the attack, as well as Facebook-owned Instagram and Whatsapp.aljazeera
Turkey court opens espionage trial of US consulate staffer
The trial of a Turkish employee of the US consulate in Istanbul has started after he was charged with espionage and attempting to overthrow the Turkish Govt in one of several cases heightening tensions between the United States and its NATO ally.Metin Topuz, a Turkish citizen and liaison with the US Drug Enforcement Administration, was arrested in 2017 and has been accused of having ties with US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen, who Ankara says ordered a failed 2016 coup against President Tayyip Erdogan.The trial begins as relations between the US and Turkey have worsened with disagreements over Syria's war, Turkey's purchase of Russian missiles and the US refusal to extradite Gulen.aljazeera
Pakistan's top court grants bail to Nawaz Sharif
The Supreme Court of Pakistan agreed on Tuesday to release former PM Nawaz Sharif on bail for six weeks to receive medical treatment but said he would not be allowed to leave the country.Sharif is serving a seven-year sentence imposed last year for failing to disclose the source of income that allowed him to acquire the Al-Azizia Steel Mills in Saudi Arabia.He has been suffering from a heart condition and kidney problems and has been admitted to hospital. A previous bail application was rejected last month.aljazeera
Nearly 2M need urgent help in Mozambique: UN
At least 1.85 million people are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance in Mozambique,where hurricane Idai made landfall earlier this month, UN humanitarian agency said.A statement released by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OHCA) said the cyclone caused a major humanitarian crisis in the country, destroying infrastructure, homes and farms, and affecting livelihoods of many people.“As of 25 March, the official death toll was 447, with more than 15,000 people injured,” The UN agency said in a statement quoting local authorities.AA
Iran flood: More than a dozen killed in flash flooding
Flash flooding in southern and parts of western Iran has left at least 19 people dead and more than 100 injured as the Govt urged people to cancel trips and warned of more rains, according to Fars news agency.aljazeera
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