07 April 2019

7 April : Sadatullah Hussaini elected new Prez of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind/ India preparing another attack between Apr 16-10: Pakistan / Highway Ban in Kashmir Sparks Outrage

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07 April 2019: 01 Shaban 1440:Vol: 11, No:170
Syed Sadatullah Hussaini elected new Ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind
New Delhi: Syed Sadatullah Hussaini has been elected Ameer (President) of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind. The 157 member Markazi Majlis-e Numanidgan, (Council of Representatives) of which 30 were women assembled at the Jamaat headquarters from the 3rd April 2019. The Council of Representatives discussed and carried consultations within the framework of the Constitution of Jamaat and elected its new Ameer for a four-year term.Mr. Hussaini was earlier the (Naib Ameer) Vice President of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind and is also the former National President of Jamaat’s student organization the Students Islamic Organisation (SIO) of India. Hailing from Nanded Maharashtra, he is currently based in Hyderabad, Telangana. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering and has written various papers and books on Islam and Islamic Movement.Members of the Council of Representatives, those related to various organizations running in the Jamaat campus, well-wishers of Jamaat from all over the country and various community leaders prayed for granting steadfastness to the newly elected Ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind.
Syed Sadatullah Husaini is new Ameer of Jamaat
Sadatullah Hussaini Elected Jamaat President
India preparing another attack between Apr 16-10: Pakistan
Karachi: Pakistan has "reliable intelligence" that India will attack again this month, foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Sunday, as tension over a February standoff between the two nuclear-armed neighbours had appeared to ease.The attack could take place between April 16 and 20, he said.The following day Pakistan shot down an Indian fighter jet and captured its pilot who was later released."We have reliable intelligence that India is planning a new attack on Pakistan.As per our information this could take place between April 16 and 20," Qureshi told reporters in his hometown of Multan.He did not elaborate on what evidence Pakistan had or how he could be so specific with the timing, but he said PM Imran Khan had agreed to share the information with the country.India's foreign office didn't immediately respond to an email seeking comment.Khan blamed India's ruling BJP for "whipping up war hysteria" over claims that India shot down a Pak F-16 during the Feb.standoff.Reuters
Sword-weilding 'Hindu Sena' threaten meat shop owners in Gurugram to shut shop during Navratri
Gurugram: Fringe elements under the banner of 'Hindu Sena' were caught on camera walking the streets of Dundahera gaon of Gurugram in Haryana to force meat shop owners to close down their businesses owing to the commencement of 'Navratri', a seasonal nine-day festival observed as per the Hindu calendar twice a year. This is not the first time such an attempt to thwart law and order by fringe groups was witnessed in Gurugram, earlier known as Gurgaon.In the video, several men brandishing swords can be seen marching through the streets of Gurugram, unabated by city police. These men were reportedly trying to scare meat shop owners into closing down their businesses for the duration of the nine-day festival. Similar instances were reported from Gurugram last year where men carrying sticks and weapons threatened and in some cases, even assaulted meat shop owners in order to force them to pull the shutter on their businesses.times now news
SDMC’s new meat policy not practical: Vendors
NewDelhi:Slaughterhouses must ensure proper disposal of waste,but the private concessionaire is not obliged to pick up the organic waste from the trash dumps. Killing of chicken was stopped in Ghazipur without providing for an alternative slaughterhouse. These are just two of the confusing implementation of the meat policy that came up for discussion when municipal corporation officials, meat vendors and activists sat down for an interactive workshop on Saturday.South Delhi Municipal Corporation recently implemented a new meat policy with strict regulations and proscribing animal cruelty, violations of which attract stiff fines and penalties. But things haven’t changed much and animals and birds crammed into hot cages, poor transportation conditions and roadside slaughter are not rare even in posher areas. Workshop was organised in collaboration with SDMC by Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations for meat vendors from south Delhi areas such as Malviya Nagar, Hauz Khas, Safdarjung Enclave, Hauz Rani, Sangam Vihar and Mehrauli. Sarita Joshi of FIAPO briefed them the new regulations, including proper waste disposal, no employing of workers below 18 years, need for spacious cages for chicken, and use of deep freezers and black glass doors.Delhi Meat Merchants Association urged civic officials to set up a slaughterhouse to ease supplies after culling chicken at Ghazipur was stopped seven months ago. An SDMC official responded, “A 23-acre plot is being developed into a pork facility. A similar one for birds is also being considered.”TOI
J&K Opposition goes to EC: Withdrawal of security cover bid to disable us
J&K Governor’s administration has withdrawn or downgraded security cover to over 700 mainstream political leaders, former ministers and former legislators — a step that 3 major political parties in Valley, NC, PDP and Congress have called a “sinister plan” to “incapacitate the entire Opposition during the election process”. A top Election Commission official confirmed that the poll panel has received complaints from these three parties. “Election Commission will advise the state that if you won’t provide security, you are disturbing the ecosystem because unless they (political workers) are secured, they cannot go for campaigning and canvassing which is an important element in election process,’’ he said. indian express
Highway Ban in Kashmir Sparks Outrage, Comparisons With Israel
Anantnag: Banning of civilian vehicular movement on 270-kms stretch from Udhampur to Baramulla districts of National Highway 44 in Kashmir has drawn the ire of locals across the political, ideological and occupational divide.An April 3 order from the state’s home department said that the highway will be completely banned until May 31 for civilian traffic on Sundays and Wednesdays from 4 am to 5 pm to “facilitate the movement of security forces convoys” into the Valley.The official order attributes this move to the ongoing movement of security convoys into Kashmir to ensure the smooth conduct of the upcoming parliamentary elections. This ban has come on top of the daily stoppages on civilian traffic at multiple locations across the highway that also facilitate the movement of army and paramilitary convoys.As the highway is the only stretch of road that connects the Valley to the outside world, order is likely to cause heavy disruptions in day-to-day lives of Kashmiris.This includes medical patients, schoolchildren, business owners, government employees, farmers and orchardists as well as drivers of public transport.“Due to the frequent closure of this highway on account of landslides and bad weather, we already have a one-way traffic system for commercial vehicles. That, essentially, gives us only three days in a week to export our locally-manufactured goods. After this order, we effectively get two days,” Sheikh Ashiq, the president of Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry – oldest and most prominent traders’ association in the region – told The Wire.“This ban will be devastating, not just for the traders in Kashmir, but also other sectors like education and tourism. I don’t think they have applied their mind before passing this order,” he added.Bashir Ahmad Basheer, chairman of the Kashmir Valley Fruit Growers-cum-Dealers Association, agreed. “We won’t be able to even visit our orchards, let alone export the fruits that lay in cold storages across Kashmir,” Basheer said.While the government has assured that the ban doesn’t apply in cases of medical and other emergencies, locals believe that the order is still unjustified and troublesome.ban is also set to impact the livelihood of private cab drivers who shuttle thousands of passengers into different districts of Kashmir every week.Both mainstream, as well as separatist politicians, have also expressed dismay over this order. Taking to Twitter, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, who have previously served as chief ministers of the state govt, termed it “hare-brained” and outright “mad”. Shah Faesal, who recently floated a new political party after resigning from the civil services in protest, also said that his party will challenge the ban in court.Calling it a dictatorial move on Twitter,Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, chairman of the separatist Hurriyat Conference group, urged the govt “to withdraw this diktat and stop punishing people of Kashmir”. thewire
Ban on civilian traffic on J-K highway comes into force, hundreds stranded
 ‘Mindless’, ‘open-air prison’: Omar, Mehbooba on J&K highway ban
Electoral Bonds Have Legalised Crony Capitalism: Ex-Chief Election Commissioner  SY Quraishi
Coming down heavily on the Centre's electoral bond scheme for funding of political parties, former Chief Election Commissioner SY Quraishi on Friday termed the move a retrograde step and said electoral bonds have legitimised and legalised "crony capitalism".In an exclusive interview to Outlook, Quraishi said that the move is totally "inconsistent" with what was promised.  Electoral bonds were introduced by BJP-led NDA govt in Jan. 2018 with an aim to make funding to political parties transparent. It allows a political donor to purchase bonds from authorised banks which can be redeemed by parties only through registered accounts in a prescribed time frame. Govt's move was resisted by opposition parties and analysts who argued the scheme was counterproductive. The sale of electoral bonds has skyrocketed ahead of the Lok Sabha elections by 62 per cent as compared to last year with the SBI selling bonds of over Rs 1700 crore, according to an RTI based report. Before the scheme was introduced, any donation of over Rs 20,000 was reported to the EC, said Quraishi, arguing that the provision allowed the commission to know "who had given how much to whom". outlookindia
Ensure 90% Votes for BJP, Else Face Violence: Manipur Insurgents Threaten Village Heads
Guwahati: Ahead of Lok Sabha elections, village heads of Manipur are being threatened by the Kuki National Army to ensure that 90% votes are cast for BJP, otherwise they will be summoned and held responsible, then punished. Thangboi Haokip, the Commander of the KNA has issued the diktat at a gathering in D Muonnaphai village, Moreh where the village chiefs were present. Referring to BJP candidate for outer Manipur, HS Benjamin Mate, he warned that if required violence will be resorted to. KNA commander said that despite a lack of active female police or force within the group, a special force comprising 200 women has already been assigned for the polling day (April 11). “Whether men or women, nobody will be spared if they the diktat is not followed,” he said.Haokip further claimed to have informed the ‘Gaon Bura’ or the head of the village that he needs free movement and may even open fire on the day of polling. There are 21 polling stations in Moreh area and they will check poll percentage and requires a minimum 90% votes.Kuki National Organisation and its arm – the KNA were formed in 1988. The first batch of cadres, under the command of Thangkholun Haokip, was trained by the Kachin Independent Army in Myanmar. The KNA has an estimated strength of 600 cadres armed with an array of weapons like AK-Series, G-series, M-series and 60mm mortar. Main objectives of the KNA is to bring all the Kuki-inhabited areas separated by the artificial boundary created in 1935 (specifically in the Kabaw valley of Myanmar) in Manipur under one administrative unit called ‘Zalengam’ (Land of freedom). In case the integration is not realised, KNA aims at the creation of two Kuki states: one within Burma, ‘Eastern Zalengam’ and other within India, ‘Western Zalengam’.news18
6 yrs later refugees of Muzaffarnagar riots have no access to electricity, water; say will vote for peace
Muzaffarnagar: 6 years on after the deadly 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots which claimed the lives of 66 people and displaced more than 50,000, suffering of the victims continues unabated. Thousands of victims of the deadly violence who took refuge in makeshift camp in nearby Kairana still do not have access to basic enmities such as water or electricity. "We have been living here for the past 6 years, we still don't have a house, there is no water or electricity. We want houses to be built for us. We will vote for peace in the upcoming elections," a refugee lodged in one of the camps in nearby Kairana told ANI.The living conditions in the refugee camps located on the outskirts of Kairana town in Shamli district have been documented to be abysmal at best. As per a 2014 EPW report, as many as 50,000 people were permanently expelled from the village, of which 30,000 had settled in 65 refugee colonies after the violence. “In 41 of the 65 colonies across both districts, three years after the riots, households are still unable to build houses and instead live in makeshift houses with plastic roofs and temporary walls,”2014 report said. Situation in nearby Saharanpur, which was also hit by riots in 2014, is no different.Voters from Manoharpur village in Saharanpur Lok Sabha seat have decided to boycott polls, alleging that no development work has been done in the village since independence. Posters have come up in the village urging villagers not to vote in upcoming elections. Villagers from Manoharpur say,"There are many issues relating to electricity,water & roads. No politician has visited village to address our issues.We need written assurance else we won't vote". RLD’s Tabassum Hasan is sitting MP from Kairana. She was fielded as candidate of the BSP-SP-RLD alliance in 2018 by poll election against BJP. timesnownews  
In Saharanpur, BJP aims to split Muslim votes to retain seat
BJP strategy in Saharanpur, it seems, is to use Congress candidate Imran Masood’s alleged anti- Modi remarks in 2014 to split Muslim votes between Masood and BSP’s Haji Fazlur Rehman, BSP-SP-RLD alliance’s candidate, in order to retain the seat, according to local BJP leaders.On Friday, PM Narendra Modi, addressing a rally in western UP constituency, repeatedly referred to Masood’s remarks, allegedly threatening to chop Modi into pieces — unusual for the Prime Minister to pick on a small leader, BJP leaders point out.At the rally, BJP candidate from the seat, Raghav Lakhanpal, compared Masood with Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan, and later Suresh Rana, a state minister, repeated Lakhanpal’s remark. Earlier, on March 24, UP CM Yogi Adityanath had referred to Congress candidate as Masood Azhar’s son-in-law.All this, local BJP leaders maintained, is part the strategy to divide Muslim votes. A BJP leader associated with the party’s poll management in Saharanpur said, “Imran Masood does not have the stature for the PM to target him, but PM Modi did just that. Such statements will divide votes of Muslims, who are the largest group of voters in this constituency, followed by Dalits.”Nawab Pradhan, a local BSP leader looking after preparations for Sunday’s rally, said, “Modi, Yogi and other BJP leaders are making such remarks to project Masood as a strong candidate against the BJP. This is to influence Muslim voters, who supports any candidate who appears to be in a position to defeat the BJP.” Pradhan said, “BSP’s Haji Fazlur Rehman is a very strong candidate. He will get back support of Dalit voters who had gone with BJP in 2014. Due to RLD’s support, he will also get Jat votes.” Calling Rehman a stronger candidate compared to Masood, Pradhan said that is why BJP is “trying to project Masood as strongest anti-BJP Muslim leader here”.indianexpress
No Cong-AAP Tie-up in Haryana & Punjab, Decision on Delhi Soon
Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala on Sunday, 7 April, said that there will be no Congress-AAP alliance in Punjab and Haryana, and that they would announce the “situation” in Delhi over the next two days.Earlier this week, reports suggested that the two parties have sealed an alliance, not just in Delhi but also in Haryana.  AAP has reportedly been asking for alliance to extend to Haryana and Punjab,where AAP is the principal opposition to the Congress govt.While Delhi has seven Lok Sabha seats, Haryana elects 10 members to the Parliament. Both Delhi and Haryana will go to polls on 12 May, while Punjab will vote on 19 May. This comes two days after Congress President Rahul Gandhi said that his party was “open and flexible” to alliances nationally, ahead of Lok Sabha elections. Congress has reportedly agreed to amend its manifesto and grant full statehood to Delhi, excluding the NDMC areas, if it comes to power.Until full statehood becomes a reality, Congress has agreed that Delhi Lieutenant Governor will be an elected govt nominee, sources said.The Quint
Income Tax Officers Raid Homes Of Kamal Nath's Aides In Delhi And Indore
Bhopal:Homes of MP CM Kamal Nath's former private secretary Praveen Kakkar in Indore and former advisor Rajendra Kumar Miglani in Delhi were raided by income tax officers this morning in connection with an alleged hawala (illegal transaction) case, sources said. Sources said Rs. 9 crore has been found, and some 50 places including the homes of 2 officers were raided in south Delhi's Green Park,Indore and Bhopal.Premises of some executives linked to Miglani's brother-in-law's firm Moser Baer and his nephew Ratul Puri in Noida were raided. Kakkar and Miglani had already quit from their posts after the election code came into force last month.NDTV
PM Modi another Hitler, he is known as feku:Raj Thackeray
Mumbai:Raj Thackeray compared Narendra Modi with Adolf Hitler.During a public meeting in Mumbai, Maharashtra, Raj Thackeray said, "PM Narendra Modi is another Adolf Hitler.""On the occasion of Gudi Padwa, I wish Modi-mukt year ahead," Thackeray said.Raj Thackeray also said that like Modi was given chance to become PM, same way, Rahul Gandhi should also be given a chance to become PM. He said that may be Rahul Gandhi will do better things for the country. Thackeray, criticising Modi, said that thousands of crores are used by BJP for elections.indiatoday
Minority report: Without Congress-AAP tie-up, it’s advantage BJP in Delhi
New Delhi:Perhaps there hasn’t been as much uncertainty about who the capital’s Muslim voters will support in the general elections as this year. While BJP appears not to be the party of choice for them, the option between Congress and AAP too is not clear, at least at this juncture when they have not stitched up a seat-sharing arrangement. The ambivalence over such an arrangement is troubling the community.“Our vote is always with Congress though we trusted AAP in the previous election. But if there is a divide, then both the parties will be decimated and BJP will easily romp home,”said salon owner Moin Khan in Okhla, voicing the opinion of most Muslims in Delhi. Shoaib Danish, 3-time councillor from Zakir Nagar in south-east Delhi, too pointed out that without such an alliance, BJP would have the advantage in the seven parliamentary seats in Delhi because the Muslim vote, constituting 13% of the total, would be hopelessly split.The larger belief is that Congress is placed better to take on BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi are heavyweights who can confront Modi,” declared Anwar Zaheer, a physician at Batla House.TOI
Dismissed IPS officer, his wife, former Dalit bureaucrat to contest on BSP ticket in Rajasthan
Jaipur :A former IPS officer, who was dismissed from service last month for an alleged extra-marital affair, his wife and another retired senior bureaucrat who converted to Islam citing victimisation on grounds of being a Dalit, are among the candidates who will contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections on a BSP ticket in Rajasthan.The trio are among 11 candidates whose names were announced by the party in the state on Saturday.In its second list of candidates for Rajasthan, BSP has fielded former IPS officer Pankaj Chaudhary from Barmer Lok Sabha seat, his wife Mukul Pankaj Chaudhary from the Jodhpur seat and former additional chief secretary from Rajasthan Umrao Salodia from the Jaipur parliamentary constituency.indianexpress
Naidu assures to set up Islamic Bank for Muslims
Amaravat:AP CM and TDB president N Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday assured to set up an Islamic Bank for the welfare of Muslims, if voted to power again. Addressing TDP leaders, chief minister assured to set up an Islamic Bank especially for Muslims to provide financial benefits. He also promised to set up a bank for the backward classes with a corpus fund of Rs 10,000 crore especially to serve the people of backward communities.Expressing dissatisfaction over the transfer of Chief Secretary to the Government of AP by ECI, CM said that Narendra Modi and Amit Shah could not defeat the TDP in the election with the transfers of officials.UNI
Political ad spending on Facebook crosses ₹10 crore; BJP supporters continue to lead
New Delhi:With elections drawing closer, campaigning on social media platform Facebook is also picking up pace with political parties and their supporters spending well over ₹10 crore on advertisements in Feb-March this year. According to Facebook’s Ad Library Report, there were 51,810 political ads with a total spending of more than ₹10.32 crore between Feb.and March 30 this year, with a major chunk coming in from BJP and its supporters.Till the previous week (ending March 23), the number of such ads was 41,974, while the total spending was ₹8.58 crore. The hindu
Madrasa Graduate from Lower Middle Class Family Cracks Civil Services Exam
New Delhi:“Hello Everyone, Assalamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullah.” These were the opening words of Shahid Raza Khan, one of 759 successful candidates of Civil Services Exam 2018, while talking to India Tomorrow. UPSC announced the final results of Civil Services Exam 2018 Friday night. Khan thanks the Almighty and applauds the role of his family for his success. Khan hails from Gaya district in Bihar. Between schooling in Gaya and graduation and post-graduation in Delhi, Shahid Raza Khan studied at a madrasa in Azamgarh, and he wants to give credit for his success to the confidence he says built in him by the madrasa.“Being a madrasa student,I got several advantages in preparation for UPSC. My memory was very sharp because of studying in madrasa. I also learnt some parts of Quran. This also sharpened my memory. A level of confidence was built in my by the madrasa that helped me to maintain and boost my confidence throughout UPSC preparation,”he says.“My base is basically madrasa from where I got a formal education. Of course, I did 10th and 12th from Bihar but it was madrasa where I got an urge to go for civil services but I had little knowledge about it. When I got admission at JNU, I got more aware about it,” he adds.India Tomorrow
Child rapist gets released from jail, again rapes a minor girl, murders her in Mumbai
Mumbai: In a shocking incident, a man who had been convicted of rape, comes out of jail and again rapes a minor. Girl, a 9-year-old, was raped, then murdered and later the body was dumbed in a septic tank in Mumbai. According to police, Devendra alias Gundap, had earlier raped a 5-year-old girl and was sentenced to jail. But he came out of the prison recently and again raped a girl. It was CCTV footage that led to his identification. The accused has been arrested. The girl, a class III student, had gone to the shop as her mother was ill. The accused, Devendra, took her along and raped before killing her. The incident occurred in Vile Parle. After the girl went missing, the police launched a hunt. CCTV footage led to his arrest. Surprisingly, Devendra, a history-sheeter was arrested and convicted for a five-year-old girl's rape in the year 2013.But due to 'good behaviour' in jail, he was released. After the incident, local residents demanded stern action against him. They alleged that he was involved in extortion too. Devendra has two wives.
Azam Khan calls Yogi a murderer, Kalyan Singh a criminal
Rampur: SP leader Azam Khan said that people like Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh who are occupying “constitutional posts are criminals”. While he called Yogi a murderer, he called Kalyan Singh a criminal, who was convicted by the Supreme Court for a day. Referring to Adityanath, Khan said, “You are the so-called flag-bearer of Dharma and the priest of Gorakhnath Temple, but you are also a murderer of a Yadav policeman.” He further said that people “sitting on constitutional chairs are all criminals”.“You made Kalyan Singh a Governor who was convicted for a day by the Supreme Court. When you make a criminal a Governor, he will commit the crime again in front of the Election Commission,” charged Azam Khan even as he slammed the EC as biased.“Yogi said ‘Modi ki fauj hai’, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi also said the same thing but EC did nothing. No action against Kalyan Singh either. But when I said we will shed the last drop of our blood to protect our borders, EC stopped me from speaking. What justice is this?” said Khan addressing a public gathering here on Friday.siasat
Hinduism has become most violent religion: Urmila Matondkar
Bollywood actor Urmila Matondkar, who is contesting the Lok Sabha polls on a Congress ticket from Mumbai North, has claimed that, under leadership of Narendra Modi, Hinduism has become ‘the most violent’ religion.“The religion which has been known for its tolerance has turned out to be the most violent of them all. This is the thing I hate the most about Modi govt’s 5 years,” she said in an interview to a news channel.She further said that there was a complete lack of freedom of expression in India and the country was moving towards a state of anarchy where people think violence was the only way to be. The 45-year-old star also accused the Modi government of perpetrating a climate of hatred and religious intolerance in the country.IndiaYahoo
NaMo TV is a Mystery Only Because Nobody Has Exploited Loopholes Like This Before
Ministry of I&B has replied to Election Commission (EC) saying that ‘NaMo TV’, a channel run on all DTH platforms with the Prime Minister’s picture as the brand logo, is a “special service”  broadcast channel.It therefore requires no licence or permission from the govt.But what else would the I&B ministry of Narendra Modi’s government say? In fact, the ministry is only parroting what BJP spokespersons are saying in TV debates. Amusingly, one representative invoked the BJP’s right to free expression, while openly admitting that he didn’t know who the owners of NaMo TV were.Even Modi, in an interview with ABP TV, said, “I am told some people have launched a channel though I have not had time to see it myself.”Clearly, the prime minister also seems unwilling to fully own up to a “special services channel” – run with his picture as the logo – created only to broadcast his image.Industry sources say this is first time a special service channel has been launched across multiple DTH platforms such as Tata Sky, Airtel and Dish TV, the last of which is owned by Rajya Sabha MP Subhash Chandra.thewire
Mumbai: Muslim religious leaders call for votes for secular parties
Mumbai: Nearly 700 ulema and religious scholars from North-West constituency comprising Andheri, Jogeshwari and Goregaon, converged to determine the voting pattern of the Muslim community at the upcoming General Election. It is rare for all sects including Sunni, Tablighi, Shia, Bohra, Wahhabi, Deobandi Barelvi to come together on one platform.In one voice, they stressed the need to defeat BJP and vote secular parties to preserve minority rights as guaranteed under the Indian Constitution.The meeting was organised in Jogeshwari by the Khidmat Organisation that belongs to former Congress corporator Mohsin Haider and his wife Meher, present councillor. Haider said,"It is unprecedented for ulema of all sects to assemble like this on a common platform. There is a pressing need to combat communal forces that propagate false notions of Muslims as anti-national." He recited a beautiful couplet to say that even a Muslim corpse is buried only after the ritual washing (ghusl) so as to not pollute the soil of the motherland. Congress candidate for N.West assembly Sanjay Nirupam began his speech by reminding audience of BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj's ominous utterance. Imams and scholars of various sects echoed the fear that India's secular fabric is being damaged, that very concept of nationhood is in jeopardy. Apprehensions of EVMs being tampered also found voice. Jogeshwari maulana Burhanuddin Qasmi did express misgivings about Congress for failing to support AIUDF in Assam, and for not forging alliances with AAP and Mamata Banerjee to consolidate secular vote.TOI

India might soon have the most Caesarean births
A new study based on the data from the National Family and Health Survey has shown that there is a significant increase in the rate of caesarean births in India.While the WHO recommends the rate of caesarean delivery to be 10-15%, the number was 17.2% for India during the period from Jan 2015 to Dec 2016. This is higher than the rate seen in rich countries such as Netherlands and Finland. The report says that if this trend continues, India could soon have the largest number of C-section births in the world.But is C-section bad? A 2018 report in The Lancet pointed out that the prevalence of maternal mortality and morbidity is higher after caesarean than after vaginal birth. Also, it is noted to be associated with an “increased risk of uterine rupture, abnormal placentation, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth, and preterm birth.” Many studies have pointed out that babies born via C-section have less bacterial exposure, which in turn alters their immunity and gut microbiome diversity. Children tend to have increased chances of allergy, asthma, and childhood obesity.
NIA Arrests Syed Hilal Andrabi in Connection With 2017 Lethpora CRPF Terror Attack Case
New Delhi:NIA arrested Syed Hilal Andrabi in connection with 2017 Lethpora CRPF terror attack case on Saturday. The accused has been sent to 5-day police custody. Lethpora attack took place on the intervening night of Dec.30-31, 2017.Agency
Dutch officials allege money laundering linked to Reliance promoter group
Dutch investigators have alleged that an estimated $1.1 billion in profits earned by Dutch pipeline firm A Hak NL, through over-invoicing services and works rendered to Reliance Gas Transportation Infrastructure Ltd, were “creamed off” to Singapore-based Biometrix Marketing Ltd,a company they claim is allegedly linked to Reliance. Reliance Gas Transportation Infrastructure Ltd (RGTIL) is now called East West Pipeline Ltd (EWPL). It is a privately owned entity.Fiscal Intelligence and Investigation Service & Economic Investigation Service (FIOD-ECD) of the Dutch government, which has been investigating the case, arrested three former employees of A Hak, NL, and produced them in court Friday.Both Reliance Industries Limited and EWPL issued statements “emphatically” denying any wrongdoing.The arrests in Netherlands were made in connection with alleged over-invoicing of materials and services supplied by A Hak International Contractors Asia FZE (a firm set up by A Hak, NL, in UAE) for building a gas pipeline with RGTIL in India between 2006 and 2008.indianexpress
Libya's GNA forces announce 'counteroffensive' to defend Tripoli
The army behind Libya's UN-backed government has announced a counteroffensive to defend Tripoli, vowing to reclaim all areas seized by forces loyal to renegade General Khalifa Haftar, who have been marching on the outskirts of the capital.Colonel Mohamed Gnounou told reporters in Tripoli on Sunday that the counteroffensive, dubbed "Volcano of Anger", was aimed at "purging all Libyan cities of aggressor and illegitimate forces".The announcement came as Haftar's forces said they conducted the first air raid on a Tripoli suburb as part of their aim oust the internationally-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) and control Tripoli.The alleged strike came after GNA forces launched air raids on Haftar's self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) around 50km south of Tripoli on Saturday, reportedly killing one person.Meanwhile, the UN mission in Libya (UNSMIL) made an "urgent appeal" for a two-hour truce in the southern suburbs to evacuate the wounded and civilians caught in the fighting. "[UNSMIL calls on] all armed parties in the Wadi Rabi area, Al-Kayekh, Gasr Ben Ghachir and Al-Aziziya to respect a humanitarian truce (between 14:00 and 16:00 GMT) to secure the evacuation of wounded and civilians by rescue teams and the Libyan Red Crescent".Fearing that large-scale fighting could break out, the city's resident have begun stocking up on food and fuel.aljazeera
Oman calls on Arabs to ease Israel's 'fears for its future'
A top Omani government official has said Arabs must take initiatives to make Israel overcome "fears for its future" in the region, drawing criticism from Jordan.The remarks on Saturday by Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, the minister responsible for foreign affairs in Oman, came on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum hosted by Jordan on the shores of the Dead Sea."West has offered Israel political, economic and military support and it now holds all the means of power...but despite that it fears for its future as a non-Arab country surrounded by 400 million Arabs," he said."I believe that we Arabs must be able to look into this issue and try to ease those fears that Israel has through initiatives and real deals between us and Israel," he told a panel discussing geopolitics. While Abdullah's title is Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs, Oman's Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said remains the official Minister of Foreign Affairs.aljazeera
Netanyahu: Will Begin Annexing West Bank if He Wins Israel Election
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Israel's Channel 12 News on Saturday evening that he will start extending Israeli sovereignty over the West Bank if re-elected prime minister in the election on April 9. It remains unclear at this point whether Netanyahu was referring to all of the West Bank, or only parts of it."A Palestinian state will endanger our existence and I withstood huge pressure over the past eight years, no prime minister has withstood such pressure. We must control our destiny," the premier said.After boasting that he was responsible for U.S. President Donald Trump's declaration recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, Netanyahu told the program "Meet the Press": "Will we move ahead to the next stage? Yes. I will extend sovereignty but I don't distinguish between the settlement blocs and the isolated ones, because each settlement is Israeli and I will not hand it over to Palestinian sovereignty." "I will not divide Jerusalem, I will not evacuate any community and I will make sure we control the territory west of Jordan," Netanyahu told the show's host, Rina Matzliah. Asked what will happen to the Bedouin community of Khan al-Ahmar, which Netanyahu has vowed to evacuate but has still not been and which has been at the center of international condemnations against the decision, Netanyahu promised that "it will happen, I promised and it will happen at the soonest opportunity."
Israel election: Palestinian-Israelis to boycott vote
Israel heads to the polls on Tuesday to elect a new govt. Almost a fifth of the voters are Palestinian-Israelis, who say they are actively discriminated against. And it seems many of them intend to boycott the election.aljazeera
Threat of US sanctions looms over Lebanon's Hezbollah allies
Beirut:Barely a fortnight after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Lebanon and threatened Hezbollah's political allies to contain the group or face US sanctions, some of them have flown to Washington, DC, to lobby against them and assuage US concerns.Officially, however, the Lebanese delegation is travelling to attend the 2019 Spring Meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.While in Lebanon, Pompeo had said that the US is inclined to sanction political "individuals" linked to Hezbollah to curtail the group's military and political growth and in effect the influence of its patron, Iran, in the region.Hanin Ghaddar, a visiting fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, told Al Jazeera that according to her sources, Pompeo warned President Michel Aoun of the Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) and Speaker Nabih Berri of the Amal movement, with personal sanctions.aljazeera
5 killed in protests against Sudan's Prez: Activists
Organisers behind anti-govt demonstrations in Sudan said security forces have killed at least five protesters in the last 24 hours, a claim disputed by the government. A protest on Saturday saw one of the largest turnouts in over 3 months of demonstrations calling on President Omar al-Bashir to resign.The protests began in a movement reacting to spiralling prices and a failing economy but quickly escalated into demands for Bashir's departure after 3 decades in power.Sarah Abdel-Jaleel, a spokesperson for Sudanese Professionals Association said that 4 people were killed in the capital city of Khartoum when security forces tried to disperse crowds approaching the military's HQRS.aljazeera
Ex-Maldives Prez makes comeback with landslide win
Former Maldives president on Sunday vowed sweeping reforms and an end to govt corruption after leading his party to a landslide victory just five months since returning from exile. Mohamed Nasheed, 51, made a dramatic return to the top of the national parliament, with his MDP headed for a two-thirds majority in 87-member assembly. Nasheed promised to use his party's mandate to usher in a new era of stability and democracy in the Indian Ocean archipelago as it emerges from years of political crises and corruption scandals miring the government and judiciary."Our foremost duty is to bring peace to the government", Nasheed told supporters in the capital Male on Sunday.aljazeera
Khamenei urges Iraq to force out US troops ‘as soon as possible’
Iran’s top leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged Iraq on Saturday to demand US troops leave “as soon as possible”, during a visit by Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi that showed off Tehran’s strong influence in Baghdad despite US pressure.Iran and US have been competing for clout in Iraq since US-led invasion in 2003 that toppled dictator Saddam Hussein, an enemy of both countries.Many of Iraq’s leaders, from its Shia majority, have close ties with Iran, the main Shia power in the Middle East. Over the past four years, both Iran and the US helped Iraq defeat Daesh fighters that captured a third of Iraq in 2014.“You must make sure that the Americans withdraw their troops from Iraq as soon as possible because expelling them has become difficult whenever they have had a long military presence in a country,” Khamenei said.middleeastmonitor
Iran floods: Mass evacuations amid fresh flood warnings
Tehran:Dozens of villages and towns have been evacuated in southern Iran as authorities issued warnings for a fresh round of flooding in the regions bordering Iraq, home to a number of rivers and dams.Continuous floods that started in March have so far claimed 70 lives, destroyed infrastructures and displaced thousands of people across Iran.On Saturday, Iraq officially closed the Chazabeh border crossing, after Iranian authorities banned travelling and trade through the border amid flood warnings in the south Iranian province of Khuzestan.Customs authorities of Khuzestan had called on trade companies on Wednesday to use another border crossing further south as a replacement, Iran's state news agency IRNA reported.aljazeera
New York Man Arrested for Threatening to Kill Muslim US Lawmaker Ilhan Omar
A 55-year-old New York man has been arrested for threatening to assault and murder Democratic Representative Ilhan Omar, a Muslim US Congress member from Minnesota, federal prosecutors said. Patrick Carlineo Jr of Addison, New York, faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted, the US Department of Justice said on Friday. According to prosecutors, Carlineo spoke by telephone with one of Omar's staff members on March 21 and asked the employee: "Do you work for the Muslim Brotherhood? Why are you working for her, she's an (expletive) terrorist. I'll put a bullet in her (expletive) skull." Reuters
Sirajul Haq to resume as Jamaat e Islami Pakistan ameer on April 9
Ameer, Jamaat e Islami Pakistan, Senator Sirajul Haq, who is returning home from a three- week visit to Saudi Arabia tomorrow, will take fresh oath of his office on April 9, at a ceremony to be held at Mansoora.Senator Sirajul Haq, who has been re-elected as the JI Ameer for the second time through secret vote, will head the organization for next five years. dailytimes
Consuming just one alcohol a day can raise stroke risk: Study
While it is known that excessive drinking is harmful to health, a new study suggests that even consuming one or two alcoholic drinks a day can raise stroke risks, challenging previous claims.The study, published in The Lancet journal, showed that alcohol directly increases blood pressure and the chances of having a stroke.It dismissed the previous claims that 1-2 alcoholic drinks daily might protect one against stroke, adding that every four additional alcoholic drinks per day increased the risk of having a stroke by about 35 per cent.“Stroke is a major cause of death and disability. This study has shown that stroke rates are increased by alcohol. This should help inform personal choices and public health strategies,” said Liming Li, Professor at the Peking University in China.apnlive
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