08 May 2019

08 May ND: Assam’s final NRC list has to be published by July 31, not even a day later: SC/SC agrees with ECI that Congress plea cannot question clean chit to Modi, Shah

08 May 2019: 02 Ramazan 1440:Vol: 11, No:196
Assam’s final NRC list has to be published by July 31, not even a day later: SC
New Delhi:The Supreme Court today asked the Assam’s National Register of Citizens, coordinator Prateek Haleja to publish the final list by July 31 by exercising “his discretion keeping the law in mind”. The statement came after the coordinator told the apex court that hearing on objections has started though objectors are not showing up.“Exercise your discretion. Keep the law in mind”. Whatever you want to do, publish final NRC by July 31. Maybe a day earlier, but not a day later,” the court said. Over  40 lakh people were excluded from the final draft of the NRC published on July 30 last year. They were allowed to appeal for their inclusion in the final NRC through the ‘Claims Round’. One could also raise an ‘objection’ to the inclusion of another person in NRC draft.Of 40 lakh-odd people excluded from the final NRC draft, around 36 lakh have filed ‘claims’, while ‘objections’ have been received against a little over 2 lakh people among 2.89 crore included in the final draft. Official figures were not available, but sources earlier indicated Barpeta district accounted for 75,000 objections while Nagaon and Morigaon saw 35,000-odd each. The ‘objection’ process had raised eyebrows when official ‘objections’ increased from 700-odd to over 2 lakh on deadline of filing the same,Dec.31, 2018. Monday was 1st day of objection-related hearings.indianexpress
SC agrees with ECI that Congress plea cannot question clean chit to Modi, Shah
New Delhi:The Supreme Court today agreed with the contention of the Election Commission of India (ECI) that its clean chit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah for their poll speeches may be right or wrong, but the court certainly cannot examine the merit of its decisions on the basis of a PIL petition filed by Congress MP Sushmita Dev.A Bench led by CJI Ranjan Gogoi, however, gave Ms.Dev the liberty to challenge afresh, if she so desired, the merit of ECI orders clearing Modi and Shah of violating Model Code of Conduct by delivering alleged hate speeches and misuse of the armed forces for political propaganda.The hearing saw the Bench fundamentally agreeing to the objection raised by the poll body that Ms. Dev's present plea dealt solely with the issue of delay shown by it in deciding complaints against Mr. Modi and Mr. Shah. ECI said Ms. Dev cannot later improve on her PIL plea through affidavits challenging the merits of its orders. “PIL has become infructuous. The complaints have been decided by us, rightly or wrongly. Our orders have been communicated to the Congress party, to Randeep Surjewala... This petition is only about delay.The petitioner cannot expand the petition and go into the merits of our orders,” senior advocate Rakesh Dwivedi, for ECI, raised a preliminary objection.Ms. Dev’s latest affidavit, filed on May 7, accuses Modi of making “obscene” remarks to “malign” the image of ex PM Rajiv Gandhi, the late father of Congress president Rahul Gandhi. Rajiv Gandhi was killed in a terror attack in 1991.“Political statements are made in this affidavit... All this when neither the petition nor the reliefs sought by her have been amended,” Mr. Dwivedi argued. He said Ms. Dev should not bother on the merits of ECI orders in the court. “Surjewala, who filed the complaints in ECI, has not filed any petition here, has he?” he asked. CJI Gogoi agreed, observing that the court cannot proceed on the merits of the ECI orders in this PIL plea.thehindu
Mumbai: Study Finds Multi-Drug Resistant Bacteria in Chicken Meat, Eggs
New Delhi: A new study found that samples of chicken liver meat and eggs from 12 locations in Mumbai had ‘multi antibiotic resistant’ bacteria.The samples were tested for their resistance or susceptibility to 12 major antibiotics. One of the bacterial isolates was in fact found resistant to all the antibiotics.“Excessive use of antibiotics in animal feed is one of the prime reasons for such antibiotic resistance,” said Vikas Jha, one of the authors of the study, to Down to Earth.A bacteria is considered ‘multi-drug resistant’ when it is resistant to antibiotics of at least 3 classes. Because of the bacteria’s resistance, a human infected with it cannot be treated easily.The researchers isolated the Salmonella bacterium – which causes food poisoning – from the samples. This isolated bacterium’s interaction with 12 antibiotics which treat infections in humans such as amoxicillin, azithromycin, ciprofloxacin, ceftriaxone, chloramphenicol, erythromycin, gentamicin, levofloxacin, nitrofurantoin and tetracycline was tested. Resistance to azithromycin, erythromycin, nitrofurantoin and trimethoprim was the highest, with nearly all samples being resistant to these antibiotics. Over 60% of the samples were also resistant to tetracycline, gentamicin, chloramphenicol and amoxillin. The study, published in the journal Acta Scientific Microbiology, was authored by researchers at the National Facility for Biopharmaceuticals, St Johns College of Humanities and Sciences and VES College of Pharmacy.In 2017, the Centre for Science and Environment’s report found a high level of multi-drug resistance in bacteria such as E. coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae and Staphylococcus lentus, in and around poultry farms. They took samples from four key poultry producing states in north India – UP, Haryana, Rajasthan and Punjab.These 3 bacteria were tested for their resistance to 16 antibiotics. 10 of these antibiotics are considered ‘critically important’ for humans, by WHO.“We first wanted to understand the extent of antibiotic resistance in the poultry environment, and then establish if the resistance bacteria is moving out of the poultry farms into the environment through waste disposal,” said Chandra Bhushan, deputy director of CSE, about the study.The study said misuse of antibiotics in poultry farms is leading to multi-drug resistant bacteria. The bacteria seeps into the environment through litter from these farms.thewire
In relief for India, US could delay action on oil, trade sanctions till June
New Delhi:India and the US won’t immediately escalate vexed trade-related issues and are expected to hold their position on all important matters till a new government is formed in New Delhi by the month-end, officials with knowledge of the matter said on Tuesday. US commerce secretary Wilbur Ross too hinted the two sides will maintain their positions in his speech at the Trade Winds business forum, while raising the issue of trade imbalance with India.“We applaud India’s commitment to addressing some of these barriers once the government is reformed, probably starting in the month of June,” he said.Election-bound India is expected to form a new government before the tenure of the current Lok Sabha ends on June 3.India’s main concerns include US decision to enforce sanctions on oil imports from Iran, one of the country’s main energy suppliers, and the withdrawal of benefits under the Generalized System of Preferences  programme.HT
With time running out, Ayodhya panel may seek extension
Lucknow:The Supreme Court appointed mediation panel, formed to explore the possibility of a negotiated settlement of Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute, may seek more time to submit its findings, according to one of the litigants who participated in the talks.“We have informed the panel that we will not be able to attend any of its meetings over the next month in the wake of Ramzan,” said one of the members of the Babri side, requesting anonymity. Meanwhile, Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas and the Nirmohi Akhara differ on the issue of extension to the panel. The Nyas is opposed to any extension but the Nirmohi Akhara has no objection. On March 8, the apex court had appointed a 3-member mediation committee, headed by Justice (retired) FM Ibrahim Kalifulla and comprising senior advocate Sriram Panchu and Sri Sri Ravi Shankar as its members, to hold dialogue with litigants in the Ayodhya case. The panel was given 8 weeks’ time to submit its report.“More than 50 people, including legal representatives of parties to the dispute, attended the first meeting. Subsequently, we have had three more such sessions but Muslim members expressed their inability to attend the meeting during Ramzan,” said this member. hindustantimes
SC upholds Madras HC bail to man arrested for being ‘IS sympathiser’
New Delhi:The Supreme Court has upheld a Madras High Court order granting bail to a man arrested by NIA on the charge of being a sympathiser of the terror outfit, Islamic State, in 2017.The top court held that a charge sheet had already been filed against the four suspects in the case and that 2 of them were already released on bail.The high court had in 2018 set aside a special court order extending the detention of the suspects under Section 43D of UAPA, 1967.With this order, the court disposed of NIA appeal. However, the court’s reason to grant bail to accused Shakul Hameed, a resident of Chennai, was different from the one given by the HC. “To conclude, we are not in agreement with the conclusions arrived at by the High Court in the impugned judgment dated 12th Sept, 2018, but taking note of the later developments and the supporting facts brought to our notice, we are not inclined to interfere with the final relief to the extent of granting default bail to the accused respondent in the circumstances of the case on hand,” the bench said.The top court also said that prosecution can apply for cancellation of bail to the accused, “if any exigency arises in future”.The apex court also asked the NIA court hearing the matter “to expedite and conclude the trial on or before March, 2020”.HT

Govt can expel any foreigner from India without a show cause: MHA to Delhi HC
New Delhi:The central govt has “unrestricted right to expel” foreigners, even those who have valid visas, from the country without any show cause notice, the MHA told the Delhi High Court on Tuesday.The submission by the Ministry of Home Affairs was made before a bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice AJ Bhambhani in response to a plea by the husband of a Pakistani woman who has been asked by the government to leave the country in view of adverse security reports against her. According to the woman’s husband, she has a long term visa which is valid till 2020. In its affidavit, filed through central govt’s standing counsel, Anurag Ahluwalia, the ministry said that once it decides to serve a ‘leave India notice’ to a foreigner, he or she has no vested right to continue staying here despite a valid visa.indian express
Tension in East Delhi’s Trilokpuri After Residents Find Dead Cows
With 4 days to go for the Delhi elections, communal tensions were once again taking shape at East Delhi’s Trilokpuri allegedly after 2 dead cows were found near Sanjay Lake Park on Wednesday.Morning walkers near the lake found the carcasses and informed the police, after which Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act has been slapped against the unknown accused, a senior police officer said.Senior journalist Vinod K Jose, had tweeted around 7.15 am that there was “tension” in the Trilokpuri area. He told The Quint that when he was driving through that area, he saw a swelling crowd. But when he went back after two hours, he saw “around 100 policemen” deployed in the area. The senior police officer said, as a preventive measure, police forces have been deployed in the area and that they are continuously monitoring the “rumours” being propagated.thequint
Elgar Parishad case: Accused not produced in court despite order, lawyers ask why
Pune:The lawyers representing the various accused in Elgaar Parishad case on Tuesday sought to know why the activists arrested in connection with the case were not being produced in court during hearings, in spite of a court order to do so. The accused in the case, who have been charged under UAPA and sections of IPC, are currently lodged in Yerawada Central Jail.A special court of Additional Sessions Judge Kishor D Vadane is currently hearing the bail applications of the nine accused who have been arrested till now, as well as responses to the pleas by District Govt Pleader Ujwala Pawar. While accused were supposed to be produced for a hearing on Tuesday, they were not brought to court by the jail authorities and Pune City Police. Advocate Nihalsingh Rathod, who is representing some of the accused, said, “It needs to be asked why the accused are not being produced in court in spite of the court order.Action should be taken in this regard.”indianexpress
Hindutva leader Milind Ekbote assaulted near Pune        
PUNE:Hindutva leader Milind Ekbote was assaulted near Saswad, on the outskirts of Pune city, on Tuesday night and a case was booked on Wednesday against more than 40 persons, believed to be “gau rakshaks” (cow protectors), in this connection, the Pune Rural Police said.The controversial Ekbote, who heads the fringe right-wing outfit, ‘Samasta Hindu Aghadi’, has been accused of allegedly orchestrating the Bhima-Koregaon clashes that erupted on Jan.1, 2018.The assault occurred at Zendewadi (in Purandar taluk) near Saswad, 27 km from the city a little after 9:30 p.m., said police sources.thehindu
Woman Moves Delhi HC Against 30-Day Notice Period For Marriage Registration Under Special Marriage Act
The Delhi High Court has directed the Sub-Divisional Magistrate to solemnize the marriage of an inter-faith couple after the woman belonging to the Muslim faith knocked at its doors aggrieved by the mandatory 30-day notice period for inviting objections before a marriage could be registered under Special Marriage Act, 1954. The woman approached the high court through NGO 'Dhanak of Humanity' which has been working on challenges faced by inter-faith couples.NGO and the woman sought quashing of the procedure for applying for registration of marriages under Special Marriage Act, 1954 wherein public notice is issued inviting objections to the marriage for next 30 days saying the same was depriving them the right to life and personal liberty as guaranteed by Article 21 of the Constitution of India. Before the court, they pressed that the "30-days period offers an opportunity to kin of the couple to discourage an inter-caste or an inter-religion marriage when it is of paramount importance in the current scenario that couples opting for cross-community marriages are adequately protected". livelaw

Tharoor lauds Imran Khan for Tipu Sultan tweet
New Delhi :Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Tuesday praised Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan for his tweet on Tipu Sultan on latter’s death anniversary on May 4 but expressed disappointment over the fact that it took a Pakistani leader to remember a “great Indian hero”. “One thing I personally know about Imran Khan is that his interest in the shared history of the Indian subcontinent is genuine and far-reaching. He read; he cares. It is disappointing, though, that it took a Pakistani leader to remember a great Indian hero on his punyathithi,” Tharoor tweeted.Paying tribute to Tipu Sultan, Khan said he admired the 18th-century ruler of the erstwhile Mysore kingdom because “he preferred freedom and died fighting for it rather than live a life of enslavement”. “Today 4th May is the death anniversary of Tipu Sultan – a man I admire because he preferred freedom and died fighting for it rather than live a life of enslavement,” the Pakistan PM tweeted.indianexpress
Women Lawyers, Activists Demand Unbiased Inquiry Into Allegations Against CJI
New Delhi: Activists from women’s groups and civil society members have issued an open letter to retired judges appealing to them to “speak out on the side of justice and fairness” while expressing “solidarity with the complainant”.The letter points out that there is currently, an “unprecedented crisis of credibility vis-à-vis the Supreme Court” as the court, in dealing with a complaint of sexual harassment against the CJI, failed to give the complainant a fair hearing.The letter further states that the procedure followed “in this case not only stands in utter violation of principles of natural justice but also in contravention with both, the letter and spirit of Vishakha Judgment and the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act 2013”.Condemning the “blatant abuse of power” by the highest constitutional authority of the Supreme Court, the letter also draws attention to the complainant and points out that “her family are under threat and intimidation”. thewire
Arnab Goswami buys back shares from Asianet; Republic TV now valued at this much
Arnab Goswami has repurchased Republic TV shares from Asianet, putting it on track to become an Editor-run news channel. 2-year old broadcaster is now valued at a whopping Rs 1,200 crore. Since its launch in May 2017, Republic TV has retained the leadership position among English News channels, completing 100 weeks as No 1, according to a press release by Jupiter Capital Pvt Ltd.Jupiter Capital is a financial services and investment company, and Asianet News is one of its portfolio companies. “Republic TV and Republic Media Network today complete 2 years of broadcasting to India. With expansion in digital and across India ahead, the game has just begun! Thank you viewers for your constant support,” Republic TV said in a tweet.Taking stock of the development,Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Founder and Chairman of Jupiter Capital Pvt Ltd, said he was pleased with the success of Republic and Arnab. Jupiter Capital had invested Rs30 crore in Republic TV. Chandrasekhar expressed happiness in having invested in the vision of building a strong media-tech platform and express
Malaysia: No land given to Zakir Naik for channel
kuala lumpur: Malaysian PMO on Tuesday denied reports by an Indian channel that Zakir Naik has been awarded a plot of land to restart his Peace TV satellite channel. PMO also rejected as "baseless" allegations that the preacher has been given a slot by state broadcaster Radio Television Malaysia. The statement cited "a report brought to its attention by an Indian-based television channel", claiming Naik has been "rewarded" by the govt.With India's Enforcement Directorate recently charging Naik with laundering money worth Rs 193 crore and Sri Lanka also banning Peace TV, the preacher's presence in Malaysia is turning into a divisive issue. At a rally held in Kuala Lumpur last week, hardline Malaysian Islamic Party's deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said they must prevent the govt from deporting Naik. Naik rubs shoulders with political bigwigs and is interestingly employed as a 'consultant' by religious outfits. Sources in govt said the matter of deporting Naik to India would be discussed at a Cabinet meeting. TOI
Father-Son Assaulted Allegedly by BSF Jawans over Beef in Bengal, Police Case Lodged
Kolkata: 2 persons were allegedly assaulted by a team of BSF jawans in Siliguri of West Bengal for allegedly carrying beef. A case has been registered with the local police against BSF jawans. According to a report in UNI, the incident took place at Sripur market near the Indo-Bangladesh border, 100 kms from Siliguri town.In the complaint lodged by one Tamizuddin, his 62-year-old brother and his 26-year-old son Anwarul were beaten up by some jawans of 171 battalion of BSF deployed at Sripur BOP.In the last 5 years, dozens of incidents of mob violence and mob lynching have taken place in the name of beef, cow smuggling and cow slaughter. Most of the incidents took place in BJP-ruled states in which more than 50 people were killed.India Tomorrow
Govt terrorism prevails in country: Ulema Council
Azamgarh :Rashtriya Ulema Council president Maulana Aamir Rashadi, who is fighting against the 'atankgarh' tag to the city, Tuesday claimed that there is no saffron or Islamic terrorism, but "govt terrorism" in the country.Rashadi also claimed that there is a conspiracy to make Muslims "untouchable" in politics."I have been fighting for the cause of innocent Muslim youths killed in encounters or lodged in jails. I feel there is no saffron or Islamic terror. There is 'sarkari atankwad' (govt terrorism) in the country," he told PTI."There is a conspiracy going on to make Muslims untouchable in politics and isolate them," Rashadi, who is not active in this elections due to illness, told PTI.He claimed that there is no difference between Congress and BJP, who are competing with each other to tag Muslims as "traitors"."Both the parties are targeting the community in the name of terrorism. They appear to be sympathisers of the community but have made their policy to tag Muslims as traitors and anti-nationals," Rashadi said."This is done to make Muslims politically untouchable so that the leadership among them does not stand, and with the tag of terrorist they cannot not join any govt," he said.On BJP leader Sadhvi Pragya's claim that she was framed in false cases by agencies, Rashadi said, "I am saying the same thing...if she was not involved (Malegaon blast) it means our agencies did it and framed her. Similar is the case with Muslim youths who are framed by our agencies." When asked about Yogi Adityanath's allegation that the Samajwadi Party had turned Azamgarh into 'atankgarh' (hub of terrorism), he said following the Batla House encounter, "we ran a campaign and made it a symbol, forcing politicians to accept it as fake.""CM has now realised that the encounter was fake and Azamgarh was named 'atankgarh'," Rashadi said.The maulana said, "He will continue to fight for the cause of Muslim youths framed by agencies and continue with his demand for a probe in the Balta encounter." PTI
Delhi: Early leave for Muslim corporation staff during Ramzan
New Delhi:Muslim employees working with the municipal corporations in the city will be allowed to leave offices half an hour ahead daily during the Ramzan from May 7 to June 4.In an office circular issued by the North Delhi Municipal Corporation on Tuesday it was mentioned that the Muslim employees can leave office at 5pm instead of 5.30pm, including the outsourced employees working with various departments on all working days during the holy month of Ramzan. But the exemption would be allowed only when they work during their lunch break, as per the circular. TOI
After Amberpet masjid issue, Muslims prohibited from offering ‘Namaz’ at this place in TS
Hyderabad: Traffic was jammed due to dharna program for not allowing the Muslims to offer Namaz-e-Taraweeh which was an ancient practice.According to the details, a few communal elements made a complaint to Collector of Jagtiyal raising an objection for allowing the Muslims to offer Namaz-e-Taraweeh at Mango Market, Jagtiyal. On receipt of the complaint, the Collector did not permit the Muslims to offer Namaz.Secretary of Mango Market, Rajeshwari called the police and revenue officials and stopped the work of digging the pits for the erection of temporary shed. RDO of district told that on the report of the Intelligence, permission has not been granted for offering Namaz at Mango Market as a precautionary measure. He mentioned that the shops located at the market are for business and not for offering namaz. Inspector of Police, R. Prakash also told that business can be transacted at this place and namaz cannot be offered.It may be mentioned that this is the largest Mango Market of Telangana. It has more than 80% licensed businessmen, majority of them are Muslims. It has been a practice that Muslims used to offer Namaz-e-Taraweeh in one corner of the Mango Market for the past so many years. siasat
Dalit Woman Gangraped in Alwar, Police Allegedly Kept Her Waiting Until After Polls
Jaipur: In Rajasthan’s Alwar, a week-old gangrape of an 18-year-old Dalit woman has come to light only after the elections in the state ended. On the one side, the woman’s family has alleged that the police asked them to wait, citing their election “workload”, while on the other, the opposition claims that the ruling Congress govt kept mum to protect its Gujjar vote bank. According to FIR registered by the survivor, the incident took place on April 26, three days ahead of the first phase of polling in Rajasthan. The woman was travelling with her husband on a motorcycle when the suspects blocked their path on the Thanagazi-Alwar bypass and dragged them to an isolated area, where they allegedly raped the woman in front of her husband.“5 men stopped us on the bypass that day. They hit us and raped my wife, one by one, as the remaining four held me,” the woman’s husband told The Wire.The suspects also made a video of the crime and before finally uploading it on the social media on May 4, they blackmailed the woman to pay them Rs 10,000 to delete the video. The survivor has stated that the accused were calling her husband daily and telling him to pay them, or else they would upload the video. However, the SHO paid no attention when they requested him to intervene. “When we complained the police about the video, SHO said if they will upload the video on social media, we’ll add another section to FIR,” said the husband. thewire
After Ram Madhav’s remark, Sena says BJP may fall short of majority
Mumbai:A day after BJP general secretary Ram Madhav hinted at the party’s assessment that it may fall short of majority, its ally in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena, echoed the view, saying it could be difficult for the ruling party to form the next government on its own.Senior Sena leader and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut said the next government will be an “NDA government”, where the “allies will have a larger role”. “If their spokesperson Ram Madhav feels that the BJP will not get a majority on its own, we and other allies will definitely stand by them. But it is certain that NDA will form the next government,” Raut told HT.Madhav’s statement is the first by a senior BJP member, suggesting the party will have to stitch together an alliance to form govt. Raut, in his interaction on TV and news agencies, said it will be difficult for BJP to reach the 280-seat mark. “What Madhav said is right. NDA will form the next government. BJP will be the single largest party. It looks a bit difficult for the BJP to reach 280-282 figure…Our NDA parivar will cross the majority mark,” Raut told a TV channel.hindustantimes
Assam bandh today: Muslim organisation calls for state-wide shutdown
New Delhi :Assam Muslim Autonomous Council Demand Committee Wednesday called for a 12-hour bandh citing attacks on minorities in the state, reported APN news. Among the issues raised by the organization include the attack on a Muslim beef seller, Biswanath, who was allegedly force fed pork, and the alleged inflammatory comments made by Hojai BJP MLA Shiladitya Dev.Rashidul Hoque Bahadur, president of organisation, alleged that RSS and BJP were involved in the beating up of Biswanath. “BJP has failed to rein in Shiladitya Dev because of which the Biswanath incident took place. We believe RSS and BJP are involved in the heinous incident,” Hoque said.Urging the state government to take serious note of the issues, Bahadur said he feared BJP would unleash a reign of terror over the Muslim population if the party does not perform well in the parliamentary elections.Condemning the attacks on people from the Muslim community, former MLA Rasul Haque said that Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal did not take any action against Shiladitya Dev for his discriminatory statements.
Assam: AIUDF raises question over absence of complainants in NRC hearings
AIUDF on Tuesday termed the absence of complainants in the NRC hearings for claims and objections in Assam’s Goalpara district as a preplanned harassment on the minority people.Abdul Hai, Goalpara district vice president of AIUDF, said, “On Tuesday, there was a hearing of a girl Saniara Khatun whose name was published in both first and final draft NRC.”“However, her nationality was challenged by one Vikash Barman according to the notice she had received,” said Hai. When Khatun arrived for the hearing on Tuesday in the District Registrar of Citizens Registration (DRCR) office, she found that the office has no record of Vikash Barman as a complainant.Rather, the office record showed one Khanin Pathak as the complainant who was too absent in the
They forced people to stand in lines during note ban, did you see even 1 BJP leader in queue: Priyanka
Ambala :Addressing A rally at Ambala in support of Rajya Sabha MP and party candidate Kumari Selja, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi on Tuesday hit out at BJP government for “forcing people to stand in lines during demonetisation”, and asked the crowd, “Did you see any rich (person) or BJP leader in queue that time?”She also claimed that not a rupee of black money returned to the country from abroad despite the promises made to the public. Sharing the promises made by Congress in its manifesto, Priyanka said there will be 33% reservation for women in Parliament. “The people of our country are wise, they have been wise since time immemorial. You cannot mislead the people. The people of this country make every leader answerable, and they will make you answerable as well,” she added.While she spoke, supporters kept raising slogans like ‘Priyanka Gandhi Zindabad’. Earlier in the day, when she reached the venue by helicopter, the public shouted, “Priyanka nahi ye aandhi hai, dusri Indira Gandhi hai”. At the beginning of her speech, she expressed gratitude to the crowd for turning up at the rally despite extreme weather.indianexpress
Congress Moves SC Against Modi's 'Corrupt Rajiv' Remark, Says EC Clean Chits Arbitrary
New Delhi: Congress MP Sushmita Dev on Tuesday moved the Supreme Court against PM Narendra Modi's 'corrupt no. 1' remark at former PM Rajiv Gandhi. In the complaint, the lawmaker said that Election Commission's clean chits to the leader are "arbitrary and opaque". "Respondent-ECI failed to appreciate that the hate speeches delivered by PM Narendra Modi and Amit Shah are 'corrupt practices' under Section 123A of the Representation of People Act, 1951 which ex-facie promote feelings of enmity and hatred between different classes of the citizens of India on grounds of religion," Dev's affidavit said. She said that speeches given by Modi and Shah are also punishable under section 153A of the Indian Penal Code as they "blatantly promote disharmony and feelings of enmity on the grounds of religion and such acts are also likely to prejudice the maintenance of public harmony and tranquility between religious communities". news18
Row over AAP meeting inside mosque, BJP sees 'minority appeasement', EC seeks answers
New Delhi:A row emerged over AAP's May 4 meeting at a banquet hall in Matia Mahal with BJP filing a complaint with the Election Commission against AAP leaders and MLA Amanatullah Khan for allegedly hosting meetings inside mosques to seek votes. Following BJP's complaint, Election Commission had asked the banquet hall to file its response for holding the meeting without taking prior permission. In his response, the owner of the banquet hall, where AAP leaders apparently held a meeting, tol the poll body that the session was organised by leader of a local outfit.Ealier in his complaint, the Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly Vijender Gupta had claimed that a meeting was held at a banquet hall in Lal Miyan on May 4 at 9pm.A flying squad subsequently reached the spot and recorded videos of the meeting, following which the returning officer issued a show-cause notice to the banquet hall owner.newsnation
Iran N-deal: Tehran to lift cap on uranium enrichment
Iran will resume high-level enrichment of uranium if world powers do not keep their promises under a 2015 nuclear agreement, President Hassan Rouhani has said.In a speech broadcast on national television on Wednesday, Rouhani said the remaining signatories - the UK, France, Germany, China and Russia - had 60 days to implement their promises to protect Iran's oil and banking sectors from US sanctions.The move comes a year after US President Donald Trump withdrew his country from the accord.Since then the US has restored crippling economic sanctions on Iran, even as Tehran continued to abide by the accord, according to the United Nations inspectors.Rouhani also announced that Iran would roll back some of its commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal, saying it would keep excess enriched uranium, instead of selling it as called for by the nuclear deal."EU/E3+2 will face Iran's further actions if they can not fulfill their obligations within the next 60 days and secure Iran's interests. Win-Win conditions will be accepted," the Iranian president wrote in a post on Twitter.Iran's foreign ministry said "the decision of the high security council to 'stop acting on some of the Islamic Republic of Iran's commitments under JCPOA [nuclear deal]' was communicated to the heads of state of the countries" still party to the deal.aljazeera
From camps to factories: Muslim detainees say China using forced labour
Almaty: As Gulzira Auelkhan toiled stitching gloves in a factory in China's troubled Xinjiang region, her managers made no secret of where her production would be sold. "They told us openly that the gloves will be sold abroad, so we should do a good job," Auelkhan recalled of a labour stint she says was enforced by Chinese "re-education" officials.Auelkhan, a 39-year-old Chinese citizen of Kazakh descent, says she was part of a network of mostly Muslim minorities in Xinjiang who pass from what China calls "vocational training centres" to factories where they are forced to work for far less than the local minimum wage. China says the education centres are part of its efforts to fight terrorism and separatism in Xinjiang -- a region populated by mostly Muslim minority groups -- and denies any use of forced labour. But rights groups, and former workers like Auelkhan, say the practice used against Chinese minorities is widespread and at least one foreign company has dropped its Chinese supplier over the concerns. Auelkhan says she was transferred to the glove factory at the Jiafang industrial estate in Xinjiang's Yining county after spending 15 months in two different "re-education" facilities. More than a million people from Muslim minorities -- mostly ethnic Uighurs, but also Kazakhs like Auelkhan, Kyrgyz and Hui -- are being held in internment centres across Xinjiang, according to a UN panel of experts. AFP
US Charities Fund Fringe Islamophobia Network: CAIR Report
American philanthropic organisations, including mainstream foundations, have funnelled tens of millions of tax-free dollars to anti-Muslim groups influencing public opinion and government policy all the way up to the White House, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights group said in a report.In a report called ‘Hijacked by Hate: American Philanthropy and the Islamophobia Network’, the conservative Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) documented how 1,006 charitable foundations provided nearly $125 million to 39 anti-Muslim groups between 2014 and 2016, the dates of the latest publicly available tax filings.“Anti-Muslim animus and Islamophobic messages are now pervasive features of our country’s mainstream political, legal, educational, and media landscapes because these ideas are perpetuated by organizations and institutions with deep and extensive sources of funding and deliberate political agendas,” CAIR said in the report, adding that the 39 anti-Muslim groups it identified had combined financial resources of $1.5 billion.“The money was used to support anti-Muslim legislation and policies, conduct anti-Muslim lobbying, distribute false and defamatory information to mainstream media and on social media, and run public campaigns promoting conspiracy theories,” according to CAIR.DW
Pak Jamaat  sees ‘IMF supervised’ setup threat to sovereignty
 Ameer, Jamaat e Islami, Pakistan, Senator Sirajul Haq, has said that putting IMF people in controlling positions was a threat to the country’s independence and sovereignty. Speaking in the Senate, he said that the IMF’s supervision of our affairs, decision making and dictation was an indication that we have surrendered our independence without a war.He said that country was being placed under the East India Company once again. He said that pushing the homeland toward dictatorship under garb of democracy would create gave threats to the country. brecorder
Egypt top court upholds death sentences against 13 over terror charges
An Egyptian court has upheld the death sentences against 13 people over charges of terrorist attacks, official news agency MENA reported.In fact, the appeals of 39 people were rejected by the Court of Cassation, Egypt's supreme court.The court also confirmed life sentences, an equivalent of 25 years in prison in Egypt, against 17 people.Other verdicts varied from 15 years to 5 years in prison. The defendants were found guilty of planting explosive devices and targeting security check points and police stations.The case dates back to 2013, just after the army-led ouster of Morsi. Xinhua
Rohingya women, girls being trafficked to Malaysia for marriage
Cox's Bazar:Senwara Begum travelled for two weeks by road and boat, over mountains and along rivers, guided only by a trafficker she feared, before she reached Malaysia to marry a man she had never met.The journey was a blur of borders and landscapes unknown to her and it started in Bangladesh's Rohingya refugee camps, where she was born 23 years earlier and where there is increasing concern about the number of young women and girls being smuggled across borders to marry Rohingya men abroad.Kutupalong settlement in Cox's Bazar, from where the women are plucked, grew into the world's largest refugee site in 2017, after a Myanmar military operation described as "genocidal" by UN targeted the majority-Muslim minority.The overcrowded camp lacks security for women, who live in shelters composed of simple plastic sheeting on bamboo frames; there is little privacy.aljazeera
Muslim Shops Attacked by Mob in Sri Lanka as Tensions Remain Post Easter Bombings
Colombo: Violence erupted in a Sri Lankan town bombed on Easter Sunday after a largely Catholic mob attacked Muslim-owned shops and a vehicle -- prompting church authorities to call for calm and no further hostilities against Muslims in the area.A minor riot broke out Sunday in Porutota village near Negombo after a dispute between a Muslim tuk tuk driver and a group of Catholics, who wanted to inspect the vehicle, an army intelligence source told CNN. Source requested anonymity as they were not authorized to speak to media about the case.The argument over the tuk tuk descended into violence and dozens of rioters rampaged through the streets that evening, the source said. The vehicle was set alight and two Muslim-owned shops also attacked, they added.CNN
Pakistan: Blast near major Sufi shrine in Lahore
At least 8 people have been killed and more than 24 wounded in a blast outside a prominent Sufi shrine in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore, rescue and police officials said.The blast took place on Wednesday morning targeting a police security vehicle outside the Data Darbar shrine in Pakistan’s second largest city. The eight people killed included 5 policemen, provincial police chief Arif Nawaz said after the attack.aljazeera
Aasia: Christian acquitted of blasphemy leaves Pak
Aasia Bibi, a Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy by Pakistan's Supreme Court last year in a case that has become emblematic of fair trial concerns in such cases, has been granted asylum in Canada, her lawyer says.Bibi, 53, flew out of Pakistan after being held for months in protective custody by Pakistani authorities following her acquittal, Saif-ul-Malook told Al Jazeera by telephone on Wednesday.She joins her husband and two daughters, Malook said. "She has gone to Canada, she will live there now as she has been granted asylum by them," he said.aljazeera
Afghan: Taliban attacks NGO in Kabul
The Taliban attacked the offices of an international NGO in the Afghanistan capital, setting off a huge explosion and battling Afghan security forces in an assault that wounded at least nine people, officials said. Nusrat Rahimi, a spokesperson for Ministry of Interior Affairs, said target of the attack was Counterpart International, an NGO HQRS in US that is operating in Afghanistan since 2005.The organisation's office building is located near the attorney general's office in Shahr-e-Naw area in the centre of Kabul city. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the group attacked the organisation because it was involved in "harmful Western activities" inside Afghanistan, without elaborating.aljazeera
I can't express what I saw:Children killed in Idlib air raid
At least 15 civilians, including children, have been killed in Syria's northwest region as Russian-backed govt forces continued air raids and shelling in the last rebel-held territory in the country,according to activists and volunteer medics.Three children were among five civilians killed when an air raid hit three homes and a vegetable market in the village of Ras al-Ain in Idlib's eastern region on Tuesday afternoon, said Ahmed Sheikho, a spokesman for Syrian Civil Defence. At least 20 others were also wounded, he added.aljazeera
Israeli daily publishes terms of 'Deal of Century'
Jerusalem:An Israeli newspaper published a document Tuesday which was circulated between officials in Israel’s Foreign Ministry that details elements of the U.S. back-channel peace plan known as the "Deal of the Century".No American, Israeli or Palestinian authorities have confirmed the leaked document published by Israel Hayom, which is close to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.Anadolu Agency
Sudan military rulers want Islamic law to guide legislation
Sudan's military rulers have said Islamic law and local norms should remain the guiding principle of the country's new laws.10-member Transitional Military Council (TMC) was responding to a draft constitutional document presented to it by a coalition of protest groups and political parties.TMC leaders said the document omitted Islamic law, which they said remained the bedrock of all laws."Our view is that Islamic Sharia and the local norms and traditions in the Republic of Sudan should be the sources of legislation," TMC spokesman Shams al-Din Kabashi told reporters.The Northeast African country's constitution says Islamic law is Sudan's guiding principle.Kabashi said the council believes the power to declare a state of emergency in the country should go to a sovereign authority, not to the cabinet, as the opposition suggested. The transitional period should last two years, not four, which was the opposition's proposal, he said.Discussions with the opposition were ongoing, but calling early elections within six months would be an option if they could not reach an agreement, Kabashi said.aljazeera
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