27 June 2019

27 June: Ahead of G-20 meet with Modi, Trump says India must withdraw ‘unacceptable’ tariffs/Let's defend religious freedom for all, says Mike Pompeo on India visit/ US body on religious freedom condemns Tabrez Ansari lynching, urges Modi govt to curb violence

27 June 2019: 22 Shawal 1440:Vol: 11, No:231
Ahead of G-20 meet with Modi, Trump says India must withdraw ‘unacceptable’ tariffs
New Delhi:Ahead of his meeting with PM  Narendra Modi on the sidelines of G-20 summit in Japan, US President Donald Trump today demanded the withdrawal of trade tariffs by New Delhi, calling them “unacceptable.”Trump is known to make comments on India’s tariff barriers in his speeches, and has even referred to India as “tariff king”. India slapped higher duties on 28 US products this month after Washington withdrew the long-standing trade privileges for New Delhi under Generalized System of Preferences on June 1.“I look forward to speaking with PM Modi about the fact that India, for years having put very high Tariffs against US, just recently increased the Tariffs even further. This is unacceptable and Tariffs must be withdrawn!” President Trump’s tweet read.Trump and Modi are scheduled to hold a bilateral summit Friday in Osaka. Quoting Govt sources, Reuters reported that India rejected Trump’s argument, saying the tariffs were not that high compared to other developing countries. Trump’s tweet comes hours after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo left New Delhi after meeting Modi. Pompeo had said the nations were “friends who can help each other all around the world” and current differences were expressed “in the spirit of friendship”.indianexpress
‘In line with WTO rule’: Govt sources rebut Trump’s ‘high tariff’ charge
Let's defend religious freedom for all, says Mike Pompeo on India visit
New Delhi: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is on a two-day visit to Delhi, today said US and India should "stand up for religious freedom". The comment is likely to raise eyebrows, coming on the heels of a US State Department report on the matter that was critical of India on that score.In his India policy speech at IIC, Pompeo said:"India is the birthplace of 4 major world religions. Let's stand up and defend religious freedom for all. Let's speak up strongly together in favour of those rights. For whenever we do compromise those rights, the world is worse off." "Report on International Religious Freedom 2018", available on website of US State Dept, alleged that the "authorities often failed to prosecute perpetrators of 'cow vigilante' attacks, which included killings, mob violence, and intimidation".NDTV
‘Let’s stand up and defend religious freedom for all,’ says Mike Pompeo in Delhi
Jharkhand lynching: US body on religious freedom condemns Tabrez Ansari lynching, urges Modi govt to curb violence
Washington: US Commission for International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has strongly condemned lynching of a Muslim man in Jharkhand and called on the Govt to take concrete actions to prevent this kind of violence and intimidation. Tabrez Ansari, was allegedly tied to a pole and thrashed with sticks by a mob at Dhatkidih village in Jharkhand."We condemn in the strongest terms this brutal murder,in which the perpetrators reportedly forced Ansari to say Hindu chants as they beat him for hours," USCIRF chairman Tony Perkins said."We call on the Indian Govt to take concrete actions that will prevent this kind of violence and intimidation by a thorough investigation of Ansari's murder as well as the local police's handling of the case," he said, adding, "Lack of accountability will only encourage those who believe they can target religious minorities with impunity."In its recent annual report, USCIRF again placed India on its Tier 2 for engaging in or tolerating religious freedom violations that meet at least one of the elements of the "systematic, ongoing, egregious" standard used to designate "countries of particular concern",CPCs, under International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA).PTI
Protests in various cities over Ansari lynching
New Delhi:Protests were held in various parts of India following lynching of a Muslim man, with people demanding an end to what they termed as "lynch terror". Tabrez Ansari was beaten to death by a Hindu mob in Jharkhand on suspicion of theft, causing a public uproar. Protests were planned in over 50 cities under the hashtag #JusticeForTabrez and #IndiaAgainstLynch Terror.In New Delhi, scores of people, including university students and activists, held a protest at Jantar Mantar close to the parliament house. Holding placards and chanting slogans against the ruling BJP and PM Narendra Modi, the protesters demanded an end to violence against Muslims."Violence against Muslims has to stop," said one of the speakers at the protest site. "Govt must understand that we will not tolerate this lynch terror anymore," he added."It is a very scary situation for Muslims," Sana Maryam, a protester, said. She alleged that the perpetrators of the violence have enjoyed impunity. Another protester named Fatima, a university student, said: "We the people of India have been living in peace and harmony since very long and we have not been hostile to each other but after BJP Govt came to power things have changed.""Efforts are being made to divide people in the name of religion so that they fight each other and the real issues are not talked about." Kavita Krishnan, the secretary of All India Progressive Women's Association, said:"People from the Muslim community are being continuously targeted.""In almost every case of lynching, barring one or two, people have been arrested but never prosecuted or convicted," she said."India must realise that this is not an emergency for the Indian Muslims only but for India's democracy as well," said Apoorvanand, an activist and professor at Delhi University.aljazeera
Massive Protest Held in Delhi, Other Cities over Jharkhand Mob Lynching
Protests in several cities against lynching of Muslim man in Jharkhand; Modi says he is 'pained'
Massive Protests Held Outside Parliament and Across India Over Brutal Lynching of Tabrez Ansari
Delhi Waqf Board promises Rs 5 lakh, job to wife of youth lynched in Jharkhand
New Delhi :Delhi Waqf Board chairman and AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan today said the panel will give Rs 5 lakh and a job to the wife of Tabrez Ansari who was lynched in Jharkhand.He also said they will help Ansari’s wife get legal aid.“We are trying to send a cheque of Rs 5 lakh to Tabrez’s wife. I may also go there to handover the cheque to her. We will also give her a job at the waqf board and provide her legal help,” Khan told PTI.PTI
Lynching: Jamiat seeks punishment for accused
2 Muslim men thrashed in Gurugram for allegedly smuggling beef, arrested
2 Muslim men were allegedly assaulted by a mob in Haryana’s Gurugram on the suspicion of smuggling beef. The incident took place on Tuesday when a group of "cow protection unit" near Islampur village intercepted two vehicles allegedly carrying "beef consignment". Shathil Ahmad, a resident of Palwal district, and Tayaid were caught by the mob and beaten black and blue, while two others managed to escape. Later, the police reached the spot and arrested them, while their atackers continued to roam freely."We have registered an FIR under various sections of Haryana Gauvansh Sanrakshan and Gausamvardhan Act, 2015," police said, adding the search for two others who fled the scene was on.According to one Savita Kataria, who led the group, residents of the village went on a rampage after “they saw beef inside the vehicles” and thrashed Ahmad and Tayaid. newsnation
MP govt cracks down on gau rakshaks: 5-year jail term, fine for violence
Bhopal: In a bid to crack down on cow vigilantism, Congress Govt  in MP has proposed a jail term of 6 months to three years and a fine of Rs 25,000-50,000 for those who engage in violence against anyone booked under the anti-cow slaughter Act.Kamal Nath Govt  cleared an amendment to MP Gauvansh Vadh Pratishedh Adhiniyam, 2004 —anti-cow slaughter law passed by previous BJP Govt— to include this provision. Additional Chief Secretary (Animal Husbandry) said the punishment will increase to minimum one year and maximum 5 years if a mob is involved in cow vigilantism. In case of repeat offenders, the jail term will be doubled. The amendment also seeks to punish those who abet cow vigilantism by providing a jail term of one to 3 years. People who damage property of those charged under the anti-cow slaughter law will also be punished.indianexpress
Mamata announces Rs 50,000 compensation for madrassa teacher pushed off moving train
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee has announced Rs 50,000 compensation to a madrassa teacher and two others who were allegedly pushed off a moving train for refusing to chant 'Jai Shri Ram' on June 19. The incident came to light on Tuesday when Mannah Mullah, one of the victims, narrated his ordeal to media persons.Mullah was travelling with 6 people from Canning in South 24 Parganas in West Bengal to Hooghly.A group of men entered their compartment and began forcing them to chant 'Jai Shri Ram',he claimed.When refused, the men started beating Mullah and his companions.DNA
HC upholds Maharashtra’s Maratha quota, but reduces it to 12-13% /story-BhyHrWV17HTemHnp6dotWN.html
Bombay High Court today upheld constitutional validity of reservation for Maratha community in Govt jobs and education.A division bench of Justices Ranjit More and Bharati Dangre, however, said the quota percentage should be reduced from 16% to 12 to 13%, as recommended by State Backward Classes Commission. “We hold and declare that state Govt possesses legislative competence to create a separate category of Socially and Educationally Backward Class (SEBC) and grant reservation,” court said.“We, however, have held that 16% should be reduced to 12 to 13% as recommended by the commission,” bench said.The court was hearing a bunch of petitions challenging Maharashtra Govt’s decision granting 16% reservation to the Maratha community in Govt  jobs and educational institutions. On Nov.30, 2018, the state legislature passed a bill granting 16% quota in education and Govt jobs for the Marathas, declared a socially and educationally backward class by the state Govt .PTI
Govt to Extend Deadline for Feedback on National Education Policy by One Month: HRD Minister
New Delhi:Centre today said it will extend deadline for comments and suggestions on draft National Education Policy 2019 by one month. Earlier, the last date for the feedback was June 30.Replying to a question in Rajya Sabha today, HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said that “it is an important issue and there has been extensive discussion over the policy for the last 4 years by the ministry” the minister said. The minister said the central Govt will extend the date to get more suggestions on it. Earlier, TMC MP Derek O'Brien raised the issue claiming that state Govt s have not been consulted over the policy.Several students groups had also demanded extension of the deadline for feedback. Students Islamic Organisation of India (SIO) had written a letter to the goverment seeking extension of the deadline and translation of the draft policy in some regional languages. Draft National Education Policy was made public by the Govt  earlier this month.India Tomorrow
Worried over name not in NRC, Assam minor hangs herself
Guwahati:A minor girl in Assam''s Darrang district committed suicide on Wednesday, with her relatives and members of a students'' organization linking the incident to National Register of Citizens (NRC), which is being updated across state.Relatives of Noor Nahar Begum, 14, of Roumari chapori village said that she hanged herself with the dupatta she was wearing."Her name was not included in the draft NRC published by Assam Govt last year. However, she was sure that her name will appear in the final NRC.Today, when Assam Govt published an additional draft list of exclusion, Noor and her family took it to be final NRC. Noor took the extreme step after her father went to NRC seva Kendra at Roumari and failed to find her name in the list and told her this over the phone," one of the relatives said.The family said it was not aware that the list published on Wednesday was not the final NRC but a additional draft exclusion list and that non-inclusion of her name in the list enhances her chance of inclusion of her name in the final NRC to be published on July 31. AAMSU leader Abdul Hai blamed the state Govt for the death.IANS
1992-93 communal violence case: Man arrested 26 years after riots, trial set to begin
Mumbai :The trial in an incident of alleged communal riots during 1992-93 in the city is set to begin 26 years later after the arrest of an accused in Feb. Usman Mulla was arrested by the Byculla police after a non-bailable warrant was issued against him for not appearing before the court. 7 of his co-accused were acquitted in 2011 by the sessions court, but the case against Mulla was separated and he was declared an absconding accused. According to the prosecution, on Jan.10, 1993, a mob of over 100 people had gathered on Barrister Nath Pai Road on Dockyard Road and started throwing stones and soda water bottles.It has been alleged that the police had to resort to lathicharge to control the mob and subsequently, the situation was brought under control after additional forces were called in. The mob, however, damaged vehicles and shops and an FIR was registered against unknown persons.The police had also claimed that the mob had fired bullets at their personnel, but the court had subsequently held in 2011 that there is no evidence to support that any weapon was recovered or seized from the accused. In his bail application filed in Feb through advocate Shabnam Shaikh, Mulla submitted that he was not aware of the pendency of the case, as no summons or bailable warrant were served upon him at any point of time.indianexpress
Demolition of Babri Masjid grave mistake of Narasimha Rao: Chenna Reddy
 Hyderabad: Secretary of All India Congress Committee, Dr. G. Chenna Reddy told that it was a grave mistake of ex PM PV Narasimha Rao after which the Muslims kept themselves away from Congress. This was disclosed by Reddy in Hyderabad. He brushed aside the allegations of BJP that Congress had overlooked Rao. He further told that Congress gave much importance to Rao. After keeping distance from active politics, Rao was taking rest. Despite this,Sonia Gandhi commissioned and appointed him as PM. Dr. Reddy further told that Rao overlooked many senior Congressmen.siasat
J-K bank case: I-T raids premises of ex finance minister’s son
Jammu:Income Tax Department today conducted searches into the business and residential premises of various prominent businessmen and politicians in Srinagar including J&K’s former Finance Minister AR Rather and his son Hilal Rather.Congress leader Janak Raj Gupta and his brother Sneh Gupta’s premises were also raided. Janak Raj Gupta was the political advisor to then J&K CM Ghulam Nabi Azad in 2007-08.Sources attributed the ongoing IT raids to recently unearthed alleged irregularities into the affairs of J&K Bank. They said the case pertains to alleged misappropriation of loans taken from J&K Bank by Hilal and persons linked to him. Hilal Rather is stated to be one of the main defaulters in repayment of a loan worth several crores to the Bank.A fortnight ago, the department had initiated probe into the alleged irregularities and conducted searches at 10 premises of Kehwah Group, a business house promoted by Sheikh Imran – the Deputy Mayor of Srinagar Municipal Corporation. Indianexpress
11 students killed in JK’s Poonch road accident
Jammu: 11 students, that included nine girls, of a private computer training institute were killed while seven others were injured on Thursday in a road accident on Mughal Road in J&K’s Poonch district.The students were on an excursion trip from Surankote tehsil in Poonch district to Mughal road.Poonch deputy commissioner Rahul Yadav said, “Since accident occurred on Shopian side, FIR has been registered there and it is being investigated by the Shopian administration. However,children hailed from Poonch district. We have not received their dead bodies as yet nor have they been identified as yet. Reports say that 11 of them died in the tragic accident.” They were studying in a private computer institute in Surankote and they hailed from adjoining villages, he added.HT
Haryana Congress leader’s murder shameful:Rahul
New Delhi :Hours after Haryana Congress spokesperson Vikas Chaudhary was shot dead by unknown assailants in Faridabad, party president Rahul Gandhi condemned the leader’s killing and blamed the state’s ‘deteriorating law and order’ for it.“The murder of Faridabad Congress spokesperson is shameful and sad. This is a mirror of the state’s deteriorating law and order situation. May god bless his soul and give his family the strength to cope with this loss,” Gandhi wrote on Twitter. Chaudhary was on his way to the gym, where he worked out daily, when the incident took place, as per the police. “It seems that the assailants were following him in a car to the gym. As soon as he reached and started getting off, they opened fire and fled the spot,” said Sube Singh, PRO of Faridabad Police.indianexpress
Air pollution increases hypertension risk in Indian women
Women who are exposed to high pollution levels in India are at significantly higher risk of suffering from hypertension, warn researchers.The research, published in the journal Epidemiology, studied 5,531 adults from 28 peri-urban villages near Hyderabad city."Women spend most of their time near their households in this study area - 83 %  of their daily time as compared to 57 %  for men -- which could explain why we observe a stronger association in women than in men", said study author Ariadna Curto from Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), Spain.For the study,research team measured systolic and diastolic blood pressure of participants and estimated their annual residential exposure to fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and black carbon.IANS
Iran warns US against 'repeating mistake' of violating borders
Iran's parliamentary speaker has warned the US against violating the country's borders, cautioning such a move would draw a "stronger" reaction than the downing of a US drone a week ago.In comments carried by Iran's semiofficial Tasnim today, Speaker Ali Larijani said the shootdown of American unmanned aerial vehicle was "a good experience for them to avoid any aggression". "Iran's reaction will be stronger if they repeat their mistake of violating our borders," Larijani said. Tehran said US-made Global Hawk surveillance drone was in its territory when it was shot down by a surface-to-air missile on June 20. Washington rebuffed that claim, saying the aircraft was in international airspace over the Strait of Hormuz when it was hit.aljazeera
UAE: ‘No evidence’ to blame any country for oil tanker attack
UAE Foreign Minister, Abdullah Bin Zayed, said that his country could not hold any country responsible for the recent attacks on four oil tankers because of “insufficient information”.Bin Zayed said during a joint press conference with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, in Russian capital Moscow that, in order to hold any country responsible, the evidence must be “clear, precise, scientific and convincing for the international community”. The minister added that there are preliminary discussions to form an international alliance on maritime security in the Gulf.Earlier this month, the Twitter account of Al Arabiya news channel quoted Bin Zayed as saying that Iran’s fingerprints were clearly on May’s oil tanker attack.middleeastmonitor
Syria and Russia air strike kills 10 civilians in northwest Syria
As many as 10 civilians including 2 members of the local civil defence were killed by Syrian and Russian attacks on northwest Syria.Local sources said 2 civil defence volunteers were killed and four were injured when Russian warplanes bombed the town of Khan Sheikun, south of Idlib.Russian warplanes launched an air strike on the city’s residential neighbourhoods and when civil defence volunteers arrived to inspect the area and search for the wounded, Russian planes fired a missile, killing 2 civil defence volunteers and wounding 3 more. One of them is in a serious condition. middleeastmonitor
Global community pledges $110 million to UNRWA
International community has pledged over $110 million to UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).In a statement – a copy of which was sent to MEMO – UNRWA announced that at its annual Pledging Conference in New York “representatives of states and institutions unanimously commended the Agency’s role in preserving the rights and dignity of Palestine refugees”. These representatives “praised [UNRWA] staff members for their commitment in support of the human development of 5.4 million Palestine refugees in Near East,” the statement added. During the conference, UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krahenbuhl stated that “today, in New York, we witnessed another remarkable mobilisation and great generosity in support of UNRWA”.middleeastmonitor
Hamas slams Bahrain minister’s comments to  recognise Israel
A senior member of Hamas Political Bureau has condemned comments by Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Khalid Bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa that Israel is a “country to stay” in the region which should be recognised.Mousa Abu Marzook took to Twitter to say that the minister’s call for such recognition by Arab states proved that the goal of the “Peace to Prosperity” workshop in Manama is to destroy Palestinian rights and normalise ties with the Israeli occupation.Hamas official reiterated his rejection of the workshop.According to the Bahraini Foreign Minister on Wednesday, Manama conference could be a “game changer”.middleeastmonitor
Egyptian regime threatened Morsi before his death: report
Egypt's ex president Mohammed Morsi was threatened by Egyptian officials days before he died, the Middle East Eye said.MEE claimed that Morsi was pressured to surrender his legitimacy as the elected president of Egypt and bow down to the regime of Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, but he rejected. Morsi was told to disband the Muslim Brotherhood or "face the consequences," the MEE said in the report. He refused to talk about closing down the Muslim Brotherhood, saying he "is not the leader of the movement." Morsi dismissed the threat and he was dead after a couple of days. Muslim Brotherhood has accused Egyptian authorities of being responsible for Morsi's "deliberate slow death."Egyptian authorities "put him in solitary confinement...they withheld medication and gave him disgusting food... they did not give him the most basic human rights,"Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party said. Muslim Brotherhood official Amr Darrag called for an international expert team to examine Morsi's body. Amnesty International also called for a fair, transparent and comprehensive Egyptian investigation into Morsi's death.Daily Sabah
Arab is more non-religious than you think: BBC Arabic survey
The number of people across the Arab region identifying as "not-religious" has seen a steady rise since 2013 according to a recent study. The recent report indicates that the rise of non-religious individuals under the age of 30 has been the greatest.The survey compiled by BBC Arabic said the number of non-religious people rose from 11% in 2012-2014 to 18% in 2019. Except for Yemen, trust in religious leaders also decreased in all Arab regions. Countries like Iraq,Sudan and Palestine showed the steepest decline in religious leaders.Trust in Islamist movement like the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas and Hezbollah has seen a sharp decline, even lower than the trust of religious leaders in the region.The survey conducted by Princeton University under its research network,'Arab Barometer' interviewed 25407 people in 10 countries including disputed Palestinian region. It clarifies that certain gulf countries refused to participate and result from Kuwait and Syria could not be included due to issues relating to result coming too late and difficulty of access, reported
Thailand orders phone users in Muslim-majority south to submit photos
Bangkok :An order for mobile phone users in Thailand's restive south to submit a photo of themselves for facial recognition purposes is causing uproar from opponents who see it as further curtailing the rights of the Muslim-majority population.But an army spokesman defended the move, saying the facial identification scheme is needed to root out insurgents deploying mobile phone-detonated home-made bombs. Thailand's three southernmost states -- Yala, Pattani, and Narathiwat -- have since 2004 been rife with conflict between Malay-Muslim rebels and the Buddhist-majority Thai state, which annexed the region around a century ago.AFP        
Lebanese town bans Muslims from buying, renting property
Beirut:Mohammed Awwad and his fiancee, both Muslims, recently found an affordable apartment for rent online in a town in Lebanon, southeast of Beirut. 27-year-old journalist called the number and asked the owner when they could drop by to take a look. He was stunned by her response: Muslims are not allowed to settle in the town, she said.The apartment owner apologized to Awwad, saying she wouldn't mind renting to people of any sect but officials in the town of Hadat issued orders years ago that only Christians be allowed to buy and rent property.The young Shiite Muslim man could not believe what he heard and asked his fiancee, Sarah Raad, to call the municipality and she, too, was told that the ban had been in place for years.Hadat is a small example of Lebanon's deeply rooted sectarian divisions that once led to a 15-year civil war that left more than 100,000 people dead. Christian communities feel under siege as Muslims, who tend to have higher birth rates,leave overcrowded areas for once predominantly Christian neighbourhoods.3 decades ago Hadat was almost entirely Christian, but today it has a Muslim majority because the Muslim population expanded greatly between 1990, when the war ended, and 2010, when the ban was imposed. Since then, the Muslim population has hovered between 60 %  and 65 % .Hadat is the only area where such a ban is publicly announced. Local officials in Christian areas in central, eastern and southern Lebanon impose such bans in more discreet ways.AP
Twin suicide attacks rock downtown Tunis
2 suicide blasts rocked the Tunisian capital today killing at least one police officer and wounding several people. The first blast involved a suicide bomber who targeted a police patrol on Tunis' central Charles de Gaulle street, not far from French embassy.One police officer was killed, while another was injured, according to the interior ministry.3 civilians were also wounded. Body parts were strewn on the road around the police car, AFP reported. A second attacker blew himself up shortly afterwards on a base of the national guard in the capital's al-Qarjani district, the interior ministry said.No immediate claim of responsibility was made for either blast. aljazeera
Flash: views & NEWS
In Jharkhand, Modi Is Replicating What He Did in Gujarat in 2002:Apoorvanand
How to Tell If You're Living Under a Fascist Regime:Rohit Kumar
For whom is Aadhaar Amendments Bill: only to please Telecom companies:Ashlin Mathew
Until it acts decisively on violence against minorities, India will live with the shame of international scrutiny:The Telegraph
Jamaat-e-Islami expresses concern over growing ‘barbarism’ in India
Full text of resolutions adopted at Jamaat-e-Islami meet on current situation
Lynchings, Litchis and No Water: What International Media is Saying About India:Gayeti Singh
Emphasis of New Education Policy on teaching multiple languages is welcome. But do we have enough skilled teachers?Muralee Thummarukudy
Jharkhand lynching: Meet the accused — most under 30, daily wagers
Modi speaks of having faith in the law, but the law has failed lynching victims:Ipsita Chakravarty
We Parched the Country to Quench the City, and Chennai Still Cries for Help:Nityanand Jayaraman
Budget Musings:  FM faces daunting task to sustain PM-Kisan scheme :Rahul Pandey

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