14 July 2019

14 July ND: Jamaat Islami Hind Unveils New Policy Document; Pushes for Dialogue At Grass-root Level to Overcome Hatred/Kartarpur corridor: Pakistan agrees to build bridge, allow visa-free travel to Indian pilgrims

14 July 2019: 10 Dhul Qadah 1440:Vol: 11, No:244
Jamaat-e-Islami Hind’s steps to counter negative propaganda against Islam
New Delhi:Setting its agenda for the next 4 years, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) on Saturday said it would set up Islamic information centres and use social media to dispel the “negative propaganda” against the religion and establish entrepreneurship development centres for Muslim youth, among other welfare measures.At a press conference here, the Islamic organisation’s president, Syed Saadatullah Husaini, spoke about the programme till 2023 after the new set of office-bearers were elected earlier this year.“The new policy and programme of the JIH (2019-2023) is designed to address pressing contemporary problems. The Jamaat would focus on Indian society, seeking to rebuild it on healthy basis. Universal values would be protected and attempts will be made to dispel the atmosphere of distrust and conflict,” a JIH statement said.The statement said it would aim at communicating the “true message” of Islam and “remove misunderstandings”. Islamic information centres and social media, videos and films would be used to “present true picture of Islam”.For Muslims, the organisation proposed developing model localities and setting up entrepreneurship development centres.“Forums would be initiated for better communication among citizens e.g. FDCA(Forum for Democracy and Communal Amity), Sadbhawna Manch and Dharmic Jan Morcha. The govt machinery would be reminded of its duty to ensure respect for law and maintenance of peace,”it said.thehindu
Jamaat Unveils New Policy Document; Pushes for Dialogue At Grass-root Level to Overcome Hatred
Kartarpur corridor: Pakistan agrees to build bridge, allow visa-free travel to Indian pilgrims
New Delhi:Pakistan, in principle, has agreed to build a bridge at Zero Line on Indo-Pakistan border at Dera Baba Nanak at the earliest to facilitate the movement of pilgrims along the Kartarpur corridor, the Ministry of External Affairs said  Sunday. The decision was taken after a two-hour meeting between the two sides met in Wagah to iron out the modalities of connectivity, the safety of pilgrims and infrastructural needs.Till the bridge is constructed, India offered to make interim arrangements for making the corridor operational in Nov.2019, to mark the birth anniversary of 550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.So far, Pakistan had insisted on a causeway and were reluctant on building a bridge. India was of the view that not building a bridge would lead to flooding of Indian areas during monsoon when the Ravi river overflows.Giving into India’s demand to allow 5,000 pilgrims each day, Islamabad also decided to allow visa-free travel for Indian passport holders. Indian side also requested Pakistan to allow OCI cardholders visa-free movement along the corridor as well. Replying to a question about how many Indian Sikhs will be issued permit at the opening of the corridor in Nov, Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said: “It may be 5,000 or 8,000…I cannot give the exact number. This has to be decided yet.”Indian delegation arrived at Wagah on Sunday.India also underscored the importance of the safety of pilgrims travelling along the route. “Pakistan side assured our delegation that no anti-India activity would be allowed,” MEA said.Indian delegation has also sought consular presence in Kartarpur Sahib Gurudwara to be able to provide assistance to the pilgrims if required.Pakistan also highlighted the infrastructural constraints on its side and added that they might be able to accommodate the pilgrims only in a phased manner. India has, however, asked Pakistan to reconsider its position considering a large number of pilgrims who want to visit the site. “Pakistan PM  Imran Khan wants peace in the region. He is committed to open the corridor in time for the 550th birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak in Nov.2019,” Faisal added.Meanwhile, Pakistan dropped controversial Sikh leader Gopal Singh Chawla from its team that held talks with India. “Apparently, removal of Chawla is a damage control step by the Imran Khan govt,”official told PTI, adding that he had become so controversial that Khan Govtwas forced to revamp the whole PSGPC.indian express
Army Chief Rawat warns Pakistan: Misadventure will be repelled with punitive response
New Delhi :Sending out a stern message to Pakistan, Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat has said there should be no doubt that “any misadventure will be repelled with a punitive response”. Army chief warned that any future conflicts would prove to be more “violent and unpredictable” and the Army would not take into account the human factor.Rawat said, “Pakistan Army time and again resorts to misadventure, either through flawed proxy wars and state-sponsored terror or intrusions. Indian Army stands resolute to defend our territory.Let there be no doubt that any misadventure will be repelled with a punitive response.”indianexpress
Himachal: At least 30 Army personnel feared trapped as building collapses in Solan
New Delhi:At least 8 Army personnel were rescued while 30 others are feared trapped in the debris of a building which collapsed in Kumarhatti near Solan of Himachal Pradesh. The three-storied building was a banquet hall which was hosting a party organised by the Army at the time of the incident.The building collapsed around 3.50 pm near the Kumarhatti-Nahan highway in Solan. A search and rescue operation has been launched by the authorities.A NDRF team has been pressed into a rescue mission from Panchkula as area is experiencing heavy downpour. Army person are likely to have been posted at Dagshai cantonment near Solan.indianexpress
Sidhu resigns from Punjab Cabinet, gets invite from AAP to join party
Amid the ongoing tussle with Punjab CM  Amarinder Singh, Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu resigned from the state cabinet. Announcing the decision on Twitter, Sidhu shared the resignation letter addressed to Rahul Gandhi.The resignation is dated June 10, the day he had met then AICC president Rahul Gandhi. He made letter public on Sunday. However, a spokesperson of CMO said CM Amarinder Singh has not received the resignation letter.Both Singh and Sidhu have been at loggerheads ever since the Cabinet reshuffle on June 6. Sidhu was divested of the local govt and tourism and cultural affairs departments over “non-performance.” He was given charge of power and new and renewable energy. In an apparent snub, Sidhu was also left out of the consultative groups formed by CM 2 days after the cabinet reshuffle to accelerate the implementation of the govt’s flagship programmes. Sidhu had then approached Gandhi and “apprised him of the situation”, besides handing over a letter to him. He also did not attend the Cabinet meeting held thereafter. “Why should I attend the meeting when there is a trust deficit in me? My seat in Cabinet is three inches away from CM. If he had expressed distrust in me publicly, where is the point in being seated next to him?” Sidhu had said.Congress had deputed party veteran Ahmed Patel to resolve the issues between Sidhu and Punjab CM. indianexpress
Mukul Roy claims 107 West Bengal MLAs from CPM, Congress, and TMC will join BJP
New Delhi:In a sensational claim, Bengal BJP leader Mukul Roy Saturday said that a total of 107 state MLAs from CPM, Congress and TMC would soon join the saffron party.“107 West Bengal MLAs from CPM, Congress and TMC will join BJP. We have their list prepared and they are in contact with us,” Roy said.Ever since the BJP’s sweeping victory in the Lok Sabha polls, in which the party also made deep inroads into West Bengal, a number of TMC MLAs and councillors had defected to saffron party.Last month, TMC MLAs from Noapara and Bongaon, Sunil Singh and Biswajit Das, joined BJP. On May 28, BJP welcomed into its fold three Bengal MLAs, including Mukul Roy’s son Subhrangshu Roy, and over 60 councillors, a majority from TMC. Besides Roy, MLAs who had joined BJP were Tushar Kanti Bhattacharya, who had crossed over to TMC from Congress, and, Debendra Nath Roy of CPM. A day later, another TMC MLA Monirul Islam joined the saffron party. However, 5 TMC councillors from Kanchrapara municipality, who had defected to BJP on May 28, returned to the ruling party Thursday.9 more returned on Saturday. Indianexpress/ANI
Karnataka: BJP split on staking claim, coalition hopes to win trust vote
Bengaluru:On a day that 5 more rebel MLAs approached the Supreme Court, accusing Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh of sitting on their resignations and saying they were “being threatened to support the government”, deep divisions emerged within the BJP in Karnataka on the issue of staking claim to form a new govt. With a section of BJP that’s aligned to the party’s high command not in favour of forming a new Govtgiven the hung nature of the current Assembly, the ruling Congress-JD(S) coalition is hopeful of winning the trust vote that CM  H D Kumaraswamy sought on Friday.The lack of cohesion in the state BJP, coupled with efforts of the Congress to bring back a few of its more amenable rebels (13 of the 16 who resigned since July 6 are Congress MLAs) to the legislature for the trust vote, are likely to help the coalition win the trust vote”.“A few of the Opposition members may not turn up for the vote. There are also efforts to convince some of the rebels who did not go to Mumbai,’’ said a state Congress source.Kumaraswamy’s announcement on Friday in the state Assembly that he would seek a trust vote took the Yeddyurappa-led BJP by surprise since veteran leader and his supporters are keen on forming a Govtwith Congress-JD(S) dissidents. Yeddyurappa did not attend a meeting of the Business Advisory Council of the Assembly to schedule the trust vote and stated that he would like to wait for the Supreme Court’s decision on pleas filed by 10 rebel MLAs – now 15, after 5 more MLAs moved the court on Saturday — for acceptance of their resignations.If the resignations of 16 rebel MLAs of ruling Congress-JD(S) coalition are accepted, coalition will have 101 MLAs in the 224-member House versus BJP’s 105.indianexpress
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Xi and PM Modi to meet in Varanasi on Oct.12
Chinese President Xi Jinping and PM  Narendra Modi are set to hold their second informal summit in Varanasi on Oct.12, as part of a fresh drive to energise ties following their meeting between 2 leaders last month in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit. A Chinese official who did not want to be identified said the decision to hold the second edition of informal summit, following the Wuhan meet last year, is in tune with Beijing’s decision to celebrate the 70th anniversary of China’s diplomatic relations with India. Besides, it is based on the “consensus” between President Xi and PM Modi to raise China-India ties to a higher level, especially after Doklam military stand-off in summer of 2017.thehindu
India builds 250 homes in Myanmar to assist Rohingya
2 years after over 700,000 Rohingya fled to camps in Bangladesh alleging ethnic cleansing by Myanmar forces, Indian Govt says it is stepping up efforts to help them return to their villages.On July 9, envoy to Myanmar Saurabh Kumar handed over 250 completed pre-fabricated homes to Myanmar Govt for use by refugees when they return.The project is part of an agreement signed by 2 govts in 2017, under which the Govt had committed to spending $25 million over 5 years. Houses, measuring 40 square metres each,are designed to survive quakes and cyclonic storms, according to a presentation by Ministry of External Affairs. 250 houses, built in 3 clusters, are in the areas that saw some of the worst cases of violence, including mass murder, gang-rape of women and children and burning of thousands of homes. However, there are no signs yet that Rohingya will return at any specific date. According to a senior official involved in the disbursement,Myanmar Govthas also handed over a list of 21 other projects that it wants India to fund as part of the agreement, including the construction of small villages, culverts and school buildings.Govt official said contrary to the general impression that Myanmar govt is resisting the return of Rohingya, it is actually keen on assuring them of a safe passage to their villages, and India wants to “create incentives” for the refugees to go home. So far, the official said, over 20,000 refugees’ names have been sent to Myanmar Govt for verification, first step in repatriating them, of which about 13,000 have been confirmed by the authorities. Thehindu
UK Labour Party leader slams India over attacks on Muslims
London:A minister in the UK’s Shadow Cabinet has slammed India over the violent attacks on Muslims and called on the British govt to look into and respond to the “extremely worrying situation“.Jonathan Ashworth, a Labour Party MP from Leicester South — a constituency with a prominent Indian-origin electorate, wrote in a letter last week to foreign secretary and PM ial hopeful Jeremy Hunt that many of his constituents had raised concerns that the Indian Govtwas not doing enough on the issue.“I have been contacted by members of Muslim communities in my Constituency in regard to on-going violent attacks on Muslims in India,” Ashworth wrote in his letter addressed to the senior Cabinet minister in UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).Calling for Hunt to look into and respond over the “serious issue”, the shadow minister for health said:“The situation in India is extremely worrying, there have been reports of religiously motivated killings, assaults, riots, discrimination, vandalism and actions restricting the right of individuals to practice their religious beliefs My constituents are concerned that the Indian Govtis not doing enough to address the on-going attacks on Muslim communities in India.”FCO said in its response that it engaged with India on the full range of human rights matters to build capacity and share expertise and condemns any instances of discrimination because of religion or belief, “regardless of the faith or country involved“.“We are working to improve the situation for Muslim minorities in India, and our ‘Empowering Muslim youth’ project reached 150 young people, 20 teachers and over 100 educational institutions.We have also enabled training for 900 minority students on faith issues in 6 universities across North India,” FCO said.PTI
Indore: Cow vigilantes thrash 2 for allegedly transporting beef
Bhopal :While MP is set to bring a bill to curb violence by gau rakshaks, another case of cow vigilantism was reported from Indore on Sunday.Right-wing activists and bystanders stopped a vehicle near Kesarbaug bridge in the morning and reportedly thrashed 2 persons for allegedly transporting beef. Third person in the vehicle managed to escape. Inspector of Rajendranagar Police Station Sunil Sharma said that Nadim and Imran, both in their 20s, have been arrested for violating provisions of the state’s prohibition of cow slaughter act. He, however, said that the duo was unhurt. He said a local veterinary doctor has confirmed that the vehicle was carrying beef and other meat.In a bid to crackdown on cow vigilantism, Congress Govtin Madhya Pradesh on June 26 proposed a jail term of six 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 — the anti-cow slaughter law passed by the previous BJP Govt— to include this provision. indianexpress
Rajasthan: Muslim Cop beaten to death by group of men armed with sticks, probe on
A police head constable was beaten to death by a group of unidentified assailants in Rajasthan’s Rajsamand district on Saturday.Abdul Gani, who was posted at Bhim Police station, had gone to Hamela ki Ber village for investigating a case. “He was returning from the village on his motorcycle when some 4-5 unidentified persons attacked him with sticks,” SP Bhuvan Bhushan said. Although he was rushed to a hospital, he succumbed to his injuries, the officer added. While efforts to nab the accused are on, postmortem will be conducted on Sunday, the officer said.indian express/PTI
Key findings in Tabrez case: ‘Discrepancy in police version, medical lapses’
Ranchi :“Discrepancies in the police’s version”, “lapses by the doctors” and jail doctor’s recording of injuries “allegedly of mob violence” are some of the key findings in a report by 3-member inquiry panel, constituted by Saraikela-Kharsawan district administration in Jharkhand, to look into the lapses and response into the death of Tabrez Ansari. SDM Saraikela Basharat Qayyum,then Civil Surgeon AN Dey, and SDPO (HQRS) Chandan Kumar were three members of the panel. SDM Qayyum said that there were “lapses” by the doctors in initially detecting the head injury. “Sub-arachnoid haemorrhage could be a possible cause of death and cannot be ruled out. Injuries were not detected initially and no investigations were ordered. Not even blood pressure and pulse were recorded. This was the initial lapse,” he said.When asked how did the doctors advise Ansari to be fit for travel and allowed him to be taken to the jail, SDM said, “This is also a lapse.”indianexpress
Jharkhand lynching: No interim relief for trio who uploaded video on Tik Tok
Muslim man beaten up for posting photo of self having beef soup
Nagapattinam:A Muslim man on Thursday night was allegedly attacked by a group of people at a village in Tamil Nadu for uploading a picture of himself consuming beef soup, police said. 4 people have been arrested in the matter, police added.Mohammed Faisan, aged 24, of Poravachery had posted the picture on Facebook. while describing its taste.The accused group of people objected to the post and went to Faisan's house on Thursday night and questioned him. After a quarrel, they attacked him, police said.On the orders of SP, police registered a case and arrested four people on Friday--Dinesh Kumar (28),Agathian (29), Ganeshkumar (27) and Mohankumar (28).Meanwhile, CPI(M) Tamil Nadu unit condemned the attack on Faisan and said while such attacks were happening on Dalits and Muslims in north India, "the state govt and police should nip such episodes in the bud" in Tamil Nadu.India Today
Muzaffarnagar: 12 booked for assaulting Imam, ‘forcing’ him to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’
New Delhi :Police on Sunday booked 12 youths for allegedly pulling the beard of a Muslim cleric and forcing him to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ in Muzaffarnagar of UP , PTI reported. SP Shailesh Kumar Pandey said an investigation was underway and action would be taken.“Prima facie it seems to be a matter of physical assault. Even then, the police have registered a case against 12 youngsters on the basis of the cleric’s complaint. Action will be taken against them on the basis of the probe,” SP said.Imam Imlaq-ur-Rehman, a resident of Muzaffarnagar, was going to his village on his motorcycle on Saturday when a dozen youngsters accosted him, beat him up and also pulled his beard. The Imam claimed he was also forced to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’. The youth allegedly told the cleric to enter the village only after shaving his beard.indianexpress
Mayawati seeks for pan-India law to curb lynching
Lucknow :Welcoming UP  Law Commission-drafted Bill against lynching, BSP supremo Mayawati Saturday pitched for a stringent, pan-India legislation to arrest the spread of this “dreadful disease”.In a statement issued by BSP here, Mayawati said, “Mob lynching has emerged as a dreadful disease (bhayanak bimari) across the country, and the loss of lives in it is a matter of serious concern.”“In this regard, there is a strong need for a strigent countrywide law, but the Centre’s approach towards it is lackadaisical,” she said.She welcomed the submission of a draft Bill by the UP Law Commission in this regard, which recommended up to life imprisonment for the crime.Taking cognisance of incidents of mob lynching, including those by cow vigilantes, UP Law Commission submitted to CM Yogi Adityanath draft Bill recommending up to life imprisonment for the crime.“This disease is a gift of the intention (niyat) and policy (niti) of the govts of not allowing to establish the rule of law. As a result, not only the Dalits, tribals or the religious minorities, but even the people from all sections of the society and police are also becoming a victim to it,” Mayawati said.PTI
7 yrs to life in jail: UP panel drafts tough law on mob lynching, onus on officers
UP Govt Denies Muslim Minors Forced To Chant 'Jai Shri Ram'
UP Govthas denied that students of a madarasa in Unnao district were forced to chant 'Jai Shri Ram', saying that the news was wrongly spread to malign the govt's image.Principal Secretary, Information, Avanish Awasthi admitted that a clash took place while the children were playing cricket but denied that the students were made to chant the religious slogan.He said that news was being wrongly spread to malign the state govt image and disturb communal harmony. IANS
Weaker sections living in atmosphere of fear: Salman Khurshid on Unnao madrasa case
New Delhi :Reacting to an incident in UP’s Unnao where four madrasa students were allegedly assaulted after they refused to chant ‘Jai Shree Ram’, senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid Saturday said people belonging to weaker sections of the society were living in an atmosphere of fear. Madrasa students were reportedly beaten with cricket bats by four men on Thursday in a clash over a cricket match and were also given life threats.“For those people who live in Delhi and such areas, there is no atmosphere of fear but people from weaker sections who live in far-flung places and rural areas and often get no hearings, are surely living in fear,” Khurshid said. When asked if these incidents were part of a larger conspiracy, Khurshid said, “You can call it a conspiracy or a narrow thought which is leading to these incidents. How this thought has been sowed into the minds of many people and if there is a mastermind, needs to be looked into deeply.”An FIR was lodged against 4 people — Kranti Singh, his associates Aditya Shukla and Kamal and one unidentified person. Police have detained Shukla and Kamal, while Singh is yet to be caught. Singh was recently appointed the district secretary of BJYM — BJP’s youth wing, organisation’s district chief Bhanu Mishra confirmed.Their detention led to protests by pro-Hindu groups at the Kotwali police station. On Friday morning, BJYM, VHP and Bajrang Dal workers gheraoed the police station, demanded that 2 be released, and called for a fair and impartial probe into the incident.indianexpress/ANI
Rising hate crimes and intolerance can seriously damage economy, warns industrialist Adi Godrej
Industrialist Adi Godrej has warned that rising intolerance, hate crimes and moral policing can “seriously damage” and hamper India’s economic growth. “It’s not all a rosy picture now,” head of Godrej Group said. “One must not lose sight of the massive impoverishness plaguing our nation which can seriously damage the pace of growth going forward and prevent us from realising our potential.”The industrialist said economic growth would be affected if “rising intolerance, social instability, hate-crimes, violence against women, moral policing, caste and religion based violence and many other sorts of intolerance that are rampant across the country” were not contained to ensure social harmony. He also highlighted that unemployment in the country was at a 4-decade high of 6.1%, and called on the govt to tackle it at the earliest.
Sunni Scholars' Group Denied Permission to Protest Against Lynchings at IICC in Delhi
New Delhi: All India Tanzeem Ulama-e-Islam, the body of Sunni scholars, has criticised the Central Govtfor preventing it from holding a protest against mob lynching cases at the India Islamic Cultural Centre in New Delhi on July 11.Tanzeem had, on July 4, booked a conference hall at the venue and made a payment for it, but permission for the event was denied to them hours before the conference was to start at 5:30 pm.Following the cancellation, the Tanzeem’s general secretary, Maulana Shahabuddin Razvi, who had made the booking, said his organisation had clearly outlined the purpose of the conference at the time of reserving the hall. Reacting to the denial of permission to hold the event, Razvi said, “This systematic suppression of freedom of speech and criticism by the Govthas been on the rise and infringes the basic constitutional rights of the people.”He charged that “the Govtallows mob lynching to go unchecked but goes all out to stop all kinds of protests against such inhuman acts.” He criticised the attitude of the Centre, saying it sought to “suppress our fundamental rights.”It was in light of the frequent cases of lynchings that the Tanzeem wanted to organise the protest. However, despite collecting Rs 14,160 from Razvi, who had booked the hall with the reference of an IICC member, Tariq Amin, the centre cancelled the event at the eleventh hour.The IICC denied that its decision was influenced by the Central Govtand said that the Tanzeem booked the hall for a religious programme but in its invitations stated that it was going to be a protest against lynching.thewire
If there's a party that is against Muslims, it's Congress:Suhaib Qasmi blames it for lynchings
Molana Suhaib Qasmi has blamed the Congress for the rising incidents of mob lynching in the country. The head of Jamat-e-Ulema Hind, Suhaib Qasmi said:"If a high-level investigation is conducted, it will be cleared," the top cleric said, adding that Congress should be questioned for lynchings reported during its rule.He said the Opposition to trying to create an atmosphere of fear by linking incidents of mob violence with the BJP and RSS. "The country is progressing under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi. Even Muslims countries have started respecting India," he said.From Narasimha Rao to Manmohan Singh, Qasmi alleged, Muslims were harassed and thousands of members from the community died in communal violence..dna
Govt to impose penalty for misquoting Aadhaar
New Delhi:The option of quoting your Aadhaar unique identity number, in place of the PAN, in performing high-value transactions — buying a car or home, travelling overseas or making investments — will come with a flip side. You will be liable to pay a penalty of Rs 10,000 every time you provide the wrong number. The penal provision is expected to be applicable from Sept.1, 2019 after amendments are made to the relevant laws and the subsequent issuance of a notification, two Govtofficials aware of the development said, requesting anonymity. Any individual who fails to quote his or her identification number accurately in the documents related to high-value transactions may attract a fine of Rs 10,000 for each such violation and a similar penalty will be imposed on the person who is supposed to authenticate the identification number, one of the official said. “It is also proposed that before passing a penalty order, a person shall be heard,” the official added.The second official said the existing laws will be amended in lines with the July 5 budget announcement that allowed the interchangeability of PAN and Aadhaar.HT
Kashmiri Pandits need own townships:governor
J&K governor Satya Pal Malik has justified the concept of building separate townships for returning Pandits who have fled the Valley, saying locations for such boroughs had already been identified and work was underway to develop them.“Separate township is not a matter of choice but out of necessity. We have to give them a nice place to stay, of their choice,” Malik said in an interview. Malik noted that “all these people who claim to be major leaders” -- a reference to Kashmiri politicians -- received police and army protection.“Aren’t we protecting them? We will have to do the same for the Pandits,” he said. “The best course would have been that those who have taken away their homes invite them back.For this, Mehbooba and Omar, Farooq Sahab and Hurriyat should make an effort to convince their society to do this and leave their homes. That’s not my job, that’s their job. I am just trying to provide them an alternate accommodation so that they have a home, a school and security.”It was a reference to Mehbooba Mufti, and Omar Abdullah and Farooq Abdullah and the Hurriyat Conference.BJP will revive a plan to build secured camps to resettle Pandit community members in the Kashmir Valley, senior BJP leader Ram Madhav told Reuters. Malik said the locations for Pandit community boroughs had been identified and “we are working on those places.”NC spokesperson Nasir Aslam Wani said his party has always worked to get migrant pandits back to Kashmir. Political analyst and retired professor Noor Ahmad Baba, however, said separate townships were not a good solution.HT
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J&K Governor skips Martyrs’ Day function
J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik skipped the Martyrs’ Day function in Srinagar on Saturday. However, his advisor Khursheed Ahmad Ganai and other administration officials visited the graveyard that is the site of the function and laid floral wreaths.July 13 is observed as Martyrs’ Day in Kashmir, commemorating the deaths of 22 people killed when the forces of Maharaja Hari Singh opened fire on them on this day in 1931.This is the second year that the head of the state has skipped the Martyrs’ Day function.indian express
Significant drop in stone peltings in J&K: Officials
Stone pelting incidents in J&K have come down significantly from a high of over 2,600 in 2016 to barely a few dozen in the first half of 2019, officials said. Arrests of miscreants involved in stone pelting incidents also have come down from over 10,500 to just about 100. PTI
Mumbai ATS to blame, say convicts of 7/11 train blast case
Mumbai:At a remembrance meeting in memory of victims of 7/11 train blast case in 2006, Innocence Network accused the Mumbai ATS of concocting evidences and framing 12 people and said that it would be able to expose the prosecution in the higher courts. The court had convicted 5 with death sentences while seven were handed life imprisonment in the case while the thirteenth accused was let off 4 years back.While families of all the convicts attended the remembrance meeting on Wednesday, 13 years after the attack, the network also raised the demand to do away with “draconian” legislations like UAPA which allows the prosecution to keep the accused behind bars for years without any concrete evidence.Sharib Ali, one of the founding members of the Innocence Network, stressed how MCOCA law should not even have been applicable in this case as UAPA had already been applied.On July 11, 2006, bombs planted on 7 trains went off in a span of 11 minutes killing 189 people and injuring 700 others at Western Mumbai stations.National Secretary of Students Islamic Organisation (SIO) and senior researcher with Quill Foundation, Fawaz Shaheen said that a systematic mass misinformation campaign was run by ATS through systematic leaks to build a narrative and build public opinion.Stories about ‘forensics approved’ call data records and narco-analysis tests were used only to sensationalise the media narrative and never brought forth as evidence in the case, he said.newindianexpress
On tail of ‘Ansarulla’, NIA conducts raids in Chennai, Nagai
Chennai: Based on a tip that a new fundamentalist group had gained roots in Tamil Nadu, NIA on Saturday raided two places in Chennai and one in Nagapattinam.The raids were conducted by a team of NIA officials from Kerala and Tamil Nadu. In Chennai, the operations were conducted at some offices on Linghi Chetty Street at Mannady and some houses at Kellys.The raids ended at around 3 pm. Officials said one Syed Bukhari was taken to Kerala for further inquiry. The action comes in the wake of 3 men — Bukhari from Chennai, Hassan Ali Yunus Maricar and Yusuffudeen Harish Mohammed from Nagapattinam — being booked by NIA on Tuesday for conspiracy and raising funds for a terrorist organisation among other charges.NIA sources claimed a new terror outfit called ‘Ansarulla’ was operational in TN. Bukhari was the state president of Wahdat-e-Islami Hind, an Islamic outfit registered in UP in 2006 as a charitable social organisation. It opened offices in TN in 2009.A member of the Wahdat-e-Islamic Hind, denying any knowledge of Ansarulla, said, “There is nothing hidden about our activities. We have been preaching against liquor consumption, prostitution and taking loans for interest...Some of our teachings are portrayed in bad light. We were not even told why we are being questioned.”“These are all attempts at suppressing Islamic activities and isolating us from the rest of the community,” he added.newindianexpress
Gujarat Dalit man’s murder: Father-in-law held, constable attached to Abhayam suspended
Ahmedabad police has arrested the prime accused in the murder of a 25-year-old Dalit man by upper caste family members of his wife. Dashrathsinh Zala was detained for the murder of his son-in-law Haresh Solanki. Of 8 persons accused in the murder of Haresh, police have arrested seven till now. One Jaydipsinh Zala is absconding and the slain youth’s wife, Urmila, who is 2 months pregnant, continues to be missing.indianexpress
Rajasthan: After brother-in-law died in custody, Dalit woman alleges gangrape by cops
The family members of a 35-year-old Dalit woman from Rajasthan’s Churu have alleged that she was gangraped by policemen and illegally detained for around 8 days in connection with a theft case.According to police, brother-in-law of the woman was arrested on July 6 and died the same night in police custody, for which a judicial inquiry is being conducted by an additional CJM.Woman’s husband said, “On June 30, police picked my 22-year-old brother in a theft case. On July 3, they came with him but when they took him back the same day, they took my wife too. Later, on the night of July 6-7, police tortured and murdered my brother. My wife, who witnessed torture, was gangraped by police. They also plucked her nails, hurt her eyes and fingers.”He added that even after death of his brother, his wife was forcibly kept in police custody till July 10. indian express
UP: Move to include names of Azam Khan, ex-cop aide in land mafia list
Lucknow:The district administration of UP’s Rampur as well as the police have begun the process of including names of senior Samajwadi Party leader and Rampur MP Azam Khan and his close aide, retired DSP Aaly Hasan Khan, in the list of persons allegedly associated with land mafia in the state. The move comes after complaints against them by several local residents of Rampur to the district administration alleging that Azam, with the help of Aaly Hasan, who was then posted in Rampur, grabbed their land that was used in the “extension” of Mohammad Ali Jauhar University. Azam Khan is chancellor of the university, while Aaly Hasan is its chief security officer. indian express
Assam: Miyah Poets Release Statement Condemning 'Baseless' Allegations
New Delhi: A joint statement issued by Miyah poets and the ten persons named in an FIR filed by a Guwahati-based journalist this past July 10, alleging that they are trying to spread communal disharmony ahead of the publication of final National Register of Citizens (NRC). The full text of the statement is reproduced below.‘Miyah poetry’ began in 2016 as a series of poems opposing the use of the word ‘Miyah’ as a slang word for Assamese Muslims of Bengal-origin. Today, Miyah poetry is an umbrella term for poems by many, mostly young poets, from within and even outside Bengal-origin Assamese Muslim community. These poems include stories of humiliation and discrimination, love poems, poems spreading social awareness, etc.The current debate over Miyah poetry is baseless because poems written three years ago are now being dissected and a few lines of two poems are being cherry-picked and taken out of context. This wilful misreading of cherry-picked lines of these two poems is malicious and malafide.One of the baseless allegations against Miyah poetry is that these poems are being used to depict the whole of Assamese society as xenophobic. Fact is, not a single Miyah poem uses the word ‘xenophobic’, ‘xenophobia’ or any variation of the word. thewire
Conspiracy to derail NRC process: AASU on govt plea seeking sample re-verification
16 Opposition parties submit notice to Rajya Sabha chairman on media freedom
New Delhi :As controversy continues over restrictions on access of Govtaccredited journalists in the finance and commerce ministries, 16 opposition parties have submitted a notice to Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu, for a short duration discussion on media freedom. Among the signatories of notice is BJP MP Subramanian Swamy and NCP chief Sharad Pawar. The parties that have signed the notice so far include Congress, TMC, RJD, SP, BSP, Aam Aadmi Party, CPI, PDP, CPM, DMK, Kerala Congress (Mani), and IUML. BJD, according to sources, has informally conveyed to the Opposition block that it is not keen to be part of any joint notice, at least during the current session.indianexpress
IMA fraud:SIT team arrests Afsar for misleading investors
Bengaluru: SIT has arrested a maulvi in connection with the multi-crore IMA Group Ponzi scheme of Karnataka. According to SIT officials, Haneef Afsar Azeezi, a maulvi at the Masjid-e-Beparian in Shivajinagar, Bengaluru had allegedly misused the religious faith of the people and told them to invest in IMA. For the favour, the maulvi had received Rs 3 crore worth house from IMA in 2017.Girish S, DCP and officer from SIT, said, “Mohammed Mansoor Khan, absconding founder of IMA, had gifted Azeezi a house worth Rs 3 crore at HBR Layout in exchange for luring people to invest in IMA.”In messages, religious leaders said the company’s investment schemes were in line with Islamic beliefs. People also flocked to invest in IMA because of these factors.indianexpress
Madarsa in Aligarh to have both temple and mosque: Salma Ansari, wife of ex V-P
Aligarh:Setting an example of Hindu-Muslim unity and religious tolerance, Salma Ansari wife of former Vice-President Hamid Ansari, has decided to build both a temple and a mosque inside "Chacha Nehru Madarsa" run by her here.She asserts that this will also ensure the safety and security of students studying here."The security of the students who reside in the Hostel here is our responsibility. When they go outside the madarsa for visiting a temple or mosque and some untoward incident happened then it will be our responsibility. Realising it, we have decided that both mosque and temple would be constructed within the premises so that the security and safety of our children is ensured," she said."I want that in building Hindustan everyone should have a say. Here I am concerned only with the safety of our children," said Ansari."The death penalty for mob lynching is a good deterrent. Such crimes are a blot on society. While running a Madarsa we must look at its every aspect," she said.Madarsa houses thousands of students including both Hindus and Muslims.ANI
Now, temple comes up on piece of land proposed for graveyard in Agra: TOI
Agra: Days after the gram sabha in Agra’s Chah Pokhar village offered a piece of barren land that could be used by Muslims there who have been burying the dead in and around their houses for want of proper space, a “temple” has suddenly come up on the plot of land that was proposed for a graveyard. Now, days after a land was proposed, some local residents have installed an idol of ‘hanuman’ on a brick platform, saying the land falls on an important road and people will fear to walk through or along the patch at night. Village head Sundar Singh told TOI, “I have already offered to give land for the graveyard. But some people are adamant on not allowing it. Now, I cannot do anything about it. I have informed the administration.” Hakim Singh, who owns a farm next to the proposed 1500-sq mt plot, said, “Till now, things are under control. But if this situation persists, the peaceful atmosphere of the village will be spoiled and there will be no communal harmony. We will not allow the burial ground to come up here.” No one will be able to come here during night after the graveyard comes up, he said.
Caste lines drawn, Muslim barbers in Moradabad refuse haircuts to Dalits:India TV
Moradabad:The police and administration in Moradabad district of UP  are having a tough time as some Muslim barbers have refused to cut hair of Dailts from their village. In turn, Dalits have approached police and the DM alleging caste-based discrimination.Dalits in Peepalsana village under Bhojpur police station in Moradabad have alleged that barbers in their village are refusing to entertain them at their shops. After receiving their complaints, SSP, Moradabad, Amit Pathak formed a joint team comprising cops and local district officials to investigate the matter.SSP said if allegations are found true,action will be taken under relevant laws. indiatoday
Chandrayaan-2 prepares for launch as India aims to become fourth country to land probe on moon
India on Sunday geared up for the launch of its second space mission Chandrayaan-2, which will attempt to place a robotic rover on the lunar surface. The moon mission will be launched on Monday at 2.51 am from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh, NDTV reported.Indian Space Research Organisation’s most powerful rocket launcher, GSLV Mk III, will be used to carry the 3.8-tonne Chandrayaan-2 into orbit. After its launch, the spacecraft will head towards the South Pole of the moon for a soft landing after travelling for nearly 2 months. If the mission is successful, India will become the fourth country to achieve a soft landing on the moon after US, Russia, and
UK envoy said Trump left Iran nuclear deal to spite Obama: Report
UK's former ambassador to Washington said US President Donald Trump seemed to be pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal for "personality reasons", as it was signed by his predecessor, Barack Obama, according to a British newspaper citing leaked documents.The report by the Mail on Sunday came days after Kim Darroch was reported to have sent diplomatic cables describing the Trump administration as "inept", prompting US president to claim the ambassador was a "pompous fool" whom he would no longer deal with.Darroch has since resigned, saying it was now "impossible" to do his job."The administration is set upon an act of diplomatic vandalism, seemingly for ideological and personality reasons - it was Obama's deal,"Darroch wrote in a diplomatic cable in May 2018, the Mail on Sunday reported, as it published the second batch of leaked documents. According to the cables, in May 2018, Boris Johnson, the British foreign secretary at the time, went to Washington to try to persuade Trump not to abandon the Iran deal.Afterwards, Darroch reportedly indicated there were divisions in Trump's team over the decision, and criticised the White House for not having a long-term strategy."They can't articulate any 'day-after' strategy; and contacts with the State Department this morning suggest no sort of plan for reaching out to partners and allies, whether in Europe or the region," he wrote.He reported back that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, during his talks with Johnson, "did some subtle distancing by talking throughout about 'the president's decision'".The newspaper reported that, according to Darroch, Pompeo also hinted that he had tried but failed to "sell" a revised text to Trump. aljazeera
Israel preparing for war with Iran, military wings in next 2 yrs
Israel’s Minister of Regional Cooperation Tzachi Hanegbi said that Israel is preparing for a “possible” military confrontation with Iran and its military wings in the next two years.Speaking to Israel Hayom, Hanegbi – who is also a member of Israel’s security cabinet – said “the possibility that there will be a military confrontation with Iran or its military arms is more likely than the possibility there will not be a war”.He reiterated that the issue is not related to “whether or not, but to the appropriate time”.The minister claimed that the war with Iran “has already moved from proxy war to direct war,” adding: “There will be a direct war between us [Israel] and Iran, direct or indirect war. This is impossible to be avoided and will get fiercer through time.”MEMO
Israeli PM warns of ‘crushing’ blow if Hezbollah strikes
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu warned of a “crushing” attack on Lebanon in response to any military action from Lebanese group Hezbollah. In an interview with Hezbollah’s Al-Manar, its leader Hassan Nasrallah said key Israeli sites were in the range of Hezbollah’s rockets. “Over weekend we heard Nasrallah’s arrogant words about his attack plans,” Netanyahu said at beginning of the weekly Govt meeting.“Let me be clear that if Hezbollah dares to commit an act of stupidity and attack Israel — we will deal a crushing military blow on Lebanon.” “Suffice it to say that for years Nasrallah dug terror tunnels, which we destroyed within days,” he said, in reference to destruction of what Israel says tunnels dug by Hezbollah along Israeli-Lebanese border.Anadolu
Orthodox Church to challenge sale of its property to Israel settlers
Greek Orthodox Church will next week petition against a final ruling of Israel’s Supreme Court which approved the sale of church property in East Jerusalem’s Old City to pro-settlement group Ateret Cohanim.Israeli Yedioth Ahronoth reported that petition will argue that the sale of the property was based on bribery and the church figures who signed the deal were corrupt, immediately fleeing the country after signing the deal.MEMO
Muslim Brotherhood says never 'harmed Kuwait security' after authorities held 8 for joining the group
Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood group has said it has never attempted to harm the stability and security of the Gulf state of Kuwait.This came one day after Kuwaiti authorities said they busted a “terrorist cell” linked to the group. Kuwaiti interior ministry said Friday it had arrested 8 Egyptians accused of joining the Muslim Brotherhood on terrorism-related charges. The ministry said the eight were hiding in Kuwait and that they had allegedly admitted to have committed terrorist attacks in Egypt before escaping to the Gulf state. Brotherhood said the 8 Egyptians "were working in Kuwait under legal procedures that organize residence of the expatriates." "It was never proved that the [eight] had committed any violation of the country’s laws or harmed its security and stability," it said.The Brotherhood said that "it is keen on maintaining the security and stability of Kuwait and respecting its constitution laws," going on to call for not extraditing the eight defendants to Egypt "for fears of injustice and maltreatment."Anadolu Agency
At least 22 civilians killed in govt attacks in Syria
Air attacks by Syrian and Russian military aircraft have killed at least 8 people in the northern region of Idlib in the last two days, while 11 people were killed in different areas of Idlib province on Saturday, according to the White Helmets rescue group. 3 people, including a woman and a child, were killed in air raids in the town of Kafarya in eastern Idlib, the organisation said.11 people were injured, including a White Helmets rescuer, the organisation said in a tweet. aljazeera
Afghan forces, US service member killed in attacks
At least 4 Afghan security forces and a US service member have been killed in two separate attacks claimed by the Taliban as violence continues across Afghanistan despite efforts to end the 18-year war.An attack on a commercial building housing a hotel and shops in Qala-e-Naw, the capital of Badghis province in western Afghanistan, killed four security personnel and wounded 20 others, including civilians, officials said on Saturday."The attackers took over a building near the governor's office and police headquarters," Badghis Governor Abdul Ghafoor Malikzai told AFP.Afghanistan's Defence Ministry said at least 3 Taliban attackers were also killed in attack and 2 others arrested.In a separate incident, NATO said a US service member was killed in action on Saturday in Sayed Abad district of central Wardak province, some 70km south of Afghan capital, Kabul." Taliban claimed responsibility. aljazeera
Journalists, politicians among 26 killed in Somali hotel siege
A suicide bomber rammed a car containing explosives into the Asasey Hotel in the southern port city of Kismayo and gunmen then stormed the building in the autonomous Jubaland region. At least 26 people have been killed.Among the victims was prominent Somali-Canadian journalist Hodan Naleyah, founder of Integration TV, and Mohamed Sahal Omar, a reporter from SBC TV in Kismayo.Al-Shabab fighters stormed the hotel after detonating a car bomb on Friday while local elders and legislators met to discuss approaching regional elections.aljazeera
Former Bangladesh army ruler Ershad dies aged 89                                             
Former Bangladesh President and military ruler Hussain Muhammad Ershad has died aged 89 following age-related health complications, an aide has said."He died today morning after suffering for about three weeks," his political and press secretary Sunil Shuva Roy said. As army chief of staff, Ershad seized power in a bloodless coup on April 24, 1982, and declared himself president the next year.He ruled until Dec.1990 when he was forced to resign in the face of mass upheaval and weeks of anti-govt protests. aljazeera
Flash: views & NEWS
Every second ST, every third Dalit & Muslim in India poor, not just financially: UN report
7% growth will mean little or nothing to the poor, unemployed and exploited sections: P Chidambaram
Modi’s support was across caste Hindus and Dalits, but not Muslims: Meghnad Desai
Hunting Inside Muslim Homes: Triple Talaq in Salman Khurshid's 'Visible Muslim, Invisible Citizen'
Debate: Miyah Poetry in the Time of Xenophobia:Rintu Borah and Prithiraj Borah
Will the Aadhaar Amendment Bill Pass Judicial Scrutiny?Agnidipto Tarafder and Siddharth Sonkar
The brave new world to expect with the new race to the moon:Jaideep Unudurti
How will Chandrayaan 2 study the moon?Shubashree Desikan
Jamaat-e-Islami Hind for talks to end Islamophobia
Jamaat Unveils New Policy Document; Pushes for Dialogue At Grass-root Level to Overcome Hatred
Jamaat-e-Islami Hind for talks to end Islamophobia
Jamaat-e-Islami Hind for talks to end Islamophobia:outlookindia
Jamaat-e-Islami Hind for talks to end
In 2019-2023 Term, Jamaat to Focus on Muslim Society Reform, Bridging Gap between Communities:indiatomorrow
RSS withdraws Ramlal from BJP after 12 years in key post
Raghuram Rajan flags risks for govt’s overseas borrowing plan
Prasar Bharati chief accuses The Caravan editor of ‘blatant’ anti-India presentation at global meet

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