08 July 2019

8 July ND: Netanyahu plans to visit India ahead of repeat polls to boost his campaign/SC throws out Mahasabha plea to shed purdah system and allow women to enter mosques for prayers

08 July 2019: 04 Dhul Qadah 1440:Vol: 11, No:240
Netanyahu plans to visit India ahead of repeat polls to boost his campaign
Jerusalem:Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who failed to form a coalition after the April polls, plans to visit India ahead of the repeat elections in September hoping that a photo-op with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi will boost his campaign, according to an opinion piece in a leading Israeli daily.Israeli lawmakers in May voted 74-45 in favour of dissolving the 21st Knesset (Parliament) and hold an unprecedented repeat general elections on September 17 after Netanyahu failed to form a coalition government.Ha’aretz columnist Yossi Verter, in an opinion piece, ‘Netanyahu’s Out of Luck, but He’s Hoping a Photo-op With India’s Modi Will Help’, over the weekend argued that Netanyahu ‘enlisted’ (or recruited) three heads of world and regional powers to help boost his campaign before the April 9 elections.“Heading the group was the buddy,Donald Trump. In the most transparent manner, from on high, the White House organised a palsy-walsy visit for Netanyahu, whose highlight was when the President signed a document recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights. That was on March 25 and was Trump’s modest contribution,” Verter wrote.“Pleased as punch, Netanyahu returned to Israel, and on April 1, the President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, arrived for a visit. Then, a week before Election Day, Netanyahu flew off to Moscow, where President Vladimir Putin organised a spectacular, Hollywood-style ceremony in his honour, marking the discovery of the remains of long-missing Israeli soldier Zachary Baumel”, he added.However, after the Knesset was disbanded and the country hurtled into another election campaign, Verter said that “the Prime Minister’s Bureau dusted off the globe. Where haven’t we visited, who haven’t we met with?”“Only great powers do it for him. And only two haven’t yet had the privilege of offering Netanyahu photo-ops for an election campaign: China and India,” he pointed out.“Netanyahu, who’s fighting for his personal survival ahead of a hearing before the state prosecution on several cases, must find a way to bounce back,” the columnist noted.He said that China was not an option as it is a “tough country, with clear rules”.In view of all this, PMO in Jerusalem is said to have reached out to their counterparts in New Delhi and requested for an invitation.“Prime Minister Modi is a true friend. A friend indeed for a friend in need. The Indians checked their diary and got back to the Israelis with a suggestion for an August visit. Not happening, came the answer – but we’d be happy to come in the first week of September (about 10 days before the election). It’s a good bet that Modi and his aides know why the bride’s in a rush to go under the chuppah, but, what are friends for?” the columnist wrote.Informed sources told PTI that a day for Netanyahu’s trip to New Delhi is indeed being worked out and the Indian PMO had suggested the week of August 25 for the visit.PTI
India slams UN rights office report on J&K as continuation of ‘false narrative’
NEW DELHI:India on July 8 lodged a strong protest with the United Nation rights office over its report on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir and asserted that it is merely a continuation of the earlier “false and motivated” narrative and ignores the core issue of cross-border terrorism emanating from Pakistan.Last year, Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released its first-ever report on Kashmir. In an update of that report on July 8, it claimed that “neither India nor Pakistan have taken any concrete steps to address the numerous concerns raised”.Hitting out at the report, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, “The update of the report of the OHCHR is merely a continuation of the earlier false and motivated narrative on the situation in the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir.”PTI
SC throws out Mahasabha plea to shed purdah system and allow women to enter mosques for prayers
New Delhi:The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a plea by the State president of the Kerala unit of the Akhil Bharatha Hindu Mahasabha to allow Muslim women to enter mosques for offering prayers and to shed the “purdah” system.A Bench led by CJI Ranjan Gogoi refused to entertain the plea by Swamy Dethathreya Sai Swaroop Nath, who had challenged the Kerala High Court’s dismissal of his petition.“Let a Muslim woman challenge it,” Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi observed orally.The petitioner said he “looks upon Muslim women as none other than his sisters”. “The segregation and discrimination shown against Muslim women by not allowing them to enter and pray in masjids in the main prayer hall along with their male counterparts is against Articles 21 and 14 of the Constitution,” the petition said.Any strict adherence to the preachings and teachings of past centuries was “equivalent to the strict adherence to the size and type of clothes worn during childhood even during adulthood. This amounts to obstinacy,” it said.On “purdah”, it said the “culture and concept of looking at a woman as a personal belonging has led to the purdah system”.“In a hot country like ours, it is a cause of discomfort… Moreover, it gives anti-social elements a chance to misuse the apparel to conceal oneself and do anti-social acts,” it argued.thehindu
Uniform Civil Code issue to be placed before 22nd Law Commission HC informed
  New Delhi:The issue of framing a Uniform Civil Code will be placed for consideration before the 22nd Law Commission once it is constituted, the Delhi High Court was informed Monday.   A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar was told that on receiving a reference from the government, the issue was considered by the 21st Law Commission and it sought the views of various stakeholders and met several religious groups.Central government standing counsel Ajay Digpaul, representing the Law Commission, further said that as per instructions to him, a consultation paper on Reform of Family Law was released by the 21st Law Commission on the subject and is available on its website. He said the term of 21st Law Commission ended in August last year and the 22nd Law Commission is yet to be constituted. Once it is set up, the project of 'Uniform Civil Code' will be placed before it for consideration, he said. Digpaul sought some time on behalf of the central government to file response to a PIL seeking framing of a Uniform Civil Code after which the court listed the matter for further hearing on August 27.  The court had earlier issued notice to the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Law Commission of India seeking their stand on the plea by BJP)leader Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay.    PTI
Maratha quota: Supreme Court to hear NGO’s plea against HC order
NEW DELHI:The Supreme Court on July 8 agreed to urgently hear a petition filed by an NGO against a Bombay High Court order that upheld the reservation provided to the Maratha community in education and government jobs in Maharashtra.Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, responding to an oral mentioning, scheduled for July 12 the hearing of the plea.The petition, filed by Youth for Equality through its representative Sanjeet Shukla, said the 12% and 13% quota to the community introduced in the Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC) Act had breached the 50% cap on reservation fixed by a Constitution Bench in the Indira Sawhney judgment.The High Court’s order upheld 65% reservation in Maharashtra.thehindu
Parliament passes Aadhaar amendment Bill
NEW DELHI:Parliament on Monday passed an amendment bill which allows voluntary use of Aadhaar as proof of identity for users to open bank accounts and get mobile phone connection.The Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019, was passed by Rajya Sabha by a voice vote.The Bill, which also provides for a stiff ₹1 crore penalty and a jail term for private entities violating provisions on Aadhaar data, was already passed by Lok Sabha on July 4. The Congress vehemently opposed The Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in the Lok Sabha on July 4.Congress calls Aadhaar Bill 'political plagiarism' in Lok Sabha; says it breaches Fundamental Rights The Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019, was introduced in Lok Sabha on June 24.The amendments provide for use of Aadhaar number for KYC authentication on voluntary basis under the Telegraph Act, 1885, and the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002.PTI
Karnataka: Kumaraswamy Cabinet to be 'Restructured' After All JD(S), Congress Ministers Resign
New Delhi: In an effort to save the Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) coalition government in Karnataka, all JD(S) and Congress ministers in the state tendered their resignations on Monday.The Cabinet will now be restructured, the Chief Minister’s Office said. The move is being considered as one that will help accommodate in the cabinet all the rebel alliance MLAs who resigned in the last four days. Early on Monday, 21 of the Congress’s ministers in the state tendered their resignations. Among them were deputy chief minister G. Parameshwara.R. Shankar, Karnataka minister and Independent MLA has also resigned from the Council of Ministers.Karnataka chief minister H.D. Kumaraswamy has said, after a day of meetings with both Congress and JD(S) leaders, that the issue will be resolved and the government will function smoothly.Karnataka transport minister and party leader D.C. Thammanna had earlier said JD(S) had not given its MLAs and ministers any direction to resign. Meanwhile, Karnataka Bharatiya Janata Party chief B.S. Yeddyurappa has called for Kumaraswamy’s resignation, saying that his government has “lost the confidence of the people”.The announcement of Congress’s pyrrhic stance was made by former Karnataka chief minister and Congress legislature party leader Siddaramaiah in the afternoon. Siddaramaiah had first quoted the number of resignations as “22” but then corrected himself to say “21 Congress ministers have resigned voluntarily.” In a series of tweets since making the announcement, Siddaramaiah held the BJP’s national leadership responsible for “destabilising” the coalition government and called the party a “disgrace”.Meanwhile, dealing yet another blow to the wobbly coalition, independent MLA H Nagesh resigned in the morning and then promptly took a special flight to Mumbai to join 10 of the 13 legislators who had quit on Friday and Saturday.thewire
Madhya Pradesh: Mob Ties up 25 Men, Forces Them to Chant 'Gau Mata ki Jai'
New Delhi: A group of more than 100 residents of Sanwalikedha village in Madhya Pradesh’s Khandwa district reportedly tied 25 people up with ropes, made them do sit-ups holding their ears, forced them to chant “Gau mata ki jai” and paraded them through a two-km stretch to a police station for ‘transporting cows’.A video of the incident, which took place in the Khalwas area around 60 km from Khandwa city, has been shared widely on social media. In it, villagers can be seen carrying sticks and admonishing the 25 men, who are seen crouching down, holding their own ears.Police have registered cases against both parties.“We have booked the people ferrying the cattle for doing so without requisite permissions. We have also lodged a case against the villagers, some of whom were farmers, for ill-treating those booked for unauthorised cattle transport,” Khandwa superintendent of police Shiv Dayal Singh told PTI.Khalwas police station inspector Harishanker Rawat said the 25 men were transporting cattle to from Madhya Pradesh’s Harda district to Maharashtra. “Police have seized 21 trucks in which the animals were allegedly being taken. The cows have been moved to a shelter,” Rawat said.ANI, however, quoted SP Singh has having said that there were “seven to 8 pick-up vehicles”. The incident comes a day before the start of the Madhya Pradesh assembly session in which the Kamal Nath government is likely to table an amendment in a law to curb violence in the name of cow protection.thewire
Traffic curbs on civilians during Amarnath Yatra leave Valley fuming
Srinagar :Restrictions on civilian traffic to facilitate the movement of Amarnath pilgrims are brewing anger in Kashmir and a disdain for the annual yatra that people in the Valley have traditionally welcomed.The curbs include shutting a 97 km-stretch of the Srinagar-Jammu national highway for civilian traffic five hours every day, halting a train on the Banihal-Srinagar stretch for five hours, and halting the movement of civilians traffic and pedestrians for hours on the Anantnag-Pahalgam stretch of the highway.“Look at how the youth are thinking about this ban… By these senseless decisions, they are pushing the Kashmiris further away,” said a Srinagar resident, referring to a Facebook post — now deleted — in which a youngster alleged that he was “stopped and harassed” while travelling from Srinagar to Anantnag. In his post, he also claimed that the journey, which usually takes one hour, took him 3 hours. “They (security forces) stop every civilian vehicle when the Amarnath pilgrim vehicles move on the road. This has not only led to immense difficulty to the people but is also severely affecting the business,” a resident of Anantnag town said. “For about an hour, the traffic is completely halted and even the pedestrians aren’t allowed to move”. The residents say that since there is no specific timing for the movement of the pilgrim vehicles and that they can pass any time during the day, the villagers are unable to plan their movement.Political parties too have raised their voice against the ban. National Conference, and the Peoples United Forum (PUF) – an alliance of Shah Faesal’s Peoples Movement and Engineer Rashid’s Awami Ittihad – took to streets to protest. “Today, we see how miserably the common population is being treated. The disdain with which the people are being treated speaks volumes about the contempt the incumbent governor administration has for the local population,” said National Conference president Farooq Abdullah.“On one hand honourable governor says that the Yatra would not have been possible without the active support of the local population but on the other hand the same lot of people is being subjected to collective detention through highway curbs.”Rashid called the ban a “gross violation of the fundamental rights” of the people of Kashmir. “Who does not know that more than security agencies, Kashmiris make the yatra a success…,” Rashid said while leading a protest in Srinagar. “It is unfortunate that the yatra is being communalised for political gains and New Delhi is giving notion that Kashmiris are anti-Hindu.”Separatist leaders have called the ban order “despotic” and called for its immediate revocation.indianexpress
Mob lynching or any crime in Jharkhand will not be tolerated, warns Chief Minister Das
Ranchi: Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das has asserted that those involved in mob killing or other crimes will not be spared and stringent punishment will be handed out to them irrespective of their caste or religion. He also slammed the opposition in the state for blowing certain incidents out of proportion and giving "communal colour" to them.Speaking in the wake of the recent killing a Muslim youth in Jharkhand over suspicion of stealing a motorcycle in Saraikela Kharsawan district, Das said that his govt is committed to punishing the guilty. "Jharkhand is the only state in the country where such cases are taken up on a fast-track basis with quick punishment to the guilty," he said.The CM also urged the people of his state to not to take the law into their hands and went onto lambast the opposition for blowing the stray incidents out of proportion.He then went on to add that it does not matter what religion or caste a perpetrator belongs to as he will be handed the same punishment as anybody else."Be it this kind of crime or any crime, my govt will not tolerate any anarchy...There will be no discrimination in punishing criminals... the colour of blood is the same. Our motto is to ensure communal harmony, peace, and brotherhood," said Das.timesnownews
UP Cops Allegedly Tortured Dalit Man When He Tried to Report Wife’s Rape
LUCKNOW:In Uttar Pradesh’s Mainpuri, a Dalit man was allegedly given third-degree torture by the Police when he approached them in the Police station to file a complaint against the kidnapping and rape of his wife on Friday night.The shocking incident of police brutality took place under Bichhwan police station in the district of Mainpuri, which happens to be the Lok Sabha constituency of Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav.Uttar Pradesh DGP OP Singh on Monday suspended SHO of Bichhwan in Mainpuri district Rajesh Pal Singh and two other police officers following the incident and reportedly shifted them to police lines.The Uttar Pradesh police, in a tweet, said, “In a crime against women in district Mainpuri, the SHO and staff misbehaved with the husband of the victim when he went to lodge a complaint”.The tweet said: “The incident was tweeted to UP Police. Taking cognizance DGP OP Singh ordered suspension of SHO and (other) staff, lodging an FIR against them and putting them behind bars.”According to reports, the incident took place when the man and his wife were travelling by motorcycle on the Aligarh-Kanpur highway on Friday night.caravandaily
Watch: BJP leader Jaya Prada teaches wrong spelling of ‘country’ to school children in Rampur
Actor-turned-politician and BJP leader Jaya Prada visited a school in Rampur where she met children and taught them English. Prada joined BJP just ahead of the general elections and unsuccessfully contested from Rampur against Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan.All was well when she reached the campus. But a video of her teaching English to students of the government-run school is doing the rounds on the internet, thanks to the actress for misspelling country as ‘contry’.The video shows that Jaya Prada taught Hindi to the students and then went on to say that “now it is time for English”. BJP leader first asked the students about the spellings of fruits apple and banana. She then wrote, “India is my contry”. This was captured in cameras of reporters who were covering Jaya Prada’s visit to the government-run school after the poll debacle.A few teachers were also present inside the classroom when Jaya Prada was teaching the students. But surprisingly no one pointed out the mistake.Aishwariya Laxmi, Basic Education Officer of Rampur, said that the mistake was rectified later and students were taught the correct spelling of the country.“I noticed it the moment she wrote it down, but could not say anything as she was surrounded by children. After she left, I pointed out the mistake to her,” she told ABP News.According to reports, the BJP politician was invited as a chief guest to the school to promote Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath’s ‘School Chalo’ campaign. financialexpress
Saudi Arabia adopts Digital India, equality of women in this year's Haj
Indian Haj mission in Saudi Arabia has adopted digital technology to reach out to a large number of pilgrims as part of the Government of India’s initiative of Digital India.With the introduction of Haj App, Indian diplomats in Saudi Arabia are trying to form a bridge with the pilgrims not only to facilitate a smooth and hassle-free Haj operation but also to receive grievances and feedbacks to improve the service. This was announced by Indian Ambassador Dr. Ausaf Sayeed on Saturday at a press conference along with Consul General Md. Noor Rahman Sheikh to brief about ongoing Indian Haj operation in Saudi Arabia.The App - Indian Haj Information System- developed by the consulate is to receive feedback, a grievance from Hajis, Ambassador said. Currently, it receives feedback in English, Hindi and Urdu, other regional languages will be incorporated later, he said.Briefing the media, the Ambassador added that besides the App, regularly d website and social media channels, toll-free numbers and exclusive in-house Youtube channel are other means to connect the officials and pilgrims.ddinews
Alappuzha court passes rare order in a triple talaq case
ALAPPUZHA: A local court here on Saturday pronounced a rare judgment to protect the rights of a victim of triple talaq. The court ordered to attach the property of the parents of Shammas, 26, who pronounced triple talaq to divorce his wife Roufi, 21. Shammas had married her 17 months ago. Alappuzha Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) AM Basheer ordered to attach the property of the parents of Shammas based on a petition filed by the woman’s parents. According to K Najeeb, counsel of the victim,  Shammas, son of PM Salim married Roufi. “He was working abroad at the time of marriage. After a few weeks of marriage he went to his workplace. Once Shammas went abroad, he and his family forced the girl for a divorce, but she was not ready to do so. Shammas returned from abroad last month and sent a talaq letter by registered post to his wife on June 6. At the time of marriage, the family of Roufi had given 27 sovereigns of gold and Rs 3 lakh to Shammas.  The judge ordered to attach property worth `31.8 lakh for returning the gold and money given to the husband at the time of marriage. The court also ordered to pay Rs 15 lakh to the woman as alimony,” Najeeb said.The order was issued based on section 3 of the Muslim Women (Protection of Right on Divorce) Act, 1986, Najeeb said.“The order is a rare one in the history of Kerala. The Kerala High Court had issued a judgment that if the man who issues triple talaq doesn’t own property, the assets of his parents can be attached. So the judge issued the order to attach the property of Shammas’ parents,” Najeeb said. newindianexpress
Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Tribunal to hear ban on J&K Jamaat-e-Islami
Jammu: Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Tribunal will hold its sitting at Jammu on July 13 to decide if there existed sufficient cause to declare J&K Jamaat-e-Islami an unlawful association.Pointing out that the Tribunal presided over by a Delhi high court judge, Justice Chander Shekhar, will hold sitting at the office of Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, from 10.30 am onwards, an official statement here read: “accordingly, all those who are interested in giving evidence may file their affidavit (in duplicate) with Registrar Unlawful Actitivies (Presidention) Tribunal, Delhi High Court Buiilding, Sher Shah Road, New Delhiand shall remain present in person on the aforementioned date for cross examination, if any, before the Tribunal’’.Central Government had on Feb.28 put a ban on JeI for 5 years. The ban order was challenged in the State High Court with petitioner stating that the organization has been existing for past more than 60 years working for the socio-religious well being of the society and it had even contested assembly and Lok Sabha elections under a registered election symbol. indian 4express
29 Dead As Bus Falls Off Yamuna Expressway Near Delhi, Driver Dozed Off
NEW DELHI: 29 people were killed when the bus in which they were travelling in skidded off the six-lane Yamuna Expressway near Delhi and fell 50 feet into a large drain. Seventeen people were injured.The 165-km-long expressway connects Noida with Agra in Uttar Pradesh. The state government-run bus, carrying 46 people, was going from Lucknow to Delhi when the accident happened on a stretch of the expressway near Agra this morning, the police said."The bus was speeding and the driver may have dozed off," Agra DM Ravi Kumar told reporters.ndtv

Iran passes new nuclear deal limit as China blames US for crisis
Iran has passed the uranium enrichment cap set in its 2015 nuclear deal, marking the second time in a week that it made good on a promise to reduce compliance with the international pact following the United States' unilateral exit last year.The announcement on Monday from Iran's Atomic Energy Organization came amid growing frustration in Tehran over a failure by the landmark accord's remaining signatories to deliver on its promised economic benefits.Behrouz Kamalvandi, spokesman for the nuclear agency, confirmed Tehran had enriched uranium beyond the 3.67 percent purity that the deal allows, passing 4.5 percent, according to the Iranian students' news agency ISNA. On July 1, Iran passed the uranium stockpile limit permitted by the deal, and officials on Sunday pledged to keep scaling back their commitments every 60 days unless Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia protected it from the punishing sanctions imposed by the US following its withdrawal.A day after US officials threatened Iran with further "sanctions and isolation", some of the pact's other parties hit out at Washington for escalating the crisis that has thrown into question the future of the accord, which offered Iran relief from sanctions in exchange for drastic limits on its nuclear programme.
China says US responsible for Iran’s decision to expand uranium enrichment
Intra-Afghan peace talks under way amid more Taliban attacks
Doha, Qatar - A high-profile meeting featuring Afghan leaders and Taliban representatives has begun in Qatar in a bid to end the 18-year Afghanistan war, even as the peace talks have been overshadowed by an explosion carried out by the armed group, killing at least 14 people.The two-day intra-Afghan meeting, sponsored by Qatar and Germany and the third of its kind conference this year after two such meetings in Moscow, got under way in Qatar's capital, Doha, on Sunday.While about 50 Afghan politicians, activists and journalists were discussing with the Taliban ways to find lasting peace in Afghanistan, the armed group attacked a government security compound in Ghazni city, nearly 150km from capital Kabul.
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