Tuesday, 10 September 2019

10 SEP NEWS: At UNHRC, Pakistan demands international probe into Kashmir situation; India rebuts Pak, says false allegations/ India rejects China-Pakistan joint statement on Kashmir, calls for status quo in PoK/100 days of Modi 2.0:Rs 12.5 lakh cr of investors’ wealth lost/ Police protecting culprits in Tabrez’s lynching case say counsel, family after murder charge dropped

10 SEPT. 2019: 10 MUHARRAM 1441: Vol: 12, No: 09
At UNHRC, Pakistan demands international probe  into Kashmir situation; India rebuts Pak, says false allegations
Pakistan today raked up the issue of J&K at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, asking it not to remain “indifferent” to the situation and demanded an international investigation by the rights body into the situation in Kashmir.“Today, I have knocked on the doors of the Human Rights Council, the repository of the world’s conscience on human rights, to seek justice and respect for the people of Kashmir,” Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said while addressing 42nd session of UNHRC.Qureshi asked the Council to urge India to immediately stop the use of pellet guns, lift the curfew, reverse the clampdown and communications blackout, restore fundamental freedoms and liberties, release political prisoners and fulfil obligations under the UNSC Resolutions and various human rights instruments, as required by international law. “We must not allow this august body to be embarrassed on the world stage. As a founding member of this Council, Pakistan feels morally and ethically bound to prevent this from occurring,” he said, adding that in order to do so the body should not remain indifferent to the situation that was unfolding. “We must act decisively and with conviction,” he said.indianexpress
‘False allegations’: India rebuts Pak over J&K
India addressed a UN meet today countering Pakistan's repeated claims of human rights violations in J&K. Saying that Pakistan is using a "fabricated narrative", India in a stern worded statement accused Pakistan  of making "false allegations."Indian delegation today is being led by Ajay Bisaria, High Commissioner expelled by Pakistan as part of a 5-point plan to downgrade ties with India, and Vijay Thakur Singh, Secretary East, who is addressing the gathering.NDTV
Pakistan warns of 'genocide' in Kashmir, sees no talks with India: Reuters
India rejects China-Pakistan joint statement on Kashmir, calls for status quo in PoK
A day after China and Pakistan said they opposed India’s “unilateral actions” in Kashmir and called for a dialogue, New Delhi today rejected the joint reference to Kashmir and protested against the “so-called China-Pakistan Economic Corridor” running through Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir.A statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs said: “We reject the reference to J&K in the Joint Statement issued by China and Pakistan. J&K is an integral part of India. On the other hand, India has consistently expressed concerns to both China and Pakistan on the projects in so-called ‘China Pakistan Economic Corridor’, which is in the territory of India that has been illegally occupied by Pakistan since 1947. India is resolutely opposed to any actions by other countries to change the status quo in Pakistan occupied J&K. We call on the parties concerned to cease such actions.” slamabad and Beijing issued a joint press statement during Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s 2-day visit to Pakistan. Two countries, said it was opposed to “unilateral actions” in Kashmir and called for a peaceful resolution on the issue.indianexpress
Tensions between India-Pakistan ‘less heated’ now, says Donald Trump with fresh offer to mediate
The relationship between India and Pakistan is “less heated” now than what was 2 weeks ago, US President Donald Trump has said, reiterating his offer to help the two South-Asian neighbours only if both of them want. The comments by Trump were his first and comes two weeks since his meeting with PM Narendra Modi on the sidelines of G7 summit in France on Aug.26. “India and Pakistan are having a conflict over Kashmir as you know. I think (it) is a little bit less heated right now than (what) was two weeks ago,” Trump told reporters at the White House.“I get along with both countries very well,” Trump said while responding to a question on his assessment of the situation between India and Pakistan. “I am willing to help them if they want. They know that. That (offer) is out there.”PTI
Electric shocks, beatings: Kashmiris allege abuse by India army: AP report
Kashmiris accused forces of resorting to violence and intimidation during night-time raids amid ongoing lockdown. Indian soldiers descended on Bashir Ahmed Dar's house in southern Kashmir on Aug.10, a few days after Govt in New Delhi stripped the disputed Himalayan region of its autonomy and launched a crackdown.Over next 48 hours, 50-year-old plumber said he was subjected to 2 separate rounds of beatings by soldiers. They demanded that he find his younger brother, who had joined rebels opposing India's presence in the Muslim majority region, and persuade him to surrender or else "face the music".In the second beating, at a military camp, Dar said he was struck with sticks by three soldiers until he was unconscious. He woke up at home, "unable to sit on my bruised and bloodied buttocks and aching back," he added.But it wasn't over. On Aug.14, soldiers returned to his house in the village of Heff Shirmal and destroyed his family's supply of rice and other foodstuffs by mixing it with fertilizer and kerosene. Dar's account of violence and intimidation by Indian soldiers was not unusual.In over 50 interviews, residents in a dozen villages in Kashmir told AP that the military had raided their homes since India's Govt imposed a security crackdown on Aug 5.They said the soldiers inflicted beatings and electric shocks, forced them to eat dirt or drink filthy water, poisoned their food supplies or killed livestock, and threatened to take away and marry their female relatives. Thousands of young men have been arrested.AP
Kashmiri Pandits doubtful of return to Valley, feel that abrogation of Art.370 will escalate divide
Sitting in his balcony at Jagti camp, Roshan Lal Kaul, says he is “unaffected” by the revocation of Article 370. His feeling is echoed by his neighbour, Bansi Lal Raina (name changed), who says: “We have been living in the migrant camps and our future lies here only. Nothing will change for us. Nothing has changed for us in last 30 years.”Sullied with unkempt hair and tattered shirt, Kaul says: “Will our return be possible after this? That is the real question and I am bit sceptical about that.”In fact, a section of Kashmiri Pandits (KPs) in the migrant camps, Jagti and Nagrota, feel that the abrogation of Article 370 would escalate the divide between Kashmiri Pandits and Muslims, as it was done in haste and without taking the people into confidence.Now that over a month has passed since the lockdown, the reality seems to be sinking in. Shadi Lal Pandita, who lives in Jagti says: “What Modi Govt did was gundagardi (hooliganism). He didn’t consult people – be it, Kashmiri Pandits, Dogras, Ladakhis or Muslims. Article 370 has not only affected Kashmiri Muslims, it has also affected Kashmiri Pandits. It has also affected our identity. The way I see, elections were round the corner in four states and BJP was losing its edge. So, this decision was taken to re-assert themselves.” Jagti camp is home to 5,000 Kashmiri Pandit families who migrated in the 1990s. The camp is 20 kms from Jammu city and is one of the largest migration settlements for KPs.Sounding cynical about the outcome of the decision taken by the Modi Govt, a Kashmiri Pandit, who was walking out of the only hospital in Jagti, says, “Modi Govt is saying that it will produce employment in Kashmir. I feel like laughing. There is unemployment in India, and the Centre is talking about generating employment in Kashmir. Leave everything else, let them at least improve this only hospital that we have,” adding “Everyone is afraid right now, No one will speak to you.”Disappointment was visible on the faces of many KPs who felt that abrogating Article 370 and downgrading the state was not the part of the solution. “If the Centre thinks that the abrogation will pave the way for the return of KPs, let’s be clear, it a is false (understanding). The divide between Pandits and Muslims has only increased after this. And our dream of returning to our homeland seems bleak now,” said Pandita. newsclick.in
Time for ‘prayaschit’ now: Subramanian on Kashmiri Muslims ‘grumbling’ about security measures
BJP MP Subramanian Swamy has slammed Kashmiri Muslims for questioning the security measures taken by the Govt in the Valley in the backdrop of the abrogation of Article 370. In a tweet, he questioned why the community was silent when atrocities were inflicted upon on lakhs of Kashmiri Pandits, Sikhs and Buddhists and their families “abducted, killed, and raped” and forced to leave the state.“Why are some Kashmiri Muslims grumbling about security measures? Did they grumble when Kashmiri Hindustanis (Pandits, Sikhs and Buddhists) of 5 lakhs were humiliated, raped and driven out ? Do prayaschit now,” he tweeted.financialexpress
Shehla gets protection from arrest in sedition case
New Delhi:A Delhi court has granted protection from arrest till Nov.5 to Sehla Rashid, former vice president of the JNU Students Union in a sedition case.Granting the relief on a petition by Ms. Rashid Additional Sessions Judge Pawan Kumar Jain said: " Considering all the facts, I am of the view that matter requires investigation in detail. Accordingly, accused shall not be arrested till Nov.5, however, she shall investigation as and when called by the investigating officer."The court then posted the matter for hearing on Nov.5.Earlier, when during the hearing the Judge asked the prosecutor whether the police had received any complaint from Army, he replied in the negative.thehindu
No Processions amid strict curbs: this time, Muharram in Kashmir is unlike any seen before
Srinagar: Alleys leading to the main road are manned by paramilitary and police personnel. Barricades have been placed at about every 500 meters,with coils of concertina wire spread across. At places, trucks of paramilitary troops and police are placed like a wall, barring not only movement of the people but the sight on other side. This is the view of Zadibal locality in the downtown Srinagar area. Shia-Muslims, who inhabit the majority population in the area, are observing Muharram just like the community across the world observes the martyrdom of Prophet Muhammad’s grandson. The area appears swathed with the ensigns of Muharram. But the roads and alleys, which used to be abuzz with thousands of believers—draped in black dresses—appear forsaken. The only sight apparent is the forces manning the barricades and not allowing cars, 2-wheeler and, at times, even people to pass through.This kind of restriction during Muharram, as per locals, has never been imposed before, even in the difficult times of 1990s or after that.“We are not being allowed to even fetch medicine and necessary commodities,” said 70-year old, Ghulam Hussain, a retired Govt officer. Hussain was born in this locality and grew up here but the restrictions imposed this time are “exceptional”. News18
J&K: Restrictions reimposed in several parts of Valley to stop Muharram processions
Schedule for J&K Block Development Councils polls to be announced in a day or two
New Delhi:The schedule for elections to 316 Block Development Councils (BDCs) in J&K will be announced in a day or two, with the polls to be completed before the State is formally declared a Union Territory on Oct.31. Senior sources in Union Home Ministry confirmed this development of taking the second step towards full devolution of rural and urban local bodies. After Dec.2018 panchayat polls in the State, both PM Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah had announced their intention to hold these polls. Sources said that all was in readiness for the conduct of the polls, including the preparation of electoral rolls etc.,as exercise was expected to follow Panchayat polls. But it was held up because of Lok Sabha election. Thehindu
Singer from Kashmir evicted from his House in Mumbai for being Kashmiri
Aadil Gurezi, a Kashmiri singer, who came back to his rented home after a month, came to know that he has been driven out of his house due to the ongoing crisis in the valley.However, After intervention of social activists and police officials, Gurezi was offered back his accommodation, but he is reluctant to return due to his bitter experience. Gurezi, a 24 year old has become an internet sensation for his singing. He is known for singing Kashmiri, Sufi and Hindi songs. Gurezi shifted to Mumbai around a year ago for better opportunities and had got rented accommodation at Lokhandwala in Andheri West.nationalheraldindia
100 days of Modi 2.0:Rs 12.5 lakh cr of investors’ wealth lost
In the first hundred days of 2nd  term of PM Modi’s Govt a total of ₹12.5 lakh of Investors' wealth has been wiped out from the market. Foreign portfolio investors have sold shares of ₹28,260.50 crore since the new Govt was formed hundred days ago, according to NDTV report.A day before Modi Govt came to power on May 30, the market capitalisation stood at ₹1,53,62,936.40 crore. But on Sept.9, after 100 days of the Modi Govt, the market value of companies listed on BSE was ₹ 1,41,15,316.39 crore.Since May 30, the Sensex went down by 5.96% or 2,357 points and the NSE Nifty 50 index has dropped 7.23 % or 858 points.According to analysts, weak corporate earnings, outflow of foreign funds and slowdown in economic growth have been some of the main reasons for the slide in the equity markets. NSDL data reveal that foreign portfolio investors have sold shares worth ₹28,260.50 crore since the second Modi Govt came to power. Foreign investors have been net sellers in the Indian markets. The pressure to sell increased after Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman introduced the super-rich tax on foreign investors in the first Budget of second NDA Govt, which was rolled back a month later.nationalheraldindia
Demonetisation initial trigger for current economic slowdown: Former Chief Statistician Dr Pronab Sen
New Delhi:India’s first Chief Statistician Dr. Pronab Sen, who is currently Programme Director of the International Growth Centre’s India Programme, believes that demonetisation was the “initial trigger” for the current economic slowdown. In this interview with HuffPost India, Dr. Sen said the “principal source” of the economic slowdown in India was the “liquidity crunch” that resulted from the controversial demonetisation exercise of 2016. The former Chief Statistician said the poor performance of the global economy is only a “contributory factor” to the current slowdown and not its cause. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman’s decision to merge India’s public sector banks, Dr. Sen said, was unlikely to fix the ailing economy, and neither is the much-discussed demand for a reduction in GST on automobiles solution for addressing current economic slowdown. huffingtonpost
Frauds continue to plague public sector banks, 2,480 cases of fraud registered in first quarter of FY20
A Right to Information activist from Neemuch of Malwa region in MP has claimed in response to his RTI query, the RBI has revealed that a total of 2,480 cases of fraud in public sector banks involving more than ₹31,800 crore have been registered in the first quarter of current financial year 2019-20, reported ANI."I had filed an RTI seeking details of the number of cases of fraud registered in public sector banks from April to June, besides the amount involved. I had also asked about the losses incurred in banking fraud cases," said Chandrashekhar Gaud."In its reply, RBI informed that during the first quarter of ongoing financial year (April 1 to June 30), a total of 2,480 cases of fraud in 18 public sector banks involving an amount of over ₹31,898.63 crore were registered," Gaud said.nationalheraldindia
Hike in traffic fines: Transporters miffed, threaten strike on Sep 19
In an attempt to coerce the Govt to rescind the recently amended Motor Vehicle Act, which hiked fines for traffic offences manifold, transporters including those of RSS-affiliated Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh have come together to demand redressal for their concerns. They have threatened to go on a strike on Sept.19.The members of 41 transport associations under the banner of UFTA submitted a memorandum of their demands at the office of the transport minister Nitin Gadkari.“He was not there, so we could not meet him. We were told that he is likely to be in Delhi on Sept.16. We will attempt to meet him on that day and then depending on the result of the meeting, we will take a decision on the strike,” said Harish Sabharwal, UFTA chairman.UFTA has stated that commercial vehicle operators are passing through a bad phase due to economic uncertainties,exorbitant taxation, rampant corruption by traffic police and RTOs and have questioned motive behind hiking the fines. nationalherald
Police protecting culprits in Tabrez’s lynching case  say counsel, family after murder charge dropped 
Ranchi After Jharkhand police dropped murder charges in Tabrez Anzari mob lynching case, his family and counsel on Tuesday alleged that the police are trying to protect those involved in his killing by weakening the case. In FIR filed in the case, police had invoked murder charges against 11 accused under IPC section 302 on a complaint by Tabrez’s Wife. But while filing chargesheet, they changed the murder charge into culpable homicide (304) not amounting to murder citing postmortem report on Tabrez’s death.The police claimed that the latest postmortem report shows that he died of cardiac arrest. Reacting to this change in charges, Tabrez’s uncle Moulana Masroor said, “I’m of the opinion that the administration is doing so to protect the culprits. There is nothing else. Otherwise, Section 302 should have been invoked instead of Section 304 which is invoked in minor cases. Here, he has been murdered in cold blood.”Altaf Hussain, counsel for Tabrez’s family in the case, also alleged that the police are protecting the culprits, the police officer and the doctor are involved in the case. He said he had filed a protest petition in the court against removal of the murder charge.The police were quoting doctor to justify their action, but he said the doctor himself is a culprit. A case of murder should also be lodged against doctor who has declared an unfit person as fit. Section 302 is being removed to “protect the doctor too”.Refuting the police claim, Masroor further said, “Blood was oozing from Tabrez’s mouth when he was being thrashed by the mob. His chest was hit by a heavy stick leading to heart attack and he succumbed soon after.” “Cardiac arrest was the result of the beating he received,” he concluded adding how else could such a young man suffer from cardiac arrest?” Caravan Daily
Police chargesheet drops murder charge against 11 accused in Tabrez killing
CBI moves court for summoning Kalyan Singh in Babri Masjid demolition case
Lucknow: CBI has moved a special court here trying the Babri masjid demolition conspiracy case involving former deputy PM LK Advani and other BJP stalwarts, for summoning former Rajasthan governor Kalyan Singh to stand trial in the case. CBI moved the court weeks after 87-year-old leader quit the governorship, a constitutional post which offered him immunity from the trial for conspiracy in the Babri Masjid demolition case. The court accepted CBI application after ascertaining from the agency that Singh, also a ex UP CM, is no longer holding any constitutional position.As the trial is being conducted on a day-to-day basis, CBI application may be taken up for adjudication on Sept. 11.The other BJP leaders, who are facing trial in Dec. 6, 1992 demolition case include Muli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti. All the accused in the case persons are on bail. PTI
1984 riots: SAD targets Kamal Nath, SIT opens case against Madhya Pradesh CM
MP CM Kamal Nath will face fresh inquiry in his alleged involvement in the 1984 riots against Sikh in the aftermath of Indira Gandhi assassination in New Delhi.A special investigation team, set up by Union Home Ministry, has decided to reopen 7 anti-Sikh riot cases, where the accused were either acquitted or the trial closed, according to official notification. The reopened cases include a case against MP CM. SIT is likely to consider fresh evidence against the veteran Congress leader.Akali Dal leader Manjinder S Sirsa said in a tweet, "notification issued by MHA upon my submission last year, Case number 601/84 to reopen & consider fresh Evidence against Kamal Nath. India Today
Unnao Case: Court Frames Charges Against Sengar's Associate for Murder of Survivor's Father
A Delhi court has framed charges against Sharadveer Singh, an “associate” of expelled BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, for allegedly implicating Unnao rape survivor’s father in a false case of possessing illegal firearms and murdering him while in judicial custody. The court had earlier framed charges against Sengar, his brother Atul Sengar, 3 ex UP Police personnel and 5 others in the case.Singh was arrested after CBI had filed a supplementary charge sheet naming him as an accused in the case.District Judge Dharmesh Sharma said prima facie grounds exist to frame charges against Singh for allegedly conspiring to frame the rape survivor’s father by planting arms, falsely implicating him by creating fake documents and murdering him while in judicial custody. The court said the role of the accused during the decisive moments is quite questionable.PTI
Assam’s Detention Centres Violate Both Indian and International Human Rights Laws: Legal Expert
New Delhi: “Assam’s detention centres violate not just Indian Constitution law related to right to life but also the international human rights laws which are also one of the bases of our Constitution,” says a legal expert who recently visited some detention centres in India’s northeast state of Assam.There are thousands of people in six detention centres in Assam. On Aug.31 this year, final list of NRC was released, excluding around 19 lakh people. It is feared that many of them could land in detention centres if they could not prove their bona fide citizenship of India before the state-run Foreigners’ Tribunals within next 4 months.In this backdrop, Dr Mohsin Alam Bhat, who teaches law at Jindal Global University’s Centre for Public Interest Law, talks about how detention centres have been violating both Indian and international laws. “Over the last many years, even before NRC process had started, many of the people were declared to be foreigners by Foreigners’ Tribunals set up by the state Govt. These Foreigners’ Tribunals sent many of these declared foreigners to the detention centres. There are 6 detention centres – all of them built within jail premises,” says Mr. Bhat who had assisted Special Monitor of NHRC Harsh Mander when he visited Assam to study these detention centres.Caravan News
Foreigners’ Tribunals accused of acting as law unto themselves
New Delhi: Expressing solidarity with the people of Assam, former Supreme Court judges severely criticised the functioning of foreigners’ tribunals (FTs) mandated to determine citizenship and detect illegal migrants. These FDs have, so far, declared more than 100,000 people foreigners. Of these, 63,959 were declared foreigner through ex-parte proceedings.Speaking as a jury member of a 2-day People’s Tribunal organised on NRC issue here,  the famed Supreme Court judge, Justice Madan B Lokur (retd), came down heavily on the FTs  saying they have been functioning in an “arbitrary” manner and do not have a set procedure.Caravan Daily
BJP prepares multi-pronged strategy for Assam after unfavourable NRC outcome
Having received an unfavourable outcome from NRC exercise in Assam, BJP is readying a fresh strategy. According to a report by ThePrint, BJP’s new strategy includes discrediting NRC exercise and bringing in a new re-verification law, wooing Hindu Bengalis with the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill and shifting the cut-off year to 1951.The saffron party, which was once a strong proponent of the exercise, has been criticising final NRC. BJP is also demanding reviewing of the register. Ahead of the publication of final NRC, Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal had said his Govt would explore legislative options to ensure there was no wrongful inclusion or exclusion.To discredit NRC,party is planning to enlist state leaders, national leaders RSS workers and influencers to question NRC, report suggests. According to it, BJP will try to drive home two points for Assam’s Hindu Bengalis -- the state Govt will bring in a bill to allow reverification and that the Centre will enact the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill which seeks to provide citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan. moneycontrol
JNUSU polls: Admin cries foul, issues notice to EC; bid to delegitimize poll process, says ex-prez Balaji
2 days after Election Committee has handed over final results of JNUSU polls to the administration in a sealed envelope, Grievance Redressal Cell (GRC) of the university – allegedly under the pressure from the administration - has issued a notice to EC, seeking reply for the “violations of the guidelines” recommended by the Lyngdoh Committee.The GRC blamed Election Committee - which is appointed by the students - for violating the constitution of JNUSU and guidelines laid down by the Supreme Court.Signed by the chairperson of GRC, Ashok Kadam, the notice has set September 11 as the deadline for the reply, stating “you (EC) are directed to submit your reply along with relevant documents in support of your defence”. Refuting charges levelled by GRC, caretaker president of the JNUSU, N Sai Balaji told NH that JNU administration has long been trying to “rig JNUSU election in a bid to favour ABVP.” Demanding “immediate withdrawal of notice and unconditional apology from the GRC,” Balaji accused RSS and BJP of influencing JNUSU poll. nationalherald
Elgaar Parishad case: Pune cops search Delhi University professor’s residence, seize books
Pune police todayconducted a search at the Noida residence of a Delhi University professor in connection with the ongoing probe into Elgaar Parishad case.Hany Babu (45) has not been arrested nor he has been named as an accused in the case, the police said. A team from Pune city police reached Babu’s house Tuesday morning and searched his house till afternoon. Police have seized some books from his house. ACP Shivaji Pawar, who is probing the case, confirmed that the search was conducted at Babu’s house.A police official said DU professor was neither arrested nor has been named as an accused in the case but his links with people accused till now are being presently investigated. The police said that Babu is associated with Committee for Release of Political Prisoners. Babu said that the police were looking specifically for literature. “It was clear to us that they were after literature and electronics. They checked each and every book on the bookshelf, whereas in cupboards etc they gave a cursory glance. The intention is to intimidate those who dissent or struggle for rights,” he said.indianexpress
‘Go to Pakistan’: BJP leader Hegde to IAS officer who quit services
New Delhi : Calling resignation of Karnataka IAS officer Sasikanth Senthil an “act of arrogance”, former union minister and BJP leader Anantkumar Hegde has asked the former to go to Pakistan.In a video message on Twitter, Hegde has lashed out at Senthil for criticising the central Govt and said there cannot be any “act of treason” bigger than an IAS officer questioning the decision taken by Centre and Parliament on a majority basis.“The first thing he should do is go to Pakistan along with those who support his move. This is quite an easy task and a permanent solution too. Instead of destroying the country, he should go there and continue his struggle against the country and Govt,” Hegde said.   In response to Hegde’s tweets, Senthil said the BJP leader’s statement itself exposed the BJP leader. “He (Hegde) is asking me to go to Pakistan. His statement itself exposes him. If he can ask me this question, then you can guess what will happen to the general masses tomorrow,” Senthil said.indianexpress
Amid resignations of IAS officers, another one says these are exciting times for country
Days after a IAS officer S Sasikanth Senthil resigned from his post reportedly citing that the 'fabric of the nation was challenged' which made it difficult for him to continue, another IAS officer has come on record and said that the service offers 'room for those who perform'. Ashu Agnihotri, officer of Assam cadre, took to Facebook and said that after almost 2 decades in service, he feels that 'these are exciting, defining times for the country'."I look back with great delight and satisfaction and look forward with greater zeal and commitment. I find the air free and fragrant. I see no room or reason for despair and darkness. I know that these are exciting, defining times for the country," Agnihotri wrote in Facebook.Times Now
‘Brahmins are held in high regard by virtue of birth’: Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla
Jaipur :Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said that Brahmins are held in high regard by birth because of their dedication, sacrifice and for guiding other communities. Speaking at a meeting of Akhil Brahmin Mahasabha in Kota on Sunday, Birla said, “Brahmin community always works towards guiding all other communities, and the community has always held a guiding role in this nation. It has always played a role in spreading education and values in the society. And even today if just one Brahmin family lives in a village or a hutment, then that Brahmin family always holds a high position due to its dedication and service…hence, Brahmins are held in high regard in society by the virtue of their birth.”Birla also tweeted his appreciation for the community and also posted a similar update on Facebook on Sunday. His Twitter statement was condemned by several users, some of them said that he should respect his position as the Speaker, which is held in high regard.Kavita Srivastava, Rajasthan president of PUCL condemned Birla’s statement and demanded that he withdraw his words, saying that, “to establish a community’s supremacy or declare one community over other communities is against Article 14 of the Constitution. This, in a way, demeans other castes and promotes casteism.” indianexpress
Objection to sale Flats to Muslims: Varsha Flats occupants move Gujarat HC
Ahmedabad: Residents of Varsha Flats in Paldi moved Gujarat high court against the decision of the special secretary, revenue department (SSRD), to hear the objections of two persons belonging to the Hindu Jagran Manch, against their appeal to have the property sale regularized under the Disturbed Areas Act. Apoorva Shastri and Jigar Upadhyay requested the SSRD to implead them in the hearing of appeals filed by the occupants of Varsha Flats. The appeals were filed against the district collector’s decision rejecting the demand to regularize the sale of flats by Hindus to the Muslim occupants, at Jankalyan Cooperative Housing Society Ltd, Paldi. SSRD granted Shastri and Upadhyay permission to join the hearing and object to the demand for regularization of sale of property. SSRD impleaded Shastri and Upadhyay in the hearing, considering them to be affected parties; their objections would make the picture clearer; and that they were party before the high court in a litigation pertaining to Varsha Flats. The due claimed before SSRD that they had received representations from 50 societies objecting to the sale of Varsha Flats to members of the Muslim community. The occupants of Varsha Flats objected to SSRD impleading the duo. HC was also requested not to permit SSRD to expeditiously hear matter regarding Shastri and Upadhyay’s objections. They cited numerous judgments by the high court saying that a third party’s objection cannot be considered in the sale of property under the Disturbed Areas Act once the seller voluntarily sells the property and gets a fair price for it. After hearing the matter, Justice AY Kogje issued notice to the state Govt, Shastri and Upadhyay and sought their replies by Sept.18. TOI
Allahabad: 9 held for damaging car trapped in Muharram
Allahabad:9 men were arrested for allegedly ransacking a car which was trapped in a Muharram procession between Arya Kanya crossing and Bargad Gali, under Mutthiganj police station, in Old City area. Following the incident, social media was flooded with communally sensitive posts and pictures spurring police action. While the police were able to weed out most of such pictures and messages circulating on social media, they also detained a youth for allegedly trying to give the incident a communal colour. The incident occurred late on Sunday night around 10 pm, but accused were arrested on Monday.According to police, Ravi Kumar, Saurabh Gupta and Ramesh Verma were travelling in a car from Ram Bhawan crossing to Transportnagar. Kumar, Gupta and Verma were residents of Mutthiganj, Khalasi Lane and Kothaparcha respectively. The car belonged to Ravi Kumar. The accused were identified as Mohd Saleem, Fahad Usman, Faizan, Mohd Irfan, Mohd Kaleem, Asad alias Nabi, Gulab Babu, Mohd Vakeel and Mohd Anas—all residents of Old City area.TOI
Police vehicle damaged, inspectors injured, in a communal clash in Andhra's Dhone
Kurnool:Mild tension prevailed at Hosur in Dhone mandal, when people belonging to a particular section of a community clashed with the police and damaged vehicles over denial of participation in a religious event late Sunday night. On the eve of Muharram, residents of Hosur organised Chinna Saragathi (a pit filled with fire embers) and people dance around it as a tradition. According to Dhone DSP V Narasimha Reddy, people of Hosur village had made all arrangements to celebrate Chinna Saragathi.In what is seen as an alleged case of discrimination, the people belonging to the SC community were asked not to participate in the ritual. A group of SC youth from the village took exception to the discrimination and the two groups had an argument over the same.newindianexpress
Minority institutions need not advertise vacancies for non-teaching staff, rules Madras high court
Chennai: Holding that minority educational institutions need not advertise vacancies for non-teaching staff and they can fill up the vacancies on their own, the Madras High Court has upheld the appointments made by one such institution in Coimbatore and directed the educational authorities to grant the approval and other requirements. Accepting the arguements of Nirmala College for Women, court observed that Rule 11(4)(ii) Tamil Nadu Private Colleges (Regulation) Act, 1976 and Rules, was in relation to the appointment of teaching staff by the college committee. But in case of non-teaching staff, the committee is not required to be constituted." newindianexpress
Goldman sachs V-P dupes colleagues in '10 minutes' to pay off poker debt, arrested in Bengaluru
Bengaluru police today arrested a senior executive of multinational financial services company Goldman Sachs on charges of fraud and misappropriation. The executive — a vice-president who was part of the forex and equity settlements part of the company — is being held for cheating and criminal breach of trust, after a police complaint was filed on Sunday. Ashwani Jhunjhunwala, vice-president in question, allegedly transferred 5.4 million dollars  from the company's account to a private account abroad. He was absconding since Monday but was arrested today.News18
Azamgarh: Journalist arrested for shooting video of kids mopping school floor, probe ordered
Azamgarh district magistrate on Monday ordered an investigation into the arrest of a journalist allegedly after he shot a video of some children mopping the floor of their school, PTI reported.The police arrested Santosh Jaiswal on Friday after he took pictures and videos of children cleaning the floor at Oodpur Primary School. He allegedly called up the police and complained against the school, but the police soon arrested both him and the school’s principal, Radhey Shyam Yadav.The arrest came just a week after the Uttar Pradesh Govt filed a first information report against journalist Pawan Jaiswal for his report on schoolchildren in Mirzapur eating chapatis and salt in their mid-day meal.scroll.in
Delhi 3rd highest ganja consuming city in world: study
Delhi 3rd highest ganja consuming city in the world: Delhi has claimed the third position in the list of cities with the highest consumption of weed. It seems like the city which is high on politics, power and money is now high on weed too. As per the latest studies, the national capital is the third-largest consumer of marijuana in the world as around 38.26 metric tonnes or you can say 32,860 kg weed is consumed. The study conducted by data-driven media campaign outlet, ABCD, known as the 2018 Cannabis Price Index has published some new data according to which unveils the number of grow shops and marijuana head in approximately 120 cities in the world. In the study, Delhi has its place in the Top 10 cities with the highest consumption of Cannabis. New York is at the first position in the list and Karachi  is on the second position. Mumbai has also made its place in the top 10 at the sixth position.newsx
Big tech firms had e-waste centres but only on paper, many addresses fake: Delhi probe
New Delhi :Retired civil service officer PK Seth has lived at his Lajpat Nagar home for 67 years. So he was naturally surprised when asked if an electronic waste collection centre had been running from the premises. The reason: in a list of e-waste collection centres sent to Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) by CPCB earlier this year, Seth’s house was listed as one such centre meant to collect e-waste from multinational technology firm Vivo.“I have been living here since 1952 and there is no way waste recycling or collection could happen here,” Seth, said. Indian Express has learnt that when DPCC inspected 43 out of a list of 80 centres sent to them by CPCB, at least 20 e-waste collection centres of multinational giants, including Samsung, HP, Canon and Vivo, were found either untraceable or non-existent.indianexpress
Trump says talks with Taliban are ‘dead’; Taliban vows to fight on
Taliban today vowed to continue fighting against US forces in Afghanistan after President Donald Trump said talks with insurgents were "dead", saying Washington would regret abandoning negotiations. "We had two ways to end occupation in Afghanistan, one was jihad and fighting, the other was talks and negotiations," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told AFP. "If Trump wants to stop talks, we will take the first way and they will soon regret it."Taliban's statement came hours after  Trump told reporters that the US was walking away from negotiations after nearly a year of talks that aimed to pave the way for an American withdrawal from Afghanistan following 18 years of war. "They are dead. As far as I am concerned, they are dead," Trump said at the White House.The announcement followed Trump's dramatic cancellation of a top-secret plan to fly Taliban leaders in for direct talks at the Camp David presidential facility outside Washington.Driving another nail into the coffin of what had appeared to be nearly finalised negotiations, Trump said a US military onslaught on the guerrillas was at its fiercest level in a decade."Over the last 4 days, we have been hitting our Enemy harder than at any time in the last 10 years!" he wrote in a tweet.AFP
Russian envoy slams Trump’s decision on Afghan
Russia's Special Envoy for Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov has said that US President Donald Trump's decision on negotiations with Taliban is a "negative signal", but Moscow expects talks will continue."This is certainly a negative signal, but at the same time we take note of remarks by Pompeo and representatives of the Taliban group. Despite the bellicose tone of these remarks, both sides note readiness to continue dialogue,"Kabulov said. "Since emotions are running high now, combat actions could escalate for some time, but we hope it won’t be long. We believe that in the final end this process will continue and will be successful,” he said. The envoy also noted that Russia and US would certainly hold contacts to discuss the situation in Afghanistan. tolonews
Ashraf Ghani calls for peace after US-Taliban talks cancelled: aljazeera
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has made a renewed call for peace after his US counterpart Donald Trump abruptly called off talks with Taliban as the group pledged to continue its fight against "foreign occupation".  President Ghani's move was a notable shift in the stance of the Afghan Govt, which, before Trump's decision, had said it had no conditions for entering talks with Taliban. "We are ready for peace talks but if the Taliban think they can scare us, look at these warriors," Ghani said, declaring that peace could not be unconditional as he repeated demands for a ceasefire that Taliban have so far refused. Ghani went as far to invite Taliban chief Maulvi Hibatullah to a video conference and urged him to "at least talk with people" instead of hiding.Taliban has repeatedly dismissed Ghani's Govt as a puppet of US with no real power.
Over 30 killed in mass stampede at Iraqi Shia shrine
At least 31 pilgrims were killed today in a stampede at a major shrine in the Iraqi city of Karbala as they were marking the holy day of Ashoura.Another 100 people were injured at the site, about 100km south of the capital Baghdad, said health ministry spokesman Saif al-Badr, stressing the casualty toll was not final.It was the deadliest stampede in recent history during Ashoura.The deadly rush began when part of a walkway collapsed during a procession causing mass panic among worshippers. Hundreds of thousands of Shia pilgrims swarm Karbala in Iraq every year to commemorate the death of Hussein, Prophet Mohammad's grandson.He was killed in the year 680 in what would become Karbala by the forces of the Caliph Yazid, a major event that helped solidify the divide between what would become Islam's Sunni and Shia branches.People in Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, and Lebanon marked the day with rallies, prayers and self-flagellation.aljazeera
Israel strikes Mobilisation Forces’ sites in Iraq
Popular Mobilisation Forces militia umbrella organisation has accused Israel of striking its sites in Al-Qaem Governorate in the west of Iraq, Arab48.com reported. PMF claimed that 2 Israeli drones had flown about 15km into Iraqi airspace and carried out strikes which killed one fighter and wounded another. “This attack was carried out under the cover of US jets in the region as well as a large observation balloon placed near the area attacked,” it pointed out. PMF claimed that this strike coincided with the start of 4th stage of the operation against terror groups in the west of the country. However, it insisted that such strikes do not undermine its intention and role in fighting terror and defending Iraqi territory.middleeastmonitor
Netanyahu accuses Iran of dismantling secret nuclear weapons site
Iran was clandestinely developing nuclear weapons but destroyed a secret site after Israel discovered it, PM Benjamin Netanyahu alleged on Monday.Iran quickly refuted the Israeli leader's accusation.Tehran had been developing atomic arms at a facility in Abadeh, south of Iranian city of Isfahan, said Netanyahu.It was the first time PM identified the site after publicly accusing Iran of trying to build a bomb last year while citing a trove of Iranian documents allegedly stolen by Israeli agents from an Iranian warehouse. UN nuclear watchdog told Iran there was no time to waste in answering its questions, which diplomats say include how traces of uranium were found at the facility that was not declared to the agency. aljazeera
UK parliament suspended after Johnson fails in snap election bid
Another day, another pair of parliamentary defeats for UK PM Boris Johnson.Johnson again tried and again failed, to call a snap general election in a vote that took place in the early hours of Tuesday morning, his sixth-straight defeat in five days of House of Commons business.To trigger an early election, the Govt needs 434 votes - two-thirds of all MPs in the 650-seat lower house of parliament - but only 293 backed the proposal. Expelling 21 Tory rebels last week after they supported legislation to stop a risky 'no-deal' Brexit, has left the PM without a parliamentary majority and unable to govern, as the deadline to leave the European Union looms. An election is expected, sooner or later.  aljazeera
Audio transcripts of Khashoggi's murder revealed
Turkish Daily Sabah newspaper has released transcripts of audio recordings of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the Saudi hit squad that killed him inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last year. The recordings, obtained by Turkey's national intelligence and made public by the newspaper on Monday, detailed the conversations between the Saudi writer and members of the 15-man hit squad moments before his assassination on Oct. 2, 2018. Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor who was living in the US, had gone to his country's consulate to collect documents for his planned wedding before he was killed and his body dismembered.aljazeera
Rohingya: Villages destroyed for Govt facilities
Entire Muslim Rohingya villages in Myanmar have been demolished and replaced by police barracks, Govt buildings and refugee relocation camps, the BBC has found.On a Govt tour, the BBC saw four locations where secure facilities have been built on what satellite images show were once Rohingya settlements.Officials denied building on top of the villages in Rakhine state.In 2017 more than 700,000 Rohingya fled Myanmar during a military operation.The UN has described it as "textbook ethnic cleansing".BBC
Pak Minister alleges India’s threat caused Sri Lankan players to drop out of tour
A day after 10 Sri Lankan players refused to travel to Pakistan citing security reasons, Pakistan minister Fawad Hussain alleged India had influenced their decision. He said that “informed sports commentators” had informed him Sri Lankan players were confronted by Indian authorities and were told they would be excluded from IPL if they went to play in Pakistan. Fawad tweeted: “Informed sports commentators told me that India threatened SL players that they’ll be ousted from IPL if they don’t refuse Pak visit, this is really cheap tactic, jingoism from sports to space is something we must condemn, really cheap on the part of Indian sports authorities.”indianexpress

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Partition: Hindus, however, have made an ulterior gain, though most of them are yet to realize that reality: Prafull Goradia, Ex MP
Slow, half-hearted, confused: How moderates’ response made liberal Islam lose battle:Hasan Suroor
Can General Bajwa do what General Musharraf could not? Establish relations with Israel:C. Raja Mohan
Rakbar: What investigations have revealed:Shruti Jain
Bank mergers may benefit banks, not customers:Nantoo Banerjee/IPA
India: Fear among Muslims over planned nationwide citizens list: Bilal Kuchay , aljazeera
Kashmir: China may pose bigger challenge than Pakistan:Prabhash K Dutta
Battle for rights should be fought outside India: Rajratna Ambedkar
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