26 September 2019

26 SEP. NEWS: Trump says he offered mediation on Kashmir issue, asked PM Modi, Imran Khan to ‘work it out’/ UK's opposition Labour Party’s Kashmir resolution calls for international intervention, UN led-referendum ; India slams/After 2 Days of Customer Panic, RBI Hikes PMC Bank Withdrawal Limit to Rs 10,000

26 Sept. 2019: 26 Muharram 1441: Vol: 12, No: 23
Trump says he offered mediation on Kashmir issue, asked PM Modi, Imran Khan to ‘work it out’
New York :In separate bilateral meetings with the PMs of India and Pakistan, US President Donald Trump offered mediation or arbitration on the Kashmir issue. President Trump, who met Narendra Modi and Imran Khan on the sidelines of UNGA session, told reporters in New York that he had “very productive conversations” with them and had asked them to “work it out”.“With respect to Pakistan and India, we talked about Kashmir. Whatever help I can be, I said, I offered, whether it’s arbitration or mediation or whatever it has to be,” Trump said, reported PTI. “You look at the two gentlemen heading those two countries, 2 good friends of mine. I said, fellows work it out, just work it out. Those are two nuclear countries, gotta work it out.” Trump, who has offered to mediate at least thrice in the recent past, added that he will “do whatever he can, because, they are at very serious odds right now and hopefully that will get better”. In response to US President’s comments, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said India was “not shying away from talks with Pakistan”, but would do so only after “concrete steps” by the country. “And we do not find any effort by Pakistan taking those steps,” he reportedly said. indianexpress
Trump says India, Pakistan are two nuke countries, asks Modi, Imran to settle Kashmir dispute
UK's opposition Labour Party’s Kashmir resolution calls for international intervention, UN led-referendum ; India slams
UK's Labour Party has passed a resolution that supported "international intervention in Kashmir and a call for UN led-referendum. "The motion was submitted by Blackburn, Dudley North, Keighley, Stockport and Wakefield constituency Labour parties. It condemns "the recent actions of the Govt of India to revoke Article 370 and 35A of the Indian constitution and the special status" granted to Kashmir."Crucially, it calls on Labour Party, Govt in waiting, to clearly and vocally support the Kashmiri people’s right to self-determination and for international observers to be sent to the region immediately. The resolution also calls for an intervention of the party at UNHRC," it further reads. The resolution states: "Accept that Kashmir is a disputed territory and the people of Kashmir should be given the right of self-determination in accordance with UN resolutions." "Labour party to stand with Kashmiri people....this is vital as we stand for social justice and ethical foreign policy. It notes that while the party conference is taking place in the UK, India and Pakistan are discussing the issue of Kashmir at the UN amid a major humanitarian crisis and several exchanges of fire across LoC.In an apparent reference to the revocation of Article 370, it condemns the house arrest and imprisonment of mainstream politicians and activists and restrictions on journalistic freedom, claiming that ongoing communications blackout continues to cause disruption for families. Meanwhile, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, "Govt has noted certain developments at Labour Party Conference, pertaining to J&K. We regret the uninformed and unfounded positions taken at this event." Jeremy Corbyn-led Labour Party which sits in the opposition, is in conflict with the official stance of the British Govt which considers the issue of Kashmir a bilateral matter and Article 370 an internal matter of India.indiatoday/PTI
OIC asks India to rescind its action in Kashmir
Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has asked India to “rescind” its actions in Kashmir and abide by the relevant UNSC resolutions following India’s decision to revoke J&K’s special status. The foreign ministers of OIC Contact Group on Kashmir discussed the Indian Govt’s decision to revoke Article 370 in J&K during a meeting on the sidelines of 74th session of UN General Assembly.In a draft communique that was released later, the group voiced concern over the human rights situation in Kashmir. They also discussed the communication restrictions put in place in Kashmir.The group demanded that India “rescind” its actions in Kashmir and reiterate its commitment to abide by relevant UNSC resolutions. It also said India should allow access to J&K to human rights organisations and international media to ascertain and report on the situation there.PTI
UNSC committee allows Hafiz Saeed to withdraw money for basic expenditure
An anti-terror committee of UNSC has approved Pakistan’s request to let Hafiz Saeed to use his bank account for meeting “basic expenses”.“Chair has the honour to refer to his draft letter to the Pakistan communicating the Committee’s decision with respect to the intention of the Pakistani authorities to authorise certain expenditures to  benefit of Hafiz Saeed, Haji Muhammad Ashraf, and Zafar Iqbal, to cover basic expenses as specified in note verbale of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan...” , said a note issued by 1267 Committee which deals with terror groups like ISIS, al-Qaeda and associated individuals, groups, undertakings and entities. The note also states that there were no objections from the committee members or any other UN members to the Pakistani request to let Hafiz Saeed access his bank account. It is significant that the note was issued even as the UNGA session is on where PM Narendra Modi is participating along with External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar.thehindu
Don’t repeat 1971, think of what may happen to PoK: Rajnath warns Pakistan
Jaipur :Reminding Islamabad of the breakup of Pakistan in 1971 and the creation of Bangladesh, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Wednesday warned Pakistan not to repeat “the mistake of 1971”. Addressing in Jaipur to mark 103rd birth anniversary of Jan Sangh ideologue Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya, Singh said, “Brothers and sisters, we will rather lose an election than deceive you, because we don’t do politics only to form Govt but to form the country. And by ending Articles 370 and 35A, we have shown that there is no difference between what BJP says and what it does.”He said Pakistan “cannot digest” India’s J&K move, but added, “trust me, it will be digested.” “And I have suggested this time and again, even to Pakistan, about (Indo-Pak wars of) 1965 and 1971– and in 1971, Pakistan was divided and Bangaldesh was created.I said don’t repeat the mistakes of 1971, else understand well what might happen to Pok,” Singh said, accusing Pakistan of trying to divide and destabilise India through terrorism.indian express
NSG proposes regional hub in Amritsar for N. India
Chandigarh: National Security Guard (NSG) — which has a pan-India mandate for counter-terrorist and counter-hijack operations — has come up with a proposal to raise a regional hub at Amritsar to “bolster reaction capability” in North India.The proposal, recently received by the Punjab Govt, states: “As on date, the NSG is well disposed to carry out assigned tasks through New Delhi-based units in conjunction with its regional hubs. However, prevalent security environment coupled with vast geographical spread of the country necessitated enhanced footprints of NSG to execute its assigned tasks. The raising of regional hubs post 26/11 Mumbai attack has provided a substantial fillip to the reaction capability of NSG in the peninsular Indian and eastern coast. A similar need is felt for an NSG hub in northern part of the country to bolster reaction capability.” “Khalistani movement, though largely contained, given the geostrategic situation and nefarious designs of our Western neighbour, may lead to a Terrorist Initiated Incident (TII) necessitating immediate response. Further, revered holy site of Golden Temple presents a lucrative target for anti-national elements to reap disproportional dividends from any terrorist incident on the premises,” reads the proposal. indianexpress
No need to worry on Pakistan use of drones to push arms: top Army officer
Hisar:Chief of South Western Command of Army, Lieutenant General Alok Singh Kler, has said that India does not need to be “very worried” about Pakistan using drones to push arms across the border, as drones being used at present have limited capability, and Indian forces are adept at tackling them.“I assure you that any military drone that is sent this side will be shot down using the capability of our Army and Air Force,” he said.indianexpress
2 lawyers held under PSA, J&K admin cites drastic ideology, Bar misuse
Srinagar :“Being a lawyer by profession, you have drastic ideology as you were looking after criminal cases which were sub-judice before various courts against separatists. The subject…has been misusing platform of Bar Association which is regarded with esteem as per the status given to it in the Constitutional system.” These are among the many charges cited to book the Valley’s two top lawyers, including president of J&K High Court Bar Association in Srinagar Miyan Abdul Qayoom, under Public Safety Act (PSA). Their families have filed habeas corpus petitions which are now being heard by J&K High Court. According to High Court Bar Association, 4 advocates have been arrested under PSA. Nazir Ahmad Ronga is in Central Jail Muradabad and Miyan Qayoom was sent to Central Jail Agra. Fayaz Ahmad Sodagar, Anantnag bar president and Abdul Salam Rather, Baramulla bar president, have also been arrested under PSA.The order for detention of 2 lawyers signed by DM, Srinagar, followed dossiers prepared by J&K Police.The order says Ronga “is affiliated with APHC (M) group, a secessionist organisation”. “Since you were inclined towards separatists’ ideology and readily accepted offer and joined Hurriyat (M). Being a lawyer by profession, you have drastic ideology as you were looking after criminal cases which were sub-judice before various courts against separatists,” the document said. Stating that Ronga was “very vocal against abolishing of Article 370 and 35 A of Constitution of India and also against bifurcation of erstwhile J&K state”, it added, “You have led many protests marches in this behalf and created problems in public order within District Srinagar…Your capacity can be gauged from this fact that you were able to convince your electorate to come out and vote in huge numbers during poll boycotts.” Indianexpress
Intensify anti-militancy operations in J&K, but ensure there is no collateral damage: NSA Doval
NSA Ajit Doval chaired a high-level meeting in Srinagar today during which he directed security officials to intensify anti-militancy operations, but ensure that there is no collateral damage to civilians in J&K, officials said.Doval, who was on a day-long visit to Srinagar and returned to New Delhi  on yesterday,held a series of meetings with security officials and bureaucrats during which he made it clear that common people should be able to exercise their daily routine without any fear from terrorist groups, they said.PTI
‘In solidarity with Kashmiri women’: Activists, academics from 30 countries issue statement
A group of 500 individuals and organisations of feminists, women’s rights and democracy activists, lawyers, academics, students, writers, and journalists from across the world have issued a statement in solidarity with the women of Kashmir. They have urged the Indian Govt to roll back its decision to restrict public movement and block communication networks in J&K. Their statement came a day before PM Narendra Modi addresses UN General Assembly. Some of well-known signatories are academics Nivedita Menon, Nandini Sundar, Kalpana Kannabiran, activist Meena Kandasamy, and organisations such as Urgent Action Fund, Global Fund For Women, and Our Bodies Ourselves. The statement was endorsed by individuals and organisations from 30 countries – from South Asian nations to US, Iran, Indonesia, Israel, Palestine and Uganda.The signatories pointed out that the civil and democratic rights of Kashmiris stood suspended, including their right to determine their future.scroll.in
Centre banks on J&K panchayats but sarpanchs are restive and wary
Srinagar:In Sept. last year, Abdul Rashid Dar was picked up by militants from his home at Pinglish Tral in Pulwama district. While a group beat him up, another filmed a video that went viral. In video, militants asked Dar to stay away from elections and asked him to force his son, a special police officer (SPO), to resign. A former sarpanch, he agreed and also apologised. 2 months later, Dar was the only sarpanch from his panchayat halqa (each panchayat halqa includes around 8-10 wards) to contest the elections held in J&K after a gap of three years. But there was no contest, he was elected unopposed.For 9 months, Dar has been staying put at a hotel in uptown Srinagar that is home also to some 180 panch and sarpanch from different parts of valley – Sopore, Baramulla, Kupwara, Budgam and Pulwama.Now that Govt has issued notification for BDC polls in the state – for the first time in its history – Dar calls it a “farce”.“I am a single elected sarpanch in my panchayat and Govt is yet to notify my name,” he says. “I have put my life on line by defying militant threats. How would they conduct BDC elections when most panch and sarpanch seats are vacant? Why don’t they conduct by-polls for panchayats first?”Even as Centre and the state Govts showcased the panchayat poll as one of their major accomplishments in J&K, there has been little forward movement in the past 9 months to strengthen Panchayati Raj Institutions.indianexpress  
Muslim group calls for easing restrictions in J&K
A group of Muslim intellectuals has called for easing of restrictions in J&K, while asserting that the state is an integral part of India and national interest is paramount. India First, a group of Muslim intellectuals, also issued a release, saying that as members of civil society, they are concerned at the current human sufferings, particularly in Kashmir valley.The group said the reorganisation of state following the abrogation of provisions of Article 370 has raised apprehensions "in a section of the society". The India First Group said the statement has been endorsed by 37 Muslim intellectuals such as India First convenor Khwaja Iftikhar Ahmed, Lt Gen Zameeruddin Shah (retd), ex president Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed's son Dr Pervez Ahmed and Maulana Azad Urdu University Chancellor Firoz Bakht."We decided that we should speak out in national interest and windows should be opened... We have raised humanitarian issues that people should get food, they should be able to earn a living, they should be able to have access to medical facilities," Khwaja Iftikhar Ahmed said.PTI
After 2 Days of Customer Panic, RBI Hikes PMC Bank Withdrawal Limit to Rs 10,000
Customers of Punjab and Maharashtra Cooperative Bank (PMC) will now be able to withdraw up to Rs 10,000 from the total balance held in their savings, current or any other deposit account with the lender.A late Thursday afternoon notification from RBI announced the same, noting that the relaxation has been granted “with a view to reducing the hardship of the depositors”. With the new rules, RBI has noted, more than 60% of the PMC Bank’s depositors will be able to withdraw their entire account balance.The banking regulator had two days ago placed PMC Bank under severe restrictions over various financial irregularities, saying cash withdrawals of only Rs 1,000 could be made. The move caused widespread panic amongst the lender’s customers, leading to protests by angry depositors across bank’s branches in Mumbai.Breaking its silence today, RBI noted that the strictures it placed on PMC Bank were justified due to “major financial irregularities, failure of internal control and systems of the bank and wrong/under-reporting of its exposures under various off-site surveillance reports”.thewire
Despite economic crunch, wealth of MPs, MLAs swells: ADR
Average wealth of an MLA in India has swollen more than ten times from USD 1.3 million in the year 2015 to a ₹13.6 million in 2018, founder of Association for Democratic Reforms said, Prof Jagdeep Chhokar said in New Delhi .Professor Chhokar said that for an Indian MP, the average wealth in the year 2004 had stood at USD 280,639. However, the figure has grown to USD 2.9 million in the year 2019. Chhokar was replying to a query on the wealth of MPs and MLAs in India at a time when the country is going through a tough economic situation at a function held to commemorate 20 years of ADR, a non-Govtal organisation that works in the field of electoral and political reforms in the country.The function was held at the Foreign Correspondents Club of South Asia. As per ADR figures, the total wealth of all MPs in India stood at USD 144 million in the year 2004 and has now increased to USD 1.57 billion. Similarly, the combined wealth of all MLAs in the country that stood at USD 164.6 million in the year 2015 has now increased to USD 2.13 billion.IANS

Babri Masjid title hearing: Conclude arguments by Oct.18, there won’t be an extra day, says SC
New Delhi :The Supreme Court today asked parties in the Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute case to complete their arguments by Oct.18, adding that they won’t be given an extra day. Today is the 32nd day of hearing in the case. CJI Ranjan Gogoi, who is heading a 5-judge bench, said, “If arguments can’t get over by Oct.18, there won’t be an extra day.” The bench also comprises Justices SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan, and S Abdul Nazeer.Gogoi also pointed out that the bench will only have 4 weeks to write and deliver the judgment once arguments conclude. “It will be miraculous if the SC can write judgment in the remaining time given the amount of materials parties have given,” he said. In response, the parties said they will try to abide by the timeline. On Wednesday, senior advocate Meenakshi Arora, appearing for Muslim parties, had questioned the authorship of Archeological Survey of India’s report — ASI had excavated the disputed site on Allahabad High Court’s orders. To this, the bench had said the mosque side should have questioned this during the trial, and not now during appeal. Arora also disputed ASI findings on pillar bases and other evidence recovered after digging the site, which the court again said should have been put to the experts during trial.However, Senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, who is also representing the Muslim parties, today said, “Yesterday’s argument was futile. Authorship can’t be questioned. Authenticity not in doubt.”indianexpress
Ramkot Fort Is The Possible Birthplace Of Lord Ram: Zafaryab Jilani Cites A 1862 Report
Will defer bypolls to 15 Karnataka Assembly seats: Election Commission to SC
New Delhi :Election Commission Thursday informed the Supreme Court that it will defer the forthcoming bypolls for 15 assembly constituencies in Karnataka, PTI reported.The poll watchdog’s statement came after a three-judge bench headed by Justice NV Ramana said it would decide on the plea of 17 disqualified Karnataka MLAs challenging the decision of then-Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar, who had refused to accept their resignations and had instead disqualified them.Soon after the bench said that it would hear the matter completely and decide it, senior advocate Rakesh Dwivedi, appearing for the poll panel, said: “Then I will ask Election Commission to defer it (bypolls for 15 Assembly seats in Karnataka) for sometime”.The court said it would continue hearing arguments in Karnataka MLAs disqualification matter on Oct 22.indianexpress
Social media platforms to follow ‘code of ethics’ in all future elections: EC
 Social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp have agreed to follow the “voluntary code of ethics” in all future elections, including the upcoming Maharashtra and Haryana assembly polls, Election Commission said today.The code, which was derived to act against paid advertisements that violate norms set by the Election Commission, came into force on March 20 in the last Lok Sabha polls.According to the code, no political campaign will be allowed to be run on social media platforms in the last 48 hours before polling ends. This period is referred to as “silence period” to allow voters take a considered decision without the heat and dust of campaign on whom to vote.PTI
Supreme Court: Right of minority institutions not absolute, amenable to rules
The Supreme Court has ruled that “the right of minority institutions is not absolute, and is amenable to regulation”.“The protection granted to minority educational institutions to admit students of their choice is subject to reasonable restrictions,” said a bench of Justices Indu Malhotra and Sanjiv Khanna, upholding rules framed by AP Govt making SSC/Transfer Certificate the basis for a candidate’s claim of minority status for admission to BEd courses and requiring minority institutions to allot vacant seats under management quota to non-minority students on merit. The petitioners claimed the rules were violative of rights of minority educational institutions under Article 30(1) of the Constitution.The SC, however, said “the criteria has been prescribed only for the purpose of determining the minority status of the candidates for admission to B.Ed Course. This would not amount to a restriction, or impose any fetters in the matter of an individual’s choice of religion”. The court said this “does not, in any manner, interfere with the right of a Minority Educational Institution to manage its affairs for benefit of Minority Community”. indian express
Kerala Christian factions infighting: Chaotic scenes engulf Piravom church as police arrest Jacobite priests, protesters
Kochi :The premises of St Mary’s Church in Piravom in Ernakulam district of Kerala witnessed chaotic and emotional scenes Thursday afternoon as the police arrested senior priests and laity of the Jacobite faction of the Malankara Syrian Christian Church in a bid to evacuate them from the area.The arrests came after the Kerala High Court came down hard on the Jacobite faction for locking the church gates and disallowing members and priests of the rival Orthodox faction to offer prayers. Both Jacobite and Orthodox factions, with a rivalry stretching back to a century, have claimed ownership of the cathedral in Piravom.The police and the district administration, under pressure from the High Court to evacuate the protesters belonging to Jacobite faction and bring normalcy to the area, had to resort to using cutters to open the church gates as the protesters resisted their moves. After the gates were opened, the priests and laity sat down on the ground, vowing not to leave the premises. Finally, after District Collector S Suhas intervened and held conciliatory talks with the church leadership, the Metropolitans agreed to court arrest and asked the laity to do the same.“Police and the district administration may have their sympathies for us, but their hands are tied. They want us to leave and court arrest. So we have agreed to do the same,”a Metropolitan told the protesters. indianexpress
NCM vice-chairman George Kurian: ‘Love jihad on in Kerala, conversion into terror, not Islam’
New Delhi:In what could redraw the fault lines in Kerala’s bipolar politics,National Commission for Minorities (NCM) vice-chairman George Kurian has alleged that there are many cases of organised conversion of Christian women not into Islam but Islamic terrorism. In some cases, he maintained, they were “used as courier for terror activities”. “Love jihad is on, and it has been continuing in the state for a while. Here conversion is not into Islam, but into terrorism. Even Muslim community is objecting to it,” Kurian, who has written to Home Minister Amit Shah seeking a probe by NIA and to bring in a law to curb such conversions, said on Wednesday. In his letter to Shah, Kurian has cited the case of a Malayali Christian woman from Delhi who was abducted to a West Asian country. He stated that her parents have expressed fear that she could have been misled or cheated of brainwashed or abducted and led astray with very “nefarious designs” such as joining an outfit such as IS or being used as a slave. On Wednesday, Kurian said the Ministry of External Affairs has got in touch with her family to take up the matter.indian express
Vulnerability mapping helps UP Police check inter-faith incidents
Noida :In a first, the UP Police is conducting “communal vulnerability mapping” to keep a check on inter-faith incidents during festivals, and this has helped to bring down the number of communal incidents in the state.In 2014, there were 69 communal incidents during Muharram — when processions are carried out by the Muslim community. This Muharram, 13,261 processions were carried out, but the number of communal incidents came down to six, largely due to communal vulnerability mapping and its implementation, police said.According to UP Police, data collated through feedback from thousands of stakeholders, including policemen, digital volunteers and citizens across the state serve as a reference point for identifying spots of possible communal incidents.“For the last three months, we have been taking several steps in order to keep a check on communal incidents that take place during this (Muharram) period. We conducted a three-tier analysis of the (communal) incidents in the last 6 years in order to identify their pattern and locations. We carried out communal vulnerability mapping to develop a deployment plan. The use of social media monitoring in this process has been unprecedented,” said DGP (UP) OP Singh. indianexpress
Yogi Adityanath announces rs 6,000 annual aid for Triple Talaq victims
 UP CM Yogi Adityanath has announced an annual assistance of Rs 6,000 to victims of triple talaq till their rehabilitation and said that they will also get free legal aid from the state Govt. CM, under Pradhan Mantri Jan Vikas Karyakram (PMJVK) here, interacted with the women who faced divorce through outlawed practice of instant triple talaq. He said such women should be given rights over waqf properties and also called for several welfare measures that should be undertaken for their rehabilitation.Around 300 women from across the state attended the event.“Educated women should be absorbed in Govt jobs as per their qualifications while arrangements should also be made for providing them shelter and education under various schemes. These women should be covered under the Ayushman Bharat Yojana or under CM Arogya Scheme,” he said.PTI
Chinmayanand case: There’s no proof against her, says father, this is just pressure to drop case
Lucknow :Asserting that his daughter was arrested to put pressure on her and her family to stop pursuing the case, the father of the 23-year-old law student who has accused BJP leader Swami Chinmayanand of sexual assault said Wednesday that police had little evidence against her and alleged that police were trying to “save” Chinmayanand. Her father said: “SIT today arrested my daughter on false allegations. There is no evidence against her and SIT booked her on false charges showing that she was with those 3 youths (arrested in the extortion case). It is all false. My daughter has nothing to do with this. In her statement, my daughter never confessed to any crime and SIT has been spreading lies in the media.”indianexpress
‘This is BJP’s justice?’ Priyanka Gandhi  slams UP CM after Shahjahanpur student’s arrest
Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra Thursday came down heavily on the Yogi Adityanath-led Govt in UP for not delivering justice when it came to punishing BJP leaders accused of crimes against woman.Making her point with a couple of tweets, the Congress leader drew comparisons between the Unnao rape case and Shahjahanpur rape case.She wrote: “Unnao rape case: Victim’s father is killed. Victim’s uncle is arrested. Following massive public pressure, 13 months after the incident, the accused MLA was arrested. Attempt to kill the victim’s family. Shahjahanpur rape case: Victim arrested. Victim’s family being pressured.”indianexpress
Robert Vadra’s custodial interrogation required: ED to Delhi HC
Enforcement Directorate (ED) today sought custodial interrogation of businessman Robert Vadra in connection with a money laundering case, claiming the “money chain” directly leads to him. The probe agency also informed Delhi High Court that Vadra was not cooperating with the investigation in the case. The court was hearing ED’s plea challenging the anticipatory bail granted to Vadra by a trial court Vadra, who is Congress chief Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law, is facing probe in connection with allegations of money laundering in the purchase of a London-based property worth 1.9 million pounds.indianexpress
CBI officer who led probe in Rakesh Asthana case seeks voluntary retirement
New Delhi :The investigating officer (IO) in alleged corruption case against ex CBI special director Rakesh Asthana has sought voluntary retirement from service.In a letter dated August 19, SP(CBI) Satish Dagar made the request for voluntary retirement under Rule 48 of Central Civil Services pension Rules 1972 with effect from Dec.1, 2019. Under the rule, officers seeking voluntary retirement must serve the minimum notice period of three months.While Dagar did not respond to queries on why he has sought voluntary retirement and if his request has been accepted, the timing of his move has raised eyebrows within the agency. On May 31, Delhi High Court granted CBI four months to complete its investigation in the Asthana matter.indianexpress
Gujarat HC refuses to suspend Sanjiv Bhatt’s sentence in 1990 custodial death case
Gujarat High Court has  rejected applications of ex IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt and another retired police officer Pravinsinh Zala, seeking suspension of their sentence in a 1990 custodial death case. A Jamnagar sessions court sentenced the two to life imprisonment under charges of murder (IPC Section 302), in June this year. A division bench headed by Justice Bela Trivedi informed that they are “not inclined” to the prayer of their applications. A reasoned order was dictated for the court’s rejection, leaving 2 with just the option of approaching the Supreme Court. The Jamnagar court also convicted 5 other policemen in the case that dates back to Oct.30, 1990. Bhatt, then additional superintendent of police of Jamnagar district, and other police officers arrested 133 persons from Jamjodhpur town for allegedly indulging in rioting during a nationwide bandh by BJP and VHP. The bandh call was in protest against BJP president LK Advani’s arrest during his rath yatra. Prabhudas (40) and his youngest brother Rameshcha-ndra were among the arrested who were booked under TADA. They were sent to Jamnagar jail following day after being remanded in judicial custody and were released on bail on Nov 8, 1990.  The brothers were admitted to hospital following renal problems and old Prabhudas died on November 18, 1990. The Jamnagar court convicted Bhatt on the basis of evidence that said renal failure and cardiac arrest were caused as a result of internal injuries sustained due to “police torture”. Bhatt and Zala moved the Gujarat HC against their conviction and sought suspension of their sentence. On Wednesday, Bhatt’s lawyer, senior advocate BB Naik said in the court that there was no medical evidence connecting the death to injury. Naik said, “The trial was vitiated and the court failed in its duty to find out the truth.” indianexpress
CBI arrests IPS officer in Narada sting, first such arrest in scam
Kolkata:A senior IPS officer, S M H Mirza was arrested on Thursday in connection with the Narada scam. Mirza was brought to a special CBI court in Kolkata on Thursday after medical test.This is the first arrest after the 2016 Narada sting operation which purportedly showed about a dozen important leaders of ruling Trinamool Congress, besides Mirza, accepting cash from a representative of a fictitious company. Mirza was then posted as superintendent of Burdwan police.HT
Critics of Modi Govt dropped from PM Economic Advisory Council
Modi Govt dropped Rathin Roy and Shamika Ravi from the Economic Advisory Council (EAC) to PM without citing a reason.Both Roy and Shamika Ravi from EAC-PM, an independent body which advises the Govt, especially the PM, on the economy and related issues have been increasingly critical of the Modi Govt’s policies.Roy, who is the director of National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP) and a Business Standard columnist, had spoken of a ‘silent fiscal crisis’, pointing out the stark difference between the 2018-19 revised tax revenue estimates and provisional actuals, The Wire reported.nationalheraldindia
BJP's Khadse Joins Opposition in Expressing Doubts Over Case Against Sharad Pawar
Mumbai: It is not just the opposition which has termed the ED decision to file a case against NCP chief Sharad Pawar “political vendetta”. A senior BJP leader has also raised questions about the former CM’s inclusion in the alleged Rs 25,000 Maharashtra State Co-operative Bank (MSCB) scam case. BJP’s Eknath Khadse claimed that Pawar’s name was not in the initial investigation that was conducted when he was the leader of opposition between Nov.2009 and Oct.r 2014. Pawar was the state’s minister of agriculture then.On Sept.24, the ED filed a money laundering case against Sharad Pawar in MSCB scam case, in which his nephew and several other stakeholders of the bank are already named as accused.A day later, on Sept.25, Khadse spoke to the media and expressed his “surprise” over ED’s move. Khadse was quoted as saying, “I had followed up the MSCB corruption case when I was the leader of opposition in the state legislative assembly. I have raised [my] voice several times but I can state that Sharad Pawar’s name was nowhere in the entire case”. He added, “I wonder how his name got involved now in the case.” Khadse, a disgruntled BJP leader, was also accused of corruption.thewire
Key accused in Bulandshahr riot case gets bail
Noida :The main accused in Bulandshahr riot case, Yogesh Raj, was granted bail by the Allahabad High Court on Wednesday.“An official copy by the Allahabad High Court will be sent for verification. The process can take up to three-four days after which the jail authorities will release him. We had been pleading his innocence since the beginning, and we respect the decision of the honourable court,” said Yogesh Raj’s lawyer. Yogesh Raj was granted bail in the sedition case on Wednesday and had earlier been given bail in the rioting and conspiracy case. A SIT had filed a chargesheet against 38 accused in connection with the riot. 33 of them, including Yogesh Raj, were charged with rioting and violence, and the rest with the murder. indianexpress
2 men convicted for being SIMI members
Mumbai:A court has convicted 2 men, including a convict in the Mumbai train blasts case, for being members of the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI). Nafis Ansari and Ali Alam Shaikh were found guilty under UAPA.Judge D E Kothalikar sentenced Ansari to a simple imprisonment for three months, which he has already served as an undertrial.Shaikh was not awarded any jail term as he is already sentenced for the same offence (being member of an unlawful organisation) in the 2006 train blasts case, the judge said.PTI
Muslim League Protests Against Kashmir Lockdown, NRC, Mob-lynching, Illegal Detentions
New Delhi:IUML has organised a National Protest against the mob-lynching, communalisation of the NRC, lock-down in Kashmir and illegal detentions and to highlight the wrong doings of Modi Govt.The protesters also condemned the imprisonment of former IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt. Bhatt was known for his role in filling an affidavit in the Supreme Court against the then CM of Gujarat, Narendra Modi concerning his alleged role in the 2002 Gujarat riots.The National Protest held at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi was attended by Lok Sabha MP ET Mohammed Basheer, Sanjiv Bhatt’s wife Shweta Bhatt and Tabrez Ansari’s wife Shaista.Caravan Daily
AP: Tribal Man Accused of Witchcraft, Burnt Alive
Visakhapatnam: A 55-year-old tribal man was allegedly beaten and burnt alive by a group of people suspecting him to be involved in witchcraft in a village in the district, police said.The assailants held Killo Jayaram, a farmer of Puttabandha village, responsible for the recent death of a girl and a 10-year old girl falling sick.Jayaram was mercilessly beaten up, doused in petrol and set on fire on Tuesday evening, allegedly by the relatives of the girl who has fallen sick, police said adding his family members were also assaulted.The incident came to light on Wednesday evening after the family members of the victim lodged a police complaint.PTI
MP "honey-trap'': Politicians, bureaucrats being probed  over 1,000 sex clips
Bhopal: A dozen top bureaucrats and 8 former ministers of MP are being investigated in a high profile extortion racket in which over 1,000 clips of sex chats, explicit videos and audios have been found from computers and mobile phones. What is making headlines as "honey-trap" scandal targeted mainly politicians and bureaucrats and involved five women who used sex workers and young college girls, the police say. Over 200 mobile phone contacts uncovered in raids suggest the scam may not have been limited to MP. "More than 10 senior officers are being investigated for quid pro quo benefits to the accused," said Sanjeev Shami, who is heading a SIT inquiring into the scandal. The politicians caught on camera were allegedly from both BJP and Congress. 5 women were arrested on Wednesday. The police named them as Shweta Jain,  Barkha Soni, Arti Dayal. Arti Dayal's driver was also arrested. Barkha Soni is wife of ex Congress IT cell official Amit Soni. Shweta Jain, who runs a local NGO and rents the house of a BJP MLA, Brijendra Pratap Singh, allegedly ran operation. Sources say in addition to her links to politicians in the state, she was close to an influential political leader in Marathwada region of Maharashtra. She is believed to have met this leader through an ex-MP minister.In her interrogation, Shweta Jain has allegedly said at least 2 dozen college students, mostly from lower middle class families, were used to seduce top officials and politicians. ndtv
MP  honey-trap scandal shows systemic rot, top bureaucrats blackmailed for extortion sex by gang
National Register of Citizens across India between April and Sept, 2020
(MHA has already set in motion the process of preparation and updating of Population Register from April 1, 2020 to Sept.30, 2020 throughout the country except Assam where the process was already underway and which is in advanced stages of completion. Thus, from next year there will be house to house enumeration for collection of information relating to all persons who are usually residing within the jurisdiction of Local Registrar.Accordingly, Registrar General of Citizen Registration will accomplish job of National Population Register (NPR). Simultaneously, MHA is learnt to have asked states and Union Territories to set up more and more detention camps (equivalent to Hitler’s concentration camps) on the pattern of such camps in Assam based on findings of NRC to be prepared on platform of NPR to accommodate illegal immigrants or intruders in such detention camps for their deportation to the countries of their origin or as by law authorised.nationalheraldindia
Even Before NRC, Mumbai's Bengali-Speaking Muslims Spent Years Trying to Prove Citizenship
Mumbai:Noorjahan Mandal (name changed), a 33-year-old domestic worker from Mumbai’s Reay Road area, sits listlessly among the crowd, clutching a huge pile of documents that she has meticulously assembled over the past 9 years to help her prove her nationality.A matted ration card issued in early 2000 shows that she has been living in Mumbai for close to 2 decades. Her school-leaving certificate claims she has studied till Class Seven in a district-run school in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas. Her laminated Aadhaar card too declares her a Mumbai resident.While her documents establish that she is a Bengali-speaking Muslim from a border town in West Bengal, living in Mumbai for close to 2 decades, they are not good enough a marker to determine her Indian nationality. In 2011, the special branch of Mumbai police had, on a “tip-off”, arrested Mandal while she was on her way to work as a domestic worker in a gated society in Wadala.Mandal says she was turned in by a woman whose house she had been working in for a month. “The house owner refused to pay my monthly due. When I told her that I would take it up with the domestic workers’ association, she felt challenged. The very next day, I was detained by the police,” Mandal recalls.She had to spend over 4 months in the Byculla women’s prison before her neighbours and a few friends raised Rs 15,000 for her bail. Mandal’s childhood friend, Sarita*, who was with her at the time of the arrest, was also detained, only to be soon released. “Sarita and I went to the same school, came to Mumbai around the same time. Our lives are almost identical besides the fact that she is a Hindu and I am a Muslim,” Mandal says.Mandal’s is not a unique struggle. Her dilemma resonates with the several hundred Bengali-speaking Muslims living in Mumbai. The stretch between Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and Wadala, which is also knows as “harbour railway route”, has metamorphosed into contiguous, larger settlements for Bengali-origin Muslim migrants who have moved to Mumbai for work.Mumbai’s process of screening and segregating Bengali-speaking Muslims has been an old one, much before the frenzy around NRC was triggered in Assam. Using a network of informers who then act like they are helping the families, police allegedly targets Bengali-speaking Muslims. thewire
Pune rains: 17 dead, over 16,000 rescued, more showers expected in next 48 hours
 At least 17 people have lost their lives in separate incidents in Pune after heavy rains battered the Maharashtra information technology hub on Wednesday night. NDRF and state disaster management teams have rescued over 16,00 from different parts of the city so far. Although rains have stopped, several low-lying areas continue to be inundated. Pune is likely to receive fresh spell of rains in the coming days with next 48 hours being tagged as extremely crucial. financialexpress
Khashoggi murder 'happened under my watch', MBS tells PBS documentary
Saudi Arabia's crown prince said he bears responsibility for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi last year by Saudi operatives "because it happened under my watch," according to a PBS documentary to be broadcast next week.Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), the kingdom's de facto ruler, has not spoken publicly about the killing inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. CIA and some Western Govts have said he ordered it, but Saudi officials say he had no role.The death sparked a global uproar, tarnishing the crown prince's image and imperilling ambitious plans to diversify the economy of the world's top oil exporter and open up Saudi's society. He has not since visited US or Europe."It happened under my watch. I get all the responsibility, because it happened under my watch," he told PBS' Martin Smith, according to a preview of the documentary, Crown Prince, set to air on Oct.1, ahead of the one-year anniversary of Khashoggi's death. After initial denials, the official Saudi narrative blamed the murder on rogue operatives.  Saud al-Qahtani, a former top royal adviser whom Reuters reported gave orders over Skype to the killers, briefed the hit team on Khashoggi's activities before the operation, the prosecutor said.Asked how the killing could happen without him knowing about it, Smith quotes MBS as saying: "We have 20 million people. We have three million Govt employees."aljazeera
Whistleblower alleges Donald Trump sought Ukraine meddling in 2020 elections
A report by a US whistleblower released today alleged that President Donald Trump used his office to solicit Ukraine’s interference in the 2020 election, risking US national security.The report was made public shortly before scheduled start of a House of Representatives Intelligence Committee hearing at which acting Director of National Intelligence, Joseph Maguire, is to testify after refusing for weeks to share report with Congress. It was declassified and released by committee after weeks of controversy over the matter, which helped lead House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to launch a formal impeachment inquiry into the Republican President.Reuters
1,909 detained in Egypt as crackdown continues
The number of arrests in Egypt has hit 1,909, according to figures documented by the Cairo-based NGO the Egyptian Centre for Economic and Social Rights.Since the 20 September protests began in Egypt security services have been rounding up journalists, lawyers and politicians in a bid to quash further demonstrations. Yesterday security officials confirmed that they had arrested two political science professors, Hassan Nafaa and Hazem Hosni.Several members of the Istiqlal Party were detained in dawn raids and the prominent human rights lawyer Mahienour El-Massry has also been arrested.Also incarcerated are 6 foreigners – 2 Jordanians, two Turks, one Palestinian and a Dutch man – who have been charged with espionage and linked with Mohamed Ali’s calls for protests.middleeastmonitor
Where are the borders of the state of Israel? Erdoğan asks UNGA
President Tayyip Erdoğan reiterated Turkey's determination to stand up against Israeli aggression targeting Palestinians, in a passionate speech he made at 74th General Assembly of UN in New York."Where are the borders of the State of Israel? Is it 1948 borders, 1967 borders, or is there any other border?" Erdoğan asked the leaders of the member states, adding that Israel's seizure of Palestinian territories is not legitimate. Erdoğan noted that the global community and UN should take concrete action to support Palestinian people "beyond mere promises.""How can the Golan Heights and the West Bank settlements be seized, just like other occupied Palestinian territories, before the eyes of the world if they are not within the borders of this State?" he asked and questioned the motive behind the "Deal of the Century" for aiming to eliminate the State and People of Palestine."Turkey will continue to stand by the oppressed people of Palestine as it has always been until today," the president said.DAILY SABAH
Pakistan, Turkey, Malaysia to jointly launch Islamic TV channel: PM Imran Khan
Pakistan, Turkey and Malaysia have decided to jointly launch an English language Islamic television channel to correct misperceptions and confront the challenges posed by Islamophobia, PM Imran Khan has said.PM Khan, who is in New York to participate in the 74th session of the United Nation General Assembly, said the channel will telecast series and films produced on Muslims to educate and inform the world on the Islamic history.“President Erdogan, PM Mahatir and myself had a meeting today in which we decided our 3 countries would jointly start an English language channel dedicated to confronting the challenges posed by Islamophobia and setting the record straight on our great religion - Islam,”  Khan said in a tweet.PTI
Pak Hindu MP slams Trump for Islamic terror remark
Karachi:Hindu MP  from Pakistan has expressed disappointment over US President Donald Trump''s comments about ''Islamic terrorism'', saying terrorism has no religion.Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, a lawmaker from Pakistan PM Imran Khan''s PTI, has written a letter to Trump condemning his remark and has asked him to take back the comments about ''Islamic terrorism''."I am deeply shocked by the news reports in which you tried to link terrorism with Islam, and the purpose of writing this letter is to record my protest in this regard," Vankwani, who is also the patron-in-chief of the Pakistan Hindu Council, wrote to Trump."It is worth noting that all religions, either Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism or any other, forbid the killing of innocent people, and urge strict punishment against culprits," Vankwani said. Trump''s remark hurt the sentiments of billions of people belonging to all religions, said Vankwani.IANS
China is harvesting thousands of human organs from its Uighur Muslims,UN rights body hears
China was accused of the widespread harvesting of human organs from persecuted groups in the country, at a tense meeting of UNHRC.According to testimony from the China Tribunal - a pressure group which campaigns on organ harvesting - the Govt of China has taking hearts, kidneys, lungs and skin from groups including Uighur Muslims and members of the Falun Gong religious group. China Tribunal describes itself as a group of lawyers, academics, and medical professionals. It is backed by End Transplant Abuse in China, an Australian NGO.China has denied carrying out mass harvesting of organs in any circumstances.Addressing UN representatives, China Tribunal lawyer Hamid Sabi said the group has proof of the "forced organ harvesting of prisoners of conscience in China."Sabi said that the tribunal had "proved beyond reasonable doubt" that China is committing "crimes against humanity" by harvesting organs from religious minorities like Uighurs, and Falun Gong, a religious movement banned and widely persecuted by the Chinese Govt.businessinsider

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