Thursday, 5 September 2019

5 SEP NEWS DIGEST: INX media case: Chidambaram sent to Tihar jail till Sept.19, says 'worried about economy' /NRC’s 120-day appeal deadline may be revised/'Our Identity is at Stake': In Kashmir, Shopkeepers Refuse to Open Despite Easing of Restrictions

05 SEPT. 2019: 05 MUHARRAM 1441: Vol: 12, No: 05
INX media case: Chidambaram sent to Tihar jail till Sept.19, says 'worried about economy'
The special CBI court today sent former Union finance minister P Chidambaram to judicial custody till Sept.19 in connection with the INX media case. Chidambaram has already spent 15 days in CBI custody. He will now be sent to Tihar jail in the national capital. Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court had refused to grant ex Union minister pre-arrest bail in INX Media case. In partial relief to Chidambaram and his son Karti, a Delhi court, earlier today, granted father-son duo anticipatory bail in the cases lodged by CBI and ED in Aircel-Maxis case. Granting relief, Special Judge O P Saini directed them to join the probe in the cases. “In event of arrest, they can be released on a personal bond of Rs 1 lakh and one surety of like amount. The accused are directed to join the investigation,” the court said. Moments after he was sent to 14-day judicial custody, Chidambaram expressed his worry about the state of economy. “I am only worried about the economy,” he said when asked to comment on Delhi court’s order.indianexpress
Double whammy for Chidambaram: SC refuses anticipatory bill, CBI court sends him to Tihar
NRC’s 120-day appeal deadline may be revised
120-day appeal deadline set for those excluded from NRC list may be revised given the delays involved with securing NRC data and the issue of certified copies of exclusion. Before publication of the final NRC, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had announced that the provision to appeal exclusion before Foreigners’ Tribunal would be extended from 60 days to 120 days. However, these 120 days were to be counted from the date of publication of final list i.e.Aug31.However,MHA sources said that given the directions of the Supreme Court to NRC coordinator Prateek Hajela to secure the NRC data first, the process of issuing certified copies of exclusion to those not included in the list is likely to be delayed. This could jeopardise the chances of those excluded of having a fair shot at justice. Certified copy of exclusion would be necessary for anyone willing to challenge their exclusion from NRC in FT. The document will mention the reasons for his exclusion and give details of the documents that were not considered good enough to prove his legacy. indianexpress
'Can a stone do this?': Family of Srinagar youth who died refutes police version: The Wire
Srinagar: Family of the young student from Srinagar’s Elahibagh locality who passed away contested claims by security forces that the cause of death was a “stone injury”. They say that Asrar Ahmad had been battling for his life for a month in a city hospital after being hit by pellets.“The forces targeted my son with pellets without any provocation. He had pellet injuries on his face, skull and left eye,” said Firdous Ahmad Khan, Asrar’s father.A Class 11 student, Asrar succumbed to his injuries late on Tuesday evening at SKIMS, Valley’s premier hospital.He was buried the next morning in a local graveyard, hours after authorities reimposed restriction in Downtown Srinagar to prevent protests.According to his friends and family, the 18-year-old boy was injured on the evening of August 6, when paramilitary forces hit him with pellets while he was playing with friends outside his house. Asrar’s father Firdous showed The Wire photographs and medical records, including an x-ray scan and hospital registration card, to prove that his son died of pellet injuries.One of the pictures, taken while Asrar was in hospital, shows multiple pellet injuries on his face. X-ray also confirms that multiple pellets had hit Asrar on his head, skull, face and left eye.On his registration card issued at 6:46 pm on Aug 6 at SKIMS, time of his admission, the doctors have written that Asrar has “multiple pellets on head, eye…”“He had 3 pellets in his left eye – 2 of them were removed during a surgery at Bemina hospital. He was later shifted back to SKIMS,” said Firdous.ADG of J&K police  Muneer Ahmad Khan rejected the allegations that Asrar was targeted by security forces.He said the young boy had been “hit by a stone”. While the family said the hospital hasn’t yet issued Ahmad’s death certificate, a senior doctor at SKIMS, who wished not to be named, confirmed that he had received multiple pellet injuries. “There were pellets in his head and face,” the doctor said.the wire
Clashes erupt after first civilian death confirmed: The Independent
Kashmir lockdown: Stories of torture and arbitrary arrests : aljazeera
Srinagar:A month since India's powerful Home Minister Amit Shah announced the removal of the Kashmir region's special status, thousands have been detained, with some alleging torture by Indian security forces. In a village in southern Kashmir, a 22-year-old man said he was picked up in a midnight raid and tortured for more than an hour along with a dozen other Kashmiris."I was beaten with sticks, rifle butts and they kept asking me why I went for a protest march. I kept telling them that I didn't, but they didn't stop. After I fainted, they used electric shocks to revive me," he told Al Jazeera on condition of anonymity."Once they realised I was innocent, they wanted me to name a stone-pelter. I told them, I don't know anyone. So, they continued beating and electrocuting me. They wanted all of us to give the names of stone-pelters."They began pulling my beard and even tried to put it on fire. Then, someone hit me on the head and I fainted. It is then they, perhaps, realised that I might die. So, they asked my friend to take me home. I regained consciousness after 2 days and it's been 20 days and I still can't walk properly," he said.Al Jazeera reached out to Indian army spokesperson for their response, but did not receive any until the time of the publication of this article.Nearly 30km away, residents in another village said they witnessed one of the worst crackdowns by the security forces.A young man in his late 20s was badly beaten and is still not able to walk without support. He had bruises all over his body. In some places, the skin had come off, making it extremely painful for him to even rest.This man also refused to be identified for fear of reprisal. Al Jazeera
Pakistan moves over 2,000 troops close to LoC, Indian Army watching closely, claim Sources:TOI
New Delhi: Amid tensions over the Kashmir issue, Pakistan has moved almost a brigade-size force in the Bagh and Kotli sector close to LoC in PoK.The troops who have been moved are from a peace location and for now have been stationed around 30 kms from LoC, Indian Army sources said here."At present, they have not been deployed in offensive posturing. However, the Indian Army is closely watching their movements," the sources informed.Sources further said that movement of Pak Army troops has come at a time when it has already activated its terrorist infrastructure and the terrorist organisations LeT and JeM have started recruiting locals and Afghans in a big way.It added that the troops moved by Pakistan Army are close to a brigade-size and their numbers would be more than 2000.Since the abrogation of Article 370 which granted special status to J&K, Pakistan deployed pver 100 SSG commandos along the LoC to push terrorists and incite violence in the state. Pakistan has also deployed its Special Forces along the Sir Creek area opposite Gujarat. Sources said that Pakistani agencies are also in the process of recruiting Afghan terrorists to carry out action against Indian security forces. Afghans are being recruited probably to replace the Kashmiri terrorists as local commanders.TOI
Pakistan says UAE, Saudi support its stand on Kashmir. Truth says otherwise
Contrary to Pakistan's claims that both UAE and Saudi Arabia support its stand on the issue of Kashmir, UAE Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan made it clear to his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi that Kashmir is a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan. Pakistan PM Imran Khan on Wednesday discussed Kashmir situation with visiting foreign ministers and insisted that the two countries along with the world should play a role in urging India to reverse its recent decision on Kashmir. Islamabad, however, failed to take their support on its position on J&K.Insisting that the Muslim world not be dragged into it, UAE minister urged that Kashmir dispute need to be resolved through dialogue and talks between Pakistan and India only.Islamabad termed both Saudi and UAE ministers' visit as successful, especially with reference to the support Pakistan seeks from the Muslim world against India on Kashmir and also maintained that the joint visit was utilised in highlighting the situation in J&K."Pakistan has claimed that both the countries have confirmed their "complete support against India on the Kashmir issue". indiatoday
Pakistan moves over 2,000 troops close to LoC, Indian Army watching closely, claim Sources:TOI
New Delhi: Amid tensions over the Kashmir issue, Pakistan has moved almost a brigade-size force in the Bagh and Kotli sector close to LoC in PoK.The troops who have been moved are from a peace location and for now have been stationed around 30 kms from LoC, Indian Army sources said here."At present, they have not been deployed in offensive posturing. However, the Indian Army is closely watching their movements," the sources informed.Sources further said that movement of Pak Army troops has come at a time when it has already activated its terrorist infrastructure and the terrorist organisations LeT and JeM have started recruiting locals and Afghans in a big way.It added that the troops moved by Pakistan Army are close to a brigade-size and their numbers would be more than 2000.Since the abrogation of Article 370 which granted special status to J&K, Pakistan deployed pver 100 SSG commandos along the LoC to push terrorists and incite violence in the state. Pakistan has also deployed its Special Forces along the Sir Creek area opposite Gujarat. Sources said that Pakistani agencies are also in the process of recruiting Afghan terrorists to carry out action against Indian security forces. Afghans are being recruited probably to replace the Kashmiri terrorists as local commanders.TOI
'Our Identity is at Stake': In Kashmir, Shopkeepers Refuse to Open Despite Easing of Restrictions
Srinagar:A month after India withdrew contested Kashmir's autonomy, locked it down with thousands of additional troops and made mass arrests, residents are resisting attempts by authorities to show some signs of normalcy returning in the Muslim-majority valley.Officials in J&K's summer capital Srinagar say that 90 per cent of Kashmir valley is free of restrictions on daytime movement, some landline phone connections have been restored and thousands of schools have re-opened. However, checkpoints remain in place and communication restrictions make reporting from the region difficult.Despite the partial relaxation, an informal but widespread boycott by students, shopkeepers and public and private sector workers is taking place across the valley, aimed at protesting against New Delhi, according to interviews with seven Govt officials and dozens of residents of the valley."For us, our identity is at stake and its safeguarding is our priority," said Shabir Ahmad, shopkeeper from the old quarter, or downtown, Srinagar. The informal civil disobedience movement has sprung up alongside small but regular street protests by stone-throwing crowds that have been quickly quashed by security forces with tear gas and pellet guns. Reuters
290 booked under PSA since Aug.5:official
Srinagar: In the 30 days since the removal of special status to the state of J&K, at least 290 people have been booked under J&K PSA. Of these, 250 have been booked under this law in the Valley and 40 in Jammu, sources in Govt said. Before Aug.5, these figures had ranged, on an average, between 70-80 per month.More than 100 of these detainees are being held outside the state, sources said.Meanwhile, of unspecified number of detainees in the state since Aug. 5, along with those booked under PSA, Section 107 (abetment) and Section 151 (joining assembly to disturb public peace) of Ranbir Penal Code, about 350 are from Srinagar; 140 are from Shopian, including 22 under PSA; 270 from Pulwama, including about 40 under PSA.indian express
Misinformation being spread on J&K, says top Kashmiri-American body
Asserting that Articles 370 and 35A of Indian constitution allowed a breeding ground for armed violence in J&K, a top Kashmiri-American body on Wednesday alleged that a group of propaganda-mongers are spreading misinformation and confusion about the abrogation of these provisions.“There has been a tremendous amount of confusion, misinformation, and fear being disseminated by propaganda-mongers and ill-informed press about the abrogation of Article 370 and 35A by Govt of India,”influential Kashmiri Overseas Association (KAO) said.While it is human nature to condemn any injustice, like loss of internet and phone lines to the people living in the Kashmir valley, it is also prudent to understand the implication of these articles that shaped the destiny of “us minorities of the region over the last 70 years”, said US-based organisation, representing the Kashmiri diaspora.Temporary articles 370 and 35A were highly discriminatory against all indigenous Kashmiri minorities — Sufi Muslims, Shia Muslims, Ahmadi Muslims, Dalits, Gujjars, Kashmiri Hindus (known as Kashmiri Pandits), Kashmiri Sikhs, and Buddhists, it said, adding that only the majority, Sunni Muslims, were privileged to benefit from this provision.“Article 370 and 35A allowed a breeding ground for armed violence in Kashmir,” KAO said.PTI
Supreme Court orders shifting of ex-CPI (M) MLA Yusuf Tarigami to AIIMS from Srinagar
The Supreme Court today ordered shifting of ailing CPI (M) leader Mohd Yusuf Tarigami to AIIMS in Delhi from Srinagar where he is under house arrest.A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said it was inclined to shift Tarigami, the former CPI (M) MLA, to AIIMS New Delhi.CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury told the bench that he has no objection if Tarigami was shifted to AIIMS for better treatment.PTI
SC fixes pleas of Kashmir Times editor, others for hearing on Sep 16
New Delhi :The Supreme Court on Thursday fixed for hearing on September 16 pleas of the Kashmir Times Editor and others on alleged communication blockade in J&K.Anuradha Bhasin, Executive Editor of Kashmir Times, told a bench headed by CJI Ranjan Gogoi that even after a month of scrapping of Article 370, journalists were “not allowed to move freely in the state”. However, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the court that editors of Kashmir Times chose not to publish their newspaper from Srinagar.At the outset, advocate Vrinda Grover, appearing for the journalist, submitted that the Editor-in-chief of Kashmir Times travelled to many parts of the state and according to him, the situation was such that media cannot work due to “communication restrictions”.She said it was not clear as to on what basis there is a “communication blockade” which has resulted in the information blackout.The advocate claimed that during the Editor-in-chief’s interaction with the people, one of the doctors spoke about the humanitarian medico-crisis.The editor also alleged that it is difficult to travel beyond Srinagar and journalists are finding it difficult to report.While she was making the submissions, some of the lawyers said they have filed a caveat in the matter and submitted that the petition of Bhasin was not maintainable. However, bench concluded the hearing in the matter by asking the parties to complete formalities of filing counter-affidavit and replies and posted the matter for final disposal on Sept.16.However, the court said it was not going to entertain the writ petition filed by Congress activist and businessman Tehseen Poonawalla seeking removal of restrictions in Kashmir Valley and made it clear that he can only make his stand clear as an intervener in the petition filed by Bhasin.PTI
Mehbooba’s daughter Iltija allowed to meet her
New Delhi :The Supreme Court today allowed Iltija Mufti, the daughter of former J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti, to travel to Srinagar to meet the PDP chief. Mufti has been kept under detention since August 5.In her plea, Iltija submitted that she is concerned about her mother’s health as she has not met her in a month.Iltija Mufti also raised concerns if she would be confined to her house once she reaches J&K from Chennai. She said she was confined to her house when she was in the Valley from August 5 to August 22. indianexpress
Intelligence agencies question Kashmiri youth who was allegedly beaten up by mob in Rajasthan
State and central intelligence agencies interrogated a Kashmiri youth after a video of him being attacked by a mob in Neemrana in Alwar district of Rajasthan started doing the rounds on social media, India Today reported on Thursday. The youth, identified as Mir Faiz, was allegedly tied to a pole and beaten up by a mob for being dressed in women’s clothes.While the student registered a first information report for the alleged assault, Alwar Police also started an investigation into the matter and was on the lookout for the main accused. The case was reportedly transferred to the intelligence agencies after Faiz, who is a resident of Sopore in J&K, could not explain why he was dressed as a woman.scroll
Punjab traders and Kashmiri students stranded in the state question normalcy claims by Govt in J&K
While Govt claims normalcy has returned to J&K, curfew has been lifted, landlines are working and restrictions have been lifted, traders in Punjab remain a dissatisfied lot. Trade, they complain, has come to a standstill, payments are held up and supplies affected.It is not just J&K but Punjab too has been hit badly, they complain. Traditional supporters of BJP, they are reluctant to speak on the situation or blame the central govt. But their anxiety is manifest as they wonder what the rest of the year holds for them.While supplies to Kashmir Valley has been affected, supplies from Kashmir too have stopped. Sports goods manufacturers in Jallandhar complain that in the absence of the famed ‘ Kashmir Willow’ , several international orders have been cancelled. Traders are also anxious that if supply of fruits,dry fruits and handicrafts from J&K does not resume in quick time, festive season in North India could become damp squib and prices could go up.nationalherald
Unemployment rate at 3 yr high in Aug:CMIE data
Unemployment rate in India has hit a record 3 year high of 8.4% in August, says data released by Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE).According to the data, weekly unemployment rate in Indian stand between 8 and 9% in Aug.2019, as compared to 7-8% observed in July. CMIE noted on Wednesday that the unemployment rate in the country has hit the highest level since Sept.2016.As per CMIE, urban unemployment rate was at 9.6%, and rural stands at 7.8% during the month under review.In August, employment was nearly 2% higher than it was in August 2018, supported by growth in rural India. Year-on-year employment growth in rural India stood at 2.9% in August 2019, while urban India reported a 0.2% decline, quoting report Business Today said.Labour participation rate (LPR) is one of the factors behind unemployment rate. LPR has risen slowly and steadily to 43.35% in Aug 2019, from 42.46% in Oct 2018.nationalherald
69%Indians feel economy rigged to favour powerful:survey
While 40 percent Indians believe that our society is broken, a massive 69 percent feel that the economy is rigged to favour the rich and powerful, a new survey said on Thursday.Nearly 68 percent Indians also feel that the traditional parties and politicians do not care about them, revealed the global survey by market research firm Ipsos."The system is broken, is the overriding view. It favours the rich and powerful and that politicians disregard interests of the common man," said Amit Adarkar, CEO, Ipsos India and Operations Director, Asia Pacific, Ipsos."We see affinity for a strong leader, who is unafraid in taking bold decisions (Populism) and there is also a strong desire for Nativism - empowering of locals and natives via jobs and social schemes," he added.The sentiment is more profound at the global level, with over half of those polled (54 percent), across the 27 markets, believing that the society is broken; with some markets displaying alarming levels of disruption in society.IANS
In national interest, listen to Manmohan: Shiv Sena
Mumbai:BJP’s ally Shiv Sena has backed ex PM Manmohan Singh, who recently said that the Indian economy is in a bad shape due to “mismanagement” by the Modi-government, and said that listening to him is in the “national interest.”Sena’s support for Manmohan Singh, a noted economist, came after Centre dismissed his criticism of handling of the economy by Modi-govt.Sena, through an editorial in party mouthpiece Saamana, asked the Govt to pay heed to ex PM’s warning and not indulge in politics over the issue.Last week, Manmohan Singh had termed the state of the economy as “deeply worrying” and said that the June quarter growth rate of 5% shows that India is in the midst of a prolonged economic slowdown. “India has the potential to grow at a much faster rate, but all-round mismanagement by the Modi Govt ha HT s resulted in this slowdown,” Singh said in a statement.
My biggest worry is govt will spend RBI money to claim there is no slowdown: Shashi Tharoor
Taking a swipe at BJP Govt over economic slowdown, senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said his biggest worry was that it might spend on advertising the Rs 1.76 lakh crore taken from RBI to claim there was no slowdown in the country. He claimed that Govt “specialised” only in sloganeering. “My biggest worry about the economic slowdown is that the Govt may spend the Rs 1.76 lakh crore they have taken from RBI on advertisements and messages to tell you there is no slowdown,” Tharoor said.PTI
UP: FIR against 23 Muslims for serving ‘non-veg biryani to Hindus’ at Mahoba Urs
Police in Mahoba, Uttar Pradesh, have registered an FIR against 23 Muslim youth for “promoting enmity between groups on grounds of religion and hurting religious sentiments”, following allegations that they served “non-vegetarian biryani” to Hindus at a Muslim religious congregation without telling them.Police said that the case was registered after the intervention of local BJP MLA Brijbhushan Rajpoot.A police officer also said that the complainant was willing to give an affidavit to withdraw the case but the MLA urged him to lodge the complaint. The alleged incident took place in the Charkhari police station area of the district on Aug.31 during Urs, a religious congregation organised by Muslim residents of Salat village.Religious congregation, according to the locals, has been organised every year for the past six years at a local shrine. FIR stated that buffalo meat was served mixed with rice without alerting the Hindus to intentionally hurt their religious sentiments. Meanwhile, BJP MLA said that when he came to know about the incident, he “asked” the villagers to get an FIR registered. Rajkumar Raikwar, who is a complainant in FIR, said that while only one person, identified as Pappu Ansari, was responsible for serving non-vegeterian food without telling anyone, all 22 others named in FIR were innocent. Their names have been added on the direction of the MLA who “made us sign the complaint without us knowing what was it for”, he claimed. indianexpress
‘Concubine-like life’: Rajasthan Human Right Commission seeks law against live-in relationships
Jaipur: Rajasthan State Human Right Commission (SHRC) has equated life of a woman in a live-in relationship with a “concubine” while asking the state Govt to bring in a law against live-in relationships. The order by SHRC chairperson Prakash Chandra Tatia, ex Chief Justice of Jharkhand High Court, and SHRC member Mahesh Chandra Sharma, a former Rajasthan High Court judge, said that “Right to Life” in Article 21 of the Indian Constitution translates into “an honourable life, not an animal-like life.”“From no viewpoint can a concubine-like life of a woman be called a dignified life. Hence, for a woman to sacrifice her honourable life and adopt a dishonourable life in the form of a concubine, is not right to life. By demanding such a life, women can’t protect their fundamental rights,” SHRC said.SHRC delivered the order after 2 women had approached it in 2017 regarding a live-in relationship.To protect their privacy, details of their cases were not disclosed in the order. Citing ‘Protection of Domestic Violence Act 2005’, SHRC said that “relationship in nature of marriage,” was legally recognised in 2005 but there is still no law on it. Hence, SHRC asks the state Govt that “a self-contained law on relationship in the nature of marriage be formulated” and lists seven points – including mandatory registration of live-in relationships —in a bid to assist Govt to formulate such a law, while copying its order to state Chief Secretary and others.It said that an “intense awareness campaign” is required to inform women to stay away from live-in relationships.indianexpress
Bengal: Days after new anti-lynching law, Kabir Sheikh beaten to death in Murshidabad, 2 detained
Kolkata :A 32-year-old man was beaten to death by a mob in Berhampur town of Murshidabad district on Wednesday morning. This comes days after the state Govt enacted a law making lynching punishable by death. According to police, 32-year-old Kabir Sheikh, a resident of Sahajadpur-Fuliapara area, entered a medicine store in Lalbagh area of Berhampur town and allegedly started to damage the furniture of a doctor’s chamber. Soon, a group of people entered the chamber and beat him up. Sheikh’s body was later found on the verandah of the medicine store with his hands and legs tied with ropes.He was taken to hospital where he was declared dead on arrival.“2 persons have been detained in the case and we are looking for others. Investigation is on,” said a senior police officer of Murshidabad. According to police, Sheikh used to work as a mason at Saudi Arabia and had recently returned to his village. Sources in the police said they are yet to find out why Sheikh entered the doctor’s chamber. Though police are probing whether he was mentally unstable, his family has denied any history of mental illness.indianexpress
RSS may Shun Hindu Rashtra Idea: Jamiat head Arshad Madani on Mohan Bhagwat Meet
At a time when communal hate and polarisation is on the rise, Maulana Arshad Madani, chief of Deoband-based Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, raised eyebrows by meeting RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat recently..Speaking to The Quint in Deoband, Maulana Madani revealed how the one-and-a-half-hour meeting was orchestrated, what was discussed, and what are his expectations from the RSS chief going forward. Madani said, "There were some people in the middle who asked if I wanted to meet Bhagwat ji, I said it was a good idea. Bhagwat ji has an organisation (RSS) which is a very strong organisation. In my opinion, there is no one else like him in India. He could have denied a meeting with me, but on the contrary, he hinted that we will be in touch in the future and the dialogue will continue."  Replying to a question about the core ideology of RSS that there should be a Hindu Rashtra, Madani said, "In front of us, Bhagwat ji never said anything that the head of the state would want a Hindu Rashtra. Nothing like that was brought up during the meeting." Responding to another question that do you think RSS can ignore or reject their core ideology of the Hindu Rashtra?, Madani said, "Yes, they are capable. The state of the country is heading towards destruction. The economy is either already destroyed or headed towards destruction. It is possible that in this scenario, one’s thought process changes from what it was till yesterday." He further said, "I brought up people from the RSS who have written against Muslims and secularism. He (Mohan Bhagwat) said RSS is not beholden to the those views anymore."thequint
Embrace Minorities for Sake of Nation-Building: RSS' Mohan Bhagwat Tells Workers in Kolkata
Kolkata: In a bid to unite the country’s citizens irrespective of their religion or ideology, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat is said to have suggested to the outfit’s workers to reach out members of minority communities. Recently, Bhagwat met the chief of Jamiat Ulema, Maulana Arshad Madani in Delhi. Soon after, during his 2-day visit to Kolkata, he urged Sangh workers to create a connection with people from all communities.A senior Sangha worker in Bengal said, “Bhagwat told us that India can only be united if there is a spirit of nationalism among all of us. He said people may follow their own ideology or religion but ‘jatiyatabad’ (nationalism) is the only way to unity.”“He asked us to embrace all, including Muslims, who believe in nationalism. He said there should not be any division when it’s comes to nation. Muslim nationalists are thinking in one way and we are thinking in another way, but all of us are concerned about our nation. So the point is to bring everybody under one umbrella for nation-building. He asked us to bond with one other,” he added.Bhagwat’s meeting with Madani on Aug. 30 in Delhi was reportedly to discuss the issues of national unity and nationalism. A day later in Kolkata, he urged outfit’s workers to further their bonds with members of minority communities. He also asked them to not shy away from accepting mistakes if they failed to make common people understand what kind of social service the RSS did for people.News18
BJP MP says Chinese soldiers built bridge in Arunachal, Army denies
New Delhi:A BJP MP from Arunachal on Wednesday said that Chinese soldiers had built a wooden bridge nearly 75 km inside Indian territory, a claim the Army denied, with Army spokesperson Colonel Aman Anand emphasising that “there has been no such incursion” in the border state.Tapir Gao, Lok Sabha MP from Arunachal East and state BJP president, claimed that the bridge was built on a stream approximately 25 km from Chaglagam, the administrative circle in Anjaw district, from where the McMohan Line, India’s legal border with China, is about 100 km. He said a local villager who went to the woods to fish and hunt sighted the bridge and sent him a video. “As a representative of that area, I could not hide it,” Gao said.He also asserted that this alleged incursion is a “regular phenomenon”, and that PLA troops had entered in other areas, too. Army spokesperson Col Anand said the area being referred to is called the “Fish Tail”, and there is a “differing perception of the alignment of the Line of Control, as in many other areas”. He also said that since it is an area of “differing claims, troops routinely from either side patrol the area” and “civilian hunters and herb collectors also frequent there during summer months”. He emphasised, “There is no permanent presence of either Chinese soldiers or civilians in the area, and surveillance is maintained by our troops.” indianexpress
In Meeting With Malaysian Counterpart in Russia, Modi Raises Issue of Zakir Naik's Extradition
Vladivostok: PM Narendra Modi has met his Malaysian counterpart Mahathir bin Mohamad and raised the issue of extradition of Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, who is wanted in India for fuelling extremism.Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale, addressing a press briefing, said: “PM Modi raised the issue of Naik's extradition. Both the parties have decided that our officials will stay in contact regarding the matter and it is an important issue for us.”PM Modi met Malaysian PM on the sidelines of the fifth meeting of the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) held in Russian Far East Region."Meetings continue in Vladivostok. PMs @chedetofficial and Narendra Modi discuss ways to diversify India-Malaysia cooperation for the benefit of people in both countries. Strengthening ties with an important ASEAN partner," PMO said in a tweet.Modi arrived in Russia on Wednesday to participate in 20th India-Russia annual summit and EEF. On his arrival, Modi received a guard of honour at Vladivostok International Airport.News18
India extends $1 billion line of credit for development of Russia’s Far East
Vladivostok:PM Narendra Modi today said India will walk shoulder-to-shoulder with Russia in its development of the Far East and announced a $1 billion line of credit for the development of the resource-rich region.Addressing the plenary session of 5th Eastern Economic Forum here, Modi said friendship between India and Russia was not restricted to governmental interactions in capital cities, but was about people and close business relations. “For the development of Far East, India will give line of credit worth USD 1 billion. My Govt has actively engaged East Asia as part of its ‘Act East’ policy,” Modi said at a packed house in Vladivostok.PTI

Feud in MP Congress worsens, Scindia says Kamal Nath must listen to Digvijaya, Singhar
Bhopal :Senior Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia on Wednesday virtually opened a new front against the Kamal Nath Govt by throwing his weight behind Forest Minister Umang Singhar and putting him on par with former CM Digvijaya Singh.“CM should listen to both sides (Singhar and Singh) and find a solution. We have toiled hard for 15 years to form Congress government. It’s not even six months… Govt should work to fulfil aspirations of people and not brook outside interference,” ex Union minister said in Gwalior, where his supporters continued to demand that he be made MP Congress Committee chief.Singhar has accused Singh of interfering in the government. “The Govt should work freely and outside interference should not be allowed at any cost,” Scindia said, demanding that the CM call both Singhar and Singh to sort out differences.indianexpress          
Dalit Left activist attacked in JNU, allegedly by ABVP member
A SFI activist, also a Dalit, was hit on his head allegedly by an ABVP member on the night of September 5, on Thursday, during the presidential debate in the run-up to JNU Students’ Union ( JNUSU) election.He was immediately taken to the AIIMS where he was kept under observation till morning.The injured Venkatesh Posagalla, an MPhil student from Centre for Political Studies (CPS), is a native of Andhra Pradesh. He is the present vice-president of the SFI’s JNU unit.“I condemn the physical violence committed on Venkatesh by the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad member,” said Jitendra Suna, the presidential candidate from Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students Organisation  and FRATERNITY alliance.nationalheraldindia
Haryana Waqf Board first in country to complete 100 pc digitization
Ambala: Haryana Waqf Board is the first in the country which has completed 100 percent digitization of waqf records and GIS (Geographic Information System) mapping of waqf properties during 100 days set by the Central Govt to implement several programmes with specific targets in the Ministry of Minority Affairs, Govt of India.This was disclosed by Jane Alam, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Minority Affairs at press conference held at the Board Headquarters here Wednesday.He said that the Haryana Waqf Board had taken a lead in the country in GIS Mapping of Waqf properties. UNI
Giriraj’s lynching solution: breed only female cows
New Delhi: Promoting artificial insemination in cattle using sex-sorted semen “will help reduce lynching”, Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries Minister Giriraj Singh said on Wednesday.The main benefit of using sex-sorted semen is that the farmer can ensure that only female calves or heifers are born. Singh pointed out that artificially inseminating cows using semen from genetically superior bulls will also improve the fertility and milk production capacity of the calves they produce, thus incentivising farmers to keep them longer rather than abandoning them. “This will help reduce lynching,” he told journalists, adding that if cattle are not left to stray, then the possibility of such problems would be lowered. The mechanisation of agriculture has already led to the increasing obsolescence of bulls. Bans on cow and cattle slaughter, as well as instances of cow-related vigilantism and lynching, have led to a collapse in the value of non-productive cows as well, forcing farmers to abandon them. thehindu
‘Rat eaters’ dying like rats in Uttar Pradesh: State refutes reports of hunger deaths
Several people belonging to the poorest of the poor ‘Musahar’ (rat eating) community are reported to have died in August in Kushinagar, adjacent to Gorakhpur, UP CM Yogi Adityanath’s home turf.While district authorities have claimed deaths to have resulted due to illnesses and ‘ high fever’ , social workers, activists and even health workers attributed the deaths to malnutrition and hunger.At least five such cases have been recorded. They range from Reema Kumar (6) to Beepat Musahar (28). While the girl child was said to have been running a high temperature, officials, reacting 48 hours after Beepat Musahar’s death on Independence Day, claimed the 28-year old was a diabetic and also suffered from Tuberculosis, claims which were refuted by family.From the same village where Reema Kumari and Beepat Musahar lived, Rampurpatti in Dudahi Block, a 17-year old Bhadari Kumari passed away on Aug.17. This time too people and social workers blamed chronic hunger and malnutrition to have caused the death. Govt officials, however, did not react to this death.nationalheraldindia
Mumbai Rains: 4 Dead in Rain-related Incidents as Torrential Showers Batter City, Suburbs
Mumbai: At least 4 persons were killed in rain-related incidents in Mumbai while search was on for a boy who was washed away, officials said on Thursday. Torrential rains battered Mumbai and its surrounding areas on Tuesday night and Wednesday. Santacruz weather station in suburban Mumbai recorded a whopping 242 mm rainfall in the 24 hours ending at 8.30 am Thursday. Flight operations at CSM International Airport were affected for the second day with cancellation of 30 flights and another 118 delayed today.news18
Morsi's son, outspoken critic of Egyptian govt, Abdullah dies of heart attack in Cairo hospital
The youngest son of late Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi died of an alleged heart attack at a hospital in Cairo, sources said.Abdullah Morsi, who was in his mid-twenties, died on Wednesday at the Oasis hospital in Giza in the southwest of the capital, the sources said.A Morsi family source confirmed his death to Anadolu Agency without giving further details. Egypt's health ministry has yet to comment on his death. Mohamed Morsi died on June 17 while standing trial for charges that he and legal observers said were politically motivated.Several local news sites reported the death of Abdullah Morsi, saying there was no criminal suspicion, noting that Morsi's son had suffered several previous health scares, and was saddened by his father's death.Morsi's second son, Ahmed, said his younger brother, Abdullah, was driving his car and had sudden spasms. He was immediately taken to hospital but doctors were unable to revive him."Abdullah died at the hospital after suffering a heart attack," said Ahmed Morsi. Abdullah Morsi had been imprisoned several times in recent years. He had been accused and acquitted of drug use, in a case involving allegations that he and legal observers said were fabricated.Among Morsi's children, Abdullah was the most outspoken critic of the Egyptian govt. He was also the most supportive of his father and his defence during his trial and stay in prison.In a Twitter post after his father's death, Abdullah accused a number of Egyptian officials whom he called "partners" of el-Sisi "in killing martyr president".aljazeera
Saudi diplomat says UAE betraying us in Yemen under pretext of Muslim Brotherhood members:MEMO
President of Saudi-American Public Relations Affairs Committee (SAPRAC), Salman Al-Ansari, attacked UAE, considering that it is “fooling” Riyadh under the pretext of Muslim Brotherhood members, for “expansionist ambitions” in the region.“Our open enmity to the Muslim Brotherhood group does not mean in any way that we become fooled by efforts to move beyond agreed-upon strategic objectives in conformity with international law, by passing absurd and divisive projects,” Al-Ansari wrote on Twitter.“Narrow-mindedness is a problem,” he added, describing what UAE is doing in Yemen as “treason.” Although Al-Ansari did not explicitly mention UAE, his statements revolve around Abu Dhabi’s policy in Yemen, where UAE has sought to extend control of separatist forces in the southern areas of the country to divide it. This has explicitly been indicated by Emirati figures close to authority such as Abdulkhaleq Abdulla, Advisor to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed.Al-Ansari’s statements coincided with Saudi Arabia’s dispatch, on Monday, of a military force to the city of Shabwah, which has seen clashes in recent days between Coalition-backed Govt forces and UAE-backed separatist militias.UAE-Saudi relations have been at odds regarding Yemen in the past months, shortly after Abu Dhabi’s partial withdrawal from the Riyadh-led Coalition supporting the legitimate Yemeni govt.
Netanyahu has turned Hebron into a ‘Zionist occupation military outpost’
Palestinian residents and social media users have taken their disapproval of PM Netanyahu’s planned visit to the occupied West Bank city of Hebron to Twitter.An increased Israeli occupation force presence has been felt in the area today with a number of Palestinian stores forced to close.In the first event of its kind, the Israeli leader will deliver a public address in the occupied city for a ceremony commemorating Jews killed in 1929.This comes as Netanyahu has repeatedly promised not to give up any land occupied by Israel in the West Bank, saying on Sunday: “With God’s help we will extend Jewish sovereignty to all the settlements as part of the (biblical) land of Israel, as part of the state of Israel.” According to Times of Israel, roughly 850 settlers live in heavily guarded illegal settlement in Hebron. The city is also home to some 200,000 Palestinians who are forced to endure severe restrictions on movement and curfews. The city’s historic Ibrahimi Mosque was also partitioned in 1994 after an extremist Jew massacred 29 Muslim worshippers as they prayed.middleeastmonitor
Netanyahu's pre-poll visit to Hebron sparks protest
Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu has made a contentious visit to the occupied West Bank city of Hebron, a move condemned by the Palestinians and widely perceived as his bid to garner support from ultra-nationalists in the run-up to elections in less than two weeks.The embattled PM on Wednesday delivered a speech outside a contested holy site known to Jews as the Tomb of Patriarchs, and to Muslims as the Ibrahimi Mosque. Netanyahu said that Hebron would not become "Judenrein", a term used during Nazi Germany for "free of Jews".aljazeera
Hundreds in West Bank protest against woman's death
Hundreds of Palestinians demonstrated in West Bank on Wednesday to demand legal protection for women after a 21-year-old woman died last month in what rights groups allege was a so-called "honour killing".Israa Gharib was reportedly killed on Aug. 22, just days after she was discharged from a hospital in her hometown of Beit Sahour near Bethlehem, where she had been admitted for a spinal injury two weeks prior, according to media reports.A Palestinian Authority (PA) investigation was under way into the death of Gharib, a make-up artist who activists say was beaten by male relatives after a video posted on Instagram allegedly showed a meeting between her and a man who had proposed.Gharib's family has denied the accusations. They said that Gharib had a "mental condition" and died "after she had a heart attack, following an accidental fall into [family's] courtyard".aljazeera
Pompeo declines to sign risky deal with Taliban:Time
 US secretary of state Mike Pompeo has refused to sign the peace deal that his special representative has inked with the Taliban, mainly because it does not guarantee the continued presence of US forces in the country to defeat al-Qaida or the existence of the democratically elected government, a media report said.Pompeo is "declining to put his name to the deal" that has been hammered out by special US representative on Afghan reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad after nine round of talks with the representatives of Taliban in Doha, the Time magazine reported on Wednesday."It doesn't guarantee the continued presence of US counterterrorism forces to battle al-Qaida, the survival of the pro-US Govt in Kabul, or even an end to the fighting in Afghanistan," reported Time magazine, which based its report on unnamed senior Afghan,EU and Trump Administration officials."No one speaks with certainty. None," said an Afghan official taking part in briefings on the deal with Khalilzad."It is all based on hope. There is no trust. There is no history of trust. There is no evidence of honesty and sincerity from the Taliban," and intercepted communications "show that they think they have fooled the US while the US believes that should the Taliban cheat, they will pay a hefty price."According to Time magazine, the Taliban has asked for Pompeo to sign an agreement with the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, the official name of the Govt founded by the Taliban in Afghanistan in 1996."Having the secretary of state sign such a document would amount to de facto recognition of Taliban as a legitimate political entity, and he declined to do so," the report said, quoting the Afghan officials.Pompeo's office declined to comment.If the deal is signed, US has agreed to withdraw some 5,400 US troops, roughly a third of the present force, from five bases within 135 days.TOI
Kabul:Taliban claim deadly attack near US embassy
A Taliban suicide car bombing in Afghan capital killed a US service member, a Romanian soldier, and at least 10 Afghan civilians - the second such attack this week after a preliminary US-Taliban peace deal was announced. The blast took place on Thursday in Shash Darak, a heavily fortified area adjacent to the Green Zone and home to several important complexes, including NDS, Afghan intelligence service, and the US embassy.At least 10 civilians were killed and 42 people wounded in the attack that was claimed by the Taliban, which has been holding peace talks with the United States in Doha, Qatar, interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said.  Hours later, Taliban set off a car bomb outside an Afghan military base in a neighbouring province, killing four civilians."Farid Ahmad Karimi, general manager at the Wazir Akbar Khan hospital close to the bomb site, told AFP that both civilians and security personnel were among the dead and wounded.A NATO Resolute Support mission statement said 2 service members were "killed in action," without providing details or releasing their names pending notification of their families. American soldier was 4th killed in the past 2 weeks in Afghanistan. The capital has been gripped by a surge in deadly violence even after the US and Taliban reached an agreement "in principle" that would see the Pentagon pull thousands of troops from Afghanistan in return for various Taliban security promises.US top negotiator for peace, Zalmay Khalilzad, said this week 2 sides had drawn up a draft framework deal under which US troops would leave five military bases in Afghanistan within 135 days of the signing of the pact.aljazeera
India, Russia support peace and reconciliation in Afghan
India and Russia on Wednesday supported all efforts for an inclusive peace and reconciliation in war-torn Afghanistan. Addressing a joint press meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, PM Narendra Modi said, “India wants to see a Afghanistan which is safe, stable, peaceful, independent, undivided and democratic.”He also underlined that both the countries are against “outside influence” in the internal matters of any nation. “India and Russia support all efforts for an inclusive peace and Afghan-led and Afghan-owned reconciliation in Afghanistan,” according to a joint statement issued by two countries.Zalmay Khalilzad, US envoy leading efforts to forge a deal with the Taliban, has spent about a year meeting with Taliban in Doha in a series of talks aimed at ending America’s 18-year-old war.The deal which is closer to being clinched centres on a US troop withdrawal in return for several security guarantees from the Taliban, broader peace talks between the insurgents and the Afghan government, and an eventual ceasefire. Modi and Putin also welcomed the stabilisation of the situation in strife-torn Syria.PTI
Boris Johnson defeated again; no snap UK election
London: For the third time in two days, UK PM Boris Johnson has suffered a major parliamentary defeat as his bid to call an election next month was easily thwarted late on Wednesday. Johnson's Conservative Party failed to win the two-thirds majority needed to call a snap election, mustering only 298 of the 434 votes required. Given the size of the rebellion, and the subsequent lack of numbers on the government’s benches, most opponents abstained from voting, with just 56 opposition politicians actively opposing his bid to head to the polls in the coming weeks. After the vote went badly against him, he chided opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn before MPs. "I think [Corbyn] has become the first opposition leader in the history of our country to refuse the invitation to head to a general election," said Johnson. "I can only speculate as to the reasons behind his hesitation, the obvious conclusion is I'm afraid that he does not think he will win."Downing Street insisted Johnson would not resign to force a general election after losing control of the House of Commons a day earlier, resulting in a defeat that allowed the opposition, led by Corbyn's Labour party, to attempt to legislate to block a "no-deal" withdrawal from the European Union by forcing Johnson to seek a delay if he fails to reach an agreement with Brussels.His supporters ended a night-long filibuster in the upper House of Lords when the Govt gave up trying to block proposed legislation.The opposition said they should now be able to pass the bill before Johnson suspends parliament for over a month next week."Govt commits to allowing (the draft legislation) to complete all stages in course of Thurs & Friday - with the bill then going back to the Commons for any further consideration on Monday," Labour party tweeted early today.A "rebel alliance" of 21 Conservative MPs were kicked out of the party on Tuesday night after siding with the opposition.aljazeera
Brexit: Boris Johnson's brother resigns as Tory minister
British PM Boris Johnson's brother, Jo, has resigned as a junior minister and said he would step down as a member of parliament, citing a conflict between family loyalty and the national interest."It's been an honour to represent Orpington for nine years and to serve as a minister under three PMs," Jo Johnson said."In recent weeks, I've been torn between family loyalty and the national interest - it's an unresolvable tension and time for others to take on my roles as MP and minister," he said.It is the latest blow to PM, whose authority and ability to govern has been diminished by a rebellion among Conservative MPs over his refusal to rule out a "no-deal" withdrawal from the European Union.Johnson has now lost three consecutive votes in the House of Commons after losing his governing majority.The PM's brother, Jo, has held a variety of junior ministerial roles in the past five years and has spoken in favour of a second Brexit referendum.aljazeera
Lawmaker blasts Boris Johnson in Parliament for ‘racist’ remarks about Muslim women
Iran lifts more limits on nuclear programme as deal unravels
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has ordered the removal of all limits on nuclear research and development - the third major step to scale down commitments to the 2015 nuclear accord with world powers."I, as of now, announce the third step," Rouhani said on state television late on Wednesday, just as the United States announced that it was imposing sanctions against an oil shipping network with ties to Iran's IRGC." Atomic Energy Organisation [of Iran] is ordered to immediately start whatever is needed in the field of research and development, and abandon all the commitments that were in place regarding research and development."aljazeera
US offered millions in cash to captain of Iranian tanker
S. Africa shuts embassy in Nigeria after reprisal attacks
South Africa has temporarily closed its embassy in Nigeria following violence against South African businesses in reprisal for attacks on foreign-owned stores in Johannesburg, while Nigeria has announced plans to evacuate its nationals from South Africa.South African Foreign Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor said today that the embassy was closed temporarily after threats led to fears for staff safety. aljazeera
Flash: NEWS,views,Articles
Pehlu lynching: Getting away with murder:Ziya Us Salam
BEL Refuses to Disclose EVM, VVPAT Data Even After Demanding Fees. What Does It Mean?Venkatesh Nayak
Kashmir Under Siege: One Month of Silence:The Wire
Government's Dependence On RBI Payout Leaves Budget Funding At Risk:Vrishti Beniwal, Bloomberg
Anger and defiance mark one month of Kashmir siege: Rifat Fareed , aljazeera
NRC was religion-blind and Hindus, Muslims, Gorkhas and Adivasis alike in Assam wait for closure:Debarshi Das
India’s diplomatic hurdles on Kashmir get tougher: EU voices concern over lockdown:Nitya Chakraborty/IPA
Kerala-based parties unable to comprehend Arif Mohammad Khan’s appointment:Ashraf Kadakkal
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