Sunday, 8 September 2019

8 SEP NEWS: Chandrayaan 2 Mission advisor,prominent scientist along with his family excluded from Assam NRC/ Room for 3,000: Post-NRC Assam’s brand-new ‘jail’/ Ahead of Muharram, restrictions re-imposed in most of Kashmir/ Trump calls off secret Camp David meet with Taliban, cancels peace negotiations

08 SEPT. 2019: 08 MUHARRAM 1441: Vol: 12, No: 07
Chandrayaan 2 Mission advisor,prominent scientist along with his family excluded from Assam NRC
 One of prominent names who was excluded from the NRC list in Assam was Dr Jitendra Nath Goswami, a renowned scientist and an adviser of Chandrayaan 2 Mission along with his family, a report in Northeast Now stated. "We have been living in Ahmedabad for last 20 years. Perhaps we failed to do whatever was required for inclusion of our names in NRC. But our family is there in Assam, we have lands in Jorhat. If there is some problem in future, we'll have to do something by showing the land documents," Goswami said.indiatimes
Room for 3,000: Post-NRC Assam’s brand-new ‘jail’
While uncertainty hangs over Assam’s newly declared final NRC, for the past eight months, work has been on at a steady pace to build what would be the state’s first exclusive detention centre to house people declared as ‘illegal foreigners’ — a category into which people out of the list who don’t find reprieve at Foreigners’ Tribunals would eventually fall. On 20 bighas of land in Matia in Goalpara district, nestled between farmland and forest, at least 15 contractors and 450-500 labourers are at work to build the centre at a budget of over Rs 46 crore, with a capacity to house “up to 3,000 illegal foreigners”. Construction began last December and is expected to be completed by this year end. The facility will be enclosed within two walls, the first one 6-ft high and the second 20 ft. In a reply in the Assembly in July, Assam Govt had said it had sent a proposal for 10 such new facilities to Centre, and was waiting for a response.Assam currently has 6 detention centres to hold ‘illegal foreigners’, but these are all located inside jails. Together they house 1,000-odd detainees, in conditions which have been deplored by activists. As per a state Govt reply in the Assembly, FTs declared 1.03 lakh people foreigners between 1985 and Aug.2018. This number is expected to swell now after final NRC. The detention centre at Matia, around 150 km from Guwahati, is being built as per guidelines laid down by Centre and circulated in Jan.2019. A senior Assam Govt officer, who refused to be named, said, “The guidelines mention numerous points like a facility having a space to play, a school, etc. All that is being followed.”Rabindra Kumar Das, a junior engineer at Matia construction site, said the detention centre plan includes a primary school, a hospital, and a separate water supply system with a capacity of over 50,000 litres. “For detainees, there will be 15 four-storey buildings…The construction would have been almost complete if it had not rained. We are aiming now for the end of this year.”indianexpress
Navi Mumbai to have Maharashtra’s first detention centre for illegal immigrants: Report
Maharashtra Govt has identified land to build state’s first detention centre for illegal immigrants, Mumbai Mirror reported. The home department last week reportedly wrote to City and Industrial Development Corporation, which is the planning authority for Navi Mumbai, and sought a 3-acre plot in Nerul for the detention centre. This came days after more than 19 lakh people out of 3.3 crore were left out of the final list of the Assam’s National Register of Citizens. The number of people left out in the state’s updated citizens’ database comprise around 6% of Assam’s entire population. They will now have to appeal against the decision in foreigners’ tribunals and are at the risk of being sent to detention centres.The exact location of proposed dentention centre is not known yet, but the newspaper reported that the plot was recently used by a NGO.Amitabh Gupta, principal secretary, home department, said the process to find land had begun in July, after Union Govt sent instructions to all state Govts in connection with this. The model detention manual released by Govt states that every city or district which has a major immigration post must have a detention centre. “There are large number of illegal immigrants, especially Bangladeshi,”an unidentified official from home Maharashtra said. However, no exact figures were given by official. He said the process of repatriating them takes time and therefore a detention centre is necessary, adding that presently the immigrants were detained in jails. Official said the proposed detention centre would not be like a jail.scroll
No illegal migrant will be allowed to stay:Amit Shah says in his 1st  visit to Assam since release of NRC
Guwahati: Union Home Minister Amit Shah today said no "illegal migrant" will be allowed to stay in the country and that NRC exercise in Assam was completed in "time-bound manner".Shah, also the chairman of the North Eastern Council (NEC), was addressing chief ministers of eight northeastern states, in his inaugural address at the 68th plenary session of the NEC here."Various people have raised all kinds of questions on NRC. I want to clearly say that not a single illegal migrant will be allowed to stay in the country by the Government of India. That is our commitment", he asserted. Referring to the just published NRC, Shah said, "lt was completed in a time-bound manner". The meeting was also addressed by Union Minister of State incharge of DoNER and NEC vice chairman Jitendra Singh, official sources said.news18
People’s Tribunal starts hearing on NRC
New Delhi: A 7-member jury, including ex Supreme Court judge Madan B Lokur and ex Chief Justice of Delhi High Court Justice AP Shah, began a 2-day public hearing on the Assam citizenship issue on Saturday. People’s Tribunal, a public hearing on “Constitutional processes and human cost”, is being organised by civil society groups. Jury will hear individual testimonies of people from Assam participating in the process of updating NRC and legal experts.The hearing is aimed at educating the public “on what is being called the largest citizenship purges in history,” advocate Prashant Bhushan said. Terming citizenship “right to have rights”, advocate Gautam Bhatia told jury about what he called the lack of transparency in the SC’s supervision of the process. He also criticised the time-lines set by the top court to publish the updated NRC. “When people’s citizenship is in question the criterion must be fairness, not fitness,”Bhatia said.Testifying before the tribunal, Masuma Begum, a 25-year-old social activist from Assam, said she was left out of NRC even as her parents and siblings featured in the list.“If people like me, who have access to information and legal resources, have been left out unfairly, what about the poor and uneducated in the state,”she asked. Discussing the legal processes involved in updating NRC, lawyers and people from Assam criticised the working of the Foreigners’ Tribunals in the state. “There is a pattern of religious and linguistic bias in the functioning of the tribunals,” activist Teesta Setalvad said. Justice Shah said, “The term for members of the Foreigners’ Tribunal must be increased from one year, and their transfers must be handled by the HC to ensure due process.” Besides Justices Lokur and Shah, tribunal jury comprises Prof Faizan Mustafa, Syeda Hamid, Deb Mukherjee, Gita Hariharan and Prof Monirul Hussain. The jury will present its findings and announce a decision on Sunday.indian express
People’s Tribunal on NRC opens to tales of trials, tribulations
NRC may be religion-blind but Muslims in Assam feel they are being singled out, persecuted
“I had to sell my cow for a measly Rs 15,000 to ensure I have money to go to a foreign tribunal for hearings. Like most people here, I have a small house and a few cows, but I am a daily wage labourer. The only other option to have cash is to ask the money lender, but he will charge 5% interest. Where and how do I pay him. The only option left will be to die,” said a distraught Ajmöl Hoque. He is one of the residents of Pubmohimari village, which is almost 3 hours away from Guwahati. His village, which falls within Kamrup district limits, has no public transport and neither does it have proper roads reaching it. All it has is a cobbled, muddy road lines with paddy fields and Chinese nets on both sides.Amidst this picturesque setting, there is a disaster brewing. Hoque’s is not an isolated case. In their cluster of almost 12 villages, with almost 15,000 population of mostly Muslims, names of almost 3,000 have not appeared in final NRC list, which was released on Aug.31.But, even after a person’s name appears on NRC, their woes do not end. Objections are filed against their inclusions. This only increases their litany of woes as they will have to borrow money to keep appearing at these foreign tribunals. It is nothing but harassment. More so if they are Muslims. Even 40-year-old Tarabanum’s name has not appeared on the list. Her husband had died last year and she has no steady income. Her son Shafique Ul’s name is on the list. She has been forced to borrow Rs 10,000 from a money lender to reach the site of the foreign tribunal. “The only thing I can call my own is a small ‘kacha’ house. Will I have to sell that too to call myself an Indian citizen? Where will I go after I sell that. That is why I feel, it is easier to die,” mumbled Tarabanum. In her case, she was called for hearings four times; two of the times, the hearings were at the local FT, the third time she was called to Rongia and the fourth time, she was asked to appear at a foreign tribunal at Golaghat, which is more than 400 km away.nationalheraldindia
Article 370 different, Centre will not touch Article 371, says Amit Shah assures northeastern states
Article 371 of the Indian Constitution is a special provision which will not be altered by BJP-led NDA govt, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said Sunday. Addressing the 68th plenary session of North East Council in Guwahati, Assam, Shah said that while Article 370 was temporary in nature, Article 371 is about special provisions in North East.“After the abrogation of Article 370 in J&K, there were attempts to misinform and misguide the people of North East that Article 371 would also be scrapped by Centre,” PTI quoted Shah as saying. “I think it is important to clarify the difference between the two. Let me make it clear that PM and the BJP govt respects Article 371 and 371 (A),” he said.“I have clarified in Parliament that this is not going to happen and I am saying it again today in the presence of eight chief ministers of North East that the Centre will not touch Article 371”, Shah added. Govt has asserted it has no intention of removing Article 371 of the Constitution, which includes “special provisions” for 11 states, including 6 states of Northeast.Fears over its removal surfaced after govt revoked the special status granted to J&K under Article 370 of the Constitution and bifurcated the state into 2 union territories.indianexpress
Curfews in Kashmir re-imposed after clashes during Muharram procession: Reuters
India on Sunday imposed curfews in several parts of the contested Kashmir region, after clashes between security forces and Shi’ite Muslims taking part in a procession, officials and eyewitnesses said. At least 12 locals and 6 troops were injured on Saturday evening, officials told Reuters, as worshippers on the traditional mourning procession of Muharram clashed with troops trying to stop it. Troops used tear gas and pellet guns on the crowd, which insisted on carrying on with the procession, one in a series held at this time of the year, and pelted stones at security forces, an Indian official who declined to named said.“The clashes continued till late night during which the troops fired tear gas and pellets,” he added. A spokeswoman for interior ministry did not respond to a request for comment. Today, police vans fitted with loud speakers announced curfew-like restrictions in Srinagar’s city center Lal Chowk and adjacent areas, according to 2 Reuters witnesses. “People are advised to stay indoors and not venture out of their home,” the police announced.Reuters
Ahead of Muharram, restrictions re-imposed in most of Kashmir
Normalcy evading in Valley due to ‘civil curfew’ of radical youths: J&K BJP leader
Jammu:Even though J&K administration has tried to ease many restrictions initiated on August 5, life does not seem to be returning to normal in Kashmir due to “civil curfew” enforced by “a section of radicalised youths backed by terrorists,” J&K BJP spokesperson Brigadier Anil Gupta (Retd) stated on Saturday.The statement came after NSA Ajit Doval told a group of journalists in Delhi that “at least 92.5% of the geographical area of J&K is free of restrictions’’. Radicalisation is the root cause of alienation, which needs to be addressed first to restore normalcy,Gupta said. He held NC and Congress responsible for creating the present impasse and said facts speak to the contrary despite claims by both parties to be secular and worst victims of militancy.Gupta maintained that radicalisation picked up momentum in Kashmir after re-emergence of Sheikh Abdullah on political horizon with “full backing” of Congress. It gained impetus after 1977, ostensibly with the backing of Pakistan when Zia ul Haq was busy giving shape to the implementation of “bleed India through a thousand cuts” doctrine, he added. Sheikh’s successor and son Farooq Abdullah, Gupta asserted, first hobnobbed with radical Islamic parties through an alliance to contest the 1983 elections against Congress, and later joined hands with Congress and allegedly turned a blind eye to destruction of Sufi culture and growth of radicalism. Indianexpress
NC MPs move HC seeking meeting with Abdullahs, court seeks J&K reply
Srinagar:J&K High Court has directed Senior Additional Advocate General to seek instructions from state authorities and inform the court after NC MPs Hasnain Masoodi and Akbar Lone filed a petition seeking a meeting with party president Farooq Abdullah and his son and Omar Abdullah. The single bench of Justice Sanjeev Kumar observed that before proceeding further in the matter, “it is necessary to first ascertain as to whether the petitioners have actually been prevented by the authorities from meeting their party president Farooq and Omar, and if it is true, for what reasons”. Justice Kumar asked Senior Additional Advocate General Javid Iqbal to seek instructions from state authorities and listed the matter for Sept.11. indianexpress
Easing of curbs in J&K depends on Pak behaviour: NSA
New Delhi:A day after US State Department expressed concern over “widespread detentions” in J&K and “urged” the Indian Govt to “respect human rights”, NSA Ajit Doval linked the further lifting of restrictions in Kashmir Valley to Pakistan’s “behaviour”. “We would like all restrictions to go but it depends on how Pakistan behaves. It is a stimulant-and-response situation with the stimulant coming from Pakistan to create provocations, unrest, intimidate and threaten,” NSA said,in his first interaction with the media since the August 5. Around a dozen journalists, half of them from the foreign media, were invited for interaction in PMO. While the media interaction was a rare opportunity to ask questions to Doval on developments in Kashmir, he was cautious not to commit himself on a further easing of restrictions. Though he said restrictions on movement had been lifted in 92% of J&K, he indicated that further provocations from Pakistan would only delay both the release of detained politicians, and the restoration of phone and Internet services. He said the move on Article 370 has long been on BJP’s manifestos. Doval said all the actions of Centre were “justiciable”, hinting that issues such as the removal of statehood and preventive detentions could be confronted legally.indianexpress
Cancelling passports over facebook posts? Govt's testing new intimidation tactics on Kashmiris
New Delhi:On 29 Aug., a J&K police officer tweeted out the names and Facebook profile photos of 5 men, accusing them of “posting fake news, instigating people to disturb peace in the area.” The men, who belong to Poonch and Rajouri districts of the recently created UT, currently live in Kuwait and UAE, and were alleged to have posted “sensitive remarks” on Facebook. Police registered FIRs against them for “promoting enmity between different groups on the grounds of religion, race...,”and under Section 66B of IT Act, which is “punishment for dishonestly receiving stolen computer resource or communication device.” When a Kashmiri physicist from Srinagar, who had published a Facebook post on 20 Aug alleging that the Indian army had beaten and tortured a fellow Kashmiri, heard the news, he started feeling worried. The substance wasn’t surprising in itself—booking people for social media posts has happened too many times in India, especially since Modi Govt came to power in 2014.  What really startled the physicist, who is studying in Europe, was a news report that quoted Yougal Manhas, SSP of Rajouri, Jammu, as saying that that process to cancel the passports of 5 men would be started soon.“Are they going to start cancelling passports now? I don’t know what to do. Should I take down the post? I really don’t want to take it down. I know that I’m not lying,” physicist asked worriedly, speaking on the condition of anonymity. SSP Manhas told HuffPost India that the 5 people in question had published posts that “set one religious community against another,” and threatened India’s sovereignty. huffingtonpost
Kashmiri Pandits stage demonstration against Washington Post for "biased" reporting on J&K:PTI
Washington:A group of Kashmiri Pandits staged a demonstration in front of The Washington Post office here on Saturday, protesting against "one-sided coverage" of the recent developments in J&K.The newspaper has defended its coverage in Kashmir as "fair, accurate and comprehensive". The demonstration was organised by Global Kashmiri Pandit Diaspora. The protesters alleged that the prominent US daily has been giving "one-sided and biased coverage" after Indian Govt withdrew J&K's special status last month.Kashmiri Pandits, who had gathered in Washington DC from various parts of US, raised slogans in support of PM Narendra Modi for taking the "bold and historic step". Across the road where the protest was staged by Kashmiri Pandits, a group of Pakistani Americans, separatist Kashmiri and separatist Khalistani held a silent demonstration in support of The Washington Post. Justifying its coverage, Washington Post Foreign Editor Douglas Jehl said, "The Post's coverage of India's actions in Kashmir since Aug. 5 crackdown has been fair, accurate and comprehensive -- at a time when India has imposed tight restrictions on the flow of information and has severely limited access by our journalists trying to cover this important story." A group of US Muslims also held a protest demonstration in front of Indian Embassy in Washington DC.PTI
‘UFOs responsible for Chandrayaan failure’
Chennai:While the reasons for failure of Chandrayaan- 2 programme are still being studied, some bizarre theories on what could have led to it are already making the rounds - extra terrestrials interfering with the moon landing! Sabir Hussain, a Chennai based independent researcher on UFO sightings and director of Indian Society for UFO Studies (INSUFOS)  believes the loss of communication that Isro scientists suffered with Vikram lander just before it was to land on the moon's surface was no accident but a warning  from extra terrestrials. "You will not be allowed to land on the moon unless 'they' decide to allow you. Unidentified Flying Objects (UFO) researchers around world believe that the extra terrestrials have sent a message to Indian Govt to 'get rid of your nukes before you explore other worlds'," he said."As a researcher studying UFO-Nuclear Weapons, failure of Chandrayaan 2 is not at all surprising to me," Hussain added in a chat. "Recently some Indian ministers have been making very irresponsible and dangerous statements on the use of nuclear weapons. If we had taken the warnings on UFO activity seriously, this situation could have been averted. Why do you think Americans refused to go to Moon after 1973?" he asked. "Both India and Pakistan have been openly threatening each other with nuclear attacks. But what the leadership of both these nations do not realise is that they can use their nuclear weapons only if UFOs decide to allow them. In my opinion, this Vikram episode is just a warning to the Indian leadership from UFOs, that if you can't take care of your own world then don't come to ours. More messages are likely to follow. US Air Force Missile Launch Officer,Robert Salas, who witnessed an UFO switching off 10 nuke missiles under his command in 1967, also concurs with this,"he claimed.AsianAge/DC
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Biggest support for Palestine comes from Indian Muslims, we will get Al Quds freed in our lifetime: Palestinian Scholar
New Delhi:“We will achieve the freedom of Al Quds and Masjid Al-Aqsa in our lifetime,” said a Palestinian scholar in late 50s while referring to some white-bearded people among a select gathering at the HQRS of All India Muslim Majlis-e Mushawarat here Saturday evening. Samir Said, Vice President, Minber Al Aqsa Association, Turkey, was speaking on “Reality of Al Quds”. Native of Palestine, Mr.Said has been living in Istanbul for some years. After opening remarks by Mushawarat president Navaid Hamid and introduction of the guest by general secretary Mujtaba Farooq, the Palestinian scholar, with the help of blackboard and chalk, sketched a detailed historic picture of Al Quds and the history of ups and downs around it.Early in his speech, however, he talked about his association with India.He said he was visiting the country for the first time but has always appreciated the love and support of Indian Muslims for the cause of Palestine.“The biggest support for Palestine from the global Muslims comes from the Indian Muslims. Palestine is not for Palestinians or Arabs, it is for all Muslims of the world,” he said.India Tomorrow
Ex-union minister and veteran lawyer Ram Jethmalani passes away at 95
New Delhi:Veteran lawyer and former Union law minister Ram Jethmalani passed away Sunday morning at his residence in New Delhi at the age of 95.He breathed his last at 7.45 am at his official residence in New Delhi, PTI quoted his son Mahesh Jethmalani as saying. Mahesh and other close acquaintances said he was not keeping well for a few months and he died 6 days before his 96th birthday on Sept.14. Mahesh also said his father’s last rites will be performed in the evening at the Lodhi road crematorium.Jethmalani served as law minister and as minister of Urban Development in former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s Cabinet. He was also the chairman of the Bar Council of India.indianexpress
UP: Journalists booked for reports that claim ‘Dalit family in not allowed to collect water from village hand pump’
Meerut: Bijnor police has said that an FIR has been registered against 2 journalists — one working with a local daily and another with a local electronic media outlet — for “fake news reports claiming that a Dalit family in Titarwala Basi village under Mandawar police station area was not allowed to collect water from a village hand pump by an influential family of their community in the same village”.In a video circulated on social media, Vishal, one of the journalists who were booked, claimed, “We received a call from one Premchand Valmiki of Basi village on Sept.4. He claimed that some influential persons of the village had threatened him and his family not to use a hand pump near their residence. Thus, they (family) put up posters saying ‘house for sale’. We went to the village to collect facts and published a report in this regard.” The other journalist who was booked on Saturday was identified as Rashid, police said.Alleging that the 2 journalists were being “made targets” by the police for “factual reporting”, several local mediapersons took out a protest march in Bijnor on Saturday. “A journalist association here has formed an 8-member committee to take their fight to a logical end,” said Iftikhar Ahmed, a local journalist.“FIR against us has exposed the malafide intentions of the local police and is a big blow to the freedom of press .We are not frightened but the manner in which the voice of the media is being muzzled is a dangerous sign,” Vishal claimed in the video.“We want FIR to be scrapped and action must be taken against local police, who are biased against the press,” Vishal can be heard alleging in the video.Satendra Kumar, in-charge of Mandawar police station said, “An FIR was registered against two local journalists for fake reporting in connection with a Dalit family in Basi village. The fact is that a team of Mandawar police went to the village when Premchand Valmiki registered a complaint with us .The police team called both the factions and they agreed (in presence of the police) that they will not fight over the issue of drinking water any further. I am on a raid in connection with a case and cannot give more details.” Shiv Kumar, village pradhan, said the issue has been settled due to the intervention of the police.indian express
5 journalists in Bijnor booked for circulating fake news reports
Locals thrash 2 Muslim women on suspicion of kidnapping toddler in Delhi
Delhi: Two women were thrashed by locals in south-east Delhi’s Okhla Industrial Area on suspicion of kidnapping a 2-year-old child on Friday afternoon, the police said on Saturday.Rehana and Sakina were arrested and subsequently released on bail, they said. The boy, Ritesh who resides with his parents in Sanjay Colony, was playing on the street at that time of the incident.His mother Rinku Devi was at their residence and father Munna, a labourer, was at work. Rinku allegedly told the police that the two women came to the spot and held Ritesh’s hand.She said she also saw the women take him along with them when she started shouting, the police said.Following this, the neighbours immediately gathered at the spot and nabbed the duo.They then started thrashing the women thinking they were kidnappers. On reaching the spot, the officers rescued the women from the mob and took them to the police station. During interrogation, the women from jhuggis in Badarpur told the police that they are beggars and did not touch the child. thehindu
‘Bachcha chor aa gaya’: What happens to a village in grip of rumours like child-lifting?
Around noon on Aug.25, Choti Devi, a tailor, was hard at work on her sewing machine, rushing to finish pending orders. Her four children, the eldest 9 years old and the youngest three, were sitting around in the one-room house, fiddling with their books and toys.Just then, there was a knock on the door.“I was suspicious… scared… My husband would return only in the evening,” says 27-year-old. As she gingerly opened the door, she saw a woman in worn-out clothes and frazzled hair. “She told me, ‘Do you have children?…Give them these biscuits’.”That was it — Devi’s worst fears had come true. “Bachche churane waali ab hamare gaon mein aa gayi (child lifter had now come to our village). I began to scream and warned my children not to step out. All the WhatsApp messages I had been receiving for the past weeks had warned me against this. My children had not been going to school for at least a week. I didn’t want to lose them,” she says, standing outside her house, one of 38 rooms in a building at Echar village in Greater Noida area that mostly houses security guards, labourers, tailors and their families. “And, this women particularly resembled one of the two women whose picture I had got recently,”says Devi, whose husband has a “company job”.She then pulls out her Samsung smartphone, the one she bought for Rs 6,000 earlier this year, to show a picture her sister-in-law had sent her. It is a grainy selfie of two women, one in her 50s and the other in her late 30s. Older woman has her head covered with a dupatta, while the younger one has a thick line of vermillion on her head.A message accompanied the picture: “Share this picture as much as possible. They kidnap little children from neighbourhoods and schools and smuggle them.”“The woman who came with the biscuits looked like older one,” says Devi, over a week after the incident. Later, the alleged child lifter was reportedly beaten up by residents and handed over to the police. “We just held on to her till the police came, we didn’t beat her…We were a group of 15-20 women, we were all crying,” says Devi.However, when Sub-Inpector Naseem Ahmed from Echar Police Station probed the case, it turned out that the ‘child lifter’ was in fact a “mentally unstable woman who had strayed from her family”.indianexpress
SC judge says criticism of Govt, army, judiciary cannot be construed as sedition
Supreme Court judge Justice Deepak Gupta said on Saturday that Indian citizens have the right to criticise the Govt, and such criticism cannot be construed as sedition. He was addressing a lawyers’ workshop organised by a charitable trust in Ahmedabad.Gupta clarified at the beginning of his speech, titled “Sedition and Freedom of Expression”, that his views were personal and not in his official capacity as a judge of the SC. “Criticism of the executive, the judiciary, the bureaucracy, armed forces cannot be termed sedition,” Gupta said. “If we stifle criticism of these institutions, we shall become a police state instead of a democracy.” “For me, there is a very important right which is not spelt out in the Constitution… the right of freedom of opinion, the right of freedom of conscience, by themselves, include the most important right: the right to dissent,” Gupta said. He added that a society which sticks to traditional rules degenerates.“New thinkers are born when they disagree with well-accepted norms of the society,” Justice Gupta added. “If everybody follows the well-trodden path, no new paths will be created and no new vistas of the mind will be found.”The judge asked the audience to always question “why”. “Only then the society will develop,” he said.“We have the right to criticise Govt in power, whichever Govt it may be,” the judge said. “The misuse of the sedition law is against the very principle that our freedom fighters fought for.” Gupta added that even the judiciary is not above criticism, and must introspect its own Indian Express
Demonetisation sparked the current consumption slowdown, reveals RBI data
The consumption slowdown which is mostly responsible for the economic slump we are in is due to the decision of demonetisation; reveals latest RBI data according to the Deccan Herald. RBI data points to the gross bank exposure towards consumer goods loans being in a steep and constant decline mostly in the aftermath of the abrupt note ban in late 2016.As of March 2017, the gross bank exposure towards consumer goods was constant at ₹20,791 crore, before which it had been on the rise for about six years. It then started to radically dip downwards, witnessing a landmark 73% fall, standing at a mere ₹5623 crore. From 2017-2018, it stood at a 68% fall and the fall in the loans to the consumer durables has continued to this year, dipping 10.7% year-to-date. "Basically, it works through the income route, so there were two factors that seem to have impacted the dip in Bank's exposure to consumer durables post-demonetisation -- one is that MSMEs had serious problems in terms of cash crunch, employees' departure which eventually led to their shutdown, and second is inventory pile-up, as people did not have cash to buy, along with increased unemployment and loss of income in the same year," said Govind Rao, member, 14th Finance Commission. nationalheraldindia
‘Slowdown due to demonetisation effect’: MoS Finance Thakur heckled at auto industry event
Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur was heckled at an ACMA event on Friday after he asked auto industry players why sales had not picked up despite measures taken by govt, RBI intervention and big discounts by manufacturers, to which a participant interjected and said it was because of “demonetisation effect”. Thakur was seeking inputs from industry players on the reasons behind the slowdown, despite Govt’s efforts to support the ailing sector, at Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA) annual summit here.Jasbir Singh of GS Auto Ludhiana interrupted the junior finance minister’s address, saying “This is the delayed effect of demonetisation. People don’t have money!”Thakur, however, kept his composure and repeatedly said “Thank you”. Seeking to calm down the atmosphere after the interruption, Thakur said, “If that is the delayed effect (of demonetisation), how do you move ahead form here? How do you go forward?” “If there is reduction in interest rates after RBI’s recent actions, discounts by companies (have been offered) and many other initiatives have been taken by the central Govt, why the industry is not seeing the same kind of demand? Later on, Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Arjun Ram Meghwal during his speech took the argument to Singh asserting that demonetisation and goods and services tax were economic reforms which were needed to make India a USD 5-trillion economy.“This is economic reform sir. This made India a USD 3-trillion economy.How much cash can you keep sardarji?” Meghwal asked.After session, many of the participants were seen going to Singh and congratulating him for speaking for the industry.PTI
Medicines made with cow urine cure many diseases, including cancer: Union minister
Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Ashwini Choubey has said many medicines, including those which cure cancer, are prepared from cow urine and hence the Indian Govt has prepared a scheme for the conservation of Indian cows.He said, “Many medicines are prepared from cow urine.. even the ones which cure cancer are prepared from the urine of Indian cow. While Govt has prepared a scheme for their conservation,Ayush ministry is working on it as well.”indianexpress
Reviewing emeritus status a bid to show regime’s muscle: Romila Thapar
Historian Romila Thapar spoke about the row over JNU asking for her CV to review her Professor Emeritus status. She  lamented the state of the university, talks of a “creeping fear” among people in asserting their rights. Thapar said, "I can’t understand why they suddenly decided to do this, because nowhere in the world is an Emeritus Professor ever reconsidered for Emeritus status. The status can be negated if the person has committed a crime that embarrasses the university. But the status is not routinely reviewed. The statement of JNU admin.that the status can be reviewed whenever the university so chooses and that this rule is applied at MIT and Harvard, is simply not correct. Nor is there a quota of which discipline gets how many Emeriti or that the status has to be equally distributed between disciplines." She further added, "I am puzzled as to why suddenly in the last few months, the university administration decided to go back on the terms and conditions of Emeritus as it has existed since the beginning of university in 1970. To maintain that a changed rule can apply retrospectively shows little understanding of legal systems. Other obvious aspect suggests that this may have been an attempt to show the muscle of the new regime — such as it is — and reject those that had been honoured earlier."indianexpress
Alka Lamba resigns from AAP, to join Congress
New Delhi: AAP Chandni Chowk legislator Alka Lamba on Friday said she had resigned from the primary membership of the party, adding that she had decided to join Congress.Lamba, who quit AAP’s primary membership, said, she would shortly join the Congress in the presence of its president Sonia Gandhi and asked the party’s leadership to accept her resignation on Twitter where she had announced her decision to quit AAP earlier during the day alleging that it had now become the “Khas [special] Aadmi Party.”thehindu
‘Hindutva Lite’ will not revive Congress in Hindi heartland, says Shashi Tharoor
Congress MP Shashi Tharoor today said offering voters some sort of “Hindutva Lite” will not help revive the party in the Hindi heartland, reported PTI. He added that such an attempt would only lead to the party becoming “Congress zero”. Tharoor made the comments ahead of the launch of his latest book The Hindu Way: An Introduction to Hinduism.“Those who are suggesting that the answer to the party’s woes in the Hindi heartland is to become more like BJP in ‘majority-appeasement’ are making a cardinal error,” he told the news agency. “If the voter is presented with a choice between the original article and a pale imitation, he will choose the original every time.” Tharoor urged his party to stand up for what it has always believed in, and said it should not be intimidated by the BJP’s success. “loyalist will respect a party that demonstrates the courage of our convictions rather than offering some sort of ‘Hindutva Lite’; like ‘Coke Lite’ and ‘Pepsi Zero’, ‘Hindutva Lite’ will only end up with ‘Congress Zero’,” he added.
Arrest Warrant Issued against SP Leader Azam Khan
Lucknow – Arrest warrant has been issued against SP leader and MP from Rampur, Azam Khan, in three cases. He may have to spend some time in jail. One of the cases includes that which was filed after he allegedly made derogatory remarks against actress-turned-politician Jaya Prada.So far 80 cases have been registered against Azam Khan. He has been ordered to appear in court on Sept.11.As reported by the Daily Pioneer, SP of Rampur, Ajay Pal Sharma has confirmed that a warrant has been issued against Azam Khan in three cases. The report added that police have pasted a copy of the warrant on the outer wall of Azam Khan’s residence.caravandaily
‘Kaur was impressed by Islamic scholar’s teachings’
Amritsar: In a twist that belies the assertions of Pakistani authorities, especially its Sikh leadership that claimed to have “resolved” the issue of Nankana Sahib Sikh girl Jagjeet Kaur who had embraced Islam and married a local Muslim man, the girl has reportedly told her parents that she was impressed with the teachings of Islamic scholar Molana Ilyas Qadri and had wilfully embraced the religion. Human rights activist and advocate from Nankana Sahib, Mian Sadi Abbas Deoka said, “The girl’s parents had gone to meet her in Darul Uloom in Lahore on Friday and she explicitly told them that she didn’t embrace Islam for her husband Muhammad Hassan alone, but was impressed with the teachings of Islam.” Sadi claimed that the girl had also reportedly told her parents that she used to watch a religious TV channel and was impressed with the teachings of its founder and preacher Molana Ilyas Qadri.Jagjeet had on August 28 embraced Islam at Darul Uloom Jamia Naemia in Lahore and on August 30 she had recorded her statement in a local court that she had wilfully adopted Islam and her new name was Ayesha. On the same day she had reportedly married Muhammad Hassan of Nankana Sahib.After her parents objected to the said marriage, they registered a complaint with police claiming that Jagjeet was kidnapped, forcibly converted to Islam and married to a Muslim man that brought Sikhs and Muslims of Nankana Sahib on the brink of a scuffle.As situation got tense, Pak Govt and Sikh leadership intervened in wake of ensuring 550 birth anniversary of Guru Nanak and Kartarpur corridor. TOI
Questions about Dalits and Muslims in a class VI question paper face wrath on social media
A question paper is being circulated on social media of a Central Govt-run school in Chennai. The question paper has raised massive controversy as a couple of questions have caused much consternation, reported The Hindu. Following are the questions quoted by The Hindu from the question paper: Question no. 17- “What do you mean by Dalit?” and choices for answers were: (A) Foreigners (B) Untouchables (C) Middle Class (D) Upper class. Question no. 18 read: “What is the common stereotype about Muslims?” and choices for answers were: (A) They don’t send their girls to school (B) They are pure vegetarian (C) They do not sleep at all at the time of Roza (D) All of them. Although just one of the pages of the entire question paper was circulated, it is learnt that the question paper was based on a class 6th book of Social Science which is published by NCERT, the report in The Hindu said. These 2 questions are from a chapter called ‘Diversity and Discrimination’. Questions are from 2 subheads- ‘On being discriminated against’ and ‘Inequality and discrimination.’
Govt spending more on ads in Hindi newspapers
In a clear message to make deeper inroads into Hindi heartland, Modi Govt has spent over Rs 890 crore in advertising in Hindi newspapers compared to the over Rs 719 crore in the English newspapers in the last five years, an RTI filed by IANS has revealed.At a time when print media overall is facing rough weather owing to stiff competition coming from digital platforms -- chiefly Facebook and Google which together share 68% of digital ads globally -- Hindi and regional newspapers across the spectrum (large, medium and small) are defying the trend and flourish in the country.Leading the pack in 2014-15 to 2018-19 period was Dainik Jagran that received Govt ads worth over Rs 100 crore in the given time-frame.Dainik Bhaskar received ads worth Rs 56 crore and 62 lakh, while Hindustan received Govt ads worth Rs 50 crore and 66 lakh  in the reported period. IANS
JNUSU polls: Left maintains lead, Delhi HC restrains JNU from declaring results
Despite counting process has nearly been completed, results of JNUSU polls will not be announced today as Delhi HC has restrained the university to notify the results till Sept.17.Delhi HC, on Friday has ordered that the results be put off till Sept. 17 on pleas by 2 students, who had alleged illegal rejection of their nominations. Petitioners have filed their nominations for the post of councilors.As per sources, after counting of 5,050 ballots out of 5,762 votes, Left Unity’s Aishe Ghosh was leading race for President with 2,070 votes in her kitty.Till the time of news writing, there was a close contest between BAPSA’s Jitendra Suna with 985 votes and ABVP’s Manish Jangid with 981 votes for second position. nationalheraldindia
NEP draft ‘wishful’ document, has no roadmap for implementation: Manish Sisodia
New Delhi: Draft for Centre’s National Education Policy (NEP) is a “good wishful” document but there is no roadmap for how the changes will be implemented, according to Delhi’s Deputy CM Manish Sisodia.Sisodia, who is also Delhi’s Education minister, said sans a step-wise implementation plan, NEP may end up in a “disaster” like the no-detention policy.“Broadly, it is a good draft except a few small things here and there the concepts they have talked about are good. They have set targets that one has to reach rooftop but policy does not talk about step one that how will they reach there,” he said.PTI
Trump calls off secret Camp David meet with Taliban, cancels peace negotiations: Al Jazeera
In an abrupt move, US President Donald Trump has said he had called off separate secret meetings planned for next day with Taliban and Afghan president at Camp David.Citing a Taliban-claimed deadly attack in Kabul last week, Trump also said he was cancelling the talks between US and Taliban that started almost a year ago in Qatar in an effort to end 18-year war in Afghanistan.In a statement today, Afghan Govt praised "sincere efforts of its allies" and expressed its committment to work with US "to bring lasting peace".A Taliban representative in Doha, who is part of team that had been negotiating with US officials since Oct.last year, said today that the group has called a meeting to discuss its next move, without reacting further to Trump's move. On Sept.2, US and Taliban concluded their ninth round of negotiations in the Qatari capital, with US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad saying that a peace agreement had been finalised "in principle". Taliban, which has long rejected calls by Washington and Kabul for a ceasefire, stepped up attacks on recent weeks, even as negotiations in Doha were ongoing.Last week, as Taliban and US negotiators reached a draft accord, hundreds of group's fighters overran parts of strategic northern city of Kunduz.Attacks were also launched in provinces of Takhar, Badakhshan, Balkh, Farah and Herat, according to Afghan local media. Kabul-Baghlan and Baghlan-Kunduz highways were blocked, too, due to fighting. Taliban also claimed responsibility for 2 major bombings that killed at least 30 people in Kabul, including one US soldier and one member of NATO. Jeff Stacey, ex US State Dept official, said that although Trump's comments were unexpected, they showed a "serious" approach by a president who has been "very unpredictable" and inconsistent in regards to US Afghan policy. He said,"They are trying to move Taliban further towards US and Afghan Govt goals, so it's not really that big of deal - it's actually more positive than negative."For Intizar Khadim, an analyst, Trump's move was "a negotiating tactic".  "It is a psychological pressure from US Govt on Taliban to conceded a number of incentives that the Afghan Govt is asking from US." Location of the secret meetings came as a surprise to many who pointed out that Camp David has long been a place reserved for summits attended by world leaders.
Talks cancellation will mean more US lives lost:Taliban
Taliban has said that Donald Trump’s decision to cancel peace talks with its leadership would lead to the further loss of American lives and assets.“Americans will suffer more than anyone else for cancelling the talks,” Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the group, said.He said the talks were being conducted in a smooth manner until Saturday, and both sides had agreed to hold intra-Afghan talks on Sept. 23.Reuters
US: Muslim student calls out educational institute for uploading 'Islamophobic' lecture content
Tayeba Quddus was shocked when she saw a lecture slide from a subject on diversity suggesting that while "most Muslims are peaceful", up to 300 million Muslims were "radicals who want to destroy and murder".The quote — sourced from a prominent anti-Muslim activist and presented without qualification in online lecture material — left Ms Quddus feeling "disempowered" and bewildered that a claim she described as "sickening in its bigotry" would be part of her tertiary studies."Given what happened in Christchurch, and a huge movement we have of far-right extremism and political campaigns that seek to vilify most Muslims, within that climate it's not very helpful to be discussing these things in a way that seems like it supports these ideas," Ms Quddus said.26-year-old had already been disturbed by a classroom discussion early in the unit at Melbourne's Holmesglen Institute, where she said students had been allowed to talk over her and share false cliches about Muslims.So she complained to her teachers, who she said took her comments on board but initially left material online. Unsatisfied, Quddus took her complaint to Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission. Shortly afterwards, Holmesglen Institute took material down and has since offered an unreserved apologised to her, promising training for teachers
In a First Symbolic Step, Muslim Rebels Hand Over Guns in Philippines Peace Deal
 Muslim rebels in the mainly Catholic Philippines began handing over their guns to independent foreign monitors Saturday, as part of a peace treaty aimed at ending a decades-long separatist insurgency that has left about 150,000 people dead.Just over a thousand guerrillas in the country's restive south are turning in 940 weapons in a single day, in a graduated decommissioning process that aims to turn Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the country's largest rebel force, into a regular political party. The fighters demobilised on Saturday represent a symbolic first step towards retiring what MILF says is a force of 40,000 fighters in the coming years."The war is over... I have no firearms left,"Paisal Abdullah Bagundang, a self-described veteran of over 100 firefights with Govt forces since 1970s, told AFP.PTI 
Saudi king names son Prince Abdulaziz as energy minister
Saudi Arabia's King Salman has replaced the kingdom's energy minister with one of his sons, naming Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman to one of most important positions in the country, according to state media.The new energy minister is an older half-brother to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom's de facto ruler. The new minister replaces Khalid al-Falih, who had been removed just days ago as board chairman of the state-owned oil giant Aramco, as the company prepares for a much-touted initial public offering (IPO).aljazeera
Senior UK Minister quits in new Brexit blow to PM
Embattled UK PM Boris Johnson has been dealt a new blow after Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd resigned from Govt and left Conservative Party in protest against his handling of Brexit, the country's biggest political crisis since World War II. Rudd's move late on Saturday capped a tough week for Johnson as he tries to steer a divided country through Brexit, and came just days after PM's brother, Jo Johnson, quit the Govt, saying he was "torn between family loyalty and national interest".Rudd said she could no longer endorse Johnson's approach to Brexit because he seemed determined to crash out of EU without a deal."Govt is expending a lot of energy to prepare for 'No Deal' but I have not seen the same level of intensity go into our talks with EU," she wrote in her resignation letter. Johnson says he wants to take Britain out of EU on Oct.31 with or without a deal. But he lost his parliamentary majority this week and subsequently expelled 21 Conservative MPs - known as the "rebel alliance" - from the party after they supported an opposition plan aiming to block a no-deal exit.

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