09 September 2019

9 SEP NEWS: UN human rights chief expresses concern about Kashmir situation, asks Centre to ease lockdown/ Amit Shah: Not just Assam, intend to expel illegal immigrants from entire country/Record decline in sales in auto sector since 1998; Passenger vehicle sales down by 31.57%

09 SEPT. 2019: 09 MUHARRAM 1441: Vol: 12, No: 08
UN human rights chief expresses concern about Kashmir situation, asks Centre to ease lockdown
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Monday expressed concern about the situation in J&K, and said NRC verification process in Assam has caused great uncertainty and anxiety to the people of the state. Bachelet asked India and Pakistan to ensure that the human rights of the people of Kashmir were respected and protected. In her opening statement at 42nd session of the Human Rights Council, Bachelet said her office continued to receive reports on the human rights situation on both sides of LoC. “I am deeply concerned about the impact of recent actions by the Govt of India on the human rights of Kashmiris, including restrictions on internet communications and peaceful assembly, and the detention of local political leaders and activists,” she said in her statement.The UN Human Rights chief said it was important that the Kashmiri people were consulted and engaged in any decision-making processes that has an impact on their future. “While I continue to urge the Govts of India and Pakistan to ensure that human rights are respected and protected, I have appealed particularly to India to ease the current lockdowns or curfews; to ensure people’s access to basic services; and that all due process rights are respected for those who have been detained,” Bachelet added.Bachelet said Assam’s NRC has caused great uncertainty and anxiety after more than 19 lakh people were excluded from the final list of the updated citizens’ database, published on Aug. 31. The number of people left out comprise around 6% of Assam’s entire population, 2 times the number of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, and the population of Nagaland.She appealed to Indian Govt to ensure due process during the appeals, prevent deportation or detention, and ensure people were protected from statelessness.scroll
Deeply Concerned: UN Rights chief on Kashmir, raises Assam too
 Geneva gets ready for India-Pak clash over Kashmir
United Nation's Human Rights Council in Geneva is bracing for India-Pakistan clash as Islamabad gets ready to rant about Kashmir at the forum.  42nd session of the Human Rights Council will begin today and will go on till Sept.27. Pak Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi himself will be present in Geneva and plans for a resolution on J&K, though the country lacks number for its passage. He will be speaking at the council on Tuesday at 3.30pm. Indian envoy to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria is already in Switzerland for meeting. Dnaindia
PM Modi to address UN General Assembly on Sept.27, same day as Imran Khan
PM Narendra Modi will address UN General Assembly (UNGA) session on Sept.27, according to an updated list of speakers released by UN. Pakistan PM Imran Khan is also scheduled to address the assembly on the same day, where he is likely to rake up the Kashmir issue. Khan will address UNGA session shortly after Modi’s address. The initial speakers’ list indicates that about 112 Heads of State, nearly 48 Heads of Govt and over 30 Foreign Ministers will arrive in New York to address General Debate between Sept.24 to 30.indianexpress
Pakistan hands over dossier on Indian 'support to terrorism':TOI
With entering full throttle mode, Islamabad is throwing all that it has got into it. And possibly, what it hasn't too. Multiple sources confirmed to TOI that Islamabad last week handed India a dossier which, it claimed, comprised information about support to terrorist activities in Pakistan by Indian agencies. Dossier was dismissed by Indian officials as a web of lies and propaganda meant to facilitate Pakistan's smear campaign against India. While it's not clear yet what was the immediate provocation for the dossier, according to Indian authorities, there could be several reasons, including an effort by Pakistan to hedge against a terror attack in India by drawing a false equivalence.It is perhaps meant also to blunt India's concerns, expressed repeatedly before Pakistan, that the latter may use the Kartarpur Corridor to fan pro-Khalistan sentiments.One reason why the Kartarpur meeting could not finalise all details last week was Pakistan's refusal to allow Indian consular officials to accompany pilgrims. Timesofindia
Masood Azhar released from Pakistan jail, Islamabad planning a big action: IB
Pakistan has deployed additional troops along with India-Pakistan border near Rajasthan, Intelligence Bureau to Govt on Sunday. Reports say Islamabad is planning a big action and has released Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar. According to HT report, Pakistan is planning something big near the Sialkot-Jammu and Rajasthan sectors after the Modi Govt abrogated Article 370 under which J&K had a special status. In cognizance of Pakistan’s latest move, IB has informed the Modi Govt and sent an alert about the deployment of additional Pakistan force along LoC near Rajasthan.The report was based on statements from 2 IB officials who were aware of the release of Azhar. An official said, the IB has conveyed its report to BSF officials deployed in Jammu and Rajasthan sectors. Alert is to be prepared for surprises attack from Pakistan or Pakistan supported terrorists.newsx
Pak, China call for dialogue to resolve Kashmir issue
Pakistan and China on Sunday said Kashmir dispute needed to be resolved through talks even as Beijing reiterated its support to safeguarding Islamabad’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, independence and national dignity, reported Express Tribune.The statement came two days after Pakistan PM Imran Khan said the Indian Govt’s decision to remove J&K’s special constitutional status had challenged Islamabad’s “security and integrity”.Islamabad and Beijing issued a joint press release after talks between the two sides during Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s two-day visit to the country. “Parties need to settle disputes and issues in the region through dialogue on the basis of mutual respect and equality,” the statement said.scroll.in
If we pick up 5, we keep one… just a few hundred with us: J&K DGP
Srinagar: Dilbag Singh, who has been J&K DGP for about a year now, says raising slogans is not always an expression of anger in Srinagar. In an interview to Indian Express over a month after the clampdown in the state, the police chief says the detention rate is much lower than the pick-up rate. Police have used community bonds to pick up and then immediately release some 300 stone-pelters in the capital during the period, he says, and in the process successfully engaged with 3,000 people. Responding to a question over detention rate, DGP said, "figures are not specific, they change every day. Only thing is that our detention rate is much lesser compared to our pick-up rate. If we pick up 5, we keep only one and the rest are released under community bonds. We have just a few hundred with us. It’s not a very high figure. Political people who are under house arrest and such are not more than 35. With them, there was a concern that they might provoke people. So the administration decided that they should be restrained and it is for their security as well."indianexpress
J&K: Woman Journalist faces abuses by forces
On Sunday, a woman journalist had to go through virtual hell in Kashmir, reported The Telegraph. Rifat Mohidin was deeply scared on Sunday when the police rained its batons on her car as she sat inside, crying through it all; when all she did was just ask the policemen not to be rude to her. She is a correspondent for The Tribune, based in Chandigarh. She had abuses being hurled at her for the simple mistake of expecting somebody to be polite, reported The Telegraph.“I had never before heard the kind of abuses they hurled at me. They battered my car with their batons, although the windows were spared. I started crying but none dared come to my rescue. I’m still in shock. I have already had a tough time convincing my family that I was safe as a journalist even during these times. If I tell them what happened today, they might not allow me to continue,” Rifat said. Rifat said that on her way, she was stopped at 15 points even though it was just a 3km stretch from Rajbagh to the media centre.“At Jahangir Chowk, security forces were adamant that I should return. I urged them not to be rude to me. This infuriated them and what followed was hell. For several minutes they kept hitting my car and abused me and my family. “I told them I had a curfew pass but they would not listen. I did not know what to do. Eventually, 1 CRPF man was kind enough to ask me to drive on. I parked my car somewhere and was in tears all the way to media centre.” she shared with Telegraph. Even though people noticed, with so many curfews and so many horror stories floating about the army; everybody was scared to help. She heard people say it was ‘zulm’ but they were too fearful to help. As times are already restrictive and stifling in Kashmir, with many journalists still waiting on their “curfew passes”, it has now become scary,especially for journalists.nationalherald
Abolition of Art.370 not in national interest:Yogendra
Panchkula :Swaraj India’s Jan Sarokar Abhiyan, 9-day-long tour led by the party’s national president Yogendra Yadav, reached Panchkula on Sunday.While addressing a press conference in the city, replying to a query posed by Chandigarh Newsline on the abrogation of Article 370, Yadav said, “Decision, taken by the Centre is not in the national interest. The move is not in the long term interest of people of J&K and the rest of India. The step taken was not just an incorrect procedure but will also be regretted by the country in the years to come.” He further said, “Imagine if the same is done to Haryana or Punjab. Not only without taking note of what its citizens want, but also by locking them up in their own houses, while claiming normalcy.”Speaking about the legal and constitutional issues related to the matter, he said, “The constitution of India does allow the Govt to take such steps, however, even when required, the state assembly has to be referred. Here, the Govt had already dissolved the state assembly and only discussed the matter with the Centre appointed governor.”indianexpress
Posters on benefits in S. Kashmir, courtesy Army
Srinagar :IN the days since the revocation of special status to J&K, the Army has put up and distributed posters in parts of South Kashmir, explaining to the local people the benefits of abrogation of Article 370. Lt Gen KJ  Dhillon, responding to a question about whether the Army was driving the information campaign on its own or if the effort was being directed by the Centre, said at a press conference on Sept.4: “There is no organised campaign.”“For the last 30 years, Army has been involved in Sadbhavana activities, lot of interaction with opinion-makers, the moulvis, teachers, students and sarpanches, for the benefit of the area. As also to get from them what is to be done for the benefit of the area’s development,” he said. While most of these posters have been removed by the people, some are still in place on closed shop fronts or vacant buildings.indianexpress
Amit Shah at NEDA meet: Not just Assam, intend to expel illegal immigrants from entire country
New Delhi : Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday said the Govt intended to expel all illegal immigrants not just from Assam but the entire country even as he assailed the Congress for alienating the northeast from the rest of the nation.Addressing the fourth conclave of the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) in Guwahati, Shah said, “Our intention is to expel illegal immigrants from the entire country and not just Assam.”Shah further alleged the prolonged militancy in the region was due to the apathy of successive Congress Govts. “Congress Govts sowed the seeds of strife in the northeast. The party did not care for the northeast and because of that militancy flourished. It always believed in the policy of divide and rule,” PTI quoted Shah as saying.indianexpress
Some errors in NRC's final list, govt should remove those before moving ahead:RSS
Pushkar: RSS on Monday said there are "some errors" in the final list of NRC in Assam and the Govt should remove those before moving forward, but asserted that the exercise is a welcome step.Concerns were raised at the RSS' three-day annual coordination meeting with its affiliates on the first day of the meet on Saturday over several genuine people being left out of the final list of NRC in Assam, majority of whom they claimed are Hindus, sources said.BJP's general secretary Ram Madhav, who is also party's incharge for all the seven northeastern states, has briefed the meeting about the NRC exercise carried out in Assam and its final list. On final day of Sangh's coordination meet,RSS joint general secretary Dattatreya Hosabale described NRC as a "complicated and a complex issue" as names of many Bangladeshi illegal immigrants are in voters list.PTI
3 declared foreigners dropped from NRC
Guwahati: 3 members of a family have been dropped from the final NRC after the police registered a case against errant officials for including the trio despite their having been declared foreigners by a Foreigners’ Tribunal (FT) 3 years ago. FT no.3 in central Assam’s Morigaon district had in 2016 declared Jubeda Begum and her three children as foreigners. All 4 have been absconding since. But the final NRC published on Aug.31 included the names of Jubeda Begum, her son Jahar Ali and daughter Sahida Begum while the other son — Giasuddin Ahmed — was excluded. Assam Public Works, a Guwahati-based NGO and one of the parties in NRC case in the Supreme Court, had on Sept.4 filed an FIR against the trio as well as NRC officials involved in the inclusion of their names in the final NRC.NRC authorities on Saturday updated online data on inclusions and exclusions to show the status of trio of declared foreigners as “reject”. NRC authorities, however, did not offer any official clarification. FT no.3 had disposed of Jubeda Begum and her children’s case ex parte. The order copy of the tribunal said they did not turn up in the court despite multiple notices. thehindu
Maharashtra denies building detention centre for illegal immigrants
After NRC Assam declared over 19 lakh people as illegal migrants, speculation has been rife over the next step for those not included in the final list. Now, the excluded people will have to approach Foreigners Tribunal where they will be required to prove their citizenship. The subsequent process involves either detention or freedom for the appellant by FTs.In a similar situation, Maharashtra Home Ministry is learnt to have written to Navi Mumbai planning authority to inquire about land for building detention centres for illegal migrants in the state. CIDCO has reportedly received a letter from state administration that has sought a 2-to-3 acre plot in Nerul, a residential area in Navi Mumbai. The Ministry, on the other hand, has denied sending any letter.newsx
Take Northeast into confidence on Citizenship Bill: Meghalaya CM to Amit Shah
Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma on Monday told Union Home Minster Amit Shah that the Northeast has fears on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill and urged him to take all the States of the region into confidence before bringing in legislation again.Addressing fourth conclave of NEDA here in the presence of Shah, Sangma questioned whether the Centre will bypass discussions with the States before reintroducing the Bill.“What will happen after CAB? Will people continuously come from Bangladesh? Will there be any deadline or a continuous flow? We in Northeast have such fears,”Sangma said.He requested the Centre to invite all stakeholders to discuss and arrive at a consensus over the issue.PTI
People’s Tribunal slams Supreme Court over NRC
New Delhi :A citizens’ jury, including former Supreme Court judges Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph and former chief justice of Delhi High Court AP Shah, has strongly indicted the apex court in its handling of NRC issue in Assam.“The Supreme Court has erroneously equated migration with external aggression and dehumanised migrants,” the jury observed after a 2-day public hearing on the updation of NRC.“Despite the scale of the exercise, the judiciary’s insistence on setting deadlines has increased the pressure on both the process and people involved,”jury added.indianexpress
NRC process is especially discriminatory towards women?
“My wife Sita Devi’s name is not on the list. Her legacy papers have to come from her father. But, he is not alive. Earlier, no one would have birth or death certificates. My son’s and daughter-in-law’s names are there on the list,” says a wistful 60-year-old Rahendra Hajong, who lives in a hutment in Camp Bazaar.They have papers from 1966 and all of them settled in the area before 1966. Camp Bazaar is one of the refugee camps in Goalpara and several indigenous communities- Hajong, Koch, Banai and Garo – live here. Most of them had migrated from East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) in 1964. Sita’s is not an isolated case in the area. Women in most families have been excluded.“Most of us are poor.We have not studied much or gone to school. How do we get the documents that they require? We had a few papers and we submitted that. But, it looks like the officials don’t want to acknowledge those,” explains Sita Devi’s husband. Process followed by NRC is especially exclusionary and discriminatory towards women. There is no gender balance or justice in process of identifying the so-called ‘foreigners.’ It put already disadvantaged women through a completely arbitrary process.nationalheraldindia
Passenger vehicle sales decline for 10th straight month; log worst-ever drop since 1998
New Delhi : India’s monthly passenger vehicle and car sales recorded their steepest fall ever in August, according to data released by an industry body on Monday, highlighting the continued slowdown in the sector amid assurances by Govt for revival. Passenger vehicle sales plunged 31.57% year-on-year to 196,524 units in Aug, falling for the 10th straight month, Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM)data showed, while passenger car sales fell 41.09% to 115,957 units.This is the worst-ever fall for both the categories since SIAM started recording the data in 1997-98.Auto companies’ heads urged New Delhi to revive the sector, crippled by sluggish demand resulting in hundreds of thousands of job cuts, at a conference last week. Road and Transport minister Nitin Gadkari assured them that Govt was working to help the sector and said he had asked the finance ministry to consider cutting taxes on petrol and diesel, as well as hybrid vehicles.Reuters
Record decline in sales in auto sector since 1998; Passenger vehicle sales down by 31.57%
After Maruti Suzuki and Hero MotoCorp, Ashok Leyland to halt production in Sept
Hinduja Group flagship firm Ashok Leyland today announced non-working days at its various manufacturing facilities following weak demand. “Following are the non-working days at our various plant locations during Sept.due to continued weak demand for our products”, company said in a BSE filing.The move by the company follows slowdown in the automobile sector that has forced many manufacturers and component suppliers to cut production and plan temporary plant closures.Last month, Chennai-based TVS Group auto component maker Sundaram Clayton, automobile major Maruti Suzuki, and 2-wheeler maker Hero MotoCorp had announced a suspension of production at their facilities in line with market demand. Tata Motors and Mahindra & Mahindra have also said they are suspending automobile manufacturing in order to adjust production with market demand. indian express
Imam, wife murdered in Haryana’s Sonipat
A couple was found murdered in Ganaur in Sonipat district of Haryana in the early hours of Sunday. Police told The Quint the deaths of Imam Mohammad Irfan (40) and his wife Yasmin (25) are being treated as ‘blind murders’ for now. The murder took place in Manik Majri village between 11 pm and 4:30 am in the night, but there was no sign of robbery at the house of the couple, the police said. They also said there was no land dispute.Irfan had been working as an Imam for nearly 4 years and had married Yasmin alias Meena, a year ago, in the same mosque.FIR filed by one of the villagers, Khursheed stated that the Imam recites the call to prayer (azaan) every morning at 5:00 am, but no azaan was heard on Sunday morning, which roused suspicion.The people discovered the dead bodies of the couple around 5 am when they started coming in for morning prayers. The police said that the murder was carried out with a sharp object.“There was a fight between two groups in the village on Saturday evening. Imam intervened and asked people to resolve the dispute but one of the groups threatened him of consequences. We are suspecting they might have murdered couple," villagers said, according to HT. A case has been registered against the unidentified persons and the police are currently investigating the case.United Against Hate, an activist organisation, said that 3 people have been arrested so far in the case. The villagers have stated the same. However, the police have not confirmed this. “We are treating this as blind murder case as of now. Nothing was taken from victim’s house hence we have ruled out any robbery angle.No land dispute angle is also suspected in the case. We are investigating.” Inspector Dinesh Kumar, SHO said. The quint
No Political Party Wants to Address Concerns of Indian Muslims:Maharashtra's Senior Police Officer
Pune:It is very rare for a serving IPS officer to write a critical book on the Govt’s negligent attitude towards Indian Muslims. However, Special IGP Abdur Rahman, currently posted as chief of Maharashtra State Human Rights Commission (MSHRC) stands apart from his colleagues where he has dared to call a spade a spade. His latest book, “Denial and Deprivation: Indian Muslims after Sachar committee and Rangnath Mishra Commission Reports’’ running into 569 pages and published  by Manohar Publications, New Delhi, is a complete diagnosis of the ills affecting the Muslim community and offers reasonable solutions for their socio-economic empowerment in the society.The current book is a result of 3 years of continuous writing, painstaking research, and one and a half years of intense editing by the publisher. The book has received rave reviews in leading English dailies of the country including popular online portals who have offered critical insights into the book. The book also highlights the need of community and individual initiatives in the absence of inclusive development of Muslims in India. The volume throws ample light on the callous attitude of the previous UPA Govts towards Muslims and exposes hostile attitude of the current Modi regime.India Tomorrow
Left panel clean sweep expected in JNUSU polls, results await HC nod: Indian Express
New Delhi :As per the last counting leads made public by Election Committee (EC), United Left Panel seemed to be heading for a sweeping victory in JNUSU polls. Declaration of final results has been stayed by the Delhi High Court due to pending petitions.Two students had approached the HC arguing that Lyngdoh Committee Rules were not being followed during polls. The court then directed JNU not to notify the result till the next date of hearing, Sept.17.  EC Saturday had decided that the last 150 votes for the Central Panel seats would not be announced, so as to not violate the HC order. On Sunday, it withheld from announcing over 700 votes —5,050 of 5,762 votes polled were announced. On all 4 positions, Left Panel alliance — comprising SFI, DSF, AISA and AISF — seemed to be way ahead of the runner up.For the post of president, SFI’s Aishe Ghosh was leading ahead of Jitendra Suna from BAPSA. If the HC accepts the results, SFI would get the president’s post after 13 years.Similarly, on the post of general secretary, AISA’s Satish Chandra Yadav was leading, followed by ABVP’s Sabareesh P A. At the posts of vice-president, DSF’s Saket Moon was leading, followed by ABVP’s Shruti Agnihotri. At joint secretary too, ABVP’s Sumant Kumar Sahu was trailing behind AISF’s Mohd Danish. Remaining 700 votes would decide who comes second, BAPSA or ABVP.In the 2 posts that BAPSA is contesting in alliance with Fraternity, inspired by Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, it is in close contest with ABVP. At president, Suna was ahead of ABVP’s Manish Jangid. Similarly, on the post of general secretary, Fraternity’s Waseem RS was trailing behind ABVP’s Sabareesh. Suna said he was expecting BAPSA to perform better: “Left’s propaganda against Jamaat seems to have worked. We need to work better and make inroads in School of Languages, which is their stronghold.”
Moon lander may not spring back to life: experts
Bengaluru:Experts have said that time was running out for the moon lander Vikram and the possibility of re-establishing communication with it looked “less and less probable”.A senior official associated with the mission said, “Progressively... as time goes by... it’s difficult [to establish link].” However, with the “right orientation”, it can still generate power and recharge batteries with solar panels, he said.“But it looks less and less probable, progressively,” official said on condition of anonymity. Another top ISRO official said “hard-landing” of Vikram on the lunar surface had made the task of linking again with it that much difficult as it might not have the “right orientation” and would not have landed on its 4 legs. “Impact shock may have damaged the lander,” he said. Lander was designed to execute a soft landing on the lunar surface and to function for one lunar day, which is equivalent to about 14 earth days.The location of the Vikram module “proves beyond doubt” that the orbiter is functioning well, space expert Ajay Lele said. “Orbiter is the main element of the mission as it will work for more than a year,” he said.He said that with orbiter working fine, 90-95% of mission objective had been achieved.PTI
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Tyranny, chaos and anarchy describe 100 days of Modi govt: Congress
Congress has launched an all out attack on the Modi Govt alleging that there had been "no development" in the first 100 days of its second term, with Rahul Gandhi saying there was a "glaring lack" of leadership, direction and plans where it is needed the most -- to turnaround a "ravaged economy".Congress' senior spokesperson Kapil Sibal, addressing a press conference, also alleged that govt's 100 days in office have been characterised by "arrogance, uncertainty and vendetta politics".He attacked dispensation over issues such as the state of the economy, the situation in Kashmir, NRC and action by probe agencies against opposition leaders. Taking a dig at Modi Govt, Gandhi "congratulated" it on 100 days of "no development". "Congratulations to the Modi govt on #100DaysNoVikas, the continued subversion of democracy, a firmer stranglehold on a submissive media to drown out criticism and a glaring lack of leadership, direction and plans where it's needed the most -- to turnaround our ravaged economy," he tweeted. Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi said Modi Govt is mum after "ruining the economy" and alleged it is trying to hide the grim situation in country." Sibal said that ED, Income Tax Dept and CBI are being misused."Where there is evidence against their own people, they are sheltering them, and action is being taken against opposition leaders against whom there is no evidence," Sibal said. Govt's arrogance reflects in legislations being passed without parliamentary scrutiny as well as in decisions such as abrogation of Article 370, dilution of RTI, criminalisation of triple talaq, merger of banks and RBI made to transfer 1.76 lakh crore record surplus to Govt, he said. Nationalheraldindia
Reservation should continue till beneficiaries need it: RSS
Reservation should continue till “its beneficiaries feel it is needed”, RSS joint general secretary Dattatreya Hosabale said while addressing the media on the last day of Sangh’s 3-day coordination in Pushkar. Hosabale, however, added that the organisation totally supports reservation as mandated by the Constitution. “There is social and economic disparity in our society and therefore reservation is required…we totally support the reservation as mandated by the Constitution,” he said. Earlier in August, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat stoked a controversy when he called for a discussion between those in favour of reservation and those against it. Bhagwat said he had spoken on reservation earlier as well, but it created a lot of noise and whole discussion diverted from the actual issue. Those who favour reservation should speak keeping in mind the interests of those who are against it, and similarly those who oppose it should do vice-versa, he said.He said that discussion on reservation results in sharp actions and reactions every time whereas there is a need for harmony in the different sections of the society on this approach. indianexpress
1,000 ‘descendants’ of Ram reach Ayodhya, demand temple at disputed site
Around 1,000 people from MP and Rajasthan reached Ayodhya on Sunday, claiming to be descendants of Ram and the Ikshvaku dynasty.BJP MLA from MP’s Shivpuri district, Birendra Raghuvanshi, was also part of the rally, which had started from Bhopal on Friday under the banner of Akhand Raghuvanshi Samaj Kalyan Mahaparishad. Addressed to President and PM, a memorandum was also given to district administration, demanding a Ram temple be built at the disputed site in Ayodhya. Last month, the Supreme Court had said it was “curious” to know whether any descendants of Ram were still living in Ayodhya. Mahaparishad national head Harishankar Singh Raghuvanshi said the yatra was in response to the SC’s poser. indianexpress
Kalyan Singh rejoins BJP after term as governor, immunity in Babri demolition case ends
 Ex-UP CM Kalyan Singh has rejoined BJP after completing his term as Rajasthan governor, a constitutional post which offered him immunity from trial for criminal conspiracy in Babri Masjid demolition case. 87-year-old leader accepted party’s membership in the presence of UP BJP chief. Kalraj Mishra was sworn in as Rajasthan governor today after Singh completed 5-year term as governor of the state.Singh could face trial for criminal conspiracy in Babri Masjid demolition case as the immunity he enjoyed while holding the constitutional post does not now exist.PTI
Booked for report on Dalit family: Named journalists in FIR out of fear, says Bijnor woman
Bijnor :“Yeh makaan bikau hai (This house is for sale)”. A contention over who wrote this statement on the wall of the home of the only Valmiki family in a Bijnor village has resulted in an FIR against two local journalists.While the Bijnor police said FIR was registered for “fake news reports claiming that a family” in Titarwala Basi village “was not allowed to collect water from a village hand pump”, Lokesh Devi Valmiki, who lives with her four children, said she reached out to journalists in Bijnor because she was not allowed to access drinking water by other residents of the village.In Dalit-majority Titarwala Basi village, hers is the only Valmiki family. Following the news reports, the journalists now face charges of making assertions prejudicial to national integration and causing public nuisance, after a magisterial inquiry found journalists guilty of spreading “false” and “negative” news.FIR against them records Devi as saying that journalists had written the statement on the wall, saying it would help her get justice. “What the journalists wrote on my house is wrong. I told them not to do it but they still took photos and videos of it,” FIR records her as saying. Devi said that she did tell officers who visited her home that the journalists had written the statement but that she had said it out of fear. “A havaldar had told me that we would go to jail if we had written it, so I said that to the officers. But we wrote the statement, and are even now considering leaving the village if we don’t get justice,” she said. indianexpress
Ravish Kumar receives Magsaysay Award, says Indian media in state of crisis
Senior Journalist Ravish Kumar today received 2019 Ramon Magsaysay award, regarded as the Asian version of Nobel Prize, in Manila, Philippines. Accepting the award, Ravish pointed out that the Indian media is in a state of “crisis” which is not accidental or random, but “systemic and structural”. Ravish, who is the Managing Editor and news anchor with NDTV, said, “Indian media is in a state of crisis and this crisis is not accidental or random, but systemic and structural. Being a journalist has become a solitary endeavour.” indianexpress
UP law student alleges rape by BJP’s Chinmayanand, files complaint in Delhi
The postgraduate student who had levelled harassment charges against Swami Chinmayanand, on Monday alleged she was raped by BJP leader who also physically exploited her for one year.Addressing media persons here, she claimed that Shahjahanpur police was not registering the rape case.“Swami Chinmayanand raped me and even exploited me physically for one year,” she alleged before media persons, her face covered with a black scarf.“Delhi Police has registered this complaint at Lodhi Road police station and has forwarded it to Shahjahanpur police, which is not registering the rape case,” she said.“On Sunday, the SIT quizzed me for about 11 hours. I have told them about the rape. Even after telling them everything, they have not arrested Chinmayanand yet,” she said.PTI
Traffic woes: Young man, police get into argument over vehicle checking, boy suffers heart attack, dies
During the checking of vehicle in Noida, a young man suffered a heart attack after a scuffle with police. Young man was then rushed to the hospital where doctors declared him dead, reported Live Hindustan. Incident took place when the young man, who was reportedly a software marketing professional was driving his car in Noida. He was accompanied by his father. Father and son allegedly had an argument with a policeman when he tried to stop the car banging the bonnet with his stick .During the argument with the policemen, the young man suffered a heart attack and fell down. He was then rushed to the hospital where he died. nationalheraldindia
Gujarat:Hindu, Muslim Rajputs to hold unity meeting
Ahmedabad: In a first, the city is going to host a community gathering where both Hindu and Muslim Rajputs will congregate under the banner of Samast Gujarat Rajput Samaj (All Gujarat Rajput Community). The aim of the event, which will be held on Sept.15 at Sabarmati Riverfront near Nehru Bridge, is ostensibly to promote unity and serve the nation. The organizers have already obtained police permission for the event. Vikramsinh Maharaul, member of the executive committee of the consortium, said that they have been holding such programmes to bring Hindu and Muslim Rajputs together for 15 years. “Such events revive cultural values in Muslim Rajputs whose forefathers were converted by force and allurement 500 years ago ,” said Maharaul, a resident of Miyagam in Vadodara. “Later, we as an organization gave a pace to this kind of meetings where Molesalams (a Rajput community who follow Islam) participate in great numbers.”On the need for such events, Maharaul claimed, “We want Rajputs from both religions to adhere to their culture. Muslim Rajputs follow different way of worshipping, but many of them still follow the culture of Rajputs in marriage and other occasions.”Satyam Rao, who claimed to be associated with RSS in Vadodara and involved in organizing such events, said that this is 10th such event and first in Ahmedabad city. When asked about the role of RSS in the event, Rao said, “This is not about RSS only, community leaders from both the religions have been holding it. RSS just wanted to bring unity in the country so that India can gain its lost place in the world.”He said that RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat had in 2013 participated in one such even held in Vadodara, and this time joint secretary of the Sangh, Krishna Gopalan will attend the event.”TOI
Rajasthan: Religious heads of Hindus, Muslims talk peace
Jaipur:Religious heads of Hindu and Muslim communities held a meeting here on Sunday. and decided to carry out a peace march to reduce the tension which got spiked following clashes here.Mahant Kailash Sharma, head priest of Moti Doongri Temple, said both the communities have an illustrious legacy of living together in Jaipur. “I have extended my full support to the cause which aims to bring peace and harmony in the city. We have a very strong tradition of welcoming each other’s religious processions which needs revival,” said Sharma.Naim Qureshi, president of Jama Masjid Intezamia Committee, said dialogue was required to resolve differences. “I have asked the participants to hold meetings especially during festivals.”TOI
Faizabad mosque opens food bank to feed needy
The northern state of UP, which is lately in the news for serving roti and salt to students as part of the ambitious mid-day meal programme, is among the regions that top the number of poor and unemployed in the country. In a positive move, as reported by NewsBits, a mosque in Faizabad has started a Food Bank, offering free food to the poor and needy.  The aim, according to the report, was to help the poor and the homeless apart from those who are sick or arrive from other towns. Little did the organisers realise that there would be such a huge support for the decision. Food Bank has been executed at the bus stand in Faizabad and it has been started by Jama Masjid, Tat Shah. The distribution of food begins in the evening at dinner time and it is aimed at people from all sections of society. It is also worth noting that the Food Bank has been set up in the state of UP where communal sentiments are ruling the roost and an increasing tendency of demonising Islam has come to the fore in recent years. indiatimes
Union Minister Pradhan meets Saudi Minister in Jeddah, discusses ways to boost energy sectors
Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan met with the newly appointed Saudi Minister of Energy HRH Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman in Jedda today. Both leaders talked about new ways to boost the bilateral relations between India and Saudi Arabia. During the meeting, Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman reiterated Saudi Arabia’s commitment to remain a reliable and sustainable partner in hydrocarbon supplies to India. also on Saudi investments in India.After the meeting, Pradhan tweeted that he met with newly appointed Saudi Minister in Jeddah and renewed acquaintance about previous assignments with the Saudi Ministry of Energy.newsx
Lebanon's Hezbollah downs Israeli drone in southern town
Lebanon's Hezbollah says it has shot down an Israeli unmanned aircraft outside the southern town of Ramyah. The group said in a statement today it had "confronted" the drone with "appropriate weapons" as it was heading towards the town.The aircraft was now in the hands of Hezbollah's fighters, it added.In a statement, the Israeli military said one of its drones "fell inside southern Lebanon during routine operations". It did not say what had caused the crash but added, "there is no concern information could be taken from it".Considered one of the most powerful groups in Lebanon, Hezbollah has three ministers in Govt and is represented in the Lebanese parliament. It has a strongly-armed wing, with its forces fighting in Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad's troops.Israel considers Hezbollah as the most potent military threat on its border.aljazeera
US recalls envoy to Afghanistan after Trump cancels Taliban talks
In an abrupt move, US President Donald Trump called off separate secret meetings planned with the Taliban and Afghanistan's president at Camp David.Mike Pompeo, US secretary of state, warned the Taliban that "things are about to get worse" after the group took responsibility for a suicide bomb attack that killed 12 people in Kabul last week, including a US soldier.It puts nearly year-long talks with Taliban on a temporary freeze and casts a question mark over whether Trump can fulfil an election promise to bring US troops back.aljazeera
Israel minister vows next Gaza offensive to include extrajudicial executions
Israeli Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz has vowed that a supposedly imminent offensive on the occupied Gaza Strip will see the extrajudicial executions of Palestinians, reported Arutz Sheva.Speaking in an interview with Reshet Bet yesterday, Katz claimed that an assault on Gaza is inching closer, blaming Iranian interference. “We have recently identified a growing fingerprint of [Quds Force commander] Qasem Soleimani and the Iranian axis in terrorist activities in Gaza, using new measures and the direct management of terrorist activities through Islamic Jihad,” Katz said. Israeli officials have often accused Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip of acting as an arm of Tehran.“It brings us very close to a comprehensive Israeli campaign against the terrorist organisations in Gaza,” Katz said.”middleeastmonitor
UN nuke watchdog finds uranium 'traces' at Iran site: Report
Samples taken by UN nuclear watchdog at a facility in Tehran showed traces of uranium that Iran has yet to explain, 2 unnamed diplomats told Reuters, although they could not say whether the materials predated 2015 nuclear deal, or were more recent.The report published on Sunday said one of the diplomatic sources, however, acknowledged that uranium traces were not highly enriched, meaning they were not purified to a level anywhere close to that needed for weapons.The news comes as Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif called on Cornel Feruta, acting chief of International Atomic Energy Agency and his inspectors "to observe the principles of professional work, maintain confidentiality of activities, and keep doing its duties impartially".aljazeera
Brexit: UK Parliament suspension to go ahead later
5-week suspension of British Parliament will begin later, after MPs are expected to again reject govt calls for a snap election. Opposition MPs confirmed they would not back the push for a 15 Oct.poll, insisting a law blocking a no-deal Brexit must be implemented first.Ministers have called the law "lousy" and say they will "test to the limit" what it requires of them.Boris Johnson has been warned he could face legal action for flouting it.At present, UK law states that the country will leave EU on 31 Oct, regardless of whether a withdrawal deal has been agreed with Brussels or not. Meanwhile, Downing Street confirmed that the expected prorogation - or suspension - of Parliament until 14 Oct.would begin at end of today 's sitting.It means MPs will not get another chance to vote for an early election until after then, meaning a poll would not be possible until late Nov at the earliest. BBC
Egypt court hands 19 persons of Muslim Brotherhood lengthy jail terms over 2011 jailbreak
An Egyptian court has sentenced 19 persons linked to the Muslim Brotherhood group, including the group’s top chief, to lengthy jail terms in their retrial over committing jailbreak and disorder during 2011 mass protests. Cairo Criminal Court sentenced Brotherhood top leader Mohamed Badie and 10 other defendants to 25 years in prison and 8 defendants to 15 years, while acquitting 9 defendants in the retrial session, official MENA news agency reported.The lawsuit was dropped for former President Mohamed Morsi,  due to his death in court in June. In mid-2015, in the same case, court initially sentenced six Brotherhood leading members to death, including Badie and Morsi, and 20 other defendants to 25 years in jail. A retrial was later processed after their appeal against the verdicts.GTN Africa

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