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Wednesday, 2 October 2019

2 OCT: Ahead of J-K local polls, Jammu leaders freed, Kashmir counterparts still under detention; Jamaat-e-Islami Hind demands release of all political prisoners in JK/ UN refugee agency takes up case of potential stateless in India

02 OCT. 2019: 02 Safar 1441: Vol: 12, No: 26
Ahead of J-K local polls, Jammu leaders freed, Kashmir counterparts still under detention
With  J&K Govt announcing Block Development Council polls, almost all political leaders of Jammu have been freed from house arrest nearly after 2 months of detention. However, their counterparts in the Kashmir Valley including NCP’s Omar Abdullah and Farooq Abdullah, PDP’s Mehbooba Mufti, J&K People’s Conference’s Sajjad Gani Lone still remain under preventive detention.Almost all leaders from National Conference (NC), Congress and Jammu and JKNPP in Jammu have been freed from their detention, reports said. BDC elections will be held on Oct.24.thestatesman
Jamaat-e-Islami Hind demands release of all political prisoners to hold free and fair elections in J&K
New Delhi: Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) has demanded that all political prisoners of J&K be released, democratic process and fundamental rights of people, including freedom of expression, mobile telephony and internet communication, and all modes of private and public transport,  be restored to ensure free and fair elections. The demand was made in reaction to state govt’s announcement about holding of block development council (BDC) elections which is scheduled on Oct.24. Addressing mediapersons at JIH HQRS here on Tuesday, JIH president Syed Sadatullah Hussaini said that the govt must fulfill 3 conditions before going ahead with holding of BDC elections for free and fair elections. “It must release political detainees, restore democratic process and fundamental rights of the people including communication modes, and end the climate of fear and terror”, he said.Jamaat president categorically pointed out that free and fair elections would be doubtful under the existing circumstances.He also demanded holding of assembly elections in the state along with BDC polls. In response to a question, he expressed grave concern over harassment of the common people and all communication channels like mobile phones and internet connections remaining shut for the last 2 months and cutting the Kashmiris from the rest of the world. “What will happen to you if your mobile phone is taken away from you just for 24 hours?” he asked the journalists. Reiterating his organisation’s stand, Hussaini said that the process adopted to abrogate Article 370 that provided the state with special status, was not proper. He said that the Centre must have taken consent of J&K’s elected assembly before withdrawing Article 370 as per Indian Constitutional law.He said that the govt must utilize services of economic experts to solve economic crisis, increasing unemployment and industrial slowdown in the country. Earlier, Jamaat’s vice-president Engineer Mohammed Saleem said that issue of J&K could be solved neither by use of force  by the Army nor through militancy. ``It can be solved through mutual trust based on justice and honesty’’.“But it is unfortunate that the govt has not till date taken any concrete step to solve the issue or improve the situation in Kashmir”, he said. On economic front, the Jamaat felt that adhoc measures taken by the govt to boost the sagging GDP would not help. Both Hussaini and Saleem suggested paradigm shift from interest-based banking to interestless or ethnic banking to boost production  and consumption. They said that if consumption went up, it would result into spending and boosting economic activity leading to creation of jobs and ending the current economic slowdown. But the govt, Saleem said,  was trying to hide the real problems by raising emotional issues.IndiaTomorrow
Jamaat-e-Islami come out against Centre for ‘hollowing’ Article 370: New Indian Express
Jamaat-e-Islami demands immediate reversal of Kashmir crackdown: Caravan Daily
JIH seeks release of J&K political detainees ahead of local polls:IANS
UNSC President rules out action on Kashmir
UNSC President Jerry Matthews Matjila rules out any action on Kashmir from the divided body, even issuing a joint statement.Matjila said, "In the Council, I don''t see that in the near future there will be joint statement on J&K" recalling that the divided Security Council could not even agree on a one-paragraph statement at its August meeting on Kashmir.He was replying to a reporter, who said at his news conference that there was global inaction on Kashmir and asked what Matjila would do about it.The permanent representative of South Africa took over the rotating presidency for this month on Tuesday.Giving an insight into Security Council meeting held on Aug.16 at the insistence of China, he said, "The Council was so divided that we could not even issue a paragraph statement, we could not even issue a paragraph to say we are appealing for both parties to resolve the issue amicably as per Shimla accord ... (signed) when they met in Shimla. They agreed that this was the formula they were going to use."IANS
NSA Ajit Doval meets Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman, discusses Kashmir            
Days after Pakistani PM Imran Khan visited Saudi Arabia, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman to counter Pakistan's version on Kashmir.The one-on-one meeting between the two leaders lasted for about two hours, sources said.Sources also added that while a wide range of bilateral issues were discussed, the status of J&K was also part of the discussion. Saudi Crown Prince, on his part, expressed understanding about India's approach and actions in J&K.Doval also held meetings with his Saudi counterpart Musaad bin Mohammed Al Aiban. Doval is expected to interact with top leaders of the UAE today.indiatoday
J&K: Students forced to study in makeshift rooms due to lack of infrastructure, says teacher
Ateacher at a primary Govt school in Pund village of Udhampur district in J&K has alleged that students are being forced to study outside the school, often in private makeshift rooms, as the condition of the school is not fit to be taught in.Meenakshi Sharma, a teacher at a school told ANI, "The school building has been damaged for the last 9 years. Due to security reasons, the classes are held at someone's home. We face a lot of problems. Children don't have space or proper benches to sit on which also hampers their education."In the absence of proper classrooms, sometimes the students have to stand and take their lessons."We have informed the authorities several times but no action has been taken yet. We were always told that an estimate of the repairing work is being done and repair will be done it but nothing has happened yet," she said.ANI
J-K: All schools, colleges to reopen by October 9
Jammu :Days after Home Minister Amit Shah said that there are no restrictions in the Valley, J&K administration has decided to reopen all the schools up to higher secondary level by Thursday.Pointing out that directions in this regard have come from Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan at a meeting, an official spokesperson said that the officer had directed all the deputy commissioners and concerned officials to ensure that colleges are also “open by or before Oct9.” During the meeting, he was informed that medical colleges and dental colleges in the Valley are already functioning smoothly and that students are appearing in the exams without any inconvenience. indianexpress
J&K police admit to ‘arresting’ 144 minors since August 5, but say ‘no illegal detentions’
J&K Police have admitted to arresting 144 minors, including children as young as nine and 11, since August 5, when Union Govt scrapped the state’s special status under Article 370 of the Constitution. According to data provided by the police, many children were released on the same day. All children “found in conflict with law”, the police claimed, were dealt with “in consonance [with] the provisions of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2013”.“If at all the juvenile in conflict with law has been subject to custody, the same has been placed in observation home under the orders of respective Juvenile Justice Board,” police said. They also released a list of 36 minors who had been received at the superintendent observation home in Harwan, Srinagar, since Aug. 5. Of 36 sent to observation home, 21 were bailed out and 15 were under inquiry.scroll
J&K: ‘Personal liberty must be balanced against national security,’ says Supreme Court
The Supreme Court has said that it was important to balance the personal liberty of individuals with national security concerns while hearing petitions challenging the restrictions placed on media and communications since August in J&K, Bar and Bench reported.Senior advocate Sanjay Hegde, who was arguing for a Kashmiri law student, said that the situation in the Valley was not normal and it had experienced a “sustained media and communications blackout” for 57 days. “Liberty does not mean mere animal existence,” Hegde said. “Right to communicate with loved ones is included in the right to liberty.”In response, Justice BR Gavai said: “Personal liberty will have to be balanced against the requirements of national security.” Gavai and Justices NV Ramana and R Subhash Reddy were hearing a batch of petitions filed by Anuradha Bhasin, executive editor of Kashmir Times, activist Tehseen Poonawalla and Foundation of Media Professionals, on Kashmir matter. A 5-judge Constitution Bench has granted Centre 4 weeks to file its response to a batch of petitions challenging the abrogation of J&K’s special status under Article 370 of Constitution. It will hear the matter next on Nov.14.scroll
‘Better to maintain silence’: Karan Singh on J&K
Pune :Veteran Congress leader Karan Singh — son of Maharaja Hari Singh, last ruler of J&K who signed the Instrument of Accession in 1947 — has said he prefers to stay mum on the present state of J&K.“I will not say anything on J&K. At this juncture, it is better to maintain silence,” said Singh, when asked about the prevailing situation in J&K after scrapping of Article 370.indianexpress
UN refugee agency takes up case of potential stateless in India
Geneva:UN refugee agency today said it was holding talks with India about its citizenship register in the border state of Assam, amid concerns that many people, the majority of them Muslims, could join the ranks of the world’s stateless.“We have expressed concern that this exercise of verification of nationality may result in statelessness for some of the people,”Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, said.“Govt of India has assured us that there is due process being put in place for these people to make recourse if their initial response was negative in terms of nationality,” he said. “We need to see what happens at the end of this process and whether there will be people still exposed to statelessness. That’s a concern that we have at the moment.” UNHCR is midway through a 10-year campaign to reduce statelessness worldwide, estimated by the agency in 2014 to affect 10 million people. Since then, some people in Kenya and Thailand, as well as Syrian refugees born in Jordan, have gained citizenship, Grandi said.Reuters
All Hindu refugees safe, Citizenship Bill will be brought in, says Amit Shah in Bengal
Union Home Minister Amit Shah has said the central Govt will implement the National Register of Citizens in West Bengal, but added that Citizenship (Amendment) Bill would be passed first to provide citizenship to all Hindu, Sikh, Jain and Buddhist refugees, PTI reported. This is his first visit to West Bengal as a Union minister. Shah made the remarks at an event called NRC-Jagran Abhiyan in Kolkata.Shah also appeared to assert that the NRC would be implemented in the state. “Didi (West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee) is saying she will not let NRC happen in West Bengal,” Times Now quoted him as saying. “But, I am assuring you that each and every infiltrator in India will be shown the door.”He accused Mamata of spreading panic about NRC and alleged that she was lying that the implementation of NRC would eliminate Hindu refugees from Bangladesh.“People of Bengal are being misled about the NRC. I assure all Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Jain refugees they won’t have to leave the country, they will get Indian citizenship and enjoy all the rights of an Indian national.”scroll/HT
Bengal BJP worried Amit Shah’s NRC pitch will help Mamata win third term as CM
BJP president Amit Shah’s vow to bring a NRC in West Bengal has left party members in the state, currently led by Trinamool Congress, worried. BJP registered considerable gains in West Bengal in 2016 assembly elections and this year’s Lok Sabha polls, and now has its sights set on unseating 2-term CM Mamata Banerjee from the state in 2021. But the Assam experience, where NRC left out several Hindus, has local party leaders apprehensive that Shah’s strident pitch for a similar drive in Bengal may backfire, and push both Hindus and Muslims towards TMC.A BJP MP from West Bengal told ThePrint that this overdose of NRC in their political campaign might hamper the BJP’s chances in the coming election. “Law and order, political violence, unemployment in Bengal are larger issues and we should not overdo our campaign,”MP said.“It will polarise Matua community and Bengali Muslims, who have an impact on more than 150 assembly constituencies.” The Matuas are an important Scheduled Caste community that comprises natives of the erstwhile East Bengal who moved to India after Partition as well as the 1971 liberation of Bangladesh.theprint
Mamata , Owaisi slam Amit Shah over his NRC pitch in West Bengal
Union Home Minister Amit Shah drew massive flak from the opposition on Tuesday after his pitch to implement NRC in West Bengal.Lashing out at the Home Minister, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee said, "Please don't create rift among people. Bengal is known to respect leaders of different faiths for ages. None can spoil that". "Everyone is welcome to our state and enjoy the hospitality of our people. But please don't profess any divisive politics ... It will not work in Bengal," she said, without naming Amit Shah. AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said, saying, "Home Minister is saying clearly that only undocumented Muslims will have to fear NRC, while others will get Indian citizenship @AmitShah I know you are allergic to it, but try reading the Constitution, FOR ONCE. Religion based citizenship is illegal and will be struck down."Reiterating that religion based citizenship is unconstitutional in another tweet, he added, "According to the HM, the only people who must fear the NRC are Muslims. @AmitShah I know you're allergic to it but read the Constitution, for once. Religion cannot be the basis of citizenship, it's unconstitutional & illegal." indiatoday
Month after NRC final list, Assam groups want 1951 as cut-off date not 1971
Guwahati: Publication of final list of NRC was expected to end the decades-old issue of illegal immigrants in Assam, but that didn’t happen.Now several indigenous groups, student organizations, religious and literary bodies and NGOs want NRC to have 1951 as the cut-off date to detect foreigners instead March 24, 1971.“As in the rest of the country, we want 1951 as the cut-off date to detect foreigners in Assam instead of March 24, 1971, which was the date for the NRC process,” said Abhijeet Sharma president of Assam Public Works (APW), a Guwahati-based organization, recently.HT
Legal aid clinic to help NRC-rejects file appeals in foreigners' tribunals
Guwahati: 5 law schools of the country have jointly launched a legal aid clinic called 'Parichay' (identity) to help people excluded from NRC appeal before the foreigners' tribunals (FTs). 5 law schools which have joined hands to open the clinic are Assam's National Law University and Judicial Academy, West Bengal National University of Juridical Science, Hyderabad's National Academy of Legal Studies and Research, Delhi's National Law University and National Law University of Odisha."Parichay will assist lawyers in drafting appeals,conduct research on pertinent questions of law, assist in training lawyers and paralegals and generate documentation on the functioning of FTs," a statement issued by the legal aid clinic said. According to the statement, law students engaged in the clinic will work with lawyers to help the excluded people file their appeals correctly before the foreigners' tribunals. National Academy of Legal Studies and Research VC Faizan Mustafa added, "After NRC, absence of effective legal aid would mean that many persons would be rendered stateless without due process."TOI
Bangladeshis ‘living illegally’ in UP to be identified for deportation
Weeks after UP CM Yogi Adityanath suggested a NRC-type drive in the State, the police have been asked to identify Bangladeshis and other foreign nationals “living illegally” in the State so that they can be deported.The move was important from the point of “internal security” in the State, DGP O.P. Singh said in a circular issued to all district police chiefs. Its directions should be taken with “all seriousness,” he said. "Such verification drives have been done in a periodic manner in the past as well and the process will continue in future too," he noted.The circular, dated September 30, begins by stating that over the years it was found that Bangladeshis were living illegally in some districts and some of them had even gone “underground.”The police have been asked to identify locations such as city outskirts, railway stations, bus stations and “new busties” where “such Bangladeshis and other foreign nationals take shelter” and carry out their verification under videography. Singh. however, on Tuesday clarified the drive “has nothing to do with” NRC. Bangladeshis and foreigners who have been living in the State illegally would be identified and their documents verified, he told an agency. Those whose documents were found to be false would be deported. The hindu
NRC in air, UP bid to identify Bangladeshis
No NRC talks held with Bangladesh so far, says India’s foreign ministry in RTI response
Indian Govt has admitted that it has never discussed with Bangladesh the question of deportation of those declared foreigners by tribunals after being left out of Assam’s NRC. “Govt of India has not held any meeting/discussion with Govt of Bangladesh in this regard,” Ministry of External Affairs said in response to a RTI query filed by The response was dated Sept 9.So far, the Govt had been opaque about its efforts to deport undocumented migrants from Bangladesh. In political rallies, Home Minister Amit Shah has threatened to implement the NRC across the country and deport “infiltrators”.But on an official visit to Bangladesh in August, Foreign Minister S Jaishankar said NRC was India’s “internal matter”
Hasina-Modi talks in New Delhi: Dhaka to raise Teesta, NRC and border killings
Bangladesh will raise the contentious issues of Teesta river water-sharing, Assam’s citizenship exercise and border killings along with other issues during a high-level meeting between PM Sheikh Hasina and her counterpart Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Oct.5.A senior Govt official said more than 15 deals on connectivity, culture, technical cooperation, trade and investment are in the offing. “14 have so far been confirmed,” official said.The decades-old land boundary and maritime issues have been solved, but the equitable share of Teesta river water remains unresolved.Assam’s citizenship exercise or NRC has also raised concern in Bangladesh as many fear that those rendered non-citizens of India may be pushed into Bangladesh. But India maintains that it is their internal issue which in no way will affect Bangladesh. Replying to a question, foreign minister, however, said they would raise NRC issue and pending Teesta water sharing deal during the talks.bdnews24
Ramlalla’s counsel:Is Wakf Board saying idgah razed to build Babri?
New Delhi :Contesting the Sunni Central Wakf Board’s claim that a 50-metre wall discovered during excavations by the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) in Ayodhya was part of an idgah, the counsel for Ramlalla Virajman, the deity of Ayodhya, on Tuesday asked whether the Board is saying that an idgah was demolished to make way for the Babri Masjid. The counsel also said that Muslim side had tried to drag the case, asking a witness during trial questions such as “where was the labour room where Ram was born?”“Is it their case that the idgah was demolished to build Babri Masjid,” senior advocate C S Vaidyanathan, appearing for Ramlalla, told a bench headed by CJI Ranjan Gogoi.Vaidyanathan submitted that he was asking this since the Board had not contended anytime earlier that there was any structure beneath the Babri Masjid, and that it was built on vacant land. In contrast, Ramlalla’s 1989 suit had said that a temple was demolished to build the mosque, he said.The submission invited sharp reactions from senior counsel Rajeev Dhavan, appearing for the Muslim side, who said, “The question of the idgah could only have arisen after ASI dig.”But Vaidyanathan continued and said “Muslims changed their stand” when they realised that a wall had been found as the ASI investigation progressed. He contended that not one witness “had spoken about an idgah”, and added that it was mentioned first by three archeologists produced by the Muslim side.Vaidyanathan said idgahs are built in areas away from local habitation, while the Ramkot area, where the wall was discovered, was “full of habitation”. The senior counsel said ASI report also mentioned presence of 28 other walls, some running perpendicular to 50-metre wall. This, he said, indicated that it may have been walls of rooms or halls, etc.But Dhavan and senior advocate Meenakshi Arora, also representing the Muslim parties, objected and said the ASI had not excavated the other walls, and that these did not join the 50-metre wall.Justice Bobde then asked Dhavan to submit a drawing which show parts, if any, joined to the wall and those which were not.Vaidyanathan said it is “unfortunate” that the Muslim side is criticising ASI. He said ASI’s experts are invited even to Thailand and Cambodia, where they do a “commendable job”.Arora had sought to compare archeology with the opinion of handwriting experts. indianexpress
Babri Masjid case: Hindu parties tell SC opposing side made submissions of a communal character
Announcement of Ayodhya Ram temple construction around Diwali:BJP MP
Udaipur:BJP MP Arjunlal Meena has said that the announcement for the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya will be made around the festival of Diwali."This time around, people will be able to celebrate two Diwalis. The announcement for the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya will be made around Diwali. So people will be able to celebrate 2 Diwalis," Meena.ANI
Mahatma Gandhi visited RSS shakha in 1947, applauded RSS workers’ discipline: Bhagwat
Mahatma Gandhi had visited a RSS shakha during the time of Partition, interacted with swayamsevaks and was impressed by their discipline and absence of divisive feelings, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said today.Sangh swayamsevaks recall Gandhi and his values as part of their morning prayer in Shakhas, he said while referring to ‘Ekatmata Stotra’ which is recited in the daily gatherings of its workers.“Gandhiji… visited a shakha near his place of residence in Delhi during the tragic days of Partition. He spoke to the swayamsevaks in the shakha. Its report was published in the Harijan, dated Sept.27, 1947.Gandhiji expressed his joy over discipline of Sangh swayamsevaks and complete absence of divisive feelings of caste and creed in them,” Bhagwat said in an article posted on RSS website as the country celebrated his 150th birth anniversary.Gandhi had also visited a Sangh camp near Wardha in 1936 and next day RSS founder Dr Hedgewar met him at his Ashram. The contents of the long question-answer session and discussion are now in public domain, he said. Emphasising on Gandhi’s Swadeshi vision for the country, RSS chief said the Mahatma gave a thought process that was based on giving India its own identity in all spheres of life but people with “slavish mindset” accepted western set of values as a model.”indianexpress
Palestine, Turkey and Uzbekistan Issue Commemorative Gandhi Stamps
To commemorate 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Turkey, Palestine and Uzbekistan have released special stamps.The stamp issued by Uzbekistan’s Govt is part of “Outstanding personalities” series of its postal department and a similar stamp was also issued by Turkey. Palestine released a commemorative postage stamp to honour Gandhi’s “legacy and values”. Palestinian Authority’s minister of telecommunication and information technology Ishaaq Seder released the stamp in the presence of representative of India in P.A. Sunil Kumar at a ceremony held at the ministry in Ramallah on the West Bank. Underlining Gandhi’s principles of nonviolence, values, wisdom and vision, Seder said:“Palestine’s issuance of the commemorative stamp comes in honour of Gandhi’s memory, legacy, and values that guided and shall continue to guide the humanity.” Turkish postal department, in a press release, said: “Gandhi pioneered the independence of the Indian subcontinent, dedicated his life to eradicating racism and discrimination, reducing poverty, making everyone equal and free.”thewire
Palestine Issues Commemorative Stamp to Honour Mahatma Gandhi on 150th Birth Anniversary
Beijing cancels Gandhi Jayanti event at public park
Beijing: 150th-anniversary celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday on Wednesday was hurriedly shifted to the Indian embassy premises after China denied permission for it to be held at a public park a day before the event. Oct. 2 event has been annually conducted for over a decade at a folk art museum at the Chaoyang Park, a sprawling and popular public park in Beijing, which has the only sculpture of Gandhi in China.The tradition was all set to continue until Tuesday when authorities of the venue Jintai Art Museum informed the embassy that Beijing Govt had denied them permission to hold the events. No reason was offered for the abrupt denial.It was learnt that embassy officials had visited the museum at least twice to prepare for the event.HT
In one Jharkhand district, 53 booked in cow slaughter cases in 6 years, all acquitted
Khunti :Bali Munda cannot forget the 89 days he spent in jail after being “falsely” accused of cow slaughter. Nor can he forget 21 trips he made from his village to the Khunti district court or Rs 14,000 he borrowed from relatives to meet legal expenses.63-year-old was acquitted in Jan.this year for lack of evidence and now says he is just fortunate to be alive. But in this Jharkhand district, where police last week arrested 3 men for lynching Kalantus Barla on suspicion of cow slaughter on Sept.22, Munda is not alone.A scrutiny of district court records by Indian Express found that at least 53 people booked on charges of cow slaughter, or intent to slaughter cows under Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, in 16 cases have been acquitted since 2018. While some acquittals came after courts observed that the alleged cow meat seized was not sent to FSL, in others, witnesses never appeared before court. In 2 such cases, Bajrang Dal members were witnesses. Munda was assaulted by cow vigilantes near Jaltanda Bazaar in Khunti in August 2017 and arrested soon after. 2 years later, Barla was killed, and 2 others injured, by a mob in Suari village, barely 8 km from where Munda was attacked.indianexpress
SC allows Centre’s review against dilution of SC/ST Act, which led to protests, 11 deaths
The Supreme Court has allowed the Centre’s review petition challenging the dilution of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.The bench said directions issued were not called for and were not within the parameters of Article 142 of Constitution. “Court cannot do what cannot be done by the Legislature,” the three-judge bench of Justices Arun Mishra, MR Shah, and BR Gavai said. On May 1, the top court had reserved its judgement on the Centre’s review petition, and said laws in the country should be caste-neutral and uniform. On Sept.13, the court referred Centre’s plea to a 3-judge bench.In its verdict on March 20, 2018, the Supreme Court had diluted the law’s provisions and had said public servants cannot be arrested immediately after a complaint is filed against them under the law. At least 11 people died and hundreds were detained during the protests against the Supreme Court order in April 2018. After this, Centre moved the court to seek a review of this order, and Parliament passed an amendment bill in August to reverse the verdict.scroll/ Bar and Bench
Supreme Court’s order on SC/ST Act exposed ‘bitter life realities’ of Dalits, says Mayawati
BSP chief Mayawati HAS said the Supreme Court’s order on the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act had highlighted the “bitter life realities” and struggles of Dalit community. The former UP CM said it was necessary that entire nation and the society remained aware of it.“The Supreme Court, while restoring the provisions of SC/ST Act 1989 in its judgement yesterday [Tuesday], has verified facts regarding the bitter life realities and struggles of Dalit society, they specially expose the Dalit love of the ruling BJP and Congress,” the BSP leader tweeted.scroll
RSS ideology is not rigid but cannot compromise with ‘Hindu rashtra’ belief: Bhagwat
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat has said the organisation neither had ideologues nor did it believe in any rigid ideology or doctrine.The leader of the right-wing nationalist outfit, which is the ideological parent of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, said it could change everything in its ideology apart from its belief that India is a “Hindu rashtra”.Bhagwat was speaking at the launch of the book The RSS: Roadmaps for 21st Century by Sunil Ambekar in Delhi. Ambekar a senior functionary of the outfit and the organising secretary of ABVP.scroll/PTI
Gujarat Govt never helped in providing compensation despite SC order: Bilkis's husband
Ahmedabad: Hours, after the Supreme Court ordered the Gujarat Govt to give 2002 riots, gang-rape survivor Bilkis Bano a compensation of Rs 50 lakh within two weeks, her husband criticised Rupani-led dispensation for "not providing any assistance" to them all these years. Bano suffered for 17 years, but the Gujarat Govt refused to help her despite being ordered to do so by the country's top court, her husband Yakoob Rasool told PTI over phone from Dahod. "The SC on April 13 asked the state Govt to give her compensation within 15 days. It has been over five months now, but Govt did not contact us even once, let alone follow the court order," he said.Rasool said his family sent two notices to the Vijay Rupani-led state Govt, reminding it of the SC order, but it did not even reply, following which they approached the apex court again."Let us see what the state Govt does now. It has to comply within 15 days or it will amount to contempt of court. All we know is that Bilkis suffered a lot in last 17 years, but never gave up the fight," he said.PTI
Ishrat Jahan’s mother says ‘spirit shattered by impunity’, can no longer be part of court hearings
CBI court hearing the Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case on Tuesday took on record a submission made by Jahan’s mother Shamima Kausar, demanding that the agency secure the conviction of exGujarat Police officers DG Vanzara and NK Amin. CBI had told the court in July that the agency will not appeal against the discharge of the two ex-officers.On May 2, special CBI court dropped proceedings against Vanzara and Amin after the agency did not get the Gujarat Govt’s sanction to prosecute them. The state Govt had refused to grant the sanctions, saying the police officers had done their official duty.In her letter to the investigating CBI officer in the case, Kausar said the “need for transparency, accountability and an end to impunity by men in uniform has never been more”. She requested the investigating officer to place the letter before the CBI court in Ahmedabad on or before the next hearing on September 21. However, the letter was taken on record only on Tuesday.scroll
Punjab: Police arrest one more member of Khalistan Zindabad Force terror module
Punjab Police today arrested one more accused allegedly involved in a terrorist module of the revived Khalistan Zindabad Force(KZF), busted on Sept. 22. According to the police, the accused has been identified as Sajanpreet Singh of Bandala village in Amritsar. A local court sent him to a five-day police remand today.NIA will carry out the investigation into cases of drones being used by Pakistan to smuggle arms into India through bordering areas of Punjab.ANI
Malegaon blasts case: Mumbai court rejects NIA plea for in camera trial, media restrictions
A special court in Mumbai has dismissed NIA’s petition to allow in camera hearings in the Malegaon blasts case and restrict the media from reporting on the trial. A group of 11 journalists, from several media organisations, had submitted an intervention against NIA’s plea for media restrictions.An in camera hearing would mean that only the judge, prosecution, defence lawyers, necessary witnesses and required court staff would be allowed to attend the proceedings.scroll/ Indian express
Koregaon-Bhima Case: Entire SC Bench Recuses From Hearing Gautam Navlakha's Plea
New Delhi: The entire bench of Supreme Court judges, including Justice B.R. Gavai, N.V. Ramana and R. Subhash Reddy, recused themselves on Tuesday from hearing a plea filed by civil rights activist Gautam Navlakha.Navlakha is challenging Bombay high court order that refused to quash an FIR lodged against him in the Koregaon-Bhima violence case.Justice Gavai’s recusal came a day after Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi had recused himself from hearing Navlakha’s plea, which came up on Tuesday.The apex court said his plea would come up for hearing before another bench tomorrow. Maharashtra Govt had earlier filed a caveat in the matter seeking to be heard before any orders are passed.thewire/ reported Bar & Bench
India loses 5% of corporate revenue as firms shift profits to tax havens, shows research
A database created by researchers showed that nearly 40% of the profits earned by multinational corporations in the world are moved to tax havens every year. In India, 5% of corporate revenue is lost due to this shifting of profits to tax havens, the study showed.The research, based on 2015 estimates, showed that multinational companies shifted over $650 billion in profits to tax havens, which reduced international corporate tax receipts by nearly 10%.Study, conducted by researchers from University of California, Berkeley and the University of Copenhagen, showed how much each country loses in profit and tax revenue to these tax havens.India loses $9,718 million (approximately Rs 69,000 crore) in profits to tax havens across the world. Out of the total revenue, 2%, to tune of $3,440 million, go to tax havens in the European Union, while 3%, or $5,988 million, in profits goes to non-European Union tax havens.scroll
PMC Bank misled RBI for years, hid loan defaults due to fear of loss in reputation, admits ex-chief
Ex-Punjab Maharashtra Co-operative Bank Managing Director Joy Thomas last month admitted to misleading RBI for the last 6 or 7 years, by concealing and misreporting default on loans worth Rs 6,500 crore taken by crisis-hit real estate firm Housing Development and Infrastructure Ltd. Thomas has been suspended from his post.The Economic Offences Wing of the Mumbai Police filed a first information report against officials of PMC Bank and realty developer HDIL last month, for loan default reportedly up to Rs 4,300 crore. A special investigation team has been set up to conduct an inquiry into the case. The investigators have filed a case for cheating, criminal breach of trust, forgery, and criminal conspiracy under the IPCe against the bank’s Chairperson Waryam Singh and Thomas. NDTV
Starved of business, banks to hold loan fairs across 250 districts from Thursday
The first phase of 'Loan Mela', an outreach programme for providing credit to retail customers and MSMEs, will begin from Thursday across 250 districts across the country to meet demand during the festival period.During the four days beginning Oct.3, loans will be sanctioned for retail, agriculture, vehicle, home, MSME, education and personal categories on the spot.All banks, including SBI, PNB, Bank of Baroda (BoB), and Corporation Bank have geared themselves up to take advantage of festival season demand.SBI is the lead banker in 48 districts across the country. Likewise, BoB is the lead banker in 17 out of 250 districts in the first phase.Simultaneously, it is holding Baroda Kisan Pakhwada during which most of its branches would focus on promoting farm loans, BoB said in a statement.That the banks are averse to giving huge corporate loans can be understood from the fact that NPAs, or the bad loans, amounted to ₹10.3 trillion (11.2 % of advances) in March 2018.Especially hit are the public sector banks (PSBs) which account for around 86 % of the total bad loans.nationalheraldindia
Zee Entertainment says lenders have agreed to give a 6-month extension to repay debt
Subhash Chandra's Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd (ZEEL) on Tuesday said lenders have agreed to give a six-month extension to repay debt. In an interview to CNBC-TV18, Punit Goenka, CEO, said, "Zee is working with lenders with all options to explore and find a solution on the stake sale and the resolution stake sale that we had proposed of another 10%.""The delay was purely on account of getting the Oppenheimer deal closed as that itself took us little over the anticipation. We have a lot of interest in the stock even during before the September 30th deadline. However, we realised that it may not be possible to complete the entire stake sale and hence we sought the extension."Further, Goenka said total amount due to Indian lenders is approximately Rs 5,000 crore. Speaking about the sale of Zee Infra, he said, “Lot of deals are in pipeline."cnbctv18
Nizam funds: UK court rules in favour of India over Pakistan
In a major setback for Pakistan, UK High Court today ruled in favour of India in a decades-old legal dispute with Islamabad over funds belonging to Nizam of Hyderabad at the time of Partition in 1947 and deposited in a London bank account.The Nizam’s descendants, Prince Mukarram Jah —titular eighth Nizam of Hyderabad — and his younger brother Muffakham Jah, had joined hands with the Indian Govt in the legal battle against the Pakistan Govt over around 35 million pounds lying with NatWest Bank plc here.In his judgment handed down at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, Justice Marcus Smith ruled that the "Nizam VII was beneficially entitled to the Fund and those claiming in right of Nizam VII — the Princes and India — are entitled to have the sum paid out to their order"."Pakistan's contentions of non-justiciability by reason of the foreign act of state doctrine and non-enforceability on grounds of illegality both fail," the verdict noted.PTI
Communal friction in Maharashtra's Amravati after Shiv Sena leader stabbed to death; curfew imposed
Mumbai: A curfew was imposed in some areas of Maharashtra's Amravati after a Shiv Sena leader was stabbed to death on Monday leading to communal tensions between 2 communities in the area. After the Sena leader was killed, his supporters attacked two youths in retaliation, who have reportedly scummed to their injuries. Killings triggered tensions and descended into stone-throwing at some places, prompting authorities to impose a curfew in Achalpur, Pharwada and Sarmaspura areas. According to police officials, Shiv Sena leader, Shyama Pehelwan Nandvanshi, was killed in Paratwada area of the district following which his supporters came out on roads demanding arrest of three persons. A few days ago, Nandvanshi had an altercation with a local youth, identified only as Shahrukh, and reports suggest that locals suspect him to be behind the leader's murder. 2 youths who were attacked by Nandvanshi's supporters have been identified as Saif Ali and Abdul Atiq Abdul Rafiq. Times Now
Netanyahu's pre-corruption trial hearings begin
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu's defence team today began presenting its arguments against a series of corruption charges that may lead to his indictment, amid a period of political uncertainty.The pre-trial hearings, which will take place over four consecutive days, will see Netanyahu's lawyers argue before the country's Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit that he should not press charges for alleged bribery, fraud and breach of trust - or to reduce them.Netanyahu, who has denied any criminal wrongdoing, is currently fighting for political survival after failing to achieve a clear win in 2 parliamentary elections held in April and Sept. this year. 69-year-old leader's attempts to form a unity Govt suffered a setback after his main rival, Benny Gantz, refused to serve in a cabinet led by a leader who faces indictment.aljazeera
Israeli unity gov’t talks falter after Netanyahu rival rejects meeting
New research shows Israel settlements benefit from bilateral relations with EU
New research has shown that illegal Israeli settlements continue to benefit from bilateral agreements with EU and its member states.The project from the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) and its policy fellow Hugh Lovatt – named the “Differentiation Tracker” – “traces the efforts undertaken by European Govts since the beginning of the occupation to exclude Israeli settlements” from bilateral agreements.According to the think-tank, “despite noticeable progress in advancing differentiation measures at the level of EU relations, member state practices have often lagged behind.”“As a result,” ECFR states, “there is a clear risk that European states are directly supporting the maintenance and growth of Israeli settlements, their residents, and businesses–in contravention of European policy positions and international law.”middleeastmonitor
UN High Commissioner ‘failing mandate’ by delaying release of Israel settlement business database
Global NGOS have urged a senior UNO to publish a database of companies complicit in illegal Israeli settlements, charging that continued delay constitutes a failure to fulfil the office’s mandate.In a joint statement issued,groups including HRW and Amnesty International expressed “serious concern and disappointment”  that UN High Commissioner for Human Rights failed to release the database during Human Rights Council’s 42nd session.The establishment of the database was mandated by UNHRC in 2016, with original intended deadline for the release of data in March 2017.According to signatories – who also include Palestinian rights group Al-Haq, for Research on Multinational Corporations, and Global Legal Action Network (GLAN)–“repeated, open-ended, and unexplained delays have no precedent in the handling of previous mandates by OHCHR”.NGOs believe that the failure to publish database, “is of deep concern, particularly in light of consistent reports of political interference by some states in the implementation of this resolution.”middleeastmonitor
Police open fire to disperse new protests in Baghdad
Security forces in Iraq have used live fire and tear gas to disperse demonstrators in renewed anti-Govt protests in Baghdad, wounding several people. The unrest today came a day after at least 2 Iraqis were killed and 200 wounded in clashes over unemployment, corruption and poor public services. The protests mark the first significant popular challenge to PM Adel Abdul Mahdi, who formed his Govt a year ago. Today, the iconic Tahrir Square in Baghdad where hundreds of protesters had gathered the previous day was sealed off by heavily armed soldiers and dozens of riot policemen, with some demonstrators gathering around the edges. Smaller crowds took to the streets in al-Shaab in north Baghdad and Zafaraniya in the south, with riot police attempting to disperse them with tear gas and live rounds fired in the air. UN today expressed concern over the violence and urged calm, with Special Representative of Secretary-General for Iraq, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert reaffirming in a statement the right to protest.aljazeera
N.Korea fires possible submarine-launched ballistic missile
North Korea fired at least one missile off its east coast on Wednesday, possibly from a submarine, South Korean military said, a day after announcing it would resume stalled talks over its nuclear programme with the US. National Security Council in Seoul expressed "strong concern" over the launch of what it said may have been a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), according to a statement.aljazeera
Trump impeachment: Pompeo confirms listening in on Ukraine call
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has confirmed he was listening in as President Trump asked Ukraine to investigate a political opponent.The call - between Mr Trump and President Volodymyr Zelensky - is at the centre of an impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump.  Pompeo dodged questions about the call in an interview just days ago. President Trump denies improperly pressuring Ukraine and has accused opponents of mounting a "coup".During the conversation, which triggered a whistleblower's formal complaint, US president asked Mr Zelensky to investigate Democrat rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter.Pompeo's admission during a news conference in Italy came after media reported he was party to the conversation as well. "I was on the phone call," Pompeo
Taliban to visit Pakistan amid stalled US talks
A delegation of Taliban members, led by one of the group's founders, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, will discuss "important issues" with Pakistani officials in capital, Islamabad, Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen said on Twitter. The Taliban delegation on Wednesday would inform Pakistan's leadership of the factors that derailed the talks with the US aimed at striking a deal allowing US and other foreign troops to withdraw in exchange for Taliban security guarantees, said a Taliban official, who declined to be identified."Taliban delegation's visit to Islamabad comes as Zalmay Khalilzad is also in town," Arif Rafiq, president of Vizier Consulting, a New York-based political risk advisory company, said."That could signal a potential revival of the US-Taliban dialogue in the weeks ahead," said Rafiq, adding that it was unlikely Trump has closed the door to a resumption of talks with Afghan group.Since Trump ended talks with Taliban, Pakistan's PM Imran Khan and other officials have been urging US to resume talks on ending nearly 18 years of fighting.aljazeera
English education system in Pakistan propelled society into classes: PM Imran
PM Imran Khan today said that English education system has divided society in different classes. Addressing a ceremony regarding distribution of prizes among students of seminaries, PM said that Holy Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) has laid utmost emphasis on seeking knowledge.He said that lack of education has caused fall of Muslims and that Pakistani children are not conversant with Islamic history. Islam teaches lesson of being good humans, he added. Imran asserted that Muslims had been among all top scientists for 700 years. He said Pakistan had been founded on particular goal therefore, Iqbaliat (philosophy of great poet Allama Iqbal) must be taught to students.He said reforms are being introduced in the education system, which will help to uplift the lower strata of the society with the provision of equal opportunities to progress. Nation’s weak point is lagging behind in education, he added.PM said that three varying curriculums are being followed at educational institutions in Pakistan which are leading to injustices and divisions in the society.He said Pakistan, Malaysia and Turkey have decided to launch an English language channel to present Muslims’ stance to the world and project the Muslim history. We have also decided to collaborate to make films on Muslim history and heroes of Islam, he went on to say.
Saudi: Last session of Salman Ouda’s trial could be Thursday
Abdullah Al-Ouda, son of the famous Saudi preacher Salman, expects the last session of his father’s trial to be held tomorrow, Arabi21 reported.On Twitter, Abdullah said that the Riyadh Court decided to hold a hearing for his father tomorrow, expecting that it would be the last session.The court cases again Al-Ouda began in July last year.“My father, Salman Al-Ouda, attended these daily sessions in Thr Riyadh Court,” he wrote. “It seems that Thursday will be the last one.”“May Allah release him and all the others,” he added.Previously, Abdullah has revealed that the Saudi Public Prosecution used 2,000 tweets from his father’s Twitter account as evidence to prove claims against him.Abdullah also said that the Saudi authorities had told his father that his “neutral” stance towards the Saudi crisis with Qatar “is considered treason.”middleeastmonitor
Rouhani’s brother sentenced to 5 yrs in prison
Iran’s judiciary sentenced Hossein Fereydoun, brother and adviser of President Hassan Rouhani, to five years in prison.Fars News Agency quoted judicial spokesman Gholam Hossein Ismaili as saying: “judiciary has sentenced Rouhani’s brother, Hossein Fereydoun, to 5 years in prison.”Ismaili said in a press conference that the Court of Appeal issued the final verdict of five years commuted from seven years against Fereydoun.He added that the court found him guilty of taking bribes. Fereydoun, a diplomat who is known to be close to his brother Rouhani, changed his name at the beginning of his political career.Supporters of President Rouhani believe that the charges against Fereydoun are politically motivated and aimed at putting pressure on the head of state.middleeastmonitor
Tunisia court leaves Prez hopeful Karoui in prison
Tunisia's court of appeal has rejected a fresh request to release presidential candidate Nabil Karoui, according to his lawyers.The ruling on Tuesday came less than two weeks before the second round of voting which will see the media magnate compete with 61-year-old retired law professor Kais Saied on Oct.13."Unfortunately the indictment chamber... refused the release request," lawyer said, adding that he planned on meeting Karoui's other lawyers to decide their next move.aljazeera
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