29 October 2019

29 OCT. NEWS : Urging India to fully restore rights of Kashmiris, UN panel says SC slow in dealing with petitions on Kashmir situation/ From anti-immigration views to neo-Nazi far-right background, parties of many MEPs visiting Kashmir have hard stance on Islam/ Maharashtra power tussle: Sena cancels BJP meet after Fadnavis denies sharing of CM’s post

29 OCT. 2019: 29 Safar 1441: Vol: 12, No: 48
Urging India to fully restore rights of Kashmiris, UN panel says SC slow in dealing with petitions on Kashmir situation
Urging the Modi Govt to “fully restore the rights” of people in Kashmir, UN today said the Supreme Court of India was slow in dealing with petitions concerning freedom of movement and media curbs. “The Supreme Court of India has been slow to deal with petitions concerning habeas corpus, freedom of movement and media restrictions,” PTI quoted Rupert Colville, spokesperson for UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, as saying. On Oct.16, the SC asked the Centre to produce orders concerning the shutdown and detentions in J&K. 3-Judge Bench of Justices NV Ramana with R Subhash Reddy and BR Gavai was hearing a petition filed by Kashmir Times Editor Anuradha Bhasin challenging the restrictions placed on media and communications in the Valley. The bench asked Solicitor General Tushar Mehta that why the orders concerning the imposition of restrictions in J&K were not placed on record.“We are extremely concerned that the population in Kashmir continues to be deprived of a wide range of human rights and we urge the Indian authorities to unlock the situation and fully restore the rights that are currently being denied. Although some of these measures have been relaxed, their impact on human rights continues to be widely felt,” Colville said. UN human rights body further said that lockdown was still in place in large parts of the Kashmir Valley, hampering the ability of Kashmiris to exercise their right to peaceful assembly, and restricting their rights to health, education and freedom of religion and belief.“We have also received reports of armed groups operating in Kashmir threatening residents trying to carry out their normal business or attend school, as well as several allegations of violence against people who have not complied with the armed groups’ demands,” Colville said.UN body also said it had received reports regarding allegations of torture and ill-treatment of people held in detention. “These must be independently and impartially investigated. Torture is totally and unequivocally prohibited under international law,” Colville said. indian express
From anti-immigration views to neo-Nazi far-right background, parties of many MEPs visiting Kashmir have hard stance on Islam
A group of 27 European Union MPs is in J&K today to observe the situation in the restive after the abrogation of Article 370 on 5 August. They seek to talk to locals in J&K and ask them about their experience. The Govt has said the diplomatic outreach will allow EU leaders to "see things for themselves" in Kashmir and help it counter Pakistan's narrative.However, the visit has come under much criticism here at home as Opposition and Kashmiri politicians called it a ploy to peddle the Govt's theory of normalcy. From Kashmir, Mehbooba Mufti's daughter, who currently tweets on her behalf as PDP chief remains under State custody, claimed that the timing of the visit was strategically matched with board exams of 60,000 Kashmiri students, who are usually at the forefront of protests against Indian forces. Many also commented on the composition of the 'handpicked', unofficial panel, which arguably leans heavily towards the Right and hold anti-immigration views. According to reports, in all, 22 of 27 MEPs are Right-wing politicians in their home countries.Theresa Griffin, EU MP from North West of England, tweeted:"To be absolutely clear - the group of far-right MEPs currently visiting #Kashmir are not in any way an "official" delegation. They do not speak for European Parliament. Shutdown in Kashmir must be ended and constitutional rule of law restored. "While Italy's Fulvio Martusciello, Gianna Gancia and another member have voiced their opinion against immigrants, there's a parliamentarian from Poland who was sacked from EU Vice-President's post for making a slur with Nazi connotations and a French lawmaker who supported the Russian annexation of Crimea.firstpost
EU Parliament members land in Srinagar in the middle of a shutdown and ‘exams’
Not prepared to take part in Modi Govt's PR stunt: EU MP barred from J&K visit
A member of European Parliament who was supposed to be among the foreign leaders currently on a visit to J&K has claimed India rescinded his invitation after he sought permission to walk around and talk to people without any security cover.Chris Davies, liberal democrat MP for North West England, said he had received an invite on October 7 but it was withdrawn 3 days later. MP said he had his invite withdrawn after insisting he is free to talk to police, locals and invite journalists along."I am not prepared to take part in a PR stunt for the Modi Govt and pretend that all is well,” Davies said in a statement.Questioning Modi Govt over its decision to allow 23 EU MPs to visit the Valley, he said: “It is very clear that democratic principles are being subverted in Kashmir, and the world needs to start taking notice. What is it that the Indian Govt has to hide?“"Why will it not give journalists and visiting politicians free access to speak with local people," Davies said.He said that thousands of people in the North West of England who have family associations with Kashmir."They want to be able to speak freely to their relatives. They want their voices to be heard," said MP."I fear that this is not going to end well. Govts do not win the hearts and minds of people by taking away their freedoms and imposing military rule. The risk of a violent backlash is all too evident," he said.outlookindia
'It’s Immoral': BJP MP Subramanian Swamy Demands Cancellation of EU MPs' Visit to Kashmir
In an embarrassment for Govt, BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy slammed the decision to allow a delegation of Members of EU Parliament to visit Kashmir and demanded its cancellation. Swamy described the move as a "perversion" of the country's policy. "I am surprised that the MEA  has arranged for European Union MPs, in their private capacity, to visit Kashmir. This is a perversion of our national policy. I urge the Govt to cancel this visit because it's immoral," Swamy tweeted. IANS
‘Unique nationalism’: Priyanka Gandhi joins Opposition chorus on EU MPs’ visit to J&K
Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi criticised Centre for allowing a delegation of EU MPs to visit J&K but denying Indian leaders permission to do the same. She said it was “such unique nationalism”. Gandhi said, “Allowing European MPs to travel and intervene in Kashmir while returning Indian MPs and leaders from the airport itself. Such unique nationalism it is.”indianexpress
EU MPs delegation to Kashmir comprises those who hate Islam, Muslims: Owaisi
AIMIM MP Asaduddin Owaisi lashed out at Centre for allowing an "unofficial delegation" of European Union MPs comprising members "who hate Muslims and Islam" to visit Kashmir."The whole world knows about what is going on in Kashmir. Private MPs are coming in their capacity and PM meets them and says that the environment is conducive for investment. This is not an official delegation. Is this your policy?" Owaisi said. "You make a visit to various countries all across the world and you cannot call an official delegation," the AIMIM leader said."Who are they? Why we should show them Kashmir? They are mot an official delegation rather they are people who hate Islam and Muslims and love Adolf Hitler. Many MPs among them are fascists. What is the message you are giving to Kashmiri people?" asked Owaisi.AIMIM leader said, "they are the ones who practice Islamophobia".ANI
‘EU MPs who suffer from Islamophobia visiting Kashmir’: Opposition attacks delegation of leaders
Mayawati slams visit of EU MPs to Kashmir
BSP chief Mayawati has hit out at the Modi Govt for allowing the members of European Parliament to visit J&K. She said it would have been better if the Govt had allowed Indian MPs to go to the Valley. Mayawati wrote on Twiter, "Following the abrogation of Article 370, it would have been better if the Govt had sent the country's MPs, especially from the Opposition, rather than sending EU MPs to J&K to assess the situation."IANS
Govt trying to conceal real situation in J&K: PDP
Jammu:  PDP will not be part of any "rhetoric" the Centre wants to build by concealing the "real situation" in J&K, the party said today, distancing itself from any member who attended a lunch hosted by NSA Ajit Doval. Doval on Monday met for lunch a group of 27 European MPs. It was attended by senior PDP leader and former deputy CM Muzaffar Hussain Baig, among others from the state. PDP "officially distances itself from any (of its) members who attended (Doval's lunch yesterday", party spokesman and ex MLA Firdous Tak said.He told PTI that "a member's interaction with the establishment must not be construed as the party's endorsement for the same".Besides Baig, ex PDP leader Altaf Bukhari, some newly-elected J-K block development council members and co-owner of Real Kashmir Football Club Sandeep Chattoo attended the lunch in Delhi. India today
CPI(M)’s Yechury, BJP’s Panda to debate Article 370 at Oxford Union
Oxford Union Society will debate “Jammu & Kashmir: Should Special Status Have Been Revoked” this Wednesday with CPI (M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury speaking opposing the motion and BJP leader Baijayant Jay Panda arguing in favour.Oxford Union, on their website listing the event has framed the debate on India’s decision as “simply a misunderstood step towards greater national unity and prosperity or an alarming act of authoritarian overreach?” Yechury was the only Indian politician who managed to enter Kashmir during its shutdown. The hindu
Half season gone, NAFED records low procurement of apples in J&K
While More than half of apple harvesting season is over, NAFED has been able to procure less than 1per cent of the total production in J&K. Till Sunday, NAFED had bought about 4,500 tons (3 lakh boxes) of apples, while the projected production in the state is about 20 lakh tons.“The procurement of apples in J&K has been below our expectations. The initial estimation of procurement was 10-12 lakh tons in the period between September 15 and December 15 this year, but there has been poor response due to the prevailing situation,” said a NAFED official. He said restrictions on mobile and Internet services as well as transportation challenges hindered procurement.“There is no target (for procurement). We have been asked to buy from the mandis. We want to buy as much as we can,” he said. “Price of the apples procured so far has been in the range of Rs 17- 70 per kg…”said sources. While official did not disclose the actual price at which NAFED sold these apples, he said a box, weighing about 16 kg, was sold at an approximate loss of Rs 200. NAFED is nodal agency that procures oilseeds, pulses, copra, onion and cotton to deliver MSP declared by Centre to farmers.However, there is no MSP for apples. Following Centre’s decision to scrap J&K’s special status, NAFED was asked to procure apples in J&K under Govt’s market intervention scheme.indianexpress
On Pakistan’s airspace denial to PM Modi’s plane, International aviation  body says ‘not subject to our provisions’
Flights carrying national leaders are considered as “state aircraft” and are not subject to its provisions,International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) said, in response to India’s complaint against Pakistan for its refusal to let the PM’s plane go through its airspace to Saudi Arabia. “Convention on International Civil Aviation (Chicago Convention), which ICAO helps Govts to cooperate under, only applies to the operations of civilian aircraft and not to state or military aircraft,” ICAO spokesperson said.“Flights carrying national leaders are considered state aircraft, and are therefore not subject to ICAO provisions,” spokesperson added. ICAO is a specialised UN agency and its main job is to manage administration and governance of Convention on International Civil Aviation (Chicago Convention).India had taken up Pakistan’s denial of use of its airspace to PM’s flight with ICAO, Govt sources said on Monday ahead of Modi’s visit to Saudi on a bilateral visit.India sought overflight clearance from Pakistan for PM’s aircraft to go to Saudi Arabia on Monday, but Islamabad cited alleged human rights violations in J&K to deny the request. Pak Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said the decision has been taken in context of the “black day” and in view of the alleged human rights violations in J&K.PTI
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Maharashtra power tussle: Sena cancels BJP meet after Fadnavis denies sharing of CM’s post
The power-sharing tussle between BJP and its bickering ally Shiv Sena in Maharashtra deepened today as Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray cancelled his party’s meeting with the saffron party on the formation of the next Govt, PTI reported. The latest move came after Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis denied that the Shiv Sena was assured post of CM for 2.5 years as part of a power-sharing “formula”.A senior Sena leader, according to PTI, said the meet was scheduled to be held here at 4 pm but was cancelled by Thackeray after CM’s statement on sharing of power. The meeting was to be attended by Union minister Prakash Javadekar and senior Sena leaders.“Union minister Prakash Javdekar and party leader Bhupendra Yadav were supposed to attend the meeting to start discussions on formation of next Govt from the BJP side, while the Sena would have been represented by Subhash Desai and Sanjay Raut,” Sena leader said.indianexpress
Amit Shah calls off meeting with Thackeray after war of words
 BJP president has called off a scheduled meeting with Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday after the two parties exchanged barbs over sharing of power in Maharashtra.According to BJP sources here, Shah was scheduled to meet Thackeray at latter's residence Matoshree to sew up the power-sharing arrangement after last week's assembly elections. Shah was officially to be in Mumbai to attend the meeting of BJP legislative party in Maharashtra Assembly on Wednesday. However, CM Devendra Fadnavis announced on Tuesday that Shah would not be attending BJP event on Wednesday. Fadnavis also denied that BJP had agreed to sharing the CM's post with the Shiv Sena ahead of the Lok Sabha elections earlier this year.tribuneindia
45 Sena MLAs want to join us: BJP MP
BJP MP Sanjay Kakade today claimed that around 45 newly elected Shiv Sena MLAs in Maharashtra are keen on Govt formation by joining hands with the BJP. Rajya Sabha member made the claim while speaking to a television channel, amid the ongoing tussle between the ruling allies over forming the next state Govt. "Out of 56, there are 45 MLAs who have expressed their interest in Govt formation along with BJP. They are calling and asking us to induct them into the Govt," Kakade told the TV channel.He added that Sena MLAs have been saying "do whatever, but we want to be part of the Govt with BJP".However, when contacted, Kakade told PTI that the 45 MLAs were of the opinion that the BJP and Sena should join hands for Govt formation.tribuneindia
No 50-50 deal with Shiv Sena, I will be CM for next 5 years: Fadnavis
Effectively ruling out a 50:50 power-sharing formula with ally Shiv Sena, Devendra Fadnavis today said that he will be Maharashtra CM for another 5 years, PTI reported. Fadnavis added that Sena was not promised CM’s post for 2-and-a-half-years during pre-poll negotiations.“ Sena was not promised CM’s post for two-and-a-half years when the alliance was formalised before the Lok Sabha polls,” Fadnavis said. He added that BJP-led alliance would ensure a “stable and efficient” Govt for next 5 years.Reacting to the remarks, Sena’s Sanjay Raut indicated said “we need to change the definition of truth”.“If he is saying that’50-50 formula’ was never discussed, then I think we need to change the definition of truth. What was discussed, regarding the issue CM is talking about, is known by all. The media was there,” ANI quoted him as saying.indianexpress
NDA’s new ally and an old component spar over Maharashtra
Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Raut of the Shiv Sena, old constituent of NDA, and Dushyant Chautala, president of JPP, NDA’s new ally, sparred over the political situation in Maharashtra that continues to be tense on Govt formation. Raut, taking a jibe at BJP with whom the Shiv Sena is caught in intense negotiations, said, “We do not have any Dushyant here whose father is inside the jail. Here, it’s us who do politics of ‘dharma’ and ‘satya’ (righteousness and truth). Maharashtra has a very complicated politics.”In response, Chautala said, “It means he knows who Dushyant Chautala is. My father has been in jail for 6 years, he [Raut] never asked about his well-being. Ajay Chautala Ji will not come out without completing his term." The hindu
No Dushyant in Maharashtra whose father is in jail: Shiv Sena reminds BJP amid power tussle
After success in Maharashtra polls and Bihar bypoll, AIMIM sets sight on Bihar, Jharkhand
Hyderabad : After winning 2 new seats in the just concluded Maharashtra assembly elections and the Kishanganj assembly segment in the Bihar by-elections, the Hyderabad-based AIMIM has now set its sight on the upcoming Bihar and Jharkhand state polls which will be held next year.AIMIM, led by member of parliament from the Hyderabad seat Asaduddin Owaisi, is all set to contest a chunk of the seats in both states, which might change the political landscape, especially for the Congress (which relies on minority or Muslim votes). In Maharashtra, AIMIM contested 44 assembly seats and managed to win the Malegaon and Dhule City seats, getting about 7.4 lakh votes. It was an increase from the 5 lakh votes in 2014 polls, where it contested 24 seats.In Kishanganj bypoll in Bihar, AIMIM’s Qamrul Hoda won the seat with a margin of over 10,000 votes BJP’s Sweety Singh. More interestingly, Congress lost its deposit, getting just 25,825 votes, indicating a shift among Muslims voters. The seat falls under the Seemanchal region, which is one of the most backward areas In Bihar.“Right now we are focussed on building our organizational strength. We had 1.5 lakh members and that may not go up to five lakh, and our aim is to have 15 lakh members across Bihar till Dec. The voters in Seemanchal and other areas now have faith in Barrister (Owaisi), who has raised various issues of ours in the parliament. Minority areas in Bihar are the most deprived from decades," said Adil Hassan, leader of AIMIM’s youth wing in Bihar.livemint
Aadhaar, air pollution, Ayodhya — next CJI SA Bobde has been part of landmark cases
New Delhi: Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde will be 47th Chief Justice of India after President Ram Nath Kovind signed a warrant appointing him on the recommendation of the incumbent, Ranjan Gogoi. Nagpur-born Justice Bobde, currently the second senior-most judge of the Supreme Court, will take oath on 18 November, and will retire after an 18-month tenure on 23 April 2021.But he won’t have to wait to be CJI to get into the thick of things. In his 6-plus years at the Supreme Court, Bobde has been part of benches that have heard and are hearing some landmark cases in Indian jurisprudence, such as Aadhaar being mandatory and the Ayodhya case. He was the one who suggested mediation in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute.Bobde has also played a key role within the Supreme Court — as the head of the committee to hear sexual harassment allegations against CJI Gogoi, and as the person who brokered peace between previous CJI Dipak Misra and the four senior judges who held a press conference against how the court was functioning under him.Born in 1956, Bobde belongs to a family of lawyers — his father Arvind Bobde was the advocate-general of Maharashtra, and his older brother, late Vinod Arvind Bobde, was a senior advocate of the Supreme Court.S.A. Bobde was appointed a judge of the Bombay High Court in 2000, and went on to become Chief Justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court. He was elevated to the Supreme Court in April 2013. Basic human rights: Bobde was part of a 3-judge bench that ratified an earlier order of the Supreme Court and clarified that no Indian citizen without an Aadhaar card can be deprived of basic services and Govt subsidies. Bobde was also a part of the bench when, in 2016, the top court rejected a plea against the discharge of BJP president Amit Shah in the 2005 Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, after it questioned the locus standi of petitioner Harsh Mander, a social activist.“When the person is genuinely aggrieved then the issue takes a different colour but when the person is not remotely connected and wants to revive the case then it is a different matter,” the bench had said, giving relief to Shah. Bobde is known to have amicable relations with all his brother judges at the Supreme Court. He played a pivotal role in bridging the communication gap between then-CJI Dipak Misra and the four senior-most judges who held a press conference to air grievances about how the court was functioning. Bobde is part of 5-judge Constitution bench that recently finished hearing the Babri Masjid title dispute case. The bench is expected to deliver its verdict before CJI Gogoi’s retirement on 17 Nov.Bobde was the first judge on this bench who mooted the idea of mediation in this century-and-a-half-old dispute, to heal “hearts and minds”. In 2014, while quashing the order of the Bombay High Court granting bail to a man who allegedly killed a Muslim youth, Bobde said: “Judiciary must be fully conscious of the plural composition of the country while adjudicating issues pertaining to rights of various communities.”the print
CJI Gogoi-headed Bench to deliver verdicts in Ayodhya case, other key matters before Nov 17
CJI Ranjan Gogoi, who retires on Nov.17, is expected to deliver verdicts in several key matters, including Babri Masjid title dispute and petitions seeking review of the Rafale judgement, in the next eight working days of the SC.Besides, the apex court bench headed by Justice Gogoi will pronounce its verdict on a plea seeking criminal contempt proceedings against Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for wrongly attributing to the apex court his “chowkidar chor hai” remark against PM Narendra Modi.A 5-judge constitution Bench headed by CJI Gogoi will also pronounce its judgement on the pleas seeking review of the top court’s judgement allowing women of all ages to enter the Sabarimala temple. At present, the SC is on Diwali break and will re-open on Nov 4. Thereafter, court would observe holidays on Nov.11 and 12, leaving only 8 working days before Justice Gogoi demits office as CJI on Nov 17. tribuneindia
UP: Ahead of Ayodhya verdict, Muslim clerics appeal community members to maintain peace
Meerut :Muslims clerics have approached imams of the mosques in the district to issue an appeal to the people of the community for maintaining peace and harmony in the area after the verdict of the Supreme Court on the Ayodhya issue is pronounced.The initiative is considered as an attempt to ensure harmony and tranquility and not provoke the religious sentiments of the people.Sharing the agenda discussed in the meeting of Muslim clerics and police officials on Saturday, Nayab Shehr Qazi Zainur Rasheedin said that the meeting was headed by SSP Ajay Kumar Sahni in which possible issues, which could emerge after verdict of the Supreme Court is declared, were discussed.Nayab Qazi said that Muslims have assured that all possible efforts to maintain peace and harmony in the district would be made and whatever the decision would be it would be accepted and respected by all.Muslim Personal Law Board and Jamiat-e-Ulema have already clarified that they will accept the verdict of the SC, told Nayab Qazi, adding that they would also fully accept and acknowledge the same.In the meeting of the imams of over 500 mosques in the district, it was suggested that they should appeal to people after the namaz, especially Friday namaz, to accept the verdict and maintain peace. However, a few Muslim clerics, on the condition of anonymity, said that the members of the majority community should also be advised like the members of the minority community are being advised. SSP said that a similar meeting will be convened with Hindu Clerics to take their views followed by which a joint meeting of both the communities will be held to ensure that peace is not disturbed.thestatesman
Nagaland peace talks: No breakthrough in stalemate over issue of separate flag,constitution in 4th sitting
Talks between Govt of India and NSCN (IM) continued on October 28 without any breakthrough in the stalemate over the issue of separate Naga flag and constitution, reports Morung Express. It was the fourth formal sitting between GoI Interlocutor and Nagaland Governor RN Ravi and NSCN (IM) Collective Leadership led by General Secretary Th Muivah since political negotiations resumed on October 10 in New Delhi after a two-month break.With reports rife of GoI stipulating October 31, as the deadline to conclude the 22-year old political dialogue, a senior NSCN (IM) leader commented that it would be unwise to specify deadlines. An online news agency reported on October 28 that the GoI has decided to withdraw the October 31 deadline. Queried on this, NSCN (IM) leader maintained that the question of withdrawing deadline does not arise as there was no such issuance or official stipulation from GoI in first place.He added that there was no announcement of deadline withdrawal at the meeting today. According to him, both sides want to end the talks at the earliest; however, the ongoing political dialogue cannot happen under the dictate of deadlines. He described the day’s meeting as cordial and informed that the next meeting has been scheduled on October 29.nationalheraldindia
Rakbar lynching: 4th accused chargesheeted
Jaipur: 2 months after the fourth accused in the Rakbar Khan mob lynching case was arrested in Jaipur, the Rajasthan police has chargesheeted him.Alwar SP Paris Deshmukh said, “After the lynching, Vijay, a resident of Lalawandi village, had been absconding for a year till we nabbed him in Jaipur. During the investigation, the evidence corroborated the accusations against him.”Khan was killed on the night of July 20, 2018, when he and his friend Aslam Khan were brutally attacked by an angry mob of self-styled ‘gau rakshaks‘ while they were transporting milch cows on foot to their home in Haryana’s Kolgaon from a village in Alwar.While Aslam managed to escape, Rakbar was caught and grievously beaten. He succumbed to his injuries a few hours later. One more accused in the case, Vijay, was arrested in Jaipur in August this year.Now, the only accused remaining to be investigated in the case is Nawal Kishore Sharma – chief of VHP’s gau rakshak cell in Alwar’s Ramgarh.“Nawal Kishore is the mastermind of the lynching. He had tactfully restricted his version of the incident to being just an informant in the case but the truth is that he had mobilised the mob that day. Despite his involvement, the police didn’t arrest him because of his high political connections,” Kassim Khan, advocate in the case, told The Wire.The Wire
Youth lynched over alleged cattle theft in Bihar
A youth was beaten to death in Mokama area near here for alleged theft of cattle, the police said on Tuesday. According to the police, the incident took place on Monday night when some youths belonging to Barahpur village entered More village with the intention to steal cattle."During the commotion, while the cattle were being untethered, some villagers woke up and started chasing the alleged thieves. The villagers caught hold of one of them while the rest managed to escape," locals told the police.The youth has been identified as Matlu Bind of Barahpur village, ASP  told IANS."We have taken 12-15 people in custody. Investigation is on," he added.IANS
UP doctor blamed for kids’ deaths plans to move HC
Dr Kafeel Khan, who claims to have been a victim of Govt's vendetta in the infamous 2017 saga of 70 children perishing for want of Oxygen in BRDHospital Gorakhpur, plans to move the Allahabad High Court over "massacre" of kids..Dr Khan claims the crisis was caused by the health authorities' greed for 10 per cent commission in acquiring the cylinders.He addressed newspersons in Bhopal on Tuesday to announce plans to move the Allahabad High Court to get justice for the deceased. "Massacre happened just for 10 per cent commission. It is not a tragedy. It is a massacre, a man-made," Dr Khan, said. The contractor who supplied oxygen to the hospital had written 14 letters to various officials, including CM Yogi Adityanath for payment, but to no avail. It was just for getting 10 per cent commission from the oxygen supplier that the massacre took place, Dr Kafeel Khan claimed."I am moving HC shortly to get justice for the deceased and seek punishment for the culprits. I have immense respect for judiciary and the Constitution," he said.IANS
Complaint filed against Kapil Mishra for controversial tweet against Muslim community
New Delhi:A complaint was filed against BJP leader Kapil Mishra on Monday for allegedly targeting Muslim community. Mishra took to micro-blogging site twitter and mocked the community.Mahmood Ahmed, a resident of Joga Bai Extension filed the complaint at Jamia Nagar Police Station requesting to register an FIR under relevant sections of the Information Technology Act and IPC. He alleged that Mishra's tweet allegedly sought to "create enmity, hatred and communal violence"."This is to bring to your notice that Kapil Mishra, a BJP leader from Delhi, has made inflammatory comments targeting the Muslim community through his handle: @KapilMishra_IND," the complaint read. Mishra had tweeted in Hindi: 'Pollution kum karna hai to... yeh wale patakhe kum karo, Dilwali ke patakhe nahin ('If one wants to reduce pollution, these crackers must be reduced not the Diwali crackers".ANI
JNU: Students protest against new hostel policy draft that includes curfew, dress restrictions
JNU students on Tuesday staged a protest outside Inter Hostel Administration (IHA) meeting venue against the introduction of a new draft for the hostel manual. The new hostel policies were introduced earlier by the administration which included among other things fee hike and curfew restrictions.Speaking to ANI, Aishe Singh, JNUSU president said: "There was an illegal IHA meeting held yesterday without inviting the students' union.""Our letters were not being received. The hostel fees have been increased. Curfew and dress restrictions have been introduced. The library is being closed before time," added Singh."For the first time in JNU, we have been told that if we don't pay the fees for the mess, we will be evicted from the hostel. The policy of reservation has been removed through this draft," she said.Singh further said the draft was 'unlawful' which should be revoked immediately, and that the Dean of Students, Umesh Kadam, is to be blamed for trying to confine the students in the hostel and not letting them study.Saket Moon, JNUSU vice president, said: "We have tried various ways to contact the administration, but they have completely ignored our demands."ANI
TN: Brawl triggers caste clash in Dharmapuri
Dharmapuri: Security has been beefed up in Payar Nayakanpatti village in Dharmapuri after a ‘drunken altercation’ between 2 groups belonging to caste Hindu and Dalits snowballed into a communal clash during Deepavali celebration on Sunday. Following the incident, Harur Sub-Collector Prathap conducted peace meeting and police have registered FIR against seven persons. Harur DSP Chellapandian said situation was diffused adding, “a drunken brawl escalated as more people got involved and some youth resorting to stone pelting.” Two houses were ransacked and arrests would be made soon, he said. Harur Sub-Collector Prathap said, “Some youth drew knives resulting in more people joining in an attempt to diffuse the situation. Despite efforts of village heads, youth refused to give up.” According to sources, a group belonging to Caste Hindus in Payar Nayakanpatti came across a section of Dalits, celebrating Deepavali on a main road, and insisted latter burst crackers elsewhere. newindianexpress
Rescued from smugglers, over 250 cows stolen from Tripura’s cow shelter in 6 months
Agartala:Over 250 cows, which were among those rescued by BSF from being smuggled to Bangladesh earlier, have been stolen from a cow shelter in Tripura’s Sepahijala district in the last six months.Officials of the Delhi-based Dhyan Foundation that looks after the cow shelter in Debipur village, 22km from Agartala, lodged a complaint of the theft at the Madhupur police station. The cow shelter has 596 cows at present. “According to our reports, over 250 cows were stolen from our shelter. We have lodged complaints regarding this 5-6 times in the police station,”a volunteer of NGO, R Lata Devi, said.“On Oct 24, few people came with arms in the shelter and tried to steal at least 12 cows, but they left the place without the cows after we reached there,” Devi said. NGO had said earlier that 159 cows had died in the shelter between May and July this year. HT
14 cattle die in UP after consuming poisonous fodder
Muzaffarnagar:At least 14 cattle, including cows and buffaloes, died after consuming poisonous fodder at Kaderghar village in neighbouring Shamli district, police said.The cattle died after eating the fodder on Monday evening, they said.A medical team has been dispatched to the village for ascertaining the incident. Carcasses have been sent for post-mortem examination and an investigation is underway, police said.PTI
Over 3,700 dead in Maoist violence in 9 years: MHA
Over 3,700 people were killed in Maoist violence in 10 states, the highest in Chhattisgarh, in the last nine years, the Ministry of Home Affairs said in its annual report.In its report for 2018-19, the ministry said CPI (Maoist) continues to be the most potent among various Left Wing Extremist outfits in the country and responsible for more than 88% of the total violent incidents and resultant deaths. “Amidst increasing reverses, CPI (Maoist) has been making efforts to expand to new areas along the inter-state borders without any significant success,” the report said.As many as 3,749 people lost their lives in 10,660 incidents of violence in 10 states since 2010, the report said.The highest number of casualties due to Left Wing Extremism (LWE) took place in Chhattisgarh where 1,370 people were killed in 3,769 violent incidents perpetrated by Maoists between 2010 and 2018.HT
‘Brother’ Kejriwal’s free bus ride gift to Delhi women
Delhi Govt launched a free-ride scheme for women in state-run buses from Tuesday.Female passengers opting for free travel will be issued a pink ticket for a single journey. Availing the scheme will be optional. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal tweeted wishing “sisters” on the occasion of Bhai Dooj.According to Govt data, the combined daily ridership of cluster and Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses is about 4.4 million in the national capital. Nearly 35% of the commuters are female passenger. Deputy CM Manish Sisodia said the free ride scheme will ensure women safety. “Free-ride for women in Delhi buses has started from today. Congratulations Delhi! Apart from women safety, it will also increase the role of women in Delhi economy,” Sisodia said in a tweet in Hindi. HT
Sadhvi abducted and gangraped in Bihar: Police
Patna :A 25-year-old sadhvi was allegedly kidnapped from her ashram in Bihar’s Nawada and gangraped on Monday, police said. A case was registered against four people but no arrests have been made so far and a hunt is on for the accused, they said.The police officer in charge of the station concerned said the victim, who hails from Basti in UP, had lodged a case after having walked 2 km from the spot of the alleged incident.The victim identified two of the four accused as hailing from Chhattisgarh and UP and said they visited her ashram several times, she said.indianexpress
Govt may reinvestigate or seek CBI probe into rape of 2 Dalit minors: Kerala CM
Amid an uproar over the acquittal of the accused in the rape of two Dalit minors, who were later found dead, CM Pinarayi Vijayan told the Kerala Assembly that Govt is considering a reinvestigation or a CBI probe.The Assembly was adjourned for the day as the Congress-led Opposition stalled proceedings, alleging lapses in the police probe and prosecution’s conduct in the case at the POCSO court in Palakkad. Organisations affiliated to the Congress and BJP took out protest marches in Palakkad demanding a CBI probe.On Friday, the court had acquitted three persons in the case pertaining to the 2017 rape of minor Dalit sisters in Palakkad. The girls, aged nine and 13, were found hanging at their home on different days over two months.The case saw a twist after N Rajesh, an advocate who had appeared for one of the accused, was appointed as the chairman of Child Welfare Committee earlier this year. Public prosecutor, Jalaja Madhavan, was a junior to Rajesh, who is a local CPI(M) leader, and was later removed as prosecutor. Following the controversy, on Monday, Rajesh was removed from the post indianexpress
Bulandshahr SHO murder: Accused gets statue
SHO of Siyana police station, Subodh Kumar Singh, was killed by protesters while Sumit Kumar (20) was shot allegedly by the policeman in an act of self-defence. 11 months after a 20-year-old was killed during violence in Bulandshahr, youth’s father has erected a statue in his memory. On Dec.3, violence had broken out in Bulandshahr’s Siyana after alleged cow-slaughter.SHO of Siyana, Subodh Kumar Singh, was killed by protesters while Sumit Kumar (20) was shot allegedly by policeman in an act of self-defence. indianexpress
CPJ ranks India amongst the worst for unsolved journalist murders
Committee to Protect Journalists has placed India, for the 12th time, on its list of countries with worst records of bringing to book the killers of journalists.In its report released on Tuesday, India has been placed on the 13th position (among 13 nations which make up the list of the world’s worst impunity offenders) with 17 unsolved murders that occurred between September 2009 and Aug 2019. Somalia is ranked number one with 25 unsolved murders of journalists in a population of 15 million. Philippines has the highest number of unsolved murders at 41.thewire
Modi in Saudi LIVE: Saudi announces deals worth $15 billion, PM to deliver key note address at FII
Saudi Arabia today announced 23 investment agreements worth more than $15 billion in value on the first day of a three-day high-profile financial summit. The deals were signed on the sidelines of Future Investment Initiative, dubbed “Davos in the desert”, which is an initiative of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who plans to diversify the Kingdom”s economy while reducing its economic dependence on petroleum products under his ambitious vision 2030 plan. "Totaling more than USD 15 billion in value, these agreements were exchanged by signatories in a dedicated ceremony held at Ritz-Carlton hotel in Riyadh. Coordinated under Invest Saudi," Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) said. Speaking at the forum, Mukesh Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director of the Reliance Industries Limited, said, "The youth of India are our driving force, and the reason India will propel itself to be the 3rd largest economy in the world."Modi who landed in Riyadh late Monday night on a 2-day visit  is scheduled to hold bilateral talks with King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and deliver a key note address under the title ”What”s next for India?” at the forum. This is Modi’s second visit to Riyadh, almost three-and-a-half years after his visit in April 2016.Earlier today, Modi Tuesday held separate bilateral talks with Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture Abdulrahman bin Abdulmohsen Al-Fadley and Minister of Labour and Social Development Ahmad bin Sulaiman Alrajhi in Riyadh. The leaders discussed newer areas of cooperation in agriculture, food processing, water technologies and issues related to labour.
PM Modi meets King of Jordan, discusses ways to strengthen India-Saudi ties
Riyadh:PM Narendra Modi here on Tuesday met King of Jordan Abdullah II in Riyadh and discussed ways to strengthen ties between the two countries.ANI
Britain heads towards Dec election as Opposition backs early poll
Britain was heading towards a December election on Tuesday after PM Boris Johnson's bet on breaking the Brexit deadlock with an early vote gained support from opposition parties.As European Union finalises a third delay to the divorce that was originally supposed to take place on March 29, UK, its parliament and its voters remain divided on how or indeed if to go ahead with Brexit. Johnson, who had promised to deliver Brexit on October 31, “do or die”, has repeatedly demanded an election to end what he casts as a nightmare paralysis that is sapping public trust by preventing any Brexit outcome at all.After parliament refused Johnson his third demand for an election on Monday, he will try to force a bill through Parliament today that calls for a Dec 12 election. It needs a simple majority in Parliament. In a move that raises the chances of a rare parliamentary success for Mr. Johnson, the Opposition Labour Party's leader Jeremy Corbyn said its condition of ruling out a no-deal Brexit had been met so it would support an election.“We will now launch the most ambitious and radical campaign for real change our country has ever seen,” Corbyn, a veteran socialist campaigner, told his senior team, according to his office.Lawmakers could still bring significant changes to Johnson's bill.REUTERS
Lebanon PM Hariri to resign after mass protests
Lebanon's PM Saad Hariri has said he will submit his resignation to President Michel Aoun, satisfying one of the main demands of the country's protest movement. The announcement on Tuesday came on the back 13 days of mass anti-Govt protests demanding the departure of the country's political elite amid growing anger over official corruption, poor public services and years of economic mismanagement."We have reached a deadlock and we need a shock in order to brave through the crisis," Hariri said in a televised statement from the capital, Beirut."I'm heading to the presidential palace to tender the resignation of the Govt ... This is in response to the will and demand of the thousands of Lebanese demanding change," he added.Defying pleas from the country's top politicians, protesters on Tuesday sought to keep Lebanon on lockdown by cutting off access to some of the main thoroughfares, including the main north-south highway.Earlier in the day, people believed to be supporters of Hezbollah and its ally Amal forced protesters from a roadblock they had set up in Beirut, tearing down their tents and fighting with them, forcing the police to intervene.Hariri's resignation would be seen as defying the powerful Shia group Hezbollah, whose leader Hassan Nasrallah has twice said he was against such a step, citing the risk of a dangerous void.aljazeera
Over dozen killed in Karbala as Iraqi forces open fire
Iraq's security forces fired live ammunition early today to disperse an anti-Govt demonstration in the southern holy city of Karbala, killing at least 14 protesters and wounding hundreds of others, medical sources said. But Karbala's police chief denied in a statement that any protesters had been killed and said only one person died in an unrelated criminal incident, calling footage of security forces shooting at protesters on social media fabricated and designed to "incite the street".Security officials said the violence happened in Karbala's Education Square, about two kilometres from the Imam Hussain Shrine, where demonstrators set up tents for their sit-in.A witness said hundreds of protesters were in the encampment when live rounds were fired towards them from a passing car.Then masked gunmen in black plainclothes arrived and started shooting at the demonstrators, witness said, speaking on condition of anonymity, fearing for his safety. aljazeera
France: man with rightwing links tries to burn mosque in Bayonne, shoots two
An 84-year-old former candidate for France’s ultra-right party shot and seriously wounded two men in their 70s who saw him trying to burn a mosque in southwest France, police said, as the Govt expressed “solidarity” with Muslims. The octogenarian opened fire when two men, aged 74 and 78, came upon him trying to set fire to the door of the mosque in Bayonne on Monday afternoon, a police statement said. The victims were brought to a nearby hospital with serious injuries, while the suspected shooter was later arrested near his home. He had also set fire to a car outside the Mosque. Police identified the man as Claude Sinke, and said he had admitted to being the shooter. Sinke stood as a candidate for Marine’ le Pen’s National Front in 2015 regional elections, according to the official list.. AFP
US disposed of Baghdadi’s remains, Pentagon says but doesn’t give details
 US has disposed of Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi’s remains, which had been transported to a secure facility for testing after the Saturday raid on a compound in northern Syria that led to the death of Islamic State leader, Pentagon’s top officials said.American special operations forces also captured two adult males during raid and have them in custody, Defense Secretary Mark Esper and General Mark A. Milley told reporters Monday. They didn’t say where the men were being held or how they would handle sensitive question of where and whether to prosecute them.Esper and Milley, chairman of Joint Chiefs, offered few additional details on the mission in Syria that President Donald Trump announced in vivid terms on Sunday. The defense officials said that video of the helicopter assault will be released later.A forensic test on the remains of Baghdadi confirmed his identity, Milley said. Disposal of his remains “is complete and was handled appropriately,” Milley said without providing details.Bloomberg
Turkish minister: Kurdish YPG still near border as deadline looms
Kurdish YPG forces have still not fully withdrawn from a strip of land in northeast Syria from which Ankara says they must leave, Turkey's defence minister was quoted as saying just hours before a deadline for their removal expires on Tuesday.Under an accord reached a week ago between the presidents of Turkey and Russia, Syrian border guards and Russian military police are meant to remove all YPG forces and their weapons from a 30km band of territory south of the Turkish-Syrian border by 6pm local time on Tuesday. After that deadline, Russian and Turkish forces will jointly start to patrol a narrower, 10km strip of land on the Syrian side of the border. "It looks like the YPG terror organisation is still in the area of Operation Peace Spring," the defence minister, Hulusi Akar, told Sabah newspaper.aljazeera
'I was whipped with metal chains in an Egyptian prison'
For Ibrahim Halawa, what began as a family holiday in 2013 became four years in an Egyptian prison.The Irish Egyptian student was arrested at a Cairo mosque after a sit-in protest descended into clashes with security forces.He was accused, with 500 others, of inciting violence and sabotage. He was acquitted of all charges and release from prison in October 2017. Speaking to the BBC Halawa claims that while in an Egyptian prison he was physically and mentally abused, including being whipped with metal chains, stripped naked and hit with an AK47.Before his imprisonment, Mr Halawa had taken part in protests against the military ousting of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi. Halawa is now studying law at University College Dublin.BBC
Nawaz Sharif granted 8-week bail on medical grounds in Al-Azizia case
 Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday granted bail to Pakistan's former PM Nawaz Sharif on medical grounds for eight weeks in Al Azizia Steel Mills case.The verdict was announced after a two-member bench, comprising Justice Aamir Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiyani, heard the bail petition filed by Sharif's brother and PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif, reported Dawn.The former PM had procured the bail on medical grounds last week in Chaudhry Sugar Mills from the Lahore High Court.ANI
US sanctions threaten Iranians’ right to health: HRW
Washington’s sanctions against Tehran have drastically constrained its ability to pay for humanitarian imports and are threatening the health rights of Iranians, Human Rights Watch said today.US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal last year and reimposed punishing sanctions as part of a stated campaign of “maximum pressure” against Iran. Officially, punitive measures make exceptions for food, medicine and other humanitarian goods, but most companies are unwilling to do any trade with Iran for fear of repercussions in the world’s largest economy.AFP
China says its approval is ‘must’ for choosing Dalai Lama’s successor
China today said its approval is a must for choosing the successor to Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, rejecting the United States’ assertion that the next-in-line to Tibet’s exiled leader will be selected by the Tibetan people themselves and not by Beijing.U.S. Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback, who met the Dalai Lama in Dharmshala on Monday, hit out at what he called China’s persecution of Tibetan people’s faith and said they have the right to choose their own religious leaders. PTI
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Modi govt allows mostly far-Right EU MPs to J&K: Smart diplomacy to counter Western liberals?theprint
This is why Modi, Amit Shah and BJP aren’t losing sleep over Ayodhya verdict:RUHI TEWARI
Inviting European MPs to Kashmir while refusing entry to Opposition MPs is outlandish; precedent set is more so: Tara Kartha
Prince Mohammad bin Salman’s reform-driven Saudi offers India room to strengthen bilateral ties:C. Raja Mohan
Several European parliamentarians visiting Kashmir are from Right-wing, anti-Islam parties
The rise of Muslim polity in Indian politics? Source :  Syed Ubaidur Rahman
New book questions why 'tacit ban' prevents women from entering mosques ......
How foreign media coverage of Kashmir crisis has become a headache for Modi govt:NANDITA SINGH
“It’s a PR stunt”, says Europe about MEPs visiting Kashmir today:Hasan Suroor
Abandoning Gandhi: The idea of Truth has been the biggest victim of our times: Shashi Deshpande
Altering Geography Of J&K, India Flouted UN Resolutions: Ex Foreign Intelligence Officer: the logicalindian
A ‘Normalcy’ of Compulsion in Kashmir:Shakir Mir
India’s Paranoia about Bangladeshi Immigration:B. Z. KHASRU | Caravan Daily
European Delegates May Endorse Govt on Kashmir, But Will it Really Help?David Devadas
Gandhi, a Lifelong Friend of Jamia Millia Islamia :Mahtab Alam
Kishanganj By-Poll: How the Congress Lost Its Deposit in a Former Bihar Bastion:Tanzil Asif
Why lessons from Nazi Germany do not apply to India: Ruchir Joshi
Who’s behind the obscure NGO sponsoring the European Union delegation to Kashmir?newslaundry

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