21 November 2019

21 NOV. NEWS: Maharashtra Govt on weekend? hint Sena, NCP, Congress / Congress, AASU against scrapping of Assam NRC, confusion reigns in state/ Answer each and every question raised on Kashmir restrictions: SC to J&K admin

21 NOV. 2019: 23 Rabiul Awwal 1441: Vol: 12, No: 63
INDIA: Maharashtra Govt Formation
Sena-NCP-Congress letter to be given to Governor on Saturday: Sanjay Raut
Mumbai: After weeks of negotiations, Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress seem to have cleared the obstacles that hindered 3 parties from joining hands and forming govt in Maharashtra. Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut said letters of support from the MLAs of all three parties will be handed over to the Governor on Saturday. A joint meeting of Sena, NCP and the Congress will take place in Mumbai to finalise the alliance. Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and NCP's Sharad Pawar are likely to join the meeting for discussions on power sharing.Congress's top decision-making body met at party chief Sonia Gandhi's home to discuss the possibility of being part of the government in the state. Sources say Sonia Gandhi was advised to "go ahead" with Maharashtra alliance, despite her reservations, and told that the "greater enemy, in order to fight communalism, is the BJP". Final talks may take place in Mumbai.Sena's Sanjay Raut, who has been the face of the party over the last weeks, later gave a rough timeframe,saying the state could have a govt after the negotiations are over in "2 to 5 days". NDTV
Complete unanimity between Congress-NCP, will meet Sena tomorrow to finalise alliance: Chavan
New Delhi: Congress-NCP combine today said the two parties have completed their discussion on all issues related to government formation in Maharashtra and will now hold talks with the Shiv Sena in Mumbai on Friday to "finalise the architecture of the alliance". Congress and NCP will hold deliberations with its pre-poll allies ù Peasants Workers Party (PWP), Samajwadi Party (SP), Swabhimani Paksh, CPI(M) ù in Mumbai before meeting Sena. Top Congress leaders Ahmed Patel, Jairam Ramesh and Mallikarjun Kharge, its state leaders Prithviraj Chavan, Balasaheb Thorat and Naseem Khan, and NCP leaders Praful Patel, Supriya Sule, Ajit Pawar, Jayant Patil and Nawab Malik were part of the meeting." NCP and Congress have completed discussions on all issues. There is complete unanimity on all issues," Chavan said after another meeting today.news18
Unanimity between NCP, Congress on all issues, next meeting with Shiv Sena, says Prithviraj Chavan
Maha Govt on weekend? Sena, NCP, Congress hint
Congress, AASU against scrapping of Assam NRC, confusion reigns in state
Stirring the failed NRC process again, home minister Amit Shah has announced that a NRC process will be carried out all across the country and at that time the process would be done once again in Assam too.Hours later Assam Finance Minister and BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma had said, “The state government cannot accept this NRC. People who should not have been included in the list have made it.”This has raised the hackles of everyone in Assam including that of All Assam Students’ Union, which had spearheaded the movement in 1980s and is a signatory to the 1985 document that provided for "detection, deletion and deportation" of illegal foreigners from Assam.AASU leaders were upset that Sarma had rejected Assam NRC. “AASU has not rejected the updated NRC.We want that the updated citizens’ register must be only re-examined and rectified. We have gone to the Supreme Court and the hearing is on Nov. 26. The current CJI SA Bobde will hear it,” stressed Dipankar Nath, president of AASU.“Who gave Biswa Sarma the right to reject NRC? Who has taken the decision in this regard? And on what capacity has he rejected the updated NRC. It was the Supreme Court which ordered the process. Sarma is simply politicising the issue,” underscored Gogoi.AASU president pointed out, “It was only in Assam that NRC was first carried out way back in 1951. The present updation of NRC is based on 1951 NRC and electoral roll up to 1971. So NRC exercise in Assam is definitely different in comparison to the other States of the country where no NRC has ever been carried out.” Slamming BJP for its decision to restart NRC, Opposition leader in Assam Assembly Debabrata Saikia said, “BJP wants to keep NRC issue simmering in order to further its agenda of polarisation along religious lines. The party wants to use the nation-wide NRC as its new weapon for the political polarisation. They want people to forget real issues of unemployment, economic distress and poverty. Once this happens, people will all be working to ensure they are citizens of the country.”Outlining the BJP’s political agenda, Saikia underscored that the Modi government wants to carry out NRC process without supervision of the SC so that a section of genuine citizens from the religious minority community can be excluded and a section of illegal migrants from the linguistic minority community can be inducted in NRC.“They will keep raising this issue. Ahead of MP, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan elections, govt said there were 40 lakh “ghuspetia” (dog whistle for illegal Muslim immigrants), but after the process it has become clear that there are only 19 lakh and many of them in that are also genuine citizens. So, number will reduce drastically. This does not suit their purposes,” explained Saikia. Opposition leader has also urged AASU to strongly oppose the latest move of Modi government. Elaborating on the confusion in Assam, human rights lawyer Aman Wadud said, “There is no clarity what will happen to current NRC. HM also said people excluded will be given free legal aid. If current NRC is scrapped, why should excluded people file appeal?There is a lot of ambiguity.”nationalheraldindia
BJP receives jolt from ally in Bihar as Prashant Kishor protests against Amit Shah’s NRC plan
Union Home Minister Amit Shah's NRC plan, evoked strong reactions from one of his party’s most-trusted allies, the JDU, in Bihar.Without mincing words, JDU leader Prashant Kishor wrote on Twitter, “15 plus states with over 55% of India’s population have non-BJP CMs. Wonder how many of them are consulted and are on-board for NRC in their respective states!!”jantakareporter
Congress slams Centre over NRC, accuses it of creating difference in society
Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury today hit out at BJP-led Centre over NRC, accusing it of attempting to create a difference in the society on communal lines."The issue of NRC should not be exploited in a partisan and communal way. When the country is reeling under a severe economic crisis, the government has been devising various ways and means such as NRC to deflect the attention of the common people. I think the government is hell-bent upon on dividing our society on communal lines," he told ANI. Chowdhury said there should be clarity from the government regarding NRC."What does NRC means? How will it affect our country? What should be the outcome? All issues (on NRC) need to be discussed when govt brings legislation in the House," he said.ANI
Citizenship of all of us is now in shadow of doubt: activists
New Delhi:Over Home Minister Amit Shah assertion to implementing NRC  across the country, rights activists see this as the government’s disenfranchisement programme aimed at stripping residents considered “illegal immigrants” of their citizenship rights.Rights activists say the central aim behind this process appeared to be to turn the nation into a Hindu Rashtra. “The government has a one-point agenda to convert India into a Hindu nation,” said Shabnam Hashmi, a prominent civil society activist. “They did this in Assam, and they want to do this across India. What happened in Germany in 1930s would now happen here.”Assam has already shown that proving citizenship meant a huge ordeal to the people. “Assurance of the home minister is empty rhetoric,” Prof Apoorvanad who teaches Hindi at Delhi University said. “All of us are now doubtful citizens,” he said.For Apoorvanand, the announcement has not come as a shock or surprise. “NRC was on their agenda and it has now been formally announced on the floor of the house. The statements made during election campaigns were not mere rhetoric but a statement of their intent to redefine citizenship.”caravandaily
Owaisi slams BJP, says nation-wide NRC will put people through hardship
Continuing his opposition to BJP-led NDA govt’s plans to conduct controversial NRC across the country, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi today said that the proposed exercise was against the people particularly the minorities and the weak.In a tweet, Owaisi said that the Modi government want all the Indians to stand in long queues and prove their nationality, adding that those fail to produce documents will be detained. Lashing out at the Central government, the Hyderabad MP said that such people will be left at the mercy of babus. He asserted that NRC like exercise was never conducted in any part of the world which put people in trouble.NewsX
Bangladesh envoy rubbishes ‘Bangladeshi Infiltration’ theory
New Delhi:Outgoing Bangladesh high commissioner to India, Syed Muazzem Ali, rubbished “Bangladeshi infiltration” theory, and said this was being used by certain political parties in India for domestic political consumption. To buttress his point, the envoy said, “Bangladeshis have more than double the per capita income in comparison with the entire northeast of India. So why come here?” He said NRC is an internal matter of India, and this was what New Delhi had told Dhaka.In an interview, Muazzem Ali spoke on a range of issues including the Rohingya refugees, just as he has completed a 5-year stint as Bangladesh’s envoy in New Delhi and is getting set to leave New Delhi for Dhaka soon. Ali was asked about Dhaka’s stand on alleged illegal Bangladeshi migration issue, in the backdrop of the recent NRC exercise in Assam which rendered almost 1.9 million inhabitants there ‘stateless’. He maintained that New Delhi never raised this issue with Bangladesh government and it “always told us that this is an internal matter of India.”Caravan Daily
Answer each and every question raised on Kashmir restrictions: SC to J&K admin
Hearing the petitions challenging the restrictions placed in Kashmir, the Supreme Court today told the Jammu and Kashmir administration that it will have to respond to each and every question raised on the situation following the abrogation of Article 370.A bench headed by Justice NV Ramana told Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the administration, that petitioners challenging the restrictions have argued in detail and he will have to answer all questions.“Mehta you have to answer each and every question raised by petitioners who have argued in detail. Your counter-affidavit does not help us to come to any conclusion. Don’t give the impression that you are not giving enough attention to the case,” said bench, comprising Justices R Subhash Reddy and BR Gavai.Senior Advocate Meenakshi Arora, while making her submissions for intervenors, cited Hong Kong High Court order lifting government ban on protestors wearing face masks. “The situation in Hong Kong was far worse, far more adverse than what we had in Kashmir. There were daily protests,” she said.To this, Justice Ramana said, “The Supreme Court of India is far more superior in upholding the fundamental rights of the citizens.” Subsequently, Justice Gavai asked Arora whether Hong Kong faced an issue of cross border terrorism. To this, she replied, “if it was really an issue of cross border terror, restrictions would have been only in selected areas and not the entire state.”At the outset of the hearing, the top court clarified that except for one petition it does not have any detention matters pending before it. “We are not hearing any detention matters with regard to Jammu and Kashmir. We are currently hearing two petitions filed by Anuradha Bhasin and Ghulam Nabi Azad which are on restrictions in freedom of movement, press, etc,” it said, adding that only one habeas corpus petition is pending. indianexpress

Pakistan, with China, tries to put 4 Indians on UN terror list:HT report
Officials in national security agencies and South Block are now convinced that Pakistan has embarked on a tit-for-tat designation of Indian nationals as terrorists under UNSC’s 1267 Al Qaida sanctions committee as a response to India’s success, with assistance from US and France, in having got Masood Azhar designated as a global terrorist on May 1.Last week, Pakistan, with support of UNSC permanent member and its all-weather ally China moved 1267 Al Qaida sanctions committee to designate two Indians global terrorists after accusing them of past terror attacks in Balochistan and Peshawar, and even registered FIRs against them. This takes to four the number of Indians labelled terrorists by Pakistan. All 4 persons were evacuated by Indian security agencies from Afghanistan, with the last one being flown out of Kabul on Nov.18. HT has reported on three of the cases. 4th is that of AP resident Appaji Angara, who was working as a software developer in a bank in Kabul. While Angara was moved out of Kabul as early as Jan.18, Pakistan accused him of a terrorist attack on Mall Road in Lahore on Feb.13, 2017, along with Jamat-ul-Ahrar(JuA), a splinter group of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan.In the dossier submitted to 1267 committee, Angara has been accused of the attack on Army School in Peshawar on Dec.16, 2014, in collaboration with JuA, and a bombing in Warsak colony in Peshawar on Sept.2, 2016. Residence address, passport number and personal details of Angara are being withheld by HT.Earlier this week,HT reported Pakistan’s effort to designate Gobinda Patnaik Duggivalasa.Odisha-born Duggivalasa, 54, was hurriedly evacuated from Kabul by Indian security agencies on November 18 after he was accused of a terror attack on Siraj Raisani, a Pakistani politician, on July 13, 2018 in Mastung, Baluchistan in which 160 persons were killed.
Hope they don’t fall victim to propaganda, says India as it seeks access to 2 arrested by Pak
New Delhi:Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) today asked Pakistan to provide consular access to two of its nationals — Prashant Vaindam and Dhari Lal — who were arrested in Pakistan’s Punjab province for allegedly crossing the border illegally. MEA also sought their repatriation without any harm.“We hope 2 Indians don’t become victims of Pakistan propaganda. Both should be repatriated without any harm,” MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.indianexpress
Indian Couple On Trial In Germany For Spying On Sikhs, Kashmiris
Berlin: An Indian couple accused of spying on Sikh and Kashmiri communities in Germany went on trial on Thursday on charges that carry a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.The suspects were charged in March and have been named only as Manmohan S., 50, and his wife Kanwal Jit K., 51, in keeping with German privacy rules for defendants. Their trial was being held in a court in Frankfurt."Manmohan S.agreed... to provide information about Germany's Sikh community and Kashmir movement and their relatives to an employee of Indian foreign intelligence service Research & Analysis Wing," prosecutors said in a statement earlier this year. His wife joined him in monthly meetings with Indian intelligence officer between July and Dec. 2017, and in total the couple were paid 7,200 euros.AFP
Farooq Abdullah nominated to 21-member Parliamentary committee on defence
New Delhi :Detained Lok Sabha MP and ex J&K chief minister Farooq Abdullah has been included in 21-member Parliamentary Consultative Committee of the Ministry of Defence. 81-year-old was detained under stringent PSA at his Srinagar residence on Aug 5.Other committee members include former defence minister and NCP chief Sharad Pawar and controversial BJP MP Pragya Thakur. Abdullah’s son and ex chief minister Omar Abdullah and another ex-chief minister Mehbooba mufti were also detained along with over 5,000 others across the state. He was slapped with the stringent PSA on September 17 on the eve of a SC hearing on a habeas corpus pertaining to his detention filed by MDMK leader Vaiko.indianexpress/PTI
After 3 months, Pak partially restores postal exchange with India
Ludhiana :Nearly 3 months after Pakistan unilaterally stopped postal exchange with India in the wake of abrogation of Article 370,DG of Pakistan Post has issued orders to restore the service, but only “to the extent of letter mail and Express Mail Service (EMS) documents”. India Post, however, says that it is yet to be apprised of any such decision. The development from Pakistan comes days after India shot off a letter to Universal Postal Union (UPU), a UN agency that regulates global postal exchange across the globe with its headquarters at Bern in Switzerland, apprising them of “unilateral” decision taken by Pakistan on Aug.23 “without serving any prior notice” and “defying UPU norms”.indianexpress
Terror-crime nexus an existential global threat: India at UN
New York:Calling for zero-tolerance approach against terror organisations and their financial activities, India on Tuesday said that the international community needs to be ahead of new trends and technologies which can be achieved by working together to tackle the menace "bereft of double standards".Speaking at third high-level special event of UN and Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) titled -- 'Cooperation to promote peace, security and stability: preventing the linking of terrorism with organised crime and its financing through drug trafficking' here, India's Permanent Representative to UN, Syed Akbaruddin highlighted the nefarious activities of terror outfits designated by the world body including the IS, LeT and Jaish.ANI
Uzbekistan Home Minister meets Amit Shah; sign agreement to counter terror
ndia and Uzbekistan after Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s successful visit to Tashkent on Wednesday held wide ranging talks to strengthen security and counter-terror partnership.Uzbekistan's Internal Affairs Minister Pulat Bobojonov on Wednesday felicitated Home Minister Amit Shah here by presenting him traditional dress of the Central Asian nation. The facilitation took place after a Home Minister level meeting between India and Uzbekistan to discuss security partnership.ET
Regret, relief as 145 US deportees land at Delhi's IGI airport with hands and feet tied
New Delhi: The first feeling Ravinder Singh, 25, had on touching down at Delhi was a sense of relief over his wrists and legs being untied before he stepped out of the chartered plane at IGI Airport on Wednesday morning. But he soon sobered up when he remembered the money his father had spent both on getting him to the United States and then trying to get him freed from a detention camp for illegal migrants there.It was a bittersweet moment to be back on home soil for Singh, a resident of Kaithal in Haryana. Sharing his mixed feelings were the other Indian detainees — 142 men and three women — who had been deported by the US for staying in the country without proper documents.It was a humiliating return journey for the group, trussed up as they were like common criminals during the flight from Arizona to Delhi, via Dhaka.TOI
Case against AMU prof, husband: SSP asks officer how FIR was lodged
Lucknow :Aligarh Senior SP, Akash Kulhary, has asked the station officer how an FIR was registered against an assistant professor of AMU and her husband on charges of promoting enmity for their Facebook posts.An FIR was registered against Huma Parveen, an assistant professor in Mass Communication department of AMU, and her husband Naeem Showkat, who belongs to Baramulla in Kashmir, at Gandhi Park police station in Aligarh on Tuesday on a complaint filed by Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha leader Ashok Pandey, who had accused the couple of uploading “several objectionable posts” related to Kashmir and mocking Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Notably, the complainant, Ashok Pandey, was arrested and jailed earlier this year, on charges of promoting enmity after a video of him and other workers of Hindu Mahasabha recreating the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi went viral on social media on Jan.30.They were observing the day as ‘Shaurya Diwas’ and were seen shooting Mahatma Gandhi’s portrait with an air gun. “I have asked on what basis FIR lodged was lodged against AMU assistant professor and her husband. I have spoken to SO and he told me that he had received a complaint of around 22 pages of the Facebook posts of the assistant professor and her husband. I have also asked CO on what basis was the FIR lodged when it did not come to me or any senior officers. We are conducting an investigation. If the content (of the social media posts) is found to be worthy of (imposing) IPC section 153A, then we will file the chargesheet. Else, we will file the final report in the case,” SSP said.“If complainant (Pandey) has filed a false complaint, then we will lodge a case against him under IPC section 181,” SSP said, adding that they have not issued a notice to either the assistant professor or her husband yet. indianexpress
No Kashmiris please; housing discrimination in Delhi’s Muslim majority areas:  Caravan magazine
On 12 Aug, a 23-year-old Kashmiri student in Jamia Nagar, a locality in Delhi, was asked to vacate his 3-bedroom flat along with 2 of his flatmates who are also Kashmiri. He had been residing there for two years. While the landlord told him that this was for conducting house repairs, the student suspected that he was being evicted because he is a Kashmiri. His inability to find another rented accommodation in Jamia Nagar over the next few weeks confirmed his fears that the problem was his Kashmiri identity. On 5 Aug, the government read down Article 370 of the Constitution. Ever since the escalation of the conflict in Kashmir in 1980s, ordinary Kashmiris living in mainland India have often faced threats and harassment. Many of mainland India’s residents have viewed Kashmiris with distrust. In the past, Kashmiris have suspected that they have been denied housing in Delhi because of their identity. After 5 Aug, as Kashmir became a national flashpoint that divided opinion across the country, similar patterns seemed to repeat  On the condition of anonymity, several Kashmiri Muslims spoke to me about their recent challenges in finding rented accommodation in Delhi.
Babri Masjid demolition case: CBI court indicates trial may conclude within a month
New Delhi: CBI has dropped 3 people from the list of witnesses it had lined up against ex Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh in the Babri Masjid demolition case.CBI has "discharged" them from the list because they were "unwilling to depose and support the case of the prosecution", people with direct knowledge of the matter told ET . The agency informed the special CBI court in Lucknow about this last week, the people said. The court has verbally indicated that it might conclude the trial within a month, before the winter break in December, they added. So far, 8 witnesses have deposed against Singh in CBI court.ET on Nov.11 reported that CBI had produced half a dozen witnesses until then to substantiate its charges against Singh. Of 348 witnesses examined so far in the Masjid demolition trial, one has turned partially hostile, said sources.ET
SC verdict on Ayodhya issue to be presented to Ram Lalla Virajman by lawyers’ team on Nov 24: Report
Ayodhya:Lawyers, who represented Ram Lalla Virajman in the long-drawn battle over the Babri Masjid title dispute case, will now present a copy of the Supreme Court verdict to Ram Lalla at Ram Janmabhoomi temple on Nov 24. Senior VHP leaders will accompany the team of lawyers.The lawyers will also be honoured at a function which will be a major celebration in Ayodhya after the court verdict that came on Nov.9.According to sources, team of about 2 dozen senior lawyers including Keshav Parasaran, 93, will first attend the felicitation programme and then visit the makeshift temple at Ram Janmabhoomi where they will present the copy of the SC verdict to the deity. They will also visit the Hanuman Garhi temple.IANS
Centre aims to strike a balance between wishes of Nirmohi Akhara and VHP
New Delhi: Centre is aiming to balance out the wish lists of VHP and the Nirmohi Akhara in the constitution of a trust to build the Ram temple, for which it will bring out a gazette notification soon as per the Ayodhya Act, 1993.irmohi Akhara, which the Supreme Court said should be assigned “an appropriate role in the management” of the proposed trust, has sought an appointment with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to put forth its view. “We want achche se achcha (best possible) post in the trust – of chairman or the secretary. We have sought a meeting with the PM,” Mahant Dinendra Das of the Akhara told ET.Talks from VHP side with the government are being led by its national vice president Champat Rai. The organisation wishes that leaders of its Sri Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas (RNB), such as chief Nritya Gopal Das, be given prominent positions in the new trust. VHP also wants the government to adopt its model for the temple, along with the construction material and funds collected so far by the RNB for the temple.“It is likely to be a government trust. Government’s representatives will be on it along with religious leaders, including from the RNB and Nirmohi Akhara,” a government official told ET, speaking on condition of anonymity. A representative from the DigambarAkhara and Gorakhnath Math may also find a place on the Trust. economic times
Tauqeer Raza opposes review petition but backs AIMPLB's move to deny 5-acre alternative land
Bareilly: A prominent Muslim cleric has slammed All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), for its plan to file a review petition on Supreme Court verdict in Ayodhya case. “AIMPLB is functioning as a political board. Muslims in India have accepted the court order and filing a review petition is dragging the matter for political benefits. When board had earlier stated that they will accept the court order, there is no point of filing review petition in the court. We oppose their decision as it will only affect the atmosphere of the country,” said Barelvi cleric Maulana Tauqeer Raza Khan.He added, “The order of apex court states that there is no evidence that mosque was built after demolishing temple. The court also condemned the demolition of mosque which goes in the favour of minorities of the country. During the trial of the case, court had given time for settlement. We had tried for settlement in the matter but a few litigants had opposed it and claimed that they would accept court order.”“Then why they are not accepting the court judgment?” asked Khan, who is also national president of Ittehad-e-Millat Council (IMC), a regional political party.However, Khan claimed that 5-acre alternative land, which will be given for constructing mosque, should not be accepted for free.“A mosque cannot be built on donated land or on land which has been illegally occupied. It is responsibility of the board to deny 5-acre alternative land considering Shariat. The board should accept land only if it pays a price for it after completing registry formalities. We cannot construct mosque on land donated to us.”TOI
Rift in Sunni Waqf Board over review plea on Ayodhya verdict: Report
Lucknow: Sharp differences have emerged among members of Uttar Pradesh Sunni Central Waqf Board over the filing of a review petition in the Supreme Court against the verdict in the Babri Masjid title dispute case. Members are questioning Board chairman Zufar Faruqi's decision of not going in for a review of the Supreme Court verdict.Senior member Abdul Razzaq Khan said: "How can the chairman take a decision without holding a meeting? It may be his personal view, but the Board decision will be taken only after the meeting, which is scheduled to be held on Nov.26."Another member, Imran Mabood Khan, also an advocate, said they favoured going for a review. "If All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) is going for a review in SC, then the Sunni Waqf Board should also take into account the sentiments of the Muslim community, even if there may not be much hope," he said. Board will meet in Lucknow on November 26 to decide its strategy after the SC verdict. Board chairman Zufar Faruqi has consistently said since the day of the verdict that a review petition will not be filed.Three other members -- Abrar Ahmad, Mohammad Junaid Siddiqui and Adnan Farrukh Shah -- are backing Faruqi on the issue. 2 dissenting members of the Board, Abdul Razzaq and Imran Mabood Khan, have also said that the offer of 5-acre land for a mosque should not be accepted. Abrar Ahmad also agreed with the two on the five-acre land offer.NDTV/IANS
Nagpur lawyer Mukul Phadke booked for ‘offensive’ WhatsApp post against Muslims on Ayodhya issue
Nagpur :A Nagpur lawyer has been booked for sending an offensive post about the Ayodhya issue on a WhatsApp group and also putting similar content on Facebook.According to the police, the complaint against Mukul Phadke was lodged at Sadar police station by Adil Mohammad Shafi Mohammad, who is a member of the same WhatsApp group of lawyers,called Pristine Lawyers.“On Nov.12, Phadke wrote an objectionable post hurting the sentiments of Muslim community and aimed at creating communal tension. When I checked his Facebook page, there was objectionable content about Muslims there too,” Mohammad said in his complaint.Police Inspector Mahesh Bansode of Sadar police station said, “We are looking into the matter. If the offence is established, the accused can be arrested.”indianexpress
Ayodhya verdict: Mahmood Madani led Jamiat won’t file review petition for ‘possibility of further damage’
New Delhi: Jamiat Ulama today said that it will not file a review petition challenging the Supreme Court's Ayodhya verdict delivered on Nov. 9. ANI/TOI/OTHERS
India becoming $5 trillion economy by 2025 ‘simply out of question’: Ex-RBI Governor C Rangarajan
Ahmedabad :Claiming that India will need another 22 years of sustained growth to become a “developed country,” former RBI governor C Rangarajan today said that at the current growth rate, India becoming a USD 5 trillion economy by 2025 is “simply out of question.”“People are talking about USD 5 trillion economy.Today India’s economy is about USD 2.7 trillion and we are talking about doubling this. The required rate of growth of the economy to achieve the level of USD 5 trillion by 2025 is in excess of 9 percent per annum. Reaching USD 5 trillion by 2025 is simply out of question. You have lost two years. This year it is going to be six percent growth and next year also it will be probably about seven percent. Thereafter the economy may pick up,” said Rangarajan. “Interesting thing is, even if you reach USD 5 trillion, the per capita income in India will grow from the current level of USD 1800 to USD 3600. Even then, India will be called low-middle income country,” said the economist who was awarded the Padma Vibhushan in the year 2002.“In order to become a high middle income country, per capita income has to USD 3800 which will take another few years…The definition of a developed country is one whose per capita income is USD 12000. It will take 22 years for India to grow at 9 percent per annum to reach there. The task before us is highly daunting. We need to get out of the current slowdown as quickly as possible,” he told the gathering at Ahmedabad Management Association.“Highest rate of growth that we have seen in India, is between 2005-06 and 2007-08, when the annual average rate of growth of the economy was 9.4 percent…In 2008-09, the growth rate fell down because of the international financial crisis. But in 2009-10 and 2010-11, once again the growth rate picked up and went beyond 8 percent,” he said.Stating that the economy was currently experiencing “slowdown”, the economist said economic growth has slowed down from 8.2 percent in 2015-16 to 6.8 percent 2018-19.indianexpress
Modi govt gives go-ahead to biggest privatisation drive; to sell stake in BPCL, SCI, Concor
In the biggest privatisation drive ever, Union Cabinet has approved sale of government's stake in blue-chip oil firm BPCL, shipping firm SCI and onland cargo mover Concor as well as decided to cut shareholding in select public sector firms below 51 per cent to boost revenue collections that have been hit by slowing economy. CCEA approved sale of government's entire 53.29 per cent stake along with transfer of management control in the country's second-biggest state-owned refiner BPCL after taking out Numaligarh refinery from its fold, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman told reporters here. It also approved the sale of an entire 63.75 per cent government holding in Shipping Corp of India (SCI) and a 30.8 per cent stake in Container Corp of India (Concor). The government currently holds 54.80 per cent in Concor and will retain 24 per cent stake post sell-off but without any veto powers or management say, Disinvestment Secretary Tuhin Kanta Pandey said.PTI
6 bank unions call for Dec.10 dharna before Parliament
New Delhi:6 bank employee unions have said they will stage a dharna in front of Parliament on December 10 against the proposed merger of several public sector banks, to stop 'anti-people’ banking reforms, to ensure the recovery of bad loans and several other issues.The unions are All India Bank Employees Association, All India Bank Officers' Confederation, the All India Bank Officers Association, Bank Employees Federation of India, Indian National Bank Employees' Federation and Indian National Bank Officers' Congress. “Experience of mergers in the country and across the globe has clearly shown that no benefit accrues to any of the stakeholder,” the unions said in a joint statement. “On the other hand, in the name of rationalisation of branches, a large number of branches would be closed affecting the common man. Millions would be affected as employment - both direct and indirect - would take a hit.”thehindu
Malegaon blasts  accused Pragya Thakur nominated to Parliamentary panel on defence; Congress  slams
New Delhi :BJP Lok Sabha member Pragya Singh Thakur has been nominated to the Parliamentary Consultative Committee of the Ministry of Defence. Bhopal MP, who is an accused in the Malegaon blasts case, defeated former chief minister of MP and Congress leader Digvijaya Singh in Lok Sabha polls earlier this year.She was granted bail by Bombay High Court on health grounds in April 2017 after charges against her under MCOCA were dropped by NIA. She is currently under trial for multiple charges under UAPA. 21-member parliamentary consultative committee is headed by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. Slamming Centre, Congress said the move is “an insult to our nation’s defence forces and to every Indian”.“Pragya, a terror accused & Godse fanatic has been nominated by BJP govt. to be a member of the Parliamentary Panel on Defence. This move is an insult to our nation’s defence forces, to our nation’s esteemed parliamentarians & to every Indian,” Congress tweeted.indian express
Modi govt is targeting JNU because it never produced right-wing leaders: Shiv Sena
New Delhi: Narendra Modi government is targeting JNU as it hasn’t produced anyone with a right-wing mindset, the Shiv Sena said Thursday in an editorial in its mouthpiece Saamana.Titled ‘Suppression on Delhi streets’, the editorial said it was unfortunate that the government, under the garb of maintaining law and order, is trying to crush all voices of dissent. “Since JNU has produced many experts and politicians, but none from the right-wing and, hence, this alone should not be used as an excuse to violently suppress the students of this university who are raising their voice for their rights,” it said. The Sena mouthpiece also criticised the role of Delhi Police, which comes under the jurisdiction of the central government, for the lathi-charge on the protesting JNU students. The editorial stated that it is problematic that even visually-impaired and physically challenged students were detained during the protests. “The police that beat up such people cannot be the custodian of law and in the service of citizens,” it added.
DUSU head, others detained during pro-JNU protest
New Delhi: Several students, including top members of RSS student wing ABVP and the DUSU, were detained after a scuffle between protesters and security personnel near the Parliament Street police station on Thursday during a march to HRD Ministry to oppose the proposed JNU hostel fee hike.Among the detained students were Delhi University Students Union President Akshit Dhaiya, and ABVP's state Secretary Siddharth Yadav.Delhi Police had imposed prohibitory orders in the area and put up triple layer of barricades. Some protesters, however, climbed over the barricades and scuffled with the security personnel, who comprised CRPF personnel along with Delhi Police.The protesters raised slogans against JNU administration and HRD Ministry who, according to students, had unilaterally imposed fee hike on the students.TOI
Mumbai: Students protest JNU fee hike
Mumbai: Students and activists from various educational institutions and organisations in the city on Wednesday staged a protest at Kalina campus of University of Mumbai (MU). The students protested the recent fee hike at JNU and also expressed solidarity with Fathima Lateef, an IIT-Madras student who recently committed suicide after allegedly facing discrimination.The students stated, they oppose the commodification of education. “This protest is not just for JNU, it’s against a ploy to commodify education and to let a few super-rich to sell it to only those who can afford it,” said Ayush Jindal a second year commerce student.The agitating students also stated that the incidents of fees hike and Fathima’s suicide are indicative of the shrinking space for students from marginalised sections including poor, Dalits, tribals and minorities.They demanded the government to roll-back the fee hike and ensure that education remains accessible and affordable for all. The students also demanded immediate probe into the death of Fathima, which the protestors termed as ‘institutional murder’.“We demand an impartial enquiry on Fathima’s death which is an institutional murder,”said Rafid Shahab of Students islamic Organisation of India(SIO).freepressjournal
After JNU, MANUU Students Protest Fee Hike, Raise Other Issues
Hyderabad:In the immediate aftermath of the protest by students of JNU in Delhi over hostel and other fee hikes, students at Moulana Azad Urdu National University (MANUU) here are raising a clamour over issues relating to fee hike and inadequate health, transport, water and Wifi facilities for students.“Hostel fees have been hiked. We are facing a water shortage in all departments for the last 2 months. Internet connections are not steady, and this impacts students’ studies,” said Umar Faruq, president of MANUU students union.He said: “In order to raise these issues, around 300 students held a protest at the administration building for two hours Tuesday, and dispersed after the Registrar met them and promised to sort out the issues soon.”Caravan Daily
Solidarity march in BHU in support of a ‘Muslim’ scholar
A group of students on Wednesday evening led a solidarity march in Banaras Hindu University in support of a ‘Muslim’ assistant professor whose appointment in Sanskrit faculty is being opposed by some students on grounds of his religious identity.Under the banner of Joint Action Committee, BHU, a common platform for non-ABVP student groups, the students held up banners and placards declaring their support for Firoz Khan, who was appointed on November 5 but has been unable to teach in Sahitya (literature) department of the Sanskrit Vidya Dharm Vigyan Faculty due to the protests.“We are with you,” and “Language has no relationship with religion,” read some banners at the rally in support of Khan, held from Lanka gate to Ravidas Gate near the central varsity campus. Those supporting Khan demanded that the university ensure his security and take responsibility for him, while allowing him to start teaching.thehindu
Uttar Pradesh tops chart in PDS corruption, Bihar comes 2nd
NEW DELHI : As many as 807 complaints of corruption in the public distribution system (PDS) were received across the country till Oct.31, of which Uttar Pradesh reported maximum number of complaints, Union Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Raosaheb Danve-Patil has said.In a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha on Tuesday, Union Minister said that UP has topped the list in PDS corruption cases with 328 complaints, while Bihar comes next with 108 complaints.Significantly, UP has hit headlines many times earlier for PDS scams. In 2014, a Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court directed CBI to investigate the land of the then cabinet minister of the state, Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiya, in a multi-crore food grains scam in the state.Delhi ranks third in corruption cases in PDS with 78 complaints been received. Whereas West Bengal has received 48 complaints in such cases.IANS
#BharatRatnaForTipu trends as netizens debate Mysore ruler’s legacy
A fiery debate broke out on Twitter on Wednesday as the hashtag #BharatRatnaForTipu trended, with well over 30,000 tweets as of Wednesday evening. Tipu Sultan, the Mysore king who ruled between 1782 and 1799 has left a divisive legacy in India. Though revered by some as an anti-colonial hero who beat the British in the Battle of Pollilur and who managed to slow down their advance, he is also reviled by those who see him as a bigot who oppressed and forcibly converted the Hindus—Kodavas in particular.While Tipu’s legacy has long been debated, the topic has reached the public of late in particular after BJP govt in Karnataka scrapped the celebration of Tipu’s birth anniversary shortly after coming to power. Later, the state’s education minister ordered a report to look into removing Tipu from textbooks in the state. Recently, on Nov.7, Karnataka High Court directed the state government to reconsider its decision after hearing a PIL that challenged it. Mahila Congress tweeted in praise of Tipu,remembering him for his "valour and resistance" against East India Company. After that, hashtag #BharatRatnaForTipu started to trend several hours later..Islamic scholar Mufti Yasir Nadeem shared several tweets in praise of Tipu, using hashtag. He also called for other Mughal rulers, including Aurangzeb and Shah Jahan, to be recognised.theweek
Rs 429 crore paid to 2002 Gujarat communal riots victims between 2007 and 2011: MHA
Victims of 2002 communal riots in Gujarat have cumulatively been paid compensation of Rs 429.46 crore, the Union government said in a written submission in Rajya Sabha. The information was provided in response to a question by MP Hussain Dalvi, who sought to know whether it was a fact that while over 2,000 cases were registered during 2002 Gujarat riots, most were blocked and closed and it was only when the Supreme Court got involved that a few cases were reopened and placed under court-monitored special investigation teams.MP further sought information on whether the government planned to reopen cases of Gujarat riots for investigation, the details of the number of people who died, atrocities against women during the riots and details of compensation and rehabilitation provided to the victims and their families.In a written response to these questions, G Kishan Reddy, minister of state (MOS), ministry of home affairs said that public order and police are state subjects.TOI
Haren Pandya murder case: SC rejects review pleas of 9 convicts
The Supreme Court has dismissed the pleas filed by nine convicts, who were awarded life term for murdering former Gujarat home minister Haren Pandya in 2003, seeking review of its verdict holding them guilty.The review petitions did not mention any error apparent on the face of record in its July 5 this year judgement, the apex court said."We have perused the review petitions and record of the appeals and are convinced that the order, of which review has been sought, does not suffer from any error apparent warranting its reconsideration. The review petitions are, accordingly, dismissed," said a bench of justices Arun Mishra and Vineet Saran.In its July 5 verdict, the top court had set aside the Gujarat High Court judgement acquitting 9 accused the murder case.Pandya was home minister in the then Modi-led Gujarat government and was shot dead on March 26, 2003 near Law Garden in Ahmedabad.PTI
Elgaar Parishad case: Prosecution gives cloned copies of ‘seized electronic data’ to 3 accused
Pune : 9 activists and lawyers arrested in the Elgaar Parishad case were produced before a special court in Pune on Wednesday and three of them were given cloned copies of the data purportedly recovered from the electronic devices seized by the investigators from the accused.The prosecution handed over the cloned copies in two hard disks to the three accused: activist Sudhir Dhawale of Mumbai, lawyer Surendra Gadling from Nagpur and activist Rona Wilson from Delhi.However, Gadling and another accused Arun Ferriera, who is also a lawyer, raised objections, saying there was no mention of ‘hash values’ on the document given by prosecution along with the hard disks.Special Judge S R Navandar asked them to accept the hard disks and submit their objections in “black and white” before the court. He said “all objections will be decided” on, and also asked the cyber expert present in the court to assist him, as well as the prosecution and the accused in the case. The next hearing in the case is on Dec. 4.indianexpress
Trump impeachment inquiry: US House Intelligence Committee to inquiry official
Members of US House Intelligence Committee will question an official from US embassy in Ukraine today as they seek to learn more about a phone call in which he says he overheard President Donald Trump ask about the status of an "investigation" into a political rival. The public impeachment hearing marks the last scheduled day of marathon sessions by the Democratic-led House Intelligence Committee focused on whether Trump wrongfully pressured Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, a Democrat bidding to face Trump in 2020 election.David Holmes told legislators in a closed-door testimony that he heard Trump's voice on a July 26 phone call with Gordon Sondland, US ambassador to European Union, in which the Republican president asked about Ukraine's willingness to carry out an unspecified investigation."So, he's gonna do the investigation?" Trump asked Sondland, referring to Zelenskyy, according to Holmes's previous testimony." He's gonna do it," replied Sondland, according to Holmes.Sondland added that the Ukrainian president would do "anything you ask him to", Holmes said.Holmes's account ties Trump directly to an effort to get Ukraine to launch an investigation, though his recounting of the overheard telephone call does not explicitly cite the Bidens. In his November 15 closed-door testimony, Holmes said that after overhearing Sondland's phone conversation with Trump at an outdoor restaurant in Kyiv, he asked the ambassador if it was true that the president did not care about Ukraine.Sondland on Wednesday testified he could not remember precise details of the call Holmes overheard, but said the president's mention of investigations did not strike him as significant at the time. aljazeera
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Trump hopes Afghan prisoner release prompts ceasefire
US President Donald Trump has said he hopes release of 2 Western prisoners held hostage by Afghan Taliban this week could help pave the way to an end to the war in Afghanistan.Trump thanked Afghan President Ashraf Ghani for his support in securing release of US citizen Kevin King and Australian Tim Weeks as part of a prisoner swap reportedly involving 3 Taliban commanders. "Let's hope this leads to more good things on the peace front like a ceasefire that will help end this long war. Proud of my team!" Trump said.aljazeera
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Syria: Idlib IDP camp hit by deadly missile attack killing 22 civilians
At least 22 civilians have been killed in Syria's northwest region as Russian-backed government forces continued air raids and shelling in the last rebel-held territory in the war-torn country, according to volunteer medics.At least 16 people were killed and scores wounded when a ground-to-ground missile struck a camp for displaced people in the village of Qah on Wednesday, said Ahmed Yarji, a spokesman for Syrian Civil Defence, also known as the White Helmets.Among those who lost their lives were 10 children and three women, Yarji told Al Jazeera.The Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) said in a statement that the two missiles exploded 25 metres away from its maternity hospital, injuring four of its staff members.aljazeera
Rights group: 11 killed in Israel air strikes on Syria
Observatory for Human Rights said that 11 people, including seven non-Syrians, were killed in Israeli air strikes on military positions in Damascus and its surroundings on Tuesday night.The observatory said the attack targeted and destroyed weapons and ammunition storage facilities belonging to Iran’s elite Al-Quds Force.Israeli military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Avichay Adraee said on Twitter that Israeli warplanes “raided dozens of military targets belonging to the Iranian Quds Force and Syrian Army inside Syrian territory, including surface-to-air missiles, headquarters, weapons depots and military bases, in response to yesterday’s rocket fire from Syria towards Israel.”MEMO
Jordan cancels interfaith conference due to Israel’s participation
Jordan’s Interior Ministry has cancelled the “Interfaith Peace” conference scheduled to begin today because Israeli representatives were due to take part.e Governor of Amman, Saad Shehab, announced the cancellation of the conference “Interfaith Peace”, which was organised by United Initiative for Religions Working in Jordan.The participation of an Israeli delegation in the conference had led to calls for it to be cancelled with activists saying religion was being used to normalise relations with the occupying power.middleeastmonitor
Dutch parliament resists European court ruling on labelling Israel settlement produce
Dutch parliament passed a motion on Tuesday objecting to a recent European court ruling concerning the labelling of produce made in Israeli settlements, reported Times of Israel.According to the report, the motion – approved 82-68 – calls on the Dutch government to resist the European Court of Justice ruling, on the basis that Israel is supposedly being unfairly “singled out”. Israel’s Ambassador to Netherlands, Naor Gilon, thanked Dutch parliamentarians for their support, expressing hope that Dutch leaders “will adopt their own recommendation and not implement a discriminatory resolution”.middleeastmonitor
Israel detains Jerusalem governor, again
Israeli police today detained Jerusalem Governor Adnan Ghaith, according to eyewitnesses.The detention came after police raided Ghaith’s residence in Jerusalem’s Silwan neighbourhood, the eyewitnesses told Anadolu Agency.Ghaith has been detained several times in recent months as part of Israel’s ongoing violations against Palestinian officials, activists and institutions in occupied Jerusalem.The reason behind the detention remains unclear and the Israeli police have yet to issue an official statement.MEMO/Anadolu Agency
Hamas: US ‘legalisation’ of settlement ‘political massacre’
Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh said that US’ announcement that it no longer considers Israeli settlement illegal “is political massacre”.Haniyeh said: “The decision announced by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo related to Israeli settlement is a dangerous political massacre which greenlights bloodshed and crimes carried out by the occupation.” Middleeastmonitor
Tunisian Post issues commemorative stamp in Arabic entitled “Al Quds – the Capital of Palestine”
Tunisian Post has issued a commemorative stamp, in Arabic, entitled “Al Quds –Capital of Palestine”. Issuance of new postage stamp came to stress ”Tunisia’s firm stance in supporting Palestinian cause and international efforts to reach a just and comprehensive peace which would end the Israeli occupation and enable the establishment of an independent Palestinian State with Jerusalem as its capital.” middleeastmonitor
Anita Anand becomes Canada’s first Hindu minister; Trudeau retains Harjit Sajjan, Navdeep Bains
In a first, a Hindu woman lawmaker has been inducted into Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Cabinet of 37 ministers.Anita Anand, a former law professor at the University of Toronto, joins three Sikh MPs Navdepp Bains, Bardish Chagger and Harjit Sajjan in the Cabinet.Anand has been handed over the Public Services and Procurement portfolio which oversees public spending including the purchase of military hardware, according to the Toronto Star.Anand is a legal academic, lawyer, researcher, and mother of four children. She was born and raised in rural Nova Scotia before moving to Ontario in 1985, according to her profile on the PM of Canada website.indianexpress
3rd Israel election looms after failure to form govt
Israel moved closer towards holding a third election in less than a year on Wednesday after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's main challenger failed to form a government. Benny Gantz's announcement that he would not meet a midnight deadline following Netanyahu's own failure to put together a coalition in Oct deepened political deadlock at a time of mounting security and economic concerns.aljazeera
Suu Kyi to contest Rohingya genocide case at World Court
Yangon: Aung San Suu Kyi will appear before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to contest a case filed by Gambia accusing Myanmar of genocide against its Rohingya Muslim minority, her government said. Over 730,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh since a 2017 crackdown by Myanmar’s military, which U.N. investigators say was carried out with “genocidal intent”. Buddhist majority Myanmar denies accusations of genocide. Gambia, a tiny, mainly Muslim West African state, lodged its lawsuit after winning the support of the 57-nation Organisation for Islamic Cooperation (OIC). Only a state can file a case against another state at ICJ.“Myanmar has retained prominent international lawyers to contest the case submitted by Gambia,” the ministry for state counselor Suu Kyi’s office said in a Facebook post.Reuters
Iraqi protesters killed in fresh clashes in Baghdad
At least two protesters have been killed and dozens of others wounded after Iraqi protesters and security forces clashed near two key bridges in the capital, Baghdad, security and medical sources said on Thursday.The cause of death in both cases was tear gas canisters aimed directly at the head, sources told the Reuters News Agency.One protester was killed near Sinak bridge and the other near the adjacent Ahrar bridge, police said.Hospital sources told the agency that some of the wounded protesters had injuries sustained from live ammunition and others were wounded by rubber bullets and tears gas canisters.
Bolivia unrest: At least 8 killed in clashes
As security forces and supporters of ex President Evo Morales clashed at an El Alto fuel plant, at least 8 people were killed.This has exposed deep rifts between Morales's mostly indigenous supporters and the interim government of President Jeanine Anez, who has called for new elections.His supporters want Anez to step down and government to withdraw a supreme decree that says army and police will not be held accountable in what it referred to as their effort to impose security.aljazeera
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