Sunday, 24 November 2019

24 NOV.NEWS : No floor test for now but SC rejects Centre's plea for more time, asks to submit Fadnavis’ letter to Governor staking claim by tomorrow 10:30am / After Ayodhya and Article 370, BJP plans campaign on NRC

24 NOV. 2019: 26 Rabiul Awwal 1441: Vol: 12, No: 65
No floor test for now but SC rejects Centre's plea for more time, asks to submit Fadnavis’ letter to Governor staking claim by tomorrow 10:30am
New Delhi: 2 letters that hold the key to the extraordinary government formation in Maharashtra - one from Devendra Fadnavis claiming majority, other from Governor inviting him to form government - has to be submitted in the Supreme Court by 10.30 am tomorrow. For now, Fadnavis is safe from the Shiv Sena, Congress and Sharad Pawar's NCP's demand that he prove majority by tomorrow. 3 parties had gone to court after BJP, with some deft political manoeuvring, formed government in Maharashtra yesterday. As the country woke to the news of Fadnavis taking oath with Ajit Pawar, Sharad Pawar said his nephew had misled the Governor and did not have the numbers. A 3-judge bench of Justices NV Ramana, Ashok Bhushan and Sanjiv Khanna said Centre must produce the two letters by 10.30 am tomorrow. Sena, Congress and NCP have said the Governor was "duty bound" to study the claim of Devendra Fadnavis before inviting him to form government. They also claimed that BJP claim of having support of 54 NCP MLAs is wrong. 3 parties accused Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari of partisanship, saying he made a "mockery of the high office of Governor". "Governor's actions between the intervening night of 22.11.2019 and 23.11.2019 culminating to the swearing in on 23.11.2019 are a text book example of the Governor acting at the behest of a political party in power at the Centre," the petition read.Countering the need for hurry, the BJP claimed that the Governor's decision cannot be subject to a judicial review. It had also asked for more time to produce the letters, which was turned down by the court.NDTV
No Maharashtra floor test for now, SC asks for 2 key letters tomorrow
Maharashtra: SC Asks for Production of Letters of Support, to Pronounce Order on Monday
"No BJP alliance": Sharad Pawar says Ajit Pawar trying to create confusion
New Delhi: The number of MLAs he brought to BJP table called into question, NCP leader Ajit Pawar went on a tweeting overdrive today, ending with some cryptic ones that indicated that party chief Sharad Pawar was on board with the plan to support BJP for government formation in Maharashtra. An immediate denial came from Pawar Senior, who called Ajit Pawar's statement "false and misleading in order to create confusion". "There is no question of forming an alliance with @BJP4Maharashtra. NCP has unanimously decided to ally with @ShivSena & @INCMaharashtra to form the government. Ajit Pawar's statement is false and misleading in order to create confusion and false perception among the people," veteran leader's tweet tread. The move was denounced by Sharad Pawar, who told the media that his nephew had misled the Governor, submitting a wrong set of papers to indicate NCP support to BJP. Uddhav Thackeray at his side, Sharad Pawar had declared that his party stands by the prospective alliance and that his nephew had only a handful of supporters. "I am in NCP and shall always be in NCP and @PawarSpeaks Saheb is our leader. Our BJP-NCP alliance shall provide a stable Government in Maharashtra for the next five years which will work sincerely for the welfare of the State and its people," his tweet read.A second tweet read: "There is absolutely no need to worry, all is well. However a little patience is required. Thank you very much for all your support".ndtv
BJP running away from proving majority, must do it at once: Congress
Demanding a floor test immediately, Congress today alleged that BJP is "running away" from proving a majority in Maharashtra Assembly as it does not have the required numbers.Congress leader and former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan in a joint plea by Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena said they have sought the Supreme Court's intervention to order a floor test immediately. Congress's chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said the current government in the state is "illegitimate" and a floor test is the only solution.PTI
Maharashtra politics live: BJP is snooping on our MLAs, says Ashok Chavan
Ajit Pawar offered us ministers posts to switch sides: NCP MLAs
Mumbai: NCP leader Ajit Pawar has offered party MLAs ministerial posts if they switch sides and support the BJP, a group of them said at a meeting in a Mumbai hotel this evening. Around 50 NCP MLAs, stashed away at the Renaissance Hotel in the city to guard them from poaching attempts, told party chief Sharad Pawar and Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray that Ajit Pawar had made these offers via phone calls. Sharad Pawar and Thackeray had called for the meeting to boost the MLAs morale amid chaos and confusion created by Saturday morning's events, when Ajit Pawar led a breakaway faction of 10-11 NCP MLAs to back the BJP in government formation. Sources within NCP told ANI that Thackeray, on being told of Ajit Pawar's approaches, reassured the MLAs that the Sena-NCP alliance would win through and that it would eventually form the government in the state.NDTV
Maharashtra govt formation: Earlier used in J&K, Rule 12 lets PM act without Cabinet approval
New Delhi:From being locked in a meeting with the Congress and Shiv Sena till late Friday evening, to taking oath with BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis early Saturday morning, dramatic turnaround showcased by NCP leader Ajit Pawar was helped by the use of a special Section in the Union government’s transaction of business rules. The rule allows for revocation of President’s Rule without Cabinet approval if Prime Minister “deems it necessary”.Rule 12 of Government of India (Transaction of Business) Rules, 1961, allows the PM to depart from laid down norms at his discretion. Titled “Departure from Rules”, Rule 12 says, “Prime Minister may, in case or classes of cases permit or condone a departure from these rules, to the extent he deems necessary.”Cabinet can later give post-facto approval for any decision taken under Rule 12.Rule 12 is not ideally used to arrive at very key decisions by the government. However, it has been used in matters such as withdrawal of an office memorandum or signing of MoUs in the past. The last key decision taken through invocation of Rule 12 was re-organisation of the state of Jammu and Kashmir into Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh on Oct.31.The proclamations issued by the President that day, were issued under Rule 12. The Cabinet gave post-facto approval to the same on Nov. 20.indianexpress
JD(U) frets about BJP repeating Maharashtra drama after 2020 Bihar polls
Patna: JD(U) is not warming up to its partner BJP’s alliance with Ajit Pawar in Maharashtra. Though Nitish Kumar’s party doesn’t have any stake in the western state, it is concerned about the post-poll scenario developing there because Bihar goes to the polls next year. JD(U), now BJP’s biggest ally in Parliament, is concerned about the developments, spokesperson Pavan Varma said. “Whether you see Ajit Pawar with the BJP or the Shiv Sena with the Congress, where is their ideology? Combinations are being made in Maharashtra in pursuit of power,” he said.Varma said combinations which have been invited to form the government must prove their majority on the floor of the house as soon as possible, to “Prevent the unethical practice of horse trading”. He maintained that JD(U)-BJP alliance in Bihar is strong, but added that “it is confined to Bihar”.theprint
Detained J&K leader’s son frisked, alleges kin
Srinagar:2-year-old son of a National Conference leader, who is currently under detention at Srinagar’s MLA hostel, was allegedly frisked by security forces at the detention centre — a charge denied by the police.The police said a raid was conducted in the hostel where they recovered mobile phones from detained leaders. According to a relative of the NC leader, the forces also frisked the toddler while he was in his mother’s lap during a visit to the hostel.“The police unzipped the top of the boy and frisked him while he was in his mother’s lap. They also frisked a few other toddlers and an elderly woman who was visiting her son.This enraged the political leaders who launched a protest,” said relative. “Leaders approached the police and were assured that this won’t be repeated,” he added. Mehbooba Mufti’s daughter Iltija Mufti also tweeted that a detainee’s “3-year-old infant son was nearly strip searched & this resulted in an altercation between political detainees & JK police.”ADGP, security, Muneer Khan, however, denied the allegation.Nearly 34 political leaders of mainstream parties in J&K, including NC and PDP, have been under detention since August 5.HT
‘Harassment’ complaint at Srinagar MLA hostel, searches yield 11 phones
Kashmir: Document shows J&K police ‘monitoring’ posts on social media
Srinagar: Are J&K Police monitoring social media posts discussing the situation in Kashmir post-August 5, the day the state was stripped of its special status?An email from the police containing a file with screengrabs of different Twitter accounts and “inadvertently” sent to journalists and media houses in Valley suggests so.At 6:29 pm on Friday, police sent an email to journalists about the day’s updates.The mail contained a press release about the arrest of three drug peddlers from two different areas of central Kashmir’s Budgam district and the seizure of contraband substances from their possession. There were also two separate pictures of two private vehicles which, according to the police, were caught transporting charas and fuki in Bonpora and Kilkadal villages of the district respectively.thewire
‘Direct attack on forests’: J&K Advisory Committee approves 125 forest clearances
 Since the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir on August 5, Forest Advisory Committee (FAC) of the state approved forest clearances for 125 projects in just three meetings, between August and Oct. The number of clearances given by FAC in its last 3 meetings are said to be higher than the total clearances approved in 2018 (97 projects over 8 meetings). “Obviously, these seem to have been done in a hurry. The motive was ulterior, forest conservation was clearly not a concern here,” said Rtd. Principal Chief Conservator Forests, Vinay Tandon. Diversion of forest land in India is governed by the provisions under Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980 (FCA). However, FCA does not apply to the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Instead, forest clearances in the state are governed by J&K Forest (Conservation) Act, 1997 and diversion takes place based on the state cabinet’s resolution and the state FAC’s recommendation. To recognise the rights of local communities whose livelihoods are inextricably linked to the forest lands they inhabit, the central government enacted the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006, more commonly known as FRA. In addition to the Forest Conservation Act, Forest Rights Act does not apply to Jammu and Kashmir either. The recent forest clearances approved in Jammu and Kashmir have been for infrastructural development projects such as laying of transmission lines and drilling of tube wells. However, the pursuit of development, both infrastructural and otherwise, has been threatening the livelihoods of local communities who reside in these forests.thecitizen
Rajasthan: 4 held for thrashing Kashmiri students at Mewar University
Jaipur: 4 students were arrested after they thrashed 4 students from Kashmir over a petty issue at Mewar University, Chittorgarh. The incident happened inside the campus on Friday evening.The additional SP Chittorgarh Sarita Singh removed Gangrar SHO Labhu Ram Bishnoi from his post for negligence in handling the dispute. Bishnoi was found to have failed to act promptly on the complaint received from the university administration. IG Udaipur range Binita Thakur said that detained students were booked under Section 151 and ruled out involvement of any locals in the incident. All arrested ones were regular students at the university and were natives of Bihar.Late in the evening, all arrested students were released on bail. Sources at the university said that both the groups had a tiff over multiple issues from the last few months. The non-Kashmiri students repeatedly alleged that university administration favours Kashmiri students has led to tension between the two groups.TOI
Yashwant Sinha-led delegation not allowed to move out of Srinagar
Srinagar:For the second consecutive day today, a 5-member civil society delegation, led by ex Union minister Yashwant Sinha, was not allowed to move outside Srinagar by police."We are not allowed to go out of Srinagar. So, the people, (from) where we were to go, are coming here to meet us," activist Sushoba Bharve, who is part of the Concerned Citizens' Group, said.She added that the group would meet four-five delegations at a hotel in the city on Sunday.Bharve said the police stopped them from going to Pulwama and Budgam, districts."We had plans to go to Pulwama on Saturday, but were not allowed. We had plans to go to Budgam, but were not allowed even there," she said.On Saturday, ex chief information commissioner Wajahat Habibullah, who is also a part of the delegation, said they had plans to go to Pulwama, but were "advised by SSP, Security, that the situation there was not conducive and there was a threat of an impending terrorist attack".PTI
No power in the world can stop Ram temple construction in Ayodhya: Rajnath Singh
New Delhi :With just a week left for first phase elections in Jharkhand, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said no power on Earth could get in the way of construction of a “grand” Ram temple in Ayodhya. Addressing a poll meeting in Jharkhand’s Bishrampur, Rajnath also sent a stern warning to Naxalites and asked them to shun violence, a day after the ultras killed six people in two separate ambush attacks over a period of 24 hours.“A grand Ram temple will be built in Ayodhya and no power in the world can stop that from happening. The path for construction of the temple has been cleared by the Supreme Court,” Singh said amid “Jai Shree Ram” slogans, PTI reported. Defence Minister also asserted that Rafale fighter jets would destroy terror camps across the border.Rajnath also called out the Naxals to abjure violence while saying that a befitting reply would be given if they failed to do so.Rajnath Singh’s warning came close on the heels of recent attacks by left-wing extremists in Latehar and Palamau districts of Jharkhand.indianexpress
Mann Ki Baat: PM Modi thanks people for ‘whole-heartedly’ accepting Ayodhya verdict
In his monthly radio program Mann Ki Baat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday once again thanked the people of the country for furthering the spirit of unity by “whole-heartedly” embracing the Ayodhya verdict.“The values of peace, unity, and goodwill are paramount in the country. When the verdict on the Ram Mandir was announced, the country embraced it whole-heartedly and accepted it with full ease and peace,” he said.“On one hand, the long battle of justice came to an end, while on the other hand, the country honoured the judiciary. This verdict has been a turning point in the history of our judiciary. After the Supreme Court’s verdict, the country is set on a new journey full of fresh hopes and apprehensions,” he added.“Our civilization, culture and languages convey the message of unity in diversity to the whole world,” he added.indianexpress
VHP to continue Ram movement even after temple
Lucknow: 3-decade-long Ram temple movement may have reached its logical conclusion, but VHP which led the movement, is in no mood to move on. VHP is planning a series of programmes focusing on the Ram temple in the coming months. VHP will be holding ‘Ram Mahotsav’ and other programmes at the village levels in the coming 4 months. Modalities in this regard are being worked out.Senior VHP leader Purshottam Narain Singh said that it was important to keep alive Hindu awakening that had emerged on the issue of Ram temple.IANS
Filing Ayodhya review petition will harm Hindu-Muslim unity: Minority panel chief
New Delhi :Filing a review petition against the Supreme Court’s Ayodhya verdict will not be in the interest of Muslims and will “harm” unity between two communities, National Commission for Minorities chairperson Ghayorul Hasan Rizvi said today.The minority panel chief said filing the review petition would send a message to the Hindus that they were trying to put roadblocks in the way of building the Ram temple.He also urged the Muslim side to accept 5-acre alternative land to be given for a mosque, saying they would be respecting the judiciary by doing so.  Rizvi said NCM had held a meeting after the Supreme Court verdict and all its members in one voice had said the verdict should be accepted.NCM chairperson said Muslims should help in building the temple in Ayodhya, while Hindus should help in the construction of the mosque. He said it would prove to be a milestone in strengthening the social harmony between two communities.According to Rizvi, filing of the review petition would send a message to the Hindus that Muslim community wanted to put roadblocks in the way of building of the Ram temple in Ayodhya, which he said would “harm” Hindu-Muslim unity.He alleged that Muslim bodies like AIMPLB and Jamiat were going back on their word after making the proclamation that the apex court’s verdict would be respected.PTI
SC decision on Ayodhya case not final: Sunni Waqf Board lawyer Jilani
Lucknow: Even as the Supreme Court has delivered its verdict on the Ayodhya case, senior Sunni Waqf Board lawyer Zafaryab Jilani is not satisfied with the decision and is planning to file a review petition. He said that this decision of 5 judges of the SC is not final. "The Supreme Court has already overruled more than a dozen decisions of these five judges," Jilani told IANS."A bench of 13 judges has been formed. The SC never says that the decision of 5 judges is final and has to be accepted. Those who do not know the history of the law must be surprised to file a review petition."In response to a question, he said: "My written statement is we will accept the final decision of the SC. Whatever has come, is not the final decision. Article 137 allows that one who is not satisfied with the verdict can file a review petition."Jilani, referring to the two responsibilities of the case -- Sunni Waqf Board and Muslim Personal Board and Muslims of Ayodhya, said: "Others do not need to give their opinion on the matter. The proposal to replace 5 acres of land for the mosque is against the Sharia... Islamic Sharia does not allow this. The Waqf Act also says the same. The SC cannot change the mosque land. According to Article 142, it cannot go against any institution."Referring to Sunni Waqf Board not filing a reconsideration petition, Jilani said: "Whether or not it can file a reconsideration petition, doesn't matter in our case. Muslim community does not approve of this decision. If Sunni Waqf Board has to go against the reconsideration petition, go. A party cannot do anything in it."IANS
Salman Nadwi ‘retired’ from Nadwa, smells plot
Lucknow:Sacked member of AIMPLB Maulana Salman Nadwi, who was at loggerheads with the board over his stand to give up claim on Babri Masjid, has finally been asked to leave Nadwatul Ulama for attaining retirement age. Nadwi, a faculty member of the seminary, claimed there were many teachers several years elder to him who were still on the rolls of Nadwa. A day before Supreme Court delivered its verdict on the Ayodhya title suit, Nadwi was stopped from entering Ayodhya. Again on Nov.8, Nadwi tried to meet Muslim litigants in Ayodhya, but was asked to return to Lucknow from a dhaba, 16km from temple town, where he met Muslim litigant Haji Mehboob. 125-year-old seminary in its letter to Maulana Nadwi raised the issue of cleric turning 65 in Sept.and not applying for extension post-retirement.“You joined Nadwa on May 12, 1981, and on Sept.1, 2019, attained the age of 65. As per Nadwa’s rules, this is the age of retirement. You did not write to the college for an extension, which the management could have taken up. On Oct. 13, 2019, management committee of Nadwa met and decided not to extend your services,” the letter said. In his official reply to the retirement letter, Nadwi questioned why he was not intimated on Sept.1 about his retirement or he would have followed up on his tenure. He also questioned how teachers elder to him were continuing in the faculty. Sources close to Nadwi, however, claimed the college had been targeting him for speaking up against AIMPLB.TOI
After Ayodhya and Article 370, BJP plans campaign on NRC:  HT
New Delhi:The next big issue on the agenda of BJP is the implementation of NRC, which it will translate into a campaign as intense as the one seeking the building of a Ram temple in Ayodhya, senior party functionaries said on condition of anonymity. The Supreme Court, on 9 November, ruled in favour of a Ram temple in Ayodhya, helping BJP check one of the long-pending issues in its manifesto.In August, BJP-led NDA scrapped Article 370 of the Constitution that gave special status to Jammu & Kashmir, another manifesto-item of long standing.And the government has already taken the first step towards a Uniform Civil Code, another recurring theme, by making unlawful the practice of instant Triple Talaq. BJP believes that like Article 370 and Ramjanmabhoomi, NRC is a national and nationalistic issue. It also believes that a nationwide NRC is necessary for stepping up national security and rejects the Opposition’s charge that the exercise is aimed at singling out minorities.“There are issues that are political and there are issues that are nationalistic; you cannot conflate the nationalistic ones with what is political,” said a senior BJP minister who did not wish to be identified.HT
NRC pushback: 60 Bangladeshi migrant workers brought to Calcutta for deportation
Calcutta:Agroup of 57 Bangladeshi nationals, including women and children who are being deported from Karnataka, arrived at Calcutta’s Howrah Station on Saturday on their way to the border where they were to be handed over to Bangladeshi border guards.The detainees, who were mostly working as manual scavengers, said they had been picked up during raids in Oct in Bangalore by city police. When The Telegraph spoke to the detainees, after they reached Howrah, they said none had been produced in court. Under normal procedure, people suspected of being illegal immigrants are booked under the Foreigner’s Act.telegraphindia
180 Bangladeshis arrested while fleeing India, NRC listed among reasons
Kolkata: NRC and police crackdown on Bangladeshis living illegally in India, may have led to a surge in reverse migration, evidenced in the arrest of 180 Bangladeshis, caught while fleeing India in the last twenty days, said police.Some of the arrested men had been living in India for 5 to 12 years and 2 of them were even carrying Indian citizenship documents. A Bangladesh police officer said while reverse migration was not at all rare, the number was unusually high. Bangladesh border guards, who made the arrests between Nov.1 and 19, initially suspected it to be a case of infiltration from India but were surprised to find that most had families and properties in Bangladesh.A senior West Bengal Police officer, who follows illegal immigration, said,along with Bengaluru crackdown, Indian govt’s decision to identify illegal residents through NRC exercise, may have also influenced the retreat.HT
In Bangla border seat, TMC plays anti-NRC card to checkmate BJP
Kaliaganj Assembly seat in West Bengal’s border district of Uttar Dinajpur is expecting to see a three-corner contest among BJP, Left-Congress combine and ruling TMC as it goes to bypoll on Monday.Kaliaganj Assembly seat fell vacant following the death of sitting MLA and popular Congress leader Pramatha Nath Roy earlier this year. Traditionally, Kaliaganj — which falls under former Union minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi’s home turf Raiganj — had been a Congress stronghold. However, in 2019 Lok Sabha polls, BJP candidate Debasree Chaudhuri won the Parliamentary seat. Meanwhile, TMC is banking on the issue of NRC, which reportedly created a panic-like situation in the state recently.indianexpress
MANUU Students to oppose nationwide implementation of NRC, CAB
Students of Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU) has expressed discontent over proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill and NRC.Students Union of MANUU said it will oppose carrying out the NRC exercise all over the country and the proposed CAB.“We expresses serious apprehension over Home Minister Amit Shah’s announcement in Rajya Sabha on Thursday that NRC would be implemented all over the country. We feel it is an exercise in vain and a deliberate diversion of priorities by the government to hide its failures on the economy and other core issues of welfare and development’’, the Student Union said in a press note. When there are already known procedures and laws to identify foreigners or illegal immigrants, then putting 135 crore people into difficulty seems unjustified, the Union noted.“The failure of NRC exercise in Assam shows the futility of NRC,” said Umer Faruq Quadri, president of Students
Indian education system under crisis, needs urgent attention: SIO
New Delhi:As India is debating about higher education system due to JNU student’s protest against the fee hike, Student Islamic Organisation (SIO) reminded the country of the education system which is undergoing crisis.While addressing media at a press conference on Saturday at Press Club of India, Azharuddin (General Secretary SIO) said, “The Constitution guarantees education as a fundamental right of every Indian citizen. However the sad reality is that even after more than seven decades of the Independence, Indian education system has failed to deliver this fundamental right to its citizens. As there are a number of systemic issues plaguing the education system, the onus is primarily on the government to timely address these issues. But we find the government to have largely failed in its duties in this regard.”Azhar further added, currently across the nation, there is an educational crisis. caravandaily
JNU forms panel to resolve hostel issues, students’ union calls it an act of subversion
Authorities at New Delhi’s JNU today announced the formation of an internal high-level committee to look into the issue of a raise in hostel fee and asked for suggestions from students’ representatives, a move slammed by students’ union.The development comes as the 3-member panel, appointed by the Union ministry of human resource development (MHRD) to look into the same matter, is expected to submit its report by Monday.“This is for the information of all concerned that a high-level committee has been constituted by the competent authority to get suggestions from the student representatives on finding a solution to the hostel issues,” registrar Pramod Kumar said in a circular.7-member JNU committee includes dean of students Umesh Kadam, associate dean of students Vandana Mishra, and provost Neerja Samajdar.JNU students’ union (JNUSU) has condemned the move.“…The mail has not been sent to JNUSU even as government-appointed committees find it common sense to recognise the legitimacy of the elected union,” it said. “We respectfully submit before the esteemed committee that its very formation is but an act of subverting the Inter Hall Administration Committee, which is a statutory body unto itself,” it added.HT
Centre extends ban on Assam’s Bodo insurgent group NDFB for 5 more years
New Delhi:Centre has extended ban on the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) for 5 more years. According to the notification issued by Ministry of Home Affairs, outfit has been indulging in illegal and violent activities intended to disrupt, or which may disrupt, the sovereignty and territorial integrity of India in furtherance of its objective of achieving a separate “Bodoland”. “NDFB is aligning itself with other undergrounds outfits of North Eastern Region in furtherance of its objectives to create a separate Bodoland and engaging in unlawful and violent activities thereby undermining the authority of Government of India and Government of Assam and spreading terror and panic among the people,”it said.ANI
Soon, coats for cows at shelter in Ayodhya
Lucknow :With the winter setting in and BJP government in Uttar Pradesh making preservation of cows its priority, Ayodhya Municipal Corporation is getting jute coats stitched for 1,200 cattle at its cow shelter.Mayor Rishikesh Upadhyay, a BJP leader, said: “Generally, cows are given jute bags to save them from cold. But they keep falling off. So we thought of getting coats stitched for the cows. We are first going to get a few samples made of such coats. If they work, we will order more. A farmer, Rajju Pandey, has been given the contract to get these coats stitched.”Upadhyay said that if the initiative works well, “we will suggest it to the state government. If they like it, they can emulate the initiative at other cow shelters in the state”.The Corporation’s cow shelter is located at Baishingpur village, 16 km from Ayodhya town, and currently houses around 1,200 cattle — 700-800 bulls and the rest being cows and calves, according to officials.indianexpress
UP BJP Leader Booked for Abducting Minor Girl
Auraiyya:A BJP leader has been booked for allegedly kidnapping a 17-year-old girl.Kaushlendra Rajput, 26, block pramukh of Bidhuna, had gone missing with the minor girl on Thursday. Kaushlendra was in a relationship with the girl but his family had fixed his marriage elsewhere because they disapproved of inter-caste relationship. Kaushlendra’s family members and four other members of Bidhuna Block were also booked for allegedly assaulting the girl’s father and brother.The girl’s family has lodged a complaint with the police, alleging assault by Kaushlendra’s family and block members when they went to his home to enquire about the girl. Kaushlendra’s family has also filed a cross-complaint, accusing the girl’s father and brother of molesting a woman member of their family. No one has been arrested so far.IANS
Sangrur Dalit man’s death: Total failure of Punjab Police, health dept, says SC Commission
Ludhiana :The onus of failing to save the life of a Dalit man, who died days after he was subjected to inhumane assault and forced to drink urine at a Sangrur village, lies on Punjab Police and health departments, National Commission of Scheduled Caste (SC) Saturday said. “Jagmale Singh was brutally assaulted. It was a horrifying incident. More horrible (is the fact) that his life could not be saved due to negligence of health department at various levels. The skin on his leg was plucked with a screwdriver…He was not given proper treatment in time…he could have been saved…a complete failure and negligent approach of health department and police,” said Commission chairman Ram Shankar Katheria. A panel of the Commission, led by Katheria met victim’s family at their native village Changali Wala Saturday.  Indianexpress
Around 17,000 Waqf Board properties encroached in country, highest in Punjab: Govt
Punjab has highest number of Waqf Board properties under encroachment with such properties numbering around 17,000 across the country, government told Parliament on Nov. 22.In a written reply to BJP MP Ajay Nishad's question, Minorities Affairs minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi told Lok Sabha that a total of 16,937 Waqf Board properties were under encroachment in the country, including 5,610 in Punjab. Punjab is followed by MP (3240), West Bengal (3082), Tamil Nadu(1335) and Karnataka (862), showed the data on 24 state Waqf Board properties furnished by the ministry. In the national capita, the Delhi Waqf Board has 373 properties under encroachment.To protect Waqf Board properties and to prevent their encroachment, a dedicated online portal-WAMSI (Waqf Assets Management System of India)- has been developed, Naqvi said.PTI
First Muslim yoga camp underway in Uttarakhand
Dehradun:World's first Muslim yoga camp began at Kanva Ashram in Kotdwar town of Uttarakhand. Participants of the camp said Yoga is a spiritual practice that has nothing to do with any religion.Yunus Qasmi, professor in Jamia Tibbia Unnao Medical College in Deoband said: "Yoga is an exercise, practice and a ritual encompassing well being of a person mentally, spiritually and physically. Yoga cannot be prescribed to any specific religion. It's a religionless inclusive practice." Inaugurated by CM of Uttarakhand, Trivendra Singh Rawat and organized in Vedic Ashram Gurukul Vishwavidyalaya, Kotdwar yoga camp is deemed as world's first and largest Muslim Yoga camp with over 500 Muslim participants across the country.newindianexpress
Ex-MP CM and BJP stalwart Kailash Joshi dies
Bhopal: The first non-Congress chief minister in Madhya Pradesh in the post-Emergency era and veteran BJP leader Kailash Chandra Joshi died today at a private hospital in Bhopal after a prolonged illness at the age of 90.Joshi who was a founding member of BJP in Madhya Pradesh, had been an MLA for eight terms from 1962 to 1998 and leader Opposition in the state assembly twice - 1972-1977 and 1985-90, the state BJP media cell.HT

Chidambaram calls electoral bonds ‘biggest scam of the decade’
Jailed Congress leader P Chidambaram has called electoral bonds the “biggest scam of the decade”. He added that although the scheme allows the donor to be anonymous, it is the people of the country who are left in the dark.“Electoral bonds are the biggest scam of the decade,” Chidambaram, in a tweet posted by his family on his behalf, said. “Purchasers will be known to the bank and, therefore, to the government. Donor will be known to the party [BJP] to which he donated.” Chidambaram is presently lodged in Tihar

Scores of settlers defile Aqsa Mosque
Jerusalem,(PIC)Dozens of Jewish settlers on Sunday desecrated the Aqsa Mosque’s courtyards under tight police protection.According to local sources, groups of settlers received explanations about the alleged temple mount as they were touring the Mosque’s courtyards. Aqsa Mosque is exposed to daily desecration by Jewish settlers in the morning and the afternoon except on Fridays and Saturdays. Israeli police close al-Maghariba Gate, which is used by Jews to enter the Mosque, at 10:30 am after the settlers complete their morning tours at the holy site. Later in the afternoon, the same gate is reopened for evening tours by settlers.During the presence of settlers inside the Mosque compound, entry restrictions are imposed on Muslim worshipers at the entrances leading to the Mosque and their IDs are seized until they leave the holy place.
Thousands of settlers defile Ibrahimi Mosque in al-Khalil                          
Al-Khalil,(PIC)Thousands of Jewish settlers on Saturday desecrated the Ibrahimi Mosque in al-Khalil city under military protection, while Muslim worshipers were denied access to their holy site for Adhan and prayers. According to local sources, several buses carrying settlers brought thousands of settlers to Old City of al-Khalil in order to mark a religious event at Islamic site.
Hamas calls for defending Islamic holy sites in al-Khalil and Jerusalem
Gaza, (PIC):Hamas Movement has described the exposure of the Ibrahimi Mosque in al-Khalil and Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem to descration by Jewish settlers as “a practice targeting the Palestinian presence.”In a press release on Sunday, Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said the settlers’ break-ins at the Ibrahimi and Aqsa Mosques are part of the religious war being waged by the Israeli occupation state on the Palestinian people and their holy sites. Barhoum added that such ongoing aggression against the Islamic holy sites entails action by the Palestinian people and their resistance to confront the Israeli occupation and settlers.
Palestinian factions agree to Abbas election request
14 Palestinian factions have agreed with President Mahmoud Abbas's request to hold parliamentary and presidential elections.But the Fatah leader is yet to hear from his main rival, Hamas.Major hurdles remain before a date could be set, including whether Israel and US would allow an election, given that Hamas could win a large share of the vote.aljazeera
ICC prosecutor: Judges accept basis of Rohingya probe
Dhaka:A prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) said the tribunal’s judges were convinced by the reasonable basis to assess accusations of widespread crimes perpetrated by Myanmar’s state forces against ethnic Rohingya community in Rakhine state.Judges accepted that there was "reasonable basis" to believe that since at least Oct. 9, 2016, "widespread and/or systematic acts of violence" may have been committed against the Rohingya population, including murder, imprisonment, torture, rape, sexual violence and other coercive acts, said Fatou Bensouda on Friday.Bensouda added that these acts resulted in the large-scale deportation of Muslim minority, and that there may have been a "state policy to attack Rohingya population". She said there were "many sources indicating the heavy involvement of several Myanmar government forces and other state agents, and that members of the Myanmar armed forces jointly with other Myanmar security forces and with some participation of local civilians, may have committed these crimes" against Rohingya.In the statement, Bensouda assured that ICC prosecution would also inspect the activities of the alleged Rohingya insurgency group, ARSA.Anadolu Agency
Death toll rises as anti-gov't protests grip Iraq
At least 5 people have been killed and scores of others wounded in parts of southern Iraq, police and medical sources said, as weeks-long protests against the country's political system and ruling elite intensify.In Nasiriyah, security forces used live ammunition and tear gas canisters to disperse protesters who had gathered overnight on three bridges in the southern city, killing three people, the sources told Reuters on Sunday.More than 50 others were reportedly wounded during clashes. Protests continued in the city on Sunday, with some government offices reportedly set on fire.Separately, 2 more people were killed and more than 70 wounded on Sunday after security forces used live fire to disperse protesters near the main Gulf port of Umm Qasr, south of the city of Basra, Reuters cited police and medical sources as saying.aljazeera
Pakistan forms parliamentary committee to prevent forced conversions of minorities
 A22-member parliamentary committee has been formed in Pakistan to work on a legislation to prevent the forced conversions and protect the rights of minorities in the conservative Muslim-majority country, according to a media report on Saturday.According to a notification by the Senate Secretariat, dated Nov.21, Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani formed the committee, Dawn News reported. It will decide its terms of reference in its first meeting, the date of which has not been announced yet.PTI
Mufti Taqi Usmani urges Muslim nations to raise issue of Holy Quran's desecration globally
Renowned religious scholar Mufti Taqi Usmani on Friday urged Muslim nations to raise at international level the issue of the recent desecration of the Holy Quran in Norway, and called for the release of the Muslim man who had tried to stop the act in the Scandinavian country. Mufti Usmani, in a Twitter post, said that the West, who lectures the Muslim fraternity on tolerance, has reached the nadir of cowardice by holding rallies to desecrate the Holy Quran. The scholar praised the Muslim man who stopped the desecration, but deplored that neither any media nor any Muslim country — with the exception of Turkey — took notice.Usmani said that that it is the duty of the Muslim countries to raise the issue globally and work to ensure that Ilyas is freed. Meanwhile, Protesters in Peshawar have asked the Pakistan govt to expel the Norwegian ambassador from the country after a man from an extreme right-wing group attempted to burn a copy of the Holy Quran in a recent demonstration in Kristiansand, Norway. “We demand that the government immediately expel Norwegian ambassador from Pakistan,” Sher Shah, a leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan, told SAMAA TV on Saturday. The demonstration was organised by JI.The protesters have also called for a boycott of Norwegian products in Pakistan.Samaa Tv /
1.2 billion records of personal data exposed in one of the biggest breaches
Over 1.2 billion records of personal data have leaked online in a massive security breach. The leaked data contains email IDs, employers, social media profiles, phone numbers, names, job titles and even geographic locations. Discovered by security researchers Vinny Troia and Bob Diachenko, the exposed data comes with an index which suggests it was essentially sourced from a data enrichment company called People Data Labs. The unprotected Elasticsearch server contained as many as 622 million unique email addresses, researchers added.“The server was not owned by PDL and it’s believed a customer failed to properly secure the database. Exposed information included email addresses, phone numbers, social media profiles and job history data,” read an email notification from Have I been pwned.Interestingly enough, there’s very little information about PDL which claims to build “people data.” According to its LinkedIn profile, San Francisco-based company has dataset of 1.5 billion unique person profiles which can be used to “build products, enrich person profiles, power predictive modeling/AI, analysis, and more.”HT
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